New Delhi: An iftar, hosted by the ruling AAP government, on Monday witnessed a bonhomie between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Opposition Leader in the Assembly Vijender Gupta with the latter offering a morsel of food to the former as a friendly gesture.Later talking to the media, Gupta, flanked by Kejriwal, advised the chief minister to avoid the path of confrontation for the welfare of Delhi. Several Delh cabinet ministers, including Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, AAP MP Sanjay Singh, BJP MLA Om Prakash Sharma and Aam Aadmi Party leaders attended the iftar party. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarNo senior leaders from the Congress attended the iftar. After the call for iftar was given, Kejriwal and others got down from the stage and sat in a table for food. At the table, Gupta, who is critical of Kejrwal and his government, fed a morsel of food to him as a friendly gesture following requests by photo journalists. “Since the beginning, I have been asking Kejrwal ji to avoid the path of confrontation for the welfare of Delhi. If we work together, it will benefit Delhi. But this is their strategy (to have confrontation)…” Gupta told reporters after the event. Chief Minister Kejriwal congratulated people on the occasion and said he prays for their prosperity.
New Delhi: The government has declined Bhuwan Chandra Tripathi, the country’s longest-serving head of a major PSU, a third extension as Chairman and Managing Director of India’s biggest natural gas firm GAIL India Ltd, sources said.Tripathi, 59, who was the youngest person to become a chairman of an oil and gas PSU in August 2009, completes his second five-year term on July 31 and was eligible for an extension till his date of superannuation on January 31 next year. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalSources said the government has, however, declined an extension. While no official reason has been given for the denial of extension, he was the person who stood between plans of splitting GAIL into two by hiving-off gas pipeline or the marketing business into a separate unit for a possible sale to a strategic investor. Widely rated as one of the finest CEOs in the petroleum sector in the country, Tripathi is credited with steering the GAIL through several challenging times in project management. He was the youngest chairman of a PSU when he in August 2009 took over as the head of GAIL and is the longest-serving one of a major PSU. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostDuring his 10 year tenure, GAIL saw three-fold growth in turnover to over Rs 74,000 crore, doubling of profit to over Rs 9,000 crore, a three-time growth in asset base and about two-and-half times growth in market cap to around Rs 78,000 crore. GAIL is now virtually a debt-free company. From aggressive foray into city gas business and striking Henry Hub linked LNG import deals, he is also credited with leading GAIL’s transformation into the league Global Top 10 gas majors with his aggressive globalisation moves and opening up of GAIL offices in the US, Singapore, and Myanmar. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has communicated to the Petroleum Ministry the decision of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), which was seized of the issue after Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had recommended an extension early this year, they said. DoPT, however, did not give any reasons for denying Tripathi an extension, they added. According to sources, the order noted that the senior-most director of GAIL be appointed as interim Chairman and Managing Director till a full-time head is selected. Director (Projects) Ashutosh Karnatak is the senior-most director on GAIL board and is likely to named interim chairman. Some months back, the ACC had approved an extension of Karnatak’s tenure by 16 months till his superannuation age of 60 years to be achieved in June 2020.
Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TENIKA DAVIS JOINS NETFLIX’S JUPITER’S LEGACYTenika Davis has been cast as the younger Flare in Netflix’s Jupiter’s Legacy television series. Davis’ character is the daughter of the original Flare (played by Timeless’ Mike Wade).“Tenika Davis is The Flare, a superhero who takes over the mantle after her father’s injury,” reads Netflix’s description of the character. “But in this world, superheroics aren’t all fun and games, and often come with a whole bunch of deadly consequences.”Davis previously appeared on Syfy’s Incorporated, Bravo’s 19-2, and CBC’s The Book of Negroes.Based on the Image Comics title by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, Jupiter’s Legacy is being overseen by Daredevil season one showrunner Steven DeKnight. Casting news for @mrmarkmillar & @stevendeknight’s Jupiter Legacy!Tenika Davis is The Flare, a superhero who takes over the mantle after her father’s injury. But in this world, superheroics aren’t all fun and games, and often come with a whole bunch of deadly consequences. pic.twitter.com/tVXYWrZ0Mj— NX (@NXOnNetflix) April 8, 2019 Facebook JUPITER’S LEGACY ADDS TENIKA DAVIS IN KEY RECURRING ROLE AS A SECOND GENERATION SUPERHERONetflix continues to create separation between Marvel (Disney+ will be the new home of Marvel Television) and DC (the Arrowverse shows are expected to make the jump to DC Universe and forthcoming Warner Media streaming platform) with adaptations of lesser known comics like The Umbrella Academy, Locke & Key and Warrior Nun.The streaming platform has doubled down on titles from Mark Millar’s Millarworld comic book imprint with television adaptations of Supercrooks, American Jesus, and Jupiter’s Legacy in various stages of development. Film adaptations of Empress, Sharkey the Bounty Hunter and Huck are also in the works.On the TV side, Jupiter’s Legacy is furthest along, with Josh Duhamel, Ben Daniels, Leslie Bibb, Elena Kampouris, Andrew Horton, Mike Wade and Matt Lanter set to star. Per Deadline, Tenika Davis is the latest addition to the cast. Davis will play Petra Small, the second generation Flare (the first generation is pictured above) and daughter of the original, played by Wade. In the comics, The Flare has a son named Peter.Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus, Daredevil, Pacific Rim: Uprising) is serving as showrunner and will direct the pilot. Tenika Davis is set for a key recurring role in Jupiter’s Legacy, the superhero epic series from Steven S. DeKnight (Marvel’s Daredevil) based on the stories by Mark Millar.Jupiter’s Legacy is among the first slate of series and movies based on the stories of Millar and based on the graphic novels of the same name by Millar and artist Frank Quitely.The series follows the world’s first generation of superheroes who received their powers in the 1930s. Now, in present day, they are the revered elder guard, but their superpowered children struggle to live up to the legendary feats of their parents. READ MORE
Rabat – Rising insecurities about the economic outlook for 2018 have eroded the confidence of Moroccan households, according to the High Commission for Planning (HCP) in a report published January 18. The annual index survey on household confidence shows that 24 percent of households are pessimistic about their living standards over the next twelve months. 40 percent anticipate that their financial conditions will remain the same, while nearly 36 percent are optimistic about the coming year.In terms of employment status and opportunities, household confidence is alarmingly low. In the fourth quarter of 2017, 72.8 percent of surveyed households expect an increase in unemployment over the next 12 months. Just 14.3 percent of households believe unemployment will decrease. While 30 percent against 11 percent of households expect an improvement in their financial situation over the next year, only 28 percent of households believe that they can save money after paying necessary living costs. Over the next twelve months, 80 percent of Moroccans think that food prices are going to continue to rise; just 5 percent believe that prices will fall.A Look Back to 2017A year ago, 35.4 percent of households reported a decline in their standard of living, 33.0 percent maintained the same level and 31.6 percent said that their situation had improved.At the conclusion of 2017, nearly 30 percent of households reported being in debt or having to use savings to cover their expenses. Only 5.4 percent of Moroccans said that they could save portions of their income, while the overwhelming majority, 64.8 percent, said that they could barely make ends meet last year.As to food prices, nearly 89 percent of households reported spending more in the last twelve months. Only 4 percent felt that prices had decreased.In 2017, Moroccan households indicated a perceived improvement in the quality of administrative services (61.6 percent) against 16.6 percent who believe that quality has diminished further. Additionally, 51 percent of households believe that the human rights situation in Morocco has improved while nearly 15 percent believe that it has worsened.The HCP survey also indicated that 22.5 percent of households believed there was an improvement in the quality of public education services, while 45.4 percent thought that they had deteriorated. As to public health services, fewer than 14 percent of households believe that health benefits and services have improved; 59 percent say they have deteriorated.
26 February 2007Pirates off the coast of Somalia have hijacked a United Nations-chartered ship with its 12-member crew shortly after it unloaded 1,800 metric tonnes of food aid and equipment – the fourth such attack on UN supply vessels off the East African country in 20 months. Pirates off the coast of Somalia have hijacked a United Nations-chartered ship with its 12-member crew shortly after it unloaded 1,800 metric tonnes of food aid and equipment – the fourth such attack on UN supply vessels off the East African country in 20 months.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) “is highly concerned about the safety of crew members and the vessel,” Peter Goossens, the agency’s Country Director for Somalia said today of yesterday’s seizure of the MV Rozen. “Such acts of piracy might undermine the delivery of relief food to vulnerable people in Somalia and could further worsen the prevailing precarious humanitarian situation.” WFP is currently in close contact with Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG), the authorities in Puntland in the north of the country, and with the vessel’s agents, to obtain the most accurate information and to ensure the earliest release of the vessel and crew – six Sri Lankans, including the captain, and six Kenyans. In 2005, after two earlier hijacks, WFP temporarily had to suspend deliveries of food aid by sea for some weeks, but since then sea deliveries have been uninterrupted, even during the worst days of the conflict between the TFG and the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) at the end of last year. The MV Rozen itself escaped an attempted hijack in southern Somali waters last year. This time the ship had just delivered WFP food and UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) equipment in Berbera and in Bossaso in Puntland and was sailing empty back to Mombasa, from where it was chartered when it was hijacked. It is now reported to be anchored off Bargal, in Somali waters. Pirates hijacked a sister vessel, the MV Semlow, in June 2005 with WFP relief food on board for 28,000 victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami and held it for more than 100 days in Somali waters in June 2005. The crew was released unharmed. Another vessel with WFP food aid, the MV Miltzow, was hijacked for 33 hours in October 2005 while it was in the process of unloading food in the port of Merka. In 2006, WFP delivered some 78,000 metric tonnes of relief food to 1.4 million people affected by drought and floods in southern Somalia.
