13 killed in Maharashtra chemical factory explosion

first_imgThirteen workers, including six women were killed and 64 others injured in explosions of nitrogen gas cylinders at a chemical factory in North Maharashtra’s Dhule district on Saturday morning, police said.Preliminary probe revealed that a chemical leak caused a fire which led to serial explosions at the factory of Rumit Chemsynth Private Limited located at Waghadi village in Shirpur tehsil, around 9.45 am, a senior police officer told PTI.The fire was doused by evening and search was on for more bodies, if any, in the debris, the officer said.“At least 100 workers were present in the factory at the time of the incident,” the officer said adding that the presence of several nitrogen gas cylinders and barrels of chemicals in one place increased the severity of the tragedy.Teams of fire brigade, police and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) conducted the rescue operations.The deafening sound of explosions caused panic in the vicinity, prompting people to rush out of houses. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed grief over the incident and announced ₹5 lakh compensation to the kin of the deceased.last_img read more

Records from 1996 World Cup

first_imgRecords from 1996 World CupGary Kirsten’s 188* against the UAE is the highest score in a World Cup match. He scored that during the 1996 World CupSri Lanka hold the record for the highest total in the World Cup – 398/5 against Kenya in 1996.Anil Kumble was the highest wicket-taker in the 1996 tournament with 15 scalps.Mark Waugh was the first batsman to score consecutive tons during a World Cup. He did that against Kenya and India 1996.The first semi-final between Sri Lanka and India saw the Lankans winning the match by Default – a first. Chasing 252 for victory, India were 120 for 8 at the Eden Gardens when the spectators went violent and started throwing fruits and bottles on the field. The match was stopped and Sri Lanka adjudged the winners.last_img

Euro 2016: Germany beat Northern Ireland to advance as group winners

first_imgGermany showed more of their usual class when Mario Gomez’s first-half strike secured a 1-0 win over a stubborn Northern Ireland side and a place in the last 16 of Euro 2016 as Group C winners on Tuesday.Although the world champions wasted countless chances at the Parc des Princes, with Thomas Mueller notably hitting the woodwork twice, they were never threatened by the Irish, who finished third and still have a chance to qualify.Germany came top with seven points, ahead on goal difference of Poland, who progressed with a 1-0 win over already-eliminated Ukraine. Northern Ireland have three points.The result meant that Croatia, Slovakia and Hungary progressed without kicking a ball.Joachim Loew’s Germany side will take on a third-placed team in Lille on Sunday while Northern Ireland will have to wait for the other groups’ results to see if they make the cut.”We have had a lot of chances and the next step will be to take them and then this might be a good tournament,” said Gomez, who is now one short of Juergen Klinsmann’s Germany record of five goals at European Championship tournaments.”If it is not meant to be for us to go through, we will be very disappointed,” said Northern Ireland keeper Michael McGovern, who had made a series of fine saves.”It was busy today and mentally very hard. We knew every goal was crucial so wanted to keep it at one and maybe nick a goal of our own.”Backed by their noisy and devoted fans, the Irish, in their maiden appearance at a European Championship, showed great resilience against a Germany team who appeared more inventive than in their first two group games.advertisementGermany, helped by their opponents being forced to defend deep in their own half, played the sort of free-flowing football that, if matched by finishing, could be lethal in the knockout phase.In the seventh minute, Thomas Mueller was played through by a clever Mesut Ozil knock on but shot straight at McGovern, who made several fine saves.CASUAL CHIPWhile Germany’s larger contingent of fans were outsung in the stands, their team were all over the Irish on the pitch.In the space of two minutes, Ozil missed a decent chance, McGovern denied Mario Goetze from close range and Joshua Kimmich’s all too casual chip went over the bar.In the 23rd, Gomez chested Kimmich’s cross into the path of Mueller, whose half-volley went just wide of the far post. Four minutes later, Mueller’s diving header hit the foot of the post.”Will Grigg’s on fire,” the Northern Ireland fans sang, even though their celebrated number nine was left on the bench again.On the half hour, Germany finally broke the deadlock when Mueller burst into the area, after being played through by Ozil, and played the ball back for Gomez, who coolly slotted the ball home albeit via a deflection off defender Gareth McAuley.Mueller also missed a golden opportunity in the 36th minute when his effort rattled the crossbar.Goetze then wasted two clear chances soon after the break before being replaced by Andre Schuerrle in the 55th minute.last_img read more

