Northern Railways gets new 22 km line from Khatauli to Muzaffarnagar

first_imgNew Delhi: In an attempt to strengthen its infrastructure, the Northern Railways has added another feather in its cap by doubling a 22-km long section from Khatauli to Muzaffarnagar in connection with the Meerut City-Muzaffarnagar rail line doubling on the Ghaziabad-Saharanpur section of the Delhi Division.The new stretch of doubled line is a part of the larger doubling project being undertaken by Northern Railways on the Delhi-Meerut-Sahranpur stretch of rail lines, which is set to ease travel for commuters and goods alike.Commissioner of Railway Safety in the Northern Circle, SK Pathak on Wednesday conducted an intensive inspection on the new section of the line along with a speed test on it. The trial train successfully ran at a speed of 120 km/hr, clocking a top speed as high as 140 km/hr. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarPathak expressed his satisfaction over the construction quality of the new doubled line and consent to run trains on it at running speed up to 110 km/hr has been granted to the Northern Railways. This new addition to the rail lines will come as a relief for a large number of residents in one of the important sugar-producing regions in the country. The doubling work completion and the start of regular train services on the 22km-long doubled line are set to facilitate smooth and timely operations of goods trains as well as passenger trains.last_img read more

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Daycare worker charged with sexually assaulting child at Halifax centre

first_imgHALIFAX – A Halifax daycare provider says it is trying to reassure parents after one of its employees was charged with sexually assaulting a young child on the job.Police say they were told on the evening of Aug. 22 that a man working at the Kids and Company daycare on Barrington Street touched one of the children in a sexual manner earlier that day.The man was suspended the same day.Mitchell Casavechia, 20, of Cole Harbour turned himself in to police headquarters last Thursday and is now facing charges of sexual assault and sexual interference.“We’re doing everything we can to the best of our ability to reassure parents, but as you can appreciate this is a tough situation for sure,” said Dorothy Morphy, area director for the Kids and Company chain.She said Casavechia had been working with Kids and Company for less than four months, and she said the company had completed all the mandated checks.“Everything that we’re supposed to do — reference checks, child abuse registry, everything — was done,” she said.Halifax police spokesman Cindy Bayers said investigators do not anticipate more charges.Police were not releasing the child’s age or gender.Bayers said sexual assault investigations are “quite complex,” and explore many avenues, but police informed the public about the probe as soon as it was appropriate.“We did take the step where we named the daycare and the particular address. We do try to provide the public with as much details as we can,” Bayers said.The company said it is working with police and child services.“The moment we were alerted to the allegation, the teacher was suspended from all duties and all authorities were notified,” Michael Gillings, a spokesman for the daycare chain, said in a statement.In an email, Gillings said all employees must undergo a thorough screening, including a criminal record check with a vulnerable sector screening and a child abuse registry screening.“No one is hired unless all clearances come back clear,” he said, adding that the company will follow any and all recommendations provided by Child Welfare as the investigation unfolds.Gillings said the daycare has about 20 employees and 80 children, and that it follows or exceeds the required child-to-teacher ratios.He said that the company’s daycare centres have web cameras in all classrooms and outdoor spaces.Gillings said no children have been pulled from the daycare following the incident.Casavechia was released on numerous conditions, including not going to any daycare, playground or school, and to not be around youth under 16 except when in the company of their parent.He is expected to appear in court on Oct. 26.last_img read more

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Federal judge orders changes to election rules for PEI First Nation

first_imgCHARLOTTETOWN — A Federal Court judge has ruled that regulations blocking off-reserve members of a P.E.I. First Nation from taking part in band elections are contrary to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.The Abegweit First Nation has three reserves on the Island — in Morell, Scotchford and Rocky Point — but about half its members live off-reserve.The band’s election regulations prevented anyone who had not lived on-reserve for the six months prior to an election from voting for chief and band councillors, or from running for those positions.Justice Paul Favel ruled that the equality rights of off-reserve members were violated and ordered the rules to be changed, with the exception of how they apply to choosing a chief.Candidates for chief must have lived on-reserve for the six months prior to an election, and agree to reside on-reserve during their elected term.A band council election set for April 17 was put on hold while the judicial review was heard. A new date has not been set.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Jason Mraz To Perform At 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games Opening

