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Quebec paint manufacturers seize on Sicos exit to grab market share

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec paint manufacturers are seizing on the American-owned Sico paint company’s move to Ontario from Quebec by launching marketing campaigns and tapping into renewed sensitivity around local ownership after a string of closures and layoffs.Sico, an 81-year-old company bought by American giant PPG Industries Inc. in 2013, said last week it plans to close its plant in Quebec City and distribution centre in the Montreal area next September, eliminating 125 jobs.Quebec Premier Francois Legault and Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume have both invoked the idea of a Sico boycott.Denalt Paints, whose 60 employees make products under various brand names in Montreal, is buying ad slots on five radio stations around the province on top of a web and billboard campaign. Sales director Nicholas Le Marchand says pride in regional wares and “a perfect storm” of foreign purchases and local shutdowns is fostering more demand for Quebec products.Patrick Rodrigue, director of operations at the Laval-based Micca Paint Inc., says he is revving up for a multi-platform ad push to capitalize on the “opportunity.” Nearby, MF Paints — which just hired a chemist laid off from Sico — aims to more than double its Quebec market share to 20 per cent after being “swamped” with calls by hardware and building materials stores.Lowe’s Companies Inc. announced this month it will close 31 stores and other locations in Canada, including nine Rona outlets in Quebec, two years after acquiring the Montreal-area-based retailer. Three days later on Nov. 8, Montreal-based Bombardier Inc. announced it will lay off 5,000 workers company-wide, including 2,500 in Quebec, and sell off two units.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Dealer of explosive material arrested

first_imgKolkata: Officers of Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police have arrested another person in connection with the explosive seized from the Tala bridge area on Friday.According to sources, on Saturday night, STF sleuths raided a house at Barasat in North 24-Parganas and arrested one Rabiul Islam. During interrogation sleuths came up with a person’s name, who is a well-known explosive dealer, from East Midnapore district. Later, police also came to know that Islam has a business of firecrackers which was intended to hide his actual business of explosive materials. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSources informed that the materials such as potassium nitrate to manufacture explosives were being supplied from Odisha to Islam. Later using these materials Islam used to manufacture explosives which were being circulated later during the night. To hide his illegal business Islam used to run his firecracker business. After getting the information, STF sleuths informed the East Midnapore police about it. East Midnapore police are trying t nab the person who used to supply raw materials for explosive from Odisha. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police recovered 1000 kg of explosive from a matador that was intercepted at the northern slope of Tala Bridge on BT Road under Chitpore police station area on Friday night. The driver and the helper of the vehicle were arrested who were coming from Balasore in Odisha and was headed towards North 24-Parganas. The raid was carried out around 12.20 am. The arrested duo has been identified as Indrajit Bhui of Melak village and Padmolochon Dey of village Mathani under Basta police station in Balasore, Odisha.last_img read more

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Bulk waste generators must segregate waste on site in Gurugram Deputy Commissioner

first_imgGurugram: Deputy commissioner Amit Khatri held a meeting wherein strict instructions were given to ensure compliance with the Solid Waste Management Rules (2016) in Gurugram district.The directive was given to officials of the district urban local bodies (ULB) department, Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB), Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) and the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG). An MCG official present at all three meetings said that the tone of these meeting was urgent as the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had, last Tuesday, come down heavily on district authorities for unscientific management of waste at the Bandhwari landfill. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesKhatri instructed officials to ensure that all of the city’s bulk waste generators segregate waste on site and have their own composting units. He also instructed that this model should be replicated on an industrial scale for large manufacturing units as well as at a panchayat level throughout Gurugram district. MCG Commissioner Yashpal Yadav said that the MCG has already identified 1,800 bulk waste generators within its jurisdiction, including industries, RWAs, restaurants, hospitals and industrial units. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarOf these, 100 are slotted to be fitted with compost units by June-end. “About 42 of these sites in Sohna and another 27 in Pataudi should be sufficiently equipped to handle their own waste by next week. On the whole, we are aiming to reduce the amount of garbage sent to Bandhwari by 50 per cent by the end of 2019,” said Yashpal Yadav, the MCG Commissioner. At the meeting, MCG officials revealed that 1,936 shopkeepers selling goods in polythene had been invoiced over the past year, raising just over Rs16 lakh in fines. Confiscated and recycled plastic materials have also been collected for the purpose of building plastic-infused roads in the city, which should commence sometime late next month. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has taken strict cognisance of the waste segregation system in Gururgam. The strict observation by the green court comes at a time when the recycling facilities in Bandhwari landfill site is yet to kick-off fully. Speaking on the issue Yashapal Yadav the MCG Commissioner said that they are in the process of implementing concrete plans with timelines so that the strategies can be implemented fully. At present, more than 1,000 tonnes of garbage from Gurugram and Faridabad is discarded daily at the area that is nestled in the green belt of Aravallis. Based on the proposal, the plant will treat more than 100 kiloliters of leachate daily.last_img read more

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Tennessee Volkswagen plant to finish unionization vote

