3 killed as Samaleswari Express hits maintenance tower car in Odisha

first_imgBhubaneswar: Three Railway personnel were killed when the engine of the Howrah-Jagdalpur Samaleswari Express caught fire after hitting a maintenance tower car in Odisha’s Rayagada district Tuesday, officials said.All three deceased were engaged in the maintenance tower car when the accident took place between Singapur Road and Keutaguda, East Coast Railway (ECoR) spokesperson J P Mishra said. The incident happened after the engine, the front guard-cum-luggage van and a general second class coach of 18005 Howrah-Jagdalpur Express got derailed after hitting the maintenance tower car engaged in some work, he said. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaThe engine caught fire after it hit the tower car and later, it was detached from the rake, the spokesperson said, adding only the engine was affected and the train and passengers remained unharmed, while three staff engaged in the tower car died. The Railways ordered an inquiry by the Commissioner of Railway Safety, Kolkata, Mishra said, adding that the matter has been viewed seriously and the Railway Board sought full details of the accident. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahThe Commissioner of Railway Safety is an independent statutory authority under the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The station masters on duty at Keutguda and Singapur Road have been placed under suspension, Mishra said. Fire brigade and ambulance were sent to the site and senior officers from Visakhapatnam also rushed in. The deceased were identified as Sagar, senior section engineer, Electrical, Gouri Naidu, electrical technician, and Suresh, technician of the maintenance tower, he said. Two buses were engaged for transporting the passengers of the train to Jagdalpur and arrangements were made to provide them food, Mishra said. Steps have been taken to get the detached train back to Rayagada, sources said.last_img read more

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Odisha: 3 die, 29 ill after consuming spurious liquor

first_imgBhadrak: Three persons died and 29 others fell ill Tuesday after allegedly consuming spurious liquor in Odisha’s Bhadrak district, a police officer said. Locals alleged that victims had bought the liquor with the money provided to them by political parties, ahead of the fourth phase of elections in the state, Subdivisional Police Officer (SDPO) Umakanta Moharana said. “We have come to know that people in Daulatapur village in Tihidi police station area of the district had bought the liquor from a local market for their post-election feast. The district administration has ordered an inquiry into the matter,” he said. Angry over the incident, irate villagers have blocked the Bhadrak Chandabali road, leading to massive traffic snarls on the thoroughfare, the SDPO added. According to Additional District Medical Officer P K Khuntia, the villagers complained of stomach ache and loss of eyesight Monday night, soon after consuming liquor.last_img read more

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Evolution Mining going underground at Mt Carlton – 112000 oz gold this

first_imgEvolution Mining Ltd has received Board approval to progress the Mt Carlton underground development, Stage 4 pit cut-back and relevant plant modifications. The mine has a projected life to at least 2025 and these projects will allow production from the higher grade Link zone to be brought forward. Evolution is highly confident that the initial underground reserve can be expanded. Once the underground development is in place additional drilling will undertaken to follow up on several promising drill intersections that are not currently included in the underground reserves or resources.Commencement of the underground development requires regulatory approval. Submissions to the Department of Environment and Science (DES) will be lodged in the coming month. First ore from the underground is planned to be delivered in FY21.The capital expenditure requirement for the underground development and plant modifications is estimated at approximately A$60 million of which ~A$10 million will be spent in FY19 and the remaining ~A$50 million over FY20 – FY22. The FY19 component was included in the FY19 guidance of A$25 – A$30 million in major capital at Mt Carlton.Mt Carlton is expected to produce 112,000 oz in 2018 at an AISC of A$535/oz ($401/oz) from 801,000 t processed – grade processed 5.61 g/t Au.Commenting on the approval, Evolution’s Executive Chairman, Jake Klein, said: “Evolution’s focus continues to be on margin and profitability. Mt Carlton is a very high margin asset which has been a standout in Evolution’s portfolio. The mine has generated over A$100 million in net mine cashflow in each of the last three years. The underground development of the Link zone ensures the continued production of high margin ounces.”Evolution Mining operates five wholly-owned mines – Cowal in New South Wales, Cracow, Mt Carlton and Mt Rawdon in Queensland, and Mungari in Western Australia. In addition, Evolution holds an economic interest in the Ernest Henry copper-gold mine that will deliver 100% of future gold and 30% of future copper and silver produced from an agreed life of mine area. Outside of the life of mine area Evolution will have a 49% interest in future copper, gold and silver production.last_img read more

