Taiwan to export USD 500-mn textile products to India in 5 yrs

first_imgMumbai, Nov 24 (PTI) The Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF) is bullish on domestic textile sector and is looking to export textiles products worth around USD 500 million to India in the next five years.”India is a very dynamic market with lot of potential and scope for Taiwanese companies. Our focus is to tap new business opportunities in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka where there is huge demand for innovative knit and woven textile products (performance & functional) like synthetic, fancy, functional etc as well as garment accessories,” Taiwan Textile Federation Overseas Market Development Sean Tsai said.Tsai said this on the sideline of buyer-seller meet here.”We aim to export around USD 500 million worth of functional textiles in the next five years to India. The bilateral trade between India and Taiwan has grown from USD 1.19 billion in 2001 to USD 6 billion in 2014,” Tsai added.For over 10 years, the TTF had been organising buyer-seller meet in India and has been quite successful in connecting and supplying our innovative and trendy textiles to the leading fashion garment exporters as well domestic brands in India, he added.Organised by the TTF and the Bureau of Foreign Trade and represented by Worldex India Exhibition & Promotion, Taiwan Textile Fair showcased Taiwans innovative and value-added yarns, fabrics, trimmings and clothing accessories were displayed to apparel exporters, fashion brands and labels, retailers, importers, distributors based in Mumbai.Taiwanese textile industry is known in the world for its innovative and high-quality products and are sourced by leading global brands for sports and active wear, outdoor wear, functional wear, formal wear, suiting and shirting by leading global brands such as such as DKNY, S. Oliver, C&A, Victorias Secret, GAP, Nike, Adidas, Calvin Klein, H&M, Marks & Spencer, TESCOUK, Tommy Hilfiger etc.advertisementSome of the leading exporters and brands in India that are already sourcing from Taiwan include Shahi Exports, Gokaldas Images, Madura Garments, Wildcraft, Moxi Sports, and Proline India. PTI AP ARS ABI BASlast_img read more

Jawun Evans One of 16 Finalists for USA U19 Roster

first_imgUSA Basketball announced on Monday that they have cut five players from the U-19 tryouts.Oklahoma State’s Jawun Evans is one of 16 finalists remaining on the roster. The 16-man squad will be cut to 12 before traveling to compete in the U19 World Championships in Greece, which begins on June 27th.The finalists are listed below:Jawun Evans, Oklahoma StateJustin Bibbs, So., Virginia TechIsaiah Briscoe, KentuckyJalen Brunson, VillanovaBrekkott Chapman, UtahVince Edwards, PurdueTerrance Ferguson, Class of 2016Harry Giles, Class of 2016Josh Jackson, Class of 2016Riley LaChance, VanderbiltChinanu Onauku, LouisvilleL.J. Peak, GeorgetownCaleb Swanigan, PurdueAllonzo Trier, ArizonaThomas Welsh, UCLAPhoto attribution: On the radar HoopsIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

States of Public Emergency Will Not be Extended

first_img Following a lengthy debate during the sitting of the House of Representatives on Tuesday (December 11), the Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) voted to end the enhanced security measures introduced by the Government since January, 2018, in response to increased criminal activities in several communities. The States of Public Emergency (SOEs) in St. Catherine North, St. James and sections of the Kingston Central, Kington Western, and St. Andrew South Police Divisions will not be extended. The States of Public Emergency (SOEs) in St. Catherine North, St. James and sections of the Kingston Central, Kington Western, and St. Andrew South Police Divisions will not be extended.Following a lengthy debate during the sitting of the House of Representatives on Tuesday (December 11), the Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) voted to end the enhanced security measures introduced by the Government since January, 2018, in response to increased criminal activities in several communities.All 33 Government MPs voted in favour of extending the measures. The extension of emergency powers has to be approved by a two-thirds majority of the Lower House.With the Opposition voting against the extension, it means that the St. James SOE will terminate on January 31, 2019, while the emergency powers will cease to apply for St. Catherine North on January 2 and sections of the Corporate Area on January 7.In his opening remarks on the motions, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said the security forces have reported a reduction in serious and violent crimes islandwide between January 1 and December 9, 2018.“Murders are down 21.7 per cent, shootings are down 21.4 per cent, rape down 12.2 per cent, aggravated assault down 11 per cent. Additionally, there have been significant reductions in the year-to-date reports of murders across several police divisions, the most notable being St. James, where there has been more than a 70 per cent reduction in murders,” he said.The Prime Minister noted that while these gains have had a positive impact, there is a tremendous amount of work that still needs to be done.For his part, Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, argued that a State of Public Emergency was never considered to be used as a “routine crime measure”.“We don’t need a state of emergency to continue the reductions that have been achieved,” he argued.Mr. Holness, in response, pointed out that the Government has been very clear that using the tool of an SOE “is not a sustainable long-term measure to fight crime”.“If it were an issue that the Government is saying ‘we are not going to end and we are going to go on forever’ I could understand the posture. We do have a plan not to continue the use of the States of Public Emergency, but I have gone to great lengths here to say that I cannot give away the strategic intent of the Government by saying when,” he said.He told the House that the request for the continuation of the SOEs was made by the security forces.“I didn’t come here on my own volition and understanding. There is a team of well-qualified Jamaicans in the security field who have advised, and ultimately, on the recommendation of the Commissioner of Police and Chief of Defence Staff, they signed letters saying…’in light of the foregoing we request the extension of the State of Public Emergency in St. James for a further 90 days’. I don’t come here on my own,” Mr. Holness argued.The Constitution provides that a period of public emergency can be declared by Proclamation if the Governor-General is satisfied that action has been taken or is immediately threatened by any person or body of persons of such a nature and on so extensive a scale as to be likely to endanger public safety. All 33 Government MPs voted in favour of extending the measures. The extension of emergency powers has to be approved by a two-thirds majority of the Lower House. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Number Of MRIs To Double Reduce Waits

