BJP meeting on Sept. 5 for poll-bound States

first_imgSenior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and officer-bearers of election-bound States will attend a meeting convened by party president Amit Shah in New Delhi on September 5. Tripura and Meghalaya in the northeast face Assembly elections in February next year.Tripura State president Biplab Deb confirmed receipt of a notice from Mr. Shah’s office for the meeting that will discuss organisational matters and strategies with leaders of different States. Mr. Deb also said that the Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA), an offshoot of the BJP, would also hold a meeting in New Delhi on September 5.Assam’s Finance Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sharma will chair the meeting with members of regional parties. Dr. Sharma may invite some more regional parties with an eye to capture more heft in the region.The BJP has in power in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, and its government in Manipur has to depend heavily on smaller regional parties to remain in power. In Meghalaya, the party has already struck an alliance with a few local parties but still needs a boost to take on Congress.In Tripura, the BJP is yet to tie knot with a regional parties for reasons that the main tribal party Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) is relentlessly in agitation path to demand a separate tribal state and the old tribal party Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) lost its base much to IPFT which made dent in state’s hills.Mr. Deb has not cleared air over entry of IPFT and INPT in NEDA. He said its upto NEDA leadership to take a call. He had earlier disfavoured an alliance with IPFT citing its contentious demand of separate state called ‘Tipraland’ or land of tribals.Sources in BJP said NEDA may try to influence IPFT to eschew Tipraland demand and seek a viable alternative like state autonomous council take cue of Bodo Territorial Council (BTC) in Assam. 20 of 60 seats in Tripura assembly are reserved for tribal and IPFT’s presence in the reserved seats could hit BJP hard in election.last_img read more

Maruti Suzuki unveils new generation Dzire in India; launch on May 16

first_imgMaruti Suzuki on Monday unveiled the new generation Dzire in India. The company will launch the new Dzire in India on May 16 and will go up against the likes of newly launched Hyundai Xcent facelift, Tata Tigor, Honda Amaze and Volkswagen Ameo in India.Design:The new generation Dzire will come with a completely new and fresh look. Maruti Suzuki Dzire has been redesigned with a hexagonal grille with a chrome strip around it. The front bumper  and the headlamp cluster gets an appealing makeover. At the rear, the new generation Dzire gets minor cosmetic change as the tail lamps has a revised design. The new Dzire will also sport new projector headlamps, LED DRLs and redesigned alloy wheels. 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)Engine:The new generation Maruti Suzuki Dzire will come with the same 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 83 bhp of maximum power and 115 Nm of maximum torque, while the 1.3-litre multi-jet diesel engine churns out peak power of 74 bhp and peak torque of 190 Nm.2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)Transmission:Both the engines will come mated to a AGS unit. The petrol engine will also come mated to a five-speed manual transmission.Features:The new generation Maruti Suzuki Dzire will come with an upgraded list of features to compete with its competition in the segment. The list includes touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Bluetooth, USB and Aux-in among others.2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)Dimensions:The new generation Dzire will be 3995 mm in length, 1735 mm in width, 1515mm in height and 163 mm of ground clearance.advertisement2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)Competition:The new generation Maruti Suzuki Dzire will compete against the recently launched Hyundai Xcent facelift, new Tata Tigor, Honda Amaze, Ford Aspire and Volkswagen Ameo.2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)Price:We expect the new generation Dzire to come for a base price of Rs 6 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 9 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) for the top end variant.ALSO READ:New generation Maruti Suzuki Dzire: Everything you need to knowALSO READ:This is what the new Maruti Suzuki Dzire will look like. We think it’s neatALSO READ:New Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire bookings open now, go book yourslast_img read more

Samsung India aims for double-digit growth with Galaxy Tab S4 (Lead)

first_imgGurugram, Oct 18 (IANS) Samsung, which registered a 47 per cent market share (by value) and 48 per cent (by volume) in the January to August period this year in the Indian tablet market, is aiming for double-digit growth in the segment in the festive quarter, a top company executive said here on Thursday.According to Aditya Babbar, General Manager, Mobile Business, Samsung India, the company has achieved this growth simply by listening to its consumers’ feedback in India and bringing Next-Gen features in its popular Galaxy ‘S’ tab series. “With Galaxy Tab S4, we aim to achieve double-digit growth in the ongoing festive quarter. The kind of entertainment features we have introduced in S4 will not only attract young millennials but the older, professional generation too,” Babbar told IANS here.”According to the German market research firm GfK, we are leading the Indian tablet market both by value and volume in the January-August 2018 period. We are bullish to maintain our top position in the segment with Tab S4,” he added. Samsung on Thursday launched the flagship Galaxy Tab S4, a new two-in-one Android tablet that comes equipped with Samsung Dex and S Pen for Rs 57,900.Galaxy Tab S4 sports narrower bezels to fit a 10.5-inch display with Super AMOLED technology, as well as a 16:10 screen ratio.Powered by a 7,300mAh battery, Galaxy Tab S4 also comes with four speakers tuned by AKG and Dolby Atmos immersive sound technology.”Paired with Samsung Dex and S Pen, Galaxy Tab S4 is designed for those who need something portable like a tablet yet capable like a PC,” Aditya Babbar, General Manager, Mobile Business, Samsung India, told reporters here.Samsung DeX optimises the user experience for work situations and gives what they want from a PC experience — a big screen, a full-size keyboard and a mouse. In Standalone mode, one can enjoy a PC-like interface even without a monitor or the “Book Cover” Keyboard, Samsung India said. In Dual mode, users can connect the tablet to a bigger monitor with a HDMI adapter. The redesigned S Pen offers an authentic handwriting experience – suitable for drawing, taking notes and messaging. Galaxy Tab S4 will be available from Thursday onwards in black and grey colours on Samsung Online Shop and leading offline retail stores, the South Korean tech giant said, adding that it will also be available on Amazon from October 20 onwards. Samsung also announced several offers for those who want to buy the flagship tablet.Those with HDFC Bank credit cards will be able to avail an introductory offer that lets consumers get Rs 5,000 cashback on purchase of the Galaxy Tab S4. Moreover, Galaxy Tab S4 customers on Jio 4G, would be entitled to get instant cashback of Rs 2,750 on recharging with the Rs 198 or Rs 299 plan.They would also get double data benefits on every recharge for the next four recharges, Samsung India said. –IANSna/gb/bgadvertisementlast_img read more

