Myanmar dam on border worries Manipur village

first_imgA dam being constructed by Myanmar across a river close to the boundary with India has stoked fears of submergence and water scarcity among border villagers in Kengjoi subdivison of Manipur’s Chandel district.Last week, residents of Khangtung village reported to district officials about the dam being built by Myanmar authorities barely 100 metres from the Zero Line separating the two countries. International rules warrant border countries to check activities in No Man’s Land – a 150-metre strip on either side of the boundary line.The dam, called Tuidimjang, is on the Twigem river flowing into Myanmar from Manipur. Khangtung, inhabited by the Thadou tribe, is 137 km south of Manipur capital Imphal.“Local people have sent photos and raised concern. The dam appears to be a new and small one, but the fear of the villagers is genuine. We are sending a team next week to survey the dam construction site and get the coordinates. A report will be made this week for sending to New Delhi via the State government,” Chandel Deputy Commissioner K. Krishna told The Hindu.Houkholen Haokip, secretary of the Chandel unit of the Thadou Students’ Association (TSA), did not rule out the possibility of China assisting Myanmar in building the dam.“The topography of the area is such that Khangtung and other Indian villages will be submerged if the dam comes up. The villagers, dependent on the river, are already facing water scarcity. Efforts to get in touch with officials and contractors in Myanmar have been in vain,” he said.The TSA has written to Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren requesting intervention.“When the dam is completed, the entire Khangtung village will be inundated and the villagers will face untold miseries and require relocation and rehabilitation. This project will have huge negative social, cultural and economic impact on the residents of Khangtung and other Indian villages,” TSA secretary general Michael Lamjathang Haokip said in the letter to Mr. Biren.Manipur has had issues with internal dams too. In June 2015, a tribal village named Chadong in Ukhrul district was submerged by the Mapithel dam on river Thoubal.Construction of the Mapithel dam, initially known as Thoubal Multipurpose Project that aimed to produce 7.5MW of power, irrigate 21,862 hectares of land and provide 10 million gallons of drinking water, began in 1989 amid protests from people downstream.Elders of Chadong village had inked an understanding with the State government in 1996 for an alternative settlement, but the 800-odd villagers stayed put during the submergence 19 years later as the government had failed to provide a proper relocation site.The Khuga dam south of Manipur’s Churachandpur town has hit turbulence too. Taken up in 1980, the project lay dormant until 2002 leading to cost escalation from the initial ₹15 crore to ₹381.29 crore in 2009.The project sanction by the Planning Commission was said to have inherent flaws, as a result of which the power component of 1.5MW incorporated in the initial design was scrapped despite near-completion of a powerhouse.Controversy has also dogged Tipaimukh, the mega hydroelectric project proposed on river Barak in Manipur 35 years ago. Dhaka is against the project, as Barak flows into Bangladesh from Manipur through southern Assam and feeds the Surma and Kushiara rivers in the country.At least three anti-dam organisations in Manipur and downstream Assam have been protesting the Tipaimukh project to be built by the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd. Apart from large-scale submergence, they fear ecological degradation if the dam is built.last_img read more

MCA filed prosecution against 107 listed companies

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 26 (PTI) The Ministry of Corporate Affairs has filed prosecution against 107 listed companies under various sections of the Companies Act. The prosecution has been filed under the Companies Act 1956 and Companies Act 2013, Corporate Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley said. In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, he said that during the last two years, three listed companies have been dissolved and 10 companies have been amalgamated as per the provisions of the Companies Act. To a query on the number of persons who gained employment in new companies during the past one year and the number of people who were rendered unemployed because of companies which have closed down, he said “no such information is maintained in MCA”. He further said that the ministry has taken a number of measures to improve the ease of doing business in the country. “The Ministry has introduced an integrated INC-29 form for incorporation of companies omitted requirement for minimum paid up capital, made mandatory common seal for companies optional and done away with filing for commencement of business,” he said. It has also established a Central Registration Centre, having jurisdiction all over India for speedier procession of incorporation related e-norms in 1-2 days. PTI DRR SAlast_img read more

