Delhi govt blames rain for delay in CWG projects

first_imgWith just 25 days to go for the Commonwealth Games (CWG), the Delhi government is again set to miss its deadline for the completion of various projects. This time, the government is blaming the slow progress on the rains. The latest deadline set by the state government expires on September 15, but the works seem far from completion. However the state government defended itself blaming rains in the capital and again refused to take responsibility for the debacle in the making. When Headlines Today posed some blunt questions to Delhi PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chouhan, he hinted at the deadline being missed once again. “Normally it doesn’t rain so heavily in September. We should have completed the work by now, but we are facing difficulties because of rain,” Chouhan said. “Rain doesn’t see any deadline, be it September 10 or 15. It is difficult to do construction when it is raining,” the minister added. On the other side, CWG organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi termed the rain as a challenge. He however was confident about the success of the Games. “There were many challenges for the Commonwealth Games. Rain is also a challenge. It has been raining heavily. But we are confident that we will meet this challenge also. Everything will be fine,” Kalmadi said.last_img read more

Rutronik: Nordic Thingy:91 prototyping kit available

first_imgThe new Nordic Semiconductor multi-sensor IoT prototyping kit Nordic Thingy:91 for IoT applications based on the nRF9160 SiP (System-in-Package) is now available at Rutronik. With the nRF52840 for short-range radio connection and a broad collection of sensors and interfaces it is highly adaptable to many IoT-projects and enables rapid prototyping and proof of concept.The battery-operated prototyping platform is based on the nRF9160 SiP, which has a separate application/radio modem architecture aiding development simplicity and overall performance. The dedicated radio system supports LTE-M and NB-IoT technologies as well as GPS for precise positioning. Furthermore, the nRF9160 SiP incorporates the latest Arm Cortex-M33 as powerful application processor with Arm TrustZone for secure boot and execution within the device.For short-range applications the Nordic Thingy:91 contains the multiprotocol SoC nRF52840 with a broad range of protocols including Bluetooth 5 and NFC. A pre-loaded asset tracking application that makes use of many of the on-kit sensors in addition to LTE-M and GPS offers a working out-of-the-box asset tracking and monitoring. The prototyping kit can, however, be reprogrammed with any dedicated application of the user’s choice. Moreover, the kit has a Nano/4FF SIM card slot and already contains a SIM card to enable an instant start of development.With the combination of short-range and cellular radio technology as well as the multitude of sensors, the Nordic Thingy:91 is perfectly suitable for logistics and asset tracking, metering, smart city, smart agriculture, wearables and medical, predictive maintenance and industry 4.0.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Abaco to exhibit advanced electronic warfare solutionsNext CML Microcircuits: flexible BPSK wireless data modulatorlast_img read more

Redmi Note 6 Pro with 4 cameras and price under Rs 20,000 could be next blockbuster hit from Xiaomi

first_imgXiaomi launched four new products in Indonesia today. The products are the Redmi Note 6 Pro, the Mi Home Security Camera 360-degree, the Mi Band 3 and lastly the Mi 8 Lite. In India, the Mi Home Security Camera 360-degree and Mi Band 3 are already available and are selling like hotcakes, especially the fitness band, which over here at the India Today tech we believe is the best you can get under Rs 5,000. The next big blockbuster from Xiaomi in India is likely to be the Redmi Note 6 Pro, which may launch here at a price of around Rs 15,000 and before November 20.Of late, even as Xiaomi has continued its momentum, the company has also seen Honor and Nokia challenging it with the renewed vigour. Nokia has the Android One on its side, Honor is charging at Xiaomi with a mix of phones that have capable hardware, very attractive designs and aggressive pricing. The Redmi Note 6 Pro, however, looks like a phone with which Xiaomi hits back.The Redmi Note 5 Pro has been one of the most popular and the best selling smartphones this year. Even after several months of its launch, the Note 5 Pro is in high demand. Chances are that the Redmi Note 6 Pro may end up being even more popular because of its upgraded feature set and possibly a price point that could be quite close to Rs 14,999 that is the current market price of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro.In Thailand as well as in Indonesia, the price of the Redmi Note 6 Pro starts around Rs 16,000 when you convert the price in the local currency to India rupee. This means a price of Rs 15,000 or Rs 16,000 for the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India is quite real.Xiaomi has upgraded the Redmi Note 6 Pro in a lot of aspects compared to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The major upgrade is in the camera department. The Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with four cameras in total, two in the front and two on back side. On the rear, the smartphone comes with a primary camera that uses a 12-megapixel image sensor with dual-pixel autofocus and a lens with aperture of f/1.9 and a secondary sensor that uses a 5-megapixel sensor for providing bokeh feature in portrait photos. The cameras of the Redmi phone come with AI Portrait 2.0 mode, which Xiaomi claims can click great bokeh shots.The Redmi Note 6 Pro also sports two cameras on the front. The primary camera on the front uses a 20-megapixel sensor with a technology called Superpixel, has a lens with f/2.0 aperture. The secondary camera, with its 2-megapixel sensor, helps users click better portrait photos.The Redmi Note 6 Pro, just like the Redmi 5 Pro, comes with a notched display. In India, this will be the second Redmi phone to come with a notched display. The Note 6 Pro also sports a bigger display than the Note 5 Pro. The Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with a 6.26-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display that has an aspect ratio of 19:9 and a screen-to-body-ratio of 86 per cent. The Note 5 Pro packs a 5.99-inch display.advertisementALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro India launch likely before November 20, can be priced around Rs 15,000Similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Note 6 Pro is also powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset and comes paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage which can be further expanded via microSD card. In Thailand, the smartphone comes in only one variant, while in Indonesia it comes in two variants – 3GB RAM/32GB storage and 4GB RAM/64GB storage. The smartphone comes with a large 4000 mAh battery, likely the same one that is inside the Redmi Note 5 Pro.last_img read more

