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Villagers in Morocco Demand Return of Their Land after Mining Pollution

Rabat – Residents of Askaoun, a small village near Marrakech in southwestern Morocco, have demanded that officials grant the locals property titles of the area. The request is a response to the disturbances that a Canadian mining company, Maya Gold and Silver, is causing.In 2014, Maya Gold and Silver began working on a nearby mine named Zgounder. The project has created job opportunities and brought the anticipation of the industry to the quiet village.About five years later, however, the townspeople have increasingly grown dissatisfied with the mining company, suggesting the company is no longer welcome. Central in their complaint is that the Zgounder project has caused undesirable living conditions, including excess noise pollution and interference with irrigation systems. Locals of Askaoun link the company’s activities to water shortages. Residents also say that the project has generated chemical waste. The people, who do not have a deed to the land but have owned it unofficially for decades, are also claiming that the company is operating without their consent and that their property is being exploited. Residents demanded that Maya Gold and Silver help ease access to water and assist development efforts in the town as compensation.Read also: Morocco’s Mining Minister Wants Sector to Create 30,000 Jobs by 2025On June 6, 2018, the local authorities agreed to provide residents with property titles as quickly as possible. Parliament members from the Justice and Development Party (PJD) laid out the Askaoun residents’ concerns in a letter to the Ministry of Energy and Mines. It reads, “This land has always belonged to the residents of the village, long before there were any official registers.”Maya Gold and Silver disputed that the land is collective land, belonging to no one. General director Noureddine Mokadem also said the company is “within its rights” as it used the water source.The company said, “The water we are using for silver extraction comes from Ouarzazate, near the High Atlas mountains. Local authorities diverted the water in the 1980s so that it could be used in mining operations. When the silver extraction stopped for several years, people got used to using the water to irrigate their fields and water livestock. But now that we’re exploiting the mine again, we have to use the water that was brought here specifically for the mine.”As for the chemical waste, the ministry said in a 2018 letter that most of the silver mining used a method called flotation, which separates materials while “reduc[ing] the environmental impact that past mining operations may have had.” The letter also stated that Maya Gold and Silver’s operations had actually been approved in 2014. read more

World Bank says Ebola puts future prosperity of Liberia Sierra Leone at

“[Ebola’s] socio-economic side effects put the current and future prosperity of households in Liberia and Sierra Leone at high risk,” said Ana Revenga, Senior Director for Poverty at the World Bank Group. “We must pay careful attention to those who are most vulnerable to both health and economic shocks, and ensure that they are supported throughout and after the crisis.”The Liberian economy continues to shed jobs faster than they are replaced, with nearly half of household heads still out of work despite response-related jobs becoming available in construction and health fields. Most job losses are among private sector wage workers in urban areas, with women reported to be particularly vulnerable to the stagnant labour market, as they are disproportionately employed in non-farm self-employment.In Sierra Leone, the first round of data collection found wage and non-farm self-employed workers seeing the largest declines in urban employment, with Ebola cited as the main cause. An estimated 179,000 people had stopped working outside of the agriculture sector. Most job losses were attributed to preventive efforts to limit the disease’s spread and to the general economic disruption caused by the outbreak, with quarantined and non-quarantined districts describing similar impacts.The two reports found food insecurity persisting in both countries, with two-thirds of Liberian households reporting a lack of money to afford rice, regardless of price, three quarters indicating they worried about having enough to eat, and 80 per cent citing lack of money rather than availability or high prices.No evidence was found on Ebola’s direct negative impacts on agriculture in Sierra Leone but harvest activities there were ongoing and future surveys are planned which will track any Ebola-related effects if and when they arise.Over 80 per cent of those responding to the mobile phone survey in Liberia reported reduced harvests compared to last year, with the main concern the inability to organize work teams given Ebola fears. The same issue was cited as the main reason for incomplete harvests. The survey showed some evidence of reduced use of health services for non-Ebola conditions in the Sierra Leonean capital, Freetown, with a much lower proportion of women reporting for post-natal clinic visits there compared to 2013. Elsewhere in the country there was little evidence of such a decline.“From a poverty perspective, we are particularly concerned about households being forced into coping strategies that may harm their long term prospects to improve welfare, and now we can follow this in almost real time,” said Kristen Himelein, the World Bank Group’s poverty economist for Liberia and Sierra Leone. “These high frequency surveys have been enormously helpful in bridging the gap between country-level growth analysis and the observations from those on the ground as part of the response,” she added.The surveys are part of the World Bank’s $1 billion outbreak response and complement previous analysis that pointed to a possible $32.6 billion regional economic impact, which could catastrophic for these already fragile States. The surveys will continue in both countries, monitoring Ebola’s effects on economies and households and aiming to help Governments tackle the most pressing economic issues and plan the recovery. read more

