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first_imgOn a day of fast-moving political developments, T.R. Zeliang was on Wednesday sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Nagaland replacing Shurhozelie Liezietsu, who was sacked by Governor P.B. Acharya.But within hours, the Naga People’s Front (NPF) expelled Mr. Zeliang for six years for “anti-party activities”, indicating the political turmoil was far from over.“He was adamant and has already planned to dismantle the NPF party,” NPF working presidents Huska Yepthomi and Apong Pongener said.Mr. Zeliang, however, was unfazed saying he would continue to remain the NPF leader in the House.“The expulsion from the party does not affect the membership inside the House,” he said.Mr. Zeliang was appointed shortly after embattled Mr. Liezietsu and his supporters failed to turn up in the Assembly to face the floor test following which the House was adjourned sine die.Mr. Zeliang was administered oath of office and secrecy by the Governor at a function at Durbar Hall in Raj Bhavan in the presence of Speaker Imtiwapang Aier, 42 NPF MLAs and State BJP president Visasolie Lhoungu.After being sworn in to head the NPF-led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government for the second time, Mr. Zeliang told newsmen he would prove his majority in the House on July 21. The Governor has directed him to go for the floor test by July 22.He said he would induct his council of ministers after proving his majority in the Assembly. Parliamentary secretaries would also be appointed after July 21, he added.Mr. Zeliang had spearheaded the rebellion against Mr. Liezietsu on July 8 and staked claim to form new the Naga People’s Front government with the support of majority MLAs.The Governor had asked Mr. Liezietsu to prove his majority in the House by July 15, but the latter had filed a writ petition in the Gauhati High Court, which was dismissed on July 18.Subsequently, the Governor had summoned the special session of the House on July 19.On reconciliation within the party, he said that once the formation of the government is complete, the process for reconciliation at the party level will start.“We are hopeful of providing a stable government with the support of the majority of the members of the House to complete the remaining term of the government”, he said.On the possibility of resumption of public protests with his taking over as the Chief Minister, Mr. Zeliang said that he would discuss the matter of women reservation in urban local bodies with the tribal ‘hohos’ (apex bodies) and other organisations.“We will do what is best for the people and not go for confrontation with them,” he said.Mr. Zeliang was compelled to step down as Chief Minister in February in the face of massive protest against his government for conducting elections to urban local bodies with 33% women reservation.last_img read more


first_img So, when my friends at HawkeyeReport.com say this might be the biggest recruiting weekend at Iowa they can remember in their 17 years … it’s a big deal.“They’re going all-in on this weekend,” said Tom Kakert, the website’s publisher since 2003. “It’s pretty insane.”The Hawkeyes were bringing in a whopping 22 official visitors this weekend, starting Friday. Ten are verbally committed to the Class of 2020; another 12 are uncommitted top targets.Schools will often elect to bring in a bunch of existing commits to mingle and hang out with the uncommitted recruits. Coaches go a long way in recruiting, but as you can imagine, potential future teammates can be even more impactful during events like this.Tight end Luke Lachey and wide receivers Kaevion Mack and Diante Vines are among the reported visitors. Iowa is expected to welcome players from 10 states, ranging from Alabama to Connecticut to Texas to Wisconsin.[Hawk Central] An Iowa Hawkeyes fan celebrating in the stands during a football game.IOWA CITY, IA – OCTOBER 23- University of Iowa Hawkeyes fans cheer on their team as they take on the Wisconsin Badgers during the first half of play at Kinnick Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Iowa City, Iowa. Wisconsin won 31-30 over Iowa. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images).This weekend rings in the official start of summer. College football recruiting has started to heat up again, and many schools are putting a ton of focus on this weekend, including the Iowa Hawkeyes.Iowa’s already off to a hot recruiting start for the 2020 cycle. The Hawkeyes have 14 players pledged as of this writing.247Sports‘ composite rankings have Iowa at No. 20 overall in the country, and second in the Big Ten.Iowa recruiting experts say that this may be the biggest recruiting weekend the program has had in nearly two decades.From Hawk Central‘s Chad Leistikow:last_img read more


