Bhima-Koregaon arrests: remand of activists extended

first_imgPune: The Pune District and Sessions court on Thursday extended to June 21 the police remand of four of the five activists arrested for alleged Maoist links and for their role in organizing the ‘Elgaar Parishad’.Judge J.D. Wadne, who passed the order, remanded the fifth accused, human rights lawyer Surendra Gadling, to judicial custody till June 21 on health grounds.Four of those arrested — noted Dalit activist-publisher Sudhir Dhawale, tribal activist Mahesh Raut, Nagpur University English Professor Shoma Sen and activist Rona Wilson — were produced before the court late afternoon amid tight security.Arguing for the extension of police custody, Special Prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar said that the investigation had definitively proved that the arrested “were involved in anti-national activities”.“The accused have been charged with committing acts inimical to national security…the police need more time to examine the electronic material retrieved during searches at their residences,” said Ms. Pawar.In his counter-arguments, advocate Tosif Shaikh, one of the defence lawyers, said that there was no justification for extending the remand as the police have “made no further progress since the arrest of the accused.”“In the first place, the arrests of the five activists are in violation of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA),” he said later, speaking to The Hindu.The Pune police ought to have first informed the State before invoking the Act, contended advocate Kumar Kalel, another defence lawyer.Last week, Mr. Gadling was admitted to the Sassoon General Hosital after he complained of high blood pressure. The authorities have said that Mr. Gadling’s condition is presently stable and that he had undergone medical tests.All five arrested were booked under the stringent Act on June 6. Besides having links with top Naxal leaders, they were also charged with organizing the ‘Elgaar Parishad’, on Dec. 31 last year, and fomenting the Bhima-Koregaon riots, which occurred the next day.last_img read more

NBA Fines Lakers $50,000 for 2nd Tampering Violation

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have been fined $50,000 for violating the NBA’s tampering rule again.League officials made the announcement Tuesday in response to an interview team president Earvin “Magic” Johnson did with ESPN.Johnson was discussing the skills of Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo and said the Greek native would put the Bucks “on the map” and bring them an NBA title.It’s the third time in less than 12 months the Lakers have been disciplined for tampering.The team was fined $500,000 last summer after the league found general manager Rob Pelinka had been communicating with Paul George’s agent while George was with the Indiana Pacers. Previously, the NBA issued a warning to the team after Johnson winked at George during a television interview.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Brazil legend Ronaldinho retires from football, says his brother and agent

first_imgThank you for your feedback. Share on LinkedIn May 2008 Falling out of favourThe next two years at Barcelona saw memorable moments including a bicycle kick against Villarreal, but both the club and player declined. Ronaldinho suffered injuries and lost focus and discipline. Barça president Joan Laporta showed Ronaldinho the door in May 2008, and he joined Milan while Barcelona’s new coach, Pep Guardiola, built his team around academy graduate Lionel Messi. Roberto Assis confirmed the news of his brother’s decision in a column for the Brazilian media outlet O Globo and revealed plans for farewell tribute events after the 2018 World Cup – three years after Ronaldinho’s last club game.“He has stopped, it is ended,” Assis said. “Let’s do something pretty big and nice after the Russia World Cup, probably in August. We will do various events in Brazil, Europe and Asia and, of course, we are arranging something with the Brazilian team as well.”Ronaldinho’s versatility meant he excelled as an attacking midfielder, winger and forward throughout his career. He began with Grêmio in his home country, before moving to Europe with Paris Saint-Germain in 2001.His performances alongside Ronaldo and Rivaldo at the 2002 World Cup drew interest from Europe’s elite clubs, and he joined Barcelona in 2003. His five-year spell at the Camp Nou was the pinnacle of his club career, where he won two league titles, the 2005 Ballon d’Or and the 2006 Champions League. Golden Goal: Ronaldinho for Barcelona v Chelsea (2005) Share via Email November 2005 The best in the world2005 was perhaps the greatest year of Ronaldinho’s career, capped by winning the Ballon d’Or in November. A week before, the Bernabéu had applauded him for his performance in the clásico. Barcelona were on their way to a second title and captured the 2005-06 Champions League, beating Arsenal 2-1 in the final. Brazil (Football) Share on Messenger March 2005 That goal against ChelseaThe Brazilian’s most memorable goal of all came in a game Barcelona lost, at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League. Standing on the edge of the box, his path to goal apparently blocked, Ronaldinho picked out the far corner in extraordinary fashion. It put Barca ahead on aggregate, but John Terry scored a late winner.  The Brazilian forward won the World Cup with Brazil, the Champions League with Barcelona and the 2005 Ballon d’Or and will be remembered as one of the 21st century’s finest players After a period of huge success, Ronaldinho reportedly lost focus at Barcelona and was sold to Milan as Pep Guardiola replaced Frank Rijkaard as manager. The playmaker also experienced disappointment on the international stage, disappointing at the 2006 World Cup and missing out on selection in 2010, despite a resurgence in form that helped Milan win the Serie A title in 2010-11.Ronaldinho returned to Brazil at the end of that season, and wound down his club career at Flamengo, Atlético Mineiro and Fluminense, as well as a brief spell in Mexico with Querétaro. He earned the last of his 98 Brazil caps against Chile in April 2013. July 2006 World Cup heartachePlaying alongside Kaká, Adriano and Ronaldo in a ‘magic quartet’, Ronaldinho was expected to lead Brazil to a second straight World Cup but underperformed, failing to score as the defending champions crashed out to France in the quarter-finals Share on Pinterest Timeline Ronaldinho’s glittering career Hide June 2002 Embarrassing EnglandThe World Cup triumph with Brazil in 2002 catapulted Ronaldinho onto the world stage. His long-range winner against England in the quarter-final that left David Seaman flapping at thin air. Ronaldinho claimed he had intended to shoot – but was aiming for the other cornercenter_img June 1999 Hometown heroRonaldinho emerged as an 18-year-old with Grêmio, embarrassing World Cup winner Dunga in a state championship final with the tricks that would become his trademark. One month later, he scored six goals at the Confederations Cup Share on WhatsApp Was this helpful? Ronaldinho Share on Facebook Brazil (World news) Show The Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho has retired from football, his brother and agent Roberto Assis has confirmed.The 37-year-old, who also won the Champions League and Ballon d’Or in a glittering career, has not played for a professional team since leaving Fluminense in 2015. Last July, Ronaldinho said on the sidelines of a friendly in Chechnya that was he was “too old” to return to action. Share on Twitter Read more January 2011 Back to BrazilAfter two and a half years at Milan, Ronaldinho returned to his homeland with Flamengo. Having been snubbed by Dunga for the 2010 World Cup, his impressive displays back in Brazil saw him make an unexpected international return, appearing at Wembley in a fixture to commemorate the FA’s 150th anniversary September 2003 Instant impact at BarcelonaRonaldinho returned to PSG after the World Cup but fell out with manager Luis Fernández. Barcelona intervened after David Beckham joined Real Madrid, swooping in a €30m deal. Ronaldinho joined a club down on its luck, but an audacious solo goal on his home debut gave a hint of what was to come. news Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

