Italian satellite launcher Avio in place for next space race

by Colleen Barry, The Associated Press Posted Apr 10, 2017 2:41 am MDT Last Updated Apr 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Italian satellite launcher Avio in place for next space race MILAN – Italian satellite launcher company Avio’s successful public offering on Monday will help fuel its ambitions to be a leader in the next space race, the company’s CEO said in an interview.Avio, one of the largest satellite launchers in Europe and the first in its category to go public, saw its share price close at 13.40 euros, a gain of 6.6 per cent on its initial pricing, after touching a high of 13.95 euros.Avio makes engines for rockets such as the Ariane 5, which reach geocentric orbit at 35,786 kilometres (22,236 miles), or the Vega, a joint venture with the Italian Space Agency to put small satellites into low Earth orbit.CEO Giulio Ranzo said the public offering was driven by “unprecedented change, a very rapid shift toward commercial demand” that will require Avio to be able to mobilize financial resources quickly.The new space race is being driven by smaller countries getting satellites into space in a bid for independence, Ranzo said. They include countries such as Peru and Vietnam, beyond bigger nations like Brazil, South Korea and Japan.“It is a question of independence, or if you like of non-dependence,” Ranzo told the Associated Press. “Whether we like it or not, our economy, or our life on Earth will increasingly be relying on services that comes from space. It is a question if you want to be in the driver’s seat, or sitting next to the driver’s seat.”Ranzo said internet beamed from space should become widely available in just two or three years, a development that will allow rural and remote areas to have the same access to the internet as urban centres.Satellite imaging also allows management of the evolution of crops, monitoring of movements of Islamic State fighters across the desert, or keeping an eye on how shipping containers are being managed in a far-away port.“You can monitor the real volume of information instead of relying on third-party information,” he said. “It provides objective information.”As part of the moves to help Avio grow, Italian defence contractor Leonardo, formerly known as Finmeccanica, has increased its stake in Avio from 14 per cent to 28 per cent. Avio, which has annual revenues of 280 million euros with a backlog of 900 million euros in orders, also merged with an acquisition vehicle, Space2, which is investing cash. read more

Ban urges all sides in Yemen to renew commitment for extension of

Mr. Ban strongly encouraged ending immediately the interruptions in the import of fuel, food and medicines, in a statement delivered on his behalf by his Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, yesterday in Saudi Arabia at the Riyadh Conference on the situation in the country. “Yemenis have faced tragic levels of suffering and violence in recent months. The humanitarian pause is important to give them time to seek medical assistance and for much-needed basic goods to flow into the country. This pause must now become a permanent ceasefire and mark an end to all hostilities,” he declared.In order to allow the UN to provide much-needed humanitarian assistance, Mr. Ban reiterated his call on all parties to ensure that humanitarian agencies and their partners have safe and reliable access throughout the country.“We have seen how the humanitarian pause has provided a ray of hope and badly needed aid to the people of Yemen. In this spirit, I call on all sides to renew their commitment to the humanitarian pause for another 5-day period,” he added.The Secretary-General said that he is strongly determined to intensify his good offices and he intends to convene in the near future an inclusive and widely representative conference that will restart a Yemeni-Yemeni peace process in accordance with the relevant Security Council resolutions. According to UN spokesperson Farhan Haq, while in Riyadh, Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed met with Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, Vice-President and Prime Minister Khaled Bahah and many Yemeni political leaders, as well as the ambassadors of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. He also met with General Abdulrahman Al-Banyan, Chief of Staff of the Royal Saudi Armed Forces, as part of his advocacy to secure an extension of the humanitarian pause. For its duration, the humanitarian pause greatly facilitated access to areas which had been extremely difficult to reach. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has reported that people affected by the conflict were able to move out of insecure areas, seek medical care and receive help, Mr. Haq told reporters at the daily noon briefing at UN Headquarters. People previously trapped by fighting and airstrikes in Sa’ada, Aden, Lahj, Abyan and Al Dhale’e have reportedly moved from districts where access was previously blocked. In the first four days of the pause, relief workers dispatched enough food aid to cover one month of food needs for more than 273,000 people, delivered fuel to ensure safe water access for 1.2 million people, and transported or distributed enough essential non-food items for nearly 32,000 people. Some 47 metric tonnes of medical supplies were given to hospitals and health facilities in five governorates. However, insecurity, fuel shortages and other logistical challenges hindered full implementation of the humanitarian plan during the pause, Mr. Haq said. Health facilities report that since 19 March, some 1,820 people have been killed and 7,330 injured due to the conflict. Casualty figures are likely to be underestimates. Humanitarian partners estimate that more than 545,000 people have been displaced in Yemen since 26 March. read more

