Indian archers rank last, to face Japan in elimination round at London Olympics

first_imgIndian archers struggled to find the mark on the opening day of competitions at the London Olympics on Friday with the men’s trio of Jayanta Talukdar, Tarundeep Rai and Rahul Banerjee turning in disappointing performances in the team and individual events. The Indian team shot a total of 1969 points to finish 12th and last in the ranking round held at the iconic stadium.South Korea topped the charts with a record-breaking score of 2087, ahead of France(2021 points) and China(2019). The top four teams get direct entry into the quarterfinals.India, ranked third in the world, meet Japan in the elimination round on Saturday. The Japanese shot 2009 to settle for fifth rank.Jayanta, Rai and Banerjee struggled in the individual category too.Rai came in 31st position shooting a combined total of 664 points in first and second half. Banerjee was 46th on 655 while Talukdar 53rd on 650.South Korea’s Im Dong-Hyun set a new world record of 699 for 72 arrows.last_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

Bombay textile industry owners rejoice as strike called by Datta Samant ends

first_imgSamant: Trial of strengthThe air of despondent uncertainty of a year ago has given way to jubilance and the 108-year-old offices of the Bombay Mill-owners Association (BMA) at Horniman Circle were last fortnight suffused with smiles of triumph.From the walls of the high-ceilinged building, scores of past chairmen looked down,Samant: Trial of strengthThe air of despondent uncertainty of a year ago has given way to jubilance and the 108-year-old offices of the Bombay Mill-owners Association (BMA) at Horniman Circle were last fortnight suffused with smiles of triumph.From the walls of the high-ceilinged building, scores of past chairmen looked down approvingly out of large oil paintings and yellowing prints on victorious meetings and planning sessions of mill-owners chalking out a strategy, now that the 18-month-old strike in Bombay’s textile mills is virtually over.Jubilant about their win over Dr Datta Samant whose strike call on January 18, 1982, brought 62 mills and their work-force of 2.32 lakh to a standstill, the owners were now working on plans that would bring the mills back to work at full swing. Broken from the crippling effects of long-term unemployment, textile workers have, in the last three months, been pouring in more quickly than they can be absorbed.By early July, over 1.17 lakh workers were showing up daily for work in 51 of the city’s mills, compared to daily attendance of around 1.75 lakh in October 1981, before they had shut down. Of the 62 mills, 47 were being run on a three-shift basis although in many the machines were only partially employed.Four of the mills had set up a semblance of two-shift operations, and four more had accepted the returning workers, but promptly laid them off, claiming the mills could not be reopened due to financial constraints.But for most mill-owners, even the partial return to work of the industry was reason enough for celebration, since it was seen as the end of the Samant threat. Towards the end of last fortnight, many insisted that the failure of the textile strike signalled the end of Samant’s career as a labour leader. “As far as the textile industry is concerned, he is completely wiped out.” crowed former BMA chairman Kantikumar Podar, who heads the Podar group of mills, and is currently vice-chairman of the Indian Cotton Mills Federation (ICMF).advertisementSpeculations: Outside the closely-united textile world too, industrialists speculated hopefully that the militant hard-liner was finished as labour boss in the Bombay-Thane belt where he has reigned supreme for the last half decade.Said the head of a large engineering company that only last year gave its Samant-led work-force a wage hike of over Rs 450: “I think the Samant phenomenon is now clearly on the decline, although some people tell me he’s still worshipped by workmen.But how long will they follow his agitational methods when they find they are losing more than they gain?” Even government officials joined the chorus that was joyfully predicting Samant’s downfall.But the widely publicised hopes of Bombay’s industrial barons appeared to be mere wishful thinking, premature at best. Outside the textile industry, the labour unionist’s dominant hold in the Thane-Belapur industrial belt remains virtually unchanged.In recent months, at least as many workers have joined his struggle for better wages as have left him. Agreements in the last quarter, in fact, show his spectacular success. Last fortnight, Samant was involved in more negotiations, strikes and disputes than any other labour leader in the city.In the past three months, at least 12 major Samant-led unions have signed wage settlements with hikes in the range of Rs 250 to Rs 490, which will benefit roughly 7,250 workers. Numerous other unions representing workers of small industrial units, employing less than 200 persons have gained wage increases as large. For example:Bharat Gears gave its 675 workers hikes in the Rs 310-470 range;Amar Dye-Chem, whose 1.800 workers had already got Rs 150 in an interim settlement last year conceded Samant’s followers an additional Rs 250;Rallis India’s pharmaceutical division agreed to pay its 400 workers a Rs 300 wage increase, along with Rs 4,000 each in back wages;Britannia’s 1,550 workers will receive increases in the Rs 300 to Rs 340 range:Fit V Tight Nuts and Bolts will pay its 1.000-strong work-force a Rs 350-390 increase;Even clubs like Willingdon Sports and Bombay’s Gymkhana have accepted Samant’s demand for wage hikes of over Rs 250 for their 700 workers.Although some industrial unions, particularly in Nasik, have undoubtedly left Samant’s fold, this is in fact different from the shifts and changes which took place in earlier years. Shopping around for whoever can deliver the goods in the shortest possible time, workers in certain units have constantly shifted loyalties between militant independents like Samant, R.J. Mehta, K.N. Dastur, and some politically-affiliated unions like the Lal Nishan group and splinter groups of the Indian National Trade Union Congress.Thus, while Samant has lost his standing in units like Bush India. Chase Bright Steel and three others, involving a combined work-force of 1.800. to Mehta, he has gained a large following in others – Fit ‘n’ Tight, the Mathadi staff of the Tata Oil Mills, Khatau Junker, and a host of other smaller units. Admits Mehta: “One has to accept that a number of units will remain loyal to the doctor, but I don’t believe any fresh unit will go across to him now.”advertisementEven in the textile industry, it is by no means clear that Samant is the spent force he is widely believed to be. While the unionist’s claim that the strike is not really over has little substance, and workers who remain at home do so only because of the mills’ refusal to have them, the true impact of the broken strike on his reputation is difficult to gauge.Financially battered by the 18-month strike – 21 months in some cases – workers in the Parel-Lalbag-Dadar textile region appeared willing to accept work at any cost, even if it meant the humiliation of joining the Rashtriya Mill Mazdoor Sangh (RMMS) and accepting sharply-tightened work norms. But the mood of the outwardly subdued workers remained surprisingly pro-Samant.Unpopular Union: “We have only returned to work because of our hunger and suffering,” said a driver at Bombay Dyeing who returned to work three months ago, “but don’t believe anything they tell you about our leaving Datta Samant or joining the RMMS.If they take a secret ballot today, it will be a miracle if the RMMS gets more than 10 percent of the votes.” Workers leaving the Morarjee Goculdas Mills after the morning shift were similarly adamant about their loyalty to Samant, although they refused to disclose their names, for fear of reprisals.Although RMMS membership is swelling as desperate workers join up in order to qualify for entry into the mills, resentment against the traditional textile union appears to have reached an all-time high.According to a senior official in the Maharashtra labour commissioner’s office, their joining the RMMS does not “change the animosity they have for the sangh, and any loyalty the RMMS obtains today is only forced by immediate economic compulsions.” Today the recognised bargaining agent for textilemen has managed to build up a membership of roughly 75,000 compared to last year’s figure of 15,000.Rather than consolidate on the failure of the textile strike by actively wooing the workers, the RMMS has spent the last 18 months appeasing mill-owners and further alienating its own members.Fully justifying the charges of betrayal of workers levelled against it, the RMMS has used the strike and the consequent absence of workers to push through a series of agreements with mill-owners which effectively results in the retrenchment of roughly 15,000 workers.Work norms have also been raised; “A jobber who used to look after 48 looms has now to handle 56, and the the unskilled jobs of four people are now being performed by two.” said a worker from the Crown Mills.advertisementVacuum: Similarly, other proposals which were opposed by the workers have been pushed through. Admits Podar: “The rationalisation and the cut-backs in staff which would normally have taken three to four years have now been done in one.”Adds Ashok Piramal, chairman of the Morarjee Goculdas Mills: “I don’t think Samant can justify the massive hardship he has caused, but the people are fed up with the RMMS too. And that means there is a dangerous vacuum for leadership, so you can’t rule out a come-back at some stage for Samant.”But as things stand, it is unlikely that Samant will be able to pull much weight in the industry in the immediate future. Although textile workers undoubtedly continue to swear by his leadership, economic hardship and the huge debts they have run up during the strike period have robbed them of the capacity to act upon his directions.Last fortnight, however, soon after his return from a hectic electioneering campaign for the Sangli by-election, the labour leader was gearing himself up for another attempt to organise the disarrayed workers.Leaflets stating that the workers had joined the RMMS only because of compulsion were passed around in various mills, and by the end of last fortnight, the unionist had collected over 15.000 signatures to that effect.To keep up the visibility which is an essential part of his appeal to workers. Samant organised a huge public meeting at Bombay. Commented J.K. Malhotra, an industrialist: “I have seen a lot of Samant and spoken with workers in units where he has lost strikes, and one thing which is very clear to me is that you can’t wish him away. He will continue to be around and play a major role in trade unions, but what remains to be seen is whether he can maintain that iron hold over workers which he is famous for.”last_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

