Naya Pak should demonstrate Naya action on terror India

first_imgNew Delhi: Pakistan will be judged not by words but on basis of the action it takes to dismantle terror infrastructure on its soil, India said Saturday, asserting that its non-military strike on the JeM terrorist training camp in Balakot achieved its desired objective.External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said if Pakistan claims to be a ‘naya Pakistan’ (New Pakistan) with a ‘nayi soch’ (new thinking), then it should demonstrate ‘naya’ action (new action) against terror groups operating with impunity from its soil. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The MEA’s comments came a day after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said he will not allow Pakistani soil to be used for terror directed at other countries. Khan has been saying that a ‘Naya Pakistan’ is embarking on a new journey under his leadership. Kumar said Pakistan has been making identical statements after separate terror attacks and now Islamabad will have to take up the concrete action the international community expected it to take and must rein in terror groups operating from its soil. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”We remain resolute in our determination to persuade the international community of the necessity of compelling Pakistan to move beyond mere words and to show credible, verifiable and sustained actions. We have and we will continue to act with responsibility and maturity,” he said at a media briefing. Kumar said the widespread presence of terrorist camps in Pakistan is public knowledge and repeated requests by India and the international community for Pakistan to take action against such groups has been met with “denial”. “In 2004, the then President of Pakistan had made a solemn public commitment that they would not allow any territory under their control to be used for terrorist activity in any manner,” he said. “But till today, however, Pakistan has failed to take any credible action against Jaish-e-Mohammed and other terrorist organisations, which continue to operate with impunity from Pakistan,” he said, adding Pakistan will be judged not by its words but on the basis of action it takes to dismantle terror infrastructure. Tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbours escalated after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack and subsequent aerial strike by India on a training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Balakot on February 26. Pakistan retaliated the strike next day by unsuccessfully attempting to target Indian military installations. The JeM claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack. “Our non-military counter terrorism strike of February 26 achieved the intended objective. It has demonstrated our firm resolve to take decisive action against cross-border terrorism,” Kumar said about Balakot strike. He, however, evaded questions on number of casualties in the strike.last_img read more

China seeks to work with Sri Lanka against trade bullying

He said that American and Chinese consumers are both victims of the trade war, but the average American consumers will suffer more.“First, American importers bear almost all the costs of higher tariffs. Some of the cost of tariffs would be passed on to US consumers, while importers see lower margins. Further tariff increases may foreseeably be passed on to consumers. This phenomenon will inevitably lead to inflation in the long run, which will cause more serious damage to low-income families in the United States,” he added. “It didn’t help, as the Trump administration promised, reduce the trade deficit, while it is more likely to severely dampen business and financial market sentiment, disrupt global supply chains and jeopardize the expected recovery in global growth in 2019,” the Ambassador said in a statement issued by the Chinese Embassy in Colombo. China says it is ready to work with all countries, including Sri Lanka, to firmly oppose trade bullying, safeguard and promote the building of an open world economy and economic globalization, inject more certainty into an uncertain world, and build a community of shared future and common interests through win-win cooperation.The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Cheng Xueyuan said that for more than a year, the trade dispute between China and the United States has caused concern and even panic in both countries and the international market. He said the US tariff increase on China has reduced the total trade volume between China and the US, but the bilateral trade deficit remains basically unchanged. The Ambassador said that as for the China-US economic and trade frictions, China has always exercised great restraint and made careful preparations for negotiations with great sincerity.He said that China’s sincerity in promoting the consultations is obvious to all but China is unlikely to trade principled issues for core interests, and will not make concessions on major issues of principle. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Former Sierra Leonean fighters lay down arms at new disarmament site UN

During Monday’s official opening of the Yengema Disarmament Centre – located near Koidu, in Sierra Leone’s diamond-rich Kono district – 30 combatants from the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and 8 from the Civil Defence Force (CDF) were disarmed. Among the weapons destroyed at the site were AK-47s, FN rifles and small arms and ammunition. Presiding over the ceremony, UNAMSIL deputy chief Behrooz Sadry expressed his appreciation for the manner in which the exercise was conducted, despite a few logistical problems that were encountered during preparations.Later that day, Mr. Sadry and other officials attending the ceremony toured the Yengema Centre to inspect the progress achieved so far by the National Commission for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration in constructing the site. Meanwhile, in Bonthe Island, where the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme also began yesterday, nine CDF combatants disarmed at a reception centre, according to UNAMSIL. read more

