New Delhi: State-run NTPC Thursday said it has teamed up with the Indian Railways for fly ash transportation, a move that will help enhance ash utilisation at Rihand and Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power plants. NTPC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hazipur-based East Central Railway Zone for transportation of fly ash under Indian Railways’ Special Freight Train Operator (SFTO) scheme. According to the company statement, NTPC has became the first entity in the country to sign an SFTO agreement with Indian Railways. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”At NTPC, sustainable ash utilisation is one of the key focus areas for us as part of our commitment to safeguard the environment. Ash is now also looked at as a commodity, which can translate into steady revenue stream for the company in the long run,” said P K Sinha, ED (EMG, AM and Safety) NTPC. The pact with Indian Railways for fly ash transportation will help enhance ash utilisation at Rihand and Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power plants and it will be further extended to other NTPC projects. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”We decided to go with Indian Railways since it has the necessary capability to transport fly ash in bulk in the region at a lower cost,” Sinha added. Fly ash will be transported by Bogey Tank For Alumina Powder (BTAP) rakes, which are leak proof wagons with special air fluidizing system. As part of the agreement, NTPC has procured three BTAP rakes and each rake will have a capacity of 3,060 tonne ash. The first of the three rakes is expected to arrive by October 2019. The signing of the MoU with Indian Railways is a definitive step towards further enhancing fly ash utilisation limit at NTPC plants. Further, it will ease sourcing of raw materials for downstream industries in the region. K K Singh, Regional Executive Director, Northern Region, NTPC signed the MoU on behalf of the company in Patna on Wednesday.
Rabat – Moroccans from all walks of life denounced the “excessive use of force” by the police when dispersing protests organized by teacher trainees on Thursday, in several Moroccan cities.Most of the comments on social media blamed the Moroccan government, accusing it of “giving the green light to the police to use force” to suppress teacher trainers, who took to the streets to peacefully protest the “unfair” government decrees.Police used unreasonable force to disperse teachers who organized peaceful sit-ins and marches in several Moroccan cities, holding placards that read “No To The Two Decrees.” Videos and photos of the victims being beaten by police have been widely shared on social media, with comments denouncing the government’s refusal to open a dialogue with teachers and strive towards finding a solution to their demands.M’hammed Grine, a Moroccan human rights activist and a member of the political bureau of the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS), told Morocco World News that the “excessive use of force” by the Moroccan police against teacher trainees, particularly in Inzegane, Agadir, calls into question how respectful “they are of Article 22 of the 2011 constitution.”Grine, whose party is part of the PJD-led coalition government, said that Article 22 of the Moroccan Constitution states: “The physical or moral integrity of anyone may not be infringed, in whatever circumstance that may be and by any person that may be, public or private.”Article 22 also stipulates, “No one may inflict on others, under whatever pretext there may be, cruel, inhuman, [or] degrading treatments or infringements of [their] dignity. The practice of torture, under any of its forms and by anyone, is a crime punishable by the law.”The human rights activist added that violence, whether verbal, physical, or symbolic, is becoming a serious problem spreading rapidly in society.“We are all required to raise our voices high against violence,” The Moroccan politician said.“We need to launch a broad societal movement to confront all forms of violence and manifestations of hatred,” he said, calling on the Moroccan people, including the country’s intellectuals, professors, scientists, media and other stakeholders to stand against violence.Grine believes that it is time that the Moroccan government started a “serious and responsible dialogue with teachers in order to find solutions that meet their expectations.”
