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Manufacturer Looks for Bumper Crop in Export Sales

first_imgThe province is helping a rural Nova Scotia company cultivate a bigger share of the export market. Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt announced today, Jan. 30, a $1-million loan to Doug Bragg Enterprises Ltd. to support expansion of the harvesting equipment into new markets in Quebec and the eastern United States. “Increasing exports from Nova Scotia is vital to the continued growth of our economy,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “We are investing in an innovative, rural Nova Scotia company and helping them explore new export opportunities and enhance their product development.” Doug Bragg Enterprises Ltd. is located in Collingwood, Cumberland Co. and manufactures blueberry harvesters and related production equipment. Recent innovations to the manufacturing process has allowed the company to develop a more efficient handling system for their harvesters that reduces costs. Carl Bragg, owner and president of Doug Bragg Enterprises Ltd. said an approach by a Quebec company to buy them out showed him there were opportunities for market growth. “New technology and better equipment have allowed us to shift our focus to more markets outside Nova Scotia. Mechanical harvesting is relatively new in Quebec and I see significant sales opportunities for both Quebec and the U.S. market,” he said. The company will use the loan to top up their working capital to take advantage of new sales opportunities. Doug Bragg Enterprises Ltd. also developed a mechanical cranberry harvester intended for dry picking with little waste or damage to the crop. The equipment has been field-tested at farms in southern Maine and should be a valuable tool for the cranberry industry. The loan is fully repayable over 12 years and is provided by the Industrial Expansion Fund. The fund offers a variety of financial assistance to help the province’s economy. Over the past two years, it has helped create or maintain more than 3,000 jobs in the province and has a return on investment of three dollars for every dollar spent.last_img read more

Beat the summer heat

first_imgThe scorching heat is driving travel enthusiasts to explore India’s northern belt for some respite, but it is leading to over-tourism. Be different and stay away from the rush by visiting destinations which may be less frequented, but offer panoramic views and exciting experiences. A slew of affordable international destinations are wooing Indian travellers, but within India, there are myriad options of summer havens that are perfect for a vacation. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveTravel experts say: “Over-tourism is currently happening in north India because most destinations have frequent visits by travellers and new destinations get left out due to their infrastructure which is not much developed for mass tourism.” The experts said that people must explore offbeat locations, and the rise of homestays and small guest houses which can be easily booked online, is only giving the option a push. “Karnataka can be a good option to travel in June. There are places like Karwar and Agumbe, which is even called as Cherrapunji of South. As an alternative to overcrowded destinations in India, I would suggest to explore Khajjiar in Himachal Pradesh, Siliguri in West Bengal, Palani Hills on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.” Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painInstead of beaches in Goa, try to visit the region of Daman and Diu, and instead of Alleppey in Kerala, go to Munroe Island. Enjoy nature and peace in holidays. According to experts, there is quite a demand for beach destinations. “While hill stations continue to remain popular, this year we have also seen a 15 to 18 per cent demand over the last year for beach destinations and amusement parks as well. Beaches such as Kovalam in Kerala, Goa, coastal Maharashtra, Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry in Tamil Nadu have seen an increase in demand.” As for a quick getaway, families are also looking at adventure and amusement parks like Imagica in Maharashtra and VGP Universal Kingdom and Wonderla parks in southern India across cities like Kochi, Chennai and Bengaluru. “Apart from these, pilgrim and high altitude destinations like Char Dham, coupled with adventure activities in Haridwar and Rishikesh have seen a strong uptake.” But the pressure of tourist rush in the Uttarakhand hills this season is already taking a toll as it is leading to crammed up roads and highways. Beyond that, India has an abundance of green and exquisite locations, say travel experts. “Some of the unexplored destinations of Meghalaya, Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and Leh-Ladakh, which offer scenic vistas and pleasant weather,” experts said.last_img read more

