Whether it is robbery, snatching, murder or any form of the heinous crime, criminals are not hesitating to use the firearms on the victims. Easy availability of firearms to criminals a cause of worry for city police. “The problem of illicit firearms and their use is becoming worse with every passing year. The reasons why people go in for illegal arms vary from person to person, though most who seek illegal arms are petty criminals or those seeking revenge,” reads Delhi Police annual report 2018. Also Read – Remembering Sudhir PhadkeRecently the street of the city witnessed several incidents which proved gun culture booming in the National Capital. CCTV footages captured various inexplicable and spine-tingling incidents where trigger-happy criminals strike fear in Delhi. Though police busted several gangs involved in the supply, manufacturing of illicit weapons but the investigation revealed that arms demand still there. Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Madhur Verma said that all the teams of Delhi Police dedicatedly work to break the supply chain of illegal weapons. Apart from local police, Special Cell and Crime Branch are continuously working to curb the crime. “We have made big catches. Several criminals were arrested and weapons were seized,” said Madhur Verma. Also Read – YOUR HEALTHY FESTIVE PALATEFiring incidentsTwo unidentified assailants fired three shots at a reporting team from a news channel on the Barapullah flyover in New Delhi on Sunday, 9 June. The incident took place when the team – a reporter, cameraman and driver – were in the cab. Meanwhile, when they reached the Barapullah flyover two armed men on a motorbike approached their car. On seeing a pistol in the bike rider’s hand, the crew tried speeding, on which the biker fired at their car. The first bullet hit the gate, second hit the driver side window and the third one missed. Later the Crime Branch arrested two accused —Tayyab and Shahid in the robbery bid. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Dr G Ramgopal Naik said after any violent incident reported in the city, they start their investigation. “We scan different records and modus operandi of criminals. Several teams are formed to nab accused,” said DCP Crime. In May, two criminals were shot dead in firing in the busy streets under Dwarka Mor metro station. The investigating agency said that one of the criminals was killed by the rival whereas the other gangster was shot dead by alert PCR personnel. The 12 seconds CCTV footage of the alleged incident shows that two men including one of them wearing helmet fired indiscriminately in a white Ritz car. “One of the assailants was shooting from the front of the car and another one at the driver’s gate,” CCTV shows. Further, one of the criminals take out his helmet and went inside the Swift car. The commuters, who were earlier seeing the horrific, started leaving the spot. Later in an encounter, a 20-year-old gangster and a policeman were injured in Bawana area on Friday. Police said that the injured accused was involved in the recent gang war reported from Dwarka Mor. Special Cell arrested one accused in the case. Later Dwarka district arrested a person believed to be a conspirator in the case. In June five persons were gunned down by assailants in different parts of the city in 24 hours. Police said that personal enmity was the reason behind the killings. Later after investigation, several arrests were made. In June a 35-year-old jeweller was shot dead in Outer Delhi’s Ranhola area. In April an eatery owner was shot by a customer with whom he had an argument on mobile charging in East Delhi’s Ashok Nagar. Last year a 38-year-old woman (teacher) was shot dead in Rohini when she was going to her government school in Haryana. The city police solved the case and arrested several persons including the deceased’s husband and his paramour. In an alleged celebratory firing in East Delhi’s Mandawali, a 19-year-old bride was shot in her own marriage function in January this year. At the starting of 2019, a 45-year-old woman architect was shot in the head, allegedly by a former MLA from Bihar, at a New Year’s party at a farmhouse in south Delhi. The woman later died and accused in the case were arrested. A 30-year-old man was shot dead by the owner of a dog in Delhi allegedly after he threw some stones at the animal in North East Delhi. Delhi Police Data In the year 2016, as many as 912 cases were reported in which firearms were used. In 2017 nearly 848 such cases registered with the law enforcement. Last year in 752 cases arms used. In the year 2016, nearly 902 firearms were recovered. In 2017 as many as 1,381 firearms and last year 1,905 firearms were recovered. The Delhi Police data of the current year (till June 15) revealed that as many as 1,074 cases under the Arms Act reported. Around 1,262 persons were arrested. “Nearly 1,119 firearms, 4,206 ammunition and 323 sharp-edged weapons recovered, ” added Delhi Police data. In a crime review meeting, the Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik had asked senior officers regarding stern action to curb street crime involving the use of firearms. As many as 33 unsolved heinous cases in the current year were the major highlights of the recent crime review meeting between Delhi Police Commissioner and 15 districts, units in June. Police sources said that the top cop reviewed the reasons behind the pendency of the cases and directed officers to solve them as soon as possible. Investigators said that the before committing any shoot out every detail of the crime is planned out well in advance. The associates of the criminals keep an eye on the movements of the rival members and provide live tracking information to their gang. “In open places, there are chances that the rival gang member can flee by speeding the vehicle but in busy places possibility of slowing down vehicle or traffic snarls are there which give gangsters time to commit the crime and flee the spot,” investigator said. In many cases, criminals are found not using mobile phones. They connect to each other with internet calls to hoodwink