Govt order on blood donation camps 25 headed for trouble

first_imgJaipur, Sep 14 (PTI) A Rajasthan government order to all colleges to hold blood donation camps on the birth anniversary of Jan Sangh ideologue Deendayal Upadhyay on September 25 is headed for trouble with an organisation threatening to move court as it is likely to coincide with Eid festival. The Forum for Democracy and Communal Amity is planning to move High Court in a day or two even though the government has clarified that there will be a holiday on Eid and Principals of respective colleges will decide whom to depute for arrangements for the blood donation camps. In an order on September 2, the College Education Directorate had asked the Principals of all government and private colleges in the state to hold blood donation camps on September 25 and not allow any employee in their college to take leave and leave headquarters a day before. As per the order, 100 blood donation camps would be organised on September 25 with the participation of all the government and private colleges across the state. Mohammad Iqbal, state secretary of the Forum for Democracy and Communal Amity told PTI today that “The governments order regarding the blood donation camp will deprive Muslim employees of their rights because they will not be able to celebrate the festival of Eid with family.” Claiming that the government is adamant “despite our repeated demand” not to go ahead with it, Iqbal said, “We have spoken to our members in all the districts and we will move High Court in a day or two if the government does not take its binding orders back.” He said such blood donation camps should be organised at the party level and not at the government level. On the other hand, the Commissioner of College Education Rajendra Sharma said there will be a government holiday on Eid and it will depend on Principals as to whom to be engaged in arrangements of the blood donation camp. Principals, at their level, can decide on allowing any employee to leave headquarters on September 24, he said. “The government holiday on Eid is unchanged but some employees in colleges will have to be deployed in arrangements of holding the camps on September 25. It is for the Principal of individual college to decide which employee will be engaged in arrangements,” Sharma said. However, Iqbal said, “We have not seen any such circular in which the college directorate claims to have authorised the Principals to take decision of granting permission to employee to leave headquarters.” Sawai Singh, state President of the Forum, said the government should withdraw the order without any further delay. “No employee should be compelled for the programme. Every citizen has a right to celebrate his festival and this order is against this,” he said. PTI SDA AKK AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

Dozens of hearses to take Colombia crash victims toward final flight home

first_imgDozens of hearses carrying the coffins of those killed when a plane flying Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer team crashed into a Colombian mountain will leave Medellin for the airport on Friday to be flown home. (Colombia and Brazil football teams join in tribute after plane crash)The disaster on Monday night killed 71 people and shocked soccer fans the world over. It appears that the LAMIA Bolivia BAe146 airliner ran out of fuel, lost electrical power and was preparing for an emergency landing as it smashed into the mountains in central Colombia. (Bodies of Brazilians killed in Colombia crash expected back on Friday)Only six on board the flight survived, including three members of the soccer squad en route to the biggest game in their history: the Copa Sudamericana final. (Colombia crash: Plane carrying Chapecoense players was running out of fuel)The tragedy plunged Latin America’s largest nation, Brazil, into mourning as it reels from a deep recession and political crisis. Video footage of the team seated before takeoff showed them laughing and pulling faces at the camera.The bodies and ashes of five Bolivians will leave shortly on a Hercules aircraft and those of a Venezuelan on a commercial flight. The remains of a Paraguayan victim left Colombia late on Thursday. (From Wayne Rooney to Neymar, soccer world sends condolences to Brazil’s Chapecoense after air crash)A convoy carrying the dead Brazilians will leave the funeral home in Medellin later on Friday for the journey along a mountain road to Rionegro airport, where the victims will be flown back to Brazil. (Rivals rule out final league game against Chapecoense)advertisementIn the club’s small farming hometown in southern Brazil, workers erected temporary structures in the stadium to shelter the coffins of 51 victims – players, staff and journalists – expected to arrive at night for an open-air wake on Saturday.Some 100,000 fans, about half the city’s population, are likely to attend, as is Brazilian President Michel Temer and Gianni Infantino, president of world soccer governing body FIFA. (Brazilian clubs offer to loan players to Chapecoense after plane crash)Roberto Di Marchi came to Colombia to escort the body of his cousin Nilson Folle Junior, 29, a director of Chapecoense, back home.”He always travelled with the team, to every game, he was a fantastic person, he was so dedicated and loved the Chapecoense,” Di Marchi said at the funeral home, adding Folle’s father was one of the team’s founders.Two of the Bolivian flight crew and a journalist also survived along with the three players. They remain in hospital.”Authorities are working on the diplomatic paperwork around the clock to ensure that by 10 at night all the bodies are returned to their families,” Colombian police commander Colonel Jose Contreras.Two black boxes recovered from the crash site on a muddy hillside in wooded highlands near the town of La Union are due to be sent this week for examination by experts in Britain, where the jet was manufactured.Colombian aviation officials said the absence of fuel at the crash site and in the plane’s tubing indicated it had completely run out of fuel.last_img read more

