Moroccos OCP Plans New Facilities Chemical Plants Across Africa

By Katya SchwenkRabat – The group told Reuters on Monday it has plans for two new chemical plants in Nigeria and Ethiopia at a combined investment of $5.2 billion.OCP, Morocco’s leading exporter in phosphate and fertilizers, also plans to build fertilizer-blending facilities in Rwanda, Cote d’Ivoire, and Ghana. Each facility will cost between $8 and $12 million. The announcement comes as part of OCP Group’s push to expand its reach in sub-Saharan Africa. At the end of last year, the company released plans to triple its fertilizer production outside of Morocco, and in January, announced it would build two new fertilizer plants in Nigeria.OCP already maintains 75 percent of the world’s phosphate reserves and holds nearly 50 percent of the world market share of the chemical.Read Also: Denmark’s Skako to Supply Morocco’s OCP with Mining ScrubbersOCP’s Africa Fertilizer Complex in Jorf Lasfar, 120 kilometers south of Casablanca, produces almost a million tons of fertilizer annually for Africa. But Karim Lotfi Senhaji, chief executive of OCP Africa, told Reuters that OCP hopes to bring production closer to consumers with these new facilities.“We don’t aim to produce everything in Morocco,” he said.The group’s planned facility in Nigeria will produce ammonia, with an expected capacity of 1 million tons. The facility in Ethiopia will have a capacity of 2.5 million tons of fertilizer. The group expects the plants will be operational by 2023 or 2024.OCP also announced yesterday it would sponsor an academic partnership between Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Rabat and two agricultural research institutions in the United Kingdom, Rothamsted Research and Cranfield University. The partnership will aid OCP’s research on fertilizers in Africa.The program will establish a Centre for Doctoral Training in Morocco and support early career researchers in agriculture.Hicham El Habti, secretary general of Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, expressed his support for OCP’s research program on customizable fertilizers.“This vital partnership will support the acceleration of this strategy to help African farmers become not only more productive, but also more prosperous,” El Habti said at the signature ceremony Monday.Phosphates continue to be Morocco’s strongest export, seeing an average annual growth rate of 7.8 percent since 2014. Natural and chemical fertilizers make up the greatest share of this growth, rising from MAD 17.3 billion in 2014 to MAD 29.8 billion last year. read more

Trumps GOP allies press for action on disaster aid bill

WASHINGTON — The White House is displaying new flexibility on giving disaster aid to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as President Donald Trump’s GOP allies increasingly lose patience with a weekslong standoff over a widely backed bill.A new Senate GOP offer is aimed at breaking the logjam and offers greater flexibility in delivering appropriated disaster funding to Puerto Rico. Trump has feuded with Democratic officials on the U.S. territory and has sharply criticized Puerto Rico’s handling of the disaster.But the latest offer, relayed Monday in a meeting of the chairman and top Democrat of the Senate Appropriations Committee, hasn’t won over Democrats.Patience is running out among a group of Senate Republicans from states hit hard last fall by hurricanes because the legislation involving Puerto Rico includes aid to the mainland U.S. as well.Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press read more

UN urges collective effort to reduce urban poverty

4 October 2010Governments, the private sector and civil society have to work much more closely together if the world is to build and sustain better cities, which are now home to more than half the global population, United Nations officials said today. Marking World Habitat Day, whose theme this year is “Better City, Better Life,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a message spotlighting the effect that smart policies and actions can have on the well-being of the estimated 1 billion people worldwide who live in slums or other forms of sub-standard housing.“The urban poor are too often condemned to a life without basic rights, hope of an education or decent work,” said Mr. Ban, noting that they typically live in developing countries and are both disenfranchised and under the age of 25.“Lacking adequate provision of freshwater, electricity, sanitation or health care, they suffer privations that all too often provide the tinder for the fires of social unrest. Vulnerable to exploitation and corruption, they need and deserve better cities and a better life.”Mr. Ban stressed that the challenges of urban poverty, stretching from pollution to criminal gang culture, can be overcome.“Many cities are finding successful solutions. Smart cities recognize the importance of good governance, basic urban services for all, and streets and public spaces where women and children feel safe. They also recognize that better cities can help to mitigate global challenges, such as climate change, by promoting energy conservation and environmental sustainability.”In a separate message, Inga Björk-Klevby, the Officer-in-Charge of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), stressed the need to keep improving the world’s cities as she noted that trends indicate two thirds of humanity will be living in towns and cities within the next two generations.Ms. Björk-Klevby called for planners, officials and developers to create “smarter” cities, with better quality of life, greater investment in human capital, enhanced political and cultural inclusion and sustainable economic opportunities.Events are taking place around the globe to mark World Habitat Day, which the UN designates as the first Monday in October each year, including in such cities as Barcelona, Spain; Kolkata, India; and Nakuru, Kenya.This year’s theme echoes that of the Shanghai World Expo, where UN-HABITAT has a strong presence, and a series of celebrations will take place today in the Chinese metropolis.Vienna is among the winners of the UN-HABITAT 2010 Scroll of Honour award for improving living conditions in towns and cities. According to the citation, the Austrian capital put people and their views first in a multi-million dollar model urban renovation programme under which sub-standard housing stock has been reduced over the years to below nine per cent following improvements to more than 5,000 buildings with nearly a quarter of a million apartments.Other winners include China, Colombia, Morocco, Singapore and South Africa. read more

