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Libyan oil port of Sidra attacked by Islamic State

first_imgIslamic State militants on Monday clashed with a force guarding Libya’s Es Sider oil port, and fighting continued near the major export terminal, witnesses and troops said.An image purportedly showing Islamic State fightersTwo members of the Petrol Facilities Guard militia, which is defending Sidra, were reportedly killed.The militants are said to have been pushed back, but IS says it now controls Bin Jawad, 30km (19 miles) west of Sidra on the road from its stronghold in Sirte.“They then led an attack to the South of the city of Ras Lanouf but did not manage to enter it”, the Libyan military personnel told AFP.In December, France said IS was aiming to control Libya’s oil wells.IS, which has been operating in Libya for about a year, failed to take Sidra in an attack last October.In Monday’s attack, IS fighters first launched a suicide bomb attack at a checkpoint at the entrance to the town, the AFP news agency reports, and that was when the guards were killed.AFP quotes a colonel from the Libyan army saying that the port entrance was then attacked by a convoy of 12 vehicles.Libyan news website Libya’s Channel is tweeting that seven people have been killed in all: The two guards, four IS members and one civilian.Libya has descended into chaos since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.In December, Libya’s rival politicians signed a UN-brokered deal to form a unity government, but that has not yet been implemented.last_img read more

September 26, 2020 0

South Africa postpones unique three-team fixture

first_imgSouth Africa budget expectations South African cricket players and team officials arrive at the airport in Kolkata on March 16, 2020. – India called off its two remaining one-day cricket internationals against a visiting South Africa side amid mounting anxiety in India over the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP) (Photo by DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP via Getty Images) FILE PHOTO: South African cricket players and team officials at an airport in Kolkata, India. (Photo by DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP via Getty Images)Cricket South Africa has been forced to postpone its trial of three-team cricket after failing to win government backing for the original date of June 27 over concerns about preparations following the COVID-19 pandemic.CSA had hoped to stage the unique fixture that would see a trio of sides compete in one 36-over match at SuperSport Park near Pretoria for what would have been a return to cricket for the likes of AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada.“The operational teams behind the Solidarity match and event partners, in collaboration with Cricket South Africa, 3TCricket and SuperSport, met to consider the readiness to host the event on June 27,” CSA said in a statement.“Following this meeting, it has become clear that more work is needed in preparation, including (government) approval.”When the fixture is played, teams of eight players will bat for a total of 12 overs, six per innings, during which time they will face both opponents in the field.At the fall of the seventh wicket, the last remaining batsman can carry on, but only score in even numbers, twos, four or a six.The team with the highest aggregate total at the end of the game will be declared the winners.South Africa is still seeing a steady rise in COVID-19 cases, with the province of Gauteng, where the fixture is to be played, reporting a sharp increase in the past week.Related South Africa Elections Coveragecenter_img South Africa Rastafarianslast_img read more

