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Three journalists sentenced to life imprisonment

first_img Receive email alerts News News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa January 22, 2021 Find out more RSF_en to go further Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison April 16, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three journalists sentenced to life imprisonment EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News February 6, 2021 Find out more Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff News February 1, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Egypt Reporters Without Borders condemns the life sentences that an Egyptian court has passed on three journalists just for doing their job. The sentences are part of a continuing crackdown on freedom of information that has included more arrests and raids on news media. Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution The journalists who received life sentences are Abdullah Alfakharany, a reporter and co-founder of the Rassd news website, Samhi Mostafa, the website’s CEO, and Mohamed Al-Adly, a presenter with Amgad TV.They were convicted of putting out “false news” and trying to “spread chaos” in their coverage of the August 2013 demonstrations in Cairo’s Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square in support of deposed President Mohamed Morsi. They can appeal against their conviction.“The Egyptian authorities must stop persecuting journalists whose only crime is doing their duty to cover the news,” Reporters Without Borders deputy programme director Virginie Dangles said. “The authorities are using security and the fight against terrorism as grounds for targeting journalists who do not toe the official line. This arbitrary trial has just aggravated an already worrying situation for news and information providers, both professional and non-professional.”Alfakharany, Mostafa and Al-Adly were arrested on 25 August 2013 and have been held ever since. The charges against them and their news organizations included supporting the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Around 50 defendants, who included other journalists as well as Muslim Brotherhood members and activists, were accused of contributing to the creation of an operations centre designed to orchestrate attacks on the government. As a result, the proceedings were dubbed the “Rabaa operations room” trial.The Egyptian journalists union has formed a legal committee with the aim of examining the cases of these journalists and seeking their release. The Muslim Brotherhood members were sentenced to death.Continuing offensive against journalistsPolice without any search or arrest warrant raided Horyetna, a Cairo-based web radio station, on 4 April and arrested editor-in-chief Ahmed Samih.After questioning employees about the station’s editorial policies and seizing some if its equipment, the police submitted Samih to several interrogation sessions at a police station before releasing him on bail. The charges brought against him are all work-related and include running a radio station without a licence.The police also raided Al Ghad TV, a Cairo-based Syrian TV station, on 7 April, confiscating equipment, arresting staff and closing it down. CEO Abdulhafiz Sharaf pointed out that Al Ghad TV only covered Syria and ignored Egyptian developments. He said the charges brought against the station included supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.Egypt is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Help by sharing this information Organisation last_img read more

