PDP MLAs rally behind Mehbooba after revolt from five leaders

first_imgAt least 21 MLAs of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) out of 28 on Sunday pledged support to the party president Mehbooba Mufti on, days after four MLAs and one MLC publicly revolted against her.Speaking to The Hindu, senior PDP leader and Ms. Mufti’s loyalist Naeem Akhtar said several MLAs had called on Ms. Mufti “to discuss the political scenario assuming shape in J&K” after the fall of the PDP-BJP government on June 20.“It was an informal consultation. The MLAs came forward with their suggestions,” said Mr. Akhtar.Sources said the MLAs pledged support to Ms. Mufti as she sought “a frank discussion”.At least eight PDP MLAs met Ms. Mufti at her resident and pledged support. They advised Ms. Mufti “to explore all possibilities to reconcile the dissident legislators for addressing their grievances”.Sources said at least 21 MLAs have been in touch of Ms. Mufti.The development comes days after five senior PDP leaders, including MLAs Imran Ansari, Abid Ansari, Abbas Wani, Javaid Beigh and MLC Yasir Reshi, criticised Ms. Mufti publicly and hinted at leaving the party to “form an alternative leadership”.These leaders statement fuelled speculations of the third front being set up to form a government, with many PDP leaders accusing the BJP of “splitting the party”.Besides, MLA Rajpora Haseeb Drabu has also been maintaining a distance from the party leadership after he was dropped by Ms. Mufti from the council of minister earlier this year.“Ms. Mufti will listen to all PDP MLAs who have grievances. They are always welcome to meet her,” said Mr. Akhtar, without naming any leader.Governor N.N. Vora has kept J&K assembly in a suspended mode and is yet to dissolve it. The move keep chances open to form the government in the Stata. However, the strict anti-defection law passed by the Assembly in 2003 makes it hard for any party to split and reach the magic figure of 44 with others in the 87-member State assembly.last_img read more

Hina Rabbani Khar tops the list of glamorous women politicians

first_imgDo politicians make you think of dowdy dressers, white ensembles and plain cotton saris? Well, then its time for a reality check. There are some stunning women in politics. In our list, age is no barrier. Hot is hot!Here’s a look at some of the most glamorous female politicians. Check them out!Pakistan’s Hina Rabbani Khar is at number one position in our listPakistan’s youngest and first woman foreign minister is in constant news for her fashionista ways. Hina Rabbani Khar, the 34 year old minister, scored full marks on the style front when she was spotted at the Delhi airport in a monotone outfit of blue sporting shades and red lipstick. She looked like a diva.Check out the galleryHere are other glamorous women politicians:Priyanka Gandhi VaderaKashmala TariqHillary ClintonMichelle Obamalast_img read more

Goa Dy CM defends tainted minister amid resignation demands

first_imgPanaji, Jun 11 (PTI) As opposition parties demanded the sacking of State Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar for being chargesheeted in an unlawful assembly case, Goa Deputy Chief Minister Francis D?Souza today defended his cabinet colleague saying that he has not been convicted yet. “Filing of charge-sheet does not mean someone is convicted. It is not the judgement,” D?Souza said playing down the demands of removing the minister from cabinet. “Chargesheet means there are prima facie evidence, which needs to be proven. I feel only once charges are framed against the minister, then it is a matter of seriousness. Then it is serious,” D?Souza told reporters here. When asked whether the minister should step down on his own, D?Souza said it is for the minister to decide. “It is for the individual to take a call. It is his own conscience that has to guide him. In some cases individual on their own step down while some dont,” he said. Opposition parties in the state including Congress, AAP, NCP and Goa Forward are demanding resignation of Tawadkar. “We demand that Tawadkar should resign voluntarily from the cabinet or chief minister should drop him from the cabinet. He has been accused of serious charges and now he is before the court,” Congress? Goa Spokesman Sunil Kawathankar said. He said Congress party will be petition Governor Mridula Sinha seeking her intervention to drop the minister from the cabinet. Yesterday, Canacona Police charge-sheeted Tawadkar before a Judicial Magistrate First Class after he allegedly barged into the office of a senior forest officer at Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary and forcibly took away two persons who were in custody there on April 27, 2009. He was bookedunder various sections of Indian Penal Code for unlawful assembly, rioting and criminal trespass. NCP State President Jose Philip D?Souza said the cabinet should not have a tainted minister. “He should resign immediately. By keeping him in the cabinet BJP is proving that it is the party with tainted faces,” he said. Goa Forward too has echoed the demand of his removal. “Such a tainted minister cannot continue to be part of the cabinet. Chief Minister should sack the minister if he does not resign on his own,” party spokesman Durgadas Kamat said. AAP has served ultimatum of 15 days for the state government to sack the minister, failing which they have decided to approach Governor with a petition. PTI RPS DK RG BASadvertisementlast_img read more

