Sustainable development tops UN chiefs priorities for 2010

11 January 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today outlined seven priorities for 2010, beginning with the urgent need for a renewed focus on sustainable development, including advancing efforts to achieve the globally agreed targets aimed at ending poverty, disease and hunger. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today outlined seven priorities for 2010, beginning with the urgent need for a renewed focus on sustainable development, including advancing efforts to achieve the globally agreed targets aimed at ending poverty, disease and hunger.The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – as the targets are known – are among the seven “strategic opportunities” to be realized not over decades but within the next twelve months, Mr. Ban told the 192-member General Assembly.“Taken together, they can make the world safer, fairer and more prosperous today and in the future,” he stated. “I ask that we join together to make 2010 a year of sustainable development – to meet the MDGs, address climate change, promote global health and take the necessary steps for lasting and robust economic recovery.”Mr. Ban highlighted the special MDG summit he will be convening in September in conjunction with the Assembly’s annual General Debate. Prior to that, in March, he will present his own assessment to the membership on the gaps and needs on this issue. Negotiating a binding agreement on climate change, as well as to deliver on commitments made to date, was the second priority emphasized by the Secretary-General. Last month, countries ‘sealed the deal’ on a political accord which seeks to jump-start immediate action on climate change and guide negotiations on long-term action. It also includes an agreement to working towards curbing global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius, efforts to reduce or limit emissions, and pledges to mobilize $100 billion a year for developing countries to combat climate change. Mr. Ban said he intends to launch a high-level panel on climate change and sustainable development, which will deliver its own recommendations on the way ahead. The Secretary-General also called for empowering women as never before during 2010, and pointed to the need to work towards setting up the new gender entity to be established within the UN, and step up efforts to prevent violence against women. The appointment of a Special Representative on the prevention of sexual violence in armed conflict will be announced soon, he added. Noting encouraging progress in the field of disarmament, Mr. Ban’s fourth priority is working towards a nuclear-free world. “As with the MDG summit, we must prepare the ground for success,” he stated, listing a series of meetings that he will be attending on the issue in Geneva, Paris and Washington. “The fifth strategic opportunity lies in preventing and resolving deadly conflicts around the world,” the Secretary-General went on to say, adding that 2010 will undoubtedly bring unforeseen political and humanitarian crises.Among the challenges anticipated are critical elections in Iraq, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire and Myanmar. In addition, the situations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Guinea, among others, will continue to demand attention.“In the Middle East, we must generate new momentum in the search for a comprehensive, just and lasting peace,” Mr. Ban stated. “One year after the Gaza conflict, a fundamentally different approach is required to address the major humanitarian and reconstruction challenges still facing its people.”The sixth priority, said the Secretary-General, is to advance on issues “at the heart of who we are – human rights and the rule of law.” In this regard, he urged the Assembly in the coming weeks to conduct a thorough and clear-eyed review of the Human Rights Council.He also called for strengthening the International Criminal Court (ICC), describing it as the “centrepiece of our system of international criminal justice,” and urged all nations to become parties to the Court’s Statute. Last, but not least, Mr. Ban cited the need to strengthen the UN system. “In the last years, we have made important progress in realigning the United Nations with new global realities. But more has to be done. “As an Organization, we have to commit to continuously improve the way we are doing business. Changing with changing times and evolving needs has to become a way of life at the United Nations,” he said, noting the need to rejuvenate management, develop the emerging leaders of the future, and build a flexible workforce for the 21st century, as well as make better use of modern technologies.“I sense renewed energy as we start the new year and take on the heavy agenda ahead,” Mr. Ban stressed to reporters following his informal briefing to the Assembly. “We can make 2010 a year for action on a number of fronts,” he added. “We are ready to act, ready to deliver, and ready to make 2010 a year of results for people.” read more

