Rohtak: After four decades of association with the Congress, Haryana’s two-time chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday announced rebellion from the stage of his “Parivartan rally” in Rohtak while declaring himself as the chief ministerial candidate, with or without his party.Unlike the Congress, which prepares an election manifesto with the help of a committee comprising senior leadership before releasing it, Hooda appeared on the stage pre-planned and announced his own manifesto, declaring various sops, including 75 per cent reservation in jobs for the people of Haryana. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Vidhan Sabha polls are due in October this year. In Rohtak, Hooda today began his address by saying, “Aaj main apni saari paabandiyon se mukt ho kar yahan aaya hoon (I have freed myself from all restrictions to come here today)”. The former chief minister went onto lash out at his own party on the revocation of Article 370, saying, “Sarkaar jo theek kaam karti hai, chaahe kendra ki ho ya pradesh ki, main theek ko theek kehta hoon. 370 hatai – meri party bhi kuch bhatak gayi, voh pehle vaali Congress nahi rahi. Lekin, jahan tak sawaal hai deshbhakti ka aur swabhiman ka, main kisi se samjhauta nahi karunga. Isi ke vaaste maine 370 ka samarthan kiya (When the government does something right, I support them. Many of my colleagues had opposed the decision to abrogate Article 370. My party has lost its way, it’s not the same Congress it used to be. When it comes to patriotism and self-respect, I will not compromise with anyone).” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayEarlier this month, Hooda had said in the Assembly it was good that the BJP had fulfilled one of the promises it made in the poll manifesto. Hooda’s recent assertion comes amid speculation of parting ways with the Congress and joining hands with another national party or floating a new political outfit. The Congress leader, however, also sought an account of achievements in the past five years from the Manohar Lal Khattar government. Coincidentally, Khattar also kicked off a 2,100-km road journey (rath yatra) covering the length and breadth of Haryana on Sunday. “I support the decision to abrogate Article 370 but I want to tell the Haryana government that you will have to give an account of what you did in five years, don’t hide behind this decision,” ANI quoted the former chief minister as saying. “Our brothers from Haryana are deployed as soldiers in Kashmir, that is why I support it (Article 370),” Hooda said.The Congress leader’s other aides Palwal MLA Karan Dalal, Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee’s former president Phool Chand Mullana, Vidhan Sabha’s former speaker Raghubir Singh Kadian and Jhajjar MLA Geeta Bhukkal also openly challenged the party high command from the stage to either declare Hooda as party president in Haryana or face consequences. Hooda enjoys the support of 12 out of 15 Congress MLAs in Haryana. More than 60 former MPs and MLAs of Congress party shared the stage with Hooda in Rohtak today. For the last three years, the Hooda camp has been pressurising the party high command to replace Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar with Bhupinder Hooda as party president. Continuing his address to the crowd, Hooda declared that he shall constitute a 25-member committee, comprising 12 MLAs and 13 others, to decide the “future course of action”. He announced that within one week, he shall announce the committee’s decision in Chandigarh. Referring to a law in Andhra Pradesh that makes it mandatory for the government to employ three out of four employees from within the state, Hood said a similar legislation would be brought in Haryana. “If we form the government, we will bring a law like Andhra Pradesh, so that 75% of jobs go to the people of Haryana,” he said.(With inputs from Indian Express)
Frankfurt: German industrial equipment maker Siemens says it will cut some 10,000 jobs in a major restructuring that will involve spinning off its oil, gas and power generation business and creating new areas of growth. News of the moves to increase profitability and address the struggling power business sent the company’s share price up 4.6 per cent to 107.30 euros (USD 120.20) in morning trading in Europe on Wednesday. The company said it would spin off its division that makes power turbines to increase its entrepreneurial freedom, while embarking on a sweeping cost-cutting effort at its remaining operations. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe gas and power division has been under pressure due to a broader trend toward renewable energy such as sun and wind power. Competitors in the power business such as Boston-headquartered General Electric and Japan’s Mitsubishi have struggled as well. Siemens said in the announcement late Tuesday that it would keep a significant stake of less than 50 percent in the spun-off company and would bundle in a majority stake in its renewable energies company. That would create what Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser called “a powerful pure play in the energy and electricity sector” that could offer products across the entire scope of the energy market from a single source. Kaeser also announced sweeping cost cuts to increase profitability at the company’s remaining businesses, which range across factory automation, energy infrastructure such as power grid control, and high-speed trains. The company plans to take out 2.2 billion euros in costs by 2023, in the course of which it will drop some 10,400 positions.