Novak Djokovic was fantastic in the Australian Open final: Rafael Nadal

first_imgA chastened Rafael Nadal said even his best tennis may have not been enough against a rampant Novak Djokovic after being thrashed by the Serb in the Australian Open final on Sunday.The Spanish second seed came into the clash in outrageous form but was dominated throughout the 6-3 6-2 6-3 loss at Rod Laver Arena, the worst in his Grand Slam rivalry with the world number one.Although reaching the final without dropping a set, Nadal said he was still short of his best after a long injury lay-off following the US Open and lacked an edge to pressure the Serb.”Of course, he played, I think, fantastic. At the same time it’s true that when he’s playing that way, I think I needed something else,” the 17-time Grand Slam champion Nadal told reporters.”I was not able to have that extra thing tonight, being honest.”Playing the way he played tonight, I needed that defensive game to finally have the chance to be offensive.”When he was hitting, it’s true that maybe it was difficult to beat him even if I was at my 100 per cent (level). But probably it would have been a little bit more of a fight.””I make more mistakes because he pushed more. That’s all. Is not about being more nervous.”Total respect from @RafaelNadal to his worthy opponent Novak Djokovic #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019Beaten in just over two hours, Nadal won barely a third of the match’s points, was broken five times and conjured only a single break point in the third set, which the Serb saved.advertisementHe racked up 28 unforced errors while Djokovic leaked only nine, in an astonishing display of control.Despite the thrashing, the defiant Spaniard said his five-set semi-final loss to Djokovic at Wimbledon last year was more disappointing than Sunday’s defeat.”I only can say one thing: I’m going to keep fighting hard, I’m going to keep working hard to be a better player.”@RafaelNadal is an inspiration #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019He has now lost eight successive matches to Djokovic on hardcourts, his last win coming at the 2013 U.S. Open.But he was adamant he could rebound and find the skill to challenge again.”What I need is time, I need work and I need more weeks like this one,” said Nadal.”That’s really the only thing that I hope, is to have the chance to keep practising well and to have the chance to keep playing with healthy conditions.”I can’t be sad. It would not be fair to be sad. I played against a player that today was better than me.”While buoyed to have played seven matches at Melbourne Park following a litany of injuries, he conceded that he would still need to manage his schedule carefully.”I need matches, but I can’t go crazy to play matches. I have my age,” said the 32-year-old.”If I am healthy, I am competitive, I am happy, I have the chance to win tournaments. If not, things change 100 per cent.”Also Read | Rafael Nadal promises to keep fighting after losing one-sided Australian Open finalAlso Read | Novak Djokovic reveals new Aussie slang word he learnt after winning 7th Australia OpenAlso Watch:last_img read more

‘If Ronaldo wasn’t happy he would have left Madrid’

first_imgTransfers If Ronaldo wasn’t happy at Madrid, he wouldn’t be here – Marcelo Sacha Pisani 14:59 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Marcelo Primera División UEFA Champions League The Portugal international has been heavily linked with a move away from Santiago Bernabeu, but his Blancos team-mate insists he remains happy Real Madrid vice-captain Marcelo has dismissed claims that five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo is unhappy at the club.Ronaldo, 33, returned to form ahead of the blockbuster Champions League showdown against Paris Saint-Germain with a hat-trick as struggling Liga holders Madrid trounced Real Sociedad 5-2 on Saturday.However, there has been rumours of discontent, with suggestions of a possible switch to PSG, allowing former Barcelona forward Neymar to move in the opposite direction. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Asked about Ronaldo and the reports of his unhappiness at Santiago Bernabeu, Marcelo told Esporte Interativo : “I don’t think there is any truth to that, as if he was unhappy then he wouldn’t be here.”He does everything to help the team. He’s a mature guy, who has a very strong squad around him at Real Madrid.”I don’t think he’s unhappy. The world knows what he is capable of doing, just look at his history with the club.”I don’t think he can be dissatisfied.”Ronaldo has scored 23 goals in 28 games in all competitions this season, including 11 in 18 in La Liga.last_img read more

New Iowa Coach Shares His Powerful Hawkeyes Recruiting Pitch

first_imgClose-up view of Iowa footballs.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: General view of footballs used by the Iowa Hawkeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)58-year-old Jay Niemann was brought in to Iowa earlier this year as the new assistant defensive line coach and defensive recruiting coordinator. Now a few months into the job, it seems he’s enjoying some success in the latter role.In an interview with Hawk Central, Niemann decided to share the story he tells parents of potential recruits. He revealed that he could have sent his two sons to any school, but they chose Iowa “because of how we felt as a family to send them here.”Niemann’s sons committed to the Hawkeyes before he joined the staff.“I can walk into any home … and I can tell any parent and look them straight in the eye… and tell them, ‘I had opportunities for my sons to go to several different programs. And they chose to go to Iowa because of how we felt as a family to send them here.’”The decision to send his eldest son Ben Niemann certainly seems to have paid off. He played four seasons at Iowa before signing with the Kansas City Chiefs last year. Niemann’s younger son Nick is currently a linebacker at the school.The Hawkeyes recruiting coordinator replaced longtime coach Reese Morgan and also took up the role of coordinating recruiting efforts in one of the larger regions of the state of Iowa.Niemann’s efforts have already born some fruit as the team successfully recruited No. 2 in-state player Connor Colby last month.Per 247Sports, Iowa is currently trending for four of the top six uncommitted in-state recruits.Apparently Niemann’s story is very effective.[Hawk Central]last_img read more

