A new celebration in Sikkim

first_imgLord Padmasambhava’s statue at NamchiThere are monumental things happening in the ancient state of Sikkim. And that’s not just because of the giant Buddha Statue coming up at Rabong in South Sikkim. The proposed 125 ft statue of Sangay Chomden Dey sitting in meditation when complete should be the largest of its kind in the world. It began in 2006 to mark the 2550th birth anniversary of the Lord Buddha. Covering an area of 22.5 acres, the project includes an eco-garden and other amenities along with the giant statue. In Namchi you’ll find the current record holder, a 45m statue of the Padmasambhava, looking towards Sikkim and the mountains. This one was finished in 2004 after seven years of construction and the sun glints off its shining gold, making it visible for miles around.Across the valley, Solophok is hard at work constructing its own giant statue, this time a 108 ft one of Shiva sitting on a hilltop. Besides the Shiva statue there are a number of smaller statues, temples and visitor attractions under construction for what is hoped to be a major pilgrimage centre. But this is not all that’s happening in Sikkim.Beyond SpiritualityTraditional dance at the Hee Bermiok Heritage Tourism FestivalThe prosperous market town of Namchi also plays host to the recent Namchi Tourism Mahotsav. Thousands of tourists have started flocking to Namchi in October to meander through the stalls of handlooms and handicrafts that are put up along the traditional houses. Cuisines of Sikkim’s different communities are also on offer along with free-flowing rice wine. And in between all the music and entertainment there are pony rides and short treks to be enjoyed–you can even see how Sikkim’s different ethnic groups conduct their wedding rites.Aritar, in East Sikkim, hosts the Lampokhari Tourism Festival from the end of March to early April. This includes boating in the Lampokhari Lake, archery competition and short treks to scenic points on the hills. For the more adventurous, there are activities like rock climbing and paragliding. And of course there are cultural shows, flower exhibitions and plenty of local cuisine. Lampokhari, with its lush green surroundings, is one of the oldest lakes in Sikkim. An artificial embankment has been built to make boating easier, which is quite a first for the State.A Little AdventureSikkimese women performing traditional songsThe Hee Bermiok Tourism Development and Heritage Conservation Society has been hosting a heritage festival in West Sikkim since 2005. Apart from the usual art and culture the festival has an interesting display of items like the dhinki or wooden husking machine and the jhato, or grinder. The height of the festival is a spectacular mountain biking rally that draws tourists from all over. This festival coincides with SHAN, the Sikkim Heritage Adventure Nature International Camp. First held in 2008, the camp introduces participants to the East Himalayas, situated as it is next to the Rhododendron Sanctuary. Accommodation is organised in high altitude tents in camping areas, local lodges and homestays. Savour local Himalayan and Indian recipes.Flower PowerBeautiful yellow orchids are on display at the flower festivalIn May, Sikkim’s wealth of flowers and ferns are in full bloom. To showcase them Gangtok goes to town with a huge outdoor flower festival. You’ll find the State’s 600 varieties of orchids, 240 trees and 240 types of ferns, 150 kinds of gladioli, 46 varieties of the world-famous rhododendrons, different kinds of magnolias and many other leafy plants showcased. Experts gather from all over the world and there are seminars on the subject. It’s usually held next door to the Governor’s Residence at White Hall.Snow ManWhile all these are held in summer, Gangtok’s Winter Festival offers visitors a ‘taste of nature, culture and adventure’ for four days in December. Inaugurated in 2005, the festival consists of a colourful ethnic extravaganza with stalls serving piping hot local delicacies to combat the winter chill. Adventure sports and white water rafting add to the fun. The music festival contributes to the friendly rivalry.Along with traditional village homestays, Sikkimese heritage homes have been developing to provide a ethnic base for tourists. Among these are the Turuk Kothi Heritage House, a 160-year-old house and estate, 45 minutes down the dirt road from Malli Bazar. And there’s Gangtok’s tranquil Hidden Forest Retreat spread over three acres of lush green garden with all kinds of trees, bamboos, ferns, flowers and orchids. These beautiful places to stay provide the right backdrop to enjoy the colourful Sikkimese culture. What’s more, 2010 has been declared Sikkim Year of Tourism and things, one hopes, will only get better.advertisementadvertisement Fact fileNamchi Tourism Mahotsav In OctoberLampokhari Tourism Festival Scheduled for March-April this yearHee Bermiok Heritage Tourism Festival Held in MaySHAN May 10th-13th this yearInternational Rhododendron Festival May 3rd-20th this yearWinter Festival In DecemberTuruk Kothi Heritage House Malli Bazar, Turuk, South Sikkim; tel: (03595) 266 042; www.sikkimeco.comlast_img read more

Football: Dutch wonderkid Justin Kluivert signs for Roma

first_imgAdvertisementDutch youngster Justin Kluivert joins Roma for a reported fee of £15m[€17.25m]. The youngster has signed a 5-year contract with the ‘i giallorossi’ after he was linked for a move to Manchester United. He is the son of Barcelona and Netherland icon, Patrick Kluivert.“I’m feeling great,” Kluivert told the club website. “I’m at an unbelievable club and I can’t wait to start.”“I think Roma is a great club for me – I think they can build me into a bigger, stronger player and I can do some nice things here.”Kluivert made 30 appearances for Ajax this previous season and scored 10 goals. He also got his full debut for the Netherlands during a 3-0 win over Portugal.OFFICIAL: JUSTIN KLUIVERT IS NOW AN #ASROMA PLAYER ☝️🐺 pic.twitter.com/CMQhJUuSGI— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) June 22, 2018Monchi the football director at Roma also has big expectations of him.“Justin is already one of the most exciting young players in European football.”“It was not easy to bring him to Roma ahead of a number of clubs. But Justin believes Roma is the perfect place for him to continue his development and realise his enormous potential.”Benvenuto Justin Kluivert! 🐺➡️ https://t.co/ICrvncknAg#ASRoma pic.twitter.com/5HoY7hoLNn— AS Roma (@OfficialASRoma) June 22, 2018He appears to be ready for his new challenge at Roma, what are your thoughts regarding it? Let us know in the comments below!Read Also:- Football: Aspiring young Goalkeeper Andriy Lunin signed by Real MadridFootball : Julian Nagelsmann to Join RB Leipzig at the end of the season Advertisementlast_img read more

