Carisbrooke Opts for Optimarin’s BWT for Its Fleet

first_imgzoom Norway-based ballast water treatment (BWT) company Optimarin has inked a fleet agreement with UK shipowner and management company Carisbrooke for its Optimarin Ballast System (OBS). Under the contract, OBS retrofits could be installed on Carisbrooke’s entire fleet of 46 bulk and multipurpose vessels.According to Carisbrooke, the decisive part in securing the deal played Optimarin’s upcoming US Coast Guard approval, with numerous Carisbrooke vessels trading in US waters.In November 2015, Optimarin became the first UV system supplier to meet the most stringent USCG marine water requirements, positioning the Norwegian company for full USCG approval in 2016.The OBS system is also fully approved by IMO and certified through DNV GL, Lloyd’s, Bureau Veritas, MLIT Japan, and American Bureau of Shipping.“We’ve been 100% focused on ballast water treatment since our formation in 1994 and, with the ratification of the IMO’s Ballast Water Convention now imminent, forward-thinking shipowners who appreciate this unparalleled expertise are signing up for fleet agreements,” says Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen.Martin Henry, Carisbrooke’s Fleet Technical Director adds: “We believe this to be an excellent UV system, at a very competitive price, from a supplier with a genuine maritime heritage and understanding. This gives us complete peace of mind for future regulatory compliance, technical dependability and, importantly for Carisbrooke, environmentally responsible operations.”Carisbrooke is now assessing its fleet with the prospect of commencing installations in 2017. The size of the contracted vessels ranges from 5,000 to 20,000 dwt. Carisbrooke vessels trade in cargo including cement, coal, fertiliser and grain as well as special project loads such as wind turbine components and construction materials.last_img read more

Toronto market edges lower US stocks mixed loonie slips lower

first_imgIndex and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index crept lower in late-morning trading as strength in the consumer staples sector was more than offset by weakness in the health care group, which includes the big marijuana companies.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 7.56 points at 14,775.50.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 45.81 points at 24,573.08. The S&P 500 index was down 0.49 of a point at 2,650.58, while the Nasdaq composite was down 19.41 points 7,078.90.The Canadian dollar traded for 74.87 cents US compared with an average of 74.93 cents US on Wednesday.The January crude contract was up 27 cents at US$51.42 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was up 11.3 cents at US$4.25 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was down US$4.10 at US$1,245.90 an ounce and the March copper contract was up 0.25 of a cent at US$2.77 a pound. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Rebels reportedly pressuring displaced Congolese to return home – UN

16 December 2008The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today said it is very concerned about reports that rebels are putting pressure on those displaced by the deadly fighting in the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to return to their villages. Spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva that the agency has received reports that rebels associated with renegade general Laurent Nkunda are trying to prevent internally displaced persons (IDPs) from reaching a makeshift site in Rutshuru, close to the base of the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC – known as MONUC – and pressuring them to go back.“Some 10,000 IDPs are sheltering around the MONUC base, fearing reprisals from armed groups,” said Mr. Redmond. “The rebel group has reportedly recruited youths to conduct night patrols and to prevent people from reaching the site.”Recent fighting between Government forces (FARDC) and a rebel militia known as the Congress in Defence of the People (CNDP), led by Mr. Nkunda, has uprooted an estimated 250,000 people in the past few months, mainly in North Kivu province, which borders Rwanda. Also today, UNHCR condemned the “cold-blooded murder” of an aid worker with the Italian non-governmental organization (NGO) Voluntary Association for International Service, which took place in Rutshuru yesterday. Armed men ambushed the vehicle carrying the staff member, wounding another person as well. Meanwhile, the UN refugee agency is preparing for a possible new influx of refugees heading to Southern Sudan after reports of a joint military operation by Congolese, Ugandan and Southern Sudanese forces began Sunday to flush out the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) from camps in the remote Garamba National Park in north-eastern DRC.“Civilians fleeing the fighting are reportedly crossing the border into Sudan, but we don’t at this time have information on how many,” Mr. Redmond said. “A UNHCR team based in Yambio, in Southern Sudan’s Western Equatoria State, cannot reach the border due to the security situation.”Thousands of Congolese refugees fled to Western Equatoria State starting in mid-September after “ferocious” attacks by the LRA in the Dungu area, in north-eastern DRC. Refugees reported at the time that many of their family members and friends had been abducted, killed and raped during the LRA attacks, according to the agency.Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the DRC and head of MONUC, has returned from his first trip to Dungu. He strongly condemned killings perpetrated by the LRA, which he called an organization that has no reason to exist and must be brought to justice.”LRA fighters move frequently across the porous border between northern Uganda, southern Sudan and the north-eastern DRC. The group is notorious for its use of child soldiers during its conflict with the Ugandan Government since the mid-1980s, and several of its most senior figures have been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes. read more

