Shujaat Bukhari remembered on first death anniversary

first_imgShujaat Bukhari killed in second attempt within 24 hours  “All his life my father was working for and raising awareness on the situation of Kashmir. He didn’t treat journalism as his job but adopted it as his lifestyle,” said Mr. Bukhari’s 16-year-old son, Tamheed Bukhari. Political leaders and members of civil society in Srinagar paid tributes to editor of Rising Kashmir Shujaat Bukhari on his first death anniversary on Friday. Dr. Tehmina Bukhari, wife of Bukhari, was joined by senior journalists, Siddharth Varadarajan of The Wire and Saeed Naqvi, to release a book — Kashmir’s Thin Red Lines — a compilation of the veteran journalist’s articles. Also Readlast_img read more

Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief It may be the start of a new season, but the usual suspects still emerged as the favorites this year.Defending champion La Salle was the unanimous choice by UAAP coaches as the team to beat.ADVERTISEMENT View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80973 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEven the favorites admit that last year’s contenders are still primed for huge runs in this campaign, but also said other teams that can pull off surprises.“NU should also be there because of coach Jamike. We also haven’t won against UP this season, so we’re in danger against coach Bo,” said La Salle coach Aldin Ayo.“I think that UP shouldn’t be a dark horses now, but rather, they’re one of the contenders also. NU, I think, is also now the dark horse of the league,” shared Ateneo deputy Sandy Arespacochaga.But for the other coaches, they believe that it’s a pretty even competition this year in the UAAP that no teams can be considered as a pushover.“All teams are competitive, they all have equal chances,” said UST coach Boy Sablan.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games But the Green Archers are not alone in that discussion, with the bench tacticians also put last year’s runner-up Ateneo and semifinalist Far Eastern University are in the discussion as well together with Adamson.“Like last year, [the teams to beat are] still the top four from last year,” said National University coach Jamike Jarin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Of course, the top four teams last season will still be there,” added University of the East mentor Derrick Pumaren.“The ones who were in the championship last year are still it. La Salle and Ateneo are there, FEU is still there. They’re the usual suspects. It’s always them because they have the program year in and year out and they’re always in the pipeline,” said University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol. Read Next La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s very competitive this year, a well-balanced field. All of the teams we saw in the Filoil were strong, so you can’t say that only a handful of teams are contenders because we expect everyone to give it their all this year,” said new FEU coach Olsen Racela.last_img read more

With bolstered roster, Phoenix confident it can play at higher level next PBA season

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Manny Pacquiao goes hard in sparring as training rolls on for Broner fight “We’re really positive about the next season.”Phoenix was just a run-of-the-mill team in the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cups, but became an instant threat when the mercurial Calvin Abueva arrived in the team via trade with Alaska.Abueva paid instant dividends for the Fuel Masters, delivering a brute physicality for the franchise. He averaged 15.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.3 blocks during the Fuel Masters’ stellar elimination run.Despite the playoff exit, Phoenix has started to build a solid foundation centered around Abueva, Matthew Wright, and Rookie of the Year frontrunner Jason Perkins.Phoenix also added veterans Alex Mallari and Dave Marcelo, who have five titles between them, to bring championship experience to the team.ADVERTISEMENT As early as now, the Fuel Masters are already on the lookout for potential imports to bring them to the next level in the last two conferences.Alas, team manager Paolo Bugia, and alternate governor Atty. Raymond Zorilla traveled to Las Vegas just before Christmas to scout for reinforcements during the NBA G-League Winter Showcase.“It was very enriching for us because we had a lot of choices on who we’ll get as an import but of course Eugene [Phelps] will always be there, knowing him he’s a warrior,” said Alas.“We watched a lot of games, seven games for four days, and we saw a lot of prospects and it’s up to manager Bugia on how we’ll sign them and I’m very positive about it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MANILA, Philippines—In the past 2017-18 PBA season, Phoenix did exactly what the mythical bird it’s named from does.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting After failing to enter the playoffs of the first two conferences, the team channeled its inner phoenix and rose from the ashes to get to its best campaign yet, finishing with an 8-3 record for the second seed in the Governors’ Cup.That fire, however, burned out quickly when the playoff newcomer lost two straight to Meralco in the quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionBut that was still an invaluable experience for the Fuel Masters, who remain in search of the franchise’s first playoff win and head coach Louie Alas said he is positive that his team can be a legit contender this upcoming PBA season.“I have no choice but to believe that we can play at a high level because we’ve beefed up our roster, added players we needed, and we need on the loopholes that need to be fixed,” said Alas in Filipino Sunday at the team’s practice gym at The Upper Deck. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View commentslast_img read more

