UNDP to help Odisha in enhancing disaster resilience in 5 towns

first_imgThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has proposed to collaborate with the Odisha government for increasing the resilience of urban population vulnerable to disasters in five towns in the wake of the massive devastation wrought by cyclone ‘Fani’ in May last.The UNDP intends to achieve enhanced risk sensitive planning facilitated through disaster risk assessments, besides facilitating better preparedness plans and capacity-building of local government and communities.After ‘Fani’ hit Odisha on May 3 killing 64 people and affecting about 16.5 million people in and over 18388 villages in 14 of the 30 districts, the UNDP has been closely working with the State government to support its recovery efforts.The five towns where the UNDP is likely to participate in planning are Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Berhampur and Paradip.According to the UNDP, due to its geographic location and socio-economic condition, Odisha is highly prone to disasters. Its location on the east coast of India makes it one of the six most cyclone-prone areas in the world and highly vulnerable in terms of cyclone landfall.Cyclones thate have hit the State in the last two decades are the 1999 super cyclone, Phailin 2013, Hudhud 2014 , Titli 2018 and Fani 2019. This year, three out of the five municipal corporations – Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Berhampur – had faced the wrath of ‘Fani’. Moreover, Odisha is one of the most flood-prone States, having a flood-prone area of 3.34 million hectares. Out of a total geographical area of 15,571 lakh hectares, 1.40 lakh hectares are prone to floods.The UNDP has proposed to conduct safety audit of some critical public facilities, especially schools and hospitals, involve itself in sectoral plans for key sectors such as water, infrastructure, environment, housing and sewage treatment and preparation of Hazard Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (HRVA) at city level through an interactive and participatory process.Since communities are the primary responders during disasters, approximately 250 volunteers in the five towns will be trained on survival techniques like search and rescue, first-aid and crowd management. As many as 100 engineers, architects, construction artisans and contractors will be skilled to respond to disasters and support mitigation activities.last_img read more

Sacred games | Supreme Court verdict breathes fresh life into Ayodhya

first_imgDays after the Supreme Court allowed the construction of a temple on the site where the Babri Masjid once stood, Ayodhya has managed to stay calm. Quietly the Saryu flows alongside. But the crowds keep coming, under the watchful gaze of 4,000 paramilitary personnel and U.P. police who have been carefully deployed in the State. On platform No. 1, devotees are pouring out of a train. They have come for a glimpse of the site that they believe is the birthplace of Ram. To reach the site, you have to take a battery-powered e-rickshaw for the last mile. This ensures that no heavy vehicles venture too close, unless they have special passes issued by the local administration. It prevents large congregations gathering here. Barely a kilometre away, at Karsevakpuram, stands a model of the future temple. Behind this is the Nyas workshop where over two lakh bricks (shila) inscribed with the words ‘Shri Ram’ in various languages have been collected over three decades. People throng to take photographs. To beautify the Saryu riverside, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has some tall plans, such as creating an island with a 151 metre high Ram statue that will be placed on a 50 metre high pedestal under a 20 metre wide umbrella. There will also be an amphitheatre and several ghats.The floors of the famous Valmiki Ramayan Bhawan are stacked with bundles of notebooks that have ‘Ram’ written in them in various languages. There is an air of quiet anticipation. “I am extremely happy,” says Rukmani, a schoolteacher. “This will bring development to the temple town.” (Text and images by V.V. Krishnan)last_img read more

