Massive Innovative Solutions Must Happen in Next 510 Years

first_imgTransformation of the 100-Year Old Business ModelTransforming the shipping industry which has run on relatively cheap, heavy fuel for 100 years is not an easy task. In addition to new ship designs and engine types, there is a need for new types of fuel as well as building entire new supply chains for these new solutions, Maersk insists.“All of this breakthrough innovation will have to take place in the 2020s and is more than any single company can do,” the company adds.As a result, the shipping major urges all parties involved to collaborate on incentives and development of innovative solutions to usher in  the age of zero-carbon vessels.“We want to begin a dialogue with cargo owners, regulators, researchers, investors and technology developers, and together set the foundation for a sustainable industry,” Maersk said, pointing out that research and development will be the cornerstone in decarbonizing the shipping industry.The Pursuit of Solutions Must Begin NowZero-emission, commercially-viable vessels must be on the water by 2030, Maersk believes, especially due to the 20-25-year lifetime of a vessel.“This should be followed by an initial slow ramping up, allowing maturing of technology and supply chain in order to be able to turn around our entire fleet for net-zero carbon emissions in 2050. This leaves us and the industry only eleven years to find the right solutions for a positive business case for decarbonization.“For the next few years, it is very important not to rule out any solutions. There are several promising technologies at various stages of development. All solutions will come with benefits and challenges to be overcome and only by actively partnering, collaborating and undertaking research and development will we know which ones will win out. There are several technologies and fuels being developed these years within the areas such as advanced biofuels and hydrogen-based fuels.”Maersk said that it has already engaged in research and test programs in some of these technologies, for example sustainable biofuels.“Over the coming years, we will expand the range of solutions we are investigating. This will prepare us for selecting a few candidates we will pursue for the first carbon-neutral vessels.” Our 2030 efficiency target is strong enough to ensure that we continue to decouple CO2 emission levels from growth in trade and volumes shipped. With this target, we will not exacerbate our contribution to climate change while we grow our business, serve global trade and support job creation.” zoomImage Courtesy: Maersk At the end of last year, the world’s largest shipping company Maersk revealed plans on becoming a carbon neutral company by 2050.The efforts are in line with the shipping industry’s push to halve its carbon footprint by 2050 compared to 2008.“We do not by net-zero refer to off-setting CO2 emissions from fossil fuels. By committing to this target, we believe we will drive the transformation of the shipping industry towards use of carbon-neutral fuels,” the company said in its sustainability report for 2018.Maersk believes that efficiency can only keep shipping emissions stable, not reduce or eliminate them.“Nevertheless, until decarbonisation is achieved, decoupling business growth from emissions is a necessity, and we have set an efficiency target of 60% relative reduction in CO2 by 2030 from a 2008 baseline. With these targets, we are breaking the mould for climate targets and ambitions in the shipping industry.”Maersk had set a target of 60% relative reductions by 2020, using a 2007 baseline. By the end of 2018, the company reached 47% reduction since 2007.These have been achieved through massive investments in optimizing fleet efficiency, with technical retrofittings including capacity boost, new bulbous bows, propellers and engine modifications, as well as by improving planning and optimizing of networks.However, as explained, this is not enough to reach 60% in two years’ time.Hence, the company pointed out that massive innovative solutions and fuel transformation must take place in the next 5-10 years.“Over the last four years alone, we have invested USD 1 billion and engaged 50+ engineers each year in developing and deploying energy efficiency solutions. We expect this investment level to be sustained in pursuit of our new targets. Efficiency gains do not, however, solve the climate change problem. That can only be achieved through decarbonization,” the company said.last_img read more

Paytm in discussion to buy stake in Yes Bank from Rana Kapoor

first_imgNew Delhi: Digital payments major Paytm is having “initial-stage discussions” to buy stake in Yes Bank. “The conversations are still at a very initial stage. The finalisation of the deal may take some time as a lot of regulatory approvals will be required,” a source in the know of developments told IANS on Tuesday. When contacted by IANS, Paytm’s spokesperson refused to comment. Paytm and mobile content company One97 founder founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma also owns the Paytm Payments Bank Ltd (PPBL) and the deal with Yes Bank would require approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAs per the latest data released by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), PPBL has acquired more than 7 lakh merchants in Q1 against the target of 6.5 lakh. As per the initial conversations, Paytm is likely to buy stake from Yes Bank co-founder Rana Kapoor, who, together with his associates, owns 9.64 per cent stake in the bank. Yes Bank Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (MD) Ravneet Gill said that the talks to sell stakes to a “global technology company” are at a “fairly advanced level” and “it is close to being a done deal.” While the stake sale could start with less than 10 per cent, it could eventually go up. As per RBI rules, the maximum share an individual can hold should not exceed 15 per cent. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe Yes Bank board has already approved the move to raise $1.3 billion growth capital. But via a preferential allotment, the bank wants to bring in an extra $1-$1.2 billion. To boost its capital adequacy ratio, Yes Bank in August raised nearly $275 million via qualified institutional placement (QIP). The stake of Kapoor and his family members in Yes Bank is worth Rs 1,550 crore at current valuations. After losing a court battle to co-promoter Madhu Kapur in 2015 over a board appointment, Kapoor was eventually removed as MD and CEO of Yes Bank.last_img read more

