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HNLMS Groningen to Fight Drug Smuggling in Caribbean Waters

first_imgHNLMS Groningen left the port of Den Helder, on April 28th, bound for the Caribbean, where the patrol vessel will operate as guard ship.On the way there, the crew of HNLMS Groningen will carry out a strenuous exercise programme.In Lisbon, HNLMS Groningen will train with other countries that take part in the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre-Narcotics (MAOC-N). This alliance of 7 European countries (France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom) combats drugs transports along the coasts of Europe and West Africa.The navy vessel will then set sail for Cape Verde, where the crew, also in a MAOC-N setting, will exercise boarding of suspect vessels. This exercise will also include the local coast guards. Cape Verde is in a strategic position on a well-known drugs smuggling route from South America to Africa, which runs along the tenth parallel and is therefore known as Highway 10.HNLMS Groningen is one of four new flexibly deployable ocean-going patrol vessels of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The patrol vessel has an overall length of 108 metres and can be deployed anywhere in the world for a wide range of tasks. HNLMS Groningen is expected to arrive in the port of Curaçao on 19 May.last_img read more

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TPS Building Ten E-RTG Cranes for Ningbo

first_imgzoom Germany-headquartered Terex Port Solutions (TPS) will supply ten rubber-tyred gantry cranes in the E-RTG variant to China’s Ningbo Port Co Ltd.The cranes will be delivered in two batches to Ningbo’s Yuandong Terminal in the Port of Ningbo, situated some 100 km south of Shanghai. The first six units will be commissioned in June 2015, the remaining four in October 2015. The new cranes will be manufactured at the TPS facility in Xiamen, China. The number of Terex RTG cranes will grow to 177, operating in seven terminals of Ningbo.The new cranes reportedly do not generate any local exhaust emissions and only low noise emission as they are supplied with power from the terminal’s electricity supply via overhead power lines. Other Terex E-RTGs of Ningbo’s fleet are configured for power supply via cable reel or bus bar, depending on the infrastructure in the respective terminal.Terex RTG cranes can stack up to 1‑over‑6 high-cube containers and can be configured with spans that cover up to seven container rows and a road‑truck lane, with a lifting capacity under spreader of up to 65 t. The new cranes for Ningbo will have a lifting capacity under spreader of 40.6 t, with a hoisting height of 18.24 m. They will stack 1‑over‑5 standard containers and, due to a span of 23.47 m, cover six rows of containers and a truck lane.Press Releaselast_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mira Gut Bridge The Mira Gut Bridge on Mira Bay Drive is temporarily closed for inspection. There is a detour route via Brickyard Road and Hornes Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333, Prospect Road, Hatchet Lake The intersection of MacDonald Lake Drive and Route 333 (Prospect Road) in Hatchet Lake has occasional stop-and-go traffic during work to widen and pave the road. Work will continue until Saturday, Sept 30. Drivers should reduce speed and expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Exit 2, Night Work Highway 102, southbound lanes, from Exit 2 to Bayers Road are reduced to one lane for road repairs until Saturday, Sept. 30. This is for night work only. Work takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Mullock Road Mullock Road, from Route 325 going south to Trunk 3, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrades. The work is expected to be completed Saturday, Sept. 30. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Blue Rocks Road Blue Rocks Road, east of the Lunenburg town line to Stonehurst Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrades. The work is expected to be completed Saturday, Sept. 30. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. CONTINUING WORK ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Phinney Bridge, Old Mill Road Phinney Bridge on Old Mill Road in Wilmot, is closed for maintenance work until Saturday, Sept 30. A detour is in place. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, near Whycocomagh, is reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Sept. 15. The lane reduction starts about four kilometres west of Exit 4 and continues for 8.4 kilometres west. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Traffic control people are on site. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316, Goshen Route 316, from the intersection of Route 276 in Goshen north to the Antigonish-Guysborough county line, has alternating lane closures for paving and patching until Friday, Oct. 20. Traffic signals and traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: North West Arm Drive Both southbound lanes on North West Arm Drive are closed during repairs to the bridge over the Chain of Lakes Trail beside First Chain Lake. Traffic is being detoured to the northbound bridge where there is one lane for each direction. Repairs to both bridges are expected to be completed by Thursday, Nov. 30. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from Coddles Harbour Bridge to Drum Head Wharf Road, is reduced to one lane for upgrades and repairs to the asphalt and bridge until Friday, Nov. 15. Traffic lights are in place but delays are expected. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 376, West River Route 376, between civic numbers 1177 and 1188, is closed for a culvert replacement until Monday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. Northbound traffic will be detoured from Highway 376 via Sylvester Road and then to Alma Road. Southbound traffic will be detoured from Highway 376 via Alma Road and then to Sylvester Road. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 329 Route 329, from Deep Cove Road to New Harbour Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrades. The work is expected to be completed Saturday, Sept. 30. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Route 3, Argyle Route 3, between Exit 32 and Ye Old Argyle Road, is reduced to one lane for paving and construction until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Drivers should expect delays. Work takes place form sunrise to sunset. -30-last_img read more

