Aker Solutions’ mobile test facility for CCS begins operations in Sweden

first_imgThe mobile test unit will capture carbon from flue gases emitted from Preem’s hydrogen gas plant located in Sweden, later this year The mobile test facility at Preem’s refinery in Lysekil, Sweden. (Credit: Aker Solutions) Norwegian engineering firm Aker Solutions has commissioned the mobile test facility for carbon capture and storage (CCS) at fuel company Preem’s refinery in Lysekil, Sweden.The mobile test unit forms part of Preem CCS’ pilot project, which aims to assess the entire value chain from capture at the refinery to storage of carbon dioxide (CO2).The project partners include Preem, Aker Solutions, Chalmers University of Technology, Equinor, and the Norwegian research institute SINTEF.Aker Solutions said that the Preem CCS’ pilot project would enable more companies to use carbon CCS technology and reduce their CO2 emissions.Later this year, the mobile test unit is planned to capture carbon from flue gases emitted from Preem’s hydrogen gas plant located in Lysekil on the west coast of Sweden.Aker Solutions CEO Luis Araujo said: “We are excited to bring our field-proven carbon capture technology to Sweden for the first time.“Helping operators reduce their carbon footprint is a key part of Aker Solutions’ strategy, and we look forward to working with Preem and the other partners on the Lysekil refinery.”Full-scale CCS plant expected to be operational by 2025The project is backed by the funding from the Swedish Energy Agency and the Norwegian research and development programme CLIMIT. The full-scale CCS plant is scheduled to be operational by 2025.Preem CEO Petter Holland said: “We see carbon capture and storage as a vital measure to reduce global carbon emissions.“For Preem, a full-scale CCS plant could initially reduce emissions from our Lysekil refinery by 500,000 metric tons annually, which is close to one-third of the refinery’s total CO2 emissions per year.”last_img read more

