The Elders Urge New Compromise For Colombia Peace Deal

first_imgThe Elders respect the decision of the Colombian people who have voted not to accept the peace agreement negotiated between the government and the FARC guerrilla movement.However, they are reassured by the statements from all sides reaffirming the ceasefire and rejecting a return to violence. The quest for a solution to this decades-long conflict must continue. The Elders urge Colombian leaders to find compromises which will allow all Colombians to unite behind peace as a national project.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, said: “When I was in Cartagena last week, I saw a country on the verge of peace. That opportunity is not lost but simply postponed. I urge the people and leaders of Colombia to keep the momentum for peace moving forward. I am convinced that peace can be achieved.”Ernesto Zedillo, Elder and former President of Mexico, who also participated in the Cartagena peace signing ceremony, added: “The Colombian people want and need peace to build the prosperity with social justice and security that their great nation deserves. The document signed on September 26 provides a sound basis for a definitive agreement that is embraced by all Colombians; but wisdom, patience, tolerance and generosity from all parties, including from those who led the “No” campaign, will be needed. The international community must continue giving its unwavering support to President Santos and all Colombians to persevere until a definitive settlement is achieved.”last_img read more

21yearold man dies due to electrocution

first_imgNew Delhi: A 21-year-old man was found dead at his rented accommodation in East Delhi’s Gazipur village, police said on Wednesday. The investigating agency suspect that the deceased was depressed and committed suicide through electrocution in the bathroom. Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Jasmeet Singh said that deceased identified as Atul was the native of Jhanori village in Lakhimpur. In Delhi, he was living in the rented accommodation in Gazipur village. He was working as a security guard. The further investigation in the case revealed that the deceased was graduate and probably depressed about low profile job he was doing despite being a graduate. “We have not recovered any suicide note from the spot,” police said. His brother works in RK Puram area. Police further added that the deceased lived on rent with his friends. When they came back in the evening, found him locked in the bathroom. They saw him from the window. The electric wire was found tied to his hands. He was taken to hospital where he was declared dead. Police was alerted about the incident. His brother works in R K Puram. The DCP East Jsasmeet Singh confirmed that he was electrocuted. Police have also questioned several people to get clues regarding the incident.last_img read more

Panic After ParisAgadir RAM Flight Declared Emergency

Rabat- The families of passengers onboard Royal Air Maroc (RAM) flight AT 665 linking Paris to Agadir lived through a terrible moment of panic following news that the plane carrying over 110 people declared emergency while it was in Malaga’s airspace.The plane, which suffered a technical problem, according to media reports, was diverted to Mohammed V airport in Casablanca.The panic of the families was compounded by the silence of Agadir airport’s officials who did not bother to explain to them the reason why the plane was diverted to Casablanca airport. The families were reassured that their relatives were safe and sound only after they received phone calls from them immediately after the plane landed in Casablanca. read more

Baraka Moroccans Call for Boycott of ONCF Trains

Rabat- Moroccans have begun an online campaign with hashtags “#Baraka” (enough) and “#Boycott ONCF” against ONCF following Tuesday’s Bouknadel train accident.Many Moroccans have expressed rage towards the National Office of Railways (ONCF) after train No. 9 linking Rabat and Kenitra derailed October 16, killing 7 and injuring 125, according to the most recent statistics. ONCF, a state-run company with “financial autonomy” according to its website, is Morocco’s only rail transport provider. Read Also: Leaked Recording Blames Bouknadel Train Accident on Track, SpeedingInternet users blamed ONCF for the accident after an audio recording of a phone conversation between some of its employees leaked online, indicating that faulty tracks and speeding caused the accident.According to the ONCF employees in the phone conversation, the train was running at 120 kilometers per hour, double the speed it was supposed to.The train was supposed to run at 60 kilometers per hour on the stretch of track where the train derailed. One of the employees stated that the problems on the track were noticed last Friday, but ONCF did not properly communicate the speed limit to drivers or take it into consideration.Morocco World News has contacted the Media and Press Department at the Ministry of Equipment who said that they do not know of the recordings.“There is an investigation being carried out on the train accident and we should wait for its report. We cannot believe anyone’s claims although they are ONCF’s employees. There should be scientific proof of what happened.”Moroccans are now calling for an immediate boycott of the state-run company on Twitter and Facebook.While many are calling for actions, hundreds of people have donated blood for the victims of the accident at the Regional Center for Blood Transfusion.Many people in Rabat, including royal gendarmes volunteered to donate blood for the victims at the Regional Center for Blood Transfusion.The center had taken 549 sacks of blood in the first 24 hours after the accident. The center only had to use 16 by mid-Wednesday, according to the head of the center, Mohammed Benajiba. read more

