Hyundai Heavy Splashes Flex LNGs New Vessel

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Flex LNG South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries has splashed the newest LNG carrier for Oslo-listed ship owner and operator Flex LNG.The newbuilding number 8010, to be named Flex Aurora, was launched at the HHI’s yard on September 6.With a cargo capacity of 174,000 cbm, the new two stroke vessel features a low pressure X-DF engine and is one of the first uncommitted vessel with this kind of motor technology entering the market, according to Flex LNG.Once fully refurbished and mobilized it will be available for business at the end of the second quarter of 2020.The vessel is one of two newbuildings under construction purchased by Flex LNG in May 2018 at a price of USD 184 million per unit.Flex Aurora’s sister vessel, to be named Flex America, is scheduled for delivery in August 2020.Both newbuildings are fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) to comply with IMO Tier III regulation both in gas and liquid mode giving them high trading flexibility.last_img read more

Preliminary Assessment Notices Mailed in Northern Region

first_imgMore than 300,000 Nova Scotia property owners will have a chance to review their proposed 2006 assessment, now that preliminary notices are in the mail. Notices were sent to owners of properties whose assessments are expected to increase by more than three per cent in 2006. The assessments are based on Jan. 1, 2004 market values. “Sending Nova Scotia property owners their proposed assessment in June, means that they can talk to us and get information about their property assessment before the formal assessment notice is sent in January,” said Terry Hartling, regional manager for the northern regional assessment office. “This year the information will also help property owners decide if they will apply for the 2006 CAP Assessment program.” Introduced in 2005, the CAP Assessment program is designed to help protect property owners from sudden and dramatic increases in market value by placing a limit, or cap, on the amount of taxable assessment increase on eligible properties. To receive a capped assessment, the property must be owned by a Nova Scotia resident and meet certain other eligibility criteria. There are some changes to the program since it was introduced last year. Property owners who applied for the CAP last year and met the residency and ownership requirements will be automatically re-considered for 2006. They do not have to reapply. Owner-occupied condominiums are now part of the CAP program. Owners of condominiums who wish to be considered for a capped assessment must submit an application for the 2006 CAP. With the changes, about 107,000 properties across the province are potentially eligible for a capped assessment in 2006, compared to 65,000 in 2005. Property owners who did not apply to the program in 2005 and whose properties are likely to be eligible are being sent an application form along with their proposed notice. Application forms are available on the website at www.nsassessment.ca or can be picked up at a local regional assessment office, Access Nova Scotia Centre, Registry of Deeds office or municipal tax office. Completed applications must be received by Assessment Services by no later than Sept. 30. “Applications will be reviewed to determine if the property meets the eligibility criteria,” said Mr. Hartling. “Property owners will be notified if their property qualifies for the CAP when they receive their formal assessment notice in January.” “We encourage property owners to call if they have any questions about their proposed assessment or need further information about the CAP Program,” added Mr. Hartling. Property owners with questions on their assessment notice can call 1-800-667-5727. For information on property assessment and the CAP program, including eligibility criteria, visit the website at www.nsassessment.ca .last_img read more

Farm Safety Focus of Week

first_imgFarming is physically demanding, however, it doesn’t have to be physically damaging. Nova Scotia farmers must make the health and safety of workers a priority to reduce the risk of injury or being killed on the job. In Canada each year, an average of 115 people die and another 1,500 are seriously injured in farm-related incidents. This year’s theme of Canadian Agricultural Safety Week is Manage More Than Just Your Back. Taking place March 12 to 18, the week aims at prompting farmers to focus on ways to lower the risk of sprains, strains and falls on the job. “We encourage farm owners and managers to promote safe work practices on the farm to prevent injuries and death,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture. “I urge Nova Scotia farmers to use due diligence everyday and to create a culture of safety in the workplace.” Results from a study by the Canadian Agricultural Injury Surveillance Program shows the leading type of farm-related injuries in Canada are sprains and strains. Overexertion was the leading cause of injury followed by livestock handling, machine-related incidents and falls. The study indicated these four causes account for 84 per cent of all strain and sprain injuries sustained in agricultural work. “Nova Scotia’s agricultural industry is diverse, vibrant and vital to our economy, environment and quality of life,” said Willie Versteeg, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture and representative on the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. “It is because of the farmers in this province that our agriculture industry is all those things and so much more, and we must continue to work to protect their health and safety.” The launch of Canadian Agricultural Safety Week is Monday, March 10 at 10 a.m. at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Bible Hill, Colchester Co. The launch is being held in partnership with leading farm safety advocates. “Working together for the common goal of health and safety in agriculture is a key role in the development and support of farm safety in Nova Scotia,” said Marcel Hacault, executive director of Canadian Agricultural Safety Association. “We are very pleased to be partnering with the Minister of Agriculture, Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, Nova Scotia Farm Health and Safety Committee, Canadian Farmer’s with Disabilities, and the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in the delivery of this launch.” The Canadian Agricultural Safety Week program is delivered by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association in partnership with Farm Credit Canada, Agriculture & AgriFood Canada and promoted by the Nova Scotia Farm Health & Safety Committee. More information is available at www.casa-acsa.calast_img read more

