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Controversial Rajasthan bill sent to Assembly select committee

first_imgRajasthan tables Criminal Laws Amendment Bill amid uproar  The move has been severely criticised by the Congress and the National People’s Party (NPP) and senior BJP MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari. The Editors Guild of India too opposed the “harmful ordinance” and demanded its withdrawal.On Tuesday, Mr. Tiwari protested when he was not allowed to raise a point of order. He objected to Speaker Kailash Meghwal giving permission to the Home Minister for giving his statement during Question Hour.  At the beginning of Question Hour on Tuesday, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore said Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje held a meeting of Ministers on Monday night to discuss the Bill and that the Home Minister would apprise the House of the development.The Home Minister said that prior approval of the President was sought before introducing the ordinance in September.On Monday, Independent MLA Manik Chand Surana raised the point that no approval of the President was attached with the Bill. As the Opposition MLAs rushed into the well of the House demanding withdrawal of the Bill, Mr. Kataria said the government would consider the suggestions put forward by the members. He then moved a proposal to refer it to the select committee. The proposal was passed by the Assembly. The select committee was asked to submit a report in the next session.The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, seeks to protect serving and former judges, magistrates and public servants in the State from being investigated for on-duty action, without government sanction. It also bars the media from reporting on such accusations till the sanction to proceed with the probe is given by the government.Also Read Rajasthan Criminal Law Bill will check motivated complaints: Prasad Facing flak from various quarters, the Rajasthan government on Tuesday referred a controversial bill that seeks to protect public servants and judges from prosecution without its prior sanction to a select committee of the Assembly.Amid an uproar from the Opposition Congress, the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill was tabled in the Assembly by Home Minister Gulabchand Kataria on Monday to replace an ordinance promulgated on September 7.Also Readlast_img read more

ED questions Hooda in land case

first_imgFacing charges of criminal conspiracy and cheating in the Manesar land case, former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was on Thursday questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) here.An official, requesting anonymity, said that Mr. Hooda’s statement was recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in the case.The CBI had registered the case in 2015 following allegations that private builders, in conspiracy with some State government officials, had bought about 400 acres in and around Manesar at throwaway prices, causing a loss of about ₹1,500 crore to the owners.Chargesheet filedThe CBI had filed a chargesheet under sections of the IPC related to criminal conspiracy and cheating, and relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act against Mr. Hooda and other accused.last_img read more

Evans out for Grizzlies as trade speculation swirls

first_imgBickerstaff says: “They’re involved in conversations, and when those conversations are resolved, a final decision will be made.”Evans, who also missed Wednesday night’s game at Indiana, is averaging 19.5 points, five assists and five rebounds this season. The Grizzlies were 18-32 heading into Thursday’s game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout View comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Gronkowski cleared to play in Super Bowl after concussion MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans, right, drives against Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)DETROIT — Tyreke Evans is not with the Memphis Grizzlies for Thursday night’s game at Detroit as trade speculation swirls around the veteran guard.The Grizzlies listed Evans as having an illness, but interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff confirmed before the game that the team isn’t likely to play him before the Feb. 8 trade deadline.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

Bigg Boss 11 analysis Day 74 analysis: Priyank pours his heart out about Vikas to Arshi, joins Hiten and Akash in prison