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Beware Robbers are now using electric shocks on their target

first_imgNew Delhi: Beware! Robbers are now using electric shocks on their targets for objecting robbery bid, the following revelation was made after three persons were arrested from central Delhi area.Police said that the accused used an electric torch when victim objected robbery bid. Police identified the accused as Prince Vinod (35), Pradeep Mantosh (22) and Kanak Ratnam (39). The robbers had recently committed the crime with an accountant. Rs 15.30 lakh cash, jewellery, 20 wristwatches, one country-made pistol, one Innova car and one motorcycle have been recovered from the accused. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice said that one Shri Ram Mohan working as an Accountant in a private firm at Chandni Chowk reported that on July 12, he had gone to Karol Bagh to collect the cash of his company and after collection of cash Rs 21.69 lakh, he kept the money in a bag, then he fetched an auto to return to Chandni Chowk. When he reached Guru Nanak Chowk in Kamla Market, suddenly one person wearing helmet, came there on foot and immobilize him by giving electric current with an object and robbed his bag carrying cash and escaped with his accomplice on a black colour motorcycle. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsDeputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said that one of accused was nabbed from the area of Inder Puri. Further, at his instance, another two accused were also apprehended from Madangir, Delhi. “They were the members of ‘THAK THAK GANG’ but after Delhi police ravaged their gang, they started robbing the peoples with different modus operandi,” said DCP Central. He further said that they started using the electric torch to give an electric shock and when the victim got immobilized, they robbed him of his cash and other belongings. Accused Prince Vinod used to track the target who carry a bag holding tightly and taking extra care of the bag. Then, he contacted his accomplices riding on the motorcycle and further, followed the target. Whenever the target stuck in the traffic, they suddenly gave a shock to the target, rob the bag and escaped. They further disclosed that they are not only operating their gang in Delhi only but also committing crime in many other cities like Mumbai, Indore, Surat, Ahemdabad and Jaipur.last_img read more

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New Brunswick teens death highlights organdonation gaps expert

first_imgAn expert says the story of a New Brunswick teen who died in a car crash last month is exposing the gaps in Canada’s organ donation system.David Hartell of the Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program says an estimated 4,000 Canadians who die each year have the potential to become organ donors, but only about 800 end up doing so.He says the case of 16-year-old Avery Astle highlights the sad reality that even families who want to be donors sometimes aren’t given the chance due to a lack of hospital resources, trained personnel or rigorous procedures to prioritize donation.Astle’s parents told CBC News they’d wanted to donate their sons’ organs and tissues after he died in an April 20 crash but were told nobody from the specialized donation team was available. The administrative director of the New Brunswick Organ and Tissue Program is blaming turnover within the tissue team for creating gaps in coverage the day Astle and three friends died after their vehicle veered off a wet, rural road in Miramichi and landed in a ditch filled with icy water.Hartell says hospitals should track how many potential donors enter their emergency departments — and they should be held accountable if they fail to consult families about possible donations.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Turkish media Video shows team of alleged Saudi assassins