first_imgHEALTH-Number Of MRIs To Double, Reduce Waits Nova Scotians will receive MRIs more quickly and closer to homeas a result of four new MRI machines. Premier John Hamm announcedgovernment’s plan to expand and improve MRI services in NovaScotia today, Dec. 13. The new MRIs will be located in Kentville, Antigonish, Yarmouth,and New Glasgow. “This is a major step on the road map to reduce wait times andimprove health care,” said Premier Hamm. “This fall, I indicatedthat new federal health money Nova Scotia received through theFirst Ministers’ Meeting would be spent on health, particularlyto reduce wait times. As a government, we are keeping our word.” Expanding the MRI capacity in Nova Scotia was one of the toppriorities cited in Your Health Matters — the government’s planfor better health care, released in 2003. Three MRI machines are currently located in Halifax, and one inCape Breton. These four publicly funded scanners provide serviceto 950,000 people in Nova Scotia — a ratio of one scanner to235,000 people. New Brunswick has one scanner for 150,000 people,the best ratio in Canada. The additional four machines will seeNova Scotia move to a number one ranking with one scanner for117,500 people. “With these new machines, Nova Scotians will have access todouble the number of MRIs,” said Health Minister Angus MacIsaac. “We are building more capacity in our rural areas, with acommitment to replace equipment in Halifax as our next priority.” MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. An MRI can makedetailed three-dimensional images of the body’s soft tissues. In recognition of rapidly improving and evolving technology, theprovince is allowing health districts to decide if the newgeneration of multi-slice CT scanners, similar to the MRI, wouldbetter suit their needs. The IWK Health Centre will purchase oneof these CT scanners to support services for children and women. Over the next few months, the four district health authoritieswill work with the Nova Scotia Department of Health to purchasethe equipment and to develop service guidelines for their use.Renovations and recruiting radiology technicians will also be apriority. The funding for this equipment will be shared 75/25 by theprovincial government and the communities in which they will belocated. The province’s portion, estimated at $2.5 million per unit(including purchase and installation), is being taken from NovaScotia’s share of funding arranged through the First Ministers’Meeting Accord. Nova Scotia is receiving $62 million for 2004-05.Ongoing operational costs for each service location are estimatedat $750,000 per year. Earlier this month, Mr. MacIsaac announced that new federalhealth dollars will go towards improving services for childrenwith autism. Later this week, the minister will release detailson other investments to reduce wait times, improve health care,and enhance healthy lifestyles through Nova Scotia’s 2004-05share of federal health dollars. “Before we met with the prime minister and other first ministers,our government consulted with health-care partners on potentialnew investments for better health care,” added Premier Hamm. “Weare being open, transparent and accountable to our healthpartners and all Nova Scotians for every new dollar coming fromOttawa for health.”last_img read more

Deputy CM files defamation case against BJP leaders

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday filed a defamation suit against Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari and some other BJP leaders, for allegedly making false allegation of corruption in the construction of government school’s classrooms.The complaint was filed under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for making false and defamatory statements in print, electronic and social media. The matter was mentioned before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal by Advocates BS Joon and Mohd Irshad. The Court admitted the matter and posted it for hearing on July 22. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticApart from Manoj Tiwari, the complaint has also been filed against BJP Lok Sabha members Hans Raj Hans and Pravesh Verma, Delhi MLAs Manjinder Singh Sirsa and Vijender Gupta and BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana. Sisodia has accused the BJP leaders of making false allegations against him. The BJP leaders had alleged that Manish Sisodia was involved in a Rs 2000 crore scam involving the construction of classrooms in government schools.last_img read more

