Chennai: Two mechanics of the Metropolitan Transport Corporation died on the spot and six of their colleagues were injured when an MTC bus rammed the wall of the room they were resting in here early on Sunday, police said.The incident occurred at around 12.45 AM at the bus depot in Vadapalani area when the six mechanical engineers of the Corporation were sleeping in the building, they said. Two of them, Bharati (32) and Sekar (48) died on the spot, while the others were admitted to the Government Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Kilpauk Medical College Hospital. The bus driver, who escaped unhurt, has been arrested, police said. Transport department principal secretary J Radhakrishnan visited the area and took stock of the incident. He also visited the injured at the hospital. Later, speaking to reporters, he said it was too early to arrive at a conclusion on the reasons for the accident. “I was told the bus driver is an experienced man”, he said.
New York – United Nations Secretary General’s annual report on the “Situation concerning the Western Sahara,” will not be submitted to the Security Council on time, informed sources inside the Security Council told Morocco World News on Thursday. Ban Ki-moon was scheduled to submit his annual report to the UN executive body on Friday. Based on the report, the 15-member body will decide whether or not to renew the mandate of the United Nations Mission in the Western Sahara, known by its French acronym as MINURSO.However, this year’s report comes amid unprecedented tension between Morocco and the United Nations Secretariat as a result of the controversial statement Ban Ki-moon made against Morocco last March. During his first visit to the Tindouf camps on March 5-7, the UN chief described Morocco’s presence in the Western Sahara as “occupation,” in total departure from his neutrality and from the UN diplomatic language.Morocco reacted vehemently to the Ban Ki-moon’s statement and decided to expel MINURSO’s civil personnel and to stop its $3 million voluntary contribution to the UN mission.During a closed-door meeting of the Security Council at the request of Venezuela and Uruguay on Thursday, Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary General for Peace-keeping operations, said that MINURSO is still operational despite the expulsion of its civilian component. He noted, however, that the mission can no longer fully play its role in line with its mandate.At the end of the meeting, he informed the Security Council that the UN chief’s annual report will be delayed for several days.Sources inside the Security Council told Morocco World News that the reason behind this delay is the ongoing friction between Morocco and the UN Secretariat.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
Addressing the fourth Summit on the Security of International Staff, Secretary-General Kofi Annan recalled that 68 countries have lost their nationals in the service of the United Nations. Deploring the fact that less than one-third of the 189 UN Member States were parties to the Convention on the Protection of UN and Associated Personnel, he urged countries to ratify the treaty “without delay,” and to approve a Protocol that would extend its application to all UN operations and categories of personnel. He also urged ratification of the Statute of the International Criminal Court, which defines attacks against peacekeeping and humanitarian personnel as war crimes.General Assembly President Harry Holkeri of Finland said it was a matter of “serious concern” that the number of incidents and casualties had increased in the 1990. He stressed that host governments had “the primary duty to protect humanitarian personnel under their jurisdiction.” For his part, the President of the Security Council, Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh, said the Council had been increasingly focusing on the issue, devoting to it special meetings at which staff representatives had brought their security concerns.Mark Malloch Brown, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), stressed that “risks in the field have been shifting from peacekeepers to humanitarian and development workers.” Underscoring the gravity of the situation, UN Staff Council Vice-President Fernando Astete said that 15 UN civilian staffers had lost their life in 2000 and 6 this year, while 242 had been victims of hostage-taking and kidnapping in the past seven years. The meeting was organized by the UN Staff Council and its Standing Committee on the Security and Independence of the International Civil Service.
“The Secretary-General will travel to Washington, D.C., tomorrow for an informal discussion on the global impact of AIDS with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, at the invitation of Committee Chairman Joseph Biden and ranking member Jesse Helms,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York. At the outset of the meeting, the Secretary-General is expected to make brief opening comments, the spokesman said.
