USCG Responds to Collision and Grounding in Lower …

first_imgzoom U.S. Coast Guard is working with local response agencies and the Virginia and Maryland Pilots after receiving a report of a collision between two ships in the Thimble Shoal Channel and are responding to several subsequent reports of ships dragging anchor in the lower Chesapeake Bay.The 79-foot rig vessel, Petite, and the 1065-foot container ship, MSC Charleston, reportedly collided due to weather in the main ship channel at approximately 7:30 p.m. There was no initial report of damage, pollution or injuries to either vessel, and both are safely anchored pending the Coast Guard investigation.Winds gusting to 70 mph at Cape Henry caused 12 ships anchored in the vicinity of Lynnhaven to drag anchor and caused the 751-foot bulk carrier, Ornak, that was anchored in the Lynnhaven Anchorage east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to run aground at approximately 8:35 p.m. near First Landing State Park.To help stabilize the ships, the Virginia Pilot office dispatched 11 pilots to embark the anchored vessels at anchorage.Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center watchstanders are working with local partners, the Virginia and Maryland Pilot’s Associations and local tug boat companies to coordinate assistance to ships dragging anchor and others requiring tug support to remain moored at several facilities due to strong wind gusts.“The Coast Guard, commercial industry and port partners are coordinating efforts to respond to the current adverse weather conditions and are monitoring all efforts to safely attend all vessels,” said Capt. John Little, the commander of Sector Hampton Roads. “Weather events such as this storm illustrate the continued need for close partnerships between the Coast Guard, industry and local emergency crews responding to maritime incidents.”There are currently no reports of pollution or injuries. April 17, 2014last_img read more

Portico collapses at Peace Heaven

first_imgKolkata: A portion of the portico collapsed on Sunday night at Peace Heaven on Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road. No one was hurt in the incident. A car parked under the portico got damaged.On Sunday, around 7 pm, the portion of the portico measuring about 20 ft wide and 30 ft long suddenly collapsed. It was established that the structure came down because the pillars that were holding the portico shattered. After getting the information, police personnel from Park Street police station reached the spot. Disaster Management Group (DMG) was also informed. As the body preservation process was suspended for almost a month due to some problem, no one was there at the time of collapse.last_img read more

Elisabeth Rohm Announces Exciting Therafit FootwearRed Cross Initiative

first_imgActress, author and activist Elisabeth Rohm has teamed up with women’s sneaker and sandal brand Therafit to drive funds for the American Red Cross.Video: Elisabeth Rohm on The American Red Cross & Therafit partnershipDuring the month of September, for every purchase of Therafit’s red athletic sneaker, Therafit will donate $20 to the Red Cross. Additionally, Therafit is offering a $20 discount to consumers.Through her ongoing relationship with the Red Cross, Ms. Röhm has seen first hand the good the organization has accomplished. Each year, the American Red Cross immediately responds to approximately 70,000 natural and man-made disasters in the U.S. It’s initiatives like this that make it possible for the Red Cross to fulfill its humanitarian mission.Order the shoes here.last_img read more

