Lok Sabha bypoll: ex-Sikkim governor pitted against NCP’s royal turncoat

first_imgSenior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and ex-Sikkim Governor Shriniwas Patil will take on ex-NCP MP and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate, Udayanraje Bhosale, in the Satara Lok Sabha bypoll to be held along with the Assembly elections in Maharashtra on October 21.Mr. Patil, a former IAS officer and a close associate of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, staged a show of strength in Satara after filing his nomination on Thursday.Mr. Pawar had earlier urged senior Congressman Prithviraj Chavan to contest the by-election. However, Mr. Chavan, the sitting MLA of Karad South (in Satara) had declined, preferring instead to focus on the Assembly elections.Mr. Patil has been elected MP twice, in 1999 and 2004, from the erstwhile Karad Lok Sabha constituency in Satara before its delimitation ahead of the 2009 polls.Political equations have changed overnight in Satara, which was completely dominated by the NCP before this year’s Lok Sabha polls after the defections of both royals — Shivendrasinh Bhosale, the former NCP MLA from Satara and Udayanraje Bhosale, the ex-NCP MP from Satara Lok Sabha constituency — to the ruling BJP.The NCP currently holds three of the six Assembly segments in Satara — Koregaon (Shashikant Shinde), Wai (Makarand Patil) and Karad North (Balasaheb Patil) — while Mr. Chavan holds the Karad South seat, the sole Congress borough in the district.Mr. Chavan, a former Maharashtra Chief Minister, too filed his nomination on Thursday, accompanied by Mr. Patil and other supporters. He is pitted against the BJP’s Atul Bhosale, who staged a spectacular show of strength in Karad before filing his nomination.“Our aim is to weed out the BJP’s socially divisive policies. Karad has been the wellspring of progressive thought. I am confident that the people here will reject the regressive ideology of the current government in the upcoming elections,” Mr. Chavan said.last_img read more

