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This terror is different

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi has done well to push India’s campaign against Pak-instigated terror in Kashmir and elsewhere to a new level internationally by bilaterally telling President Xi Jinping of China at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan that India could not engage Pakistan in talks unless that country took ‘concrete action’ against terrorism. China is a founder of SCO and President Xi has on more than one occasion described Pakistan as its ‘all weather friend’—China reportedly did not want Indian Prime Minister to raise the issue of terror at the summit. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn a swift move, however, India’s Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale addressed a news conference announcing to the world how Prime Minister Modi had taken up the issue of Pak-sponsored terror with the Chinese President and conveyed India’s firm stand against resumption of talks with Pakistan since that country still needed to create an atmosphere free of terrorism. At his subsequent address at the summit, where Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was also present, Modi unambiguously called for concerted action to hold accountable countries that were sponsoring, aiding and funding terrorism. Also Read – Insider threat managementWithout naming Pakistan he was able to shame that country for resorting to state-sponsored terrorism. He urged those who were putting up with the menace because of some political consideration to ‘come out of their narrow purview’. Also, by giving a clarion call to all nations to come together to combat terrorism he further pushed Pakistan towards isolation in the world community. The Bishkek summit has also proved to be a milestone in the matter of recognition of India under Modi as an important global player in the economic development of the world. In his bilateral meetings with the Chinese President as well as President Putin of Russia, mutual economic cooperation was given a big impetus. After the recent Chinese climbdown on the issue of UN declaring Maulana Masood Azhar of Jaish-e-Mohammad as an international terrorist – India had pressed for it – and the earlier face-off between India and China at Doklam, President Xi, it seems, would be reluctant to take the Modi regime for granted on security issues and would also not push India to the other side in the ‘trade war’ that seemed to be developing between China and the US. At the bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi, it was acknowledged that there was a ‘new momentum’ in Indo-China relations as both sides emphasised the need for preparing for the second informal summit between the two leaders in India next October. A statement from China’s Foreign Ministry quoted President Xi as saying that the two countries should strengthen confidence-building measures for stability in the border areas and ‘jointly safeguard free trade and multilateralism’. Modi’s meeting with President Putin enlarged the ambit of India-Russia relations with Putin inviting Prime Minister Modi to be the chief guest at the Eastern Economic Forum to be held in Vladivostok in early September. With Indo-US relations having touched a new high of friendship during the first tenure of Modi as Prime Minister, it is possible that India could play a balancing role of injecting sanity in US-Russia-China triangle of relationships – both on economic and security issues. It is gratifying to note that Prime Minister Modi, with his image of being upfront about policy enunciation and committed to building bilateral and multilateral relations entirely on the principle of mutual benefit in both economic and security matters, is making India a global player in promoting world peace and development. The SCO Summit has carried India forward in as much as the Bishkek Declaration echoed and endorsed India’s stand on an important issue like Afghanistan—it clearly called for an inclusive peace process that was led by ‘Afghans themselves’. On the prime threat of terror, that India faces much more severely than all other nations, there is a need for us to mentor the world at large to make it aware that the new global terror arising out of Pakistan is an entirely different kind of danger. Its geopolitical dimension would keep on growing unless an effective counter to it arose from within the Muslim world itself. Terrorism by definition is the resort to ‘covert violence for a perceived political cause’ and is propelled by a ‘commitment’ to the ’cause’ which in turn will be determined by ‘motivation’. The world has witnessed terror movements motivated by ‘ideology’ (Maoism), ethnic identity (India’s North East) or insurgency for national freedom. The new global terror of which Pakistan is becoming a fulcrum is rooted in faith-based motivation fostered through the call for Jihad. Islamic extremists have already created a history of covert offensives across the world – 9/11 in US attributed to Osama bin Laden of Al Qaeda, 26/11 Mumbai attack organised by Lashkar-e-Toiba of Maulana Hafiz Sayeed, Pulwama attack on CRPF in Kashmir owned up by Jaish-e-Mohammad of Maulana Masood Azhar and Easter Mass bombings at and around Colombo carried out by ISIS affiliates. Jihad is strong enough as the motivation that enabled the masterminds to produce suicide bombers and ‘lone wolves’. Laden, Hafiz Sayeed and Masood Azhar were all based in Pakistan and even the National Tawheed Jamaat of Sri Lanka involved in Colombo blasts has links with South India as well as Pakistan. Perpetrators in all these cases enjoyed the patronage of Pak ISI. Pakistan is now clearly the global hub of the new terror which is a development of mounting concern for India. There is little likelihood of Prime Minister Imran Khan doing any better than the previous regimes in putting down the advocates of Jihad entrenched in his country. He himself is a staunch practitioner of faith, is inclined to side with the Islamic radicals in the ‘war on terror’ that the US had launched against them and is an advocate of the Pak army – notwithstanding the collusion that exists between the army and the Islamic extremists. He has been parroting the line scripted for him by the Pak army-ISI combine on the issue of resumption of India-Pakistan talks. At Bishkek, he reiterated the need for dialogue on Kashmir in the interest of peace in the region but did not speak against violence in the name of Jihad prescribed by the likes of Hafiz Sayeed, Masood Azhar and Syed Salahuddin on the Kashmir front. He has not talked of action against these leaders of Islamic militancy – all that he could do was to tamely say that any act of terrorism originating from Pak soil would only harm the interests of Pakistan. It is a matter of deep concern for India that it is in the tenure of the Imran Khan regime that Pak agencies are exploiting the entire spectrum of militants – from the Islamic radicals of Al Qaeda and ISIS brands to the extremists of LeT and Jaish to queer the pitch for India. Pakistan continues to rely on its friends in the Muslim world as also in the US-led West, besides the ‘all weather friend’ China, for bailing it out of the serious financial trouble that it faces at present internally and helping it to mitigate the loss of image that it has suffered in the international community for providing safe havens to terrorists on its soil. Islamic extremists are confronting ‘Godless’ regimes, the Christian world of US-led West and the idolatrous people of Hindu or Buddhist persuasion. Fundamentalist Islam embraces the entire life of a Muslim – personal, social and political – and this makes it easy for the Ulema and the communally driven elite to influence the Muslim masses for their own brand of politics and vested interests. Faith-based terror will never be effectively countered unless the leadership in the Muslim world openly disowns Jihad as an instrument of politics in today’s world. Tinted views on Islamic militancy that considered some extremists to be better than others will not help. Prime Minister Modi’s call at Bishkek for a concerted move by all nations to oppose this new terror carrying the stamp of Islam has not come a day too soon. India has the historical grasp of how the country’s Independence became coterminous with a partition that was forced in the name of religion and also a ringside view of the rise of fundamentalism and extremism in the Muslim world around it. Intelligence sharing with the democratic world outside on matters of national security has its importance. However, this needs to be backed up by an ongoing exchange of analytical information originating from credible forums on the trends and expanse of faith-based terror witnessed in the Islamic world. All this is happening primarily because of the political nexus between the Ulema and the communal elite that was enjoying power in Pakistan and many other parts of that world. The Indian scene illustrates how the communal divide and tension resulting from it was used by many sections of the community leadership to instigate and justify faith-based militancy that would provide the run-up to terrorism in the name of Islam. Indian Mujahideen, an offshoot of the indigenous Jamaat-e-Islami, linking up with Islamic radicals of Al Qaeda’s umbrella was a noted example of this drift. It is hoped that the new Home Minister of India will find a way of strengthening the study and monitoring of the threat of radicalisation and establishing informal links to liaise with Homeland Security of US and other equivalent agencies of other friendly democratic nations in this regard. (The writer is a former Director of Intelligence Bureau. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Kerala man gets 3 life terms for rape murder of 7yearold niece

