Red Pitaya: STEMlab at the heart of radar warning and information disaster management system

first_imgRed Pitaya announced that a consortium including a members from a major European research organisation, two German universities and industry,  is using STEMlab to perform waveform synthesis, IF signal sampling & signal processing on a new radar warning and information system for applications in disaster management (RAWIS) that is currently being developed. During a search and rescue operation, emergency teams and trapped survivors are exposed to high risk from partially- destroyed buildings and structures which can collapse causing injury. More, the situation is constantly changing as debris is moved. RAWIS will monitor any movement in the disaster environment and to warn individual of any danger. Harmless motion – people, rescue vehicles, animals, tree leaves etc – must be successfully suppressed. The RAWIS system consists of a main radar system which monitors the entire scene and measures submillimeter debris movements of any debris, auxiliary radars to perform measurements of individual hot spots, and units which are fastened to clothing worn by the rescuers.Auxiliary radars, which can cover hidden or covered areas, operate within the V-Band as the best compromise between resolution, size and system cost. Synthesis of the Tx waveform, sampling of the IF signal and signal processing are performed using Red Pitaya’s STEMlab, a low cost, credit-card sized FPGA board suitable for Software-defined Radar applications. This platform contains dual-channel AD/DA conversion capabilities with 14-bit resolution at 125MHz sample frequency.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous ADLINK joins Open Networking Foundation as collaborating innovatorNext Maxim works with Qualcomm on infotainment applications for smart, connected carslast_img read more

Jose Mourinho wary of fresh Arsenal ahead of Premier League clash

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho expects a difficult test against Arsenal in the Premier League on Wednesday but he suggested on Tuesday that his opponents may be fresher because they are playing in the Europa League.Arsenal climbed to fourth after an impressive 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday but Mourinho was quick to point out that the Gunners had been able to keep key players fresh for big games by rotating their squad in the Europa League.”Yes it’s different… and a difficult match for us. We’re going to play a good team in a good moment without accumulation of matches because they’re playing Europa League,” Mourinho told a news conference.”When you play Europa League, you normally play with second choices and give good rest to the players. We have to play to the max and there is an accumulation of matches,” added Mourinho, whose side have been playing in the Champions League.”Then you arrive in this moment in December and many teams pay the price of that. That is not the motivation you want as a team but to develop players fresher is a good way to do it.”United clawed their way back to draw 2-2 draw at Southampton in their last game but have not won in the league since beating Bournemouth 2-1 in November.They are seventh with 22 points but Mourinho backed his side to leapfrog Everton and secure a top-six finish.”United should never be in seventh place… the investment Everton made was phenomenal and obviously there was a great improvement in that team from last season,” Mourinho added.advertisement”I don’t think Everton will be in front of United at the end of the season. There are six teams that should stay in the first six positions, season after season. Two are outside the top four. Last season, it was Arsenal and Chelsea.”At the end of the season the top six will be done by the six teams we all know have that responsibility to finish in the top six.”Midfielder Ashley Young is suspended for the game while defenders Luke Shaw, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are doubtful with injury problems.last_img read more

Sam Mayes Lost a Bet, Had to Take a Picture In Front of Jason White’s Statue

first_img#Bedlam bet payoff. @AllmericanMayes @CaraRice107 @FranchiseOK pic.twitter.com/COs83VYO3V— Colby Daniels (@Colby_Daniels) November 30, 2015 Poor Sam Mayes. The big fella lost a bet and had to face paint (head paint?) an Oklahoma Sooners helmet on his bald dome. Then he had to go to Norman and take a picture in front of Jason White’s statue where he ran into Trevor Knight. Wait, Jason White (?!) has a statue?Anyway, here are the pics. He was a good sport about it.Here at Louie’s on campus corner in Norman…I’m sure this is going to be someone’s Christmas card smh #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/A2hgYh5UJe— Sam Mayes (@AllmericanMayes) November 30, 2015 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!center_img And of course we run into @trevor_knight9 as Cara rice had me pose in front of @JasonWhite2003 statue. #BrokenMan pic.twitter.com/naOENwTDYI— Sam Mayes (@AllmericanMayes) November 30, 2015last_img read more

Tonight Is A Huge Night For Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray

first_imgkyler murray plays at ohio stateOklahoma’s football team is still three months away from playing a regular season game, but the fate of the Sooners’ 2018 campaign might be riding on what happens on this June evening. That might seem hyperbolic, but it really isn’t.The 2018 MLB Draft begins tonight. Oklahoma’s quarterback, Kyler Murray, is a potential first-round pick.Murray’s coach, Lincoln Riley, has said that his quarterback will be with the team this summer. He will not be playing baseball, he says.The quarterback is going to have a decision to make, though. And, depending on what happens tonight, it could be an extremely difficult one.If an MLB team falls in love with Murray and takes him somewhere in the first round, offering him a seven-figure signing bonus, is he really going to opt to return to college football?We’re going to see.QB or not QB: OU’s Murray a top MLB Draft talent. #Sooners”He’s still in the process of maturing as an athlete. He’s dynamic, he’s physical. He reminds me of Andrew McCutchen.”https://t.co/1IDjFIcLwW— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) June 1, 2018The MLB Draft starts at 7 p.m. E.T. It will be televised on the MLB Network.last_img read more

