SP held in Shimla rape-murder case

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday arrested a former Shimla Superintendent of Police, D.W. Negi, in connection with a schoolgirl’s rape and murder and the subsequent custodial death of an alleged accused in July. He is the ninth police officer to be arrested in the case so far.Mr. Negi was produced in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Ranjeet Singh who sent him to CBI custody till November 20.Mr. Negi was the district police chief of Shimla when a 16-year-old girl was raped and murdered in a forest in Kotkhai. He was in-charge of all investigations in the case before a Special Investigation Team was formed by the Director General of Police. Mr. Negi was transferred after the CBI took over the case following major protests across the State. The CBI has charged Mr. Negi with lodging a false FIR, tampering with evidence, hiding information and not doing a fair investigation.The agency had earlier arrested the then Himachal Pradesh Inspector-General of Police (Southern Range), Zahur H. Zaidi, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Theog) Manoj Joshi and six other policemen, all members of the SIT, in connection with the custodial death of a 29-year-old Nepalese labourer, Suraj, on July 19.Suraj and five others were arrested by the SIT for their suspected role in the gang rape and murder of the schoolgirl. The police alleged that they had kidnapped the girl in a vehicle on July 4, raped her and then strangled her before disposing of her body in a nearby forest. The body was found two days later.Opposition attackThe six alleged accused were in the Kotkhai police lockup where Suraj died on July 18, five days after he was arrested. The SIT claimed that a co-accused, Rajender alias Raju, had killed him. This claim was rejected by the CBI which started investigations into the case on the directions of the Himachal Pradesh High Court. The agency has registered two separate cases – one to probe the gang rape and murder of the girl and the other to investigate the custodial death of Suraj.Leader of Opposition and BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal, who reached Shimla on Thursday, said that the arrest has endorsed the Opposition’s allegations that the authorities have messed up the probe into of rape and murder case. “The arrest of main investigator and senior police officer has approved our doubts of a possible government’s shelter to the accused in this case,” he said.last_img read more

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Physicists x-ray virus with a giant laser

first_imgPhysicists have gotten really good at taking pictures of tiny things. With the help of high-energy x-rays created by synchrotrons and powerful lasers, they’ve imaged everything from chemical nanostructures to proteins to living cells. But they kept hitting a wall when it came to creating 3D images of single biological particles like viruses. Two-dimensional images were easy. All they had to do was record the diffraction patterns that were produced when pulses of ultrabright x-ray light traveled through the particle, and they’d get a snapshot of the molecule or organism. But because they had no idea how the particle was oriented in space when each picture was taken, they had no way of stitching multiple 2D images together to create a 3D picture. Now, researchers working with the Linac Coherent Light Source at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California, have figured out how to overcome that problem. By tinkering with an algorithm devised in 2009, they figured out how to extract information about a particle’s orientation from just a messy 2D diffraction pattern. Then they used that information to assemble hundreds of such patterns into a coherent 3D image that reveals both the external shape and internal structure of the particle, they reported yesterday in Physical Review Letters. They tested their technique by imaging mimivirus (above), a particularly large virus that is probably not infectious. But they say the technique should be able to handle much smaller and more dangerous viruses, including influenza, herpes, and HIV.last_img read more

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Teng takes over as Philippines wins 3×3 World Cup closer

first_imgPhilippines bows out of 3×3 World Cup Teng and Ravena both led the Philippines with seven points each.JR Quiñahan collected four markers, while Kobe Paras had three as the Philippines wrapped up its schedule with a 2-2 record good for third in Pool B.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough already out of the race for a quarterfinals spot, the Filipinos showed grit early on, grabbing an 11-6 lead.Teng’s stupendous play gave the Philippines an 18-10 advantage, but the Filipinos rushed on finishing the game as they went for long bombs, which worked to the favor of El Salvador as the hulking Julio Benjamin Mancia trimmed the deficit to as low as five, 18-13. View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagecenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 soaks in the appreciation from the Filipino fans after its campaign in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup. Photo by Fiba.comJeron Teng took charge late as the Philippines turned back El Salvador, 21-14, to close its 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup campaign on a positive note Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) at Parc des Chantiers de I’lle in Nantes, France.The former La Salle stud scored four of the Filipinos’ last six points before Kiefer Ravena, who was still nursing a wounded left elbow from the Slovenia game, sealed the victory with a booming two-pointer with 1:18 left on the clock.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken The Filipino crew settled down from that point, as Teng scored on a drive followed up by Ravena’s game-clinching jumper to end the country’s rally on a high note.Mancia and Carlos Antonio Arias finished with five points apiece for the winless El Salvador squad, while Roberto Antonio Martinez got four in the defeat.The Scores:PHILIPPINES 21 – Teng 7, Ravena 7, Quiñahan 4, Paras 3.EL SALVADOR 14 – Arias 5, Mancia 5, Martinez 4, Escoto 0.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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RSS starts sale of new uniform