Paul George steals show as Thunder escape 76ers

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “That’s PG,” Westbrook said. “You don’t get too excited anymore about those I mean they happen so many times. PG’s doing what PG does and we just got to see it and get a win.”Philadelphia had one last chance, but Butler missed a 3-point attempt in the final seconds.The 76ers have lost 19 in a row to the Thunder. That streak that was on Embiid’s mind when he decided to play after he was a game-time decision because of back tightness.“The Sixers haven’t won against them in like 10, 11 years,” Embiid said. “That’s just ridiculous.”George finished with 31 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Westbrook had 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Oklahoma City, and reserve Dennis Schroder also scored 21 points.The Thunder had dropped five of six, including a 138-128 overtime loss against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.Embiid had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists. JJ Redick scored 22 points for Philadelphia, and Ben Simmons finished with 20 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists.Oklahoma City led by as many as 16 points in the first quarter, but Philadelphia rallied in the second and trailed 59-56 at the break.BOUNCE BACK GAMEThe Thunder were glad to leave Philadelphia with the win. Embiid had a different opinion of the play.“I think I was going for the block and I think he lost the ball, but I was already in the air,” Embiid said. “I don’t know what, why he was mad. I have no idea. But he’s always in his feelings, so I have no idea.”Westbrook and Embiid have had a couple chilly exchanges over the past couple years. Asked if he was “cool” with Embiid, Westbrook used an expletive before saying “No.”Westbrook fouled out with 14.9 seconds remaining after he got Embiid while shooting a 3-pointer. Embiid made all three foul shots, tying it at 113, and Jimmy Butler’s driving layup put Philadelphia in front with 6.9 seconds to go.But George drained a 3 while being fouled by Butler and made the foul shot.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “We lost the last two games, so it was pretty tough,” center Steven Adams said. “It was just good. It’s obviously good to get a win under our belt, just against this team, obviously they had a lot of really good sets.”BIG PICTUREThunder: George went 4 for 9 from 3-point range. He also went 11 for 11 at the free-throw line. … Adams had 16 points and nine rebounds. Terrance Ferguson added 11 points. … Oklahoma City had 20 assists and 10 turnovers, compared to 28 assists and 17 turnovers for Philadelphia.Sixers: Embiid has 20 games with at least 30 points. The last Sixer to accomplish that feat in the first 45 games of the season was Allen Iverson. … Redick has scored in double-digits in 54 consecutive games. … Injured guard Markelle Fultz (thoracic outlet syndrome) watched the game from the Sixers bench. There is no timetable for his return.UP NEXTThunder: Visit the New York Knicks on Monday.Sixers: Host the Houston Rockets on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George, left, celebrates with Russell Westbrook at the end of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Philadelphia. The Thunder won 117-115. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)PHILADELPHIA— Russell Westbrook and Joel Embiid tangled once again.Then Paul George stole the show.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño George converted a four-point play with 5.1 seconds left, sending Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 117-115 victory over Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.George’s clutch shot capped a wild finish that included another memorable moment in the rivalry between Westbrook and Embiid. Westbrook absorbed a hard foul from Embiid on a break with 1:46 left, landing out of bounds under the basket.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWestbrook then got up and rushed toward Embiid before he was restrained by his teammates.“I don’t think he just landed on me,” Westbrook said. “He had a little extra to it, you know what I’m saying? But it’s ok.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte With fire in his eyes Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View commentslast_img read more

Akhilesh unveils logo of Crossbow Shooting Association

first_imgAgra, Mar 17 (PTI) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today unveiled the logo and jersey design and launched a website of Crossbow Shooting Association of India at the Eklavya stadium here.At the event, Yadav said his government has done a lot for the welfare of sportspersons and taken concrete steps to promote sports and provided infrastructural support.Crossbow shooting, renamed as Deshi Dhanush, has a bright future in the state and measures are being initiated to encourage the new sport in a big way, the chief minister said.He praised the efforts of Rajat and Hina Viz of Agra for winning laurels at the international level and bringing the sport to the city. PTI COR SMNlast_img

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first_imgCongress has 122 MLAs and needs extra 13 votes to ensure the victory of its third candidate, with Chief Minister seeking the support of 11 independents and five JD-S rebel legislators. BJP is also short of one vote but is confident of making up the shortfall. In Rajasthan, polling for the four Rajya Sabha seats in Rajasthan will take place as no candidate withdrew their nomination today with four BJP candidates, including union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, and one Independent candidate, supported by opposition Congress, NPP and some Independent MLAs, have filed nominations for the four seats.Besides Naidu, BJP national vice president Om Prakash Mathur, former RBI official Ramkumar Sharma and member of the erstwhile Dungarpur royal family Harsh Vardhan Singh are the party nominees whereas former Union Minister and businessman Kamal Morarka has filed nomination as an Independent. As Haryana too will witness a race among three rpt three candidates for the two seats. Union minister and BJP leader Birender Singh is set for a comfortable run to the Rajya Sabha because of his ruling partys sheer number in the 90-member Haryana Assembly a keen contest is on cards between BJP-backed media baron Subhash Chandra and INLD supported lawyer R K Anand both of whom are in fray as Independents. Chandra has said he was in touch with individual MLAs and he and Anand are vying for the second seat in Haryana. Congress has 17 members in the Assembly while ruling BJP 47, INLD has 19, BSP 1, SAD 1 and 5 are Independents. It remains to be seen if Chandra gets the support of remaining BJP MLAs after 31 are needed for Birender Singhs win. He also needs the support of some INLD or Congress MLAs to sail through. In the other ten states, including Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, where Rajya Sabha elections are being held, unopposed elections were the order of the day. All the six candidates for as many RS seats in Maharashtra pulled out, all were elected to the Upper House including Chidambaram, Goyal, former union minister Praful Patel (NCP), BJPs Vinay Sahasrabuddhe and Vikas Mahatme and Shiv Senas Sanjay Raut. In Tamil Nadu, AIADMK candidates R Vaithilingam, A Navaneethakrishnan, A Vijayakumar, former Union Minister S R Balasubramoniyan, DMK nominees R S Bharathi and T K S Elangovan were declared elected to fill the vacancies of the six members who will retire on June 29 this year. In Andhra Pradesh, withdrawal of V Sunanda Reddy, a dummy candidate on behalf of main opposition YSR Congress, from fray paved the way for the unopposed election of four main candidates–Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu backed by BJP ally TDP, Union Minister of State for Science and Technology, Y Satyanarayana Chowdary and T G Venkatesh and V Vijaysai Reddy of TDP.advertisementSharad Yadav of ruling JD(U), noted Supreme Court lawyer Ram Jethmalani backed by ruling RJD and RJD chief Lalu Prasads daughter Misa Bharti were among five candidates declared elected unopposed for Rajya Sabha in Bihar. PTI TEAM PAL PALlast_img read more

