Maersk Forecasts Higher Profits in 2019

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Maersk Danish shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk is forecasting higher profits in 2019 after delivering improved results in 2018.For 2019, Maersk expects EBITDA of around USD 5 billion including effects from IFRS 16, and around USD 4 billion excluding effects from IFRS 16.The organic volume growth in Ocean is expected to be in line with the estimated average market growth of 1-3% for 2019.“Maersk’s guidance for 2019 is subject to considerable uncertainties due to the current risk of further restrictions on global trade and other factors impacting container freight rates, bunker prices and foreign exchange rates,” the company said.In 2018, A.P. Moller – Maersk reported an increase in revenue of 26% to USD 39 billion compared to USD 30.9 billion reported a year earlier, with growth in all segments. EBITDA for the year was USD 3.8 billion, increasing from USD 3.5 billion seen in 2017, in line with the company’s latest guidance of USD 3.6 – 4 billion.Net profit including discontinued operations was USD 3.2 billion, against a loss of USD 1.2 billion reported in the previous year, positively impacted by an accounting gain of USD 2.6 billion from the closing of the Maersk Oil transaction in 2018 and an impairment in Maersk Drillingof USD 1.75 billion in 2017.“In 2018, we made significant progress in implementing our strategy. With the expected demerger and listing of Maersk Drilling in April, the separation of our Energy-related businesses will be almost complete,” said Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller – Maersk.The improvement in operating earnings was driven by higher freight rates, efficiencies gained from the integration of continuing operations, and synergies from the acquisition of Hamburg Süd.However, margins in continuing operations were challenged and EBITDA was lower than initially expected at the beginning of the year, primarily due to an increase in bunker fuel prices not fully recovered by higher freight rates, the company explained.“Although we had a challenging start to 2018, looking at our financial performance, we increased earnings despite significantly higher bunker fuel prices and lower than expected container volume growth in the second half of 2018. However, profitability needs to improve,” Søren Skou added.last_img read more

Police records say Sri Ramakrishna died of throat ulcer

first_imgKolkata: Sri Ramakrishna had died of “throat ulcer” according to the register that has been kept with the Cossipore police station.The devotees and admirers of Sri Ramakrishna had entered “throat ulcer” to be the cause of his death in register of Cossipore police station on August 16, 1886. They entered the name Gadadhar Chattopadhyay and not Sri Ramakrishna in the death register and his profession was described as priest. Sri Ramakrishna was staying at a garden house in Cossipore and had breathed his last on August 16, 1886 at the age of 50 years. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersDeputy mayor Atin Ghosh will handover a digital replica of the death certificate to the Belur Math authorities on Saturday. It may be mentioned that a museum on the history of Kolkata during the time of Sri Ramakrishna has come up at Belur Math following the initiative of Swami Prabhanandaji, vice-president of Ramakrishna Math and Mission. The Math authorities are setting up an archive on Sri Ramakrishna and requested the Kolkata Municipal Corporation ( KMC) to give them a copy of the death certificate lying with it. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaGhosh said as the death register is with the government it is not possible to hand it over to RKM and a digital replica will be hand over. It may be mentioned that as Swami Vivekananda was cremated at the Belur Math campus there is no death certificate of Swamiji. During the British period the law was to register the death of a person at the police station under whose jurisdiction the crematorium was situated and not with the KMC. Sri Ramakrishna was cremated at Cossipore crematorium which fell under Cossipore police station. Though it is generally believed that Sri Ramakrishna had died of cancer, there are many doctors who believe that as biopsy was not invented in those days to detect cancer it is difficult to say whether he was suffering from cancer or not. Many of them believe that he was suffering from ulcer. Senior civic officials said as discussion on cancer was not very common in 1886, the devotees of Sri Ramakrihna had entered the cause of his death as ulcer in the register. Sri Ramakrishna who was staying at Dakshineshwar had complained of acute pain in the throat and was brought to Kolkata. He stayed in a house at Shyampukur Street and then moved to a garden house in Cossipore. It was here his young disciples started staying with him as he needed constant attention. Scholars on Sri Ramakrishna maintained that this was the beginning of the Ramakrishna Sangha. Many renowned doctors in Kolkata including Dr Mahendralal Sarkar had examined Sri Ramakrishna. His well-built body deteriorated and he became frail as he could not eat anything. Despite ill health he blessed his house holder disciples who had assembled at the Cossipore garden house on January 1, 1886. The day is observed as Kalpataru Divas.last_img read more

