Violence shifts to Mirik in Darjeeling, TMC leader’s house attacked

first_imgViolence in the Darjeeling hills, which has been on the boil over the statehood stir, shifted to the Mirik municipality when a petrol bomb was hurled at the residence of a Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader in the early hours of Friday.The house of M.K. Zimba, vice-chairman of the TMC Board at Mirik Municipality was attacked. Mr. Zimba sustained head injuries in the attack, following which he had to be medically treated.Miscreants also set on fire a Gorkhaland Territorial Administration office and an Agriculture Department office building in Mirik. In the recently concluded municipal polls, the TMC won the Mirik municipality while the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) won three other municipalities of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong. A fresh spate of violence erupted in the hills on Thursday night after miscreants attacked a patrol party comprising the CRPF and police personnel. Five police personnel were injured in the violence. The miscreants snatched a Self- Loading Rifle and a 9-mm pistol from the police-CRPF patrol party in the Rangli police outpost area in the Darjeeling district. Later in the day, the arms were recovered by the police from the same area. The GJM has denied any role in the incidents.Meanwhile, at the third all-party meeting convened at Kalimpong, it was decided that the shutdown in force since June 15 will continue.last_img read more

Bihar bans socks, shoes inside Class X board exam centres to check cheating

first_imgTo keep an eye on cheating, the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has asked students appearing for the upcoming Class X board examinations, beginning from February 21, not to wear shoes and socks and instead wear slippers.In the just-concluded Intermediate examination in the State, 985 students were expelled for use of “unfair means” and 25 were caught for impersonating other students.“The board has decided that candidates wearing only slippers will be allowed to enter the examination halls…those coming to the centres wearing shoes and socks will have to remove them outside the hall”, said BSEB chairman Anand Kishor.The board has taken this decision to “prevent cheating”, added Mr. Kishor.Last year too, shoes and socks were not allowed for the students at the exam centres. “Besides, many agencies conducting entrance examinations too have banned shoes and socks inside examination halls”, said the BSEB chairman.Altogether, 17.70 lakh students will be appearing for the Class X board examinations at 1,426 centres in the State this year, which is scheduled from February 21 to February 28.The Board has also decided to depute one invigilator for every 25 students and the examination will be video recorded. “Section 144 to will be clamped on a radius of 200 meters from the examination centre”, said Mr. Kishor.Bihar, of late, has been hitting the headlines for use of unfair means at Class X and Intermediate examinations and the BSEB taking tough measures to check cheating.last_img read more

Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari calls all-party meet to end deadlock in Parliament over Coalgate

first_imgRajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari on Thursday called an all-party meet to end the ongoing crisis in Parliament over the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG’s) report on coal scam indicting the UPA government. Ansari discussed the situation with the leaders from the ruling as well as opposition parties and got their views on how deadlock could be ended. However, no solution emerged from the meet. The BJP-led NDA has been stalling Parliament proceedings demanding resignation from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has been directly blamed for the Rs 1.86 lakh crore coal scam. It has allowed no business in both the Houses this week.Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar invited the opposition leaders to talk over the issue. However, they refused to come. According to sources, the speaker had appealed the opposition leaders on government’s request to resume work. However, the Opposition communicated that it would spell its stand on Monday. Sources said that the BJP communicated to the speaker that it could not compromise on the issue at the moment. She has now called leaders of all the parties to end the deadlock.last_img read more

Spinners will test England in UAE Tests: Pakistan coach Waqar Younis

first_imgPakistan head coach Waqar Younis is confident that his team can beat England in the upcoming three-match Test series in the United Arab Emirates. The former captain also indicated that Pakistan would rely heavily on their spinners to test the English batsmen.”More than the limited over series in Zimbabwe, we are totally focused on the Test matches against England. It is a very important series for us and I just want the team to repeat the form they showed against Australia and New Zealand last year,” Waqar said on the Geo Super channel.He noted that Pakistan’s Test squad was a well-settled one and balanced.Also read: Afridi wants Pakistan to stop pushing for India series “I am confident we can win this series (against England) if we play the way we did against Australia and New Zealand.Our players are used to the pitches in UAE and if we look at the number of centuries scored by Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq or Azhar Ali in Tests I think we can do well,” he said.Waqar also said that Pakistan will not feel the absence of off-spinner Saeed Ajmal who had played a key role in the 3-0 destruction of England at the same venues in 2012.”I think our spinners particularly Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar have done very well in recent matches and we are counting on them to repeat their form as well. And they have played Tests against England.”But we also have two young spinners to back them up in case of any eventuality,” he said.advertisementAlso read: Teary-eyed Salman Butt apologises to Shahid Afridi Pakistan selectors have said that the team management will include either Zafar Gohar or Muhammad Asghar, both left arm spinners, as the 16th player for the Test series.Both the youngsters have been named to play in the two side matches against England in Sharjah before the team management takes a final decision on the 16th player.”I think our spin resources are more than adequate and the pitches there will assist them. Dubai is a bit different but we also have dependable resources in the pace department as well,” said Waqar.He said he had lot of respect for England team which had recently won the Ashes.”They have some quality players but I think conditions in the UAE are different for them while for our players it is like a second home since we have not been able to play in Pakistan,” he said.last_img read more