___Federal Reserve foresees no interest rate hikes in 2019WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve left its key interest rate unchanged and projected no rate hikes in 2019, dramatically underscoring its plan to be “patient” about any further increases. The Fed said it was keeping its benchmark rate — which can influence everything from mortgages to credit cards to home equity lines of credit — in a range of 2.25 per cent to 2.5 per cent. It also announced that it will stop shrinking its bond portfolio in September, a step that should help hold down long-term interest rates.___UK’s May asks a wary EU to delay Brexit until June 30LONDON (AP) — Exactly 1,000 days after Britain voted to leave the European Union, and nine days before it is scheduled to walk out the door, Prime Minister Theresa May has hit the pause button, asking the bloc to postpone the U.K.’s departure until June 30. EU leaders, who are exasperated by Britain’s Brexit melodrama, said they would only grant the extension if May could win Parliament’s approval for her twice-rejected Brexit deal.___EU fines Google $1.7 billion for abusing online ads marketBRUSSELS (AP) — Europe’s antitrust regulators have slapped Google with a big fine for the third time in less than two years. They have ordered the tech giant to pay 1.49 billion euros ($1.7 billion) for freezing out rivals in the online advertising business. Google says it has already changed its practices..___Survey: Top CEOs report weaker economic outlook for 1QWASHINGTON (AP) — Top U.S. CEOs are reporting that their economic outlook weakened in the first three months of the year, although it remains above its historical average. The Business Roundtable, a lobbying organization of major companies’ chief executives, also said its first-quarter survey of CEOs showed strong support for Congress to create a new national law governing consumer data privacy.___Disney closes $71B deal for Fox entertainment assetsNEW YORK (AP) — Disney’s $71 billion purchase of Fox’s entertainment business paves the way for Disney to launch its own streaming service, Disney Plus, this year. Disney needs compelling TV shows and movies to persuade viewers to sign up and pay for yet another streaming service. It already has classic Disney cartoons, “Star Wars,” Pixar, the Muppets and some of the Marvel characters. With Fox, Disney gets “The Simpsons” and Marvel’s X-Men and Deadpool.___Pentagon to probe if Shanahan used office to help BoeingWASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon’s inspector general says it will investigate a watchdog group’s allegations that acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan has used his office to promote his former employer, Boeing Co. The ethics complaint was filed a week ago by a group called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The probe comes as Boeing struggles to deal with a public firestorm over two deadly crashes of the Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliner within the last five months.___US judge blocks oil, gas drilling over climate changeBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge has blocked oil and gas drilling on almost 500 square miles in Wyoming and says the government must consider cumulative climate change impacts of leasing public lands across the U.S. for energy development The order marks the latest in a string of court rulings over the past decade faulting the government’s consideration of emissions when issuing energy leases. But U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras appeared to go further, saying the U.S. must consider emissions nationwide.___Trump says tariffs on China could stay to ensure complianceWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says if the U.S. gets a trade deal with China, tariffs could stay in place for some time to ensure that Beijing “lives by the deal.” Trump told reporters at the White House Wednesday that “they’ve had a lot of problems living by certain deals.” The president said administration officials are set to visit China for more negotiations, adding that the deal is “coming along nicely.”___$800K Wells Fargo penalty OK’d in Schilling video game dealPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A federal judge has approved an agreement for Wells Fargo Securities to pay an $800,000 civil penalty to end a lawsuit by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over Rhode Island’s failed $75 million deal with former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s video game company, 38 Studios. A lawyer for a Wells Fargo employee who is the final defendant says he plans to fight the claims against him.___Fed news sends bond yields sharply lower; US stocks mixedNEW YORK (AP) — Banks led U.S. stocks mostly lower Wednesday after a brief rally sparked by the Federal Reserve’s latest policy update faded. The real action centred in the bond market, where prices rose sharply, pulling Treasury yields down to the lowest levels in more than a year. The central bank said it has ruled out interest rate increases this year and issued a dimmer outlook on the U.S. economy. The 10-year Treasury yield slid as low as 2.53 per cent, down from 2.61 per cent late Tuesday, a big move.___The S&P 500 dropped 8.34 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 2,824.23. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 141.71 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 25,745.67. The Nasdaq composite eked out a slight gain, adding 5.02 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 7,728.97. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gave up 11.83 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 1,543.16.The Associated Press
The Muslim Council urged Wickremesinghe to nominate at least three candidates to the districts of Kandy and Colombo, Two each for the districts of Kalutara, Kurunegala, Puttalam, etc. The Muslim Council says this will ensure that the majority of the Muslim votes in these areas will be cast in favour of the United National Party. (Colombo Gazette) United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has been urged to increase the number of Muslim candidates contesting the upcoming Parliament election from the United National Party (UNP).In a letter to the UNP leader, the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka noted that the Muslim communities have been loyal supporters and have been voting the United National Party overwhelmingly for decades. “There is much concern amongst the community that their representation within the UNP has been reduced. This is mainly because the UNP is supposed to have made a decision to field only two Muslim candidates in predominantly Muslim dominated areas. Sir, you are well aware, the Muslim representation has been higher in the districts ofKandy, Colombo in previous governments. We are concerned that independent groups may come forward from the Muslim community and the Muslim vote could get further fragmented, thereby reducing the chances of even two members being elected from these districts,” the Muslim Council added.
