Bihar govt. to give ₹1.5 lakh to transgenders for sex change operation

first_imgThe Bihar government has said that it would provide money to transgender members who opt for sex change operations and also jail from six months to two years to those who refused to give them house on rents or violate their rights.The State government also formed a transgender welfare board to look into their problems and protect their rights.“If someone [from the transgender community] undergoes sex change operation, then the Bihar government would give ₹1.5 lakh”, announced Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi while inaugurating Kinnar Mahotsva, an annual cultural programme of the transgender community in Patna on July 14.Mr. Modi also said that those who refused to give their house on rent to transgenders, did disparity in providing them health-related facilities or violated their rights could get a jail sentence ranging from six months to two years.“The newly formed Bihar Rajya Kinnar Kalyan Board (Bihar State Transgender Welfare Board) will also look into facilities being provided to the members of this community in other States…so that they too could be given to them here in Bihar,” Mr. Modi said. Wearing rainbow bands on their wrists and faces, members of the transgender community participated in the “Bihar Pride Parade” in the city on the occasion.“We should not be judged on the basis of our gender but on our credibility and capability,” said Dimple Jasmine, said co-organiser of the parade.“Bihar is the first State which has started organising an annual festival of the transgender community Kinnar Mahotsva and brought the members on a platform…we want respect, security and employment to members of our community,” said organiser of the event Reshma Prasad.last_img read more

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Laws being amended to promote ease of business: President

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 23 (PTI) Obsolete legistations are being scrapped and some being amended to encourage the governments ease of doing business policy, President Pranab Mukherjee said today highlighting the role of laws in cutting down red tape and encouraging business environment in the country. “My government has taken several measures to improve the quality of governance. Significant steps have been taken to reform institutions, simplify procedires and repeal obsolete laws. Close to 1800 obsolete legislations are at various stages of repeal,” he said in his address to the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament on the opening day of the Budget session. He said dedicated commercial courts and commercial divisions in high courts have been established. “For speedy resolution of commercial disputes, the long-overdue amendments to the Arbitration Act have been made,” he said. Besides the GST Bill, Prime Minister Narendra Modis ambitious plan to scrap obsolete laws had became another casualty of the logjam in the Rajya Sabha with two such bills seeking to repeal over 1,000 such Acts failing to get Parliamentary approval in the winter session. While Parliament has passed two bills to repeal a total of 125 obsolete laws, another two bills which seek to scrap a total of 1053 Acts are pending in the Rajya Sabha since the last budget session. PTI NAB ARClast_img read more

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Real rout Sevilla’s worst since days of Maradona

first_imgReal Madrid Ronaldo leads Real to biggest Sevilla rout since days of Maradona Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 01:53 12/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Sevilla 091217 Getty Real Madrid Primera División Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid v Sevilla Sevilla The Blancos were in inspired form at Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, with their La Liga rivals blown away by five goals before half-time A brace from Cristiano Ronaldo helped to inspire Real Madrid to their biggest victory over La Liga rivals Sevilla since the days of Diego Maradona.The Blancos have faced criticism this season amid a struggle for goals, with an enviable array of attacking talent being kept uncharacteristically quiet.Zinedine Zidane’s side were in ruthless mood, however, at Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Real netted on five occasions before half-time to ease their way past Sevilla, with the Andalusian side suffering their heaviest reversal against the capital giants in 24 years.5-0 – La última vez que el @realmadrid goleó en el Santiago Bernabéu al @SevillaFC por 5-0 jugaron Diego Armando Maradona y Diego Pablo Simeone en 1993. Manita pic.twitter.com/nbAAFPgXCn— OptaJose (@OptaJose) December 9, 20175-0 – Last time @realmadriden won against Sevilla 5-0 in all comps was with Maradona and Simeone on the pitch for the Andalusian in 1993. Hand pic.twitter.com/qMMT0WtYsw— OptaJose (@OptaJose) December 9, 2017Despite having Maradona and fellow Argentine Diego Simeone on their books, Sevilla had no answer to Real back in the 1992-93 campaign.History has now repeated itself, with the Blancos edging back towards arch-rivals Barcelona at the top of the La Liga table.Zidane’s side are still five points back and could see Barca extend that lead to eight when they face Villarreal on Sunday.Positivity has, however, been returned to the Bernabeu and Real will head off on Club World Cup duty confident that they can defend their global crown in Abu Dhabi.last_img read more