Sebi steps up Laffaire Mallya probe; to seek overseas help

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 10 (PTI) In mounting troubles for embattled Vijay Mallya, markets regulator Sebi has stepped up its probe into alleged fund diversion from his erstwhile listed group firms to other entities, including some abroad and his various sport ventures. With the latest disclosures taking total suspected fund diversion at United Spirits alone to over Rs 2,500 crore, Sebi is also referring to the matter for further action by other agencies including SFIO (Serious Fraud Investigation Office) under the Corporate Affairs Ministry, a top official said.”We have taken note of the latest disclosure by USL and have begun looking into suspected violation of various securities market regulations including those relating to related party transactions, corporate governance and diversion of funds by promoters and top management,” he said.”Also under the scanner are Mallyas close confidantes and others who were at senior levels at various listed companies of the group, as also some former auditors at certain group firms,” the official said.Action is already underway for violation of listing agreement by some group companies, he added.The matter of fund diversion would also need to be looked into by SFIO, while ED would also come into the picture as the funds are suspected to have been diverted to entities abroad, the official said, adding that necessary assistance would be sought from foreign regulators including in the UK and the US, where his overseas brewery firms and other ventures are based.Mallya and his group firms are already facing a probe by Enforcement Directorate for alleged diversion of loans taken by long-grounded Kingfisher Airlines.advertisementSebi has also received complaints about the alleged use of overseas instruments in violation of norms for movement of funds and the matter is being separately looked into.In a statement, Mallya denied any wrongdoing as alleged by USL, in which he had sold the controlling stake to UK-based liquor giant Diageo in 2013 in a multi-billion dollar deal, and said all the transactions were legal and above board.Serving a fresh blow to Mallya, USL yesterday disclosed fund diversion and improper transactions worth Rs 1,225.3 crore involving entities linked to the former Chairman, including Kingfisher Airlines and his Formula One team.The company also made it clear that the earlier settlement reached with the Indian businessman would not absolve him of the claims arising out of the latest findings of an internal Additional Inquiry.Mallya, who has been in UK for months evading an arrest warrant in India while several banks have declared him wilful defaulter for non-payment of dues worth over Rs 9,000 crore by his now-defunct Kingfisher, had struck a settlement with USL in February. Under the sweetheart deal, he was promised an over Rs 500-crore payout to leave the company and was also absolved of any personal liability at that time. USL Board had ordered an additional inquiry to plug gaps found in an initial probe launched in April 2015 that showed improprieties in loans worth Rs 1,337 crore given by USL to the entities linked to its erstwhile promoters. “The additional inquiry prima facie reveals further instances of actual or potential fund diversions amounting to approximately Rs 913.5 crore (using exchange rate as on March 31, 2015) as well as other potentially improper transaction involved USL and its Indian and overseas subsidiaries amounting approximately Rs 311.8 crore,” USL said. (MORE) PTI BJ MRlast_img read more

The end of the smartphone era: What will be the technology battlegrounds of the next decade?