2017 Masters Trans Tasman Nominations

first_imgFollowing the decision last year to postpone the April 2017 Masters Trans Tasman, we would like to advise the rescheduled dates for the 2017 Masters Trans Tasman Series and further nomination information.The Masters Trans Tasman Series has now been scheduled for September 14th to 18th 2017 in Kawana, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, in conjunction with the National Youth Championships at Sunshine Coast Stadium.Due to the 2017 World Masters Games, we have resolved with Touch New Zealand that the divisions for this event will be: Women 27s, Men’s 30’s, the 40s and 50s.The date change has necessitated some changes to the selection and training camp timelines previously communicated in 2016. This attached document outlines the new nomination and selection process for the Australian Master’s Teams for the period – March 2017 to September 2017.TFA will again implement a Master’s Selection/Training Program, whereby players are required to nominate for selection. Training Squads will be selected after the 2017 NTL and players will then participate in selection and training camps in the lead up to the international event.Please note: ALL interested players must submit a nomination for this event, regardless of previous nominations in 2016.More detailed information on the actual tour will become available in the next few months. However, indicative costs for a player levy based on previous international events held in Australia would be in the area of $1500.For further information please click on the link below. Download more 2017 Masters Trans Tasman information here. Related Links2017 Masters Trans Tasmanlast_img read more

Arbitration Discussion Paper Released

first_imgA discussion paper on protecting Nova Scotians during labour disputes in the health care and related sectors was released today, June 19, by the Department of Environment and Labour. “On May 15, Premier Rodney MacDonald asked the Department of Environment and Labour to engage in a dialogue with Nova Scotians and stakeholders from acute-care facilities, long-term-care facilities, homes for special care and ambulance services before drafting legislation,” said Environment and Labour Minister Mark Parent. “As part of that process we have now released a discussion paper on the topic and we look forward to hearing from many Nova Scotians and reporting back on what we heard.” He said the government wants to ensure that Nova Scotians have uninterrupted access to health care while preserving the right of unions and management to participate in fair and effective collective bargaining. Mr. Parent said the government’s preferred option is a binding-arbitration system, where an independent third party settles disputes when collective bargaining has reached an impasse. “However, the premier has stressed from the beginning that we are open to compelling alternatives,” Mr. Parent said. “Perhaps this discussion paper is the beginning of a dialogue that will produce a made-in-Nova Scotia approach.” The document is available on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/unionworkplaces , or by phone at 902-424-5300. Respondents are asked to send in comments by July 20.last_img read more

