first_imgThree persons died and nine were injured after the Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailed at Chitrakoot in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh early on Friday.The train (12741) coming from Goa derailed near the starter signal at the Manikpur station, 120 km from Allahabad, as it was exiting platform two roughly at 4.15 a.m., officials said.“A total of 14 bogies went off the track,” said Gaurav Kumar Bansal, Chief Public Relations officer of North-Central Railways.The derailed bogies included two AC coaches and sleeper coaches from S-2 to S-11. One bogie had “half-tilted” in the derailment, a police spokesperson said.Inquiry orderedRailway Minister Piyush Goyal announced on Twitter that “an inquiry” had been ordered.Uttar Pradesh Additional Director-General (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said prima facie the cause of the derailment appeared to be a fractured track, reported an agency.Two of the dead were identified as six-year-old Golu Kumar and his father, Deepak Patel (30), residents of Bettiah in Bihar. They died on the spot.The third victim was later identified as Manoj Singh (25) of Chhapra, also from Bihar.One among the nine injured was in a serious condition and receiving treatment at the primary health centre in Manikpur.Adityanath announces compensationThree other injured, including a 24-year-old woman, Rinki Kumari, a resident of Goa, were admitted to the district hospital in Chitrakoot.The Ministry of Railways announced an ex gratia compensation of ₹5 lakh to the kin of the dead, ₹1 lakh to those with grievous injuries and ₹50,000 to the other injured.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also announced ex gratia compensation of ₹2 lakh, ₹50,000 and ₹25,000 in the same order.The stranded passengers were accommodated in the front eight coaches by 7.25 a.m., the NCR said.The unaffected portion consisting of seven bogies took the passengers to Allahabad, where they were picked up by a special train and taken to Patna.A team of the Anti-Terror Squad also reached the site to probe possibilities of sabotage.In an unrelated incident, four persons died on the spot after the SUV they were travelling in was hit by the Lucknow-Sultanpur train at an unmanned crossing under Musafirkhana area on Thursday night.The car was carrying six passengers, who were all members of a marriage party.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh BJP on Thursday said it does not see any grand alliance taking shape against it as there are many “gaps and contradictions” among opposition parties, even as it exuded confidence of increasing its tally in the State in the next Lok Sabha polls.“The BJP’s performance will be better in 2019 compared to 2014, when the party and its allies bagged a lion’s share of 73 seats (of total 80 seats),” State BJP President Mahendra Nath Pandey told PTI in an interview here. Asked about the opposition parties’ attempt to form a grand alliance to take on the BJP, he said, “I don’t see it taking place.” “There are many gaps and contradictions among them. Even if it (alliance) is formed, it will not last.”“Party will bank on Modiji’s towering personality”Undeterred by the BSP and the SP eyeing the Dalit and OBC votes, besides the Muslim electorates, Mr. Pandey said his party was doing its own ground work. “We are taking along the castes which they (SP, BSP) bank upon. We have recently held successful OBC conferences (between Sept 4-24) in which backward caste representatives from all over the state actively participated,” he said. The conference saw overwhelming response from the backward classes as they see Prime Minister Narendra Modi as their leader, the UP BJP chief said.“Besides, we are soon going to organise Dalit sammelan (conference) and ‘prabuddh’ (intellectuals’) meet. These sections have only been cheated by previous SP and BSP regimes in the state. Only the BJP is the party which is really working with ‘sabka saath sabka vikas’ motive. This is the reason for our success,” he said. He said that his party was working at several levels to increase its victory margin.“We are highlighting our work at the Centre and state and above all Modiji’s personality, which will be presented before the people.” “At the organisation level, we are emphasising on ensuring our presence from booth to division to assembly and Lok Sabha segments. We are doing a micro-planning for that,” he said.Noting that the party has a lot to tell the people about the good work and projects its governments at the Centre and state have initiated, Pandey said, “We will reach out to people and inform them about these works and are confident of getting their positive response in terms of votes. No government has done such a good work till now.” “The party will bank on the “towering personality” of Modi ji, who is loved by all sections of the society due to this ‘working style and aura’. Our leader is accepted by all. No other leader can stand in front of him. Opposition has not one (leader), who can challenge him,” he asserted. The BJP State president said he was “sure” his party will form the government at the Centre again and UP’s contribution will be remarkable.last_img read more