NASHVILLE — Workers at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, are finishing a vote over whether to unionize.The vote of about 1,700 hourly workers began Wednesday and concludes Friday. A win would offer the United Auto Workers its first fully organized, foreign-owned auto assembly plant in the traditionally anti-union South.Gov. Bill Lee, U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn and other top Republicans are urging a “no” vote, saying a union could cause economic harm.In 2014, then-U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and then-Gov. Bill Haslam helped convince Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga to vote against UAW representation. A smaller group voted for unionization in 2015, but Volkswagen refused to negotiate.UAW officials question why Chattanooga should differ from Volkswagen’s other major, union-represented plants worldwide, or Spring Hill’s General Motors plant with 3,000 UAW-represented workers.The Associated Press read more

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Human rights enshrined in UN Declaration apply universally says Ban Kimoon

10 December 2007The freedoms upheld in the historic United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights must be enjoyed by everyone, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on the occasion of Human Rights Day. The freedoms upheld in the historic United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights must be enjoyed by everyone, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on the occasion of Human Rights Day.The Day also kicked off a year-long UN system-wide campaign, with the theme “Dignity and Justice for All of Us,” to raise awareness of the Declaration, which turns 60 on 10 December 2008.“The Declaration remains as relevant today as it did on the day it was adopted,” Mr. Ban said. “But the fundamental freedoms enshrined in it are still not a reality for everyone. Too often, Governments lack the political will to implement international norms they have willingly accepted.”He said that this year leading up to the 60th anniversary of the landmark document provides an opportunity to reinvigorate efforts to ensure that the Declaration’s freedoms apply to all.“It is a chance to ensure that these rights are a living reality – that they are known, understood and enjoyed by everyone, everywhere,” the Secretary-General noted. “It is often those who most need their human rights protected, who also need to be informed that the Declaration exists – and that it exists for them.”UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, in a separate message, paid tribute to those who have given their lives in the pursuit of transforming the ideals of the Declaration – inherent human dignity, justice, non-discrimination, equality, fairness and universality – into reality.“Today is also the day to reflect upon our individual and collective failures to stand up against violence, racism, xenophobia, torture, repression of unpopular views and injustices of all sorts,” she observed.Efforts to make sure that every person can rely on just laws for his or her protection must be stepped up in the year leading up to the Declaration’s 60th anniversary, the High Commissioner said.“In today’s growing divisions between the rich and the poor, the powerful and the vulnerable, the technologically advanced and the illiterate, the aggressors and the victims, the relevance of the Declaration and the universality of enshrined rights need to be loudly reaffirmed,” she declared.The President of the General Assembly also sounded the alarm about those who are denied the Declaration’s rights, stating that “it is incumbent upon us to champion their cause.” Srgjan Kerim urged that measures to promote rights should “live up to the spirit embodied by those who had the courage and conviction to leave us with this great legacy.”Underscoring the rights of girls and women, who continue to be subjected to discrimination and violence, the head of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) stressed that “every human being should be able to live and make decisions free of coercion, discrimination and violence.”Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid pointed out that although it has been long-recognized that all couples and individuals have a right to decide whether and when to have children, some 200 million women worldwide have no access to modern contraception.She also noted that while the right to health has similarly long been recognized, a woman dies every minute during pregnancy and childbirth because of lack of maternal health services.The UN’s independent rights experts marked the Day with a call for the elimination of the twin scourges of discrimination and exclusion.“Discrimination continues to distort the economic, social and political contours of societies,” the UN special procedures mandate holders – ranging from rapporteurs and experts to working groups – said in a joint statement. “Individuals and communities face discrimination and exclusion on the basis of their race, ethnicity, religion, language, sex or sexual orientation amongst many other grounds.”The group emphasized that if left unchecked, the consequences of discrimination and exclusion “can begin to create fault lines within society between those who have full rights, justice and dignity respected, and those who do not.”Events commemorating the Day are taking place throughout the world. At UN Headquarters today, panel discussions on human rights will be held, while a special celebration was held at the world body’s Geneva office, where the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Human Rights Council are based.An essay competition for teenagers is being held on the occasion of the Day in Parwan province, north of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. Meanwhile, in Paktia province, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) celebrated the Day at an event attended by victims of the country’s three decades of conflict, Government authorities, tribal officials and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC).The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) has organized a series of activities across the country, including workshops, campaigns and panel discussions in Darfur, as well as marches to promote human rights messages in southern Sudan. Several events will also be taking place in the lead up to the 60th anniversary of the Declaration. In Rome, illustrations inspired by Human Rights Day by 17 artists from around the world will be exhibited as part of an initiative called “Cartooning for Human Rights.” The artwork will travel around the world next year.Next September, a conference to celebrate the Declaration will be held in Paris, while a series of five human rights capacity-building trainings will take place in the Asia-Pacific region next year as part of the Diplomacy Training Programme, a non-governmental organization (NGO) founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate José Ramos-Horta. read more

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Toxic gas kills 2 in Attidiya

