A suspect has been arrested, police in France said.
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Elite sport will continue in France despite a nationwide lockdown announced by President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday, sports minister Roxana Maracineanu said. Maracineanu's comments will come as welcome news for France's top soccer league, Ligue 1, as well as French rugby with the national side set to host Ireland on Saturday in their Six Nations finale. France will go back into a nationwide lockdown starting this week to try to contain the pandemic, which is threatening to spiral out of control, Macron said in an address to the nation on Wednesday.
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French doctors expressed relief but business owners were in despair as France prepared Thursday to shut down again for a month to try to put the brakes on a fast-moving fall coronavirus outbreak. The new lockdown is gentler than what France saw in the spring, but still a shock to restaurants and other non-essential businesses that have been ordered to close their doors in one of the world’s biggest economies. French lawmakers are voting Thursday on the new restrictions announced by President Emmanuel Macron, which are set to come into effect at midnight.
There she stood, across the canal from our houseboat, a sugar maple with leaves in shades of gold, orange, red and green. She gracefully submitted to endless admirers. Amorous couples who locked lips under her brilliant fall canopy. People who used her as a backdrop for their “grams.” Kids who rolled around in her fallen leaves. A woman in a sparkly, body-hugging gown. And me, at the start of a leaf peeping journey out of Ottawa, the Canadian capital.She is a sugar maple, a lover of full sun and deep, rich soil. Three things you might not know about this species when you first see her on the banks of the Rideau Canal between the National Arts Centre and the Flags of Canada square. It’s the national tree of Canada. It releases the sweet sap that becomes maple syrup. Its leaf is showcased on the Canadian flag.I studied this captivating tree from a 44-foot, four-bedroom luxury houseboat in late September as temperatures soared to 80F. I popped a kayak in the canal and paddled past her to the Paris-inspired “love locks” attached to the Corktown Bridge. I walked by the tree at dusk on my way to eat chef Sheila Flaherty’s Inuit country food (caribou, Arctic char and cloudberries) on the 1 Elgin patio while the HOROJO Trio performed “soul rockin’ rhythm and blues” from a floating stage across the canal.I had cautiously left my Covid bubble with two friends to explore the Rideau Canal — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — with England-based yacht company Le Boat, and to gawk at the fall colors from the water. Nobody believed it, but we would be driving the houseboat ourselves.“As soon as you get over how big the boat is, you’re going to be a whiz,” boat technician Sterling Brown promised during training. “The boat wants to go straight. The only thing affecting that is you. It’s going to wander a bit, but keep everything slow and calm.”Slow and calm became the mantra of the week-long trip.Le Boat has specialized in self-drive boat vacations in Europe and the United Kingdom since 1969. The company expanded to Canada in 2018, partnering with Parks Canada, which operates the 126-mile long Rideau Canal National Historic Site. Le Boat, a member of New York-based Travelopia Group, counted on Americans for 80 per cent of its Rideau Canal customers until Covid. With borders closed this season, only Canadians could visit the 24 lock stations and 47 locks along the historic waterway (plus the Tay Canal) between Ottawa and Kingston.We drove to Le Boat headquarters in Smiths Falls, an hour south of Ottawa, for training and a “certificate of competency.” There are 24 Horizon boats in the fleet, each with two to five bedrooms. We drove, turned and parallel parked, learned about rudder angles, how to hard reverse as brakes, and that you can’t steer in neutral. We eyeballed the electrical panel to turn on hot water and heat, the extension cord to connect to shore power, the sound system and the bedrooms with towels, linens and — crucial during Covid — private bathrooms with showers. Up on the flybridge — aka the “fun deck” —there were two sunbeds, a propane barbecue hotplate and the upper helm station.“This is your cupholder — your best friend,” Brown said. “This is the thruster — the cousin of your best friend.” Bow and stern thrusters move the boat sideways, a godsend when locking and docking. The boats are all wrapped in black rubber safety bumpers and their speeds are capped at six miles per hour.What could go wrong?Le Boat positioned our boat in Ottawa for a one-way southbound trip. We moored beneath the Senate of Canada near ByWard Market, one of Canada’s oldest outdoor public markets, and scored O-Towners (kronuts with pastry cream filling) and provisions from Farm Boy (Canada’s answer to Trader Joe’s).I gave Kim and Nicola the two double cabins at the front, took one of the slightly smaller side cabins and used the other for luggage. The boat next door blasted bad dance music, and REO Speedwagon, until midnight. The next night we invited five friends over for socially distant drinks and Hawkins Cheezies on the flybridge.We naively expected a relaxing trip, but that can’t happen when the boat is in motion.Despite growing up just four hours