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

first_imgApp Store Official Charts for the week ending December 30, 2018:Top Paid iPhone Apps:1. Minecraft Mojang2. Heads Up! Warner Bros.3. Bloons TD 6Ninja Kiwi4. NBA 2K19 2K5. Plague Inc. Ndemic Creations6. Facetune Lightricks Ltd.7. Toca Hair Salon 3 Toca Boca AB8. Geometry Dash RobTop Games AB9. The Game of Life Marmalade Game Studio10. Stardew Valley Chucklefish LimitedTop Free iPhone Apps:1. Amazon Alexa AMZN Mobile LLC2. Color Bump 3D Good Job Games3. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream Google LLC4. Snapchat Snap, Inc.5. Instagram Instagram, Inc.6. Netflix Netflix, Inc.7. Polysphere Playgendary8. Fortnite Epic Games9. TikTok – Real Short Videos musical.ly Inc.10. Spotify Music Spotify Ltd.Top Paid iPad Apps:1. Minecraft Mojang2. Procreate Savage Interactive Pty Ltd3. Toca Hair Salon 3 Toca Boca AB4. GoodNotes 4Time Base Technology Limited5. Notability Ginger Labs6. Heads Up! Warner Bros.7. Geometry Dash RobTop Games AB8. Bendy and the Ink Machine Joey Drew Studios Inc.9. Goat Simulator Coffee Stain Publishing10. Stardew Valley Chucklefish LimitedTop Free iPad Apps:1. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream Google LLC2. Netflix Netflix, Inc.3. Fortnite Epic Games4. Kick the Buddy: Forever Playgendary5. Roblox Roblox Corporation6. Paper.io 2 Voodoo7. Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game Amanotes Pte. Ltd.8. TikTok – Real Short Videos musical.ly Inc.9. YouTube Kids Google LLC10. Helix Jump Voodoo__(copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldos Family Members Enjoy Morocco

Rabat – After visiting Marrakech last year, family members of Real Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo, are paying another visit to Morocco.Hoje foi um dia bem passado com a família ???? https://t.co/nRU1jg09aR— Dolores Aveiro (@DoloresAveiro) April 11, 2017The mother of the Portuguese footballer took to Twitter on Wednesday to express her bliss, saying, “Today was a good day with [my] family [in Morocco],” captioning her post with a heart ahead of the flag of Morocco. She did not disclose where she and her relatives are staying.Following his frequent visits to Morocco, it has been discovered that Ronald is investing in Morocco. In February, it was reported that Ronaldo is planning to buy a hotel in Casablanca, Morocco’s economy capital. The hotel is reportedly located in the Ain Diab Corniche district, next to one of the giant shopping centers in Casablanca.In March 2016, Morocco World News reported that Ronaldo would build the premier first-class African hotel for international celebrities in Marrakech. The hotel’s complex will include a store for Ronaldo’s brand, CR7, his first fashion outlet in Africa.Ronaldo is also planning to inaugurate four hotels on the Spanish island of Ibiza. He is determined to become a businessman after he was ranked the highest paid sportsman n 2016, with annual revenues estimated at more than 82 million euros, followed by Barcelona’s Lionel Messi with 75 million euros. read more

Restaurant Brands CEO takes on responsibility for Tim Hortons top job

TORONTO — The parent company of Tim Hortons says the brand’s president is moving to a new position and Restaurant Brands International CEO Daniel Schwartz will take over his responsibilities.Elias Dias Sese stepped down as Tim Hortons president on Monday and took on the role of president of international expansion.RBI, which operates Tim Hortons, Burger King and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, is focused on growing its three brands worldwide.Tim Hortons franchisees file lawsuit against Restaurant Brands for breach of contractThe company said Schwartz will assume direct responsibility for the brand and will work with Tim Hortons Canada president Sami Siddiqui to keep growing the chain.The move came the same day that a Tim Hortons franchisee filed a claim in an Ontario court seeking a $500-million class-action lawsuit against RBI, alleging it improperly used money from a national advertising fund.RBI denies the allegations, which have not been proven in court. read more

UN launches new operation against Rwandan Hutu rebels in DR of Congo

The operation, involving 1,200 Pakistani quick reaction and Guatemalan special forces, with Indian air support, alongside 200 Congolese army troops, followed a deadline delivered days ago to the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) militia at their brigade headquarters in Miranda, the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) said.The blue helmets fanned out over a 70 by 30-kilometre area in the Kabare and Walungu territories of south Kivu province, with 100 of them entering Miranda village, which they found empty. The FDLR had moved into the forests where there is no civilian population, west of Kabare, and outside the territory, MONUC said.The UN troops searched the abandoned camp, assured no people or ammunition was left and set fire to between 120 and 150 huts. This zone is now a MONUC-controlled area and the mission will continue to monitor FDLR activities. Rwandan Hutu rebels have been active in the jungles of the eastern DRC since Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, in which they killed an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus.”These operations have only just begun and MONUC anticipates the definitive deployment of its units in several areas of the province judged sensitive,” the mission said. “MONUC’s message is clear: the FDLR must let their troops join in the voluntary disarmament process in accordance with the pledges they signed in Rome at the end of March.”The FDLR leadership then pledged to lay down its weapons and return to Rwanda. MONUC designated six assembly points for the estimated 13,000 to 15,000 Rwandan militiamen expected to want to take part in Rwanda’s programme of disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, re-settlement and re-integration (DDRRR).MONUC launched its first in the series of raids, “Operation Falcon Sweep,” on 4 July, and the second, “Iron Fist,” the next day. The mission said the operations had three positive results: showing foreign fighters that UN peacekeepers can oust them from their most remote sanctuaries, exposing for all to see the FDLR/Rastas’ total disorganization following MONUC operations, and uncovering FDLR camps.Set up by Security Council mandate in 1999, MONUC has a current troop strength of over 15,000 read more