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 29 (PTI) RSS is set to replace khaki shorts, its trademark attire for 90 years, with brown trousers from October 11 and the sale of the new dress has already been launched with each piece costing Rs 250. According to sources, around 7 lakh trousers are to be provided in first phase to the members of RSS, which is the ideological mentor of the ruling BJP. The RSS will formally adopt the new “Ganavesh” (uniform) from Vijayadashami, the organisations foundation day that falls on October 11 this year.”Around 2 lakh full pants have already reached offices of organisation in various states that is being provided to all its members,” head of the RSS communications department Manmohan Vaidya told PTI. The trousers will replace the knee-length khaki shorts that members of the RSS, the BJPs ideological mentor, have worn for the last 90 years.The decision to switch to the brown trousers was taken in March this year at the annual meeting of the organisations highest decision-making body, the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha. The Sangh has announced that it would do away with its traditional trademark “khaki” knickers that it has used for over nine decades and replace them with the brown trousers, that would be matched with white shirt, black cap, brown socks and bamboo sticks. The new full pants have been stitched in different parts of the country, but the raw material has been bought from the textile town of Bhilwara in Rajasthan, the sources said. The new uniform that will be sported by all RSS members at the annual Vijaydashmi celebrations will see a sea-change in the uniform and the organisation is preparing for the transition. PTI SKC AKK AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

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FC Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde quashes Neymar ‘rumours’

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde, who will lead the club for the first time in Saturday’s pre-season match against Juventus, has dismissed speculation linking Neymar with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.”Neymar is with us and we absolutely want him to stay here. The rest is just rumours,” Valverde told reporters at a news conference at Red Bull Arena on Friday ahead of Barcelona’s first game in the International Champions Cup.”This is a time for rumours,” he added.Valverde, who played for Barcelona as a forward between 1988 and 1990 under Johan Cruyff, said he had not even discussed the speculation with the Brazilian forward.”We’ve talked about other stuff such as tactics and other stuff. It’s a player we love and we want. Not only football-wise, but also the things he brings to the locker room.”Sitting alongside Valverde at the news conference, Sergio Busquets said there was no reason for his team mate to move.”I don’t think he could be in any better place. I hope that he stays here for many years,” Busquets said.After the news conference, Neymar joined team mates Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez among the rest of the Barcelona squad in warm-ups and practice on the New York Red Bulls field ahead of the match against Juventus at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.Valverde said he was still learning about his new side.”I’m getting to know them little by little in the practice sessions we’ve had. “It’s not an official competition and Juve and ourself are not in form yet, but I’m eager to see what my players can do on the pitch.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Pan Ocean Launches New Round of Debt-for-Equity Swaps

first_imgzoom Singapore-listed bulker owner Pan Ocean revealed intentions to issue new round of shares within its debt-for-equity swaps with creditors.The restructured company plans to issue another 757,844 shares at KRW 10,000 each on April 29th.The decision comes within Pan Ocean’s strategy of settling claims arising from its recent bankruptcy.“This debt-to-equity conversion is for the two kinds of creditors. The one is for those who had confirmed claim amount on the rehabilitation plan but not submitted identification document to Pan Ocean in the previous debt-to-equity period and the other is for those who has confirmed claim amount after the approval of rehabilitation plan from the Court on 22nd November 2013,” the company said in a stock exchange filing.The creditors listed in the filing are Merrill Lynch International, Mar Road Shipping, MT Maritime’s dry bulk division Strategic Bulk Carriers, Ep-Team, Kapitalanlagegesellschaft, Woori Bank, Rics Shipping, Korea Line Corporation, Danish breakbulk shipping company Nordana, and  Societa’ Commerciale E Finanziaria.Pan Ocean signed the investment contract with its preferred bidder Harim Group & JKL Consortium in February.The deal provides for Pan Ocean’s recapitalization through sale of equity, thus covering the company’s accumulated debt.South Korea-based bulk carrier, formerly STX Pan Ocean, entered court receivership in June last year, for the second time in two decades, after its parent company STX Group failed to sell the unit due to an ongoing downturn in the industry.last_img read more