Rohit Sharma becomes the first player in the history of cricket to cross 200-run mark thrice in ODI: 6 interesting facts about him that you should not miss

first_imgLeading from the front, stand-in Indian skipper Rohit Sharma slammed his third double century in ODIs on Wednesday during the 2nd ODI between India and Sri Lanka. Sharma scored an unbeaten double century as India scored 392 for 4 at the PCA cricket stadium in Mohali, Chandigarh. The right-handed batsman sent the Sri Lankan bowlers on a leather hunt and became the first player on the planet to cross the 200-run mark thrice in ODIs. In the process, he surpassed multiple records as India set a target of 393 runs. Sharma ended his innings on an unbeaten 208, thereby becoming the second captain to score a double ton in the history of cricket.He scored the coveted double off 151 balls in grand style in the final over of India’s innings. In his brilliant knock, he hit 13 fours and 12 sixes.While his performance speaks all about him, here are six interesting facts about Rohit Sharma that you should not miss:Rohit Sharma can fluently converse in four languages — English, Hindi, Marathi and TeluguLike many cricketers, Rohit Sharma did not want to become a batsman. He began his career as an Off-Spinner. But his coach Dinesh Lad noticed Rohit’s potential with the bat and transformed him into a batsmanRohit Sharma’s parents could not afford to pay his school fees. So, he was given a scholarship in his school just because of his cricketing abilityRohit Sharma was the first Indian to score a hundred in T20s when he scored one for Mumbai against Gujarat in the 2006-07 edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 competition. He scored 101 not out off 45 balls with 13 fours and five sixesadvertisementRohit Sharma is an ardent fan of Manchester UnitedRohit Sharma is the 2nd Indian to score a century in a knock-out match in ICC World Cup history. First to do so was Sourav Ganguly against Kenya in 2003Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

World Squash Championship: Saurav Ghosal enters pre-quarters, Joshna Chinappa out

first_imgIndia’s Saurav Ghosal entered the men’s pre-quarterfinals even as compatriot Joshna Chinappa crashed out of the women’s event of the ongoing PSA World Squash Championship in Chicago.Saurav now remains the lone Indian in the fray. Saurav, seeded 11th, defeated France’s Lucas Serme 13-11 11-6 11-8 in his second round match that lasted 48 minutes on Sunday.Saurav will play unseeded Joel Makin of Wales in the next round.However, 14th seede Joshna suffered a shock defeat against the Hong Kong 18th seed Joey Chan 10-12 7-11 7-11 in the second round of the women’s singles event.Also Watch:last_img read more

KL Rahul reflects on Koffee With Karan controversy: It was a hard time for me

first_imgBrief scores – Australia (194/3) beat India (190/4) by 7 wickets to sweep series 2-0 in Bengaluru. Maxwell (113*), Short (40), Shankar (2/38). Scorecard | HighlightsIndia opener KL Rahul marked his international return with a couple of good knocks in the two-match Twenty20 International series against Australia at home. This was Rahul’s first international assignment since the Koffee With Karan controversy in January.KL Rahul, along with India teammate Hardik Pandya, talked about relationships, crushes, favourite movies, actors and actresses during the popular TV show.However, duo’s sexist and racists comments led to a massive controversy, forcing the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to put them under provisional suspension and also recalled them from Australia. The suspension was later lifted and the pair was allowed to play in international cricket pending inquiry.”It was a hard time no doubt. I mean, as a player, as a person, everyone has to go through difficult times and it was my time to go through that and like I said it gave me time to reflect on my game, on myself. I have always been someone who takes things as it comes,” said Rahul after the second T20I against Australia in Bengaluru.India lost the short series 0-2 but Rahul made a successful comeback with scores of 50 and 47. After he was sent back from Australia, Rahul was given the opportunity to regain form in the India A home series against England Lions and he made it count.Rahul made the most of the opportunity that came his way to lead India A by helping the young side beat England Lions in the second of the two unofficial Tests at the Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar Ground in Mysore earlier this month.advertisementKL Rahul led from the front with the bat scoring 81 runs in India A’s first innings. The right-handed batsman stitched a 178-run stand with fellow opener and centurion Abhimanyu Easwaran to box England Lions out of the contest in Mysore. Rahul had also scored 89 runs in the first unofficial Test in Wayanad.”It has humbled me a little bit and you know, respect the opportunity that I have gotten to play for the country. The dream of every kid is to play for the country and I am no different. Just to value where I am, just to keep making opportunities count and put my head down and keep working on my cricket,” he said.DRAVID’S HELPRahul said the India A stint under coach Rahul Dravid helped him immensely.”I got some time off from international cricket, so I could come back to India and reflect on what was not going right for me. Fortunately I got to play some India A games where the pressure is a bit less and where I could focus on my skill and my technique.”Got to spend a lot of time with Rahul Dravid, working on my game and chatting about cricket. He helped a lot in the five games I played for India A. The time I have spent in the middle has helped. It is nice to be back with the boys and back in blue,” he said.Rahul hopes that it is a blessing in disguise that he courted controversy early in his international career.”I hope so. Things happen like I said. Four-five years with Team India. Learnt about the game, where I stand as a cricketer, as a person so just try to get better from there and be consistent and keep performing,” he said.Also Read | Clinical Australia outplayed us in both games: Virat Kohli after India’s T20I series lossAlso Read | Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni hit 50th career sixes in T20 InternationalsAlso Read | Kohli loses 1st home series as captain after Maxwell’s Bengaluru blitzAlso Read | Having confidence in my game has helped: Glenn Maxwell after Bengaluru heroicsAlso Watch:last_img read more

