165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA HABRA HEIGHTS – Quicker fire department responses to the west side of this city and nearby unincorporated areas are expected under an automatic aid agreement reached by the city and Los Angeles County. The memorandum of understanding went into effect Sept. 1. “It should really give peace of mind to our residents to know that they not only have our first-class fire and paramedic service, but also have as backup Los Angeles when it’s needed,” City Manager Ron Bates said. Under the agreement, county fire trucks would go to the west side of La Habra Heights, while city firefighters would go to unincorporated areas between the city and La Habra. The county has about 30 of these agreements with other cities, including Santa Fe Springs.
Original cast-iron water pipes which were causing water discolouration in Crolly have been replaced after a long campaign.The moves has been welcomed by local Sinn Fein county councillor Marie Therese Gallagher.“I am glad that these works are currently under-way. I attended a meeting in the Crolly village with residents and business’s affected by the discolouration of the water supply, at that time residents were unable to wash clothes and were buying drinking water in large quantities from shops. “Donegal County Council undertook remedial works at that time to alleviate the problem, the works presently underway are a permanent solution to the water problem for local people.“This issue has taken a long time to resolve, and the unacceptable levels of red-tape that apply to having pipe replacement works carried out has to be tackled within the department of environment.”“There has been delays in the area while works have been ongoing, Donegal County Council expect works to be complete within a six week time frame which will enable them to lay this new infrastructure.“There are more area’s within the water supply that need necessary replacement and I will continue to pursue this issue within the council,” said Colr Gallagher. CROLLY’S WATER PROBLEM SORTED AS PIPES REPLACED was last modified: February 8th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Colr Marie Therese GallagherCrollywater pipes
Sinn Féin Councillor Gary Doherty has urged Donegal County Council to be cautious over plans to construct a new Anaerobic Digester near Castlefin.Cllr Gary DohertyPlans have been submitted to Donegal County Council for a new Anaerobic Digester to be built by Glenmore Estate Ltd.The proposed new facility will be located in the townland of Cavanaweary which lies between Castlefinn and Doneyloop. Anaerobic digestion involves the breakdown of organic material, i.e. animal manure to create a biogas, consisting of methane, carbon dioxide and traces of other ‘contaminant’ gases. This biogas can be used directly as fuel, in combined heat and power gas engines or upgraded to natural gas-quality biomethane.Cllr Dohery said “I am not opposed in principle to this Anaerobic digester being built. But I do feel that there is a lack of information about what the proposed site will entail and what impact it will have on the people and the environment in the area.“I will be organising a public meeting on this issue as I feel the public require more information as to what effect this new plant will have on the town and its environs. Sinn Féin are supportive of green energy as a concept, but each case must be discussed on its own merits and as yet the community in Castlefinn are in the dark over the impact this will have.“I have been in contact with residents in Sion Mills who have opposed the building of this facility in their town and I feel it is only right and proper that the people of Castlefinn are consulted and informed on this process.” COUNCILLOR URGES CAUTION OVER ANAEROBIC DIGESTER FOR CASTLEFIN was last modified: January 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:castlefinCLLR GARY DOHERTY
3 February 2016 – Government is ready to welcome delegates to the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba to be held in Cape Town. The indaba will also showcase the country’s prowess in the areas of mining and related fields.• Download media advisoryThe Indaba, to be held from 8th to 11th February 2016 in Cape Town, is the world’s largest gathering of mining’s most influential stakeholders and decision-makers on the African continent.Government activities will commence with the Minister of Mineral Resources Mr Mosebenzi J Mosebenzi (MP) officially opening the Indaba on Monday, 8th of February 2016.The opening of the Mining Indaba by Minister Zwane will be followed by a media briefing.The media briefing is scheduled to take place as follows:Date: Monday, 08 February 2016Time: 10:00 – 12:30Venue: Westin Hotel, Marco Polo Board Room, Cape Town, Western Cape ProvinceMinister Zwane will thereafter, together with the Ministers of Trade and Industry Dr Davies, Economic Development Mr Patell, Communications Ms Muthambi, Monitoring and Evaluation Mr Radebe and Public Enterprise Ms Brown, host an Investment Dialogue under the theme: “Driving competitiveness and ensuring growth and stability”.Details of the dialogue are as follows:Date: Monday, 08 February 2016Time: 14:00 – 16:00Venue: Auditorium IIPLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY ACCREDITED MEDIA WILL ACCESS THE VENUE, to register log on: https://www.miningindaba.comKindly confirm attendance with Neliswa Chiloane by Friday, 5th of February 2016, at the following email address: Neliswa.Chiloane@dmr.gov.zaEnds-Issued by the Department of Mineral Resources
Break through the confusion and save yourself some time with these quick tips for great exporting video files.When it comes to exporting video, there’s a lot to learn. From bit-depths to codecs, it can all be quite intimidating for someone new to the exporting game. Instead of wasting time exporting (only to find your video pixelated or too large in size), check out this quick tutorial created by David Kong.Kong’s video covers everything you need to know about exporting in Adobe Media Encoder, which can be used to export timelines and compositions from After Effects and Premiere Pro. However, the topics covered by David apply to any other editing software, including FCPX and Avid Media Composer.The tutorial takes a very scientific look at how what various exporting terms mean, including:FormatsCodecs and WrappersAssigning PresetsUnderstanding Bit-RatesSquare vs. Anamorphic PixelsThe Benefits of Multi-Pass RenderingIf you’re interested in learning more about codecs, check out the first part of this series in our ‘Everything You Need to Know About Codecs‘ post.This video was first shared by David Kong on his Vimeo channel. Thanks for sharing, David!Want to learn more about exporting? Check out a few of the following resources:Exporting with Alpha Channels in After EffectsExporting Finished Video from Premiere ProExporting Video with an Alpha Channel in FCPXHave any additional exporting tips? Let us know in the comments below.
