Image Courtesy: AALEver wondered how monster trucks are transported from one place to another? Well, it takes another type of a monster. Thirteen enormous haulage trucks were recently shipped on a heavy lift vessel owned by Singapore-based multipurpose operator AAL Shipping from Laem Chabang Port in Thailand to the Port of Nakhodka in southeast Russia.Intended for Siberian mining project, these truck units – each over fourteen meters in length, weighing 170 million tons – were transported on the 19,000 dwt AAL Dampier, on behalf of Freightplus. Built in 2011, AAL Dampier features a length of 149 meters and a width of 23.4 meters.“We were delighted … to have successfully completed the delivery of this important cargo ahead of schedule. The crane capacity of our S-Class fleet came into its own, giving Freightplus the assurance that each 170mt truck could be lifted, stowed and discharged at Nakhodka terminal without any reach issues,” Namir Khanbabi, Managing Director of AAL’s Tramp & Projects Division, commented.AAL said it has the sector’s youngest fleet of the new generation and “technologically advanced” multipurpose heavy lift vessels. The AAL Dampier is part of AAL’s owned 19,000 dwt ‘S-Class’ fleet, with each vessel featuring a combined lifting capacity of 700 million tons.“These highly versatile vessels are designed to load and transport all manner of industrial and commercial heavy-lift and dry bulk cargo to and from the busiest, or most remote, ports around the world,” according to AAL.Video Courtesy: AAL
zoom London-based private equity company 3i Group and its Eurofund V have sold their 100 pct holding in the Danish ferry operator Scandlines to a consortium consisting of First State Investments and Hermes Investment Management for EUR 1.7 billion (USD 2.1 billion).Scandlines said that 3i has decided to reinvest in the Ro-Pax company and acquire 35 pct stake in conjunction with First State Investments which will hold 50.1 percent and Hermes Investment Management, which will hold the remaining 14.9 percent.Net cash proceeds to 3i following the reinvestment will be EUR 347 million (USD 430 million), and are expected to be received in the first quarter of 2019 fiscal year.As explained by Peter Wirtz, a partner at 3i Germany, during the company’s investment period dating back to 2007, Scandlines has been transformed from a state-owned company into an important infrastructure asset that provides services on the key transport corridors between Denmark and Germany.Between 2012 and 2016, the shipping company has invested EUR 365 million in green technology, new ferries and upgrading of port and terminal facilities, Wirtz added, noting that green technology will be high on the company’s future investment agenda.3i, and funds managed by 3i, initially acquired a 40pct stake in Scandlines in 2007. They bought a further 10 pct stake from Deutsche Seerederei in 2010 and acquired the remaining 50 pct from Allianz Capital Partners in November 2013.The sale was confirmed to World Maritime News back in December 2017, with Rothschild investment bank being mandated to explore the potential sale of the Danish ferry operator.Scandlines operates two high-frequency routes between Germany and Denmark (Puttgarden-Rødby and Rostock-Gedser).The company’s fleet comprises eight ferries, resulting in more than 42,000 departures annually.World Maritime News Staff
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, Turks and Caicos – December 4, 2017 – Multiple fires were set at the Grand Turk Landfill and now officials and the managers of the site are struggling to contain the blazes. Turks and Caicos Environmental Management or TCEM issued a statement to say they suspect it is arson which caused the fires noticed around 3am Monday.TCEM said, “This extremely unfortunate incident appears to be the result of intentional arson at the site, set at various points on the landfill in order to inflict maximum harm. An investigation is underway as to the cause of this fire.”Residents we spoke to on Monday night say there is still smoke blanketing the Capital; they believe someone was trying to control mosquitoes and other pests which might be coming from the dump. There has been no statement from anyone about the fire – not from Police, Fire Department or Health.TCEM explained that the security on duty coordinated with the airport fire service for a rapid response and emergency protocols for landfill fire management are being followed and the fire is being contained.Additional mitigation will be ongoing until the fire is completely extinguished.”This is not the first time arson has been suspected at the landfill; no one was caught the last time either for setting the blaze.
Niall McGinn says Northern Ireland must take the positives from their disappointing UEFA Nations League campaign.McGinn insists the team’s 2-1 defeat to Austria sums up their disappointing outing in the Nations League.Despite looking competitive in patches against Austria, just as they did in previous group games against Austria and Bosnia, Northern Ireland ended up with nothing.Northern Ireland’s position in the group doesn’t make for good reading as they have played four and lost four.But at times Michael O’Neill’s side have done well against both opponents before eventually losing the games.“I think it sums up the Nations League in general where we performed well, created chances without putting the ball in the net,” McGinn said, according to NewsLetter.England and Bulgaria on a collision course over racism George Patchias – September 13, 2019 England’s concerns over racism in Bulgaria has sparked a furious row.Recently England manager Gareth Southgate expressed his concern over racist abuse being aimed at…“We were the team tonight in the ascendancy and we looked as if we could go on and win it.“But all-in-all it just shows when you make a mistake, or things are maybe not going your way and then you are punished by a great finish that you get from great opposition.”“There are times you get punished and more or less we were punished by the last kick of the ball.”“There are maybe times in this campaign that we have played a lot better than we did in the Euro 2016 campaign, when we may be hung in there at times to get the right results. And, at the end of the day, this is a results-based business and you have to win games and that breeds confidence.”“The confidence is always there in the squad and the performances have shown that, but maybe the final ball or getting ahead in games and holding out is what we are missing.”“We are disappointed with the result but we have to take the positives from the performances in the campaign.”