September 26, 2020 0

Earthquake rattles Trinidad

first_img Share The red dot shows the approximate epicentre of the earthquake in relation to Trinidad.Trinidad was rattled by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake (preliminary data) Friday night, causing fear and unease among citizens concerned that it was intense enough to have caused damage, or trigger a tsunami.However, there were no immediate reports of damage, and no tsunami warning was issued.The earthquake was strong enough to cause disruption of the electricity supply, with T&TEC reporting issues at its sub stations in Carenage, Pt. Cumana and Santa Flora.The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management issued a statement to advise citizens that it has put all first responder agencies on alert so that immediate assistance can be rendered if any adverse impact occurs. “Citizens are reminded to contact 511 if they have been adversely affected”, the ODPM stated.According to the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre , at 10:10pm local time, an earthquake occurred north of the Paria Peninsula, Trinidad. The event was located at 10.86°N 62.12°W. The magnitude was 6.4 and depth 60km.Social media immediately lit up, with people sharing their experiences following the shake which lasted for a lengthy period and which occurred during the local government campaign meetings of the United National Congress in Debe, the Movement for Social Justice in Point Fortin and the Independent Liberal Party in Princes Town.Some reported pictures becoming dislodged from walls, and objects toppling from cupboards and cabinets. Others said they screamed and took cover under door frames. Many said they paused and prayed.The quake is the latest in a series, the last occurring on Monday 9th September, at 9:54am, west of Trinidad in the Gulf of Paria. The event was located at 10.25°N and 61.75°W. The magnitude was 3.8 and the depth 76km. There were felt reports from St. James and Diego Martin, Trinidad.On Tuesday 27th August, 2013 at 7:59am local time an earthquake occurred North-west of Trinidad. The event was located at 10.76°N and 61.79°W. The magnitude was 3.9 and the depth 57 km. There were felt reports from Cocorite and Maraval, Trinidad”..At 10.45 a.m on August 8,an earthquake occurred north of the Paria Peninsular, which is off Trinidad northwest coast.“The event was located at 10.72N 62.33W. The magnitude was 3.8 with a depth of 77km. This event has been reported to be felt in Port of Spain Trinidad”, the SRC stated. At 10:56a.m on August 6, a quake was recorded north of Paria Peninsula.The SRC gave the location as 10.75°N 62.13°W. The magnitude was 4.1 and depth 54km. No injuries or damage were reported.Trinidad Express Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional Earthquake rattles Trinidad by: – October 12, 2013center_img 8 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharelast_img read more

September 26, 2020 0

Teenager charged with murder of Portsmouth man

first_imgLocalNews Teenager charged with murder of Portsmouth man by: – June 5, 2014 Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img 47 Views   no discussions Share Cloydy Rickie Benjamin, 27, of Chance Portsmouth sustained a stab wound to his chestA seventeen year old male of Portsmouth has been charged with the murder of another Portsmouth resident, the police public relations office inspector John Carbon has reported.On June 4, 2014 the police charged the 17 year old male, whose name cannot be published in accordance with the Young Persons Act, with the murder of Cloydy Ricky Benjamin, 27, of Chance.Benjamin was stabbed to death on June 1, 2014 during an altercation with the teenager at Purple Turtle about 11 pm.The teenager is expected to appear before a Portsmouth Magistrate on June 5, 2014.Benjamin sustained a stab wound to his chest and was pronounced dead at the Reginald Fitzroy Armour Hospital where he was pronounced dead by a District Medical Officer.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

September 26, 2020 0

ECCB predicts growth for Dominica’s economy

first_img Share 125 Views   no discussions The Governor of Eastern Caribbean Central Bank has predicted that Dominica’s economy will grow by at least 3.2% in 2017.Governor Timothy, in engaging in discussions with the media here on Wednesday 11 January 2017 after meeting with the Cabinet on Tuesday, stated that the ECCB sets a target of five percent growth annually for each of its member states “because five percent allows them to see more job creations, as well as a reduction in poverty, and that’s we want our members at 5 percent”.However, in 2015, due to the devastation of Tropical Strom Erika, Dominica’s economic growth plummeted.“We’re targeting five percent annually. In 2015, only two countries hit five percent, Grenada with 5.2 percent, and St. Kitts 4.9 percent. But what happened in Dominica, I think you know in Dominica. Dominica actually contracted by 2.5 percent,” Antoine stated.He stated that before TS Erika hit, the ECCB had an estimated growth of at least 2.8 percent for the island.“But you know what, before Erika, we were going to grow by 2.8 percent. After Erika, the economy declined, overall by 2.5 percent. That’s the power of a natural disaster, and that is the reason Dominica’s economy declined in 2015,” he noted.Antoine added that the economy has grown from the last evaluation, but will change now that additional data has arrived.“Last year in 2016, our initial projection tells us that the economy grew by 1.7 percent. That number will change after we get additional data, now that the year has ended. That number will be revised after this year,” he further stated.Antoine also noted that growth is expected for 2017 and 2018 for Dominica.“For 2017 and 2018, we expect 3.2 percent. So, the projection at this stage is that the Dominican economy will grow by 3.2 percent, this year and again by 3.2 percent next year. And we believe, based on what we have seen so far, that it is quite possible that it can meet those projections. And of course, it’s still not at 5 percent, but we are moving in the right direction. It is getting higher, and we will get it at five,” Antoine further explained. BusinessLocalNewsRegional ECCB predicts growth for Dominica’s economy by: Dominica Vibes News – January 12, 2017 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

