Arunachal Pradesh BJP unit breaks relation with PPA

first_imgThe Arunachal Pradesh BJP unit has severed relations with its North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) partner, the Peoples’ Party of Arunachal (PPA).The announcement to this effect was made by state BJP president Tapir Gao during the state executive meeting of the party here on Thursday. NEDA Convener Himanta Biswa Sarma passed on the decision of the BJP central leaders to break alliance with PPA to Gao, who made the announcement on Thursday, a party release informed here on Friday.“The BJP will treat PPA at par with the Congress as an opponent political party,” the release added.The BJP has 47 MLAs in the Arunachal Pradesh assembly with effective strength of 59 with two independents supporting the party. The PPA has nine MLAs and the Congress has one legislator.The NEDA was formed on May 24, 2016 by BJP along with regional political parties like Naga People’s Front, Sikkim Democratic Front, People’s Party of Arunachal, Asom Gana Parishad and Bodoland People’s Front in Northeast India.The NEDA was formed to protect the interest of the people of the region and also for uniting non-Congress parties in the Northeast.last_img read more

Bangladesh Test: Record for Pujara, bad luck for Karun

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara plays a shot during the first day of the Test match between India and Bangladesh at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad. Photo: K R Deepak – The Hindu It must have been a day of mixed feelings for Cheteshwar Pujara and Karun Nair. Both created records albeit of different kinds.While Pujara may manage a smile despite missing out on a Test hundred, Karun would just wonder what more could he have done apart from scoring a triple ton to miss out on a Test match.Pujara today eclipsed Chandu Borde’s five decades old national record of most runs by an Indian in a single season. Borde had scored 1604 runs in the 1964-65 season that included runs in Tests as well as first-class matches.As Pujara reached his personal score of 83, he surpassed Borde by a run and now has 1605 runs in the season. With 4 more Tests to go, Pujara may close in on 2000 runs by an Indian batsman in a single season.Interestingly, the third highest aggregate of runs by an Indian batsman in a single season stands in Pujara’s name. He had scored 1585 runs during the 2012-13 season.Not many fit players have been dropped from the playing XI after scoring a triple hundred in his previous Test match and unintentionally Karun will have to bear the ignominy of losing out on a Test match as the team management feels that Ajinkya Rahane’s consistent contribution over two years can’t be overlooked.Only three players before Karun had missed out on a next Test match after scoring a triple hundred.Andy Sandham was 40 years old during the timeless Test against West Indies in Jamaica way back in 1925. Sandham was playing his 14th Test and scored 325. The match ended on the ninth day as England team then known as MCC had a ship to catch!Sandham subsequently got injured and never really recovered and his Test career came to an end.The other two, who missed out on the next Test after a triple ton, are Sir Len Hutton and Inzamam ul Haq but in both cases, the players in question were not fully fit.Hutton scored 364 against Australia at Oval in an Ashes Test in August and played the next Test against South Africa in December that year.Inzamam scored his career best 329 against New Zealand at Lahore in May 2002 and played his next Test match against Zimbabwe at Harare in November 2002. Published on null SHARE February 09, 2017 Kohli double, Saha ton in India’s huge 687/6 × cricketcenter_img Cheteshwar Pujara plays a shot during the first day of the Test match between India and Bangladesh at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad. Photo: K R Deepak – The Hindu Pujara eclipsed Chandu Borde’s five decades old national record of most runs by an Indian in a single season. COMMENTS RELATED SHARE SHARE EMAIL India in command at 356/3 after tons from Kohli, Vijay COMMENTlast_img read more

