CM, Chhattisgarh BJP get into election mode

first_imgNagpur: Government employees in Chhattisgarh’s 27 districts have been worried of late, as they are unsure when Chief Minister Raman Singh will visit and review the Key Performance Indicator of development in remote areas of the districts.Mr. Singh has been travelling to various parts of the State since the first week of April as a part of his annual Lok Suraj programme, after the budget session of the State Assembly.The CM removed two district collectors of Koria and Surajpur district last week as he did not find their performance up to the mark in implementing government schemes.But this year’s Lok Suraj is different. “This time he is staying in these areas during nights. He has already done night halts in Bijapur, Sukma, Dantewada, Jagdalpur and Surajpur districts,” Santosh Mishra, secretary of Chhattisgarh’s Directorate of Public Relations, told The Hindu. Bijapur, Sukma and Dantewada districts are known to be highly sensitive because of Maoist insurgency.“So far he has covered 13 districts and intends to cover all 27 districts by May 20,” Mr. Mishra added. “The focus [of the programme] is to get to the ground level. Most visits are kept as a surprise. [The CM] is visiting interior areas and just an hour’s notice is given [to] the officers [from district headquarters], so [they] are hardly able to reach [these areas].” Mr. Mishra said another difference in Lok Suraj this year is the CM’s attempt to redress grievances immediately.When asked whether the CM changed the programme this year is because of the Assembly elections next year, the BJP’s State spokesperson Sacchidanand Upasani said, “ Not only the CM, the entire party has begun preparations for the [Assembly] elections. Party workers have been told to concentrate on the seats we could not win last time and the seats where we are weak.” BJP chief Amit Shah is also scheduled to visit the State in June.last_img read more

Wrestling champions Sushil and Yogeshwar return home to rousing welcome

first_imgIndia’s Olympic heroes from wrestling, Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt, returned home on Monday night to a rousing welcome. Hundreds of fans gathered at the Delhi airport celebrated their arrival by lifting both wrestlers on their shoulders, shouting slogans and dancing to drumbeats.The wild celebrations had begun much before the arrival of the wrestlers and continued for more than half an hour after Sushil and Yogeshwar walked out of the airport lounge. The wrestlers later returned to their humble hopes in villages on the outskirts of Delhi, where even more elaborate celebrations had been planned.Sushil won a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics, while Yogeshwar returned home with a bronze. The efforts of these wrestlers on the final two days of the competition gave a big boost to India’s medal tally at the 30th Summer Games, lifting it to an all-time record of six medals.last_img read more

Cheteshwar Pujara sees Sri Lanka series as opportunity to prepare for South Africa tour

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara is expected to play a major role during next year’s tour of South Africa and Cheteshwar Pujara is confident that the upcoming Sri Lanka series will give him a “good opportunity” to prepare for the tough assignment ahead. “Obviously, next year’s South Africa series is something that is there at the back of my mind. The upcoming Sri Lanka series will be a good opportunity to prepare for the South Africa assignment. I am confident of doing well,” Pujara told PTI during an interaction.Asked if he had started preparing for the South Africa series, which starts with first Test in Cape Town on January 6, Pujara said: “The main preparation will certainly start closer to the series. But I believe once we assemble to play the Test series against Sri Lanka, there will be some serious discussions on the South African tour. There will be strategies and plans in place.”Asked if he is keen doing some special preparations for the bouncy pitches of South Africa, Pujara replied:”Like every series, I will be doing my own homework. There are a a few areas that I will like to work in the nets before the series. Those are very specific things but it will be unfair to reveal them as that’s a part of the strategy.”Pujara had a fantastic outing against Sri Lanka few months back with scores of 153 and 133 in the first two Tests at Galle and Colombo.Sri Lanka’s bowling attack wasn’t upto the mark during that series but the Saurashtra right-hander will not like to be complacent ahead of a new series.advertisement”I agree that during the last series, Sri Lanka’s bowling attack may not been one of the best but Test runs never come easy. You have to fight for every run that you score in longer format.”Also every series is a new series. Your intensity does not change according to the opposition you play. Sri Lanka is also an international side and you have to give them the same respect like any other team,” said the 29-year-old, who has scored 4107 runs in 51 Tests with 13 hundreds.Recently, Pujara went through a lean patch in first-class cricket — nine successive innings in first-class cricket (which includes four County matches for Northamptonshire) without a half-century — but not for once was he worried as he felt good while batting.”I always knew that a big innings is just round the corner. When you know that you are batting well, you can feel it. It was about one good innings and it came against Jharkhand,” added Pujara.The 204 against Jharkhand made him the Indian batsman with most number of double hundreds (12) in first-class cricket surpassing the legendary late Vijay Merchant (11). Late Vijay Hazare (11 double tons), Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid (10 each) are behind him now.”Actually, I didn’t know about the record while I was batting. I only came to know about it once second day’s play was over. I got a few text messages and came to know that it was a national record. It was a good feeling indeed knowing that there are some great players on that list.”Along with Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, Pujara has been a pillar of the Test squad, giving the batting order much-needed solidity.Ask him if he can copy Kohli’s flamboyant style of batsmanship, Pujara said that it is not the best thing to do. “Each and every batsman has his own distinct style of batsmanship. It’s of no use trying to copy anyone else. Each and every player has his own strengths and builds his game accordingly,” concluded Pujara.last_img read more