Forwarding the mission’s report to the Security Council, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in an accompanying letter that, with a substantial international component, the truth commission would have enhanced impartiality and credibility, while the mechanism of the “court within a court” was chosen with a view towards strengthening Burundi’s judicial resources “and leaving behind a legacy of international standards of justice and trained judges, prosecutors, defence counsel and experienced court managers.”The proposed truth commission would be composed of five commissioners, three of them international and two of them national, instead of the “unnecessarily cumbersome” 25 members called for in Burundi’s Law on the National Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, the mission’s report says.The special chamber, also of mixed national and international composition, would have the competence to prosecute those bearing the greatest responsibility for serious crimes, it says.”Its temporal jurisdiction would be limited to specific phases of the conflict and would include, as a minimum, the events between 1972 and 1993, inclusive,” the report says.It notes that ethnic conflict since the country’s 1962 independence have led to the empanelling of four previous investigative commissions, but all have been limited to the 1993 assassination of Burundi’s first elected Hutu President, Melchior Ndadaye, and the massacres that followed.”While cursory references were made in some reports…to the 1972 genocide of Hutus, a legal determination that the crime of genocide had been committed in Burundi was made only in respect of the 1993 massacres of Tutsis,” it says. “All four commissions recognized that an inquiry into the historic truth without a measure of accountability would not suffice to eradicate impunity.”The mission holds the view “that the United Nations can no longer engage in establishing commissions of inquiry and disregard their recommendations without seriously undermining the credibility of the Organization in promoting justice and the rule of law.”The mission is, therefore, of the view that a comprehensive approach to the pursuit of truth and justice in Burundi is now necessary.”
The President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Theodor Meron told an open meeting of the Council that “while the Tribunal has made tremendous progress in many respects, there have been some delays in certain proceedings.”The ICTY, which marked the 20th anniversary of its work just weeks ago, is tasked by the Council with trying those responsible for the worst war crimes and breaches of international humanitarian law committed during the various conflicts in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Since its inception, the court has indicted 161 persons.Only four trials concerning core statutory crimes remain to be completed. Three will be completed according to the schedule and one case which was originally meant to be completed at the end of December 2014 is now anticipated to be completed by July 2015. Some appellate cases have also been delayed, Mr. Meron said, reminding the Council of the breadth and complexity of the crimes, as well as the logistical challenges that the Tribunal faces, including the distance between the facilities in The Hague, and the location of witnesses.“All efforts are being made on the part of the Tribunal to complete its pending judicial work as quickly as possible while fully respecting the fundamental rights of its accused and appellants to due process in accordance with international standards,” Mr. Meron said, adding that while the delays were regrettable, many of the factors leading tot hem “are not uncommon to criminal proceedings the world over.” In his capacity as President of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, Mr. Meron said “all arrangements are in place to ensure a seamless transfer of functions from the ICTY to the Hague branch of the Mechanism on 1 July.The Council set up the Mechanism in December 2010 to take over and finish the remaining tasks of both the ICTY and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) once their respective mandates expire. The Council has urged the tribunals to conclude their work by the end of 2014.The ICTR branch of the Mechanism began its functions on 1 July 2012, while the branch for the ICTY will start on 1 July 2013.The Mechanism will assume responsibility for a variety of functions previously carried out by the ICTY, including the enforcement of sentences, the provision of assistance to national jurisdiction, and the protection of victims and witnesses in completed trials, among other tasks.As for the ICTR, Mr. Meron said that work on the Mechanism’s permanent premises in Arusha, Tanzania is on track and funding is in place.However, he expressed concern regarding the situation in Mali, where 17 persons convicted by the ICTR are serving sentences, and said the Mechanism – which is now responsible for the individuals – is taking steps to review enforcement practices and looking to increase its capacity to enforce sentences in Africa and establish enforcement agreements with new countries.The ICTR was set up after the 1994 Rwandan genocide, when at least 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus were killed during a span of three months beginning in April 1994. Mr. Meron noted that the Mechanism is also responsible for the trial of three of the nine individuals indicted by the ICTR, and underlined that Member States play “an invaluable role in ensuring that fugitives are apprehended.”ICTR President Vagn Joensen told the Council the Tribunal has completed all trial work and successfully met all timelines projected in December for appeals. He added that the transition to the Arusha branch of the Mechanism is going smoothly.In spite of this progress, he expressed concern over the issue of relocating acquitted persons and those released after completion of their sentence in Tanzania. There are now seven acquitted persons and three who have been released after completion of their sentences who remain in safe houses in Arusha under the Tribunal’s protection, but they do not have proper immigration status and are unable to move about freely.“The ICTR is deeply concerned about the consequences of failing to uphold the fundamental right of freedom to live one’s life after being acquitted, and the importance of finding host countries for these persons before the Tribunal closes cannot be stressed enough,” Mr. Joensen said. “We call upon all Member States […] to assist with this persistent problem.”The Council also heard from the Prosecutors Serge Brammertz and Hassan B. Jallow, of the ICTY and ICTR, respectively.Mr. Jallow stressed that the ICTR’s work will only be completed when all fugitives have been arrested and brought to justice, and said the Mechanism is committed to supplement Rwandan efforts to track the six fugitives whose cases have been referred to the country’s judicial system. He also called on the Council to request all Member States to support the Mechanism and the Rwandan Government to this end.For his part, Mr. Brammertz emphasized the importance of having all parties commit to making national war crimes strategies successful. He stated that the two regional co-operation protocols for war crimes prosecutions – one between Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and the other between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina – were a sign of progress, but stressed that States must “turn their words into concrete action.”