Kimberly Elise Asks Kraft Heinz to Offer Families a Healthier BOCA Brand

first_imgActor Kimberly Elise (Diary of a Mad Black Woman, The Manchurian Candidate) has penned a letter to the CEO of Kraft Heinz, writing as one parent to another to urge his company to offer families a healthier and more compassionate BOCA Foods by dropping dairy from the brand.Kimberly Elise Asks Kraft Heinz to Offer Families a Healthier BOCA BrandSending her powerful note, the mother of two joins a Compassion Over Killing campaign that in 2010 prompted Kraft Heinz to remove eggs from the meatless BOCA line. Though the promising step impacts the lives of millions of hens, and new vegan BOCA falafel bites recently debuted, cruel dairy remains in the majority of BOCA products.Elise writes to Kraft Heinz CEO Bernardo Hees, “I’m reaching out as a fellow parent to encourage you to make healthy, sustainable, and kinder foods accessible to families like mine everywhere by dropping dairy from your BOCA brand.”“More and more moms are choosing to forego dairy products and feed their families vegan food, but unfortunately, we can’t enjoy most of BOCA’s product line — yet,” Elise adds. “In offering a veggie burger, you’ve already recognized that consumers want less violence and more nutrition on their plates. Please, catch up with your competitors and offer a 100% vegan BOCA brand.”Once a household name, BOCA now trails behind its massively successful competitors like Beyond Meat that are already 100% vegan. As Elise points out to Hees, the soaring plant-based market is expected to reach $3.5 billion by 2024. A recent Nielsen report even found that plant-based sales are outpacing those of other foods and beverages.“Compassion Over Killing is thrilled to team up with Kimberly Elise, who is shining a spotlight on the cruelty of dairy and lighting the way for Kraft Heinz to seize a golden opportunity: serving the thousands of consumers hungry for a vegan BOCA brand,” says Laura Cascada, Director of Corporate Outreach at Compassion Over Killing.More than 46,000 people have signed COK’s petition calling on Kraft Heinz to kraft a better BOCA by ditching dairy.Time and again, investigative videos have exposed rampant animal abuse in the dairy industry, which relies on a systemic cycle of exploitation of gentle cows and their calves. As Elise puts it, the heartbreaking truth of dairy is “a reality far removed from the ‘happy’ dairy cow we see in children’s books.”last_img read more

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe offers apology to 60s Scoop survivors

first_imgAmber BernardAPTN NewsMoments after Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has offered an apology to survivors of the ’60s Scoop for failing them and leaving them “caught between two worlds,” the Federation of Sovereign Indian Nations (FSIN) called for a moratorium on adoptions involving First Nations children.“The apology is welcomed, however, there must be action along with these words. That means immediate and serious change as this is First Nations jurisdiction” said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron in a statement. “Our First Nations children are still being ripped away from their families, communities and culture.“This needs to stop immediately. This apology is empty if it is not followed through with action.”On Monday, Saskatchewan became the third province to issue an apology to survivors.“On behalf of the government of Saskatchewan and on behalf of the people of Saskatchewan, I stand before you today to apologize. I stand before you to say sorry,” Moe said at the legislature on Monday.“We are sorry for the pain and the sadness that you have experienced. We are sorry for your loss of culture and language. And to all of those who lost contact with their family, we’re so sorry.”About 20,000 Indigenous children were seized from their birth families and relocated to non-Indigenous homes starting in the 1950s until the late 1980s.The practice stripped children of their language, culture and family ties.Moe said the consequences are being felt to this day and he thanked the survivors, now adults, who told their stories at six sharing circles the government set up so that the province could better understand what happened.“We are grateful for your candour and we are grateful for your courage,” he said.Moe acknowledged that there “is nothing that we can offer that will fully restore what you have lost.”“But what we can offer is the solemn assurance that government policies have changed and they continue to change.”Some survivors said before the apology that they hoped it would come with action to reduce the number of children in care.Survivor Kerry Opoonechaw-Bellegarde, 43, said she was hoping to ask Moe personally to improve the foster-care system.The number of children in out-of-home care in Saskatchewan was over 5,200 at the end of September.Survivor George Scheelhaase said the government is apologizing for something that’s still going on. Children in Saskatchewan are still being apprehended in record numbers, he said.Alberta and Manitoba have already apologized for their role in the ’60s Scoop.– with files from the Canadian read more

Trudeau says hes sorry he wore brownface at 2001 Vancouver party

first_imgThis previously unreported photo of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a 2001 party was published by Time Magazine Wednesday night.APTN NewsPrime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s sorry he wore brownface at an Arabian Nights themed party at a private Vancouver school where he worked as a teacher in 2001.Time Magazine broke the story early Wednesday evening showing the previously unreported photo.The Liberal party confirmed the man in the photo is Trudeau.In the picture, Trudeau is seen covered in make-up wearing a turban.One hand, in make up, can be seen wrapped across an unidentified woman’s chest.“I shouldn’t have done it,” Trudeau told national media on the Liberal plane travelling with him on the campaign trail. “I should have known better, and I’m really sorry.“I deeply regret that I did that.”When Trudeau was asked if he had ever done something like this before, he confirmed with reporters that in high school he sang the Banana Boat Song (Day-O) at a high school talent show.“With make up,” the prime minister read more

