first_imgTwitter/@bhgreeley(NEW YORK CITY) — An economics writer’s daughter discovered the perfect way to ask her father for a puppy — and with 18,000 retweets and counting, she’s made a pretty good case.Writer Brendan Greeley tweeted a photo of his copy of The Financial Times Wednesday. Scrawled across the top in headline-sized typeface: “CAN I PLEASE GET A PUPPY?!” (Please and puppy underlined for added emphasis.)“Having studied my habits and preferences, my daughter hacked my attention this morning for her political agenda,” Greeley joked. As the tweet has gone viral, the writer has marveled at the marquee names (“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, for instance) who have retweeted the photo.After noticing “The Wire” creator David Simon’s retweet, he quipped, “I always kind of hoped that @aodespair would someday notice my writing. Reader, he did not. He noticed my daughter’s viral banner ad begging for a puppy. The Lord hears your prayer. Then he answers in a manner of his own choosing.”So, did Greeley’s daughter’s well-placed plea work? Apparently! “Wife, children, dog AND NOW EVIDENTLY A DAMN PUPPY, TOO,” her dad’s Twitter bio now reads.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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first_img Follow Michael on Twitter Join our LinkedIn Human Rights sub-group Considering its economic, kinship and historic ties with the UK, Bangladesh is absurdly under-reported in the British media. So you probably won’t have picked up the latest news from the country’s attempt to draw a judicial line under events that took place during its bloody birth, four decades ago. Earlier today, the International Crimes Tribunal in Dhaka found a politician, Abdul Quader Molla of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, guilty of mass murder, crimes against humanity and other charges. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. The conviction follows that of Abul Kalam Azad, who last month was found guilty in absentia of eight charges of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death. (As Azad is currently in Pakistan, the sentence is most unlikely to be carried out.) Anyone with memories of 1971, or who has been lucky enough to visit the Liberation War Museum in Dhaka, will cheer efforts to bringing to justice those responsible for the deaths of up to three million people. Sadly, the so-called international tribunal, which is trying 12 individuals, is tainted. Opponents describe it as a political witch-hunt against Jamaat-e-Islami. In December, the tribunal chairman, Mohammed Nizamul Huq, resigned when a dossier of emails and telephone conversations came to light suggesting collusion between the government, prosecution counsel and judges. British barristers assisting the defence team, such as Toby Cadman of Nine Bedford Row International, say the government of Bangladesh has proven it has neither the will nor the ability to run these trials independently or impartially. Is this any business of ours? Beyond the obvious point that any miscarriage of justice involving the death penalty should be a matter of concern, the Dhaka tribunal raises two issues. One is the abuse of the term ‘international’, which should be reserved for war crimes proceedings under genuinely international jurisdiction. The other is the potential for political over-spill: Jamaat-e-Islami is a political force in some parts of the UK, and while I have little sympathy with its members I wouldn’t like them to be handed a victim card to play. Shortly before taking up his post as chief prosecutor at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, US justice Robert Jackson said it would be better to shoot Nazi leaders out of hand than pervert the process of law by setting up a sham court. ‘You must put no man on trial under the forms of judicial proceeding, if you are not willing to see him freed if not proven guilty.’ The Nuremberg trial went on to acquit (against the wishes of the Soviet judges) three of the defendants. Friends of Bangladesh can only hope that the Dhaka ‘international’ tribunal lives up to Jackson’s ideal. center_img Michael Cross is Gazette news editorlast_img read more