An agent of change prepares for some of his own

When Jack Lightstone showed up in 2006 as Brock’s new president, the University was starkly different from what he’s handing over today (June 30), as he leaves the corner office after a decade in the job.Besides the remarkable expansion of the campus, he has grown the University’s research and teaching capacity, transformed its relationship with surrounding towns and cities, and broadened the role of President to one that includes being a proactive community partner.Lightstone came here with eyes wide open. In his previous life as Provost at Montreal’s Concordia University, he had worked closely with the president on big files and tough issues. The top job is a full menu of demands, from happily conferring degrees on beaming graduates, to the pain of approving steps to erase a seven-figure budget deficit.When all is said and done, some key metrics indicate how Brock transformed during Lightstone’s tenure. Consider:More than $220 million in new construction, much of it world-class research space or award-winning design.Total student enrolment rose by more than 1,400.Number of graduate programs up from 27 to 49 — a jump of 76 per cent.Full-time faculty increased by nearly 10 per cent.When he first arrived, Lightstone spent time asking people on and off campus about their concerns and perceptions. Academics said Brock lacked the facilities needed to fulfill its mission as a research-intensive university, while out in the streets, Brock was often shrugged off as an aloof Ivory Tower, indifferent to its host communities.There was a feeling that while Brock was in Niagara, it was not really involved in any serious ways in the life of Niagara.Public sentiments about Brock were often weighted by the “nuisance factor” that comes with having university students living in residential neighbourhoods.“There was a feeling that while Brock was in Niagara, it was not really involved in any serious ways in the life of Niagara,” Lightstone said recently. While that may have been “a gross exaggeration,” it was still a perception that needed to be addressed.As for the campus community, back in ’06 the new President bluntly told the Board of Trustees and University Senate that Brock was headed for a cliff of structural deficit: The costs of running the place were higher than its revenues, a danger whose warning signs had been masked by several years of surplus from the enrolment double cohort.Change was coming. Over the next decade, campus infrastructure would be radically updated and expanded, and Brock would become a more visible, proactive, outward-looking community partner.Lightstone personally defined the evolution, visiting municipal council meetings and helping write economic development plans for the Niagara Region, which had been hit hard by the offshore flight of industry and manufacturing jobs.He and his team sought out ways for Brock to become a constructive partner for the whole community. To help incubate new businesses, Brock rented space in struggling urban settings. Student and staff volunteerism increased. The Niagara Community Observatory was created to research issues that were very local.As for physical growth, the list of major projects on Lightstone’s watch speaks for itself. The $120-million Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex attracts and retains leading researchers and strengthens Brock’s ability to draw graduate students. The $45-million Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts is not just a triumph of teaching excellence but a coup of design and renaissance in downtown St. Catharines.Other significant initiatives included the Welch Hall extension ($8.5-million), the International Building ($14-million), Guernsey Market ($9-million), Matheson Learning Commons ($2-million) and a $22-million reconstruction of the Goodman School of Business whose construction begins this summer.“The amount and nature and quality of space was the most burning issue that people brought to my attention,” Lightstone recalls.“Brock had decided in 1999 to become much more involved in research and graduate studies, and had hired a number of new faculty with the expectation that they’d have significant research careers.“Plus the school of fine and performing arts sorely lacked the type of purpose-built space that it needed for teaching.”Desiring buildings is one thing; paying for them is another. Knowing that universities need support not just from the community but from government, Lightstone created a government relations staff to keep politicians and policy-makers apprised of the needs for, and community benefits of, these new facilities.Lightstone acknowledges that the various initiatives were all pieces of a focused game plan supported and executed by many across the campus.“When you look at that list, pretty much all of the activity of my presidency has been around those issues. And we’ve made considerable headway.“Is our work done? Absolutely not. But I think we’ve made major progress as an institution.”As of July 1, Lightstone begins an administrative leave that will help him re-immerse himself in his research as a historian and anthropologist in religion. Asked what he will feel best about, when he looks back on his presidency, he pauses.“I don’t even know that yet. I think I need some distance before I know that, and if you asked others the same question, I think they’ll need some distance, too, before they can say what that is.”He points out that some of the most important advances are not made of bricks and mortar, that Brock offers one of the best student experiences for a mid-sized university in Canada, in part because it has embraced a bigger culture of experiential learning, from highly formalized to much less formalized.As for himself personally, “I am looking forward to teaching again. A change is as good as a vacation. There will be some vacation, but not so much as one would expect. I think I’d get bored just sitting around.“What will be nice is not working more or working less, but having more flexibility in how to schedule my work. I have four grandchildren and they’re still at an age when they like to play with their grandparents. That won’t last too much longer.“I depend on the incredibly competent senior team of the University, and they know it, but I don’t think anyone fully understands the mindset that comes with knowing that … the buck stops with me. That’s just an ever-present, underlying sense that, ultimately, I’m accountable.“And it will be nice, after 10 years, to lay that mantle down.”What others say:Scott Henderson, Chair of Brock University Senate and Associate Professor, Popular Culture:  “He solidified our position as a comprehensive university. When Jack arrived, this was something that was just starting to happen, and here 10 years later he has proven that we belong there.”“And he supported our emphasis on transdisciplinary research, something that other universities are starting to follow. Jack carved out a space for Brock as a centre of 21st-century research and scholarship.”John Suk, Chair of Brock University Board of Trustees: “Jack has put Brock on the map! He has enhanced its reputation, dramatically improved its physical infrastructure, increased its research focus and the number of graduate programs. He has taken Brock down from the hill and into the communities of Niagara, and the most shining example of this is the MIWSFPA.”“Jack has set Brock on a trajectory of greater success and impact in the coming decade, and has enhanced its leadership and financial impact on the Region.” Jim Bradley, MPP for St. Catharines throughout Lightstone’s presidency:  “I can think of no one who has demonstrated more passion and enthusiasm for an institution than what Jack Lightstone has for Brock University.”“His ability to identify the genuine needs of Brock and to marshal compelling reasons for provincial funding has been the hallmark of his term at our local university. The tangible results of his efforts are evident, including convincing the provincial government to provide the $33 million for the new Cairns science building, $26 million for the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines and $10 million for the Goodman School of Business.”“Not only has Jack been an unrelenting advocate for Brock University, but he has also been a great ambassador for the entire Niagara Region, with his counsel and advice being sought by those in leadership positions in our part of the province.”Bonnie Patterson, former president at Trent University (1998-2009) and former president of the Council of Ontario Universities (2009-15):“Jack is a valued colleague. We had a three-year overlap as presidents of our respective universities, me in my last three years at Trent and Jack in his first three at Brock… Jack was not shy about ensuring what was good for Brock was on the table and importantly, he demonstrated time and time again, an important perspective on what was important for the sector as a whole.”“I’ve seen Jack’s capacity to provide strategic leadership on provincial issues.”“He’s a gentleman and a scholar, a major contributor to higher education in the province, he’s tenacious at times, capable of seeing and arguing the big picture and yet ever so conscious of working towards the best interests of the Brock community. Best wishes, Jack, as you pursue the next steps in life’s journey.”Sheldon Levy, former president Ryerson University (2005-15), now Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities:“In my time as President of Ryerson University, Jack was a great colleague and friend. Jack always put Brock first, but he also saw Ontario as a system where we helped each other.”“In all my discussions with Jack, students were always number one. Jack will be missed for his leadership and friendship.”Walter Sendzik, Mayor of St. Catharines and former CEO of Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce:“It has been an absolute privilege to work with Jack over the past 10 years in helping to transform our community. His vision for the possibilities of both Brock and our community emboldened many to believe that we could reach new heights.”“With strong leadership and courage, Jack has changed the course of Niagara’s future by building a world-class university, and strengthening Brock’s place within the economic, cultural and social fabric of Niagara. Thank you Jack – your legacy will be felt for generations to come.” read more