Croatia’s sliding-door moment – the day Finland scored late against them

first_imgfeatures Share via Email Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. In fact, it is easy to imagine that the team would not have qualified for Russia without him and surely no one outside Croatia – or, perhaps, the Middle East – would be talking about the coach Zlatko Dalic now.Croatia met Finland at home in a World Cup qualifier last October, after three extremely poor and worrying performances. They had lost to both Iceland and Turkey away and managed only a 1-0 home win over Kosovo. The team had no identity, they were blunt in attack, erratic in defence, and even Modric, who was regularly their best player, could not shake them out of the lethargic, depressive state they found themselves in.But the key men in the football federation, with the help of their loyal journalists spread strategically across the mainstream media, invested much effort in assuring the public that everything was going to be OK. They made sure to communicate their full support to the manager, Ante Cacic, whose contract had been extended that year, through all channels available to them.Croatia were still topping the group, level on points with Iceland and two ahead of Turkey and Ukraine. They still had everything in their hands with two games to go and were preparing for the game in Kiev, which would seal their qualification regardless of other results. The match against Finland, a side that had no chance of qualifying, were seen as little more than a nuisance. Share on Messenger Twitter Share on WhatsApp Ante Cacic, the coach of Croatia, until the draw with Finland which left his successor needing a win in Ukraine just to reach the play-offs from a qualifying group which was won by Iceland. Photograph: Mauri Ratilainen/EPA Share on Pinterest Read more Pinterest England were ‘unbelievably inferior’ – Croatian press on World Cup semi-final Croatia Read more Croatia motivated by English pundits’ lack of respect, says Luka Modric Share on Twitter World Cup 2018 Share on Facebook Pyry Soiri is a name that will sound vaguely familiar to regular followers of the Croatia team but most others in the country – in particular those who have jumped on the bandwagon as they have made their way to a World Cup final – are unlikely to have heard of him. But the 23-year-old Finnish player with a Namibian father, who plays for Shakhtyor Soligorsk in the Belarussian Premier League, had a key role in Croatia’s ascent to the top.It is probably safe to say that none of this – hordes of face-painted fans in Russia and in city squares across Croatia, heroic comebacks at the World Cup, speculation about Luka Modric winning the Golden Ball – would have been possible if it was not for Soiri. “Why are you being so pessimistic?” — Cacic asked the press the day before the game, trying to give the impression of being a man who knew what he was doing, but failing to do so. He produced an awkward grin and briefly turned to Modric, who was sitting next to him, probably expecting the captain’s body language to show signs of support. But Modric kept a serious face.The next day the team again struggled to break through the not particularly impressive Finland defence, but things appeared to fall into place as Mario Mandzukic scored after 57 minutes. That seemed to be all there was to it; the journalists had their match reports finished and ready to file on the whistle, the fans at Rijeka’s small but not sold out Rujevica ground were already leaving, and those watching on TV just waited for another tedious and unconvincing performance to end. World Cup This is no joke – he really gave that as a reason. But somehow it all worked. Dalic, who had had an unremarkable coaching career in Croatia and Albania before leaving for the Middle East, where he was AFC Champions League runner-up with Al Ain in 2016, defeated Ukraine, easily dealt with Greece in the play-offs and proceeded to lead Croatia all the way to Sunday’s World Cup final.That they have had a bit of luck on the way cannot be denied, but more than anything the squad have had guts and shown an incredible mental strength – something few at home thought they possessed.And for this Dalic must be given huge credit. The talent of the players has never been in question but Dalic has been the first manager to get the best out of them since Slaven Bilic, who laid the foundations for this generation when he was in charge from 2006 to 2012.Dalic took over with the players at their peak and managed to shape them into a proper, fearsome team; something that his predecessors – Igor Stimac, Niko Kovac and Cacic – were unable to do, or at least with any real consistency. There is just no way that they could have done all this with Cacic in charge, even if he had managed to qualify for Russia.And it was a lad whose name has already been forgotten in Croatia who triggered the whole series of events. Pyry Soiri must not be forgotten in these days of glory and celebration. He deserves at least a thank-you note from everyone in the squad. Share on LinkedIn But then Soiri, 10 minutes into his international debut after coming off the bench, beat Danijel Subasic to a long ball played behind the back of Croatia’s defence and scored.Suddenly everything was upside down. Croatia now needed a win in Ukraine three days later in order to qualify for the play-off round.That one incident, that one touch, made all the difference in the chaotic world of Croatian football. Cacic was fired the next day and the federation appointed his successor hours before the team were due to fly to Kiev.Zlatko Dalic had watched the team on TV the previous evening; that afternoon he was their manager, having met his players just before checking in at Zagreb airport. Everyone on Cacic’s staff was fired as well – “or otherwise this wouldn’t be shock therapy,” Davor Suker, the federation president, kindly explained – except for Marijan Mrmic, the goalkeeping coach. Why him? “Because it would look frivolous to have just Dalic sitting alone on the bench in Kiev,” Suker said. Topics Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Buffon’s 10 greatest moments at Juventus

first_imgJuventus From Serie B to nine-time Scudetto winner – Gianluigi Buffon’s greatest moments at Juventus Mark Doyle Last updated 1 year ago 23:30 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Gianluigi Buffon Juventus Getty Images Juventus Juventus v Hellas Verona Hellas Verona Serie A UEFA Champions League Opinion With the Italian icon having made his last appearance on Sunday, Goal looks back at his remarkable 17-year stay in Turinlast_img read more

