Florida QB Feleipe Franks Just Got Picked In The MLB Draft

first_img The #RedSox just took Florida QB Feleipe Franks with the final pick in the 31st round of the #MLBDraft.— Christopher Dabe (@cmdabe) June 5, 2019Franks, of course, will be remaining at Florida.However, this could result in him playing in some spring training or minor league ball, like Russell Wilson did during his college football days.Franks is coming off a 2018 season in which he threw for 2,457 yards, 24 touchdowns and six interceptions. Florida QB Feleipe Franks throws a pass.ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 29: Feleipe Franks #13 of the Florida Gators looks to pass against the Michigan Wolverines in the first quarter during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)We’ve reached the point in the 2019 MLB Draft where it starts to get a little weird, often resulting in athletes from other sports getting taken.The Boston Red Sox just took a major college football quarterback with their selection in the 31st round.Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks was taken with the last pick in Round No. 31.Franks was considered an MLB prospect coming out of high school, when he was clocked in the low-90s MPH range.last_img read more

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Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says no to cricket with Pakistan

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DART Returns from Dominica

first_imgThe Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), which was deployed to Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, has returned to the island, having assisted with rebuilding operations in that country.This was disclosed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during a Statement to the House of Representatives on Tuesday (December 5).The team was deployed to the Caribbean territory for two months, where they provided engineering work, debris-removal assistance, security, logistics management of relief supplies as well as health services.“Of specific significance is that the bridge leading to one of the main tourist attractions – the Wotten Waven Hot Springs – was destroyed. The JDF engineers… constructed that bridge, so that the attraction can be opened next year for the winter season when their cruise ships come,” Mr. Holness said.He added that the repaired bridge is scheduled to be opened in January 2018. The 130-man disaster assistance team was led by Colonel Jamie O’Gilvie.last_img read more

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Six-hour Restriction to a Section of Junction Road Starts Today

first_img According to Acting Manager, Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Ramona Lawson, the section which will be closed at 9 each morning, will be reopened at 3 p.m. in the afternoons. She explains that the restriction is necessary to facilitate ongoing and critical road improvement works along the corridor. The restriction will be limited to a 2 kilometer section of the roadway between the community of Broadgate and the Westmoreland Bridge and will be in place for only six hours each day. The National Works Agency (NWA) is reminding the motoring public that the restriction of access to a section of the Broadgate to Agualta Vale/Junction Road, St. Mary, begins this morning at 9. Story Highlights The National Works Agency (NWA) is reminding the motoring public that the restriction of access to a section of the Broadgate to Agualta Vale/Junction Road, St. Mary, begins this morning at 9.The restriction will be limited to a 2 kilometer section of the roadway between the community of Broadgate and the Westmoreland Bridge and will be in place for only six hours each day.According to Acting Manager, Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Ramona Lawson, the section which will be closed at 9 each morning, will be reopened at 3 p.m. in the afternoons. She explains that the restriction is necessary to facilitate ongoing and critical road improvement works along the corridor.She says the current phase of works involves mainly rock excavation and the unstable, steep embankments will cause large boulders to be deposited on the roadway making it very unsafe for vehicles to use the particular section while these activities are taking place. She says traffic will return to using the area normally within the next four months. The 6-hour restriction does not apply to public holidays and so motorists will be able to travel through the area for the entire day on such days during the period.The roadway from Broadgate to Agualta Vale is being widened and realigned in sections to create a 7 meter-wide two-lane corridor complete with safety features including retaining walls and shoulders on both sides of the roadway.2/…6 hour restriction Junction Road section starts todayThe Capital A Project, which is valued at 597 million dollars, also includes major drainage improvement works where the recurrent slippage of the roadway at an area known as Chovey is to be corrected. The current project is being implemented under Phase One of the larger Toms River to Agualta Vale GOJ Road Improvement Project.Contact:Ramona Lawson Natalee BloomfieldManager (Acting) Communication OfficerCommunication and Customer Services 876-733-4180Tel: 876-482-1795/733-4182Natalee BloomfieldManager (Acting) Communication OfficerCommunication and Customer Services 876-733-4180last_img read more

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Film Tax Credit Extended

first_imgNova Scotia will continue to attract film and televisionproductions from around the world, thanks to a 10-year extensionto the province’s film tax credit. The government is also increasing the tax credit from 30 to 35per cent for productions in downtown Halifax RegionalMunicipality, and from 35 to 40 per cent for areas 30 kilometresor more from the city core. In addition, a frequent-film bonus offive per cent is being introduced for companies that shoot twoprojects in the province over a two-year period. “The investment guarantees that Nova Scotia will remain anattractive option for new productions and that our regulatory andtax climate will continue to match our abundant naturaladvantages in location, community support, and technicalexpertise,” said Premier John Hamm, today, March 8. “We arebuilding on the spirit of long-term vision and co-operation thathas made Nova Scotia a competitive alternative in an increasinglycrowded field.” The 10-year time frame of the tax credit gives producers thestability they need to plan for future production decisions, andit gives the Nova Scotia industry a critical marketing tool forattracting more foreign productions. “The tax credit system promotes employment in communitiesthroughout Nova Scotia, since it is calculated on eligible NovaScotia labour,” said Economic Development Minister Ernest Fage.”The industry forms important links with training programs forour youth and the tax credit is key to the industry’s ability tomaintain the crew levels, studio space, equipment houses andother infrastructure that has developed in Nova Scotia over thepast decade.” Premier Hamm also announced an additional $600,000 for the NovaScotia Film Development Corporation to use toward existingprogramming in 2005-06. The CEO of the film corporation, AnnMacKenzie, predicted that the additional funding could lever anextra $15 million of production activity in the province. “The film business is a labour-intensive, environmentallyfriendly, global industry that puts the province on the map likeno other sector can,” said Ms. MacKenzie. “With the enhancementsannounced today, the film corporation can increase localproduction and prepare a marketing campaign to go head-to-headwith other jurisdictions in attracting even more guest-productionactivity.” The cost of the enhancements would be about $1.5 million dollars,which would be returned to the province in personal tax revenuesand spin-offs, according to an economic-impact assessment of thefilm industry done in 2004. The province’s film industry has generated more than $100 millionof production activity in each of the last six years andconsistently employs about 2,000 Nova Scotians.last_img read more