first_img “This is a little different deal now… We finally can play Michigan defense, where we can go back and run our stuff that we run all preseason and all spring practice…”The Badgers have outscored their last two opponents 110-0. Meanwhile, Michigan has allowed 42 points against the combination of Middle Tennessee and Army.Michigan has not responded well to their first two games of the season. They got off to an unusually slow start against Middle Tennessee and needed double-overtime to beat the Black Knights. And both of those games were in Ann Arbor.Nevertheless, Michigan and Wisconsin share an identical 2-0 record. Both programs have byes this weekend ahead of the big game on Sept. 21.It should be an exciting game to be sure.[The Michigan Insider] Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown flexes.EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Defensive Coordinator Don Brown reacts to a Michigan Wolverines goal line stance during the third quarter of the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan defeated Michigan State 32-23. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)The Michigan Wolverines will have one of their toughest tests of the season next weekend on the road against Wisconsin. But Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown is looking forward to the challenge.Speaking to the media this week, Brown, considered one of the elite coordinators in the country, dismissed the idea that his defense would struggle against Wisconsin. When asked whether his interior defensive line in particular might struggle, he called the notion a “buncha crap.”Via The Michigan Insider:“Buncha crap… We’ve got a lot of guys now. We’ve gotta start rotating them in there. Again – who have we played? We’ve played a 1-0 personnel team with no tight ends, and we’ve played the triple (option), which I’ve already told you that we have a style that we play. We’re gonna divide our workload. We’re gonna go ahead and take care of the fullback, you’ve gotta take care of the quarterback, you’ve gotta take care of the pitch. There’s a lot to deal with.”Don Brown expressed optimism that his defense “finally can play Michigan defense,” running their preferred schemes.last_img read more


first_img My location zoom OW Bunker, one of the world’s leading resellers and physical distributors of marine fuel, revealed recently that it has installed a Coriolis Flow Meter on one of its refueling barges in Rotterdam. OW Bunker is the first independent physical fuel distributor to use the technology when supplying customers in the region , as it looks to ensure increased accuracy in measuring the quantity of product delivered.The new technology will be subjected to a rigorous trial period before being of fered as a standard feature to customers refueling in Rotterdam. Jens Maul Jørgensen , Director Bunkers , Oldendorff Carriers, a leading German ship owner and customer of OW Bunker, commented: “With fuel accounting for the majority of a vessel’s operating costs, it is critical that we are supplied with the right quantity that we have ordered. Clearly technology is the best method to ensure this, and we are pleased to see OW Bunker invest in Coriolis Flow Meters , creating the best possible infrastructure an d processes to provide a high quality physical distribution solution. It is a good example of how the bunkering industry continues to develop and sets a benchmark for which quality standards should be measured against.”The Coriolis Flow Meter has been installed on the 2009 – built double – hulled bunker barge Valsinni , one of the vessels operated by OW Bunker in Rotterdam. The barge has a tank capacity of 3.150 MTS and supplies customers with Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (LSFO) at a rate of up to 600 MTS per hour. Following a comprehensive testing period, the Valsinni will be the only supplier controlled barge in Rotterdam equipped with Coriolis Flow Meter technology to measure the quantity of fuel supplied to a receiving vessel.Commenting on the development, Vincent De Vos, Managing Director, OW Bunker Netherlands, said :            “Implementing a Coriolis Flow Meter on one of our vessels is an important strategic investment for our physical distribution operation in Rotterdam . It is a genuine differentiator within the market for a fuel distributor to be able to demonstrate real added value for customers through increased efficiency generation and by ensuring product quantity. We are confident that following our trials with Valsinni, our customers will benefit from our rigorous approach to ensuring a quality fuel distribution solution.”Jan Christensen, Vice President , Physical Distribution, OW Bunker, added: “Globally, OW Bunker has been pioneering the use of Coriolis Flow Meters for more than seven years, because we remain committed to providing our customers with a quality and efficient physical distribution solution . We need to look at every opportunity , including investment in technology and innovation as a means of maximising efficiencies both in our own supply processes as well as our customers’ operations.” 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 OW Bunker, March 4, 2014 Print  Closelast_img read more


