Man Dies after Falling from Carnival Ecstasy’s Mast

first_imgzoom A 20-year old man died having fallen from the cruise ship Carnival Ecstasy while docked in the port of Miami, Florida on Monday morning, September 29.The ill-fated passenger fell from the ship’s 20-feet mast after he entered the restricted area with a group of about six other passengers, and climbed the mast to, reportedly, watch the sun rise.The young man, a student of Clemson University, fell from the mast, once the cruise ship’s radar system resumed operation.According to Carnival, the ship’s medical team rushed to the ship’s decking below to render medical assistance to the passenger, who was subsequently taken to the hospital where he passed away.Carnival Ecstasy was on her way back from a Caribbean voyage when the accident occurred. Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 World Maritime News Staff, October 2, 2014; Image: Carnival Cruise Lines My locationlast_img read more

Echoes of Oka Trudeau minister says military involvement possible against oil pipeline

first_img(Fight between Canadian soldiers and Mohawks from Kahnawake during the Oka Crisis. APTN/File)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsNatural Resources Minister Jim Carr suggested Thursday Canada is prepared to deploy the military against anti-pipeline actions deemed “not to be peaceful,” raising the possibility the country could face a scenario last seen during the Oka Crisis in 1990.Carr made the statement in response to questions from business leaders in Edmonton worried the events unfolding in North Dakota near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation could be replicated through the mounting opposition to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain project which was recently approved by the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau.“If people choose for their own reasons not to be peaceful, then the government of Canada—through its defence forces, through its police forces—will ensure that people are kept safe,” said Carr, according to a video of his statements posted by BNN. “We have a history of peaceful dialogue and dissent in Canada. I’m certainly hopeful that tradition will continue. If people determine for their own reasons that that is not the path they want to follow, then we live under the rule of law.”Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr. Photo/ Jim Carr’s websiteUnder existing law, the federal government has no ability to deploy the military into a domestic situation without first being asked by the provinces through an invocation of Aid to the Civil Power under the National Defence Act. Even if a province asks for military assistance, the federal government has no control over how the deployment unfolds because authority would rest solely with the Canadian Forces’ Chief of Defence Staff.Indigenous leaders expressed outrage Friday and speculated, given Ottawa’s limited role in such an event, Carr used the statement to intimidate opposition to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project.Carr did not retract his statement on the possible use of the military in a subsequent interview with CBC News Friday morning saying only he did not intend it to be interpreted as a “threat.”The Trudeau government also did not back away from the suggestion during question period Friday when NDP MP Randall Garrison raised the issue.“What reckless, irresponsible and incendiary language from the minister and only two days since they approved this pipeline,” said Garrison in a question directed at Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. “Will he remind his colleague, the Minister of Natural Resources, that if he is truly concerned about the rule of law he should know that in this country the federal government has no such authority to use our military against pipeline protesters?”The question was fielded by Transport Minister Marc Garneau who did not deny Ottawa is prepared to use the military.“We will always respect the right of Canadians to protest when they do not agree with something. They have the right to do it, they feel strongly about it, and we are confident that they will do so peacefully,” said Garneau.Singh’s office referred media questions to Carr’s office.Carr’s office issued a statement to APTN indicating the minister may be beginning to back away from his comment.“Minister Carr did not mean to suggest action would be taken against the protesters,” said Alexander Deslongchamps, spokesperson for Carr. “We know that not everyone agrees, and the right to peaceful protest is a foundation of our rights and freedoms.”Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett’s office did not provide comment as of this article’s posting.Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon, whose Mohawk community was at the centre of the Oka Crisis which saw the military move into its territory to end the standoff, called for Carr’s resignation over the statement.“I would like to see his resignation,” said Simon, who is also a leading spokesperson for an Indigenous treaty alliance against oil pipeline developments. “I find it offensive and Minister Carr should be ashamed of himself and Prime Minister Trudeau should be ashamed of himself for letting him get away with that.”Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge SimonSimon said his community still feels the effects of the Oka Crisis despite the amount of time passed since the summer of 1990 during the Battle of the Pines triggered by the Village of Oka’s desire to expand a golf course over Mohawk burial grounds.“There is still that trigger people feel even 26 years after the Oka Crisis and this guy wants to do that again, he wants to invoke calling the military in on Canadian soil?” said Simon. “Minister Carr’s statements are highly irresponsible.”Simon said he plans to raise the issue during next week’s Assembly of First Nations chiefs meeting in Gatineau, Que.The Indigenous anti-pipeline treaty alliance now has over 100 participating First Nation and Tribal signatories. The alliance has held signing ceremonies in Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia. The alliance was formed to create coordinated opposition against the Trans Mountain project, Enbridge’s Line 3 expansion, which also received Liberal approval, and TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline along with Keystone XL, which was rejected by U.S. President Barack Obama but could face resurrection under the Donald Trump presidency.Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of Union of BC Indian Chiefs. APTN/PhotoGand Chief Stewart Phillip arrested on Burnaby Mountain on Nov. 27, 2014, during protest against Trans Mountain pipeline. Farrah Merali/TwitterGrand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, is also part of the alliance. He said Carr’s statements are meant to intimidate.“I think it’s a very clumsy effort to intimidate or threaten Indigenous peoples,” said Phillip. “I think it’s incredibly stupid, provocative, highly irresponsible statement to make on such a volatile issue.”Phillip said Indigenous people in Canada have faced the military in the past and are not intimidated by the prospect of it happening again.“We are certainly not the least bit frightened or intimidated by such bellicose statements,” said Phillip. “We faced off with the Canadian armed forces in the past and we know the outcome of that. It is an incredibly stupid thing to say.”Quebec has been the only province to invoke Aid to the Civil Power to deal with a civil disturbance since the Conservative government of Brian Mulroney replaced the War Measure’s Act with the Emergencies Act in 1988 to limit Ottawa’s powers in deploying the military domestically.While Ottawa has no official role under the law in such an event, it is responsible for the total cost of this type of deployment.A signal from Ottawa suggesting the Trudeau government is fine with the political implications of a move to invoke Aid to the Civil Power may give some provincial finance ministers pause when faced with the extensive police costs associated with prolonged disturbances caused by opposition to natural resource projects whenever Indigenous rights are at play.The months-long, Mi’kmaq-led, anti-shale gas demonstrations throughout 2013 in New Brunswick cost the cash-strapped province an extra $9.5 million in policing costs. While the military was never directly involved in the events which unfolded near Elsipogtog First Nation, it did provide the RCMP with field box lunches and space for a staging area at CFB Gagetown and the CF Moncton detachment through a Request for Canadian Forces Assistance.Amanda Polchies holds an eagle feather and kneels before a wall of RCMP officers on Oct. 17. APTN/Ossie MichelinThe military’s counter-intelligence unit was involved in monitoring the events in New Brunswick, but it’s unclear whether it shared any data with the RCMP.The Mounties seized three, single shot bolt-action hunting rifles, including one fitted with a bayonet, during a raid on Oct. 17, 2013, that saw 40 arrests and the torching of several police vehicles. The Mi’kmaq Warrior Society said at the time the rifles were purely for hunting and protection from black bears.The Canadian military’s last serious involvement in a conflict triggered by an assertion of Indigenous rights came in 1995 during the Gustafson Lake standoff where warriors dug in to protect Sundance grounds. The military provided the RCMP with armoured personnel carriers and drivers during the conflict which saw police and warriors exchange tens of thousands of rounds in firefights.British Columbia did not invoke Aid to the Civil Power, but did request military assistance.During the Six Nations reclamation of the Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia, Ont., in 2006, there were calls for military intervention, but Ontario stuck with its provincial police force to deal with the situation which simmered to a peaceful détente.The military at the time was on site gathering intelligence and preparing contingency plans for a “possible, yet improbably, domestic operation,” according to military historian Timothy Winegard who wrote about the event in a book called, Blockades or Breakthroughs? Aboriginal Peoples Confront the Canadian State, 1968-2010.The nature of Indigenous resistance in Canada has change since the 1990s when the image of the warrior with a rifle dominated. Now, especially since the Idle No More movement, the weapons are the drum, song, sage and the eagle feather.The one image that came to define the events at Elsipogtog—despite the flaming police cars and seized rifles—was the photograph taken by APTN National News journalist Ossie Michelin of Amanda Polchies kneeling and holding a feather in the air before a line of RCMP officers.That image was replicated across the border in North Dakota during the Oct. 27 police raid against a camp set up by demonstrators, known as water protectors, to launch rolling blockades aimed at slowing down construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. During the police operation, APTN cameras captured the arrest of two women who kneeled like Polchies did three years earlier as the police line moved toward them.Women kneel before police line in North Dakota during law enforcement operation on Oct. 27. APTN/PhotoDuring an assault with a water cannon and tear gas launched by North Dakota police behind concrete barricades and concertina wire just north of Backwater Bridge by the Oceti Sakowin Camp on Oct. 20, APTN cameras captured drumming, singing, and a ceremonial dance with shakers performed by water protectors during pauses between volleys.No weapons have been brandished by water protectors in North Dakota throughout the months-long demonstrations.The last major action launched last Thursday by water protectors ended with prayer, song and the scent of sage at the foot of Turtle Island hill, which sits about a kilometer from the Oceti Sakowin Camp, the nerve-centre of the anti-pipeline movement.The ongoing events at Standing Rock—where hundreds of Tribes and First Nations across the country have backed the Standing Rock Sioux in their fight to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline underneath Lake Oahe, a reservoir on the Missouri River, from where the Tribe draws its water—has electrified opposition to new oil developments, said Phillip.“It is the backdrop to all of this. I mean, this is an epic battle, water versus oil, and at the end of the day, it is about survival or extinction,” said Phillip. “I think people are becoming more and more aware that climate change and global warming is something that should be of grave concern to everyone….Indigenous people have been climate change refugees for a decade, at least, given the evacuations of our communities in the north by fire and flooding. We pretty much lost the winter roads and the ability to resupply our communities, so food security is threatened and the price of food in the north is outrageous because everything must be flown in.” read more