Mirzya: Saiyami Kher’s journey from a Kingfisher calendar girl to Sahiban

first_imgAs the granddaughter of actress Usha Kiran and niece of Tanvi Azmi, acting comes naturally to Saiyami Kher. Bollywood film promotions, she admits, is a different ballgame altogether. So when the publicist walks in at the 15 minute mark, it is 24-year-old Kher who requests for more time on our behalf and apologises for the interruption. “If Rakeysh Sir knew this is how the interviews are being done, he wouldn’t allow it,” says Kher. “It [promotions] is something I wasn’t mentally prepared for. You can’t train for this. You never know what will come your way.”ALSO READ: Couldn’t imagine any established actors to play Mirza-Sahiban, says Mirzya director Rakeysh Omprakash MehraALSO READ: At 16 I predicted Anurag Kashyap will change the film industry, Mirzya actor Harshvardhan KapoorDespite having acting running in the family – Shabana Azmi is also family – Kher grew away from the limelight. Her father, Adwait Kher, a former model, and mother Uttara Mhatre, a former Miss India, raised her and her sister, Saunskriti, in Nashik. Kher cherishes the middle-class upbringing in a small town. Says Kher, “They wanted to keep us away from the film industry. What they succeeded in doing was to make sure we were level-headed and aware that the film world is just one part of a much bigger world.” Until she was 14, the only films Kher she had seen were Dumbo and Toy Story. Watching films really happened when she moved to Mumbai to study at St Xavier’s College.It isn’t surprising then that Saiyami’s first love is sports. The lower you go on her Twitter page the more you will see proof of her interest in sports. She grew up playing badminton and cricket at state level. She was even called for selection in the national women’s cricket team. But she soon turned to modelling “because at one point I realised it doesn’t make sense to take it up [sport] professionally if I can’t make it to the main squad”. Around this time she also took to theatre in college and began travelling for shoots which she loved. She had done her first film – Rey, a Telugu feature – when she was 19 but an opportunity from Bollywood didn’t come her way until Oct 2013 when she was approached for Mirzya. “I have auditioned for hundreds of things, waiting in long queues in Aram Nagar. So when this film came along I was like one more audition,” she says. “I did some eight to ten auditions. It was between me and another girl. Rakeysh Sir sent me to Delhi where I trained with Dilip Shankar and Adil Hussain.”advertisementKher credits the three months she spent doing acting workshops with Shankar and Hussein in Delhi to prepare for as being a life-changing experience. “They have trained me for life. One of the days we were doing an intense exercise and I never in my wildest imagination thought I could reach emotionally there,” she says. “For three days I was just blown away by what I had discovered about myself. I realised that this is something I want to do all my life. Forget the glamour and fame, what really drives me is that you learn about yourself when you are acting and get to play so many different people. I did theatre with Nadira ji [Zaheer Babbar] in Ekjute [group] and did workshops with Neeraj Kabi [actor of Ship of Theseus and Detective Byomkesh Bakshy]. But these three months in Delhi I feel brought my life in the right direction. After I came back from Delhi, I had to test again. I was sitting with Rakeysh Sir and I told him, ‘If this film works out I will be really happy, but if it doesn’t it is fine because I have learned a lot.” In March 2014 she was finalised for the part.In Mirzya, Kher plays both Soochi and Sahiban. Soochi is the contemporary, modern girl, more relatable to Kher because like her she is adventurous. “I was really fortunate that Rakeysh Sir is somebody who takes his time,” she says. “He is a very good cook. He says, ‘Mutton ko bhunne do’. We had four months between the contemporary world which was shot in Rajasthan and the fantastical folk tale segment which was shot in Ladakh. “Sahiban is very rustic and very sensual,” she says. Kher also learned horse riding for the part. “I fell off the horse three to four times and I have these sweet scars which will stay with me for life,” she smiles.advertisementLike her co-star Harshvardhan Kapoor, Saiyami is aware that she may not have as much time to prepare as she did for Mirzya and not receive the kind of pampering she did from Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and his team. Says Kher, “I know 100 per cent it won’t be the same. One because Gulzar has written the film which he doesn’t do often, so it is way too special. I am smitten by Gulzar saab. I just blush at the mere mention of his name. Then there is Rakeysh Sir whom I’m very fond of as a human being. He has really influenced me a great deal in life.” Signed on by Atul Kasbekar’s agency Bling, Kher is eager for her next film. That may just be with Mani Ratnam. “It is too surreal,” she says. “The film unfortunately got delayed to maybe next year. I did workshop with him. I was just looking at him. I told him ‘You just give me five minutes. Let me see you for I can’t believe that this is happening.’ He just laughed.”last_img read more

‘You can’t be what you can’t see’: Girls-only mascots for A-League grand final

first_imgTopics Share on WhatsApp Read more Australia sport The role of mascots at the A-League grand final has historically been reserved for rising male stars of the game, but when 22 young girls run out accompanying players from Perth Glory and Sydney FC on Sunday, that tradition will be broken.A mix of girls and boys has been introduced in recent A-League title deciders but Sunday’s game in front of an expected sellout crowd at Optus Stadium will be the first time an exclusively female group will be employed. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIncenter_img news Share on Pinterest Share via Email Sarah Walsh, Football Federation Australia’s general manager of participation and women’s football, said the move is an attempt to inspire a new generation of female footballers.“You can’t be what you can’t see,” Walsh said. “For a long time, boys have grown up seeing their heroes on TV, and I think this year’s change will be an especially memorable moment for young girls.“It might seem like a small gesture, but not only is this going to encourage more young girls to follow their sporting dreams, it’s also going to show the little boys that women have an equal place on the sporting field.”It comes at a time when, despite a perceived growth in women’s football and women’s sport more generally, females remain under-represented in football – on the pitch, in coaching, in administration and on boards. A recent report by FFA revealed overall participation had grown by 13% in 2018, yet there was just a 2% growth in women and girls participation. Reuse this content A-League A-League grand final preview: a celebration of Perth’s rebirth or Sydney’s continuity?last_img read more