Kyrgios ousts top seed Tsitsipas to reach Washington open final

first_imgWashington DC: Australia’s Nick Kyrgios overcame a mid-match meltdown and his rival’s shoe repair delays to defeat Greek top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and reach the ATP Washington Open final. The 52nd-ranked Aussie hammered 19 aces, saved a match point and often played to the crowd in a dramatic and emotional 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9/7) victory over Tsitsipas, whose broken shoes caused two third-set delays. Tsitsipas, who becomes world number five on Monday, fell behind a set and a break, took advantage of Kyrgios losing control with racquet slams and call complaints to force a third set, only to fall in the tie-breaker. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”It was spiraling out of control at one point,” Kyrgios said. “I’ve been in that spot before and it has gotten worse. “I’m pretty proud at how I was able to drag it back from a dark place. I’m pretty proud of how I battled back and dug deep.” Kyrgios will play for the 365,390 (328,851 euro) top prize against 10th-ranked Russian Daniil Medvedev, who eliminated German lucky loser Peter Gojowczyk 6-2, 6-2. The 24-year-old Aussie beat Medvedev this year in Rome in their only prior meeting. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterKyrgios, who improved to 4-1 against top-10 rivals this year, seeks a sixth career ATP title and his first since Acapulco in March. “It’s probably one of the best tournament weeks of my life,” Kyrgios said. Medvedev, 23, seeks his fifth ATP title after taking his most recent crown at Sofia in February. Italy’s 62nd-ranked Camila Giorgi, a 2018 Wimbledon quarter-finalist seeking her third WTA title, and 79th-ranked American Jessica Pegula advanced to the women’s final at the US Open tuneup tournament.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Angered by Rabats Stadium Scandal

Rabat – King Mohammed VI ordered General Hosni Benslimane to supervise the ongoing investigation that will enquire about all the stages of the Complex Sportif Prince Moulay Abdellah’s renovation and installation with natural turf.The poor condition of the pitch of Moulay Abdellah Stadium is believed to have triggered the royal anger.The Moroccan monarch reportedly ordered General Hosni Benslimane, commander of the Royal Gendarmerie and former president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, to supervise the investigation opened by Sports Minister Mohammed Ouzzine to find out who will be held responsible for the scandal. Local media outlets reported that General Hosni Benslimane held a meeting Monday with Sport’s Ministry Secretary General Karim Akari and the Director of Sports Mustapha Azeroual.The two have been temporarily suspended by Sports Minister Mohammed Ouzzine. The Ministry has reportedly stripped the two high ranking officials from their signing authority in order to “ensure the smooth running of the investigation” it has launched to find out who will be held accountable.”The committee currently leading the investigation is composed of representatives of the sports departments, the Ministries of Interior, Finance and Equipment.They are in the process of consulting and auditing all administrative and financial documents related to the renovation work that has been done in Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, which cost an estimated 220 million Dirhams.The Moroccan monarch is reported to be ‘closely’ following the course of events from the United Arab Emirates.Sources cited by daily newspaper Al Massae said that the sand used to stabilize the Moulay Abdellah stadium turf was stolen from one of the beaches in the outskirts of the capital city. read more

Use of child soldiers continues in Myanmar and Burundi says top UN

7 December 2007Despite calls to stop the abominable practice, children continue to be recruited and used as child soldiers in Myanmar and Burundi, according to the United Nations envoy for children in armed conflict who has just presented two new reports on the issue. “The issue of recruitment and use of children continues to be a problem in Myanmar both with regard to the Government and various non-state actors,” stated Radhika Coomaraswamy, who yesterday presented the report of the Secretary-General on the situation of children and armed conflict in Myanmar to the Security Council Working Group dealing with the matter.Although there has been progress in terms of dialogue with the Myanmar Government and two non-State actors, the Karen National Union (KNU) and the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP), the report notes that “State and non-State actors continue to be implicated in grave child rights violations.” Ms. Coomaraswamy also raised concerns about the issue of access for UN monitors in Myanmar, stating that “the Government should provide the UN country team with free access to conflict areas and to recruitment centres so that monitoring and reporting can be performed effectively and all the information can be verified.”Among other issues cited were difficulties with age verification, reports of children convicted and sentenced for desertion, and lack of humanitarian access. “Children are the first to be affected by a humanitarian crisis,” she said. “There is a real urgency for a humanitarian needs assessment in the conflict areas in order to devise proper programmatic responses for the most vulnerable.” However, she stressed that the efforts of the Working Group and the monitoring and reporting mechanism established by the Council had already led to commitments by some parties to stop the recruitment and use of children. The Government has adopted directives that explicitly prohibit the recruitment of children under 18 and set up a high-level Committee for the Prevention of Military Recruitment of Underage Children, she noted. The KNU and the KNPP have also signed deeds of commitment that are currently being finalized. With regard to Burundi, Ms. Coomaraswamy condemned new reported cases of recruitment and use of children by the Forces Nationales de Libération (FNL). She also criticized the attitude of armed groups that have been recruiting children by promising them demobilization benefits for which they were not eligible. In addition, she deplored the alarming increase of cases of rape and sexual violence in the country, a concern that was also raised by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his recent report on Burundi. “The 80 per cent rise in reported cases show that [the] dawning of peace has unfortunately not heralded a more secure environment for women, boys and girls in Burundi,” she stated. Ms. Coomaraswamy was pleased to note that the UN system had begun a series of activities together with Government ministries to address this problem, and called for sustained political will and commitment to fight impunity for such crimes. Mr. Ban’s Executive Representative for Burundi told reporters in New York today that the UN is aware that there are under-age persons among the alleged FNL dissidents, and stressed that the UN is ready, willing and able to take care of those identified as children.“We have sent that message to the FNL, to the Government, that if there are children among these alleged dissidents, we would be prepared to take care of their needs and they should not be in the camps,” Youssef Mahmoud stated. read more

