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Colombia Wants to End Half a Century of Conflict

first_img The Colombian government and the FARC communist guerrillas will begin a dialogue process in the first two weeks of October in Oslo, to end the armed conflict of 48 years, the most prolonged conflict and still the only one to take place in the region, announced both parties on September 4. The talks, during which military operations and guerrilla activity will not stop, will then move to Havana, said President Juan Manuel Santos in a speech to the nation. These negotiations, the first in a decade, “will be measured in months, not years,” he pointed out. Shortly after that statement, FARC delegates who are in Cuba presented a video in which their highest commander, Rodrigo Londoño, better known as Timoleón Jimenez or Timochenko, confirmed the will of the guerrillas to begin the dialogue and thanked the efforts of Norway and Cuba, who are acting as guarantors of the process, and Venezuela and Chile, which are chaperones. The announcements were immediately greeted by U.S. President Barack Obama, who in a statement emphasized “the strong commitment” of Santos “to the search for a lasting peace.” Norway, which will host the facility, congratulated the parties, and stressed, “It takes courage to seek peace.” During the past six months, the Colombian government and the FARC carried out “exploratory discussions” in Havana and signed a framework agreement that will outline its dialogue from now on, indicated Santos in his speech. “This agreement does not yet signify peace, nor is it a final agreement. It is a road map to define the terms of discussion to reach that final agreement,” said the President, who asserted that his country is facing “a real opportunity” for peace. “Today we can speak of peace because the use of violence to achieve political objectives is a thing of the past. No country in the region will tolerate it, and there are several rulers who left behind the armed struggle and opted for the path of democracy. Not only Colombia: the entire continent wants to live in peace and supports us in that purpose”, he emphasized. “We have worked with responsibility, and I must admit that so have the FARC. Everything so far has been agreed on, it has been respected. If the FARC deals with the next phase with the same earnestness, we will have good prospects “, assured Santos. Santos asked the Colombians for “temperance, patience and fortitude” at the possibility that the guerrillas will continue their attacks, and “unity so that the dream of living in peace finally becomes a reality. Since the 1980s, the FARC already engaged in three peace negotiations with the successive governments of Colombia, but without reaching an agreement so far. By Dialogo September 06, 2012last_img read more

Oftoverlooked Lauderdale a driving force for Buckeye offense

Playing in a rotation alongside three of the top 35 scorers in school history and three players who have won a combined 10 Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards this season, it can be easy to overlook what Ohio State senior center Dallas Lauderdale can bring to the No. 1-ranked team in the nation. But there was Lauderdale, fresh off playing just nine and seven minutes in the Buckeyes’ past two games, respectively, jump-starting OSU’s offense in the opening moments of the Buckeyes’ 70-48 win against Iowa on Wednesday. After committing a turnover on OSU’s opening possession, the senior from Solon, Ohio, bounced back with a pair of dunks on the Buckeyes’ following two possessions, giving OSU a 4-0 lead in the process. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said it would be easy to forget about Lauderdale when faced with the talent that the OSU roster possesses. “They run their plays for everybody else, but he scores as a byproduct of so much other offensive talent and the fact that we were having trouble guarding those guys,” McCaffery said. “That’s how he hurts you. He hurts you with blocked shots. He hurts with his physical presence and rebounding. And then he hurts you when he hides around the basket and catches and dunks. It wasn’t like they were going to him.” OSU senior guard David Lighty credited Lauderdale’s quick start — on both ends of the floor — as a reason for the Buckeyes’ 22-point victory. “That gave us a big lift. I mean, he’s our key guy in the middle, especially on the defensive end,” Lighty said. “Him coming in and rebounding and getting easy buckets and holding down the paint for us in the middle is something that pretty much got us all started. It’s probably why we all played great defense today.” Playing 14 minutes Wednesday, the most he’s played since Jan. 4, Lauderdale scored nine points on 4-of-4 shooting, grabbed two rebounds and blocked one shot. Lauderdale’s nine points pushed his career scoring total to 508 points. On one particular sequence early in the second half, Lauderdale showcased his value to the Buckeyes as he blocked a shot out of bounds, contested a missed 3-point attempt and finished with a dunk on the other end of the court, stretching the OSU lead to 47-25. Despite Lauderdale’s playing time being decreased by an average of more than six minutes per game this season, OSU coach Thad Matta said the Buckeyes will continue to rely on Lauderdale as they enter the heart of Big Ten play. “Defensively, to start the game, he was as good as he’s ever been just with his energy and his movement and that sort of thing,” Matta said. “That’s the level we need him at.” read more

