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U.S. Firm Developing Software to Decode Indian Accents to Improve Air Travel Safety

first_imgIndia will serve as a testing ground for a new software being developed by a U.S-based multinational firm for better understanding of Indian accents. The new software, being developed by Honeywell International Inc., will try to make it easier to understand Indian pilots who communicate in English with thick local accents, Bloomberg reported.The software is being developed following a request by the Indian government to make air travel safer. The software would decode as many as 100 Indian accents and then transcribe automatically what is being said for the air traffic controllers.“One of the biggest problems in India has been that we Indians don’t understand each other’s English because of the dialects. This, we thought, works very well for the regional connectivity scheme, because you have regional pilots coming in, people don’t know what he said and what he understood,” Neelu Khatri, president of Honeywell’s aerospace business in India, was quoted as saying in the report.The Indian government’s UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme for regional connectivity has led to an increase in demand for pilots who may speak English in local accents.The project will be implemented in India first, and Honeywell sees a possibility of expanding it in other countries, Khatri said, adding, “It’s a real time problem and therefore, these kinds of problems don’t have ready-made solutions. We just try to put our people who can understand the problem and then try to create something.”The New Jersey-based firm has been working with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) for over 40 years. In April this year, it announced that it is working to finalize some collaborations with Indian companies for local production of defense technologies, the Hindu BusinessLine reported.The company is looking at a tie-up with Tata Power’s Strategic Engineering Division for domestic inertial land navigation systems. “We saw there was a big need for making inertial navigation system and hence we partnered with Tata. The ‘made in India’ Akash missile had Honeywell’s inertial navigation system,” Khatri had earlier said.Honeywell’s employs over 16,000 people in India, and has three technology centers, and manufacturing facilities in the country.India is the world’s third largest market in domestic aviation when it comes to the number of tickets sold, according to the recent economic survey report. From April to September 2017, domestic airlines carried 57.50 million passengers, showing a growth rate of 16 per cent over the corresponding previous year period, with 10.30 percent domestic cargo handled.The air route between the Mumbai and Delhi is the third busiest domestic route in the world, with an average on-time performance of 59.14 per cent and a total of 47,462 flights operating between the two cities, a survey conducted by a global provider of digital flight information revealed in January this year. Related Itemscivil aviationlanguageslast_img read more

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UEFA Champions League: Liverpool Must Improve European Away Form, Warns Jurgen Klopp

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. AnfieldAwayEuropeGenk First Published: October 23, 2019, 1:17 PM IST Genk: Jurgen Klopp has urged Liverpool to improve their away form in the Champions League or risk paying the price as they prepare to face Genk in Belgium on Wednesday.The Anfield club went on to win the trophy last season for the sixth time despite losing all three away games in the group phase, and they began this season’s European campaign with a 2-0 loss to Napoli in Italy. “Last year we were lucky with how tight the group was and so we could lose three times away and still have a chance to make it through. That will not happen this year,” warned the Liverpool manager, whose side beat Salzburg 4-3 at Anfield earlier this month to claim their first points in Group E.”We like to say European nights at Anfield are really special but other teams can make a special atmosphere as well.”Liverpool have won just once — at Slovenian side Maribor — in seven away group-stage games since the start of the 2017-18 season.”We could have won away games to be honest, performance-wise, but we know that it’s not historically good, what we did in the last two years. We know we have to improve.”It remains to be seen if Mohamed Salah will be fit for the game at the Luminus Arena after the Egyptian sat out Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United in the Premier League due to an ankle injury.However, Salah trained on Tuesday, while Trent Alexander-Arnold, who is ill, and Joel Matip have both been ruled out of the game.”Yesterday (Monday) we were not sure still, today it looked good so we have to wait how he reacts overnight,” said the German of Salah at Tuesday’s pre-game press conference.”We will not go any risks but today it looked really good, that was important.”GULF IN CLASS?Salah is one of seven Liverpool players to feature on the list of 30 nominees for the Ballon d’Or, something which Klopp considers “normal” after the Reds’ remarkable last campaign.There is, on paper, a gulf in class between them and their opponents on Wednesday. However, Klopp warned his side not to underestimate a team who bounced back from a 6-2 defeat in Salzburg to hold Napoli 0-0 last time out.”We don’t want to make Genk bigger than they are but they are in the Champions League and they play good football. They are at home and they can be annoying like they were against Napoli.”It’s a brave team, they were champions last year in Belgium which is not so easy, they lost a couple of players but found others and are again a good team.”For us it’s a very intense period, some of my players have already played 17 games — that is half a season in Germany — but it’s no problem, we are not tired, not at all, it’s all good.”Meanwhile, Genk’s Tanzanian star striker Mbwana Ally Samatta admitted his excitement about a “dream” encounter against Liverpool, as well as his direct battle with Virgil van Dijk.”He is the best defender right now, and last season we saw when they became champions, he helped a lot,” said Samatta.”I said a lot of times that when I was a kid I used to support Manchester United,” he added.”We will try to break them down. We want to be happy after the game. I think it’s a dream game for every kid.” last_img read more

