Chennai, Sep 15 (PTI): Murugappa Group company Tube Investments of India (TII) today entered into a joint venture with Absolute Speciality Foods to expand its bicycle cafes across the country.At a function held here, Tube Investments of India, Chairman, M M Murugappan formed the joint venture with Absolute Specialities, CEO, Ashish R Thadani to expand the Ciclo Cafes, a company statement said.TII had set up by Ciclo Cafes in March last year to offer an unique ambience to bicycle enthusiasts.”Cycling has emerged as a popular leisure and recreational activity in India and is gaining great popularity. We believe this initiative will provide discerning patrons and cycling afficionados the platform to enjoy their love for this sport”, Murugappan said.Under the joint venture agreement, Ciclo Cafe would be set up in Gurgaon and Hyderabad by the end of current financial year.A soft launch of Ciclo Cafe was made last year in Chennai. At present, Ciclo Cafe is owned by TII while Absolute Specialty owns and runs the food and beverage business, it said.”Ciclo Cafe brings cycling enthusiasts together, as a platform for taking their interest in this exhilarating sport further, and to enjoy the taste of local and international cuisines in an atmosphere that is unique not only for the connoisseur of good food but also for the lovers of sport,” Thadani said.TII has 17 manufacturing units and some of its key business divisions include TI Cycles, Tube Products of India, TI Diamond Chains, metal forming, Shanti Gears, among others. PTI VIJ VS JMadvertisement
Chinese fans will be able to celebrate the achievements of Barcelona soccer great Lionel Messi at a new theme park to be built in Beijing.The Messi Experience Park, which is being launched by the five-time world player of the year in collaboration with Chinese broadcaster Phoenix Group and Spanish media company Mediapro, is set to open in 2019 in the Chinese capital.The theme park will have 20 indoor and outdoor attractions in a 42,000 square metre space which will “immerse visitors in Messi’s universe,” a statement from the player’s Leo Messi Management group saidMessi, who earned the European Golden Shoe last season by finishing top scorer in Europe’s top five leagues, attended a launch event in Beijing this week.”I hope to provide them with an experience they have never had before and encourage people to play football from an early age,” Messi told reporters.David Xirau, director of Mediapro Exhibitions said the theme park will “use the most advanced technology” to combine attractions with spaces to play the world’s most popular sport.Companies from China have invested heavily in foreign clubs in recent years as President Xi Jinping has called for the country to develop a world-class soccer industry.Chinese ambitions for soccer have also extended to spicing up the domestic league with a clutch of high-profile signings.Messi is Barcelona’s highest paid player, earning an estimated 40 million euros ($45 million) per year, which is set to increase this summer as he is expected to sign a bumper new long-term contract with Barca, where his current deal runs until 2018.advertisementMessi’s image rights have come under the spotlight since he was charged with avoiding 4.1 million euros of tax on his commercial earnings between 2009 and 2011.He was found guilty of tax fraud along with his father Jorge last year, and handed a prison sentence of 21 months and a fine of 2 million euros.His appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court last month although he is unlikely to go to prison.
India Today Web Desk LondonMay 24, 2019UPDATED: May 24, 2019 14:36 IST Wives of Pakistan players were allowed to travel and stay with them during the recent ODI series in England (PCB Instagram Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPCB has issue this new rule to ensure that the players maintain their focus during World Cup 2019Haris Sohail is the only played who has been allowed to travel with his familyWAGs of Indian cricket team members are also not allowed to travel in the team busPakistan Cricket Board has banned the wives and family members of the national team players to travel with them throughout the duration of the cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales, according to reports.Pakistan cricket team members will have to make their own arrangements for their family members who wish to accompany them during the showpiece event, according to a new PCB rule which has been levied to ensure that the players maintain their focus on the bigger task at hand, which is to reclaim the World Cup trophy which they had last won in 1992 under Imran Khan’s leadership.The new policy is applicable for all Pakistan players barring Haris Sohail who has been allowed special dispensation on personal grounds, according to ESPNcricinfo.The wives and family members of the players were allowed to travel and stay with them during the recently-concluded one-day international series in England which they lost 0-4.Interestingly, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had also issued a similar rule for the Indian team members with a slight alteration.The Indian cricket board has allowed the players’ immediate families to spend just 15 days with them during the course of the month-and-a-half-long world event.For the first twenty days, from the time Team India left for London on May 22, players won’t have their WAGs’ company. Subsequently families can come over for fifteen days when feasible after the first 20 days of the tournament.India captain Virat Kohli had earlier sought BCCI permission to allow WAGs to be with the players any time during the course of the World Cup. But he too had to eventually fall in line with the new policy laid down for the World Cup.advertisement”The top team management has discussed about this 15-day provision and are on the same page on this arrangement,” a BCCI official confirmed.The WAGs of Indian cricketers are also not allowed to travel in the team bus but in a separate bus or private transport as they desire. All the players will be travelling together in the team bus but not with their partners during internal tour travel unlike the last India tour of England.More than half the Indian side picked for the World Cup is married and WAGs have been travelling with the players on overseas tours as per the BCCI’s past rules.Also Read | Such losses are irreparable: Sachin Tendulkar condoles Asif Ali daughter’s demiseAlso Read | It’s just another game you need to win: Kohli on India vs Pakistan tie in World Cup 2019Also Read | We should not have any excuse now: Afridi on Pakistan’s chances in World Cup 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Pakistan Cricket BoardFollow World Cup 2019Follow Pakistan cricket team World Cup 2019: Wives and family not allowed to travel with Pakistan playersPakistani cricketers have to make personal arrangements for their family members if they wish to travel with them during the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.advertisement