Runge RS is a ’50s-Inspired, Handcrafted Masterpiece for Modern-Day Racers

first_img This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser Seriously Cool Desk Toys for the Kid in All of Us “The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry.” – Brooks Hatlen, Shawshank RedemptionWe’re not sure Brooks would’ve appreciated the cars of today. Most have gone soft, choosing to value comfort and convenience over the driving experience. Even today’s sports cars boast frilly accessories like automatic parking assist, heated seats, and Bluetooth stereos with satellite radio. Thankfully, one bootstrapped Midwest builder is reviving the dying art of the pure vintage racer, one beautifully handcrafted roadster at a time.Runge CarsThe body of the Runge RS is a modern masterpiece. From the side, the design appears to flow like mercury recalling the beautiful, curvy bodies of ‘50s-era Ferrari, Maserati, and Jaguar roadsters. Runge admits pulling heavily from the Porsche 550 Spyder and Porsche 718 RSK specifically. Beneath the stunning polished aluminum, the RS is all business. Hearkening back to the racing days of yore, the steel tube-frame chassis supports a mid-mounted, air-cooled, flat-four engine pushing 159 horsepower. Mated to a four-speed “longbox” transaxle means it can more than hold its own on the freeway. The four-wheel disc brakes mean it stops plenty quick too.Stepping into the two-seat cockpit feels like time-traveling a full six decades. The classic racing bucket seats, copious brown leather trim, and wood-rimmed steering wheel remind the driver this is no ordinary auto. The interior dispenses with the unnecessary “conveniences” standard in today’s modern sports cars. You won’t find cupholders, touchscreen navigation, or even a radio for that matter. Behind the wheel of a Runge RS, those become superfluous. This is a car that’s all about the unadulterated exhilaration and fun of the driving experience. The only notable accessories are a few vintage mechanical components and a single-man tonneau cover. Leave your latte at home.Runge CarsRunge Cars was founded by Christopher Runge, a former professional snowboarder who abandoned the slopes for his one real passion: classic racecars. From his Minnesota garage, he handcrafts bespoke vintage-inspired, street-legal racers. Every car is built to the buyer’s specifications guaranteeing no two are alike. It’s no surprise that when the uber-wealthy — including car enthusiasts with Bond-villain levels of money and a stable of brand-name supercars — are looking for something truly unique, they look to RÜNGE.Of his iconic Model T, Henry Ford once said, “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.” Likewise, the Runge RS is only available in polished aluminum. RÜNGE Cars is taking just three orders per year for the Runge RS. Pricing is listed as “serious inquiries only.” We expect a price tag well into the six figures but, frankly, if you have to ask … The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart Editors’ Recommendations Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity last_img read more

Finance State Minister Welcomes App for Young Jobseekers

first_img Finance and the Public Service State Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, has welcomed the Labour and Social Security Ministry’s planned development of a mobile app targeting young jobseekers that will make it easier for them to be matched with employment.Mrs. Williams anticipates that the Labour Market Information System app, slated for roll-out during the first quarter of the 2018/19 fiscal year, will go a far way in reducing the amount of time persons spend searching for jobs.She pointed out that the app will guide them to where the opportunities are, as well as help to decrease any resulting frustration experienced if they are either unsuccessful or encounter protracted delays in gaining employment.“But more importantly, this mobile app has the potential to increase better matching of skills,” the State Minister said.She was speaking at an ‘OPM-Live’ mini town hall meeting, organised by the Office of the Prime Minister at Jamaica College on November 29.Mrs. Williams, who is also Member of Parliament for the area, said data showed that jobs were being generated in a number of sectors, including agriculture; finance; mining and quarrying; manufacturing; hotel and restaurant services; transport; storage and communication; electricity, gas and water; and health and social work.In this regard, she urged young people desirous of entering the employed labour force to equip themselves with the requisite skills through training.“The jobs are being created, and there are more jobs coming. But you have to do your part by relentlessly developing your stock of skills,” the State Minister added.Mrs. Williams noted that of the entire labour force, totalling a record 1,371,300 persons according to July 2017 data from the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), 577,300 persons are under the age of 34.Additionally, she said of the record 1,216,200 persons who are employed, 469,500 persons are 34 years old.“Obviously, we are very happy for the ones that are gainfully in a job. But building a prosperous Jamaica requires that we find opportunities for the 107,800 who are in the labour force and obviously want to work but have not found a job yet,” the State Minister said.Against this background, Mrs. Williams stressed the need to ensure that unemployed youth gain jobs quickly for “some obvious reasons”.Chief among these, she explained, is that a greater number of employed persons will result in more disposable income flowing into the economy.The State Minister further said that this will create more opportunities for consumption and investment, which feed into business expansion “creating a virtuous cycle”.“The not-so-obvious reason is that when individuals enter the labour market as adults, a lifetime of deficient skills accumulation can take a toll on their productivity in the workplace. This is findings from a 2015 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development study,” she added.Mrs. Williams contended that skills are the “backbone” of the economy, adding that they are a “key driver and determinant of economic growth and income stability”.She further argued that the Government has the “right focus” on initiating programmes tailored to boost the skill levels of persons entering the labour market. Finance and the Public Service State Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, has welcomed the Labour and Social Security Ministry’s planned development of a mobile app targeting young jobseekers that will make it easier for them to be matched with employment. Mrs. Williams anticipates that the Labour Market Information System app, slated for roll-out during the first quarter of the 2018/19 fiscal year, will go a far way in reducing the amount of time persons spend searching for jobs. Story Highlights She pointed out that the app will guide them to where the opportunities are, as well as help to decrease any resulting frustration experienced if they are either unsuccessful or encounter protracted delays in gaining employment.last_img read more

