Pak wont allow Kovind to use airspace India hits back

first_imgNew Delhi: India on Saturday criticised Pakistan for denying permission to President Ram Nath Kovind’s aircraft fly over it during an official trip to Iceland, and asked Islamabad to recognise the “futility” of such unilateral actions.India’s reaction came hours after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Pakistan had refused India’s request to allow Kovind to use its airspace for his flight to Iceland. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India regretted Pakistan’s decision to deny overflight clearance for the VVIP special flight. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”We regret the decision of the government of Pakistan to deny overflight clearance for the VVIP special flight which is otherwise granted routinely by any normal country,” he said in response to a question on the issue. “We call upon Pakistan to recognise the futility of such unilateral actions,” he said. Kovind will embark on a visit to Iceland, Switzerland and Slovenia from Monday. His flight will have to take a long detour due to denial of overflight by Pakistan. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayPakistan’s decision to deny its airspace to Kovind’s aircraft came amid rising tension between the two countries over the Kashmir issue. Pakistan has been severely critical of India’s decision to withdraw the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Qureshi was quoted as saying by Pakistan’s state-broadcaster PTV that Prime Minister Imran Khan approved the decision to deny Pakistan airspace by Kovind because of the tense situation in Kashmir. Pakistan had fully closed its airspace in February after an Indian Air Force strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot. The country opened its airspace for all flights except for New Delhi, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur on March 27. The country fully opened its airspace for all civilian traffic on July 16. WITH PTI inputslast_img read more

Former PM Chretien hospitalized in Hong Kong with a kidney stone

first_imgFormer prime minister Jean Chretien is receiving treatment for a kidney stone in Hong Kong after falling ill there, says a spokesman.“Mr. Chretien has a kidney stone,” said Bruce Hartley, a former executive assistant to Chretien. “He will return to Canada following treatment to remove it in Hong Kong.”Chretien, 85, was scheduled to speak at the U.S-China Trade and Economic Relations Forum in Hong Kong Tuesday.Instead he was taken to hospital shortly after landing in the semi-independent Chinese territory Monday evening.Tung Chee-hwa, a former leader of the semi-independent Chinese territory, told attendees at the conference that Chretien would not be able to make it to the event.“I want to deliver an apology because Jean Chretien, the prime minister of Canada, he arrived here very late last night,” Tung said, according to a transcript of his remarks. “And we were supposed to have breakfast together. But he has not been well. And as a precaution, we have taken him to a hospital. We think it is going to be all right. So wish him all the best.”Chretien was prime minister from 1993 to 2003. Expanding trade with China was a theme in Chretien’s time in office and he’s continued working on business links between China and North America since he went back to private life.last_img read more



Ban calls on all Afghans to cast their votes in tomorrows elections

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said that by participating in the elections, “the Afghan people will help Afghanistan strengthen its democratic institutions, bring fresh vigour to the country’s political life, and ultimately reaffirm their commitment to contribute to the peace and prosperity of their nation.”He also called on all election candidates, their supporters, political party agents and both domestic and international observers “to continue to cooperate with the Independent Election Commission, other relevant Afghan institutions and international stakeholders supporting electoral preparations, to ensure a smooth and successful electoral process.”Afghanistan has been beset by violence during the election campaign, including two suicide bomb attacks since the weekend in the capital, Kabul. In the latest attack, which occurred yesterday, two United Nations staff members were among those killed.Earlier this month a report by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) found that the prevailing insecurity was affecting preparations for the elections, especially for women.Tomorrow’s elections will feature an estimated 40 presidential candidates and another 3,195 candidates for the provincial council. 19 August 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged all eligible Afghan men and women to cast their ballots in tomorrow’s presidential and provincial elections, saying their votes will play a crucial role in helping the country on the path towards greater stability and democracy. read more