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African Nova Scotian Affairs to Screen Film About Haiti History

first_imgNova Scotians will have a rare opportunity to see an exclusive showing of a film about the history of the Haitian Revolution and the effects it had on people around the world. African Nova Scotian Affairs, in partnership with the James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, the Transition Year Program and the Indigenous Blacks and Mi’kmaq Initiative, is showing Toussaint Louverture on Wednesday, Nov. 20. “The film is an opportunity for Nova Scotians to learn about a pivotal moment in history that had lasting effects on the institution of slavery all across the continent.” said African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Tony Ince. “I am looking forward to reflecting on how the extraordinary actions of one man at the end of the 18th century are still very important for people here in the province more than 200 years later.” The 180 minute feature film, in French with English subtitles, tells the amazing story of Toussaint Louverture, the leader of the Haitian Revolution whose military and political genius transformed an entire society of slaves into the independent state of Haiti. The film was produced in France by ELOA PROD and La Petite Reine TV. “The Haitian Revolution was pivotal in the struggle for freedom and human dignity,” said Isaac Saney, Professor in the Transition Year Program, Dalhousie University. “Toussaint Louverture, as the film demonstrates, was the central figure in this immense and seminal affirmation of Africans’ ability to seize and make their own history.” The showing will be held from 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., at Dalhousie University, Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Ave, Room 105. Admission is free, refreshments will be provided and there will be an intermission after 90 minutes. The film’s classification is 14A for mature themes. To view the poster for the film, go to http://ansa.novascotia.ca.last_img read more

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Quebec thieves leave stolen goods behind during earlymorning robbery

first_imgLAVAL, Que. – Police say thieves who broke into a Quebec department store early this morning accidentally lost hundreds of thousands in stolen goods as they fled.Laval police received a call at around 3:30 a.m. about a break-in and robbery at a Hudson’s Bay store in a shopping centre just north of Montreal.Lt. Genevieve Villemure says officers who responded found at least 15 suitcases containing perfumes, jewelry and beauty products in the store’s parking lot.She says it appears the thieves didn’t properly close the back panel of the cube truck in which they made their escape.No arrests have been made but Villemure says police have identified several potential suspects.last_img read more

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Starstudded rendition of Bryan Adamss Summer of 69 closes Junos which honour

