Pulwama Attack 2019, everything about J&K terror attack on CRPF by terrorist Adil Ahmed Dar, Jaish-e-Mohammad

first_imgAt least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) paramilitary troopers were killed in the deadliest terror attack witnessed in three decades of Kashmir’s insurgency. The surprise attack by a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) suicide bomber left the nation in shock and anger while Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave security forces a freehand to strike back with equal force. On Thursday, Jaish bomber Adil Ahmed Dar, 20, rammed a SUV loaded with 350 kilograms of explosives into one of the buses — carrying 35-40 troopers — out of a 78-vehicle CRPF convoy. While 40 were killed in the attack, several injured personnel continue to battle for their lives.Background of Pulwama attackTime and exact place of Pulwama attackDetails of Pulwama attackPolitical reaction to Pulwama attackInternational diplomatic reaction to Pulwama attackActions taken by India in aftermath of Pulwama attack Even as the nation continues to bewail the death of soldiers killed in Pulwama, many including the grief-stricken family members of the ill-fated jawans have demanded strong action against the Pakistan-based terror outfit.The heinous incident has united all political parties across the country while leaders from all over the world have condemned the dastardly attack; the United States even went on to the extent of warning Pakistan to not harbour terrorism.At present, the security forces in the Valley are on high alert and subsequent operations have been launched to detain more suspects in connection with the attack.Background of Pulwama attackThe situation in Kashmir has been tense since 2014 and there have been several deadly attacks on soldiers. In the last five years, Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed a 93 per cent rise in death of security personnel. A chunk of these attacks have occurred in Pulwama region of J&K. Data released by the government showed that the Valley has been witnessing regular terror attacks in the past five years.advertisementData released by the Ministry of Home Affairs showed there has been a sharp rise in terror activities including attacks between 2014 and 2018. It suggested that there has been a 176 per cent jump in terror attacks in the Valley during the period. The state witnessed over 1,700 terrorist activities (28/month) during the last five years, showed government data.The data presented in Lok Sabha also show that there has been a sharp spike in terror activities since 2016. Between 2014 and 2018, a total of 1,315 people were killed in the state due to acts of terrorism, it revealed.While several regions in the Valley have been affected by home-grown militants, the Pulwama district has seen a high volume of terror encounters. However, Thursday’s attack that left 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers dead is the deadliest terror attack in the Valley in the last three decades of Kashmir’s insurgency.Time and exact place of Pulwama attackThe Pulwama terror attack occurred on February 14, 2019 when a 78-vehicle convoy was escorting over 2,500 CRPF jawans from Jammu to Srinagar. At around 3:30 pm, a Mahindra Scorpio SUV, packed with 350 kilograms of explosives rammed into one of the buses belonging to the convoy on the National Highway 44 at Lethipora near Avantipora town.The surprise attack instantly blew up the bus, killing at least 40 personnel of the 76th Battalion while others continue to battle for their lives; the injured were immediately moved to the army base hospital in Srinagar.Details of Pulwama attackThe Pulwama attack on Thursday (February 14) is the deadliest terror attack that has occurred in the Valley in the past three decades of militant activity in Kashmir.The attack which killed at least 40 CRPF jawans was carried out by 20-year-old Adil Ahmed Dar, who was due to appear for his class 12 exams before he went missing, according to his parents.While initial reports claimed that the attack was triggered by an IED explosion, it was later reported that Dar had rammed the explosive-laden SUV into one of the buses.Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the attack and released a video of Dar, a resident of Kakapora who joined the group a year ago.While Pakistan has denied any role in the attack, India has sent a stern warning to its neighbour while United States warned the nation to eradicate safe havens for terrorists. Many other countries have also condemned the dastardly incident that has left more than 40 families in anguish.Political reaction of Pulwama attackA huge political outcry was observed after the Pulwama terror attack. Prime Minister Narendra Modi not only condemned the attack on CRPF personnel but also gave security forces full freedom to retaliate against the heinous attack that killed 40 paramilitary troopers.advertisementCongress president Rahul Gandhi, who was visibly emotional at a press event yesterday, said the entire Opposition stands in solidarity with the security forces and government. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh also condemned the attack and said such acts of terrorism cannot be tolerated.A host of other ministers including Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal condemned the cowardly terror strike on security forces as well.Not just political parties but prominent personalities from the field of art, entertainment and sports condemned the attack and demanded redemption.International diplomatic reaction of Pulwama attackOver 45 countries including the US and China reacted to the dastardly attack on CRPF jawans. The United States not only condemned the attack but also attacked Pakistan for harbouring terrorists.It warned the nation to deny safe haven to terrorists or any terror outfits. Russian President Vladamir Putin sent condolences to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart President Ram Nath Kovind.France also condemned the attack and extended support to combat terror networks and cut their funding to prevent such cross-border attacks. While China expressed condolences and condemned the act of terror, it still did not change its stance on Masood Azhaar, who is the founder of Jaish-e-Mohammed.Support also poured in from Australia, European Union, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives, Bangladesh and a host of other countries.Actions taken by India in the aftermath of Pulwama attackIndian administrators and security forces have gone into an overdrive after the devious attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the terror outfit has committed a huge mistake, adding that the sacrifice of the slain soldiers will not go in vain.Modi said the security forces have been given a freehand to retaliate against the attack at any time they deem suitable.Soon after a high-level Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meeting, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley declared that India is withdrawing “Most Favoured Nation” status to Pakistan.The symbolic move will further cut trade ties between the two neighbouring nations. India has also launched a diplomatic offensive against Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack. According to reports, India held a briefing for envoys of 25 countries including P5 nations, including US, China, Russia, UK and France.Before the briefing, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale summoned Pakistan High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood to his office and issued a very strong demarche over the attack.Read | Pulwama terror attack Live updatesAlso Read | After Pulwama, India to isolate Pakistan at FATF and European CommissionMust Read | Time for peace talks with Pakistan over, teach them a lesson: Amarinder SinghWatch | These are 4 of India’s military options to exact revenge for Pulwama attacklast_img read more