To stop BJP minorities likely to go with TMC in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Despite nursing a grudge against the state government for its alleged failure to curb communal riots, the minorities in Bengal are likely to vote for the TMC to stop BJP’s march, leaders said. A deciding factor in several Lok Sabha seats in the state, the minorities especially Muslims are likely to vote for the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) which they perceive as a “credible force” unlike the Congress-Communist Party of India (Marxist) alliance, they claimed. “Despite having anger against the state government over various issues including several riots that took place in the state, the minorities will vote for TMC in the state to ensure their safety and security,” Mohammed Kamruzzaman, General Secretary of All Bengal Minority Youth Federation told PTI. “In Bengal, TMC is the most credible force as it is in power, when it comes to fight against BJP,” he added. Kamruzzaman, whose organization has the biggest following among Muslim youths in the state, said that the Congress-CPI(M) seat sharing talks have evoked little hopes as credible alternative among the masses. The Imams of the city, who hold a sway over the large Muslim population here, felt that the minorities should vote for the strongest secular candidate. “We would appeal to the minorities to vote in favour of the strongest secular forces in their respective areas. Efforts should be made to ensure that only secular and democratic candidates win,” Qazi Fazlur Rahman, the Imam, who conducts prayers on Eid at Red Road every year, told PTI. The Red Road Eid prayers witnesses the biggest congregation of Muslims in the state. Rahman’s view was echoed by Shafique Qasmi, Imam of Nakhoda Masjid, the biggest mosque in the city, who stressed that the minorities must ensure that there was no division of their votes and only a secular and democratic force comes to power. The minorities, which comprise nearly 30 per cent of the electorate, are a deciding factor in nearly 16-18 Lok Sabha seats of the state. They are a vote bank that every political party has tried to woo. Parliamentary seats such as Raiganj, Coochbehar, Balurghat, Malda North, Malda South, Murshidabad in north Bengal and seats such as Diamond Harbour, Uluberia, Howrah, Birbhum, Kanthi, Tamluk, Joynagar in south Bengal have very high Muslim population. The TMC presently holds a great influence over the minority votes in the state but several riots that took place in the last four years have angered a section of the minorities. According to Union Home Ministry data released in 2018, communal violence increased sharply since 2015 in West Bengal. While the state recorded 27 incidents of communal violence in 2015, the number almost doubled by 2017 when 58 such incidents were recorded. The recent ones being the Basirshat riots in 2017 and Asansol riots in 2018. The TMC, however, blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for trying to flare up communal passions to serve its own political purpose and expressed confidence that it will repeat its 2014 feat with the help of minorities. “The minorities are very well aware of developmental work that the TMC government has done. Bengal is known for communal harmony but BJP is trying to disturb that for its own political gains,” TMC leader and minister Firhad Hakim said. According to TMC sources, minorities are likely to vote for the party to stop the march of the BJP. Since independence, the minorities in the state voted in favour of the Congress in order to keep outfits like the Hindu Mahasabha and Jan Sangh at bay. However, since the late sixties, they gradually started drifting towards the Left forces, which under the leadership of Jyoti Basu and Promode Dasgupta put up an alternative against the Congress rule in the state. After the CPI(M)-led Left Front came to power in 1977, through its iconic policies of ‘Operation Barga’ – giving land to landless farmers which benefited lakhs including Muslims – cemented its support base among the minorities. Riding on the support of minorities and rural Bengal, the Left Front in 1996 and 2004 had sent the largest bloc of 33 and 34 MPs, respectively, to the Lok Sabha. But things started falling apart for the Left Front after the Sachar Committee report in 2008 painted a dismal picture on the condition of minorities in the state. Adding to their woes was the anti-land acquisition movement in Nandigram and Singur that made the TMC, led by Mamata Banerjee, as the new “saviour” of minorities. Banerjee unseating the 34-year-old Left Front regime in the state but has been accused of appeasing minorities by the BJP-RSS, which emerged as the main opposition in West Bengal. “The policies of the state government were only aimed at protecting the interests of a specific community in the state. This has ignited anger among the majority community which feels only BJP can protect their interests,” BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said. Senior CPI(M) leader and MP Mohammed Salim said the assertion by TMC that it is a saviour of the Muslims in the state has fallen flat in the last few years. While Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan said that minority voting pattern would depend a lot on the credibility of the CPI(M)-Congress alliance in the state. “If we are able to put up a credible alternative then we too will receive considerable minority votes. But if we fail to do so, TMC will take away the entire share,” the senior Congress leader said.last_img read more