No review of how university handled antiabortion groups demonstration

first_imgEDMONTON – A campus group that staged an anti-abortion protest at the University of Alberta that sparked a noisy counter-demonstration by other students and faculty has lost a court challenge over how the school handled the event.UAlberta Pro-Life was seeking a judicial review of the university’s decision not to investigate the group’s complaint that counter-demonstrators should have been disciplined for blocking its displays in 2015 that included pictures of dismembered fetuses.The group also wanted a review of the university’s decision that the group would have to pay $17,500 to cover security costs for a similar anti-abortion protest it wanted to hold in 2016.The centre wanted the court to rule that charging a security fee infringed on freedom of expression under the charter.Justice Bonnie Bokenfohr of Court of Queen’s Bench dismissed both applications.Bokenfohr ruled that UAlberta Pro-Life was treated fairly and the university was within its right to require the club to pay for security if it wanted to hold another protest.“The university recognized that the event was a form of expression and expressly stated that it values the expression of diverse points of view,” she wrote.“The decision balanced this against the university’s obligation to ensure safety and security and the financial impact on university operations.”University of Alberta officials were studying the ruling.“The University of Alberta is pleased with the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench decision to dismiss both judicial reviews related to the UAlberta Pro-Life student group events,” Bryan Alary, a university spokesman said in an email.“We have not yet had a chance to review the decision in detail and therefore reserve further comment at this time.”Jay Cameron, a lawyer for a group called the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, represented UAlberta Pro-Life in court last June.Cameron argued that campus security did nothing to prevent a “mob” of counter-protesters from disrupting the display. He also argued the school failed to adequately investigate a complaint filed by members of Pro-Life.There was no doubt that club members were harassed mercilessly, he said.“If the university wins, the mob wins,” he said at the time.Cameron said the group will appeal Bokenfohr’s decision.“We are disappointed that a party who did nothing wrong and had permission to be there would be punished and censored for the misdeeds of others,” he said Thursday.“The university code of student behaviour says it stands for free speech, but it takes courage to stand for something and not just pay lip service to it.”The university argued that its discipline officer handled the case properly when he found that rules spelled out in the school’s code of student behaviour were not broken by the pro-choice protesters.The officer had determined that the counter-demonstration was itself a form of free speech.“Free speech is not a clean process where people will always take turns and treat each other with deference,” read the officer’s conclusion that was included in the university’s brief submitted to the court.“We have to expect that profound disagreements over controversial topics may be loud and vigorous. It follows that the university should tread lightly in applying disciplinary processes when people are engaging in a conflict of ideas.”last_img read more

Calgary girl paralyzed in Texas crash going to California for treatment

first_imgCALGARY – A Calgary girl who was paralyzed in a Texas highway crash this summer is heading to a children’s hospital in California that offers high-tech treatments for spinal injuries.Mehak Minhas, 10, is to arrive at the Shriners hospital in Sacramento on Monday, accompanied by her eight-year-old sister Jupleen and mother Jasleen.The trio were on a family holiday with three other family members when their minivan collided with an 18-wheeler northwest of Amarillo, Tx., early on July 14.Upinder Minhas, 38, his six-year-old son Mehar and 68-year-old mother Nirmal died.Mehak was airlifted to hospital in critical condition. Jupleen fractured her collarbone. Their mother had broken ribs and suffered extensive bruising.“My focus is on Mehak and her recovery,” Jasleen Minhas said in an interview two months after the crash.“As far as our future, it’s not going to be the normal it was. But I’m looking to have some sort of normalcy in our life as we progress further.”Minhas and her daughters have been staying at the Alberta Children’s Hospital since early August. For the past few weeks, Mehak has been attending the Dr. Gordon Townsend School on the lower level of the hospital for children undergoing long-term care.Casts have been removed from Mehak’s arm and leg, which were fractured in the crash, and a back brace has also come off. She hasn’t been able to move her legs.“There is a lot of improvement from the day we came here. It’s a long journey. It’s one step at a time,” her mother said.While Jupleen’s physical injuries were not nearly as severe, she suffered a great deal of trauma. Her mother says she’s a quiet girl who was very close with her father, brother and grandmother.Jupleen is going to school half-days right now. She used to always go with her brother Mehar, who would have turned seven last Friday, their mother said.“His not being present with her right now has left a great impact on her and initially it was really, really hard for her to even go half day,” she said. “But now she’s coping.”It was important for Jupleen to go with her mother and sister to Sacramento rather than stay back with friends or family, Jasleen Minhas said.“We’ve already lost so much. I don’t want to have her have the feeling that she doesn’t have her mom next to her.”Once Mehak arrives at the Shriners hospital, there will be an initial assessment. The family won’t know until after that how long their stay will be and what the treatment will entail.Friend Gurpreet Singh, a pediatrician who has been helping the Minhas family navigate the medical system, said there will be a tailor-made plan.“Their goal would be to have her achieve the best of her abilities. Their goal will be to strengthen her muscles, hopefully stimulate the nerves to achieve better recovery and faster recovery.”One potential technology that could be used is an electrical-stimulation bike, where an electric current is sent through the patient’s muscle, enabling them to pedal.About a month after Mehak’s stay at Shriners wraps up, the family will have a better idea of what modifications need to be made to their two-story home, with the help of an occupational therapist.A GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $117,000 for medical and funeral expenses, as well as for the girls’ future education.Young Bhangra Calgary, a traditional Indian dance club that Mehak loved taking part in before the crash, held a fundraiser for the Minhas family on Saturday.Jasleen Minhas said the outpouring of support has been overwhelming and she wants people to continue to keep her family in their prayers.“Even people I didn’t know have reached out to us and shown their support. I’m very thankful but that ‘thank you’ is a very small word for what I have really got from family, friends and everybody from the community. I’m really, really thankful.”last_img read more