Users transferring between TTC and GO Transit to receive reduced cofare

TORONTO — Commuters in Toronto who use both GO Transit and the city’s public transportation network will be getting a discount on their fares.A spokesman for Toronto Mayor John Tory says that when the co-fares come into effect, people who ride the Toronto Transit Commission and transfer to GO will receive $1.50 off of their GO fare when they use a Presto card.If they transfer from GO to the TTC with their Presto card, the same discount will be taken from their TTC fare.Don Peat says the change will likely come into effect by the end of this year or early next year.He says the province has agreed to reimburse the Toronto Transit Commission for the cost of the reduced fares.Anne Marie Aikin, a spokeswoman for Metrolinx, says GO already has co-fares with 12 transit agencies in the province. read more

President in Thailand to attend Asia Corporation Dialogue

The ACD is a forum for nations in the region to deliberate on matters concerning the region. President will address the ACD summit on the 9th. (Colombo Gazette) Apart from attending the conference, President Sirisena will hold several bilateral meetings with leaders of states, including the Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha. President Maithripala Sirisena left for Bangkok to attend the Asia Corporation Dialogue Summi, that brings together 34 nations in the Asian region. The President was accompanied by First Lady Jayanthi Sirisena.The Dialogue Summit will take place from the 8th to the 10th of October in Bangkok. Sri Lanka joined the Asia Corporation Dialogue (ACD) in 2003. President Maithripala Sirisena attends this august conference for the first time as President of Sri Lanka.

Malaysian Prime Minister to hold talks with Wigneswaran

The Prime Minister will be accompanied by his wife, Datin Sri Rosmah Mansor; Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Minister and senior officials from the Government of Malaysia. The Prime Minister will attend a roundtable meeting with Sri Lankan businessmen and will also meet with Malaysian diaspora in Sri Lanka. The Prime Minster of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe is hosting a working lunch in honour of the Prime Minister on the following day.The Prime Minister’s visit to Sri Lanka will provide an opportunity for both countries to discuss various areas of cooperation including trade and investment, education, tourism, health and human resource as well as issues of interest in regional and international cooperation. (Colombo Gazette) The Prime Minister of Malaysia will undertake an Official Visit to Sri Lanka from 17 to 19 December 2017, and to Maldives from 19 to 20 December 2017, at the invitations of the President Maithripala Sirisena and the President of the Republic of Maldives, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. This year also marks the 60th anniversary of bilateral relations between Malaysia and Sri Lanka. The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak will hold talks with Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran during his three day visit to Sri Lanka.The Malaysian Foreign Ministry said that a meeting with the Chief Minister of the Northern Province has been arranged. The Prime Minister’s visits underline the significance and importance Malaysia attaches to its relationship with Sri Lanka and Maldives, the Malaysian Foreign Ministry said. These visits are also expected to set Malaysia’s future direction with both countries, covering all areas of cooperation. This will be the first official visit of the Prime Minister to Sri Lanka and Maldives.In Colombo the Prime Minister will be accorded an Official Welcoming Ceremony followed by one-to-one meeting and bilateral meeting with the delegation of both countries. Both leaders will also witness the signing of several Memorandum of Understandings (MOU) and agreements between the two countries in the fields of training, science and technology, communication and bio-economy. An Official Welcoming Luncheon will also be hosted by the President of Sri Lanka in honour of the Prime Minister and wife. read more

Stocks bonds rise after Fed indicates no hurry on first rate increase

Stocks, bonds rise after Fed indicates no hurry on first rate increase in nearly a decade by The Associated Press Posted Mar 18, 2015 12:21 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are rallying after the Federal Reserve indicated that it’s not in a hurry to raise interest rates.In a statement released at the end of a two-day policy meeting Wednesday, the Fed forecast that the U.S. unemployment rate can fall further without spurring inflation.The Dow Jones industrial average jumped after the Fed news. The Dow was up 145 points, or 1.4 per cent, at 17,990 as of 2:15 p.m., fifteen minutes after the Fed’s statement was released. It was down 115 points just before.Treasurys also rallied, pushing the yield on the 10-year note below 2 per cent. The dollar dropped against the euro. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Pope Francis and UN agency discuss sustainable future of agriculture