King Mohammed VIs Speech Stresses Need for Joint Action to Face

Manama – The speech delivered by King Mohammed VI on Wednesday in Riyadh at the Morocco-GCC Summit was “very clear” about “the need for joint action to face the current situation,” the King of Bahrain, Hamad Ben Issa Al Khalifa, said.The King of Bahrain added that the participation of King Mohammed VI in the GCC-Moroccan Summit alongside Gulf leaders is a historical event, lauding the Moroccan King’s remarks in his speech on the need for the reinforcement of joint partnerships to face the current situation in the Arab region, Bahrain’s news agency reported.Hamad Ben Issa Al Khalifa said that the implementation of the visions and recommendations produced by the GCC-Morocco Summit will be on top of the priority list. The King of Bahrain called for the exchange of visits to push forward Gulf-Moroccan relations to higher level in various fields. “It is a great pride to be with His Majesty King Mohammed VI to discuss our present and our bright future,” Hamad Ben Issa Al Khalifa said.The King of Bahrain highlighted the solid fraternal ties between his country, Gulf countries and the Kingdom of Morocco.The leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries reaffirmed their principled position on the Moroccan Sahara issue that they consider also as an issue of the GCC countries.In the joint final statement of the Morocco-GCC Summit, they affirmed their position supporting the fact that the Sahara is Moroccan and their support for Morocco’s autonomy plan as the basis for any solution to this artificial regional dispute.They also expressed their rejection of any prejudice to the higher interests of Morocco and their commitment to collective defense of the security and the stability of their countries, and respect for countries’ sovereignty and territorial integrity.With MAP read more