away in Toronto, I only knew that the Rideau Canal became the world’s largest skating rink every winter.Ottawa is the northern point of the canal where it links to the Ottawa River with eight “entrance” locks, but Le Boaters can only travel south. We walked along the locks to find the Celtic Cross memorial that commemorates 1,000 workers and their families (mainly Irish immigrants and French Canadians) who died building the canal from 1826 to 1832. The Bytown Museum could reveal more but is closed for Covid, a recurring theme. Storyboards positioned along the canal fill in the blanks.The canal — rideau is French for curtain — links the Ottawa River to Lake Ontario through lakes and canals connected by channels, locks and dams. After the War of 1812 during the fight to control this portion of the continent, the British army needed a route to safely supply inland garrisons and so created a canal big enough for steam-powered vessels to bypass the part of the St. Lawrence River that borders the U.S. Lieutenant Colonel John By of the Royal Engineers led what’s now considered one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century.“You’ve got to remember this was complete wilderness,” says Parks Canada’s Guy Thériault. Engineers blasted through rock, but thousands of labourers dug the channel and died of malaria, accidents, and the cold.UNESCO calls the gravity-fed canal — that takes water from upstream and moves it downstream — “the best-preserved example of a slackwater canal in North America.” It has operated continuously since 1832. Most of its original structures are intact, and most of its lock gates and sluice valves are still operated by hand-powered winches.The canal was never used for defense. It was a commercial waterway until the advent of trains and automobiles, and then hosted luxury excursion steamers. Now it draws recreational boaters from mid-May to early October.I’ve travelled with Le Boat once before so became lead captain. My friends became crew, handling the ropes, reading navigation charts and serving as relief skipper. We stayed in navigation channels marked by red and green buoys. A handy gadget called a “marker minder” reminded us we were travelling upstream and needed to keep the red buoys on our right.On our first travel day, we nervously passed under Ottawa’s Pretoria Bridge, a vertical-lift bridge. We waved to joggers, cyclists, kayakers and kids.“Who’s your captain?” a bystander asked at Hartwells, our first lock.“I guess I am,” I replied. “I’ve got 60 minutes of experience.”“Oh wow. It’s better than nothing.”Locks raise and lower boats from one water level to another by filling or emptying watertight chambers. They were built, along with dams, to bypass rapids and waterfalls. Parks Canada staff crank winches to open and close gates and sluice valves at most locks. A few are automated.We only did “upbound lockages,” stopping at the “blue line” — painted stripes along a holding area — until waved in. We entered at the downstream level, looping bow and stern vessel lines around black drop cables attached to the lock walls. When the lower lock gates closed, we turned off the engine and waited as the upstream sluice valves were cranked open so the water level would rise and equalize with the upstream level. When the upper lock gates opened, we carried on.“Have a nice trip,” a bystander shouted at Hogs Back Lockstation. “Enjoy it. You should have it all to yourself.” He told us about a houseboat that came in sideways and caused the screaming skipper to abandon the wheel. Then the couple in the boat next to us revealed intruders had just jumped on their deck as they slept. The man ran out screaming and chased them away. “Buck naked,” the woman confided with a saucy grin.These tales distracted me, or maybe it was the waving construction workers, because minutes later I collided with an unexpected piece of bridge under construction. Brown had said “the worst thing that can happen is panic,” and so I stayed calm until learning Nicola got a bloody gash in the mishap. Nothing like a trip to the emergency department for four stitches to rattle everyone.We decompressed that night at Long Island, a triple lock with a hand-operated swing bridge.As the fall colors reflected in glassy waters, I jumped off the back of our boat for one quick, cold swim. We grilled rib eyes and washed them down with wine and gin & tonics.The stretch between Long Island and Burritts Rapids is nicknamed the “Long Reach” because it’s 25 tedious miles of canal unbroken by locks. We stopped in Manotick to see the Gingerbread Man shop and Watson’s Mill, where Elaine Eagen provided a private tour, stressing that in non-Covid times, the 1860 grist mill “really comes alive when all the machines are on.”=That night we moored at Burritts Rapids, a quiet lockstation nestled among trees. Two anglers were casting for musky, pike, and pickerel. We leaf peeped on foot, fixating on two massive trees that were stubbornly green with clusters of hot pink and vivid orange leaves. I forgot to identify them with the Leafsnap app but suspect they were red and silver maples.By the third day of boating, we had seen one mink, a great blue heron, several loons, ducks galore, and countless skeins of honking Canada geese. As September turned to October, blankets came out and relentless rain made the trip less easy to love.We raced through Merrickville, a picturesque village that calls itself “the jewel of the Rideau” and boasts an 1832 blockhouse built for troops defending the lockstation. It’s a museum now — but closed for Covid. Bob’s Fresh Cut Fries was open, as was Mrs. McGarrigle’s Fine Food Shop.Then we hightailed it to Old Slys lock so we could mispronounce it as Old Sleaze and sleep under a railway line. Named for early settler William Sly, this lock inspired 4 Degrees Brewing Co. to create Old Slys ’69 with a white-bearded man in overalls leaning against a lockstation crab (hand winch) on the label.