Moosa joins Bengaluru FC as Indian assistant coach

first_imgBengaluru, Jun 29 (PTI) Indian Super League side Bengaluru Football Club today announced the appointment of AFC Pro-Licensed coach Naushad Moosa as Indian assistant coach for the first team as well as head coach of the newly formed BFC reserve side. Moosa has formerly served as head of youth development and head coach of the U-19 side at Pune FC and was head coach of Air India in 2012. A former youth coach at Mumbai FC, his most recent appointment was as U-14 coach at Reliance Foundation Young Champs. “As a coach, it is a privilege to join a club that has a winning mentality. Bengaluru FC has won a trophy in each of its four seasons and the professionalism of this team is second to none. Im really looking forward to being a part of the setup here,” said Moosa following his appointment. A former footballer himself, Moosa has turned out for Air India, Churchill Brothers, East Bengal, Mahindra United and Mohammedan Sporting in a career that spanned over 12 years. As coach of Pune FC U-19 side, Moosa claimed the U-18 I-League twice in three years and won the Pune League in 2016. “We are very happy to add Naushad to our backroom staff. His experience as a player and coach will add a lot of value to our team and the added responsibility of managing the reserve squad will see him nurture the future stars at BFC,” said club COO Mustafa Ghouse. While joining Albert Roca and Carles Cuadrat as the Blues first team coaches, 46-year-old Moosa will also be at the helm of affairs for the newly formed BFC reserve side, which looks to bridge the gap between the clubs Residential Youth Academy in Bellary and the first team. PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Cricket Advisory Committee unhappy with Ravi Shastri’s demand for own support staff

Havyard Bags Hybrid Battery-Powered Arctic PSV

first_imghavyard, April 15, 2014 zoom Havyard Group AS and Fafnir Offshore have signed a $56.6 million contract for the construction of Havyard 833 WE ICE platform supply vessel.The vessel, designed by Havyard Design and Solutions in Fosnavaag, will be constructed at Havyard Ship Technology`s yard in Leirvik in Sogn, Norway. The vessel will become newbuild number 126 and is slated for delivery in July 2015.Havyard 833 WE ICE is a newly developed platform supply vessel (PSV) design based on the most recent technology within fuel economy and environmental friendliness. This PSV is designed to operate as efficiently as possible and with the least amount of influence from exposed waters.The greatest innovation onboard the vessel is that it is equipped with a hybrid battery powered diesel-electric propulsion system.“When we develop a new ship design we have two main focal points,” said Arve Helsem Leine, Design Manager of Havyard Design & Solutions. “Those are the customer’s demands in relation to the ship’s operational needs and area of operation and also to use the latest accessible technology and research tools in order to make the ship as efficient as possible. We have invested a lot in our design philosophy and in our calculation tools and methods for testing. We also work closely with key suppliers in developing good solutions for our designs and hybrid battery power is a good example of this.”Efficient energy when neededThe idea of hybrid battery diesel-electric propulsion system is the same as for hybrid cars, namely to produce energy as efficiently as possible while also having access to necessary power whenever it is needed.A typical PSV has large variations within its energy needs depending on the operation being carried out. Weather and wind conditions, waves and currents, also play their part in the swift variations of energy requirements.“In traditional diesel-electric propulsion systems the diesel generators` load will vary according to the alternating energy needs,” said Design Manager Leine. “This means that diesel engines cannot constantly operate within a load area where these engines have the lowest possible fuel consumption.”“With hybrid battery power you can constantly operate diesel generators at an optimal level. When energy demands vary you can either charge or discharge batteries, depending on whether the energy demands are lower or higher than the capacity of diesel generators in operation. Response time in relation to variation in power demands is also a lot shorter, so there is a quicker transfer of power to the ship`s thrusters which ensures a more precise and secure positioning, for example in operations by an offshore rig.”“The hybrid system for this ship is developed in close cooperation with Norwegian Electric Systems and shows exactly how important cooperation within the value chain is, in order to bring forth the best products. This hull design combined with hybrid battery power ensure that a PSV in given operations uses 30 to 40% less fuel compared to a traditional PSV,” said the Design Manager.This latest contract is the second Havyard has signed with the Icelandic offshore shipping company Fafnir Offshore. On April 4th the hull of Havyard`s newbuild 120, Fafnir’s first newbuild, arrived the Leirvik shipyard in Sogn, Norway.“Havyard 833 WE ICE design, designed to operate in the Arctic region, with its hybrid battery power allows us to save even more on fuel expenses. Havyard really does live up to its vision ‘Improving life at sea’ and we have great faith in the future and our cooperation with Havyard. That’s why we have also secured an option for construction of a sister ship to be delivered during the fourth quarter of 2015 and we strongly believe we will take advantage of this option,” said Mr. Erlingsson CEO of Fafnir Offshore.“Havyard Group is a ship technology group with focus on developing competitive products and systems, based on competence of and having control of the value chain,” says CEO Geir Johan Bakke of Havyard Group. “Our greatest asset is quality products and services adding value to the customer. Our business model with products in ship design, equipment and shipbuilding, provide us with flexibility when we offer exactly what the customer wants, whether the customer wishes to construct in Norway or internationally“.Key data for Havyard 833 WE ICE PSV:Length: 89.7 mBreadth: 19.6 mSpeed: 15 knotsDeck area: 1000 m2Crew: 25 personsDead weight: 4250 tonneslast_img