What to Do in Ocean City, NJ: Week of July 19 to 26

first_imgTight finish in the paddleboard race at the 2013 Ocean City Beach Patrol Women’s Lifeguard Invitational.SATURDAY, JULY 19Summer Craft Show: A major summer craft show that attracts thousands to Ocean City will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at a new location this year: the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle Grounds at Sixth Street and Asbury Avnenue. It will feature more than 200 juried crafters, artists, photographers and gourmet food specialists. The show has raised over $300,000 for local charities. For information, call 800-822-4112.Tribute to the Philippines: Ocean City’s fifth annual tribute is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. It will include free entertainment on the boardwalk and crafts plus many other exhibits in the loggia of the Ocean City Music Pier. On Sunday, an additional event, a free Longevity Health Exposition, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Senior Center at the Ocean City Community Center (17th Street and Simpson Avenue). It will feature Philippine physicians, nurses and therapists, plus the serving of vegetarian foods.Entertainment begins on Saturday following opening ceremonies set for 10 a.m. in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Philippine Consul General Mario de Leon and Mayor Jay Gillian will speak and cut a ribbon to officially open the weekend.The entertainment program will feature the Meglalatik-Mutya Dancers, Rowan University’s Tinikling Entertainers, Instrumentalists and Songs by the St. Augustine’s Filipino Choir. There will be Yo Yo demonstrations by Air Circus of Ocean City. The Yo Yo was invented by Filipinos and the words translate into “Return! Return!” The entertainment program will be repeated at 2 p.m. Saturday on the Boardwalk.“Cinderella” presented by the Greater Ocean City Theatre Co. A sweet adaptation of the fairy tale classic, delightful for all ages, 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets $10. Call (609) 525-9248 or visit ocnj.us/boxoffice.Ocean City Masters Swim. See more.Chip Miller Surf Fest. See more.Ocean City Nor’easters vs Baltimore Bohemians, Premier Development League amateur soccer, 7 p.m. kick-off, Carey Stadium, 6th and Boardwalk. Tickets $10 for Adults, $7 youth (under 16). Call (609) 525-9999.EVERY SUNDAY THROUGH THE END OF AUGUSTCharacter Nights (6 p.m.) On the Ocean City Boardwalk. Boardwalk mascots will sign autographs in front of the Music Pier. Come join the fun and meet all the Ocean City Boardwalk Merchants’ Mascots. Sponsored by Manco and Manco’s Pizza and Gillian’s Wonderland Pier. SUNDAY, JULY 20Ocean City Pops Orchestra presents OUR THREE TENORS I, 8 p.m. at Ocean City Music Pier. William Davenport, Jonathan Boyd and Jeffrey Halili raise the roof. Tickets $20 at the Music Pier Box Office (609) 525-9248.MONDAY, JULY 21“How I Became a Pirate” presented by the Greater Ocean City Theatre Co. Young Jeremy Jacob is digging in the sand at the North Beach and is recruited by pirates to help find the perfect digging spot for their treasure. This is an adventure story of finding one’s own heart, a path that can’t be found on any treasure map. 10:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets $10. Call (609) 525-9248 or www.ocnuj.us/boxoffice.Bicycle Auction, 10 a.m.–noon at Shelter Rd off Tennessee Ave. behind golf course. Registration at 9 a.m. Call (609) 525-9356) for information. Great deals on abandoned bicycles recovered by the Ocean City Police Department.The Bacon Brothers will entertain at the Music Pier on Mon., July 21 at 7:30 p.m. The concert features stage and screen star, Kevin Bacon, and his talented brother, Michael, a musical composer for film and TV, both born and raised in Philadelphia. The Bacon Brothers’ latest CD is “New Year’s Day,” laden with gritty rock and a touch of Philly Soul. Tickets are $35 on sale for cash or check at the Music Pier Box Office or through www.ticketmaster.com (additional fees apply). Call (609) 525-9248.EVERY TUESDAY THROUGH THE END OF AUGUSTFuntastic Tuesdays (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.): On downtown Asbury Avenue (6th to 11th streets), entertainment, face painters and balloon sculptors.Mummers Night (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.): On the Ocean City Boardwalk (6th to 14th streets), sponsored by Shrivers, Surf Mall, Shirt Shack and Ocean Paradise.Beach Walks: Tickets may be purchased on-site, adults for $1 and children for 50 cents; South End at 9 a.m. at the 59th Street and Central Avenue entrance to Corson’s Island State Park; North End at 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean City-Longport Bridge Parking Lot (Gardens Parkway)‘Frozen’ Sing-Along: Join Queen Elsa and other characters in singing “Let It Go” and other favorites from the Disney movie. See moreTUESDAY, JULY 22Ocean City Pops presents LIGHTS, CAMERA…THE OSCARS! 8 p.m. at the Music Pier with Broadway singers Mandy Gonzelez and Jeremiah James. Hear award-winning songs by these Broadway sensations. From “Gone with the Wind,” “Rocky,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and more. Tickets $20/$12 at Music Box Office (609) 525-9248 or ocnj.us/boxoffice.EVERY WEDNESDAY THROUGH THE END OF AUGUSTFarmers Market (8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Sept. 10) On the Ocean City Tabernacle Grounds (Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue) every Wednesday, produce vendors as well as crafters will also gather to display their goods.Beach Walks: Tickets may be purchased on-site, adults for $1 and children for 50 cents; South End at 6:30 p.m. at the 59th Street and Central Avenue entrance to Corson’s Island State Park; North End at 9 a.m. at the Ocean City-Longport Bridge Parking Lot (Gardens Parkway)WEDNESDAY, JULY 23OCBP Women’s Lifeguard Invitational Races at 34th St. Beach, 6:15 p.m. Women representing the 15 Beach Patrols on the South Jersey Coast will be competing in this invitational race.Ocean City Pops presents LIGHTS, CAMERA…THE OSCARS! 8 p.m. at the Music Pier with Broadway singers Mandy Gonzelez and Jeremiah James. Hear award-winning songs by these Broadway sensations. From “Gone with the Wind,” “Rocky,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and more. Tickets $20/$12 at Music Box Office (609) 525-9248 or ocnj.us/boxoffice.EVERY THURSDAY THROUGH THE END OF AUGUSTMarket Days (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.): On downtown Asbury Avenue (6th to 11th streets), entertainment, face painters and balloon sculptors.Family Nights (7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) On the Ocean City Boardwalk (6th to 14th streets), musical and family entertainment at different blocks on the boardwalk sponsored by: Old Salt, Playland Castaway Cove, Johnson’s Popcorn, Haunted Golf and Congo FallsInn to Inn Tours (2 p.m. to 4 p.m) Commencing at 7th Street and Central Avenue, an old-fashioned trolley winds its way through center city neighborhoods for an intimate visit to four or five bed and breakfasts. Afternoon refreshments are offered at the conclusion of the tours.THURSDAY, JULY 24Passion for Postcards Presentation: Longtime residents of Ocean City Paul and Ruth Anselm share their passion for postcards at the next Ocean City Historical Museum Thursday night series; July 24, 7:00 pm. The lecture is free and open to the public.SATURDAY, JULY 26Night in Venice: The annual decorated boat parade starts at 7:30 p.m. on the bayside of Ocean City between the Ocean City-Longport Bridge and Tennessee Avenue (near 22nd Street). To reserve, a NIV viewing spot at the Bayside Center, 525 Bay Ave., and enjoy entertainment prior to the Parade, call 609-525-9300. Tickets are $7 and $3 for children under 12. The theme this year is “Night at the Oscars” and boats also are encouraged to put their own spin on the Pharrell Williams “Happy” song.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

Administrator for bagel firm

first_imgLondon-based manufacturer The Bagel Group has gone into administration, with around 80 jobs believed to be at risk. The company, previously known as Mr Bagels, produces bagels under the Mr Bagels brand, and filed for administration on 16 January 2009. MCR Corporate Restructuring is administrator.Mr Bagels was set up in 1988 by the Kahalani brothers, Paul and Avi and, in 1996, became a limited company. The firm supplies bagels to the retail and foodservice markets. The Bagel Group hit national headlines in December after alleging an executive at rival Maple Leaf Foods was involved in attempted price-fixing, an allegation still under investigation. The Bagel Group refused to comment.last_img read more

