Boaters Rescued After Vessel Capsizes Near Boynton Inlet

first_imgOfficials with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue rescued three people on Saturday morning, when a boat capsized near the Boynton Beach Inlet.The incident happened at about 10:30 a.m. near Ocean Inlet Park.Palm Beach County Ocean Rescue used one of its boats to get the three men out of the water. All of them were evaluated and none required medical care.This marks first weekend since Palm Beach County reopened its beaches last Monday, after closing them during the coronavirus shutdown.last_img

3 Dead, 6 Injured After Train Derails In Scotland

first_imgLONDON (AP) — A passenger train derailed in northeast Scotland after stormy weather, killing three people and injuring six others Wednesday, authorities said.The train’s driver is believed to be among the dead, but formal identification has yet to take place, the British Transport Police force said. Six people were hospitalized, but their injuries are not considered serious.“I would like to reassure the public that this was not a busy service, and from (closed circuit television) inquiries and witness statements we believe all passengers have been accounted for,” British Transport Police chief superintendent Eddie Wylie said. “However, once the area has been made safe, then a full and thorough search will be conducted, which is likely to take some time.″Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the derailment as a “major″ incident and said she would be convening an emergency response meeting.The transport police said officers were called at 9:43 a.m. (0843GMT) to the railway line near the coastal town of Stonehaven, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northeast of Edinburgh and south of Aberdeen.Smoke could be seen billowing from the wreck. Photos showed that several cars of the four-carriage train had left the tracks and tumbled down an embankment. Air ambulances and coast guard helicopters came and went as the rescue operation unfolded.Local lawmaker Andrew Bowie had been in Stonehaven surveying flood damage earlier Wednesday.“The situation was really bad this morning. The River Carron, the main river which flows through it, had burst its banks, and the heavy rain had caused flooding in the center of Stonehaven and lots of the side streets leading off it,″ he said.Bowie added that the water had receded and it was unclear if flooding was connected to the derailment.“I don’t think speculation is helpful at this stage,″ he said. “We obviously don’t know why the derailment took place, but obviously we have suffered terrible weather here.”Serious train accidents are rare in the U.K. The country’s last fatal derailment was in 2007.The head of Network Rail cut short a family vacation to return to the UK. The chief inspector of railways, Ian Prosser, said inspectors were at the site and assisting in the preliminary investigation.“We will work with other agencies, including the emergency services, to find out exactly what happened and identify the causes of this tragic incident,” he saidPrime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “I am saddened to learn of the very serious incident in Aberdeenshire and my thoughts are with all of those affected. My thanks to the emergency services at the scene.”last_img read more

US Reiterates Commitment to Help Liberia

first_imgAs the United States prepares to inaugurate its 45th president, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield told a visiting Liberian delegation that while new faces will be popping up throughout the government in the coming days, the U.S. will continue to help Liberia.According to the Voice of America (VOA), she spoke at a ceremony where a joint statement was signed on the U.S.-Liberia partnership dialogue. “Our joint statement affirms our commitment to work together to address the challenges that Liberia currently faces and acknowledges the importance of these issues for Liberia’s overall economic development,” she said Tuesday at the State Department.Liberia is still recovering from two brutal civil wars which ended in 2003 and an Ebola outbreak that killed about 4,800 people between 2014 and 2016.3rd round of US-Liberian dialogueThis is the third U.S.-Liberia partnership dialogue, including joint talks on how to expand agricultural production and trade, enhance the West African country’s investment climate and infrastructure and strengthen its post-Ebola recovery and health efforts. The challenge for Liberia, Thomas-Greenfield says, is to make as much progress as it can in the time it has.“Your challenge is to send a clear message to the rest of the world that Liberia’s prioritization of embracing reform and focusing on infrastructure development means that Liberia will be ready for business,” she noted.The partnership dialogue was divided into group sessions focused on how the U.S. can help Liberia diversify its economy away from commodity-driven exports and support private sector growth through expanded financial services and credit facilities, according to Foreign Minister Marjon Kamara.“In response to a request from our Minister of Finance and Development Planning for support in attracting private equity to Liberia, particularly in structuring sovereign bond guarantees, the U.S. offered to provide such support,” she said. “This will go a long way to enhance Liberia’s capacity to finance critical infrastructure deficit, especially in energy and roads.”Cooperation boosts agro-businessMinister Kamara said there were fruitful discussions on helping to expand farm production and developing Liberia’s agro-business sector.“Through building the agro-business value chain, enhancing regional trade and exports and implementing land reform,” the Foreign Minister said, “there‘s no doubt the third dialogue will enhance the progress of the previous dialogue deliberations in this sector, add value to agriculture production and trade as well as enhance food security in Liberia.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

