Demographic integrityHe said the BJP would ensure the unity of the people and the demographic integrity of Tripura.He downplayed the separate State demand the IPFT raised before it forged the alliance with the BJP.Mr. Shah complained that a section of the local administration officials are working for the CPI(M) and appealed to them to work impartially and adhere to the model code of conduct. He said the promises made in the party’s Vision Document for Tripura would be executed with commitment, if it was voted to power. Also, cross-border oriented development projects would be initiated with cooperation from Bangladesh Campaign mode: BJP president Amit Shah, flanked by party leaders, addressing the media in Agartala on Monday. BJP president Amit Shah on Monday criticised the Congress for not actively campaigning in the Tripura election with the “sole intention” of helping the CPI(M). However, he said, the BJP will win the February 18 elections defeating all “violent means” adopted by the Left.“The Congress is not seriously campaigning in this election. It visibly wants to help out the CPI(M),” Mr. Shah told presspersons on the second day of his last round of campaigning in Tripura.He was optimistic of installing a BJP government in the State, as there is “so much anger” against the “misgovernance and failures” of the Left Front government. “Twenty-five years of continuous rule is a long time, but the Left Front government has failed to provide drinking water, build civic amenities, develop infrastructure and bring in investments. The State remains most backward,” he said, adding that there were 7,42,000 registered unemployed youth.Mr. Shah on Sunday attended two roadshows, one at Bamutiain west Tripura and the other in Agartala, and a few election rallies.On Monday, he addressed a rally in the tribal-reserved Takarjala constituency, where Narendra Chandra Debbarma, president of the BJP’s alliance partner, the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), is contesting. | Photo Credit: PTI
The Indian National Lok Dal on Wednesday announced the names of six Lok Sabha candidates in Haryana, which is going to the polls on May 12.Senior INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala said the party has decided to renominate Charanjit Singh Rori, its sitting MP from Sirsa. Mr. Rori had in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections defeated Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Tanwar.Balmiki from AmbalaThe other five candidates are all new faces. “Rampal Balmiki, who has been a member of the Yamunanagar Municipal Corporation for four terms and has also held the position of Deputy Mayor, has been declared the party candidate from Ambala,” said Mr. Chautala.In Karnal, the INLD has decided to field Dharambir Padha while from Sonipat seat Surender Chhikara will be its candidate. Suresh Koth will contest from Hisar and Mahender Singh Chauhan from Faridabad.Mr. Chautala added that the candidates for the remaining four seats, including Kurukshetra, Rohtak, Bhiwani-Mahendergarh and Gurugram, will be announced on Friday.“The party is deliberating on a few names for these seats and once our party chief [Om Prakash Chautala] approves them, the announcement will be made,” he said, adding that a woman candidate may be fielded from one of the four seats.Mr. Chautala hit out at the ruling BJP government in Haryana and said that the people were fed up with the its anti-people policies and had made up their mind to throw the party out of power.On the recent tie-up announced by the Jannayak Janta Party and the Aam Aadmi Party and their decision to contest all 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana, Mr. Chautala claimed that the people will not accept the alliance.He said the main motive of the alliance was to keep his father Mr. O.P. Chautala, who is serving a jail sentence in connection with the teachers’ recruitment scam, behind bars and not allow him to campaign in the State.Dig at brother AjayTaking a veiled dig at his brother Ajay Chautala and nephew Dushyant Chautala, who has floated the JJP,Mr. Chautala said that those who ditch their own parties have a “short political survival”.(With PTI inputs)