Record-setting warm temperatures expected this weekend in Indiana

first_img WhatsApp Facebook By Jon Zimney – November 6, 2020 0 190 Record-setting warm temperatures expected this weekend in Indiana (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) There could be record-setting warm temperatures this weekend across Indiana, according to the National Weather Service.Highs will be in the low to mid-70s. The temperatures won’t be much different across the rest of the state.“That’s close to records. Right now the record for Saturday and Sunday is 76. That Saturday record dates back to 1915. The Sunday record dates back to 1999,” said Joe Skowronek, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “It looks like it will be a very nice weekend for November overall. Warm temperatures, sunny skies, and fairly light winds.”Skowronek says drought conditions are improving.“We still have some abnormally dry conditions across much of western Indiana, but the rain is helping,” said Skowronek.Much of the state is drought-free, but there are still some spots that are under a moderate drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Skowronek says more rain is likely on the way next week.“By the middle of the next week, a cold front is coming in, so there might be some showers and thunderstorms with that. Once that passes by Thursday, we should see highs in the 50s,” said Skowronek.Skowronek says there is a small chance that some of those rain showers could become “strong with gusty winds.”Your ABC 57 First Warning Neighborhood Weather Center Forecast:Saturday: Sunny. High 72.Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 74. Pinterest Facebook Twitter IndianaLocalNews Twitter Pinterest Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Previous articleWarsaw man arrested for child pornography possessionNext articleIndiana Department of Revenue warning of tax email/text scam Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Unlocking “Out of Office” Personas to Drive Customer Demand

first_imgAs workplaces have evolved, so have the workforces that use them. Several distinct worker personas have emerged, each with its own demands for specific hardware, software and services. We think it’s time your customers knew more about them.Dell EMC is committed to helping businesses maximize the potential of their employees via the technology they use. And because we can offer more personalized products to suit a range of in- and out-of-office environments, that potential is more achievable than ever.So, with that in mind, let’s review two of our fastest growing personas that work outside the office: remote workers and “on-the-go pros”. Each requires different solutions to achieve its potential.Remote WorkersIt’s not difficult to imagine where you’d find a remote worker: anywhere but the office. They might operate at home, abroad or in a local café. The range of devices they use is as broad as the number of locations they work from. They need technology that can keep up with their pace.The Dell Latitude range fits the bill. It has powerful notebooks with essential features. The mainstream 5000 Series offers high performance, and the premium 7000 Series is the ultimate portable solution because of its long battery life. And they’re all designed to run Microsoft Windows 10 Pro. But the remote worker’s home-office experience is also critical. Dell Wyse thin clients or Dell OptiPlex desktops can provide a fully managed desktop experience and can be supplied as a complete solution via the Dell VDI Complete service. Their home becomes their home office.Check out the remote worker guide to learn how The University of Massachusetts manages its own out-of-office student network with vLabs, its VDI infrastructure.On-The-Go ProsBecause on-the-go pros spend most of their time out of the office, one of your customers’ key concerns for these employees is security. With Dell EMC, you can enable these employees to succeed, safe in the knowledge their devices and data are secure.These users need efficient but feature-rich experiences, and nothing beats the mobile device. The Latitude 2-in-1 range offers Windows 10 with built-in security. VMware Workspace ONE can be layered on top of an on-premises server provision as well as via the public cloud. Either option satisfies the user’s need to have the same access wherever they are while offering robust security. What’s more, RSA’s NetWitness Suite provides immediate detection and response to any threat, anywhere.Carnival Corporation is one of the most popular cruise brands in North America and is a great case study of how to provision a complex IT environment. Each vessel acts as a remote office, and its mobile workers connect to Carnival’s globalecosystem. Read about their solution in the on-the-go pro guide.Our ApproachTechnology has a huge potential to help organizations transform their workplaces, and by extension, transform their people’s working lives. We believe that approaching workers as personas is a critical part of workplace transformation, providing personalized products for how employees work today and in the future.We’ll take care of the solutions, so you can take care of your customers. Read the On-the-Go Pro and Remote Worker guides, as well as others, here.We’ve also created related emails here, on our new Digital Marketing Platform so that your marketing teams can quickly get these guides into the hands of your customers. The guides explain how to maximize the productivity of their employees through the right choices from our end-to-end portfolio.If you don’t have access to the Digital Marketing Platform, please register here.last_img read more