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Drivers Reminded to Stay Safe During New Year Eve Celebrations

first_imgWith the festivities of New Year’s upon us, the province is asking drivers to stay safe and sober behind the wheel. “While New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate with friends and family, we’re reminding Nova Scotians to be responsible and plan ahead,” said Ramona Jennex, on behalf of Justice Minster Ross Landry. “There are several options to get home safely, including taxis, designated drivers, public transit, or staying the night at a friends.” Campaigns such as Operation Christmas have law enforcement agencies targetting those who drive while impaired through checkpoints throughout the province. Operation Christmas is a joint effort by government and police agencies to improve highway safety in Nova Scotia. The recently launched Campaign 911 is another initiative aimed at taking impaired drivers off our roads by empowering citizens to call 911 to report a suspected impaired driver. The campaign was launched earlier this month by the province and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The province has installed 13 highway signs to remind drivers to call 911 to report the crime. “Any time you make that critical call, you have the ability to save a life,” says Margaret Miller, president MADD Canada. “If someone had called 911 five years ago, quite possibly our son Bruce would still be with us. Instead, our family, and thousands more across Canada, will mourn these needless deaths. It’s up to all of us to make that call.” Impaired driving is one of the leading factors in fatal collisions in Nova Scotia. To date in 2009, there have been 18 fatalities in the province involving impaired drivers. Last month, the province passed some of the toughest legislation in the country to fight impaired driving. New legislation will increase the suspension time for people who register .05 on a roadside alcohol screening test.last_img read more

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Tourism Committee to come up in all districts

first_imgKolkata: The state Tourism department is coming up with a District Tourism Committee (DTC) in all 23 districts across the state, to ensure a hassle-free travel experience for domestic as well as international tourists. “The DTC will have five members with the District Magistrate (DM) as the chairman, the District Information and Cultural Officer (DICO) as member secretary, another senior government official and two eminent persons from the district. The committee will ensure that tourists in their respective districts face no hassle during their visit and stay,” said state Tourism minister Goutam Deb, while delivering his Budget speech for 2019-20 at the state Assembly on Tuesday. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe total budget in the Tourism sector for the ongoing fiscal is Rs 413.8 crore. The minister announced that the state government has taken up development of Nabadwip and Cooch Behar, which has been declared as a heritage site. “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has assigned IIT Kharagpur the task to prepare a project report on the development of these sites, with special emphasis on its heritage,” said Deb. The minister also announced his department’s plan of projecting Gajoldoba in the Hills as one of the biggest tourism hubs in the country. “We have 208 acres of land at Gajoldoba, which will be developed into an integrated tourism hub,” he added. Among other tourism initiatives, Deb said that the government is planning to introduce cruise services till Mayapur connecting Belur Math, where the evening puja (popularly known as Sandhya Arati) is a huge draw for the people of the state.last_img read more

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City of Enderby calling on Ottawa after alleged ISIS supporter released into

first_imgEnderby Mayor Greg McCune says he is calling on the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship to implement reforms that will restore confidence in the system.“When you read the Federal Court’s decision, it was upheld because the court will defer to the board member unless the decision is unreasonable.  This is a systemic failure.  We need to change it at that level.”Hamdan was arrested in Fort St. John in the summer of 2015 when he was originally charged with four terrorism offences. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Following the Supreme Court’s decision to release an alleged ISIS supporter into B.C.’s Southern Interior, the City of Enderby is calling on Ottawa to implement public safety reforms.On Tuesday, September 3, Othman Hamdan had been ordered to be released from immigration detention by the Federal Court nearly a year after the Immigration and Refugee Board deemed him inadmissible and a security risk to Canada.As reported by Global News, the City of Enderby issued a press release on Friday, stating the decision to release Hamdan has left the community shocked and frustrated.last_img read more

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Nepal Ban congratulates newlyelected Prime Minister

15 August 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warmly congratulated Pushpa Kamal Dahal – who goes by the name Prachanda – on his election as Nepal’s first Prime Minister since the South Asian nation abolished the monarchy and declared itself a republic. “He calls on all parties to cooperate with the new Government in order to carry forward Nepal’s peace process,” according to a statement.The country – which in 2006 emerged from a decade-long civil war between Government and Maoist forces claiming 13,000 lives – abolished its 240-year-old monarchy in May and is now the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.Prachanda, who is chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), was elected by the Constituent Assembly, which also elected the country’s first President, Ram Baran Yadav, last month.The Secretary-General has characterized the April polls for the Constituent Assembly as historic, but warned in a report in May that those elections are “only a milestone in the peace process,” noting that “the real work of addressing the nation’s deeper socio-economic difficulties and drafting a constitution that reflects the will of the entire nation only begins now.”Last month, the Security Council extended the mandate by six months of the UN political mission in Nepal, known as UNMIN, so that it can complete its monitoring and management of the arms and personnel of Nepal’s army and the former Maoist combatants from the civil war. read more