Iraq hands over Declaration to UN

Iraq this evening handed over a declaration on the country’s weapons programme to the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), according to a UN spokesman.The declaration, comprised of documents and CD-ROMs, was handed over at the Canal Hotel in Baghdad. “The declaration will be transmitted expeditiously to the United Nations Headquarters in New York and the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna,” spokesman Hiro Ueki said in a statement.Meanwhile, an UNMOVIC team carried out an inspection of the Al-Kudus Company, which is situated in the Iskandariyah area about 50 kilometres south of Baghdad.”The site and all its key buildings were inspected and the objectives of the visit were successfully achieved,” Mr. Ueki reported.The company, which was formed in September, occupies a site previously intended to house a wind tunnel. Reconstruction of the site for the new research centre supporting military applications is still proceeding.In addition, IAEA experts conducted an inspection at Shakyli, a warehouse complex adjacent to the Tuwaitha site. “The team inspected the major equipment and material storage areas to assess their current status,” Mr. Ueki said, adding that the inventory there will be reconciled with the Agency’s database as well as changes described in Iraq’s biannual declaration submitted in October.”The IAEA team was able to carry out all the activities it decided to conduct without delay,” Mr. Ueki confirmed. read more

UNESCO chief urges all sides in Lebanon conflict to respect journalists after

“In times of violent conflict it is essential for all parties to respect the important role the media play in enabling the public to make informed choices and working towards peace and democracy,” said UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura.“Belligerents can not regard media staff and media outlets as military targets. And in times of extreme hardship for the region, with hundreds of civilian deaths, the courage of journalists attempting to keep us informed of events deserves recognition.”Suleiman al-Chidiac, the head of a Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation transmission facility at Fatqa, northeast of Beirut, is reported to have been killed on 22 July during Israeli air attacks, UNESCO said in a press release. Layal Nagib, a freelance photographer for the Lebanese magazine Al-Jaras and Agence France-Presse, is reported to have been killed on 23 July. She was in a taxi on her way to meet a convoy of villagers fleeing Israeli bombardments in south Lebanon when she was hit by shrapnel.UNESCO is the only UN agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. read more

Ohio State mens hockey split weekend series with No 9 Wisconsin Badgers

Sophomore defenseman Sam Jardine (21) marks his man during a game against Michigan State Jan. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternThe recently created Big Ten men’s hockey conference has been less than kind to the Ohio State Buckeyes.But, in coach Steve Rohlik’s return to his alma mater, the Buckeyes (12-9-1, 2-5-1-0) were able to pick up their second conference victory after a series split against No. 9 Wisconsin (14-7-1, 5-3-0-0).The lone victory on the weekend for OSU came in comeback fashion Saturday, a 3-1 outcome that ended a four-game winless skid.After a scoreless first period, the Badgers snatched the lead midway through the second on a goal by senior forward Mark Zengerle. But less than two minutes later, OSU freshman forward Nick Schilkey skated past two opponents before lifting a backhanded shot into the roof of the net.The Buckeyes took the lead for good less than four minutes later when junior forward Nick Oddo punched in a rebound after sophomore defenseman Sam Jardine’s shot from the point wasn’t held.The Badgers pulled their goalie in the final minutes in search of the tying goal, but instead it was the Buckeyes who scored as junior forward Darik Angeli dispatched the puck into the empty net with just 12 seconds remaining.Rohlik said his team figured out what it needed to do to get back to winning ways after its four-game winless streak.“We’ve played close with a lot of teams but we couldn’t seem to find a way to win,” Rohlik said. “Tonight we found a way to win.”Freshman goalie Christian Frey made 36 saves to record his third victory of the season, and Rohlik described him as “the best player on the ice.”However, things did not go quite as well for the Buckeyes Friday night, as they fell to the Badgers 5-3.Within the first eight minutes, the Buckeyes were already down 1-0 and also without Oddo after he was given a game misconduct penalty for checking Wisconsin senior forward Jefferson Dahl from behind.Afterwards, Oddo wasn’t pleased with his decision on the play.“It was a little frustrating. I shouldn’t have done it,” Oddo said in an interview with U.S. College Hockey Online. “(The game misconduct penalty) was the right call.”Despite losing one of their top scorers in Oddo, the Buckeyes still nailed in the next two goals to take a 2-1 lead in the second stanza.But OSU gave up three goals in succession between the second and third periods, a sequence that proved to be decisive in the home team’s victory.Up next, the Buckeyes are scheduled to return home to take on last-place Penn State (4-15-1, 0-6-0) in another Big Ten matchup. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. Friday, while Saturday’s game is slated for a 2 p.m. start. read more