ISSF Shooting World Cup: Saurabh Chaudhary smashes world record to put India on top

first_img Next ISSF Shooting World Cup: Saurabh Chaudhary smashes world record to put India on topA world-record shattering performance from young shooter Saurabh Chaudhary combined with Rahi Sarnobat’s gold medal put India on top of the medals tally of the ISSF World Cup in Munichadvertisement Press Trust of India MunichMay 27, 2019UPDATED: May 27, 2019 21:57 IST Saurabh Chaudhary set a new world record at ISSF World Cup in Munich (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRahi Sarnobat grabbed an Olympic berth for India with a gold in 25m pistol eventSaurabh Chaudhary also won a gold medal by setting a new world record in 10m Air Pistol eventIndia now top the Munich World Cup medals tally with three goldRahi Sarnobat Monday booked an Olympic quota place for India with a gold in women’s 25m pistol event but it was teenager Saurabh Chaudhary who stole the limelight by setting a new world record en route to a yellow metal at the season’s third ISSF World Cup in Munich.Saurabh bagged his second World Cup gold of the year in men’s 10m Air Pistol event, shattering both the senior and junior world records in the process.India now top the Munich World Cup medals tally with three gold. China are second with one gold, one silver and three bronze medals.Asian Games champion Rahi clinched her career’s second World Cup gold, which helped India win its sixth quota place in shooting for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.In the women’s final, another Indian in the fray, Manu Bhaker had a better start than Rahi, having five out of five hits in the first of 10 series of five shots each.Rahi started with three hits. After the sixth series, Manu, Rahi and Olena Kostevych of Ukraine were jointly tied at the top with a score of 21.Manu had an unfortunate double weapon malfunction in the seventh series and that was followed by shock elimination in the fifth place.Rahi, however, kept getting stronger, scoring perfect 5s in the 8th and 9th series to finish with 37 points.Olena bagged silver with 36 and Bulgarian Antoaneta Boneva won the second available quota place by winning the bronze with a score of 26.Both Rahi and Manu had shot solid rapid-fire rounds in the two-day qualifying round.advertisementRahi shot 292 to follow-up on her Sunday’s precision round score of 294 for a total of 586, which saw her qualify for the six-woman final in fourth place.Manu did even better, shooting a round of 296 for a total of 585, placing her fifth in the 105-strong field.Chinki Yadav shot 571 to end 56th.Earlier, Saurabh had set the ball rolling for India as he not only won the yellow metal but also shattered both senior and junior world records with a score of 246.3. Incidentally, he held both the existing records.Saurabh’s previous senior world record shot at Delhi was 245 and the junior world record was at 245.5.Silver medallist Russian Artem Chernousov, a world championship silver medallist last year, though had lesser scores in the 9s in the 24-shot final than the Indian.Saurabh beat him by close to three points in the eventual standings. He finished with a superb 246.3 to Artem’s 243.8.Former Olympic champion Pang Wei of China shot 220.7 to win the bronze.Shahzar Rizvi, the second Indian in the final, finished fifth with a score of 177.6.In the men’s 10m Air Pistol qualifiers, Saurabh shot 586 to be placed second among the final eight to qualify from the 162-strong field.Teammate Rizvi also finished strong, his final 10-shot round yielding a perfect 100 for a total of 583, which placed him in fifth position. The third Indian in the fray, Abhishek Verma shot 577 to end in 32nd in the final standings.In the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event, China’s Zhao Zhonghao won gold while India’s Chain Singh was placed 41st with a qualifying round score of 1171 while Parul Kumar shot 1167 to finish in 52nd spot.Also Read | ISSF Shooting World Cup: Apurvi Chandela bags 10m air rifle gold in MunichAlso Read | His golden pastimeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow ISSF shooting World CupFollow Saurabh ChaudharyFollow Rahi SarnobatFollow Manu Bhakerlast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img HANTS COUNTY: Shubenacadie, Bridge Trunk 2 Shubenacadie Bridge on Highway 2 is reduced to one lane until Friday, Jan. 31. The speed limit is reduced to 50 km/h in the construction area. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is closed for replacement. While the bridge is closed, the province is providing a free shuttle bus service between Coxheath Arena (305 Keltic Dr.) and Walmart (65 Keltic Dr.). A detour route for drivers has also been marked. The shuttle bus schedule is available at http://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/srb.asp . INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. -30- HANTS COUNTY: Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook Bridges The Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook bridges, on Route 202 in West Gore, have a 24-tonne weight restriction until further notice. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road.center_img GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over Shubenacadie River until September 2015. Traffic is normally two lanes in both directions, however drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area.last_img read more