“If all Member States work for one another, consensus for action by FAO will not be late in arriving and, moreover, FAO’s original role will be rediscovered,” the Pope declared during a special audience at the Vatican, as he cited the agency’s Latin logo, ‘fiat panis,’ or ‘let there be bread.” “Volatile food prices prevent the poor from planning ahead, from being able to count on getting even a minimum level of nutrition,” the Pontiff continued. “Let us seek another path.”In a separate meeting with FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, Pope Francis underscored the importance of the UN agency’s ongoing efforts to decentralize “so as to be in the midst of the rural world, in order to understand the needs of the people the Organization is here to serve.” The Pontiff, however, also drew attention to the dangers of market influences and speculation on agriculture, voicing concern over large scale acquisitions of agricultural land by transnational companies and governments which, he said, “not only deprives farmers of an essential good [but also] affects the sovereignty of nations.”He expressed the same tone of concern when discussing the state of food waste around the world, urging consumers to “decisively commit” to modified lifestyles and sustainable living. “Sobriety is not in opposition to development, indeed it is now clear that the one is a necessary condition for the other,” he said. read more

Opinion Ohio State mens hockey blew it

Ohio State sophomore goalie Tommy Nappier goes down on one knee during the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan State on March 1. Ohio State won 5-1. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternThe date is Oct. 8. Ohio State men’s hockey comes in at No. 1 in the poll before even playing a game this season.The Buckeyes bring the vast majority of their talent back from the season before, a season where they stunned college hockey on the way to making a Frozen Four run, the second in the program’s history.Sure, Ohio State loses Matthew Weis, the third-best scorer on the team, but Weis was injured throughout the entirety of the NCAA tournament, so the players coming back are well aware of their ability to make it without him.Ohio State loses a strong defenseman in Janik Moser, as well as some solid depth players in Christian Lampasso, Kevin Miller and Luke Stork. But it brings back much, much more.The date is Feb. 9. Ohio State is the No. 2 team in the country on the back of a seven-game win streak, and is playing up to the lofty expectations put before it.Then it all went up in smoke.For a team that had all the talent, all the experience and all the core pieces it needed to not only get back to the Frozen Four, but win it, all it took for Ohio State to throw it all away was losing the chip on its shoulder that it had through the past three seasons.Growing complacent after all but sealing both the Big Ten and their tournament bid, the Buckeyes went 1-6-1 in their final eight games, looking like a shell of their former selves.In 2017, Ohio State squeaked its way into the tournament, a major win for the program in its own right, then took the eventual NCAA runner-up to overtime before falling 3-2.In 2018, the Buckeyes squeaked its way into a No. 1 seed, were still considered the underdog in their region and proceeded to put a beatdown on Denver, the reigning national champions, before losing to the team that would eventually win the tournament.Both of those losses were to Minnesota Duluth. Ohio State would have had to make the final for the potential to play the Bulldogs for a third time.Anyone who watched this team the past six weeks knew that was not going to happen.Through losing six of its final eight games, Ohio State’s consistent offense went missing, its’ even more consistent defense and goaltending turned to swiss cheese and the motivation that was evident throughout the locker room to win the whole thing turned from action to simply words.It seemed the Buckeyes found their wake-up call in the Big Ten tournament, getting embarrassed as the No. 1 seed by Penn State in a 5-1 beatdown on Ohio State’s home ice.Captain and senior forward Mason Jobst saw the lack of drive from his team that day. He thought Ohio State could flip the switch come NCAA tournament time.“If [Penn State] lost tonight, their season was actually over, and as much as I hate to say, maybe we didn’t have that desperation because we kind of knew that we were in the tournament,” Jobst said. “Now, as a senior class, the true desperation is gonna come out … our lives are on the line every single game from here on out.”Ohio State dropped to a No. 3 seed because of its’ late-season struggles, and got a rematch with Denver in the first round, a year after beating the Pioneers 5-1 to advance to the Frozen Four.Denver had the chip on its shoulder the Buckeyes had for the past two seasons. That was gone now, and the Pioneers came out with a 2-0 victory, officially eliminating Ohio State, ruining the program’s greatest chance to win a national championship it has ever had.The Buckeyes only have themselves to blame.The Denver-Ohio State game was a tight one, and one the Buckeyes certainly had a chance to win. Ohio State outshot the Pioneers 24-13, and only gave up one goal prior to pulling sophomore goalie Tommy Nappier.But that’s not really the point. The point is that Ohio State shouldn’t have had to play Denver again, and most certainly not in the first round.The date is March 30. Ohio State should be preparing for its’ second round matchup in the season that this program has dreamed about for the past four years since Jobst’s impressive freshman season, and likely for much longer before that.Instead, the players are forced to watch from afar, only left to think about what went so wrong so fast.Next year, the same high expectations likely won’t be there.Jobst is gone, leaving behind one of the greatest individual legacies the program has ever seen. Joining him is Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Sasha Larocque, goalie Sean Romeo and key contributors like Dakota Joshua, Freddy Gerard, John Wiitala and Brendon Kearney.This was the year for Ohio State to win its’ first national title.Instead, it was bounced in the first round to a team it thoroughly outplayed a season ago.There was something special about that Frozen Four team in 2018, and it wasn’t necessarily the talent. But this year, with increased talent and increased expectation, the Buckeyes crumbled and faltered, leaving nothing but unknowns about if the players returning for next season can still pick up all the pieces. read more