first_imgThe world’s largest sports and humanitarian event this year – the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria – today announced two very special performances for the event’s Opening Ceremony on Saturday, March 18, 2017.Performers include multi-Grammy award-winning folk-pop songsmith Jason Mraz and 13-year old winner of America’s Got Talent Grace VanderWaal.Nearly 2,700 athletes and 1,000 coaches representing 107 nations will be welcomed at the Opening Ceremony, held at the Planai Stadium in Schladming, a regular stop on the World Cup circuit and site of the 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.To honor the athletes, Jason Mraz will be planning a special performance which will be a powerful unification of Special Olympics youth/athletes and the groundbreaking new music and arts education program that is supported by the Jason Mraz Foundation, called LIVE ART. Children from a local Schladming music program will also participate in the performance. Mraz will perform his record-setting song, “I’m Yours,” as well as his hit song “I Won’t Give Up” – which he will perform alongside VanderWaal, LIVE ART participants and the local Schladming choir.“I’m incredibly honored to be asked to perform during the Opening Ceremony, celebrating the courage, determination and spirit of every Special Olympics athlete who traveled to compete in these Games,” said Jason Mraz. “Special Olympics is an organization that I feel embraces the skills and talents of every person and I do the same thing through my work with LIVE ART.”LIVE ART is an equally inclusive program for both students with and without disabilities, of all ages, who work together for a year using performing arts to share messages of acceptance, compassion and empathy. Mraz works as an artistic advisor and funder alongside LIVE ART Director Erin Thomas-Foley, creating an inspiring culminating performance each year featuring nationally recognized recording artists performing with the students. The program is produced by SPARC, The School of the Performing Arts in Richmond, Virginia where Jason studied as a child. www.sparconline.org/liveart.Princess Charlene of Monaco, Special Olympics Global Ambassador and Olympic Gold Medalist Hannah Teter, American short track speed skating Olympic champion Apolo Ohno, Hall of Famer and Special Olympics Global Ambassador and Board Member Dikembe Mutombo, Olympic figure-skating legend and Special Olympics International Board Member Michelle Kwan and NBA Legend and Special Olympics International Board Member Sam Perkins, and other distinguished personalities will cheer on the athletes at the Planai. A global audience can watch coverage provided by ESPN, an official broadcast partner of the World Games. ESPN is distributing the Opening Ceremony around the world in multiple languages. Tickets to the Opening Ceremony and this once-in-a-lifetime experience are available for purchase via www.oeticket.com.More than 20,000 fans including families, volunteers, Heads of State, Ministers of Sport, and celebrities including trainer and television personality Jillian Michaels and ballroom dance champion, professional dancer and choreographer Louie Van Amstel will attend the Games and cheer on the athletes over the eight days of competition.“The whole world will come to Austria and will celebrate a big sports and social event with us. We look forward to welcoming all athletes and coaches and guests in Graz, Schladming and Ramsau,” said Marc Angelini and Max Pichler, the two CEOs from Austria2017.More than four years preparation are nearly over and the Organizing Committee is ready for the Games. Angelini and Pichler added, “We hope that it’s going to be an unforgettable event for everybody!”Specific details of the night’s event, which will include the Parade of Athletes and culmination of the Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run that will light the World Games cauldron, are being kept under wraps until closer to the event.The World Games will be hosted from 14 March-25 March and feature 9 Olympic-style sports: Floorball, Floor Hockey, Stick Shooting, Figure Skating, Short Track Speed Skating, Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing. These Games will showcase the unlimited potential of people with intellectual disabilities – the largest disability population in the world. Competitions will take place in the cities of Graz, Schladming, Rohrmoos and Ramsau. All competitions are free and open to the public. Plan your outing to support the athletes by checking out the competition schedule here: Austria 2017 Games Schedule.The Opening Ceremony will take place at the Planai Stadium in Schladming, Austria on Saturday, March 18, 2017 starting at 2:00 p.m. EST/7:00 p.m. local Austrian time and will be brought to a worldwide audience by ESPN and local Austrian broadcast partner ORF. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.oeticket.com. Please visit www.austria2017.org for additional updates to Opening Ceremony performances.Earlier this week, Special Olympics announced the first-ever social fundraising collaboration with GoFundMe. As part of the effort, nearly 500 GoFundMes are being created by teams, coaches, as well as by Olympians, top professional athletes, YouTube stars and other influencers to support athletes attending the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria next month. To donate and learn more about the athlete stories, and view all Special Olympic GoFundMes, visit: gofundme.com/specialolympics.last_img read more

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Barrier isnt trapping trash in Pacific Ocean after months

first_imgLOS ANGELES — A floating device deployed three months ago to corral a swirling island of trash between California and Hawaii has not swept up any plastic waste — but the young innovator behind the project said Monday that a fix was in the works.Boyan Slat, 24, who launched the Pacific Ocean cleanup project, said the speed of the solar-powered barrier isn’t allowing it to hold on to the plastic it catches.“Sometimes the system actually moves slightly slower than the plastic, which of course you don’t want because then you have a chance of losing the plastic again,” Slat said in an interview with The Associated Press.A crew of engineers will reach the U-shaped boom Tuesday and will work for the next few weeks to widen its span so that it catches more wind and waves to help it go faster, he said.A ship towed the 2,000-foot-long (600-meter-long) barrier in September from San Francisco to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — an island of trash twice the size of Texas.The plastic barrier with a tapered 10-foot-deep (3-meter-deep) screen is intended to act like a coastline, trapping some of the 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic that scientists estimate are swirling in the patch while allowing marine life to safely swim beneath it.Slat said he is not deterred by the setback because engineers expected to make tweaks to the system.“What we’re trying to do has never been done before. So, of course we were expecting to still need to fix a few things before it becomes fully operational,” he said of the system created by the Ocean Cleanup, an organization he founded.Fitted with solar-powered lights, cameras, sensors and satellite antennas, the device intends to communicate its position at all times, allowing a support vessel to fish out the collected plastic every few months and transport it to dry land for recycling.Slat said he expects shipping containers filled with fishing nets, plastic bottles, laundry baskets and other plastic trash scooped up by the system to be back on land within a year.“We’ve given ourselves a year after launch to get this thing working,” he said.Among those skeptical of the Ocean Cleanup is George Leonard, chief scientist of the Ocean Conservancy, a non-profit environmental advocacy group. Leonard says that even if plastic trash can be taken out of the ocean, a lot more is pouring in each year.Leonard said a solution must include a multipronged approach, including stopping plastic from reaching the ocean and educating people to reduce consumption of single-use plastic containers and bottles.Slat agreed that preventing more plastic from entering the ocean is part of the solution but said something needs to be done about what’s already there.“This plastic doesn’t go away by itself, and to just let hundreds of thousands of tons of plastic be out there to be fragmented into these small and dangerous microplastics to me seems like an unacceptable scenario,” he said.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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The City seeks Grants to help fund the Festival Plaza