7 June 2011The top United Nations envoy in the Middle East deplored today’s desecration of a mosque in the occupied West Bank and called for “forceful” action by the Israeli Government against such attacks. Media reports say a burning tyre was thrown into the mosque, located in the village of Al Mughayyir near Ramallah, and Hebrew graffiti was daubed on the walls. The attack was reportedly carried out by settlers in retaliation for the dismantling of unauthorized Jewish settlements nearby. “The actions of Israeli extremists are highly provocative and threatening,” Mr. Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said in a statement.“I note the condemnation of this attack by the Israeli Government and stress the need for forceful action against this and other like attacks,” he stated.Mr. Serry added that, consistent with its obligations under international law as the occupying power, the Israeli Government must ensure the accountability of those responsible and protect the human rights of Palestinians and their property, including religious sites.Mr. Serry and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have repeatedly stressed the need for Israelis and Palestinians to resume the peace talks that stalled last September following Israel’s refusal to extend a 10-month freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory. That decision prompted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to withdraw from direct talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which had only resumed a few weeks earlier after a two-year hiatus.
On Wednesday 114 refugees, including 59 children, from two camps in western Iran were taken back in a 12-vehicle convoy to Basra in southern Iraq, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today in Geneva. They had been living for more than 20 years in Mottahari and Ansar refugee camps in Iran’s Khuzestan Province. According to spokesman Peter Kessler, the returnees were escorted into Basra by Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) personnel, where they received relief items, including blankets, plastic tarpaulins, lanterns, household supplies, hygienic items and, if necessary, tents, from local UNHCR and partner agency staff. Prior to leaving Iran, they underwent mine awareness training at the Shalamcheh border. More than 6,000 Iraqis have returned from Iran with UNHCR help since convoys started last November, while some 4,800 have returned from Saudi Arabia. Next week, UNHCR and Iran’s refugee office plan to open voluntary repatriation centres in Ahwaz and Kermanshah Provinces where Iraqis seeking to go home despite the unstable security situation can register for transport, Mr. Kessler said. “Because of the recent tension throughout Iraq, UNHCR is only assisting Iraqis refugees who insist on going back and who originate from Basra, Dhiqar or Muthana governorates in the south,” he said. Mr. Kessler also called attention to UNHCR’s funding shortfall for its Iraq operations, noting that it has not received any contributions for its $74 million programme in Iraq so far. “We are in need of urgent contributions from donors to maintain our programmes as well as to care for some 2,000 refugees living in rough camps in eastern Jordan,” he said.
TORONTO – North American stock markets closed lower on thin volume Friday as trading wound down going into the U.S. Memorial Day holiday weekend.The S&P/TSX composite slipped 2.85 points to 15,200.76, while the loonie fell 0.62 of a U.S. cent to 81.29 cents.“The market started the day off weakly,” partly as a result of issues abroad, said Roland Chalupka, chief investment officer at Fiduciary Trust Canada, an arm of Franklin Templeton Investments Corp.Chalupka said negotiations between European leaders over Greece’s debt troubles were somewhat to blame for the disappointing start to the day.But markets drifted slightly higher following relatively positive comments on the economy in the afternoon from Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen, Chalupka said.“At the end of the day here we are — the market is little changed on a light volume a day ahead of the Memorial Day weekend,” Chalupka said.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 53.72 points at 18,232.02, while the Nasdaq edged 1.43 points lower to 5,089.36 and the S&P 500 gave back 4.76 points to 2,126.06.In her speech, Yellen said she expects the Fed to begin raising interest rates later this year if the job market improves and the U.S. central bank is confident that inflation will rise closer to its target rate.“Her comments on the U.S. economy were better than expected and that gave a little bit more confidence,” Chalupka said.Yellen cautioned that the economy is still facing a number of headwinds that could stall growth, including disappointing wage growth, a tepid housing recovery and global economic weakness.But because the Fed’s interest rate moves take time to filter through the economy, she said further improvements in the economy will likely make it prudent to start raising rates later this year.In other economic news, Statistics Canada reported the annual inflation rate slowed to just 0.8 per cent last month, its weakest reading since October 2013, with lower energy prices a major factor.In the U.S., consumer prices rose slightly in April for the third straight month, suggesting that an improving economy could be setting the stage for the Federal Reserve to raise the benchmark short-term interest rate from the near-zero level where it has been for more than six years.U.S. consumer prices edged up 0.1 per cent from the previous month but core inflation, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, climbed 0.3 per cent for the biggest gain in 15 months.Energy stocks dropped 0.16 per cent on the TSX as the July crude contract slipped $1 to US$59.72 a barrel.Chalupka said investors who had benefited from the recent rally in crude prices were looking to cash in profits.Meanwhile, the June gold contract fell 10 cents to US$1,204.00 an ounce.