Security Council calls for end to impunity in attacks on UNAU force

8 August 2011The Security Council today condemned “in the strongest terms” Friday’s attack on a joint United Nations-African Union force in Darfur (UNAMID) patrol in which one peacekeeper from Sierra Leone was killed and another wounded. In a press statement the 15-member body called on the Sudanese Government to ensure that the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice and reiterated its support for the 23,000-strong force, which was set up in 2008 to help end a war between the Government, backed by its militia allies, and various rebel groups. At least 300,000 people have died and 2.7 million others have been driven from their homes since fighting erupted in 2003.“They (the members) noted that UNAMID is working with Sudanese police to find the perpetrators, encouraged them Government of Sudan to ensure that they are swiftly brought to justice, and stressed that there must be an end to impunity for those that attack peacekeepers,”the statement said.Friday’s attack, in which unidentified gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying five UNAMID troops in the village of Duma, northeast of Nyala, capital of South Darfur state, occurred little more than a month after a UNAMID peacekeeper was shot and killed in West Darfur. Thirty UNAMID personnel have now died from hostile action since the mission took over from an earlier African Union force in Darfur at the start of 2008.Expressing its condolences to the Sierra Leonean Government, the Council called on all parties in Darfur to cooperate fully with the mission. read more

TNA reiterates demand to free political prisoners

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today demanded the release of all Tamil political prisoners.TNA leader R. Sampanthan, speaking in Parliament today, said he cannot understand why the Government is refusing to release the Tamil political prisoners. Sampanthan noted that the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and former army commander Sarath Fonseka have also backed calls to free the detainees. (Colombo Gazette)

Dunnville inferno damage estimate millions

(Updated)An overnight fire at a greenhouse complex in Dunnville has caused damage estimated to be in the tens-of-millions of dollars.The blaze broke out at Rosa Flora greenhouses around 1 am, destroying dozens of greenhouses. The environment ministry was called in to assess contamination to a local creek and air quality in the area.One of the first things CHCH News reporter Perdita Felicien noticed when she arrived on scene this morning is the acrid smell in the air. It’s the smell of burning plastic, fertilizer and other chemicals, and it just saturates the air.John Beals of the Ministry of the Environment says the air quality is fine, the plume has dissipated and is no longer an issue. However they did collect multiple water samples. Beals says it could be weeks until they know how the fire has affected the local creek.Firefighters from Haldimand and Wainfleet battled the raging inferno that destroyed 15 acres of the greenhouse complex. Their production logistics and sales space are now charred ruins.Rosa Flora co-owner Ralph DeBoer: “We have to assess the damage and decide how to move forward.”The company employs 150-180 employees and some of them could be out of work.“In this section, in the production area I’m guessing there were probably 20-30 employees.”Rosa Flora is a family-run business that celebrated its 35th anniversary last year. This fire will have consequences for other local greenhouses and businesses as well, like Ed Feenstra’s Feenstra Flowers.“It’s a direct impact on us. We move our product through them and of course losing their whole office complex trucks will definitely impact us.”The loss affects 30 per cent of Rosa Flora’s operations and damage is extensive.Haldimand county OPP office Mark Foster estimates: “numbers-wise, we’re into the millions. No actual number yet has been given.”Investigators from the Ontario Fire Marshall’s officer were on site. They’re called in when fire damage is over $500,000 or deemed suspicious. But Foster cautions: “at this point its too early in the investigation to call it suspicious. We’ll look at every aspect of this fire to determine what happened.”For Rosa Flora, they are determined to move forward. “The rest of the operation on the other side of the road is status quo. It’s business as usual. We’re working with our customers to ensure we still service them.” read more