Hindu youth from Pakistan selected for prestigious US award

first_imgA Hindu youth from Pakistan has been selected for the prestigious Emerging Young Leaders Award given by the US State Department for the positive role played by youngsters in building sustainable peace.Raj Kumar, from Pakistan, was among 10 youths from across the world who have been selected for the second edition of the ‘Emerging Young Leaders Award’ given by the State Department. Those selected for the award include youngsters from Malta, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Algeria, Tajikistan, Belgium, Vietnam, Peru and Israel.The young people selected for the award will visit the US for an intensive programme from April 30 to May 13, specially designed to explore their leadership capacities, strengthen their knowledge of management strategies in the non-profit, government and private sectors, learn and share best practices, and broaden their networks of resources and support, the State Department said in a statement yesterday.Kumar became an active member of the Pakistan-US Alumni Network (PUAN) following his participation in the State Department-sponsored Global Undergraduate Exchange Programme in 2013, the statement said.RAJ KUMAR: CRITIC OF EXTREMISM, ADVOCATE OF PEACEHe served in various leadership positions within PUAN and secured grants totaling USD 10,000 for projects focusing on countering violent extremist voices and promoting pluralism in society.Through one of his initiatives, ‘Days of Inter-religious Youth Action Promoting Peace through Arts, Sports, Dialogue and Music’, Kumar and his 10-person team brought together 500 community members from different ethnic and religious backgrounds to paint and share messages of peace through art and Sufi music, as well as teach teamwork and sportsmanship lessons, the State Department said.advertisementThrough another grant, Kumar provided training to women about Pakistani laws that protect their rights.”Raj recognises the power of traditional and social media to influence views; he wrote a piece titled ‘My Journey as a Pakistani Hindu’, that was picked up by a leading English-language newspaper in Pakistan, Express Tribune,” the State Department said.He also has spoken about the role of youth in addressing violent extremism on a prominent Pakistani TV network, Dawn News, and has been profiled by a prominent Facebook page, “Humans of Pakistan.”ALSO READ:Indian scientist cum IIT professor wins prestigious DRDO award  Eminent cardiologist Dr Ashok Seth conferred with prestigious Dr BC Roy Awardlast_img read more

Virat Kohli ready to start afresh after ‘forgettable season’ for Royal Challengers Bangalore

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore capped off their horror season in Indian Premier League 2017 with a win in the last league game against Delhi Daredevils on Sunday.Bangalore got the better of Delhi by 10 runs to end their forgettable campaign on a positive note.However, despite the win, RCB finished at the bottom of the table with just seven points from 14 games, while Delhi were placed sixth with 12 points from as many matches.Bangalore, the runners up of last season, managed to win only three out of their 14 matches to endure their worst-ever show in the history of IPL.Speaking after the match, RCB captain Virat Kohli said it was good to finish off the season with a victory.Kohli, who led the team today with his 58 off 45 balls, said he couldn’t believe that they have won.”I just met Matthew Hayden and said I almost instinctively went to him after the game (because he interviews the losing captain). I could not believe we had won the game. It is good to finish off well. The guys took it as an opportunity,” Kohli said.Reflecting on a poor season, Kohli said it was a blessing in disguise and that his team would look to start afresh from next season.”It has been a season to forget and reflect on. We have to start fresh as a franchise. May be a blessing in disguise. Depends on how many players we can retain. But we do have guys who we have identified.”Some guys who have showed right kind of attitude and the mindset to go out there and perform under pressure situations. We are really happy to finish off with a win,” he added.advertisementKohli, who will be leading defending champions India in next month’s Champions Trophy in England, was also happy to get some runs under his belt ahead of the mega event.”Really happy to have got some runs ahead of the Champions Trophy. Pleased with the way I hit the ball today,” he said.last_img read more

Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar help India thrash West Indies in 2nd ODI, take unbeatable 1-0 lead