first_imgINDIA: Indian Railways has ambitious plans to boost capacity on its busiest suburban network around Mumbai. As part of a comprehensive renewal project, Siemens and ICF are supplying 174 dual-system EMUs to improve reliability and passenger comfort as IR manages the transition to 25 kV AC supply.,Dr P C Sehgal, Managing Director Lokesh Narayan, Chief Electrical Engineer Mumbai Railway Vikas CorpLocal trains around the city of Mumbai are often referred to as the ‘lifeline of the financial capital of India’. The suburban network has one of the highest passenger densities in the world, ahead even of mega-cities such as Tokyo and Seoul. The core routes of the 1 676 mm gauge network are divided between two of IR’s operating divisions. Western Railway services from Churchgate run to Borivali and Virar, while the Central Railway operates Main Line services from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to Karjat and Kasara, and Harbour Line services to Panvel and Andheri. The CR Harbour Line from CST to Kurla was the first to be electrified in 1925, and much of the 1·5 kV DC power supply equipment across the network is now life-expired.In anticipation of the necessary upgrade, Mumbai Railway Vikas Corp was established in 1999 as a joint venture between the Ministry of Railways and the Maharashtra state government to manage rail-related elements of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project. One of the core tasks facing MRVC is to implement a migration from 1·5 kV DC to a more modern, robust and reliable supply, fed at 25 kV AC.Such is the demand for travel within the urban area and the constrained capacity of the infrastructure, Indian Railways faces a stiff challenge in providing and maintaining EMUs that meet not only stringent reliability requirements but also cater to the expectations of local commuters. CR and WR between them carry more than six million passengers per day, often in crush-loaded conditions of 14 to 16 passengers/m2 of floor space around the doorways. A total of 2 247 services run each day, at 3 min headways on WR and 4 min on CR. In addition, trains using CR’s Harbour Line face a gradient of 2·7% on the section through Sandhurst Road.Carbon creditsIn anticipation of the electrical conversion, the construction of new DC trainsets ended in 1998. Two contracts were placed with BHEL and Alstom for the supply of GTO-based dual-voltage electrical systems for 33 nine-car sets, which were introduced into service between 2002 and 2006. A further two contracts have now been placed for rolling stock equipped for dual-voltage operation – 73 sets were ordered under contract GP194 by IR to replace existing stock, whilst a further 101 sets were ordered by MRVC as part of MUTP Phase I. Both these contracts were awarded to Siemens, which is supplying the IGBT-based three-phase electrical equipment. ICF is undertaking the construction of car bodies and bogie frames, other assembly work, testing and commissioning in Chennai. The total value of the contracts is put at Rs15·2bn. All the trainsets supplied under these contracts will be equipped for dual-system operation; IR envisages that subsequent contracts will cover the supply of units equipped solely for AC. The dual-system sets will be redeployed around the network as the conversion work proceeds.To achieve reliable, safe and punctual operation under often-difficult operating conditions, the supply contract specified that the EMUs should include microprocessor-based VVVF controls, IGBT converters and inverters, three-phase AC traction motors, modular control and fault isolation at bogie level, air-sprung secondary suspension and regenerative braking.Regenerative braking not only makes the trains more energy-efficient, it also provides longer wheelset life and reduced wear of the composite brake blocks. These efficiency measures are likely to result in a saving of around 1 million units of electricity per trainset per year. The consequent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions enabled MRVC to submit a ‘Project Idea Note’ to the World Bank, which has included it in its portfolio of projects eligible to earn carbon credits under the Clean Development Mechanism – the first rolling stock renewal programme to achieve this anywhere in the world.Nine and 12-car rakesAll the trainsets are being supplied in 12-car formations for use on WR and CR Main Line services, where work has been completed to permit 12-car operation. The Harbour Line services will remain at nine cars due to infrastructure constraints.Each 12-car EMU will have four motor cars, six trailers and two driving trailer vehicles (Fig 1). Two cars will be provided with limited accommodation for disabled passengers, and five will include segregated ladies-only saloons.Electrically, the four motor cars are identical, with a pantograph and underfloor transformer feeding the traction package located in a secure HT compartment behind a small driving cab provided for shunting part-sets in the depots.The 1 250 kVA fixed-ratio transformers are being supplied by ABB Sécheron, and have multi-traction windings to match the requirements of the IGBT-based converters. The transformer is designed to conform to IEC310 standards and temperature limits under