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first_imgMark R H Kleinschmidt, Kenwyn . While I am outraged and saddened at the brutal killings of teenagers, Khayelitsha resident, 19-year-old Sinoxolo Mafevuka, and Muizenberg resident, 16-year-old Franziska Blöchliger, I am left bewildered by the insensitivity by some sectors of our communities highlighting the inequality of police investigations and resources of the tragic slayings.Both families of the deceased have suffered equal loss in the aftermath of the dastardly deaths, and both communities and the nation is understandably devastated. But I question and am saddened by the intention of illustrating the differences in resources afforded to each of the ghastly incidents.When our nation should be questioning the national govern-ment in respect of resourcing provinces equitably in policing, education and human settlements, then wherein lies the blame for the disparity?Crime and justice are colour blind; and so too is the bereavement of the loss of a loved one. There is no cure or quick-fix for sorrow or healing. For the Mafevuka and Blöchliger families their tragic loss is permanent.Let us for the sake of nation-building, work towards addressing the symptomatic effects of crime and the prevention thereof, by addressing the issue of economic disproportion to effect healing and reconciliation.The untimely and horrendous killing of the two teenagers highlights the disparity of the haves versus the have-nots in society, but let us proactively tackle economic and social disparity collectively as a nation.last_img read more

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first_imgINTRO: Over 700 research experts were urged to share know-how and knowledge at the sixth World Congress on Railway Research on September 28 – October 1EATING HAGGIS, quaffing whisky and other Scottish cultural activities are now familiar to much of the world’s railway research community. As host city for WCRR 2003, Edinburgh was ’a beautiful setting’ according to Roy Allen, President of AAR subsidiary TTCI.He warned delegates in a welcoming speech not to let this distract them from the business of cross-fertilising ideas and knowledge. ’Let us not let our pride stand in the way of seeking ideas from others. Let us not reinvent technology. Let us shamelessly borrow ideas from others’, he said in a call for railways to ’maximise the effectiveness of research dollars, pounds, euros and yen’.Allen used a warning that North American private freight railroads, while making a ’modest profit’, did not earn the cost of capital, to highlight the ability of research and technology to play a vital role in meeting the challenges facing the world’s railways; these he listed as ’controlling costs, improving productivity and increasing market share’. Cost cutting was a recurrent topic during the event at a time when research budgets were under threat. It was essential, therefore, said Bombardier Transportation’s Director of European Affairs Andrew Foster, that ’research should never be done in isolation and must deliver tangible results’. He warned against ’ill-co-ordinated research on the environment, especially noise’, insisting that railways must consider research from a systems approach.Richard Gostling of AEA Technology Rail, and Chairman of the WCRR 2003 Executive Committee, reminded delegates that ’customers are not directly interested in research’ and called for railways to tackle the challenges of sharing knowledge and applying emerging technology such as pattern recognition and real-time decision-making software. Among the 270 presentations were papers on artificial vision, wayside health monitoring, and satellite-based train control. Delegates also heard about development of High Speed Train Europe, eddy-current braking developments in Japan and Germany, aerodynamic performance, and progress towards lower emissions from diesel engines.WCRR 2003 was organised by the UK’s Rail Safety & Standards Board, AEA Technology Rail, the UIC, the AAR, Japan’s Railway Technical Research Institute, and the national railways of France, Germany and Italy. The seventh WCRR will be held in 2006 in Montréal, Canada.German Railway announced on September 17 that its roller-rig testing installation at München-Freimann is to close by the end of the year. DB said that the facility was no longer in demand from rolling stock and component suppliers.CAPTION: Delegates to WCRR 2003 were able to sample travel on a Virgin Pendolino after the Congress closed; the train was named City of Edinburgh by the city’s Lord Provost, Lesley Hinds, before it carried delegates to Glasgow Photo: Tony Zayachkivskylast_img read more