New Music Monday: Dom La Nena

first_img The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Dominique Pinto—better known by her stage name, Dom La Nena—released her second full-length album, Soyo, earlier this month through Six Degrees Records. Since the 2013 release of her debut album, Ela, Dom has released the four-track Golondrina EP—featuring a stunning cover of The National’s “Start a War”—a set of remixes titled Ela Por Eles, and a collaboration with Rosemary Standley titled Birds on a Wire. Having learned the cello from a young age, the instrument plays a major role on all each record.  Along with Dom’s quiet voice, the cello brings an element of intimacy to the music.Her voice and cello find companions in other chamber folk elements like the piano. The final result has garnered Dom La Nena comparisons to Brian Wilson (Wall Street Journal), Joanna Newsom (Time Out New York), Cat Power (Pop Dose), and more abstractly “the shadow of Lhasa like an angel passing by” (Voir).After the release of Ela, Dom spent the better part of two years touring internationally, and Soyo‘s sound reflects on that experience as it builds from the base that Ela created. After sketching the songs out on her own, Dom recruited Marcelo Camelo (formerly of Los Hermanos) to produce Soyo. The two collaborated to expand the tracks, including elements of indie rock and Latin dance forms. Ultimately, every instrument on Soyo was performed by Camelo or Dom herself.Dom La Nena’s new album, Soyo, is available on Amazon, iTunes, and Bandcamp. The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Why Are All These Celebrities Shotgunning Beers? last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality

first_img Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-883-8732 HALIFAX REGIONAL Municipality: Old Guysborough Road (Route 212) Old Guysborough Road (Route 212) from Antrim Road, west of Dollar Lake Provincial Park, for 6.7 kilometres to Wyse Road will have a one-lane closure until Monday, Oct. 31. The closure is to allow asphalt and concrete repaving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to dusk. -30-last_img

Manitoba claims to be moving quick on Phoenix Sinclair inquest recommendations

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe province of Manitoba says it will bring forward recommendations from the Phoenix Sinclair inquiry sooner than expected.The media spotlight has been on the province’s child welfare system again this week.But the minister responsible is adamant this development is about action and not a response to criticism.Sinclair was murdered by her mom and her mom’s boyfriend when the child was supposed to be under the watch of child services.APTN’s Dennis Ward has the story.last_img read more

Firstever World Humanitarian Summit must usher in new era of global solidarity

Briefing Member States on preparations for the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Heads of State and Government to come to the event and deliver a strong message that “we will not accept the erosion of humanity which we see in the world today.”“We must not fail the people who need us, when they need us most,” said the UN chief, drawing particular attention to the leader’s segment and the roundtables, that will take place during the 23-24 May summit in Istanbul, Turkey.“First, the best way to achieve bold, courageous change is to make sure that leaders are there to deliver it,” Mr. Ban said, noting that the leaders’ segment will be an opportunity to discuss the five core responsibilities of his Agenda for Humanity.The five core aims are: political leadership to prevent and end conflict; uphold the norms that safeguard humanity; leave no one behind; change people’s lives – from delivering aid to ending need; and invest in humanity.“History will judge us by how we use this moment,” Mr. Ban said, urging States to come to Istanbul at the highest level and to show leadership on the great challenges of the 21st century.“We must not let down the many millions of men, women and children in dire need,” he added.Mr. Ban said that seven roundtable sessions will be held over the two days to provide a space for leaders from Member States, civil society and the private sector to focus on a number of challenges crucial to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other shared goals.The themes of the roundtables are: Preventing and Ending Conflict; Upholding the Norms that Safeguard Humanity; Leaving No-one Behind; Natural Disasters and Climate Change; From Delivering Aid to Ending Need; Gender Equality; and Investing in Humanity.He said that proposed core commitments that reflect some of the changes necessary to turn the Agenda for Humanity into action were circulated last week for consideration and should be finalized by 18 April.These are voluntary and non-binding, and can be individual or joint commitments. The Summit is not an end point, but the beginning of a new era of international solidarity to halt the terrible suffering of people affected by conflicts and disasters. The Summit’s success would make an enormous qualitative difference in advancing action on so many other fronts – not least the 2030 Agenda.The summit outcomes will include a Chair’s summary that will be issued in Istanbul, and a “Commitments to Action” document that will follow some time later. Along with the Agenda for Humanity, these all constitute important elements to the framework for action and follow-up, he said.Post-Summit follow-upThe follow-up will begin with the Humanitarian Affairs Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council in June. In September, Mr. Ban will submit his report to the General Assembly, presenting the outcomes of the Summit and further possible steps ahead, he said.At that point, Member States can decide to take forward some or all of the report’s recommendations through intergovernmental discussions and negotiations, he said. The annual General Assembly humanitarian resolutions in the autumn will likely be vehicles for many of these important discussions.“Last year we achieved major victories for global solidarity,” he said, referring to Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk ReductionAddis Ababa Action Agenda, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Climate Agreement.“Let us make the World Humanitarian Summit a historic step forward for our common humanity,” he said.The briefing was organized by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) at the UN Headquarters in New York. read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State wins secondstraight game defeating Cincinnati 6956