NASA’s Kepler satellite has continued to set the pace in discovering planets around other worlds, even though its pointing mechanism failed in 2013. Its latest catalog, released earlier this month, contains more than 4000 exoplanet candidates.But ground-based astronomers are not taking this lying down. A group of European institutions today announce first light on a new planet-hunting instrument in Chile, the Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS). They hope it will open up the world of super-Earths, relatively unfamiliar objects between the size of small rocky planets and gas giants, of which we have no examples in our solar system. “It’s one of the most interesting classes of planets,” says astronomer Peter Wheatley of the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, one of the project leaders.Exoplanets can only very rarely be seen directly, because they are so faint and their host stars so bright. So astronomers have to detect them by other methods. Kepler and NGTS both do this by transits: If the orbit of the planet is oriented favorably, it will periodically pass in front of its star, causing the star to dip in brightness. 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Kepler’s mission was to stare at the same patch of sky for years on end so as to identify planets with long orbits and small size, down to Earth-sized or smaller. NGTS aims to fill the gap in between, focusing on planets between two and eight times the diameter of Earth—super-Earths to exo-Neptunes.Based at the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO’s) Paranal observatory in Chile, NGTS is an array of 12 telescopes, each with a mirror 20 centimeters across, built by a consortium of U.K. and Swiss universities and the German space agency DLR. Although NGTS is not part of ESO, any planets of interest can be followed up in more detail using ESO’s large telescopes in Chile, including the Very Large Telescope and the upcoming Extremely Large Telescope. “We’re a planet finder for their instruments,” Wheatley says.“Super-Earths are very diverse, but we don’t understand them very well,” Wheatley says. Some of those discovered so far appear to be rocky, whereas others seem to be fluffy and gaseous, or even to be “waterworlds” with deep oceans covering their entire surfaces. Unlike Kepler, NTGS will not always focus on the same area but will move its gaze so it can detect larger samples of different planet types. “You need a decent sized sample to study” the diversity of super-Earths, Wheatley says.“It’s very interesting, because NGTS is just filling the gap we have at the moment” between rocky planets and gas giants, says astronomer Isabelle Baraffe of the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, who is not involved in the project.One key part of follow-up observations is measuring a planet’s mass, which must be found by a different method, such as detecting the back-and-forth wobble of a parent star caused by the planet’s mass as it orbits. With a planet’s mass and radius in hand, astronomers can calculate its average density, which gives them a handle on what it is made of. Here NGTS has a key advantage: Kepler’s focus on Earth-like planets makes many of its candidates too small or their stars too dim to get a mass measurement, but NGTS’s wider field of view allows it to detect a larger number of more massive planets around brighter stars. So it will be easier to get mass measurements using the wobble method. “That’s the strength of NGTS,” Baraffe says.
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AdvertisementNBA player J.R. Smith turned himself into police Friday on charges he broke the cellphone of a fan who tried to videotape him in the middle of the night outside a Manhattan pizzeria, authorities said.According to the report, a 20-year-old man from Pennsylvania saw Smith outside of a pizzeria in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City around 2:45 a.m. on July 29. When he recognized Smith, he tried to take a Snapchat video of him, but Smith took the and threw it nearby a construction site and the man called the police, but Smith was gone by then.Asked to comment, the NBA champion’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, said, “This is nonsense and we are not responding to nonsense.”Smith played for the New York Knicks until 2015, when he was traded the Cavaliers. Smith, who is entering his 15th year in the league, averaged 8.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game last season for the Cavaliers. He was on the LeBron James-led team that won the NBA championship in 2016.The last couple of months has been hard for JR Smith as ever since LeBron James was left Cleveland Cavaliers to join Los Angeles Lakers, he was had a hard time find his playing zone.Smith was always a player that thrived alongside James, as his role was concise and simple. James always took Smith under his wing and made sure he was accommodated and believed in. He also played a part in Smith signing a lucrative extension which he’s unfortunately never lived up to. There have even been talks about Cavaliers being traded elsewhere, but I don’t think they will be getting anything in return.It will be interesting to see how JR Smith lives up to himself at this critical point of his career which could make or break things for him.Also Read-NBA: Kyle Kuzma thinks Lakers are being underestimated by people Advertisement
