The Srinagar-based Central Reserve Police Force helpline 14411 has been reactivated, officials said on Monday.The standard landline number of the madadgaar helpline went offline due to the communication clampdown in the Kashmir Valley.“14411 Restored: #Kashmiri students and general public residing in Kashmir or outside can contact #CRPF Madadgaar on 24×7 tollfree number 14411 for speedy assistance,” the CRPF said in a tweet on Monday.The helpline was launched in June 2017 to help any Valley resident, based anywhere in the country, in distress. About whereaboutsOver 500 calls have been received on the number since Sunday, the CRPF’s official handle tweeted. The callers wanted to know about the situation in the State and the situation of their families.The helpline earlier posted a message on Twitter, saying people could call on its mobile number 9469 793260 “for any assistance or updates” as the five-digit number was not working.The mobile number tweeted on Monday has been diverted to the landline number. It said that any assistance can be sought over its official handle @CRPFmadadgaar. The CRPF has a permanent deployment of about 65 battalions for security and counter-terrorist duties in Jammu and Kashmir, while it has sent in about 120 fresh companies to the region in order to strengthen the internal security grid post the revoking of the provisions of Article 370. While a CRPF battalion has a operational strength of about 1,000 personnel, there are about 100 troops in a company.
Usman Khawaja’s eloquent 381-ball 171 effort in the fifth Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday meant that he fulfilled his dream finally and in some style.In 2011 at the SCG, with the hosts heading for an innings defeat and 3-1 Ashes series loss, his elegant strokes were a light in a very dark sky for Australia.He has always been reminded of his 37 that day and honestly not been able to live up to the high expectations aroused by that innings but on Friday and Saturday, he was a batsman, who was enjoying his time out there and looking in complete control. His ton and important partnerships with Steve Smith and Shaun Marsh put the hosts on top as they look to win the series 4-0.But, you could see what it meant to the Sydney boy…a hundred in front of his family and the home support.WATCHThe fist pumped the air and he celebrated with a rare display of emotion — giving everyone an idea, what it meant to the 31-year-old.”I’ve said a few times, that 37 was a bit embarrassing. There was a lot of carry on for a 37,” the quietly spoken southpaw recalled.”Playing in the Ashes was a dream. Did that. Winning an Ashes was a dream. We won. Scoring a hundred in the Ashes has always been something I always wanted to do. I’ve done that now too.”A great response from the SCG crowd as Usman Khawaja brought up his ton this morning! #MastercardMoment#Ashes @MastercardAU pic.twitter.com/nTlzswezjmadvertisement- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) January 6, 2018Test cricket has not always been kind to the left-hander, who has been dropped and recalled from the team several times with questions raised over his ability to play spin and his work ethic.Test cricket has been testing for him, sometimes dropped, then recalled and several times questions raised over his abilities. While captain Steve Smith played his fifth Test that January day in 2011 and has now racked up 61, Khawaja has managed less than half that number. But he said that he has mixed feelings about it but that’s how it is.”It’s disappointing,” Khawaja said of the criticism. “When I am scoring runs, I’m elegant and when I’m not scoring runs I’m lazy. I can’t seem to win, when things aren’t going well.”It’s disappointing to hear but it’s something I have dealt with throughout my career. When I play nothing really changes for me. I go out there and try and score runs every single time.”Sometimes the game feels really simple and easy and other times it is a bit of a grind. That’s the way it is.”Early contender for Shot of the Day from Usman Khawaja! https://t.co/vhFwlbdpM8 #Ashes pic.twitter.com/SvznxfgKCh- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) January 6, 2018A move to Queensland couple of years ago helped revive his international career but it was still particularly pleasurable to finally get a Test hundred in front of his family and friends in Sydney.A move away from New South Wales to Queensland certainly helped him revive his international career but getting a