World Aids Day March in TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 2, 2016 -World Aids Day will be commemorated with walk-a- thons nationwide.In Grand Turk the walk begins from the Grand Turk Clock Tower to the Lester Williams park; in Provo from Scotiabank to the Youth Center;  in North Caicos from Texaco to the Horse Stable Beach; in Salt Cay from the Community Center; from the Airport to the Regatta Village in South Caicos and in Middle Caicos from the Conch Bar Community Center to Mudjin Harbour; all walks begin at 6am.World Aids Day was marked on December 1, 2016. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #magneticmedianewscenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

Honda Acura recall 11M cars over Takata airbags for a second time

2019 Acura NSX review: Hitting its stride Tags If at first you don’t succeed, recall ’em again.Honda has issued a recall for approximately 1.1 million Honda and Acura vehicles. The list is positively huge, spanning a wide variety of cars both new and old, in varying body styles. The full list can be seen at the bottom of this article.The issue stems from the airbags. All the vehicles mentioned in this recall were part of an earlier wave of Takata airbag inflator replacements. These vehicles were repaired with desiccated Takata inflators that were not subject to recall. Those replacements, however, were eventually deemed faulty as well, after Honda received a report of a person being injured by shrapnel from a replacement inflator. Enlarge ImageIf you’re not sure if your call falls under the recall or not, give your dealer a ring — they can help you out. Honda Thankfully, a remedy can be had quickly. Honda has replacement parts at the ready — this time, from alternative sources — so owners need only head to the dealership, where technicians will swap out the faulty parts. To give you an idea of the Takata scandal’s scope, Honda alone has had to deal with 21 million recalled Takata inflators across 12.9 million Honda and Acura vehicles.The desiccant, or moisture-absorbing material, is central to understanding this deadly defect. The first batch of airbag inflators that spurred the recall used ammonium nitrate to inflate the airbag but lacked a desiccant. Over time, exposure to humidity could cause the inflator to fail, shooting out shrapnel instead of inflating the airbag as intended. There have been both deaths and injuries linked to these parts, which Takata sold to a significant number of automakers. Takata offered replacement parts with desiccants, but that clearly did not resolve the issue in its entirety. Thankfully, these new replacement parts come from different suppliers altogether.Here’s the full list of vehicles included in this latest recall:2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL2003 Acura 3.2CL2004-2006, 2009-2014 Acura TL2013-2016 Acura ILX2003-2006 Acura MDX2007-2016 Acura RDX2010-2013 Acura ZDX2001-2007, 2009 Honda Accord2001-2005 Honda Civic2002-2007, 2010-2011 Honda CR-V2003-2011 Honda Element2007 Honda Fit2002-2004 Honda Odyssey2003-2008 Honda Pilot2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline Originally published March 12 at 7:42 a.m. PT.Update, at 1:54 p.m. PT: Clarified the underlying issue with Takata’s airbag inflators. Recalls Honda Acura Honda Acura 2019 Nissan Maxima review: The ‘four-door sports car’ that isn’t Review • 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid: The efficient sedan that does it all, and well Comment 20 Photos 2019 Honda Accord: The midsize champ returns with minimal updates 1 More about 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid More From Roadshow Share your voice Car Industry Trucks SUVs Coupes Sedans 2020 Toyota Supra review: A solid sports car that’s rife with controversy read more