IHC Merwede Hands Over Suction Hopper Dredger to DCI …

first_imgIHC Merwede, January 24, 2014 zoom On Thursday 23 January, the 5,500m³ trailing suction hopper dredger, DCI DREDGE XXI, was handed over within the contractual delivery date to Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) at IHC Merwede’s Kinderdijk shipyard in The Netherlands. The Protocol of Delivery and Acceptance was signed on behalf of DCI by Mr YSR Murthy.IHC Merwede designed, engineered and built the DCI DREDGE XXI in The Netherlands. The company was selected on the basis of its reputation for high quality and the reliability of the timely deliveries of all other trailing suction hopper dredgers to DCI. This is the third and final vessel in a series of three, preceded by the DCI DREDGE XIX and DCI DREDGE XX that are already operating successfully in India.The DCI DREDGE XXI and her sister vessels are capable of performing – among other tasks – maintenance dredging jobs on the Hooghly River, which is a tributary of the Ganges River in West Bengal. These new trailing suction hopper dredgers are specially designed for this project, taking into account the Hooghly River’s soil properties, strong current and shallow depth. DCI’s dredging vessels will have the capability of delivering high productivity, reliability and efficiency, as well as low-power consumption and operational costs. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close My locationlast_img read more

Province Honours Joseph Howe for 2016 Raises Heritage Day Flag

first_imgThe province’s new Heritage Day flag flew today, Feb. 10, for the first time in advance of the Heritage Day 2016 statutory holiday on Monday, Feb. 15. This year Heritage Day marks the contributions of Joseph Howe to freedom of the press and his work for the public good. Mr. Howe, a newspaper owner, premier and lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia, successfully defended himself in 1835 against libel charges in a landmark case for a free press in Nova Scotia. Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage celebrated the flag raising at Province House with children from Joseph Howe Elementary School in Halifax. The new flag will be a lasting symbol of the holiday that honours the people, places and events that have contributed to this province’s history and culture. “Heritage Day celebrates our collective cultural heritage and the contributions of all Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Ince. “It is fitting that we raise the new Heritage Day flag, a new public symbol of the province’s collective heritage, in the same year we honour a champion of the public good, Joseph Howe.” The new flag was inspired by the illustrations of five Nova Scotia elementary school students and designed by a professional design firm. The Nova Scotia Museum’s Twitter account will explore Joseph Howe’s love for the province by tweeting excerpts from his book Western and Eastern Rambles: Travel Sketches of Nova Scotia. The museum and the Nova Scotia Archives have published an online resource for teachers called Joseph Howe, Learning with Objects (http://museum.novascotia.ca/joseph-howe-learning-objects ). The archives will also publish a digitized family scrapbook showing Mr. Howe’s world. The Museum of Natural History, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Museum of Industry and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia are all open free of charge on Heritage Day, creating opportunities for families to spend time together learning about Nova Scotia’s heritage and culture. Heritage Day events are planned across the province. More information on events and Joseph Howe is available at http://heritageday.novascotia.ca.last_img read more