Communications Ministry Freedom Houses Net Freedom Report is Biased

Rabat – Morocco’s Ministry of Culture and Communications responded, “The ranking of Freedom House is devoid of accuracy and objectivity.”The NGO’s annual Freedom on the Net report for 2018 was released on November 1.The report noted the government’s crackdown on online news outlets and imprisoning of journalists and activists for their involvement in the Hirak protests in Al Hoceima. The research mentions Moroccan journalist Hamid El Mahdaoui, editor in chief of news site Badil Info. A Moroccan court sentenced El Mahdaoui to 3 years in prison in June for “inciting participation in banned [Hirak] protests” and “threatening national security.”In response to Freedom House, the ministry’s communications department stressed that the report presented inaccurate and biased information, maintaining that it had failed to present arguments and include the “positive” indicators that would rank Morocco higher among countries with digital freedom.The report addressed the difficulty of creating a news website in Morocco, recalling the Ministry of Communications’ refusal to grant press cards to Mohamed Ezzouak, founder of Yabiladi, and Ali Amar, founder of Le Desk.The ministry responded by emphasizing that under the “legal protection of confidentiality of sources,” the press and publishing law guarantees the practice of journalism. The ministry also noted that there were 349 electronic newspapers in Morocco in 2017, compared with 98 in 2015.Regarding freedom of the press in Morocco, the report says that the state can shut down publications “prejudicial to Islam, the monarchy, territorial integrity, or public order” and issue prison sentences and heavy fines on publishers of infringing content. The ministry stressed that the freedom of the digital press is “constitutionally guaranteed,” and freedom to create news sites is reflected in the increase of “the number of portals ending with ‘.ma,’ which jumped from 73 in 2016 to 129 in 2017.”The report found that despite the state’s strong control over media content, it did not block or filter any political, social, or religious websites or other sites discussing controversial issues. The ministry agreed, saying the state did not register any case of ban or seizure this year.Morocco is distinguished by its diversity and “total freedom” to launch e-papers, the ministry stated. The report monitored the internet freedom in Morocco from June 1, 2017, to May 31, 2018. According to the research, not much has changed since the 2017 report as Morocco maintained its score, 45 out of 100.Freedom on the Net assesses 65 countries, covering 87 percent of the world’s internet users worldwide, and tracks developments in internet freedom each year.Read Also: Freedom on the Net: Moroccan Internet Users Are ‘Partially’ FreeMorocco’s Ministry of Culture and Communications responded, “The ranking of Freedom House is devoid of accuracy and objectivity.”The NGO’s annual Freedom on the Net report for 2018 was released on November 1.The report noted the government’s crackdown on online news outlets and imprisoning of journalists and activists for their involvement in the Hirak protests in Al Hoceima.The research mentions Moroccan journalist Hamid El Mahdaoui, editor in chief of news site Badil Info. A Moroccan court sentenced El Mahdaoui to 3 years in prison in June for “inciting participation in banned [Hirak] protests” and “threatening national security.”In response to Freedom House, the ministry’s communications department stressed that the report presented inaccurate and biased information, maintaining that it had failed to present arguments and include the “positive” indicators that would rank Morocco higher among countries with digital freedom.The report addressed the difficulty of creating a news website in Morocco, recalling the Ministry of Communications’ refusal to grant press cards to Mohamed Ezzouak, founder of Yabiladi, and Ali Amar, founder of Le Desk.The ministry responded by emphasizing that under the “legal protection of confidentiality of sources,” the press and publishing law guarantees the practice of journalism. The ministry also noted that there were 349 electronic newspapers in Morocco in 2017, compared with 98 in 2015.Regarding freedom of the press in Morocco, the report says that the state can shut down publications “prejudicial to Islam, the monarchy, territorial integrity, or public order” and issue prison sentences and heavy fines on publishers of infringing content. The ministry stressed that the freedom of the digital press is “constitutionally guaranteed,” and freedom to create news sites is reflected in the increase of “the number of portals ending with ‘.ma,’ which jumped from 73 in 2016 to 129 in 2017.”The report found that despite the state’s strong control over media content, it did not block or filter any political, social, or religious websites or other sites discussing controversial issues. The ministry agreed, saying the state did not register any case of ban or seizure this year.Morocco is distinguished by its diversity and “total freedom” to launch e-papers, the ministry stated. The report monitored the internet freedom in Morocco from June 1, 2017, to May 31, 2018. According to the research, not much has changed since the 2017 report as Morocco maintained its score, 45 out of 100.Freedom on the Net assesses 65 countries, covering 87 percent of the world’s internet users worldwide, and tracks developments in internet freedom each year. read more