first_imgBigg Boss 11’s this weeks’s luxury budget task BB Lab is won by Vikas, Shilpa, Arshi and Luv. Post the winners’ announcement Vikas makes an issue out of Priyank saying ‘Guchipoo’ during the task when he was dressed in a bikini and was trying to make them laugh. Arshi told Priyank that Vikas is hurt because he and his mother call each other ‘Guchipoo’ and he made a vulgar joke out of it. Priyank explained it to Arshi that he loves and respects Vikas’ mother as his own. He talks to her about Vikas and said that if he is able to shout at Vikas, it’s his generosity. He further added that what Vikas has done for him, that’s either done by parents or a big brother. He even asked her to not talk about their conversation to Vikas. But Arshi being Arshi, went to Vikas and told him everything. This irked him more and he accused him of doing all this for footage.  Housemates woke up to Duniya Re Duniya Very Good from Trimurti. Even after repeated warnings from Arshi, Akash continued to sleep during the daytime. Hiten blamed Arshi for his high-handed attitude. This didn’t go down well with Arshi, who said that when something happens, everyone enjoys it but later blames it on her, Akash or Hina.During the daytime, Bigg Boss asked Arshi to name one contestant who should be sent to prison. She took Akash’s name. The housemates are confused between Hiten, Priyank and Shilpa’s name for worst performer. Priyank volunteered, as he had never been to jail. Ultimately Akash, Priyank and Hiten are sent to kaal kothri. advertisementYesterday, Hina created quite an issue about Shilpa using tap water for cooking. She even blamed her for housemates falling ill. The allegations didn’t go down well with the Bhabi Ji Ghar Pe Hai actress, who quit kitchen duty and asked Hina to step in. Shilpa got emotional after her confrontation with Hina.Later, Bigg Boss introduced CP Plus task, where Arshi and two other housemates chosen by her could view some of the things said behind their back. Arshi selected Vikas and Hina. Arshi viewed a video clip where Hina, Luv, Benafsha and Priyank are talking about her clothes and in another clip she saw Puneesh and Akash plotting against her. She came out and confronted Hina and Puneesh on the same. Hina got to see what other housemates talked about her behind her back. She saw Shilpa mocking her during Rocky Jaiswal’s visit in the house and broke into tears. It will be interesting to see how Hina confront Shilpa after watching the CCTV footage in tonight’s episode.last_img read more

Mets’ Thor Hammers Reds, 2-1

first_imgNEW YORK — The way Noah Syndergaard was pitching, the New York Mets barely needed their bats.Syndergaard threw eight sharp innings and the light-hitting Mets got a break when Cincinnati ace Johnny Cueto suddenly lost the strike zone, edging the Reds 2-1 June 26.The Mets returned home from a 1-7 road trip in which they totaled 11 runs, and won despite getting only two hits.“We’ve got the pitching,” Manager Terry Collins said. “There’s nothing wrong with our pitching. We’ve just got to give them some help.”With the Mets set to call up prized prospect Steven Matz this weekend and go to a six-man rotation, Syndergaard (3-4) was in control.The 22-year-old rookie said he had no trouble with adding an extra starter, especially if it meant pitching deeper into games — and deeper into the season.“My ultimate goal is to be able to pitch in October,” Syndergaard said.The Reds lost for the third time in nine games. They got to their New York hotel at 4:17 a.m. after a rain-delayed, 13-inning win at Pittsburgh.Curtis Granderson launched a leadoff homer into the second deck on Cueto’s third pitch.“He hits home runs in clumps,” Collins said after Granderson connected for the fourth time in six games.It was 1-all in the fifth when Dilson Herrera tripled with two outs. Cueto (4-5), pitching with eight days’ rest to give his aching right elbow some extra rest, hadn’t walked a batter all game until walking Granderson, Eric Campbell and Lucas Duda to force home the go-ahead run.Duda had already struck out twice, and had fanned 10 times in 15 career at-bats against Cueto, before hanging in after two quick strikes. Catcher Brayan Pena twice went to the mound to talk to Cueto once the count went full.“Things happen. I was too much careful in that inning. I did not want to leave the ball in the middle,” Cueto said through a translator. “I was trying to trick them,” he said.Syndergaard gave up five singles, walked none and struck out five in the longest of his nine starts in the majors.He hit 99 mph with his fastball in the first inning, mixed in his changeups and curves against an aggressive lineup and won for the first time in five starts.The Mets’ infield backed him all night. Shortstop Wilmer Flores, third baseman Ruben Tejada and Herrera at second and Duda at first each made nice plays, and catcher Kevin Plawecki caught a runner trying to steal.Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth for his 21st save in 23 chances.Collins said before the game that Granderson might be able to ignite the team. He was right, as Granderson hit his 32nd career leadoff home run and fourth this season.The Reds tied it in the second when Jay Bruce and Pena opened with singles, setting up an RBI grounder by Chris Dominguez.Brandon Phillips singled in the third, and has hit safely in all 30 games he’s played on the road against the Mets.(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Lanner: PTCRB-certified Wi-Fi/3G/4G/LTE NIC module