first_imgzoom Tokyo-based shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) expects to record an extraordinary loss of around JPY 25 billion (USD 209 million) after the company’s equity method affiliate Daiichi Chuo Kisen Kaisha filed for civil rehabilitation procedures at the Tokyo District Court today.MOL will report the projected loss in consolidated financial results for the second quarter of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. The company also said that ”the impact of the extraordinary loss on the business performance for the full fiscal year is currently under close examination.”As World Maritime News reported earlier today, dry bulk specialist Daiichi Chuo Kisen Kaisha and its wholly-owned subsidiary Star Bulk Carrier filed for debt rehabilitation proceedings after recording losses for the past four years.MOL has a 16.5% stake in Daiichi Chuo, the fifth largest shipping company in Japan with a fleet of around 170 ships.The bankrupt company will be delisted from Tokyo Stock Exchange on October 30.last_img read more


first_imgJustice Minister Michael Baker took part today, Nov. 25, in theofficial opening of the new Membertou RCMP detachment, the resultof a new policing agreement between the Mi’kmaq community ofMembertou and the RCMP. “I want to congratulate Membertou and the RCMP for their historicpartnership,” said Mr. Baker. “This stands as a model foreffective, efficient community policing. The partners are to becommended for their commitment to providing a police service thatsupports our common vision for safe, healthy communities acrossNova Scotia.” Under the agreement, Membertou becomes the first aboriginalcommunity in Canada to contribute to the funding of an RCMPdetachment. The band will pay 70 per cent of the costs for two ofthe five officers who will serve at the detachment. “Membertou’s initiative to increase the size of the police forcefrom three to five enables Membertou to implement a proactivepolicing strategy designed to foster a safe and healthycommunity,” said Chief Terrance Paul. “This approach willinclude, but not be limited to, community programs such as ayouth advisory committee, school liaison program and drug abuseresistance education.” “The partnership agreement signed today between the RCMP andMembertou demonstrates a sincere collaboration, one of which wecan be proud,” said assistant commissioner Dwight Bishop,commanding officer of the RCMP in Nova Scotia. “With the openingof the Membertou detachment, we have the opportunity to bothserve and receive guidance from the community on a variety ofprograms that will best meet the needs of the area.” The minister of Justice in Nova Scotia is responsible for theadministration of justice. Under the Police Act, this includesensuring an adequate and effective level of policing throughoutthe province.last_img read more


first_img a bill of sale for ‘Dinah’, an enslaved African Nova Scotian; — a watercolour of Rose Fortune, Black Loyalist; a land petition from Gabriel Hall, a Black refugee of the war of 1812; and a photograph of William Hall, Victoria Cross winner. The exhibit also includes photographs of some of the early Black settlements in Nova Scotia, such as Preston, Hammonds Plains and Five Mile Plains, and descendants of the early settlers from 1880-1955. The nearly 50 items on display are from a much larger online exhibit celebrating African Nova Scotian heritage, available on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/africanns . “The online exhibit was designed to appeal to a broad audience, including general-interest visitors, genealogists and students, but especially to those interested in African Nova Scotian history,” said Mr. Speirs. Visitors to the online African Nova Scotian exhibit can search a database of 5,000 names of African-Americans who came to Nova Scotia in 1783 and 1815-16. The exhibit will be on display at the Public Archives of Nova Scotia, 6016 University Ave., in Halifax until March 31. An exhibit reflecting the province’s long and significant African-Nova Scotian heritage has been mounted by the Nova Scotia Archives in honour of African Heritage Month. “We have a rich African history in Nova Scotia,” said Brian Speirs, provincial archivist, “and we hope this exhibit will encourage Nova Scotians and others to further explore our African heritage.” Among the items on display are: last_img read more


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce is going to be hosting a rally in support of the region’s natural resources industry this week, with a post-rally social gathering taking place right after.The Chamber is hosting the rally on Friday, May 4th at the Pomeroy Hotel from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m. Officials with the Northeast B.C. Resource Municipalities Coalition and Resource Works executive director Stewart Muir have been confirmed as the rally’s keynote speakers.Chamber of Commerce executive director Lilia Hansen explained that the Chamber has had the rally planned for some time, with the purpose of showing support for the local resource industry. Hansen explained that the Chamber is turning rally into a full evening out, with a social gathering that includes a food and wine pairing that evening. Hansen explained that the Pomeroy’s head chef is working with the General Manager of Browns Socialhouse on the wine pairing.There will only be 100 tickets given out for the event, with the food and wine pairing happening after the rally beginning at 8:30 p.m. For tickets to the rally, visit Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chambers-resource-rally-social-sponsored-by-north-peace-airport-services-tickets-44288767897?aff=ehomecardlast_img read more