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7 secret website functions you probably dont know about

first_img4. YouTube does the Harlem ShakeType Harlem Shake into the YouTube search box and watch the videos mimic the dance. Is this still a thing now?5. Back up that MiniHead to miniusa.com, put ‘reverse’ into the search box in the top right corner, and follow the instructions. Voilà.6. Easter Egg easter eggIt figures that the Wikipedia page explaining what an Easter egg is would contain an easter egg… Hover over the little hedgehog in the article image to find it.7. Watch the vase!Knock over the blue vase on the HEMA website and just see what happens. Go on, do it.7 cool YouTube Easter eggs you didn’t know about>Google gets us hooked on classic Atari game> EASTER EGGS ARE the hidden gems of the internet.Here are seven of our favourites, guaranteed to distract and aid procrastination. You’re welcome.1. Soundclick’s baconGo to Soundclick.com, enter the Konami code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A), gain bacon.You can also try the Konami code on Vogue.co.uk, and Digg.com.2. You’re too youngBlack Acre Brewing has a pleasant way of saying goodbye to their underaged visitors. Just hit ‘I am under 21′ and see what happens.3. Read the terms of serviceHave you ever actually read the terms of service on any website you’ve signed up to? WordPress have left a small present in there for the rare few that do.last_img read more

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Apple has something big planned for tomorrow

first_imgIf you stop by Apple.com today you can’t miss the notice above. Apple has something big brewing for tomorrow and they want everyone to know it’s coming, whatever it might be.At 10am Eastern (7am Pacific) the big news will be revealed, but what could it be? There are a ton of guesses at the moment, but not a lot of hard data. The main contender seems to be streaming music from iTunes, but the introduction of The Beatles music to iTunes has come up (doesn’t it always?) as well an iTunes subscription service and others. All we know for sure is that it has to do with iTunes and Apple is pretty excited about it.AdChoices广告For their part Crunchgear thinks Apple might “kill the MP3” tomorrow by introducing a streaming music service. It’s a good theory, especially combined with the knowledge that Apple is building a datacenter in North Carolina.Streaming music looks like the most likely announcement, but there are a lot of other things that could go along with that, like wireless syncing and even cloud music storage. Any guesses as to what we’ll see?last_img read more

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Le Congo veut planter un million dhectares de forêt

first_imgLe Congo veut planter un million d’hectares de forêtLa République Démocratique du Congo vient de lancer une vaste opération de reboisement qui doit aboutir à la plantation d’un million d’hectares de forêt sur dix ans.Le 6 novembre dernier, Journée nationale de l’arbre, de nombreux personnages politiques et plusieurs centaines de Congolais ont fait le déplacement jusqu’à Yié, à 60 kilomètres au nord de Brazzaville (Congo), pour assister au lancement symbolique de la campagne de reboisement du pays. Cette campagne, baptisée Pronar (pour Projet national d’afforestation et de reboisement) doit permettre au Congo d’augmenter sa superficie forestière sur tout le territoire d’ici à 2020.À lire aussiLes tamanoirs, des animaux plus dangereux qu’ils n’en ont l’airLa plantation de 160.000 arbres (mélange d’essences fruitières et locales) sur un terrain de 100 hectares a déjà commencé. Selon le ministre de l’Economie forestière, Henri Djombo, “l’objectif du Pronar est multiple : atténuer la pression anthropique qui s’exerce sur les forêts naturelles en réduisant la déforestation et la dégradation des sols ; assurer l’émergence de l’économie verte et d’une croissance soutenue ; créer plus de 50.000 emplois en milieu rural”.Les financements du programme d’un montant équivalent à 1,8 milliard d’euros proviendront de l’Etat congolais (300 millions d’euros) et des investisseurs et promoteurs privés, des bailleurs de fonds et des donateurs variés (1,5 milliard d’euros), indique TV5monde. “C’est tout un programme de lutte contre la pauvreté et les changements climatiques. C’est une position que notre pays défend à travers le monde et qui je pense nous honore”, s’est félicité le président Sassou Nguesso. Arsène Guélélé, secrétaire général de l’association Action pour l’Environnement et la solidarité internationale estime quant à lui qu’il est possible de faire davantage encore. “Nous sommes un pays forestier, certes, mais ajouter un million d’hectares est encore peu à mon avis, il faut faire plus”, juge-t-il. En effet, la forêt couvre 65% du territoire congolais (342.000 kilomètres carrés) et 10 % de la superficie du Bassin du Congo, considéré comme le deuxième poumon écologique de la planète avec 220 millions d’hectares derrière l’Amazonie.Le 9 novembre 2011 à 18:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Klopp doesnt see a point in comparing Salah to Ronaldo