first_imgKollam (Kerala): A POCSO court here on Wednesday awarded three life sentences, besides 26 years of rigorous imprisonment, to a 25-year-old man, who brutally raped and murdered his seven-year-old niece on September 27, 2017.The convict, who will have to undergo the sentences separately, has also been asked to pay a fine of Rs 3.20 lakh to the family of the victim. The judgment was delivered by Kollam additional sessions judge E Baiju, who is in charge of the POCSO (protection of children from sexual offences) court here. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The court had, on Tuesday, convicted Rajesh for various offences — murder, rape, unnatural sex, abduction and showing disrespect to a dead body. The prosecution case was that the convict had strangled his niece and raped her after taking her to a rubber plantation at Kulathupuzha, where he had abandoned the body. The convict used to live with the victim and her family at Anchal here. On the day of the incident, the girl was on her way to a tuition centre along with her grandmother when Rajesh assured them that he would drop her at her destination. However, he took the girl to the rubber plantation, about 16 km away, in an autorickshaw and committed the crime. Police had launched a hunt for the victim on the basis of a missing complaint from her mother. Rajesh was subsequently nabbed from a forest at Kulathupuzha, where he was hiding. The girl’s relatives werepresent in the court on Wednesday.last_img read more

Lego wins first China copyright case against imitators

first_imgHONG KONG – Danish toy maker Lego says it has won a major legal victory in China, where a court ruled in its favour in a copyright case against companies making knockoffs of its famous colored bricks.The company said Thursday that it was the first time it has won an unfair competition case against imitators in China.It said the Shantou Intermediate People’s Court ruled that two Chinese companies selling Bela brand blocks similar to the Lego Friends line infringed a copyright and ordered them to stop.The court issued its ruling in September but the decision didn’t take effect until November.Earlier this year, a Beijing court ruled that Lego’s name and logo are well-known trademarks in China, giving the company stronger legal footing for pursuing copyright cases.last_img read more