New rules for Saskatchewan pipelines after Husky oil spill into river

New rules for Saskatchewan pipelines after Husky oil spill into river by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 28, 2016 2:28 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 28, 2016 at 5:29 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email REGINA – Saskatchewan is proposing tougher rules for pipelines following an oil spill into the North Saskatchewan River that jeopardized the drinking water of thousands of people.Legislation introduced Monday would establish new inspection, investigation and compliance powers for government staff, as well as update and modernize penalties.It would also provide requirements for financial assurance from operators for pipelines in high-risk locations such as water crossings.“It does provide, I think, more ability for the ministry to provide oversight,” Energy and Resources Minister Dustin Duncan said at the legislature in Regina.The legislation raises penalty provisions to a maximum of $500,000 per day from $50,000.It would also phase in licensing of more than 80,000 flowlines which are currently exempt. Flowlines are generally smaller and shorter pipelines that connect a wellhead to a storage facility.Saskatchewan’s auditor has warned that flowlines pose the same type of environmental risks as larger pipelines, but are located by the wellhead.Duncan is to decide if more changes are needed after the province’s investigation into the Husky Oil (TSX:HSE) spill is complete.Husky Energy has said shifting ground was to blame for a pipeline burst in July that leaked about 225,000 litres of heavy crude oil and diluent into the North Saskatchewan River. It said the break was a sudden, one-time event.Husky said it has spent about $90 million responding to the spill, and wrapped up shoreline clean-up efforts in October after recovering about 210,000 litres of what spilled.The spill forced the cities of North Battleford, Prince Albert and Melfort to shut off their intakes from the river and find other water sources for almost two months.“I don’t want to stand here and say that the changes that we’re introducing today would necessarily have stopped an incident like what happened this summer,” said Duncan.He said Alberta has fewer gaps than Saskatchewan but that didn’t prevent a spill two years ago at Nexen ULC’s Long Lake oilsands project when 5 million litres of emulsion — a mixture of bitumen, sand and water — spilled into muskeg southeast of Fort McMurray. read more

Security Council authorizes African Union peacekeepers in Somalia for another year

In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council also requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to continue the UN logistical support package for the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which will continue its tasks until 28 February 2014.Created and operated by the AU in January 2007, AMISOM received a UN mandate from the Security Council the following month, and has been renewed ever since. It is mandated to conduct peace support operations in Somalia, which has been affected by conflict for more than two decades but which has recently made some significant political gains. In today’s resolution, the Council also partially lifted the weapons ban for one year to boost the Government’s capacity to protect areas recovered from the militant group Al-Shabaab and defend against fresh attempts by such groups to destabilize the country.It decided that the arms embargo, originally imposed in 1992, would not apply to arms or equipment sold or supplied solely for the development of the Government’s security forces, but it kept its restrictions in place on heavy weapons, such as surface-to-air missiles. In addition, the Government would be required to notify the Council’s sanctions committee at least five days in advance of any such deliveries and provide details of the transactions. Alternately, Member States delivering assistance may make the notification after informing the Government of its intentions in that regard. The resolution also welcomed the review by the Secretary-General of the UN’s presence and engagement in Somalia which includes the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) and the UN Support Office for AMISOM (UNSOA).Discussions are under way on a revised UN presence in Somalia to support recent political gains and to address the urgent ongoing humanitarian and human rights situations. The new mission would include good offices, advice and assistance on security, peacekeeping and state-building, the preparation of elections, human rights and the rule of law, and assistance for the coordination of international assistance.The 15-member body “agrees with the Secretary-General that UNPOS has fulfilled its mandate and should now be dissolved, and further agrees that UNPOS should be replaced by a new expanded special political mission as soon as possible.” It also agreed with the Secretary-General that “the conditions in Somalia are not yet appropriate for the deployment of a United Nations peacekeeping operation,” and requested that he keeps this under review, including through the setting of benchmarks for when it might be appropriate to deploy a UN peacekeeping operation. Meanwhile, the Council decided that UNSOA shall be integrated within the framework of the new UN mission, with the head of UNSOA continuing to report to the Department of Field Support (DFS) on the delivery of the AMISOM logistical support package. read more

