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Praxair holds a tight rein on costs

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Straw apologises for probation failings

first_imgThe justice secretary has apologised to the families of the two murdered French students for the ‘serious failures across the criminal justice system’ that left one of the defendants free to kill when he should have been incarcerated. Dano Sonnex and Nigel farmer were found guilty at the Old Bailey of the murders of students Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez. At the time of the murders Dano Sonnex was subject to a warrant for his arrest and recall to prison for breach of his probation licence conditions. Jack Straw said: ‘On behalf of the government I express my deepest sympathies to the families of Mr Bonomo and Mr Ferez and I am ensuring they receive every possible support.’ ‘These were the most appalling, sadistic and gratuitous murders. The direct responsibility for these killings must lie – as the jury found – with the criminals Sonnex and Farmer. But it is also the case that Sonnex could and should have been in custody at the time he committed these murders. It was the consequence of very serious failures across the criminal justice system that he had not been arrested and incarcerated some weeks before.’ Straw said he took full responsibility for the ‘unacceptable’ failings of the probation service. The chief officer of London Probation resigned and a new interim chief, Paul Wilson, was appointed to initiate changes. One hundred new probation officers will be recruited in London in the next two years Straw said the independent review by the National Offender Management Service concluded the problems were managerial not budgetary. He said last year London Probation under spent by £3.5m on a budget of £154m. ‘It was a failure to allocate London Probation resources sensibly between the different areas, to supervise workloads and to heed obvious warning signs – like sickness rates in Lewisham and Greenwich probation area (the area that had responsibility for managing Sonnex) being an average of 27 days per year, more than twice the London Probation average.’ ‘Whilst risk can never be eliminated entirely and the management of chaotic offenders is inherently difficult, there is clear evidence of poor judgement and failures to act promptly by the agencies responsible for managing Dano Sonnex,’ said Straw. He said he would personally monitor the progress made by the probation service until he was satisfied that high standards were being achieved.last_img read more

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UN: 7.5 million in need humanitarian aid in DRC

first_img7.5 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including food, the United Nations said on Monday.Parts of eastern DRC have been wrecked by violence over land and control of mineral resources for more than 20 years.“A complex and protracted crisis of massive proportions has created humanitarian needs for 7.5 million people, or 9 percent of the population,” said a new report from the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).“Decades of successive shocks have intensified humanitarian needs, leaving a higher proportion of the population vulnerable to the multiple shocks caused by conflicts, epidemics, malnutrition and natural disasters.”At least five million people have limited o uncertain access to adequate food, and almost half the nation’s children aged below five years are chronically malnourished.Measles and cholera outbreaks particularly affect children, who are already weakened by high rates of malaria and the lack of proper diets.Only 22% of the country’s population has access to safe drinking water.last_img read more

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Malawi police arrest Rwandan genocide suspect

first_imgMalawi Police Service Thursday arrested a Rwandan national, Vincent Murekezi, reportedly wanted by Rwandan government for the 1994 genocide, police have confirmed.According to Malawi Police Spokesperson James Kadadzera, Murekezi was arrested in Malawi capital Lilongwe upon the directive of the country’s highest public prosecution office.“It’s true that we have arrested Murekezi today,” Kadadzera told the state-run Malawi News Agency.“We received communication from the Rwandan government that Murekezi was wanted in connection to the 1994 genocide and we referred the matter the Director of Public Prosecution who ordered his arrest,” Kadadzera said.Murekezi’s cover was blown recently by the Malawi media which questioned the authenticity of his origin after the details of his Malawian passport contradicted that of his Rwandan passport.Since the local media blew Murekezi’s cover, local civil society organizations have been putting Malawi government under pressure to have the suspect arrested and sent back to Rwanda for trial.Malawi hosts close to 30,000 refugees and asylum seekers at Dzaleka Camp in the Central Region district of Dowa.The majority population at the Camp are Rwandese, and Brundi followed by other displaced people from the Great Lakes countries, Xinhua reportslast_img read more

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Police Launch Clamp Down On Unsafe Agricultural Vehicle Drivers

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice in Dumfries and Galloway have now lauched a four week action plan targetting offending drivers of agricultural vehicles due to concerns from the community regarding their speed on the roads and use of mobile telephones whilst driving.Public concern has grown since the 6th of April 2019 when a lady who was walking in Terregles Village in Dumfries was tragically killed in an accident involving a passing tractor.last_img read more

