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Recom: 2W DC/DC converter for medical applications
Continue Reading Previous SECO launches new COM Express Type 7 product lineNext Anritsu: 116-Gbit/s PAM4 error detector with high PAM4 Rx sensitivity The new Recom REM2 series includes modular 2W DC/DC converters with complete medical certification. Thanks to their compact SIP8 package (23.0×8.0×12.2mm) and many variants, they offer developers much freedom in designing their PCB layout. The REM2 series is available from Rutronik UK with many input voltage ranges, all common output voltages as well as single or dual outputs.The board-mount 2W DC/DC converters come with reinforced isolation of 5.2kVDC/1 minute as well as 2MOPP (Means of Patient Protection) at 250VAC at 5.000m. With an input voltage of 3.3 to 24VDC, output voltages between ±3.3 and ±12VDC are feasible. At a bandwidth of 20MHz, the output voltage fluctuates by a maximum of 150mVp-p.In the operating temperature range of -40 to +80°C, the modules reach up to 85% efficiency without derating. With a maximum load of 50% they can be used at an operating temperature of up to +95°C. At +25°C the REM2 series has an MTBF (Meantime between Failure) of 12900×103 hours, at +80°C it is 5300×103 hours.The REM2 series is compliant to class A/B EMC and 60601-1-2 (4th ed.) medical EMC using a simple external LC filter and is certified to CB, IEC/EN and ANSI/AAMI 60601-1 (3rd ed.) medical safety standards. It comes with a warranty of five years.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Federer skipping Roland Garros a ‘no brainer’- John McEnroe
Mumbai, Jun 30 (PTI) Roger Federer’s decision to give clay court season a miss was a ‘no-brainer’ says John McEnroe who also feels that Novak Djokovic will enjoy a deep run at the Wimbledon championhips.Defending champion Federer (36) will be eyeing his ninth title at Wimbledon, where he begins his campaign against Dusan Lajovic.Federer missed the clay season for the second consecutive year to rest his body ahead of Wimbledon. “As far as Roger (is concerned), he didnt play the clay court season last year and he won Wimbledon. To me it was probably a bit of a no-brainer that he was going to do the same thing. Why would (he) be doing something different and take a risk? It worked so well,” McEnroe,told reporters late last night from the United States. “Look what he just did. He went and won Australia (Australian Open) again. Its incredible what hes done, McEnroe added. McEnroe, who won the Wimbledon thrice, also said that Novak Djokovic was “heading in the right direction” and predicted a good run for the Serb at grass court Major.”He said his elbow is not bothering him. We hope he can win more majors. He seems to have had a level of fitness that we’ve seen over the years over the course of last five or six years. That’s been a work in progress,” McEnroe said.”Physically it’s not quite as demanding as the others ones, (at) Wimbledon, its more mental. Perhaps he can take it a step further and make a real deep run. It wouldnt shock me if he made a deep run this year. But I think hes a heck a lot closer than he was a year ago,” said McEnroe.advertisementMcEnroe also feels that tennis has become more physical and quicker now.”Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are all-time greats. When push comes to shove over a longer period of time, its tougher to beat them, he said when asked about the next generation of players and how little they play best-of-five set format.The legendary tennis star, who shared a great rivalry with Bjorn Borg also noted that in tennis, it’s good to have rivalries.”In a one-on-one sport, it’s critical to have great rivalries. I think it helps quite a bit. Obviously when Roger and Rafa are winning all these majors, that sparks more interest, you need that, he signed off. PTI NRB APA ATAT
Ceballos surprised by whistles on Betis return
Real Madrid matchwinner Dani Ceballos accepted he did not expect to be whistled on his return to Real Betis.Ceballos came off the bench with the game in the balance, Sergio Canales having cancelled out an early Luka Modric strike.But the midfielder was whistled by sections of the Betis crowd before he stepped up to score the winner in the 88th minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ceballos had never taken a free-kick for Madrid before but beat Pau Lopez to earn Santiago Solari’s side a crucial three points.100% – Dani Ceballos has scored with his very first direct free-kick attempt for @realmadriden in all competitions. Rescuer. pic.twitter.com/duOsLqARl7— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 13, 2019The former Betis star, though, said it was a strange feeling to not be welcomed back to his home ground.”It’s a field that has given me everything,” he said to Movistar. “I’ve grown up here as a footballer and I did not expect this reception.”I’m happy, but I leave with the bittersweet feeling of not having the affection of who were my fans for so long.”Listen to what our matchwinner @DaniCeballos46 said after tonight’s victory at the Benito Villamarín! #RMLiga pic.twitter.com/6LfO2T2Lg6— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 13, 2019Canales also scored against his old club, the midfielder’s equalising strike surviving a long VAR review for a possible offside.After a great start to the campaign Betis are stumbling, with just one win in their last six games in all competitions.”We matched them in the second half and when the second [goal] was close, their goal took the victory,” Canales told Movistar. “It’s a step back, but this is a long [season], we have not started the year as we would have liked.”A great effort made for nothing.”