Teen killed by exboyfriend had been fined by police for wasting time

first_imgMichael Lane She’ll pay for what she’s donewhat Michael Lane is alleged to have said The case is ongoing at Lewes Crown CourtCredit:Alamy Miss Grice was told that there were no further lines of inquiry and that the case would be left on file. Then on July 12, more than a month before she was killed, Miss Grice reported to police being followed by Lane.Jurors heard police treated the incident as “low risk”, but that the investigating officer would be made aware.On August 25, Lane allegedly waited until Miss Grice was alone in her shared bungalow before letting himself in and slitting her throat and torching her bedroom, in Chrisdory Road in the Mile Oak area of Brighton, East Sussex. Miss Grice’s killer had dismantled the smoke alarm in the hallway and disposed of broken pieces of it under her bed, prosecutors have told jurors.Her body was found face down on the bed in her smoke-filled room after her concerned colleagues reported she had failed to arrive at work.Lane, who got to know Miss Grice while they worked at Brighton Fire Alarms, is accused of murdering her after she decided to rekindle a relationship with her ex-boyfriend Ashley Cooke.Prosecutors claim Lane refused to accept their break-up and decided no-one else could have a relationship with Miss Grice, telling a friend: “She’ll pay for what she’s done.”Jurors have heard Lane stalked her in the months before the killing, and placed a tracker device on her car.At the opening of the defence case, Lane was asked directly by his counsel, Simon Russell Flint QC, whether he murdered Miss Grice. Michael Lane is accused of murderCredit:EDDIE MITCHELL for The Telegraph A teenager was issued with a fixed penalty notice by police for wasting time after complaining about an assault by her ex-boyfriend, who allegedly went on to murder her, a court heard.Police were called after Michael Lane, 27, pulled 19-year-old Shana Grice’s hair and tried to grab her mobile phone last March 24, a jury was told.Prosecutors said the incident happened as she walked down a road after leaving her home, unhappy that he had turned up unannounced, with her two housemates following a visit to a pub.Lewes Crown Court heard Lane was spoken to by police and denied Miss Grice’s claims, before showing officers messages apparently confirming she wanted to be with him.In a list of agreed facts read by junior prosecution counsel Amy Packham, no further action was taken against Lane.center_img The case is ongoing at Lewes Crown Court In front of a public gallery packed with friends and relatives of Miss Grice, Lane replied: “No.” Lane said he took Miss Grice’s back door key and let himself in because he wanted to “find out why we ended so abruptly”. But jurors heard Miss Grice was issued with a fixed penalty notice for failing to disclose she had been in a relationship with Lane, and for “having caused wasteful employment of police by making a false report”.The month before, Miss Grice complained to police about being stalked by Lane and about her car tyres being deflated.And on July 9, Lane was cautioned by police and told to stay away from Miss Grice after he stole a back door key from her home and let himself in, before watching her sleeping and leaving, the court heard.The following day, Miss Grice reported to police receiving around seven calls from a withheld number, including one with heavy breathing, which she said she believed was related to the incident the day before. 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. He added: “I just wanted some answers for why the relationship had ended. I thought I shouldn’t be there.”Lane denied being responsible for letting down or cutting Miss Grice’s tyres or making heavy breathing phone calls to her from a withheld number.But he admitted leaving a note on Mr Cooke’s car which read: “Dear Ash, Shana has and always will cheat on you. Happy New Year.”Lane said he left the note because he claimed Miss Grice had been cheating on Mr Cooke with both himself and another man called Wayne.Lane also admitted fitting a tracker device to Miss Grice’s car about a month before the killing but said he did not know why. Lane, of Portslade, denies murder. The trial continues.last_img read more