More scientific developments

first_imgIn a remarkable accomplishment, IIT Madras turned a petroleum waste into a useful product. The meticulous process involved the use of platinum nanocatalyst and a two-member team led by G. Sekar from Department of Chemistry of the flagship institution successfully converted petroleum waste-product toluene into benzoic acid. Benzoic acid is in use as a food preservative and medicine for fungal or bacterial infection. The conversion of Toluene into benzoic acid happened through a selective and controlled oxidation in the presence of a catalyst – a green oxidant and water here. The use of water as a solvent in this is with the purpose of making the product environment-safe. This procedure was a marked departure from the conventional process whereby organic reactions are executed using organic solvents; this process is not only expensive but also generates toxic waste. Hence, the use of water to make it pollution-free. While seemingly a small step in the vast area of scientific development affecting common human lives, what this recent development stands for is the need to support and encourage research at higher levels of education which will, in turn, pave the way for better and improved standard of common living. The credibility of a top-notch institution is earned for a range of reasons: the most basic ones being secure infrastructure, a credible faculty, affordable fees, and a reasonable to better guarantee of employment at the end of the course – all of this coming together without any unreasonable compromises. With numerous medical and engineering colleges mushrooming all over the country, the picture regarding higher education in science only gets more deceptive. Merely ending up at such a college does nothing if the college is not sufficiently equipped both qualitatively and quantitatively. Good faculty and adequate resources are pivotal to rearing a crop of budding science professionals. The importance of quality science education at higher levels cannot be emphasised enough. The need to support and encourage research and enable more pilot projects will not just add to the credibility of the institutions but also encourage the culture of research and constructive experiments. The advancements in this field of applied science will only eventually make life comfortable, easier, and qualitatively better if implemented well.last_img read more

Higher Secondary exam results on May 27

first_imgKolkata: The results of Higher Secondary Examination, conducted by the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education, will be declared on May 27. It will be announced by the president of West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education Mahua Das at 10 am during a press conference at the office of the council at Vidyasagar Bhavan in Salt Lake.The heads of institutions affiliated to the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education or their authorised representatives have been requested to collect the mark-sheets and other relevant documents from their respective distribution camps from 10.30 am onwards and accordingly hand it over to students. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to a press release issued by the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education, the results will also be published on a few websites. The list of such websites will be announced shortly. More than 8 lakh candidates had appeared for the Higher Secondary Examination this year. The examination began from February 26 and concluded on March 13. Concrete steps were taken by the authorities to ensure strict vigilance at the examination centres. Eighteen mobile phones were seized from examinees during the examination. Stringent action was taken against the students who were caught with phones while writing the examination. The council decided to cancel their examination as it had issued strict instructions before the commencement of the examination that no candidate should enter examination centres with mobile phones.last_img read more

England Wales to urge crime victims to hand over phones

LONDON — Police in England and Wales are distributing consent forms urging victims of sexual assault and other crimes to turn over access to mobile phones and other electronic devices or risk having their cases dropped.The National Police Chiefs’ Council said Monday that police will only seek access to mobile phone data when it is necessary for investigative purposes.The opposition Labour Party’s spokeswoman on justice matters, Shami Chakrabarti, says the consent forms are illegal.“Any suggestion that rape victims must automatically hand over their phones in exchange for the support of the authorities is as unlawful as it is wrong,” she said in a statement.The forms have been introduced after several recent sexual assault cases collapsed when crucial evidence emerged from mobile devices.The Associated Press read more