Hard work pays off as Olympic dream continues for PH basketball in 3×3

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201702:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Philippine basketball will have its long-awaited shot to be featured in the Olympic stage albeit in a 3×3 stage.The Philippines is part of the 20-nation Fiba 3×3 Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in March of 2020 and the country has a chance to be in the Olympic basketball scene again 48 years after its last appearance in Munich.ADVERTISEMENT Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Butch Antonio, the deputy executive director of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, said the Philippines’ inclusion in the OQT speaks volumes about the nation’s hard work in the 3×3 circuit.“We’re keeping the dream alive. This is a super big deal and it has been so many years since 1972 and that was the last time we’ve been on the Olympic stage,” said Antonio in a press conference Chooks to Go organized Saturday at Crowne Plaza in Ortigas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“With the efforts of a lot, the opportunity to dream is there,” added Antonio.The Philippines rose through the rankings from the No. 59 spot at the start of 2019 to become world No. 20 on Oct. 31 with 9,468,741 points under its name. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicscenter_img Skylar Diggins-Smith has new outlook after giving birth to son MOST READ The rapid rise in points was due in large part to the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 that staged Fiba-sanctioned tournaments throughout the year.“The love for the country is there and I’m really thankful that we were able to overcome the challenges and of course I’d give credit to the players because I see how hard they’ve worked for this,” said Eric Altamirano, the league commissioner of Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3.The team, which will have country’s No. 1 and No. 2 player in Joshua Munzon and Alvin Pasaol, respectively, will hold training camps abroad.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES Rice industry paralysis Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’last_img read more

Houston Cheerleader Updates Her Status After Dangerous Fall On Friday

first_img After the game was over, the cheerleader made sure to let everyone know it was her who fell – and she seems to be doing just fine.She even had fun with it, telling everyone she made ESPN.Check me out I made ESPN (I’m the one falling) https://t.co/TpIjT7IE96— cara (@anne_cara) September 14, 2019The immediate reaction from those watching the video was to call out Carcaterra for not immediately making sure she was okay. However, she made sure to let everyone know, the ESPN reporter came to check on her after she met with the medical staff.“He came to check on me after I got checked out by staff,” she said on Twitter.We’re glad she’s doing okay after the scary fall. Houston Cougars cheerleaders at a game vs. ECU.HOUSTON, TX – NOVEMBER 04: The Houston Cougars cheerleaders perform during the game against the East Carolina Pirates at TDECU Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)On Friday night, Washington State put its undefeated record on the line against the Houston Cougars. It was an all-Cougar affair, one that Mike Leach and company took advantage of.Washington State took home a 31-24 win, moving to 3-0 on the season.Despite the action on the field, it was an incident off the field that had everyone talking. As a Houston player slid out of bounds, ESPN sideline reporter Paul Carcaterra attempted to get out of the way.In doing so, he ran right into the base of a cheerleader formation. The move caused one cheerleader to fall from the top.last_img read more

Realme phone with pop-up camera teased in promo video, expected to launch in May

first_imgRealme phone with pop-up camera teased in promo video, expected to launch in MayRealme has posted a new promo video on its Weibo account showing off a mysterious new Realme phone with a pop-up selfie camera and notch-less display.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiApril 29, 2019UPDATED: May 1, 2019 09:47 IST HIGHLIGHTSA new promo video shows off Realme phone with pop-up selfie camera.The Relame phone is expected to launch in China next month.Realme’s next phone could come with a Snapdragon 730 chipset.Realme announced its entry into the Chinese market last week and the company is tipped to launch its phones sometime in May. It was previously expected that the company will bring its existing lineup of phones to China like the Realme 3 Pro (Review) and Realme C2, but it now looks like Realme also plans to unveil a brand new device as well. A new promo video was just uploaded on Realme’s official Weibo account, showing off a phone with a pop-up selfie camera.The promo video doesn’t mention the name of this Realme phone, but it’s clear that this is a new device that has not been launched in any market as yet. The most obvious takeaway from the video is that the Realme phone will offer a notch-less display with thin bezels all around and a noticeable chin. The phone will come with a pop-up camera system that rises from the center of the top frame. That’s pretty much all we get to see from the 47-second teaser. The video does not reveal what the back of the Realme phone looks like. As for the specs, some recent leaks by noted tipsters claim that the Realme phone will come with a Snapdragon 730 chipset, which sounds right considering Xiaomi is also planning to launch a Snapdragon 730-powered Redmi phone.Additionally, this upcoming Realme phone may also sport a large 6.5-inch AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor. It is also said to house a 3,680mAh battery. The Reame phone is also tipped to be 9.4mm thick, possibly due to the pop-up camera mechanism inside. Based on some renders spotted on Chinese certification site TENAA, the Realme phone will offer a 3D glass rear panel with a dual camera setup.advertisementRealme recently announced the Realme 3 Pro in India as its flagship device, but this upcoming phone looks to be a more premium flagship offering. It is unclear whether Realme plans to launch this pop-up camera phone in China alone or bring it to India as well. To recall, Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth teased at the launch of the Realme 3 Pro that the company will be back for a launch in May.ALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro review: Believe the hypeGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow Realmelast_img read more