Rabat – The “Green Morocco” Plan (PMV), the infrastructure program for Morocco’s primary sector, agriculture, has already reached the majority of the objectives set by the government for completion before 2020.In 2016, the plan exceeded a million hectares of land planted with olive trees. By the end of 2018, it achieved several other objectives such as the production of cereals and fruit trees.The summer of 2019 marked a new achievement, the strengthening of localized irrigation. This objective is one of the three major components of the Irrigation Strategy developed in the framework of the PMV, alongside the promotion of public-private partnerships and the extension of irrigated areas.Irrigation Strategy The National Program of Water Economy in Irrigation (PNEEI) is part of the PMV. Its objective is to equip, in localized irrigation, nearly 50% of the total agricultural area across Morocco.It aims to reduce water stress, considered as the main limiting factor to the improvement of agricultural productivity.The PNEEI program consists of a massive shift from surface and sprinkler irrigation to localized irrigation, over an area of nearly 550,000 hectares for a period of 10 years. This means an average equipment rate of nearly 55,000 ha/year.The strategy’s development witnessed a period of stagnation in 2018 when fewer than 10,000 hectares were newly equipped, while the annual average between 2008 and 2017 was 40,000 hectares.At the beginning of 2019, however, the total area equipped with localized irrigation increased, exceeding 550,000 hectares, the initial objective of the strategy.“Green Morocco” PlanMoroccan agriculture developed considerably thanks to the “Green Morocco” plan, inaugurated by King Mohammed VI in April 2008.The PMV project aims to make agriculture one of the first sectors of productive development and to modernize it. It also intends to promote agricultural investment, ensure food security, stimulate exports of agricultural products, and promote local products.The PMV aims to transform agriculture “into a modern, value-added, high-productivity agriculture that meets the demands of the market,” says the State’s department of communication.The plan encourages private investment and development of Moroccan agricultural exports and industrial activities.It also focuses on improving the living conditions of small farmers and fighting against poverty in rural areas. For this purpose, the plan relies on increasing agricultural incomes in the most vulnerable areas and promoting solidarity farming through farmers’ cooperatives throughout Morocco.Since its creation, the PMV has largely contributed to the creation of agricultural cooperatives in various branches of agriculture.It has also developed cooperation between the State and the professionals of agriculture through livestock improvement projects, intensifying agricultural mechanization, and managing the water economy.
In his speech at the resumption ceremony, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste Atul Khare, alongside Timor Leste’s Deputy Prime Minister Jose Luis Guterres, highlighted the importance of police accountability to the Polícia Nacional de Timor-Leste (PNTL). “Achievement of final certification is an indicator but not a guarantee of proper behaviour in the future. The long-term accountability and integrity of the PNTL in the future will only be guaranteed through timely, effective and fair application of the penal code and PNTL disciplinary code,” Mr. Khare said. He stressed the importance of the Government’s recent commitment to take and support necessary instigative measures against PNTL officers accused of violations of the penal and police disciplinary codes, and to take appropriate punitive measures against those found in breach, no matter their rank and even if they have been certified. “I am sure that this commitment will be welcomed by the vast majority of PNTL who everyday strive to live up to their oath of service – to strictly abide by the rule of law, to respect and protect human rights, to ensure the democratic order, and to serve in an impartial manner,” Mr. Khare added. In 2006, the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) was sent to restore safety in Timor-Leste, when violence sparked by striking police officers led to the killings of dozens of people and drove 155,000, or 15 per cent of the total population, from their homes. Viqueque is the fourth district in which the PNTL has resumed primary policing responsibility since the resumption process started in May 2009 in the district of Lautem. This process continued in the districts of Oecussi in June, Manatuto in July, and was followed by the transfer of responsibility for the administration and management of the Police Training Centre in September. The decision for the PNTL in Viqueque to resume primary policing responsibility was based on the result of rigorous assessments on the preparedness of PNTL. The assessments were conducted by joint teams comprising representatives of the Government of Timor-Leste and UNMIT, including PNTL and the United Nations Police (UNPOL). UNPOL will maintain their presence in the districts where the PNTL have resumed responsibility, in order to support, advise and to monitor the PNTL, in areas such as community policing and human rights protection. 5 December 2009The United Nations handed over formal control today of policing operations in the country’s largest district of Viqueque to the police of Timor-Leste, part of an ongoing strategy to lessen the UN’s direct control over the country’s nascent security operations.