British sailing star left love rivals car with £6000 of damage after

first_imgA British sailing star scratched his love rival’s car and left it with £6,000 of damage after seeing him in a picture with his ex-girlfriend, a court heard.Ross Harvey, who has previously come first in the national Laser championships, used a power tool to scratch Joshua Reay’s Audi A4 after he spotted a photograph of him with his former partner Charlotte Goodman-Simpson, 27.Magistrates heard the 30-year-old damaged the windscreen and panels of Mr Reay’s vehicle as he carried out the attack outside the couple’s home in Southsea, near Portsmouth, on December 4 last year. He is an extremely talented sailor [and] has taken part in the World and European championshipsPaul Cantrill, defending He admitted causing criminal damage and, at court on Friday, was given a 12-month community service order and 40 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £3,000 in compensation.Harvey, a member of Bowmoor Sailing Club, has had a successful sailing career and is believed to have competed in a number of races including the Solo National Championships, where he placed 4th, as well as European and World qualifiers.  His defence lawyer, Paul Cantrill, told the court he has also previously come first in the Laser championships, where entrants compete in small sailing dinghies. He is believed to have been placed in the top 10 at the championships on a number of occasions.The court in Swindon, Wiltshire, heard that Harvey fell into depression after he and Miss Goodman-Simpson, a fellow sailor, broke up at the same time as he lost work as a sailing instructor.Keith Ballinger, prosecuting, said that Harvey continually contacted her via text message and email after the split, but she rejected his advances and struck up a relationship with Mr Reay, who describes himself as an architect on social media.On December 4, after spotting a picture of the lovers on the internet, Harvey was seen by police walking down the dead-end street where the couple lived. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Officers are believed to have become suspicious after hearing the power tool being started. He was arrested after residents reported seeing him using the tool to damage the car.Harvey, from Swindon, later admitted his crime and apologised for his actions.Miss Goodman-Simpson told police she had ongoing issues with Harvey and was worried and scared whenever she thought about them.Mr Cantrill said Harvey, who has no previous convictions, had been upset and “lost his cool” after seeing the photograph.Mr Cantrill said: “He is an extremely talented sailor, has taken part in the World and European championships and was number one in the Laser championships. He has done a lot of work with disabled children, teaching them to sail.”Harvey was also placed under a 12-month restraining order and banned from having contact of any kind with his ex-girlfriend.Chairman of the bench Natalie O’Connell, sentencing, told him he had to concentrate on working with the probation service on overcoming his problems.The damage caused to the Audi was estimated at £6,000 but he was ordered to pay £3,000 as that is believed to be what the car is worth.last_img read more

The Eagle project Developing Michigans first nickel mine

first_imgThis year will represent a significant milestone for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with the commissioning of Lundin Mining’s Eagle mine. It will be Michigan’s first nickel mine, and the first mine in the USA in which nickel is the primary metal rather than a byproduct. Average production is expected to be 23,000 t/y of nickel, 20,000 t/y of copper, plus PGM and cobalt credits over the mine’s first three years of full production.XPS has been working on the project for some years. Its history with the Eagle mine dates back to when a former owner contracted XPS to develop toll milling options for the ore. Lundin’s decision to refurbish the nearby Humboldt mill in Marquette County resulted in a new round of flowsheet confirmation and piloting, in which XPS was happy to participate. Development work at XPS included both batch testing and continuous piloting in the  XPS Flotation Mini Pilot Plant.The pilot plant, which was operated at approximately 12kg/hr, produced a bulk Cu-Ni concentrate at grades over 22% Cu+Ni in concentrate. The pilot plant produced scaleable operating results requiring only about 300 kg/d of ore. This low quantity of sample is a big advantage as the cost of acquiring ore sample is significantly lower with the XPS Mini Pilot Plant versus conventional pilot plants.The pilot operation employed the new XPS Laboratory Information Management (LIMS) system which in combination with rapid laboratory XRF assays allowed the construction of materials balances one hour after sample collection, at a frequency of one sample set per three hours. With this level of information feedback the stabilisation of the pilot operation was so rapid that XPS succeeded in fully meeting the project objectives within a day and a half from startup, and was able over the four day pilot campaign to test and stabilise two flowsheet alternatives above and beyond client expectations.The bulk piloting campaign was followed by a Cu-Ni separation campaign using accumulated concentrate, in which samples of final Ni and Cu concentrates were produced for testing and marketing evaluation.XPS is continuing to work with Lundin Mining on pre-startup refinement of the metallurgical recovery model and is looking forward to providing on-site plant support as this landmark nickel project proceeds toward successful start-up and commissioning. XPS will be offering multidisciplinary on-site support in the areas of metallurgical diagnostics, determination of optimum operating conditions, process control and loop tuning, and materials technology.The property is on the watershed divide of the Yellow Dog River and Salmon Trout Rivers, with the closest community to the mine site being Big Bay, 24 km from the property by road. Big Bay is an unincorporated community within Powell Township and has limited services. The closest full service community is Marquette, 53 km by road from the property. Marquette provides a regional airport, rail and shipping facilities, and a full range of commercial services.The Humboldt mill property, a former iron ore processing facility, occupying approximately 142 ha, is located 61 km west of Marquette, Michigan. The facility is located in the township of Humboldt, Marquette County, Michigan. Ore from the Eagle mine will be trucked 105 km to the Humboldt mill for processing.Road access to the mine property is by means of maintained loose surface and paved roads from the communities of Big Bay to the east, L’Anse to the west, and Marquette to the south. The Humbolt mill is located close to the main US Route 41.The Eagle deposit is a high-grade magmatic sulphide deposit containing nickel and copper mineralisation and minor amounts of cobalt, precious and PGMs. The economic minerals associated with this deposit are predominately pentlandite and chalcopyrite.Three distinct types of sulphide mineralisation occur in the deposit. They are described as disseminated, semi-massive and massive sulphide. Massive sulphide is generally over 90% pyrrhotite-pentlandite-chalcopyrite. Semi-massive, or matrix ore, is 30% or greater net textured sulphide. Disseminated mineralization is generally uneconomic. The semi-massive and massive sulphides occur in separate zones called the Massive Sulphide, Semi-massive East, and Semi-massive West zones.Eagle is a relatively shallow underground mine with access gained via a surface ramp that will serve as the route for waste, ore and backfill haulage. The mine will employ transverse bench-and-fill stoping with mining in an up-dip primary secondary sequence. Backfilling will be undertaken using cemented and uncemented rockfill. Two ventilation shafts are in place, with the downcast shaft also equipped for emergency egress. Ore from the mine will be stored in a covered coarse ore stockpile facility prior to transport to the Humbolt mill site.From a further covered coarse ore storage facility at Humbolt, the ore will be processed using a conventional crush, grind and differential flotation process to produce separate nickel and copper concentrates. Tailings from the plant will be deposited sub-aqueously in the adjacent former Humbolt iron ore open pit.Nickel and copper concentrates will be stored in a covered concentrate building on site. A rail spur in to the site will be used to transport the concentrate direct to smelter facilities within North America or to the ports of Quebec, Montreal or Vancouver for shipment to overseas smelters.last_img read more