all operating conditions.Each motor car has two separate IGBT-based four-quadrant 1 070 kW power converter-inverter sets with PWM control, which has two inverter legs, each feeding the two traction motors on one bogie. This arrangement provides a high level of redundancy in the event of any failure. Forced air cooling has been adopted, and the IGBT voltage rating has been chosen to allow at least a 25% margin after taking into consideration the DC link voltage and the voltage jump on account of inductance and capacitors in the circuit. Each axle on the motor car is powered by an axle-hung, nose-suspended traction motor with tapered roller-suspension bearings; continuous rating is 240 kW. The motor is rated to meet the EMU’s performance requirements in the most severe operating conditions, as defined by IEC standards, and should be able to cope with the excessive vibration caused by track condition, high temperatures and humidity, as well as Mumbai’s salty atmosphere.Microprocessor controlSiemens is supplying its Sibas 32 S2 microprocessor control system to manage the traction chain, braking, slide and wheelslip protection equipment, as well as command monitoring and other auxiliaries. The link between the microprocessor and the interface cards is provided by a serial bus.The microprocessor also undertakes fault diagnostics and display functions. Vehicle faults are displayed on an LCD interactive touch screen in the driver’s cab to facilitate rapid troubleshooting.Power for the auxiliaries is fed through a 115 kVA IGBT converter/inverter equipped for both AC and DC supply. When passing through a neutral section, special provision has been made for the normal operation of lights and fans through a feed from the adjacent motor car.To meet growing user aspirations, a professional agency was hired to obtain feedback from the passengers. This market research influenced the final design of the vehicles: interior colours and signage were chosen with input from the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, and forced air ventilation has been chosen to improve passenger comfort.A GPS-based audio-visual passenger information system is provided in all saloons, together with FRP panelling and cushion/polycarbonate seating with stainless steel frames in both first and second class. In addition, each car offers more luggage storage through the use of stainless steel racks, as well as large louvre windows and stainless steel roof panelling, flooring and doorway partitions.Fresh airOne of the major problems facing commuters on the existing trains is a lack of fresh air on board caused by the severe crowding on peak-hour services. Various measures have been tried in the past to improve ventilation of older EMUs. However, for the replacement trains, a systematic approach was adopted by following US ANSI/Ashrae standard 62-2001. CO2 levels were measured using digital portable meters that allow data storage and retrieval, and the data revealed a range of 800 to 2 450 parts per million inside vehicles on the Western Railway during peak hours. MRVC specified that the Siemens/ICF trainsets should provide a maximum differential in CO2 level between inside and outside air of 700 parts per million. Four fans have therefore been provided in each car to pump in fresh air at 15 000 m3/h.To verify the efficacy of the design, ICF developed a mock-up car to simulate actual service conditions. After commissioning the first dual-system trainset in passenger service, measurements of CO2 levels were repeated at peak hour. These revealed a reduction in CO2 levels to an acceptable range of 700 to 1 450 parts per million. Five pre-production 12-car sets were delivered for testing during the second half of 2007, and the first of these entered revenue service on November 12. With the pre-production sets now in regular operation, production of the series build has started, with four of the 12-car sets in traffic. ICF is expected to ramp up production to deliver four completed 12-car sets each month from July 2008.As the fleet enters service, average passenger loadings for a nine-car formation are expected to come down from the present 5 000 to 3 600 by the end of MUTP Phase I. By the time the whole MUTP is completed, the average peak-hour loading is expected to fall further to 3 000, providing some long-awaited relief for Mumbai’s commuters. Fig 1. Each 12-car set is equipped with four motor cars.CAPTION: IR is expecting to accept four Siemens-ICF EMUs per month from July onwards. They will enter traffic on Western Railway and Central Railway services around Mumbai.CAPTION: Services formed of older rolling stock suffer from severe overcrowding.last_img read more

