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Ban calls for further steps by Iraq to fulfil postinvasion pledges to

22 June 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has encouraged the Iraqi Government to act quickly to fulfil its obligations to find Kuwaiti or third country nationals, property and archives lost in Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait more than 20 years ago. In his latest report to the Security Council on the subject, Mr. Ban says that the efforts in the search for missing Kuwaiti and third country nationals are gradually moving forward. “I believe that the task of discovering the fate of missing Kuwaiti and third-country nationals is urgent and should not be influenced by political factors and considerations,” he says, adding that, for this reason, the humanitarian mandate must be insulated as much as possible from wider regional developments to ensure its effective implementation.“Now that the organizational and logistical aspects of the search for the missing persons appear to be in place, the goal of finding and identifying the victims and finally closing their cases is an imperative,” Mr. Ban states in the report, which was released today and discussed by the Council.Regarding the return of Kuwaiti property, the Secretary-General says he remains concerned that no progress has been made in the search for the Kuwaiti national archives, and that no credible information about their whereabouts has emerged.Mr. Ban voices support for the recommendation of his High-Level Coordinator, Gennady Tarasov, that an effective national mechanism be set up by the Iraqi Government to lead and coordinate efforts to clarify the fate of the archives and other properties and report the results to the UN.He also recommends that the Council extend the financing of the Coordinator’s mandate until December 2011 “in order to continue to build on the current momentum.”After a briefing by Mr. Tarasov, the Council welcomed continuing cooperation between Iraq and Kuwait, and their high-level commitments to full implementation of all Iraqi obligations to Kuwait under the relevant resolutions, in addition to the commitments given by the Iraqi Government to improve relations with Kuwait.“Nevertheless, the members of the Security Council stressed the need to fulfil these commitments, specifically finding Kuwaiti or third-country nationals, property and archives,” said a press statement read by Nelson Messone, the Ambassador of Gabon, which holds the Council’s presidency for June.“The members of the Security Council once again expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of those involved,” the statement added.The Council welcomed the active participation by Iraq and Kuwait in the efforts undertaken under the framework of the Technical Subcommittee to develop an effective functional mechanism for the search of missing persons, including the sub-committee’s exploratory mission to Nassiriyah, and the ongoing mission to Khamisiyah in southern Iraq.It noted that limited progress had been made on clarifying the fate of the Kuwaiti national archives, and welcomed the commitment by the Prime Minister of Iraq to establish an inter-ministerial committee to lead and coordinate efforts with regard to the archives and other properties. Members of the Council urged Iraq to establish, without further delay, an effective national body for the task and to report the results to the UN.The Council urged Iraq and Kuwait to continue to act in the spirit of the confidence and cooperation-building process, saying that would contribute to the further strengthening of their good-neighbourly relations and enhance regional stability.It supported the Secretary-General’s recommendation to extend the financing of the activities of the High-Level Coordinator for a further period of six months. read more

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Taiwan asks Apple to blur satellite image of new early warning radar

Taiwan asks Apple to blur satellite image of new early warning radar AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TAIPEI, Taiwan – Taiwan is asking Apple Inc. to blur a map image of its new $1.4 billion early warning radar station that can detect aircraft and missiles coming from as far as western China.Defence Ministry spokesman David Lo said today that Apple should follow its rival Google in using only low-resolution satellite pictures to show sensitive facilities.He acknowledged the military should also try to camouflage them.The 10-storey high radar installation built with U.S. technology is expected to go online later this year. It’s near the Hsinchu Airbase in northern Taiwan.The satellite picture that can be viewed with iPhones is believed to have been taken a year ago.Local media say the radar installation can monitor targets, determine their speeds and fire missiles to intercept them. by News Staff Posted Oct 9, 2012 2:46 am MDT read more

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Pirates visit Wolfpack 2 days after firing of head coach