INNOVACORPStartups Selected for Clean Technology Acceleration Program

first_imgFive Nova Scotia startups will participate in an acceleration program to help grow their clean technology ventures. The CleanTech Accelerate Program provides the companies with financing and business guidance. Innovacorp and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) announced the five participating startups today, March 3. They are developing innovations to: “This program is helping us reach important technical and business milestones and launching us from prototype to product,” said Sebastian Manchester, co-founder of Jaza Energy. “The support is accelerating our effort to bring solar energy to remote communities around the world.” “We’re pleased to recognize the startup founders selected for Innovacorp’s CleanTech Accelerate Program,” said Joachim Stroink, MLA for Halifax Chebucto, on behalf of Minister of Business Mark Furey. “Startups are vital to growing our economy, and Nova Scotia’s start-up scene is vibrant. “Investing in companies at early stages can help drive innovation, exports and global competitiveness, as well as create high-value jobs.” The Government of Canada’s support for the program is part of its $500,000 contribution to a variety of clean technology programs being led by Innovacorp. The investment is aimed at moving Nova Scotia high-potential clean technologies through the start-up phase to investment-readiness. The non-repayable contribution is provided through ACOA’s Business Development Program. “The Government of Canada is pleased to support Nova Scotian innovators as they develop new clean technologies,” said Halifax MP Andy Fillmore on behalf of Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA. “Support for clean technology projects helps diversify the region’s economy, open up new markets, reduce carbon emissions and create good jobs for Atlantic Canadians.” The participating companies will each receive $20,000 cash to help address key technical and business milestones and move closer to being investment ready. They will also receive training and mentorship from private sector partners thenextphase, Enginuity and Ecofuel. Companies from across Nova Scotia made 17 submissions to the CleanTech Accelerate Program. The five participants were selected from the nine companies invited to pitch their ventures to judges in January. turn crickets into a high-quality protein powder – Joy Hillier of Midgard Insect Farm Inc., Windsor recycle expanded polystyrene (known as Styrofoam) – Dietmar Tholen and Scott Baxter, BDT Polystyrene Recycling Inc., Newcombville, Lunenburg County enable energy-efficient production of dried natural foods – Alex Martynenko of CARE Food Engineering Inc., Truro help telecom carriers better manage their energy needs – Kianoosh Yazdani and Tim Speed of Minute88 Inc., Halifax provide solar energy to households in remote communities – Sebastian Manchester and Jeff Schnurr of Jaza Energy Inc., Halifax.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 (Westbound Lanes) Highway 104, westbound lanes, from Exit 21 to Exit 20, will be reduced to one lane in various locations for bridge rehabilitation and repaving from Monday, May 27 until Friday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lower Onslow Highway 102, Exit 14A to Belmont, will have a one lane closure for roadwork from Monday, May 27 until Saturday, Aug. 31.Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Highway 107, Exit 18 eastbound ramp and westbound ramp, will have weekday lane closures daily from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. until Saturday, Aug. 31 while extended ramp lanes are built. Traffic control is in place. Motorists should expect delays. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge, Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, is closed until further notice. A detour is in place on MacEachern Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre, is closed until further notice due to safety concerns. A replacement bridge is expected this year. A detour is in place via East Big Intervale Road, Crowdis Cross Road and West Big Intervale Road. CONTINUING WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Dartmouth, Victoria Road Bridge, Victoria Road Bridge rehabilitation work is being done to the Victoria Road Bridge, Victoria Road, until Saturday, Aug. 31. The majority of work will take place after 6 p.m., from Monday to Friday, and on weekends. Weekday work will take place between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.center_img PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 (Eastbound Lanes) Highway 104, eastbound lanes, Exit 19 for about six kilometres will be reduced to one lane in various locations for bridge rehabilitation and repaving from Monday, May 27 until Friday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. NEW WORK VICTORIA COUNTY: Seal Island Bridge Beginning Monday, May 27, the Seal Island Bridge will undergo a detailed inspection that will require lane closures and, at times, short-term closures. Motorists should expect delays between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. until Friday, June 7. Traffic control will be in place. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Cape Forchu Bridge, Route 304 Cape Forchu Bridge on Route 304, Yarmouth Bar, is reduced to one lane for repairs until Friday, May 31. Traffic lights and traffic control personnel will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. -30-last_img read more

DU admission process to begin from today

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi University, which will be starting its admissions from Thursday, is mulling over giving full scholarships to students whose parents are no more or unemployed, the varsity said.The online registration for undergraduate programmes will commence from May 30, postgraduate (PG) programmes, postgraduate Diploma in Cyber Security and Law and for M.Phil or PhD programmes from June 3. “The University of Delhi is considering to provide full scholarships to students whose both parents are deceased or unemployed and half fee waiver to those students whose earning member is deceased in order to cover their college or university fee,” the varsity said. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe registration process of all the programmes will be completely online for all categories and quota. The Dean Students’ Welfare Office will organise open day sessions. Candidates aspiring for admission in undergraduate courses and their parents can attend the Open Day programme and understand the admission process in the colleges of the university. A help desk in conference centre will also assist candidates. The colleges will also organise their counselling sessions and set up help desks in their premises during the admission process. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThis year, the varsity will be effecting a 10 per cent increase in seats for economically weaker sections and there will be a rise of close to 6,000 seats. The varsity will be effecting the increase in two phases — 10 per cent in the first year and the remaining 15 per cent in the next year. While registering for the courses, the students will have to specify whether they are from Economically Weaker Sections and will have to upload a certificate as proof. There will be an online calculator for marks, easing the job of colleges and also making it easier for students. The admissions committee has tried to offer an inclusive approach to students. According to an official, different state boards have different subjects with different nomenclature, but same curriculum as CBSE subjects, which are considered as standard by the DU. For instance, the Jammu and Kashmir Board has a subject biochemistry, whose syllabus is same as that of biology which is taught by the CBSE, the official said. He said earlier biochemistry was considered a vocational subject and students from the other board would face 2.5 per cent deduction in marks, but this will not happen now.last_img read more