police. Another officer said,” they want to establish supremacy.” Arms Trafficking Investigators in Delhi Police told Millennium Post probe revealed that from Dhar, Khargone, Burhanpur, Sendhwa, Munger, arms being smuggled to different parts of the country. A police officer said that due to their constant pressure in Bihar gunrunners have changed their locations. “We have found that raw materials for arms are being manufactured in one state. Later the raw materials trafficked to another state for weapon assembling,” police said. The arms are then sent to different parts of the country (transit points) for further supply to gangsters or criminals. Another police officer added that the investigation revealed that Munger-made illegal weapons are more sophisticated.” The gun runners have expertise in making weapons. The quality of Munger made weapons are much superior,” officer added. Name & fame Investigators are in Delhi Police found that youths from rural parts in Delhi-NCR are getting attracted towards gangsters. “Try to impress girlfriends or to frighten people living in the locality are a few reasons why youngsters are keeping arms with them,” said an investigator.”During the investigation, we found that budding criminals belong o the poor background. Lack of strong emotional bonds with parents is also one of the reasons for them to move towards crime,” added the officer. “Some movies glorify gangsters, youths can be affected by the violence,” said an officer. Another trend which is seen in recent days that people are posting their pictures or videos with arms in social media. Another trend which is seen in recent days that people are posting their pictures or videos with arms in social media. In April, a 19-year-old man was shot dead, allegedly by his friend, inside the car the two, along with a friend. Police claimed that the shot was fired while filming a video for the application. In the first week of June, Dwarka district apprehended a juvenile after a video emerged on social media in which a boy was seen firing at the house. Later the juvenile shared the video through social media amongst his known to make an impression on them. In another case, the team of special staff (Dwarka) under Inspector Naveen arrested two persons who posted their dance videos brandishing pistols in hands-on social media. Both used to roam on roads and enter into social functions with arms and brandish these to impress upon the other boys. Weapons industry The manufacturing of illegal weapons is not a big thing. Recently special cell team under DCP Manishi Chandra arrested two persons involved in the illegal activity. “The accused disclosed that the trade in illicit firearms has been inherited by them as hereditary occupation and they have been involved in last 10 years,” police said adding that their family members manufacture illegal arms at a cottage industry and they are supplied to various parts of the country. The accused used iron scrap and other materials to prepare .32 bore semi-automatic pistols. To set up a cottage industry all that is required is furnace with a fan, some brass metal rods, iron plates, cycle frame/tods, spring made from iron wire/line taken out from tyres of heavy vehicles and a lathe machine and filers of different numbers to smoothen the assembled parts of the pistol. According to investigators the whole process cost around Rs 6000 to 7000. One finished pistol cost Rs 25,000. “The pistol rate is Rs 4000-5000 but the middlemen sold it at the high price,” added investigator. Recently the team of under DCP (Special Cell) Pramod Singh Kushwaha led by ACP Attar Singh arrested three criminals with 21 semi-automatic pistols from Ghazipur area in East Delhi. Investigators have also found that new faces are used arms traffickers for the transportation of weapons in the city. “The illegal business of arms trafficking runs on the formula of demand and supply,” added police officer. New modus operandi The investigators revealed that arms traffickers mainly use social media applications to connect with each other. According to police, the gun runners adopt the break journey technique. “The criminal never used direct transport from any state. They can board train and after few railway stations they may take the bus to reach the destination,” investigators said.
BURLINGTON, Ont. – Police in Burlington, Ont., say a toddler is dead after being found in a vehicle without vital signs on Wednesday evening.Halton regional police Insp. Anthony Odoardi says officers got a call at about 5:30 p.m. from a “hysterical” man, indicating that a child was in a vehicle and was not breathing.Odoardi says the three-year-old boy was outside the car when emergency crews arrived and paramedics pronounced him dead.The cause of the boy’s death is unknown, Odoardi says, adding the body will be transported to Toronto for an autopsy Thursday.Odoardi says he did not want to speculate whether the heat was a factor in the boy’s death or how long he was inside the car.He says some members of the toddler’s family have been notified.“We are saddened by any situation in which a death occurs, let alone one in which a young child dies,” Odoardi told reporters Wednesday evening. “To the family, we offer our deepest condolences.”He said the vehicle is a grey Ford Escape, but said police don’t yet know who owns it.
Geneva – Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Mbarka Bouaida reiterated, on Tuesday in Geneva, Morocco’s commitment to maintain “full cooperation” with the UN High Commission on Human Rights and the Human Rights Council (HRC).Speaking at a meeting with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raâd Al-Hussein, Bouaida said that Morocco is set to fully cooperate with UN human rights bodies in favor of advancing human rights in the Kingdom.During the meeting, held on the sidelines of the 28th session of the Human Rights Council, the two parties underscored their excellent cooperation ties. Earlier in the day, Bouaida held separate meetings with President of the Human Rights Council Joachim Ruecker, Foreign and Commonwealth Minister for Human Rights Baroness Anelay.