Indian army officer admits to training Sri Lankan troops

The officer’s admission is not only on mere training, but its qualitative aspects. That the “very fine” Indian training was largely responsible for the Sri Lankan army’s “expertise in various fields” will most likely enrage the political parties in the state. The response evoked widespread condemnation that ended in the denial of permission for some Sri Lankan school children to play a football match in the city as well as attacks by some political outfits on Sri Lankan pilgrims in the state. (First Post) Training of Sri Lankan military personnel in India, particularly in Tamil Nadu, has been a contentious issue with Jayalalithaa and leaders of various political parties asking the union government to stop the practice. Matters reached a head recently when Tamil Nadu learned that Sri Lankan officers were being trained in Tamil Nadu itself. On her demand, nine officers who had been training at the air force station in Tambaram near Chennai, were moved out of the state.However Jaya came to know later that two officers were still under training in Wellington near Ooty. To her demand to send them back, a union minister for state for defence Pallam Raju responded saying that Sri Lanka was a friendly neighbour and India would continue the training. In what could further provoke Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa and other political leaders in the state, a senior army officer has admitted that the Indian army has an “ongoing training programme” with Sri Lankan forces.Deccan Chronicle quoted Lt Gen AK Singh, general officer commanding in chief, southern command, as saying: “with the Sri Lankan Army, we have an ongoing training programme. It is very diverse. I think the Sri Lankan Army acknowledges that their expertise in various fields is largely the result of the very fine training that has been imparted to them by the Indian Army and other wings such as the Air Force and the Navy.” read more

Businesses having a harder time getting credit survey finds

NEW YORK — Small and mid-sized businesses are having a harder time getting credit and that’s having an impact on their plans to hire.Those are findings of a quarterly survey of small businesses released Monday by Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and Dun & Bradstreet Corp. The third-quarter survey questioned 752 small and mid-sized businesses, with some of the results broken out by company size.Companies of all sizes said it was harder to get loans; 59% said it was difficult to get debt financing, up from 56% in a survey in the second quarter. Businesses had more trouble getting bank loans, a sign that financial institutions may be getting cautious amid an economy that has weakened since the start of the year. Twenty-eight per cent of small businesses reported success in getting bank loans during the previous three months, down from 31.6% in the second quarter. Mid-sized companies also had a tougher time, with 75% reporting they could get bank loans, down from nearly 90%.While banks have increased their lending to small and mid-sized businesses following the Great Recession and the ensuing lean years, lending officers are likely becoming more cautious as signs point to a slowing economy. Small businesses are seen as having the greatest risk for lenders.Companies expect it to be harder to be approved for loans in the coming months — 56% of those surveyed predicted it will be more difficult versus 52% in the last survey. Still, bank loans are the preferred method of financing companies most expect to get — 68% cited banks as their most likely source of outside money.Hiring expectations are slightly lower, with 30% of all companies not expecting to add jobs, up from 28% in the second quarter. Access to capital was the No. 1 reason why companies don’t expect to hire; it was cited by 46%. Economic uncertainty was the second-most often cited at 24%, but that was an improvement over 32% in the previous survey.Banks may be more hesitant to lend because revenue expectations are falling. Small businesses on average expect their revenue to rise 6.9% over the next 12 months, down from a prediction of 7.3% in a second-quarter survey and 7.5% in the first quarter. At the end of 2018, the forecast was for an 8.5% gain.That increased pessimism wasn’t surprising given that there was a drop in the number of companies reporting they were profitable in the last quarter — 55% of businesses of all sizes, compared to 58% in the previous survey._____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.comJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press read more