Cancer diagnosis drive has pushed NHS testing services to the brink

first_img“The number of cancer cases diagnosed each year is set to rise and the already stretched pathology services won’t cope unless we ensure more people are trained and employed in pathology.”The study shows thousands of patients are waiting more than three months for tests which could determine whether they have cancer.In total, more than 3,500 patients waited at least this long for pathology, imaging and endoscopies between October and December last year, the report says.A growing and ageing UK population is also fuelling demand, the charity said. One in two people will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime. Breast test  One in two people will be diagnosed with cancerCredit:PA  ‘The UK’s cancer survival is lagging behind other European countries and improving early diagnosis through diagnostic services is one of the ways to address this’Emma Greenwood, Cancer Research UK’s director of policy ‘The number of cancer cases diagnosed each year is set to rise and the already stretched pathology services won’t cope unless we ensure more people are trained and employed in pathology’Professor Manuel Salto-Tellez, Cancer Research UK mammogram GPs have been encouraged to refer more patients for tests if there is a possibility of cancerCredit:Alamycenter_img A Government drive to diagnose cancer earlier is pushing services towards the brink of collapse, amid a 60 per cent rise in referrals, a major report warns.The study by Cancer Research UK says attempts to improve Britain’s poor diagnosis rates have not been matched by increases in the staff needed to carry out tests.Warning that the situation has reached “a tipping point” it highlights a 17 per cent rise in patients waiting at least six weeks for checks. But the study says a 60 per cent rise in referrals since 2009/10 has not been matched by any significant increase in staff, with numbers of pathologists rising by less than three per cent a year.Professor Manuel Salto-Tellez, a Cancer Research UK pathology expert, said: “We need to act now before this situation gets worse. It’s vital that patients are diagnosed at an early stage when treatment is more likely to be successful and pathology plays a crucial role in this. Britain has the highest rates of late cancer diagnosis in the western world.In recent years GPs have been encouraged to refer more patients for checks, in order to tackle the problem and save more lives. Emma Greenwood, Cancer Research UK’s director of policy, said: “Diagnostic services, including pathology, urgently need support and investment to ensure that diagnoses aren’t delayed and patients benefit from the latest treatment.“The UK’s cancer survival is lagging behind other European countries and improving early diagnosis through diagnostic services is one of the ways to address this. The diagnostic bottleneck will only get worse without action now and this involves addressing staff shortages in imaging, endoscopy and pathology.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Give art world legal muscle to stop paintings selling abroad experts argue

first_imgStephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, greets the Duchess of Cambridge at its Museum of the Year awards Picasso's Child with a Dove, which left the UK after selling for £50m Picasso’s Child with a Dove, which left the UK after selling for £50m If successful, convention states the works should be turned over to the national collection, often after a coordinated campaign led by the Art Fund.But, experts say, new owners are currently at liberty to refuse the offer, keeping their painting privately as long as it is on British shores.If fundraising is unsuccessful, an export licence can be granted and the works taken to a new home by their foreign owners.Dr Deuchar said: “Applying for an export licence you have to promise if a museum raises a matching sum you will sell it to them. A View of the Rialto Bridge from the Fondamenta del Carbon by Francesco Guardi, one of the almost £300 million artworks to have left the UK since 2011 Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, greets the Duchess of Cambridge at its Museum of the Year awards Among the exodus of treasures was a £50 million Picasso – Child With A Dove – now thought to be in Qatar.Artworks are classed as “national treasures” if their departure from Britain would be considered a loss on one or more of three criteria: historical importance, appearance and scholarship.Not all agree with Dr Deuchar’s view, with some arguing there is no reason why works by foreign artists should not return to their home countries even if they have been in British collections for years.Bendor Grosvenor, art historian and dealer, argued Britain’s export system is “probably the best in the world”, balancing the rights of the public and private collectors.He said: “Something about art brings out the socialist in everyone. We sometimes think it must belong to the people. A View of the Rialto Bridge from the Fondamenta del Carbon by Francesco Guardi, one of the almost £300 million artworks to have left the UK since 2011 Although the money has been raised with the help of grants and government tax breaks, the owner has not yet officially accepted the gallery’s offer to match the price he paid for the work. Statistics published today show that nearly £300 million-worth of art from British collections has been sold overseas in the last five years.In each instance, it is understood, export licences were granted and works taken abroad legally because the funds were not matched by UK institutions.In total, 41 national treasures with a total value of £278 million were given export licences from 2011-2016.  Self Portrait by Sir Anthony van Dyck, one of the 32 'national treasures' saved for the nation in the last 5 years “We [the Art Fund] want to see some proper legal muscle to a system currently based on gentlemen’s agreements … the civil servants running it need to listen to people who have new ideas for change.”He has previously argued: “We believe the UK export system should serve our public collections more effectively by requiring licence applicants to give a binding commitment that they will not thwart museums that want to match the price.”The highest-profile export case currently ongoing is the National Gallery’s attempt to buy Jacopo Pontormo’s Portrait of a Young Man in a Red Cap (1530).It was secured at auction by a New York-based buyer, with an export ban placed to it to allow the National Gallery to raise more than £30m. The British art world should be supported by “proper legal muscle” to help it hold on to precious paintings, the director of the Art Fund has said, as it emerges £300 million of art has been sold abroad in the last five years.Stephen Deuchar has argued more should be done to help institutions acquire works of art for the nation, in a process of export licensing he claims offers “avoidable loopholes” for those who do not choose to play along.Those running the system, he said, should listen to “new ideas” to compel overseas buyers to give newly-acquired works up to the nation if funds can be raised to compensate them.The current system of export licensing allows the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to put a bar on works going overseas immediately, offering public institutions a chance to match the amount paid for it. A gold and turquoise ring once owned by Jane Austen, prevented from leaving the country by an export ban “There’s the downstream fact that 80 per cent of art in public collections is never on display but in storage.”In fact, there’s a sensible argument to say a work in private hands is more likely to be loaned and seen by people.”The Department for Culture, Media and Sport said: “The UK’s cultural export controls helps to keep national treasures, such as TE Lawrence’s dagger and Jane Austen’s ring, in the country.”While it’s not possible to save every object, the system is designed to strike the right balance between protecting our national cultural heritage and individual property rights.”The “national treasure” status is decided by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA).  Self Portrait by Sir Anthony van Dyck, one of the 32 ‘national treasures’ saved for the nation in the last 5 years A gold and turquoise ring once owned by Jane Austen, prevented from leaving the country by an export ban Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Concerns raised for safety of dumpsite pickers