Potentially huge losses from future earthquakes in Eastern Canada study

first_imgMONTREAL – While people in British Columbia are mindful of the fact they could eventually face some of the strongest earthquakes in the world, at least one study warns there’s a lack of awareness of the risk in Eastern Canada.One report released last summer predicts Montrealers could suffer $45 billion in economic losses if the city were to experience an earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale. That’s the estimated strength of a tremor that hit Montreal in 1732.Maurice Lamontagne, a seismologist with the Geological Survey of Canada, says 300 houses were damaged back then but if a similar earthquake were to occur now it “would cause a lot more damage.”The study by Zurich-based Swiss Re, a company that helps cover other insurers, noted that Quebec’s Charlevoix region northeast of Quebec City was hit in February 1663 by a 7.0 magnitude quake.Lamontagne added that in 1929, an earthquake just off the shore of Newfoundland measured 7.2 on the Richter scale.The tsunami that followed caused most of the devastation and killed 28 people when it hit the shore.Each year, there are about 450 quakes in Ontario and all points east.“You don’t get huge earthquakes like they get in Japan, in California,” Lamontagne said. “But we do get what you call moderate earthquakes, so six to seven on the Richter scale are possible.”The Swiss Re study, entitled: “Earthquake Risk in Eastern Canada: Mind the Shakes,” says quakes in the East tend to be of lower magnitude than in the West, “but their loss-inflicting potential, particularly in southern Quebec and eastern Ontario, is huge.”The study points out that three of the biggest cities in Canada — Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City — are all located in the most earthquake-prone regions of the East.Two tremors measuring 3.0 and 3.5 were recorded in the Beaupre region on Jan. 2 and Jan. 4 and were felt in Quebec City, about 40 kilometres away.Pierre Babinsky, a Quebec spokesman for the Insurance Bureau of Canada, says 85 per cent of people it surveyed in 2017 said they didn’t think their home was at risk of being damaged by an earthquake.“It’s about three per cent of people who have earthquake insurance in the Quebec City area, about four per cent in Montreal,” he said. “And Charlevoix, where they felt a few stronger earthquakes, the average isn’t much higher.”In B.C., 65 per cent of households have earthquake insurance, according to Swiss Re.“In the case of earthquake risk in Quebec, most people are unaware — or if they are aware that it’s the second seismic zone in Canada, they don’t believe it will actually affect them,” Babinsky said.In June 2010, the Parliament Buildings were evacuated following a 5.0 magnitude earthquake near Ottawa. Several buildings are still undergoing major renovations that include seismic reinforcement of foundations and walls.Babinsky said the insurance bureau has been raising awareness by touring cities in Quebec with a simulator, so people can experience an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude.“Maybe they just want to prepare their home, maybe they want to get some insurance, it’s up to them,” he said, “But we want them to have the information they need to make that decision.”It would cost an additional $200 a year for earthquake coverage.Babinsky stressed the insurance industry has the required capital to cover a major quake, which he said would be about nine on the Richter scale in British Columbia and about seven in Quebec.“Right now, for all the policies that are out there, both residential and commercial, the industry has enough capital to cover any claims that would occur in one of those types of earthquakes,” he said.“But if we have two successive earthquakes…then obviously we need to make sure that we’re ready as an industry and as a financial sector to go through that.”Seismologist Lamontagne says there’s a 45 per cent chance that Charlevoix will have an earthquake over the next 50 years that would cause significant damage. For Montreal, it’s about “maybe 10, 15 per cent over the next 50 years.”“In 1988, there was a 5.9 quake south of Chicoutimi that was felt everywhere in Quebec and in the coming decades we’ll have another one of that order,” he predicted.—–Some tips from Canadian insurance companies about preparing for an earthquake:— Know the safe and dangerous places in your home; plan and practise evacuation.— Decide with family members where to meet in case of separation after an earthquake.— Talk to relatives about what to do if they’re at home, school, or at work and the quake separates your family.— Place heavy objects on lower shelves to prevent them from falling on someone.— Secure tall pieces of furniture and shelves, mirrors and furniture on wheels.— Make sure chemical products are securely stored.— Don’t forget to practise, Drop, Cover, and Hold On.last_img read more

George Clooney To Host MPTFs 95th Anniversary Celebration

first_imgMPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund) announced today that George Clooney will host “Hollywood’s Night Under The Stars,” an evening of musical performances and special presentations celebrating their 95th year of helping those who entertain us.Matt Bomer, Yvette Nicole Brown, Michael Douglas, Derek Hough, Hugh Jackman, Norm Lewis, Jane Lynch, Johnny Mathis, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Anika Noni Rose, and Catherine Zeta Jones are also set to appear at the event, which will take place on Saturday, October 1 at the MPTF Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills, CA. It is presented by AARP Foundation, American Express, Delta Air Lines, and Target, with in-kind support from Heineken, Monsieur Marcel, Red Truck, and Sprinkles.An American Express Card Member presale begins at 12 Noon PST / 3:00pm EST at www.mptf.com/95, and will go on sale to the general public at 12 Noon PST / 3:00pm EST on Thursday, September 1. All proceeds to benefit MPTF.“We are thrilled that our show director Richard Jay-Alexander, who just co-directed the incredible multi-city Barbra Streisand concert tour this month, is putting together a dynamic celebration of 95 years of entertainment and the people who made the magic happen,” said Ken Scherer, CEO of the MPTF Foundation. And, he added, “there are a few surprises that you will have to be there to enjoy.”The event will be chaired by Ann & Jim Gianopulos and directed by Richard Jay-Alexander. Jay Landers will produce, and Emmy-winner William Ross will serve as musical director, conducting a 17-piece orchestra.last_img read more

