Widespread rain brings relief to Gujarat

first_imgWidespread rain in the second spell of monsoon has brought a huge relief to the Gujarat government. The Saurashtra and the Kutch regions on Tuesday received heavy rain across the drought-prone region where the crop had started wilting. “It’s good news in Saurashtra and other pockets. This spell will help farmers,” Chief Secretary JN Singh said. Since Monday, the water-starved Saurashtra region and South Gujarat saw rainfall, ending a month-long interval. However, pockets of North Gujarat including Ahmedabad and capital Gandhinagar have remained dry. “North Gujarat is badly in need of rainfall as it stares at drought,” an official said, adding the monsoon deficit had gone to 50% by July 22. According to the meteorological department, the monsoon is active and will cover all regions within a week.last_img read more

BCCI president Anurag Thakur now part of ICC’s finance committee

first_imgBoard of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur is now officially a part of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) powerful Finance and Commercial Affairs committee after completion of the global cricket body’s board meeting in Cape Town.The F&CA wing is arguably one of the most powerful decision making sub-committees of the ICC as all the revenue related financial aspects are passed through this committee. (Anurag Thakur’s affidavit to be on focus in next BCCI meeting)BCCI had raised objections about not having its representative in the F&CA committee and senior officials in the board termed it as a humiliation with Shashank Manohar being chairman of global body.BCCI had also raised objections about the proposed budget for next year’s Champions Trophy and the board felt that their absence in F&CA has been a reason for it. (BCCI setting dangerous precedent with its defiance of Supreme Court)A BCCI source who is aware of the rules said the moment Thakur was made chairman of the Development Committee of ICC, he automatically became part of the F&CA committee.”The rule states that since Anurag has been made Chairman Development Committee, he is also member of the F&CA, Executive Committee and Governing Committee,” the source said. (Pakistan sponsor of terrorism, no question of playing cricket with them: Anurag Thakur)While former president N Srinivasan, known for his tough stand, was the chairman of F&CA, Thakur’s presence in the powerful committee will mean that BCCI will have a bigger say in revenue related decisions as well as governance structure.advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

IBASE: 1U rackmount network computing appliance with Intel Xeon processor D-2100

first_img Continue Reading Previous EKF: PCI Express card adapter allowing easy integration of special functionsNext Nvent SCHROFF improves digital workflow through coordinated tools and processes IBASE Technology announce its latest FWA8600 1U rackmount network security appliance based on the scalable Intel Xeon Processor D-2100 series and with up to 29x GbE ports. This highly scalable system is designed for managing data driven workloads and enabling robust levels of performance in enterprise network security, Unified Threat Management and WAN optimization applications.The FWA8600 supports up to 128GB RDIMM with four DDR4-2666 DIMM sockets and one Intel I210-AT Ethernet controller. The device comes with network interface card (NIC) slots to accommodate up to three IBN cards with 8x GbE ports each and one IBN-P401Q card for a maximum of 29 GbE ports. For flexible I/O connectivity and expansion features, it offers a PCIe x8 slot, an M.2 expansion slot to interface with SATA 3.0 and PCIe x4 bus for high data throughput, as well as two USB 3.0, and an RJ45 serial console with LCM display for easy operation. LAN bypass is available in certain configuration.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

MIND to Host Leadership Workshops

first_imgThe Management Institute for National Development (MIND) will on Wednesday, June 5 and Thursday, June 6, hosts two leadership workshops at its campus at 235A Old Hope Road, Kingston 6.The June 5 workshop dubbed ‘Power and Politics in Public Sector Organizations’ is targeted at executives within the public sector, including Chief Executive Officers, Executive Directors, Directors General, and Senior Directors.The workshop is aimed at increasing awareness of power and politics in organisations and how to develop strategies to work more effectively. Marketing Manager at MIND, Shawnette Henry explained that the session will focus on areas such as: understanding power and politics in organisations and their legitimacy; personal strategy for using power and reputation management; sources of power, and how to develop power bases and increase collective power and influence. “The second workshop, on June 6, titled ‘Maximising Leadership Effectiveness’, is aimed at developing leaders to make sense of leadership in a practical, personal but challenging way. It will help leaders find answers to key issues such as who are leaders; what do leaders do and how they do what they do,” Miss Henry explained.The main facilitator for these workshops is Principal Organisation Development and Learning Specialist at the Department for International Development (DFID) in the United Kingdom, Dr. Winston Sutherland. Persons, who wish to attend may contact MIND at 927-1761 or at customerservice@mind.edu.jm.CONTACT: JUDITH HUNTERlast_img read more