Gallery: Ramform Tethys Kicks Off Seismic Operations

first_imgImage Courtesy: UlsteinRamform Tethys marine seismic acquisition vessel has begun operations for Norway-based Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (PGS), following the installation of Ulstein COM, an information and communication system for marine applications.Ramform Tethys, which was launched in Nagasaki on March 17, is the third of four 24-streamer Ramform Titan-class ships being built at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ (MHI) Nagasaki yard for PGS.The Titan-class Ramform vessels are 70 meters wide at the stern.The first and the second vessels, the Ramform Titan and the Ramform Atlas, were launched in 2014 and 2015, respectively.Ramform Hyperion, the fourth and final vessel from the batch, is scheduled to be completed in 2017.PGS placed an order for the first two vessels in April 2011 and later, in April 2013, ordered two more vessels from MHI.last_img read more

Taliban reject direct negotiations with govt

first_imgKabul: An Afghan official said Sunday that the government would hold its first-ever direct talks with the Taliban within two weeks, but the insurgents quickly denied any such meeting was planned and reiterated their opposition to negotiating with government representatives in their official capacity. The Taliban have been holding peace talks with the United States for nearly a year but have refused to recognize the Kabul government, viewing it as an American puppet. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAbdul Salam Rahimi, Afghanistan’s state minister for peace affairs, said that a 15-member government delegation will meet with the Taliban in Europe, without elaborating. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said “there has been no agreement on such a meeting and that has not been coordinated with Taliban.” He said that once the insurgents reach an agreement with the US, they would be open to intra-Afghan talks, but any government representatives would have to participate in a personal capacity. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsUS envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who is currently visiting Kabul, appears to share that position. He tweeted that another round of “intra-Afghan” talks would occur “after we conclude our own agreements.” He said it would include the Taliban and “an inclusive and effective national negotiating team consisting of senior government officials, key political party representatives, civil society and women.” Sunday marked the first day of campaigning for presidential elections scheduled for September 28. President Ashraf Ghani is seeking a second term on promises of ending the 18-year war but has been largely sidelined over the past year as the US has negotiated directly with the Taliban. The two sides are aiming for an agreement in which American forces would withdraw in exchange for guarantees that Afghanistan will not be a launch-pad for international terror attacks. The Taliban, who effectively control around half the country, have continued to carry out daily attacks on Afghan security forces. A Taliban suicide bomber killed four police early Sunday in an attack on a police station in the eastern Ghazni province, according to Ahmad Khan Serat, a spokesman for the provincial police. He said 10 other police were wounded. Elsewhere in Ghazni, a roadside bomb killed three civilians and wounded three others, Serat said. No one claimed the attack, and civilians are often killed or maimed by bombs targeting security forces.last_img read more