Mine wars being fought in Assembly

first_imgIt will not be wrong to surmise that Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa was taking an extended nap when Janata Dal (Secular) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy and local Congress were plotting to bring down his government.When Excise Minister M.P. Renukacharya took 13 MLAs with him to Chennai and threatened to bring down the government, Yeddyurappa didn’t take him seriously. For, Renukacharya was repeating the act for the fourth time in the last three years.On all the three occasions, he was handsomely rewarded and dropped his rebellions. Yeddyurappa was hoping that Renukacharya would end the fourth rebellion in two days.But this time, he did not know that Renukacharya was being backed by Kumaraswamy, who reportedly plotted the government’s downfall with the Congress’ help. Worse, on the second day of their stay in Chennai, Renukacharya and his team submitted a letter to Governor H.R. Bhardwaj announcing withdrawal of support to Yeddyurappa.What prompted Kumaraswamy to hatch such a conspiracy when Yeddyurappa was under the impression that all was well with the party after the Cabinet reshuffle? If highlyplaced sources are to be believed, it was the Bellary mine lords, who wanted the Yeddyurappa government to collapse and pumped in more than Rs 200 crore to stage this coup.For a change, it was not the Bellary Reddy brothers but another set of miners, who had been hounded by the Reddys, against whom Yeddyurappa could not take any action fearing rebellion. These miners, traditional business rivals of the Reddys, were harassed by all possible government agencies.advertisementThese miners were not given ore transportation permits, fresh leases, no objection certificates from the Forest and Mines & Geology department. Even court orders favoring themwere being neglected.”It is well known that Yeddyurappa is ineffective in Bellary, which is ruled by the Reddys. Some firms even stopped mining because of the Reddys’ harassment. They approached Yeddyurappa to rein in the Reddys, but he was helpless,” a top source, who mediated between the miners and the JD(S), disclosed.Then, the disgruntled miners reportedly approached Kumaraswamy seeking a way out. If the sources are to be believed, it was then that the JD(S) plotted the The uproar in Karnataka is the result of the government’s support to the mining barons Children at an art workshop in Bangalore government’s downfall.Renukacharya’s rebellion was preceded by a series of disclosures of land scams, in which various ministers, the chief minister and his relatives were reportedly involved. The aim was to defame the government before landing the final blow. The MLAs, who participated in the rebellion, were carefully selected.Five were Independents, who were ministers. Apart from Renukacharya, there were two other ministers, who are known party-hoppers. The rest were disgruntled MLAs with ministerial ambitions. For the first time, MLAs openly announced that they were being offered crores of rupees to abandon their parties, an indication of the money flow.The Congress, though a co-conspirator, remained a spectator while Kumaraswamy came out in the open hobnobbing with the rebels. His involvement in the crisis was evident from day one when he followed the rebels wherever they went. It was clear that that he did not want the rebellion to end even as their ring leader Renukacharya did a U-turn as expected.The Reddy brothers threw their hat in the ring when they came to know that their mining rivals were behind the coup. Tourism Minister Janardhana Reddy flew to Goa to woo the rebels, but it was too late for the BJP.The government has been mired in controversies, land scams and nepotism ever since it came to power in 2008. It even started a new political trend to increase its number in the Assembly by wooing opposition MLAs through its ‘Operation Kamala’.But the BJP couldn’t predict its own downfall. The rival miners of Reddys are in no mood to relent. “They have even agreed to hire the best lawyers to defend the 16 expelled MLAs in the High Court,” the source pointed out.With the governor asking Yeddyurappa to prove his majority once again on the Floor of the House on October 14, it is to be seen what happens over the next two days.Scams galore amidst chaosThe last 10 days have been the worst for the Yeddyurappa government as a series of disclosures by the Opposition has dented the BJP’s image in Karnataka. The names of several ministers and their children figured in land scams.Even Yeddyurappa was not spared. First, an aide of Yeddyurappa, IT/BT Minister Katta Subrahmanya Naidu, was caught in a land acquisition compensation scam.advertisementHis son, who allegedly received Rs 1.15 crore compensation for land, which did not belong to him, was caught by the anti-corruption unit Lok Ayukta while bribing a witness.Worse, his son Katta Jagadish was a BJP councilor in the Greater Bangalore City Corporation. Another minister Ramachandra Gowda landed in the soup when the High Court found large-scale irregularities in appointments to medical colleges.He resigned to ‘save the party’s image’. Then, Yeddyurappa found himself in the middle of a scam. He de-notified government land worth crores of rupees to favour his son and son-in-law. He also allotted a plum property in Bangalore to his son BY Raghavendra, a MP.Next, Industries Minister Murugesh Niraani’s personal staff was caught on tape receiving cash to allot industrial area land to an entrepreneur for a project.Neither the minister nor his staff has addressed the issue so far. Interestingly, Yeddyurappa, instead of taking action, hit back with disclosures of scams allegedly involving opposition leaders!Festival takes a back seatThe turbulent political developments in Karnataka have claimed an unexpected victim – the world famous Mysore Dasara celebrations, which took off on October 8. Patronised by the state government and the Mysore royal family, the celebrations attract lakhs of tourists, both domestic and foreign.But this time, the Dasara celebrations have remained a low-key affair as the government is trying to save itself from collapse. Interestingly, the year 2010 marks the 400th anniversary of one of the oldest traditional festivals, started in 1610 by Raja Wadiyar.Large scale Dasara celebration originated in the Vijaynagar Empire in the 15th century. The same was replicated by the Mysore Wadiyar dynasty.The 10-day celebration is officially declared as a ‘state festival’, featuring religious and traditional ceremonies, procession of tableaux and decked-up elephants, exhibition of arts and handicrafts, performances by folk artistes, musicians and film personalities, various cultural and sports competitions.This time the grandeur and splendor is missing in the celebrations. To make matters worse, the attendance by foreign tourists has been minimal. According to the organisers, poor marketing and security concerns are the prime reasons for poor attendance of foreign tourists at the Dasara celebrations.Giving kids the right to have funAn IT professional Reena Chowdhury has launched a series of “Art Camps” called “Dream a Little Dream” touching the lives of hundreds of underprivileged children in Bangalore.The first art camp was held at APSA Dream School in Bangalore in which over 200 children took part The project aims at providing an opportunity for the lesser privileged child to unleash his/her creativity through art.”People are willing to provide basic necessities for these children but what about some fun? I always wanted to do something but deadlines take over your life in the IT field,” she lamented.The volunteers are mainly techies who were keen on breaking out of their hum drum existence and reach out to others in society. The project is backed by ILP – a non-profit organisation that works in partnership with local NGOs to promote literacy.advertisement—After trading blows with the marshals in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly and approaching the governor H.R. Bhardwaj over the Trust Vote, Opposition leader Siddaramaiah did the unbelievable.He dashed to the nearby Chinnaswamy cricket stadium to watch Sachin Tendulkar bat on Monday evening.An avid cricket fan, Siddaramaiah, unmindful of the political developments in the state, spent more than two hours at the stadium watching the India-Australia match, hoping to watch Tendulkar score the double century.Unfortunately, the leader’s wish remained unfulfilled as the match was called off for the day even before Tendulkar reached 200.last_img read more

Jameis Winston, Bryce Petty On Michigan’s Campus To Work With Jim Harbaugh

first_imgJim Harbaugh works with Jameis Winston ahead of draft.The Michigan Wolverines will certainly be looking for a solid quarterback ahead of the 2015 season, and unfortunately, they’ve got two on campus right now who aren’t eligible to suit up. Former Florida State signal-caller Jameis Winston and former Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty are in Ann Arbor to work with Jim Harbaugh ahead of the NFL Combine. The school tweeted a photo of the duo taking some advice from the new Wolverines head man.QBs Jameis Winston (FSU) & Bryce Petty (Baylor) are preparing for the NFL Combine at Schembechler Hall. pic.twitter.com/2ICM9XMVrc— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) February 17, 2015The NFL Combine takes place in Indianapolis, so perhaps the two are putting in some last-minute work ahead of time. So no, Michigan students, if you think you’ve seen either of these guys on campus, your eyes are not deceiving you.last_img read more