America’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International, is a blur of activity on the best of days. But an extra layer of anxiety gripped the airport Friday, the eve of a three-day holiday weekend. The partial government shutdown — the longest ever — has thinned the ranks of federal workers who staff airport security lines. And some travellers had braced for the worst.“I have a 3 o’clock flight, and I arrived at 10:15 a.m.,” Beth Lambert said while waiting to check in at a Delta Air Lines counter as her 5-year-old, Michael, rode around on his wheeled bag like a scooter. “We’re going to be hanging out for a while.”The scene at most of the nation’s airports has so far been marked more by concerned passengers showing up early than by missed flights. Longer lines are evident at some airports. But delays resulting from a rise in federal security screeners calling in sick have been slight.Yet concern is quickly growing. President Donald Trump and Democrats in Congress remain far apart over Trump’s insistence on funding for a wall along the Mexican border as the price of reopening the government. With the two sides trading taunts and avoiding talks, travel industry analysts and economists have been calculating the potential damage should the shutdown drag into February or beyond.Airlines and hotels would suffer. So would parks and restaurants that cater to travellers. And, eventually, the broader U.S. economy, already absorbing a trade war with China and a global economic slowdown, would endure another blow.The travel and tourism industries generate about $1.6 trillion in U.S. economic activity — one-twelfth of the economy — and one in 20 jobs, according to the Commerce Department. Macroeconomic Advisers says it now expects the economy to expand at just a 1.4 per cent annual rate in the first three months of this year, down from its previous forecast of 1.6 per cent, because of reduced government spending during the shutdown.America’s air-travel system will face its sternest this weekend, which coincides with Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, a federal holiday. The Transportation Security Administration predicts it will screen over 8 million passengers between Friday and Monday, up 10.8 per cent from last year’s MLK weekend. And it will do so with fewer screeners. On Thursday, the TSA said 6.4 per cent of screeners missed work — nearly double the 3.8 per cent rate on the same day in 2018.A TSA spokesman said the agency was offering overtime to screeners for this weekend, though those workers wouldn’t be paid — for their regular pay or for overtime— until the shutdown eventually ends.On top of potentially longer airport security lines this weekend, a blast of winter weather could snarl travel this weekend in the Midwest and Northeast.Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, home to Delta Air Lines, has likely been the hardest hit airport. Delta said this week that the shutdown will cost it $25 million in January because fewer federal employees and contractors will be flying. By contrast, United Airlines, which has a substantial presence around Washington, D.C., said it hasn’t felt much impact yet.But the airlines fear that if the shutdown doesn’t end soon, more TSA agents will call in sick or quit. A shortage of screeners would cause security lines to swell. Air traffic controllers, who are also working without pay, say they, too, are short-staffed. If the controller shortage became severe enough, the government could restrict the number of flights, though some analysts think that’s unlikely.“Luckily this is the low season — January is one of the weakest months of the year,” said Savanthi Syth, an airline analyst for Raymond James. “This spilling into February is a real concern. The risk is that the longer this drags out, it might cause some passengers to say, ‘I don’t want to deal with all the hassle, maybe I won’t take that trip.’”Consumers are, in fact, taking a dimmer view of the economy, in part because of the shutdown. A measure of consumer confidence fell this month by the most in more than six years, according to the University of Michigan, which conducts the survey. If Americans were to cut back on travel and other discretionary spending, it would weaken consumer spending, the U.S. company’s primary fuel.Laura Mandala, who runs a travel and tourism research firm, said the shutdown might discourage international travellers, too.“These uncertainties will result in fewer conferences being booked,” Mandala said, leading to “convention and hotel staff layoffs, reduced schedules, resulting in less income for workers to spend in the local economy.”Hotels are starting to feel the impact, particularly in the Washington, D.C., region but also in other cities with substantial federal workforces, such as San Diego, which has a large naval base.In the Washington area, including its nearby suburbs in Maryland and Virginia, hotel revenue plunged 26 per cent in the second week of January compared with the same period last year, according to STR, a travel research firm. That’s much steeper than the 8 per cent decline that occurred nationwide.Michael Bellisario, an analyst for investment bank R.W. Baird, suggested that other factors accounted for the most of the nationwide drop but said the shutdown almost certainly played a role.“In no way is the government shutdown a positive for hotel demand and travel,” Bellisario said.If the shutdown lingers and people see more reports of long TSA lines on television news, “they will say, ‘Oh wow, travelling is hard,’ and that impacts the hotel industry,” said Jan Freitag, a senior vice-president at STR.For now, though, the most visible impact has been at airports. One of the seven checkpoints at Houston’s main airport has been closed all week and will remain so indefinitely, a spokesman said. Miami closed one concourse during the afternoons and evenings last weekend. On the other hand, officials at airports in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami said they weren’t experiencing any problems.The problems would emerge if the shutdown persists, and the damage would extend to the private companies that operate airport shops and restaurants.Mike Boyd, an airport consultant in Colorado, noted that a pullback in travel would be felt most in airports that are heavily dependent on government employees such as Reagan National Airport outside Washington, Manhattan Regional Airport in Kansas, near the Army’s Fort Riley, and Watertown International Airport in upstate New York, near Fort Drum.Federal employees going without pay — there are about 800,000 of them, including 420,000 who are still working — are already suffering, of course.“We still have to make sure our kids eat, make sure to have a roof over their head,” said Shalique Caraballo, whose wife is a TSA worker in Atlanta. “We sweat in private and don’t let the kids see the struggle.”Some in the airline industry and even in Congress have suggested that longer TSA security lines could exert enough pressure on politicians to break the stalemate that is keeping the government shuttered.Others have all but lost hope.“I would love to think that politicians understand that travel and tourism is an incredibly important gear in the economy,” said Ninan Chacko, CEO of Travel Leaders Group, which owns and manages travel agencies, “but I don’t think that is really the rational discussion that is taking place in Washington.”___Koenig reported from Dallas and Rugaber from Washington. AP staffers Sarah Blake Morgan and Ron Harris in Atlanta and Cathy Bussewitz in New York contributed to this report.David Koenig And Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press