With Tokyo 2020 looming, Japan aims high at Asian Games

first_imgTokyo, Aug 10 (AP) With the Tokyo Olympics less than two years away, Japanese athletes will be using the Asian Games to build confidence as they prepare to host the world on sport’s biggest stage. The Japanese Olympic Committee has set an ambitious target of 30 gold medals for the 2020 Olympics, almost double the national record. The most gold medals Japan has won at the Summer Olympics is 16 in 1964 at Tokyo and in 2004 at Athens. At the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, Japan claimed the sixth-highest number of gold medals with 12. The Asian Games, being held Aug. 18 to Sept. 2 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang, are an important stepping stone. While Japan can always count on medals in traditional Japanese sports such as judo and karate, the Asian Games will give the country a chance to gauge preparations in sports they haven’t always dominated. Nowhere is this more evident than in athletics where Japan’s 4×100-meter relay team has set its sights on the gold medal at Tokyo in 2020. Considering the team of Yoshihide Kiryu, Aska Cambridge, Shota Iizuka and Ryota Yamagata won the silver medal at the Rio Olympics, that’s no longer a far-fetched dream. At the Asian Games, they’ll face a stern challenge from China’s 4×100 relay, silver medalists at the 2015 world championships and another Olympic medal contender. “We’re aiming for the gold medal in Indonesia,” Yamagata said at a recent training camp. “We want to use the Asian Games to build confidence toward next year’s world championships and the Olympics in 2020.”advertisement Cambridge, whose father is Jamaican and mother is Japanese, competes in both the 100- and 200-meter sprints as well and is one of the rising stars in Japanese athletics. “We can feel the excitement building,” Cambridge said. “There are a lot of runners in the 100 (at the Asian Games) who can run under 10 seconds so I expect it will be a very tough race.” Five new sports have been added to the program for Tokyo 2020, and the Asian Games will feature several of those. Japan has established itself as a global powerhouse in bouldering, one of three disciplines in sport climbing, and will be aiming to dominate the event in Indonesia. Baseball and softball are also returning to the Olympic program in Tokyo and, while Japan has always been a medal contender, the Asian Games will provide a good test run after a long absence from international competition. Baseball and softball haven’t been contested in the Olympics since Beijing in 2008 and Japan is hoping to take home the gold medal in both events in two years’ time. Another area where Japan is expecting an impressive medal haul is in the pool. Kosuke Hagino and teenage star Rikako Ikee are among 22 swimmers going to Indonesia for Japan. Hagino collected four gold medals and was awarded the MVP award at the 2014 edition of the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. The 18-year-old Ikee competed in seven disciplines, including relays, at the Rio Olympics. She is the junior world record holder in the 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly long-course events. Japan placed third overall at the 2014 Asian Games behind China and South Korea and is aiming to increase its medal haul from Incheon to Indonesia. (AP) ATKATKlast_img read more