Housing starts drop in April as multiunit and singlefamily starts slow

by The Canadian Press Posted May 8, 2017 7:36 am MDT Last Updated May 8, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Housing starts drop in April, as multi-unit and single-family starts slow OTTAWA – Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the annual pace of new housing starts fell 15 per cent last month compared with March.The Ottawa-based federal agency says the seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts was 214,098 units in April, down from 252,305 in March.Economists had expected an annual rate of 210,000 for April, according to Thomson Reuters.The move lower came as the pace of multi-unit urban starts fell 16.7 per cent and single-detached urban starts dropped 12.1 per cent.Rural starts were an estimated 14,613 units at the seasonally adjusted rate.However, the dip in April wasn’t big enough to stop the six-month moving average from rising to 213,768 units for the month compared with 210,702 in March. read more

Yemen Special Adviser praises work of UNbacked dialogue urges final agreement

Special Adviser Jamal Benomar today congratulated Yemenis for conducting “the most genuine transparent and inclusive National Dialogue the Arab region has ever witnessed.”Mr. Benomar, who along with his team of experts is advising the Conference, urged all sides to cooperate on a final outcome document. He met with President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and leaders of all political parties on Sunday. Since arriving last week, Mr. Benomar also met Prime Minister Mohamed Salem Basendwa, Minister of Foreign Affairs Abou Bakr AlQirbi, in addition to a wide range of leaders of politicians and civil society organizations. The latest round of UN-backed National Dialogue Conference includes 565 delegates representing a cross-section of Yemeni society. The ongoing conference will feed into a constitution-making process and pave the way for general elections in 2014. Preparations for the electoral process are under way, including steps to create a new biometric voter registry, with registration due to begin this month.Among the major challenges before the Dialogue is the need to find a consensual settlement to the question linked to southern separatists.Briefing the Security Council in June, Mr. Benomar said there had been a significant increase in the frequency and number of demonstrators in the South in recent months as a result of “pent-up resentment at more than two decades of unaddressed grievances and systematic marginalization.”Mr. Benomar will brief the Security Council on his visit, including recent political developments, on 27 September.Prior, he is scheduled to participate in a ministerial-level ‘Friends of Yemen’ meeting in New York on 25 September. This will be the first meeting since the conference in London in March, attended by 39 organizations and countries to discuss the political, economic, security and humanitarian sectors in Yemen.The country has been undergoing a democratic transition, with a Government of National Unity, which came to power in an election in February 2012 following protests that led to the resignation of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. read more

Bird tables and feeders in gardens could spread diseases warn experts

first_imgBritain’s obsession with feeding the birds could be driving disease within avian populations, a new study suggests.Gardeners in the UK spend around £200 million a year on bird food, which helps some of Britain’s most beloved species get by in the harsh winter months and beyond.But research by Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), suggests that bird tables and feeders are spreading illness because they bring species together which would never normally come into contact.The risk of disease is also increased if bird tables and other feeding stations are not kept clean, so stale food, food waste and droppings accumulate, the report warned.The study, used information on birds visiting gardens and observations of disease from citizen science project, the BTO’s Garden BirdWatch scheme which sees volunteers submitting findings year-round. It combined information from the large-scale surveillance scheme over 25 years with post-mortem examinations of birds, to track some of the most common diseases.They found that the diseases spread rapidly through populations which were frequently meeting at feeders and bird tables.Finch trichomonosis, for example, emerged in British finches in 2005 but soon spread to gregarious seed-eating species that visit garden feeding stations, the research showed.Co-author Kate Risely from BTO said: “We’re calling on everyone who feeds wild birds to be aware of their responsibility for preventing disease.”Simple steps we’d recommend include offering a variety of food from accredited sources, feeding in moderation, so that feeders are typically emptied every 1-2 days, the regular cleaning of bird feeders and rotation of feeding sites to avoid accumulation of waste food or bird droppings.”British gardens have become a haven for many birds which have suffered from habitat loss and urbanisation, and some 48 per cent of households regularly leave food out to help garden visitors. Bullfinches Credit:JOHN HARDING/British Trust for Ornithology   Greenfinches  Greenfinches Credit:JILL PAKENHAMcenter_img 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. The report also noted that there was also a well-being aspect to feeding the birds which helps the growing disconnect from nature and fosters interest in wildlife and conservation.However the report points out that there a risks from feeding the birds, including that they will become reliant on the food and stop being able to fend for themselves.“There is a need to balance the risks and benefits of supplementary feeding of garden birds to both wildlife and people,” the report concludes.When disease outbreaks do occur, people are encouraged to report their observations to the Garden Wildlife Health (GWH) project, seek veterinary guidance; and consider a temporary halt to garden feeding in order to encourage birds to disperse, reducing the risk of further disease spread.The researchers also hope that long term information about three of Britain’s deadliest bird diseases will help contain the spread of illness.Commenting on the study, lead author Dr Becki Lawson from ZSL’s Institute of Zoology said: “These conditions have different means of transmission – so deepening our understanding of disease dynamics will help us develop best practice advice to ensure that feeding garden birds also helps to safeguard their health”.The research was published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. Bullfinches last_img read more