Holles Street Master breaks silence on topups says she was personally vilified

first_imgUpdated 11.10pmTHE MASTER OF the National Maternity Hospital Rhona Mahony has issued a statement aimed at clarifying her pay.Rhona Mahony has been the subject of intense scrutiny after newspapers earlier this week claimed she had received a €45,000 top-up to her €236,000 salary.Mahony hit back at those suggestions, saying she owed it to her family, her employers, patients and those who contribute to the hospital to clear up the matter.She says that the €45,000 were professional fees.“My remuneration as Master is strictly in line with the contract I have with the National Maternity Hospital and is exactly in compliance with public service pay requirements for my position.As a consultant obstetrician my contract allows me to provide clinical care to private patients, as is the case with all consultants in the Irish health service who have the same consultant contract as myself. She says that the €45,000 she received were professional fees and that private care is essential to the health system.“The existence of this income has been reported to the HSE in May 2012 as part of a routine confidential internal audit carried out by the HSE.To be absolutely clear, I have never received any additional remuneration from the health service or any other source, including fundraising and charitable donations.Mahony, who has been Master of the hospital since the start of 2012, says that the reaction to the story is “unwarranted”.I have been personally vilified over the last few days. This has been utterly unwarranted.Though Mahony’s statement came in a personal capacity, the National Maternity Hospital says that it is fully compliant with the public sector pay cap.The hospital’s board also defended Mahony in a statement.“No payments are made to NMH personnel from any funds raised or received as donations to the NMH or the NMH Foundation. The Board confirms that all funds so raised go directly to purchase necessary medical equipment, not provided for by allocated state funding, in order to maintain safe standards for the 9,000 babies born annually at NMH.“The Board of the NMH acknowledges the need for Dr. Mahony to issue a personal statement today in view of the unfounded and unwarranted personal attacks in the media in recent days. The Board fully endorses her statement.”Originally published 2.11pmRead: “Don’t punish sick kids” – charity warns hospitals still need help, despite top-up furoreRead: “Because I’m worth it’ culture is still alive and well’: HSE to be grilled over top-up paymentslast_img read more

Nintendo NES modded to become 8bit breathalyzer

first_imgThe Nintendo Entertainment System is a favorite amongst modders, but the mods usually involve getting the console to work either by converting it into a handheld unit, or going big and turning a controller into a coffee table. We’ve also seen the NES turned into a guitar, a controller becoming a belt buckle, and most recently a new game created based on the Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby.Batsly Adams, an electrical engineer from New York, decided on a NES project that isn’t just for fun, it actually has a serious purpose. The end result is called DrunkenNES and sees the NES acting as a working breathalyzer.Adams needed to both mod the hardware and write some software to get DrunkenNES to work. The device the user blows air into consists of a modified wired controller, NES cartridge, and breathalyzer mechanism. The breathalyzer sits inside the cartidge which has been attached to the controller unit. The user then blows into the hole in the base of the cartridge for several seconds to record a reading.The software on the NES, written in machine code by Adams, then anaylzes the reading to see how inebriated the person is. With the help of Emi Spicer for graphics, and Kris Keyser for audio, the result is brought up on screen giving the user a rating such as “Buzzy Bee” or “Party Kitten” along with a representative character as far as we can tell. There’s also an Alco-Hall of Fame to show who tops the chart for most intoxicated.While a lot of fun, it also acts as fun way to actually check after a party if you really are in a fit state to drive home. Blowing air into a NES cartridge is actually fun and amusing compared to the alternative of being stopped by the police and having to do a bunch of tests with someone watching your every move.Read more at Motherboardlast_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Thursday

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3050508 Oct 27th 2016, 9:00 PM Share7 Tweet Email 86,000 had to boil their water to make it safeOver 800 Irish citizens caught up in international incidents last yearA teenager died in a Cork car crashWe asked you if you thought pornography was dangerous for young peopleGold medallist Katie Taylor will turn professional next monthA Kerry TD blamed holes in the ozone layer on nuclear weapons testingThe purity of Ireland’s illicit street drugs was revealed in a special reportGardai are hunting a flasher who exposed himself to two womenThere are fears after insulation bales were stolen days before HalloweenINTERNATIONAL  Smoke rises over the Calais Jungle, as several large fires broke out in the near deserted migrant camp. Source: PA#CALAIS: Warnings have been given by human rights groups that children in the migrant camp are at serious risk#HONG KONG: New details emerged at the trial of a British banker accused of murdering two sex workers#BAKE OFF: The Great British Bake Off ended in its current form yesterday and people aren’t happy#LONDON: Police made arrests after fighting broke out at a match between West Ham  and ChelseaINNOVATION It was announced today that 6-second-app Vine is to be discontinuedTesla electric cars have been handed a boost after a surge in salesPARTING SHOT The clocks might be going back this weekend and the days are getting shorter. But it also means we get to see night skies such as this.Thanks to Kate Malone for sending this picture of Dartry, Dublin, this evening. Dusk in Dartry, Dublin, this evening Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 8,092 Views Get our daily news round up: 2 Comments Short URL Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday Flashers, Katie Taylor and the Great British Bake Off – it’s the Evening Fix. Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 9:00 PM NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Scenes from a Garda exercise in Drogheda Port which involved rescuing two hostages. Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie By Garreth MacNameelast_img read more