UN rights expert dismayed at xenophobic violence in South Africa

30 May 2008A United Nations human rights expert today said he was distressed at the current spate of xenophobic attacks on foreigners and ethnic minorities in South Africa, which has claimed the lives of 56 people. “I express my distress at the recent xenophobic violence targeting refugees, migrants and South African ethnic minorities in Johannesburg and surrounding townships,” Doudou Diène, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on racism, said in a statement.Mr. Diène called on the South African Government to carry out a thorough investigation of the acts of violence to bring the perpetrators to justice and to prevent the spread of atrocities. He also urged the authorities to launch a comprehensive discussion about how to better integrate migrants in the country.“Only a cultural and ethical approach can address the deep-rooted problems of racism and discrimination and promote long-term tolerance and living together among all communities,” he said.He said the recent violence in South Africa underlined the relevance and legitimacy of the Durban Review Conference on racism which will be held next year.Meanwhile the UN refugee agency is releasing 2,000 tents to the South African Government to help provide much-needed shelter to the estimated 100,000 people who have been uprooted by the violence.A spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today that the majority of the displaced people were undocumented migrants from Mozambique, Malawi and other African countries, some of whom have since returned to their countries of origin, or to a third country. To date, some 42,000 migrants, including refugees and asylum-seekers, are sheltered in 95 makeshift sites, mostly in Gauteng and Western Cape provinces.Among those affected are thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers from Zimbabwe, Somalia, Ethiopia and other African countries, whose homes were destroyed and businesses looted, and burned. There are more than 128,000 registered refugees and asylum-seekers in South Africa, coming from a wide variety of countries. read more

Visit to UN Headquarters caps off weeklong trip for some of Gazas

25 January 2010Fifteen young female students from the Gaza Strip capped off a trip of a lifetime today at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the final stop on a week-long visit to the United States they received for their achievements in a human rights education programme run by the world body. The visit to New York, including today’s meeting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, followed stops in Atlanta, where they met with former US President Jimmy Carter at the Carter Center, as well as Washington D.C., for visits to the White House and other national monuments. The group, which included 15 Palestinian eighth graders and three of their teachers, are the top achievers in the human rights, conflict resolution and tolerance programme taught in Gaza by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The agency operates one of the largest school systems in the Middle East, with nearly 700 schools, and has been the main provider of primary education to Palestine refugees for 60 years. Education is UNRWA’s largest programme, accounting for more than half of the agency’s regular budget, and one of its key projects promotes non-violent communication skills, conflict resolution, human rights and tolerance. The trip to the US is the first time these girls have ever been outside Gaza in their lives. Tasneem Al-Ashquar, who wants to be a doctor someday, said she was very proud to be able to come to the US. “There are a lot of other students, especially college students, who wish to come to the US for studying but the siege is stopping them,” the 15-year-old told the UN News Centre. Asked what she liked best about the human rights programme, she said: “I liked that I could speak my mind and give a voice to the suffering of the people of Gaza.”Another student, Tasneem Al-Lulu, said that in addition to learning about her basic human rights, she learned a lot about how African-Americans were able to achieve their rights in a peaceful and non-violent way.“The most interesting thing for me was respect… here all people respect each other,” she stated.Meeting the Secretary-General was the highlight of the trip for Bara Abu Shawish, who described the UN chief as “a very important man and very nice. I want to thank him for all he is doing to help us.”An identical group of boys will be following the same itinerary this week, ending up in New York next Monday. read more

Maurice Clarett shares personal experiences in push for Ohio criminaljustice reform

Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett talks about his experiences in prison as a part of the United State Justice Network’s panel Wednesday at the Riffe Center in Columbus on May 3. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterMaurice Clarett’s story of college football superstar to convicted felon to inspirational advocate was told again on Wednesday night, but in a different context.At the Davidson Theater inside the Riffe Center in downtown Columbus, Clarett — along with the Director of Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Gary Mohr, President of the Buckeye Institute Robert Alt and moderator Holly Harris, executive director of the U.S. Justice Action Network, which hosted the event — engaged in discourse on social justice reform in Ohio, specifically the Treatment Continuum Alternative Program (TCAP), which offers alternative sentencing to eligible offenders.Clarett is normally the sole speaker in front of hundreds of students, athletes or incarcerated individuals. His journey began at the bottom of drug and alcohol addiction and more than three years of incarceration after winning a national championship as one of football’s premier running backs at Ohio State. He then turned his life around and has shared his experiences through his speeches, as was the case Wednesday evening. But his experiences were complemented by facts Mohr and Alt referenced on the current social justice practices in Ohio compared to practices that work elsewhere.Clarett’s outpatient treatment organization, The Red Zone, supports the TCAP agenda Mohr and Ohio legislators are pushing in the state senate.“It was making me proud to know that we are doing the thing (Mohr’s) trying to promote,” Clarett said. “He doesn’t even know all what I do, but he’s talking about supporting that space because he knows that space works, which let’s me know I’m doing the right thing because this guy has 43 years of experience and the depth of his knowledge is with merit.”The event opened with members of the Inside Out choir from the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville pronouncing an uplifting message through its voice, which had a few members of the choir and the audience in tears. Republican state Sen. John Eklund and Republican state Majority Whip Robert McColley then spoke individually about efforts to pass Senate Bill 66, which addresses fourth- and fifth-degree felony sentencing and rehabilitation.Eklund is one of the bill’s primary sponsors along with Democratic senator Charleta Tavares, who was in attendance.Before Clarett, Mohr and Alt were called to the stage, a video played for the audience, showing highlights from the 2002 national championship game with Clarett’s 1,237 rushing yards flashed across the screen. Excerpts from the 2013 ESPN 30 for 30 film Youngstown Boys, which featured Clarett’s story, were shown with narration and the occasional interjection of Clarett or his coach at OSU, Jim Tressel.“I can’t cry about it,” Clarett said in one of the excerpts. “I can only move on.”The first question the moderator asked was to Clarett. It was simple: What went wrong?Maurice Clarett (center) listens to Gary Mohr (left) discuss the TCAP program during the criminal justice reform panel on May 3 in Columbus. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterHe had told this story over 200 times before in other speaking events across the country, he estimated. As each of those past 200 times, Clarett spoke without a script or notes. He told the story of taking illegal benefits while a student-athlete at OSU, then becoming dependent on drugs and alcohol for two years and struggling with his mental health before receiving help from his warden at the Toledo Correctional Institute, Khellah Konteh.Clarett said that when he first went into the correctional facility, it was an environment he wasn’t used to. As a boy growing up in Youngstown, he was used to being the toughest guy in his group, he admitted, but that wasn’t the case in prison.Konteh taught a class that Clarett was enrolled in, and instructed the members of the class to read “Long Way Gone” by Ishmael Beah. It’s a memoir about a man in Sierra Leone — Konteh’s native country — who became violent through the nation’s civil war, but was rehabilitated and eventually spoke out on his personal experiences and the atrocities of war.“After going through these classes every day, I was just tapping into something that I wasn’t tapping into before,” he said.Konteh told him that in Sierra Leone, when men get in trouble, their village works to rehabilitate them and send them back out to do their work. In America, Konteh said, society takes the troubled individuals and throws them out. Clarett wrote in the Columbus Dispatch earlier this week that he knows what it’s like to be forgotten about, which is why he’s taking action in criminal-justice reform.Mohr and Alt each said that many times with politicians, they look at numbers when contemplating criminal-justice reform rather than the faces of those incarcerated. Clarett is a rare case of someone who lost everything and was able to gain part of that back and give back much more to the community than he would have been able to give as an athlete. Clarett and the people of the women’s reformatory choir are the faces that Mohr, Alt and all legislators supporting Senate Bill 66 and TCAP want the public to see when considering prison reform.“Maurice has lived it in his almost four years of incarceration. He understands,” Mohr said. “He is more influential than any politician because he has lived it and he’s real. He doesn’t have some facade. He’s real. Quite frankly, I think it’s much more effective than being a politician because I think Maurice’s story is credible.”Mohr was appointed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to the position of director in January 2011, and said Kasich told him that one of Mohr’s first tasks was to reform the Ohio prison system. Wednesday, Mohr spoke about giving communities the proper resources to monitor former nonviolent felons and develop job skills for future success.“If we’re going to correct a problem, why would we invest the highest degree of dollars at the end of the problem? Don’t we want to intervene at some place where we can be more effective?” Mohr said. Mohr added that the TCAP program would fall within a $60 million bi-annual budget that gives communities resources to find effective drug addiction treatments and develop job skills for roughly 3,400 families.“It’s a win-win,” he said. “And think about it, the public and the communities become safer because we break the addiction cycle more effectively.”Maurice Clarett continues the discussion of prison reform based on what he experienced while incarcerated for nearly four years. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterClarett said he’s not a political person — one that doesn’t take sides in an argument. He doesn’t align himself with a political party, not even as an independent. He speaks from his substantial personal experiences, which is why all of his speeches are unscripted. He said he’s able to connect with people on a more genuine level if they know he’s speaking as a human and not just someone pushing an agenda.Yet, Clarett participates in these politically-motivated events because he believes in the cause from experience, not from data. He said he believes in the people, like the women of the Inside Out choir, because he was once that person needing to believe in himself.During the Q&A session at the end of the event, a man, who was holding back tears as he identified himself as a formerly incarcerated man, felt inclined to get up from his seat to acknowledge Clarett and thank him for what he’s doing.“It rejuvenates you because that’s why you do it. You do it to connect with people,” Clarett said. “You could go anywhere around the world, but that person will always talk about that experience you had with him. It’s a humbling thing.”When formerly introduced as the “former Ohio State star football player,” Clarett is reminded of a time before things became bad, before circumstances spiraled downward with no end in sight. As much as he might want to put that time in the past, it has defined him. Not just in Columbus, but it has defined his platform and enabled his career to take off. As much as he just wants to be known as Maurice Clarett the entrepreneur, the philanthropist, his mistakes and shortcomings when he was known as a football player have allowed him to become the entrepreneur and the philanthropist. The man who thanked Clarett continued to tell the modern-day Ishmael Beah that better days were ahead for him.Indeed they are. read more