28 September 2009Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta today called for revitalizing the sense of partnership and cooperation between Afghanistan and the international community, and said that despite irregularities the recent elections were a success. “We must aim to build upon our many joint achievements as well as to address our mutual shortcomings and deficiencies,” he told the General Assembly on the fifth day of its 64th annual General Debate, citing the upcoming international conference on Afghanistan. “What the Afghan nation expects and deserves from a renewed partnership with the international community is the reassurance of long-term commitment and solidarity. They are rightly fearful of being abandoned once again to lawlessness, extremism, and external interference.“Abandoning the Afghan nation, which has endured years of suffering and pain, will undermine the spirit of collective cooperation and the ideals of the UN. It will also undermine, for many generations to come, the moral credibility of those who fail to honour their promises and commitments to Afghans. Furthermore, it will embolden extremists in the region and beyond,” he added.He expressed profound gratitude for all the international help so far, adding: “The generous support and sacrifices of the international community were vital to our proud achievements in Afghanistan.”On the August elections, he cited the struggle with terrorism, drugs, weak state institutions and corruption but said a new Afghanistan is emerging, one that is a growing democracy with rising state institutions, a budding civil society, a growing private sector and strong international solidarity.“It was the first time in the modern history of Afghanistan that Afghan institutions were tasked with organizing and holding a nationwide election,” Mr. Spanta added. “Taking into account the socio-historic realities of Afghanistan, we have passed this national test successfully…“As with any emerging democracy, undoubtedly, there were irregularities. But one should not assess a young terrorist-inflicted democracy with the criteria of stable, prosperous, and centuries-old democracies. This is not a call to condone fraud and irregularities. But in passing judgment, we should be conscious of the context, the process and the full picture, rather than of only one aspect or issue.”He said that in an increasingly interdependent world the UN must assume greater responsibility for finding collective solutions to poverty, underdevelopment, environmental degradation, extremism, fundamentalism, terrorism, cultural prejudice, the spread of weapons of mass destruction and the arms race.“Rather than just managing and reacting to problems, the UN must find ways to address the structural causes of the world’s problems and conflicts. To these ends, closer cooperation between the UN, the International Criminal Court, international financial organizations and global civil society is vital in moving towards more just and equitable relations between nations,” he declared.Afghanistan’s northern neighbour, Uzbekistan, told the Assembly that the Afghan war was the source of security threats in Central Asia. “It is not a secret any more that the Afghan problem, which began 30 years ago, has no military solution,” Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov told the Assembly.“It is impossible to improve and radically change the situation in the country without solving such urgent issues as reconstruction of Afghanistan’s economy, communications and social infrastructure destroyed by war, without involving in this process the Afghan people.”He also stressed the interdependence of the world, calling for close cooperation between the UN and such regional structures as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which groups China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.For its part, Germany – one of the biggest troop contributing nations and main bilateral donors to Afghanistan – said that “against the backdrop of the difficult security situation, the further build-up of Afghan security forces gains an even greater importance,” Thomas Matussek, Germany’s Ambassador to the UN, said.To this end, Germany will continue to send more police instructors to Afghanistan, he said.In the face of criticism, he pointed to “encouraging accomplishments,” especially economic growth and the rehabilitation of infrastructure.“The basic prerequisites for Afghanistan’s sustainable development are good governance, the resolute fight against corruption and an improvement in state services,” Mr. Matussek stressed. “These are essential if the population is to once again nurture hope for the future.”
“An increase in extreme weather events and unprecedented natural calamities have set back Asia-Pacific economic recovery and development gains and require a joint regional response,” said Nagesh Kumar, Acting Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Representatives of 31 countries and 22 international organizations are attending the conference which will study a UN-supported report on natural disasters in the region. According to the report, the region has suffered 85 per cent of deaths and 38 per cent of global economic losses as a result of disasters from 1980 to 2009. Nearly 90 per cent of all people affected by disasters in 2010 were living in Asia. A common feature of the region is the high concentration of populations in seismically active areas. The 2009 earthquake and tsunami in Samoa, for example, derailed that Pacific island nation’s graduation to middle-income country status. “This session takes place at a time when the region is yet to fully recover from the external shocks from the global financial crisis, and disasters contribute to aggravation of the situation and undermine the region’s efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” Mr. Kumar said. The spate of disasters in many countries over the past year has affected the food security situation, further aggravating the rising food prices, he said. During the conference, a high-level panel of senior government delegates will share insights on emerging trends in disasters and their socio-economic, development and environmental aspects, ESCAP said. A special presentation on challenges and lessons learned in the aftermath of Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in March will also be held. 29 June 2011Asia-Pacific countries must pull together to overcome natural calamities that have set back the region’s road to economic recovery, a United Nations official told the start of a three-day disaster risk reduction meeting in Bangkok today.
WILDWOOD, N.J. — A congressional subcommittee has heard from fishermen asking for input on crucial decisions about offshore wind energy.They said Monday at a hearing at the Jersey Shore that they want to be consulted on where wind energy projects are located and whether water access is restricted.The hearing’s purpose was to gather input from the industry and its advocates to be considered in future regulation of wind energy.Peter Hughes, of Atlantic Cape Fisheries, says proposed projects off New Jersey sit atop prime fishing grounds.Capt. Ed Yates is a fisherman from Barnegat (BAR’-neh-get) Light, New Jersey.He says flounder, cod and other species have moved away from underground cables at a wind project off Denmark.Wayne Parry, The Associated Press
China is facing significant environmental and social challenges that must be addressed if it is to achieve its sustainable development goals, according to a joint report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government. “China’s Green Long March: A Study of Renewable Energy, Environmental Industry and Cement Sectors” notes that the country has a strong policy framework in place to support a national transition to a green economy. For example, incentives, such as feed-in-tariffs, subsidies and tax advantages, already exist and are helping stimulate green investment, as are strict regulations to help phase out inefficient plants, halt water pollution and improve waste management.The country is also a global leader in renewable energy technology investment, UNEP says in a news release. In 2012 alone, China’s renewable energy investment totalled $67.7 billion – the highest in the world and double the amount it invested in 2009.At the same time, the joint report released this week by UNEP and China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection points out that the country is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, accounting for 27 per cent of the total emissions in 2012. Also, while its gross domestic product (GDP) accounts for 10 per cent of the global output, it consumes 60 per cent of the world’s cement, 49 per cent of the iron and steel, and 20 per cent of the energy.In addition, local pollution, particularly to air and water, is putting a strain on China’s economic growth. It is estimated that 90 per cent of the country’s urban water bodies are polluted, and outdoor pollution is estimated to contribute to 1.2 million premature deaths per year.As China continues its urbanization, the report finds that the country “should not only develop more energy efficient buildings, but also create greener supply chains that reduce waste generation, water and material consumption, and energy use,” states UNEP. Currently, buildings account for as much as one-third of global greenhouse gases, thus greening the building sector supply chain could be a key opportunity for the country, the agency says.Among other findings, the report says there is a major technology gap between Chinese firms and their international competitors.
Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) runs the ball during a game against Michigan Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorJunior quarterback Braxton Miller and nine other members of the No. 2 Ohio State football team (12-0, 8-0) received recognition when the Big Ten announced its All-Conference teams and positional award winners Monday.Miller was named the conference’s Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year and a first-team All-Big Ten selection.Miller, fresh off a five-touchdown performance in OSU’s 42-41 win against Michigan, went 138 for 210 passing for 1,759 yards and 21 touchdowns during the 2013 regular season. He also rushed for 891 yards on 132 carries and eight touchdowns, all despite getting injured early in OSU’s second game and missing the next two. His ranks second on the team in rushing yards, trailing only senior running back Carlos Hyde.Hyde won the conference’s Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year award, and was also named as a first-team All-Big Ten running back along with Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah. Hyde ran for 1,290 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season, and became the first running back under coach Urban Meyer to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season.Three offensive linemen were also All-Big Ten selections. Redshirt-senior center Corey Linsley, redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort and senior left guard Andrew Norwell were all first-team selections by the media. The coaches chose Linsley as a first-team selection and Mewhort and Norwell as second-team selections.Senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown was a second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches.Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier was named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media.Shazier led the Big Ten with 123 total tackles and 22 tackles for loss during the 2013 regular season. He recorded double digit tackles a total of six times, and tallied a season-high 19 during OSU’s 42-14 win against Indiana Nov. 23.Redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by both coaches and media.Sophomore defensive end Noah Spence was a first-team All-Big Ten selection on the defensive line by the media, and a second-team selection by coaches. Junior defensive lineman Michael Bennett was a second-team selection by both coaches and media.Redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton was OSU’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.
Quadra Mining and Centenario Copper have entered into a definitive agreement whereby Quadra is expected to acquire, by Plan of Arrangement, all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Centenario at an exchange ratio of 0.28 Quadra common shares for each whole Centenario common share. Centenario’s principal asset is the Franke SX/EW, heap leach project in northern Chile, containing an NI 43-101 compliant estimated mineral reserve of 41.7 Mt with an average grade of 0.75% total Cu. The Franke processing plant has a nominal design capacity of 70 Mlb/y of copper cathode over its estimated current 8.6 year mine life. The mineral reserves reflect today’s release by Centenario of an updated mine plan, mineral reserves and operating and capital costs for the Franke project. Centenario is currently preparing a new NI 43-101 compliant report which will include the updated information and other prescribed information which will be issued prior to the mailing of the Information Circular to Centenario shareholders. Quadra is aware of the input data, as provided under a confidentiality agreement, and has considered this in its offer to Centenario, but has not been involved in the new 43-101 as above.On November 13, 2008, Centenario reported that the Franke project faced a projected funding shortfall of $26 million, due to additional capital and working capital requirements. On November 20, 2008 Centenario reported that, with the consent of its lenders, it had repurchased a portion of its outstanding 2010 copper hedge contracts for net proceeds of $26 million, which were placed into an escrow account with its lenders. The release of the hedge proceeds were subject to i) the completion, to the satisfaction of the lenders, of due diligence activities underway by the lenders’ Technical Agent in relation to an updated Franke Development Plan and ii) the company’s ability to continue to meet the terms of the existing Franke Credit Facility, or such amendments as the lenders shall require.As of the date hereof, Centenario has not yet reached agreement with its lenders for the release of the hedge proceeds, or an equity funded Cost Overrun account and the remaining credit available under the facility. The combination with Quadra should allow Centenario to restructure or refinance its existing loan and resolve its funding shortfall.Based on the currently anticipated restructured debt amount, Quadra and Centenario estimate that an additional $25 million in funding will be required to bring the Franke project to positive cashflow, based on the current Centenario start-up schedule. In connection with the transaction and to provide Centenario with liquidity support , Quadra has agreed to loan Centenario up to $3.5 million and subscribe for 10.24 million treasury common shares of Centenario, at a subscription price of C$0.80 per share, for a total aggregate investment of some $10 million. The loan and share subscription are conditional upon, among other things, Centenario entering into a commitment letter with its existing or new lenders, by no later than March 31, 2009, with respect to the restructuring or refinancing of Centenario’s senior indebtedness on terms that are acceptable to Quadra, in its sole discretion and judgment, and the approval of the TSX. The proceeds from the loan and subscription will be used by Centenario for the Franke project, and form part of the estimated $25 million net funding need. Upon completion of the plan of arrangement, Quadra would commit the remaining portion of the $25 million funding required by the Franke project , based on the current Centenario start-up schedule.Quadra says the benefits of the combined company from the acquisition by Quadra of Centenario include:Accelerates production growth with an anticipated additional 70 Mlb of annual copper production – an increase of approximately 30% in Quadra’s anticipated annual copper production by 2010Quadra’s proven development team is uniquely positioned to complete the Franke project having successfully completed and brought into production the Carlota heap leach/SW-EW operation in 2008Proforma company maintains a comfortable cash balance, post capital and working capital injections in the Franke projectLowers average cost of Quadra’s production as the Franke project is expected to have an operating cash cost of less than $1.30/lb of copper produced, based on the updated information provided by CentenarioEstablishes copper production presence in northern Chile with potential for future synergies with Quadra’s nearby advanced Sierra Gorda projectCreates a diversified asset base across multiple producing mines and a strong portfolio of internal growth projects by adding the Franke project and related satellite properties to Quadra’s existing development projects at Sierra Gorda and MalmbergContinues strategy of building a portfolio of quality copper producing assets in low political risk jurisdictions and strongly positions the combined company for continued copper-focused base metals consolidationAccretive to Quadra’s cash flow and earning per share upon full production.Paul Blythe, President and CEO of Quadra said “The acquisition of Centenario Copper is a perfect fit to our strategic growth plan of becoming a mid-tier, copper focused metals producer and represents excellent value for our shareholders. With our technical expertise, development and funding capability, Quadra has all the required skills to complete the construction and undertake the ramp up to full production. The transaction further de-risks Quadra through the diversification of cash flow sources across multiple projects and by 2010, Quadra, is expected to produce approximately 275–300 Mlb/y of copper, all in low political risk jurisdictions, making it one of the larger mid tier copper producers.”Richard Colterjohn, President and CEO of Centenario Copper said, “The transaction provides Centenario shareholders continued exposure to the Franke project while leveraging Quadra’s technical expertise and financial strength. I am confident in their ability, as proven operators at Robinson and at their recently developed Carlota SX/EW mine, to ramp up the Franke Project to its 70 Mlb annual production capacity as quickly and effectively as possible. I believe that Centenario shareholders should benefit from Quadra management’s clearly articulated vision of becoming a leading consolidator and premier investment vehicle in the mid-tier copper space, which offers the significant potential for a positive re-rating of Quadra’s shares, both as a result of this transaction and longer term.”