first_imgISTANBUL – Two Gulfstream jets carrying 15 Saudis landed at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport before dawn on the day last week that journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Consulate and vanished. The men checked into hotels and left Turkey later that night.Turkish media, which released surveillance camera video of the men on Wednesday, said they were members of an elite Saudi “assassination squad,” sent to kill Khashoggi, a Saudi critic.Saudi Arabia remained silent at the accusation as the images were seen around the world, raising pressure on the kingdom to explain what happened to the writer, a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.Adding to the macabre mystery, a Turkish official told The Associated Press that one member of the team was an “autopsy expert.”Saudi Arabia has dismissed allegations it played a role in Khashoggi’s disappearance as “baseless,” but it has offered no evidence to support its contention he left the consulate unharmed last week and vanished into Istanbul while his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, waited outside.The video, shown on the state-run broadcaster TRT and others, did not offer definitive proof about Khashoggi’s fate. Turkish officials have said that they fear the team killed him.U.S. National security adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner have spoken to the crown prince about the 59-year-old Washington Post contributor, the White House announced.President Donald Trump said the U.S. is “demanding” answers from its close ally, but he did not disclose any details.“It’s a very serious situation for us and this White House,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “We do not like seeing what’s going on. Now, as you know, they’re saying ‘We had nothing to do with it.’ But so far everyone’s saying they had nothing to do with it.”Trump added: “Nobody knows what happened yet. We don’t know what happened yet.”The Turkish security camera video was reminiscent of the surveillance video sleuthing done by officials investigating the assassination of a Hamas operative in Dubai in 2010 or the slaying of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half brother in Malaysia in 2017.The silent video showed one of two private Gulfstream jets that Turkish media said carried the Saudi group, who flew in and out of Istanbul on Oct. 2.The Sabah newspaper, which is close to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, published images of what it referred to as the “assassination squad,” apparently taken at passport control at the airport. The state-run Anadola news agency published the names and birth dates of all 15 Saudis.The footage shows some of the Saudis leaving a hotel and Khashoggi entering the consulate, walking past a black Mercedes van with diplomatic plates parked adjacent to the entrance. An hour and 54 minutes later, according to the time stamp, a black Mercedes van drives about 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) to the consul’s home, where it was parked in a garage.The footage all seemed to come from surveillance cameras, which would have been located throughout the neighbourhood housing the Saudi Consulate and other diplomatic missions. No footage has emerged of Khashoggi leaving the consulate.Two Turkish officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to the AP because the investigation into Khashoggi’s disappearance was still ongoing, confirmed the authenticity of the images in the Turkish media. One of the officials describes a member of the Saudi team as an “autopsy expert” amid earlier allegations that Khashoggi had been killed and dismembered.The Hurriyet newspaper and other media alleged that the Saudi Consulate’s 28 local staff were given the day off Oct. 2 because a “diplomats’ meeting” would be held there on that day. The reports did not cite a source and there was no official confirmation. Turkey’s private NTV news channel identified one of the 15 Saudis who arrived as the head of a Saudi forensic science agency. It alleged that he may have been responsible for cleaning up any incriminating evidence. The station did not cite a source for its report.Khashoggi had written a series of columns for the Post that were critical of Saudi Arabia’s assertive Prince Mohammed, who has led a widely publicized drive to reform the conservative Sunni monarchy but has also presided over the arrests of activists and businessmen.Erdogan has not accused Saudi Arabia of being responsible for Khashoggi’s disappearance but has said that if the Saudis have video footage of him leaving the consulate, they should release it. Saudi Arabia is a major investor in Turkey, despite Ankara’s support for the Gulf nation of Qatar, which is under a blockade led by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab nations.Police and investigators in Turkey typically release video and information through state-run or otherwise government-friendly media outlets, as opposed to holding briefings like those common in Western nations.On Wednesday, the Post published a column by Cengiz, who said her fiance first visited the consulate on Sept. 28 “despite being somewhat concerned that he could be in danger.” He returned there Oct. 2 after being promised the necessary paperwork so the two could be married.“At this time, I implore President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to help shed light on Jamal’s disappearance,” Cengiz wrote. “I also urge Saudi Arabia, especially King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to show the same level of sensitivity and release CCTV footage from the consulate.”Trump told reporters that Cengiz will “most likely be coming to the White House. It’s a terrible thing.”Khashoggi had sought to become a U.S. citizen after living in self-imposed exile since last year, fearing repercussions for his criticism of the prince, Cengiz wrote.Trump, whose first overseas trip as U.S. president was to the kingdom and whose son-in-law Jared Kushner has close ties to Prince Mohammed, said Tuesday he had not yet talked to the Saudis about Khashoggi, “but I will be at some point.”Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Tuesday that Saudi authorities have notified Ankara that they were “open to co-operation” and would allow the consulate building to be searched. It’s unclear when such a search would take place.Embassies and consulates under the Vienna Convention are technically foreign soil and must be protected by host nations. Saudi Arabia may have agreed to the search in order to reassure its Western allies and the international community.___Fraser reported from Ankara, Turkey, and Gambrell reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Associated Press writers Sarah El Deeb in Beirut and Deb Riechmann in Washington contributed.last_img read more