first_imgIndia continued their dominant run in the ongoing tour of West Indies by taking an unbeatable 1-0 lead in the 3-match ODI series on Sunday. Virat Kohli’s men registered a 59-run win (DLS method) in the 2nd ODI at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain in a rain-affected encounter.After sweeping the T20I series 3-0, India were left frustrated when the 1st ODI was abandoned due to rain after only 13 overs of action. However, the visitors were in top form and played party poopers in Chris Gayle’s record-breaking 300th ODI appearance.West Indies were bowled out for 210 after Bhuvneshwar Kumar continued his love affair with the Queen’s Park Oval by picking up 4 wickets in 8-over quota.India vs West Indies, 2nd ODI: HighlightsVirat Kohli was the show stealer as the India captain led from the front with the bat, hitting his 42nd ODI hundred. Kohli ended his 5-month drought for an ODI hundred with a classy ton during which he also went past Sourav Ganguly on the list of most runs scored in ODIs.Virat Kohli was once again needed early after he won the toss and opted to bat as Shikhar Dhawan fell in the very first over of the match. The India captain sent out an early warning sign with a crisply-timed cover drive. Kohli kept losing partners but that did not stop him from putting pressure on the West Indies bowlers.India’s experiment to try Rishabh Pant at No. 4 failed as the wicketkeeper-batsman perished by playing a loose shot when he was batting on 20. However, Shreyas Iyer’s audition for a middle-order spot was successful as the Delhi Capitals captain stitched a match-winning 125-run stand with his captain.advertisementVirat Kohli made 120 before throwing his wicket away in a bid to accelerate at the death. West Indies fought back in the last 10 overs wherein they conceded only 67 runs and picked up 4 wickets but India’s total of 279 proved too much for the hosts in the end.West Indies suffer collapse after Kohli stunner sends Lewis backIn reply, West Indies wanted their most-capped star Chris Gayle to fire but he failed once again. Gayle went past Brian Lara’s record for the most runs by West Indies batsman in ODIs but perished soon after reaching the landmark. West Indies lost Shai Hope cheaply as well before rain caused a brief interruption.Following the resumption, West Indies were set a Duckworth Lewis and Stern (DLS) target of 260 in 46 overs. The only periods when West Indies looked threatening during the chase was when Evin Lewis was hitting it cleanly with company from Shimron Hetmyer and then with Nicholas Pooran but Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who enjoys bowling in Trinidad, dented their chase with wickets at regular intervals.After snapping Chris Gayle inside the first 10 overs, Bhuvneshwar Kuar returned for the 2nd spell to pick up 3 wickets in quick succession. Bhuvneshwar removed Nicholas Pooran, who was looking threatening, and Roston Chase in a span of 4 deliveries in the 35th over.Bhuvneshwar Kumar took a stunning one-handed catch to remove Chase after which he got Kemar Roach for 0.Carlos Brathwaite, who impressed with 3 wickets, failed to trouble the scorers as he was Ravindra Jadeja’s only victim in the 2nd ODi. Strangely, Jadeja was held back until the 29th over as Kohli continued with Kuldeep Yadav and Kedar Jadhav when the West Indies left-handers were out in the middle.Despite the comfortable win, India captain Virat Kohli will certainly not be happy with the fielding effort. While he was a livewire as usual, the efforts of most of his teammates left him frustrated during the West Indies run-chase.Having sealed a 1-0 lead, India would want to seal the series when they meet West Indies in the 3rd and final ODI at Queen’s Park Oval on Wednesday, August 14.Also Read | Chris Gayle goes past Brian Lara to become leading run-scorer in ODIs for West IndiesAlso Read | Virat Kohli breaks Javed Miandad’s record for most ODI runs vs West IndiesAlso See:last_img read more

ESPN’s Early Prediction For The Alabama-Auburn Game

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team on the field to face the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Bryant-Denny Stadium.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 13: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team on the field to face the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)It’s officially rivalry week for Alabama and Auburn, as the Crimson Tide and the Tigers are now just days away from their regular season finale. It should be a good one.Alabama, of course, has been the most dominant team in the country for the entire 2018 college football season. The Crimson Tide are undefeated and will look to remain unbeaten when they square off against their rival on Saturday afternoon.Auburn, meanwhile, will be looking to play spoiler. The Tigers have had a somewhat disappointing year, but that can change – drastically – with an upset win over Nick Saban and Co. on Saturday.Who’s going to emerge with the victory?An early prediction has been made.ESPN’s Football Power Index is giving No. 1 Alabama a 91.1 percent chance to win this game, giving Auburn just an 8.9 percent chance at pulling off the upset.That seems like a pretty fair prediction, too. No one is going to be picking Auburn in this one.Alabama and Auburn are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. on Saturday.The game will be on CBS.last_img read more