Tindouf Camps Fertile Ground for Terrorism and Embezzlement of Humanitarian Aid

first_imgRabat- The Tindouf camps are increasingly becoming Fertile Ground for Terrorism and Embezzlement of Humanitarian Aid.Saharawis living in the Tindouf camps controlled by the Algerian-backed Polisario Front are systematically denied the basic human rights of freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and freedom of association. They are prevented from moving freely between the camps and are prohibited from leaving Tindouf without the express permission of the Polisario leadership.The Saharawis are housed in five separate camps in Toudouf, each a ta distance of between 30km and 172 km. Husbands, wives, and siblings are separated. Children are often removed from their parents’ care within the camps and then sent to Cuba for many years.  While in Cuba, they lose contact with their families, and are often exploited and put to work in domestic service, factories, and agriculture, and subjected to military training. At the camps, women and the elderly are compelled to carry out forced manual labour in extreme heat in the summer and extreme cold in the winter. The camp system is cruel; penalties and intimidation are used to keep control and ensure conformity with the Polisario’s edicts. Dissent is publically punished, and torture and imprisonment are commonplace. Children are forced to watch the public punishment of their parents.Many Saharawis would like to leave Tindouf, but cannot.Those who express such a desire openly soon find that their family members have been moved to other camps and/or their children sent to Cuba. This effectively ensures that they remain in the camps, as hostages, and that they continue to comply with the Polisario’s regime and dictates, while waiting and hoping to be re-united with their spouses and/or children.Some Saharawi refugees have managed to escape from the camps and have described the hardships and cruelty which exists in the camps. They attest to the corruption of the Polisario leadership and its misuse of the international humanitarian financial and material assistance received for the benefit of the refugees.Much of the food and medicine donated by NGOs to benefit the refugees, for example, does not reach the refugees, but instead is sold in the markets of North African countries such as Mali, Mauritania,and Algeria, to raise money for the Polisario to purchase weapons and ammunition.  Hans R. Wittewer, the Representative of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRCC), said “funds destined for the Sahraoui program, in the form of advances coming from the World Food Program and the European Union, which were earmarked to cover the cost of transportation and custom’s duties, have instead been used to purchase airline tickets for travel abroad by the Polisario leadership.”According to the latest report published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, “Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its offshoots in the Sahel are already working to expand their partnership with smugglers from the massive refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria, and to enlist recruits among the disenchanted youth there. If Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb strengthened its alliance of convenience with the Polisario, a formidable terrorist organization could emerge.”The latest report from the International Center for Terrorism Studies (ICTS), an office within the US think tank The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, called for dismantling the Polisario militias and the release of the population detained in the Tindouf camps, which have become a “breeding ground” for al-Qaeda recruiters and traffickers of all kinds. ICTS director, Yonah Alexander, urged the international community to take “a census of the populations of the Tindouf camps,” considered a “threat to regional security and a fertile recruiting ground for terrorists and drug traffickers.”Today, history offers a golden opportunity for the Polisario to accept the only solution possible, indeed the best one in many people’s view, of political autonomy under the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Morocco.If the Polisario leaders have the slightest bit of compassion or respect for the Sahraouis, they should readily seize this historic opportunity to avoid being trapped in the present circumstances and not be a thorn in the side of the Kingdom of Morocco to others to obtain political hegemony.Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Annan condemns deadly mosque bombings in Iraq appeals for cooperation and unity

A statement issued by Mr. Annan’s spokesman said the Secretary-General “regrets the continued acts of intolerance and violence, particularly when perpetrated against innocent civilians and places of worship.”It said now that the elections have been successfully held, the Secretary-General “appeals to Iraqis of all faiths, ethnic backgrounds and political persuasions to come together in a spirit of dialogue and national reconciliation to build a peaceful, democratic and prosperous Iraq.”The statement also pledged the United Nations continued support of the Iraqi people “to help them succeed in this critical period of their history.”Also today, Mr. Annan received a briefing at UN Headquarters in New York from United States Ambassador to Iraq John D. Negroponte on the situation following the 30 January elections. Mr. Negroponte commended the work of the UN, including Mr. Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi and in particular the UN electoral assistance team, which provided technical and advisory aid to the Iraqi authorities.Mr. Annan stressed that if requested the UN could assist with the constitutional process and in political outreach, especially towards those segments of Iraqi society that did not participate in the elections for the new constituent assembly. Turnout by Sunni Arabs, about 20 per cent of the population, was very low. read more