Sutton Foster Deals with Ana Gasteyer & All the Scarves in Younger: Episode 10

first_imgLiza Deals With All Your Damn Scarves Meanwhile, at Empirical, Liza receives dozens of packages filled with scarves and enthusiasm for (you guessed it!) The Scarf. Where’s Debra Messing when you need her? It’s great to see Liza reaping the rewards of her initiative—and Diana’s face as she tries to take control of a situation she has no hand in. At Charles’ recommendation, Liza and Kelsey contact the author, Meredith Montgomery (played by Ana Gasteyer!). It’s a very trying week for Sutton Foster on Younger. First, Liza faces a temporary evacuation from Maggie’s after a bedbug scare. Then she gets hit with a painful blow at work (which, whether it be from dodgeballs or rolled up manuscripts, is a common thread, apparently.) Through it all, Liza remains on top as she gets that much closer to revealing her big secret to Josh. Well, she tries. She has a lot on her plate. Here’s everything Liza had to deal with on Younger: Episode 10.EPISODE 10: The Boy with the Dragon TattooLiza Deals With BedbugsAfter a bedbug infestation across the hall, Liza and Maggie bag up their mattresses and go their separate ways for a few days. Maggie stays with her cousin, who apparently steals her kids’ Ritalin. (We’re waiting for that backdoor pilot about Maggie and her lesbian artist adventures.) Liza stays with Josh, who, when pressured by his video game-playing, pot-vaping friends to comment on their relationship status, says they’re “hanging out.” Just what every 40-year-old-passing-as-a-26-year-old wants to hear. Diana’s Statement Jewelry of the Week!Another week, another spectacular statement piece from Miriam Shor. Diana’s paying tribute to our favorite Wicked witches this week with an emerald brooch necklace. Fixate on that verdigris! Oh, to spend one short day in Miriam Shor’s armoire… Liza Deals With (OMG) Kathy NajimyFor the tail end of her bedbug-induced exodus, Liza stays with Kelsey and Lauren at their place, which is incidentally Lauren’s parents’ place. Lauren’s mother is fabulous (of course she is; Kathy Najimy plays her.) In one conversation, she 1) Kinda-sorta offers to get The Scarf featured on The Real Housewives of New York; 2) Subtly asks to see a junk-shot of Josh; 3) Lays down the law when it comes to playing games: “’Hanging out’ is not a thing…the world is not one big booty call.” Which is exactly what we think Liza should be telling herself. Liza Deals With The BabushkaDiana calls Meredith into Empirical to discuss The Scarf. The scene starts as another satisfying sequence in which the assistant (Liza) takes the reins from her ill-equipped boss. But that gratification crashes and burns as Diana reveals that The Scarf is in fact a near verbatim rip-off of The Babushka. Sorry, Liza, all that hard work was for naught. Well, you got Ana Gasteyer some screen time. That counts for something. Star Files View Comments Liza Deals With Josh’s…DragonLiza goes out to drink her feelings with Josh, Kelsey and her himbo Thad. Thad buys them all 14 different kinds of tequila, so, uh, we hate him less. It’s particularly heartbreaking when Josh greets her by saying “I’m sorry you got lied to,” considering she’s about to confess her whole younger plot. It’s even worse, though, when Josh shows off his latest tat: the Dragon, based on the Chinese zodiac sign for Liza. The 26-year-old Liza. Which is unfortunately not the same year as 40-year-old Liza. Oh boy. Hold that confession, girl. Sutton Fosterlast_img read more

Rockin’ the River

first_imgThe Blue Ridge Outdoors Roadshow was on the move again this weekend, and this time we visited Richmond, Va., for the Dominion Riverrock Festival. This celebration of all things outdoors takes place on and around Brown’s Island on the James River right in the middle of downtown Richmond.Dominion Riverrock is an annual outdoor celebration highlighting a variety of outdoor adventure sports, including: kayaking, SUP, mountain biking, slacklining, freestyle mountain biking, (deep breath), adventure racing, bouldering, and boatercross. It also includes ultimate air dog performance, a 5K mud run, bouldering, and concerts from top regional headliners. This bonanza of outdoor fun is exactly where Blue Ridge Outdoors wanted to be last weekend.We set up our booth on Friday and Saturday, and were overwhelmed at how many people came to visit us. From families to Trek Bicycle Pros, a variety of readers and supporters took the time to say hi to us and learn more about what we do here at BRO. Later, we did a prize giveaway drawing. One lucky individual took home a brand new Crazy Creek chair, while the other won a new ENO light setup. Luckily we were located right next to the freestyle slacklining competition, musical stage, and beer tent. Needless to say we had a great time.Giveaway winnersOur two lucky giveaway winners, Go Dukes!Thanks to everyone who came out to see us. Dominion Riverrock was better than ever, Hope to see you at the next Roadshow event.last_img read more

