Thieves break into van and steal valuable camera

first_imgThieves broke into a van parked in Churchill and stole valuable camera equipment.The theft took place from a white Transit van parked at Lossett, Churchill on Sunday evening last around 6.45pm.The passenger window was smashed in and a grey bag containing a Sony FS7 camera was stolen. Gardai described the came as of the ‘commercial type’ camera.The bag containing the camera also included a number of lenses were also stolen.Please contact gardaí in Milford at 074 91 67100 with any information on this theft.Thieves break into van and steal valuable camera was last modified: October 1st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Five bidders for new power plants

first_img24 August 2005Five consortia have qualified to bid for the exclusive rights to build, own and operate two new power stations needed to meet South Africa’s growing energy demands.The new plants, at sites still to be finalised in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, are expected to cost R6-billion to build and to be fully operational by the end of 2008.The successful consortia were announced by Minerals and Energy deputy director-general Nelisiwe Magubane in Pretoria on Tuesday.The five successful applicants are AES, comprising black-owned Tiso Energy and Lereko Energy; Inkanyezi, which includes French company Suez Energy and Mvelaphanda Holdings; Tata-J&J Consortium; the Malaysian YTL-led consortium; and the International Power Consortium.Magubane said that some of the evaluation criteria included experience in the green fields of building power stations, black economic empowerment, the applicant’s reputation in the energy sector, and the ability to raise finance.Peaking plantsThe new generation capacity will comprise two oil-fired, open-cycle gas turbine power stations with a combined capacity of about 1 000 Megawatts, operating as peaking plants – meaning the power stations will operate mainly during peak hours of electricity use.According to Business Day, the introduction of independent power producers is aimed at bringing competition to power utility Eskom, which currently produces 95% of SA’s electricity, and at further reducing the cost of SA’s electricity, already among the cheapest in the world.The two privately operated stations, although restricted to selling their power to Eskom, will effectively end the state company’s monopoly.Magubane said that Eskom would be increasing its generational capacity, and would be involved in 70% of new energy production projects in the country, with independent producers being involved in the remainder.According to Business Day, Eskom is expected to spend R48-billion in the next five years on building new capacity, with the private sector expected to invest R23-billion.‘Ambitious’ timetableMagubane said that while energy shortages in South Africa were only expected around 2010, the recent economic boom had led to increased energy use, prompting the government to revise that timetable.“An estimated 12 000MW of peak generation capacity will be needed for the next 20 years, excluding the capacity provided by the return to service of a mothballed plant”, Magubane said.Magubane said prefered bidders would be announced by June 2006, with construction due to start in the first quarter of 2007 and to be completed within 18 months.Admitting the that the timetable was “ambitious,” Magubane said: “We are not going to compromise on the deadline.”SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

An Energy Efficiency Showcase for Dow and Collaborators

first_imgEven if it attracts significant buyer interest, “Vision Zero,” a recently completed energy efficient house in Bay City, Michigan, is unlikely to be sold for at least a year, say those who collaborated on the project. Vision Zero is – like a lot of other new builds that have popped up to help market energy efficient construction, retrofits, and materials – a demonstration home first and piece of housing inventory second.The Dow Chemical Company and Saginaw-based builder Cobblestone Homes joined forces with several other local contractors and suppliers to construct the 1,752-sq.-ft. three-bedroom/two-bath ranch-style house. It is being presented as Michigan’s first net zero energy single-family dwelling, but also as a destination for people who want to learn about energy efficient construction and materials and appliances that can be used to improve the performance of existing homes.A no-holds-barred approachThe house is packed with Dow insulation products, including Styrofoam structural insulated sheathing, Styrofoam polyurethane spray foam (for above-grade interior walls and the attic), Perimate insulation (on the basement wall exterior), Thermax sheathing (on the interior basement wall), and a range of sealing materials that collectively push the building’s energy efficiency to almost 70% above that of a comparable home built to code.This demo, though, is also very much about the virtues of renewable-energy systems, including its ground-source heat pump, solar hot water, and a solar-power system that features both a conventional photovoltaic array on the rooftop facing the back of the house and, on the front-facing roof, Dow Powerhouse solar shingles.The energy efficiency upgrades over code added $78,400 to the construction cost, according to Dow, while the house is expected save about $3,507 in annual energy costs.We’re checking with the builder on R values for the shell and on overall construction costs, and will include them here when they become available.last_img read more