Protect Your Tables From Apple HomePod With These Tips

first_imgUse a Single Paper TowelIf doilies and coasters are too fancy for you (just try to say doilies out loud without hating yourself) just use one single old-fashioned paper towel as a buffer between the HomePod and your table. Plus, you already need paper towels for lots of other stuff anyway. The HomePod is Apple’s latest innovation, a smart speaker designed to play your music while also listening to your commands. An Amazon Echo with Siri instead of Alexa. Unlike the last major new Apple product, the HomePod, fortunately, doesn’t steal your face. But that doesn’t mean the tech doesn’t have issues of its own.For a company so obsessed with clean design, Apple HomePod early adopters were shocked to discover the device was leaving strange, disfiguring white ring stains on wooden surfaces. According to Apple, “the marks can be caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface,” and that it’s “not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-dampening silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces.”But as accurate as that answer may be, folks obviously aren’t too happy their shiny new Apple product may mess up their tables, and that Apple doesn’t really have any answers. Fortunately, we do. Here are some quick, completely legitimate tips for protecting your table from Apple HomePod.Use Coasters/DoiliesThe HomePod isn’t the first case of stuff messing up tables with weird rings. Just ask anyone who drinks. And humanity has already come up with a solution. Just slap some doilies or coasters under that HomePod and you should be golden. Use an Amazon EchoYou could try to deal with these early issues of the Apple HomePod. But why not just save yourself the trouble and get an Amazon Echo, a better and cheaper product that’s already had time to work out its kinks.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week Use a New TableMaybe the HomePod is just Apple’s passive-aggressive way of saying your table isn’t worth saving. The issue only seems to affect wooden surfaces anyway. So if your HomePod messes up one table, just throw it out and get a new one. Planned obsolescence.center_img Use Flour/CocaineThe first thing that came to mind when looking at the HomePod rings was obviously Apple is covering these things in cocaine. So if your table is going to be covered in cocaine, you might as well cover the whole thing in cocaine, or flour if you want that sweet white powder without “breaking the law.” Use an Old T-ShirtHaving a brand new Apple HomePod right at launch, while cool, can make one seem… elitist. So bring yourself back down to earth and protect your table at the same time by plopping the HomePod right on top of some old dumb t-shirt.Check out Geek’s T-Shirt Tuesday!Use an Apple Coffee Table BookIf you want to keep your HomePod protection plan within the Apple family, get yourself this big Apple coffee table book. Not only does it have gorgeous images of Apple’s iconic tech design throughout the years for you to show off to guests, it’s also already meant to go on tables, so just put it underneath your HomePod. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Two Army Communities Suffer Population Loss Report Shows

first_imgTwo cities with large Army posts have landed on a U.S. Census Bureau list of shrinking cities, with Columbus, Ga., home of Fort Benning, reaching the top of the ranking.The population of Columbus dropped 1.5 percent from July 2013 to July 2014, reported, which linked the decline to a lower-than-expected surge at Benning from the last round of base closures.Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson disputed the report, however, calling it “completely irresponsible.”“The annual census data has fluctuations due to assessment variables, but there is no question that Columbus, Georgia has grown since the 2010 census. Any reduction in population due to the drawdown of the war in the Middle East is not expected to offset the increase of population resulting from BRAC,” Tomlinson told WTVM.Manhattan, Kan., home of Fort Riley, experienced a one-year population loss of 0.8 percent, placing it 11th on the list of shrinking cities.Neither Columbus nor Manhattan suffered from a loss of manufacturing jobs, the trend that explained why most of the cities on the list experienced a drop in population. Manhattan’s drop could be attributed to the migration of young adults from rural areas, along with the increasing modernization of farm work, according to Laszlo Kulcsar, director of the Kansas Population Center and an associate professor of sociology at Kansas State University. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo EV confirmed for late 2020 launch

