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first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Ernst Russ Despite posting first-half losses, Germany’s asset and investment manager Ernst Russ closed H1 2019 with a significant expansion in the shipping segment.In June 2019, the company acquired a major shareholding in a ship portfolio comprised of a Handymax bulker and a 3,100 TEU boxship.In the same month, Ernst Russ also expanded its ship portfolio to include a 4,200 TEU containership.As explained, the company’s “further aim is to increase its involvement in directly held vessels.”What is more, Ernst Russ bought further shares in the ElbFeeder portfolio which was fully consolidated as of August 1, 2019. The company now holds 51.995 percent of the shares in ElbFeeder. The joint venture is now operating seven feeder class vessels which “make a significant contribution to future Ernst Russ Group performance.”“We consider the opportunities arising from our strategy, and its optimisation on a regular basis. Our strategic partnerships, like the ‘ElbFeeder’ joint venture, play a crucial role for our portfolio in this respect. We also look into opportunities to engage in strategic partnerships in the Real Estate segment,” Robert Gärtner, Executive Board of Ernst Russ AG, commented.During the first half of this year, Ernst Russ sold three companies as well as a fund and asset management contract in the solar segment.Additionally, in February 2019, the group disposed of shares in ship management company Hammonia Reederei. Specifically, the ER Group sold its 31.37 percent stake in Hammonia to Scandinavian investors.Finally, in June, Ernst Russ disposed of its investor management business, making further progress with its strategy aimed at the group’s core segments, shipping and real estate.Investments made in the first half of 2019 led to an increase in total equity and liabilities of EUR 14.1 million (USD 15.5 million) to EUR 117.5 million.On the other hand, consolidated net loss stood at EUR 0.6 million in the first half of the year, compared to a profit of EUR 2.1 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier.Revenues dropped to EUR 20.8 million in H1 2019 from EUR 27.9 million posted in H1 2018. However, Ernst Russ expects revenue growth in the 2019 financial year due to the acquisition of the majority shareholding in the Elbfeeder ship portfolio.“The half-year performance of Ernst Russ AG is attributable mainly to the streamlining of the group’s structure, which will enhance its ability to act effectively and in a flexible manner in the asset investment and management segment in the long term,” Ernst Russ explained.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER – Former British Columbia politician Grace McCarthy has been remembered as a champion of a province she loved, but it was kindness that set her apart in a remarkable career that paved a path for women in politics and business.The Social Credit cabinet minister nicknamed “Amazing Grace” died on May 24 after a lengthy battle with a brain tumour.She was 89.An emotional Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon told a packed Christ Church Cathedral on Wednesday that McCarthy started her own floral shop at age 17 and her business acumen helped her turn it into a successful chain of five stores.Guichon noted McCarthy was elected to the park board in 1960 and then went into provincial politics, holding several cabinet posts including human resources, economic development and tourism.“Grace was the first female deputy premier in this nation as well as president of the B.C. Social Credit party,” she said.“As party president Grace worked tirelessly to build the Social Credit brand after their 1972 defeat. And although many said it couldn’t be done, she did it. She rebuilt from 5,000 to 70,000 members by sheer determination and hard work.”The program handed out to guests at the service included a poem that seemed to epitomize her spirit. Called “It Couldn’t Be Done,” it was given to McCarthy by former premier W.A.C. Bennett.“There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done, there are thousands to prophesy failure … just strap in to sing as you tackle the thing that ‘cannot be done’ and you’ll do it.”McCarthy’s biggest accomplishments included initiating the process to bring Expo 86 to Vancouver, starting the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, establishing SkyTrain and setting up Canada’s first toll-free help line for abused children.After two unsuccessful runs for party leader, McCarthy succeeded in leading the now-defunct party in 1993.When she retired from politics, McCarthy raised funds for research to help children with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. She co-founded a foundation that raised $30 million and also created a Canada-wide network for children with inflammatory bowel disease.McCarthy’s daughter Mary Parsons said her mother had a tremendous sense of humour, treated everyone as an equal and valued good manners.“When I was very young and my mother decided to run for politics, she made a promise to me: She would quit if all the meetings she had to go to got too much for me or just because of anything I could think up,” Parson said.“My mom attended every school function there was, albeit late sometimes. And we never talked about her promise again. Nearly 30 years after that conversation, I did tell her I wanted to quit. Lo and behold, the next morning she did. She always kept her promises.”Parsons said demonstrators would sometimes be outside the family home but her mother befriended them even though someone once dumped a pile a manure in the yard.“She was going to have the absolute best garden, thanks to him.”Premier Christy Clark called McCarthy an inspiration to women through the decades.“In the 1960s and 70s and 80s we didn’t see so many women on television and in the world who were making a difference at the highest levels of government. And Grace was there. She was the walking, talking proof that women could aspire to anything.”Brian Smith, who served in the Social Credit cabinet with McCarthy in the 1980s, said after the service that she “radiated a positive energy, always.”He said he last saw McCarthy across a downtown street three or four years ago and that she ran across to give him a hug.McCarthy was a member of the Order of British Columbia, served in the legislature from 1975 to 1988 and, in 1975, became the first woman in Canada to serve as deputy premier.She was predeceased by her son Calvin in 2009 and leaves behind her husband Ray, her daughter, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgWINNIPEG – The death of a woman who apparently slipped away from a Winnipeg hospital while she was intoxicated by drugs could — and should — have been prevented, her family says.The frozen body of Windy Sinclair, a 29-year-old mother of four, was found outside a Winnipeg apartment building Dec. 28. It was two days after she had been taken to hospital while she was hallucinating on crystal meth, her mother says.