Posted: March 5, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSan Diego is a big military town, and with each person comes a story. The La Jolla Playhouse is bringing those stories to life in a new play called “Home of the Brave.”Actors Carolyn Agan and Kendrick Dial, both of whom have real experience as part of a military family, stop by Good Morning San Diego to talk about the play. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom ‘Home of the Brave’ play tells stories of military families March 5, 2018
Posted: October 16, 2018 AP Stocks surge on earnings and economic data; Dow climbs 500 October 16, 2018 NEW YORK (AP) — World stock markets are rallying Tuesday, and U.S. stocks are on track for their second-largest gain in 2018 following strong earnings reports from major U.S. companies in finance and health care. Technology companies are also rising after their recent slump. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose as much as 502 points.Even with the big gains, major indexes are still broadly lower for the month following a two-day rout last week that erased nearly 1,400 points from the Dow.Investors were encouraged by some good news on the economy. The Federal Reserve said output by U.S. factories, mines and utilities climbed in September despite the effects of Hurricane Florence, and the Labor Department said U.S. employers posted the most jobs in two decades in August while hiring continued to increase.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index jumped 54 points, or 2 percent, to 2,805 as of 2:45 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow gained 494 points, or 2 percent, to 25,745.The Nasdaq composite climbed 192 points, or 2.6 percent, to 7,623 as technology companies reversed some of their outsize losses from the last few days. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks rose 39 points, or 2.6 percent, to 1,592.Earnings for U.S. companies climbed about 20 percent in each of the first two quarters of 2018 as economic growth picked up and corporate taxes were slashed. Analysts expect similar results in the current period.Stocks have gyrated over the last three days following a six-day losing streak that included some of their biggest declines of the year. The S&P 500 fell 6.9 percent from its record high on Sept. 20 to its recent low on Thursday. It remains 4.3 percent below that record level.HEALTHY…: UnitedHealth, the largest U.S. health insurer and provider of privately-run Medicare Advantage plans, once again topped Wall Street forecasts and raised its projections for the year. The stock climbed 4.1 percent to $270.95. Other health insurers also rose. Cigna advanced 3.8 percent to $211.70 and Humana rose 3.4 percent to $327.90. Medicaid service company Molina Healthcare jumped 4.1 percent to $144.26.Health care products giant Johnson & Johnson added 1.4 percent to $135.89 after it said prescription sales jumped. Its results, too, were stronger than analysts expected.…AND WEALTHY: Morgan Stanley rose 5.7 percent to $45.94 and Goldman Sachs added 2.4 percent to $220.38 after the two investment banks did better than expected in the third quarter, helped by strong performance in their trading operations and better-than-expected revenue from stock underwriting. Morgan Stanley’s stock has fallen 12 percent this year and Goldman has lost almost 14 percent.TECH UPDATE: Technology companies rose. Microsoft jumped 2.8 percent to $110.65 and Adobe rallied 8.6 percent to $258.36 after it backed its fourth-quarter profit and revenue forecasts. The stock has jumped 47 percent this year, but had slumped in recent days. Internet companies also advanced. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, rose 2.4 percent to $1,128.80.Email delivery company Sendgrid climbed 14.8 percent to $35.50 after cloud communications platform company Twilio agreed to buy it for $36.92 per share in stock, or $1.7 billion. Twilio fell 3.4 percent to $73.56.SUSPENSE FOR NETFLIX: Netflix rose 2.7 percent to $342.04 ahead of its third-quarter report Tuesday afternoon. The streaming video company has struggled over the past three months and has fallen almost 20 percent since its second-quarter report, when it posted disappointing subscriber totals and gave a weaker forecast than analysts expected.It’s still up 78 percent this year, the third-best of any S&P 500 stock.O CANNABIS: On Wednesday Canada will legalize marijuana nationwide. While cannabis companies mostly traded lower Tuesday, the stocks have made huge gains this year in highly volatile trading. Tilray fell 5.7 percent to $156.27 while Canopy Growth shed 7.1 percent to $52.87.On Tuesday Benchmark Capital analyst Mike Hickey started coverage of Tilray with a $200 price target, saying its supply deals with pharmacies and a partnership with drugmaker Novartis will help make it an early leader in the market. Hickey valued the Canadian cannabis market at about $3.2 billion in 2019 and said it will climb to $8.1 billion by 2023.Tilray’s market value stands at $14.5 billion, up ninefold since it went public in mid-July, and Canopy Growth has more than doubled in value to $12 billion. Canopy announced a $4 billion investment from Corona beer maker Constellation Brands in August. The huge gains reflect investors’ view that that other countries will legalize marijuana in the years to come.ENERGY: U.S. benchmark crude oil added 0.2 percent to $71.92 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, rose 0.4 percent to $81.14 per barrel in London.Wholesale gasoline rose 1.7 percent to $1.98 a gallon and heating oil picked up 0.6 percent to $2.34 a gallon. Natural gas lost 0.1 percent to $3.24 per 1,000 cubic feet.BONDS: Bond prices edged lower. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 3.17 percent from 3.16 percent.METALS: Gold rose 0.1 percent to $1,231 an ounce. Silver lost 0.2 percent to $14.70 an ounce. Copper slipped 0.3 percent to $2.78 a pound.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 112.27 yen from 111.88 yen. The euro fell to $1.1577 from $1.1584.OVERSEAS: France’s CAC 40 added 1.5 percent while the DAX in Germany jumped 1.4 percent. Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.4 percent. Italy’s FTSE MIB jumped 2.2 percent after the government avoided last-minute delays in presenting a budget plan.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 rallied 1.2 percent and the Kospi in South Korea was little changed. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index finished 0.1 percent higher. AP, Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Police arrested 11 drivers at a drunk driving checkpoint in Downtown San Diego’s East Village this weekend.The checkpoint was conducted between 11 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday on G Street at 14th Street by officers from the San Diego and Chula Vista police departments, San Diego Police Officer Mark McCullough said.A total of 1,800 vehicles traveled through the checkpoint. Just over 700 of those vehicles were screened.Police pulled 14 drivers aside for evaluation, and 11 drivers were ultimately arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, McCullough said. An additional driver was given a citation for driving a car without a valid license. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents Updated: 3:23 PM KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 30, 2019 FacebookTwitter March 30, 2019 Eleven people arrested in East Village at DUI checkpoint
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult EventsUsed Puzzle PaloozaSaturday, March 30, 10 am – 12 pmNeed a new puzzle? Join us for our first-ever Used Puzzle Palooza and pick up some new-to-you puzzles. Great for experienced puzzlers or just thinking of giving puzzling a try. Limit of five puzzles, however number may change day of event based on donations. Puzzles are free although donations to the Friends of Wilmington Memorial Library will be happily accepted.Networkers—Headshots *RRMonday, March 25, 10 amIt’s time to get a professional headshot! Your online image is the first impression you will make and it speaks volumes about your brand. Photographer Lennie Malvone will take your photo and email you the results. Look online for tips as to what to wear. (limit 20)Creative Writing Skill Group *RRTuesday, March 26, 7 pmLearn and apply creative writing tips, tools, and techniques shared by published authors and other writing experts. Open to all who want to improve their creative writing skills and get their work published. Led by local writing enthusiast Barbara Alevras.Well Read Wednesday Book Group *RRWednesday, March 27, 10 amFeatured Book: Breathing Lessonsby Anne TylerThis book group will discuss contemporary books, both fiction and non-fiction, led by Library Director Tina Stewart. Please stop by the library to pick up a copy of the featured book.Unplug!—Paint + Sip *RRThursday, March 28, 7 pm (16+, limit 20, $15)Join us for a fun, engaging, and interactive Paint Night! Artist Raquel Palermo Kaplan will guide you through the steps of creating a floral-themed work of art. All materials will be provided and all skill levels are welcome. Sip a mocktail and chat with friends while you paint!Kids & Teen EventsDrop-In Baby TimesSaturday, March 23, 9:30 amBabies and their caregivers will enjoy this fun storytime that includes rhymes, songs, books, scarves, shakers, bubbles and more. Infants through 24 monthsStories and Sweets Drop InSaturday, March 23, 10:30 amStart your Saturday morning with great stories (and songs and rhymes) and a few sweet treats at this special family storytime. Ages 2-5 and one or more adults.Kids Kraft: Skittles Rainbow Pot of Gold *RRSaturday, March 23, 2 pmFind the edge of the rainbow as you make your own pot of gold! This craft is led by 3 Wilmington High School students. Grades 1-5PJ StorytimeMonday,March 25,6:30 pmWear your snuggly pajamas and bring your favorite teddy bear or blanket and enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and more! Ages 2-5 and one or more adultsCrafternoons: Unplug! DIY Sock Pugsheens *RRWednesday, March 27, 3:45pmUsing socks and felt sew yourself the cutest, quietest, and squishiest plush pet ever! Grades 4-8Read to PrinceWednesday, March 27, 5-6:30 pmCome meet and read to Prince, a beautiful Golden Retriever who loves to listen to kids read! Sign up for one 15 minute session per reader.Music and More with Bernadette Baird *RRWednesday, March 27, 6:30 pmBernadette Baird presents music and movement for toddlers and young children through age three. Sing, play musical instruments and dance. Ages 1-3Kindergarten Book Club *RRThursday, March 28, 3:45This book club is for Kindergarteners who miss storytime or those who love to be read to. We will read and discuss a few books together, then do a fun activity. KindergartenDrop-In Storytime Friday, March 29, 10 amDrop in for stories, songs, rhymes and a fun craft! Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first-served basis. Ages 2-5 and one or more adultsBook Buddies *RRSession 2: Fridays, March 29, April 5 &12, 3:45This fun literacy program pairs kids with teen volunteers for one-on-one reading fun. In this three-week program, kids can practice reading or be read to, receive one-on-one attention from a trained teen, share a snack, and do a fun activity. Teens in grades 9-12 can register at the library or online for one or both sessions to earn up to 10 community service hours. Ages 4+(NOTE: These weekly listings are submitted by the Wilmington Memorial Library.)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? 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Amazon Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Mojang demos Minecraft Earth for the first time Best Buy A beta version of the game will be available this summer. Microsoft first detailed Minecraft Earth last month.Developing Using Apple ARKit, players in Minecraft Earth can be immersed in the game’s virtual world. Eli Blumenthal, CNET Apple iPad Mentioned Above Apple iPad 2018 (space gray, 32GB) Now playing: Watch this: See it Share your voice reading • Minecraft Earth makes WWDC appearance using Apple’s ARKit $249 Tags • Apple Apple See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See All 0 Post a comment 3:41 See It Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple See It $249 $329 Review • Apple iPad 2018 review: The iPad for everyone $249 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Video Games Minecraft Earth uses AR to bring Minecraft into the real world. Microsoft, Minecraft Minecraft is heading into augmented reality on iOS. Using Apple’s latest ARKit, known as ARKit 3, Minecraft creators Mojang was brought onstage to show off some of the new AR capabilities in the new software. Taking advantage of people occlusion and motion capture, developers were able to bring an immersive Minecraft stage to life through an iPad and iPhone, playing together in real time.
