Amazon Injects Record $306 Million into India Unit

first_imgWith the recent infusion of Rs 1,950 crore ($306 million), Amazon has pushed its record capital into India this financial year. Amazon Seller Services has received Rs 8,150 crore (about $1.3 billion) so far in 2017-18 from its U.S. parent, according to filings submitted with the Registrar of Companies. This is the fourth time Amazon has pumped in capital infusion since domestic rival Flipkart raised Rs 25,380 crore (about $4 billion) around the middle of last year.Amazon India’s online marketplace is spending $120 million every month — $75 million on ecommerce and $45 million on its Prime subscription service. This is much higher than its average monthly cash burn rate of $80-100 million in 2016, the Economic Times reported citing experts.“Amazon’s (cash) burn is increasing due to push in three categories — smartphones, fashion and grocery,” Satish Meena, senior forecast analyst at Forrester Research, was quoted as saying by the publication. “As its burn increases, it will see more infusions. In fact, 2018 will see both Flipkart and Amazon spending a lot on offline strategies.”Amazon pumped in Rs 2,900 crore in Amazon Seller Services in November last year, which made it the single biggest capital infusion into its India marketplace. So far, Amazon has put in $3 billion of the $5 billion that was committed by founder Jeff Bezos for investing in India. Amazon India’s subsidiaries — Amazon Wholesale, Amazon Pay, Amazon Transport and Amazon Data Services — have received a combined Rs 2,868 crore since 2016. These funds are being used to enhance infrastructure, consumer and seller experience.“We remain committed to our India business with a long term perspective to make ecommerce a habit for Indian customers and to invest in the necessary technology and infrastructure to grow the entire ecosystem,” an Amazon India spokesperson said, PTI reported.In contrast, Flipkart’s total investment in its marketplace, Flipkart Internet Services, is at Rs 8,349 crore so far. While the domestic e-commerce giant has not made any recent infusions into its marketplace, it is trying to catch up with Amazon logistically as the latter has aggressively increased its infrastructure by expanding the number of its delivery centers to 41 across 13 cities in India.In 2018, grocery is one category where the competition is expected to get heated, with Amazon India’s establishment of Amazon Pantry and its delivery service Amazon Now. Flipkart, on the other hand, is set to expand its grocery service to six cities, while Alibaba and Paytm Mall are looking to invest in BigBasket, India’s largest online grocer.Industry watchers feel that Amazon has an edge over its competitors. “Amazon’s strategy is probably to starve their competitors to death, and so they’ll keep a steady state of marginal profitability, or unprofitability, that they know they can sustain for the next 10-20 years with the belief that at some point there’ll be massive capitulation,” Chamath Palihapitiya, the co-founder of venture fund Social Capital, told the Times of India. Related ItemsAmazoneCommerceFlipkartlast_img read more

Four detained in Meerut for death of man

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh police registered a First Information Report (FIR) and detained four men in the case where a young man was allegedly beaten to death and his friend was injured by members of another community in Kashi village of the Partapur area of Meerut on Sunday.In the FIR, Aslam, father of the deceased, said that his son Shoaib and friend Amir of Kashi village were coming home on a bike when they were stopped by a group of men in the village and beaten mercilessly. The police have invoked sections of the IPC against Sumit, Seenu, Ankit, Rajpal, Chintu and Ramveer.last_img

Azad congratulates Mehbooba

first_imgNew Delhi, April 4 (PTI) Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad today congratulated PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on becoming the first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and wished her a peaceful, effective and successful stint.Azad, a former J and K chief minister, was invited by Mehbooba personally for her oath-taking function but he could not attend it due to prior commitments in Chennai and Assam, his office said in a statement.Azad, who is currently the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, exuded confidence that Mehbooba will work hard for the welfare of people and progress of the state.Azad had headed a Congress-PDP government in the state (November 2005) but had to resign as Chief Minister in July 2008 as PDP had withdrawn its support to his government after a decision to transfer government land to the Amarnath shrine led to widespread protests there.After nearly three months of Governors rule, Jammu and Kashmir today got its first woman chief minister as Mehbooba was sworn-in with her cabinet ministers.The new government has been formed after the state was put under Governors rule following the death of Mehboobas father and then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed on January 8. PTI AMR RCJ SK GVSlast_img read more