first_imgTo read more about the Festival Plaza CLICK HERE Funding for the CCR program which will cover 73.3 percent of the funding for the Festival Plaza is made up from 33.33 percent of funds received come from the Provincial Government and 40 percent from the Federal Government. The total cost of the Festival Plaza is still being determined at this time yet there was an allocation of funds in 2016 from the Peace River Agreement Signing Bonus in the amount of $1,458,250.The website states ‘Eligible projects will support public infrastructure, defined as a tangible capital asset primarily for public use and benefit’ which will be the case of the Festival Plaza as it is being designed as a public space. The Plaza once built will be host to viable and vibrant entertainment, events, activities and markets.This new space in Centennial Park aligns with the City’s strategic plan to use downtown as a social, vibrant hub. As the plaza will be an addition to the Park, it is desirable for the new space to complement and be cohesive.The goal is to have the construction of the Festival Plaza start in April and completed by September.The CCR Program supports cost-sharing of infrastructure projects in communities across the province and the application deadline is January 23, 2019 (11:59 pm PST).For more information on the Community, Culture, and Recreation Program CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Council agreed to apply for a grant to the Community, Culture, and Recreation (CCR) Program to help cost-share the funds required to build the Festival Plaza.The Festival Plaza will be built on the grounds next to 100th street and 96 Avenue and will be a visual entrance to the City of Fort St. John.The CCR program will consider projects that ‘Improve access to and/or increased quality of cultural, recreational and/or community infrastructure for Canadians, including Indigenous peoples and vulnerable populations’ as noted on the Government’s website.last_img read more

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On International Day top UN official urges continued reflection on slavery

23 August 2007Marking the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today urged reflection on slavery’s “tragic past” and noted that its modern forms cause the suffering of millions worldwide. Marking the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today urged reflection on slavery’s “tragic past” and noted that its modern forms cause the suffering of millions worldwide.The Day commemorates the uprising on 23 August 1791, when slaves of Santo Domingo in the Caribbean launched an insurrection which ultimately led to the Haitian revolution and promoted the cause of human rights.It also “serves to pay tribute to all those who worked collectively and individually to trigger the irreversible process of the abolition of the slave trade and slavery throughout the world,” said Koïchiro Matsuura, UNESCO’s Director-General.The occasion also seeks to encourage rumination “on a tragic past that may be distant but whose repercussions continue to fuel injustice and exclusion today,” he said. “This reflection on the barbarity our society is capable of unleashing with a clear conscience is all the more necessary, salutary even, as millions of men, women and children still today suffer the horrors of new forms of slavery.”The main aim of the Day – which UNESCO is commemorating for the 10th year – is to strike a balance between paying homage to the past accurately while also promoting debate on the issues of painful memories, dialogue and democratic citizenship in multi-ethnic and multicultural societies in the present, he noted.Earlier this year on 25 March, the UN honoured the bicentennial of the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the bravery of those who opposed it.On 25 March 1807, the British Parliament banned the slave trade, often referred to as the first example of globalization, throughout its Empire, marking the end of trans-Atlantic trafficking in human beings. Finally in 1833, an act was passed emancipating British slaves.Millions of those forcibly taken from Africa died en route, in what is known as the middle passage across the Atlantic, to their destinations, while many others perished due to terrible conditions at the other end.Over a decade ago, UNESCO launched the Slave Route Project, which, among other aims, seeks to clarify the consequences and interactions resulting from the slave trade.“There is a greater awareness even in countries and regions of the world that did not feel concerned or were reluctant to re-open dark chapters in their history,” Mr. Matsuura said.“Its clear definition of the ethical and political stakes involved in the issue, its emphasis on a multidisciplinary scientific approach and its prioritizing a holistic view of this tragedy, meant that the Slave Route Project had a significant impact both internationally and locally.” read more

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UN human rights probe wraps up public hearings in Gaza