CBI probe if J&K wants it, says Union Minister

first_imgUnion minister Jitendra Singh said on Tuesday that the Centre had no objection to the handing over of the Kathua rape and murder case to the CBI if the state government referred it.“As far as we are concerned, we don’t have any problem or objection to hand over the case to the CBI. If the state government comes out with a reference, we will hand over the case to the agency today itself,” Mr. Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a function in Jammu.He added that the court was another option through which the case could go to the CBI. “As per my knowledge, a petition (for a CBI probe) is pending there,” he said.Mr. Singh is a member of Parliament from Udhampur in Jammu region and is also the in charge of the ministry of personnel, the controlling authority for CBI.On Tuesday, Chowdhary Lal Singh, one of the two BJP ministers who resigned last week, took out a rally at several places in Kathua to demand a CBI probe into the incident.The case was handed over to the J&K Crime Branch on January 22. The victim went missing on January 10; a week later her body was found in a forest near her house.The girl was allegedly confined in a devasthan (temple), sedated and raped thrice before being suffocated and bludgeoned to death. Eight persons, including a juvenile, were arrested in connection with the crime and their trial began in a court on Monday, where they pleaded not guilty and sought a narco analysis test.Many people in Kathua, including the families of the accused, have been demanding a CBI probe into the incident, which was, however, rejected by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti last month after the two BJP ministers, Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, met her and raised the demand.last_img read more

10 months agoNice chief Julien Fournier a target for Southampton

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nice chief Julien Fournier a target for Southamptonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNice chief Julien Fournier is a target for Southampton.The Daily Mail says Fournier, the general manager of French club Nice, is lined up to be the next director of football at Southampton.The vastly experienced 44-year-old who played a key role in persuading Patrick Vieira to become Nice’s manager, has worked previously as secretary general of Marseille and was the youngest president of Strasbourg.Southampton sacked Les Reed as vice-chairman in November and technical director Martin Hunter.The club’s Chinese owner, Gao Jisheng and his family, who took control in the summer of last year, have been working on a restructure of the club after appointing highly-rated Ralph Hasenhuttl as manager. last_img read more