Seven mortars landed inside the compound, injuring two UN staff members and one contractor. None of the injuries is life-threatening.Mr. Guterres wished the injured a speedy recovery and urged the Somali authorities to “investigate the attacks and swiftly bring those responsible to justice.”The Secretary-General reaffirmed that “such acts will not diminish the strong resolve of the United Nations to continue supporting the people and Government of Somalia in their efforts to build peace and stability in the country.”Investigate the attacks and swiftly bring those responsible to justice — UN chiefMeanwhile, Nicholas Haysom, his Special Representative in the country and head of the Assistance Mission UNSOM, condemned the attack “in the strongest possible terms.”Al-Shabaab has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.Deploring the “unwarranted act of aggression against our personnel,” Mr. Haysom stressed that “no political agenda can be served through violence that deliberately targets staff members of international organizations who are supporting the consolidation of peace and the strengthening of governing institutions in Somalia.”Hours later, news media reported that the Somali Government declared Mr. Haysom persona non-grata and asked him to leave the country, saying that he violated international diplomatic norms by interfering in the State’s national sovereignty. The unfolding news reports detailed that on Monday, the UN diplomat wrote the Somali government a letter asking it, among other things, to explain the legal basis for arresting Mukhtar Robow, the former al-Shabab deputy leader who was the main challenger in the South West State elections for regional presidency.
There’s no arguing who the go-to player is on the Ohio State men’s basketball team.Whenever the Buckeyes desperately need a basket they turn to junior guard Evan Turner.As Turner continually leads OSU in every offensive statistical category, he is the recipient of frequent accolades and praise for his contribution to the team.But as Turner gets all the attention, the team’s most experienced player, junior David Lighty, quietly goes about his business playing a vital role on the nation’s 21st-ranked team. After originally making a name for himself as the Buckeyes’ best defensive player, this year Lighty has shown a knack for filling in any and every role his team needs him to fill.Take last week for example.The Buckeyes were at Purdue and Boilermaker guard Robbie Hummel had just torched OSU for 29 points in the first half. With seemingly no answer for Hummel’s prolific shooting, coach Thad Matta turned to Lighty to stop the bleeding.“I told the guys at halftime we need to change up or he’s going to get about 100 points in this game,” Matta said. “I challenged Dave to guard him and he did a great job.”After Hummel’s impressive first half shooting display, Lighty held him to a mere six points over the course of the final 20 minutes.Although Lighty finished with just five of his team’s 70 points, he kept the Buckeyes in the game with his effort on the defensive end.Saturday’s game, however, required Lighty to make his mark on the other end of the floor.With Turner’s minutes limited due to early foul trouble, Lighty took the over as the Buckeyes’ go-to scorer and finished the game with a team-high 18 points.“The defense in the Purdue game to the scoring in the Wisconsin game,” Matta said. “Those are all things that this team needs.”Though Matta made it clear that he never underestimates Lighty’s contribution to the team, the coach acknowledged that some people may not completely comprehend just how important he is.“I said last year when he went down,” Matta said referencing a season-ending foot injury Lighty sustained last season. “I don’t think anybody completely understood the magnitude of that injury. He does so many things to help [our] team win.”For Lighty, the lack of attention is nothing new.He arrived on campus as perhaps the least talked about member of coach Matta’s 2006 recruiting class. He was a role player the following year on the Buckeyes’ NIT championship team and he missed most of the next season with the foot injury.And now, with the emergence of Turner as the face of the Ohio State program, Lighty yet again seems to have been designated to a background role.But whether or not he gets the respect he deserves from the general public, Matta is always quick to mention the importance of having Lighty on the floor.“I don’t know, with David, if there’s one thing that I can say that, ‘this is so important,’” Matta said. “There are so many things that he does that add up to help [our] team.”