first_imgMohamed Salah has had a great season and a lot of people started to talk about him being at the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been for the last decade.However, Jürgen Klopp doesn’t think that it is on point to make comparisons like this as Ronaldo has been at this top level for many seasons and for Mohamed Salah, it has been just the first one.The former BVB coach spoke about the difference between these two as he said, according to Sky Sports:“They all have qualities. It’s not about having the better individual, usually, it’s about playing the better football. For that to happen, you need all the others as well.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Mo played a fantastic season but Cristiano has played 15 seasons like this. He has scored something like 47,000 goals – crazy numbers.”“Why should we compare? At the time of Pele, nobody compared Pele to other players and asked, ‘Is he as good as him?’”“Now we have Messi and Ronaldo. They have dominated football for a few years and there are so many other good players.”last_img read more

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SELVERS CONTRIBUTION DRAWS INSULTS FROM FINANCE MINISTER

first_img Jamaicans Attend Independence Service In Washington Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Dec 2014 – Row broke out over the relevance of some of the contribution of the Hon Clarence Selver when it came time for the Budget Supplementary bill; which is seeking to get additional monies to run the country this fiscal year. Hon. Clarence Selver: “You have to basically make supplementary appropriations for just about every department and every head and that Mr. Speaker brings us here to this House where we have to spend time going over some of these things.”Hon. Selver said the government cannot be trusted and is unable to allocate properly for a smooth spending year… Hon Washington Misick, the Minister of Finance demanded that the PDMs appointed member stick to the point.Hon. Washington Misick: “He needs to stick to the point on this bill; and stop rambling about history it’s time for him to get over the fact that he is stale news; you know, it’s time for him to get over the fact that his shelf life is up.”House Speaker Hon. Robert Hall: “Honourable Member, Honourable Minister I would wish for you to withdraw that statement, no, no, no, listen please; I consider it offensive.”After that outburst, he was asked to withdraw his comment; he did. Related Items:clarence selver, robert hall. house of assembly, washington Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp House Member calls for more time on Immigration Bill Youth Parliament Launched; Looking for Passionate peoplelast_img read more

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WISHH Hosts Afghanistan Farmer Field Days

first_imgIn preparation for the upcoming soybean harvest, 53 Farmer Field Days were held in the three Afghan provinces where soybeans are being produced. Farmers had an opportunity to see test plots using different planting methods (broadcast, raised ridges/beds and rows), compare different soybean varieties and learn the proper time to harvest soybeans.Through the USDA’s Food for Progress Program, WISHH has developed a soy value chain in Afghanistan, where over 8,000 subsistence farmers have been trained to grow soybeans that are sold commercially to a soybean processing facility.last_img

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Passengers condition improves driver still critical after collision Saturday near BG

first_imgSeveral days after a two-vehicle collision north of Battle Ground, a passenger in one vehicle, Mary Anne Veentjer, 53, had improved from critical to satisfactory condition Tuesday night at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.But the driver of a Toyota pickup Veentjer rode in, Judith R. May, 64, of La Pine, Ore., remained in critical condition in intensive care at PeaceHealth, a nursing supervisor said Tuesday night.The driver of the other vehicle, a 2003 Chevrolet pickup, was Ray Curry, 32, of Battle Ground. He was treated at a hospital and released.Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Roberts said the accident happened about 2:42 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Northeast 142nd Avenue and 249th Street.A press release said the crash occurred when the Toyota was southbound on Northeast 142nd Avenue, turned west onto Northeast 249th Street and made a sudden U-turn back onto Northeast 142nd Avenue — directly into the path of the southbound Chevrolet pickup.The Chevrolet pickup struck the driver’s side of the Toyota, the press release said. It said the driver of the Chevy did not have time to avoid the crash.last_img read more