BJP will sweep upcoming Assembly bypolls in UP Newlyappointed state party chief

first_imgLucknow: Exuding confidence that he will clear his first electoral test after being appointed as the Uttar Pradesh BJP chief, Swatantra Dev Singh on Wednesday said the saffron party will sweep the upcoming Assembly bypolls in the state.”The party is already on a strong footing in the state. The confidence of the workers is high. We will definitely win the upcoming bypolls, riding on the welfare works done by the Narendra Modi government (at the Centre) and the Yogi (Adityanath) government in the state, and also on the basis of the party’s organisational strength,” Singh told PTI in an interview, a day after he was appointed as the Uttar Pradesh BJP chief. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!He also claimed that the party will sweep the zila panchayat polls, scheduled to be held next year.The bypolls to 11 Assembly seats were necessitated as the sitting MLAs were elected to the Lok Sabha, while the vacancy in Hamirpur was caused due to the disqualification of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Ashok Kumar Singh Chandel following his conviction in a murder case.The constituencies that fell vacant following the election of the sitting MLAs as MPs are Manikpur, Iglas (SC), Zaidpur (SC), Gangoh, Balha (SC), Rampur, Jalalpur, Pratapgarh, Lucknow Cantonment, Govindnagar and Tundla (SC). Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedAsked about his roadmap for the party, Singh said, “Currently, the focus of the party is on the membership drive. The target is to bring more people into the BJP-fold and we are giving momentum to the organisational activities.” He lauded the efforts of the party workers in helping the BJP register comprehensive victories in Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls, and the 2017 Assembly election.Ahead of the bypolls to the 12 Assembly seats, the BJP appointed Singh, an OBC leader and a state minister, as the new chief of its Uttar Pradesh unit on Tuesday. Hailing from the influential Kurmi caste, the 55-year-old OBC leader replaces Mahendra Nath Pandey, a Brahmin, who moved to the Centre on his re-election to the Lok Sabha from Chandauli.Sticking to its “one person-one post” policy, the saffron party replaced its Uttar Pradesh unit chief as Pandey was inducted into the Union ministry.Since the upcoming Assembly bypolls will be the ruling party’s first major test after its resounding Lok Sabha election victory, Singh’s job is cut out.His appointment is being seen as part of the BJP’s efforts to consolidate its base among the Other Backward Classes (OBCs), who strongly backed the saffron party in the 2017 state Assembly and the recently-concluded Lok Sabha polls.Singh was in charge of the BJP affairs in Madhya Pradesh during the parliamentary polls. The saffron party bagged 28 of the 29 Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh.He is currently a member of the UP Legislative Council and holds the portfolio of the minister of state (independent charge) for transport.Singh had joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 1986 and held various posts in the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM).He also held various posts in the BJP from 2004 to 2014.last_img read more

River Street Theater Company Presents 110 Stories

first_imgCelebrities are expected to turnout for a special 9.11 benefit performance for non-profit River Street Theater Company of 110 Stories to be presented on Sept 10th and Sept. 11th.110 Stories benefit performance – River Street Theater CompanyAcademy Award Nominee, Robert Forster (The Confirmation, The Descendants, Jackie Brown), Elizabeth Greer (Bates Motel, Ray Donovan, Corbin Nash) SAG Nominee Mark Pellegrino (Quantico, The Big Lebowski, The Number 23), Emilio Rivera (Sons Of Anarchy, Z-Nation, Hitman: Agent 47), SAG Award Winner Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Guys With Kids, Entourage, Sopranos), Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino (Falling Skies, Do You Believe, Mighty Aphrodite), Michael Welch (Twilight, Z Nation, Grace Unplugged) and Brian White (Chicago Fire, The Cabin In The Woods, Fighting) have joined Image Award Nominee Nicki Micheaux (Animal Kingdom, Lincoln Heights, The Shield), SAG Nominee & American Movie Award Winner Stelio Savante (Where The Road Runs Out, The Making Of The Mob: New York, Eisenstein In Guanajuato) and Golden Globe Nominee Diane Venora (The Insider, Heat, Bird) in the cast of River Street Theater Company’s Staged Reading of the Sept 11th play, ‘110 Stories’ (by Sarah Tuft).To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, 110 Stories (written by Sarah Tuft), will be presented in Los Angeles on Sept. 10th and Sept 11th at The William Alderson Acting Studio. The play is directed by iconic acting teacher William Alderson, produced by William Alderson and Stelio Savante, and additional celebrity performers will be announced soon.Trained by Sanford Meisner, William Alderson taught alongside Mr Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse in NY from 1967 and was the school’s associate director for twenty years. The Los Angeles studio was formed in 1995, and some of his former students clients include Allison Janney, Kim Basinger, Luis Guzman, and Jeff Goldblum.The board of River Street Theater Company ( a 501c3 non profit) in Los Angeles includes such names as Matthew Carnahan, Robert Carnegie, Jeff Goldblum, David Mamet, and Jon Voight; and William Alderson serves as president.110 Stories has a prestigious history, having been performed by A list casts at The Geffen Playhouse, Joseph Papp Public Theater, NYU Skirball, The Vineyard and various others for charities like The Red Cross, Dennis Leary Firefighters Foundation and the New York Says Thank You Foundation.“110 Stories” is a powerful way to memorialize a shared tragedy. It weaves first-person accounts – selected from hundreds collected right after September 11th – into a journey that recalls our wounds as well as works towards healing them. It’s the human side of history, without politics and agenda, giving voice to those who experienced 9/11 directly… a firefighter, homeless couple, police officer, iron-worker, massage therapist, chaplain, K9 handler, a mother, an elderly bulldog, a South American photojournalist. Together, these accounts shine a light into the human spirit – revealing hope, humor and compassion in the midst of tragedy.Tickets can be purchased here.The Saturday (Sept 10th) performance starts at 7:30 pm and the Sunday (Sept 11th) matinee is at 3pm, tickets are fixed at $40.last_img read more

