Samjhauta blasts: NIA chargesheets Aseemanand, 4 others

first_imgThe National Investigating Agency (NIA) on Monday filed a chargesheet against Hindutva leader Swami Aseemanand and four others, holding them responsible for the Samjhauta Express blasts in 2007 which left 68 people dead. Asimanand allegedly propounded a bomb ka badla bomb (bomb for bomb) theory and masterminded the terror strike, instigating the other accused to carry out the attack.Aseemanand represents right-wing Hindutva organisation Abhinav Bharat. He was arrested by the CBI on November 19, 2010, from Haridwar in Uttarakhand for his alleged role in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad.Others named in the 24- page chargesheet filed in a Panchkula court were the late Sunil Joshi, Lokesh Sharma, Sandeep Dange alias Parmanand and Ramchandra Kalasangra alias Ramji alias Vishnu Patel. While Joshi has been murdered, two other accused – Kalasangra and Dange – are absconding.The investigating agency was also looking into the part played by other suspects such as RSS leader Indresh Kumar, Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Amit alias Sunny and Devender Gupta for their involvement in the conspiracy.India will now formally hand over the NIA chargesheet to Pakistan. ” Our chargesheet shows that India has the courage to expose the real masterminds and plotters behind the Samjhauta Express attack. We expect the same from Pakistan, which continues to deny the involvement of the real masterminds such as Hafiz Saeed, ISI’s Major Iqbal and LeT commander Sajid Mir in the 26/ 11 case,” a top source said.Government sources revealed that Pakistan would be informed of the chargesheet if a query is raised from that side during the upcoming foreign- secretary level talks in Islamabad from June 23. ” A copy of the chargesheet would soon be handed over to Pakistan through diplomatic channels and Pakistan high commissioner Shahid Malik may be called to collect the same,” sources added.advertisementAccording to the chargesheet, Asimanand was upset with the jehadi terrorist attacks on Akshardham temple in Gujarat, Raghunath Mandir in Jammu and Sankat Mochan temple in Varanasi. He and Joshi held a meeting at Shabridham ashram in Gujarat’s Dang district following the Varanasi blast in 2006.This was when they plotted the train attack. Asimanand presided over the meeting in which he said: ” Bomb ka jawab bomb se dena chahiye .” The accused chose to attack Samjhauta Express since the majority of travellers were Pakistani citizens. Asimanand provided financial and logistical support to the terror group. Dange, Ramji and Sharma and some others led by Joshi had procured the raw material for the IEDs. They also fabricated and planted the explosives in the train.The accused were charged with hatching a criminal conspiracy leading to murder, attempt to murder and some other offences under the IPC, in addition to the Railways Act, Explosive Substances Act, Prevention of Damage of Public Property Act and Unlawful Activities ( Prevention) Act. The Samjhauta Express blasts had taken place on February 18, 2007, at Diwana village near Panipat in Haryana.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

NCAA: Tankoua, San Beda grind out win vs Perpetual

first_imgMOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect The defending champion Lions unexpectedly found the Altas a tough nut to crack until Tankoua exploited the gaps inside that put them comfortably ahead.Joining Tankoua in breaking the game open late in the fourth were fellow MVP contenders Calvin Oftana and James Canlas together with gunslinger AC Soberano and cat-quick guard Evan Nelle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40The unbeaten Lions registered their 14th consecutive win as they moved a victory away from a guaranteed twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.Absorbing their ninth setback in 12 games, the Altas are still in contention for a semifinal spot with still six games remaining. P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines–Donald Tankoua turns into a fiercer animal whenever the San Beda Red Lions find themselves in a bind.San Beda’s rugged forward helped the Red Lions wrestle victory from the Perpetual Altas, 75-62, in a tight contest Thursday at the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Calvin Abueva returns to Phoenix practice despite indefinite ban Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue SAN BEDA 75—Oftana 17, Tankoua 17, Canlas 16, Doliguez 8, Soberano 8, Abuda 5, Nelle 4, Alfaro 0, Bahio 0.PERPETUAL 62—Aurin 13, Adamos 12, Razon 12, Peralta 11, Charcos 9, Martel 3, Labarda 2, Guissani 0, Lanoy 0.Quarters: 14-12, 31-33, 50-46, 75-62ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Go play outside (with your outdoor displays)

