Agra put on 72-hour weather alert till Monday

first_imgThe weather office on Friday sounded a 72-hour alert till Monday here in Uttar Pradesh, Agra District Magistrate Gaurav Dayal said and issued a detailed advisory to manage any imminent disaster.This comes after a 132-kmph dust storm hit the city on the intervening night of Wednesday-Thursday, bringing heavy showers and hailstorm that killed 44 people and destroyed properties worth in crores. The doctors at the S.N. Medical College conducted the postmortem of 44 bodies who succumbed to injuries. The number of deaths were expected to rise.Agra witnessed two devastating storms in 20 days. More than 1,400 villages continue to remain without power supply, an official said. Trains were still running late. Historical buildings, including the Taj Mahal suffered extensive damages. Two wooden doors of the Taj minarets were damaged and several trees in the mausoleum were uprooted.Divisional Commissioner K. Ram Mohan Rao and Dayal visited the medical college hospital to review arrangements.A separate ward has been opened there and a dedicated team of doctors has been deputed. Mr. Rao told medical staff to provide prompt services and ensure there was no lack of medicines.Dayal along with Special Superintendent Amit Pathak and other senior officials visited several villages in Khairagarh. A team of officials were deputed to survey affected villages and evaluate loss of property and crop. The district magistrate has promised adequate compensation.last_img read more

Sea Machines Raises USD 10M to Advance Autonomous Technology

first_imgBoston-based Sea Machines Robotics has raised USD 10 million that would enable the company to further develop autonomous solutions for the maritime industry.As informed, the investment marks one of the largest venture rounds for a marine- and maritime-focused technology company and brings the total capital Sea Machines has raised to USD 12.5 million.Marking one of the largest #venturecapital rounds for a #marine technology company, Sea Machines announces that it has closed a $10M #SeriesA investment. Learn how the funds will be used and how they will advance the industry: https://t.co/9BCPF7ot55 #autonomous pic.twitter.com/3fFBdhjRB8— Sea Machines Robotics (@SeaMachines) December 17, 2018Sea Machines said it will use the funds to expand the sales and global reach of its recently released line of products, grow the R&D and engineering teams, roll out new product feature sets, and further the company’s lead in developing advanced situational awareness systems for vessels.The industrial marine sector encompasses a broad domain of significant industries, such as maritime transportation, offshore energy, and commercial fishing and aquaculture. Though each are major contributors to the global economy, they commonly operate near or below break-even, in large part due to continued reliance on 20th-century methodologies and technologies. Today’s autonomous technology offers proven solutions to these challenges and is already being used to retool and modernize the industry for the better, according to Sea Machines.“We are creating the technology that propels the future of the marine industries. This investment enables us to double down on our commitment to building advanced command and control products that make the industry more capable, productive and profitable,” Michael Gordon Johnson, founder and CEO, Sea Machines, commented.The Series A investment was led by Accomplice and Eniac Ventures, with participation from Toyota AI Ventures; Brunswick Corp., through investment partner TechNexus Venture Collaborative; NextGen VP, Geekdom Fund; LaunchCapital; LDV Capital and others.“At Toyota AI Ventures, we believe that autonomous mobility can help improve people’s lives and create new capabilities – whether on land, in the air or at sea,” Jim Adler, founding managing director, Toyota AI Ventures, said.“Sea Machines’ autonomous technology and advanced perception systems can reduce costs, improve efficiency and enhance safety in the multi-billion dollar commercial shipping industry. This marks our first investment in the maritime industry, and we’re excited to embark on this journey with Sea Machines,” he added.“Eniac Ventures is excited to back Michael Johnson and the Sea Machines team – the leading maritime and robotics experts solving this industry’s most critical issues, including labor, safety, efficiency and cost,” Vic Singh, founding general partner, Eniac Ventures, said.“The level of traction they have from the global maritime industry is a telltale sign that the industry is the next frontier for autonomy,” he continued.“I think this investment sends a strong signal on the types of technologies that will come to define the maritime industry in the future,”  P. Michael A. Rodey, senior manager, A.P. Moller-Maersk, pointed out.Sea Machines is currently developing advanced perception and navigation assistance technology for a range of vessel types, including container ships. In the first quarter, the company will initiate testing of its perception and situational awareness technology aboard one of Maersk’s newbuild ice-class containerships.In October, Sea Machines released its introductory line of autonomous command and remote control systems, developed for the demanding challenges of vessels serving the offshore commercial, scientific and government applications.last_img read more