RALEIGH, N.C. — David Blackwell has inherited a difficult job on short notice.He’ll lead East Carolina as its interim coach in Saturday’s trip to North Carolina State in what has already been a difficult season, and it comes just two days after the school fired third-year head coach Scottie Montgomery.That left very little time for ECU’s players to process the news of Montgomery’s ouster after going 9-26 in his tenure. That only adds to the challenge facing the Pirates (3-8), who visit an eight-win Atlantic Coast Conference team in a game added to the schedule for both schools to replace games cancelled due to Hurricane Florence in September.“Emotions are powerful things sometimes and it can go both ways,” Blackwell said in an interview with The Associated Press. “It can be an ultimate distraction here 48 hours before a game. We’re a little bit in uncharted waters with the fact that I can’t remember off the top of my head another case of this happening 48 hours before a game.”Blackwell, a former Pirates player and defensive co-ordinator, said Montgomery met privately with the team Thursday afternoon. Then it was Blackwell’s turn, saying his focus was “understanding the emotions, the pain that people feel.”“For us as a coaching staff, our job right now is to try to reassure them as best we can,” he said, “then try to refocus them as best we can for this Saturday.”The Pirates, who went 1-7 in the American Athletic Conference, were supposed to visit Virginia Tech on Sept. 15 though they cancelled the trip due to travel concerns as Florence bore down on the Carolinas and Virginia. As for the Wolfpack (8-3), Dave Doeren’s squad was scheduled to host a ranked West Virginia team in the marquee game on the nonconference schedule.The two schools got together and announced Oct. 2 that they would meet Saturday in Raleigh provided it didn’t conflict with a league championship game for either side.The last time the teams met, East Carolina beat N.C. State 33-30 in Greenville in September 2016.“It’s already come up about the last time we played them,” Doeren said, adding: “The fact that we didn’t play well there resonates with our guys. That’s not how we’ll win the game. It’s just a conversation. We need to not beat ourselves.”Here are some other things to know about Saturday’s ECU-N.C. State game:FINAL TIME?N.C. State has several draft-eligible upperclassmen who not only could be playing their final home game, but their final game with the Wolfpack overall if they continue a recent trend of prospects skipping bowl games to prepare for the draft.“That’ll be a conversation that we’ll have,” Doeren said about players possibly sitting out a bowl game, “and we’re not there yet.”ACC SUCCESSEast Carolina has won seven of nine matchups against ACC schools since September 2013, including a 41-19 home win against UNC in Week 2.WITHIN REACHN.C. State running back Reggie Gallaspy Jr. has run for 16 touchdowns this season, matching the second-highest total in program history. Gallaspy can tie the 16-year-old single-season program record if he scores twice against the Pirates, who have surrendered 18 rushing scores this year to rank near the middle of the 129-team Bowl Subdivision ranks.CHASING 10Doeren’s program has won 17 games in the past two seasons and has a chance at only the second 10-win season in program history by winning this one and a bowl game.ODD TIMINGThis will be the third straight game for the Wolfpack against a team that either just made, or was about to make, a head coaching change.N.C. State won 52-10 at Louisville on Nov. 17 in the Cardinals’ first game since the firing of Bobby Petrino. Then the Wolfpack won in overtime at UNC last weekend, leading to the ouster of Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora the following day. And now comes East Carolina.___AP Sports Writer Joedy McCreary contributed to this report.___More AP college football: https//apnews.com/Collegefootball and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25___Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardapAaron Beard, The Associated Press read more

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Caterpillar China manufactures and delivers first complete longwall AFC

first_imgCaterpillar (Langfang) Mining Equipment recently manufactured its first full armoured face conveyor (AFC) system for longwall mining. Previously the facility, located in Hebei Province, China, had produced only line pans for AFC systems. Producing the first full AFC system marks a milestone in the facility’s evolution as a key mining equipment manufacturing plant for Caterpillar and the region. Langfang premium longwall products will serve mining companies worldwide.The new Cat® AFC has been delivered to the Datong Coal Mine Group (Tongmei) for use in the Dongzhouyao mine in Shanxi Province. Datong is the third largest state-owned coal mining enterprise in China. Tongmei Group, the parent of Datong, first acquired an AFC in 2004 from the company that is now Caterpillar. Tongmei is the largest AFC customer globally for Caterpillar. The new AFC system marks the 39th delivered to Chinese mines by Caterpillar and its predecessors in the longwall equipment line.The new AFC system is designed for longwall top coal caving (LTCC) to mine a coal seam as thick as 8 m. Face length will be 260 m. The LTCC mining method enables recovering thick seams economically by cutting the lower portion of the seam as is normally done and then recovering coal that caves as the face moves forward.The premium face conveyor is composed of Cat PF6 line pans. The innovative modular design separates wear-resistant hardened steel parts and the substructure made of high-strength steel. The design enables easy replacement of wear parts without damaging the substructure.  The front AFC has transport capacity of 2,500 t/h, and the rear AFC has capacity of 3,000 t. Each of the conveyors has total installed power of 2 x 1,050 kW. The beam stage loader is a Cat BSLPF6 with capacity of 3,500 t/h and 600 kW installed capacity.WesTrac China, the Cat dealer in northern and northeast China, delivered the system and will provide service and support through its facilities and personnel based in the region.last_img read more

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Austrian Cup F4 Fivers VS St Polten Bregenz against WESTWIEN

← Previous Story Marko Kopljar to HSV Handball? Next Story → W VS V: Rocha to miss Vardar – Brumen doubtful for Wisla The Austrian Cup F4 event will take place in BSFZ Sudstadt on 27-28 March. It is interesting that current champions Alpla Hard won’t play in the final tournament.Friday, 27. March 201518:00: Katschberg St. Pölten –  HC Fivers WAT Margareten20:15: Bregenz Handball – SG INSIGNIS Handball WESTWIENSaturday, 28. March 201516:30: All Star Game18:00: Women’s Cup Final Hypo NÖ vs. SSV Dornbirn Schoren20:25: Men’s Cup Final read more