first_imgIt was a very strong contingent of runners from the Kootenay Zone, paced by LVR’s Shawn DeGroot, at the recent B.C. High School Cross Country Championships in Victoria.The contingent excelled with DeGroot leading the way with a 24th place finish. Staff and management at Mallard’s Source For Sports would like to salute the runners and coaches with Team of the Week honours. The running contingent includes, Kieran Simpspon (Prince Charles, Creston), Hunter Stanway (J.V. Humphries, Kaslo), Lukas Smith (JVH), Young Jin yu (L.V. Rogers), Luca Sattler (LVR), Oliver Hale (LVR), Shawn DeGroot (LVR), Steven Hernandez (Mount Sentinel), LVR and Salmo coach Jon Francis and Mount Sentinel coach Sacha Kalabis. Front, Neil Jacobsen (Prince Charles), Eli Bukowski (JVH), Tyler Exner (LVR), Roberto Miranda (Mt. Sentinel), Nico Bolter (LVR) and Jackson Hawton (Prince Charles). Missing, Ellie Hewat (JVH), Kiraya Spencer (LVR), Darya Huser (Salmo), Danica Long (LVR) and Kia Weir (Mt. Sentinel).last_img read more

first_img“We had a big problem – and it was a great problem to have – in that we have 16 incredible players and we would have been happy – and counted ourselves lucky – to bring any of the 16 to Montenegro. Every one of them has done everything we’ve ever asked of them from day one. They couldn’t have done any more or worked any harder and they should be so proud of all they’ve put in and how far they’ve come. For those who didn’t make it, I really hope they use the experience and channel it into them continuing to work and improve in order to make sure that the next time, they will get that one step further.“The team we picked are the 12 players that we feel give us the best chance at having a successful European Championships. For those 12, the hard work has only just begun and they have a gruelling four months ahead of them between now and August – but from what we’ve learned of them over the last 18 months, that’s a task they’re more than up for.“I know I say this every time, but I’m genuinely blown away on a weekly basis with the work they put in and the dedication they show. It’s a real honour to be able to work with a group like this. With around seven training sessions between now and when we leave, we have a lot of work to do; but as a management team, we couldn’t be more excited for the task ahead.” Speaking about the announcement, Coach Kilbride stated: “This is by far the toughest decision I’ve ever had to make. As a coach, over the 18 months of the programme, you develop a bond with the players, so to tell a player their journey has ended at the final hurdle is very tough. There have been many sleepless nights in the last while. Head coach of the Ireland Under 16 women’s team, Karl Kilbride, has today announced his final roster of 12 players for this summer’s FIBA Under 16 Women’s European Championship Division B which will take place in Montenegro from August 16th to 25th, 2018. The squad includes Hazel Finn from Kiltimagh, who plays her club basketball with Maree and her clubmate Lisa Blaney from Galway.center_img The final 12 players selected are:Abigail Rafferty, St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon, Tyrone TowersCiara Byrne, Scoil Chriost Ri, Portlaoise, Portlaoise PanthersErin Maguire, Ulidia Integrated College, Carrickfergus, Ulster University ElksFatimah Akorede, Coláiste Chiarain, Leixlip, Liffey Celtics BCGillian Wheeler, Cross & Passion College, Kilcullen, Portlaoise PanthersHazel Finn, St. Louis, Kiltimagh, Maree BCKate Hickey, Mercy, Waterford, Waterford WildcatsLisa Blaney, Jesus & Mary Salerno, Salthill, Maree BCSabhbh Edwards Murphy, Kilrush Community School, Limerick CelticsShauna Dooley, Scoil Chriost Ri Portlaoise, Portlaoise PanthersSinead Boyle, Manor House, Raheny, Killester BCSíofra O’Shea, Coláiste na Sceilge, Cahersiveen, Cahersiveen BCprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

first_imgNelson’s Scotiabank branch injected some major financial support for the upcoming BC Bantam Tier Three Hockey Championships with a cheque for $5,000 to help offset expenses.The tournament, which runs from March  18th – 22nd, includes nine teams, from across BC. A tournament of this magnitude requires many volunteers and financial assistance from businesses throughout the community and around the province.  Businesses looking to support the event have a variety of sponsorship opportunities. They can contact Fundraising Co-Ordinators Melissa Surina at 250-353-1499, [email protected] or Greg Proctor at 250-354-9432, [email protected] are also looking for volunteers to assist with individual team hosting, score clock and penalty box operation,  hospitality room operation, baked good provision and more.As a tune up for March, Nelson Minor Hockey is hosting a six-team Bantam Rep Tier Three tournament, beginning Friday at the NDCC Arena.The showdown will feature the Nelson Leafs, Couer D’Alene Thunder, Springbank Rockies, Kelowna Rockets, Salmon Arm Silvertips and the West Kelowna Warriors.last_img read more