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Exleader of Côte dIvoire surrenders as UN pledges to help restore rule

11 April 2011The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire today confirmed the surrender of the country’s former president Laurent Gbagbo to forces loyal to President Alassane Ouattara, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged that the UN will help the West African country restore the rule of law after weeks of fighting and human rights abuses. Côte d’Ivoire has been engulfed by violence since last November, when Mr. Gbagbo refused to step down from power, despite losing a UN-certified and internationally recognized presidential election to Mr. Ouattara.“I am going to speak with President Ouattara, how the United Nations and the Côte d’Ivoire Government can work together to address all the issues which we will have in our future,” Mr. Ban told reporters today at UN Headquarters.“First of all, we have reports that more than 1,000 people have reportedly been killed; more than 100,000 people have fled the country. We have to help them to restore stability, rule of law, and address all humanitarian situations. I am going to discuss this matter with President Ouattara and the international community,” Mr. Ban added.Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy told reporters after briefing the Security Council that Mr. Gbagbo was currently in custody in an apartment in the Golf Hotel in Abidjan, where Mr. Ouattara and his entourage have been based under the protection of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) since the result of the election was declared.“I can confirm that the former president and his wife are at the Golf Hotel? UNOCI has been requested to ensure their security,” said Mr. Le Roy, adding that it was up to Mr. Ouattara to decide what do to with his predecessor.He stressed that UNOCI’s military operation yesterday against Mr. Gbagbo’s forces was in response to their attacks against the UN and civilians in Abidjan. Mr. Gbagbo’s forces had also shelled Mr. Ouattara’s residence at the weekend, he said.In response to a question on what role the UN played in the events leading up to Mr. Gbagbo’s capture, the Secretary-General said the world body acted within the mandate outlined under Security Council resolution 1975.“We have been trying to prevent heavy weapons from killing the civilian population, and we really had to defend the United Nations peacekeepers’ safety and security because we were under attack many times.“Now that Mr. Laurent Gbagbo is in the custody of forces loyal to President Ouattara, his physical safety should be ensured. We need to think about what his future should be. That is up to President Ouattara and the Government of Côte d’Ivoire to determine. But we will very closely coordinate,” Mr. Ban added.Mr. Le Roy described Mr. Gbagbo’s surrender as a “very important step in the process,” but added that “the crisis is not over yet” in the West African nation.“Our main task is to contribute to the restoration of the law and order in the whole country. UNOCI has a big role in that, but also President Ouattara’s forces have a big role to play,” said Mr. Le Roy. “He [Mr. Ouattara] must call the police and the gendarmerie to restore law and order in Abidjan and the rest of the country. The crisis is not over at all. There is still a huge humanitarian crisis,” he added.Up to a million people have been displaced by the violence, and aid has not been able to reach many of those in need, sparking warnings from senior UN officials about the dire situation.“The Council is pleased [with the latest development], but it is not euphoria,” Mr. Le Roy said. He noted that there were still likely to be pockets of resistance in Abidjan, but the city was largely quiet.The Under-Secretary-General said that the commander of Mr. Gbagbo’s republican guard had contacted the UN, stating that the wanted to surrender his weapons. About 200 members of Mr. Gbagbo’s forces have also surrendered to UNOCI, he added.Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan ?imonovic told reporters in New York after his return from a fact-finding mission to Côte d’Ivoire that “widespread and systematic abuses” were committed in Abidjan, including attacks against pro-Ouattara demonstrators, looting, as well as the rape of political activists.He said that UN human rights officials estimate that 400 people were killed in Abidjan before the recent escalation of violence in the city and that 150 of them died as a result of deliberate targeting with heavy weapons.“The current problem of Abidjan is the security vacuum,” said Mr. ?imonovic. “Most police and gendarmerie are not at their places,” he added. “Abidjan looked like a dead city? because of the security threats.”People had run out of basic necessities, such as food and water. He also cited lack of medicines in the city as the most pressing humanitarian issue. “The humanitarian situation looked pretty desperate,” said Mr. ?imonovic.In the west, the Assistant Secretary-General said UN officials counted 255 bodies in Duékoué, the majority of them members of the Guerre ethnic group, which as traditionally supported Mr. Gbagbo. In the nearby town of Guiglo, 104 bodies whose victims were of mixed ethnicity were found. The UN human rights team also found 40 bodies in Blolequin, to the west of Duékoué, but the number there could be higher.Mr. ?imonovic’s meeting with Mr. Ouattara focused on the security vacuum, he said, adding that the President had urged all police and members of the gendarmerie to return to work and assured them there will be no acts of retaliation. The killings in Duékoué were being investigated, Mr. Ouattara told Mr. ?imonovic.On the issue of amnesty, Mr. ?imonovic said the Mr. Ouattara told him that he would follow the African Union (AU) recommendation that people who simply took sides in the conflict be granted amnesty. Those who committed war crimes and crimes against humanity are not entitled to amnesty, according to the AU recommendation.Cote read more