Five key dates in Rohingya crisis

first_imgRohingya refugees queue for aid in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, 28 September, 2017. Photo: ReutersThe Rohingya refugee crisis is worsening daily with the UN announcing Thursday that 500,000 from the Muslim minority have now fled to Bangladesh since late August, overwhelming camps short of food, water and shelter.Here are five key dates in the crisis:25 Aug – Fierce riposte to militant attacksEarly on 25 August, hundreds of Rohinyga militants stage coordinated attacks on 30 police posts in Myanmar’s westernmost state of Rakhine. At least 12 police are killed.The Myanmar army hits back fast and hard with “clearance operations” in Rohingya villages. It says it is trying to flush out insurgents from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA).Rohingya Muslim refugees stand in an alley of Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangaldeshi district of Ukhia on 28 September, 2017. Photo: AFPBut witnesses tell of Rohingya civilians being massacred in retaliation, with mortars and machine guns fired at villagers fleeing to the Bangladesh border.The crackdown sparks an exodus from Rohingya villages, which are soon burning so fiercely the flames and smoke are visible from Bangladesh.5 Sept – Refugee storm hits BangladeshWithin 11 days of the attacks, more than 120,000 Rohingya have flooded into Bangladesh, overwhelming the handful of ill-equipped refugee camps around Cox’s Bazar.A Rohingya refugee girl at a camp in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, 28 September, 2017. Photo: ReutersMany arrive desperate for food and water after walking for more than a week over hills and through dense jungle. Some need urgent treatment for bullet wounds and machete gashes.Bangladesh already houses at least 300,000 Rohingya in camps near the border. The fresh influx creates a dire shortage of food, clean water and shelter.6 Sept – Suu Ky denounces ‘iceberg of misinformation’Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, under increasing international pressure, says a “huge iceberg of misinformation” is distorting the global picture of events in Rakhine.A Rohingya refugee washes a bag in contaminated water in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, 28 September, 2017. Photo: ReutersIn her first comments since the 25 August attacks, Suu Kyi says fake news is “calculated to create a lot of problems between different communities” and to promote “the interest of the terrorists”.But fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureates Malala Yousafzai and Desmond Tutu criticise Suu Kyi. Hundreds of thousands sign a Change.org petition demanding the Nobel committee withdraw her award but it refuses.11 Sept – Violence amounts to ethnic cleansing, UN saysAs the crisis worsens, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein says Myanmar’s systematic attacks bear the hallmarks of a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.Rohingya refugee children queue for aid in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, 28 September, 2017. Photo: ReutersRights groups warn of a final push by the army and Buddhist mobs to drive the stateless Rohingya from Myanmar for good.Landmines claim more victims, with three Rohingya killed in a blast while fleeing Myanmar.27 Sept – Hindu mass graves highlight bitter divideThe Myanmar military flies journalists to the place where the mass graves of 45 Hindu villagers, including many women and children, were discovered, as a search effort for dozens more continues. ARSA denied any involvement in the killings which were revealed as the humanitarian crisis spiralled on both sides of the Myanmar-Bangladesh border. In the Bangladesh camps, aid groups said they had seen thousands of cases of child malnutrition amid shortages of food, water and medicines that is claiming a growing toll among the Rohingya.last_img

12 days of Christmas Not at this yearround hotel

first_img Travelweek Group Share Posted by 12 days of Christmas? Not at this year-round hotel Tuesday, October 30, 2018 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Tennessee PIGEON FORGE, TENNESSEE — With Halloween festivities winding down, holiday enthusiasts will soon be starting the countdown to the next big date of the year – Christmas.But for die-hard fans who absolutely cannot wait for the seven some-odd weeks to pass, there’s a little known hotel in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee that celebrates Christmas every day of the year.That’s right, not just 12 days of Christmas – all 365!The Inn at Christmas Place, located just 10 minutes from Dollywood, keeps itself decked out for the holidays. This includes having a full-size Christmas tree in the lobby, entryways lined with festive garlands and lights, and a Glockenspiel that plays carols twice a day.Even Santa pays regular visits – on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights – to sing to guests. On Mondays and Fridays, he reads stories to little ones.The Christmas theme is carried out in every room and suite, too. Guests wake up to festive decorations that include wreaths, reindeer sculptures and Santa-red velvet bedding.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthBut the most festive room in the house has got to be the Santa Suite, which comes complete with a six-foot Christmas tree, a life-size Santa statue, pillows adorned with Santa’s likeness, stockings hung with care, and even a Santa jacket for guests to use and cozy up in.The Inn at Christmas Place, which opened its doors in 2007, also offers a hot breakfast buffet, indoor and outdoor pools, a waterslide and a hot tub. And if you’re worried about falling behind on your Christmas shopping while you’re there, not to worry – right next door is The Incredible Christmas Place, a Christmas-themed shopping centre.last_img read more