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first_imgWorld number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams completed a clean sweep for tennis as they won the Laureus Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards on Monday.In a glitzy ceremony in the German capital, hosted by U.S. actor Bill Murray, Serbia’s Djokovic beat Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi, sprinter Usain Bolt and Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton among others for the top men’s award at the annual ceremony.Djokovic and American Williams, who fought off competition from footballer Carli Lloyd and Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce among others, were rewarded for dominating their sport last year, with each winning three of the four grand slams.Both athletes picked up the top prize for the third time, with Williams having previously won it in 2003 and 2010 while Djokovic was also victorious in 2012 and 2015.Golfer Jordan Spieth won the Breakthrough of the Year award after capturing his first two majors at the 2015 U.S. Masters and U.S. Open, while New Zealand’s All Blacks won Team of the Year award following their World Cup victory.There was some joy for the host nation as well with triathlete Jan Frodeno grabbing the Action Sportsperson of the Year prize.Dutch footballer and coach Johan Cruyff, who died of cancer in March, was posthumously awarded the Spirit of Sport award. His son Jordi received the award.last_img read more

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first_imgThe lack of an effective Indian boxing federation has damaged the competitiveness of the sport and contributed to the decline of boxing in the country, women’s Olympic flyweight bronze medallist MC Mary Kom said on Tuesday.With no athletes representing India in women’s boxing at this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Kom said not enough was being done to promote the sport in the country.’NOT EASY TO QUALIFY'”There is no federation (in India)… there is no proper organised national (event) for the last two-three years. So no competition. If we have more competition every boxer will train regularly,” Kom told Reuters.”Even other categories too but now the competition is getting tougher and tougher. It’s not easy to qualify,” added Kom, whose life inspired a Bollywood biopic in 2014. (Mary Kom fails to qualify for Rio Olympics )”Even men’s boxing also. Last Olympics, seven qualified, now only one. They have a last qualification. If none qualify after that then we only have one.”Kom, who won India’s first Olympic medal in women’s boxing in London four years ago, will not be able to represent India at the Rio Games as she needed to reach the semi-finals of the world championships but lost in the second round last month.NO WILDCARDSThe five-times world champion’s only remaining hope of getting to the Olympics was through a wildcard but AIBA spokesman Nicolas Jomard said there would be no wildcards for boxing events in Rio.”It is very painful. The thing about the training time, the schedule, the struggle, three-four months away from the family… So all the hard work I would say has been wasted,” said Kom, who was speaking at a CP Foods launch.advertisementLast year, Kom said she wanted to retire from boxing after the Rio Olympics but the 33-year-old has not decided on her future.”I have not yet decided. Maybe the plan can change. I have not announced whether I will retire or not,” Kom said.last_img read more

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first_imgAntonio Conte is all praise for his players after Chelsea earned a hard-fought 2-1 win over Bournemouth in their League Cup quarter-final on Wednesday.Conte hailed his players’ temperament and determination after Chelsea enter the quarter-finals of the tournament.Conte made many changes to the squad that beat Southampton in the weekend in Premier League but Chelsea came through just right with Willian and Alvaro Morata rising to the occasion.Chelsea took the early lead through Willian but Bournemouth midfielder Dan Gosling levelled the score at 1-1 in the 90th minute.The hosts got the winner through an Alvaro Morata goal less than a minute later and Conte was thrilled to see Chelsea progress to the semi-finals.”The most important thing is we’re in the semi-finals,” Conte said after the match. “To reach the semi-final in one of the two cups in England is great for us, especially with a lot (of squad) rotation.”I had good responses from my players and I hope to continue in this way. Many players had their chances tonight to play from the start and I think I had good responses.”It’s also not simple when you concede a goal in the last minute of the game, so to have this type of reaction shows great character, personality and heart.”The late drama at both matches ensured a fascinating last-four draw, with Chelsea playing Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in the first match of the two-legged tie in the week commencing January 8.On the other, having shocked Manchester United in the quarter-final, Bristol City will travel to the Etihad Stadium for their first leg against Manchester City, who are still unbeaten in domestic matches this season. They will then seek another famous win at Ashton Gate in the second leg during the week of January 22.advertisementPremier League champions Chelsea, who are currently third in the standings, will travel to resurgent Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