Sri Lanka and Singapore sign FTA following bilateral discussions

The signing of the Free Trade Agreement took place following bilateral discussions between visiting Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong and President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat. Singapore companies would also be allowed to bid for projects by the Sri Lankan Government or its state-owned enterprises. The FTA would put in place investment safeguards against discriminatory treatment based on nationality.Bilateral trade between the two countries reached about S$2.7 billion in 2017, making Sri Lanka Singapore’s 36th-largest trading partner. Some of Singapore’s top exports to Sri Lanka include petroleum oil and diesel fuel, non-monetary gold and jewellery, while top imports from Sri Lanka include motor spirit, fuel oils, perfumes, clothing accessories and wheat flour.Singapore companies, such as those in the construction, manufacturing, and service sectors, have established a presence in Sri Lanka since the early 1990s. (Colombo Gazette) The Minister for Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama and S. Iswaran Minister for Trade and Industry of the Republic of Singapore signed the Free Trade Agreement on behalf of the respective Governments, in the presence of President Sirisena, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The Government information department said that the FTA will give companies in Singapore and Sri Lanka greater access to each other’s markets across various sectors, including services, e-commerce, telecommunications, and government procurement.Key benefits include the elimination or lowering of tariffs that would allow Singapore exporters to save about S$10 million a year. The Government of Sri Lanka signed a Free Trade Agreement with Singapore at the Presidential Secretariat today.The Free Trade Agreement will boost the trade between the two countries as this would facilitate duty free access to selected goods and services of each other, the President’s office said. read more

Abortion border wall put major spending bills into disarray

WASHINGTON — Fights over abortion and President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall have thrown Senate efforts to advance $1.4 trillion worth of agency spending bills into disarray, threatening one of Washington’s few bipartisan accomplishments this year.A government shutdown remains unlikely, but agencies face weeks or months on autopilot while frozen at this year’s levels if the logjam isn’t broken.At issue are 12 annual budget bills to fund the day-to-day operations of the government. The bills are needed to fill in the details of this summer’s budget and debt deal, which reversed cuts scheduled to slash the Pentagon and domestic programs and increased the government’s borrowing cap so it won’t default on its payments and Treasury notes.Sweeping votes on July’s budget blueprint were a kumbaya moment in Trump’s polarized capital. But the Senate Appropriations Committee, tasked with filling in the details, has been beset by infighting in advance of a bill drafting session on Thursday.Democrats complain that panel chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala. — following the lead of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. — is shortchanging the popular health and education measure to fund Trump’s $5 billion request for his border wall. They are also furious about Trump’s moves to raid $3.6 billion in military base construction projects to pay for 11 additional border fence segments totalling 175 miles in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.“That’s created a real problem,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the most senior member of the Appropriations Committee. “To take money from substandard schools for children of military people … that’s left a very bad taste.”Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., is poised with an amendment to an almost $700 billion Pentagon funding bill to block Trump’s unprecedented fiscal manoeuvrs, and he has several potential GOP allies on the committee.Durbin’s threat doesn’t seem to have Republicans on edge, but Republicans say that Democrats such as Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a savvy panel insider, are breaking summertime promises to avoid adding “poison pills” to the measures that could bog them down or attract Trump veto promises.In particular, Murray is pressing to overturn a Trump executive order that takes away federal family planning funds from organizations like Planned Parenthood that counsel women about their abortion options.The stakes were raised last month when Planned Parenthood announced it would stop accepting Title X federal family planning funds rather than comply with a Department of Health and Human Services edict to comply with the abortion counselling ban. Two Planned Parenthood clinics in Ohio closed this week.Murray’s amendment would likely pass the Appropriations panel, where two pro-abortion rights GOP women would likely side with her. Facing that prospect, Shelby dropped the health funding measure from the agenda, along with a foreign aid bill that also faced an abortion controversy.“His gag order changed Congress’ intent” to award family planning grants to organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Murray said. “Title X has had bipartisan support forever.”The panel has a long history of smoothing over its differences on abortion in the interest of getting its legislation passed, however, and both sides want to press on and work out the challenges. House members like Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., are eager to start House-Senate conference committee talks aimed at legislation both chambers can pass, as is McConnell.“We’re hopefully going to get past this little rough patch and get back to the agreement we all signed onto,” McConnell said Wednesday.“We’ll get it done because there’s a desire to get it done,” Leahy said. “We know how to do it.”Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press read more