Carriers More Reliable in April
zoom Container service reliability reached a data-series high in April with the aggregate on-time performance for the three key East-West trades rising to 67.6%, up by 4.1 percentage points on March, according to Drewry’s Carrier Performance Insight.The previous best since Drewry’s new data series started in May 2014 was achieved in October last year (64.3%) after which the industry struggled to cope with heavy port congestion on the US West Coast and the implementation of new alliance partnerships and services.The most reliable carrier in April was Maersk Line with average on-time performance of 85% Indicative of the return to ‘normal’ operations on the USWC the Transpacific trade saw the biggest improvement in April with on-time reliability rising by 15.1 points to 54%. However, Transpacific reliability remains about 20 points down on the series peaks of June and July 2014. Reliability on the Asia-Europe trade improved for the third consecutive month in April, while the Transatlantic bucked a six month declining trend with a higher performance.The most reliable carrier in April was Maersk Line with an average on-time performance of 85%, followed by OOCL (77%); MOL and NYK (both 74%). At the bottom of the rankings were Wan Hai (51%) and PIL (40%).“Drewry expected the upturn in reliability following the end of the exceptional circumstances,” said Simon Heaney, Senior Manager of Supply Chain Research at Drewry. “We expect further improvements in the next few months, but as on-time performances are approaching the historical ceilings, they might only be marginal.”
Nova Scotians Asked to Share Stories for Gaelic Nova Scotia Month
Gaelic Runs Deep Here or Na Gàidheil – Friamhaichte a’ seo is the theme of this year’s Gaelic Nova Scotia Month. As part of the celebrations in May, government is encouraging people to explore their connections to their Gaelic heritage and share stories – in print and online – about how their ancestors arrived in Nova Scotia and Canada and how they shaped our country up to the present. “As we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, it is a good time to reflect on the contributions of Gaels to our province and our country,” said Randy Delorey, Minister of Gaelic Affairs. Mr. Delorey said the stories may focus on how people emigrated, their struggles and successes, their economic and social and cultural contributions and how they maintained their language, culture and identity. “The work of reclaiming and regenerating Gaelic language, culture and identity contributes to Nova Scotia communities by helping individuals and communities feel good about who they are as Nova Scotian Gaels,” said Tonya Lundrigan-Fry, outgoing president of The Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia / Comhairle na Gàidhlig. “This work supports renewal in our communities, engaging all ages and a diversity of members and voices in discussions on how they can live, learn, work, play and stay in our communities.” Online, people can share stories over Twitter using the hashtags #GaelicNS and #GaelicMonth, or over Facebook at facebook.com/gaelicaffairs. Gaelic Nova Scotia Month, formerly Gaelic Awareness Month, is celebrating its 21st anniversary. Mr. Delorey officially kicked off the month today, April 26, with a flag raising at Province House in Halifax followed by remarks at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Other launch events will take place at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish and Inverness County Centre for the Arts in Inverness on May 1. The month will include numerous events, presentations, gatherings and activities, raising awareness and celebrating Gaelic language, culture, identity and history. The province also announced plans to move forward with a Gaelic licence plate. “The Gaelic licence plate initiative recognizes and acknowledges Nova Scotia Gaels and puts money towards important Gaelic initiatives,” said Mr. Delorey. The licence plate is expected to be ready later this year. To learn more about Gaelic in Nova Scotia and Gaelic Nova Scotia Month events, go to gaelic.novascotia.ca, call 1-888-842-3542, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The province’s culture strategy – Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan: Creativity and Community – is committed to the support, encouragement and promotion of Gaelic language culture and identity.