Trudeau cites propaganda on foreign affairs minister as Russian interference

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cited a disinformation campaign against his foreign affairs minister as he responded Wednesday to lingering questions about the government’s assertion that Russia had undermined Canada’s democratic system.The idea that Moscow had interfered in Canada’s political system arose last week when Global Affairs said it was expelling four Russian diplomats who were intelligence officers or had used their special status “to undermine Canada’s security or interfere in our democracy.”While the move was part of a co-ordinated effort to punish the Kremlin for its alleged involvement in the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom, the reference to an apparent plot against Canada has sparked calls for details.Trudeau refused to delve into specifics during a news conference Wednesday on Parliament Hill, and instead accused “Russian propagandists” of trying to discredit Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.Pro-Russian websites have repeatedly targeted Freeland, one of the government’s strongest critics of Russia, as well as her family. Among the allegations is that her Ukrainian-born grandfather helped the Nazis during the Second World War.“We all can remember the efforts by Russian propagandists to discredit our minister of foreign affairs in various ways through social media and by sharing scurrilous stories about her,” Trudeau said when asked about the expelled diplomats.“There are multiple ways in which Russia uses cyber, social media, propaganda to sway public opinion, to try and push a pro-Russia narrative. … This is a pattern we have seen regularly.”Trudeau’s comments followed a meeting with the head of the NATO military alliance, who also delivered some tough words for Moscow, saying it had “underestimated NATO’s resolve and unity.”The alliance has deployed four battlegroups into the Baltics, including one led by Canada in Latvia, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, and member states — including Canada — have started to increase their defence spending.“Let me commend Canada for investing more in defence,” he said while Trudeau looked on. “After years of decline, defence spending now is increasing and I welcome your government’s commitment to make further increases.”The Liberals promised last year to increase spending on the military by 70 per cent over the next 10 years — though even with the increase, Canada will fall short of NATO’s target of spending two per cent of GDP on defence.Yet Stoltenberg, whose organization was founded 69 years ago Wednesday to protect Western Europe from a Soviet invasion, added that NATO does not want a new Cold War, as he held out hope for a political resolution to the standoff with Russia.Such hopes appeared to take a hit, however, following reports Wednesday that Russia test fired several live missiles into the Baltic Sea.The tests appeared to be in response to a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis on Tuesday and forced Latvia, where Canada has 450 soldiers, to close part of its airspace.NATO troops in the area have been put on alert, Stoltenberg said, even as he described the tests as part of the broader pattern of Russian aggression that is exactly why the military alliance has had to step up its game.Earlier in the day, Freeland told an audience in Winnipeg that the upcoming G7 foreign ministers meeting in Toronto would be focused on sending a strong signal of disapproval to Russia for its recent actions in the world.The ministers will be targeting Russia’s ongoing annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and the recent nerve gas attack in Salisbury, England, which has been blamed on the Kremlin, Freeland said.The Kremlin has denied any involvement in the attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.“One of the biggest challenges to that rules based international order is Russia and the Putin regime and the actions they are taking,” Freeland said during a question and answer session.Freeland has been meeting or speaking by phone with her G7 counterparts ahead of the April 22 meeting in Toronto.last_img read more

Two adults arrested after twoyearolds found alone in filthy Quebec City home

first_imgQUEBEC – The mother and grandmother of two toddlers have been arrested after the kids were discovered alone in a Quebec City residence police described as unsanitary.Neighbours called police on Monday after they saw two two-year-olds alone in the home and were worried they would fall out of an open third-floor window.Quebec City police spokesman David Poitras said when officers arrived they discovered the kids were locked inside a room with no adults in the home.“The window screen was on the floor,” Poitras told Cogeco Nouvelles. “The children were on the window frame and there was nothing holding them back (from falling).”Police also noted the home was unsanitary, he said.“There was waste and feces inside the house, and there was nothing to eat inside the fridge,” Poitras said.The women, 18 and 38 years old, were located by police and arrested for allegedly abandoning the children, who have since been taken into protective custody.(Cogeco Nouvelles)last_img read more