Deficits in bigspending preelection budget tee up ballotbox choice

OTTAWA — The final budget of the Trudeau government’s mandate will scatter billions in fresh spending — on everything from pharmacare to retraining workers to first-time home buyers — as the Liberals commit to an electoral fight that pits their deficit-spending vision versus the Conservatives’ balanced-books approach.Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s budget Tuesday resembled Liberal economic plans that preceded it: the government will exhaust a big windfall, run near-term deficits of about $20 billion and offer no timeline to return to balance.A stronger economy last year delivered an unexpected revenue bump that will flood an extra $27.8 billion into the federal treasury over the next six years, compared to government predictions in its November economic update.With seven months to go before the election, Morneau’s plan will spread the cash around. Most of it will be aimed at Canadians’ pocketbooks.Funding for some of Tuesday’s commitments will only start kicking in after October’s election, giving voters the chance to weigh in on the budget’s contents at the ballot box.The Liberals’ spending path places them in stark contrast with the Opposition Conservatives, who have called on the government to rein in spending.“The opposition would like to see us make cuts very rapidly — their idea is balance the budget at any cost,” Morneau told a news conference Tuesday after being asked about his deficits.“Well, if we had taken that approach in 2015 we would not be where we are today with a better outcome for middle-class Canadians. We’d be in a more difficult spot.”The measures in Morneau’s fiscal blueprint cover a lot of territory, with a clear focus on individuals — particularly younger adults — as opposed to businesses. The plan includes:— $4.6 billion over five years to help more Canadians afford and access skills training to keep up with the rapidly evolving workforce— $4.5 billion over five years to improve living conditions for Indigenous Peoples— $1.8 billion over four years to enhance the guaranteed income supplement for low-income seniors— $885 million over five years to make homes more affordable for first-time buyers— $500 million per year, starting in 2022-23, to help cover the cost of drugs for rare diseases.The government will make several large, one-time investments for 2018-19, including $2.2 billion worth of new infrastructure funding and $1 billion towards improving energy efficiency.The budget also pledges to commit up to $3.9 billion in support for supply-managed dairy, egg and poultry farmers affected by recent trade deals with the Asia-Pacific and Europe.Even with these investments, Ottawa’s fiscal track promises to be a key issue on the campaign trail.The annual deficit projections in Tuesday’s budget — which reach as high as $19.8 billion — are less than one percentage point of Canada’s gross domestic product, a modest level when compared internationally.Still, the Liberals will be forced to explain themselves repeatedly until election day.They came to power in 2015 on a platform that vowed to post annual deficits of no more than $10 billion and to return to balance by 2019.After the 2015 election, the Trudeau government abandoned the promise, arguing more investments were needed to lift Canada’s long-term economic growth. Instead, Morneau has focused on lowering the net debt-to-GDP ratio — a measure of how burdensome the national debt is — each year even as the actual debt has increased.In his budget speech Tuesday, Morneau tried to reassure the House of Commons that the shortfalls will start to shrink.“We’re going to make these investments to grow our economy for the long term — while we bring the books back towards balance,” he said.The budget’s planning horizon showed the deficit will shrink to $9.8 billion by 2023-24.The Conservatives have attacked the Liberals for breaking their deficit promise and have demanded Morneau map out a return to balanced books. They’ve accused the government of borrowing today on the backs of future generations.Leaders in corporate Canada and some economists have also criticized the Liberal deficits, especially since they’ve come during good economic times when many believe governments should be focused on paying off debt.A big question is what will become of the Liberal spending plan — and how big the shortfalls will grow — when Canada is hit by the next economic downturn.The economy has had a good run, but experts say it’s debatable how much of Canada’s recent economic performance has come from Liberal policies and how much has been a result of the stronger U.S. and global economies.— Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterAndy Blatchford, The Canadian Press read more

UN assists Liberian police in meeting international human rights standards

25 July 2007The top United Nations envoy to Liberia today handed over to the National Police newly renovated detention facilities which are crucial to ensuring that the conditions under which detainees are held meet the most basic international human rights standards. During the handover ceremony at National Police headquarters in Monrovia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Alan Doss stressed that the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) will continue to support the National Police to become “a professionally managed and adequately equipped national police force.” He urged the force to help safeguard human rights including those of prisoners. Guiding Mr. Doss through the freshly-painted and renovated facilities, Inspector-General of Police Beatrice Monah Sieh expressed her appreciation to UNMIL and the Netherlands Government for the completion of the rehabilitation work on the cells. “This project will enable the Liberia National Police to live up to international human rights standards when suspects are questioned and temporarily detained before they are referred to court,” she stated. Ms. Sieh further explained that it has been over 14 years since the sewers in the cells had been functioning properly and that for the first time detainees now have access to water provided directly inside their cells. Inspecting the premises, the Acting UN Police Commissioner, General Maritz Du Toit, explained that the renovated facilities comprise of three different kinds of cells: the patrol cells, which will be used for suspects involved in minor offenses; the Criminal Service Department cells for suspects involved in capital offences; and the female cells for women exclusively. The refurbished facility can hold approximately 75 suspects. read more