first_img Electric Cars Sports Cars Future Cars Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo in the real world Porsche Review • 2019 Porsche Cayenne review: The enthusiast’s SUV More about 2019 Porsche Cayenne 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo: A mighty, frugal wagon 2019 Porsche Cayenne S review: The sporting life Tags Post a comment 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo review: The performance SUV par excellence More From Roadshow Share your voice Porsche’s annual press conference in Stuttgart was, in part, a celebration of the past year’s developments. But it also confirmed yet another piece in Porsche’s puzzle of future products, too.Porsche confirmed on Friday, as part of its annual press conference, that the Taycan Cross Turismo has been cleared for production at the end of 2020, which would put its debut about a year after the standard Taycan’s debut this coming September. Porsche first confirmed Cross Turismo production last October, but it hadn’t clarified a date at that point.In all likelihood, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo will share the Taycan’s powertrain, with its electric motors putting out approximately 600 horsepower. It should reach 62 miles per hour in about 3.5 seconds, although the taller, bulkier body of the Cross Turismo may tack an extra tenth or two onto that figure. As for range, it’s estimated to be around the 300-mile mark, but that will likely change once the EPA tests it, as its estimates are usually slightly lower than its European counterpart.Enlarge ImageWhile the Cross Turismo is a little SUV-ish, it shouldn’t get in the way of Porsche’s future electric SUVs. There’s a place for everything in its next-gen lineup. Porsche Along with the Taycan that precedes it, the Taycan Cross Turismo is part of Porsche’s plan to electrify its lineup in the coming years. At Porsche’s press conference, chairman Oliver Blume said that, by 2025, more than half of all Porsche vehicles will be available with an electric motor. In addition to both Taycan variants, Porsche has also confirmed that the next-generation Macan will go electric, as well.Given that the Taycan Cross Turismo could be seen as a quasi-SUV of sorts, Porsche doesn’t feel there will be any overlap between it and the upcoming electric Macan. “The Cross Turismo concept is basically a more lifestyle-ish interpretation of the Taycan,” said Detlev von Platen, Porsche’s board member in charge of sales and marketing, in an interview with Roadshow on the sidelines of the conference. “It’s not directly targeting the SUV market.”Despite nobody seeing its production form yet, Porsche is already facing some serious demand for its first purely battery-electric vehicle. Earlier in March, Porsche announced that it identified more than 20,000 people with serious interest in the car, enough to force the company to double its first-year production from 20,000 vehicles to 40,000. It will be built in Zuffenhausen, where Porsche manufactures its 911 and 718 lineups, with its own dedicated assembly and paint facilities. Preview • 2019 Porsche Cayenne: A stronger foundation 53 Photos 0 Porschelast_img read more

BNP to stage demo Tuesday

first_imgLogo of BNPLeaders and activists of BNP and its affiliated bodies will stage demonstrations across the country on Tuesday demanding the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail, reports UNB.The party also rescheduled its Monday’s planned rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital for 29 March as the Dhaka Metropolitan Police authorities did not respond to its application seeking permission for the programme.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came up with the announcement at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office on Monday.He said their party’s all district and metropolitan city units will demonstrate Tuesday seeking their chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail.In the capital, Fakhrul said the similar programme will also be observed at every thana on the same ground.He said though they had a schedule to hold rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on Monday, the DMP authorities did not give them permission to hold it.The BNP leader hoped that the authorities concerned will allow them to hold the rally on 29 March.He said a BNP delegation went to the DMP office on Sunday, but no one of the police authorities met them.“I personally phoned at least 10 times the DMP authorities, but they didn’t receive it. So, now we’ve decided to hold the rally on 29 March.”Fakhrul alleged that the government is trying to provoke BNP so that they change their stance of peaceful movement. But we won’t get provoked. We can assure you we won’t fall into the government’s trap.”He called upon the people of all walks of life, parties and social organisations to get united to overcome the current political crisis. “There’s no alternative to forging a national unity to face the current awful situation.BNP standing committee members Mirza Abbas, Nazrul Islam Khan, vice chairmen Abdul Awal Mintoo, AZM Zahid Hossain and BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi were, among others, present.Earlier on 12 March, BNP had announced to hold the rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on March 19, having failed to get permission to hold the similar programme on that day.On 2 March, BNP first announced to hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on 12 March, demanding the release of its chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia from jail.The DMP authorities, however, informed BNP on 11 March that they could not permit the party to hold its rally on security grounds.last_img read more