Alastair Cook overtakes Sunil Gavaskar to become most prolific Test opener

first_imgBarely a month after going past batting icon Sachin Tendulkar to become the youngest batsman to complete 10,000 Test runs, England skipper Alastair Cook broke yet another record set by an Indian batting legend on Friday. (Live Scorecard)The 31-year-old left-hander overtook former India captain Sunil Gavaskar to become the most prolific opener in Test cricket history in the ongoing first Test against Pakistan at Lord’s. (Alastair Cook breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s long-standing Test record)Cook, who is 11th on the list of the all-time leading run-scorers in Tests, went past Gavaskar’s total of 9,607 runs opening the innings. He was eventually castled for 81 by Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir, who is making a comeback to Test cricket after six years. (Mohammad Amir gets round of applause on his Lord’s return)Cook was first dropped on 22 by Mohammad Hafeez at first slip and then again on 55 by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, before he finally played-on a full delivery from Amir, much to the joy of the left-arm pacer. Opting to bat first, Pakistan were bowled out for 339 in their first innings on Day 2. Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq lead by example and top-scored with 114, while England pacer Chris Woakes grabbed a career-best 6/70.A month-and-a-half ago Cook had broken Sachin’s long-standing record to become the youngest batsman to enter the 10,000-run club in Tests. (Also Read: Considered quitting Test captaincy several times, says Alastair Cook)Cook had achieved the feat – aged 31 years, five months and 7 days – during the second Test against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street on May 30. Tendulkar was 31 years, 10 months and 20 days old when he scored his 10,000th run in a Test match against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 2005.advertisementCook’s next target will be to equal legendary cricketer Don Bradman’s feat of 29 Test centuries. He is sitting on 28 Test tons in 130 matches and averages 46.89.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka pacer Nuwan Pradeep to miss Bangladesh game

first_imgSri Lanka fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep will miss their next Cricket World Cup game against Bangladesh in Bristol due to a dislocation and a cut on his bowling-arm finger, the Sri Lankan cricket team said on Sunday.Pradeep was the architect of Sri Lanka’s win against Afghanistan in Cardiff last week, claiming four wickets for 31 runs.”Pradeep will not take part in Sri Lanka’s game against Bangladesh on Tuesday, as he will need a week’s time to recover from the injury,” team manager Asantha De Mel said in a statement.Nuwan Pradeep has suffered a dislocation and a cut in his small finger on his bowling arm, during practices today.Nuwan was given treatment at the hospital, while the doctors reset his dislocated finger and the cut on his finger was closed with stitches. #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/caWESEXH6pSri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) June 9, 2019Sri Lanka have won one game, lost one and their last game against Pakistan was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain.Bangladesh have lost two games and won one so far.Also Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni changes wicketkeeping gloves, no army crest this timeAlso Watch:last_img read more