Australia hails Lankas help against human smuggling

They held cordial discussions on issues of mutual interest and bilateral importance. The Australian High Commissioner conveyed her best wishes to Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne on his appointment as the Commander of the SLN and pledged her fullest assistance and cooperation. She also expressed her admiration of the SLN’s continued assistance to the Australian government in thwarting human smuggling via sea. Mementos were also exchanged on the occasion symbolizing the goodwill and the friendship of the two countries. The Australian Government today noted the assistance given by Sri Lanka in thwarting human smuggling at sea.The Australian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Robyn Mudie called on the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne at the Naval Headquarters in Colombo today. She was accompanied by the Defence Adviser to the High Commission Captain Jasen Sears. read more

Second reading of 2019 Budget passed

The second reading of the 2019 Budget was passed in Parliament by a majority of 43 votes today.When the vote was taken, 119 Parliamentarians voted for and 76 against it. The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) abstained from voting.The Budget 2019 was presented to Parliament on March 5th and the third reading and vote will be taken on the 05th of April. (Colombo Gazette) The Joint Opposition and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) voted against it. The United National Front (UNF), Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC) voted in support of the second reading of the Budget. read more

UN agency helps businesses sell goods and services to international community

“The United Nations purchases goods and services valued at more than $3 billion annually, but many suppliers know little about how to penetrate this market,” UNOPS said in a statement. Procurement experts from the UN and other institutions are on hand at the seminars to offer guidance to suppliers in identifying sales opportunities, bidding on contracts, and understanding the intricacies of doing business with the international community.”A lot of businesses know that the United Nations would be interested in their goods or services, but don’t have a clue about whom to contact or where to look for opportunities,” said Joseph Kelly of the UNOPS Division for Legal and Procurement Support. “Our business seminars are designed to eliminate the confusion and help buyers and sellers find each other.”The seminars are part of a larger event – the International Aid and Trade 2001 conference, which brings together top officials from governments, development banks, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and UN agencies to explore ways in which government procurement systems can bolster socio-economic progress in industrialized and developing countries.UNOPS is the arm of the UN that provides project-management services in every field where the UN has a mandate – from landmine awareness to public sector reform, from informatics solutions to eradicating poverty. Upon request, UNOPS will manage development projects from start to finish or provide ad hoc services, including selecting and hiring project personnel, procuring goods, organizing training, managing financial resources and administering loans.The International Aid & Trade 2001 conference, which is taking place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, includes a trade show where more than 350 vendors are displaying their wares to procurement representatives from the UN, non-governmental organizations and international financial institutions. read more

Annan to speak at UNICEF gala during twoday trip to Los Angeles

After arriving in the Southern California city, Mr. Annan will immediately attend a reception for the LA-based World Affairs Council, where he will make an address to its 50th anniversary dinner.A spokesman for Mr. Annan told a press briefing today in New York that the Secretary-General will use the speech to the Council dinner to celebrate the great achievements of 20th century multilateralism under United States leadership, and to urge Americans “to help preserve and build on them for the 21st” century.On Wednesday, Mr. Annan is scheduled to meet Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn and City Council President Alex Padilla before addressing an open meeting of the City Council.Next he will attend a luncheon hosted by Diane Disney Miller and Heidi Kuhn, the founder and president of Roots of Peace, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that demines areas and then plants food crops in their stead.Mr. Annan and his wife Nane will then visit an AIDS clinic run by the University of Southern California and Los Angeles County.The Secretary-General’s last formal engagement during his trip will occur on Wednesday night, when he will speak at the UNICEF gala, which will benefit the Audrey Hepburn Foundation, an NGO that helps schools around the world.The Annans are scheduled to return to New York on Thursday. read more