Test hundred at the SCG is a different feeling altogether for him.”The SCG was where I grew up playing cricket for New South Wales and an Ashes century is something I have wanted for a long time and I haven’t been able to achieve, so it was very satisfying,” he said.CENTURY! There it is! Usman Khawaja brings up his sixth Test ton and his first in the #Ashes! pic.twitter.com/yiI6TXKKnX- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) January 5, 2018As for the future, Khawaja is hoping to continue scoring runs to secure his place in the test side, both at home and abroad.”I love playing for Australia every single test match, every chance I get,” he said.”All I can do is try and go out there and score runs for my team and do well in the top order.”I like to be playing every single game, but you can’t look too far ahead either.”(With inputs from Reuters)ALSO WATCH:
As the latest smart electronic products add extra sensor-driven features and adopt higher-efficiency power technologies such as silicon carbide or gallium nitride to save energy, STMicroelectronics has unleashed its next generation of microcontrollers with the performance to manage them.Targeted at advanced digital power applications and consumer and industrial appliances, the new STM32G4 microcontrollers introduce two new hardware mathematical accelerators to boost processing of applications using Cordic and Filtering functions among a range of features to support increased performance and energy efficiency. Dedicated to speeding calculations such as trigonometry for energy-saving motor controls in appliances or air conditioners and filtering for signal conditioning or digital power control, the accelerators compute results faster and more efficiently than the general-purpose main processor. This offloading also frees the core to receive more sensor data and control additional user functions.Further new features include higher-resolution power conversion timers with various built-in functions that offload the CPU and ease developers’ lives. There are also higher-performing analog peripherals and converters, ultra-speed connections for lightning-fast response to external events, and support for the latest USB-C interface with Power Delivery that allows fast charging or conveniently powering devices up to 100W.The STM32G4 series builds on existing innovations created by ST to boost performance and efficiency, such as the ART Accelerator and CCM-SRAM Routine Booster. These, respectively, enhance dynamic and static memory-cache performance for superior whole-application and real-time performance on an efficient power budget.ST’s new hardware mathematical accelerators up the ante once again, introducing a Filter-Math Accelerator (FMAC) and dedicated CORDIC engine. These new peripherals deliver faster results for rotational and vector trigonometry used in motor control, as well as general logarithmic, hyperbolic, and exponential functions, IIR/FIR filtering for signal conditioning or the 3p/3z controller in digital power supplies, and vector functions such as convolution and correlation. The STM32G4 series is built on a high-speed 170MHz implementation of the Arm Cortex-M4 core, with floating-point unit and DSP extensions, benchmarked at 213DMIPS and 550 CoreMark. There are also power-saving innovations throughout, from the advanced process technology and architectural features to advanced peripheral sleep/wakeup management.The new STM32G4 series thus complements the existing STM32F3 series bringing three times more performance, new devices up to 125°C ambient temperature grade, dual-bank memories for live firmware upgrade, and new package options including LQFP80 and LQFP128. Robust against disturbances, the STM32G4 is particularly immune against Fast Transient Bursts, reaching the highest level — 5, which means practically more than 4kV on the equipment (IEC 61000-4-4).To assist development, ST has already extended the STM32 development ecosystem with affordable Nucleo boards (NUCLEO-G474RE and NUCLEO-G431RB) and full-featured evaluation boards (STM32G474E-EVAL and STM32G484E-EVAL with crypto) for STM32G4 MCUs and the STM32CubeG4 software pack. There are also a dedicated Motor Control Nucleo pack (P-NUCLEO-IHM03) and software development kits (X-CUBE-MCSDK v5.4), and the online motor-control tool, ST-MC-SUITE, that helps users browse the ecosystem to find and organize the resources they need for their projects.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous ADLINK: deploy AI from edge to cloud with Edge AI Solutions and the NVIDIA EGX platformNext Advantech takes accelerated computing from the Cloud to the Edge with NVIDIA