Legal market necessary for democracy in Albania – UNDP chief

According to a UNDP-backed study, between 80 and 90 per cent of property and business assets in Albania are extra-legal, or outside the formal economy.These figures indicate that many people in the country also operate outside the formal legal system, which means they have no access to loans, cannot enforce contracts, and are unable to expand their businesses beyond their personal networks or purchase insurance to guard against risk.UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis, attending a meeting with Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha and the renowned Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto today in New York, said that “when there is extra-legality, democracy cannot function.”He praised the Prime Minister for making the fight against extra-legality a priority for both economic growth and the consolidation of democracy.Albania requested that Mr. de Soto’s Institute for Liberty and Democracy carry out the study, which aims to create a basis for a reform programme that would empower Albanians currently shut out of the formal economy to enter into their country’s financial future. The final report will be submitted to the Government in October.“The Albanian Government should be congratulated for recognizing the significance of the extra-legal economy, for it courage in responding to this issue head-on and for focusing on it not as a law and order problem, but as an opportunity for economic growth,” Mr. de Soto said. 15 June 2007The majority of Albania’s population and economy must be brought under the rule of law before democracy can operate and thrive, the head of the United Nations Development Programme said today. read more

UN human rights chief urges India to protect rights of displaced in

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson called on the Government of India to ensure that those persons internally displaced since February’s outbreak of violence in Gujarat, were not cut off from life-saving assistance, including adequate shelter, as a result of the ongoing closure of relief camps. In a statement released in Geneva on Wednesday, Mrs. Robinson emphasized India’s responsibility to ensure conditions that would encourage people to return to their homes voluntarily and with dignity. These conditions included prosecuting the perpetrators of the violence and taking steps to provide adequate housing.”The slow progress in relief and rehabilitation work on the one hand, and non-arrest and non-punishment of the guilty and fear of communal backlash on the other, have hampered the process of restoration of normalcy to the State,” she said.With elections imminent, the High Commissioner recognized India’s history of firm commitment to upholding citizens’ right to vote and underlined the need for the safe and voluntary return of people to their homes to enable more Gujaratis to take part in the polls. read more

With loss still lingering Ohio State turns attention to Clemson

Freshman defensive end Joey Bosa (97) hits Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook as he throws the ball during the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 7 in Indianapolis. OSU lost, 34-24. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State Buckeyes were by no means accustomed to losing, having won 24 straight games on their way to two straight undefeated regular seasons.When that streak abruptly came to a halt Dec. 7 at the hands of the Michigan State Spartans, a feeling crept through the players that had never been felt since coach Urban Meyer arrived in Columbus.“It’s definitely a weird feeling, just because it hadn’t been experienced around here in so long and especially it hadn’t been experienced with coach Meyer and his staff here,” junior tight end Jeff Heuerman said Friday. “There’s still a little bit of sting, but you gotta keep moving. It’s part of the game of football.”Heuerman was a freshman on the OSU team that lost the 2012 Gator Bowl, the last losing effort by the team before falling in the Big Ten Championship to the Spartans, 34-24, and said having to deal with a loss for the first time in almost two years is not exactly easy.“There’s still some lingering effects,” Heuerman said.The No. 7 Buckeyes streak of two unbeaten regular seasons came on the heels of a 6-7 year in 2011, the program’s first losing season since 1988. That much success might be rare around the college football world, but later falling in a game that all but could have guaranteed a chance to play for the BCS National Championship in some ways magnified it.“I continue to watch film over it and just kept asking myself, ‘How did this happen?’ and ‘Why did this happen?’” junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said Friday. “(I would) just lay in bed sometimes and just couldn’t stop thinking about it because it felt so unreal.”Meanwhile, freshman defensive end Joey Bosa said he’s trying to put his first college loss behind him.“I’m trying to not think about it anymore. Pretty much gotten over it, but it was really hard,” Bosa said Friday. “It still gets at me every once in a while, but it was really hard for a couple days.“We had an opportunity to go 25-0 and play for the national championship. Obviously if you lose that opportunity, it’s going to make anyone upset.”Down, 27-24, to the Spartans with just more than five and a half minutes to play and a fourth and two staring the Buckeyes in the face, OSU junior quarterback Braxton Miller was stuffed on a rush around the right end. The Spartans took over, and scored a few minutes later to put the possibility of a 25th straight win out of reach. Heuerman said that play is one he’s replayed in his mind “about a million times.”“Obviously it’s one of those plays that you wish you could have back. But it’s part of the game of football,” Heuerman said. “One play, yeah I wish I could have it back but you gotta move forward and you gotta move on from it.”With the chance to play for a national championship gone by the wayside, OSU (12-1, 8-1) must now prepare for its consolation prize of the Orange Bowl, where it is set to take on No. 12 Clemson (10-2, 7-1) Jan. 3 in Miami.“Obviously we’re not going to where we thought we were going and where we wanted to be going, but we’re playing in the Orange Bowl,” redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort said. “I think when you start looking back and looking at the what ifs, that’s bad for a team … The coaches made clear to us that there’s no moping around here. We have a big game to go win so that’s our responsibility.” read more