5th accused in Alwar gangrape case arrested from Mathura

first_imgJaipur: The fifth accused in the Alwar gangrape case has been arrested from Mathura, police said on Thursday, even as opposition parties held protests against the Rajasthan government for allegedly covering up the matter due to the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.A judicial magistrate recorded the victim’s statement on Thursday under CrPc section 164, DSP (Alwar Rural) Jagmohan Sharma said. The accused, Hansraj Gurjar, was arrested Wednesday night, while search for the prime accused, Chhote Lal Gurjar, is still on, the DSP said. Four other accused –Indra Raj Gurjar, Ashok Gurjar, Mahesh Gurjar and Mukesh Gurjar — have been arrested so far, the police officer said. The gangrape evoked sharp criticism from all sections of the society, with political parties protests holding protests in various parts of the state, including Ajmer, Alwar, Swai Madhopur and Churu. They cornered the Rajasthan government for allegedly covering up the matter due to Lok Sabha elections in the state. BJP leaders said went to the Collectorate Circle Thursday to present a memorandum to the district collector, but he was not available. Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to the Rajasthan government and the state DGP in connection with the alleged rape of a Dalit woman by five men in front of her husband in Alwar. “The NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance of a media report that a Dalit woman was allegedly raped by five men after tying up her husband in Thanagaji area of Alwar district in Rajasthan on April 26. Reportedly, despite having registered an FIR in the matter, police did not take any action for four days because of elections on May 6,” the rights panel said in a statement on Wednesday.last_img read more

New UN guidebook aims to improve psychological support for disaster victims

The United Nations health agency and its partners have launched a guide to help fieldworkers provide vital psychological support to people affected by humanitarian emergencies. “In the last five years the psychological damage left in the wake of tsunamis, earthquakes, droughts and conflicts has proven as devastating as the physical damage,” said Bruce Aylward, Assistant Director-General for Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration at the UN World Health Organization (WHO). “Recognizing that we can do more and do better for the mental health of disaster-affected populations, WHO and partners have developed this guide to ensure that standards and best practices are consistently applied in humanitarian settings,” added Dr. Aylward. The guide is being released to coincide with World Humanitarian Day, celebrated on 19 August, which recognizes the sacrifices and contributions of those who risk their lives to give others help and hope. Produced jointly by WHO, the War Trauma Foundation and World Vision International, the guide reflects the emerging science and international consensus on how to provide basic support to people in the immediate aftermath of extremely stressful events. “This guide gives simple, practical guidance for supporting people in ways that respect their dignity, culture and abilities,” the three organizations said in a joint news release. It will enable humanitarian and emergency workers from all over the world to provide critical psychological support to people in acute distress, including helping distressed relief workers themselves, they added. The guide instructs aid workers on how to provide basic psychological support, such as listening without pressing the person to talk and assessing a person’s needs and concerns. It also emphasizes support and protection to people who may need special attention such as separated children and people with disabilities. The information contained in the guide can be taught to humanitarian workers within one day for immediate use, the organizations noted. 17 August 2011The United Nations health agency and its partners have launched a guide to help fieldworkers provide vital psychological support to people affected by humanitarian emergencies. read more

In Washington Annan voices hope that US and UK will discipline soldiers

“In all these situations, when it comes to the treatment of prisoners of war, we have to respect international humanitarian law,” Mr. Annan said in response to press questions in Washington, D.C. “I am encouraged that the US Government is taking it seriously and intends to discipline those involved, and I think that is extremely important, because the images going around the world have been damaging,” he said. The United States and United Kingdom must “take a strong and firm stand to ensure that those kinds of activities are not repeated, because it does do damage, as you can see from reactions in the region,” he added. The Secretary-General also pointed out that “the US is in Iraq, as it has indicated, to also try and establish democracy and law and order” making it all the more important that Washington “be seen as dealing very firmly with this.” To questions about the transition to Iraqi sovereignty, Mr. Annan said the country’s people are “keen to see the end of the occupation” and are counting on this taking place on 30 June. “Any attempt to pull it back can be difficult and can raise tensions,” he cautioned. “So I believe we should do everything to make sure that the June deadline is met.” For its part, the UN is “trying to facilitate and work with the Iraqis and the CPA [Coalition Provisional Authority] to come up with a new government” based on broad consultations with the Iraqi people. He also predicted that the Security Council would pass a resolution before 30 June on a multinational force in Iraq. read more

Shell Canada seals second deepwater well off Nova Scotia silent on results

by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 17, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jan 18, 2017 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Shell Canada seals second deepwater well off Nova Scotia, silent on results HALIFAX – Shell is moving to seal off the second of its two deepwater exploration wells off Nova Scotia.The company began work on the Monterey Jack well on the Scotian Shelf on Sept. 25, shortly after abandoning its Cheshire well in the Nova Scotia offshore, about 250 kilometres southeast of Halifax.Shell spokesman Cameron Yost said in an email Monday that sealing the well involves “the installation and testing of multiple barriers in the wellbore.”He also said it is too early to speculate on what the results of the well are, saying it will take some time to analyze the information gathered from Monterey Jack by a contracted exploration vessel.Petroleum geologist Grant Wach, a professor at Dalhousie University, cautions deep waters off the Scotian Shelf may require a number of exploration wells before firm conclusions are reached, adding that it required more than 30 wells to make the Grand Banks discovery off Newfoundland.Wach said in an email that he’ll continue to watch what decision BP takes in terms of drilling their potential exploration sites on the Scotian shelf.He also said that Shell’s original news release left the option of drilling five other exploration wells, and these may be the key future sign of whether their deepwater play continue to be possibilities.“If they drill more wells, they are interested,” he said.In addition, there are bid rounds for exploration licensing coming up this year and in 2018 and Wach said interest in these blocks will also be a sign of whether Nova Scotia’s offshore is continuing to attract investment.However, the deepwater drilling off Nova Scotia has attracted opposition from municipal leaders, environmentalists and fishermen’s groups concerned about the possibility of a blowout.During the drilling of the Cheshire well — which did not show commercial quantities of hydrocarbons — the ship contracted to drill the well dropped two kilometres of pipe and other drilling gear onto the ocean floor on March 5.The incident occurred after the ship unlatched the drilling gear from the wellhead due to heaving seas, and was moving away from the site.There were no injuries or spills, but a report has noted the accident was costly and caused delays in the drilling effort.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly reported the Cheshire well showed commercial quantities of hydrocarbon. read more