BioteQ Environmental Technologies, a leader in the treatment of industrial waste water, has received the Business Excellence Award for Outstanding Innovation and Best Practice, from the Canada China Business Council. BioteQ entered the China market in 2006 through a joint venture with Jiangxi Copper Company, China’s largest copper producer. Since that time, the joint venture has designed and built two water treatment plants at the Dexing mine, to recover dissolved copper from mine drainage and enhance the environmental performance of the mine site.The award recognises the success of BioteQ’s strategies in the China market, and the impact of the China market on the company’s competitive edge and financial performance. Brad Marchant, BioteQ’s CEO said, “China is an important market for BioteQ. Our success there is due to the commitment of our joint venture partners, Jiangxi Copper Company, and our operations team. We anticipate continued growth in China, as we expand our portfolio of industrial water treatment projects.”A third water treatment plant is currently under construction at the Dexing mine, to recover cobalt and nickel. The joint venture agreement identifies six potential sites where BioteQ’s clean technologies can be applied, and the joint venture partners are actively reviewing additional projects for future development.BioteQ applies innovative technologies and operating expertise to solve challenging water treatment problems, reducing environmental liabilities while delivering lower life cycle costs for water treatment. The Company’s commercially proven technologies treat industrial wastewater contaminated with dissolved heavy metals and sulphate, producing saleable by-products and clean water that can be discharged safely to the environment. BioteQ has built 10 plants at sites in Canada, the US, China, Australia and Mexico, with additional projects in design and construction.BioteQ’s sustainable water treatment solutions have been recognized with the CIM/Syncrude Award for Excellence in Sustainable Development, the Canada Export Achievement Award, the Jantzi/Maclean’s Most Socially Responsible Corporations in Canada, the Globe Award for Environmental Excellence, the PDAC Award for Environmental and Social Responsibility, the China Mining Environmental Protection Award, and the Mines & Money Sustainable Development Award. BioteQ is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, and trades on the TSX under the symbol BQE. For additional information, please go to http://www.bioteq.ca/.
Endeavour Mining’s greenfield Houndé Gold Operation (HGO) in Burkina Faso has recently gone into development and with quick timelines to get equipment to site and operators trained. Endeavour Mining has selected operator training solutions from Immersive Technologies.“In the short time the site has been operational the simulator training program has already produced significant improvement in operator behaviours resulting in a reduction unscheduled maintenance including tyre, shifting and transmission abuse as well as improvements in spotting times and incorrect brake application. Over time we plan to provide training in the simulators for people of the local community not employed by HGO. Our first priority is to train the personnel selected for operational positions. This is quite a lengthy process,” explains Jeremy Langford EVP – Project and Technical Services Group at Endeavour Mining.Operators are trained on specific behaviours that impact machine health, safety and productivity and management is able to identify which operators require additional training.“In our baseline evaluation we noted a common problem where many operators were using a gear too high for the grade thereby impacting transmission performance. After training was conducted operators later returned to one of the two simulators for a re-measure and we found the training had resulted in an 85% decrease in improper gear selection,” says Anthony Bruce, Regional Vice President Africa, Europe & CIS, Immersive Technologies.The site reported an:80% reduction in tire abuse errors67.7% reduction in incorrect brake application41.5% reduction in engine damage11 second improvement in spot time6.44 second reduction in average loading reversing time1.57 minute improvement in average circuit time“These types of improvements are why we selected Immersive Technologies for simulator training. The level of support and focus on results is what we need to make our mine safer and more profitable,” Langford says.Endeavour is using two simulators from Immersive Technologies with multiple simulator modules and is the first mine using this level of technology in Burkina Faso.Endeavour owns five operating mines in West Africa. The mines are located in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali and Burkina Faso and are expected to produce between 575,000 and 600,000 oz in 2016.