Ohio State redshirt senior guard Adreana Miller (15) pass the ball in the first half of the game against South Florida. Ohio State lost 71-47. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s basketball team gained its third victory of the season and second in a row after defeating the Cincinnati Bearcats 69-56 on Sunday.The Buckeyes got off to a hot start with a 15-4 lead midway through the first quarter, making six of seven from the field and three of four from 3-point range to start the game, one of which was a milestone 3 from redshirt senior guard Adreana Miller.Miller recorded her 1,000th career point on a 3 ball, helping Ohio State to the highest scoring quarter of the season, scoring 26 points to pair with a season high 85 percent shooting for a quarter.The Buckeyes carried their momentum into a 17-point lead at halftime powered by freshman forward Dorka Juhasz’s game-high 10 points and seven rebounds.The second half turned into a much more competitive affair as the Bearcats chipped away against Ohio State behind the strength of a team-high 14 points by junior guard Sam Rodgers, who played a game-high 37 minutes.The Buckeyes made many mental mistakes and had missed opportunities that allowed Cincinnati to get back into a game that head coach Kevin McGuff said should have been wrapped up earlier.“Good to kind of see us getting together and finish the game out,” McGuff said. “But it was disappointing. We played such a good first half and thought in the third quarter had chances to really stretch the lead out, and put a lot of game pressure on them and probably end it. But they kept playing hard and we kept making mental mistakes.”Cincinnati narrowed the lead to just three points in the second half when the Bearcats went on an 11-0 run. Comparably, Ohio State was unable to find its scoring touch, going more than five minutes without a basket.“I think the problems were like mental problems,” Juhasz said. “We missed lots of great shots, free throws, lots of turnovers. I think we have to reduce it because we will have tougher games.”While Ohio State’s 19 turnovers illustrated the mental breakdowns during the game, the team was able to stay resilient and end the game on a 10-0 run highlighted by two 3-point shots off the bench by junior guard Jensen Caretti.The Buckeyes (3-2) next face the Washington Huskies (4-3) on the road Wednesday. read more

KEFI Minerals secures project funding of 135 million For Tulu Kapi gold

first_imgKEFI Minerals, the gold exploration and development company with projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, has signed a mandate letter and heads of terms for $135 million of project funding with Oryx Management to finance and operate all the on-site infrastructure at its Tulu Kapi gold project in Ethiopia. The planned financing package also includes funding finance charges during a 30-month construction and production ramp-up period.Mandate signed with infrastructure specialist Oryx to operate and lease-finance all on-site infrastructure at the projectOryx to establish a special purpose vehicle to issue bonds, the proceeds of which would be used to build and own all the on-site infrastructure for the project which it would lease to the project company, Tulu Kapi Gold Mines Ltd (TKM). The receipt of lease payments from TKM would be used by Finance SPV to pay the principal and interest on its bondsOryx to also operate the on-site ore processing infrastructure on an open-book, cost plus performance-bonus based operating contractEthiopian Government to fund the building of all off-site infrastructure for the project, in accordance with previously announced and executed Shareholders Agreement. The relevant Government agencies will operate and maintain the off-site infrastructureAusdrill (through its subsidiary African Mining Services) to supply and operate all the mining equipment under a mine services agreement structured as a conventional schedule of rates contract, whereby the contractor is paid per tonne of material deliveredAll contractors to be accountable to and supervised by KEFI subsidiary TKMIgnoring historic investment of some $60 million, the project’s remaining funding need has now been successfully reduced from circa $289 million when KEFI took control in 2014 to an amount of about $160 million (before overlaying the Oryx proposal) to a residual balance of $32 million. The residual balance of $32 million, which includes approximately $13 million of contingency provisions, will now be refined, structured and sourced. This residual amount will also be further evaluated over the coming months and may be reducedA variety of sources to finance the estimated residual requirement of $20-30 million are being considered, including working capital facilities with Development Bank of Ethiopia, project-level equity with a mining and engineering group and further equity from KEFI in the project companyIt is currently estimated that KEFI’s holding in TKM, will be some75%, without the issue of further project-level equity to any third party, and under any scenario, it is KEFI’s preference to retain majority ownership and control of the projectTulu Kapi’s cash flow projections (supported by the 2017 Update to the DFS) at a gold price of $1,250/oz support the company’s plan to rapidly pay down the project finance indebtedness at the same time as pursuing a focused and exciting exploration program, and also to consider commencing dividends to shareholders early in the project’s life. An indicator of the projected cash flow strength is that under these assumptions, Oryx could be repaid around half-way through the nine-year termTimetable agreed with the Ethiopian Government and Oryx for financing to be provided and development to start before the end of 2017.Commenting KEFI’s Executive Chairman, Harry Anagnostaras-Adams, said: “KEFI has selected a development funding approach considered more appropriate for start-up purposes than bank debt due to its longer nine-year tenor and its repayments commencing 30 months after drawdown.“This project has been designed in close collaboration with the selected project contractors, Ausdrill for mining and Lycopodium for processing, and in partnership with the Ethiopian Government.“At a gold price of $1,250/oz, Tulu Kapi’s robust project cash flow projections, combined with the innovative financing proposal from Oryx, looks to well serve KEFI’s objective to rapidly repay debts whilst implementing our targeted exploration programs and commencing dividends during the early production years.“We welcome Oryx to the Tulu Kapi syndicate and look forward to putting the funding in place to commence development of Tulu Kapi this year.”Tulu Kapi has a Probable Ore Reserve of 1.0 Moz and Mineral Resources totalling 1.7 Moz. Planned gold production is forecast to be circa 115,000 oz/y at an AISC of $777/oz over the initial eight years of mining the open pit.last_img read more