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UN human rights chief welcomes invalidation of Argentine war crimes amnesty

“This is a historic step for Argentina,” Mrs. Arbour said of the court’s 14 June decision. “The ruling opens the way for justice to be done and may allow the country to finally come to terms with a painful chapter in its history.” “It is also heartening to see that the faith of the survivors of the atrocious human rights violations of the ‘Dirty War’ in the rule of law and the courts was not misplaced,” she added.

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Businesses must do more to help prevent use of trafficked labour –

“Trafficking in persons is a global phenomenon which crosses borders, markets and industries,” the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, said at an international expert meeting in Ankara, Turkey. “In today’s globalized world,” she added, “the risks of human trafficking in supply chains are significant throughout economic sectors and affect all States, whether as source, transit or destination countries.”Over 20 specialists on human trafficking, business and human rights from international organizations, trade unions and non-governmental organizations gathered at the international meeting – which was convened by Ms. Ezeilo – to share information on trends and good practices to address trafficking and reach concrete proposals to protect the human rights of trafficked persons.According to a news release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Ms. Ezeilo noted that supply chains in the global economy are often complex and involve multiple layers of sub-contractors, which hampers the monitoring and reporting process. However, she emphasized that both governments and businesses must increase their efforts to ensure human rights are respected.“States have the primary obligation to protect against human rights violations, such as trafficking, committed by third parties including business enterprises, but businesses must also respect human rights,” she said, recalling the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse impacts on human rights linked to business activity.Businesses are uniquely positioned to prevent or mitigate any risk of trafficking in the supply chains, the Special Rapporteur noted, adding that the connections between these two are often not well understood.“Businesses cannot shy away from tackling this issue not only because it amounts to human rights violations, but also because it creates reputational and financial risks to their operations,” she said. “However, the solution to the problem of human trafficking in supply chains lies beyond the reach of any single stakeholder.”Partnerships between governments, businesses, the media and the public in general, must be formed to raise awareness of this issue, she stated, adding that through a multi-faceted approach, governments can put in place policy measures to combat trafficking, businesses can increase their efforts to prevent this activity, and consumers and the media can shape corporate and governments’ behaviour.Independent experts, or special rapporteurs like Ms. Ezeilo, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

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Security Council renews mandate of UN Mission in South Sudan

Council members requested that the Secretary-General, through his Special Representative, continue to direct the operations of an integrated UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), coordinating all UN activities in the country and supporting a coherent international approach to achieving peace.The draft decided that the military component of the Mission would comprise up to 12,500 troops and 1,323 police, requesting the Mission to work to continue to streamline its operations and expressing its intention to keep the requirements of and composition of UNMISS components under active review.One of the requests the resolution made of the Mission’s forces is that they should ensure full compliance with the UN ‘zero tolerance’ policy on sexual exploitation and abuse and should keep the Council fully informed about the Mission’s progress in that regard.The text also called for immediate and full implementation of two agreements by the Government of South Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLM/A) in Opposition, expressing its intention to consider all appropriate measures against any party taking action to undermine peace, stability, and security in the country.It urged all parties to join national dialogue to establish lasting peace, reconciliation and good governance, encouraging the efforts of the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and the UN to reach a peace agreement between the parties.The text condemned in the strongest terms attacks on and threats made to UNMISS personnel and UN facilities, including repeated attacks on the Mission’s camps in Bur, Bentiu, Malakal and Melut, stressing that such attacks may constitute violations of the Status of Forces Agreement and/or war crimes.It also condemned all violations of applicable international law, especially those involving children, and reports of rampant sexual violence, and urged investigations into all allegations of human rights violations and abuses, calling for accountability for anyone responsible, with all victims of sexual violence being assured equal protection under the law and equal access to justice. read more