Analysts say Rogers job cuts could be good if they lead to

TORONTO – With Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B) confirming that it has eliminated “several hundred middle management positions” as part of its Rogers 3.0 corporate revitalization plan, analysts say the Toronto-based company’s new CEO Guy Laurence is taking necessary steps to shake up the company after a period of stagnation.“Quite frankly, what do you do when you come in as the CEO of a troubled ship? You cut a lot of costs. You basically attribute it to previous management. You take a lot of (accounting) charges. And, perhaps in this case, you have to back off from guidance,” Canaccord Genuity analyst Dvai Ghose said in an interview Tuesday.“These are potentially positive moves. Obviously, we will see how they execute on them.”Ghose said that under Nadir Mohamed, who succeeded company founder Ted Rogers as CEO in 2009, the company was unprepared for the loss of its technological edge in the wireless and cable sectors as rivals such as BCE Bell (TSX:BCE) and Telus (TSX:T) that rolled out faster mobile networks and new television services.“I think shaking up what I would consider a complacent management team is in itself something which is a positive. Now, obviously the proof is going to be in the pudding. There’s going to be some big (accounting) charges, no doubt. Perhaps as early as when they report Q2 results this Thursday and, indeed, when they report Q3 results in three months time.”“But, in general, we’re very positively surprised. It’s absolutely necessary,” Ghose said.The company, which has Canada’s largest base of mobile phone subscribers as well as major cable, Internet and media businesses, has lost market share to long-time rivals Telus and Bell and there’s concern that Quebecor’s Videotron (TSX:QBR.B) could add to the pressure if it decides to expand its wireless business beyond Quebec.Macquarie Research said earlier this week that Rogers is the most likely major telecommunications and media company to miss analyst estimates for the second quarter. It also said that the wireless sector is maturing, resulting in slower revenue growth and pressure on average revenue per user.“The market is clearly concerned about the dividend growth outlook and returning to revenue growth is vital to reassure that sentiment,” the Macquarie report says.In addition, several analysts expect that Rogers continued to lose cable subscribers during the quarter — continuing a trend that began after Bell, and its affiliate Bell Aliant (TSX:BA), began offering fibre-optic television service to homes. Calgary-based Shaw has faced a similar incursion in the West, but Bell has been slower than Telus to roll out its IPTV product.Barclays analyst Phillip Huang said he wouldn’t be surprised if Rogers will lower its key financial targets for 2014, to reflect the impact of its new CEO’s initiatives.“They’re very much in turnaround mode and I think the whole reorganization inevitably would have had some disruption to the business,” Barclays analyst Phillip Huang said Tuesday in an interview.Laurence, who took the job at Rogers late last year, told reporters in May that he expected there would be some reductions in the management ranks at Rogers as it reduced bureaucracy to become more agile. The company said this week that it has reduced the number of senior executives (vice presidents and above) by 15 per cent and cut “several hundred” middle management positions.“The goal is to become a more nimble, agile organization with much clearer accountabilities. Savings will be reinvested in areas like training and systems to better serve our customers,” an emailed Rogers statement said, echoing Laurence’s earlier remarks.According to data compiled by Thomson Reuters, analysts are generally estimating Rogers will have about $12.8 billion in revenue for 2014. That would include about $3.2 billion in the three months ended June 30 — about the same as the second quarter of 2013 and up slightly from $3.02 billion in the first quarter of 2014.Analysts generally estimate about 84 cents per share of adjusted earnings for the second quarter, or 85 cents under standard accounting — both up from the first quarter ended March 31 but down from the year-earlier comparables.– Follow @DavidPaddon on Twitter by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 22, 2014 2:56 pm MDT Analysts say Rogers job cuts could be good if they lead to revitalization AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Mosaic curbs potash production in Saskatchewan because of weaker prices

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 22, 2015 1:56 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 22, 2015 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Mosaic curbs potash production in Saskatchewan because of weaker prices REGINA – Mosaic Co. is cutting potash production at one of its Saskatchewan mines because the market for crop nutrients has softened.Mosaic says in a news release that it will reduce output at its Colonsay mine by extending maintenance downtime.It also plans to continue slower production in its phosphates business.The company says the move is primarily because of delayed fertilizer purchases in Brazil and North America.It says a volatile dollar, lower grain and oilseed prices, political and economic uncertainty, along with global equity market declines, have weakened prices.Mosaic president and CEO Joc O’Rourke says the long-term outlook for crop nutrient demand remains positive, but near-term challenges mean production and costs must be controlled.In its second quarter report released Aug. 4, Mosaic said it expected “robust global shipments in the second half of 2015.” The financial guidance looking forward at that time said total sales volumes for potash were expected to range from 1.6 to two million tonnes for the third quarter of the year.Mosaic says potash volumes are now expected to be in the bottom half of that range. read more

Cyber security workshops planned for October

Information Technology Services has launched two cyber security campaigns to mark October as Cyber Security Awareness Month. A number of awareness events are planned at Brock University.ITS said the key points of this year’s campaign are:Think before you post on line –  Be careful what you post to social media, it never really goes away. Do not upload anything you wouldn’t want everyone to see and do not upload or share sensitive information. You are never truly anonymous on social media.Password protect your mobile devices – Only download apps from trusted sources; never leave your mobile devices unattended.For a list of events and to register, click here. read more

Prince Charles and Camilla attend Princes Countryside Fund Raceday at Ascot

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attended the Prince’s Countryside Fund Raceday at Ascot on Friday.The royal couple met supporters of the fund and handed out trophies to the winners. The race featured 12 riders, including British model Rosie Tapner.Prince Charles founded the charity fund in 2010 to support British farmers and the countryside. The Prince of Wales also unveiled a 12ft-high bronze horse head statue, which he was presented as a belated 70th birthday gift from Ascot racecourse. read more

