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Iran says misaligned radar led to Ukrainian jet downing

first_imgBlack box The aircraft tragedy sparked fierce reprobation in Iran, especially after it took three days for the armed forces to admit having shot down the plane “by accident” after a missile operator mistook it for an enemy projectile.  Ottowa and Kiev have demanded for months that Iran, which does not have the technical means to decode the black boxes, send them abroad so their contents can be analyzed. Canada’s Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne on Sunday urged Iran to ensure “a comprehensive and transparent investigation in accordance with international standards, so that all those responsible are held accountable”.In late June, France’s Accident Investigation Bureau (BEA) said Iran had “officially requested technical assistance” to retrieve the black box data and said work should begin on July 20.Champagne said Canada would continue to push “to ensure Iran follows through on its commitments” including transferring the data to the BEA.In early July, Canada announced that it had reached an agreement in principle with Iran to launch negotiations on compensation for the families of foreign victims of the accident. Flight 752, a Ukraine International Airlines jetliner, was struck by two missiles and crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran’s main airport on January 8, at a time of heightened US-Iranian tensions.The Islamic republic admitted several days later that its forces accidentally shot down the Kiev-bound plane, killing all 176 people on board.The majority of the passengers on the Boeing 737 were Iranians, with Canadians, Ukrainians, Afghans, Britons and Swedes also aboard.  Topics : ‘Wrong identification’The CAO said that, despite the erroneous information available to the radar system operator on the aircraft’s trajectory, he could have identified it as an airliner, but instead there was a “wrong identification”. The report also noted that the first of the two missiles launched at the aircraft was fired by a defense unit operator who had acted “without receiving any response from the Coordination Centre” on which he depended.The second missile was fired 30 seconds later, “by observing the continuity of [the] trajectory of the detected target,” the report added. The CAO said there was a defect in the transmission to the defense units coordination center of the data identified by the radar. An Iranian general had said in January that many communications had been jammed that night. Tehran’s air defenses had been on high alert at the time the jet was shot down in case the US retaliated against Iranian strikes hours earlier on American troops stationed in Iraq.Those strikes were carried out in response to the killing of a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, in a US drone attack near Baghdad airport. Iran said that the misalignment of an air defense unit’s radar system was the key “human error” that led to the accidental downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane in January.”A failure occurred due to a human error in following the procedure” for aligning the radar, causing a “107-degree error” in the system, the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) said in a report late Saturday.This error “initiated a hazard chain” that saw further mistakes committed in the minutes before the plane was shot down, said the CAO document, presented as a “factual report” and not as the final report on the accident investigation. last_img read more

Gardens and ample water features make this a top place to live

first_img40 Bernborough Place, Bridgeman Downs.Mr Sunderland, a landscape contractor with decades of experience, said the property was the most special project he’d done. “I was able to showcase the passion I have for landscaping. Water is my primary love in landscape construction and every room has a view of the gardens and water features,” he said.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019 Inside 40 Bernborough Place, Bridgeman Downs.At the back of the home there is an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area with high ceilings and sliding doors opening to the poolside entertainment area. The kitchen has stone benchtops, breakfast bar and stainless steel appliances, and a games room with built-in bar also opens to the entertaining area. The master bedroom has patio access, a walk-in robe and an ensuite with glass walls looking out to a private garden and pond. “Showering in the ensuite and looking out to the gardens is one of the most calming end-of-the-day chores,” Mr Sunderland said. 40 Bernborough Place, Bridgeman Downs.THIS sprawling home with award-winning landscaping is going under the hammer in Bridgeman Downs. Owners Trevor and Bev Sunderland and their dream team, including architect Ian Webb, builder Stuart Cameron, landscape architect Matthew Franzmann and interior designer Suzie Beirne, created the stunning “Mandala” in 2004. 40 Bernborough Place, Bridgeman Downs.Set on 10,000sq m, the home has an impressive entry with a lit, paved pathway leading to the double timber and glass front doors and timber and tile foyer. There is a formal lounge room on one side of the entry and a formal dining room and powder room on the other. 40 Bernborough Place, Bridgeman Downs.The other bedrooms have built-in robes, the family bathroom has a bath and shower, and the laundry opens to a drying area with pond. The property includes six ponds, a three-bay shed and split-system airconditioning.last_img read more