Alan Kelly expects to be promoted if he becomes Labours deputy leader

first_imgHe declined to say what government department he would like to head saying when you are in politics “you should aspire to achieve as much and deliver as much as you can”.Kelly also expressed surprise at comments leadership contender Alex White made about his rival Joan Burton last week when he said she was the ”last woman standing” from a generation of Labour ministers who served in the Rainbow Coalition in the mid-90s.“I was very surprised by him to be honest. I am not somebody who practices ageism,” he said. “I believe you need to elect the best candidates and I believe I am the best candidate for deputy leader.”He did not agree that the comments were “overtly ageist” but said “they were probably comments based on a competitive streak in Alex” and described them as “unfortunate”.Asked about whether the outgoing Labour leader and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore should be the next European Commissioner, Kelly said that his party leader would “be a fine European Commissioner” but cautioned that it is a matter for the Taoiseach.Read: Alex White says he smoked cannabis in college, but what about this Labour minister?Read: One TD wants to be Labour’s deputy leader, but not a minister. What about the others? LABOUR DEPUTY LEADERSHIP contender Alan Kelly has indicated he expects to be promoted to Cabinet if he wins the race to be the party’s second-in-command next week.Speaking at the launch of a grant scheme for wheelchair taxis at Government Buildings today, Kelly said that it is “the norm” that anyone who is deputy leader gets a place at the Cabinet table.Kelly is currently a Minister of State with responsibility for public transport and is widely seen as the favourite to be elected Labour’s deputy leader in just over a week’s time though he faces competition from fellow junior minister Seán Sherlock and TDs Ciara Conway and Michael McCarthy.He told reporters: “It is the norm that anybody who is the deputy leader – if I was lucky enough to be successful – would get a place in Cabinet if you’re in government and that is the norm and I’ve no reason to think that will change.”last_img read more

Argiropoulos murder suspect stabbed to death

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The case of Nikolas Argiropoulos, 24, who was found dead in Ballast Point Park, Birchgrove, on March 22, has been complicated after one of the suspects was stabbed to death in May. Police prosecutor, Sergeant Rodney Hackett said James Polkinghorne’s death meant the exact details of the shooting of Mr Argiropoulos were not known. “The police can’t determine who was the shooter because Mr Polkinghorne is dead,” Sergeant Hackett said. Miguel Silva, 26, of Casula, was accused of helping Mr Polkinghorne avoid police over his involvement in the death of Mr Argiropoulos. Mr Silva’s sister, Jessica Silva, 22, is accused of murdering Mr Polkinghorne, her former boyfriend, during a struggle at her parents’ home on Mother’s Day. She is on remand. Miguel Silva is charged with being an accessory after the fact to Mr Argiropoulos’s murder. Sergeant Hackett said text messages were sent from Mr Silva’s phone to Mr Argiropoulos and Mr Polkinghorne. But Mr Silva’s lawyer, Adam Houda said the messages did not prove any links between the men over Mr Argiropoulos’s death. Magistrate Margaret Quinn granted Mr Silva bail with several conditions, including he report to Liverpool police regularly and surrender his passport.last_img read more