Tonga declares state of emergency as it braces for arrival of powerful storm The cyclone has already created havoc in neighbouring Samoa and is threatening to become a Category Five superstorm. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 2 Comments Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images http://jrnl.ie/3847163 Photo shows wood floating on the water in Samoa after a cyclone blew through. Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images 11,996 Views Photo shows wood floating on the water in Samoa after a cyclone blew through. By AFP TONGA HAS DECLARED a state of emergency today and imposed a curfew in the capital Nuku’alofa as the Pacific island kingdom braced for a direct hit from Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita.The cyclone has already created havoc in neighbouring Samoa and is threatening to become a Category Five superstorm as it approaches Tonga.Acting Prime Minister Semisi Sika issued a nationwide alert, saying he was “satisfied that an emergency is happening or is about to happen”.The Fiji Meteorological Service predicts Gita will become a Category Five storm – the top of the scale – before reaching Tonga later tonight.It is already packing gusts of 275 km/h has it sits off the east coast of the country’s most populous island Tongatapu.Truckloads of troops were helping people batten down as the capital prepared for the cyclone and evacuation centres were opened across the kingdom.Police also announced an overnight curfew in central Nuku’alofa “to further protect people and property”.“We are urging people to seek refuge from this severe cyclone that could be the most powerful in the country’s history,” said police commissioner Stephen Caldwell.Tonga’s Fua’amotu Weather Forecasting Centre warned residents could expect “very destructive hurricane-force winds”.Gita slammed into Samoa overnight Friday, forcing the evacuation of some 200 people and causing widespread flooding, leaving many without power.Philip Duncan, chief forecaster at New Zealand’s Weather Watch service, said current modelling showed it was lining up to hit Tongatapu directly.“That’s a very serious situation, the capital is there, there’s over 75,000 people,” he said.It’s pretty rare to see the perfect circle, the centre of that storm, going right over the top of such a small island.‘Major damage’ fearedDuncan said the cyclone could cause major damage even if it remained offshore.“If it moves just a little bit north or south it may not make technical landfall but it’s severe weather, winds up to 230 km/h, waves over 10 metres at sea and a storm surge over a metre on top of that,” he said.The information ministry advised anyone considering moving to the shelters to leave early, saying travel would not be possible when the eye of the storm passes over.Otherwise people should stay at home and ride out the wild weather, it said.“Every family should have an emergency kit packed in their homes,” it warned.Everyone should be mindful of what might cause damage within their homes such as large trees that can potentially damage a house.Tonga Meteorological Service director Ofa Fa’anunu said the low-lying capital was particularly vulnerable to storm surges.“We are looking at major structural damage,” he warned.Cyclones are common in the Pacific at this time of year, with Category Five systems proving highly destructive when they make landfall.Cyclone Winston killed 44 people in Fiji in 2016, and Cyclone Pam claimed 11 lives and damaged 65,000 homes in Vanuatu in 2015.Another Category Five storm, Cyclone Ian, hit Tonga’s sparsely-populated Ha’apai islands in 2014, causing extensive damage and leaving thousands homeless.© – AFP, 2018Read: Terrorism not being considered as probe into one of Russia’s worst ever air disasters kicks offRead: All flights in and out of London City Airport cancelled after discovery of World War II bomb nearby Monday 12 Feb 2018, 7:55 AM Feb 12th 2018, 7:55 AM Short URL Share27 Tweet Email
Stay on target A Russian Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft successfully docked to the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday night, after it failed to go to its “parking spot” on August 24.The uncrewed Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft, which had a humanoid robot on board, successfully attached to the space station’s Zvezda module at 11:08 p.m. EDT on August 26, NASA said in a press release. The Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft, which delivered 1,450 pounds of cargo, including the Skybot F-850 humanoid robot, to the Expedition 60 crew, will stay at the orbiting laboratory for 14 days.The Soyuz MS-14 is home at the Zvezda module! Contact and capture confirmed at 11:08 pm ET. https://t.co/cBNqC5JGaz pic.twitter.com/vc04xod0sm— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) August 27, 2019“The second time was the charm,” NASA spokesperson Rob Navias said during live commentary after the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft docked at the space station. “A flawless approach.”While the spacecraft were flying about 250 miles above Eastern Mongolia, an uncrewed Russian Soyuz spacecraft arrived and docked to the station at 11:08pm ET. https://t.co/aY3Jq49jnl pic.twitter.com/R6ZuvqtWCk— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) August 27, 2019Unlike other Soyuz capsules, the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft is the first to visit the space station without human crew members, Space.com reported.#Video: Soyuz-2.1a rocket launch with the #SoyuzMS14 ship filmed from several points of the Baikonur launching complex The spacecraft is scheduled to dock the ISS on August 24, at 05:30 UTC. The broadcast will be available at Roscosmos website: https://t.co/b0mrHZKq3v pic.twitter.com/uhICOuLXR2— РОСКОСМОС (@roscosmos) August 23, 2019Over the weekend, the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft aborted its first docking attempt due to a potential issue with an amplifier of a navigation system on the space station.On August 22, the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft was sent on a test flight with an upgraded Soyuz 2.1 rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The test flight to the space station aims to monitor the spacecraft’s compatibility with the revamped Soyuz booster rocket. According to NASA, the Soyuz 2.1 booster features a new digital flight control system and upgraded engines. Starting next spring, the booster will be used to transport crews to the space station.More on Geek.com:Astronauts Switch Soyuz Spacecraft’s ‘Parking Spot’ at Space StationRussian Spacecraft Carrying Humanoid Robot Fails to Dock the ISSRussia Launches Humanoid Robot to ISS Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSISS Astronauts Study What Happens to Concrete Mixed in Space
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has revealed the pride that he felt by captaining the club in their pre-season tour of the United StatesWhile Antonio Valencia has been confirmed as United’s captain for the upcoming campaign, it was Herrera who wore the armband in the club’s US tour due to the Ecuador international having sustained an injury in the club’s goalless draw with San Jose Earthquakes last week.With the many youngsters on the team in the US due to most of United’s first-team players on vacation, after their exploits at the World Cup, Herrera’s responsibilities as the leader were likely double that of an average captain due to many of the players being inexperienced and a part of the club’s academy program.But the Spaniard enjoyed himself in the role.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Of course I am really proud because it is not easy to be a Manchester United captain, first of all because it is not easy to stay at the club for a long time,” said Herrera on the club website.“So I am really proud to have been the Manchester United captain. But even if I am not the captain, I am proud anyway. As soon as I represent this club, I feel proud and I always give my best.“When you have the armband, it is even nicer, but I try my best anyway.”Herrera joined United from Athletic Bilbao in 2014 and has since managed to make 161 appearances in all competitions.