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first_imgNEW ZEALAND: The government is to buy Toll New Zealand’s rail and ferry business, Prime Minister Helen Clark and Finance Minister Michael Cullen confirmed on May 5. The price had been a sticking point in negotiations (RG 4.08 p22), but has been agreed at NZ$665m to be settled by June 30.Cullen said it had proved ‘extremely difficult’ to run the railways without government support. The deal means the government will avoid paying subsidies to third parties, and ends a dispute over the implementation of a National Rail Access Agreement ‘that had the potential to destroy value in the business and erode the morale of the people who work in it.’The government will acquire assets with a book value of NZ$430m, including 180 mainline locomotives, 4?200 wagons, one train ferry and leases on two other ferries. The government had already bought back the infrastructure of the 4?000 km rail network for a token NZ$1 in 2003.’Selling off our public rail system in the early 1990s and the running-down of the asset afterward has been a painful lesson for New Zealand,’ said Cullen. ‘During the negotiations with Toll it transpired that buying the rail operating business including the ferries was the best way to increase investment in the industry and enable it to be more responsive to the needs of customers.’Toll retains the Tranzlink rail and road forwarding business, along with warehousing and contract logistics operations, and will have rent-free use of existing premises for six years.The framework agreement is subject to due diligence, and transitional arrangements are being discussed with Toll. Long-term plans for the structure of the rail industry are still under development.Toll Managing Director Paul Little said the company ‘had not been looking to sell’, but the deal ‘will give rail in New Zealand the opportunity to move forward in an environment with greater clarity and ability to better plan its development.’last_img read more

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first_imgRoblox are teaming up with Liverpool FC this summer to bring the team’s players to life in-game. Roblox has a player base of over 90 million people so I’m sure there’ll be one or two Liverpool fans amongst them.From today, and for a limited time this summer, Roblox users the world over can represent their favourite Liverpool FC players in Roblox by decking out their in-game avatar in the club’s brand-new 2019/20 home kit. As well as featuring the club’s classic Liver Bird crest, there’s a shirt for 11 players from the LFC first team, with names and numbers on the back: players can choose from the likes of the world-beating Mo Salah to last season’s breakout star Divock Origi.View the 2019 Roblox trailer below:“We couldn’t be happier to bring Liverpool FC’s incredible legacy and winning spirit to Roblox, as we both share a strong respect for our community of players and fans,” said Craig Donato, chief business officer at Roblox. “The Roblox community will jump at the chance to show their support for one of the world’s most storied football clubs and step into the shoes of their favourite Liverpool FC player.”Drew Crisp, Senior Vice President, Digital, Media and Marketing, Liverpool FC, said: “As we get ready to kick-start the new season, we’re excited to be teaming up with Roblox to inspire our younger fans, bring them closer to the world of football and connect with Liverpool FC through the power of games and play. This is a great opportunity for young fans to show their support during our pre-season tour in the USA and play in any of the Roblox games as one of their favourite LFC players.”In addition to the avatar outfits, which are available for free, an exclusive virtual scarf with the “You’ll Never Walk Alone” motto will also be granted to Liverpool FC’s junior members via a code that can be redeemed at https://www.roblox.com/promocodes.last_img read more

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first_img Share 494 Views   16 comments LocalNews Linton criticizes ‘Yes We Care’ & Housing Revolution beneficiaries by: – December 11, 2013 Share UWP’s Political Leader Lennox Linton and UWP’s candidate for the St Joseph constituency embracing a resident of the Marigot constituency during the Coast to Coast in 25 initiative. Photo credit: UWP’s Facebook page)Political leader of the United Workers Party, Lennox Linton has criticized the beneficiaries of the ‘Yes We Care’ programme and Housing Revolution as “greedy” and not needy.The Yes We Care programme launched in 2009, the brainchild of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, provides home care to elderly citizens who live alone or do not have relatives to care for them.Majority of the beneficiaries are bed ridden, blind or amputees. The government, through the Ministry of Social Services has employed caretakers across the island to visit seniors’ home and provide care for them daily. They also receive free cooking gas compliments Petro Caribe.The Housing Revolution, on the other hand, targets single unemployed mothers who are living in deplorable housing conditions.