Avni killing: Mungantiwar seeks Maneka’s resignation over ‘malnutrition deaths’

first_imgThe ongoing feud between Maharashtra Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and Maneka Gandhi over the killing of tigress Avni escalated on Tuesday, with the State BJP leader seeking the resignation of the Union minister on “moral grounds” over the death of children due to malnutrition.Ms. Gandhi, the Women and Child Development Minister, had slammed Mr. Mungantiwar over last week’s killing of the “man-eater” tigress Avni in Yavatmal district, which she termed as a “ghastly murder and a straight case of crime”.“The Union Minister for Women and Child Development has called for my resignation though I had nothing to do with the killing of the man-eater tigress,” Mr. Mungantiwar told PTI here on Tuesday.“If I am to take the moral responsibility for something I have nothing to do with, our Central leader should set an example for me and resign taking moral responsibility for the death of children in the country due to malnutrition during her tenure,” he added.“We can tender our resignations together on moral grounds,” he said further.The tigress, officially known as T1, was believed to be responsible for the death of 13 people in the last two years.She was killed on November 2 by Asgar Ali, son of famous sharp-shooter Nawab Shafat Ali, at compartment no 149 of Borati forest in the east Maharashtra district as part of an operation.The big cat is survived by two cubs who are ten-months old.Fadnavis respondsEarlier in the day, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said there was no need for the forest minister to resign over the issue.“I will personally speak with the union minister and clarify the whole matter. The government respects her sentiments towards wild life and animals,” he told reporters in Osmanabad.The Chief Minister had on Monday said that preliminary reports showed that the forest department team shot the tigress in “self-defence” while trying to tranquilise it.He had also said that procedural lapse, if any, will be probed.Ms. Gandhi, in a series of tweets on Sunday, lashed out at the Maharashtra government for giving the orders to kill the tigress despite opposition from several stakeholders.Ms. Gandhi had also slammed Mr. Mungantiwar for hiring private marksmen Shafat Ali Khan and Asgar Ali for carrying out hunting operations in the State, including the killing of the tigress.“I am deeply saddened by the way tigress Avni has been brutally murdered in Yavatmal. It is nothing but a straight case of crime. Despite several requests from many stakeholders, (Sudhir) Mungantiwar, Minister for Forests, Maharashtra, gave orders for the killing,” she had said in a tweet.Mr. Mungantiwar, who also holds the finance portfolio, had said that Ms. Gandhi “lacked information” on the issue, and was free to order any high-level probe.The minister had also claimed that Shafat Ali Khan, who Ms. Gandhi had termed a “criminal”, was tasked with shooting a tiger in her Pilibhit Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh in 2009 (Gandhi’s son Varun Gandhi was representing the constituency in 2009).last_img read more

Why are Barca stars disappearing from Spain’s squad?

first_imgBarcelona are carrying less and less clout in the Spain national team.When La Roja finished second at the 2013 Confederations Cup to hosts Brazil, nine of their squad hailed from Camp Nou, yet from that high, the number of players coming from the Catalan city have gradually been whittled down.Indeed, former Blaugrana boss Luis Enrique named just two players from his former club in his first squad, which will face England at Wembley on Saturday before tackling Croatia in Elche on Tuesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! In 2018, the number of Barcelona players in the Spanish national squad (3.6) is at the lowest for a decade. In part, this has been brought about by the international retirements of Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta while Jordi Alba has controversially been overlooked by the new coach , whose selection of Sergi Roberto has ensured that Sergio Busquets will not be the sole representative of his former club.Not since May 2016 has there been only one Barca player in a Spain squad, when Marc Bartra was the only player called for the post-season friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina.Roberto has argued that it is “anecdotal that there are only two Barcelona players” in the squad, and he may be right. In recent years, there have been several squads that have contained so few players – the October 2017 teams that beat Israel and Albania, or the November 2016 squad that drew against England.The truth is, though, that with Alba left out, Luis Enrique has few other players to look at in the Barcelona starting XI, with Pique – the only other Spaniard who regularly appears for Ernesto Valverde’s side – already having ruled himself out of returning to the national side.Jordi Alba Spain 2018In some ways, it’s a direct consequence of the progressive turnover of heavyweight players like Carles Puyol, who quit the international game, or others like Victor Valdes, David Villa, Pedro, Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara, who left Barcelona, or others still like Xavi and Iniesta, who did both.These circumstances have coincided with the fact that Barca missed out on signing Marco Asensio and failed to convinced Dani Ceballos to sign up. Both are now in Real Madrid’s ranks and earned call-ups to Luis Enrique’s first squad.Spain Squad GFXAdditionally, both Denis Suarez and Munir El Haddadi have already played for Spain, while Carles Alena, just back from serious injury, and Sergi Samper were both regulars in the national youth teams. Both hope to make progress up the ladder.If the quota of Barcelona players in the national team is diminishing, it is because, in turn, that there are only seven eligible players (plus Pique) for the coach to select from. In contrast, there are 15 foreigners.Both Spain and Barca find themselves in a cycle of change.last_img read more