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Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe to launch in India today. Here’s what you need to know

first_imgJoining yet another model in the AMG SUV range is the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe in India tomorrow. While we have already told what the new AMG GLC43 Coupe has to offer, we tell you 7 things that you need to know about the powerful Coupe from the Mercedes-AMG range.Price:We expect the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe to come for a price of Rs 80 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 84 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).Mercedes-AMG GLC43 CoupeEngine:The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe comes with a 3.0-litre V6 with direct injection and biturbocharging engine that churns out power output of 367 hp and peak torque of 520 Nm, mated to 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission. The GLC 43 Coupe accelerates from rest to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and its speed is electronically governed at 250 km/h.Mercedes-AMG GLC43 CoupeDesign:The front view of the GLC 43 Coupe reveals its independent character, with the diamond radiator grille with chrome pins and a louvre in high-gloss black with insert in high-gloss chrome and AMG lettering in high-gloss chrome. The sportily distinctive air intakes in the AMG front apron feature fins in silver chrome.Mercedes-AMG GLC43 CoupeThe tail end also sports characteristic highlights and exudes sporty, aesthetic appeal with chrome-plated tailpipe trim elements in a four-pipe look. The AMG-specific rear apron sports trim in silver chrome. Narrow, divided tail lights and the sharp spoiler lip invoke the design line displayed for the first time with the S-Class Coupe and followed by all of the coupe models from Mercedes-AMG.advertisementInterior:The colour combination of sporty, functional black with red contrasting features is a characteristic element. Longitudinal-grain aluminium trim highlights the sporty aspirations. The multifunction sports steering wheel in black leather with red contrasting topstitching and featuring a flattened bottom section is ideally suited to an emphatic driving style. The upholstery in black Artico man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre boasts its own seat upholstery layout plus red topstitching.Mercedes-AMG GLC43 CoupeFeatures:With two large round dials and central colour multifunction display with a 5.5-inch (13.97 cm) screen diagonal, the AMG instrument cluster places all the important information in the driver’s field of vision. The ECO display supports a fuel-saving driving style. Dials in a chequered-flag look and the distinctive typography lend the large displays an especially sporty touch. This has a 9-channel DSP amplifier, 13 speakers and a system output of 590 watts.Mercedes-AMG GLC43 CoupeDimensions:For all its sportiness, the dynamic newcomer also impresses with some practical advantages. With a capacity of 491 to 1400 litres, the luggage compartment leads this market segment. Split-folding rear seat backrests, which fold down in the ratio 40:20:40, enable a variety of configurations to be used for particularly long or bulky items of luggage.Mercedes-AMG GLC43 CoupeCompetition:Although no real rival, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe will be pitted against Audi S5 in India.ALSO READ:Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe coming to India on July 21ALSO READ:Mercedes-Benz launches new GLA in India; prices start at Rs 30.65 lakhlast_img read more

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Prosafe Firms Up Orders at COSCO

first_imgzoom Prosafe has completed firm turnkey contracts for the engineering, procurement and construction of two semi-submersible accommodation vessels, plus four units optional, with COSCO (Qidong) Offshore Co.,The vessels will be the most advanced and flexible units for worldwide operations excluding Norway, and will be ready for operations in 2016.The units will be of Gusto MSC’s Ocean 500 design, and will be equipped with 500 beds, DP3 station keeping systems, 10-point chain mooring and 300 tonne cranes. This will allow for operations in both DP and anchored mode, providing maximum cost efficiency and flexibility.The contracts are in excess of USD 200 million for each of the two vessels. The vessels will be financed through cash flow from operations, existing debt commitments and new debt facilities.The two new vessels reinforce Prosafe’s position as world leader in offshore accommodation, in line with the company’s long-term industrial strategy. Prosafe’s continued objective is to remain cost-effective in terms of both construction and future capital expenditure and to own and operate the most versatile fleet for year-round worldwide operations.The vessels will be named Safe Notos and Safe Eurus, joining Prosafe’s other newbuilds Safe Boreas and Safe Zephyrus, all named after the gods of wind in Greek mythology. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Prosafe, November 22, 2013 Print  Close My locationlast_img read more