OECDUN forum on strengthening collection and use of migration data kicks off

Running through Tuesday, the Forum will explore improvements the production and use of migration data and overcoming challenges in the sector, as well as also delve deep into specific themes.Also on the agenda is a specific plenary session is devoted to exploring how public opinions on migration and migrants are formed, and how these can change by facing well-communicated facts.Other topics include use Big Data for migration, as well as building the capacity for emerging economies and developing countries to produce migration statistics.According to IOM, the Forum aims to become a bi-annual event for producers and users of migration-related data to share their views, identify gaps and highlight needs for training and capacity building.Policies concerning migration must be grounded in dataIn a related statement, Mr. Swing also underscored that accurate and complete migration data is critical for sound policies concerning it.“We are finding that without access to reliable, comprehensive and global data, managing migration policy becomes a game of blind man’s bluff,” he stressed. in a recent statement, underscoring the importance of data for sound policies.However, he added, despite efforts by Governments and the international community, “significant gaps” in migration data remain globally.National population censuses – traditionally the main source of data on migration – are infrequent and cannot therefore provide timely information. Furthermore, migrants, especially those on irregular status, often are absent from household surveys, or are hard to track through administrative data sources.In the statement, Mr. Swing noted the that the volume of data available today is larger than at any point in human history. While there are incredible possibilities of the use of this so called “Big Data” – data generated, often inadvertently, by users on digital devices, web-platforms or other “smart” sources – there are also significant challenges, in particular those over privacy, ethical and human rights given the way they are generated or collected.“Concerns over the use of Big Data for any purpose, including research, need to be identified and adequately addressed by policy-makers, for instance through the creation of a regulatory system setting out conditions and limits to access to and use of certain kinds of data,” suggested Mr. Swing. Organized jointly by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the first International Forum on Migration Statistics will also explore innovations in data collection and strengthening capacity in developing countries to produce and improve migration statistics.“It is important that we speak today about the fundamental need for better migration data,” said William Lacy Swing, the Director-General of the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM), at the Forum.“We also need urgently, however, to engage a dialogue on a Global Action Plan – a plan to ensure the availability to policymakers and others comprehensive national, regional and global data and statistical analysis of trends in migration – a phenomenon as old as humankind and, today, one of the defining phenomena of our time.” IOM Director General William Lacy Swing (at podium) at the first International Forum on Migration Statistics in Paris, organized jointly by IOM, OECD and UNDESA. Photo: OECD The Portal aims to serve as a unique access point to timely, comprehensive migration statistics and reliable information about migration data globally. read more

Analyst predicts Amazon smartphone in 2012

first_imgDid you pick up a Kindle Fire, and find that you’re enjoying it so much you wish Amazon would expand its hardware lineup? You may be in luck, if a new prediction by a research analyst has any legs. Citigroup’s Mark Mahaney is speculating that Amazon will jump into the smartphone market next year with a Kindle phone.This particular analyst, Mark Mahaney, believes that Amazon will be partnering with frequent Apple supplier Foxconn for the phone. The supposed specs would have it running a dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP 4 processor, quite possibly the same one found in the Kindle Fire and the Droid Bionic.While analysts are notorious for taking any shred of evidence and using it to making bold headline-grabbing predictions, the idea of an Amazon smartphone isn’t completely out of left field. As Amazon has successfully expanded from ebooks to ereaders and now to tablets, a smartphone could be the next logical step. Now that the retailer has its own Android firmware and app ecosystem in place, the launch could be that much easier.Amazon would have a lot to offer — and gain — from getting a foothold in the smartphone market. The phone would be packaged with the Fire’s same Kindle, Amazon Video, Amazon MP3, and retail shopping apps to make it oh-so easy for customers to open their wallets time and time again after the initial purchase. They could then combine their own discount with carrier subsidies to make for a free or cheap high-end phone. Another possibility would be for Amazon to skip carrier subsidies altogether and sell the phone off-contract for $200-300.Of course these analysts’ predictions are to be taken with grains of salt, but at least this one cites some alleged supply chain leaks. The potential for their success in that space is huge, so we would say this one will probably come true sooner or later.via BGRlast_img read more

85 dauphins échoués au Cap Cod en moins de deux semaines

first_img85 dauphins échoués au Cap Cod en moins de deux semainesPlus de 85 dauphins se sont échoués au Cap Cod, dans le nord-est des Etats-Unis, et ce seulement depuis le 12 janvier dernier. Si les échouages ne sont pas rares dans cette région, leur nombre est bien plus élevé que d’habitude en ce début d’année. Il interpelle les experts qui peinent à en déterminer les raisons.Depuis le 12 janvier dernier, 85 dauphins se sont échoués dans la baie de Cap Cod, dans le nord-est des Etats-Unis. “Et nombre pourrait monter à 101, car 16 dauphins sont dans des endroits difficiles d’accès et nous n’avons pas encore pu confirmer leur situation”, a expliqué à l’AFP un porte-parole du Fonds international pour la protection des animaux (IFAW), A.J. Cady. Les animaux ont principalement été découverts près des localités de Wellfleet et Eastham, et grâce aux équipes de l’association, 21 dauphins ont pu être sauvés. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Si le Cap Cod est une zone difficile pour les cétacés qui peinent parfois à en sortir et s’échouent avec la marée montante, le nombre de dauphins retrouvé depuis le 12 janvier est anormalement élevé. “Ce nombre est très inhabituel. En général, sur un an, nous intervenons auprès de 120 dauphins, un nombre que nous avons presque atteint” en moins de deux semaines, souligne A.J Cady.Plusieurs hypothèses sont avancées par les experts pour expliquer cette échouage massif. Les dauphins se sont peut-être simplement perdus, ou se sont faits piéger en suivant un banc de poissons. Mais certains chercheurs évoquent de possibles liens avec les oscillations de l’Atlantique nord, la température de l’océan, ou encore des maladies. Les analyses actuellement menées sur les cadavres des dauphins devraient permettre d’en savoir plus.Le 25 janvier 2012 à 19:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Hurricane Gonzalo on Bermuda