Germany shock favourites Spain to win Euro Under-21 title

first_imgGermany stunned title favourites Spain 1-0 with a looping first-half header from Mitchell Weiser to win the European Under-21 championship on Friday and earn their second title.Germany blunted the sharpest attack at the finals, centred around the tournament top scorer Saul Niquez whose Spain side were bidding for a record-equalling fifth Euro crown.Germany’s Max Meyer headed against the post after seven minutes with the first of several chances in a dominant first half as Spain were taken by surprise.Serge Gnabry also twice came close for the Germans before Weiser’s clever header from Jeremy Toljan’s cross in the 40th minute sailed over keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and into the net.Spain threatened only once in the first half, with a Hector Bellerin header, but increased the pressure after the break.Saul forced an outstanding save from Germany’s Julian Pollersbeck on the hour and Dani Ceballos fired narrowly wide as they went in search of an equaliser.But Germany, with several players confirming their status as potential contenders for next year’s World Cup squad, held on to add another Euro Under-21 trophy to their 2009 triumph.Germany’s senior team, the world champions, face Chile in the Confederations Cup final in Russia on Sunday.last_img read more

Timea Bacsinszky pulls out of US Open with hand injury

first_imgSwitzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky has withdrawn from the US Open due to a lingering hand injury, the world number 24 has said.Bacsinszky, who will also miss this month’s Connecticut Open in New Haven, was carrying a thigh injury during Wimbledon last month but said on Wednesday she had also been troubled by her hand since last year.”Unfortunately, I was forced to pull out of New Haven and the U.S. Open,” Bacsinszky, who reached the French Open semi-finals earlier this year, said on her Instagram account.”My thigh is now much better, but I still need to undertake a few exams for my hand. I cannot express how sad I am to announce such bad news, but my priority… is to let my body heal completely and take all the time needed in order to do so.”The US Open runs from August 28 to September 10 at Flushing Meadows, New York.last_img read more

Projects to Strengthen Gaelic Language Culture

first_imgThe Gaelic language and culture in Nova Scotia will continue to be strengthened thanks to new investments by the province. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Rodney MacDonald announced today, Aug. 26, that the province will provide more than $16,000 to six communities and organizations that promote and develop the Gaelic language and culture. “These small, rural communities and organizations are among those who have helped to keep the Gaelic language and culture in Nova Scotia alive for generations,” said Mr. MacDonald. “By supporting these community-based projects, the province is playing an important role in preserving this distinct culture.” Comunn Gàidhlig is Eachdraidh a’ Bhràigh in Glendale is one of the organizations receiving funding under the program. The province will contribute $5,000 to the group to provide classes to 15 Gaelic speakers. “This project will help us to preserve the Gaelic language and ensure it is passed from one generation to the next,” said Clarence MacLennan, chair, Comataidh na Sgoile Gaidhlige, which organizes the classes. The Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia, based in Iona, will receive $4,775 to assist with the costs of an apprenticeship program that develops Gaelic language and cultural skills. “This new apprenticeship program will provide youth with the skills they need to make a connection and develop a deeper appreciation of the Gaelic culture,” said Rodney Chiasson, treasurer, Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia. Established in 2004, the Gaelic Activities Program funds projects that increase Gaelic language opportunities in Nova Scotia and encourage and promote all forms of Gaelic cultural expression. It provides $100,000 a year to support projects that develop the skills — such as leadership, fundraising, communication and planning — of the people involved in Gaelic activities. To date, the province has invested more than $67,000 in 13 communities and organizations. More information about the program is available on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/culture/culture_gaelic_wtd.asp . The Gaelic language and culture contributes more than $23 million a year to the province’s economy through cultural products, events and activities.last_img read more

NEB gives Trans Mountain pipeline expansion its endorsement

first_imgThe National Energy Board has endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline following a reconsideration of its impact on marine life off the B.C. coast.The energy regulator says an increase in tanker traffic resulting from the pipeline would hurt southern resident killer whales and increase greenhouse gas emissions.But it says those consequences can be justified in light of what would be the pipeline’s benefits.“While these effects weighed heavily in the NEB’s consideration of project-related marine shipping, the NEB recommends that the government of Canada find that they can be justified in the circumstances, in light of the considerable benefits of the project and measures to minimize the effects.”The energy board says it will impose 156 conditions on the project if it is approved. It has also made 16 new recommendations to the federal government.Alberta has been fighting hard for the Trans Mountain expansion so that the province could move more crude oil to ports and from there to lucrative overseas markets.The energy board’s original approval of the project was set aside last summer by the Federal Court of Appeal, which said the regulator had not properly considered marine life.The NEB’s report starts the clock on a 90-day period for the federal government to decide whether the project should proceed.Officials in Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi’s office have said a final decision won’t be made until consultations with affected Indigenous groups are complete.The consultations were also an issue the federal Appeal Court raised when it put a halt on the project.last_img read more