“Most of the other cases have recovered and been discharged. An 18-month-old boy is in stable condition at the Hagadera Hospital,” UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva.The first case was identified on 29 January in Hagadera, the biggest of the three settlements at the Dadaab camp in north-eastern Kenya – one of the world’s largest refugee camps, hosting nearly 250,000 people. There is a high risk of the outbreak spreading given the extreme overcrowding at Hagadera, which was designed for 30,000 people but now holds some 100,000 refugees, overstretching water and sanitation services. A team of six medical specialists from the Kenya Ministry of Health, UNHCR, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other agencies is supporting the doctors in the camp to deal with the outbreak. Mr. Redmond noted that UNHCR and its partners are finding it difficult to deliver services to refugees due to the congestion in the camp.“Water supplies are insufficient to meet the needs of the new arrivals and there is not enough space for more latrines to meet the basic health requirement that they be located at least six meters from cooking areas. “As a result of the overcrowding, some refugees are staying outside the parameters of the camp where there are no sanitation facilities at all,” he stated.UNHCR has recently received a commitment from Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga that his Government will provide land to set up a new refugee camp in north-eastern Kenya to take the pressure off the Dadaab complex. 13 February 2009Kenya’s sprawling and overcrowded Dadaab refugee complex is grappling with a cholera outbreak that has infected 14 people so far, most of them children, and already claimed the life of a three-year-old boy, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today. read more


OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has returned to the practice field for the first time since injuring his right hip on Nov. 4.Having finally received medical clearance to play, Flacco threw passes and worked on handoffs with fellow quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Robert Griffin III during an indoor practice Thursday.Jackson, a 2018 first-round pick, led Baltimore to wins in each of the past two games while filling in for the injured Flacco. Although coach John Harbaugh has not named a starting quarterback for Sunday’s game in Atlanta, it appears likely Jackson will get the call.Flacco has missed only eight games in his 11-year career and had played in 41 consecutive regular-season games before injuring his hip against Pittsburgh in Week 9.Rookie running back Gus Edwards also returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday with an ankle injury.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press read more


first_imgSimulation-based training will now be part of mining equipment operator workforce development in Saudi Arabia through what supplier Immersive Technologies states will be the largest mining simulation investment in history to date. Ma’aden, the largest mining company in Saudi Arabia, will utilise Immersive Technologies simulators to address one of the biggest challenges faced by the Kingdom – developing a skilled workforce to support the expansion of mining. Through a partnership with Immersive Technologies, Ma’aden and Missouri S&T, hundreds of mining operators will be trained annually at Saudi Arabia’s first specialist training institute for the mining industry.Missouri S&T, a long-time customer of Immersive Technologies, signed an agreement with Saudi Mining Polytechnic (SMP), originally established by Ma’aden, and the Technical Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) of Saudi Arabia, to provide mining training programs. Missouri S&T will utilise Immersive Technologies’ simulators in their training programs. Missouri S&T currently uses Immersive Technologies’ simulators in their mining equipment operator training. Dr Samuel Frimpong, Chair of Missouri S&T’s Mining and Nuclear Engineering Department said: “Simulators from Immersive Technologies will play an important role in helping Missouri S&T deliver a world class training program for the Saudi Mining Polytechnic (SMP) in Arar, Saudi Arabia. Immersive Technologies and Missouri S&T have an excellent opportunity to shape the direction of the mining industry in Saudi Arabia through this workforce development at SMP.”The investment includes seven Advanced Equipment Simulators and 18 simulator modules (Conversion Kits) for both surface and underground mining. Saudi Arabia marks the 35th country to utilise Immersive Technologies’ simulators. “Ma’aden has a solid reputation for investing in the best technology and we are honored to be part of their workforce development solution,” says Peter Salfinger, Chief Executive Officer at Immersive Technologies. “Our simulators will support Ma’aden and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in training their young people to further develop mining as a solid pillar of the Saudi economy. The Saudi Mining Polytechnic will build a foundational workforce for Saudi Arabia to become a sought after place for global miners to invest and for Ma’aden to become even more prominent on mining’s global landscape.”last_img read more