The Chief Guest of the event, Major General Piyal Wickramaratne, Colonel of the Regiment, SLSR and Commandant, Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force (SLAVF) after inspecting it was invited to inspect the parade before the salute in the traditional Guard of Honour was taken by him from a special dais at the venue and reviewed the parade. A new Sri Lankan military contingent is set to leave for Lebanon for UN Peacekeeping operations.The customary Passing out Parade of the 12th Force Protection Company (FPC) for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNFIL) set to leave for Lebanon was held at the Regimental Headquarters, Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment, (RHQ -SLSR) Ambepussa today. In his brief address to the troops, Major General Wickramaratne urged each and every one of the contingent to protect the country’s identity, depicting professional standards, cultural values and dignity, associated with their responsibilities in Lebanon at all times.‘You have been entrusted the most important assignment of protecting the UN Peace Keeping Headquarters in Lebanon and this has been very well done by all previous Sri Lankan contingents who went there. Your service, therefore need to be performed, maintaining highest standards of discipline because it is your conduct that reflects the quality of your profession and the Army, to which you belong,’ the Chief Guest told them. Since the year 2010, Sri Lanka Army has so far dispatched 11 such contingents to serve in Lebanon at the request of the UNIFIL. This mission was started in year 1978 and SL Army sent its 1st Contingent in year 2010. 1st SLSR contingent participated in year 2012 and this is the 2nd Contingent from SLSR. The Lebanon-bound Sri Lanka’s Force Protection Unit (SLFPU) contingent is comprised of 10 officers and 140 other rankers and has been made up of with troops from the Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (SLSR), Sri Lanka Engineers (SLE), Sri Lanka Signal Corps (SLSC), Mechanized Infantry Regiment (MIR), Commando Regiment (CR), Special Forces (SF), Corps of Engineer Services (CES), Sri Lanka Army Service Corps (SLASC), Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps (SLAMC), Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (SLEME), Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps (SLAOC), Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police (SLCMP) and Sri Lanka Army General Service Corps (SLAGSC).The first advance party of the SLFPU contingent (Seven Officers including the Commanding Officer and Forty Three Other Rankers) is scheduled to leave for Lebanon during the third week in February to assume duties. The contingent commanded by Lieutenant Colonel R.W.K Hewage SLSR and other troops will leave for Lebanon during 18-19 February and 6 March 2018.The SLFPU in Lebanon, responsible for security and VIP duties at the UNIFIL Force Headquarters – Naquoura controls all the access routes to the UNIFIL Headquarters and is under command to the Force Headquarters Support Unit (FHQSU) which is directly under the Force Commander. Troops first presented a Guard Turn Out upon Major General Piyal Wickramaratne’s entry into the parade premises in accordance with military traditions. Centre Commandants of troop contributing Regiments, Commanding Officers of SLSR Battalions, Staff Officers from Army Headquarters, Officers and Other Ranks of SLSR and relatives of participants were present to witness the parade. (Colombo Gazette)
Waiting in hospital as a loved one undergoes surgery can be stressful, with worry only growing as minutes tick by without word.In an effort to help keep families informed about their loved one’s progress, a surgical tracking display system, developed by Niagara Health, was recently enhanced by Brock University student James Hall.In 2012, Niagara Health launched the system, which provides confidential updates for families in real time on monitors in waiting rooms. In September 2016, the system’s enhancement was identified as a potential project for Brock’s Interprofessional Education for Quality Improvement Program (I-EQUIP). The program provides health professionals and Brock students from any Faculty the opportunity to work together on two-year health system improvement projects.James Hall has spent his two years in Brock’s I-EQUIP helping Niagara Health enhance their current surgical tracking display for patients and families.As an I-EQUIP participant, Hall was instrumental in helping to enhance the tracking system based on user research he conducted.“When we were doing interviews, people indicated there is a lot of anxiety around a surgical procedure, and expressed that they wanted to know what was going on with their loved one,” said Hall. “We used the data we collected in a report to make the necessary adjustments. We came up with a layout that made things easier for everyone to read and allowed families to remain informed about their loved one’s progress.”The new system gives families confidential electronic updates to let them know exactly where their loved one is in the surgery process.Jean Paul Paraiso, Niagara Health Perioperative Business Manager, said Hall helped to “improve a legacy system for patient communication by understanding their needs.”“Together with our IT department, he was able to make improvements to that system based on data and feedback,” Paraiso said. “He was very methodical.”Hall felt the chance to engage in an experiential learning exercise that also had tangible and immediate benefits to the community was an opportunity that could not be missed.“I think experiential learning is very important and is the way of the future for education,” he said. “Doing a project through I-EQUIP gives us an opportunity to apply what we have learned in our class, and allows us to put skills on a resumé.”The tracking tool is one of 22 I-EQUIP projects currently underway, which focus on everything from care transitions and medical imaging management to collecting patient satisfaction data and using music therapy in extended care. For the program’s founder, Associate Professor Madelyn Law, the impact I-EQUIP has on its participants and the community is evident.“In the program, our students develop transferable skills, like networking, communication and teamwork, that they don’t always learn in the classroom,” she said. “And they do all of that while assisting health-related organizations to enhance their services and programs for the people of Niagara.”Hall echoed this sentiment when talking about his own course experience.“I love going into the community and engaging with people,” he said. “I think when you speak with people in different positions you can learn more about the jobs that are available to you. Sometimes, while we are at school, we only see a direct path, but out in the community you see so much more.”With the new tracking program receiving a score of 15.1 out of 16 from users on a recent satisfaction questionnaire, work is now underway by Hall and Niagara Health to develop an app to further display the improved system on mobile devices.Linda Boich, Executive Vice-President of Quality, Community Development and Mental Health and Addictions for Niagara Health, said I-EQUIP provides value in many ways to both the organization and the students who take part.“The program provides an excellent opportunity for Niagara Health staff to serve as mentors; our staff and physicians are leading innovative quality improvement projects and the students are obtaining important hands-on experience, learning about how the health system functions within a quality improvement environment,” she said.Hall, a fourth-year student, has used his I-EQUIP experience to improve the lives of others and prepare himself for the working world — and he hopes other students will consider doing the same.“I would strongly encourage anyone to take part in I-EQUIP or any experiential course,” he said. “It has been one of the most enriching experiences of my studies, and it’s been great to impact the medical field while also learning where I will fit in that field after I graduate.”All I-EQUIP projects will be presented at the Brock Student Engagement in Quality Improvement Conference on Saturday, April 28 at Brock. To learn more about I-EQUIP and the conference, visit the program’s website.