UN raises concerns over humanitarian situation in DR Congos troubled east

OCHA reported that civilians continue to be harassed by men in uniform and homes are looted. In addition, the continued closure of the Kilambo airstrip – which restricts humanitarian access – further exacerbates the situation.Fighting has increased in recent months between Government troops and rebels allied with the dissident army general, Laurent Nkunda, forcing hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee their homes in North Kivu.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed supplies to over 4,500 internally displaced families, while the UN Children’s Fund participated in a mass vaccination campaign for children between the ages of six months and 15 years earlier this month. In the Rutshuru territory, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has distributed condoms and blankets.In a related development, a new military operations centre for the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – built by United Nations peacekeepers – has been inaugurated in Goma, the capital of North Kivu.In the span of one month, peacekeepers from the UN mission in the DRC, known as MONUC, turned a simple room into a functional, air-conditioned operations centre, which is equipped with updated maps on sliding boards, a computer and video projection system, and a conference area.At the inauguration ceremony on 29 December, General Mayala of the DRC’s armed forces (FARDC) said that the new centre is “the most modern in the DRC.”Also in attendance at the launch, MONUC’s North Kivu commander, General Narayan, told officers from FARDC – which financed the centre’s rebuilding – that MONUC aims to help the national army restore peace and establish State authority in that part of the vast Central African nation.MONUC currently has 18,407 total uniformed personnel – including 16,661 troops, 735 military observers, 1,011 police, 931 international civilian personnel, 2,062 local civilian staff and 585 UN Volunteers. 31 December 2007The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has expressed concern over the ongoing insecurity in the conflict-ridden North Kivu province in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where clashes have escalated in recent months between Government and renegade forces. read more

No breakthrough in Farazs shooting

The police say they have not yet made a firm breakthrough into the shooting incident involving The Sunday Leader journalist Faraz Shauketaly.Police spokesman SP Budhika Siriwardena said that investigations into the February 16 shooting incident were still continuing but the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) had not arrested any suspects as yet. Shauketaly received bullet injuries in his neck and was rushed to the Kalubowila Hospital and was later transferred to the National hospital for treatment. Faraz Shauketaly was shot at by a group of unidentified men in his house at hotel road in Mount Lavinia. The police said that the sketches were drawn by an artist of the CID based on the information provided by the journalist. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda The gun-shot wounds were however not life threatening. Eyewitnesses said they saw three men running away from his room following the shooting incident.On February 23rd the police released sketches of two suspects wanted in connection with the shooting incident. read more