Claire Polosak is the first lady to be an umpire in a men’s ODITwitter/ICCClaire Polosak, remember the name! Why should you? Because she was part of a truly historic moment of cricket on Saturday, April 27 at Windhoek, Namibia. As she crossed the boundary line onto the field of play with her male colleague, the lady from Australia became the first woman to officiate in a men’s one-day international game.The match, a World Cricket League Division 2 final contest between Namibia and Oman would not have otherwise garnered too much attention. But with Polosak’s ground-breaking appearance, doors have been opened to more such instances of female umpire’s in men’s game.Importance of the eventWhile in other sports such as hockey and football, on-field referees are usually of the same gender as the players, there is no imaginable reason why a woman should face any more difficulty than a man in umpiring a game of men’s cricket.It wasn’t the first time, though, when Polosak was on-field for a match played by male cricketers. She had earlier umpired in a men’s game of the Australian domestic circuit as far back as 2017. Another distinction she already possessed was being part of the first female pair of umpires to officiate in a professional match in Australia. It was during a Women’s Big Bash League game and her partner in crime, or rather preventing crime, on that occasion was Eloise Sheridan. Polosak and Sheridan made history by umpiring during a WBBL matchTwitter/Cricket AustraliaPolosak’s reactionSpeaking on her unprecedented achievement, Polosak was conscious of her role in furthering women’s position in the officialdom of cricket. “I am thrilled to be the first woman to stand in a men’s ODI and how far I have come as an umpire. It really is important to promote women umpires and there’s no reason why females can’t umpire in cricket. It’s about breaking down barriers, creating awareness so more females can come into the role,” she was quoted as saying by the ICC.Polosak also thanked all those bodies and people who helped her along. “It’s really to do with the partners you work with all the way through. Right from my local association – NSW umpires and scorers – as well as parents and my partner, Evans, my husband, without whose support there’s no way I’d be here today.”This achievement of Polosak may have had to wait longer if the ICC had not given ODI status to Oman recently. Namibia already possesses ODI status and has made appearances in previous World Cups. We can now look forward to the day when a woman would be present on-field during an international contest involving top cricket playing nations.
Lakshmi’s NTRTwitterRam Gopal Varma has been ordered to delay the release of Lakshmi’s NTR in the cinema halls across Andhra Pradesh by the Election Commission, which asked him to wait until further orders.Lakshmi’s NTR was released in theatres across the globe on March 31, but the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had got its release in Andhra Pradesh stalled by the High Court, claiming the film would influence the voters in the Assembly and Lok Sabh elections. Ram Gopal Varma was asked to release the film after the elections got over on April 11, but he has received a shock from the Election Commission.After the Election Commission refused again, blocking the release of Lakshmi’s NTR in Andhra Pradesh, Ram Gopal Varma tweeted a copy of the court order and wrote: “For all those who are speculating how we are releasing Lakshmis NTR, please read these excerpts from the Honourable AP high court order.”Gopal Krishna Dwivedi, the Chief Electoral Officer of Andhra Pradesh, told Ram Gopal Varma that Lakshmi’s NTR should not be released as long as the model code of conduct is in force. The Election Commission has reportedly sent letters to all District Collectors and SPs to initiate action if there is violation.Fans angeredThis development has angered many fans of Ram Gopal Varma, who condemned the move of the Election Commission. A fan named Ravi Vallabhaneni (@ravivallabha) tweeted: “As per my understanding now it is for EC to act on this. However it forgot to act and is behaving like a puppet. Polling is over, hence movie can be released, doesn’t this logic apply to an elected CM to discharge official duties?”Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu had been facing a lot of criticism from the public for the last couple of days for declining permission to the press meet of Lakshmi’s NTR in Vijayawada. Many were wondering over the reason for blocking Ram Gopal Varma from entering the city. Now, the order of the Election Commission is the answer for their questions.Some followers of the TDP are happy with the order of the Election Commission. They expressed their anger against Ram Gopal Varma for damaging the image of the party. JC Arthimalla @ARTHIMALLA Election Commission reaffirms #LakshmisNTR shouldn’t be released in AP, Sent letter to all District Collectors and SPs to initiate action if there’s violation Now @ysjagan got answer from EC about the mistake @RGVzoomin has been doing in past 2 days Why is RGV not placing the order dated 10.04.2019 of Election Commission of India which specifically said “you are hereby directed not to exhibit the film till further orders”.under ehst authority he is maligning the TDP Govt &Chandra Babu.It should mentioned that the Election Commission had also ordered the producer of Udyama Simham, the biopic Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR), not to release the movie util further orders. It also stalled the release of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s biopic, asserting that any biopic material with the potential to disturb the level playing field during the elections should not be screened. VIJAYA SREE N @LEOVSN