Ban on Dooars tourists during breeding season of animals to be lifted

first_imgKolkata: Much to the delight of the forest lovers, the state Forest department has decided to keep some selective portions of various forests in North Bengal open for the tourists from mid-June to-mid September.The entire forest area in North Bengal remains closed for tourists from June 16 to September 15 during the monsoon season. “A good number of tour operators, resort owners and transport operators had submitted a deputation last year urging department to keep certain areas in the forest open during the monsoon. Tourists have also urged our forest officials at various national parks expressing their desire to witness the natural beauty of the forest during this season. So we have decided to keep certain areas open this time,” a senior official in the state Forest department said. The season from June to September is the mating season for the animals and it is the responsibility of the department to ensure that they are not disturbed by any means. According to a notification undersigned by state Chief Wildlife Warden Ravi Kant Sinha, Kalipur Jungle Camp, Dhupjhora Eco Tourism camp under Gorumara National Park, Panjhora Jungle Camp, Murti Jungle Camp, Hornbill Jungle Camp and Mouchuki Dhupjhora Eco Tourism resort, which are also located in close proximity to Gorumara will be kept open including the route in Chapramari forest from the entrance gate to the watch tower. The Dakshin Khayerbari Tiger Rescue Centre and Mendabari Jungle camp under Jaldapara National Park , the Nature Interpretation Centre at Rajabhatkhawa, Jainti, Santrabari and Buxaduar upto Buxa Fort, Poro Eco Park and Sikiajhora eco tourism centre under Buxa Forest will also remain open for the tourists. However, the department will not allow any jeep safari or elephant safari in the forest during this period. “It is essential to provide a period of least disturbance in national park and wildlife sanctuaries during rainy season for rejuvenation of flora and fauna and to maintain biodiversity in the area,” the official said.last_img read more

Mixed reviews pour in on federal budget

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The announcement of the federal budget has some up in arms, and others saying the ship is being righted.Sandip Lalli, President of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce feels they’ve been left out, especially on their request to slash the corporate tax rate.“There isn’t any real forward-looking policy around competitiveness,” says Lalli.”This budget is a missed opportunity for the federal government to send a strong signal to the investment community that Canada is open for growth” says @SandipLalli – read our full reaction #Budget2019 https://t.co/2OAd0niyLy— Calgary Chamber (@CalgaryChamber) March 19, 2019Certainty surrounding taxes and regulations are two more aspects the Calgary chamber was hoping to be addressed.However, Lalli is pleased that a focus on skills training was included in the budget.Also in the budget, a one time top-up of the federal gas tax as a way to get infrastructure funding to cities quicker.Mayor Naheed Nenshi says this will help with major projects already on the books.“We were really happy to see the one time top up of the gas tax which to the city of Calgary will mean about $68 million,” said Nenshi.The Mayor would like to see the use of the gas tax mechanism more regularly so the cities can get that money working quicker. read more

Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 17 December 2010

DOWNLOADOn this page you will find the current news from Brussels. These weekly reports are archived every Friday. Week in Brussels can be e-mailed to you on a regular basis if you register for News Alerts.For further information e-mail us at brusselsweb@smmt.co.ukContents1. Hedegaard welcomes agreement to cut emissions from vans2. ‘Progress made in Cancún, but challenges lay ahead’ – Hedegaard3. Registrations down 7.1% in November across Europe4. Industrial production up by 0.7% from September to october in euro area5. Call for wide-ranging resource efficiency plan1. Hedegaard welcomes agreement to cut emissions from vansConnie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for climate action, has welcomed an agreement to cut emissions from vans. In yesterday’s final trialogue meeting (European Parliament, Commission, Council) a preliminary compromise was found on the Light Commercial Vehicles CO2 proposal, setting up the 2020 long-term emissions reduction target at a level of 147 g/km. All other issues remain unchanged, in line with the Council position agreed during the last Coreper meeting. Ms. Hedegaard said: “I welcome the agreement reached with the Council and the European Parliament to set EU emission standards for vans. The agreed Regulation will make vans less polluting and will contribute to our overall ambition to cut emissions from transport. With the agreed 2020 target, it will stimulate innovation in industry, enabling manufacturers to take full advantage of the transition to a low-carbon economy. It will also generate important fuel-savings for consumers. The agreement in first reading will allow the proposal made by the Commission in 2009 to be rapidly adopted and provide certainty for industry.”Source: European VoiceClick here for more information2. ‘Progress made in Cancún, but challenges lay ahead’ – HedegaardA deal to curb climate change reached at the Cancún summit represented “real progress” according to Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for climate action. After talks went on through the night, negotiators from around 190 countries meeting in the Mexican resort endorsed a text in the early hours of the morning. The ‘Cancun agreement’ includes pledges to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and set up a fund to help poor countries adapt to climate change. Forest conservation plans and a deal on the politically-sensitive issue of how to report and monitor emission reductions were also agreed. Ms. Hedegaard said: “The EU came to Cancún in the hope that we would have a substantial package, a package showing progress and substance, as well as paving the way forward in this process, and that we got in the Cancún agreement. That is progress, but it is also fair to say that we have a long and challenging journey ahead of us.” All sides are aiming for a final climate deal at the next United Nations climate conference in South Africa at the end of 2011.Source: European VoiceClick here for more information3. Registrations down 7.1% in November across EuropeThe European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) has published its latest automotive figures for November 2010. Figures show that new cars fell by 7.1% in the EU, amounting to 1,069,268 units. In total, 12,349,743 new cars were registered in November 2010, or 5.7% less than over the same period last year.Source: ECEAClick here for more information4. Industrial production up by 0.7% from September to october in euro areaEurostat, the statistical office of the EU, has released industrial production figures for October 2010. Comparing these figures from September 2010, the reveal that seasonally adjusted industrial production rose by 0.7% in the Euro area. Year-on-year figures reveal that production increased by 6.9% in the Euro area from October 2009 to October 2010.Source: EurostatClick here for more information5. Call for wide-ranging resource efficiency planEnvironment ministers will call on the European Commission to give a broad interpretation to resource efficiency when it launches the 2020 strategy’s flagship initiative on the issue next year, according to a draft resolution. Ministers will ask the EU executive to incorporate all natural resources into its strategy including energy and non-energy resources, biotic materials, water, air, soil, living organisms, ecosystems and biodiversity. The draft resolution is based on a Belgian presidency paper presented in July. The document calls for an ambitious EU policy on ecodesign and a thorough review of existing legislation in 2012. The 2009 ecodesign directive foresees a possible extension of the law to non-energy products with an environmental impact. Ministers want the commission to “explore further ways of reducing the use of hazardous substances, including heavy metals”. The document adds that the extended producer responsibility principle should be further strengthened, “based on an analysis of socio-economic and environmental costs and benefits”. The forthcoming resource efficiency should refer to Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) as defined by the OECD, according to the document. It also calls for a common method on the quantitative lifecycle assessment of products’ environmental impacts. EU member states are also encouraged to support the goals of the ten-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) under the framework of the Marrakech Process, which will be discussed at international negotiations next May.Source: EndsEuropeClick here for more informationClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