CSIROs cyanidefree gold showcases nontoxic solution

first_imgCSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has produced the country’s first gold using a non-toxic chemical process in an effort to provide an alternative to cyanide and mercury to extract the yellow metal.The first gold is the result of early industry trials of CSIRO’s ‘going for gold’ technology and was produced in partnership with small gold miner Eco Minerals Research at a demonstration plant in the Western Australian goldfields town of Menzies.Cyanide is used in more than 90% of global gold production, but producers are facing increasingly tough regulations that prevent or restrict its use due to environmental and health concerns. In response to recent spills of toxic cyanide, several regional agencies in the US, South America and Europe have banned the use of cyanide for gold extraction. This new technology replaces cyanide with thiosulphate, a non-toxic alternative, and a simple process flowsheet.It could be a game-changer for Eco Minerals Research which has its sights set on becoming the first Australian producer to go cyanide-free. “The first gold is a major milestone in our progress towards becoming one of the world’s first green gold producers,” Eco Minerals Research Managing Director Paul Hanna said. “In close collaboration with CSIRO we’ve gone through the design, engineering and fabrication stages and set up a processing facility in Menzies, delivering the first gold pour in just 10 months, which is a fantastic achievement.”The CSIRO research team behind the innovation has already had commercial success with another tailored cyanide-free gold solution developed with Barrick Gold specifically for their Goldstrike mine in Nevada where it has been used for nearly four years to maintain production rates.The A$2.1 million demonstration project was made possible through A$860,000 in funding from the Science and Industry Endowment fund (SIEF) and an Australian Government Innovation Connections grant.“Science enabling industry and environment to be partners not competitors, exactly as envisioned in our market vision – turning commodities into higher value, uniquely Australian products,” CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall said. “It has been accelerated through CSIRO’s ON program, and could be a game-changer for small gold producers or those looking to get ahead of increasing market demand for greener commodities.“Early industry trials like this are critical to innovation and go to the heart of CSIRO’s mission to tackle big, real-world challenges and unlock a better future for everyone.”To reduce economic barriers to entry for small producers and help turn stranded gold deposits into production, CSIRO’s vision is to deliver the alternative process technology direct to mine sites via a mobile service.A typical cyanide-based processing plant costs around $30 million, whereas the new technology has a lower capital investment costing as little as $2-2.5 million to build.The picture shows lead scientist Paul Breuer holding up a 1 oz commemorative gold ingot from the first gold pour using CSIRO’s cyanide-free process.last_img read more

Capital Drilling wins contract at Yepleu nickelcoppercobaltpalladium project

first_imgCapital Drilling has been awarded a contract with Canada-based Sama Resources at its Yepleu base and platinum group metal deposit in Côte d’Ivoire.Drilling is anticipated to commence in November with the initial programme being 6,000 m of diamond core drilling, targeting semi-massive and massive polymetallic sulphide targets for nickel-copper-cobalt-palladium between 600 m and 900 m from surface.The contract is Capital Drilling’s first in the country following its strategic expansion into West Africa where the company now has 31 rigs – a third of its fleet.“This contract will initially utilise two diamond drill rigs, sourced from the group’s base in Yamoussoukro, which was established in H1 2018 as part of the group’s strategic growth focus into the West African market,” the company said.Commenting on the contract, Jamie Boyton, Executive Chairman, said: “It is very pleasing to see our increased presence in the high-growth West African region continue to deliver results and we look forward to starting our first contract in Côte d’Ivoire.“With the increased fleet and new infrastructure in place, we are well positioned to continue to secure additional work in the country in the future.”Sama said the drilling programme will test high-conductivity targets defined by the Phase 1 Typhoon™ electromagnetic geophysical survey carried out earlier this year.“It is at the Yepleu area that Sama made the first discovery of nickel-copper sulphide mineralisation at surface in West Africa with material grading up to 1.39% Ni and 2.26% Cu sulphide (tested using a hand held Niton XRF analyser),” the exploration company said.The Yepleu area is 18 km southwest of Sama’s Samapleu nickel-copper deposit.last_img read more