The Very Best of Edinburgh, Scotland

first_img Whiskey vs Whisky: Is There Really a Difference? If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United States The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyIf you want to really go deep in the whisky rabbit hole on your trip to Scotland, this may be your new favorite joint. While ‘SMWS’ is a members only club, the first floor is open to the public. We sallied in here after dinner one night and our waiter was a wealth of boozy information. Their whole platform is to inform and educate their members on single-cask whiskies, so it’s not about the brand, hence all whisky is presented in the same iconic Society green bottle. Instead it is all about the experience and what you are looking to try. As they explained to us, “Our commitment to taking members on a journey of flavor sensations means our quest extends to coveted casks from “silent” distilleries that are no longer in operation, giving our adventurous members the opportunity to taste whiskies which may be gone forever.” Clearly this is not a place to get hammered, but to get schooled.Hipsters and older boozers co-mingle in the most wonderful way.The Bow BarNow for the getting hammered part. The Bow Bar is a cherished old spot in town where hipsters and older boozers co-mingle in the most wonderful way. There is only one small television (turned off on our many visits), no loud music and no scene, just raucous laughter, canoodling couples, and great cask beers and single malt whiskeys.The Devil’s AdvocateLocated in a former Victorian pump house in the old town, this is one of the more sceney places in town and well worth a visit. While we shudder at the term ‘mixologist’, these bartenders know how to make a mean drink. With 200 whiskies on their shelves there is plenty of whisky to try, but give one of their cocktails a whirl like the Patti Smith made with Woodford Reserve, Cherry Brandy, Cynar, Peach, and Lemon.ShopStewart ChristieAnyone who knows clothes knows Stewart Christie in Edinburgh.Numerous editor and stylist friends said this was a must visit and of course they were spot on. We were lucky enough to meet the new owners of this grand old shop and, when I asked Victoria how long the company had been around she coyly quipped, “Oh just 300 years.” Indeed they have piles of archival books that are centuries old and filled with illustrations of frock coats, military braids and, fabric swatches that we were very tempted to run off with.But the clothes. This is where you can come and buy a handsome pair of socks for dad or a full-bespoke suit for yourself. We are especially fond of their wall of corduroy in every color in the rainbow. Need a deer-stalking look? New shooting coat? A simple Harris Tweed cap? These kids gotcha covered. (Psst, ladies just launched too!)Walker SlaterWe felt right at home in this warm and welcoming menswear store (near Bow Bar FYI). Here you can go from casual to tailored and everything in between. While they are known for tweed, we found some great Fair Isle sweaters, cufflinks, and bags in the mix as well. On their top floor is where you can find their tattooed tailor who we really enjoyed meeting. Besides having a steady clientele in their shops, Walker Slater has a partnership with Scottish Rugby and the Ryder Cup.StayThe Principal Hotel EdinburghFormerly known as The George Hotel, the Principal group has updated this handsome old hotel while adding a very cool coffee shop (Burr & Co) and a swinging bar and restaurant (The Printing Press). It is located in the heart of the new town, ‘new’ having been built in the late 1700s. Request a room in the back with majestic views of the north side of the city overlooking the port and mountains. We also highly suggest dining at their restaurant and nightcapping at the bar.center_img Editor’s Note: Last November we had the pleasure of spending 10 captivating days in Scotland. Below is but one adventure of many from our stay. We hope the joy we experienced comes through in all our posts and missives from our adventure, which no doubt read better with a wee dram in hand. If you’ve never ventured to the land of kilts and tweeds, Scotland’s capital will provide the perfect introduction to one of our favorite countries.Edinburgh, Scotland is a place for gentleman. It is full of kilt-blowing hikes up its many hills, barrels full of whisky to sample, hearty farm-to-table feasts, and sartorially savvy shopping.Nestled in the Lothian region of the country, Edinburgh (pronounced Edinbrah!) is the perfect-sized city with plenty to do, but not as overwhelming as London or Rome. It is also the ideal place to hunker down while exploring some of the lush countryside or cozy coastal villages. We could go on and on about ‘Auld Reekie’ but for now, here are our suggestions for your visit:PLAYThe view from the top is out of this world.Arthur’s SeatA trip to Edinburgh wouldn’t be complete without a gentle hike to Arthur’s Seat. The dormant volcano is the highest point of nearby Holyrood Park and consequently, the view from the top is out of this world. If you’re into history, a visit to the fort is a must.Palace of HolyroodhouseAfter your hike be sure to tour this history packed old palace where Mary Queen of Scots once roamed and her private secretary ( err, possible lover) was murdered. Walk through the hall where Bonnie Prince Charlie held court for five weeks and explore the ruins of the magnificent abbey, which was destroyed in the ‘Glorious Revolution’.The Royal MileFrom Holyrood you can take a leisurely walk up the Royal Mile ending at Edinburgh Castle. To be honest, this is very much a tourist walk with lots of ‘Made in China’ shops and street musicians but there are some quality spots like Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers and we had the perfect pub lunch at No. 1 High Street. Once you arrive at the ancient Edinburgh Castle we suggest skipping it unless you are a real history nerd. It needs a little upgrade on  ye old mannequins with dusty beards. Simply enjoy the view from there before wandering to the next stop.https://www.123rf.com/profile_hardyuno’>hardyuno / 123RF Stock PhotoFood & DrinkScran & Scallie Scran is slang for food and Scallie is short for Scallywags, so clearly this is our kind of establishment. While the vibe is very laid back, this gastro pub is well known for great Scottish food and artisan beers. We had the beef sausage with mash, paired with a side of cauliflower cheese and a beer flight. We were so gloriously full by nights end we could barely tap the Uber app. When asked where they source their beef our jolly waiter pointed out the window and said, “Oh, that farm down the hill!” It doesn’t get much more local than that.Castle TerraceFor a fancy night out we had a grand ole time at this establishment (which comes from the same people behind Scran & Scallie). This high-design culinary experience showcases Scottish produce at its best. The welcoming staff was eager to explain everything on the menu and recommend the best wines to make it all pop. Since this is another ‘nature-to-plate’ kind of restaurant, the menus change seasonally, but we have no doubt Chef Patron Dominic Jack’s many years of training in some of France’s top kitchens will provide a memorable meal.Gardener’s CottageWhen traveling to far off destinations, we always hope to find that one, utterly unique dining experience and Gardener’s Cottage was it. Co-owned by chefs Dale Mailley and Edward Murray, Gardener’s Cottage is committed to serving the best seasonal, local produce (they were also one of the early adapters to this trend) in a space that is straight out of a Kinfolk spread. The cottage was built in 1836 and is located in Royal Terrace Gardens at the foot of Calton Hill in the heart of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. The current owners completely restored the abandoned cottage and the interiors are minimal with simple candles on each table, a record player in the corner, and the din of the kitchen staff’s chatter lending the feel of a home cooked meal. The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Nepal govt annuls citizenship of 8 PIOs

first_imgKathmandu: The Nepal government on Sunday annulled the citizenship of eight people of Indian origin on the ground that they procured the citizenship certificate through forged documents. The decision to cancel the citizenship certificates of the eight individuals was taken in a cabinet meeting, officials said. The eight persons are identified as Ashok Shah, Binde Mahato, Rajendra Mahato, Danadevi Mahato, Sushil Mahato, Rajeshwar Mahato, Ramkishor Mahato and Rajkumar Mahato. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USMeanwhile, Rastriya Janta Party-Nepal (RJP-N) joint general secretary Rakesh Mishra told PTI that the government should properly investigate the matter before taking such decision. “I doubt whether the government had accumulated sufficient evidence that Indian nationals were granted Nepalese citizenship certificates. It is a mockery to punish those who acquires citizenship certificates without punishing those officials responsible for providing the citizenship without proper documents,” he said.last_img read more