Accompagnement des personnes en fin de vie dévoilement des spécificités de la

first_imgAccompagnement des personnes en fin de vie : dévoilement des spécificités de la nouvelle allocationFrance – Le Journal Officiel a publié le 3 mars dernier la loi sur l’allocation d’accompagnement des personnes en fin de vie.Il est désormais possible d’accompagner une personne de son entourage proche “en phase avancée ou terminale d’une affection grave et incurable”, tout en continuant à subvenir à ses besoins. Une allocation journalière d’un montant de 48,92 euros (ce chiffre doit toutefois être confirmé par un décret) sera allouée à l’accompagnant qui pourra en bénéficier pendant un maximum de vingt-et-un jours. À lire aussiMediator : une plaquette publicitaire accable ServierL’accompagnant peut faire partie de la famille proche (ascendants, descendants, frères, sœurs), partager le même toit ou être une “personne de confiance”. Cette allocation est fractionnable entre plusieurs accompagnants, mais les modalités de ce fractionnement ne sont pas encore détaillés et devront faire l’objet d’un prochain décret. Les personnes souhaitant continuer à travailler à temps partiel pourront également en bénéficier, le montant sera alors réduit.L’allocation sera financée par le régime d’assurance maladie de l’accompagnant. 20.000 personnes devraient en bénéficier chaque année d’après le gouvernement.Le 5 mars 2010 à 09:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Steaks hachés létat des 3 enfants hospitalisés saméliore

first_imgSteaks hachés : l’état des 3 enfants hospitalisés s’améliore L’Agence régionale de santé (ARS) a annoncé que l’état des trois enfants actuellement hospitalisés à Bordeaux après avoir mangé des steaks hachés était en “voie d’amélioration”. Les résultats des analyses n’étaient toujours pas connus hier.C’est une bonne nouvelle qu’a annoncée hier l’Agence régionale de santé (ARS). Deux jours après avoir indiqué que trois enfants avaient dû être hospitalisés à Bordeaux, celle-ci a expliqué que l’état de santé des jeunes patients s’améliorait. La fillette de huit ans, le garçon de 14 ans et la seconde fillette de deux ans et demi auraient tous trois consommé des steaks hachés provenant de deux magasins différents de la région des enseignes Intermarché et Netto.À lire aussiBébé : 3 conseils pour être un super papa selon la scienceOr, dans le cas de la fillette de 8 ans qui s’avère être le plus sévère des trois, les analyses effectuées à l’hôpital ont confirmé “la présence de la bactérie E. coli de type O157”. Néanmoins, aujourd’hui, son état serait “en voie d’amélioration” au service de réanimation pédiatrique à l’hôpital Pellegrin de Bordeaux. Concernant les deux autres enfants hospitalisés dans le service de néphro-pédiatrie du même hôpital, “leur état continue de s’améliorer”, a également précisé l’ARS. Cependant, il faudra encore attendre avant d’avoir confirmation d’une quelconque infection chez ces deux patients, l’agence n’ayant toujours pas eu les résultats des “analyses bactériologiques”.Par ailleurs, les supermarchés concernés ont maintenu dans la région leur alerte au sujet des steaks hachés vendus sous les marques Jean Rozé, Netto et Top Budget. En outre, des prélèvements ont été réalisés sur des lots saisis. “Des échantillons des steaks hachés suspects sont en cours d’analyse par le Laboratoire national de référence à Lyon”, afin de confirmer qu’ils sont bien la source de l’infection, a indiqué l’ARS.Le 27 juin 2012 à 19:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WWE teaming with Rocket League WWEcom celebrates Star Wars day

first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Andrew Fisher RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Man, Rocket League must be making money hand-over-fist to be able to sponsor WWE events! I know I’ve given them plenty of my money! WWE teaming up with Rocket LeagueYesterday it was announced via social media that WWE and Rocket League will be teaming up for sponsorship involving WWE Backlash and future events.Rocket League, developed by Psyonix Studies, is a popular video game in which vehicular action is combined with sports for an exhilarating and unique gaming experience. With sports such as soccer, hockey and basketball featured in arenas with custom physics and gameplay effects, each play session is always a unique affair.WWE has previously dabbed in vehicular gaming, with the infamous WWE Crush Hour being released for Playstation 2 and Gamecube in 2003.As of now, there are no plans for WWE related content in-game, “yet.”What a play! We’re teaming up with @WWE, and #WWEBacklash is just the beginning! #SDLive— Rocket League (@RocketLeague) May 3, 2017 Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Shawn Michaels Comments are closed. Videos Articles goddessroleplay Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Pinterest Facebook First official trailer for WWE 2K20 video game leaked ahead of official announcement No DLC plans just yet – we;re sponsoring a bunch of @WWE events, and #WWEBacklash will be the first!— Rocket League (@RocketLeague) May 3, celebrates Star Wars dayIn the punniest of puns, May the Fourth has become known to Star War Fans as Star Wars day in relation to may the force be with you.In celebration of Star Wars day, has added in light sabers to images of superstars in appropriate situations. In what may be a fun poke at fans, Roman Reigns is featured with a “dark side” red light saber.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Roman Reigns is in Remission Google+ Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Dave Bautista will be a character in new video game, Finn Balor reveals new look Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Ronda Rousey 2 COMMENTS May 4, 2017 at 3:14 pm Gerald Bocook May 4, 2017 at 2:16 pm Seth Rollins Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems WWE 2K20’s 2K Showcase Mode will showcase the careers of The Four Horsewomen Man a royal rumble game mode in rocket league would be fun. Videos Articleslast_img read more

AlexanderArnold believes in Liverpool improvement

first_imgThe Reds’ footballer is confident his club will continue to grow in the 2018-2019 English Premier League seasonLiverpool is tied in third place in the English Premier League with 20 points.These are the same quantity of points first-place Manchester City has, but the Reds have six goals less than the Citizens.And for footballer Trent Alexander-Arnold, this is just the start of what can be a great year for Liverpool.“There’s a lot of room for improvement,” the 20-year-old said to ESPN.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“We’ve got a lot more to give and a lot more to improve on.”“We know that we’re not a perfect team. That’s something we want to achieve — to be as close to perfection as possible. That’s what we’re working towards every day. We want to win as many games as possible. It doesn’t matter how we do it, we’re not fussed as long as we get the three points,” he explained.“That’s something we’ve shown this season — even when we haven’t been at our best, we’re still grinding out results and getting results on the board. That’s something that’s important to us and important for any team that wants to be successful.”“There have only been eight games, so we’ve still got another 30 to go. It’s a long season. We know it’s going to be very difficult, but it’s an aim of ours and we want to be around the top of the league come May,” Alexander-Arnold commented.last_img read more