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GMs push into new technologies expected to boost peertopeer car sharing

first_imgTORONTO — General Motors signalled a major pivot towards new technologies and mobility platforms when it announced the closing of its Oshawa assembly plant, but it will be playing catch-up to start-ups that have pioneered in the field.One of the spaces it’s pushing into is peer-to-peer car sharing, which GM added to its Maven app in July in the U.S., as it tests out new models of transportation in an evolving market.“What we truly believe is as society progresses, shareable assets will be the most desirable to own,” Julia Steyn, vice-president of urban mobility and Maven at GM, said at a recent technology conference.“People don’t want anymore, to have the dream that their parents had, which is they don’t want half of their paycheque to go to housing and transportation. And so that’s just fundamentally what’s happening in the world.”Still in a pilot phase, the peer-to-peer platform allows GM customers to rent out their vehicles, offsetting some of the costs of ownership.“The wasted assets that the car represents when it sits there 95 per cent of the time, idle, is ridiculous. So you want to be able to monetize it,” Steyn said.Canadians don’t yet have the option of using Maven’s peer-to-peer sharing option and its more conventional service of renting company vehicles is only available in Toronto, but Steyn said the company plans to “aggressively grow in Canada.”When it does expand the service to Canada, it will find competition in Turo, which has been operating a peer-to-peer car sharing service in Canada for more than two years and in the U.S. for a decade.Turo, however, welcomes the news of Maven’s expansion plans.“It just shows that this type of car sharing model is becoming more mainstream,” said Cedric Mathieu, director of Turo Canada.“And I do think the more players in the space, the more people will hear about it, and the benefits of this model.”The model allows drivers to list any vehicle on the app, with a few restrictions on its age, mileage, and condition, and then rent it out along a similar idea to Airbnb.“The concept is simple, but the mission is pretty ambitious, because it’s really about putting the world’s billion-plus cars to better use,” said Mathieu.The company believes the platform solves many of the issues such as parking, variety and supply that have prevented other car-sharing efforts from delivering on the promise of the concept.The efficiency of the model and the technology behind it, has allowed for rapid growth, Mathieu said.  “You can grow this extremely fast. That I think really is shown by our numbers in Canada. In just two and a half years, we now have 16,000 cars listed, 4,000 cars available to book on a daily basis.”The company says that as of early November, cars listed on Turo had been shared for 3.2 million hours this year, or about 133,000 24-hour rentals, while car owners are earning an average of $600 a month. The revenue helps those who need to own a car offset the costs, while allowing those who can generally do without a car to get access to one when they need it at a potentially lower cost, said Mathieu.As the first-mover in Canada, Turo has also pushed to solve the insurance issue of renting out a personal vehicle for money.The company has partnered with Intact Insurance to provide a separate insurance product that only kicks in for rentals and is separate from the owner’s primary insurance. Intact has partnered with Uber on a similar model.The system is still evolving, so owners looking to rent their vehicles still need to check if their insurance allows the system, as do renters who might want to use their credit card insurance. Turo is also only available in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta because of insurance issues in other provinces, but both Intact and Turo are working to expand.But while the company has signed up thousands of people, experts don’t expect a quick shift away from ownership.Some estimates suggest that 20 per cent of mobility will move to shared mobility in the next couple of decades, said Shauna Brail, a director at the University of Toronto’s urban studies program.“It is a slow transition, but it is a really significant transition, and it’s one that absolutely impacts the bottom line of these established automotive firms, which is why they’re all involved in looking at new models and investing probably billions of dollars in a variety of new models.”As the market grows and companies fight for market share, the lines between each will blur, Brail said.  “We’re no longer looking at automotive firms and car rental agencies, and car sharing, we’re just looking at mobility.” Ian Bickis, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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UN urges governments to recommit to protecting refugees and stateless people