Sovereign bond sale needs special safeguard Report

first_imgMumbai: Safeguards, including defining of borrowing limits, are essential if India were to raise money from abroad through a sovereign bond sale, a report said on Friday. The sovereign bond issue abroad found a mention in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s budget speech last month, leading to controversy on whether the country should take the step which was not tested even during the 1991 crisis. In its report, India Ratings said if the government opts for the sovereign borrowing in foreign currency, it should be accompanied by a “well-crafted policy/special safeguard” as foreign exchange reserves is an accumulation of capital account surplus, rather than a current account. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”One way of doing it could be to make it part of the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, wherein annual limit as well as the total quantum of sovereign borrowings in foreign currency is defined,” it suggested. It added that Indias balance of payment (BoP) position is “highly susceptible” to any adverse domestic or global macro development and warned that the “fickle” nature of foreign investors could be “destabilising” for the economy as has been experienced in the recent past as well, pointing to net outflows of $16 billion between April-October 2018. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe rating agency said until now, the government has followed a fairly cautious approach by capping the FPI limit in government securities (G-Secs). It noted the rationale given by the government for such a borrowing, including the external debt-to-GDP level at sub-5 per cent being among the lowest globally, diversification of resources and lower costs of borrowing. “In the existing framework, allowing FPIs in the onshore market does not carry the currency or refinance risk, which is present in foreign currency-denominated debt,” it pointed out. In a scenario of depreciating currency, interest and debt obligations of foreign currency-denominated debts balloon and quite often make it unsustainable. Hedging currency risks carry significant costs and if opted, may make foreign currency-denominated debt less attractive compared with domestic debt, it said. Monetary policy transmission may also be affected through such a move as the rates will be decided by developments in global financial markets, it said.last_img read more

BC church asks parishioners to turn on mobile devices during Sunday services

first_imgCAMPBELL RIVER, – It’s no sin to use a mobile device during Sunday service at the Campbell River Baptist Church.Pastor Jeff Germo calls it a blessing when he sees parishioners in the pews staring down at their mobile device screens rather than up at him at the pulpit.It means the congregation is engaged with the topic he’s discussing, such as a recent sermon on failure. Have you failed? Have you dealt with failure and moved on or is it holding you back?Germo is among the first pastors in the world to use a Swedish developed communications technology, Mentimeter, to make online, real-time spiritual connections with his flock while preaching. Mentimeter, used widely in corporate board rooms and academic lecture settings, is an interactive survey tool that posts instant answers and results to the mobile devices of those connected to the event.At the church auditorium in Campbell River, Germo started his sermon by asking parishioners to take out their smartphones and tablets, click on a Mentimeter link and punch in a code.Moments later an email arrived asking parishioners if they had ever failed terribly.Just two per cent replied: “No, I’m a winner.”Germo expressed amazement that any member of the congregation said they had never experienced failure.“If you are more than a year old, you probably would have failed at something,” said Germo as a man at the back of the auditorium of about 250 people raised his hand to acknowledge he chose the no failure answer.“That’s beautiful. That’s delusional,” joked Germo.But as the sermon continued, large display screens showed the majority of the survey participants replied they have experienced failure and are trying to get over it.“When you look at the right side of the graph, most people are experiencing some difficult things and have a hard time getting over failure,” Germo said. “So, you are not alone.”The sermon then took a more traditional direction with Germo using scripture from the Bible to discuss how Jesus helped his disciples come to terms with their own failures and help others with their lives.“Failure is an option,” said Germo. “We have to know it is OK or growth is impossible. Jesus says I want you to learn from your failure. You can teach others.”Germo said he discovered Mentimeter while doing a Google search on live polling and decided to try it out.“The biggest thing it does is it helps people to engage and we’re always looking to different ways for engagement,” he said after the recent Sunday service. “We don’t just want to have a bunch of people sitting with their bums in the pew.”Germo said the immediacy of the connection brings another spiritual element to the service through the technology.“I think it does help get the heart engaged,” he said. “It’s actually something visceral instead of just sitting there listening to a talking head. They’re involved in the process.”Johnny Warstrom, Mentimeter’s chief executive officer, said the platform has 25 million users in 120 countries, but few are churches. The main users are communications agencies, global corporations and universities, he said in an interview from Stockholm.Warstrom said it is fascinating and creative that “somehow the priest connected to Mentimeter. He’s obviously a very creative person who actually dared to introduce this to a very traditional setting.”Rebecca Palmerley said she regularly attends services at Campbell River Baptist Church and never forgets to bring her smartphone.“I do all the polls,” she said. “It’s good to know that I’m not alone and that other people feel the same way.”last_img read more

Social network Google+ begins shutting down

first_imgSan Francisco: Pulling away efforts of competing with social networking majors like Facebook and Twitter, Google has begun the process of shutting down its social networking app Google+. Even though the process of completely deleting all personal Google+ accounts would still take a few months, content deletion including photos and videos from Google+ album archives have started, The Verge reported on Monday. The search-engine giant’s plans of putting an end to Google+ were officially announced in October 2018. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Apart from just low user engagement, the demise of Google+ also came as a result of a software design flaw that exposed some private user data to third-party developers including occupation, gender, age and email address. The flaw had existed since 2015 and it could potentially have affected up to five lakh Google+ accounts. The platform was launched as Google’s own social networking platform in June 2011.last_img read more