The Museum of Natural History in Halifax will once again be the place to learn about natural heritage when it reopens to the public Friday, June 4 after renovating its public spaces. “I am excited that the museum is reopening for our visitors and residents,” said Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage Percy Paris. “The museum plays an important role by encouraging lifelong learning for Nova Scotians of all ages, helping government make life better for families in all parts of the province.” Museum visitors will notice improved lighting and a refurbished retail shop and admissions area, with seating and other amenities. Two new summer exhibits and a number of special events this month celebrate the museum’s reopening. Venom, marks the return of live-animal exhibits and includes a tarantula, emperor scorpion and king cobra. Developed by Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo, this is the exhibition’s national debut and, until Aug. 8, will feature daily live shows that offer an up-close look at these often misunderstood animals. The exhibit is included with regular admission. Riding with Meteorites, offers interactive games for explorers of all ages. Téo the astronaut and his dog, Laïka, guide “space travelers” as they explore fragments of meteorites that fell in Canada in 1960, 1963 and 1994. There is a three-metre reconstruction of the biggest meteorite to hit Earth — the Hoba meteorite from Namibia. Riding with Meteorites is a co-production of the Musée minéralogique et minier de Thetford Mines, the Musée de la nature et des sciences, and the Musée du Fjord. Special events this month include free admission Friday, June 4 and family activities throughout the opening weekend. The Concerts for Conservation series premieres Saturday with popular nature-song duo The Wilderbeats and world music performers Mas Cencerro. One dollar from admission will benefit the Nova Scotia Nature Trust. For information on other reopening activities, including events for seniors and social media promotions, visit the museum’s website at museum.gov.ns.ca/mnhnew/ .
TORONTO – Companies trying to stay ahead of the increasing threat of cyberattacks need to be cognizant of one simple fact: there is no perfect antidote or turnkey solution against criminals bent on breaching their systems.“Everyone is hacking into everything,” said Benoit Dupont, professor of criminology at the University of Montreal and the Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity.“Even the most secure, aware organizations like the top intelligence agencies in the world get hacked,” he said, pointing to a report in the New York Times last month that the cyberweapons developed by the National Security Agency to spy on other countries are now being used against it, thanks to a leak.The number of Canadian businesses experiencing losses of $1-million or more rose to seven per cent from just one per cent two years ago, according to a 2017 report by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.With each passing year, hacking has become more dangerous, sophisticated and difficult to prevent — and solely ramping up spending on cybersecurity is not a viable solution for any organization, experts warn.What’s required when it comes to cyber preparedness, Benoit and others argue, is a radical overhaul of the entire ecosystem that accounts for the significant role that human error plays in breaches — from confidential data sent to insecure home systems, to phishing schemes that rely on tricking people into giving up sensitive information belonging to their employer.At a minimum, organizations should ensure that mechanisms are in place to minimize the damage caused by inevitable cyber-infiltrations so that if criminals are able to breach a system they won’t necessarily be able to exit with anything of value.That starts with prioritizing the information that organizations must protect, said Christian Leuprecht, national security expert at the Royal Military College and Queen’s University.“People think there is such a thing as privacy and that you can keep things secret. We need to come to the realization that’s not possible,” said Leuprecht.Surprisingly, encryption — in which data is translated into a secret code that can only be accessed by using a secret key or password to decrypt the documents into plain text — is one measure few companies seem to be adopting, said Satyamoorthy Kabilan, director of national security and strategic foresight at the Conference Board of Canada.“The fact that every time we hear about someone’s system being breached and people are able to read the details tells you a lot,” Kabilan added.Encryption, however, isn’t a viable long-term cyber-strategy for companies that need to have constant access to data themselves, according to Andre Boysen, chief identity officer at Toronto-based SecureKey.“It’s going to make it harder for the business to read the data,” he said. “It’s got limited usefulness.”Typically, such companies instead rely on constantly monitoring what’s happening on their network — a feat no human can succeed at, even with organizations leveraging more artificial intelligence and algorithms to determine suspicious activities and identify them before hackers get access to their crown jewels.“We always assume people are hacking near perfect systems,” said Leuprecht. “We have major human errors in the way the systems are set up. Most people actually run terrible operations including some of the largest in the country.”Failure to patch and update systems is another area where human error causes critical fallout, Kabilan noted.“It’s so much of a non-starter that it’s not being done,” he said, referencing the WannaCry ransomware attack, which infected hundreds of thousands of computers in May and scrambled data at hospitals, factories, government agencies, banks and other businesses around the world.“(WannaCry) spread because some people clicked on a link but the reason it proliferated was that it took advantage of an unpatched system.”Organizations need to get a better handle on setting up simple deterrents to make it as unattractive as possible to try to steal information, said Leuprecht.“For instance, if you’re storing credit card information, or things that have lots of numbers, you can create fake versions of them … So if somebody gets a hold of all these numbers they don’t know what the fakes are and what the real ones are,” said Leuprecht.“If you’re just an organized criminal operation that’s trying to extract financial data, you don’t want to invest millions of dollars and hours trying to sift through all the data to figure out what’s real, what’s fake, what’s usable.”Other effective methods not being used by companies are exfiltration detectors that examine outgoing data and block any documents that are intended to remain inside the network, he added.“This is not rocket science,” said Leuprecht. “You have a water main break, you shut it down.”Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
APTN National NewsThe Pickton inquiry heard once again Tuesday from the deputy chief of the Vancouver police department.Doug Lepard told the inquiry things have changed between his force and the RCMP since the cases of women going missing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside were being reported back in 1999.Here is part of the testimony.