No winning ticket for Saturday nights 7 million Lotto 649 jackpot
TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $7 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on April 17 will be approximately $9 million.The Canadian Press
Dragonflies with tiny fanny packs show migration patterns in new study
GUELPH, Ont. — A study in which insects were equipped with tiny radio-tracking fanny packs could help conservation efforts as populations around the world decline.The research by University of Guelph biologists published in a scientific journal Wednesday tracked butterflies and green darner dragonflies on their migration through southern Ontario and into the northern United States using radio transmitters.“We were able to document some pretty basic things that no one had ever done before,” said lead author Samantha Knight, who is also a program manager at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.Researchers captured the insects on Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula in the falls of 2015 and 2016. The radio transmitters, which weighed about as much as a raindrop, were carefully glued on the bugs’ undersides kind of like fanny packs, Knight said.The little packs emitted radio signals which could be picked up by towers along the insects’ migration route. The signals sent information about speed and distance back to researchers.Knight explained the bugs’ breeding habits and the areas they stay in winter have been studied, but there’s almost no information about migration patterns.Recent studies have shown that habitat loss, land-use changes and global warming mean up to 40 per cent of insect species are at risk of extinction. There’s also been a decline in bird populations that rely on insects for food.When data started to flow in from the fanny packs, Knight said it was really astounding.On average, the monarchs flew about 12 km/h and darners flew about 16 km/h. One darner surprised researchers by flying 77 km/h and travelling 122 kilometres in just one day.“If a darner was flying through a town, a cop would pull it over,” said study co-author Ryan Norris.The insects are likely to be even faster, added Norris. They were slowed down by the fanny packs, which weigh about half of the bugs’ body weight.Norris explained the research showed insects are likely to fly high in the atmosphere to take advantage of the wind.“There are insects flying over our heads all the time and we don’t know it.”It also showed monarchs and darners fly faster in warmer temperatures, but they slow down if it gets too hot, so global warming could affect migration. Rain didn’t really have an effect on the bugs at all, Norris added.The research, while preliminary, has opened doors to more knowledge about insects, Norris said. He expects technology to improve so that bug migration can be better understood.It’s extremely important, he said, because researchers looking to develop effective conservation strategies need to know where insects go.“It’s hard to predict what species are going to do if you don’t know what they are doing now.”— By Kelly Geraldine Malone in WinnipegThe Canadian Press
Mikmaq Maliseet leaders in tax battle with NB government
APTN National NewsA key source of money for First Nations in New Brunswick is up in the air.The province is deciding whether tax dollars collected on reserve should be shared with the bands.Mi’kmaq and Maliseet leaders say that losing that revenue is a step in the wrong direction.APTN’s Trina Roache has this story.
Trump trade tariffs sink stocks
NEW YORK (NEWS 1130) – US President Donald Trump’s approval of tens of billions of dollars in duties on Chinese imports sparked a selloff in stocks.At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial average was down 724 points or 2.9 per cent to 23,958. The S&P/TSX Composite Index fell 1.8 per cent of 275 points to 15,400.The Trump administration announced trade sanctions against China Thursday, and Beijing has said it will defend itself.Dow drops 700 points late in the session, 2.8%, on investor fear about Trump’s trade tariffs on China.— Richard Dettman (@rwdettman) March 22, 2018Industrial and technology companies, which depend heavily on foreign trade, took some of the worst losses.Boeing, Caterpillar and Microsoft all fell sharply.Bond prices surged as investors sought cover, sending yields lower. That helped push bank stocks sharply lower too.High-dividend stocks like utilities, another safe-play investment, rose.