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Political parties get set to release polls manifesto

Most political parties contesting the August 17 Parliamentary election will be releasing their election manifestos this week.Former UNP Parliamentarian and Media Minister Gayantha Karunatilake said that the election manifesto of the UNP, expected to be released over the next few days, will promise employment, relief to the public and more development projects. He further said that the masses have already decided to vote for a UNP led government to carry forward the good governance established on January 8. Meanwhile, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) manifesto will be made public by JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake tomorrow at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium. The United People Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has not decided on the date to make public their election manifesto. However, party sources said that it will be made public during the last week of this month. read more

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INTERVIEW Refugees are the responsibility of the world… Proximity doesnt define responsibility

In Calais, France, thousands of migrants and refugees – many of whom have fled conflict and persecution in Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia, Afghanistan and Syria – stay in this makeshift settlement, known as ‘the jungle,’ under extremely difficult conditions, without proper housing or access to sanitation facilities. UNHCR/Olivier Laban-Mattei Peter Sutherland is the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration. A strong advocate for the rights of migrants – and for action to increase the benefits of migration for countries of origin, destination, and migrants alike – he works to foster cooperation on issues such as protecting migrants affected by crises and ensuring their role in the development process. A former Attorney General of Ireland, Mr. Sutherland has served as EU Commissioner for competition policy, and headed the Global Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). As the world confronts the biggest refugee and migration crisis since the Second World War, with thousands of people fleeing armed conflict and persecution and risking their lives to find safe places to live in Europe and elsewhere, the UN News Centre sat down with Mr. Sutherland to find out what can be done to address this complex emergency. We should’ve known, and we should know, that where there are terrible conflicts now, as in the past, the inevitable result is huge migratory flows.UN News Centre:  Is there a way out of the current refugee crisis in Europe?Peter Sutherland: Put it this way: there may be no simple solution, there is no magic wand, but there are a lot of things that we could and should be doing to make things better – to make things better, above all, for the people who are suffering so much, who are the migrants themselves.UN News Centre:  Is there anything that can be done now to make life better for the refugees in the short term?Peter Sutherland: Yes, there are many things that could be done. For one thing, some of them are remaining in places of squalor, which are called camps. They’re of very different standards in different places. Recently, two weeks ago, I was in Calais [France], in the camp there, and all I can say is it was, and is, appalling – hygienically, in terms of sanitary conditions, in terms of the way that people live. I have seen other camps which are better.  But we can do something there. UN News Centre: You’ve written that of the world’s 20 million refugees, only 100,000 refugees per year actually benefit from UNHCR’s resettlement programme. How could that change?Peter Sutherland:  The resettlement statistics are an indictment of society because so few are really settled on an annual basis.  Let me explain that resettlement as I am expressing it relates to resettling people who are in camps other than in their own country into other countries. Why is it that we expect Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, as I said earlier, to carry so much of this burden? Why can we not resettle far more? The actual figures are pathetic.UN News Centre: What is your message to governments?Peter Sutherland:  I will ask the governments to cooperate, to recognise that sovereignty is an illusion – that sovereignty is an absolute illusion that has to be put behind us. The days of hiding behind borders and fences are long gone. We have to work together and cooperate together to make a better world. And that means taking on some of the old shibboleths, taking on some of the old historic memories and images of our own country and recognising that we’re part of humankind.  See more on the crisis at News Focus: Migration and Refugees@media only screen and (min-width: 760px), screen9 {#PhotoHolder3 #PhotoCrop { max-height: 770px; /* sets max-height value for all standards-compliant browsers */ width: 134%; margin-left:-161px; margin-top: -280px;}#story-headline{ font-size: 3.6em; line-height: 1.2em; color:#fff; position: relative; top: 450px; xtext-align:center; text-shadow: 1px 1px 3px rgba(0,0,0,0.8); margin-left:350px; width:75%;}}#sidebar {display:none;} div#story-content .span8 {width:100% !important} #fullstory p { font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.6em;}strong { font-size: 1.1em; line-height: 1.7em; xfont-family:Georgia, “Times New Roman”, Times, serif;}blockquote { font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.5em; font-style:italic;}.videoWrapper { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16:9 */ padding-top: 25px; height: 0;}.videoWrapper iframe { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;} Europe is going on, and the rest of the world is going on, with a response to this as if the numbers that we are talking about are beyond the capacity of a continent, of a European Union, with over 500 million citizens, to be able to handle. This is simply not true.  The numbers are tiny relative to the total population. And it’s not merely Europe, incidentally, that has a responsibility to refugees. Under the 1951 [Refugee] Convention… refugees are the responsibility of the world. They’re the responsibility of the United States, of Canada, of Latin America and of Asia, as well as Europe.  Proximity doesn’t define responsibility.  The world has to get its act together with regard to what is happening in North Africa [as well]. Other areas, too – Eritrea, Afghanistan. There are many areas of conflict which are causing people understandably to leave and have the right to be protected.UN News Centre:  There seems to be such a difference in attitudes towards refugees now compared with, for example, after the Second World War, or in the case of the Vietnamese boat people.  Why is it different now and what can be done to change that?Peter Sutherland:  Well, first of all let me say that it’s not everywhere.  Some of the response, in Europe, for example, to the recent crisis, has been an enormous outpouring of human sympathy – taking people into your arms, bringing them into your homes, feeding them. I’ve been in camps in Rome where the response of ordinary households has been evident and very admirable. [But] in the European debate, there have been areas, there’ve been pockets of political activism, which I consider to be racist and xenophobic, and [ought] to be condemned.  