MENS U18 EURO 2014 Golden French generation 1996

France handballhandball poland 2014men’s u1 handball ← Previous Story Bundesliga (Round 1): THW Kiel defeated by Lemgo! Next Story → KIF Kolding and FC Midtjylland won Danish Super Cup France is the first winner of big events in generation 1996! French U 18 team have won the gold medal at Men’s U18 EURO 2014 in Poland by beating Hungary 33:30 in the final match. The bronze medal won Spain over Denmark 27:21.FRANCE – HUNGARY 33:30 (16:18)France: Bonneau, Meyer – Lenne 4, Mocquais 2, Billant, Ferrandier 2, Garain 1, Minne 8, Kounkoud 2, Lagarde 2, Nozeran 2, Bouchillou 1, Zahm, Fabregas 5, Mem 1, Richardson 3.Hungary: Rozsavolgyi, Pasztor – Varju 1, Mikita, Urban, Fekete 1, Juhasz 1, Deak, Fuzi 5, Schmid 1, Nemes 3, Bartok 5, Szilagyi, Gabor, Ligetvari 5, Gyori 8.Here are the “ALL STAR” team members:Goalkeeper: Emil NIELSEN (Denmark)Left wing: Jaime FERNANDEZ (Spain)Left back: Matyas GYORI (Hungary)Centre back: Bjorn ZINTEL (Germany)Right back: Melvin RICHARDSON (France)Right wing: Kauldi ODRIOZOLA (Spain)Pivot: Ludovic FABREGAS (France)Most Valuable Player: Adam JUHASZ (Hungary)Top scorer: Aliaksandr PADSHYVALAU (Belarus) – 45 goalsBest Defence Player: Patrik LIGETVARI (Hungary)FINAL PLACEMENT:1. France2. Hungary3. Spain4. Denmark5. Sweden6. Switzerland7. Germany8. Poland9. Iceland10. Croatia11. Belarus12. Russia13. Serbia14. Czech Republic15. FYR Macedonia16. RomaniaPHOTO: read more

Danijel Saric about his coach Pascual is the best

← Previous Story SG BBM Bietigheim “lost” goalkeeper with EHF CL experience – Ivan Stevanovic Next Story → BIG SUMMER PLAN: Kielce want to set new record with 15.500 fans against PSG The best goalkeeper in the finish of the EHF Champions League 2014/2015 season, FC Barcelona member Danijel Šarić praised his coach Xavi Pascual in exclusive interview for caling him “as the best in the world”:– He is amazing as a coach and person. I know in every moment what he thinks about me as a player and what he wants from me. If he wants something, he is helping you to achieve that. He is making thing much more simple. He is the best coach with whom I worked in my career. It is amazing how he preparing the matches, how deep respect has for his players, and all 16 of them are satisfied in the locker room. That means something. He knows when to relax the team, when to become more serious. I feel sorry that there are no such a lot of vibration about him in TOP handball as he deserved that. He deserved for all what he did in Barcelona for these seven years. He is one of the best in the world, for me, the best – concluded Saric his comment about the coach with whom Barcelona won the VELUX EHF Champions League twice. Danijel Saric read more