Monaco v PSG Mbappe has a return to Monaco to forget but Neymar powers PSG to victory Robin Bairner 06:10 11/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(14) YANN COATSALIOU Monaco v PSG Ligue 1 PSG Monaco The teenager missed countless chances on his return to Stade Louis II on a night when the leaders underlined their superiority over the chasing pack Paris Saint-Germain were stunned by the performance of Monaco last season as they lost their Ligue 1 crown to the upstarts from the principality, but on Sunday they went a long way to ensuring that come May they will be France’s top dogs once again.If there were any doubts over just how strong this PSG side are, they were dispelled at Stade Louis II, where they ran out 2-1 winners without really looking that they were especially extended. Goals from Edinson Cavani and Neymar secured the points, but the gulf between the sides was greater than that displayed on the scoreboard. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Parisians appeared capable of passing their way through Monaco’s high press at will and on the occasions they really exploded forward they did so with the kind of impetus that reflects why they are Europe’s top-scoring side this season. At times the finishing touch was not as polished as it might have been, with Kylian Mbappe having an evening to forget in front of goal as he returned to his formative club, but the extra class injected into Unai Emery’s side by Neymar and the ex-Monaco academy star was evident. While speculation over the Brazilian’s relationship with his team-mates refuses to die, there is little doubt that on the field the forward three continue to dovetail beautifully. There was not even a hint of dissent from Cavani as the Brazilian stepped forward to convert his eighth league goal of the season from the penalty spot.Neymar wins the penalty. Neymar scores the penalty.Easy as that for PSG… pic.twitter.com/IAoHGvQCPN — Goal (@goal) November 26, 2017 It was a fixture that reflected the iron grip that the Parisian side currently have over the French game. In the opening quarter of an hour, they controlled an unseemly 76 per cent of possession, and had their finishing been up to its usual standards, they would surely have led by three goals with just 20 minutes gone.Although they were unable to maintain that breakneck pace, by full-time they could feasibly have matched the seven they scored against Celtic in midweek, only for their finishing to let them down. Mbappe’s movement was excellent throughout but he passed up several glaring chances against his former side, Cavani missed with a free header from six yards out and Jemerson hit the post when he nearly put through his own goal.Where PSG offered pace and flair in attack, the hosts, shorn of a raft of stars sold in the summer, as well as injury victims Thomas Lemar and Djibril Sidibe, who was deemed fit enough to start on the bench, struggled to unleash ace finisher Radamel Falcao.Mbappe misses another great chance for PSG… and is booed by the Monaco fans! 👎 pic.twitter.com/x55zOac9Ls — Goal (@goal) November 26, 2017 Keita Balde did enjoy one of his strongest matches to date for the home team, it was a fortunately deflected free kick from Moutinho, ironically by Mbappe, that offered late hope.That goal served only to flatter a Monaco side that had been well outplayed, yet the league table, which shows PSG nine points clear of last season’s champions already, paints an accurate picture of the gulf that has emerged between these teams. There will be no miracle in Monaco this season – but there surely will be a party in Paris.
Prasoon Joshi on Pak artistes ban: Artistes staying away from politics should not be about convenienceAt India Today Conclave 2019, popular lyricist and CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi opened up about the ban on Pakistani artistes in the Indian film industry.