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MIRAs advanced engineering and RD facility awarded Enterprise Zone status

MIRA, one of the UK’s leading automotive engineering facilities, has been awarded Enterprise Zone status, significantly boosting its bid to become Europe’s most advanced, independent transport development facility.The announcement has generated additional momentum for MIRA’s plans to expand and develop its West Midlands facility, enabling it to create more than 2,000 jobs over the next 10 years and provide R&D operations for businesses across the globe.“Securing Enterprise Zone status for MIRA Technology Park (MTP) means a great deal to this development, crucially, it significantly enhances our international competitiveness,” said George Gillespie, MIRA Chief Executive Officer. “One of the core aims of the MTP is to help attract inward investment from international transport and automotive businesses, as well as creating thousands of jobs for our region. Becoming an Enterprise Zone makes the MTP a very commercial and compelling location – particularly for overseas companies looking to establish a European research and development centre.”Construction work has already commenced on the first MTP building which, once complete, will cover 87.5 hectares, providing an ideal platform for transport technology businesses to establish their R&D operations. Further work on the rest of the MTP facility is scheduled to begin early next year, with the phased upgrading of key infrastructure and construction of the first of the new R&D centres.Commenting on the development’s Enterprise Zone status Councillor Stuart Bray, Leader of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, said “I am delighted to hear that the MIRA Technology Park in Hinckley has become an Enterprise Zone – one of only 11 in this second phase. This is fantastic news for the local economy as it will transform economic prospects across Hinckley and Bosworth and the surrounding area, attracting new businesses, bringing fresh investment and creating more jobs. I welcome this announcement and would like to pay tribute to everyone at MIRA, the LEP and the Borough Council who supported this bid.”To find out more about the R&D investment in UK automotive click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Volunteers ready to put a little shine in your step

Christopher Yendt (centre), BUSU’s vice-president of finance and administration, gets his shoes shined by Ibrahim Qureshi, BUSU’s community involvement co-ordinator, and Kelly Butson, Shinerama co-ordinator. Butson is seeking out shoes in need of a shine for the Shinerama Shoe Shine Bonanza next week. Kelly Butson has her shoe-shining technique down pat.With a chalkboard eraser-sized shoe shine sponge in hand, the Shinerama co-rodinator for Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) can transform a pair of scuffed kicks into flashy footwear in a few seconds flat.Butson is willing to prove it to as many people as possible next week during the Shinerama Shoe Shine Bonanza on July 24 and 25. For $50, faculty and staff can get their shoes shined by a Shinerama volunteer and get a photo taken in their gleaming footwear, all the while supporting Cystic Fibrosis Canada.Butson’s even willing to shine an entire shoe collection, should someone feel their closet full of loafers, lace-ups or pumps needs some TLC.“They’re welcome to do whatever they want,” Butson said. “We’ll shine them.”The Shoe Shine Bonanza is one of several Shinerama events that BUSU holds throughout the year at Brock. An annual golf tournament is set for Aug. 23, along with a mini-Shine Day on Aug. 25 to serve as a warm-up to Shine Day on Sept. 7.That’s when hundreds of Brock students hit the streets in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland and parts of west Niagara to wash cars, shine shoes and serve barbecued fare in exchange for donations for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Butson hopes to raise $34,000.In the meantime, though, she is trying to round up as many people for next week’s Shoe Shine Bonanza, an event BUSU is reviving after a few years’ hiatus from the Shinerama roster.So far, 14 people have offered up $50 and their footwear, including faculty and staff at Brock, as well as local mayors, fire chiefs and other public figures.But Butson’s goal is to recruit at least 20 people with dull footwear to the cause.“That would be awesome,” she said. “I sent emails to over 1,000 professors and deans. I kind of went crazy.”She’s even willing to shine shoes at a later date if the bonanza conflicts with a potential donor’s schedule.“If they want to participate later, I will come whenever they want,” she said. “I will come in September if they want.”For more information about the Shinerama Shoe Shine Bonanza or to schedule a shoe shine appointment, email shinerama@busu.net. read more