Graduate Studies scholarship information sessions scheduled throughout September

The Faculty of Graduate Studies invites fourth-year undergraduate and current graduate students with a minimum 80 per cent average in each of the last two years of study to attend information sessions about external scholarships.The sessions will focus on the application process and deadlines for the Tri-Agency External Scholarships (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) and Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS).In 2016, Brock graduate students received approximately $2.5 million in provincial and national funding to support research.“Solid, steady funding through Tri-Agency awards is fundamental to making the best work happen,” says Jens Coorssen, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies. “Our students are competing in a highly competitive funding environment. Their success in achieving Tri-Agency funding reflects on the excellence and rigour of their research and it is a strong measure of the calibre of their work as part of Canada’s contribution to discovery and innovation on the world stage.”In addition to the information sessions, the FGS invites students to attend a workshop to assist them with structuring a compelling proposal.“Show me the money! Scholarship proposals that go ‘CA-ching,’ ”Friday, Sept. 23, 1 to 3 p.m., Pond Inlet.The workshop panel includes:Joffre Mercier, Associate Vice-President, Research;Associate Professor Tim Murphy, Psychology;Ryan McCarthy, Director of Research Services, andJulia Polyck-O’Neill, a PhD student in Interdisciplinary Humanities and recipient of a SSHRC doctoral scholarship.The event is a presentation of the VITAE Essential Skills program. For more information about the workshop, please contact Karin Perry, vitae@brocku.caSchedule of Scholarship Information SessionsNSERC Natural Sciences and Engineering Research CouncilAward value $17,500 to $50,000Wednesday, Sept. 14, 9 to 11 a.m., Cairns 207(NSERC Representative will facilitate the session)SSHRC Social Sciences and Humanities Research CouncilAward value $17,500 to $50,000Monday, Sept. 12, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Pond InletCIHR Canadian Institutes of Health ResearchAward value $17,500 to $35,000Friday, Sept. 9, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Pond Inlet(Webinar and Information Session)OGS Ontario Graduate ScholarshipAward value $15,000Monday, Sept. 19, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Pond InletThursday, Sept. 22, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Pond InletFor more information on these sessions, please contact: Joanne Kremble, Graduate Officer, Funding and Awards, x5207; jkremble@brocku.ca read more

Londonderry says not in our name at killing of journalist Lyra McKee

29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee who was shot and killed in Londonderry 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee who was shot and killed in LondonderryCredit:PSNI The people of Londonderry had begun to hope the years of violence were finally behind them, the years when gunmen would claim to be acting in their name for a glorious cause.Now the killing of the journalist Lyra McKee by a member of a dissident republican group has prompted renewed revulsion in the very community it claims to represent.Vigils attended by thousands of people were held yesterday for Ms McKee in both the nationalist Creggan estate where she was killed and in the city centre.They came as two teenagers were arrested by police in connection with the murder. The men, aged 18 and 19, were detained under anti-terrorism legislation and were taken to a police station in Belfast for questioning.Ms McKee, 29, was shot in the head by suspects who police believe were linked to the New IRA, as they clashed with police on Thursday night.The New IRA is one of a number of armed groups opposed to the peace process and recently claimed responsibility for a series of parcel bombs sent to London and Glasgow in March.Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) fear a new generation of terrorists is emerging, composed of individuals too young to remember the Troubles and born after the signing of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy, who is leading the hunt for Ms McKee’s killers, said: “What we are seeing is a new breed of terrorist coming through the ranks and that for me is a very worrying situation.” Graffiti in the Creggan area of Londonderry, close to the scene where 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee was shot. CCTV released by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) showed Ms McKee’s final moments as she stood among a crowd of other innocent bystanders and raised her phone in the air, apparently to photograph the violence.Mobile phone footage also released by detectives showed a masked gunman lean from behind cover and appear to fire shots towards police and onlookers. The same individual was also photographed with another man lighting a petrol bomb.Police, who described the shooting as a “terrorist incident”, believe the violence was orchestrated in response to an earlier search by officers aimed at preventing trouble associated with this week’s anniversary of the Easter Rising.Officers believe more than one person was involved in the murder. In the video footage an accomplice beside a gunman appears to crouch and pick something up from the spot where the shots were fired.Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy, who is leading the inquiry, urged members of the community to come forward with information.”People saw the gunman and people saw those who goaded young people out onto the streets, people know who they are,” he said. Yesterday one simple sentiment rang out as people gathered to mourn Ms McKee’s loss: “Not in our name”.Those were the words left on a heart-shaped tribute yesterday at the spot where she was killed on Thursday, signed simply from “the people of Derry”.A floral tribute at the scene left by Ms McKee’s partner, Sara Canning read: “My beautiful Lyra, our time together was too short, and your light was snuffed out too soon. I love you forever, your Sara xxx.”On a nearby wall a pro-dissident republican slogan had been altered to read “IRA are done” , branding it a “defeated army”.Outside Londonderry’s landmark 19th century Guildhall a bouquet of flowers was also left with the similar message: “Never in my name”.Signing a book of condolence John McGonagle, a local resident and business man who remembers all too well the years of The Troubles, said: “I am revolted by the whole thing. It is a retrograde step.”Derry is one of the most wonderful cities in the world. It does not need it or deserve it and Lyra did not deserve to die, it is as simple as that.””There has just been a quiet anger. I normally would not do this sort of thing but in this case it merits it really.”Father Joseph Gormley, the Catholic priest who read the last rites for Ms McKee in Altnagelvin Hospital, said people had been repulsed by her death.”We have a small group of people who want to play political games with our lives and want to use our community as a place where they can play their little war games,” he said. “People in our community have tried to have conversations with these people and I have been involved to some degree with those conversations myself.”They have not listened and now our community are finally saying ‘enough is enough, please get off our backs’.”Indicative of the changed mood was the appearance of Arlene Foster, the leader of the unionist DUP, alongside Mary Lou McDonald, the leader of Sinn Fein, at vigil on Friday, close to where Ms McKee was shot. Reports suggest Ms Foster was applauded by bystanders. Graffiti in the Creggan area of Londonderry, close to the scene where 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee was shotCredit:Brian Lawless/PA 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