Kondo Robot releases a hexapod robot kit w video

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com In addition to selling this stock hexapod robot kit, the company will also be selling individual leg assemblies and other parts from the bot kit. This will give robot builders the chance to use these parts to create their own multi-legged robot designs. Kondo Robot currently serves only the Japanese market, so robot builders from other nations will have to find a different supplier for hexapod robot parts. The KMR-M6 Hexapod Robot is expected to begin shipping in May of 2011, and will cost roughly 76,000 yen, or $880 US dollars. More information: via Robot Dreams The brain of the KMR-M6 is a Kondo RCB-4HV. It is powered by a ROBO Power Cell 10.8V 800mAh Ni-MH battery. As for aesthetics, the wiring, controller and all other on-board electronics are hidden from view, in a compartment on the robots back. (PhysOrg.com) — Kondo Robot, a Japan-based robotics company known for selling robotics kits which often end up in robot-on-robot battles, announced the release of a new robot kit. The kit, named the KMR-M6 is a Hexapod Robot, that is reminiscent of a spider in its appearance. The kit is designed to be fairly stable. In addition to only requiring two servos per leg, for movement, the robot has a unique spring and multi-bar linkage approach that gives it the ability to navigate more complex obstacles. Citation: Kondo Robot releases a hexapod robot kit (w/ video) (2011, April 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-kondo-robot-hexapod-kit-video.htmlcenter_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Korea to sell programmable robot The KMR-M6 has a low profile, at about 14 inches tall, which makes maneuvering through smaller spaces less laborius, and decreases the robots center of gravity, which decreases the likelihood that it will tip over while navigating those obstacles.last_img read more

WBSU to offer tuition fee waiver for speciallyabled students

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal State University (WBSU) in Barasat is all set to offer complete waiver of tuition fees for physically-challenged students pursuing post graduation in the varsity.The university will also be providing the same benefits to another 50 students, who are meritorious but under financial constraints to continue their studies . The university is hopeful that the step will encourage them in pursuit of higher studies. “The measure is in accordance with our new ideas of inclusivity in the university. We are roping in corporate houses, who are interested to provide funds to the university under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The money they are providing will be used for similar exercises of inclusivity in education,” said Basab Chaudhuri, Vice-Chancellor of WBSU. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA leading corporate organisation at Woodburn Park in Kolkata has already given Rs 2 lakh as part of their CSR to WBSU. Some other houses have also verbally agreed to give funds to the university which will be utilised to encourage meritorious students of weakfinancial background to carry out their higher studies. During the 2017 convocation held in the university , Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi while awarding degrees to two students learnt about their financial stringency to pursue further education. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe Governor later gave them Rs 10,000 each for continuing their studies and also urged the varsity to take measures to provide fellowship for needy yet meritorious students. There were around 800 students who had enrolled in the university for post graduation in 2018. The university is introducing PG degree in Urdu from the current academic year. “We had Urdu department since 2008 but could not start offering PG degree because there were no teachers. We have recruited teachers and have already released notification regarding commencement or Urdu in PG from this year,” a senior university official said. WBSU has 46 affiliated colleges in North 24-Parganas under its aegis with an average enrolment of nearly 55000 students. The university accounts for a huge number of first generation learners with more than 90 percent of such students in its affiliated colleges located at Basirhat and Chadraketugarh. Even in its affiliated college Ramkrishna Sarada Mission at Nagerbazar there is 60 percent first generation learners. “I have reached out to a number of our affiliated colleges in remote areas and have found out that students opt out in the middle of their study as they have to take the burden of their family,” Chaudhuri said.last_img read more