Syrian refugees arrive on the Greek island of Lesvos — the main point of entry for refugees to Europe – after making the perilous crossing from Turkey in a rubber raft. UNHCR/Andrew McConnell To stem the flow of refugees, some European countries have closed entry points along their borders, such as the Hungarian Government, which built a fence along its border with Serbia and instituted a law criminalising irregular entry into the country. UNHCR/Mark Henley I do not believe that represents Europe – it doesn’t represent my Europe, it doesn’t represent the majority Europe, it doesn’t represent the values of humanity that are in the UN, in UN conventions and UN statutes.  It is not, either, the Europe of the European Union. And we have seen the political leadership from people like [President of the European Commission Jean-Claude] Juncker, and, indeed, from [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel, and from successive Swedish Governments, just to take examples, who have been extremely generous and open in their response. So, we shouldn’t fix our eye solely on the few minority parties who represent, in my view, a sort of nationalism which is to be condemned by our history, and by our present.UN News Centre:  You’ve spent time with refugees. Are there any stories or people that have stayed with you?Peter Sutherland:  Yes, yes. I have been moved by people I have met. I’ve been stunned by the standard of articulation in a language other than their own of the extent of their dilemma and the dilemma of their children. And I can’t but believe that if their voices were heard more in our media rather than some of the strident nationalism that is shown so often from some marginal political parties, that you’d get a better response. I have been moved by people I have met… And I can’t but believe that if their voices were heard more in our media rather than some of the strident nationalism that is shown so often from some marginal political parties, that you’d get a better response.I mean, it is amazing to me that public policy was changed by the dreadful photograph of a child on a beach, [while] we have been losing thousands and thousands of children, and mothers, and fathers over the last ten years. The figures and statistics are irrefutable.  And yet, these politicians who change their minds so readily when a photograph is published in their newspapers did not respond to the facts that they knew could have been reflected in thousands of photographs.  So, I think it’s time for political leaders to recognize, in some countries, not in all – political leadership has been forthcoming, as I’ve said, in some places – that the judgement of history, and the way that we deal with this huge crisis, will be a serious judgement, and a justifiably serious judgement. We’re well able to handle this problem in Europe. We’ve 29 per cent of global wealth. We have a huge population. We actually have demographic problems that require us to bring more, not less, migrants to fill the voids in our economic systems.UN News Centre:  Could you elaborate?Peter Sutherland:  Well, if you take Germany as an example – Germany has the lowest birth rate in the world. That lowest birth rate in the world requires perhaps over a million migrants a year over the next 30 years to keep a situation where you have the same number of retirees to workers in 30 years’ time. Now, Germany is responding well to this. I don’t actually think that they’re driven by the calculation which I’ve described. I think Mrs. Merkel is driven by the moral concern that she has expressed. And I’ve heard her, personally, express that. And I believe her. But I think that there is also an economic argument which is equally evident in other parts of Europe, particularly in Spain and Italy and Portugal, for example, where there are huge problems in the future if migration doesn’t take place. And we can do something also for those who are in camps in the countries which are closest to the area of conflict in Syria, for example, Lebanon, Turkey — Lebanon and Turkey in particular, but also Jordan, where there are large numbers of refugees who deserve and should be helped. UNHCR is doing a great job, as are many voluntary organizations, but more can be done.UN News Centre:  The Syrian conflict is in its fifth year. Why this sudden influx to Europe?Peter Sutherland: Anyone who watches their televisions with the films of the appalling nature of the conflict that is taking place there can readily understand how people, particularly those with children must feel obliged to leave. The huge numbers that are coming are the inevitable concomitant of a terrible conflict.And we should have known, and we should know, that where there are terrible conflicts now, as in the past, the inevitable result is huge migratory flows.  We should also recognise that we have not merely a moral but a legal obligation to protect refugees. And those who are not refugees, those who are not escaping persecution, who are economic migrants, are also deserving not merely of respect, and due regard to their rights, but also a constructive engagement in regard to migration more generally. Refugees walking from Serbia, arrive at a ‘collection point’ in Hungary. UNHCR/Mark Henley Special Representative for International Migration Peter Sutherland discusses the migration crisis, issuing a plea for countries and individuals to accept and protect refugees. Credit: United NationsSo we have to learn that our membership of the human race creates a humanity that we have to show to everybody, and an integration capacity that some seem to be unable to accept. You cannot have a society today which is one which denies others the right to participate in it because of their race or their religion. We have to share values, but we don’t have to share the same blood.UN News Centre: Are there any instances of civil society stepping in where governments don’t, or private sector interventions that you would regard as models?We’re well able to handle this problem in Europe. We’ve 29 per cent of global wealth. We have a huge population. We actually have demographic problems that require us to bring more, not less, migrants to fill the voids in our economic systems.Peter Sutherland:  Well, again, to go back to Calais, I was amazed by the number of small NGOs [non-governmental organizations], many of them from Britain, travelling across the Strait of Dover, and providing the real help that was being given in that camp, a camp which I say was terrible. I think that there are NGOs all over the world working, many of them religious, both the [Red] Crescent, coming from the Islamic community, and Catholic organizations. I’m involved with one – I’m President of the International Catholic Migration Commission, ICMC. And there are many organizations like those which are providing a great deal of support.I know one corporation that within a couple of days raised from its staff something like $2 million to put into a UN agency as support when they recognized the difficulty of the problem. So society is much more generous than people – including their leaders – recognise. read more

