LA Port Tightens Terminal Security as a Result of Breach

first_imgzoom The Port of Los Angeles has increased its security measures at the West Basin Container Terminal, following a security breach on August 16.The incident involved a suspected car thief who climbed on a loading gantry crane at the terminal after a police chase across the city. Several hours later, the man fell some 150 feet onto a docked freighter from the crane, where he was pronounced dead.The incident involving the subject in a stolen car “illegally entering one of our terminals is something that we will learn from and we have taken immediate interim steps to correct,” Gene Seroka, Port of Los Angeles Executive Director, said.Additionally, the port is conducting a thorough review of security at all of its terminals.As interim steps, stringent modifications to access points are now in place at the West Basin Container Terminal, along with additional security personnel and road barriers, among other measures. Long term solutions are being evaluated by the port and other agencies.last_img read more

Bluenose II Court Case Reaches Settlement

first_imgToday, March 28, a settlement has been reached between the province and the Roué family over copyright and moral rights claims in the restoration of Bluenose II. The dispute arose from allegations the province infringed on the Roués’ copyright and moral rights by using William J. Roué’s drawings in the Bluenose II restoration project. “It is clear that the Bluenose II and her legacy belong to the people of Nova Scotia and that William J. Roué has played an important part as the original designer of Bluenose,” said Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “I am pleased that a settlement has been reached, so that we can continue to move forward in a positive manner.” Under the terms of the settlement agreement: The Bluenose II is in the final stages of restoration and is expected to sail this summer. The Roué family will release the province, the Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance (the builders of Bluenose II), Lengkeek Vessel Engineering (the designers of Bluenose II) and MHPM (the project managers), from any and all claims relating to the Bluenose II restoration project or future activities relating to the Bluenose II. Neither the province, nor the Roué family acknowledge or admit liability. In full and final settlement, the province will pay the Roué family $300,000 which includes legal fees. The province and the Roué family will take steps to have the proceedings dismissed by the Supreme Court of Nova Scotialast_img read more

Chandrayaan lander lowers orbit further ahead of historic Sept 7 moon landing

first_imgBengaluru: Chandrayaan-2’s landing module ‘Vikram’ was on Wednesday brought closer to the Moon after its orbit was lowered further from where it will begin its final descent to pull off a historic soft-landing on the lunar surface in the early hours of Saturday. Joined by 60 high school students from across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be present at the ISRO centre in Bengaluru to witness live the space feat, said a senior official of the Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details A successful landing taking billion dreams to the Moon will make India the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to achieve a soft-landing on the lunar surface. But it will be the first to launch a mission to the unexplored Moon’s south pole. The nine-second de-orbiting manoeuvre–the second in two days–was executed at 3.42 am using the Lander’s on-board propulsion system, the ISRO said in a statement giving the latest update on the Rs 978 crore unmanned moon mission. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “With this manoeuvre the required orbit for the Vikram Lander to commence its descent towards the surface of the Moon is achieved,” it added. The Lander is now in an orbit that would be about 35 km from the lunar surface at its nearest point(perigee) from where it will begin its final descent on to the Moon, it said, adding the orbit was 101 km from the lunar surface at the farthest(apogee). The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft continued to orbit the moon at a perigee of 96 km and apogee of 125 km. “Both the Orbiter and Lander are healthy,” the ISRO said. It further said the Lander is scheduled for a powered-descent between 1 am and 2 am on September 7, followed by its touchdown between 1.30 am and 2.30 am. Following the landing, the rover ‘Pragyan’ will roll out from ‘Vikram’ between 5.30 am and 6.30 am and carry out experiments on the lunar surface for a period of one lunar day, which is equal to 14 earth days. The main orbiter will continue its mission for a year. “Chandrayaan 2 is ready to take a billion dreams to the Moon now stronger than ever before,” the ISRO had said while announcing the rescheduled date for the launch after the lift-off was aborted on July 15 due to a technical snag. A week later, India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, GSLV MkIII-M1 successfully put the 3,840-kg Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into the earth’s orbit on July 22. ISRO Chairman K Sivan said the proposed soft-landing on the Moon is going to be a “terrifying” moment as the ISRO has not done it before, whereas Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) manoeuvre was successfully carried out during the Chandrayaan-1 mission. Describing a soft-landing on the Moon, former ISRO chief G Madhavan Nair said it’s something like flying saucers coming in hovering on the top and then slowly descending like in science fiction. It’s almost a similar sequence which the ISRO is going to implement, with practically no real-time controls on the ground. “…Only on-board cameras would look for the right location and once it matches, there are five rocket engines which will precisely control by first reducing the speed and then making it virtually float at that point and have some lateral movement in such a way that it goes just to the location, slowly guide it to the landing site,” Nair explained in an interview to PTI. Cameras, laser ranging systems, on board computers and, above all, software required for the entire operation has to work in unison, said Nair, who spearheaded the Chandrayaan-1 mission more than a decade ago. “It’s a very, very complex operation. I don’t think any nation has done a similar operation trying to have real time pictures and then try to have an on-board computer implement autonomously the function of the landing. “It’s going to be a remarkable event and we are all looking forward to that event. I am sure it will be a 100 per cent success,” he said. To increase awareness about its space programmes, the ISRO had in August conducted an online quiz for students from Class 8 to 10. The space agency selected the top 60 students to witness the historic event. “Two top scoring Students (from class 8 – 10 only) from each State and Union Territory will be invited to ISRO, Bengaluru Centre to watch the landing of Chandrayaan-2 on the Moon, live along with the Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” according to the terms and conditions of the quiz on the MyGov.in, an innovative platform to build a partnership between Citizens and Government with the help of technology for growth and development of India. Chandrayaan-2 began its journey towards the moon leaving the earth’s orbit in the dark hours on August 14, after a crucial manoeuvre called Trans Lunar Insertion (TLI) that was carried out by ISRO to place the spacecraft on “Lunar Transfer Trajectory”. In a major milestone for India’s second Moon mission, the Chandrayaan-2 had successfully entered the lunar orbit on August 20 by performing LOI manoeuvre. The orbiter carries eight scientific payloads for mapping the lunar surface and study the exosphere (outer atmosphere) of the Moon while the lander carries three scientific payloads to conduct surface and subsurface science experiments. The rover carries two payloads to enhance the understanding of the lunar surface. The expedition would also shed light on a completely unexplored section of the Moon, its South Polar region. According to the ISRO, the objective of Chandrayaan-2 is to develop and demonstrate the key technologies for end-to-end lunar mission capability, including soft-landing and roving on the lunar surface. On the science front, the mission aims to further expand the knowledge about the moon through a detailed study of its topography, mineralogy, surface chemical composition, thermo-physical characteristics and atmosphere, leading to a better understanding of the origin and evolution of the moon, it said.last_img read more