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Rouhani vows to protect Irans nuclear rights

first_imgIRANIAN PRESIDENT HASSAN Rouhani has said that Iran will not abandon its nuclear rights, including uranium enrichment.“There are red lines that must not be crossed,” Rouhani told the conservative-dominated parliament in remarks quoted by the ISNA news agency.“The rights of the Iranian nation and our national interests are a red line. So are nuclear rights under the framework of international regulations, which include enrichment on Iranian soil,” he said.His remarks came a day after intensive negotiations with world powers — despite making progress — failed to produce a long-elusive deal that would curb Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.Hopes had soared after top world diplomats rushed to Geneva to join the talks, but then faded as cracks began to appear among world powers when France raised concerns reportedly over the heavy water reactor being built at Arak.The P5+1 group in the talks — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany — suspects that Iran’s atomic ambitions are aimed at developing nuclear weapons, despite repeated denials.At least a year away from becoming operational, the Arak facility would theoretically provide Iran with a second route to an atomic bomb by producing plutonium as a by-product.Iran says it has no intention of extracting plutonium from Arak’s irradiated fuel, while its chief negotiator and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif did not rule out further talks in Geneva over the issue.“The heavy water (project) is after all part of Iran’s nuclear programme, and we are supposed to discuss it,” Zarif told Iranian journalists in Geneva when asked about the Arak reactor, ISNA reported.“We insist on our (nuclear) rights and technology but at the same time we are prepared to remove concerns of the other parties,” he said, adding that Iran “does not want anyone to think we seek weapons through enrichment or the heavy water” facility.In Tehran, meanwhile, Rouhani pleaded for the backing of parliament as his negotiators prepare for a new round of talks scheduled in Geneva for November 20.“If we want to succeed in these negotiations, we need the support of supreme leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) and that of the lawmakers,” he said.With the final say on Iran’s nuclear work, Khamenei had expressed support for its negotiators but also voiced pessimism about the possibility of a breakthrough in the talks, citing decades of hostility and ensuing mistrust.Hardliners in Iran had also been sceptical, fearing that Zarif’s negotiating team would offer too many concessions.- © AFP 2013Read: Iran nuclear talks hit a snaglast_img read more

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Watch The Quad shred baseball bats with 107000 pounds of force

first_imgFor those of you who think of baseball as not just a game, but a way of life, there is a solution for how to dispose of all the old baseball bats you have stored in your garage. We know that finding just the right bat to help you blaze your way to RBI glory is a long, ardent process that requires you to acquire a large collection of ball swatting weapons. Unfortunately, all that equipment can cause your significant other to gripe about the space it is taking up. Sure, you could just throw them away, but that wouldn’t be the best “green” solution now would it? Do yourself and the environment a favor, shred those suckers for recycling. We know just the company that can take care of them for you: SSI Shredders.Specializing in industrial shredding, SSI makes a four-shaft shredder ominously named “The Quad.” This unit is a monster that is capable of destroying things like old carpets, automobiles, steel drums, and other commercial grade waste. This thing doesn’t fool around! Pictured above is a screenshot taken from the company’s “shred of the week” video series posted on YouTube that captures The Quad in action against a large number of bats, both wooden and aluminum. The resulting carnage sees metal and wood torn apart by the massive teeth of the shredder. The unit is so powerful that some bats can be seen flying out of the hopper trying to escape their fate.For those numbers geeks out there that are wondering about specifics, I spoke with Dave Fleming from SSI to get some figures. The Quad weighs a whopping 72,000 pounds by itself, heavier when you add the power unit. The shafts create 121,000 foot-pounds of force with the shredder tips exerting 107,000 pounds on the waste to be destroyed. Each cutter on the unit weights 210 pounds giving them the strength necessary to perform. The Quad portrayed in the video below has been put into service shredding electronic devices full time. The largest items that The Quad has tackled include parts from old airplanes. Landing gear struts, avionics and fuselage pieces have all succumbed to its might.If you are in the market for an industrial shredder, The Quad is available for a mere $750,000. Pocket change, really.last_img read more

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Culprit of Sydney siege damaged goods former lawyer