Positive responses received to 2007 Worlds Worst Polluted Places report

first_imgIn another development, the Global Pollution Remediation Fund (GPRF), conceived by Blacksmith Institute, was launched last week at a conference attended by representatives from government agencies of the USA, Germany, China, Russia, Mozambique, Kenya, and the Philippines.  The group also included participants from the World Bank, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Green Cross Switzerland, and leading researchers from within the public health and pollution remediation fields.  The GPRF is a planned $400 million fund dedicated to combating toxic pollution in developing countries that has resulted from industrial, mining, and military operations. As reported by IM, Blacksmith Institute released its second annual report The World’s Worst Polluted Places on September 12, 2007 in partnership with Green Cross Switzerland. Two joint press conferences were held to reveal this year’s ‘Top Ten’ and ‘Dirty Thirty’ lists of polluted places. Blacksmith Instituterepots that as a result of the media attention, the President and General Manager of Doe Run Peru, owner of the metallurgical facility in La Oroya, Peru, cited in the report, has invited Blacksmith Institute to visit the city of La Oroya and surrounding communities.  And in Russia, Norilsk Nickel, responsible for producing a fifth of the world’s nickel and emitting tons of highly polluting compounds, the institute reports, has contacted Blacksmith to partner on a remediation project in order to tackle the legacy pollution issues. The Fund will be directed toward cleaning up about 400 of the most highly polluted locations worldwide that affect more than 100 million people – people who suffer from reduced life expectancies, increased cancer risks and severe neurological damage. Projects supported by the fund will tackle sites causing the most severe health problems and will employ the most cost-effective technologies. Projects initiated by GPRF will channel support efficiently to local stakeholders with technical advice and oversight provided by a central secretariat.  Conference organisers will now approach donors including various development agencies, multilateral development banks, international aid organizations along with high net-worth individuals to build on an initial seed contribution of $10 million.last_img read more