Accidental shot from colleague kills lady Home Guard in Krishnanagar

first_imgKolkata: A lady Home Guard of Nadia District Police died after a bullet was fired ‘accidentally’ from another Home Guard’s pistol while cleaning the weapon. The deceased, identified as Debashree Ghosh (35), was posted at the police line in Krishnanagar.However, Biplab Ghosh, the elder brother of Debashree, filed a complaint on Thursday, alleging that she was murdered and her death was not accidental as three bullets wounds were found on her body. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAccording to sources, Ghosh was performing duty along with another Home Guard identified as Mithun Mir on Wednesday morning at the armory of Nadia District police lines in Krishnanagar. At around 8 am, her colleague was cleaning his service pistol. While doing so, Mir’s finger pressed the trigger accidentally and a shot was fired. The bullet hit a wooden bench and then pierced Ghosh’s abdomen. Immediately, she was rushed to the Krishnanagar District Hospital, where doctors declared her brought dead. Ghosh, a resident of Shantipur, had joined the police force approximately a year ago. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaShe was posted at the police lines just a month ago after being transferred from Chopra police station which was her first posting. Before losing consciousness, Ghosh had requested her colleagues to look after her 11-month-old son. Later, her family members arrived at the hospital and demanded an inquiry into the incident. “We heard that a bullet had hit her accidentally. We want a proper investigation on this,” said one of her relatives. Sources informed that the Superintendent of Police (SP), Nadia has already ordered a probe in this regard. Questions have arose on whether Mir was trained enough to operate a firearm. Also, while cleaning a firearm, the magazine is detached to avoid any accident, which was not followed in this case. Mir is currently being interrogated.last_img read more

Charting a way forward

first_imgThe world may miss the Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDG) target by a wide margin if the human civilisation does not pull up its socks and promptly acts to protect the natural order. This was made clear by Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ (IPBES) in its Global Assessment Report. The report, showcased how human activities, were devastating nature — one million species face extinction — called for “transformative changes across economic, social, political and technological factors”. Else 80 per cent — 35 out of 44 — assessed targets of the UN-mandated SDG’s would remain unmet, the report warned. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyThe current trajectories used for conserving and sustainably using nature and achieving sustainability, such as those embodied in the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, cannot be met. Although there has been progress in the implementation of various policies and actions to conserve nature and manage it more sustainably, they are not sufficient to stem the direct and indirect drivers of nature’s deterioration. Also Read – The future is here!”Nature is essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. However, taking into consideration that the Sustainable Development Goals are integrated and indivisible, as well as implemented nationally, current negative trends in biodiversity and ecosystems will undermine progress towards…goals related to poverty, hunger, health, water, cities, climate, oceans and land (Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2, 3, 6, 11, 13, 14, and 15),” revealed the summary of the report. Nature can be conserved, restored, and used sustainably through urgent and concerted efforts fostering transformative change. This includes taking into account climate change impacts in the definition of future goals and objectives, the report suggested. To curb direct drivers of nature’s deterioration, implementing societal goals – including those for food, water, energy, health and the achievement of human well-being; enhancing international cooperation and linking locally relevant measures can help. On the other hand, “five main interventions (“levers”) can generate transformative change by tackling the underlying indirect drivers of nature deterioration: (1) incentives and capacity-building; (2) cross-sectoral cooperation; (3) pre-emptive action; (4) decision-making in the context of resilience and uncertainty; and (5) environmental law and implementation,” the report said. While trajectories of transformation will vary across contexts, with challenges and needs differing, especially in the developing and developed nations, integrative, inclusive, informed and adaptive governance approaches can reduce the risks. Other measures include collaborating the knowledge, innovations and practices, institutions and values of indigenous peoples and local communities; coordinated mix of interventions on land, in freshwater and in the oceans; land-based climate change mitigation activities and nature-based solutions like use of green infrastructure — maintaining green spaces and biodiversity-friendly water bodies, urban agriculture, rooftop gardens — could be crucial for meeting Sustainable Development Goals. (The views expressed are of Down To Earth)last_img read more