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 2, 2019UPDATED: March 2, 2019 14:41 IST At India Today Conclave 2019, popular lyricist and CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi opened up about the ban on Pakistani artistes in the Indian film industry.It has been a turbulent month, fraught with much tension and anxiety. After the Pulwama terror attack by Pakistani terrorists on February 14, India responded with air strikes at Balakot on February 26.In the meanwhile, the fear entered the artistic realm and Pakistani artistes were banned from working in the Indian film industry.Actors like Ajay Devgn announced that they would not release their films in neighbouring countries. Indian films were banned in Pakistan.Speaking about this at India Today Conclave 2019, popular lyricist and Central Board of Film Certification Chief Prasoon Joshi said, “Art is pure. But artistes also have the responsibility to keep art pure. If artistes choose to stay away from politics, they should stay away from politics. But some of them don’t do that. They speak about politics. And when the politics is going against them, they complain. It shouldn’t be about politics. If you remove convenience from it, they should stay in that world of art.”Earlier, Gully Boy actor Ranveer Singh had similar sentiments to echo about the subject at his India Today Conclave 2019 session. “Us as artists and sportsmen, we are not sacrificing the same way that some of our compatriots are. Art and sports are different realms. The boundaries should be different. But we are not sacrificing the way some of our compatriots are. If there’s even one mother of a soldier who believes that we shouldn’t engage, we should follow that,” he said.ALSO SEE | Prasoon Joshi on PM Narendra Modi reciting his poem after Pulwama attack: I felt honouredadvertisementWATCH | Khoon Chala to Bharat: Prasoon Joshi recites his famous works at Conclave 2019Get 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 Tags :Follow Prasoon Joshi
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness has donated $1 million to the Mustard Seed Communities, which will go towards supporting the organisation’s various programmes.The Funds are from the Prime Minister’s Positive Jamaica Foundation and were handed over to the Founder of the Mustard Seed Communities, Father Gregory Ramkissoon while on a tour of the charity’s acre-and-a half property located in his West Central St. Andrew constituency on December 28.Mr. Holness, who is on his second visit to the facility, stopped at Roots FM radio station, observed the making of pottery and spent time with a few of the children. He also presented toys to the children.The Prime Minister explained that his visit was in recognition of the good work that the Mustard Seed Communities have been performing for decades.“It is truly heart-warming to see the children that you take care of and of course, it tugs at everyone’s conscience that [we] should make the effort to do what you do. I want to say thanks to you and your team for the amazing work that you have done,” he said.Additionally, he pointed out that he was on a fact-finding mission, to see the inner workings of social enterprises, with a view to implementing such policies to care for the marginalised of society.“Social enterprise is something that we need to pay close attention to…We want to figure out how we support social enterprise, how we integrate persons with disabilities into the economy and what you are doing [at Mustard Seed] is very eye opening to us,” he said.The Mustard Seed Communities are involved in ventures such as fish farming, egg production and pottery making.Accompanying the Prime Minister on his mission were government Members of Parliament including: Member of Parliament for North Eastern, St. Catherine, Leslie Campbell; Member of Parliament for West Rural St. Andrew, Juliet Cuthbert Flynn and Member of Parliament for South Central, St. Catherine, Dr. Andrew Wheatley.Meanwhile, in his remarks, Mr. Ramkissoon indicated that a number of initiatives are being undertaken by his organisation, including the development of a Paralympics Centre at the Mustard Seed Communities Jacob’s Ladder location in St. Ann.On that same location, Mr. Ramkissoon said the intention is to also build additional cottages to help members of the disabled communities, which the Prime Minister committed to supporting. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness has donated $1 million to the Mustard Seed Communities, which will go towards supporting the organisation’s various programmes. Mr. Holness, who is on his second visit to the facility, stopped at Roots FM radio station, observed the making of pottery and spent time with a few of the children. He also presented toys to the children. The Funds are from the Prime Minister’s Positive Jamaica Foundation and were handed over to the Founder of the Mustard Seed Communities, Father Gregory Ramkissoon while on a tour of the charity’s acre-and-a half property located in his West Central St. Andrew constituency on December 28.