Littleknown among consumers Huawei has high profile in Canadian tech networks

first_imgTORONTO — Before the arrest of Huawei Technologies’ chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver last weekend, the Chinese company wasn’t a household name in Canada — certainly not in the league of an Apple, Samsung or BlackBerry.However, the Chinese tech giant considered by several of Canada’s allies as a security threat has quietly established itself as an important provider of technology essential to Canada’s telecom infrastructure, a situation that is not likely to change any time soon.  Huawei’s share of the Canadian smartphone market has been tiny — about 3.8 per cent, according to market research from IDC Canada — but outside of Canada the company is a juggernaut, overtaking Apple earlier this year in smartphone sales and employing more than 170,000 people around the world.Founded in 1987 by a former officer of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, the company has grown at an explosive rate over the past ten years and is projected to post sales of more than US$102 billion in 2018.For Canada’s telecom industry and the federal government in Ottawa, Huawei has long been known as an important equipment supplier — one that U.S. officials consider a significant threat to national security.That’s largely because Huawei is a major supplier of the equipment needed for wireless networks that could potentially be used to gather sensitive information for the Chinese government.“There is ample evidence to suggest that no major Chinese company is independent of the Chinese government and Communist Party — and Huawei, which China’s government and military tout as a ‘national champion’ is no exception,” U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Marco Rubio wrote in October in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.However, Canadian officials and representatives of major telecom companies have maintained that they have put safeguards in place — long ago, and before the American alarm — to ensure Huawei isn’t a security or privacy threat.Like Canada, the United Kingdom hasn’t moved to ban Huawei from doing business with their networks — despite U.S. warnings that they may be jeopardizing the “Five Eyes” intelligence gathering partnership. Lawrence Surtees, vice-president for communications research at IDC Canada, says Britain and Canada are the second and third most important Five Eyes partners after the United States and ahead of Australia and New Zealand.“My take is, both Ottawa and London are in a position to say … we do lots with you in the intelligence sharing and we’re not going to jeopardize our networks. We know what to do.”Surtees says Huawei equipment has already been used in at least five Canadian wireless networks that use fourth-generation LTE technology, and it would be expensive to replace.Huawei is also working with Bell and Telus to develop equipment for 5G wireless networks that are expected to become increasingly vital to carriers and their customers over the next decade.“The magnitude of the contracts that Huawei has here would be a factor, with the Canadian carriers saying to Ottawa that it’s kind of too late now,” Surtees says.There are very few alternative suppliers of 5G network equipment to chose from, he adds.Ericsson of Sweden, the main equipment supplier for the Rogers wireless networks, and Nokia of Finland are also global players in Canada but Surtees considers Huawei to be the market leader.It has been in operation in Canada since 2008, and currently employs about 960 people in this country — about 600 in research and development.Huawei’s Canadian head office is in the Toronto area in Markham, Ont. while its Canada Research Centre is based in Ottawa. The company also has research facilities in Markham, Waterloo, Ont., Montreal, Vancouver and Edmonton.Huawei also makes smartphones for current wireless networks, sold in Canada by Bell, Rogers, Telus, and Videotron under their main brands as well as some secondary brands such as Virgin Mobile, Fido and Koodo.David Paddon, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Governing Conservatives dont know tar sands impact on water caribou forests watchdog

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The federal Conservative government has a weak grasp of the tar sands’ environmental impact, according to the federal environmental watchdog.Scott Vaughan, the commissioner on the environment and sustainable development, says the government’s management of the Alberta tar sands ranges from poor to non-existent.“They don’t know the effects on water quality, they don’t know the impact on ground water, they don’t know the impacts of contaminants downwind or downstream,” said Vaughan, during a press conference Tuesday. “There (are) questions about the impact on wild species such as caribou, the impact of forest fragmentation, so the list of what they don’t know goes on and on.”Vaughan says the existing tar sands monitoring system is not credible, but his report issued no recommendations because the government already has a plan in place to fix these problems.Nova Scotia NDP MP Megan Leslie said further tar sands development should be put on hold until the government puts an adequate management regime in place.“We can look at how to develop tar sands sustainably,” said Leslie. “It is possible, but we need to take a step back, think about it, figure out where we’re going with it, because right now failure to manage the oil sands in a sustainable way has given us an international black eye.”Vaughan’s 80 page report is also critical of Canada’s climate change goals.The environmental audit found Canada is failing to meet greenhouse gas emission targets under the Kyoto Protocol.Canada’s emissions in 2008 were 31 per cent higher than the Kyoto target, according to the report.Green Party leader Elizabeth May, who is also a B.C. MP, says it’s hypocritical for the Conservative government to claim to be tough on crime to flaunt Kyoto’s targets.“This is where I would like someone to demand they get tough on crime,” said May. “It’s time for Canadians to say to their government, ‘if you want to see where we want to get tough on crime, it’s when you break your own laws to protect our children’s futures.”last_img read more