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related50,000 lbs of excess garbage dumped at Haags BoschDecember 30, 2013In “Local News”Gov’t to challenge BK’s claim for payment for Haags Bosch dump siteJuly 3, 2015In “Business”Smoke, fumes and stench continue to plague residents near Haags Bosch dumpsiteJune 29, 2016In “latest news” …who scavenge through garbage for a livingMinister within the Communities Ministry, Dawn Hastings-Williams, has expressed concern for the safety of workers engaged in activities at the Haags Bosch Landfill site aback Eccles, East Bank Demerara after a visit to the facility on Friday.About 40 ‘pickers’ per day scavenge through the dumpsite on a daily basis, searching for reusable materials and valuables among the piles of what have been discarded at the Haags Bosch facility, and what they earn for their activities is dependent on their findings among the garbage. The pickers are generally on the lookout for both plastic and glass bottles which can be resold for recycling or reusing. However, on a lucky day, pickers may come across valuables such as cash or jewelry which was mistakenly taken out in the trash.Pickers scavenging through the garbage offloaded by the disposal trucksThese pickers ply their trade in a high-risk zone, made even more dangerous by the presence of heavy duty machinery. And they are also susceptible to a number of health threats, given the filthy environment in which they work.While speaking to media operatives at the Eccles facilities on Friday, Minister Hastings-Williams highlighted her concerns after realising that such operations pose both health and safety hazards.“My greatest concern is the health of the pickers. I think we need to have a proper system in place whereby we can monitor their health,” the minister expressed. “These are human beings just like us, and they find it a pleasure because they are working for survival.”Minister Hastings-Williams even took the opportunity to speak with some of the pickers, and relayed what she was told by one of the workers. “He said he enjoys doing the work because it brings in dollars for him,” she reported.The minister noted that the pickers provide a necessary service in the waste management system, and proper facilities should be in place to ensure the integrity of their health and safety, especially with the dangers existing at the dumpsite.Accordingly, she posited, “We need to ensure that their social welfare, their health, is properly addressed, because they are doing work for us. We are putting out all the waste, and when it comes here, they do the separation.”Commenting on the facilities provided for the pickers at the Haags Bosch landfill, Site Supervisor Lloyd Stanton outlined the precautions taken to ensure the safety of the workers.“The pickers are not supposed to be working in close proximity (to) the machinery. We have two contractors that are supposed to be in place during the working hours of the site to ensure the safety of the pickers,” Stanton noted.“Because most of them have come over here from the Mandela dumpsite, they would’ve already been aware of the risks and hazards of getting too close to the machinery. So you will find they of themselves don’t get too close, and we encourage them not to get too close,” he explained.Stanton did indicate that accidents do occur. Therefore, in an effort to limit disastrous outcomes, medical facilities available to the workers include trained first aid practitioners present on site. He even pointed out that monthly health evaluations were conducted for everyone engaged at the landfill.However, even with the provisions in place to prevent accidents at the landfill, two deaths have been recorded at the Haags Bosch dumpsite. It is with that in mind that administration of the Eccles facility continues to embark on efforts to limit, if not prevent, accidents at the disposal site. These include collaboration with medical institutions for the provision of health care, as well as workers’ education, which is set to continue in October. read more

Massive DRC mining and infrastructure agreement with China

first_imgThe Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today revealed the details of its mining agreement with China. In a statement to Parliament in Kinshasa, Infrastructure Minister Pierre Lumbi described the deal as “a vast Marshall Plan for the reconstruction of our country’s basic infrastructure. This contract is the foundation on which the growth of our economy is going to be built. It is going to generate tens of thousands of jobs directly or indirectly, with some 10,000 persons being employed directly in the first phase.  “It will give a firm boost to the rise of agricultural, mining, and industrial production of our country.  It is going to improve the purchasing power of the population by reducing the costs of transit between the areas of production and the areas of consumption.”The Minister estimated that the deal will have an internal profitability rate of at least 19%. Its total initial value is $9.25 billion, of which $3.25 billion will be mining investment and the remaining $6 billion is earmarked for infrastructure development.Lumbi declared: “This contract is undoubtedly the best which the country has ever signed with foreign investors.” But he emphasised: “It is only one aspect of a vast program of reconstruction and upgrading of the infrastructures of our country.  This huge programme includes a number of other programmes financed by our own funds, by the World Bank, the European Union, the African Development Bank, Great Britain and India.”The agreement with China creates a mining joint-venture between Gecamines, the DRC’s own mining entity, and the Chinese in the form of a company in which the Chinese hold 68% of the shares and Gecamines 32%. Lumbi said that 150 Chinese engineers and technical experts are already in DRC to start work on the project.The infrastructure aspects of the deal include:3,215 km of railways3,300 km of asphalted roads2,738 kilometres of beaten earth roads550 km of urban roadwaysA 450-bed hospital in Kinshasa, 31 smaller hospitals and 145 health centres around the DRCTwo hydro-electric dams and two electricity distribution networksTwo vocational training centresAnd two airports.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Gear quick thoughts What its like to use todays smartest