Govt Committed To Survival Of Sugar Industry

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Work Permit Rules To Be Adhered To Related Items:Hon. Derrick Kellier, Sugar Industry Recommended for youcenter_img Persons Removed From Path Can Appeal To Parish Committees Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMONTEGO BAY, Feb. 16 (JIS): Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says the Government is committed to ensuring the survival of the sugar industry.Speaking recently in Falmouth, Trelawny, Minister Kellier noted that sector is facing challenges, which include fall in prices, and factory closure, which have resulted in the displacement of workers.He said the Government will continue to work with industry stakeholders to address the difficulties and ensure that stability is returned to the sector in the shortest possible time.“It is a difficult time for sugar and we must face it, but all is not lost. We have to strategise now that our back is against the wall,” he noted.The Minister said the plans going forward include “transforming the industry from a sugar industry to a sugarcane industry” with a focus on multiple products such as raw sugar, molasses, refined sugar, and ethanol.“We need to look at the by-products that we can garner from the sugar cane; the bagasse that we will use to generate energy as a renewable resource, the production of ethanol…so that we can earn from other sources,” he pointed.Minister Kellier said the packaging of sugar for the retail trade represents a step in the right direction and the sector must now focus on marketing to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).“Our call as a Government is that the entire sugar industry in Jamaica must now turn its marketing focus to CARICOM, which consumes some 300,000 tonnes of refined sugar annually, but which has no refining capacity,” Minister Kellier said. He noted that the Government will continue to provide critical infrastructure such as roads.“Right now we are committed to rehabilitating the road from Drumally to Maroon Town right through Elderslie to Maggotty to facilitate the transport of sugar cane to the Appleton Factory,” he said.He noted further that a team from the Ministry has been working with Everglades Farms “to explore and finalise other income streams for the operation of Long Pond/Hampden with a view of setting the stage for reopening the factory as soon as possible.”last_img read more

Emery refuses to dwell on Arsenals topfour hopes

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery will only be taking things one game at a time following their Boxing Day draw at BrightonThe Gunners lost ground to London rivals Chelsea at the AMEX after Brighton’s Jurgen Locadia cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s early opener.The 1-1 draw leaves Arsenal in fifth and now two points adrift of Chelsea in the final Champions League qualification spot.But Emery’s sole focus lies with Saturday’s trip to Anfield, where Arsenal will go head-to-head with unbeaten Premier League leaders Liverpool.“I think for us, it’s best to think of the next match. Also to continue working in our process,” Emery told Arsenal.com.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It’s very important for us to go into the Champions League, but we need to do one process, to do one more established team and to be stronger.“We also need time to do that. But football is the next match and we are going to think of Saturday in Liverpool.“It’s a big match, but we are here and we are also close for the top four and we can continue in our way, thinking match-to-match and thinking also that we can do better than today.“Matches like today or like Southampton, where we create more chances than the opposition, we could finish better in these moments and this is our work.”Arsenal have conceded in all nine of their last away Premier League games.last_img read more