first_imgThe man at the centre of this week’s Lindt hostage scene, Man Haron Monis, was a loner who longed for media attention for his political causes, his former lawyer Manny Conditsis told Neos Kosmos.Monis, who sought asylum in Australia because of his views and fears of persecution in his native Iran, held up the Lindt store in Sydney’s Martin Place, reportedly demanding an Islamic State flag and contact with Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The Greek connection was prevalent in the tragedy that claimed two innocent victims and felled Monis. One of his captives was barrister Stefan Balafoutis, who was one of five escapees just after 4.00 pm – long before the 17 hour ordeal ceased. Whilst Monis’ wife Amirah Droudis, a Greek convert to Islam, has been quoted in the Herald Sun as saying, “I regret to say I am a terrorist. I admit and formally confess that for many years I have been a terrorist but I’ll try not to be any more!”.Despite Droudis’ now-deceased husband forcing the display of a Shahada (Islamic creed) in the Lindt window, Conditsis, who acted for him between February 2013 and January 2014, believes these were the actions of a disillusioned individual, who had become mentally unstable after what he believed was a government conspiracy against him. “The point is there’s a lot of talk in the media about him having a violent history, that is 100 per cent incorrect. The only criminal conviction he has relates to the writing of the letters (to the families of deceased Australian soldiers),” Conditsis said.“This particular man is the only person that’s ever been charged under this particular section of the Postal Services Act with his partner, Amirah Droudis – no-one before and no-one since. The relevance of that is that feeds into his perception that these are trumped up charges, because of his criticism of the Australian government (and its involvement in the Middle East).”Monis left behind a wife and two daughters in Iran, and was granted political asylum in 2001. He was sentenced for his letters in September 2013, and has since been bailed on the very serious accessory to murder charge, of his former spouse, who Droudis was charged with the murder of. The fact that he was on bail has featured heavily throughout the week, amassing controversy.“It’s not common to get bail for such serious charges. But they both got bail because the case presented against them by the prosecution was a circumstantial case, but more importantly a weak circumstantial case. The magistrate agreed and that went a long way in them getting bail. And there’s been a lot of criticism ‘why should this man be out on bail?’ etc. Well it’s very easy to say two days ago this man did what he did, so he shouldn’t have gotten bail.”Since his bail he has also been charged with a string of sexual assault claims, some dating 10 years. He failed twice to have his only conviction overturned by the High Court of Australia – the first time resulting in a no majority (3:3) outcome, and the second, as recent as Friday of last week, resulting in a rejected claim for special leave to have his case reheard. Only three days later did the siege occur. Conditsis said Monis’ apparent grievances serve no justification for his inexcusable actions.“His actions are indefensible, they were horrific, appalling, heinous, whether he had any intention to kill anyone or not, but what is important is what was this all about? Was it part of a terrorist conspiracy? In my view, no it wasn’t.“My own thought process is that if he considered in his own mind that it was inevitable that he was going to go to prison, then I believe in his mind he was never going to allow himself to go to prison again and he now considered that he had nothing to lose, and that he was going to do something drastic to get media attention because he loved media attention for his cause.“I’ve got no doubt that when he made that decision to go in with a gun and hold people hostage he knew he was going to die, he was not coming out alive, because he would have known if he had come out he would have gone to prison for a very long time and he would not have allowed that to happen because of his past.”Accordingly, Monis’ past had led him to become a very secluded individual, shunned by both the Islamic and Iranian communities. Conditsis described him as a highly offensive character, whose connections with Islamic State should be given little to no weight. “If this was a terrorist act, and my understanding of a terrorist act is that those hostages would have been killed a long time before anything happened, and what’s important is no other organisation anywhere in the world has claimed any responsibility or connection with it.“I have my doubts that he had any intention of killing people, as distinct from holding them as hostages, which is bad enough … My point is if this guy wanted to kill people then why didn’t he? Assuming he killed the male, why didn’t he kill other people?”He reiterated the seriousness of his former client’s actions and that his comments were reflective of the character of the man he knew, and should not be interpreted as forming a defence. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Coins struck for WWII campaigns

first_imgTwo coins commemorating the Greece and Crete campaigns were launched in Canberra last week.The 50 cent coins are part of the Royal Australian Mint’s Official Anzac Centenary Coin Program, which captures the history, service and sacrifice of Australians at war.In a statement to media, the Royal Australian Mint said the initiative was part of its role in sharing the Anzac story with the Australian public, “providing them with something tangible and meaningful that will assist in story-telling for years to come”. The coins are a product of close collaboration between the Royal Australian Mint, the Australian War Memorial and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, to select the most appropriate themes to the Australian public and assist in creating awareness of them.The coins will be available to purchase at $10 each. The launch took place at the Hellenic Club of Canberra in Woden, ACT. Nick Andriotakis, secretary of the Joint Committee for the Commemoration of the Battle of Crete and Greek Campaign in Sydney, said the striking of the coins was a significant recognition of the campaigns, “one which should all make us very proud of our collective passion for remembering the Anzacs and Greeks who fought during the Battle of Crete and Greece”.The Australian government, unlike the Greek government, has never struck a medal in recognition of Australian servicemen and women who took part in the Greek and Crete campaigns of WWII.For more information on the launch email info@ramint.gov.au or call 02 6202 6999. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Une robe de mariée écologique qui se dissout dans leau