HydroQuebec says US export deal will keep local power rates below inflation

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebecers won’t get a break on already low hydroelectricity rates but a massive export deal with Massachusetts will give the public utility flexibility to keep increases below inflation, Hydro-Quebec’s CEO said Friday.“It relieves some pressure,” Eric Martel said at a news conference. “It gives us a certain flexibility for things to come.”The biggest export contract in Hydro-Quebec’s history, run by Hydro-Quebec and U.S. partner Eversource Energy, would bring up to 9.45 terawatt hours of electricity per year from Quebec’s hydroelectric plants to Massachusetts.Hydro-Quebec promised several years ago to keep domestic power rates below inflation and to increase the utility’s profitability.It kept the rate promise over the last three years with annual increases of 0.7 per cent while the $10-billion deal over 20 years with the New England state will generate higher returns, he told reporters.Martel wouldn’t provide the rate Massachusetts would pay but said it is above the three cents per kilowatthour cost to produce and transport the energy.He told reporters Friday that the contract will be profitable, largely because electricity prices are stable and it already has the available production capacity.That’s good news for all Quebecers because the government will receive a larger dividend from the Crown corporation, added Energy Minister Pierre Moreau.“Whenever the profit goes up it’s good news for the shareholders, which is the government of Quebec and basically all Quebecers,” he added.The contract expected to be signed in March could generate up to $500 million in annual revenues for Hydro-Quebec.In 2016, Hydro-Quebec’s exports represented $803 million of its $2.86-billion profit.The contract will also help the utility achieve its goal of doubling revenues to about $27 billion by 2030.Massachusetts officially selected Northern Pass on Thursday out of 46 submissions presented to the state last year, including six by Hydro-Quebec and partners.The project has faced intense opposition in New Hampshire, but Moreau and Martel said that has mostly been resolved after Hydro-Quebec and Evercore agreed to put more than 100 km of the transmission line underground in environmentally sensitive areas.“Social acceptability is always a challenge for that kind of project but now it seems that it’s not a problem anymore,” said Moreau.Despite the size of the deal, Martel said Hydro-Quebec still has room for one or possibly two more deals of such size.He said the contract could put pressure on neighbouring jurisdictions like New York and Ontario to decide if they want more of the province’s hydroelectricity.“The impact of this signature will stimulate people because it’s sure that our energy capacity isn’t infinite.”Ontario currently has a surplus of power but could use Quebec’s clean power to replace other sources along its current interprovincial transmission line, Martel said.He said there is a risk for Ontario if it waits too long to decide but Moreau said in an interview that he believes Quebec has the capacity “to answer their needs.”Even though the project received approval from former president Barack Obama, Martel doesn’t foresee any objections from the current administration because the $2 billion that will be spent in the United States will create thousands of engineering and construction jobs.Spending in Quebec is forecast to be more than $680 million.“The president is very favourable to infrastructure investments and this is a significant investment in infrastructure.”The project still needs to be approved by New Hampshire as well as by Canada’s National Energy Board. Construction of the line is expected to start this fall with electricity flowing in 2020.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.last_img read more

States and cities are taking the lead on bump stock bans

first_imgIn the immediate aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, there was a fevered pitch to ban bump stocks, the device that allowed the shooter’s semi-automatic rifles to mimic the rapid fire of machine-guns.With that push stalled at the federal level, a handful of states and some cities are moving ahead with bans of their own.Massachusetts and New Jersey — two states at the time led by Republican governors — as well as the cities of Denver and Columbia, South Carolina, have enacted laws prohibiting the sale and possession of the devices, which were attached to a half-dozen of the long guns found in the hotel room of the Las Vegas shooter who in October killed 58 people and injured hundreds more attending a nearby outdoor concert. A little over a dozen other states are also considering bans on bump stocks.Gun-control advocates say the push fits a pattern in gun politics: inaction in Washington that forces states to take the lead. Gun-rights advocates call it a knee-jerk reaction that will do little to stop bad guys from killing, and vow a legal challenge.For Zach Elmore, the issue is deeply personal. His sister among those wounded in the Las Vegas attack. He finds hope in the statewide and local efforts to ban bump stocks.“Hopefully it’s the start of a big movement versus just a flash in the pan,” Elmore said. “Obviously you cannot legislate (against) evil, but you can legislate the things with which bad people will use to perpetrate evil.”The devices were originally intended to help people with disabilities and were little known and little sold until the Las Vegas shooting. They fit over the stock and pistol grip of a semi-automatic rifle and allow the weapon to fire rapidly, some 400 to 800 rounds per minute, mimicking a fully automatic firearm.The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reviewed the devices and approved them in 2010, ruling they did not amount to machine-guns that are regulated under the National Firearms Act that dates to the 1930s.Richard Vasquez was assistant chief of the ATF’s technology bureau and led the review of bump stocks. He stands by the agency’s 2010 ruling, which relied on a key difference between semi-automatic and fully automatic firearms: While semi-automatic firearms require a separate and independent pull of the trigger to fire a bullet, fully automatic firearms can fire multiple rounds with a single trigger pull. ATF determined bump stocks didn’t convert a semi-automatic firearm into one that is fully auto.“It’s a proper determination. Everybody wants to jump the gun and say that ATF made a mistake,” said Vasquez, who left the agency in 2014. “ATF didn’t make a mistake.”The federal agency is reviewing its ruling, something Vasquez and others caution is a dangerous move without Congress first changing the law to specifically make such devices illegal.“If ATF is allowed to write a regulation to change the definition of this device, instead of a law, it’s going to give all government agencies authority to change their regulations, which could affect us in a wide variety of ways,” Vasquez warned.Legislation in Congress has remained in limbo despite early signs from a bipartisan mix of lawmakers and advocates who voiced alarm that such a device was deemed legal and on the market. Even the National Rifle Association sounded open to great regulation of bump stocks.Joyce Malcolm, a professor at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia School of Law, said the bans likely would withstand a legal challenge, but she wonders about more practical matters: How might they be enforced?“I don’t see a real constitutional issue. I just wonder about actually getting these devices out of circulation for people who already have them,” she said.It’s not known how many of the devices are in circulation. At the time of the Las Vegas shooting, gun dealers said they rarely had customers wanting to buy one — but then couldn’t keep up with the demand in the days and months afterward. The leading manufacturer of bump stocks, Texas-based Slide Fire Solutions, briefly stopped selling them, posting a notice on its website that it had suspended sales to keep up with demand. It has since resumed sales.Massachusetts, which has some of the nation’s strictest gun laws, enacted its ban a month after the Las Vegas shooting, pushed through a Democratic-controlled Legislature and signed into law by a Republican lieutenant governor. New Jersey followed suit last month with a measure signed into law by outgoing Republican Gov. Chris Christie. About a dozen other states are considering similar bills.“This is a very familiar story. The Congress cowers in the face of the NRA, and the states act,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, which advocates for tougher gun laws.Connecticut, home to some of the world’s most legendary gun makers, is among the other states considering bans.Rep. William Tong, a Democrat and House chairman of the Connecticut Legislature’s Judiciary Committee, called it a commonsense measure that puts public safety first.“The federal government has demonstrated that, given the composition of the Congress right now, it’s not possible to pass commonsense gun laws,” he said. “Connecticut can’t wait.”Gun-rights advocates say the efforts undermine the Second Amendment and will do little to stop criminals.“Anti-gun Democrats love to ban things. That is their answer,” said Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, who added bump stocks have rarely, if ever, been used in a crime before the Las Vegas shooting. “This is their chance to say, ‘Hey, we’re doing something. Look at us. We’re doing something.’ It’s not going to do anything.”___Follow Lisa Marie Pane at read more