Nicola Furlong murder trial begins in Tokyo

first_imgTHE FAMILY OF Nicola Furlong is in Japan today as the trial of the man accused of her murder begins.The 21-year-old student was found dead in a Tokyo hotel room last May. She had been strangled.Richard Hinds, a 19-year-old musician from Memphis in the US, stands accused of her murder. He has denied the murder charge, telling the court today that he had no motive, intent or reason to hurt the Wexford native.According to RTÉ reporter in Tokyo, Robert Short, the case will run for two weeks.He also reported that the victim’s mother and father were seated behind prosecutors today, while her sister Andrea sat in the courtroom with a framed photo of Nicola in her arms.Japanese prosecutors have said that Hinds has shown no remorse and should be punished severely. If convicted, he could face life imprisonment. Although Japan usually considers those under 21 years of age to be minors, a court decided last July to treat Hinds as an adult.Nicola, an international business student in DCU, was studying at the Takasaki City University of Economics, for the third year of her degree at the time of her death.On the night of her murder, she and a friend had travelled to central Tokyo to attend a concert by US rapper Nicki Minaj.The pair missed their train home, and later met two Americans in the busy Shinjuku train station, with whom they travelled back to the Keio Plaza Hotel, where Furlong was found dead the following morning.Security footage of the girls getting into a taxi was shown in court today.Read: Tánaiste confirms deaths of 194 Irish citizens abroad this yearlast_img read more

Christmas Day space rocket launch ends in disaster

first_imgWhile Christmas Day may have been filled with presents and good food for many, Indian scientists saw it end on a bad note. A communications rocket intended for Earth’s orbit strayed from its path soon after launch and exploded.The rocket launched from the Satish Shawan Space Center in Bangladesh Sriharikota, India carrying a GSAT-5P communications satellite. It was originally meant to launch on December 20, but suffered an engine leak. The new launch had a problem which occurred 47 seconds after lift off, pushing the rocket to a higher flight angle and ultimate failure.AdChoices广告The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) do not know what caused the problem, but it is the second time a rocket has failed to launch, with the first having problems back in April. For the moment, the ISRO do not intend to change anything in its preparations for each rocket, with chairman K. Radhakrishnan stating:I do not find any reason to restructure GSLV vehicle, design, configuration. We do not find any problem. Read more at CNNlast_img read more