5G Insights IoT Opportunities Vulnerabilities

Compromised devices may provide malicious actors with 5G network access to intercept data that routes through the devices, the CISA researchers went on to say. Even though a U.S. network might appear secure, data traveling across countries may pass through untrusted telecommunication networks. These vulnerabilities will be difficult for enterprises to detect. Habits of the ‘Always’ Connected Worker Gary Audin September 20, 2019 How connected are we? Wilson Electronics tries to find out in their latest survey. Proprietary 5G equipment can be difficult to update and repair. Poor written code can lead to unsupportable software. Limited interoperability between networks can delay or increase the cost deployment. Fewer OptionsThe report also mentions that untrusted 5G equipment makers are less likely to be involved with interoperability testing. This can make it difficult to ensure that their untrusted products are comparable to those from trusted providers, limiting competition. Here are a few factors to consider: Working_Cell.jpg Again, be sure to talk to your network provider about its 5G network strategy and any concerns you might have.Tags:News & Views5GInternet of Thingsconnected devicessmall cellsNetwork Securityenterprise deploymentMobilityEnterprise NetworkingInternet of ThingsSecurity Articles You Might Like What Should You Do?If you’re looking at future in which 5G provides your IoT connectivity, you need to investigate the security efforts of your network provider. Ask questions about its suppliers. What liabilities will the provider accept if any? Look into what your 5G endpoints can implement to compensate for the potential 5G providers security problems. Most of the hype around 5G networks comes from its ability to improve speeds, as well as its potential to support the growing number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices in need of constant and consistent connectivity. However, security vulnerabilities are likely to surface in supply chains and on the network, according to a newly published Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) key findings report. Technology Deployment5G small cell towers will reside on trees, light poles, homes, building corners, and retail shops. This provides more physical access points for malicious behavior, and the ability to intercept data and introduce denial-of-service attacks. According to the report, compromised small cells may produce the capability to clone devices, thereby replicating calls, use data, and add charges. Mobile Voice, Data, Text: Unlimited for $20 a Month?! Michael Finneran September 19, 2019 Calling itself an ‘infrastructure-based MVNO,’ cable operator Altice sets new price point for cellular service. CBRS: A Threat to Wi-Fi? Gary Audin September 27, 2019 Have enterprises unjustly dismissed Citizens Broadband Radio Service in favor of Wi-Fi? See All in Mobility » Dissecting Microsoft’s ‘Discovery’ of Firstline Workers Michael Finneran September 24, 2019 The mobile field is rife with meaningful examples of business process automation. Can Microsoft be a factor? The CISA report highlights that “5G technologies will be … overlaid on the existing 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network that [already have] legacy vulnerabilities.” Security settings, permissions, and specifications from an untrusted core network may block 5G device security. Log in or register to post comments Supply Chain VulnerabilitiesAccording to the CISA report, untrusted partners can manipulate 5G products manufactured by trusted suppliers, creating vulnerabilities like counterfeit components or malicious software/hardware. In addition, when a trusted company buys 5G components from overseas production facilities, supply chain risks may crop up. Network SecuritySecurity updates don’t guarantee that there will be no more security fixes. An update itself can open a new vulnerability window. Don’t Count Dish Out Yet Dave Michels August 08, 2019 With the T-Mobile/Sprint merger on, Dish has an opportunity to become a major cellular provider. read more

Griffin scores 30 Pistons beat Knicks 115108

DETROIT — Blake Griffin scored 30 points and Stanley Johnson added 21 to lift the Detroit Pistons to a 115-108 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.Reggie Jackson contributed 21 points for Detroit. The Pistons held New York to 40 per cent shooting from the field and led throughout the final three quarters.Allonzo Trier scored 24 points for the Knicks, who had won a season-high three in a row.The Pistons (11-7) are off to a solid start under new coach Dwane Casey, although nine of their victories have been against teams that currently have losing records.The Knicks (7-15) took an early 13-5 lead, but Detroit was up 24-19 at the end of the first quarter, and the Pistons never relinquished the lead.New York shot 15 of 50 in the first half and trailed by as many as 16 points in the second quarter. It was 51-43 at the half, and the Pistons stretched the lead to back to as much as 18 in the fourth.The Knicks had the deficit down to seven when Johnson came leaping from behind to block Trier’s layup attempt with about 30 seconds to play in the game.REUNIONNew York’s Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke and Detroit’s Glenn Robinson III were teammates on Michigan’s 2013 Final Four team. It wasn’t a great night for that trio, which combined to shoot 6 of 24 from the field. Hardaway did have 19 points.TIP-INSKnicks: New York was without F-C Kristaps Porzingis (left knee), G Courtney Lee (neck) and F Lance Thomas (left knee). … Mitchell Robinson, New York’s 7-foot-1 rookie, fouled out with 3:27 remaining in the third quarter after having only two fouls at halftime. Noah Vonleh also fouled out with 2:29 to go in the fourth, and Mario Hezonja picked up his sixth foul in the final minute.Pistons: Detroit was missing G Luke Kennard (right shoulder).UP NEXTKnicks: At Philadelphia on Wednesday night.Pistons: Host Chicago on Friday night.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___Follow Noah Trister at www.Twitter.com/noahtristerNoah Trister, The Associated Press read more