Latvian Shipping Lends USD 348 Mn to Vitol

first_imgzoom Latvian Shipping Company (LSC) has issued a short term loan to Dutch oil trading company Vitol Netherlands B.V. in the amount of EUR 284 million (USD 347.8 million).The loan to Vitol Netherlands B.V., an LSC shareholder which owns 97% of shares with voting rights and has decisive influence on the company, has a maturity date of September 30, 2018.The interest rate is 0.5% per annum including an option to terminate the loan before the maturity in order to partly cover the company’s group financial obligations.LSC completed its capital rising process on December 8, 2017. The purpose of the share capital rising was partly to cover the Group’s financial obligations from the proceeds received from the issue of shares and to strengthen competitiveness.The company said that the share capital rising process was carried out in due time, adding that the nearest balloon payments in total for 28 million USD for loans issued for the financing of the company’s vessels are due in June and July, 2018.LSC said that the loan transaction has a positive impact both on its commercial and financial results.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img PICTOU COUNTY: Route 348 Route 348 (East River East Side Road) is closed to traffic between Bridgeville Road and Sunny Brae Eden Road for culvert replacement until Friday, July 15. Detour signs are in place. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30- NEW WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 246 Sections of Route 246, from 200 metres west of Kennedy Hill Road for about six kilometres west to Marshall Road, are reduced to one lane for upgrading including paving, slope stabilization, and guardrail repairs until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic is stop-and-go, and work takes place from daylight to dusk. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Pugwash Village Beginning Monday, July 11, the Municipality of Cumberland is installing water lines in the village of Pugwash. This will result in single-lane traffic throughout the village as the work progresses. The project is anticipated to be complete by Dec. 16. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 The eastbound lanes of the Amherst Viaduct Bridge on Highway 104 have alternating lane closures for repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and traffic will be controlled by concrete barriers and signs. The bridge has a 4.5 metre width restriction and an 80 km/h speed limit. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 111 The southbound lanes of Highway 111, between Exit 6 and Pleasant Street in Dartmouth, are reduced to one lane during construction from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weekdays and from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. on weekends. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h during construction and the work is scheduled to be completed on Sunday, July 31. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge, Valley Mills Crowdis Bridge, in Valley Mills on Marble Mountain Road, is closed until further notice. Detour via Eden Road, Barren Road, Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Denys Road. Signs are in place. CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER/CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 Sections of the westbound lane of Highway 104 for about 19 kilometres from Londonderry to Westchester Station, are reduced to one lane for paving, widening, and the installation of rumble strips and guardrail until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk.center_img PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 106 (Exit 3A) Construction of the new roundabout is underway in the Town of Pictou. Construction vehicles will be turning on to West River Road off of Highway 106 at Exit 3A, and turning into the former entrance of the visitor information centre during this phase of the project. Work is anticipated to be completed Friday, Sept. 30. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Sections of Highway 103 from Exit 12 for about nine kilometres to Northfield Overpass, have alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 101 Bridge The Highway 101 Bridge over Highway 102 near Bedford is reduced to one lane on both the inbound and outbound lanes for repairs on weekends. There will also be a lane drop each way on Highway 102. Work starts on Fridays at 6 p.m. and ends on Mondays at 6 a.m. until Friday, July 15. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107, Partridge River Bridge Until the end of July, traffic on Highway 107 near Exit 18 in Lake Echo could be reduced to one lane with stop-and-go traffic between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The speed limit is reduced to 80 km/hr. PICTOU COUNTY: Montreal Road Montreal Road, from Route 289 to Gairlock Lake Road, about four kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, July 8. Traffic control people are on site. Work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 348 Route 348 from Bridgeville Road easterly for about seven kilometres is reduced to one lane for culvert replacement and repaving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15 tonne weight restriction. HANTS COUNTY: Vaughan Road Vaughan Road, from Trunk 14 to Route 236, is reduced to one lane for gravelling and chip sealing until Friday, Sept. 30. Work is from Monday to Friday from sunrise to sundown. Drivers should expect delays, slow down in construction zones, and be prepared to stop.last_img read more