Secondhalf capitulation leaves Arsenal on the brink of Champions League exit

first_img ARSENE WENGER’S FUTURE was plunged into further doubt on Wednesday as Thiago Alcantara inspired Bayern Munich to a 5-1 rout of his hapless Arsenal team which left the Gunners facing a seventh straight Champions League last-16 exit.Bayern extended their Champions League record to 16 home wins by flooring the Gunners with three goals in ten second-half minutes.Bayern knocked Arsenal out at the same stage in 2005, 2013 and 2014 and were looking comfortably placed to make it four times after romping through Wednesday’s first leg.The Allianz Arena defeat raises the pressure on Wenger for the return leg on March 7 with only Alexis Sanchez’s away goal for comfort.The result matched the 5-1 group-stage thrashing Arsenal received in Munich in November 2015 — the club’s joint record away defeat in Europe.Arjen Robben’s superb curling shot gave Bayern the lead on 11 minutes, but Sanchez levelled by drilling home Manuel Neuer’s save from a penalty on 30 minutes.Bayern moved up a gear after the break with a flurry of goals in quick succession.Robert Lewandowski headed Bayern back into the lead on 53 minutes before Thiago added two in quick succession while Thomas Mueller came off the bench to complete the rout.Bayern spent the opening minutes camped in the Arsenal half and took the lead on 10 minutes through Robben’s wonderful strike.The Dutch winger cut in from the right, and curled home a superbly-weighted shot off his left foot from outside the area.Arsenal then raised the tempo and started pressing the hosts.Bayern defender Mats Hummels was given a yellow card for fouling Sanchez just outside the box.Mesut Ozil drilled the resulting free-kick at Neuer, but moments later Arsenal were awarded a penalty.Lewandowski mistimed his clearance kick in the area and struck Laurent Koscielny’s raised leg.Despite Bayern’s furious protests, Serbian referee Milorad Mazic pointed to the spot.Neuer saved Sanchez’s penalty, but the Chile international drilled home the rebound from a tight angle at the second attempt.It was the valuable away goal Bayern had talked about not conceding in the match’s build-up.There were equally furious Bayern protests at the other end when David Alaba’s cross struck Hector Bellerin on the hand, but the referee waved play on.It was 1-1 at the break, but Bayern stepped up the pressure in the second half.Robben released Philipp Lahm who put in a perfect cross and Lewandowski twisted to tuck his header past David Ospina’s reach.The Poland hot-shot then flicked Xabi Alonso’s pass into Thiago’s path to tuck his shot past Ospina.Lewandowski hit the crossbar on 61 minutes, but Thiago added his second when his shot from the edge of the box deflected past the Arsenal goalkeeper on 63 minutes.Mueller came on for Lewandowski on 86 minutes and added Bayern’s fifth two minutes later after Thiago squared the final pass. Source: E7Comps/YouTube- © AFP, 2017The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Short URL Follow us: Share Tweet Email Second-half capitulation leaves Arsenal on the brink of Champions League exit The Gunners were convincingly beaten by Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 9:46 PM 19,757 Views Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi (right) and Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin (left) appear dejected after Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandoski (not in picture) scores his side’s second goal of the game. Image: Mike Egertoncenter_img Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi (right) and Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin (left) appear dejected after Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandoski (not in picture) scores his side’s second goal of the game. By AFP Image: Mike Egerton Feb 15th 2017, 9:46 PM Manchester City was ‘the right club at the wrong time’ for Dubliner Karl Moore>Mourinho deals Shaw fresh Europa League snub> 61 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Sonia OSullivans daughter to make Ireland debut at U18 European Championships