Four new arrests in investigation into abduction of O Dia employees

first_imgNews December 12, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four new arrests in investigation into abduction of O Dia employees May 13, 2021 Find out more Organisation Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil to go further Receive email alerts News RSF_en Follow the news on Brazil BrazilAmericas Reporters Without Borders hails the progress being made in the investigation into the abduction and torture of two journalists employed by the regional O Dia newspaper and their driver in the Rio de Janeiro favela of Batan on 14 May.Three military police officers wanted in connection with the case – Fabio Gonçalves Soares (also known as “Fabinho Catiri”), Marcos Antonio Alves da Silva (aka “Marcos do Bope) and André Luiz de Mattos (aka “Cocada”) – were arrested in a major operation yesterday in Rio involving more than 80 government employees. A fourth man identified as Nilson Bueno (aka “Nilson Faustão”) was also arrested.Items seized during the operation included equipment belonging to an elite Rio de Janeiro state military police unit called the BOPE. The four detainees are to be charged with “forming a militia.” Four other members of the military police are still being sought.The O Dia employees were tortured for seven hours after being kidnapped by a militia based in Batan, where the journalists had been preparing a report for the previous two weeks. The case caused an outcry in Brazil, especially as police officers were allegedly involved in the militia.The two alleged bosses of the militia – civilian police inspector Odinei Fernando da Silva (aka “Dinei” and “Zero Um”) and Davi Liberato de Araújo (aka “Zero Dois”) – were arrested in June.“We salute the great progress being made towards solving this case and we hope a trial will soon be held that sheds light on the circumstance of this abduction and identifies all those responsible,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This investigation must be an example in combating impunity. It nonetheless confirms the existence of serious abuses within police units that will need far-reaching measures.”__________________________18.06.08 – Alleged head of militia that tortured three newspaper employees surrenders to policeOdnei Fernando da Silva, the civilian police inspector who is accused of heading the militia that kidnapped and tortured two O Dia journalists and their driver in Rio de Janeiro’s Batan favela on 14 May, surrendered to the authorities on 16 June. Also known as “01,” “Dinei” and “Águia,” Da Silva went with his lawyer to the headquarters of the Department for Repression of Criminal Actions and Special Investigations (DRACO) to give himself up. He had been on the run since 4 June, when a warrant for his arrest was issued.In an initial statement, Da Silva denied any involvement in the abduction and torture of the newspaper’s three employees, claiming that he was at a party in the Rio de Janeiro neighbourhood of Bangu at the time. Asked about his relationship with the gang’s alleged No. 2, Davi Liberato de Araújo, he said he had known him since childhood but no longer kept his company. Da Silva was taken to a special detention centre for policemen inside the Gericinó prison complex.Reporters Without Borders hails this latest progress in the investigation and hopes that the police will quickly establish exactly who was responsible for the barbaric treatment inflicted on O Dia’s employees.________________________06.06.08 – Fugitive police inspector named as leading suspect in O Dia torture case, another suspect arrestedA man arrested on suspicion of being a member of a militia that kidnapped and tortured a reporter, photographer and driver of the O Dia newspaper in the Rio de Janeiro favela of Batan on 14 May was shown to the press on 4 June by members of a police unit known as the Delegation for Repression of Criminal Actions and Special Investigations (DRACO).He was identified as Davi Liberato de Araújo, 32, also known as “02” because he is alleged to be second-in-command of the militia. Liberato, who is serving a jail sentence in which he is now periodically allowed out, claims he was in prison at the time of the kidnapping.The police also announced that an arrest warrant had been issued for Odnei Fernando Silva, 35, a former prison guard and currently an inspector in the civilian police, on suspicion of heading the Batan militia. Also known as “01,” “Dinei” and “Águia,” Silva was previously imprisoned for homicide. He is on the run. The DRACO reported that it was investigating the possibility that members of the military police were also involved in the Batan militia and that the militia used a clandestine cemetery. The O Dia reporter who was one of the three journalists who were kidnapped has meanwhile claimed that, while being tortured, she recognised the voice of an assistant to Coronel Jairo, a member of the Rio de Janeiro state parliament. Jairo has denied having anything to do with the militia and condemns its activities.Reporters Without Borders welcomes the speed with which the investigation is progressing hopes that the information provided by Liberato will enable the police to identify all those involved in the O Dia kidnapping. The organisation also hopes that Silva will be quickly found and arrested._____________________02.06.08 – Call for federal commission of enquiry after paramilitaries kidnap and torture three O Dia employeesHE Luiz Inácio Lula da SilvaPresident of BrazilMr. Tarso GenroMinister of JusticeMr. Sérgio CabralGovernor of the State of Rio de JaneiroDear President Da Silva, Dear Minister and Dear Governor,You will be aware of the news of the abduction and barbaric mistreatment of three employees of the Rio de Janeiro-based daily O Dia – a reporter, a photographer and a driver – at the hands of a militia operating in a Rio de Janeiro favela on 14 May. Reporters Without Borders is stunned to learn this could have been carried out by members of the security forces who are supposed to combat crime and drug trafficking in sensitive neighbourhoods. The behaviour of these militias, formed by policemen, prison officers, firemen and security guards, is no better than the behaviour of the criminals they are meant to combat.This extremely serious case follows other recent physical attacks on the media involving members of the police, especially in the states of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. In our view, these cases of abuse of authority require the appointment of a federal commission to investigate and suppress these militias in coordination with the state authorities.The two O Dia journalists and their driver moved into the Batan favela in Realengo, a western suburb of Rio de Janeiro, at the beginning of May into order to research a story on these militias. According to O Dia, around 10 gunmen kidnapped the photographer and driver from a café on 14 May and initially tried to get residents to lynch them. Their abductors then bundled them into a red Polo car with the registration number KPB 4592 and drove off with them. At around 9 p.m. the same day, they kidnapped the reporter from her home in the favela and drove off with her in the same Polo car. One of the militiamen told her: “You work for O Dia and you have been taken prisoner for ‘ideological lies’.”The journalists were stripped for their equipment and material and they and their driver were subjected to barbaric mistreatment for seven hours in a secret prison. They were beaten, plastic bags were put over their heads, they were given electric shocks, they were subjected to Russian roulette and they were threatened with being tortured to death. Finally, at around 4 a.m., they were released.They are currently in a safe place where they are receiving medical and psychological treatment. The newspaper did not make the case public until 31 May, in order to facilitate the investigation being carried out by the Rio de Janeiro state public security authorities. The Rio de Janeiro city journalists’ union has called it “one of the most serious attacks on press freedom since the end of the military dictatorship.”The Rio de Janeiro media describe these militias as a relatively new phenomenon. According to O Dia, militias of this kind are currently operating in a total of 78 localities and have been responsible for about 200 murders in the past three years. Their presence is a direct threat to the state guarantees enshrined in the 1988 federal constitution, and it is for this reason that Reporters Without Borders calls for far-reaching measures to be adopted against them.We thank you in advance for giving this letter your careful attention.Sincerely,Robert MénardSecretary-General BrazilAmericas April 15, 2021 Find out more Reports RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies April 27, 2021 Find out more Four more people, including three members of the military police, were arrested yesterday in the investigation into the abduction and torture of three O Dia employees by a militia in a Rio de Janeiro favela last May. The militia’s two alleged bosses were arrested in June. Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