Tangiers International LiteraryArts Salon to discuss Africas Cultural Diversity

By Elena Hart – TangierThe French Institute of Tangier will host the 18th Annual International Literary and Arts Salon of Tangier from May 7th to 11th, 2014.This unique festival, like the mythical city of Tangier, has made a distinct mark on the Moroccan cultural scene, thanks to a daring avant-garde spirit and a willingness to open up a discussion on critical political and social issues. Each year, writers, artists, philosophers, historians, journalists, and diplomats gather at the Palais des Institutions Italiennes to take a critical look at such topics as human rights and the situation of political prisoners, urbanization and sustainable development, the responsibility of intellectuals, globalization, and the advent of the Digital Age.The 2014 edition brings into question the “African-ness” of Morocco. The country has maintained centuries-old economic and cultural ties with its neighbors to the south. King Mohammed VI’s recent diplomatic tour of West Africa and the growing investments of Moroccan companies in the region have reinforced these links.  Casablanca is emerging as a new economic and financial hub of the continent.Yet, at the same time, it is difficult to think of Morocco, a country rooted in Arab, Berber, and Jewish traditions, as being African. With this in mind, the Salon aims to shed light on the great cultural and linguistic diversity of Africa(s).Prominent African writers and thinkers, including Achille Mbembe, Alain Mabanckou, Henri Lopes, and Léonora Miano will participate in round table discussions on: The Challenges of Linguistic Pluralism, The Reappropriation and Teaching of African History, War and Literature, Regional Political Alliances, South-South Economic Solidarities, New Technology and the Spread of Knowledge and Literature, and The Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Music.As always, a wide variety of art exhibitions, musical concerts, African films, and activities for children (storytelling, music, workshops) will complement the literary program. Among them:• The exhibition “Stories of skin,” which examines the treatment of skin from traditional arts and crafts such as leather-working to contemporary art.  Featuring the works of Farid Belkahia, Hassan Hajjaj, Bernard Rancillac, Myette Fauchère, Degbava and Jacques Do Kokou.• The video-installation “Crossings” by Leila Alaoui on the experience of African migrants.• The jazz trio Bekkas-Dramé-Raulin, who blend the musical traditions of their respective countries, Morocco, Burkina Faso, and France.• The French chamber choir Archipels will present a selection of literary texts set to the music of Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Fauré and others.• A night of dancing and rumba music with the group Coton d’Afrik.In order to highlight the diversity of languages spoken in Tangier and in Africa, a number of book readings will be organized in French, Arabic, English, and Spanish. Boston University professor Diana Wylie will notably give a talk entitled, “From ‘Revolution’ to ‘Enchantment’: using art to tell stories about the past.”The Salon is one of the French Institute’s many initiatives to promote literacy in Morocco. Before, during, and after the festival, the Institute collaborates with local schools and NGOs to organize reading programs for children and adolescents. read more