World Cup hangover lingers over Premier League kick-off

first_img0Shares0000Quick turnaround: Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is one of many Premier League stars who could miss the opening weekend due to his World Cup commitments © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 9 – There is little time for the Premier League’s stars to shake off a World Cup hangover as less than a month on from Russia’s summer showpiece, the chase to catch champions Manchester City begins in earnest on Friday.On top of the quick turnaround from the World Cup, a shortened transfer window that closes 24 hours before the season kicks off has left many sides scrambling at the last minute to strengthen their squads, none more so than Manchester United. The Red Devils raise the curtain on the campaign at home to Leicester on Friday night hoping to put a troubled pre-season dominated by manager Jose Mourinho’s outbursts behind them.Mourinho has rounded on the club’s hierarchy for failing to sufficiently strengthen in his opinion despite the signings of Brazilian international midfielder Fred and Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot.As United dither, Liverpool have emerged as second favourites for the title behind City after splashing over £170 million ($220 million) on goalkeeper Alisson and midfielders Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri.“The other clubs who compete with us are really strong and already have fantastic teams. Or they are investing massively like Liverpool, who are buying everything and everybody,” warned Mourinho.“If we don’t make our team better it will be a difficult season for us.”United are further hamstrung with a host of key players including Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford involved in the later stages of the World Cup limiting their pre-season preparations.– Fast start for Liverpool? –Missing piece? Liverpool have strengthened by signing Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker © AFP / Paul FAITHBy contrast, Liverpool are well-placed to hit the ground running ahead of Sunday’s kick-off at home to West Ham as Virgil van Dijk, Keita and Fabinho missed out on the World Cup, while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane bowed out at the group stage with Egypt and Senegal.Jurgen Klopp’s men demonstrated their ability to beat City on the big occasion last season, winning three of the four meetings between the sides, including a 5-1 aggregate win in the Champions League quarter-finals.However, they finished 25 points back in the league as Pep Guardiola’s men romped to the title with a record 100 points.“The players from last year are responsible for the excitement, and then we brought in a few new players as an icing on the cake,” said Klopp on the club’s promising pre-season tour in the States.“It’s not just that we have to be more consistent, we have to create circumstances where we can be more consistent,” he added. “Nobody is consistent with 11 players. What we are working on is the depth of the squad because you need it.”– City still favourites –Ominous start: Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City cruised to victory in the Community Shield © AFP / Glyn KIRKCity haven’t dipped into the deep pockets of their Abu Dhabi owners as significantly as Guardiola’s first two summers in charge, but have still strengthened with club record signing Riyad Mahrez.No side since United nine years ago have retained the title with Chelsea twice and Leicester failing to even make the top four in past three seasons.Despite missing a host of World Cup stars, City looked in ominous form as they dismissed Chelsea 2-0 to lift the Community Shield at the weekend but face a tough start as Arsenal begin the post-Arsene Wenger era at the Emirates on Sunday.Unai Emery has enjoyed the luxury of having most of his squad available for pre-season with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette forming a fearsome front four.Chelsea also have a new boss but are already playing catch-up with Maurizio Sarri only appointed a month before the start of the campaign.However, the Blues swung into action late Wednesday when they agreed to sell goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid in a deal which paved the way for Athletic Bilbao ‘keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to move to Stamford Bridge on a seven-year deal worth an estimated £71 million.Kepa becomes the most expensive goalkeeper of all time.In contrast to the change across London, Tottenham Hotspur have yet to add a single signing ahead of their first season in a new 62,000 capacity stadium.Yet, based on the World Cup performances of Golden Boot winner Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris and Christian Eriksen among others, there is still plenty for Mauricio Pochettino to look forward to.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