Putins Mein Kampf How the world reacted to Russias annexation of Crimea

first_imgRUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR Putin yesterday signed a treaty claiming the Black Sea region of Crimea as Russian territory.Sanctions have already been placed by the international community but it’s likely that there is more to come.Here’s what the world said after Russia’s annexation.:UNITED STATES Pic: (AP/PBG/Empics Entertainment)“It’s an effort by Putin to rewrite the boundaries of post-World War II Europe,” — former secretary of state Hillary ClintonRussian moves into eastern Ukraine “would be as egregious as any step that I can think of that would be taken by a country in today’s world, particularly by a country like Russia where so much is at stake.” — US Secretary of State John Kerry“The Crimean ‘referendum’, which violates the Ukrainian constitution and occurred under duress of Russian military intervention, (will) never be recognised by the United States and the international community.” — US President Barack Obama.“Russia has offered a variety of arguments to justify what is nothing more than a land grab.” — US Vice President Joe Biden“We condemn Russia’s moves to formally annex Crimea. With sanctions already designated against Russian officials, “there are more to come.” — White House spokesman Jay Carney.GERMANY“The one-sided declaration of Crimea’s independence and the absorption into the Russian Federation that started today are unacceptable blows against the territorial integrity of Ukraine.” — Spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.“The so-called referendum breached international law, the declaration of independence which the Russian president accepted yesterday was against international law, and the absorption into the Russian Federation is, in our firm opinion, also against international law.” — German Chancellor Angela Merkel.EUROPEAN UNION“The European Union does neither recognise the illegal and illegitimate referendum in Crimea nor its outcome. The European Union does not and will not recognise the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol to the Russian Federation.” — EU president Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso in a joint statement.UNITED NATIONSUN chief Ban Ki-moon has been following “with mounting concern first the holding of the referendum and now actions taken in relation to the annexation of Crimea” and “strongly urges resumption of a constructive dialogue between all concerned parties in order to resolve this crisis.” — Ban’s spokesman, Stephane Dujarric.NATO“Crimea’s annexation is illegal and illegitimate and NATO allies will not recognise it.” — NATO secretary general Anders Fogh RasmussenHe added that he was “deeply concerned” by reports of the death of a Ukrainian soldier. “It is urgent that all sides show restraint and take all possible steps to avoid further escalation.”UKRAINEPic: (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko)“Russia is playing a dirty game to annex Crimea. World War II began with the annexation by Nazi Germany of other countries’ territories. Today, Putin is following the example of 20th century fascists.” — Interim President Oleksandr Turchynov.“Redrawing the maps of the world through wars and bloodshed is his (Putin’s) ‘Mein Kampf’”, referring to Adolf Hitler’s opus.” – Former jailed opposition leader and Ukrainian premier Yulia Tymoshenko.BRITAIN“It was regrettable to hear President Putin today choosing the route of isolation” — British Foreign Secretary William Hague, announcing that Britain will suspend all bilateral military cooperation with Russia.FRANCE“France does not recognise the results of the referendum held in Crimea on March 16, or the annexation of this region of Ukraine to Russia.” — French President Francois Hollande.AUSTRALIA“The unauthorised vote in Crimea on 16 March, carried out while Russian forces were effectively in control of the territory, cannot form the legitimate basis for any alteration of the status of Crimea.” — Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.BALTICS“Russia’s actions in Ukraine and demonstration of military power in (the Russian exclave of) Kaliningrad pose threats to the security of the Baltic region and Poland. Immediate measures and concerted efforts are needed to strengthen regional security.” — Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskiate.JAPAN(Pic: AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)“(Russian action) violates Ukraine’s unity, sovereignty and the integrity of its territory, and we condemn it. “Our country cannot overlook an attempt to change the status quo by force,” — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.INDIAIn a phonecall with Putin, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh “expressed his hope that all sides would exercise restraint and work together constructively to find political and diplomatic solutions that protected the legitimate interests of all countries in the region and ensured long term peace and stability in Europe and beyond.”Read: “Russian soldiers have started shooting at Ukrainian servicemen” PM claims >Read: 8 things that have been said and done on the Crimean crisis today >© – AFP 2014last_img read more