FAM supplies worlds largest compact bucketwheel excavator to Codelco Radomiro Tomic

first_imgChilean state copper mining company, Codelco, made a strategic move recently when they placed an order with the FAM Group to build a new bucketwheel excavator pf type SR800P9 for the Radomiro Tomic opencast copper mine in the Atacama Desert in the north of Chile, with the machine assembled earlier this year on site. “Unique design and customised fabrication of equipment is one of the core competences of the FAM Group with this project being no exception. Since Chile is home to the world’s largest copper deposits, FAM was proud to provide the customer with the world’s largest bucket wheel excavator of the compact class. The machine will be serving in a dynamic leach pad which features advanced chemical processing of the copper ore on an industrial scale.”The crushed and acidified copper ore is stacked in large stockpiles and sprinkled with water delivered by a pipe system which leaches the copper from the ore. The copper-rich liquid is then collected via a drainage system and fed into an electrolysis system for copper recovery. After having been stored in the stockyard for a certain period of time, the leached copper ore must be reclaimed using a bucket wheel excavator to finally dump it and create new stockpile space. The excavator for the Radomiro Tomic copper mine is designed for an impressive output of 14,500 t/h. To reach this rate, the bucketwheel has a cutting diameter of 19 m and it comes with a 1,000 kW drive. The bucket wheel transfers the bulk material onto a conveyor belt located on the machine and from there the material is fed onto a conveyor bridge on crawlers. To unload the stockpile, the bucket wheel excavator runs along the length of the stockyard continuously reclaiming the material. At the end of the stockyard it turns around the curve to take on the next row of the pile.In addition to the implemented powerful mechanical components, FAM installed cutting-edge electrical and control technology as well, including automatic operation, video monitoring, several radar systems (for collision and stockpile recognition and positioning), highly precise GPS positioning, and complex monitoring systems to ensure the availability of systems.last_img read more

Renewed appeal for missing man on his 30th birthday

first_imgPOLICE IN BELFAST are renewing their appeal for information about the disappearance of Martin Kelly who went missing in 2006. Today is his 30th birthday.On New Year’s Day, 2006, he and his friends were in Pat’s Bar in Garmoyle Street to watch a football match.His friends left and Kelly remained in the bar talking to other customers. He left at 7.10pm and has not been seen since.The missing man is 6″1′ tall and of slim build with short dark hair. On the day he went missing he was wearing a black Guinness t-shirt and blue jeans.Detective Chief Inspector Colin Gillis, Crime Manager for south and east Belfast said police remain committed and determined to find out what happened to him and to bringing closure to his family.He said detectives will continue to follow up all new lines of enquiry and any new information.(Image: PSNI)“Police investigating Martin’s disappearance carried out searches on land and on the water and deployed the diving team and air support team in these searches,” he added. “We have also undertaken extensive enquiries but despite conducting a wide range of interviews and reviewing all available CCTV relating to the incident, Martin has not been located.”Anyone with any information about the man’s disappearance can contact detectives at Musgrave Police Station on 0845 600 800.Read: Mother of missing Irish man in India still ‘determined’ to find him two years on>last_img read more