New Mandela book released

first_imgConversations with Myself givesreaders a glimpse into the inner lifeof Nelson Mandela. (Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello HatangInformation communications manager, NelsonMandela Foundation+27 11 547 5600 RELATED ARTICLES • Mandela: a remarkable 92 years • Mandela Day now a global event • World leaders praise Mandela • Mandela’s African tales fight Aids• More than just a celluloid MandelaJanine ErasmusA new book that features writings in former president Nelson Mandela’s own hand has been released internationally in 20 languages, from Turkish to Catalan. The book is available in stores and online from 12 October 2010.Conversations with Myself was compiled by the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Centre of Memory and Dialogue from priceless material held in the elder statesman’s personal archives.Here the reader will get a glimpse of the man behind the leader and international icon, from previously unavailable material such as private recorded conversations, journal entries, interview transcripts and draft speechesThe 344-page Conversations with Myself includes notations on desk calendars, interviews, and letters written to his family during Mandela’s 27 years of imprisonment, 18 of them spent on Robben Island.The book also features an unfinished sequel to his best-selling autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, which was co-written with Time managing editor Richard Stengel.“Here he is making notes and even doodling during meetings,” says a statement from the Nelson Mandela Foundation, “or recording troubled dreams on the desk calendar of his cell on Robben Island; writing journals while on the run during the anti-apartheid struggle or conversing with friends”.Neither an icon nor a saintThe book, says the foundation, shows the former president, now 92 years old, to be neither an icon nor a saint, but a person just like everyone else.The foreword was written by US President Barack Obama. “Nelson Mandela reminds us that he has not been a perfect man,” wrote Obama. “Like all of us, he has his flaws. But it is precisely those imperfections that should inspire each and every one of us.”“You have publicly said that you should not be treated as a saint,” concurred struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada, who was present when an advance copy of the book was placed into Mandela’s hands in August 2010. “Because you’ve got shortcomings like all human beings have … but this here is in your own words.”Kathrada added that the publication was unprecedented, because much has been written about Mandela in his home country and elsewhere in the world, but there’s hardly anything available in his own words.“There’s just nothing like it,” he said.“A little more than two decades after I made my first foray into political life and the divestment movement as a college student in California, I stood in Mandela’s former cell in Robben Island,” said Obama in the foreword. “I was a newly elected senator. By then, the cell had been transformed from a prison to a monument to the sacrifice that was made by so many on behalf of South Africa’s peaceful transformation.”Obama wrote that he tried to put himself in the place of the person with that famous prisoner number 466/64, to imagine what it must have been like for him. “I tried to imagine Mandela – the legend who had changed history – as Mandela the man who had sacrificed so much for change. Conversations with Myself does the world an extraordinary service in giving us that picture of Mandela the man.”Published in South Africa by Pan MacMillan, Conversations with Myself is available in hardback, as an audio book, and from as a Kindle ebook. Sales of the book will benefit the Nelson Mandela Foundation./index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1998:more-than-just-a-celluloid-mandela&catid=42:landnews&Itemid=110last_img read more

Markets watching the frost and Sept. 12

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileDeclining grain prices continued that trend into the first week of September. December 2019 CBOT corn made a new contract low of $3.53, over a dollar below the contract high of $4.73 from June 17. Kansas City wheat reached a 14-year low that same week. Chicago December CBOT wheat tumbled to $4.50 ½, well below its summer high reached in June of $5.65 ¾ and its contract high at $6.34 ½ established in August 2018. The contract low for December wheat was reached May 13 at $4.42 ¼. While U.S. corn and soybean production for this year falls below levels seen in 2017 and 2018, plentiful and ever-increasing world stocks of grains continues to keep prices on the defensive. U.S. grain exports face stiff and growing competition from other world suppliers. Early September, South American and Black Sea corn sale values were 15 to 45 cents per bushel below those from the U.S. Gulf for shipment this fall and into December.U.S. temperatures in early September reached into the 40s in the northern Corn Belt states. While temperatures are cooling and 6- to10-day forecasts indicate normal to above normal temperatures, there continue to be no frost threats into September 20. The market will aggressively monitor northern U.S. temperatures through Oct. 10.  Here’s why. In early September there were 53 million U.S. corn acres not yet in the dent stage. In addition, 10 million soybean acres had not yet begun to set pods. It will indeed be a race to the finish for U.S. corn and soybeans to reach maturity before a killing frost.An EPA announcement in August granted small refinery exemptions (SREs) for 31 small refineries. This announcement allowed those refineries to not include ethanol in their gasoline blends. This is not the first exemption granted by this administration, with previous exemptions dating back to 2016-2017. It is extremely troubling to producers as they quickly see demand destruction for corn. Using corn to produce ethanol, also known as a renewable fuel has been around for 30 years. Plant expansion was particularly evident in the past 10 years all across the Midwest. Producers made cropping and equipment decisions based on the continued use of ethanol. We have seen E15 and E85 Ethanol stations spring up across the Midwest the last 10 years. However, the number is significantly less than had been expected in past years. While we have seen several new weekly records for corn used for ethanol in the past 18 months, the ethanol line in the supply and demand tables has been shrinking in recent months.Corn demand for the 2019-2020 marketing year (September 2019 to August 2020) continues to shrink. The August WASDE report had corn exports of 2.050 billion bushels, down from 2.275 billion bushels in the May WASDE report, a cut of 225 million bushels.  In August, corn used for ethanol stood at 5.475 billion bushels, down 25 million bushels from May. Sept. 12 projections suggest U.S. corn demand will see further cuts in the months ahead.The U.S. and China each implemented another set of tariffs against each other on Sept. 1. Late August, the Commerce Department in China indicated they wanted to see the trade deal get finalized as the current tariffs are affecting their economy. The U.S. continues to insist China wants trade meetings to take place. Yet, at times little is heard from China concerning their next steps. In the days following Labor Day, it was announced the U.S. and China would be meeting in early October. Perhaps the caterer for lunch at these meetings thinks he has a pretty good gig, as the October meetings would be the thirteenth time the two have met. Ongoing unrest for China in Hong Kong perhaps suggests China has gains to come up with a trade deal.Expect corn and soybean harvest to last well into late November.last_img read more