Isaiah Thomas Is Using The Rim To Outsmart Tall Defenders

Players as short as Isaiah Thomas aren’t supposed to make it in the NBA, let alone be elite scorers. To find the last player who was 5-foot-10 or shorter and averaged 20 points per game in a single season, you have to go back 20 years.1To Damon Stoudamire, in 1996-97. It’s been almost 40 years since someone that short averaged 25.2Calvin Murphy, during the 1977-78 season. No one that size has ever averaged 30, which Thomas — who is currently scoring 29.5 points a night — is threatening to do.For someone who is much shorter than the best athletes in the world, an incredible amount of talent is necessary to succeed, especially at the all-star level that Thomas has. But there’s also a ton of skill involved, and the 5-foot-9 Celtics star has honed one tactic well over the past two seasons. Thomas, who is second in the league in points per game, has found a trick for avoiding the big men planted close to the basket: He’s become excellent at using the rim as a fence to stop defenders from blocking his close-range shots.These plays usually start with the lightning-quick Thomas (who leads the NBA in drives per game) getting a step on his man. He then leaps for the shot but glides out to other side of the basket where the defender can’t realistically do anything to bother the attempt, since he’s still stuck on the other side.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/thomashandswitch.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/itreverse.mp400:0000:0000:07Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The 28-year-old has gone to a reverse layup 29 times this season, for almost 8 percent of his layups — a rate similar to last season, but one that’s almost double what it was in 2014-15, according to NBA Savant, a site that tracks unusual statistics and the specific sorts of shots players take.The sleight of hand at least partially explains how Thomas has been able to get to the basket so much more often over the past two seasons. Since the start of the 2015-16 campaign, a whopping 33 percent of Thomas’s field-goal attempts have come from within 3 feet, up from just 22 percent over the four seasons before that. He’s converting those attempts nearly 60 percent of the time.This isn’t the only move that Thomas has pulled out of his bag to compensate for his size. He’s also been successful with a now-you-see-me, now-you-don’t sort of half-spin at the perimeter, where he essentially lulls his defender to sleep for just enough time to blow past him for a shot at the rim.No matter how pretty the reverse move looks at times, the display — and other ones that get him close-range looks — is more about survival at the basket. Think of Thomas as the star of one of those National Geographic films that shows a weaker animal trying to fend off much bigger predators. Thomas isn’t always able to scamper away from the bigger players who are hunting him while he’s en route to the basket: He still gets rejected more than any player in the league. But using the reverse has added an extra layer of sophistication to his finishes, likely stopping opponents from being able to block even more of his shots than they already do.Less than 10 percent of Thomas’s layups have been blocked this season, the lowest rate of his career. That number also represents a considerable drop from last season, when 13 percent of his close-range looks got swatted and the 2014-15 season, when 15 percent of his layups got stoned, according to NBA Savant.So in other words, yes: Thomas gets blocked more than anyone in the NBA. But that doesn’t mean other vertically challenged players shouldn’t look up to him and his ingenuity around the rim. It’s helped turn him into the scoring machine he is today.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

NewmontFresnillo buy Noche Buena

first_imgSeabridge Gold has signed a letter of intent to sell its 100% owned Noche Buena project in Sonora, Mexico to Minera Penmont, a joint venture between Fresnillo and Newmont USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Newmont Mining. The project boasts an Indicated resource of 26.6 Mt grading 0.74 g/t Au (633,000 oz of gold) and 18.6 Mt (Inferred) grading 0.61 g/t (364,000 oz of gold). There is excellent infrastructure and access and it is located in jurisdiction favourable to mine permitting.Terms of the sale are $25 million in cash at closing, a further $5 million upon commencement of commercial production from Noche Buena and a 1.5% net smelter royalty payable on all production sold for $800/oz of gold or greater. The transaction is subject to completion of definitive closing documentation and normal closing conditions, which are expected to be completed within the next two months.Seabridge President and CEO Rudi Fronk said that the cash proceeds will enable the company to advance its core projects – KSM and Courageous Lake – towards feasibility without share dilution. “We will be looking to make other sales of non-core assets in the months ahead,” he said.J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. acted as financial advisor to Seabridge in connection with the transaction.last_img read more