Spanish PM to Announce Measures Against Catalonia Independence

Rabat – Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is set address the nation on Wednesday afternoon to announce measures against the region of Catalonia after its declaration of independence.Rajoy will speak at the country’s congress to reveal the measures by the central government against the separatist moves in the region.On Tuesday, the region’s Prime Minister Carles Puigdemont declared independence but said it would be placed on hold, asking for dialogue with Madrid. The counted votes of the referendum held in early October show that 90 percent of voters supported independence. The vote was however marred by police intervention and only half of eligible voters made it to polling stations.Rajoy, the leader of the right-wing Popular Party, is seeking to garner support from other political formations to activate section 155 of the Constitution which would allow Madrid to intervene in Catalonia’s affairs.On Tuesday, Rajoy met with Pedro Sanchez, the leader of the Socialist Party to discuss the potential measures. He also is set to meet with the head of the center-right Ciudadanos party, Albert Rivera, for the same purpose.The police crackdown on the referendum vote indicated that Madrid will not tolerate the independence plans of the northern Spanish region. According to the Spanish media outlet El Pais, the central government is considering taking over the powers of the Catalan government in case its leader does not withdraw the declaration of independence.Rajoy said that “all options remain open” to deal with the Catalan independence intentions, vowing to prevent the region from turning into an independent state, British media outlet The Telegraph reported.Anti-independence Spanish media have defended the central government’s actions, saying that the constitution must be enforced.The possibility of Catalonian independence, one of Spain’s most serious political crises in over three decades, threatens the unity of the Iberian kingdom, according to Spanish media. read more

New UN initiative aims to boost lifesaving treatment for snake bites

4 May 2010The United Nations health agency is publishing new guidelines on treatment for venomous snake bites, which kill at least 100,000 people a year, while highlighting the critical need for appropriate, safe and effective antivenoms. An estimated 5 million people are bitten each year, mostly women, children and farmers in poor rural areas where health systems are not well equipped and medical resources are lacking, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).The new guidelines on the production, regulation and control of snake antivenoms are accompanied by a website detailing where the venomous snakes are located, what they look like, which antivenoms are appropriate, and where they can be obtained.“Many countries have no access to the antivenoms they need. Others use antivenoms that have never been tested against their target snake venoms. So often when people get bitten, they can’t get the treatment they need,” WHO Assistant Director-General Carissa Etienne stated in a news release. “These new tools will help bring this to an end,” she added.WHO pointed out that bites by venomous snakes can cause paralysis that may prevent breathing, bleeding disorders that can lead to fatal haemorrhage, irreversible kidney failure and severe tissue damage that can cause permanent disability and may result in amputation.Several factors have led to the global shortage in snake antivenoms, including poor data on the number and type of snake bites. Also, some manufacturers have stopped producing or increased the prices of antivenoms due to difficulties in estimating needs and poor distribution policies. In addition, poor regulation and marketing of inappropriate antivenoms has resulted in a loss of confidence in the available antivenoms by clinicians, public health officials and patients. WHO stressed that effective and safe antivenoms requires global collaboration, and urged regulators, producers, researchers, clinicians, national and regional health authorities, international organizations and community groups to work together to improve the availability of reliable data on snake bites, the regulatory control of antivenoms and their distribution policies. The new guidelines will, among other things, help public health officials in determining what antivenoms are needed in their country and in drafting relevant national public health policies, assist clinicians and health care professionals in treating snake bites, and increase awareness among the general population about venomous snakes living in their area. read more