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Of course me and my band were the first up on our feet going, ‘Absolutely,“’ McLachlan said backstage, walking around bare feet with a glass of white wine.“We all grew up listening to that song. It’s so nostalgic.”In between banter from co-hosts Adams and Russell Peters and a slew of performances, the show occasionally veered into more sombre territory. Tributes to two of the year’s big winners, Gord Downie and the late Leonard Cohen, added a tinge of sadness to the ceremony.Cohen’s “You Want It Darker” beat out international chart-toppers by Celine Dion, Drake, Shawn Mendes and the Weeknd for album of the year. It was the second posthumous Juno honour for Montreal’s poet laureate, who died in November. He also won artist of the year during a Juno gala dinner on Saturday.Trudeau introduced a memorial performance of sorts for Cohen – who he called “one of the greatest artists Canada has ever produced” – by recalling how the poet-songwriter was an honorary pallbearer at his father Pierre Trudeau’s funeral.“I remember a gathering the night before the funeral…. That was the night I learned Leonard – a great man – but not a big hugger,” he joked.Feist, accompanied by two other singers, performed a cover of Cohen’s 1967 song “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye,” backed by a slideshow of black and white photos of the musician.Downie did not attend the show but appeared in a pre-recorded acceptance speech after being named the winner of the songwriter of the year Juno for his “Secret Path” solo project. The album recounts the life of 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack, who died in 1966 after running away from a residential school. “Secret Path” also picked up best adult alternative album and recording package of the year awards.“Thank you for stepping into the wind, for following the sound you’ve been sort of hearing your entire life. For looking to see what has been bothering you a little bit,” Downie said in the video.“For recognizing that we’re not completely Canada yet. For seeing we have friends, our fellow countrymen and women, who are in big trouble. For recognizing our friends who were here before us, at least for thousands of years.“First Nations have many, many stories like this one,” he said in reference to Wenjack’s story. “My dream would be that this record with Jeff Lemire’s drawings might help people. Might give teachers something to help teach our young ones.”Among the more surprising moments of the evening came when Tragically Hip member Paul Langois took the stage to accept the band’s win for group of the year. The guitarist launched into a lengthy speech thanking his family and crew before Juno producers started playing him off.“Go to commercial, go ahead. This is my arena, not yours,” he said before turning his back to the cameras.“I want to shout out to Gord Downie and I want –,” he continued before his microphone was cut.Other winners included Cara, who won best pop album for “Know-It-All,” her breakout which includes hits singles like “Here” and “Wild Things.”Clad in a black T-shirt and pants and silver platform shoes, Cara demonstrated a newfound maturity after winning last year’s breakthrough artist Juno. Cara said she’s already hard at work on her next album and will have a stronger hand in the songwriting process.“I can be anywhere,” she said. “On a bus or a plane – or even in my room in the middle of the night. I’ll just wake up, sing something into my phone and get some time to flesh it out on my guitar.”Ruth B took home breakthrough artist of the year after her song “Lost Boy” elevated her from a Vine star to a Billboard chart success.Saskatchewan musician Jess Moskaluke’s “Kiss Me Quiet” won the country album award. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked for it, Bryan Adams delivered.Sunday night’s Juno Awards opened with a skit that had the prime minister phoning in a request for “Summer of ‘69” and the show closed with a celebratory all-star performance that also included Sarah McLachlan, Alessia Cara and members of rock bands Billy Talent and the Arkells.McLachlan, who took to the stage earlier as a new Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee, said she was immediately on board when they pitched her the idea. Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Polands taxi drivers hold up traffic over ridehailing law

WARSAW, Poland — Hundreds of taxi drivers drove at a crawl and walked in Poland’s capital to protest a new law allowing and regulating ride-hailing services like Uber.The protesters who held up Warsaw traffic on Monday said the law adopted by the government last week will put cabbies out of work by subjecting them to unfair competition from people who don’t drive professionally.They walked to the U.S. Embassy to express displeasure with California-based Uber and continued on to the Enterprise and Technology Ministry.Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk said the law will require ride-hailing services to pay taxes and to follow the same rules as cab companies.The taxi drivers say they might hold more protests.Poland’s teachers went on strike Monday after unions said the government didn’t meet their pay demands.The Associated Press read more

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Revision planned for UNbacked system to inform public of severity of nuclear

20 September 2007The United Nations-sponsored system to enhance international safety by promptly communicating to the public the significance of nuclear and radiological accidents and incidents is being upgraded to make it even more versatile and informative. The United Nations-sponsored system to enhance international safety by promptly communicating to the public the significance of nuclear and radiological accidents and incidents is being upgraded to make it even more versatile and informative. Originally developed in the 1990s by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES) aims to consistently communicate the severity of reported nuclear and radiological events, with a scale ranging for 1 (anomaly) to 7 (major accident). “We’ve brought INES into the world of nuclear and radiological events surfacing in the 21st century,” IAEA Incident Reporting Coordinator and INES officer Rejane Spiegelberg-Planer said. “Our aim is to consolidate the old INES manual and the additional guidance documents and clarifications that had been issued over the past 15 or more years.” Under the INES scale, the 1986 accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Soviet Union (now in Ukraine) had widespread environmental and human health effects and was classified as Level 7, while the 1979 Three Mile Island accident in the United States, with very limited off-site radioactivity although the reactor core was severely damaged, was rated as Level 5, based on the on-site impact. The improvements are designed to better address areas such as the transportation of radioactive material, or human exposure to sources of radiation. The underlying methodology has not changed, but previous procedures were not detailed enough to consistently rate events related to radiation sources and transport. Terminology has also been standardized. The criteria for rating radioactive sources and transport have been consolidated according to additional guidance which was in pilot use for almost two years and then approved by IAEA Member States in 2006. The revision of INES is the culmination of a lengthy and complex process. Since the early 1990s, several additions have been made to the methodology originally developed for nuclear power plants, while the last complete INES manual was published in 2001. The process has engaged IAEA experts, as well as the INES Advisory Committee and consultants in nuclear safety and radiological protection. Once reviewed by INES members, the target date for officially issuing the new and improved scale is the end of 2008. read more