UN agencies hail 30 per cent global reduction in measles deaths

At 35 per cent, the reduction was even greater in Africa, the region with the highest number of people affected by the disease, thanks in large part to the Africa Measles Partnership comprising, among others, the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), national governments, the American Red Cross, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the UN Foundation. “This is great news. Countries are to be commended for their efforts to fight measles – efforts that are truly paying off,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said in New York, noting that since 1999, almost 260,000 deaths per year have been prevented. “But we have to keep up the work and the funding as still far too many children’s lives are lost to measles.” Recent progress is due to the adoption by the most affected countries of the comprehensive WHO/UNICEF strategy for sustainable measles mortality reduction, based on achieving at least 80 per cent routine immunization in every district and ensuring that all children get a second opportunity either through routine services or periodic Supplemental Immunization Activities (SIAs) every three to four years. Under SIAs every child from nine months to five years of age is immunized over a one- to two-week period. The estimated annual cost for measles mortality reduction activities in the 45 so-called high burden countries is approximately $140 million. “Countries have proven that routine immunization and supplemental measles immunization will reduce measles deaths. This is an extremely important step,” WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wook said in a news release in Geneva. “Now WHO encourages all high-burden countries to implement these strategies, and stands ready to help. “However success also requires more resources, and a long-term commitment of leaders to permanently reducing measles deaths,” he added. read more

Ministers pledge to clamp down on incompetent NHS chiefs

Ministers will pledge to clamp down on failing NHS managers and do more to protect whistleblowers, under new plans.New standards for health service leaders will set out standards they have to meet, in a bid to drive out bullying and incompetence.Health Secretary Matt Hancock will today promise to create “a more just culture in the NHS, starting at the top”.And he will say that for too long the NHS has made “morally abhorrent” choices in forcing whistleblowers to risk their jobs if they want to speak up about safety risks.In a speech to medics in London, he will say: “Mistakes should be seen as an opportunity to learn and improve, not a need for cover-up and denial.”So whistleblowers are doing the NHS a great service. Someone, who has the courage to speak up and put their head above the parapet, should be encouraged and embraced.”Yet, sadly, all too often, they’re ignored, bullied and worse – forced out.”Making someone choose between the job they love, and speaking the truth to keep patients safe, is morally abhorrent and operationally foolish.”It’s an injustice I am determined to end.” 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. NHS watchdogs will be asked to consider how to ensure that all managers working at director level are assessed against an NHS “fit and proper persons’ test”. Mr Hancock will also pledge that families should play a more central role in safety investigations, ensuring they are treated with sensitivity and compassion throughout the process and given information in an open, transparent way.The minister said he found it difficult discussing the matter.”I have never talked about this because it’s a weakness, and people don’t like talking about weakness, it makes you feel vulnerable, but with the help of technology, dyslexia helps you think laterally because you have to work your way round problems.” And he told a fringe meeting of the Conservative party conference that his dyslexia has nearly ruined his career – and may have been the reason his colleague lost his seat.”You might remember the Tories lost Guildford in 2001,” he said, explaining that he planned a pamphlet with the catchphrase “I want to unite the community” – only to realise, after it had been delivered to 50,000 households, that it in fact said “untie”.The full interview will be published in the GQ November issue, available on October 4. All directors will be asked to meet minimum comptetency standards, and be offered training where it is needed.The system will also introduce a central directors’ database where information about qualifications and employment history can be easily accessed, to stamp out fraud.Mr Hancock will tell the Patient Safety and Care Conference: “There’s an unspoken bond of trust between the public and the NHS. We trust nurses and doctors more than any other profession because we know they’ll do everything they can to help us and our loved ones are safe in their care. But we can’t take that trust for granted. When things go wrong patients and their families deserve openness and honesty.”Creating a more just culture in the NHS, a more open, honest and trustworthy culture, starts today. And it starts at the top.” read more