European Parliament brings board-gender equality rules closer to fruition

first_imgHowever, MEPs encouraged member states to support SMEs and incentivise them to improve gender balance on their boards, too.MEPs also proposed that the rules apply to companies where women comprise less than 10% of the workforce.Parliament called for a transparent, open and meritocratic recruitment procedure in which gender balance was borne in mind throughout.“Where candidates are equally well qualified, priority should go to the candidate of under-represented sex, at every stage of this procedure,” it said. “Qualifications and merit must remain the key criteria.”Parliament added that companies failing to comply with the new rules would be required to justify themselves to the competent national authorities in their respective member states and describe the measures taken and planned to achieve them in future.Penalties, such as fines, might be imposed for failing to follow transparent and open appointment procedures, rather than for failing to achieve the target, Parliament said.“Where candidates are equally well qualified, priority should go to the candidate of under-represented sex, at every stage of this procedure.”MEPs also proposed that “exclusion from public calls for tenders” should be added to the list of possible penalties, which they say should be mandatory, rather than indicative, as the Commission proposes.Rapporteur Evelyn Regner said: “It is important the directive be broad in scope and that many listed companies be required to use the open and transparent procedure when selecting their non-executive directors.“We do not have an exemption for family enterprises or specific sectors, but we have strengthened the penalties member states should apply when companies do not fulfil the directive’s requirements.”A similar position on the draft rules will now have to be reached by the EU Council before negotiations between the Parliament and the Council can start. The European Parliament has approved draft rules to ensure at least 40% of non-executive board members at EU-listed companies are women by 2020.As part of Brussels’ plan to promote gender equality in economic decision-making, the Parliament backed a Commission proposal to ensure gender balance on boards for publicly listed companies, pointing out that, in 2012, only 15% of non-executive board members at the EU’s largest companies were women.As part of the agreement voted yesterday, MEPs established that listed companies will have until 2020 to reach the target, while public ones should do so by 2018.In adopting the new measures, backed by the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality and Legal Affairs committees, Parliament stressed that the rules would not apply to small and medium-sized enterprises.last_img read more

Dutch roundup: PGGM, NXP, Qualcomm, remuneration survey, PMT

first_imgPGGM – asset manager for the €185bn healthcare scheme PFZW – argued that remuneration policies had become overly complex, leading to unpredictable results.It has invested €20m in NXP – a former subsidiary of Philips – through listed equity and has also unspecified private equity holdings in the company.In other news, a survey by The Pensions Rating Agency (TPRA) suggests that less than half of industry-wide and occupational pension funds are transparent about the remuneration of their board members.The TPRA said many pension funds had also failed to provide clarity about the remuneration of their supervisory boards and board committees.The agency, which assessed 68 schemes in total, said the issue was less important at company pension funds, as their board members were usually employed by the sponsor.It found that less than one-quarter of the schemes paid their trustees more than the non-binding guideline of the Dutch Pensions Federation, which has set a maximum of €140,000 for a full-time board member at a large scheme, and €125,000 and €100,000 for medium-sized and small schemes, respectively.According to Michaël Deinema of TPRA, pension funds have not explained why they exceeded the guidelines.Lastly, the €68bn metal scheme PMT has committed €400m to invest in affordable rental property over the next four years.According to CIO Inge van den Doel, the pension fund is aiming at the large group of people who do not qualify for social housing and cannot afford non-regulated rental property or to buy a home.A spokesman for MN, PMT’s manager, added that returns were expected to be similar to non-regulated rental housing because of the low-risk profile, the low vacancy level and low vacancy costs.PMT has a €750m residential-property portfolio, with almost 45% in the affordable-housing segment. The €200bn asset manager PGGM has blasted the more than €360m bonus for the chief executive of Dutch chip-maker NXP after the company was taken over by US-based Qualcomm.In a statement, it described the bonus – in shares and as well as share options – granted to chief executive Rick Clemmer as “totally unacceptable”.It called on the company’s remuneration committee, its supervisory board and Clemmer reduce the remuneration considerably for the sake of the company’s stakeholders.The asset manager said it was acceptable to share part of a company’s profit as a bonus with its board and staff, but it said it was opposed to “individuals gathering disproportionate financial assets”.last_img read more