zoom Strategic Marine announced today it is constructing two marine infrastructure fabrication projects in its Vietnam shipyard. Both projects are for Australian clients.The first comprises three 60-metre pontoons and three 90-metre gangways for application in Gladstone Port Corporation’s new tug base.The second is for Carnegie Wave Energy and comprises three Buoyant Actuators for a renewable wave energy and desalination project off the coast of Perth.“We have been developing our general fabrication capability over the last few years,” said Reece Newbold, Group Business Development Manager, “with the clear intention to show our mettle in the construction of modules for the Marine & Civil Infrastructure, Mining, and Oil & Gas markets.”Strategic Marine’s head office is in Western Australia, and with the Australian mining boom previously in full swing, the decision was made to mount a concerted effort to showcase the cost benefits of building in Vietnam coupled with the use of expert local and Australian project management teams.In the last two years, the company has secured and successfully completed several projects on both the Western and Eastern seaboards of Australia. For Woodside, Strategic Marine fabricated, delivered and installed tug pens in North West Australia. For the John Holland – Leighton Asia joint venture, the company designed, fabricated, delivered and installed a ferry terminal to the QCLNG project, fabricated and delivered Ro-Ro intermediate staging pontoons to the GLNG project, fabricated jetty modules for all three Gas projects in Gladstone, and built a 250-tonne surge bin for the WICET coal terminal. For Waterways Construction, for whom the company is now building the Gladstone Port Corporation applications, Strategic has previously fabricated and supplied six ferry terminal pontoons, roofs and associated structures.“Our successful experience in the demanding Australian marketplace has given us confidence to branch into other markets and regions,” said Newbold. “Our waterfront facilities in Vietnam, Singapore and Australia lend themselves well to the requirements of modular fabrication with Vietnam in particular having a large heavy laydown area and direct access to the onsite load out facility and slipways. With the company historically being a ship builder, there is already a high level of integration capability and knowledge meaning modules can be completely fitted out so when they arrive on site it is essentially a plug-and-play installation. These waterfront yards play an important role in reducing the logistics challenges of large fabrication projects.”Alongside fabrication facilities in Western Australia, Singapore and Vietnam, the company is supported by staff in Brisbane, Jakarta, Indonesia and Manila. “We are perfectly set up to service the Asia & Australasia regions, and well beyond,” confirmed Newbold.Strategic Marine, November 27, 2013
An initiative to create a common, regional approach to apprenticeship announced today, April 29, by Atlantic premiers will mean greater mobility and a stronger labour force that supports Atlantic Canada’s growing economy. Through the initiative, Atlantic Canada will lead the nation in its approach to harmonize apprenticeship programs. By aligning hours and training required to attain certification, apprentices have greater mobility to move forward in their careers, and Atlantic employers have access to the workforce they need. For a detailed news release on the initiative, go to www.cap-cpma.ca and follow the Newsroom link. -30-
Kolkata: Calcutta University will conduct online entrance examination for post-graduate (PG) admission from this academic year. The move is aimed at transparency, saving time and modernisation.There are 66 post-graduate departments, which will conduct online entrance tests. The varsity will earmark one or two centres in the city where the students will have to come and appear for the examination. “Calcutta University will be the first university in the state to introduce online entrance examination. This is the most modernised approach for holding such examination ,” said Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee, Vice-Chancellor of the Calcutta University . Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe Vice-Chancellor assured of quick publication of results of the entrance test. The entrance test will be MCQ type and of an hour duration. There will be 50 questions. Each right answer will fetch two marks and there will be negative marking of . 5 (half) for each wrong answer. If there is a tie in marks then the student will less negative marks will get the edge. Calcutta University has a total of 147 colleges among which post-graduate courses are offered in 32 colleges Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe total number of post-graduate seats in the varsity, including the colleges that offer post-graduate, is 8,695. The seats in Master of Arts (MA) is 4,373, in Master of Science (MSc ) is 3,074 while that in Master of Commerce (M.Com ) is 1,248. The total seats in the varsity is 5520 while that in its affiliated colleges offering PG is 3175. Admission against 60 percent seats are reserved for Calcutta University current year passed out students while admission against 40 percent of total seats are reserved for both CU and non-Calcutta University students on the basis of entrance test marks. “Calcutta University is also planning to hold PG examinations in away centres from the next academic year,” the vice chancellor said. It may be mentioned that according to a recent survey conducted by India Today and Marketing and