May to argue 2nd referendum would violate public trust

first_imgLONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May is set to condemn calls for a second referendum on Britain’s departure from the European Union, saying it would do irreparable damage to trust in democracy.In remarks released ahead of her speech in the House of Commons on Monday, May says that staging another referendum “would say to millions who trusted in democracy that our democracy does not deliver.”She’s also expected to argue that such a ballot would exacerbate divisions rather than heal them.May’s supporters distanced themselves from media reports that senior figures in her government held talks with opposition Labour lawmakers aimed at holding another vote.With time growing short toward Britain’s scheduled March 29 departure, it remains unclear whether the country will leave with a deal or crash out with no deal.The Associated Presslast_img read more

2 held for forcibly shutting meat shops in Gurugram

first_imgGurugram: The Gurugram Police on Sunday arrested two persons under the Arms Act and filed FIRs against 40 others for allegedly forcing meat traders to shut their shops by brandishing weapons on Saturday citing ChaitraNavaratri. Two arrested persons have been identified as Rakesh alias Chikka and Pramod Singh of the Hindu Sena, both resident of Dundehera in Gurugram, a police official said on Sunday. “They have been booked under IPC sections of 148, 149 and 506 for threatening shop owners with dire consequences for opening their shops and marching on streets holding baton, hockey sticks, swords and iron rods in their hands,” said Sumer Singh, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, West Zone. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe accused also pulled down shutters of many shops, he added. “We will produce them in the court and urge for a police remand to recover the said arms and identify other accused,” said Singh. Despite the model code of conduct in place, around 200 Hindu Sena activists assembled at lord Shiva temple on Old Railway Road on Saturday and marched to different locations aiming to close meat shops. They toured sector 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 21, 22, Palam Vihar, Badshahpur, Om Vihar, Surat Nagar, Sadar Bazar, Anaj Mandi Dhanwapur, Dundahera, Molaheda, Sikandarpur and many other places in Gurugram and forcibly shut over 180 shops. About 50 per cent owners of meat shop had kept it shut to avoid any unwanted situation. Meanwhile, Ritu Raj, chief of the Hindu Sena, said the Hindu organisations would continue with their efforts throughout the Navaratri as opening of meat shops during the festival could hurt religious sentiments of Hindus.last_img read more

UN food agency head takes office calls for renewed commitment to worlds

10 April 2007The new chief of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) officially took up her duties today by calling for a renewed commitment to the almost one billion hungry men, women and children throughout the world and highlighting that every year 4 million more people become malnourished. Executive Director Josette Sheeran will spend her first month in office focusing on the organization’s most important operations and areas of work, spending half her time at WFP headquarters in Rome and half her time in the field, where her first mission will be to Africa which she will visit at least twice in her first 90 days. “Despite enormous efforts by WFP and its donors and partners, we are losing ground on hunger with 4 million more people malnourished each year than the year before. Together, we can turn that tide,” she told staff in Rome. “I feel very fortunate to join WFP, which I learned during my time on the UN’s High-Level Panel is a gem in the UN system. WFP has earned the trust of the world’s most vulnerable and the respect of more than 90 donor nations. All its supporters, public and private, know that over 93 per cent of their donations are used directly to reach the hungry, giving WFP one of the lowest overheads of any aid provider.” Every year WFP feeds an average of 90 million people, maintaining a logistics operation that encompasses an international team of nearly 12,000 in more than 80 countries. Ms. Sheeran was selected for the post in November by former Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director General Jacques Diouf, with the unanimous concurrence of WFP’s 36-member executive board. She brings to WFP a broad background in the public and private sectors, with more than 20 years management and leadership experience in diplomacy, government, foundations, journalism and business. Most recently Ms. Sheeran served as Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs at the State Department in the United States and as alternate US delegate to the World Bank and regional development banks, working on economic issues including development, trade, agriculture, finance, energy, telecommunications and transportation. Last year she was asked by the former Secretary-General to serve on the High-Level Panel looking at UN reforms in the areas of humanitarian assistance, development and the environment. She spent nine months travelling the world conducting hundreds of interviews with UN aid recipients, country teams, private sector donors and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). “I come into this position with four commitments. First: to the more than 850 million men, women and children who know what it is like go to bed hungry, I promise you that you will never be forgotten and I will do everything I can not just to bring you food, but hope for a better future,” said Ms. Sheeran. The Executive Director listed her other commitments as being to WFP’s supporters and to all the UN, NGO and other bodies that work with the organization. She also promised WFP staff that their efforts will not be taken for granted but that their sacrifices will “always make a difference.” read more