Home sales set to fall to nineyear low in 2019 CREA projects

Oil price declines have also wreaked havoc on housing prices in Western Canada, while the largest sales decline this year was in B.C., which has largely been attributed an increase in the foreign-buyers’ tax.Meanwhile, in separate release of monthly sales data, CREA reported that home sales across the country fell for a third month in a row in November, as two of what had been the hottest markets, the Greater Toronto Area and the Greater Vancouver Area, reported lower activity.Canadian home sales through its multiple listing service system dropped by 2.3 per cent last month compared with October as the number of transactions fell in more than half of all local markets.Sales were down year over year in three-quarters of all local markets including the GTA, Hamilton-Burlington, Ont., region, B.C.’s Lower Mainland and Calgary.CREA says the number of new listings also saw a decline, falling 3.3 per cent in November.The drop came as the average price for a home sold last month dropped to $488,000, down 2.9 per cent compared with the same month a year ago. Excluding the Greater Toronto Area and the Greater Vancouver area, the average price of a sold home was just under $378,000.“The decline in home ownership affordability caused by this year’s new mortgage stress-test remains very much in evidence,” said Gregory Klump, CREA’s chief economist in a statement.“Despite supportive economic and demographic fundamentals, national home sales have begun trending lower. While national home sales were anticipated to recover in the wake of a large drop in activity earlier this year due to the introduction of the stress-test, the rebound appears to have run its course.” TORONTO — National home sales are projected to fall to a near decade low in 2019, as rising interest rates and strict mortgage stress-test rules continue to put a damper on homebuyer sentiment, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association.The group, which represents more than 125,000 realtors, is projecting that home sales across the country will decline to the lowest point in nine years but stay little changed from 2018, falling only by 0.5 per cent to 456,200 units.CREA is projecting the national average price for a home sold through its multiple-listing service system will rise 1.7 per cent to $496,800 in 2019.The association forecasts a rebound in sales activity in Ontario and continuing gains in Quebec. Sales were anticipated to fall next year in Alberta and British Columbia.Toronto and Vancouver most ‘vulnerable’ to interest rate hikes as personal debt soars, CMHC warnsToronto new home prices see biggest 12-month drop in more than two decadesMortgage rules now ‘overkill’ that are hitting millennials particularly hard, home builders say“In 2019, home sales activity and prices are expected to be held in check by recent policy changes from different levels of government, in addition to additional interest rate increases,” the group said in a forecast released Monday.CREA has also revised down its projections for 2018, now saying that it expects national home sales will decline by 11.2 per cent to 458,200 units in 2018 — the lowest level in five years.The group says B.C. and Ontario will make up the majority of this year’s decline, while sales in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador will also fall to multi-year lows.“The national forecast has been revised lower… as an anticipated rebound in sales in British Columbia has so far failed to materialize, the recovery in Ontario sales this summer has now run its course and sales activity in Alberta has edged lower. These developments were partially offset by stronger-than-expected sales activity in Quebec,” it said in the report.The association noted that sales in Quebec and in the Maritimes, particularly New Brunswick, were still anticipated to remain “historically strong.”National average home prices were slated to end this year down 4.2 per cent to $488,600 from 2017.CREA attributed 2018’s price drop to a 2.6 per cent year over year decline in Ontario as fewer higher-price homes were put up for sale in Toronto, especially during the spring market, which often sees a price surge.In Toronto, the decline in average home prices this year is stark in contrast because the housing market in Canada’s largest city had been “unusually strong” in 2017.“As we look to 2019, the major battle lines seem fairly clearly drawn, with the market still supported by strong population growth on the one side, and challenging affordability (past price gains and rate rises) on the other,” said Doug Porter, chief economist at BMO Economics in an analyst note.“While we expect sales activity to stabilize next year… we nevertheless anticipate that prices will slow even further to gains likely below that of inflation.”Porter also pointed out that there were a lot of variances regionally in relation to average sales and prices.For instance, the housing market in Ontario’s medium-sized cities continued to show strength, with both London and Windsor, Ont., posting double-digit gains in 2018. While smaller cities in Ontario, Quebec and Maritimes registered price gains that put that in a “healthy” balanced market.While we expect sales activity to stabilize next year… we nevertheless anticipate that prices will slow even further to gains likely below that of inflationDoug Porter, BMO Economics chief economist read more