Latest developments in Darfur focus of UNAfrican Union meeting

6 April 2009Officials from the hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) were in Addis Ababa today, where they briefed the AU Peace and Security Council on the latest security and humanitarian situation in the war-torn western region of the Sudan. Officials from the hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) were in Addis Ababa today, where they briefed the AU Peace and Security Council on the latest security and humanitarian situation in the war-torn western region of the Sudan. The AU-UN Joint Special Representative Rodolphe Adada briefed the Council on the impact of the arrest warrant issued at the beginning of last month by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir.Khartoum decided to expel 13 international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and suspend three national NGOs immediately after the ICC indicted Mr. Al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity on 4 March, leaving a large gap in the humanitarian aid effort in the region.UNAMID had previously reported a rise in attacks on peacekeeping staff and harassment of civilians in the region, and expressed concern over the safety of humanitarian workers after the Court in The Hague had issued its decision.Mr. Adada also briefed the Council on the current military strength of UNAMID, which stands at more than 12,000 of the 19,555 force authorized by the Security Council over one year ago. The hybrid force was set up to protect civilians in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million have been forced from their homes since fighting erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen. The AU-UN Joint Chief Mediator, Djibril Bassolé, also attended the briefing to discuss the arrest warrant with the AU Council as well as the recent peace initiative resulting from the Summit of the League of Arab States in Doha and its consequences for his mediation efforts.Participants from the Government of Sudan and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) took part in today’s meeting in the Ethiopian capital, which is also the headquarters of the AU. Deputy Joint Special Representative Hocine Medili, Deputy Joint Chief Mediator Azouz Ennifar and the Director of the Communications and Information Division of UNAMID, Kemal Saïki, also participated. read more

Mahinda says his camp is preparing for elections

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says his camp is preparing to face the next elections.Speaking to the media from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) office in Battaramulla, Rajapaksa said that since this year will be the year of elections in Sri Lanka, his camp is being strengthened to face the elections. He also said that although he has not been given the office of the Opposition Leader in Parliament he will continue to work for the people.Rajapaksa further said that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) leaving the unity Government was a major victory. (Colombo Gazette)