Saks Fifth Avenue Announces 2017 Key To The Cure Campaign With Jennifer

first_imgSaks Fifth Avenue has teamed up with Women’s Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) for the 2017 Key To The Cure campaign.Jennifer Lopez will be the Official WCRF AmbassadorNow in its 19th year, Key To The Cure is Saks Fifth Avenue’s annual fundraising and charitable initiative to fight cancer. This year, Women’s Cancer Research Ambassador Jennifer Lopez will act as the face of the campaign, and Missoni will design the exclusive, limited edition t-shirt.“For almost two decades, Key To The Cure has been one of the most iconic and valuable programs that Saks executes each year,” said Marc Metrick, President of Saks Fifth Avenue. “We look forward to raising funds for WCRF, as well as cancer research and treatment organizations around the country, and are confident that we will be successful, especially with the extraordinary support from both Jennifer Lopez and Missoni.”The Women’s Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), a program of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, has supported innovative research directed at the development of more effective approaches to the prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of women’s cancers since 1997. Founded by Jamie Tisch, Kate Capshaw, Rita Wilson, Anne Douglas, Quinn Ezralow, Kelly Chapman Meyer and Marion Laurie, WCRF has significantly moved the needle to advance lifesaving research. Saks Fifth Avenue’s annual KTTC charity shopping weekend will kick off on Friday, Oct. 13, and will donate three percent of sales of designated merchandise up to $500,000 to WCRF from Friday to Sunday.“We are honored to partner with Saks Fifth Avenue on this year’s Key To The Cure campaign,” said Jamie Tisch, cofounder, WCRF. “We admire all that Saks has accomplished in support of cancer research over the years, and we are grateful to everyone who will participate in this event to raise critical funds.”Since the campaign’s inception 19 years ago, Saks Fifth Avenue has donated close to $40 million to cancer research and treatment organizations throughout the United States. Organizations that have benefitted from Saks Fifth Avenue’s charitable support include Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), Cleveland Clinic, Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Nevada Cancer Institute and many more.Missoni, known for its colorful geometric motifs, created the exclusive 2017 Key To The Cure t-shirt. The design will be available for purchase from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31 at all Saks Fifth Avenue locations in the U.S. and Canada as well as on saks.com. One hundred percent of proceeds from the $35 t-shirt will be donated to twelve local cancer charities, including American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Research Foundation and TGen Foundation, among others.“It’s an honor to design the coveted Key To The Cure t-shirt for Saks Fifth Avenue,” said Angela Missoni. “This year marks my 20th anniversary as the Creative Director for Missoni and what better way to celebrate than to join the amazing roster of designers who have used their creative voices to support such an extraordinary cause.”Jennifer Lopez will act as the official WCRF Ambassador, appearing in the KTTC advertising campaign as well as in a Saks Fifth Avenue-sponsored national public service announcement. Past ambassadors and designer collaborations have included Halle Berry and Christian Louboutin, Jennifer Aniston and Peter Dundas, Gwyneth Paltrow and Karl Lagerfeld, and Heidi Klum and Michael Kors, among many well-known others.last_img read more

BJP announces Ravi Kishan as its candidate from Gorakhpur, Praveen Nishad from Sant Kabir Nagar

first_imgNew Delhi/Lucknow: In a surprise move, the BJP on Monday announced Bhojpuri film star Ravi Kishan as its Lok Sabha candidate from Gorakhpur, the bastion of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, instead of the widely-speculated candidature of sitting MP Praveen Nishad who recently joined the party.Nishad has been fielded from Sant Kabir Nagar, with the BJP dropping sitting MP Sharad Tripathi who had created a political storm by beating a local BJP MLA with shoes. However, Sharad Tripathi’s father, Ramapati Ram Tripathi, has been given BJP ticket from neighbouring Deoria, as per the latest party list of seven candidates in Uttar Pradesh. Ramapati Ram Tripathi was the UP BJP chief during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. Deoria was represented by former Union minister Kalraj Mishra. Last year, Nishad, a joint candidate of SP-BSP, had defeated BJP’s Upendra Shukla in Gorakhpur in a surprise bypoll win, after Adityanath, who had represented the Lok Sabha seat five times since 1998, became the chief minister. However, Nishad joined the BJP earlier this month and there was speculation that he might be party’s candidate from Gorakhpur. Nishad is son of the Sanjay Nishad, the head of the Nishad Party, which ended its alliance with the SP-BSP last week and joined hands with the BJP. With the list of candidates releases by the party Monday, the BJP has so far announced candidates for 420 Lok Sabha seats for the seven-phase elections which will start on April 11 and continue till May 19. The saffron party has decided to field UP cooperative minister Mukut Bihari from Ambedkarnagar. It has also given ticket to Sangam Lal Gupta from Pratapgarh, the parliamentary constituency that was won by BJP ally Apna Dal in 2014. The party has fielded KP Singh from Jaunpur and Ramesh Bind from Bhadohi, it said.last_img read more