19 March 2011Libya’s claim that it will abide by this week’s Security Council resolution, which calls for an immediate ceasefire and a halt to all attacks against civilians, still has to be verified, and the regime’s current actions are unclear, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. Libya’s claim that it will abide by this week’s Security Council resolution, which calls for an immediate ceasefire and a halt to all attacks against civilians, still has to be verified, and the regime’s current actions are unclear, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.Speaking in Paris to international leaders who were meeting to discuss the situation in Libya, Mr. Ban said he had received a phone call last night from Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmudi, who said the regime would “strictly abide” by the terms of resolution 1973.That resolution, imposed by the Council on Thursday, authorizes the use of “all necessary measures” to protect civilians in Libya, where the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi has conducted a fierce military offensive against a popular uprising.The Libyan Prime Minister “asked me to intervene to stop military action on the part of the international community,” Mr. Ban said. “Frankly he sounded rather desperate. It is not clear what they are doing. He called for a monitoring team to observe the ceasefire. The Libyan claim has to be verified. There is no doubt the Libyans are trying hard to ward off military action under [resolution] 1973.“I have spoken with the Foreign Minister of Libya [Musa Kusa] several times to urge the Government to stop the violence and cease fire immediately.”Media reports state that Libya’s armed forces have attacked the eastern city of Benghazi, where rebel forces are headquartered, in the past 24 hours, despite the regime’s claim it would abide by a ceasefire.Mr. Ban said that, “given the critical situation on the ground, it is imperative that we continue to act with speed and decision,” adding that the United Nations would work closely with regional organizations and individual Member States “to coordinate a common, effective and timely response.”He stressed that, along with an immediate ceasefire, Libyan authorities must also completely dismantle the deployment of their armed forces and heavy weaponry from around the country’s major cities “so that the people can go around their normal business without fear or insecurity.”Prompt access should also be given to humanitarian agencies, he said, while the return or repatriation of migrant workers and others seeking to leave the country should also be assured.Resolution 1973, adopted by the 15-member Security Council with 10 votes in favour and five abstentions, requests Mr. Ban to inform the Council immediately of any actions taken by Member States as well as to appoint an eight-member expert panel to monitor implementation of its terms, including an arms embargo.Yesterday the Secretary-General described the text as “historic” for its affirmation of the international community’s responsibility to protect civilians from violence perpetrated against them by their own government.He noted today that his Special Envoy Abdul Elah al-Khatib, who visited Libya this week and will meet with members of the country’s opposition on Monday, will continue to work with the international community to ensure there is an effective response to the situation.The UN has stated that it will create an independent, international commission of inquiry to investigate all alleged violations of international human rights law in Libya, identify those responsible, make recommendations and report back to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.“Many of the acts we are witnessing appear to constitute crimes against humanity, punishable under international law,” Mr. Ban said. “We must hold the perpetrators accountable.”The protests and subsequent fighting in Libya are part of a broader wave of unrest sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East this year, with long-standing regimes in Tunisia and Egypt and calls in other countries for wide-ranging reforms.