Moroccan Cleric Haifae Wahbes Visit to Casablanca Will Sully Moroccos Soil
Rabat – Mohammed Fizazi, a reformed Moroccan Salafi-jihadist sheikh, posted on his Facebook page a statement, calling on the Lebanese singer Haifa Wehbe not to visit Morocco.The controversial imam wrote: “Haifa Wehbe, you are not welcome in Morocco, the land of noble people from Tangier to Laguira.”In an earlier post on his Facebook, the imam criticized Haifae Wahbe for accepting to host a party in “Casablanca for the sum of MAD 600,000,” after “refusing to host a show in Dakhla last month.” El Fizazi said he was happy she didn’t accept the Dakhla offer so as not to “stain the national soil,” calling on all Moroccans to say “No for Wahbe’s visit to sully Morocco’s soil.”Social media users criticized the imam for interfering in such event, asking the sheikh why he kept silent during the visit of the Colombian singer Shakira and did not react to Jennifer Lopez’s At the opening ceremony of the 14th edition of the Mawazine Festival last May in Rabat.The Moroccan cleric had a row of finger-pointing between himself and Lubna Abidar, after he said in a video that the actress called him crying and expressing regret for her role in Nabil Ayouch’s controversial film”Much Loved”.Abidar denied in an interview with a French magazine that any such conversation took place, considering the imam a “liar.”Haifa Wehbe has already performed several times in Morocco, including in a concert for tolerance in Agadir in 2009 when she sang an Arabic version of the song “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor.
Save NAFTAs Chapter 19 says Mulroney We had quite a fight in
TORONTO — Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney says it’s worth saving a key NAFTA dispute-settlement mechanism that he fought hard to include in the original bilateral free-trade deal, as the U.S. now calls for its elimination.Mulroney says this system of private-arbitration panels in the North American Free Trade Agreement known as Chapter 19 has served “all three parties brilliantly for many years.”“Some people disagree with that assessment, but they can make their case at the bargaining table and we see where it comes out,” he said.“But I think it’s a valuable instrument in achieving objectives, legitimate objectives, for both sides.”Mulroney made the comments as members of the original NAFTA negotiation team met with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland for two hours in Toronto on Friday.The meeting of the old guard and the new guard comes as Canada, the U.S. and Mexico head into the third round of NAFTA negotiations in Ottawa on Saturday. It’s the first set of talks to be held north of the border.One issue likely on the bargaining table is Chapter 19, a third-party arbitration system to decide whether punitive duties are being applied unfairly.It regulates disputes between companies over dumping, used successfully by Canada in cases such as the battle over softwood lumber. However, Washington critics have long detested Chapter 19, and have called for the arbitration system to be overhauled.Chapter 19 was seen as Canada’s ultimate prize in the original bilateral free trade deal negotiated 30 years ago, the result of a tense call on the final night of negotiations involving Mulroney himself.“We had quite a fight in 1987 to get it for Canada,” Mulroney said. “And it was incorporated into the NAFTA and subsequently into the World Trade Organization. And now into the (Trans-Pacific Partnership) .â¦ It’s got to be pretty valuable for all those people to want to have it.”Former ambassador to the U.S. Derek Burney, who also participated in the meeting with the foreign minister, said Chapter 19 was a way of “rectifying the power imbalance” between Canada and the U.S. economy.“We wouldn’t have done the original agreement if we didn’t have it,” he said in Toronto on Friday.“It gives us an opportunity to keep the Americans true to their own trade laws, just as they keep us adhering to our trade laws — that’s the beauty of it.”When asked about his perspective on NAFTA now, Mulroney said it has generated “a lot of prosperity.”“I was saying in there that I think that the three countries involved in NAFTA, I think they have seven per cent of the world’s population, and they generate 29 per cent of the entire wealth of the world,” he said.“So that’s got to tell you how successful NAFTA has been for the three countries involved.”However, U.S. officials have been vocal critics, with the latest salvo coming from President Donald Trump’s commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, who on Friday pointed to a new study that he says proves the need for tougher rules on auto-parts, a contentious issue on all sides.Mulroney questioned how U.S. critics of NAFTA can declare that international trade is “harmful” given its low unemployment rate.“There are nine-million jobs in the United States that are created by NAFTA,” he said.“We’re all entitled to our opinions and I’m not surprised with different views because they’re leading up to a negotiation. So Mr. Ross takes his position, and we take ours, and the Mexicans take theirs. … I think it will all come out in the wash.”