Plane makes hard landing at Ramona Airport nobody injured

first_img KUSI Newsroom, June 1, 2018 Posted: June 1, 2018 RAMONA (KUSI) — The pilot of a light plane with a landing gear problem made a hard landing at Ramona Airport Friday, but nobody was hurt.Part of the landing gear on the single-engine Cessna 210K collapsed when the aircraft was touching down at the East County airport shortly before 11:30 a.m., causing the plane to veer off the runway, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.“Neither of the two people on board was injured,” FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.The plane is registered to a New Mexico man, according to the federal agency. Updated: 2:39 PMcenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Plane makes hard landing at Ramona Airport, nobody injuredlast_img read more

Klawock mayor charged with soliciting prostitution

first_imgThe mayor of Klawock has been charged with soliciting prostitution after allegedly seeking sexual favors in return for money.According to the complaint filed last Thursday by Craig Police Chief R.J. Ely, Officer Bryan Bixler received a report on January 1st that 36-year-old Lawrence Armour allegedly contacted a woman, via Facebook Messenger, seeking sex in exchange for $400.Officer Bixler obtained documentation on January 3rd of the alleged Facebook Messenger exchange. In the conversation, Armour stated he would pay for sex if the woman came to his residence, and he allegedly sent the woman $400 using a Visa credit card.Craig Police Department contacted Armour on January 7th and he allegedly admitted offering to pay for sex, sending money via Facebook Messenger and advising the woman to meet him at residence, but the woman did not show up. According to the officer, Armour said he was remorseful and admitted he had been drinking prior to the interaction with the woman.Solicitation of prostitution is a class B misdemeanor.  An arraignment hearing is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Prince of Wales District Court.last_img read more

Nirmal Police seized 71 vehicles

first_imgAs many as 71 vehicles including 70 bikes, 1 Tractor, liquor worth Rs 2,950, Teak wood worth Rs 50,000 were detained for verification during the cordon and search operation conducted at Potharam Vilage under Mamada mandal in Nirmal district on Sunday morning. Around 100 police personnel, took part in the cordon and search operation, in presence of Superintendent of Police C.Shashidhar Raju seized vehicle DSP D.Uppernder Reddy, Inspector s Jhon Diwakar, Ramesh Babu, Srinivas, RI Venkati, and SIs and others were present.last_img

Appbased ride sharing services getting popular

first_img* This piece appeared in the print edition of Prothom Alo and has been rewritten here by Quamrul Hassan. Although around 125,000 motorbikes and cars are providing ride sharing services in the city at the moment, the sector is yet to get formal legal recognition. It has been almost a year since the government has spoken about a policy, but that has not been implemented yet, leaving the service providers to operate in their own ways. Sources in the government and the ride sharing companies say the organisations want to get registered with Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), but debate over three clauses of the Ride Sharing Services Policy 2017 and two objections of police have stalled the progress. Uber first introduced app-based ride sharing services in Dhaka in the year 2016. BRTA initially declared it illegal, but amid public demand tabled a ride sharing policy soon. In March last year, the policy was formulated on pen and paper. It says the companies have to get registered with BRTA and get ‘enlistment certificates’. So far 16 companies have applied for that, but there has been no progress to that end. Since there is no registration, the users cannot call 999 for emergency help. If the vehicles were registered, law enforcement could access the information of the driver and the location. Since the information have not yet been tagged with the national identity card database, this cannot be done at this moment. With a view to finding a solution, Pathao Limited, Sohoz Limited and Uber Bangladesh on 14 February wrote a letter to State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak. They urged for his intervention to address five issues. They are (a) a car may only be registered with one company (b) a car has to be more than a year old to join the ride sharing platforms (c) ride sharing services cannot charge higher fares than the taxi cabs (d) there has to be a ceiling determining how many vehicles a company can register (e) vehicles registered outside Dhaka cannot offer ride sharing services. The state minister wrote a letter to the BRTA chairman on 24 April and then on last Monday they sat together with the companies.Sources in the meeting said they could not reach an agreement over the second, third and fourth issues. But the companies agreed to stop using vehicles registered outside Dhaka while BRTA seemed to have moved away from the position that a car may only be registered with one company.The state minister said they would sit again with police to solve the issues. When asked, Sohoz Limited managing director Maliha Kadir told Prothom Alo, “Everyone wants this sector to thrive. No significant development had been seen in a year, but they are now working to address the issues.”The Disputes A clause in the policy says a car may only be registered with one company. The service providers say this is contrary to the spirit of entrepreneurship. The riders say this clause will let the companies a monopoly over them as they won’t have the chance to go to other service providers. Whereas if they can choose as per their wish, there will be a competition in the market. The policy says a car has to be more than a year old to join the ride sharing platforms. But the companies argue that the customers want new vehicles. They also want to determine the fare as per demand and think it should not have anything to do with the fare of the taxi cabs. On 10 February, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police wrote a letter to the BRTA, saying that vehicles more than 10 years old should not be in the ride sharing platforms. They also said there has to be a ceiling determining how many vehicles a company can register and vehicles registered outside Dhaka cannot offer ride sharing services in the capital.Police say old motorbikes and cars are coming to Dhaka from different parts of the country, which is causing traffic congestion while inexperienced drivers are causing road accidents. BRTA officials, however, said the decision to put a tab on the number of CNG-run autorickshaws has resulted in a situation where the commuters demands are not being met. As a result, there has been anarchy in this sector. There are 1,04,389 motorbikes on the streets besides 18,253 cars offering ride sharing services. Mozammel Huq Chowdhury, secretary general of Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity, said, “The ride sharing services have been popular with the commuters. But there have also been some complaints, which the government cannot address because there are no legal frameworks. It has led to anarchy in this sector. If it is not addressed immediately, this ride sharing sector will soon collapse.”last_img read more