September 26, 2020 0

60-GHz mm-Wave Sensors Enable Customizable Building Automation

first_imgIntelligent radar systems pioneer, Ainstein, has released an antenna and board design for 60-GHz mmWave radar over-the-door sensors (ODS) using Texas Instruments’ IWR6843 family of devices. With Ainstein’s innovative radar system design, customization, and manufacturing capabilities, building automation designers can now leverage TI’s new 60-GHz mmWave sensors in overhead mounting positions for highly customized applications. The new 60 GHz Evaluation Module enables near real-time decision-making and signal processing in advancing building automation use cases such as occupancy detection and management of HVAC, smart security lighting and fire safety systems.In a common building automation scenario, sensors mounted overhead can count the number of people in a room and adjust the HVAC system and lighting accordingly to ensure the optimal balance of comfort and cost savings. Because the sensors do not include cameras, there are no identification or privacy concerns. Another application for overhead mmWave radar sensors is the management and allocation of meeting space in large facilities or at conferences, where building staff can better manage scheduling of meeting rooms from a reception desk or central command station.Industrial automation applications require a high degree of precision to perform tasks such as identifying the number of objects in a field of view, determining their location and classifying them. The 60-GHz frequency band is ideal for these building automation applications, as it enables sensors to accurately sense the range, velocity and angle of objects in a scene. The band enables expanded use of mmWave technology, while providing the high resolution needed for industrial environments. It provides significantly more bandwidth for this type of processing than other bands that have been tested.To get started evaluating TI 60-GHz mmWave sensors, the Ainstein ODS evaluation module enabling overhead-mounted building automation applications will be available for purchase starting in December from Texas Instruments.last_img read more

September 24, 2020 0

Yamanaka defends bantamweight title for 12th time, moves within win of matching Gushiken record

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka celebrates his victory over Mexico’s Carlos Carlson on Thursday. | REUTERS Yamanaka (27-0-2, 19 KOs) defended his title for the 12th consecutive time, breaking a tie with ex-WBA super featherweight champion Takashi Uchiyama for the second-most title defenses by a Japanese boxer. The 34-year-old is now one win away from equaling former WBA light flyweight champion Yoko Gushiken’s national record.“I’ve repeatedly said this, but I’m not dwelling on the record,” Yamanaka said after the bout. “I’d just be pleased if my fans have fun with my fights.”Yamanaka controlled the pace from the beginning and sent Carlson to the canvas five times, all of the knockdowns coming in the fifth round or later. But Carlson was tough and kept landing back on his feet. He desperately delivered some blows on Yamanaka in the fifth round, but the champion regrouped, relying on his effective jab.Referee Ian John Lewis stopped the fight 57 seconds into the seventh round when Yamanaka knocked Carlson down for the second time in the frame.It might have taken a little longer for Yamanaka to end the match than people had expected. In fact, Yamanaka said that he did some things he would have to reflect on while he displayed some positive things.“I wasn’t really able to put the full strength on my blows early on,” Yamanaka said. “But I made adjustments to it as the fight wore on.”Yamanaka added that he need to do better in clinching Carlson (22-2-2) when the challenger came at him aggressively.Yamanaka’s trainer Shin Yamato praised his boxer for not letting Carlson seize the momentum when he landed some punches by smartly changing his game plan in the middle of the fight.“‘(Carlson) was tough, came back up every time he took knockdowns, and attacked on (Yamanaka),” Yamato said. “But (Yamanaka) changed his boxing and ended up beating him. He wouldn’t let him have the pace. It’s really incredible that he switched his style of fighting during the fight.”One of the biggest changes Yamanaka made during the fight was starting to use his right fist more frequently, not his signature, devastating left.“My corner told me to go more with my right, so I did it,” Yamanaka recalled. “And it led to the finish (with my left). In the seventh round, my right was good from the beginning, and when I use my right better, it usually leads me to land my left.” KEYWORDS As everyone had predicted, Carlos Carlson was no match for “God’s Left.”Shinsuke Yamanaka mauled the Mexican challenger and retained his WBC bantamweight title with a seventh-round technical knockout victory at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan on Thursday night. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (left) hits Mexican challenger Carlos Carlson with his famous left hand in the seventh round of their fight on Thursday. | AP Takashi Uchiyama, Shinsuke Yamanaka, Shin Yamato, WBC bantamweight title, Yoko Gushiken, Carlos Carlson RELATED PHOTOS Shinsuke Yamanaka (left) knocked down Carlos Carlson five times during Thursday night’s WBC bantamweight world-title fight at Ryogoku Kokugikan. Yamanaka retained his title with a seventh-round technical knockout. | KYODOlast_img read more