Central Forces in 98.8% booths for phase four

first_imgKolkata: Central Forces will be deployed in 98.8 percent of the booths in the fourth phase of the seven phase Lok Sabha elections, where poll will be held in eight constituencies spreading over five districts on Monday.Poll will be held in Berhampur (Murshidabad), Krishnanagar, Ranaghat (Nadia), Burdwan East, Burdwan-Durgapur, Asansol (Burdwan West) and Bolpur and Birbhum (Birbhum). Over one crore voters will exercise their franchise on Monday. The Election Commission of India has taken elaborate measures to ensure free and fair polls in the eight constituencies. Chief Election Commissioner Sudip Jain has recently held a video conference with the CEO and election observers and taken a stock of the situation. 561 companies of Central Forces will be deployed on Monday. There will be 88 Quick Response Teams under the Central Forces. In Asansol, there will be Central Forces in all booths along with Birbhum and Bolpur. In Asansol, 87 companies of Central Forces will be deployed. There will be 15,277 polling booths spread over 9,803 premises. In Bolpur, there will be web casting facility in 300 booths. In Krishnanagar, there will be Central Force deployment in 97 percent booths. It may be recalled that in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Trinamool had established its control over six of the eight seats. At Berhampur in Murshidabad and Asansol in Burdwan West, Adhir Chowdhury of Congress and Babul Supriyo of BJP had been elected. Chowdhury is set to face his one-time aide Apurba Sarkar who recently joined Trinamool Congress in Monday’s poll, while Babul Supriyo will face Moon Moon Sen, the Trinamool Congress MP who was elected from the Bankura Lok Sabha seat in 2014. Political experts feel that in both the Berhampur and Asansol seats, there will be a tough fight for the winners of the 2014 election. If Trinamool Congress can win the Berhampur seat, it will be a major victory for Suvendu Adhikari who is looking after Murshidabad district. In the Panchayat election held in 2018, Trinamool had bagged the Zilla Parishad. In Krishnanagar, Trinamool has fielded Mahua Moitra, the party’s MLA from Karimpur whereas in the Ranaghat (SC) seat, Trinamool has fielded Rupali Biswas, widow of Satyajit Biswas, the former Krishnagunj MLA who was murdered in February. In Burdwan East and Burdwan Durgapur, Trinamool has retained two sitting MPs, namely Sunil Mondol and Mumtaz Sanghamita. In the Bolpur (SC) seat, the party has fielded Asit Mal while Satabdi Roy, the sitting MP, is contesting from the Birbhum seat.last_img read more

UN development agency plans 400000 emergency relief effort for Palestinians

Concerned about the evolving humanitarian crises in the occupied Palestinian territory, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today announced plans for a $400,000 emergency relief and recovery plan to help rebuild the area.The UNDP Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People, using funds provided through the Islamic Development Bank, will distribute food, baby milk, bedding, medical kits and essential household items to those worst affected by curfews and house demolitions during the recent operations, especially in Nablus and Jenin.The agency said that while it is too soon to accurately estimate the cost of the damage, it could well run to hundreds of millions of dollars.”It is crucial for the international community to make available the seed capital that would help the Palestinian Authority rebuild its governing institutions,” said UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown. “This would hasten the recovery efforts and reduce the suffering of the devastated population.”To that end, UNDP has received approximately $40 million in new contributions from donor governments to immediately repair the area’s infrastructure, including roads, water supply systems and damaged buildings.An initial sum of $1.5 million, authorized by Mr. Malloch Brown earlier this month, has already been used to purchase and distribute urgently needed medical relief supplies and to begin immediate infrastructure repairs in the affected areas. read more

Rogers and Bell announce joint acquisition of 75 per cent stake in

Rogers and Bell announce joint acquisition of 75 per cent stake in MLSE by News Staff Posted Aug 22, 2012 6:23 pm MDT TORONTO, Ont. – Rogers Communications and Bell have announced that a joint acquisition of a 75 per cent stake in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment has been completed, Wednesday afternoon. Other assets of MLSE include the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Raptors. Kilmer Sports Inc. – another stakeholder – has increased its share to 20.5 per cent ownership. KSI is owned by Larry Tanenbaum, who continues to serve as Chair of MLSE and as a Governor of the National Hockey League, the National Basketball Association and Major League Soccer.   The move is seen as key for both Rogers and Bell, as live sports have become the last frontier for appointment viewing. Viewers are much more likely to watch sports live, while they tape and download other programs. The two telecommunications companies – each spending more than $500-million in the transaction – hope that providing the must-see content on cable, satellite, online and mobile phones will retain customers and bring in new ones.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bell|joint acquisition|mlse|rogers read more