Students should disclose mental health issues in disability section of their UCAS

She said: “It is clear from the act that lead to Ben’s death that he intended to take his life.”There were a number of issues in his personal life that support this evidence. His place had been withdrawn and he owed a significant debt for his accommodation.”I will be writing to Bristol University, the Department of Education, the Minister of Suicide Prevention, and UCAS.”Bristol University have clearly made many fundamental changes to their practices since Ben’s death, and they should be praised for that.”But there needs to be a move towards destigmatising mental health.”Currently, only 37 per cent of student disclose their mental health on their UCAS form or to their uni.”More students need to be assured that disclosing this will not affect their place.”Universities also do not currently carry out an investigation or root aspect report after such an incident.”It is my duty to recommend a written action plan with an opportunity to review on what happened, what was done well, and areas for concern, if there are any.”Following the inquest, Professor Sarah Purdy, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience at the University of Bristol, said: ”We are very sorry that Ben’s family feel that the support the University offered to Ben was not enough and we really want to understand how we can give the best possible support when students need help.” Students should be encouraged to disclose mental health issues in the disability section of their UCAS forms, a coroner has said.Senior coroner Maria Voisin called for universities to destigmatise the topic after ”struggling” University of Bristol student who was threatened with dismissal committed suicide.Fresher Benjamin Murray, 19, killed himself while studying at the institution where 12 students have taken their own life in the last three years.The English undergraduate had been told the uni had chosen to “dismiss” him from his course following his lack of attendance at lectures and at an exam.But an inquest into his death this week heard that Ben had told the university three times that he was struggling to settle in and to ”connect”.And an education director from the uni said Ben could have been reinstated onto his course if more had been done to encourage him to take a meeting with staff.His parents, James and Janet Murray, from Fulham, London, have said the university “failed” their son and are calling for lessons to be learned.Senior coroner Maria Voisin yesterday called for moves to destigmatise mental health issues and encouraging more disclosure on UCAS application forms.Concluding the inquest, the coroner recorded that Ben died from multiple injuries, including head and lung injuries and a pelvic fracture, as a result of suicide. 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

Land of Canaan man dies after alleged beating by group of

A 41-year-old father, this morning, succumbed to his injuries at the Georgetown Public Hospital after he was allegedly attacked and beaten by a group of young men, in Herstelling on Easter Monday afternoon. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUG student beaten, carjacked by armed bandits who trailed himOctober 17, 2017In “Crime”Security guard dies in Land of Canaan accidentOctober 19, 2017In “Crime”Teen, three others arraigned for murdering Berbice carpenterNovember 22, 2016In “Court” In happier times: Balwan RamsarranDead is Balwan Ramsarran, a joiner, who resides at Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara. Upon reaching the scene, the young lady and her relatives reportedly took the man who was bleeding profusely, to the Diamond Diagnostic Center and he was subsequently transferred to the GPHC where he was said to be “brain dead.”This morning, at around 05:00hrs, the victim’s relatives were informed that he had succumbed.INews understands that Ramsarran and his wife have been separated for some time, but lived well. He moved away to Land of Canaan while his wife resides in Herstelling with the two children. However, on weekends, the now dead man would visit his children and take money for them.Investigations are continuing into the matter. (Ramona Luthi) Balwan Ramsarran at the hospitalThe deceased’s teen daughter recalled that she was at home in Herstelling when the man who allegedly hit her father with the wood shouted “me done kill he. Go see he dead!” Based on reports received, Ramsarran was imbibing at a rum shop in the Herstelling Squatting Area when he was approached by a well-known group of young men who would usually rob him whenever he was drunk.However, on the day in question, at around 17:30hrs, when the men approached him, he refused to be bullied and as such got into an argument with the group.The dead man’s sister related to INews that one of the young men from the group left his friends arguing with the victim but subsequently returned with a piece of wood.Ramsarran was reportedly dealt several lashes across his head and body and left on the road to bleed. read more