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Oct 2014 – Bermuda was badly hit by the fierce Category Four Hurricane Gonzalo on the weekend; clean up happening now. Gonzalo caused power cuts to 31,200 homes and the hospital, although two-thirds of people had their electricity restored by Saturday afternoon, according to the Bermuda Electric Company. The hurricane also caused flooding, felled trees and damaged buildings. Magnetic Media is told the HMS Argyll was en route to Bermuda Friday… The Type 23 Frigate, HMS Argyll, on a flag flying mission in the Caribbean, was diverted by the Royal Navy to Bermuda, a UK overseas territory, to help with humanitarian aid. Argyll and her resources – which include medical personnel – will assist in the restitution of power and water supplies and of communications systems. The frigate’s Lynx helicopter will also carry out surveillance missions. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp UK Governors of the Caribbean meet in Miami Related Items:bermuda, bermuda electric company, hms argyll, hurricane gonzalo Recommended for you Bermuda swears in youngest Premier in country’s history Premier calls for more security and encourages OTs to link hands to get due from UKlast_img read more

Javier Tebas optimistic about GironaBarca in Miami

first_imgLa Liga chief Javier Tebas believes the Girona-Barcelona tie is 83 percent likely’ to be played in Miami despite the oppositions.La Liga took out several adverts in the Miami Herald to campaign for the city to host January 27’s mini-Catalan derby.“It’s 83 percent likely to happen,” he told reporters via Football Espana at a book launch.“No-one has given me any document that says otherwise, neither the RFEF nor any international or world organisation. We’ll try to get the ‘yes’.“They haven’t answered us but we’ll keep working until they give us an official ‘no’.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I think the advertising in the Miami Herald was perfect. You have to see the desire they have in the US for the game to be played there.“Right now La Liga is more famous there for that match than some of the results at the weekend.“Football Leaks? That’s what we reported two years ago, when some people called me crazy.“You don’t need Football Leaks to verify it. You only need to look at the accounts of both clubs to see that they practice financial doping with inflated sponsorships. It’s not possible.“The corresponding measures must be taken and the files reopened. I think PSG will be punished by 90%.”last_img read more

Twoalarm fire burns auto shop in Kearny Mesa

first_imgTwo-alarm fire burns auto shop in Kearny Mesa Posted: March 28, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 7:25 PM KUSI Newsroom center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 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) – A two-alarm blaze broke out early this morning and burned for more than four hours at an auto shop in the Kearny Mesa area, prompting the evacuation of a nearby animal hospital, authorities said.The non-injury blaze was reported around 1:30 a.m. at the Off Road Warehouse, 7915 Balboa Ave., San Diego Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief David Pilkerton said.Crews responded to the scene and began dousing the flames inside the two-story building, but around 1:50 a.m. they switched to a defensive response, fighting the blaze from the exterior because the flames had grown too large to fight the fire from inside, he said.A veterinary hospital next door was evacuated as crews battled the flames and county animal services personnel were called in to assist the animals, Pilkerton said.Crews prevented the fire from spreading to nearby buildings and knocked down the flames around 5:55 a.m., Pilkerton said.The cause of the fire was under investigation. March 28, 2019last_img read more

2 officers 3 others dead in Las Vegas shooting

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Two suspects shot and killed two police officers in an ambush at a Las Vegas restaurant Sunday before fatally shooting a third person and killing themselves inside a nearby Wal-Mart, authorities said.A man and woman walked into CiCi’s Pizza and shot at point-blank range Officers Alyn Beck, 42, and Igor Soldo, 32, who were eating lunch, Las Vegas police officials said. One of the officers was able to fire back before he died, but it’s unclear if he hit the suspects, Sheriff Doug Gillespie of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department said at a news conference Sunday afternoon.One of the suspects yelled, “This is a revolution,” but the motive for the shooting remains under investigation, Las Vegas police spokesman Larry Hadfield told The Associated Press. He added that “we don’t know anything about the suspects yet.”After shooting the officers, the suspects fled to the Wal-Mart across the street, where they fatally shot a person inside the front door and exchanged gunfire with police before killing themselves in an apparent suicide pact, police said.The female suspect shot the male suspect before killing herself, Gillespie said. The victim’s identity hasn’t been confirmed, and the suspects’ names haven’t been released. Both officers were taken to the hospital, but it was unclear if they died there or at the scene.last_img read more