Over 70 killed in Bangladesh fire

The centuries-old Chawkbazar district has very narrow streets and residential buildings only inches apart. Firefighters struggled to put out the blaze, hindered by the narrow lanes and lack of water sources.The blaze was fuelled by pick-up vans in the area that carried gas cylinders, according to police chief Javeb Patowary.Victims included people outside the buildings, some guests at a restaurant and members of a bridal party, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Ibrahim Khan told AFP. A fast-moving fire killed at least 70 when it swept through a historic district of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka.The blaze broke out Wednesday night in a residential building that had flammable chemicals stored on one floor. It then quickly spread to nearby buildings. The fire broke out at 23:40 local time (17:40 GMT) on Wednesday, Bangladesh police said.It started at a chemical warehouse on the ground floor of the building and then raced through three other buildings, Director General of the Fire Service and Civil Defence Brig Gen Ali Ahmed Khan, told BBC Bengali. Bangladesh has a persistent problem with building safety regulations not being followed.In 2013, more than 1,100 people died and thousands more were injured when a building housing garment factories called Rana Plaza in Dhaka collapsed. (Courtesy BBC) Many people were trapped in the buildings, according to reports, unable to escape the flames. One man, whose shop was destroyed in the fire, explained that he had narrowly escaped the blaze when he left to go to a pharmacy.“When I was at the pharmacy I heard a big bang,” Haji Abdul Kader told AFP.“I turned back and saw the whole street in flames. Flames were everywhere… I got burned and rushed to hospital.” Members of a bridal party are thought to be among the victims. read more

2 injured in Hamilton mountain crash

Two people were sent to hospital with minor injuries after a crash on the Hamilton mountain this morning.A mini-van collided with an SUV at around 11:00 on Rymal Road East at Nebo Road. The van flipped onto its side but luckily the driver only suffered minor injuries.Police say they are still investigating what happened. No charges have been laid.

Ottawa to extend tax credit for mining companies

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 1, 2015 5:15 pm MDT Ottawa to extend tax credit for mining companies AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The federal government plans to extend a tax credit for junior mining companies into next year.The government wants to extend the 15 per cent Mineral Exploration Tax Credit until March of 2016 — it’s currently due to expire at the end of the month.The government says since 2006, the tax credit has helped junior mining companies raise over $5.5 billion for exploration.According to the government, in 2013, more than 250 companies issued shares eligible for the credit to more than 19,000 individual investors.Finance Minister Joe Oliver and Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford made the announcement on Sunday at a mining conference in Toronto.Oliver says the tax credit is part of the government’s effort to support the mining industry and the 380,000 jobs it creates. read more

Abortion at home legalised after Government bows to pressure from campaigners

The abortion pill is two separate medicines, mifepristone and misoprostol, which are administered separately. The Government’s decision comes after Wales announced the same move in June, while Scotland made the Women to be given the right to take abortion pills at home change in 2017. Prof Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England, said: “This decision will increase choice for women and help ensure they receive safe and dignified care.” Prof Lesley Regan, the president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), said the announcement “is hugely welcomed and a major step forward”.“It will allow women to avoid distress and embarrassment of bleeding and pain during their journey home from an unnecessary second visit to a clinic or hospital.” Ministers will now work with the Royal College to develop guidance for clinicians to follow when offering the option to patients. Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, is expected to officially approve peoples homes as locations where medical abortion can happen by the end of 2018.But John Deighan, the deputy chief executive of SPUC, announced plans to challenge the decision, accusing the Government of “authorising backstreet abortions”. Abortion at home will be legalised in England after the Government bowed to pressure from campaigners to allow unsupervised use of termination pills.Ministers today announced they will allow the home-use of early medical abortion pills by the end of the year.It means women seeking to end an early pregnancy before 10 weeks’ gestation will be able to take the second of the two required abortion pills at home.At the moment women are required to take both pills at a clinic or hospital, between 24 and 48 hours apart, but there are concerns that the process can be traumatic because some women begin to miscarry before they get home.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Leading doctors said the measures were “a major step forward”.But pro-life groups reacted with fury, saying the steps “trivialised” abortion and could see termination increasingly treated as a form of contraception. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) vowed toattempt legal action to block the move.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