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Ban marks UNs 20th year in Bonn stresses need for shared responsibility

“It takes a lot of vision, courage and stamina to develop a global centre like this,” Mr. Ban told UN personnel and delegates attending the event in the German city. “I congratulate all the people who have been involved in this great job.”UN offices in Bonn include the Secretariats of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the UN University in Bonn, and UN-SPIDER which provides know-how in using satellite-derived data.Mr. Ban noted that despite problems and divisions, world leaders managed “to come together” last year for two major agreements with the potential to set the world on a safer, better and prosperous path, referring to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, which was shaped in Bonn.He also drew attention to his travels over the past couple of weeks to some of the front lines of armed conflict and humanitarian need. “Across East, West and Central Africa, I saw the impacts of climate change and desertification. I saw widespread fragility. I felt the yearning of people for stability, opportunity and dignity. And I sensed very strongly the urgency of the work you do here in Bonn,” he said. While preparing for his visit to Bonn, Mr. Ban said, he heard about a line from the German poet Erich Kästner. “Es gibt nichts gutes, außer man tutes. In English, that means, ‘there is no good, unless someone does it,’” he shared, noting that this is what the UN is doing in Bonn.Earlier today, the UN chief held a press conference in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, at which he said they talked at length about the massive movements of people who are fleeing conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere and arriving in Europe.“Chancellor Merkel has shown great statesmanship and compassion in trying to ensure an effective, rights-based approach to this challenge,” he told reporters. “I am concerned that many European countries are adopting increasingly restrictive asylum policies. Extreme right-wing and nationalistic political parties are inflaming the situation when we need to be seeking solutions – harmonious solutions based on shared responsibility.”He highlighted the summit that he will convene on 19 September aimed at bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach. “I am asking world leaders to keep acting responsibly based on international human rights and international humanitarian law, and based on shared responsibility. I am urging them to show their compassionate leadership as global leaders of this time,” he stressed. During his ninth visit to Germany as Secretary-General, Mr. Ban also met with Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Minister for Foreign Affairs; Norbert Lammert, President of the Parliament; and Norbert Röttgen, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. read more

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Laws on assisted dying dont need to be abolished but people should

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. Laws on assisted dying do not need abolishing because people should break them instead, a former Supreme Court judge has said.Delivering the opening speech of this year’s BBC Reith Lecture, Lord Jonathan Sumption QC, who retired from the bench in December, said: “I think the law should continue to criminalise assisted suicide,” before adding: “And I think that the law should be broken from time to time.”The 1961 Suicide Act, criminalises anyone assisting a death and currently, those found guilty of breaking the law on assisted suicide face sentences of up to 14 years in prison.He said that laws forbidding assisted suicide were needed to prevent abuse and to deal with relatives and friends of those who help people to die. However, speaking to an audience of judges and lawyers at Middle Temple in London yesterday [TUES] evening, The Times reported that he said that therewas “no moral obligation to obey the law”.“We need to have a law against it in order to prevent abuse,” he said. “It has always been the case that it’s been criminal, but it’s also been the case that courageous friends and families have helped people to die.That is an untidy compromise few lawyers would adopt but I don’t believe there’s a moral obligation to obey the law. Ultimately it’s for each person to decide.”He added that there needs to be a political process to resolve the issue, highlighting that the Supreme Court has previously ruled that it is a matter for parliament.His comments are likely to reignite debate over assisted dying. The last time that Parliament last voted on assisted dying was in 2015, where a private member’s bill to legalise assistance for people likely to die within six months and for those who are terminally ill, was rejected by 330 to 118.Lord Sumption was responding to questions after giving the first of his Reith lectures, which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on May 21. read more

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Bentley makes three Openplant product firsts to evolve plant creation software