first_img Continue Reading Previous Requirements for OTA software updates for connected embedded devicesNext AI system transforms large facilities into intelligent environments Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.center_img Display technology being utilized for digital advertising is not a new concept — Times Square, downtown Tokyo, and other big-city environments typically come to mind when we think of outdoor displays. However, display technology is increasingly finding its way into the great outdoors in new and different formats. While indoor applications still represent about 80 percent of the display market, the pace of growth for outdoor technologies and applications is picking up, thereby expanding manufacturers’ market opportunities.Outdoor signs have typically been static and made of paper, plastic, or metal. In the last few years, however, electronic signage has become fairly common. Outdoor electronic signs started as cathode ray tubes (CRTs), which served a purpose but posed multiple challenges — they were a couple of feet thick and very heavy, creating the need for a robust, concrete-and-steel mechanical support structure; shielding them from the sun was difficult; and they were not innately attractive. Once liquid crystal displays (LCDs) arrived in the scene, they were viewed as a better alternative. However, they were still several inches thick due to the powerful backlight they required, particularly in an outdoor setting.Currently, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) dominate the roughly $15 billion outdoor signage market, with LCDs holding a tiny market share in second place. However, electronic paper, or ePaper, is starting to gain ground, with good reason; we’ll return to consider this technology shortly.Using displays in outdoor environments creates challenges, particularly in the daytime. People tend to be outdoors during the day more than at night, and this creates a problem when the sun shines directly on the display — images fade due to poor contrast, and it can be difficult for the viewer to see messages clearly from any angle. Since these displays are essentially competing with the sun, they need to put out a great deal of light to compensate, thereby causing power consumption to go through the roof. Even when used in sports stadiums, shopping malls, and other venues that receive indirect sunlight, they require dedicated high-power cabling and power supplies. Forget about battery backup in case of power loss from the grid. Typically, the cost of power consumption for these large LED signs is paid for by advertisers, by arena owners (actually, by fans via higher ticket prices), or by taxpayers when on public roadways. (Of course, gambling revenues help offset LED power costs in places like Las Vegas.) The recurring costs due to power consumption for large signage displays are non-trivial, but the unit cost of power from the grid (11 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) is affordable for most operators.LEDs can stand extremes of weather, whereas LCDs have complicated temperature maintenance requirements. LCD-based signage units contain heaters to warm them when it gets too cold and to keep them at the proper material level (i.e., not too liquid or too crystallized). Hot weather creates further problems; while fans can be inserted, they require a separate outlet, and dust will enter the unit when the fans are not running, clogging up the filters. And fans are not always permissible in some sites, e.g., retail gas stations, where you don’t want to circulate gasoline fumes onto hot surfaces inside the display. Some places, such as train stations, are using LCDs, but they require a very powerful backlight to combat the sun. Making the display visible in sunlight requires a huge amount of power, which — in turn — creates heat and thickness issues, shortens product life, and boosts costs. The bottom line is that cost and power consumption create serious issues regarding long-term outdoor use of LCDs.How do we solve this power problem? Power consumption by indoor TV displays is problematic, let alone when the display size increases and additional issues associated with outdoor use come into play. The long-term answer to the outdoor-display challenge is reflective or transflective display technologies. The combination of ePaper with specialized LCDs, which can use the sun