With Somalia again on precipice of crisis UN relief official appeals for

“This is not your usual appeal for funds. Some of NGOs [non-governmental organizations] and agencies have so few resources that essential life-saving projects are facing closure,” warned Philippe Lazzarini, at a briefing in Geneva. “If funding is not received in a matter of weeks, primary health care services for 3 million people, many of them women and children, may have to be shut down.”He said that due to a combination of delayed rains, rising food prices and continued conflict, Somalia is at risk of sliding back into crisis. Despite the serious situation, resources for the country are “critically low”. So far in 2014, the Strategic Response Plan for Somalia has received only 15 per cent of the $933 million requested – a shortfall of $790 million. “This time last year, nearly twice this amount of funding had been received,” said Mr. Lazzarini, explaining that as a result, aid agencies are already struggling to meet the needs of affected people they have access to. Moreover, covering the anticipated needs of those in areas that may become in accessible due to the ongoing military campaign against Al Shabaab will be extremely difficult if more funding is not mobilized.According to Mr. Lazzarini’s office, Somalia experienced a devastating famine in 2011 in which 250,000 people died. While there have been some incremental improvements, the country still has not fully recovered. Today, 857,000 Somalis are considered to be in ‘crisis and emergency’ conditions and 2 million Somalis are under food security ‘stress.’“The parallels to the pre-famine period in 2010, when the combination of shrinking access, declining funds and a few failed rainy seasons led to a devastating crisis, are very worrying,” he said. “Early warnings must trigger early action at a speed and a scale that saves lives. This requires both immediate access and urgent resources.” read more

Industry leaders join CEEC Board

first_imgCEEC’s Board of Directors welcomed two new members in late 2012. Joe Pease, Chief Executive of Xstrata Technology and Michael Battersby, Managing Director, Maelgwyn Mineral Services (MMS) bring their global commercial experience and insight to the CEEC Board. Current board members include Elizabeth Lewis-Gray, Chairman of Gekko Systems; Prof Tim Napier-Munn of JKTech; Michael Daniel of CMD Consulting and Ms Zeljka Pokrajcic, Principal Process Engineer at Worley Parsons. CEEC (Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution) was established in 2011 to support knowledge sharing and change in an area of high energy consumption for the mineral industry. Its mission is to accelerate knowledge and technology transfer in the field of energy-efficient comminution.Michael Battersby is a co-founder and Managing Director of MMS, based in Cardiff, Wales. He has over 35 years experience in the minerals industry in operations, general mine management, technical consulting and equipment sales management.Battersby has led MMS to be one of the leading new technology development companies in the minerals industry. To date the company has invented, patented, developed and commercialised five different technologies and processes in the areas of froth flotation and gold processing. In 2001 the company won a Smart Wales award for the development of G-Cell pneumatic flotation. In 2006 MMS won the Celebration of Innovation award for having the most innovative product to come out of Wales for the previous 25 years.Joe Pease has spent 21 years in operations in a variety of research, project and production management roles. Most of this was at Mount Isa in Australia, including Manager of the Mount Isa lead zinc and copper concentrator for eight years, and lead smelter manager for two years.For the last decade, Pease has been Chief Executive of Xstrata Technology, which develops and markets technologies to improve the efficiency of minerals processing, smelting, refining and leaching.From his time in operations, Pease saw the perspectives of all stages of the processing chain, from mining to final refining. This left him with a passion to improve and find efficiencies both within, but especially, between, the traditional ‘silos’ in processing and organisations.In addition to CEEC, Pease serves on several industry bodies, including the Board and Executive Committee of AMIRA, the Board of the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre, the Ian Wark Institute Advisory Board, and the Steering Committee of the Australian Minerals Education Partnership.CEEC Advocates have been established around the world to support CEEC’s mission to accelerate knowledge transfer in the area of alternative comminution strategies. Located in Peru, Chile, South Africa, Canada and Sweden, these comminution leaders play a critical role in sharing CEEC’s resources with their communities, making public presentations on behalf of CEEC and providing valuable views to the CEEC Board.CEEC aims to raise awareness of beneficial comminution strategies with the objective of improving earnings, achieving lower process costs and gaining energy efficiencies in the mining sector. Launched in May 2011, CEEC is sponsored by Gold Fields, Gekko Systems, Anglo Americand, Ausenco, Newcrest Mining, Xstrata Technology, Outotec, Orica, Metso, AMIRA International, JKTech, University of Queensland’s Sustainable Mineral Institute, MMG, Russell Mineral Equipment and Indophil Resources.last_img read more