THE AUSTRALIAN MILITARY is investigating whether a major outbreak of bushfires is linked to an explosives training exercise, as firefighters battled blazes that have destroyed or damaged 300 homes.The Rural Fire Service said around 80 fires were burning across New South Wales state, with about 20 of them uncontained despite cooler weather conditions today.Among the major fires was one burning between the towns of Lithgow and Bilpin, some 80 kilometres northwest of Sydney, which intensified after burning through 30,000 hectares (74,000 acres) and reportedly destroying some properties.“This fire is by no means contained,” New South Wales Rural Fire Service Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers said.It’s got absolutely kilometres and kilometres of fire front.The Australian Defence Force said it was investigating the circumstances of the fire near Lithgow, which began on defence land.A fire near Lithgow, west of Sydney (AP Photo/New South Wales Rural Fire Service) “The fire started on 16 October, the same day that Defence personnel were conducting an explosive ordnance training activity,” it said in a statement.Defence is investigating if the two events are linked.“Our thoughts are with those who have lost property or whose property is threatened by these devastating fires,” it added.ForecastFirefighters are battling bushfires across New South Wales, which could take weeks to fully overcome, particularly with more hot and gusty weather forecast for as soon as Sunday.One man has already died while trying to protect his home on the Central Coast north of Sydney, possibly succumbing to a heart attack, but authorities are hopeful no other people are unaccounted for in the blazes.The fires took hold in warm and windy conditions on Thursday and the worst affected areas have been in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, where around 193 properties were destroyed and 109 damaged in the towns of Springwood and Winmalee.Crews were called to protect homes in the Lithgow region later Saturday, and also stepped up efforts in Springwood as that blaze continued to threaten more homes with a small local hospital evacuated as a precaution.Will take ‘weeks’ to extinguishRural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said some of the fires were so big they would take more time to completely extinguish.“Firefighters will be working on these fires for weeks,” he said.It’s all about reducing the risk of these fires to breach containment lines and run under hotter, drier, windier condition over coming days.In the meantime, residents were returning to the remains of their homes, searching through the rubble for valuables and keepsakes.In Lithgow, the scenic tourist attraction the Zig Zag Railway has been hard hit, with trains, carriages and equipment destroyed.The railway, which runs on the original track built in the 1860s, was soon to be reopened to the public after being closed last year for upgrades.- © AFP, 2013Read: Bushfires cause death and devastation in New South Wales >
GARDAÍ IN OFFALY and Dublin are appealing for information on two unrelated shooting incidents overnight.In Tullamore, a man and a woman were injured after a shooting in the Cluain Darach area of the town around 7pm last night.A 32-year-old man was walking with his seven-year-old son to his home when a man ran from a car and fired at least three shots.A woman in her late 20s, who was in the house at the time was also injured, though both were described as having minor injuries.The man was treated at the scene and the woman was taken to Midlands Regional Hospital.The car used in the shooting was later found burnt out in Durrow, four miles away.Gardaí in Tullamore are appealing for information and have asked anyone with information to contact them on 057 932 7600.Meanwhile, a 25-year-old man was injured after being shot in the leg in Coolock in Dublin.The man was walking from his home at around 10pm when a gunman approached and fired. The man was struck in the leg, but gardaí say his injuries are minor.A 21-year-old man was uninjured in the attack.The gunman fled in a white Volkswagen Golf.Anyone with information is asked to contact Santry Garda Station on 01 666 4000.Read: Two men arrested after garda car rammed in burglary chase
A WOMAN HAS been awarded €34,000 in damages by the Equality Tribunal after a claim that her employer discriminated against her on race grounds during the time she worked in their Supermac’s and Costcutters in Mayo.The woman is a Lithuanian national who was employed by the company from January 2009 to June 2010.She was at first working in a Supermac’s franchise in Ballindine and was then moved to the local Costcutter, also owned by the business. In one incident, a female customer asked about the price of sweets. The complainant said that she told her that they were €2.99 and the customer said “f****** Polish why are they working here they don’t understand English?”.The woman claims the same customer returned on another occasion and shouted at the employee in a language she presumed was Gaelic and became aggressive with her. On her way home from work she reported the incident to gardaí who contacted the customer but she denied she had been racially abusive and the employee decided not to make a formal complaint.The following day, she was called into a meeting by her employer who asked why she had not reported it to him first.