first_img November 17, 2016 at 8:31 pm Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Automotive, Communications, Consumer, Industry Log in to Reply 6 thoughts on “The end of the smartphone era: What will be the technology battlegrounds of the next decade?” Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. November 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm “Prediction is an inexact science at best so I reckon you are pretty brave Moshe. Smartphones – with the new watches coming our I can see smartphones being embedded in the watch, wireless earbuds (much as I dislike them, I think Apple is onto something th David_Ashton_EC says: For the past decade, the smartphone race has been the main arena in which technology gladiators battled for domination. Now that Android accounts for over 87% of 2016 smartphones shipments (iOS accounts for only ~12%), we can declare the smartphone platform war is over.So, what are the technology battle grounds of the next decade going to be? Let’s take a look at some of the top arenas to which the energy (and capital investment) of the smartphone era will be diverted.The smart home and city battle: Artificial intelligence meets ubiquitous connectivity Virtual assistants have come a long way in the last few years, and they are now starting to support conversational capabilities. The war between Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and Google Now is in full swing, and their parent companies are investing heavily to stay on top. As I stated in a recent blog that took a more detailed look at conversational assistants, it’s clear that the home is a key access point to consumers’ hearts and wallets.Now that these virtual assistants are in advanced stages of understanding natural speech, the next step will be a smooth integration with the entire smart home. I recently wrote a column about the necessity for deep linking to enable a unified user experience, thereby replacing individual apps for each device or appliance in the smart home. There are already advanced smart home features like smart doorbells that perform face recognition, climate control per peoples’ behavior patterns, and smart irrigation and water management, to name but a few. To truly be a smart home, all these separate features must communicate with each other and offer a seamless user experience.This leads directly to the war that’s currently being waged on connectivity standards. LTE won the cellular battle due to its strong backing by 3GPP and cellular operators. However, in the enormously varied world of IoT — from smart homes (with the features discussed above) to smart cities (including smart grids and connected infrastructure) — the war is still being waged. Different use cases require different solutions, like short-range Bluetooth (with the upcoming Bluetooth Mesh) and Wi-Fi for home area networks (HANs), as opposed to low-power wide area (LPWA) for city-scaled wide area networks (WANs).(Source: shutterstock.com) Still, some consolidation can be expected in a field that has so many overlapping protocols and no unified standard. (You can discover more about these battles in this article about which M2M communication protocol is the best for a smart IoT).The wearable battle: Multi-sensing enables a virtual world LPWA leads us to the next topic — advances in wearables, and especially “wearalones,” which function as standalone devices. As users wish to be free of their smartphones in some cases, new and intriguing interfaces will develop to enable them to access all the functionality of their smartphones without lugging around a brick in their pockets. These interfaces will include always-on voice activation, eye-tracking, micro-gesture control, and more. One of the advanced examples of this trend are hearables — devices that fit snugly into the ear and are rapidly progressing to offer surprisingly varied personal assistant functionality without cords. Many of the wearables available today include features for monitoring vital signs for health and fitness, coupled with sensor fusion capabilities for accurate measurements.Another important part of making wearables capable of replacing devices with screens (like smartphones and tablets) is enabling a visual interface. This goes hand in hand with adding useful layers of information onto the surroundings. Until recently, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications have been primarily targeted at gamers and “technology geeks.” However, as evidenced in the recent Pokémon Go craze, the potential of AR/VR for the mass market is enormous and far from being tapped out. The main challenge here is how to package it. The wearable devices need to be light and untethered on the one hand, but to have very powerful processors and long battery life on the other hand. This combination poses a significant challenge for chip makers who need to find an ultra-efficient solution.The recent inclusion of dual cameras in flagship devices opens new possibilities for augmented and mixed reality. The combination of input from two cameras (with some intelligent processing) enables depth mapping and accurate 3D modelling of the surroundings. This could open new applications for users, from games to navigation and even interacting with the physical environment.The automotive battle: Who will win the race to self-driving cars? The automotive industry is already in very advanced stages of testing fully autonomous vehicles. Competitors in this race vary from technology mammoths like Google, Baidu, and Uber, to traditional automotive companies like General Motors, Ford, and Daimler. The recent acquisitions of autonomous driving startups Otto and SAIPS in a pricey shopping spree by Uber and Ford clearly demonstrates the importance of this front (see this video on self-driving trucks, for example). When autonomous vehicles become the standard mode of transportation, whoever is on top will profit immensely.In parallel with the race to self-driving cars, the highly automated vehicle, or HAV, is becoming more and more intelligent. Features like a traffic jam assist and self-parking are starting to be deployed, and high-end car owners are already enjoying the benefits of machine intelligence assisting them on the road. As opposed to the interconnected systems of the previously mentioned markets, autonomous vehicles are independent systems and face a different paradigm in terms of embedded processing power, real-time response, and — above all — safety.One of the most important features in this market is intelligent machine vision. Powered by deep learning neural networks, smart sensors enable the vehicle to ‘see’ its surroundings. Fast and efficient sensor fusion is required to combine the various types of input (like cameras and Lidar) to create a clear picture of the road, traffic signals, other vehicles, pedestrians, and any potential obstacles. Finally, to assist in the navigation process, autonomous vehicles require much more accurate and detailed positioning and mapping.Sharing common barriers of privacy, regulation, and safety Although the three markets presented above are very different, they also have many similarities. Issues of privacy, regulation, safety, and standardization are still being worked out in each of them, and the results will impact when and how these technologies enter the mass market.Also, they all require highly efficient processing power, higher levels of integration, and revolutionary, intuitive human interfaces to accommodate the desired user experience. As opposed to smartphones, which have all become practically identical, differentiation will be a determining factor in these new battlegrounds — at least until the dust settles and the victorious solution reigns as the de facto standard. It will surely be interesting to see how all this unfolds.Moshe Sheier is Director of Strategic Marketing at CEVA. In this role, Moshe oversees corporate development and strategic partnerships for CEVA’s core target markets and future growth areas. Moshe is engaged with leading software and IP companies to bring innovative DSP-based solutions to the market. In his spare time, Moshe rides mountain bikes and practices Aikido. “The Stephen King movie “Maximum Overdrive”” Log in to Reply David_Ashton_EC says: Log in to Reply antedeluvian says: “@Antedeluvian… “Perhaps it was elf driving?”nnMaybe it was Santa’s truck???” November 18, 2016 at 7:09 pm Ken_A says: Log in to Reply “Davidnn”we’ll have self-driving trucks that can take out a whole neighbourhood”nnReminds me of the movie “Duel” here the driver of the truck is unseen. Perhaps it was elf driving?nhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duel_(1971_film)n” “I agree. We technologists/geeks can easily see the solution on the horizon. What we can’t predict is what happens after the first family is killed due to an unforeseen hardware failure (or even worse, an unforeseen machine/human interaction anomaly). johnspeth says: Log in to Reply November 23, 2016 at 8:30 pm Continue Reading Previous Back EMF and snubberNext Prime your brain to percolate brilliant ideas at ESC Silicon Valley November 29, 2018 at 6:14 pm jaason bourne says: Log in to Reply “Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and Google Now don’t you think after all that Huge company what you expect another this is too much.sourcehttps://youmobile.com.pk” November 17, 2016 at 8:12 pm last_img read more