Two injured in balcony collapse

first_imgNew Delhi: Two persons were injured after the balcony of their house collapsed in west Delhi’s Mohan Garden area, police said. The two injured men were identified as Subodh (48) and Harsh (30), who is currently being treated at a local hospital. The DFS deputed two water tenders and a rescue responder to the spot and informed that there were no casualties in the case. This is not the first case two persons died and one injured after the wall of a godown collapsed in Najafgarh area of Dwarka district. The data of DFS accessed by Millennium Post claimed that in the year 2009-10 around 34 persons died whereas in the year 2010-11 the death toll increased to 112 whereas 2011-12, witnessed 47 deaths in the city. “In 2016-17 over 20 persons lost their lives due to structure collapse. From 2017 to March 2018, 11 persons died,” claimed the DFS data.last_img read more

Police find CCTV footage in Kalighat youth death case

first_imgKolkata: Police have initiated a case over the death of the alleged drug addict whose body was found on Sunday morning at Kalighat area. The cops have also got hold of a CCTV footage of the incident.The youth identified as Sankar Mondal (25) was reportedly beaten to death by some local residents. According to sources, after autopsy examination, concerned doctor said Mondal had died due to internal bleeding. Also, signs of assault was found during the autopsy. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring preliminary investigation sleuths came to know that Mondal was beaten around 2:30 am on Saturday night. He was tied to a tree and assaulted by more than one person. Some locals informed the police about it. Based on the information, sleuths have got a CCTV camera footage where the incident could be seen. But as the footage is not clear enough to identify any person, sleuths are trying to find who were present there at that point time. Police have already got two names and trying find other accused in the case. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayA case under sections 304 IPC (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) was slapped against unknown accused persons. Though Mondal was a drug addict and a habitual thief, sleuths are trying to be sure whether he had committed any crime on Saturday night. Some locals alleged that he was being beaten for allegedly stealing a mobile phone. But no mobile phone was found from him on Saturday night when Mondal was being beaten up. Till Monday no complaint has been lodged about missing mobile phones from the area.last_img read more

Chelsea To Make Fifth Attempt to Sign John Stones in January

Rabat – UK’s giants FC Chelsea are moving forward to place the fifth bid for Everton’s defender John Stones in the January transfer window.The English international who started in the 6-0 Euro 2016 qualifier victory over San Marino on Saturday evening, is Jose Mourinho’s top January target, according to The Mirror.Already regarded as the ‘finest young defensive talent’ in England despite his young age, John Stones isbeing earmarked as a long-term replacement for John Terryat the heart of Chelsea’s defense. According to the Mirror, Mourinho is willing to bid close to £40m ($61m) to prize his man as the Blues look to make a comeback from what has been a poor start to their title defense campaign this season.If confirmed this will be Chelsea’s fifth attempt to sign Everton’s central defender, since their previous four attempts failed during the end-season and into the first fortnight of the current campaign.Stones whose current contract with Everton expires in 2019 is also being targeted by Manchester United’s Van Gaal.Van Gaal may choose to challenge Mourinho in signing Stones next January as his attempts to sign Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid failed during the last summer transfer window read more