first_img Share1398 Tweet Email3 McIlroy one off the lead at Travelers Championship, solid start for Harrington O’Sullivan (left) has dual Irish-Australian citizenship and has run in both countries in recent years. O’Sullivan (left) has dual Irish-Australian citizenship and has run in both countries in recent years. Image: Brett Hemmings Jun 22nd 2018, 11:21 AM Short URL Friday 22 Jun 2018, 12:00 PM Gina Akpe-Moses will be in action for Ireland this weekend. Source: Steve FeeneyIreland U20 team for Mannheim Gala:Gina Akpe-Moses (Blackrock Louth) 200M & 4X100M, Ciara Neville (Emerald) 100M & 4X100M, Patience Jumbo Gula (St Gerard’s Dundalk) 100M & 4X100M, Rhasidat Adeleke (Tallaght) 200M & 4X100M, Molly Scott (SLOT) 100MH & 4X100M, Davicia Patterson (Beechmount Harriers) 400M & 4X400M, Ciara Deely (Kilkenny City Harriers) 400M & 4X400M, Miriam Daly (Carrick on Suir) 400Mh & 4X400M, Sommer Lecky (Finn Valley) high jump, Niamh Fogarty (North Westmeath) discus, Sophie Meredith (St Mary’s Limerick) long jump, Ruby Millet (St Abban’s) long jump, Simone Lalor (SLOT) 4 x 400m, Aaron Sexton (North Down) 100M & 4X100M. David McDonald (Menapians) 200M & 4X100M, David Murphy (Gowran) 100M & 4X100M, Michael McCauley (Ballymena & Antrim) 100M & 4X100M, Jack Dempsey (Galway City Harriers) 200M & 4X100M.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Image: Brett Hemmings 82,493 Views SOPHIE O’SULLIVAN, THE daughter of former world champion and Olympic silver medallist Sonia, will represent Ireland at next month’s European U18 athletics championships, thus confirming her preference to run in a green vest.The 16-year-old, who has dual Irish-Australian citizenship, has been included in a strong Irish team of 23 athletes for the championships, which take place in Gyor, Hungary from 5-8 July.O’Sullivan won an Irish U17 title in the 1,500m event last summer — 32 years after her mother won the same race — while also enhancing her growing reputation with Australian U17 titles over 800m and 1,500m.Representing Cork’s Ballymore Cobh AC, O’Sullivan will make her international debut for Ireland over 800m and will be considered as one of several medal prospects, alongside Sarah Healy who last week clocked the second fastest 1,500m time by a European youth ever.Healy, of Blackrock AC, smashed the Irish youth record and secured qualification for the European seniors in August with a time of 4:09.25 in Germany, further underlining her exciting potential on the world stage.Meanwhile, an Irish U20 team has been named for the Mannheim Gala in Germany this weekend, with European U20 100m champion Gina Akpe-Moses leading that selection.Ireland team for European U18 athletics championships:GirlsPatience Jumbo-Gula (St. Gerard’s AC) 100m & Medley Relay, Rhasidat Adeleke (Tallaght AC) 200m & Medley Relay, Simone Lalor (St. LO’T AC) 400m & Medley Relay, Sophie O’Sullivan (Ballymore Cobh AC) 800m, Molly Brown (Metro St. Brigids AC) 800m, Sarah Healy (Blackrock AC) 1500m, Miriam Daly (Carrick-on-Suir AC) 400m hurdles & Medley Relay, Sarah Glennon (Mullingar Harriers AC) 5km Race Walk, Emily MacHugh (Naas AC) 5km Race Walk, Ruby Millet (St. Abban’s AC) Long Jump, Sophie Meredith (St. Mary’s AC) Long Jump, Ciara Kennelly (Killarney Valley AC) High Jump, Miranda Tcheutchoua (Lusk AC) Hammer, Adeyemi Talabi (Longford AC) Medley Relay, Rachel McCann (North Down AC) Medley Relay.BoysConor Morey (Leevale AC) 100m, Israel Olatunde (Dundealgan AC) 100m, Louis O’Loughlin (Donore Harriers AC) 800m, Cian McPhillips (Longford AC) 1500m, Brian Maguire (DSD AC) 1500m, Oisin Lane (Mullingar Harriers AC) 10km Race Walk, Conor Cusack (Lake District AC) Javelin, Brian Lynch (Old Abbey AC) Decathlon. 37 Comments Follow us: Sonia O’Sullivan’s daughter to make Ireland debut at U18 European Championships 16-year-old Sophie will run over 800 metres in Hungary next month. By Ryan Bailey Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Cigarette butt blamed for Vancouver apartment fire

first_imgA two-alarm fire that damaged an apartment building in Vancouver late Saturday was caused by an improperly discarded cigarette.The cigarette butt was thrown on the deck of an apartment at 1909 E. Sixth St. and caught nearby combustibles on fire, which spread and damaged two units, said Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli. The fire was called into 911 at 9:05 p.m. Saturday and was declared under control at 9:50 p.m.Scarpelli said a total of 16 people were displaced from the eight-unit building in the Hudson’s Bay neighborhood. The fire caused an estimated $455,000 damage.“This fire was a preventable fire,” Scarpelli said. “It’s critical (cigarette) butts are put in water or sand in some kind of metal container.”last_img read more