UN deputy chief calls for greater integration efforts to meet challenges of

Palestinian women at a UNRWA distribution centre in the Jaramana refugee camp, Damascus, Syria. Photo: UNRWA/Carole Alfarah Speaking at a high-level event on ‘Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants: Critical Challenges for Sustainable Urbanization’ held at UN Headquarters in New York this afternoon, Mr. Eliasson said that among the issues that must be addressed include the causes of forced displacement; the safety of migrants and refugees as they cross international borders; and support for host countries to integrate newcomers into their communities. “There is much for us to do,” the Deputy Secretary-General said. “Every day, millions of refugee children are unable attend school. Every day, the dignity and well-being of millions of people is compromised due to lack of basic services and job opportunities.” Mr. Eliasson noted that while it is true that many refugees, especially in Africa and the Middle East, reside in camps, many more settle and work in host communities. In fact, he said, just one-quarter of all refugees live in camps, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “While most of the humanitarian assistance goes to refugees living in camps, the ‘urban refugees’ – if you allow that expression – are largely overlooked,” he said. “They often end up living in slums or informal settlements on the fringes of the cities, in overcrowded neighbourhoods and in areas prone to flooding, sanitation hazards and disease,” he added. Mr. Eliasson highlighted that in 2009, UNHCR changed its policy and practice towards refugees in cities and towns, and is now working closely with national authorities, municipalities and local communities and authorities to protect urban refugees, respecting their refugee status. In that vein, he said that the report of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, prepared for a summit on refugees and migrants being convened by the General Assembly on 19 September, draws attention to the important role of local authorities, which are at the forefront in providing refugees access to housing, education, health care and employment. “We should bear in mind that refugees and [internally displaced persons] IDPs often are just a small proportion of those who are swelling the ranks of cities, while the speed of urbanization is getting faster,” the Deputy Secretary-General said. He noted that it is also important to remember that, even if cities struggle to accommodate large flows of migrants, they also largely benefit from their presence and work, since in many countries in the world, immigrants often take up low-paying jobs and provide services in areas like domestic work, agricultural labour and home care. “As migrants and refugees continue to arrive – and there are no signs that these flows will diminish any time soon – we must resolve to uphold and implement the principle of every human being’s equal value,” Mr. Eliasson stressed. “This is a fundamental human right, never to be compromised.” The international community, for its part, must be concerned about political rhetoric that stigmatizes refugees and migrants, and do “everything possible to counter this false and negative narrative,” the Deputy Secretary-General said. “We must dispel the myths about migrants and migration which tend to poison the public discourse,” he added. “Let us build our policies on the realization of the value that migrants bring to our societies: economic and demographic growth, development, not least through remittances, and I want to add: the beauty of diversity in our nation states,” Mr. Eliasson said. The high-level event was co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Italy, the New York Office of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization, in collaboration with United Cities and Local Governments, the International Organization for Migration, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UN-Women, the International Labour Organization, Network 11 and the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. read more

Watch live London Pride parade 2017

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Pride parade takes place in London, the theme for this year’s celebrations is Love Happens Here. The goal is to show the rest of the world that London is open, welcoming and inclusive, as well as marking 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.last_img

Virtual Reality training WorksiteVR Quest A leap forward in personnel induction at

first_imgImmersive Technologies developed a series of WorksiteVR Quest virtual reality scenarios designed to facilitate a blended learning model in conjunction with eLearning and practical activities. Mine site inductions are necessary however often dry, boring, and forgettable. Mining operations are now acknowledging the value of Virtual Reality Training, shifting site inductions to become a significant opportunity to proactively mitigate risk. With the use of WorksiteVR Quest, this is being achieved with exceptional results. Mining personnel are completing their induction possessing the confidence that they can apply their learnings and deal with emergency situations, along with an increased level of information retention after induction is complete.Picture: WorksiteVR™ Quest allows users to virtually experience, engage and understand surface and underground environments, safety hazards and emergency situationsRio Tinto’s Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia, operates ten WorksiteVR Quest Systems with more than 1,100 people having completed the induction program. As a new mine in development a large number of contractors and permanent staff are on site. At its peak, there will be 5,800 people on site that require induction and safety training which:Conveys critical mining and safety informationCaters for vastly different levels of experienceAccommodates multiple languagesAddresses retention and application of knowledge and skillsTransitions seamlessly from theory to competence on the jobDemonstrates commitment to ZERO harm.The scenarios were developed in both Mongolian and English and covered topics ranging from identification of correct PPE to refuge chamber access and procedures.An analysis of survey data was conducted where monthly results of the training before WorksiteVR Quest was introduced were compared with the results after. This was conducted over a 10-month period and included both expats and Mongolian nationals. The results demonstrated broad improvements including:22% increase in understanding of tagging procedures12% increase in confidence in personnel being able to apply their learning10% increase in knowledge retention and recall16% increase in confidence of successfully initiating an emergency response.“This achievement by Oyu Tolgoi mine using WorksiteVR Quest, provides an excellent example of how, this technology can be applied to great effect. WorksiteVR Quest, like all Immersive Technologies products is designed from its core out, to achieve quantifiable improvement in the safety of mining personnel.” says Wayde Salfinger, Executive Director – Marketing, Immersive Technologies.last_img read more