first_img Continue Reading Previous Five techniques to lower energy consumptionNext Swissbit introduces industrial grade 3D-NAND-SSD Lanner release the NCS2-MINIPCIE02, a PTCRB-certified Wi-Fi/3G/4G/LTE NIC module ideal for operators and device manufacturers located in regions where PTCRB interoperability/compatibility (cat-3 & cat-6) is a requirement.The NCS2-MINIPCIE02 incorporates Wi-Fi/3G/4G/LTE wireless network connectivity and is designed to work with Lanner network appliances via a Gen2 PCIe*8 interface, enabling wireless network connectivity to compatible Lanner network appliances and delivering wireless connectivity for enterprise network management and convenience.This module comes with three nano sim card sockets, two mini-PCIe sockets and one M.2 socket, together not only allowing users to install Wi-Fi/3G/4G/LTE compatible modules and SIM cards, but also making available a wider variety in network interface options in terms of both wired and wireless Internet connections. What’s more, the NCS2-MINIPCIE02 comes with four antenna inputs, allowing greater signal receptions.The NCS2-MINIPCIE02 belongs to Lanner’s F.A.S.T. solution family, which is a series of purpose-built modular kits developed for enhancing Lanner’s high-end network computing appliances, delivering flexibility, adaptability, scalability and transformability for all compatible appliances’ connectivity, storage and open compute capabilities.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Kansas Has Multiple Wide Receivers To Watch On Saturday

first_imgHe’s had scores from 74, 71, 35, 22 and 11 yards out this year and is dangerous when he gets the ball in space. Sims has benefitted from the air raid offense that Beaty runs and other schools in the conference surely regret not offering one of the more productive receivers in the conference. Safety Fish Smithson, No. 9The Baltimore native has been a boon for the Jayhawks, exploding as a junior leading the NCAA in solo tackles with 7.9 per game and earning second team all conference. The senior has some playmaking skills and is tied for second on the team with a pair of picks this year, but he sticks out most as a sure tackler in a unit that is short of them. WR LaQuvionte Gonzales, No. 1The Texas A&M transfer followed his position coach up the plains and has been playing really well in his first season of eligibility as a junior. He got on the field every game as a freshman at Texas A&M and is primed to be a difference maker for this KU team. He’s definitely a focal point of the offense and some around the KU program have called him the most dynamic player in a KU uniform since Aqib Talib (corner who has played really well in the NFL). The Under Armor All-American’s playmaking skills were on display with this 67-yard score just a couple of weeks ago in Lawrence, he’ll definitely be someone the Cowboys keep an eye on.How is this Kansas Football? How? What is wrong with TCU? pic.twitter.com/yj4J6nDa2H— Sam Duren (@Sam_Duren) October 8, 2016WR Steven Sims, Jr., No. 11The Houston native has developed great rapport with his quarterback Ryan Willis over the last year or two and has a knack for getting behind defenses. As a defensive captain, his consistency earned him second team All Big 12 last year and he’s been the most solid player on an inexperienced secondary in this Jayhawk defense. Smithson is an encouraging story, as he grew up in a rough part of Baltimore and was able to leave town when his older brother earned a scholarship to the University of Utah, bringing his younger brother with him. He earned his way onto a junior college team in Salinas, California before Kansas offered him a scholarship. Defensive End Dorace Armstrong, Jr., No. 2First in the conference in sacks produced and second in tackles for loss is sophomore end Dorace Armstrong, Jr. who had a monster game against TCU. A KU beat writer mentioned that Armstrong is a bona fide NFL prospect as he’s developed a ton between his freshman and sophomore years, he’s a handful for offensive tackles at 6’4”, 246 pounds. He chose playing in Lawrence over playing at Michigan State, Cal and others and looks to be a building block for this defense in a pass happy league. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Berge Bulk Names Handy Newbuild