first_imgBentley Systems has announced the immediate availability of three new products in Bentley’s OpenPlant software for plant creation based on an open data model. The new plant offerings from Bentley are the first commercially available products to share and meet the primary goal of the iRING user community – that is, to enable real-time, seamless sharing and interoperability of data and information across different organisations and systems using an internationally recognised standard. iRING implementations (ISO 15926 Real-Time Interoperable Network Grids) address the challenging workflow requirements of today’s globally distributed and sourced plant projects.Among the firms actively involved in the iRING community are Bayer, Bechtel, CH2M HILL, Consolidated Contractors Company, Dow, DuPont, Emerson, Fluor, Hatch, and Zachry. The new plant applications from Bentley enhance interoperability across data formats, workflows, and plant design systems, and add to the comprehensiveness of Bentley OpenPlant – extending its ability to integrate across multiple infrastructure disciplines while improving project team collaboration and providing breakthrough value.Regarding the new OpenPlant products, Bruce Strupp, CPE-design technology director, CH2M HILL, a leading provider of the full spectrum of consulting, program management, design, construction, and operations solutions, said, “CH2M HILL has been an active member and participant in both FIATECH and, more recently, the iRING community of users. We’re committed to the goals of these organizations to achieve true interoperability and deliver business value through ISO 15926, and are delighted to see Bentley standing up to meet these challenges. The capabilities being delivered by Bentley with these new products are what the iRING community has been waiting for.”The three new Bentley OpenPlant products being released include:• Bentley OpenPlant Modeler V8i – the first 3D plant modeling software to natively use the ISO 15926 data model as specified by the iRING user community. OpenPlant Modeler V8i incorporates the ongoing and ever-advancing capabilities of MicroStation V8i, the market-leading platform for plant creation and every infrastructure discipline. OpenPlant Modeler V8i is the only plant modeling software to natively support workflows that combine commonly used software standards including DGN, RealDWG, point clouds, and PDF.• Bentley OpenPlant ModelServer V8i – the first plant design server software to effectively and productively manage both files and components – ideal for globally sourced projects that are necessarily loosely “coupled.” File management, enabled by Bentley’s ProjectWise collaboration services, is essential for the efficient exchange of deliverables and work packages, while at the same time, component management supports a higher level of abstraction, productivity, and quality of work. Projects using Bentley OpenPlant ModelServer V8i can benefit from yet another first: interoperable workflows across multiple design environments, including Intergraph’s PDS as well as Bentley’s AutoPLANT and PlantSpace.• Bentley OpenPlant Isometrics Manager V8i – the first isometrics generation software to extract and incorporate complete intelligence from 3D plant models, automatically and in real time. Uniquely, such “on demand” intelligent isometric views remain relevant for owner-operators throughout the plant lifecycle – beyond procurement, fabrication, and construction to “as built” and “as safely operated” maintenance and compliance.Bentley’s new OpenPlant offerings also provide breakthrough value, with new Bentley subscriptions (www.bentley.com/subscriptions) typically costing less than the Unix-era maintenance fees of other vendors’ proprietary piping design systems. For example, with Bentley’s Designer for Piping Passport Subscription (OpenPlant), individual piping designers gain access to Bentley OpenPlant Modeler, Bentley OpenPlant Isometrics Manager, ProSteel Modeler, ProjectWise Passport, and ProjectWise Clash Resolution Visa – plus complete virtual training – for the single annual fee of $5,995. Value-creative pricing is also available to those acquiring Bentley OpenPlant products through perpetual licenses, which cost $7,295 for OpenPlant Modeler V8i, $25,000 for OpenPlant ModelServer V8i, and $6,500 for OpenPlant Isometrics Manager V8i.Bhupinder Singh, senior vice president, Bentley Software, said, “Bentley announced its OpenPlant strategy for enhanced interoperability in 2008. In 2009, the iRING user community demonstrated, using prototype software, the benefits of interoperability achievable with a full technical implementation of ISO 15926. Leveraging our MicroStation and ProjectWise platforms, the new OpenPlant applications enable users to achieve that level of real-time interoperability by using software that’s now commercially available – dramatically increasing the quality, cost-effectiveness, and freedom with which plant projects can be performed.”Added Anne-Marie Walters, Bentley global marketing director, “Our new additions to OpenPlant are key facets of our ‘Smart Plan’ (www.bentley.com/SmartPlan) for PDS users that we introduced in March. The plan provides users of PDS software around the world with an economical migration path that protects their knowledge investments and enables them to reuse their catalogs, specifications, and PDS databases.“Strategic initiatives such as these have been instrumental in making Bentley the number 1 provider of plant creation software to owner-operators, the number 1 provider of schematics software, and the number 2 provider of plant-creation software overall, as reported annually by Daratech.”Jeanine Hargis, CH2M HILL senior technologist, “CH2M HILL recently completed Bentley’s early access program for the new OpenPlant products, which I see providing opportunities to add value to the project delivery process. We are a global delivery firm focusing in six key markets, so having data-open software that’s compatible with the core tools used on multidiscipline and cross business group projects, such as PDS, AutoPLANT, and PlantSpace, is something we’re really looking forward to.”Added Brent Mauti, CH2M HILL architect and BIM leader, “I’m impressed with the interoperability that OpenPlant products provide across platforms and business streams, and I will be implementing these products across my business group. As a multidisciplinary firm, our architectural, structural, civil, and piping disciplines and tools for any given project all have to talk to each other. With OpenPlant products, all the tools use the same platform, leverage the same dynamic views and data sources, and provide a single hub of information, helping to improve efficiencies.”The versatile and productive OpenPlant Modeler V8i provides functionality for piping and equipment, and serves all of the other disciplines involved in real-world plant design projects through Bentley’s V8i intraoperable applications for civil, construction, environmental, building and HVAC, electrical, structural, instrumentation, and process design requirements. OpenPlant Modeler V8i offers infrastructure organisations the ability to:• rapidly and easily create 3D models using the widely employed and highly intuitive MicroStation V8i user interface, making it the most productive and easy-to-learn “industrial-strength” plant design environment ever introduced;• easily reuse corporate standards, including piping catalogs and specifications from PDS, AutoPLANT, and PlantSpace, facilitating faster project start-ups and continuity of design;• review and augment existing PDS designs, through ISO 15926 protocols and/or i-models, to escape proprietary lock-in;• cut IT costs and meet new budget imperatives.OpenPlant ModelServer V8i can automatically migrate PDS models, piping catalogs, and piping specifications so data can be reused for design modifications. In addition, it lets infrastructure organisations around the world:• empower individual users to easily check out the information they need to work on – wherever they are located – and maintain tight version control for all deliverables;• quickly create reports from any and all project components, enabling the tracking and management of design work distributed to teams;• simultaneously manage all files and components on a project, reducing both collaboration costs and errors;• securely administer project contributions across disciplines.OpenPlant Isometrics Manager V8i provides management control capabilities for pipe models and isometrics from OpenPlant, Bentley plant products, and PDS. It offers users:• automatic versioning and global distribution of isometrics using ProjectWise;• the ability to easily create intelligent isometrics that contain component information from multiple sources.• This powerful new functionality is valuable to not only designers and constructors, but also owner-operators, who can use it to automatically, and in real-time, generate required legal and useful documentation from as-built 3D models.Bentley also announced the next versions of Bentley OpenPlant PowerPID V8i and ProjectWise PDx Dynamic Review Service V8i. Bentley OpenPlant PowerPID V8i is the only commercial software for process and instrumentation diagrams to be based on a completely open data model. The V8i (SELECTseries 3) version adds support for ProjectWise Managed Workspaces and common specifications/catalogs, and shares the same iRING-enabling schema with OpenPlant Modeler. ProjectWise PDx Dynamic Review Service V8i enables real-time interactive workflows to visualize, query, analyse, and annotate complete PDS data, and to extract i-models and V8 DGN files directly and completely from the PDS relational database.Bentley’s OpenPlant products are featured in the following Bentley Passport Subscriptions:Designer for P&ID Passport SubscriptionProcess Engineer for Feed Passport SubscriptionDesigner for Piping Passport Subscription (OpenPlant)Mechanical Engineer for Piping Passport Subscription (OpenPlant)Designer for Piping Passport Subscription (AutoPLANT) – includes Bentley OpenPlant PowerPID V8iMechanical Engineer for Piping Passport Subscription (AutoPLANT) – includes Bentley OpenPlant PowerPID V8iFor additional information about Bentley’s OpenPlant products, visit www.bentley.com/openminds. For additional information about Bentley’s “Smart Plan” for PDS users and to read the white paper “Making PDS Interoperable,” visit www.bentley.com/SmartPlan.last_img read more