29 June 2009The United Nations fact-finding mission on the recent Gaza conflict, mandated by the Human Rights Council, today completed its first round of public hearings in Gaza City during which it heard testimony from witnesses, victims and experts. “As fellow human beings we would like to put on record how deeply moved we were by many of the accounts of profound suffering and grief,” said Justice Richard Goldstone, who leads the four-member team of investigators examining allegations of human rights violations during the fighting between 27 December and 18 January.The team heard accounts from people who had been badly injured in attacks and from victims who had lost many members of their families, as well as from people who had lost their livelihoods, according to a news release issued today. In addition, experts gave testimonies on the psycho-social effects, in particular on health, children and education, and on women.Justice Goldstone noted that appearing at the public hearings had not been without cost to the victims. “Every re-telling of their ordeals and tragedies carries a heavy emotional toll as well as personal security risk. We are fully aware of this.“We express our deep gratitude for their willingness to share their painful testimonies with us as we endeavour to identify the truth of allegations of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law,” he said. The mission also wanted to hold hearings in the West Bank and in southern Israel, where the population had been on the receiving end of rocket attacks launched from Gaza, but that has not been possible since the Israeli Government is so far not cooperating with the mission.Therefore, additional public hearings will be held in Geneva, on 6 and 7 July, to hear from victims from Israel and the West Bank.Justice Goldstone noted that he and his team will consider all information received by the mission, both during the public hearings and as part of the continuing investigations, before compiling its report in August. read more

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Contractor breaches create water problems

Norfolk issued three boil-water advisories last year after contractors working on street-reconstruction projects accidentally dug into water mains.Breaches of the municipal water system are serious because they create a potential entry point for contaminants.The breaches occurred April 26 on Bell Street in Delhi, April 21 on Second Avenue in Simcoe, and July 9 on Temperance Street in Waterford.By law, breaches must be reported to the province. In all three instances, the Ministry of Health issued a boil-water advisory in the affected communities.Norfolk staff also isolated the affected areas, flushed the system, and tested the water to ensure chlorine levels met provincial standards.The “adverse results” are documented in Norfolk’s annual report on the performance of the county’s municipal water system in 2018.By the end of February each year, municipalities in Ontario must prepare a report about their water systems and make it available to the public.According to the Norfolk report, there was a second adverse event in Waterford last year.This involved a water technician who noticed that a chlorine analyzer had been placed on hold the previous day and left thereJune 16, the entire water system was tested to ensure that chlorine levels were where they needed to be and that the system had not be overdosed or under-dosed.As well, water samples were collected and tested. All met Ministry of the Environment requirements.In Port Rowan, trace amounts of coliform bacteria were detected in the system in early August.Water samples were collected in the area of the adverse result and re-tested. Chlorine levels were deemed to be a proper levels and all further sampling met MOE requirements.No adverse events were recorded in Port Dover last year.Norfolk’s municipal water systems are also regularly tested for dozens of organic and inorganic contaminants.As reported several years ago, sodium levels in the Cedar Street well-field in Simcoe remain unusually high and are likely to remain that way while it is in service.Four tests at the Cedar Street well-field produced noteworthy exceedances last year.The highest recorded level was 90.1 milligrams per litre according to the Norfolk report. The other three tests ranged between 60.5 milligrams per litre and 72.2 milligrams per litre.As previously reported, people consuming municipal water with sodium-sensitive medical conditions are advised to consult a physician on whether they should continue to do so. There may also be steps they can take to minimize their exposure to sodium, which is a major component of salt.The 2018 water report also discloses major expenditures on the municipal system. These include Delhi ($184,100), Simcoe ($429,800), Port Dover ($206,500), Port Rowan ($230,500), and Waterford ($87,600).Copies of Norfolk’s 2018 drinking water reports are available on the county website under “Water and wastewater.” They are also available in hard copy at municipal offices in Delhi, Simcoe and Langton.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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Security Council urges Haiti to hold elections this year

Reading a statement on behalf of the members, the Council President, Gheorghe Dumitru of Romania, welcomed recent steps taken by the Transitional Government and Haiti’s Conseil Electoral Provisoire but noted with concern that important challenges have yet to be overcome.Specifically, the Council urged the Haitian authorities to work with the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) to develop a phased electoral plan as a matter of priority, with a view to finalizing a feasible electoral calendar. It also urged the Haitian authorities to publish the final list of candidates for the elections and to agree in consultation with MINUSTAH on a list of voting centres.”National reconciliation and political dialogue should continue to be promoted as a means to ensure long-term stability and good governance,” the President said.In the area of criminal justice, the Council urged the Transitional Government to put into effect reforms of the Haitian National Police (HNP) and the judicial system, working with MINUSTAH.The Council voiced concern over reports of involvement of some officers of the Haitian police in serious crimes and human rights violations and stressed the need to investigate fully any allegations to this effect.”Haiti is at a critical juncture,” Ambassador Dumitru said. “While ultimately, the responsibility for Haiti’s future with its Government and people, the international community must continue to provide support.”Earlier in the afternoon, at a separate meeting, Haiti’s Prime Minister, Gerard Latortue, told the Council that the political situation in Haiti had developed in the right direction, with more than 40 political parties and more than 30 presidential candidates.The Transitional Government had done its utmost to see that all political parties were included in the political process, he said, pledging to ensure a transfer of power on 7 February 2006 in accordance with the Constitution. read more

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Burundi Measures being used to criminalize work of human rights defenders warn