ESPN Analyst: Only One Team Is ‘Ready To Match-Up With Alabama’

first_imgHead Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 6: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day at Philips Arena on January 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Alabama football has looked incredible through six weeks, but even the Crimson Tide are not perfect. Still, virtually everyone is penciling the team in for another run at a national championship.There is a ton of football yet to be played, but a group of four teams have emerged as the main competition, and other favorites for the College Football Playoff field.Three of the teams are pretty obvious. Clemson and Georgia were both in the playoff last season, and Ohio State is one of the only teams with the talent to go toe-to-toe with ‘Bama.According to ESPN’s Trevor Matich, however, those three are not the teams best prepared to take on Alabama right now.Matich thinks that, as of today, Notre Dame would be the biggest threat to Alabama football.The Fighting Irish have look lights out on offense since installing Ian Book as the team’s starting quarterback a few weeks ago, and the defense has been very good all year.Matich has concerns about Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence being ready to face the Tide by year’s end as a true freshman, and said that Ohio State gave up too many big plays defensively, and seemed to insinuate that the Fighting Irish were the most well-rounded club of that group.Some fans on Twitter are not impressed with his analysis:*watching Sportscenter* *question who’s the biggest threat to Alabama?*Trevor Matich : Notre DameMe : pic.twitter.com/JQekzCIhKf— vincent (@TheGawddd) October 10, 2018Trevor Matich has got to be the worst college football analyst ESPN has. His opinions are HORRIBLE.— Mo (@mes10_) October 10, 2018Trevor Matich just said Notre Dame is Bama’s biggest threat and I about fell out of my seat while eating dinner. Bless his heart.— Parrish Walton (@ParrishWalton) October 10, 2018He’s not alone, though. On Saturday, SB Nation’s Bill Connelly, creator of the S&P+ analytics system, says that Notre Dame has absolutely played its way up into the “Big Five” with ‘Bama, Clemson, Georgia, and Ohio State.Notre Dame hosts Pitt this weekend.last_img read more