Bateman wins coal handling plant contract with Thiess India for NTPC

first_imgBateman Engineering (India), wholly-owned subsidiary of Bateman Engineering has won a contract worth $2 million from Kolkata-based Thiess India. Bangalore-based Bateman will be providing EPM services for the proposed 15 Mt/y Coal Handling Plant (CHP) at the Pakri Barwadih coal project in Jharkand, which has been awarded to Thiess India by the NTPC. Thiess India will execute the project through its Indian joint venture, Thiess Minecs. Pakri Barwadih will be the first of the six mines the NTPC intends to develop. The contract involves construction of site infrastructure and coal processing plants during the first two years, followed by overburden removal, coal mining and operation of processing and rail loading facilities over the entire life of mine.Announcing the tie-up with Thiess India, Thys Greeff, Managing Director, Bateman India, said, “Bateman India’s scope of services, includes providing consultancy services for engineering and contract/procurement services for installation of primary crushing unit, coal stockpile area, which consists of secondary and tertiary crushing unit and conveying system connecting primary crushing unit and stockpile area.”He added that Bateman India will access the long established expertise and technological resources of the worldwide Bateman Engineering Group, in combination with cost effective services, equipment and material supplied from Bateman’s Asian location.R. Srikanth, Chief Executive, Thiess India, said, “Thiess Minecs selected Bateman India to provide Engineering and Project Management Services for the Pakri Barwadih CHP due to Bateman India’s proven capability in engineering of material handling systems, best-in-class project management services, and finally, the sharp customer focus that the Bateman India team bring to bear on any project.”India’s largest power company, NTPC was set up in 1975 to accelerate power development in India. Apart from power generation, NTPC has already ventured into consultancy, power trading, ash utilisation and coal mining. The total installed capacity of the company is 34,854 MW (including JVs) with 15 coal based and seven gas based stations, located across the country. In addition under JVs, five stations are coal based & another station uses naptha/LNG as fuel. The company has set a target to have an installed power generating capacity of 1,28,000 MW by the year 2032.last_img read more

Sony develops thermal sheet as good as paste for CPU cooling

first_imgIf you’ve ever built your own PC you know how important it is to ensure the CPU and heatsink have a good thermal bond that is free of air bubbles. This requires the use of thermal paste/grease, which means spending some cash to get a decent brand or relying on whatever your heatsink shipped with. If overclocking is part of the plan, then scrape the manufacturer’s putty away and get yourself some Arctic Silver.The problem with using thermal compounds is they are messy and require a lot of trial and error to apply correctly. You also end up wasting quite a bit of it, and it’s not exactly cheap. However, Sony may be about to render them redundant with a new thermal conductive sheet it has developed.Sony Chemical & Information Device Corp. has demonstrated a thermal sheet that it claims matches thermal paste in terms of cooling ability while beating it on life span. The key to the sheet is a combination of silicon and carbon fibers, to produce a thermal conductive layer that’s between 0.3 and 2mm thick.Sony showed off the thermal sheet, known as EX20000C, during the Techno-Frontier 2012 event in Tokyo. The same CPU was cooled by thermal paste and the thermal sheet side-by-side, with the paste keeping the processor at a steady 53 degrees Celsius. The sheet achieved a slightly better 50 degrees Celsius. The actual CPU used in the demonstration wasn’t identified.If it matches paste on cooling and lasts longer, then both manufacturers and PC builders alike will surely make the switch. The sheet can be produced without any imperfections, will be a lot easier to use, and probably costs less to produce. At 0.3mm thick it’s also going to be thinner than even experts can achieve with thermal paste.Sony wants to get the thermal sheet used in servers and for projection units, but I can definitely see this being an option for typical PC builds, too.via Tech-On!last_img read more

Chine des chèvres clonées pour produire plus de cachemire

first_imgChine : des chèvres clonées pour produire plus de cachemireChine – Des scientifiques ont cloné une douzaine de chèvres possédant un gène leur permettant de produire davantage de cachemire. Ces dernières produisent ainsi environ 400 grammes de plus de cette laine très fine et très prisée.Utilisé en particulier pour la confection de vêtements de luxe, le cachemire est le poil le plus fin recensé parmi toutes les variétés de laine. Afin d’en produire davantage, une douzaine de chèvres possédant un gène qui leur permet d’offrir chacune plus de 1.000 grammes de laine par an, contre 600 en moyenne pour les autres, ont été clonées.À lire aussiLa Chine envoie les toutes premières images de la face cachée de la LuneCe projet a été mené par un laboratoire de Mongolie-Intérieure, principale région de production de cachemire de Chine. Sur quatorze chèvres clonées en février et mars derniers, douze possèdent le gène qui permet de produire plus de laine explique l’agence Chine Nouvelle.Cette technique n’est pas réservée aux chèvres et a déjà été appliquée à d’autres animaux : des vaches produisant un lait riche en acides gras omega-3 avaient ainsi vu le jour.  Le 1 mai 2010 à 09:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Galaxy Tab la tablette internet de Samsung officiellement lancée