Heres What Happened Today Friday

first_imgEnda Kenny has told Sky News that it would be ‘impossible’ for Brexit to happen within two years.Gardaí are investigating whether a man found dead in Buncrana may have fallen asleep in freezing conditions.The sister of a Cork teenager who died after taking N-Bomb has criticised the sentences handed down to his drug suppliers.Public pay chairman Kevin Duffy has retracted comments in which he likened garda strikes to “mutiny”.A new EU-wide survey has indicated 21% of Irish people believe having sex without consent is justified in certain situations.A law lecturer who took a ferry to Ireland after a child pornography conviction has lost a legal challenge.Alcohol campaigners have criticised €1 ‘Black Friday’ drink deals.Temperatures will drop to as low as low as minus six degrees overnight.Over €60,000 in cash and a luxury car was seized by gardaí targeting organised crime gangs.WORLD Short URL Here’s What Happened Today: Friday Enda talks Brexit on Sky, Cork N-bomb sentences and attack on French missionaries. NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Moya Connelly (94), who completed the Junior Cert at aged 92, with the Specsavers Grandparent of the Year Award and her granddaughter Hannah Connelly (18). No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article An actress dressed as Imelda Marcos, the wife of Philippine dictator Ferdinand, talks beside an effigy of her husband at a rally in Manila. Source: Aaron Favila#TOP JOB: US investor Wilbur Ross, best known here for his €500 million involvement with Bank of Ireland, is expected to land a key role in Donald Trump’s new cabinet.#ATTACK: French police have arrested a former soldier after the killing of a female worker at a retirement home for Christian missionaries.#GRINDR KILLER: Stephen Port will spend the rest of his life in prison in the UK for the murder of four men.INNOVATIONStripe, the online payments company founded by Limerick brothers Patrick and John Collison, is now estimated to be worth over $9 billion.It’s ‘Black Friday’, but what does that mean for online retailers?PARTING SHOT Source: Seán Burke/YouTubeLiving in London as an Irishman. Same language, but very very different. Share1 Tweet Email center_img Friday 25 Nov 2016, 9:04 PM 13,669 Views Get our daily news round up: Nov 25th 2016, 9:04 PM By Rónán Duffylast_img read more

Janneh Commission Dismiss Business Moguls Discharge Application

first_imgBy Mamadou DemThe ‘Janneh’ Commission of Enquiry Chaired by Sourahata Janneh, yesterday 30th October 2017, dismissed the application made by Lawyer Mary Samba, on behalf of Business Tycoon Amadou Samba, for the discharge of the interim order.Chairman Janneh ruled that the application made by Samba’s attorney that they were not notified prior to the issuance of the order, was also dismissed.Earlier, the chairman ruled that the applicant is at liberty to apply to the Commission to discharge or set aside the orders, noting that the applicant shares the same order in clause A of the interim order, as that of the families and close associates of the former President. Commission Chairman Janneh further stated that the applicant’s Counsel did not put forward for the determination of the orders.Chairman Janneh at that point cited the Decree of the AFPRC/APRC immediately after taking power in 1994 through a Coup d’état which led to the establishment of a Commission of Enquiry to investigate the rampant corruption of the Jawara regime; that the first Act of the Commission of Enquiry in the Constitution was in 1903 under the colonial era and the recent Commission is in consistent with this.He said Mr. Samba and other witnesses, Muhammed Bazzi and Fadi Mazegi are considered to be close associates of Yahya Jammeh and over D200 Million and $10M being government monies, are missing which are currently under investigation. He said except by the decision of the Chairman, the hearing will be held in public in the interest of the public and members of the public are urged to provide information on assets belonging to close associates, being it within or outside the jurisdiction and such information will be treated as ‘confidential.’The Chairman of the Commission highlighted that the applicant’s application was not for the variation of the interim order, but for its discharge; that he will determine as alleged by Mr. Samba’s attorney, as to whether the Commission acted ‘ultra vires’ (beyond its Constitutional mandates).At that juncture, he cited from the rule of the High Court order and Section 14 of the 1903 Commission Act, to give weight to his ruling; that the Commissioners are not obliged to inform anybody their duties to hire a legal counsel. He said Mr. Samba should have sought for a legal practitioner given that Jammeh was democratically removed from power through the ballot box and his Counsel’s argument holds no water.He said the Commission did not see the immunity and liberty of Mr. Samba as cited by his Counsel in her application and therefore the application fails in its entirety and is therefore rejected.Counsel Samba applied to be availed with a copy of the ruling and record of proceedings, but was asked to make her application through the Secretariat. She also applied to be given the opportunity to respond to the allegations made by other witnesses against her client.Meanwhile, the Commission will go for a recession till 7th November 2017, and Mr. Samba is expected to continue with his evidence when the Commission resumes proceedings.last_img read more