New Pilbara railway negotiations a boost for Flinders Mines

first_imgFlinders Mines has welcomed the Western Australian Government’s approval for negotiations to commence that could pave the way for a State Agreement allowing construction of a new railway to its 100%-owned Pilbara Iron Ore Project (PIOP).“This milestone approval from WA Premier, The Hon Colin Barnett, has injected new confidence into our ongoing efforts to complete a bankable feasibility study (BFS) this year for the development of the PIOP”, Flinders Mines’ Managing Director, Ian Gordon, said.“Worley Parsons is heading up work on the PIOP BFS and is currently on target to have the results of the study delivered to Flinders Mines by the end of June 2015”, Gordon said. “With a clearer path to market via a State Agreement and a positive result from the BFS, we will be able to determine the returns to our company’s shareholders and be in a position to make an informed decision on whether to proceed with the project”, he said.“Once a positive final investment decision is achieved and financing is available, PIOP production is expected to commence late in 2017/early in 2018.” Flinders Mines last year signed an agreement with the Balla Balla Joint Venture for the provision of rail and port services for the PIOP. The Balla Balla JV consists of Sydney-based Rutila Resources and Todd Corp of New Zealand which also is the largest single shareholder in Flinders Mines with a 19.9% stake.Rutila, as Manager of the Balla Balla JV, has been invited by the WA Government to negotiate a State Agreement for construction of the new railway linking the proposed Balla Balla port to Flinders Mines’ 25 Mt/y PIOP.Flinders Mines is one of the last independent iron ore juniors operating in the Pilbara with its wholly-owned PIOP seen as one of the few remaining independent, high-quality hematite iron ore projects of scale left in Australia.Four weeks ago, Flinders Mines announced a jump in the total PIOP Mineral Resource to 1.04 billion tonnes at 55.6% Fe with a significant 84% of that total being in the ‘high confidence’ Indicated or Measured categories that forms the basis for mine planning studies as part of the current BFS.Gordon said “We already have a granted mining lease and we have a Native Title Agreement in place with the Eastern Guruma people who hold determined Native Title over the PIOP mining lease area and areas that are likely to support infrastructure.”last_img read more

Analyst thinks Apple TV set will be an iMac we disagree

first_imgAnalysts love to predict things. That’s what they do. As they spend their working days analyzing business and market trends, they can, at times, be spot on. However, as anyone making a guess will, they also miss the mark. This case is probably the latter: Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair predicts that Apple will transition to a dedicated TV set by adding TV functions to the iMac.It’s a bold prediction, but it doesn’t make sense. Why would Apple use the iMac as a way to introduce the iTV? Macs generally don’t sit in owners’ living rooms. You don’t invade the living room by invading the office. Some companies would ignore this misguided logic, but not Apple.If Apple needs a transitional device for their iTV, they already have one: it’s called Apple TV. Unlike the iMac, it’s already a living room device. Should Apple feel the need to transition their customers into a TV set, it makes more sense to start by adding exciting new features to Apple TV; by increasing Apple TV’s popularity, it’s easier to sell the iTV.Why would Apple need a transitional device? Jumping into the TV set business is a big leap, but this is Apple. They will only enter the market if they believe that they can offer something revolutionary. Whether that means iCloud support, Siri as a remote control, or mirroring of iOS devices (most likely all three), it will have a selling feature. Why waffle with TV-integrated iMacs? It makes no sense.We love analysts. They make bold predictions that are fun to speculate about, one way or the other. But just remember that you can often guess as well as they can; we’re guessing that this prediction is 100% bunk.via Forbeslast_img read more