19 May 2011As the 60th anniversary of the landmark global pact on the status of refugees approaches, the United Nations refugee agency is urging States to make new commitments to protecting the rights of asylum-seekers and refugees and find ways of addressing displacement as a result of non-traditional causes. This year the UN is marking the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees as well as the 50th Anniversary of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. Erika Feller, Assistant High Commissioner on Protection in the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in New York today that new causes of displacement are emerging, including some driven by climate change, even as governments increasingly ignore the conventions obliging them to protect the rights of refugees, asylum-seekers and those considered stateless. She said States should come together to consider “what level of protection is due to people displaced by other factors.” Detention of refugees is on the rise due to fear of terrorism and trans-national crime, Ms. Feller said. “In many cases criminals have more rights than refugees,” she said, adding that governments were spending money to trample the rights of refugees by confining them in detention facilities. UNHCR was created in December 1950 by the General Assembly. Its original purpose was to address the post-World War II refugee situation in Europe, but its work quickly expanded. Ms. Feller highlighted the problem of statelessness, noting that stateless people remained “underappreciated” and denied the right to education, travel and even decent burial because they lack identity. “They live in the legal shadow in States where they live,” Ms. Fuller said. UNHCR will use the forthcoming anniversary to advocate for the strengthening of the international legal framework for dealing with the world’s statelessness and displaced, including lobbying States for increased accession to the key refugee and statelessness conventions. According to UNHCR, only 65 of the 192 UN Member States are currently State parties to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, while just 37 have acceded to or ratified the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. The marking of the 60th anniversary of the 1951 convention will culminate in early December when a ministerial conference will be held to review the conventions and invite States to make new commitments to the protection of refugees and devise an action plan to implement those obligations, according to Ms. Feller. “Refugee protection is not a thing of the past; it is a huge challenge for the future,” she said. read more

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Most Important Buckeyes for 2014 – No 8 Ezekiel Elliott

Then-freshman running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) runs toward the end zone during a game against Purdue Nov. 2 at Ross-Ade Stadium. OSU won, 56-0.Lanter file photoWith two already listed, the top-10 most important Buckeyes continues as the countdown to kickoff stands at just eight weeks.No. 8 Most Important Buckeyes: Ezekiel Elliott, sophomore running backAmidst a season filled with outstanding offensive output, Carlos Hyde became OSU coach Urban Meyer’s first 1,000-yard back – despite having missed the first three games of the season.Half a year later, Hyde is a member of the San Francisco 49ers and the Buckeyes are looking to fill the 1,521-yard hole that he left.Fortunately for OSU, roaming the sidelines for the Buckeyes during the 2013 season was a former four-star running back prospect, built almost exactly in the likeness of Hyde himself.His name: Ezekiel Elliott.While he may possess Hyde’s lethal combination of size and speed that any running backs coach in America would yearn for, Elliott certainly has a tall task in front of him to replicate the performance of No. 34.In his freshman campaign, Elliott showed flashes of brilliance when provided the opportunity to touch the turf.For instance, Buckeye fans will certainly remember his coming out party against Florida A&M, when the seemingly unknown No. 15 darted onto the field and rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries.Outside of that afternoon, however, Elliott amassed just 16 carries for the rest of the season, which makes prognosticating his impact next season that much more difficult.Elliott’s sophomore campaign could go one of three ways.The first scenario is one in which Elliott mirrors Hyde in almost every circumstance and becomes Urban Meyer’s first multi-season 1,000-yard running back. His immense speed with his “bowling ball” stature gives him an element Hyde never possessed and turns him immediately into a faster version of his predecessor with the same impact each time he touches the ball.This scenario renders itself rather unlikely, but if it were to unfold, OSU could very well be the front-runner to win the 2014 National Championship.The second scenario is the most likely: Elliott is a less experienced, less effective version of Hyde who barely becomes the second 1,000-yard running back under Meyer. Again, Elliott seems to have all the tools but may have trouble adjusting to the college game in his first season as a starter.In the final scenario, Elliott isn’t at all prepared for a starting role in the backfield, forcing senior quarterback Braxton Miller and sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson to shoulder the entirety of the offensive load, which figures to be too much and holds OSU back for the entire season.Based on what we saw from Elliott a year ago – if only in a couple of games – it seems as if this would be the least likely scenario.Coach Meyer constantly lauded Elliott last season for his work ethic and his demeanor both on and off the field, which would seem to prove that he’s going to put in the work necessary to ensure this is not the case next season.Again, anything can happen, but this would be more a surprise than an eventuality.Should this list only have consisted of offensive players, it’s easy to see how Elliott could very well rank amongst the top two or three most important Buckeyes.At his best, he could elevate the Buckeyes to a National Championship.At his worst, he could drag OSU to its most mediocre season in Urban Meyer’s tenure. read more