Uruguay Pushes Proposal to Regulate Guns as Illegal Weapons Proliferate

first_img MONTEVIDEO — In Uruguay, which ranks as one of the safest countries in Latin America, gun ownership is unusually high. Some one million firearms — both registered and unregistered — are believed to be circulating in this small country of 3.4 million people sandwiched in between Argentina and Brazil. In 2011, 6,543 legal weapons entered the country, including 3,128 pistols and 689 handguns — up from 1,485 weapons entering Uruguay in 2007. Yet it’s the explosion of illegal weapons that concerns authorities — especially in a country that had only 5.9 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants in 2011, one of the lowest homicide rates in the region, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. “There’s a general consensus that the number of weapons is too high,” said Marcelo Barzelli, chief of the communications unit at the Uruguayan Ministry of Internal Affairs, commenting on local media reports that some 600,000 illegal weapons — more than half the total — are now present in the country. According to the Small Arms Survey, conducted in 2007, Uruguay has 32 civilian firearms per 100 inhabitants, the ninth-highest ratio of gun ownership in the world. For comparison, the top three countries on that list are the United States (89 firearms per 100 people), Yemen (55) and Switzerland (46). No other Latin American country made the top 15 list. Illegal weapons behind Uruguayan crime wave Among the reasons for having illegal weapons, Barzelli mentioned an important cultural factor: “Guns are inherited; perhaps they were never registered or the papers got lost along the way.” The ministry’s website says those guns often end up on the illegal weapons market. Barzelli said those who commit crimes almost always rent or purchase their weapons illegally. “Furthermore, possession of an unregistered weapon is not a crime but rather an omission,” he said. “Nevertheless, that will change this year with the approval of a law being pushed by the government, to penalize the possession of unregistered weapons.” Under that law, now before the Uruguayan Parliament, authorities would impose harsh sentences against those caught with such weapons, though it does allow a six-month grace period to give gun owners a chance to either register them or turn them over to the Ministry of Defense’s Equipment and Weapons Service. The text of the law also defines as illegal “the international smuggling of weapons or the import or export of guns, ammunition, explosives and related materials, which will carry a sentence of three to 12 years in prison.” The penalty for weapons trafficking within Uruguay is two to six years in jail, with sentences increased by one-third if the trafficking is committed by a member of an organized criminal group. Weapons-exchange program also key Last November, during a TV interview on the current-events program “Código País,” Internal Affairs Minister Eduardo Bonomi said this law should be enforced along with a weapons-exchange program. “During talks with other ministers of internal affairs from Mercosur member countries, we have learned that besides relying on this type of law, they have a weapons exchange program through which people can turn in their guns, even if they have legally acquired them,” Bonomi said. “The governments purchase the guns; they pay the people to turn them in. They proudly, and with good reason, talk about the hundreds of thousands of weapons that have been collected.” When asked about the spike in homicides Uruguay experienced in 2012, Bonomi responded that “experts, not only from the police but also criminologists, teachers and intellectuals alike,” agree that there are too many weapons on the streets of Montevideo and other Uruguayan cities. In January, Uruguay recorded 30 homicides, including several instances in which shopkeepers and business owners shot attackers during attempted robberies. Tools For Life To combat the proliferation of illegal weapons while creating social awareness, the Ministry of Internal Affairs is planning to launch two mass-media campaigns. The first is to promote responsibility among those who want to own a gun. Legal steps are explained and training is recommended so that prospective gun owners learn how to use their weapons safely. To legally own a gun in Uruguay, one must receive a permit from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and register the weapon with the Ministry of Defense. An Authorization to Purchase and Own Weapons (THATA) is also required. In order to obtain a THATA, the applicant must be 18 or older, possess a certificate of good conduct, pass a medical exam with a psychologist in good standing, submit income records and attend a firearms safety class. The second is the “Armas para la Vida” [Tools for Life] campaign, through which firearms may be exchanged for bicycles or ceibaitas, which are small laptops designed for Uruguayan children. The campaign is aimed at those with unregistered weapons who want to get rid of them. “That segment of the population is very large, and includes those who have an unregistered weapon somewhere in their houses but say they would never use them,” Barzelli told Diálogo. “By giving them the chance to participate in the exchange program, we prevent weapons from being stolen or sold in the illegal market. But we don’t expect criminals to participate in the campaign.” I am a 74 years old Uruguayan citizen, during 41 of them I lived in Brazil. Recently I visited Montevideo and specially, Villa del Cerro. I respectfully differ from your approach on to the violence issue, blaming it on the increase of guns, because I think that such increase is linked to drug addiction, to drug trafficking and the lack of perspectives of the youth that can’t seem to find a worthy occupation. Careful!!!! So that your country doesn’t become a shame like Brazil where only the oppressors or the idlers are free to own weapons. Armed people are safe people, there is respect either by goodness or by the point of a gun. Here in Brazil is different, 99 per cent of the politicians are thieves and criminals, that’s the reason why they don’t want that the population own weapons, this is a logical thinking. I agree with Mr Clayton Silva, be careful! Read the article here below, this European Union NGO has an absurd concept of democracy, I hope Uruguay treat them with contempt.MONTEVIDEO, June 4 (Xinhua) — Uruguay has the world’s highest per capita rate of gun ownership, with one out of three Uruguayans owning a firearm, according to figures released Tuesday by the Institute of Legal and Social Studies (IELSUR), a non-governmental organization (NGO).Up to December 2012, 584,112 guns were registered in Uruguay, and the number of unregistered firearms is expected to double, in a country of just 3.4 million people, the NGO’s Luis Pedernera told a local radio station.The rate is almost as much as in “countries such as Iraq, where there is a latent armed conflict,” said Pedernera, adding the prevalence of guns puts Uruguay in the same position as “Colombia and Brazil, where firearms are highly used.”Funded by the European Union, the NGO unveiled a gun-control project this week, which is called “action for a democratic security policy; towards a national plan of civilian disarmament.”The released figures will help Uruguayans “discuss an issue of concern that is barely visible. This issue should really raise our concern,” said Pedernera.The NGO representative said Uruguay’s gun-ownership laws “need to be aligned with international standards” to send the message that “firearms are not a right of the people, but a tool of the state for specific actions”.”We have to include the issue in the Uruguayan agenda, because this will have a positive effect on quality of life,” he said.Uruguay’s Congress is currently debating a bill that would punish illegal possession of guns and trafficking in firearms. According to research done by “Viva Brasil” movement, the countries which possess more arms are the safest ones to live in; there is no connection between an armed country and a violent country. Let’s take Switzerland as an example which ranks the 3rd place as the most armed country for inhabitants in the world, or Israel. What creates violence is culture, or the lack of it, the lack of perspectives, the people’s indignation when they are subdued by corrupt politicians who prohibit good honest citizens to be well armed to defend themselves, instead they have to be escorted by heavily armed government agents and need to protect their homes with security, and worse of all, funded by tax-payers money. This is a shame. I’ve been in the military for 20 years and I have several restrictions to walk with a gun. When I retire I intend to move to Uruguay. That is all the more reason for law abiding citizens to own guns to defend themselves, their families and their homes and property. Why don’t they worry first about disarming the thieves. The policy really do know who are the home invaders in each neighborhood they should come at them with search warrants and take the thieves’ weapons away, not the working peoples’. And they should make sentences harsher if you commit homicide during a home invasion or takeover, death penalty. And minors should be sentenced as adults and there you have it, everything gets fixed really quickly In all countries where socialism was attempted, the people were disarmed, and then massacred and enslaved. Regulating guns takes guns from law abiding citizens – but criminals will always be armed. I think everyone in Uruguay should have the right to bare arms and also be allowed to have the right to open carry and that would definatly stop the drug addicts from shooting innocent shop owners for there money and just people in jenoral from being robed or killed bye these drug addicts or just even theives from robing you. I live in Uruguay and you will be prosecuted for shooting someone on your property, even in your home, unless you show your life was in imminent danger. Defending property by shooting someone will result in you going to jail. only with right to consealed carry, otherwise this is a bad idea – criminals will know who have guns and who aren’t By Dialogo February 11, 2013last_img read more