Interview MPA Singapore Riding the Digitalization Wave

first_imgThe maritime industry is currently undergoing a number of changes, which mostly focus on digitalization and autonomy with the objective to keep up the pace with the latest developments in these fields.Digital transformation of the maritime industry means that companies will now be able to leverage digital solutions such as data analytics, Internet-of-Things (IoT) and smart systems, which are expected to boost productivity and cut costs.Kenneth Lim, MPA SingaporeAmid such novelties, a number of companies are already seeing a change in payments, with the introduction of cryptocurrency, while the industry is expected to witness new trends in workforce as well. World Maritime News spoke with Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Kenneth Lim, Chief Technology Officer/Director (Research & Technology & Industry Development) on these developments.To enable the industry to ride the next wave of innovation-driven growth and move up the value chain, Lim said that a concerted effort is needed to transform Singapore’s maritime industry to encompass knowledge-based growth drivers, using business models that employ advanced technologies such as autonomous systems, robotics, data analytics, and artificial intelligence.With advancement in technology, new virtual means of payments, such as cryptocurrency, have emerged. Following MPA Singapore’s introduction of cashless payments as of January 1, 2018, the Singapore Government will continue to monitor the use of virtual currencies and adapt accordingly. Lim, who will be speaking at the Asia Pacific Maritime 2018 conference, which takes place 14-16 March 2018, added that the underlying technology behind cryptocurrency (blockchain) is currently on trial for potential applications.Speaking about the impact of advancements in automatization and digitalization on the port’s workforce, Lim said that the port’s recently launched Sea Transport ITM has outlined that as the maritime industry transforms and grows, more than 5,000 jobs are expected to be created in the next decade. Workers will have the opportunity to undergo skill upgrading in their existing roles through various maritime programmes launched by MPA.“We have also seen maritime companies tapping on the Maritime Cluster Fund (MCF) to upskill their employees not only in specialised areas, but also in more general areas like data analytics, cybersecurity, as well as in soft skills like communication and executive leadership,” Lim said.As explained, the authority is set on building a future-ready workforce with relevant skills and a global mindset.WMN: Navigational safety, congestion, training and blockchain have been identified as areas which could benefit the most from the digitalization drive in the port. How are the said areas expected to be digitalized in the future? Are start-ups the way to go?Lim: The Smart Port Challenge in 2017 successfully attracted over 80 proposals, from start-ups and SMEs, with six eventually awarded grants to work with our maritime enterprises to develop the proposed products or solutions. The six projects aim to develop solutions to support digitalization in a variety of areas such as, remote vessel monitoring and crew reporting, vessel tracking within terminals, sharing of information, resource tracking and e-bunkering services.We see start-ups as an important part of the maritime technology ecosystem, complementing existing technology developers, yet with the potential to bring in a new perspectives to solving challenges faced by the industry.When asked about artificial intelligence would contribute to MPA’s technological development, Lim said that AI’s potential use is enormous.“We have seen good use of machine learning to better passenger management in our ferry cruise centres, in areas of customer service and even in remote crane operations at the port.“AI can also be used in navigational safety. We have leveraged the use of AI to predict potential hotspots, detect anomalous activities and in support of the next-generation vessel traffic management within our port waters.”WMN: Finally, what remain the key challenges/objectives for the port moving forward?Lim: As the maritime technology landscape evolves, Maritime Singapore will need to deepen our Research and Development (R&D) capabilities to remain relevant. The MPA Living Lab will offer technology developers and industry partners a rich maritime data platform and a real operating environment at the port to co-develop and pilot innovative solutions. MPA will also be working with stakeholders to promote greater sharing of data and information within the industry. In addition, new research centres of excellence at NTU and NUS will deepen Singapore’s maritime R&D capabilities and accelerate techno transfers and spin-offs in the industry.We will also need to have a vibrant start-up ecosystem, to leverage the trends of disruptive technologies to digitalize our maritime services and products. This is why MPA embarked on the Smart Port Challenge last year, a platform to attract more start-ups to the maritime sector.As digitalization transforms the maritime landscape, we will also need to manage cyber risks.Last year, MPA proposed the formation of a “Port Authorities Focal Point Correspondence Network” comprising members from key maritime stakeholders from port and cruise terminal operators. This network will facilitate early reporting of maritime cybersecurity incidents and allow members to prepare and respond to imminent cyber-attacks.“We recognise that we cannot embark on this digital voyage alone. In line with the recently launched Sea Transport Industry Transformation Map, we will need to work closely with the industry to equip our maritime partners with the relevant digital competencies,” Lim concluded.Interview conducted by Erna Penjic, Editor, World Maritime NewsImage Courtesy: MPA Singaporelast_img read more

How major US stock indexes fared Friday

first_imgStocks closed lower in shortened session on Wall Street Friday as energy stocks declined along with the price of oil. The benchmark S&P 500 closed in what’s known on Wall Street as a correction — 10 per cent below its most recent high.Trading volume was light with the markets open for only a half day after the Thanksgiving holiday.On Friday:The S&P 500 index fell 17.37 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 2,632.56.The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 178.74 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 24,285.95.The Nasdaq composite dropped 33.27 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 6,938.98.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks picked up 0.40 points, or 0.03 per cent, to 1,488.68.For the week:The S&P 500 fell 103.71 points, or 3.8 per cent.The Dow lost 1,127.27 points, or 4.4 per cent.The Nasdaq declined 308.89 points, or 4.3 per cent.The Russell 2000 gave up 38.85 points, or 2.5 per cent.For the year:The S&P 500 is down 41.05 points, or 1.5 per cent.The Dow is down 433.27 points, or 1.8 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 35.59 points, or 0.5 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 46.83 points, or 3.1 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