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first_imgzoom Monaco-based dry bulk shipping company Safe Bulkers has acquired a South Korean-built dry bulk Post-Panamax class vessel “at an attractive price”.The 92,000 dwt ship was constructed in 2010 and is the sister vessel of the company’s two existing South Korean Post-Panamax class vessels.Safe Bulkers informed that the acquisition was financed from cash on hand.“In parallel with the optimization of our capital structure our Board has decided to invest in a second hand vessel which we believe it will be accretive to our revenues,” Loukas Barmparis, President of the company, said.“Furthermore, the acquisition of an additional sistership provides us with enhanced operational flexibility and optimizes our ability to control fleet operating expenses,” Barmparis added.last_img read more

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first_imgNova Scotians who want to take up hunting can now go online to take the required hunter education course. The interactive course provides improved training, greater convenience, and is easier to follow. “Government is helping new hunters by modernizing the way safe hunting practices are taught,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. “This online course delivers a better education product in a more accessible way.” Until now, new hunters were required to study a course manual posted online and travel to a Department of Natural Resources regional office to write course tests in person, or take the course and tests in a classroom setting. The process is made simpler by the web-based, interactive course and tests that are completed and submitted online. A new hunter taking the online course must appear in person at a government office only when writing the final exam. The online course and a description of other changes affecting new hunters are available at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/hunt . The online course is for ages 14 and up. It has interactive exercises with animated graphics, audio, and program memory that tracks student progress, allowing for stops and starts so students can study at their own speed. Classroom courses will be required for 12- and 13 year-old students and will continue to be an option for hunters who prefer that method of learning. Hunters can now also pay for and obtain their Nova Scotia wildlife resources card online or through phone options. The card certifies that the hunter successfully completed the hunter education course and allows them to apply for a hunting licence. The hunter must also have a federally-regulated licence to acquire and use a firearm. The fee for the wildlife resources card is $7.14. A fee of $25 for the online hunter education course will go to huntercourse.com, the company contracted by the Department of Natural Resources to provide the course. The improvements in hunter education complement a course for crossbow users launched in 2009.last_img read more

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first_imgBirmingham: Former Pakistan speedster Wasim Akram has advised Safaraz Ahmed not to tinker with the winning combination and go with an unchanged playing XI against New Zealand in their crucial World Cup match to be played on Wednesday at Edgbaston. Pakistan kept their hopes of making it to the semi-finals of the ongoing tournament alive after registering a comfortable 49-run victory over South Africa on Sunday, thus knocking them out of the competition. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev He also hoped for a repeat of 1992’s show when Pakistan had defeated the Black Caps — who were also unbeaten till that match — by seven wickets in their crucial World Cup game played at the AMI Stadium in Christchurch. “They were unbeaten in 1992 too before playing against us and we won the game, they’re unbeaten again and I hope we repeat the show, but boys will have to give their best,” Wasim told Pakistan’s Geo TV. “There’s no need to change the winning combination,” he added. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships However, Akram wants Pakistan to improve their fielding, especially their catching which has been very poor so far in the tournament. Pakistan have dropped as many as 14 catches in the six games they have played so far. “We have dropped 14 catches in the tournament. We are top on the list of teams dropping most catches in the World Cup which isn’t a good sign,” Akram said. “This isn’t something new, but we need to overcome this problem,” he added. The former captain also added that Babar Azam needs to start converting his fifties into hundreds if he wants to become a world-class batsman. Azam has scored two half-centuries in the World Cup so far, which came against England and South Africa, but was subsequently dismissed for 63 and 69 respectively. He also scored 48 against arch-rivals India before being clean bowled by spinner Kuldeep Yadav. “The openers did well, Babar did well, but Babar needs to convert his fifties into hundreds,” said Akram while speaking of the Proteas game. Pakistan have five points from six games and are currently placed at the seventh spot in the table. They need to win all their remaining three games and also hope that results of matches of other teams go in their favour so that they can make it to the last four stage.last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government is set to become the official owner of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion after failing to quickly flip the project to another private-sector buyer.Pipeline owner Kinder Morgan had been working with the government to identify another buyer before July 22.But with that date set to pass without a deal, it was expected the pipeline company will now take Ottawa’s $4.5-billion offer to purchase the project to its shareholders.Pending their approval, the sale, which includes the existing pipeline, the pumping stations and rights of way, and the Westridge marine terminal in Burnaby, B.C., will be approved sometime in August or September.The $4.5-billion purchase price does not cover the construction costs of building the new pipeline, which previous estimates have pegged at around $7.4 billion.Finding another buyer for the project before Sunday’s deadline was widely considered a long shot because of the project’s risks.But the government insists it does not plan to own and operate the pipeline over the long term and is expected to continue talking to interested parties.The government had previously indicated that there were numerous groups interested in purchasing the controversial project, including pension funds and Indigenous groups.Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s spokesman, Daniel Lauzon, said Ottawa still intends to sell the pipeline, if and when a suitable partner is identified and it’s in the best interests of Canadians.“We have no interest in being a long-term owner of a pipeline, but we will be the temporary caretaker,” Lauzon told The Canadian Press on Sunday. “We won’t rush that.”News of the failure to find another partner by July 22 came one day after protesters opposed to the Trans Mountain expansion took to Parliament Hill in hazardous-materials suits and carrying a fake pipeline.It was the latest in a string of such rallies by environmental and Indigenous groups, which also included the erection of a similar cardboard pipeline outside the Canadian High Commission in London in April.Lauzon on Sunday defended the decision to purchase the pipeline, saying the project, whose aim is to get Canadian oil to Asian markets, remains in the national interest.The Trans Mountain expansion will build a new pipeline roughly parallel to the existing, 1,150-km line that carries refined and unrefined oil products from the Edmonton area to Burnaby, B.C.It will nearly triple the line’s capacity to 890,000 barrels a day. Trans Mountain is the only pipeline carrying Alberta crude to the West Coast and the hope is that most of the oil will end up in tankers bound for Asia.Ottawa approved the expansion project in November 2016 and British Columbia’s then-Liberal government followed suit two months later.But four months after that, the provincial Liberals were replaced by the NDP under John Horgan, who has a coalition of sorts with the Green party that includes an agreement to oppose the expansion in every way possible.The federal government has said its hand was forced by Horgan, who has gone to court for judicial approval to regulate what can flow through the pipeline — a measure of opposition that made Kinder Morgan Canada, the project’s original owner, too nervous to continue.The company halted all non-essential spending on the pipeline expansion in April pending reassurances from Ottawa that the project would come to fruition.The federal government had said Canada would cover any cost overruns caused by B.C.’s actions, but in the end that wasn’t enough.Following the government’s announcement that it planned to purchase the pipeline, Kinder Morgan agreed to start construction this summer as planned.last_img read more