Nobody was injured in the incident as the flight landed safely at the Chennai airport.REUTERSA Singapore-bound aircraft carrying 170 people made an emergency landing at the Chennai airport on Monday, May 20, after experiencing a ‘spark’ in the engine. Coming from Tiruchirapalli, the flight made a hard landing, according to airport officials.Nobody was injured in the incident as the flight landed safely, reports news agency PTI.The ‘spark’ was detected by the pilots while the plane was still in the Indian airspace. Immediately, the pilots contacted the Chennai airport for an emergency landing. Permission was granted and firefighters were put on standby, officials said.”Singapore-bound Scoot Airways flight TR 567 flying from Trichy (Tamil Nadu) made an emergency landing at Chennai airport after the pilot detected smoke in the aircraft cargo around 3.40 am today [Monday],” an unidentified airport official told PTI. “The pilot had requested an emergency landing, which was granted by the ATC [air traffic control].”The passengers were later provided accommodation in city hotels. Technicians are attending to the snag, the officials said. The flight will fly back to Singapore today evening.OTHER INCIDENTSEarlier, a Singapore Airlines aircraft carrying 228 people made an emergency landing in Delhi after experiencing a glitch in the nose wheel.In another similar incident, a Myanmar National Airlines plane landed without the use of its front wheel. Despite the landing gear problems, the plane landed safely. Close Watch | Myanmar plane fails to deploy landing gear, pilot lands without front wheels
Vijay Devarakonda in Dear Comrade.PR HandoutThe Tamil version of Dear Comrade has opened to fairly positive reviews from the audience and critics. While the message and the performances of the lead actors are the highlights, the inconsistent screenplay is the major drawback of the multilingual film, which has Vijay Devarakonda and Rashmika Mandanna in the leads.The story of Dear Comrade revolves around hot-headed student union leader named Bobby played by Vijay Devarakonda and Lily, a state-level cricket player. His violent streaks become a threat to their love story as Lily, who lost his brother in one such violent incident, is unwilling to continue her relationship with him. What follows next should be seen on-screen.Dear Comrade is packed with lots of emotions. It does not have one-sided story with surprises at regular intervals. The conflicts of the two characters have been presented with sensitivity for which director Bharat Kamma deserves appreciation. The movie has some powerful one-liners and a strong message. Justin Prabhakaran’s music is one of the high points of the Vijay Devarakonda and Rashmika Mandanna’s film.However, the screenplay fails to hold the viewers’ attention and poor climax is a big letdown. The dubbing quality of the Tamil version is also not up to the mark. Despite all the odds, it is a one-time watch, say Kollywood cine-goers. Check out their tweets below:Sreedhar Pillai: #DearComrade 3/5. Lovely with a subtle message from Dir #BharatKamma & fab camera #SujithSarang. @TheDeverakonda as fiery student with a violent streak & madly in love is awesome. @iamRashmika in a intense role is a revelation. Drawback 1st & 2nd half looks different & too long.Sidhu: #DearComrade: Hat tip to @justin_tunes for his incredible effort. Definitely one of the best albums of the year, and that’s proved further when the starting bit of Pularaadha gets more claps and whistles than VD or Rashmika’s entry! #DearComrade: Saw it in Tamil (was doubtful about subs for Telugu), and was pleasantly surprised to see the transition done well. Neat dubbing, prop edits and little changes made to suit it to the audience. Cheers to the guy who dubbed for @TheDeverakonda #DearComrade: The film is strong in setting up the tale of Bobby and Lilly, doing it through lovable situations and some fantastic dialogues. When the two conflicts collide, it loses some focus and gets elongated in the process. Still, held together by VD and Rashmika. #DearComrade: A refreshing, mostly effective tale that comes with special performances, great music and cinematography. The second half may not be everybody’s cup of tea but it does get its relationships right and stands up for the theme. Very good film. #DearComrade Interval: So good. A charming, heartfelt love story progressing through the amazing pair of @TheDeverakonda and @iamRashmika . Lot of moments that put a smile on our face, and it gets better thanks to the fabulous music!Haricharan Pudipeddi: #DearComrade is both beautiful (mostly) and problematic (at places) with some pacing issues. A well narrated tale of love, companionship and healing. @TheDeverakonda is terrific and it’s not surprising but this film belongs to @iamRashmika, who is unbelievably good.Prashanth Rangaswamy: #DearComrade tamil – Pathetic Dubbing. Movie very very slow. Second half holds. Mass scenes of @TheDeverakonda and emotional scenes of @iamRashmika – Really enjoyed. An one time watch . Go without any expectations. #DearComrade Interval – Bobby Lilly, Lilly Bobby . Summaa devadas kaalathu kathal, enna maari perusugalukku lighta manda kaayuthu.