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Scorpio Axes NineMonth Loss

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Monaco-based bulker owner and operator Scorpio Bulkers managed to shrink its loss in the third quarter of this year to USD 0.4 million, substantially down from USD 10 million reported in the same period last year.For the nine-month period Scorpio cut its loss from last year’s USD 58.7 million to USD 5.3 million as it reaped fruits from vessel demand spurred by the ongoing trade war between China and the United States.Namely, revenue of the company’s Ultramax vessels increased by USD 16.6 million year-on year to USD 39.7 million in Q3 due to strong South Atlantic grain activity, as U.S. tariffs caused Chinese buyers to continue buying large quantities of soybeans from the East Coast South America market extending the usual second quarter grain activity. In addition, strong coal demand from China benefited rates.Scorpio’s Kamsarmax vessels saw a revenue increase of USD 7.2 million from last year’s USD 15.5 million as a result of a sustained grain import program from China. With trade war narratives escalating this summer, Chinese mills were making sure they purchased as much grain as they could from other origins notably the East Coast South America market. This coincided with the increase in Indian demand for coal from all origins, especially South Africa, Scorpio explained.Total vessel revenues for the first nine months of 2018 were USD 177.3 million, an increase of USD 66.2 million year-on-year.“Despite the negative macroeconomic noise, such as trade wars and sanctions, Ultramax Operations and Kamsarmax Operations have remained resilient in the steadily rising markets and both were able to take advantage of premiums in the Atlantic driven by the strength of the fronthaul market from East Coast South America and the Black Sea to China and South East Asia, respectively, as well as the tightening of supply,” the company said.The results are being reported on the back of a major refinancing campaign of the company and a substantial investment in scrubber technology ahead of the IMO’s sulphur cap set to enter into force in 2020.last_img read more

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Nova Scotia Supports New Brunswick Flood Relief

first_imgNova Scotia will provide $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to support New Brunswickers affected by the recent flooding of the St. John River. “After record-breaking flooding this spring, many people who live along the river have lost their homes and personal belongings,” said Premier McNeil. “On behalf of all Nova Scotians, we want to support our neighbours in their time of need.” The Canadian Red Cross has worked with civil and provincial authorities to respond to the needs of those impacted by flooding, such as registering evacuees, arranging emergency lodging and food where required and in some cases providing financial assistance. -30-last_img

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Bones found in Quebecs Gaspe in 2016 are from 1847 shipwreck Parks

first_imgMONTREAL — Parks Canada has confirmed that human remains found in Quebec’s Gaspe region in 2011 and 2016 are those of Irish immigrants fleeing the potato famine who died in an 1847 shipwreck.The federal department says the bones from 21 skeletons discovered on the beach in Cap-des-Rosiers in recent years belong to victims from the Carricks of Whitehaven, an Irish ship that sank during a storm off the Gaspe coast while on its way to Quebec City over 170 years ago.An analysis by scientists at the Universite de Montreal showed the deceased had followed a diet typical of Irish rural people, and many had suffered from diseases and malnutrition that were most likely caused by the famine.Filmmaker Viveka Melki, who made a documentary about the shipwreck, says the discovery confirms what local residents have long known to be true.As part of her research, Melki spoke to descendents of the shipwreck’s survivors and discovered an obituary for a priest that tells the story of a mass grave dug on the beach and a shore strewn with bodies.She says she hopes the residents find closure with the announcement and an upcoming ceremony to bury the bones near the Irish memorial on Cap-des-Rosiers Beach this summer. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Dozens of Rwandan Hutu rebels turn in arms in DR Congo –

Yesterday in the town of Kasiki, 200 kilometres north of North Kivu province’s capital Goma, 67 members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) turned in weapons in the presence of Congolese authorities.Also present yesterday were representatives of the task force monitoring the Joint Nairobi Communiqué, the November 2007 agreement under which the DRC and Rwanda have agreed to work together against threats to peace and stability in the region.The combatants arrived with 100 of their dependants and turned in some 45 weapons, most of which were AK-47 rifles.The UN mission, known as MONUC, welcomed this initiative, noting that this many FDLR combatants have not voluntarily disarmed at the same time since 2006.The number of fighters participating in the Disarmament, Demobilisation, Repatriation, Resettlement and Reintegration (DDRRR) process has increased by 30 per cent since the signing of the Nairobi Communiqué.However, MONUC notes with regret that many combatants continue to be held back from taking part in the DDRRR process by their leaders. 1 August 2008The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported that dozens of combatants with a Rwandan Hutu rebel group have turned in their arms in the east of the vast Central African nation. read more

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Chorus Aviation reports 389M Q2 profit boosted by unrealized forex gains

The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:CHR) HALIFAX — Chorus Aviation Inc. reported a profit of $38.9 million in its latest quarter, boosted by unrealized foreign exchange gains on its long-term debt.The regional aviation company says the profit for the quarter ended June 30 was up from a profit of $16.2 million in the same quarter last year when it recorded a loss on foreign exchange.Operating revenue totalled $332.5 million, down from $353.9 million in the second quarter last year.On an adjusted basis, Chorus earned $24.7 million for the quarter, down from an adjusted profit of $29.5 million a year ago.Chorus has been growing its regional aircraft leasing business.It says since the launch of Chorus Aviation Capital in early 2017 it has grown its portfolio to 56 aircraft.