KUSI Newsroom Posted: June 3, 2019 SAN MARCOS (KUSI) – The shooting deaths of a man and woman in a residential neighborhood near Lake San Marcos were a murder-suicide, authorities reported today.Deputies responding to a 911 call from a home in the 1000 block of Lanza Court in San Marcos about 10:15 a.m. Monday were told by a neighbor that two children, ages 10 and 11, were inside the residence and afraid to come out, according to sheriff’s officials.The patrol personnel entered the house and found the bodies of Michelle Johnson, 43, and 49-year-old Tiko Masai Leal, sheriff’s Lt. Chad Boudreau said.The children were taken into protective custody and were expected to be turned over to other family members, Boudreau said.Autopsies determined that Leal shot Johnson before turning the gun on himself. Details on their relationship to each other and a suspected motive for the shootings have not been released. June 3, 2019 Updated: 8:40 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Two found dead in San Marcos homicide now identified KUSI Newsroom,
Clark County Commissioner David Madore is inviting the public to attend an informational meeting about a proposed bistate bridge spanning the Columbia River from Southeast 192nd Avenue.The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, July 25, at the Clark County Commissioners hearing room. It will be the first look anyone in the community has had at the work that’s been done.Representatives from FIGG Engineering Group, the Florida-based company working on schematics of what the project could look like, will unveil a design and cost estimates at the meeting, Madore said Tuesday.The meeting will be televised on CVTV and open to the public, although only “bistate community leaders” will participate in a question-and-answer session, Madore said. While it’s unclear exactly which “bistate leaders” will be in attendance, proponents of a third-bridge option, including state Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, say they plan to make it.The county will also hold a public hearing on the proposal at the board’s July 29 meeting. That’s when commissioners will take public comment and decide whether to place another advisory vote on the November ballot. It will ask voters whether, based on FIGG’s design and cost, they’d want to pursue the project.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享As the Department of Transportations continues to work with the City of Homer on finding a temporary solution for the ongoing erosion along the Homer Spit, the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers is now stepping in to help. The City of Homer has been working with DOT to make temporary repairs, using harbor dredging materials for the ongoing erosion near Homer Spit Road. McCarthy: “We have existing erosion protection further toward town, so we would have to make sure we designed it to connect with that. What we wouldn’t want is just random erosion protection, we would want it to work with that and be thought out.” There’s no set timeline for any project. But the city is hoping to address the issue soon, by working with state and federal agencies to find a lasting solution. This is a temporary measure and is not considered permanent protection. The area is subject to further erosion until a permanent solution can be identified and implemented, according to Shannon McCarthy with DOT.
Residual heat is primarily on the interior of the fire or toward the north end, away from values at risk such as Sterling Highway, homes, and other improvements.There is a slight chance the fire could spread beyond its current footprint. It will be monitored by aircraft until fire personnel are sure it poses no danger to the public or the Sterling Highway, according to a release from the Incident Command Team. Monitoring of the fire perimeter will continue for months to come. Personnel and equipment continue work on repairing damage caused by suppression operations. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Fire growth has been limited to creeping and smoldering within the fire perimeter for six days as the Swan Lake Fire remains at roughly 102,229 acres. Significant rain over the past 48 hours has resulted in little smoke and better air quality. In a press release from the ICU, If the fire moves further east in the Chickaloon, Thurman, and Mystery Creek drainages, fire managers have identified pinch points where the fire can be stopped beforeendangering values at risk in Cooper Landing and the Resurrection Pass Trail area. The majority of Incident personnel are being reassigned to other fires or returned to their home unit. The Eastern Area Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) will transition to a smaller Alaska organization mid-week. This smaller organization will manage the fire for the next few weeks.