first_imgIngredients Chickpeas (dried) 2 cups of Baking Soda 1 tsp Garlic 3-5 cloves Lemon Juice 10 ml Kosher Salt 1 tsp Tahini 30 gm For Kachumber Hummus Cucumber (chopped) ¼ cup Onion (chopped) ¼ cup Tomato (chopped) ¼ cup Lemon Juice 1 tsp Also Read – PUMPKIN MASH, TAMATAR RASSASalt to taste Hummus 6 tbsp For Beetroot Hummus Roasted beetroot puree ¼ cup Hummus 6 tbsp Preparation Soak chickpeas in water for 12-24 hours, then drain and rinse them. Cook the chickpeas with 3-5 cloves of raw garlic. Peel the chickpeas. Drain and rinse the cooked beans, until no bubbles remain. Set the cooked cloves of garlic aside and peel the chickpeas. The skins should slide off quite easily when you gently “pinch” each bean. Discard the chickpea “skins” once finished. Make a chickpea puree by adding 3 cups of the peeled chickpeas and cooked garlic to the food processor, then seal it. Mix the lemon juice and salt together in a small bowl until the salt dissolves, and then slowly pour this mixture into the food processor until they are smooth. Add tahini and water. Let the food processor run for 4-5 minutes, to help make the hummus fluffy and smooth. For Kachumbar Hummus: Mix all the ingredients adjust the seasoning and mix with 4 tbsp of hummus. For Beetroot Hummus: Mix the puree in 4 tbsp of hummus and mix well. (Courtesy: Chef Pawan Bisht, Verandah, New Delhi)last_img read more

UNbacked talks on Western Sahara to resume tomorrow

As with the first meeting in June, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy, Peter van Walsum, will lead the two-day discussions between the parties – Morocco and the Frente Polisario – and neighbouring countries Algeria and Mauritania.The meetings are private and will be closed to the press.The UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) has been in place since September 1991 to monitor the ceasefire between Morocco and the Frente Polisario, which contest the territory.In an April resolution, the Security Council called on the parties to enter into negotiations “without preconditions in good faith.” 9 August 2007A second round of United Nations-backed talks on Western Sahara will begin on Friday outside of New York, a spokesman for the world body announced today. read more

DR Congo Annan leads call for calm after provisional presidential results released

President Joseph Kabila, Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba and other political leaders should “avoid statements that could threaten the peaceful completion of the national election,” Mr. Annan said in a statement released by his spokesman after the announcement of results by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the capital, Kinshasa.The IEC said Mr. Kabila leads Mr. Bemba in the vote following the run-off round on 29 October, the last phase of the largest and most complex elections which the UN has ever helped to organize. The polls were the first free and fair elections in the DRC in 45 years.Voicing concern about Saturday’s violence in Kinshasa that led to the deaths of four people, Mr. Annan also welcomed a joint statement last week by Mr. Kabila and Mr. Bemba in which they urged calm among their supporters and pledged not to challenge the results by force.“The Secretary-General recalls the positive statements made by international and national election observers on the organization and conduct of the elections under the aegis of the Independent Electoral Commission,” said the statement from Mr. Annan’s spokesman.“He also notes that over the past few weeks the Commission has met frequently with representatives of both presidential candidates to discuss any concerns, and has looked thoroughly into allegations of irregularities in the electoral process.”Mr. Annan also commended the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) and the European security forces known as EUFOR RD Congo for their efforts to help Congolese security forces maintain law and order, especially in Kinshasa.The top UN peacekeeping official and senior European officials, who held a working lunch in Brussels today, also called on Mr. Kabila and Mr. Bemba to avoid any provocative acts ahead of the final results, expected to be issued on Sunday.Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno, European Union (EU) High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, EU Development Commissioner Louis Michel and World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz discussed how the international community can support the DRC’s nascent democratic institutions.The three-month-long electoral process in the DRC, in which a 500-seat National Assembly and provincial assemblies were also elected, is aimed at cementing the vast country’s transition to stability from a six-year civil war, which cost 4 million lives through fighting and attendant hunger and disease. Factional fighting has continued since then, particularly in the east. read more