Gaming test Motorola Xoom vs Nook Color

first_imgSure, you could go get a Nook Color, void your warranty by rooting it and loading either CynamogenMod 7 or one of the Honeycomb preview builds that have been hacked out of the SDK Emulator, but what’s the point? Are you left with just a slightly better eBook reader that can play Angry Birds, or is there some real value to be had here?One of the great things about Android 3.0 is hardware acceleration. In theory, this will allow even terrible hardware to perform when it comes to playing video or games, or even higher multitasking needs. The question of the hour, with all the excitement behind the Nook Color, is whether or not the hardware acceleration offered in Android is enough for this paltry 800MHz Arm A8 processor to be held in the same light as the nVidia Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz monster know as the Motorola Xoom. See for yourself above.AdChoices广告While loading the game on the Nook Color took nearly three times what it did on the Xoom, the actual game play was about as identical as they get. Due to the experimental nature of the Nook Honeycomb build, not every app is completely functional, but Air Attack HD Light, designed for Honeycomb, runs really well.It could be argued that this is not a true performance test, and that the gap between these two devices may lessen once a build based on the yet unreleased Android 3.0 Source Code is made available. Whether or not you feel the Nook Color is in the same league as the Xoom or not, it’s clear right now that the Xoom’s faster processor is an obvious advantage, but is that a $350 advantage?last_img read more

One million tonnes of food are wasted in Ireland each year people

first_img 22 Comments Mar 22nd 2017, 6:15 AM Wednesday 22 Mar 2017, 6:15 AM Share124 Tweet Email5 SOME ONE MILLION tonnes of food are thrown out by consumers and businesses in Ireland every year – that’s about €700-worth of food per household.At the same time, one in eight people here experience food poverty.The starkness of these figures prompted the establishment of FoodCloud in 2012. The non-profit redistributes leftover food from supermarkets and businesses to charities.The simple idea behind the organisation caught people’s imaginations and the initiative has grown substantially in the last five years.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, FoodCloud co-founder Aoibheann O’Brien said most people instinctively know that food waste is wrong and they want to combat it.“It’s a gut feeling, wasting food is not something that any of us like to do. It’s quite instinctive, whether in a home or a business. People want to find a solution, we all feel a little uncomfortable with food waste. It’s a no-brainer for a lot of people.”O’Brien and fellow FoodCloud co-founder Iseult Ward won €140,000 in funding from the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards in 2014. Source: FoodCloudO’Brien said this money, and related mentoring, was “crucial” in helping FoodCloud develop from a Dublin-based startup with two employees to an organisation with 30 staff working across Ireland and the UK.Businesses use the company’s app to upload details of their excess food. The service then texts a local charity, who in turn picks up the donation and shares it with those in need.FoodCloud currently works with about 300 Tesco and Aldi stores nationwide, as well as about 1,200 Tesco stores in the UK, where it is also engaged in a pilot scheme with the Waitrose chain. FoodCloud founders Aoibheann O’Brien (left) and Iseult Ward Source: Naoise CulhaneThe organisation also now has hubs in Dublin, Cork and Galway where businesses, manufacturers and farmers can drop off surplus food for collection, so waste is dealt with earlier on in the supply chain, an area O’Brien says there is a lot of growth potential.“Whether you’re a farmer in West Cork or supplier in Dublin, there’s an opportunity to cut down on food waste,” she adds.Money available Social Entrepreneurs Ireland is calling for people to enter this year’s awards before 29 March.Aspiring entrepreneurs with ideas to solve social problems in Ireland could be in the running to receive a financial boost to support their work.Eight winners will receive €25,000: €10,000 in initial unrestricted funding and €15,000 as part of an accelerator programme that will give them access to coaches and mentors. Source: FoodCloudPeople with early-stage ideas for social change can apply to the Academy for Social Entrepreneurs, with each place valued at €3,000. Some 15 winners in the Academy category will also have a chance to pitch for up to €5,000 to get their idea off the ground.Darren Ryan, CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, said there has been increased interest from financial supporters, adding to the existing funds available for the winners of this round.We’ve seen how the support from the commercial business sector can assist social entrepreneurs in making a huge impact across Irish society, and we rely on this support to make this change happen.More information about the awards, which are supported by DCC plc, can be read here. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday, 29 March.Read: The co-founder of Ryanair has joined the board of Dublin startup FoodCloudRead: Ghost estates could soon be a thing of the past Note: FoodCloud does not take donations of hot food ‘One million tonnes of food are wasted in Ireland each year, people know that’s wrong’ FoodCloud, an organisation helping to combat this, has gone from strength to strength in the last five years. 11,352 Views center_img Note: FoodCloud does not take donations of hot food Image: Shutterstock/nito By Órla Ryan http://jrnl.ie/3299027 Short URL Image: Shutterstock/nito Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