NAB tips next rate move will be up

first_imgNAB is forecasting the Reserve Bank will keep interest rates steady throughout 2012. NAB is so optimistic about the Australian economic outlook it is tipping the next move on rates will be up but not until mid-next year. “Conditions improved across most industries – with particularly strong kick-ups in retail and wholesaling,” the latest NAB survey report said. “Against that mining conditions fell heavily – in line with the softening in commodity prices and especially iron ore prices. But investment and exports outlook still solid. Overall outlook remains robust enough to avoid need for further rate cut.” Source: Herald Sun Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

39 years ago on this day

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It was exactly 39 years ago, on this day, when the military dictatorship in Greece imposed by a Coup on 21 April 1967 collapsed as a result of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus three days earlier. The military government collapsed and the former conservative Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis was invited to return to Greece from his self-imposed exile in Paris in order to form a National Unity government. Mr Karamanlis, 67 at the time, was Prime Minister for an unprecedented eight years until the centre-left in Greece, under the leadership of Georgios Papandreou, grandfather of former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, won power in the country’s last democratic election in 1963.Constantine Karamanlis, elected twice as Prime Minister and as President of Greece, was the founder of New Democracy, Greece’s major government party today. He was in self-imposed exile in Paris and he was one of eight former senior politicians invited to return by the foundering military leadership.  last_img read more

Egypte découverte du sarcophage dune reine inconnue

first_imgEgypte : découverte du sarcophage d’une reine inconnue Égypte – Un sarcophage de granit rose scellé d’un couvercle en basalte appartenant à une reine jusqu’alors inconnue a été découvert par la mission archéologique française, d’après le service des antiquités égyptiennes. Cette reine identifiée comme étant Bahnou pourrait être l’épouse de Pépi II.C’est lors de fouilles menées dans une pyramide située non loin de celle du Pharaon Pépi Ier que l’équipe française a découvert le sarcophage d’un type “très rare”, selon l’inspecteur des antiquités, Galal Mouawad. “La rareté de ce sarcophage […] est due au fait qu’il est fait principalement de granit rose alors que le couvercle est en basalte noir”, a-t-il souligné. Le couvercle de couleur différente aurait pu appartenir à un autre sarcophage avant d’être posé sur celui de Bahnou. Le sarcophage de 2,6 mètres de long et 1,1 mètre de hauteur a été trouvé dans une chambre funéraire. Sur l’un des côtés, des hiéroglyphes indiquaient que la défunte était “l’épouse du roi et sa bien-aimée”. Selon les chercheurs, elle serait Bahnou, “l’une des reines de la VIe dynastie, qui a régné sur l’Égypte de 2374 à 2192 avant J.-C.” Le chef du Conseil suprême des antiquités égyptiennes, Zahi Hawass, ajoute que l’équipe ne sait pas encore “si elle était l’épouse de Pépi Ier (-2354 à -2310) ou de Pépi II (-2300 à -2206)”. D’autres inscriptions étaient gravées sur les murs de la chambre funéraire. Celles-ci étaient destinées à faciliter le passage de la reine dans l’au-delà.  La chambre avait déjà été profanée par des pilleurs aux environs de 2200 av J.-C. La zone avait ensuite connu une seconde vie en servant de carrière de pierres pour la construction de nouveaux édifices. Seuls demeuraient dans le sarcophage les restes de bandelettes ayant servi à envelopper la momie de Bahnou, quelques morceaux de bois, de poteries, ainsi que des fragments osseux.Le 6 mars 2010 à 16:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Bébé dépister plus de 50 maladies dès la naissance avec une simple