Garvey to be Cleared of All Criminal Charges

first_img “We continue to argue that Garvey’s actions were not criminal, but were acts of liberation with moral justification. The Bill should be brought to the House in October to absolve National Heroes, including Garvey, and other freedom fighters of criminal liabilities arising from their acts of liberation and connected matters. Story Highlights Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government is moving to clear National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Marcus Garvey, of all criminal charges that were laid against him in Jamaica.center_img Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government is moving to clear National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Marcus Garvey, of all criminal charges that were laid against him in Jamaica.Addressing a civic ceremony to commemorate the 130 th birthday of Jamaica’sfirst National Hero, held at Lawrence Park, St. Ann, on August 17, the Minister said a Bill is being finalised that is aimed at absolving a number of iconic Jamaicans, including Mr. Garvey, of what she described as “acts of liberation”.The Bill will be presented to Parliament.“We continue to argue that Garvey’s actions were not criminal, but were acts of liberation with moral justification. The Bill should be brought to the House in October to absolve National Heroes, including Garvey, and other freedom fighters of criminal liabilities arising from their acts of liberation and connected matters. By including Garvey in this Bill, we are moving to ensure that his record will be totally cleared,” the Minister said.Ms. Grange said despite several failed attempts to get Marcus Garvey’s name cleared of criminal charges in the United States, the Government remains unrelenting in efforts to achieve that goal.“As a country, we have done a number of things to honour this great son of Jamaica and to remove the blots against his name… . We cannot give up this fight to clear his name,” the Minister emphasised.Meanwhile, Ms. Grange said in bad and good times, Jamaicans can take courage from the work of the National Hero as well as the statue which stands tall in Lawrence Park, St. Ann’s Bay.“Garvey’s statue looms large, and is a reminder of his influence on the world stage, a reminder of his determination, not just to uplift black people but to help us understand our innate power. In true Jamaican style, Garvey showed that nothing is impossible, despite opposition,” the Minister added.She praised Marcus Garvey for the role he played in influencing world leaders and power brokers to stop and take a look, not only at him and his work but at Jamaica, the country of his birth.The Minister said that the government of Namibia has advised the Jamaican Government that the main street in that country’s capital, Windhoek, will be renamed in honour of Marcus Garvey, with the ceremony set for later this year.last_img read more

CMA CGM Extends Time Charter Deals with GSL

first_imgzoom French major CMA CGM has agreed to extend time charter contracts with containership charter owner Global Ship Lease (GSL) for two 2,207 TEU containerships.The vessels in question are the 2002-built Julie Delmas and the 2003-built Delmas Keta, which will be chartered for a period of 12 months, plus or minus 45 days at charterer’s option.The deal was agreed at a fixed rate of USD 7,800 per vessel per day, starting immediately upon expiration of the current time charters on September 11 and 20, 2017, respectively.Extension of charters for two containerships maintains fully chartered fleet on fixed-rate contracts“We are delighted to have secured extensions for these two time charters with the current charterer, CMA CGM, on an EBITDA positive basis. These agreements are consistent with our strategy of operating our 18-vessel fleet on fixed-rate contracts and our track record of maintaining fleet-wide utilization near 100%, thus enabling us to benefit from a predictable and stable cashflow stream,” Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, saidAs of August 31, 2017, GSL’s fleet has an average remaining charter term of 3.1 years, or 3.3 years weighted by TEU capacity, representing USD 530 million of contracted revenue.Looking forward, Webber added that supportive long-term fundamentals and an improving supply/demand balance for mid-sized and smaller containerships “will lead to continued market strengthening, further enhancing the rechartering prospects and economic value of our fleet.”last_img read more