We dont want this to change our lives The week in quotes

first_img‘We don’t want this to change our lives’: The week in quotes Here’s what was said and who said what this wek. Short URL Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Lawyer Gloria Allred, who is presenting two women who have joined others accusing R Kelly of sexually assaulting them as teens. Source: Oireachtas.ieHindsight is 20/20. Five separate strands of investigation, and each on their own was enormous… things go wrong and unfortunately in this case things went wrong in a catastrophic way. Things went wrong.Ian Drennan, the head of the State’s corporate watchdog, his office’s probe into Anglo Irish Bank. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeThere’s always a glimmer of hope.Berna Fidan, sister of missing Esra Uyrun, on the search to find her eight years since she went missing. 1 Comment Staff of Reilly’s Daybreak in Naul, Co Dublin, where the winning ticket was sold. Source: Niall CarsonWe don’t want this to change our lives. What is so exciting is that we will be able to share this money with children, grandchildren and extended family members.A spokesperson for the Irish family who won €175m in the EuroMillions this week. You think you can get away with this by shenanigan.People Before Profit’s Richard Boyd Barrett on the government’s move to block legislation which would have banned fossil fuel exploration off the Irish coast. Staff of Reilly’s Daybreak in Naul, Co Dublin, where the winning ticket was sold. Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire Sunday 24 Feb 2019, 6:30 PMcenter_img Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube Share1 Tweet Email By Nicky Ryan Staff of Reilly’s Daybreak in Naul, Co Dublin, where the winning ticket was sold. Feb 24th 2019, 6:31 PM https://jrnl.ie/4507792 We have to find him. When a loved one goes missing, you push everything aside and you focus on what is important – and that is family.The brother of missing Icelandic man Jón Jónsson, David Jónsson, on the family’s determination to find him. Source: Irish Coast Guard via FacebookIt’s top-down bureaucracy that makes no sense when it comes to the day-to-day activities of emergency personnel trying to do their job.Green Party senator Grace O’Sullivan on a directive to Coast Guard members which banned the use of blue lights and sirens. Source: Shutterstock/Jamie Lamor ThompsonYou have nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. You have been able to get away with your predatory misconduct for far too long. 12,004 Views last_img read more

Working holiday visa progresses

first_imgReports that the long-awaited Work and Holiday visa agreement – allowing young Greeks and Australians to work in each other’s countries – was virtually signed, sealed and delivered may be wide of the mark, after Neos Kosmos was told this week by an Australian Immigration Department spokesperson that elements of the deal are still being worked out. “They’re still working on the details,” said Immigration Chief of Staff Ms Ann Brandon-Baker, who accompanied Minister Scott Morrison to a meeting last Thursday with Greece’s ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr Haris Dafaranos. While news that the agreement’s minutiae is still being reviewed, may not be good news for the many potential applicants for the program, Ms Brandon Baker added: “As far as I know there aren’t any sticking points.” Ambassador Dafaranos described his meeting with Australia’s Immigration Minister as “very positive” and told Neos Kosmos that the signing of the agreement was likely to take place within six months. With the Australian Government having received the approved text from Greece in September, it now looks as though the ball is firmly in the hands of Australian bureaucrats. In a letter to Neos Kosmos, Ambassador Dafaranos said that reports suggesting he had made recommendations to the Greek government to go-slow on signing, and to await the outcome of the Australian federal elections were incorrect. Mr Dafaranos said that up to the elections, interdepartmental consultations in Greece concerning the content of the agreement had not been concluded. Mr Dafaranos said that the day before the September 7 election, the Australian Government received official notification from Greece that – as far as Athens was concerned – the agreement was ready to go. The most recent discussions involving the Immigration Minister and the Greek ambassador touched on the issue of where the agreement will be formally signed. No decision has been made as to whether it will be in Athens or Canberra. When the reciprocal Work and Holiday visa (sub class 462) agreement is signed off, the deal will allow Greek and Australian nationals between the ages of 18 and 30 to work in each others’ countries for up to a year. Initially the scheme will be capped to 500 individuals per year per country. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Turkey says President Erdogans words were taken out of context