How can this be The reason is shale oil The su

first_img How can this be? The reason is shale oil. The success of the shale oil sector—specifically horizontal drilling and fracking shale—has caused a significant increase in domestic US production. This is nothing new, and certainly isn’t a surprise to our subscribers. But what is interesting was Saudi Arabia’s reaction to the increase in domestic US production. The United States had been Saudi Arabia’s largest oil customer… until the US Fed’s quantitative easing policy created cheap money, which fueled the shale revolution in the US. Today, China is Saudi Arabia’s new best friend. The Saudis cut the spot price of oil to China and caused a significant whiplash in oil prices, which sent international oil markets from US$95 a barrel to below USD$85 a barrel. According to the EIA, China is expected to surpass the US as the world’s largest oil importer by the end of 2014. Cripple ISIS—ISIS funds everything with black-market oil; so as oil becomes cheaper, there’s less money for the group In the last 35 years, world oil consumption growth has gone into negative growth (meaning below zero growth—meaning world uses less oil) only twice. The first was the 1980s recession; the second instance was the global financial crisis of late 2008. But during both times, the US was without a doubt the world’s largest consumer and importer of oil. Essentially, the world consumption of oil is directly and positively correlated with the real US GDP. In fact, the correlation is +0.99, which is about as good as it gets when it comes to correlation coefficients. However, horizontal drilling and fracking has increased US domestic oil production, and as a result, US net imports as a share of consumption are at their lowest level in 29 years. Over the last 35 years, China has awakened and has become a game changer in the global energy markets. It will continue to play that role. According to the EIA, China is well on its way to becoming the world’s largest importer of oil. Preorder The Colder War Now Marin Katusa Chief Energy Investment Strategist Casey Research China consumes about 11 million  bopd—and it’s expected to match US consumption by 2030. However, the growth of the US domestic oil production from shale oil is not cheap oil production… and shale oil comes with a high decline in production. What Happens to US Domestic Oil Production at $75 Oil? On average, an Eagle Ford or Bakken shale oil well needs US$55-$70 oil to make a decent profit, in order to continue drilling to replace the decline rates of existing shale oil wells. Many other shale oil formations need higher than $70 oil to break even. Thus, we can expect the incredible growth of domestic US oil production (primarily as a result of the Bakken in North Dakota and Eagle Ford in Texas) to become significantly impacted at prices below $75. This means lower domestic oil production rates, which then means importing more oil from either Canada or the Middle East. However, Canadian oil isn’t any cheaper to produce than American oil; therefore, one can expect Canadian oil growth to also start declining at $75 oil. The only blessing for Canadian producers in this scenario is a weaker Canadian dollar. This is all good news for the informed and prepared energy investor. In the September Casey Energy Report, we broke down all of the US oil producers and compared them to the Canadian oil producers, explaining the fundamental differences between the two. We’ve broken down all of the metrics company by company, and have our Buy list ready. In that report we stated that we would rather be patient than rush into a volatile sector. This month, we presented our first of three stocks that you must own in a declining oil market. These stocks will not only pay you an incredible yield, but each is the best company in its peer group in terms of metrics such as payout ratios, lowest-cost producer, and low debt. We’re excited about the market selling off and have been using $75 oil and $3 natural gas in our calculations. We’ve also stress tested every producer on both the US and Canadian stock exchanges and have our full analysis ready. In this month’s Casey Energy Report, we’ll explain to subscribers how to best position their portfolios to reap the rewards of a $75 oil price. And now, a personal note to all my readers. Over the last decade, I’ve traveled the world over trying to find the best resource investments. Some have worked out spectacularly well while others have failed, and others are still in the works. Doug Casey wanted me to write a book a few years ago, but I don’t see myself as a writer, but rather as an analyst and speculator. However, after my personal health challenges (which I’m proud to say I have under control), I thought I may want to get to my bucket list sooner than later, and the time was right for my first book. Its subject? The Colder War. The book covers many aspects of the geopolitics of energy… especially the struggle between Russia and the US to control the world’s energy trade. Some pretty influential people have endorsed my book, such as former Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, who stated: The Colder War provides a reversing contrast from the hysterical “Putin is Stalin, Jr., restart the Cold War” message emanating from the neocon think tanks and the mainstream media. Marin Katusa shows the real threat to the American people … You see, while America and the West weren’t looking, Vladimir Putin has been orchestrating a takeover of the energy sector. He has transformed Russia from a crumbling former Soviet state into