Liberals move ahead on Indigenous agenda after SNC affair caucus ousters

first_imgOTTAWA — Justin Trudeau’s Liberals say they are still hearing support from Indigenous people and leaders, despite concerns raised publicly about Trudeau’s expulsion of two ex-ministers who had been central to work on reconciliation.While the Liberals have repeatedly said that addressing the relationship with Indigenous Peoples in Canada is a top priority, that commitment has been openly questioned by some Indigenous leaders, especially since the ejections of Jody Wilson-Rayboud and Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus.Terry Teegee, the British Columbia regional chief in the Assembly of First Nations, suggested the ejections showed a “deeply flawed and dishonest intent” behind Trudeau’s previously stated respect for Indigenous Peoples. Wilson-Raybould was one of his predecessors.“The balance that was being forged within our societies through the process of reconciliation is now threatened,” he said when Trudeau expelled the two. Teegee called the decision “wrathful.”Wilson-Raybould, as justice minister until January, had been the highest-ranking Indigenous person ever in the Canadian government. Philpott had been seen as one of Trudeau’s most capable ministers; a shuffle that moved her from the high-profile health portfolio to become minister of Indigenous services was a symbol of how important clean water and good housing on reserves, for instance, were to the Liberal government.Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, who had worked closely with both, said that while the government is always mindful of triggering cynicism and concern about the relationship she tends, she is continuing to hear “very positive” feedback.“Whether I’m on the East Coast or the West Coast or in Manitoba, over the last little while, I have to say that people will quietly take me aside and say, ‘We need your government re-elected,’ ” Bennett said in an interview.“I would never presume that whomever I’m speaking to is speaking on behalf of more than one person,” she added. “I think that it’s important now for us to earn the respect and continue to make progress.”In the next election, only First Nations, Inuit and Metis will be able to make ultimate determinations about whether their experience with the government has felt more like a partnership than paternalism, Bennett added.Last week, Trudeau made the decision to remove Wilson-Raybould and Philpott from the Liberal caucus.The two former cabinet ministers had been outspoken about political pressure to intervene in the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, a Quebec engineering giant facing bribery charges over contracts in Libya. Wilson-Raybould believes she was shuffled out of the Department of Justice because she wouldn’t give Trudeau what he wanted on the file, overruling a prosecutor’s decision not to pursue a plea-bargain-like “remediation agreement.” Both ultimately resigned from the cabinet.Trudeau has denied any wrongdoing but has publicly acknowledged there was a breakdown of trust between Wilson-Raybould and his office.Wilson-Raybould was not available for an interview but Philpott said she does see the controversy as a “setback” in the government’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples.Trudeau’s cabinet worked hard on issues including the recognition and affirmation of rights for Indigenous Peoples, Philpott said, and there was “tremendous enthusiasm” about Wilson-Raybould’s being the first Indigenous justice minister in Canadian history.Wilson-Raybould was moved out of the position into the veterans-affairs portfolio, prior to her subsequent cabinet resignation.“I think particularly the fact that she was moved out of that role and then subsequently resigned from cabinet, is a setback, without doubt,” Philpott said.As an independent MP, Wilson-Raybould continues to have leverage over her former party — and Trudeau in particular — as members of Indigenous communities watch her words and actions carefully, says University of Saskatchewan professor Joseph Garcea, a political scientist who studies Canadian politics.“She’s got this government’s feet to the fire and it is up to her, really, how high she turns up the heat,” he said.In 2015, the Liberal Party was keen to recruit Indigenous candidates and affirm its commitment to solving longstanding problems, including multiyear boil-water advisories on reserves.Indigenous voters were also far more engaged in the last election. The Assembly of First Nations identified 51 ridings, including several in western Canada, where First Nations voters could affect the outcome and invested a great deal of effort in outreach.After that election, Elections Canada reported the gap between turnout on reserves and turnout among the general population had been the lowest since it began calculating turnout for Aboriginal populations in 2004 (with the caveat that it does not capture demographic information at the polls and cannot count Aboriginal voters directly, whether they vote on or off reserves).Compared to the 2011 election, Elections Canada said turnout on reserves increased by 14 percentage points — from 47.4 per cent to 61.5 per cent — while turnout among the general population increased by six percentage points to 66 per cent.For his part, Metis National Council President Clement Chartier said he will not allow a “distraction” like the SNC-Lavalin controversy to “derail” the council’s efforts to work with the Liberal government.“Why would we want to destroy something that has been of significant benefit to the Metis Nation?” he said, suggesting the response to the council from the Trudeau government has been “tremendous.”The Metis National Council will reach out to all the political parties before the election on policy positions, he said, adding Metis citizens can decide for themselves whom to support.“Until there’s an election, we will continue to support this prime minister and this government,” he said.Wilson-Raybould’s tenure as the first Indigenous justice minister in Canada will remain a “huge breakthrough,” Bennett said. She said her team is very sad there was an erosion of trust with her colleagues.“We would prefer that (Philpott and Wilson-Raybould) were still members of the team, still supporting the prime minister, but unfortunately that didn’t happen,” she said, but she believes the government’s Indigenous partners want to move on.-Follow @kkirkup on TwitterKristy Kirkup, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,317.13, down 200.27points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 51 cents, or 3.88 per cent, to $12.62 on 25.7 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Down 36 cents, or 1.79 per cent, to $19.70 on 18.1 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down 13 cents, or 3.29 per cent, to $3.82 on 17 million shares.iShares S&P/TSX 60 Index ETF. (TSX:XIU). Financials. Down 34 cents, or 1.47 per cent, to $22.84 on 11.3 million shares.RNC Minerals. (TSX:RNX). Metals. Down three cents, or 4.05 per cent, to 71 cents on 10.7 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Gold. Up $1.43, or 9.53 per cent, to $16.44 on 9.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Discount Car & Truck Rentals Ltd. The car rental company is paying a $700,000 penalty after reaching an agreement with the Competition Bureau over misleading advertising about its prices. Following an investigation, the federal agency found that Discount advertised rental prices that were unattainable due to mandatory fees that were added during the purchasing process. Discount is the fourth vehicle rental company to conclude agreements to address so-call drip pricing, which has resulted in a total of almost $6 million in penalties.Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP). Down $3.27 or 1.9 per cent to $166.72. The company opened its first brick-and-mortar space for the public Thursday. The Los Angeles location will showcase a small selection of merchandise that will only be available for purchase online. The Ottawa-based firm will use the spot to focus on building a community and helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses.Foodora and 7-Eleven have partnered to offer delivery of the convenience store chain’s products in four major Canadian cities. Berlin-based Foodora says starting today customers in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton can order everything from Slurpees to condoms to medicine through its app and have them delivered. Milk, bread, fresh fruit and orange juice will also be on offer alongside treats like pizza, taquitos, chips, chocolate and ice cream.last_img read more