“If we had not done this exercise [Coast to Coast in 25] it would have been possible to get carried away in the Housing Revolution propaganda and the Yes We Care propaganda,” Linton said in a Q95FM Radio report on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.He claimed that the Yes We Care programme and Housing Revolution delivers benefits to some people but “has left hundreds and hundreds of people without the assistance that they need and they deserve”.“Why, because the government has decided it will not deliver these benefits and these social services based on need, it will deliver them purely on a political agenda that ends up favouring the greedy as opposed to the needy,” Linton said.Audio Playerhttp://dominicavibes.dm/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Lennox-Linton-Dec-10.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.According to information received from the ‘Yes We Care’ programme, the caretakers visit elderly citizens across the country to invite them to be part of the program. After the acceptance, they are interviewed and accepted into the program which is spearheaded by the Ministry of Social Services.At the launching of the programme on June 22, 2009, the Prime Minister stated that the programme will bring help and relief to the most vulnerable in society who have “created and maintained that which we enjoy today”.“They built this country and this country owes it to them to take care of them in their senior years when they are no longer physically able to do so for themselves”.Here is part two of a profile on the Yes We Care programme done by Pearl Fontaine of the Government Information Service in September, 2013.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7pdHIHtiFo[/youtube]Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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first_imgDoodle Labs, a global leader in providing long-range broadband communication for IIoT, has announced the release of an ‘External Version’ of its popular Smart Radio long-range mesh router. The new version brings all the features and capabilities of the embedded Smart Radio platform and houses them in a rugged, IP67-rated weatherproof case. It now gives customers an off-the-shelf solution they can deploy immediately without additional integration efforts.The external version is also available in a variety of frequency bands using the same form factor to allow an easy swap for various operating requirements. Samples of the the C-Band model, which operates from 4400 – 5000 MHz are expected to be available by February 2020.The Smart Radio is a full-featured 2×2 MIMO radio and mesh router in a tiny form factor. It incorporates Doodle Labs’ BII technology, optimized for UGV applications that require mobile and high-throughput wireless broadband links that can tolerate harsh RF conditions.The Smart Radio platform provides an ultra-reliable, long-range, high-throughput wireless broadband data link for Industrial IoT applications. Its mesh capabilities make it particularly well-suited for mobile and robotics use cases, such as drones and unmanned ground vehicles. Moreover, it is the most cost-effective solution in the market, consistently outperforming the competing MANET mesh routers that are 10-20x more expensive. This affordability allows the deployment of disruptive applications at scale.Product Specifications:EMBEDDEDEXTERNALDIMENSIONS65 x 57 x 14 mm120 x 137 x 58 mm (plus mounting brackets)WEIGHT90 g540 gINTERFACES2x Ethernet, USB Hub or UART, 2x GPIO2x RJ45 Ethernet, 2x USB Hub or UART, 3x GPIOAdditional details are available within the Smart Radio datasheets.last_img read more

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first_img“Para makasiguro tayo na walang positive sa kanila. Policemen deal with a lot of people everyday,” said Lucas. The LGU of Igbaras facilitated the COVID testing of the municipal police force (26 policemen) on Aug. 7. The results were released on Aug. 12. “I’m thankful na negative ang result,” said Lucas. The policeman, a patrolman and resident of Passi City, is now at the Igbaras quarantine facility. While waiting for the results, the 26 cops stayed at the town’s quarantine facility; the IPPO sent a 25-personnel augmentation team to man the police station. Last week a police officer of the Igbaras municipal police station tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. “We don’t want to put the health of residents at risk,” said Lucas.center_img The IPPO director revealed he had himself tested recently. ILOILO – The Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) director, Police Colonel Paul Kenneth Lucas, urged all local government units (LGUs) to have their police force tested for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and shoulder the expenses for this. Lucas ordered the lockdown of the station on Aug. 12 for decontamination. The police station will reopen once the COVID-positive policeman has been cleared of the virus, said Lucas./PN After the Igbaras police station was shut down, the augmentation cops moved to the Igbaras gym.last_img read more