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TORONTO — Indigo Books and Music Inc. said Wednesday it lost $15-million in its latest quarter as sales fell compared with a year ago when they were boosted by the success of the Fifty Shades of Grey and Hunger Games trilogies.The book retailer said the loss amounted to 59 cents per share in its latest quarter compared with a loss of $5.5-million or 22 cents per share a year ago.Revenue totalled $171.5-million, down from $186.6-million.“The decrease was primarily the result of the decline in hit-related book sales, higher inventory markdown as well as intentionally higher selling and administrative expenses compared to last year,” the company said in a statement.Excluding revenue from the two hit trilogies, Indigo said revenue was down 1.3% compared with a year ago.On a same-store basis, Indigo and Chapters superstores sales were down 7.3%, while Coles and IndigoSpirit small-format stores were down 13.1%.Excluding the big trilogies, same-store sales were down 1.6% at the superstores and increased 1.1% at the small-format stores.Indigo operates under several banners including Indigo Books and Music, Chapters, the World’s Biggest Bookstore and Coles.The Canadian Press read more

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After meeting behind closed doors to hear a briefing by the Somali Foreign Minister, the United Nations Security Council today held an extensive open debate on the situation in Somalia and ways of promoting the national reconciliation process currently under way in the country.During the open session, in which representatives of over 20 countries took the floor, numerous speakers emphasized the importance of achieving peace and stability in Somalia, which had long been without functioning state structures. Speaking on behalf of the Arab Group of States, Jordan’s Ambassador, Zeid Ra’ad Zeid, urged “support for the interim national government in its efforts to promote a comprehensive reconciliation process and national unity.” He also underscored the importance of the Arta peace process, and suggested that the Council send a fact-finding mission to the country to begin the process of setting up an observation mechanism to verify the arms embargo imposed by Council resolution 733 (1992). Speaking for the European Union and associated States, Spain’s Ambassador, Inocencio F. Arias, welcomed the upcoming Intergovernmental Authority for Development meeting on Somalia, and stressed that the parties must put aside their differences and participate in the talks without preconditions and with a genuine resolve to complete the national reconciliation process. He also highlighted the importance of resolution 733, stressing that all countries and other actors must comply with its terms. Speaking to reporters at the conclusion of the formal discussion, Somali Foreign Minister Yusuf Hassan Ibrahim said he had stressed to Council members the importance of humanitarian assistance to his country. “The international community should support the Somali Government and the people of Somalia in order to re-establish a unified and independent national Government [able] to play its part in securing peace and cooperation within the international community,” he said.According to the text of his remarks to the Council, the country’s Transitional Government has improved the security situation by expanding its territorial control, reaching out to warlords to bring them into the political process, and participating in internationally organized reconciliation conferences for Somalia.The Security Council is expected to meet later this week to adopt a presidential statement on Somalia, the body’s current President, Ambassador Ole Peter Kolby of Norway, told the press after today’s meeting. read more

