first_imgA sophisticated network of stolen electricity was yesterday dismantled when crews of the Energy Monitoring Section of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) and the Liberia National Police (LNP) raided the Township of West Point that resulted to over 250 homes being disconnected and huge bundles of illegal wire confiscated. According to a release from the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), the crew discovered several cables hooked to a high voltage line supplying the Township before distributing the illegal power to several homes.The LEC team disconnected the illegal cable from a light pole, which was the main source, before moving from house to house to unstring a tangled mess of wires used for the exercise.Residents disconnected said they pay US$40 monthly per household for the illegal connections in addition to purchasing wires.Owen Richards, head of the Energy Monitoring Section, said the Township was one of the hotspots of electricity theft in the country. “We have raided this Township several times before. This is in continuation of our regular monitoring exercise in West Point. West Point is one of the hotbeds of power theft, so we have made it our duty to regularly move into the community to inspect our lines to ensure that they are not being tempered with,” Richards said.He said Thursday’s raid yielded tremendous success, saying that due to the frequency of previous operations, the crew was astonished to discover that the illegal network has become more complex, sophisticated and larger in scope. “They are now running their lines in the community conspicuously. These criminals are demonstrating total disregard for the rule of law. We will onwards increase our monitoring operations in West Point,” he said.He vowed that the operation in the Township will continue until electricity theft becomes unprofitable for the suppliers and end users.Electricity theft is widespread throughout the network areas of the Liberia Electricity Corporation. The phenomenon, which is causing huge revenue losses for the LEC, is an ongoing challenge and has taken many forms. The company says it has lost well over US$1 million to power theft just this year alone. Not only are there many incidents of residents in the network area stealing electricity through illegal connections, but a significant number of subscribers are bypassing meters and using the utility without paying bills.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAlan Higgins will fight in Finland this weekend in the Kilburn middleweight’s second professional bout.The 24-year-old, who was originally scheduled to appear at York Hall in Bethnal Green, will now take on Richard Hadju of Hungary at the Seinäjoki Arena.The switch came about because Higgins’ trainer CJ Hussein also works with Finnish cruiserweight Juho Haapoja, who is making a defence of his European title on the bill.Higgins enjoyed an impressive debut, stopping Emmanuel Moussinga in the first round at York Hall in July.See also:Perfect start for Kilburn boxer HigginsHiggins wins on professional debutFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgA Transasia ATR-72, registration B-22810 performing flight GE-222 from Kaohsiung to Makung on the island of Penghu (Taiwan) with 54 passengers and 4 crew, has crashed was on final approach to Makung’s runway 02 in strong gusting winds killing 47.The aircraft on its second attempt to land crashed about 3000ft short of the runway, struck buildings and burst into flames. According to reports 11 people received injuries and were taken to hospitals.Website Aviation Herald says according to Taiwan authorities the ATR-72-212A registration B-22810 was 14 years in service. The captain of the flight was 60 years of age with 22,900 hours of experience and his first officer was 39 with 2,300 hours of experience. Taiwan’s DGCA said that the crew had decided to go around and positioned for a second approach, but contact was lost during the second attempt to land. The weather conditions for landing were suitable at 5000ft visibility and two other aircraft had successfully landed just prior to the accident aircraft.Aviation Herald said that emergency services reported that the crew had aborted the first approach due to heavy rain reducing visibility.Two people aboard the plane were French citizens and the rest Taiwanese.Typhoon Matmo had just passed across the island, causing heavy rains.Over 200 airline flights had been canceled earlier in the day due to rain and strong winds.Penghu, is a scenic chain of 64 islands and a popular tourist site about 90 miles southwest of Taipei.last_img read more

first_imgReadWrite pits the Microsoft Surface with Windows RT against the third-generation New iPad. We try 5 standard tasks to see which machine is faster:Loading a websiteDownloading an appTyping a sentenceOpening the camera and snapping a pictureRunning and viewing multiple apps at once.Watch the video to see which machine wins! Tags:#Apple#iPad#Microsoft#microsoft surface#tablets Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … eliot weisbergcenter_img Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