Jet crashes into football field in US, 4 dead

first_imgA Tennessee-bound business jet on Thursday crashed into a football field at an Atlanta park in the US, killing all four people aboard, the officials said.A home behind the sports field was damaged, but no injuries on the ground were reported, Atlanta Fire Rescue Sergeant Cortez Stafford said.Firefighters had to make their way through jet fuel to put out the flames on the football field, Stafford said.The plane’s wreckage was spread out on the field over about 90 metres, he said.The plane was headed to the Millington-Memphis Airport when it went down, airport Executive Director Roy Remington said.Initial reports from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) indicated there were three people onboard but later clarified that there were actually four people aboard.Remington said a fire official at the Millington airport, located about 32 km north of Memphis, was working with authorities in Atlanta to determine the identities of those killed.”As it was going down, you could see the wings shifting back and forth,” said Reggie Dumas, who witnessed the aircraft plunging as he drove along a nearby road. He said he jumped out of his car to see if he could help anyone, but saw no survivors – only smoke. The plane was a Cessna Citation V jet, FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said.The jet had departed from a runway at nearby Fulton County Airport-Brown Field and went down about 2.4 km east of the airport shortly after noon, Bergen said.Most of the plane was badly burned. Its tail is one of the only parts that appeared to be intact.advertisementThe National Transportation Safety Board said it is investigating the crash.Also Read | Trousers cause helicopter to crash, 3 on board killedAlso Watch | IAF aircraft crashes in Baghpatlast_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