Feds join governor in ending Juneau road extension

first_imgGlacier Highway stretches north on Oct. 4, 2016. The federal government has joined Gov. Walker in deciding not to extend the road. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO)The federal government has joined Gov. Bill Walker’s administration in choosing not to extend the road from Juneau 48 miles closer to Haines and Skagway.Walker announced in 2016 that he wasn’t going ahead with the project. But the new Federal Highway Administration decision finalizes that choice.Road opponents celebrated.Buck Lindekugel, a lawyer for the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, said the project was ill-conceived.“This is a huge victory for the Aak’w Kwáan, the original settlers of Juneau who were able to safeguard their ancestral lands from destructive road building,” Lindekugel said. “It’s a victory for folks who care about Berners Bay and the incredible fish and wildlife resources there.”Lindekugel said the state should spend money the Legislature set aside for the project to fund improvements to the ferry docks in Haines and Skagway. The communities will be served by two new ferries.Denny DeWitt of the First Things First Alaska Foundation, a pro-road group, characterized it as a setback.“The option that this governor has chosen puts the project into limbo,” DeWitt said. “The federal folks signed off on his recommendation, and when we get a new governor we’ll talk to the new governor about proceeding with the project.”It’s not clear how the state will spend $43 million it has set aside.“It will remain in the account until an acceptable alternative concept to advance transportation access for Juneau is proposed and agreed upon by stakeholders,” Aurah Landau, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, said.For now, the state loses access to the federal money for the project. The federal government would have covered more than 90 percent of the projected $574 million cost.Landau said the state would seek a federal match for any project it funds with the money that’s set aside.The state won’t have to repay federal money it already spent.KTOO’s Jacob Resneck  contributed to this report.last_img read more

College girl killed after gang rape on running bus 5 held

first_imgPolice held 5 people from Mymensingh on Monday over the killing of a girl after gang rape on a running bus in Tangail’s Madhupur. Photo: Prothom AloPolice arrested five people from Mymensingh on Monday night over the killing of a college girl after gang rape on a running bus in Tangail’s Madhupur, reports UNB.Three of the arrestees — bus helper Akram, Shamim, and Jahangir — confessed before a court on Tuesday to their crime. The two other arrestees are bus driver Habib and his supervisor Safar.The deceased girl, Jakia Sultana Rumpa, 27, completed her master’s from Bogra Azizul Haque College and was studying law at Dhaka Ideal Law College. She was working at Unilever Bangladesh Limited at its Sherpur branch.Victim’s relatives said Jakia was returning Sherpur after attending the teacher registration examination in Mymensingh on Friday.Officer-in-charge of Madhupur police station Shafiqul Islam said they recovered the bloodstained body of the girl from Panchmail area of the upazila on Friday night.Following post-mortem, she was buried at the town central graveyard, he said.Later, victim’s relatives identified her seeing her photograph.last_img read more

The Chromebook Pixel hides a Konami Code secret

first_imgYesterday, Google revealed the rumored Chromebook Pixel to the world. Though the pseudo-netbook comes with the very hefty price tag of $1300, and you might not feel that what it packs under the hood is worth the price of a Surface Pro and iPad Mini combined, the device at least has something of a sense of humor. Like all good pieces of technology, it responds to the venerable Konami Code.If you enter the code into the Pixel, up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right, then B followed by A, you’ll activate a little light show displayed on the Pixel’s LED strip, which is located on the cover. You won’t unlock more functionality that you might find justifies the $1300 price, but hey, it’s always great to see the Konami Code chugging along into 2013, appearing in mediums that don’t have anything to do with Konami, cheat codes, or even video games.Wired captured the light show in GIF form, in which the Pixel’s LED strip jumps between various colors of light. We haven’t gotten our hands on a Pixel to try out the code just yet, but Wired reports that the code is simply entered using the keyboard’s directional keys. The report doesn’t say if the code takes priority, or if you can only enter it in specific apps.If you look closely at the light show, it seems to actually play the Konami Code back at you. Clever stuff.The two things everyone is mainly focusing on with regards to the Chromebook Pixel is the exorbitant price and that it hides a Konami Code easter egg. If that doesn’t sum up the public’s reaction to Google’s fancy new Chromebook, we don’t know what else does.last_img read more