An OSU helmet sits on the field before the 45th annual BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. OSU won 44-28. Photo Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor GLENDALE, Ariz. – Before No. 7 Ohio State took the field to close out its 2015 season with a 44-28 victory over No. 8 Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, The Lantern’s sports editors Ryan Cooper and Kevin Stankiewicz laid out five things they would be looking out for. Here are how those five elements transpired.Fast startsNotre Dame got the ball first to start the game and were given the gift of OSU redshirt senior Jack Willoughby sending the kickoff out of bounds. It was exactly what Brian Kelly wanted for his team, but the Fighting Irish could not convert that into a quick start, as they would have hoped. Instead, Notre Dame went three-and-out. For OSU, it was night-and-day different. The Buckeyes took over possession at their own 20-yard line and surgically marched down the field. Redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller had 36 all-purpose yards and Ezekiel Elliott punched it in from 2 yards out to cap off a nine-play, 80-yard touchdown drive in just 3:01. “Obviously their first series was outstanding,” Kelly said. “They ran the ball effectively right down the field. So I just think that they executed very well early on.” From the get-go, it was clear the Buckeyes suffered from no cobwebs. The Fighting Irish, again, went three-and-out, including a false start penalty, forcing another punt. Just three plays later, the Scarlet and Gray found the end zone for the second time, this time courtesy of a 15-yard catch-and-run by redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas. Notre Dame was able to claw back into game throughout the rest of play, getting it down to just a one-score deficit, at 28-21, but its ice-cold start, compared to OSU’s flaming hot one, clearly hindered the Fighting Irish. “It was the difference in the game really, those 14 points early,” Kelly said. “We had to play catch-up from there.” Trick playsIn postseason play, teams will often look to trick plays of sorts to try and catch their opponent off guard. That was the case in the Fiesta Bowl, however, it was only just once. Down 14-0, with 9:22 left in the second quarter, redshirt freshman quarterback DeShone Kizer threw a backward pass to redshirt sophomore wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr., who, instead of advancing forward, took a step back and looked to throw. Hunter had an open man in the end zone, tight end Alizé Jones, but the throw had slightly too much on it, as it fell incomplete just beyond Jones’ reach. Although the play was unsuccessful, it showed that Kelly was trying to find any way to kickstart his team after the sluggish start. OSU, for the most part, avoided any sort of trickery, but some unusual route combinations did appear at times throughout the game, notably on Thomas’ 13-yard catch on the first drive of the second half. End of the roadThe victory over Notre Dame gave the 18 members of OSU’s senior class 50 career wins, the most in program history. Although it couldn’t secure a second consecutive berth in the College Football Playoff, the Fiesta Bowl win was still a good final chapter for the group.“I am glad we got that win for them,” sophomore defensive end Jalyn Holmes said following the game. Many of the seniors that saw the field on Friday were instrumental in the outcome. Linebacker Joshua Perry’s seven tackles were tied for the team-high. On the offensive line, left tackle Taylor Decker was key, like usual, in excavating large holes for Elliott to run through and protecting Barrett. Right tackle Chase Farris, who at times has struggled during the year, turned in a solid performance, as well. As for Miller, one of the most decorated players in OSU history, his final showing in scarlet and gray was certainly not a bad one. The win marked the first postseason victory he was active for and, after disappearing at times during the season, Miller made his presence felt Friday. He finished with 26 rushing yards on two attempts, as well as two catches for 12 yards. Miller didn’t display any wicked spin moves like he did against Virginia Tech, but, all things considered, his OSU finale was a good one. Holmes said the senior class will be missed and that there is “so many” who have left their marks on the program, not only because of their performances on the field, but for the lessons they have taught off it.“All the seniors try to just help someone out in any way,” he said. “Chase Farris, (defensive tackle) Joel Hale, Joshua Perry, they all try and help on and off the field. That’s what made them so special.” Barrett’s big-stage debutAfter missing out on postseason play last year, Friday’s Fiesta Bowl was Barrett’s bowl debut. The redshirt sophomore has not been known to melt under the bright lights, but wondering how he might respond to such a large stage was a valid question. He answered them soundly, ultimately winning the game’s most valuable player award.Barrett started the game with an eight-yard completion to Thomas, and from there, he continued to facilitate the offense exceptionally. He completed his first seven pass attempts for 82 yards and one score. The Wichita Falls, Texas, native also ran for 16 yards during the 7-of-7 stretch. Overall, Barrett finished the game 19-of-31 for 211 yards and one touchdown through the air, while also picking up 96 yards on the ground. He did have one interception in the third quarter after his pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage, but, for the most part, Barrett’s performance was very efficient. He showed no signs of the big stage making him crumble. After the game, Barrett praised the Notre Dame defense, but he said the key to the offense’s success was just taking whatever was given to them.“They tried to make sure they took away our (deep) shots,” Barrett said. “We was able to try to hit things underneath. (We) did a good job of that.” Finding help up the middleWith two starters on the interior defensive line out for OSU, there was plenty of attention centered on how it would compensate. The solution, it appeared, was to slide junior defensive end Joey Bosa into that position frequently alongside a rotation of other defensive tackles. But then, the solution once again became a problem, as Bosa was ejected after a targeting call with 5:26 left in the first quarter. It was a huge blow for the OSU defense, which, prior to the penalty, had just intercepted Kizer. The interception was negated and from there, OSU was forced to play without three usual starters on the D-line. Even so, the defense was able to limit the damage done up the middle, as it held the Fighting Irish to just 121 rushing yards. Kizer, who OSU was focused on slowing down on the ground, finished with just 21 yards on 15 attempts. “It just speaks of the program,” Holmes said about the defense still being able to be effective despite not having three starters. “It’s just a ‘next man up’ program. I feel like we played great. We did what he had to do to get the win.”