Three run over by Sealdah Express in UPs Ballia

first_imgBallia: Three people were killed after being hit by a train in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia district on Tuesday, police said. The incident occurred at 5.45 am in the Chhapra-Ballia-Varanasi section in Yadavnagar Chaand Diar village under the Bairia police station limits, they said. Vikki Bind, Pappu Bind and Awadhesh Bind, all of them relatives and in the age group of 25-27 years, were run over by the Sealdah Express, which was coming to Ballia from Sealdah, SHO of Bairia police station Anil Tiwari said. “Prima facie, it seems that the three persons had gone to the railway tracks to answer nature’s call after attending a wedding. They were run over by the train when they were resting on the tracks,” he said. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem, he added.last_img read more

ITC Royal Bengal Redefining Kolkatas hospitality landscape

first_imgThe 456 keys ITC Royal Bengal is ITC Hotel’s 14th Luxury Collection hotel in India and is a befitting tribute to the timeless traditions and royal heritage of Bengal, which has been ITC’s headquarters for over a 100 years. Christened ‘one-of-a-kind’, the grandiose property is a mark of ITC’s confidence in the tourism potential of the region and serves as a true badge of honour that Bengal can proudly showcase to the world.From a sprawling 16400 sq feet pillar less magnificent ballroom, pre-function areas and outer courtyards attached to the Grand Ballroom, to exquisite arrival lobbies and huge lawns ideal for Kolkata socials, the hotel offers versatile banquet options for both the business meetings and events with total banquet and convention facilities covering an area of 61000 sq feet. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe launch of this property adjacent to ITC Sonar, marks the unmatched offering of two world-class hotels complementing each other. Speaking about this unique hotel, Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Ltd said, “The addition of ITC Royal Bengal to our luxury hotel portfolio further strengthens our presence in Eastern India. Bengal is ‘Royal’ in a unique way – it has celebrated the royalty of the intellect through the centuries, where literature, poetry, painting, sculpture, theatre, cinema, science, have not only blossomed, but are inherent to the fabric of Bengal. In keeping with ITC Hotels’ philosophy of responsible luxury and creating indigenous experiences, ITC Royal Bengal is rooted to the ethos of the land and pays a tribute to these finest experiences.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardStanding tall, at a height of 133 meters, the 30 storied hotel’s magnificent and monumental edifice, inspired by regional history and culture, towers over Kolkata’s skyline and blends fine indigenous architecture with contemporary design. Conveniently located in the business district of the city, this 456 keys architectural marvel endeavours to celebrate the spirit of Bengal and the unique fervour of its people through its super premium offerings – 374 rooms and suites, 82 serviced apartments, 5 culinary brands, the one of a kind state-of-the-art meeting and convention spaces and the rejuvenating wellness experience spread across 24,000 sq ft, including, Kaya Kalp – The Royal Spa. The accommodation is characterised by an eloquently tempered expression of luxury, drawing inspiration from Bengal. An expression of an exquisite confluence of contemporary architecture and the distinct warmth of old world hospitality, the 14 suites offer pleasing contemporary décor and a bouquet of signature services to elevate the stay experience. Featuring finest Italian marble, timber floors, state-of-the-art gym, elegantly designed furniture, The Grand Presidential Suite and The Presidential Suite are spread across a striking expanse of 6620 sq ft and 3500 sq ft respectively. The Grand Stairway mirrors a culture of exceptional enterprise, extravagance and an eye for detail, resonating with the grandeur and fine lifestyles of Bengal’s erstwhile nobility. Inspired by the Hogg Market of Calcutta, Grand Market Pavilion – the 24*7 restaurant – is a sensory journey capturing the essence of local flavours, Indian cuisine and global tastes. Cuisine from the 8 North Eastern states will be a part of the each buffet meal. The 24 hour eatery, Darjeeling Lounge is the perfect blend of contemporary and casual, with a touch of the North Eastern tea estate aesthetic – an ode to Kolkata’s ‘adda’ culture. Royal Vega will offer a special Sheherwali Tasting Menu as a part of its repertoire. (Royal Vegetarian Cuisine from the Havelis of the erstwhile Jain nobility of Murshidabad), whereas The Brass Room is a tribute to the musical esthetics, richness and emotions evoked by the brass instrument of an orchestra, concert band, or a jazz ensemble. It pays a tribute to Kolkata’s rich heritage and culture of jazz, blues and western music unlike any other in the city. The hotel also offers luxurious 1 and 2 bedroom apartments for unique cosmopolitan living in Kolkata with exceptional amenities and facilities. The residences are swarmed with modern amenities, such as- a washer-cum-dryer, dishwasher, refrigerator, induction hob and a microwave oven. One of the largest Wellness facilities in the country with over 24000 sq feet, 7 treatment rooms, 3000 sq feet of Gymnasium, which operates 24 Hours and a plunge pool. A stand-out in-room tech feature is the amalgamation of all services through the E-Butler iPad. Overall, ITC Royal Bengal offers one of the best experiences to its visitors as well as the residents.last_img read more