La Liga: Munir El Haddadi saves Barcelona blushes in Athletic Bilbao stalemate

first_imgSubstitute Munir El Haddadi scored the equaliser to rescue Barcelona from suffering their first home defeat in more than two years.Barcelona’s season has not been up to the mark as they dropped points for the third game in a row after drawing 1-1 against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.El Haddadi scored the equaliser in the 84th minute, meeting a cross by Lionel Messi who had been sent on along with Sergio Busquets in the second half as Barca chased the game.Oscar de Marcos had given Athletic a deserved lead in the 41st minute with a volley after Inaki Williams had missed two clear chances to score for the Basque side, who had not picked up a point at the Nou Camp since 2004 when current Barca coach Ernesto Valverde was in charge.Barca are top of the table with 14 points after seven games but will lose their lead if Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid in a city derby later on Saturday.Despite drawing at home to Girona and losing at minnows Leganes after starting without key first-teamers such as Luis Suarez, Jordi Alba and Samuel Umtiti, Barca coach Valverde made the eye-catching decision to field a team without midfield anchor Busquets and all-time top scorer Messi.The Catalans made a strong start and had an early penalty appeal waved away when Philippe Coutinho went over in the area but Athletic, who were beaten 3-0 at home by Villarreal in mid-week, soon started to put their stamp on the game.advertisementWilliams narrowly missed the target as he struck a bouncing ball around the area and the forward later rounded Marc-Andre ter Stegen but failed to capitalise.Barca had sporadic chances down the other end, as Suarez struck wide from a free kick and was then thwarted by goalkeeper Unai Simon at point blank range, but Athletic made it third time lucky when De Marcos slid to convert Markel Susaeta’s cross.Messi was brought on 10 minutes into the second period to a rousing reception from the home fans and Barca’s play instantly improved, with the Argentine smashing a shot against the post and narrowly firing wide, after Coutinho had struck the crossbar.Athletic’s resistance finally caved in when Munir turned in Messi’s low cross and Ivan Rakitic had a final chance to win it late on for the Catalans, but sent the ball flying over the bar.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

New ‘Mauka-mauka’ ad pays tribute to Team India post WC exit

first_imgEven though Team India could not succeed in lifting the World Cup 2019 trophy, fans and supporters of the Men in Blue have been cheering the team and congratulating them for their dominating performance throughout the course of the showpiece event in England and Wales.India, who dominated the group stage and finished at the top spot in the World Cup, had to face a shocking 18-run defeat against New Zealand in the semifinals, thus bowing out of the competition.Virat Kohli’s men had finished at the top spot in the league stage, winning seven games out of the eight they played (one being washed out). They defeated the likes of Australia, South Africa and Pakistan on their way to the semifinals.Now, after their exit from the World Cup, a new “mauka-mauka” advertisement has come up paying tribute to Team India.In the advertisement, a Pakistani fan can be seen making fun of an Indian supporter following their defeat in the semis.”We played like champions in the entire World Cup,” the Indian supporter tells the Pakistani fan in 2 minute 48-second long video. “We weren’t depended on other team’s results,” he says in an apparent reference to Pakistan’s scenario of making it to the knockout stage in the World Cup.”We are a champion team which forces the opposition team to rethink about their existence.”We just had a bad luck that day otherwise no. 7 would have once again made you cry,” he tells the Pakistani fan.When asked by the Pakistani fan as to why Indian fans flaunt even before winning, the Indian fan replies: “Everybody cheer for their team after winning and everybody criticize after the loss. However, we Indians are different and have a different style of cheering for our team. We expose the opposition way before winning and even if we lose, we chant ‘India, India’.”advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India missed a solid No. 4, says Yuvraj SinghAlso See:last_img read more

Bedoya distraught after World Cup qualifying failure

first_imgUnited States ‘It freaking sucks’ – Bedoya distraught after World Cup qualifying failure Goal 05:23 10/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alejandro Bedoya USA Copa America 06152016 Mark J. Rebilas United States Trinidad and Tobago v United States Trinidad and Tobago WC Qualification CONCACAF The U.S. national team midfielder did not hold back after his country’s “embarrassing” display against Trinidad & Tobago U.S. men’s national team midfielder Alejandro Bedoya has expressed his extreme frustration and disappointment at his country’s stunning World Cup qualifying failure. Bedoya entered as a sub in the USA’s 4-0 win over Panama on Friday, but did not see the field as his team fell to a shocking 2-1 defeat at Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday – a result that knocked the U.S. out of the running for the 2018 World Cup.Returning to the Philadelphia Union on Thursday, the 30-year-old did not hold back when discussing the USA’s embarrassing failure.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “We let our country down, we let our teammates down, we let our fans down, we let our families down and ourselves down,” Bedoya told reporters.“It’s an utter disappointment. The first half [at Trinidad & Tobago] was pretty embarrassing.”Bedoya’s disappointment was compounded by the fact he wasn’t given the chance to play during the final game of the Hexagonal. “It freaking sucks. For me to be on the bench and not take part of this game in a do-or-die situation, it really sucked,” Bedoya said. “There was a lot of emotions: Anger, disappointment, disgust. I was pissed I wasn’t part of it, obviously, with my competitiveness and being a passionate guy.”Me sitting there watching the first half unfold, the way we stepped out on the field and the way we were going about things. I’m sure everyone watching, in a situation like that, it’s not what was expected.”Bedoya was able to console himself with his family after the USA’s defeat, but seeing his young son also reminded him of a special opportunity that was lost. “I came home yesterday and saw my son. My wife came to the airport with my two kids and my son ran up to me and for me, family, that just took my mind off of everything for a little bit,” Bedoya said.“I had dreams of taking my son to the World Cup. He would’ve been three and a half years old by then and just to experience that with him, there was a lot of sadness, a lot of emotions after the game on Tuesday night, and that for me was kind of the most disheartening thing.”last_img read more

St. James Parish Council to Embark on Series of Empowerment Fora

first_imgThe St. James Parish Council is to embark on a series of community empowerment fora in the 17 Parish Council Divisions, with the first to be held on Thursday, March 28, at the John’s Hall All Age School in Springmount.Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris, who made the announcement on March 27, while addressing a Social Development Commission (SDC) parish forum in Montego Bay, said the meetings are geared at informing citizens about ways to participate in the local governance process and “bringing the agencies of Government to the people”.“The people must know who are in charge of the agencies that serve their communities, they must be aware of our actions, and they must have a say in how we approach situations. We will answer to the people we serve,” he emphasized.Mr. Harris said the Parish Council has never ceased interacting with communities, and “we have always facilitated the coming together of people and those charged with delivering services to their communities.”He explained that meaningful solutions to community challenges exist, and can emanate from the SDC parish fora, as when communities share their experiences, other areas facing similar difficulties can be informed on ways to move ahead.Meanwhile, the Mayor pointed out that the Parish Council has opened another avenue for interaction and information sharing with its representatives and the citizens on the first Monday of each month at the Montego Bay Civic Centre.“We have introduced a Mayor in Parlour session, on the first Monday of each month. I sit at the Civic Centre from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., where persons can come and speak with the Mayor and other representatives of the Parish Council on whatever recommendations or problems that they might have,” Mr. Harris said.By Garfield L. Angus, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