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NHTSA wont mandate a brakethrottle override report says

first_img Share your voice 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 1 Originally published May 13. Update, May 14: Adds comment from NHTSA. Tags Comment Toyota Enlarge ImageNHTSA has decided not to mandate that manufacturers include a brake-throttle override in their vehicles because they all already do. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Not too long after widely publicized unintended acceleration of some Toyota vehicles in the late 2000s and early teens, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) started working on a mandate that drivers be able to override their throttle pedal with their brake pedal. Now, some eight years after NHTSA rendered its decision on what was to blame for sudden unintended acceleration, the organization has announced that it no longer needs to mandate a brake-throttle override because it has already became commonplace, according to a report by Reuters Monday. In 2012, NHTSA found that not all manufacturers had committed to making a brake-throttle override standard on their models, but upon revisiting the subject in 2019, the Trump administration discovered that all automakers doing business in the US now feature the technology as standard. “NHTSA is withdrawing a notice of proposed rule-making published in 2012 that would have established a new mandate for brake throttle override systems and modified requirements for electronic throttle controls systems,” a NHTSA representative told Roadshow. “In making this decision, NHTSA considered public comments received in response to the proposed rule, including that brake throttle override is now standard on 100% of new passenger vehicles and light trucks. While NHTSA has determined that regulatory action is not needed at this time, the agency will continue to focus on the safety of vehicles and the traveling public.” NHTSA’s decision has other implications, including the fact that because there is no mandate, the administration won’t be setting any performance requirements for the systems. This means that as long as the brake pedal cuts power to the throttle when both are pressed simultaneously, NHTSA is A-OK with the system. As part of the original plan to institute a mandate, NHTSA also considered adding a requirement that the vehicle’s engine return to idle speed when the driver stopped pressing the accelerator, but that is still on the table pending further research, according to Reuters’ report. center_img 2019 Toyota Camry Review 67 Photos 2020 BMW Alpina B7 first drive: Big, bad, Bavarian ‘bahn-burner Car Industry Auto Tech 2019 Toyota Prius is ready for the snow More From Roadshowlast_img read more

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Elaborate security for President visit SP

first_imgTirupati: Elaborate security arrangements involving a big contingent of 1,700 police force including all cadres are being made for the visit of President Ramnath Kovind to Tirumala. Tirupati Urban SP KKN Anburajan reviewed the security arrangements to be made in airport, Tirupati and Tirumala for the visit of the President on July 13 and 14, with senior officials in his office on Thursday. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us The SP said as Governor ESL Narasimhan and Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy are also arriving to Tirupati to receive and accompany the President on his Tirumala visit, extensive security measures are initiated from Renigunta airport to Tirumala hills to ensure the successful and smooth conduct of the VVIPs visit. Accordingly, combing of both up and down ghat roads by special force is taken up ahead of President visit, the SP said adding that the dog and bomb squads deployed were checking all along the routes from airport to Tirumala. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us In all, about 1,700 police personnel including 4 Commandants (SP rank officials), 6 Additional SPs, 22 DSPs, 35 CIs, 75 SIs, 300 ASI/HCs, police constables 400, special police 200, APSP 3 companies and 470 police personnel brought from other districts were involved in the massive security arrangements to check any untoward incidents during the VVIP visit. Tirupati Urban police officials including Additional SPs, DSPs and others were present.last_img read more

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IAF locates wreckage of missing AN32 aircraft in Arunachal Pradesh

first_imgIAF has reportedly recorded around four crashes or disappearances of AN-32s.In a similar case back in 2016, an AN-32 carrying 29 people had gone missing while flying from Chennai to Port Blair in Andaman and the Nicobar Islands. This operation was called off as all 29 were presumed dead. The transport plane with 13 people on board, including eight crew and five passengers, took off from Jorhat Airbase at around 12:25 PM on June 3, but lost contact at 1 pm.The wreckage of Indian Air Force’s (IAF) AN-32 aircraft with 13 people on board has been located by a Mi-17 chopper in Arunachal Pradesh. An IAF Mi-17 chopper is now over the location reportedly in Payum circle of Siang district.The IAF has taken to Twitter to confirm the development. “The wreckage of the missing #An32 was spotted today 16 Kms North of Lipo, North East of Tato at an approximate elevation of 12000 ft by the #IAF Mi-17 Helicopter undertaking search in the expanded search zone,” tweeted IAF.The IAF added, “Efforts are now continuing to establish the status of occupants & establish survivors. Further details will be communicated as the recovery actions progress.” The aircraft, carrying eight crew members and five passengers, took off from Jorhat in Assam at 12.25 pm on June 3 for the Mechuka Advance Landing Ground in Arunachal Pradesh. The plane’s last contact with ground agencies was at around 1.00 pm on the same day.Search operations were intensified as the jet remained untraced days after the incident. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has also pressed into service its RISAT series of radar imaging satellites to hunt for the missing aircraft. The Indian Navy has also joined the search operations.The IAF took To Twitter to announce a reward of Rs 5 lakh for anyone who provides credible information on the Russian-origin An-32 aircraft. RD Mathur, Air Marshal, made the announcement for the cash reward. The numbers are 0378-3222164, 9436499477, 9402077267 and 9402132477 – were also provided by the IAF for people to contact the air force.Due to rain and bad weather, the rescue mission got delayed.last_img read more