3 Moroccan Universities in Top 28 of Arab World: Times Higher…

By Lery HicianoRabat – The three Moroccan universities were the University of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad, Mohammed V University of Rabat, and Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdullah University in Fez. The three, relative to their Arab peers, were ranked 17th, 21st, and 28th, respectively. Last week, the Times Higher Education magazine published its annual ranking of the best 980 universities in the world.The list included twenty-eight universities categorized as within the Arab world, geographically speaking, from Morocco to Kuwait.Within that category, Morocco was tied with two other countries, Jordan and United Arab Emirates, with three universities on the list, behind Egypt’s eight, and Saudi Arabia’s four.Saudi Arabia had the leading three universities in the Arab region, with another elsewhere, making a total of four in the top ten, according to the ranking.Having three universities recognized this year is a significant improvement for Morocco. Last year only one Moroccan university, University of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad, was on the list. Just three years ago, no Moroccan read more

Vancouver Port to lead study to probe effects of ship noise on

VANCOUVER — A program led by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority will examine how endangered southern resident killer whales respond to slower vessel speeds and reduced underwater noise in a key summer feeding area off southern British Columbia.The port authority says 54 marine shipping companies have signed up to take part in the voluntary study between August and October in Haro Strait, the channel separating Vancouver Island from the San Juan Islands in Washington state.The authority says in a news release that the ships represent a significant proportion of the large commercial vessels moving through Haro Strait.During the research trial, vessel operators will be asked to travel over underwater listening stations at a speed of 11 knots, slower than the typical operating speeds, while the stations also monitor for the presence of whales.About 900 deep sea vessels are expected to travel through Haro Strait during the study period.The port authority says existing data on underwater vessel noise shows it can interfere with killer whale echolocation clicks, calls and whistles, affecting the ability to hunt, navigate and communicate.Port authority chief executive officer Robin Silvester says the industry’s commitment to the study shows that shipping companies are focused on ensuring a healthy marine environment.“We know that impacts to vessel schedules can be costly, … but we also know the more vessels that participate in the trial, the more robust the scientific analysis will be, and the greater the opportunity for … evidence-based decision making about future vessel noise management measures,” Silvester says in the news release read more

Rio approves funding for Bingham pushback study

first_imgRio Tinto has approved $238 million to advance a feasibility study for extending the life of Kennecott Utah Copper’s Bingham Canyon mine near Salt Lake City, and for the purchase of related long-lead time equipment. The study will look at extending the mine’s life from 2019 to 2028 through pushing back the south wall and constructing supporting infrastructure and equipment.This includes a fifth grinding line at the Copperton Concentrator, expanding the tailings impound and upgrading power generation facilities. The feasibility study has been discussed with the local community as part of an extensive community engagement programme that has been running since August 2010 in relation to the potential expansion and securing the necessary regulatory permits. A final investment decision is expected in the first half of 2012.last_img read more

Compass Minerals opts for Veolia HPD crystallisation technology at Ogden

first_imgCompass Minerals has selected Veolia Water Technologies to provide the HPD® Crystallisation equipment necessary to expand production of Protassium+®, its potassium sulphate product at its facility near Ogden, Utah, in the US. The use of Veolia’s HPD®-PIC™ (draft tube baffle) Crystalliser Technology will not only increase total potassium sulphate output, but also provide for a more efficient plant operation. Veolia’s system has been integrated into the existing Compass Minerals plant such that it will allow for higher product yields, achieve higher purity, and use less water due to more efficient recycling within the process.The project, which began with bench-scale testing at Veolia’s Research & Development facility near Chicago, has completed the engineering phase and currently is in the midst of fabrication. All major and ancillary equipment is scheduled for delivery later in 2015 with startup expected in late 2016.By combining ancient techniques with advanced technologies, Compass annually produces salt, potassium sulphate and magnesium chloride using the pond-based feedstock at its Ogden, Great Salt Lake facility. The 50,000-acre solar evaporation pond complex in Utah is one of only four in the world that can produce SOP from a naturally occurring brine source using solar evaporation. Mineral-rich brine from the lake’s most remote areas is pumped into a series of shallow ponds where the sun naturally evaporates the water over a three-year span, leaving beds of naturally occurring crystallised minerals. The materials are then gathered, cleansed and processed to produce all-natural products.last_img read more