CGI expects to be sixthlargest IT services company globally with acquisition

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Montreal’s CGI Group stock closed at its highest level in more than a decade Thursday after it said it will become the sixth-largest IT services provider in the world under a friendly, $3.1-billion deal to acquire a U.K. company that will double the size of its global workforce and revenue.Already Canada’s largest IT services company, CGI Group said it has agreed to pay the equivalent of $2.8 billion to buy IT services firm Logica PLC. It will also assume Logica’s net debt of $515 million, pushing the total value of the deal above $3.1 billion.The combined company will have approximately 72,000 employees in 43 countries and revenue of $10.4 billion. CGI (TSX:GIB.A) currently has about 31,000 employees and $4.3 billion in annual revenues.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, CGI stock jumped 13.99 per cent, or $2.94, to close at $23.95, its highest close since 2001.CGI president and CEO Michael Roach described the deal as a “milestone day for both CGI and Logica.”“The proposed combination will create the sixth-largest IT service provider worldwide with a differentiated service portfolio and strong market positions in North America and Europe,” Roach told a conference call to discuss the deal.Particularly important to CGI is the big increase in the size of its European footprint, Roach said.“Given our strong presence in North America, expansion into Europe has always been part of our strategic plan,” he said.“With only about five per cent of our revenue currently being generated in these markets, the European IT market is very attractive as it represents a market of approximately $200 billion euros, or 30 per cent of the world’s IT spend.”Roach also said that the “vast majority of Logica’s revenue is derived from Europe’s largest economies,” including Britain, Germany, France and the Nordics, which represent a “disproportional amount of Europe’s IT spend.”Versant Partners analyst Tom Liston agreed that Logica operates in relatively stable countries, but there is still some concern given Europe’s overall economic situation.“The price paid, I think, factors in that risk substantially,” Liston said from Toronto. “The reason why is that there are some challenges in Europe.”But he said the tech sector often holds up well even in bad economies as companies and governments use technology to save money.“Tech spending on the software and services side tends to be a little more stable.”“There’s always some concern in Europe but they (Logica) have some name-brand customers and reasonable stability within that base,” he said.Liston also said the strong Canadian dollar versus the euro helps CGI with the purchase.BMO Capital Markets analyst Thanos Moschopoulos called the acquisition “transformative,” noting it will more than double CGI’s revenue base to $10.4 billion.“All in all, we see this deal as positive for CGI,” Moschopoulos wrote in a research note. “The transaction does increase CGI’s risk profile and we would expect to see some multiple compression on the stock given integration risk….”Moschopoulos said that CGI has a strong record of integrating its acquisitions but BMO is reviewing its estimates for CGI.Roach said the acquisition positions CGI for more growth.“In addition to operational breadth and depth, this combination brings critical mass and key client relationships which qualifies us for larger growth opportunities.”For shareholders, he said the transaction would create significant value and be immediately accretive in the range of 25 to 30 per cent to earnings per share.Roach said that since CGI employees represent the largest single block of shareholders the company is very careful about what companies it buys, “always insisting on finding the right acquisition at the right price and at the right time.”“We believe we have found all three of these criteria with our proposed business combination of Logica and CGI, creating one of the very few independent and truly global end-to-end IT services providers,” he said.Pension fund manager Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec said it will invest $1 billion in CGI, helping the company finance its acquisition of Logica.Logica shareholders will get 105 pence in cash for each share, 1.7 billion pounds in total, a premium of almost 60 per cent on Wednesday’s closing share price.Logica’s board has unanimously agreed to recommend the deal to its shareholders, which is expected to close by the end of September. CGI expects to be sixth-largest IT services company globally with acquisition by News Staff Posted May 31, 2012 5:41 pm MDT read more

Mens hockey looks to bounce back against Bowling Green

OSU players celebrate after the Buckeyes first goal of the game against Miami (Ohio) Oct. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 6-2.Credit: Matthew Homan / Lantern photographerComing off the wrong side of a two-game sweep at the hands of Miami (Ohio) this weekend, the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team is looking to bounce back as it travels to Bowling Green State University for a one-game bout.Despite giving up a combined 12 goals in their two losses against the Redhawks in coach Steve Rohlik’s first series at the helm of the team, the Buckeyes (0-2-0) are optimistic about their matchup with the Falcons (0-1-1).Junior forward Max McCormick said Bowling Green and OSU are “hard-nosed teams,” so the game is going to be a battle.“We didn’t let (being swept by Miami) get us down,” McCormick said. “We’re getting better every day and that’s our mindset, so we’re staying positive and we’re going into Bowling Green to get a win.”Despite the positive attitude, senior forward Alex Szczechura said playing away from Columbus will pose a challenge the team must overcome.“They’ve always been a hardworking team,” Szczechura said. “In their home rink, they’re a tough team to play. So coming into (Tuesday’s) game, we really just want to work hard and keep things simple, keep battling on the ice.”McCormick noted that penalties and maintaining possession were two issues the Buckeyes faced against Miami, among other things.“We really need to take care of the puck,” he said. “We worked on some things in the (defensive zone) and the neutral zone this week in practice and we brushed up on some things in the power play.”OSU is 12-1-3 against the Falcons in the teams’ last 16 meetings.The Buckeyes are slated to take on the Falcons Tuesday in Bowling Green, Ohio with the puck set to drop at 7:07 p.m. read more