first_img“I am so beyond excited,” DiFrancesco said. “I am very blessed and honored to have this opportunity. The seniors, we get to go out with a bang. We had a lot of adversity this season, so to be where we are is a huge accomplishment for this team. “We knew we would draw a physical team and we knew it might be Texas. They’ve got All-Americans everywhere so it’ll be a big challenge but we’ve played big, physical teams before. We’re excited to bring our brand there and see what we can get.” “We’ll be able to have a lot of fans and family members travel so that will be great for us,” fifth-year co-head coach Hugh Hernesman said. “Texas has been one of the premier programs in the country, so to be able to be able to play there in front of a packed crowd in a great venue will be a great experience for us. “I feel like we had a very good vision but that vision wouldn’t have been anything if they didn’t put the work in,” Hernesman said. “We’ve had good recruiting classes along the way. We’re thankful they chose us. We take pride in the fact that we were able to achieve a lot with a team that not a lot of people believed in but we did.” NSU (16-16) earned the Southland Conference’s automatic NCAA Tournament berth after going 3-0 in the conference tournament, highlighted by a sweep of defending conference tournament champion Central Arkansas in the title match, capturing the program’s first-ever league championship. Texas heads into postseason play after a 23-2 season including claiming the squad’s fourth-consecutive Big 12 Championship. “Well, Texas is right now,” Hernesman said with a laugh about what is stopping the Lady Demons from making more history this season. “They’re really good but as my dad says, ‘that’s why they play the game.’ We’ll bring it out there and see how well we fair.”center_img Following back-to-back 20-win seasons in 2012 and 2013, including an appearance in last year’s league title match, Hernesman credits much of the success to NSU’s senior class. “I get to play another game with my best friends. We love playing in front of big crowds; it’s kind of like a fuel for us. It’ll be great for our family and friends to come since it’s not too far away.” NATCHITOCHES, La. – In front of a vocal throng of friends, family and support staff who gathered to celebrate the program’s first national postseason berth, Northwestern State volleyball found out it will face No. 2 national seed Texas in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship on Thursday at 7 p.m. from Gregory Gym in Austin. For senior Stacey DiFrancesco, the journey of helping build the program over four years to get to this moment has made it all worth it.last_img read more

first_imgAre you a consultant who wants to give back to the local community? Or a young professional who wants to develop business acumen?If so, consider applying to be a volunteer consultant with America’s Future Foundation’s Pro-Bono Consulting Program.AFF recruits teams of volunteers from consulting companies and local non-profit organizations to serve non-profit organizations based in Washington, DC. The projects will last 12 weeks, from July to September. Volunteers are expected to contribute 5-10 hours per week and you will be paired with 2-3 colleagues and a team leader. The end product will be a report focused on a specific problem submitted by the client (a non-profit liberty-advancing organization).If you are interested, apply here. Note that the deadline has been extended to July 5, 2017.Areas on which the consulting teams will work:1. Fundraising StrategyUnder this project, AFF will help evaluate the current fundraising strategy of the organization, including its current revenue sources and revenue-generating methods. AFF will work with the organization to optimize donations from the current donor base and identify alternative revenue sources.2. MarketingAFF will work with the client to develop an effective marketing strategy by helping create a consistent brand and messaging and by identifying opportunities for its services in existing and new markets.3. Strategic PlanningThe goal of this project to ensure that the board and the organization’s leadership are aligned around key choices that have to be made. To this end, AFF will conduct organizational and financial analyses and research rival organizations. Based upon the team’s research, AFF will help the organization set its goals, prioritize these goals and set a timeline for achieving them.last_img read more