“Why didn’t they keep an eye on her at all times — for the safety of herself and to the others around her?” Eleanor Sinclair asked Thursday.Her daughter’s death is the latest tragedy in the family. Eleanor Sinclair’s husband, Brian, died of pneumonia two years ago. Her son, Roderick, drowned in 2011 at the age of 22. He disappeared one day and his body washed up on a beach five months later, she said.Windy Sinclair was struggling with drug addiction and was high on crystal meth and hallucinating after having Christmas dinner with the family, her mother said. The next morning, the younger woman called 911 and an ambulance came and took her to hospital.“I said, ‘There’s no way for her to get back home’ … and they said, ‘Oh, we’ll provide her with a taxi slip to come back home,’” the mother said.She said she later called Seven Oaks General Hospital and was first told her daughter had been treated and released. She made phone calls and posted messages on social media but no one had seen the hospitalized woman. Eleanor Sinclair called the hospital again on the 27th.“And this time they said, ‘Oh, she was seen, but she left on her own and … we don’t keep tabs on people that leave the hospital.’”The city was in the middle of a cold snap at the time. Temperatures were well below -20 C. Windy Sinclair’s body was found far from the hospital and the family home.Police did not confirm the body was hers, but said the death was not a homicide.The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority was investigating Thursday.“While we are in the initial stages of reviewing this case, we do know that Ms. Sinclair was brought to Seven Oaks General Hospital in the evening of December 25,” Real Cloutier, the authority’s interim president and CEO, said in a written statement.“She was seen in the emergency department and was in the process of receiving treatment. When staff returned to her treatment area to share results of some testing, Ms. Sinclair had taken her belongings and left the building.“Staff searched the area for her, but were unable to locate her. Calls to the number on Ms. Sinclair’s file were unanswered.”Eleanor Sinclair said she had provided the ambulance staff with an updated phone number but no one called her.Cloutier said health authority officials plan to meet with Eleanor Sinclair and share details of what the investigation might yield.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto man who stood to inherit a multimillion-dollar aviation company was found guilty of first-degree murder in his father’s death Monday, a ruling that marked his third such conviction.Applause broke out as a judge declared Dellen Millard had carried out a planned and deliberate killing of his father, whose death was initially ruled a suicide.Wayne Millard, a wealthy 71-year-old businessman, was found dead in his bed with a bullet lodged in his brain on Nov. 29, 2012. His son had pleaded not guilty in the death but the judge hearing the case found otherwise.“I am satisfied that Dellen Millard killed his father by shooting him in the left eye as he slept,” said Justice Maureen Forestell. “I can find no theory consistent with innocence.”Millard, 33, cried softly as the decision was read out to a packed courtroom.Among those who had gathered for the ruling in the judge-alone trial were the parents of Millard’s two other victims, Toronto woman Laura Babcock and Hamilton man Tim Bosma. Babcock’s father said all three families would be forever linked as a result of Millard’s crimes.“It’s been proven that not only has the Bosmas and ourselves have lost a loved one, the Millard family must live with the fact this heinous individual murdered his own father,” Clayton Babcock said outside court. “There’ll be not a day in our lives when the loss of Laura, Tim or Wayne won’t be felt.”Crown attorney Ken Lockhart said he was grateful for the outcome of the case.“I hope that the process has brought (the families) some kind of closure,” he said.Wayne Millard’s death was Dellen Millard’s second murder.He had killed Babcock, a 24-year-old woman he had been seeing, months earlier in July 2012. Six months after his father’s death, Millard killed Bosma after taking the 32-year-old man’s truck for a test drive.Millard’s friend, Mark Smich, was also convicted of first-degree murder for the Babcock and Bosma slayings. The pair are serving life in prison with no chance for parole for 50 years for those murders.Police re-opened the case of Wayne Millard’s death after arresting the younger Millard for Bosma’s killing.The latest trial unfolded in June without a jury. The Attorney General granted a defence request for a judge-alone proceeding after agreeing that Dellen Millard’s notoriety, given the Bosma and Babcock murders, would make it impossible to find fair jurors.Prosecutors alleged Millard killed his father because millions in potential inheritance money was being squandered on a new aviation business.Forestell rejected significant parts of the Crown’s case, including the motive for money, saying it played no role in her decision. Instead, she found the case turned on a lie Millard told investigators after his father’s death.The trial heard Millard told police he found his father dead in bed around 6 p.m. on Nov. 29, 2012. He said he last saw his father alive around noon the day before and had then stayed the night at Smich’s house. But phone records indicated that one of Millard’s phones moved from Smich’s house around 1 a.m. on Nov. 29, 2012, to his father’s home where it stayed until shortly after 6 a.m.“I do not believe the statement of Dellen Millard that he stayed at Mark’s,” Forestell said. “I find it was fabricated to conceal he was involved in the death of his father.”Forestell also said Millard created a false alibi after leaving his truck, credit card and his other phone at Smich’s house.The trial also heard that Dellen Millard, who did not testify in his own defence, bought a handgun found next to his father’s body from a weapons dealer — evidence Forestell accepted.The defence had argued Wayne Millard’s death was a suicide.Dellen Millard told police his father was depressed, an alcoholic and under a tremendous amount of stress because of his efforts to turn around the family’s aviation business, court heard.“He carried some great sadness with him throughout life that I never knew — he never wanted to share that with me,” Dellen Millard told police in an interview played in court.Wayne Millard had inherited the family aviation business, Millardair, from his father, Carl Millard, in 2006. It had been launched as a cargo carrier in 1963 and later flew passengers before going bankrupt in 1990, court heard.The company then rented out aircraft hangars at Toronto’s Pearson airport until 2010, when Wayne Millard moved into the maintenance, repair and overhaul business and built a massive, multimillion-dollar hangar at the Region of Waterloo International Airport by 2012.The trial heard that Dellen Millard blamed his father for the company’s financial issues.“The last time I spoke to him, I told him the company’s financial troubles were his doing and that he was a failure,” Millard wrote in a text to his girlfriend that was presented in court. “Usually he tells me not to worry. But this time he said maybe I was right.”Days after his father’s death, Dellen Millard fired everyone at Millardair and wound the business down, court heard.A sentencing hearing for Millard is scheduled for Nov. 16. The Crown said it will seek an additional 25 years of parole ineligibility for Millard in his father’s death.last_img read more