KTM 390 Adventure again spied in India, seen with saddlebags

first_imgKTM 390 Adventure again spied in India, seen with saddlebagsKTM already has RC 390 and 390 Duke in its 390 arsenal and Adventure will be the third addition to it and the company is expected to price the new offering close to Rs 3 lakh (ex-showroom).advertisement india today digital New DelhiJanuary 29, 2019UPDATED: January 29, 2019 16:56 IST KTM 390 Adventure is based on the company’s 390 Duke (pictured above).HIGHLIGHTSKTM 390 Adventure will get the same engine that comes in 390 Duke.It will take on the likes of BMW G 310 GS and Kawasaki Versys X 300.The new bike gets a powerful steel trellis frame.KTM 390 Adventure has been spied testing again in Indian conditions and this time around the much-awaited bike sported camouflaged saddlebags on either side and a top case. At the moment, there is no official word on expected launch date and price of the motorcycle, but there are rumours that the company might introduce it in the later part of 2019.KTM already has RC 390 and 390 Duke in its 390 arsenal and Adventure will be the third addition to it. The company is expected to price the new offering close to Rs 3 lakh (ex-showroom).According to a report by ZigWheels.com, 390 Adventure will get the same engine that comes in 390 Duke — a 373.2 cc, single-cylinder engine producing 43.5 PS of power at 9,000 rpm and churning out 37 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm. The engine will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Image Courtesy: ZigWheels.comThe spied image shows the bike having 19-inch front and 17-inch rear alloy whhels with disc brakes on both of them. It might have dual channel ABS. The bike gets a powerful steel trellis frame.KTM 390 Adventure is also expected to have halogen head lamps with LED DRLs and LED tail lights. The company might also give it digital speedometer, trip meter, tachometer, clock and fuel indicator.The new bike will take on the likes of BMW G 310 GS and Kawasaki Versys X 300. While BMW G 310 GS is priced at Rs 3.49 lakh (ex-showroom), Kawasaki Versys X 300 comes in with a price tag of Rs 4.69 lakh (ex-showroom).ALSO READ | Tata Motors makes ABS standard safety feature across all Tiago and Tigor variantsALSO READ | White most preferred colour choice among Indian car buyers in 2018ALSO READ | Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS launched in India at Rs 7.46 lakhadvertisementGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Bike spiedFollow Motorcycle spiedFollow new bikeFollow Spy picturesFollow Spied pictures Nextlast_img read more

Contribution to the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate by Minister, the Hon. Wykeham McNeill

first_imgMr. Speaker, I am extremely pleased to rise to make my contribution to the Sectoral Debate, and I would like to thank the Most Honourable Prime Minister for affording me the opportunity to serve in the capacity of Minister of Tourism and Entertainment.Congratulations to the Speaker, Clerk and the committed staff of the House for the good job you have been doing.I also wish to acknowledge and thank my immediate family, my wife Sheila, our two children, my mother and my extended family for their unwavering support over the years that I have executed my duties.I extend special thanks to my constituents in Western Westmoreland, Mayor Bertel Moore, the Councillors and my management team. Mr. Speaker, without their support, I would not have had the privilege of addressing this Honourable House in this capacity.[Watch the presentation JIS LIVE Web Stream]And most of all, I thank God for blessing me with health and strength.Mr. Speaker, as our nation seeks to navigate through this global economic storm, I believe that this is a very crucial time for the tourism sector as we seek to lay a firm foundation for the sustainable development of our country.I am pleased to inform this Honourable House and all Jamaicans that, despite the many challenges facing our tourism sector, it continues to perform well, due largely to the support of our committed tourism partners and the diligent efforts of the outstanding team I have the pleasure of leading.Mr. Speaker, I wish to express my sincere appreciation to my Minister of State and the entire team at the Ministry and its agencies led by the Permanent Secretary.I also want to commend the chairpersons of the boards of the respective agencies within the Ministry, and their hardworking board members. Mr. Speaker I want to also acknowledge the Chairmen of the six Resort Boards.I want to specially thank the President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, Mrs. Evelyn Smith and her Executive for the cooperation and support that they have provided over the last year.They have been an integral part of the process of leading a sector that is so important to us all.This has been demonstrated on a number of occasions Mr. Speaker:The pivotal role they played during the budget debate discussions on the industry taxes last year.Their participation in the ongoing initiatives to strengthen the linkages between tourism and other sectors.Their contribution to the ongoing initiatives to implement worker benefits.Their input in the planned implementation of an energy efficiency programme within small hotels; among a number of other ventures.Mr. Speaker, I believe the JHTA has found the perfect balance between sector advocacy and looking out for the national interest and I have to commend them.I look forward to continuing to work with all our tourism partners, working together for the good of our nation…READ MOREDownload Contribution to the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate by Minister, the Hon. Wykeham McNeilllast_img read more

Progress Made on Trade Conservation and Energy at Council of Federation

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald concluded the Council of Federation of Premiers meeting today, Aug. 10, in Moncton saying the provinces moved ahead collectively on trade, conservation and energy, and that comparatively speaking, Nova Scotia’s individual efforts in those areas are at the front of the pack. “Sometimes it takes an outside perspective to see how much progress our province is making on some of our conservation and energy efforts, and based on the questions and interest I was getting from my colleagues, we are doing some wonderful things in those areas,” said Premier MacDonald. “We should be proud of what we have accomplished in Nova Scotia, while recognizing that there is still much yet to do.” Specifically, the premier referenced tidal energy and the Environmental Goals and Sustainability Act as two areas that generated interest. He also mentioned the considerable interest expressed by all premiers in Greenhouse Gas emissions, and said the province needs to move forward more quickly on determining specific plans on reducing emissions. “Nova Scotia has already established our provincial cap – we will reduce our emission levels by 20 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, as outlined in the act,” said the premier. “We are working on it. We need to take the right approach so as not cause undue harm either to the economy or environment, but we should have an added urgency based on what other provinces are doing.” The premier also said he spoke to all premiers on the Atlantic accord and the implications for federal-provincial agreements in every province. “I received unanimous support from my colleagues that agreements, between the federal and provincial governments, such as the Atlantic accord, should be fully honoured,” said the premier. “I believe they also went home with a deeper appreciation of the accord as an economic development agreement, and what it meant for our province.” The premier also was pleased that the premiers collectively have committed to eliminate restrictions on occupational mobility by April 2009. “Labour mobility is fundamental to a competitive and efficient economy, and it’s great to see that we’re all in agreement on this key issue,” said the premier.last_img read more