Pininfarina Battista makes world premier at Geneva Motor Show

first_img Next Varun Singh New DelhiMarch 5, 2019UPDATED: March 6, 2019 11:54 IST Pininfarina BattistaHIGHLIGHTSBattista gets a carbon fibre monocoque chassis.The power and torque will be 1,900 hp and 2,300 Nm, respectively.The company claims a range of 450 kilometres for the all-electric hyper GT.Mahindra & Mahindra-owned Automobili Pininfarina has revealed the luxury electric hypercar Battista at the Geneva Motor Show. Battista is the first solely Pininfarina-badged car and upon its launch in 2020, it will be the most powerful road-legal car ever designed and produced in Italy.Battista is the result of a collaboration between the Automobili Pininfarina design team and Pininfarina SpA. The latter will also hand-build every Battista in Cambiano, Italy. The company plans to produce only 150 Battistas and allocate them equally between the regions of North America, Europe and Middle East/Asia.”Today marks a significant step for the launch of a range of Pininfarina-branded cars beginning with the Pininfarina Battista, a car whose name alone fills us with pride. It will be the most powerful Italian-built sports car in history, the first luxury hypercar to be conceived in Italy and will deliver ground-breaking all-electric performance in a beautiful body,” Automobili Pininfarina CEO Michael Perschke said.”This is genuinely a dream come true. My grandfather (Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina) always had the vision that one day there would be a stand-alone range of Pininfarina-branded cars. This hypercar will boast world-beating performance, technological innovation and of course elegant styling. For me, we simply had to call it Battista. His dream becomes reality today as we link our glorious past with the future of motoring,” Pininfarina SpA Chairman Paolo Pininfarina said.The all-electric hyper GT gets a carbon fibre monocoque chassis and visually stunning carbon fibre body. The power and torque will be 1,900 hp and 2,300 Nm, respectively. Battista can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in less than two seconds, which is faster than a current Formula 1 car. It can make 300 kmph in less than 12 seconds and achieve a top speed of up to 350 kmph. The company claims a range of 450 kilometres for the hypercar.advertisementThe weight distribution of the T-shaped 120 kWh battery pack is configured to optimise Battista’s dynamic potential, with four motors independently distributing torque and power to each wheel. Cooling circuits and systems are based around five radiators. Massive, carbon-ceramic six-piston brakes (390 mm at the front and 390 mm at the rear) provide fade-free deceleration. The active rear wing features an air brake function.According to the company, Battista’s suspension is tuned specifically to deliver a thrilling, engaging and yet comfortable dynamic experience. The driver will be able to electronically adjust the dynamic experience through multiple modes tuned to a range of driving scenarios and will also be able to tailor the noise the 1,900 hp hypercar makes. Its on-board sound programme will focus on using vehicle hardware to generate acoustic entertainment, rather than generate artificial sounds.ALSO READ | 2019 Range Rover Sentinel revealed, gets more powerful 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engineALSO READ | Gypsy no more! Maruti Suzuki discontinues iconic SUV in IndiaALSO READ | KTM 250 Duke ABS launched in India, price starts at Rs 1.94 lakhGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow New car launchFollow New hypercarFollow new carFollow Upcoming carFollow Car premier Pininfarina Battista makes world premier at Geneva Motor ShowBattista is the result of a collaboration between the Automobili Pininfarina design team and Pininfarina SpA. The latter will also hand-build every Battista in Cambiano, Italy. The company plans to produce only 150 Battistas and allocate them equally between the regions of North America, Europe and Middle East/Asia.advertisementlast_img read more

EU Gives Green Light to Finland’s Second LNG Terminal

first_imgzoom The European Commission has given its consent to Finland’s plans to grant EUR 28 million (USD 31.5 million) for the construction of a second small scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Hamina, on Finland’s South-East coast.The European Commission said that the project, which is expected to improve security of energy supply in the region and contribute to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, is in line with EU state aid rules and would not unduly distort competition in the single market.“The Hamina LNG terminal is one of several planned in Finland. These small scale LNG terminals will provide a new source of cleaner fuel for the maritime industry and diversify Finland’s gas supply sources,” Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said.The Hamina project is part of Finland’s plans to create a network of small LNG terminals with the aim of offering LNG fuelling stations for ships and ensuring an additional source of gas for Finland.The Hamina LNG terminal will also contribute to the development of infrastructure supporting alternative fuels in a port that is part of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T).The Hamina terminal will have a storage capacity of 30,000 cubic meters. The public funding of EUR 27.6 million would cover 30% of the total investment costs, while the remainder would be funded by the developer and future owner of the terminal.This is Finland’s second aid approval for a small scale terminal, as the country received a nod for another LNG terminal in September 2015. The terminal, which will be located at Pori on the West coast of Finland, is scheduled to be completed in autumn 2016.last_img read more