first_imgUne robe de mariée écologique… qui se dissout dans l’eauGrande-Bretagne – Des étudiants britanniques ont conçu une robe de mariée capable de se dissoudre dans l’eau après avoir été portée.Les étudiants en mode et en génie civil de l’Université de Sheffield Hallam se sont associés pour mettre au point une robe de mariée respectueuse de l’environnement.La substance incrustée dans les fibres de la robe est la même que celle utilisée dans certains détergents : elle permet de dissoudre le vêtement sans pour autant nuire à l’environnement. “Les étudiants voulaient contester la notion selon laquelle une robe de mariée ne doit être utilisée qu’une seule fois et ainsi faire découvrir à la société moderne de nouvelles attitudes de vie grâce à la mode jetable” a déclaré Jane Blohm, professeure de mode.”Le projet est l’union entre l’art et la technologie. Il explore les possibilités d’utiliser d’autres matériaux pour nos vêtements” a-t-elle expliqué.”Afin de réduire l’impact de la mode sur l’environnement, l’industrie de la mode doit commencer à lutter contre les attitudes et pratiques traditionnelles”, la robe de mariée étant pour elle l’un des vêtements les plus symboliques de la garde-robe féminine. Il ne reste plus à la future mariée écolo qu’à s’équiper d’un grand parapluie, en cas de mauvais temps, sous peine de n’offrir au regard de ses invités qu’une simple jarretière.Le 16 mai 2010 à 17:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Bug des SMS du Réveillon 2010 Bouygues gagne le procès intenté par

first_imgBug des SMS du Réveillon 2010 : Bouygues gagne le procès intenté par OrangeOrange avait accusé Bouygues Telecom d’avoir, par la panne de ses réseaux, provoqué l’envoi non désiré de SMS le 1er janvier 2011. Mais la justice a débouté l’opérateur, et l’a condamné pour procédure abusive.Le 31 janvier 2010, les abonnés Orange ont eu la mauvaise surprise de voir leurs SMS de voeux pour la nouvelle année être envoyés des dizaines de fois à leurs correspondants. Un problème sans solution, même en coupant le téléphone et très onéreux pour les clients ne possédant pas de formule SMS illimités. Un client avait notamment été facturé à hauteur de 400 euros durant ce seul week-end.Orange a alors mené sa petite enquête et avait rapidement accusé son concurrent Bouygues Telecom d’être à l’origine de l’erreur. “Il y a eu une défaillance de la passerelle de Bouygues entre minuit et 5h du matin, entraînant une interruption sur les réseaux des passerelles entre Orange, SFR et Bouygues”, avait alors expliqué un porte-parole de l’opérateur historique. Bouygues rejette en bloc ces accusation mais Orange n’en reste pas là et attaque en février dernier le troisième opérateur français en justice auprès du tribunal de commerce de Paris pour préjudice d’image.L’opérateur réclame pas moins de 10 millions d’euros pour dénigrement et 3,5 millions d’euros pour la violation du contrat d’interconnexion à Bouygues Télécom. Ce dernier contre-attaque en réclamant 50.000 euros de frais de justice, 50.000 euros pour procédure abusive et 1 euro à titre de dédommagement.Bouygues blanchi, Orange vertement réprimandéLa décision a été rendue en novembre dernier par le tribunal et selon PC INpact, Orange a été débouté de toutes ces demandes. En effet, la justice a estimé qu’Orange n’a apporté aucune preuve sérieuse prouvant une défaillance technique de la part de Bouygues Telecom, ou “laissant même supposer, d’un intérêt et/ou d’une éventuelle manoeuvre délibérée de Bouygues Télécom pour retarder et multiplier la délivrance des SMS d’abonnés Orange vers son réseau”. Pire encore, Orange est vertement critiquée par les juges qui estiment que le numéro un du secteur a opéré “une mise en cause réitérée, peu nuancée et en tout cas ni étayée ni prudente de la prétendue responsabilité de Bouygues Télécom dans l’incident des SMS”.L’opérateur historique a donc été lourdement condamnée à la somme d’un euro symbolique en réparation de son préjudice par dénigrement plus un autre euro symbolique “à titre de dommages et intérêts pour procédure abusive”, majoré de 15.000 euros pour les frais d’avocat.Le 30 décembre 2011 à 13:16 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Southbound I5 reopened between Kalama and Woodland

first_imgThis rainy winter is taking a toll on Southwest Washington’s roadways. Interstate 5 is still recovering from Thursday’s mudslide and pavement problems. One lane of northbound Interstate 5 outside of Woodland will remain closed through the weekend as crews continue to clean up the mud. In the Columbia River Gorge, state Highway 14 will have significant speed reductions in certain areas until permanent repairs can be made after the weather improves. The biggest traffic impacts Friday were on I-5 between Woodland and Kalama.“We assessed the hillside and determined we can start removing debris (from the right lane) and no additional stabilization is needed at this point,” said Bart Treece, spokesman for the Washington Department of Transportation. “We’re shooting for Monday to have it reopened.” The northbound freeway was closed Thursday afternoon and evening after muddy debris covered all three lanes; two of the three lanes reopened later that evening.Just north of the slide area, all lanes of southbound I-5 between Kalama and Woodland were open, but speed limits will be reduced to 60 mph from this weekend through the foreseeable future due to damaged pavement.On Friday, WSDOT crews closed two southbound lanes and made emergency repairs to the roadway after emergency officials responding to the slide discovered large areas of pavement had been damaged.last_img read more