Whose Line Star Colin Mochrie Supports Transgender Daughter On Twitter

first_img Twitter Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Colin Mochrie has taken to Twitter to criticize intolerance of transgender people, revealing that he and wife Deb McGrath are the parents of a trans daughter.“My 90-year-old mother-in-law and 87-year-old mother[‘s] love and acceptance of our trans daughter warms me,” the Canadian “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” star shared on Twitter, adding: “Wonder why some who are younger can’t.” Login/Register With:last_img read more

Play on – music serves as tool in UNbacked plan for peaceful

31 July 2007If music be the food of love, then it can also serve to promote peaceful elections in a country recovering from a disastrous decade-long civil war. Such is the updating of the famous line from Shakespeare adapted by the United Nations and its partners to fit the upcoming polls in Sierra Leone. More than a dozen well-known area musicians are touring the Sierra Leone countryside in a series of peace-promoting concerts as the small West African country prepares for presidential and parliamentary elections on 11 August, the second since it emerged in 2002 from a brutal conflict that saw thousands killed and many others with their limbs cut off in a terror-campaign of mutilation. “Music is one of the most important resources of Sierra Leone,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative Victor Angelo says. “These young people represent what is best about the country, and the UN is proud to support them so that their message of peace reaches all the citizens of their country.” The initiative, “Artists for Peace,” is being jointly organized by UNDP, the Government’s National Communications Strategy Project, the Centre for the Coordination of Youth Activities (CCYA) and the participating artists, who will perform in several cities, with each concert encouraging political tolerance and non-violence. Popular musicians such as Wahid, Daddy Ish, Cee Jay, Velma and Camouflage are among the line-up for the peace rallies scheduled for several locations in Freetown, the capital, and in the provinces in Makeni, Bo, Kenema and Kono. “Elections are meant to uplift the lives of all citizens,” Velma, one of the lead female musicians in her self-titled group, says. “We want to use our voices to encourage people to exercise their civic rights in a peaceful manner and to remain tolerant of each other.” read more

Hess Village security concerns

There’s been three violent attacks near Hess Village in just over a week. There are supposed to be additional police officers on weekends during the summer to help with any issues in the entertainment district but most of the time Hamilton Police can’t find officers to do it.It’s called Paid Duty. Extra shifts that officers can pick up outside of their regular hours.Today CHCH learned from Hamilton Police that those shifts in Hess Village are only filled about 20 percent of the time.An 18 year-old man was stabbed in the head during a fight early Saturday morning near the Lazy Flamingo.Two days before that two teenagers, one 17 the other 19, were sent to hospital after a shooting not far from Hess Village.The weekend before, a woman in her 30’s was also stabbed next to the bar Blu.The party goers in Hess Village are often accompanied by extra police officers says Hamilton City Councilor Lloyd Ferguson.“Last weekend there was supposed to be 5 paid duty officers there and there weren’t any. However I want the public to feel comfortable with the fact that we have an action team that can be picked up and moved with quickly.”Police Union President Clint Twolan says not many officers want to do it.“There are officer safety issues. I myself have been attacked a couple of time down in Hess and that was in tactical uniform, so it can be a difficult place to work at some times.”He says with staffing shortages there’s lots of extra shifts and paid duty to choose from.“When you have the option to do a shift down at Hess for 4 or 5 hours or you can come in and depending on the weather you can be in a cruiser for 12 hours, more and more the officers are selecting the 12 hour shift.”At one time a city bylaw required bar owners to pay for extra policing. 10 additional officers. That number has been reduced to five because the crowds aren’t as big as they used to be.“Its not an uncommon problem, we have a huge demand particularly in the summer months our paid duty officers.”The Union President telling CHCH even if one or two officers agree to the paid duty shifts here in Hess Village it’s not enough. There needs to be a number of officers to make sure they are safe. read more

