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first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh police have arrested 20 people on charges of murder and rioting after communal violence rocked Naseerpur village in Muzaffarnagar on Monday. One person was killed and over a dozen were injured in the violence that was triggered by a petty fight over overflowing water from a sewage line. The Naseerpur violence is the second such incident in less than a week in the district. On Saturday, hundreds of agitated villagers of Sherpur clashed with the police and burnt their vehicles after rumours of cow slaughter spread in the area.Twenty-two-year-old Akash died of a gun shot injury in the Naseerpur violence. Three hundred people have been booked. According to the police, Iqbal was on his way to the local mosque on Monday when he got into an argument with one Brijpal over an over flowing drain. The issue was sorted out in the afternoon at a meeting of the village elders, who persuaded them to arrive at a compromise. But by the evening, the issue flared up again and led to a violent clash in which people attacked each other with firearms and stones. Brijpal and his son Akash were injured in the firing. Akash succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital.Village head arrestedThe police arrested the Naseerpur village head, Sabir on Thursday after he was named in an FIR filed by Brijpal. Sabir, however, told The Hindu that he had nothing to do with the clash. “I had organised a panchayat, where the village elders brought about a compromise between Iqbal and Brijpal. But the same evening, they started fighting once again,” he said. Superintendent of Police (city) Muzaffrnafar Rakesh Kumar Singh told The Hindu that paramilitary forces and Provincial Armed Constabulary had been deployed in the village and the situation was “under control.” Many fledMany Muslim families have reportedly fled the area fearing retaliation after an angry mob, despite the police deployment, set the house of a person accused of firing at Akash. BJP leaders, including Union Minister and the local MP Sanjeev Baliyan, met the family of Akash on Wednesday. They also talked on the phone to Chief Minister Adityanath, who they said had agreed to ensure that the victim’s family was granted ₹20 lakh in compensation and a government job for one of its members.last_img read more

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first_imgIs Australia’s dingo a dog, a wolf, or neither? Did Neandertals turn Europeans into “fatheads”? And did airborne iron cause past ice ages? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi.last_img

first_imgPBA IMAGESAldrech Ramos put order in Star’s tentative finish on Saturday night, draining the dagger triple with 12.8 seconds remaining as the Hotshots held off San Miguel Beer, 109-105, in Game 1 of their Final Four series at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Hotshots almost blew a 13-point lead going into the final two minutes as they lapsed into miscues and needed Ramos to convert that triple from top of the key off a Paul Lee set-up as Star drew first blood in their best-of-five series.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Pocari sweat coach expecting more from Rivers in Game 2 Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES “That’s why he’s there,” said Star coach Chito Victolero, referring to the game-sealing bucket. “That’s what I keep telling my players, for them to shoot when they’re open.”Victolero is aware of what to expect on Game 2 set Monday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They (Beermen) will keep fighting, they’re a champion team,” he said as he guns for the first Finals appearance of his young coaching career after falling just a win short against Barangay Ginebra in this season’s Philippine Cup.“We (coaching staff) will review the game tape and see what we can still do,” he went on. “San Miguel will never give up.” Ricardo Ratliffe scored 26 points and grabbed 22 rebounds before fouling out in the dying seconds while Allein Maliksi also fired 26.Lee struggled against the San Miguel defense to finish with just four and eight assists.Charles Rhodes had 34 points and reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo had 24 for the Beermen, who beat the Hotshots in the eliminations, 103-97.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ What ‘missteps’?last_img read more