an energy powerhouse to become: The second-largest oil exporter in the world, on pace to pass Saudi Arabia very soon; The largest uranium exporter in the world, powering 1 in 10 American homes; The largest natural gas exporter in the world, doling it out with an iron fist and willing to cut off supply and let harsh winters kill thousands to get its way. Russia is quickly becoming the only source for countries desperate to secure long-term supplies of energy—giving Putin more power and more leverage than ever before. Europe, Africa, and China are all dependent on Russian energy. And Putin won’t stop until he takes down the only thing standing in his way of turning Russia into a superpower: the US. Inside my book, you’ll discover that Putin is working to break the monopoly of the US dollar in the global energy trade. He’s set in motion in an ingenious yet devastating plan to do it. If Putin is successful, he could nuke the US economy and cost the average American dearly. Do you think the recent pullback in oil prices will cripple Putin? If you said yes, you’re wrong… and you really need to read my book. Friends and colleagues have told me that they’ve sat down and read it in the course of an evening. It’s that fascinating and easy to digest. Once you read it, your view of the world and the global markets will change. You might even want to call your broker the next morning—because the US has never been more vulnerable, and the stakes have never been higher… Preorder your copy of The Colder War and make sure you’re among the first to read this important book. Saudi Arabia has taken an aggressive stance in slashing prices and maintaining its market share; and as a result, other oil producers will suffer, specifically ISIS. Interestingly, there’s strong evidence suggesting that it is in fact Saudi Arabia which created the Frankenstein monster  that is today’s ISIS. Let’s take a quick look back into the region’s history. Saudi Arabia and Qatar have both funded Wahhabi Salafism under the guise of education. What is now ISIS originally took to the early teachings of Wahhabi Salafism, the goal of which is to convert Muslims and others to its “purer” form of Islam. In short, they’re extremists that make up less than 3% of the global Muslim population; this movement has been on the rise since 9/11. Now I’ll put all the pieces of the puzzle together. In the early days of the Syrian civil war, Saudi Arabian leaders were quite pleased with the initial Sunni fighters against Assad, but they weren’t happy when Russian President Vladimir Putin stood his ground and backed a longtime Russian ally in the Assad regime. Saudi Arabia tried to sway Russia to turn its back on Assad’s regime in 2013, going so far as to dangle multibillion-dollar military contracts and other financial economic “incentives”… or what’s realistically known as a bribe. Putin would have none of it. He politely rejected the Saudis offer and stood his ground, with China in Russia’s corner. Fast forward to mid-2014, and the Saudis have a Frankenstein on their hands. Its name is ISIS. Yes, ISIS is a major oil exporter in the black market. If this sounds confusing, let me take you into the dark, back alleys of the Middle East oil trade. “ISIS” stands for Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant. ISIS has been taking over oil-producing regions in Iraq and has been funding its military advances by selling oil on the black markets (specifically, in Turkey) at a discount, roughly 50,000 bopd. It’s the dark secret of the Middle East oil sector, but it’s happening. ISIS first started selling smuggled Syrian oil in Turkey, making millions a day, but Obama doesn’t want that information widely known, so it was put on the down low. Politicians in Turkey have publicly stated that ISIS has sold US$800 million worth of stolen, black-market oil in Turkey alone. ISIS then expanded into Iraq and has captured oil wells in Iraq—even the Russians have stated that ISIS has been selling “stolen” or captured oil from Iraq on the black markets. It’s much easier to sell stolen oil at a discount than oil that one produces. So what can the Saudis do to take down their own Frankenstein? The Saudis only nuclear-level weapon is oil. Having realized that China had surpassed the US as their biggest oil buyer, the Saudis decided to start taking big discounts and continuing to pump oil to increase their market share in Asia. Now the Saudis are attempting to hit four birds with one stone: Payback to Putin for supporting Assad’s regime in Syria (sub-$80 oil is bad for Russia’s GDP) Deflation [dih-fley-shuhn] Economics. a fall in the general price level or a contraction of credit and available money (opposed to inflation). Source: Dictionary.com The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) published a very compelling chart last week; it shows that the net energy imports of the US as a share of consumption are at their lowest level in 29 years. Decrease US oil prices—perhaps even slow down US domestic oil production; that would result in the US importing more Saudi oil, and help fuel global growth with cheaper oil. Don’t Mess with Putin: He Isn’t Your Regular Politician Russia isn’t cutting back its production—rather, Russia is hitting post-Soviet highs in oil production. Thus we see tumbling oil prices. But how low can this go? Let’s get back to basics of supply and demand to answer this question. Sincerely, Maintain market share—in the near term, the Saudis can absorb the lower costs (cheap conventional oil), and they definitely want to continue being the #1 supplier to China.last_img read more