Body found in Carifesta Avenue trench awaiting identification Police

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBody fished out of Carifesta Avenue trench still to be identifiedApril 16, 2018In “Crime”Cops seeking help in identifying body found in Carifesta Avenue canalApril 10, 2018In “latest news”Body of unidentified man found floating in Canal No 1 trenchAugust 11, 2018In “Crime” The body being removedPolice are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a lifeless body of man found, shirtless, in a trench on Carifesta Avenue, in the vicinity of Camp Ayangana, on Monday morning.According to Police “A” Division Commander, Leslie James via a telephone interview with INews, the partially decomposed body was found with several marks of violence, especially around the eyes.The deceased is suspected to be in his late 30s and has not been identified. He was found clad in a pair of black jeans.The dead man’s body is presently awaiting identification at the Lyken’s Funeral Parlour. read more

Koutsantonis questions AGLs change of heart

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian MP Tom Koutsantonis, South Australia’s Energy Minister, is concerned with AGL’s decision to suspend investment in power generation in SA. AGL have claimed this is due to a proposed cut in electricity prices by the state’s energy regulator. Mr Koutsantonis contacted AGL after they said they will suspend two proposed wind farm projects in SA, as well as an extension to its gas-fired power station at Torrens Island in Adelaide. They also stated that they will cut back on discounts to their customers. AGL have said that the draft decision, are “ill-considered, will harm competition and cause long-term cost increases for consumers”. Mr Koutsantonis told ABC that: “AGL and most of the retailers are happy to take the increases but are always very reticent to give the decreases”. “But I think it’s a warning to everyone when you play with power prices you can get some regulatory uncertainty, so I want to make sure ESCOSA (Essential Services Commission of SA) got it right but I always want to make sure that AGL are doing the right thing.”last_img read more

Clark County fire marshal issues early burn ban

first_imgThe Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office initiated a countywide burn ban starting this morning — nearly a month earlier than normal.High temperatures coupled with lower than average rainfall prompted the ban, the fire marshal’s office said in a news release.All debris burning in the county is not allowed beginning at 8 a.m. until further notice.“Burn bans are not unique, but usually they start in mid-July and run until early October. This year, however, the forecast calls for drier than usual conditions,” the fire marshal’s office said.This upcoming wildfire season looks like a particularly bad one.A projection from the National Interagency Fire Center, released April 1, revealed a higher-than-normal potential for large wildland fires in spring and early summer in Western Oregon and Washington, including Clark County.Debris or slash burning is always illegal in Vancouver, and now it will be in the rest of county until there is enough rain and lower temperatures to ensure protection against wildfires.last_img read more

Marcos Alonso signs new fiveyear deal at Chelsea

first_imgMarcos Alonso has signed a new contract at Chelsea that will keep him at the club until 2023The Spanish left-back originally had another two years remaining at Stamford Bridge.However, in light of his impressive start to the season and reported interest from boyhood club Real Madrid, Chelsea have awarded Alonso a contract extension.The 27-year-old, who revealed earlier this month that he was close to agreeing on a new deal, expressed his delight after the announcement.“I am so happy to stay here longer and to keep playing for one of the best teams in the world,” Alonso told the club website.“It’s been a very good two seasons and I am looking forward to more.”Club director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are delighted to be extending Marcos’ contract.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“In the past two seasons, he has developed into an important player for the club, demonstrating his outstanding ability and a fantastic attitude that has helped him become a Premier League champion and Spain international.”Alonso has provided 15 goals and 11 assists in 92 appearances for Chelsea since his arrival in 2016 from Italian club Fiorentina.The Spain international has won the Premier League and FA Cup in his time at West London.Five more years. 🙌Congratulations on the new contract, @marcosalonso03! 👊 pic.twitter.com/dhtn4fRqDY— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 24, 2018last_img read more