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first_imgNEW YORK  — All that stands between the New York Jets and the playoffs is Rex Ryan.Well, how’s that for an absolutely juicy story line?The Jets, in their first season under coach Todd Bowles, are facing a win-and-in scenario against the Buffalo Bills and their former coach, who was fired after failing to lead New York to the postseason in each of the last four of his six seasons.“In the words of the great Steve Smith,” linebacker Calvin Pace said, referring to Baltimore’s loquacious wide receiver, “‘Man, it’s going to be a bloodbath.’”The Jets (10-5) went from being outside the playoff picture to controlling their chances with a 26-20 overtime victory Sunday over the New England Patriots — helped in large part by Bill Belichick choosing to kick off rather than start the extra period on offense.Ryan Fitzpatrick coolly marched the Jets down the field and won it with a 6-yard pass to Eric Decker.Pittsburgh, which held a tiebreaker edge over New York, surprisingly lost to Baltimore and slipped behind the Jets in the playoff race. As a result of Denver’s 20-17 overtime win over Cincinnati on Monday night, New York can earn a berth with a win or if Pittsburgh loses to Cleveland next Sunday.“I want it,” defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson said of reaching the postseason. “I want it bad.”He and the Jets get to prove how much next Sunday at Buffalo (7-8). The Bills had high hopes in Ryan’s first season, especially when he declared their playoff drought would end. Instead, they’ll miss out for the 16th straight year.So, after spending six years doing everything he could to get the Jets into the postseason, Ryan will be out to keep them from getting in.“It’s just the next game on the schedule,” cornerback Darrelle Revis said, downplaying the matchup.Ryan is already 1-0 against his former team after a 22-17 victory over the Jets in a Thursday night game. While Ryan was clearly excited by the win, he also predicted the teams’ next meeting would probably help decide who goes to the playoffs.He was half-right.On Monday, Ryan praised the Jets, not adding any extra fuel — but, it’s early in the week, of course.“I think, first off, it’s about getting the win and we know we are facing a team that is red hot,” Ryan said in Buffalo. “This team is a complete football team.”After their loss to the Bills, the Jets fell to Houston 24-17 to drop to 5-5. A 4-1 start was washed away by inconsistency, lost opportunities and a search for answers.“We had to come together,” Pace said, “or the ship was gonna sink.”They haven’t lost since.“The past couple weeks have been playoff games,” Bowles said. “There really is no pressure. They just play together and we have fun and we try to get better as a team. There’s no pressure on us. We know have to win. We’ve been having to win the past five weeks. ”Fitzpatrick’s steady play during the winning streak has been MVP-like. He has thrown for 1,525 yards and 13 touchdowns with one interception. In three of the last four games, Fitzpatrick has driven the Jets to a win in the final 2 minutes of regulation or overtime.“Fitz has been amazing for us,” Pace said.So has Brandon Marshall, who set the franchise’s season record with 101 catches — and counting. Decker has, too, with 75 catches, including 11 TD grabs.The defense has been terrific the past month, led by a front line that made things miserable for Tom Brady and the Patriots.These are the things the Jets players expected back in September.“There was still a ton of belief and I just think you know being in the league and having experience that a lot of us do have, you can recognize when you have a good team,” Fitzpatrick said. “So, I think the belief’s always been there just because we see the way that everybody works week in and week out and we see the talent level on this team.“I think that the belief has been there from Day 1 and it hasn’t wavered.”Left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson echoed that sentiment: “I think we knew we had a special team even at the beginning of the season.”Bowles let his team know what’s at stake in his postgame speech Sunday, telling the players: “Win and we’re in.”That’s about as far as the coach will go in terms of motivational tactics. Bowles feels none of that stuff is needed at this point with so much on the line.“We’re going to treat it the same,” Bowles said of the approach for Sunday’s game. “We understand what we’re going up against. We’ve got to continue to do the things we’ve been doing. We try to do anything else, then we won’t have a chance to win.”DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgToshiba launch the TC78B025FTG, a three-phase brushless motor driver IC with a rotation speed control (closed loop control) function. The new device is intended for small fan applications in servers, home appliances and industrial equipment.The cooling fans used in servers and other must be small and rotate at high speeds with uniform accuracy. Uniformity is best achieved by using a speed-feedback method to suppress fluctuations in rotation speed caused by changes in the power supply voltage and load. Until now, this has required the use of microcomputers, but Toshiba’s new solution achieves flexible rotation speed control without external microcomputers by incorporating a non-volatile memory (NVM). This allows easy system configuration and supports motor speeds from hundreds to tens of thousands of rotations per minute (RPM) especially as Toshiba’s intelligent phase control (InPAC) motor drive technology realizes efficient driving across a wide rotation range without requiring adjustment.The device operates from a power supply in the range 4.5 to 16V and provides a sine-wave drive with 150-degree commutation. Industry-leading low ON resistance of 0.2Ω (typ.) (total of high and low sides) reduces the IC’s self-heating during operation, thereby extending support to large current drives. Speed is controlled by a simple PWM signal or an analog voltage input. In built protections include thermal shutdown, over current protection and motor lock detection. The device is housed in a VQFN24 package measuring just 4 x 4 x 0.9mm.In addition, the TC78B025FTG implements a 1-Hall drive system and current sense resistor-elimination system (Advanced Current Detection System – ACDS) to reduce the number of external components and contribute to space saving on PCBs.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Arrow Electronics offers Scalys System-on-ModulesNext Cadence and NI collaborate to simplify next-generation semiconductor and RF developmentlast_img read more

first_imgTheo Hernandez has arrived to undergo a medical at AC Milan before completing a transfer from Real Madrid this week.The left-back arrived in Milan to have the first part of his physical exam at La Madonnina private hospital on Monday evening and is scheduled for the second part on Tuesday.The Rossoneri will reportedly pay €20 million (£18m/$23m) to land the France Under 20 international, who had been linked with a move to Bayer Leverkusen and Napoli. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Hernandez, 21, rose through the Atletico Madrid youth system before leaving for Real in 2017, signing a six-year contract.He appeared in 23 games for the Santiago Bernabeu outfit before he was sent to Real Sociedad on loan last season, where he made 28 appearances in all competitions.Hernandez was targeted by Paolo Maldini, who was promoted to technical director at Milan earlier this month.Initial reports said Madrid hoped to let him move to San Siro on loan with an option to buy, but Milan have held out for a permanent deal.The Serie A outfit are also set to sign Rade Krunic from Empoli for around €8m (£7m/$8m) after the Tuscany side were relegated from the Italian top-flight last season. Krunic has also undergone a medical in Milan but his transfer has not been made official yet.Meanwhile, they have been linked with a move for Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira, who worked with new Rossoneri boss Marco Giampolo at Sampdoria. However, the Uruguayan has denied he is close to a return to Italy, insisting he has not received an offer from Milan.Milan have offloaded Gustavo Gomez to Palmeiras on a permanent deal while Stefan Simic has left to join Hajduk Split this summer.Despite finishing fifth in Serie A in 2018-19, Milan have been excluded from next season’s Europa League for breaking UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.The Italian club have accepted the punishment for the violations which happened under the previous owners, saying in a statement: “Whilst saddened by the fact that our fans will not be able to see their team compete in European competition next season, the club recognises and respects FFP.”The club acknowledges it has no other choice but to accept the sanctions, as it seeks to forge a pathway back to full compliance.”last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police Economic Offences Wing (EOW) had registered a case against the private company for cheating investors /homebuyers. Police said that the complainant in the case told them that in the year 2012 he saw the advertisement for the company’s project in the newspaper.”He contacted the company and on the next day, he met on the person in company’s office. That person told them about company project in Yamuna Expressway in Greater Noida,” police said. After showing the brochure the person told the complainant that if he invests in the company’s project he (complainant) will get possession of the flat in two years. It was also told to the complainant that the company has all approval and licenses regarding the project. A dummy model was also shown. At the project site, the complainant show company’s hoarding. After that in December 2012 complainant booked one flat. The first payment made through cheque of Rs 4 lakh by the complainant. The money receipt came through the post in his house. The complainant told police that he had paid 30 per cent of money to the company. After two payments company issued allotment letter on his name and after third payment builder buyer agreement was signed. “The company said that the remaining payment will be taken after construction will start,” complainant further told the police. Later no work started by the company. “I called them through phone and sent email but the reply was not satisfactory from the company side,” the complainant told the investigating agency. In 2016, the complainant