Mitsui Co Takes 49 Pct Stake in BW Integrity FSRU

first_imgzoom Japan’s Mitsui & Co. has formed joint venture with gas shipping company BW Group Limited to own the Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) BW Integrity.Mitsui & Co. has purchased a 49% share in BW Integrity, while BW continues to own a 51% share in the vessel. In line with the deal, BW will continue to provide commercial and technical management services for the vessel.The deal is expected to close as soon as the payment for the acquisition is completed, Mitsui said.This is the first FSRU project for Mitsui, and the first project for a Japanese company to participate in the LNG receiving infrastructure business in Pakistan.BW Integrity is currently in Port Qasim on a 15-year charter to PGP Consortium Limited (PGPC), to provide LNG regasification services at Pakistan’s second LNG import terminal. The demand for imported LNG in Pakistan is expected to grow steadily and reach 20 million tons per annum by 2022.“BW and Mitsui have a long history of close cooperation in many business areas and having Mitsui as a JV partner is a special relationship on which we hope to build for many years to come,” BW Group’s CEO Carsten Mortensen said.“The opportunity for us to enter the FSRU business is a very big step forward for our future business strategy. As an LNG receiving/regasification base project is an extension of the LNG shipping business area, it is important to acquire know-how of the FSRU business and to maintain effective relationships with partners like BW. I am convinced that this partnership will also greatly contribute to Mitsui &Co.’s gas sales strategy. I would like to continue to expand this business area firmly in the future,” Mitsui & Co.’s Chief Operating Officer of the Integrated Transportation Systems Business Unit II, Takeshi Setozaki said.BW’s first FSRU, the BW Singapore, is currently involved in a five-year contract providing LNG regasification and storage services in Sumed, Egypt.BW has a fleet of over 150 vessels, including 21 LNG carriers and FSRUs including newbuildings.Just two weeks ago, BW LNG welcomed two new MEGI LNG carriers into the fleet, BW Tulip and BW Lilac.The identical sisters were named at Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) two weeks ago and are the first two-stroke propulsion vessels in the fleet.last_img read more

Madhya Pradesh 33 IAS 37 IPS officers transferred

first_imgBhopal: In a major administrative reshuffle, the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh has transferred 33 IAS and 37 IPS officers, including collectors of 15 districts and Superintendent ofPolice (SP) of as many districts in the state. As per the order issued post-midnight on Saturday, Bhopal collector Sudam P Khade was transferred as additional secretary in the state secretariat, although nobody was appointed in his place, a state government official said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe collectors of Dhar, Khandwa, Dindori, Agar Malwa, Alijrajpur, Shajapur, Burhanpur, Niwari, Satna, Sehore, Damoh, Raisen, Katni, and Neemuch districts were also transferred. The state government also transferred 37 Indian Police Service (IPS) officers, including the SPs in 15 districts. As per the order, the SPs of Shahdol, Shivpuri, Katni, Anuppur, Seoni, Sidhi, Dhar, Jabalpur, Khandwa, Mandsaur, Shajapur, Barwani, Singrauli, Agar Malwa and Bhopal (North) were transferred. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsBhopal Zone Inspector General (IG) Jaideep Prasad has also been transferred. He was replaced by Yogesh Deshmukh, who was posted so far as IG (Chambal Zone). Prasad was made IG (Rail). In the run up to the Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief and now Union Home Minister Amit Shah had targeted the Kamal Nath-led government in the state, accusing it of running a “transfer-posting industry”.last_img read more

Canada Wide Warrant issued for man who could be headed to Northern

first_imgUPDATE – On Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, a Canada Wide Warrant for Being Unlawfully at Large was issued for 31-year-old Tal Kalum LaRiviere.  The arrest warrant was issued after LaRiviere failed to meet the conditions of his release by missing curfew at his designated residence in Prince George, BC.PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Prince George RCMP are looking for a man wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant that could be headed to Northern B.C. or Northern Alberta.On Saturday, February 2, 2019, a Canada Wide Warrant for Being Unlawfully at Large was issued for 31-year-old Tal Kalum LaRiviere. The arrest warrant was issued after LaRiviere failed to meet the conditions of his release by missing curfew at his designated residence in Prince George, BC.Police are now asking for the public’s help in locating him. He is described as:Metis male188 cm (6’2”)88 kg (194 lbs)Brown hairBrown eyesLaRiviere has connections in Vernon, BC and Grimshaw, Alberta and may be travelling in Northern Alberta or Northern BC. He is believed to be driving a blue 1994 GMC 1500 pick-up bearing BC licence plate MY9880. A photo of a similar vehicle is attached. The image is not of the actual pick-up.A picture of a similar truck that he is believed to be driving.If you see this vehicle or LaRiviere contact the RCMP immediately, do not confront him as he is considered violent.last_img read more