“Flowing through our town and connecting communities together, the Rideau Canal has offered over 180 years of hometown pride and adventure,” the Smiths Falls brewery explains. “Old Slys lock station and all the others along the Rideau Canal are time capsules of technology and beacons of pride for anyone who has ever witnessed the cranking of the crab.”Time capsules, indeed. We pass under a final swing bridge at Old Slys and then end our epic journey in Smiths Falls, where the 1831 flight of three locks has been preserved, and boaters pass through the 1974 single automated “combined” lock for the final 26 feet.Under a harvest moon, we tallied up our accomplishments. We travelled 60 miles through 14 lock stations and 20 locks while gorging on fall colours. As for that perfect sugar maple in Ottawa, we said a sad goodbye after a worker on a ride-on mower appeared and sucked up all her precious fallen leaves.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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Arlington Capital Partners ("Arlington") today announced the formation of BlueHalo (the "Company"), a leading provider of advanced engineering solutions and technology to the national security community. BlueHalo was formed through the combination of AEgis Technologies, including its previously integrated acquisitions Excivity and EMRC Heli ("AEgis"), an Arlington portfolio company, and its recently announced acquisitions of Applied Technology Associates ("ATA"), and Brilligent Solutions ("Brilligent").
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RESULT OF RIKSBANK REVERSED AUCTIONS SEK COVERED BONDS Auction date2020-10-29Loan5534Coupon1.00 %ISIN-codeSE0012230415Maturity2024-09-18Tendered volume, SEK mln1,000 +/- 500Volume offered, SEK mln3,820Volume bought, SEK mln1,000Number of bids7Number of accepted bids1Average yield0.077 %Lowest accepted yield0.077 %Highest yield0.077 %% accepted at lowest yield 100.00 Auction date2020-10-29Loan576Coupon1.00 %ISIN-codeSE0010049841Maturity2023-12-20Tendered volume, SEK mln1,000 +/- 500 Volume offered, SEK mln1,800Volume bought, SEK mln1,000Number of bids6Number of accepted bids2Average yield0.015 %Lowest accepted yield0.015 %Highest yield0.015 %% accepted at lowest yield 66.67 Auction date2020-10-29Loan1588Coupon1.50 %ISIN-codeSE0011063015Maturity2024-03-01Tendered volume, SEK mln1,000 +/- 500Volume offered, SEK mln2,900Volume bought, SEK mln1,000Number of bids6Number of accepted bids2Average yield0.043 %Lowest accepted yield0.042 %Highest yield0.046 %% accepted at lowest yield 70.00 Auction date2020-10-29Loan194Coupon1.00 %ISIN-codeSE0012142206Maturity2024-09-18Tendered volume, SEK mln1,000 +/- 500Volume offered, SEK mln4,060Volume bought, SEK mln1,000Number of bids6Number of accepted bids1Average yield0.077 %Lowest accepted yield0.077 %Highest yield0.077 %% accepted at lowest yield 100.00 Auction date2020-10-29Loan2312Coupon1.00 %ISIN-codeSE0011116474Maturity2023-12-20Tendered volume, SEK mln300 +/- 150Volume offered, SEK mln1,500Volume bought, SEK mln300Number of bids5Number of accepted bids1Average yield0.037 %Lowest accepted yield0.037 %Highest yield0.037 %% accepted at lowest yield 100.00 Auction date2020-10-29Loan517Coupon1.50 %ISIN-codeSE0010298190Maturity2024-09-18Tendered volume, SEK mln600 +/- 250Volume offered, SEK mln1,353Volume bought, SEK mln600Number of bids4Number of accepted bids3Average yield0.061 %Lowest accepted yield0.059 %Highest yield0.064 %% accepted at lowest yield 39.53 Auction date2020-10-29Loan145Coupon1.00 %ISIN-codeSE0012481349Maturity2024-06-12Tendered volume, SEK mln600 +/- 250Volume offered, SEK mln1,710Volume bought, SEK mln600Number of bids4Number of accepted bids2Average yield0.052 %Lowest accepted yield0.052 %Highest yield0.052 %% accepted at lowest yield 74.07
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MOSCOW—After several weeks of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the contested mountain region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenians have all but stopped hoping for any help from their ally Russia.Under a mutual defense pact known as the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)—the Russian equivalent to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization—Moscow has pledged to send troops to defend member states like Armenia if they are under attack. But Armenians aren’t holding their breath, even as the death toll mounts and Azerbaijan gains ground in the contested region thanks to their superior drone power.