first_imgBébé : dépister plus de 50 maladies dès la naissance avec une simple goutte de sangSelon les chercheurs, il sera prochainement possible de détecter près de 55 maladies dès la naissance à partir de quelques gouttes de sang prélevées au niveau du talon au quatrième jour.Le test de Guthrie, du nom du chercheur américain qui a mis au point la technique, consiste à prélever quelques gouttes de sang dans le talon des nouveau-nés au quatrième jour de vie. A l’heure actuelle, cinq maladies rares, potentiellement très graves peuvent être décelées à partir de cet échantillon envoyé au laboratoire placé sur un simple morceau de buvard. Les cinq maladies concernées sont la phénylcétonurie, l’hypothyroïdie congénitale, l’hyperplasie congénitale des surrénales, la drépanocytose et la mucoviscidose.Pour la première fois mis en place il y a 40 ans dans certaines maternités françaises, ce test a bénéficié à près de 30 millions d’enfants. Parmi eux plus de 18 000 ont vu leur pathologie découverte à temps. Par exemple, Marie Balança-Devaux, 28 ans, aujourd’hui ingénieur aéronautique,  présentait à sa naissance une phénylcétonurie, une maladie métabolique qui entraîne une arriération mentale profonde si elle n’est pas prise en charge précocement. Alors que Marie semblait être en bonne santé son organisme était en réalité incapable de synthétiser la phénylalanine, présente dans de nombreux aliments, et indispensable au développement normal du cerveau. Grâce à un régime très strict, mis en place dès le premier mois de vie, Marie aura pu mener une vie normale. Devant l’efficacité d’un tel test, les chercheurs réfléchissaient depuis longtemps à la possibilité de détecter d’autres maladies, tout aussi simplement. Une perspective qui devient aujourd’hui réalité. Une innovation qui soulève des questions En effet, ce programme pourrait maintenant être élargi et permettre de dépister une cinquantaine d’autres pathologies très rares. “Cette innovation soulève de nombreuses questions éthiques et pratiques, auxquelles il faut nous préparer”, précise néanmoins le Pr Michel Roussey, président de l’Association française pour le dépistage et la prévention des handicaps de l’enfant (AFDPHE). “Il existe des critères stricts pour inclure une maladie”, précise le Pr Frédéric Huet, pédiatre au CHU de Dijon. “Elle doit notamment pouvoir être détectée de manière fiable en l’absence de symptômes cliniques et doit pouvoir être traitée avant que n’apparaissent des lésions irréversibles. Les enfants repérés et leur famille doivent ensuite être pris en charge de façon adaptée, puis suivis sur le long terme”, ajoute t-il cité par le Figaro.fr. De plus, le test de Guthrie suppose une information suffisante des familles, car il n’est pas obligatoire. Les refus restent toutefois exceptionnels, d’autant qu’il ne coûte que 10 euros par enfant et est remboursé par l’Assurance-maladie. Au final, le dispositif est donc largement rentable pour la collectivité. “Notre organisation a fait ses preuves, car elle garantit l’équité et l’intérêt de l’enfant”, souligne le Pr Roussey. Pourtant, selon l’AFDPHE, seul un nouveau-né sur deux bénéficie aujourd’hui d’un dépistage à la maternité, dans le cadre d’initiatives locales. “Nous réclamons la mise en place urgente de ce dépistage au niveau national pour assurer l’égalité de tous les enfants sur le territoire”,  a ainsi insisté le Pr Jacques Sarles, pédiatre au CHU de Marseille.Dépister la surdité dès la naissance ? Le nouveau test, lui, s’appuierait sur une nouvelle technologie : la spectrométrie de masse en tandem. C’est elle qui permet de détecter au moins une cinquantaine de maladies avec une seule goutte de sang. Plusieurs pays utilisent déjà cet appareil, à l’instar de l’Autriche qui dépiste 29 pathologies, rapporte le Figaro.fr. Il est ainsi possible de repérer, par exemple, le déficit en MCAD, une maladie métabolique rare qui entraîne des crises de décompensation pouvant être mortelles en cas de jeûne.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?La mise en place de ce test devrait être possible administrativement parlant puisque la Haute Autorité de santé (HAS) a rendu un avis favorable à l’inclusion de ce nouveau dépistage en France. D’un point de vue pratique, il faudra d’abord équiper les laboratoires. Ensuite il faudra déterminer les différentes pathologies du métabolisme, certaines étant rarissimes, d’autres étant dépourvues de traitement efficace. Selon le Pr Roussey, “le programme est amené à s’élargir dans les années à venir à de nouvelles maladies, à condition que l’on respecte les critères en vigueur depuis quarante ans, c’est-à-dire qu’il s’agisse de maladies bien connues, d’évolution sévère et qui puissent être traitées pour permettre aux enfants de vivre mieux et plus longtemps”.Concrètement, il devrait être possible d’ici deux ans de dépister la surdité lors d’un dépistage néonatal (un enfant sur mille, chaque année en France) alors qu’aujourd’hui le diagnostic intervient à 18 mois pour les surdités profondes et jusqu’à 3 ou 4 ans pour les déficiences auditives moyennes. L’arrêté du 23 avril 2012 a posé le principe de ce test de dépistage mais les associations de malentendants refusent pour le moment la médicalisation systématique de la surdité.Le 16 janvier 2013 à 14:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Consumer Health Publisher Acquires University Health Publishing Group

first_imgMediZine, the New York-based publisher of consumer health education titles like Healthy Living, Remedy and Diabetes Focus, has acquired the University Health Publishing Group.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.UHPG publishes products—including newsletters, reports and Web sites, in conjunction with Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, Berkeley.MediZine is a portfolio company of private equity firm Veronis Suhler and Stevenson. UHPG was represented in the deal by the Jordan, Edmiston Group.last_img read more