First Female Combat Engineer

first_imgBy Master Sgt. Kerri Spero/Joint Task Force-Bravo Public Affairs January 11, 2017 For military engineers, the sought-after sapper tab is a testament to their leadership skills, small unit tactics, and general toughness. A Sapper is widely considered to be an elite combat engineer. In Siguatepeque, Honduras, home of the 1st Engineering Battalion, Sergeant Yesica Carolina Baires became the first female engineer to accomplish the grueling Sapper Leader Course, becoming Sapper qualified and wearing the coveted Sapper tab. “A Sapper is soldier that is trained in the clearing of mines, deactivation of mine fields, who also works with charge loads during combat… to deter the enemy from passing through a chokepoint by using charge loads as traps for enemy forces,” said Sgt. Baires. To accomplish their mission, combat engineers employ a wide variety of hand and power tools as well as explosives. Combat engineers are responsible for traditional construction, but also for a wide range of more specialized tasks, including the construction and demolition of roads, airfields, bridges, camouflage, field fortifications, and all types of battlefield obstacles. “During her time in the 1st Engineering Battalion she has been very responsible, as an NCO she has done all her tasks the right way and has been a huge motivation for her fellow Soldiers. She is not only a committed Soldier, she is a natural athlete,” said Colonel Melvin Carbajal, 1st Engineering Battalion commander, “She represents our battalion very well and we are all very proud of her. She decided to complete the Sapper course, which no other woman had done before.” Sgt. Baires explains that she was interested in becoming a combat engineer after observing the Sappers in action and watching videos about them. “My classmates would tell me I couldn’t do it because it was a very tough course and only men can make it. But I did not see it that way. I am a woman – but I can also make it through the course,” said Sgt. Baires, “So I entered the course, surrounded only by males, and thought ‘Will I make it?’ It was very difficult but I would tell myself: ‘I have to graduate and become a Sapper because I represent all women in the Honduran Army and Armed Forces. We can be Sappers if we are determined to.’” Sgt. Baires is currently an instructor at the Military Training Center for the Army located in Olancho, Honduras, where she is in charge of a platoon composed of 135 Soldiers-in-training. “Something as simple as teaching the Soldiers how to salute is a great source of pride to me because I see them doing it right, and I know that I am the one who taught them that. I teach them the military vocabulary. And when I see that they are becoming real Soldiers–the little details make me emotional. I get excited when I see my Soldiers, I feel like I am really teaching them something,” said Sgt. Baires. Joint Task Force-Bravo and other U.S. Southern Command engineering units often work side-by-side with their Honduran military counterparts from the 1st Engineering Battalion on a variety of construction and restoration projects, and share knowledge and experience on engineering related techniques. “We continue to develop our courses here which are based on what we have learned from the U.S. Army,” said Col. Carbajal. “The instructors for this Sapper course have received training from the U.S. Army and the Army Engineer School in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. We are grateful for the support and the good relationship we have with the U.S. Southern Command.”last_img read more