Avoid another resolution urge Elders

A group of world leaders formed by Nelson Mandela has urged Sri Lanka to try and avoid another showdown in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by adhering to the recent resolution adopted by the body.Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson told BBC Sandeshaya that The Elders are very pleased that UNHRC adopted a resolution urging Sri Lanka to ensure a proper reconciliation process after decades of a brutal conflict. The resolution adopted by majority vote last week in Geneva called on Sri Lanka government to implement the recommendations of Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).The former Irish president said The Elders also support the UN call for a proper accountability process. “The scale of the violations alleged is really very grave by international human rights standards,” added Ms Robinson.It is advisable for Sri Lanka, she said, to adhere to the resolution in order not to “come under the radars of UNHRC once again next year,” stressing that it is the responsibility of the government of any country to protect civilians, though LTTE is also responsible for gross human rights violations.“It is in the interest of Sri Lanka to accept that the majority of governments feel that Sri Lanka must do more for reconciliation,” said Ms Robinson. “The elders are unequivocally worried about the extent of the arms race. Generally the supply of weapons that are causing such destructions the money that spent on weapons, the trafficking in weapons,”she said.“The elders do feel strongly about these issues but the central factor here was the prolonged civil war and to the extent which civilians were not protected.” (BBC Sandeshaya) “We were particularly encouraged that large countries like India and Nigeria supported the resolution”. Saying that the “quite mild resolution” was not a Western sponsored one, Ms Robinson insisted that it was not an attempt to “do down a country.” Mary Robinson admitted that not only many countries that supported the resolution, India and United States among them, supported Sri Lanka government’s war against the LTTE, but also provided Sri Lanka with arms. read more

Approval received for 500M 400MW southern Alberta solar power project

CALGARY — Provincial regulators have approved a $500-million solar power project in southern Alberta that its developers say will be the largest in Canada.Privately held Greengate Power Corp. of Calgary says approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission means it can proceed with construction next year of its Travers Solar project, with full commercial operations targeted for 2021.The electricity facility is to generate as much as 400 megawatts at peak times, enough to supply more than 100,000 homes.The AUC says in its ruling that no parties opposed construction of the project in Vulcan County, about 120 kilometres southeast of Calgary.It says it is to utilize 2.5 million photovoltaic solar panels erected on about 1,600 hectares of mainly cultivated cropland.Greengate also developed the 300-MW Blackspring Ridge Wind Project, located about 10 kilometres from the Travers project, which is now owned by French firm EDF EN and Enbridge Inc. of Calgary.Greengate CEO Dan Balaban says the solar project is not one of those backed by a long-term guaranteed power price under an auction program developed by the previous Alberta NDP government.“Our plan is to finance this project on a subsidy-free, market basis,” he said in an interview.“We’re selling the project into the Alberta power pool and we’ll be realizing whatever pricing there is at the time. Our forecast for pricing on a go-forward basis is based largely on the phase-out of coal-fired electricity (by 2030), continued electrical growth in the province and carbon pricing.” Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:ENB)The Canadian Press read more

Ohio State mens swimming takes 2nd Michigan 1st in Big Ten Championships

Michigan stayed the course after taking an early first-place lead in the men’s swimming and diving Big Ten Championships in Iowa City, Iowa, Saturday night. Ohio State finished second in the four-day event with 552.5 team points, 186 points behind the leader. Indiana and Minnesota tallied 549 and 403, respectively. The Buckeyes were led by title-winners junior Jason Schnur, in the 50 and 100 freestyles, and senior Andrew Elliott, in the 200 backstroke. Schnur and Elliott broke school records in the preliminaries Saturday morning. The 200 breaststroke was dominated by Indiana’s sophomore Cody Miller with a 1:54.07 swim. Miller broke his own record which gave him the title last year. Freshman Chris Cowley was the only Buckeye to score points in that event, placing 16th. OSU sophomores Shane Miszkiel and Christian Holstein took first and second place, respectively, in the one-meter dive Friday night. Miszkiel’s dive marked his first Big Ten title. Michigan took the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle to expand its lead on OSU. The 200 freestyle relay team also posted a record-breaking time of 1:17.70 Thursday with performances from Schnur, senior Lincoln Fahrbach, junior Zach Holmes and junior Zach Birnbrich. Although the OSU relay team’s performance was enough to land in the school’s history books, Iowa placed first in the event, edging the Buckeyes by .09 seconds. Sophomore Alex Miller and senior Brent Hitchcock placed seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 500 freestyle competition, while junior Luke Stirton finished ninth with a time of 4:20.63. In the opening day of competition, the Buckeyes swam into third in the 200 medley relay behind Michigan and Penn State. OSU and Michigan were separated by .04 seconds. OSU improved from its third place performance last season. In 2010, they claimed the Big Ten title for the first time since 1956. The Buckeyes return to the pool Sunday in the Last Ditch NCAA Qualifier at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The meet will give participating athletes a final opportunity to qualify for the 2012 NCAA Championships held March 22-24 in Seattle, Wash. read more