As the international community continues to work towards achieving the core humanitarian responsibilities agreed to at the World Humanitarian Summit this past May, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today presented a road map to promote accountability for commitments made and report on progress attained. “The Summit confirmed we cannot continue with business as usual,” the UN chief said at a high-level side event entitled “Beyond the World Humanitarian Summit: Advancing the Agenda for Humanity,” taking place today at UN Headquarters in New York, during which he presented his report on the outcome of the Summit.“Humanitarian crises need political solutions. Greater and longer-term investment is needed to build stable and inclusive societies,” he added. At the historic Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, governments, humanitarian and development organizations, civil society, businesses and other stakeholders made more than 3,000 commitments to action to achieve the five core responsibilities expressed in the Secretary-General’s Agenda for Humanity, which presents a framework to guide the changes that are needed to alleviate suffering, reduce risk and lessen vulnerability on a global scale.Building on those outcomes, Mr. Ban said today that his report presents a simple road map to promote accountability for commitments and continue to advance the Agenda for Humanity. Noting that first among the priorities is to document the commitments made and those to come, the Secretary-General also announced the launch of an online Platform for Action, Commitments and Transformation, PACT. “This platform will be a dynamic space to report on progress and showcase results, build engagement and create new partnerships. I count on you to make PACT a success,” Mr. Ban said. The Secretary-General also said that an annual synthesis report will be produced to assess collective progress and identify areas that may be lagging. In addition, a high-level stocktaking meeting within the next five years will assess progress against the goal of reducing humanitarian needs, risk and vulnerability, which the UN chief said should also identify gaps and new challenges. He added that he also put forward Member States, civil society, private sector and other forums that can be used to advance the outcomes of the Summit, as all have an important role in facilitating change and broadening the diversity of partnerships and alliances. “The Summit kick-started concrete changes in the way we address humanitarian need, risk and vulnerability. Now the hard work of delivering this change, and making lasting improvements for people caught up in crisis, is in our hands,” the Secretary-General said. “These steps are at the core of the 2030 Agenda. They are the basis of our collective pledge to leave no one behind. I count on all of you to champion the outcomes of the Summit and give your strongest political and financial support to the new initiatives and alliances,” he added. The Secretary-General highlighted that he continues to look to the Security Council to overcome its divisions and take “important steps” to fulfil its “unique responsibility to pursue peace and stability.” He noted that the Summit also affirmed that a new approach is needed to meet, prevent and reduce humanitarian needs. Internally displaced women and children in the Central African Republic. Photo: OCHA “Humanitarian and development actors agreed on a new way of working together towards collective outcomes to accomplish this. We must be steadfast in our resolve that only impartial, neutral and independent humanitarian action will allow us to access people in need, wherever they are,” Mr. Ban said, adding that the Summit marked a clear shift towards longer-term financing and investment in humanitarian operations. Earlier this week, leaders at the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants affirmed the need for new approaches and greater responsibility-sharing for refugees, building on one of the key outcomes of the World Humanitarian Summit, which generated hundreds of commitments to ensure that refugees, migrants and internally displaced people are not left behind.
And the issues at hand are “most critical and increasingly urgent for the attainment of international peace and security, as well as the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande stated. “Too long at the crossroads of human development…we need to join efforts in finding solutions to the untold hardship from violent conflicts, terrorism, natural disasters, drug and sex trafficking, illiteracy, and so on which millions of people around the world suffer from”, he continued.”We need to join efforts in finding solutions to the untold hardship from violent conflicts, terrorism, natural disasters, drug and sex trafficking, illiteracy, which millions of people suffer from.”#UNGA President @BandeTijjani at the opening of the General Debate. pic.twitter.com/r6u6hnvpJR— UN GA President (@UN_PGA) September 24, 2019 For 74 years, he recalled that the UN has done much to advance humanity – most recently with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.“The implementation of the SDGs by 2030 must be our priority, in the interest of the billions of people who may never step inside this great Hall, but who hope that the work undertaken here would galvanize efforts for poverty eradication, zero hunger, quality education, climate action and inclusion”, Mr. Muhammad-Bande declared.Pointing to challenges surrounding health pandemics, terrorism, displacement, climate change, illiteracy and poverty, he underscored the need for financing and experience-sharing cooperation, as “they all require focused cooperation to stem”. Mr. Muhammad-Bande vowed to work with all delegations and UN organs to advance his priorities, for which the promotion of international peace and security “is at the heart”.“We must continue to strengthen the Organization by ensuring that its peace and security architecture is appropriate for the 21st century, particularly making a priority of prevention”, he asserted, adding that drivers of conflict, including poverty, inequality and human rights abuses “must be tackled head-on”. Towards a better futurePoverty eradication remains an enormous global challenge. “We have to do more” to take hundreds of millions out of “abject poverty, misery, and squalid existence”, the PGA stressed, urging each country to “reflect specifically” on how it can improve its own social protection systems and channel government spending to those affected by poverty. Countries also need to cooperate on modernizing agriculture.Noting that climate change has exacerbated poverty and food shortages globally, he emphasized the importance of action, “as the repercussions of not acting pose grave dangers for our world, now and in future”. “We need to deploy the knowledge and technologies available to us to ensure that we do not condemn our children to an irreparable world”, stressed Mr. Muhammad-Bande, calling for “cooperation among nations to ensure that coalitions for climate resilience and mitigation actions are formed and strengthened”. Accordingly, he noted the need to “devise creative ways of bridging the huge financial and technical gaps required for meaningful impact”.The Assembly President also identified the importance of stepping up inclusion, “particularly as it relates to the rights and empowerment of youth, women and the disabled”.There is great work to be done; we have no room for either cynicism or apathy – General Assembly President‘Pooling resources’ for humanityMaintaining that “no nation can develop beyond its educational capacity”, he pointed to the immediate need for “qualified teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as in the humanities”, urging abled countries to “deepen cooperation” with those in need to develop the capacity of their teachers. Mr. Muhammad-Bande highlighted the value of pooling resources “to urgently address major global challenges confronting humanity”, underlining the importance of strengthening South-South and triangular cooperation to reinforce the UN’s work.In conclusion, he reminded those assembled that the task at hand is “to debate how best to achieve the world of our collective dream”. “We give succour and hope to all people and nations for a more peaceful and prosperous world”, he said. “There is great work to be done; we have no room for either cynicism or apathy”, concluded Mr. Muhammad-Bande, “we should strive together, to deliver for all”.