Werder Bremen and showman Max Kruse keep reality from the door

first_imgWerder Bremen Barcelona the only winners in Madrid after derby stalemate Share via Email Read more Topics Share on Twitter For now, it’s enough, especially after a weekend in which rock-bottom Cologne and fellow strugglers Freiburg lost. As the feeling of relief dissipates, though, questions will be asked about the club’s long-term – and even medium-term – plan. The feeling Werder are good to watch since Kohfeldt arrived can’t completely erase the creeping sense of history repeating. He is the third successive coach promoted from the under-23 side to the senior team after Nouri and Viktor Skripnik. Their talents were respected and praised by the board. They both had spells of very good results. Both, when it went awry, were dispensed with, despite considerable histories with the club, which was back where it started.The sporting director Frank Baumann, who has been under considerable pressure himself, gave a fairly robust defence of himself in an extensive weekend interview with regional newspaper Weser Kurier. He defended the appointment of Kohfeldt, of course. “There is no proof that a coach with 20 years of Bundesliga experience can master this situation better than a young [coach],” Baumann argued. “It’s about individual skills, not age.” 2Schalke 0412623 8Hannover 9612018 14Hertha Berlin12-314 features Facebook PosTeamPGDPts European roundup: Juventus stumble in Serie A title race with loss to Sampdoria 5Borussia Dortmund121320 Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content 7Eintracht Frankfurt12219 6TSG Hoffenheim12620 Bundesliga Pinterest European club football 18Cologne12-192 Share on Facebookcenter_img 13Wolfsburg12-114 Share on Pinterest “It doesn’t matter who scores the goals,” said Max Kruse on Thursday, and it sounded like he believed it. Yet even if it doesn’t quite mean everything, it means a lot. That much was evident after he retired to the bench a few minutes from the end from Werder Bremen’s emphatic 4-0 win over Hannover on Sunday, their first of the season, having hit a hat-trick – his first goals of the season. Kruse goofed around, whooping and pulling faces at the television cameras. The supporters’ relief was palpable. Not just at the result, but at their star forward taking centre stage again.Kruse reiterated that idea of the collective afterwards, saying he was “even happier about the team’s performance” than he was about his contribution, and the others certainly put in a shift. Nobody in the Bundesliga, for example, ran more than midfielder Maximilian Eggestein’s 13.4km this weekend, with Kicker labelling him the “Kilometer-König”. 9Bayer Leverkusen12717 Sportblog 10Augsburg12216 Share on Messenger Hannover Share on LinkedIn 16Werder Bremen12-68 4Borussia M’gladbach12021 Read more 15Hamburg12-1010 17SC Freiburg12-178 1Bayern Munich122229 3RB Leipzig12523 12Mainz12-415 Twitter Florian Kohfeldt during the Bundesliga win. Photograph: Srdjan Suki/EPA Baumann was even prodded to explain the way in which he announced that Kohfeldt was continuing in the job, after admitting he’d talked to other coaches before deciding there wasn’t anyone better out there. “I gave a very honest and open review of the coach search,” he said and probably wished he hadn’t.Understandably, this has created a degree of scepticism about Kohfeldt’s appointment. So Kruse’s intervention was exactly what Baumann ordered – a healthy dollop of fantasy to push the more uncomfortable details to the back of the mind, for now. He’ll turn 30 in March, but made clear after Sunday’s game that he’d still love to be in the mix for Russia next summer.That may sound fanciful, but so did a 4-0 win before kick-off. The longer Kruse, Bartels, Zlatko Junuzovic and company can keep reality from the door the better. For now – as they’re getting used to saying in Bremen. Talking points• Bayern had a pretty good weekend, cruising past Augsburg (3-0) in their derby of sorts. The latest example of the Heynckes effect was Arturo Vidal, who opened the scoring, laid on Robert Lewandowski’s first and prowled midfield with real purpose. The coach wasn’t shy in taking the credit. “Two weeks ago,” Heynckes said afterwards, “I had a conversation with Arturo Vidal. I told him that I wasn’t satisfied with his physical shape and that he needed to change something, particularly if he wanted to be a starter. He didn’t agree but since then, he has been very good in training.” Is there any player he can’t straighten out? • And no, your eyes do not deceive you – that is Schalke in second place behind Bayern after their 2-0 win over Hamburg on Sunday afternoon. It wasn’t a great watch, and Markus Gisdol’s side might feel aggrieved at ending up empty-handed (the HSV coach described the sides as “two evenly-matched teams” afterwards) but the Schalke manager Domenico Tedesco’s success so far has been all about substance, rather than style. It could be pointed out that S04 have only won only once against a top 10 side but the young coach’s success in getting them to continue to perform even without the injured Leon Goretzka and Nabil Bentaleb is noteworthy – plus Franco Di Santo scored his first Bundesliga goal since March 2016.• Die Königsblauen will arrive at Borussia Dortmund for next Saturday’s Revierderby in optimistic mood – which is more than can be said for their hosts, who lost a fourth Bundesliga game in five at Stuttgart on Friday night. They actually played well after conceding a horrendous early goal – when Chadrac Akolo capitalised on a mix-up between Roman Bürki and Marc Bartra – and with Mario Götze on form, looked well set when Maximilian Philipp levelled. More shoddy defending allowed the substitute Josip Brekalo to put VfB back in front shortly after half-time, though, and BVB looked a disorganised rabble afterwards. It ended a pretty dire week in which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was suspended by the club for disciplinary reasons, and their vaunted head scout Sven Mislintat got set to leave for Arsenal. Monday’s Bild even claimed the coach Peter Bosz has two games left to save his job.• Things are brighter at Borussia Mönchengladbach, who finished the weekend in the top four after a 4-2 win at Hertha Berlin following a lightning start in the capital, in which they scored three times in the first 20 minutes. As well as their attack clicking with Lars Stindl, Thorgan Hazard and Raffael – whose brace included one absolute rocket from range – impressing, they had a consequence-free wake-up call, with Hertha pulling the game back to 3-2 after a period their coach Dieter Hecking called “far too passive”. Gladbach face Bayern next. • Leipzig fell a further two points off the pace, twice letting a lead slip in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Bayer Leverkusen despite benefitting from two penalties and playing most of the second half against 10 men after Benny Henrichs was sent off for handling on the goalline. Heiko Herrlich’s side actually came on stronger after going a man down, underlining one of Leipzig’s few remaining weaknesses – taking the initiative when placed in a dominant position. “The draw was the right outcome, even if it was two points lost,” admitted Leipzig’s goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.• Wolfsburg finally got out of their spiral of draws under new (ish) coach Martin Schmidt, beating fellow strugglers Freiburg to give him a maiden win, with Yunus Malli scoring twice. No respite for Cologne, who drew a blank again as they went down at Mainz. Peter Stöger will still be in charge for the games against Arsenal and Hertha, assured their managing director Alexander Wehrle – but, it seems, even the popular Stöger could have a limit on his tenure.• Kevin-Prince Boateng’s goal for Eintracht Frankfurt at Hoffeheim would have deserved to win most games. It didn’t, as the last-minute goal specialists got a taste of their own medicine, with Mark Uth’s smart finish salvaging a point for Julian Nagelsmann’s team ahead of their European crunch at Braga on Thursday.Results: Stuttgart 2-1 Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich 3-0 Augsburg, Hoffenheim 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt, Mainz 1-0 Cologne, Wolfsburg 3- Freiburg, Hertha Berlin 2-4 Borussia Mönchengladbach, Schalke 2-0 Hamburg, Werder Bremen 4-0 Hannover 11VfB Stuttgart12-316 Yet this was all about Kruse. It was his perfectly judged pass that sliced open the Hannover defence for Fin Bartels to lift in the opener, and though Werder again played with renewed enterprise under their interim coach Florian Kohfeldt (this was his first home game after marshalling the team’s trip to Eintracht Frankfurt before the international break), they wobbled at the beginning of the second period. It took a good stop from Jiri Pavlenka to keep out Martin Harnik, a close friend of Kruse since the days the pair played together for Werder’s second team over a decade ago.After that, it was time for Kruse to get to work, classily curling in Philipp Bargfrede’s pass after he dispossessed Sebastian Maier. Another followed a few minutes later after the almost-as-impressive Bartels returned the compliment, and Kruse completed the hat-trick with a firm cross-shot. Having scored only three in a painful first 10 games of the season under Alexander Nouri, Werder have scored five in two games with his replacement Kohfeldt. The Proclaimers, whose anthem I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) greets home goals at the Weserstadion, hadn’t worked this hard in a while. This, to borrow an oft-used phrase from the latest Jupp Heynckes era at Bayern Munich, felt like fun.Grit, determination, pride and all that other stuff might be important, but the game being enjoyable matters too, and Kruse at his best is a huge step towards an afternoon at the Weser being that again. He might never be the model pro – and has been at pains to warn he is edging back towards peak condition gradually since making his comeback from injury at the end of October – but he is the type of player who can lift his team a little higher. He certainly did at the end of last season, scoring nine times in his last nine Bundesliga games of the campaign as Werder flirted with an unlikely European qualification.It seems like a perfect storm at the moment, with Kruse getting back into that sort of nick and Kohfeldt having seemingly given the team a new lease of life. His predecessor Nouri had worked hard to engineerdefensive stability but when he finally got it, it was at the expense of attacking enterprise. The switch back to a more lively style has been pretty instant under Kohfeldt, and the board felt he showed enough in that first game in charge at Frankfurt – despite it ending in a last-gasp loss – to give him the job “at least” until the winter break. last_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