Using an organocatalyst to stereocontrol polymerization

first_img Explore further More information: A. J. Teator et al. Catalyst-controlled stereoselective cationic polymerization of vinyl ethers, Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw1703 Polymers are substances with a molecular structure that is generally made up of like units bound together—they are typically found in resins and plastics. In this new effort, the researchers endeavored to create a polymer that would have more adherence, making it more useful as a coating material. They noted that the two most popular polyolefins, polyethylene and polypropylene, do not adhere well because they are made of hydrogen and carbon—to become adhesive, they need oxygen. Prior research has shown that poly(vinyl ethers) (PVEs) can be made using free radical polymerization, but the results lack stereochemistry, which means they are not very strong or reliable. That led the researchers to devise a new approach that would allow catalyst control when making PVEs, which would give them well-defined stereochemistry using cationic polymerization. Stereochemistry refers to the three-dimensional arrangement of atoms that make up molecules and the impact that the arrangement has on chemical reactions.In their new approach, the researchers used an asymmetric phosphoric acid combined with a Lewis acid (titanium) to force the monomer into a desired orientation during ionic polymerization—the organocatalyst enabled the researchers to exert complete control over the resulting stereochemistry. The polymer they created was semi-crystalline, and testing showed it to be both strong mechanically (comparable to polyethylene) and highly adhesive.Foster and O’Reilly suggest the new approach could lead to the development of both adhesive coatings and medical devices. They also note that the new approach is scalable and amenable to various types of processing such as melting, molding and coloring. They also note that the concept behind the new approach appears to be transferable to other types of polymerization systems, which suggests a whole new class of products could be forthcoming. Designing a stereoselective cationic polymerization. (A) The chiral ligand environment in coordination-insertion polymerizations enables stereoselective monomer enchainment by directing facial addition at the propagating polymer chain end. Polar monomers are typically not compatible with this mechanism because of catalyst poisoning. Me, methyl. (B) The achiral chain end in the cationic polymerizations of vinyl ethers provides no inherent mode for stereoinduction. Monomer addition occurs at either face of the oxocarbenium ion. (C) Our catalyst-controlled approach to stereoselective cationic polymerization relies on a chiral, BINOL-based counterion to bias the stereochemistry of monomer enchainment. The resultant isotactic PVEs are semicrystalline thermoplastics with intrinsic polarity. Credit: Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw1703 Journal information: Science A pair of researchers at the University of North Carolina has developed a way to use an organocatalyst to stereocontrol polymerization. In their paper published in the journal Science, A. J. Teator and F. A. Leibfarth describe the process and outline some ways the results could be used. Jeffrey Foster and Rachel O’Reilly with the University of Birmingham have published a Perspectives piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue.center_img © 2019 Science X Network An easy route to polymer coatings with potential use in biofouling prevention Citation: Using an organocatalyst to stereocontrol polymerization (2019, March 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-organocatalyst-stereocontrol-polymerization.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Canadian company announces 45 billion peso investment in Quintana Roo

first_imgBernardo Cueto added that “A project of this level will mark a before and after for the south of the state, specifically for our capital. “The Canadian community is increasingly aware of the favorable environment offered by the south of this wonderful Mexican state and we are pleased to see the willingness of the government of Quintana Roo to make this project a reality in the medium term,” said Kealy. “K & A has its sights set on Quintana Roo, a region with a high level of knowledge in the Canadian market, and which has great potential for the development of projects linked to the medical and real estate sector. Bernardo Cueto, director of the of the Institute for the Development and Financing of the State explained that on December 11, Marc Kealy, CEO of K & A Associates, visited Quintana Roo in order to give continuity to the agreements generated after a November work agenda in the city of Toronto. Canadian company K & A Associates says they intend to invest around 4.5 billion peso in the development of medical and residential facilities based in the state’s capital due to the booming growth of the state, which makes it a preferred place for the development of its projects. Prior to this meeting, a working meeting was held between Agepro, the Institute for the Development and Financing of the State and K & A in order to explore the areas of opportunity in which the state government could participate. Photo: Instituto para el Desarrollo y Financiamiento del Estado center_img “As Pro Quintana Roo, we will work every day in our tasks of connection with the private sector in order to achieve the realization of investments that generate more and better opportunities for the population of Quintana Roo, which are the precise instructions by Governor Carlos Joaquín.” “In recent weeks, we have been working hand-in-hand with the Strategic Projects Agency headed by Architect Eduardo Ortiz Jasso, and it has been thanks to this cooperation that we have found the way to provide the conditions that has generated the confidence of K & A. Chetumal, Q.R. — A Canadian company has announced a 4.5 billion peso investment plan into the medical and real estate sectors of Quintana Roo. During a recent session of the Pro Quintana Roo Business Committee, Marc Kealy reaffirmed the intention of K & A to develop an investment project close to 4.5 billion peso in the development of medical and residential facilities in the city of Chetumal. The Instituto para el Desarrollo y Financiamiento del Estado, through its Pro Quintana Roo platform, has as central objectives for the promotion of the entity as an investment destination, the attraction of capital (public and private) and to provide personalized attention to investors who see business opportunities in Quintana Roo.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The tides of Latin American populism