Portugal police seize worlds largest haul of counterfeit euros

first_imgPORTUGESE POLICE TODAY said they had confiscated a total of €380,200 in fake 200-euro notes, calling it “the world’s largest seizure of counterfeit euros”.The 1,901 fake banknotes were discovered in a police operation in the northern city of Porto on Tuesday, during which a 46-year-old man was also arrested, the judicial police said in a statement.The counterfeit bills were “of exceptional quality”, they said, adding that the counterfeiting operation had been active since 2002 in numerous countries, including Spain, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Portugal.- © AFP 2013.last_img

Turkish drone shooting heralds a new age of civillian countersurveillance

first_imgDon’t worry: When we report that the Turkish government shot down a drone this week, the news has more to do with the future of civilian aviation and surveillance than it does international politics. A quad-rotor RC drone of the type available all over the internet was recently shot down by police in Istanbul during one of the city’s many recent protests.A blurry video embedded below (sort of) shows the event…The drone was snapping aerial photos of the protest, and a video from recorded by the drone has also been released, embedded at the bottom of this article.If you’ve ever seen the movie Air America, you know the immediacy of close-up aerial footage; without a Planet Earth-style stabilizing gimble, it’s almost impossible to produce a watchable video while zoomed in from far away. A drone, unlike a manned helicopter, can be small and nimble enough to dart in close to a subject, and cheap enough to risk on dangerous encounters; the owner of this particular drone told Geek.com via Twitter DM that his total losses on the drone and camera were equivalent to about $1650 US. Had he been purchasing within Europe or North America, those costs would have been considerably lower.MeCam, a tiny, $50 drone for aerial videographySituations like the unrest in Istanbul, or even just a police car-chase through an American city, often result in a lock-down of airspace, disallowing the use of news helicopters to cover the action. Laws governing the use of small, remote-controlled drones, however, lag severely behind, and may continue to. No fly zones are justified in the name of safety and air traffic control, but do those same justifications apply to a 5-pound hunk of plastic?And 5 pounds is on the heavy side. For instance, the forthcoming MeCam drone is absolutely tiny, and streams its video to smartphones in real-time. It is absolutely reasonable to imagine a live, drone-filmed webcast of, say, a Syrian firefight, within 5 years. Hell, within one year.Governments are fond of the question: Why do you mind us watching, if you have nothing to hide? As both the size and price of this sort of technology decreases, it may reverse the roles of citizen and ruler. If five tiny camera drones hover over a clash between protesters and police, whichever side chooses to gun them down may invite that very same question.After the shameful Stanley Cup riots in my home city of Vancouver, Canada, the main perpetrators were identified and hounded by their fellow citizens thanks to cell-phone cameras and social media vigilante campaigns. Think of the potential for further such efforts as the cameras become airborne, autonomous, and impossible to intimidate.Invest $50 dollars in a simple camera drone, and you could help put criminals behind bars or even prevent the next great government massacre. On the other hand, you could sell pictures of political protesters to the local war-lord. As with all technology, the morality will be in the usage.last_img read more

Athens retailers reeling

first_imgFifteen percent of retail businesses in Athens have closed because of the debt crisis and ensuing recession, a study released by a leading trader association said last week.The research undertaken by the National Confederation of Greek Commerce (ESEE) surveyed over 3,400 shops in both affluent and low-income suburbs.The survey revealed that 25 percent of stores, both smaller and larger sized enterprises, have closed down on Stadiou Street, versus 17 percent of the retail outlets that have thrown in the towel in the broader central Athens district. “Greek retail has been going through a strong crash test for a year,” ESEE chairman Vassilis Korkidis said in a statement. “The additional collapse of economic activity threatens the survival of businesses and puts major pressure on employment,” Korkidis said.Data showed that the recession has taken less of a toll on Ermou and Patission streets, where only 15 percent of retailers are no longer operating.ESEE, however, pointed out that figures are worse in less commercial areas, which are not so resilient.On quieter central Athens streets and some suburban shopping areas, rental signs can be seen hung across rows of shops gradually vacated since the end of last year, when consumers slashed spending in view of Greece’s growing economic uncertainty.Retailers complain that revenues from the first two weeks of the summer sales period this year have fallen by 10 to 12 percent over last year’s levels, following a 20 percent drop in 2009.The survey, held from July 19 to 30, will be repeated in six months in order for ESEE to spot trends in the sector. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Another years success story for Oakleigh Community

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram More than 300 people had attended the Annual Luncheon held at Feast day of St Anargyroi, organised by the Trustee’s Committee of The Greek Orthodox Community of Oakleigh & District in Melbourne. The annual luncheon was raising funds to ensure two scholarships would be made available for students wanting to study at St Anargyroi Oakleigh Greek Orthodox College.last_img