first_imgDécouverte de la plus ancienne tombe royale mayaUne équipe d’archéologues américains a présenté récemment, lors d’une réunion de la Société américaine d’archéologie à Sacramento (Californie), la découverte qu’elle a faite au Guatemala : la plus vielle tombe connue d’un souverain maya, datant de 350 avant J.-C., contenant un squelette et de la vaisselle funéraire.  C’est une véritable histoire à la Indiana Jones que raconte John Tomasic, de l’Université du Kansas, qui a mené des fouilles archéologiques sur le site maya de K’o, à Holmul, dans le nord-est du Guatemala : “Nous avons fouillé le sol de la maison, et creusé jusqu’à ce que nous ayons trouvé un couvercle… “. Sous ce couvercle, un tunnel d’une quarantaine de centimètres de largeur, “juste assez large pour un corps humain”. Au bout, une chultan, une chambre mortuaire. “Nous avons rampé à l’intérieur, allumé une lumière et vu le corps. Je pense qu’il est juste de dire que ce que nous avons trouvé est la plus ancienne sépulture connue d’un souverain maya”.À lire aussiOstéoporose : traitement, symptômes, causes, définition, de quoi s’agit-il ?Près du squelette, outre quelques jarres et assiettes en céramique, un brûleur d’encens gravé à l’effigie d’un ‘dieu farceur’, un symbole de la royauté chez les Mayas. Selon l’archéologue Michael Callaghan, de l’Université du Texas, les jarres remontent clairement à environ 350 avant J.-C., époque où la céramique maya a commencé à adopter une couleur rouge.Envoyé à un laboratoire pour une datation au radiocarbone, un échantillon d’os du squelette a permis aux scientifiques de confirmer cette date. La dépouille serait celle d’un homme d’une cinquantaine d’années, qui était en assez bonne santé au moment de sa mort. Auparavant, la plus ancienne sépulture royale connue chez les Mayas, découverte en 2005, datait de 100 ans avant notre ère.Le 10 avril 2011 à 15:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgTransition énergétique : les quatre solutions envisagées pour changer le modèle françaisHier, à deux mois de la fin du débat sur la transition énergétique, et faute de consensus, quatre scénarii ont été proposés.Depuis novembre, le débat sur la transition énergétique cherche à trouver une solution de rechange au modèle énergétique français, qui dépend essentiellement des énergies fossiles et du nucléaire. Alors que la remise des copies se fera dans moins de deux mois, le 18 juillet, les différents acteurs ne parviennent pas à s’accorder entre eux. “C’est un travail très difficile, cette discussion n’a jamais eu lieu de façon aussi ouverte et prospective”, a d’ailleurs souligné la ministre de l’Énergie, Delphine Batho.Mais les choses doivent avancer et la ministre a invité la centaine de représentants des ONG, de syndicats, d’élus et d’entreprises à accepter des compromis pour arriver à un accord commun. “Où il n’y a pas de compromis, il faudra que le gouvernement prenne des décisions avec le Parlement”, a-t-elle rappelé.Pour l’heure les sept groupes de travail ont rendus leurs conclusions préliminaires concernant le financement de cette transition énergétique, les moyens de consommer moins d’énergie, le choix des énergies renouvelables de demain, le scénario de l’énergie du futur… En réalité,  c’est ce dernier rapport qui pose le plus de problèmes. Il n’est parvenu qu’à dégager quatre grandes trajectoires censées permettre de respecter l’engagement de diviser par quatre les émissions de gaz à effet de serre d’ici 2050, rapporte 20minutes.fr.Les 4 scenarii pour une diminution des émissions des gaz à effet de serre Ces quatre axes font le grand écart puisqu’elles vont d’un scénario de sortie du nucléaire, avec une baisse de 50 % de la demande d’énergie d’ici 2050, à une priorité donnée à l’atome pour combattre les émissions de CO2, avec une légère réduction de la consommation. Les deux autres scénarii se placent entre les deux et sont moins radicaux. L’objectif initialement poursuivi était de trouver le moyen de réduire la part du nucléaire de 75 à 50% dans la production d’électricité d’ici 2025, comme l’avait promis le président Hollande. Mais pour certains, la chose est irréaliste.Comme sur la question du gaz de schiste, le nucléaire pose problème. Tandis que le patronat continue à ne pas vouloir écarter ces solutions, les écologistes comme Nicolas Hulot font valoir les dangers de telles options. Hier, il déclarait : “Si nous gardons le nucléaire, et même comme certains le préconisent, nous augmentons le nucléaire, avec le gaz de schiste, la seule chose que je peux vous dire, c’est qu’il n’y a pas de dénouement heureux. C’est une trajectoire suicidaire”.Un débat difficile À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéDe son côté, Greenpeace boycotte le débat. Hier matin, à Paris, elle a “accueilli” les membres du parlement avec une banderole de 30 mètres affichant : “Les yeux dans les yeux, le débat est-il complet ?”. En effet l’ONG estime que le risque nucléaire et son coût réel ne sont pas clairement évoqués dans les discussions.Finalement, alors que le débat aura bien du mal à avancer désormais, la seule solution est d’entendre très vite “le gouvernement, et pas juste la ministre” sur une “orientation politique”, comme l’indique le président du groupe des experts, Alain Grandjean. “Il va en effet falloir dégager les axes incontournables, ce qu’il faut mettre dans la loi comme mesures précises pour rendre la transition crédible”, indique Laurence Tubiana qui est censée, en tant que “facilitatrice”, permettre ce débat sur la transition énergétique.Le 24 mai 2013 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_img Recommended for you Related Items:akia guerrier, cali, columbia, commonwealth youth games, edith skippings, edmonton, Pan American Junior Games, Samoa, Turks and Caicos Amateur Athletic Association, world youth champions Bahamas 15th in early Commonwealth Youth Games medal count Commonwealth Secretary General: Youth Games “returned home” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp St. Lucian sprinter makes history at Commonwealth Youth Games Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Jul 2015 – For the first time, Turks and Caicos Islands has a young woman qualifier for the World Youth Champions and the athlete to make the historic cut is Akia Guerrier. The Turks and Caicos Amateur Athletic Association (TCAAA) yesterday announce that Akia Guerrier is the first female athlete to make the qualifying standards and will be representing the Turks and Caicos this July at the Championships in Cali Columbia, the Pan American Junior Games in Edmonton, Canada and at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa in September. Akia and her coach, Randy Ford and chaperon, Rosalie Ingham-Hall, General Secretary of the TCAAA left yesterday morning for the Youth Championships. On hand for their departure was TCAAA President, Edith Skippings.last_img read more