rather than fight it, is beginning to gain traction. In some applications, such a combination uses 99 percent less power than LED or outdoor LCD, and eliminates glare issues in daylight. For nighttime use, a front light can be set up to reflect off the display to ensure readability is maintained.ePaper is being employed globally in a growing range of locations, as the accompanying images illustrate. Increasingly, these locations are standalone and remote. In London, for example, ePaper displays are being deployed using a solar cell on top of the sign, which therefore requires virtually no electricity and, when outfitted with WiFi, no data cables.London bus stop using ePaper (Source: Visionect) ePaper billboards used in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana (Source: Visionect) At the The Society for Information Display (SID) , we believe ePaper for outdoor displays will take off in a major way for a broad range of applications in the next two to three years. For a start, ePaper can be used for street signs — it’s visible in areas where inclement weather is an issue, and the display — like any electronic sign — provides a significant leg up as compared to static plastic or paper signs. This can be particularly valuable when a natural disaster occurs. When Fukushima, Japan, was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011, for example, large signage displays jointly developed by E-Ink and Toppan were able to keep running in certain cities, consuming just 1% of the power needed by other, similar-sized signs. These very low-power, easily viewed displays became a valuable resource for residents, who would trek to the city center to view updated information on emergency contacts, disaster relief, water quality, and other important news.One technology that’s not being used much for outdoor applications is organic LED (OLED). OLEDs can be viewable outdoors, but — once again — their power consumption is very high, so their cost and lifetime outlook is negatively impacted when used outdoors. However, one specific application for OLEDs is emerging — transparent displays in semi-outdoor applications. Retail shop windows can be replaced with transparent displays, heightening the window shopping experience while providing information that transcends the traditional “card in the window.” Signage providers have begun to offer transparent OLEDs designed to showcase dynamic or interactive information on a transparent glass surface. This can be particularly useful for high-end retail goods, allowing the entire window to offer a means of comparing and promoting products.Outdoor displays will be showcased during Display Week 2017, which comes to Los Angeles May 21-26. Display Week allows attendees to preview display technologies that they’ll be able to buy in the next few years– not only through demonstrations provided by exhibitors, but also via many high-value workshops and talks. This year’s technical symposium will feature a track on Digital Signage Display Solutions, looking at new and enabling innovations and applications. If this sounds like something you’d like to check out, please register now at, and plan to join us in sunny Los Angeles this spring.With more than two decades of experience in the technology industry, Sri Peruvemba is the Chief Executive Officer at Marketer International. As the go-to expert source on electronic displays, touch screens, and related technologies for many of the leading technology writers in the country, Sri is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Bloomberg, Financial Times, and many other publications. He is also regularly invited to present at major technology conferences, has published several articles and white papers, and often leads seminars and classes on the display industry.Sri’s 25 years of experience in the electronics industry include marketing LCD, CRT, TFEL, OLED, LED, Plasma, and ePaper displays into the mobile, industrial, medical, signage and TV markets. He earned a BSEE, an MBA, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management. Previously, Sri held senior level positions at E Ink, Sharp Corp, TFS Inc, Planar Systems and Suntronic Technology. He also volunteers his time as Head of Marketing for The Society for Information Display (SID) and also serves as advisor to several technology companies in Europe, Asia, and North America. last_img read more