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter North American markets flat ahead of U.S. Memorial Day holiday weekend by Alexandra Posadzki and Brian McKenna, The Canadian Press Posted May 22, 2015 7:00 am MDT Last Updated May 22, 2015 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“We are being challenged to strengthen our collective resolve to promote peace and security, sustainable development and human rights around the world,” said Mr. Ban, telling the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament that, earlier this month, UN Member States took a bold step in this direction by concluding negotiations on the “ambitious and transformative” agenda for the next 15 years.The global parliamentary summit is held every five years. The current meeting will run through 2 September in New York and today’s opening session features addresses from Mr. Ban, IPU President Saber Chowdhury, UN General Assembly President Sam Kutesa and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation Forest Whitaker. In his remarks, the Secretary-General said that the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that form the basis of the new UN agenda are people-centred and planet-sensitive. They provide a plan of action for ending poverty and hunger, and a roadmap for building a life of dignity for all and they promise to “leave no one behind.”Commending the parliamentarians of the world, and the IPU, for the valuable role they played in shaping the new framework, Mr. Ban underscored that their contribution to its implementation will be equally critical in ensuring that the agenda is translated from the global to the national. “People will look to you to hold your governments accountable for achieving the goals, and to write the laws and invest in the programmes that will make them a reality,” he said, noting that while democratic principles also run through the entire document “like a silver thread,” Sustainable Development Goal 16 addresses democracy by calling for inclusive and participatory societies and institutions. At the same time, the UN chief said the task of implementing and monitoring these goals is huge. It requires States to work in strong and close partnership with civil society of all stripes. This has never been more important. And yet, for civil society, freedom to operate is diminishing – or even disappearing. Dozens of Governments have adopted restrictions that limit the ability of NGOs [non-governmental organizations] to work, or to receive funding, or both. “As we embark on this new agenda, the State and civil society can and should be partners in building the future we want,” he said, emphasizing that the declaration the parliamentarians will adopt at the conference outlines their responsibilities in translating the voices of the people into meaningful action.For his part, General Assembly President Kutesa said given their role as pillars of democratic governance, parliaments will have an important role in the implementation of the new development agenda. “Parliamentarians should continue to ensure that the voices of the people are heard and included in the development process. This will enhance ownership of the new agenda and its implementation on the ground, which will be vital for its success,” he said. Meanwhile, Mr. Kutesa said, it will be essential to carry forward the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which have been incorporated in the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs. In particular, greater attention will be needed in the areas of education, health, water and sanitation, advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment, and creation of employment, among others.Parliamentarians will be essential to that effort, the Assembly President said, also spotlighting the critical role they must play in the protection and preservation of the environment, including through enacting appropriate legislation. “As we work toward reaching a new, universally-binding climate change agreement at the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP 21) in Paris this December, bold commitments that will protect our planet for generations to come are needed,” said Mr. Kutesa, stressing that parliamentarians and other stakeholders should remain actively engaged in collective efforts towards this noble goal.
After 21 years under the watch of John Bluem, Ohio State found a new men’s soccer head coach Monday.The Buckeyes announced the hire of former Indiana associate head coach Brian Maisonneuve as the 10th coach in program history. He spent the past 10 years guiding the Hoosiers to eight NCAA tournament appearances including their victorious 2012 NCAA national championship and a runner-up finish in the 2017 season.“I am excited to get to work and continue to grow the Ohio State program into one of the elite soccer programs in the country,” Brian Maisonneuve said in a statement. “John [Bluem] did a great job over the last 21 years and I am so honored for this opportunity. This is an incredible athletics department with tremendous resources.”Maisonneuve was an All-American as a player for the Hoosiers during his four-year tenure on the team from 1991 to 1994, and his success does not stop there. After playing at Indiana, Maisonneuve went to play for the Columbus Crew from 1996 to 2004. He also was a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team and the 1998 U.S. World Cup team. When his playing days were done, he coached for five years before joining the Hoosiers. He led the Hoosiers to eight NCAA tournaments throughout his time as a coach.He will fit perfectly as the next in line of a successful coaching history. “We are fortunate to add Brian Maisonneuve to our outstanding lineup of head coaches,” Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith said in a statement. “He has competed at a high level and coached in one of the most successful collegiate programs nationally. We look forward to the opportunities our student-athletes will have under Brian’s direction.” Maisonneuve has received multiple coaching awards throughout his career including the NSCAA Assistant Coach of the Year for the Great Lakes Region in 2012 and 2015. He was also named one of the top 12 assistants in the nation for the third straight year and fifth time in his career in 2016.