UN health agency plans new fight against flu

Far from being an innocuous “cold-like” infection, flu is a killer, causing approximately 20,000 deaths each year in the United States alone, the agency said in a statement issued in Geneva. It warned that the virus that causes flu is highly contagious and affects on average one in ten adults and one in three children every year. Explosive outbreaks of influenza – typically lasting six to eight weeks – occur every year. Experts predict that it is only a matter of time before a brand new influenza strain emerges and sweeps across the planet, causing a devastating pandemic. WHO is developing a Global Agenda on Influenza, which the agency calls “a kind of worldwide ‘hit list’ of activities to reduce the death and disease caused by annual epidemics of influenza.” The first stage is a call for all those involved in monitoring, treating or studying outbreaks to identify the biggest problems they face and to propose possible ways to address them. There is a particularly urgent need to tackle flu in developing countries, where it is often not perceived as a major public health problem, partly due to a lack of reliable information. The Global Agenda is an opportunity to tackle this lack of vital data, WHO says. The agency invites all those interested in influenza control – academics, policy makers, national drug licensing and donor agencies, the pharmaceutical industry, private sector groups, and those involved in advocacy and communication – to provide input to the Global Agenda. WHO expects to publish the Global Agenda on Influenza on the Internet later in 2001 so that it may be discussed publicly. The Agenda will then be continuously updated to take account of comments and the most up-to-date research. read more

Dinosaurs became extinct because they could not hatch quickly enough

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A hatchling Protoceratops andrewsi fossil from the Gobi Desert Ukhaa Tolgod, MongoliaCredit:Amercian Museum of Natural History M. Ellison This image shows the daily growth lines in the dentine of an embryonic tooth of Hypacrosaurus.  In contrast, birds and small mammals only took a few weeks for their offspring to emerge giving them a distinct advantage.The discovery was made by scientists at Florida State University and the University of Calgary, who realised it was possible to calculate how long it took for dinosaurs to hatch based on marks on the teeth of embryos and babies.Just like tree rings growing a new layer each year, teeth grow a new layer each day, which can be seen in microscopic lines in the dentine.By simply counting the lines, scientists found that it took dinosaurs between three and six months to hatch. A fossilized embryo of the dinosaur Hypacrosaurus However, similar sized reptilian eggs typically take twice as long, ranging from several weeks to many months. To find out where dinosaurs fitted in, the team studied the fossils of dinosaur embryos.“Time within the egg is a crucial part of developmentt, but this earliest growth stage is poorly known because dinosaur embryos are rare,” said Darla Zelenitsky, assistant professor of geoscience at the University of Calgary.“Embryos can potentially tell us how dinosaurs developed and grew very early on in life and if they are more similar to birds or reptiles in these respects.”The two types of dinosaur embryos researchers examined were those from  a protoceratops, a sheep-sized dinosaur found in the Gobi desert whose eggs were quite small, and hypacrosaurus, an enormous duck-billed dinosaur found in Alberta, Canada with eggs weighing nine pounds.The team ran the embryonic jaws through a CT scanner to visualise the forming dentition. Then, they extracted several of the teeth to examine them under sophisticated microscopes. Growth lines on the teeth showed researchers precisely how long the dinosaurs had been growing in the eggs. Prof Erickson said the teeth are “kind of like tree rings, but they’re put down daily. So we could literally count them to see how long each dinosaur had been developing”.Their results showed nearly three months for the tiny protoceratops embryos and six months for those from the giant hypacrosaurus.The study was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Gregory Erickson is a professor of biological science at Florida State UniversityCredit:FSU Photography Servicescenter_img Researchers examined a fossilized embryo of the dinosaur HypacrosaurusCredit:Credit, courtesy of Darla Zelinitsky The mystery of why the dinosaurs  became extinct after the Cretaceous meteor strike, while birds and mammals flourished, may finally have been solved.Paleontologists have discovered that dinosaur young took so long to hatch and grow into adulthood that populations failed to recover quickly enough after the devastating impact 65 million years ago. Gregory Erickson is a professor of biological science at Florida State University This image shows the daily growth lines in the dentine of an embryonic tooth of Hypacrosaurus Credit:G.M. Erickson A hatchling Protoceratops andrewsi fossil from the Gobi Desert Ukhaa Tolgod, Mongolia The lengthy incubation period – in comparison to small mammals – made the hatchlings, and their parents, vulnerable to predators and left them struggling to re-establish their species.“Some of the greatest riddles about dinosaurs pertain to their embryology, virtually nothing is known,” Gregory Erickson, professor of biological science at Florida said.“We suspect our findings have implications for understanding why dinosaurs went extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period, whereas amphibians, birds, mammals and other reptiles made it through and prospered.” Because birds are living dinosaurs, scientists have long assumed that the duration of dinosaur incubation was similar to birds, whose eggs hatch within 11 to 85 days.last_img read more