Countries set to agree UN migration accord despite walkouts

first_imgMARRAKECH, Morocco — Top U.N. officials and government leaders from about 150 countries are uniting around an agreement on migration, while finding themselves on the defensive about the non-binding deal amid criticism and a walkout from the United States and some other countries.The Global Compact for Migration has proven a test for globally minded policymakers who want to ensure safe and orderly migration of people displaced by issues like war, economic necessity and climate change.They have run into stiff political headwinds, mostly in parts of the West that want national borders to remain sacrosanct.German Chancellor Angela Merkel joins U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres among the biggest names in Marrakech for the two-day conference that is set to agree, but not sign, the compact by acclamation shortly after the opening Monday.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Moroccan Doctors Want Pregnant Women to Pay UpFront for Cesareans

Rabat – Private doctors in Morocco have announced they will no longer accept reimbursements from the National Fund of Social Welfare Organizations (CNOPS) for cesarean operations.“Our position on this matter is firm” Doctor Hachem Tyal, the deputy director of the National Association of Private Clinics told Morocco World News.The National Coordination of Private Doctors (CNMP) announced in a press release on April 20 that “from 1st May 2019, for reasons beyond their control, gynecologists will no longer accept reimbursements from CNOPS.” Patients receiving c-sections will now have to pay clinics upfront for the surgery’s full cost, and it will be their responsibility to seek reimbursement from CNOPS.CNMP’s  decision is a direct response to recent changes by CNOPS in its c-section reimbursement procedure. The changes angered doctors who claim CNOPS is accusing them of performing unnecessary cesareans. Doctors also claim that CNOPS is attempting to control the cesarean birth rate.In a press release on April 17, CNOPS announced that from May 1, all cesareans performed without a medical justification would be reimbursed at the same rate as a natural delivery. CNOPS also introduced more stringent reimbursement requirements. Cesarean providers seeking CNOPS reimbursements would have to provide a document identifying the reasons for the cesarean, a risk-benefit analysis of the procedure and the conditions of its delivery, stated CNOPS in the press release. High rate of cesareansAccording to CNOPS, the new requirements come in response to the “abnormally high rate of cesareans” in Morocco. In 2017, CNOPS counted 30,583 births, of which 18,522, or 61%, were by cesarean. In 2013, cesareans accounted for 35% of births. Spending by CNOPS on cesareans increased from MAD 13 million ($1.3 million) in 2013 to MAD 130 million in 2017 ($13 million).According to Tyal, these numbers are biased. “The cesarean numbers recorded by the CNOPS are completely biased. Many women in Morocco do not have access to CNOPS so these numbers do not take into account the high number of natural births for which no CNOPS reimbursement is claimed. These numbers do not reflect the real childbirth situation in Morocco,” Tyal told MWN.Read Also: Morocco’s CNOPS Files Fraud Lawsuit against Privately Owned ClinicsAziz Khorsi, head of communication at CNOPS told Morocco World News that the CNOPS statistics do only reflect patients covered by CNOPS. He added, however, that “the cesarean statistics are worrying.”“The reimbursement procedure has not changed significantly. All we are requiring is a medical report.”Read Also: Public Doctors Condemn Health Sector Problems, Threaten to EmigrateThe World Health Organization considers the ideal rate for cesareans to be between 10% and 15% of births.In its press release, CNOPS also cited a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, noting that non-necessary medical procedures and “wastages” account for 20% of spendings on health.Doctors have expressed anger about this comment, saying CNOPS is suggesting gynecologists in Morocco are performing unnecessary cesareans.“This is pure and simple defamation. The CNOPS must not make allegations that gynecologists are crooks,”  Tyal complained. Tyal wants the CNOPS to reconsider the changes it has made to the reimbursement policy.“CNOPS is not here to control the rate of cesarean births. It makes no sense. This is a medical decision to be taken by the doctors,” he said. “CNOPS must reconsider its position. CNOPS is threatening the health of mothers and children and it’s comments towards gynecologists are defamatory.”The National Association of Private Clinics is meeting with the Minister of Health this morning to discuss the issue. read more

UN agencies launch 85million appeal to aid 22 million Iraqi refugees

The funds are required to support host governments in meeting the health and nutrition needs of the refugees until the end of next year.The appeal emphasizes the basic health needs of displaced Iraqis in neighbouring countries, in particular Syria and Jordan which host about 1.5 million and 750,000 Iraqis respectively. The large numbers of people who have arrived over the past year put an enormous strain on the already overstretched public services and pose major challenges to host governments as well as local and international organizations.“The health needs of more than 2 million displaced Iraqis should not be ignored,” said the World Health Organization (WHO), which launched the appeal together with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), UN High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) and World Food Programme (WFP).“Many are survivors of violence and have serious medical conditions. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi displaced children need to keep on track with their vaccination programme. This requires an enormous coordinated effort between governments, UN agencies and NGOs (non-governmental organizations), and significant financial support from the international community,” it added in a news release. In Syria alone, hundreds of Iraqi amputees need prostheses and thousands of cancer patients and trauma victims need specialized treatment. Access to hospital care is limited. Gaps have arisen in the national health information and disease surveillance systems, which increase the risk of vaccine-preventable diseases.The displaced population also needs reproductive and child health services, while the deteriorating purchasing power of Iraqis may also lead to rising malnutrition rates, the agencies said. “Over the past year, the countries in the region have been very generous in keeping their borders open and have made a very substantial contribution to the health and nutrition needs of the displaced Iraqis,” WHO said. “But the burden on their health systems has become overwhelming and requires immediate and urgent support from the international community.”A recent assessment in Syria found that 62 per cent of household heads were unemployed, while 35.8 per cent worked in private jobs, and that 45.4 per cent of Iraqi refugee families can be classified as poor or extremely poor. It also showed that the majority of families live in shared accommodation, leading to overcrowding with increased the risk of the spread of infection, especially among elderly and young. 18 September 2007United Nations humanitarian agencies today launched a joint $84.8-million appeal to meet the health and nutrition needs of an estimated 2.2 million Iraqis who have fled the ongoing violence and instability in their homeland to neighbouring countries. read more