Improving weather services will also strengthen food security UN agency says

Upgrading and improving weather services will play an important role in helping ensure food security in poorer countries at risk from the impact of climate change and natural disasters, the head of the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says.Speaking at a round-table discussion on food security yesterday at the Global Humanitarian Forum in Geneva, WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said enhanced preparation and awareness of meteorological problems and challenges would allow policymakers to respond better once a disaster strikes.Mr. Jarraud said WMO was working, through its regional climate centres and other agencies, to improve prevention and preparedness measures, including risk assessment, early-warning systems and emergency planning.Natural disasters such as floods and droughts are among the biggest causes of what is known as “transitory hunger,” compared to poverty-induced “chronic hunger.” Although natural hazards cannot be avoided, capacity-building and prevention measures can greatly reduce their impact and ensure that people have enough food stocks to last them through a crisis. 25 June 2008Upgrading and improving weather services will play an important role in helping ensure food security in poorer countries at risk from the impact of climate change and natural disasters, the head of the United Nations World Meteorological Organization says. read more

Key to success for independent Canadian breweries lies in economies of scope

TORONTO — Canada’s remaining independent breweries know they can’t compete with the economies of scale and marketing capabilities of global conglomerates, so they’re concentrating on winning customers over by catering to craft beer lovers’ unquenchable thirst for new and innovative styles.That’s what Calgary-based Big Rock Brewery’s newly appointed CEO Wayne Arsenault is banking on as the company celebrates the one-year anniversary of its brewing facility in Ontario, home to 40 per cent of the country’s brewery industry.The 27-year-old company, he says, is taking a grassroots approach of “finding and introducing customers to Big Rock one taste palette at a time” as it expands into different markets across the country.“We really have to compete on the authenticity of what we do. It’s really a case of David and Goliath and I think people like that challenge,” says Arsenault, who has previously held executive and management roles at Moosehead Breweries and Molson Coors.“For us it’s about innovation and bringing great beers in the market place.”Arsenault says Canadian-owned players like Big Rock can simply never match the reach and cheaper retail prices of international brewing companies like Molson Coors and Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV — which are expected to capture a combined 60 per cent of Canada’s $5.6 billion beer industry revenue this year, according to market research firm IBISWorld.While the brewing industry in Canada has benefited from growth in the popularity of craft beer over the last five years — with the number of breweries surging from 310 in 2010 to 775 in 2016 — one of the most important success factors for businesses will be what IBISWorld calls “economies of scope.”In its latest Breweries in Canada industry report, the firm explains that brewers producing a variety of beer styles can achieve a marketing advantage on so-called economies of scope by appealing to a greater range of customer tastes as traditional premium brands like Molson Canadian continue to be negatively affected by the craft beer boom.Diversification has helped Big Rock continue to grow this year, says Arsenault. In its latest quarterly earnings, the company reported that sales volumes increased year-over-year by nine per cent as net revenue increased by 11 per cent to $13.5 million — gains that are partially attributable to expansion into Ontario and the sale of limited-edition products such as its Canada 150 Variety Pack of different regional beer recipes.Even Moosehead Breweries, the country’s largest Canadian-owned brewery with an estimated market share of 3.8 per cent and expected revenue of $216 million in 2017, understands the importance of delivering on heightened customer expectations in an increasingly crowded market space.CEO Andrew Oland says his 150-year-old, family-owned brewery has a full portfolio of different brands under its flagship Moosehead Lager brand, as well as its craft-focused Hop City Brewing Co. that it established in 2009 in Ontario.“The consumers are looking for such variety and by having a broad portfolio that helps us,” he says. “We’ve been able to grow our business in Canada outside the east, particularly in Ontario, which is very nice.”At a time when Moosehead contemporaries like Molson, Labatt and Sleeman have been bought out by multinationals, Oland says he’s especially proud to remain resolutely Canadian — not that offers aren’t on the table.“Oh yeah, the potential players have all had made sure that if there ever was any desire that we know they’re interested. It’s not something we think about.”For Steve Beauchesne of Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill, Ont., maintaining the 11-year-old company’s innovating spirit — which sees it produce dozens of craft beers styles — is so critical that last year he and his father started offering their 150 employees shares in the brewery as part of a legacy plan to keep it Canadian-owned and independent.“Neither of us thought we’d be this successful,” he says. “But I can trust the employees to care the most about the legacy of this company. They’re the ones putting in the work to make us special.”Since its inception in 2006, Beau’s has experienced rapid growth at a compounded rate of 45 per cent year-over-year — a pace that’s physically and mentally stressful to keep up, Beauchesne says.“By making the conscious choice to be independent, we can’t just go out and sell off equity to get a couple of million dollars in here and make life easier for everyone. We’ve consciously decided to do things the hard way because it means that we keep the control.”But he says the biggest obstacle facing independent craft brewers is the commoditization of the industry as large international brewers bring their own mass-marketed products into the space.“If people stop seeing craft beer as special because it’s so ubiquitous it’s going to be a big challenge for the industry.”Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. read more