Can trophy haul trolled by Hamann

first_imgLiverpool Emre Can trolled by Hamann over trophy haul after goal comparison Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 02:48 11/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Emre Can Liverpool Getty Liverpool Premier League The former Reds midfielder has held nothing back when replying to a post on Twitter regarding his goal haul during his days at Anfield Emre Can has been trolled by former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann following a comparison between their goal records.Can was on target in his most recent outing for the Reds, as Jurgen Klopp’s side swept past Maribor 3-0 in the Champions League.Can 17/4 to score v West Ham 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 The 23-year-old now has 11 efforts to his name in 143 appearances for Liverpool, a tally which has drawn him level with countryman Hamann – who took in 280 outings during his time on Merseyside.That fact – with Can reaching the mark in close to 140 fewer appearances – has been put to the latter, drawing a stinging response regarding the respective records of two German stars.Dietmar Hamann Emre Can Liverpool trophiesCan is yet to get his hands on any silverware with Liverpool, having joined from Bayern Leverkusen in 2014.Hamann, meanwhile, enjoyed domestic and European success during his time with the Reds.He enjoyed two FA Cup wins, two League Cup successes and a Community Shield triumph.Hamann also played a key role in Liverpool’s remarkable Champions League victory over AC Milan in 2005, stepping off the bench to help them overturn a three-goal deficit and convert from the penalty spot in a shootout.He also won the UEFA Cup in 2001 and the UEFA Super Cup on two occasions.Can certainly has some way to go in order to match those achievements, and it remains to be seen how much longer he will be sticking around at Anfield as he continues to head towards free agency in 2018. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

BCCI to check on Kohli-Rohit rift, split captaincy an option

first_img Next Indo-Asian News Service LondonJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 11:32 IST India had crashed out of World Cup 2019 in the semi-finals. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia had suffered stunning exit at the hands of New Zealand in the World Cup 2019 semi-finalIndia was too reliant on the duo of skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma when it came to scoring runsRumours of rift between Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been doing rounds on social mediaEver since Indias ouster in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup, there have been a lot of talks about the areas where the team lacked and also how it was too reliant on the duo of skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma when it came to scoring runs. While this has been an area that is also highlighted from the scoring charts of the World Cup, another factor that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is also keen to discuss is the idea of split captaincy.Speaking to IANS, a board functionary said that good teams start preparations immediately after one campaign ends and the biggest result of that is England winning the World Cup on Sunday. So, keeping an eye on the next campaign, India too could look at the option of having Rohit lead the team in the shorter format while Kohli continues in Tests.”This would be the right time for Rohit to take over the mantle of the captaincy in the 50-over format. There has been immense support to the present captain and the management and it is time to plan ahead for the next World Cup and for that the existing ideas and plans need a fresh look. We all know some areas need a relook. Rohit would be the right man for the job,” the functionary said.But as per the functionary, the biggest concern that has come up post the exit is the talks of different camps and rumours of a rift between the Kohli and Rohit. That could be detrimental for Indian cricket as the team looks to move forward and the matter is set to be discussed when the review meeting takes place with coach Ravi Shastri, captain Kohli and chief selector M.S.K. Prasad in the presence of the Committee of Administrators (CoA).advertisement”You are aware that Vinod Rai (CoA chief) has already mentioned that a review meeting will take place. This will have to be ascertained when the review takes place and it is important to get to the bottom of these rumours,” the functionary added.While Rai has claimed that a review meeting will take place to assess the performance of the team, there are clearly more problem areas that need immediate attention.Interestingly, the last time there was a meeting where the CoA members had met the senior players and coach — during the Test against West Indies in Hyderabad last year — Kohli and Rohit’s difference of thought was visible when it came to resting players in the IPL keeping the World Cup in mind.Also Read | Fans fume on Twitter after Cricket World Cup cheekily compares Sachin Tendulkar with Ben StokesAlso Read | England 1st country to win Cricket World Cup, Football World Cup and Rugby World CupAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Team IndiaFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Virat Kohli BCCI to check on Kohli-Rohit rift, split captaincy an optionIndia’s stunning exit at the hands of New Zealand in the World Cup 2019 semi-final on July 10 has prompted many, including former India cricketer Wasim Jaffer to back Rohit Sharma as next captain.advertisementlast_img read more