On September 25, Sherwood Copper announced results for an extensive Gradient Array Induced Polarization (GAIP) survey on its wholly owned high grade Minto copper-gold mine property in the Yukon. The results of the survey include the definition of a large chargeability anomaly in an under-explored area that was previously thought to be of low prospectivity. The edge of this new anomaly correlates with recent drill discoveries of high grade copper-gold mineralization at Airstrip and Copper Keel, suggesting additional potential beyond the scope of recent drilling. Also of potential significance are several newly identified chargeability anomalies located north of the main Minto pit, indicating exploration potential north of the Minto Mine, in areas that have received only very cursory exploration drilling. The 2007 GAIP survey was designed to expand on a 2006 GAIP survey after drilling at Area 2 and Area 118 showed a direct coincidence of significant copper sulphide mineralization and chargeability anomalies delineated in 2006. Sherwood believes “these results suggest that Sherwood has developed an additional exploration tool to help in prioritizing exploration targets.” There were two main aims of the 2007 geophysical program: firstly to evaluate areas south of the main Minto deposit, expanding coverage to areas of known prospectivity not covered in 2006 and, secondly, to begin evaluating areas north of the Minto mine, where there are multiple coincident copper-in-soil and magnetic anomalies but very little drilling. After positive drill results were obtained from drilling on the Airstrip-Copper Keel prospects in 2007, the GAIP survey was further expanded to encompass and evaluate these areas more fully and previously unexplored areas to the south.“The recent geophysical survey results from Minto are encouraging and indicate exploration potential in areas previously thought to have limited prospectivity,” said Stephen Quin, President & CEO. “These geophysical results compliment the recent announced discovery of a new style of copper-gold mineralization in the Airstrip-Copper Keel area, coincident with the edge of the largest of the newly defined geophysical anomalies, and dominated by chalcocite as opposed to the more typical bornite-chalcopyrite copper mineralization found in the main Minto and Area 2 deposits. Our exploration team is confident that GAIP will prove to be another valuable technique in our exploration toolbox, improving the success rate of our exploration drilling and offering potential for more discoveries beyond those already announced in 2007.” As announced March 5, 2007, core drilling was the major component of the 2007 exploration program. The second component was to increase the coverage of the GAIP survey at Minto. A total of 138 line km of GAIP surveys were completed in 2007, a four-fold increase over the 33 km completed in the 2006 program, bringing the total GAIP km surveyed by Sherwood to 171 km, encompassing an area of approximately 10 km2. The 2007 survey was completed on 10 separate blocks that overlap with adjacent blocks to provide seamless coverage. Both years, the GAIP survey was conducted by Aurora Geosciences of Yellowknife.
The Turnbull Government is investing in the global positioning system (GPS) technology that will create jobs and support Australian industry. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator the Hon Matt Canavan, said the Government is investing over A$260 million to develop the satellite technology.“We rely on satellite and GPS technology for just about every aspect of our lives – from Google Maps on our individual phones, through to air traffic control at the busiest airports,” Minister Canavan said. “More precise technology will make Australian businesses more productive, safer and more efficient. More accurate GPS will improve productivity by allowing new technology to be created and used across the economy. Growing Australia’s digital economy will also benefit developed sectors such as mining, transport, construction, aviation and agriculture. This investment will improve competitiveness and secure jobs across the Australian economy.”Under the package, A$160.9 million will deliver a Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) (the technology underpinning GPS) to improve the reliability and the accuracy of positioning data from 5 m to 10 cm across Australia and its maritime zone. A A$64 million investment in the National Positioning Infrastructure Capability (NPIC) will complement SBAS to improve GPS to an accuracy as precise as 3 cm in areas of Australia with access to mobile coverage.“Our investment in this world-standard technology will have direct benefits including virtual fencing for farms and better management of cattle and livestock over vast distances,” Minister Canavan said. “It also has applications for regional aviation such as improved access to regional areas by enabling planes to land on smaller airstrips and navigate difficult terrain such as canyons.“The increased reliability provided by better GPS will improve safety for aircraft flying into regional and remote aerodromes, such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service fleet. It will reduce the impact of weather on flight cancellations and diversions, and improve the safety of landings. The resource sector will also benefit through better control of mine infrastructure, safety and more precise data for environmental rehabilitation.”“This is a practical investment to improve the lives of Australians and make businesses more productive. This technology provides instant, reliable and accurate positioning information, anytime and anywhere around Australia.”A further A$36.9 million is for Digital Earth Australia, a world-class technology that will give Australian businesses greater access to reliable, standardised satellite data that identifies physical changes to the Australian environment.“The practical benefits of this investment will extend across our economy. This data will help researchers, governments and business better understand environmental changes, such as coastal erosion, crop growth and water quality,” Minister Canavan said.“For example, information drawn from satellites is vital to help graziers increase the capacity of paddocks and make their farms more viable and sustainable. Our investment in satellite imagery will ensure a range of Australian industries have access to data that can help them tailor their investments, create jobs in target regions and increase their competitiveness.”Image courtesy Locata Corporation
THREE MEN WERE arrested over the week as Revenue Custom’s Service carried out operations at Dublin Airport.Quantities of cocaine, cigarettes and tobacco were seized.On Tuesday, a 37-year-old South African man was stopped as he arrived on a flight from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil because officers suspected he had ingested drugs.He was handed over to the Garda Drug unit from Ballymun and was subsequently found to have ingested 77 pellets of cocaine. Each weighted about 80 grams and the total value is thought to be about €56,000. He appeared in court yesterday.On Wednesday, two men were arrested off a flight from Tenerife.A 43-year-old man from Derry was found to have 8.75kgs of Austin-brand roll-your-own tobacco and 1,600 CK brand cigarettes concealed in his luggage. They had a retail value of €4,149 which would cost the Exchequer a possible €3,385.From the same flight, a Lithuanian man was arrested after officers found 4,420 Winston and Respect brand cigarettes and 4kgs of Turner brand roll-your-own tobacco in his baggage. The products have a retail value of €3,597 and a potential loss to the Exchequer of €2,872.They both appeared before Judge Patricia McNamara in the Criminal Courts of Justice yesterday morning, and were remanded in custody to appear again next Tuesday and Wednesday.Read: Plane damaged on Dublin Airport runway was carrying… rats and miceComments on this article have been disabled as legal proceedings have started.