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UN experts urge full access for independent observers media in Tibet

Concerned about reports of mass arrests in Tibet Autonomous Region and surrounding areas in China, a group of United Nations human rights experts have called for unhindered access for independent observers and journalists to those areas and full transparency on the part of the authorities. The six independent experts, who report to the UN Human Rights Council, “are deeply concerned by reports of security forces firing on protestors and alleged killings,” according to a statement issued today in Geneva. They urged China to “fully conform to its commitment to freedom of expression and assembly, and to distinguish between peaceful protestors and those committing acts of violence.” In addition, “they urge restraint and non-violence by all parties, greater and unfettered access to the regions concerned for journalists and independent observers, guarantees for the free flow of information, and full implementation of international standards in regard to the treatment of protestors and those detained, both in the People’s Republic of China and in other countries in which protests are taking place,” the statement added. The Chinese Government was called on “to lift restrictions imposed on the media, including Internet websites that limit access throughout China to information concerning the Tibetan Autonomous Region.” Information received by the experts describes the arrest on 28 and 29 March of over 570 Tibetan monks, including some children, following raids by security forces on monasteries in Ngaba County and in Dzoge County in the Tibetan Autonomous Region. According to reports, arrests were made of those suspected of participating in protests and those suspected of communicating with the exiled Tibetan communities. The statement notes that China has invited several fact-finding delegations, including one consisting of journalists and another of foreign diplomats, to visit the Tibetan Autonomous Region. However, “such visits are no substitute for granting access to those United Nations experts who have requested a visit to China.” At the same time, the experts welcomed indications from China about its “willingness to engage in further dialogue about these and other concerns.” This statement is issued by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Philip Alston; the Special Rapporteur for the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Ambeyi Ligabo; and the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Asma Jahangir. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on human rights defenders, Hina Jilani; the Independent Expert on minority issues, Gay McDougall; and the Special Rapporteur on the question of torture, Manfred Nowak, also signed the statement. 10 April 2008Concerned about reports of mass arrests in Tibet Autonomous Region and surrounding areas in China, a group of United Nations human rights experts have called for unhindered access for independent observers and journalists to those areas and full transparency on the part of the authorities. read more

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Speed and alcohol possible factors in fatal Flamborough crash

Hamilton police say they believe speed and alcohol may be factors in crash that killed one man and seriously injured another. Police say around 6:20 p.m. Thursday, a Toyota Sienna van was traveling westbound on Safari Rd. west of Middletown Rd. in Flamborough.A man riding a Harley Davidson Motorcycle in the opposite direction crossed over into the oncoming lane and struck the passenger van head on. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of the van, an 18-year-old Hamilton man, was air lifted to hospital with serious injuries. Police say they have not been authorized to release any details about the victim.This is the city’s tenth fatal collision investigation of 2017. read more

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Routine court proceeding reveals nothing in case of body in freezer near