first_imgAccording to reports, the Turkish president screened excerpts of the video posted on social media by the Christchurch attacker during the mosque shootings. Those excerpts were allegedly projected at Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s public addresses during his tours around Turkey as part of his campaign ahead of local election.The most inflammatory comment was: “Your grandparents came here and they returned in caskets,” referring to Australia and New Zealand citizens and comparing them to their ancestors, the Anzacs, whose motives were anti-Islam oriented.Australia’s Prime Minister, Mr Scott Morrison responded immediately stating that he was “very offended”; “I don’t find these comments very helpful,” he said.“I don’t find them very accurate or truthful as well, because the actions of the Australian and New Zealand governments have been consistent with our values of welcoming and supporting people from all around the world.”New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was also disturbed by the remarks, as was Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.Meanwhile, in a press release forwarded to Neos Kosmos, the Turkish Embassy in Australia said:“It has come to our attention that some news and commentaries are being increasingly published in some media circles alleging that there is a hostile environment in Turkey against the citizens of Australia and New Zealand and that it is not secure to travel to Turkey, including for the Canakkale Land Battles Commemorations that will take place on 24-25 April 2019. The Turkish Embassy would like to categorically rule out the existence of such a hostile environment or any security threat in Turkey against our Anzac brothers and sisters. We would like to assure that all foreign guests intending to visit Turkey, including our Anzac brothers and sisters, are most welcome to our country. We will continue to work together with Australia and New Zealand, to further deepen our special relations befitting our historic ties.”Neos Kosmos contacted both the Turkish Consulate in Melbourne as well as the Embassy of Turkey in Australia for further clarification regarding the videos and the Turkish President’s exact intentions, to which the later responded that “President Erdoğan’s words were unfortunately taken out of context”.“He was responding to the so-called manifesto of the terrorist who killed 50 innocent Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand. Turks have always been the most welcoming and gracious hosts to their Anzac visitors,” the Turkish Embassy spokesperson told Neos Kosmos providing two documents with the correct translation of the President’s comments (see documents 1 & 2 below).Page 1 of document, as sent to Neos Kosmos by the Embassy of Turkey in Australia.Page 2 of document, as sent to Neos Kosmos by the Embassy of Turkey in Australia.“The terrorist’s manifesto not only targeted Erdogan himself but also the Turkish people and the Turkish state,” the spokesperson continued.“As he was giving the speech at the Canakkale (Gallipoli) commemoration, he framed his remarks in a historical context of attacks against Turkey, past and present.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

HTC sur le point de lancer son app store

first_imgHTC sur le point de lancer son app storeHTC est sur le point de lancer son app store, c’est-à-dire son propre catalogue d’applications. Le géant taïwanais veut même aller plus loin. Il proposera, en plus de ces applications, des livres numériques.A son tour, HTC a l’intention de proposer son app store, comme l’ont déjà fait Apple, Google ou encore Samsung. La nouveauté que propose le Taïwanais est la vente de livres électroniques, en plus des applications traditionnelles. Récemment, HTC a signé un partenariat avec Kobo, spécialisé dans la distribution d’e-books sur les smartphones et a élaboré un système pour régler son terminal à distance en cas de perte ou de vol. Pour son projet, l’entreprise compte embaucher une centaine de salariés. Pour le moment, on ignore encore son adaptabilité sur les différents OS des mobiles.Le 9 novembre 2010 à 13:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

SPOILERS 119 WWE Main Event tapings from Dayton

first_img Videos Articles Dana Brooke suffers head injury during WWE Main Event tapings this past Monday in Los Angeles Videos Articles Does The WWE Cancelling Crown Jewel Mean Cancelling Shawn Michaels’ Comeback? Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next CREED II s Florian Munteanu to fight Anthony Joshua? Now Playing Up Next Segment announced for next week’s RAW, Main Event taping spoilers from last night Facebook Match to determine the inaugural AEW World Champion to main event All Out in Chicago The following was taped on Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio.Dark match:* Zack Ryder def. Fandango.1/19 WWE Main Event tapings:* Mark Henry & Jack Swagger def. The Ascension.* Neville def. Tyler Breeze.* Heath Slater & Curtis Axel def. The Dudley Boyz.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipCREED II s Florian Munteanu to fight Anthony Joshua?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 2:39/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 9.70%0:03Remaining Time -2:36 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the listcenter_img Pinterest Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Curtis Axel Joel Edgerton WhatsApp Harry und Meghan: Stars eilen zur Hilfe Now Playing Up Next Google+ Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