first_imgSetting up the Galaxy Gear with the Note 3 was easy enough. You pair the two and then after that you’ll never again have to think about the connection between the two. The watch will give you an alert when the phone is out of range. That shouldn’t be a problem though, as the range is excellent.The watch looks sharp, but it’s not comfortable. The length of the face means that it just doesn’t sit well on the wrist. The band isn’t that bad, but that’s not good enough, as it’s not replaceable.Speaking of the band, on the bottom of it is a big metal bulge that appears to be a speaker. It’s not a problem when you are wearing it, but try to use a laptop and your wrist will have to sit well above the palm rest. Plus you’ll have some uncomfortable metal-on-metal action.The camera works surprisingly well. The placement take some getting used to, but after that it’s pretty convenient. That said, you essentially are carrying around a covert camera, which could get you in trouble now and then. After you create an image or video it’s super easy to transfer it over to your phone. Android even creates a dedicated Galaxy Gear folder.The Galaxy smartphone only has a single button. This is only used for activating it and getting back to the home screen, which means you’re using swipe controls for everything. If you take your time and don’t swipe too fast this works well enough. Even so, navigating the watch’s menus feels slow.Here are the things I found the watch useful for: Telling time, checking the temperature, recording voice memos, media controls, calculating steps with a pedometer, viewing notifications, using the stopwatch and timer, checking the weather.Here are the things I can’t really imagine using a smartwatch for: taking pictures, recording video, making calls, viewing an image gallery, checking my calendar, viewing call logs, reviewing archived notifications.The battery life doesn’t appear to be too bad. The reported battery life of 25 hours, or 5 hours of continuous use, seems both accurate and acceptable to me. Basically you’d want to just charge the watch alongside your phone every night or so. Sure, that’s a lot for a watch, but given how much our smartphones has trained us to this behavior it’s not bad. As for the 5 hours of usage time — I find it highly unlikely you’d hit that in a single day. Checking a notification or taking an image takes just seconds and any calls you take on this will likely be short.Here is an image taken with the watch while it was on my wrist. I can’t complain about the quality given the small size of the sensor and the challenge of placing it on the band..Here is a sample video taken with the Galaxy Gear:Finally, some brief closing thoughts: At $300 I think the Galaxy Gear is a cool toy, but unfortunately the sweet gadgety goodness of the smartwatch is defeated by the facts that this thing is clunky, uncomfortable, and orange (OK, not all the models are orange, but still… it’s neon orange). I really believe that Samsung did a respectable job here, they just were limited by what could be done with today’s tech and what is a feasible price. Given how expensive watches can be, I wonder if it would have made sense to increase the price and deliver a better experience, if that’s something Samsung could have pulled off.Ultimately I think that the Galaxy Gear is an interesting, non-catastrophic product, but it’s not in line with my priorities. I’m not a watch guy, but if I was I’d need a replaceable band, for it to be comfortable enough that I’d forget I was wearing it, it would have to be somewhat inconspicuous, and I’d happily trade off a number features for size and battery life.For those reasons I think an e-paper based product that’s slightly less slick, but ultimately more usable would be a better fit for me and many other people. That said, I respect Samsung’s ability to tackle a serious design challenge and offer up a passably good, everything-but-the-kitchen sink smartwatch for this price. Now they just need to get it to work with more phones (tablet’s don’t really matter here) so that it can be taken seriously. The Galaxy Gear smartwatch’s release date is this week so, ahead of that point, I took the time to test it out. I did so alongside Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) tablet. The three are inextricably linked as the Galaxy Gear only works with the Galaxy Note 3 or the Note 10.1 (for now), and they share a common release window here in the US.To get a good look at the Galaxy Gear in action, check out the gallery above. Once you have an idea of how it works, the video below will add some context and walk through the smartwatch’s interesting, but somewhat limited, feature set. After that I’ll chime in with some quick observations.last_img read more

Michael was no angel Father of gangland feud victim says family is

first_img Short URL No Comments Image: Image: Share Tweet Email1 By Michelle Hennessy 27,986 Views Tuesday 17 Jan 2017, 5:00 PM Jan 17th 2017, 5:00 PM ‘Michael was no angel’: Father of gangland feud victim says family is living in fear It was reported in recent days that Barr was one of the men involved in the murder of Kinahan associate David Byrne. THE FATHER OF dissident republican Michael Barr, who was shot dead at the Sunset House pub in Dublin last April, has said his family is living in fear after news reports linked his son to the shooting at the Regency Hotel last year.Kinahan gang associate David Byrne was shot dead at the hotel in February last year during a boxing weigh-in. It was reported in recent days that Barr was one of the men involved in the shooting and had posed as an armed garda.Speaking to RTÉ’s Liveline, Collie Barr said members of his family are “living in fear of their lives” since the link between his son and the murder of the Kinahan figure was made.“They believe now they are targets,” he said, making particular reference to his two daughters who he said were in “hysterics” over the weekend.“One daughter will not even go to the shop, and she wants to cancel a holiday. They’re thinking of moving out of Ireland altogether.”The grieving father also revealed the Police Service of Northern Ireland informed him before Christmas that there had been a threat made against his life.They told me I was going to be murdered, I have to live with that.While he acknowledged that “Michael was no angel” and had been a member of the IRA, he said there was “not a chance” his son was involved in the Byrne’s murder.In May last year, Eamonn Cumberton of Mountjoy Street, Dublin 1, was charged with Barr’s murder. The 29-year-old will be tried before the Special Criminal Court.“The impact has been absolutely awful. My daughters and my ex-wife – it was her son and their brother – and their hearts are broken and now they’re terrified for their lives.”Comments are closed on this article as court proceedings are active. Read: Man charged with murder of Michael Barr at the Sunset House>Read: Man in his 20s arrested over gangland killing of dissident republican> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Taxi driver who sexually assaulted a woman and maligned her character in