first_imgzoom Singapore-based dry bulk vessel owner and operator Berge Bulk has named its new Handy bulk carrier, Berge Snaefell.The 38,000 dwt newbuilding was named in Japan on January 9, 2018.The vessel, which will fly the flag of the Isle of Man, is completing its construction at the Imabari shipyard.Featuring a length of 180 meters and a width of 29.8 meters, the vessel has been fitted with several fuel efficient features and an energy efficient design. The bulker is equipped with four deck cranes enabling flexibility in the use as it is able to discharge its own cargoes, Isle of Man Ship Registry said.Berge Snaefell’s first sailing will be from New Zealand to China, according to the registry.The new ship currently has a market value of USD 21.17 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.The bulker is joining Berge Bulk’s fleet of more than 70 vessels.last_img read more

Flagships Project Gets USD 56 Mn for Two Hydrogen Ships

first_imgzoomHydrogen ferry that will run on the Hjelmeland connections. Image Courtesy: Norled The European innovation project Flagships has been awarded EUR 5 million (USD 5.6 million) from the EU to support deploying two commercially operated zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vessels in France and Norway.The project contributes to building two newbuild vessels, one in Stavanger, Norway, and one in Lyon, France.The hydrogen ships are expected to commence operation during 2021.In Stavanger, hydrogen is intended to power a passenger and car ferry operated by Norled as part of the local public transport network.In Lyon, a hydrogen push-boat operated by Compagnie Fluvial de Transport (CFT) will serve as a utility vessel on one of its most demanding rivers, the Rhône.As informed, the funds awarded to the Flagships project have been granted by the EU’s Research and Innovation program Horizon 2020 under the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU).In addition to the project funding, significant additional investment to build the ships is made by the shipowners as well as the consortium partners.Green and sustainable shipping is a prerequisite for reaching national and international emission reduction targets. With increasing pressure for shipping to reduce harmful emissions, fuel cells and hydrogen are key technologies in providing a sustainable transportation option for the international shipping industry.“Both the EU and the shipping industry see hydrogen as a key contributor in the work to mitigate climate change. The Flagships project will be of high importance when it comes to demonstrating the technology, business viability and social acceptability of zero-emission shipping based on hydrogen fuel cells,” Hege Økland, NCE Maritime CleanTech CEO, commented.NCE Maritime CleanTech was one of the initiators of the FLAGSHIPS project which started in January this year and all four Norwegian partners are member of the cluster.The project aim is that both vessels will run on hydrogen produced from renewable energy. This will not only enable truly zero-emission operation of the ships, but also create a solid basis for further local zero-emission transport deployment both at sea as well as on land.“Norled has taken a … role in the development of zero emission ferries. This innovation project will be an important next step when it comes to proving the maritime fuel cell technology and illustrating its business viability. By leveraging knowhow from existing onshore and marine system integration activities the project will also reduce the cost of marine fuel cell power systems significantly,” Sigvald Breivik, Norled CTO, said.The project will look at the possibility to replace biodiesel with hydrogen on one of the ferries to be built for the Finnøy-route north east of Stavanger. The route serves several islands with short and several stops, which makes it difficult to realize the effective shore charging required for battery-powered vessels.Norled’s intention is to apply the hydrogen technology being developed by the company in several other ongoing hydrogen-related projects, such as building the world’s first ship powered by liquid hydrogen for the Hjelmeland connection in Western Norway.An important part of the project will also be the building of European support networks covering hydrogen fuel supply chains, vessel design and manufacturing competence networks as well as significantly broad-based regulatory expertise.“The project will cooperate with relevant organisations such as CESNI, IMO and certification bodies to speed up the introduction of hydrogen for the maritime sector both for inland and coastal operations and for freight and passenger transportation,” Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director of the FCH JU, explained.The project consortium includes nine European partners, with two shipowners Norled and CFT, and the maritime OEM ABB, and design company LMG Marin.Fuel cell technology is provided by Ballard Europe and vessel energy monitoring and management by PersEE. Management, dissemination activities and maritime hydrogen safety expertise are provided by VTT and industry cluster NCE Maritime CleanTech.Furthermore, Westcon Power & Automation is expected to officially join the consortium soon.Read more:Interview: Hydrogen Is the Ideal Zero-Emissions Fuellast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgCONTINUING WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge, Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge on Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, Richmond County, is closed until further notice. Traffic can detour on MacEachern Road. -30- COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lake Road, Tatamagouche Lake Road from West Tatamagouche Road to Slade Road, for about six kilometres, will have stop and go traffic for road repairs and mailbox adjustments until Wednesday, Jan. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: Captain Gillis Bridge The Captain Gillis Bridge, on Trunk 19, near Port Hood, is opened to one lane with a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Detours for truck traffic will remain in place.last_img read more