ST. THOMAS – Samuel Waters’ routine court appearance went off without an accused, a lawyer or a hitch.And as it’s been for the last two months since a body was discovered in a freezer on a Port Burwell area beach along Lake Erie, not much more is known about the grisly discovery in May.The only person charged in the case is Waters, 22, described by his friends as “a nice guy,” who was arrested on one count of committing an indignity to a body.There was lots of hub-bub at the beginning. The body was discovered by a local resident on May 7 at the end of Lakeshore Line, east of Stafford Road in Elgin County.That prompted a heavy police presence while an OPP helicopter lifted the freezer, then the body from the bottom of the bluff.Water was arrested a few days later and after a brief stint in custody, he was released without a full-blown bail hearing on $3,500 no-deposit bail with one surety from Port Dover. He doesn’t have a criminal record.And a publication ban was placed on any evidence taken at the hearing.Since then, it’s been radio-silence from the police. The identity of the person found in the freezer remains unknown.There’s no hint of how long the body had been in the freezer and no immediate signal of any headway in the case.On Tuesday, Waters’ case was called and a St. Thomas paralegal, acting on behalf of Waters’ defence lawyer, asked that the case be put over to Aug. 20 “to receive and review disclosure.”Waters was not required to be there and he wasn’t. He is under a court order to stay out of Elgin County and specifically Port Burwell, unless it was for court-related business.OPP spokesperson Derek Rogers said the investigators “have nothing to say at this point” and could offer no new developments.Meanwhile, in the quiet tourist town of Port Burwell, there’s both curiosity about the incident, and frustration that there hasn’t been any answers.Tammy McCord, owner of Aunt Tammy’s Off the Hook restaurant, the only early morning coffee place in the community said there have been lots of rumours and stories, but the furor has died down.“It’s like old news. People aren’t saying a word anymore,” she said. “For a while right after, it was kind of the talk of the town. Now, people are like you. They’re just frustrated because there has been nothing said.”No one felt threatened by the situation, McCord said, but there is frustration that runs throughout the community about who the deceased is. No information has been released about gender or age.“Curiosity, right?” she said. “People are wondering who is it? Is someone local? Is it someone (from) far away? It’s probably someone we don’t even know.”“I’ve never heard a story at all of who it might be.”jsims@postmedia.comtwitter.com/JaneatLFPress We want to hear from you Send us opinions, comments and other feedback. E-mail your letter to: lfp.letters@sunmedia.ca (no attachments please) Or go to lfpress.com/letters. Letters should be kept to 150 words. read more

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BMO 2013 predictions

BMO 2013 predictions by News Staff Posted Jan 1, 2013 9:25 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BMO Capital Markets is predicting North American stock markets will have a positive 2013 and the U-S will set the tone.Deputy Chief Economist Douglas Porter says the American economy outpaced Canada in 2012 for the first time in eight years. He expects the trend to continue this year.BMO predicts the TSX will gain 4% in 2013 and the S&P 500 will rise more than 9%.Despite our economy lagging, the Bank of Canada is not expected to adjust its prime rate at all this year.For investors the equity market should deliver better returns driven by continued economic growth and improving confidence. read more

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Aumund conveying technology successfully commissioned in pelletising plant

first_imgVale’s iron ore pelletising plant in the port of Sohar, Oman, produces up to10 Mt/y of iron-ore pellets. It is now supplying the steel industry in the Middle East with iron-ore pellets. The plant uses a lot of Aumund conveying technology  – four deep-drawn pan conveyors, drag chain conveyors and bucket-elevators.They were designed and assembled by Aumund’s Metallurgy Division for the specific requirements in Sohar and have now been successfully commissioned.The order encompassed two packages. The first package comprised four identical deep-drawn pan conveyors(KZB 2000/350/6) and four identical drag chain conveyors (TKF 800/2). The deep-drawn pan conveyors with an axis distance of 64 m receive around 760 t/h of the hot pellet material from vibratory troughs at up to 300°C. The conveyors are designed for a capacity of up to 1,125 t/h. At a conveyor speed of 0.24 m/s the pellets are conveyed to a grizzly feeder for further processing. Below the deep-drawn pan conveyors the drag chains run concurrently (axis distance 47 m). They accept potential free-flowing material and thus permit almost maintenance-free operation.The second package comprises two belt bucket-elevators or chain bucket-elevators each (BWG 630/360orBWZ-L 400/250). The belt-bucket elevators have an axis distance of 23.5 m and a conveying capacity of up to 800 t/h. They are employed for iron ore transport. Both the chain bucket-elevators are employed for the transport of pellets with a grain size of up to16 mm and a temperature up to 400°C. They have a conveying capacity of between 10 and 50 t/h.An important point in favour of the contract award was Aumund’s many years’ experiencein conveying hot and abrasive materials. Similar recent projects were successfully commissioned in Bahrain (GIIC) and in Iran (Ardakan Pelletizing).Aumund hot-material transport solutions are employed particularly where special emphasis is put on continuously high quality of the conveyed material.The conveyors from Rheinberg can convey solid material at a temperature of up to 1,100°C. For cooling of hot material the company supplies cooling belts with air or evaporative cooling or a combination of the two.last_img read more