Marine Science Symposium – LIVEBLOG – Sunday

first_imgA brief introduction to the Alaska Marine Science Symposium by liveblogger Steve Heimel, who will be bringing Alaska Public Media live coverage through Thursday, Jan. 28.Bird researcher George Divoky will be one of the keynote speakers.  Here he is headed to Cooper Island for his 41st year of field research last year courtesy of the North Slope Borough.This is the week when a whole lot happens in Arctic science. The latest results from last year’s field season begin to go public, by way of hundreds of speeches, powerpoints and poster presentations before about 800 people in downtown Anchorage. It’s more information than anyone could possibly absorb, but they’ll try. The investigators and students may be exhausted when they return to their laboratories, classrooms and computers, but they’ll have a much better idea of where Alaska science is headed, and where future research dollars are likely to be.The Alaska Marine Science Symposium has grown greatly since it began as a way to compare notes on the damage done by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, funded by one of the spill’s lawsuit settlements. In 2002, it became one of the programs of the North Pacific Research Board, funded initially by money bid for offshore oil leases. Its scope expanded from Prince William Sound to the Gulf of Alaska, the Bering Sea, and now the Arctic, with the arrival last weekend of a stack of proposals for more than $7 million in Chukchi and northern Bering Sea research projects, mostly tracking a changing climate and the ecosystem’s response.The changing ecosystem surges increasingly into the headlines these days, with starving seabirds being found far inland, Chinook salmon still in a mysterious decline, and predators and pathogens like PSP and domoic acid expanding to new ranges. Mixed in with all the other science will be the latest data on these and other emerging science issues.To select a few highlights — a high school student reports on the way bowhead whales changed their Beaufort Sea songs a couple of years ago, researchers disclose their discovery of a beluga birthing area at the mouth of the Susitna River, two new algae species were discovered in the Aleutians, a progress report on the first year of the Obama administration’s new emphasis on the Arctic, a presentation on the biological and behavioral benefits of living near or even under water, and one on what has been learned from four decades monitoring a colony of seabirds on an island not far from Barrow.I have been going to these meetings for decades now, and I always come out of them with more and bigger stories than I could possibly report. Maybe blogging will help get the stories out. I’ll be posting throughout the event on alaskapublic.org as the events unfold.–Steve Heimellast_img read more

Tehran says Trumps genocidal taunts wont end Iran

first_imgIran`s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Photo: AFPIranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday the “genocidal taunts” of US president Donald Trump will not “end Iran”, as tensions spike between the two countries.”Iranians have stood tall for millennia while aggressors all gone. Economic terrorism and genocidal taunts won’t ‘end Iran’,” Zarif wrote on Twitter.”Never threaten an Iranian. Try respect — it works!” he added.In another tweet, Zarif accused Trump of allowing his team to “trash diplomacy” and “abet war crimes — by milking despotic butchers via massive arms sales”.The riposte by Iran’s top diplomat follows an ominous warning by Trump, who on Sunday suggested the Islamic republic would be destroyed if it attacked US interests.”If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again,” Trump tweeted.Relations between Washington and Tehran plummeted a year ago when Trump pulled out of a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and imposed tough sanctions.Iranian officials have repeatedly slammed the unilateral US sanctions as “economic terrorism,” saying that they have impeded the flow of essential goods.Tensions have risen further this month with Washington announcing more economic measures against Tehran, before deploying a carrier group and B-52 bombers to the Gulf over unspecified alleged Iranian “threats”.The Trump administration last week ordered non-essential diplomatic staff out of Iraq, citing the danger posed by Iranian-backed Iraqi armed groups.On Sunday a rocket was fired into the Green Zone of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, which houses government offices and embassies including the US mission. It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack.While the US claim of Iranian “threats” has been met with widespread scepticism outside the United States, the mounting tensions have sparked growing international concern.”I would say to the Iranians, do not underestimate the resolve on the US side in the situation,” British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt told reporters on Monday in Geneva.”They don’t want a war with Iran, but if American interests are attacked they will retaliate,” he added.Hunt said that Britain wanted “the situation to de-escalate” and urged Iran “to pull back from the destabilising activities it does throughout the region.”- ‘Goaded’ into war -US media reports say Trump’s hawkish national security adviser John Bolton is pushing for war with Iran, but others in the administration are resisting.Zarif’s tweet said Trump is being “goaded by B Team,” a term he coined to refer to Bolton as well as Israel’s prime minister and the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates who are all pushing a hard line on Tehran.Before Trump’s Twitter threat, Zarif had downplayed the prospect of a new war in the region, saying Tehran opposed it and nobody was under the “illusion” the Islamic republic could be confronted.Iran is exercising “maximum restraint” in the face of an “unacceptable” escalation by the United States, Zarif said on Thursday.Tehran has threatened to gradually withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal if partners still in the agreement — Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia — do not help it to circumvent US sanctions.Saudi Arabia on Saturday called for emergency regional talks to discuss the mounting Gulf tensions.It came days after mysterious sabotage attacks on several tankers in highly sensitive Gulf waters and drone strikes on a Saudi crude pipeline by Yemen rebels who Riyadh claimed were acting on Iranian orders.Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, said Sunday his country does not want to go to war with Iran but would defend itself.Saudi Arabia “does not want a war, is not looking for it and will do everything to prevent it,” he said.”But at the same time, if the other side chooses war, the kingdom will respond with strength and determination to defend itself and its interests.”last_img