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CanAlaska Uranium announces resource update for Cree East project Intra Energy Corp

first_imgThe latest issue of International Mining Project News, out today, has reports on 15 prefeasibility studies, eight feasibility studies, and 12 projects in development, five new mines that have gone into production, four existing operations that are expanding and two merger and acquisition announcements, and many new appointments to new positions. The report covers 18 gold projects, eight copper projects, seven silver projects, six coal projects,  three iron ore projects, two zinc, base metals projects and one uranium, heavy rare earth, molybdenum tantalum niobium, diamond, ilmenite, zircon, manganese, potash, beryllium, tin,  graphite, and oil sand. This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads.CanAlaska Uranium has announced the its latest NI 43-101 report for the Cree East project.  The report details the programs of work funded by the Korean Consortium partners, Hanwha, KORES, KEPCO and SK, and the multiple zones of uranium mineralisation recognised from the first and second pass drill programs.  The Korean Consortium has now agreed on continued work on the property in 2014.rojects, eight copper projects, seven silver projects, six coal projects,  three iron ore projects, two zinc, base metals projects and one uranium, heavy rare earth, molybdenum tantalum niobium, diamond, ilmenite, zircon, manganese, potash, beryllium, tin,  graphite, and oil sand. This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads.Intra Energy Corp has completed a maiden JORC Resource Estimate for the Kopakopa project within the North Rukuru EPL376/2013 tenement in northern Malawi. Total coal resources are now reported at 23.9 Mt comprising 3.5 Mt Measured, 4.9 Mt Indicated and 15.4 Mt Inferred category coal.A Definitive Feasibility Study has been completed for Firestone Diamonds’ Liqhobong diamond mine, in the Lesotho Highlands, which is owned 75% by Firestone and 25% by the Government of Lesotho. The updated DFS is an internal review of the study completed in October 2012 by consultants DRA Projects. It is based on additional work associated with the company’s ongoing project finance process, and incorporates the benefit of the company’s recently announced updated diamond price assumptions, re-validated operating and capital cost assumptions and updated foreign exchange rates.Materion Corp is significantly increasing capacity to produce beryllium hydroxide using the bertrandite ore reserves at its mine in the Topaz-Spor Mountain area of western Utah. The Materion mine is the largest known operational source of bertrandite ore, which is the most abundant source of beryllium.Mawson West has announced Board approval for the commencement of underground mining activities at the company’s Dikulushi copper-silver mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Underground mining is likely to extend production from the Dikulushi operations until at least Q3 2014 and provides the opportunity for Mawson West to continue to evaluate further underground mining potential, as well as the economic viability of identified satellite deposits.Zamin Ferrous, the international iron ore mining group announces that it has today completed the purchase of Amapa iron ore mine system in Brazil from Anglo American (100%) following receipt of regulatory approval for an initial total cash consideration of $134 million. Zamin will also pay a conditional deferred consideration of up to $130 million in total, payable over a five year period, based on the market price for iron ore.last_img read more

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Ryanair Pilot Group calls on OLeary to negotiate single contract

first_imgTHE RYANAIR PILOT Group (RPG) today called on Michael O’Leary to honour his commitment to negotiate with its representatives on a single contract for all pilots.Previously, the airline chief had said he would accept the need to deal with the group if it had in excess of 1601 members which it confirmed today. The group claims to represent well over 50 per cent of the pilots flying for Ryanair.“Accordingly, on behalf of the majority of pilots flying for Ryanair, we call on you to honour the public statement you have made in respect of engaging with the pilots’ representatives,” RPG said in a letter to O’Leary. Our purpose in representing RPG members is to ensure the interests of pilots flying for Ryanair are met while at the same time ensuring the long term sustainability of the company is assured.Today the group held a a press conference in Brussels and said that “increasing uncertainties” about the Ryanair employment model are being uncovered through court cases in many countries.It is not surprising, therefore, that the most pressing issue for the pilot body is to negotiate a single contract applicable to all pilots flying for Ryanair, that complies with the laws of the countries in which pilots are basedThe five priority issues outlined by RPG today were:A common basic contract for all pilots that complies with the laws of the country in which pilots are based;Tax issues arising as a result of working for Ryanair should be resolved by Ryanair;A transparent annual leave system;Base transfers using a seniority list, based on date of entry;Reinstatement of any colleague threatened, disciplined or sanctioned in the course of establishing this new representation process.The group said that new contract arrangements would enable pilots to fully contribute to the success of the company.Read: Check out Ryanair’s heated exchange of letters with ‘Dispatches’….>Read: Pilots’ group insists Ryanair safety claims were not fabricated>last_img read more