Two people were killed and one person was hospitalized after inhaling, what was believed to be, toxic gas in a gully in Attidiya, Dehiwala last night.According to the police, the men had removed a pipeline and attempted to clean the gully near a hotel in Dehiwala. A third person then went down to rescue the other two and felt faintish but was lifted up immediately. Initially one man who went down the gully to clean it lost consciousness and he was followed by another man who also fell unconscious. The police said that eventually all three people were admitted to hospital but two of them were found dead.The Mount Lavinia police are conducting investigations. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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After an attack on aid workers in Burundi Annan urges respect for

“The Secretary-General urgently calls on all parties in Burundi to respect the neutrality of humanitarian workers, and to ensure their safety and security,” spokesman Manuel de Almeida e Silva told the press in New York.The ambush occurred yesterday near Bubanza, on a vehicle of the British non-governmental organization Children’s Aid Direct (CAD). In the attack, the driver was killed and three others were briefly held hostage before being released following action by government forces.The atrocity occurred just five weeks after six other aid workers were kidnapped and held hostage for five days in Makamba province, the spokesman said. read more

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Oil near US89 as Draghi comments on eurozone outshine rising US crude

Oil prices rose Thursday after the president of the European Central Bank vowed to save the eurozone.Comments by ECB president Mario Draghi helped reverse the direction of oil prices, which had been falling earlier in the session on a surprising rise in U.S. crude inventories and a slowdown in South Korea’s economy.Draghi told a conference of investors in London on Thursday that he will do “whatever is necessary to save the eurozone and protect the euro from collapse, including fighting unreasonably high borrowing costs,” according to a report from Sucden Financial in London.Draghi’s remarks “boosted market sentiment and increased risk appetite,” Sucden Financial said.The benchmark crude for September delivery was up $1.08 at $90.05 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract added 47 cents to settle at $88.97 in New York on Wednesday.A rise in U.S. crude supplies pointed to weak demand as the recovery in the world’s No. 1 economy stumbles. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that the nation’s crude supply grew by 2.7 million barrels last week. Analysts were expecting supplies to fall by 250,000 barrels, according to a survey by Platts, the energy-information arm of McGraw Hill.U.S. crude supplies have grown this year to the highest levels since 1990. Gasoline supplies rose more than expected. The EIA said that gasoline supplies increased by 4.1 million barrels last week. Analysts were expecting supplies to grow by only 750,000 barrels.South Korea’s second quarter growth figures provided more evidence of the toll that Europe’s prolonged debt crisis is taking on Asia. The region’s fourth-largest economy said economic growth slowed to a two-year low as weakness in Europe crimped demand from South Korea’s biggest market China.———(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) by News Staff Posted Jul 26, 2012 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil near US$89 as Draghi comments on eurozone outshine rising US crude stocks read more

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Mississippi becomes 3rd US state to sue BP for oil spill filing

by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press Posted Apr 19, 2013 12:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Mississippi becomes 3rd US state to sue BP for oil spill, filing suits just before deadline JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi has become the third state to sue BP PLC over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.Attorney General Jim Hood announced Friday that Mississippi had filed suits in federal and state court. The move comes one day before the three-year statute of limitations expires for claims related to the April 20, 2010 explosion and subsequent spill.Hood says he wanted to settle, but says BP refused to negotiate. He also says the oil company refused to waive the statute of limitations.A spokeswoman for BP didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Louisiana and Alabama sued BP earlier and are participating in a federal trial in New Orleans to determine the liability of BP and its contractors. Mississippi hadn’t been participating because it hadn’t sued. read more

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The Latest Fox News addresses OReilly departure