first_imgSecondary wall construction begins in San Diego KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 1:55 PM Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitter Posted: February 19, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img WASHINGTON 2/19/19 – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will begin construction on the San Diego Secondary Wall Project with the first panels to be in place on February 18, 2019.On December 20, 2018, CBP awarded a contract to construct up to 14 miles of secondary wall in California within the U.S. Border Patrol’s (USBP) San Diego Sector (SDC). The contract was awarded to SLSCO Ltd. using CBP’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations.The secondary wall project includes the replacement of existing secondary barrier with a 30 ft. tall steel bollard wall.  This project is directly north to the San Diego primary fence replacement project that is currently under construction funded with FY 2017 funding. These two important barriers, in combination with a patrol road and technology, create an enforcement zone for the USBP as part of a border wall system.  Given the high-density population in the San Diego-Tijuana area, the updated border infrastructure is critically needed.Border barriers, along with appropriate technology, roads and personnel, have significantly reduced illegal entry in SDC, however more work remains to be done.  In FY 2018, there were approximately 38,000 apprehensions in the SDC by USBP.CBP continues to implement President Trump’s Executive Order 13767 – also known as Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements – and continues to take steps to expeditiously  plan, design, and construct a physical wall along the southern border, using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve operational control of the southern border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has began building a secondary wall in San Diego.The official website of the Department of Homeland Security official press release announcing the construction is below: February 19, 2019last_img read more


first_imgThe Vancouver Fire Department battled a fire Wednesday in a stairwell landing at an east Vancouver apartment complex.Several people called 911 around 2 p.m. to report the fire at The Park at Mill Plain, 12800 N.E. Fourth St. Firefighters arrived to find a small fire on a third-floor landing, said Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli. Resident Pat Lenzen said she heard someone banging on her door. “I heard the word ‘fire,’ ” she said. She got out of her apartment and alerted her next-door neighbors.There were combustibles on the landing, including some latex paint from a painting crew. The workers safely got out of the complex. Nobody was injured or displaced by the fire, which was extinguished at about 2:15 p.m. The fire sprinkler system didn’t have to activate.Damage to the landing and the exterior of two adjacent third-floor apartments is estimated at about $10,000, Scarpelli said. Her office is investigating the fire’s cause.last_img read more