Protestors clash with Harpers security and police in Winnipeg

first_imgAPTN National NewsPrime Minister Stephen Harper went to Winnipeg to participate in a round-table discussion on cyberbullying last week.But some claimed the worst bullying was going on at a Winnipeg hotel.Protesters inside the building, where Harper was supposed to meet with families, were pushed out by security and police.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has the story.MThordarson@aptn.caTwitter: @MattThorlast_img

Morocco, a gateway of foreign investors to Africa: Mayor of City…

Rabat  – Morocco is becoming a gateway for foreign investors to Africa, owing to its experience in partnership with Francophone Africa, said on Wednesday Fiona Woolf, lord-mayor of the City of London, one of world’s leading economic and financial centers.“The United Kingdom can learn from Moroccan know-how in the region where Morocco is a pioneer”, she said at a press conference following a two-day visit to Morocco.The Lord-Mayor, who called Morocco to develop its stock market legislation, noted that “the United Kingdom pledges to help Morocco develop its laws to increase Casablanca Stock Market attractiveness for foreign capital” The two-day visit was an opportunity to “explore cooperation perspectives and create synergies between the financial institutions of Morocco and the United Kingdom”, went on Fiona Woolf, the second woman to serve as lord-Mayor of the City of London.During her visit to Morocco, Woolf who was received by King Mohammed VI, toured the Casablanca stock market and met with several officials and entrepreneurs. read more

Pfizer 5 more countries OK rheumatoid arthritis pill Xeljanz EU asked to

Pfizer: 5 more countries OK rheumatoid arthritis pill Xeljanz; EU asked to reconsider denial AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Linda A. Johnson, The Associated Press Posted Jul 15, 2013 2:31 pm MDT TRENTON, N.J. – Several more countries have approved Pfizer Inc.’s new rheumatoid arthritis medicine, a twice-a-day pill seen as likely to be a big moneymaker for the company.The world’s second-largest drugmaker said Monday that its Xeljanz has been approved, for patients not adequately helped by existing treatments, in Russia, Argentina, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Switzerland, the first European country to allow sales.Xeljanz, the first in a new class of drugs for the joint-damaging immune disorder, was launched in November in the U.S., where it has been heavily advertised. It’s about to be launched in Japan, where it was approved in March. But concerns over serious, though generally rare, side effects including cancer have blocked approval in Europe so far.New York-based Pfizer has been hoping to win over patients who either just take pain relievers or are being treated with injected biologic drugs meant to slow or stop progression of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. The biologic drugs, which are produced in living cells rather than by mixing chemicals together, include Enbrel, Humira and Remicade.All three have been blockbusters for years, because they are approved for treating multiple immune disorders and are very pricey. Each was among the world’s top six drugs by revenue last year, and their combined sales for all uses totalled about $23 billion.According to Pfizer, the wholesale price for a month’s supply of Xeljanz is about $2,055; the retail price likely would be higher. The three biologic drugs cost roughly $2,500 per month.Humira is sold by AbbVie Inc., Remicade by Johnson & Johnson and Merck & Co., and Enbrel by Amgen Inc. and Pfizer.Meanwhile, Pfizer is asking advisers to European Union medical regulators to reconsider their recommendation in April not to approve the drug.The advisers said Xeljanz didn’t control progression of the immune disorder enough to outweigh serious side effects seen in some patients. Those include blood and other cancers, perforated intestines, tuberculosis and other infections, decreased infection-fighting cells, headaches and diarrhea.Nearly 24 million people worldwide suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, a painful, often disabling immune disorder. Many aren’t satisfied with current treatments.___Linda A. Johnson can be followed at http://twitter.com/LindaJ_onPharma read more