Minister Montague Pledges Full Support To New Police Commissioner

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Ministry stands ready to support the programmes that will be executed by the newly appointed Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson.“All of Jamaica expects the Commissioner to do well and to succeed, and the Ministry of National Security is standing by to offer policy support and the resources as soon as he has done his briefings and come together with his programmes,” he said.Mr. Montague was speaking to JIS News following a courtesy call by the Police Commissioner at the Ministry in St. Andrew on March 20.“We will continue to have dialogue to make sure that the Government provides the necessary tools and resources that are needed to do the job,” he added, noting that gangs, guns, cybercrime, murders and the maintenance of public order are main areas of priority.For his part, Major Anderson told JIS News that his vision for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is that it will be repositioned as the most trusted and credible organisation in the country.He said this will be undertaken “largely by how we do our business every day, how we interact with the public, how we treat with our internal issues and how we focus on some of our key problems in the country”.He said that public support remains a critical component in crime-fighting efforts, adding that areas relating to corruption, among others, “will be treated with in a very direct way”.“The public is involved, as they are usually the victims of crime, and so it is in their interest and the interest of everyone that we work together on these problems. The public, I have found, is always willing to support if you can provide a mechanism for them, a means to report things, a means to do it safely and that you build up trust, because the greater the trust is the more likely the public will support what you do,” he told JIS News.The new Commissioner, who took office on Monday (March 19), replaces George Quallo, who retired earlier this year. He said that public support remains a critical component in crime-fighting efforts, adding that areas relating to corruption, among others, “will be treated with in a very direct way”.center_img Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Ministry stands ready to support the programmes that will be executed by the newly appointed Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson.last_img read more

Short birth intervals raise mortality risk in babies

first_imgShorter intervals between births are associated with higher mortality rates in babies, finds a new study on macaque monkeys. The study showed “the risk of a short birth interval in rhesus macaque offspring is contingent on the survival of its older or younger sibling, who may constrain the maternal resources available to it,” said Susie Lee, a doctoral student at the New York University. Short birth intervals have long been linked to adverse child outcomes in humans. However, it had been unclear the extent to which the birth interval has a direct influence on offspring mortality in general – that is, independent of the effects of environment and human sociocultural practices on reproductive behaviour. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainTo understand this, the team examined around 9,000 birth records from about 1,400 free-ranging rhesus macaque mothers. Short birth intervals preceding or succeeding the birth of an offspring were both associated with higher offspring mortality in macaque monkeys, said the study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The results are consistent with studies on human birth intervals, suggesting short birth intervals is linked to adverse child outcomes. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”Despite the extensive body of research showing a relationship between short birth intervals and high offspring mortality in humans, we have lacked studies outside of humans, especially in non-human primates,” said James Higham, Associate Professor at the varsity. “This new research helps fill the gap by clarifying the biological link between birth intervals and offspring mortality in a general evolutionary framework,” he said.last_img read more