visited the construction site no hoardings were seen of the said project and also the company removed the project from their websites without telling him. All the investors in April 2017 went to the company’s office. The company’s official told them that the construction will take time. According to police, all other complaints received in the matter are also clubbed with main complaint. The number of complaints at present is sixteen and on the basis of the contents of complaint and pre-registration enquiry an offence under sections 406, 409, 420 and 120 B of IPC. Case against manager A case of cheating was registered with the Delhi Police after a woman who claimed herself owner of the media institute has said that centre manager had entered into a conspiracy with other members of the institute to commit financial frauds.last_img read more

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s state-run news agency says a court has acquitted HSBC bank’s Turkey chief of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan through Twitter.Selim Kervanci was charged with insulting a state employee for reposting a video in 2013 deemed to be insulting to Erdogan, who was prime minister at the time.Kervanci told the court on Thursday that he had no intention of insulting anyone and that he had retweeted the video before watching it with the sole intention of viewing it at a later time.Anadolu said the court ruled there was no criminal intent and acquitted Kervanci. The bank chief faced up to two years in prison.Human rights groups say thousands of people have been prosecuted in Turkey for insulting Erdogan.The Associated Press read more

However he said there is not enough time to prepare for the elections by then so the next possible dates will be September 21 or the 28th.(Colombo Gazette) The elections commissioner will now declare the date for the Northern polls. The proclamation also forms the Northern Prvincial Council which has not been in place as a result of the war. Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya had said last month that elections for the Northern Provincial Elections can take place only after September 14.Deshapriya said that there were reports the elections may take place on September 7 or September 14. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has declared elections for the Northern Provincial Council elections.The President, in making the proclamation, informed the Elections Commissioner to make the arrangements for the elections. read more

“On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I join you in celebrating the Sri Lankan New Year. The past year’s accomplishments have been historic, demonstrating the deep commitment of the Sri Lankan people for reconciliation, tolerance and peace,” Kerry said in his New Year message. Kerry wished Sri Lanka for the New Year and for continued success as the country moves ahead with the new constitution and further efforts to strengthen Sri Lanka’s democracy and prosperity. (Colombo Gazette) US Secretary of State John Kerry says the past year’s accomplishments in Sri Lanka have been historic.In a message to mark the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year, Kerry said that Sri Lanka has demonstrated deep commitment for reconciliation, tolerance and peace. read more

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the electricity sector regulator, today announced the implementation of the national standard for plug and socket outlet in Sri Lanka for Non-industrial Applications with the aim of uplifting the safety of electricity consumers.The Government has decided that the Type G plug and socket outlet, widely known as the 13 ampere plug and socket outlet, commonly referred to as the “square pin” plug and socket is to be the only national standard in Sri Lanka. However the transition to the type G standard plug and socket should not require any premises to be re-wired purely for the purpose of accommodating the new standard, and that the existing wiring may remain until the end of its useful life. * National Standard for plugs and socket outlet is effective from 16th August 2016* Manufacturing and importing of nonstandard plugs and socket outlets will be banned from 16th August 2017.