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Michelle Obama People need to get off the phone and start talking to

Michelle Obama has spoken out about the dangers of social media, after telling people to stop reading about their neighbours online and knock on their doors instead.Speaking at London’s O2 Arena on Sunday evening to promote her autobiography Becoming, the former First Lady encouraged people to be “more sceptical about social media” and return to speaking to one another “face to face”.Mrs Obama said she is “not emotionally able” to look at Twitter and the news during the Trump presidency because “you can’t have a steady diet of fear and intimidation”.Speaking to an arena packed with 15,000 adoring fans, she said: “That’s what I would encourage people to do. Don’t read about your neighbours on Twitter, because somebody can talk into your ear about the person right next door to you and they can feed you lies and misperceptions.“We need to get to know each other and not have our actions filtered by some third party that we don’t know what their agenda is. Barack Obama with wife Michelle, daughters Sasha (right) and Malia Mrs Obama’s book Becoming, which was released late last year, sold more than 1.4 million copies during the first seven days, giving it the biggest first-week sales of any book in 2018. “We have to be a lot more sceptical about social media and the internet, which means we have to do more work interactive with one another.”The former First Lady used the evening to discuss bringing her two daughters, Sasha and Malia, up in the White House, describing it as “just a little more extra”.“Imagine the first time you invite Sasha Obama over for a play date,” she said, prompting laughter from the arena.”I’m surprised my girls have any friends at all,” she joked. Barack Obama with wife Michelle, daughters Sasha (right) and MaliaCredit:@POTUS Mrs Obama on stage as part of her “Becoming: An Intimate Conversation With Michelle Obama” tour at The O2 ArenaCredit:Chris J Ratcliffe/ Getty Images Europe 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. Mrs Obama shared the strict security precautions that the Secret Service would take before her daughter’s were allowed to go to a friend’s house for a sleepover – sniffer dogs would be brought in and parents would be asked to be open about any guns or drugs in the house.”I would just have to tell parents – don’t lie. They’re not going to take ’em. They just need to know where they are,” she said.”So imagine having that conversation and then you’re like ‘thank you for inviting Sasha over and by the way, there’s going to be a man sleeping outside of your door with a gun, can you let him come in and use the bathroom every now and then?”‘ she said. “We don’t even know who is doing the tweeting. We have got to get off the phone and start talking to each other face to face. We can’t rely solely on this little intermediary to tell us about the world. michelle obama read more

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Solid Energys expertise in managing mine water recognised

first_imgSolid Energy’s progress and expertise in managing mining’s impacts on water have been recognised with two recent awards from Water New Zealand. The company (a coal miner) won the organisation’s Ronald Hicks Memorial Award for 2012 for its research paper, Addressing the environmental effects of mining on the Ngakawau River.  The award is for an article or paper considered significant in solving or clarifying New Zealand water pollution or sewage treatment problems.  Written by Dr Paul Weber, Solid Energy’s Environmental R&D Manager, the paper was presented by Mark Pizey, General Manager Environment.  “It’s a great outcome for the company and the mining industry” says Pizey. Another paper, by Solid Energy Environmental Scientist Fiona Crombie and Dr Weber, detailing research and development of a system to treat acid mine drainage with recycled waste shell from the mussel farming industry, was also recognised by Water New Zealand as a significant contribution to water management.Both papers detail elements of work by Solid Energy over the last seven years to find and develop sustainable methods to minimise the impacts of the company’s opencast mining on the Ngakawau River in the Buller District.  In 2005, after discussions with the neighbouring communities, Solid Energy agreed a set of water-quality measures for the river which it aimed to meet within five years, including ensuring the water chemistry returned to a state which again made the river attractive to migratory whitebait.The company then embarked on a wide-ranging programme of prevention and treatment at Stockton open-pt mine – changes to the way work is planned and carried out at the mine to prevent or minimise the amount of clean rainwater becoming acidic or mixed with sediment or coal fines, and appropriately treating and monitoring any water which has been impacted by mining before it is released into the Ngakawau River system.Seven years later the results are encouraging.  For some time the company has been regularly meeting or exceeding the water-quality standards, although some challenges still remain with clarity.  As well, good runs of whitebait are regularly being reported in the Ngakawau River.  A recent fish stock survey by environmental consultants Golders suggests the small native fish are in the river in much larger overall numbers than when a similar survey was done in 2005 and a greater proportion of younger fish are now successfully returning from the sea and making their living in a wider distribution throughout the river and its tributary streams.“Our licence to mine, the ability to operate in the future as a mining company, is based in large part on our environmental performance” says Pizey.  “It’s very encouraging to receive this recognition from our peers in water management and supports our belief that the methods we have researched and developed have wider application here and internationally.”last_img read more