DEUTZ holds world premiere of new TCD 90 engine at Bauma China

first_imgAt Bauma China 2016, Asia’s biggest trade fair for construction equipment, DEUTZ is exhibiting together with its Chinese joint venture, DEUTZ (Dalian) Engine (DDE). Bauma China takes place every two years at Shanghai’s New International Expo Centre and is aimed at industry, retail and service providers in the construction and mining sectors. DEUTZ exhibits there as a specialist in drive systems for construction equipment, mining vehicles and material handling solutions.The world premiere of the new TCD 9.0 is the highlight for DEUTZ at this year’s Bauma. This four-cylinder diesel engine with a capacity of nine litres is the first in a new generation of engines that DEUTZ is planning as part of an alliance with the Liebherr Group. As well as the TCD 9.0, this comprises six-cylinder diesel engines. The engines made by Liebherr within this cooperation will be sold by DEUTZ under its own brand.The plan is for DEUTZ’s Chinese joint venture to manufacture the TCD 9.0 under licence so that it can more easily serve the local market. The engine has a power rating of 300 kW and produces 1,700 Nm of torque. It also features a highly compact design that makes it easy to install in a wide range of applications and is particularly well suited for excavators and wheel loaders.All new engines are being developed for the EU Stage V, US Tier 4, China IV and EU Stage IIIA emissions standards and will be ready to go into series production in 2019. They will follow a standardised concept with a common customer interface and a high proportion of shared parts and are to be distributed via DEUTZ’s global network of dealers and service outlets.Michael Wellenzohn, member of the Board of Management of DEUTZ AG with responsibility for Sales/Service & Marketing: “By adding new engines from the alliance with Liebherr, we are enhancing our product portfolio and can now cover further power output ranges and applications. Furthermore, having the TCD 9.0 made in Dalian will give us the proximity to our Chinese partners that we need. We continue to see a great deal ofgrowth potential in this market when it comes to advanced technology.”DEUTZ says it is leading the way in exhaust aftertreatment using highly developed systems such as the diesel particulate filter (DPF), selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and diesel oxidising catalyst (DOC). The familiar DEUTZ engine portfolio (TCD 2.2 to TCD 16.0) and the new Liebherr engines all meet the EU’s most stringent emissions standard, Stage V (applies from 2019). Emission downgrade versions will also be available, meaning a single engine platform can be used both for Stage V markets and for regions with more relaxed regulations.In addition to the TCD 9.0, DEUTZ is exhibiting the successful TCD 2.9 in Shanghai as an example of its compact engines. This small four-cylinder engine is now also available as a High Power (HP) version with a power rating of 75 kW and as a High Torque (HT) version with 375 Nm of torque. The High Torque variant still falls below the relevant power output threshold of 56 kW and consequently does not need an SCR system to comply with EU Stage V. Because of these engines’ increased power rating and torque, they can be used in place of much bigger engines, leading to savings in weight, installation space and costs.From 2019, the TCD 2.9 will also be manufactured in China by DEUTZ’s Chinese joint venture DEUTZ (Dalian) Engine. “DEUTZ is continuously expanding its engine range and has long-standing expertise in modular solutions for exhaust aftertreatment,” says Michael Wellenzohn. “This means we are extremely well positioned to cater for the rapidly tightening emissions requirements in China and also for applications in export products for Europe, the USA and Japan.”last_img read more

I was clearly wrong How Jeremy Corbyn confounded expectations in the UKs

first_img Short URL By Michelle Hennessy Share2 Tweet Email 15,563 Views Image: Yui Mok/PA Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The Independent’s John Rentoul referred to himself as “hopeless” writing yesterday about his election predictions.“I was wrong about Jeremy Corbyn. I had already been wrong about him twice. I thought he would come fourth in the Labour leadership election in 2015, and I thought that, when he was exposed to the British public in an election campaign, Labour’s support would go down,” he wrote.But I do try to learn from my mistakes, and so, knowing that I had been wrong about him, I tried to offset my own bias. I didn’t do a good job.Ayesha Hazarika, former special adviser to Ed Miliband, has written several critical opinion pieces about the Labour leader for The Guardian. She had this to say, writing for the newspaper yesterday:“I got it wrong on Corbyn. He ripped up the political rules from the minute he decided to stand for the Labour leadership.”- With reporting from AFP. 32 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3436033 Jun 10th 2017, 7:00 AM LABOUR LEADER JEREMY Corbyn has repeatedly beaten the odds in his long and colourful political career and he appears to have done so again, leaving his critics in the awkward position of having to issue climbdowns after an unexpectedly strong result in Britain’s national election.The 68-year-old socialist stalwart began his election campaign as rank outsider – a status he turned to his advantage – and experts said the results mean internal party rumblings against his leadership will be toned down.Labour MP Owen Smith, who stood against Corbyn in Labour’s leadership election last year once remarked that his rival’s political principles were “just hot air”.His views took a remarkable turn after Labour’s election success Thursday night. “I was clearly wrong in feeling that Jeremy was unable to do this well and I think he’s proved me wrong and lots of people wrong and I take my hat off to him,” he told the BBC.“I don’t know what Jeremy’s got but if we could bottle it and drink it we’d all be doing very well,” Smith added. Source: Cathy Newman/Twitter Ok let’s be honest, until the last few weeks many of us under-estimated @jeremycorbyn #ExitPoll #GE2017— Cathy Newman (@cathynewman) June 8, 2017 We were hearing people who hadn’t voted for a long while voting Labour yesterday evening, who were inspired by the policies, and it has to be said by Jeremy, to vote Labour last night.BrexitDrawing comparisons to Bernie Sanders in the United States, Corbyn on the campaign trail railed against the establishment and harnessed public angst over Prime Minister Theresa May’s leadership in turbulent times.After an exit poll and near-complete results suggested the Conservatives may have lost their majority and Labour may have come a strong second, Corbyn yesterday said voters had “turned their backs on the politics of austerity”.May and the right-leaning tabloids lambasted Corbyn as ill-prepared to face the challenges of terrorism and Brexit, even branding him a threat to the nation.But Corbyn was able to score unexpected points against May during the bitterly fought campaign, casting her as cold and uncaring on social welfare reforms and reckless on police funding cuts during her tenure as interior minister.Relaxed and tie-less, he came across at lively rallies as an amiable underdog making a principled stand for society’s poorest and managed to appeal to many younger voters.“Jeremy Corbyn appears to have been vindicated,” said Mike Finn, politics researcher at the University of Warwick.“It seems now clear that his approach to Labour politics resonates with the public and he is undeniably strengthened,” he said.‘Hopeless’Among those emerging with their tails between their legs today were political commentators and journalists who admitted, quite frankly, that they got it completely wrong when it came to Corbyn’s abilities as a leader. ‘I was clearly wrong’: How Jeremy Corbyn confounded expectations in the UK’s election He received massive praise yesterday from some of his harshest critics. Saturday 10 Jun 2017, 7:00 AM Image: Yui Mok/PAlast_img read more