TOKYO — A Japanese aerospace startup funded by a former internet maverick has successfully launched a small rocket into space.Interstellar Technology Inc. says the unmanned MOMO-3 rocket has exceeded 100 kilometres (60 miles) in altitude before falling into the Pacific Ocean.The company says it proves that a rocket using mostly commercial parts can reach the space.The rocket, about 10 metres (32 feet) long and 50 centimetres (1.5 feet) in diameter, weighs about 1 ton. The rocket is capable of putting payloads into orbit.The company, founded in 2013 by former Livedoor Co. President Takafumi Horie, aims to develop low-cost commercial rockets to carry satellites into space.Saturday’s success came after two failures in 2017 and 2018. It is Japan’s first privately developed rocket to reach the outer space.The Associated Press read more

CALGARY — WestJet is facing more pressure from organized labour as two unions have turned their sights to the airline’s regional Encore operation.The Canadian Union of Public Employees said Tuesday that it and the Air Line Pilots Association, International have simultaneously launched their drives to unionize Encore cabin crew and pilots.The efforts at Encore come after WestJet’s 1,400 pilots voted by 62 per cent to have ALPA represent them in a union in May.The successful unionization of pilots led CUPE, Unifor, the United Steelworkers, and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers to also start union drives at the main WestJet operation this summer.The grassroots WestJet Professional Flight Attendants Association, which has for years been campaigning to unionize flight attendants, said in early September that it was ending its efforts with the increasing pressure from CUPE’s drive.WestJet spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said the airline is working to inform employees of the facts around unions, and continues to believe employees and leadership work best together using the company’s existing model. read more

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today added three more regions of China to its travel advisory against all but essential travel because of outbreaks of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) as the death toll for the newly emergent disease passed 500 worldwide.Seven Chinese regions are now on the precautionary list, with Tianjin, Inner Mongolia and Taiwan Province joining Beijing, Hong Kong, Guangdong and Shanxi.China and its regions have by far the largest number of SARS cases so far reported worldwide, with 6,491 cases out of 7,053 and 445 deaths out of 506 as of today. read more