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Bridgestone establishes dedicated conveyor belts company in Chile to serve mining growth

first_imgMining tyres and conveyor belts major Bridgestone Corporation has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Bridgestone Industrial Products America Inc (BIP) has established Bridgestone Productos Industriales Latinoamerica SpA. (BIPL) in Santiago, Chile, a company dedicated to sell industrial materials such as conveyor belts and other related products. The new company will commence operations in October 2014.The company states: “Given the expected demand increases of copper over the medium to long-term, production of copper is expected to rise substantially at copper mines across Chile and Peru, which are among the world’s most prominent mining locations. By establishing BIPL, the Bridgestone Group will be able to more efficiently provide mining customers conveyor belts for transportation of minerals and others and offer enhanced services to customers.”These services will include services such as maintenance to help customers more effectively run their belt systems and achieve better overall operating results in their mines. Moving forward, the Bridgestone Group “will strive to respond quickly to fluctuations in market demand and provide customers with even better-quality products and services.”last_img read more

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Geek deals 40 off Sharp AQUOS LC40D78UN LCD TV

first_imgThe market for high-end LCD TVs is still a burgeoning one. With features like 240Hz refresh rates, 3D playback support, ultra-thin designs, and local dimming for better black colors, you certainly have a lot options that make up a high-end TV and, naturally, can drive up the price. For the rest of us, there are still the more “basic” TVs that offer a lot of inches for your dollar.This Sharp AQUOS LC-40D78UN 40-inch LCD TV is a perfect example. Currently on sale for 40 percent off at Dell Small Business, it does offer an improved 120Hz refresh rate, but lacks some of the newer amenities like LED backlighting or built-in wireless connectivity. For its relatively basic feature set, you get 40-inches of 1080p glory for only $479.99 with free shipping (most states will have to pay tax unfortunately). This is a great value for the size and, to some people, it might even be cheap enough to be a nice second TV in a bedroom or game room.Visit LogicBuy for the Sharp AQUOS LC-40D78UN deal.last_img read more

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Nurse adopts premature baby who spent months at hospital

first_imgNow a child, Gisele still has a few medical needs, but she is slowly making progress.“She has a feeding tube where she gets the majority of nutrition through, but other than that the specialists think she’s remarkable,” Smith told CNN. “They can’t believe the strides that she’s made and how healthy and strong she is. Her resilience is inspiring to me and every day I’m amazed by her.”“You know, we talk about the power of love but to witness how it can transform a life and to witness how it has transformed her life, I’ve never been happier or stronger,” she said. “I couldn’t imagine life without her.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BOSTON (WSVN) – A premature baby who spent months at a Massachusetts hospital has been adopted by the nurse who cared for her.According to Franciscan Children’s blog, nursing director Liz Smith, had just learned she was ineligible for in-vitro fertilization when she met baby Gisele.Gisele was born prematurely at just 29 weeks, weighing one pound, 14 ounces. She suffered from health problems because her birth mother used drugs during pregnancy.“I went to see her every day,” she said, “It was kind of my reward after a long workday.”Gisele was eventually weaned off the drugs in the hospital but faced a tough road ahead, full of medical complications.Smith eventually took on the role of foster parent for Gisele, with the hope of reuniting her with her parents.  However, after Gisele’s parents’ parental rights were terminated, she adopted Gisele.“When I got the call that the parents’ rights were terminated, I imagined that it would be a day of relief,’’ said Smith, “and it was a day I was really sad. I was really happy, but I was really sad for them. I was gaining her, but they were losing her, and to try to battle addiction and being a mom, that’s impossible.” last_img read more

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POLICE LOG for January 24 Traffic Light Issues Sinkhole Forming In Roadway