Jingle Competition for Cyber Awareness Month

first_imgStory Highlights The contest forms part of activities in observance of National Cyber Awareness Month in October, under the theme ‘Cybersecurity our Shared Responsibility,’ with the sub theme ‘Think Before You Click’. The Jamaica Cyber Incident Response Team (Ja-CIRT) in the Ministry of Science and Technology is inviting members of the public to participate in its ‘Be Cyber Safe’ 2018 jingle competition.center_img The Jamaica Cyber Incident Response Team (Ja-CIRT) in the Ministry of Science and Technology is inviting members of the public to participate in its ‘Be Cyber Safe’ 2018 jingle competition.The contest forms part of activities in observance of National Cyber Awareness Month in October, under the theme ‘Cybersecurity our Shared Responsibility,’ with the sub theme ‘Think Before You Click’.Interested persons will be required to submit a jingle that highlights cyberthreats and risky behaviour among young people, adults and businesses, and provides information on how to reduce those risks and stay safe online.Communications Specialist in the Ministry, Patrice Gilpin, told JIS News that the jingle is being used as a tool “to invite all of Jamaica to be part of the conversation about cybersecurity”.“What we want is for persons to think about how they use the Internet. They should think about the many ways they go online to conduct business and engage in general activities, if there are risky behaviours, and what are the threats they may fall prey to and become a victim,” Ms. Gilpin said.She said that Ja-CIRT is encouraging individuals to do some research “and find out how, as adults, we can protect the children, how children can become aware of the dangers and how they can protect themselves while they are online”.The jingle competition is open to every Jamaican except employees of the Ministry of Science and Technology and their relatives. Persons are invited to create a 60-second jingle that gives advice to children, colleagues, or the entire Jamaica about how to stay safe online, for the chance to win a $60,000 cash prize.The jingle, with original lyrics and music, should be submitted to mstem.jm.gov@gmail.com. Members of the public will be able to vote online, on Instagram: @mstgovjm and a panel of judges will make the final decision.The deadline for submission of entries is Friday, October 26, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. For further information on the rules and regulations governing the competition, persons can call 876-929-8990-9.last_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

Muskox gets out of enclosure at Winnipeg zoo but cant make great

first_imgWINNIPEG – Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo is investigating how a muskox got out of its enclosure.It happened Friday when a 200 lb. male muskox escaped its holding area, though it didn’t get out of a secondary containment area.“What we do know is that after the fact, the gate was partially open and we have not been able to identify mechanical failure at this point,” said zoo spokesman Gary Lunsford.The zoo said no one was at risk during the incident. Staff sedated and relocated the animal quickly.This isn’t the first time an animal at the zoo has ended up somewhere it wasn’t supposed to be.In 2014, just days after the Journey to Churchill exhibit opened, some grey wolves tunneled into the polar bear pen.No animals were hurt and the wolves were moved out of the exhibit before any visitors arrived.“We initiated an emergency response, and the emergency response team was on site within minutes and sedated the animal directly after,” said Lunsford.Zoo officials said the muskox broke one of its horns off while it was recovering from sedation. They said the animal is doing well under veterinary care.The group that accredits the Assiniboine Park Zoo said it is aware of the incident with the muskox.“It is a testament to the zoo’s dedicated staff and emergency protocols which enabled the facility to respond to the situation quickly without harm,” said Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums.“As per CAZA’s standards on emergency protocol, the Assiniboine Park Zoo will be submitting formal documentation to CAZA’s national office outlining the details of the matter and what steps are being taken to ensure the incident is not repeated.”Muskox are Arctic mammals that roam the tundra in search of roots, mosses and lichen.There are five in the zoo’s Journey to Churchill exhibit.(CTV Winnipeg)last_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

US October budget deficit jumps to 1005 billion

first_imgWASHINGTON — The federal government recorded a deficit of $100.5 billion in October, a big increase from a year ago that was primarily caused by quirks in the calendar.The Treasury Department says the deficit shot up 59 per cent from the same month a year ago. Last year’s October deficit was smaller because the government paid $48 billion in benefits in September because Oct. 1 fell on the weekend.The government has run a deficit in every October going back to the early 1950s. The new report begins a budget year in which the federal deficit is expected to soar above $1 trillion, reflecting in part the $1.5 trillion in tax cuts Congress approved last December.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

Liberia top envoy says UN Volunteers will remain crucial as mission changes

United Nations Volunteers (UNV) have been “absolutely crucial” to the accomplishments of the world body’s peacekeeping mission in Liberia, and they will continue to play a vital role as the peacekeeping operation starts changing in the months ahead, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative has said.At a recent event in Monrovia, the West African country’s capital, over 250 UNV from almost 70 nations were honoured by the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), and Special Representative Alan Doss told the volunteers that their assistance remains crucial in such areas as reconstruction and promoting human rights.In a Security Council resolution adopted in March, UNMIL was called on to take steps towards achieving key benchmarks aimed at facilitating a phased, gradual consolidation, drawdown and withdrawal of its troop contingent, “as the situation permits and without compromising” the country’s security.Despite this impending transition, Mr. Doss stressed the value of the UNV. “We still need to help this country recover from those many dreadful years of war, conflict, violence and abuse,” he said. “We are all here for the same purpose – to help Liberia get back on its feet.”The highlight of the ceremony was the awarding of special prizes to the six UNV who have served for the longest periods with UNMIL: Marcel Lwamba Afanya of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Robert Abass Bangura of Sierra Leone, Joyce Curtis-Hooke of Sierra Leone, Daniel Mensah-Brande of Ghana, Mafulu Mudingombi of the DRC and Seblewongel Worku of Ethiopia.They have served in UNMIL’s Civil Affairs, Public Information, Transport, Communication and Information and Technology sections since 2003.“The UN Volunteer is no longer an unknown or strange entity,” said UNV Programme Manager Olufemi Olugbemi, noting that the six who received the awards have taken volunteerism to a new level. “Volunteers have proven to be the added advantage to peacekeeping operations by enduring tests of perseverance, patience and technical competence.”UNMIL was established in 2003 to support Liberia’s ceasefire and peace process, and currently has over 15,200 uniformed personnel, along with around 500 international civilian personnel, almost 1,000 local staff and 220 UN Volunteers.Since the mission was established, nearly 700 volunteers from more than 70 countries have worked for UNMIL. 24 May 2007United Nations Volunteers (UNV) have been “absolutely crucial” to the accomplishments of the world body’s peacekeeping mission in Liberia, and they will continue to play a vital role as the peacekeeping operation starts changing in the months ahead, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative has said. read more