Registration for Wellness Day at Brock University closes June 6 at 4:30 p.m. Staff planning to attend sessions are encouraged to register. Anyone who is registered for a workshop but can’t make it is asked to notify wellnessday@brocku.ca as some sessions have a wait list. Popular workshops are filling up, but there are still 53 of the 84 workshops that have space for individuals to register. Staff can review the brochure and register at https://brocku.ca/wellness-conferenceItems for the penny sale are being accepted and can be dropped off in Human Resources or you can contact Bailey Seward at bseward@brocku.ca. The proceeds of the penny sale are given to a student(s) in the form of a non-endowed scholarship award based on the student’s contribution to wellness within their own community.This year’s sponsors for Wellness Day include:• Ontario Teacher’s Insurance Plan (OTIP), the University’s LTD Provider• Grand & Toy, Office Supplier• Shepell, Employee & Family Assistance Plan• Scotiabank• Greenshield has donated the bike for the raffle during the closing remarksThe Campus Store is offering a “Wellness Day Special” for one day only on June 16.  Buy one get one half off and Buy two get one free for all Nike Products in the Campus Store and the Active Badger. If you aren’t able to get to the Campus Store on June 16, remember that staff and faculty receive 20% off their purchase with their employee ID card on clothing, cards, general books, stationary and memorabilia. read more

first_imgCeltic Resources has been awarded licences for three molybdenum prospects in Central and Northern Kazakhstan. They are principally molybdenum deposits, with ancillary copper and gold at one deposit. Significant exploration work has already been completed including geochemical, trenching, geophysical surveying, core drilling and initial resource estimates. Each project has good access to infrastructure including power, water and rail. Initial exploration expenditure of $3million is planned to define resources.The Akkuduk deposit is located in the Shetski region of Karaganda, central Kazakhstan and occurs as stockworks and mineralized granite porphyry intrusives in volcanic stratigraphy. Selected drill results gave 69.4 m at 0.12% Mo, 26 m at 0.10% Mo and 33.4 m at 0.12% Mo. A P1 resource potential is presently estimated at 12,000 t of Mo.The Zhilandy deposit is near Kurchatov in the Pavlodar region, in northern Kazakhstan and occurs as Mo and Cu mineralization associated with a porphyry intrusive system within volcanic host rocks. The intrusives also carry gold, silver, lead and uranium. Significant molybdenum intersections include 8 m at 0.11% Mo, 0.5 m at 1.0% Mo and 2.5 m at 0.8% Mo. Gold mineralization intersections included 15 m at 2.23 g/t Au and 27 m at 0.2-9.7 g/t Au.Itmuryn deposit is located 155 km from Stepnogorsk in northern Kazakhstan, where Celtic Resources’ Shorskoye molybdenum ore is treated. The mineralization is hydrothermal stockwork in volcanics that has been extensively altered and covered with 18-24 m of sediments. Limited shallow core drilling was completed but a single drill hole of 167 m intersected molybdenum mineralization over almost its entire length. Selected intersections were 4.3 m at 0.106% Mo, 3.6 m at 0.199% Mo and 2.7 m at 0.136% Mo.Commenting on the licences, Kevin Foo, Managing Director said, “Our success at the Shorskoye molybdenum project and the buoyant prices of molybdenum has provided the incentive to seek other opportunities that utilise our experience in the FSU. These acquisitions are reasonably well advanced exploration properties that may be fast tracked to production if the planned resource definition programme meets our expectations.”All three licences are valid for three years of exploration. There are minimum expenditure obligations which vary between the licenses, as detailed below, and total up to $3 milllion in total over the three-year period. At any time during this period an economic discovery may be declared and a mining and exploitation license obtained.Molybdenum mineralization, with ancillary copper and gold was discovered at the projects in porphyry systems during exploration by Kazakh geologists in the 1970s and early 1990s. The style of mineralisation is similar to that at the Celtic Resources Shorskoye molybdenum mine which was successfully developed in 2005. Celtic has planned an extensive exploration programme aimed at target and resource definition. Field programmes will commence in 2008 after completion of all licensing and permitting requirements The preliminary estimate of exploration expenditure required is $3 million comprising core drilling, RC drilling, trenching and geophysical surveys.last_img read more