UK Bans ThirdParty Sales of Puppies Kittens

first_img Common Household Chemical May Cause Hyperthyroidism in CatsTexas Couple Challenges Petco’s ‘All Leashed Pets Welcome’ Policy Stay on target A pet is for life, not just for Christmas: The UK government will ban third-party sales of puppies and kittens in an effort to curb animal welfare issues.Backed by overwhelming public support (more than 95 percent approval), the injunction means anyone looking for a fur baby under six months must liaise directly with the breeder or an animal rehoming center.“This ban … is part of our commitment to make sure the nation’s much-loved pets get the right start in life,” Animal Welfare Minister David Rutley said during a visit to Battersea Cat and Dogs Home.A nationwide campaign known as “Lucy’s Law” has been calling for a crack down on puppy farms and high-volume, low-welfare breeders.When Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Lucy was rescued from a Welsh puppy farm five years ago, her hips were fused together, and she had a curved spine, bald patches, and epilepsy after years of mistreatment.Re-homed by Lisa Garner, the dog lived a happy, healthy three years before passing away in 2016. Her short life, though plagued with ailments, inspired Garner and vet Marc Abraham to launch a crusade against poor pet treatment.Aww (via Kessa/Pixabay)“This is a real victory for grass roots campaigners as well as the UK’s dogs and cats,” Abraham said in a statement.“Every breeder now becomes accountable and transparent,” he continued. “Prospective owners will always see mum interacting with puppy or kitten in the place they were born, and illegally smuggled pups become more difficult to sell, making it the first major step in tackling irresponsible dog and cat breeding in the UK and beyond.”Christmas is a popular time for pet purchases. After all, who doesn’t love the idea of unwrapping a box to find a tail-wagging or big-eyed furball smiling up at you?But acquiring an animal—especially a newborn—without careful consideration and preparation can by risky, and often has tragic consequences for animal welfare when pets are abandoned or handed off to rehoming centers.“I urge anyone who is thinking of buying a puppy, or any pet, at this time of year to pause and think carefully before doing so,” Rutley said. “Pets become a part of our families and it is a decision that requires careful consideration and planning.“It should not be undertaken on a whim or as a surprise,” he continued. “That is why we promote responsible pet ownership in our welfare codes and I urge fellow animal lovers to consider the idea of rehoming a dog from the many wonderful organizations across the country.”More on Geek.com:Move Over, Pavlov: Dogs Can Understand (Some) Human WordsFord’s Noise-Cancelling Kennel Aimed at Distressed Dogs3D-Printed Titanium ‘Skull’ Saves Dog’s LifeTruth About Cats and Dogs: Veganism Is an Optionlast_img read more