Côte dIvoire UN mission to set up new military camps equip police

1 July 2011The United Nations peacekeeping force in Côte d’Ivoire is to establish eight new military camps in the country’s west, where security concerns remain following the bloody post-election crisis that ended in mid-April. Choi Young-Jin, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire, told a news conference in the country’s commercial capital, Abidjan, yesterday that the nearly 9,000-strong UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) will also rehabilitate and equip a number of municipal offices, police stations and gendarmeries that were damaged during the crisis.He said the measures are part of efforts to assist Ivorian authorities to restore law and order so that the country can embark on a path of recovery after the violence that followed the presidential elections in November last year.Côte d’Ivoire’s political crisis ended when former president Laurent Gbagbo finally surrendered in mid-April, ending months of violence in the wake of his refusal to step down after he lost the UN-certified presidential run-off election to Alassane Ouattara, now the country’s President.“A clear vision related to the establishment of a national security structure has to be developed. A clear command and control structure, which would allow the effective deployment of police and gendarmerie elements across the country is necessary, which, in turn, would allow the roll-back of army elements to their military barracks,” he added.He said funds for the mission’s new projects had already been acquired and that the work will be completed before the end of this month.Mr. Choi, however, stressed that the new projects were only stop-gap measures to address urgent needs.“The fundamental solution can only be provided by the Ivorian authorities deploying the police and gendarmerie throughout the country and by rolling back the army elements into their military camps,” he insisted.He reiterated the UNOCI will continue helping to protect civilians. “We will maintain the same position, that is to say, provide security for all the protagonists, including those from the Gbagbo camp and Mr. Gbagbo himself,” he said, adding that UNOCI contributes to providing security outside the buildings where officials from the former regime are being held under house arrest.On the forthcoming legislative elections, Mr. Choi said that they can be held before the end of the year if there is political will to complete the pre-election arrangements, including setting up the Independent Electoral Commission, tackling logistical challenges and streamlining the electoral list.Cote read more

Sure sign of spring

The Simcoe and District Horticultural Society is taking the lead on the first big yard sale of the 2019 season.For $10, the society will fix you up with a table for your antiques, collectibles and surplus items at its annual community plant and yard sale at the Norfolk County Fairgrounds. The event takes place Saturday, May 11.“The bigger the better,” says Helen Uren of Simcoe, co-president of the society. “If we just run it as a plant sale, fewer people tend to come out. The whole town is invited.”Many members of the society, which is growing in membership, contribute transplants from their gardens for the sale.This is an opportunity to enhance private gardens at a reasonable cost while supporting the activities of the society. The latter includes beautification projects around Simcoe.Those wishing to participate can learn more by dialling 226-440-2699 or emailing helenuren@live.ca .The event is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and wrap up around noon. The sale will be held in the parking lot at the fairgrounds near the Jr. Farmers building.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Man charged with firstdegree murder in Port Burwell body case

Sam Waters and Chad Reu-Waters The grim discovery three months ago of human remains in a freezer at the base of a bluff in Port Burwell took another shocking turn Monday when investigators charged a Haldimand County man with first-degree murder.Chad Reu-Waters, 45, is accused of killing Ashley Max Domenic Pereira, a 33-year-old Mississauga man who has been missing since 2002, Elgin County OPP said.Reu-Waters also is charged with committing an indignity to a dead body.Reu-Waters lives in Jarvis, about 20 kilometres east of Simcoe where he owns a bike and hobby shop. His son Sam Waters, 22, was charged May 9 after the remains were found with committing an indignity to a dead body, defined in the Criminal Code as improperly or indecently interfering with or or offering an indignity to a dead body or remains. Though Reu-Waters’ arrest and charges will likely comfort residents in the lakeside community 30 kilometres southeast of St. Thomas, the latest twist in the case raises more questions.Did Reu-Waters know Pereira, the man he’s accused of killing? How long do investigators believe the freezer containing Pereira’s remains was on the beach at Port Burwell before it was discovered by a local resident on May 6 at the end of Lakeshore Line, east of Stafford Road? Are other people being investigated in the case? A spokesperson for the OPP offered few answers Monday.Const. Adam Crewdson said he couldn’t elaborate on the relationship between Reu-Waters and Pereira.Asked if residents should expect more arrests, Crewdson said, “It’s still an active investigation.”He said there wasn’t a threat to public safety after the freezer was found, but didn’t elaborate.Police didn’t provide any information about Pereira, but online posts said he was born in Uganda and was last seen in Mississauga on March 6, 2002.“On the 17th anniversary of his disappearance, he is still missed and the mission to find him continues,” said a March 6 post by Missing the Missing.Elgin County Warden Duncan McPhail said Reu-Waters’ arrest will allay some fears in the community.“I think it goes bigger than the community. (The arrest) maybe puts society at more ease,” he said. “I’m glad that we’re on the way of having it resolved.”Port Burwell has been on edge since May 7, when OPP announced the investigation into the discovery of human remains and residents watched an OPP helicopter lift the freezer off the beach in a large net.Two days later, police announced that Samuel Waters had been charged in the case, putting him in the spotlight. Waters worked at South Coast Hobbies & Rides, his father’s shop, in Simcoe.Shop employees did not respond to an interview request submitted via Facebook Messenger Monday afternoon.A frequent customer who didn’t want to be identified described him as a “nice quiet kid” who enjoyed working with his father, rebuilding and selling old cars.After a brief stint in custody, Waters, who doesn’t have a criminal record, was released on $3,500 no-deposit bail. He is under a court order to stay out of Elgin County, specifically Port Burwell, except for court-related business.His case was last before court in St. Thomas on July 23, when neither Waters nor a lawyer appeared. A paralegal asked that the case be put over until Aug. 20.Some residents in Jarvis, home to about 1,000 people where Waters and his father live, told a reporter they didn’t want to talk after Waters was charged.“This neighbourhood is very, very tight,” said Charmaine Ruckpaul, a 17-year resident, said. “It’s a great neighbourhood.”with files from Laura BroadleyRelated Routine court proceeding reveals nothing in case of body in freezer near Port Burwell Police lift body, refrigerator from beach near Port Burwell Crown agrees to bail for accused in Port Burwell area body-and-fridge case A body. A discarded fridge. A beach town on edge as tourist season looms Man charged with ‘indignity’ to Port Burwell body, but OPP still say little Criminologist slams OPP for ‘retrograde’ handling of death probe Who is Sam Waters, the man charged in Port Burwell fridge-body probe? read more