13Houston6680 11Michigan State9010 1Alabama158555 2Clemson15247 21Baylor3830 4Florida State13511 14Texas Christian6490 17Southern California4680 25Florida2450 8Michigan10620 19Oklahoma State4260 This is lower than we as a fan base predicted OSU would finish the season according to OKC Dave’s survey results.If you were wondering about conference breakdown, here you go.Preseason Amway Coaches Poll: 6 SEC5 Pac-124 Big Ten4 Big 124 ACC1 American1 Independenthttps://t.co/vYDyn5ULao @usatodaysports— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) August 4, 2016And finally, a look at where OSU stands in every preseason poll thus far.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! 20North Carolina4220 7Stanford11490 24UCLA2960 5Ohio State13210 6Louisiana State12410 16Georgia5250 The preseason Coaches Poll came out on Thursday, and Oklahoma State checks in at No. 19 just behind Washington and just ahead of North Carolina. This seems like a pretty decent and fair place for the Pokes to start. The third-ranked Big 12 team (of four) in the Top 25.In the last three preseason Coaches Polls, OSU has been ranked No. 28, No. 30 and No. 14 back in 2013 (a season that worked out pretty well for the Cowboys). So this bodes well. Also, if you’re wondering, both Mike Gundy and Bob Stoops have a vote in this poll.Here’s a look. 12Mississippi7920 3Oklahoma13980 15Iowa5790 18Washington4540 RankTeamPoints1st Place 22Oregon3610 23Louisville3310 9Notre Dame10340 10Tennessee9601
zoom Physical suppliers should move away from fuel supply in the major bunkering hubs, and instead focus on smaller ports to reap the opportunities of a rapidly changing market, according to maritime consultancy 20|20 Marine Energy.Growing concentration of fuel supply in major bunkering hubs is expected to continue towards 2020, offering only increased competition and low margins.“Physical suppliers should leave the major ports for the refiners, cargo traders and those who have an obvious competitive advantage; let them focus on fuel cost minimisation, and shaving margins to a point where only the best blenders and cargo sourcers can make money,” Adrian Tolson, Senior Partner at 20|20 Marine Energy, said.Tolson added that traders are seeing their share of the market shrink and physical suppliers are seeing their supply volumes erode as they rationalise away from the low margin, larger supply locations.“The right strategy for independent physical suppliers will be to ensure that they have the expertise and flexibility to recognise, and then quickly move into the smaller, higher margin markets. Those that do will reap the rewards,” Tolson informed.
Beginning today, May 1, Natural Resources conservation officers will patrol Crown land areas of Hants County where in the past breaking the law has been an issue this time of year. Members of the RCMP will work with the department as part of the enforcement team to help patrol and control access to some areas, especially Mosher Road. “Events in this area have become a growing problem,” said Minister of Natural Resources Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “We are taking a proactive approach to respond to community concerns, prevent illegal activity and protect the environment.” There have been numerous issues with impaired driving, environmental damage, and driving unregistered vehicles. Officers will be issuing warnings and charges.
QUEBEC – In the end, Donald Trump’s presidency has lasted longer than Loto-Quebec’s plan to accept bets on its outcome.Just one day after inviting players to make wagers on whether Trump would still be U.S. president after May 1, 2018 on its Mise-o-jeu platform, the provincial Crown corporation cancelled the bet on Thursday.The Couillard government says it asked the provincial Crown corporation to rescind the bet.Audrey Cloutier, a spokeswoman for Quebec Finance Minister Carlo Leitao, says the lottery corporation understood its position that the subject was a sensitive topic.Anyone who placed bets would be reimbursed, she added.The wager was supposed to be the latest foray into political betting for the Loto-Quebec, which also accepted bets on the outcome of last year’s U.S. presidential election.A spokesman said the U.S. election betting set a record for the corporation as its most popular non-sporting bet of all time.