BlackBerry scrapped plans to offer an operating system update for its PlayBook tablet on Friday, signalling that it will eventually clear the sales flop from its line of products entirely.[np_storybar title=”Live coverage of BlackBerry’s Q1 conference call as it happened” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/06/28/blackberry-results-z10-q10-sales-live/?__lsa=53ed-b270″%5D [/np_storybar]Earlier this year, chief executive Thorsten Heins said an update to the PlayBook was on its way, though at the company’s recent conference in Florida, he pulled back on those guarantees before completely ruling them out.“Our teams have spent a great deal of time and energy looking at solutions that could move the BlackBerry 10 experience to PlayBook but unfortunately I am not satisfied with the level of performance and user experience and I made the difficult decision to stop these efforts and focus on our core hardware portfolio,” he said in the company’s first-quarter conference call Friday.BlackBerry generated a net loss of US$84-million, or 16¢ per diluted share, in the quarter after notching a US$94-million profit in the previous quarter. In the same quarter last year, BlackBerry posted a loss of US$510-million, or 97 cents per share diluted.Although BlackBerry reported revenue of US$3.1-billion, up 15% from the US$2.68-billion the company generated in the previous quarter, sales fell short of analyst expectations. Wall Street analysts had expected BlackBerry to report revenue of roughly US$3.4-billion, with earnings of about 8¢ per share, according to Bloomberg estimates.BlackBerry said it sold 6.8 million BlackBerry smartphones in the quarter, which also fell short of analyst estimates which anticipated sales of more than seven million units.With files from Matt Hartley, Financial Post
The IMBL Meeting is held twice a year to strengthen the naval relationships between the two neighboring countries. Delegates meet one another once onboard an Indian naval ship and next onboard a Sri Lankan naval ship.During the 22nd IMBL session, matters related to fishing activities conducted in the Palk Strait, Gulf of Mannar and Eastern sea areas and smuggling of narcotics across IMBL were discussed, the Navy media unit said. India and Sri Lanka had another round of discussions at sea on issues relating to the Indo-Sri Lanka Maritime Boundary Line including the fishing issue and smuggling of narcotics, the Navy media unit said today.The Navy said that the 22nd International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) meeting between Sri Lanka and India was held onboard the Indian Naval Ship Gharial at the Indo-Sri Lanka Maritime Boundary Line off Kankasanthurai. Meanwhile four Indians were arrested while they were transporting Kerala ganja in the north by boat, the Navy media unit said today.The navy said that the four Indians as well as two Sri Lankans who had gone by boat to pick the ganja were handed over to the police for further investigations. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lankan delegation consisted of Sri Lanka Navy and Sri Lanka Coast Guard officials and was headed by Commander Northern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Shirantha Udawatte. The Indian delegation consisted of Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard officials and was headed by Naval Officer in Command at Tamil Nadu, Commodore AK Mahadevan.
He said that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will remain very engaged in discussions with the Sri Lankan authorities on the need for transparent and inclusive processes to develop credible mechanisms for accountability and reconciliation, ahead of his report to the September session. “I encourage the Government to consult broadly with all political parties, civil society, and above all victims and their families, to ensure full national support and ownership of these processes,” he added. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is scheduled to present a report on Sri Lanka in September based on an investigation conducted on the war in Sri Lanka.The new Government had ensured the report was delayed till September from March this year by assuring that it will address accountability issues over the war through a domestic mechanism. (Colombo Gazette) The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein says he expects mechanisms for accountability and reconciliation to be in place in Sri Lanka ahead of the September session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.Making a statement on the opening day of the 29th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva today, Al Hussein said that the new Government in Sri Lanka has passed a constitutional amendment which, if implemented appropriately, brings renewed hope for democracy and the rule of law.
A source at the club said they had launched an investigation to find out why their record breaking signing had gambled with his life on the “risky” Channel crossing.Neil Warnock took his players on a sombre first training session since the tragedy on Wednesday.Players and staff were described by one source as feeling “absolutely terrible” and “in the dark” about the circumstances of Sala’s flight arrangements.Sala, who had been in prolific goal scoring form for Nantes in recent months, had been a dream signing for the club.Willie McKay, a well-known agent, was reported to have played a part in negotiating the club’s record-breaking deal, but he told The Telegraph he had nothing to do with Sala’s flight.He told The Telegraph: “I have had family members ringing me about this and it’s just not true. None of it.” John Fitzgerald, Chief officer of Channel Islands Air Search, said “even the most fit person” would only last a few hours in the water. Rescuers searching for the £15 million Cardiff City footballer, Emiliano Sala, admitted they had given up hope last night, amid fears that his single engine aircraft had crashed into the English channel after the propeller became blocked with ice.The Argentinian born striker sent a message to relatives shortly before taking off expressing fears over the state of the 25-year-old aircraft,It has also emerged that the pilot, Dave Ibbotson, 60, had to abort three attempted takeoffs and had joked with friends