Overcoming Communication Disconnects in the Digital Age

Loyalty Isn’t EnoughWhen it comes to customer loyalty and having a bad customer service experience, the study confirmed what we already suspected: When customers don’t get what they want, they’re prone to walking away. According to the survey, customers stopped doing business with brands an average of four times last year due to poor customer service. As for Gen Z and Millennials, they cut ties five times on average in the same 12-month period. Happy employees lead to happy customers. Most successful businesses today understand that customers have high service expectations, and companies need to empower their frontline employees to deliver on these expectations. What’s Trending in CX Today Blair Pleasant September 17, 2019 Organizations that truly care about customer service start with a understanding of what digital consumers really want. circle diagrams.png Decoding Dialogflow: Enabling Voice Brent Kelly September 16, 2019 The seventh in a multi-article series focusing on building intelligent bots using Google Dialogflow and Contact Center AI See All in Contact Center & Customer Experience » This was the clear takeaway from a recent study that RingCentral commissioned. The intent of the research — based on a global survey of 2,000 customer-facing knowledge workers and customer support employees — was to learn more about the connection between employee engagement and customer engagement. The findings were unmistakable: Employee and customer engagement are inextricably linked. To learn more about how you can solve the employee and customer engagement equation, read the infographic and eBook.Tags:News & Viewsintegrated communications platformRingCentralcustomer loyaltyengagementContact Center & Customer ExperienceCloud CommunicationsCustomer ExperienceReal-Time CommunicationsTeam Collaboration Tools & WorkspacesUnified Communications & CollaborationVendor Perspective Articles You Might Like Solving Engagement ChallengesHow do we resolve this employee and customer engagement challenge? Consider that over 90% of survey respondents said that an integrated communications platform would enable them to better engage with customers and collaborate with coworkers. This would result in both happier employees and customers, improved customer satisfaction scores, and increased business profitability. Why You Need to Care About CX of Connected Consumers Blair Pleasant September 30, 2019 Today, enterprises are distinguishing themselves with personal, robust customer experiences. But can it be too much? The research also showed that customers want to engage on their terms and using their preferred digital channels, such as social media, live chat, in-app messaging, online communities, video conferencing, email, and more. For brands to stay competitive, they need to provide customers with the access they expect through the channels of their choice. Cisco Touts Webex Contact Center-Calling Integration Beth Schultz September 23, 2019 Company talks up other enhancements to cloud platform, as contact center partners make service news of their own. Empowering Your EmployeesSo, if customers expect great service, why aren’t companies delivering? According to the survey, there are several reasons, and they relate to disjointed communications technologies. For example, 74% of frontline employees said they couldn’t serve customers effectively because they didn’t have a communications platform that allows them to seamlessly collaborate with customers and coworkers to efficiently resolve customer issues. Additionally, nine in 10 said that disjointed communications technologies negatively affect workflow and job satisfaction—and this, in turn, impacts customer satisfaction and the company bottom line. How to Plan a Smooth Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 24, 2019 A strategic migration plan must answer three important questions. Developing Engagement StrategiesCompanies need to empower customer-facing employees with the communications tools they need to delight customers. In designing a digital transformation strategy, businesses need to think about employee and customer engagement as tightly connected—two sides of the same coin. Log in or register to post comments read more

UNsponsored panel on CameroonNigeria border seeks expert to address Koja

In a communiqué released on Friday, the Mixed Commission requested its Chairman to choose the individual who will address the issue. It also welcomed the decision of the Sub-Commission on Demarcation to continue the field assessment of the boundary early next month.The communiqué, released following a meeting in Abuja from 13 to 14 October, also welcomed the European Union (EU) donation of 4 million Euros in support of the demarcation activities.The Mixed Commission will meet again in Yaoundé next January.

Apple to split stock boost share buyback program raise dividend in bid

SAN FRANCISCO – Apple is doling out more of its cash to shareholders and preparing to split its stock for the first time in nine years in an attempt to win back investors fretting about the iPhone maker’s slowing sales growth and pace of innovation.The moves announced Wednesday as part of Apple’s fiscal second-quarter earnings report are aimed at boosting the company’s stock price, which has been hovering about 25 per cent below the peak it reached in September 2012. The bellwether Standard & Poor’s 500 has climbed by 28 per cent during the same period.Apple Inc. earmarked an additional $30 billion for buying back its stock through next year, bringing the total to $90 billion during that time frame.The Cupertino, Calif., company also is raising its quarterly dividend 8 per cent to $3.29 per share, up from $3.05 per share.The moves come amid worries investors have about the future of Apple since Steve Jobs, its co-founder and chief visionary, died in October 2011. Those worries have been compounded by the fierce competition that Apple faces in mobile devices, particularly from Samsung Electronics Co., which has been widening its lead in the smartphone market.Although many analysts had been expecting Apple to distribute more money to shareholders, the stock split came as a surprise. After the seven-for-one split is completed June 9, the trading price of Apple’s shares will fall dramatically. Had the split occurred at Wednesday’s closing price of $524.75, the stock would probably begin trading at around $75.At that level, more people should be able to afford to buy shares — a factor that could, in theory, fuel more demand for Apple’s stock and eventually lift the price.The company’s escalating investment in its own stock also could increase the price by reducing the number of outstanding shares. That reduction increases earning per share, a key yardstick on Wall Street to appraise a company’s value. Apple’s market value currently stands at about $470 billion, more than any other publicly held company.Since Apple’s last split in February 2005, the stock has increased by nearly 12-fold. But CEO Tim Cook told analysts in a conference call that Apple’s stock price “does not reflect the full value of the company.”Apple’s stock soared $41.40, or almost 8 per cent, to $566.15 in extended trading after the news came out.Activist investor Carl Icahn, who had spent months pressuring Apple to buy back more stock, was among those applauding the company’s moves. In a Twitter post, Icahn said he is “extremely pleased” and reiterated his belief that Apple’s stock remains “meaningfully undervalued.”The results for the first three months of the year illustrated how Apple Inc. can afford to spend so much money on its own stock while also paying more than $11 billion in dividends annually.The company ended the quarter with nearly $151 billion in cash, including $132 billion it is keeping overseas to lower its U.S. tax bill. The money being held outside the U.S. isn’t available to buy back stock or pay shareholder dividends.Apple’s earnings rose 7 per cent to $10.2 billion, or $11.62 per share, an amount that exceeds what most technology companies make in an entire year. Revenue climbed 5 per cent to $45.6 billion. It represented the highest revenue that Apple has generated in any quarter occurring outside the holiday shopping season.Nonetheless, Apple’s revenue growth has been stuck between 1 per cent and 6 per cent for the past year. By contrast, the quarterly revenue of rival Google Inc. has been rising at 12 to 19 per cent during the same stretch.Apple expects its revenue for the current quarter ending in June to come in at about $37 billion, which would be another 5 per cent increase from last year.The quarter was highlighted by a 17 per cent increase in iPhone sales from the same time last year to 43.7 million units, boosted by strong demand in China, the U.S., Western Europe and Japan.But iPad sales fell 16 per cent from last year to about 16.4 million tablets. Apple traced the decline to its inability to meet the demand for the iPad Mini during the holiday season of 2012. That prompted Apple to ramp up production in last year’s January-March quarter, boosting sales higher than they otherwise would have been. The company said it managed iPad demand better during the 2013 holidays.Even as Apple faces more competition from Samsung, other rivals have been releasing their own sleek and often cheaper devices. Most of those devices use Google Inc.’s free Android system, which Jobs believed had ripped off Apple’s ideas.Cook, Jobs’ hand-picked successor, has repeatedly hinted that the company is putting the finishing touches on its first major breakthrough since the iPad came out four years ago. True to Apple’s tight-lipped nature, Cook hasn’t provided any details about what’s in works.Speculation has centred on an iPhone with a larger display screen, an Internet-connected watch that would also monitor users’ health, a digital wallet built into Apple’s devices, and a more sophisticated version of the Apple TV streaming device.“We’re expanding Apple’s products and services into new categories and we are not going to underinvest in this business,” Cook told analysts as he explained why the company isn’t diverting even more cash to stock repurchases and dividends. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Dec. 23, 2013 file photo, a woman using a phone walks past Apple’s logo near its retail outlet in Beijing. Apple reports quarterly earnings on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File) Apple to split stock, boost share buyback program, raise dividend in bid to win back investors by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Apr 23, 2014 2:35 pm MDT read more