Samatta: “Tanzania was too strong for Botswana”

first_imgTanzania Mbwana Samatta: “Tanzania was too strong for Botswana” Meshack Brighton Last updated 2 years ago 16:46 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mbwana Samatta - Tanzania Goal Tanzania Tanzania Botswana Tanzania gifted striker, Simon Msuva who play for Morroco’s Al Jadida scored twice to give Taifa Stars 2-0 win over the host at Uhuru Stadium Tanzania striker Mbwana Samatta has admitted that Saturday’s evening’s friendly against Botswana was a “must win” game for his side.Simon Msuva scored twice to give Taifa Stars a 2-0 win over the visitors in an exciting match at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es salaam on Saturday.”Botswana played very well, the defended a lot, but it was a must win game today and we have had it in the past and we have stood up to the challenge and the most important thing is that we defeated them,” Samatta told reporters. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina “We always speak about the performance but tonight was just great determination. I think Tanzania was too strong for Botswana, and there was no point they could score.”We defended very well and we played professionally, I don’t see how Botswana could beat us.”Many people questioned Samatta’s form, but it is obvious that Taifa Stars is not a one man army, he made his contribution to the team even if he couldn’t find the net.last_img read more

‘Coutinho €160m pricetag a bit high!’ – Rakitic

first_imgTransfers ‘Coutinho €160m pricetag a bit high!’ – Rakitic Jack Davies Last updated 1 year ago 01:00 1/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(12) Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Philippe Coutinho Ivan Rakitić Primera División The Croatia international feels the transfer fees being spent in the current market are starting to become too expensive after the Brazilian’s arrival Ivan Rakitic concedes the price Barcelona have had to pay to prise Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool is “a bit high”, but hopes the Brazilian can help secure the LaLiga title.Coutinho will cost Barca €160 million, making him the third most expensive player of all time, behind Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who will move to Paris Saint-Germain on a permanent deal from Monaco at the end of the season for €180m.And Rakitic, who will now face increased competition for a place in Barca’s midfield, believes the Coutinho fee is a sign of the times. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “My opinion doesn’t matter, but the price has gone a bit high, that’s what the market dictates,” he is quoted as saying by Marca .”Every great player is welcome here. I congratulate the president and everyone else who made it possible for him to be here.Philippe Coutinho Barcelona“He is one of the family now, we are going to enjoy him a lot, he’s now at the biggest club in the world.”Coutinho will not be eligible to feature in the Champions League this season but will boost Barca’s bid for a domestic double, with the Catalans leading Atletico Madrid by nine points at the top of La Liga.”We are happy another player has joined us, one who is among the very best,” added Rakitic.”Obviously, he can’t play in the Champions League, but we already knew that.”He will help us in La Liga and hopefully the Copa del Rey, but we must give him time to settle.”last_img read more

20 days agoDyche hails Burnley players and staff as they reach fourth

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Dyche hails Burnley players and staff as they reach fourthby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche hailed his players and staff as Jeff Hendrick’s winner sent them fourth in the Premier League.A set play from the training ground worked a treat as Hendrick, back in his favoured central midfield role, smashed home a deep Ashley Westwood corner at the far post to win a tight Turf Moor tussle against the 10-man Toffees.Seamus Coleman saw red for the visitors early in the second half following a barge on Dwight McNeil, which followed an accidental, but reckless first half challenge that ultimately forced Erik Pieters out of the game.“I don’t get too carried away with league table. I’m more interested in the one at the end of the season,” laughed Dyche.“Don’t get me wrong, it’s to be enjoyed for Burnley Football Club and the fans, but for me it’s about focusing on every game and on where we are at the end of the season.“But within that, there are still moments to be enjoyed and you take in these performances and where we are now, compared to a year ago.“We are in a good place because the players have earned the right. They have come back with a real edge to them and I’ll remind you, I was just as proud of them this time last season, when we didn’t have as many points behind us.”Dyche, who celebrates seven years at Turf Moor later this month, added: “One of my many obsessions is finding different ways to win and today was a really tight, tough game.“They are a really good side and I know they’ve had a tough run, but they have quality all over the pitch.“But I thought we contained them well and the red card probably changes the feel of it.” last_img read more

Stolt Tankers Ready to Seize MA Opportunities

first_imgzoom As the separation of Stolt Tankers as a stand-alone company from Belgium’s Stolt-Nielsen Limited (SNL) nears completion, the company is ready to pursue merger and acquisition opportunities that might come its way.“Now we are ready to do another deal, meaning either acquiring a competitor or merging with a competitor using shares instead of cash,” Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen, SNL’s Chief Executive Officer, said while speaking in a conference call on the company’s results.“If that doesn’t happen, we are also ready to do an initial public offering (IPO) if we chose to.”Stolt-Nielsen further added that the company is laying the groundwork to be able to pursue an opportunity quickly.“Had we not separated out, it would have taken us one year to do a carry out a potential acquisition,” he explained.With regard to a potential IPO, Stolt-Nielsen said that even though the option is on the table, it has not been considered as an item on the agenda. This is in particular, as the timing of an IPO needs to be right, however, considering the current situation on the chemical tanker market, now is not the best time to do it.“We would prefer to pursue consolidation opportunities as there is very much room in the market for the consolidation to take place and it would be beneficial for everyone,” he further added.Nevertheless, if those efforts don’t bear fruit the company would turn to an IPO.Stolt Nielsen stressed it intends to remain a majority owner in its chemical tanker business.Oslo-listed Stolt-Nielsen Limited reported USD 49.2 million-worth net profit for the first nine months of 2017, considerably lower from USD 90.3 million posted in the corresponding period of 2016.Stolt Tankers’ third-quarter operating profit was USD 34.4 million, up from USD 27.6 million in the second quarter of 2017 and corresponding quarter of 2016 when it booked USD 31.4 million. For the nine-month period, the tanker division’s profit reached USD 90.5 million against last year’s USD 108 million.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Indian mens hockey team beats Kiwis 50