Research Development Associates Calcutta University has ranked fifth among all Indian universities and the first in Bengal. Calcutta University has been ranked outstanding in parameters like intake quality and governance academic and research excellence, career programme and placement. Calcutta University has filed, granted and published the highest number of patents in the last three years. ” The achievement is due to very high quality research outputs and teaching performance of our internationally famous teachers,” a senior Calcutta University official said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) notes that Governments worldwide are struggling to pay for health care, which is rising as populations get older, as more people suffer chronic diseases, and as new and more expensive treatments appear. It says that in countries that depend heavily on people paying directly for services at the point of delivery, health bills push 100 million people into poverty each year.In its annual World Health Report, the agency shows how all countries, rich and poor, can adjust their health financing mechanisms so more people get the health care they need. It highlights three key areas where change can happen – raising more funds for health, raising money more fairly, and spending it more efficiently.“No one in need of health care should have to risk financial ruin as a result,” said WHO Director General Margaret Chan. “The report sets out a stepwise approach. We encourage every country to act on this and do at least one thing to improve health financing and increase health coverage over the coming year.” WHO says that in many cases, governments can allocate more money for health. In 2000, African heads of State committed to spend 15 per cent of government funds on health, a goal that three countries – Liberia, Rwanda and Tanzania – have already achieved.If the governments of the world’s 49 poorest countries each allocated 15 per cent of state spending to health, they could raise an additional $15 billion per year – almost doubling the funds available, notes the agency.Countries can also generate more money for health through more efficient tax collection, says WHO, which cited as an example Indonesia, which has boosted revenue by 10 percentage points. They can find new sources of tax revenue, such as sales taxes and currency transactions, as in the case of Ghana, which funded its national health insurance partly by increasing the value-added tax (VAT) by 2.5 per cent. A review of 22 low-income countries shows that they could between them raise $1.42 billion through a 50 per cent increase in tobacco tax. WHO also cites the role of the international community, noting that if all donors joined Norway and others that have kept their promise to allocate 0.7 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) to official development assistance, three million additional lives could be saved in lower-income countries by 2015.The report highlights the model used by countries such as Japan, Chile, Rwanda and Thailand, which have reduced dependence on direct, out-of-pocket payments and increasing prepayment – generally through insurance or taxes or a mix of the two. The funds raised are then pooled so that it is not just those who get sick that bear the financial burden.Smarter spending could also boost global health coverage anywhere between 20 and 40 per cent, the agency points out, highlighting 10 areas where greater efficiencies are possible, including the use of generic drugs wherever possible – a strategy that saved almost $2 billion in 2008.WHO is presenting its report today to a ministerial conference on health financing, held in Germany. The agency and its partners will then embark on a programme to help countries review their health financing systems and strategies, facilitate exchanges of experiences between countries, and help countries adjust financing systems so that more people get access the services they need. 22 November 2010The United Nations health agency today mapped out what countries can do, including raising more funds and spending it more efficiently, to ensure that everyone who needs health care can access it despite rising costs.
Canada Bond yields for Tuesday as of 4 p.m. (previous day in brackets):One-month: 0.69Three-month: 0.74Six-month: 0.93One-year: 1.155Two-year: 1.269Five-year: 1.53910-year: 1.9230-year: 2.323Interest rates:Prime rate: 2.95%Overnight lending rate: 0.75%
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – The head of the International Monetary Fund said Saturday that the economies of the oil-rich countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council will continue to enjoy high growth rates, although at reduced rates.Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the IMF, also praised the GCC countries’ management of oil prices and reserves, and lauded their financial contribution to the transition of Arab countries following the uprisings that have rattled local economies.“I would like to stress the important, positive role the GCC countries play in the broader Middle East and North Africa region, and the world at large,” Lagarde said after a meeting of the six-nation GCC, which counts Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman as members.“The generous financial aid the GCC has provided to some of the Arab countries undergoing transition is helping those countries through a very difficult period,” she said. “And, at the global level, GCC countries’ oil policy has helped stabilize oil markets and counter price pressures that could have inflicted serious damage on the world economy.”She said that while other Arab economies are challenged, the GCC countries are enjoying growth that reached its highest level in eight years in 2011 at 7.5 per cent.