Massachusetts New Hampshire governors step in to help negotiations in supermarket family

by Denise Lavoie, The Associated Press Posted Aug 18, 2014 11:33 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Massachusetts, New Hampshire governors step in to help negotiations in supermarket family feud BOSTON – As an employee revolt at a New England grocery store chain headed into its fifth week, the governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire took the unusual step of personally stepping into negotiations aimed at ending a standoff threatening the future of the popular low-priced supermarkets.Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan participated in negotiations Sunday with the owners of the Market Basket chain — feuding cousins Arthur T. Demoulas and Arthur S. Demoulas — as well as several other shareholders.The chain has about 25,000 employees and 71 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.A long-running feud between the two cousins culminated in the ouster of Arthur T. Demoulas as CEO in June. His firing prompted worker protests and customer boycotts that have brought the private company to a virtual standstill.The company has lost millions of dollars over the last four weeks as warehouse workers have refused to make deliveries and customers have shopped elsewhere in a show of support for the employees, leaving the stores with only a trickle of business.Arthur T. Demoulas has offered to buy the 50.5 per cent of the company owned by his cousin and other relatives on his side of the family.Heather Nichols, a spokeswoman for Patrick, said the two sides made “real progress” on the terms of the sale and operating control of the company during the negotiating session. She said the governors are encouraged that a resolution may be “within reach.”Hassan’s press secretary, William Hinkle, said the governor is hopeful that the leaders at Market Basket can resolve the standoff.“Market Basket is a significant business in New Hampshire, and its role as an employer for thousands of dedicated employees and as a provider of affordable groceries for its customers impacts our economy and communities in many ways,” Hinkle said in a statement.Neither Demoulas cousin commented.The company’s board of directors met Monday, but the board did not release any details on the status of negotiations.Employees continued to picket near the company’s headquarters in Tewksbury.The company’s troubles have trickled down to its suppliers. On Monday, one of the chain’s seafood suppliers said it has ended its business relationship with current Market Basket management.In a letter posted on Facebook, Boston Sword & Tuna Chief Executive Tim Malley said his company suffered a significant loss in income after Market Basket warehouse workers stopped accepting deliveries. Malley said the company’s new management was sympathetic, offered to pay part of its losses and said they had already started hiring replacement staff for the warehouse.“We think the time has nearly run out for saving this great institution and all those who depend on it. …In our opinion, the only way forward is for the fired associates to come back,” Malley wrote in the letter.A spokesman for Market Basket said the shutdown of the warehouse and distribution system has affected all aspects of company operations, making it difficult for customers and vendors. The company is focused on trying to find solutions that address its distribution system.Last week, the company warned warehouse workers to return to their jobs by Monday or face termination.But Malley said that as the dispute dragged on, he watched as Market Basket’s new CEOs “made one incredible strategic blunder after another.” He said that after his staff complained to Market Basket about not receiving payments, his company was overpaid twice, once by about $83,000, and more recently, by more than $415,000.Tom Trainor, a district supervisor who worked for Market Basket for 41 years before being fired last month for helping to organize the employee revolt, said that the approximately 300 warehouse workers and 65 drivers who have refused to make deliveries for the last month remained off the job Monday, despite the warning.“They’re still solid. They are not coming back (to work) until ATD (Arthur T. Demoulas) comes back,” Trainor said.“It’s definitely encouraging that the two governors have realized that they’re stakeholders in this. Having pressure from their offices is certainly welcomed by our wide,” he said. read more

Citing obstruction UN torture prevention panel suspends Ukraine visit

“This denial of access is in breach of Ukraine’s obligations as a State party to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. It has meant that we have not been able to visit some places where we have heard numerous and serious allegations that people have been detained and where torture or ill-treatment may have occurred,” said Malcolm Evans, head of the four-member delegation, in a statement issued by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The delegation concluded that the integrity of the visit, which began on 19 May and was due to end on 26 May, had been compromised to such an extent that it had to be suspended, as the SPT mandate could not be fully carried out. Under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT), the SPT is mandated to visit all States parties and can make unannounced visits to any places of detention. This is only the second time the Subcommittee has halted a mission – such suspensions are made in cases where a lack of cooperation by the State party prevents the SPT from fulfilling its OPCAT-mandated duties. “The SPT expects Ukraine to abide by its international obligations under the Optional Protocol, which it ratified in 2006,” said Mr. Evans. “We also hope that the Government of Ukraine will enter into a constructive dialogue with us to enable the SPT to resume its visit in the near future and so work together to establish effective safeguards against the risk of torture and ill-treatment in places where people are deprived of their liberty,” he added. The focus of the SPT’s visit was to evaluate how its recommendations made after its first visit in 2011 had been implemented. The work of the SPT, which is composed of independent human rights experts, is guided by the principles of confidentiality and cooperation, the SPT said. The Subcommittee delegation to Ukraine consisted of: Sir Malcom Evans (United Kingdom), Mari Amos (Estonia), June Caridad Pagaduan Lopez (Philippines) and Victor Zaharia (Republic of Moldova). read more

Prince William urges crackdown on illegal ivory trade telling shipping industry it