Even Walmart Wants To Make A Game Streaming Service Now

first_imgStay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form It seems like it took at least a few years before every company with content to watch decided to challenge Netflix with its own streaming TV service, leading to our current world where the streaming wars have just tricked cord cutters into falling for the cable model again. But there arguably hasn’t even been one video game streaming service worth caring about yet and still we see battle lines being drawn.The biggest news from GDC was Google’s Stadia, a new platform to stream the biggest games from Google’s powerful data centers on any device you own with an online Chrome connection. Microsoft also reassured developers that it is working on a similar service with XCloud. But now according to USGamer another big new challenger is potentially looking to get into the game streaming game: Walmart.Considering the report is only backed up by anonymous sources, there aren’t many concrete details here beyond “Walmart wants to make a game streaming service.” But USGamer points out facts like Walmart’s Area 71 data center and abandoned plans for a Netflix competitor as proof the retail giant has been considering a move like this for a while.And it does make sense. As a huge brick-and-mortar store Walmart would definitely take a hit if consumers stopped buying physical video games and just streamed them instead. So if you can’t beat them, join them, and join them quickly while there’s still time for a frontrunner to emerge in this new space.That said, as skeptical as we are about Google’s data-harvesting hands controlling the future of video games through streaming, Walmart isn’t that much better. The ubiquity of the “family friendly” chain has basically killed any real market for Adults Only games. And its “low prices” historically come from undercutting and destroying smaller competitors while also underpaying employees.Still, more competition in the upcoming video game streaming wars is a good thing. Google, Microsoft, or Walmart can’t be a monopoly if they are all fighting each other. And it took months of Google rumors before Stadia became a thing so who knows if and when Walmart’s game streaming dreams might become a reality.For more on Walmart’s potentially creepy tech ambitions here’s their robot fry cook Flippy and check out this patent for a Walmart shopping cart that checks your pulse.last_img read more

Oregon man sentenced in robbery of credit union in April 2017

first_imgAn Oregon City, Ore., man who robbed Vancouver’s Northwest Priority Credit Union in April 2017 was sentenced Wednesday to nearly five years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree robbery.During the hearing, a prosecutor said that William Kelly III, 25, walked into the credit union, 11215 N.E. 28th St., wearing glasses and a “mid-career Michael Jackson hairstyle” wig then demanded, via note, money from a teller.Kelly disputed the charge but said he was pleading guilty because he believed there was enough evidence for a jury to find him guilty, taking what’s called a Newton plea. It’s treated the same as a guilty plea.He was arrested soon after the robbery, and investigators tied him to another robbery in Portland.According to court records, Kelly previously pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Portland to two counts of bank robbery and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison. He was also convicted earlier this year in Clackamas County, Ore., of two counts of second-degree burglary, and was sentenced to 19 months in prison to run concurrently with his federal sentence.Clark County Superior Court Judge Bernard Veljacic sentenced Kelly to 57 months in prison, which will run concurrently with the Oregon and federal court sentences.last_img read more

More than a third remain with their employer if they have good

first_imgMore than a third (37%) of employees state that a good work-life balance would cause them to remain with their current employer, according to research by community interest organisation Investors in People.Its 2019 Job exodus report, which surveyed 2,000 UK individuals in December 2018, also found that 34% of respondents are more likely to stay at their organisation if they have a good team.In terms of what employees are looking for, the research discovered that more than two-fifths (45%) of respondents want job security more than a 3% pay rise, 16% simply want to feel valued at work and 25% rate being able to work flexibly. Despite this, pay still ranks highly for job seekers, with 54% looking for an increase in salary in their next job.Of the 45% of employees who would like a new job for 2019, 33% are looking to change roles because they feel they can earn more money elsewhere, whereas 30% believe they would be more satisfied at a different organisation. A fifth (21%) do not think their skills are valued by their current employer, while 16% cite workplace stress as their motivation to move jobs.Around a quarter (26%) of employees believe that Brexit will negatively impact their job security, and a further 5% do not have trust in their organisation’s leaders.Paul Devoy (pictured), chief executive officer at Investors in People, said: “Despite a decade or more of research looking at the economic benefits of happiness, it’s frustrating that all too often, wellbeing at work focuses on reducing stress, not increasing happiness.“Yet we know that humans want to be engaged in meaningful relationships, feel valued and useful. And that in this environment, people are both happier and more productive.“Empirical analysis and experience have shown that increasing happiness has anything from a 12% to 14% effect on productivity. Some estimate that for every £1 that an organisation invests in mental wellbeing support, they can expect £9 return on investment.“If organisations are to attract and retain talent, then leaders need to act on this area of employee experience and increase the happiness of their people.”last_img read more