UN hopes to have peacekeeping reinforcements in strifetorn South Sudan within 48

“We are in desperate need for improved capacity and strength to be able to implement the mandate (to protect civilians) in a much more proactive way,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Hilde Johnson told a video news conference from Juba, South Sudan’s capital, noting that over 50,000 civilians have already sought refuge at UN bases and stressing the need for “unprecedented speed” to bring in additional troops and helicopters.“But let me underline: all peacekeepers are under the instruction to use force when civilians are under imminent threat.”Two days ago the Security Council authorized almost doubling the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to nearly 14,000 personnel through the transfer of units if necessary from other UN forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Darfur, Abyei, Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia. Tensions within South Sudan, the world’s youngest country which only gained independence in 2011 after seceding from Sudan, burst out into open conflict on 15 December when President Salva Kiir’s Government said soldiers loyal to former deputy president Riek Machar, dismissed in July, launched an attempted coup. Mr. Kiir belongs to the Dinka ethnic group and Mr. Machar to the Lou Nuer. The conflict has been increasingly marked by reports of ethnically targeted violence.“We are working round the clock to get assets in that can assist us in the current crisis as quickly as ever possible. We’re working on 48-hour delivery of several of the critical assets that we need,” Ms. Johnson said, adding that such assets include both troops and critical assets such as helicopters.“We are assisted by very good colleagues in New York and in other missions that now understand that the scale and the challenge of South Sudan need to be met with unprecedented speed.”She said UNMISS is investigating reports of extra-judicial killings, arbitrary detentions, mistreatment, abuses and mass rapes, stressing that it is essential that all perpetrators be held accountable. “We are expecting action to follow,” she added, welcoming Mr. Kiir’s order two days ago for the arrest of anyone involved in atrocities and for them to be held accountable.Ms. Johnson noted that UNMISS had been unable to verify reports of a massacre and of a mass grave being found in Bentiu in the north with 75 bodies, but that in any case the number had been exaggerated from between 30 and 50. “I call upon the political leaders of South Sudan to order their forces to lay down their arms and to give peace a chance and to do so urgently,” she said, recalling the decades of violent struggle that have marked South Sudan’s march to independence and stressing that its ethnic diversity should be a source of strength and unity, not of discord.“These past 11 days have been a very trying time for South Sudan and for all citizens of this new-born nation,” she declared. “What happened this last week has for many of them brought back the nightmares of the past. The nation that was painstakingly built over decades of conflict and strife was at stake. And for us one of the most important things is to have those nightmares end.”Despite the challenges, she said UNMISS is “maintaining and increasing our footprint across the country,” moving available assets to the most volatile areas.“At this point in time the military is overstretched with current protection obligations related to the civilians in our camps and making sure they are safe,” she noted. “We are also doing some patrols now by day and night in the neighbourhoods in Juba to try to create a more protective environment to people so that they can return to their homes.” Ms. Johnson also reported that fighting was currently going on in Bor, capital of Jonglei state north of Juba, where Government forces control the airport and key crossroads, and added that the Mission fully supports the efforts of President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn who visited Juba today in a bid to broker a peace. Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is warning that children in the country are in grave danger. “An estimated 81,000 civilians have fled their homes, the majority of them women and children, but we believe that with the situation changing so rapidly the actual numbers are likely to be higher,” according to UNICEF’s country representative Iyorlumun Uhaa.He voiced particular concern for those around Bor. “There are desperate shortages of food and clean water at the UN compound there and the lack of sanitation facilities poses a high risk of disease,” he said. “Children, always among the most vulnerable in conflict, are spending their days without shelter in the intense heat and sun, and sleeping in the open during the cold nights.” read more