first_imgOne killed, 18 injured in Taliban bomb at US consulate>Taliban suicide bomb leads to three-hour shootout> OFFICIALS SAY A tunnel collapse in a coal mine in Afghanistan’s north province has killed at least 24 workers and left three missing.Provincial government spokesman Sediqullah Azizi said that 20 more were injured.The accident occurred Saturday in Ruyi Du Ab district of Samangan province, one of the safer parts of the country from the standpoint of insurgency-related violence.HelpAminullah, a police official who like many Afghans goes by one name, says more than 1,000 area residents rushed to help, using shovels to try to rescue the workers.Workplace safety standards are poor in Afghanistan as in many developing nations, and such accidents are common.The government hopes to develop a wealth of mineral resources on its territory, a challenging goal as it battles a Taliban insurgency.In 2011, 11 miners died in an accident in a coal mine in Narin, Baghlan province, north of Kabul.Additional reporting Christina Finn last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Senator Arthur Sinodinos played a central role in toppling Tony Abbott earlier this week, in what Fairfax Media described as a “mission driven by pragmatism, principle and personal animosity”.While the Coalition’s unpopularity in the polls may have been the key motivator for Sinodinos in the leadership spill, deep personal frustrations with Abbott and the PM’s office have played their part.Speaking to The Age, one Turnbull supporter said that Mr Sinodinos had been “integral” to forcing the leadership ballot on Monday evening, which Abbott lost 54-44.Appearing live on the ABC’s 7.30 program just minutes before Liberal MPs voted, Sinodinos delivered a scathing attack on the prime minister who in 2013 appointed him to the relatively junior role of assistant treasurer.“We need a change in both the style and the substance of our national leadership,” said Sinodinos, before describing Abbott as “not being strong enough in the economic debate”.Sinodinos went on to say that the Abbott government had lost people’s trust by its actions in the 2014 Budget.“If we’d had a more measured approach, if we’d been less cavalier about breaking our promises, we would not have lost the trust of the Australian people,” he said.“I want a more inclusive style going forward and I believe that’s a style that maximises the chances of getting real economic change and reform up.”While the Coalition’s unpopularity in the polls may have been the key motivator for Sinodinos in the leadership spill, deep personal frustrations with Abbott and the PM’s office played their part.Six months into the Abbott government, Sinodinos had to step aside after the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) began investigating his role at Australian Water Holdings (AWH), a company linked to disgraced former NSW Labor minister Eddie Obeid.With the ICAC issue unresolved in late 2014, Abbott and Sinodinos agreed he would resign from the frontbench, and reportedly that he would announce the decision on the Sunday before Christmas. With the media alerted to the news three days early, Sinodinos blamed Abbott’s office, namely chief of staff Peta Credlin, for the leak.He would later say he felt the prime minister’s office was “dancing on his grave” for briefing against him on the ICAC issue.In February’s leadership spill motion, Sinodinos’ attachment to Tony Abbott as PM became clear after warning in a television interview that Abbott did not have his “unconditional” support.As the year wore on his alarm at the government’s prospects grew, fuelled by Abbott’s handling of Bronwyn Bishop’s abuse of parliamentary expenses, and the debate over a conscience vote on same-sex marriage.When Turnbull spoke at his first partyroom meeting on Tuesday he reportedly praised the way Sinodinos ran John Howard’s office and suggested it was a model to resurrect.The only issue that will prevent Sinodinos returning to the frontbench immediately is the unresolved situation at ICAC, which is yet to hand down its findings on AWH. A show of faith by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in a man who helped engineer his victory would place the Greek heritage politician centre stage once again as early as Monday.Sources: Fairfax Media, ABC.last_img read more

Cooper City house goes up in flames no injuries reported

first_imgCOOPER CITY, FLA. (WSVN) – A fire sparked in the garage of a Cooper City home, Tuesday night, and spread into the attic.Fire crews managed to contain the fire from spreading to the rest of the home. No one was injured.It happened near Southwest 92nd Avenue and 54th Place.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgA photo from Nayanthara and Vijay in Villu.PR HandoutAfter a gap of 10+ years, Nayanthara is working with Vijay again in the latest movie, which is presently referred to as Thalapathy 63. The actress, who has become choosy over the years when it comes to taking up films, is believed to have signed the movie for two reasons.Firstly, the script excited her and she has a good role in the film. The other reason is because of the respect she has on Vijay. Thus trying to balance between commercial and content-oriented movies.Earlier, Nayan had paired up with him in Villu, while she had done a special number in Sivakasi.The latest update about from Thalapathy 63 is related to Nayanthara’s name in the Atlee Kumar-directorial. Well, she will be known by the name Angel in the sports drama, if we have to go by the rumours.Coming to Vijay, he is playing dual roles and Michael is said to be the name of one of his characters.First Look ReleaseThe countdown for the launch of the title and first look poster of Vijay’s upcoming movie has begun. It will be unveiled on the occasion of the actor’s birthday on 22 June.”21-06-19 / 5:59 pm will be the last time you will use the #Thalapathy63 .. After that it will be …………………. This first look will exceed all expectations #ThalapathyBDayCelebrations [sic],” Archana Kalpathi, CEO of AGS Entertainment, the production house which is funding the project, announced the news. In a matter of an hour, it became a trending topic on social media sites as the fans of Vijay welcomed the news with joy.last_img read more