* The sale of such appliances will be banned from August 16, 2018, with any remaining stocks to be sold after being replaced with a square pin plug. Sri Lanka currently use different types of plugs and sockets to make a connection to a wall socket, to which the plug on an appliance does not often fit, electricity users adopt a variety of methods and devices, most of which are unsafe and cause the connection to be unreliable. The Commission has issued the following time table for the standardisation of a single plug and socket outlet in Sri Lanka: * The grace period for manufacturing, importing and sale of non-standard plugs and socket outlets will effect from 16th of August 2016, the date of the cabinet approval* The Government expects the country will totally transform and use “Type G” plugs and socket outlets by year 2038. Also from 16th August 2016, wiring of new installations, addition of circuits to existing installations or complete re-wiring of existing installation, should be wired with 2.5 mm2 (7/0.67 mm Cu) to be compatible for the requirements of type G 13 A socket outlets. The Standard was finalized through a wider public consultation where general public, industrialist, manufacturers, energy sector experts and other stakeholders involved in the decision making process.This standard is effective from 16th August 2016, the Commission said. (Colombo Gazette)Time Frame Sri Lanka reported about 95 electrocutions in 2015 up from 76 in 2013 and 73 in 2014. Use of various substandard plugs, sockets, electrical accessories, adaptors, and extension cords are one of the main causes for electrocution and fire.The Standard received the Cabinet approval which proposed by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to apply G grade as the sole standard for plugs and socket used in Sri Lanka, and to allow the use of plugs and socket outlets which are sold within next two years, to the end of their lifetime. read more

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte held talks with visiting Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena following formal ceremonies held at the Malacañan Palace today, the Sun Star reported.Sirisena, who is in the country for a five-day state visit, arrived at the Palace’s Kalayaan grounds and was officially welcomed by Duterte and other Philippine officials. After the welcome rites, Duterte and Sirisena held bilateral discussions that were to focus on areas of mutual interest, including political, economic, agricultural, cultural, and people-to-people engagement. The two leaders also witnessed the signing of exchange of agreements. Sirisena’s visit is the first by a Sri Lankan president serving both as head of state and government under Sri Lanka’s 1987 Constitution.Prior to Sirisena’s visit, Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike was the only other Sri Lankan leader to visit the Philippines, in 1976, since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1961. (Colombo Gazette) read more

With millions of children, women and elderly in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) barely living at subsistence level, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it needed $202 million for 2005 to feed the 6.5 million most desperately hungry, over a quarter of the total population.“The DPRK still faces severe food shortages as it seeks to diversify its economy. WFP Country Director Richard Ragan said. “Our goal is to ease the shock to the most vulnerable as they make this transition.“Millions of children, women and elderly people are barely subsisting because they lack both the quantity and quality of nourishment they deserve,” he added. The DPRK has been hit by a decade of floods, droughts and economic hardship.While domestic cereal production is forecast to rise by 2.4 per cent to 4.24 million tons in the 2004-05 marketing year that runs from November to October, it will remain well below the minimum requirement of 5.13 million tons, according to a recent assessment by WFP and its sister UN agency, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).Two-thirds of the 23.7 million population remain dependent on the government-run public distribution system (PDS), which provides its mostly urban recipients with subsidized rations. These have recently been cut to 250 grams of staples per day, enough to meet only half their calorie needs.The largest group to be assisted with rations are 2.7 million children in nurseries, kindergartens, primary schools and orphanages. The food basket includes cereals, pulses and vegetable oil, as well as vitamin- and mineral-enriched blends, biscuits and noodles. Children in hospital are to be similarly supported. read more

“Fifty-eight years ago, Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld died in a plane crash in the Congo while trying to broker a peace agreement to end the conflict in the country”, said Mr. Guterres, calling the former UN chief “a tireless and fearless champion of peace” who took “robust action when needed”.Today’s honourees were military and police personnel, international civil servants, national staff and UN Volunteers from 38 countries who served in 12 different UN peace operations around the world.“Hailing from different backgrounds, our fallen heroes were united in their efforts to help the UN attain its most important objective – to save further generations from the scourge of war”, said Mr. Guterres. “The medal we posthumously honour them with, bears the name of Secretary-General Hammarskjöld”.It is also inscribed with the fallen hero’s name, “forever linking them in our hearts and in our memories”, said the UN chief.Mr. Guterres quoted Secretary-General Hammarskjöld in saying: “The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and its errors, its successes and its setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned.”