first_imgGalaxy Tab : la tablette internet de Samsung officiellement lancéeCorée du Sud – Samsung peaufine sa tablette internet et a officialisé la date de son lancement. La Galaxy Tab devrait être commercialisée mi-septembre au prix de 690 euros.La tablette internet de Samsung devrait rapidement faire son entrée sur le marché : le constructeur sud-coréen a en effet annoncé la sortie imminente de sa Galaxy Tab. Les rumeurs ont pris fin : le système d’exploitation de la tablette sera bien Android 2.2, tandis que l’utilisateur surfera sur un écran de 7 pouces. À lire aussiArchos 35 Carbon, 50 et 53 Platinum : prix et caractéristiques des premiers smartphones du constructeur français Plus précisément, l’appareil sera doté d’un processeur ARM Cortex A8 de 1 Ghz et de 512 Mo de RAM. Les connexions Bluetooth et Wi-Fi ainsi que la compatibilité 3G sont également présentes. Petit plus par rapport à l’iPad d’Apple : un appareil photo offrant une résolution de (seulement) 3 mégapixels équipe ce nouvel outil. La présence d’un emplacement pour carte micro-SD, permettant une extension de mémoire jusqu’à 32 Go est en revanche un argument de poids. La tablette Galaxy Tab sera vendue aux alentours de 700 euros.Le 3 septembre 2010 à 11:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Arsenal target available for free transfer

first_imgSchalke 04 have confirmed reports that Max Meyer will be available this summer on a free transfer with both Arsenal and Liverpool reportedly interestedThe attacking midfielder graduated from the Schalke youth side in 2012 and has become a prominent member of the squad since then and has scored 22 goals in a total of 191 appearances across all competitions.Schalke have now confirmed the reports that the 22 year-old’s contract with the Bundesliga side will expire at the end of the season and that they are now expecting this season to be Meyer’s final campaign with them.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“At the moment we can and must expect that Max leaves the club in the summer,” said Schalke director Christian Heidel, according to Metro.“Everything suggests that. ‘There is no offer from us and no wish from Max to have a conversation again.”Following his strong performances after graduating from the youth side, Meyer was awarded a new contract in November 2013 in a deal that would tie the German international till June 2018.last_img read more

Rare turtle freed from lobster traplines

first_imgMARATHON, FLA. (WSVN) – An endangered sea turtle needed help getting out of tangled lobster traplines.The rare and critically endangered leatherback sea turtle was saved by boaters off the Florida Keys on Sunday.The turtle was tangled in lobster traplines and the boaters alerted staff at a turtle hospital after spotting the 500-pound reptile in distress.U.S. Coast Guard members also assisted with the rescue.The giant turtle was safely untangled and released.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Gov Walker Were taking each step as we can

first_imgRevenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck, Budget Director Pat Pitney and Alaska Gov. Bill Walker held a press conference on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 in Juneau, Alaska. Lawmakers approved a budget that draws heavily from state savings, Walkers administration is advocating for different sources of revenue. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)Alaska Governor Bill Walker started this year calling for three things to solve the state’s budget crisis: restructuring the Permanent Fund, cutting subsidies for oil and gas companies, and instituting taxes, including an income tax.Two of those planks moved forward this week. The full Legislature passed an oil tax bill, and the Senate passed a Permanent Fund bill, which would cut dividends in half this year. That cut will be felt most acutely by low-income Alaskans.But the Legislature has so far balked at the idea of an income tax, which would have a bigger impact on higher-income Alaskans.APRN’s Rachel Waldholz sat down with the Governor to get his take on the current situation. She started by asking about the dividend cuts.Download AudioWaldholz: Is that fair? Are we balancing the budget on the backs of poor Alaskans?Walker: Well, we’re taking each step as we can. We can’t put everything across the finish line at the same moment. The reason we had all the pieces we had is to have exactly that — have that balance. To make it as balanced as possible. You have to start off with one piece, and that’s the first piece that came across.Waldholz: What about the impact on rural Alaska of PFD cuts. Are you worried about that?Walker: Of course I am. Every decision that’s made in Juneau impacts different areas differently, there’s no question about that. This impact on rural Alaska will be disproportionate, there’s no question. The cost of everything in rural Alaska is higher. [But ] the  amount of the dividend is about the average we’ve received since the dividend was in place. It wasn’t that many years ago, a few years ago the dividend was $800.  So, you know, we’d like it to be as high as possible, but we just can’t continue to fund government out of the savings account. Waldholz: Do you think it will pass the House, that a similar bill will pass the House?Walker: I do. I do, because it has to. We just don’t have the alternative. There’s not a better option out there. If there was one, I would certainly hope somebody would have brought it to our attention at this point. So I believe it will pass, because it has to.Waldholz: What about the oil and gas tax credit bill. This was another key plank of your plan, this was a key part of reigning in state spending, and the Legislature passed a version that would save significantly less money than what you proposed. Are you satisfied with that? Will you sign that bill?Walker: You know, I haven’t seen the bill itself. I’m familiar with what it says, but it has to go through legal review, so I will withhold what I will do with that bill until I see it. You know, they did a lot of good work. They didn’t go as far as I would have liked to have gone, but I won’t diminish what they did do. But I think there’s more than can be done. I think they know that, as well. The question is when is that going to get done. That’s all part of the mix at this point. Waldholz: This Legislature hasn’t always been incredibly receptive to some of your ideas. And I’m wondering, are you planning to campaign for a different legislature next year? Are you going to be campaigning for candidates to get a legislature that maybe is more aligned with your vision for going forward?Walker: Well, I’ll tell you, right now, I’m campaigning for the fiscal package. That’s my sole focus is getting the fiscal package, as much of that across the finish line this year as we possibly can, so we’re not in the same situation next year, and the next year and the next year. So that’s the campaign I’m focused on right now. We’re in special session, and  hopefully we’ll get that done yet this special session.Waldholz: Do you anticipate another special session after this one?Walker: If needed, I will call it. If we don’t get enough done, if we don’t end up with the legislation to fix Alaska,  at least the larger pieces, I would certainly call another one.last_img read more