first_imgTokyo: The Indian men’s hockey team won the Olympic Test event here on Wednesday, beating New Zealand 5-0 to avenge the loss it endured in their round robin clash. Captain Harmanpreet Singh (7th minute) set the ball rolling before Shamsher Singh (18th minute), Nilakanta Sharma (22nd minute), Gursahibjit Singh (26th minute) and Mandeep Singh (27th minute) scored for India at the Oi Hockey Stadium here. India had lost 1-2 to New Zealand earlier in round robin league-stage. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”We played very well. We managed to score our opportunities at the start of the game,” Harmanpreet said after the triumph. “I think the final was always going to be tough, we lost to New Zealand earlier. But we had been having practice sessions after that and worked on our mistakes to win today,” he added. Both teams began the match on a cautious note by turning over the ball in the mid-field. India won a penalty corner in the seventh minute, but couldn’t capitalise on the opportunity. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHowever, skipper Harmanpreet didn’t miss out on a re-awarded penalty corner. He executed a perfect dragflick to put India in the lead. The Indian team continued to hold possession and put tremendous pressure on the New Zealand defense as they ended the first quarter at 1-0. Shamsher scored India’s second goal through a penalty corner in the 18th minute. New Zealand managed to make only two circle entries in the second quarter as the Indian team scored three more goals. Nilakanta found the back of the net in the 22nd minute before Gursahibjit and Mandeep scored in quick succession. Vivek Prasad intercepted the ball brilliantly to assist a goal for Gursahibjit and Mandeep converted a penalty corner just before the half-time whistle. After an action-packed first half, the intensity dropped from both sides. New Zealand tried to make a few inroads in the third quarter as they took a shot in the 37th minute which went wide of the post. Jarmanpreet Singh saved a penalty corner in the next minute as India and New Zealand played out a goalless quarter but the former held the lead at 5-0. In the last quarter, India ensured they stayed in the lead and didn’t allow New Zealand to break through their defense throughout the match. India’s attacking approach in the match paid off as they walked off the pitch as winners of the competition.last_img read more

Russia Supports Moroccos Position on the Western Sahara

Rabat – The Russian Federation and the Kingdom of Morocco are against any violation of the UN Security Council resolutions regarding the settlement of the Sahara issue.“The Russian Federation and the Kingdom of Morocco do not support any temptation to accelerate or haste the political process, nor any violation of the parameters defined in the Security Council resolutions” to find a solution to the Sahara issue, said the “Declaration on the deep strategic partnership between the Russian Federation and the Kingdom of Morocco” issued Tuesday in Moscow on the occasion of the official visit of King Mohammed VI.The statement comes the heightened tension between Morocco and United Nations Secretariat after Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon made statement that have been regarded as biased by the Moroccan government. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for his part, stressed at a press briefing that the UN should “continue to play a constructive role despite recent misunderstandings”. “It’s an old problem, a very serious problem. (…) But we see no other solution than seeking a compromise,” he insisted.During his recent trip to Algiers and the Tindouf camps on March 5-7, the UN chief used the term “occupation” while referring to Morocco’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara.In addition to the use if the term “occupation,” the UN chief stressed that the UN Mission in the territory, known by its French acronym as MINURSO, was “ready to conduct a referendum of self-determination if the parties involved” agreed to proceed with it.The Moroccan government saw in this statement a deviation from UN Security Council resolutions adopted since 2007, which call on the parties to strive towards reaching an agreed upon and mutually acceptable political solution.Morocco reacted angrily to Ban’s statement and accused him of bias in favor of the Polisario and of “departing from his neutrality and impartiality and UN chief.”The UN chief comments are “are politically inappropriate, unprecedented, and contrary to Security Council resolutions,” the statement issued by the government last Tuesday said. read more

Ban welcomes humanitarian exchange between Israel and Hizbollah

30 June 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed recent progress on resolving the humanitarian aspects of the Security Council resolution that ended the 2006 conflict between Israel and the Lebanese group Hizbollah. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban noted the Israeli Government’s recent decision that involves the return of two Israeli soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, who had been abducted and a solution to the cases of Lebanese prisoners held in Israel. “He looks forward to the signing and the full implementation of the negotiated agreement in the near future,” the statement said. “He hopes that the envisaged humanitarian moves will encourage further steps on implementing other parts of the resolution [1701] and contribute to further humanitarian moves.” read more