Benitez discusses details of meeting with Ashley

first_imgNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez insists nothing has changed despite having a meeting with club owner Mike Ashley.Ashley met the former Real Madrid manager at St. James Park following last weekend’s 3-0 home win against Cardiff City.Benitez, who has refused to talk about potential addictions during this transfer window since admitting he was concerned after the Magpies loss to Liverpool last month, wouldn’t reveal much about his meeting with Ashley, who has been pushing the manager to sign a new contract for the past 12 months.However, the 58-year-old, who is expected to leave the club in the summer when his contract expires if the club refuse to invest in the squad, says the situation has not changed.Asked if he was happier after speaking to Ashley, Benitez said: “I’m exactly the same.”“I don’t need to talk about what we were talking about, because it was a private conversation.”“But, more or less, we’re in the same situation. We have to wait.”Steve Bruce: “Hopefully that’ll shut a few people up for a little bit” Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has expressed his delight at his side’s shock 1-0 away victory to Tottenham HotspursTyne-side boss Steve Bruce praised his staff…Asked by the Gazette if he was still worried, Benitez said:“We are where we are, so we will see.”Ashley, who put Newcastle up for sale 18 months ago, congratulated Benitez and the players on the Cardiff win.The result lifted the club out of the Premier League’s relegation zone.“We had a good conversation,” said Benitez.”“We were talking about Cardiff, the three points and everything. It’s fine, but still we are where we are.”last_img read more

Missing stroke patient found safe in Spring Valley

first_img Updated: 9:23 AM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A Spring Valley stroke victim who went missing after walking away from the Hillcrest hospital where he was recovering was found safe Thursday morning at a family member’s home.Gregory Gavino, 52, was reported missing about 2 p.m. Wednesday after he walked away from Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego police said. He was considered at-risk because of impaired cognitive abilities resulting from a recent major stroke.Family members called police about 8 a.m. Thursday to report Gavino had found his way to their Spring Valley home, San Diego Police Officer Steven Bourasa said. Officers went to that home Thursday morning and drove Gavino back to the hospital. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 24, 2018 May 24, 2018center_img Missing stroke patient found safe in Spring Valley KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Migrants fearful anxious in aftermath of Tijuana protests