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Martin and Gyor celebrate 2013

The World’s Best Coach in Women’s Handball in 2013 is Spaniard Ambros Martin. Gyor’s head-coach has got the highest number of points by the 12 members of Jury (handball journalists) and Handball-Planet.com visitors together.The second place won Brazilian NT coach Morten Soubak, who won the gold at WCh 2013 in Serbia last December, while third is Polish NT head-coach Kim Rasmussen.WORLD’S BEST WOMEN’S HANDBALL COACH 2013:1. AMBROS MARTIN 302. MORTEN SOUBAK 203. KIM RASMUSSEN 174. DRAGAN ADZIC 115. JAN PYTLICK 9 ← Previous Story Almost 12.000 fans voted for the World’s Best Female Coach Next Story → WORLD’S BEST WOMEN’S HANDBALL COACH IN 2013 – AMBROS MARTIN! read more

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People at basis of BangladeshIndia relations Shringla

first_imgIndian high commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla speaking during a view exchange with the journalists of Prothom Alo at Prothom Alo office. Photo: Prothom AloIndian high commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla said, India pays special attention to strengthening relations with Bangladesh so that the ties bring mutual and sustainable benefits. And it is the people who are the basis of strong ties between the two nations.He was exchanging views with senior journalists of Prothom Alo on Sunday. The meeting took place at the Prothom Alo office.Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman welcomed the high commissioner at the start of the meeting. Harsh Vardhan Shringla then spoke and answered questions raised by the journalists.Matiur Rahman said, “Alongside news reports, analysis and interviews, from the very outset Prothom Alo has held meetings at various levels to strengthen ties between Bangladesh and India. As an independent media organisation of Bangladesh, our stand has always been to place priority on the country’s interests. There are times when the government and other quarters do not see eye-to-eye with us. We have done this in the interest of balanced relations and we will continue in this manner in the future. After all, it is the responsibility of the media to logically question various issues.”The Indian high commissioner said, “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s 2017 Delhi visit and the 2015 Dhaka visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lent special dimension to the ties. Special attention has been paid to mutual respect and the interests of both sides in order to take the ties further ahead. Both countries agree that Bangladesh’s development is important for India, or, in other words, the development of one is essential for the other. Unless Bangladesh develops, India’s northeast cannot progress either.”Harsh Vardhan Shringla said, “Our endeavour is to ensure that the relations are sustainable and mutually beneficial. The people of the two countries are the basis of these ties.”The Indian high commissioner said that in recent years the solution to many of the long-standing problems between the two countries indicates how far the relations have come along. He pointed to the tariff-free entry of Bangladeshi goods to India, the implementation of the land boundary agreement, the exchange of enclaves and the settle of the maritime boundary issue.Referring to Sheikh Hasina’s India visit, he said the visit had laid emphasis on advanced technology. This was the first time on any trip that 36 agreements and MOUs were signed. In the third loan agreement, after US$ 5 billion, Bangladesh has been given US$ 8 billion in three phases.He pointed to several surveys that indicate the degree and depth of friendship with Bangladesh. One survey stated that 65 per cent of the people in India considered Bangladesh as an important partner of India.Harsh Vardhan Shringla said, certain initiatives of Bangladesh had especially touched the people of India, particularly when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, during her Delhi trip, honoured the families of the Indian soldiers who had sacrificed their lives in 1971. He also spoke of making a film based on Bangabandhu’s life and of joint celebrations between Bangladesh and India for the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence in 2021.Talking about the Indian visa process, Harsh Vardhan Shringla said, “After I arrived in Bangladesh last year, I had been told regularly that it was difficult to get an interview appointment online. That has been resolved. The applicant can submit the application on the very day he or she wants to do so. Tourists will be given multiple visas, businesspersons for five years, freedom fighters and those above 65 years will get for five years. And every Saturday women can submit application forms for themselves and their families at the visa centre in Shyamoli. He said things will be made even easier. This year alone, between January to June, 1.3 million from Bangladesh went to India over the Benapole, Petrapole borders.Replying to a question about Bangladesh’s disappointment at the Teesta agreement not being signed during the prime minister’s India trip in April, the Indian high commissioner referred to the joint statement of the two prime ministers. He said, “This will be resolved. There is no question about sincerity. India is sincerely discussing the issue. However, I cannot say when the agreement will be signed.”Concerning Bangladesh’s political condition, Harsh Vardhan said, “India will happily do what it can if Bangladesh asks for cooperation in any democratic effort.  This is particularly pertinent about strengthening the democratic institutions. But when it comes to the election, our stand is clear. The election is to be free and fair. We believe that political parties in a democratic process must participate in the election. As a neighbor, we want to see Bangladesh as a successful, dynamic, democratic country.  After 1975, these democratic aspirations were obstructed time and again.”Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that the young generation was Bangladesh’s most valuable resource, with 70 per cent of the population below 40. They will not accept anything less than democracy. He said, “As neighbours, we always have best wishes for the people of Bangladesh.”last_img read more