Denmark celebrates bronze medal

← Previous Story GOLDEN DAY: Serbia or Brazil? Next Story → BRAZIL IS ON THE TOP OF THE WORLD! The Danish national team conquered the bronze medal on the World Championship in Serbia! The Danish team did what they could not do two years ago on the 2011 WC in Brazil, where they ranked fourth, The players of Jan Pitlika defeated the Polish national team 30:26 (12:15) after a great game in the second halftime.The Polish team started the match very well, with the desire to earn the first medal in their history on the World Championship. Led by the great Alina Wojtas, they had an advantage of five points in the 29th minute – 15:10, but in the last minute of the first half they received two goals, which was a teller on how would the match continue.In the second halftime, the match was dominated by the Danish team. The Polish team had control over the result until the 39th minute and 20:17, but the end of the match was led by the great Kristiansen and Jorgensen, who with a series of goals (7:1) they overturned the match in their favor and slowly brought the match to the end…STATISTICS read more

El Capitan project for a multimillion dollar event center is underway

first_imgEl Capitan project for a multi-million dollar event center is underway KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom LAKESIDE (KUSI) – El Capitan High School held a groundbreaking ceremony for their new eleven million dollar event center.The project was funded by Proposition U and measure B-B.The event center will provide a state-of-the-art multi-functional facility; which includes event space, lobby and concession areas, band room, practice room, dance studio, and a drama classroom. FacebookTwitter September 11, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings Posted: September 11, 2018last_img read more

Former Board of Fisheries nominee pleads not guilty to fraud theft

first_imgA former Alaska Board of Fisheries nominee has pleaded not guilty to 17 felony and misdemeanor charges that he fraudulently obtained commercial fishing permits and Alaska Permanent Fund dividend payments.Roland Maw entered his plea Tuesday in court in Juneau to the 17 counts covering theft and unsworn falsification. Maw was charged on Jan. 13 with illegally collecting more than $7,200 in dividends between 2009 and 2014.His lawyer, Nicholas Polasky, said his client declined to comment after the hearing.Gov. Bill Walker appointed Maw, a Cook Inlet commercial fisherman, in January 2015.He withdrew his name from consideration suddenly last February and faced criminal charges that he illegally obtained resident hunting and fishing licenses in Montana.He pleaded no-contest to the charges, paid more than $7,200 in fines and lost his privileges to hunt and fish in Montana and all of the Wildlife Violator Compact States, including Alaska.last_img read more