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Latest on Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly (all times local):8:30 p.m.Fox News addressed the departure of Bill O’Reilly Wednesday night, as the show that used to bear his name debuted as simply “The Factor.”Dana Perino, who has been filling in for O’Reilly since he announced an extended break earlier this month, announced that he was no longer with the network.Perino said at the top of the show that, “We know you, his loyal viewers, will have a lot of feelings about it.”Both Fox and O’Reilly confirmed O’Reilly’s departure from the network earlier Wednesday.His ouster came after reports that five women had been paid millions of dollars to keep quiet about harassment allegations. O’Reilly has maintained his innocence.___6:10 p.m.The National Geographic channel says it has made no decision about its development of Bill O’Reilly’s book “Killing Patton” following O’Reilly’s exit from Fox News.In a statement Wednesday, the channel confirmed that the TV adaptation is in early development for 2019. The channel said it was focusing on presenting its 2018 programming to advertisers and wasn’t making decisions beyond that for now.The National Geographic channel has aired a series of adaptations of O’Reilly books, including “Killing Reagan” and “Killing Kennedy.” The channel’s majority owner is Fox News Channel parent company 21st Century Fox.___5:15 p.m.In the wake of his firing Wednesday, former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly maintained that sexual harassment claims against him were not true, calling his dismissal over the allegations “tremendously disheartening.”The network’s most popular personality was fired after a New York Time report earlier this month that said five women had been paid $13 million in settlements after they alleged sexual harassment and mistreatment.O’Reilly, who was with the network for 20 years, said he was proud of his time at Fox. He thanked his viewers and noted the success Fox had achieved.___2:55 p.m.Fox News Channel says “Tucker Carlson Tonight” will begin airing an hour earlier to fill the time slot vacated by Bill O’Reilly, who lost his job Wednesday after allegations that he sexually harassed women.Starting Monday, Carlson’s show will be followed at 9 p.m. EDT by “The Five,” relocating from its afternoon slot.“The Five” will be replaced at 5 p.m. EDT by a one-hour program hosted by Eric Bolling, to debut May 1. Next week, “Special Report with Bret Baier” will fill the 5-to-7-p.m. timeslot.At 7 p.m. EDT, Martha MacCullum remains in place.The departed O’Reilly’s “The Factor” will continue through this week with Dana Perino hosting Wednesday and Thursday night, and Greg Gutfield on Friday.Rounding out the Fox prime-time lineup, “Hannity” remains at 10 p.m. EDT.___2:43 p.m.Bill O’Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel following reports that five women had been paid millions of dollars to keep quiet about harassment allegations.21st Century Fox issued a statement Wednesday that “after a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.He had been scheduled to return from a vacation next Monday. O’Reilly was photographed in Rome shaking Pope Francis’ hand on Wednesday.It marks a stunning end to a near perfect marriage between a pugnacious personality and network. For two decades O’Reilly has ruled the “no spin zone” with cable news’ most popular show, and his ratings had never been higher.___1:23 p.m.Embattled Fox News host Bill O’Reilly had a brief handshake with Pope Francis on Wednesday as sexual harassment allegations dog him at home.O’Reilly is on a vacation that on Wednesday took him to Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square. His trip came as Fox News Channel’s parent company 21st Century Fox is investigating sexual harassment allegations against him. Dozens of his show’s advertisers have fled following a report that five women were paid $13 million in settlements after they alleged harassment or mistreatment. O’Reilly has denied wrongdoing.On Wednesday, he was seated in the VIP section, where a photographer from the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano snapped a photo of Francis reaching out to shake his hand.Francis always swings by the VIP seats at the end of his audience for a quick round of handshakes.__1:15 p.m.There was no immediate response from Bill O’Reilly’s bosses Wednesday to escalating reports that the Fox News Channel personality will lose his job following accusations he had harassed women.New York magazine reported Wednesday, based on unnamed sources, that Rupert Murdoch and sons James and Lachlan, who run Fox parent 21st Century Fox, had decided that O’Reilly was out and executives were planning the exit. On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal, a newspaper owned by the Murdochs, wrote that the company was preparing to cut ties with O’Reilly.The New York Times reported April 1 that five women had been paid a total of $13 million to keep quiet about unpleasant encounters with O’Reilly, who has denied any wrongdoing.Meanwhile, on vacation in Rome Wednesday, O’Reilly shook Pope Francis’ hand.___This story has been corrected to show that the downfall of O’Reilly began with an April 1, not April 2 report in The New York Times. by The Associated Press Posted Apr 19, 2017 11:33 am MDT Last Updated Apr 19, 2017 at 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Fox News addresses O’Reilly departure read more

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Woolridges tripledouble leads North Texas past Indiana St

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Jorden Duffy scored a season-high 23 points, Ryan Woolridge had a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and North Texas beat Indiana State 80-69 on Wednesday night.The Mean Green’s first triple-double since 1993 was the 12th in Division I this season. Tarkus Ferguson of Illinois-Chicago also recorded a triple-double on Wednesday in a win against Illinois State. Woolridge had seven rebounds, six assists and four rebounds in the first half and he secured it midway through the second.Roosevelt Smart made four 3-pointers and scored 16 points for North Texas (9-1). Michael Miller had 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists. The Mean Green were 13 of 32 from distance.Jordan Barnes’s 3-pointer with 2:06 remaining pulled Indiana State within 72-67, but the Sycamores didn’t score again until North Texas had built a double-digit lead.Barnes had 26 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals for Indiana State (5-2). Tyreke Key added 21 points.The Associated Press read more

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Ohio State mens lacrosse excited for 2014 season