She said: “He is badly in need of help. I’m dreadfully worried about him. He’s completely on his own.”Despite her parents divorcing when she was six, Ms Markle has remained close to her father.Video: Meghan’s half-sister on father’s ‘heart attack’ Mr Markle Jr’s claims came on the day his father, also Thomas Markle, was due to undergo heart surgery and it has been reported that he has successfully had three stents fitted following a reported heart attack earlier in the week. Meghan Markle and her half-sister Samantha Grant at her graduation in 2008Credit:Tim Stewart News Ltd Meghan Markle’s half-sister, Samantha Grant, is reported to have been taken to hospital after being involved in a car crash following an alleged confrontation with paparazzi photographers.The 53-year-old is said to have hit the vehicle’s windscreen, suffering a broken ankle and fracturing her knee near her home in Florida on Wednesday.Ms Grant’s partner, named as Mark by celebrity gossip website TMZ, said their car hit a concrete barrier after attempting to avoid a photographer.He told the website the incident happened near a toll booth, where he claimed a photographer veered in front of the couple’s vehicle, leading him to swerve.Ms Grant hit the windshield and fell to the floor mat, he said, adding that – as she suffers from MS – she was unable to lift herself up and that her foot was twisted backwards. Siblings accuse Kensington Palace of failing to help father handle media spotlightMr Markle Jr also said Kensington Palace should have offered his father more guidance about how to handle the intense media spotlight.He said: “I wrote to Kensington Palace months ago asking for their aid. We’ve all been so overwhelmed by the attention and have found it difficult living under such scrutiny. “We needed guidance from the royals but we didn’t get it. Our family was thrown into the limelight and there’s been enormous pressure on us all. It’s taken its toll on us all.” Ms Markle’s sister, Samantha, told The Sun she was worried about her father and claimed she had wired money to the 73-year-old. Meghan’s father ‘badly in need of help… he’s completely on his own’Pictures of Mr Markle appeared in a number of British newspapers, which it later emerged were staged, prompting him to drop out of the wedding, telling TMZ he did not want to “embarrass the Royal family or his daughter”.But on Monday he missed a call from his daughter and she later told him she loved him in a text message and said she was concerned about his health, the website reported.Ms Markle’s father has come under severe scrutiny and his attendance at the wedding has been speculated on widely following allegations that he posed for staged paparazzi photos. Thomas Markle pictured with his daughter, Meghan Markle Credit:Tim Stewart News Ltd Amid intense media scrutiny, Ms Grant accused Kensington Palace of abandoning Mr Markle.Ms Grant, along with her brother Thomas Markle Jr, have not been invited to the wedding and no longer has any relationship with her half-sister.Kensington Palace declined to comment. It comes as Ms Markle’s half-brother, Thomas Markle Jnr, 51, claimed the family’s lives “have been changed forever” since Meghan’s relationship with Prince Harry became public.”There hasn’t been a day gone by when the phone hasn’t rung or we’ve not been followed,” said Mr Markle, who visited Windsor Castle to see where his sibling will marry Prince Harry, said. “It’s placed a massive strain on us all.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. It is this health issue that Mr Markle said is now prohibiting him from travelling to England for his daughter’s wedding, after a turbulent week of U-turns as to whether or not he would attend. Thomas Markle ‘heartbroken’ to miss weddingHis son, Thomas Markle Jr, told the Daily Mirror that his father will be “heartbroken” to miss his daughter’s wedding.He said: “My dad will be heartbroken that he cannot be with Meg in Windsor to walk her down the aisle. He would have moved heaven and earth to be there.”My sister’s going to be one of the best things ever to have happened to the Royal family. She will be the perfect modern princess.”
Minerals Down Under is developing robust, industry-proven technologies that address major online measurement challenges in the mining and processing of commodities including alumina, coal, copper, gold, iron ore, platinum and uranium. These technologies underpin the process optimisation needed for ‘precision processing’.Radio frequency researchers through CSIRO’s Minerals Down Under Flagship have built sensors capable of electronically ‘eavesdropping’ on bulk ore deposits to detect the crystalline structure of valuable minerals.The sensors work in real-time and are designed for deployment onsite at mines and processing plants where they can deliver measurements that allow improved control of processing.Dr David Miljak, who is heading up the project, says the technology under development is related to medical MRI – the non-invasive ‘magnetic resonance imaging’ technology used to image the body. Unlike MRI, however, the CSIRO sensors do not require a powerful magnetic field, eliminating the requirement for huge magnets.‘With some crystalline structures we can get a response without a magnetic field,” he says. “We use radio waves at specific frequencies that penetrate deep into rock. Advanced radio receivers are used to listen for faint electronic ‘blips’ that allow us to obtain accurate information about the mineral mix,” Miljak says.There are both economic and environmental benefits associated with adopting this real-time sensing technology in the minerals industry. CSIRO researchers have recently demonstrated the measurement of selected copper minerals in bulk ore samples. The initial results hold promise for online copper mineralogy measurement at various stages of production, from mine to flotation, and will aid in process optimisation.“For example, if mining could get mineral and textural parameters before the ore goes to stockpile, that would be quite transformational for the industry,” he says. “It would allow for greater mining efficiency while providing opportunity for precise control of processing,” Miljak says.“There are many potentially exciting applications out there for this technology, so we are at this interesting R&D stage where we have the potential to ramp up the technology for particular mineral measurement applications.”CSIRO has engaged with several mining companies to develop specific online analysers for measurement of copper mineralogy in bulk ore.