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Today and tomorrow, Mrs. Annan will be visiting Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, and Chicago. While there, she is slated to meet with local community leaders, tour children’s hospitals and speak at public events in order to engage these communities and their leadership in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.The visit, which being sponsored by the UN Foundation and the UN Association/USA, is in support of the UN Foundation’s and Ad Council’s “Apathy is Lethal” national public service campaign. read more

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“The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) reports that one of its patrols has recovered the remains of one of the four peacekeepers reported missing following floods late last month,” the spokesperson told journalists in New York.Six AU-UN peacekeepers were swept away by powerful currents on 25 August while escorting UN World Food Programme (WFP) trucks to Masteri, west Darfur.The incident occurred when the peacekeepers attempted to pull out their truck which was stuck in the mud of a river valley near Nioro village approximately 30 kilometres southwest of El GeneinaA rescue team later found two of the peacekeepers alive, but four had remained missing.Established in July 2007, UNAMID has the protection of civilians as its core mandate. In addition, the peacekeeping operation is tasked with facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid and assisting with an inclusive peace process in Darfur, where fighting broke out nine years ago, pitting Government forces and allied militiamen against rebel groups.In recent weeks, the UN and its partners in Sudan have been working to provide emergency support hundreds of thousands of people that have been affected by flooding. According to Government estimates, as many as 530,000 people have been affected by the floods triggered by heavy rains across the country, and at least 74,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed by the rapidly rising waters. read more

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But at five trusts across England and one in Scotland, the introduction of dedicated nutritional… Giving elderly patients an extra meal a day halves their chances of dying in hospital, an NHS pilot scheme is showing. Death rates among those admitted with hip fractures have plummeted since the scheme was introduced two years ago, prompting medical chiefs to consider recommending it nationally, The Telegraph can reveal. They believe this contributes to the toll of more than 4,000 elderly people who die within a month of being admitted for a hip fracture each year. Experts behind the programme say older patients are typically failing to consume enough nutrients while convalescing on geriatric wards. read more

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Away goal is vital for Liverpool Aldridge

first_imgAccording to the former English Premier League footballer, the Reds have the advantage when they visit Bayern Munich in March.Yesterday, English Premier League club Liverpool hosted German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich at Anfield, in a game that ended up 0-0.The match was the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.This means that in three weeks when these two sides meet up again, the advantage is for the Reds, who can advance to the next round thanks to the away goal rule.“This Liverpool side has built a reputation for scoring goals aplenty, but this was a night when the ball wouldn’t fall for them in the box and when they had a big chance to win it late on, it fell to the wrong man in Fabinho,” wrote former Premier League footballer John Aldridge on The Independent.“Liverpool got into some great positions, but their final ball was lacking and it means they will have plenty of work to go when they go to Munich three weeks from now.”“However, I would back Liverpool to score at least one goal in the return match if they bring their shooting boots with them,” he added.“Liverpool are capable of scoring anywhere and I would be amazed if they go 180 minutes without scoring, so the away goal rule could end up being crucial in this tie.”“A 1-1 draw in Munich? It is a result I can see coming to pass in the second leg and that would be enough to send Liverpool through,” he explained.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“What we saw at Anfield last night was a high-quality game between two top sides and you could see the attacking threat Bayern possessed when they got into decent positions.”“To their credit, Liverpool’s defensive line held firm in the absence of Virgil van Dijk, with Joel Matip and Fabinho superb at the heart of the defense,” he continued.“Fabinho turned in a great performance and bailed Liverpool out on a few occasions in the second half with his reading of the game and he should now be viewed as one of the most improved players over the course of this season.”✨ Another big European night at Anfield ✨▶ Full match replay ▶ @JHenderson’s best bits▶ Plenty of post-match reaction▶ Interview with the bossAll now available on GO: https://t.co/DAxFjfdrlB pic.twitter.com/xpk891SPb3— LFCTV (@LFCTV) February 20, 2019last_img read more