Red Hen Press Announces 2013 Award Series Winners

first_imgHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Signs You’re Not Ready To Be In A RelationshipHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods Is ‘Different Man’ 10 Years After ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeauty 13 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Red Hen Press is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 awards series. The Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, the RHP Short Story Award, and the RHP Poetry Award are given each year for, respectively, an unpublished original poetry collection, short story, and individual poem. Together with the A Room of Her Own Foundation, Red Hen Press also awards the To the Lighthouse Poetry Publication Prize to a female author of an unpublished original poetry collection. Last year, Red Hen Press and The Los Angeles Review held the first annual Wild Light Poetry Contest for an original poem. All winners receive publication and an honorarium.The winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award is Dean Kostos. His collection, This Is Not a Skyscraper, was selected by final judge Mark Doty from 512 entries and will be published in the spring of 2015. Kostos is the author of Rivering, Last Supper of the Senses, The Sentence That Ends with a Comma, and the chapbook Celestial Rust. Kostos will receive a $3,000 honorarium. Recent winners of the Benjamin Saltman Award include Frannie Lindsay (Our Vanishing), Brynn Saito (The Palace of Contemplating Departure), and Lillian-Yvonne Bertram (But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise).The winner of the To the Lighthouse Poetry Publication Prize is Sarah Wetzel. Her collection, River Electric with Light, was chosen by final judge Tracy K. Smith from 288 entries and will be published in the spring of 2015. Wetzel is a poet and engineer who splits her time between Tel Aviv, Manhattan, and Rome. She holds an engineering degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA from UC Berkeley. Wetzel will receive a $1,000 honorarium.The winners of the Red Hen Press Short Story Award are Cheyenne Baudy and Elizabeth French. Baudy’s story “The Disassembly Line” and French’s story “Dissection” were selected by final judge Ron Carlson from 311 entries and will be published in a future issue of The Los Angeles Review. Baudy has written a play, three screenplays and a novel, The La Mapía Brothers, which explores the effects of NAFTA on rural Mexican families. French’s stories have appeared in The North American Review, StoryQuarterly, Sundog: The Southeast Review, and the anthology Microfiction (Norton, 1996). Baudy and French will each receive a $500 honorarium.The winner of the Red Hen Press Poetry Award is Sam Witt. His poem, “Little Doomsday Clock” was selected by final judge Hilda Raz from 676 entries and will be published in a future issue of The Los Angeles Review. Witt’s first book of poetry, Everlasting Quail, won the Katherine Nason Bakeless First Book Prize in 2000, sponsored by Breadloaf. His second book, Sunflower Brother, won the Cleveland State University Press Open Book competition for 2006, and was published in 2007. Witt will receive a $1,000 honorarium.The winner of the Wild Light Poetry Contest is Philip Shaw. Shaw’s “What’s She Doing Now” was chosen by final judge Kate Gale from 203 entries and will be published in a future issue of The Los Angeles Review. Shaw’s writing has appeared in Conversations Across Borders and Everywhere Magazine. His chapbook, AEIOUnever?, was published in the spring of 2012, and he leaves behind evidence of his work, daily, at www.aRoughDraft.com. Shaw will receive a $1,000 honorarium.The final judges for the 2014 Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Award, Short Story Award, and Poetry Award will be Douglas Kearney, Pete Fromm, and William Trowbridge, respectively. Previous judges include Claudia Rankine, B.H. Fairchild, Nick Flynn, Wanda Coleman, Philip Levine, Eloise Klein Healy, David St. John, Dorianne Laux, Thomas Lux, and Alicia Ostriker. Guidelines for the 2014 Red Hen Press awards can be found at www.redhen.org. Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News More Cool Stuffcenter_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center column 4 Red Hen Press Announces 2013 Award Series Winners From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | 12:08 pm Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