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April 2016 Criminal Session opens

first_img Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! LocalNews April 2016 Criminal Session opens by: Dominica Vibes News – April 12, 2016center_img 155 Views   no discussions Share The Criminal Session for April 2016 opened at the High Court of Justice in Roseau before Justice Errol Thomas on Tuesday 12 April.There are seven (7) murder cases, three (3) cases of grievous bodily harm and wounding with intent, eight (8) sexual related matters including unlawful sexual intercourse, indecent assault and one case of attempted buggery and attempted rape. Several matters where scheduled for sentencing including Kenroy Paul for the offense of Drug trafficking and possession of a controlled substance on 6 June 2016 while Florence Telemaque will be sentence on 30 May for the offense of grievous bodily harm.Two men, charged in separate incidents with sexual related offenses, will be sentenced on 29 April 2016. One pleaded guilty to indecent assault on a minor while the other pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse.Another male adult, who pleaded not guilty to attempted buggery and indecent assault, had his trial scheduled for 17 May 2016. There were three other not-guilty pleas in relation to unlawful sexual intercourse and indecent assault charges. Additionally a bench warrant was issued for a man who apparently left the country in February of 2016, after he was charged for rape, indecent assault, attempted buggery, abduction and detention. Other notable cases that will go to trial during this criminal session are Shane Degallerie, Vivian Charles, Asher James, Reginald Mann, Mackenly Williams and Mitchel Toussaint who will all be tried for murder.The first trial, an indecent assault matter is set to begin tomorrow 13 April 2016.last_img read more

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Akoustis Receives Third Order for 5.2 GHz BAW RF Filters

first_imgAkoustis Technologies has received a pre-production order for its 5.2 GHz XBAW filters from a leading WiFi system-on-chip (SoC) company. The filters will be evaluated for a reference design targeting tri-band WiFi customer premise equipment (CPE).The reference design is expected to be compatible with both 4×4 and 8×8 multi-user, multiple-in, multiple-out (MU-MIMO) architectures for the 802.11ax WiFi radio standard. Tri-band MU-MIMO architectures demand significantly higher filter content than dual band architectures. A 4×4 MU-MIMO design requires a total of 12 filters; four 2.4 GHz, four 5.2 GHz, and four 5.6 GHz filters, meanwhile an 8×8 design requires a total of 24 filters; eight 2.4 GHz, eight 5.2 GHz, and eight 5.6 GHz filters. The AKF-1252 was chosen for evaluation in this reference design due to its high performance and significantly smaller size relative to incumbent dielectric resonator filters. This initial shipment is for evaluation and approval, which is expected by the end of Q2 CY19.This is Akoustis’ third purchase order for its 5.2 GHz WiFi BAW filters. Akoustis has received pre-production orders for the AKF-1252 from a separate multi-billion-dollar Tier-1 WiFi SoC company as well as a distribution partner. In addition, the Company has shipped pre-production AKF-1252 XBAW filters to be evaluated for reference designs targeting tri-band WiFi applications to a multi-billion-dollar Tier-1 WiFi OEM.The AKF-1252 is a high performance, ultra-small passband 5.2 GHz BAW RF filter designed for use in tri-band WiFi router applications. The filters are produced using Akoustis’ proprietary XB1 single-crystal BAW manufacturing process, which delivers high-performance RF filter solutions for frequencies up to 7 GHz to address critical RF filter requirements for existing and next-generation communications applications, including the emerging 5G mobile network. The AKF-1252 filter is up to 23 times smaller than existing dielectric resonator (DR) solutions in the market, making it increasingly compelling given the introduction of MIMO and MU-MIMO architectures and the rapid adoption of small form-factor end-user devices.The 5.2 GHz AKF-1252 pairs with Akoustis’ recently announced 5.6 GHz AKF-1256 XBAW WiFi filter – the two working in tandem to deliver the world’s first BAW coexistence micro-filter solution for 5 GHz tri-band WiFi.last_img read more