The Changing Face of Network Strategy

5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Extreme Networks Zeus Kerravala May 17, 2019 The company, whose existence was being questioned just a few years ago, has risen from the proverbial ashes. One challenge with detecting these applications is that most of the traffic is now encrypted using SSL. There needs to be a trust relationship between the network security appliances (firewalls) and workstations/devices to enable SSL decryption and re-encryption of traffic leaving the network for inspection, logging, and analysis. Network AssessmentsThis application evolution has also impacted network assessment services. Traditional approaches to test the technical elements of the network are no longer sufficient. Network assessments need to consider applications on local, wide, and cloud networks in conjunction with security, capacity, reliability, and performance considerations. Things have changed as functionality at one time delivered in hardware has morphed into software that can run on a smartphone, laptop, or Internet of Things device. The reality is that voice, video, and data are everywhere — both inside and outside of the workplace network. “SCTC Perspectives” is written by members of the Society of Communications Technology Consultants, an international organization of independent information and communications technology professionals serving clients in all business sectors and government worldwide.Tags:News & Viewsnetwork assessmentsSDNnetwork designnetwork strategyEnterprise NetworkingEnterprise NetworkingMonitoring & ManagementNews & ViewsSCTCSD-WAN Articles You Might Like The network needs to be able to identify and handle multicast traffic on the same connections as voice and data, and have sufficient QoS and capacity to make sure sensitive application packets aren’t dropped and don’t suffer from high latency. Network and security architects need to have the pulse on the applications that the business is using and have the tools and systems to adapt the network to accommodate these ever-changing needs. Wired vs. Wireless: A Closer Look J.R. Simmons September 18, 2019 As enterprises configure their networks to meet the demands of a connected workforce, the debate over wired vs. wireless network has come into focus. Beyond simple application awareness, the network needs to be smart enough to route different application traffic — multicast, voice, and data, for example — with sufficient QoS and capacity to make sure sensitive application packets aren’t dropped and don’t suffer from high latency. It needs to select the most appropriate paths available at that moment. These paths could be on the local network, over the Internet, via MPLS or other WAN links, or across software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) application-optimized connections. Business-critical applications like voice need to be prioritized over less-sensitive applications. sctcperspective_Small.png Applications residing in a hybrid of locations (workplace, data center, cloud) bring new network security challenges, as well. Network architects need to consider new, more secure methods for authentication, including single sign-on (SSO), multifactor authentication (MFA / 2FA), certificates, public/private keys, tokens, and FIDO2 keys. Modern applications often integrate with and use multiple modes of communications. In many cases, IT departments are challenged to provide the infrastructure to support and manage this application evolution. New application use models are introducing new challenges with security, capacity, quality of service (QoS), authentication, monitoring, data governance, and availability. Network architects need to design local- and wide-area networks with an application-first strategy. Application-Driven RealityThe new reality is that your infrastructure needs to be application-aware, able to handle security and QoS for applications that can reside on multiple devices simultaneously (laptop, physical phone, smartphone), connect on different media (wired and wireless), and be in use on the workplace network, at a coffee shop, or from a remote (home) office. Collaboration tools, for example, use multiple modes of communications all in one application. Network fabric and software-defined networking (SDN): Most switch manufacturers have made significant investments in network fabric and SDN technology that, if deployed correctly, can significantly improve agility, capacity, reliability, and application-awareness of the workplace network. There are both vendor-specific fabric/SDN technologies and industry-standard (IEEE) fabric/SDN technologies, such as Shortest Path Bridging (SPB).SD-WAN: A variety of manufacturers and service providers offer SD-WAN solutions that can significantly improve network agility, capacity, reliability, and application-awareness, often at a lower cost than historical solutions.Next-generation firewalls (NGFW): Key NGFW vendors have made considerable advances in application-aware firewalls. They’ve shifted to subscription-based solutions that maintain the firewall’s application and vulnerability awareness current at all times. This enables network management at a new level of granularity. These NGFW’s allow for the decryption of SSL traffic to provide even greater visibility. Networking_774.jpg ‘Snowflake’ Networks: Putting a Freeze on Automation Terry Slattery June 26, 2019 Snowflake networks may sound as pretty as a new snowfall, but they create real challenges for automation. 8 Disruptive Forces Reshaping Networking Sorell Slaymaker September 05, 2019 Change is in the air, and not all long-held assumptions will prove valid. For example, security appliances need to be able to identify the difference between Facebook and LinkedIn, voice (SIP) and WebRTC, and the myriad of other protocols. This application-awareness is even more critical for identifying the difference between malicious and trusted command and control protocols. They’re all entering the network via the same HTTP and SSL ports. Historically, network security has been focused on network protection. Although still very important, network architects need to put a new high-priority focus on detection and treatment/response for malicious traffic and applications. They must also be vigilant in securing non-user devices such as printers, switches, wireless access points, and other IoT instruments. Simplicity of application access and ease of use are changing the workplace at a pace that’s unprecedented in our industry. This is largely due to cloud-based, multitenant applications being so easy to adopt. See All in Enterprise Networking » What You Need to Know about Cat 6A Cable Gary Audin May 03, 2019 As PoE use and wireless demands grow, this latest cable spec becomes increasingly important. Log in or register to post comments Network DesignThe new application-centric workplace is putting a strain on historically well-designed networks. Networks need to be designed for greater agility, capacity, reliability, and application- awareness.Some key tools in a network architect’s toolkit to accomplish these objectives are: read more

Powerful series of storms ripped up trees and damaged property across

The weather knocked down trees, bent street signs, damaged vehicles and cut the power to dozens of homes in Hamilton near Upper Ottawa and Redbury Street.Families waiting for crews to fix a broken transformer. Workers quickly cleaning up fallen trees in the neighborhood.The storm also caused damage to dozens of homes in the area, knocking over fences on some streets and damaging plenty of roofs because of powerful winds blew shingles off homes and scattered them throughout the streets and in parks around the neighborhood.