Evaluation of funding options for A480 million SA copper mine

first_imgProponents of a new A$480 million copper mine on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula are evaluating financing options in regard to project funding and/or offtake agreements from a number of interests, including Chinese.Addressing the second day today of the two day Paydirt 2018 South Australian Resources and Energy Investment Conference in Adelaide, Rex Minerals Ltd’s Project Director, Greg Hall, said a feasibility study currently underway by a Chinese engineering firm was due for completion in a number of months.  Rex is also updating its internal feasibility study.Any strong support to back the project from these quarters could see the initial 13 year Stage 1 of Rex’s proposed Hillside copper mine 12 km south of the coastal township of Ardrossan, in production initially as an open-pit operation.Hall said the Chinese backed feasibility study was looking to see what further savings could be made to the mine’s start-up capital costs and what debt packages were feasible. Rex is also exploring other joint venture and investment options to get Hillside off the ground.Regarded as Australia’s largest undeveloped open-pit copper mineral resource, Rex’s previous extended feasibility study (EFS) delivered All in Cash Costs of $1.88/lb for its reserve of some 500,000 t of copper metal, which is a subset of the resource of 2 Mt of copper and 1.4 Moz of gold.The mine, for which a mining lease has already been approved, is forecast to deliver an average head grade of 0.62% Cu and 0.16 g/t Au, with an annual output of 35,000 t of copper concentrate and 24,000 oz of gold.A possible Stage 2 will be evaluated in the future, and could cover production from years 13-26. The main orebody has been drilled out to approximately 600 m depth to deliver the current Mineral Resource and Ore Reserve.The initial capital cost of A$480 million covers development of both the open-pit mine and the construction of an on-site processing plant. Hall said Rex anticipated further improvements from the currently ongoing feasibility study updates.Once a final investment decision had been made, it would take six months firstly re-routing the main roads around the required mine site boundaries, followed by an 18 month mine construction schedule.“On this basis, the earliest we could see a likely production start at Hillside would be by late in 2021 if final approvals, financing and Board approval were achieved during 2019,” Hall said.last_img read more

Unemployment down but over 100000 people now trapped in parttime work

first_imgUnemployment down but over 100,000 people now ‘trapped’ in part-time work Some of this work gives rise to increased dependency on State income supports like jobseekers benefit, new research shows. Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 6:05 AM Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie 10,611 Views Dunnes Stores workers protested in 2015 against zero hour contracts. http://jrnl.ie/3212917 OVER 100,000 PEOPLE in Ireland are working part-time because they cannot find full-time work.This is according to new research which claims these people are “trapped in underemployment”. The report by Social Justice Ireland found some of this work actually gives rise to increased dependency on State income supports, with 13% of people in part-time employment also receiving reduced jobseekers allowance or benefit.Ireland’s rate of low-paid employment is among the highest in the EU.“Although many employment indicators are positive, hidden within headline employment figures are a number of problems, including significant underemployment, high levels of low pay, and hundreds of thousands of workers earning a wage that is below subsistence level,” commented research and policy analyst Michelle Murphy.The research found the economy is still 129,100 jobs short of where it was in 2007, though unemployment has fallen by 1.7% over the last 12 months. Long-term unemployment, which recently fell below 100,000 for the first time in seven years, is still at 92,300 – more than half of the total unemployment figure.“A change of narrative is required. Improving headline employment figures are important, but the drive for stronger job creation should not come at the cost of diminishing job quality and security,” Murphy said.“In order to deliver such a public investment programme Ireland needs a new economic model. One that generates the necessary revenue to provide the services needed and that creates decent and appropriate employment for everyone in the country who wants it.”Read: ‘It’s soul-destroying, like going for a job interview once a week and every time you don’t get it’>Read: Young people view themselves as solo players at work> Dunnes Stores workers protested in 2015 against zero hour contracts. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.iecenter_img Share105 Tweet Email2 28 Comments Jan 31st 2017, 6:05 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Michelle Hennessylast_img read more