Saying no to the Northern Gateway pipeline project

People in Kitimat, B.C. have voted against the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project in a non-binding plebiscite.The ballot count from Saturday’s vote was 1,793 opposed versus 1,278 who supported the multi-billion dollar project, a margin of 58.4 per cent to 41.6 per cent.The $6.5-billion project would see two pipelines, one carrying oilsands’ bitumen from Alberta to Kitimat’s port, and a second carrying condensate — a form of natural gas used to dilute the bitumen — from Kitimat back to Alberta.The federal cabinet is expected to release its decision on Northern Gateway by June. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Saying “no” to the Northern Gateway pipeline project by News Staff Posted Apr 12, 2014 11:23 pm MDT read more

Somalia UN urges steps to ensure future elections not marred by rights

“Insecurity, weak justice institutions, and an insufficient human rights protection system contributed to the lack of accountability for human rights violations throughout Somalia,” the report says, looking back at the 2016 polls and calling for prompt action to bolster human rights protections ahead of the 2020-2021 electoral process.The report – from the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the UN human rights office (OHCHR) – details violations and abuses by State security forces, including the police and intelligence agencies, and non-State groups, including Al Shabaab, before, during and after parliamentary and presidential elections held in late 2016 and early 2017.While it documents the killing of 44 clan leaders and electoral delegates during that period, it reveals that only two of these reported killings were investigated and prosecuted.As such, the joint report calls for “prompt, independent and impartial investigations into human rights violations and abuses committed in the context of the electoral process.”In addition, the report highlights repeated attacks, intimidation and other forms of harassment against reporters, human rights defenders and political leaders, noting that this violence “impeded the free flow of information” and undermined “the ability of citizens to benefit from and contribute to democratic processes” in an informed manner.“As Somalia continues the arduous task of building institutions and constructing peace, respect for human rights must be at the core of this enterprise,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.”This includes guaranteeing all public freedoms, such as the rights to freedom of opinion and expression, and of peaceful assembly and association,” he stressed, adding that “it is essential that victims’ rights to remedy and reparation are respected”.Because conditions for universal suffrage were not in place in 2016, a system of indirect suffrage was used with 275 electoral colleges of 51 delegates each. The colleges elected the 275 members of the House of the People, who then elected the new President, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, on 8 February 2017.While this system allowed for a more diverse parliament, with half its members newly elected and women’s representation at 24 per cent (compared to 14 per cent in 2012), “more needs to be done” for the next elections, said the report.“Women, persons with disabilities, minority clans and civil society groups had limited or no access to the electoral process as it was a political process based on clan distribution,” said Michael Keating, the head of UNSOM. “Looking ahead to elections due in 2020-2021, we are urging the Government to establish a system of representation that is inclusive of all citizens, based on the one person, one vote principle.”In addition, given that in 2016 the list of candidates included former warlords and a military commander accused of war crimes, the report recommends that candidates be vetted regarding their respect for human rights. read more

Trapped homeowners face sixfigure bills over Grenfellstyle cladding

Thousands of homeowners are trapped in dangerous tower blocks wrapped in Grenfell-style cladding as building owners are refusing to foot the bill for it to be replaced.  Many are now facing financial ruin as the cladding means that their homes have been rendered worthless, leaving them unable to sell, remortgage or secure a homeowners loan to pay for the works privately.  An investigation by The Telegraph has revealed the full extent of the problem for the first time, with up to 20,000 privately owned properties across the country clad in…–– ADVERTISEMENT –– Leaseholders across the country are being asked to pay bills which could total hundreds of thousands of pounds per flat just to make their homes fire safe. 

Anglo American rents 16 Komatsu 830E trucks from National Plant for Capcoal

first_imgFollowing the acquisition by National Group’s leading brand, National Plant & Equipment (NPE), of an additional 16 Komatsu 830E electric drive dump trucks into the Australian market, Anglo American took up the opportunity to secure a long-term hire for the 12 new machines and request an additional four machines for their Capcoal Surface Operations. The dump trucks, measuring in at just under 7 m high and 8 m wide each, made news last year when they were delivered and assembled at the National Plant & Equipment site in Yatala in late 2017.NPE states: “The high performing mining truck, which boasts one of the lowest cost per tonne operations, is considered a leader in the 240 t class range. They are of high demand in the Australian market, yet extremely difficult to come by, making the acquisition one of the most talked about in the industry in recent times.” Making the unprecedented purchase, understanding the demand for them in the Australian mining industry, was National Plant & Equipment CEO Mark Ackroyd, who says that “giving mining companies the option to rent these hugely efficient trucks means they can fluctuate with the supply and demand of their projects and not worry about capital expenditure.”Initially transported to the Yatala site for a full build to ensure they were in perfect working order, 12 of the new Komatsu 830E’s have since been mobilised to Anglo American’s Capcoal Surface Operations mine, located in the Bowen Basin in Central Queensland. Due to their size and weight, the massive effort required weeks of planning and coordination, including a partial disassembly of the vehicles, coupled with batch deliveries in the cover of night, accompanied by escort vehicles, with final reassembly taking place upon arrival on site. “The 16 Komatsu 830Es is an impressive addition to National Plant & Equipment’s already large and ever-growing fleet. However, it doesn’t stop there with the team already making plans to acquire and expand further in 2018.”last_img read more