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, January 24, 2019:Police noticed the train gates were down at North Wilmington station, but no train was coming through. Keolis notified. (12:18am)The lights in the center at Burlington Avenue and Main Street were on flash. Mass Highway notified. (10:07am)A fence blew over and landed in the road at the Town Park on Main Street. (11:44am)A trash truck ripped down a cable wire attached to a home on Kirk Street. Police notified Verizon. (12:38pm)A caller reported a possible sinkhole forming on Middlesex Avenue. Police confirmed and notified DPW. (12:40pm)Fire Department responded to a tree limb that fell into a house and a downed wire on School Street. (3:53pm)The pedestrian crossing signals were engaging automatically, causing the lights to stop cycling properly at Shawsheen Avenue and Lake Street. (7:04pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 12: 2 Juveniles Laying On Train Tracks; Motorcycle Crash; Tractor Trailer vs. PoleIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 2: Beer Cans Found At Town Park; Spray Paint At Palmer Park; Sinkhole WorseningIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 3: Driveway Paving Solicitors; Skate Park Tagged; WPD Assist With Pick-Up At SchoolsIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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Report Says US Participation In Arctic Council Lacks Coordination FollowThrough

first_imgA report released Monday from the Government Accountability Office suggests U.S. participation in the Arctic Council lacks coordination and follow-through.Download AudioThe U.S. and other member nations in the Council have agreed to dozens of recommendations over the years. They address, among other things, opportunities and challenges that arise as ice retreats from the region.The GAO found the State Department, which leads the U.S. team, lacks a joint strategy for acting on these recommendations, leaving federal partner agencies unsure how to prioritize the work.The GAO says there’s also no system for measuring outcomes.The State Department notes the GAO report only addresses the many recommendations of the Council.The report does not cover the more formal commitments the U.S. makes in international agreements. The State Department announced in February it will boost its Arctic representation with a special representative for the region.last_img read more

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Walker announces pay raise for troopers

first_imgGov. Bill Walker announced today that Alaska State Troopers are getting a pay raise at the start of next month.Listen nowWalker made the announcement at the troopers’ Mat-Su West post near Wasilla, which he says has been hit hard by vacancies as troopers have left for better pay and benefits elsewhere. There and elsewhere, troopers have been stretched thin.The 7.5 percent raise takes effect Sept. 1. That’s for more than 300 troopers, all except the two colonels in charge. Walker says this raise does not require legislative approval because it’s an amendment to an existing contract, but his administration is seeking an additional 7.5 percent increase officials say would require legislative approval.Asked about the timing, Walker says the troopers have been facing a retention crisis. They now have more than 50 vacant trooper positions, and they need to be a competitive employer.“It’s now, because as we’re going into another winter season, we have a big class coming out of the academy,” Walker said. “This is the culmination of about a year-and-a-half of sort of getting to this point of what’s the right number, what’s the right amount.”Walker says the increase fits legislative intent in the state operating budget to increase trooper pay by 15 percent total.The troopers union says the closest pay comparison was to the Anchorage Police Department. Depending on how long they’ve been with the department, comparable positions make 16 to 19 percent more.Walker says losing recruits or longtime troopers to departments like APD or, say, King County in Washington, means wasting the money spent training them and the loss of a great deal of experience.“This is about fixing what we have now,” Walker said. “I get a lot of input around the state about ‘We need more troopers.’ And we certainly do. And I have nothing against King County, but I don’t necessarily want us to do the training for King County, and that’s what we’ve been doing.”Walt Monegan, Walker’s public safety commissioner, says the administration will pursue increasing the overall number of trooper positions, while it addresses the vacancies.A campaign spokesperson for Walker’s Republican opponent for governor – Mike Dunleavy – said the campaign had no comment on the trooper pay increase.last_img read more

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Appeals court upholds decision not to test DNA evidence from 1982 murder

first_imgThe Alaska Court of Appeals affirmed a superior court ruling Friday and will not test DNA evidence in a 36-year-old double murder case in Juneau.A jury convicted Newton Lambert of the murder of Anne Benolken in 1982 but acquitted him of killing her husband, James Benolken. Lambert, who was 19 at the time, was sentenced to 99 years in prison.Lambert’s co-defendant, Emmanuel Telles, was later tried for both murders but acquitted. He died several years later.In 2010, the Alaska Legislature passed a law allowing for post-conviction DNA testing. Shortly after, Lambert filed a request to test the two remaining pieces of physical evidence in the case — forensic samples of bodily fluids taken from James Benolken’s clothes.A 2013 ruling by a Ketchikan Superior Court judge denied Lambert’s request, saying it failed to show how testing samples from James Benolken’s clothing would raise the probability that Lambert was innocent in Anne Benolken’s murder. Lambert appealed the ruling.The appellate ruling affirms the superior court decision, saying that Lambert’s appeal “did not refute any of the other evidence against him.”last_img read more