28 killed as militias clash in Libya capital

first_imgSmoke rises in the center of the Libyan capital of Tripoli after the clashes. Photo: AFPAt least 28 people were killed and nearly 130 wounded in fierce clashes in the Libyan capital Friday between forces loyal to the UN-backed unity government and rival militiamen, the health ministry said.Tripoli has been gripped by a power struggle between dozens of militias since a NATO-backed uprising toppled longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011.Health ministry spokesman Anwar Frajallah gave a provisional toll of 28 dead and 128 wounded but could not say if they included any civilians.Hashem Bishr, a security official for the Government of National Accord (GNA), separately gave a toll of 23 loyalist forces killed and more than 29 wounded.Medical sources were not immediately available to confirm the figures.In the south of Tripoli, an armed group loyal to the GNA seized a prison holding senior officials of the Kadhafi regime, a judicial source said.Guards at Al-Hadhba jail were forced to withdraw after the attack, said the source who requested anonymity, adding that two guards were killed.By late Friday the GNA interior and justice ministries said in a joint statement that all the prisoners had been handed over to them and were “in good health”.More than 30 senior figures of the toppled regime were held in the prison, including Kadhafi’s last prime minister Baghdadi al-Mahmudi and his former intelligence chief, Abdullah Senussi. Both were condemned to death in 2015.‘Civilians must be protected’Friday’s fighting broke out in residential neighbourhoods. AFP journalists heard explosions and artillery fire rock the Abu Slim, Al-Hadhba and Salaheddin districts in the south of the city.UN Libya envoy Martin Kobler appealed for a halt to the fighting.“Voices of reason should prevail for the benefit of the country,” he said. “Political aims must not be pursued through violence. Civilians must be protected.”Witnesses said tanks had been deployed in the fighting.British ambassador Peter Millett tweeted that he could hear explosions and artillery in south Tripoli.He condemned “action by these militias who threaten security” ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins on Saturday in Libya.Groups hostile to the GNA said they had attacked loyalist forces.By late afternoon the fighting had subsided, but intermittent gunfire could still be heard in several areas of the capital.‘Nothing stops them’The fighting started around a complex of luxury villas that until March had served as the headquarters of militias loyal to former prime minister Khalifa Ghweil.Ghweil was ousted from power when the GNA took office in March 2016, and has refused to recognise the new administration.Loyalist forces seized the villas in four days of intense fighting in March that saw them expand their control over the capital.Tripoli had been relatively calm since, but dozens of armed groups still operate there—including several that support Ghweil.The GNA has won the support of various militias since it took office in March last year, but several parts of Tripoli remain beyond its control.Relying on militia support and pitted against a rival administration in the east, the GNA has struggled to assert its authority.In a statement on Friday, the GNA blamed Ghweil and Salah Badi, both leaders of the Fajr Libya coalition of militias which took power in Tripoli in 2014, and vowed to “retaliate mercilessly”.They “have exceeded all limits… Nothing stops them, not faith, not law, not custom and not morals,” it said.“This is their gift to the people for the month of Ramadan”, the statement said.last_img read more

Boy dies of dengue in Mymensingh

first_imgDengueA five-year-old boy died of dengue at Mymensingh Medical College Hospital (MMCH) on Friday evening, reports UNB. The deceased is Jarif Mia, son of Md Arif Mia of Sikarikanda area of the Sadar Upazila. MMCH Deputy Director Dr Lakshmi Narayan Majumder said Jarif had been diagnosed with dengue and was being treated at Gazipur Sadar Hospital. Doctors there recommended shifting him to Dhaka Medical College Hospital as his condition deteriorated. “But his parents admitted him to MMCH around 5pm,” Majumder said. “He died about an hour later.” Currently, 110 dengue patients are being treated at MMCH. According to the government, 61,038 dengue patients were hospitalised, while 54,956 of them were discharged after treatment since January this year. The government has so far confirmed the deaths of 47 people but unofficial estimates suggest a higher death toll.last_img read more

State Data Show Voter Fraud No Threat To Texas Elections

first_imgFlorian MartinEarly voters cast their ballots at Acres Homes Multi-Service Center.Donald Trump has repeatedly charged that the presidential election is being “rigged” against him. The accusation plays into arguments by many Republican elected officials, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, that voter fraud is rampant, and must be checked though the use of strict voter ID laws. But numbers tracked by the Texas state government do not support this.Earlier this month, Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart met with reporters to discuss steps the county is taking to prevent interference with the upcoming election. That includes efforts to crack down on voter fraud.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016“On Friday, September 16, the Harris County Grand Jury indicted two people for illegal voting in Harris County,” Stanart said.“Illegal voting” in this case means that, during this year’s primary election, two election workers conspired to cast a vote on behalf of someone who was out of state at the time. If they’re found guilty, the defendants would be the first people from Harris County convicted for election fraud in more than fourteen years.“The problem, lots of times, is being able to prove it,” Stanart said. “We’ve had other instances here where we’ve presented it to a grand jury and they’ve not chosen to actually indict.”The Texas Attorney General’s Office reports that since 2002, the state has prosecuted 89 cases of election fraud. Seventy of those have resulted in convictions. That’s out of more than 64 million votes cast, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s Office.“If you’re an individual voter, it’s actually fairly difficult to commit fraud,” says Teddy Rave, an expert on election law at the University of Houston Law Center. He says one of the toughest kinds of fraud to carry off is in-person voter impersonation. Having a fake ID to get around the state’s voter ID law would only be part of the challenge.“You would have to pretend to be someone that you’re not,” he says, “convince a poll worker that you’re someone that you’re not. You’d have to pick a voter, the person you’re impersonating, someone who has not voted already, otherwise that would out you. And all the while, you’re subjecting yourself to criminal penalties. It’s an incredibly inefficient and silly way to try to steal an election.”To have any sort of real impact on the outcome of an election, Rave says, would require a massive conspiracy of people showing up at the polls and pretending to be someone they’re not. 00:00 /02:02 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share Xlast_img read more