Deals website hit by major security breach

first_imgDEALS WEBSITE LivingSocial has said it has been hit by a major security breach which compromised the personal information of some customers.In an email sent to users, the US-based company said there was unauthorised access to names, email addresses, dates of birth and encrypted passwords. Customer credit card information was not accessed or affected by the breach, according to the email.LivingSocial said it is “actively working with the authorities” to investigate what happened.Users have been told to create a new password for their account and to consider changing passwords on any other sites where they use the same password.“We are sorry this incident occurred,” CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy said in an email to users.The New York Times says that 50 million customers worldwide may have been affected by the security breach.Read: Government issues tender for deliberate hacker attack >last_img read more

Harbour boat cruise to raise funds

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Lemnian Association of New South Wales ‘Maroula’ and The Hellenic Lyceum Sydney invite you to their Harbour Cruise, to raise funds for upcoming commemorative events for 100 years since World War I in Lemnos. Boat departs from King Street Wharf Darling Harbour (Pier 26) in front of the Aquarium. Cost is $60.00, with buffet lunch, soft drinks, coffee, tea and sweets included in the price. Alcohol will be available for purchase on board. When: Sunday 18 May, from 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm Where: King St Wharf, Darling Harbour (Pier 26), Sydney For more information or to book your place, contact Kathy on 0466 217 088last_img

Fiveday travel card introduced for Athens public transport

first_imgThere will be a change in ticket prices on Athens’s public transport system from Monday, when some new tickets will also be made available to commuters.The current basic ticket, which allows commuters to use any mode of transport for 90 minutes, will drop from 1.40 to 1.20 euros. However, it will only be valid for 70 minutes. This also means those using just buses, tram or trolley buses will lose out as tickets for just those transport modes were already 1.20 euros and were good for 90 minutes.A new five-day travel card will be introduced. It will cost 10 euros and replace the weekly ticket, which costs 14 euros. The price of monthly travelcards will be reduced from 45 to 30 euros. A travel card lasting three months and costing 88 euros is to be brought in from Monday, along with with a six-month ticket that will set commuters back 170 euros. Annual travel cards will cost 320 euros.Source: Ekathimerini. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Adelaide site to receive multimillion dollar overhaul