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Graduation ceremony held for National City Fire Academy

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (CNS) – The National City Fire Department will hold a graduation ceremony today for five members of its Fire Academy.The five newly minted firefighters spent the 10-week academy learning about and training in every aspect of firefighting as well as emergency medicine and hazard response.The academy is facilitated in part by the Chula Vista Fire Department and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, according to the NCFD.“Through the tremendous effort and dedication of the academy staff and the National City Fire Department Training Division, these recruits are poised to begin their fire service careers,” the NCFD said in a statement. “These firefighters will continue the long standing department’s commitment to provide the highest level of customer service to the residents and visitors ofthe city of National City.”The NCFD will also hold a promotion ceremony for one of its firefighters, who will be promoted to the rank for fire captain. The event is scheduled to be held at the National City Fire Department’s headquarters at 343 E. 16th St. Graduation ceremony held for National City Fire Academy Posted: May 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, May 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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S California hit by 71magnitude quake strongest in two

first_imgLos Angeles : Southern California was hit by its largest earthquake in two decades Friday, a 7.1-magnitude tremor that rattled residents who were already reeling from another strong quake a day earlier. Emergency workers and security forces were being dispatched early Saturday to the epicenter of the shallow earthquake in a remote and sparsely populated area around 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast of Los Angeles, where it was also felt. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us No deaths or serious injuries had been reported late Friday evening, but there were reports of building collapses and power outages in the town of Trona, California Office of Emergency Services director Mark Ghilarducci said. There were “significant reports” of fires caused by gas leaks, as well as breaks to power, water and communications lines in the region, he told a press conference. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us California Governor Gavin Newsom said he had requested emergency federal assistance from the White House, and state resources have been activated at their “highest level.” Newsom later declared a state of emergency for San Bernardino County, expanding on an earlier announcement covering Kern County, near the epicenter of both the quakes this week. Advertise With Us A joint task force including around 200 security personnel as well as helicopters and cargo aircraft was being deployed, National Guard Major General David Baldwin said. San Bernardino fire department spokesman Jeremy Kern told CNN there were “no active searches ongoing” for trapped casualties. The quake was 11 times stronger than the 6.4-magnitude quake “foreshock” the previous day, according to the United States Geological Survey. The two major quakes, along with multiple aftershocks, have revived fears of the “Big One” — a powerful tremor along the San Andreas Fault that could devastate major cities in Southern California. “This is an earthquake sequence. These earthquakes are related,” said Caltech seismologist Lucy Jones. There was a 10 per cent chance of Friday’s quake being followed by another magnitude 7.0 or higher quake in the next week, she added. In Kern County, where the quake struck near the town of Ridgecrest, some 1,800 residents were without power, fire department chief David Witt said. “As for injuries reported, nothing but minor injuries and such as cuts and bruises, by the grace of god,” he said. At least two fires broke out in the area, county supervisor Mick Gleason said, with dozens of fire trucks dispatched. Numerous gas leaks were reported near the epicenter, including the towns of Trona and Argus. “Firefighters have secured leaks where possible and evacuated residents from homes with leaks that cannot be secured,” the San Bernardino fire department tweeted. In Los Angeles, the fire department deployed vehicles and helicopters, and reported fallen power lines and localized electricity outages. But Mayor Eric Garcetti said there were “no reports of serious damage” reported in the city. “We are sending an Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Team to Kern County to help with the damage closer to the epicenter,” he wrote on Twitter. Numerous visitors to Disneyland in Anaheim reported on Twitter that rides were shut for safety inspections after the quake. Patrons at movie theaters in the Los Angeles area evacuated due to the quake. “Everyone remained calm as the theater began to shake and then the shaking got stronger. We all headed to exits and down the stairs. No panic but one woman sobbing. This one was scary,” wrote NBC journalist Lester Holt on Twitter. No damage was reported at Los Angeles airport following inspections. In Las Vegas, 150 miles east of the quake, an NBA summer league game was postponed when the tremor hit, causing the scoreboard and several overhead speakers to sway. The earthquake was the largest in southern California since 1999 when a 7.1-magnitude quake struck the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps base, according to The Los Angeles Times. The tremor sent Ridgecrest residents fleeing outside for safety as aftershocks continued, with one woman saying she was “not comfortable” about heading back inside for the night. The shaking stops “for a minute, and then it starts rolling again… it’s pretty bizarre. But now at the moment, I’m not comfortable inside,” said Jessica Kormelink. “I was actually in the car with my mom. And it just started bouncing up,” Jessica Weston, a journalist at the Ridgecrest Daily Independent, told CNN. Relief efforts in the area benefited from the arrival of major reinforcements that arrived Thursday afternoon, intended to counter a new potentially destructive earthquake.last_img read more