first_imgPrince William feeds a black rhino at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in 2012 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Prince William feeds a black rhino at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in 2012Credit:Getty Seized elephant ivory tusksCredit:AFP “Ultimately, I believe that tackling the illegal trade in wildlife is in your interests as an industry,” he told leaders.“The trade undermines security; it fuels organised crime; and it robs developing countries of a natural resource that will contribute to their future prosperity.”Setting out the scale of the problem, the Duke outlined research showing record-numbers of large-scale ivory seizures, poaching and trafficking in elephant ivory is at its highest level in 25 years, and the seventh year in a row of increasing rhino poaching across Africa.“At this rate, we will not have any rhinos left in the wild by the time my children are adults,” he said. “This is a travesty, and almost unthinkable. But it will happen unless we take action.” Jamie Manuel, wildlife manager at Mugie ranch in laikipia, examines the carcass of an elephant shot for ivoryCredit:Riccardo Gangale Seized elephant ivory tusks Jamie Manuel, wildlife manager at Mugie ranch in laikipia, examines the carcass of an elephant shot for ivory The Duke of Cambridge has called on the shipping industry to crack down on “bloody, dangerous” illegal ivory trade, as he tell them they are “both a central part of the problem, but also the solution”.The Duke, who has made wildlife campaigning one of his key charity focuses, said the destruction of animal populations was an “almost unthinkable” travesty which, if it continued at current rates, would see no wild rhinos left on the planet by the time Prince George and Princess Charlotte were grown up.Speaking at the UK Chamber of Shipping Annual Dinner on Monday, marking its 140th anniversary, the Duke said he was grateful for the “continued support” of the industry in tackling the illegal wildlife trade, and issue “close to my heart”.But, he urged, shipping had a key part to play in closing down transport routes for ivory smugglers and criminal networks, with “containerised shipping” accounting for nearly three-quarters of the large-scale ivory seizures by weight since 2009. Urging further collaboration, he said the evidence “highlights not only the importance of your engagement, but the enormous impact you are potentially able to have on this trade.”“The British shipping industry quite rightly maintains the highest of standards across all your fields of work – environmental, safety, and innovation,” the Duke said in conclusion.“You fly the Red Ensign with pride because it means something tangible about quality and about leadership.“It is therefore hugely encouraging to think that you might also take a global lead on the illegal transportation of wildlife products.” Calling poaching “bloody, dangerous stuff”, he said one ranger is killed every week trying to protect animals, while the “big business” of illegal trade continues.“Unfortunately, for you all in this room, your industry represents both a central part of the problem, but also the solution,” the Duke said.“Transportation and logistics businesses, including shipping companies and cruise liners, are vulnerable to exploitation by illegal wildlife traffickers.“With 50,000 merchant ships trading internationally and transporting every kind of cargo imaginable, the challenge posed in trying to stop the transport of illegal wildlife products is immense.”last_img read more

P G Wodehouse should not be honoured in Westminster Abbey as he

At the heart of the dispute is whether Wodehouse was really a traitor who collaborated with the Nazis during his World War II internment in Berlin. The author made six light-hearted broadcasts on German radio sent to the United States that were meant to reassure his fans… As posthumous awards go, a memorial stone in Westminster Abbey alongside literary giants including Geoffrey Chaucer, C.S. Lewis and Edward Lear is the ultimate honour for Britain’s most esteemed authors and poets. But, the decision to lay a stone commemorating P.G. Wodehouse, creator of quintessentially English comic characters like Bertie Wooster and Reginald Jeeves, has become embroiled in a row dating back more than 70 years.

MST Global Wireless Repeater Node shortlisted for Good Design Australia award

first_imgMST Global has announced that its Wireless Repeater Node (WRN) has been shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious Good Design Australia Awards. The WRN was selected from many entries in the 2017 Good Design® Selection. When announcing their decision, the jury commented: “The WRN is a rugged, fit for purpose design that has been executed flawlessly. User controls, ergonomics, choice of materials, fit and finish are as good as it gets. This is an excellent product and deserves recognition at the highest level.”MST said: “The Jury set the bar very high this year with only the very best submissions receiving this level of recognition.” The WRN is described as the “missing link” in ensuring high quality connectivity can be easily maintained to the most dynamic areas of a mine – that is the working faces and drives. “The WRN has set a global bench-mark in self-meshing wireless systems, enhancing MST Global’s unified communications portfolio.”The company adds: “It is the core features of the WRN that made it such a standout product to the judging panel, particularly its ability to create a completely independent full wirelessly meshed network/s and leverage the existing network infrastructure, as well as the Intrinsically Safe version available for coal mines. Light and portable with dual hot-swap batteries and extremely flexible antenna arrangements, the WRN can be set up almost anywhere – keeping the most active mine and tunnel areas visible for safety and productivity.”last_img read more