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Web preview Ohio State earned nearly 290000 from Sugar Bowl lost nearly

For Ohio State’s recent bowl games, sugar earned the university a sweet payday, but roses proved costly. University officials project OSU earned nearly $290,000 from participating in the 2011 Sugar Bowl. According to documents The Lantern obtained, OSU lost nearly $80,000 from the 2010 Rose Bowl. Pete Hagan, associate athletic director for finance, told The Lantern that OSU submitted a financial report to NCAA managing director of finance and operations Keith Martin in advance of a Feb. 28 deadline. The report indicates OSU actually earned about $288,000 from the Sugar Bowl. Kathy Gaspard, director of business operations for the Sugar Bowl, told The Lantern that the Sugar Bowl paid the Bowl Championship Series a $6 million rights fee. Gaspard said the Sugar Bowl’s fiscal year ends June 30. She said she should have a projection for how much the bowl earned by May. OSU beat Arkansas, 31-26, in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4. An interception by defensive end Solomon Thomas ended a Razorbacks drive in Buckeye territory with less than a minute left, sealing the victory. Officials in the business office of Arkansas’ athletic department did not immediately return calls or e-mails. The BCS pays the Big Ten directly. The conference then distributed evenly among the 11 Big Ten schools the difference between the bowl payouts and the bowl reimbursements. The reimbursement figure for the Sugar Bowl was $2 million. Since the Big Ten sent two schools to BCS bowl games, the Big Ten received an at-large net share of $6 million, said Big Ten director of media relations Scott Chipman. By comparison, the Big Ten earned more than $4.5 million from Michigan State playing in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The Spartans lost to Alabama, 49-7. According to a Jan. 25 release from the BCS, the Big Ten earned a total net revenue of $27.2 million, the same amount as the SEC and Big 12. Two teams from each of the three conferences played in BCS bowl games. The Lantern attempted to reach BCS Director Bill Hancock, but was told Hancock is “out of the country.” Check The Lantern on Monday for more. read more

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Driver who threatened Jeremy Vine jailed as police say it should serve

first_imgShanique Syrena PearsonCredit:PA The altercation with Mr Vine took place last August when she was already serving a suspended sentence for theft, assault causing actual bodily harm and resisting arrest.Judge Phillip Matthews told Pearson the suspended sentence would be activated.Sentencing her, he said: “This is a bad case of loss of control by you, letting your anger take over. It has happened in the past.” Jeremy Vine arriving at Isleworth Crown Court in west London where Shanique Syrena Pearson, who was found guilty of threatening and abusing the BBC presenter as he was cycling, is to appeal against her conviction For the charge of driving without reasonable consideration to other road users and a charge of driving without valid tax, to which she previously pleaded guilty, she received no separate punishment.The court heard in October 2015, at Isleworth Crown Court she was sentenced to 14 months, suspended for 18 months for theft, assault causing ABH and resisting arrest for an offence dating back to December 2012.She was stopped walking out of a shop in The Kings Road after being suspected of shoplifting, and kicked and bit the member of security and tried to bite a community police officer.In mitigation the court heard since that offence she had become a mother and in the past had suffered domestic abuse.On Tuesday the suspended sentence was reactivated and she was sentenced to eight months to run consecutively, giving her a total of nine months.Pearson, of Vauxhall, south London, was also ordered to pay a victims surcharge of £130 but no order was made for the costs of the appeal.The mum-of-one was heard crying as she was led from the dock to the cells to begin her sentence. Shanique Syrena Pearson court case  A driver who threatened BBC presenter Jeremy Vine has been jailed as police say it should serve as a “warning” to road rage drivers.Shanique Syrena Pearson, 22, threatened to knock out Mr Vine in an abusive rant seen by millions after a video clip posted online by the Radio 2 DJ went viral.Detective Inspector Driss Hayoukane, of Notting Hill CID, said: “Road rage incidents like this are completely unacceptable.”Threatening anyone with violence is unacceptable and a criminal offence. “I hope this sentence serves as a warning and important reminder that all road users should be respected and those that make violent threats will be found and brought before the courts.”center_img For the offence of using threatening and abusive or insulting words or behaviour, involving Mr Vine, she was jailed for one month. Vine arriving at Court in west London where Shanique Syrena Pearson, who was found guilty of threatening and abusing the BBC presenter Credit:PA Pearson was also seen making a ‘gun’ gesture at Mr Vine as he cycled home after presenting his daily Radio 2 show.Mr Vine told a court he felt scared and feared for his safety as he was confronted by the furious motorist.Mother-of-one Pearson appealed her conviction for one count of driving without reasonable consideration to other road users, and one of using threatening and abusive or insulting words or behaviour.But she lost her appeal at Isleworth Crown Court and she was sentenced to a total of nine months imprisonment. 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.last_img read more

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Harry and Meghan issue poignant tribute to Princess Diana as they mark