CSM Bucharest appoint new coach Dragan Djukic

Dragan Djukic is new coach of CSM Bucharest. Three defeats at the start of the new season were good enough reason for CSM Bucharest management to sack Magnus Johansson and try to find solution for a “dream-team” to become better.That solution is 56-years old Serbian coach who has no big experience of working in female handball, but very rich in men’s. Djukic led Pick Szeged, RK Vardar, Maccabi Tel Aviv, national team of Great Britain, Jordan, Macedonia, Israel, Montenegro.He worked in Romania last season in Odorhei until bankruptcy of the club. CSM BucharestDragan Djukic ← Previous Story VIDEO: Meet the Dujshebaevs Next Story → 120.000 REASONS: RK Metalurg sell Halil Jaganjac to RK Nexe Nasice read more

World Press Photo exhibition coming to Dublin for first time in over

first_imgSOME OF THE best photojournalism created last year will be on display in Dublin from the end of this month.A travelling exhibition of the 2013 World Press Photo contest makes its way back to the capital for the first time in more than 20 years on 30 November.The images will be exhibited at the CHQ Building in the Docklands area of the city from 30 November to 22 December (Mon-Fri 10am-7pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun noon-6pm).This year’s overall winner was Paul Hansen from Sweden for his depiction of the burial of two small children in Gaza.Among the other winners were stills from Europe’s austerity demonstrations, Syria’s conflict, Central America’s gang problems and the Olympic Games in London. But it’s not just the big events – powerful glimpses of daily life are also favoured by some of the talented photographers.Split into the nine themed categories, including contemporary issues, observed portraits, staged portraits, daily life, sports action, general news, sports feature, nature and spot news, the pictures reflect global life as it was in 2012.Almost 105,000 images were submitted by 5,666 photographers from 124 countries in the 56th annual competition.last_img read more

Video Bot Band Rocks Out With Their Sprockets Out

first_imgStay on target Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Truck drivers, doctors, accountants, and salespeople aren’t the only jobs intelligent robots may one day co-opt.Nigel Stanford last week debuted “Automatica,” the title track from his upcoming “Robots vs. Music” album.Don’t let your ears deceive you, though: The first song on the futuristic record was recorded not by humans, but robots.Fresh off the success of “Cymatics”—a project exploring “the science of visualizing audio frequencies”—Stanford has been working since 2015 on “Automatica.”With a little help from his friends at bot maker KUKA Systems and audio firm Sennheiser, Stanford holed up in his garage for a month, programming and positioning mechanical arms to play instruments with accuracy down to 0.03mm, according to TechCrunch.“I’m trying to create an online version of Synesthesia—the brain disorder where people can see audio and hear light,” he told the tech blog.The musician and visual artist used Robot Animator software to teach the bionic limbs the intricacies of strumming a bass, tickling the piano, thumping the drums, and scratching a turntable.Watch the full “Automatica” video below to see Stanford’s work (and Stanford himself) in action:Like any rock band worth its salt, the machines end their set by smashing their gear and tearing down the venue.“I wanted to explore the concepts of robotics, the singularity, artificial intelligence, etc.,” Stanford said, as reported by TechCrunch. “I also just thought it would be cool to see a robot explode a piano.”The full “Automatica” record is available now to download for $9.95 via iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, or Stanford’s website; Spotify subscribers can also access the 2017 album online.“I’m sure that in the future it will be possible for AI to write great music but it shouldn’t concern musicians or anyone else for that matter,” Stanford predicted. “There’s already a huge sea of great music, I don’t think that the AI-composed music will find it any easier to get an audience than anyone else does.”Music from Stanford’s first album, 1999’s “Deep Space,” has been repurposed by NASA and the European Space Agency; his work has been heard in popular New Zealand film Second Hand Wedding and documentary TimeScapes.It was the 2014 album “Solar Echoes,” though, that catapulted Stanford to stardom: The viral video hit “Cymatics” boasts more than 13 million YouTube views, and counting.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Geek Deals Save 20 on an AluCharge 4Port USB Charger