DPM Peter Turnquest Responds to Fabrications on Whatsapp

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, March 7, 2018 – Nassau -It has come to my attention that a WhatsApp message is being circulated stating that I, as Minister of Finance, will “benefit hugely” from the Oban $5.5 billion proposed Oil Refinery & Storage project in East Grand Bahama.I wish to confirm and assure my Constituents of East Grand Bahama and the wider Bahamian community that this is a vicious untruth spewed by those who wish to create political mischief. This is truly unfortunate and shows the desperation of these operatives who know no bounds of decency, and have no basis on which to attack this government which has been working to right many of the insulting wrongs left behind by the prior administration.For clarity, I am a member of the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants and I have a license from the GBPA as a sole practitioner, however it is and has been inactive since I was appointed Minister of Finance on May 12, 2017.The Bahamian people can rest assured that I have and will devote 100 percent of my professional energy to rescuing this country from the grips and levels of negligence and greed experienced over the last five years.   Thank God our efforts are bearing fruit and we will remain focused on the positives in our community and on our work.The level of fake news today is sickening and unfortunately confuses too many of our citizens who do not understand the extent to which these unnamed cowardly charlatans will go to mislead them.  I encourage citizens to discern for themselves the facts and to be informed, as it is the only way to combat this unfortunate abuse of social media and our democracy.March 5, 2018Nassau, The Bahamas Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

No board exam fee hike burden on Delhi SCST students to

first_imgNEW DELHI: SC/ST students of Delhi government schools will continue paying Rs 50 as CBSE board exam fee and the rest of the revised amount, which comes to Rs 1,150, will be paid to the board by the city government, the Central Board of Secondary Education said on Tuesday. The decision for giving the relief to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students here was taken following a direction of the HRD Ministry, CBSE secretary Anurag Tripathi said. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us “On directions of the HRD Ministry, the board has decided to restore the practice of charging only Rs.50 from schools for SC and ST candidates of Delhi government schools for 10th and 12th Board examinations. For the payment of difference of increased fees per candidate, the board will take up the reimbursement with the state government once the number of candidates is finalised,” Tripathi said. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us The CBSE last week notified an increase in the examination fees for Classes 10 and 12, registration fees for Classes 9 and 11 and migration fees. The fees for general category students for Classes 10 and 12 were doubled from Rs 750 to Rs 1,500 for five subjects. For the Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) students, who were paying Rs 375 earlier, the fee was raised to Rs 1,200. Advertise With Us Under a special arrangement in the national capital, these students were only paying Rs 50, while the Delhi government was paying the rest of the amount as subsidy. According to the revised norms announced last week, the SC/ST students were required to pay the entire amount to the CBSE and subsidy, if any, was termed as an “internal arrangement” between schools and students. “To avoid any hassle to the student of paying the whole amount and then seeking any reimbursement, the facility has been restored,” Tripathi said on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the CBSE had reached out to the Delhi government officials, urging them to ensure that the burden of the hike in examination fees is not passed on to students. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday said he had directed the education department to work out a formula so that the students did not have to bear the burden of the increased fees. Noting that the Delhi government was the biggest stakeholder for the CBSE in terms of the number of students, Sisodia said if things continued like this, the government might consider having its own board.last_img read more

American Apparel Confirms Buyout Approach Dov Charney Speaks Out

first_imgAmerican Apparel, the famous clothing brand that recently hired a new CEO after firing founder and head Dov Charney, confirmed on Monday that it was approached for a buyout.The confirmation comes after several news outlets reported last week that American Apparel was being approached for a buyout. The company said in a statement that it had received “an indication of interest to acquire the company for $1.30 to $1.40 per share.”Though the board said that it will evaluate the offer and consider the matter seriously, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters that the bid was too low and that the board will not really arrive at a decision by January.The source also added that though American Apparel has been receiving acquisition bids, it was not actively soliciting offers.”This is the worst time imaginable to sell the company as it is on the verge of turning around and realizing its true value. For us to seriously consider an offer, it would have to be several multiples of what Irving Place is offering,” said the source.Last week, it was reported that Irving Place Capital, a private equity firm, offered to take over American Apparel for about $1.30 to $1.40 per share.The source added that American Apparel has hired an investment bank to analyse the offers and would consider a deal if suitable. The board is not ruling out the possibility of a potential buyout but also does not want to rush any decision.”We don’t want to be stampeded into doing something that is not in the company’s interest,” the source added.Amid news of the takeover bids, Dov Charney gave an interview to Bloomberg Business where he said that even though he was fired, he wants to claim what is rightly his. Charney said that he was hurt by the Board’s actions and that he was robbed by the board.Charney revealed that he was down to his last $100,000 and was staying at a friend’s place on Lower East Side in Manhattan, New York City.Charney also told Bloomberg that he took a loan from Hedge Fund Standard General to increase his stake in American Apparel but instead, the firm, which controls his stake, just used the investigation to get him fired.Charney has been linked to some buyout bids too. According to the New York Post, Charney is looking for a financial partner to find his way back to the board of the company he so passionately built in the past 17 years.”This whole episode has a lot less to do with pictures of naked women, and a whole lot more to do with a power struggle,” an inside source told the Post.last_img read more