TWP expands African EPCM service reach

first_imgSince its inception in 1982, engineering project house TWP Projects has developed extensive operational knowledge of working on the African continent, mainly as a result of the company’s involvement in projects in the SADC countries including Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Following its intentions to establish itself as a serious player in Africa, TWP says it has embarked on an aggressive campaign to extend its geographical footprint into Africa beyond the SADC region to include sub Saharan countries such as Mali, Guinea and others, as far north as Sudan. The company’s aim is to have more than 50% of its income generated from sources outside of South African borders, with Africa being the main contributor, through organic growth and acquisition.“We are very excited about the mining and infrastructure business in Africa,” says Serge Ngandu, TWP’s Operations Manager – Africa portfolio. “Africa has a backlog of construction and a need for development. Although there are challenges such as logistical constraints, difficult tax regimes and company laws, and language barriers, the continent also offers excellent opportunities. Our large Africa projects are managed from South Africa, but we will have a local presence where it will be beneficial to both our clients and TWP,” says Ngandu, who joined TWP’s African portfolio team in November 2012. Ngandu has more than 30 years’ experience in the mining industry across a range of commodities and has been in technical and executive management positions in various countries including the DRC, South Africa, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone and France.TWP and its associated companies are currently actively involved in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, the DRC, Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana, covering most commodities, including gold copper, diamonds, platinum, coal, nickel, manganese, chrome and iron ore. Some of the projects across the African continent include: Botswana (BCL Ltd – copper/nickel mine expansion project studies, Norilsk – copper/nickel mine expansion project studies, and the Selkirk underground mine feasibility study); DRC (Gecamines – technical audits of partnerships, Shituru 50,000 t/y hydromet replacement plant pre-feasibility study, Randgold Kibali shaft execution phase,  AngloGold Ashanti Kilo-Mongbwalu gold plant execution phase); Namibia (Langer Heinrich uranium project studies); Tanzania (AngloGold Ashanti gold open-pit mine); Zambia (KCM 4 shaft design, engineering services, Chambisi SX plant, Teal Mining ARM/Vale joint venture mine planning);  Zimbabwe (Metallon – gold mine rehabilitation and strategy compilation, Mimosa Mining PGE feasibility studies on Phase 5.5 Mtshingwe and Phase 6 North Hill, Mimosa process plant optimisation); Mozambique (various coal and gold mine studies); Mali (backfill plant).“By providing a comprehensive one-stop EPCM service; a large pool of commodity-specific skills in iron ore, copper, coal, gold, diamonds and platinum and others; proven skills to successfully manage the scope of work to conclusion as with projects already done in Africa; availability of an extensive infrastructure team; and first-hand experience and knowledge of Africa, TWP is well equipped to increase its reach into Africa,” says Ngandu.last_img read more

Insurer ordered to pay costs in data breach case

first_imgTHE INSURANCE COMPANY FBD has been ordered to pay High Court costs to a man following a case in which he claimed his data protection rights had been breached.The High Court last week vacated the Circuit Court award of €15,000 in damages to Michael Collins in March 2012 but did rule that there had been a clear and intentional breach of data protection legislation as a result of FBD’s actions and awarded him costs in the case.The case concerned a claim that Collins made nearly five years ago when his work van was stolen outside his home in Finglas, north Dublin in September 2008.Collins lodged a claim with FBD for loss of work as a result of not having the van for three months until it was later recovered and his claim was withdrawn.However during that period FBD declined to deal with his claim on the basis of confidential information it had obtained about him concerning a previous conviction against him.The insurer failed to disclose this information to Collins in accordance with data protection law and was later ordered to pay him €15,000 in damages.FBD had argued that there had been gross non-compliance by Collins who had an obligation to disclose the information concerning his previous conviction though it accepted it had breached data protection law.This €15,000 award was vacated in the High Court last week but Justice Kevin Feeney did rule that that there had been a clear and intentional breach of the Data Protection Act and the manner in which FBD conducted itself was unacceptable, awarding costs to Collins.He said that the provisions of the DPA placed an obligation on a data controller i.e. FBD to “exercise a duty of care”.“A breach of that duty of care can result in an award of damages. In this instance, the entitlement is not to damages for breach of duty but compensation for breach of duty,” he said.“Compensation is intended to place an individual in the position which that individual would have been apart from the wrong done.”Solicitor for Collins, Fintan Lawlor said the judgement of the High Court was welcome as it had “given clarity” to section 7 of the Data Protection Act “highlighting that compensation may be awarded where damages can be proven”.“Corporations must ensure there are practices and procedures in place to ensure there that no damage is caused to the individual as a result of a breach of the Act,” he said.Read: Insurance companies to have full access to drivers’ offencesRead: Complaints to Financial Services Ombudsman up 12% last yearlast_img read more

