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Youth charged with robbery

first_imgA Windsor teen allegedly intimidated a Wallaceburg teen to gain entry to a Wallaceburg home Tuesday evening, Chatham-Kent police said.Once inside, the Windsor teen, reportedly in possession of a knife, allegedly demanded the Wallaceburg teen turn over his Xbox.When the Wallaceburg teen refused, the Windsor teen allegedly grabbed a vape pen instead and fled the area in a vehicle.Through investigation, police identified the youth. Shortly after midnight, the 17-year-old Windsor youth was arrested and charged with break and enter and robbery.He was released to a family member pending a court date.Impaired driving chargeJust before midnight on Tuesday, police received information about a possible impaired driver on Richmond Street in Chatham.Officers found the vehicle and believed the man had been driving while under the influence of alcohol.The man was arrested and taken to police headquarters for breath tests.The 38-year-old Chatham man was charged with having a blood-alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit. He was released with a court date.Warrant arrestsPolice found a man Tuesday morning wanted in connection with a domestic dispute on Sunday night.The 29-year-old Morpeth man was arrested and charged with failing to comply with his release conditions and mischief under $5,000. He was held for bail.On Tuesday evening, police responded to a report of a suspicious man on Wellington Street in Chatham.Officers found the man and, through investigation, learned he was wanted on a surety relief warrant. The 24-year-old Chatham man was arrested and transported to a local correctional facility.Stolen truck in ChathamSome time Tuesday between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., someone stole a blue 2017 Dodge Ram pickup truck from a parking lot on Richmond Street.The truck was last seen with Ontario licence plates AW81327 and has several decals on the back, including one that says “beautiful N crazy,” along with a pink cancer sticker.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Kim Pfaff at kimpf@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 8107342. Anonymous callers can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.Traffic enforcementOn Tuesday afternoon, police conducted traffic enforcement on Bloomfield Road.Three motorists were stopped and charged with speeding.last_img read more

Transnet wins US loan for locomotives

first_img11 July 2013South African state company Transnet has secured US$108-million (approximately R1.1-billion) in financing from the Export-Import Bank of the United States to support its purchase of 53 locomotives from US company General Electric Transportation.The grant, announced on Monday, follows Ex-Im Bank’s approval, in February 2011, of a R1.1-billion loan to Transnet for the purchase of 47 locomotive kits from General Electric (GE), adding up to a total of $230-million in financing for the purchase of 100 GE locomotives.Ex-Im chairman Fred Hochberg, referring to US President Barack Obama’s recent trip to South Africa, said in a statement on Monday: “As the President highlighted on his recent trip, there are enormous opportunities for US exporters in South Africa and across the broader region.”The bank, which provides below-market financing to facilitate sales of US goods abroad, would “continue to help American companies expand their reach into this dynamic market,” Hochberg said.In April 2012, Transnet has announced the details of a R300-billion investment in infrastructure aimed at creating over half-a-million new jobs while making its freight rail division the fifth-largest in the world.Transnet plans to spend the lion’s share of this capital investment, R205-billion, on rail projects – R151-billion of this on freight rail – as the company pushes to increase South African freight rail volumes from about 200-million to 350-million tons by 2019, while increasing its market share of container traffic from around 79% to 92%.Achieving such an increase would significantly reduce the cost of doing business in South Africa, Transnet said last year, citing internal studies showing that rail in the country was on average 75% cheaper than road transport.The 47 GE locomotive kits are due to be shipped to Transnet Rail Engineering’s facilities in Koedoespoort, Pretoria later this year, where they will be assembled by local workers to include up to 37% local content.“I greatly appreciate Ex-Im’s financing arrangements for this sale, which supports jobs in the United States and South Africa,” GE Transportation CEO Lorenzo Simonelli said on Monday.Ex-Im Bank said South Africa was “one of nine key markets Ex-Im Bank has identified as having strong opportunities for US exporters. In financial year 2012, Ex-Im Bank authorized approximately $130-million in financing to South Africa, and the bank’s current exposure is more than $1-billion.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Big Data: Think of NoSQL As Complementary to Traditional RDBMS