UN human rights chief calls on Thailand to take steps towards reconciliation

“In spite of its limited mandate and initial difficulties, the TRCT has conducted an important investigation into political violence and human rights violations in Thailand,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. “The Royal Thai Government now has the responsibility to act on the TRCT’s recommendations, both in holding State officials to account and addressing the institutional weaknesses identified in the report.” During April and May 2010, demonstrations took place in Thailand, leading to violence in which 92 people died and thousands were injured. On 6 July 2010, the Government established the TRCT with the mandate to seek truth and reconciliation. While the final report fails to specify who was responsible for the deaths during the demonstrations, it contains substantive findings backed by forensic evidence and recommends urgent action to bring perpetrators to justice, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a news release. In particular, the report stresses the importance of the army remaining neutral in political affairs, the need to strengthen the independence of the judiciary and a proposal to review article 112 of the criminal code in order to protect freedom of expression in Thailand. “Making the legal and institutional reforms recommended in the report will strengthen Thai democracy,” Ms. Pillay said. “Bringing perpetrators to justice will not only set an important precedent for Thailand but for South-east Asia as a whole.” OHCHR noted that concerns have been raised about preserving the evidence gathered by the TRCT, and Ms. Pillay urged the Government to take the necessary steps to protect the information collected as this is essential for the pursuit of accountability. Another report on the 2010 political violence by the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand is also expected to be released soon and will provide a further detailed account of human rights violations, OHCHR stated. read more

Cambodia Substantial grounds to believe Montagnards may be in danger UN warns

Briefing the press in Geneva, UN officials from the agencies said that the Montagnards are believed to be in north-eastern Cambodia’s Ratanakiri Province. Faced with an “extremely precarious” situation, they are reportedly suffering from various physical ailments, including dengue fever and malaria. They fear arrest and deportation and therefore are afraid to venture out. The Montagnards told local sources that they fled religious persecution in Viet Nam and wish to seek asylum.In Bangkok this morning, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued a joint press release appealing to the Cambodian authorities to take urgent action to ensure that the Montagnard group is escorted to Phnom Penh and given access to the asylum procedure in line with the 1951 Refugee Convention and Cambodia’s sub-decree on refugees and asylum seekers.A team from Cambodia’s Ministry of Interior, UNHCR and OHCHR travelled to Ratanakiri last week to engage with the local authorities and to locate and talk to the Montagnards. It was agreed that if the group indicated that they wished to apply for asylum, they would be brought to Phnom Penh to enable them to do so. Despite clear instruction by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng to cooperate with the joint team, local authorities in Ratanakiri refused to allow the team to meet with the group or to transport them to the capital. Meanwhile, this morning, provincial authorities prevented UN access to the ethnic Jarai villages in the area. “Between 10:00 and 11:00 local time the joint UN/Ministry of Interior team was stopped at a road block as attempted to enter the area where the Montagnards are believed to be hiding. The team contacted the Governor, but he did not intervene to facilitate their entry,” the release said. In the meantime, UN officials were informed that provincial police have continued to search for the individuals, possibly with a view to returning them to Viet Nam. “We believe there are substantial grounds for believing that the Montagnards may be in danger of being subjected to human rights violations if they are returned to their country of origin, Viet Nam,” the statement said. read more