Ask a Climatologist What the fog Anchorage

first_imgMorning fog in Anchorage on Monday, Feb. 6th, 2017 (photo by Brian Brettschneider)This week we’re responding to a listener who asked: What the fog? Why has there been so much fog in Anchorage this winter?Anchorage has had a record amount of dense fog this winter. The main culprit is a dramatic temperature inversion between the mountains and the city. On average, it’s been nine degrees warmer on the upper hillside than in town.Listen nowSince Dec. 1, Anchorage has seen 26 days of fog with visibility of a quarter mile or less. Climatologist Brian Brettschneider said you have to go back to 1950 to find a winter that comes even close to the number of days with dense fog.“Looking back through the records, all the way back to 1925, there’s no other winter that has this many days of dense fog,” Brettschneider said. “There have been winters with more days of fog that maybe wasn’t as dense, particularly 1950, but no winter has been this close in terms of the number of dense fog days.”There are a couple of things at play, but Brettschneider attributed the fog to strong temperature inversions, where it’s warmer a few thousand feet in the mountains than it is on the valley floor.“If you look back at weather balloon soundings, you have to go back to 1950 to find a year that has a bigger temperature inversion than 2017 so far,” Brettschneider said. “When you have a situation like that, the air doesn’t have any buoyancy, it can’t rise. So if you have moisture trapped at the surface that has nowhere to go. You need the cool air aloft or you need some wind to push it out, and we’ve had neither.”That trapped moisture comes from Cook Inlet. The snow is contributing too.“We don’t think about snow evaporating, but when we do get snow, some of it evaporates into the air and we do get moisture. So we have this confluence of moisture sources and then we also have high mountains that really trap the moisture in place,” Brettschneider said.So as winter warms up with more sunlight, will the fog start to go away?“You might have noticed in the daytime now there’s less fog. So with the higher sun angle, the sun’s energy is able to warm the surface up and when you warm the air, it’s able to hold more moisture, then you don’t see the fog,” Brettschneider said. “As it cools back down at night, the ability of the air to hold moisture decreases and it saturates.”So when the sun gets higher in the sky, there is less fog during the day. In December and January, the short days can make fog stick around all day.Brian Brettschneider is a climatologist in Anchorage who closely tracks Alaska climate data and trends. Alaska’s Energy Desk is checking in with him regularly as part of the segment, Ask a Climatologist. Do you have a question for Brian? Go ahead! Ask him.last_img read more

Trump to replace intelligence chief Dan Coats with staunch Republican John Ratcliffe

first_img Watch: Trump Lashes Out At Reporters Over Mueller Questions: Very Dumb And Unfair Question IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:10Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:09?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Ratcliffe also accused Mueller of exceeding his authority in the report’s extensive discussion of potential obstruction of justice by Trump after the special counsel decided not to draw a conclusion on whether Trump committed a crime.The congressman agreed that Trump was not above the law, but said the president should not be “below the law” either.A former US attorney and mayor of Heath, Texas, a Dallas suburb, Ratcliffe has also worked at a law firm run by former attorney general John Ashcroft, a Missouri conservative.Ratcliffe joined Congress in 2015 and some Republican Party leaders had pushed for him to be named US attorney general last year after Trump ousted Jeff Sessions from that role.The congressman helped lead a congressional investigation into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of private email servers and former FBI director James Comey’s decision not to recommend criminal charges against her.Sources familiar with the recent history of congressional oversight of the intelligence community said they were not familiar with any particular accomplishments or history that would qualify Ratcliffe for the DNI position.Ratcliffe has only served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which oversees the US intelligence agencies along with its US Senate counterpart, for six months.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, criticized Trump’s choice, saying “it’s clear that Rep. Ratcliffe was selected because he exhibited blind loyalty to President Trump with his demagogic questioning of … Mueller.”If Senate Republicans elevate such a partisan player to a position that requires intelligence expertise and non-partisanship, it would be a big mistake,” Schumer said in a statement.COATS CLASHED WITH TRUMP In his letter of resignation, seen by Reuters, Coats said he had agreed in February to a request by Trump that he stay on and believed the US intelligence community has the capabilities needed to protect the country, including “to address threats against our elections.””The Intelligence Community is stronger than ever, and increasingly well prepared to meet new challenges and opportunities. As a result, I now believe it is time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life,” he wrote.Coats will join a long list of senior officials to leave the administration since Trump took office in January 2017, either through resignation or firing. The list includes a defense secretary, attorney general, two national security advisers, a secretary of state, an FBI director, numerous top White House officials and assorted other Cabinet members.Coats, who has served as director of national intelligence since March 2017, clashed with his boss early on, taking a hard line toward Russia that sharply contrasted with the conciliatory approach Trump pursued toward Russian President Vladimir Putin.In January, Coats told Congress North Korea was unlikely to give up its nuclear weapons, contradicting a statement by Trump that Pyongyang no longer posed a threat.Coats also told lawmakers that Iran had continued to comply with a 2015 nuclear deal with major powers that Trump abandoned in May 2018.The next day, Trump complained on Twitter about “passive and naive” US intelligence leaders, suggesting they “go back to school!”In July 2018, Coats publicly admitted he did not know what happened during one-on-one talks in Helsinki between Trump and Putin that raised concern among many US lawmakers.Trump’s failure to confront Putin over U.S. intelligence agencies’ findings that Russia meddled in the 2016 US election and Putin’s proposal that Russian authorities be allowed to question US citizens caused a domestic uproar.At a post-summit news conference with Putin, Trump responded to a question about Russian meddling in the US election by casting doubt on the findings of his own intelligence agencies and denouncing the “stupidity” of US policies.In an unusual step, Coats responded by releasing a statement firmly supporting US assessments that Russia was involved in “ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy.” US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he would nominate Representative John Ratcliffe, a Texas Republican who strongly defended him at a recent congressional hearing, to replace Dan Coats as the US spy chief.Coats, the current US director of national intelligence who has clashed with Trump over-assessments involving Russia, Iran and North Korea, will step down on August 15, the president said as he announced his decision on Twitter.”John will lead and inspire greatness for the country he loves,” Trump said, thanking Coats “for his great service to our Country” and saying an acting director will be named shortly.The post of director of national intelligence, created after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, oversees the 17 US civilian and military intelligence agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency.Ratcliffe, a member of the House of Representatives intelligence and judiciary committees, defended Trump during former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony on Wednesday about his two-year investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible obstruction of justice.last_img read more