Following election impasse Annan urges all sides in Ukraine to exercise restraint
“While the United Nations is not in a position to comment on the conduct of the election, the Secretary-General believes a credible electoral process is critical to overcoming the current impasse,” his spokesman, Fred Eckhard, told reporters at the daily news briefing in New York.The spokesman said Mr. Annan called on all sides to exercise “maximum restraint and to adhere to democratic principles, vital for the consolidation of democracy in Ukraine and the unity of the nation.”
Suncor posts lower operating earnings on refinery pipeline outages
Suncor posts lower operating earnings on refinery, pipeline outages AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 1, 2013 8:35 am MDT CALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. said maintenance downtime and pipeline outages had an impact on its second-quarter profits, which came in just shy of market expectations.Canada’s largest energy company on Wednesday posted operating earnings of $934 million or 62 cents per share, missing the average analyst estimate by a penny, according to Thomson Reuters.A year earlier, Suncor (TSX:SU) posted operating earnings of $1.25 billion, or 80 cents per share.Oilsands operations and refineries were taken down for planned maintenance work during the quarter. Production was further constrained when June flooding in Alberta caused pipeline outages.“Following these events, production at our oilsands operations has been restored, and we are currently seeing strong performance,” said CEO Steve Williams.Net earnings, which include unusual or one-time items, were $680 million, or 45 cents per share, compared to net earnings of $324 million, or 21 cents per share.A year earlier, Suncor took a $694-million writedown on a Syrian natural gas project. The company pulled its employees out of the Middle Eastern country when civil war broke out.Total production was 500,100 barrels per day during the second quarter, down from 542,400 a year earlier.In the oilsands, output averaged 276,600 barrels per day, compared to 309,200 barrels per day.Third-party outages reduced production by about 36,000 barrels per day.Earlier this year, Suncor said it was scrapping its Voyageur oilsands upgrader because of shifting market conditions.Burgeoning production of light oil from regions such as North Dakota means it no longer makes economic sense to invest billions into a facility to convert heavy oilsands crude into a lighter product refineries can handle.Suncor took a $1.49-billion writedown on Voyageur in the fourth quarter of 2012 and another $127 million in the first quarter of 2013.The Voyageur upgrader was part of a $1.75-billion partnership inked between Suncor and French energy giant Total S.A. in late 2010.A decision on whether to go ahead with the companies’ jointly-owned Fort Hills mine is expected during the fourth quarter, while it’s not known when the fate of their Joslyn oilsands mine will be decided.Suncor’s board also approved a quarterly dividend Wednesday of 20 cents per common share, payable Sept. 25.Suncor is Canada’s biggest energy company with a dominant position in Alberta’s oilsands. In addition to huge mining operations north of Fort McMurray, Alta., it has steam-driven projects at Firebag and MacKay River.In addition, Suncor has refineries in Edmonton, Montreal, Sarnia, Ont., and Commerce City, Colo. Those assets help shield Suncor from swings in commodity prices, as they translate into lower costs in that part of the business.