The Duke and Duchess pose with their newborn son The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to visit Windsor on Monday to meet their  newborn nephew for the first time, a week after his birth.It comes after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex paid a poignant tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales yesterday, by honouring mothers “lost but forever remembered” on international Mother’s Day.The message was accompanied by a photograph of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor’s tiny feet cradled in his mother’s hand against a backdrop of forget-me-nots, one of the late princess’s favourite flowers.Baby Archie has already met the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, while early visitors are known to include Lady Jane Fellowes, Diana’s sister. His grandmother, Doria Ragland, is also on hand to help out at Frogmore Cottage.But neither the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, nor the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have yet managed to fit a cuddle with the latest addition to the family into their diaries.The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, who have been on tour in Germany, are said to be planning a visit to Windsor within the next few days. She is believed to have written the latest post, as it featured the American spelling of “honor”.The touching photograph is believed to have been taken in the grounds of the family’s new home, Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.The Duke spoke referenced the loss of his mother when discussing the birth of his son with a former soldier in The Hague last week, as he launched a countdown to the Invictus Games.Dennis van der Stroom, 31, said; “He said missing a mother is like missing some kind of security, how you need that as a son and it falls away when you lose your mother.”Who is Nayyirah Waheed?Very little is known about Nayyirah Waheed, a US-based artist and writer who appears keen to stay out of the public eye.She has self-published two books, salt and nejma in 2013 and 2014 respectively, and is famed for a stark style that forgoes capital letters and features little punctuation aside from the erratic use of full stops.Recurring themes in her work are female empowerment, the recognition of self-worth and resilience built up from her experiences as an immigrant.After the Duke and Duchess of Sussex highlighted her work yesterday, she posted two lines on Twitter: “let a new life happen to you. every once and a while. take off your life. and rest.” A source said the Cambridges were hoping to visit on Monday or Tuesday but both have engagements on Tuesday; when the Duchess is due to visit a D-Day Exhibition at Bletchley Park and the Duke will speak at a United for Wildlife event. Veteran royal reporter Phil Dampier, author of Prince Philip: A Lifetime of Wit and Wisdom, said: “It seems a bit strange that William and Kate have not yet been to see Archie.“I’m sure for many, it will feed into the recent narrative that Harry and William have grown apart.“That said, they are expected to visit imminently and of course, it was Harry and Meghan’s decision to move away from Kensington Palace, which does make the logistics a bit more difficult.”The latest glimpse of newborn Archie was accompanied by a touching message posted on the Sussex’s new Instagram page.It read: “Paying tribute to all mothers today – past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered. We honour and celebrate each and every one of you.“Today is Mother’s Day in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Japan, and several countries across Europe. This is the first Mother’s Day for The Duchess of Sussex.”It goes on to quote from the poem Lands by Nayyirah Waheed: “my mother was my first country; the first place i ever lived.”The Duchess is known to be a fan of Waheed, having previously posted a line from one of her poems on her now defunct personal Instagram page in 2017 to mark International Women’s Day. 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. The Duke and Duchess pose with their newborn sonCredit:DOMINIC LIPINSKI/PA read more

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New Cat 6M3 motor grader delivers greater fuel efficiency and power