Also in the release, the experts reiterated the “unanimous” strong stance of various bodies, including the UN Human Rights Council – the inter-governmental body responsible for promoting and protecting human rights around the world – on allegations of serious human rights violations in Burundi, the experts called on the Governmental to “an end to the climate of impunity currently prevailing in the country” and to cooperate with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi and with OHCHR in a positive and collaborative manner, as an essential step towards ending the major crisis facing the country.“It is crucial that the State promotes and protects the rights to freedom of expression and association enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Burundi is a State party,” they said.“All individuals, including human rights defenders, have the right to express themselves and associate freely, without fear of threats, intimidation, violence, arbitrary detention or enforced or disappearance,” the experts added.The human rights experts voicing their concern included:Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and of associationMichel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defendersDavid Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expressionAgnès Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executionsThe UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary DisappearancesIndependent experts and Special Rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. Also worrying, according to a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) were two bills adopted by the National Assembly of Burundi last December that require local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to obtain authorization from the Minister of the Interior for any activity and that the work of foreign NGOs must comply with priorities set by the Government. “These moves are just the latest in a series of attacks on the rights to freedom of expression and association in Burundi,” said the rights experts. “Disturbingly, these measures take particular aim at human rights defenders and independent civil society, and are being used to unduly obstruct and criminalize their work on broad and often fallacious grounds.” Authorities in Burundi banned five civil society organizations in October 2016. In December 2016, they also barred two other groups, one of which was working for good governance and the fight against corruption. Additionally, four other organizations have also been provisionally suspended. Relatives of a student killed in the Jabe neighbourhood of Bujumbura, mourn at home in the Burundian capital. Photo: Phil Moore/IRIN read more

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Bosch celebrates 10 years of ESP

In 1995 the first vehicles fitted with a revolutionary safety system hit showrooms. Mercedes Benz were first to use the Bosch technology, which introduced the initials ESP to car buyers for the first time.Ten years on ESP – Electronic Stability Program – has become synonymous with the rise of active safety. These are technologies designed to prevent accidents rather than simply limit the effect of a crash and include systems such as ABS (anti-lock brakes) – now fitted as standard to all new cars.However, as independent safety body EuroNCAP recently confirmed, it is ESP that represents one of the most significant tools in the drive to cut deaths and injuries on Europe’s roads.ESP helps the driver to maintain control of their vehicle during critical on-road situations by preventing the car from skidding. Activated in the event of either under or over-steer, ESP automatically brakes individual wheels and cuts acceleration. Bosch estimates that 4.7 million vehicles will be fitted with ESP throughout the world this year alone. In the UK, nearly three in every 10 new cars are equipped with the system. The figure is set to rise in the years to come.In 2003, Bosch won a prestigious Prince Michael Road Safety Award for its work on ESP. To celebrate the 10 year anniversary, Prince Michael, patron of the awards and road safety charity RoadSafe, joined senior Bosch officials at a cocktail reception in central London.Thanking the Prince for his support, Hermann Kaess, managing director of Robert Bosch Limited in the UK, spoke of the role ESP continues to play in cutting road deaths and injuries.He also highlighted the importance of promoting ESP to customers and, crucially, the dealer network. Bosch is working with eight car companies in the UK to train 3,500 dealer staff this year through its ‘ESPerience’ programme, which seeks to demonstrate ESP in a safe and controlled environment. More than 14,000 sales staff and dealers around the world were put through ESPeriencelast year.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Donald Trumps day in tweets from insulting the Mayor to meeting the