Billys fight to hear as parents call for cochlear implants

first_imgLITTLE BILLY CAIRNS is four years old, and loves his favourite toy, a singing and dancing Mickey Mouse. But the Dundalk, Co Louth youngster is confused about why he can’t hear the toy sing, when he could up to just a few weeks ago.That’s because Billy, who is deaf, had to recently undergo an operation to repair a faulty cochlear implant. Because Ireland does not offer bilateral (ie, two) cochlear implants as standard, and instead fits children with just one implant at a time, Billy’s hearing levels have dramatically reduced post-operation.His mother, Deanna Cairns, has spoken to on a number of occasions this year about the pressing need for the HSE to offer bilateral implants to children.She is part of the Happy New Ear campaign, which is run by parents who want two cochlear implants to be offered as standard.OperationBilly underwent his operation around two weeks ago, because he had been fitted with an implant that was unfortunately faulty. His mother points out that he wouldn’t be experiencing the current frustration he has now if he had been fitted with two implants.“He wouldn’t have silence,” she said. He has to wait until around four weeks after his operation to have his new implant switched on – and even then, it will be a much lower level than his previous model. It is hoped the levels will eventually be boosted.“He is stressed, in silence. He doesn’t understand and is confused,” said Deanna. “If they had two implants, children wouldn’t have to go through this.”She stressed that this issue with Billy’s implant was due to a faulty batch, and that cochlear implants usually don’t experience such problems.Until his implant is switched on, Billy is experiencing frustration at having his ability to hear sounds taken away. “He’s not a happy person,” said his mother, explaining that he usually plays with the Mickey Mouse toy that sings and dances. Post-operation, he played with the toy – and told his parents it was broken.He is experiencing anger and frustration at the situation, as he can’t quite understand what is going on due to his young age.Health MinisterThe Happy New Ear group are waiting on a report coming in June that they hope will recommend bilateral implants.They have already handed a petition to Beaumont Hospital, which fits the implants, in January and have been trying to set up a meeting with Health Minister Dr James Reilly. They got a much-needed boost with the mention of the issue in the Dáil and a meeting with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in February.Minister Reilly said in March that there are around 200 children in Ireland today who may be suitable for a second implant. He said that the HSE is working closely with Beaumont Hospital to progress plans for both simultaneous and sequential bilateral implantation.He said that representatives from Beaumont Hospital, HSE management and the HSE’s audiology clinical care programme have met recently to discuss a joint process to identify the options for developing and resourcing a programme of simultaneous and sequential cochlear implantation.Until they get a definitive answer on the situation, Happy New Ear will continue to campaign for bilateral implants to routinely be offered to children in Irish hospitals.Read: Reilly: “Priority” to offer children bilateral cochlear implants in 2014>Read: “We are hopeful”: Cochlear implants campaign gets boost>Read: “It’s a shame”: Parents appeal for funding for cochlear implants>last_img read more

Soy Growers Called to Participate in ARMS Survey

first_imgAttention soybean growers! In the next few weeks, a USDA representative may contact you to participate in the Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). ARMS is the only USDA survey that assesses farm production practices and resource use, and the economic well-being of America’s farm businesses and households.Make your voice heard! Please help provide input on your nutrient and fertilizer use, tillage practices, and pest management practices, as well as production costs for soybean producers.Thank you for your participation!Learn more here.last_img

Part of Salmon Creek work nears end

first_imgConstruction crews are nearing completion on a portion of the Salmon Creek interchange project linking Northeast Tenney Road and Northeast 139th Street, county officials said Monday.Work on the intersection should be finished sometime next week, said Jeff Mize, spokesman for Clark County Public Works. A traffic signal at the intersection should also be activated, he added.Clark County Public Works and the Washington State Department of Transportation have teamed up on the $133 million Salmon Creek interchange project, which will provide a new east-west corridor to ease traffic congestion in Salmon Creek and is expected to increase the area’s commercial viability. The project’s cost includes its construction, design, and rights of way.In addition to the county’s road work, WSDOT is handling major portions of the Salmon Creek interchange project extending east of Interstate 5 to Northeast 20th Avenue. The state is expected to complete its portion of the interchange in 2014, according to WSDOT.“There’s quite a bit of potential for economic development,” Mize said. “But it’s always been hampered by inadequate infrastructure. This project will change that.”last_img read more