About $26 billion has already been committed to upgrading the network, according to the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), but a shortfall estimated at $18 billion remains to upgrade another 12,000 kilometres of roads to meet the necessary standards.Twenty-eight countries signed a pact, developed in 2005 with UNESCAP’s help, undertaking to make every possible effort to comply with the minimum desirable standards both in constructing new routes and in upgrading and modernizing existing ones.When the highway upgrading is completed, the 32-country network – which will link cities as far apart as St. Petersburg and Singapore, and Seoul and Istanbul – will facilitate trade and tourism as well as access to landlocked countries.In the two years since the treaty came into force, over 10,000 kilometres of roads have been upgraded, mainly in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. So far, all sections of the network in only 13 countries meet the treaty’s minimum standards.Today’s forum is also being attended by representatives of 10 international organizations and many members of the private sector. 16 November 2007Representatives of more than 30 countries are today attending a United Nations investment forum in Bangkok to drum up financing to complete the Asian Highway Network, the ambitious plan to crisscross the continent with 141,000 kilometres of high-quality roads.
It is estimated that the average operation and maintenance cost of a cubic meter of water ranges between Rs. 40-50 per unit (cubic meter). Therefore, the average cost of water is Rs. 160 per unit including recovery of capital investment. Currently, the National Water Supply and Drainage Board recovers only is Rs. 47. Hence, the Government has to subsidize the water sector in Sri Lanka. This gap must be reduced for the Government to secure funding for coverage expansion to achieve targets set. PUCSL requests all stakeholders to submit written comments on the draft regulatory measures for water fittings on or before 27th March 2019, and cordially invite stakeholders to attend the oral session of the public consultation, to be held on Wednesday, 27th March 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Cinema Lounge of the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH). It has been observed that excessive quantity of water is leaked due use of non-standard water fittings by Sri Lankan water consumers.Sri Lanka imports most items related to water fittings from various countries. Since there is no import regulation or /and taxation inferior quality non-standards water fittings are flowing to Sri Lanka and it contributes much to water wastage and flowing foreign exchange out of the country. The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) with corporation of other institutions have drafted standards and regulatory measures for water fittings in Sri Lanka with an expectation to create an enabling environment, to facilitate the participation of other regulatory agencies and relevant stakeholders to ensure that only quality water fittings are manufactured in Sri Lanka, imported to Sri Lanka, and available for purchase in Sri Lankan market.In this regard, PUCSL has published a consultation paper that includes the proposed standards and regulatory system for the discussion among the stakeholders with the view to further improve the proposal. The Consultation Document can be viewed and downloaded from www.pucsl.gov.lk. Water conservation has been identified as a measure for addressing the huge capital requirement for providing new safe pipe born water supplies. Subsidised low tariff for water supply doesn’t motivate consumers to prevent leaks by replacing defective water fittings by standard water fittings.Therefore, need for regulatory measures for fittings which contribute mostly for water wastage are identified. PUCSL expects to finalize the proposed standards and regulatory measures for water fittings after facilitating the stakeholder views and recommendations. (Colombo Gazette)
Bertrand Ramcharan, the Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the two issues “affect women and girls disproportionately, leading to the denial of their rights to liberty and security, the right to freedom from torture, violence, cruelty of degrading treatment, the right to freedom of movement, the right to home and family, the right to health and education – everything that makes for a life of dignity.”In a statement issued in Geneva yesterday, Mr. Ramcharan lauded the Asian Women’s Human Rights Council (AWHRC) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) for organizing the South Asia Court of Women on the Violence of Trafficking and HIV/AIDS held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 11 to 13 August.”Protection and promotion of the rights of women affected by trafficking and HIV/AIDS is a critical responsibility of all States and civil society organizations,” he said. “And yet despite the undeniable human rights dimensions of trafficking and HIV/AIDS, these problems are too often addressed exclusively as ‘law and order’ or moral problems.”Mr. Ramcharan said victims of trafficking and people living with the pandemic are often stigmatized and criminalized as illegal aliens, undocumented migrants or vectors of disease.”The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights extends respect, support and solidarity to all the women who have shown immense courage to come forward and present their testimonies at this South Asia Court,” he stated.