Members of Bangladesh Army held a leader of United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF) along with arms and ammunition at Noapara in Mahalchhari upazila in Khagrachhari early Tuesday, reports news agency UNB.Tipped off, a team of army personnel raided the house of Priti Bikash Chakma, 43, finance secretary of Mahalchhari unit UPDF, and arrested him, said Major Mohammad Mujahidul Islam, a staff officer of Khagrachhari region.They also recovered two pistols, eight bullets and two mobile phone sets from his possession.The arrestee was handed over to Mahalchhari police.
Ten Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel in Inn Din village. Picture taken 1 September 2017. Photo: ReutersLawmakers from South East Asia on Thursday urged the UN to act on a devastating report on atrocities against Rohingya in Myanmar and do everything it can to pave the way for justice for victims, reports UNB.The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva is expected to vote on a resolution in next week establishing an independent mechanism to document these crimes for future prosecutions, said ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR).The UN-mandated Independent International Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) on Myanmar released its full report on 19 September, calling for the Myanmar military top brass to be investigated and prosecuted for crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide.“The report by the Fact-Finding Mission is as heart wrenching as it is necessary. It adds to the mounting body of evidence that the Myanmar security forces had committed the gravest of crimes – including possible genocide – against Rohingya people,” APHR chair Charles Santiago, a member of the Malaysian Parliament.“The world must now take concrete action to ensure these atrocities are never repeated. The UN Human Rights Council can do just that by establishing an international accountability mechanism. We urge all countries – including Southeast Asian states – to lend support to a resolution to this effect.”The FFM’s report documents in detail a catalogue of rights violations by the Myanmar security forces during its “clearance operation” in Rakhine State from 25 August 2017, including killings, burnings of villages and sexual violence on a “shocking scale”.It also concludes that the Tatmadaw, the Myanmar military, should be investigated and prosecuted for war crimes in Shan and Kachin States.The FFM recommended that either the HRC or the UN General Assembly should create an international, independent, impartial mechanism, tasked with gathering evidence with a view to support future criminal prosecutions.ASEAN parliamentarians have already urged members of the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court – the only way to guarantee a comprehensive investigation by the court covering all crimes by the Tatmadaw across the whole of the country.“With atrocity crimes unfolding in their backyard, ASEAN states simply no longer have the option to remain silent. Countries in the region must condemn Myanmar’s atrocities in a united voice, and push Members of the Security Council to refer the situation there to the ICC,” said Charles Santiago.
BNP leader Sadek Hossain Khoka. File PhotoA Dhaka court on Wednesday sentenced four people, including former mayor of undivided Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) and BNP leader Sadek Hossain Khoka, to 10 years jail in a corruption case, reports UNB.The case was filed for alleged corruption in leasing a multi-storey car parking structure in the capital’s Banani area.The court of Dhaka divisional special judge Mizanur Rahman Khan awarded the sentence following a hearing on the case.The three other convicts are DCC Unique Complex Shop Owners’ Association president Abdul Baten Nakib, its general secretary Mahmud Hasan Azad and car parking manager HM Tarek.The court also fined two million taka to Khoka while one million each to the other convicts.A court framed charges against the BNP leader and three others in the case on 29 November 2015.A lower court issued an arrest warrant of BNP leader Khoka on 24 June 2015 as he did not appear in the court on the hearing day.Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) deputy director Nur Hossain, also investigation officer of the case, submitted a charge-sheet against the four accused on 11 November 2012.On 15 February 2012, ACC assistant director M Mahbubul Alam filed the case with Shahbagh police station on charge of misappropriating Tk 38.2 million from the car parking project.According to the prosecution, Dhaka City Corporation invited a tender in 2003 to lease out Banani Unique Complex’s basement as car parking.The DCC had been deprived of over Tk 3.08 million from February 2003 to February 2011 as the then mayor Khoka in connivance with other accused stayed the tender process.