The Congress launched protests in different parts of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday after a video of an alleged police attack on party workers in Bilaspur on Tuesday went viral on social media.“The police entered the Congress Bhavan in Bilaspur on Tuesday evening and trashed the Congress workers brutally. The incident took place when Congress workers were conducting a meeting after a symbolic protest in front of Chhattisgarh minister Amar Agrawal’s residence in Bilaspur against his appalling remarks about the party. The video of the incident shows how brutally the policemen attacked Congress workers,” party spokesperson R.P. Singh told The Hindu.Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted the video of the incident on his official Twitter account and said, “Authoritarianism has become the profession of the Narendra Modi government. The attack on the Congress workers’ fundamental rights in Bilaspur by Raman Singh government will be remembered by the people as a political assault.”Senior Congress leader and the general secretary in charge of Chhattisgarh P.L. Punia termed the incident as a “barbaric act” and demanded CM Raman Singh’s resignation.“Never happened in India. For the first time, peaceful party workers were beaten up inside the party office. Raman Singh has lost all balances. It is time for him to quit. Should try to go with some grace,” Mr. Punia tweeted.Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has condemned the incident and ordered a magisterial probe.Congress leader Shailesh Nitin Trivedi claimed that “BJP ki HitlarShahi” trended on Twitter on Wednesday after the incident.The Congress has called an emergency PCC meeting in Bilaspur on Thursday to possibly announce the launch of a state-wide agitation.
zoom Bermuda-based shipowner Ship Finance International (SFL) continues with diversification and renewal of its fleet as it recently took delivery of the second 19,200 TEU boxship and sold two older oil tankers.In March, MSC Viviana was handed over to SFL and immediately commenced a 15-year bareboat charter to Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC). The first 19,200 TEU vessel was delivered in December 2016 and is also chartered to MSC for a period of 15 years.In addition, the company agreed to sell the 2000-built VLCC Front Scilla and the 1998-built Suezmax vessel Front Brabant to unnamed buyers during the first quarter of 2017. The agreed net sales prices are USD 27 million and USD 12 million respectively, including compensation for the early termination of the charters from Frontline. The vessels are expected to be delivered to their new owners in the second quarter of 2017.Also in March, Ship Finance delivered the 1998-built VLCC Front Century to its new owner, an undisclosed party. The sale was agreed in November 2016 and the net proceeds from the sale amounted to USD 24 million, including compensation from Frontline for the early termination of the charter.SFL expects to take delivery of the two 114,000 dwt LR2 newbuilding product tankers in 3Q 2017. Both ships have been chartered out on long-term charters to Phillips 66, with a minimum period of seven years and options for the charter to extend the period to up to 12 years.In April, the 1,700 TEU containership MSC Alice started a hire-purchase lease with MSC for a period of five years at a net bareboat hire rate of USD 1,600 per day.Furthermore, SFL secured a charter for the 2007-built drilling rig Soehanah with a national company in Asia for a minimum period of 12 months.The information on fleet modernization comes on the back of SFL’s financial results for the first quarter of this year which show that the company delivered a net income of USD 32 million, up from a net income of USD 29 million posted in the previous quarter.The company earned USD 152 million of total charter revenues in 1Q, compared to USD 154 million posted in 4Q 2016.“Ship Finance continues to take steps to strengthen its balance sheet and diversify its contracted backlog. In the first quarter, we took delivery of our second 19,200 TEU container vessel, and we expect to take delivery of two product tankers in the third quarter this year. These three vessels, backed by long-term charters, will add approximately USD 26 million in annual EBITDA following their deliveries. We are also pleased to have secured employment for our sole uncontracted drilling rig,” Ole B. Hjertaker, CEO of Ship Finance Management AS, commented.“We are of course focused on the restructuring of Seadrill, one of our large counterparties, which we hope will be finalized in the coming months. At the same time, we have significant capital available for investments, and our objectives remain to find accretive investment opportunities across our core markets and to maximize returns from our existing portfolio of assets,” Hjertaker added.