No need to keep a chowkidar who helps fraudsters flee India

first_imgDiamond Harbour: Coming down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tall claim of calling himself a ‘chowkidar’, Abhishek Banerjee, Trinamool YouthCongress president and sitting MP, said there is no need to keep a chowkidar who allows money launderers to flee India and take safe shelter in foreign countries. “We do not want a chowkidar who will allow money launderers like Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya to flee the country and get settled in a foreign country peacefully,” he said while addressing a rally at Sarisha High School ground on Saturday afternoon. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaComparing the BJP with a special type of insect that is found during Diwali, he said: “BJP is like that particular type of insect called “shyamapoka” which can only be seen during Diwali and Kali Puja. The leaders of BJP come before the election and during the year, they cannot be seen anywhere near the constituency,” he said. “I request locals not to support BJP leaders as they are like snakes. At the earliest opportunity, they will bite those who have helped them,” he added. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAbhishek said the BJP candidate from Diamond Harbour constituency, Nilanjan Roy, is a resident of Balurghat and “he needs at least three months to know the area. But before that elections will be over and he will go back to Balurghat.” He maintained that in the past five years, the MPLAD fund worth Rs 25 crore has been used for the development in the area. In addition to this, the state Public Works department and Public Health Engineering department have spent another Rs 1,600 crore. On top of it, the state Tourism department, Irrigation and waterways department and Transport department spent another Rs 2,600 crore. He said: “I can say with utmost conviction that in the past five years, the same amount has not been spent for the development of Varanasi which is Modi’s constituency.” Abhishek added that he would conduct road shows and organise meetings in Diamond Harbour. He assured that more development in the area would be taken up in future.last_img read more

Cyclone Fani Odisha likely to start evacuation on May 2

first_imgBhubaneswar: The Odisha government is likely to begin the evacuation of people affected by cyclone Fani from May 2 as the severe cyclonic storm is heading to make a landfall on the state’s coast, an official said here on Tuesday. The state government has also asked the concerned district collectors in the coastal regions to remain prepared to meet any eventuality. “The cyclone is currently headed northwest and after May 1, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), it will recurve and move towards Odisha. By late evening on May 3, the cyclone is expected to make landfall near Puri. However, the IMD informed that this too is expected to change,” said Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh “If the cyclone makes landfall in Odisha on the evening of May 3, we will start evacuating the affected people on May 2.” As many as 879 cyclone shelters were already set up. Besides, 20 Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) units, 335 fire services and 12 NDRF units were on standby. Fani could become an ‘extremely severe cyclone’ by Wednesday, said the IMD. It predicted that after May 2, south-coastal Odisha and adjacent districts will receive heavy to very rainfall. Thereafter, on May 3 and 4, coastal and interior Odisha is also likely to receive extremely heavy downpours, while wind speed may touch 170 km per hour.last_img read more

Dy CM Sisodia issues standing order on allocation of power

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has issued a standing order stating that he will hold the power to create posts in government departments, PSUs and boards, and directed officers to bring important service matters to his notice.In February this year, the Supreme Court had given a split verdict on the contentious issue of who should control administrative services in Delhi and had referred the matter to a larger bench of the apex court. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarIn his order issued last month, Sisodia, who also holds the finance portfolio, said proposals involving major deviations from rules and precedents will be disposed of at the level of the finance minister. It stated that proposals for allotment of land free of cost or at concessional rates will be examined by the department’s deputy secretary or special secretary or top officers, but will be disposed of by the finance minister. On appeals to the Lieutenant- Governor under the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, Sisodia, in his order, said such matter will be examined by a joint secretary or special secretary, but the principal secretary will submit it to the L-G and the finance minister. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaFiles pertaining to this matter to the L-G will be routed through the finance minister, he said. “All important matters requiring policy decision may be brought to the notice of deputy CM/FM. “Where a proposal has the support of the minister of an administrative department and it is not considered proper to accord concurrence to the proposal, the case should be submitted through principal secretary to the finance minister,” Sisodia said in the order. According to him, pending decision of the Supreme Court in this regard, service matters in the domain of service department will be disposed of as per interim orders of the apex court but they will be brought to the notice of finance minister as specified in the schedule.last_img read more