Baseball Former bigleaguer Matt Angle returns to roots to help coach Ohio

Former Ohio State and Baltimore Orioles’ outfielder Matt Angle (38) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a lead off home run against Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander during the first-inning at Comerica Park in Detroit, on Sept. 24, 2011. Credit: Courtesy of TNSEvery kid playing catch in the backyard with his or her father dreams about the chance to make it to the big leagues.For most, those hopeful thoughts are virtually unattainable.But there are some who make it.Former Ohio State outfielder Matt Angle was able to achieve that goal. He spent three years playing at the school of his dreams, was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles and debuted with the team in 2011, becoming the first OSU outfielder since Nick Swisher to reach the majors.But for Angle, the dream he was living started well before he was drafted.Growing up in a suburban community in Whitehall, Ohio — a small city east of Columbus — Angle had grown up a fan of the Buckeyes. Both his grandfather and his aunt had graduated from OSU, and Angle said he was excited to play at the school he grew up loving.“It was awesome,” Angle said. “I grew up a Buckeye fan. Being able to have your family and friends come watch and still be close to home, it was a great experience.”Angle found a great deal of success at OSU, almost immediately. As a freshman in 2005, he started in 40 games in right field and quickly established himself as a bonafide leadoff hitter for the Buckeyes.On Apr. 27, 2005, in the second game of a doubleheader against Eastern Michigan, Angle was batting leadoff and starting in right field. For the remaining 27 games of the season, and essentially for the rest of his Buckeye career, Angle was found atop the lineup. But despite all the success, it was not until he participated in the Cape Cod League in 2006 that he started to believe a professional career in baseball was ahead of him.“(I) went out there, performed well, and that’s when you’re matched up against some of the best players in the country,” Angle said. Then, on June 7, 2007, the phone call finally came through, alerting Angle that he had been selected with the fifth pick in the seventh round of the draft, 219th overall by the Baltimore Orioles. Angle remembers exactly where he was when he got the life-changing call.“I was actually at my house on campus,” he said. “Just with some roommates and some buddies, and then got together with my family after.”Angle describes the moment as a great and memorable experience.“It’s something that you work hard for, something that you always dream about — the opportunity to play professionally, and it was something I’ll never forget,” he said.After being drafted, it took Angle some time to reach the majors. He debuted in 2007 at Low Class-A and the next three-and-a-half seasons traveled through various levels of the minors before finally landing in Baltimore.For many minor-leaguers, the travel can be an unwanted burden that puts stress on the family life, but Angle and his wife saw it as a great opportunity to see many different parts of the United States.“(My wife) was able to see a lot of cities and a lot of places that she wouldn’t have been able to see,” he said. “Looking back now, I think you appreciate it more — some of the trips, some of the cities, some of the opportunities. Time to spend together that you do while you were playing.”Despite the travel and most of the minor league teams being located closer to the East Coast, Angle kept to his roots and lived in Columbus throughout his playing career.“Columbus was always home,” he said. “Offseasons were always spent in Columbus, and then I would just live in whatever home city I was playing in that year. But Columbus has always been home.”On July 17, 2011, the day finally came when Angle donned an Orioles uniform and took the field at Camden Yards. He was slotted to lead off, a role in which he had grown comfortable. He went 0 for 3, but it was a day he will never forget.Orioles left fielder Matt Angle (38) bumps fists with first base coach Wayne Kirby (23) in the 7th inning after he is walked to first base by Indians’ pitcher Chad Durbin. The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Cleveland Indians, 8-3, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, on July 17, 2011. Credit: Courtesy of TNS“It’s something you’re always working for,” Angle said. “My wife and my mom and uncle and cousin were able to make the trip over to Baltimore. It was a day game, I can’t remember if it was noon or 1, so it was early. Got in late the night before after getting called up so it was a quick turnaround.”And of all the teams he could have debuted against, of course it was the Ohio-based Cleveland Indians. Though Angle grew up as a Cincinnati Reds fan, it was something special for him to play against a local team.“(I was) not as much an Indians fan, but it was great growing up in Ohio to be able to make your debut against another Ohio team,” Angle said.Unfortunately for Angle, his career in the majors was short-lived. He finished the 2011 season in Baltimore and never saw another major-league at-bat. His final career stat line was .177/.293/.266, with a lone home run and 11 stolen bases.He spent four more seasons in the minors, split between the farm systems of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins and Oakland Athletics.But as the years wore on and it became clearer that he did not have the same skillset he had a few years earlier, Angle decided to hang up his cleats.“At that point, sometimes the game just kind of tells you,” he said. “Ideally, you would’ve loved to still been able to play longer, but sometimes the game just tells you it’s time.”Though his career as a player was over, Angle found a new career with the sport he loved. He knew he still had some unfinished business and a possible future back in Columbus.Angle left OSU a year early, without receiving his degree, so that was one of the first things he wanted to take care of when he moved back to Columbus.“It was something that was always important to me,” he said. “I actually finished my degree my last year of playing. And it was something I’ve always wanted to do. Having a degree from Ohio State means so many different things, whether it’s in the sport world or the business world.”While completing his degree in sport industry at OSU, Angle found that a job was awaiting him on the baseball team. He joined coach Greg Beals’ staff as co-video coordinator. In this position, he sits down with players to review film and helps them go through what might be wrong with their swing and how they can heat up at the plate. “My first year as the — I was more student, I was still graduating at the time — there was a lot more I was able to do on-field,” Angle said. “So you’re able to implement some things there, and now you’re just following through on the video side, suggesting, being able to give a fresh set of eyes watching the game a little bit differently.”Ohio State co-video coordinator Matt Angle in the dugout during the Buckeyes’ 2016 Big Ten tournament championship run. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsFor some of these younger players, a fresh set of eyes can be exactly what they need to help break out of a funk at the plate. Sophomore third baseman Brady Cherry said that the team benefits from having a former player with the experience at the plate.“He knows his stuff, and I think everybody here trusts him with all the knowledge that he has,” Cherry said. The experience Angle brings to the team isn’t only as a bastion of light for players going through a tough time at the plate, but it can also be a great aid to the coaching staff if it can’t seem to get through to the player.“Matt’s a great resource for me too — just in different approaches, how to approach hitters, and how we can go about attacking a week and attacking a practice plan, and helping get our guys as ready to play as possible,” Beals said.For Angle, his time spent helping coach younger players at OSU has been well spent, and he seems to like the work here. Asked what he will be doing after coaching at OSU, Angle said he doesn’t know.“That’s the great question. You know, we’ll see,” Angle said. “I’ve enjoyed the last two-and-a-half, three years that I’ve been a part of the program. Right now, being fully entrenched in the season, not really thinking too far outside of that. If you have any great ideas, I’d be open.” read more