first_imgIf you have an ever-growing collection of gadgets, there’s a good chance that you’re spending a lot of time swapping out USB cables to keep everything charged. While that gets the job done, it’s a hassle that can easily be avoided with a USB charger. And since this minimalist charger from Just Mobile is on sale, now’s a good time to simplify your set-up. • Just Mobile AluCharge 4-Port USB Charger for $39.95 (List price: $49.95)Made with gorgeous matte-finish aluminum, and measuring just 0.72-inches thick, this stylish device fits in well among the likes of iPads and MacBooks. The total output is 31W/6.2A, and that is spread across the four USB ports with a maximum of 2.4A per port.Since this charger plugs directly into a standard power outlet, you can keep your gear charged even when you’re away from your computer. If you spend a lot of time in hotel rooms, keeping this charger in your suitcase will make powering your phone, tablet, and accessories a snap. And whether you’re using iOS or Android devices, it will adjust automatically for your needs.While this charger lists for about 50 clams, you’ll save $10 when you place your order on StackSocial. It ships within the contiguous United States, and the estimated delivery ranges from October 5th to October 8th. Note: All sales final. Terms and conditions apply. See the StackSocial site for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

Soybean Corn Sunflower and Canola Growers Press House on Farm Bill

first_imgIn a letter to lawmakers Thursday, the American Soybean Association (ASA), National Corn Growers Association, National Sunflower Association and the U.S. Canola Association urged the House of Representatives to quickly consider and pass H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (“FARRM”) Act.“Our organizations support many of the programs included in H.R. 1947, as reported by the Committee on Agriculture. The bill would consolidate conservation programs, reauthorize and fund agricultural research, energy, and export promotion programs, and make improvements in federal crop insurance. We strongly support these provisions, and ask that you oppose any amendments which would eliminate or weaken them,” said the groups in the letter.“We are very encouraged by the momentum that the farm bill has going into the House, and we urge Representatives to act quickly to provide farmers with the certainty we need moving forward,” said ASA President Danny Murphy, a soybean grower from Canton, Miss. “We are convinced that lawmakers can work together to pass a bill that both supports agriculture and confronts our budgetary obligations responsibly.””We were pleased to see the 2013 farm bill pass with such strong support in the Senate and urge the House to swiftly follow suit,” NCGA President Pam Johnson, a corn farmer from Floyd, Iowa said. “Passing a comprehensive, market oriented farm bill is critically important to not only agriculture but to every American. We encourage the House to adopt policy that will be both responsive to taxpayers and effective in helping farms remain viable and productive.”“There has been a lot of time, effort, and investment put into establishing an infrastructure for alternative crops such as canola and sunflowers, and we are very concerned that tying reference prices to current year plantings could negate years of work,” stated US Canola Association Vice-President Jeff Scott, a farmer from Pond Creek, Okla.“When and if prices collapse, farmers will choose the crop with the least risk and highest support price. Bottom line, we would prefer to have the markets dictate what gets planted rather than a government support price,” added National Sunflower Association President Kevin Capistran, a farmer from Crookston, Minn.The groups noted, however, their concern with the bill’s Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program option, which they argued would set high, fixed reference prices for program crops which, in some cases, exceed their historical prices and cost of production; and tie payments to producers to crops they grow in the current year, which could distort planting decisions and production if market prices fall below their support levels.“Since the 1996 Farm Bill … farm policy has provided planting flexibility, encouraging producers to respond to market signals in making their planting decisions rather than to the prospect of receiving government payments,” wrote the groups. “We do not want to see policies return to the era of high supports tied to current-year plantings, which distorted crop production in the 1980’s. The PLC program in the Committee bill should be modified to make it responsive to the market rather than the government.”The groups spoke to a potential amendment from Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) that would address their concerns by setting reference prices at a percentage of recent average market prices, which do not exceed production costs. The Gibbs amendment would also provide for payments on historical crop acreage bases rather than on current-year plantings. “These changes would make the PLC program more market-oriented and significantly reduce the risk of distorting planting decisions and production,” argued the groups. “They would also reduce the likelihood of the program violating U.S. commitments under the WTO. Moreover, they would achieve an estimated $10 billion in savings in addition to the Committee bill.”last_img read more