Kielce crush Szczecin 4524

9KS Azoty Puławy10235277:3007 5PGE Stal Mielec11623325:29714 12Nielba Wągrowiec111010255:3302 Thursday evening turned out to be very successful for Vive Tauron Kielce as they beat Gaz-System Pogoń Szczecin 45:24. Even though the squad from Szczecin is badly deficient, the third team of the Polish league table was expected to stand up to Kielce a little bit more. Especially that Kielce also was weakened by the lack of not only Aginagalde, Reichmann and Rosiński, but also Lijewski and Štrlek.The very beginning of the game could suggest that it was going to be a difficult one for Kielce. Polish champions could not break through their opponents’ defence and as a result in 4. minute they were losing 0:3. It was too much for coach Duyshebaev to bear and he called for the time-out. Just like in the previous game against Kadetten Schaffhausen, the attack of Kielce left much to be desired, but Pogoń also wasted their chances. Thanks to that the hosts were able to equalize and in 12. minute Ivan Čupić gave his team their first lead 6:5. Pogoń wouldn’t let go and managed to take the lead back (10:11, 18. minute). This equal game didn’t last long, though. With 5 minutes to go, Kielce stormed ahead and left the court leading 20:14. The team, however, remained with only one center back as Uroš Zorman left the court injured in 25. minute.The second half was a continuation of the first one. Pogoń kept playing worse and worse; Bruna and Konitz weren’t as effective as at the beginning and even quite well-performing goalkeeper Krzysztof Szczecina couldn’t do much on his own. Pogoń almost stopped and let Kielce play their game. The result of this was 20-goal-lead in 58. minute. In the end, the match ended up with 45:24 result.STANDINGS: ← Previous Story Linn Jorum Sulland to miss EURO 2014 Next Story → Niklas Ekberg extends in Kiel until 2018: Here is my second home 2Orlen Wisła Płock11911370:29319 6Chrobry Głogów11416264:3009 7Zagłębie Lubin11335332:3809 1Vive Tauron Kielce121200444:29924 8MMTS Kwidzyn10406301:2928 10Wybrzeże Gdańsk11137270:3225 11Śląsk Wrocław11218274:3385 3Górnik Zabrze11713356:32715 TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA 4Gaz-System Pogoń Szczecin12714374:36415 read more

We are extremely proud of his immense bravery Family of officer injured

first_imgWe are very grateful for this and it has provided us with a lot of comfort at this difficult time.They continued:“Given the opportunity again, Charlie would no doubt do exactly the same if faced with the same situation; helping a fellow police officer in need and protecting the public.“He is immensely proud to work for the Metropolitan Police Service and serving the Southwark community, and this is an example of that.“Charlie is described by his peers as a dedicated police officer, who is a diligent, hardworking and respected member of his team.”The family asked for privacy while PC Guenigault recovers.Moved and overwhelmed Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesMeanwhile, an unnamed British Transport Police officer injured in Saturday’s attacks on London Bridge and Borough Market has issued a statement from his hospital bed.He is still seriously unwell after receiving wounds to his head, arm and leg but said he was overwhelmed by support from the public.He said:“I am truly moved and overwhelmed by all the support and comments that I’ve received, not only from people in this country but across the world.”The officer said that he was simply doing his job in attempting to tackle the assailants, who wore fake suicide bomb vests.“Like every police officer who responded, I was simply doing my job. I didn’t expect the level of love and well wishes I have received.“I feel like I did what any other person would have done. I want to say sorry to the families that lost their loved ones. I’m so sorry I couldn’t do more and I want you to know I did everything I could.“I am so proud of my colleagues from BTP and everyone from the other emergency services who were on shift that night and did everything they could in the face of danger. I especially want to thank the officers who saved my life and kept me alive. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them.“Saturday night changed my life, like I’m sure it has for many others. My thoughts are with the people who died in the attack, but also with those that were injured and are recovering in hospital, including the three other officers that were injured, and all the members of the public who rushed to help.”Chief Constable Paul Crowther said: “Having visited the PC in hospital a number of times and hearing first-hand the incredible account of his actions on Saturday night, I am proud that he is part of the BTP family.“I know everyone at the force is behind him and his family as he continues his recovery.” Source: Metropolitan PolicePolice also confirmed that British national James McCullen (32) has been identified as one of the men who died during the incident.His family said:It is with the deepest regret and sadness that we have today been informed that our son and brother has been declared a victim of the terrorist attack on Saturday night. By Paul Hosford Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article While our pain will never diminish it is important for all of us to carry on with our lives in direct opposition to those who would try to destroy us and remember that hatred is the refuge of small minded individuals and will only breed more – this is not a course we will follow, despite our loss.They asked for privacy.Three more men were arrested in the British capital this morning.Two men – aged 34 and 37 – were arrested, at separate addresses in Newham. A third – aged 33 – was arrested at an address in Waltham Forest.All three were arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism offences under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.Read: ‘A perfect older brother’: Another London attack victim identified ‘We are extremely proud of his immense bravery’: Family of officer injured in London Bridge attack Eight people were killed in the attack. We would like to send our condolences to the relatives and loved ones of all the others who lost their lives, as our thoughts are with them at this time. Thursday 8 Jun 2017, 7:00 PM http://jrnl.ie/3433298 THE FAMILY OF a Metropolitan police officer injured during the London Bridge attack have spoken about their pride in his bravery.PC Charlie Guenigault was the off-duty officer injured during the London Bridge attack.Three assailants were shot dead by police on Saturday as they carried out a stabbing spree in London’s Borough Market, a warren of bars and restaurants, after mowing down pedestrians as they drove a van across London Bridge.Eight people were killed in the attack, including a Frenchman whose body was found in the River Thames on Tuesday, and 48 people were hospitalised.PC Guenigault, 25, is an emergency response officer on Southwark borough and joined the Metropolitan Police Service on 15 August 2014 where he was posted to Peckham police station on ‘C’ team.He is currently recovering in hospital in a stable condition.His family said in a statement released by police today:“We are extremely proud of Charlie who showed immense bravery on Saturday night.”Our family has received numerous messages from friends, colleagues and people around the country sending Charlie good wishes and commending him for his actions. 16,871 Views 9 Comments Share7 Tweet Email Jun 8th 2017, 7:00 PM Short URL We would like to thank all the members of the services who did their utmost to “serve and protect” the population of London from these deranged and deluded individuals.last_img read more