first_imgMEXICO CITY – Demagogues and populists like U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and French National Front leader Marine Le Pen are setting Western politics alight. But in Latin America, populist leaders are losing support: Argentina’s Cristina Kirchner has just beenvoted out of office; in Venezuela, President Nicolás Maduro’s Socialists suffered a resounding defeat in midterm elections; and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff now faces the prospect of impeachment. Many are speculating that the “pink tide” of populism, which has pushed the region to the left over the last 15 years, now is turning. But is it really populism that these countries are rejecting?In fact, citizens seem to be driven less by ideology than by their frustration with burgeoning economic challenges, which have been caused largely by a situation over which their leaders have little control: the end of the commodity boom that began early this century. When that boom, which was sustained by China’s seemingly insatiable appetite for raw minerals and food, came to an end in 2012, sharply falling prices devastated Latin America’s exporters.Brazil, despite its large domestic market and strong industrial sector, took a serious hit. The situation was even worse for Argentina and Venezuela, both of which depend heavily on commodity exports – mainly soybeans and oil – not only to finance imports, but also as their main source of government revenue. Considering the enormous social programs to which these countries’ governments were committed, it did not take long for the price collapse to take its toll. Venezuela kept spending until the money simply ran out. Argentina’s growing deficits led to inflation, devaluation and recession.Of course, regimes with different ideological inclinations might have had different spending habits, potentially cushioning the blow from the commodity-price collapse. In Brazil, in particular, spending was out of control, even if Rousseff’s government managed to disguise it for a while. (It is, incidentally, the methods used to disguise it that now have Rousseff in trouble.)Under Rousseff, inflation mounted and the real’s exchange rate plunged; large “white elephant” infrastructure projects were launched and then abandoned; and the effort to reduce interest rates artificially led to a consumer credit bubble. By contrast, Rousseff’s predecessor, Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva – a leftist icon from her same Workers’ Party – did largely adhere to macroeconomic orthodoxy, even as he expanded social-support programs.In any case, the bottom line is that, as a hostile global environment brings to the fore their leaders’ economic mismanagement, Latin American voters are becoming increasingly disenchanted. They are not necessarily rejecting left-wing leaders; rather, they are rejecting incumbents of all stripes. The majority just happen to be of the left. Isabel Galleguillos, 50, works in her own open-pit copper mine in La Loíca, Chile. She was Chile’s first woman with her own mine. Pablo Bigorra/AFPConsider Chile and Peru, both of which depend heavily on copper exports. With the price of copper having dropped precipitously, both countries’ leaders are likely to suffer electorally. The fact that Peru’s president, Ollanta Humala, is more moderate than Chile’s Michelle Bachelet will not really matter. Likewise, falling banana and oil prices will create the same political challenges for the leftist firebrand Rafael Correa in Ecuador, as will falling coffee, oil and coal prices for Colombia’s centrist president, Juan Manuel Santos.That said, there is a certain sense of the chickens coming home to roost for Latin America’s left-wing leaders, who have had a good run since Venezuela’s late president, Hugo Chávez, took office in 1999. Some of them – including Lula in Brazil, as well as successive leaders in Chile and Uruguay – governed sensibly and responsibly. Others were too focused on ideological rhetoric to do much good. But, regardless of their performance, these parties continued to win elections (some fairer than others), based on the view that they were leading the way toward economic progress. As has lately become clear, that progress stemmed not from “realistic” governance, but from favorable international economic conditions.Now that the backlash against incumbent governments has begun, however, ideological debates are certain to intensify. Leftist governments like those in Argentina and Venezuela have long adopted polarizing policies, especially on issues such as violence, solidarity with pariah countries (Cuba for Venezuela; Iran for Argentina), and corruption – policies that may now be challenged or reversed by new leaders.The Venezuelan case is especially intriguing. The opposition, despite holding a majority in the National Assembly, knows that it must negotiate with the executive branch, which is still led by Maduro. But it cannot compromise across the board.One of the key challenges the opposition faces is what to do about the massive transfers of wealth to Cuba that began in 2004. Through opaque mechanisms like subsidized oil prices and overpayment of Cuban doctors, security personnel, and teachers, Venezuela has been bailing out Cuba’s decrepit economy for more than a decade. Although the opposition has long vowed to cut off aid, the last thing that the United States wants to see today is a Cuban collapse, as immigration from the island has already doubled in the last year.In this context, it seems possible that the U.S. will end up pushing Venezuela’s opposition not to cut off oil to Cuba, even as it pressures the government to free political prisoners and pursue fairer and more transparent governance. Meanwhile, Maduro’s allies in Latin America will begin losing or leaving power, as the left relives the region’s centuries-old drama: commodity prices rise and fall, bringing governments with them.Jorge G. Castañeda, former Foreign Minister of Mexico (2000-2003), is Professor of Politics and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University.© 2015, Project Syndicate, www.project-syndicate.org Facebook Comments Related posts:Latin America’s populist collapse cheered with foreign inflows Latin America’s anti-corruption crusade Saving Central America Brazil billionaire Andre Esteves arrested in Petrobras probelast_img read more