“Today, as we honour our fallen colleagues with the Dag Hammarskjöld medal, let us also honour them by living up to his call to never abandon the pursuit of peace”, he stressed. “I offer my highest tribute to those we remember here today, and my sincerest condolences to their loved ones left behind”, he concluded, asking for a moment of silence.A ‘true’ hero lost In a special event as part of the commemorations, the UN chief paid tribute to the late Private Chancy Chitete of Malawi, who was hit by enemy fire while protecting and administering lifesaving first aid to his wounded Tanzanian comrade, Corporal Omary.Private Chitete became only the second winner of the UN’s highest peacekeeping award, the “Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage” which was established in 2014 for uniformed and civilian personnel who meet the criteria, and named after the late UN peacekeeper Captain Diagne – the first posthumous recipient of the award – who saved hundreds of lives in Rwanda in 1994, before being killed.  “The world does not have many true heroes”, said the UN chief, but Private Chitete, who was serving with the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), was “indeed one of them”.In November last year, while conducting an operation to stop armed attacks which were disrupting the Ebola response in local towns, peacekeepers came under heavy fire. As bullets were flying, Private Chitete dragged Corporal Omary back to an area “of greater safety”, Mr. Guterres recounted. “Both were evacuated for medical treatment. Corporal Omary survived.  Private Chitete did not”.   “Private Chitete’s selfless heroism and sacrifice helped the peacekeepers achieve their objective and dislodge the militia from its stronghold and that was vital for the Ebola response to go on”, he commended. “He personally made a difference. A profound one”.The ceremony marked the first time the award has been conferred since its initial presentation to the family of Captain Diagne in 2016, said the Secretary-General, adding: “We could not have found a more deserving recipient”. Speaking of “the true cost of peacekeeping”, the UN chief called for a moment of silence for those who “paid the ultimate price” to protect others and “to give war-torn countries a chance for peace and hope”.The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and its errors, its successes and its setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned –Secretary-General Hammarskjöld“Today, in 14 missions around the world, our peacekeepers serve heroically to preserve peace and stability”, he said, adding that they also “face grave threats”.He noted that UN missions in Mali, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Lebanon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo “are among the most dangerous that we have ever undertaken”, saying that “last year we lost 98 military, police and civilian peacekeepers from 36 countries”. “We ask much of our peacekeepers”, Mr. Guterres said. “In return, we must continue to do all we can to ensure they are as safe as possible”.“Today, we honour the memory” of the peacekeepers who did not return home, and “recommit ourselves to carrying forward their mission for a better future”.Honouring 119 fallen heroesFollowing the wreath laying, the UN chief honoured 119 brave men and women with the Dag Hammarskjold medal.After laying a wreath to honor fallen Peacekeepers, @antonioguterres reminds the world of the sacrifices of the men and women who serve under the UN flag. Remarks: #PKDay #A4P @UNPeacekeeping— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) May 24, 2019 read more

first_imgEquinox Gold Corp reports that mining activities are underway in the Piaba Deposit at its Aurizona gold mine in Brazil. Construction remains on track to pour gold by late 2018. The mining contractor, U&M Mineração e Construção S/A, mobilized to site in March and mining commenced in mid-April. The majority of the mining fleet is on site and U&M has filled most of the planned 200 operator and support positions. U&M is operating two shifts a day and at the start of June will implement a third shift to mine 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Mining activities are currently focused on removing waste from two locations in the Piaba pit and developing access roads in preparation for ore mining in Q3 2018.“Commencing mining activities is a significant construction milestone for the Aurizona gold mine and also for Equinox Gold,” said Christian Milau, CEO of Equinox Gold. “The project remains on track to pour gold by the end of 2018. Aurizona will be Equinox Gold’s first operating mine and is expected to produce on average 136,000 oz of gold per year over the life of the mine.