that he was a “bit rusty” in the days before the doomed flight.The Piper PA-46 Malibu left Nantes airport in north west France at around 7.15pm on Monday evening and was en route to Cardiff, where Sala was looking forward to joining up with his new teammates.Just after an hour into the flight the pilot asked air traffic control to reduce altitude from 5,000 ft to 2,300 feet.But a short time later the Guernsey coastguard was alerted after the aircraft disappeared from radar screens. The aircraft, which was built in 1984, is registered in the United States rather than Britain through a company based in Norfolk.The firm, Southern Aircraft Consultancy, charges owners around £500 pounds per year to register their aircraft with the Federal Aviation Authority, which means it is harder for the owners to be identified. Aviation experts suggested the privately chartered single-engine aircraft should not have been risking the flight in the icy conditions.Alastair Rosenschein, a former pilot, said: “It’s already a fairly risky crossing to do in a single engine aircraft, especially in winter and definitely at night. There are icing problems too. It’s a strange thing to do though to go and fly over water with one engine at night in winter because if your engine goes you’re going in the water”. David Ibbotson was thought to be the pilot of the aircraft Mr Fitzgerald said: “Sadly, I really don’t think, personally, there is any hope. At this time of year the conditions out there are pretty horrendous if you are actually in the water.”Sala had taken flown in the aircraft from Cardiff to Nantes on Saturday evening after finalising his move to the Premier League club.He had wanted to say goodbye to friends and former colleagues at the French club before embarking on his new career at Cardiff.But he had told friends he was worried about the return flight because the outbound trip had been “bumpy”.Mr Ibbotson, a highly experienced pilot, from the village of Crowle near Scunthorpe, had joked with friends on social media that he was a “a bit rusty with the ILS”, thought to be a reference to the aircraft’s Instrument Landing System.Shortly before take off, Sala also sent a WhatsApp voice message to family saying he was “so scared”.Media in Argentina reported he said: “I’m on a plane that looks like it’s going to fall apart.” Three years ago the Piper aircraft, which can carry six passengers, was delivered to the UK from Spain by a British pilot called, David Henderson. A tearful Horacio Sala, father of the footballer, speaks during an interview outside his home in Progreso, ArgentinaCredit:AP Photo/Mauricio Garin He told the BBC at the time of the dangers of flying single engine aircraft over water.He said: “One of the problems we can encounter is that ice can build up on the surfaces of the aircraft, on the propeller and on the wings and if is gets too great then ultimately the aeroplane would stop flying and the only way in most of the aeroplanes we fly of getting rid of ice is to descend into warmer air and the ice will dissipate.” Mystery continued to surround who the owner of the £100 per hour aircraft was, with Cardiff City insisting Sala had rejected their offer of a commercial flight, in favour of sorting out his own arrangements. Show more Guernsey Police said rescue workers had launched three aircraft and one helicopter in a bid to find the missing plane.The aircraft scanned 280 sq miles of a target area after reviewing tidal and weather information, while coastal areas around Alderney and off-lying rocks and islands were also examined.But the search was called off on Wednesday evening with local police saying they would take a decision whether to resume the search on Thursday morning.However experienced rescuers warned there was “no hope” of finding the missing pair. Fans have left scarves and flowers at the Cardiff City stadium 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.
Pacific North West Capital (PFN) has finalised the option/joint venture agreement on the Goodnews Bay Platinum Project (GBPP) with Stillwater Mining Co. By spending $4 million Stillwater is entitled to earn a 50% interest in GBPP by December 31, 2010. Stillwater may elect to increase its interest to 60% by incurring an additional $8 million in exploration expenditures within an additional two year period or upon completion of a Feasibility Study, whichever occurs first. Stillwater may increase its interest to 65% by arranging for 100% of the project financing required to place the property into commercial production within an additional three years.A $1 million exploration budget has been approved for 2008 with the objective to drill one or more established targets and to define additional new platinum mineralization.The GBPP agreement was subject to approval by Calista Corp, which provided its approval in December 2007. Calista is the second largest landowner of 13 regional Alaskan Native corporations formed in 1971 under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). Calista Corporation’s land entitlements exceed 6.5 million acres in Southwest Alaska and contain several significant mineral occurrences, including Goodnews Bay (platinum) and Donlin Creek gold project (14.8 Moz Measured and Indicated and 13.6 Moz Inferred).PFN and Stillwater are exploring the GBPP where numerous rock, shallow soil and deep auger overburden samples have been taken in the Red Mountain and Susie Mountain target areas. This sampling program was completed in 2006 and 2007 and resulted in definition of drilling targets at both Red Mountain and Susie Mountain.In November 2006, Stillwater acquired approximately 11% interest in PFN by completing a $2 million private placement. In 2007, Stillwater participated in two additional private placements and currently holds approximately 10% of Pacific North West Capital Corp.PFN is a mineral exploration company focused on Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) and base metals. Management’s corporate philosophy is to be a project generator, explorer and project operator with the objective of option/joint venturing projects with major mining companies through to production. To that end, PFN’s current option/joint ventures agreements are with Anglo Platinum, Stillwater, Xstrata Nickel and SOQUEM.