Party Leaders faceoff in fierce debate

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 6, 2016 – The Leaders Debate was a fierce challenge last night as Rufus Ewing, Sharlene Robinson and Oswald Skippings aimed to woo any undecided voters through their answers to questions which came from moderators and the audience.Reputation and Integrity, Experience and Ability, Fact or Fiction and Vision for the country were among the broad subjects coming through a variety of questions from Tremmaine Harvey, Trevor Musgrove and Kenrick Walters who moderated the three hour PTV & Shaun Malcolm organized debate.PNP Leader, Rufus Ewing spent much of his time being double-teamed and defending or explaining the accomplishments of his administration over the past four years – he warned voters not to buy into the ‘doom and gloom’ messages from his opponents and touted accomplishments including the economic standing and health care model of the TCI as being top and envies of the region.PDM Leader, Sharlene Robinson, the lone lady on the panel directed her focus to the PNP mainly, and on several occasions chided the premier for complaining about the British; for keeping important information to himself; reminding that the PNP is the reason for UK intervention and the need for a bail-out loan and essentially calling his leadership, failed.She told voters that if their lives are not better, to vote for change.  PDA Leader, Oswald Skippings reflected on his two terms as Chief Minister with a record of building sports, education, saving a straddled economy in 1988 and with ideas on attracting inward investment.Mr. Skippings spoke to the voters about his experience and effectiveness to get the British to do more about national security and to uncover the problems of what he believes is a crippled health care system.Tonight, another debate to air on Ch2 on the Digicel network; it features the All Island At Large Candidates, well except for Michael Misick who in a press release explained that he will not participate because he feels all independent candidates should have the opportunity.  Misick said to leave the three district independent candidates out; namely: Valarie Jennings; his pal, McAllister Hanchell and JJ Parker – is disadvantageous to the trio and he will not support the face off. Related Items:last_img read more

Hammerwielding man robs Hollywood CVS Pharmacy

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are looking for a man who apparently held up a drugstore with a hammer in Hollywood.Police released surveillance images of that man, who robbed a CVS Pharmacy along Stirling and North Park Road, on June 16.According to officials, the crook stormed in and jumped over the counter before taking off with cash from the register.They said he entered the store earlier in the evening to make a purchase but returned around 4:30 a.m. with the hammer.He fled the scene on foot.If you recognize him, call Hollywood Police at 954-967-HELP. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

OBITUARY Lena Fontana Mercuri 77

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Lena (Fontana) Mercuri, age 77, of Wilmington, formerly of Jamaica Plain, died peacefully on December 22, 2018.Lena was the beloved wife of Raymond Mercuri, loving mother of Raymond Mercuri and his companion Dawn Young of Chelmsford, Mark Mercuri of Wilmington and the late Michael Mercuri, loving “Noni” of Shane and Cody Mercuri of Tewksbury, cherished daughter of the late Domenic and Rosemarie (Cantera) Fontana, dear sister of Rosemarie Buckley & her husband William and the late Louise Hall & her husband Paul all of Foxborough. Lena is also survived by many loving relatives, nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather for a Funeral on Saturday, December 29th, at 10:00 a.m. at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt 62), Wilmington, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, December 28th, from 4:00-8:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in Lena’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, Attn: Gift Box Program, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105; VNA of Middlesex East Hospice, 800 West Cummings Park, #5000, Woburn, MA 01801 or a charity of your choice.Lena (Fontana) Mercuri(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Maureen F. (McKenna) McHugh, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, 81In “Obituaries”last_img read more