Comeback on hold Nearly 75 of people dont want Bertie back

first_img By Rónán Duffy Support for Fianna Fáil is now at 29% in Dublin.Read: Not going away: Bertie sat down for a big weekend interview to talk about his future >Read: Bertie’s potential comeback: What happens now? > Thursday 8 Dec 2016, 10:21 PM Image: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie Dec 8th 2016, 10:21 PM 58 Comments Comeback on hold?: Nearly 75% of people don’t want Bertie back Fewer than one people in five think Fianna Fáil should let him back in. http://jrnl.ie/3129207 center_img Image: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie Share Tweet Email1 A NEW POLL has found that almost three-quarters of people do not think Fianna Fáil should allow Bertie Ahern back into the party.Last week a motion was unanimously passed by the Dublin Central branch of Fianna Fáil asking former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to rejoin the party.Ahern resigned from Fianna Fáil in March 2012 following the publication of the Mahon tribunal report.Ahern confirmed that he would be interested in rejoining the party, telling the Sunday Independent that this would only be to help the party win more seats locally.If Ahern were to rejoin, he would have to submit an application where it would likely be dealt with at National Executive level.A new opinion poll carried out by Amárach research on behalf of Claire Byrne Live has found that 73% of people do not think Bertie Ahern should be allowed back into the party.Less than one in five people (19%) said he should, while 8% said they did not know. Source: CB Live/Amarách ResearchAn opinion poll published today found that Fianna Fáil is currently the most popular party in the country with support levels of 30%.As Claire Byrne points out in a blog on the RTÉ website, an important part of Fianna Fáil’s growth comes from its improving support in the Dublin, Ahern’s home town. 14,751 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

A Good Move for Melburnians

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new advertising initiative to promote the ‘good life’ available to Melburnians who decide to relocate to rural Victoria has been launched this week by Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan.Named the ‘Good Move’ campaign, this scheme is based on research recently conducted on Melbourne residents which revealed that many are considering such a move. Mr. Ryan said: ‘The research showed that one in ten Melburnians were considering a move to country Victoria within the next three years and a further 39 per cent would consider it at some stage in the future. This campaign aims to build on that momentum and get people to take the next step.’The television commercials began screening on free to air stations on Sunday, and present real-life examples of Victorians who have recently relocated. ‘In particular, the advertisements highlight some of the reasons why relocating to the country is such a good move for work, family, community and overall quality of life’, Mr. Ryan said. These advertisements follow the recent popularity of the first Regional Victoria Living Expo on 27-29 April at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre, which had over 8000 visitors interested in embarking on a rural lifestyle.‘Organisers and exhibitors alike were absolutely thrilled with the success of the expo and the genuine enquiries from people wanting to know more about the opportunities that await them outside the big city.’ For more information about the benefits of relocating to regional Victoria, visit the website www.goodmove.vic.gov.au.last_img read more