Farmers’ Bills Chaos : Rajya Sabha Suspends 8 Opposition MPs

first_imgTop StoriesFarmers’ Bills Chaos : Rajya Sabha Suspends 8 Opposition MPs Akshita Saxena20 Sep 2020 10:54 PMShare This – xEight Opposition MPs were suspended from the Rajya Sabha for remainder of the Monsoon Session, on account of their “unruly behavior” and “grossly disordered conduct” in the House yesterday. Chair Venkaiah Naidu has suspended the following MPs after a motion moved in that direction was passed by a voice vote: Derek O’ Brien (TMC)Sanjay Singh (AAP)Rajeev Satav…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginEight Opposition MPs were suspended from the Rajya Sabha for remainder of the Monsoon Session, on account of their “unruly behavior” and “grossly disordered conduct” in the House yesterday. Chair Venkaiah Naidu has suspended the following MPs after a motion moved in that direction was passed by a voice vote: Derek O’ Brien (TMC)Sanjay Singh (AAP)Rajeev Satav (Congress)KK Ragesh (CPI(M))Syed Naseer Hussain (Congress)Ripun Bora (Congress)Dola Sen (AITC)Elamaram Kareem (CPI(M)) On Sunday, the Opposition members alleged that the Farmers Bills were being passed in hasty manner . They cried foul over the passing of the Bills with a voice vote, denying their demand for a division for voting. Parliament Passes Contentious Agricultural Bills For Inter-State Trade, Contract Farming As alleged by MP Derek O’ Brien, several MPs had sought a Division on the Bill however, they were denied the right by the Deputy Chair, Harivansh Narayan Singh. When the issue was taken up by Chair Venkaiah Naidu today, he alleged that the Deputy was verbally attacked, and the Division could not take place due to “disruption of the House”. Delete Some MPs enter Well; Slogans for #FarmersRights heard in the backgroundMeanwhile, Minister continues his response. Bills put to vote as MPs continue to oppose.Resolutions for amendments, reference to Select Committees [email protected] approaches Chair with Rule Book. pic.twitter.com/3qGsX54T29— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) September 20, 2020 He alleged that the abovenamed Members abused the Deputy with “objectionable words”, threw papers at him, threw a Rule book at him, wrenched his mic and obstructed him from performing his duties. Calling it a “very bad day for Rajya Sabha,” he asked the suspended Members to leave the Chambers. However, the Opposition continued to protest and since the suspended MPs refused to leave the Chambers, the house has been adjourned for some time. It may be noted that the 47 MPs from the Opposition, including their Leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad, had moved a no confidence motion for removal of the Deputy Chair. They had alleged that the Deputy willingly denied them the right to seek Division, which forced them to enter the well and create a ruckus. However, the Chair clarified that any such motion can be moved only with a 14 days advance notice, as per the mandate of Article 90 of the Constitution. The Chair noted that the Session is scheduled to adjourn on October 1. Thus 14 days’ notice has not been served and the motion is “not admissible”.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Loan Moratorium And Interest Waiver – Live Updates from Supreme Court