“While the Aurizona operations team is focused on achieving production, Equinox Gold’s exploration team is focused on mine life extension and district-scale opportunities,” continued Milau. “A resource update is underway incorporating near-mine mineralisation identified in the successful 2017 exploration program. There is also approximately 4 km of strike extension to be tested with upcoming exploration programs and a study is underway examining opportunities to develop the underground potential of this exceptional gold deposit.”Overall project was 44% complete and EPCM (engineering, procurement and construction management) activities were 61% complete at the end of MarchPlant construction was 27% complete at the end of MarchRefurbishment of the CIP circuit and detox tanks is completeConcrete foundations and pedestals for the new SAG and ball mills are completeManufacturing of the SAG and ball mills is complete and the components are in-transit to Brazil with delivery to site expected in JuneConstruction is proceeding on schedule and on budget, with $43 million of the $146 million construction budget spent and $76 million committed at the end of March. Construction is fully funded from cash and marketable securities on hand and an $85 million secured project credit facility, from which the company has drawn $15 million to date.All process plant earthworks have been completed. Fabrication of the SAG and ball mills is complete and the components have been loaded onto a ship for transport to Brazil with delivery to site expected in June. The concrete foundations and pedestals for the SAG and ball mills are complete and ready for mill installation. Structural steel erection in the grinding area has commenced. Additional concrete work is being completed in the leaching and thickening areas while formwork and rebar work is underway in the crusher and surge bin areas.Refurbishment of the existing CIP circuit and detox tanks is complete while the refurbishment of other equipment such as pumps, agitators, screens and motors is 65% complete. The new jaw crusher has been delivered to site as well as other new equipment.  A total of 600 t from the anticipated 1,200 t of structural steel has been delivered. The structural, mechanical and piping contract was awarded in March and steel erection activities have been underway since early April. The electrical and instrumentation contract is under technical and commercial evaluation and is expected to be awarded by the end of April.Engineering is well advanced and expected to be essentially complete by the end of April, with some follow-on field engineering activities moving to the site. Overall procurement of equipment and materials is 58% complete and all major purchase orders have been awarded. Purchasing activities are expected to be essentially complete by the end of May with follow-on expediting activities continuing through August. Most of the equipment is expected to be delivered to site from April through August.Improvements to secondary access roads to site have been completed. The incinerator is nearly complete and the site water treatment plant is 50% complete. All assay lab equipment has been ordered and the modular lab facilities are being assembled in containers by SGS-Geosol near Belo Horizonte, Brazil before being shipped to site. The first modules are expected to be delivered to site in June.The upgrades to two substations required to support the increased power draw for the 8,000 t/d throughput were 65% complete at the end of March, with completion expected by August. Engineering is complete and the longest lead items, capacitor banks and voltage regulators, have been delivered to site. Civil work at one of the substations is complete with work at the second substation commencing soon.In March 2018 the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Mineração Aurizona (MASA), received an Award for Excellence in the Mining and Metallurgy Industry by Brazilian magazine Minérios & Minerals in recognition of MASA’s “Young Environmental Agents Project”. This is the magazine’s 20th annual Award for Excellence in the Mining and Metallurgy Industry. Previous recipients have included companies such as AngloGold Ashanti, ArcelorMittal, Vale, Imerys and Alcoa.The Young Environmental Agents Project was created in 2015 to strengthen the relationship between MASA and local communities through an environmental approach. The main objective is to educate young people by hosting workshops focused on how minerals are used in our daily lives and the social, environmental and economic impacts and opportunities associated with mining. In 2017 MASA participated in more than 150 hours of workshops and hosted Aurizona mine tours, actively engaging with more than 50 teachers and 40 students from three nearby communities.“We are honoured to receive this award and are proud of the work the Aurizona team is doing in local communities,” said David Laing, Chief Operating Officer of Equinox Gold. “The Young Environmental Agents Project is just one of our ongoing community and stakeholder interaction programs. The Aurizona team works with community leaders and Brazilian organizations to implement a wide range of programs focused on infrastructure improvement, education, skills training, agricultural development and social programs.”last_img read more