The first autonomous Epiroc Pit Viper 271 drill rig has broken ground at BHP’s South Flank iron ore project in Western Australia, the mining major confirmed.This is the first of five autonomous drill rigs to operate at the mine, all of which will be controlled remotely from the BHP Integrated Remote Operations Centre in Perth.BHP, which officially broke ground on the $3.6 billion project in July, is targeting first ore extraction in 2021 and expects to ramp up to 80 Mt/y of output. South Flank will replace production from the existing Yandi mine, which is reaching the end of its economic life. The company carried out the first blast at the project in September.Epiroc says the Pit Viper 271 is the most productive drill available for rotary tricone and downhole drilling of 171 mm to 270 mm holes with up to 18 m cleanhole single pass capability.It features a patented cable feed system with automatic tensioning for improved component life and low total cost of operation, with the standard Rig Control System (RCS) providing on board automation capability as part of the standard drill package to help deliver safety and productivity.“With RCS you can run automation with an operator on board with options like auto drill and auto level, or you can run with the operator off the drill with the optional BenchREMOTE package, allowing one operator to run one or multiple units,” the company says.“With the RCS system on Pit Vipers you can even achieve your ambition of fully-autonomous drilling with almost no human interaction with the drill.”
The Verizon iPhone 4 will be available on February 10. Pre-orders for existing customers began on Februay 3rd, and promptly sold out within 24 hours. We don’t know how many handsets were allocated for the pre-orders, but analyst estimates put Verizon’s initial allotment for the launch (both pre-orders and at retail) at 2 million units.Today Verizon has opened up orders for new customers via its website. The 16GB iPhone 4 will cost $199.99 with a 2-year contract and data plan. The 32GB version is $299.99 for the same contract deal. Unfortunately, although the phone will be available from February 10, Verizon state that anyone ordering online won’t get one until at least February 18.AdChoices广告So, do you order today and wait, or queue up at stores tomorrow in the hope of getting one? If you’ve waited this long for an iPhone 4, then another 8 days won’t kill you. There’s also a chance that you go to a store tomorrow, find they have no stock left, and return to the Verizon website to find delivery estimates have gone back due to demand.The safe bet is to order today, and early to ensure you get one on the 18th. There’s also the option to order online and pick up in-store tomorrow, although how long that option lasts today we don’t know.Read more at Verizon Wireless, via Mac Rumors
And on the other hand, there are financial benefits for Irish Rail as well. I think it is time for Ireland to catch up with the rest of the world on this matter.“Now I’m here in Ireland I want to use my spare time doing stuff outdoors. Like hiking in Wicklow. But you cannot reach Wicklow with your dog here. You have to hire a car. And that’s not much good if you don’t want to hire a car,” she adds.You can take Snjezana’s survey hereRead: Prisoner parenting course aims to prevent mothers and fathers from reoffendingRead: This teddy is being reunited with its owner after being left behind at Cork Airport Snjezana and OnniYOU MAY HAVE a pet. You may use public transport in your daily life. But have you tried to do both recently? Probably not.In Ireland, certain bizarre occasions notwithstanding, we tend to keep our buses and our furry friends well apart. But that isn’t the case in other countries.Croatian national Snjezana Frketic has been in Ireland since December. She’s fresh from two years of travelling and working on Dublin’s north side.Everywhere she went in that two years, her six-year-old white German Shepherd dog Onni went with her. Until she got to Ireland.“We have travelled through many countries together – the USA, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Belgium, Croatia – transport of pets in other countries is always more or less the same: yes they are allowed, mostly without a muzzle, and rarely free of charge. With a special ticket mostly,” she told TheJournal.ie.Coming to Ireland made me realise that Irish public transport – as well as hiking trails, restaurants, and other things – is not welcoming towards medium or big-size dogs.For 33-year-old Snjezana, the difference in standards first became apparent when her and Onni got stuck in the rain in Wexford and were trying to get to Dublin.“None of the trains or buses were willing to take us. We couldn’t even stay inside the train station, rather we were told to stay outside. And it was freezing!What our transport services sayTheJournal.ie inquired of Ireland’s major transport providers what their attitude to pets aboard their vehicles is, and what their rationale is.The four questioned – Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus, Irish Rail, and Luas – all have relatively similar policies at present. And they don’t seem to be in any hurry to change them.Irish Rail, who Snjezana would most like to make use of as she and Onni are used to travelling by train, allow guide and assistance dogs at all times.Smaller dogs and cats can be carried on board in a passenger’s lap or in a carry-container free of charge. Larger animals (which Onni certainly is) are persona non grata however, and if a fellow passenger objects to a pet, the owner is expected to move.Larger dogs can be accommodated on rare occasions in an unoccupied guard’s car, although this only applies on two routes in Ireland. A charge is applied in such circumstances.