I can’t believe this is real. pic.twitter.com/zdLE3WXVVN— Mark Di Stefano 🤙🏻 (@MarkDiStef) June 3, 2019 Mayor of London, @SadiqKhan has a message for @realDonaldTrump on his arrival to London about how women ought to be treated globally. ‘Dear Trump…’ https://t.co/hJ5uhS9wU6 pic.twitter.com/MwlwJu5Lpf— ELLEUK (@ELLEUK) June 3, 2019 ….Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job – only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2019 Sadiq Khan has his own message for Donald Trump…The Mayor recorded a video with Elle magazine, criticising the President’s record on women’s rights. Trump and Queen fist bump in historic first pic.twitter.com/orl0dh61b3— sanya burgess (@sanyaburgess) June 3, 2019 Trump is greeted by Foreign Secretary Jeremy HuntJeremy Hunt seemed pleased to see the President, greeting him with a grin.  Trump’s visits do always seem to bring out weird behaviour Another great piece of footage from behind the scenes at Buckingham Palace from @Hannah_Furness. Donald Trump greeting the soldiers as he and Prince Charles inspect the guard of honour. pic.twitter.com/sEilTunnlv— Gareth Davies (@GD10) June 3, 2019 The first thing Trump does when he gets to England? Sample the TV we have on offerHe tweeted his displeasure that he had to watch CNN to keep up-to-date with US news. But not everyone agreed with himNick Boles and Priti Patel were among those who said the President should be treated with politeness and respect. Corbyn asks the country to protest against the PresidentAround lunchtime, Jeremy Corbyn decided to welcome Donald Trump to the UK in his own special way – advising the country to attend tomorrow’s protest.  The President of the United States and Mrs Trump are welcomed by The Queen on the West Terrace of Buckingham Palace. #USStateVisit pic.twitter.com/jJjx7JhzB8— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 3, 2019 Some more brilliant footage from @Hannah_Furness, this time from inside Buckingham Palace. Here is The Queen showing Donald Trump around the Royal Collection. pic.twitter.com/qoQ5K8pbF2— Gareth Davies (@GD10) June 3, 2019 British politicians should stand up for British values and interests when engaging with foreign leaders. But taking part in a public slanging match with Trump just diminishes our nation’s reputation for dignity and good manners.— Nick Boles MP (@NickBoles) June 3, 2019 Pro-Trump activists have begun launching a volley of abuse at the TV broadcasters opposite Buckingham Palace pic.twitter.com/fPbN2OSaC5— Jack Hardy (@JackHardy9) June 3, 2019 Trump meets the Royal familyDonald Trump met the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Here is what the official Royal family Twitter account had to say:  Just arrived in the United Kingdom. The only problem is that @CNN is the primary source of news available from the U.S. After watching it for a short while, I turned it off. All negative & so much Fake News, very bad for U.S. Big ratings drop. Why doesn’t owner @ATT do something?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2019 Khan finds an unlikely ally – health minister Matt HancockWhile many Labour MPs rallied to defend their colleague, Sadiq Khan found some allies across the aisle, including Matt Hancock, who said he is “proud we have the first Muslim mayor of a Western city”. Did he fist bump the Queen?It could be the angle of the picture, but many on Twitter wondered whether he and the Queen had an unorthodox greeting. Trump gave the Queen Elizabeth the Snoop Fist Bump. #TrumpUKVisit pic.twitter.com/M3KTKvC2dr— mmmm… brisket (@LosBilbilocos) June 3, 2019  The President greets the soldiers as he inspects them alongside Prince Charles Tomorrow’s protest against Donald Trump’s state visit is an opportunity to stand in solidarity with those he’s attacked in America, around the world and in our own country – including, just this morning, @SadiqKhan.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 3, 2019 Once again Dear @Number10cat Larry steals the limelight, he left No10 as Trump landed in the UK, and his Temporary house mate was missing as per on a Monday morning ! pic.twitter.com/EF6iWAYguu— PoliticalPics (@PoliticalPics) June 3, 2019 The President and Mrs Trump stand with The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall as the US and UK national anthems are played at the start of the #USStateVisit 🇬🇧 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/BCUjwIpTk2— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 3, 2019 So appalled Theresa May has given this man a red carpeted platform to do this. Doesn’t help Britain to be lavishing pomp on a President so determined to be divisive, childish & destructive. Doesn’t help US or world to be gifting him a whole load of Royal photo ops to use next yr https://t.co/iApxm4G7m9— Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP) June 3, 2019 ‘Haven’t seen any protests yet, but I’m sure the Fake News will be working hard to find them’  Except for Larry the cat, who is carrying on as usual .@SadiqKhan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly “nasty” to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me……— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2019  Pro-Trump activists shout abuse at the media And gets to see some precious artifacts, which he is shown by the Queen ….Fake News will be working hard to find them. Great love all around. Also, big Trade Deal is possible once U.K. gets rid of the shackles. Already starting to talk!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2019 President Trump deserves a welcome befitting the status of his office and his great country https://t.co/LEsbroxqU0— Priti Patel MP (@patel4witham) June 3, 2019 Commenting on Donald Trump’s spat with Sadiq Khan, Matt Hancock says he’s “proud we have the first Muslim mayor of a Western city” and the office of London Mayor and US President should be respected. #ToryLeadershipContest— Vicki Young (@BBCVickiYoung) June 3, 2019 Proud to be at Stansted this morning to greet @realDonaldTrump & @MELANIATRUMP as they arrive in the UK. Hugely exciting few days ahead celebrating our great friendship & honouring those who fought side by side to defend freedom from tyranny #USStateVisit pic.twitter.com/VBTkpU5saw— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) June 3, 2019 Donald Trump had barely touched down in the UK before setting the country ablaze, as he insulted the London Mayor’s crime reduction record – and his height.His irate tweets about Sadiq Khan marked the beginning of an eventful state visit, in which he met various members of the Royal Family, as well as numerous ministers.While many are preparing to protest against the President during his visit to London, egged on by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, others have advised British people to remain polite.Tonight, he has fired up his iPhone again, and addressed the Royal Family, protesters, the Fake News Media and a post-Brexit trade deal in two quick-fire tweets.Here is a run-down of his day so far.Donald Trump touches down in the UK and insults the London MayorNever one to make a quiet entrance, the President decided to mark his entry to our country by sending a series of insulting tweets about Sadiq Khan. Some of the items from the @RCT shown to Donald Trump by The Queen:- The American Declaration of Independence- The last ‘King of America’, George III- A map of New York at the time of American War of Independence in 1775#TrumpUKVisit 🇺🇸 🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/g8rKCzetkE— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) June 3, 2019 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Poll Are you worried about another property bubble

first_img Poll Results: I don’t know (307) No (2118) Yes (4355)center_img RESEARCH RELEASED TODAY warned that Dublin is facing a significant housing shortage and some 90,000 new units will need to be built by 2021.There have already been warnings that we may be entering another property bubble, as prices continue to rise, mainly due to the shortage.So we want to know: Are you worried about another property bubble? YesNoI don’t knowVotelast_img