Luxembourg to push for ESG pan-European pension products

first_imgThe Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) said it wants to develop pan-European personal pension products (PEPP) that take environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects into account.As part of its key objectives for the next five years – announced this week – ALFI said it will support the development of digital solutions for cross-border pensions, and help forge the infrastructure for international pensions service providers.PEPP is a voluntary personal pension scheme that will offer consumers a new pan-European option to save for retirement.The product is designed to offer savers more choice and provide them with more competitive products with strong consumer protection. It can be offered by a broad range of financial providers such as insurance companies, asset managers, banks and occupational pension funds.ALFI added that it wants to take the lead in defining best practice guidelines for sustainable finance solutions.Furthermore, the Luxembourg industry will take initiatives to extend the global reach of Undertaking for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) to investors worldwide, it said.As a core building block for both pensions and sustainable finance, it will seek to further refine and improve the Luxembourg legal and tax framework for UCITS, it indicated.The industry organisation said it also wants to develop the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) regime as one of the key elements of the Luxembourg toolbox, alongside improving existing structures.ALFI’s key objectives also include its aim to broaden Luxembourg’s position in alternatives in terms of access to investors and fundraising.It also said it wants to facilitate the country’s technology ecosystem by bringing together experts as well as “disruptive” technology innovators.In a comment on its targets, Corinne Lamesch, ALFI’s chair, highlighted that breakthroughs in technology and innovation often occur during times of disruption, and that her organisation expected digital transformation to accelerate.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

Barcelona would only sell Ousmane Dembele for ‘golden’ offer

first_img A report in Diario AS earlier this month claimed that many at the Catalan giants had run out of patience with the French forward while this week Diario Sport said Liverpool held an interest in the player. Dembele’s alleged lack of discipline with his diet away from training is believed to be leading to him sustaining multiple injuries at the Camp Nou having never previously suffered them.Advertisement The France international – who has been plagued by injuries since moving to the Camp Nou in the summer of 2017 – pulled up in the 25th minute of the clash against his former club Borussia Dortmund in late November and has not featured since. Tests had confirmed Dembele had sustained a muscle injury in his right thigh and the 22-year-old was set to be out for a minimum of two months, and despite returning to first-team training he suffered a fresh setback and will be out until August at the earliest. Read Also: Barcelona look to free agent signings amid coronavirus pandemic Dembele has played only three full matches for the Spanish champions this season and also had to sit out earlier in the campaign due to a separate thigh injury. It has been the forward’s worst season in terms of injuries at Barça – the player has played nine games out of a possible 37, 492 minutes out of 3,330 possible (14.77%). FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Barcelona have no plans to sell Ousmane Dembele this summer and would only do so if they receive a ‘golden’ offer, report El Mundo Deportivo. Dembele is currently in the midst of another long-term injury layoff, sidelined since February and not expected to be ready for a return to football until August at the earliest. Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayFascinating Ceilings From Different Countries12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On Earth6 Best Natural History Museums In The Worldlast_img read more

Saturday Soccer Results

first_imgBatesville Girls shut out Greenwood 14-0.Batesville vs. Greenwood (9-14)Submitted by Batesville Coach Kyle Laker.Oldenburg Academy and Seymour Girls battled to a 1-1 tie.Oldenburg Academy at Seymour (9-14)Submitted by Var Vee.Lawrenceburg Boys defeated Jac-Cen-Del 3-1.Jac-Cen-Del at Lawrenceburg (9-14)Submitted by Var Vee.Oldenburg Academy Boys blanked Southwestern Shelby 6-0.Oldenburg Academy vs. SW-S (9-14)Submitted by Var Vee.Switzerland County Soccer InviteSC Soccer InviteSubmitted by JCD Coach Larry Hammond.Batesville Varsity beats Madison 3-1.Batesville JV won 4-1.Submitted by Batesville Coach Chris Fox.last_img read more