first_img5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Amanda Razani Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… According to the Wall Street Journal, Verizon just joined a $10 million investment round in Renovo Auto, the autonomous vehicle startup that became famous after turning a vintage DeLorean into a self-driving vehicle.Founded in 2010, this California-based company builds technology that combines self-driving software, safety systems, and data analytics. The company’s many sensors can supposedly generate multiple terabytes of data each hour, even in the most extreme environments.See Also: How is the new age of digital transformation changing the utilities sector?Verizon has made several acquisitions dealing with the telematics industry, which is a quickly expanding sector focusing on making autonomous cars more efficient and roadworthy. For autonomous vehicles to become a mainstream reality, high-end internet is needed, which is an area where Verizon specializes and is the current market leader.The Wall Street Journal states that a normal autonomous vehicle produces 4 terabytes of data within 90 minutes, which is equal to 3,000 people’s internet usage during a three-year timespan.Big moves by the wireless carrierLast year, Verizon acquired a GPS vehicle trucking specialist, Fleetmatics, as well as Telogis, which is a cloud-based software firm. Once these deals were completed, it was reported that Verizon had launched to a top spot in the telematics market worldwide, controlling close to a quarter of it. Verizon also wants to boost its role in advertising markets. The company’s acquisitions of AOL and Yahoo will be in direct competition with Google and Facebook,  the two dominant players in the blossoming digital advertising industry. center_img IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Tags:#Autonomous#IoT#Renovo#verizon Related Posts last_img read more

first_imgFaheem Ruhani’s rating: Untitled Document Tweets about “#marykom”Movie VideosIn conversation with the cast of Mary KomWe caught up with Priyanka Chopra who’s awaiting the release of her next Mary Kom to find out about her experience while shooting for the film.PhotosPriyanka Chopra launches ‘Mary Kom doll’ in New DelhiPriyanka Chopra, who is garnering praises for her power packed performance in her upcoming film Mary Kom, visited the capital to launch the ‘Mary Kom’ doll as part of the film’s promotion.Last year the biopic on legendary sprinter Milkha Singh, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag made everyone a more aware than what they already knew about the sportsman. Today, art director Omung Kumar in his directorial debut captures the life of five times world champion boxer Mary Kom on celluloid. No doubt, both the sports personalities have had fascinating stories which needed to be told.Mary Kom’s story is very unusual because she fought her circumstances, gender bias and a certain regional bias to be at the top of a sport which is still looked upon as male sport in the country.Director Kumar and his writer Saiwyn Quadras attempt to weave a gripping tale of a young girl from a remote village Kangathei in Manipur and how she achieves the remarkable feat of becoming five-time world boxing champion. Not all of the yarn that is spun is seamless. Yet, this two-hour-three-minutes film which talks about achieving your goals under insurmountable difficulties has moments which will pull at your heart strings.advertisementMary’s struggle to reach the top of her game in the face of parental opposition and against all odds is an extraordinary story, which begged to be told on celluloid. Her persevering attitude and the will to fight under any circumstances, even after she got married and was a mother of two twins is a tale of courage and determination. Sprinkle this with a slight personal conflict with her newly married husband Onler (Darshan Kumar). Add to it her struggle to achieve a balance in her personal and professional life even in the wake of her boxing coach (Sunil Thapa) who almost stopped talking to her, the film had everything that a gripping film script should have.Koel Purie’s review | Rohit Khilnani’s review | Suhani Singh’s review | Saurabh Dwivedi’s review Unfortunately, it is all marred by a script which took the convenient route, embellished it with cliches and preferred to tell it in simplistic manner. The film just does not have the gravitas of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. For the most part, it is trying to hard to be a motivational story of one of country’s most inspiring sportsman. Agreed that encapsulating the life of Mary Kom is not as easy task but the first half of the story is told in such a random way, that you fail to get moved by it. It is only in the second half when Mary has to make the decision of returning to the ring that the film gains intense momentum. Till then it feels like a story which was being told all over the place.Things move on too hurriedly in the first half. You do not really get absorbed in the early parts of her life. It remains a bit sketchy and there are too many melodramatic moments like where Mary’s father throws away her boxing gloves into burning coal. Then there are outright stupid moments where Priyanka is shown thanking her husband for rubbing Iodex on her shoulders. Most of us burst out laughing at this silly in-brand advertising gimmick. At another instance Mary is having Havmor ice-cream and eating gol gappas, calling it health food.Then there is the evil Boxing Federation which is only there to create obstacles in the path of Mary Kom. The boxing matches themselves are not able to build the tension that you are supposed to feel when an important match is being fought. Case in point being Chak De! India or the recent Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.Yet what binds this doddering film together is Priyanka’s sincere performance and the effort she puts into it. Of course she does not get the body language or the accent right all the time. Like for instance, when she signs an autograph in a local bus, she appears more like her character in Fashion signing the autograph than Mary Kom. Still, Priyanka completely sinks her teeth into this role and makes it watchable for the most part.  Not much can be said about the other supporting actors. However, actor Darhan Kumar lends able support in this biopic.advertisementIn a better filmmaker’s hand Mary Kom would have been a better film. Right now it remains a Priyanka Chopra film.last_img read more