Throne speech led to uncertainty confusion in telecom says industry head
by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 28, 2013 1:17 pm MDT Throne speech led to uncertainty, confusion in telecom, says industry head TORONTO – Ottawa’s recent promise to provide Canadians and telecom companies with more clarity about their wireless bills has resulted in the opposite, says the head of a lobbyist group.Bernard Lord, president and CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, outlined several areas Monday where he believes the Conservative government has fallen short of explaining itself.“If anything, I think the speech from the throne led to more confusion and less answers,” he said during a speech at the Toronto Board of Trade.The throne speech on Oct. 16 included a plan by the government to “reduce roaming costs and networks within Canada,” an objective that didn’t outline a proposed solution, he said.“When the government talks about domestic roaming in the speech from the throne, I’m not sure what exactly that is,” Lord said. “I’m not sure they know what that is.”Lord, a former premier of New Brunswick and once head of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Bilingualism Committee, also cautioned that leaders shouldn’t overstep their boundaries, adding that he sees “a very limited role for government” when it comes to regulation of competition in the telecom industry.He said the government should reduce the fees it charges wireless carriers and ensure there is more spectrum — the radio waves needed to operate cellphones — be available to telecom companies. That, he said, would make it possible for wireless networks to support future demand from consumers’ smartphones, which use an increasing amount of data.According to the industry group, data consumption will be gobbled up at nine times the rate of last year by 2017, as more Canadians purchase smartphone devices. A typical smartphone consumes the same amount of wireless spectrum as about 50 “feature phones,” or the older models that were once common with most users.Last year, Ottawa decided to ease the rules on foreign investment for wireless companies with less than 10 per cent of the marketplace, paving the way for the entry of foreign companies.Lord took issue with some of the special advantages granted to foreign companies who operate in Canada, including an exception that allows foreign telecom companies to bid on more spectrum “blocks” than a domestic company.“We must close the loopholes before we open the borders,” he said.Recently, U.S. company Verizon had explored plans to open in Canada, but later decided against the prospects.While the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association represents the country’s biggest wireless carriers, Bell (TSX:BCE), Telus (TSX:T) and Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), several of the smaller telecom companies severed most ties with the association earlier this year over concerns their interests weren’t being met.Wind Mobile, Mobilicity and Public Mobile all yanked their support for the organization in April claiming that the group had a “consistent bias” that favoured the larger competitors. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
UN envoy welcomes move to allow independent checking of alleged violations of
“This will allow for better monitoring and reporting of grave violations committed against children so we can take action directly with perpetrators to stop these violations,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui.“The situation I witnessed in Syria is dire for children,” she added. “The immediate end to the violence and an inclusive peace is the only viable option, if we are to preserve the future generation of Syria’s children.”The UN official’s comments followed a four-day visit to Syria, which ended on Monday, and during which she engaged State authorities and the armed opposition on the issue of better protection of children.At least 20,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed there since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 21 months ago. In addition, more than 2.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to UN estimates.During her discussions with the Government, according to a news release from her office, Ms. Zerrougui raised strong concerns regarding the on-going fighting and its impact on children, especially the use of heavy weapons and the bombardment of populated areas. She also advocated for the proactive protection of schools and the prevention of their military use by Syrian Government forces and the opposition. “The events in the Al-Yarmouk camp in Damascus on Sunday, which resulted in the killing and injuring of Palestinian children, is just one example of the horrors that children continue to face each and every day in Syria,” the Special Representative said.According to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) – which is the main provider of education, health, social and other basic services to five million registered Palestinian refugees across the region – Syrians and the over 150,000 Palestine refugees resident in Yarmouk, a suburb of Damascus where the camp is located, have experienced particularly intense armed engagements involving the use of heavy weapons and aircraft.“Credible reports point to civilian deaths, injuries and destruction of property in Yarmouk,” the UN agency said on Monday. “There are also waves of significant displacement as Yarmouk residents, including UNRWA staff and their families, scramble to seek safety as the armed conflict persists.”The Special Representative’s office noted that earlier this year, the Syrian Government’s forces were, for the first time, added to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s ‘list of shame’ of those who recruit and use children, kill and maim, commit sexual violence or attack schools and hospitals.The so-called ‘list of shame’ is contained in the UN chief’s yearly report to the Security Council on children and armed conflict, and gives an overview of the grave violations committed against girls and boys in conflict zones, and the main perpetrators of such acts, as well as measures taken for the protection of children.The Special Representative’s office noted that the United Nations has also received reports of the Syrian armed opposition using children as spies, porters and for other purposes in their operations. Although the current security situation did not allow Ms. Zerrougui to personally meet the armed opposition, she contacted two armed opposition commanders to raise allegations of association of children with the opposition, and to deplore terror tactics by certain units which have taken the lives of innocent civilians, including children, over the past months. “Our eyes will stay on the opposition to see whether they are serious in the commitment made to protect girls and boys,” she added. During her visit, the Special Representative also met in Damascus and Homs, as well as the Al-Yarmouk camp, with internally displaced and refugee children who were in need of protection as well as food, medicine and shelter in the winter months to come.