first_imgThe new Cat® 6M3 motor grader features engineering enhancements that boost fuel economy, increase structural durability, simplify maintenance, add operator convenience and promote the safety of both the operator and those around the machine. It is available in configurations to meet engine emissions standards worldwide and is an essential machine to build and maintain mine haulage roads―to keep trucks running most efficiently and at the lowest cost per tonne of material moved. The 16M3 has a 4.9 m moldboard and an average operating weight of 32.4 t. The motor grader is optimally sized for operations using 136-t or smaller trucks.The 16M3 features a Cat C13 ACERT™ engine with the Cat Optimized Variable-Horsepower system, which provides net power ratings from 216 to 259 kW. The engine is available in three configurations to satisfy global emissions standards: U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV/Japan 2014 (Tier 4 Final); Tier 3/Stage IIIA /Japan 2006 (Tier 3) equivalent; and Tier 2/Stage II/Japan 2001 (Tier 2) equivalent.A new ECO mode, standard for Tier 2 equivalent and Tier 4 engines, is designed to improve fuel economy by optimising engine speed to 1,900 rpm in working gears when possible with no compromise in performance. This operator-selected feature delivers fuel savings estimated to be as much as 4 to 5%, compared with working in comparable light- to moderate-load applications with the system deactivated. An additional engine control system feature provides consistent power to the ground by continually adjusting the engine to compensate for power losses to the cooling fan.Also new for the 6M3 is the “OK-to-Start” system, which automatically checks the engine coolant, engine oil and hydraulic oil levels when the key is turned to the on position. The system also monitors these levels and the trans-axle oil level during operation, and it alerts the operator if levels drop too low.Drive train and structuresThe Cat direct-drive, power-shift transmission, with eight forward and six reverse gears, incorporates the Cat Advanced Productivity Electronic Control Strategy (APECS) system, designed to smooth gear changes and promote productivity. The modular trans-axle now has a standard automatic differential lock, which ensures appropriate locking/unlocking for optimum traction and manoeuvring, thus averting possible damage from ill-timed manual control.The 6M3 also features nearly 15% greater dynamic braking torque at the rear tandems, achieved by enlarging both the brake disc diameter and the piston area. A new manual brake wear indicator simplifies disc wear measurement, eliminating having to remove the brake pods to check wear.The 6M3 front frame, hitch area, and rear frame have been specifically designed to ensure long-term durability with the added weight and power of the new model. The centre-shift section is now a heavy-duty steel casting designed to effectively distribute stress and enhance durability in this highly loaded area of the mainframe. The rear frame is lengthened, incorporating two bumper castings for added counterweight, and the hitch plates (at the articulation joint) are 50% thicker than those of the 16M. The longer frame improves machine balance and steering control and provides easier access for routine maintenance.In the cabThe new full-colour touch-screen display, with an intuitive menu structure, allows the operator to monitor machine performance, set parameters to suit operating situations, and access service information for initial troubleshooting. The new display also shows Cat Grade Control Cross Slope readings and DEF (diesel exhaust fluid) level.In addition, a new keypad with lighted, one-touch buttons replaces most of the three-position switches used previously, further easing the operator’s job. Advanced Control joysticks (a retrofit option) enhance control of the Cat Grade Control Cross Slope or AccuGrade™ systems and also have provision for auxiliary-hydraulic control.Also standard for the 6M3 is the Caterpillar Vital Information Management System (VIMS™), which provides real-time information about machine health and surroundings, trends, events and other vital machine information to support production and planning.Safety and service The standard rear view camera system presents crisp images on the new information display or on an optional LCD screen above the rear view mirror. Also standard is a seat belt indicator, which alerts the operator that the belt is not fastened and records the incident as a fault code.The optional enhanced-access platform provides ladders, walkways and handrails that allow access to the cab or engine compartment from either side of the machine. An available service access configuration has ladders, walkways and handrails for convenient access to the engine compartment from either side. Double doors provide open access to the engine and use stainless steel barrel hinges for easy removal. An available fire-suppression-ready package facilitates installation of most recommended fire-suppression systems suitable for the 6M3.Key service intervals have been extended for the 6M3: engine air filter and pre-cleaners have twice the life, compared with the 16M, and service intervals for the main hydraulic, pilot and transmission filters have doubled from 500 hours to 1,000 hours when S•O•SSM sampling and Cat filters are used. In addition, transmission/rear-axle fluid-change intervals are extended from 1,000 hours to 2,000 hours with S•O•S sampling.In the engine enclosure, clearance above the valve cover allows injectors, compression brakes and valves to be serviced without removing any major components. The modular design of the rear axle allows removing the final drives in-chassis, significantly decreasing service time.The 16M3 also uses a new modular cooling package, which facilitates removal and installation of components in the cooling system, providing an estimated time saving of 20%, compared with the 16M. Clean-out doors provide easy access to the cooling cores.A durable metallic fuel tank is modular in design and can be serviced with fast-fill fuel systems delivering up to 567.8 litres per minute. The new radiator shunt tank is fabricated of metal. On models equipped with a DEF tank it has been strategically positioned at ground level for easy filling when the fuel tank is being filled.last_img read more

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Major new ICMM report on tailings management

first_imgThe International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has announced a new agreement that will bind its 23 member companies to further improve the management of mine tailings throughout their global operations.ICMM, which drives sustainable development in the mining industry, announced that it would conduct a global tailings management review in December 2015, in the aftermath of the tailings dam failure at Samarco in Brazil that tragically resulted in the loss of 19 lives.To conduct this work, ICMM commissioned a review by recognised tailings specialists supported by an expert panel and also drew on the technical expertise of ICMM’s member companies and associations. The review appointed Golder Associates to report on surface tailings management guidance across the ICMM membership.The review acknowledges the conclusions of the Golder Report, which has just been published, and agrees that an increased emphasis on governance is needed to ensure that the extensive existing technical and management guidance is more effectively applied.In response, ICMM has issued a new position statement that commits members to minimise the risk of catastrophic failures of tailings dams by adopting six key elements of management and governance.The position statement has been unanimously endorsed by all CEOs of ICMM member companies.Tom Butler, ICMM’s CEO said: “ICMM and its members are committed to drive safety and environmental improvements in the industry. After the tragic failure of the Samarco tailings dam, we had to determine how we could best help to minimise the risk of the recurrence of such a catastrophic event.“We were determined to take action at the global level and all of our member companies have adopted this new binding agreement. We hope that non-member companies will also consider adopting this framework in order to help enhance the whole industry’s performance.”Dirk van Zyl, a member of the expert panel that was constituted for the review, said: “I am delighted that as a result of the review, CEOs of the world’s 23 leading mining companies committed to a new ICMM framework on how to further enhance the safe management of tailings dams.“The review did not cover how or why the Samarco tailings dam failed, but takes lessons from the tragic event as well as from other tailing dam failures. It finds that a higher level of governance and assurance is key to confirming existing safety standards are implemented consistently.”John Wates, Senior Tailings Engineer at Golder Associates who co-authored the report, said: “The report called for the industry to publish a tailings framework that must be endorsed by the board, and ICMM and its member companies have agreed to this.”Terry Eldridge, Senior Project Reviewer at Golder Associates, said: “I hope that this report will be widely read, not just by ICMM members, but by the mining industry as whole so we can continually improve the safety of the industry”.The review report: ‘Tailings management practices and recommendations for improvement’ is available at: www.icmm.com/tailings-report. It was produced by Golder Associates, an independent employee-owned organisation with over 50 years of experience in the consulting, design and construction services.Position statements are the most substantial expression of ICMM member company commitments to actions, as they are mandatory and binding on all members. The adoption of a position statement on this subject illustrates the critical importance that all ICMM members place on this issue. ICMM’s new Position Statement on Preventing Catastrophic Failure of Tailings Storage Facilities is available at: www.icmm.com/tailings-pslast_img read more