first_imgTop StoriesLoan Moratorium And Interest Waiver – Live Updates from Supreme Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK9 Dec 2020 12:06 AMShare This – xIn loan moratorium and interest waiver case Senior Advocate V Giri resumed his arguments before a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Ashok…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn loan moratorium and interest waiver case Senior Advocate V Giri resumed his arguments before a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Ashok BhushanLive Updates 9 Dec 2020 12:38 AMThe bench says that it has to hear Senior Advocate Harish Salve and others.Since the court is to hear a Constitution bench case at 2 pm of which Justice Bhushan is a part, the current bench is rising now.9 Dec 2020 12:38 AMThere is a news that the IBA has approached the RBI to extend restructuring date to March 31, Advocate Vishal Tiwari says.Just wait, bench says9 Dec 2020 12:38 AMHave complied with all directives but at the end of the day, you have to leave it to the banks, Rohatgi says for SBI and concurs with the Centre’s stand that a blanket order for waiving off interest will lead to foregoing over 6 lac crore.9 Dec 2020 12:37 AMThese are economic policies and I don’t think the RBI or Centre could have done anything more. There are lacs and lacs of small depositors for every big borrower, court must not lose sight of this, says Rohatgi9 Dec 2020 12:37 AMRohatgi taking the bench through requisite documents.Everything is set out, he says9 Dec 2020 12:26 AMI am appearing for SBI, I am only saying that these are matters of economic policy, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi says.Has your board passed a RP? first you tell us that, Justice Bhushan asks.9 Dec 2020 12:25 AMMr. Giri, do you watch Kaun Banega Crorepati? Shah JI used to but beyond Rs. 3000, questions became difficult for me to answer, says Giri for”Because you are only on RBI RBI RBI. Beside you don’t need to watch it with RBI by your side!” Justice Shah 9 Dec 2020 12:21 AMThe eligibility of the borrower is detailed.Eligibility is mentioned under clause 3 of the Circular and stipulates eligibility on account of “stress due to covid19”.So invocation under Section 14 can be made within contours of this framework, says Giri 9 Dec 2020 12:14 AMThis only means that the borrower does not even have to carry the actual resolution plan, says Giri for RBIHe assures that court that this has already been stipulated and can put it in writing as well.9 Dec 2020 12:14 AMBorrower will only come and say that they want to take benefit of the RBI circular of August 6? Justice Bhushan>Load MoreSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Powerful EF4 tornado rips through Kansas, injures 18 and shuts down airport