Limited markets available for carbon trading Norway was an exception –

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNorwegian delegation pleased with its partnership with GuyanaNovember 8, 2014In “Business”Govt in talks with Norway, IDB on Amaila hydro projectSeptember 15, 2016In “latest news”WWF provides $10M grant to advance LCDSOctober 15, 2013In “Local News” Guyana has earned millions of dollars in foreign currency from carbon trading; specifically the millions it earned from the Kingdom of Norway for keeping deforestation rates low and for reaching certain benchmarks.Carbon trading refers to the exchange of credits between nations designed to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide. It originated with the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, with the objective of reducing carbon emissions and mitigating climate change and future global warming.But with concerns being raised over Government’s apparent policy shift away from carbon trading, it turns out that Guyana can no longer rely on this market.This emerged on Friday at Parliament during a meeting of the Sectoral Committee on Foreign Affairs and representatives of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), the Office of Climate Change (OCC), and the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA).Chairperson of the Sectoral Committee on Foreign Affairs, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, drew the officials’ attention to the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) which Guyana submitted under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).“We are looking at the commitments made by Guyana and what are policy shifts,” Teixeira explained. “So the document that was produced for the revised intended Nationally Determined Contribution kicked off this whole (discussion). Because policy statements are made in there, that is of concern. We are looking at these shifts.”“In the documents presented in 2015, one of the statements that concern me is ‘Guyana does not see viable opportunities for carbon markets’. These are the kind of issues we have to ask. The problem for me is Guyana was going to make US$235 million from earnings of carbon trading! So this was ours. We didn’t have to borrow money from anybody. We earned it. What are the initiatives to access that kind of money?”The Parliamentarian acknowledged that Guyana was cited as having one of the lowest emissions in the world, but he questioned how the country would benefit from this. Teixeira stressed that in all its conservation efforts, Guyana still has to survive and make money, taking into account the population.Head of Planning and Development of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), Pradeepa Bholanath (in blue)But according to the Guyana Forestry Commission’s (GFC) head of Planning and Development, Pradeepa Bholanauth, Guyana does not have substantial deforestation rates to reduce, and as such, its chances to benefit from the carbon markets are limited.She noted that there are few countries that would be willing to pay avoided deforestation credits… with Norway being an exception.“In 2009, when we commenced negotiations with the Government of Norway, the main (issue) was that they were willing to give (money) for what is called avoided deforestation. All the existing markets are trading markets that have been out there, internationally as well as regionally, were paying for emissions reduction.”“So for a country with high forest cover and low deforestation rates, unless we started to rapidly deforest like other countries around the world with high levels of deforestation rate, it would be (unsuccessful) for us to target those markets when we don’t have a substantial amount to reduce. So there were very few partners at that time, and even now, who were willing to pay for avoided deforestation” Bholanauth posited.But Teixeira noted that this was the whole point of negotiations back then, which was to ensure rewards for countries already on the right path. Questions were put to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, represented by Multilateral and Global Affairs Director Troy Torrington, to ascertain whether Government ‘dropped the ball’ in securing carbon trade agreements for Guyana. But he vehemently denied this, stressing that Guyana’s failure to secure such agreements was not from lack of trying.“There was no lack of effort by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I participated in the COP. and we all made all efforts to optimise contributions to Guyana in terms of financing. It was very much an achievement what we had achieved in the Norway undertaking. There were not any other takers in finding meaningful finance for avoided deforestation,” Torrington explained.The Paris Cop21 Agreement came into being in December of 2015 in Paris, France. The agreement was adopted by all parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on December 12, 2015. It has been hailed as the most ambitious international environmental agreement in history. (Jarryl Bryan) read more