Amazon, Flipkart Diwali 2020 Sales End Tonight: Best Deals You Can Grab Right Now

first_imgBuy now for: Rs. 50,999 (MRP Rs. 64,900)Samsung Galaxy M51 (Rs. 22,499)Samsung’s Galaxy M51 is still available at its lowest price ever on Amazon right now. The phone is listed at Rs. 22,499 and SBI credit card users can avail an additional instant discount worth Rs. 3,000, bringing the overall effective price below Rs. 20,000. You can also swap an old mobile phone and receive another discount worth up to Rs. 16,400.Buy now for: Rs. 22,499 (MRP Rs. 28,999)- Advertisement – – Advertisement – OnePlus 8 (Rs. 39,999)OnePlus 8 (6GB, 128GB) is still selling at Rs. 39,999 (MRP Rs. 41,999) on Amazon during the Great Indian Festival 2020 sale this week. State Bank of India credit card users can avail an additional instant discount worth 10 percent. Amazon is also bundling its exchange offer that can further sweeten the deal by up to Rs. 16,400.Buy now for: Rs. 39,999 (MRP Rs. 41,999)Redmi Note 9 Pro (Rs. 12,999)Redmi Note 9 Pro, the affordable Xiaomi phone, is down to Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999) during Amazon’s Great Indian Festival sale. You can exchange an old mobile phone and receive another additional discount of up to Rs. 11,950. Redmi 9 Pro comes with a large 6.67-inch full-HD+ display, and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, supported by 4GB of RAM.- Advertisement – Amazon and Flipkart Diwali 2020 special sales have entered their last day. Amazon Great Indian Festival and Flipkart Big Diwali sales will end at midnight tonight. Both the festive season sales have been offering great discounts on popular mobile phones, laptops, TVs, and other electronics. In case you missed the first few phases of these sales, today is your last chance to grab that last-minute Diwali 2020 gift for a loved one, or something new for yourself. We’ve handpicked some of the best Diwali deals you can grab on Amazon and Flipkart today.Amazon Great Indian Festival sale – Best offers on the last dayiPhone 11 (Rs. 50,999)Apple iPhone 11 is still selling at Rs. 50,999 (MRP Rs. 64,900) during the Great Indian Festival sale’s ‘Finale Days’ phase on Amazon. The listing assures EarPods and wall charger in the box. In case you missed the deal earlier, you have another chance to grab the iPhone 11 at a discounted price.- Advertisement – Buy now for: Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999)Netgear Orbi RBK50 mesh Wi-Fi system (Rs. 21,799)If dead Wi-Fi spots around your house are making working from home harder for you, it’s time to switch to a mesh-based Wi-Fi router system. Netgear’s Orbi RBK50 mesh Wi-Fi system is down to Rs. 21,799 (MRP Rs. 37,999) on Amazon during the Great Indian Festival sale today. The system consists of two routers that can be placed around your house to cover an area of approximately 5,000 square feet. The Wi-Fi router system is extremely easy to set up and maintain.Buy now for: Rs. 21,799 (MRP Rs. 37,999)JBL Infinity Sonic B100 soundbar (Rs. 3,999)Looking for an affordable soundbar? JBL’s Infinity Sonic B100 2.0 channel soundbar is currently down to Rs. 3,999 (MRP Rs. 11,999) on Amazon’s Great Indian Festival sale. This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on this model. It comes with a multi-function remote and Bluetooth connectivity options as well.Buy now for: Rs. 3,999 (MRP Rs. 11,999)Fire TV Stick models (Rs. 2,099 onwards)Fire TV Sticks are a great way to convert your dumb TV into a smart one. You can install and run just about any major online streaming app on the platform, as well as games and other apps too. Fire TV Stick Lite is down to Rs. 2,099 (MRP Rs. 3,999) while the all-new Fire TV Stick model is selling at Rs. 2,499 (MRP Rs. 4,999). If you’ve got a 4K TV, grab the Fire TV Stick 4K instead at a discounted price of Rs. 3,599 (MRP Rs. 5,999). Buy now for: Starts at Rs. 2,099Echo smart speakers (Rs. 2,249 onwards)Amazon’s Echo lineup of smart speakers is also available with attractive discounts during the Great Indian Festival sale right now. The third-generation Echo Dot is down to Rs. 2,249 (MRP Rs. 4,499). The all-new Echo Dot (fourth generation) is down to Rs. 3,249 (MRP Rs. 4,499) on Amazon right now. Amazon’s Echo smart speakers are powered by the company’s Alexa virtual assistant.Buy now: Starts at Rs. 2,249Kindle e-readers (Rs. 6,499 onwards)Amazon is also offering discounts on its Kindle e-readers during the Great Indian Festival sale this week. Kindle Paperwhite is available for Rs. 9,999 (MRP Rs. 12,999). This variant comes with a built-in light and it’s waterproof. The 10th generation Kindle with built-in light is also down to Rs. 6,499 (MRP Rs. 7,999). Kindle e-readers are perfect if you love to read, especially when you’re on the move. They’re also perfect for gifting purposes, with Diwali around the corner.Buy now: Starting at Rs. 6,499Jabra Elite 65t TWS earphones (Rs. 3,999)Jabra’s Elite 65t TWS earphones are still available at their lowest price this year, at Rs. 3,999 (MRP Rs. 15,499). These true wireless earbuds come with a charging case, and a promised total battery life of up to 15 hours.Buy now for: Rs. 3,999 (MRP Rs. 15,499)Apple Watch Series 3 42mm (Rs. 18,900)Apple Watch Series 3 is still available at a