Notes: At Ã¢â€š¬20 bn, the automotive sector is Europe’s largest investor in R&D, driving industry forward and helping deliver more sustainable motoring for the 21st century. Technological innovation has helped car and CV manufacturers slash CO2 and air quality emissions from vehicles. New diesel cars for example emit 95 per cent less soot from the tailpipe than those made 15 years ago and average new car CO2 has been cut by 12 per cent since 1997. Published alongside the PBR are key points from the interim report on the King Review of low-carbon cars that will impact on the automotive sector. It is welcoming that King recognises the role the consumer can play in making low carbon choices – having the immediate ability to reduce their CO2 emissions (and fuel bill) by 25 per cent – and also the part fuel plays in the integrated approach to tackling climate change. Although brief, the Pre-Budget Report address by Chancellor Alistair Darling MP, included the promise of increased long term investment in transport, which should not only benefit the economy and UK competitiveness, but could also lead to environmental gains. SMMT welcomes the announcement that climate change agreements, whereby firms sign up to deliver energy and emission savings, will continue until 2017 and look forward to discussing with government how best to take this measure forward. The industry also looks forward to seeing the results of more investment in education and training and hopes to see increased emphasis on manufacturing skills, especially in the automotive sector. The government claims that it appreciates the importance of considering the framework of taxation of cars used for business travel and will be making announcements on future policy in this area in Budget 2008 – on that basis SMMT strongly urges the scrapping of the irrelevant three per cent surcharge for diesel cars which unfairly penalises those who choose lower CO2 emitting vehicles. On a more positive note, SMMT welcomes the fact that there is to be a freeze on large haulage vehicle excise duty rates in 2008-09. The move to allow local authorities to levy business rate supplements is one to view with caution. SMMT is wary of the cost implications and impact on businesses – especially in the automotive sector – recognising its importance to the economy (£48bn turnover, 190,000 manufacturing jobs) while also pointing to significant progress made across a range of environmental goals, such as production efficiencies saving an estimated 700,000 tonnes annual CO2 at manufacturing sites across the UK. One of the key findings of SMMT’s eighth annual sustainability report Towards Sustainability, also published yesterday, is the effect competitive pressures have had on employment in the motor industry in recent years. This report can be downloaded from the homepage of the SMMT website www.smmt.co.uk ‘The chancellor has made this address while having one eye on the stack of reviews the government has seen, and is waiting on,’ said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘Although the economy appears to be stable and in good health, there is still a lack of clarity and long term direction on which to base firm business planning. As usual, the devil may be in the detail and the greater benefit to the motor industry may become more apparent after detailed evaluation.’ Each vehicle made in Britain requires half the energy to produce than it did just five years ago, saving an estimated 700,000 tonnes of CO2 a year. Total combined waste to landfill down by more than half, from 80,399 tonnes in 2000 to 39,862 tonnes in 2006. For more details, download SMMT’s eighth annual Sustainability Report from the SMMT web site www.smmt.co.uk/category/reports/.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
There was no shortage of options for Brock employees to enhance their well-being during the recent Wellness Day celebration.The 18th annual event took place Thursday, June 15, with 578 registrants participating in 82 workshops meant to improve social, emotional, physical, financial, intellectual, environmental, occupational and spiritual wellness. Kathryn Walker, Brock’s Manager of Health Management and Wellness, offered thanks to the Brock community for supporting another successful Wellness Day.“Human Resources would like to thank everyone who attended the day and embraced the activities in a meaningful way to assist them in achieving wellness,” she said.In addition to the workshops, Wellness Day included an open plenary by Brock alumna Sherry Campbell, a psychotherapist and professional speaker who discussed the importance of resiliency, as well as closing remarks by Brock President Tom Traves.The event’s popular penny sale raised a record $4,190 to support the Student Wellness Scholarship Award, presented to students who demonstrate a contribution to wellness within their community.Winning penny sale numbers are available on SharePoint. Prizes can be claimed by bringing winning tickets to Human Resources reception on the 12th floor of Schmon Tower.Clara Suba was the raffle winner of the bike donated by Greenshield, the University’s extended health benefits provider.Walker thanked the many partners that helped to make the day possible, as well as silver-level sponsors Grand & Toy, and bronze-level sponsors Scotiabank and Shepell, the University’s employee and family assistance plan provider.A survey will be sent out shortly to all attendees requesting feedback on the day. A draw for one free parking upgrade for the upcoming academic year will take place for all those that respond to the survey.Photos taken throughout Wellness Day will be posted online by the end of the week.