Ripley County community leader, WW II vet dies

first_imgMilan, In. — The Ripley County community is mourning the loss of Clay Hall. Hall passed away on November 30 at Dillsboro Ross Manor at the age of 90.Hall enlisted in the Navy at 16 and served in World War II on the USS Mt. Baker, a munitions ship in the Pacific Theater. Hall kept in contact with shipmates up to his death.After moving to Ripley County in 1950 he became a full-time farmer and worked at various factories. In 1965 he got a job as a machinist at Cummins Engine Company and retired in 1985 as a manufacturing engineering. He worked on the farm until the age of 82.Hall was also instrumental in the development of the Southeastern Indiana Vocational School in Versailles, served on the Milan School Board and the Ripley County Board of Elections.Visitation will be Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Hope Baptist Church with a memorial service to follow. Memorial contributions can be made to the VFW Scholarship Fund in his honor.last_img read more

Brown backs Moyes to come good

first_img Press Association It took almost four years for Sir Alex Ferguson to win a trophy after he took over as United manager in 1986, and Brown said that example should also be borne in mind. He told Press Association Sport: “I don’t think anyone should be ringing the alarm bells. “The best example is Arsenal at the start of the season, all the talk was about Arsene Wenger and the club being in crisis and look at them now – top of the league. “All it needs is a couple of months of good results and all this will be forgotten, and David Moyes will do that – there is no doubt in my mind. “Alex (Ferguson) didn’t go into Manchester United and wave a magic wand and make it okay, and although David is in a slightly different situation it is similar in some ways. “Replacing the best in the business was always going to be difficult but David Moyes is a strong character and an intelligent guy, and I know he is respected by the players. “People can be disappointed by recent results but they should accept that he is an accomplished manager and be certain the team can recover.” Neil Warnock, however, believes Moyes’ job is being made more difficult by Ferguson now sitting in the directors’ box watching over him. The widely-travelled manager, whose former clubs include QPR, Sheffield United and Leeds, told talkSPORT: “You’ve got Sir Alex Ferguson sitting in the stands and I don’t think that helps.” The pressure on Moyes has ratcheted up following the 2-1 FA Cup defeat by Swansea at Old Trafford, the fourth home defeat in a month for United. Brown, who played a role in Moyes’ development as a coach by allowing him to watch Scotland’s training sessions at the 1998 World Cup, believes the current United manager will have a change in fortune and points out that Arsenal were viewed as being in crisis at the start of the season. center_img Manchester United fans must have patience with David Moyes, insists former Scotland boss Craig Brown.last_img read more

Woodlawn to offer croquet clinics

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Woodlawn Croquet Program is holding several instructional clinics to help get the croquet balls rolling for the Outer Islands Croquet League.This recently formed league was established to develop croquet programs at nine island schools: Monhegan, Isleboro, Vinalhaven, North Haven, Isle au Haut, Swan’s Island, Frenchboro, Islesford and MatinicusThe first clinic, held on Thursday, Oct. 8, was attended by croquet coaches Laura Venger, North Haven, Jake Tuminski, Vinalhaven and Melissa Amuso, Islesford.  They worked on developing their skills and learning the strategies of golf croquet.A second clinic will be held in late October for students from several of the island schools with the Woodlawn players.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe League formed after Melissa Amuso, a parent from Isleford, commented at an Island Institute meeting that there was a lack of recreational activities for the children in their small school system. A summer resident at the meeting suggested golf croquet and offered to donate tournament quality equipment, including indoor carpeting and wickets to each of the island schools. The League is overseen by an advisory board comprised of local and summer residents as well as Bob Kroeger, a nationally acclaimed croquet teaching professional.Golf croquet can be played individually or as a team of two.  Players alternate shots, trying to get their own ball through a wicket while keeping opponents from making their shots. The rules of golf croquet can be learned in about ten minutes, and the sport can remain a lifelong activity played on school lawns and open fields as well as established croquet lawns.Woodlawn’s main house is open for tours May 1-Oct. 31 and Dec. 1-23. The public park is open year-round, sunrise to sunset.For more information, visit woodlawnmuseum.org.last_img read more