UN envoy heads to Ethiopia Egypt to help advance Somalias stalled peace

François Lonsény Fall, Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Somalia, is expected to meet on Saturday with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Amre Moussa. On Sunday, he will travel to Ethiopia to meet with the Chairman of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Alpha Omar Konare. While in Addis Ababa, he is also expected to meet with the Ethiopian authorities. Earlier this month, Mr. Fall held private talks in the town of Jowhar with senior Somali officials who pledged to work with the UN to end the stalemate over the relocation of the fledgling government and its institutions from Kenya to Somalia, which has had no functional central authority for 14 years following the collapse in 1991 of the government of Muhammad Siad Barre. Mr. Fall remains in close contact with the leaders of the Somali Transitional Federal Institutions, and according to the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNOPS), President Abdulahi Yusuf Ahmed and Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi maintain that Mogadishu is not secure and the seat of government should be temporarily established in nearby Jowhar and Baidoa until the capital can be made safe. However, Speaker for the Parliament Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, some cabinet members and a large number of parliamentarians insist that conditions are adequate for the government to relocate to Mogadishu. read more

Modular to hold mine operator fatigue webinar

first_imgModular Mining Systems, the leading provider of information management solutions for mining operations worldwide, is to hold a webinar on January 24th on the topic of operator fatigue entitled: “Risk Never Sleeps: Addressing the Problem of Operator Fatigue in Mining.” Operator fatigue is widely acknowledged as a serious safety risk in mining, cited by Modular as a factor in 65-70% of haul truck accidents and the consequences of undetected operator fatigue can be devastating. However, with the proper approach, fatigue can be measured and managed like other mine safety risks.This webinar will look specifically at the Modular DISPATCH FatigueAlert module and its core technology: the Advisory System for Tired Drivers (ASTiD) from Fatigue Management International. ASTiD continuously identifies emerging operator fatigue by measuring real-time steering dynamics, combined with the input of operators’ historical sleep data. ASTiD is one of the few fatigue detection systems that does not use cameras or sensors attached to the driver. Moreover, it is among an even smaller number of products that have been extensively tested and proven effective in mining environments. The 1-hour webinar will be held at two different times (to accommodate our global audiences) on Tuesday, January 24th, 2012: 11am and 6pm US Eastern Standard Time. To register, visit http://www.modularmining.com/webinar.htmllast_img read more

2018 CEEC Medal winners recognised at AusIMM Conference

first_imgThe AusIMM Mill Operators Conference in Brisbane, Australia, on August 31 provided the opportunity for a formal presentation to the 2018 CEEC Medal winners. This is a prestigious annual global award that celebrates outstanding published research and field work on strategies for energy efficient comminution.This year’s award for Operations went to the authors of ‘Fine grinding circuit process improvement at the Karara Mine concentrator’, a collaboration between Karara Mining Ltd and Nippon Eirich to implement grinding circuit process improvements at Karara mine in Western Australia.The winning team of Sam Palaniandy, Matthew Spagnolo, Rinto Napitupulu Halomoan, Huiwen Zhou and Hidemasa Ishikawa, presented their work at the 2017 MetPlant Conference in Australia.By identifying and implementing circuit changes around the Tower Mill and hydrocyclone, the team not only solved the site’s challenges but achieved significant energy and productivity gains, with up to a 50% reduction in specific energy use in the fine grinding circuit.CEEC Chair Joe Pease and CEEC Director Greg Lane were joined on stage by Vice President of Nippon Eirich, Masamoto Naito, to present medals to three of the team’s members: Sam Palaniandy, Matthew Spagnolo and Hidemasa Ishikawa. They also made special mention of Rinto Napitupulu Halomoan and Huiwen Zhou who could not attend the presentation.last_img read more