Crowdfunding meets the mining sector

first_imgMineral Intelligence Pty Ltd is set to become the first Australian SME to embrace equity crowdfunding (ECF or CSEF) as part of a capital raising to commercialise its global mining portal, and the first-ever to introduce the concept of crowdfunding to the mining and resource sector in Australia. The company, founded by experienced Australian mining executives Cameron McLean and Joe Treacy, has launched a A$500,000 capital raising to expand and commercialise its international digital market-place for mining and resource assets, engaging Sydney-based crowdfunding provider Equitise to raise part of the funds through its New Zealand-based platform.Equitise has been licensed to offer crowdfunding services in New Zealand, which is at the forefront of crowdfunding in the Asia-Pacific region. In Australia, the Turnbull Government is reportedly set to announce a number of measures on crowdfunding in the coming months as part of its innovation agenda – including legislation to make crowdfunding available for SME’s in Australia.Crowdfunding in Australia is currently prohibited by the Corporations Act, however this is expected to change as a result of the legislation currently being prepared. A recent World Bank study estimates that global crowdfunding could reach $96 billion (A$120 billion) by 2025 given the right regulatory environment. The crowdfunding sector is currently estimated to be worth around $5 billion, with the US, NZ and UK leading the way in this emerging area.The funds currently being raised by MI, including via the Equitise crowdfunding platform, will be used to further develop and commercialise its digital market-place for mining and resource assets, with scheduled development including translation to Spanish and Mandarin. The start-up venture will be formally launched on November 5.MI aims to bridge the gap between companies and investors seeking new opportunities and the large number of projects potentially available for sale worldwide. Its rapidly growing database already features 60 resource projects spanning five continents, and is on track to grow to more than 200 within six months. Projects range from operating mines and development-ready deposits with established resources to grass-roots exploration projects.MI has also accumulated an extensive database of nearly 6,000 active industry participants, including company executives, senior geologists, engineers, industry professionals and stakeholders from other service providers and related industries. Regular Electronic Direct Mail (EDM) campaigns are conducted to this database for projects and investment.Unlike other sites, there is no cost to list or publish a project on Mineral Intelligence, provided it complies with the terms and conditions specified. The site is designed as an information database only and does not offer any corporate advisory service. The cost of an annual subscription to MI, which provides full access to the database and site functionality, is $5,000 per company. The subscription fee is designed to ensure that only serious investors are connecting with project owners.MI Managing Director Cameron McLean said the key to MI’s business model was scale, with the key objective being to establish the largest and most comprehensive register of project opportunities in the international resource space. “Our aim is to provide a vast and transparent market-place where buyers and sellers of mining and exploration assets can interact and connect to facilitate transactions. In the past, investors and companies have been forced to undertake a long and costly research effort in order to identify opportunities that meet their investment criteria. We believe that, for the equivalent cost of around A$20 a day, companies will be able to circumvent much of that process, quickly sorting through projects and honing in on those that fit their criteria or business model.”“Consistent feedback from the mining industry indicates an ongoing competitive appetite for new investment opportunities around the globe. And as the mining industry becomes ever more tightly governed – with governments and shareholders pushing harder for a greater slice of returns – mining companies are under more pressure than ever to anticipate and capitalise on deal opportunity, and mitigate competitor activity.“We estimate that there are more than 10,000 mining and metals companies globally. Based on initial business development activities, which have indicated a strong level of subscriber interest, our objective is to capture around 10% of this market by 2020 – or 1,000 annual subscriptions,” he said.McLean said MI’s global asset and stakeholder database also provided the perfect framework to introduce equity crowdfunding to the resource sector, with the company already offering crowdfunding of mining assets through the Equitize NZ platform.“Once the Federal Government introduces the necessary legislation – which is expected before the end of this year – the MI crowdfunding platform will be opened up to all investors through the Australian Equitise platform. There is a growing recognition that crowdfunding in North America could be a disruptive and transformational development for the resource sector, creating an entirely new paradigm for raising seed capital for early-stage mining and exploration assets.“Traditionally, this has been the domain of a select few industry ‘insiders’ – geologists, mining entrepreneurs and prospectors with the knowledge and industry connections required to get in the ground floor of new mining ventures. While undoubtedly the riskiest end of the mining investment spectrum, early-stage seed or venture capital also offers a potentially huge uplift as those assets which are successful progress, eventually into listed companies.“By participating in crowdfunding campaigns, retail investors will be able to participate in seed capital raisings in a way never seen before, gaining exposure to this potentially huge value uplift which until now has only been enjoyed by a select few.“We have partnered with Equitise to introduce ECF to the Australian mining industry by presenting selected crowdfunding opportunities to registered subscribers within its database. This will open up an innovative new capital-raising channel for the mining industry at a time when many conventional sources of funding have all but dried up.“Put simply, the concept envisages raising chunks of seed capital (typically $250-500,000) via a larger pool of retail investors contributing relatively small amounts, rather than a smaller group of mining industry professionals and insiders contributing larger amounts.“Our plan is to present a small number of crowdfunding investment opportunities each year, with each of the promoted investments to be carefully vetted and a roadmap to commercialisation thoroughly planned. Investors will be invited to register to receive alerts regarding crowd funding opportunities. Once registered, they will then receive an Information Memorandum (IM), similar to a prospectus, inviting them to participate in a mining investment.” www.mineralintelligence.comPicture courtesy of Rox Resources.last_img read more