Total number of flurelated deaths in San Diego rises to 174

first_imgTotal number of flu-related deaths in San Diego rises to 174 Updated: 8:09 PM January 24, 2018 Posted: January 24, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Influenza-related deaths in the San Diego region continued to increase last week, bringing the total to 174 this flu season, though the overall number of cases declined for the third week in a row, according to county data released Wednesday.An additional 32 deaths and 1,183 lab-confirmed cases were reported last week, down from 2,170 the week before and 2,992 the week before that.The total number of cases to date stands at 13,712, compared to 2,100 at the same time last year, according to county data.Health officials said part of this season’s heightened activity could be due to better testing and reporting systems, coupled with the fact that infections occurred earlier than last season.“San Diego is experiencing the same severe flu conditions that are being seen across the country,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer.Wooten said it’s still not too late to get vaccinated for protection against the flu this season, which can extend into April.Vaccines are available at doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies. Those without insurance can go to a county public health center to get vaccinated. For a list of locations, visit www.sdiz.org or call 211 center_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Flu FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

VW now offering 48hour eGolf test drives in the UK

first_img Volkswagen Tags 10 Photos Volkswagen VW’s adorable I.D. Buzz charms us on the California coast 3:28 Check out the VW ID 3’s clever camouflage 2020 Mini JCW Clubman first drive: A fast alternative for the crossover-averse 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded box More From Roadshow 2020 Toyota 4Runner first drive: Same as it ever was — mostly Enlarge ImageGet ’em while the gettin’s good. Volkswagen With a brand spankin’ new electric hatchback soon to arrive, Volkswagen is ramping up its efforts to get people to embrace electrification, and its latest scheme should both accomplish that and help shore up some leftover supply for its outgoing EV.Volkswagen announced late last week that it will start offering extended test drives in the UK. These flexible test drives are, in essence, 48-hour loans that start and end at the dealership. In those 48 hours, though, people are free to do whatever, so long as they don’t leave the e-Golf dead by the side of the road or something equally silly. It’s a smart idea from an adoption perspective. You can theorycraft all you want about how well an electric vehicle will or won’t fit into your lifestyle, but you’ll never know for sure until you give it a whirl, and this allows everyone that opportunity without requiring an actual purchase. If it turns out the e-Golf’s 144-mile range (by Europe’s WLTP standard) fits into your life, there you go.It’s also likely a clever move that will help VW push remaining e-Golf stock through its doors. The car will become all but irrelevant when the ID 3 electric hatchback launches in mid-2020. With its shortest-range battery offering about 205 miles of range (again, by WLTP measurements) and its longest stretching north of 340 miles, the ID 3 has been built from the start as an EV, as opposed to the e-Golf, which runs on a variant of the MQB platform.The ID 3 is already forming a line. According to the automaker, it has now received more than 20,000 preorders for the ID 3, and it hopes to push that number to 30,000 by the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Share your voice 0 Post a comment Electric Cars Hatchbacks Now playing: Watch this: More about 2022 Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Preview • Volkswagen I.D. Buzz: Driving this concept gets us smilinglast_img read more

Murkowski puts riders in spending bill Dems decry poison pills

first_imgPhoto: Committee homepageU.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski had a chance to flex some legislative muscle today. As chair of an Appropriations subcommittee, Murkowski writes the legislation that sends money to the Department of the Interior, the EPA and the Forest Service and tells them how to spend it. Her subcommittee passed that bill today. Murkowski also added several of her favorite environmental policy changes, which Senate Democrats are calling “poison pills.”Download AudioMurkowski says she’ll never stop trying to get a road for King Cove, to link the community to an all-weather airport. The senator says her bill authorizes a land trade to allow for a road through a portion of the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.“I recognize the need to protect the environment, but recognize it should not come at the expense of jeopardizing the lives of those I represent,” she said when her subcommittee met this morning.The land trade is an example of a rider – a policy change a lawmaker slips into another bill, sometimes completely unrelated. Another of Murkowski’s Alaska riders would stop the feds from imposing stricter predator-hunting rules in the state’s national wildlife refuges.Her $32-billion bill has several big national riders, like one that would block an EPA rule defining which waters are subject to the Clean Water Act. Another halts a stream-buffer protection rule that mine advocates say would kill coal mining in Alaska and around the country.Murkowski says her bill pinches EPA’s regulatory budget, in areas where she says the agency has overstepped its bounds.“Several program areas that have issued controversial rules that are currently blocked in court are reduced,” she said, reading from a prepared statement, “because I believe it is more important to provide resources to programs that yield tangible results in improving the environment instead of funding more lawyers and bureaucrats to draft rules of questionable legality and dubious environmental benefit.”The top Democrat on her subcommittee, Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico, says he likes that the bill increases money for drinking water infrastructure and the Indian Health Service. Still, Udall says he can’t support it.“We’re not prepared to gut environmental rules as the price of getting spending bills passed,” he said.Among the riders Udall counts as a poison pill are changes to environmental rules in the Tongass National Forest, in Southeast Alaska. Exactly what the bill says on that is unknown. Murkowski did not make the document public, but she and Udall issued summaries. The bill itself is scheduled for release on Thursday, when it goes before the full Senate Appropriations committee. Udall says that’s when he’ll try to remove the parts he doesn’t like.last_img read more