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John Carmack explains why its faster to send a packet to Europe

first_imgYou might know John Carmack as the guy behind Id Software (makers of Wolfenstein, Doom, Quake, and most recently Rage), but he’s also one of those eccentric rich fellows involved in private aerospace. Carmack recently tweeted something perplexing that seems impossible on the face of it. “I can send an IP packet to Europe faster than I can send a pixel to the screen. How f’d up is that?” the post read. Happily, Carmack was good enough to expand on his claim, and he has the data to back it up.You’re probably familiar with the use of ping to determine connection response time, but that is a two way communication — the actual time to send data is half of your ping. Ping can easily be somewhere south of 100ms with a reasonably good connection, so it might take 50ms or less to send your packet. Getting a pixel on a screen is a much more convoluted process.Carmack used a desktop program to cycle colors on his display each time a button was pressed. Using a 240fps camera, he was able to count the frames to determine how long it took the button press to become a pixel on the screen. Using his Sony-made head mounted display, Carmack calculated the latency to be over 70ms. That could be easily longer than the time to send a packet across the world.Modern monitor technologies, despite having their own advantages, tend to have more lag than classic CRT screens did. A CRT can paint a pixel on the screen about 5-10 times faster than an LCD, depending on the quality of the display. In this case it took just 2 frames, or 8-10ms, for the signal to reach the CRT screen.With LCDs, there is also the loss of time from HID processing, input path latency, and time for the LCD panels to physically flip around. You can be standing around tapping your foot for a totally unreasonable 4-20ms just waiting for the LCD panels to change. Adding additional screens or post-processing effects will add additional frames to your wait due to video driver lag. It all adds up to a transatlantic packet being speedier than your own computer monitor.Carmack notes that an OLED screen, where all the light emitted is coming directly from the pixels themselves, is much faster. An Emagin z800 Carmack tested has latency comparable to a 60Hz LCD, which is impressive. Of course, large OLED panels are rare and often very pricey.Not all LCDs will be as poor as the Sony device John Carmack tested, but 40-50ms is about as good as LCDs can do. If you ping a faraway server, and divide by two, you could find that you too can outrun your pixels with the Internet.via SuperUserlast_img read more

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Middlesex DA Uncharacteristically High Number Of Fatal Drug Overdoses In Area Over

first_imgLOWELL, MA — Below is a statement from Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan:This week in Middlesex County, we have responded to six fatal overdoses in the communities of Waltham, Marlborough, Cambridge and three in Lowell. This number is uncharacteristically high.We are urging the community and loved ones of individuals struggling with substance use to increase contact with individuals who are known to be using heroin or other controlled substances; this includes making extra phones and visits and having access to naloxne. As a reminder, many pharmacies have a standing order to provide Narcan.Call 911 immediately if you witness an overdose.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMiddlesex DA Calls Attention To Surge In Opioid Overdoses In Greater LowellIn “Government”Middlesex DA Marian Ryan Sponsors Narcan Training For School Nurses & CoachesIn “Government”Middlesex DA: 33+ Fatal Overdoses In Area Since March 1In “Government”last_img read more

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Campaign finance enforcers fine Republican Governors Association and Dunleavy support group

first_imgThe Alaska Public Offices Commission on Friday found the Republican Governors Association violated state election law. The commission said the violation occurred when the RGA reserved TV time for political advertisements without registering with the state.Listen nowThe commission also found that the group Families for Alaska’s Future – Dunleavy violated the law when it reserved TV ad time before it registered.The commission ordered the RGA to register with the commission. It ordered Families for Alaska’s Future – Dunleavy to file accurate reports. And it ordered both groups to pay fines of $4,450. It could adjust the penalties at the next commission meeting.The commission order was the result of a complaint by the campaign of Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.last_img read more

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Minor killed after Telangana MLAs speeding car rams into a bike parents

first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsA three-year-old girl was killed after a Telangana MLA’s car rammed into a motorbike in which she was travelling along with her parents. The parents are seriously injured and have been shifted to a government hospital in Eturanagaram for medical treatment.The accident occurred on Saturday, May 18, in Jeedivagu area in Mulugu district, when K Arun and his wife Vijaya were taking their three-year-old daughter Sravanthi on their motorbike to the local anganwadi when the MLA’s car, coming from the opposite direction collided with the two-wheeler.The legislator, who was identified as Danasari Anasuya alias Seethakka from the Congress, extended her grief and condolence to the family of the deceased girl, reports The News Minute. She got in touch with the family and extended her grief and condolences. She also offered financial assistance to the family at a difficult time. According to IANS, she said, “This is a very disturbing accident in which a small baby became a victim. I feel sad about it. I stand by the family in this hour of grief.”The Mulugu police have registered a complaint under sections 304A (Causing death by negligence) and 337 (Causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code. Seethaka’s vehicle was also seized for the investigation.Unfortunately, this was not the only accident involving a legislator’s car in the area. In August 2018, Pothula Ramarao, the MLA of Kandukur, met with an accident in his car which killed two people on a two-wheeler near the Vijayawada airport in Gannvaram. Ramarao was travelling to the airport when the accident happened.last_img read more

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