Redpath awarded first incline sand drift contract in Africa for diamonds

first_imgRedpath South Africa has been awarded a first-of-its-kind incline tunnelling contract in Africa, thanks to the company’s innovative and cost-effective approach to the project. International diamond producer, Gem Diamonds has awarded a R67-million contract to leading contract mining firm, Redpath South Africa for the development of a sand tunnel at the re-commissioned Ghaghoo diamond mine in Botswana. A Gem Diamonds technical representative notes that Redpath South Africa’s unique and innovative sand tunnel construction proposal resulted in the company being awarded the contract in May 2011, following a successful tender submission in February 2011.“During the tender process, Gem Diamonds provided each contractor with a specific design for the segmented tunnel; however, the process of clearing the excavated sand was left open. Redpath South Africa was the only contractor that recommended the cost-effective use of conveyor belts for the removal of the sand, as opposed to articulated dump trucks. Although the initial set-up costs of the conveyor belts are high, the long-term running costs are significantly-lower than using trucks, which will ultimately improve the overall efficiency of the project,” he explains.Redpath South Africa Mine Manager Olaf Iversen points out that the company’s scope of the project involves the development of the tunnel to 112 m vertically below the surface at an inclination of 8o. The site, which is located approximately 200 km north of Gaborone, falls within in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. “The first phase of the project is due to begin in July 2011 with the establishment of a box cut 25 m deep and 171 m long into the Kalahari sand, which will provide safe and secure access to the underground mine.” he explains. “The box cut and portal support is expected to be completed in November 2011, by which time we will begin excavation work for the concrete-lined segmented sand tunnel, 403 m in pure sand and 121 m in transition from sand to basalt, which acts as a cylindrical shield to protect workers and equipment located underground.”Iversen explains that miners will work within the 50-t shield in order to move the tunnel forward segment-by-segment, by loading the sand onto the conveyor belt before it is fed out of the mine. “The width of each segment for this particular project is 0,61 m, and we are aiming to move forward six segments or 3.6 m/d.” he continues. The sand tunnel is due for completion at the end of June 2012; however, Iversen admits that Redpath South Africa faces numerous challenges in the upcoming months. “The Ghaghoo mine is extremely remote and isolated, and the majority of the 93 Redpath staff members working on the project will be located on site. In order to maximise productivity and reduce logistical challenges, staff members will be working 14-days-on and seven-days-off,” he continues.Iversen points out that they expect to be faced with an additional challenge in constructing the inclined sand tunnel at the sand and basalt interface – where water could possibly be intersected. What’s more, he notes that the Redpath South Africa’s entire scope of the project will have to be undertaken using diesel-powered generators in a region with no electricity.As part of its commitment to social and economic development, Iversen notes that Redpath South Africa will employ 78 staff members from communities surrounding the project. “The Client, Gem Diamonds held numerous discussions and road shows for the local communities, in order to ensure that we are able to get the population directly involved in the project, while creating sustainable skills development in the area. What’s more, all segments for the sand tunnel will be manufactured in Gaborone, in order to ensure that investment in the project remains in Botswana.”Iversen believes that Redpath South Africa will sustain its excellent safety record during the project through a dedicated training programme designed for the local workforce. “Once the construction of the shield has been completed, we will undertake a full risk assessment before putting in place the necessary operating and training procedures,” he explains. “All training will be done onsite, in order to equip the workforce with the most practical and hands-on safety skills and knowledge.”Gem Diamonds purchased the Gope Exploration Company, which owns the rights to the Gope deposit, in 2007. It has since been renamed Ghaghoo diamond mine, and a mining licence was awarded to the company in January 2011. The Gope 25 kimberlite pipe was first discovered in 1981, with drill shafts to date reaching 1,000 m into the volcanic rock. Gem Diamonds states that once the sand tunnel is complete, the decline will be extended to the kimberlite pipe, and phase 1 of the mining will commence at 45,000 t/month. In parallel with this, a bankable feasibility study will be done for phase 2 of the project.Looking to the future, Iversen believes that Redpath South Africa will complete the first phase of the sand tunnel on time and within budget, and he is optimistic that the company could be well-positioned to be awarded the contract for the decline development of the project towards the end of 2012.Redpath Mining South Africa became an integral part of the Redpath group of companies in 2007 through a realignment of divisions within Redpath’s parent company. Today, 74% of the company is owned by Redpath Holdings while 26% is owned by a South African black empowerment company Siyakhula Sonke Empowerment Corp. Redpath Mining South Africa is one of only four shaft-sinking African-based mining contractors, and has built a reputation as having an exceptionally strong management team, which is highly-skilled in providing Contract Mining Services to the underground mining industry.last_img read more