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UNICEF awards PM Hasina

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina received two international awards given by the UNICEF. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday received two international awards given by the UNICEF in recognition to her government’s campaign against early marriage.The awards are: the Accolade Global Film Competition 2017 Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Achievement and the Accolade Winner Award of Excellence End Child Marriage.State minister for women and children affairs Meher Afroz Chumki and secretary of the ministry Nasima Begum handed over the two awards to the premier at the outset of the weekly cabinet meeting held at the prime minister’s Office on Monday.last_img read more

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Myanmar team to visit Dhaka next week to talk Rohingya issue

first_imgA Myanmar team will arrive in Bangladesh next week to discuss the mass exodus of Rohingya, an official said Tuesday, amid huge diplomatic efforts to find a durable solution to the crisis.The team are “coming early next week,” Bangladesh’s Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque told AFP, saying they would be working on the Rohingya issue but not giving further details.A senior foreign ministry official said the team was expected to be led by Myanmar’s Minister of the Office of State Counselor, Kyaw Tint Swe.Dhaka had earlier invited the minister for talks before the latest eruption of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state triggered one of the world’s worst refugee crisis in recent decades.The announcement comes as the UN said 480,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh’s southeastern border region since August 25.Between the new arrivals and some 300,000 Rohingya who were already living in the area due to previous violence in Myanmar, there are now nearly 800,000 refugees in camps around the Bangladesh border town of Cox’s Bazar that are bursting at the seams.The situation has forced new arrivals into makeshift shelters in grim conditions, and sparked warnings that epidemics, including cholera, could easily spread.The bilateral talks come as Dhaka mounts a huge diplomatic effort to find a permanent solution to the Rohingya problem and make Myanmar take back all the refugees to their homeland in Rakhine.The latest military operation was sparked by attacks carried out by Rohingya militants on police posts on August 25.Bangladesh’s prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday proposed creating UN-supervised safe zones inside Myanmar to protect Rohingya Muslims fleeing a military crackdown.Hasina accused Myanmar authorities of laying landmines on the border to prevent the Rohingyas from returning and said the United Nations must take immediate measures to find a solution to the crisis.She laid out a five-point plan that called for the protection of the Rohingyas in “safe zones that could be created inside Myanmar under UN supervision.”The United Nations has described the military operation as “ethnic cleansing” and French President Emmanuel Macron went further, describing it as a “genocide.”Myanmar must stop the violence and “the practice of ethnic cleansing”, agree to allow a UN fact-finding mission, ensure the return of refugees and abide by a report that recommends citizenship for the Rohingya, said Hasina. Rohingya are currently denied Myanmar citizenship.There has been mounting international outrage over the plight of the Rohingya, prompting the UN Security Council this month to call for an end to the violence.last_img read more

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Two countries one Independence Day celebration

first_imgAs India and South Korea celebrate their Independence Day on the same date, both the countries came together for the celebrations at Siri Fort Auditorium. Nehru Bal Sangh (NBS) conducted the 5th edition of their entertaining extravaganza, Jashn-E-Azadi event where the artists from South Korea and India displayed their rich and diverse cultures. The programme showcased dance performances, audio-visual elements and musical renditions which narrated the story of Independence Day in an utterly creative way. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfStudents from various schools and eminent personalities from different fields including Vinay Pathak – Indian film actor, Lee Haekwang, and Acting Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Kim Kum Pyoung, and Director at Korean Cultural Centre India, Shiela Dixit, Former CM of Delhi and Patron of Jashn-E-Azadi, Ashok Sahota, National President, Nehru Bal Sangh witnessed the performances.Lee Haekwang, Acting Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, said, “India is very big country, with so many ethnic groups and languages. This event gave me a chance to renew my historical knowledge. I hope this event helps in strengthening India – Korea relations”Ashok Sahota, President of Nehru Bal Sangh, said that “Indian freedom history is full of sacrifices. We should celebrate this day with zeal, enthusiasm and pride. Since it is a big day for all of us, we decided to have a joint celebration with South Korea this year” On the occasion, Kim Kum Pyoung sent his message: “Jashn-e-Azadi is an effort to spread the values of love, patriotism, and national unity.”The initiative was to rejuvenate the feelings of liberty and Independence among the youngsters. Also it was intended to encourage people to celebrate the Independence Day with much more enthusiasm, zeal, energy and pride, and not consider the festival as a mere holiday or vacation.last_img read more

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