OMA profile on De Beers Canada proves patience is a profitable virtue

first_imgDe Beers Canada celebrated two official diamond mine openings back to back in July 2008 – the Victor mine in Ontario and the Snap Lake mine in the Northwest Territories. However, the path to those production start-ups took a circuitous and difficult journey of almost 50 years. It took vision, faith and dedication to complete the trek. De Beers begun its exploration activities in Canada with a staff of four – the first geological field season didn’t come for De Beers, in Canada, until 1961.If you move forward almost half a century to 2009 and De Beers Canada’s first full year of production, you can look at the results. From an operational standpoint, Victor turned out 696,000 cts and Snap Lake produced 444,000 cts for a total diamond output of 1,140,000 cts. This led to a revenue of $316.4 million ($243.7 Victor and $72.7 Snap Lake). The value of diamonds is related to colour, clarity, shape and weight. The quality of diamonds from Victor is exceptional with more than 95% of the stones classified as gem or near-gem quality.In 2009, De Beers Canada had about 750 employees. The company’s total expenditures in 2009 were $296.7 million with $165.2 million covering operating costs, $80.5 million going to employee wages and benefits, $3.8 million in corporate social investments and $28.5 million paid to governments. Perhaps the tone of how De Beers operates was best expressed by former chairman Sir Ernest Oppenheimer in 1954. “Our aim is to make profits but to do so in a way that makes a positive and lasting contribution to the communities in which we operate.”Both Victor and Snap Lake are remote, fly-in sites with limited winter road access. The closest community to Victor is Attawapiskat, 90 km away, and the closest community to Snap Lake is Lutsel K’e, 130 km distant. At Victor in 2009, $121 million was spent on goods and services and $39 million (32%) was provided by Aboriginal businesses. At Snap Lake, $155 million was spent on goods and services with $116 million (74%) provided by northern businesses and $59 million (51%) provided by Aboriginal businesses.At both Victor and Snap Lake, in agreements with the governments of Ontario and the NWT, respectively, 10% of production based on value, is available for purchase by local agencies. These agreements are nurturing secondary industries adding value to this mineral production.Along with the Victor and Snap Lake Mines, De Beers Canada is a 51% joint venture partner on the Gahcho Kue diamond project in the NWT. The parent company De Beers Societe Anonyme is owned 45% by Anglo American, 40% by Central Holdings Group (Oppenheimer family) and 15% by the government of Botswana. From its mining operations across Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Canada, De Beers produces and markets 35% to 40% of the world’s supply of rough diamonds.De Beers Canada is an active and long serving member of the OMA. The Victor mine is Ontario’s first diamond mine. This article is the first in a series of profiles of OMA member companies and their contributions to the vitality of Ontario’s society and economy. In Canada, diamond production has taken place for about 12 years. In 1998, the value of Canadian diamond exports was zero. In 2008, the value of Canadian diamond exports was $2.8 billion. There are currently four diamond mines operating in Canada — Diavik, Ekati and Snap Lake in the Northwest Territories and Victor in Ontario.last_img read more

Greeks roll up their sleeves

first_imgTHE work of volunteers is invaluable in making life bearable for the survivors of the Victorian bush fires. “If anything good’s come out of this, it’s that real human spirit rallying together to help people. It’s really overwhelming.” says Councillor for Whittlesea Kris Pavlidis. St Kilda State Emergency Service (SES) controller Jim Kokkalos, 45, is one of the Greek-Australians at the forefront preparing the foundations for the recovery phase. He talks about a young child of about five wearing borrowed clothes. “I gave him one of the trauma teddies that we hold and he just grabbed it and hung on to it so tightly.” He added, “The borrowed clothes that he was wearing were hanging off him, so it was the only thing that he could call his own. It was quite moving to see a child like that.”Mr Kokkalos’ primary job is to search properties for remains of a house, recording its location on his GPS so that people are able to relocate if they choose to rebuild. “The landscape (between Whittlesea and Kinglake) was unrecognisable and although the GPS indicated that there should have been a property there, the house was flat to the ground. “You could see personal effects such as cups and saucers that were totally destroyed, and if you were unlucky you would come across a deceased.” Kokkalos and his team were also responsible for identifying potential hazards such as potentially diseased carcasses of animals and burnt out cars “which were a concern because someone might still be in there”.Back behind the scenes in the control unit he describes as a “war room from World War II” is Michael Alexis, 49, whose role as a SES controller is to co-ordinate the people like Kokkalos that are out on the field. “We have been working alongside the police and CFA, to undertake jobs such as assist the CFA to cut down trees or assist the police with search and rescue,” he says. “I think what’s really come through for me is how amazing these volunteers have been-most of us have full time jobs yet people that have done 12 hour shifts are still just throwing themselves at us”. Councillor for Whittlesea, Kris Pavlidis, who has been acting as a reference point between the centre and the community at the Whittlesea emergency relief centre could not agree more.“We have had so many people, including the Greek community donate and fund-raise, the local Greek Community of Whittlesea donated truckloads of food and linen, as did the Greek Orthodox Community Lalor women’s group,” she says. George and Toula Pezearos from Degani Bakery Cafe directly assisted the volunteers and victims, sending their staff with food and refreshments to the relief centre every day. Even at an individual level, people such as Red Cross volunteer, Kimbroula have made a difference, working behind the scenes to sort through the mountains of goods that have been donated from the streams of cars coming in. “The Sri Lanka community wanted to come down and cook for everyone. But we can’t have everyone come down or it would be chaos. What we (the council) are trying to do is to get a level of co-ordination,” says Pavlidis. This has included responding to victim requests such as shovels to dig up the remains of their houses, and co-ordinating with NOVA to bring in a large screen TV aimed to make their lives as comfortable as possible. Nevertheless, achieving normality for these people is still a glance in the distance.“We keep saying we’ve seen the worst but we haven’t. We are still in emergency mode because fires are still burning and we are still trying to work out how many people are dead. I think it’s going to take months”.So what can you as an individual or business do? President of the Hellenic Relief Fund (organised by SAE), Mihalis Christodoulou hopes that all Hellenic organisations across Australia will donate their money for one particular project, as was done with the bush fires in Greece two years ago.“We are asking organisations from the Greek community to meet at the Cyprus Community of NSW Club this Wednesday at 7pm and from there we will decide how we are going to go about the campaign, whether it be a radio marathon, a concert and so on. We’ll see how we go”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Florida Senator House Speaker tour the Keys after Irma