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Power solutions for mines in SubSaharan Africa

first_imgOne of the key factors affecting the operation of mines in Sub-Saharan Africa is the availability of a reliable, uninterrupted supply of power. However, Sub-Saharan Africa has a severe power deficit which means that mines are often not guaranteed to receive a reliable supply from the national power utility. As a case in point, when Eskom, the South African power utility, instituted a load shedding programme in 2015, this resulted in interruptions to mining operations which ultimately led to a contraction in South Africa’s GDP that year.Mines have therefore sought to secure alternative sources of power supply, rather than relying on national utilities. These alternative sources of supply have principally taken three forms:1.A captive power plant2.Diesel generators3.Cross-border power trading.In its latest mining newsletter, Hogan Lovells briefly discusses each option in turn.Captive power plants are generally only appropriate for mining operations with an extended mine life and significant long-term power demand. The term “captive” refers to the fact that all or most of the output of the power plant will be used to supply the relevant mine. A captive power plant will typically, therefore, be located close to the mine which it is intended to supply (perhaps at the mine mouth), in order to reduce the need to build transmission infrastructure and also transmission losses.Captive power plants may utilise limited recourse project finance so that the capex of the plant is off balance sheet and also take advantage of cheaper long-term debt. The fuel supply of a captive power plant deployed for use by a mine is frequently coal, but could also be HFO or gas. An example of a captive power plant under development is the 300MW Moatize power plant in Mozambique.It should be noted that if a project finance option is used to finance the capex of a power plant, it is likely to take several months, if not years, before the financing is ready to be drawn down, due to lenders’ due diligence as well as the negotiation of a complex finance and security package. Furthermore, following financial close, the construction period of the power plant must also be taken into account. This could be in excess of 18 months, depending on the type of technology deployed. The debt will be repaid, either from the revenues earned by selling power to the mine or, if this is supplied free of charge, through the sale of the commodity that is being mined, over the life of the mine.Captive power plants are therefore not suitable in situations where power is required on an urgent basis or the mine life is relatively short.Where an on-site power solution is required within a matter of months, the deployment of diesel generators is the most common solution. Diesel generators are provided by a number of suppliers, such as Aggreko, Caterpillar, Cummins, etc. Generators can be purchased but are more commonly rented from, and operated by, the supplier of the generators.The lead time for installing diesel generators is usually a few months, rather than the more extended periods for a captive power plant. Diesel generators can also be removed from the site once the mine-life is over, providing another advantage over captive power plants.As mentioned above, national utilities are frequently unable to meet the power demands of mines within their countries. However, utilities in other countries may have a surplus of power.In such circumstances, power may be traded between utilities under the framework of a power pool, the South African Power Pool (SAPP) being one such established power pool. Mines may take advantage of the trading arrangements of the power pool to secure supply from outside the country in which the mine is situated.This is a well-developed method of supply in the SAPP region and is structured so that the utility in the country in which the mine is situated (Host Utility) will have, or enter into, a power supply agreement with the mine. The Host Utility will then enter into a power purchase agreement with a utility in the SAPP region which has a power surplus (Exporting Utility). The Mine will then enter into a tri-partite agreement with the Host Utility and the Exporting Utility, whereby the mine undertakes to pay for the power supplied by the Exporting Utility, either through direct payment to the Exporting Utility or by making payment to the Host Utility which will then transfer the payment to the Exporting Utility. The mine cannot purchase power directly from the Exporting Utility as SAPP members (the utilities) may only sell to other SAPP members and not directly to non-accredited customers.The contracts for such power trading are specialised and need to cover issues such as dispatch, reconciliation, payment security, damages for non-supply (and establishing fault in such circumstances), etc. Power trading is potentially the quickest way for a mine to secure power, provided that suitable transmission infrastructure exists and a utility within the power pool has a surplus.last_img read more