An employee walks next to broken glass at a damaged branch of Banco do Brasil after a gang caused an explosion in a part of the bank in an attempted robbery, in Guararema. Photo: ReutersMore than two dozen heavily-armed men stormed into the center of Guararema early on a recent morning, rousing the Brazilian town’s residents with the sound of broken glass, explosions – and then gunshots.Brandishing high-powered rifles, wearing bullet-proof vests and carrying several kilos of dynamite, the gang pulled up in front of the town’s main police station. It then set upon an adjoining branch of Banco do Brasil, shattering its windows and doors with crowbars.In a coordinated 3 a.m. attack, police said, other gang members hit a Banco Santander Brasil branch two blocks away. They detonated the dynamite in an attempt to blow up ATM machines and vaults in both banks.Such attacks have become commonplace in Brazil: Last year, an average of two banks or ATM machines were robbed every day, mainly in small towns without a major police presence.The spoils can be substantial.Each ATM has four boxes storing up to 2,700 bills apiece, meaning one cash machine stuffed with 100-real bills can yield up to 1 million reais ($263,000). Bank robbers skilled with dynamite – working quickly – will often blow up several ATMs at each bank or go directly for their vaults.To combat the robberies, Brazil’s banks have invested in anti-theft technology, ranging from specialized ATMs to facial recognition cameras. When that fails or the costs become prohibitive, they have simply closed branches; as a result, some towns no longer have easy access to financial services in a country that already has a higher proportion of “unbanked” residents than either China or India.The rash of bank robberies reflects just one way in which widespread violence is taking a toll on Latin America’s largest economy, pushing frustrated Brazilians to elect President Jair Bolsonaro in October on a promise to crack down on crime.”Crime seeks opportunities,” said Rafael Alcadipani da Silveira, a public security expert at the Getulio Vargas Foundation, a think tank in Sao Paulo. “In Brazil, organized crime is very strong, security in small towns is weak and bank raids seem like an easy crime to commit.”In the Guararema bank robbery, police pursued the gang to a nearby highway, where the two sides exchanged gunfire. Eleven gang members were killed by police.NOWHERE TO BANKBrazil’s banks, which spend $2.3 billion on security each year, have made headway against the gangs.Bank raids fell 20 percent last year, to 758 attacks, according to news reports and police records compiled by an association of private security workers, known as Contrasp. The tally, which has declined steadily since 2014, does not capture the rising scale of heists like the one in Guararema.Whereas criminals once knocked over individual ATMs in the street, banks have now moved their machines into bank branches where robbers often blow open a whole row at a time — which only shows up as a single attack.The shift in tactics illustrates how criminal gangs are adjusting to added security measures by banks, warned Leandro Vilaim, business and operation director at bank industry association Febraban.”There is no silver bullet,” he said. “These measures are short-lived because attacks are always changing in nature. When banks squeeze the bandits, they find a new way out.”Cash machines sold in Brazil, at up to 150,000 reais each, cost roughly double those in the United States.That reflects the price of tamper-resistant technologies including explosion-resistant safes, ink that stains bills when cash machines are dynamited and an average of 10 specialized sensors to respond to attacks — all of which drives up costs.”Brazilian ATMs are so robust that if the country was bombed in a war, only cockroaches and ATMs would be left,” said Vilaim.Other contermeasures include ear-piercing sirens, strobe lights and even fog machines traditionally used at night clubs, deployed to stun thieves. And Brazilian lender Itaú Unibanco Holding is investing in cameras that can identify thieves even when they use disguises.Then there is the ultimate deterrent: shuttering a town’s branch altogether – an increasingly frequent solution that is leaving a growing number of small Brazilian towns without a single bank or ATM.Some 200 towns that had at least one branch as recently as 2016 now have none at all, according to the country’s central bank. That is sometimes the result of normal cost cutting, but in many cases a direct result of multiple robberies at the same branch, according to bank executives.Closures have left some towns with no source of cash, prompting several local prosecutors to file suits against the banks, seeking to reopen the branches.”The main complaint in those cities comes from merchants. People don’t have cash to buy stuff, so it affects the local economy,” said Glauber Tatagiba, state prosecutor in Minas Gerais, who has filed suits against lenders.The southeastern Brazilian town of Minduri, for example, lost its sole branch, run by Banco do Brasil, in July, forcing its 4,000 residents to travel 22 kilometers (14 miles) to São Vicente de Minas to withdraw funds.Months later, thieves blasted the ATM in São Vicente de Minas, so customers had to head 33 km in the other direction to the nearest bank in Cruzilia, whose own branch had only recently reopened after an explosion.”It is tough situation especially for pensioners, who have to travel to withdraw money as few merchants take cards here,” said Minduri municipal administrator Lucas Magalhães.ARMORED CARS AND RIFLESWhat sets Brazil apart from other regions where ATMs are targeted, including parts of Europe and Africa, are the frequency of attacks, according to security experts, along with Brazilians’ explosive of choice.In other parts of the world, explosive gas is usually used to blow up ATMs. But Brazil’s gangs have shown a taste for dynamite, usually stolen from mines and construction sites.One dynamite stick strategically placed in a cash machine can send thousands of bank bills flying within seconds, ready to be bagged by waiting accomplices. Preparation, however, takes much longer, as the thieves carefully put together gangs of at least 10 people, each with their own skill set.Gangs are equipped with high-powered military gear, often including tactical bulletproof vests, gloves, balaclavas, armored cars and .50 caliber rifles, said Pedro Ivo dos Santos, who heads the anti-bank robbery task force in São Paulo.Even if the thieves’ equipment is second-hand or stolen, he added in an interview, the price tag for such an arsenal would run around 400,000 reais. Many police departments don’t have the resources to compete.Once a gang targets an ATM, they assign specific jobs to perform during what typically amounts to a four-minute robbery. Some scatter metal road spikes to pierce the tires of police cars, for instance, while others specialize in opening the cash machines and inserting dynamite.”ATM bombing is just the tip of the iceberg. Thieves usually start by robbing banks and later on use the proceeds to finance drug trafficking, in a move they see as career development,” said commissioner Santos.($1 = 3.8670 reais)