first_img AP November 19, 2018 Updated: 11:47 AM Posted: November 19, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: Immigration FacebookTwitter Catch and Release is an obsolete term. It is now Catch and Detain. Illegal Immigrants trying to come into the U.S.A., often proudly flying the flag of their nation as they ask for U.S. Asylum, will be detained or turned away. Dems must approve Border Security & Wall NOW!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2018 The Mayor of Tijuana, Mexico, just stated that “the City is ill-prepared to handle this many migrants, the backlog could last 6 months.” Likewise, the U.S. is ill-prepared for this invasion, and will not stand for it. They are causing crime and big problems in Mexico. Go home!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2018He followed that tweet by writing: “Catch and Release is an obsolete term. It is now Catch and Detain. Illegal Immigrants trying to come into the U.S.A., often proudly flying the flag of their nation as they ask for U.S. Asylum, will be detained or turned away.”center_img AP, Mexican protestor today in Tijuana on the caravan: “Donald Trump was right, this is an invasion! What Donald Trump said was correct: this is an invasion!”Crowd chants: “Get out Hondurans, we do not want you here. Get out Hondurans, we do not want you here.”— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 19, 2018“I was very scared,” Alvarado said.A Tijuana police officer saw them in the crowd and helped them get out and behind police tape marking off the block where the sports complex is located. The protest eventually ended peacefully.Tensions have built as nearly 3,000 migrants from the caravan poured into Tijuana in recent days after more than a month on the road — and with many more months likely ahead of them while they seek asylum in the U.S. The federal government estimates the number of migrants could soon swell to 10,000.U.S. border inspectors are processing only about 100 asylum claims a day at Tijuana’s main crossing to San Diego. Asylum seekers register their names in a tattered notebook managed by the migrants themselves that had more than 3,000 names even before the caravan arrived.For most of this city of 1.6 million, the arrival of thousands of Central Americans is not noticeable. Most migrants stay within a three-block radius of the sports complex that faces the towering metal walls topped with barbed wire at the U.S.-Mexico border.But many residents fear with the passage of time their presence will take its toll and crime could go up. Since 2016, thousands of Haitians who also tried to get to the U.S. ended up settling here, while at the same time, Tijuana has taken in thousands of Mexicans deported from the United States.Tijuana also has been struggling with drug violence and some say they do not want the caravan bringing more problems.Sandra Lucia Montanez, 28, a Tijuana psychologist, said news reports last month of Central Americans storming Mexico’s southern border fed the fears. But, she said, it’s important that Tijuana not forget it is a city of migrants.“Almost no one here is from Tijuana,” Montanez said. “We have to help the neediest ones. They come from countries with a lot of poverty. Honduras is worse off than Mexico.”The United States has dramatically increased border security in preparation for the caravan’s arrival, closing lanes at ports of entry to place cement barriers topped with razor wire that can be quickly moved to block passage should there be a mass number who try to force their way into the country.But the lane closures have also made it harder for cross-border residents to go back and forth into the U.S. to work and shop. The San Ysidro port of entry is one of the world’s busiest border crossings, with more than 40,000 vehicles and 34,000 pedestrians using it daily.On Monday, U.S. authorities closed off northbound traffic for several hours and closed a pedestrian lane at the crossing to install new security barriers, after a tip that people were gathering in Tijuana to rush the border checkpoints.“Waiting until a large group of persons mass at the border to attempt an illegal crossing is too late for us,” said Pete Flores, director of field operations for Customs and Border Protection in San Diego.Some of the demonstrators at Sunday’s protest complained that some migrants have been aggressive, yelling insults at U.S. Border Patrol agents and climbing walls and getting into fights at Tijuana’s Pacific beach.But Tijuana police officer Victor Coronel, who has overseen security outside the sports complex where the migrants are staying, said those fears are based on the bad behavior of only a handful of migrants.“The problem is that there has been bad information circulating on social media, with videos of two or three migrants acting badly, climbing the wall or grabbing food in stores,” said Coronel, adding that most are poor people simply trying to find work.Coronel said he hopes as time passes, many will opt to go home or find jobs in Mexico and integrate into society.Lesbia Navarro, 36, stayed inside the stadium with her four children ages 3 to 16 as they listened to the shouts and insults from the protesters Sunday.“We only want to be here awhile, until we can get into the United States to work,” said Navarro, of Choloma, Honduras. “We don’t want to cause anybody problems.”The Tijuana protests came amid what may be a hardening of positions in some northern Mexican states against the migrants. In Jalisco state, which the caravan passed through on its way to Tijuana, officials said they would no longer open shelters, citing problems with fights involving migrants last week.Instead, the state will provide water, some food and escorts at nine points along the main highway through the state to help ensure the migrants don’t have to stop.Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum has called the migrants’ arrival an “avalanche” that the city is ill-prepared to handle, calculating that they will be in Tijuana for at least six months as they wait to file asylum claims.Gastelum has appealed to the federal government for more assistance to cope with the influx — while more migrants continue to head to the U.S.-Mexico border.Trump used Twitter on Sunday to voice support for the mayor. He wrote that like Tijuana, “the U.S. is ill-prepared for this invasion, and will not stand for it. They are causing crime and big problems in Mexico. Go home!” The Fake News is showing old footage of people climbing over our Ocean Area Fence. This is what it really looks like – no climbers anymore under our Administration!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2018___Stevenson contributed from Mexico City. Associated Press writer Marcos Aleman in San Salvador contributed to this report. Migrants fearful, anxious in aftermath of Tijuana protests 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsTIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Many Central American migrants camped in Tijuana after crossing Mexico in a caravan said Monday that a protest over the weekend by residents demanding they leave frightened them and left them even more anxious while they try to get into the United States.The angry protests have been fed by concerns raised by President Donald Trump’s month-long warnings that criminals and gang members are in the group and even terrorists.About 500 people demonstrated in an affluent section of Tijuana on Sunday against the caravan. Dozens of protesters then marched to an outdoor sports complex near downtown where 2,500 migrants are staying, sleeping on dirt fields and under bleachers after arriving at the border city a week ago.Dulce Alvarado, 28, from Lempira, Honduras, said she was stepping out of a corner grocery near the stadium carrying her 2-year-old son when she was surrounded by the demonstrators chanting “Get out!” and “We don’t want you here!”last_img read more