Libya UN report details serious human rights abuses in Tripoli Benghazi

The joint report by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the UN human rights office (OHCHR) gives an overview of abuses, including indiscriminate shelling and attacks on civilian objects, the shelling of hospitals, the abduction of civilians, torture and unlawful killings. Detailing accounts of civilian casualties, including women, children and foreign nationals, the report also states that that fighters appear to disregard the likely impact of their action on civilians and have inadequate training and discipline. Further, the use of badly maintained and faulty weapons and ammunition increases inaccuracy. “These factors suggest that many attacks carried out in Tripoli and Benghazi are indiscriminate,” says the report, which covers the period between mid-May and the end of August.The report said the capital, Tripoli, witnessed six consecutive weeks of violence from 13 July, when an alliance of armed groups primarily from the city of Misrata but also from other towns including al-Zawiya and Gheryan, and Tripoli-based armed groups, launched “Operation Dawn” against the Zintan-affiliated al-Qa’qa’ and al-Sawai’q armed groups allied with fighters from the Warshafana region west of Tripoli. In Benghazi in mid-May, retired General Khalifa Haftar announced an armed campaign, “Operation Dignity,” against the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries (SCBR), an alliance including Ansar al-Shari’a, Libya Shield units and other armed groups. Since mid-July, Benghazi appears to be mostly under the control of the SCBR, although the fighting continues, including near Benina Airport.In both Tripoli and Benghazi, all sides have been resorting to a variety of weapons in populated areas, including small arms, GRAD rockets, mortars, anti-aircraft guns, tanks and air attacks. Air strikes by “Operation Dignity” on populated areas have been frequently taking place in Benghazi since May 2014, while in Tripoli, the report says that there have been two air sorties against Operation Dawn armed groups.The report goes on to reveal that dozens of civilians were reportedly abducted in Tripoli and Benghazi solely for their actual or suspected tribal, family or religious affiliation, and have remained missing since the time of their abduction. Such abductions may amount to enforced disappearances if the parties to the conflict do not acknowledge their whereabouts, the report states. UNSMIL is raising cases of those detained with the relevant armed groups and welcomes further information from concerned parties. “Protection of civilians must be a priority,” the report states. “All armed groups must comply with the principles of distinction, proportionality and precautions in attack,” it adds, underscoring that all armed groups must desist from violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, “in particular all acts that may amount to war crimes.”The report urges all armed groups to release or hand over to the justice system individuals who they have detained. It also stresses that the lack of compliance with international human rights and humanitarian law by one party does not absolve other parties from their obligations to comply with these standards. “All armed groups must remove from active duty and hand over to the justice system those among their members suspected of having committed abuses,” the report warns, and adds: “Political or military leaders can be held criminally responsible not only if they order crimes, but also if they are in a position to stop them and do not do so.”UNSMIL also estimates that at least 100,000 Libyans have been internally displaced by the fighting including Tawerghans who were already in their displacement camps since 2011, and that a further 150,000 people, including many migrant workers, have left the country. The deepening political polarization, the fighting and the risk of retaliation by armed groups have generated a climate of fear in which people are reluctant to talk about certain violations and abuses. It has also led many activists, including in particular women activists, to leave the country. UNSMIL and OHCHR have appealed to all sides of the conflict to cease all armed hostilities and engage in an inclusive political dialogue to build a State based on the respect of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. UNSMIL continues to engage with all sides to end the fighting and ensure that civilians are protected, the report states. read more