“Every Armenian all across the world feels an existential threat to our nation,” an Armenian politician, Arthur Paronyan, told The Daily Beast. “But nobody expects the CSTO to help. It is a dead organization.”Attack Drones Dominating Tanks as Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict Showcases the Future of WarRather than sending troops, Russian President Vladimir Putin attempted to broker a ceasefire in Moscow in early October. But the peace agreement quickly fell apart, and Putin acknowledged in a recent speech that the war in Nagorno-Karabakh has become more deadly than either side is admitting. Putin said the fighting has killed 5,000 people on both sides. “We have a conflict in its worst form,” he said.Putin has not, though, acknowledged any Russian obligation to intervene despite the mutual defense pact with Armenia. The agreement covers risks to the territory of the Russian ally, and while most of the fighting is in the Nagorno-Karabakh region—which is internationally recognized as belonging to Azerbaijan—some artillery strikes have in fact hit mainland Armenia. Russia’s cautious stance signals that the credibility of the Russian defense pact is becoming another casualty of the war.Paronyan said Russia might still intervene secretly, as it has in Ukraine with soldiers out of uniform, known as “green men,” though this would not formally meet the treaty obligations. “There are hopes that Russia has other ways of helping, like sending green men,” he said. “We are not picky.” So far, Russia has not deployed soldiers to fight in Nagorno-Karabakh but there are Russian boots in Armenia. Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan said earlier this week that there are Russian border guards on the Armenian border with Nagorno-Karabakh.If 5,000 people have indeed been killed in a month of fighting, the war would clearly be the most deadly now in the former Soviet Union, an area where Russia has presented itself as a protector of stability. This casualty figure is about a third of the deaths reported by the United Nations over six years of fighting in eastern Ukraine. This week, the countries kept fighting through another ceasefire, this one negotiated and announced by the Trump administration. Azerbaijan said Armenia had fired rockets at a civilian target, while Armenia’s defense ministry said rockets hit a city in Nagorno-Karabakh.The countries have been clashing over the territory in the mountains, the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh, for three decades since a brutal war in the ’90s that killed 30,000 and displaced one million—but the escalation that began in September is the worst since a previous ceasefire in 1994. Armenia is a member of the CSTO, the military alliance of seven out of 15 former Soviet republics, where Russia plays the key role. Azerbaijan quit its membership in 1999.Fuad Akhundov, head of the Public and Political Affairs department at Azerbaijan’s Presidential Administration, told The Daily Beast the CSTO treaty should not apply to the current conflict. “This is a war on the territory of Azerbaijan—we are pushing Armenian military away from Azerbaijan’s territory,” he said. “Nobody has attacked CSTO; on the contrary, as a member of this organization, Armenia is breaking a United Nations resolution which is recognized by CSTO,” Akhundov said, referring to a 2008 U.N. resolution that declared Nagorno-Karabakh to be Azerbaijan’s territory and demanded “the withdrawal of all Armenian forces from all occupied territories.”Russia’s position—it has sold weapons to both sides, even as it attempts to mediate the conflict—risks alienating not only Armenians close to home, but also members of the large Armenian diaspora, who are watching the conflict closely. “Together, we continue to pray during this difficult time for the many men, women and children who have been impacted by the war. We are one global Armenian nation,” Kim Kardashian, who is Armenian American, wrote in one of her recent social media posts.The war in the South Caucasus is not the only hotspot for the Kremlin among CSTO member states. Political and security crises have erupted in one after another this year. Russia’s key ally, Belarus, has been gripped by civil unrest after an election widely seen as rigged. In its capital, Minsk, police fired rubber bullets and threw stun grenades at protesters on Sunday. “We are disarmed! We are disarmed!” peaceful protesters yelled to riot police during the “People’s Ultimatum” march, which demanded the resignation of the country’s authoritarian leader, Alexander Lukashenko. Hundreds of thousands have been joining rallies all across Belarus since early August. Human rights organizations report that police are beating and torturing hundreds of Belarusian opposition activists.The Kremlin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov also dryly noted what he called “a mess and chaos” in Kyrgyzstan, a post-Soviet country in Central Asia, and also a member of the CSTO, which is undergoing its third revolution since the fall of USSR.“The entire system of security that Putin has been trying to build for the last two decades is crumbling, cracking and demonstrating failures,” Vladimir Ryzhkov, professor at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, told The Daily Beast. “The Putin dream to rebuild authority and loyalty of post-Soviet countries would work only if Russia could afford to be constantly paying, donating aid to its partners. But clearly, even money cannot buy Russia’s authority back.”Earlier this year, residents of Russia’s neighboring countries criticized the Russian president for his clumsy calls to reintegrate Soviet states for their own benefit. On a show called “Moscow. Kremlin. Putin,” which was broadcast on Russia’s Channel One, Putin— speaking in his manner of a teacher lecturing students—urged the post-Soviet countries to “overcome some phobias of the past, overcome fears about the revival of the Soviet Union and the Soviet