The United Nations today announced the launch of a new Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Development which will bring together a wide variety of interested participants as part of broader international efforts to harness technological advances for use in the fight against poverty.The Alliance, which will open its first meeting on 19 June in Kuala Lumpur, will organize thematic global forums on core issues related to the role of ICT in economic development and the eradication of poverty, focusing on heath, education, gender issues and youth as well as disabled and disadvantaged segments of society.The Global Alliance will be open to many interested participants, including governments, business, civil society, international organizations, industry groups, professional associations, the media and academia. It aims to help integrate ICT into national policies in order to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of time-bound antipoverty targets set at a 2000 UN summit.
The 600,000 inhabitants of Sri Lanka’s Jaffna Peninsula, already buffeted by decades of conflict, are now facing food and fuel shortages as a result of a recent upsurge in fighting between Tamil separatists and Government forces, with many businesses closed due to security concerns, according to the latest update from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).“Many people have no work, and transportation into Jaffna is currently limited to air and sea,” UNICEF said in a report from the area. “In the town, queues form outside food shops. Although the government is continuing to bring in supplies by ship and has set up a rationing system, almost everyone talks about shortages of flour, rice, sugar and lentils. On the black market, sugar and petrol are now about four times their normal prices.” More than 50,000 people have been displaced across the peninsula by renewed fighting between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and Government forces. “The majority have squeezed into the houses of relatives and friends,” UNICEF reported. “Others have gathered at temporary accommodation centres.” The agency cited the experiences of one child. “A shell landed on our village and I was wounded in the leg,” Jeyapiria Jeyaratnam, 10, recalled. “I’ve seen a lot of fighting. I hear noises in the night and I’m very scared. I feel that a shell is going to fall here, and I get frightened when I hear about fighting on the radio.” Her mother, Mary Angaleena, said the family decided to sleep in a church when the shelling started. She was wounded as well, and the family was evacuated by ambulance. “We lost everything, even our clothes,” she said. Jeyapiria now spends her time with other children at Our Lady of Refuge. She is in Grade 5 and said she’s disappointed she had to miss her exams because of the conflict. Children like Jeyapiria are registering for school and hope to start lessons soon.UNICEF has been working with the government and other partners to support the families at the church and other centres in the area, creating spaces for children to play and take informal lessons. Northeast of Jaffna town, in the Karaveddy area, 7,000 people have been displaced, two thirds of them living with host families. They fled fighting at the front line in the east. In one small village, four families with 11 children between them live together in a single-storey house.“Food is the main problem,” said the owner of the house. “There’s not enough flour and rice, but everyone will stay here until the problem is solved.” Because of the security situation, the families are afraid to return to their village.
FILE – In this April 30, 2015, file photo, Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks with members of the media at Tesla’s headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. Musk says the company expects to start deliveries of its new SUV, the Model X, in three or four months. He told investors at the company’s annual meeting Tuesday, June 9, 2015, that he’s test driving the Model X now. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File) Musk says he is test driving the Model X SUV, expects it will be delivered in 3-4 months by The Associated Press Posted Jun 9, 2015 4:04 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 9, 2015 at 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday that the company expects to start deliveries of its new SUV, the Model X, in three or four months.Musk also told investors at Tesla’s annual meeting that the company plans to let some drivers start testing an autopilot feature at the end of this month.The Model X will be Tesla’s third vehicle since the company was founded 12 years ago. Currently Tesla makes one car, the Model S sedan.Tesla originally planned to put the Model X into production in 2013, but has delayed it several times to work on technical issues. Musk said he’s test- driving the Model X now and is pleased with its progress. He said the company is focused on making sure key features, like the Model X’s wing-like doors and its sliding rear seats, are working properly.“It’s got to be a genuine improvement in utility and esthetics,” he said.Tesla began 2015 with 20,000 reservations for the Model X. The company plans to deliver 55,000 Model S sedans and Model X SUVs this year.Tesla’s autopilot feature lets the car drive itself at highway speeds. It also is expected to let owners summon their vehicles autonomously from a parking spot as long as they are on private property. Autopilot will eventually be available through a free software update to customers with recent versions of the Model S sedan. The Model X would likely have the system as well.Musk stressed that drivers must remain alert and be ready to take back control of the wheel.“It is simply meant as a driver-assistance feature,” he said.Musk said it will be technically feasible for the driver to fall asleep and let the car do the driving in about three years. But he said it would take several years after that for regulators to approve fully autonomous driving.“That’s my best guess right now,” he said. “With each passing year, my estimate for when it happens gets closer. This is both interesting and alarming.”