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West Ham boss praises Rice performance

first_imgWest Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has heaped praises on Declan Rice after his impressive performance against Everton gave the club their first league win of the season.The midfielder is currently in the midst of an international battle between the English National team and the Republic of Ireland national team for his services, impressed as the anchor in West Ham’s midfield during their away win at Everton last Sunday.The Hammers have struggled so far this campaign, with only one win in five Premier League games but Rice’s performances have been a bright spark in an otherwise poor season so far.However, the player faces a sterner twat when he comes against N’Golo Kante and high-flying Chelsea this weekend.Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United moveReport: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…The Blues have a perfect record so far in the Premier League and will be chasing their sixth consecutive win in the league this season when they host West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.“Players always have an opportunity to play, and when they have the chance they must take that chance,” Pellegrini said, according to Sky Sports.“Declan did very well in the last game. He is a very young player, and he must know a lot of different things, learning about different players, and of course Kante is one midfielder that must be an example to him.”“Chelsea is a team that moves the ball very quickly, so we are going to try to do the same thing, and of course the midfield have a very important role in that.”last_img read more

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Record heat grips Clark County

first_imgTyler Huck enjoys a run through a stream of water after Camas-Washougal firefighters opened a fire hydrant at Hamlik Park in Washougal on Thursday to help kids beat the heat on a 100-degree day. Vancouver notched its second triple-digit day of 2012 on Thursday, reaching a record-setting 100 degrees as the region’s heat wave continued. Forecasters expect another scorcher Friday, perhaps topping out just below the century mark.The heat wave has prompted local officials to offer tips for how to stay cool. Hot temperatures come with a risk for heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion and cramps.“Be aware that we’re not acclimated to this kind of weather,” said East County Fire & Rescue Chief Scott Koehler.Although anyone can suffer from heat-related illnesses, some people are at greater risk, including infants and young children, people 65 or older and those who are physically ill.Health officials recommend checking on at-risk adults at least twice a day. Infants and young children need more frequent monitoring.Clark County Public Health officials encouraged people to take these steps to stay safe during the heat wave:• Drink more fluids (non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated), regardless of your activity level.• Stay indoors and, if possible, in an air-conditioned place.• Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially young children. This applies to pets, as well.• Electric fans will not prevent heat-related illness when the temperature reaches the high 90s. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.• Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.• Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.• Cut down on exercise. If you exercise, avoid the midday hours and drink two to four glasses of cool, non-alcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage may replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.last_img read more

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Naga3 development to rival Macau integrated resorts NagaCorp

first_img Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Hong Kong-listed NagaCorp says that its impending US$3.5 billion Naga3 development at its Cambodian integrated resort NagaWorld will set a new quality standard to rival the very best IRs in Macau.New details of Naga3 formed part of a filing with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange overnight in which NagaCorp outlined proposed facilities for the development, including 4,720 hotel rooms across five towers and multiple gaming and entertainment facilities. According to the filing, the five hotel towers will be connected by an amended 11-storey podium incorporating the hotel lobby, gaming, retail, restaurants, a theme park, spa and conference space. The podium had originally been planned as 12-storeys.Towers 1 and 4, measuring 45 storeys including the 11 podium levels, will incorporate 30 storeys of hotel space and two storeys of VIP gaming on Levels 43 and 44.Towers 2 and 3, measuring 66-storeys, will include a Sky Deck, swimming pool meeting and events space, 50-storey hotel and another 2 storeys of VIP gaming on Levels 64 and 65.The 48-storey Tower 5 will feature a 30-storey Condotel, 14 storeys of car parking and two storeys of meeting and events service space. In total, Naga3 will cover 544,801 square meters of land.“Upon completion, Naga 3 will be the largest integrated resort in the country,” NagaCorp said. “Set within five modern purpose-built towers, it will complement the existing facilities at Naga 1 and Naga 2 with a quality standard set to rival that of the integrated resorts located in Macau.”As previously reported by IAG, 50% of the US$3.5 billion development cost will be funded by NagaCorp’s majority shareholder, Dr Chen Lip Keong. Load More RelatedPostslast_img read more