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. September 16, 2009 Register Now » After all the rumors and last-minute botched deals over the years, it’s finally happened: Microsoft and Yahoo have reached an agreement to merge their search services in hopes of finally being able to compete with the grand search overlord, Google.Under the new 10-year, $275 million agreement, Microsoft’s new Bing search engine will power Yahoo Search, while Yahoo Search Marketing will be powered by Microsoft AdCenter.So what does this mean for small-business owners? Well, keep an eye on your Yahoo rankings because they are going to change once the Yahoo search engine is replaced by Bing.As for your Yahoo Search Marketing campaigns, the good news is that your ads will now be seen across a greater number of websites. If you’ve been running campaigns through Microsoft AdCenter and Yahoo Search Marketing, once the change takes effect you will only have one campaign to manage, which will free up your time to work on other search marketing strategies.If you’ve never bothered with Microsoft’s search offerings, the best way to get ready for the coming changes is to learn how to optimize your site for Bing and become familiar with the rules and regulations of Microsoft AdCenter.Since its launch, Bing has proven itself to be very amenable to webmasters’ optimization efforts. That means that with a little tweaking you can get your site listed at the top of Bing’s search results quickly. And if your site is brand-new, you can probably get it indexed faster on Bing than on Google, so you might want to focus your optimization on Bing first. Then, once you’re ranked well in Bing’s listings, you can tweak your optimization efforts to meet Google’s more stringent requirements.Here are five easy ways to get Bing to notice you:1. The older, the better . Bing places a lot of emphasis on the age of a domain, so if you’re just starting out, you might consider buying an older domain in order to get your site a higher ranking.2. Titles are important. Bing seems to place a lot more emphasis on title tags than Google does, so make sure you use your best keywords in the title tags of every page on your site.3. Text is terrific. For Google, the amount of text you have on a web page doesn’t play a huge role. Not so with Bing, which seems to place a higher value on pages that have at least 300 words.4. Outbound links are OK. Google has always seemed to frown on the number of outbound links you have on a page. But Bing actually seems to like them–at least for now.5. Backlinks are even better. If you’re frustrated because all of your efforts to get links pointing to your site haven’t gotten you anywhere with Google, then good news! When it comes to backlinks, Bing’s attitude seems to “the more, the merrier”–as long as the links are coming from relevant sites.So there you have it–five easy optimization tips to help you score a good ranking with Bing.Bear in mind that this is a huge change, and will take months to fully take effect. But the sooner you align yourself with Microsoft’s search policies, the better positioned you will be to ride the wave of change to the top of Bing’s–and Yahoo’s–search results. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min readlast_img read more

TRT and K9 cops catch housebreakers

first_imgClick on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Four housebreaking suspects were caught red-handed by Ladysmith TRT and the K9 Unit today (Friday). Implements and drugs were seized by police.Acting on information received, the officers nabbed suspects in the Rose Park area. The four men were in possession of tools, licence plates – fake registration discs, dog poison and drugs. They were arrested and detained.Rose Park residents are up in arms about crime taking place in the area. For this reason, they have set up community patrols in the area.They are clamping down on crime and say they will not tolerate criminal activity.DID YOU KNOW?last_img read more

June 25 2018

first_imgJune 25 , 2018 Q&A: Westfalia Fruit on EU avocado market’s i … You might also be interested in U.S.: California storms won’t damage avocado crops … “He is a tremendous addition to Naturipe Avocado Farms and we are excited to see Dustin take the program to the next level.”Hahn said: “Naturipe continues to grow and I am thrilled to take on this role and be part of the journey with such a great organization.”Prior to joining Naturipe Avocado Farms, Hahn was with Frieda’s. He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing, and brings over ten years of business development and retail marketing experience.www.freshfruitportal.comcenter_img Leading U.S. green-skinned avocado importer says n … U.S.: LGS enhances summer citrus, Peruvian avocado … U.S.-based Naturipe Farms has appointed Dustin Hahn as West Coast sales director for Naturipe Avocado Farms. In this newly created role, Hahn will be responsible for leading the development and management of the Western half of the U.S. and Canada.“We are excited to have Dustin join the Naturipe family. His sales and marketing background will be instrumental in driving avocado sales and expanding campaigns with retailers,” says vice president of marketing CarrieAnn Arias.last_img read more