Weather Eye Northwest bears brunt of soggy weather jokes

first_imgI had a chuckle about a cartoon, an old one for sure, that I came upon Sunday. The just of it shows two characters, and one comes up to the other and asks for a good sunblock. His buddy hands him a piece of paper, and he replies, “What is this?” The other says, “Directions to Seattle.” And so it goes, the Northwest always gets the brunt of the wet and cloudy jokes.You certainly won’t need any sunblock this week, and you don’t have to drive to Seattle either. Unfortunately, the weather outlook for the next week or so contains quite a bit of clouds, fog, drizzle and light rain. This all makes for some gloomy weather, so if you require some sunshine, head elsewhere, or turn on a sunlamp or invest in a light box.There are no big storms on the horizon, just more of the same. We struggled to get any sunshine Sunday. Despite the forecast of sunshine, the clouds certainly defied us.Signs of spring are waking, with new bud growth emerging on many area trees and shrubs, and many of the spring flowering bulbs are poking well up through the earth.Speaking of Seattle jokes and weather, here are a few more chuckles. They could apply here, as well.• What do you call two straight days of rain in Seattle? A weekend.• It only rains twice a year in Seattle: August through April, and May through July.• What does daylight saving time mean in Seattle? An extra hour of rain.• What’s the definition of a Seattle optimist? A guy with a sun visor on his rain hat.• What did the Seattle native say to the Pillsbury Doughboy? “Nice tan.”• And last but not least: A newcomer arrives on a rainy day. He gets up, and the next day, it is raining. It also rains the day after and the day after that. He heads outside and sees a young child, and asks out of despair, “Hey kid, does it ever stop raining around here?” The kid says, “How should I know I’m only 6 years old.”last_img read more

Council Approves Land Purchase For New MultiService Center In Sunnyside Area

first_img Share Photo: City of Houston’s Department of Health and Human ServicesParking is an issue at the existing Sunnyside multi-service center and, according to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, more parking would be available at the proposed new location, which would be built on the 4400 block of Reed Road.The Houston City Council gave its unanimous support on Wednesday for the construction of a new multi-service center in the Sunnyside neighborhood, located in the south part of Houston.The Council Members passed one item appropriating $1,015,000.00 for the purchase of a 6.5 acres property located at 4410 Reed Road from the Protestant Episcopal Church Council of the Diocese of Texas.That is the location where the City will build the new multi-service center, which will house a health clinic and will be accessible both from Reed Road and Wilmington Street.The second item the Council approved gave the green light to the purchase of a 1.47-acre tract of unimproved property located immediately south of the multi-service center where a community park will be built.As he announced the proposed location for the new multi-service center on Tuesday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner noted that the new facility will be 60,000 square feet and will offer more parking than the existing one, which is located at 9314 Cullen Boulevard.last_img read more

Students Hope To Change The Modern Political Climate — Before They Inherit

first_img Listen Students have banded together to organize the Day of Unity Texas, March 25 at Bellaire High School. The gathering features speakers from different sides of the aisle, such as Sen. Ted Cruz and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, discussing the issue of vicious partisan warfare in our modern political climate.High School Republicans of Texas, Texas High School Democrats, and Texas Junior State of America are organizing the event and are in the process of helping start similar events in other states.To learn more, Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn spoke with a couple student organizers. Adam Hoffman is a student at Houston’s Robert M. Beren Academy and chairman of the High School Republicans of Texas. And Alex Kontoyiannis is a student at Bellaire High School and co-chair of the Texas High School Democrats.They say their generation will inherit the repercussions of the modern political climate, so they want to change it.Joshua ZinnAdam Hoffman (left) and Alex Kontoyiannis are among the local students organizing Day of Unity Texas, an event aimed at bridging the nation’s political divide. Share Xcenter_img 00:00 /11:25 We’re used to hearing how politically polarized our nation is, and some high school students are sick of it. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Villagers at Uluberia fall ill after gas leakage