HS Prannoy, Sourabh Verma to lead Indian challenge at Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships

first_imgHS Prannoy, Sourabh Verma to lead Indian challenge at Badminton Asia Mixed Team ChampionshipsBadminton Asia Mixed Team Championships: HS Prannoy and Sourabh Verma will lead the men’s singles team while Ashmita Chaliha and Vaishnavi Bhale will be the top women’s singles shuttlers.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 18, 2019UPDATED: March 18, 2019 19:08 IST HS Prannoy will be the highest-ranked India at Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships. (@PRANNOYHSPRI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThis is the second edition of Badminton Asia Mixed Team ChampionshipsThe men’s group will be led by HS Prannoy and 3-time national champion Sourabh VermaNationals semi-finalist 19-year-old Ashmita Chaliha will lead the women’s squadWorld No. 24 HS Prannoy will be leading the 13-member Indian team at the Tong Yun Kai Cup 2019 — the second edition of the Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships slated to be held at Hong Kong from March 19-24.Continuing with its attempts to give exposure to talented youngsters, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) has selected seven young stars in the women’s squad to be headed by Assam’s wonderkid Ashmita Chaliha, after taking into consideration their performances at last month’s National Championships.The 19-year-old Chaliha already has a couple of BWF titles under her name and even reached the semi-finals of the Nationals. Chaliha will get support from Nagpur shuttler Vaishnavi Bhale who got selected for the Uber Cup last year. Bhale too proved her credentials by grabbing a bronze medal at the Nationals. Ashmita Chaliha has already won a couple of BWF titles. (BAI Photo)Shikha Gautam and Ashwini K Bhat have secured a berth due to their run to the Nationals women’s doubles title in Guwahati last month along with Rutaparna Panda, Arathi Sara Sunil and UK Mithula.On the men’s side, 2018 Asian Championships bronze medallist Prannoy has the three-time national champion Sourabh Verma for company, in the six-member squad. Sourabh Verma won this year’s Senior Nationals title with a win over Lakshya Sen. (BAI Photo)World No. 45 pair of MR Arjun and Shlok Ramchandran, who won the Nationals silver medal, will be spearheading the Indian challenge in men’s doubles along with Arun George and Sanyam Shukla.Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth have been rested ahead of the upcoming India Open.advertisement11 teams have been divided into four groups in this six-day biennial competition. Team India has been placed in Group B, comprising Chinese Taipei and Singapore. The top two teams from each group will advance to the quarter-finals.India reached the quarter-finals in the last edition where they lost narrowly to Thailand.SQUAD:MEN: HS Prannoy, Sourabh Verma, MR Arjun, Shlok Ramchandran, Arun George, Sanyam ShuklaWOMEN: Ashmita Chaliha, Vaishnavi Bhale, Shikha Gautam, Ashwini K Bhat, Rutaparna Panda, Arathi Sara Sunil, UK MithulaAlso Read | India Open 2019: Sindhu and Srikanth top Indian seeds, China send biggest-ever contingentAlso Read | India grouped with Taiwan and Singapore at Badminton Asia Mixed Team ChampionshipsAlso Read | Transitional struggle from junior to senior: Indian badminton’s not so smashing success storyFor 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 Tags :Follow Badminton Asia Mixed Team ChampionshipsFollow HS PrannoyFollow Sourabh VermaFollow Ashmita Chaliha Nextlast_img read more

Acting Conflict of Interest Commissioner Appointed

first_imgThe province has appointed an acting commissioner to oversee potential conflict of interest matters. Chief Justice Joseph Kennedy of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, was appointed Acting Conflict of Interest Commissioner effective today, July 31. He will take on the role in addition to his chief justice duties. The role of the commissioner is to provide advice and recommendations on possible conflicts of interest involving provincially elected officials and public servants. Chief Justice Kennedy has been sitting on the Nova Scotia Supreme Court since 1998 and brings over 40 years of experience, skill and expertise to this position. The appointment follows the retirement of Mr. Nunn in June. Mr. Nunn held the position for almost 21 years. Under the Conflict of Interest Act, the next commissioner will be appointed by cabinet upon consultation with the leaders of the recognized parties in the House of Assembly and subject to the approval of the house.last_img read more

At least 12 dead in Taliban blast in Afghan city

first_imgGhazni (Afghanistan): A Taliban car bomb in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 12 people and wounded scores more Sunday, officials said, in a massive blast that came amid ongoing peace talks in Qatar. The Taliban are meeting with US negotiators and Afghan representatives in Doha as the US pushes to end its 18-year involvement in Afghanistan, but violence from the insurgents and the US military has continued apace. Sunday’s suicide car bomb attack hit the eastern city of Ghazni and targeted an intelligence unit, Ghazni provincial governor spokesman Aref Noori said. Wahidullah Mayar, a health ministry spokesman, said 12 people had been killed.last_img read more