“The RSPCA is essentially a great organisation, fantastic staff work incredibly hard, but you have to come to a point where you have to say enough is enough and I can’t any longer support the way this is happening.” The RSPCA is not “fit for purpose” according to the charity’s former directorCredit:Frank Naylor / Alamy The RSPCA is “not fit for purpose”, a former director of the animal charity has claimed.Steve Carter, who left his role as director of RSPCA Wales in 2015, said he believed the structure of the organisation had not “moved on much since the 1970s”.His remarks came after the Charity Commission said the RSPCA’s governance was below the standard it would expect for a “modern charity”.In June, RSPCA chief executive Jeremy Cooper departed after just a year in the role, and the organisation was told it could face “further regulatory action” if it did not make improvements.The charity did not have a chief executive between 2014 and 2016 and instead two unpaid trustees took the helm.Mr Carter told the BBC’s Panorama programme: “I personally think that the RSPCA currently is not fit for purpose. I think it stems from the background of council.”I don’t think the governance process and structure has moved on much since the 1970s.”Chris Laurence, a former chief vet at the RSPCA who resigned as a trustee last year, added: “I had real concerns about the way the RSPCA was being run at council level. In response to Panorama, the RSPCA said it had published an independent review into its governance which said some improvement was required.A spokesman for the charity said: “We aren’t complacent about these issues, and we are committed to continually improving everything we do as an organisation.”The programme makers also spoke to people who had been prosecuted by the RSPCA, including a bird keeper who said he felt the charity “bullied” him.Steve Rainton and his partner Natalie Holden, from Sussex, were taken to court by the RSPCA but were cleared of two animal welfare offences, while another 14 charges were dismissed, according to the BBC.Mr Rainton told the programme: “I felt bullied by the RSPCA. They used my partner. They basically said they would drop all charges against my partner if I took the rap basically.”The RSPCA said it had taken the decision to prosecute Mr Rainton and Ms Holden “because there was sufficient evidence and it was in the public interest”.”Unfortunately the police inadvertently breached procedures under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, which resulted in much of the evidence being excluded at trial,” the charity said.”The result of the trial does not have any bearing on the conduct of the RSPCA, which acted properly and lawfully throughout this investigation and in the best interest of the animals concerned.” 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.