“He told her that the customer was a very nice woman and she would not talk like that,” the complaint explains. “He said that he believed that the customer would not come back to the shop and he would lose in the region of €72 a week as a consequence of her actions.”MovedShe was told that she was being moved to work in Supermac’s in Ballinrobe, which is much further from her home. The Lithuanian woman is a single parent of a young child and she told her employer it would cost her more in petrol. She said she was told that he “did not want to see her in the shop anymore as she would destroy his business”.The woman made the move to the Supermac’s but said her employer attended there frequently and she believed that she was being monitored. On her first day she was moved off the til and was forced to work in the kitchen on the grill fulltime, even though she had not been trained for this. She claimed her employer and his brother were “constantly watching her”.She was given less hours and she became stressed about her job as she was given more menial jobs and was the only employee working fulltime in the kitchen. After about two weeks, she resigned.New jobA couple of weeks into a new job at a pub, the owner asked the woman she had worked in the respondent’s business in Ballindine and she said she had. The next day she received a text from her new employer to tell her he no longer had hours for her.Responding to the woman’s complaint, her employer denied discriminating against her and that she was racially abused by a customer. He also said that the decision to move her onto the grill at the Supermac’s was because of complaints made about her being rude to customers.However in the equality officer’s decision, she found that the employer did discriminate against the woman on race grounds and that the woman was victimised on race grounds.She was awarded €14,000 in compensation for the distress caused by discrimination and constructive dismissal and €20,000 for the distress caused by victimisation.Read: Equality Authority: Surrogacy case goes to higher court>Read: Traveller women refused entry to charity event wins District Court case>
Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Facebook Twitter Kevin Nash Shares Heartfelt Condolences For WWEs Mean Gene Okerlund 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Ric Flair Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Gene Okerlund NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles Scott Fishman of The Miami Herald is featuring an interview with WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Nash where he talks the benefit of the WWE Network and the importance of NXT.On younger kids knowing his career because of the WWE Network:“With the network now I go to signings and there are as many eight-year-old kids, as well as 35-year-olds because the network plays all the old stuff,” Nash said. “To them, it’s basically this live stream. They meet you and you maybe don’t look like you do on the network, but they understand who you are and what you do. So the network is really nice to have.”On the importance of NXT:“What they’ve done with NXT and Full Sail [University] is basically also focus on the production. People don’t realize how important the cameras are. This is a hands-on experience and proving ground, A to Z, from people in the truck and all the way up. It’s about pushing this product and having it continually grow.”The Miami Herald: Kevin Nash ready for Legends of Wrestling Night at Marlins ParkRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipKevin Nash Shares Heartfelt Condolences For WWEs Mean Gene OkerlundVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events WhatsApp Google+ Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Hulk Hogan Now Playing Up Next
SALEM, Ore. — A 29-year-old man who robbed an armored truck courier at a Keizer ATM was sentenced Monday in Salem to 17 years in prison.Anthony Sam White of Salem pleaded guilty in Marion County Circuit Court for the March 18 armed robbery.The Register-Guard reports he was arrested four days later when he was shot during an attempted armored truck robbery in Eugene, Ore.White was paralyzed from the waist down in the shooting and is awaiting trial in Lane County. He previously served prison time for assault, robbery and burglary charges nine years ago in Portland.
Both the subsea Arctic cable, and a terrestrial cable along the Dalton Highway, are seeing delays that could push the rollout of Quintillion’s ultrafast broadband network in rural Alaska to 2016 or beyond. (Image: Quintillion Network)The backers of an ambitious project to build a fiber optic cable between England and Japan beneath Arctic waters—and in the process bring high-speed internet to remote corners of western Alaska—say undertaking has seen delays that will push the arrival of service back until at least 2016.Download AudioCanadian telecommunications company Arctic Fibre is running the undersea cable, while Anchorage-based Quintillion Networksis the “middle mile” provider creating several spur lines that would shoot off the main fiber backbone and connect the ultrafast cable to telecom companies in Nome, Kotzebue, and other communities along the Bering Strait coast and the North Slope. Colloquially referred to as the “Arctic fiber” project, it promises to bring “gigabit internet” to the most remote parts of western Alaska. Quintillion expects speeds of 100 gigabits per second from the fiber line; current consumer broadband in Nome and Barrow reach speeds up to 6 megabits per second, equal to .006 gigabits per second.During a May visit to Nome, Quintillion CEO Elizabeth Pierce said the cable itself would be built this winter and start being laid during the summer of 2015. But now both the prep work for the undersea fiber line, and the buildout of a terrestrial component to Quintillion’s planned network, are seeing adjustments to their schedules.For the $650 million Arctic fiber line, Pierce said mapping and surveys began this summer and will continue into the summer of 2015, with onshore landing sites set to be constructed this winter. But she said that is “a small amount of work” compared to the next phase of the project.