Charges dropped against man accused of shooting 10yearold child

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Charges have been dropped against a man who was accused of shooting a 10-year-old child.Prosecutors have dropped the charges against Alfonso Rivera after he was accused of of shooting 10-year-old Jamari Tillman at the Liberty City Recreational Center in June of 2015.Prosecutors said video evidence contradicted witness statements.Rivera said he is overjoyed to be released after spending so much time behind bars.“I missed two years of holidays, special holidays,” Rivera said. “I feel good. I should have been with my family, with my kids, my mother and father, and I had to go away for something I didn’t do.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Rolling Stones concert at Hard Rock stadium moved to Friday ahead of

first_imgA concert for the Rolling Stones has been moved up ahead of Hurricane Dorian.According to the band’s public relations group, the show will be moved from Saturday to Friday.We’re looking forward to seeing you in Miami this evening. We’re sorry to those who aren’t able to make the change……— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) August 30, 2019All tickets for the show will be honored for the new date.Doors for the show open at 6 p.m. and the band will go on stage at 8:30 p.m.Dorian is forecasted to hit the east coast Florida as a Category 4 hurricane early next week.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Some Positive Signs For Texas Oil Industry But Far From Full Recovery

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Florian MartinKarr Ingham, petroleum economist with the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, presents the 2016 midyear Texas Petro Index at the Houston Petroleum Club.The Texas Petro Index measures the state of oil and gas drillers and producers and is based on several indicators, such as oil price, jobs and number of drilling permits issued.For the 19th straight month, the index has declined.In June, it’s at the lowest it has been since August 2004 and less than half of what it was in December 2014. All indicators are down from a year ago.But Karr Ingham, petroleum economist for the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, is carefully optimistic. He says oil prices look much better than when they bottomed out in February. “In response to that, we’ve had a little bit of improvement in the rig count. I think we’ve had just a little bit of improvement in the psychology among the oil community out there,” he says. “Just because $45 oil looks a whole lot better than $22 or $23 oil does.”But Ingham has a warning for oil and gas producers: Don’t make any production decisions based on the potential of the price per barrel continuing to rise.“This has just been a slow, kind of torturous road, where we’ve always hoped and thought that the outcomes are going to come about in a much quicker fashion than it turns out that they have,” he says. “And I think we’re still in the middle of that malaise.”Meanwhile, job losses in the industry have slowed. But Ingham says since the total number of people employed in oil and gas in Texas peaked in December 2014, more than 100,000 jobs have been lost. 00:00 /01:21 Listenlast_img read more

Analysis An Immigration Fiasco On The USMexico Border In One Government Chart

first_imgSome get back to their families. Some end up alone, in the care of the United States of America.Most but not all of these immigrants were entering the country illegally, according to court testimony. And though it wasn’t the reason they were stopped in the first place, federal authorities say some of the adults bringing kids into the United States are not their parents. Some of the adults, it turns out, were baddies of various kinds.That’s why some of the kids who were separated aren’t being reunited with the adults they came in with. And since they were allowed to come into the country in the first place, many of those children are now wards of the federal government.To date, the minors appear to be victims, put in this situation first by the parents or other adults who brought them to the United States, then by a federal immigration apparatus ill-prepared to send them along their way, whether that’s outside of this country or into a well-defined system for immigrants seeking asylum here.We’ve adopted them, at least temporarily. It’s hard to believe that was the government’s desired outcome for immigration and border security policy.If the idea was that the kids and the adults who brought them shouldn’t be here at all, why not turn them all away at the border and be done with it?If the idea was that these kids should be brought into this country, placed with families, relatives or foster parents and put on a path to citizenship or deported, why would we deport parents while their kids are still in federal custody or care?U.S. immigration policy is so scrambled and politicized, the country can’t get this right from almost any point of view. And instead of examining intentions — sorting out what the congressional and executive branches were trying to do when they put their policies in place — it’s time to examine the results — intentional or not.The result is a big, big mess. And as it turns out, the government’s pictures are worth 1,000 words.Last week’s government art project showed what happened to the 103 infants and toddlers who were supposed to be reunited under a federal court order. The results were discouraging: 57 were reunited by the court-ordered deadline, while 46 were found to be “ineligible for reunification.” In 22 cases, the adults in question were themselves questionable, either because they had criminal histories, were not parents, were accused of child abuse or were themselves ill. The other two dozen had either been deported, jailed for other offenses or were in unknown locations. If they get the same results with the 2,551 kids the government now says are subject to court-ordered relocation, about 1,100 don’t have family reunions in their immediate futures.It’s probably safe to say Congress and the administration didn’t plan for things to come out this way.If we take these kids in, for whatever reason, we have to take care of them. It’s a new version of what was known as the Pottery Barn Rule when George W. Bush was president: You break it, you buy it. In those days, it applied to countries. Now it applies to immigrant families. Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas TribunePablo Ortiz and his 3-year-old Andres, both from Guatemala, walk into the common area of the Annunciation House in El Paso on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Ortiz and his son were separated by ICE in April and were reunited and released late Tuesday night.When did the feds get so fascinated with charts?The government’s latest visual aid is a flow chart showing the decision-making process for reunifying the children separated from adults as they entered the United States from Mexico. It’s really something. It shows three outcomes for separated children, and only one of them gets the kids home.Door #1 sends the kids to reunite with their families.Door #2, labeled “due diligence actions in the interest of the child,” is what happens — temporarily — to kids whose DNA doesn’t match the adults with whom they entered the country, those whose parents are not available or who don’t want to be reunited with their children, and those who fall ill while in the government’s care.Door #3 is marked “child remains in ORR [Office of Refugee Resettlement] care for placement.” Sharelast_img read more