Read more 0 Comments

Despite progress situation in Burundi still cause for concern Ban warns

Burundi has made significant progress over the past year in moving away from its violent past towards a future of peace, stability and development but security, food, human rights and sexual violence remain matters of concern, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report.Among the advances he cites the holding of five consecutive elections (communal, presidential, legislative, senatorial and local), even though some of these were boycotted by opposition parties, noting that for the first time since 1993, the authorities successfully took on the challenge entirely on their own in a country that was for decades torn apart by largely ethnic fighting between Hutus and Tutsis, in which hundreds of thousands of people perished.“Despite the deep divide among political actors over the elections and the fact that a single party will dominate the political landscape for the next five years, it is remarkable that neither of those factors has led to the return of large-scale violence, as had been widely feared,” he tells the Security Council in his latest report on the United Nations mission that has been helping the small Central African country recover from its legacy of violence. “I believe that the fact that confrontation has remained predominantly confined to the political realm is a testament to the maturing of the political class of Burundi, the vibrant role played by its increasingly strong and independent civil society, and, above all, the population’s desire for lasting peace and development.”But, he adds: “I am deeply concerned about signs of a returning climate of impunity, the resurgence of acts of torture, intimidation, extrajudicial executions and arrests of opposition members, as well as restrictions on the freedom of expression and assembly.”The UN mission, known in its most recent incarnation as the UN Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB), expires at the end of the year and Mr. Ban proposes that it be replaced by a scaled-down mission to be known as the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB) as of 1 January 2011, for an initial period of one year, to complement the various UN agencies working in the country.The new Office’s mandate will include monitoring key indicators on democracy and governance, and providing advice on the security sector and strengthening human rights and justice institutions. Without giving numbers, he says BNUB’s overall size is likely to be substantially smaller than that of BINUB, in accordance with the Government’s request.He notes that the scaling down of the former UN Operation in Burundi (ONUB) to BINUB in 2006 created significant tension among national staff, with one group of former staff members still demanding reparations for various reasons, including wrongful dismissal, staging demonstrations, destroying UN property and threatening to kidnap UN staff. “To reduce the risk of a similar reaction, I urge the Government of Burundi to work closely with the United Nations to assist BINUB national staff in their transition to either the public or the private sector,” he writes. Mr. Ban notes that the security situation in the country, although relatively stable over the past year, remains a concern, with a high incidence of criminal activities such as armed robbery, killings and sexual violence, and “a significant increase in human rights violations,” including severe restrictions on the freedom of expression and association and the jailing of opposition party members.He reports an increase in extrajudicial killings and/or politically motivated killings from 27 in 2009 to 29 recorded so far this year, and notes that BINUB confirmed 18 cases of torture while none were reported in 2009.“Sexual and gender-based violence continues to be a major challenge,” he says, noting that between January and October, the Ministry of Human Rights and Gender registered 1,727 rape cases. He stresses UN efforts to combat sexual and gender violence and generally to promote human rights and civilian protection by regularly reporting violations, briefing the diplomatic community and organizing awareness programmes for State employees and youth groups.But he also notes that the rate of representation by women in the National Assembly is 32 per cent, above the 30 per cent required by the Constitution, and women’s representation in the Senate is 46 per cent, the highest in Africa and second in the world at this level.Mr. Ban cites a “considerable risk” that children will be recruited by armed groups due to the heightened tensions that surrounded the electoral cycle; notes that the food situation, although improved thanks to favourable weather, remains worrying; and stresses that with some 100,000 people remaining internally displaced and more than 200,000 refugees still in Tanzania, land disputes and the lack of socio-economic amenities remain a challenge as returns continue.“Potential civil unrest, natural disasters, epidemic outbreaks, poverty and recurrent food insecurity could still have significant humanitarian consequences and a negative impact on development efforts,” he warns, stressing the important role the UN must play to monitor the situation and update contingency plans to respond to a sudden deterioration of the situation.Burundi was the first country, together with Sierra Leone, to be targeted by the UN Peacebuilding Commission when it was launched in 2006 to provide financial, economic and other support to prevent countries emerging from conflict from relapsing back into bloodshed, and Mr. Ban noted that the body continued to monitor the country closely.“The situation in Burundi has sufficiently progressed, in spite of the concerns expressed above,” he concludes. “I therefore encourage the international community to gradually shift its engagement in the country from support for the peace process to assistance in the areas of recovery, development and democratic consolidation. The next five years will be critical in this regard, not least because of the still highly volatile political and security situation in the Great Lakes region.” 6 December 2010Burundi has made significant progress over the past year in moving away from its violent past towards a future of peace, stability and development but security, food, human rights and sexual violence remain matters of concern, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report. read more