New Cat underground loader and truck

first_imgCaterpillar is adding the new AD22 Underground Truck to its hard rock mining product line. The 22.0-t payload articulated dump truck is the smallest in the Cat® product line, yet it is designed to deliver the productive performance and durability of its proven, larger counterparts. Its small operating envelope and agile characteristics enhance productivity in any mining application suited for this size class.The AD22 makes best use of proven Cat components, such as the C11 ACERT™ diesel engine. The durable engine delivers gross power of 242 kW (325 hp) to achieve superior speed on grade. The new truck shares major components with a number of Cat machines to help ensure good parts availability and reduce inventory costs.The wide body design makes loading faster and easier. Multiple dump body sizes are available to optimise the truck for all mining applications suited to this size class.The AD22 also takes advantage of Caterpillar ergonomic designs to create controls and instrumentation that help operators perform efficiently. An easy-to-read full colour LCD screen displays machine status.The new truck is available with an open operator compartment or an optional enclosed cab. Both are ROPS/FOPS certified. The sweeping deck design provides good sight lines around the front of the truck, and the LCD screen shows the rear-view camera view when backing.The new Cat R1700K underground loader features multiple engine configurations, a new ergonomic operator cabin and greater payload. The compact profile, efficient power train and rugged construction deliver low cost truck loading and LHD production.The unit delivers a payload of 15 t, 20% more than the previous model and supporting efficient three-pass loading of the 45-t Cat AD45B underground truck. After rigorous field testing is completed in 2017, the R1700K will be commercially launched in 2018.To enable optimisation of the new loader for lowest total costs in a specific application, multiple engine configurations are available. All options use the proven Cat C13 ACERT™ engine. This engine can be configured for applications that require compliance with the highest emission standards in underground applications, and it enables options for customers who are striving to improve underground air quality.The R1700K is available in US EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV and in Tier 3/Stage III emissions compliance configurations. The Tier 4/Stage IV engine employs the Cat Clean Emissions Module, proven in millions of operating hours on a broad range of Cat equipment. The exhaust after-treatment package components include a diesel particulate filter and a selective catalytic reduction catalyst to reduce both particulate and NOx emissions to near zero. The R1700K C13 Tier 4 Final engine has a gross engine power rating of 257 kW (345 hp) at 2050 rpm.For Tier 3/Stage III machines, Caterpillar offers the Ventilation Reduction Package, which uses select engine hardware and software modifications to minimize particulate matter emissions. Further particulate reductions are available through the addition of an optional diesel particulate filter, which features automatic regeneration while the machine is working.The R1700K operator cabin is designed to promote safe and efficient operation throughout the shift. An open ROPS/FOPS cab and an enclosed cabin are available. Increased leg room, multiple ergonomic adjustments, and automatic climate control and filtered ventilation in the enclosed cab enable operators to work comfortably.Simple and easy-to-use controls are at the operator’s fingertips. Pilot hydraulic controls enable precise operation with low effort. Switches and control panels are located central to the operator and within arm’s reach for fast adjustment to the operation of the machine or systems. The R1700K provides enhanced visibility with an optional rearview camera that displays its view on the easy-to-read colour LCD monitor.The monitor also presents live diagnostic code feedback for faster repairs in the event of an issue. The diagnostic codes refer to individual circuits or functions that have been monitored to display irregularities—enabling technicians to identify causes quickly.The R1700K has many new features—ranging from simple to high tech. At the business end of the machine, the newly designed bucket has an increased throat angle to allow for faster filling and better material retention during tramming. New Cat Bolt On ground engaging tools (GET) are designed for use in abrasive applications where high wear rates make welded GET impractical. The system also delivers more available wear material for longer life and greater uptime. Built-in wear indicators and replacement corner segments allow the system to be integrated into scheduled maintenance regimens.The innovative traction control system enables the R1700K to control drive power to each wheel independently. The result is minimal tyre slip, optimum traction, and the ability to penetrate the pile more effectively for fast loading.The R1700K also delivers significant technology enhancements. It is equipped with multiple subsystems for fast technology implementation. The Cat line-of-sight remote control systems allow operators to control their machines from safe distances, and the Cat Command for underground, semi-autonomous system enables operators to work from a remote location. Remote machine health monitoring, payload monitoring and other technology options can be installed at the factory or in the field.last_img read more