Experiments show that notions of twinning and slip in metals may not

first_img © 2016 Journal information: Physical Review Letters To the eye, when metal is abused, it either bends or dents, which typically seem to be two aspects of the same end result—but at the atomic level, metals behave quite differently when force is applied. Two main categories of change have been identified—twinning, where the atoms that make up a crystal shift in their position relative to one another, and slip, where crystal planes slide along one another causing bonds between atoms to be broken and reestablished with other atoms. Over the years, various research efforts have led to general findings that some metals twin, and some slip, and rarely do they vary from expectations. But now, research by the team in China is contesting that view, suggesting that a material such as aluminum, which has traditionally been classified as one that exhibits slipping when stressed, can also exhibit twinning—when stressed in different ways. This finding suggests that expectations of other metals may be in error as well, which means the whole idea of categorizing metals in such ways may have to be rethought.In their experiments, the researchers bent a bar made of aluminum until it formed a T shape. To explain what occurred in the metal as it was exposed to the large forces that caused such bending, the researchers built a computer model that sought to show what happened at the atomic level. The model wound up showing, via animated “movies” that the metal underwent both twinning and slipping, which contradicted what should have occurred. To test their model, the researchers looked at the bent metal under an electron microscope, which revealed the true nature of the metal—it did indeed both twin and slip. Their research results suggest other metals will have to be tested and new ways of categorizing the ways that metals react to force will have to be found. Explore further , arXiv More information: F. Zhao et al. Macrodeformation Twins in Single-Crystal Aluminum, Physical Review Letters (2016). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.075501 . On Arxiv: twinning in pure aluminum has been considered to be a unique property of nanostructured aluminum. A lingering mystery is whether deformation twinning occurs in coarse-grained or single-crystal aluminum at scales beyond nanotwins. Here, we present the first experimental demonstration of macrodeformation twins in single-crystal aluminum formed under an ultrahigh strain rate (∼106  s−1) and large shear strain (200%) via dynamic equal channel angular pressing. Large-scale molecular dynamics simulations suggest that the frustration of subsonic dislocation motion leads to transonic deformation twinning. Deformation twinning is rooted in the rate dependences of dislocation motion and twinning, which are coupled, complementary processes during severe plastic deformation under ultrahigh strain rates. Strength in shrinking: Understanding why a material’s behavior changes as it gets smaller (—A team of researchers from multiple institutions in China has cast doubts on the simple approach that has until now been taken regarding twinning and slip as metals deform. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team outlines experiments they conducted with aluminum, explain their results and suggest that new ways of categorizing the ways metal responds to stress must be defined. Citation: Experiments show that notions of twinning and slip in metals may not be as simple as thought (2016, February 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Propagation speed of dislocations and deformation twins during D-ECAP obtained from MD simulations. Credit: arXiv:1510.04404 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci] This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more