MiamiDade schools propose to increase safety for foreign exchange students

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The Miami-Dade County Public Schools district is looking to increase safety for foreign exchange students living in South Florida.M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho proposed a new rule that would require more background checks on potential hosts.Officials said, over the last decade, more than 100 foreign exchange students nationwide have reported being sexually assaulted.“It is a both horrifying and sad realization that hundreds of students who come into this country expecting to benefit from great education in fact become vulnerable to horrific potential abuse at the hands of the host families,” said Carvalho.This new effort followed a shocking case in South Florida.Police said Dale Leary sexually assaulted a teenage exchange student he and his wife were hosting in Cutler Bay.According to investigators, he then married that victim when she turned 18, and the pair then assaulted her younger sister. They were arrested.Police said Leary killed himself after bonding out of jail.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

State Native interests also ride on hovercraft case in Supreme Court

first_imgU.S. Supreme Court will hear an Alaska-specific case Wednesday. (Photo: Wikimedia)The Sturgeon case to be argued in the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday is about hovercraft, and whether the Park Service can ban them from rivers flowing through Alaska’s national parks and preserves. But the case has alarmed a lot of people with no interest in hovercraft, and it splits Alaska Native stakeholders: Some subsistence advocates say a decision for Sturgeon could threaten subsistence rights, while Native corporations say if the Park Service wins, it could cripple their ability to develop their own lands.Download AudioAside from the actual parties – John Sturgeon and the National Park Service –  ten other groups have written briefs telling the Supreme Court how much they have riding on the case. Chief among them: the State of Alaska, which is backing Sturgeon. Long-standing federal law says states own the land under navigable waters, like the Nation River, where Park rangers confronted Sturgeon. Gov. Bill Walker says the feds shouldn’tGov. Bill Walker (File photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)infringe on state sovereignty.“Our waterways are our waterways,” Walker says. “What’s under our waterways is our land …. So it’s an important case.”The state’s lawyers argue that because the state owns the riverbed, it also has the right to regulate what happens in the waters above. And the governor says river transportation is vital.“When … 60 percent of your state is,  we’re having a challenge getting access to, that’s a pretty significant handicapwe have,” the governor says. “So really that has a lot to do with access, to me.”Two coalitions of Native corporations are also supporting Sturgeon. Some 18 million acres of the land within Alaska’s federal conservation units are Native corporation inholdings. These are islands of private land within the borders of parks, preserves and refuges. Lower court rulings in favor of the feds would allow the Park Service to impose a lot of its regulations on these inholdings.“This was never part of the deal of ANILCA,” says Doyon President and CEO Aaron Schutt, referring to the landmark 1980 law that created and expanded parks and refuges across Alaska. Schutt says Doyon, the Native corporation of the Interior, hasAaron Schutt, president/CEO of Doyon (Photo: Doyon)about 2 million acres within federal conservation units.“We are inholders only because these conservation units were placed around our lands,” he said. “We are not inholders in our own country, in Interior Alaska, by choice.”ANILCA is a package of compromises, and Schutt says if the Park Service wins, it would undo the law’s key promise to inholders.“The deal was we would be able to have economic development, hunting and fishing opportunities, free fromnational conservation unit regulations,” he says.But the way the lower courts interpreted a key paragraph of ANILCA in favor of the Park Service, the agency’s power would spread well beyond rivers, onto Native corporation and state inholdings.“That’s what’s most problematic and got people very concerned, and frankly alarmed.”Attorney Jon Katchen filed a brief supporting Sturgeon, on behalf of Alaska’s congressional delegation.“Right now, they haven’t done this, but the Park Service has the authority to say to a Native corporation, ‘You can’t build a lodge on your lands. You can’t build a trail. You can’t do berry-picking. You can’t land a plane.’ If the Ninth circuit’s decision in Sturgeon doesn’t get overturned they will have that authority.”The concern that the Park Service could extend its reach is not just hypothetical. Last year the Park Service proposed new national oil and gas regulations. The agency wrote that they’d apply to non-federal land within park boundaries in Alaska, too, because the 9th Circuit’s ruling against Sturgeon allows it.Most of the friend-of-the-court briefs are stacked up on Sturgeon’s side. But conservation groups wrote one supporting the Park Service. So did attorney Bob Anderson, on behalf of subsistence users. Anderson, who represented elder Katie John in a milestone subsistence case, says if Sturgeon wins, the federal subsistence priority disappears for rivers across the state.“If those arguments are taken at face value and endorsed by the Supreme Court that could result in the overturning of the Katie John decision, which the Native community has fought for over 25 years.”Anderson says the court’s decision should only affect rivers, not land, and he doesn’t think the state’s ownership of the riverbed gives it final say in activity above them.“Yes, absolutely the state has presumptive ownership of submerged land, the actual bed and banks of the river. But that doesn’t mean that they own the water column.”Sturgeon and his allies say the court can decide this case in favor of Sturgeon without touching the Katie John decision, because subsistence has special significance in ANILCA.last_img read more