Scientists say no more room for doubt about impact of pesticides on

first_imgOTTAWA – A group of international scientists meets today to try to convince parliamentarians there is no longer any doubt that common agricultural pesticides are toxic chemicals which are killing off honey bees.In fact, says Jean-Marc Bonmatin of the French National Centre for Scientific Research, neonicotinoid pesticides kill a lot more than just bees, posing a deadly risk to frogs, commn birds, fish and earthworms.The scientists represent a task force on pesticides within the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which in 2015 released a comprehensive review of more than 1,100 peer-reviewed research studies on neonicotinoids.Today they will release an update to the report.Neonicotinoids, also known as neonics, are nicotine-based pesticides commonly used by farmers to help keep everything from field crops to fruit orchards free of pests like aphids, spider mites, slugs and stink bugs.After beekeepers started sounding alarm bells about mass deaths of honeybees, scientists began to zero in on neonics as one of the culprits. Bees were consuming pollen contaminated with neonics as well as flying through chemical-laden clouds of dust from farm fields.But bees, said Bonmatin were only the most “visible part of the problem” because beekeeping is a big business and without bees, billions of dollars of farm crops would go unpollinated.“Beyond honey bees, there are all the wild bees, all these pollinators and behind all these pollinators there are some other invertebrates, the ones living in the soil, flying invertebrates, the ones in the water,” said Bonmatin.“Nobody cares about that. There is no money in these invertebrates. However they are giving a huge service to the quality of soil, to all the ecosystem services that we need.”Research suggest neonics can affect reproduction, growth and movement for these species, as well as make them more susceptible to disease.Bonmatin, vice-chair of the task force, said evidence from Europe suggests these chemicals don’t actually help farmers much. Since Europe clamped down on their use four years ago, there hasn’t been a substantial reduction in farm yields.Lisa Gue, a senior researcher with the David Suzuki Foundation which is involved in the release of the updated report, said Canada has to catch up to Europe and ban the use of all neonics.Since 2013 the European Union hasn’t allowed the use of the three most common neonics in any crops which attract bees and is looking at extending that to additional crops. France is phasing in a complete ban on all agricultural uses of neonics, with the full ban set to take effect next year.A year after Ontario’s bee industry recorded the loss of 58 per cent of its honeybees in the winter of 2013-14, Ontario began phasing in limits on use of neonics but only for corn and soybeans. Quebec proposed similar regulations earlier this year. Vancouver and Montreal have both banned their use entirely within city limits.Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency has been studying neonics since 2012 and last fall came to a preliminary conclusion that one of them — imidacloprid — should be banned from use almost entirely after finding it was building up to toxic levels in surface and groundwater and killing aquatic insects that are a source of food for fish and birds.Health Canada isn’t expected to make a final decision until at least December 2018. It is looking at the other two most commonly used neonics and is expected to release initial findings in December 2018 and final decisions in June 2019.Gue said even if Health Canada decides next year to ban imidacloprid that phase-in isn’t scheduled to even start until 2021.“I do have hope policy-makers and regulators in Canada will see the report as a wake-up call,” she said.—follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

Evidence a jury never got to see in Loretta Saunders murder

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe couple who murdered Loretta Saunders are expected to be sentenced this week after pleading guilty to killing the Inuk woman.The trial ended before it could get started so a jury never got to hear evidence.More details are emerging, including a confession by one of the killers.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.last_img

Tanu Tomar of Baghpat tops in class 12, Gautam Raghuvanshi in class 10 exams

first_imgAllahabad: Tanu Tomar of Baghpat has notched the first position in the Intermediate examination (class 12) while Gautam Raghuvanshi of Kanpur has topped the class 10th board exams of Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad (UPMSP), the results of which were declared on Saturday.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has congratulated the successful students and wished them for their bright future. Tanu Tomar has achieved 97 per cent scoring 489 marks out of 500. She belongs to a farmer’s family and was a student of Shri Ram Shiksha Mandir Inter College in Baraut area of Baghpat district. “She has not only bring honours to her family and the school but to the whole district,” principal Rajesh Tomar said. Over 80 per cent students have passed in the class 10 while over 70 per cent have cleared the class 12 examinations. In all over 58 lakh students have registered themselves for this year’s UP board exams.last_img read more

Tucson Airport Authority replaces its longtime presidentCEO

TUCSON, Ariz. — The longtime president and CEO of the Tucson Airport Authority has been replaced.The authority’s governing board held a special meeting Friday, and Bonnie Allin was ousted from her job.Allin had been CEO of the airport authority since 2002.The authority manages Tucson International Airport and Ryan Airfield.Danette Bewley has been named interim president and CEO. She has been vice-president of operations and chief operating officer for the authority since 2014.The Airport Authority’s board will begin a national search for permanent replacement for Allin.The Associated Press read more