Poll Majority of local drivers plan to avoid I5 tolls

first_imgWednesday’s poll reflected the opinions of 400 Portland-area drivers, but only 52 Clark County residents. That’s because the data was collected as part of a larger set of surveys in April, according to PEMCO Insurance. Though 600 Washington residents were surveyed in total, only the 52 from Clark County were included in the Columbia River Crossing results, according to the insurance company, which commissioned the poll.A majority of Portland and Vancouver drivers say they’ll likely head for the Glenn Jackson Bridge once tolling begins on the Interstate 5 Bridge, according to a poll released Wednesday.A total of 54 percent of respondents — 77 percent of drivers in Clark County and 52 percent of Portland-area motorists — said they’d skip tolls on I-5 by using toll-free Interstate 205 between Vancouver and Portland.Just 33 percent said they would be undeterred when tolling starts on the I-5 Bridge to help pay for its replacement, the Columbia River Crossing. Other respondents indicated they’ll opt for an alternative option such as carpooling, public transit or telecommuting, according to the poll commissioned by PEMCO Insurance.This week’s poll, conducted by Seattle-based FBK Research, surveyed 400 people in the Portland metro area and 52 in Clark County, according to PEMCO. That gives it a 5 percent margin of error for the Portland results, and a nearly 14 percent margin of error for Clark County’s numbers, the insurance company said.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington Week of April 14 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of April 14, 2019:Full-Time Physical Therapist at Wilmington Public SchoolsFull-Time Customer Service Representative at D.B. RobertsFull-Time Commissioning Manager at Limbach Facility ServicesFull-Time/Part-Tiem Member Services Representative at Planet FitnessFull-Time Warehouse Associate at West Springfield Auto Parts Inc.Full-Time Warehouse Stockroom Associate at NAPA Auto PartsFull-Time Delivery Driver at AFR Furniture RentalFull-Time Crew Chief Technician at SERVPROFull-Time Delivery Driver at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time Senior Mechanical Engineer at AmetekFull-Time Senior Research Scientist at EnergetiqFull-Time Sr. Quality Regulatory Compliance Engineer at EnergetiqFull-Time Office Administrator at EnergetiqFull-Time Director of Engineering at EnergetiqFull-Time Product Support Engineer at EnergetiqPart-Time Temporary Driver at FedExPart-Time Nanny For 1 Wilmington ChildFull-Time CDL Relief Driver at Pepsi Co.Full-Time Landscape Maintenance Crew Leader at Garrick-SantoFull-Time/Part-Time Pizza Counter/Register Help at Wilmington House of PizzaFull-Time Marketing Specialist at Charles River LabsFull-Time Associate Director Marketing at Charles River LabsFull-Time Product Manager (Discovery Oncology) at Charles River LabsFull-Time AV Rack Builder at Red ThreadFull-Time National Accounts Project Coordinator at Standard ElectricPart-Time Inside Sales Associate at Superior SealcoatPart-Time Cashier at K1 SpeedFull-Time Cargo Van Driver at OptimaPart-Time Babysitter For Wilmington TwinsFull-Time Entry Level Sales at Capital Carpet & Flooring SpecialistsFull-Time Driver at West Springfield Auto PartsFull-Time Counter Sales at West Springfield Auto PartsPart-Time Apparel & Accessories Team Member at TargetPart-Time Electronics Team Member at TargetFull-Time Overnight Custodian at Planet FitnessFull-Time Overnight Closer at Planet FitnessFull-Time HVAC Service Technician at InLine Mechanical LLCFull-Time Member Service Representative at Align Credit UnionPart-Time Certified Personal Trainer at NA FitnessPart-Time Sandwich Artist at SubwayFull-Time Class D Delivery Driver at J. Polep Distribution ServicesFull-Time Administrative Assistant/Receptionist at O’Brien ConstructionFull-Time 1st Shift Production Technician at CutisPharmaFull-Time HR Business Partner at Charles River LabsFull-Time Service Manager/Technician at Ritchie & SonsFull-Time Deployment Specialist at Locus RoboticsFull-Time Deployment Project Manager at Locus RoboticsFull-Time Sales Executive at Locus RoboticsFull-Time Inbound Sales Specialist at Parterre Flooring SystemsFull-Time Customer Service/Technician at PALMS Environmental: PALMS Environmental, located in Wilmington, is a rental company serving the Environmental Consultant and Engineering community.  We offer a full line of monitoring and sampling equipment for water, soil and air since 1999.  We are looking for an individual who can maintain our equipment, interact with customers, perform deliveries and wear many hats as required in a small business. No experience is required, we will train you.  This is a full time position and mother’s hours are acceptable. PALMS Environmental offers an excellent working environment, and competitive salary with benefits. Interested candidates should contact: Dennis Hart, palmsenv@yahoo.com(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Becton Named to the Outland Trophy Watch List

first_imgBecton earned second-team preseason  All-American honors by Sporting News and a fourth-team selection by Phil Steele is the second UofL player to be honored on a watch list this summer.A 6-foot-7, 368-pounder, Becton started all 12 games for the Cardinals last season at left tackle, while starting 22 in his first two seasons. The native of Highland Springs,Va.,scored his first career touchdown when he plowed in from one yard in a win over Indiana State.The 2019 Outland Trophy presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases will be presented during ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards on December 12 from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The official presentation to the winner will be made at the NFID Outland Trophy Awards Dinner sponsored by Werner Enterprises in Omaha, Neb., on January 15, 2020. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville junior offensive lineman Mekhi Becton was of the 83 players named to the 2019 Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List on Tuesday. Story Links The Outland Trophy presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is given annually to the nation’s top interior lineman. The Outland Trophy, now in its 74th year, is the third-oldest major college football award. Created in 1946 when Dr. John Outland presented the FWAA with a financial contribution to initiate the award, the Outland Trophy has been given to the best interior lineman in college football ever since. Dr. Outland, an All-American at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1890s, eventually took up practice in Kansas City, MO. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Outland believed linemen did not get the credit they deserved and wanted an award to recognize them. Louisville hosts Notre Dame for the first time in school history on Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more