Spanish Politician Pays Tribute to Spaniards Killed in the Rif War

Rabat – The President of the Spanish People’s Party  (PP) Pablo Casado visited on January 2 the military cemetery at the Spanish enclave, Melilla, “to pay tribute to the Spanish military “ who participated in the Rif war in 1921.According to  El Diario, the politician visited the cemetery to “to tell the Army thank you for your services, we are with you and with the heroes of Spain who lost their lives for this land, in the Annual Disaster.”Read Also: Morocco Calls on Spain to’ Open Dialogue’ on Use of Toxic Gas during Rif WarThe tribute of Casado followed a statement from Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell, who raised the possibility of healing “wounds 100 years after the Rif War and the Battle of Annual. Morocco’s resistance, which was led by  Abd El Krim El Khattabi, defeated Spain’s soldiers.Spanish observers called the battle “the disaster of Annual” because of the numerous deaths of Spanish soldiers.Approximately 13,000 Spanish soldiers died in the battle. December marked the 97h anniversary of the battle.Read Also: Mohammed Ben Abdelkrim El Khattabi: the Immortal Legend of an Exceptional HeroSpain is accused of using toxic gas during the Rif war under the instruction of King Alfonso XIII in 1923. Morocco’s government has long called for  Spain to open dialogue on the unprecedented decision to use poison gas during the war, which violated the Treaty of Versaille signed in 1919. read more

Humanitarian situation in Darfur deteriorating senior UN official says

31 August 2007A United Nations official today warned that the humanitarian situation is worsening in Sudan’s war-ravaged Darfur region, with more people being displaced, increased security risks to aid workers and potentially rising malnutrition rates. “We believe it’s important to keep reminding ourselves that a credible ceasefire and controlling the lawlessness in Darfur are really the two bottom lines that need to be sustained and this is, of course, the intent of the international community,” UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Margareta Wahlström told reporters at the world body’s Headquarters in New York. In the period from June until 21 August, 55,000 people have been newly displaced, which bring the total of those fleeing their homes since January to a quarter million. Out of a total population in Darfur of 6.4 million, 2.2 million are displaced while four million are dependent on humanitarian assistance, she noted. “Also, the trend for aid workers is not positive,” she said, with a 150 per cent surge in incidents – including car hijackings, attacks on convoys and other acts of violence – against humanitarian staff. She also reminded reporters that attacks on relief providers are having an impact on Darfurians as well. Ms. Wahlström expressed concern regarding the recent expulsion by Sudanese officials of the country director of the non-governmental organization (NGO) CARE International. “We obviously think that this sends a very wrong signal to the international community and we would like to hope that the Sudanese authorities will reverse this decision,” she said. Recent spot surveys indicate that malnutrition is on the rise in the region, where at least 200,000 people have died since 2003 because of fighting between rebel groups, Sudanese Government forces and allied Janjaweed militias. The results show current malnutrition rates are “well over 17 per cent” in some areas, Ms. Wahlström said. “With the huge effort of the international humanitarian community from 2004, the situation stabilized from a health and nutritional perspective, so this is the first time we see the potential of a deterioration for which we are very worried and we put this in the context of the very unstable situation in the area,” she said. Ms. Wahlström voiced hope that the deployment of the hybrid UN-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur (UNAMID) from the start of next year will have a positive impact and contribute to improving the humanitarian situation. read more

Israelis Palestinians must seize new chance for peace senior UN official says

In his assessment of developments in the Middle East, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Kieran Prendergast, said new Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmad Qurei would be expected “to take immediate steps to establish law and order, control violence and start operations to confront those who engage in terror.”The period since he last updated the Middle East question was a month of relative quiet, but had not engendered positive steps to peace, he said.”We hear talk here and there of a possible meeting between the two Prime Ministers and of another ceasefire,” he said. “These tender shoots need nourishing. The peace process cannot be allowed to remain stalled.”Despite the positive actions recommended by the “Road Map” to peace -a process co-sponsored by the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and the Russian Federation, terrorism threatened each Israeli, Mr. Prendergast said. Israeli military and settlement operations, meanwhile, as well as its construction of a separation barrier, caused Palestinian suffering.Both sides had done little to address the situation and both should be judged by their performance, Mr. Prendergast said, urging the Israeli Government and the Palestinian Authority to shoulder their obligations.”The period of inertia, excuses and conditionality in Middle East peacemaking must end,” he said.After his briefing, the Security Council unanimously passed a resolution endorsing the Road Map, which advocates achieving “the vision of two States living side by side in peace and security.”The resolution – co-sponsored by Bulgaria, Chile, China, France, Germany, Guinea, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom – also called on the parties to fulfil their obligations under the Road Map in cooperation with the Quartet.While recognizing Israel’s right and duty to defend itself against terrorism, this defence could not be carried out at the expense of the entire Palestinian people, Mr. Prendergast said in his assessment.”Movement restrictions on Palestinians continue to hamper everyday life and strangle the Palestinian economy,” he said.Israeli assurances from the highest levels that donor activity and humanitarian aid would be fully facilitated contrasted starkly “with the facts on the ground,” Mr. Prendergast said.”We call on the Government of Israel to take immediate and practical steps to live up to its assurance that it will do all it can to facilitate humanitarian and emergency aid efforts,” he said.In the month that had passed since his last briefing on the Middle East, he said, “everyone has waited for others to act.”The international community had waited for the parties to make progress on their own, despite compelling evidence, accumulated over years, that they would be incapable of making peace without international intervention, he said.”The Government of Israel waited for the Palestinian Authority to form an empowered government and for terrorism to end,” Mr. Prendergast said.”The Palestinian Authority waited for Israel to halt military operations and take steps to ease the closures that have so deeply damaged Palestinian life, for the international community to lead the parties toward peace and for its own political wrangling to end.”They could not afford just to keep waiting, he said. Video of Security Council meeting Listen to UN Radio report read more

Deputies investigating death of 22 year old London man

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after finding a man on the side of the road Sunday morning about 10 miles east of London.The man was transported to the St. Joseph Hospital in London where he was pronounced dead.- Advertisement – According to the release, the man is identified as 22-year-old Landon Bond from London, Ky.A cause of death is not yet know.