Lives have been destroyed It has taken away soccer careers People are

first_img Ciara McCormack in action for the Republic of Ireland in a World Cup qualifier against Switzerland in March 2010. Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloud Monday 22 Apr 2019, 8:00 AM By Eoin O’Callaghan 57,460 Views How one player witnessed him rubbing another player’s thigh while in a carHow Birarda summoned a player to his hotel room for a one-on-one conversation, shut the door behind her and asked ‘What are you going to do about it’ regarding her non-starting statusHow he sent sexually suggestive texts to a playerHow he arranged one-on-one meetings with a player, sought validation on his appearance and personality and later wanted the player to meet him privately in his apartment. When the player felt it was inappropriate and stopped responding to texts, he froze her out at team meetings, training and games.How he sent messages to a player of a sexual nature. During a game, he told her how good her body looked in a wet white jersey and how he’d specifically decided the team would wear it for that reason  Last month, Andrea Neil – a deeply respected and legendary figure who played for Canada in four Women’s World Cup tournaments – came forward and revealed that in 2008, shortly after retiring, she first heard rumours about Birarda. She passed on her concerns to a coach within Canada Soccer and she was involved in the subsequent investigation that resulted in Birarda’s exit.The internal investigation in 2008 was handled by a lawyer based in Vancouver named Anne Chopra. According to Neil’s testimony, Chopra told her she would be recommending to Canada Soccer and the Vancouver Whitecaps that Birarda avoid coaching in the future.Up until the end of February this year, Birarda was a coach at Coastal FC, a club based about 45 minutes outside Vancouver. He was responsible for underage girls’ teams for close to a decade. Before that, he oversaw the U15 girls team at Tsawwassen Soccer Club, another team based on the outskirts of the city.     McCormack was stunned when she found out. “It was mind-blowing,” she says. It felt like a big middle finger to all of us. Just the audacity of it. And it’s representative of the culture here: the organisations run things, they bully and do whatever they want. The players are little specks that don’t matter at all. He has been on an elite level pathway for girls to get to the youth national team for the last 10 years. Canada Soccer are going around the country talking about player safety and you have this guy who is still front and centre. We were speechless. This guy who caused so much carnage.” “He’s just been suspended by his club. In theory, he could go to another club tomorrow and coach. Canada Soccer is in charge of the coaching licences and they haven’t pulled his. If his club lifts his suspension tomorrow, he just goes right back on the field. That part hasn’t been redressed either. That’s extremely disturbing.”Canada Soccer and Vancouver Whitecaps have issued statements that sidestep many of the issues raised by former players.Both organisations have effectively alluded to the internal investigation in 2008 and Birarda’s subsequent removal as a ‘case closed’ situation. But the investigation has come under scrutiny from McCormack and Neil, as well as the group of U20 players who claim hardly any of those directly involved were actually interviewed and that despite some of the squad being underage, no parents were informed of developments either. There’s also the terminology used by Canada Soccer and the Whitecaps regarding Birarda’s departure. If he was removed because of inappropriate behaviour, including sexually-charged interactions with players – some of them minors, how could both organisations morally hide behind the carefully-crafted vagueness of his removal?       “If he (Birarda) is not hired because of ‘rumours’ then there’s discrimination and he can cite that – it’s horrific,” McCormack says. “But another example of vulnerability. It’s not even about an organisation having certain policies in place. It’s just about having decent human beings that do the right thing and protect people and genuinely seem like they give a shit in those situations. It’s horrifying that they displayed such a complete lack of care towards players’ wellbeing consistently over the last decade. And the same people are still in charge. Even the statements they’ve been making…it’s like this bully mentality – ‘we’re not answerable to anybody’. Like, people’s lives have been destroyed because of this. It has taken away soccer careers. People are in therapy because of it.”I got a hold of one of my former team-mates – an old room-mate – and I hadn’t spoken to her in 10 years. I messaged her to see if she knew what was going on and she asked me to call her. She told me she’d been crying all morning. She told me her story of what happened and that she’d totally repressed everything. She talked about it to a few people close to her when it happened but she quit soccer soon after it. She said it had brought up a lot of repressed stuff that she hadn’t dealt with because the elite athlete culture is to power through stuff and just keep going. It’s been brushed under the rug but now it’s reaffirming to all of us that we’re not crazy and that what happened to us was so wrong. We’re all dealing with this, looking at how we were so vulnerable, how our passion for the sport was used as a weapon against us, that if we were brave enough to speak up we lost opportunities in our own playing careers. Personally, I’ve been spontaneously crying a lot over the last month. Other women who are part of this group have said the same thing. Just being heard now has started the healing process for a lot of us. It’s been a very emotional time to be going back and revisiting painful memories.”          The Whitecaps have made some curious additional comments.They’ve said that Chopra (referenced in their communication as the ‘Ombudsperson’) had no recommendations to make after completing her investigation in 2008, which contradicts the very specific claims made by Neil in her statement.  The Whitecaps have also revealed that they’ve contacted the Vancouver Police Department this month after becoming concerned about potentially fresh information that wasn’t uncovered in 2008. Both developments cast an extremely long shadow on the finer details of the original investigation.According to CBC’s Karin Larsen, Chopra signed a non-disclosure agreement with the Whitecaps and Canada Soccer so she can’t disclose the report’s findings. She did say that her role was to investigate and present the facts. And she also maintains that she never made any recommendations regarding Birarda.“It was a total sham investigation,” McCormack says. “If there was a report, we’re the ones who participated in the ‘investigation’ so we should have access to that. And they’re not sharing it with us. What they’re holding onto is that there was an investigation, there were no recommendations and that’s why they all moved on.”At various moments throughout our conversation, McCormack’s voice cracks. She also spoke with Chopra as part of the 2008 investigation and detailed everything she included in her blog post 11 years later. While it was taking place, Birarda was coaching the players ahead of the pending World Cup. But, he caught wind of the enquiry and pulled some aside at training to grill them on what they knew about it. Players were terrified. In a climate of fear, the message was simple: you know the consequences of talking.         “He was let go six weeks before they went to a World Cup,” McCormack says. Obviously, something serious happened, the fact that such strong action was taken. To allow him go back on a field with teenage girls again just two months later…Actions speak a hell of a lot louder than words and it shows they couldn’t give two craps about the kids whatsoever and it’s more about covering up and protecting their reputation. To have the power to ensure he doesn’t return to a pitch and then allowing him right back in, in front of everybody. It’s not like he’s been in a small town where nobody knew. He’s on an elite pathway. He’s front and centre. I can’t even fathom it.”“Canada Soccer controls the coaching licences. If he wasn’t good enough to coach for their organisation, why allow him go back into the community? It’s wilful disregard for player safety. You liken it to the Catholic Church. I’m sure every mother and father of a 13 or 14 year-old would want to know of any misconduct that resulted in a coach being ‘let go’ from a previous job.” Last Wednesday night, members of the Vancouver Whitecaps’ supporters group, The Southsiders, staged a walk-out protest in solidarity with the litany of the club’s former female players who have made allegations of inappropriate behaviour, some sexually-charged, against ex-coach Bob Birarda. Source: JONATHAN HAYWARDIn Vancouver, there was a telling development earlier this week. In the 35th minute of Wednesday night’s Major League Soccer game between the Whitecaps and Los Angeles FC at BC Place, two influential fan groups, the Southsiders and Curva Collective, staged a walkout protest and gathered in the concourse instead. Some LAFC fans did likewise.It was to support the women at the centre of this story.A story that – unfortunately for Canada Soccer and the Vancouver Whitecaps – shows no signs of going away.    “It’s just the arrogance of these organisations,” McCormack says. They think they can just put these BS statements out there and we’re all supposed to walk away. But we’re knee-deep in this now. It’s not even about us. We’re going to fight hard to make sure the next generation of kids never have to experience anything like this. The irony is that the World Cup starts in two months and the age-group involved in this story would be at their peak right now if they hadn’t gone through this. At the U20 level there were some really good players who stepped aside. Eden Hingwing quit two months before the 2008 World Cup because she didn’t want to be part of this inappropriate, sexual environment. From a soccer perspective, it changed the makeup of the World Cup team playing this summer. Players who spoke up lost opportunities. There was a soccer cost. And a very high emotional cost.”“But the big lesson for me is that speaking up, doing the right thing and standing up for people is way more important than any athletic accomplishment. Sport gets so idealised. People who never made it on a big stage have acted with such bravery and courage throughout this situation. True courage, true character. I hope it gives them an opportunity to heal. I don’t think we’re looking to the organisations – they’ve shown their true colours from the start. The girls who are a part of this group should be really proud of themselves for taking a stand then and now. Hopefully it gives everybody a chance to move forward. At least it’s out there.”           Gavan Casey and Murray Kinsella are joined by Bernard Jackman to discuss Izzy Folau’s impending sacking by Australia and all the week’s news on the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly: ‘Lives have been destroyed. It has taken away soccer careers. People are in therapy because of it’ Former Republic of Ireland international Ciara McCormack and a litany of her former club team-mates have made extensive allegations against an ex-coach. Apr 22nd 2019, 8:01 AM Share Tweet Email3 center_img https://the42.ie/4596835 Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO IN LATE FEBRUARY, Ciara McCormack sat down at her laptop and started typing.She’d blogged for over a decade, the life of a pro soccer player providing some pretty good material down through the years. There were her stints in far-flung locations in Norway and Australia, her Republic of Ireland caps, memories of the lessons learned while on a scholarship at Yale and wider rumination on retirement and coaching.        But this post was different. She’d written it many times before but always fell short of publishing it. She spent hours researching and piecing everything together. This time, she just felt compelled to send it out into the world.Click. And it was done.She went out for some fresh air. And some cookies.“I was standing in the checkout line at Whole Foods,” she tells The42. “There was a girl behind me, kind of looking at me. She said, ‘Are you Ciara McCormack?’ And we got chatting. She was about ten years younger than me and had played on the Canadian youth teams and provincial teams. We had a bunch of mutual friends and were connected on Facebook and all of that stuff. And I said to her, ‘This is so weird running into you because I just wrote this blog post about Bob Birarda – did he ever coach you?’ And she just started to tear up. And she said, ‘Ciara, I’ve been in therapy for the last couple of years because of that guy.’”McCormack, a native of Vancouver but whose parents are both from Ireland, titled the blog post ‘A Horrific Canadian Soccer Story – The Story Nobody Wants To Listen To But Everyone Needs To Hear’. Its publication has had a seismic impact.The details are staggering and offer a damning indictment of both the Vancouver Whitecaps organisation and Canada Soccer, the national governing body.“I’d not been in that Whole Foods for six weeks,” McCormack says. “This girl I met never shopped there before. I’m a big believer that things happen for a reason and it just felt like a sign, like I needed to do this. Whatever happens next is supposed to happen. And that kind of pushed me over the edge.”McCormack had known Birarda since she was in high school and by 2007, he was a highly-regarded and influential figure juggling three different high-profile roles: head coach of Canada’s U20 women’s team, head coach of the Whitecaps’ women’s team and an assistant coaching job with the senior Canadian women’s side.At the time, McCormack, a gifted and experienced player, was playing with the Whitecaps – seen as a crucial stepping stone towards involvement with the national team – and thoroughly enjoying Birarda’s training. But, she alleges in the blog that Birarda’s coaching ascent led to a substantial shift in atmosphere. He became more threatening, bullying, intimidating and anyone who spoke up was reminded that he had control over how much or how little they played. Team members were fearful of losing game time and, on a wider scale, the chance to represent their country. After all, he was an integral part of the pathway.As the issues lingered, McCormack and a team-mate who’d been particularly affected by Birarda’s behaviour, sought the counsel of the Whitecaps’ president and Canadian soccer icon Bob Lenarduzzi. After meeting and detailing everything in confidence, Lenarduzzi later called McCormack to say he’d spoken to Birarda and told him about the entire conversation. McCormack was stunned. How could he have been so flippant about confidentiality? How could he have been been so short-sighted about the vulnerability of both players? Eventually, McCormack signed with a team in Ottawa. Her team-mate stayed put and, despite having previously been first-choice, hardly played again under Birarda, drifting away from the game completely not long afterwards. McCormack, who had been training with the Canadian national team, never got another invitation to return.With hindsight, the entire episode highlighted two important things: Birarda’s increased inappropriateness and the Whitecaps’ lack of awareness regarding player welfare protocol.And inevitably, things got worse.          In preparation for the U20 World Cup in 2008, the entire Canadian women’s squad lived in an apartment complex in Vancouver for months. Incredibly, Birarda – who lived in a suburb of the city – was also given an apartment in the same building. McCormack, by that stage living and playing abroad, was consistently updated. The bullying intensified but now there were descriptions of sexually-charged text messages too and allegations of various sexually-charged interactions with players, some underage.         But just weeks before the World Cup, Birarda suddenly left both the Canadian national team and the Whitecaps, the departure officially described in statements at the time as being ‘in the best interests of both parties’. No further explanation was given. Until McCormack published her blog post. “I’ve been carrying this for 11 years and part of finally doing it is probably maturity, realising I had written it so many times and how it’s something that still really upset me,” she says. “I felt it needed to be spoken about and that we had been silenced. There’s more of a climate now. Last summer, I sat there for four hours just crying, listening to the victim impact statements in the Larry Nasser case. So much of what the girls were saying resonated in terms of the type of environment. That kind of shook me. Then CBC (Canada’s national broadcaster) did a big story on sexual abuse in Canadian sport and that was the final trigger for me in terms of people possibly recognising this and maybe there being a chance this would be heard. I was on The National – our big news show – and I asked questions of the panelists, these so-called experts from various sporting associations who were so sub-par. It angered me and I was like, ‘Are they apathetic? Do they just not know?’ And that’s what made me angry and I think I’m the most articulate when I’m angry.”McCormack’s allegations were quickly backed up by a collection of 13 other players who played for Birarda in 2007/2008. The majority of the group played for both the Canadian U20 side and the Vancouver Whitecaps and they levelled more allegations against Birarda, including: Ciara McCormack in action for the Republic of Ireland in a World Cup qualifier against Switzerland in March 2010. 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Land Division announces appointment of new Director of Survey Mapping Department