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North America Will Miss Out on Micro Blood Moon Eclipse

first_imgStay on target Photos: Solar Eclipse 2019 Stuns South American Viewers’The Gifted’ S2 Finale Recap: Death, Destruction & Hope for Season 3 A total lunar eclipse—the second this year—will occur on July 27 as the Moon passes through the center of Earth’s shadow for the first time in seven years.While neither “super” nor “blue,” next month’s Blood Micro Moon eclipse will be the longest of the 21st century, lasting approximately 103 minutes.Those living stateside, however, shouldn’t bother setting a reminder: The eclipse is primarily visible from the Eastern Hemisphere—Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. North America will have to sit this one out.You should have better appreciated January’s Super Blue Blood Moon—a rare confluence of three events: Earth’s satellite orbiting at its closest distance to our planet (“Super Moon”), the second full Moon of the month (“Blue Moon”), and the crimson hue that occurs during a total lunar eclipse (“Blood Moon”).According to the Internet, from my perch in Edinburgh, Scotland, I might catch the end of the full, partial, and penumbral eclipse between 10 p.m. on July 27 and 12:30 a.m. on July 28.But those folks in the Middle East, South Africa, and floating in the Indian Ocean will have front-row seats to the Micro Blood Moon eclipse.A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes within Earth’s umbra, or shadow, which appears to “cover” part of the orb, turning it a deep shade of red. (That coloring, due to Rayleigh scattering, is the same effect that gives sunsets their beautiful complexion.)Unlike the January event, when the planetoid was circling quite near us, on the day of this eclipse, the Full Moon is at its farthest from Earth, appearing smaller in the sky, and taking on the “micro” title.Certainly the star of the show, next month’s total lunar eclipse is joined by an opening act: Mars is expected to be very close to the eclipsed Moon on July 27 and 28, making it easy to see with the naked eye (weather permitting).An eclipse never travels alone: The lunar event is sandwiched between two partial solar eclipses on July 13 and Aug. 11.For more, check out Geek’s lineup of the best eclipses in sci-fi history.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Rangers a different animal Former captain

first_imgFor Barry Ferguson, Steven Gerrard’s side are very good when at home and he hopes they can win while on the road soonRangers Football Club is currently sitting in the sixth position of the 2018-2019 Scottish Premier League standings with 14 points.The team has been able to win four times already, drawing twice and losing only two times.And while they have a good record at home, they haven’t been able to get an away victory.For former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson, the team is doing very good with his current manager.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“Rangers are a different animal under Steven Gerrard,” he told STV.“At home, the form has been excellent, it’s just the away form they to sort out.”“As soon as they get that first win, then they can start to mount a serious challenge. If they get the away form right, they can certainly challenge as it’s a different Rangers for me,” he added.“We have some quality players, it’s just finding a system that suits these guys, once he gets that we’ll do well.”“I was taken aback by there ambition, it shone through. It excites me, I miss coaching after being out of the game for 16 months. Hopefully, we’ll sort something out in the next 24-48 hours,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Allegri Humble Ronaldo has raised standards at Juventus

first_imgJuventus boss Massimiliano Allegri believes Cristiano Ronaldo deserves credit for their stunning start to the seasonThe Bianconeri have won all 10 of their opening games this term across all competitions and lead the Serie A by six points.An eighth successive league crown is the target with Ronaldo proving instrumental in Juventus’ run of results.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is in stunning form and has contributed towards five goals in the club’s last four games.But it’s not just his displays on the pitch that has left Allegri impressed with the Italian hailing Ronaldo’s influence on the team.“Cristiano is very calm and is working well,” said Allegri in a press conference in the club’s Twitter.“He’s been very humble and has brought even more focus and a sense of responsibility to the team.“Besides scoring goals, which he does best, he’s also great at providing assists.”Although Allegri cautioned his side into getting carried away with their recent run of results ahead of Juventus’ Serie A clash with 11th-placed Genoa on Saturday.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Everyone says we will win all of the league and Champions League matches from here to June, but it’s not like that,” he said.“Genoa will be a difficult game. At this moment, you need to return to the league with the right attitude because the game after the break is the most dangerous.“I told the boys, this is a moment when too much positivity lowers energy. We have to keep a low profile and concentrate on work.”Paulo Dybala is a doubt due to a knee injury from international duty with Argentina and captain Giorgio Chiellini will be rested.However, Douglas Costa is fit again after recovering from ankle and thigh injuries with Sami Khedira also expected to make his return to the squad.👍 pic.twitter.com/MRulQXg9va— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) October 18, 2018last_img read more

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Fresh Start Celebrates 10 Years at Rady Childrens Hospital

first_img Posted: August 6, 2019 August 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Fresh Start Celebrates 10 Years at Rady Children’s Hospitalcenter_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 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 (KUSI) – Fresh Start celebrated its 10th year at Rady Children’s Hospital with 600 free-of-cost surgeries provided for kids with physical deformities valued at over $20 million.Fresh Start Surgical Gifts is a local nonprofit that says it’s dedicated to transforming the lives of disadvantaged infants, children and teens with physical deformities through the gift of free reconstructive surgery and other healthcare services.“We’re proud and humbled to have found a home in the heart of the Rady campus,” said Fresh Start CEO Shari Brasher. “Whether we’re treating a local or international patient, we take pride in being able to provide the best care possible at the Fresh Start Clinic. Updated: 3:51 PMlast_img read more