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Bhasani to be source of inspiration to win polls Kamal

first_imgDr Kamal HossainJatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain on Saturday said Maulana Bhasani, who had played the key role in all the major movements of the country, will be their source of inspiration to win the next polls.“Maulana Bhasani had played the key role in all the major movements of the country. He is our leader and the guru of Bangabandhu. He is our source of inspiration,” he said.Kamal made the remarks after paying homage to Bhasani by placing wreaths together with senior Oikya Front leaders at his grave at Santosh, marking the great leader’s 42nd death anniversary.He further said, “Maulana Bhasani will inspire us to make all of our movements successful, and win the election in a favour of people.”The 42nd death anniversary of Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, a great national leader, is being observed today (Saturday) with due respect.Bhasani, popularly known as ‘Majlum Jananeta’, the leader of the downtrodden, passed away on 17 November 1976.Different social organisations and political parties are marking the day in a befitting manner with various programmes, including placing wreaths at his grave, holding discussion, art competition and poetry recitation session.Kamal along with Krishak Sramik Janata League president Abdul Kader Siddique, BNP vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman, Gano Forum general secretary Mostofa Mohsin Montu, Jatiya Oikya Prokriya leader Sultan Mohammad Mansur and other senior leaders also offered fateha at Bhasani’s grave and prayed for salvation of his departed soul.Talking to reporters, Kader Siddiqui said the black cloud that gathered in the sky of Bangladesh will disappear soon and the country’s people will get back their rights, dignity and the guarantee of a natural death.Abdullah Al Noman said the election commission is yet to ensure a level-playing field as it is working at the dictate of the government instead of discharging its constitutional duty properly and independently.He said the government is trying to keep the Oikya Front away from the election with various evil designs. “We don’t want to quit the election as we want to take part in it with Khaleda Zia.”last_img read more

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Rijiju says he is against big power projects

first_imgUnion minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Friday said he is ‘traditionally’ against construction of big dams in North East and favoured smaller ones with 300-500 MW capacities.‘Traditionally I am not for big hydro power projects in North East. I am not in favour of 4,000 MW or 5,000 MW projects. I am fine if one or two big projects come up in the region with consultations with the public,’ Rijiju said at the Infrastructure Conclave by industry chamber PHDCCI here.He supported construction of smaller or mid-level projects in the range of 300 MW or 500 MW capacities in North East.His comments come at a time when the country’s largest hydro power project the 2,000 MW Lower Subansiri Hydel Power Project long Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border at Subansiri river is sailing through rough waters and the work has been stalled since December 2011 due to protests in Assam.‘NHPC has lost Rs 7,000 crore due to delay. If a country’s Mini-Ratna category PSU like NHPC is facing a situation like this, then it is a very serious issue,’ the Minister said.The Union minister of State for Home said the Centre will look into the issue of NGOs getting foreign money and creating obstruction in construction of the project.last_img read more

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Mother and three children rescued after car becomes stuck in floodwater

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collision Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA mother and her three children were rescued by firefighters after their car became trapped in flood water. A Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said firefighters from Crewe and Nantwich had attended the incident on Green Lane in Audlem shortly before 9pm last night (Friday August 9). She said:  “Crews were called after a car became trapped in flood water on Green Lane. The flood was in a dip in the road near an old railway bridge, and the water was around 2ft deep. “The occupants of the car were a woman and her three children. Firefighters were able to push the car out of the water and into a private driveway. Read MoreWhat would happen if a reservoir in the Staffordshire Moorlands suffered an ‘uncontrollable release of water’?   “Before they left, they then contacted the council’s highways department to request barriers to prevent further cars entering the flood water.” A Met Office Weather Warning for strong winds remains in force across Staffordshire and South Cheshire until midnight tonight. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivecenter_img Police search for missing woman Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowlast_img read more