Recapping The 2013 Eddie Ozzie Awards

first_imgNew York–Around 200 magazine media professionals gathered to recognize and celebrate the industry’s best achievements in editorial and design at FOLIO:’s 2013 Eddie & Ozzie Awards breakfast.More than 150 awards were handed out to consumer, b-to-b, regional and association magazines. And changes in the industry were reflected by new award categories related to content marketing and social media.Several consumer titles were honored with multiple awards this year. Huffington., for example, took home four awards, including Best Standalone Digital Magazine. Newcomer Nautilus grabbed three awards, including Best Consumer Website. And Time Inc.’s People and Sports Illustrated also had a good day.On the b-to-b side, several publishers walked away with multiple awards including Billboard, Spafax Canada, and strategy+business.D Magazine led the way for regional titles, winning three awards. And The Rotarian, IEEE Spectrum and Discoveries Magazine all stood out as some of the top association/nonprofit titles this year. Many of the awards centered on print, but more than 40 awards were dedicated to recognizing digital excellence. Some winners were asked the question: What technology existing or in beta will change the way media brands operate, and why? Resoundingly, “mobile” was the choice answer for most–which is indicative of the changing industry landscape.To see the complete list of finalists and winners visit the Eddie & Ozzie Awards website. Also, look for a winner’s profile feature in FOLIO:’s December issue. More on this topic Recapping the 2014 Eddie & Ozzie Awards 2015 Eddie & Ozzie Awards Winners Announced The 2012 Eddie and Ozzie Awards Winners 2009 FOLIO: Awards Announced The 2007 Eddie & Ozzie Award Winners The 2011 Eddie and Ozzie Award WinnersJust In Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & NotesPowered bylast_img read more

Mir Alam Tank limits to be marked afresh today

first_imgRajendranagar: A day ahead of the proposed survey of the FTL and Buffer Zone at Mir Alam Tank, the revenue officials under Rajendranagar on Tuesday carried out an awareness drive and informed the locals about the programme scheduled to be held on July 31, as per the court direction.Following the High Court orders, the officials of revenue department finally launched a publicity campaign on Tuesday wherein they made the announcement about the proposed survey of FTL (Full Tank Level) and Buffer Zone at Mir Alan Tank to constitute exact boundaries of the water body. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us “According to the orders we are conducting tam-tam (a mode of publicity in olden times) to inform the local people about the scheduled survey on July 31 about 11 am and even pasting the notices regarding the same on the walls,” said Mohammed Nizamuddin, the Mandal Revenue Inspector, Rajendranagar. All the departments concerned have already been informed about the proposed survey and the officials have made necessary arrangements in this regard to carry out free and fair measurements in order to maintain transparency. “A team from irrigation department would carry out the measurement while the officials of revenue and GHMC would supervise the work. The police personnel would also be deployed to maintain law and order and to control any situation,” he added. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us It is pertinent to mention here that the GHMC town planning wing has carried out demolition of alleged illegal shades at Mir Alam Lake that landed it in a legal tangle. Those who were affected with the operation knocked on the doors of the High Court for an appropriate action, which in turn ordered a fresh survey of the FTL and Buffer Zone of the lake to “constitute exact boundaries of the water body.” Advertise With Us Meanwhile, local people were caught unaware of the abrupt publicity campaign by the revenue authorities. With the authorities initiating the task, a section of local people in Hassan Nagar are apprehensive about the outcome of the proposed survey. They expressed concern about the survey of FTL and Buffer Zone at the lake, which might open the Pandora’s box and would pave way for more difficult situated for them in the days to come. “We are worried about the outcome. If there is a deviation from the existing records, it is likely to impact the status quo of the existing houses in the nearby localities,” said a resident on condition of anonymity.last_img read more

Infosys Wipro shares fall more sharply on Nasdaq than on BSE

first_imgInfosys and Wipro shares (American depositary shares, or ADS) dropped by more than 3 percent on the Nasdaq on Friday, higher than the fall on Indian stock markets on a day when results showed Britain voted to leave the European Union (EU) in a referendum.Infosys ADS fell 4.74 percent to $18.08 apiece while Wipro ADS declined 3.65 percent to $11.87. The fall was higher when compared to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) where the shares of Infosys and Wipro closed 1.41 percent (Rs. 1,194.50) and 1.35 percent (Rs. 555.95), respectively.The BSE Information Technology index closed 2.13 percent down. The impact of Brexit was felt on American stock markets on Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closing 610 points, or 3.39 percent, down. The NASDAQ lost 202 points, or 4.12 percent, while the S&P500 ended 3.59 percent lower than its previous close.Overall, U.S. stocks lost over 3 percent, in line with the mayhem across currency, stock and commodity markets worldwide.The day’s fall also saw indices wiping out their gains so far for the year.  “With Friday’s drop, both the Dow and S&P erased their gains for the year so far. The Nasdaq composite was nearly 6 percent lower year-to-date. On a percentage basis the Dow and S&P had their worst day since August 2015, while the Nasdaq composite’s 4.1 percent decline was the index’s worst since August 2011,” according to CNBC.The BSE Sensex lost 605 points, or 2.24 percent, to close at 26,398 while the NSE Nifty 50 shed 182 points, or 2.20 percent to end at 8,088 on Friday.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs/FPIs) were net sellers of Indian equities worth Rs. 629 crore while their Indian counterparts were net buyers of stocks worth Rs. 115 crore.last_img read more