empire.” He added: “Joining efforts is for the benefit of all, [and] makes this way inevitable.”But Putin’s comments about the “advantages” of reuniting former Soviet states wasn’t welcomed by all. After the broadcast, a Baku-based analytical center, the Institute for Strategic Analysis, reminded the Russian president of the Soviet Union’s “decades of shameless colonial robbery, repression, including against national intelligentsia, mass deportations, ‘hunger genocide,’ redrawing the borders.”Moscow’s newest alternative for uniting former Soviet countries, the Eurasian Economic Union, emerged a few years ago. Russia, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, and Kazakhstan signed a treaty with Russia in 2014-15, at the beginning of the regional economic crises, shortly before the Kremlin annexed Crimea and faced economic sanctions both from the European Union and the United States. But even Russian public opinion about the new alliance seems confused: 28 percent of Russians believe that this is a new version of the USSR, while 39 percent of people would like to see a completely new union, different from the original Soviet model.With Kyrgyzstan in “chaos,” Belarus in constant political unrest, and Armenia at war, the Eurasian Economic Union represents a rather unstable entity. According to a Moscow based analyst, Yuriy Krupnov, that is entirely the fault of Russia’s unwillingness to commit real economic resources to the project. “There is only one solution for solving the crucial issues in our allied states: to create one strong union state, not some mere form of a civilized divorce, otherwise the cost for consequences will be more dramatic than many imagine today,” Krupnov said.For now, the former Soviet states may be on their own when it comes to war and peace. Tom Dewaal, author of Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War, says that it is up to Baku and Yerevan to prevent a bigger and even a bloodier war without end. “I don’t think Russia wants to intervene and go to war with Azerbaijan. Inaction is the lesser of two evils for them,” Dewaal told The Daily Beast on Tuesday. “They help discreetly.” Dewaal, a senior fellow at Carnegie Europe, believes that if Russia ends up at war with Azerbaijan, it would be bad on many levels, including for Dagestan, Russia’s troubled region on Azerbaijan’s border.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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Dublin, Oct. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Chlorine Sensors Market - Forecast (2020 - 2025)" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. The global chlorine sensors market size was valued at $874.11 million in 2019, and it is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 7.90% during 2020-2025. The growing demand for Chlorine Sensors from industries such as pharmaceutical, water utilities, power generation, oil and gas and others with increasing investments coupled with government regulations have been escalating the market growth. Report Coverage By Type: Free Chlorine, Total Chlorine, Compound Chlorine, Monochloramine, Organic Compound ChlorineBy End-User: Water Utilities (Waste Water Treatment, Waste Water Recycling, Drinking Water Treatment, Industrial Water Treatment, Others); Pharmaceutical (Water for Injection, Sterile Water for Injection, Bacteriostatic WFI, Sterile Water for Irrigation, Water for Hemodialysis, Pure Steam); Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, Food & Beverage, Power Generation (Influent Water Treatment, Boiler Feed-Water Treatment); Microelectronics, Oil & Gas, Metal & Mining and OthersBy Geography: North America (U.S., Canada and Mexico); South America (Brazil, Argentina, Rest of Americas); Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Rest of Europe); APAC (China, Japan, India, South Korea, South Korea, Australia, Thailand, Singapore, Rest of APAC); RoW (Middle East & Africa) Key Takeaways North America had dominated the Chlorine Sensors market in 2019 owing to early adoption of advanced technologies and high investments in adopting them.Acquisitions and partnerships of the companies had helped the companies in developing new and advanced products and this is poised to boost the chlorine sensor market.Total chlorine sensor had dominated the market in 2019 owing to its high adoption in water treatment applications.Maintenance is the one of the major challenge that hampers the growth of the market. Type - Segment AnalysisTotal Chlorine Sensors held the major share 42.31% in Chlorine Sensors market. Total chlorine sensors are majorly used in waste water treatment plants to measure the effluent water's disinfection status. These type of sensors are also used in conjunction with the measurement of free chlorine in order to measure the amount of combined chlorine in swimming pool water. Increasing government activities for waste water treatment and adoption of total chlorine sensors in various industries drive the market growth.End User - Segment AnalysisPharmaceutical is the fastest growing segment in Chlorine Sensors market and estimated to grow at a CAGR of 10.70%. Water is one of the main materials utilized by the pharmaceutical industry, and is the most commonly utilized raw material in pharmaceutical drug manufacturing sector. Consequently the growth of pharmaceutical industry leverages a positive impact on the chlorine sensor market growth. Water can be utilized as a reagent, ingredient, or means of