That ring of fire solar eclipse you missed this weekend

first_imgSome parts of the world got a spectacular sky-based treat yesterday, a “ring of fire” solar eclipse. To see it you had to be in the western United States, eastern Asia, or somewhere in between. That means everyone here at the Geek.com headquarters in New York City missed out on the chance for a live viewing. (Don’t feel sorry for us, we had a space shuttle on top of a 747 fly over our heads a few weeks ago.) If you did want to see the eclipse, there is no shortage of footage and images online.The peak time for the annular eclipse was 22:36 GMT, which means it was 7am the next day in Japan. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, on the eastern edge of the eclipse zone it was 4pm. Because of this conditions varied from place to place, so it’s worth checking out multiple sources. The best stuff seems to be coming from New Mexico and Japan though, as both locations had good conditions and were properly located on the planet (good planning!).Here is a quick video of the eclipse from Japan:And here is shot from: 7:42AM:And a video from New Mexico:And a really lucky one from Aaron Paul (of television’s Breaking Bad)…While many amazing shots were taken, there was a team at the top of Japan’s Mt. Fuji who was planning to take footage of the event. This stood to make for really spectacular coverage unfortunately weather conditions at the summit did not allow for clear viewing. And the next solar eclipse isn’t exactly just around the bend — it’s in 2023 — so we’ll mark this a bit of a disappointment that’s part of an otherwise incredible event..Got any favorites pictures of your own? Please link to them below.image via: yellow_bird_woodstock, @aaronpaullast_img read more

Galaxy S4 is worlds first TCOcertified sustainable smartphone

first_imgThe Galaxy S4 is more an evolutionary phone than a revolutionary one, but Samsung is rightly proud of its new flagship. Apart from being the company’s fastest-selling phone ever, it’s also the first smartphone in the world to earn a TCO certification.For years, TCO has been giving monitors, office equipment, and even furniture its seal of approval. Now, this isn’t TCO’s first phone certification standard. It introduced one back in 2001 for mobile phones, but phones have changed a lot over the last twelve years. Coming up with a new set of guidelines for smartphones certainly makes sense.The TCO stamp assures that the Galaxy S4 has been manufactured without the use of hazardous elements like nickel, beryllium, and mercury. It also gives a nod to Samsung’s focus on sustainability, which hasn’t gone unnoticed by others. iFixit recently awarded the Galaxy S4 an impressive 8 out of 10 for repairability, and ease of repair goes a long way toward making a phone sustainable. If parts can’t be swapped easily it’s because they’re usually held together with insane amounts of glueEarning a TCO cert for the Galaxy S4 could win Samsung some very big customers. Many big businesses and government agencies around the world require that new equipment be certified by groups like TCO Development. The TCO sticker — along with Samsung’s Knox software and the approval of the U.S. Department of Defense — makes the Galaxy S4 an even more attractive option for corporate IT environments.Until another OEM manages to get a phone TCO certified, Samsung and its retail partners will no doubt proudly trumpet the new Galaxy as the only certified sustainable smartphone in the world. For eco-friendly consumers shopping for a new handset, that just might be the push needed to get them to choose the S4. [Image credit: iFixit]last_img read more

St Annas Church honors Oxi Day in Queensland

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A rather optimistic message for the future, comes always from the youngest, who carry on the traditions and the flame of the Hellenic spirit. Two days prior to the Oxi Day national holiday, the Greek Community and Parish of St Anna’s Church in the Gold Coast of Queensland, paid tribute to the day on October 28 1940, when Greece refused to let the Italian forces step on its ground during WWII. The church celebrated the memory of St Dimitrios on Sunday 26 October, with a liturgy followed by a service commemorating Oxi Day. The Greek Orthodox Community of St Anna, welcomed a strong crowd, including Queensland officials; Greek Consul General Jim Raptis with his wife Eleni, priests and dignitaries, as well as representatives of the Gold Coast AHEPA. In blue and white attire, the pupils of the Greek National School of St Anna danced, recited poems and sung the National Anthem, showing their respect for the thousands of Greeks who fought and died to protect Europe. The event included dances from the Community’s and Parish’s dancing groups, while part of the ceremony was dedicated to awarding top achieving students. last_img read more

Montella feels sorry for the fans

first_imgVincenzo Montella was sacked by Sevilla and he insisted that he feels sorry especially for the fans and he wants to apologize for the recent results – in his last game, Sevilla were beaten 2-1 by Levante…Montella managed to eliminate Manchester United from the Champions League and played very good two games against Bayern despite being beaten – but in the domestic competitions, it wasn’t that good and the club decided to sack the Italian coach.The former AC Milan manager spoke about his end at the club as he said, according to Sports Keeda:Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Thank you to the fans, who have been magnificent.”“I want to salute the players, who have made a huge effort – so much of which has been for me. I also want to thank all the people who work for the club who I’ve not been able to say goodbye to.”“I’m very sorry for the last moments. I can say that I’ve worked with strength and enthusiasm until the end. I’m convinced the club can qualify for Europe and for that reason, I ask for the fans to be close to the players and to give them their upmost support.”last_img read more