Read more 0 Comments

UN in race against time to provide food for 600000 Afghans before

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is racing against the clock to deliver food for some 600,000 impoverished Afghans who will be cut off once winter’s bitter cold arrives and heavy snows set in, while at the same time seeking urgent donations now to prevent a shortfall with the approach of next spring. “Winter is a brutal time in Afghanistan. Hundreds of villages that are remote today will be impossible to reach within the coming weeks,” WFP country representative Rick Corsino said in Kabul, the capital, today. “Right now our focus is on positioning food in these areas, as well as moving forward with our drought relief efforts in more readily accessible areas.” WFP is already helping victims of severe floods in other areas of the country, especially the west, northwest and far east. With winter approaching, 21,000 metric tons of food, including wheat, beans, oil and salt, need to be positioned and then distributed to 600,000 vulnerable people in over half the provinces of the strife-torn country. Increased insecurity due to the continuing conflict exacerbates the difficulties already posed by bad weather. WFP has already delivered 16,000 tons, or all of its planned winterization aid to the provinces of Badakshan, Nuristan, Kunar, Ghor, Wardak, and Nangarhar, and more than 80 per cent to Bamyan and Badghis but poor road conditions, worsened by early snows and heightened insecurity along some key road corridors, have hampered deliveries to thousands of people at higher elevations. “In the higher passes roads are barely wide enough to allow a single truck to move. So when a vehicle breaks down, or cannot progress because of snow or mud, traffic in both directions can be halted for several hours, or even longer,” Mr. Corsino said. “Thousands of people are in need of our assistance. We have to reach them before winter does – and that means within the next few weeks.” The “very timely and generous” donor response has ensured there is enough food to get the beneficiaries through the winter, but because of the very long lead time between confirmation of a contribution and distribution of food to a hungry person, WFP will face shortfalls in all commodities by next March, Mr. Corsino stressed. Further donations are urgently needed now to avoid such shortfalls, including 6,000 tons of fortified biscuits to enable the school meals programme to commence at the start of the new school year in March. read more

Read more 0 Comments

Forum crosses disciplines to talk about planets future

Changes to the environment and what it means for the future prompted discussion between scholars from several Brock University disciplines during a recent forum.Scientific and Posthumanist Perspectives on the Anthropocene invited five Brock speakers together for an afternoon of transdisciplinary discussion on Monday, March 27.The term anthropocene was unveiled in 2000 to represent a new unit of geological time in which human activities have finally overwhelmed the planet as an operating system.The forum “started a conversation among researchers at Brock interested in this seminal time period and the myriad of ways it is being studied,” said Ryan Plummer, Director of Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC), who co-hosted the event alongside Christine Daigle, Director of Brock’s Posthumanism Research Institute (PRI).The event, which focused on how changes to the planet impact humans and other beings, was the first collaboration between the ESRC and PRI. The two research centres signed a memorandum of understanding in February, committing to pursuing joint research projects, workshops and conferences.Scholarly discourse across disciplines is “where exciting breakthroughs occur,” Plummer said. “With respect to our planetary future, there can be no more important issue for engagement.”The event featured professors David Fancy (Dramatic Arts), Terrance McDonald (Interdisciplinary Humanities), Adam Dickinson (English Language and Literature), Martin Head (Earth Sciences), and Liette Vasseur (Biological Sciences).It was an opportunity to not only engage in discussion with scholars from three of Brock’s academic Faculties, but to also take in a diverse range of perspectives on the topic, Plummer said.Fancy was intrigued by how people from different backgrounds at the University approached the question of how humans are affecting the environment and what can be done to develop different relationships with the planet.Vasseur felt the discussion helped with efforts to try and define what anthropocene means for different disciplines and how it can be interpreted.With a successful first discussion on the topic, there’s potential the group will return to the table in the future to continue its dialogue. read more

Read more 0 Comments

Urban Meyer received 330000 raise in salary after 2013 season

Urban Meyer is already among the top five winningest active collegiate football coaches, and as of Feb. 1,  he became one of the top five highest-paid coaches as well.After he amassed a 24-game regular season winning streak to start his tenure at Ohio State, Meyer received a raise of almost $330,000, according to a report from USA Today.In addition to reporting the nearly eight percent raise in salary for Meyer that officially took effect on Feb. 1 of this year, USA Today also revealed that the package was recommended by OSU vice president and athletic director Gene Smith and was approved by former OSU interim President Joseph Alutto.Smith confirmed the raise and said it was nothing out of the ordinary.“It was part of the normal evaluation process we have each year,” Smith said in an email.Meyer’s initial contract at OSU was signed as a six-year, $24-million deal, but has since undergone various revisions throughout his time with the Buckeyes.In 2012, the OSU Board of Trustees approved changes to Meyer’s contract that included bonuses of $50,000 for any Big Ten Leaders Division championships. Meyer’s initial contract also included bonuses of $100,000 for a Big Ten Championship, $150,000 for a non-national championship BCS bowl game and $250,000 for a National Championship Game appearance. read more

Read more 0 Comments

One in nine commuters walks a marathon every fortnight

first_imgMany people walk a marathon every fortnight Commuters are far more active than they realise, with one in nine walking the equivalent of a marathon every fortnight, a new study suggests.Research by Macmillan Cancer Support found that 3.5million workers spend 40 minutes a day walking to and from their office – including between trains, climbing escalators and getting to and from stations and bus stops..Their total daily distance equates to 2.6 miles a day while the typical daily commuter spends 28 minutes on foot.This includes eight minutes standing, 12 minutes walking, five minutes climbing stairs or escalators – and even three minutes running.Macmillan Cancer Support’s national events manager Lisa Shorter said: “Many people dream of being able to do a marathon and this shows commuters are actually much more active than they may realise.”But after an energetic commute, we can see many workers are spending the rest of their day sat down, both at work and at home.”If workers can do a marathon every fortnight without even realising it, we can’t wait to see what they can do when they set themselves a goal.”Macmillan carried out the survey of 1,221 ahead of its OutRun May challenge in which people are encouraged to raise money by setting their own running goals.The charity said the results highlights just how unaware people are of their daily exertion getting to and from work. Meanwhile one in eight (12 per cent) admit all the activity gets them out of breath, and one in four (25 per cent) say it even feels like a workout.The findings suggest that some workers are so tired when they get home they try to spend most of their evening sitting down. After walking through their front doors, workers ideally like to spend nearly two and a half hours (149 minutes) sat down watching television.OutRun May will see thousands of runners setting themselves a total distance to run gradually throughout the month for the charity. Many people walk a marathon every fortnight Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Such is the strenuous nature of our commute that workers often feel as though they have had a workout afterwards, the research found. Most health experts recommend that people walk 5,000 steps a day to stay healthy, which is roughly the equivalent of 2.5 miles for the average person.So the new study suggests that for more than 10 per cent of people, their daily commute is enough for good health. With 40 minutes daily activity, they will also easily meet their 150 minute target for moderate to vigorous exercise each week.And a recent research by ageing experts in Norway suggests that a vigorous commute could help stave off the effects of sitting in the office all day. Fit people were found to have the best heart health even if they were sedentary for up to 13 hours.”Our Western lifestyles necessarily involve a lot of sitting, and we spend more and more time sitting on average as we age,” said Dr Silvana Sandbakk, of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology”But our findings show that being fit plays an important part in successful ageing and may lend protection against the negative health effects of being sedentary.”The survey also found that nearly one in eight employees (12 per cent), the daily commute is the most they move all day – making their commute more active than their sex life and their job.And one in five (19 per cent) of those who say their commute is the most active part of their day admit to then spending up to eight hours sat down at work.For one in five people (22 per cent) it’s more evident as they admit their commute brings them out in a sweat.last_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