Region 3 health professionals receiving training to reduce maternal deaths

Health officials participating in the workshopCommunity Health Workers, Midwives and Doctors of Region Three are benefitting from a two-day workshop being conducted with the aim of reducing maternal deaths from haemorrhage in the Americas.According to the DPI, the training workshop is facilitated by three International Consultants, Dr Adriano Bueno Tavares, Dr Gabriel Costa Osanan and Dr Diony Javier Cortes, of the Pan American Health Organisation / World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO).According to Dr Adriano Bueno Tavares, the objective of the workshop is to promote successful interventions for the prevention, timely and adequate treatment to reduce deaths due to obstetric haemorrhages, through the continuous use of health care and the community to health services.He said that the impact of this workshop is to expect a five per cent reduction of maternal mortality due to haemorrhage in the intervention areas.Coordinator of the Workshop, Dr Narine Singh from PAHO/WHO said that zero maternal deaths caused by haemorrhage is an initiative of the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) and its Latin American Center for Perinatology, Women’s and Reproductive Health (CLAP/WR), dedicated to preventing maternal deaths by Postpartum haemorrhage.This initiative, he noted, consists of a series of actions to improve both access to health services for pregnant women and the quality of care for women with haemorrhagic complications from pregnancy.Dr Gabriel Costa Osanan, in his remarks, noted that it is not impossible to achieve zero maternal mortality caused by haemorrhage, but in order to achieve it, a few key things must happen which includes health services must be strengthened, barriers to access remote areas must become easier, staff trained to handle obstetric haemorrhage and the availability of essential medicines and safe blood for transfusions must be ensured.Dr Diony Javier Cortes spoke about the specific components of the workshop noting that Health Professionals will be trained in how to reduce the number of haemorrhages and how to ensure timely and effective treatment for cases that do occur. He said that the health officials will be exposed to specialised equipment and training to utilise that equipment.He recommended that a network of midwives, obstetricians’ nurses and obstetricians at the rural level should be established in an effort to detect cases of haemorrhage early and also to refer women to a reference hospital soonest if needs be. He added that the strengthening of health systems, to ensure that health services are provided with safe blood and essential medicines, will be positive in this fight.Health Officials of Region Three along with the PAHO/WHO consultants and REO, Denis Jaikaran“It is a fact that severe obstetric complications require the attention of well-trained healthcare staff, as well as the necessary drugs and equipment to treat them, among other things and hence one of the axes of the workshop is to strengthen the capacities of Health Care Workers in the use of equipment that can stop bleeding, as well as in other skills to manage obstetric emergencies,” said regional Health Officer Dr Ravendra Dudhnath.Participants of the workshop will learn how to stop severe bleeding by using different simulators, such as the Nonpneumatic Antishock Garment (NASG) which can be placed around the lower body of the woman experiencing bleeding and the intrauterine balloon which can be inserted into the uterus to reduce or stop blood loss. During the two-day workshop, participants will also be trained in the management of the emergency tool for bleeding known as ‘Code red’ and in the practice of conservative rescue surgeries.Regional Executive Officer, Denis Jaikaran expressed gratitude to the team and noted that significant strides are being made in the field of health especially in Essequibo Islands-West Demerara.He has assured all that measures are being put in place to strengthen health facilities in the region so as to ensure that the environment is conducive for working. In his closing remarks, he quoted the Director of PAHO/WHO, Carissa F. Etienne who said that “for every mother that dies there is a family that suffers, a community that becomes weaker and a country that becomes poorer.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPAHO launches online course to address alcohol use in pregnancyJune 26, 2019In “Health”PAHO calls for hefty taxes on fatty, salty, sugary foodsMarch 26, 2019In “Health”More quality healthcare services needed to help curb maternal mortality – Dr AnthonyOctober 19, 2016In “Health” read more

FLSmidth completes laboratory mining solutions line with IMP Automation Group buy