Then-sophomore attackman Reegan Comeault (8) fights for a loose ball during a game against Marquette Feb. 23 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 18-8.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorComing off a season in which the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team won the ECAC conference tournament championship and its first NCAA tournament game in five years, plenty of excitement surrounds the program regarding just how far the Buckeyes can go in 2014.“We definitely have great potential,” senior goalie and captain Greg Dutton said. “We lost some key guys last year, but we’ve got some new guys in the mix, guys who are ready to step up. We are really excited for this season.”However, when OSU takes the field this spring, it will do so without the program’s all-time leading goal scorer in attackman Logan Schuss, who graduated last spring. The Minnesota Swarm selected Schuss with first overall pick in the 2013 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft in September.OSU coach Nick Myers, who is entering his sixth season with the team, said he believes it is going to take a team effort to replace Schuss.“Offensively, we pride ourselves on sharing the ball,” Myers said. “We are going to need some guys to step into some different roles, but I don’t think it’s going to be one person that replaces Logan.”One returning player is junior midfielder Jesse King, who was second on the team in points last season after tallying 32 goals and 23 assists. King was also one of 51 players named to Team Canada’s training squad in October.“It’s a huge confidence builder for him to get a chance to play with some of the best in the world,” Myers said about King’s experience. “He knows he is going to have a lot more attention from opponents and defenses, but I think he is up for that challenge.”Offensively, OSU returns four players who scored more than 20 points — King, sophomore attackman Carter Brown, junior midfielder Turner Evans and junior midfielder David Planning — to a team that went 13-4 last season, including 7-2 in conference play.OSU is ranked No. 7 in the “Inside Lacrosse” preseason poll, the first time the Buckeyes have been in the preseason top 10. The Buckeyes are also set to feature two Preseason First Team All-Americans for the first time in program history in King and senior defenseman Joe Meurer, who was selected with the 10th overall pick by the Florida Launch in the 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft Friday.Still, despite the talent OSU returns to the squad, Meurer said his team is not the best they can be quite yet.“We’ve still got a lot of work to do,” Meurer said. “As January progresses, we will definitely continue to build the blocks that we need to be the team that we want to be.”The Buckeyes are set to open the season Feb. 9 when they travel to Baltimore to take on No. 14 Johns Hopkins. read more

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Surrey earthquake causes residents to call police claiming a plane had crashed

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. Apparently there was an earthquake in Surrey last night? pic.twitter.com/3Bm4GeNpN4— Luke (@lukehboy) February 27, 2019 A 3.0 magnitude earthquake in Surrey caused somebody to think a plane had crashed, police have said.The tremor was felt in Newdigate, Surrey, less than 10 miles from Gatwick Airport, at 3.42am, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS).Surrey Police received a number of calls from concerned residents, including one person reporting that a plane had crashed, and another thinking their house had been broken into.A further call asked if there had been an earthquake, and a fourth reported a loud bang.Wednesday morning’s tremor was the fourth recorded quake in the area in the last fortnight, with the ground having moved on February 19, and twice on Valentine’s Day.The latest movement was the strongest, however, after the BGS recorded a 2.0 magnitude tremor on February 19, and 2.4 and 0.2 quakes on February 14.Stephen Hicks, seismologist at Imperial College London, said: “All these earthquakes are occurring in exactly the same location at a shallow depth of 2km beneath the surface.” Cry for Crawley. #earthquake #surrey pic.twitter.com/m0qLGLykkv— Grumpy (@Grumpyxxxx) February 27, 2019 Residents in the area were woken by Wednesday morning’s incident.James King, councillor for South Park and Woodhatch, tweeted at 3.43am: “Was that an earthquake in Reigate just now?”Some joked about the impact of the quake by sharing images of household items fallen on their side. Assessing the damage from last night’s earthquake. #Earthquake #crawley #Horley #gatwick #Reigate pic.twitter.com/ucWUTZhpMs— Jonneh (@jonneh) February 27, 2019 Crazy scenes here in Southend-on-Sea following the #earthquake. pic.twitter.com/Pr4HICSHi9— Rob Imossi (@robertimossi) February 27, 2019 Surrey earthquake causes residents to call police claiming a plane had crashedCredit:BGS Surrey earthquake causes residents to call police claiming a plane had crashed Twitter user @jonneh shared an image of a fallen broom, adding: “Assessing the damage from last night’s earthquake.”A handful of social media users expressed concern that the series of quakes were the result of nearby oil and gas exploration.However, Mr Hicks said while scientists were “keeping an open mind”, there was “still no available evidence which points towards the triggering by man-made activities”.”It is most likely that these earthquakes are natural – due to small tectonic stresses occurring on old geological faults caused by stresses from our nearest plate boundaries in the Mid-Atlantic and Mediterranean,” he said.Gatwick Airport in West Sussex confirmed they had felt the tremors overnight but operations had not been affected.A spokesman said: “The team overnight felt the effect in the airport (and) … the terminals.”Locals downplay the Surrey earthquake read more

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Demonstrators topple Lenin statue in giant Ukraine protest