Ohio StateNebraska Uptempo identity difference in OSUs offense

OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) watches the ball before his touchdown catch during first half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorFor the last four weeks, the theme of the Ohio State offense had been spurts of excellence, mixed with static periods of limited production. The offense that took the field on Saturday night, in front of a crowd of 108,750, was anything but static in OSU’s 62-3 thrashing of Nebraska.The No. 6 Buckeyes received an early boost from their defense against the No. 10 Cornhuskers. On its first drive, Nebraska senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong, Jr. threw a pass that was deflected by redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore, then returned 36 yards by redshirt sophomore safety Damon Webb for a touchdown.Since that moment, OSU was playing with a cushion which enabled the offense to execute at its full potential. But what made the difference for OSU on offense was a return to OSU coach Urban Meyer’s signature up-tempo style.During last week’s game against Northwestern, OSU scored on its first drive for the first time all season. A commanding 9-play, 94-yard drive in under three minutes displayed just how difficult it can be to slow down OSU’s offense. Its next touchdown drive against the Wildcats took over eight minutes and 15 plays.On Saturday, redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett connected with redshirt sophomore wide receiver Terry McLaurin on the first touchdown pass, the fourth player with a reception on the first drive. The next possession, redshirt freshman Mike Weber ran the ball 23 yards into the endzone for a three-score lead that only continued to grow.“I knew we were on the edge of it, to really break through,” Barrett said. “I wasn’t surprised.”With seven seconds left in the first half, OSU swelled its lead to 31-3 heading into the break. On first-and-goal, Barrett ran to the line, jumped up and found Samuel five yards deep in the endzone for the score. It was a dominant 15-play drive of 85 yards that took just 3:39 off the clock. Barrett exemplified poise in the pocket, leading his team down the field solidifying what wound up being a rout over a top-10 team.Only one of OSU’s touchdown drives on Saturday night took over five minutes, and that score was the result of a 98-yard drive in 11 plays. Co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Ed Warinner said that because of the identity of the offense, more success is seen when the offense is up-tempo.“Offensive football is about rhythm,” he said. “We play a lot of guys in the skill positions, so we can keep up that pace … We’d like to play that way because I think it’s hard for defenses to keep up with that. That’s the style we love to play and that’s our goal.”Junior H-back Curtis Samuel is one of the playmakers at the skill positions that helps establish the pace of play for OSU. His ability to run outside and catch the ball downfield opened up holes all over the field for OSU to exploit against Nebraska. He said that the way the team practices, the offense is trained to play at that pace.“Just playing fast and keeping guys on defense in the game,” Samuel said. “Get them tired and keep pounding and pounding because we work and we condition and we’re ready for up-tempo.”Barrett and Samuel each finished the day with two of their best statistical performances. Barrett threw for 290 yards and four touchdowns while completing 26 of his 38 passes. Samuel accumulated 13 touches through three quarters and 178 total yards, including a 75-yard reception for one of his two scores.A blowout win on Saturday night was the statement game that OSU had missed in the month of October. For its first game in the final month of the season, the identity of Meyer’s 2016 team laid a foundation against Nebraska that it can build on.“I hope,” Meyer said about his team’s found identity. “At least for the next 12 hours. We’ll see what happens next week.” read more