Britains murder rate at highest level in a decade official figures reveal

Knife crimes and murders have risen to their highest level for up to a decade with London and other cities bearing the brunt of the surge in violence, official figures reveal. Knife crime has risen by 8% to 39,818 offences with most police forces, 29 out of 43, recording an increase. That is the highest level since 2011. Homicides were up by 14% from 649 to 739, a continuous year on year increase since March 2014, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). That is the highest level since 2008. Of these, 36% or 263 involved knives, a rise of 11% on the previous year. “The past four years have seen a rise in the number of recorded offences involving a knife or sharp instrument, following… 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. read more

A 38 year timelapse of Las Vegas from orbit

first_imgThe time-lapse above is an incredible look at the growth of Las Vegas from 1972 through to 2010. It was done using satellite imagery and later on false color was added so that it would be more clear what was happening in the and what was changing from image to the next (essentially from one year to the next). In addition to a great use of technology, it’s an interesting look at the sprawl that great around America’s fastest growing cities. The images were taken using the US’ LandSat satellites. This is a satellite imagery program that was kicked off in 1972 with the launch of its first satellite. There have been seven satellites in total, though not all of them are still operational. This video was made to celebrate LandSat 5 which was launched on March 1st 1984 and is still in use. That means it’s been able to send us 28 year of satellite imagery, enough to track a significant part of Las Vegas’ boom. The video’s notes explain how the red is actually mostly green space (golf course, parks, etc.) so things quite aren’t as packed as they might seem in Vegas. And even more interesting than that is their note about how the quality on the images changed for the better in 1984, after the satellite received upgrades. You can see a clear change in sharpness from 1983 to 1984.Fans of satellite imagery will be glad to know that the Landsat program is still in effect and that the next addition, Landsat 8, is schedule to launch in January 2013. Prior to launch it will be known as the Landsat Data Continuty Mission. NASA is working closely with the USGS on the project as they use data from the program and help fund it. Nasa.gov/Landsat via cynical clast_img read more