Google Earth un outil pour surveiller laquaculture

first_imgGoogle Earth, un outil pour surveiller l’aquacultureGrâce aux images satellites de Google Earth, des chercheurs canadiens ont recensé les installations aquacoles en Méditerranée. Ils ont déterminé le potentiel de production de ces fermes d’engraissement, afin de vérifier qu’il correspondait bien aux déclarations officielles recueillies par l’Organisation des Nations unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO).Des chercheurs canadiens ont fait de Google Earth une véritable outil de surveillance de l’aquaculture. Avec les images satellites du service, ils ont recensé les cages d’engraissement de poissons au large de la Méditerranée. Ils ont même pu mesurer les dimensions de ces cages. Ainsi en 2006, Pablo Trujillo et Chiara Piroddi, de l’université de Colombie-Britannique, ont compté 248 installations destinées aux thons rouges, et près de 21.000 cages pour les bars et les daurades, précisent-ils dans une une étude publiée par Plos One.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les chercheurs entendaient ainsi s’assurer que la réalité correspondait bien aux données officielles transmises à la FAO. Et les chiffres se sont avérés très proches de ceux de l’organisaton onusienne. Une production potentielle de 225.000 tonnes a été estimée par les scientifiques canadiens en 2006, quand 199.000 tonnes avaient été déclarées par les Etats côtiers. Leurs travaux épinglent toutefois deux pays, la Grèce et la Turquie, dont les productions aquacoles dépassent de 30 et 18% les déclarations faites à la FAO.”Nos travaux montrent que les déclarations à la FAO sont fiables mais aussi que Google Earth peut être un bon instrument de vérification”, soulignent les chercheurs. “Les avancées technologiques ne doivent pas seulement servir aux fraudeurs, elles doivent être aussi être utilisées pour lutter contre la fraude”, estiment-ils. Le 13 février 2012 à 09:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Absence of Prosecution Witness Hampers Pa Malick Co Trial

first_imgBy Rohey JadamaThe criminal case involving Pa Malick Ceesay, the erstwhile National Assembly Member for Lower Saloum Constituency and former Coordinator of National Enterprise Development Initiative (NEDI), and Ismaila Njie, the former Accountant of NEDI, who is facing 23 criminal charges did not proceed due to the absence of prosecution witnesses.When the case was called, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Hadi  Saleh  Barkum told the court that none of their witnesses was in court and he added that the defence counsel told him that the matter was slated for hearing; because of that he applied for an adjournment to enable him bring their witness. The DPP apologized for the inconvenience caused.However, there was no objection from Defence Counsel Edward Gomez.The charges include neglect of official duty, disobedience of a statutory duty, economic crimes, stealing by persons in public service, making false document and uttering false documents.Ceesay and Njie were first arraigned at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court presided over by Principal Magistrate Dawda Jallow, on Tuesday, 14 April and charged with  seventeen criminal offences ranging from economic crime, abuse of office, negligence of official duty and theft, among others. The duo denied any wrong doing.However, Ceesay and Njie were denied bail because the prosecution did raise fears that the accused persons will escape or tamper with prosecution witnesses and the matter was transferred to the high court.At the high court the charges were amended and they were indicted with 23 criminal charges against them and the duo denied culpability, prompting the prosecution, led by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to apply for an adjournment to call their witnesses in an effort to prove their  case. ]]>last_img read more

Bhadradri temple will remain closed today evening due to lunar

first_imgBhadrachalam: The Lord Rama temple in Bhadrachalam will remain closed from Tuesday 6 pm to Wednesday (July 17) 5 am due to lunar eclipse. The eclipse will occur from 1.32 am to 4.29 am of Wednesday.The devotees will be allowed inside the temple from 9 am after the Shuddhi, Punyavachanam and other rituals, informed temple Executive Officer T Ramesh Babu.last_img