LG EA93 29inch 219 monitor is 630

first_imgPhilips was the first manufacturer to embrace a 21:9 aspect ratio display back in 2009 with a HD TV. They didn’t sell well due to their high price and Philips eventually killed off the line. Then in August this year LG announced it was about to launch a 21:9 aspect ratio monitor. Two months later and the LG EA93 is now available to buy, although initially only available in Korea.The display is 29-inch IPS-LED unit, has a native resolution of 2,560 x 1,080, a brightness rated at 300nits, 178-degree viewing angles, and built-in stereo speakers. It’s perfect for watching movies as they were intended to be viewed, but LG wants us to realize the potential in other areas, too. For example, you can potentially replace a couple of displays with a single EA93. You can sit two browser windows next to each other or have multiple apps running and clearly visible all at the same time.The monitor has a black frame, chrome stand, and white backing. Connectivity includes two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort, and DVI Dual Link. There’s also 3 USB 3.0 ports on the back, which aren’t in the greatest of positions for easy access. As for cost, it hasn’t been announced for different markets yet, but in Korea it will sell for 690,000 won, which is roughly $630.The price does carry a big premium if you compare it to the 1080p 27-inch displays out there, which sell for around $300. However, it’s lower than premium 27-inch displays like the Dell UltraSharp U2711 that costs around $800.If you want a monitor that doubles as a TV then it may be worth considering the EA93. But for viewing any programming other than movies you are going to have to endure black borders down the sides of the display. It’s also worth considering for anyone who doesn’t have room for 2 monitors, but still wants as wide a desktop as possible.via Engadgetlast_img read more

Evraz offers share plan to Russian employees

first_imgSteel, mining and vanadium business Evraz offers employee share plans to its 105,000 employees in Russia, Ukraine, the US, Canada, the Czech Republic, Italy, South Africa and Kazakhstan.In Russia, the organisation has offered a long-term incentive plan (L-tip), administered by Computershare, since 2012. Employees are able to access details of their plan through an online portal and trade through a broker in real time, with proceeds being paid into their local account in their chosen currency within five working days. The process is assisted by the use of an automated payment system that is tailored to the local banks’ requirements.Across all eight countries in which Evraz operates, information about the share plan portal is provided for employees in the local language. Staff also gave access to a native-speaking client relationship manager to help with their enquiries.When implementing its schemes understanding local cultures and practices was essential. For example, in Russia there was a far more ingrained distrust of internet-based services. Therefore, Evraz has to reflect this in the way it operates its share plan, and the way it talks about it to employees.Its uses a range of communication methods through the share plans portal, direct post or email to help to foster a relationship between employee and employer, which can lead to a wider understanding of the plan as members share their experiences with colleagues.Evraz also had to overcome a number of legislative challenges to introduce a share plan in Russia’s emerging market. Marat Murtazin, head of the incentive programmes department at Evraz, says: “The main difficulty was the difference in taxation so we studied and reviewed it carefully with the help of consultants.“[We needed] to take into account local practices but still try to keep an original concept of the programme. I think that’s why we were able to make a success of it.”last_img read more

Leaders condole Jaipal Reddys demise

first_imgHyderabad: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu visited the residence of Jaipal Reddy at Jubilee Hills and paid tributes to the departed leader. Recalling his relationship with him, Naidu said both of them have sat on one bench in the State Assembly after getting elected for the first time to the legislature. “Both of us were called ‘Tirupati Venkata Kavulu’ for our oratory skills in the Assembly,” he recalled. Governor E S L Narasimhan in his condolence message said Jaipal Reddy was an outstanding parliamentarian from Telangana. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us “In his long political career, Jaipal Reddy held several ministerial berths in the Union Cabinet. An excellent administrator and a gifted speaker, his death caused a vacuum in Telangana politics and the State lost a dedicated leader and great public servant,” he said. Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has expressed his deep condolences over the death of former Union Minister and recalled his services as the Union Minister and as a good parliamentarian. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us He visited the residence of the senior Congress leader and paid floral tributes to the departed leader. The Chief Minister has conveyed his condolences to the members of the bereaved family. He instructed the Chief Secretary S K Joshi to make arrangements for the conduct of the last rites of the departed leader with State honours. Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao said Jaipal Reddy is one of the outstanding parliamentarians from Telangana who dominated the national political discourse for nearly two decades. Advertise With Us He recalled, both being alumni of the Osmania University, “despite our ideological differences, we remained best friends. In his demise, Telangana has lost a dedicated public servant and a fine human being.” United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi in her message said she was grieved to learn of the sudden passing away of Jaipal Reddy. A powerful orator, always at the forefront of putting forth Congress Party’s views, a trusted colleague and respected senior leader of the party, she said. Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy visited the house of Jaipal Reddy and paid floral tributes to the departed leader. Recalling his services, the Minister recalled how he had played a crucial role along with former Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in the formation of Telangana. Pondicherry Chief Minister V Narayana Swami said he has worked with Jaipal Reddy in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. He said the former Union Minister worked hard when the Congress was in troubles. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president K Laxman said the former Union Minister was always at the forefront when he was in the opposition both in the State Assembly and Parliament in voicing the problems of the people. Leader of Congress Legislature Party in Assembly Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, former Minister J Geetha Reddy and Vasantha Nageswar Rao, MLC Jeevan Reddy were among several political leaders who paid floral tributes to the departed leader.last_img read more