first_imgAn anti-government protester beats the Lenin statue with a sledgehammer. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov) PRO-EU PROTESTERS IN Ukraine have toppled a statue of the Soviet Union’s founder Vladimir Lenin in Kiev after hundreds of thousands massed for a new protest in an increasingly tense stand-off with the government.The protesters had filled Independence Square in central Kiev and surrounding streets to bursting point to denounce President Viktor Yanukovych’s rejection of an EU pact under pressure from the Kremlin, in the biggest protests since the 2004 Orange Revolution.In a hugely symbolic denouement to the rally, dozens of masked protesters tore down the 3.4 metre (11 feet) high statue of the Bolshevik leader after putting a rope noose round Lenin’s neck.(Video: RT/YouTube)They then hacked away with axes at the remnants of the monument lying flat on the ground. Parts of the statue were afterwards triumphantly brandished at the main demonstration on Independence Square.Explainer: What exactly is going on in Ukraine? Leading opposition lawmaker Andriy Shevchenko said that the toppling of the statue had not been an initiative of the opposition leaders on Independence Square.“We can say that people organised themselves,” he added. Several of those who tore down the statue brandished flags of the ultra-nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) party.The protesters installed the Ukrainian state flag and the red and black banner of the wartime anti-Communist Ukrainian Insurgent Army on the empty plinth to the cries of “Thank God” and “Finally” from some 1,500 people at the scene.Pressure The size of the protest, the third mass rally in successive weekends, increased the pressure on Yanukovych who further galvanised his opponents by meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in almost total secrecy on Friday.The party UDAR of world boxing champion turned opposition leader Vitali Klitschko claimed “nearly a million” had turned out in Kiev.The protest in Kiev today. (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko) Police estimated the turnout at 100,000 and AFP correspondents said there were several hundred thousand present.‘He is no longer president’ Upping the stakes in the confrontation, demonstrators had earlier marched on the government headquarters and erected one-and-a-half metre (five feet) high barricades outside which would make it impossible for ministers to go to their offices.Riot police protect government buildings during the protest. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) Jailed ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko said the opposition was demanding the “immediate” resignation of Yanukovych, in a no-holds-barred statement read by her daughter.“He is no longer the president of our state, he is a tyrant who must answer for every drop of blood that has been shed,” Yevgenia Tymoshenko quoted her mother as saying, a giant portrait of the former prime minister sitting next to the stage.Soon after the rally’s speeches ended, the Security Service (SBU) said it had opened an investigation into alleged attempts by politicians to seize power, in an apparent bid by the state to target key opposition figures.State of emergency? Putin has said the protests looked more “like a pogrom than a revolution” but the West has urged the authorities to heed the demands of the opposition.Protesters gather around a huge poster of Yulia Tymoshenko (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) In a sign of the West’s growing support for the opposition, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said he would meet Klitschko for talks in Paris on Wednesday. Der Spiegel reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a group of European conservative parties planned to step up support for the pugilist, including through joint public appearances.Polls show that Yanukovych would lose to Klitschko in a 2015 presidential poll if that election went into a second round run-off.Yanukovych discussed the “situation in Ukraine and ways to solve it” with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, his office said.Trade agreementThe protests in Ukraine have raged for over two weeks after the government announced it was halting the work on political and free trade agreements with the European Union.(AP Photo/Efrem Lutasky) Protesters have seized control of Independence Square, setting up a tent city, and persisted with a blockade of key government buildings.The leader of Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, claimed the Yanukovych administration planned to impose a state of emergency.The opposition threatened to also blockade Yanukovych’s luxurious Mezhygirya residence on the banks of the Dnipro River outside Kiev if he did not dismiss the government within the next 48 hours.The president on Friday incensed protesters further by discussing a strategic partnership treaty with Putin, who wants Ukraine to join a Moscow-led Customs Union.Analysts believe Russia may have offered Ukraine cheaper gas and billions of dollars in aid in exchange for joining the Customs Union at Yanukovych’s closed-door meeting with Putin on Friday in Sochi.- © AFP, 2013Explainer: What exactly is going on in Ukraine? > Read: Ukraine protesters take over mayor’s office and set up ‘Revolution HQ’ >last_img read more

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Art project Box achieves mindblowing optical illusions using projection mapping

first_imgThe internet is home to many fun things to look at: terrible fan art, school girl mangas about Ubuntu, and GIFs of optical illusions. Frequently, the amusing videos or GIFs found on the web involve some kind of doctoring from a computer. San Francisco-based art collective Bot & Dolly produced a video that, at first glance, looks heavily modified with CG. However, it turns out the entire thing was captured in-camera, without the aid of any CG at all.As Bot & Dolly put it, the Box project “explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection mapping on moving surfaces.” In non-artist terms, that means the team made a cool rig using projection mapping to show that technology at this point in time has advanced so far, that all it takes is meticulously pinpointed light to make us think special effects in a video have been generated with a computer.Box involves two large-scale robot arms waving a couple of screens around. The screens look like they’re either playing native video, or the resulting video is stuffed full of CG, but actually, the textures and scenes are created with software and projection mapping.Aside from just having some kind of deep message about technology advancement, the rig used in Box also paves the way for more compelling live performances. Theater and concerts can have extremely sophisticated special effects to go along with the costumes and sets.If you’re interested in Bot & Dolly’s rig, or just interested in live special effects in general, head on over to the art collective’s webpage to learn more.last_img read more