Chinese Embassy makes donation to Fox Hill community

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 23 Nov 2014 – The Fox Hill Festival Committee got a helping hand on Friday when the Chinese Embassy made a donation to assist in defraying the cost of various committee projects for the further development of the Fox Hill community. Making the presentation was Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas Yuan Guisen and accepting on behalf of the committee was Co-Chair Benjamin Rahming.Pictured from left are Mr. Zhai Xingfu, Counselor and Deputy Chief of Missions (DCM) at the Chinese Embassy in Nassau; Mr. Maurice Tynes, Co-Chairman of the Fox Hill Festival Committee; Benjamin Rahming, Co-Chairman of the Fox Hill Festival Committee; Clinton Pearce, Treasure of the Fox Hill Festival Committee (in background) ; Ambassador Guisen; Fox Hill MP, Hon. Fred Mitchell; Trevor Pratt, co-leader of the Original Fox Hill Congos Junkanoo Group; and Warren Davis, co-leader of the Original Fox Hill Congos Junkanoo Group.The presentation was made in front of the partially completed Fox Hill Community Center on the corner of Fox Hill Road and Eden Street. (Photo by Elcott Coleby) Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Related Items:benjamin rahming, chinese embassy, eden street, fox hill community center, fox hill festival, maurice tynes, nassau, Yuan Guisen, Zhai Xingfu Recommended for you Another Murder in Nassau Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp GB Port Authority given new milestones, with extension of concessionslast_img read more

SD County votes to layoff 38 fulltime Animal Services employees

first_img Posted: April 24, 2018 April 24, 2018 SD County votes to layoff 38 full-time Animal Services employees SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to move forward with laying off 38 full-time Animal Services employees as part of a plan to shrink the department.The workers will be laid off on July 2 following the board’s decision in March 2017 to end the Animal Services contracts with the cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, San Diego, Santee and Solana Beach. Fewer workers will be needed beginning in July when the department transitions to being responsible for shelters and enforcement services only in unincorporated communities, county officials said.The board voted unanimously — minus Supervisor Ron Roberts, who was absent — to approve a plan to eliminate 68 positions in the Animal Services Department.Thirty-eight of those positions are currently held by full-time county employees and include the assistant director and two deputy directors. The remaining jobs are either vacant or held by temporary employees, according to a staff report.The supervisors did not discuss the department shrinking, which has drawn ire from San Diego City Council members.The county’s plan hinged on private entities stepping in to perform animal control duties in cities like San Diego. Only one submitted a proposal: the San Diego Humane Society.The City Council’s Budget and Government Efficiency Committee last week advanced a proposal to have the society provide animal services within city limits.“The county is really disappointing us all — after 45 years just getting out of the business. We’re doing our best to pick up really big pieces here,” Councilman Chris Ward said.The county Human Resources Department will provide assistance and “transition services” to the laid-off employees.Meantime, the Humane Society recently posted 200 jobs in anticipation of contracting with the city of San Diego. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