“We already regard our policy as pet-friendly,” a spokesman told us.Up until approximately eight years ago, we only permitted guide dogs and assistance dogs in the passenger area, and have relaxed this to allow smaller dogs and cats to be carried.Bus Éireann allow only guide and assistance dogs and they have to be clearly jacketed as such. “Dogs, cats or any other animals or live fowl of any description WILL NOT be carried,” the company says on its site.A spokesperson told us the rules in place are “for health and safety reasons”.Dublin Bus are less clear as to what’s acceptable and what isn’t. A query to the company was met with this response: “Under the Dublin Bus bye-laws, customers shall not bring any bird, animal, article or thing onto a bus if it is likely to cause annoyance or damage to any customer or damage to any property in the opinion of a Dublin Bus employee (driver or inspector).” Onni relaxing By Cianan Brennan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 15th 2017, 6:10 AM 76 Comments Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 6:10 AM Share989 Tweet Email5 http://jrnl.ie/3239991 34,654 Views The only exception to this law is in the case of a customer with a guide-dog or an assistance dog. Owners must carry the correct identification and ensure that the dog is wearing the correct tag or coat.This would suggest that the choice is entirely at the bus driver’s discretion, which would appear to be a little less strict than Bus Éireann’s approach.Luas operator Transdev didn’t reply to our query. However, the Luas website’s frequently-asked-questions section suggests that, again, the tram service is mostly a guide-dogs-only zone:Other dogs and animals are allowed on the tram provided they are in an appropriate enclosed pet carrier case / box. Their travel is at the discretion of Luas Staff.SurveySo it doesn’t seem Ireland’s transport network has any plans to loosen its rules regarding access for pets.Not that Snjezana is giving up just yet. She has started an online survey which she is planning to give to Irish Rail in a bid to change their regulations when it reaches 1,200 responses (the mandatory limit for consideration in a country Ireland’s size – you can take that survey here).“I got an official response from Irish Rail which is that their customer policy is only orientated towards people without dogs or with small dogs. People with bigger dogs don’t even have the possibility to be customers. I find that really discriminating,” she says.There are people who need their dogs as an emotional support. There are people who don’t have a driving licence or a car. Being punished for having a pet such as bigger dog, and a bigger dog is anything above 8kg) is affecting some people’s quality of life. Short URL “We weren’t even allowed in the station!” – Is it possible to bring pets on Irish transport? Croatian national Snjezana Frketic has travelled the world with her dog Onni – Ireland is the first place where she hasn’t been allowed to bring Onni on a train.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Held over one intensive week in January, the Classics Summer School by The University of Melbourne will present classes in four different subjects, focusing on the great archaeological discoveries of ancient Greece and Rome, the fascinating history of the Roman province of Dalmatia, the domestic life of ancient Greeks and Romans, and finally a practical workshop to develop your argumentation skills in the style of Socrates.Emeritus Professor Frank Sear and Dr Christopher Gribbin will be offering their knowledge on an array of subjects spanning several periods of the ancient Greek and Roman history as follows:Uncovering the past: Great archaeological discoveries – presented by Emeritus Professor Frank Sear (9.15 am-11.30 am daily) Knossos, Santorini, Mycenae, as well as many other Greek and Roman sites, were discovered by archaeologists who worked for 200 years to uncover the remarkably well-preserved towns of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabiae and Oplontis; and their work goes on to this day. Some sites were rediscovered by explorers while several monuments became famous when they were drawn and measured by artists or privately exhibited by influential personalities of their time. In this course you will learn how the past is uncovered in many different ways and by many different people; and the influence of these discoveries is also a source of great fascination. Cost: (10 hours) $300/250*Dalmatia: The story of a Roman province – presented by Dr Chris Gribbin (12 noon–1.00 pm daily) Wedged between Greece and Italy, the Dalmatian coast lay on an important trade route in antiquity. It was therefore inevitable that the Romans would take an interest in the area. This course explores the history of this province from its conquest by the Romans to its loss to the barbarians. As well as being a fascinating story in its own right, the history of Dalmatia gives us a great insight into how the Roman Empire grew and maintained control. Cost: (5 hours) $150/125* At home with the Greeks and Romans – presented by Dr Chris Gribbin (2.00 pm–3.00 pm daily) Using archaeology you will understand what Greek and Roman houses looked like and through texts, what happened inside those houses. Looking at the homes of both rich and poor, from one-room apartments to luxurious mansions, one encounters many differences and similarities between our lives and theirs – such as slaves, gender relations, ostentatious displays of wealth and very different notions of privacy. Cost: (5 hours) $150/125* How to argue like Socrates – presented by Dr Chris Gribbin (3.30 pm–5.00 pm daily) ‘How to argue like Socrates’ is a practical course that develops your ability to argue effectively by mixing theory and practice, based on the techniques of Socrates, one of the greatest arguers of all time. Looking at passages from Plato’s dialogues, the course aims to understand what questions to ask and what mistakes people often make through in-class dialogues. The Socratic method is a powerful tool for learning about other people and yourself and for getting at the reasons for disagreements. It even forms the basis for some modern teaching practices. Course materials will be provided. Cost: (7.5 hours) $225/190* To attend all sessions, the fee is $700/500* (*applies for University of Melbourne Alumni, staff and students)When: 9-13 January, 2017 Where: Old Arts Building, The University of Melbourne, Parkville To register, go to www.alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/2017css