transportation in the pharmaceutical industry. There are also formulations of which water is part of the product's formulation, such as injectable, eye drops, ophthalmic solutions, syrups and suspensions, rendering it important that the consistency follows the requirements of usage. Furthermore, stringent regulations in pharmaceutical and evolution of global pandemic diseases create opportunities for the market growth during forecast period.Geography- Segment AnalysisNorth America dominated the Chlorine Sensors market in 2019 with a share of 36.08%, followed by Europe and APAC. High and early adoption of advanced technologies is set to boost the market growth. The strong financial position allows it to invest heavily in the adoption of latest tools and technologies for ensuring effective business operations. Many of the major players such as Emerson, Hach, H2Tronics, Sensorex, and others are headquartered in North America region which set to drive the Chlorine Sensors market. There are approximately 14,748 waste water treatment facilities in the U.S. High adoption of chlorine sensors for water treatment facilities drive the market growth in this region.Drivers -Chlorine Sensors Market Stringent Government Regulations Stringent laws for the control of water safety in order to uphold the established safety level are the key factors for the demand for chlorine sensors. For commercial application, chlorine sensors track the percentage of chlorine for gas analyzers, petroleum and hydrocarbon extracts in the oil and gas industry. Since the last decade, the developing countries are going through a phase of development in which industrialization has been an integral part. This risk-based strategy has been advocated by the World Health Organization (WHO) by guidelines for Drinking Water Protection Plans (DWPP) recognized internationally as offering comprehensive mechanism for the application and maintenance of water resource systems. It includes determining how individual threats should be handled when discussing the whole cycle of water delivery from source to tap. This set to drive the market growth. Disinfecting water required for various purposes to ensure public health and technological advancements Chlorine sensors are commonly used in various processes to track or quantify chlorine concentration and thereby maximize chlorine use, lowering running costs with uncompromised production. Using advanced technology, wirelessly linked chlorine sensors are designed to allow unwired data transmission to the centralized network that directly facilitates online tracking. Production of optical chlorine-based fiber sensors offering lesser sensitivity to electromagnetic interference, miniaturization of the detector, reusability of the test, compact scale, and light weight, low cost will drive the market.Challenges - Chlorine Sensors Market Maintenance is the major challenge Most of the chlorine sensors require frequent calibration, maintenance and require constant flow, pressure and pH to maintain their calibrations. Amperometric based technology chlorine sensors usually require elaborate pressure and flow control. In addition, recalibration of the membrane sensor is necessary if stretching or pressure spikes occur in the system. Membrane sensors also require frequent calibration, in some cases weekly or even daily due to changing conditions. They are also subject to the loss of electrolyte as it diffuses through the membrane. Membranes must also be frequently replaced, often quarterly. However, development of sensors with advanced technologies create opportunities for the market growth.Market LandscapeProduct Launches, acquisitions and R&D activities are key strategies adopted by players in the Chlorine Sensors market. Chlorine Sensors top 10 companies include Emerson, Endress+Hauser, Hach (Danaher), Xylem Analytics, Veolia, ABB, Sensorex (Halma), Thermo Fisher, ProMinent, SB Control and among others.Acquisitions/Technology Launches In December 2019, Endress + Hauser had acquired Memosens CCS51D free chlorine sensor. This sensor is developed majorly for water treatment application. This increases the Company's chlorine sensor market share.In November 2019, Hach had launched chlorine sensor for the water management application. Development of advanced products for various applications is set to drive the market share of the company. Key Topics Covered: 1. Global Chlorine Sensors - Market Overview2. Executive Summary3. Global Chlorine Sensors - Market Landscape3.1. Market Share Analysis3.2. Comparative Analysis3.2.1. Product Benchmarking3.2.2. End user profiling3.2.3. Patent Analysis3.2.4. Top 5 Financials Analysis4. Global Chlorine Sensors - Market Forces4.1. Market Drivers4.2. Market Constraints4.3. Market Challenges4.4. Attractiveness of the Chlorine Sensors Industry4.4.1. Power of Suppliers4.4.2. Power of Customers4.4.3. Threat of New entrants4.4.4. Threat of Substitution4.4.5. Degree of Competition5. Global Chlorine Sensors Market - Strategic Analysis5.1. Value Chain Analysis5.2. Pricing Analysis5.3. Opportunities Analysis5.4. Product/Market Life Cycle Analysis5.5. Suppliers and Distributors6. Global Chlorine Sensors Market - By Types6.1. Free Chlorine6.2. Total Chlorine6.3. Compound Chlorine6.4. Monochloramines6.5. Organic Compound Chlorine7. Global Chlorine Sensors Market - By End Users7.1. Drinking Water Treatment7.2. Pool Disinfection7.3. Industrial Water Treatment7.4. Industrial Gas Detectors7.5. Hydrocarbon and Crude Analyzers7.6. Waste Water Recycling7.7. Others8. Global Chlorine Sensors Market-Geographic Analysis8.1. Introduction8.2. Americas8.2.1. North America8.2.2. Brazil8.2.3. Argentina8.2.4. Mexico8.3. Europe8.3.1. UK8.3.2. France8.3.3. Germany8.4. APAC8.4.1. China8.4.2. South Korea8.4.3. Japan8.4.4. Australia8.5. ROW9. Market Entropy9.1. New Product Launches9.2. M&As, Collaborations, JVs and Partnerships10. Investment Opportunities - Analysis by Target companies/customers, Capital Investments, ROI, Payback Period and Source of Funds.11. Company Profiles11.1. Emerson Electric Co11.2. Endress+Hauser Management AG11.3. SB Control11.4. OMEGA Engineering inc.11.5. ProMinent11.6. Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies11.7. Analytical Technology, Inc11.8. Sensorex11.9. Chemtrac Inc11.10. Lutz-Jesco GmbH11.11. Hach Company11.12. Industrial Scientific Corp11.13. Electro-Chemical Devices, Inc.11.14. XOS11.15. Halogen Systems Inc11.16. Detcon Inc11.17. Process Instruments11.18. Alphasense11.19. Sensortechnik Meinsberg GmbH11.20. Dosatronic GmbH11.21. Sensidyne LP11.22. Electric Industries Ltd11.23. INSA11.24. ABB11.25. Thermo Fisher Scientific12. Appendix For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/8pmbl9 Research and Markets also offers Custom Research services providing focused, comprehensive and tailored research. CONTACT: CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager firstname.lastname@example.org For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900
Luz Ocasio Borrero was one of thousands of Puerto Ricans who fled the territory after Hurricane Maria in 2017. The memory is still a harrowing one.“I lost my house, I lost everything,” the 50-year-old native of Cabo Rojo, on the island’s southwestern shore, told The Daily Beast.Looking to help rebuild her mother’s home, and to provide for her own daughters and grandchildren on the island, Ocasio Borrero relocated to Florida with plans of staying at a friend’s mobile home in Daytona Beach and working at a hospital. In an interview, she described how, in the months after arriving, she was evicted, fired, lost her mother, dealt with bouts of homelessness and pneumonia, moved to Tampa, then Orlando, learned English, got remarried, suffered a miscarriage, and struggled to treat her epilepsy and chronic high blood pressure.She also claimed that staff at a shelter damaged her birth certificate, impairing her search for employment. But with the assistance of the nonprofit Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Ocasio Borrero registered to vote and cast her first-ever ballot at her presidential primary in March.Now she’s working with the Florida branch of another activist group, Vote Riders, to update her Florida state identification card with her latest address so that she can vote in the general election next week without the risk of any complications. If she succeeds, she could join a new pool of dislocated voters who have long been hyped, but have yet to materialize, as a decisive force in Florida politics.“Every time you change [your address], it’s a job,” said Ocasio Borrero. “But you have to vote. This is important. Very, very important. This is a crucial time. You need to vote for the change, to help our community.”Early Voters in Florida and Wisconsin Are Done With the MailFleeing environmental and economic devastation, an estimated 300,000 Puerto Ricans had decamped to the Alligator State by 2019, even before a wave of earthquakes racked their native island. The mass evacuation of so many U.S. citizens from the territory into the perennial swing state was followed by a deluge of speculation about a new community of voters—enraged at President Donald Trump’s uninspired response to the crisis—who might counterbalance the Cuban refugee community that has bent the peninsula to the right for decades.“An Exodus From Puerto Rico Could Remake Florida Politics,” blared an October 2017 headline in the New York Times.Even though Ocasio Borrero managed to cast her ballot once before, community leaders and organizers told The Daily Beast that the sort of obstacles she encountered may keep many recent arrivals from Puerto Rico from participating in the process.Marcos Vilar, a political strategist and executive director of Alianza for Progress, noted that the much-touted “Maria voter” failed to materialize in 2018. That’s when GOP Gov. Rick Scott ousted Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and the Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis beat Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum to capture the governor’s mansion.“They're just struggling to make it,” said Vilar, whose group organizes Puerto Ricans and immigrant communities around a liberal agenda. “And to many of them, unfortunately, politics or elections may come to them, on the pyramid of needs, way at the bottom.”Vilar and others pointed to Florida’s requirement that voters present a valid identification at the polls. Taken in tandem with with the stringent documentation standards residents must meet to obtain a drivers license or ID card, plus the COVID-19-related lockdown of the offices in Puerto Rico which maintain such documentation, and Puerto Ricans’ ability to exercise their franchise is in serious jeopardy.This was not a problem for those who arrived in the first months after Maria savaged the island, and who touched down at Kissimmee, Miami, or Orlando airports, according to Father Jose Rodriguez of Orlando’s Iglesia Episcopal Jesús