Speak truth to power

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram ● A popstar, a fallen prince, an oligarch’s wife and a Kennedy walk into a bar. ● It might be the start of a joke. But it is not. However there is a punchline. ● And the punchline is that they talk about speaking truth to power. ● They should know. They are power. ● The popstar was Sakis Rouvas; the fallen Prince, Nikolaos, son of former King of Greece, Constantin; the oligarch’s wife is Marianna Vardinogianni, philanthropist and UNESCO goodwill ambassador. ● She is also the only person in Greece who can snap her fingers and have all the political and economic establishment of the country rush to one of her events. ● The event in question – which was not held in a bar, of course, but at the Acropolis museum, did feature a member of the Kennedy clan. Kerry, daughter of Robert, writer, activist and president of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights advocacy organisation.● She was invited by ‘Mrs. Marianna’ – as she is known to her subjects – for the launch of the ‘Speak truth to power’ initiative, an education program centred around her book of the same name, consisting of her interviews with human rights activists all over the world. ● A who is who of the Greek elite attended the launch – former and current ministers, academics, bankers, philanthropists, high-ranking members of the clergy. They might as well have spoken ‘truth’ among themselves and the initiative would have met its target. Mission accomplished. ● In completely unrelated news, the Greek Statistical Agency issued data concerning taxation. It appears that four million Greeks owe about €95 billion in unpaid taxes. What’s interesting is that more than half of them owe no more than €500 each – 500,000 tax ‘evaders’ owe about €10 each. What’s even more interesting is that about 30 percent of the debt is owed by 69 people, who owe more than €100m each in taxes. ● Apparently, they must hold some kind of power. ● A day after Ms Marianna’s gathering, another representative of ‘power’ in Greek was called to ‘speak truth’. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gave an interview to Nikos Chatzinikolaou for ANT1 News, in which he presented his idea of truth – mainly, by stating that the reform measures his government agreed to implement are nothing more than leverage to persuade Greece’s lenders for debt relief. ● If this does not happen, they will not be implemented. The journalist was flabbergasted: even though they pass through parliament? “A Sovereign state government can take back the measures”, was Tsipras’ cynical observation. The Power spoke the Truth. And the truth is that it’s all a farce. All that is happening in Greece for the past few years is part of this perverted political comedy. ● The PM’s partner, the other half of the successful comedy duo ‘Government-Opposition’, Kiriakos Mitsotakis, is now playing the part of the one believing in reforms. He’s the one presented as believing that Greece needs to shape up and be responsible, proceed with privatisations, slash wages and pensions, cut public spending, fire public servants, cut corporate taxation to allow for investment, do whatever the lenders tell us to do. ● He even managed to persuade centrists and members of the pro-EU, progressive Left to stand beside him, mostly because they despise Tsipras and his cohort. ● If you believe some parts of the Greek media, Mitsotakis is a modern politician, with fresh ideas, a true believer in free market and progress, who, if he becomes PM, will turn Greece to a modern state.● This week, his party dismissed any idea of separation of Church and State in Greece, assuring the byzantine relic institution that all public life and legislation will not become secular. ● So much for Greece modernization. ● At least, he spoke the Truth to the real Power in Greece.last_img read more

Lèpre une découverte ouvre la voie vers un meilleur traitement

first_imgLèpre : une découverte ouvre la voie vers un meilleur traitement Des chercheurs sont parvenus à mieux comprendre le mécanisme d’infection du bacille de la lèpre.  Cette avancée pourrait déboucher sur une nouvelle piste thérapeutique pour cette maladie qui touche plus de 200.000 personnes tous les ans.La lèpre est une maladie contagieuse causée par une mycobactérie qui finit par atteindre les muscles et par entraîner une neurodégénérescence et une faiblesse musculaire. Elle est donc extrêmement invalidante si elle n’est pas traitée à temps. Selon l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS), 219.075 nouveaux cas de lèpre ont été déclarés en 2011. Un chiffre en baisse de 46% par rapport à 2004 puisque 407.791 cas avaient été recensés à l’époque.Cette maladie est aujourd’hui traitée efficacement par polychimiothérapie (PCT), un traitement que l’OMS met gratuitement à la disposition de tous les malades depuis 1995. Néanmoins, certaines régions pauvres, isolées et instables, continuent à être frappées par la lèpre, notamment à cause d’un manque de dépistage. La Fondation Raoul Follereau met d’ailleurs en avant le caractère irréversible des lésions causées par la maladie et l’absence de vaccin. Alors que se tiendra prochainement la Journée mondiale des lépreux (les 26 et 27 janvier), une étude publiée dans la revue américaine Cell en révèle davantage sur les mécanismes impliqués dans la maladie.Celle-ci montre que les bactéries responsables de l’infection se propagent en “prenant en otage” certaines cellules nerveuses appelées “cellules de Schwann”. Ces dernières sont ainsi reprogrammées génétiquement par les mycobactéries qui les transforment en cellules musculaires pour pouvoir ensuite atteindre les muscles. “L’étude montre que la reprogrammation de la cellule hôte est peut-être l’événement nécessaire dans une infection précoce de la bactérie pour en favoriser la propagation”, explique l’auteur principal de l’étude, Anura Rambukkana de l’Université d’Edimbourg.Mieux prévenir la progression de la maladie ? À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ? Il s’agit là de la “première démonstration” de l’utilisation par un agent pathogène de la “plasticité génomique” des cellules adultes. En effet, la bactérie de la lèpre ramène les cellules de Schwann à l’état de cellules souches afin de les reprogrammer en cellules différenciées, musculaires en l’occurrence. Ces résultats “fournissent de nouvelles pistes sur la prévention de la progression de l’infection à un stade précoce et sur la reprogrammation des tissus adultes en cellules souches capables de régénérer des tissus endommagés dans le corps”, estime Anura Rambukkana. La prochaine étape est désormais, selon les scientifiques, de parvenir à identifier des marqueurs liés au processus de reprogrammation qui vient d’être découvert. IL deviendrait alors “possible d’empêcher la progression de l’infection et les dégâts au niveau nerveux qui entraîne l’invalidité des malades”.Le 21 janvier 2013 à 16:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