Revenue reveals €277 million in settlements for tax defaulters

first_imgUpdated, 16:16THE REVENUE COMMISSIONERS has published details of €27.7 million paid in taxes, interest and penalties by 135 tax defaulters.The details related to settlements made in the final quarter of 2012, where the settlement falls over a minimum threshold.The highest payment was made by Michael Healy, a plant hire contractor in Aughrim, Co Wicklow, whose settlement amounted to €2.026 million – based on an original tax bill of €694,317.Triona Harrington, a bookmaker and property owner from Castlecomer in Co Kilkenny, reached a settlement of €1.371 million based on an original tax bill of €801,602.A Waterford butcher, Thomas Kearney, paid €1.184 million entirely in penalties.Among those who feature on the list is Ballsbridge-based business consultant Des Richardson, a former Fianna Fáil fundraiser, who reached a settlement for €108,906 based on an original tax liability of €38,251.A total of 69 settlements worth over €100,000 were reached.A separate list outlining people who faced criminal conviction for tax offences include one person, Drimnagh company director James Thompson, who was jailed for 14 months after being convicted on seven counts for failure to remit VAT.last_img read more

Ancient Greek town in Turkey being sold

first_imgA 2,500-year-old ancient Greek town outside the historical city of Halicarnassus now known as Bodrum, is being sold for 35 million lira (AUD $11 million).Bargylia, the site that had oftentimes been praised by Hellenistic period geographer Strabo for its noteworthy Temple of Artemis, is nothing more that a block of land for its Turkish owners.The city has been looted by treasure hunters multiple times with its acropolis, odeon, church and cemetery left in ruins.According to Turkish newspaper Hürriyet 87-year-old Hüseyin Üçpınar who is one of the land’s owners said that the site can no longer be protected from looters as the adjacent lands are open and being used as olive groves.Mr Üçpınar noted that he was hoping for the country’s Culture and Tourism Ministry to either nationalise the entire 300-hectare area or to take responsibility for the city before it is completely destroyed.No official archaeological excavation or research has been conducted at the site ahvalnews.com reports. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Albiol insists Napoli have to score against Liverpool

first_imgNapoli defender Raul Albiol insists the team have to score if they’re to qualify for the second round of this season’s UEFA Champions League.The Partenopei can qualify for the next round, with a draw enough to take them through but Albiol insists the team must be compact and must score to achieve that aim.“We know that tomorrow will be a tough game, hard to play,” Albiol admitted in the pre-match Press conference, as quoted by Football Italia.“We have to be quick, because they’ll be aggressive from the start. We need to be attentive in every minute of the game and stay calm.”“Knowing how to defend deep is important, we need to be compact because we know they’re a strong team in the spaces, with quick forwards.”Sergio Ramos, Champions League, Real MadridSergio Ramos would love a fifth Champions League trophy Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, winning a fifth European trophy with his club would be crazy, but he wants to do it before retiring.“The most important thing is our mentality, we have to be able to score.”“We’ve worked hard to get to this game, we need to do everything we can to win it and go to the next round.”last_img read more

Man caught stealing package off porch in North Miami

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – A thief was caught on camera snatching a package off the front porch of a North Miami home.Surveillance video shows an SUV pulling up to the house on Northeast 139th Street and 17th Avenue, Wednesday.A man jumped out of the car and stole the package from the front porch while a boy in the passenger seat appeared to serve as a lookout.If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

SP leader Santosh Punem kidnapped murdered by Maoists in Chhattisgarh

first_imgSP leader Santosh PunemFacebook/Santosh PunemA Samajwadi Party (SP) leader was kidnapped and killed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district. The incident happened on Tuesday (June 18) evening. “Santosh Punem a resident of Marimalla who also worked as a contractor was abducted from his construction site in Marimalla village on Tuesday late evening,” Suderaj P, DIG (anti-Naxal operations), was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times. “The incident spot is about 15km away from the police station, deep in the jungles and we have sent a police party. We will be able to share remaining details once police party returns,” the DIG said.After Punem was kidnapped, his family pleaded with the Maoists to return him but in vain. Reports state that Punem, who also works as a contractor, was under the Maoists’ radar for quite a while before his kidnapping and subsequent death. Punem had contested for the assembly elections in Chhattisgarh last year and lost. He had again contested in the recent Lok Sabha elections. He was the vice-president of SP in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar.last_img read more