July marks five million cars exported from UK since the beginning of 2010 – the best performance of any decade.132,570 cars manufactured in July – a rise of 2.8%, as 2014’s steady growth continues.The average car exported today is worth over £20,600, compared to just £10,200 in 2004.“The UK automotive industry continued its renaissance in July, with the month marking five million car exports since 2010,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “This is a major milestone and testament to the burgeoning reputation of UK automotive excellence and demand for British-made cars. Significantly, UK car export values have doubled over the past decade – reflecting the diversity of the products we make and proving the sector’s worth as a global investment opportunity.” Click through to download the UK car manufacturing news release for July 2014.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Brian Beamish speaking at Brock University.Ontario’s new Information and Privacy Commissioner spoke at Brock University Wednesday morning. Brian Beamish is touring the province to engage with communities and talk about the trends and future direction of access to information and protection of privacy. Beamish gave a keynote address at Brock Wednesday morning, which was followed by two panel discussions on the evolution to a more transparent and accountable government and on the challenges of protecting personal health information in electronic environments.
Pollyanna Hope performed this very special good luck message for all paralympians to Lukas Graham’s 7 Years ahead of the Rio games.Pollyanna is an amputee and her dance is dedicated to Andy Lewis, a through-knee amputee who lost his lower leg in a motorcycle accident. Lewis will be participating in the first ever paratriathlon Olympic event.The heart-warming video was shared on Twitter on September 7 by Polyanna’s father with the question, “Who says you need two legs to dance?” in a message of support for Team GB. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
April 11, 2019 Sexually violent predator Alan James released to home in Jacumba Hot Springs 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Sexually Violent Predator Alan James has been released from custody. This court order was granted despite opposition from victims, elected officials and community members.According to the District Attorney’s office, the court ruling ordered the release of James on or before March 25.The public is not told when the actual release takes place due to safety concerns for the convict, says the DA’s office.KUSI has confirmed James is out of custody and is now living at a home in Jacumba. He will continue to undergo outpatient therapy.James was convicted of multiple sex crimes on a child including rape and kidnapping.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries has the follow up report. Ginger Jeffries, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 11, 2019 Ginger Jeffries
Colonel Frank Flores is Commander for the PACAF Regional Support Center based at JBER. As part of his work he visits the Air Force’s remote radar sites, and has been to 17 of the 21 so far, including a recent visit to Cape Romanzof. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media, Anchorage)A group of strategic Air Force radar facilities along the North Slope are at an accelerated risk of degradation. Erosion driven by climate change is happening decades sooner than the military predicted, and the plan now is to spend tens of millions of dollars to fortify in place.Listen nowThe 15 sites within the Long Range Radar program are designed to spot foreign aircraft heading into U.S. airspace, or civilian planes that have gone off course.It is an expensive state of preparedness to maintain, with billions of taxpayer dollars sunk into the equipment and infrastructure.“That $7.1 billion dollars is the overall portfolio, so those are just government-owned assets,” said Colonel Frank Flores, who oversees the Long Range Radar sites in Alaska, along with several other similar sites in the Pacific that all feed signals back to Joint-Base Elmendorf-Richardson.The $7.1 billion figure doesn’t include the contract with a private company to staff and take care of the facilities, worth $345 million over the next 10 years.“That’s primarily the cost to operate the sites,” Flores explained in his office at JBER. “What it doesn’t include are the additional costs to maintain, to support infrastructure, additional projects that might come up because of the wear and tear of the Arctic environment.”Those costs are rising for sites in the North Slope, because coastal erosion is encroaching on the airstrips, roads, and residential structures that support the actual radar equipment.