Didnt Lose a Step Derek Jeter Homers on First

Derek Jeter boasted that he was ready to return to the New York Yankees dugout and one pitch after he took the plate he proved it.The All-Star shortstop homered on the first pitch he saw, his first at-bat Sunday, in the Yankees’ 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.The slugger finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI as the Yankees won on a game-clinching single in the ninth from newly acquired Alfonso Soriano.“I said, ‘Thank God,’ because I didn’t want to go out there and play in extra innings because I was tired,” said Jeter. “We need contributions from a lot of people. It is not like I’m some savior.”

Cambridge lecturer defeats exhusband after he tried to halt maintenance payments as

first_imgA Cambridge University lecturer has won a court battle against her lawyer ex-husband who claimed he should not have to pay her maintenance because she is too hardworking.Three judges have refused “belligerent, unhelpful and dictatorial” London solicitor Goran Mickovski’s bid to stop payments to his ex-wife, Kathleen Liddell.The former couple shared a £1.2m family fortune when they split in 2011 after 11 years of marriage.After they broke up, 40-year-old Mrs Liddell moved from part-time to full-time hours despite having “tiny children” to care for, saying she needed to work “as hard as she can” to “survive financially”. I understand and accept her decision to work full time… she is working as hard as she can and she can’t earn any moreJudge Markanza Cudby The case made its way to the Court of Appeal But Lady Justice Macur dismissed Mrs Mickovski’s challenge to Judge Cudby’s order, saying: “The wife says, ‘I need to work in order to survive financially’. She was struggling. Each month her outgoings exceeded her income.”That is why she needs maintenance going forward and why the judge made the findings that she did. The judge congratulated her for getting herself back to work full time with tiny children. “The judge found that the husband had not been accurate in his assertions… she accepted the evidence of the wife. We intend to refuse the husband permission to appeal.”Mr Mickovski was given two months to pay the £34,000 to his ex – who represented herself in court – along with £3,543 in legal costs.He must keep on paying her £723-a-month maintenance until he comes up with the £34,000 lump sum The former matrimonial home in Islington of Kathleen Liddell and Goran MickovskiCredit:Richard Gittins/Champion News The former matrimonial home in Islington of Kathleen Liddell and Goran Mickovskicenter_img Judge Cudby found last year that Mrs Liddell still needed the maintenance payments as she was struggling to make ends meet.”She receives no real financial contribution from her partner,” the judge said, adding: “I’m satisfied that she works hard… I understand and accept her decision to work full time… she is earning £53,000-a-year and I accept she is working as hard as she can and she can’t earn any more.”The judge also branded Mr Mickovski “belligerent, unhelpful and dictatorial” after hearing him give evidence.But his barrister, Stephen Lyon, told the Court of Appeal that Judge Cudby’s decision not to end the maintenance payments had left his ex more comfortable than she needed to be, when by now she should be financially “independent.””The increase in salaried income that she gained by going full-time matched the level of maintenance he was paying, therefore she no longer needed it,” he said.”There was no continuing need for financial support from the former husband at £723-a-month,” he told the judges.Mr Lyon insisted that Mrs Liddell was “in a position now to be independent of the husband and that she could immediately adjust without undue hardship to the immediate termination” of maintenance.The wife’s five-bedroom home “arguably exceeded her needs,” he argued, adding: “There was no consideration of need.””We say the judge gave no reasons for her decision and no analysis. The impression one gets from the judgment is that the judge is saying, ‘you’ve not convinced me you can’t afford it, so you can carry on paying’. That’s not the law, bluntly.” But her 43-year-old ex-husband later took her to court, asking Judge Markanza Cudby to stop the £723-a-month maintenance he had been paying her because his ex-wife’s wages had increased. However, Mrs Liddell was “congratulated” by the divorce judge for her strong work ethic.The judge went on to order her ex-husband to pay her the whole sum of the maintenance she was due for the next four years at once in a £34,000 lump sum.Two more judges at London’s Court of Appeal heard Mr Mickovski challenge that order, arguing that his ex-wife had been left in a financial position that “exceeded her needs”.Lady Justice Macur and Lady Justice Eleanor King heard that the former couple lived in an £800,000 home in Islington, north London, which made up the bulk of their £1.2m wealth.As well as the maintenance payments, Mrs Liddell received a £555,000 lump sum when the marriage broke down and, in return, signed her half of the house over to her ex, who still lives there.The academic used the money to buy a five-bedroom property in Cambridgeshire near her £53,000-a-year job at the University’s law faculty.She now shares the house with her new partner, a chartered accountant, while Mr Mickovski, who is also required to pay child support, has re-married a businesswoman working for British-American Tobacco. The case made its way to the Court of AppealCredit:NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Crown producer to make film about 1970 Miss World protests seven years

Now, the climate for such projects has changed, filming on Misbehaviour, which has Keira Knightley, the Oscar-nominated…–– ADVERTISEMENT –– They have made some of the biggest hits of British film and television, including Calendar Girls, The Queen and The Crown, but producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries struggled in vain seven years ago to get anyone interested in another proposed project – a film about the start of the women’s liberation movement.   No-one wanted to invest in a story about the 1970 Miss World Competition, despite its real-life drama of angry women invading the stage and flour-bombing the presenter – comedy legend Bob Hope – during a live broadcast of an event watched by 100 million viewers.