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Seven Greek Aussies amongst BRW wealthiest

first_imgSeven Greek Australians were listed on the Business Review Weekly Rich 200 list, released yesterday, with Adelaide businessman and property developer Con Makris and his family ranking at 45 on the list with their $940 million wealth. Published for the first time within The Australian Financial Review Magazine’s annual Wealth issue, the list of the wealthiest people in Australia has also seen another six Greek Australians make it to the top 200 – the same number as last year. Last year, 67-year-old Makris was ranked 40th, but with $40 million less in portfolios he controls. The barrister who dropped his legal career for prospecting on the goldfields, Kerry Harmanis, kept his position of the second richest Greek Australian this year, rising three spots to 77. Part of the BRW Rich 200 is also the family of Melbourne -based Harry Stamoulis. The fortune of the 46-year-old, alongside his family, is estimated to be worth $560 million, up from $480 million last year. With the Stamoulis fortune originating in the Gold Medal Soft Drink company of his father, the late Spiros Stamoulis, the family now invests in property development. He also owns Greek media outlets including 3XY radio, TV Hellas and the newspaper Ta Nea. Stamoulis is also involved in soccer and is a director of A-League club Melbourne Victory FC. Six points down sits Sydney’s Theo Karedis, with $500 million wealth. Karedis is known for his bottle-shop chain Theo’s Liquor that he sold to Coles Myer in 2002 for $175 million. Since then, with their business Arkadia Property Services, Theo and his son Greg have invested in commercial properties on Australia’s east coast. On the list were also car dealership owner and property investor Nick Politis, with $410 million; Greek-born George Koukis, the founder of banking software company Temenos with $325 million; and 75-year-old Melbourne based Spyros Alysandratos, the founder of Consolidated Travel, with his $320 million fortune. The minimum worth to qualify for the BRW Rich list is $250 million. As expected, reigning on the top of the list is mining magnate Gina Rinehart, with her mind-blowing $20.01 billion. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Consumer Magazines Take Huge Hit at Newsstand

first_imgReader’s Digest’s single copy sales (-11.9 percent), subscriptions (-16.1 percent) and total paid (-15.9 percent) all fell double digits.Newsweek’s single copy sales fell 17.3 percent and subscriptions 12.6 percent, leading the magazine’s overall paid and verified circulation to slide 12.8 percent to 2.73 million, down from 3.14 million during the first half of 2007. U.S. News & World Report’s total paid and verified circulation fell 10 percent.American Media Inc.’s National Enquirer saw subscription (-13.7 percent), single copy sales (-8.4 percent) and total paid and verified circ (-10.1) losses, while AMI’s Star didn’t fare much better (down 15.4 percent in subscriptions, 3.4 percent in single copy sales and 9.4 percent overall).Vogue’s single copy sales fell 14.8 percent and 6 percent overall during the first half, while Playboy’s single copy sales (-23.5 percent) and total paid (-6.2) saw equally pronounced declines.Holding SteadyA slew of titles managed to hold or even gain circulation while enduring the hit at the racks. TV Guide, for instance, saw its single copy sales plummet some 29 percent through June, but increased subscriptions by 2.4 percent and overall circulation by 0.3 percent.Men’s Vogue’s single by sales plummeted nearly 40 percent, but the magazine increased overall circulation by 20 percent thanks to a 43.6 percent uptick in subscriptions.Time magazine’s single copy sales fell 7 percent, but its overall paid circulation (-0.3 percent) was left virtually untouched. Us Weekly’s single copy sales fell 10.4 percent, but its total paid circulation (0.2 percent) was flat.Martha Stewart Living fell 11.6 percent in single copy sales, but managed to increase overall circ by 1.6 percent, according to ABC. (Martha Stewart Weddings, though, slipped 7.5 percent in single copy sales and 7.5 percent overall.) The Advocate’s single copy sales fell 22 percent but the title’s total paid and verified circ increased 4.7 percent. Cookie’s single copy sales fell 19 percent, but a huge boost in subscriptions (43.1 percent) led to an overall circ gain. Entrepreneur, recently pulled off the block by its CEO, saw single copy sales fall 11 percent, but its overall circulation decreased just over half a percent.Maxim’s single copy sales fell 11.7 percent, but its overall paid and verified circulation slid just 1.3 percent. Likewise, single copy sales for Rolling Stone slipped 6.6 percent during the first half, but overall paid circ (0.6 percent) actually increased.But the hedging works both ways. Vanity Fair increased its single copy sales 6 percent but saw paid and verified circulation drop a percentage point, thanks to a 4 percent dip in subscriptions. Sports Illustrated saw a 19.1 percent spike in single copy sales, but its overall paid circ (0.3 percent) remained essentially flat. Texas Monthly did well at the newsstand (up 16 percent) but increased its overall paid circ by just 1.3 percent. And Dennis Publishing’s The Week increased single copy sales by a whopping 62 percent—with an average of 1,820 copies per issue—but just 1.7 percent overall.Despite a fascinating Democratic primary season, The Nation’s subscriptions (-2.6 percent), single copy sales (-15.4 percent) and total paid and verified circ (-2.8) all fell during the first half of the year.OK!’s Great First HalfIt wasn’t a “Black Monday” for some publishers, however. OK! magazine’s single copy sales increased 19.4 percent during the first half—far and away the best performing celebrity title at the newsstand—and its total paid and verified circ 11.8 percent.The Atlantic continued its pursuit of profitability by increasing subscriptions 12.9 percent and total paid circ some 11.6 percent. And Wired increased its single copy sales (13.1 percent) and subscriptions (5.1 percent) for a 6.1 percent increase in total paid and verified circulation. RELATED: Auto, Tech Mags Among Biggest Losers in First HalfThe consumer magazine industry, as expected, took some huge hits at the newsstand and in overall circulation during the first half of the year, according the much-anticipated Fas-Fax report, released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations this morning.Among the biggest decliners in total paid and verified circulation: Bauer’s Life & Style and In Touch, down 30 percent and 27.7 percent in overall paid circulation and 30.2 percent and 28.7 percent in single copy sales, respectively.last_img read more