EURO 2014 FINAL Denmark against France

Not many would bet against Denmark reaching the final of the European Championship on their home soil, but the defending champions have done it after a classic match against the unlucky Croatia, who again failed to secure the much sough after European champion’s title, after their seventh semi-final appearance in the competition. Meeting of the two history-rich teams like these, would only mean one thing; we are going to have a game in our hands; so we did, and what a game with 29:27 (13:15) the final scoreCroatia was leading with 3:5 after ten minutes into the game, but Hansen and his teammates gave them no time rest as they caught up on the lead. Bičanić and Ćupić responded well to the challenge and set up Croatia with a narrow 7:8 lead mid-way through the half. The score was nowhere near comfortable, for Croatia, but the Danes had al kinds of trouble turning it to their favor. Twentieth minute saw  Yet another tie at 11:11, but After Mirko Alilović saved the penalty from Eggert, the ever-efficient winger Manuel Štrlek pounced on the chance to deliver his team another lead. Ćupić set Croatia two goals ahead, but the Danish team showed no signs of slowing down. It was Eggert who had a chance to undo his previous mistake scoring from the penalty this time around. Last two minutes were an uncertainty as Denmark was one goal behind and Croatia couldn’t find their way to the goal of Landin. After NicklasLandin saved Horvat’s effort, it was Duvnjak who set the score in the end to 13:15 as the individual quality of the Croatian team’s best player was the difference at the interval. The second half saw only two goals scored in the first five minutes, and both of them by Denmark. After the missed penalty from Mads Christiansen, the same player made amends to put Denmark one goal ahead at 16:15. Kopljar quickly tied the score, but the momentum was now in favor of the Danish team. A brace fromEggert, completed a 3:0 series, 40 minutes into the match as AndersEggert(best player for Denmark with 8/9)  sets21:18 from the penalty. Horvat tied the score mid-way through the half, setting the score to 23:23. Unfortunately it was only a Swan song for Croatia, as it was the closest they could get to the defending champions until the end of the game.Sondergaard completed the 3:0 series, going into the last 10 minutes with 26:23 for the hosts. After Horvat and Bićanić, followed by anamazingKopljar (6/11 overall) brought their team within one-goal difference again LasseSvan Hansen ensured a three-goal margin for Denmark at 28:25going into the last five minutes of the match, as Croatia was desperately trying to catch up. Last three minutes saw defensive battle at both ends, but it also sawboth Wilbek’s and Goluža’s unable to get their teams to score in the last three minutes of the match, after Duvnjak ensured a dramatic finish at 28:26, three minutes before the end with Croatia playing an aggressive full-court press.The last 30 seconds saw both Toft Hansen and Horvat finally score for their teams for the final score 29:27, but surely late for Croatia, as they will meet Spain in a reprise of the bronze-medal match in Serbia two years ago. Denmark will meet the French team in the final of the 2014 EHF Euro, in front of the 14,000 fans in Jyske Bank Boxen,  in a match between the two deservedly best teams of the Championship.TEXT: NEMANJA SAVICPHOTO: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud/Handballpix.com croatiaDenmarkduvnjakfrancegoluzahorvatNiklas Landintoft hansen ← Previous Story France is the first finalist at EHF EURO 2014! Next Story → Tanja Medved new sports director at HC Vardar read more

Read more 0 Comments

Crisis stricken Greeks somehow find money for botox

first_imgCrisis or no crisis, according to recent data, the botox industry made a turnover of 2.5 billion euros last year and is expected to reach 2.9 in 2018. In fact numbers show 2.8 botox applications per 1.000 inhabitants, and that was less than a year post Greece’s first Memorandum, placing Greece in the second place after South Korea in the global International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).“Botox is the fastest-spread aesthetic intervention in the history of beauty” said Andreas Katsambas, head of the dermatological department of the Hygeia Hospital in Athens, while acclaimed plastic surgeon Konstantinos Floros insisted that “botox has brought democracy to aesthetic medicine. “It is the dream everyone can experience, without pain, and at a cost that is always affordable,” he added. “Whoever starts doing botox does not stop it, and new customers are constantly coming.”At 176 euros per half a unit Greek women and men are, able to relax the muscles in the upper part of the face and smooth out the marks of time and worry from their face. Lips injections are also extremely popular amongst Greek woman, yet the lines on the forehead and the wrinkles in the goose leg (outside corner of the eyes). Aside from the aesthetic benefits of botox, the treatment has become more popular as a means to block the muscles that control reactions related to negative feelings such as sorrow and anger. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

Luis Enrique praises world best De Gea

first_imgSpain manager Luis Enrique is in awe of David De Gea who he believes is the world’s best goalkeeper after his superb display in Saturday’s 2-1 win against England.“I never make changes to secure a result,” said the former Barcelona Coach after La Roja’s Nations League opener.“The changes were for Marco to give us more pace and take advantage of the space and Sergi Roberto because we needed a player like him, with a lot of technique.“Inigo [Rodriguez] hadn’t played for a long time but did well for the last few minutes. If you make changes to hold on to a result, you end up drawing.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“Saul’s a player I like very much. He has quality, an extraordinary physique and brutal mentality. He’s also good tactically and he has goals in him… I love him.‘I’ve never had any doubts over De Gea. He may make mistakes, but so does every goalkeeper and in him, we have one of the best in the world.“I’m very calm with David, he’s a top player. His game and all the seasons he’s played in England make him our No 1. For his numbers and performance, he’s the world No 1.“I make decisions based on what I see, and I saw Aspas specially prepared this week. I think he had a good game.“Starting like this is the best way to do so, but in football only the present is valid. Pressing is what I want. Limiting space against a team with three centre-backs is very complicated.”last_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