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first_imgKuala Lumpur, 16th April 2018 – Attention bikers who also own cars! Having a hard time obtaining Shell lubricants for your car? Not sure where to service? Couldn’t get the right day and time to get it service? You can now purchase Shell car lubricants and service packages online at your own convenience via www.11street.my/promotion-page/shell-official-store.Screenshot of the Shell Malaysia Official Online Store on 11streetAs a result of Shell Malaysia’s collaboration with the 11street.my online shopping platform, the former has just launched the Shell Malaysia Official Online Store. Besides of being able to purchase genuine Shell lubricants, you will also be able to purchase oil change packages inclusive of their choice of Shell Helix oil, oil filter and labour charges online.The packages are in the form of e-vouchers. You can then call ahead to schedule an appointment at your preferred workshop (select from a list of more than 45 Shell Helix branded workshops) and redeem the e-vouchers for a Shell Helix oil change service through the 11street mobile app.To celebrate the collaboration, Shell Malaysia and 11street have also launched the Spend & Win! special contest, from 16th to 29th April 2018. You stand the chance to win RM500 shopping credit with the purchase of Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology, Shell Helix High Mileage or Shell Helix HX7 engine oil.Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus TechnologyIt is all about using the best lubricant for your car while enjoying the convenience of online shopping.“Shell Helix is all about enabling drivers to overcome daily challenges and keep their passion for driving alive. Working with 11street, one of the largest and more innovative online marketplace brands in Malaysia, we are able to inspire them to ‘drive on’ by offering unprecedented convenience when it comes to maintaining their cars,” said May Tan, Shell Lubricants Marketing General Manager.Shell Lubricants Marketing General Manager May Tan and 11street Merchandising VP Bruce Lim“This marks a truly exciting time for Malaysians, as Shell Malaysia is working with us to change how we access car maintenance services. 11street offers Malaysian shoppers convenience and ease in purchasing genuine Shell Helix oil change services of the highest quality at Shell Helix branded workshops. This partnership with Shell Malaysia will enable consumers to spend less time waiting to service their cars, and instead allow them to schedule appointments with ease at their own convenience,” said Bruce Lim, Vice President of Merchandising, 11street.Shell Helix High MileageApart from purchasing engine oil and service packages, you may also to register for the Shell Advantage and Rewards (SHARE) loyalty programme.  A simple online registration at www.shell.com.my/share opens the doors to a world of rewards with SHARE.  These include a generous buy-3-free-1 offer for purchases of Shell Helix Ultra, oil change reminders and seasonal promotions.Shell Helix HX7Those with cars below eight years old and 150,000km on the odometer also qualify for the free Shell Helix Engine Warranty (SHEW) when they service their cars with Shell Helix Ultra, Shell Helix High Mileage or HX7.–Ads– Shell Malaysia and 11street.my have collaborated to offer you the opportunity to purchase your service package online from home or office. Shell Lubricants Marketing General Manager May Tan and 11street Merchandising VP Bruce Lim A Spend & Win! Contest is also announced and runs from 16th to 29th April 2018. Own a car too? Shell Malaysia and 11street have made it even more convenient to service it.last_img read more