ONE COUNCILLOR HAS criticised reports that grants to Dublin councils may be cut and the money redirected elsewhere in the State.Today the Irish Times reported that government grants to Dublin councils could be cut due to the higher local property tax return in the capital.Last year, when the property tax was levied for just six months, Dublin City Council collected €39.7 million, while Fingal, South Dublin and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown councils took in €18.4 million, €15.3 million and €25.9 million respectively.The government has committed to allowing 80% of funding to stay within the local authority area, meaning 20% of Dublin’s LPT revenue may be spent in other counties.Councillor Brendan Carr said it would be “grossly unfair” if Dubliners were “punished for paying property tax”, particularly when the capital needs “urgent funding” to address the housing crisis.“Despite concerns over the fairness of the LPT the vast majority of Dubliners paid it, under the understanding that it will be used to address the need’s of the local community. To now undermine the funding of vital services by cutting Government funds, and expect Dubliners to fund parts of the country where the government failed to collect the LPT flies in the face of the whole concept of the LPT.People pay this charge to fund local facilities and services, if payment will now lead to reductions in other funding that will clearly increase problems with the collection of this tax in the future. Carr said he and his colleagues on Dublin City Council would “strongly oppose any attempt to implement these threatened cuts”.The Labour councillor called on Environment Minister Phil Hogan to clarify the situation “immediately”.Local authorities have the power to vary the tax rate for 2015 up or down by 15% before the end of September.Read: Revenue is receiving €1.5m a day in Property Tax paymentsRead: Gilmore would support councils cutting property tax by 15 per cent
In an email sent out to Mayors (that is, people who bought SimCity) Maxis has issued the apology many people have been waiting for. Maxis — not Electronic Arts or a specific person at Maxis — wrote “We know we messed up and want to sincerely thank you for staying with us…” with that apology coming in the form of a free game available through the same Origin download service that is used to connect digital download and physical, disc-based copies of SimCity (2013).The timeline for the free games, the list of which was not posted in the original email, is strict so know this: Buyers must register their copy of SimCity before March 25th, 11:59 PM PST. They must then claim their free Origin game before March 30th at 11:59PM PST. Five days is more than enough time, but if you are going on vacation or you have avoided opening up your copy of SimCity prior to your big math test/LSAT/GMAT/deadline/etc. on March 26th, you should take a few minutes and get this done.The games that will be available for free for eligible Mayors are:Battlefield 3Bejeweled 3Dead Space 3Mass Effect 3Medal of Honor WarfighterNeed For Speed Most WantedPlants vs. ZombiesSimCity 4 Deluxe EditionAs players know, EA is not issuing refunds for SimCity, but this will help smooth things over with customers who feel injured by the botched release of the city simulator. Hopefully not too many people will choose SimCity 4 Delux Edition and just revert back to what is an excellent, though very much outdated game at this point. Its inclusion on this list is either a sign of Maxis being confident in their back catalog or just giving up entirely on a set of gamers, understanding that those people just aren’t going to warm up to the new, always-connected (kind of) SimCity.