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CES 2019 Samsung unveils redesigned Notebook 9 Pro aimed at creatives

first_img CES 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Samsung leans into premium designs with latest Notebook series laptops 40 Photos $1,398 When we met with Samsung at CES 2019, it made it clear its new Notebook 9 Pro as well as the previously announced Notebook 9 Pen are about design just as much as performance.For the Notebook 9 Pro, Samsung conducted a US-specific design study that influenced its choices on bezel design, profile taper and corner radii, a spokesman told CNET. The result is a very different design from its previous models. 20 Photos Post a comment CES Products Intel Samsung Share your voice Laptops CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Samsung Notebook 9 Pro, 9 Pen and Flash make premium… 0 See all the best laptops from CES 2019 Tags Samsung Notebook 9 Pro 940X3MI News • Samsung Notebook 9 Pro, Notebook 9 Pen available in US starting March 17 With the keyboard, Samsung enlarged the key caps and reduced spacing between them to improve the typing experience and appearance. Looking to attract creatives, Samsung is including a full-size active pen this time instead of the smaller S-Pen. If you’d rather have the latter, you can find one tucked into the body of the Notebook 9 Pen, which the spokesman said takes its design cues from the Galaxy Note 9 phone.Samsung expects the new Notebook 9 Pro to be available in early 2019, with no pricing available yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it started upward of $1,000. Corners are sharper and its diamond-cut edges remind me of the chrome edges of a retro dinette. The thin aluminum body looks clean and modern, and with the thinner bezels around the 13.3-inch full-HD display, you’re looking at mostly screen whether you’re using it as a laptop or tablet. Mentioned Above Samsung Notebook 9 Pro 940X3MI – 13.3″ – Core i7 7500U – 8 GB RAM – 256 GB SSD CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 1:33 Preview • Samsung’s Notebook 9 Pro brings the S Pen to the big leagues See itlast_img read more

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49 Voices Mary Miner of Anchorage

first_imgMary Miner of Anchorage (Photo by Katie Writer, KTNA – Talkeetna)This week we’re hearing from Mary Miner from Anchorage. Miner helped to develop “Raven’s Roost” community living space, and is spending this winter at her cabin in Talkeetna. MINER: I actually got hired out of Portland to come to Alaska to do map-making, back in the day before computers and it was done by hand. And my boss came into my office in our work area in Portland and on Friday evening after work said, “Would you like to go to Alaska?” And I said I would love to. So Sunday morning I was in Anchorage, and I had 35 cents in my pocket, but I had a job. And that’s how I came to Alaska, I came to make maps. It was so much fun.The first time I ever saw the Chugach mountains, I just about fell over. And I still… the sky above the mountains, because of the air currents, the clouds there are so dramatic, and they’re just so beautiful. I never get tired of that. I never have gotten that feeling of awe, of how lucky I am to live in this place. It’s just so beautiful.I was taking flying lessons, and we were pre-flighting his plane one day at the Anchorage airport, and he said, “What are you doing with your life?” And I said, “Well, I’m studying geology.” And he laughed and he said, “Well if you wanna be poor all your life, go ahead and do that, but if you wanna make some money, you better get into engineering.” And I immediately went back that fall semester and switched into civil engineering. I figured he knew what he was talking about. He had a couple airplanes and he had a cabin down in Seldovia. He had a lot of cool stuff that I was thinking about.Our neighbors up there, the long time neighbors, there’s a number of people up there who are just the salt of the earth. They’re wonderful people. And they’re very quiet, and you don’t see them that much. But if you meet them on the trail and your snowmachine’s broken down, or their truck battery needs a jump, there’s a very strong sense of community that I get from the people who live out there. And there are some that’ve been out there for years, and we’ve never met them until just recently. That truly is the best part of being out there is our neighbors are all really really just super nice, super chill.last_img read more