first_imgWith the growth of Big Data, there is a proliferation of tools and techniques being developed to corral and analyze all the data being collected.  Hadoop is one such technology that’s received it’s share of the hype.  Google created the Google File System and the BigTable Database with the objective of becoming more nimble in tracking and acting on huge amounts of data; similarly, Amazon created a storage system called  Dynamo.  Another category of tools that’s frequently discussed falls into the NoSQL category.NoSQL tools have three primary characteristics:Do not use SQL as the query language and avoid the use of the JOIN operatorDo provide ACID guarantee [instead, ‘eventual’ data consistency is guaranteed]Allow scale out distribution across multiple machines, rather than scale-upPopular NoSQL databases include Cassandra, CouchDB, Hbase, MongoDB, MemCache and Redis.  Most NoSQL database technologies are Open Source and often tuned to work well in the cloud.  A drawback of these technologies is that their focus to date has been on scalability and fast data transactions, with less of a focus, or even much thought, about being able to run within the enterprise.  InformationWeek bluntly criticized the technologies as often lacking basic security.Others question the overall hype around NoSQL technologies.  NoSQL is not a replacement for RDBMS.NoSQL databases excel at applications like serving web pages on high-traffic websites, delivering streaming media, and applications with low or nonexistent data integrity requirements.  But in many cases NoSQL databases are a poor replacement for many standard business software applications that run today and handle and process huge volumes of very structured data.  In order to emphasize the that NoSQL is more of a complementary technology, rather than a revolutionary replacement for existing data management tools, some people are beginning to translate the term ‘NoSQL’ to stand for ‘Not Only SQL’.last_img read more

Mahindra Xylo: Why should you buy it?

first_imgThe new avatar of Mahindra’s Xylo sports 50 new changes and features including five variants powered by three distinct engine options including powerful 120 BHP m Hawk engine. Key highlights of the new Xylo include stylish looks, premium interiors, advanced technology and features and luxurious space and comfort.The All New Xylo also boasts of a pioneering Voice Command Technology for Vehicle commands, enabling customers to control over thirty feature-actions in their new Xylo merely by talking to it.The new Xylo has an exciting new look with new front facia with redesigned headlamps, grill, bumper, airdams and bonnet with integrated Mahindra logo,pronounced wheel arches, new footstep with redesigned mudflaps and roof rails with rear spoiler.Its external and internal features were chiseled on the template of changing customer needs, taking its Sedan Plus positioning to the next level in terms of style, space, convenience and comfort. The stylish new Xylo is available in five variants – D2, D4, E4, E8 and E9 and starts at an attractive price of Rs 7.37 lacs (D2, BS4 ex-showroom Delhi).Further, it will be available in six attractive colour options – Diamond White, Fiery Black, Toreador Red, Java Brown, Mist Silver and Rocky Beige.The new Xylo is packed with safety features like Airbags, ABS with EBD, Intellipark Reverse Assist etc. in higher end E8 & E9 variants.The all new Xylo E9 will be open for bookings in a phased manner at Mahindra dealerships, while other variants of stylish new Xylo will be available at all personal channel dealerships of Mahindra from February 8, 2012.advertisementlast_img read more

Paralympic star wants to excel in new role

first_imgAfter bringing glory to the country at the Athens Paralympics, former javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia now has the task of guiding the next generation to glory.The one-armed athlete from Rajasthan climbed to the top of the podium at the 2004 Games when he hurled the spear to a distance of 62.15 metres, a world record. Till date, he is the only Indian gold medallist at the Paralympics.After losing an arm in an accident at a young age, Jhajharia showed immense courage and determination to climb to the top in his chosen field, and now wants his compatriots to take inspiration from his feats.”My world record is yet to be broken but I want an Indian to break it,” he said. Jhajharia, who was conferred the Padma Shri on Thursday, is the national coach of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI).Jhajharia feels athletes should not get demoralised if their achievements do not get immediate recognition.”Sportspersons should not feel let down. If they keep performing, no one can deny them their due. I also got recognition pretty late but I hope that it will inspire other athletes to achieve greater heights,” he said. “My journey has been tough and I started practising with bamboo sticks. But I never felt inferior to anyone and always competed with the aim to match able-bodied counterparts.”With such an attitude, he feels an affinity with South African para athlete Oscar Pistorius, who has qualified for the London Olympics to compete with able-bodied athletes.advertisement”Both of us participated at the 2004 Paralympics. His feat shows that if a person is determined, he can break any barrier. I feel extremely proud of his feat and hope that he does well.”last_img read more