Boy 13 with dairy allergy died after schoolmate threw cheese down his

Outside court he said: “It was pupil on pupil.”Earlier it was reported the 13-year-old Manchester City fan had to have his own fridge and microwave at the home he shared with his mother and granddad. A family member, who did not wish to be named, said: “I’ve never met anyone like him in my life. He would have done anything for anyone. He could have been anything.”He loved taking things apart and putting them back together, he loved music. He would have done something out of this world, he was an extraordinary child.”He was extremely bright – he knew very well how to manage his condition. He wanted to be a barrister but then changed his mind when he saw the size of the books.”Another boy, also 13 at the time, was later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder but has not been charged.Detective Sergeant Christian Rodgers while going through a list of potential witnesses with the coroner ahead of the full inquest said: “The person involved is no longer at the school.” A boy with a severe dairy allergy died after he was chased by a schoolmate who threw cheese down his t-shirt, an inquest heard.Karanbir Cheema, known as Karan, suffered a serious allergic reaction in Greenford, West London, just before midday on June 28 last year.The 13-year-old was severely allergic to wheat, gluten, all dairy products, eggs and all nuts, was asthmatic and suffered from atopic eczema.He went into anaphylactic shock at William Perkin Church of England High School in Greenford, west London, St Pancras Coroners’ Court heard.Another boy, also 13 at the time, was later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder but has not been charged.On Wednesday, the inquest heard from paramedic Kierin Oppatt, who said the 999 operator was told it was “just an allergic reaction” but when he arrived Karan was “gasping for air” and had broken out in hives.The boy was unconscious and stopped breathing shortly after the Mr Oppatt and his colleague arrived.Senior coroner Mary Hassell asked the witness, one of the first paramedics on the scene, to go through the tragic events.Mr Oppatt said: “The call came in at 11.40am. We arrived on the scene at 11.47am. The call came in as just an allergic reaction. Karan pictured with a woman believed to be his mother Rina Karan pictured with a woman believed to be his mother Rina Karan, pictured, died when he was chased and had cheese thrown at him, an inquest heard Karan, pictured, died when he was chased and had cheese thrown at him, an inquest heard “On arrival at the scene I immediately knew it was life threatening and that the patient had a high risk of going into cardiac and respiratory arrest.”We were told by school staff that perhaps someone had chased the patient with cheese and had proceeded to throw it down his t-shirt.”That he had an allergic reaction, that he was itchy, his skin was very hot, and that he was having difficulty breathing.””Staff had administered two spoons of piriton, an epipen and given him his inhaler.” Mr Oppatt added: “When we arrived we saw Karan lying on his back on the floor with teachers around him.”He appeared to be in a state of pre-arrest. He had very slow respiration – he was gasping for air. His skin was red and there appeared to be hives.”Realising the severity of the situation, Mr Oppatt knew he had to call for help but had to go outside because his radio could not get reception.When he returned, his colleague told him their patient had stopped breathing, so they started CPR, gave him adrenaline and used a defibrillator while they waited for backup. When additional crews arrived, Karan was taken on a stretcher to the ambulance, but he never regained consciousness and died with his parents at his hospital bed in Great Ormond Street Hospital ten days later on July 9. Karan’s mother Rina Cheema, a qualified accountant, his two brothers and sister were at court today.Ms Cheema, 52, said she wants “answers” and talking outside of court, said: “I am devastated as a mother after losing my son and my family have lost their brother.”He was a very, very bright young boy. He was so bright he could have been anything he wanted. I brought him up by myself. I trained him to read all about his condition.” 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. read more

Metso to supply mining equipment to OAO Severstals Olkon mine in Russia

first_imgMetso will supply OAO Severstal with a complete rotary drying system for its iron ore plant upgrade project at the Olkon mine in Olenegorsk, Russia. The high-capacity single-line system will replace multiple existing rotary dryers. Metso’s delivery also includes a modern automation system, which will enable tighter control of the process. The high-capacity drying system will improve mine performance. The new drying system will improve performance by incorporating the use of the most modern technologies in air filtration and burner management. This will result in lower fuel consumption, operational and maintenance costs, as well as minimising particulate emissions.  “We decided to choose Metso, since they offered the best balance of cost and technical solutions,” says Pavel Lezhnev, Purchasing Director at OAO Severstal. “New equipment will not only improve our performance, but also increase energy efficiency and environmental performance, which are also very important for us”, he adds.“Olkon’s existing equipment for iron ore drying had reached its service lifetime. Olkon chose Metso to provide the best solution for their application, based on our ability to design and supply optimised drying technology with enhanced efficiency,” says Sales Engineer Michael Schiefer at Global Product Sales, Pyro, Mining and Construction, Metso.“Our longstanding relationship with Olkon, our ability to meet modern operational requirements and the close cooperation in the process design of this project also contributed to Olkon’s decision to choose Metso as the supplier for the equipment. Furthermore, Metso was the only supplier with the ability to offer a very high-capacity single-line system,” says Yuri Pedan, Key Account Manager, Russia, Mining and Construction, Metso.Metso’s drying system will dry high-grade iron ore concentrate at a rate of 625 metric tons per hour in one processing line. The delivery consists of a direct-fired rotary dryer, including process and equipment design, firing system, air pollution control equipment, instrumentation, plant control system, and project management.OAO Severstal is one of the world’s leading vertically integrated steel and steel-related mining companies, with assets in Russia, the USA, the Ukraine, Latvia, Poland, Italy, Liberia and Brazil. Severstal’s crude steel production in 2011 reached 15.3 Mt.last_img read more

Major Wire introduces Crown Bar Adaptors

first_imgMajor Wire Industries has introduced new Crown Bar Adaptors for modular screening decks which allow producers to convert their flat screen decks to a crowned deck on both pin and grooved-type screen decks. This innovative technology “will allow producers to choose the best screen media for the job without being limited by the screen deck” according to Major Wire.Major Wire says it developed its line of Crown Bar Adaptors to fill an expressed need for producers with flat screen decks that were limited to only using modular type screen media but wanted to use Major Wire’s Flex-Mat 3 Tensioned High-Performance Screen Media. Producers can expect to increase the open area up to 100% or more by converting modular decks to a crowned tensioned deck of Flex-Mat 3. Flex-Mat 3 panels have more open area, meaning that they can provide up to 50% more screen capacity than polyurethane and rubber panels.They employ independently vibrating wires that increase product throughput by up to 40% over polyurethane and rubber panels by increasing the open area and eliminating blinding, pegging and clogging. “Flex-Mat 3 provides benefits on every screen box deck: eliminating near-size pegging on top decks, producing cleaner retained product through the middle decks and preventing fine material blinding on bottom decks.”last_img read more