Troopers Searching For Man With Outstanding Warrant In Nikiski

first_imgTroopers are still attempting to locate Cody Scroggins and anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to either contact The Alaska State Troopers at 907-262-4453 or Peninsula  Crime Stoppers at 907-283 TIPS(8477). The Alaska State Troopers responded to two individuals with outstanding warrants in the Nikiski area on August 20. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Updated:  Original Story:  Scroggins was arrested without incident and remanded to Wildwood Pretrial Facility where he was held without bail pending arraignment.  Scroggins’ warrant was for violating conditions of release.’ According to Troopers, Dakota Neely, age 23 of Nikiski, was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant when he was contacted when Troopers were attempting to locate Cody Scroggins, age 24 of Nikiski, in reference to an outstanding arrest warrant. Neely’s warrant was for probation violations, according to online court records. On August 21, while following up on a tip, Soldotna AST took Cody Scroggins, age 24 of Nikiski, in to custody when he was contacted at a residence near Mile 18.5 Kenai Spur Highway. Neely was taken into custody without incident and subsequently remanded to Wildwood Pretrial Facility where he was held in lieu of $2,500 bail.last_img read more

Village Sewer and Water

first_imgIt is estimated that one of every three families in village Alaska still do not have a sanitary means of sewage disposal, in spite of hundreds of million dollars poured into rural sanitation. Systems have been installed in 77 percent of villages, but the smaller the village the higher the cost per person. What is the answer to this puzzle?Download AudioHOST: Steve Heimel, Alaska Public Radio NetworkGUESTS:Dan Richards, Postmaster, WalesBill Griffith, Alaska Village Safe Water ProgramCallers StatewidePARTICIPATE:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send e-mail to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by e-mail, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVElast_img read more

Norovirus on a cruise ship Juneau would like a call

first_imgThe Holland America cruise ship Zaandam docked in Juneau on June 22, 2018. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)There’s been another reported outbreak of norovirus on an Alaska cruise ship. At least 38 passengers fell ill with the stomach bug while sailing through Southeast Alaska last week.Listen nowThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes reports of outbreaks on cruise ships on its website. But that’s not how the director of Juneau’s emergency room heard about a recent outbreak. Bartlett Regional Hospital’s Kim McDowell first read about an infected Holland America ship on social media.“So I called the port agent to verify if there was any validity to it and they did confirm that there was but that they were at a level where they were able to contain it on the ship and didn’t expect to have any patients coming our way,” McDowell said in a Friday interview.The Zaandam recently left Juneau on its way north without any major reports of the illness spreading in town. But McDowell said norovirus – which causes severe vomiting, diarrhea and gastrointestinal distress – is something you don’t want to be around.“When you’re talking about something so contagious as norovirus, it can really just spread and go through the communities,” McDowell said.A day later the Seven Seas Mariner called into Juneau. The CDC published a note on its website confirming that tests for norovirus came back positive.“I didn’t hear anything about that one,” McDowell said.That may be because the CDC didn’t post anything on until five days after the Regent Seven Seas cruise ship left Juneau.Those that regularly come into contact with cruise visitors would appreciate more notice.“There are certain cases that if they know in advance when they’re coming to port, we’d certainly like to know that,” John Neary, director of the U.S. Forest Service’s Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, said. It’s by far the community’s most popular attraction with thousands of cruise visitors daily.“Every day there’s a concern because whether or not there’s been a recorded outbreak there’s always viruses on board these ships – as well as with any large concentration of people – so we have to take measures every day about hand washing and not shaking hands and these kinds of things,” Neary said.His staff often fall ill mid-season, he said, so he’s appealed to cruise ship agents to communicate directly to his office when they know there’s a ship carrying sick people coming into port.“We want to be welcoming here and at the same time we want to protect our own staff,” Neary said.Meanwhile, those who suspect they’ve come into contact with norovirus, should use plain old soap and water.Charlee Gribbons, infection preventionist at Bartlett Regional Hospital, said hand sanitizers don’t work as well.“Alcohol isn’t as effective on norovirus by sanitizing so you physically want to lather up with soap and water to remove the virus from your hands,” Gribbons said.Last year the CDC reported eight norovirus outbreaks on cruise ships nationwide. Half of those were on Holland America cruises in Alaska.last_img read more