Harris County Will Buy Riverside Turn It Into Mental Health Facility

first_imgMORE: UH Professor And Students Work To Preserve Former HospitalAlan Bruton, director of interior architecture at the University of Houston, and his students have been working closely on preservation efforts with the former Riverside General Hospital. He tells Houston Matters about their work and the property’s significance. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Ed UthmanThe former Riverside General Hospital will get a new lease on life. Harris County will purchase the building in Houston’s Third Ward, to revive it as a mental health facility.Harris County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to purchase Riverside out of federal bankruptcy. That’s the first step in what’s expected to be a seven-year process. Houston Endowment will help raise the $18 million the county will need to refurbish the building.In its new incarnation, Riverside will house a clinic for the underserved Third Ward. It will also let Harris County divert some mentally ill individuals out of the jail system. Judge Ed Emmett said, though, that this will do little to relieve the pressure on the jail, considered one of the largest mental health providers in Texas.Riverside opened in 1927 as the Houston Negro Hospital. The hospital was plagued by mismanagement and scandal in its final years. Former Riverside president Earnest Gibson III, his son, and two of his colleagues were convicted of Medicare fraud in 2014. The hospital declared bankruptcy two years later, after an audit proved Riverside misused a $32 million Hurricane Ike recovery grant from FEMA. 00:00 /04:44 X X Listen Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:51last_img read more

Bus overturns into ditch in West Midnapore 10 hurt

first_imgKolkata: Ten people suffered injuries after a private bus they were travelling in overturned into a ditch at Talpukur area under Marishda in West Midnapore on Sunday morning.The incident triggered tension among the local residents in the morning. After being informed the police reached the spot and rescued the injured victims. The bus was carrying around 35 passengers to Digha. The bus driver lost control over the vehicle while taking a sharp turn at Talpukur area and overturned into a road side ditch. The traffic movement was disrupted along the National Highway 116B following the accident. According to the police, six suffered serious injuries during the accident. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAll the injured persons were taken to a nearby hospital where some victims were released after primary treatment. Those who suffered serious injuries are undergoing treatment. The passengers were in a traumatised state when they were rescued by the police. Some of the local residents were said to have taken part in the rescue operation. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the bus driver was over-speeding the vehicle and this led to the accident. Police are also investigating if the vehicle developed any technical glitch during the accident or it happened due to the fault of the driver. Police recovered the vehicle. A probe has been initiated in this regard.last_img read more

Opera 40 adds RSS Feed functionality

first_imgOpera 40 adds RSS Feed functionality by Martin Brinkmann on July 21, 2016 in Opera – 4 commentsOpera published a new version of Opera Developer today that introduces basic RSS Feed functionality in the web browser.Opera Developer 40.0.2296.0  is out, and you may upgrade to the version if you run a developer version of Opera already or download it from Opera’s website directly if you don’t or prefer it that way.The big new feature in the release is support for RSS Feeds. This is not an entirely new feature though, as other browsers support RSS feeds natively as well. Firefox for instance supports live bookmarks which basically list the latest articles posted by a site using RSS.Opera on the other hand started integration of RSS support in the browser’s Personal News feature.Opera 40 RSSPersonal News up until now supported a selection of high profile sites that you could subscribe to. Opera would then poll those sites regularly and display new articles published on them in the personal news section of the browser.The functionality is quite basic and somewhat hidden right now. Opera displays a search form at the top of the “add sources” page that you used to find news sources. This worked only for the integrated sources up until now.The latest developer release changes this as it supports RSS Feed urls as well now. Simply paste a feed url into the form and wait for Opera to look it up. The browser displays the feed title afterwards and all that is left to do is click on the plus icon to add it to the list of news sources.You may click on the feed, listed with its URL, then afterwards to display recent articles published on the site.Please note that it may take a moment before the news section is populated the first time after adding a feed.Custom RSS feeds can be read in timeline and stacked view, and the only difference to the list of integrated news sources is that the reading time is not displayed.The feature is a bit rough right now but that is understandable considering that it has been integrated in the Developer version. There is no option to import multiple feeds at once for instance, and the removal of feeds is not working properly right now. The workaround for that is to paste the feed url again into the add sources form and untick the box there to have it removed from Opera’s personal news feature.The timeline view may not work properly as well if you combine the feed with other news sources. Last but not least, the feed url is displayed and not the feed name.In other news, Opera 40 Developer ships with full Chromecast support if you install the Google Cast extension from the store.SummaryArticle NameOpera 40 adds RSS Feed functionalityDescriptionOpera published a new version of Opera Developer today that introduces basic RSS Feed functionality in the web browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Mitt Romneys Salvadoran links questioned