New Real Madrid signing Alvaro Odriozola insists that the opportunity to join the “biggest club in the world and history” was simply too good an opportunity to turn down and described it as like going to DisneylandThe Spain international was officially presented to the club supporters at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday after completing his reported €40m transfer from Real Sociedad.Odriozola was once linked with a move to Barcelona, but he admitted that he just could not turn down the opportunity to become a Galactico.“I’m fulfilling a dream and I couldn’t be happier to have signed for the biggest club in the world and in history. It’s something indescribable. Something that happens once in a lifetime and I’m very happy to be here. I want to enjoy every moment and nothing else,” he said on the club website.“Real Madrid are the biggest club in the world and in history, so you could not say no.”He added: “It is like when your father comes and asks you if you want to go to Disneyland. It’s clear. I see myself as a very ambitious person and my biggest challenge is to be a success at Madrid. I am coming here to fulfil that challenge, and give 100 percent. To enjoy every moment through hard work, exertion and humility.”Sueño cumplido ⚽. He llegado a Disney ?. #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/gIXLCkjlmH— Álvaro Odriozola (@alvaroodriozola) July 18, 2018Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Odriozola has impressed in La Liga over the past 18 months and was chosen over Barcelona and Arsenal full-backs Sergi Roberto and Hector Bellerin for a place in Spain’s World Cup squad by new Real boss Julen Lopetegui this summer.But the Spanish full-back will have to be braced for a whole other level of competition at Real with the club possessing many talented individuals with Dani Carvajal currently the regular starting right-back for Los Blancos.“When you come to Real Madrid you know that you’re up against the biggest competition,” said the 22-year-old.“In this case it’s Carvajal, who is a reference for me and I have a lot of respect for him. I’ve come to fight for the position, to give the best of myself, and Real Madrid will benefit. I’ve come to succeed and give 100% for this shirt”.“Real Madrid is the biggest club in the world and in history, so you can’t say no. The decision was simple. I consider myself a very ambitious person and this is the biggest challenge possible. I want to give 100%, enjoy every moment from a demanding position”.Advice is something that Odriozola is not short of: “I’ve received a lot. In the end it’s about being yourself, working day in day out and focusing on what is purely football and training every day as if it were the last. Giving 100% every time you out on to the field and work, sacrifice and with humility, nothing else”.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Salvation Army spread holiday cheer to underprivileged children.Thousands of kids received an extra surprise under their tree, and it was all due to the foundation’s effort.The program, called Angel Tree, matches children from low-income families with donors. The donors then purchased gifts for their adopted “angel.”The childrens’ parents will receive the presents right before Christmas.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper Preview • 2019 Volvo V60: The best kind of cookie cutter Comments 6:03 53 Photos Review • 2019 Volvo V60 review: A well-rounded all-rounder Volvo Enlarge ImageDropping a helmet onto a flat surface hardly mimics interactions between cyclists and motorists. This test is much more specific and, thus, will produce better data for both Volvo and POC. Volvo Volvo is no stranger to safety, being responsible for advancements like the three-point seatbelt, and its latest foray hopes to make the road safer for bicyclists rather than just motorists.On Monday, Volvo announced that it has teamed up with Swedish sports and safety company POC to run a series of world-first tests that pits bike helmets against vehicles. The idea is to research the interaction between the two and, potentially, create an even safer bike helmet that reduces the chance of injury in a collision.The tests will take place at Volvo’s safety research center in Gothenburg, Sweden. POC bike helmets will be affixed to crash test dummies, and they will be “launched” (Volvo’s term, not mine) at different parts of a Volvo’s hood, accounting for different speeds and angles. Volvo thinks there’s a lot to learn from these tests, which go above and beyond the usual bike helmet tests. According to the automaker, traditional helmet tests involve dropping a helmet from different heights onto flat or angled surfaces. The tests don’t account for cars specifically, yet as cities pile on dedicated bike lanes and make other accommodations just for cyclists, the need to study these interactions is as important as ever.”This project with POC is a good example of our pioneering spirit in safety,” said Malin Ekholm, head of the Volvo Cars Safety Center, in a statement. “We often develop new testing methods for challenging traffic scenarios. Our aim is not only to meet legal requirements or pass rating tests; instead, we go beyond ratings, using real traffic situations to develop technology that further improves safety.” 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country first drive: Small changes make a big impact Now playing: Watch this: More From Roadshow Tags Roadshow’s long-term 2019 Volvo XC40 after three months Volvo More about 2019 Volvo V60 Share your voice Volvo’s US manufacturing strategy is more human-centric… Car Industry Auto Tech 2019 Volvo S60 review: More competitive than ever
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Houston, like many communities across the country, has a serious opioid epidemic, experts say, but there isn’t sufficient data on the extent of the problem here, according to Dr. James Langabeer, professor of biomedical informatics, emergency medicine, and public health at UTHealth. In the ten years between 2005 and 2015, the number of opioid-related deaths in Texas doubled. The number jumped from less than 2,000 in 2005 to around 4,000 by 2015, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.In the map below, you can click on each county to see the number of opioid-related deaths and how it compares to the Texas average and national average.Dr. Langabeer said hopes the lack of enough specific data for Houston will change with a new intervention program that focuses specifically on people who overdose on opioids. It’s called the Houston Emergency Opioid Engagement System (HEROES). In the audio above, Dr. Langabeer discusses the issues with Houston Matters host Craig Cohen.If someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, Dr. Langabeer recommends contacting the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 800-662-HELP. 00:00 /19:50 X Share