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Bookings Cross 14000 In 2 Weeks Likely to Get

first_imgMaruti Suzuki’s newly launched Celerio has reportedly received more than 14,000 bookings in two weeks.The country’s largest car maker Maruti is registering 1,000 bookings per day for its recently launched Celerio, out of which a greater part of the booking is for the automatic transmission (AT) model, reported the Financial Express. The increasing demand for the AT model of Celerio is likely to extend the waiting period of Celerio in the domestic market.”This is the first time we have launched AT in this segment. Who would have thought that we would straightaway get 51 per cent bookings for AT models. Now, there will be a waiting period as the automatic transmission parts are being imported. We will import it for the first year and localise it after a year,” Maruti Suzuki Chairman RC Bhargava told FE.Unveiled at the Auto Expo 2014 in Noida, Celerio is the first car in India to come with Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). Maruti, the celebrated name in the sub-continent market for small car offering seems to have won over the market with Celerio, through aggressive pricing. Unlike other automatic offerings in the country, the price variation between the Manual and Automatic variant of the Celerio is just around ₹1-1.2 lakh.The Celerio, which was originally launched at a starting price of ₹3.90 lakh, is now available at ₹3.76 lakh. The company has revised the pricing of its recently launched hatchback Celerio in India, after the announcement of a reduction in excise duty by finance minister P Chidambaram.The Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) equipped LXi and VXi variants will now on sale for ₹4.14 lakh and ₹4.43 lakh respectively, as against the ₹4.29 lakh and ₹4.59 lakh prices revealed earlier.The Lxi variant of the car will house features like power steering, air conditioning and heater, while the Vxi offers power windows and manually adjustable ORVMs, in addition to the features offered in Lxi. Meanwhile, the top variant Zxi comes loaded with a slew of features like fog lamps, height-adjustable driver seat, anti-lock braking system, electrically adjustable ORVMs and ABS. The Celerio will be available in the market in seven paint jobs.Under the hood, Celerio packs a 998cc, 3-cylinder, K10B engine, which can churn out a power of 67 bhp at 6,000 rpm and a torque of 9.1 kgm at 3,500 rpm. It is offered in six variants in the country – two with automatic transmission and four with manual transmission – and claims a fuel efficiency of 23.1 kilometers for both versions.last_img read more

Houston Municipal Courts Offer Amnesty Period until November 17

first_imgGoogle MapsThe City of Houston’s Municipal Courts Department is offering a Fall amnesty period until November 17.The City of Houston’s Municipal Courts Department announced Thursday its Fall amnesty program, by which any defendant who voluntarily appears at any Municipal Court location during the amnesty period will be allowed to resolve all of their eligible delinquent cases and will not be arrested.The amnesty period will begin Friday, October 26, at 8 a.m. and will end on Saturday, November 17, at 11:59 p.m. It includes Failure to Appear cases.Cases eligible for amnesty include cases that were delinquent prior to September 1, 2018.Only the defendant named in the citation or their attorney can participate in the Amnesty Program.  Bonding companies, friends, relatives, and spouses cannot make the amnesty request on behalf of someone else.“Many of our citizens are still putting the pieces back together from Harvey, and we understand that sometimes many are not able to meet all their obligations,” said Judge J. Elaine Marshall, Director and Presiding Judge of the Municipal Courts Department. “We are hoping this final Amnesty of the year will give everyone the opportunity to clear up old business, reduce the stress that delinquent cases cause, to start the new year off fresh.”The Amnesty Program does not apply to a defendant that is in custody, previously adjudicated cases, parking citations, administrative violations, bond forfeitures, or civil cases. Individuals may call the Houston Helpline by dialing 3-1-1 or 713-837-0311 for questions about whether their specific case(s) is amnesty eligible. Share Defendants may take advantage of the amnesty program by phone, US Mail or in person at any Municipal Court location.last_img read more