22day hilsa fishing ban begins 7 Oct

first_imgThe government has imposed a 22-day ban on catching, selling and transporting hilsa in a 7,000-km breeding ground to ensure the safe spawning of this popular fish during its peak breeding period.The decision was taken at a meeting of the National Taskforce formed to implement the ‘Mother hilsa protection campaign 2018’ held on Sunday with fisheries and livestock minister Narayon Chandra Chanda in the chair, said PID handout.The objective of the restriction from 7 October to 28 October is to save mother hilsa which lays eggs during the period.There will be a ban on catching of all kinds of fish in the rivers of 37 districts during the period, the handout said.At the meeting, the minister urged all, including fishermen and fishermen’s associations, to help make the countrywide programme a success.last_img read more

Party to launch Mugabe impeachment process Tuesday

first_imgProfile of Zimbabwe`s President Robert Mugabe. AFPZimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party will launch the parliamentary process on Tuesday for impeaching President Robert Mugabe, a government lawmaker told AFP.The decision on Monday came after Mugabe missed a deadline to resign given to him by his party over the weekend.Once a simple majority of parliamentarians vote for impeachment, an investigative committee is formed by lawmakers, who report back to both houses of parliament. Each house must then vote by a two-thirds majority for him to be stripped of office.“We are expecting the motion to be over (Tuesday),” said ZANU-PF lawmaker Paul Mangwana, referring to the initial procedure to commence impeachment proceedings.He added that ZANU-PF had approached the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party to seek their cooperation to pass the necessary parliamentary votes.In a televised address late Sunday, the 93-year-old veteran leader defied expectations he would quit, pitching the country into a second week of political crisis.The speech provoked anger and disbelief among many Zimbabweans, fuelling concerns that Mugabe could face a violent backlash.Zimbabwe’s crisis erupted on November 13 after a factional squabble over the presidential succession erupted into the open prompting the army to seize power.last_img