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Nordic to Showcase its Latest Cellular IoT and Wireless Solutions at CES 2020

first_imgWireless IoT specialist Nordic Semiconductor has announced that it will host a range of demonstrations highlighting the capabilities of its low power cellular IoT and low power, short-range wireless products at CES 2020. The demonstrations will take place in the company’s booth (#44949 in Sands Exhibition Hall (Wearables)) at CES 2020, Las Vegas, NV, from January 7 to 10.At the booth, the Nordic Thingy:91 multisensor cellular IoT prototyping platform, which incorporates Nordic’s nRF9160 System-on-Chip (SiP) with integrated LTE-M/NB-IoT modem and GPS, will form the basis of a cellular IoT (LTE-M) asset tracker connected to nRF Connect for Cloud, Nordic’s software tool for Cloud connectivity. The company will also demonstrate a Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE)-to-cellular IoT (LTE-M) bridge. The demonstration, based on the nRF9160 DK (Development Kit), which incorporates Nordic’s nRF9160 SiP and the nRF52840 advanced Bluetooth 5, Thread and Zigbee multiprotocol System-on-Chip (SoC), will show how Nordic technology can be used to connect inexpensive short-range wireless sensors to the Cloud.Notable among the booth’s short-range wireless exhibits will be the nRF5340 dual-processor SoC supporting Bluetooth 5.1, Bluetooth mesh, NFC, Thread, and Zigbee. The nRF5340 is the latest product to join Nordic’s short-range wireless portfolio and is the world’s first wireless SoC with two Arm Cortex-M33 processors. The nRF5340 combines a high-performance application processor with a fully programmable, ultra low power network processor, plus advanced root-of-trust and trusted execution security features, into a low power multiprotocol SoC ready for complex IoT applications. A demonstration will highlight the processing capabilities of the nRF5340 application processor by using it to run the first-person shooter game, Doom while driving an external LCD display. At the same time, the network processor will run the RF protocol software to enable gameplay using a Nordic-powered micro: bit wireless game controller.Other exhibits will show Nordic’s nRF52840 advanced multiprotocol SoC powering smart home applications. The demonstrations show Nordic’s proven Thread, Bluetooth LE, and Bluetooth mesh solutions in action. A further exhibit shows Zigbee smart-lock and -lighting controlled by an Amazon Echo and a Bluetooth LE-to-Zigbee bridge. Bluetooth LE, Thread, and Zigbee play a key role in ecosystems such as Amazon’s Alexa Smart Home, Apple’s HomeKit, Google’s Weave, and the Zigbee Alliance’s Dotdot data models. In turn, these ecosystems will form the basis of Connected Home over IP, a proposed new open standard for smart home connectivity using Internet Protocol (IP). Amazon, Apple, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance have backed the formation of a new working group to drive this smart home initiative.Other demonstrations will show Bluetooth 5 high throughput and multilink capability. A further Amazon Echo-based demonstration will show an implementation of Alexa Gadgets, interactive companion devices that work with Amazon Echo and Amazon Alexa and include functionality beyond simple voice control. In the demonstration, the smart speaker will wirelessly connect to an e-Paper product to display appointments, shopping lists, and weather information.In addition, Nordic will demonstrate the capabilities of its nRF52811 and nRF52833 Bluetooth 5.1 Direction Finding SoCs. Bluetooth 5.1 ushers in a new range of location services applications and the demonstration will show a Quuppa solution for tracking devices and people as they move around the Nordic booth. All the PCs on the booth will be supplied with Nordic nRF52 Desktop for mice and keyboard Bluetooth LE connectivity. And booth visitors will be able to see Nordic 2.4GHz proprietary solutions used for high-performance gaming applications.The recent introduction of Nordic’s nRF9160 SiP for cellular IoT, nRF5340 dual-processor SoC, and Bluetooth 5.1 Direction Finding SoCs, in addition to the more established Bluetooth 5, Thread and Zigbee solutions, has opened up hundreds of new wireless IoT applications.last_img read more

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Second-Half Surge Propels Cavs to 115-93 Victory Over Suns