first_imgAustralia’s richest Greek Con Makris has unveiled plans to redevelop his site at O’Connell St, North Adelaide following previous failed attempts. Makris’ company, the Makris Group, will wholly fund the $200 million project, which will include a high market hotel, luxury apartments, a shopping complex, the first Australian built Whole Foods Market (an America grocery chain), as well as cafes and restaurants. Makris told Neos Kosmos he expects construction to begin by the second half of 2015, in an area he likens to Kolonaki and Syntagma in Athens.“(South Australia premier) Jay Weatherill gave his blessing, the mayor of Adelaide gave his blessing, the shopkeepers association has given its blessing, every department here in South Australia is supporting it because Adelaide needs something like this. North Adelaide is the Kolonaki of Adelaide, it’s where all the rich people live and it’s less than one kilometre from the centre of the CBD, across King William Road. The same way Syntagma is in Greece, where you travel down Kolonaki, it’s similar to that.”The site, which historically housed furniture store Le Cornu until 1989, has been an empty lot since. Makris purchased it in 2001, with plans to develop it in 2008 shelved due to the onset of the global financial crisis (GFC). “We had approval back in 2008 which was different to this. Back then we couldn’t build more than five storeys, we had approval for only five, and I mean it was a blessing that we didn’t build because now we have about 16 floors.”“It would have been stupid for us to build if we couldn’t sell apartments (because of the GFC) so we didn’t go ahead with it and we waited for an opportunity. Now under the new rules of the state government here, we can build at any height provided we satisfy the government, and we have done that.”He estimates construction will create 700 jobs, with a further 700 for the service and maintenance of the complex, which he hopes will add to his legacy in his native state.“It’s my dream! I want to leave a legacy in South Australia. I have so many properties around all of Australia and I want to leave something here, because I came here as a 16-year-old and I became the most successful businessman.”“It will change North Adelaide … O’Connell Street used to be the number one street in South Australia, but in the past 10 years it has spiralled downward. By doing this, the mayor came out and said the council will fix everything, the pavers for the streets, more trees, and he urged people with other properties in the area to redevelop.”With final approvals set to be formalised, Makris is confident there won’t be any issues involved with its development, including through the public consultation period. “Well, they had it in the newspaper and 85 per cent of people are supporting it. I mean when you see the premier on television supporting it and the mayor supporting it, who’s left?”The project coincides with the company’s $50 million extension of Gilles Plains Shopping Centre in Adelaide’s north-east. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Government Salaries to increase up to 67 with Review

first_img Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Mar 2015 – There were no exact figures given on how many in the public sector will see their salary impacted by the Pay and Grade Review, but Premier Rufus Ewing and Deputy Governor, Anya Williams said it will be ‘many.’ As a prelude to a first set of meetings to be held here in Provo and then in Grand Turk with the employees in the Civil Service, media was given opportunity to question the duo on the changes; a process which started in 2012 and which may continue into the next couple of years as the review and revamp is fine tuned. Premier Rufus Ewing said while not everyone will see an increase in their salaries, no one will see a decrease either; both leaders adding that it is not just about raising pay but improving the physical work environment. A ‘well paid’ Civil Service is what the former head of the Civil Service Association explained is the aim. The range of increase in pay is 21% to 67% with those working in Education getting the largest leaps; fire officers are also seeing a big boost of around 60%. Government has allotted $9 million dollars to this recurrent TCIG expense; another quarter of a million dollars is pegged for education and training opportunities. Dames is first Hospitality Hero Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:anya williams, civil service, increase, premier rufus ewing, salary DEPUTY GOVERNOR SPEAKS OF STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT SERVICES.last_img read more

Petition against Indias crackdown on cryptocurrencies gains 17000 signatures

first_imgSome of Bitcoin enthusiast Mike Caldwell’s coins are pictured at his office in Sandy, Utah, September 17, 2013.REUTERS/Jim UrquhartReutersNearly 17,000 Indians have signed a petition challenging the central bank’s decision to end dealings with crypto-related accounts.A Change.org petition for “Mak[ing] India at the forefront of Blockchain Applications Revolution” was filed online on April 5 after the Reserve Bank of India banned all financial firms from dealing with or providing services to any individuals or business entities dealing with or settling virtual currencies.”This is clearly stifling innovation around blockchain. If a government does not facilitate adoption of new technology, the country stands to left behind,” the petition reads.According to the petition, the RBI’s decision – which tech investor Tim Draper had recently called “a huge mistake” – could lead to an increase of irregular cash trading of cryptocurrencies in India.It would also lead to a knee-jerk reaction in the prices of cryptocurrencies, resulting in millions of Indians losing their hard earned money.The price of bitcoin plummeted to a low of Rs 350,000 ($5,392) versus its international market price of $6,617, following the RBI announcement.The petition notes the inevitability of Blockchain development globally and calls on the Indian government to remain competitive with other countries on the issue so as to not be “left behind”.Crypto exchanges and blockchain companies have profitable business models and can give a massive share of revenue to the government who is welcoming. Not only that crypto exchanges and traders are extremely compliant with stringent KYC norms and have already complied mentioning all their trade details. the petition said.Many bitcoin exchanges, including Zebpay and Unocoin, are looking to move their headquarters to jurisdictions outside India following the central bank’s clamp down on cryptocurrencies.last_img read more