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Bush Intercontinental Airport Unveils New Automated Security System

first_img It features a conveyor belt where bins pop up automatically. That means travelers don’t have to grab one from the top of the stack.“So it’s not one person at a time,” said Rodney Cox, Vice-President of United Airlines Houston Operations. “It’s multiple people at a time through many stations now. And so it’s just much quicker, much more efficient.”Cox added that the conveyer system will allow TSA agents to divert a bag to a separate area if they want to look inside.“The new process allows the person in front of you if they are stopped and they need to have their baggage screened, for the people behind you to continue on through the process and not have to stop and wait,” explained Cox.Airport officials say the conveyor system will also help passengers keep an eye on their bags as they go through the x-ray machine, avoiding what they call “separation anxiety.” 00:00 /00:45 Listen – / 6That automated system is now in operation at Bush’s Terminal E and it’s similar to the one installed in Terminal D earlier this year. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: International travel through #Houston just got even easier! Today @United debuted new automated security lanes for connecting passengers of international flights. One more reason its PLANE and simple to #fly2houston pic.twitter.com/wuAyebLhDj— Houston Bush Airport (@iah) June 28, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

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For the first time researchers observe graphene sheets becoming buckyballs w Video

first_img “This is the first time that anyone has directly observed the mechanism of fullerene formation,” Andrei Khlobystov of the University of Nottingham told PhysOrg.com. “Shortly after the discovery of fullerene (exactly 25 years ago), the ‘top down’ mechanism of fullerene assembly was proposed. However, it was soon rejected in favor of a multitude of different ‘bottom up’ mechanisms, mainly because people could not understand how a flake of graphene could form a fullerene and because they did not have means to observe the fullerene formation in situ.”As the scientists report in a recent study published in Nature Chemistry, there are four main steps involved in this top-down fullerene formation process, which can be explained by quantum chemical modeling. The critical first step is the loss of carbon atoms at the edge of the graphene sheet. Because the carbon atoms at the edge of graphene are connected by only two bonds to the rest of the structure, the researchers could use the microscope’s high-energy electron beam (or “e-beam”) to chip the atoms away, one by one. While exposed to the e-beam, the edges of the graphene sheet appear to be continuously changing shape.The loss of carbon atoms on the edge of the graphene is the most crucial step in the process, the scientists explain, since it destabilizes the structure and triggers the subsequent three steps. The increase in the number of dangling carbon bonds at the edge of the graphene causes the formation of pentagons on the graphene edge, which is followed by the curving of the graphene into a bowl-like shape. Both of these processes are thermodynamically favorable, since they bring carbon atoms on the edge closer to one another, allowing them to form bonds with each other. (PhysOrg.com) — Peering through a transmission electron microscope (TEM), researchers from Germany, Spain, and the UK have observed graphene sheets transforming into spherical fullerenes, better known as buckyballs, for the first time. The experiment could shed light on the process of how fullerenes are formed, which has so far remained mysterious on the atomic scale. Play This video shows the transformation of a graphene sheet into a fullerene (forming in the top center of the images). Video credit: Andrey Chuvilin, et al. In the fourth and final step, the carbon bonds cause the curved graphene to “zip up” its open edges and form a cage-like buckyball. Because the zipping process reduces the number of dangling bonds, the spherical fullerene represents the most stable configuration of carbon atoms under these conditions. Once the edges are completely sealed, no further carbon atoms can be lost, and the newly created fullerene remains intact under the e-beam. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: For the first time, researchers observe graphene sheets becoming buckyballs (w/ Video) (2010, June 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-06-graphene-sheets-buckyballs-video.html Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. More information: Andrey Chuvilin, et al. “Direct transformation of graphene to fullerene.” Nature Chemistry, Vol. 2, June 2010. DOI: 10.1038/NCHEM.644center_img Explore further Although spherical fullerenes can already be generated in high yields from graphite (which is made of many graphene sheets stacked together), up until now scientists have not fully understood the underlying mechanisms of their formation. By observing the process in real time in this study, the researchers have been able to identify the structural changes that the graphene undergoes in order to become increasingly round and form a perfect fullerene. The results help to unravel the mystery of fullerene formation by explaining, for instance, how laser ablation works as a fullerene production method: the microscope’s e-beam, similar to a laser beam, supplies the energy to break the carbon bonds and serve as the critical initial step in the formation process. “The key to the direct visualization of fullerene formation is (i) atomically thin graphene flakes mounted perpendicular to the electron beam; (ii) aberration corrected high resolution TEM allowing imaging with atomic resolution; and (iii) careful analysis of the evolution of graphene to fullerene, image simulation and correlation of the experimental data with theoretical calculations,” Khlobystov said. “This is why our study discovers so much more than previous TEM studies.”In addition, the results help explain the high abundance of C60 and C70 fullerenes (fullerenes composed of 60 or 70 carbon atoms) found in different methods of fullerene production. The researchers found that a large (more than 100 carbon atoms) initial graphene flake imposes a significant energy penalty during the curving step, so that its edges continue to be chipped away until it is small enough to curve. On the other hand, very small (less than 60 atoms) graphene flakes experience excessive strain on the carbon bonds during the curving step, preventing them from closing up. So to enable the thermodynamically driven formation process, fullerenes end up having a narrow range of diameters averaging about one nanometer, which corresponds to 60-100 carbon atoms.“Understanding the fullerene formation process teaches us about the fundamental connection between different forms of carbon,” Khlobystov said. “Also, it opens new avenues for fabrication of molecular nanostructures using the e-beam. This is a new way to do chemistry and to study molecules!” These images from a transmission electron microscope show the formation of fullerene from graphene. In (a), the edges of the graphene sheet continuously change shape when exposed to the e-beam. (b) shows the final product, while (c)-(h) show close-ups of the sequence of a graphene flake transforming into a fullerene. Image credit: Andrey Chuvilin, et al. Synthesis with a template: Carbon-free fullerene analogue 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