first_imgEvgeny555/iStock(NEW YORK) — A tornado cut a swath of destruction through the outskirts of Lawrence, Kansas, on Tuesday evening, injuring 18 people and briefly shutting down Kansas City International Airport due to damage from debris picked up by the vortex and carried up to 40 miles, officials said.The National Weather Service confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that the Kansas twister rated an EF4 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, one notch below the most powerful ranking of tornadoes. The menacing funnel cloud packed peak winds of 170 miles per hour and cut a nearly 32-mile long path of destruction that measured a mile at its widest point, the weather service reported.While it caused widespread damage to homes and businesses, there were no fatalities.Confirmation of the destructive twister came as the NWS issued new tornado watches on Wednesday for parts of Arkansas, Texas, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia. Some 85 million Americans were under the threat of severe weather, according to the NWS.Tuesday marked the 12th consecutive day in which eight or more tornadoes were reported throughout the country, according to the NWS.And it wasn’t just the heartland that was left in shambles. A powerful EF1 funnel cloud slammed Atlantic County, New Jersey, Tuesday night, downing trees and power lines, leaving residents with frayed nerves and rattled windows. Parts of Pennsylvania were also hit by an EF2 tornado packing winds of at least 111 miles per hour.The NWS issued a “tornado emergency” alert for parts of eastern Kansas on Tuesday night as dangerous weather touched down in the area.Brian Christenson, the mayor of Linwood, Kansas, a suburb of Lawrence, said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday that while multiple residents in his city of nearly 400 people lost homes, no one was killed and everyone was accounted for.“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Christenson said. “It just picks one house randomly and takes it away, and the next house might not even get touched. The way it moves and picks and chooses, it’s incredible.”Christenson said he and the bulk of people in his town heeded the early-warning sirens and alerts and sought shelter before the funnel cloud reached them.“I’ve lived in the same home for 22 years,” the mayor said. “This was the first time I’ve ever actually went to my basement for shelter.”But even those who rode out the storm in basements walked away with their lives — but not much else.“There’s a friend of mine that was in their basement and there’s nothing left,” Christenson said. “It took the house, the carpet off the floor. Everything is gone.”Police in Lawrence, the home of the University of Kansas, said a massive tornado left large trees, power lines and debris along the streets, making some major roads impassable. Eighteen people suffered mostly minor injuries in the town and adjacent communities, officials said.  One saving grace was that the University of Kansas is already out for the summer.Kansas City International Airport said two flights were diverted and passengers waiting in the airport were rushed to the parking garage tunnels at about 7 p.m. An “all clear” was given about 45 minutes later. The airport remained closed, however, due to “unsafe conditions from area storm debris.” The airport reopened after 11 p.m. local time.“Most structural damage appears to have occurred near Lawrence as the tornado passed just outside the city limit,” Lawrence Police Department officials said in a tweet. “Please do not go sight seeing tornado damage. This only hampers the efforts of emergency workers.”There were also about 13,000 customers without power in the Lawrence area late Tuesday.Tornadoes devastated parts of Ohio on Monday night, leveling homes and leaving thousands without water and power. One 81-year-old man was killed in Celina, Ohio, when a vehicle was thrown into his home, the mayor of the town said.“I don’t know that any community is fully prepared for this type of devastation,” Dayton Assistant Fire Chief Nicholas Hosford said Tuesday on “Good Morning America.” “We have homes flattened, entire apartment complexes destroyed, businesses throughout our community where walls have collapsed,” Hosford said. Residents near New York City also braced for a possible tornado, but despite warnings it did not materialize.The NWS issued tornado warnings for several counties surrounding Manhattan on Tuesday evening, urging residents in the path of the “dangerous storm” to stay inside.The weather service has said the storms could produce hail the size of quarters. “Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter,” the NWS said in a statement. “Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely. This Tornado Warning replaces the Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for the same area.”The warning covered areas surrounding Staten Island and parts of northeastern New Jersey, including Hudson County, Union County and southern Essex County.The tornado that hit New Jersey on Tuesday touched down during an event at Lenape Valley Regional High School in Stanhope. Mayor Rosemary Maio confirmed no one was injured. On Wednesday morning, Stanhope was littered with down trees and power lines. The weather service sent a team to Stanhope that determined the ferocious weather was indeed a tornado.Helicopter aerial footage from ABC station WABC in New York City showed a 1.2 mile path of damage from Stanhope to Hopatcong that included toppled trees and power lines in the Stanhope area.About 25 students, teachers and parents huddled in an auditorium at Lenape Valley Regional High School when the storm hit. No one was injured.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Rhincalanus gigas and Calanus simillimus: lipid storage patterns of two species of copepod in the seasonally ice-free zone of the Southern Ocean