How Dr Seuss Invented Nerds

first_imgDr. Seuss is the original nerd. Okay, so maybe the guy wasn’t a real doctor (he studied for, but didn’t complete, his doctorate), but he did wear glasses, the occasional bowtie, and graduated from Dartmouth, for what it’s worth. Also, the good quasi-doctor is also credited with actually having invented the term “nerd.”The term dates back to the 1950 publication of Seuss’s If I Ran the Zoo, which features the typically Seussian “a Nerkle, a Nerd, and a Seersucker too,” all part of Gerald McGrew’s laundry list of species for an imaginary zoo.A year later, Newsweek offered up its more current slang definition–an apparently popular term in Detroit at the time, used to describe those of the “square” persuasion. With this in mind, we at Gearlog would like to wish a happy 107th birthday to one of our most beloved nerds, on a boat, with a goat–wherever he deems appropriate, really.  AdChoices广告last_img read more

Cover Critique Rolling Stones Barack Obama Endorsement

first_imgIn the midst of a fascinating 2008 presidential race, Rolling Stone unveiled its endorsement of Barack Obama last week with this cover. Like anything this race seems to touch, the cover was immediately tagged as controversial (with some cable news pundits suggesting the magazine touched up Obama’s skin color to make him appear “whiter”).Putting that, and Jann Wenner’s politics, aside for a moment, FOLIO: asked some of its friends in the design world to weigh in on the cover. Here are some early returns:NAME: Dan TrombettoTITLE: Art director, FOLIO:CRITIQUE: From a design standpoint, the composition and typography are very straight-forward – nothing very interesting going on there. The use of an Obama illustration portraying him as a glowing savior peering off into an unknown future? It seems a bit melodramatic. But I’m sure it will get some religious folks up in arms and create some controversy, which is probably the desired effect. If nothing else, it sure gives Barack a lot to live up to—especially since “A New Hope” contains no question mark after it.NAME: Marco TurelliTITLE: Art director, Wine EnthusiastCRITIQUE: Doesn’t really do much for me. Coverlines don’t help sell it to the reader. Barack isn’t looking out into the distance nor is he making eye contact, so in effect he isn’t creating a sense of “greater purpose” nor is he connecting with the viewer. I would expect a more provocative coverline like “America’s Only Hope.” I’ve seen much better from RS in the past when covering political figures. They need to get Woodard back. Hillary’s Last Stand could have been fun though.NAME: Paola DiMeglio TITLE: Associate art director, Psychiatric Times CRITIQUE: First reaction was that this looked like something from a Jehovah’s witness “The Watchtower” cover (those brochures that they pass out for a quarter) … has this religious feel to it. It’s more like he’s doing a Superman stance. Maybe they should have put the “S” shirt under his jacket with the cap. That would have gotten the effect, but maybe taken as more of an insult than an endorsement. I don’t really care for the fonts but I see it’s their standard serif font. It looks more like The New Republic or The Week instead of Rolling Stone. NAME: Randy DunbarTITLE: Freelance designerCRITIQUE: Presumably this an illustration. As illustrations go, it’s unremarkable. And Barack appears to have more lines on his face than Georgia O’Keefe. He also appears to be all ear. Personally, I am not inspired by this cover—by design, color, graphics, etc. If this is the “new hope” cover, the future appears to be cloudy … I did check the cover out at the RS Web site and in a smaller version. It has more impact … whatever that means …NAME: Robert SielTITLE: Production director, Sumner Communications CRITIQUE: Very solid cover. I like the painterly touch to the illustration. Nothing really pops out at me about this cover, either great or bad, but it’s solid. The stance of Barack and the one touch of color on the red tie seem to symbolize a Superman pose.NAME: Bryan CanniffTITLE: Owner, Bryan Canniff DesignsCRITIQUE: I have several reservations about this cover. If I were a Barack supporter I would not be too happy about his angry expression. The candidate for change seems to be looking forward to hard times ahead instead of “A New Hope”. He looks so mad he is literally steaming. The blue color scheme is also not very positive. It makes his skin look even redder in contrast (and angrier). I don’t see the need to cover up so much of the logo, unless it is an awkward attempt to say Rollin one. It looks forced since his head is so small and there is no need to show more of his rumpled suit and askew tie. Starting with his pitifully small light yellow name, the typography is very laid back and the layout is too predictable and unexciting.UPDATE: Tim O’Brien, the illustrator behind the Obama cover, responds … What do you think? Drop us a line [dstableford AT red7media DOT com] or drop your own critiques in the comments section below.last_img read more