Suicide bomber kills 50 in Nigeria mosque

first_imgMap locating attack in Mubi, Nigeria. AFPAt least 50 people were killed on Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque in northeast Nigeria, police said, in an attack blamed on Boko Haram jihadists.The blast happened during early morning prayers at the Madina mosque in the Unguwar Shuwa area of Mubi, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) by road from the Adamawa state capital Yola.It was the biggest attack in Adamawa since December 2016, when two female suicide bombers killed 45 people at a crowded market in the town of Madagali.Security analysts said Tuesday’s bombing again underlined the threat posed by Boko Haram, despite an overall decline in deaths from attacks by the group last year.Adamawa state police spokesman Othman Abubakar told AFP that at least 50 were killed in the Mubi attack.”It was a (suicide) bomber who mingled with worshippers. He entered the mosque along with other worshippers for the morning prayers.”It was when the prayers were on that he set off his explosives.”Asked who was responsible, Abubakar said: “We all know the trend. We don’t suspect anyone specifically but we know those behind such kind of attacks.”- Roof blown off -The attack bore all the hallmarks of Boko Haram, the Islamist militants whose insurgency has left at least 20,000 people dead and more than 2.6 million others homeless since 2009.Haruna Furo, head of the Adamawa state emergency management agency, and Musa Hamad Bello, chairman of the Mubi north local government area, both confirmed the attack.They gave lower death tolls but both said the number killed was likely to rise.Another emergency services official described the blast as “devastating” and said there were “high casualties”.Abubakar Sule, who lives near the mosque, said he was present during the rescue operation and that 40 people died on the spot while several others were taken to hospital with severe and life-threatening injuries.”The roof was blown off. People near the mosque said the prayer was mid-way when the bomber, who was obviously in the congregation, detonated his explosives.”This is obviously the work of Boko Haram.”Yan St-Pierre, a counter-terrorism specialist at the Modern Security Consulting Group in Berlin, said the bombing fitted a pattern of previous attacks.”It fits with the increasing lethality and potency of suicide attacks of the organisation’s current ‘hot streak’, which started approximately four weeks ago,” he said.The latest Global Terrorism Index, published last week, said that deaths attributed to Boko Haram in 2016 fell by 80 percent.But St-Pierre said despite this “Boko Haram remains an extremely potent and dangerous organisation” which was far from being “on the back foot”, as the military has claimed.- ‘Operational presence’ -In October 2012, at least 40 people were killed in an attack on student housing in Mubi that was widely blamed on Boko Haram.In June 2014, at least 40 football supporters, including women and children, died in a bomb attack after a match in the Kabang area of the town.Boko Haram briefly overran Mubi in late 2014 as its fighters rampaged across northeastern Nigeria, seizing towns and villages in its quest to establish a hardline Islamic state.The town’s name was changed temporarily to Madinatul Islam, or “City of Islam” in Arabic, during the Boko Haram occupation.But it has been peaceful since the military and the civilian militia ousted them from the town, which is a commercial hub and home to the Adamawa State University.Yet in recent months, Boko Haram activity has been concentrated around Madagali, in the far north of Adamawa near the border with neighbouring Borno state.There have been repeated raids and suicide bombings, blamed on Boko Haram remnants pushed out of their camps in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno.Boko Haram fighters are also said to be hiding in the Mandara mountains, which forms the border of Adamawa and Nigeria with neighbouring Cameroon, where there has also been more attacks.Ryan Cummings, from security analysts Signal Risk, said the attack suggests Boko Haram “has an active operational presence in Adamawa” and retained the capacity to hit hard.”It appears that despite open calls for Boko Haram to desist in such acts of mass violence against Muslim civilian interests, that these have not been heeded,” he added.last_img read more

Blasey Ford And Kavanaugh Testify Diversion Program for Young LowLevel Offenders And

first_imgThursday, September 27, 2018Top afternoon stories:Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via APChristine Blasey Ford.Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh testify before SenateDr. Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday morning.Blasey Ford says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers.The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a historic hearing in which Kavanaugh, who started testifying around 2:15 p.m. (Central Time), hopes to salvage his Supreme Court nomination by fending off allegations by Blasey Ford that he’d molested her when both were in high school.Kavanaugh and Ford are the only witnesses invited to testify before the panel of 11 Republicans — all men — and 10 Democrats.City of HoustonAn event was held on Sept. 25 to launch the LEAD initiative.Diversion program for young low-level offendersThe City of Houston and Harris County have launched a pilot program to divert young low-level offenders from prison to treatment and wraparound services.My Brother’s Keeper (MBK), an initiative of the City’s Health Department, and the office of Harris County Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis launched this week the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) initiative in an event held at Attucks Middle School, which is located in the Sunnyside area.The program aims to help youth who commit offenses at school and on school property. Typically, those types of offenses lead to arrests, court expenses and short stays in supervised detention and confinement facilities.As opposed to pre-trial interventions, the LEAD program stops the legal process before it beings, diverting would-be arrestees before they are handcuffed and charges are filed with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.Courtesy of Antonio ArellanoThe ‘Trump Tweet Truck’.“Trump Tweet Truck” heads to HoustonThe “Trump Tweet Truck” is on its way to Houston and was already spotted in the Dallas area last week during the first debate between Republican Senator Ted Cruz and his Democratic challenger, Congressman Beto O’Rourke. A tweet of then presidential candidate Donald Trump criticizing Cruz during the 2016 campaign is prominently plastered on both sides of the truck.The project’s organizer, Antonio Arellano, says he wanted to remind both Democrats and Republicans of Trump’s former political foe.“You know, Texans — we like to take people at their word, and we like to believe people when they show us who they are the first time,” Arellano says. “President Trump made it very clear where he stood when he first talked about our senator and we want to remind all Texans of that and to allow themselves to not be fooled by this new ‘romance,’ if you will, between the senator and the President.”Arrellano says the ‘Trump Tweet Truck’ will be on Texas roads through Election Day, November 6.News 88-7 reached out to the Cruz campaign for comment, but they didn’t respond. Sharelast_img read more