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Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life agree allshare merger

first_imgFinancial services organisations Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life have agreed an all-share merger, subject to share holder approval.The new combined group would be based in Scotland and re-branded to incorporate the names of both businesses.The merger looks to bring together the organisations’ investment and saving capabilities to enhance its product offering, as well as increase scale globally and drive greater operational efficiencies.Following the merger, Sir Gerry Grimstone, current chairman at Standard Life, would become chairman of the board of the combined group, and Simon Troughton, chairman at Aberdeen Asset Managament, would be deputy chairman. Keith Skeoch, chief executive officer at Standard Life, and Martin Gilbert, chief executive officer at Aberdeen, would serve as co-chief executive officers at the combined group. Bill Rattray and Rod Paris would take up the positions of chief financial officer and chief information officer, respectively.The merger is subject to share holder approval and additional conditions. It is expected to come into effect in the third quarter of 2017.Keith Skeoch, chief executive officer at Standard Life, said: “We have always been clear that it is Standard Life’s ambition to become a world-class investment [organisation] and that this would be achieved through continued investment in diversification and growth, coupled with a sharp focus on financial discipline.“We are therefore delighted that this announcement marks another important step towards achieving that ambition. The combination of our businesses will create a formidable player in the active asset management industry globally. We strongly believe that we can build on the strength of the existing Standard Life business by combining with Aberdeen to create one of the largest active investment managers in the world and deliver significant value for all of our stakeholders.”Martin Gilbert, chief executive officer at Aberdeen Asset Management, added: “We believe this merger is excellent for our clients, bringing together the strong and highly complementary investment capabilities of each firm with a breadth and depth of talent unrivalled amongst UK active managers and positioning the business to meet the evolving needs of clients and customers. This merger brings financial strength, diversity of customer base and global reach to ensure that the enlarged business can compete effectively on the global stage.”last_img read more

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EAT upholds decision that Addison Lee drivers are not selfemployed

first_imgTaxi organisation Addison Lee has lost an appeal against an Employee Tribunal (ET) ruling, which stated its drivers are not self-employed contractors running their own businesses.The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) confirmed that the true nature of the relationship is that the drivers work for the organisation, upholding the decision reached by the ET in September 2017 that three Addison Lee drivers were entitled to receive the national minimum wage and holiday pay.The judgment also confirmed that the unrealistic terms and conditions that the Addison Lee drivers had to sign did not reflect what was actually agreed, and upheld the ET’s finding that there was an overarching agreement between the organisation and the drivers.According to the ruling, drivers are entitled to the national minimum wage from the time they logged on as ready to transport passengers until the time they logged off.The original claims, brought by the GMB trade union and legally represented by Leigh Day, were heard in the London Central Employment Tribunal in July 2017. Since then, over 40 GMB member drivers have joined the group claim against Addison Lee.Michael Lange, one of the drivers who brought the claims against Addison Lee, said: “We decided to bring this claim in 2016 because we wanted Addison Lee to treat drivers fairly. We are happy that the decision that we were workers for Addison Lee has been upheld. We now urge Addison Lee to do the decent thing and stop denying its workforce of over 4,000 drivers their rights.”Liana Wood, solicitor at Leigh Day, who represents the drivers, said: “We are very pleased that the EAT has rejected Addison Lee’s appeal. It is clear that Addison Lee’s business model of providing a fleet of highly trained, regulated drivers is incompatible with their arguments that drivers are not workers who are entitled to workers’ fundamental rights.“We hope that Addison Lee will accept this decision. Drivers shouldn’t have to continue to work very long hours, often in excess of 60 hours per week, to earn just enough to meet their basic living costs.”A spokesperson for Addison Lee said: “We note the appeal verdict, which we will carefully review. Addison Lee is disappointed with the ruling as we enjoy a positive relationship with the vast majority of our 3,800 driver partners. In common with most of the industry, the majority are self-employed, and with earnings at a record high.”last_img read more

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Installations Office Considering Options for Funding 37Mile Stretch of Border Wall

first_imgThe Pentagon’s installations office is studying options for funding the construction of a 37-mile section of a proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall along the Barry M. Goldwater Range in southwest Arizona. The department is authorized to spend congressional appropriations only on DOD property, Lucian Niemeyer, assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment, told the House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee last week in explaining why the office is not exploring options for funding a wall along the remainder of the 1,900-mile border with Mexico.Niemeyer said the office is only in “the preliminary stages” of studying possible investments along the nation’s southern border. He told Subcommittee Chairman Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) that it is too early to say how much construction would cost. “We don’t have a firm estimate because there’s a range of options about what we would be asked to do there,” Niemeyer said. Part of the stretch where the bombing range extends to the Mexican border already has a barrier, he added.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor Rhynes Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Andrew McEvoy to head TTF Board