NY Canada Gunning for Facebook Over Data Protection

first_imgFacebook claims 1.5M contact databases were harvested by its email verification process, but the total number of people whose information was improperly obtained may be hundreds of millions.It’s time Facebook be held accountable for how it handles consumers’ personal info.— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) April 25, 2019Zuckerberg & Co. last week admitted to “unintentionally uploading” email contacts of 1.5 million new users since May 2016—a practice they have since abandoned.But, as James’ office pointed out, that’s just an estimation; the total number of folks whose personal data was nonconsensually collected by Facebook “may be hundreds of millions.”“Facebook’s announcement that it harvested 1.5 million users’ email address books, potentially gaining access to contact information for hundreds of millions of individual consumers without their knowledge,” James said, “is the latest demonstration that Facebook does not take seriously its role in protecting our personal information.”The attorney general is no stranger to enforcing New York consumer protection laws against tech companies: In January, James launched an investigation into Apple over its failure to warn consumers of a FaceTime bug that allowed users to receive audio and video of the callee before they answer.And in March 2018, the office scrutinized Facebook over the reported misuse of user data with Cambridge Analytica.That same scandal has landed the network in hot water with our neighbors to the north.On Thursday, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) revealed that a joint investigation with British Columbia found “major shortcomings” in the social media giant’s privacy practices.Facebook, however, allegedly disputes the findings and “refuses” to implement the privacy commissioners’ recommendations, including to voluntarily submit to audits over the next five years.“The stark contradiction between Facebook’s public promises to mend its ways on privacy and its refusal to address the serious problems we’ve identified—or even acknowledge that it broke the law—is extremely concerning,” Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien said.“Facebook has spent more than a decade expressing contrition for its actions and avowing its commitment to people’s privacy,” B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner Michael McEvoy added. “But when it comes to taking concrete actions needed to fix transgressions, they demonstrate disregard.”The OPC plans to take the matter to federal court to seek an order forcing the company to “correct” its privacy practices.More on Geek.com:Oops: Facebook Stored ‘Hundreds of Millions’ of Passwords in Plain TextResearchers Discover Two More Cases of Facebook Data ExposureRussia Fines Facebook $50 for Violating Data Privacy Law Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service Stay on targetcenter_img Facebook’s luck may be running out.New York Attorney General Letitia James has opened an investigation into the social network’s unauthorized collection of 1.5 million users’ email content databases.Meanwhile, across the border, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada plans to drag the firm to court over a “breach of trust.”“It is time Facebook is held accountable for how it handles consumers’ personal information,” James said in a statement. “Facebook has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of respect for consumers’ information while at the same time profiting from mining that data.”last_img read more

County shelves East Fairgrounds development

first_imgAfter hearing concerns from residents and Vancouver city officials, Clark County commissioners on Tuesday decided against opening up 270 acres northeast of the Clark County Fairgrounds for development. Commissioners voted against a proposal that commissioners themselves had asked staff members to research and present.The land east of Interstate 5, identified in the county’s comprehensive plan as East Fairgrounds, will remain in “urban holding,” a designation given to land within the Urban Growth Area to prevent urban development until urban services are available. The East Fairgrounds area sits within Vancouver’s Urban Growth Area and the Discovery Corridor, which local politicians have been touting for the past decade as key to the region’s economic development. The proposal, which had been green-lighted by county staff members who said a traffic study confirmed the area could be developed, had been to open up 240 acres that would be zoned business park and 30 acres that would be zoned light industrial.Reasons for opposing the proposal varied. Residents said they did not want the land to be taken out of urban holding unless it was going to be zoned residential or mixed-use; city officials worried that the land in the Discovery Corridor, which is supposed to attract businesses that offer family-wage jobs, might be wasted if released too early.last_img read more