Does Science Have Room For God

first_img 00:00 /12:47 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen Does science have room for God? It’s a question posed at a recent symposium in Houston at Rice University.That’s a topic Barbara Bradley Hagerty has delved into deeply.  She was a longtime correspondent for NPR and author of Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality.In 2014, Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin spoke with Hagerty ahead of her visit to Houston. Hagerty talked about an experience that led her to investigate the relationship between science and spirituality.last_img read more

Baltimore Funeral Director Recalls Laying to Rest A Queen

first_imgBy J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFROCarlton C. Douglass knew he was going to be a part of Aretha Franklin’s August 31 funeral immediately.“Almost the day that she passed away,” the Baltimore radio personality and owner of Carlton C. Douglass Funeral Service, PA, told the AFRO.“My role was to lead everyone into the church, to assist in the seating and on the way out, I would lead all the procession, behind the casket, out.” he said.Carlton C. Douglass, in his Pikesville home. (Photo by J. K. Schmid)During the service, Douglass found himself among the Black elite, all guests of the Franklin family.“Right in front of me was Tyler Perry, Cicely Tyson, Valerie Simpson, about two rows from me was Clive Davis, and the cast of “The Haves and the Have Nots”-that was one of [Aretha’s] favorite shows,” Douglass said.Douglass, has had a decades-long career in service to the Baltimore community.“I’m celebrating, this year, 46 years,” Douglass said. “I started in 1972, my first case was my brother-in-law.”Out of town requests for his services began almost immediately. The first was Duke Ellington in 1974.“That was a situation where my classmate, the late John Joyce of Harlem, New York, buried a lot of prominent musicians,” Douglass said. “He invited me to assist in that funeral, however, I was unable to because, at that time, I had just started the business here in Baltimore, and couldn’t get away.”As the interview continued, Douglass demonstrated a flawless recall of the names of every family and business he worked with, celebrity or not.“Around ‘85 or ‘86. [Joyce] and I, together, did Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, and the last one we did together was Lionel Hampton, in New York,” Douglass said.Swanson Funeral Home, the provider of Franklin’s funeral services, is another business with which Douglass has deep ties.“About 28 years ago, the funeral home that handled Aretha Franklin, owned by Dr. O’Neil Swanson, of Swanson Funeral Home out of Detroit-O’Neil and I are like brothers from another mother-in fact, when my mother died in ‘91, he came here and assisted in directing my mother’s funeral,” Douglass said. “He stayed with me about three days after the services to make sure I was alright, he then got the call for David Ruffin, the lead singer of The Temptations, and invited me to be a part of assisting in that funeral in Detroit.”Swanson provided his services for the funeral arrangements of Rosa Parks in 2005, a tour that crossed the country from Detroit, Michigan, to Montgomery, Alabama, to Washington, D.C. Douglass could not assist in Detroit, but was able to serve in D.C.“I had the honor of seating Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry and Gayle King, at that time,” Douglass said.Douglass, with Swanson, have also laid to rest some of the most eminent funeral directors across the country, including the most prominent Black funeral director in Kansas City, Missouri, Lawrence Jones, Sr.“That gave me some experience on how to deal with funerals of [Aretha’s] caliber,” Douglass said.Douglass’s rise coincided with his ascent to leadership of one of the United States’s oldest Black professional networks.“I was the youngest mortician to be president of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, which is the largest organization of minority funeral directors in the world, in 1988, Douglass said. “So, I know just about every African-American funeral director in the country, at least those that come to the conventions.”The association now has footing in three continents: North America, Europe and Africa; American interests extend all the way to the Caribbean.While controversy swirls about the absence of Franklin’s will, the Swanson and Franklin families were quick in determining that they wanted The Queen of Soul sent off just so, “like a queen,” Douglass said.Douglass commended the work of the one particular woman with the Swanson family.“I have to say, that the daughter of the owner of the funeral home, Linda Swanson, who was an expert restorative artist, … she was able restore her look back to what Aretha looked like when she was smaller and did the makeup,” Douglass said. “And she also made, not went the store and bought, but she made all of the outfits that Aretha wore during the four days of her layout. She physically sowed and fitted the outfit to her. “Photographers present at the funeral were prohibited from photographing Aretha’s face at the request of the family, but in state, in gold casket, wearing red dress and shoes, may prove as an iconic image imaginable.“A lot of people were talking about how when she was laying in the casket, her legs were crossed,” Douglass said. “That was an idea [Linda] came up with.”While perhaps a perfect moment in the craft, funeral services, Black and White alike, are losing business to the increasingly popular arrangement of cremation. White-owned funeral services are also eager to make up the lost revenue by hiring all-Black staff to entice Black clients, Douglass says.“Let me just say this, I would hope that the existence of the oldest Black business in America, which is the funeral business, would continue to thrive and exist, even after I’m gone,” Douglass said.last_img read more