first_imgFrom the print editionWith presidential elections in the United States less than three months away, questions have emerged over Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s past business dealings with investors from El Salvador who were connected to right-wing death squads in the 1980s and early ’90s. An Aug. 8 story by Huffington Post reporters Ryan Grim and Cole Stangler, which added to previous reports by the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Salt Lake Tribune and Salon.com, described how in 1983, Bain Capital founder Bill Bain asked Romney to find investors for the private equity firm. On the advice of Bain executive Harry Strachan, Romney turned to “a group of Central American oligarchs who were looking for new investment vehicles as turmoil engulfed their region,” the Huffington Post reported.In 1984, Romney met with Salvadoran investors in Miami and secured $9 million, or 40 percent, of Bain’s initial investments, Grim and Stangler said, citing the Los Angeles Times. Investors included the de Sola and Salaverría families, who, together with the Dueñas and Poma families, at the time were financing “either directly or through political parties, death squads in El Salvador.” Like other countries in the region, from 1979-1992, El Salvador was engulfed in a brutal civil war between the left-wing Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front and the military government, backed by wealthy Salvadoran families and the U.S. government. An estimated 75,000 people were killed or disappeared during the conflict. According to a United Nations truth commission, 85 percent of deaths and disappearances were attributed to right-wing factions, HuffPost noted.One of the most public assassinations perpetrated by a right-wing Salvadoran group was the March 24, 1980 murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero, a hit orchestrated by death-squad leader Roberto D’Aubuisson, founder of the Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA), a right-wing political party that helped organize the paramilitary death squads. One of the Salvadoran families who invested in Bain – the Salaverrías – had significant ties to ARENA, which D’Aubuisson founded in 1981.“The Salaverría family were very well-known as backers of D’Aubuisson,” former U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Robert White told HuffPost. Alfonso Salaverría was linked to death-squad backer Orlando de Sola, and both supported D’Aubuisson, the report noted. The de Solas, wealthy coffee barons, also supported ARENA.According to HuffPost, citing the Los Angeles Times and Boston Globe, Francisco de Sola and his cousin, Herbert Arturo de Sola, were early Bain investors, and two other de Sola family members were “limited partners.”The report said the Romney campaign acknowledged Orlando de Sola’s link to death squads, but said he was not a Bain Capital investor, although his family was.Romney’s campaign maintains that Bain conducted due diligence at the time on its Salvadoran investors, finding “no unsavory links to drugs or other criminal activity,” a 1999 Salt Lake Tribune story noted.“Nobody with a basic understanding of the region’s history could believe that assertion,” Grim and Stangler wrote.HuffPost also reported that in 1990, Bain investor Francisco de Sola – along with Orlando de Sola and D’Aubuisson – was accused of killing two left-wing activists in Guatemala, according to Guatemalan intelligence sources. While the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which looked into the killings, concluded that right-wing Salvadorans were likely responsible for carrying out the assassinations, it was unable to prove the involvement of the de Solas and D’Aubuisson.However, noted Grim and Stangler, the fact that Guatemalan intelligence sources would suspect the trio is enough to demonstrate that links existed between families involved in investing in Bain and right-wing Salvadorans involved in funding death squads and committing human rights violations.Some supporters of ARENA operated from the U.S. city of Miami. In 2007, Romney traveled to Miami and personally thanked Ricardo Poma, head of the Poma Group and a member of the Bain Capital investment committee, HuffPost reported. The Poma family also had funded ARENA.Romney also thanked Miguel Dueñas, who belongs to the powerful Regalado-Dueñas family, one of ARENA’s leading supporters. According to a CIA document cited by HuffPost, Arturo Dueñas provided information used to compile hit lists for the death squads. “This money, certainly there wasn’t much concern where it came from and what these people had done to make that money,” University of Michigan professor and author Jeffrey Paige told HuffPost. “To now learn that a man that may become president of the U.S. deserves some of his success due to the incredible inequality that the U.S. helped to preserve in El Salvador is ironic,” added Arturo J. Viscarra, an immigration lawyer whose family fled El Salvador to the U.S. after receiving death threats in 1980. Grim and Stangler noted that Romney has not shown public remorse over his early Bain business dealings: “When he [Romney] returned to Miami in 2007, he condemned those who had financed torture and other human rights abuses during the Salvadoran civil war – just not those he was connected to.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more