first_imgTaxi driver who sexually assaulted a woman and ‘maligned’ her character in court jailed for six months The judge said it was an opportunistic and predatory crime. File photo Image: A TAXI DRIVER who sexually assaulted a young passenger and then “maligned” her character by claiming she was drunk and abusive has been jailed for six months.Augustin Ion (50) groped the woman’s breast and asked her to come into the back seat of his taxi with him after arriving outside her house. The victim had taken a taxi home instead of walking because she thought it would be safer.A jury with an 11 to one majority rejected Ion’s claims that the woman was extremely aggressive, told him to “fuck off and drive” and refused to pay the fare.He claimed she only made a complaint to gardaí because she thought he was going to report her for not paying him. Prosecuting counsel Eilis Brennan BL told the jury this was a “tissue of lies.”In Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today, Judge Pauline Codd said the woman came across as “an exceptionally sincere and honest type of person” and that it was an aggravating factor that Ion had “maligned” her good name.Ion’s counsel told the court he now accepts the verdict of the jury and is very remorseful. He made an offer of €3,000 to the woman to cover counselling costs. The victim said she does not want his money. Source: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ieIon, of Garrynisk Square, Tallaght, Dublin and originally from Romania, had pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting the woman outside her home on the night of 20 November 2014.Judge Codd said it was an opportunistic but predatory crime. She noted Ion initially drove past the woman before performing a u-turn and coming back to pick her up.She said the offence was “an enormous breach of trust” as the public are entitled to expect a taxi driver to take them home safely.“Offences like this give rise to great concerns, particularly for young women,” the judge said. “This case would send a chill up the spine of parents and families of young women.”Judge Codd also said Ion’s actions impacted on the reputation of the entire taxi industry and that she must impose a sentence with a “deterrent effect”.What happenedShe sentenced Ion to two years with 18 months suspended and ordered him to undergo 18 months supervision by the Probation Service.The judge took into account Ion’s lack of previous convictions, his personal circumstances and the fact that the offence itself was “at the lower end of the scale.”Ion has been registered as a sex offender and will never be granted another taxi license, the court heard.The woman told the court that she was in a city centre pub with friends where she had one red wine and four or five vodkas over the course of about five hours. She said she left at about 11.30pm because she had a headache and was in work the next day.She lived about five minutes away but decided to get a taxi because she didn’t want to walk alone down dark alleyways. She got in the front of the taxi out of habit because she was from the country where that was the done thing, she said.She was holding her head and told Ion she had a headache when he asked what was wrong. Ion started rubbing her neck as they stopped at the traffic lights. She told him she was fine and he continued to drive.When they reached her house he started rubbing the back of her head and kissed her on the side of the face. He grabbed her breast and asked her if she wanted to get in the back seat. He also asked her if he could come inside with her.Victim impact statementThe woman said she “froze” and told Ion she had to go. Ion told her, “just wait five minutes” before holding her head back against the seat rest.“I was panicking,” she said. “I kept thinking he was going to drive away with me in the car.”The woman, who has since left Dublin, wrote in a victim impact report that she will never forget Ion’s breath in her ear. She said she regularly wakes up in the middle of the night in a panic and that she never gets taxis on the street anymore.She added: “He took my character with his version of events. This is why I hope he does time for what he put me through.”Ion’s counsel, Gerard Charlton BL, said his client suffers from anxiety and depression as well as diabetes. He said he is a family man who has worked hard since leaving Romania 13 years ago.Charlton added that Ion’s case has received significant publicity in the press and on social media, which has been difficult for his family. Share1068 Tweet Email 66 Comments Image: Short URLcenter_img By Conor Gallagher 36,698 Views Jan 23rd 2017, 3:29 PM File photo Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 23 Jan 2017, 3:29 PMlast_img read more

Social Network for Journalists Gets 275M in Financing

first_imgPublish2, a social network and news aggregator devoted to journalists, has received $2.75 million in financing from Velocity Interactive Group, an investment firm specializing in digital media and communications. The service is currently in private beta test and will use the funding to finish building out its platform and hire additional staffers. Founded by Scott Karp—former managing director at Atlantic Media and author of the Publishing 2.0 blog—and blogger Robert Young, Publish2 is intended to let participants capture information that appeals to their interests and collaborate with other journalists, who can submit content online similar to the aggregator site Digg and create their own personal profile page featuring their work. Velocity Interactive’s Jon Miller and Ross Levinsohn, former executives at AOL and Fox interactive Media, join Publish2’s board of directors. Other Velocity investments include Radar Networks (which offers the next generation Wiki and Adinfuse, a service that delivers targeted advertising to mobile devices.last_img read more

NEIGHBOR NEWS Whats Making Headlines In Tewksbury

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Ever wonder what’s making news next door in Tewksbury? Bill Gilman, editor of Your Tewksbury Today, has the answer!Below is a collection of top Tewksbury stories, primarily written by Gilman, that were recently published on his popular website.Top Tewksbury Stories (April 23-April 30):Arrest On Attempted Murder Warrant Leads To Additional Gun, Drug ChargesTMHS 3rd Term Principal’s List, Honor RollTewksbury Students Named To 3rd Term Honor Roll At Shawsheen TechMichael Bajdek, Emma Pereira Honored As Hats Off Winners For AprilOP-ED: Rep. Jim Miceli Died Doing What He Did Best, What He LovedYoung Tewksbury Resident Celebrates Little League Opening Day With Boston Red SoxAt Your Library: Meet The Team Photographer For The Bruins, Celtics & Red SoxRockies Demote Oberg To Triple-A Your Tewksbury Today is Tewksbury’s premiere online hyperlocal news source. Follow YTT on Facebook and Twitter.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”last_img read more