first_imgFLSmidth says it has completed its portfolio of automated laboratory solutions for the mining industry with the takeover of IMP Automation Group.The market for automated laboratories is growing due to a combination of high exploration activity and an increased focus on productivity, automation and digitalisation, according to FLSmidth.“IMP is the global leader in automated laboratory solutions for the mining industry and has a strong foothold in Australia and South Africa. Its solutions complement the products FLSmidth offers for quality control and optimisation for the mining process,” the company said.The acquisition includes more than 130 IMP employees, including the Managing Director, Boyne Hohenstein.Hohenstein said: “In FLSmidth, we have found a partner with the right global sales network to take us to the next level. For years, we have combined profound laboratory process knowledge with automation skills and developed novel and innovative solutions. I am very excited that we now can reach a global audience with our offerings and solutions.”Manfred Schaffer, President Mining for FLSmidth, said: “Knowing your ore characteristics from the mine and all the way through the processing plant is of increasing importance in mining as declining ore grades make it necessary to increase productivity by process optimisation. We see a strong match between some of our digital initiatives in FLSmidth and IMP’s automation solutions that will help miners get better data on their ore and assist in optimising the processing.”Included in the transaction is IMP’s 50% share in a joint venture, which provides complete operations and maintenance-based solutions for automated labs.The acquired parts of IMP Automation Group, including the JV, generated revenues in excess of DKK250 million ($38 million) in 2018, with the acquisition expected to be accretive to FLSmidth Group margins.The takeover is subject to customary closing conditions and closing is expected in the June quarter.IMP says it works with like-minded customers to provide innovative robotics and automation solutions from sampling to analysis that improve ergonomics, health and safety for laboratory operators, improve integrity, quality and precision of analytical data and improve efficiencies.It designs and supplies manual, semi- and fully-automated robotic sample preparation and process control laboratories, turnkey sampling systems and laboratories for mining, metallurgical, cement, non-ferrous industry and steel plants.Its customers include Anglo American Platinum, Freeport McMoRan, BHP and Rio Tintolast_img read more

9 life lessons taken from childhood video games

first_imgAn outfit change is sometimes all you need Source: Split ReasonIf you persevere you can eventually beat almost anything Source: ImgurDon’t be afraid of the unknown Source: Imgur LAST NIGHT, THE creator of Nintendo, Hiroshi Yamauchi died at the age of 85.His creations played a large role in many of our lives, along with lots of other video games.Aside from providing you with hours of fun (and a few arguments with your siblings), video games also offered you the opportunity to learn a few things.Here are nine life lessons taken from childhood video games.Character is important Source: Moby GamesYou can make up for lost time Source: GeekEating vegetables makes you big and strong Source: BrackateersAnd makes you live longer Source: GreybobThings are better when you work together Source: ImgurWhat goes around, comes around Nintendo visionary Hiroshi Yamauchi dies at 85>Is this is the most Irish parking space ever?>last_img read more

Darwins oldest Greek family to reunite at Glendi

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram For some the prospect of a family reunion would have people faking illnesses or purposely missing flights. But for this family, it’s a little bit different. Documented as one of the earliest and most prolific Greek migrant families in Darwin, the Haritos family is now organising a mammoth reunion to mark the 100 year anniversary of their grandfather’s arrival to the Northern Territory.Eustratios Haritos settled in Darwin in 1915 and had eight children, from which sprung a whole Greek empire. The family has had a hand in everything from pearl diving, salt works and crocodile hunting, as they’ve spread far and wide around the Northern Territory and Australia.Now the challenge is to rustle every living relative back to Darwin for a colossal reunion in 2015.Michael Anthony Haritos has taken charge of the proceedings, and has teed up some impressive activities. The family will have a stall at the annual Darwin Greek Glendi in June, showing off some amazing old photos of the family and giving everyone a bit of a history lesson at the same time. Buses have been hired to take the family on a guided tour of grandfather Eustratios’ old haunts.It’s going to be a big weekend for the family.Adrienne Haritos is coming up from Canberra and says the bus trip is going to include some spots most members of the family will remember. “We’re going to do a trip around Darwin in a bus, just pointing out a few sites that might not exist in the same way anymore because the town’s grown a lot, but we’ll have a look at the salt pan and we’ll go out to the harbour,” she tells Neos Kosmos.“The family had an old tin hut on the harbour where the family used to stay recreationally and we’ll visit that on the harbour trip as well.”The Haritos family created a lot of firsts for the Greek community of Darwin. Eustratios is thought to be the first to have a traditional Greek wedding in the territory. Eustratios and his fiancé Eleni Harmanis had no choice but to ship a Greek priest from Perth to perform the service as no priest had settled in Darwin. Yet. Only a small influx of about 1,000 Greek migrants arrived in the city between 1914 and 1919 as they looked for work as WWI broke out.Since it was such a rarity to have a Greek Orthodox priest at the time, Eustratios organise for his wedding to become a double wedding, with his friend piggybacking on the service, getting married to Eleni’s sister.With a working knowledge of how to extract salt – something he learnt from his hometown of Moschonisi in Asia Minor – Eustratios started a salt pan business with fellow Greek migrants, John Sphakinakis and Dick Colivas to service the newly built meatworks. Keeping close to the water, Eustratios made sure his eight children would embrace that Greek love of the sea and created a number of businesses linked to it.The four Haritos boys fished, pearled and hunted crocodiles for their hides, as Eustratios shipped supplies to the small Aboriginal coastal communities of North Australia.The Haritos family also established the barramundi trade down south and eventually kick-started the industry as they began exporting the fish to Melbourne in 1956. As impressive a businessman as Eustratios was, he was a quiet man. “Grandfather wasn’t a great talker, he was a hard worker, a sober kind of guy,” Adrienne Haritos says. Quite different to his wife, Eleni. “She worked hard in the heat of Darwin raising the children in the frontier town, establishing the family business and keeping chickens to sell the fresh eggs,” Adrienne remembers. “A cheerful, loving lady.”Amazingly, Eustratios invested a lot of time trying to tame Darwin’s icon, the crocodile, something his children immediately took on board. One of his sons, George, kept a 13-foot crocodile in his backyard as a pet and even helped the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip, shoot and skin a crocodile in the 1950s.More than 100 family members have been contacted for the reunion and are set to arrive on June 6 2015. They’re in the process of booking a large hall to host the opening event.last_img read more