Postmedia CEO encouraged government will help struggling media industry

Postmedia CEO ‘encouraged’ government will help struggling media industry Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey speaks during the company’s annual general meeting in Toronto on Thursday, January 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 12, 2017 9:42 am MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The chief executive officer of Postmedia is “encouraged” that the federal government will intervene and help Canada’s financially floundering media industry.Earlier this week, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly said the government believes in the importance of journalism and is looking at all solutions presented to it during public consultations examining what role it should play in supporting the creation of Canadian content.These comments are a hopeful sign, Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey told the company’s annual general meeting of shareholders in Toronto on Thursday.“We think this government is taking it very serious,” he said in an interview following the meeting.Postmedia was among the companies to testify before the Heritage Committee. Stakeholders’ suggestions included having advertisers pay HST for ads not only on Canadian media companies’ platforms but also those of foreign competitors like Google and Facebook.“If it’s a level playing field for everybody we feel that we could probably survive in that type of a world,” Godfrey said on the same day the company posted its first quarterly profit in nearly four years.During the quarter ended Nov. 30, Postmedia was boosted by a debt restructuring deal which reduced the company’s total debt of $648 million by about $307 million.Postmedia says it earned $17.8 million or 31 cents per share compared with a loss of $4.2 million or two cents per share a year ago.However, revenue fell nearly 15 per cent to $214.9 million during the quarter from $251.1 million a year earlier. Print advertising revenue fell by $31.1 million.The results for the latest quarter included a $78.6-million gain related to the debt restructuring.The company has struggled to be profitable as debt re-payment deadlines neared prior to the restructuring and amid declining print advertising revenue.It has embarked on mass layoffs and merged newsrooms in four cities where it owns two papers in each location in efforts to reduce costs.Godfrey said a plan to reduce salary costs by 20 per cent through voluntary staff buyouts, announced last October, did not materialize enough savings and the company will proceed with layoffs.Postmedia did not indicate how many jobs would be impacted, but a spokeswoman said it expects to reach its salary cost reduction targets during this quarter.Despite ongoing staff reductions, Godfrey defended the company’s decision to award retention bonuses totalling $2.275 million to him and four other executives in an effort to keep key employees during the debt restructuring process.Investors would not have put the money into the plan had they not been able to ensure a strong team would remain to lead the company, he said.He shrugged off the point that one of the executives left the company at the end of November.“But, so far, we’ve kept others,” he said.Godfrey, whose contract was extended last year until Dec. 2018, has no plans to leave Postmedia.“This is probably, maybe the toughest challenge I’ve ever had in business,” he said, “and I’m at a stage in my life that I’d like to see this thing through.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version referred to the company as Postmedia Networks Corp. read more

Glencore sweeps the 2016 TSM Excellence Awards

first_imgGlencore’s Kidd Operations and Raglan mine honoured for innovative environmental and community engagement projects. For their innovative projects that raise the bar for corporate responsibility in the Canadian mining sector, the two were recognized with 2016 Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Excellence Awards at the CIM Awards Gala in Vancouver this week.The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) awarded Glencore’s Raglan mine with the 2016 TSM Environmental Excellence Award for its successful use of renewable energy with its wind turbine and accompanying storage facility in northern Quebec, the largest in the province. Kidd Operations was recognized with the 2016 TSM Community Engagement Excellence Award for helping local non-profits secure long-term sustainability through its Community Partnerships program in Timmins, Ontario.“We congratulate Glencore’s Raglan Mine and Kidd Operations for sweeping this year’s TSM Excellence Awards. The awards recognize the company’s leadership in taking emerging environmental technologies and social practices and successfully implementing them at the site-level, paving the way for the wider industry,” said Pierre Gratton, President and CEO, MAC. “These projects showcase the significant investments in innovation our members are making to protect the environment and to create lasting benefits for the communities where they operate.”Sitting on a plateau 600 m high on the Ungava Peninsula in northern Quebec, Raglan mine is well situated to take advantage of the power of wind. In 2014, the company did exactly that when it completed its construction of a 120-m high wind turbine and storage facility, the largest in Quebec. Like most other northern mines, the off-grid Raglan mine was heavily dependent on diesel to fuel its operations. With climate change considerations, commitments to limit environmental impacts and rising diesel costs, there was a strong business case for Glencore to explore renewable energy solutions. With the mine situated in the Canadian Arctic, which harbours some of the world’s richest wind resource, Glencore set out to diversify its energy mix with wind as a means of improving sustainability, reducing emissions and cutting costs.The project was unprecedented in scale, and was specially designed for severe Arctic climate conditions. The project was a private-public partnership between Raglan, TUGLIQ Energy and the federal and provincial governments. Communities were consulted throughout the project and feedback was acted upon by the company. For example, concerns raised by the Inuit about the potential of blade reflection affecting local fish patterns resulted in Glencore’s decision to move the turbine to another location.In its inaugural year, the 3-MW wind turbine and storage facility has already saved 2.1 million litres of diesel and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 5,850 t. Based on these results, Glencore estimates that it will save more than $40 million in fuel-related costs over the projected 20-year life of the wind turbine. This successful pilot project could have transformative impacts across northern Canada, helping to pave the way for the more widespread adoption of greener energy alternatives.  It is a fully-developed and tested wind power and storage system that could be duplicated into Aboriginal communities and other northern mining operations in the future.“Raglan is proud to implement a project that promotes renewable energies in Québec’s Arctic region despite the significant technical and logistical challenges involved. Since our facilities are not connected to the hydro network, we have to produce our own electricity. This project allows us to reduce our fossil fuels consumption and, in turn, reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, thus enabling us to minimize our environmental footprint”, explained Kristan Straub, Raglan Mine’s Vice President.Glencore’s Kidd Operations, including the concentrator and mine, is Timmins’ largest private-sector employer. Kidd Operations is a major corporate funder in Timmins, and has donated nearly $4 million towards community initiatives since 2007. With an anticipated closure date of 2022, it has re-invented its corporate giving approach to mitigate impacts of its eventual exit and to ensure that it is contributing to long-term capacity building and sustainability in the community.Based on stakeholder feedback and identified local priorities, Kidd developed an innovative social investment program called ‘Community Partnerships’, transforming how the site invests in the community. The new model has Kidd taking a proactive approach to social investment by brokering strategic projects to community partners, moving away from traditional corporate philanthropy. This has enabled Kidd to engage meaningfully with stakeholders to design collaborative, multi-partner projects that contribute to the long-term sustainability of the community at large. An example of this was the offering of Timmins’ first sustainability conference for the local non-profit sector in 2013. What is also innovative about that model is that it measures social return on investment for the major projects supported allowing Kidd to evaluate the reach of its social investments based on financial and social impact data. For example, Kidd was able to determine its C$320,000 investment in a recent expansion project at a local retirement home showed a return of C$1.58 for each dollar that Kidd invested into the project.The success of the Community Partnerships program and its ability to measure social return on investment attracted the attention of Canada’s largest public-sector grantmaker, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). In 2015, Kidd and the OTF launched the $1 million Kidd Operations–Ontario Trillium Foundation Legacy Fund. This partnership will see Kidd and the OTF each investing C$500,000 into the fund, which will begin making grants when Kidd ceases operations. This collaboration, a first for the government agency, paves the way for future private-public sector partnerships.“Kidd Operations has done lots of work to extend the life-of-mine and we continue to challenge ourselves to go on even further. However, we must also start thinking and planning for ultimate closure and what that will mean for our community. Our Community Partnerships program celebrates our venerable 50-year history of community contributions, but it also looks to the future,” said Steve Badenhorst, Glencore-Kidd Operations’ General Manager. “Social investments made through Kidd’s Community Partnerships Program, including the $1 million Kidd Operations–Ontario Trillium Foundation Legacy Fund, are aimed at helping community organizations achieve greater self-sustainability beyond closure.”A total of 23 nominations were submitted by mining companies that participate in the TSM initiative, a performance-based program whereby mining operations evaluate, manage and publicly report on critical environmental and social responsibilities. The selection committee, comprised of members from the Mining Association of Canada’s (MAC) national Community of Interest (COI) Advisory Panel, selected the finalists based on criteria such as innovation, involvement of and engagement with communities, and project outcomes. TSM performance was also considered as an indicator of the company’s ongoing commitment to corporate responsibility.last_img read more