first_imgOPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) – Lawmakers spent some time in the Keys, Wednesday, to survey the aftermath of Irma.Senator Marco Rubio was joined by House Speaker Paul Ryan, and the two checked out the damage to the island chain via helicopter.When the lawmakers returned to the Coast Guard Air Station in Opa-locka they pledged more federal aid to help the state recover.“We just flew down US 1, up and down the Keys. I know the Keys well. I’ve been fishing there since I was in my early 20s,” said Ryan. “From Marathon to Key West, it was really pretty extensive damage.”“This is a unified bipartisan coalition in our delegation that’s going to work hard and work together to ensure the federal response is an ongoing one,” said Rubio.Rubio and Ryan also surveyed damage in Jacksonville, which saw record flooding brought on by the storm.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

In Other News Military to Continue to Play Large Role in North

first_imgNorth Carolina’s attempt to attract the Army’s new Futures Command to Raleigh was unsuccessful, but Sen. Thom Tillis (R) and Larry Hall, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, last week praised the state’s effort. Being named one of five finalists offered the state an opportunity to showcase its assets, Hall told the North Carolina Defense and Economic Development Trade Show. “We still think it should be in North Carolina,” Hall said, reported the Fayetteville Observer. “We’ll get part of it some way, somehow,” he added. And with defense ranking as North Carolina’s second largest industry, the state can expect to continue to benefit from its oversized military presence, Tillis said. “We’re going to keep fighting for it and we’re going to do well,” he said. … The LRA responsible for redeveloping the former Vint Hill Farms Station in northern Virginia has dissolved following the Fauquier Board of Supervisors’ vote last month approving the move. Since the Army shuttered the 700-acre electronic warfare facility in 1997, the Vint Hill Economic Development Authority has spent $25 million upgrading the site’s infrastructure and helped create 2,000 jobs, reports the Fauquier Times. The mixed-use project now is home to dozens of businesses, a regional FAA air traffic control facility, a satellite campus of Lord Fairfax Community College, a performing arts center, county offices and facilities, and housing.Photo by James Ivancic Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

No toilet breaks marriage

first_imgAn Indian court has given a woman permission to divorce her husband because their home did not have a toilet, forcing her to seek relief outdoors.The family court in the northwestern state of Rajasthan ruled on Friday in favour of the woman, who argued that her husband’s failure to provide an indoor toilet during their five years of marriage amounted to cruelty.Justice Rajendra Kumar Sharma said women in villages often endured physical pain waiting until darkness to relieve themselves outdoors.The judge labelled open defecation-a major health problem in India-disgraceful and deemed it torture to deny women a safe environment for relief, the woman’s lawyer Rajesh Sharma told AFP.Divorce is only granted in India if proof such as cruelty, violence or undue financial demands are shown in court.It is not the first time a marriage has been called off over a toilet.Last year a woman refused to tie the knot in Uttar Pradesh state after her fiancé refused to build a toilet for the couple.In June another woman refused to return to the home of her in-laws until they constructed a toilet.Nearly half of India’s population-almost 600 million people-defecate in the open, according to UNICEF.Some 70 per cent of Indian households do not have toilets, although 90 percent have access to mobile phones.Prime minister Narendra Modi has promised to build a toilet in every home by 2019 in a bid to stamp out open defecation.The government says 20 million toilets have been constructed since the start of the scheme in 2014.But experts say open defecation not only stems from poverty but a belief that toilets inside the home are unclean.last_img read more