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Requin une seule espèce sera protégée par la Cites

first_imgRequin : une seule espèce sera protégée par la CitesDoha, Qatar – Sur les quatre espèces de requins dont la protection a été proposée à la Convention sur le commerce international des espèces de faune et de flore sauvages menacées d’extinction (Cites), une seule verra son commerce international soumis à un contrôle.Les 150 États membres présents à la réunion de la Cites ont décidé de placer sous la protection de la Convention le seul requin taupe. Par 86 votes contre 42, la proposition visant à inscrire cette espèce à l’annexe II de la Cites a été adoptée après avoir été rejetée lors d’une précédente réunion en 2007. Le commerce international du requin taupe, considéré “en danger” dans l’Atlantique nord-est, ne sera donc pas interdit mais soumis à un contrôle très strict.D’autres propositions d’inscription à la Cites ont été soumises au vote des États parties. Elles concernaient trois espèces de requins jugées en grand danger, menacées par la surpêche : le requin-marteau halicorne, le requin océanique et l’aiguillat commun.Le premier, poisson à la maturation très lente qui peut mesurer jusqu’à quatre mètres, est très recherché pour la qualité de ses ailerons. Le requin-marteau est inscrit sur la liste rouge de l’Union mondiale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN) comme espèce mondialement en danger. Son inscription à la Cites, comme celles des deux autres espèces rejetées par la Convention, était recommandée par l’UICN et l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’agriculture et l’alimentation (FAO).  A l’annonce du résultat des votes, un délégué du Japon qui s’oppose à toute intervention de la Cites dans la gestion des pêches commerciales, a applaudi la décision de ne pas protéger ces trois espèces de requins.Le 23 mars 2010 à 16:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Nokia World la gamme Asha conçue pour les marchés émergeants

first_imgNokia World: la gamme Asha, conçue pour les marchés émergeantsOutre la présentation de nouveaux smartphones, Nokia a annoncé, lors de son évènement londonien, quatre mobiles regroupés sous le nom Asha, destinés aux pays émergents.Nokia a connu bien des revers après l’apparition des smartphones grand public, ne réussissant pas à rattraper le retard accumulé et à créer un système mobile au niveau d’Android ou d’iOS. Mais si ce secteur commence seulement à reprendre un soupçon d’intérêt avec ces mobiles sous Windows Phone, le finlandais n’a jamais abandonné son marché le plus bénéficiaire: les mobiles destinés aux marchés émergents. Leader en la matière, ces petits appareils destinés en premier lieu à téléphoner et sans services ou fioritures, reste la part la plus juteuse de son chiffre d’affaires.C’est pourquoi le Nokia World fut l’occasion de dévoiler quatre nouveaux mobiles répondant à ces besoins et regroupés sous l’appellation Asha, littéralement “espoir” en hindi. La ligne directrice de cette gamme est claire, comme l’a rappelé Stephen Elop, PDG du groupe: connecter 1 milliard d’individus à Internet. Blanca Jutt, vice-présidente en charge du marketing a expliqué par l’exemple cette stratégie: l’Inde compte 1,2 milliard d’habitants, mais seulement 63 millions ont un accès internet domestique. En revanche, 850 millions d’entre eux ont un téléphone mobile.Ces quatre terminaux ont l’ambition de créer une jonction entre les featurephones (soit les téléphones très simples de conception) et les smartphones. Ils embarqueront l’OS Series 40, le Nokia Browser pour se connecter à Internet et le magasin d’applications maison. Des modèles conçus autour des usages primordiaux d’un téléphone À lire aussiSmartphone : Samsung terrasse Apple au deuxième trimestre 2012Les Nokia Asha 300 et 301, prévus pour la fin de l’année, bénéficient d’écrans tactiles 2,4 pouces, d’un capteur photo 5 megapixels, d’un processeur 1 GHz et de connectivité 3G. Au jeu des différences, le 301 ajoute une puce WiFi et un clavier QWERTY, là où le 300 se contente d’un modèle numérique. Les deux sont principalement tournés vers le multimédia, et leur autonomie en écoute musicale est de 50H. Ils seront vendus respectivement 120 et 160 euros sans abonnement.Aussi ont été présentés les Asha 200 et 201, clairement ciblés par Nokia pour le marché africain. Au programme, deux téléphones respectueux de ce qui a fait le succès de l’entreprise à savoir des modèles très peu gourmands en batterie, fonctionnels pour les demandes de base à savoir téléphoner, et résistants. Le Asha 200 intègre deux ports pour carte SIM, pour plus de commodité alors que le 201, lui, n’en a qu’un seul. Pour ces deux modèles, un capteur photo 2 megapixels est proposé ainsi qu’un clavier complet. Comptez 100 euros pour le Asha 200 et 80 euros pour le 201, les deux sans abonnement. Le 26 octobre 2011 à 15:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more