By MARK F. GRAY, Staff WriterIt was clear from the start that Bowie State was not overwhelmed by the NCAA Division II playoffs when hosting West Alabama at Bulldogs Stadium. The Bulldogs learned valuable lessons in last year’s first round loss to Delta State so when things went from comfortable to precarious there was a calm about the 2018 CIAA Champions where they knew how to win.After blowing a 13 point second half lead, then relying on the defense to hold off the Tigers off for one last drive, Bowie State advanced with a resilient 41-35 victory, which continues their historic season. The Bulldogs will face the number one seed in the Super Region II at Valdosta State.Bowie State won their first national playoff game in school history 41-35 against West Alabama at Bulldogs Stadium. (Courtesy Photo)Bowie State carries the banner for all HBCUs in this year’s Division II playoffs. There were several other programs that had arguments for inclusion in the post-season tournament in what could be referred to as the region of doom, with four teams from the Gulf South Conference who made the postseason.This was the biggest win in the history of their program and brought credibility back to the CIAA. The conference hadn’t won a game of this magnitude since the great Winston Salem State played for the national championship in 2012. With Albany State losing in the SIAC Championship to Miles and Virginia Union, Morehouse, nor Tuskegee making the field of 28, carrying the mantle for HBCU football was something Bowie State recognized and wore as a badge of honor.“We don’t take that lightly,” Bowie State head coach Damon Wilson to the AFRO. “We know that we are representing HBCU’s in these playoffs and it was important for us to play well”.BSU quarterback Amir Hall was almost flawless playing an all around game where he produced 411 yards total offense. His 31 of 48 360-yard one touchdown performance was more efficient than it was spectacular. Hall picked his spots spread the wealth to four different receivers as West Alabama focused on making things difficult for all-CIAA receiver Lansana Sesay.Sesay caught seven passes for 86 yards but never got loose against the Tigers secondary. However, he opened things for Jordan Crockett to erupt for 131 yards with his seven catches, including a 66-yard strike that led to one of Hall’s two rushing touchdowns.“They really never caught us off guard with anything that we hadn’t already seen on film,” said Hall. “Early in the game I was finding the soft spots in their defense and waiting for the time to attack.”Things started ominously for BSU as West Alabama swiftly marched downfield on their opening drive. When Harry Satterwhite capped their seven-play 78-yard march with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Tyriq Martin, whatever energy in the building completely evaporated. Since their Symphony of Soul marching band remains suspended because of a hazing investigation, it was challenging to draw energy from the sparse late arriving crowd.“That was disappointing,” Wilson said. “This is a playoff game and the stands should be packed. I know Maryland played Ohio State but, there was no championship on the line in that game. We were the only team in the state playing a game this big today and everybody needs to know about it.”However, the game swung on two massive defensive plays from Roger Richardson. Richardson’s 34-yard third quarter interception return set up Bryan Ellis’ three-yard touchdown giving them a 27-14 lead. He then clinched the victory with a 36-yard pick six in the fourth quarter that proved to be the difference in the game.
Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here . Updates as we get them on the feed below.18:44Traffic continues to pass via the hardshoulder on the #M6 northbound between J15 and J16 #Staffordshire as carriageway clean up and preparations for re-surfacing continue at scene. Severe delays currently between J14 and J16- https://t.co/eORQOLycz1 pic.twitter.com/Sp6the8Fb0— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) August 6, 201817:13Traffic now passing on the hard shoulder and the #M6 is now open northbound between J15 and J16 in #Staffordshire. 3 lanes remain closed currently. Severe delays currently between J14 and J16 pic.twitter.com/U8nlrvkGpv— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) August 6, 201817:12Today we attended a potentially nasty RTC. Unbelievably everyone was discharged on scene but what a lucky group of people!! Huge thanks to the offduty @metpoliceuk officers who assisted greatly until help arrived. @Nic_Gunn @OFFICIALWMAS @StaffsNorth @BASICS_HQ @StaffsFire pic.twitter.com/MacwjSs5Tf— Jon Ireson (@wmasjonireson) August 6, 201814:47Fire now out but long delays continueA Highways England spokesman said:Car fire now extinguished on the M6 northbound between J15 and J16 which remains BLOCKED. Firefighters remain on scene damping down. Long delays behind between J15 and J16 currently. “ All traffic is being held on the M6 motorway’s northbound carriageway due to a vehicle fire. Inrix, a traffic data company, reports all traffic being temporarily held, vehicle fire and smoke blowing across the road on the M6 Northbound from J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) to J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe). Cameras show the car on fire is in lane three (of three). Inrix, a traffic data company, reports emergency services are yet to be at scene. A Highways England spokesman said: “The M6 northbound between J15 and J16 has traffic stopped due to a car fire. Emergency services en route. Expect delays to build.” One lane is also due to smoke blowing across the road onthe M6 Southbound from J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) to J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Read More
Trafalgar, Insight offer Canadians air-inclusive deal with Delta TORONTO – The Travel Corporation, the world leader in award-winning vacations, is offering Canadian travellers exclusive savings on Trafalgar and Insight Vacations journeys booked in conjunction with flights on Delta, KLM, Air France or Alitalia.Travellers can save up to $400 per couple and 10 per cent Early Payment Discount. “We are so pleased to partner with Delta and offer this air and land deal to Canadian travellers,” says Wolf Paunic, president of Trafalgar Canada. “This is the perfect time to book that dream vacation to Europe as clients will not get a better deal.”Just in time for the holidays, travellers can treat themselves to a European vacation with savings of $400 per couple on air-inclusive bookings with Trafalgar* and Insight Vacations**. Travellers can also save 10 per cent off the land portion with Trafalgar and Insight’s Early Payment Discount, making this by far the best offer of the year!“Our ongoing relationship with Delta has allowed us to offer travellers incredible savings to make their Europe travel plans a reality,” said Cris David, president of Insight Vacations Canada. “It is thanks to this partnership that we can provide incentives for clients to book with the knowledge that they are receiving the very best value.”More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaValid for a limited-time only from December 21, 2016 until January 12, 2017, clients can choose from over 215 itineraries to Europe with Trafalgar and Insight. Visit some of the world’s most coveted destinations while enjoying VIP treatment, exclusive access to major attractions, unique local experiences and effortless travel thanks to the highest levels of service. The Canadian Press Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Friday, December 23, 2016