first_imgThe lipid and hydrocarbon composition of two species of Antarctic copepod, Rhincalanus gigas and Calanus simillimus, was investigated at two contrasting sites. Differences in the quantity of total lipid between sites were pronounced for R.gigas; females from a station near South Georgia where a bloom was in progress contained -8 times as much as those sampled in post-bloom waters in the Polar Frontal Zone (PFZ) some 450 km further north. In contrast, differences between sites for C.simillimus were less pronounced. The main lipid class for R.gigas was wax ester and for C.simillimus triacylglycerol. This fundamental difference is thought to reflect varying life-history patterns suggesting that C.simillimus may not undergo periods of pronounced food shortage. Pristane, a metabolite of phytol derived through the degradation of chlorophyll, was present in both species at both sites, indicating recent feeding activity, but the lack of the polyene diatom marker C21.6 in C.simillimus at the PFZ station suggested that it was largely feeding on other microp1ankton. Fatty acid analysis of C.simillimus offered further evidence that this species was omnivorous and that R.gigas was predominantly herbivorous 16:0 and 16:l generally accounted for slightly >50% of total fatty acids in both species; however, 16:0 was proportionately more abundant in C.simillimus and 16:l in R.gigas. The 16:1/16:0 ratio is usually >1 in diatoms, suggesting that the diet of C.simillimus contained items of prey other than diatoms, a fact confirmed in grazing experiments.last_img read more

Why’s Duncan Bannatyne doing property viewings?

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Why’s Duncan Bannatyne doing property viewings? previous nextAgencies & PeopleWhy’s Duncan Bannatyne doing property viewings?Not content with retiring to the sun with his new fiancee, the gym entrepreneur is set to join the local property industryNigel Lewis27th September 201601,402 Views Duncan Bannatyne is known for his laconic Glasgwegian drawl, scathing opinions of entrepreneurs on TV’s Dragon’s Den and his fitness empire, but not for being an estate agent.But that’s all about to change. The 67-year-old recently ‘retired’ to Portugal with his new partner and future third wife, 36-year-old Nigora Whitehorn. But it would appear lounging around his luxury villa isn’t enough for the crotchety workaholic and he’s now launched a property business on the Algarve.Bannatyne’s buying up unfinished developments stranded by the recent and deep recession in Portugal, upgrading them into luxury villas and selling them on via overseas property firm Ideal Homes Portugal.His first project, within the inland town of Almancil half way between Vilamoura and Quinta Do Lago, is a gated community of five villa each selling for €475,000.Bannatyne is going to get his hands dirty marketing the development, it would seem; Chris White, owner of Ideal Homes Portugal, says anyone viewing the properties will be conveyed around their marble-clad floors by Bannatyne in person.“The recovery in the property market in southern Spain has been rapid and sustained. The effect is spreading to Portugal and the Algarve is at the beginning of a remarkable upturn,” says Duncan Bannatyne.“I have invested at a time these properties are still within reach of Brits, and other nationalities, with an appetite for a place in the sun and an understanding of the need to buy at the right price and the right time.” ideal homes portugal Portugal duncan bannatyne September 27, 2016Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Russia: Defense Ministry to Buy Ka-52 Alligator Helicopters