Man 20 shot in punishmentstyle shooting

first_imgDETECTIVES ARE APPEALING for information after a 20-year-old man was shot in a punishment-style shooting in North Belfast.The victim was reportedly shot in his left leg shortly before 1am.His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.The incident took place in the Havana Walk area.The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service attended the scene and the man was taken to a nearby hospital.Police are calling for anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the area, or knows anything about this incident, to contact the Criminal Investigation Department in Tennent Street Police Station on the non-emergency number 101.If someone would prefer to provide information anonymously, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.last_img read more

AMD drops ATI name from latest Cayman GL FirePro graphics cards

first_imgAMD has this week launched the next generation of FirePro professional graphics cards based on the Cayman GL. The two cards drop the ATI tag and simply go by the names AMD FirePro V5900 and FirePro V7900.The FirePro cards are aimed at the professional market, those of us who need to run AutoCAD with certification or must have the best performance they can out of a package like Maya. The Radeon HD range is for consumers, and while equal or even outgunning the FirePro cards in specs, the FirePro line is always going to be the choice for specific and specialist tasks, otherwise there would be no point AMD releasing them.AdChoices广告This latest update brings support for Eyefinity, PowerTune, and GeometryBoost technologies. Eyefinity allows the V5900 to support up to 3 displays (2 DisplayPort 1.2 and 1 DVI), and the V7900 up to 4 (4 DisplayPort 1.2). PowerTune allows for dynamic power use optimization meaning performance when it is required, and a low-power graphics solution when it’s not.With GeometryBoost the cards offer up very fast geometry transforms by processing two primitives per clock cycle. So in a package like AutoCAD larger models will be dealt with a lot more efficicently and therefore can be significantly more complex than previous FirePro cards could handle.As for the specific specs, here’s the main features of the two cards:AMD FirePro V5900512 Stream Processors2GB GDDR5 RAM (64GB/s bandwidth)2560 x 1600 max resolution75W maximum power drawAMD FirePro V79001280 Stream Processors2GB GDDR5 RAM (160GB/s bandwidth)2560 x 1600 max resolution150W maximum power drawBoth cards have support for DirectX 11.0, OpenGL 4.1, Shader Model 5.0, and Windows 7, Vista, XP, and Linux. The V5900 starts at $599 and the V7900 is almost double that at $999 and upwards. In terms of performance, the guys over at HotHardware managed to get their hands on both cards and performance was excellent, especially with the V7900. Both cards easily outperformed the cards they are replacing, and give the Nvidia Quadro line some decent competition.Read more at the AMD press release and Icronticlast_img read more