The Latest Butts Wernick testify at justice committee on SNCLavalin affair

first_imgOTTAWA — The latest developments at the House of Commons justice committee, holding hearings Wednesday on the SNC-Lavalin affair (all times local):10 a.m.Gerald Butts, former principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, enters the committee room — one larger than used the week prior for former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould — and takes his seat, alone.A number of additional MPs not on the committee are attending the meeting today. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is also in the room.Butts avoided a phalanx of cameras outside the committee room by arriving through a back entrance.Butts’ testimony will contradict Wilson-Raybould’s version of events, in some detail, casting a different light on conversations Wilson-Raybould described as part a campaign of pressure tactics and veiled threats to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.He is backing up his version of events with emails, text messages and other documentation, much as Wilson-Raybould did in her testimony.Before beginning to speak, the Liberal majority on the committee votes down a Conservative motion for Butts to be sworn in to testify under oath.Conservative MP Michael Cooper tries in vain to have Butts sworn in, but he’s told the committee has spoken.“I will tell the truth,” Butts tells the committee as he starts his opening statement. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Steven Tyler To Go Out On A Limb For Charity

first_imgRock and Roll Hall of Fame member Steven Tyler today announced his intimate concert performance “STEVEN TYLER…OUT ON A LIMB” at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall on May 2nd.Steven Tyler… Out On A LimbThe award winning director Brett Ratner and the legendary frontman are collaborating on a unique experience to benefit Janie’s Fund, Tyler’s charitable initiative to help girls overcome the trauma of abuse and neglect.Named after his hit song “Janie’s Got A Gun,” Janie’s Fund is a collaboration between Tyler and leading non-profit organization Youth Villages established to help girls overcome the trauma of abuse and neglect. Launched in November 2015, Janie’s Fund offered a historic 54 days of impact coinciding with the 26th anniversary of the release of the song. For more information, please visit www.JaniesFund.org.“Youth Villages is so grateful to Steven Tyler for starting Janie’s Fund to help our girls who are working to heal from abuse,” said Youth Villages CEO Patrick Lawler. “Steven’s commitment to helping these girls brings them so much hope, and this will be an incredible evening. He uses his big voice unceasingly to raise awareness and funds for the voiceless.”“I’m digging deep and finding some real buried treasure for this one. I’ve never performed quite like this before,” said Tyler. “I’m telling it like it is and getting to perform with some extremely talented musicians and dear friends from Nashville. For this show, we’re taking it up close and personal and truly going… OUT ON A LIMB.”“STEVEN TYLER… OUT ON A LIMB” will showcase in-depth stories and insights on stage from recounts of his piano upbringing to trials and tribulations of life with his band. Backed by his Nashville-based band, Loving Mary, Tyler will lead the crowd on a time-traveling journey from his musical ancestors in Calabria, Italy all the way to Route 440 and Nashville’s country music.The event will also feature a silent auction with once in a lifetime experiences and memorabilia, from a five-day stay at Tyler’s Hawaiian home to a limited edition, hand-shaped artist series surfboard designed by artist Tim Bessell as part of the Bessell Warhol Project. Additional items include an autographed one-of-a-kind painting of Tyler and Aerosmith bandmate Joe Perry by artist Brian Fox; the Skittles mic stand from the set of Tyler’s Super Bowl commercial; exclusive signed images taken by photographer Sarah Skinner; pieces from Tyler’s personal wardrobe worn on American Idol; and an opportunity to attend the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles along with a complimentary gifting suite prize package.Tickets go on-sale Friday, April 8th at 10 AM and are priced at $53, $153 and $203, not including applicable service charges. Two VIP packages will be offered by Twisted J, one at $550 (includes access to seats in the first five rows and exclusive advance access to silent auction items) and $950 (same offer as $550 with the addition of a Meet and Greet). For additional information with package details, visit www.ticketmaster.com.One of music’s most recognizable and dynamic performers, Tyler has been cited by Rolling Stone as “one of the greatest singers of all time.” Tyler and Aerosmith have sold more than 150 million records worldwide and he has won four GRAMMY Awards, six American Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards and an Emmy Award. In addition to having nine number one hits, Aerosmith has received 25 Gold, 18 Platinum and 12 multi-Platinum album certifications. Tyler’s highly-anticipated upcoming solo album is scheduled for release later this summer on Big Machine Label Group’s Dot Records. His current single, “RED, WHITE, & YOU” is available now.In addition to presenting sponsor Twisted J Apparel, award-winning New York based restaurant Catch will sponsor the milestone event.last_img read more

Japan to extend US801311 for demining in North

Sri Lanka has a target of being mine-impact free by 2020. Japan has already made a vital contribution to achieving that target, but it will also depend can the ongoing support of other longstanding donors as well as additional funding from new partners. (Colombo Gazette) Japan has been a major donor supporting mine clearance in Sri Lanka to accelerate the return and resettlement of Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) and to facilitate recommencement of agriculture and other livelihood activities of returnees. Since 2003, the Government of Japan has provided a sum of US$ 27.7 million for demining activities in the North and the East under its Grant Assistance schemes. Damian O’Brien, Programme Manager, The HALO Trust noted that “HALO was honored to be recognized as a trustworthy partner by the, Government of Japan, one of the most important donors to demining activities in. Sri Lanka since 2043. With Japanese support, HALO Sri Lanka will clear its 200,000th landmine by early next year, an important milestone that shows how much the partnership has accomplished. The Government of Japan has decided to provide a total sum of US$801,311 (approximately Rs. 108 million) in grant aid for humanitarian demining in the North under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP).The Project for Humanitarian Mine Clearance in the North, implemented by The HALO Trust will expedite the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka to make mine contaminated areas safe lands for people to return and resume their livelihood. read more