“Nevertheless, given the uncertain global outlook, continued emphasis on strengthening resilience, including in fiscal and financial sectors, will be important alongside greater focus on the foundations for longer-term growth,” she said.An IMF official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with the organization’s policy, said following the GCC’s strong performance in 2011, growth in the nations’ non-oil sectors is expected to slow as fiscal stimulus eases, but remain high by historical standards at around 6.5 and 5.6 per cent in 2012 and 2013, respectively.Saudi Arabia is one of the largest donors to countries of the region and contributors to the IMF.Riyadh pledged an additional $15 billion earlier this year to the IMF following the fund’s call for new resources, the official said. by News Staff Posted Oct 6, 2012 12:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email IMF chief predicts sustainable Gulf growth, praises management of oil prices
BHP Billiton and Saskatchewan-based electricity provider, SaskPower, have announced a partnership to accelerate the global development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology by sharing access to the data, information and lessons learned from SaskPower’s Boundary Dam facility – the world’s first full chain power sector CCS project. Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the two companies, and subject to contractual terms, BHP Billiton would contribute to the establishment of a global knowledge centre to help promote research and reduce the cost and risk associated with new CCS projects.BHP Billiton Chief Commercial Officer, Dean Dalla Valle, said he was excited that the company was working with SaskPower to support efforts to reduce the world’s emissions. “To respond effectively to climate change, we must develop and deploy a wide range of low emissions technologies more quickly than the usual commercial timeframes. But progress remains too slow.“The individual components of CCS (capture, transport and storage) have been successfully demonstrated for many years but Boundary Dam is the first power project to bring all these together. Much more investment and many more projects are needed to bring down the cost of technology and accelerate its deployment. By making relevant information from Boundary Dam more widely available, we hope our contribution has a multiplier effect and promotes CCS investment around the world.“We continue to assess other investments to support the development of CCS and other low emissions technology as part of our commitment to take action on climate change,” Dalla Valle said.In welcoming the partnership Premier of Saskatchewan Brad Wall said: “We’re very happy to have BHP Billiton and SaskPower seek to partner on next steps, and make CCS more accessible to the world. With private enterprises like BHP Billiton investing in low emissions technology, we are turning the tide today in Saskatchewan, and tomorrow around the world.”SaskPower President and CEO Mike Marsh said: “SaskPower’s CCS journey began more than a decade ago, and today we’re proud to develop this exciting opportunity with BHP Billiton. The intention of this partnership is to allow the CCS expertise and knowledge being developed in Saskatchewan to be shared worldwide, and what better way to do that than with a major global business leader.”Giles Hellyer, President BHP Billiton Canada, said he was proud that BHP Billiton was seeking to partner with a local Saskatchewan organisation to achieve excellent work that is firmly aligned with BHP Billiton’s climate change position. “As the home of our Jansen potash project, we have a strong connection with and commitment to Saskatchewan and it’s great to see some of the innovative work being done in the region recognised globally as part of such an important effort to reduce the world’s emissions.”“This partnership demonstrates the strength of the work being undertaken by SaskPower at the Boundary Dam facility, the support offered by the Saskatchewan Government and BHP Billiton’s commitment to tackling climate change. We know there is still much more to be done in CCS, but we are encouraged by the results we are seeing today, and the innovations we are working on for tomorrow. The Boundary Dam project offers lessons for all of us and we look forward to being part of it.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram On the occasion of the first anniversary of the murder of Pavlos Fyssas and news of a possible visit by two MEPs of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn to Australia, the Greek Democritus League is holding a screening of the documentary film Fascism Inc.A film by Aris Chatzistefanou, Facism Inc deals with the birth of fascism and its unbreakable financial and political ties with big business. Admission is free. Donations given will go to the filmmaker.When: Sunday 5 October at 3.00 pm Where: Democritus, 583 High Street, Thornbury