Alaska State Legislature urges Congress to address state ivory bans

first_imgWalrus ivory carvings and masks on display at Maruskiya’s in Nome, in July, 2016. Alaska Native artists who use legal walrus, mammoth and mastodon say that broad ivory bans passed by other states make it more difficult to sell their work. (Photo by Emily Russell/KNOM)The Alaska State Legislature passed a resolution on Monday urging Congress to take action to protect the ability of Alaska Native artists to sell work made from legal ivory. The resolution asks Congress to pass federal legislation that would explicitly allow possession and trade of products made with legal walrus, mammoth and mastodon.Listen nowThe resolution takes aim at state laws like those in New York, California, Hawaii and Washington. Those states have passed broad anti-ivory laws in an attempt to combat the poaching of African elephants.The laws have had unintended consequences for Alaska Native artists, who say the bans make it difficult to sell art made from legal Alaska ivory.Copies of the resolution will be sent to President Trump, Vice President Pence and Congressional leaders.U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan introduced a bill back in October that would limit state powers to ban walrus and mammoth ivory.last_img read more

Afghanistan 40 years of conflict

first_imgThis photo taken on 7 February, 2019 shows an Afghan man sitting on the remains of Soviet-era tanks along a road in Saricha of Bazarak District in Panjshir Province, north of the capital Kabul. Photo: AFPThe Soviet invasion of Afghanistan 40 years ago kicked off decades of war that endured long after the Red Army’s retreat, which ended on February 15, 1989.Here is a timeline.- 1979-1989: Soviet occupation -In December 1979, at the height of the Soviet-US Cold War, Moscow invades the country — which is poor and mountainous, but also strategically situated — to prop up a communist regime.It faces fierce resistance from Afghan mujahideen fighters backed by the United States and others.Moscow eventually withdraws after a decade of fighting.- 1992-1996: Civil war -The fall of Mohammad Najibullah’s communist government in 1992 unleashes a bloody power struggle that kills nearly 100,000 people in two years and partly destroys the capital, Kabul.From 1994 the Pakistan-backed fundamentalist Taliban movement begin to emerge in the south.- 1996-2001: Taliban in power -The Taliban, led by Mullah Mohammad Omar, seize power in 1996 and install a regime based on their hardline interpretation of Islamic law. They forbid women from working, close girls’ schools, and ban music and other entertainment.Under severe United Nations sanctions, the regime becomes close to the Al-Qaeda jihadist network and shelters its leader, Saudi national Osama bin Laden.- 2001: US-led invasion -In October 2001 the United States leads an invasion of Afghanistan in retaliation for the September 11 attacks on Washington and New York blamed on Al-Qaeda.Washington and its NATO allies drive out the Taliban regime and bring Hamid Karzai to power, funnelling in billions of dollars of aid to rebuild the war-ravaged country.They deploy up to 150,000 soldiers to help the government assert control and bring security.The Taliban go into hiding or flee to neighbouring countries, especially Pakistan, and then launch an insurgency against Kabul and NATO.- 2014: NATO withdraws -NATO pulls out its International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) combat troops at the end of 2014, with the Taliban insurgency raging.Some NATO soldiers remain to carry out anti-terrorist operations and train Afghan forces.The Taliban continue to make gains, while carrying out major deadly attacks, as the Islamic State group begins to make inroads in Afghanistan in 2015.- 2018-2019: Peace talks -In late 2018 US President Donald Trump says he is withdrawing half of the 14,000 US soldiers stationed in Afghanistan, though officials caution they have received no order to begin drawdown plans.Washington steps up negotiations with the Taliban to end the conflict, with both the militants and US officials touting “progress” after talks culminate in a six-day meeting in Qatar in January.Afghan hopes for peace are tempered by fears the US could withdraw before a lasting deal is reached with Kabul, however.Russia and Iran also hold talks with the militants.last_img read more

Virgin checks in to Australian hotel market

first_imgVirgin Group is looking into the Australian hotel market, with preliminary plans to build a 4.5 star hotel. Virgin Group global chief executive Stephen Murphy said the group has commenced research in Australia and is hoping to offer customers a boutique experience at a 4.5 star hotel with four star prices, The Australian reported. “We think there is a great space for us to come in and under the Virgin brand deliver a boutique experience but with the basic functionality of the hotel delivered much more efficiently… and with the pricing transparency as well,” Mr Murphy said. Virgin founder Richard Branson said the Australian hotel market is high up on the company’s list. “The Virgin brand is hot as ever in Australia and well respected,” Mr Branson said. “We transport a lot of business people in Australia and will transport a lot more in the future. “If we can get the right sites, we have the concept for an up-market, fun boutique hotel group that will be very Virginesque.”  Earlier this year Virgin Group formed an agreement with the US to purchase up to US$500 million worth of properties over the next three years. The company is hoping to purchase hotel sites in New York, San Francisco, Miami, Boston and Los Angeles before expanding globally. Mr Murphy said the company had conducted market research into the type of hotel experiences it could offer Australia. “We certainly would not be doing the ultra-cheap stuff, but we do think that is an interesting model for Asia and the Middle East,” Mr Murphy said. “For Australia… we would like to give you more value for the same price with a fun edge to it.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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