Between 1 to 2 pm only on Mondays madam, says the voice on the other end when I call up to confirm if walk-in is an option for outsiders in Rajasthan Bhawan’s canteen. Sensing my interest in the Rajasthani cuisine, he immediately adds that anybody could walk-in on any day of the week but the Rajasthani thali or platter is a once-a-week affair at the canteen. So, I waited for almost a week for that preordained lunch hour to gorge on the delicious Rajasthani platter here in the Capital. And when the day approached, monsoon, with all its splendour, had finally arrived in the Capital, casting a perfect setting for my lunch. I started out early to make it on time; well, I had only a bracketed hour-long time for the meal. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Walking inside the foyer of Rajasthan Bhawan, I glided down a step of stairs to find the canteen in a corner. A sizeable window in the canteen peeps into a hall with tables dressed in white linen and plastic covers set around wooden seats. Amongst the first few to arrive, I was delighted to make it on time. The attendant however informed me that I was early for lunch and food will be served by 1 pm. By and by, the hall started filling up with seemingly in-house guests and bureaucrats and it was half past 1 by the time the thalis made their first appearance. Indian Standard Time dutifully observed! Turning into a one man army, one attendant whizzed around the hall distributing thalis. By the time my moderately warm thali arrived, it was well past 1:30 pm. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI scanned the thali and noticed the special daal-baati-churma alongside a dish of mix vegetable, gatta curry (gram flour dumplings in curry), rice and chapatis. Baati was bang on, crunchy and smoky in texture and the finely coarse churmawas mildly sweet. But what remained elusive was the conspicuous absence of ghee in the course. What stood out for me was the simple and tangy gatta curry.I have never imagined eating daal-baati-churma without ghee; it seems dry and takes down the entire experience by several notches. Well, the food came in late, the ghee never arrived, and there was nothing in the tapestry or up on the walls to hook onto. Give this one a miss, without batting an eyelid.Meal for two : Rs 220 onwards
U.S. hotel rates up 2%: Hotel Price Index DALLAS — Even with several major political shifts and currency fluctuations around the world in 2016, travellers fared pretty well with average nightly hotel prices unchanged globally from 2015, as reported in the latest Hotel Price Index from Hotels.com. The U.S. had a slight average price increase (up 1%) throughout 2016, while declines from most other regions tempered the overall global picture.The HPI is an annual report on hotel prices in major destinations across the world, tracking the movement in prices that people actually paid (per night, including taxes and fees) for their accommodation. The data is from bookings made on the hundreds of thousands of hotels on the Hotels.com websites worldwide.Seven out of 10 of top international travel destinations saw a significant price decrease, including a 7% drop for Thailand (now $93 per night) and a 2% drop for China (now $134 per night), compared to 2015.International trends such as Brexit have prompted a strengthening of the dollar and best value prices for trips to European hubs. Among cities analyzed in the HPI, the most popular international destinations were London (prices down 11% from 2015 to $230 per night) and Paris (prices down 12% to $184 per night).More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backDespite global economic uncertainty and the average price of hotels in the U.S. increasing 2% during 2016, international travellers were undeterred. The top 10 most popular American destinations remained consistent. New York (prices down 3% from 2015 to $252 per night), Las Vegas (prices up 5% to $138 per night), Orlando (prices up 2% to $112 per night), Miami (prices down 5% to $186 per night), San Francisco (prices down 3% to $218 per night), Honolulu (prices up 5% to $263 per night), Los Angeles (prices up 5% to $183 per night), San Diego (prices up 2% to $157 per night), Chicago (prices down 3% to $202 per night) and Washington D.C. (prices up 1% to $212 per night) rounded out the top 10. Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: America, Trend Watch Travelweek Group
Bill 18,207 would have prevented the government-sanctioned eviction of several families living within the Maritime Zone on Costa Rica’s Southern Caribbean coast by reducing the size of the Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. But on Friday, the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, struck it down as unconstitutional.Lawmakers had approved the bill, which “acknowledged the rights of Southern Caribbean residents,” after the Comptroller General’s Office ordered the Municipality of Talamanca to determine how many people lived within the area’s protected shoreline. The office issued a deadline of Nov. 30 for the municipality to carry out evictions.The Sala IV ruled the bill violates Article 50 of the Constitution, which outlines the right to a healthy environment, because a technical or scientific study was not performed to determine the consequences of changing the boundaries of the wildlife refuge.The bill now will be sent back to a Legislative Assembly commission, which will decide whether it should be modified or archived.A second bill that placed a two-year moratorium on evictions (through Nov. 30, 2014) was approved in the assembly on Sept. 6. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Comments Share Top Stories JOHANNESBURG (AP) – A press freedom advocacy group says Ethiopian authorities have blocked the publication of a prominent independent newspaper featuring reports on the health of the country’s long-time ruler.The Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday that about 30,000 copies of the independent weekly Feteh were blocked on grounds of “inciting national insecurity and endangering the government and the public.” New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Speculation about Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s health abounded last week after he missed an important regional summit for the first time since he assumed office in 1991. He is rumored to be undergoing treatment abroad, but his government said he was merely resting a few days after experiencing exhaustion.CPJ said the ban “illustrates the depth of repression in Ethiopia today, and authorities’ determination to suppress independent coverage of the prime minister.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Sponsored Stories