Holy Quran also forbids embezzling fund of orphans

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a rally in Rajshahi on Thursday. Photo: Focus BanglaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday termed her Awami League’s logo “boat” as the symbol of Bangladesh’s independence and development, seeking peoples support for it in the next local body and national elections.”The boat of Prophet Nuh (SM) had saved people from disaster and (our election symbol) boat awarded us the independence and led the nation towards development,” she told a mammoth public rally at this north western divisional city.The premier urged the people to vote for “boat” in the upcoming local government and general elections to keep up the current trend of development and spirit of independence describing her call as “my ardent appeal to you all”.Rajshahi district and city unit of Awami League staged the rally at the city’s Madrasa Maidan with city AL president AHM Khairuzzaman Liton in the chair while the party’s presidium member and health minister Mohammad Nasim, joint general secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Dipu Moni and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, among others, spoke.Sheikh Hasina, who also heads the Awami League, said all these elections would be held with party symbols and “I seek your votes also to let people live in peace and happiness”.”We want to build a hunger and poverty free, prosperous Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” she added.Sheikh Hasina blasted the opposition outside parliament BNP for waging movement to defend their party chief, calling it a campaign for “a thief” convicted of emblazing orphans money.”This movement is for a thief (Khaleda). It is also forbidden in the Holy Quran to embezzle fund of the orphans . . . so she is now paying the price and suffering the punishment,” she said.The premier also wondered about the location of the orphanage and number of orphans there for whom the fund was raised and said “Khaleda along with her family members and her party men grasp the money meant for the orphans”.She said Khaleda Zia brought funds from abroad to set up the orphanage long 27 years back but never set it up and rather plundered that fund.”That fund did not go to the orphans . . . so the Anti Corruption Commission filed the case and she (Khaleda) was eventually punished in that case,” the premier said.Sheikh Hasina said, looting and plundering, however, symbolised BNP’s character as Bangladesh became champions for five consecutive times during their tenure in power while her incumbent government managed to repatriate the money siphoned out by the ex-premier’s sons from abroad.The prime minister said despite their frantic efforts the past caretaker government failed to find any irregularity in the operations of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust.The trust was set up to assist the students, injured of the 21 August grenade attack and the distressed AL leaders and workers.The premier said whenever Awami League was elected to power the country witnessed massive development benefitting its people while darkness and destruction featured the past BNP rule as their motto was to plunder everything.”If anyone fails to overcome the greed to embezzle orphans money, how he or she could offer something to people,” she said.The premier said Ziaur Rahman died in 1981 leaving nothing but a broken suitcase and a torn ‘genji’ but in few subsequent years the Zia family amassed cash and property worth hundreds of crores of taka and at a certain stage started to siphoning off the money abroad.Sheikh Hasina alleged that they had procured sets of marine vessels giving those names like Coko 1 and Coko 2, set up Dandy Dyeing Industry, took bank loans of Tk 9 billion not refunded ever.”Simultaneously they (BNP) were resorted to looting, corruption, terrorism, militancy and even created ‘Bangla Bhai’ and thus snatched away the peoples’ peace,” she said.The premier said no mayor could do what Awami League’s Khairuzzaman Liton did for the development of the old divisional city of Rajshahi though her government also provided sufficient fund to the BNP-supported mayor this time to continue the development campaign.”We didn’t stop development here, but they (BNP mayor and councilors) failed . . . they failed because their minds are always filled with the mindset of looting,” she said.Sheikh Hasina added: “If their leader embezzles the orphans’ fund what the followers will deliver, please judge this.”The premier urged people to recall how the unbridled corruption, looting, terrorism, militancy shook the country and particularly Rajshahi region during the BNP tenure.”This region was turned into a den of terrorists, militants and ‘Bangla Bhai’,” she said adding that simultaneously entire country witnessed serial bombings at 500 points in 2005 alone as BNP “played ducks and drakes with the peoples fate”.The premier also reminded the rally the violent street campaign spearheaded by BNP and its crucial ally Jamaat to upset the 5 January elections and in subsequent years claiming hundreds of lives through arson and bomb attacks.Taking a swipe over the BNP claims that Ziaur Rahman reintroduced multiparty democracy in the country; Sheikh Hasina said Zia’s multiparty democracy featured leaders who were war criminals and killers of father of the nation.”He had made them prime ministers, ministers and advisers while curfews were enforced every night in his (Zia’s) tenure . . . then, how come he established democracy,” the premier said.The premier announced that a medical university would be set up in Rajshahi while works were underway to set up an ICT Park for the people of the region.She highlighted various achievements and successes of her government in various socio-economic fields over the last nine years.”Some 20 million students across the country are now getting stipends, some 35,42,90,162 textbooks are being distributed free of cost students on the first day of the year, some 1 million Bangladeshi workers went abroad over the last one year while the country has already entered into 4G world,” she said.Moreover, the premier said, Bangladesh’s power generation capacity now rose to 16,000 MW while by 2021, every household of the country would get electricity.last_img read more

HC asks for list of companies involved in milk adulteration

first_imgThe High Court on Wednesday directed the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) to submit a list of the companies involved in adulteration of milk and curd within 15 May.A bench of justice Nazrul Islam Talukder and justice KM Hafizul Alam passed the order after a report in this regard was submitted before the court.The report said harmful chemical lead and antibiotics were found in 96 samples of unpacked milk collected from the market.Besides, adulteration was evident in 18 of the 31 samples of packaged milk but the names of the milk-producing companies responsible for the adulteration were absent in the report.Deputy attorney general AKM Amin Uddin Manik stood for the state.On 11 February, the High Court directed the authorities concerned to conduct a survey to determine how much cow milk, dairy products and cow fodders containing bacteria, antibiotic, lead and pesticides are supplied across the country.The High Court bench of justice Nazrul Islam Talukder and justice K M Hafizul Alam came up with the order following a report published in different national dailies on adulterated milk.The HC also asked the authorities concerned to submit a report within 15 days.The food, agriculture, fisheries and livestock and health secretaries, cabinet secretary, all members of Bangladesh Food Safety Authority, members of Central Food Safety Management Coordination Committee, and chairman of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) were made respondents to the rule.Besides, the court issued a rule seeking explanation as to why the inaction and failure of the respondents to stop the adulteration of cow milk and dairy food would not be declared illegal and those who are mixing lead and pesticides with those would not be brought under the ambit of law.Different national dailies published a report on 10 February citing a survey report on the presence of pesticides, antibiotic and bacteria in raw cow milk.last_img read more