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A Pearl Harbor Survivor From Texas Remembers

first_img X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:23 Andrew SchneiderAaron Cook, 94, Navy veteran and survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.Fewer than 200 survivors remain from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. One of them, from Houston, was at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library on Wednesday to commemorate the 75th anniversary.Aaron Cook joined the Navy in 1940, straight out of high school in Fort Worth. A year later, he was a mess cook at Naval Air Station Ford Island. He was at the administration building when the first planes arrived.“First plane released a bomb,” Cook said. “I said, watching the bomb go by, I said, ‘That’s the biggest bomb I ever saw.’”It took a few moments for him and his buddies to realize an attack was underway.“I said, ‘What do you think they’re trying to hit?’” Cook remembers. “He said, ‘The garbage dump, down at the end of the island.’ About that time, the hangar turned upside – they missed the garbage dump and hit the hangar. Somebody’s gonna be in trouble.”The first order Cook received was to knock out all the windows in the building. That was to keep any bomb blasts from turning the glass into flying shrapnel.Cook went on to serve as a gunner in combat aircrews throughout the war in the Pacific. He says that, four times over the course of the fighting, he wound up missing a flight at the last moment, and the plane to which he’d been assigned hadn’t returned.“I don’t deserve to be, I’m supposed to be dead,” Cook said.  “But I’ve had some nice adventures.”After the war, Cook studied engineering and geology on the GI Bill, and went to work for what is now Halliburton. He lived in 22 cities over the course of his career. Today, he calls Houston home. Sharelast_img read more

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Japanese Mom Pulls Plug On Sons Tuition Because He Likes Porn Games

first_imgStay on target Mom and dad are usually the ones who end up paying for their child’s college funds in both Japan and America. That’s the way of the world, with little Sally and Johnny covered by their parents all the way up until they enter the work field. That’s what’s going on with an older woman who wrote into the Asashi Shimbun Digital newspaper advice column — she’s sending her son to a university, and he already knows what he’s interested in.Except the thing he’s interested in is something his mother doesn’t agree with. He’s been into anime ever since high school, and he’s interested in creating a company that provides music for anime as well as video game adaptations for them and promotional event planning for said content. It sounds great, except his mom has found out that he’s working on a pornographic video game at present, or an erogame. Nothing wrong with that, obviously, but his mom is pretty upset by it. That’s why she wants to pull monetary support from her son if he doesn’t change his ways.The anonymous mom doesn’t want to support, either directly or indirectly, anything that she feels is “hurting people” and can’t be shown to children. Her son has a much more open mind than most folks, and instead insists, as is true, that he’s going to continue working with those who create this kind of content “instead of being prejudiced toward them.” His mother received some advice from one of the Gainax founders himself, however, about the touchy situation.“Just as he has a dream he doesn’t want to give up on, you have values you don’t want to compromise,” Toshio Okada said to the confused and frustrated mother. “It isn’t a situation where one of you is right and the other wrong, so please discuss the issue together and see if you can’t come to some sort of compromise.”It’s a difficult situation, and one that hopefully doesn’t keep more fledgling artists and talents from doing what they have a passion for in the future, nor one that frustrates parents who can’t quite get past the fact that, yes, there are fetishes out there. Pornhub Maybe Wants To Buy TumblrPornhub Credits Government Shutdown For Traffic Increase center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Handmade Goods Site Etsy Valued at 388 Billion in IPO

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals April 16, 2015 Shares of Etsy Inc, an online marketplace for handmade goods and craft supplies, more than doubled in their debut on Thursday, valuing the company at about $3.88 billion.The company’s initial public offering of about 16.7 million shares raised about $267 million, after it was priced at the top end of the expected range of $14-$16.New York-based Etsy sold 13.3 million shares in the offering, while stockholders including venture capital firms Accel Partners, Index Ventures, Union Square Ventures and Acton Capital sold the rest.Founded in 2005 by Robert Kalin, Etsy has grown from a website selling just wooden goods to an online community where crafters and artists offer handmade and vintage goods.Etsy, which has 29 million items listed on its website, offers jewelry, stationery, clothing, home goods, craft supplies and vintage items.The company’s revenue comes from listing fees and commissions on sales as well as from its advertising platform, payment processing and shipping services.Etsy, whose larger rivals include Amazon.com Inc, eBay Inc and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, had 1.4 million active sellers and 19.8 million active buyers as of December.The global online retail market is expected to grow about 17 percent to $1.5 trillion between 2013 and 2018, according to consumer market research firm Euromonitor.Etsy’s revenue rose 56 percent to $195.6 million in the year ended Dec. 31. The company’s net loss widened to $15.2 million from $796,000 a year earlier.Etsy’s shares were up 115 percent at $34.48 in late morning trading.The stock, which was the top percentage gainer on the Nasdaq, opened at $31 and touched a high of $35.Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Allen & Co LLC were underwriters to the IPO.(Reporting by Neha Dimri in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey) Register Now »last_img read more

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