A warming Arctic means a change of plans for offshore drilling project

first_imgA 3-D rendering of Hilcorp’s proposed Liberty project as represented in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s draft environmental impact statement. (Image courtesy BOEM)The Trump administration gave a key approval last week to a milestone oil development. Called the Liberty Project, it would be the first oil production facility in federal Arctic waters. It’s being developed by Hilcorp, a Texas-based oil company.Listen nowBut as the Arctic warms, Hilcorp is already having to tweak its proposal to accommodate climate change. And future companies looking to drill offshore in the Arctic may have additional changes to plan for.To get at the oil, Hilcorp is planning to build a gravel island about five miles from shore in the shallow waters of the Beaufort Sea and drill from there.In order to build that gravel island, the company plans to use what’s called landfast sea ice, or ice that attaches to the coast each winter. They would drive on top of it and dump the gravel through holes in the ice. Shallow, near-shore operations have used sea ice in that way before.“When it’s in place and when it’s stable, it makes actually a fairly convenient platform from which to operate,” said Andy Mahoney,  a sea ice researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks who provides information to oil companies and federal regulators on what they can expect of ice thickness, extent, and seasonal duration.“You can build ice roads on it. You can operate drilling equipment from it. And it’s, I think, in many ways easier than trying to work off of a ship or a barge or something like that.”Mahoney says that the primary concern he hears from oil companies who want to work on landfast ice is that the window they have to work is shrinking as the Arctic warms. Mahoney says the ice is forming later and breaking up earlier.That means companies may have to stretch out work from one winter to two.Apparently, that’s happening to Hilcorp, according to construction plans the company has provided to regulators.According to plans Hilcorp shared with a federal agency in 2015, the company originally thought it could build the gravel island in one year. But in an email, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) confirmed that due to “historically abnormal ice conditions in the Arctic,” Hilcorp amended its plans. Now, the company is telling the agency it could take two years to build the gravel island.Hilcorp declined to comment.There are also other ways that a warming Arctic may affect companies who pursue offshore drilling projects.“With the projections of declining sea ice you would expect the waves to get bigger and bigger, and in fact that’s what is being seen in the Beaufort Sea,” said Jeremy Kasper, an oceanographer at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.Kasper is currently leading a study for BOEM trying to better understand wave and sediment dynamics in the area around Hilcorp’s Liberty project.A large part of their focus is the potential impacts of the Hilcorp development on the marine environment. But they’re also going to model how wave height, storm surge and coastal erosion may change along the whole Beaufort coast and some of the Chukchi coast decades into the future as the climate warms.Kasper says those changes could mean that companies have to plan for increasing erosion around their pipelines or alter how they work in higher wave conditions — for example, in shallow areas of the Beaufort sea.“If you increase the waves, you’re talking about bigger boats,” said Kasper. “Bigger boats, you have to start thinking about dredging because it’s pretty shallow up there.”Earlier this year the Trump Administration proposed opening the majority of Alaska’s federal waters to drilling, including Arctic waters. The first federal offshore lease sale for the Beaufort Sea could happen as soon as late next year. However, a final plan has yet to be issued and lease sales have yet to be held.But as warming temperatures change the Arctic landscape, it’s hard to imagine that any future drilling operation in Arctic waters could avoid calculating in the effects of climate change.This article has been clarified to reflect that the Liberty Project would be the first oil production facility in federal Arctic waters, but not the first oil production from federal waters. Northstar Island, also operated by Hilcorp, produces oil from federal offshore leases in the Arctic, as well. Alaska’s Energy Desk’s Elizabeth Harball contributed to this story.last_img read more

OnePlus 7 Pro price in India leaked Heres how it compares against

first_imgOnePlus 7 Pro prebooking offerAmazon.inOnePlus 7 is set to launch on the 14th of this month, but mere days before that we have a leak which confirms that price of the 6GB/128GB model of the OnePlus 7 Pro to be Rs. 49,999, whereas the 8GB/256GB version will cost Rs. 52,999. The top-end variant, with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, will be priced at Rs. 57,999.This information has come from Ishan Agarwal who’s been reliable with leaks in the past. How do these prices compare with phones already in the market? For starters, a recent Geekbench benchmark shows a OnePlus GM1917 featuring 12GB RAM and a Snapdragon 855 processor which scored 3551 on the single-core test and 11012 on the multi-core test. If the benchmark is to be believed, it can be assessed that the phone has a slightly better camera and memory bandwidth than the iPhone XR, which comes at an MRP of Rs. 91,900. However, it lags in single-core performance, with the latter taking a lead of over 1200 points.According to the benchmark, the OnePlus phone manages to leave the Rs. 80,000 Google Pixel 3 XL behind by a large margin. As we already know, OnePlus chose to forego IP rating certifications in favour of a lower price tag, something which will prove beneficial for the company as well as its customers. Furthermore, a DisplayMate rating of A+, the same as the Samsung S10, only boosts the marketability of the device. Here’s a detailed spec sheet for the two models:With a price tag that low and performance at par with luxury brands’ flagship phones, OnePlus might just pull it off this time as well.last_img read more

Freetoplay games support coming to Xbox

first_imgMost free-to-play games survive on “micro-transactions,” that is, while the game itself is free to download and play to a certain degree, you’ll have to pay real money for in-game benefits like higher levels, better items, or unlocked areas and content. Those types of games haven’t been available on the Xbox before, but a new report says they may be coming soon and developers are testing a way to bring free-to-play games to Xbox and Xbox Live.It was only last week that Steam opened up to free-to-play games, and only today news broke that Valve’s Team Fortress 2 is now free-to-play as well. While formal support on the Xbox is still a ways away, it’s clear there’s a major shift towards free-to-play gaming coming. Develop is reporting that Microsoft has approached several developers of free-to-play games, asking them to bring their games to the Xbox.They’re also reporting that Microsoft is planning to roll out a micro-transaction service for Xbox Live, built on the existing Microsoft points system, where players can use Microsoft points to buy in-game items or content. To be fair, Microsoft didn’t comment on the matter when approached directly, but it’s not Microsoft’s style to fan the rumor flames, or speak before their plans are concrete.At the same time, getting into the free-to-play market could be a boon for Microsoft, and it could give them a way to compete with Steam’s free-to-play category on the PC with their own additions to Games for Windows Live, and it could also give them a way to deliver free-to-play mobile games via Windows Phone 7.Plus, Microsoft clearly has big plans for the Xbox as an entertainment hub in the home, and this falls in line there as well. If gamers can download a game to their Xbox and play for free, but then lay down cash for Microsoft points when they’re ready to upgrade their weapons or armor, everyone wins.Read more at Developlast_img read more