12 large bags of unstamped tobacco seized near Cornwall

Two people are facing charges after roughly 472 lbs of unstamped tobacco was seized during a traffic stop near Cornwall.The Cornwall Regional Task Force says a vehicle was pulled over on March 22 at a South Glengarry marina. Police along with Canada Border Service Agency officers seized the vehicle along with 12 bags of fine cut tobacco. “This is another great example of collaborative efforts with our partners to disrupt organize crime activities. With the spring weather approaching, we would like to remind everyone of the importance, as a community, to remain vigilant and report suspicious activities to police immediately,” stated Insp. Sue Black, Officer in charge of the RCMP Cornwall Detachment.New York residents Elizabeth Maracle, 59, and Rahsontanohstha Delormier, 23, have been charged with possession of unstamped tobacco.Maracle and Delormier are scheduled to appear in court on April 17. read more

Bell Rogers slash gigabit internet prices in Toronto in bid to woo

TORONTO — Two of Canada’s biggest internet providers have slashed prices by about 45 per cent in the Toronto area for their most advanced offerings, but industry observers say such skirmishes are usually very local and short-lived.Bell Canada is offering a gigabit-per-second home internet package with unlimited data for $79.95 in parts of Toronto, down from $149.95, until the end of July.Rogers, for its part, currently has a limited time promotional offer on its gigabit-per-second service that drops the monthly fee to $79.99 for 12 months, from $152.99.Market analyst Emily Taylor of IDC Canada says such local, short-term price wars are part of a long-term battle for market share among the country’s major internet providers, including Bell, Rogers, Videotron, Telus and Shaw.Taylor says that Canadian adoption of gigabit-speed home internet has been relatively slow, in part because it’s only available in some places, but consumers are definitely choosing faster services than they did a few years ago.She says the special promotions are a way for carriers to show what the faster networks can do with the expectation that consumers will come to see them as essential service in the future. read more

DTI five year plan spotlights motor industrys lead

The publication of the department for trade and industry (DTI) five year plan, Creating wealth from knowledge, has been welcomed by SMMT.  Supporting the plan, SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan, said, ‘The UK automotive sector has set the pace for many of the new initiatives in the DTI five year plan. The Automotive Academy and VIPER are helping automotive manufacturing in the UK meet the challenges of global competition. We are a sector that is committed to driving skills, innovation and productivity.’Creating wealth from knowledge proposes to roll out sectoral skills academies similar to the Automotive Academy which was launched in 2003, based in the West Midlands.  The Academy is enhancing the skills of Britain’s motor industry, plugging skills gaps to improve productivity and competitiveness. The five year plan also proposes the creation of sector specific groups to tackle regulation overload. The Vehicle Industry Policy and European Regulation initiative (VIPER) was the first such group, formed in 2002. It has been meeting regularly to discuss EU directives, future government regulation and implementation issues.SMMT strongly supports the proposals to raise the proportion of young people achieving skill level 3 (A Levels or the vocational equivalent) and efforts to encourage more inward investment into R&D.  The SMMT-managed Foresight Vehicle programme will continue to lead the industry’s work in this area.The DTI plan can be found at: http://www.dti.gov.uk/fiveyearprogramme.htmlClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State defense stiffens in second half of 4228 win

Redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee (43) runs a recovered fumble toward the end zone during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFor nearly three quarters of play, Ohio State football fans across the country must have thought it was deja vu.Just like the previous year, OSU was heavily-favored going into its game against archrival Michigan. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, however, the Wolverines were once again matching them step for step. With 7:41 left in the third quarter, Michigan tied the game at 21 following a 12-play, 75-yard drive. The Wolverines had already scored on drives of 80 and 95 yards in the first half, leaving a record Ohio Stadium crowd virtually quiet.Enter Michael Bennett.The senior defensive lineman and co-captain gave a speech to the entire Buckeye defense after the score, he said, and the unit then forced the Wolverines into two straight punts and a fumble, allowing the offense to take the lead back in what would become a 42-28 OSU victory.OSU allowed just 129 yards in the game following the speech, and after the game redshirt-freshman Darron Lee credited Bennett with the improved caliber of play.“Second half, yeah — credit that to Mike Bennett for getting into us in the third quarter. He’s a vocal leader, a vocal force when we’re not doing our job,” Lee said. “He’s a great captain for that. We all needed that for our defense and it showed.”Bennett took similar action during halftime of OSU’s game against Minnesota on Nov. 15. At that point the Buckeyes only led by three, and this time around Bennett said the message was simple.“When you gotta say something, you gotta say something. I felt like that was the best time. I think they had just scored, and it didn’t feel right, they way they were scoring,” he said after The Game. “We expected them to do a bunch of screens and draws and all this stuff, but they just straight up ran the ball down our field and scored, and that’s not all right.”The Centerville, Ohio, native finished with three solo tackles and one sack, as did his linemate, junior Adolphus Washington. Washington noted after the game that Bennett’s interventions in the games against Minnesota, and now Michigan, have been important to the defense’s play.“Guys definitely respond better to peers than they do to a coach, so Mike’s been showing a lot of leadership these past couple weeks,” he said. “And I think that’s been helping us a lot in this second half.”But before addressing his teammates, Bennett and Buckeyes were just hanging on against Michigan’s redshirt-senior quarterback Devin Gardner. In the meeting between the two team’s last season, Gardner threw for 351 yards and four touchdowns. This year he had 129 yards in the first half, and helped the Wolverines convert on four of six third-down attempts in the opening 30 minutes.Washington credited the competitive nature of the rivalry as the reason why the Wolverines —  who ranked last in scoring offense in the Big Ten entering Saturday’s game — put together long drives and 21 points through three-and-a-half quarters.“They always got a game plan for us, they always have something up their sleeve for us. Like you said, they were coming right at us and was we were making mistakes on little things and they were just capitalizing on it,” he said. “But once we went in there the second half and we talked about it, we got it covered.”Despite the defense finding its collective footing and the offense doing similar, perhaps the biggest play of the game came on the first play of the fourth quarter. With OSU driving, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett was tackled after a short game. But he didn’t get back up. The potential Heisman Trophy candidate had to be carted off the field, and an OSU official said after the game that Barrett suffered a fractured right ankle on the play, meaning his season is over.Lee said he approached Barrett after the play to reassure him that the team had the game under control.“I went out there and told him, ‘hey man, we got you.’ Told him I love him because I do, he’s a great guy and he’s a great brother,” Lee said. “Everybody was just gonna pick it up from there on, and that’s all it was.”After the teams traded three drives in which they punted, the Buckeyes extended the lead to 14 when sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott ran in from 44 yards. On Michigan’s next drive came the real game-clincher: sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa stripped Gardner, before Lee picked up the ball and took it another 33 yards into the end zone.It was a similar play to the first game of the season against Navy when Lee — in his OSU debut — gathered a fumble and ran for a score. The linebacker said his play against the Wolverines hadn’t quite hit him yet.“It’s really different from the video games, I’ll tell you that. It’s nice, a lot louder,” he said. “Hasn’t really sunk in yet, but it feels good that we won.”Even in victory, eyes turn to OSU’s quarterback situation as redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones takes the reigns for a Dec. 6 matchup in the Big Ten Championship and a potential bowl game. Junior linebacker Joshua Perry, who leads the Buckeyes in total tackles with 108, said the change means the defensive side of the ball has to be even better than before.“We’ve got some things to shore up, definitely,” he said. “We can’t have six and seven-yard runs on first down. But you get past the emotions of the game and you really turn on the film and see what you need to work on, and we’ll find out.”Lee had similar feelings when it comes to what the defense must do to help the team win going forward.“Personally, I feel like defense is going to have to step up tremendously now,” he said. “I’m gonna do everything I can, and if that means I gotta do a little extra, then so be it.”OSU is scheduled to face Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship on Dec. 6 in Indianapolis. read more

Junior doctor with two medical degrees wins Miss England before heading to

Bhasha Mukherjee A junior doctor with two medical degrees started her first day in hospital just hours after being crowned Miss England. Bhasha Mukherjee, 23, from Derby, was forced to get on a 4am train on Friday morning to attend her first shift after winning the prestigious beauty pageant on Thursday night. This year’s contest was the first time a ‘make-up free’ round was introduced after the competition was criticised for setting an unhealthy beauty standard and being too critical of women’s bodies. Before competing in the 2019 heats, entrants were required to submit photographs of themselves with no makeup, filters or editing.This year also saw a woman wear a wetsuit in the optional bikini round because she was a Muslim, signaling to a more inclusive line-up in the competition.  She said: “I don’t really show much skin, because that’s what makes me feel comfortable.“I didn’t wear a wetsuit just because my religion prohibits me.’”Also among the finalists were Eleanor Farr, who has a titanium hip caused by rheumatoid arthritis and Lucy Krogdahl, who showed her self-harm scars.Angie Beasley, director Miss England Ltd said: “England is a country that is completely occupied by people of all sorts. The Miss England contest has always been there for, and indeed encouraged, participation by every group and every type. We encourage entries from every ethnicity.” Bhasha MukherjeeCredit: Mercury Press & Media Ms Mukherjee who was raised in India but now lives in Derby, snagged the crown despite competing against a plethora of non-traditional pageant finalists. Dr Mukherjee has an IQ of 146 and speaks five languages including German, Hindi and French.Following her win she said: “I couldn’t tell if I was more nervous about Miss England or about starting my job as a junior doctor.”Other competitors included the current Miss Lincolnshire, Aysha Khan, who wore a wetsuit during the swimwear round. 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

Roymec CCD thickeners for Langer Heinrich uranium

first_imgRoymec Technologies was awarded a contract to design and supply two 35 m counter current decantation (CCD) thickeners for Namibian uranium mine, Langer Heinrich for its Phase three expansion project. The tanks are due to leave the workshop for delivery soon. This is Roytec’s first thickener contract with the client, although it did previously supply the fixed bed ion exchange circuit and the large volume segmented tanks for the same project. The Roytec project consists of the supply of the thickener tanks, hydraulically driven high torque drive mechanisms, rake arms, rake blades, high rate feedwell, agitated feed tanks and pumped feed dilution mechanism.Roymec Technologies is a specialist engineering and project management company providing equipment, plant design and turnkey construction solutions and services in screening, filtration, thickening, ion-exchange, coalescing, clarification and allied processes.last_img read more