Western Potashs Milestone news fuels international takeover speculation

first_imgBy Marc Davis, Several delegations of high-powered Chinese investment consortiums, government representatives from Beijing, and state-run mining companies have in recent weeks visited Western Potash Corp.  Crowding into elevators to the 18th floor of the downtown skyscraper that houses the Vancouver-based aspiring potash miner, they weren’t there to enjoy the panoramic view of this picturesque port city. Nor did they care to see for themselves how the metropolis below them has become an affluent and thriving gateway to south-east Asian marketplaces. Their attention lay elsewhere. In fact, their overtures to do business with this small but asset-rich company concern Western Potash’s flagship Milestone potash project, which is far away in Canada’s hinterland province of Saskatchewan.Now their quest has come into much sharper focus following Western Potash’s announcement of an updated resource estimate a few days ago. This key benchmark development suggests that a multi-billion dollar potash mine with a 50-year mine life is now a very viable proposition. Especially since the company’s emerging deposit is situated within the planet’s richest and most prolific potash fields.Last week’s announcement of this independently-assessed and updated resource estimate significantly upgraded the Milestone potash resource calculation. It now stands at 174 Mt in the highly reliable ‘measured and indicated category,’ as well as 560 Mt in the more approximate ‘inferred category.’The news didn’t just offer further encouragement to Western Potash’s Chinese suitors; it was also well-received by potash experts in the investment industry. They include Joel Jackson, a fertilizer analyst for the big-league Canadian institutional investor, Bank of Montreal. The new resource estimate is large enough “for an adequate mine life pending positive results from engineering studies,” he told clients in a June 3rd research note. (In the potash business, mines typically have a decades-long lifespan).Jackson also suggested that this new development makes Western Potash an undervalued stock, when compared to its only peer, Potash One Inc., which trades in the $2 range. One of only two other publicly traded junior potash explorers in Canada, Potash One owns the similarly-sized Legacy potash deposit. It is also in the same region of southern Saskatchewan as Milestone, and likewise benefits from being in close proximity to the major city of Regina. (The Legacy deposit weighs-in at 189 Mt in the measured and indicated category).According to Jackson: “At WPX’s current market capitalization, the stock is currently being valued at less that half that of KCL on a per-tonne basis. So it would not seem a stretch that WPX could be due for a step-up in valuation.”Though Potash One’s project is further ahead along the developmental curve than Milestone, Western Potash expects to complete a scoping study (a very preliminary blueprint for a mine) by July, Jackson also noted.   Regardless of how soon the Legacy and Milestone projects can be commercialized, they both already represent key strategic assets to potash suppliers and end users, alike. This is illustrated by the fact that the planet is facing the daunting challenge of doubling its crop yields over the next few years. And potash-based fertilizer is crucial to boosting crop output, while also ensuring cost containment.To put matters in perspective, there is a dire need to step up food production to sustain a burgeoning global population, which is growing by at least 75-80 million people a year. Then there’s also the fact that three billion people in emerging economies are now demanding feed-intensive animal protein in their diets.  Such scenarios are making both Western Potash and Potash One subject to heightened takeover speculation. Their appeal is also underscored by the fact that the Milestone and Legacy deposits are both amenable to ‘solution-extraction’ mining methods. This translates into much lower capital expenditures and operating costs than conventional potash mines.Jacob Bout, a fertilizer analyst for the Toronto-based investment banking heavyweight CIBC World Markets, believes that potash juniors are ripe for the picking.“Companies involved solely in exploration of potash are likely take-out candidates, either by diversified mining companies seeking a way into the potash industry or by countries looking to lock-in supply,” he stated in a research report entitled ‘Global Potash Supply – A Focus on Saskatchewan Exploration.’These remarks were made at a time when there was only a trio of potash explorers active in Saskatchewan. One of them – Athabasca Potash Inc. – has since been bought out earlier this year by potash-hungry BHP Billiton Ltd., the world’s largest mining company. In a deal worth $341 million, Athabasca Potash shareholders were able to cash out at $8.35 a share.A relative newcomer to the potash business, the diversified Australia-based mining giant, BHP Billiton, is on record saying that it wants to be a “major” player in the potash industry within the next decade. And that may prompt the deep-pocketed multinational to keep both Western Potash and Potash One well within its crosshairs.It is also worth noting that Brazil-based global mining giant Vale SA is making a big splash in the potash mining business by aggressively acquiring assets all over the world. Vale already has a strategic foothold in Saskatchewan. This is where it is making headway with a solution-extraction potash mine-the-making near Regina.This also makes Vale another potential buyer for the two remaining advanced-stage potash juniors in Saskatchewan. Notably, Vale’s potash project actually borders the Milestone property. This is particularly encouraging for Western Potash, which believes that its own deposit exhibits similar geological features. Ones that are likely suitable for the realization of an energy-efficient and therefore cost-efficient solution-extraction mine.That said, the three long-standing potash power players in Saskatchewan could also be in the running to gobble up Western Potash and Potash One. These dominant North American producers are Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan, Agrium Inc. and The Mosaic Company. They act as a cartel and collectively sell their potash via an international marketing arm called Canpotex Ltd.China has to import most of its potash from Canada. And its government is becoming increasingly frustrated with being beholden to Canpotex – which dictates the sometimes exorbitant prices that China has had to pay for an increasingly indispensible nutrient for its burgeoning agriculture industry.So, Chinese importers are keenly aware of the strategic benefits of locking-in their own Canadian potash supplies. That has prompted plenty of speculation that they may yet get the jump on everyone else by striking a deal with Western Potash.last_img read more