Matt Bean Is Entertainment Weekly Editor

first_img[This story first appeared on sister site min.]The nearly one-month-old mystery of Jess Cagle’s successor as Entertainment Weekly editor was resolved on Feb. 10 when Cagle—who has doubled as People editor and EW editorial director since Jan. 13—announced the intra-Time Inc. hire of SI.com managing editor Matt Bean.He leaves one content-busy brand for another, with the post-Super Bowl SI in the midst of the Winter Olympics and about to embark on the Swimsuit issue’s 50th anniversary.  EW will culminate its busy awards season with the Oscars on March 2.Bean came to SI and Time Inc. in Aug. 2012 from Rodale, where min digital media editor Steve Smith credited his stewardship for “developing one of the most ambitious and sophisticated mobile app programs of any magazine publisher.”  As Men’s Health articles editor earlier during his eight-year stint, he oversaw theNational Magazine Award-nominated front-of-book section and spearheaded the launch of the first-to-market tablet edition in 2010. Being the on-air host of Spike TV’s adventure-sports driven The Playbook while at MH extended to Bean starting the SI Now daily live talk show.Said Cagle: “Matt’s arrival is a testament to Time Inc.’s confidence in EW. He is [an especially] talented editor well-suited to this unique brand, and it will be a thrill to see where he and the extraordinary staff take EW in the years to come.”last_img read more

Apple and Stanford release Apple Watch heart studys full results

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Apple We tested the Apple Watch EKG against a hospital EKG 1 Tags Mobile Gadgets Comment Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 reading • Apple and Stanford release Apple Watch heart study’s full results Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itcenter_img • Apple and Stanford released the full results of their study on Saturday. Apple Before Apple announced the Apple Watch’s ability to perform echocardiograms on the go last year, it was working with Stanford University to study the technology. The Apple Heart Study enrolled 400,000 people. According to study results, presented Saturday, 2,000 of those participants received a notification about an irregular heart rhythm, which can be a sign of a larger problem, like atrial fibrillation. The sooner warning signs can be spotted, the sooner people can seek help. “Many participants sought medical advice following their irregular rhythm notification, using the information to have more meaningful conversations with their doctors,” Apple said in a press release.Fifty-seven percent of participants who received an irregular pulse notification went to the doctor. “The results of the Apple Heart Study highlight the potential role that innovative digital technology can play in creating more predictive and preventive health care,” said Lloyd Minor, dean of the Stanford School of Medicine. “Atrial fibrillation is just the beginning, as this study opens the door to further research into wearable technologies and how they might be used to prevent disease before it strikes — a key goal of precision health.”In November, the ECG sensor gained support in WatchOS version 5.1.2.  Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Share your voice See All 4:28 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Applelast_img read more

IUC Trai opposes urgent relief for Idea Airtel over IUC

first_imgA rickshaw puller speaks on his mobile phone as he waits for customers in front of advertisement billboards belonging to telecom companies in Kolkata February 3, 2014.REUTERS/Rupak De ChowdhuriTelecom regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Friday said that there is no need for urgent relief to Idea and Bharti Airtel, claiming that Trai’s decision to slash IUC rate from 14 paise to 6 paise will not have immediate impact on companies, the Business Standard (BS) reported.”There will be no immediate impact on companies due to IUC,” Trai told the court, BS reported.Reliance Jio, which is expected to benefit from the IUC rate cut, hit back at other telecom firms, and was quoted by BS as saying, “Airtel, Vodafone, Idea’s plea is worst form of ‘forum shopping’. They’ve recovered IUC costs.”Airtel, Vodafone and Idea have been net gainers under the current IUC system since they have more than 60 percent of the subscriber base and more calls terminating on their networks than originating from them. Jio, which offers free voice services, has the most outgoing calls terminating on the networks of others.Trai notified the latest reduction on September 19, prompting accusations of lack of transparency and bias by Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, which want IUC to be doubled. The regulator, on its part, took pre-emptive action last week and filed caveats in 18 high courts across the country asking to be heard before any order is issued.Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular had moved the Bombay High Court on Thursday seeking a stay on the telecom regulator’s decision to cut the IUC from next month, marking the start of another legal confrontation between telcos and the sector watchdog.The two telcos had asked the court to halt the implementation of Trai’s decision to reduce IUC to 6 paise a minute from 14 paise from October 1, and subsequently, scrap the charge from January 2020. IUC is paid to networks that receive calls.An Economic Times (ET) report said on Friday that the stakes are higher this time as telecom companies, including Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular stand to lose a combined Rs 5,000 crore in revenue annually, while Reliance Jio Infocomm, which started services a year ago, could gain about Rs 5,000 crore.last_img read more