UN declares North Koreas crimes on par with Nazism apartheid and Khmer

first_imgA portrait of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is burned by protesters during an anti-North Korea rally. Dec. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)NORTH KOREA’S REGIME has committed crimes as chilling as those of the Nazis, South Africa’s apartheid regime or Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge and must be stopped, the head of a UN inquiry said on Monday.“Contending with the great scourges of Nazism, apartheid, the Khmer Rouge and other affronts required courage by great nations and ordinary human beings alike,” Michael Kirby told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.“It is now your solemn duty to address the scourge of human rights violations and crimes against humanity in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” he said.His comments followed a searing 400-page report, released last month, that documented a range of gross human rights abuses in the country, including extermination, enslavement and sexual violence.“The gravity, scale, duration and nature of the unspeakable atrocities committed in the country reveal a totalitarian state that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world,” said Kirby, a retired Australian judge.The report insisted North Korea’s leaders should answer for a litany of crimes against humanity before an international court.“The world has ignored the evidence for too long,” Kirby insisted, adding: “There is no excuse, because now we know.”North Korean soldiers march during a mass military parade in Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square to celebrate 100 years since the birth of North Korean founder, Kim Il Sung, April 2012. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)‘Shameless fabrications’North Korea, which refused to cooperate with the commission, has “categorically” rejected the report.Its representative to the UN, So Se Pyong, slammed the findings as “shameless fabrications” by “the United States and other hostile forces”.The commission, created in March 2013 by the Human Rights Council, was denied access to North Korea and relied on hearings in South Korea and Japan with 320 North Korean exiles.The report condemned a widespread system of throwing generations of the same family into prison camps under guilt-by-association rules.On Monday, Kirby showed footage from the hearings, including of survivor Shin Dong-hyuk who was born into a prison camp and spent his first 23 years there.The 31-year-old says he was tortured, subjected to forced labour and compelled to witness the execution of his mother and brother at the age of 13.Former prisoner Jee Heon-a can also be seen in the footage describing how she had witnessed a security guard beat a mother until she agreed to drown her newborn baby.“The baby stopped crying (and) we saw bubbles rising up,” she recalled.North Korea is estimated to have 80,000 to 120,000 political prisoners, while hundreds of thousands more are believed to have perished in the camps over the past half century, “through deliberate starvation, forced labour, executions, torture,” the report said.“If this report does not give rise to action, it is difficult to imagine what will,” Kirby insisted.Retired Australian judge Michael Kirby, chairperson of the commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, shows the commission’s report, Monday, Feb 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)Around 100 Japanese abducted The report also estimated 200,000 people from other countries had been abducted — mostly South Koreans left stranded after the 1950-1953 Korean War, but also hundreds from around the world since then.North Korean representative So marched out of the Human Rights Council in protest when Japan allowed Shigeo Iizuka, the chairman of the Japanese Association of Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea, to take the floor.Pyongyang admitted in 2002 that it had abducted 13 Japanese nationals over two decades. It said eight had died, including Iizuka’s sister Yaeko Taguchi, who was taken in 1978. Tokyo rejects the claims.Kirby said his commission estimates around 100 Japanese have been abducted by North Korea.Outside the council chambers, relatives of abductees brandished black-and-white photographs of their long-lost loved ones, demanding that Pyongyang finally come clean.Many country representatives supported the call to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court.“The EU believes that it is imperative that there be no impunity for those responsible for human rights violations,” EU representative to the UN in Geneva, Mariangela Zappia, told the council.Along with Japan, the European Union is drafting a resolution on North Korea to be voted on by the council next week.However, North Korea’s key ally China, which has a veto at the UN Security Council, would likely reject any referral of North Korean rights abuse cases to the ICC.On Monday, Chinese representative Chen Chuandong lamented to the council that many of the report’s recommendations were “divorced from the realities on the peninsula and are highly politicised.”People attending a mass rally chant slogans to show their support for the leadership in Pyongyang, North Korea Monday, Jan 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)- © AFP, 2014Read: North Korea just had an election. Guess who won.Read: Here are just some of North Korea’s human rights abuseslast_img read more

Jill Meagher accused faces two other assault charges

first_imgTHE MAN CHARGED with the murder of Irish woman Jill Meagher in Melbourne, Australia, in October last year has been charged with the alleged rape of two other women.Adrian Ernest Bayley was charged with the alleged rape and false imprisonments of the women in separate attacks on 5 April and 15 July, Herald Sun reports.It is understood that the alleged attack in July relates to a Dutch backpacker who was raped in a laneway as she walked home from a pub.In January Bayley appeared in court for a hearing on a police application that was believed to concern a request by police to interview the man about possible criminal charges. It also concerned examining Bayley for “any possible distinguishing mark” that may be on his body.A filing hearing on the two new charges in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court is listed for Friday.Bayley’s two-day committal hearing on the alleged rape and murder of Jill Meagher will take place on 12 and 13 March of this year.Comments have been disabled on this piece as court proceedings are active.Related: Jill Meagher accused faces new questioning>Read: Jill Meagher murder accused appears before court>last_img read more