What Could Houston Roads Parks And Buildings Look Like In The Future

first_imgMORE: What Will Houston Be Like in 30 Years? (Houston Matters, June 25, 2015) We talk with Tiger Lyon, technical designer for Gensler, and Angela Palmer, a technical designer and an associate with the American Institute of Architects (AIA). They tell us about some design concepts they have for a future Houston, and we invite listeners to call in with their ideas too. Group members recently presented their latest ideas to a small group of brokers clients, and community influencers.   (Above: An artist’s rendering of a design for a “sky park” at the corner of Milam and Walker in downtown Houston. Image Courtesy: ByDesign/Gensler) If the future of Houston design was left up to the next generation of architects and designers, what would our city look like? It’s a concept Houston design firm Gensler is exploring with their group called ByDesign. The group is meant foster conversations about design and to think about what’s next for Houston. Sharelast_img read more

CyPhy Works takes wraps off longendurance UAVs w video

first_img(—Massachusetts-based CyPhy Works has unveiled two types of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that it has designed for use by military and emergency personnel. Its EASE UAV (short for Extreme Access System for Entry) is designed for tight-squeeze situations. The device is only one foot in diameter and stands 16 inches tall. While, for example, military or emergency personnel stand at a safe distance, this indoor flying UAV can hover, using machine-vision stabilization, into a building while relaying high-definition video footage via integrated cameras to an operator outside. Able to fly into tight spaces, the UAV navigates easily through both doors and windows. It also has a thermal imaging device. The company has also unveiled a larger UAV, which is a quadrotor air vehicle called PARC (short for Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications), able to reach higher altitudes than EASE. This is designed to fly vertically and to stay in hovering mode for long durations. It can fly up to 1,000 feet above ground. The PARC vehicle is powered from the ground; the flight duration is not limited by battery life. It can stay aloft on a single ground station battery for twelve hours. The PARC system can accept power input from a variety of ac and dc sources. The company has made much of the microfilament advantage. As long as the wire stays intact, signals cannot be interrupted or interfered with. High quality, high definition video can be streamed through them. The microfilament enables the use of sensors that are superior, said the company, with high data throughput. The microfilament enables video that is unbroken; commands and receiving sensor data will be reliable; GPS denial is not an issue. Helen Greiner, the company CEO, summed it up in saying “With the filament, basically you get high-definition video images all the time, and then it has the added advantages in that it can’t be jammed, it can’t be spoofed, it can’t be intercepted.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The company noted that EASE carries no GPS; the vehicle is stationed at any particular location via s thin wire filament that trails behind, providing the power to remain skulking about. Just please do not call the filament a “tether.” According to the company. “We differentiate microfilament from traditional tethered systems. The word tether means a rope or chain used to restrict movement, and that is the exact opposite of what microfilament does for its users. Microfilament enables movement, it doesn’t restrict it.” Explore furthercenter_img More information: Nimbus Lab sends up quadrotors for wireless charging (w/ Video) Citation: CyPhy Works takes wraps off long-endurance UAVs (w/ video) (2012, December 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

by David Friend The Canadian Press Posted Feb

first_img by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 14, 2019 12:51 pm PDT ‘Good luck with your fight’: Sting supports GM workers as they battle plant closure AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OSHAWA, Ont. — Sting told a crowd of General Motors workers in Oshawa, Ont., he stands in “solidarity” with them as they fight a planned closure of their local auto plant.Thousands of GM employees gathered Thursday to hear the British musician deliver a free acoustic performance as a gesture of support.He played the Police songs “Message in a Bottle” and “Every Breath You Take,” as well as selections from his musical “The Last Ship” at a local community centre.Songs from the production were written by Sting based on his experiences growing up in an English shipbuilding town roiled by the collapse of its main industry.The singer drew parallels between his tale of labour strife and the plight of Oshawa autoworkers as they face off with GM executives.Sting says the issues affecting the GM plant “can’t be buried under the political carpet” and urged Canadians to get behind the workers.“Good luck with your fight,” he told the crowd as the performance finished“We’re with you.”center_img Sting and the cast of his musical “The Last Ship” take a bow after performing in support of General Motors workers in Oshawa, Ont. on Thursday, February 14, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Follow @dfriend on Twitter.David Friend, The Canadian Presslast_img read more