Neymar slams disrespectful referee after PSGs 11 draw at Napoli

first_imgNeymar was left fuming with referee Bjorn Kuipers after receiving a yellow card in the final moments of Paris Saint-Germain’s 1-1 Champions League draw at NapoliKuipers decided to book Neymar after getting into an argument with the Brazilian as he prepared to take a free-kick.Neymar was unhappy with the space between himself and the Napoli players’ wall as he prepared to take the free-kick.Therefore, Neymar attempted to advise Kuipers over this – but instead fell into an argument with the match official.Upon receiving his yellow card, Neymar sarcastically applauded Kuipers afterwards.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“The referee told me something he shouldn’t and it was disrespectful,” said Neymar, according to Goal.Spanish defender Juan Bernat had given PSG a half-time lead in the dying moments at the Stadio San Paolo.But Napoli equalised through Lorenzo Insigne’s controversial penalty after Jose Callejon appeared to be offside in the build-up.The draw with Napoli leaves PSG third in Group C and a point behind the top two.last_img read more

SoundCloud Profitability Will Take Years

first_imgNews SoundCloud: Profitability Will Take Years Twitter Email Facebook When Will SoundCloud Be Profitable? soundcloud-profitability-will-take-years A regulatory filing spells out the long road to profit that SoundCloud hopes to travelPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Sep 12, 2017 – 1:16 pm Streaming music is succeeding as top services Amazon Music, Apple Music and Spotify are adding millions of paid subscribers, but the struggle to get into the black and see profit is crucial, especially for the long-term survival of streaming service SoundCloud.An online platform that has helped new stars such as Chance The Rapper and Kygo rise to international prominence, SoundCloud is beloved but love won’t pay the bills. Investors came to its rescue in August to save the nearly shuttered service but SoundCloud’s millions of free users have diminished somewhat and the two tiers of SoundCloud Go premium have not reached the point where it’s profitable.Digital Music News uncovered a German regulatory filing spelling out the tough realities for SoundCloud moving forward. Converting free users to paid subscribers is SoundCloud’s road to survival. Depending on the rate of that growth, fresh investment could be needed “to generate sufficient cash to cover the planned expenditures.”Given the power and scope of the big-league majors, additional music subscriptions are most likely to be a second thought. But fans need to wrap their heads around supporting multiple premium services for many of their favorites to survive long-term.With August’s Investment, SoundCloud Fans Celebrate Its SurvivalRead morelast_img read more

Watch SpaceXs droneship catch a rocket part that fell from space

first_img SpaceX The fairing is part of the protective cover at the top of the Falcon 9, which shields payloads as they’re lifted into orbit. Once the rocket punches out of the atmosphere and into space, the fairing breaks in half and falls back to Earth. A droneship, stationed in the Atlantic Ocean, then attempts to catch the fairing with a giant net. We’ve seen SpaceX capture a fairing on its most recent launch and before that we’ve seen it fail a few times. It seems practice makes perfect and it’s finally getting the hang of nabbing the nosecone like a ship-sized Mark Waugh stationed in the slips (that’s one for our Aussie readers).A New Zealand-based spaceflight company, Rocket Lab, announced on Tuesday it would also begin attempting to reuse rockets. It won’t be capturing any fairings, but it will try and snag the first stage booster from the sky with a helicopter. Post a comment Sci-Tech Tags 13 Photos Share your voice Number two.  SpaceX SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 two-stage rocket to orbit on Tuesday, offering a free ride for the AMOS-17 communications satellite. It was the third flight for the Falcon 9 booster and to get the satellite to orbit SpaceX had to do away with the booster — so we don’t get to see SpaceX pull off another dazzling booster return. However, we have got the next best thing: A droneship capturing the rocket’s fairing.Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO, posted a video of the daring fairing capture to Twitter on Tuesday.  0 Meet the SpaceX Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket Rocket fairing falling from space (higher res) pic.twitter.com/sa1j10qAWi— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 7, 2019last_img read more