Brendan Rodgers opens up on Scott Browns rumoured transfer

first_imgBrendan Rodgers has opened up on Celtic captain Scott Brown’s rumoured transfer to West Melbourne Group.Brown has not been featured in matches by Celtic as regularly as was before in which he had 300 appearances but Rodgers said it’s Brown’s choice whether to stay or leave.“I was not sure of when it was going to be resolved but I have said before Scott will be afforded time in terms of making a decision about what he wants to do going forward. And he deserves that time,” Rodgers said, according to FTBL.“So of course very much we want him to be here. But he has to at this period of his life and his career to be able to assess his options he has.Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“He will be 34 at the end of this year and for some players, they reach that stage in life and they can pick up a two or three-year deal at that on big money and have an adventure for your family.”“I have spelt out to him how important he is here but I have also given him an unbiased look at it. Football is a very short career.“I said the same thing to Craig Gordon when Chelsea were keen to take him for good money on offer. ‘OK, this is what you could get at Chelsea, this is what you have here,’.“They are old enough these guys to make their own decisions but I can speak to them openly and from both sides.”last_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

Rocky start for Longview homeless shelter picked to test program

first_imgThe Vancouver Housing Authority is planning a “low-barrier” housing project like the one in Longview. Lincoln Place Apartments would be 30 studio units in a new building proposed for West 13th Street, across the street from men’s homeless shelter Share House. The tenants would be those judged to be at greatest risk of dying on the street. Lincoln Place has gotten pledges of financial support from the state and from the city of Vancouver, although it hasn’t been approved for construction yet.Proponents of the “housing first” approach say getting a roof over the heads of chronically homeless people is the first step to improving their lives; but they acknowledge that mental illness and addiction are frequent in chronic homelessness, and take time and effort to overcome. It’s not guaranteed nor required that “housing first” residents ever change their ways. At least one critic of the Vancouver plan, Ceci Ryan Smith, believes that any building for chronically homeless people should provide medical services too. Lincoln Place plans to offer case management and opportunities to connect residents with services, but it won’t be a medical clinic.In Portland, a large “housing first” building called Bud Clark Commons has generated complaints from neighbors and police; it’s also resulted in improving health for many residents and significant health care cost savings for the public. Earlier this year it was reported that Medicaid costs dropped steeply for people who moved into the building — from an average of $1,667 per month to $899 — even while the vast majority of residents report long-untreated mental and physical health needs being tended at last.LONGVIEW — A pilot project that its testing the controversial idea that homeless people need shelter before they’re asked to stay clean and sober is struggling.Nine months since the Lower Columbia Community Action Program housed six homeless men in a home on 33rd Avenue in Longview, the original case manager has been fired, four clients have spent time in jail, thefts in the home are common, guests have reportedly brought drugs into the home and residents are at odds with a stricter new manager.last_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

Residents on edge after thieves target vehicles in Southwest MiamiDade

first_imgAccording to Vega, a car robbery next door is what prompted her and he husband to install security cameras, a couple of years ago.“This is where they stole it,” said Vega. “This is where they took my neighbor’s car.”Now, shaken neighbors want to install surveillance cameras, as well. “After what happened, I want to try to see if I can put video cameras myself outside.”According to police, the two crooks were able to get into one of the parked vehicles of another resident. However, this resident told 7News, they would prefer to remain anonymous and said they are simply glad no valuable items were taken from their vehicle.If you have any information on this that can stop these burglars, 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. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Thieves are targeting unlocked vehicles in a Southwest Miami-Dade neighborhood, and residents want them stopped before they strike again.However, police now believe they  have the crucial evidence they need to crack this case thanks to surveillance footage captured by one West Kendall resident at her home, located along Southwest 138th Avenue and Southwest 109th Lane.Early Wednesday morning, surveillance cameras installed at the home of resident Mitzy Vega captured what appears to be more than one crook attempting to burglarize unlocked vehicles in the driveways of her and her neighbor’s homes.“At 2:02 in the morning, the car drove by,” said Vega. “It was parked over there and then was immediately put into reverse, but it turned off the lights, and we saw a guy walking by the house, across the street.”The surveillance cameras captured not one but two crooks attempting to break into cars. One of the thieves was even captured wearing a Victoria’s Secret “PINK” shirt.“He was like going house to house to see if each car was open,” said resident Hernando Miranda. “This is a very nice neighborhood, very quiet, which is probably the reason they were trying to get into cars over here.”However, residents told 7News, this isn’t the first time their neighborhood has been targeted. last_img read more

Read more 0 Comments

SpaceX nextgen Raptor rocket engine is about to meet Starship in Texas

first_imgStarship is designed to pair up with SpaceX’s Super Heavy rocket, which is currently under development. Musk said the rocket could use up to 31 Raptor engines, but initial flight tests would involve fewer engines in case it blows up. Starship itself can accommodate seven Raptor engines. Musk recently shared video footage in February of a Raptor test firing, saying the engine had achieved the power level needed for Starship and Super Heavy. SpaceX hopes to use the combination to send tourists around the moon as early as 2023.Updated March 11, 11:30 a.m. PT: Clarified the origin of the Raptor photo.  Elon Musk Space SpaceX Post a comment Musk teased the engine’s arrival last week, saying the hardware was on its way to the “hopper” ship, which will be used to test takeoffs and landings. The SpaceX founder expects the Raptor will be mounted to Starship sometime this week.  First up will be a short static fire test of the engine, The Brownsville Herald reports. The vehicle will be tethered and the tests won’t be visible to the public. Some recent images of the hopper prototype without its elongated nose cone section appeared on NASASpaceFlight.com, so it looks like the first tests may not include the nose. High winds in January knocked the top section off of the Starship. 0 Elon Musk: SpaceX Raptor rocket engine ready for Starship Elon Musk unveils assembled SpaceX Starship and it’s glorious Sci-Tech Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starshipcenter_img 16 Photos Nobody panic, but a Raptor has been spotted in Boca Chica! 😲👍📸NSF’s @BocaChicaGalhttps://t.co/U2gq7H4w6q pic.twitter.com/b0XqoCyxoZ— Chris B – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) March 11, 2019 Share your voice Raptor on way to Hopper. Will be mounted to vehicle next week.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 8, 2019 SpaceX’s Starship hopper should get an engine this week. SpaceX SpaceX might be hot off its triumphant NASA test flight of the Crew Dragon capsule to the ISS, but Elon Musk’s company is still looking toward the moon and Mars. SpaceX’s next-gen Raptor rocket engine just popped up in Texas, where the stainless-steel Starship prototype is located.A Texas resident named Mary (who goes by bocachicagal) has been documenting the goings-on at SpaceX’s Boca Chica Village launch site. She snapped a photo of the uncrated Raptor engine on Monday and shared it on the NASASpaceFlight.com discussion forum. Starship gets ready Tagslast_img read more

Read more 0 Comments