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The pen is mightier How US Presidents lay down the law by

first_imgSINCE DONALD TRUMP was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, you’ve probably seen a lot of pictures of him signing papers.It’s part of Trump’s promise to overturn as much of the Barack Obama’s presidency as possible while implementing his own agenda.Ignoring the noise that goes with everything Trump does, we’ve been attempting to record the policy decisions he’s been taking in office.But what exactly are the ‘executive orders’ we’ve heard so much about and what effect do they have? President Barack Obama signs executive orders to protect LGBT employees from federal workplace discrimination. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesWhat is an executive order? Executive orders are legally binding directives from the US President that do not require approval from Congress.Executive orders can not be directed at citizens, they can only be directed at US federal agencies.This does not mean that a President can tell an agency do anything, however, as the orders must not be deemed to exceed the powers of their office.But only twice out of the almost 14,000 executive orders signed from George Washington to Barack Obama have they been overruled by the Supreme Court.The orders are also not supposed to go against what Congress wants either, but to keep within the law and the spirit of what Congress wants.Congress can also work against an executive order it doesn’t like by restricting funding to its implementation but a President can veto that as well.So in reality, the most painless way to remove an executive order is through the office of the President. US parties regularly do this after getting their candidate elected.What are they used for?  Former President Bill Clinton signs an executive order as part of his deficit-reduction plan in 1993. Source: Marcy Nighswander/PA ImagesIn general the orders force the agencies to act in the manner that fits a President’s priorities.In the case of the above photograph, for example, the order steered all new taxes collected toward the deficit as to be part of Clinton’s deficit reduction plan.But the orders can sometimes be very significant. In 1957 President Eisenhower used an executive order to dispatch troops to enforce the desegregation of an all-white school in Arkansas.President Kennedy used one to end racial discrimination in federal housing while President Clinton used one to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in the federal civilian workforce.How rare are executive orders? Source: Statista.comAs the above chart shows, the frequency of executive orders has fluctuated over the past 150 years but there’s rarely a distinct difference between successive Presidents.Obama and George W. Bush, for example, had almost the same number.Their use can sometimes be controversial as the President is deliberately avoiding congress. Especially so if their regular use makes an administration seem dictatorial.It’s no coincidence that wartime President Franklin D. Roosevelt employed executive orders most frequently.President Trump  Source: White HouseSo far, Trump has officially signed two executive orders and a number of presidential memoranda.As the USA today explains, presidential memoranda are “increasingly common but lesser known expression of presidential power that came to replace many executive orders under President Obama.”In reality the amount to very much the same thing.The first executive order Trump signed puts in writing that it is the administration’s policy to work towards the “prompt repeal” the Affordable Care Act.His predecessor’s signature healthcare initiative known as Obamacare.In the meantime, Trump’s executive order directs health agencies and other departments to reduce their spending under the Affordable Care Act.Politicians and commentators have, however, expressed some confusion about what exactly the result of the order will be.Trump signed a second executive order yesterday and a number of other directives that seek to hasten to construction of infrastructure projects, such as oil pipelines, and reduce environmental oversight for them. Source: CNN/YouTubeRead: An awful lot of Irish people are feeling less positive about the world following Trump’s inauguration >Explainer: Why would Trump’s White House present blatant lies as ‘alternative facts’? > By Rónán Duffy The pen is mightier: How US Presidents lay down the law by executive order The orders make it clear to federal agencies what the presidents want. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 25 Jan 2017, 6:04 AM 15,889 Views Share119 Tweet Email1 Short URL Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Signing orders to move forward with the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines in the Oval Office. pic.twitter.com/OErGmbBvYK— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2017 11 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3202831 Jan 25th 2017, 6:04 AM last_img read more

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3DPrinted Batteries Could Mean Lightweight LongerLasting Electronics

first_imgStay on target U.S. Scientists 3D Print Miniature Human HeartGeek Pick: Juku 3Doodler Create+ Is A 3D Printing Pen Set Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new method of fabricating battery electrodes using 3D printing.In collaboration with the Missouri University of Science and Technology, the team can 3D print a microlattice structure that improves the capacity and charge-discharge rates of lithium-ion batteries.“In the case of lithium-ion batteries, the electrodes with porous architectures can lead to higher charge capacities,” study lead Rahul Panat, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at CMU, said in a statement. “This is because such architectures allow the lithium to penetrate through the electrode volume leading to very high electrode utilization, and thereby higher energy storage capacity.”In normal batteries, as much as 30 to 50 percent of the total electrode volume is left unutilized.“Our method overcomes this issue by using 3D printing where we create a microlattice electrode architecture that allows the efficient transport of lithium through the entire electrode, which also increases the battery charging rates,” Panat explained.Additive manufacturing can be—and has been—used to construct porous electrodes for lithium-ion batteries. But, as Carnegie Mellon pointed out, design options are limited: Previously, the best choice was “interdigitated geometry” (i.e., metal prongs interlocked like the fingers of two hands, lithium moving between each side).An interdigitated geometry, though it does allow lithium to transport through the battery efficiently during charging and discharging, is not optimal (via Rahul Panat & Mohammad Sadeq Saleh)Panat & Co. believe their technology—a major advance in printing complex geometries for 3D battery architectures—will be ready for industrial use in about two to three years.So what does that mean for you?This “revolutionary” method will be important for consumer electronics, medical devices, and aerospace applications, according to CMU; companies can produce higher-capacity batteries for the same weight, or lighter batteries with the same capacity.But unlike the 3D printers used by sexbot makers, the U.S. Marines, NASA, or MIT, the Carnegie Mellon researchers developed their own method for rapidly assembling individual droplets into a three-dimensional structure.“Because these droplets are separated from each other, we can create these new complex geometries,” Panat said. “If this was a single stream of material, as in the case of extrusion printing, we wouldn’t be able to make them.“This is a new thing,” he continued. “I don’t believe anybody until now has used 3D printing to create these kinds of complex structures.”The team, whose study was published in the journal Additive Manufacturing, is also working on more complex 3D structures that can be used simultaneously as structural and functional materials—think a drone wing that is also a battery.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Parking garage complete at Block 6 on waterfront