Once heard, the haunting words of Wilfred Owen and his First World War contemporaries can never be forgotten, capturing all the heroism, trauma and tragedy their generation endured.A century on, the Duke of Cambridge is leading the search for a talented poet for a new era, inviting them to write their “modern-day perspective on service, conflict and humankind’s ability to overcome adversity”.The Duke, who said he never fails to be moved by the “sentiments invoked by the brave, young soldiers” of the First World War, has launched a national poetry competition to immortalise the sacrifices of 21st century servicemen and women, promising to read out the winning entry himself.The poetry competition marks both the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and the opening of the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC): a world-leading clinical rehabilitation centre for the Armed Forces.Called A Poem To Remember, it is intended to honour and convey the challenges faced by current serving men and women, and their families. The Duke of Cambridge will read the winning poemCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “I am greatly looking forward to reading the winning entry.”The best poem will be chosen by the public from a shortlist of five, and be read by the Duke of Cambridge, the Patron of the DNRC campaign, at a special event at the new defence facility this summer. It will also be mounted at the DNRC, with its author receiving a £2,000 cash prize.The DNRC, which is funded by charitable donations, will succeed Headley Court as the UK’s leading facility for the clinical rehabilitation of sick and injured members of the Armed Forces later this year. Wilfred Owen, the war poet “Many of the memories of that conflict, and our understanding of it, have been shaped by the remarkable works of poetry written by those caught up in that struggle.“I, like countless other readers over the decades since the war, have always been moved by sentiments invoked by the brave, young soldiers.“That is why – as Patron of the appeal to build the Defence National Rehabilitation Centre – I am delighted to help launch this competition to find a new poem that, inspired by those earlier works, will have its own modern-day perspective on service, conflict and humankind’s ability to overcome adversity. The competition is supported by the Poetry Society, Poet in the City, the War Poets Association, the Wilfred Owen Association, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Help for Heroes, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, Style for Soldiers, and Walking with the Wounded. The new centre is being built, due to open later this year Prince Harry and Prince William visit Headley Court in 2008Credit:PA “The First World War poets are still held in deep regard, and it seems very appropriate to launch a competition that can both remind us of their great work and their sacrifice, while helping us contemplate the service and sacrifice that the current generation and their families have given.”Levison Wood, former British army officer and ambassador for Walking with the Wounded added: “I think it’s very important that we never forget the sacrifices made by British and Commonwealth servicemen and women and poetry is a wonderful way of immortalising the legacy of that great generation, whilst remembering that today’s soldiers have their own challenges to face.”The competition is now open, with a deadline for entries on April 9th. Ahead of the competition’s launch on Friday, the Duke of Cambridge said: “The centenary year of the end of the First World War is a very appropriate year to be launching a national poetry prize. Dan Snow, the historian and broadcaster, will chair a judging panelCredit:Rii Schroer The state-of-the-art facility, which will be run by the Ministry of Defence, is situated near Loughborough and is designed to provide neurological and complex trauma care, and a full suite of rehabilitative facilities, together on one site.The Duke of Cambridge and his brother Prince Harry were both major supporters of Headley Court, photographed there speaking to those undergoing rehabilitation on numerous occasions. The building project was initiated by the late 6th Duke of Westminster, who had a distinguished 40 year service in the British Reserve Army and is said to have cared deeply about the treatment provided for those who volunteer for their country. Patients being treated at the centre, which has been running for 70 years, will be phased over to DNRC once it is up and running this summer.The poetry competition is open to anybody aged 17 and over, and requires writers to submit unpublished work no more than 25 lines long.Entries will be whittled down to a longlist of 25, before the best five are selected by a panel of judges chaired by historian and broadcaster Dan Snow and including SAS veteran and bestselling novelist Andy McNab. The winner will then be decided by public vote. Will Greenwood, England rugby player and supporter of Walking With The Wounded, a charity that is backing A Poem to Remember, said: “It is so important that we don’t forget our injured troops. “The new Defence National Rehabilitation Centre will be a powerful signal that the country is committed to providing the best possible care for our wounded service personnel. The 6th Duke of Westminster, who died in 2016, and his friend Prince Charles
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 8, 2016 – The Minister of Finance called it an education to set the record straight Monday when he made a single early contribution on the Flag & Coat of Arms Bill 2016 during House of Assembly debate.It was under his administration that National Heroes Day was established, reminded Hon Washington Misick, and he was not going to be told he is not patriotic enough. “To have the gall to come in and say that we don’t respect his memory, or in somehow dishonoring the heritage and his contribution to make political mileage, I could not sit by and allow that to pass. It was under my administration that the National Heroes ordinance was passed.”The heated explanation followed strong words from deputy leader of the PDM, Hon Sean Astwood who chided the government side for not showing up to the National Heroes Day Memorial Service, which he said was a public holiday. Only Premier Rufus Ewing attended. “Some might get mad that I highlighted their absence, and that’s fine and good, but they would undoubtedly say that they have national pride, but I can assure you, the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands and you yourself Mr. Speaker, did not see their pride displayed at that last National Heroes Day memorial ceremony. Therefore Mr. Speaker let me put our country on notice, next year on National Heroes Day, under a PDM lead government, every minister, every member of Cabinet, every head of government departments, all school and uniformed officers will be mandated to turn out to official functions and parades.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
A faith-based recovery center for people with addiction issues caught fire Sunday evening, injuring two firefighters.According to a news release from Cowltiz 2 Fire & Rescue, the fire started as a chimney fire in a fireplace at the Mountain Ministries recovery center, which is located in the Rose Valley area southeast of Kelso.The fire broke out just before 5 p.m. Sunday.Two firefighter were taken to St. John Medical Center in Longview after they became exhausted while fighting the fire. They were not burned, but had overexerted themselves, according to the news release.In all 25 firefighters used 14 apparatus to fight the fire, which extended from the chimney and spread to the roof of the recovery center, which is a 20-minute drive from a fire station. The fire took more than five hours to control.According to its website, Mountain Ministries offers a year-long residential program at the site for men and women with alcohol or drug problems. It’s located on 35 timbered acres. Clients live in several different houses on the property.