KIIT and KISS to host 39th edition of World Congress of Poets

first_imgJointly organised by World Academy of Arts and Culture (WAAC), USA; KIIT and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar, the 39th World Congress of Poets (WCP) will be held in October 2019 at KIIT and KISS premises.The announcement was made by Professor Achyuta Samanta, President of the 39th World Congress of Poets (WCP) and Founder, KIIT and KISS in a press conference held at the Constitution Club on December 20. The conference was attended by Jacob Isaac, Executive Board Member of World Congress of Poets and World Academy of Arts and Culture (WAAC), USA; Dr R K Das and Dr B N Nanda, Senior Advisors, KIIT and KISS. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe poetry event is expected to be attended by more than 500 poets from 100 countries. Besides that, 2000 writers and poets from India and another 2000 from Odisha are expected to join, informed the President of the event. Speaking at the conference, Professor Samanta said, “It is a matter of pride that KIIT and KISS will be hosting the 39th World Congress of Poets in India from October 2, 2019, coinciding with the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. There will be a good academic exchange as poets and writers from across the globe will come together. So it will definitely give a very good boost to poets and writers in our state Odisha and India also.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHe further stated that Odisha state government will cooperate to make the World Congress of Poets a grand success, and the institution also seeks support from Ministry of Culture, Government of India. As WCP is being organised on the occasion of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and Golden Jubilee WAAC, it has been decided to name the award on Mahatma Gandhi, besides other D Litt awards. As the representative of World Congress of Poets, Jacob briefed about the history of the event. Followed by Nanda who threw light on the organisation of this prestigious meet in India. In order to conclude the conference, R K Das proposed the vote of thanks. At the 38th WCP hosted in Suiyang County of China’s Guizhou Province, the Executive Board Members of WAAC like President of WAAC, Dr Maurus Young, Sr. Vice President, Professor Ernesto Kahan and General Secretary Dr. Maria Eugenia Soberanis announced that the 39th edition will take place in the KIIT and KISS premises. For the third time, the World Congress of Poets is going to be held in India. In a preliminary meeting, it is tentatively decided to hold the forthcoming World Congress of Poets from October 2 – 6, 2019. The inaugural ceremony will be held on October 2, 2019, coinciding with the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. It has been planned to hold a session on tourism poetry at Konark and a session on spiritual poetry to promote tourism of Odisha, in particular, and of India, in general.last_img read more

Mamata says Centre cancelled trains to hamper TMC Martyrs Day rally

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday accused the BJP-led Central government of trying to prevent Trinamool Congress supporters from coming to its ‘Matryrs’ Day’ rally by cancelling several trains to Kolkata.She also charged the saffron party activists with forcefully stopping and vandalising many buses carrying Trinamool activists to Kolkata from the districts and said her party would hold protest rallies at those locations on Monday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”BJP is in power at the Centre. They control the railways. I have got the information that many trains have been cancelled today (Monday) so that people from far-off districts and north Bengal cannot come to our rally,” Banerjee alleged while speaking at the 26th edition of her party’s Martyrs’ Day rally in central Kolkata’s Esplanade.”BJP has started attacking our people after winning only a handful of seats in the Lok Sabha elections. I have got the news that they vandalised buses and beat up our workers at Hooghly’s Gurap and Midnapore’s Patashpur. Trinamool will hold counter rallies against this violence in all those places tomorrow,” she said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccusing the BJP leaders of threatening to pull Trinamool workers off buses on the way to the rally, Banerjee questioned whether the BJP would be able to handle the situation if Trinamool supporters and common people start paying them back in their own coin.Referring to the ongoing political violence in West Bengal’s Bhatpara since the 2019 polls, Banerjee said the place is a prime example of how the situation could turn hostile if people vote for the BJP. “Look at Bhatpara. See what happens if people vote for BJP. Schools, colleges, factories, markets are closed. Such a situation had never occurred since Trinamool came to power. Not a single Panchayat office (of opposition parties) was attacked, no one was boycotted for supporting another party because we wanted change, not revenge,” Banerjee claimed.Sticking to her claims that the 2019 elections were rigged by the BJP, she said the saffron party managed to win 18 Lok sabha seats in Bengal by manipulating electronic voting machines (EVMs), misusing the Election Commission and the Central forces, as well as intimidating people.She said her party had never reacted in such a hostile manner as the BJP even after winning 26 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal in the 2009 general elections when the Left was in power in the state.Alleging that the BJP leaders in the state had no understanding of the cultural ethos of Bengal, she said the saffron party was trying to capture power by bringing in leaders from other states and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) “miscreants”.She also urged her party workers to keep an eye on the movement of “outsiders” in their localities and prevent them from misguiding people.last_img read more

Virgin Jetstar and Tiger battle it out in the Gold Coast

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=ada84479″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Virgin Blue, Jetstar and Tiger Airways are battling it out to become the Gold Coast’s major domestic airline.Each carrier is currently dominating a specific route out of the Gold Coast — Virgin claims the Sydney route, Tiger Airways has the numbers in Adelaide and Jetstar is ahead for Melbourne travellers. Tiger Airways have announced daily flights between the Gold Coast and Sydney, effective from December 15, to gain an increased market share.  Virgin Blue and Jetstar both revealed that they were also looking at opportunities to increase market share out of the Gold Coast because it was a ‘key port’.Tourism Queensland projections show Tiger Airways is just ahead of Jetstar on the Adelaide route — capturing 39 per cent of the market by offering 1260 seats in its daily service. Jetstar offers 1239 seats a week on this route, while Virgin Blue lags with just 742 seats a week on its daily service.The route to Sydney is dominated by Virgin Blue with 52 per cent in its 13,140 seat capacity on 80 flights a week. This trumps Jetstar’s 43 per cent (10,668 seats on 56 flights). Tiger’s new daily service will offer 1260 seats.Jetstar wins the Gold Coast to Melbourne route with a 47 per cent share (8658 seats) ahead of Virgin Blue (5904 from 35 weekly flights) and Tiger (3780 from 21 flights).last_img read more