Ayumu le chimpanzé qui bat les champions de la mémoire

first_imgAyumu, le chimpanzé qui bat les champions de la mémoireMis en vedette à plusieurs reprises à la télévision britannique, un chimpanzé entraîné par des chercheurs japonais arrive à des performances de mémorisation visuelle extraordinaires, supérieures à celles de personnes pourtant réputées pour leur mémoire exceptionnelle. Fils d’Aï, femelle chimpanzé ayant travaillé plus de 30 ans avec l’équipe de chercheurs du Pr Tetsuro Matsuzawa, au laboratoire de primatologie de l’Université de Kyoto, Ayumu, un mâle âgé aujourd’hui de 11 ans et né à l’université, est considéré comme ‘le plus grand esprit animal’. Les chercheurs japonais suivent ses performances intellectuelles depuis toujours, par le biais de divers tests.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Un des exercices où il excelle consiste à mémoriser, en moins d’une demi-seconde (le temps d’un clin d’œil, littéralement), une série de nombres inscrits sur un écran d’ordinateur, puis à localiser la même série sur un deuxième écran, où elle est située à un endroit différent. La chance n’a rien à voir là-dedans, puisque la probabilité d’une bonne réponse grâce au seul hasard est de 1 sur 362.000, rappelle le Daily Mail.En 2008, à l’âge de 7 ans, dans une série appelée les animaux extraordinaires sur la chaîne britannique Channel Five, Ayumu s’est mesuré, à ce petit jeu, au champion de la mémoire Ben Pridmore, un comptable capable de mémoriser l’ordre des cartes d’un jeu entier en moins de 30 secondes. Lors de l’exercice de mémorisation de nombres, le singe a réalisé une performance 3 fois supérieure à celle de l’homme !Le 11 février 2012 à 10:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Cabinet Meeting features national updates

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 23, 2017 – Grand Turk – When Cabinet met this week, there were a lot of updates including one on the consultation for the plan to temporarily shift some prisoners to the Green Door building in Grand Turk; the idea has been met with push back from the residents.There was an update on the InterHealth Canada reconciliation exercise, and it is said that next Cabinet meeting a full report is expected.   An update on the accountancy audit of the National Health Insurance Plan, an update on the Capital projects programme, update on the disposal of the catch seized when the 43 Dominican poachers were caught illegally in TCI waters on the Captain Blaze, an update on salvaging the Mega One Triton which ran aground on Governor’s Beach in 2012; Governor Dr John Freeman is particularly concerned as the huge vessel is rapidly decaying and a public safety issue.More updates including one on the progress of a shark sanctuary in the TCI, the latest on the Government’s proposed investment and refurbishment policies, and an update on statutory bodies holding funds, which are to be paid to the public purse.    The meeting also focused on hurricane readiness and there was a presentation on the financial performance for the first month of the new fiscal year.#MagneticMediaNews#cabinetmeetingfeaturesnationalupdates#megaonetriton#43Dominicanpoachers Related Items:#43Dominicanpoachers, #cabinetmeetingfeaturesnationalupdates, #magneticmedianews, #megaonetriton Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Tite Remarkable Vinicius Jr deserves Brazil callup

first_imgTeenage star Vinicius Junior has been exceptional at Real Madrid and fully deserves a call-up to the Brazil team, says manager Tite.The 18-year-old forward has been short of sensational in his debut campaign at Real following a €46m transfer from Flamengo last summer.In 26 appearances this season, Vinicius has managed three goals and 12 assists for the European champions and proved to be their main threat once more in an otherwise disappointing 3-0 Copa del Rey defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday.Now Tite has acknowledged Vinicius’ progress at Real by handing him his maiden call-up to the Brazil senior team for next month’s international break.The teenager will link-up for Brazil’s friendlies against Panama in Porto on March 23 and the Czech Republic at Prague three days later.“I’m open to the emergence of new talent and to encourage them,” said Tite, according to SportsStar.“If they are prepared to fight to be in excellent teams, technically and emotionally.“This has led to him [Vinicius] being called up. He’s had around 30… 26 matches, and that’s remarkable, the performances he’s giving.“This analysis is quantitative but also qualitative. But quantity gives us the information. Players who have such potential and who are showing it, are called up.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“Even though we’ll have little time to train, I want to give him the opportunity of growing and improving. This is confirmation [of his talent] and the evolution of it.”Vinicius’ former Flamengo team-mate Lucas Paqueta, who joined AC Milan during the January transfer window, has also been called up to the Brazil squad for the first time.Although Fernandinho and Neymar will be absent for next month’s international break due to injuries, while Marcelo hasn’t been included amid his struggles to regain his place in the Real Madrid team recently.Brazil will likely use their upcoming friendlies as preparation for the upcoming 2019 Copa America tournament this summer, which they will host.📝 Convocação da #SeleçãoBrasileiraAtacantes:Firmino – LiverpoolVinícius Jr. – Real MadridGabriel Jesus – Manchester CityRicharlison – Everton pic.twitter.com/Zs8L60ThaS— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) February 28, 2019last_img read more

Water pipe bursts inside Pembroke Pines music business

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (WSVN) — A burst water pipe hit a sour note at a South Florida music business, early Monday.Fire rescue crews responded to Music Tech Studios in Pembroke Pines, near 184th Avenue and Pines Boulevard, after the pipe broke overnight.The flooding caused considerable damage, soaking merchandising and even causing ceiling tiles to come down.It remains unclear what caused the pipe to break.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img