Northcote High School reaffirms its commitment to Greek language teaching

first_imgGreek language will continue being taught within the standard curriculum programme at Northcote High School in 2018. This was confirmed by the school’s principal, Kate Morris, in a meeting with the vice-president of the Greek Community of Melbourne (and co-ordinator of the GCM education programme) Theo Markos. The meeting was also attended by Chris Thompson, the Executive Director of the North East Melbourne Area, at the Victorian Department Education and Training; representatives of the NUGAS board, and interested parents of Northcote High School students. Ms Morris acknowledged a plan to phase out Greek and Italian language classes over the next five years was no longer active, and she reaffirmed the school’s commitment to continuing the current language programme. The principal said she is very pleased with this year’s enrolments and praised the teachers for the quality of education they offer. Joining her in offering praise to the teachers, Mr Markos suggested that a special committee could be created to follow the progress of the language programme at Northcote High School. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

SPOILER: New title match added to Royal Rumble on 1/24

first_img Pinterest Announced at last night’s WWE Smackdown tapings to air Thursday night on the USA Network from Lafayette is Dean Ambrose defending the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Kevin Owens in a Last Man Standing match.You can check out the full Smackdown spoilers at the link below.SPOILERS: WWE Smackdown taping results to air 1/14/16Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Andrade and Elias advance to the Quarterfinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournament Google+ Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Roman Reigns is in Remission Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rouseycenter_img Videos Articles Jon Moxley: AEW Was Bigger Than WWE Title WWE Smackdown Live Preview: King of the Ring continues, Daniel Bryan vs. Buddy Murphy Jon Moxley Joins AEW Videos Articles Shawn Michaels WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Facebook Videos Articles Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Sri Lanka blast victim Zayan buried

first_imgZayan Chowdhury. File PhotoZayan Chowdhury, one of the victims of Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, was laid to rest at Banani Graveyard in the city on Wednesday evening, reports UNB.Earlier, a Sri Lankan Airlines flight carrying the body of Zayan, 8, the grandson of Awami League leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 12:40pm. His body was then taken to their Banani residenceThe namaz-e-janaza of Zayan was held at Banani Club Field after Asr prayers.Later, he was buried at the Banani Graveyard around 6:00pm.Earlier, prime minister Sheikh Hasina went to her paternal cousin Sheikh Selim’s Banani residence to console the family members of the victim.Sheikh Hasina stayed there for over an hour and consoled the family members of Zayan Chowdhury. A heart-rending scene was created at that time.Sheikh Hasina also prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul of Zayan.A second grader of an Uttara school, Zayan is a son of Moshiul Haque Chowdhary and Sheikh Sonia.Zayan and more than 350 others were killed in explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. He had gone there with his family on a vacation.Moshiul also suffered splinter injuries in his kidney and liver in the deadly terror attack in Sri Lanka’s capital on Easter Sunday.last_img read more