September 22, 2020 0

Saonu: Sports a vital tool for development

first_imgVolleyball Sports a vital tool for social development and society wellbeing.” Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu on May 24 embraced the presence of the Ginson Saonu Volleyball Tournament and presented trophies for the winning teams for the season’s grand final. In the presence of children who turned up to witness the event, Saonu said it is the responsibility of the society to take ownership of such activities to ensure they are free of violence or ill-behavior. “Sports are a tool for social development and encourage positive health aspects for the youth and even children,” Saonu said. “We will sponsor this tournament annually and will include Soccer as well for this area.” Saonu encouraged the people of Kamlawa to find land and build a mini- stadium to host the tournaments for soccer and volleyball for the coming years. “Morobe Provincial Government has a budget allocation for sports this year and so far we will identify interested sporting bodies to partner and enhance them in the province.” The presentation also coincided with a church service at Heldsbach (John Flierl Memorial Church) that also saw the presentation of a dinghy purchased for Kottec district of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea. “The work of the church must be strengthened and MPG is keen to work alongside the churches under the church-state partnership program.” Saonu said the church-state partnership program is strengthened by leadership that is focused to benefit the mass and not for political gain or recognition. “Morobe province is the home of the Lutheran Church, so this must be supported so the outside world must see the significance of the Church in Morobe,” Saonu said. Therefore he said all these areas must be given as much support in the province that will set the benchmark for Morobeans to be respected across Papua New Guinea. “With the expansion of leadership over many years, the real effects of interventions will be felt and appreciated by all especially the upcoming generations of Morobeans.” “With the spiritual blessings entrusted unto me along with the political mandate now, I have a duty now to transform the province now and can further influence the nation. Morobe province is the heartbeat of PNG, therefore Leadership with vision is vital for Morobe to maintain its status in the country.” Saonu said to fulfil some of the dreams of change in Morobe, the progress of Heldsbach Early Learning Teachers College must proceed so that it will serve to enrich the Early Childhood & Learning Education Reforms for Morobe. “Furthermore under progress of the state-church partnership policy, discussions are further underway with the Tourism Minister Emil Tamur, Tourism Promotion Authority and MPG to make the church tourism potential in Morobe becomes a reality. “A MoU will be undertaken with all relevant partners and work will commence soon this year,” Saonu said.last_img read more

September 19, 2020 0

Fulham v Doncaster player ratings

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September 18, 2020 0

College Football Playoff: (1) Alabama vs. (4) Ohio State

first_imgPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-17:ba9d366167a8cedd601d1a65 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-64321-3967447590001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Alabama (12-1) will try to extend its winning streak to nine games in Thursday’s College Football Playoff semifinal game against Ohio State (12-1), winners of its last 11 games.last_img read more

September 17, 2020 0