Cement majors seek change in MMDR Act to allow MAs

first_imgMajor cement companies, expecting an amendment to the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation (MMDR) act 2015, have asked the government to allow the transfer of limestone mines automatically to the buyers in case of mergers and acquisitions (M&As), the Business Standard reported. Under the present norms of the act, the automatic transfer of limestone mining rights to the new owner is not allowed if the acquisition is partial, or is not 100 percent. Aditya Birla group-owned UltraTech Cement recently acquired 22.4 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) cement capacity of Jaypee’s cement business in a deal estimated to be about Rs 17,000 crore. Since Jaypee has a total cement capacity of 27 mtpa. In case the amendment is not made to the MMDR act, for the UltraTech-Jaypee deal to proceed, UltraTech would need to acquire the 100 percent stake in an entity separately created by Jaypee. In this case, Jaypee would carve out a residual company that would have the cement manufacturing capacity of 22.4 mmta, the same to be acquired by UltraTech. Through this route, the mining rights for those limestone mines under acquisition would get transferred to the new buyer. According to reports, UltraTech earlier planned to buy Jaypee’s cement units in Madhya Pradesh, but the Bombay High Court ruling, stating the MMDR act, prevented the Rs 5,500 crore deal from being finalised since it was considered a “partial sale,” the Economic Times reports.Transfer of mining leases, not obtained via auction, would help financial institutions and banks to liquidate “stressed assets” when a company is mortgaged. The amendment to the MMDR act would allow M&As to conduct business with ease. It would also increase profitability and decrease costs of the debt-ridden companies. Citing the same provision of the act, Lafarge earlier did not sell its Eastern India assets to Birla Corp, but is reportedly planning to sell its entire India assets, an earlier Business Standard report stated.last_img read more

65 Rohingyas found shipwrecked off Thailand coast

first_imgThis handout picture taken on 11 June 2019 and released by Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) on 12 June shows a group of Rohingya Muslims sitting on the sand at the Tarutao Marine National Park on Rawi island, southern Thailand. Photo: AFPA group of 65 Rohingya Muslims have been found on a shipwrecked boat off the coast of southern Thailand, Navy officials said Wednesday as authorities investigated whether they had been trafficked.The boat was discovered early Tuesday in the Tarutao Marine National Park in southern Thailand, some 400 kilometres (250 miles) from the border of Myanmar.Some 740,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar since a brutal military crackdown in 2017 against the stateless minority in the Buddhist-majority country.Most have escaped into overcrowded refugee camps in Bangladesh, while others have fallen prey to human trafficking rings as they seek better lives in Malaysia or Thailand.A Thai Navy spokesman said there were 31 women and five children among the Rohingya on the shipwrecked boat.One Thai man and five Burmese citizens were also in the group. The men said they were fishing in the area and had no link to the Rohingyas.The six men “were detained for questioning because of their suspicious behaviour,” Thai Navy spokesman, vice admiral Khan Deeubol, said Wednesday.This handout picture taken on 11 June 2019 and released by Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) on 12 June shows a boat, which was carrying a group of Rohingya Muslims, at the Tarutao Marine National Park on Rawi island, southern Thailand. Photo: AFPA provincial official said the group was initially investigated for illegal entry but the probe had broadened.”Authorities are not ruling out other issues such as human trafficking,” an Internal Security Command (ISOC) source in Satun province told AFP.Photos from the Thai Navy showed the group on a beach, some eating rice near the marooned ship.Bangladeshi authorities have intercepted several suspected traffickers seeking to transport refugees from squalid camps in Cox’s Bazaar, where nearly one million Rohingyas are living — almost all refusing to go back to Myanmar out of fear for their safety and rights.Myanmar has said the 2017 crackdown was aimed at rooting out insurgents who attacked military posts.It has signed a repatriation agreement with Bangladesh to return Rohingya refugees, but so far virtually none have volunteered to go back.United Nations investigators have said the violence amounts to “genocide” and called for the prosecution of top generals.last_img read more