Sudanese and Greek community members of Melbourne build bridges

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The South Sudanese Community of Victoria met last night with members of the Greek Community of Melbourne, Victoria to discuss ways that the Greek Community can assist and work with the South Sudanese Community in developing lobbying capacity, language schools and projects that bring both communities together.Fotis Kapetopoulos of Kape Communications and adviser to former Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu have been working to bring the two communities together since 2018. Bill Papasterdiagis the President of the Greek Community of Melbourne Victoria, has been a major supported of the idea and while he could not attend the meeting last night said, “I can think of nothing more worthy that a significant community as ours assisting our brothers and sisters in the South Sudanese Community as well as other new and emerging communities.”Leonidas Vlahakis, Jorge Menidis, Theo and Costas Markos among others expressed a deep desire to assist the South Sudanese Community of Victoria in developing their own independent voice.READ MORE: South Sudanese aged carer feels like an honorary GreekPastor Tu Yoa a leader in the South Sudanese Community said: “We understand that the Greek community has been through what we have in the past, we also know that over the period you have developed excellent infrastructure, schools, churches and are able to lobby government and we want to learn from you.”The two communities are working together on a number of projects. Jorge Menidis from the Greek Community said, “We understand much of what you are going through, we went through it in then past, and one area of strength was building our language schools, our cultural events and our churches and we are keen to show you how we did that.”Costa Markos from the Greek Community focused on “dance, language and faith” as the “key building blocks” for the two groups to learn from each other.Another issue touched upon was racism. “We also want our people to know that the  racism you are suffering now was no different to the racism we encountered we want our community to be empathetic and supportive,” said Theo Markos.READ MORE: What happened when Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited the Greek Centre?Deng Monybuony Kor social worker and representative added that he believed that his community “needs to be seen as South Sudanese not only as African” and in working with the Greek Community his community would “gain the level of independence they need to work as cohesive and strong community”The meeting ended with embraces and some emotion as both communities look forward to a period of collaboration.last_img read more

En images les splendeurs minérales de la planète Terre

first_imgEn images : les splendeurs minérales de la planète TerreNotre planète est définitivement celle de la diversité. Plantes, animaux, paysages, minéraux… Tous offrent une grande variété. C’est aujourd’hui aux splendeurs minérales de la Terre que nous nous intéressons. Les minéraux sont présents dans la couche superficielle de la Terre, c’est-à-dire la lithosphère, et en particulier dans la croûte terrestre. Ils sont classés d’après leurs propriétés physico-chimiques, leur dureté et leur formule chimique. À lire aussiLa pollution atmosphérique en Asie “protégerait” notre planèteParmi ceux présentés par Maxisciences, la calcédoine rose sort du lot par sa beauté. Il existe des calcédoines de couleurs très différentes et les scientifiques les distinguent grâce à la structure de leurs cristaux.Les couleurs bleues de l’azurite attirent également le regard. Le minéral est même considéré comme une pierre fine (anciennement “semi-précieuse”) au même titre que la topaze, l’améthyste ou le grenat.Pour découvrir les images : 27 mars 2010 à 13:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Breaking Bad Movie Sequel Is Reportedly Coming to AMC and Netflix

first_imgStay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ A Breaking Bad movie sequel is reportedly coming to AMC and Netflix, and it will place a familiar character in the spotlight: Jesse Pinkman.On Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter noted that Aaron Paul, the actor who played Pinkman in Breaking Bad, will be returning for the feature-length film. Sources also told The Hollywood Reporter that Netflix will show the flick before it airs on AMC. No details were provided on when the Breaking Bad sequel will premiere, and AMC and Netflix did not provide comment on the movie.The #BreakingBad movie – coming to Netflix, then AMC – will be a sequel revolving around @aaronpaul_8‘s Jesse Pinkman. Get all the details:— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 13, 2019The Breaking Bad film will be written by Vince Gilligan, who created the original series. In the movie, Pinkman, who’s wrongfully kidnapped by perpetrators, manages to escape and sets out to live a free life. No other details were provided on the movie’s plot, however, other sources said that the sequel might be filming in Duke City, New Mexico, even though the New Mexico Film Office didn’t provide comment on the matter.Bryan Cranston, who played Walter White in Breaking Bad, also confirmed that a sequel flick was in the works. “It’s a great story and there are a lot of people who felt that they wanted to see some kind of completion to some of these storylines that were left open [in the series finale],” Cranston said on The Dan Patrick Show. “I don’t know if there’s an appearance — flashbacks, flash forwards — but I’m excited about it because it’s Breaking Bad and it was the greatest professional period of my life.”More on ‘Breaking Bad’ Film Is in the Works, Sources SayAMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ Is Renewed for Season 10Meet the Cast of Netflix’s ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’ Superhero Serieslast_img read more