first_img View post tag: Russia Russia: Defense Ministry to Buy Ka-52 Alligator Helicopters Industry news View post tag: Naval Russian defense ministry and JSC Russian Helicopters signed a delivery contract for over 100 Ka-52 helicopters, reports RIA Novosti referring to Andrei Reus, Director General of Oboronprom corporation.According to the contract, over 100 helicopters Ka-52 will be delivered to defense ministry till 2020.The pilot batch of Ka-52K helicopters for Mistral-class assault landing ships will be made in 2012, said managing director of helicopter-production holding Progress Yury Denisenko. Batch production will be launched in 2014.Presently, Ka-52K helicopters pass testbed trials, reports RIA Novosti. Underway landing of Ka-52K on the deck of large ASW ship Vice Admiral Kulakov was successfully held in the Kola Bay on Sept 3. Ka-52K are to be made by the helicopter manufacturing plant located in Arseniev, Primorsky Krai (Far East). To prepare for production, the plant has already received over RUR 3 bln, said Andrei Reus at the press conference.Recall that helicopters Ka-52K and Ka-29 will be based on two Mistral-class landing ships; the first is supposed to join Russian Navy in 2014, and the second – in 2015. Mistral-class ship is capable to accommodate 16 heavy or about 30 light transport/assault helicopters, including six on the flight deck.Combat helicopter Ka-52 Alligator is developed version of Ka-50 Black Shark and designed for terrain reconnaissance, targeting, and coordination of helicopter actions. Ka-52 Alligator is capable to destroy armored and non-armored weapons, troops, and air targets.Performance characteristics of Ka-52 AlligatorEngines – 2 x 2,400 hp;Length/height/wingspan (meters) – 14.2 x 4.9 x 7.3;Main rotors diameter – 14.5 meters;Takeoff weight (maximal) – 10,800 kg;Takeoff weight (standard) – 10,400 kg;Cruise speed – 250 kph;Max speed – 310 kph;Hover ceiling – 3,600 meters;Service ceiling – 5,500 meters;Practical range – 520 km;Climbing ability – 10 meters per second;Flight range – 1,200 km;Crew – two (pilot and navigator). Ka-52K Alligator is a ship-based version of Ka-52 equipped with blade folding mechanism. Defense ministry requested to increase engine service life of Ka-52 helicopters from 2,000-2,500 to 5,000 hours. Among other features are folded blades made of composite materials and ejection escape system.[mappress]Source: rusnavy, September 6, 2011; View post tag: Defense View post tag: buy View post tag: Helicopters View post tag: Ka-52center_img September 6, 2011 Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: Defense Ministry to Buy Ka-52 Alligator Helicopters View post tag: Navy View post tag: Alligator View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Ministrylast_img read more

Future USS Omaha completes acceptance trials

first_img View post tag: LCS View post tag: Austal Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy’s 12th littoral combat ship completes acceptance trials Authorities The U.S. Navy’s future USS Omaha (LCS 12) wrapped up her acceptance trials on May 12, after completing a series of graded in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).Acceptance trials are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the navy.During the trial, the navy tested the performance of the propulsion plant, ship handling, and auxiliary systems.While underway, Omaha successfully performed launch and recovery operations of the 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat, completed surface and air self-defense detect-to-engage exercises, and demonstrated the ship’s maneuverability through high-speed steering, crash backs, and four-hour full power run.“The Navy/industry trials team in Mobile has found their stride and, with stability in the serial production line, are bringing ships to trial with consistently improved performance at decreasing cost,” said Capt. Tom Anderson, LCS program manager. “Omaha will be an exceptional addition to the rapidly growing in-service fleet.”Following delivery, a post-delivery maintenance availability and crew training and familiarization exercises in Alabama, Omaha will sail to California for commissioning.Omaha will be homeported in San Diego with sister ships USS Independence (LCS 2), USS Coronado (LCS 4), USS Jackson (LCS 6), USS Montgomery (LCS 8) and USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), which departed Mobile earlier this month.Several more Independence-variant hulls are under construction at Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama. USS Manchester (LCS 14) is preparing for builders trial this summer, USS Tulsa (LCS 16) was christened and launched earlier this year, and USS Charleston (LCS 18) is scheduled to be christened and launched this fall. Other sister ships, including USS Cincinnati (LCS 20), USS Kansas City (LCS 22), USS Oakland (LCS 24) and USS Mobile (LCS 26), are in varying stages of construction.The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin (for the odd-numbered hulls, e.g. LCS 1). The Independence variant team is led by Austal USA (for LCS 6 and the subsequent even-numbered hulls). View post tag: US Navycenter_img May 23, 2017 Share this article View post tag: USS Omaha US Navy’s 12th littoral combat ship completes acceptance trialslast_img read more