Trap We dont need to gamble to get goals against the Faroes

first_imgGIOVANNI TRAPATTONI WON’T sacrifice his team’s shape to chase valuable goals against the Faroe Islands.Ahead of a World Cup qualifier in which Ireland badly need to improve their goal difference, the Italian says that instead of playing with an extra attacker, the ones on the pitch simply need to take their chances.The Faroes arrive in Dublin next week rooted to the bottom of Group C with San Marino the only country to concede more goals per game in this qualifying campaign.Although the race for second place is currently neck and neck on eight points, Austria are ten goals better off than Ireland while Sweden, who have played a game less than both countries, are four better.Asked if he would be tempted into a more attacking approach in a bid to cut the deficit, Trapattoni said it shouldn’t be necessary. In the past we had Damien Duff, Robbie Keane, Doyle, McGeady — four offensive players. The problem is that the offensive man needs to score. It’s not certain that if you have one more, he will score.“The balance is more important. [Against England], many times we maintained this balance. It’s attitude. We can play three or four or five attackers, but it’s attitude.“This attitude and spirit in the team attacking England — not the Faroes or a little team that is not famous — that same personality and attitude is important. When we had the ball, we played football. That increases our confidence.”(©INPHO/Donall Farmer)Looking back on Wednesday’s 1-1 Wembley draw, Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and goalscorer Shane Long were again singled out as Trapattoni praised the squad’s newer faces for blossoming under the weight of responsibility.“Until now they played a few games. They were on the bench or played the second half. When these younger players play, they are conscious.“They play in the Premier League and in the Championship, against the famous teams, they increase and improve their personality and attitude and self-belief.“I played football when I was 20 and by 24, I was a very different national player: with more personality in my football. When you are on the bench, you are not sure. It’s good to be shy but when you play it’s not good to be shy.Trap weighing up Hoolahan start as attention turns to Georgialast_img read more

Cosmos Mobile Gaming PC

first_imgA handheld mobile gaming PC? Cosmos says “yes.” According to the company, this phone-sized Windows 7 device can play any PC game, thanks to its 1.5 GHz Oak Trail processor and an unnamed “high end graphics processor.” Seems like wishful thinking, but unfortunately, the demo wasn’t running when we stopped by. According to the company’s press material, however, the thing can handle titles like Halo, StarCraft, and Sudden Attack.The system also supports “full 3D gaming capability,” stereo sound, and Internet browsing. It has both a five inch multitouch screen, two joysticks, and a sliding QWERTY keyboard. It comes in either a 32- or 64GB configuration, features front- and rear facing cameras, and can do WiMax, BlueTooth 3.0, and has GPS, an accelerometer, and a gyroscope built in.The company says its working with carriers to bring either 3G or 4G to the system.last_img read more