A Melbourne man has been sentenced to seven years’ jail with a minimum of 4.5 years, after he duped an elderly builder out of $4.92 million over an eight-year period, starting in 2003.Tom Poursanidis, 52, was found to have “preyed” on Paul Knight, a trusting builder, and gained from his “goodwill to fleece all of his hard-won assets”, according to County Court Judge Irene Lawson. Prosecutor Damien Hannan told the court Poursanidis had offered to pay half of Knights’ costs and repairs to purchase and trade second-hand vehicles, which was agreed to but based on fake documentation. Fearing he would lose all of the money he had invested into the business venture, by 2009 Knight was borrowing money but unable to pay off his debts.Poursanidis’ barrister argued a lesser sentence was warranted due to his client’s parents’ deteriorating health – including probable terminal cancer faced by his father – but the court felt otherwise. Judge Lawson stated that the monies defrauded from Knight were from life savings accumulated from 1961 and noted that the hardship on Poursanidis’ parents did not warrant exceptional circumstances to have his sentence downgraded.The judge concluded by saying Poursanidis’ three sisters would now have to share the load in caring for their parents. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Stay on target The Nintendo Switch throws a lot of new ideas at players at once. It’s a handheld that’s also a console. Its controllers detach and can be used in a variety of ways. And one of its marquee games features a location called New Donk City. But one of the Nintendo Switch’s coolest features is decidedly old-school. Instead of using cumbersome spinning optical discs in a portable device (like the PSP) the Switch runs games off of SD card-like cartridges. Later this fall you’ll be able to buy Skyrim on a cartridge.Cartridges dominated the video game home console industry in its early days before discs became the media of choice. But now that cartridges are coming back there’s no better time to thank the man responsible for the innovation, the late engineer Jerry Lawson.Gerald “Jerry” Lawson was an engineer from Queens who taught himself engineering by repairing various electronics in his youth. While working for companies like Grumman Aircraft, Federal Electric, and PRD Electronics into the early 1970s, he encountered the huge, room-filling, militarized supercomputers that were the standard at the time. Lawson was a member of the Homebrew Computer Club, the famous Silicon Valley garage incubator that spawned folks like famous Apple gurus Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.Jerry Lawson was also a big Black guy, one of only two Black members of the Homebrew Computer Club and the first Black video game designer after the release of his early arcade game Demolition Derby. Lawson’s achievements during the birth of the games industry would be impressive no matter what. But the fact that he accomplished what he did as one of the few African-Americans in the field makes him even cooler, and his historical erasure even more shameful.Lawson’s technological breakthrough was the development of the video game cartridge, which he created alongside others at Fairchild Semiconductor. Before, individual games were hardwired into the machine. Think arcade cabinets. Changing games required knowing both mental motherboard programming knowledge as well as physical disassembling and soldering knowledge. That’s for a niche group of DIY nerds; not the wide consumer base games need to thrive. So the cartridge, which allows users to easily hot swap games on a console while withstanding repeated use without electrocutions, is a bigger miracle than you might even realize. Plus, being able to sell individual games outside of the machines needed to play them opened up gaming as a business exponentially.Despite Lawson’s invention, the 1976 Fairchild Channel F console and its cartridges didn’t become a huge success. That was the Atari 2600 the next year. Lawson went on to start his own game development company Videosoft and remained an obscure figure in the industry, which seems unbelievable considering what he did. But in 2011 the International Game Developers Association named Lawson, an industry pioneer. He passed away shortly after.Articles about Lawson tend to pop up around this time of year. I wonder why? But if you’re curious the best resource is still this extensive interview with Lawson conducted by Benj Edwards of Vintage Computing and Gaming in 2009.I just wanted to add my voice to the chorus saying Jerry Lawson is a too-often forgotten titan of the industry who always deserves more recognition. A Jerry Lawson biopic could be the Hidden Figures of video games. But until then the best we can do to honor Lawson’s legacy is continue enjoying his creations. I know who I’ll be thanking whenever I plug a new cartridge into my Nintendo Switch.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch. Watch These Movies Before ‘Don’t Let Go’‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…
Chelsea have joined the race to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to talkSPORT.The Blues have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Lazio midfielder Milinkovic-Savic.The 23-year-old is one of the brightest and most sought-after prospects in Europe and has caught the attention of some Europe’s top clubs including Real Madrid.The Serbian midfielder was immense for Lazio last season scoring 12 goals and providing another six in 35 appearances for the Rome based club.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.He was a part of Serbia’s 23 man party to the World Cup and his performances at the tournament have attracted more attention with new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri who is keen to add him to his squad at Stamford Bridge.Lazio are thought to want around £110million for the former Genk man but Chelsea are willing to include Cesc Fabregas as a makeweight in the deal.Chelsea completed the signing of Jorginho from Napoli yesterday as Sarri begins a new era at Stamford Bridge.