Melco Resorts defers acquisition of second tranche of Crown shares until conclusion of regulatory inquiry Melco likely to pass Australian regulatory inquiry, target full Crown acquisition: Bernstein Although few details were given in a notice confirming the acquisition late Wednesday, the company previously stated that although it is “principally engaged in hotel operations and leasing of properties for casino and ancillary leisure and entertainment operations … it has continued to review the existing principal businesses of the group and look for potential business opportunities in order to diversify the group’s business.”It added that the acquisition represents a good opportunity to diversify the income stream of the company and broaden its revenue base.IEC currently leases a casino-hotel in Manila as well as office space to Philippines gaming regulator Pagcor. It previously owned a 40% stake in Arc of Triumph Development Company, operator of casino resort L’Arc Macau, but sold its interest in 2010.The company earlier this year signed a collaboration agreement with The Stars Group to operate land-based live events and poker rooms under the branding of PokerStars in Macau, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Cambodia as well as acquiring Rational Live Events Macau Limited – described by previous owner PokerStars as one of its “data controllers” responsible for the capture, storage and use of the personal information of players taking part in local events including those formerly held at the PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room at City of Dreams. Hong Kong-listed gaming investor International Entertainment Corporation (IEC) has completed the acquisition of English League One football club Wigan Athletic.The deal sees IEC acquire the entire share capital in Wigan Athletic Holdings Limited – the majority shareholder of Wigan Athletic AFC Limited – as well as the direct shareholding of the trustees of the Whelan Family Bare Trust. Melco Resorts distances itself from Chairman’s father, Dr Stanley Ho, amid inquiry into Crown Resorts acquisition Load More RelatedPosts
3:32 Tags Now playing: Watch this: 14 What’s more, just hours before Trump sent out his tweets, Ren Zhengfei, the CEO of Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei, told CBS that his company would “soon” introduce 6G technology.Huawei has become the focus of concerns from national security experts who are worried the company’s gear used to build 5G networks could be exploited to spy on the US. The US government has been working to ban Huawei’s gear in the US, and it’s also been urging US allies to do the same on their turf. Is the US lagging behind in 5G?That’s a tough question to answer because it’s unclear what metric you use to measure this. One thing is clear: 5G networks require at least five times the amount of infrastructure to be deployed than the previous generation of technology. The use of super high-frequency radio waves, called millimeter-wave spectrum, allows for huge amounts of data to be transmitted, but the range of this spectrum is limited. The result is a network requiring radios on every city block, versus 4G gear that transmits signals over miles.Policy experts like Berin Szoka, president and founder of the tech think tank TechFreedom, says the US, by its very nature of being a nation of individual states, will not be as fast or efficient at deploying infrastructure at massive scale as a country like China, which is controlled by a strong central government.”China has a top-down hierarchical government, so it makes it a lot easier to get infrastructure deployed,” he said. By contrast, local and state governments have more control over how, when and where equipment is deployed. And even though the FCC has tried to pre-empt the rights of these local governments, it will still be a challenge, he said. So Trump’s comments about 6G are just crazy, right? Not necessarily. There will likely be a next generation of wireless technology. But it’s not likely to happen for a long time. What’s more, the industry hasn’t done anyone any favors with how much they hype different generations of technology. When you have the cable industry hyping their own next generation of wired broadband service as “10G,” things understandably get confusing. By the way, that 10G has nothing to do with wireless and does not mean the 10th generation of anything. It’s the marketing term the industry is using to refer to new wired broadband technology that can deliver download speeds of 10 gigabits per second. Share your voice Comments Trump tweeted about “5G and even 6G technology” as the US negotiates a trade deal with China. Getty Images It’s never too early to be thinking of the next, next generation of wireless. At least that’s the stance President Donald Trump is taking. In a pair of tweets Thursday, Trump proclaimed he’d like to see “5G and even 6G technology” deployed in the US “as soon as possible.” In not so many words, he pretty much told US carriers to get off their butts to deploy the networks before the Chinese