first_imgParking is, apparently, a gift that keep on giving. In this case, for developers and future tenants at The Waterfront Vancouver.Barry Cain, president of Gramor Development, said work has finished on a two-level, below-ground parking garage at Block 6 of the massive waterfront development.Besides helping ease ongoing concerns that development will congest downtown, Cain said completing the garage early helps builders turn a corner. Now, two new structures on top are expected to rise quickly.“It just takes a long time to get all that underground concrete; it’s amazing how long it takes,” he said. “But once you get the foundation going, I think it will be a fairly quick process getting those buildings looking finished.”A seven-story office building and a six-story apartment complex could be completed by September, he said. Both will have a combination of restaurant, retail and office space on the ground floors, though it’s unclear if those tenants would open at the same time.Passers-by may specifically notice the large concrete slab taking shape at the site. That is a concrete shear wall that will support the seven-story office building, according to construction crews. Nearby, two restaurant buildings are also standing; they’re expected to open in the summer.So far, three tenants are set to move into Block 6. MidiCi Neopolitan Pizza Company and Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty will move into space on the ground floor of the apartment building; and M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has leased two floors of the office tower.last_img read more

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Rail links may resume Monday afternoon

first_imgThe damaged bridge in Kalihati uapzila of Tangail district. Prothom Alo file photoThe capital’s rail communications with the northern and southern districts of the country may resume on Monday afternoon.The railway authorities are hopeful of a resumption of the rail links that were snapped due to a partially damaged bridge over the river Pauli in Tangail district on Sunday morning.Ramzan Ali, the chief engineer of Bangladesh Railway’s western zone, said 300 labourers have been working to repair the damaged bridge since Sunday morning.Earlier on Sunday morning, the authorities came to know about the damaged bridge after Dhaka-bound Sundarban Express crossed the area. The bridge went out of order as a 20-feet soil platform under the rail bridge collapsed due to floodwater.last_img read more

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New AllColor Tamagotchi to Hit Store Shelves in July

first_img Vintage Shelf: Video Game Movies Are Bad But ‘Double Dragon’ Is a Good TimeThe Dream of the ’90s Is Alive in Nike’s KD12 Stay on target Attention all ’90s kids: The egg-shaped, plastic pets that you have to keep “alive” will be hitting store shelves again. Japanese manufacturer Bandai is releasing an all-color, new and improved version of the must-have toy of the ’90s in North America in July.Launched in 1996, the pocket-sized Tamagotchi was a fixture in playgrounds everywhere, but it really didn’t do anything more aside from eat, sleep, beep, and die — and serve as a fun accessory, maybe.The new Tamagotchi device — called Tamagotchi On — will feature millions of different characters, colored-digital screens, and cross-platform connectivity.“The new experiences and social connections raises the fun-factor and provides users with endless hours of entertainment,” Tara Badie, Bandai America Marketing Director, said in a press release. “We wanted to keep aspects of the original Tamagotchi gameplay but make it more relevant for today’s users by adding a colored-digital screen, new ways to connect and millions of different characters.”Available at mass retail nationwide starting July 28th, the new Tamagotchi On will come in two style: ‘Fairy’ and ‘Magic’. (Photo Credit: CNW Group/Bandai America)Users will now be able to connect their Tamagotchi to an interactive app on mobile devices to see more unique characters, play a game, meet new Tamagotchi characters to marry, and earn ‘Gotchi’ points and other surprises. There will even be a “Daycare drop-off” feature allows users to leave their My Tama in good hands while they take some time off (and go to school).Pre-sales of the device actually started online on May 13 at Target, Amazon, GameStop and Urban Outfitters but the Tamagotchi On will be available at mass retail nationwide starting July 28. The new Tamagotchi On device will retail for $59.99.In Japan and other markets, Bandai has frequently released new Tamagotchi devices. But the new Tamagotchi On seems to be part of a new wave of nostalgic reinventions of iconic products and brands of the 1980s and 1990s.Just look no further than the recent live-action remake of Aladdin (in theaters now) and Sonic The Hedgehog (set for release in early 2020).Italy-based toy seller Alessio Di Marco told BBC News he’s seen a “strong rise in interest in toys from the 1990s” like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers  in the last few years.“The children of the 1990s have grown up and are increasingly nostalgic for the toys of their childhood,” he told BBC.You can pre-order Tamagotchi On on Amazon.More on Geek.com:The Dream of the ’90s Is Alive in Nike’s KD12Namco Museum Mini Player Is a Retro Arcade That’s Just RightVideo Game Movies Are Mostly Bad But ‘Double Dragon’ Is a Good Timelast_img read more