IATA announces global passenger traffic results for March

first_imgThe International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the global passenger traffic results for March showing that demand rose by 5.3%, compared to the same month last year. Capacity grew at 5.9% which pushed the average load factor down by half a percentage point to 79.6%.March performance shows a moderate slowdown on the year-on-year growth rates recorded in January (7.2%) and February (8.6%) even after adjusting for the leap-year impact in February. Demand for international traffic grew significantly more quickly (6.2%) than that for domestic travel (3.7%).Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO, IATA, said, “While in line with long-term trends, demand growth in March represented a slow-down compared to January and February. It is premature to say whether this marks the end of the recent very strong results. We do expect further stimulus in the form of network expansion and declines in travel costs. However, the wider economic backdrop remains subdued.”March international passenger demand rose 6.2% compared to March 2015, which was a decline compared to the 9.1% increase in February. Airlines in all regions recorded growth. Total capacity climbed 6.9%, causing load factor to slip 0.5% percentage points to 78.5%.Domestic demand rose 3.7% in March compared to March 2015, a dramatic slowdown from the leap year-aided 7.8% growth recorded in February. This was driven primarily by performance in the two largest markets, the US, which accounts for two of every five domestic passengers and China. Domestic capacity climbed 4.3%, and load factor retreated 0.4 percentage points to 81.6%.last_img read more

Los Angeles California – Reported by Kelly Carter

first_imgLos Angeles, California – Reported by Kelly Carter for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineROCKING IN SOBE Rock star Lenny Kravitz recently checked into Madrid’s Hotel Villa Magna, the ideal property for visiting celebs thanks to a secure driveway that ensures complete privacy. Kravitz requested all-organic cuisine during his stay, but no word on whether he picked up any design ideas at the hotel, which recently underwent a complete renovation. The Grammy-award winning musician also heads up Kravitz Design Inc., and is putting his skills to good use designing the Presidential Suite and a bungalow at the new SLS Hotel South Beach in Miami, opening in March. Sam Nazarian, founder, chairman and CEO of sbe, parent company of SLS Hotels, already raves about Kravitz’s design of the top accommodation. “It’s unbelievable,” Nazarian said. “We’ve had three presentations and it’s beautiful. He’s a very good complement to Philippe.” As in renowned designer Philippe Starck, who is responsible for the rest of the hotel’s IN PARIS Oscar-nominated actor Liam Neeson was among the high-wattage names on hand for a chic gala to celebrate the opening of the Mandarin Oriental, Paris, located on the fashionable Rue Saint-Honoré in the 1st arrondissement. The stylish Art Deco-meets-modern design of its 138 rooms and suites wows—but it isn’t just about the aesthetics with a discerning traveler like Neeson. “The experience has to do not necessarily…with the bricks and mortar,” he says. “It has to do with the staff. It’s human. It’s not just someone doing their job.” ESCAPE With his busy schedule, celebrity chef José Andrés—whose restaurants are all the rage in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and his home base of Washington, D.C.—appreciates escaping to a tropical setting for a few days with his family. “We love the Cayman Islands and especially we love the Ritz,” says Andrés, named Outstanding Chef at the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards. “It has unbelievable service and a great restaurant by Eric Ripert. That hotel is amazing because in only five minutes you can do everything. It’s very difficult to be in one place that in five minutes, from decision to actually happening, you can play golf, eat dinner at a restaurant, scuba dive, sail or lie down on a beach.” Scuba diving has become his passion. “I learned to scuba dive three years ago and fell in love,” he says. “I’m about to get my third level title with PADI.” read more


first_img CORRECTS NETWORK FROM SHOWTIME TO CW – Gina Rodriguez wipes away a tear as she speaks in the A Final Farewell to “Jane the Virgin” panel during the Showtime TCA Winter Press Tour on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP) ‘Jane the Virgin’ creator sees tears, closure for show’s end AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Feb 1, 2019 7:16 am PDT PASADENA, Calif. — The upcoming final season of “Jane the Virgin” is already drawing tears.The CW show’s creator, Jennie Snyder Urman, said she’s crying in the editing room as she works on the concluding episodes of the show starring Gina Rodriguez.The producer and actress grew emotional discussing the telenovela-style comedy-drama Thursday with TV critics. They were asked how they would look back on “Jane the Virgin.”“How much representation matters, what it feels like to be seen,” Urman said of the show focused on a Latino family, a rarity on TV.Rodriguez said the audience response affirmed her belief that young girls would be empowered seeing a Latina character. She’s encouraged to increase her influence through directing and producing, she said.“You changed my life,” a tearful Rodriguez said to Urman.“You changed mine,” the producer replied.As for the final episode, Urman said she’s intent on providing “a real sense of closure.” She said she’s feeling pressure to say goodbye in the right way and wants to “stick the landing.”The fifth season of “Jane the Virgin,” which begins March 27, has much to resolve. Last season closed with Jane, who’s contemplating marriage to Rafael (Justin Baldoni), learning that her late husband Michael (Brett Dier) may have made a miraculous comeback.The mystery of Michael’s apparent return will be explored in early episodes of season five, which will conclude this summer. The finale date has yet to be announced.There may be a spinoff, a telenovela anthology series with Rodriguez and Urman serving as executive producers. CW has ordered a pilot for series consideration, with cast members yet to be announced. Rodriguez will be heard if not seen on it, narrating stories based on fictional novels written by her “Jane the Virgin” character.Lynn Elber, The Associated Presslast_img read more

July 20 2002 construction site at five oclock in

first_imgJuly 20, 2002 construction site at five o’clock inthe morning. Given the threat of afternoon rain, when the constructioncrew undertakes a concrete pour they begin as early as possible. [Photo& Text: MS] The formwork andrebar for the precast panel. The form in the middle will eventually bea window with a wonderful view of the Agua Fria river valley. [Photo &Text: MS] The concrete ismixed at our on-site batchplant, then transferred from the concretetruck into the bucket. The bucket is then moved into position with thecrane. Here, construction manager Spencer Marrese guides thepour. [Photo & Text: MS] This was the Julyworkshoppers first pour. Many of the workshoppers had little or noexperience pouring concrete, but after intense instruction they werewell prepared for today. They finished the job in record time. [Photo &Text: MS] The finished panelmust be covered to contain the moisture for it to cure. [Photo & Text:MS]last_img read more