Climatechange monitoring station to be set up in Cyprus

first_imgBy Andria KadesPlans are underway on establishing a station in Cyprus to monitor the effects of climate change, it emerged on Friday as Nicosia hosted the international conference on climate change in the Mediterranean and the Middle East: challenges and solutions.With scientists from 35 countries, the two-day conference aims to address the scientific basis of climate change in the region and its various impacts and challenges on issues of health, water, food, tourism, migration and aims to look at mitigation and adaptation strategies, policy challenges and governancePresident Nicos Anastasiades said Cyprus was already experiencing the serious effects of climate change “witnessing prolonged periods of drought, increased temperatures, forest degradation and rare ecosystems”.His speech, read out by Education Minister Costas Hambiarouis, outlined Cyprus’ national target for greenhouse gas emissions –  a 24 per cent reduction compared with 2005 levels.  To achieve this, the focus on the development of cleaner fuels, such as natural gas, and the development of policies and measures to further save energy through renewable energy sources.An important challenge is the reduction of emissions in the transport sector, which accounts for about 25 per cent of all emissions in Cyprus, he added while other policies were focusing on agriculture, forestry, and waste management.They are aimed to “decrease our dependency on fossil fuel imports, enhance our competitiveness, and create new jobs while transitioning to a low carbon economy,” he said.Anastasiades added that in May 2017, Cyprus adopted the national adaptation strategy in a bid to address the impacts of climate change. The strategy aims to strengthen Cyprus’ capacity to adapt to observed and projected climate change and to effectively prevent and address the negative impacts of climate change in the most effective way.Former Prime Minister of France Laurent Fabius, who presided over the success of the COP21 Paris Agreement, gave the opening address at the conference saying the world was in a race against time regarding climate change as the deterioration was worse and faster than what could have been imagined.Fabius told attendees 2017 was the warmest year on record. “The average global temperature has already been through a 1C increase in 2015, in comparison to pre-industrial levels, and 1.5C could be reached in the 2030s and maybe even before. Two degrees could be passed by 2050, that is 50 years before our intended target”.In addition, he said last year’s emissions have been on the rise after having stayed stable for a while. Despite efforts of the international community, current state pledges cover no more than a third of emissions with temperatures rising by two degrees.Weather extremes are becoming more intense, he said, leading to more expenses, damage and loss of human lives.“In short, the deterioration is worse and faster than what we could have imagined. The figures regarding oceans, forests and pollution and in more general the environment, are critical and the red alert is on.”General Secretary of the World Meteorological Organisation, Petteri Taalas told the Cyprus News Agency there is an urgency to start implementing the Paris Agreement and expressed hope that the conference in Nicosia would motivate the policy makers to take more action.Cyprus will have a role to play, by building up a new station to monitor the effects of climate change, he said.“We have to strengthen the scientific basis and we are discussing how to improve the observing systems of Cyprus. There is a plan to establish a new observing sighting in Cyprus to monitor the greenhouse gases.”Referring to the region, Taalas pointed out that the Mediterranean is one of those regions to suffer the most because of climate change.The effects of climate change, he said, are visible, noting the higher temperatures, the evaporation and the even more frequent drought.This trend, he noted, will continue.Taalas said that this trend will have a great impact on the society as well.“This will mean great difficulties for agriculture and it may have an impact on tourism if temperatures are too high and nature is not so green. This is of concern”.He recalled the refugee problems because of intensified drought in the Middle East and African countries.Noting that drought in Africa will be increasing and at the same time population in Africa will grow, he said that the potential for refugee flows is rapidly growing.“We expect to see four billion inhabitants in Africa by the end of the century and now we have one billion. So the potential for refugees is rapidly growing and this is a matter of concern,” he said.Talaas added that 2017 was a record breaking year in economic losses regarding climate disasters, and said that climate change brings more humidity, more rain, more tropical storms, and drought in other areas.Filippo Giorgi from the International Center for Theoretical Physics said that the temperature in the Mediterranean region could rise by up to six degrees as a result of global warming. In the future, he said, summers in the region will be drier and hotter, while intensity of extreme events will go up.“There are consistent indications of much drier and warmer climate conditions for the Mediterranean in the coming decades, especially during the warm seasons,” he added.The conference is organised by the Cyprus Institute under the aegis of Anastasiades, with support from the European Commission in Cyprus.You May LikeZolearn7 Things That Happen When You Skip Taking Showers!ZolearnUndoColormood BlueThese Are The Most Trendy Winter ClothesColormood BlueUndoEditorChoiceWatch Out For These Wild Animals Next Time You TravelEditorChoiceUndo Protest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more