Tom Clonan Truth of what happened in Troubles cant be allowed die

first_img 59 Comments Mar 22nd 2017, 8:51 PM By Tom Clonan http://jrnl.ie/3301725 Short URL 252 Views Wednesday 22 Mar 2017, 8:51 PM Share326 Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Security specialist and columnist, TheJournal.ie THE UNTIMELY DEATH of Martin McGuinness has brought Ireland’s faltering peace process into sharp focus. It has also revealed a yawning gap between the lived experience of ordinary Irish and British citizens and the rhetoric employed across a spectrum of politicians, commentators and historians as they reflect on the legacy of the Troubles.In London and Dublin, among certain establishment politicians, journalists and academics, there is an accepted narrative that is used to describe what is euphemistically referred to as ‘the Troubles’. In recent days, a series of these luminaries and commentators have tended to present Martin McGuinness as a man with two separate identities.Correctly, they laud his role as peacemaker and revile his actions as a leading member of the Provisional IRA. However, they speak of him as though he were a man who lived two separate and indivisible lives – as gunman and politician. Few establishment commentators seem able, or willing, to reconcile the equally integral and intertwined aspects of the life journey of Martin McGuinness – namely brutal injustice, violence and redemption. Nor do they seem able, or willing, to reconcile the role of successive Irish governments and elements of our security forces with the conflict on this island.To do so requires intellectual integrity and moral courage. The victims of the violence of the Troubles in both Ireland and Britain are forthright in their assessment of the legacy of the life and death of Martin Mc Guinness. Julie Hambleton who lost her sister Maxine in the IRA Birmingham pub bombings of November 1974 simply stated that ‘with him, (McGuinness) the truth has died and that’s the problem’. Stephen Gault – whose father Samuel was killed in the Enniskillen bombing of 1987 – stated that ‘Martin McGuinness has taken to the grave the truth and the answers that we need to be able to move forward’. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesA common theme among the victims of the violence of the Troubles – from all communities and all parties to the conflict – is a quest for the truth about the tens of thousands of those who died, ‘disappeared’ or are living with the life-long consequences of catastrophic injuries.In essence, the ordinary people who lived through the conflict in Britain and Ireland are seeking the whole truth, warts and all, about the origins and perpetrators of sectarian and state violence on these islands in order to achieve a true and meaningful reconciliation and lasting peace. Ironically perhaps, one of McGuinness’ closest associates, Gerry Adams has been calling for an independent international truth commission for the Troubles for some time.In 1947, just twenty years or so after the bitter aftermath of the War of Independence and Civil War in Ireland, the Irish government established the Bureau of Military History to set about collecting and collating an oral history of the 1916 Rising. In March 2003, approximately 1773 such witness statements were published by Military Archives, Cathal Brugha Barracks. The statements, given by participants to the conflict give a fascinating and often frank and unsentimental insight into the conflict fought by our grandparents and great-grandparents.Such an archive is essential to our understanding of the conflict and subsequent uneasy peace on this island in the last century. In 2017, twenty years or so after the Good Friday Agreement, it is high time we conducted an updated Truth and Reconciliation exercise for the next, and critical phase of the peace process.The death of Martin McGuinness at the age of 66 shows us clearly that time is rapidly running out for such an exercise to be successfully completed here. Of particular concern to this writer is the profound lack of understanding and information that we have as a nation of the role of the government and security forces of the Republic of Ireland in the Troubles. Britain and its security forces and agencies are notoriously secretive. However, despite this, the so-called 30 year rule of de-classification of British archive material has yielded a great deal of information about the activities of the British security forces, intelligence agencies and proxy forces – including loyalist paramilitaries- during the Troubles. Furthermore, in Northern Ireland, there is an emerging precedent and tradition among both Republican and Loyalist paramilitaries to write and publish their experiences of the conflict in books, autobiographies, memoir, plays and even screenplays. Gardaí search for one of ‘the disappeared’ in Co Wicklow. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesBy contrast however, in the Republic of Ireland, there is almost no information released or published into the public domain about the activities of successive Irish governments or an Garda Siochana – the primary intelligence agency of the state – or the Defence Forces during the period of the Troubles. As a consequence, most Irish citizens do not understand the role that the Irish government and our security forces played in the dirty war that was the Troubles. We get some hints as to the nature of that involvement from reports such as the Smithwick Tribunal into Garda/PIRA collusion into the execution of senior RUC Officers, Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan in Jonesborough in March 1989.Collusion between the Irish security forces and British intelligence agencies – with particular reference to the Dublin and Monaghan bombings are also alluded to in the Barron Report of 2003. Thirty four innocent civilians were murdered in these attacks – the largest single atrocity during the Troubles. The relatives of the victims of these attacks, and the Irish people deserve to know the full truth about these attacks. It would be helpful if former Directors of Intelligence of the Irish Defence Forces were asked to cooperate fully with any further enquiry or investigation into the manner in which these attacks were mounted.The Irish public have quite understandably recoiled in disbelief and disgust at the systematic and systemic abuse of women and children by religious orders and others in Ireland’s recent past. In the same way, many Irish citizens may well be initially reluctant to believe that Irish politicians and senior members of an Garda Siochana and the Defence Forces colluded with all sides to the conflict on this island and that senior figures here tolerated, facilitated and covered up acts of political and sectarian violence throughout that period. To recognise this reality – however belatedly – will require a high degree of intellectual integrity and great moral courage on the part of our establishment politicians, journalists and academics as it runs contrary to the currently accepted narrative on the conflict.All of the heavyweights of the initial phase of the Peace Process – from the Clintons to Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern – will be quoted and perhaps pictured at the funeral of Martin McGuinness in the coming hours. In the aftermath however and in the aftermath of Brexit and increased talk of the prospect of a ‘United Ireland’ – against the backdrop of a collapsed Northern Ireland Executive – we are moving rapidly to the next, critical phase of the Peace Process. A suitable tribute to Martin McGuinness and all of the victims of the Troubles – from all communities – would be an independent, international truth and reconciliation commission.In that manner, to paraphrase the victims of violence, the truth will not have died with Martin McGuinness.Read: “Hopefully they’ll listen this time.” – Son of Monaghan bomb victim remembers the tragedy >Related: Some British newspapers had a different perspective on the death of Martin McGuinness > Tom Clonan: Truth of what happened in Troubles can’t be allowed die with major figures like McGuinness The untimely death of the Sinn Féin politician has brought Ireland’s faltering peace process into sharp focus, writes Tom Clonan. Tom Clonan last_img read more