Mac OS X celebrates 10th birthday

first_imgIt’s a bittersweet birthday for Mac OS X. We reported yesterday that the man behind OS X, Bertrand Serlet, is leaving Apple. But, that doesn’t mean there’s not reason to celebrate this operating system’s great evolution over the past 10 years.Mac OS X v10.0 launched 10 years ago today, March 24, 2001, and was the first Apple operating system based on the UNIX platform. It was also the first to be named in the “big cat” series that is continuing today. It was created as a next-generation operating system, and was the tenth major version of Apple’s OS — hence the “X”. Although the first release suffered from a number of performance issues, Cheetah still received critical acclaim.Mac OS X introduced some important developer tools, one of which was its integrated development environment Xcode that allowed developers to create apps for Mac computers whether they run on PowerPC or Intel processors.Over the 10 years, we’ve seen six major revisions of Mac OS X, from Cheetah (10.0), to Puma (10.1), to Panther (10.3), to Tiger (10.4), to Leopard (10.5), and finally to Snow Leopard (10.6). Apple has just released the first beta for Mac OS X 10.7 called Lion. Let’s take a look at the different versions throughout the last decade:Cheetah: March 24, 2001The first version, Cheetah, had an Aqua interface, which moved away from its professional-looking Macintosh style, and matched its software design to the hardware design of its Macs during that time. Cheetah introduced the Mac world to the Dock, Terminal, Mail, Address Book, TextEdit, AppleScript and PDF support, along with full multitasking. As we mentioned above, the first version was pretty clunky, and slow, but that meant there was only room to improve.Jaguar: August 24, 2002Finally ready for the mainstream, Jaguar introduced stability and speed fixes. It featured a revamped Finder and Address Book, as well as Quartz Extreme, Bonjour, Inkwell, and network support for Windows, among other things. OS X was on its way up.Panther: October 24, 2003Along with revisions to existing features, Panther introduced Expose, Font Book, iChat, FileVault, and Safari. It was also the first version of OS X that wasn’t compatible with some older Macs, like the earliest Mac G3s and PowerBook G3s.Tiger: April 29, 2005New features appeared, including Dashboard, Automator, Dictionary, Front Row, and Quartz Composer. Tiger also released a version 10.4.4 in January 2006, which made it available to Intel computers.Leopard: October 26, 2007Tiger stayed as Apple’s OS for a almost two-and-a-half years before Leopard was finally released. It featured Back to My Mac, Spaces, Boot Camp, and Time Machine. It was the first post-iPhone version of OS X, and was also the first not to run in Classic Mode.Snow Leopard: August 28, 2009Apple seemed to really be stretching the release dates. After another almost two years, Snow Leopard was released. It was the first version not to support PowerPC Macs, and AppleTalk was also no longer supported. Other than the upgrade from Cheetah to Puma, it was the first version to not have the $129 price tag. It was offered for $29 to those who already owned Leopard. Updates to the Finder, Preview, Quicktime X, and Safari were also added.Lion: Summer 2011Apple launched a developer preview of Mac OS X Lion through the Mac App Store a month ago. From that, we learned it will include a new version of Mail; AirDrop, which will be a remarkably easy way to copy files wirelessly from one Mac to another; Versions, which automatically saves successive versions of your document as you create it; Resume, which brings your apps back to exactly how you left them when you restart your Mac, or quit and relaunch an app; AutoSave, which automatically saves your documents as you work; the new FileVault, that provides high performance full disk encryption for local and external drives; and the Mac App Store.If you want to take even more of a trip down memory lane, Ars Technica has posted its review of Mac OS X Public Beta from October 15, 2000.Read more at The Next Web and Tauw. [Photo via Ars Technica]last_img read more

Deputy chief executive of Oxfam in the UK resigns over prostitution scandal

first_img Share7 Tweet Email 11,421 Views Lawrence said that she was “desperately sorry” for the harm and distress that this had caused.“I am desperately sorry for the harm and distress that this has caused to Oxfam’s supporters, the wider development sector and most of all the vulnerable people who trusted us,” she said.It has been such a privilege to work for such an amazing organisation that has done and needs to continue to do such good in the world.The charity has come under strong pressure after an investigation by The Times found young sex workers were hired by senior staff in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake which devastated the island and left up to 300,000 people dead.Groups of young prostitutes were invited to homes and guesthouses paid for by the charity for sex parties, according to one source who claimed to have seen footage of an orgy with sex workers wearing Oxfam t-shirts.Over the weekend UK prime minister Theresa May called for an investigation into the allegations.“The reports of what is unacceptable behaviour by senior aid workers in Haiti are truly shocking,” a spokeswoman for Theresa May said.“We want to see Oxfam provide all the evidence they hold of the events to the Charity Commission for a full and urgent investigation of these very serious allegations.”© – AFP 2018With reporting from Cormac FitzgeraldRead: Theresa May calls for Oxfam probe over ‘shocking’ Haiti prostitutes allegationsRead: Oxfam aid workers used prostitutes during Haiti relief efforts, report claims 20 Comments Monday 12 Feb 2018, 3:11 PM Feb 12th 2018, 3:11 PM File photo. By AFP Deputy chief executive of Oxfam in the UK resigns over prostitution scandal in Haiti Penny Lawrence said that she was “desperately sorry” for the harm and distress that had been caused. Image: Nick Ansell THE DEPUTY CHIEF executive of UK charity Oxfam resigned today over the charity’s handling of a prostitution scandal in Haiti involving its staff members and allegations of similar behaviour in Chad.“Over the last few days, we have become aware that concerns were raised about the behaviour of staff in Chad, as well as Haiti, that we failed to adequately act upon,” Penny Lawrence said in a statement.“It is now clear that these allegations – involving the use of prostitutes and which related to behaviour of both the country director and members of his team in Chad – were raised before he moved to Haiti.As programme director at the time, I am ashamed that this happened on my watch and I take full responsibility. Short URL File photo. Image: Nick Ansell Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more