iPad : déjà plus de 10.000 applications disponiblesÉtats-Unis – Apple et ses développeurs ont réussi à garnir plus rapidement en applications le store de l’iPad que celui de l’iPhone en son temps. Plus de 10.000 fonctions sont déjà proposées.Apple a amélioré son rendement par rapport au lancement de l’iPhone en 2008. Alors qu’il a fallu cinq mois au store de l’iPhone pour atteindre les 10.000 applications, celui de l’iPad est parvenu à ce résultat en 63 jours seulement. Actuellement, plus de 1.000 programmes sont enregistrés chaque semaine. Une performance impressionnante, même s’il ne faut souvent que transposer la version iPhone déjà existante en version iPad.L’iPad App Store est constitué en majorité d’applications payantes (78%, dont 25% de jeux), comme celui de l’iPhone qui en compte 75%. Aujourd’hui, l’iPhone App Store compte 225.000 programmes. Le 15 juin 2010 à 12:10 • Emmanuel Perrin
Tatouages au henné : les médecins alertent contre les risques d’allergieSi le tatouage temporaire au henné séduit les vacanciers, il constitue en revanche une préoccupation majeure pour les médecins confrontés à des patients en proie à de sérieuses crises d’eczéma. Les spécialistes ont donc décidé de renouveler leurs avertissements.Gare aux tatouages au henné. Tel est le message que tentent à nouveau de faire passer les professionnels de la santé préoccupés par la recrudescence de cas d’allergies graves. Avec l’été, les vacanciers sont nombreux à se laisser tenter par la tendance. Les tatouages temporaires composés rapidement et sans douleur ravissent petits et grands. Toutefois, si cette pratique parait sur le moment complètement inoffensive, elle peut dans certains cas conduire à de graves crises d’eczéma parfois irréversibles. En réalité, les risques que représentent les tatouages temporaires ne sont pas liés au henné lui même, mais aux produits ajoutés afin de rendre la peinture corporelle plus foncée. La teinte noire qui remporte un vif succès auprès des estivants est en effet obtenue à partir d’une substance très allergisante à savoir la paraphénylènediamine (PPD). Selon la législation européenne, l’utilisation de cette substance toxique est interdite dans tous les cosmétiques destinés à être appliqués sur la peau. Seules les teintures capillaires sont autorisées à en disposer à une concentration maximale de 6% avec des temps de pause très courts. “Chez les tatoueurs, les proportions peuvent aller jusqu’à 25% ou 35% avec des temps de pause de plusieurs heures, voir plusieurs jours” indique au Figaro le docteur Audrey Nosbaum, dermatologue-allergologue à l’hôpital Lyon-Sud.Des conséquences graves voir irréversiblesÀ lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Les dommages entraînés par le tatouage se manifestent généralement neuf jours après la pause de la peinture. Le dessin, alors pratiquement estompé, laisse place aux premiers symptômes de l’allergie : cloques, rougeurs, démangeaisons… Et si les irritations sont généralement localisées au niveau du motif initial, elles peuvent dans certains cas se répandre au delà. Ces inflammations très violentes durent environ trois semaines et peuvent entraîner des dommages irréversibles. “A plus long terme, ces réactions peuvent laisser des cicatrices indélébiles et s’accompagner d’allergies croisées, notamment à des teintures capillaires, des caoutchoucs teintées, certains médicaments, des colorants vestimentaires, et empêcher la pratique de certaines professions comme celle de coiffeur par exemple” indique dans un communiqué les hôpitaux de Lyon, parmi lesquels un a décidé de réserver des places d’urgence dans ses consultations pour prendre en charge ces allergies. Le 21 juillet 2011 à 15:38 • Maxime Lambert
Apple en pleine parano ?Suite aux premières réactions de la sortie du 4S, du lancement de Ios 5.0, et d’un climat aussi délétère environnementalement parlant, que brutal, au niveau judiciaire (Samsung, HTC…), la firme de Cupertino ne serait-elle pas en train d’en faire trop ? S’il elle se permet de donner son avis sur beaucoup de domaines, il ne faudrait pas qu’elle s’imagine trop belle, car la concurrence a déjà gagné de nombreuses terres jadis chasses gardées. Stratégie de survie, besoin de publicité ou sentiment de persécution, la pomme semble flotter en pleine paranoïa.Il n’y a pas de fumée sans feu. Apple faisant office d’allume-barbecue ! Durant de nombreuses années, la firme à la pomme tenait la dragée haute à la concurrence dans de nombreux domaines, allant de l’informatique aux loisirs numériques. Depuis la sortie du Mac Intosh, en passant par celle de l’Imac ou de l’Ipod, elle donnait le “la”, la concurrence suivait tout en essayant de la dépasser.Mais on ne devient pas champion du jour au lendemain, et certaines pratiques, pouvant prêter à sourire, ont révélé leur efficacité : secret de fabrication et de lancement, tests matériel “encadrés”, procédures judiciaires systématiques et décourageantes. Bref, le champion savait s’entourer d’un mur de silence infranchissable…Jusqu’aux années 2000. Et à partir de cette époque, on est en droit de se demander si ce mur ne s’écroule pas sur la société elle-même, ou, du moins, sa réputation.A l’époque, face à LG et Samsung jouant le jeu de l’ultra-distribution avec caractéristiques techniques affichées très tôt, Apple devait changer de stratégie vis à vis de ses produits et ne plus jouer que sur le plan du beau et de l’efficace. Apple entra donc, comme la majorité de ses concurrents, dans la surenchère technologique. Le mariage de l’Ipod et de l’Ipone avec le Touch, produit de pur loisir numérique, en est un exemple patent. C’est beau, c’est efficace…Et en plus, vous jouez avec un produit Apple.Même chose avec le réajustement effectué par l’Iphone 3GS, ou le 4S. Sous des airs de Don Quichotte ? Et plus les années passent, plus la concurrence devient sérieuse, et les répliques de la firme de Cupertino, cinglante : la guerre des brevets avec Samsung, son ancien partenaire de conception du coeur de l’Iphone, ou les démélés judiciaire avec HTC. Apple devient une société procédurière qui s’applique a soigner plus l’image de son logo que celle de sa position de leader. Début novembre, elle lance des actions contre des “squatteurs” numériques, dont certains noms comme “Iphone4S.com” ont été attribués en 2008… Soit trois ans avant l’arrivée du nouveau téléphone d’Apple, rapporte le magazine Domain Name Wire. Ses attaques visent également des sociétés qui ont pignons sur rue: d’après le Daily Mail, le 31 octobre dernier, une plainte avait été déposée contre un café allemand dont l’enseigne, Apfelkind, était surmonté d’une pomme rouge qui ne ressemble en rien au fameux fruit connu de tous dans le domaine du multimédia.