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first_imgPorsch, Drumm earn USTFCCCA All-Academic honors Renea Porsch and David Drumm are named USTFCCCA All-Academic. (Photo by Bill Stockland/John Blackie) Sharecenter_img   NEW ORLEANS, La. – University of West Florida cross country junior Renea Porsch and freshman David Drumm have been honored as All-Academic honorees by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for their stellar performances this season on the course and in the classroom.This is yet another award for junior cross-country runner Renea Porsch. Porsch was named to the NCAA DII All-South Region squad after finishing 22nd overall at the 2012 NCAA DII South Region Championships. The Land O’ Lakes, Fla. native also earned All-Gulf South Conference First-Team honors en route to leading West Florida to its second-consecutive conference title. The junior was named to the GSC All-Academic team this past fall for the second time in her career and has maintained a 3.5 GPA in her time as an Argonaut.In his first semester at West Florida, Drumm accumulated a 3.93 GPA while taking 16 credit hours. The Palm Coast, Fla. native shot out of the gates in his first race of his freshman campaign with a 53rd-place finish (27:20) on the 8,000-meter course at the USF Golden Gate Invite. Drumm would go on to place in the top-five finishers twice for UWF in the fall and placed 37th overall at the 2012 Gulf South Conference Cross Country Championships.To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team in Division II, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or greater through the most-recent semester, completed at least 12 credit hours in the semester of cross country competition, and placed in the top 50 percent at the most recent NCAA National Championships or in the top 30 percent at the NCAA Regional Championships. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#    Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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first_img“Kejadian itu terjadi pada jam sibuk, Banyak penumpang menunggu di bawah atap untuk menunggu bus. Atap tiba-tiba saja hancur tanpa ada peringatan apapun,” ujar seorang saksi yang di kutip KabarPenumpang.com dari laman gbtimes.com (5/1/2018).Halte yang runtuh di Hefei, Cina Timur (www.szdaily.com)Diketahui kurang dari satu tahun sebanyak 15 halte di Hefei runtuh total dan semuanya berada di Jalan Wangjiang, Hefei. Akibat ambruknya halte-halte ini, masyarakat mempertanyakan kualitas dari bangunan halte tersebut dan mengkritik pekerjaan konstruksi yang di anggap buruk ini.Kemudian ada juga yang mempertanyakan siapa yang bertanggung jawab atas kejadian tersebut. Zhang Jiaxiang, kepala Biro Manajemen Proyek Utama yang menanggapi runtuhnya halte-halte ini mengatakan, tim tanggap darurat telah dibentuk dalam semalam untuk melakukan penyelidikan di tempat kejadian.Jiaxiang juga berjanji, jika tim penyelidikan telah menemukan alasan runtuhnya halte-halte tersebut, maka masyarakat akan segera diberitahu alasannya. Selain runtuhnya halte-halte bus, tiga bandara di tutup dan sembilan lainnya mengalami penundaan cukup lama karena badai salju yang lebat.Dua diantara bandara yang ditutup tersebut berada di Anhui yakni Bandara Internasional Hefei Xinqiao dan bandara Fuyang Xiguan. Adanya peringatan terkait badai salju ini sendiri sudah disampaikan oleh observatorium provinsi.Satu bandara lainnya yakni andara Jining Qufu di provinsi pesisir Shandong telah ditutup. Beberapa landasan pacu di bandara lain juga ditutup dan menyebabkan penundaan. Tak hanya itu, akibat badai salju ini aktivitas di Bandara Internasional Beijing juga ikut terkena dampak dengan penundaan pemberangkatan. Beberapa jalan raya di Henan Tengah dan Ningxia barat laut juga ditutup karena salju.Baca juga: Belanda Diterpa Cuaca Buruk, Bandara Schiphol Bakal Lebih Sepi di Akhir TahunSalju salju di Xian, ibu kota provinsi Shaanxi, juga menyebabkan tertundanya banyak kereta berkecepatan tinggi. Pusat meteorologi mengatakan hujan lebat atau salju di kawasan pusat dan timur China selama minggu depan.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedMengapa di Setiap Negara Membutuhkan Halte Bus?19/10/2018In “Bus dalam kota”Punya Kualitas Rendah Karbon, Halte di Inggris Raih Predikat Ramah Lingkungan10/10/2017In “Bus dalam kota”Nunggu Bus di Halte ini Bisa Bikin Tambah Pintar, Lho!08/09/2017In “Bus dalam kota” Korban luka akibat runtuhnya halte bus Badai salju kini tengah melanda daratan Cina, satu orang dilaporkan tewas dan 20 lainnya luka-luka akibat lima halte bus ambruk di Hefei, ibukota Provinsi Anhui di Cina Bagian Timur, Kamis (4/1/2018). Penumpang yang meninggal diketahui seorang wanita berusia 61 tahun.Baca juga: Kenapa Kapal Pesiar Bisa Tahan Terjangan Badai? Ternyata Jawabannya Sangat Sederhana!Musibah ini berawal dari badai salju yang terjadi pada Rabu (3/1/2018) dan membuat salju menumpuk setebal 30 cm di halte-halte bus. KabarPenumpang.com mengabarkan bahwa kejadian ambruknya halte bus ini terjadi pada jam sibuk dimana para penumpang menunggu bus pada halte-halte tersebut.last_img read more

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