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DeepMind open sources TRFL a new library of reinforcement learning building blocks

first_imgThe DeepMind team announced yesterday that they’re open sourcing a new library, named TRFL, that comprises useful building blocks for writing reinforcement learning (RL) agents in TensorFlow. The TRFL library was created by the research engineering team at DeepMind. TRFL library is a collection of key algorithmic components that are used for a large number of DeepMind’s agents such as DQN, DDPG, and the Importance Weighted Actor Learner Architecture. A typical deep reinforcement learning agent usually comprises a large number of interacting components that includes the environment and some deep network representing values or policies. Apart from these, these RL agents also include components such as a learned model of the environment, pseudo-reward functions or a replay system. Moreover, these RL agents interact in subtle ways which makes it difficult to identify bugs in large computational graphs. To fix this issue, it is recommended to open-source complete agent implementations. This is because even though the large agent codebases are useful for reproducing research, it is hard to modify and extend them. Additionally, a different and complementary approach is to provide a reliable, well-tested implementation of common building blocks. These implementations can then be used in a variety of different RL agents. TRFL library helps as it includes functions that help implement both classical RL algorithms as well as other cutting-edge techniques. The loss functions and other operations that come with TRFL, are implemented in pure TensorFlow. These RL algorithms are not complete algorithms instead they’re implementations of RL-Specific mathematical operations which are required when building fully-functional RL agents. The DeepMind team also provides TensorFlow ops for value-based reinforcement learning in discrete action spaces such as TD-learning, Sarsa, Q-learning, and their variants. Moreover, it offers ops for implementing continuous control algorithms such as DPG as well as ops for learning distributional value functions. Finally, TRFL also comes with an implementation of the auxiliary pseudo-reward functions used by UNREAL. This improves data efficiency in a wide range of domains. “This is not a one-time release. Since this library is used extensively within DeepMind, we will continue to maintain it as well as add new functionalities over time. We are also eager to receive contributions to the library by the wider RL community”, mentioned the DeepMind team. For more information, check out the official DeepMind blog. Read Next Google open sources Active Question Answering (ActiveQA), a Reinforcement Learning based Q&A system Microsoft open sources Infer.NET, it’s popular model-based machine learning framework Salesforce Einstein team open sources TransmogrifAI, their automated machine learning librarylast_img read more

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