first_imgThe wait for a white iPhone 4 may actually be about to end. Most people waiting for the white version of Apple‘s latest smartphone may have actually given up and decided black is good enough, but if you made it this long without caving and buying your prayers may have finally been answered.Phil Schiller promised us the white iPhone 4 was coming, and now Bloomberg has heard from three sources that we can expect it before the end of April. You will also be happy to hear that both AT&T and Verizon will have it available.We’ve heard before that manufacturing issues were what stopped a white iPhone appearing. One of the sources claims the specific problem was the white paint peeling off when subjected to heat. That has now been solved and going forward we should hopefully see simultaneous black and white gadget releases from Apple.If an end of April white iPhone 4 does appear it puts even more doubt around a June-July launch for the iPhone 5. Why would Apple replace the iPhone 4 when it released a new model two months earlier?Read more at BloombergMatthew’s OpinionIf this launch happens then you can forget about seeing an iPhone 5 before September and possibly even this year. It makes no sense for Apple to mass produce a white iPhone 4 if the iPhone 5 that replaces it is just a few months away. It would have more of an impact to forget the iPhone 4 and launch black and white models of iPhone 5 instead if that was the case.What this suggests to me is Apple intends to use the white iPhone 4 to buy itself a bit more time with iPhone 5 development. That means more time to work with NFC and LTE, better availability of 64GB memory chips, and a bigger window to experiment with carbon fiber and antenna placements.While a delayed launch may upset some Apple fans, I think it’s definitely in everyone’s interests to wait a little longer. iPhone 5 could be something a bit special that reaffirms Apple as the market leader for smartphones. Who wouldn’t want a 4G iPhone 5 with 64GB on board memory, larger edge-to-edge display, brand new lighter case design, and NFC out the box?last_img read more

first_imgMalgré le patch, iOs 5 décharge toujours les batteries La mise à jour en iOs 5.0.1 ne règle pas les problèmes de consommation d’énergie. Ennuyeux, dans la mesure où il s’agissait de son principal but…Publiée jeudi dernier, le patch de 44mo était supposée calmer les mécontents sur les forums d’Apple. « La mise à jour récente d’iOS résout beaucoup des problèmes de batterie que certains de nos clients ont rencontré avec leur appareil iOS 5, » dixit Apple, à la sortie de la 5.0.1. À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?La réalité s’avère plus mitigée : si certains utilisateurs sont satisfaits, d’autres ne voient aucune différence. Une variabilité qui suggère l’existence de plusieurs failles, dont seulement certaines auraient été corrigées. Les fuites se produiraient donc suite à l’utilisation de certaines fonctionnalités que tous n’utilisent pas. Apple a admis “quelques soucis persistants” et travaille sur un nouveau patch.Ce n’est pas le seul problème de l’iPhone 4s, puisque des possesseurs se plaignent d’un problème de haut-parleur. Aléatoirement, ils n’entendent plus aucun son lors des appels émis ou reçus. Et bien évidemment, la dernière mise à jour n’y remédie pas du tout. Le 15 novembre 2011 à 09:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and other ag organizations earlier this week urged Vice President-elect Mike Pence to quickly fill the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) vacancies with individuals well versed in agriculture commodity markets and issues.In a letter, industry groups pointed to the opportunity of President-elect Donald Trump to make nominations for the vacancies existing since 2014-15.“As you know, with the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFTC has taken on much more responsibility for overseeing financial markets than in the past. This has led to a makeup of the Commission that largely reflects backgrounds and experience in the financial sector,” the letter states. “Historically, however, there have always been Commissioners who understood agricultural futures markets, as well as the policy issues that impact the agricultural sector.”The groups said the industry appreciates the efforts of the sitting commissioners to learn the industry, but representation is vital for the ag futures markets.“We respectfully request that President-Elect Trump, with the consent of the U.S. Senate, ensures the CFTC has at least one Commissioner with a background in, and familiarity with, issues important to production agriculture and agribusiness. We appreciate your consideration,” the group states in the letter.Click here to read the letter.last_img read more