AIS Resources makes significant progress with pilot plant production chemistry

first_imgA.I.S. Resources Ltd has completed the mass balance chemistry and process engineering that will be used to determine the raw materials used to purify the lithium brines from its Guayatayoc project in northern Argentina. This process engineering information will be used in the design, engineering, and construction of an 8-10,000 t lithium carbonate plant.The analysis used fractional crystallization and ion exchange resins to purify the lithium carbonate to higher than 99.5% lithium carbonate. The work was conducted in Salta and will be replicated at Guayatayoc at a later stage to ensure that the reduction in air pressure has no material impact.The project is located in Jujuy Province along highway 11, 15 km from the town of Abralaite in the Puna plateau at 3,412 m. The completion of this work allows the project team led by Phil Thomas, COO to focus on drilling, and production geohydrology when permits are issued.This concentrate will be converted into lithium carbonate samples for customers globally to begin qualifying AIS’s lithium products. Samples will be provided to those companies that have expressed interest in buying the lithium carbonate for their assessment.  The pilot plants we have access to have a production capacity of approximately 500kg per week.  Full sample production will commence in the new year.Thomas stated: “This is a significant milestone we’ve achieved. We now have proof of process, that can be scaled up to 10,000 t. The data we have is extremely valuable covering all the phases in the process, and after pumping tests are completed will allow us to go to design, engineering and construction. We are making good progress on our drilling application and will commence drilling Guayatayoc as soon as it is granted. Having immediate access to large pilot plants and a laboratory has saved many hours of downtime and allowed us to complete raw material calculations and manage various brine concentrations. We are delighted with our results.”last_img read more

Children among 120 passengers on board missing Myanmar military plane

first_img Short URL Children among 120 passengers on board missing Myanmar military plane Debris has been found in the search for the plane, which was carrying soldiers and their relatives. By AFP 22 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3431526 PIECES OF A Myanmar military plane which went missing with more than 100 soldiers and family members aboard have been found in the Andaman Sea today, a local official has said.Navy ships and aircraft have been searching since the plane lost contact with air traffic controllers earlier today.More than a dozen children are believed to be among the passengers on the plane, which was travelling from the southern city of Myeik to Yangon.“Now they have found pieces of the damaged plane in the sea 136 miles (218 km) away from Dawei city,” Naing Lin Zaw, a tourism official in Myeik, said, adding that the navy was still searching the sea.An air force source confirmed to AFP that a navy search and rescue ship had found pieces of the plane in the sea an hour’s flight south of Yangon, Myanmar’s commercial capital.The commander in chief’s office said the plane lost contact at about 1:35pm local time (7.05am Irish time) off Myanmar’s southern coast.There was conflicting information about the number of people on board. Giving an updated figure, the office said 106 passengers were on board — soldiers and family members — along with 14 crew members.The air force source said more than a dozen of those on board were children.Four naval ships and two air force planes were sent to search for the plane, which was flying at an altitude of more than 18,000 feet (5,486 metres).It is monsoon season in Myanmar, but there were no reports of bad weather at the time the plane went missing.Military air woes The plane was a Y-8F-200 four-engine turboprop, a Chinese-made model still commonly used by Myanmar’s military for transporting cargo. The army said it was delivered in March last year and had logged 809 flying hours.The former military junta bought many of the aircraft from Myanmar’s giant neighbour during their 50 years of isolated rule, when they were squeezed by Western sanctions.A former executive at the aviation ministry said many of the aircraft in Myanmar’s fleet were old and decrepit.“Myanmar air force has very bad safety performance,” he said, asking to remain nameless.Myanmar’s military fleet has a chequered recent history of plane crashes. All five crew died when an air force plane burst into flames soon after taking off from the capital Naypyidaw in February last year.Three army officers were killed the following June when their Mi-2 helicopter crashed into a hillside and burst into flames in south-central Bago.A surge in demand for air travel as Myanmar opens up has stretched the impoverished country’s aviation infrastructure, in particular in remote airports. Commercial jets have also suffered frequent incidents.The worst in recent years was in 2012 when an Air Bagan jet crash-landed in thick fog and burst into flames short of the runway at Heho airport, killing one passenger and a motorcyclist on the ground.- © AFP 2017Read: 12 dead as ISIS gunmen and suicide bombers storm Iran’s parliamentRead: Explainer: Who is Reality Winner, and why has she been charged with leaking US secrets? File photo Jun 7th 2017, 2:26 PM center_img File photo Image: Shutterstock/Sergey Kohl Wednesday 7 Jun 2017, 2:26 PM Image: Shutterstock/Sergey Kohl Share99 Tweet Email 25,096 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Développement durable le gouvernement plaide en faveur du mécénat environnemental

first_imgDéveloppement durable : le gouvernement plaide en faveur du mécénat environnementalFrance – Le 25 mai dernier, la secrétaire d’État à l’Écologie Chantal Jouanno et le président de l’Assemblée des chambres françaises de commerce et d’industrie (ACFCI), Jean-François Bernardin, ont cosigné une charte. Le document vise à amplifier, ces trois prochaines années, l’implication des chambres de commerce et d’industrie dans la promotion du mécénat environnemental auprès des entreprises.Le mécénat d’entreprise représente aujourd’hui 2,5 milliards d’euros en France, dont seuls 10% sont dédiés à des projets liés au développement durable et à la protection de l’environnement. Comme l’a souligné Chantal Jouanno, la majeure partie du mécénat d’entreprise est consacrée à la culture et à la solidarité, or il s’agit d’un “outil indispensable pour accélérer la mutation écologique de la société”.Lors de la signature de la charte, qui prévoit notamment la désignation d’un “référent mécénat environnemental” dans les CCI, la commissaire générale au Développement durable Michèle Pappalardo a présenté de nouveaux outils mis en place par le ministère de l’Écologie pour rapprocher mécènes et porteurs de projets. Parmi eux, une plateforme d’échanges en ligne, un guide pratique juridique et fiscal sur le mécénat d’entreprise, ou encore le lancement à la mi-juin des “Trophées du mécénat 2010”, qui auront pour but de valoriser les actions exemplaires en matière de développement durable.Des porteurs de projets ont profité de l’occasion pour présenter auprès des entreprises mécènes leurs missions en cours. Ce fut notamment le cas de Procter & Gamble, une entreprise engagée dans le mécénat de produits de consommation avec Dons solidaires ou encore du parc national de la Guadeloupe, qui a pour but de réintroduire le lamantin sur l’île avec la Sita, filiale de Suez Environnement.Le 31 mai 2010 à 14:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more