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Stress, paranoïa ? la question peut se poser. Et si les produits et les valeurs de la firme restent d’excellentes factures (il n’y a qu’à voir la rapidité avec laquelle Apple répond actuellement, avec un correctif, au problème d’autonomie de l’Iphone 4S), son esprit, lui, semble se disperser. Apple qui se permet de critiquer le Kindle Fire et Android, c’est de bonne guerre. Mais alors pourquoi avoir laissé certaines rumeurs sur la Toile sur le fait que la firme, elle-même, travaillerait sur un Ipad plus petit. Ça prête à sourire !Gageons qu’il ne s’agisse que d’une mauvaise passe pour Apple. Et que la firme, malheureusement endeuillée par la disparition de Steve Jobs, n’a pas perdu que le visionnaire qui la dirigeait.Le 4 novembre 2011 à 12:38 • Maxime Lambert
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are some reminders from the Wilmington Recreation Department:Thunder Cat Sports JamDo your children never seem to get enough sports? The Thundercat ‘Sports Jam’ programs for children 4 – 10 are returning to Wilmington from July 30 – August 3 for more faced-paced action! Register your child now to join in the fun!In the ‘Sports Jam’ program, your child (age 7 -10) will play, play, and play some more…it’s the ultimate multi-sport program! Featured games will be basketball, soccer, volleyball, dodgeball, shark attack and many more! Half-day option meets from 8:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and costs $140; Full-day option meets from 8:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. and costs $170.Children age 4 – 6 are invited to play in the ‘Kiddie Cat Jam’ program which features the same great games as ‘Sports Jam’ but is designed for the younger athlete. These children will meet from 8:45 – 11:45 a.m. and costs $140.Tennis LessonsKeep that summer fun going with some outdoor tennis lessons! Our Morning Tennis Clinics return Monday – Friday, July 23 – 27 and will be held at the Boutwell School Tennis Courts (rain location is inside the gym at the West Intermediate). Bring a racket if you have one, however equipment is provided if needed. Cost is $60.00.Children age 4 – 5 will meet from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.Children age 6 – 8 will meet from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.Children age 9 – 12 will meet from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.To register, visit www.wilmingtonma.gov/recreation, call 978-658-4270, or stop by Room 8 at Town Hall. The Recreation Department is open Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.(NOTE: The above announcements are from the Wilmington Recreation Department’s Facebook page.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Registration Now Open For SNL Flag Football & Rec BasketballIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Legopalooza, Learn To Sail, Top Secret Math & ScienceIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Town Offers Tennis Lessons For Kids (Ages 4-17)In “Community”
(Photo by Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau)The federal government has extended an important deadline for people who need individual health insurance in 2016. High demand on healthcare.gov prompted officials to extend the deadline for coverage that takes effect Jan. 1.Health insurance shoppers now have until 11 p.m. Alaska time on Dec. 17 to buy a health plan that begins the first day of the new year.The open enrollment period lasts until the end of January, but customers who buy plans after Dec. 17 will have to wait until later in Januaryor February for their coverage to begin.Most Alaskans who buy insurance on healthcare.gov are eligible for hundreds of dollars in monthly subsidies to help pay premium costs.
New Delhi: The Delhi Police arrested a 46-year-old inter-state arms and ammunition trafficker and recovered 110 cartridges of .315 and .32 bores on his information. The accused, identified as Harveer, a resident of the Aligarh district in UP, was trafficking arms and ammunition for the last 16 years. A reward of Rs 50,000 was announced on him. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us According to Pramod Singh Kushwaha, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Special Cell, on April 30 two inter-state arms traffickers were arrested by the special cell. They revealed during the interrogation they had come to deliver the illegal arms to Harveer, residing in the Badarpur area of Delhi. Efforts were made to apprehend him without any success. On August 13, the police received information that Harveer was living at Shivpuri in Aligarh. The police team raided the place and arrested him. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us During interrogation, he said he had kept a cache of cartridges in his village Kurana. The police team with the help of local Tappal (UP) police conducted a raid and seized 110 live cartridges, said Kushwaha. The police said the accused procured weapons from Khargone and Sandhwa of Madhya Pradesh and ammunition from Meerut and Muzaffarnagar in UP.