Ram Pothineni pays fine for smoking in public is it a publicity

first_imgRam Pothineni smoking on iSmart Shankar setTwitterTelugu actor Ram Pothineni has revealed that he paid a fine of Rs 200 for smoking in public place near Charminar in Hyderabad. However, some people think his tweet was an act of publicity stunt for iSmart Shankar.Ram Pothineni was busy shooting for the music video of a song from his upcoming movie iSmart Shankar near Charminar, which is a historical monument in the city. He was caught smoking nearby. The Tollywood actor was fined Rs 200 by police for smoking in public. Later, he admitted his mistake on his Twitter account. He said that the smoking scene is part of his movie, but he paid the fine to respect the law.Ram Pothineni tweeted this morning, “Naa time-u.. Public time-u waste cheyadam ishtam leka respond gaale… “Shot la kalchina thammi..Break la kaad..Title song la chustaavga stepu..phir bhi law ki izzat ichi fine kattinam.. Gippudu nuvvu kuda naa lekka.. #LiteTheskoPaniChusko ” -Ustaad #iSmartShankar (sic).”A photo featuring Ram Pothineni smoking on the set of iSmart Shankar is now going viral and creating a lot of buzz on social media. Some feel that it is a publicity stunt of the makers of the film. A fan with the Twitter handle‏ @KareemK99126751 took a dig at Ram Pothineni by replying, “TRP kosam news nailu Publicity kosam police nailu️.”But the fans of Ram Pothineni have a different opinion about this incident. They say that the government spends a lot of money on creating awareness about not smoking in public places, but Ram’s incident would create more awareness than those advertisements.A fan with the Twitter handle @rfahyd wrote, “Akkada cigar kaalchoddani chala mandiki telidu..ipdu awareness vasthundi publick ki kuda.. Govt NonSmoking Advt chesina intha awareness raaledemo ipdu occhinantha.. #Ustaad Swag Prajalaki panikocchindi.”iSmart Shankar is an action film written and directed by Puri Jagannadh, who has also co-produced it with actress Charmme Kaur under the banners Puri Connects and Puri Jagannadh Touring Talkies. Ram Pothineni, Nidhhi Agerwal, Nabha Natesh and Satya Dev are playing the lead roles in the movie, which is scheduled for worldwide release on July 18.last_img read more

Very little black money is ever whitened

first_imgBlack Money. A Prothom Alo IllustrationThe government once again has proffered the scope to whiten black money. Dishonest taxpayers stand to benefit from this provision, rather than those who pay their taxes honestly. There have hardly been any significant tax cuts to provide the common taxpayers with any degree of relief.In the past, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) didn’t get much response from the offer to whiten black money, and yet this offer is being made time and again. So the dishonest taxpayers bask in the knowledge that there will always be that chance to legitimise their illegitimate earnings.The FY2019-20 budget has provided scope to whiten black money by investing in land, flats and the industrial sector. If a certain amount of tax is paid for land and flats, depending on the area, NBR will not question the source of wealth. And investments of black money can be made in economic zones and hi-tech parks with 10 per cent tax payment.An honest taxpayer saves year after year, pays his taxes regularly and finally purchases a flat or a plot of land. But a dishonest taxpayer simply pays a fixed amount of tax and goes ahead to purchase his flat or land. The money is earned though bribes and corruption down the years and not shown in the books. Then that money is legitimised by purchasing a flat or land.Again, when it comes to investing in economic zones or hi-tech parks, it is the dishonest tax payer who gets all of the perks, rather than the honest one. An honest taxpayer pays a maximum of 30 per cent in taxes to invest in an economic zone or hi-tech park. Yet the dishonest taxpayer, even after not paying his taxes for years, now gets the chance to invest in these zones or parks with only 10 per cent tax payment. That is not all. The honest and the dishonest taxpayer will both avail the exactly same tax holiday facilities.Speaking to Prothom Alo, executive director of the anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International Bangladesh, Md Iftekharuzzaman, said, a chance has been given or corruption to flourish and spread. It is unconstitutional to give such scope to whiten black money. The prime minister herself has repeatedly spoken about ‘zero tolerance’ against corruption, but facilitating black money to be whitened is not in keeping with her stance.Iftekharuzzaman said that there are two matters of concern in the whitening of black money. Those with illegal earnings will swoop down and take over the flats, land and industries. The honest taxpayers will not be able to own these. The corrupt people are being rewarded. And injustice is being displayed towards the honest taxpayers.Even since independence, almost all governments have given scope to whiten black money. However, only very little black money has actually been whitened. Till date, around Tk 140 billion (Tk 14000 crore) has been whitened. The most black money was whitened in 2007 and 2008 during the rule of the caretaker government. A total of 32,558 persons and companies took advantage of this opportunity at the time. And Tk 96.83 billion (Tk 9683 crore ) was made legit at the time. This is more than half of all the whitened black money till now.AB Mirza Azizul Islam had been advisor to that caretaker government. He told Prothom Alo, there was no need to give the opportunity to whiten black money this time. This has irked the common people. This scope is not in keeping with Awami League’s election manifesto. And there is no deadline either. Now honest taxpayers will be discouraged from paying their taxes.Mirza Azizul Islam went on to say that it said that the step to whiten black money is being taken in order to halt capital flight. Rather than providing this facility, it would be better to catch those who have been siphoning off their wealth and to bring them under the law.Where and howIn FY2013-14 when Abul Maal Abdul Muhith was the finance minister, the chance to whiten black money was given only through the purchase of flats. This time land has been added. And taxes on flat purchase have been lessened too. NBR has no records of how much money has been whitened though these means.In this budget the provision is that for areas of Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara, Motijheel and Dilkusha, Tk 4000 has to be paid in taxes per square metre for purchase of less than 200 sq metres of flats and commercial buildings and Tk 5000 in taxes to be paid per square metre for flats and buildings over 200 sq metres. And in the case of land purchase, Tk 15,000 has to be paid per sq metre.In the case of Dhanmondi, DOHS, Mohakhali, Lalmatia, Uttara, Basundhara, Dhaka Cantonment, Karwan Bazar, Bijoynagar, Segun Bagicha, Nikunja, and in Chittagong’s Panchlaish, Khulshi, Agrabad and Nasirabad, less than 200 sq metre purchase of flats and buildings will require Tk 3000 per sq metre in taxes and for over 200 sq metres he taxes will be Tk 5000 per sq metre. And the taxes for land purchase will be Tk 10,000 per sq metre.Very little black money is whitenedSince the independence of the country, the governments have provided the opportunity to whiten black money 16 times, but hardly any of the black money has actually been whitened.The first opportunity given to whiten black money was provided in 1975 under military rule. When the president and Chief Martial Law Administrator Ziaur Rahman offered this opportunity in 1977-78, only Tk 700 million (Tk 70 crore) was whitened from which the government gained Tk 100 million (Tk 10 crore) in revenue. In the 1981-82 fiscal, this provision was hardly met with much response.Under martial law in 1982, Ershad gave the chance to whiten black money with a 15 per cent tax. Under the 1987-88 fiscal budget, only Tk 2 billion (Tk 200 crore) was whitened when the opportunity was given with a 20 per cent tax condition. The government received Tk 400 million (Tk 40 crore) in revenue. In FY 1988-89 a total of Tk 2.50 billion (Tk 250 crore) was whitened with Tk 250 million for the government in revenue. In 1989-90 Tk 4 billion (Tk 400 crore) was whitened and the government gained revenue of Tk 400 million (Tk 40 crore).No such opportunity to whiten black money was offered when BNP came to power for five years after the fall of Ershad’s autocratic rule.Coming to power in 1996, almost every year the Awami League government offered various ways and means to whiten black money. In FY 1997-98 it was stared that no questions would be asked if new industrial sector investments were made. And a payment of 7.5 per cent taxes would avail tax holidays. However, no one really took up this offer.Then the FY 1999-2000 offered a new sort of opportunity in this regard. It was said that the source of wealth would not be questioned if luxury cars and flats were purchased. In FY 2000-01 black money could be whitened by simply paying 10 per cent tax. Only Tk 10 billion (Tk 1000 crore) was whitened. The government got revenue to the tune of Tk 1 billion (Tk 100 crore).When BNP came to power again in 2001, it gave unconditional chances to whiten black money in various sectors. No taxes were even levied for the purpose. From July 2002 to June 2005, about (Tk 17.75 billion) Tk 1775 crore was whitened and 1077 persons used this provision.In FY 2005-06, the provision was given to whiten black money with a 7.5 per cent tax payment. And 7252 persons took advantage of this provision. And Tk 46.03 billion (Tk 4603 crore) was whitened then. The government gained Tk 3.45 billion (Tk 345 crore) in revenue at the time.Awai League again gave all sorts of scope to whiten black money when it came to power in 2009. At the time 1123 persons took this opportunity and whitened about Tk 9.22 billion (Tk 922.99 crore).last_img read more