Pictured Inside the fake room behind a fridge made by British Josef Fritzl to

first_imgA violent paedophile who made a “hidey hole” in his home to conceal a girl he was abusing has been convicted of a string of sex crimes in a case described as “reminiscent” of Josef Fritzl.Michael Dunn, 57, from Redcar, North Yorks, knocked through the wall behind his fridge to create a cavity that he used to hide the runaway girl from the police.Teesside Crown Court heard that Dunn, who was “paranoid, controlling and short tempered”, abused four victims with the offences spanning a number of decades.A source who worked on the case later described it as “reminiscent in many ways of Josef Fritzl”, the Austrian who kept his daughter prisoner for 24 years as a sex slave. The ‘hidey hole’ in the home of violent paedophile Michael Dunn, which he used to conceal a girl he was abusingCredit:CPS/PA Prosecutor Richard Bennett told the jury that if any of Dunn’s victims challenged him, “they suffered physically” and “he had sex when he wanted”.”Michael Dunn is a violent, controlling and sexually abusive man,” he said.He told the jury that the victims “were in his thrall and felt almost powerless” against their “paranoid and short-tempered” abuser.The court heard he would use a bag of dust and a panel to camouflage the hole where the girl was kept, concealing her from the police on eight or nine occasions. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Det Sgt Dave Pettrick, of Cleveland Police, said: “This was an extremely complex and difficult inquiry which spanned many years and several locations in the UK.”I would first of all like to pay tribute to the victims for their bravery and for supporting our investigation, which enabled us to bring Dunn before the courts. Michael Dunn “Essentially Dunn groomed several women and young girls, in some cases making them completely dependent on him, and carrying out sexual offences against all of them.”Some of the victims were kept in line through Dunn’s extreme violence or even through the fear of violence and he had complete and absolute control over their lives.”He ensured he and his victims evaded the authorities while he continued to abuse and control the women. Needless to say, all four women are deeply affected by their terrible ordeal. I hope today’s verdict will bring some comfort to them as they attempt to move on with their lives.”Judge Tony Briggs remanded Dunn in custody until his next appearance. Josef Fritzl Michael Dunn knocked through a wall behind his fridge to create a cavity that he used to hide the runaway girl from policeCredit:Cleveland Police The girl had already been the victim of sexual abuse, having been raped and beaten by another man, the court heard.Mr Bennett said: “The Crown say he took advantage of that situation for his own sexual gratification.”He imprisoned a second female victim, subjecting her to repeated violence, and filled his house with cameras, locks on the outside of doors and alarms.He also groomed and sexually assaulted another vulnerable under-age girl, giving her alcohol and cigarettes, and raped another pre-teenage girl.On Wednesday, the jury convicted him of 10 rapes, three charges of false imprisonment and three charges of indecent assault. He was cleared of one charge of rape, one of making a threat to kill and one of grievous bodily harm. Michael Dunn’s case has been compared to that of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian paedophile (pictured) The 'hidey hole' in the home of violent paedophile Michael Dunn, which he used to conceal a girl he was abusing Dunn groomed several women and young girls, in some cases making them completely dependent on him, and carrying out sexual offences against all of themDet Sgt Dave Pettricklast_img read more