first_imgKolkata: Some villagers at Howrah’s Uluberia fell ill after inhaling poisonous gas which leaked from a container.The incident triggered tension among locals. The gas container was kept inside a chemical go-down in Palora area of Uluberia on Sunday morning. Locals told the police that the gas container was taken to the go-down by a truck. The gas container was kept outside the go-down when it started leaking.Some of the locals felt a burning sensation in their eyes and complained serious respiratory distress following the incident. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAfter being informed, police and fire brigade officials reached the spot. The police cordoned off the entire area. Senior police officers also reached the spot immediately. The fire personnel faced difficulties to reach up to the gas container due to pungent smell of the gas. A fire person also fell ill. The fire personnel later put on masks and took the gas container at a deserted place and brought the situation under control.Locals, however, alleged that fire personnel reached the spot late. The fire brigade officials initially tried to identify the leakage. After identifying the leakage, they started repairing it. A senior fire department official said leakage might have been caused when it was put on the ground from the truck or during transportation. According to preliminary investigation, the fire officials suspect that it could be Benjamin cyanide. Police held the owner of the chemical go-down for interrogation.last_img read more

Govt to survey progress of Hindu hostel Partha

first_imgKolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Thursday said a top official of the state Higher Education department will visit Hindu Hostel, take stock of the work and make a decision of its opening on Monday.”Special Secretary of state Higher Education department Siladitya Basu Roy will go for inspection of the hostel on Monday morning and take necessary steps to ensure that students can lodge at the earliest,” Chatterjee said. A section of students met Chatterjee at his chamber in the state assembly on Thursday afternoon and sought the government’s intervention. “I have spoken with the engineers of the state Public Works Department (PWD) as well as the minister-in-charge. I have felt that the renovation work has been delayed due to work done in phases by the university and the deadline of November 15 set by the state government for handing over the hostel could not be met,” he maintained. Chatterjee also expressed his doubts about the seriousness of the subject on the part of the university. “The authorities could have taken up this issue with a more humanitarian outlook and at the same time a section of students should have acted with patience,” he added. It may be mentioned that Hindu Hostel remained closed since July 2015 for renovation and the boarders were provided with lodging facilities at Tarulia in New Town. The university has failed to meet deadlines on more than one occasion in case of Hindu Hostel handover. The students had resorted to agitation for a long period demanding the same.last_img read more