VATICAN CITY (AP) – Tens of thousands of people filled St. Peter’s Square for a four-hour Syria peace vigil late Saturday, answering Pope Francis’ call for a grassroots cry for peace that was echoed by Christians and non-Christians alike in Syria and in vigils around the world.The Vatican estimated about 100,000 took part in the Rome event, making it one of the largest rallies in the West against proposed U.S.-led military action against the Syrian regime following the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack near Damascus. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Parents, stop beating yourself up Medea Benjamin, a founder of the anti-war group Code Pink, said a cross-section of Americans, many of whom disagree on a variety of issues, are united against military intervention.“We have suddenly found ourselves united as Americans, overwhelmingly saying we will not let you drag us into another war,” Benjamin shouted into a megaphone in front of the White House.Francis announced the day of fasting and prayer Sept. 1, alarmed at the acceleration of U.S. threats to strike Syria after the chemical weapons attack.Since then, the Vatican has ramped up its peace message, summoning ambassadors for a briefing by the Holy See foreign minister this week. Francis appealed directly to world powers at the Group of 20 meeting in Russia, urging them to abandon the “futile pursuit” of a military solution in Syria and work instead for a negotiated settlement.Bishops around the world joined Francis in the daylong fast and organized similar vigils in their home dioceses. In Francis’ native Argentina, human rights and religious groups held a vigil in Buenos Aires’ Plaza de Mayo and in cities across the country. Vatican Radio reported similar initiatives were taking place throughout Italy, in Cuba and elsewhere. Even the grand mufti of Damascus, who thanked the pope for his initiative in a letter earlier this week, invited Muslims to join the fast in solidarity. How men can have a healthy 2019 Comments Share Vatican officials have stressed that Saturday’s event was religious, not political. But the gathering nevertheless took on the air of an anti-war rally, with protesters holding up Syrian flags and banners in the square reading “Don’t attack Syria” and “Obama you don’t have a dream, you have a nightmare.” A few rainbow “Peace” flags fluttered in the breeze.But by the time the vigil got underway, the posters and flags had mainly disappeared as a more religious tone took over, with leaders from a variety of Christian and non-Christian denominations joining cardinals, politicians and ordinary folk for the evening of prayer, hymns and meditation.“This is already a success, the fact that all of us are here, Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, atheists,” a Hindu believer named Anata said. Pilgrims “made an effort to fast, not to do many things, and come here from all over Italy and Europe. This is already a success.”The pope entered the square from the basilica steps, foregoing his usual high-spirited drive through in his open car _ an indication of the sobriety of the evening, which capped a day of fasting for the pontiff. The 76-year-old pope held up well throughout the four hours _ lasting longer than many who by the vigil’s 11 p.m. conclusion had already gone home. He thanked those who had stayed to the end for their company, and wished them a good night’s sleep.The peace vigil marked something of a novelty for the Vatican: Nothing of its kind has ever taken place in St. Peter’s Square, though popes past have participated in daylong peace prayers in places like Assisi, known for its peace-loving native son and the pope’s namesake, St. Francis.That’s not to say popes haven’t taken vigorous anti-war positions in the past: Pope Paul VI famously uttered the words “War never again, never again war” at the United Nations in 1965 as the Vietnam War raged, a refrain that has been repeated by every pope since. Pope John Paul II sent an envoy to President George W. Bush on the eve of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq urging him to stand down _ to no avail.Francis has condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but has been careful not to lay blame on any one side, exhorting world leaders instead to focus on the plight of Syrian civilians and the need in general to end the violence. Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Francis spent most of the vigil in silent prayer, but during his speech he issued a heartfelt plea for peace, denouncing those who are “captivated by the idols of dominion and power” and destroy God’s creation through war.“This evening, I ask the Lord that we Christians, and our brothers and sisters of other religions and every man and woman of good will, cry out forcefully: Violence and war are never the way to peace!” he said.“May the noise of weapons cease!” he said. “War always marks the failure of peace, it is always a defeat for humanity.”In Damascus, a few dozen Syrian Christians attended a service in the al-Zaytoun Church, joining Francis’ invitation for a global participation in the day of fasting and prayer and to oppose outside military intervention in the conflict.Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III Laham of Antioch and All East presided, saying most countries supported a political solution to the crisis in Syria and few wanted military action. “This is the start of the victory,” he told the Damascus faithful. “No to war. Yes for peace.”In Washington, at least 150 protesters picketed in front of the White House and marched to Capitol Hill to voice their opposition to a U.S. military strike in Syria. Anti-war protests were also held in other U.S. cities, including one in New York City’s Times Squares and a prayer vigil in Boston that echoed Saturday’s massive gathering at the Vatican. Other church officials, both at the Vatican and in dioceses, have been more pointed in their criticism of any internationalization of the conflict, saying U.S.-French military strikes will only exacerbate the situation for civilians, particularly Christian minorities.___Albert Aji contributed from Damascus, Syria.___Follow Nicole Winfield at www.twitter.com/nwinfield Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s minister for religious affairs criticized Reform Judaism on Tuesday, saying he doesn’t consider members of the denomination to be Jews.David Azoulay of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party told Israel’s Army Radio Tuesday that these are “Jews who lost their way” and he hoped they would “return to the midst of Judaism according to Jewish law.”Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later issued a statement saying he rejects the minister’s “hurtful remarks about reform Judaism which do not reflect the position of the government.” Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Sponsored Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Comments Share The comments by the religious affairs minister followed an Israeli Cabinet decision to reverse an initiative aimed at easing the conversion process to Judaism. It marked a blow to the previous government’s attempts to break the ultra-Orthodox monopoly in Israel and make Judaism more inclusive.The more liberal Reform and Conservative streams of Judaism make up the largest denominations in the United States but they are mostly marginal in Israel, where religious life is dominated by a strict ultra-Orthodox establishment.“I have spoken with minister Azoulay to remind him that Israel is a home for all Jews and that as minister of religious affairs, he serves all of Israel’s citizens,” Netanyahu said in the statement.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.