Commentary 2022 World Cup in Qatar an obvious mistake by FIFA

The FIFA Executive Committee convened in Zurich Dec. 2, 2010 to decide which country would get to host the 2022 World Cup.After eliminating bids from Australia, South Korea and Japan, it was down to the U.S. and Qatar in the decision for who would play host.In the end, Qatar won.Almost immediately after the announcement, an uproar began in the international soccer community. The World Cup takes place during June and July every four years. During those months in Doha, Qatar, the average high temperature is more than 107 degrees Fahrenheit. If player safety is a concern, that temperature is too high.FIFA has since aimed to fix the problem of high temperatures by attempting to move the World Cup to the winter months, as air conditioning the stadiums enough to make play safer would cost unrealistic amounts of money.Instead of absolving the issue, this created as much, if not more, controversy.The English Premier League, the Spanish La Liga, the Italian Serie A, the German Bundesliga and other leagues across Europe are in the heart of their seasons in the middle of winter and would struggle to change their long-standing schedules to accommodate such a lengthy event as the World Cup.The Premier League in particular has been vocal about having to change its yearly schedule for the World Cup. Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said FIFA has the power to select the venue, but that the time is a very different decision, as it would interfere too much with previously planned schedules.“Those are two very different things,” Scudamore said. “The sporting calendar across the world is affected.”On top of all that, The Guardian reported Sept. 25 that  at least 44 Nepalese laborers have died in Qatar of heart attacks, heart failure or workplace accidents, which brings up a human rights issue for laborers in Qatar.Despite the backlash, FIFA remains adamant in its stance that the World Cup will take place in Qatar in 2022.The association’s president, Sepp Blatter, said Oct. 4 the venue would not change.“The 2022 World Cup will be played in Qatar — that’s it,” Blatter said. “We don’t know if it’s winter or summer. I do not know what will be the outcome.”It’s pretty clear to me, though, what needs to happen. FIFA needs to admit its mistake and award the bid to the U.S. — or Japan, or South Korea or Australia. Really, they just need to pull it out of Qatar.I respect what FIFA was trying to do in bringing international soccer to the Middle East, which has not had much success in the tournament historically, but putting it there was a mistake from the start.The leagues already are forced to work around the World Cup qualifying schedule in the years leading up to the event, taking time off to allow the players to return to their home countries to play in matches.Not only would two months worth of games be taken away from them, but you have to add in the time that it would take for players to train with their countrymen beforehand, and likely give them time off afterward.That’s four months off  the leagues would essentially be forced to give for the players, something that would in turn be a financial and logistical nightmare.If FIFA is smart, it will move the World Cup.I’m a homer, so I may be a little biased by the fact that I would love to watch the final in the Rose Bowl stadium in Los Angeles, but the controversy kicked up by the Qatar decision is not worth the effort.No one, it seems, outside of FIFA and Qatar, is pleased with the situation and willing to make a change.It seems as if representatives from FIFA are just stubbornly sticking to their guns because they are not willing to come out and say they were wrong. Personally, I don’t think they will.Blatter and the rest of FIFA have made it clear that they want the World Cup in Qatar, so the likelihood of making a change is very small.Allowing the U.S. to host in 2022, the second time the country would host after 1994, would fix the issue of high temperatures as the average temperature in Los Angeles is 83 degrees Fahrenheit in June and 84 in July, and allow the competition to be played in the traditional summer months.Do the right thing FIFA, give the World Cup to the good ol’ U.S. of A. read more

Mining3 reports positive tests on nontoxic post blast alternative bulk explosives

first_imgMining3’s pursuit of a non-toxic post-blast bulk alternative explosive moved one step closer to its objective during the recent detonation performance tests conducted in December 2018. Using new materials in the formula, a series of detonation tests delivered improved explosive performance, reliability and product stability. These new materials supersede chemical gassing techniques to achieve improvements in the crucial characteristics of product stability and void space diameter.Sensitisation of bulk hydrogel explosives is the process of introducing homogeneous void spaces into the blasting agent structure. During the microseconds of an explosion, the heat generated from the rapid collapse of the void spaces sustains the detonation reaction. Hence, the ability and performance of the hydrogel explosive is reliant on mechanical sensitisation and influenced by the diameter of the void spaces.The two physical sensitisation materials tested, which are based on glass and polystyrene materials, confirmed detonation efficiency and will be utilised in 2019 field trials in both surface and underground applications. This latest development “will ensure the stability of the blasting formula specifically for on-site manufacture reducing the risk, cost and security associated with the transport and storage of explosives.”In excess of seventy detonation tests were conducted over five days in high temperature field conditions at Rurex’s Byrock detonation range. The testing concludes phase one of the Physical Sensitiser Project.. The six-month investigation and collaboration with material suppliers worked to identify and manufacture the new sensitiser materials and ensure their efficiency.“We have a renewed confidence in the robustness and performance of alternative explosives, superseding chemical gassing techniques”, states Dr Kettle. “We also had the opportunity to manufacture prototype cartridges for packaging the explosive, in preparation for underground mine-site trials proposed for 2019.”The 1 m cartridges, maintain a barrier between the product and reactive rock surfaces whilst improving safety and loading of the explosive. Blast hole liners, another product packaging option, have recently been used in surface mining trials.last_img read more