“The major work, the horizontal directional drilling from the shore line to the spurs—and that’s again to get those spurs coming into the shore buried deep and out of harm’s way—that will happen next summer. Then the cable will be laid once those … boards are completed for the spur lines.”But that undersea Arctic cable to Japan is only one part of Quintillion’s plan. The company is also tapping in to an overland cable set to run from Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope, down along the Dalton Highway, and on into Fairbanks and Anchorage. That part of the project, now being built by AT&T, has faced several delays.Until either that land line is built, or the cable to Japan is laid, Pierce said it’s a waiting game.“Our in-service date will be the earlier of whichever one of those connections come into service, whether it’s the Dalton Highway first, AT&T’s build, or whether it’s our connection to Japan first,” she said. “Whichever one of those comes in first, that’s when we’ll be able to turn up service. Either way, it’s going to be later into 2016 before we can turn up service.”Regardless of which connection comes online first, Pierce said the plan remains unchanged, and Quintillion will complete both the undersea and overland cable. But only when the undersea cable is complete would the promise of ultrafast broadband be delivered to Bering Strait communities.While that date for service may be a moving target, it’s not changing any plans of the local western Alaska telecoms preparing to bring Quintillion’s spur lines the final mile into homes and businesses.TelAlaska CEO Dave Goggins said the company is still on board to bring the fiber line to Nome.Steve Merriam, the CEO of the Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative, said the co-op worked with Quintillion this summer to build $4.5 million worth of communication shelters in Wainwright, Point Hope, and Barrow. Merriam said his company’s confident enough in the project that they’re laying out serious money to get ready.The project “definitely has legs,” Merriam said. “We’ve got about a $16 million RUS loan in process to upgrade our facilities on shore to take advantage of the fiber connectivity,” he said, referring to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Services’ loan program. The program provides what Merriam described as “low-interest” loans for electrical, sewer/water, and telecommunication projects in rural areas.“I’ll tell you this, putting in an RUS loan is not a small undertaking,” he said. “It is very, very tedious and very tenuous, and it takes an incredible amount of time. We wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t think this was a go.”Having already missed targeted in-service dates of 2014 and 2015, and now delayed into 2016, just when the project will “go”—and if it will go first through the terrestrial line or the undersea cable—are all questions that can only be answered as each part of the project inches forward.No matter how fast the fiber promises to be, the process of getting it built can seem painfully slow to many in western Alaska.
Axis Bank, India’s third largest private sector lender, has dismissed a media report that its banking license faces cancellation in the wake of many frauds unearthed at its branches since demonetisation.”We would like to bring to your attention, the false and malafide news published in a regional newspaper alleging consideration of regulatory action against the bank. In this connection, we strongly deny the contents of the said article and we reiterate that the bank has strong systems and controls as per the norms prescribed by the RBI,” the lender said in a regulatory filing on Monday.We firmly believe the said news is intended to spread panic amongst the general public, demoralise the staff and damage the reputation of the bank, the bank added. Axis Bank was explicitly mentioned by the Indian government in an official statement over irregularities detected at banks in the wake of demonetisation, including efforts to launder black money.”The cases referred from the Delhi unit include the Axis Bank, Kashmiri Gate in which complicity of officers of the bank in the malpractices was detected,” the finance ministry statement said last week.”Some cases have come to notice, however, of officials involved in carrying out transactions which were irregular and violative of RBI’s instructions. Action has been taken in such cases and 27 officials of various public sector banks have been placed under suspension and 6 officials have been transferred to non-sensitive posts,” the finance ministry had said in another statement.The share price of Axis Bank closed 2.56 percent lower at Rs 444.60 on the BSE on Monday.The corporate profile of Axis Bank says that the lender had 2,904 domestic branches (including extension counters) and 12,743 ATMs in India as of March 31, 2016.Besides, the overseas operations are spread over nine international offices with branches at Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai (at the DIFC), Colombo and Shanghai; representative offices at Dhaka, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and an overseas subsidiary at London, UK. सबसे ज्यादा उधम ईसी बैंक ने मचाया है…@narendramodi_in @arunjaitley @HMOIndia @nanditathhakur @HinduRajyam @SV99999 @Bsharma7 @Khediwal pic.twitter.com/qvEjoqpMfC— प्रदीप (@pkjha5aug) December 12, 2016