Minister Shajahan Khan also backs movement for quota

first_imgIllustration: Prothom AloShajahan Khan, shipping minister who is also a transport sector leader, has once again come into the spotlight by expressing solidarity with the demonstration demanding reinstatement of the freedom fighters’ quota in the public service.He was a key target of the students’ movement for safe road for his misdemeanour after the death of two students in road crash in Dhaka in late July. He is also criticised for he sided with the unqualified drivers blamed for rising road crashes.Despite being a member of the cabinet, Shahjahan Khan now backs a movement for reinstating the quota abolished by the government and his engagement with the demonstration raised questions among many.The pro-quota demonstrators took position in the city’s busy intersection of Shahbagh, following a government circular that confirmed abolishing of the quota on 4 October.The government scrapped quota in class I and II jobs of public services following demonstration on the campus across the country demanding reforms in the civil service quota.Around 55 per cent quota were kept for various groups including descendents of freedom fighters, all of whom surpassed their recruitment age since the countrymen fought the liberation war 47 years ago.As repercussion to abolising of the quota, a group emerged and demanded 30 per cent quota in the class I and II bracket in civil service for the children and grandchildren of freedom fighters.Denying his involvement with the protest, Shajahan Khan, however, told Prothom Alo on Thursday that he was just helping the children of the freedom fighters.A faction of protesters claimed that the protest for reinstatement of quota slowed down after the shipping minister had intervened.Shajahan Khan tried to hijack the movement and install his son as the new leader of the demonstrations, they complained.This movement divided into two groups after that. One platform, Muktijuddho Moncho, was carrying out the demonstration at the time.Muktijuddho Moncho, amid the confusion, announced fresh programmes and formed a new committee on Friday.AKM Jamal Uddin, the spokesperson for the previous committee, has been made convener while Shajahan’s son Asibur Rahman Khan has been made the member secretary of the new committee.Notably, Shajahan Khan visited the protesters at Shahbagh intersection on 8 October. He asked them to remove the blockade till October 14 and assured them of fulfilling their demands by then.The minister allegedly changed the name Muktijuddho Moncho into Muktijuddho Chetona Bastabayan Moncho.“We want to build a movement that will eliminate the children of razakars (collaborators) from the country,” the minister said at the time.The other faction, however, has refused to agree with the committee.“The movement diminished because of Shajahan Khan. It seems that those who handed over the control of the movement to others have made a new committee without discussing with others. Freedom fighters’ children are agitated by such a decision,” said the president Mehedi Hasan of the other faction of the movement.Rejecting Mehedi Hasan’s allegation, Jamal Uddin, also a Dhaka University teacher, said the new committee has been formed with due discussion with all groups of protesters.A leader of Muktijoddha Sangsad Shontan Command, on condition of anonymity, told Prothom Alo that there was already another organisation titled Muktijuddher Chetona Bastabayan Moncho and the minister was trying to snatch the demonstration for quota and bring it under his control.The convener Jamal Uddin, though, said the new platform would operate separately.There is an objection from within and outside the government that Shajahan Khan is trying to gain political ground by participating in various movements of transport workers, RMG workers and sometimes to spread the spirit of liberation war.Shajahan Khan never deviated from this despite controversy and criticism.Several ministers said Shajahan Khan has been participating in such demonstrations to secure ground and remain in the spotlight.Though the government has been embarrassed because of the shipping minister often, no one from the top ever warned him, the ministers, on condition of anonymity, said.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakatlast_img read more

Screening of Dunbar High Documentary

first_imgGumshoe Rumpus Productions is scheduled to host a premiere screening of Dunbar: The Alchemy of Achievement, An Oral History of America’s First Black Public High School” on March 31 at 6 p.m. at E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. The screening will be about the history of Dunbar High School and its notable graduates, including interviewswith Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Former D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Pulitzer-Prize Winning Washington Post writer Colbert I. King. There will be a Q&A after the film. Tickets cost $10 and seating is limited.last_img

Statue of test tube baby pioneer to be unveiled at his birthplace

first_imgKolkata: After Bengal, it is now time for Jharkhand to pay tribute to Dr Subhash Mukherjee, the creator of India’s first test tube baby, who had almost gone into oblivion.Though Dr Mukherjee was born in Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh district, Bengal had been his workplace for a very long time. After coming to power, the Mamata Banerjee government has paid due respect posthumously to Dr Mukherjee by naming prestigious chairs after him at the two state-run medical colleges in Kolkata. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeFollowing Bengal’s footsteps, the Jharkhand government has now set up a statue of Dr Mukherjee outside the Sadar Hospital in Hazaribagh which will be unveiled by the district administrative officials on Sunday in presence of Prabhat Agarwal, the father of Kanupriya, India’s first test tube baby, along with Sunit Mukherjee, one of Dr Mukherjee’s colleagues. He created the country’s first test tube baby — Kanupriya Agarwal, alias Durga, in October 1978 inside his house in Kolkata with the help of some general apparatus and a refrigerator. He committed suicide in 1981 after the Left Front government had allegedly neglected his research and was harassed by the then strong gynaecologists’ lobby. He could not handle constant criticism and the outright harassment he was subjected to. The Left Front government had argued that Dr Mukherjee lacked sufficient documentation. In 2002, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) recognised his work for the first time. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedProf Sajal Mukherjee, a teacher of Economics at Vinoba Bhave University in Hazaribagh and the president of Hazaribagh Bengali Association had been instrumental and he constantly lobbied various government departments so that some respect can be shown to the great man who pioneered In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) in India. After chipping in for nearly a decade, Prof Mukherjee finally succeeded in convincing the district administration about the contribution of Dr Mukherjee in the field of medical science. Ravi Sankar Shukla who is the current DC of the district readily accepted the proposal and took necessary steps to erect the statue outside the Sadar Hospital as a mark of respect. “We are extremely happy to see that our efforts have been translated into action. The district administration has finally given its consent to set up his statue in an area which is close to the place where he was born. A book has also been published containing articles on Dr Mukherjee. We are also thankful to Partha Mazumdar, NTPC chief general manager in Hazaribagh,” Prof Mukherjee maintained. Ravi Sankar Shukla said: “After being posted here, I felt the responsibility and got in touch with the Bengali Association. The statue that has been erected here could be a befitting tribute to Dr Mukherjee. We supervised the project which was assisted by the NTPC.”last_img read more