Ershad returns home after health checkup

first_imgJatiya Party chairman HM Ershad. File PhotoJatiya Party chairman and leader of the opposition in parliament HM Ershad returned home from Singapore on Monday night after treatment, reports UNB.The JaPa chairman reached Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 10:00am on a flight of Singapore Airlines, according to a party press release.Jatiya Party senior cochairman Raushon Ershad, cochairman GM Quader and Ershad’s two sons received him at the airport.Senior party leaders Moshiur Rahman Ranga, Aminul Islam Mahmud, ABM Ruhul Amin Hawladar, Kazi Firoz Rashid, Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu and Mujibul Hoque Chunnu were, among others, present.On 20 Jan last, Ershad went to Singapore for treatment as he was suffering from various health complications, including liver and knee problems.On 10 December last, Ershad had gone to Singapore for receiving treatment and returned home on 26 December, just three days before the national election.Jatiya Party which joined the election as the key partner of the grand alliance bagged 22 seats.last_img read more

Survivor Of Mass Shooting Hopes Donation Will Prevent Future Tragedies

first_img 00:00 /15:44 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listencenter_img X It’s been nearly three years since a U.S. Army veteran opened fire at a Houston auto detail shop, killing one person and injuring a few others.One of those injured was Denise Slaughter. And while some survivors of such a violent crime might hold a grudge against their attacker, she did something else. She donated money to a local nonprofit called Combined Arms, which helps veterans transition back into society.In the audio above, Slaughter tells Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin she hopes her support of that organization will help address the root cause of what happened to her and perhaps prevent it from happening again. Denise Slaughter/TwitterDenise Slaughter survived the May 2016 mass shooting in West Houston.last_img read more

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first_img More information: via Diginfo Sony develops ‘SmartAR’ Integrated Augmented Reality technology © 2012 Phys.Org Spatial-recognition technology is also deployed in the system that tracks 360-degree videos or 3-D objects as if the user is actually looking at them. If the tablet user is looking from above, the 3-D object is shown as seen from above. If the user looks sideways, they can see the object shown from the side. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. NTT DoCoMo demonstrates its “Live 3D Communication System” by showing two users in separate rooms connected for a video chat. Their motions are captured by a video camera and projected onto virtual backgrounds, such as a city street or outer space. The users explore and talk about the virtual space together, sweeping their tablets around them to use as a window to their virtual world. This virtual space is composed in the company’s network cloud and streamed directly to each user’s device.One feature of this system is speech recognition technology. Users can create virtual objects just by speech This technology extracts characteristic keywords from spoken words and embodies them as objects. The keywords from the two people’s conversation become images displayed in the virtual world that is being shared by the two users. Recognition comes into play, scanning the conversation between the two users for certain words and phrases. A word can appear in a balloon shape on the screens of both users’ tablets. Tapping on the balloon shape can open a link or cause an avatar to appear on the screen.center_img Citation: NTT DoCoMo tablet-talkers explore virtual worlds (w/ Video) (2012, June 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — NTT DoCoMo is showing off its prototype platform for 3-D video calls with enhanced additions. Its 3D Live Communication System is being described as a possible next step beyond regular video calls. This is a platform that allows two tablet users who are not in the same place communicate and at the same time explore virtual spaces where they can see each other in a different virtual world. NTT DoCoMo is Japan’s largest mobile operator, known not only for its network and large user base but also for an aggressive R&D effort in mobile communication technologies. A platform that features the “virtual world” experience Is clearly in the cards. Explore further The technologies are under development but a demo of the platform at the Wireless Japan exhibition in Tokyo recently fired some imaginations as having possible usefulness in educational technology, retail, and other settings. NTT DoCoMo says it has no specific plan how consumers would use this. “Regarding services actual customers could use, we’re still thinking about those, so we haven’t decided our timeline yet,” said a representative from the company. last_img read more

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