“For example, at the Oliktok Long Range Radar Site we anticipated that erosion was going to be at a certain point in 2040, but we’re already, as of about a year and a half ago, at that point today,” Flores said. “So it’s happening at a quicker rate than we anticipated.”At Oliktok, midway between Prudhoe Bay and Nuiqsut, the erosion mitigation work has to happen within the next three years, according to Flores.Along the Chukchi coast, spending to fortify the radar site north of Point Hope is already underway.“At the Cape Lisburne Long range Radar Site we’ve seen a significant amount of erosion because the sea ice isn’t coming in as soon as it used to, and it’s not staying as long as it used to,” Flores said.The site’s runway is around 25 meters from the coast.“It’s the only place we can put a runway out of the site, and we’re having to execute a $47 million project to protect that runway and keep that radar site viable,” Flores said.Construction projects are extremely expensive at the remote Arctic locations, but Flores sees the infrastructure improvements today are an investment that could save billions in the future to protect the radar sites.Though there’s no immediate threat to sites near Kaktovik and Barrow, the Air Force has observed land erosion there, as well.Less than a decade ago, the Pentagon closed three early warning radar sites on the North Slope due in part to erosion problems.Though Flores says radar sites further below Alaska’s Arctic don’t have any imminent threats, it remains to be seen whether they’ll soon be dealing with the same hazards to basic infrastructure faced by many of the communities in western Alaska, caused by diminishing permafrost and less predictable weather systems.It’s not just the Alaska sites seeing new problems related to climate. 3,500 miles south of Anchorage, the Air Force site at Wake Island in the Pacific under Flores’s command is seeing irregular wave activity flood parts of the island, prompting the military to study what would happen if a major tidal event happens.The Pentagon is aware that climate change is putting many of its strategic assets under threat. A 2014 report by the Government Accountability Office looked at where the Department of Defense faced the greatest hazards adapting to changing environmental conditions, explicitly mentioning Alaska’s radar sites repeatedly. The report concluded that more coordination was necessary among DOD and its partners.There are no plans to close sites down. Flores says they’re a vital asset the Pentagon plans on maintaining in perpetuity.“The long range radar sites in Alaska allow us to maintain national sovereignty for the air,” he said. The radars allow military officials to see when military or civilian craft are transiting airspace, and find out why.But with environmental changes rapidly outpacing predictions, it’s unclear how and if spending and strategic planning will be able to keep up.
Moscow : Russia has backed India’s move on Jammu and Kashmir, saying that the changes in the status are within the framework of the Indian Constitution and hoped that the differences between India and Pakistan have to be resolved bilaterally on the basis of the Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration. India on Monday revoked Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us “Moscow expects that India and Pakistan will not allow aggravation of the situation in the region due to the change by Delhi in the status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia said in a response to questions on Friday. “We proceed from fact that the changes associated with the change in the status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and its division into two union territories are carried out within the framework of the Constitution of the Republic of India,” the ministry said. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us “We hope that the parties involved will not allow a new aggravation of the situation in the region as a result of the decisions.” Russia is a consistent supporter of the normalisation of relations between India and Pakistan. “We hope that the differences between them will be resolved by political and diplomatic means on a bilateral basis in accordance with the provisions of the Simla Agreement of 1972 and the Lahore Declaration of 1999,” it added.