Can You Get a DUI in a Self-Driving Car?

first_imgCars that drive itself — it’s no longer fictitious. General Motors, Waymo, and Tesla are just some companies that already have prototypes of self-driving vehicles. It’s just a matter of time before they’re brought to market.This raises the question of how it will affect DUI laws.A driving under the influence (DUI) charge has a long-term impact.It goes on your criminal record and the costly attorney fees and higher insurance rates can severely dent your finances. In theory, a self-driving car should eliminate DUIs. For now, though — hang on to your portable breathalyser. The day you can drink and drive without worrying about the consequences of a DUI hasn’t arrived yet. However — it may be a reality in the near future.Can You Be Charged With a DUI in a Self-Driving Car?While tech and auto companies focus on the mechanics of self-driving cars, governments and lawyers are questioning the legal implication. If the definition of a self-driving car means it operates without the intervention of a driver. Surely you cannot be charged with a DUI if you’re riding in a car — but not actually driving it.The answer, however, isn’t that simple. Fully automated vehicles are not a reality yet. Therefore, in terms of the law, we are navigating unprecedented waters. There is no clear answer at this time.How Does the Law Define a DUI?In the United States, the term DUI is commonly used. However, some states use driving while impaired (DWI) — operating while intoxicated (OWI). Operating while visibly impaired (OWVI), and driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII).While the various terms differ slightly in meaning from state to state. In general, they refer to operating a vehicle while intoxicated or impaired by alcohol or drugs.A DUI charge requires proof that the driver was in “actual physical control” of the vehicle. This includes steering, navigating, accelerating, decelerating, and stopping a vehicle that is in motion.In a driverless car, an occupant is not doing any of those things.However, don’t crack open the champagne just yet. It’s not as clear-cut as you think. DUI laws also take into account situations when a car is parked with a driver seated in it. If the car was running, and if the keys were in the ignition even if the car was not switched on.This means it is possible for an intoxicated occupant of a self-driving car to be charged with a DUI. It also means that the law will have a harder time proving that a person in a self-driving car was in “actual physical control”.Different Levels of Autonomous Vehicles.Autonomous vehicles are not new. There are various levels of autonomous cars. Most cars today are semi-autonomous and still require a driver to operate it. Therefore, DUI laws apply to all semi-autonomous vehicles.The debate around DUIs and self-driving cars arise in the case of fully automated vehicles.Cars fall into six automation levels — starting at level zero (no automation). Gradually this will be increasing automation capabilities up to level five (full automation). Fully automated cars are not available yet. At this level, the car can drive itself. No human control, steering, brakes, or pedals are required.A level five car can monitor the road.These will maneuver and respond to road conditions — and park itself. In a fully automated car, all you’ll need to do is enter your destination and the car will do the rest. Tesla’s Autopilot takes intelligent automation further.If you don’t tell the car where to go — it will look at your calendar and take you to your next appointment. It can also take you home if there’s nothing in your calendar.How Are Other Countries Approaching This?Australia is leading the way on amending driving laws to support automated vehicles. The issue of self-driving cars and DUIs is being hotly debated. The outcome may influence drink-driving laws in other countries.The National Transport Commission (NTC) in Australia is pushing for DUI legislation to exclude drivers of automated cars. They say drink-driving laws should not apply to a person in a dedicated automated vehicle — as they are not operating the vehicle.The NTC also argue that allowing a person who has consumed too much alcohol to use an automated vehicle can improve road safety.As such — it will reduce drunk driving accidents and make the roads safer. They make a good point. It’s much safer for intoxicated people drive home in an automated car than to drive themselves. There’s also no need to call a taxi or Uber when your car can safely transport you home.The predictions.It is predicted that fully automated driverless cars will be on the road within the next 10 years. Lawmakers need to prepare for the day they make their arrival. It will also influence other laws, such as seat belt use, having open containers of alcohol in cars. In a world of driverless cars — will we even need a driver’s license? And what will happen to motorcycles? Richard Parker is senior writer at & . He covers industry-specific topics such as Entrepreneurship, Data/Security, Startups, Industrial, Growth Equity Community, Smart Cities, Connected Devices & Smart Homes. Richard Parker For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Tags:#self-driving car Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and…last_img read more