Explosive found at Brazil shrine before pope trip

first_imgNo related posts. Pope Francis smiles while greeting journalists of the papal flight upon arrival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Monday. Luca Zennaro/AFP/Pool RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – A homemade explosive device was discovered in the bathroom of the parking garage of the Brazilian shrine where Pope Francis will visit this week, the Brazilian military said on Monday.The military said the device was destroyed after its discovery at the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida between Rio and São Paulo, which the pope is due to visit on Wednesday.Meanwhile, legions of pilgrims welcomed Pope Francis to Rio de Janeiro on Monday, lining the streets of the tropical city and stopping his car to touch Latin America’s first pontiff.Crowds cheered as the 76-year-old Argentine stepped on the tarmac of Rio’s airport to be met by President Dilma Rousseff before heading downtown and hopping on an open-top jeep to meet the crowds.Pope Francis has come to Brazil, an emerging power with a shrinking Catholic flock, to promote his vision of a more humble church and to attend World Youth Day, a week-long event drawing more than one million young Catholics.Excitement about his first overseas visit brought thousands of people into the streets, chanting “long live the pope,” singing and waving the flags of Argentina and other countries.The pope, whose decision to get as close as possible to the people made authorities nervous, crossed the metropolis in a small four-door car with his window rolled down.Pilgrims stopped his convoy several times to shake his hand. Bodyguards struggled to control the crowd at times and the pope allowed a woman to bring her child, whom he kissed.The pope then climbed on his open-top jeep and waved at the faithful as he continued his journey among the crowds before talks with Rousseff at the Rio state governor’s palace.“We hope the pope will bring us the renewal of faith and enthusiasm,” said Renzo Cicroni, a 23-year-old Argentine. “To see all these young people together, it re-energizes us.”Anaia Betarte, a 17-year-old from Uruguay, said she came to “see change, something new, something refreshing.”The pope’s decision to leave behind his bulletproof “Popemobile” raised local concerns and Rio authorities have deployed 30,000 troops and police in the wake of massive protests.In recent weeks, more than a million Brazilians have taken part in the demonstrations against the cost of public transport, corruption and the billions spent on hosting the 2014 World Cup.The pope’s message of a “poor Church for the poor,” may play well in Brazil, which is now an economic powerhouse but still has millions living in shantytowns like the favelas rising on Rio’s hillsides.Speaking to reporters on the papal plane, Pope Francis warned against marginalizing the young and the elderly.center_img “The global crisis has brought nothing good to young people. I saw the data on youth unemployed last week. We run the risk of having a generation without work,” said Francis, who carried his own luggage onto the plane, in keeping with his trademark simplicity.He said his trip aimed in part “to encourage young people to integrate into society” and convince the world not to abandon them.Francis also lamented “the culture of rejection” of the elderly “despite the life wisdom they give us.”But even the pope’s visit faces protests. Atheists and the Anonymous protest group planned to demonstrate outside the governor’s palace against the $53 million from public coffers spent on the pope’s visit.He is scheduled to rest on Tuesday and then visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida between Rio and São Paulo on Wednesday.A large stage with a huge cross was being built on the famed Copacabana beach, where Francis will address throngs of young Catholics on Thursday after visiting a favela.Brazil is the world’s biggest Catholic country, but its flock is shrinking as more people turn to Evangelical churches or drop out of organized religion.More than 90 percent of Brazilians identified as Catholic in 1970, according to the census.But a poll by Datafolha Institute showed Sunday 57 percent now call themselves Catholic, while 28 percent say they are Pentecostal or non-Pentecostal Evangelicals.In Rio, only 40 percent are Catholic while almost a quarter are “without religion,” according to a separate poll in the newspaper Folha de São Paulo. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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