Congress Stalled On Bills To Tighten Gun Background Check System

first_img Share Win McNamee/Getty ImagesSpeaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., at a Capitol Hill press conference, Feb. 27, 2018. Ryan said the House would not act on any measures related to guns unless the Senate acts first.Congress is under intense pressure to pass new legislation to curb gun violence but lawmakers are deeply split over how far to go in limiting access to guns.Lawmakers from both parties say they want to take action to prevent another deadly attack like the February 14 shooting at a Florida High School that claimed 17 lives. Disagreements over gun control measures go beyond a clear partisan split between Democrats and Republicans, leaving even the most popular bipartisan proposal stalled in Congress.Senate leaders had hoped to fast-track a bill to improve the national background check system and send it to the House for quick consideration. But, conservative Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, placed a hold on the bill, preventing speedy passage. House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters Tuesday that he does not plan to take up any gun measures until the Senate acts first.“We’re waiting to see what the Senate can do,” Ryan said at a weekly press conference. “We’ll find out what the Senate can do and we’ll address that thenRyan said he is deeply disturbed by the shooting and he wants Congress to delve into failures in the existing law enforcement and background check systems that happened in the lead-up to the Florida shooting.Many Republicans oppose any limits on gun rights for most people. Ryan said the House is focused instead on preventing criminals and people with a history of mental illness from accessing deadly firearms.“We do know that there are gaps in the background system that need to be plugged,” Ryan said. “We shouldn’t be banning guns for law-abiding citizens, we should be focusing on making sure that citizens who shouldn’t have guns in the first place don’t get them.”The Senate bill would address some of those concerns with narrow changes to how local, state and federal law enforcement agencies share information. It would make it easier for the FBI and local police to update the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, known as NICS.Conservatives like Lee say the Senate bill doesn’t address the core problem with the background check system and they worry it would deny gun owners their rights to due process. Lee and Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and John Kennedy, R-La., sent a letter to Senate leaders opposing that bill saying they worry it “might lead to an increase in the likelihood of abuse and administrative error.”The Senate bill has also drawn criticism from some Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-NY, who say the bill doesn’t go far enough. Schumer is calling on Congress to pass new, broader background checks.“Not just a little something here, a little something there,” Schumer said Tuesday in a speech on the Senate floor. “But comprehensive background checks are supported overwhelmingly by the American people.”Schumer is also co-sponsor of the narrower Senate bill which was written in part by Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the number two Republican in the Senate.Cornyn has complained that the infighting over the narrow bill could be standing in the way of the best opportunity Congress has to pass a gun bill this week.“This is our chance to show the nation that we refuse to accept shootings at schools and churches as the new normal,” Cornyn said Tuesday. “If our attitude is I want everything on my list or nothing, we’re going to end up with nothing.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Fingerprint Firms Look to Unlock New Markets Beyond Smartphones