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Water Update Spioenkop Dam still over 100 with good dam levels in

first_imgThe water levels in dams in the Ladysmith area are still looking good and are remaining constant due to the good rainfall we have been experiencing over the past few weeks.There has been rain in most of the catchment areas, which has helped to boost water levels in dams and rivers.The following levels are the most recently recorded from this week.Spioenkop Dam is at 100.4% and the Driel Barrage Dam at 95%.Also read: Water levels in dams around Ladysmith stay constant, with Cape dam levels droppingAlso read: This is what you need to know about dam levels in the Ladysmith area Also read: Spioenkop Dam at 101% fullWoodstock Dam is on 97.6% and Sterkfontein Dam 97%.The lowest dam in KZN is Goedertrouw Dam, which is at 37.3%.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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New scholarship fund to send Costa Rican students to the United States

first_imgAt the end of July, students from Costa Rica’s public Vocational High Schools and public schools with International Baccalaureate programs will be able to apply for a scholarship to study in the United States, thanks to the new Ana Sittenfeld Specialized Technical Scholarship Program.The fund, named for a Costa Rican microbiology professor and researcher who co-founded the Costa Rica USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA) in 1996, will offer five scholarships this year. During each of the following four years, seven scholarships per year will be offered, all in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).The scholarships are offered thanks to a partnership among the CRUSA Foundation, the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE), the U.S. Embassy in San José, and Education USA.“It’s important that as a country, we generate joint initiatives to develop human capital in STEM areas that are relevant to the productive sector’s needs,” said David Gutiérrez, president of the CRUSA Foundation, at the launch of the new fund on July 11. Related posts:New grant program seeks to boost Costa Rican nonprofits Raffle raises funds for Costa Rican cancer screening, treatment Former U.S. Ambassador launches campaign for cancer awareness, funding in Costa Rica CRUSA, Amigos of Costa Rica launch Tico Times philanthropy news section Sponsored content from the Costa Rica USA Foundation for Cooperation The total budget of the initiative is $1.45 million over five years, which represents an investment of $290,000 each year for seven students. Each scholarship represents a cost of approximately $41,430, including tuition, books and materials, health insurance and living expenses.“The alliance that CRUSA, CINDE and the Embassy have created will benefit those who wish to pursue technical programs in the United States, which will help address workforce shortages in Costa Rica,” said U.S. Ambassador S. Fitzgerald Haney, who explained that the Embassy’s Commercial Division will select at least 20 community colleges with STEM-related accredited programs in specialties that CINDE recommends according to the Costa Rican private sector’s needs.According to the most recent State of Science, Technology and Innovation report, Costa Rica “needs to adapt its vocational offerings to the demands of the productive and export sectors, which implies reorienting the priorities of educational policies and programs in secondary technical education, and the training of middle- and top-level technicians.”The multinational businesses attracted to Costa Rica by CINDE generate approximately 7,000 new jobs per year. For the 2018-2022 period, these businesses will require staff for approximately 35,000 new jobs. To meet that demand, the country must train specialized bilingual technicians in areas such as quality control, design and manufacture, software design, financial analysis, mechanics and mechatronics, language and technology management, ERPs and systems, among others.According to CINDE President Luis Gamboa, “joint efforts such as this are very valuable to Costa Rica. Without any doubt, strengthening our human resources is one of the biggest priorities to boost our country’s competitiveness in key industries. At the same time, this translates to significant opportunities for personal and professional growth for Costa Ricans.”Beneficiaries will study at a vocational education center or community college in the United States and can combine their training with internships at U.S. businesses with operations in Costa Rica.They will also receive technical and financial support from Education USA during their preparation for study in the United States, with financing from the Opportunity Funds of the U.S. State Department.CINDE will participate by monitoring priority areas and coordinating the support of high-tech companies so that scholarship recipients can work as interns in business where they will build their professional abilities and soft skills. (Courtesy of CRUSA)Ana SittenfeldThe fund is named for Dr. Ana Sittenfeld Appel, a founder of CRUSA in 1996 and the first president of its Administrative Board. She is a retired professor of microbiology at the University of Costa Rica (UCR); her research includes the characterization of microbial communities living in extreme environments, and issues related to the intersection of biotechnology and biodiversity.“Dr. Sittenfeld’s contributions to Costa Rican education and research have been extraordinary, and she has been a tireless champion of efforts to extend academic opportunities to young Costa Ricans,” Michelle Coffey, Executive Delegate of the CRUSA Foundation, told The Tico Times. “We are proud to name this new initiative after her.”How to applyAn open application process is being carried out: any students fluent in English who study at Vocational High Schools (Colegios Técnicos Profesionales) or public high schools that participate in the International Baccalaureate Program may apply.From July 24–August 11, interested candidates can visit www.crusa.cr or the CRUSA Facebook page to access and fill out the application form and submit required documentation.The CRUSA Foundation will receive the applications, verify compliance with eligibility requirements and carry out a preselection process of candidates. These will then be reviewed by the Selection Committee, made up of representatives of CINDE, the U.S. Embassy, Education USA and CRUSA. The Committee will analyze the applications and aspects such as candidates’ leadership and academic performance.Recommended: New international campaign raises funds to protect Costa Rica’s ocean life Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Hawaii kicks off 2012 setting records