Clement Howell High get their hands dirty for World Wetlands Day 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 Aug 2015 – Some parents of Clement Howell High School are not picking up report cards and it is important that they do, as there are notices the school wants to give these parents for their children. Principal of the institution, Kadean Cunningham told Magnetic Media that the reports are available and parents really need to attend a special PTA meeting next week, August 28, to be in the know as the 2015-2016 school year begins. Again, parents you can now go and collect report cards at CHHS. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp National Heritage Month ends Eagles win again at InterHigh Championships Recommended for you Related Items:clement howell high school, report cards
Recommended for you Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:akierra missick, house of assembly, MOE, works department Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Sept 2015 – In her address at the House of Assembly on Monday, Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, Hon. Akierra Missick stated that a critical review of the delays in the Summer works school refurbishment program will be conducted with the Minister of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning. The Education Minister was addressing concerns about some schools still not being ready for the 2015/2016 academic year, despite a multi million dollar increase in funding for the school renovations. The minister said the so-called, ‘Summer Works Program’ is administered by the Public Works Department.Minister Missick also pointed out that “the summer program only addresses critical issues like replacement of doors, windows, toilet upgrades and does not reflect major infrastructural upgrades, which usually are conducted through the various capital projects programs.”The House of Assembly continues with live broadcast today.
Six Tamil movies hit the screens this week.PR HandoutTamil Nadu theatres have been witnessing below-average footfalls in recent weeks due to the ongoing cricket World Cup. As team India lost to New Zealand in the first semi-final match, the collections in cinema halls are expected to be better this weekend.Like every week, there are a few movies which are hitting the screens. Among the six films, the audience are eagerly looking forward to Gurkha and Gorilla. Vennila Kabaddi Kuzhu 2 has drawn the attention of the viewers to some extent. The remaining films like Bodhai Yeri Budhi Maari, Kannaadi and Thozhar Venkatesan are banking on the good word-of-mouth for its success upon release.Gurkha stars Yogi Babu. It is a comedy thriller directed by Sam Anton. A dog plays an important role in the film. Jiiva’s Gorilla is a heist comedy thriller in which Jiiva and Shalini Pandey play the leads. In this flick, a real chimpanzee is seen in a prominent character.Vennila Kabaddi Kuzhu 2 is a sequel to Suseenthiran’s 2009 sports film Vennila Kabaddi Kuzhu. The latest film is helmed by Selva Sekaran. Vikranth, Pasupathy, Kishore, Soori and others are part of the cast.Bodhai Yeri Budhi Maari is written and directed by KR Chandru. The film has debutant Dheeraj, Pradaini Surva, Dushara and Meera Mitun, who has entered Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house, in lead roles.Kannaadi is a bilingual film which has been simultaneously shot in Tamil and Telugu languages in which Sundeep Kishan and Anya Singh play leads. Karunakaran, Anandraj and Poornima Bhagyaraj are part of the supporting cast in the Tamil version.Last but not least, Thozhar Venkatesan is inspired by true incidents. It is a movie full of debutants. It has newcomers Hari Shankar and Monica Chinnakotla playing the leads and Mahashivan makes his directorial debut with this flick.
Until yesterday, the biggest project ever to raise money on Kickstarter was Double Fine and Tim Schafer’s Double Fine Adventure. The game managed to make $1 million in 17 hours and 30 minutes. In its first 24 hours, the project received $1,064,652.05 with the original goal being a mere $400,000.That record was surpassed yesterday, July 10, when the Ouya Android games console went live on Kickstarter.The project was asking for pledges to reach a grand total of $950,000 in return for a new console that would retail for $99, run an Android OS, and guaranteed free-to-play games. Just 8 hours and 22 minutes later it had raised $1 million.By the end of the first 24 hours Ouya had received pledges totaling an astounding $2,589,687.77. That’s well over double what Double Fine Adventure achieved in the same period of time, and shows just how much support there is for a piece of hardware like this.We’re well into day two of the Ouya Kickstarter now and the money keeps coming. At time of writing the total stands at $3,102,055, which translates into 62,157 pre-orders for the console across all pledge levels.When Ouya first got announced it seemed likely there would be a lot of developer interest as it formed a nice way to build and test Android games. But clearly there’s a desire for the machine beyond just developers, and the backing so far suggests there is going to be a huge market for Ouya with gamers.Ouya also suggests the main consoles on the market, the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, and soon the Wii U, are going to get some serious competition in the near future from cheap, alternative hardware. It will be interesting to watch the effect it has and how much market share machines like this can steal, much like smartphones are doing with handheld gaming devices at the moment.Read more at the Kickstarter Blog