discounted price of Rs. 18,900 (MRP Rs. 23,900) during the last phase of the Great Indian Festival sale this week. You can avail additional discounts with bank offers, along with no-cost EMI options available with major payment methods. In case you’re unwilling to spend nearly double the amount on the new Apple Watch SE, the Series 3 model is still a pretty decent option at this price.Buy now for: Rs. 18,900 (MRP Rs. 23,900)LG 43-inch 4K smart TV (Rs. 34,990)LG’s 43-inch 4K smart LED TV is selling at Rs. 34,990 (MRP Rs. 52,990) on Amazon this week. The bundled exchange offer comes with another instant discount worth up to Rs. 11,000. The TV includes three HDMI ports and two USB ports.Buy now for: Rs. 34,990 (MRP Rs. 52,990)Flipkart Big Diwali sale 2020 – Best deals available on the last dayApple iPhone XR (Rs. 38,999)iPhone XR is still selling at a discounted price during Flipkart’s Big Diwali 2020 sale. The 64GB variant is currently down to Rs. 38,999 (MRP Rs. 47,900) on Flipkart. An exchange offer can fetch you another instant discount worth up to Rs. 14,100. Paying with the bundled bank payment offers will sweeten the deal further by 10 percent.Buy now for: Rs. 38,999 (MRP Rs. 47,900)iPhone SE (Rs. 32,999)If you missed the last Diwali special sale, Apple’s iPhone SE 64GB is again down to Rs. 32,999 (MRP Rs. 39,900) during Flipkart Big Diwali sale 2020. This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on iPhone SE (2020) since it launched in India. The bundled exchange offer can further sweeten the deal by up to Rs. 14,100.Buy now for: Rs. 32,999 (MRP Rs. 39,900)iPhone 11 Pro (Rs. 79,999)iPhone 11 Pro is down to Rs. 79,999 (MRP Rs. 1,06,600) during Flipkart’s Big Diwali 2020 sale. This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on the iPhone 11 Pro during the festive sale season this year. With the bundled exchange offer, you can get another instant discount worth up to Rs. 14,100.Buy now for: Rs. 79,999 (MRP Rs. 1,06,600)Poco M2 Pro (Rs. 12,999)Poco M2 Pro is available for Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 16,999) during the Big Diwali sale on Flipkart. That’s around Rs. 2,000 lower than its usual selling price online. With the bundled exchange offer, you can knock off another Rs. 12,450 (maximum) from the discounted price. Poco M2 Pro comes with a 6.67-inch full-HD+ display and a quad rear camera setup, highlighted by a 48-megapixel primary sensor. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset, paired with 6GB of RAM.Buy now for: Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 16,999)Moto G9 (Rs. 9,999)Moto G9 is still down to Rs. 9,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999) during the Big Diwali sale on Flipkart. The phone comes with a large 5,000mAh battery and a triple rear camera setup headlined by a 48-megapixel primary shooter. Moto G9 is powered by the Snapdragon 662 SoC, supported by 4GB of RAM. If you’re eyeing a new budget phone with stock Android, the Moto G9 seems like a pretty decent choice at this price.Buy now for: Rs. 9,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999)Philips 50-inch 4K smart TV (Rs. 33,999)If you’re eyeing a big-screen smart TV this Diwali, the Philips 50-inch 4K smart LED TV is down to Rs. 33,999 (MRP Rs. 1,05,990) during the Flipkart Big Diwali sale this month. You can also swap your old TV and get up to Rs. 11,000 off. The TV supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos surround sound. It comes with three HDMI ports and two USB ports.Buy now for: Rs. 33,999 (MRP Rs. 1,05,990)Asus VivoBook 14 (Rs. 55,990)The Asus Vivo 14-inch laptop is down to Rs. 55,990 (MRP Rs. 66,990) during the latest phase of Flipkart’s Big Diwali sale 2020. The laptop is powered by the 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, supported by 8GB of RAM. It comes with a 1TB hard drive along with 256GB SSD and runs Windows 10 Home out-of-the-box.Buy now for: Rs. 55,990 (MRP Rs. 66,990)Apple AirPods Pro (Rs. 17,999)Apple’s premium AirPods Pro true wireless stereo (TWS) earphones with active noise cancellation are down to Rs. 17,999 (MRP Rs. 24,900). This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on the AirPods Pro this year. Combine it with the Axis Bank cards payment offer, and you’ll end up with a great overall deal.Buy now for: Rs. 17,999 (MRP Rs. 24,900)JBL Moviebar 80 soundbar (Rs. 6,999)If you got yourself a big-screen TV this festive season, and are worried about the awful sound experience, get the JBL Moviebar 80 soundbar as an affordable add-on to your setup. The soundbar is currently down to Rs. 6,999 (MRP Rs. 13,999) on Flipkart’s Big Diwali sale 2020.Buy now for: Rs. 6,999 (MRP Rs. 13,999)MSI GF63 15.6-inch gaming laptop (Rs.66,990)For those eyeing a gaming laptop, the MSI GF63 is down to Rs. 66,990 (MRP Rs. 1,04,990) on Flipkart during the Big Diwali sale today. The laptop comes with a big 15.6-inch display and is powered by the 9th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, supported by 8GB of RAM. It comes with 512GB SSD and runs Windows 10 Home. For graphics, there’s Nvidia’s GeForce GTZ 1650 Max-Q graphics card, supported by 4GB of video RAM.Buy now for: Rs. 66,990 (MRP Rs. 1,04,990)Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details.last_img read more