DeVon Franklin produces faith films while guiding men through MeToo movement

first_img As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Photos of the Week By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Tags#MeToo Breakthrough Christian movies DeVon Franklin Faithful Viewer homepage featured inspirational movie men sex abuse sexual harassment sexual misconduct Top Story,You may also like Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Share This!center_img Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,How Hind Makki is changing the conversation around women’s inclusion in mosques Catholicism News • Photos of the Week Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Christian movie producer DeVon Franklin is preparing for his third film to hit theaters just before Easter weekend.But “Breakthrough,” a movie about a teen’s recovery from spending 15 minutes under broken ice in a frozen lake, has not been his sole focus in recent months.Franklin, the author of “The Truth About Men: What Men and Women Need to Know,” was called on by the Willow Creek Association as it held recent discussions on how churches and individuals can avoid and address allegations of sexual misconduct.Franklin, 40, who was raised in the Seventh-day Adventist faith, talked with Religion News Service about Christian film success, how men should respond to the #MeToo movement, and the importance of observing the Sabbath.The interview was edited for length and clarity.You are a Hollywood producer, an ordained minister and the author of a new book about men and the #MeToo era. How do you juggle these three seemingly disparate areas of your life?I don’t view them as disparate. My goal in everything I do is to uplift and inspire and use entertainment as a way to do that. So anything I’m doing, whether it’s writing a book, or producing a movie, or speaking or preaching, it’s all with the same goal: How does the person that is engaging with me relative to what I’m doing in that moment — how can their life become potentially better or how can I say something or do something that can inspire them?It’s like one wheel, just different spokes.DeVon Franklin. Courtesy photoHow did you learn about the story behind “Breakthrough,” and how much is it a true story rather than “based on a true story”?I found out about “Breakthrough” while I was promoting “Miracles from Heaven.” I met the family, Joyce Smith and (her son) John Smith, and Pastor Jason Noble. And when I heard their story I was blown away. It was just so captivating. I just knew that I had to bring it to the big screen.When you look at films, there’s “based on a true story,” there’s “inspired by a true story,” there’s “inspired by true events,” but based on a true story is when it’s closest to the real story. And “Breakthrough” is without a doubt based on a true story.“Breakthrough” comes to theaters around Easter. How has the success of your previous productions, including the animated Christmas movie, “The Star,” enabled you to present this new one?I think every success is like stair steps — one leads to the other. And so “Breakthrough” being my third produced film, certainly, is building on the success of “The Star” and building on the success of “Miracles from Heaven.”In “The Star,” celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Kristin Chenoweth added their voices to that story. In “Breakthrough,” main characters are portrayed by actress Chrissy Metz and actor Mike Colter. Has there been a shift in the willingness of mainstream actors and actresses to appear in Christian films?Yes. What is amazing about this story “Breakthrough” — it’s a true story, and I think that sometimes the desire to put it in the faith-based genre sometimes overshines the fact that it’s true. And more people are looking to do a true story because they connect to it more so than it being a part of the faith-based genre per se. So it’s a blessing that these projects are able to get the attention of such incredible talent.Following the example of other brother filmmaker teams, there’s a movie called “Sinners Wanted” that just premiered at a black megachurch in Maryland in March. Do you see more people trying to develop Christian films for the big screen? And do you think those smaller projects have more of a chance of being recognized by Hollywood than in the past?I’m not familiar with that particular movie. I do think that there’s a lot of growth in this space. The Erwin brothers, who are my good friends, they did “I Can Only Imagine.” And that success led to an incredible new opportunity with Lionsgate for more projects to come through, which is great.I have my deal here at Fox. The Kendrick brothers, who also do inspirational faith-based movies, they have a deal with Sony. I think ultimately as the right movies are developed and people find them, it’ll allow for even more new filmmakers and new films that may not currently be on the radar to emerge.DeVon Franklin, from left, Jeff Lockyer and Danielle Strickland participate in a panel discussion about sexual misconduct with the Willow Creek Association near Chicago. Video screenshotTurning to a completely different subject, you have spoken in a new video resource about ministry and #MeToo. What are some key tips you suggest for men to help reduce the chances of women becoming victims of sexual abuse or harassment?One of the reasons why I wanted to write the book is because I do believe that, as men, we need to become better. And part of that is learning to love, and that means considering others’ needs before ours and putting our integrity and our character above the desire to sometimes feed those selfish impulses.I challenge every man to not look at the #MeToo movement as a women’s movement. It’s not. We need to be a part of this movement. Whether we have been harassed ourselves or not, we need to help. It takes both of us to get it done. We have to be a part of the solution ’cause if not, I think we’re part of the problem.You had spoken about how the #MeToo movement can cause some men to feel that they can’t or shouldn’t hire women who may be most qualified for a position in their church or other organization. What’s your advice for them?My advice is to not allow fear to dictate decision-making, because, any man that’s afraid to hire a woman, it’s because of fear and a misconception of what’s really going on.I think that it’s important that we hire the very best people. And if that happens to be a woman, we need to hire her. And, to me, a man that’s afraid to do that says more about the man than it does the woman. And it’s so important to not use #MeToo as an excuse to be afraid.Let’s use #MeToo and #TimesUp as an excuse to become better and do that in every area of our life, including our hiring practices.As someone raised in the Seventh-day Adventist faith, how do you keep your Sabbath even as you work on round-the-clock projects related to film and faith?The first day that I was in Hollywood, I literally said when I was interviewing for the company that managed Will Smith, “I won’t take this internship if it requires me to work on the Sabbath.” And, every single job that I’ve ever taken since then, I’ve made it a part of it.And observing the Sabbath is so important for a number of reasons, not just spiritual reasons, but also practical reasons. We are not built to run 24/7. And what I have found is if we block out some time to rest, people conform around that. I’ve been on set, producing films, and then I’m like, “Hey, all right, the sun is almost down. I got to go.”It’s been integral to my success. And I highly recommend it to everyone ’cause I think it really makes a big difference. By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Share This! Share This! Newslast_img read more