Hindi has bright future in Bangladesh Shringla

first_imgIndian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Dhaka University vice-chancellor professro Md Akhtaruzzaman attend a programme at the Institute of Modern Languages marking World Hindi Day on 10 January. Photo: UNBHindi language has a bright future in Bangladesh as many people of this country regularly watch Hindi serials and movies on the television, said Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Wednesday.“These people understand Hindi language although they can’t read or write,” he said while presiding over a programme at the Institute of Modern Languages (IML) of Dhaka University, reports UNB.Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) and the IML jointly organised the programme marking the World Hindi Day.Shringla said the Hindi department of IML has created a great opportunity for those who are interested to know about the Hindi language and culture.“The relation between the people of Bangladesh and India will be more strong and deep,” he said.DU vice-chancellor professor Md Akhtaruzzaman attended the event as the chief guest.IML director professor Shishir Bhattacharya also addressed the programme.last_img read more

September is National Back to Church Month

first_imgIn observance of National Back to Church Month, Israel Baptist Church is issuing an invitation to its Back on Track service, 9:45 a.m., Sept. 14 at 2000 N. Washington St. Israel’s pastor, the Rev. H. Walden Wilson II will bring the message and worship leadership will be conducted by the music, deaf, dance and mime ministries. The focus that Sunday will also be in offering thanks for traveling grace and new mercies during summer vacations or staycations.For more information call the church office at 410-732-3494 or visit them on the web at www.israelbaptist.orglast_img read more

Colins 2019 NBA Regular Season Awards

first_imgOut of all the regular season awards in pro sports, the NBA’s are arguably the most meaningless. It’s not uncommon for the MVP to get bounced out of the playoffs, or to see the Coach of the Year get run out of town weeks after taking home the hardware.In an effort to at least make things a little more interesting, Colin gave out his yearly awards today for the good, the bad, and the ugly, including Best Player (not LeBron), Least Improved Player, Most Overrated Player, Best Losers, Worst Losers, and Defensive Player of the Year, Please Don’t Come Back Player, Co-Executives of the Year.Check out the winners, and the losers.last_img read more

Whats That Song Apples iOS 8 May Be Able to Tell You

first_imgApril 17, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Love that song that’s playing but don’t know what it’s called? Apple’s next iOS may be able to help you figure out.The iPhone maker is reportedly partnering with Shazam Entrainment., whose app helps users identify songs by listening through a phone’s microphone and matching it to a database.The new feature will be integrated directly into the software and won’t require users to download a separate app, according to a report published by Bloomberg. Users will be able to access the feature through Apple’s voice activated search feature Siri.Related: 6 Ways to Extend Your iPhone Battery Life After Updating to iOS 7.1The new Shazam-based music discovery feature could be debuted as early as June 2 when Apple unveils iOS 8 at its World Wide Developer Conference in Cupertino, Calif.Shazam can already take credit for millions of song downloads from the iTunes store thanks to a built-in link. And with upwards of 90 million regular users, Apple’s move could be aimed at reinvigorating its overall music offerings, especially as download sales have slowed and users have gravitated more towards internet streaming services like Spotify and Pandora.Related: Apple Engineer Provides Rare Glimpse Into iPhone Invention SecretsLast year Apple introduced iTunes Radio, an ad-supported Pandora competitor with plans to take it international in the near future. The company is also thinking about making iTunes Radio a standalone app instead of as a feature within the iTunes store as it is today.Apple has also reportedly internally built a subscription based service to compete with companies like Spotify and Beats Music but has kept from releasing it to avoid hurting download sales.Related: Want to Text and Walk and Still See Where You’re Going? Apple Has a Patent for That. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

3 injured as taxi and bakkie collide in Lyell Street

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Motorist dies in Protea Drive crash after being flung out of vehicleAlso read: Breaking News: 9 dead in horror crash between taxi and bakkie outside LadysmithAlso read: 2 vehicles involved in early-morning crash in Poort RoadThree people sustained slight injuries and were stabilised before being taken to hospital.Traffic around the intersection of Lyell and King Street was delayed until the scene was cleared.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! Three people were injured in a crash on Tuesday morning (July 31) in Lyell Street when a taxi and a bakkie collided.The exact cause of the crash is unknown at this stage.It is believed that one of the vehicles was in the process of turning when the other vehicle crashed into it.Emergency personnel, Public Safety and towing services responded to the scene.last_img read more