3 Questions Answered About The Planned Natural Gas Pipeline In Central Texas

first_imgThat confusion was on display at a pipeline meeting in Wimberley, where residents offered a list of questions about the project that was too long to read aloud, much less answer, before the meeting ended.Here are some of those questions, with answers from experts in the field.  Hicks spent part of the ’90s fighting this pipeline as a lawyer for landowners. Lesniak did as well, when he worked for the City of Austin. They both said the Longhorn line is a good example of how pipelines change over time.This pipeline started carrying crude oil from the west in the 1950s.“Then, in the mid-’90s, it switched from being a crude oil line to what’s called a hazardous liquids line,” Hicks said. “[It transported] jet fuel, gasoline, things like that.”“Then it switched again to being a crude oil line from West Texas to the Gulf Coast,” he said.Hicks was unable to get the Longhorn rerouted but he did help win concessions from the pipeline company, which replaced part of the line over environmentally sensitive areas.He said it shouldn’t require lawsuits to bring that level of oversight to the planning process.“The most obvious problem with pipeline oversight in Texas is they turn the job over to the private pipeline companies and let them choose their route,” he said. “There is no control by Texas government with people in Texas having no say at any stage over what route a pipeline can take.”That’s why he’d advise people in Hays County to get as many questions as they can answered both from the company and from their elected officials before construction starts. Share Salvador Castro for KUTResidents attend a community meeting in Wimberley last month to discuss a planned natural gas pipeline through Hays County.Houston-based Kinder Morgan hosted an open house in Hays County about its Permian Highway Pipeline, a natural gas pipeline the company plans to run through Central Texas.As often happens when a Texas pipeline is announced, many people in the project’s path were taken by surprise by the wide-sweeping powers the state grants pipeline companies. With no public engagement process required for routing and building a pipeline here, many residents feel left in the dark about how pipelines work, their potential risks and benefits and what rights landowners have when it comes to dealing with the company. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Why Do Pipeline Companies Have The Power To Take Land?The biggest battles over pipelines in Texas are fought over eminent domain, a company’s power to take land for a pipeline. That power is granted to companies because lawmakers believe they play a role in creating necessary infrastructure that is publicly available.“One of the ways I try to explain pipeline systems is to say this: When you turn on your gas stove to cook breakfast in the morning, you are literally turning the last valve in a pipeline system that probably starts out in West Texas or in South Texas,” said James Mann, a lawyer and lobbyist for pipeline companies.The fact that pipelines are so efficient at moving fossil fuels is also what makes them essential to the state’s oil and gas industry. Mann counts that as part of the public benefit that pipelines offer.But it’s an argument that may be getting harder to make as more of the oil and gas produced in the U.S. is shipped overseas instead of delivered to our cars and stovetops.“This pipeline, the Permian Highway Pipeline, a very large percentage of that gas – if not all of it – will be for export. Where’s the public good in that?” said Chuck Lesniak, who serves on the Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Transportation. “Why should they have the right of eminent domain … for the profits of their shareholders?”The argument for a public benefit to oil and gas extraction is also being increasingly challenged by a growing “keep it in the ground” movement, which argues further extraction of fossil fuels will worsen the impacts of climate change.Are Pipelines Safe?At the Wimberley meeting, Marilyn and Marvin Zgabay shared a photo of a badly burned 7-year-old girl. It was taken decades ago at their family’s ranch in Rosenberg, Texas.Salvador Castro for KUTMarilyn and Marvin Zgabay hold an old photo of their daughter, Lauren, who was badly burned when a pipeline exploded under her grandfather’s Rosenberg ranch decades ago.Marilyn’s father had taken her daughter, Lauren, out to his pasture to look at the cows, when a natural gas line running under the property exploded.The two were separated in the explosion, and when Marilyn’s father found Lauren, she was pressed against a barbed-wire fence, but alive.  Zgaybay says she opposes the Permian Highway Pipeline because they’ve “experienced it.” The planned line would run near her property and over her son’s land in Fredericksburg.“We’re still in the blast area,” she said.The likelihood of a pipeline exploding is low, however. Industry often points out that pipelines are the safest and most efficient way to transport oil and gas. Lesniak thinks that may account for some of the leeway given to pipeline companies in planning their projects.But, he said he believes the risk of accidents should be given greater weight in regulation and oversight.“From a probability standpoint, it’s a very low-frequency-risk profile,” he said. “But the consequences are very, very high. Because when you do have an accident, it can be catastrophic because of the very high volumes of product that are transported.”That’s one of the reasons it’s important to know what is being transported in a pipeline. But that can change from year to year.What Materials Can Pipelines Carry?“I think a lot of people who don’t live here near the pipeline don’t know it’s here,” Renae Hicks said on a recent cold afternoon in South Austin.He’s referring to the Longhorn Pipeline, which runs under what he describes as a “highway of grass” that makes up the right-of-way.Salvador Castro for KUTThe Longhorn Pipeline runs through South Austin around the Onion Creek neighborhood and west through Circle C.center_img X 00:00 /04:05 Listenlast_img read more