6 unexpected things that happened this week

first_imgFaking your death? Make like this guy and use a dog dressed in your clothes. Shockingly, police in China weren’t fooled by the fraudster, who left a dead dog’s body on the road to try and fake his own car-crash death to abandon his family and start a new life with his lover. What a luckywoman, real gem she’s got there. (Global Times)A man in Perth, Australia, has been charged with drink-driving… a motorised cooler. Motorised cooler? Fine. Motorised cooler fully stock with beer? Errr. Hillary’s police stopped the man booting it down the middle of West Coast Drive and charged him with driving under the influence despite the fact that he was only going about 20km an hour. Well, at least he avoided the horrible fate of having to sip warm beer. (Perth Now)Here’s all the previous weird news. JUMP IN> PGPD issues BOLO for Bunny. CA$H reward from @PGCrimeSolvers for info leading to arrest. http://t.co/eluphkxLTT pic.twitter.com/1ZdBIKpP5q— PGPDNEWS (@PGPDNews) June 9, 2014 CRAZY, WE JUST can’t sleep. We’re so excited, we’re in TOO DEEP. Less about Brit Brit and being crazy, some weird and wonderful stuff happened this week.How fortunate you are that we’ve rounded them all up for you this fine Saturday morning. You lucky, lucky bunch. “Isn’t she luuucky”.Hit it.A dog in Spain gave her owners a shock when she gave birth to a litter of pups, two of which were green. There’s no obvious reason why the two have green coats, leaving everyone baffled. Breeder Aida Vallelado Molina initially thought the puppies were dirty, but attempts to clean them failed. A local vet is now investigating the cause of the little alien pups but we’re sure they come in peace. (The Local)A woman was left in shock when thieves stole her… 60-foot brick wall. The brick bandits pretended to be builders and dismantled the handmade bricks dating back to the 1890s. Poor Leigh O’Shea who is doing up the property couldn’t believe it when she realised what had happened. The bricks were said to be valued at £4,000 and Essex Police are now investigating the incident. Bet they’re brickin’ it they’ll be caught, WHA? (Southend Standard)A man has been arrested for attempting to shoot the moon. What, even? Cameron Read from Arizona, was confronted by the Prescott Valley Police Department when his girlfriend called them, claiming Read was firing a handgun. Apparently, Read spotted Halley’s Comet and began firing out the window. His target? The moon. Worth a shot, we suppose, but what did the moon ever do to you, man? (ABC15)Police in Maryland issued a lookout notice for a giant bunny costume. It’d be a bit hard to miss, in fairness. The Prince George’s County Police are on the lookout for the stolen 6-foot tall grey and white bunny suit and they AREN’T KIDDING. As much as we love the idea of an outlaw in a bunny suit, we hope its found ASAP. (NBC Washington)center_img Source: PGPDNEWS/Twitterlast_img read more

Irish and US authorities in touch about man who claimed he killed

first_imgHe said the questions surrounding the measures open to the Irish authorities to bring the alleged perpetrator of this crime to justice “have been examined in detail in the Department of Defence in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Attorney General’s Office and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)”.“The country with primary jurisdiction in this case is Lebanon in terms of pursuing a prosecution against the alleged perpetrator,” said Coveney.He said this matter has been continually pursued with both the US and Lebanese authorities over the years through all available channels.“During his recent visit to Irish troops serving with UNIFIL in the Lebanon, the Taoiseach again raised the matter with the Lebanese authorities,” said Coveney.Difficult day for the familiesHe added:While the efforts of Irish and other State authorities to see justice done have been consistent and continuous, our thoughts today should be with the families of Privates Barrett and Smallhorne, whose efforts and those of their comrades have ensured that this issue was never forgotten and whose respectful actions and protest have touched us and helped in advancing their cause.I know this is a difficult day for them and while they welcome the detention of Mahmoud Bazzi, I’m sure this re-ignites very difficult memories. Coveney added that the Irish Government will do “everything possible” to pursue justice for both men who lost their lives in active duty. He said he will meet with the families in the coming days.Read: Silent vigil for two Irish peacekeepers tortured and murdered in Lebanon>Read: Man who claimed he killed Irish soldiers arrested in America OFFICIALS AT THE Department of Defence are “in touch” with the US authorities in relation to the detention of the alleged perpetrator of the murder of two Irish soldiers in the Lebanon in 1980.Speaking today on the arrest of Mahmoud Bazzi, a Lebanese man who stood in front of Lebanese reporters in 1980 and claimed he had shot Privates Thomas Barrett and Derek Smallhorne, the Minister for Defence Simon Coveney said he welcomed his detention.On the 18 April, 1980, Private Thomas Barrett and Private Derek Smallhorne were murdered and one soldier, Private John O’Mahony was seriously injured in the incident.The personnel were serving as peacekeepers with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).Special agents with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested Bazzi at his Dearborn, Michigan, residence for administrative immigration violations.Coveney said he understands that he will be held in custody by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s pending removal proceedings.Justice Coveney said:I hope this is the start of a process to bring to justice the alleged perpetrator of what was a heinous crime, the torture and murder of two innocent Irish peacekeepers.  My officials are in touch with the US authorities in relation to the matter and how this process will proceed and I am awaiting a report in that regard.last_img read more

Fun times at St Johns

first_imgAcclaimed Australian children’s author Andy Griffiths set the students at St John’s College into hysterics after his visit. Celebrating the National Year of Reading, the junior school children watched on with amazement as the author performed his funny tales, props in hand. The kids even got to collaborate with the author and add to the stories. Over the screams of delight, they were able to get their books signed and speak to the author themselves. Griffiths’ popular Just, and Bum series have frightened and entertained children for many years, and you could see the excitement on all the students faces. St John’s wants to thank Mr Griffiths for taking the time to visit the school. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more