The Jabra Elite 65t hits an alltime low 8999

first_img Apple Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 13 Photos Amazon CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Mentioned Above Apple AirPods 2019 (Charging Case) Tags reading • Jabra Elite 65t deal: One of our favorite AirPods alternatives slashed to $89.99 (Update: Sold out) Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand 11 Headphones Apple See It $144 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It $159 Review • AirPods 2019 review: King of truly wireless earphones crowned with small enhancements See It Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itcenter_img Best Buy Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See it Jabra Elite 65t Comments CNET I’m up early today, cheeps, continuing to put out the brush fire that was yesterday’s Cheapskate Mystery Box email snafu. (OK: email train-wreck.) I mention that simply because there’s a good chance this deal will sell out quickly, perhaps before the West Coast is even awake. But I have to share it, because it’s an all-time low on a popular product.Today only, and while supplies last, Woot has the Jabra Elite 65t true-wireless sport earbuds for $89.99, with free shipping for Amazon Prime subscribers. They’re new, not refurbished. Retail price: $169.99. Best price I could find elsewhere: $139.99. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See it at WootAs regular readers know, there are now several zillion true-wireless earphones out there, with some wildly different designs, features and prices. For better or worse, we tend to judge them on how they compare to Apple’s AirPods (which are as notorious for their design as they are for their sky-high price).You won’t find the Jabra Elite 65t on CNET’s list of the best cheap AirPods alternatives, which is where I tend to focus my attention. However, it has definitely earned a place on the list of the best true wireless earphones, period.CNET’s David Carnoy first reviewed the 65t back in early 2018, and had this to say: “The Jabra Elite 65t are smaller and fit more comfortably than their predecessors. They sound excellent for truly wireless headphones, perform reliably and are great for making calls, with two microphones in each earpiece. Battery life is decent at 5 hours and the included charging case delivers two extra charges.”Granted, the landscape has changed quite a bit since then, but the 65t’s price hasn’t. So this is your chance to get what appears to be the best deal yet on a top-rated product.Your thoughts? Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier $144 Share your voice • See All 2:30 Now playing: Watch this: Jabra’s Elite 65t earphones have some advantages over… Apple AirPods 2019 The Cheapskate $144 Applelast_img read more

India may let Huawei conduct 5G trials defying Trump ban over national

first_imgHuawei’s prominence in 5G technology makes it difficult for countries like India that want extensive deployment of the technology to ignore the Chinese company. HuaweiPrime Minister Narendra Modi’s government may seize the initiative to lead the world on the 5G technology platform by partnering telecom equipment maker Huawei. US President Donald Trump has banned the Chinese giant citing national security concerns and warned allies and other nations not to allow Huawei. Trump has also threatened to blacklist companies selling or supplying US-origin technologies or products to Huawei or its associates.Huawei has said it is ready to sign “no back door” agreement with the Indian government to discourage espionage, and urged the government to enter into similar agreements with other makers of telecom equipment. The Modi government has been watching the developments closely though Telecommunications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said earlier that the government has not taken any decision regarding Huawei participation in 5G trials. The minister had said the 5G trials would start in a short while followed by spectrum sales.”We are proposing to the Indian government that we are ready to sign “no-back door” agreement. We encourage other OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) also to sign this kind of agreement with the government and telecom operators,” a PTI report said quoting Huawei India CEO Jay Chen. “Back door” in technology products refers to an arrangement with the government or with any third party to share data in an unauthorised manner with mala fide intention. Ravi Shankar Prasad takes oath as Union Minister at a swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on May 30, 2019. Prasad has said the 5G trials will begin soon.IANSThe telecom department had come up with security guidelines in 2011 to certify equipment that telecom operators install in their network to ensure they are free from malicious software. Under the guidelines, telecom companies face hefty fines for failing to ensure compliance with the law. However, the government has not set up the labs needed to examine security issues in the hardware and software that telecom providers employ.The US government’s allegations are based on its interpretation of the law in China that warrants its companies to share data with the country’s intelligence for national security. Chen claimed that Huawei had researched Chinese law on its own and with the help of big legal firms based in the US, UK, and Australia, the report says.”They did some comparison. The Chinese intelligence law says that citizens and companies are supposed to cooperate if there is some national security threat but they never asked to share data or cooperate for state spying. Similar laws exist in the US, UK, Australia, and India too,” according to Chen.Indian telecom service providers Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea extensively use equipment that Huawei has supplied. With the introduction of 5G, more networks may have to install the Chinese company’s equipment, according to sources. Some officials in the Indian government believe that Huawei has been caught in the escalating US-China trade war.last_img read more

Secondgrader votes for boat

first_imgPeople queue for voting in Khulna city. Photo: Focus BanglaVote rigging in Khulna City Corporation elections reached to the extent that even a minor boy was found voting for ruling Awami League-backed mayoral candidate Talukder Abdul Khalek on Tuesday.After visiting several centres in Khulna city, this correspondent found a man coming out of a polling station with his son, a student of class II. Both of the father and son had indelible ink marks on their fingers.Asked about the ink, the man said, ”My son has cast his vote, too.”And the second-grader said, ”I voted for boat and Tipu uncle (the AL-backed ward councillor Ali Akbar Tipu).”Both the father and son were found in front of Nurani Bahumukhi Madrasa centre, under ward 25. A member of the election commission in the centre was also allegedly harassed by the ruling AL influentials.AL-backed candidate Talukder Abdul Khalek visited Platinum High School station under ward No. 11 around 12:00pm. After his visit, around eight to 10 AL activists entered the centre and started ballot stuffing in the presence of presiding officer Sheikh Abu Md Mushfequl Morshed.When some journalists started recording the ballot stuffing scene, the presiding officer drove them away, saying, ”We have some restrictions.”Visiting PTI polling station around 2:00pm, it was seen a voter, Sadia Parveen, could not cast her vote as someone else had already done so.”They said I had already cast my vote and told me to go somewhere else,” Parveen told Prothom Alo.last_img read more