At least five people were killed in separate road accidents in Noakhali and Thakurgaon districts on Sunday, reports UNB.In Noakhali, two people died while another injured in a head-on a collision between a bus and a CNG-run auto-rickshaw on Laksam-Sonaimuri road at Rampur in Sonaimuri upazila in the morning.The deceased are CNG driver Rakib, 25, son of Ruhul Amin, Mizan, 31, and his brother Belal, 39, son of Bachchu Mia of Kathalia village in the upazila.Quoting locals, Abdullah-Al Masum, additional superintendent of police in Sonaimuri-Chatkhali Circle, said the accident took place when a Noakhali-bound bus collided head-on with a CNG-run auto-rickshaw around 10:00am, leaving the trio dead on the spot and one injured.On information, police recovered the bodies and took injured Abul, 29, to Noakhali General Hospital, the official added.In Thakurgaon, two motorcyclists –Faruk and Kausar of Parpugi village in sadar upzila — died on the spot in a head-on collision between a minibus and a motorcycle at Mathurapur in upazila sarad.The accident took place when the minibus hit the motorcycle around 3:00pm leaving two motorcyclists dead on the spot and injuring one, witnesses said.Locals rushed inured Robiul of the same village to Thakurgaon Sadar Modern Hospital, said Abdul Latif Mia, officer-in-charge of Thakurgaon Sadar police station.
Firefighters try to extinguish a fire at a residential building in Mumbai, India 22 August 2018. Photo: ReutersAt least four persons, including an elderly woman, were killed and 16 others injured on Wednesday when a massive fire ripped through a highrise building in Mumbai, officials said.The fire broke out on the 12th floor of 17-storeyed Crystal Tower building located in Parel. The flames quickly spread to the 13th floor and adjacent flats, trapping many of the 100-plus residents in the building.The Mumbai Fire Brigade rushed 12 fire tenders, a snorkel and other advanced equipements to combat the blaze.The firemen managed to rescue another 20 stranded persons.Though the exact cause of the fire is being investigated, officials tentatively surmise it could be due to a short-circuit.Two of the victims are Shubhada Shelke, 62, Bablu Shaikh, 36. The identities of the two other persons were being ascertained.Among the injured is one fireman Sandeep Manjre besides nine males and six females, said an official.Rushing to the site, Mumbai mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar said a probe would be launched to find if there were any safety violations in the building and appropriate action shall be initiated.Some residents told mediapersons that there was allegedly no fire-fighting equipment in the building premises as well as escape routes.
Afghan police officers stand guard while election commission workers prepare ballot boxes and election material at a polling station in Kabul, Afghanistan on 19 October. Photo: ReutersAfghans began voting on Saturday in parliamentary elections overshadowed by chaotic organisation, allegations of corruption and violence that has forced a postponement of the vote in the strategic southern province of Kandahar.The United Nations, which has been supporting the process, has urged Afghans to “use this opportunity to exercise their constitutional right to vote” and called for the election to take place in a safe and secure environment.Officials worry that violence will keep voters away from polling stations, particularly following the assassination of the police chief of Kandahar on Thursday, which forced authorities to delay the election in the province by a week.Taliban militants have issued a series of statements telling people not to take part in what they consider a foreign-imposed process and warning election centres may be attacked.Thousands of police and soldiers have been deployed across the country but already nine candidates have been assassinated and hundreds of people killed and wounded in election-related attacks.Polls opened at 7.00am (0230 GMT) and voting is due to continue until 4.00pm. Due to the difficulty of collecting and collating results across Afghanistan, the overall results will not be known for at least two weeks.Election authorities originally planned 7,355 polling centres but only 5,100 will be able to open due to security concerns, according to the Independent Election Commission, overseeing the vote.Voting has also been delayed in Ghazni province, by arguments about the representation of different ethnic groups.Fraud FearsWidespread allegations of voter fraud present a challenge to the legitimacy of the process, seen by Afghanistan’s international partners as a vital step ahead of the more important presidential election next year.Afghan politics is still poisoned by the aftermath of a disputed presidential vote in 2014 that forced the two main rival groupings to form an unstable partnership. Both sides were accused of massive electoral cheating.Political sleaze has put Afghanistan near the bottom of Transparency International’s world corruption index.”Fraud, the abuse of power and corruption are going to be the main challenge, much more than security,” said Aziz Rafiee, a political analyst and executive director of the Afghan Civil Society Forum.Some 8.8 million voters have been registered but an unknown number, by some estimates as many as 50 per cent or more, are believed to be fraudulently or incorrectly registered.About 2,450 candidates are competing for places in the lower house, which has 250 seats, including one reserved for a candidate from the Sikh minority. Under the constitution, parliament reviews and ratifies laws but has little real power.In a bid to ensure the vote is fair, biometric voter registration technology has been rushed in at the last minute.But many fear the untried technology, which was still being distributed to provincial voting centres as recently as Thursday, will add to the confusion without eliminating fraud.