Photos Litterpicking turfwar at Blessington Lakes leaves locals frustrated

first_img WICKLOW COUNTY COUNCIL is refusing to take litter picked up by volunteers if it comes from ESB land – a messy situation for the volunteers who are picking up rubbish at Blessington Lakes car parks which are owned by the council and ESB.Local volunteers have been cleaning up the six car parks in the vicinity of the lakes – some of which are owned by the ESB and others managed by the Council. Source: Brian Phelan“I have been collecting bags and bags of rubbish, the problem is getting rubbish collected afterwards,” local man Brian Phelan told “The council won’t take rubbish that comes from ESB land.” Source: Brian PhelanIn a statement, Wicklow County Council said:“Waste deposited illegally in the council carparks is removed by Wicklow Co Co in association with the Baltinglass Municipal District Office. 28,141 Views Monday 1 May 2017, 10:00 AM Short URL Share Tweet Email1 51 Comments center_img By Cliodhna Russell Waste deposited on ESB property is the responsibility of the ESB to remove.Phelan said this is an example of the lack of communication and described how 24 bags of rubbish were collected from the beach of one carpark last Wednesday and collected by the ESB team.“When I asked about bringing rubbish to the Council, I was told it wouldn’t take ESB rubbish.” Source: Brian PhelanPhelan added that many of the once beautiful car parking areas are being left to go to ruin with no grass cutting or any kind of general maintenance. “Over the years the car parks areas have become danger spots for crime.These areas were big and lovely to visit but over the past 20 years they have been made smaller, benches and sitting have been taken away and toilets are permanently locked.. no bins. There’s no information centers or even tourist information.A spokesperson for ESB told this website that a significant portion of the 60km perimeter around the lakes is landlocked with no direct access.“ESB monitors the situation on an ongoing basis and works closely with all the various community groups in order to manage the fly tipping problem as best as possible.”Wicklow County Council said, “All reports of littering and waste reported to Wicklow Co Co are investigated by our Environmental Enforcement Wardens.”It added that it doesn’t have any current complaints on file relating to dumping adjacent to the lake. Source: Brian PhelanESB said it has “a close working relationship with Wicklow County Council and all other relevant stakeholders when it comes to dealing with illegal dumping on, and adjacent to, Poulaphouca Reservoir”. Read: Rivers of Buckfast bottles and human excrement in playgrounds: How can Ireland clean up its act?> Photos: Litter-picking turf-war at Blessington Lakes leaves locals frustrated Wicklow County Council refuses to pick up rubbish collected by locals from ESB land around Blessington Lakes. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article May 1st 2017, 10:00 AM last_img read more

Grossesse les professionnels de santé invités à mieux aider les parents

first_imgGrossesse : les professionnels de santé invités à mieux aider les parentsFrance – L’Institut national de prévention et d’éducation pour la santé (Inpes) vient de publier une brochure pour promouvoir un meilleur accompagnement des futurs parents de la part des professionnels de santé.Conscient du peu d’information délivré aux familles durant la grossesse, l’Inpes édite un guide à destination des médecins, des gynécologues, des sages-femmes et de tous les soignants en contact avec les futurs parents. Le fascicule a pour objectif de pousser ces professionnels à aider la future famille à construire ses choix concernant l’arrivée de l’enfant, en abordant six axes de travail importants :À lire aussiToxoplasmose : symptômes, traitement, grossesse, quels sont les risques ?- Favoriser l’expression et proposer une écoute,- Aborder et évaluer une situation,- Informer et expliquer,- Accompagner la réflexion du couple,- S’engager auprès de la parturiente,- Faire le lien avec les autres intervenants.Lorsque l’on connaît le manque de temps déjà crucial pour les soins, on s’interroge quant à la concrétisation des objectifs de ce guide, qui implique un réel soutien psychologique et une approche personnalisée pour chaque couple.  Le 8 octobre 2010 à 10:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more