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 7, 2017 – Providenciales –  The Attorney General’s Chambers would like to announce that with effect from Monday, June 5, 2017, Mr. Cyprian Smith, will assume the post of Director of the Survey & Mapping Department.   After a tireless search locally and in the Caribbean, Mr. Smith was chosen from among 5 candidates from across the Region.   Mr. Smith’s selection was unanimously endorsed by the interviewing panel, supported by the Public Service Commission and has been formally appointed by the Deputy Governor.Mr. Smith is a 2008 graduate from the University of Technology Jamaica, from which he obtained a Bachelor’s (BSC) degree in Surveying and Geographic Information Sciences.  He also holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA), with specialization in Project Management from the University of Wales, United Kingdom.Mr. Smith began his Land Surveying career two (2) years upon his enlistment to the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) and  achieved the award for top performing student in the Land Surveying Technician’s course at the University of Technology, for both years of the course.He later pursued undergraduate studies in Surveying and Geographic Information. Upon completion of his Bachelor’s degree, Mr. Smith was appointed JDF’s Chief Land Surveyor, and he served in this capacity for approximately 7 years. During his tenure, he introduced new policies, procedures and operating systems and encouraged the implementation of new technology to improve the operational standards of the land surveying arm within the military. He also led the JDF’s introduction of GIS in mapping and analyzing crime data. His appointment also saw him administering crown lands occupied by the military and lecturing various courses at the diploma level at the JDF Technical Training Institute (TTI).Mr. Smith subsequently worked as a Project Manager for one of the leading land development companies in Jamaica, where he had overarching responsibility for the residential and commercial land development projects undertaken by the company.Mr. Smith has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of surveying and land administration.  The task of Director, though challenging, is openly accepted by Mr. Smith. He is most grateful and excited to be afforded the opportunity to lead the Turks & Caicos Government’s Survey & Mapping Department.As Director, Mr. Smith has statutory responsibilities that include authentication of all legal plans, mainly comprised of Fixed Boundary surveys and General Boundary surveys and the maintenance of GPS coverage of the islands and the control network which is vital to the cadastre.   The coordination of the Departments survey services, including legal surveys, road surveys, control surveys, topographical surveys also fall under his remit.  He will have responsibility for the maintenance and up-date of all spatial data, including the National Cadastral Framework, in both digital and graphical format. He will oversee the Survey and Mapping units of the Department and will interact on a daily basis with the Land Registry and the Crown Land Unit. In addition, he will have contact with other government departments including Public Works and Estate Management Departments, the Department of Physical Planning, Agriculture and others.Commissioner of Lands, Mrs. Tatum Clerveaux, noted that; “Mr. Smith comes with outstanding credentials. He brings a reputation for effective management and team-building, and a first-class academic background, with complementary experience in the military and private sectors.  I am therefore confident that he will be a catalyst who, with the support of his team, will help steer the Survey & Mapping Department into a new phase of professional excellence.”Press Release: TCIG Related Items:last_img read more