Kin of deceased patient cry medical negligence

first_imgKolkata: Kin of a patient, who lost his life due to alleged medical negligence at Care and Cure Nursing Home in Barasat, lodged a complaint with the district magistrate of North 24-Parganas against a doctor at the nursing home.The victim, Kamal Dutta, a resident of Nabapally in Barasat died at the nursing home a few days ago. The family members of the deceased patient said Dutta was admitted to the nursing home as he was suffering from piles. Doctors said the patient needed a surgery. The daughter of the deceased patient, Arpita Dutta, alleged that the patient died due to a serious medical negligence by a doctor at the time of the operation. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDutta said a complaint was lodged against a nursing home doctor with West Bengal Medical Council and West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission. The family members of the victim demanded cancellation of the accused doctor’s licence. Kin of the victim urged the District Magistrate to take stern action against the doctor. They also protested against the accused doctor and demanded an explanation from him. The protest led to a chaos at the nursing home.last_img read more

California replaces cash bail with algorithms

first_imgLast week, (August 28) California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that will see cash bail replaced by an algorithm. Set to take effect in October 2019, it will mean that if you’re accused of a crime you won’t simply be able to pay money as a form of collateral before your trial. Instead, you’ll be ‘graded’ by an algorithm according to how likely you are to abscond or commit another crime. However, the algorithm won’t make the final decision – the grade is rather a guide for a county official who will then decide whether to grant bail. In a statement, Brown said that Today, “California reforms its bail system so that rich and poor alike are treated fairly”. However, there are plenty who disagree that that will be the case. Criticism of the legislation The move has been met with criticism from civil liberties groups and AI watchdogs. Although cash bail has long drawn criticism for making wealth the arbiter of someone’s freedom, placing judicial decision making in the hands of algorithms could, these groups argue, similarly discriminate and entrench established injustice and social divisions. Rashida Richardson, policy director at AI think tank AI Now, speaking to Quartz, said that “a lot of these criminal justice algorithmic-based systems are relying on data collected through the criminal justice system.” This means, Richardson explains, “you have data collection that’s flawed with a lot of the same biases as the criminal justice system.” Raj Jayadev, from Silicon Valley Debug also speaking to Quartz, said that the legislation will “lead to an increase in pretrial detention.” The details have yet to be finalized, but it’s believed that the bill’s impact will be reviewed in 2023. The most crucial element for this project to work is transparency – whether law makers and law enforcement provide transparency on the algorithm and how its used will remain to be seen. Read next Amazon is selling facial recognition technology to police Alarming ways governments are using surveillance tech to watch you Lerna development team quickly reverses decision to block ICE Contractors from using its Softwarelast_img read more

Emirates signs multimillion dollar deal with Thales

first_imgEmirates signs multi-million dollar deal with ThalesEmirates signs multi-million dollar deal with Thales to provide IFEC solutions for new Boeing 777X fleetEmirates has announced it has signed an agreement with Thales to equip its Boeing 777X fleet with Thales AVANT inflight entertainment system. The airline will work in partnership with Thales to develop and enhance the state-of-the-art inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) system to be fitted on its new Boeing 777X aircraft due for delivery starting in mid-2020.This major investment underscores Emirates’ continued commitment to providing the best possible passenger experience, and its strategy to ensure the best and latest technology complements its young and modern fleet.“Our partnership with Thales represents a significant investment and emphasis on customer experience, which has always been a priority for us. The new Boeing 777X aircraft will herald a new era for the Emirates fleet, and we want to ensure that our product offering on these fuel-efficient planes will be a benchmark for the industry, including the inflight entertainment experience. We look forward to revealing more details when the time is right,” said Adel Al Redha, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Emirates Airline.He added: “In addition to customers, the size and long-term nature of this deal also benefits the broader aviation industry, and we are pleased that this new partnership will help support thousands of highly skilled jobs across the Thales ecosystem – in France and elsewhere around the world.”The deal covers IFEC systems for Emirates’ first 50 Boeing 777X aircraft. The airline has a firm order of 150 Boeing 777X aircraft. The new Thales AVANT system will feature an innovative and highly customisable user experience, providing a further boost to Emirates’ award winning inflight entertainment system, ice.“Thales is proud to be selected by Emirates to provide the award winning AVANT inflight entertainment solution for their future B777X fleet. Emirates is at the forefront of innovation in passenger experience delivering remarkable services to its customers and Thales is honoured to support this continued success. We are committed to delivering excellence in customer satisfaction and driving the highest standards in passenger engagement, now and into the future,” said Dominique Giannoni, CEO, Thales InFlyt Experience.Emirates has an unbeaten 12-year record as the winner of World’s Best Inflight Entertainment award at the Skytrax World Airline Awards. The airline offers up to 2,500 channels on demand including the latest blockbuster movies, award-winning television box sets, comedy series, live TV, music and computer games. Currently, 85% of Emirates’ fleet of 240 passenger aircraft is equipped with Wi-Fi on board including all A380 aircraft and 107 aircraft are equipped with live TV, which has up to nine channels of live news and sport. Fly Emiratesbook your flights herelast_img read more