first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Several agencies are looking for a 22-year-old man who, officials said, went missing after he ended up in the waters of Biscayne Bay, Friday night.The U.S. Coast Guard said the man was on a 17-foot rental boat with his girlfriend and other people when he wound up in the water and did not resurface. Officials said it was unclear how he wound up in the water.The boater’s family identified him as Tyron Robinson. They said he was visiting South Florida from Washington, D.C. for the Labor Day holiday weekend.The boat was anchored 500 yards north of Belle Island in Miami Beach, according to the Coast Guard.Cellphone video sent by a 7News viewer captured the large scope of the search just north of the Venetian Causeway.Robinson’s family said he is the father of a 3-year-old boy. They said, while he does know how to swim, his arm was in a cast at the time of his disappearance.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, City of Miami Fire, Miami Beach Police and the Coast Guard are searching for Robinson. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


first_imgCanara Bank may look at the possibility of taking over smaller lenders Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank, even as the government has been positive about bigger banks resulting after the next wave of consolidation.”Discussions are on between the banks. There is a possibility that first Vijaya and Dena merge, before being taken over by Canara Bank,” a senior government official told financial daily Economic Times.The Bengaluru-headquartered lender is the fourth biggest bank by way of market capitalisation behind State Bank of India, Bank of Baroda and Punjab National Bank. The government is likely to push the proposal forward only after the monsoon session of Parliament is over in August, the Economic Times said.The government of India’s stake in Canara Bank was 66.3 per cent at the end of March. Life Insurance Corporation, also owned by the central government, held 13.62 per cent.The board of directors of the bank had on June 15 okayed the raising of debt capital through additional Tier I bonds of up to Rs 1,800 crore and Tier II bonds up to Rs 1,000 crore.The bank’s capital adequacy ratio improved to 12.86 percent at the end of March, from 11.08 percent a year before.For 2016-17, the bank posted a profit of Rs 1,122 crore, against a loss of Rs 2,813 crore in fiscal 2016.Economic Times said that apart from Canara Bank, banks like Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank and Syndicate Bank will be looking for consolidation among themselves. Most banks have been asked to consolidate to become bigger lenders.Dena Bank is among the five public sector bank that the RBI has restricted sanction of fresh loans and dividend distribution. The other four are IDBI, Bank of Maharashtra, Central Bank of India and Uco Bank.Dena Bank posted losses of Rs 575.26 crore for the March quarter while Vijaya Bank reported a profit of Rs 204 crore for the same period. Canara Bank is among the top five banks in the country with a network of around 7,000 branches.last_img read more


first_imgIndian physicians on Tuesday angrily rejected claims that they had lied about the amount of weight an Egyptian once believed to be the world’s heaviest woman had lost following surgery.The sister of Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty alleged that her sibling, who previously weighed 500 kilogrammes (1,100 pounds), had not shed half her weight as specialists at a Mumbai hospital had claimed.“Today Eman weighs 171 kilos,” Muffazal Lakdawala, the doctor leading Abd El Aty’s treatment, told AFP, adding that the claim made by her sister Shaimaa Selim in a social media video post was “complete hogwash”.In videos provided last week by Saifee Hospital, where the 37-year-old had bariatric surgery last month, a visibly slimmer Abd El Aty could be seen sitting up and smiling while listening to music.In an accompanying statement doctors said the woman, who had not left her home in Egypt’s Mediterranean port city of Alexandria for two decades until she arrived in India’s commercial capital in February, had lost 250 kilos.But in a video posted on Facebook and reported widely by Indian media on Tuesday, Selim accuses the hospital of lying, saying her sister had not lost as much weight as doctors had claimed.“The pictures don’t lie, the pictures can’t lie,” Lakdawala said, suggesting that Selim had only raised complaints after doctors suggested that Abd El Aty could soon leave India, where she has been receiving treatment free of charge, to return to Egypt.Abd El Aty’s family say that as a child she was diagnosed with elephantiasis, a condition that causes the limbs and other body parts to swell, leaving her almost immobile.The Egyptian has suffered several strokes and faced a series of other serious ailments owing to her weight including diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension and sleep deprivation.She is unable to speak properly and is partially paralysed.Abd El Aty arrived in Mumbai on February 11 on a specially modified plane.Doctors put her on a special liquid diet to get her weight down to a low enough level for doctors to perform bariatric surgery, essentially a stomach-shrinking bypass procedure carried out on those wanting to lose excessive weight.Lakdawala said that Abd El Aty was due to have a CT scan on Tuesday to determine the cause of her right-sided paralysis and regular convulsions.He added that there was not much more he could do for her in terms of further weight loss and she would need to see a specialist neurologist to help with her other ailments.last_img read more