GOP donation complaint under review

first_imgFollowing a delay, the state Public Disclosure Commission is back to processing a complaint filed against Clark County Commissioner David Madore and developer Clyde Holland, which alleges the two illegally earmarked money contributed to the state Republican Party for commissioner candidate Jeanne Stewart’s campaign.Former state Sen. Al Bauer filed the complaint in October after Stewart’s campaign received $89,000 in contributions from the state GOP. The complaint alleges that contributions Madore and Holland made to the state party, totaling $115,000, were earmarked for Stewart’s campaign in violation of finance laws.Madore has denied earmarking the money. And Stewart has said that the $89,000 she received from the party — the highest dollar amount the Republicans spent on any local candidate during the election — came as a surprise.The PDC delayed processing Bauer’s complaint until this week because the former state lawmaker failed to sign the oath at the bottom of the form. Bauer returned the form with the proper signature. The Public Disclosure Commission now expects to determine whether Bauer’s claims have merit.Bauer and other Democrats have argued that the state parties show little financial interest in local races unless directed by contributors to do so.last_img read more

CBI to take over probe of phone tapping charges says B S

first_imgBengaluru: Days after charges of phone tapping during the previous coalition government headed by JD(S) surfaced, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Sunday said he will order a CBI probe into the allegations citing demands by several Congress leaders. “On the telephone tapping issue. Several leaders, including Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah, have said it should be probed and truth should come out, so I have decided to order a CBI probe. Tomorrow itself I will order the probe,” Yediyurappa told reporters here. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us He also said it was the expectation of the people of the state that a detailed inquiry should be made and the culprits punished. Yediyurappa’s announcement comes amid signs that the scandal is gaining political steam ever since disqualified JDS MLA A H Vishwanath, who served as the JD(S) state president and turned rebel later, last week dropped the political bomb, accusing the H D Kumarswamy government of tapping phones and spying on more than 300 leaders, including him. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us Congress leaders, including Siddaramaiah, M Mallikarjuna Kharge and home minister in the alliance government M B Patil, have sought a probe while another key party leader and former minister D K Shivakumar has rejected the snooping charges and appeared to side with Kumaraswamy. According to reports, phones of those close to Siddaramaiah, who was the then coalition coordination committee chief, had come under the watch of the government. Advertise With Us Vishwanath had also claimed snooping would not have happened without the knowledge of the then Chief Minister as the intelligence wing was under his control. Several BJP leaders, including former chief minister Jagadish Shettar, have directly accused Kumaraswamy of being behind the episode to save his government which was then rocked by dissidence within. The coalition government ultimately collapsed last month with the chief minister losing the trust vote in the assembly. Kumaraswamy on his part has denied the allegations. “There was no need for me to remain in and save the chair (of CM) by tapping phones. Allegations made against me by some people in this matter is far from truth,” he had tweeted. The controversy surfaced as Bengaluru police commissioner Bhaskar Rao earlier this month ordered an inquiry into phone tapping incident against the backdrop of a recently leaked telephone conversation purportedly between him and someone in Delhi lobbying on his behalf with some politicians for the post he is occupying now.last_img read more