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters April 14, 2016 4 min read A tap of a finger could soon suffice to identify credit card shoppers and rail commuters, offering areas of new business for specialist companies which have benefited from the use of such technology in smartphones.Sweden’s Fingerprint Cards (FPC) sees biometric smart cards — those using fingerprint identification — becoming its fastest growing market as early as 2018, having already become the market leader in a crowded sector for supplying such sensors for smartphones.Others within the industry are not convinced the smart card business will take off so quickly, prompting questions about whether FPC can maintain its runaway rise in valuation.FPC’s share price surged around 1,600 percent last year as demand for fingerprint sensors in phones soared after Apple, which uses its own in-house supplier, helped to popularize the technology. FPC now has a market value of around $4.1 billion.Advocates say the technology offers greater security and simplicity when compared to techniques such as using pin codes to confirm identification.The fingerprint sensor business has a handful of companies supplying significant volumes today, with an equal number planning to enter the market. Three are based in the Nordic region where technology companies have thrived.Needing to maintain its momentum, FPC says it is in initial talks with potential big customers for smart cards. It declines to name names at this stage.”Our ambition for smart cards, and all other segments, is that we shall continue to be number one,” FPC’s Chief Executive Jorgen Lantto told Reuters.Silicon Valley firm Synaptics, the closest rival to FPC in sensors for smartphones, is more cautious on new markets.”It’s hard for me to project market share in a segment of the market (when) we’re not sure when it’s going to happen,” said Anthony Gioeli, vice president of marketing in the biometrics division of Synaptics.Sascha Behlendorf, a card systems product manager at Germany’s Giesecke & Devrient, one of the top three smart card makers, expects widespread adoption of biometrics in smart cards could take some five to 10 years.Range of usesGothenburg-based FPC has been around for almost two decades, building a technology business based on an old Swedish fingerprinting patent. That left it well placed when the market expanded and it has also benefited by hiring staff from Nokia and Ericsson as their mobile phone businesses declined.Analysts say expectations for new markets have helped to underpin the huge leap in valuation for FPC.However, Carnegie analyst Havard Nilsson this week cut his recommendation for FPC to “sell” from “hold”, citing what he called unwarranted share price appreciation and repeated his target price of 450 crowns. The shares traded at 524 crowns on Thursday.”Given that smartphones should constitute 60-70 percent of the global addressable market (in 2020), we do not believe new verticals, such as smart cards, will be able to compensate for competitive pressure in consumer electronics,” Nilsson wrote.He sees earnings per share peaking at 37 crowns in 2018.Beyond payments, biometric smart cards could be used to allow access to buildings and IT-systems, according to FPC. Keyless entry to cars is another potential major market, as are wearable products such as watches or wristbands serving as a substitute identity card. FPC includes such applications in its forecasts for “other segments” of business.FPC sees a total addressable market for this part of its business of roughly 100 million sensors in 2017 and around 500 million in 2018. It is the only player so far to make specific forecasts for these new markets.”We talk to a lot of players and companies come to us. There is substance behind our numbers,” Lantto said, adding that FPC has held talks with a handful of big potential smart card clients since last autumn.Most suppliers of fingerprint sensors, including FPC, use 3D imaging technology for recognition of a fingerprint, while Next Biometrics in Norway uses heat sensing technology.IDEX, another Norwegian competitor, roughly shares FPC’s forecasts for segments beyond smartphones for the coming few years, Chief Financial Officer Henrik Knudtzon said.IDEX, which last summer entered a partnership with an unnamed global payments company for biometric applications, is integrating its sensors into smart cards with partners and expects shipments to start toward the end of this year, Knudtzon said.(Reporting by Olof Swahnberg; Editing by Eric Auchard and Keith Weir) Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Couple in China accused of burying woman alive

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