first_imgHawaii tourism figures were off to a bumper start with visitor statistics indicating spending for the month of January reached US$1.345 billion, up 13.9 percent from the previous year.Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO Mike McCartney said it was the highest January on record for expenditures which exceeded the December 2011 high of $1.298 billion, CBS news reported.The strong growth was attributed to a higher daily spending of USD192 per person and a 7.7 growth in total visitor arrivals to 643,616.According to recent statistic on a typical day in January there were 223,452 visitors, the last time the figure was higher was in July 2005.”A strong holiday season, combined with pent up demand for travel to the Hawaiian Islands, increases in airlift and a large delegation of convention attendees were all contributing factors to the increases seen in January,” Mr McCartney said.The MICE industry had increased 25 percent from the previous year, with the American Farm Bureau Federation convention alone welcoming almost 6,000 attendees to Hawaii.Canada continues to represent a large market for Hawaii with January’s expenditure increasing 22.4 percent to US$165.2million.Total expenditure by visitors from the United States increased despite a reduction in daily spending.Mr McCartney said the results for January were a good guide that 2012 will be a positive year. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

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HUD Issues Rule to Standardize Discriminatory Housing Cases

first_imgHUD Issues Rule to Standardize Discriminatory Housing Cases Share “”HUD””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD announced Friday the issuing of a “”final rule””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=discriminatoryeffectrule.pdf to formalize a national standard for determining whether a practice violates the Fair Housing law based on an “”unjustified”” discriminatory effect.[IMAGE]According to the agency, the rule establishes a three-part test that shifts burden of proof in a discriminatory housing case back and forth between the plaintiff and defendant. It is designed to address recent debates over whether or not a housing practice can be considered discriminatory if it seems neutral on the surface.””As we’ve learned over the years, housing discrimination comes in many forms. Discrimination doesn’t have to be intentional in order to have a damaging effect,”” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “”HUD, which has the responsibility and authority to interpret and enforce the Fair Housing Act, has long interpreted the Act to prohibit housing practices with an unjustified discriminatory effect, if those acts actually or predictably result in a [COLUMN_BREAK]disparate impact on a group of persons, or create, increase, reinforce or perpetuate segregated housing patterns.””The established test goes through three steps: First, the plaintiff has the burden of proving its case that a practice “”results in, or would predictably result in,”” a discriminatory effect based on a protected characteristic–for example, race, sex, or religion.If the case is proven, the burden shifts to the defendant to prove that the practice is necessary to achieve another legitimate, substantial, non-discriminatory interest. If that burden is satisfied, the plaintiff can then try to prove that the defendant’s interest can be achieved through another practice that has a less discriminatory effect.The final rule addresses a number of issues brought up from lenders about the potential chilling effect it may have on business. “”HUD does nto believe that the rule will have a chilling effect on lending in lower income communities or that it will encourage lawsuits challenging credit scores, other credit assessment standards, or the requirements of the Dodd-Frank Act … [T]he rule does not change the substantive law; eleven federal courts of appeals have recognized discriminatory effects liability under the Act and over the years courts have evaluated both meritorious and non-meritorious discriminatory effects claims challenging lending practices,”” the rule says.Rather, HUD asserts “”the rule will simply compliance with the Fair Housing Act’s discriminatory effects standard and decrease litigation associated with such claims by clearly allocating the burdens of proof and how such burdens are to be met.”” Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Compliance Fair Housing Act HUD Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-02-10 Tory Barringercenter_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing February 10, 2013 400 Views last_img read more

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