Looking for best returns These stocks have surged up to 900 in

first_imgBrokers trade at their computer terminals at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai January 6, 2015 (representational image).Reuters fileInvesting in stocks is never easy as several factors such as long-term growth, valuations, volatility and performance needs to be taken into account before making that investment decision.But a sneak peek into what fund managers and financial institutions are buying can help ease off some of the burden.Here are 10 stocks which have more than doubled investors’ wealth in the last one year:1. Yuken IndiaAbout the company: Yuken India manufactures hydraulic equipment. The company produces hydraulic pumps, valves, controllers, actuators, and accumulators.Current stock price: Rs 4,260Stock Performance: The stock has jumped 940 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 174 times forward earnings. Yuken India has a market capitalization of Rs 13.4 billion.2. Tata MetaliksAbout the company: Tata Metaliks manufactures foundry grade pig iron. The company manufactures customized derivatives of pig iron for specific end-uses.Current stock price: Rs 730Stock Performance: The stock has surged 144 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 14 times forward earnings. Tata Metaliks has a market capitalization of Rs 20 billion.3. L&T InfotechAbout the company: Larsen & Toubro Infotech provides information technology services and solutions. The company offers analytics and information management, enterprise integration, applications management, cloud computing, testing, and consulting services.Current stock price: Rs 1,353Stock Performance: The stock has gained 120 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 25 times forward earnings. L&T Infotech has a market capitalization of Rs 250 billion.4. Jaiprakash AssociatesAbout the company: Jaiprakash Associates is an industrial conglomerate. The company’s lines of business include engineering and construction, cement, power, hospitality, real estate, and expressways and highways.Current stock price: Rs 13.9Stock Performance: The stock has advanced 107 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of -3.4 times forward earnings. Jaiprakash Associates has a market capitalization of Rs 46 billion.5. Dewan Housing Finance CorpAbout the company: Dewan Housing provides housing finance services in India. Dewan also leases commercial and residential premises to various companies.Current stock price: Rs 496Stock Performance: The stock has gained 128 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 6.2 times forward earnings. Dewan Housing Finance Corp has a market capitalization of Rs 182 billion.6. Polaris ConsultingAbout the company: Polaris Consulting designs and develops software solutions. The company provides financial technology solutions for banking, insurance, and other financial services sectors.Current stock price: Rs 471Stock Performance: The stock has risen 210 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 29 times forward earnings. Polaris has a market capitalization of Rs 48 billion.7. Jindal Steel & PowerAbout the company: Jindal Steel & Power manufactures sponge iron, mild steel, and cement. The company also produces power, conducts mining operations for iron ore and coal, and explores for natural gas and oil. JSPL also contributes to the construction of infrastructure.Current stock price: Rs 221Stock Performance: The stock has added 260 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of -39 times forward earnings. Jindal Steel has a market capitalization of Rs 244 billion.8. MM ForgingsAbout the company: MM Forgings manufactures steel forgings in raw, and various grades of carbon, alloy, micro alloy, and stainless steel.Current stock price: Rs 1,090Stock Performance: The stock has jumped 144 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 30 times forward earnings. MM Forgings has a market capitalization of Rs 13 billion.9. EscortsAbout the company: Escorts manufactures motorcycles, scooters, motorized two wheelers, auto components, railway ancillary components and earth-moving machinery, including bulldozers and self-propelled agricultural tractors.Current stock price: Rs 850Stock Performance: The stock has climbed 190 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 42 times forward earnings. Escorts has a market capitalization of Rs 108 billion.10. Jamna Auto IndustriesAbout the company: Jamna Auto is an automobile suspension springs manufacturer. The group supplies its products to a number of key manufacturers, including Daewoo, Honda and Ford, among others.Current stock price: Rs 75Stock Performance: The stock has gained 128 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 30 times forward earnings. Jamna Auto Industries has a market capitalization of Rs 31 billion.last_img read more