India urges Iran to release sailors from detained MT Riah tanker

first_img Tensions between Iran and the United States have escalated Indian officials met the 18 crew Indian crew members in Iranian seized ship, Stena Impero on Thursday.V. Muraleedharan/TwitterThe Indian authorities have sought the release of the remaining three crew members on board the MT Riah ship on Saturday. Iranian officials had earlier released 9 out the 12 Indians.The UAE-owned tanker was detained by the Iranian authorities for allegedly smuggling Iranian fuel out of the country in the first week of July.”Nine crew members have been released and they will be on their way to India soon,” said Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesman Raveesh Kumar.”Our mission in Iran has requested the concerned Iranian authorities for the release of remaining crew members,” he added.Information on why the remaining three detained crew members were not reported at the time of filing this report.Iran had granted consular access to 18 Indians stranded on another ship, the British-flagged Stena Impero, that was seized by Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19.All of them are fine, the Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said on Thursday, adding India will continue to take necessary steps to ensure their early release and repatriation.British officials have detained Iranian tanker Grace 1, carrying 24 Indians in Gibraltar earlier this month for allegedly carrying oil to Syria, violating European Union sanctions. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:35Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:33?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Tensions in the Persian Gulf increased after relations between Iran and western powers deteriorated following US imposition of sanctions on countries participating in oil and other products trade with Iran.Both the US and Iran have shown aggressive military stance triggering analysts to fear a military confrontation between the two countries in the strategic Strait of Hormuz channel.Around 45 Indian crew members from three vessels — MT Riah, Stena Impero and Grace 1 — have been detained by the UK and Iran authorities over alleged violations of international maritime security regulations over the past month.last_img read more

10 Ways Texas Is Changing And Why Lawmakers Should Pay Attention

first_imgMeanwhile, there are large gaps in income along racial and ethnic lines in Texas: Texans tend to believe more money should be spent on primary and secondary education, including 54% of Hispanics and 52% of African Americans: Meanwhile, whites are making up less and less of the state’s population. This shift is especially pronounced in major cities like Houston: The Texas House of Representatives Committee on County Affairs invited experts to share insights on shifting demographics, voting habits and voter opinions in Texas. Below are ten takeaways from presentations by Rice University Sociologist Dr. Steve Murdock and University of Texas professor Dr. James Henson, who directs the Texas Politics Project.Texas has always been a rapidly growing state, and that’s as true now as ever:  Even modest demographic predictions show the Hispanic population will be the majority of the statewide population by at least 2050: When you consider these socioeconomic gaps and changing demographics, Texas could see a decrease in mean consumer expenditures over the next several decades: A plurality from a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll disapprove of how education has been handled:center_img Share As these demographics shift, Texas lawmakers say they want to make important changes to school finance. So, what do their constituents think?  Most of that growth is from Hispanics. As you can see, that population has increased in almost every county across Texas:  However, a plurality of Texans say they care more about immigration and border security than any other issue:  Those gaps in income are also reflected in educational achievement:last_img read more

Twitter Bug Accidentally Exposed iOS Users Location Data to Third Party

first_imgStay on target Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTwitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies Feature Twitter “inadvertently” collected location data from some iOS users and shared it with an unnamed advertising partner.A bug, which targeted multi-account holders who opted into precise location tracking, has been patched.“You trust us to be careful with your data, and because of that, we want to be open with you when we make a mistake,” the social network said in an apologetic post.Twitter revealed on Tuesday that it “accidentally” shared location data with a trusted partner after failing to remove it from reports sent to the business during an advertising process known as real-time bidding.The expunging of private information “did not happen as planned,” according to the company, which assured users that technical measures obscured data, so it was no more precise than a zip code or city.“This location data could not be used to determine an address or to map your precise movements,” Twitter said.In an attempt to further assuage its community, the firm claims its unidentified partner did not gain access to unique IDs or other profile information.The shared location data was held by the associate for only a short time, before being deleted as part of their normal process.“We have fixed this problem and are working hard to make sure it does not happen again,” Twitter wrote.Folks whose accounts were impacted by this breach should have received some sort of communication from Twitter, as well.“We’re very sorry this happened,” the post said. “We recognize and appreciate the trust you place in us and are committed to earning that trust every day.”It remains unclear how long the company was collecting information and how many people were affected.Early this year, Twitter fixed a four-year-old bug that exposed the protected tweets of some Android users.More on Geek.com:Twitter Now Lets You Add GIFs, Photos, Videos to RetweetsYou Can Now Follow Only 400 Accounts Per Day on TwitterNew Twitter Camera Makes Capturing Breaking News Easierlast_img read more