first_imgChinese president Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shaking hands during their meeting in Beijing File Photo: AFPChina’s foreign minister will visit North Korea this week, his office said Monday, becoming the highest-ranking Chinese official to travel there in years as Beijing moves to further improve ties with Pyongyang days after a landmark inter-Korean summit.The Chinese foreign ministry said in a brief statement that Wang Yi will visit North Korea on Wednesday and Thursday at the invitation of his North Korean counterpart, Ri Yong Ho.The two met in Beijing in early April, days after talks between President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the Chinese capital — the first meeting between the leaders since Kim inherited power from his father Kim Jong Il in 2011.Wang will be the first Chinese foreign minister to visit the North since 2007, a lapse that highlights the rough patch that relations between the Cold War-era allies have gone through in recent years.Then then-premier Wen Jiabao visited Pyongyang in 2009.China has supported a series of United Nations sanctions against the North over its nuclear weapons programme.But Beijing is likely eager to avoid being marginalised in the wave of diplomacy that led to last Friday’s historic summit between Kim and the South’s president Moon Jae-in.Kim is expected to meet US president Donald Trump in the coming weeks at a time and place that have yet to be announced.The North Korean leader has also invited Xi to visit Pyongyang but no date has been set yet.”The Chinese are undoubtedly eager to hear what Kim Jong Un’s plan is for his meeting with Donald Trump,” Bonnie Glaser, China specialist at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, told AFP.”It is also possible that Wang Yi is in Pyongyang to advance Xi’s visit to North Korea,” Glaser said, adding there were rumours this could happen before Trump’s meeting with Kim.At their summit in the Demilitarized Zone, Kim and Moon agreed to pursue the complete denuclearisation of the peninsula.They also decided to seek a peace treaty by the end of the year and hold talks with the United States, and possibly China, to achieve it.The Korean War, in which China fought on the North’s side, ended in 1953 with an armistice rather than a peace treaty.Being left out of peace talks would be unacceptable to Beijing, Glaser said.”The Chinese want to ensure that they are at the table and have a means to influence the course of events on the peninsula,” she said.Test site closingWhile China has supported punitive measures against the North, analysts say it could worry that the diplomatic thaw may lead to a deal between Pyongyang and Washington that is not in its interests.A divided Korea has played in its favour as the North serves as a buffer from the South, where US troops are stationed. Despite recent tensions, China remains the North’s sole major ally and top economic partner.In the latest major diplomatic announcements, Seoul said Sunday that Pyongyang had promised to shut its nuclear test site within weeks and invite US weapons experts to verify its closure.Kim also said Pyongyang would have no need for nuclear weapons if it were promised it would not be invaded, according to Seoul.China has repeatedly proposed that the North suspend its nuclear and missile tests in return for the United States and South Korea halting their joint military exercises.”Beijing is likely irritated that Kim has ignored China’s ‘freeze for freeze’ proposal,” Glaser said, adding that Kim offered to suspend tests without demanding that the US halt military manoeuvres.”In addition, Kim has said nothing about the eventual removal of US troops from Korea, which is almost certainly what China hopes for,” Glaser said.But Hua Po, an independent Chinese political commentator, said Wang’s visit would allow the two countries to coordinate their positions ahead of the Trump-Kim summit.”Now that North Korea has committed itself (to denuclearisation of the peninsula), China may give priority to lifting some sanctions on North Korea. Wang Yi may address this issue during his visit,” Hua said.last_img read more