first_imgAndrew McEvoy to head TTF BoardAndrew McEvoy to head TTF BoardAdept Chairman, practiced media operator and well versed across the tourism sector, Mr Andrew McEvoy is confirmed as the new Chairman of the Tourism & Transport Forum National Advisory Board.Mr McEvoy has held numerous senior management and director roles as part of his 25 year stint in the tourism industry, including at the Melbourne Convention Bureau, Tourism Victoria and the South Australian Tourism Commission, and is a former Managing Director of Tourism Australia.During his time as Managing Director of Tourism Australia, Mr McEvoy worked with the industry to embed the Tourism 2020 Strategy – with its aim to double the value of overnight expenditure – a target the country is on track to achieve. He also led the charge to significantly bolster Australia’s marketing efforts in Asia and to work with airports and airlines to grow capacity into the country.Mr McEvoy is also experienced in the media, most recently as the Managing Director of Life, Media and Events at Fairfax. He is currently the Chairman of the Sealink Travel Group (SLK) and sits on the Boards of Ingenia (INA), and the Lux Group, owner of Luxury Escapes.Chief Executive Officer of the Tourism & Transport Forum Margy Osmond said Mr McEvoy is an outstanding appointment and is a real asset to the tourism industry.“Mr McEvoy has a solid record of achievement in the tourism industry and will bring excellent skills and experience to the job,” Ms Osmond said.“His longstanding commitment to tourism means he will provide strong leadership to the industry more broadly.“Having worked at state and national destination marketing agencies, Andrew has a sound understanding of the issues facing the sector, and how the approach to dealing with these issues needs to be innovative and adaptable across the country.”A TTF Life Member, Mr McEvoy said he saw significant short term challenges for the industry after almost a decade of growth.“TTF is the peak industry body with a membership including Australia’s major tourism and transport employers – critical to the success of the national economy.”“I am motivated to Chair the organisation to ensure Governments of all persuasions genuinely value and support this growth sector. I get a sense there has been some complacency given Australia’s strong performance. Now is the time for the industry to get behind TTF and other peak organisations to form a common platform for future growth.”Mr McEvoy also acknowledged the work of outgoing Chair Katie Lahey in helping ensure the strength and viability of the Tourism & Transport Forum.Ms Lahey, who has Chaired TTF since November 2014, said “Mr McEvoy has an extraordinary depth of knowledge in this industry and is ideally suited to chair the Tourism & Transport Forum National Advisory Board.”“I congratulate Mr McEvoy on his appointment to Chairman of the Tourism & Transport Forum. He will bring an experienced approach to an ever-changing industry,” Ms Lahey said.Margy Osmond thanked Ms Lahey for her service over the past four years saying, “Katie has made an incredible contribution and will continue to be a champion for the sector.”Mr McEvoy will assume the role of Chairman when the term of incumbent Ms Katie Lahey expires in late November 2018.Source = Tourism & Transport Forumlast_img read more

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To Protect Homebuyers During a Recession

first_img Share Credit Access Economic Downturns U.S. Department of Treasury 2017-01-13 Seth Welborn January 13, 2017 642 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img Countercyclical policies will be crucial in future housing finance reform, at least according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.Part of an ongoing series of housing reform posts from Treasury, the most recent article calls for a more clearly-defined government role and a framework of countercyclical policy tools to protect homebuyers—and the overall economy—during downturns and recessions.“When the economy expands and contracts, the housing sector usually expands and contracts to a greater extent, as it is more volatile than the overall economy,” the report said. “A housing finance system that pulls back credit during downturns not only hurts families trying to buy homes, but can exacerbate the broader downturn.”According to the report’s writers, Jane Dokko and Sam Valverde, more countercyclical policies could help lessen this volatility and protect families across the nation.“By ensuring access to safe and responsible mortgages in good and bad times, countercyclical policy tools can also help mitigate housing sector weakness during downturns,” the report said.The writers also called for the government to play a bigger role in the housing finance system, while acknowledging that, despite its more laid-back role now, the government would still step in in the event of a serious housing collapse. However, whatever action taken, they said, would be less effective and costlier than it needs to be.“We note, however, that the absence of an explicit government role in a future housing finance system would not prevent the government from supporting the housing market during a downturn,” the report stated. “Indeed, recent experience suggests the government would almost certainly need to intervene in the event of a sufficiently severe shock to the housing or mortgage market to avoid a collapse in access to credit for creditworthy borrowers. However, without a clearly-defined role for the government in the housing market, these interventions would be costly to taxpayers and their effectiveness would likely be more limited.”The post noted the Housing and Economic Recovery Act as one of the many governmental actions taken during the Great Recession, but despite their efficacy, Dokko and Valverde believe they are not a permanent solution to the “structural weaknesses of the housing system.”Instead of corrective actions, the writers suggested three finance reforms that could ensure credit access despite what current economic state the country may be in.“Three key features of a reformed housing finance system would help smooth access to affordable credit in good and bad times: (i) a catastrophic mortgage insurance fund (MIF) to provide stability to the secondary market through the economic cycle, (ii) countercyclical regulatory tools to ensure access to safe and responsible mortgages in good and bad economic times, and (iii) broad-based modification and refinancing authority so that homeowners can readily access lower monthly mortgage payments during a downturn,” the report stated. “With these tools, a housing finance regulator can help protect American families’ access to affordable and sustainable mortgages and rents in all economic conditions, and mitigate the spillovers from weakness in the housing sector to the broader economy.” To Protect Homebuyers During a Recession . . .last_img read more

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