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New Zealand cancels tsunami alert after 72 quake

first_imgMap of New Zealand, locating earthquake near the Kermadecs. AFPA powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake stuck near the remote Kermadec Islands northeast of New Zealand Sunday, briefly prompting a tsunami warning.After initially forecasting “a threat to beach, harbour, estuary and small boat activities”, New Zealand’s Civil Defence organisation gave the all-clear eight minutes later.The earthquake was give a preliminary magnitude of 7.4, but later downgraded to 7.2 by the US Geological Survey.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center also lifted its tsunami warning for parts of the South Pacific but said “minor sea level fluctuations may occur in some coastal areas near the earthquake”.The earthquake struck at 10:55am (2255 GMT Saturday) at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles) some 928 kilometres (575 miles) north-northeast of the New Zealand city of Tauranga in the North Island.There was a strong aftershock of 6.3-magnitude late Sunday, but no tsunami warning was issued.The Kermadecs are uninhabited apart from a few New Zealand conservation workers based on Raoul Island, the largest in the area.The islands are the peaks of volcanoes, some of them active, that rise above sea level and are often rocked by earthquakes above magnitude 7.0.In recent years they experienced one in 2006, another in 2007 and two in 2011.The Kermadecs are part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, a hotbed of volcanic and earthquake activity at the intersection of several tectonic plates.last_img read more

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Korea sees uptick in Canadian arrivals in 2017

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Share Korea sees uptick in Canadian arrivals in 2017 Posted bycenter_img TORONTO — Korea welcomed more Canadians in 2017 than it did in 2016, thanks to a strong start in January that continued throughout the first half of the year.According to the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), Canadian arrivals to Korea recorded a slight increase of 0.3% last year, resulting in 176,256 Canadians visiting the country. But according to John Hyungkwan Park, director for the Korea Tourism Organization Toronto Office, numbers began to decline in July, with the North Korea situation impacting the travel market in the second half of the year.The fact that Canadian arrivals remained positive is especially notable, considering that worldwide arrivals to Korea saw a 22.7% decrease in 2017.“It’s thanks to our very supportive tour operator partners that 2017 was a plus year. We believe 2018 will become a remarkable year to welcome more visitors to Korea than ever before,” said John Park.With the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, the KTO has made a concerted effort to target Canadians through packages developed by its tour operator partners as well as showcasing official mascots in different cities across Canada. FIT travel will continue to be the trend in the Canadian market as more travellers discover Korea on their own.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsNewly introduced to FIT travellers is the ‘Discover Seoul Pass’, which allows guests to explore more than 21 of Seoul’s must-see landmarks and attractions. It includes free admission and discounts, and also serves as a transportation card for easy travel around the city.Moreover, niche tourism products will remain a focus in 2018, including Korean beauty, wellness, Taekwondo and MC&IT.“We sincerely appreciate our industry partners for all their efforts in promoting Korea and developing new packages. We will continue to work closely with partners to develop more new travel packages to the Canadian market.”For more information on travel to Korea, go to visitkorea.or.kr. Tags: Korea Friday, February 16, 2018 last_img read more

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