18 killed in Taliban attack on Kabul hotel

first_imgAn Afghan security personnel stands guard as smoke billows from the Intercontinental Hotel during a fight between gunmen and Afghan security forces in Kabul on Sunday. Photo: AFPGunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Kabul and killed at least 18 people, most of them foreigners, sparking a 12-hour battle with Afghan forces backed by Norwegian troops that left terrified guests scrambling to escape.Six Ukrainians were among those killed in the Taliban-claimed assault on the six-storey Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said on Twitter.Afghan interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said 14 foreigners were among the dead, but did not specify their nationalities, in comments to Afghanistan’s Tolo News hours after the overnight attack that ended Sunday.Terrified hotel guests climbed down bedsheets tied to balconies to escape the gunmen rampaging through the hilltop hotel overlooking the Afghan capital.One lost his grip and fell in Tolo News television footage, which also showed black smoke and flames billowing from the hotel.Special forces were lowered by helicopters during the night onto the roof of the landmark 1960s building. Afghan security forces killed all six attackers, the interior ministry said.They were aided by Norwegian troops, Norwegian military officials told public broadcaster NRK. Norway has helped train Afghan elite forces since 2007.“I want to say this explicitly and frankly and precisely… in total 14 foreigners and four Afghans were martyred in the attack on the hotel,” Danish said on Tolo, adding that more than 160 people had been rescued during the attack.Afghan officials have been known to understate death tolls in high-profile attacks.Danish also said preliminary information showed the attackers may have already been inside the hotel before launching the assault, but gave no further details and warned an investigation had to be carried out.But he did say that among the dead were 11 people from Afghan airline Kam Air. The company’s CEO, Captain Samad Usman Samadi, earlier said 42 of its personnel had been at the hotel during the attack—at least 16 of whom were still missing.“We fear for their lives,” he told AFP.A foreign ministry official told AFP that senior Afghan diplomat Abdullah Poyan was among the fatalities.Mufti Ahmad Farzan, a member of the High Peace Council, responsible for reconciliation efforts with militants, was also killed in the attack, Danish said.The Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault via email. The attack followed security warnings in recent days to avoid hotels and other locations frequented by foreigners in war-torn Kabul.“We are hiding in our rooms. I beg the security forces to rescue us as soon as possible before they reach and kill us,” one guest, who did not want to be named, told AFP by telephone during the siege.His phone has been switched off since then.‘Fleeing like crazy’Officials said four gunmen burst into the hotel, which is not part of the global InterContinental chain, on Saturday night, opening fire and taking dozens of people hostage.Afghan Telecom regional director Aziz Tayeb, who was one of dozens of people at the hotel attending an IT conference, said he saw the attackers enter.“Everything became chaotic in a moment. I hid behind a pillar and I saw people who were enjoying themselves a second ago screaming and fleeing like crazy, and some of them falling down, hit by bullets,” Tayeb told AFP.Local resident Abdul Sattar said he had spoken by phone to friends who are hotel staff and had been trapped inside.“Suddenly (militants) attacked the dinner gathering… (then) they broke into the rooms, took some people hostage and they opened fire on some of them,” he told AFP.Interior ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the attackers were armed with light weapons and rocket-propelled grenades when they stormed the hotel.Security in Kabul has been ramped up since May 31 when a massive truck bomb killed some 150 people and wounded around 400 — mostly civilians.Devastating attacksBut the resurgent Taliban and Islamic State are both scaling up their assaults on the city.The attack on the Intercontinental was just one of several bloody assaults Sunday.In a village in the northern province of Balkh, Taliban militants went from house to house in the middle of the night, pulling police from their homes and shooting them dead.At least 18 officers were killed, deputy police chief Abdul Raziq Qaderi told AFP.In Herat in the west at least eight civilians were killed when a car hit a Taliban-planted roadside mine, officials there said.The last major attack on a high-end hotel in Kabul was in March 2014 when four teenage gunmen raided the Serena, killing nine people including AFP journalist Sardar Ahmad.In 2011 a suicide attack claimed by the Taliban killed 21 people at the Intercontinental including 10 civilians.Danish said authorities were probing how the attackers got past the hotel’s security, which was taken over by a private company three weeks ago.“We will investigate it,” he said.A hotel employee told AFP that as he fled the venue he saw the new security guards running for their lives.“They didn’t do anything, they didn’t attack. 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2 more arrested over Noakhali gang rape

first_img.Two more persons were arrested from Chattogram on Friday over the gang rape of a woman of Noakhali’s Subarnachar upazila after the general election, reports UNB.The arrestees were Hasan Ali Bulu, 60, an associate of Subarnachar upazila unit Awami League publicity secretary and mastermind of the rape Ruhul Amin, and Jasim Uddin, 30, son of Motaher Hossain of Bagga village.Nizam Uddin, officer-in-charge of Charjabbar police station, said police arrested Hasan Ali from Madarbari of Chattogram city and Jasim from Nazirhat in Fatikchhari of Chattogram district in the early hours.Bulu allegedly hired miscreants at Tk 10,000 for committing the gang rape, according to police.With this, seven people have so far been arrested in connection with the gang rape of the woman.On Thursday, detectives in their separate drives arrested Ruhul Amin, also former member of Charjubli union parishad, and Bechu Miah in the early hours over the incident.A team of Detective Branch (DB) arrested Ruhul Amin from a poultry farm in Sadar upazila while Bechu Mia from a brick kiln in Senbagh upazila, the SP said.Earlier, police arrested Badshah Alam from Charbajuli on Tuesday while prime accused Sohel from Cumilla district and Md Swapan from Lakshmipur district on Wednesday.Meanwhile, local MP and district AL general secretary Ekramul Karim Chowdhury on Friday announced to take the responsibility of treatment, legal aid and rehabilitation of the victim.On behalf of the MP, an AL team went to Noakhali General Hospital in the afternoon to visit the victim and made the announcement.According to the victim’s husband, a group of hoodlums stormed their house in the early hours of Monday and tied up all the family members except his wife.They took the woman outside the house at gunpoint where they raped her in turns for casting her vote for ‘sheaf of paddy’, the victim’s husband claimed.After the rape, they also threatened the victim not to disclose the matter to anyone, saying they would kill her if otherwise, he said.With the help of neighbours, the victim was taken to hospital on Monday noon and a case was filed against nine people over the incident.last_img read more