An attack on a bus at a market in rebel-held northern Yemen killed at least 29 children Thursday, the Red Cross said, as the Saudi-led coalition faced a growing outcry over the strike.The coalition said it had carried out what it called “legitimate military action” in the area targeting Huthi rebels responsible for a deadly missile attack on southern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.But the International Committee of the Red Cross said the strike hit a bus filled with children at the Dahyan market in the Huthi stronghold of Saada.”A hospital supported by our team in Yemen received the bodies of 29 children under the age of 15 and 48 wounded, including 30 children,” the ICRC said on Twitter.A spokesman for the Red Cross in Sanaa told AFP the toll was not final as casualties from the attack were taken to several hospitals.The Huthis’ Al-Masirah TV, quoting the rebel health ministry, reported that 50 people were killed and 77 wounded, “mostly children”, though it was not possible to verify that toll.The Save the Children charity, quoting its staff, said that at the time of the attack the children were on a bus heading back to school “from a picnic when the driver stopped to get a drink”.”Save the Children condemns this horrific attack and is calling for a full, immediate and independent investigation into this and other recent attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure,” it said.- ‘Innocent children’s lives’ -Geert Cappelaere, the UN Children’s Fund regional director in the Middle East and North Africa, said all the children on the bus were “reportedly under the age of 15″.”Does the world really need more innocent children’s lives to stop the cruel war on children in Yemen?”, he asked.Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said that “civilians continue to pay the highest price after three years of war in Yemen, thousands of them have been killed, injured or maimed.”Footage provided by the rebels’ Ansarullah Media Centre showed a number of wounded children lying two to a hospital bed, while in a separate shot medics tend to casualties in a crowded room.The coalition, which also includes the United Arab Emirates, intervened in 2015 to try to restore the internationally recognised government after the rebels drove it out of the capital Sanaa.Saudi Arabia shot down a missile fired by the Huthis on Wednesday, with debris killing a Yemeni man and wounding 11 others, the coalition said.The missile was fired from the rebel-held Yemeni province of Amran towards the Saudi city of Jizan, the coalition said.”The coalition will take all necessary measures against the terrorist, criminal acts of the Huthi militia, such as recruiting child soldiers, throwing them in battlefields and using them as tools,” coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki said after Thursday’s attack.- Huthis ramp up missile attacks -The Huthis have in recent months ramped up missile attacks against Saudi Arabia, which Riyadh usually says it intercepts.Wednesday’s attack brings the tally to 165 rebel missiles launched since 2015, according to the coalition, which that year joined the Yemeni government’s fight against Huthi rebels.On 2 August, attacks on a hospital and a fish market in the strategic rebel-held port city of Hodeida killed at least 55 civilians and wounded 170, according to the ICRC.The coalition denied responsibility for those attacks.Aid agency CARE International noted that Thursday’s air strike came a week after the Hodeida attacks”This latest air strike, only a week after the attacks on Hodeida city, demonstrates a continued disregard for human life and suffering,” said Johan Mooij, the agency’s country director in Yemen.”It is beyond cruel; innocent children’s lives have been lost.”The war in the impoverished country has left nearly 10,000 people dead and unleashed what the UN describes as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.The United Nations envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, told the Security Council last week that “a political solution” to end the war in Yemen was “available” and that the warring sides would be invited to talks on September 6 in Geneva.UN-brokered negotiations on Yemen broke down in 2016 amid demands for a rebel withdrawal from key cities and power-sharing with the Saudi-backed government.
Earlier today, we had the chance to get some hands-on time with Nintendo’s eagerly-awaited 3DS glasses-free portable gaming system. We also had the opportunity to chat up Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime. During our discussion, the executive spoke candidly about the Kinect for Xbox 360 and the Sony PlayStation Move, two gaming peripherals that took a page out of the Nintendo play book, following the runaway success of the Wii’s motion controllers. Fils-Aime echoed that familiar Nintendo sentiment, “it’s all about the games.” He added that it’s hard for him to pick a clear winner between the two devices. “That’s tough to say. I think each does particular games uniquely well.”The Kinect does have a bit of a leg up, however, in his opinion. “I think Dance Central is, by far, the best Kinect game,” Fils-Aime explained. “For Move, I think it would be hard for me to identify ‘what is their best content.’ I think it’s all about the same.”Check out a quick video clip of Fils-Aime, after the jump.