Safer way to make diazomethane developed

first_img Diazomethane (CH2N2) is a toxic yellow gas at 25 degrees Celsius, and is usually used in solution in ether. It is a useful reagent for many reasons, such as its ability to be converted to carbene, which is used in the synthesis of cyclopropanes. It is usually prepared as needed in the lab by hydrolysis of a precursor such as diazald (N-methyl-N-nitroso-p-toluenesufonamide), but becomes explosive during the processes of purifying and isolating it. Safety precautions such as preparing the chemical in a fume hood or behind a blast shield, avoiding ground glass joints, wearing thick protective gloves, avoiding any sharp edges or scratches on the glassware, and so on, are employed during the synthesis to protect the scientists from potential explosions.Researchers Erick Carreira and Bill Morandi of the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry at ETH in Zurich have developed a new method for generating diazomethane in situ that uses a catalyst and avoids the need for the dangerous isolation process and generation of large volumes of the explosive chemical. The catalyst is an iron porphyrin complex and is used to catalyze the cyclopropanation of olefins such as styrenes, dienes, and enynes in an aqueous solution of potassium hydroxide (6M, KOH). Since olefins are immiscible with water, they create a safe biphasic environment for the formation of the intermediate, diazomethane, which is constantly generated and immediately consumed in the reaction. The catalyst remains within the olefin phase.The new method is safer for the chemists because there is a much lower risk of explosion since the diazomethane is consumed as soon as it is created, and large volumes do not accumulate. There is also a much lower chance of exposure to the toxic gas.In the paper, published in Science, Carreira and Morandi suggest the method could also be used in the synthesis of other toxic or explosive reagents, provided they can be prepared in aqueous solutions. More information: Iron-Catalyzed Cyclopropanation in 6 M KOH with in Situ Generation of Diazomethane, Science 23 March 2012: Vol. 335 no. 6075 pp. 1471-1474, DOI: 10.1126/science.1218781ABSTRACTDiazomethane is a common and versatile reagent in organic synthesis whose broader use is generally impeded by its explosiveness and toxicity. Here we report that a simple iron porphyrin complex catalyzes the cyclopropanation of styrenes, enynes, and dienes under the demanding conditions [aqueous 6 molar potassium hydroxide (KOH) solution, open to air] necessary for the in situ generation of diazomethane from a water-soluble diazald derivative. A biphasic reaction medium arising from the immiscibility of the olefin substrates with water appears essential to the overall efficiency of the process. The work we describe highlights an approach to catalysis with untoward reactive intermediates, in which the conditions for their generation under operationally safe regimes dictate catalyst selection. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( — Diazomethane is a toxic, explosive reagent prepared as needed in laboratories, where it is commonly used in cyclopropanation, but its explosive nature prevents it being used widely on an industrial scale. Now, scientists in Switzerland have developed a new method of synthesising diazomethane that is much safer and therefore could lead to much wider use. Journal information: Science Microscale Chemical Factory © 2011 Explore further Citation: Safer way to make diazomethane developed (2012, March 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Presidency varsity fails to meet handover deadline

first_imgKolkata: Presidency University (PU) has failed to meet the November 15 deadline given by the state Higher Education department with regard to the handover of Hindu Hostel. PU Vice-Chancellor Anuradha Lohia has sought another 15 days’ time for completing some work pertaining to the habitationof the students. State Education minister Partha Chatterjee has summoned the university authorities on Monday and asked for an explanation behind the delay. On being questioned about the inability to meet the deadline over the handover, PU V-C Anuradha Lohia said: “We had not set any deadline. The government had given a deadline. I had said mentioned that the entire work will be finished off by January. We tried our best to stick to it and everybody involved in the construction worked hard even during Durga Puja and Diwali but could not complete the work. We hope to complete the entire work by November 30.” According to the V-C, the state Public Works Department (PWD) that is in-charge of the renovation of the hostel has submitted a report stating that a little bit of work is still pending when it comes to the safety and security of the boarders. “We are also awaiting the certificates of safety from the state Fire and PWD departments,” Lohia added. A senior official of PU pointed out some areas where work is still pending. The dining room and the kitchen need some more work. Some broken glasses are scattered here and there which need to be removed. “We will put LPG gas to use for cooking and do away with diesel that was earlier used for the purpose. We are creating a gas bank for this,” the official said. It may be mentioned that the Hindi Hostel was closed for renovation in July 2015 and the boarders were provided with lodging facilities at Tarulia in New Town. The university has failed to meet deadlines on more than one occasion in case of Hindu Hostel handover. The students had resorted to agitation for a long period demanding the same.last_img read more