de Nazaret. Scott, then governor, staged multi-agency resource centers at each of those hubs in late 2017 into early 2018, which included mobile licensing units that let evacuees swiftly obtain Florida licenses and ID cards.Rodriguez, who is completing a doctorate on the Puerto Rican diaspora, suggested there was a political motivation afoot: those who arrived from the territory in the 1980s and 1990s often voted Republican. But then Democrats set about organizing the latest wave, and the outreach effort soon ended."That welcome mat was pulled from under their feet,” argued Rodriguez. "Florida elections are often won by very thin margins. So this influx of voters, who all come from the same geographic area and have a lot in common with each other, could really be the tipping point that turns Florida from being a toss-up to being solidly in one column."A spokesperson for Scott did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Puerto Rican Federal Affairs Administration did not respond to a request for comment. For its part, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles asserted it had made strenuous efforts to help those fleeing Puerto Rico, and that it had issued 116,000 licenses and identification cards to those arriving from the island since October 2017. Thanks to an executive order by Scott, in many of these cases, the agency waived all fees.Further, it argued that the state voter identification law is really not so strict; poll workers will accept multiple documents featuring a photograph and signature, including a U.S. passport, a debit or credit card, or a firearm permit.“The department provided credentialing services to thousands of customers entering Florida from Puerto Rico,” said spokesman Aaron Keller. “The department has also coordinated closely with the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration’s Regional Office, based in Orlando, Florida, to assist impacted customers with driver license and ID services.”But Puerto Ricans have to go out of their way to obtain a license or identification, which usually means securing their birth certificate and other material from the government in Puerto Rico. Further complicating matters is a 2010 statute passed on the island to combat fraud, which caused all birth certificates issued up to that point to expire. Many never saw the urgency of renewing these documents—until now.To facilitate, the Puerto Rican government opened a vital records office in Orlando in October 2018. But the scope of the task was overwhelming. One source, who asked to speak anonymously because of the sensitive nature of their work, described people arriving at the office attempting to get a birth certificate in hopes of securing up-to-date identification—only to learn they needed an up-to-date identification to get the birth certificate. Others had no identification at all, having lost their documents with their homes in the successive natural disasters.According to some Floridians familiar with the process, there was also a manpower problem.“The office in Orlando was like two or three employees only, and they were getting two or three hundred people daily,” Linda Perez Davila, who has struggled to register and educate voters in Tampa through her organization, Boricuas de Corazon, told The Daily Beast. “Most of the Puerto Rican people did not vote in the primaries, one, because of the documentation and two, because they didn’t understand the system.”COVID-19 only exacerbated matters, as government offices and functions in Puerto Rico shut down amid the pandemic. Jazlyn Gallego, a coordinator at Vote Riders, described a month-long backlog of vital records requests at the Puerto Rican Department of Health. And because of the pandemic, those who arrived following the late 2019 and early 2020 earthquakes found themselves even more economically battered than those who came two years earlier.“People were having their homes destroyed and literally packing up and going in the middle of the night,” she said. “You’re walking into a pandemic when you move, so you're leaving financial instability already to arrive into financial instability.”Even if the bureaucratic obstacles ease and the pandemic ends, it is unclear whether the displaced Puerto Ricans will ever bring about the political realignment originally predicted. The Orlando Sentinel reported in September that a Census report surprisingly found the number of Puerto Ricans residing in Central Florida had dipped to pre-Maria levels—possibly because of a sampling error, but also possibly because some are returning home.Ocasio Borrero intends to go back as well, once she has saved enough money, in order to be with her family."I have a lot of people who need me,” she said. “I’m a warrior. I use my voice, and I take care of my people.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
A company in Singapore has developed a breathalyser test for the new coronavirus which it says will enable people to know whether they are infected in under a minute. Breathonix, a startup firm from the National University of Singapore, says its test achieved more than 90% accuracy in a pilot clinical trial of 180 people in the city-state and hopes to get regulatory approval early next year. Countries worldwide are looking to develop alternative tests to the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) nasal swab, which is invasive and in short supply in some places where demand has outstripped manufacturers' production capacity.