New Intel Flaw Exposes Secrets on Windows Machines What to Do

first_imgTech This Out – Warner Streaming Service, Galaxy Note Renders And Nintendo Switch Lite7.10.2019 Tech This Out – Warner Streaming Service, Galaxy Note Renders And Nintendo Switch LiteMore VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpTCL 8-Series Lighting Test01:10OffAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0002:1402:14 Update your Windows system nowWindows users who installed Microsoft’s July Patch Tuesday round of updates are protected from this vulnerability. The flaw is less serious on Linux machines running Intel chips, and Bitdefender were not able to provide a proof-of-concept exploit for Linux. It was not immediately clear whether or how AMD chips might be affected. Apple machines using Intel chips are not thought to be vulnerable when running macOS, but are vulnerable when they run Windows.MORE: Meltdown and Spectre: How to Protect Your PC, Mac and PhoneThe flaw affects a system instruction in 64-bit Windows called SWAPGS, a kernel-level instruction set introduced with Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors in 2012 that can be speculatively executed in user mode. That’s a no-no, because system and user functions are meant to be walled off from one another. By manipulating this error in SWAPGS’s design, an attacker can glean what the system kernel is doing and thereby see a lot of information that should be secret, such as passwords, encryption keys, session tokens and other data meant to be kept within individual applications and processes.Most importantly, the SWAPGS flaw allows attackers to completely bypass kernel page table isolation (KPTI), the most widely used method of staving off Meltdown and Spectre attacks, as well as all other mitigations for speculative-execution flaws.It’s likely that Bitdefender researchers were the first to discover this flaw, but as the Bitdefender press release stated, “It is possible that an attacker with knowledge of the vulnerability could have exploited it to steal confidential information.”Speculative execution: An educated guessSpeculative execution is a microprocessing shortcut first deployed more than 20 years ago. Since most CPU tasks are actually repetitive and predictable, chip designers at Intel and other chipmakers discovered they could speed up chips by anticipating and executing commands before the commands were actually received. In other words, if the user or an application asks for something, the chip can already have done it before the request even comes in. If the actual request doesn’t come, the executed code is rolled back, but in most cases, the pre-executed code is actually what ends up being requested and everyone is happy.However, in January 2018, several groups of researchers simultaneously revealed that speculative execution can leak data that’s supposed to be secret. The two most prominent flaws were called Meltdown and Spectre, but several subsequent vulnerabilities and exploits have been found since then. The real fix for all these problems is to completely redesign chips, but to fix the chips already out there, Microsoft, Intel and AMD have issued a series of patches. The SWAPGS flaw that Bitdefender found allows attackers to bypass all those patches for all those previously disclosed speculative-execution flaws and steal data again. LAS VEGAS — Microsoft last month secretly fixed a serious security flaw in Intel chips that could have reversed all the fixes made by either company in the wake of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.The flaw, discovered a year ago by Bitdefender researchers, was initially dismissed by Intel until Bitdefender provided a proof-of-concept attack that showed how the vulnerability could be exploited. Bitdefender disclosed the flaw in conjunction with Microsoft today (Aug. 6) here at the Black Hat security conference, almost one year to the day after Bitdefender’s researchers told Intel of the flaw.”Every machine using newer Intel processors which leverage speculative execution and [run] Windows is affected, including servers and laptops,” Bitdefender said in a press release.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch.last_img read more

VCs have growing appetite for AgriFood

first_imgVenture investors are pouring billions of dollars into feeding their hunger for food and agriculture startups. Whether that trend line is due to enthusiasm for the sector or just broader heavy investing in the VC space is much less clear.According to a recent report published by AgFunder – a VC and investing marketplace focused on the agriculture and food sectors – the “AgriFood” space is booming. Using data from Crunchbase and several other data partners, the organization published its “2018 AgriFood Tech Investing Report” this morning, finding that investment in AgriFood companies increased 43% year-over-year, reaching $16.9 billion in 2018.AgFunder classifies AgriFood tech as “the small but growing segment of the startup and venture capital universe that’s aiming to improve or disrupt the global food and agriculture industry.” Their definition is intentionally broad, encompassing everything from crop and livestock biotech, property management systems, and payments, to biomaterials and meat alternatives, all the way up to tech platforms for restaurants, grocers, deliveries and at-home cooks.While some of the AgriFood tech categories – such as delivery or restaurant software – have long been popular destinations for venture capital, we’re now seeing a more diverse array of startups innovating across the entire food supply chain. According to the report, expansion in AgriFood is fairly consistent across upstream (agricultural and farming) subsectors to downstream (more consumer-facing) subsectors, with each group growing roughly 44% and 42% year-over-year respectively.The data also shows growth occurring across almost all deal stages. AgriFood saw huge increases in the average deal size and total investment for late-stage companies in particular, as venture-backed startups have grown to global scale. And penetrating and attracting capital from international markets seems more feasible than ever. AgriFood investing, which traditionally has been largely US-centric, is rapidly becoming a global phenomenon, with more than half of total funding – and some of the largest rounds – now coming from companies and investors outside the US.last_img read more

Weather Alert Cold front set to bring snow on the Drakensberg

The cold front that is currently hitting the Western Cape has potential to bring snow to the high central Drakensberg today (Friday).The snowfall is expected to intensify on Friday night and stretch from the northern berg to the southern berg.There is potential for flurries and settling snow to fall in the KZN Midlands area.The current prediction shows a slight chance of snow over Van Reenen and towards Newcastle on Saturday.Also read: Avoid travelling in areas where snow may fallAlso read: Snow on the mountains brings in the coldIf this does happen it is likely to be confined to only the extreme high ground areas.Snow has already fallen in the Western Cape due to the cold front. So you better be prepared for icy cold weather conditions this weekend in Ladysmith.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite read more