Hawaii volcano boat tours continue after lava injuries

first_img Share Tags: Hawaii, Volcano Hawaii volcano boat tours continue after lava injuries Tuesday, July 17, 2018 HONOLULU – Hawaii tour boat operators plan to continue taking visitors to see lava, but will follow the Coast Guard’s revised policy and stay farther away after an explosion caused molten rock to barrel through the roof of a vessel, injuring 23 people.The Coast Guard prohibits vessels from getting closer than 984 feet (300 metres) from where Kilauea volcano’s lava oozes into the sea. The agency had been allowing experienced boat operators to apply for a special license to get closer up to 164 feet (50 metres), but it stopped allowing those exceptions Monday morning.A woman in her 20s was transported to Honolulu in serious condition with a broken thigh bone. The other 22 people injured were treated for minor burns and scrapes, including 12 who were treated at a hospital in Hilo.Moku Nui Lava Tours Captain Kanoa Jones, whose boat was not involved in Monday’s incident at Kilauea volcano, said not running the tours would only withhold income from local restaurants and other businesses dependent on tourism, he said.“If we stop operating, it not only hurts us, it hurts the community,” Jones said.The Coast Guard, state and local officials were investigating what happened.Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew West said the agency can’t say whether it will change its safety zone rules until it finishes its investigation.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksThe county strictly limits access to the lava on land for safety reasons, making boat and helicopter tours the only options people have to witness volcanic spectacle in person. The ocean and aerial tours each cost about $250.The restrictions have deterred many travellers from visiting the Big Island in general, and Puna near the volcano in particular.Shane Turpin, the owner and captain of the vessel that was hit, said he never saw the explosion.He and his tour group had been in the area for about 20 minutes making passes of the ocean entry about 500 yards – which is the length of five football fields – offshore, Turpin said.He didn’t observe “any major explosions,” so he navigated his vessel closer, to about 250 yards (228 metres) away from the lava.“As we were exiting the zone, all of a sudden everything around us exploded,” he said. “It was everywhere.”The U.S. Geological Survey says explosions of varying sizes occur whenever 2,000-degree (1,093-degree Celsius) lava enters much colder seawater.Monday’s large blast may have been amplified by the relatively shallow water at the point where the lava entered the sea. That’s because explosions occur much closer to the surface in such spots.In contrast, lava that entered the ocean in 2016 hit a steep slope and quickly fell to deeper parts of the sea, said Janet Babb, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyThe volcano has also been pumping more lava into the water now compared to past years, Babb said. Kilauea is sending to the sea as much as 26 times the amount of lava per second than it did during the 2016-17 eruption.Officials have warned of the danger of getting close to lava entering the ocean, saying the interaction can create clouds of acid and fine glass. Despite the hazards, several companies operate such tours. The Coast Guard said tour vessels have operated in the area going back at least 20 years.The molten rock is coming from the Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting continuously for the past 35 years. In May, its eruption entered a new phase when it began spurting lava through newly formed fissures in a residential neighbourhood. It has destroyed more than 700 homes since then. But the only serious injury over the past two months was to a man who was hit by flying lava that broke his leg.Captain Jones said an evening boat tour left for the ocean-entry site and it was business as usual.“It is Mother Nature,” Jones said. “You never know.” By: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Assessment of damages for breach of contract

first_imgA fundamental principle of contract law requires the parties to honour their agreement for their mutual benefit expecting to receive the agreed consideration. Any act that aims to breach the contract has consequences since the innocent party suffers loss and damage for which he is entitled to be compensated. Contract Law provides that when a contract has been broken the party who suffers by such a breach is entitled to receive compensation from the party who has broken the contract for any loss or damage caused by such a breach or which the parties knew, when they made the contract, to be likely to result from the breach of it.However, such compensation is not to be given for any remote and indirect loss or damage sustained by reason of the breach. In estimating the loss or damage arising from a breach of contract, the means which existed of remedying the inconvenience caused by the non-performance of the contract must be taken into account. The manner to assess compensation corresponds to the amount that would restore the innocent party to the position he would have been if the contract was executed. In this respect, the reasonably foreseeable losses at the time the agreement was made should be taken into account as a result of the breach; the losses the innocent party may suffer in dealing with the consequences of the breach of the contract are not restored.The options the innocent party has are either to insist on the execution of the contract claiming its specific performance plus compensation for damages caused due to the delay in the execution of the contract, or to consider that the breach committed by the party who broke the agreement has terminated the contract; in such a case, both parties are released from their respective obligation to execute the contract, however the innocent party is entitled to claim damages for the loss and damage he suffered.The aforesaid were examined in a judgment issued by the Supreme Court on 23.1.2018 in two appeals whereby the court analyses the principles and the means for the assessment of damages due to breach of contract. As the court pointed out, there are three main categories in which the plaintiff can include his claim for damages. The first is the so-called ‘expectation interest’, which is based on the plaintiff’s expectation that the defendant will fulfil his contractual obligations and in the event that he does not, the damages will have to compensate him so he will be in the same position he would have been if the defendant fulfilled his promise. The second category concerns the so-called ‘reliance interest’ which includes the actions the plaintiff suffered as a result of the defendant not fulfilling his contractual obligations, causing the plaintiff to incur various costs which the defendant should remedy.The purpose here is to put the plaintiff in the same position he was before the promise was given by the defendant. Finally, the plaintiff can claim the so-called ‘restitution interest’, in which the plaintiff does not wish to be compensated for the loss he has suffered but wishes to deprive the defendant of the profit he has made against him.The Supreme Court in the above appeals disagreed with the judgment of the court of first instance regarding the assessment of damages, considering the court did not reach a simple finding that the appellant was entitled to compensation for breach of contract, although it correctly decided the respondent had illegally terminated the agreement. Furthermore, as mentioned by the Supreme Court, since the appellant’s version had been accepted, she was entitled to receive compensation by being awarded with that amount she would have received if the agreement had been executed. Damages in Contract Law aim at restoring the innocent party.George Coucounis is a lawyer specialising in the Immovable Property Law, based in Larnaca, Tel: 24 818288,, www.coucounislaw.comYou May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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