first_img Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. The Cleveland Cavaliers ended a four-game home stand on Wednesday night, hosting the Phoenix Suns, who entered play with a record of 14-32.Phoenix made it competitive in the first half, but the Cavs came out with energy to start the second half, and cruised to a 115-93 victory.The Cavaliers struggled defensively in the first quarter, allowing the Suns, who were without two of their best players, Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight, to lead 26-23 heading into the second quarter.P.J. Tucker went 3-for-3 from beyond-the-arc in the quarter, scoring nine points.The Cavs trailed for the first six minutes of the second quarter, before LeBron James sunk two free throws to tie the game at 36.Phoenix would regain the lead right away with an easy layup, as the Cavs still showed little effort on the defensive end.Both sides would trade baskets for a couple minutes, before Richard Jefferson gave the Cavs the lead, splitting a pair of free throws to make it 42-41 with 4:40 to play in the half.The tempo of the game was disrupted by each team committing nine fouls in the first half, but the Cavs made the most of their free throw opportunities, hitting 10-of-12 in the half. Phoenix made just 7-of-12.Cleveland ended the half on a good note, going on an 11-6 run in the final 3:35, and entered halftime with a 55-50 advantage.LeBron scored 12 points in the first half and dished out seven assists. Kevin Love scored 11 points, while hauling in six rebounds.Most of the damage done by Phoenix in the first half came courtesy of their young backcourt. 20-year-old Archie Goodwin filled in for Knight at point guard and scored 12 points in the first half. 19-year-old rookie Devin Booker has been starting for the injured Bledsoe, who is unlikely to return this season, and Booker scored 11 points in the first half. The Cavs opened up the second half strong, and jumped out to a 17-point lead, going on a 12-0 run in the first three minutes to start the third quarter.Cleveland stayed comfortable the rest of the third quarter, leading 87-71. The Cavs would stay in front and cruise to a 115-93 victory.LeBron finished with 21 points on 7-of-8 shooting and was perfect at the free throw line hitting all seven attempts. He also dished out nine assists.Love scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds on the night. It was his 21st double-double of the season. J.R. Smith scored 18, hitting four three-pointers, shooting 7-of-11 from the field.Taking Care of the BallThe Suns were sloppy with the ball, turning it over 22 times, leading to 30 points for the Cavs. Smith swiped a season-high four steals. Meanwhile, the Cavs only turned it over 13 times, and dished out 34 assists as a team. Second Half OnslaughtAfter a close first half, in which the Cavs led 55-50 at halftime, Cleveland outscored Phoenix 60-43.The young backcourt of Goodwin and Booker, which combined for 23 points in the first half, was held to just five points in the second half.What’s Next?The Cavs finish their four-game home stand, going 3-1, and have won four of their last five games. Cleveland improves to 32-12 with the win and now travels to Detroit to take on the Pistons Friday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM. Detroit beat the Cavs in their only head-to-head meeting of the season back in November. Related TopicsCleveland CavaliersKevin LoveKyrie IrvingLebron JamesNBAPhoenix Sunscenter_img Matt Medleylast_img read more

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Latest AVCA poll has Argonauts at No. 18

first_imgLatest AVCA poll has Argonauts at No. 18  LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the fourth straight week, the West Florida volleyball team improved in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll by moving to No. 18 in the nation as announced Monday. West Florida remains the only GSC school to receive a national ranking.In their only match last week, the Argonauts swept Gulf South Conference foe West Alabama to close out the regular season home slate with a win on Senior Night. It is UWF’s fourth straight sweep to improve their record to 21-7, 14-1 GSC and maintain momentum heading into the final week of the regular season.The Argonauts finish its portion of the GSC schedule Tuesday evening when it takes on Valdosta State in Valdosta, Ga., at 7 p.m. ET. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS# # Team (First-Place Votes)                Points  Record   Prev. 1 Southwest Minnesota State (29)           795     25-1      1 2 Concordia-St. Paul (2)                   752     22-3      2 3 Washburn                                 732     28-1      3 4 Nebraska-Kearney                         685     28-2      4 5 Minnesota Duluth                         666     25-2      5 6 Central Missouri                         636     23-4      6 7 Tampa                                    612     23-3      7 8 BYU-Hawai’i (1)                          597     20-2      8 9 Angelo State                             552     24-3      910 West Texas A&M                           467     24-4     1111 Fresno Pacific                           443     21-2     1212 Colorado School of Mines                 429     21-5     1413 Truman                                   369     25-5     1514 Regis                                    356     20-8     1315 Indianapolis                             332     25-5     1016 Wayne State (Neb.)                       315     20-8     1617 Western Washington                       295     20-3     1718 West Florida                             265     21-7     1919 Wheeling Jesuit                          237     29-2     1820 Grand Canyon                             181     22-5     2121 Adams State                              154     21-4     2222 Minnesota State                          110     15-9     2023 Metro State                               78     16-9     2324 Arkansas-Fort Smith                       63     24-2     NR25 Cal State San Bernardino                  51     18-7     NRDropped Out: UC San Diego 24; Ferris State 25Others Receiving Votes: Northwood (MI) 34; UC San Diego 33; Grand Valley State 27; Palm Beach Atlantic 23; Ferris State 21; Central Washington 16; Harding 15; Sonoma State 15; Lewis 12; Wingate 7Next Poll: November 12, 2012AVCA Division II Top 25 Coaches PollPrint Friendly Version K.C. Dobbins leads the Argonauts in service aces with 28 (photo by Bill Stockland) center_img Sharelast_img read more