Government consults on early exit charges and pension commission regulations

first_imgThe Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched a consultation on draft regulations regarding the cap on early exit charges for occupational pension schemes and restrictions on member-borne commission payments.The consultation, which will run until 31 May 2017, seeks views on the draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Charges and Governance) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.These regulations would restrict early exit charges for members of workplace pension schemes to enable eligible members over the age of 55 to take advantage of the pension freedoms. The proposed cap is 1% of the value of the member’s benefits being taken, converted or transferred for existing members of occupational pension schemes, and a ban for new members of these schemes.The cap is in line with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) cap on early exit charges for personal and stakeholder pensions, which came into force on 31 March 2017. This followed a consultation that ran between 26 May and 18 August 2016. The DWP ran a similar consultation for occupational pensions between 26 May and 26 August 2016. Responses to both consultations have been taken into account for the draft regulations, which are set to come into effect from October 2017.The draft regulations that are the subject of the current consultation also aim to prohibit charges that are imposed on members of some occupational pension schemes to recoup the cost of commission payments to advisers in relation to agreements entered into before 6 April 2016.These proposals align with FCA rules that ban commission in workplace personal pension schemes used for auto-enrolment purposes from April 2016.The draft regulations will not prevent providers from imposing member-borne charges to recover the cost of initial commission charges paid to advisers under contracts entered into before 6 April 2016 and paid for before 1 October 2017. However, the draft regulations will prevent member-borne commission charges that cover the cost of ongoing payments to advisers after the regulations come into force.The ban is designed to ensure the consistent treatment of members across all workplace pension schemes, as well as to reduce member charges.The consultation seeks views from pension industry bodies and professionals, trustees or scheme managers, pension scheme members and beneficiaries, as well as employers and representative organisations.Nathan Long, senior pension analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “These rules will ensure all workplace pension members, regardless of the plan chosen by their employer, are treated the same when the time comes to access their retirement savings.“The obvious beneficiaries are pension savers who need access because they are finishing work early. This is also a huge boost to those looking to control their run in to retirement.”last_img read more

Appliances furniture catch fire outside Homestead home no injuries

first_imgHOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – A fire that broke out in front of a house in Homestead, Friday morning, gave the family that lives there quite a scare.The blaze sparked in the area of Southwest 288th Street and 133rd Avenue, near the Falcon Cove Apartments, just before 8 a.m.A 7News viewer captured massive flames shooting out of some old furniture and appliances near the residence. The blaze quickly spread next to a boat and a car parked in front of the home before rescuers were able to put it out.No one was hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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4G mobile network will begin operating June 30 to limited users

first_imgThe Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) announced Wednesday the launching of the fourth generation of telecommunications technology (4G) in Costa Rica. The new mobile network will begin operating on June 30.The new network will be installed one zone at a time, beginning on the west side of San José, in Escazú, Santa Ana and Pavas. Service will then extend to the east side of the capital, including Montes de Oca, Curridabat and La Unión, and eventually, all of the Greater Metropolitan Area by the end of the year.The mobile network performance will be first tested by a group of previously selected customers, according to their bandwidth usage needs.Those interested in acquiring 4G technology devices and services can subscribe as of July 1 at ICE branches in San José. The official launch of the service for all users will be in August.The 4G network will allow data transfer speeds up to 10 times faster than those offered by the current 3G network. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica phone companies can start upgrading to high-speed 4G in December Costa Rica to begin testing 4G mobile network in Julylast_img read more