The Velkess Flywheel A more flexible energy storage technology

first_img More information: … ( —A new Kickstarter project called Velkess (Very Large Kinetic Energy Storage System) has recently gotten underway to bring an inexpensive flywheel to market. The project is headed by Bill Gray, who has taken a unique approach to flywheel design—a flexible rotor made of “E-glass,” a common fiberglass used in everything from sporting goods to shower doors. Rather than use advanced carbon-fiber composites manufactured to exact tolerances, Gray’s soft rotor flexes in response to destabilizing forces. It is thereby able to adjust to speed transitions that confound other designs. With the memory of other flywheel venture failures, like Beacon, fresh in mind, Gray has cast the issues a little differently. While carbon fiber reinforced polymer is 6 to 8 times stronger than E-glass, he notes that E-glass is 10 to 20 times stronger per dollar. Similarly, E-glass will store 10 to 20 times more energy per dollar. The current prototype floats on a magnetic bearing assembly that can handle 2kW of power, and store 0.5 kWh of energy. Their final device will need storage closer to 15kWh to meet the first projected 48-volt off-grid power backup.This scale up means replacing the 25lb flywheel rotor used for the video footage with a 750lb rotor. Scale-up creates new issues including special production runs for magnets able to support that load, and also equipment to safely handle all that magnetic force floating around. Details of the bearing-motor assembly are still not publicly available. Since the rotor design is essentially cantilevered from the motor in the vertical plane, anything here is possible. For example it appears that the rotor has a low-end speed of 9000 RPM. That would be where it is not even transitioning power. To get to the 15kWh regime, we are probably talking about a max RPM on the order of that of a jet engine. Jet engine speeds are well above even the fastest comparable electric motor speeds. For example, high-speed spindles for machine tools, that might put out anything approaching say 30kW, would probably max out below 10,000 RPM—and these motors can cost over $50,000. Probably some fancy gearing is involved here, and therefore ample opportunity for unique combinations of bearings to be employed throughout the system. Where mechanical bearings are to be used, they can have thermal sensors to detect any rise in temperature that would indicate a failure may be about to occur. The possibility for catastrophe due to fracture in one of the silicon nitride bearings can be therefore be greatly reduced. In an off-grid shutdown, the device would dissipate its energy in the form of exhausted hot air. As the rotor slowed over the course of ten hours, this would be a similar flow as a 1500-watt hair dryer might put out.Gray expects the final units to be comparable in price to lead acid batteries while having a much improved lifetime. Also, the construction materials will be environmentally friendly. The rotor will operate in a vacuum and it is expected that only about 2 percent of its stored power will be lost to friction each day. These numbers make the new flywheel design look like it could be a viable alternative not just to batteries but also to other green schemes like compressed air storage, or pumping water uphill. If the Velkess project can get backing on a scale similar to what these technologies have attracted, flywheels may have finally come of age. Velkess Flywheel © 2013 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. Tilting at wind farms Citation: The Velkess Flywheel: A more flexible energy storage technology (2013, April 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore furtherlast_img read more

School security guard spat in the eyes by Mozambique Spitting Cobra

first_imgA security guard was spat in the eyes by a cobra on Friday (October 13) at Idamu School in Ezakheni.It is alleged that the security guard was opening the toilets at the school when the massive cobra spat at him.The door of the toilet was closed, with the snake inside, and then teachers from the school contacted Ezakheni police.The police contacted local snake expert Fanie Cilliers, who responded to the scene.Also read: Deadly snake caught in Lupin AvenueAlso read: Ladysmith snake man goes in search of huge snake in Hyde Road WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Fanie searched high and low to find the snake, but it had already made its getaway through holes in the wall.The injured security guard was taken to St Chad’s Clinic for medical attention.It was said by teachers at the school that the man was in severe pain due to the Mozambique Spitting Cobra spitting venom into his eyes.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more