Longtime HISD Trustee Manuel Rodriguez Dies

first_imgManuel Rodriguez was first elected to the HISD board of trustees in 2003.Long-serving HISD Trustee Manuel Rodriguez, Jr. passed away Wednesday morning from a massive heart attack, according to an announcement at City Hall.HISD Trustee Jolanda Jones expressed her condolences on social media, posting “it was a pleasure” to serve with Rodriguez.Rodriguez was first elected to the HISD board of trustees more than ten years ago in 2003. He represented HISD District Three, which covers the southeast part of the Houston and includes Chavez and Milby high schools.“He was definitely a student advocate and he definitely believed in the families, the businesses and the students of the east side. He was always advocating and making sure they had what they needed to be successful,” said Rene Sanchez, principal at Chavez High.Rodriguez attended HISD himself and graduated from Austin High school in 1970. He worked as a computer specialist in the United States Air Force in the 1970’s and later started a corporation dedicated to education, housing and community involvement.A recognized leader in Houston’s East End, Rodriguez was inducted into the National Hispanic Institute Hall of Fame in 2013.“He was a go-getter. He was somebody that actually looked out for the community and looked out for the interests of our children,” said Houston City Council Member Robert Gallegos, whose area overlapped with Rodriguez’ district. “With all that’s going on with regards to issues at HISD and school reform in Austin and what have you, it’s a terrible time to lose someone like this. Again, my condolences and prayers go out to the family.”There were already five seats on the HISD board scheduled for elections this November. Rodriguez’ passing will mean a sixth seat on the nine-person board will up for a special election or a board appointment. It’s not clear when that will be scheduled.In a statement, HISD expressed “heartfelt condolences to Rodriguez’s family” and said that services are pending. Sharelast_img read more

Cycle Computing uses Amazon computing services to do work of supercomputer

first_img Explore further Citation: Cycle Computing uses Amazon computing services to do work of supercomputer (2013, November 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-amazon-supercomputer.html © 2013 Phys.org IBM to invest $1b in Linux, open-source (Phys.org) —Computer services company Cycle Computing has announced that it has used Amazon’s servers to run software for a client that simulated the properties of 205,000 molecules over an 18 hour period using 156,000 Amazon cores to get the job done. The cost to the client, the University of Southern California, was $33,000. Supercomputers are big, fast and extremely expensive. For that reason, researchers have begun to look for other ways to process huge amounts of data for less money. Rushing in to fill that void are companies that match clients with distributed computing services such as those offered by Google, Microsoft or Amazon. Cycle Computing is one such company. In this latest endeavor, Mark Thompson, of USC wanted to find a faster way to crunch the mammoth amount of data needed to analyze molecules that might be useful for creating photovoltaic cells—in the past, it was done by grad students, one molecule at a time. More recently, software has been developed that can do the crunching—in this case, it was Schrödinger’s Materials Science software suite. Unfortunately, crunching the data for a lot of molecules takes more computer resources than USC had to offer. That’s where Cycle Computing came in—they were able to connect Thompson and his software with Amazon servers running all over the world—all at the same time. The result was an analysis of the suitability of 205,000 molecules in just 18 hours—a task that would have taken 264 years if run on a conventional computer.The idea of using distributed server systems offered by big name companies hyping cloud services has become very enticing for big businesses looking to crunch massive amounts of data without having to fork over the huge amounts of cash normally associated with buying a supercomputer or renting time on one owned by someone else. And as with many business models, there has arisen a need for companies with expertise in connecting applications with such services—no small feat. To get the job done for USC, Cycle Computing had to secure the resources from Amazon, provide a pipeline between the client data and the Amazon servers and reallocate resources if there were outages—all while making sure the budget wasn’t overrun. Cycle Computer managed the job using custom software it calls Jupiter. Company reps noted also that jobs such as the one they performed for USC are particularly suited for the type of server processing offered by cloud servers, noting that it was “pleasantly parallel”—the different parts of the project could be very easily broken into separate jobs and handled separately. 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.last_img read more