Second UK warship deployed as Iran tensions mount

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 6 July shows super tanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar on 6 July. Photo: AFPBritain said Friday it was sending a second warship to the Gulf and raising the alert level in the oil-rich region as tensions spike after Iranian gunboats threatened a UK super tanker.The decision was disclosed as US president Donald Trump stepped up his war of words with the Islamic republic, which breached part of a nuclear accord already rejected by Washington.”Iran better be careful,” Trump told reporters outside the White House.”They’re treading on very dangerous territory. Iran, if you’re listening, you better be careful.”British officials said the naval deployment was part of a pre-planned rotation and meant to ensure a continued British naval presence in one of the most important but volatile oil shipment routes in the world.But a source said the switchover was brought forward by several days and should see two of Britain’s most advanced warships jointly navigating the waters off Iran for a period that might last a number of weeks.A government spokesman said the HMS Duncan was “deploying to the region to ensure we maintain a continuous maritime security presence while HMS Montrose comes off task for pre-planned maintenance and crew changeover”.On Wednesday, HMS Montrose warned off three fast Iranian gunboats that UK officials said were trying to “impede” the progress of a British super tanker through the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf.Iranian officials have denied the incident ever happened.The British government decided at the start of the week to raise the alert level for ships travelling through Iranian waters to three on a three-point scale, indicating a “critical” threat.HMS Duncan is an air defence destroyer that carries a set of heavy Harpoon anti-ship missiles and has a company and crew in excess of 280.Curbing TrumpAfter weeks of escalating tensions, Trump last month authorised an air strike on Iran over its downing of a US spy drone but backed away at the last minute.Alarmed that Trump’s hawkish stance could lead to war, the Democratic-led House of Representatives on Friday voted to bar funding for military operations against Iran unless they are in self-defence or explicitly authorised by Congress.”Frankly, what it will prevent is what this president promised to the American people not to do — to get into another endless, costly war in the Middle East,” said Representative Ro Khanna, the Democrat who led the measure.But the Senate, controlled by Trump’s Republican Party, defeated a similar proposal.Khanna’s amendment was part of a broader defence bill, meaning that the two chambers will need to negotiate on the language.Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called the amendment “reckless,” saying that the military should not be held up by a potentially lengthy legislative process.”This will tie our military’s hands at a perilous time. We need Iran and its terrorist proxies to think twice before they attack Americans, our friends or our interests,” he said.Gibraltar arrestsThe Strait of Hormuz episode occurred a week after UK Royal Marines helped the Gibraltar authorities detain an Iranian tanker that US officials believe was trying to deliver oil to Syria in violation of separate sets of EU and US sanctions.Iran has bristled at the arrest and issued a series of increasingly ominous warnings to both the United States and Britain about its right to take unspecified actions in reprisal.”If the enemy had made the smallest assessment they wouldn’t have done this act,” Iran’s Revolutionary Guards deputy commander Ali Fadavi said on Thursday.British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt called on Friday for “cool heads” to prevail as threats mount.”We want to do everything we can to make sure that we don’t have an unintended escalation which could be very dangerous for the world,” Hunt said.The authorities of Gibraltar — a British overseas territory on Spain’s southern tip — said on Friday that the Iranian supertanker was carrying 2.1 million barrels of light crude oil.They also insisted that they had asked British Naval Marines to help with the Iranian tanker’s arrest without any outside political pressure.The Gibraltar police on Thursday announced the arrest of the Iranian tanker’s Indian captain and officer, and on Friday two more Indian crew members were detained.All four were bailed without charge late Friday, Gibraltar police said.last_img read more

by Mesfin Fekadu The Associated Press Posted

first_img by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Dec 26, 2018 11:08 am PDT NEW YORK — Mariah Carey’s 24-year-old Christmas classic is so popular it set a new one-day streaming record on Spotify on Christmas Eve.Chart Data reported that “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” released in 1994, was played 10.8 million times on Spotify on Monday. The song bested the record set by rapper-singer XXXTentacion, who logged 10.4 million streams with “SAD!” a day after his death in June.Spotify wouldn’t comment on the news when reached by The Associated Press. Carey called the new feat “such an amazing Christmas gift” in an Instagram post on Tuesday.Every holiday season “All I Want for Christmas Is You” begins to climb the Billboard charts as its popularity resurfaces. This year the song reached its highest peak — No. 6 — on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; it’s currently No. 7 on the chart.The success has helped Carey’s first Christmas album, 1994’s “Merry Christmas,” spend its fourth week at No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B albums chart.The current Hot 100 chart features 20 holiday songs:— No. 7, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You”— No. 10, Andy Williams’ “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”— No. 11, Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”— No. 12, Burl Ives’ “A Holly Jolly Christmas”— No. 13, Bobby Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock”— No. 17, Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)”— No. 27, Wham!’s “Last Christmas”— No. 28, Gene Autry’s “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”— No. 32, Dean Martin’s “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow”— No. 33, The Ronettes’ “Sleigh Ride”— No. 34, Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad”— No. 35, Gene Autry’s “Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)”— No. 41, Perry Como’s “(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays”— No. 42, Perry Como & The Fontane Sisters’ “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”— No. 45, John & Yoko/The Plastic Ono Band’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” (with the Harlem Community Choir)— No. 47, Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime”— No. 48, Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”— No. 50, Darlene Love’s “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”— No. 68, Katy Perry’s “Cozy Little Christmas”— No. 90, Lauren Daigle’s “The Christmas Song”Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Mariah Carey’s Christmas classic sets new record on Spotifycenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Commissioner Stylianides urges people to vote in Euro election

first_imgThe importance of voting in the European elections to be held in May was highlighted on Tuesday by the European Commissioner responsible for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, who said democracy is about people accepting accountability for their choices.Speaking on the sidelines of the European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg, Stylianides said Europe is at a crossroads and people need to decide their future, while Cypriots need to realise that their country’s future lies within the EU.Stylianides referred in particular to the surrounding challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean, due to the volatility in the region and the fact that in a globalised world, EU countries, and in particular small EU member states like Cyprus, cannot compete with one another.People participating in the elections and the choices they make, matter, because citizens take their future in their hands, Stylianides added.He also noted that the next generations in Cyprus are also entitled to a European future.“We need to establish a new way of reaching out to ordinary citizens and lift the barriers between European institutions and the people,” he said.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more