Enmore father of 2 trailed from bank shot robbed by armed
Injured: Terry ChandA 38-year-old father of two is in a private city hospital after he was shot and robbed on Wednesday while returning to work in the vicinity of Foulis, East Coast Demerara.The injured man has been identified as Terry Chand, an electrical contractor of Enmore, East Coast Demerara (ECD).Based on information received, the incident occurred at around 13:30hrs.INews was told that Chand reportedly visited a commercial bank located in Triumph, ECD to cash a cheque to the tune of $800,000.After completing his transaction, police say that it appeared as though the man was trailed by two bandits, on a motorcycle with no registration plates, to his place of work.Just before Chand could enter the compound, he was reportedly ambushed by one of the two perpetrators, and apprehended.The men allegedly ordered the 38-year-old to hand over his bag containing the cash and when he [Chand] refused, one of the bandits reportedly shot once at him before fleeing the scene, with money in hand.The bullet reportedly grazed the back of the man’s head, barely missing his skull.Chand was immediately rushed to the medical facility. His condition is listed as stable.Investigators have retrieved a spent shell at the scene. No arrests have been made at this time. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: Fisherman shot, robbed of $7M at Cove and JohnFebruary 9, 2018In “Crime”Doctor, auto body technician shot and robbed by trailing banditDecember 20, 2018In “Crime”Bandits snatch $6M after trailing businesswoman from bankFebruary 1, 2017In “Crime”
Four in court on murder charges over Leicester house fire
Updated at 9.10pmFOUR PEOPLE – INCLUDING a boy aged 16 have appeared in court in Leicester today, each charged with four counts of murder in relation to the house fire that killed the family of Dublin-based neurosurgeon Muhammad Taufiq al Sattar.The doctor’s wife Shehnila, their 19-year-old daughter Zainab, and teenage sons Jamal (15) and Bilal (17), died in the early hours of 13 September after a blaze broke out at their home.According to Sky News, the four accused appeared at Leicester Magistrates Court this morning, confirming their names, ages and addresses in a hearing lasting under three minutes.Jackson Powell (19), Nathaniel Mullings (19), Shaun Carter (24) and the 16-year-old youth – who cannot be named for legal reasons – were remanded in custody to appear again this coming Tuesday.Another man, 18-year-old Kemo Anthony Porter, has also been charged with murder in connection with the case, and is due to appear in court again next Friday.This article was originally posted at 2.28pmRead: Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar: ‘The words of the Quran have given me strength’ >Read: Teenager charged over fire that killed family of Dublin-based doctor >
Semaphore comes alive
The 2013 Greek Cultural Festival will be held in Semaphore this weekend at the foreshore adjacent to the jetty. For the whole weekend you can enjoy Greek food, dancing and music as South Australia puts on a celebration of all things Greek. There will be guest performers including comedian Effie Stephanides. With rides for the kids, this is a free event all the family can enjoy.Where: Semaphore Foreshore, SA When: Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 January Cost: Free Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Small Greek tech firm bought out by Samsung
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A small Greek tech firm specialising in text-to-speech messaging was acquired by Samsung last week, in a move which was hailed as proof of Greece’s status as fertile ground for investment in technology and innovation. The South Korean giant bought all shares of the small company for an undisclosed sum.Founded in 2006 by four Greek scientists and managed by Emilios Halamandaris, Innoetics developed text-to-speech technologies, which are in high demand at the moment. Hence the interest from the South Korean tech giant which is believed to be going to use the Greek company’s software in future ventures, which will help its positioning against competitors such as Apple and Google. As for Halamandaris and the Innoetics staff of seven, they are now part of the Samsung staff and will continue developing the Innoetics technology.