beat them to the punch. Many in the tech community scoffed at the president’s mention of 6G. After all, 5G is barely a real thing. Carriers around the world are just now starting to deploy the technology, and there aren’t even any 5G handsets in the market. (Although that’s soon expected to change as Samsung, Motorola and LG are expected to start rolling out 5G smartphones.) So what is all this talk of 6G about? Here’s an FAQ to help you figure it out. Before we get ahead of ourselves, what’s 5G again?5G is the next-generation of cellular technology, which promises download speeds that are 10 to 100 times faster than today’s 4G LTE networks. But the real game-changer with 5G is the reduction in network latency, which will make the network respond almost instantaneously. This will enable mobile devices to do things never before imagined, and usher in a new wave of apps that will leverage newer technologies like augmented and virtual reality. It’ll also allow for things like communication between autonomous cars.So where are we in the 5G rollout?It’s very early days for 5G. Verizon was sort of the first with its launch of a nonstandard version of the technology late last year in a few cities. But that service wasn’t for mobile use and instead delivers a wireless home broadband service. The company said Thursday it will have a mobile 5G service in 30 cities by the end of this year. But it hasn’t said exactly when that will happen, in which cities it will launch the service, or how widely the service will be available in those cities. But there are signs it’s getting ready to launch the service. On Wednesday, the company said it’d be offering Samsung’s first 5G smartphone, the Galaxy S10 5G, in the second quarter. Verizon also said at the CES trade show in Las Vegas last month that it’ll offer Motorola’s Moto Z3 as another 5G handset. No one knows yet what 6G will entail. Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC commissioner Meanwhile, AT&T turned up its 5G network in a dozen cities at the end of last year. This year it plans to boost its coverage to 21 cities. So far, AT&T has only launched one device that can use its 5G network, a mobile hotspot. But it’s also expected to get the Galaxy S10 5G this summer.T-Mobile and Sprint are in the 5G game. T-Mobile said it’ll launch in 30 cities, while Sprint will launch in nine cities in 2019.So what’s 6G?The short answer is that 6G isn’t really a thing yet. There are no standards defined for what the technology will be capable of. But in general terms, it’s likely to be whatever the next big advancement in cellular data service is after 5G. Is anyone other than Trump talking about 6G?Not really. But there’s speculation about what it could be. “No one knows yet what 6G will entail,” Jessica Rosenworcel, a commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission, said at a wireless industry conference in September. But she predicted in her speech that 6G will likely use wireless spectrum that’s at even higher frequencies than what’s used today, which could make it possible to get download speeds that are 1,000 times faster than the gigabit speeds that 5G promises to offer. “The sixth generation of wireless service will feature terahertz-frequency networks and spatial multiplexing,” she said. And because this technology will only be able to transmit over very short distances, it could mean thousands of minicellular antennas and radios embedded almost everywhere. Is anyone working on 6G yet?The International Telecommunication Union, an arm of the United Nations that helps coordinate global telecom standards, has a working group looking into 6G. But the requirements or capabilities simply haven’t been defined at this point. Chipmaker Qualcomm says it’s already started thinking about 6G. And researchers in Finland are also exploring the possibilities of 6G.When could we see 6G technology?Considering 5G is still getting off the ground, it’s likely to be years before we see anything real on 6G. The ITU’s working group is called Network 2030, so that should give you some idea on the timing. Just as a frame of reference, at an FCC auction back in 2008, Verizon won spectrum that’s used as the foundation of its 4G LTE network. It launched that network in March of 2010. Why is the president tweeting about this now?It’s hard to say what exactly prompted Trump’s tweets. But it could have something to do with his administration’s ongoing trade negotiations with China. There’s a deadline of March 2 to strike a deal between the two countries or the US will raise tariffs on Chinese imports. 5G plays into all this because US policy makers are increasingly worried that China could surpass the US when it comes to 5G. This could mean that the next industrial revolution, which many believe will be fueled by 5G, will happen in China instead of the US, leaving America at a severe economic disadvantage. 5G AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon Donald Trump Huawei CEO thanks US for ‘promoting’ its 5G program Mobile
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