Bitcoin mining for fun and maybe profit

first_imgIt’s been impossible to go on the internet or pickup a newspaper over the past few weeks and not read about Bitcoin. The cryptocurrency has captured the interest of everyone from hedgefund managers to economists to anti-government groups. For many, the coverage has created more questions than answers, ranging from inquiries about the legitimacy of Bitcoin as a currency to more simple matters such how, “How does one spend a Bitcoin?” Most of all, people are asking “How do I get Bitcoins?” And, unlike so many things, it’s easier to do than it is to explain.A practical approach to Bitcoin miningFor now, we’ll skip the academic explanation of what it means to mine a Bitcoin and why you are mining, not creating. This article will be a practical guide to mining Bitcoins at the amateur level. Yes, it’s late in the game — Bitcoin started in 2009 and the growth since then has made the ecosystem extremely competitive — but it can still be both productive and enjoyable (if computers and economics interest you). I’m no Bitcoin expert, but it’s something that I’ve spent some time tinkering with over the past few weeks. Basically, this guide should streamline the process if you are looking to get into Bitcoin mining and answer some questions if you are curious about how you can get into Bitcoin without fully understanding this.The goal of this article is to answer two simple questions: “How do you mine Bitcoins?” and “Can I make money mining Bitcoins?” In keeping with the questions, everything will be put in the most basic, most practical terms possible.Mining for cryptocurrencyAs noted above, mining Bitcoins is a easier to do than to fully explain. At the most basic level you get a computer, you setup a mining program, then you let the system do lots and lots of math. There are some complications, like which Bitcoin mining program to use (GUIminer for Windows is the most simple) and where to store what you earn (you can have a local or internet-based wallet), but these aren’t things you need to over-think. The best thing to do if you want to keep this exercise practical is to get cracking. This means joining a pool.There is an element of randomness to Bitcoin, but the only way to ensure an individual will earn anything is to join a pool. This will turn your one-person mining operation into a tiny part of a much larger one. It’s a simple concept — you’ll be paid based on the amount of work your computers do — but the payment systems and related calculations get very complex. The best way to think about it is like this: a single computer operating on its own (known a “solo”) could work for years and never earn a single Bitcoin. This was different in 2009, but Bitcoin is a self-correcting system, and the more people that mine, the harder it gets to earn. Because 0.0001% of something is better than 0% of nothing, you’ll want to find a pool. I haven’t tried them all so do your own research here, but I’ve found that 50BTC.com is easy to use and has a very nice web interface.With your pool chosen and your miner downloaded there will be a setup process that ranges from a simple 2-minute operation to a multi-hour, extremely frustrating fight with your computer. I’ve been through both, and the first is preferable. There is one main thing to know about the setup: mining only works with an AMD GPU. Yes, you can set up an operation with a Nvidia graphics card and a CUDA miner, or you can mine with a CPU, but because of the type of calculations being done, you will suck down more power than you can earn back with either.A good AMD graphics card (think AMD 7700 series and above) will perform twice as well as Nvidia’s top tier models and multiple hundred times better then the best Intel CPU. According to ExtremeTech’s Bitcoin expert Joel Hruska, “A $149 Radeon 7790 performs nearly as well as Nvidia’s [$1300] GTX Titan and is twice as fast as the [$500] GTX 680.” This is all measured in terms of megahashes per second (Mh/s), the key metric of mining.Next page: Bitcoin mining hardware and the associated costs… 1 2last_img read more

Gov Newsom released his revised version of the states budget

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County’s state legislators largely praised Gov. Gavin Newsom’s revised fiscal year 2019-20 budget today for its efforts to tackle high health care and housing costs, prepare for the next economic crisis and invest in the state’s future.In January, Newsom released his first budget since becoming governor, a $209 billion fiscal plan that included a $144 billion general fund and a projected surplus of $21 billion, the state’s largest since at least 2000. The budget included $1.3 billion for housing development and $40 million to fund two full years of tuition for first-time community college students who are enrolled full-time.Newsom’s revised budget, released Thursday, ticked up to $213 billion and builds on the first spending plan by increasing funding for things like housing development and homeless assistance while adding billions to the state’s rainy day fund, which could reach as high as $16.5 billion if state revenue trends remain consistent. The revised budget also includes a slightly higher projected surplus of $21.5 billion.“The affordability crisis families face in this state is very real, and that’s why this budget tackles those challenges head-on by focusing on housing, health care, early childhood and higher education,” Newsom said.Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, lauded Newsom for the revised budget’s gains on its predecessor. Atkins, the Senate president pro-tem, also expressed confidence that the state Legislature would finalize a budget “that will make a real difference for Californians.”“The May budget revision reflects California’s fiscal strength, increases our prudent reserves, and makes important investments for the future,” Atkins said. “I am particularly pleased to see more funding for K-12 education and increases for the Earned Income Tax Credit to help even more working Californians.”But Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, called the water tax and other new taxes “unfortunate, unhelpful and unnecessary,” arguing that it is unnecessary with the state’s projected surplus and will hurt residents who are already near the poverty level.Bates also railed against Newsom’s proposal to withhold gas tax funds for transportation infrastructure upgrades if cities around the state don’t build enough housing.“His insistence to hold gas tax dollars hostage from local governments unless they do what he wants proves that the gas tax increase was a bait-and-switch on voters,” Bates said. “Promises made to voters on transportation must be promises kept.”Bates allowed that the budget includes provisions worth supporting, such as assistance for low-income families and funding to modernize the state’s public schools.“Making these priorities a reality will help all Californians,” she said.Newsom’s revised budget contains $81.1 billion for education and expands family services and programs like paid family leave, allowing up to eight weeks of paid leave for each parent.The budget also includes a provision that would eliminate sales tax on diapers and tampons, a cause that Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, has championed for years. Newsom estimated the repeal would cost the state roughly $35 million, which is likely to be recouped through other tax increases and state funding within the budget.“This tax relief will go a long way in helping those young families who we know are at their most economically vulnerable,” Gonzalez said. “In California, more than 50 percent of the children born are on Medi-Cal. … We know that diapers are a necessity not only for the health of the child, they’re also required in order to drop your child off at child care.”The revised budget also includes controversial new levies and proposals such as a tax on drinking water, which would fund cleanup efforts in communities without access to potable water. Roughly one million California residents don’t have access to clean drinking water, according to Newsom.The state legislature will now begin its final negotiations with Newsom’s office over the revised budget. The final spending plan must be approved by June 15. KUSI Newsroom Gov. Newsom released his revised version of the state’s budget Posted: May 9, 2019 May 9, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more