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Explore further Citation: Catalyst for the carbon-free production of hydrogen gas from ammonia (2017, May 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-catalyst-carbon-free-production-hydrogen-gas.html © 2017 Phys.org The Energy Carriers initiative in Japan is a national project that is specifically looking at ways to efficiently store and transport hydrogen. One way to do this is to use ammonia as a hydrogen source. However, discovery of an efficient process for breaking down ammonia has proved difficult, largely because the catalytic process to break down ammonia requires the continuous addition of heat, which can be prohibitively expensive.Katsutoshi Nagaoka, Takaaki Eboshi, Yuma Takeishi, Ryo Tasaki, Kyoto Honda, Kazuya Imamura, and Katsutoshi Sato of Oita University in Japan have developed a method using a novel catalyst for producing hydrogen from ammonia without the addition of external heat through the catalytic cycle. Their work appears in Science Advances.The decomposition of ammonia into hydrogen and nitrogen is an endothermic process, meaning that it requires the addition of energy to obtain products. This means that traditional catalytic decomposition reactions require the addition of a large amount of heat to obtain a useful amount of hydrogen gas.Nagaoka et al. developed a catalyst that is made of a RuO2 nanoparticle supported on γ-Al2O3 catalyst bed. After purging their catalyst of H2O and CO2, ammonia and oxygen were added to the reaction vessel where ammonia was adsorbed onto the catalytic surface, resulting in an increase in temperature. This increase in temperature catalyzed the oxidative decomposition of ammonia, an exothermic process. This heated up the reaction, which in turn, provided the energy for the endothermic decomposition of ammonia into hydrogen and nitrogen. The catalyst pre-treatment did require heating to remove water and carbon dioxide, but it did not require subsequent re-heating. Tests on catalyst cycling showed that after the initial pre-treatment of the RuO2/γ-Al2O3 catalyst with helium at 300oC, the catalyst was able to cycle three times and still produce hydrogen in maximum yields. Furthermore, these studies included oxidative passivation to ensure that no heat was produced from oxidation of Ru to RuO2. In practice, oxidative passivation will not be necessary. So, even though heating is required to pre-treat the catalyst, heating is not required for additional cycles of the catalyst.In an effort to understand how the RuO2/γ-Al2O3 catalyst works, Nagaoka et al. compared the maximum catalytic bed temperature that results from self-heating of RuO2/ γ-Al2O3 to RuO2/La2O3, a known ammonia decomposition catalyst. They found that the aluminum-based catalyst heated to a maximum temperature of 97oC, while the lanthanum-based catalyst heated to a maximum temperature of 53oC. This is important because the auto-ignition temperature for the oxidative combustion of ammonia is 90oC, and it explains why better reaction yields were seen with RuO2/ γ-Al2O3. The authors point out that this difference in adsorption temperature is likely due to the favorable interaction between ammonia, a basic molecule, and Al2O3, which is a Lewis acid. La2O3, on the other hand, is a Lewis base.Additionally, the authors looked at the difference between using bare γ-Al2O3 as a catalyst and RuO2/ γ-Al2O3. They found that 90% of the ammonia adsorbs onto bare γ-Al2O3 compared to the catalyst bed and the RuO2 nanoparticle. This implies that ammonia is chemisorbed onto the nanoparticle and γ-Al2O3, which then promotes multilayer physisorption. Overall, this type of catalyst is helpful in providing enough heat to overcome the needed heat requirements for the endothermic decomposition of ammonia into hydrogen and nitrogen gas. This study shows that self-heating catalysis is a viable option for exploring solutions to the practical difficulties in using ammonia as a hydrogen fuel source. (Phys.org)—Hydrogen has the potential to provide an alternative, clean energy source, particularly as applied to fuel cell technology. Current fuel sources involve carbon-containing fossil fuels or carbon-containing organic molecules, which result in the production of excess CO2, a greenhouse gas. Several initiatives, including a national initiative in Japan, seek to create a low-carbon usage society by using alternative fuel sources. Credit: Katsutoshi Nagaoka More information: Katsutoshi Nagaoka et al. Carbon-free Hproduction from ammonia triggered at room temperature with an acidic RuO/γ-AlOcatalyst, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1602747AbstractAmmonia has been suggested as a carbon-free hydrogen source, but a convenient method for producing hydrogen from ammonia with rapid initiation has not been developed. Ideally, this method would require no external energy input. We demonstrate hydrogen production by exposing ammonia and O2 at room temperature to an acidic RuO2/γ-Al2O3 catalyst. Because adsorption of ammonia onto the catalyst is exothermic, the catalyst bed is rapidly heated to the catalytic ammonia autoignition temperature, and subsequent oxidative decomposition of ammonia produces hydrogen. A differential calorimeter combined with a volumetric gas adsorption analyzer revealed a large quantity of heat evolved both with chemisorption of ammonia onto RuO2 and acidic sites on the γ-Al2O3 and with physisorption of multiple ammonia molecules. 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