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1 hurt 1 arrested in Liberty City shooting

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police arrested a woman in connection to a Liberty City shooting.One woman was struck by a bullet Tuesday in a neighborhood along Northwest 12th Avenue and 64th Street.Fortunately, the victim is expected to survive.Miami Police said Tiffany Gainous was the person who pulled the trigger.Gainous has been charged with attempted felony murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weaponShe is being held without bond.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Young immigrants face denials in US

first_imgAerial view of Salvadorean migrants heading in a caravan to the US, crossing the Suchiate River to Mexico, from Ciudad Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on 2 November, 2018. According to the Salvadorean General Migration Directorate (DGME), over 1,700 Salvadoreans left the country in two caravans and entered Guatemala Wednesday, in an attempt to reach the US. Photo: AFPSome immigrant youth looking to start over in the United States after fleeing abusive homes are seeing their applications for green cards rejected because the Trump administration says they’re too old.A US government program in place since 1990 has let young immigrants subject to abuse, abandonment or neglect by a parent seek a court-appointed guardian and a green card to stay in the country.While applicants must file paperwork before age 21, the Trump administration has said some are too old to qualify once they turn 18, prompting a flurry of denial notices over the past year in New York, Texas and California and additional questions of applicants in New Jersey.Immigrant advocates have filed lawsuits in New York and California and said hundreds of young people could be affected by the change.“This administration is literally going after some of the most vulnerable people trying to seek relief,” said Mary Tanagho Ross, an appellate staff attorney at Los Angeles-based Public Counsel’s immigrant rights project.The Trump administration has been pushing to harden the US border and slash immigration with a series of steps targeting Central American children who arrive on the border alone or with relatives. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions sought to make it tougher for young immigrants fleeing gangs or domestic violence to win asylum — though some guidance he issued on such cases was recently blocked by a federal judge. And the US government has been slower to release immigrant children caught on the border to family in the country.The program is the best chance for many of the thousands of young immigrants arriving on the border to be allowed to stay in the US Under US law, they can apply for green cards once a designated court in the US state where they live assigns them a guardian and declares they are eligible to apply.A now-22-year-old woman in Northern California, who requested anonymity out of fear the U.S. government will retaliate against her for speaking out, fled her Mexican immigrant parents’ home in high school after her father repeatedly beat her.She was taken in by a teacher, who helped her get started in college and took care of her when she was diagnosed with cancer. When a judge formally named the teacher her legal guardian it was a huge relief, she said. But she later learned the US government wouldn’t accept the court’s order for her green card application. She dropped to the floor and sobbed, she said.“I just couldn’t believe I was going to have to try to defend myself again,” she said. “I don’t refer to her by her name or that she’s my guardian — I just call her mom.”More than 50,000 young immigrants have obtained green cards by qualifying for special immigrant juvenile status since 2010. The overwhelming majority of applications have been approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, making the program a safer bet for many immigrant children seeking refuge in the United States than pleading a case before an immigration officer or judge for asylum.Applications to the program have surged in recent years, rising more than three-fold between the 2014 and 2017 fiscal years, federal data shows. During that time, the number of denials also increased, with 2,000 applications rejected over the past two fiscal years — more than all of the previous seven years combined.The change was most notable in the nine months ending in June 2018, when one in five applications that were decided were denied, the data shows. About 7 percent of application decisions in the 2017 fiscal year and 4 percent of decisions in the 2016 fiscal year were denials.The US government started reviewing applications at a centralized location in late 2016 to improve efficiency. The following year, US Citizenship and Immigration Services sought legal guidance from the agency’s Office of Chief Counsel for cases involving immigrant children who turned 18 before their paperwork had been completed and determined that a state court order is only valid if that court has the authority to reunite children with their parents, which many don’t, according to agency officials.As a result, 260 cases were denied, they said, adding that the agency may have previously approved some cases that it should not have.USCIS officials said they could not comment on pending litigation, but said the agency “continues to ensure that children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected receive the humanitarian benefits they are eligible for.”Beth Krause, supervising attorney of the immigrant youth project at Legal Aid in New York, said the federal immigration agency doesn’t have the authority to question state law, which in New York expressly allows courts to issue guardianship orders to cover this age group.“USCIS changed their policy and they changed their policy in a way that is arbitrary and capricious because it doesn’t comport with the federal statute” that says young people have until age 21, said Krause, who is representing young immigrants in the New York filing. “They’re getting it wrong.”In California, a federal judge has blocked the US government from denying the young immigrants’ cases for now. The state enacted a law several years ago expressly allowing probate courts to issue orders for immigrants who are between 18 and 21 so they can apply to participate in the federal program.In response to the Trump administration’s changes, immigrant advocates said they are also changing how they try to help these young applicants. Often, attorneys are looking into alternative ways to get these youth on stable legal footing in the United States, for example, applying for asylum in addition to special immigrant juvenile status, said Priya Konings, deputy director of legal services at Kids in Need of Defense.“It is just creating extra work for us — which is fine —but overburdening an already almost broken system,” Konings said. “It’s incredibly obvious that the administration is targeting immigrants at large, particularly unaccompanied minors, and they’re doing it on every front.”last_img read more

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