England are formidable opponents: Dilip Vengsarkar

first_imgVirat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara’s 226-run partnership on day one of the Vizag Test match has pretty much brought India back to a position of strength that they are so used to, playing at home. (Vizag pitch will turn square from Day 2: Ganguly)But former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar has come out impressed by England’s showing in the Rajkot Test and expects them to be competitive in the series. “I don’t want to stick my neck out and predict anything. England are formidable opponents. I hope India can win the series. Virat Kohli is in great form and a very good captain,” he told India Today.The trio of English spinners Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Zafar Ansari exceeded expectations and outperformed their Indian spin counterparts at Rajkot.England’s spin attack is not of the quality they had in 2012 with Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar leading the charge but Alastair Cook’s team is one of the few non subcontinent teams who have been able to field three able spinners in the playing eleven, all of different variety. (Wanted to build a big partnership with Kohli: Pujara)”It has to be said they have picked horses for courses. Their spinners are good and can perform if they get turning wickets,” he said. But finishing wicketless against Kohli and Pujara’s decisive footwork and stroke play on a day one wicket at Vizag would have brought them up to speed with the challenge at hand.Spotting many left handers in the English top order, India have opted to have a second off-spinner in debutant Jayant Yadav. The jury is still out if dropping experienced legspinner Amit Mishra was justified but the Indian team management has rung in changes after a below par showing in the first Test.advertisementBoth the teams are well aware the choice of spinners and how well they bowl will decide the series.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: July 12, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALPatna:Amit Shah in Patna(B)Patna:Amit Shah meet Bihar CM Nitish Kumar in Patna(B)Ranchi:CBCI General Secretary addresses press conference(A)Jammu:Amarnath Yatra registration(B)New Delhi:Arvind Kejriwal visits Rabea Girls School(A)New Delhi:First Meeting of CMs Subgroup on Convergence of MGNREGs & Agriculture Policies(B)Nagpur:Congress and NCP MLAs protest(B)New Delhi:Support for Rabea Girls’ Public School(A)Mumbai:NRI of the Year Awards(A)New Delhi:Rajnath Singh chairs meeting(B)INTERNATIONALBrussels:Donald Trump and Theresa May at NATOheadquarters(B)Bhopal:Mayor Alok Sharma inspects relief works afterheavy rains(B)Chirajara:Bridge is demolished by engineers in Chirajara,Colombia(B)Sun Prairie:Gas explosion in downtown Sun Prairie, Wis(B)Ketchikan:Air flight plane crashed(B)Chiang Rai: Thai Navy SEALs and military personneltake a group picture(B)Bhaktapur: flood area in Bhaktapur, Nepal(B+A)SPORTSMoscow: 2018 soccer World Cup(B+A)Manchester/Zagreb/London:Fans cheer as they watchthe 2018 World Cup semi final(B)London:Wimbledon Tennis Championships(B)Galle : South African vs Sri Lanka test cricket matchin Galle(B)Kuala Lumpur :Lucas Matthysse during a press conference(B)PTI PHOTO GCS OSOSlast_img read more

India vs England: Injury scare for R Ashwin ahead of first Test

first_imgRavichandran Ashwin, India’s primary spin option for Tests, suffered a minor hand injury ahead of the first Test between India and England at Edgbaston, starting August 1.As a precautionary measure for Ashwin, he did not take the field on the second day of the ongoing three-day tour match against Essex.Essex finished the second day at 237/5 and trail India by 158 runs after the Men-in-Blue got all out at 395. For India, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya scored half-centuries with Karthik top scoring at 82 runs.On Thursday morning during the net session, Ashwin was hit on the right hand and with injuries already a massive trouble in the Indian camp, the off-spinner decided not to take the field.The Indian team management said that the physio has taken a look and deduced that it was only a minor injury.Also read – India vs Essex: Indian bowlers struggle as Essex end Day 2 at 237/5During the lunch break on Thursday, Ashwin did get a bowling session in the nets, which further meant good news for the Indian camp.Ashwin is already fighting for his place in the Test team with Kuldeep Yadav taking centre-stage during the limited-overs series. Ashwin, who does not have a very good record overseas, is looking to hold on to his spot in the whites.Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are already struggling to find a place in limited-overs cricket with the new spin duo of Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal putting up excellent performances for India regularly.advertisementIndian spinners may play a very crucial role in the five-match Test series against England — more crucial that what was expected earlier. England have had a very hot summer this time around and that may result into drier wickets, something that will suit the Indian spinners.James Anderson even said that the conditions will perhaps be more according to India’s liking but they were hoping for some shower before the Test series begins on August 1.Also read – Watch: Bhangra dancers welcome Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya to the creaseSourav Ganguly, earlier, came out in support of Ashwin and said that considering his experiences and number of Test wickets, he deserves more opportunities to prove himself overseas.”You can’t let Ashwin fade away so quickly, because 300 wickets is not a matter of joke,” Ganguly said in a video interview with”Ashwin has a place in the side. He will reinvent himself because he feels challenged, he knows Kuldeep is up for his Test spot. You saw the leg spin in the IPL, he will get better and he deserves a lot more opportunities.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Amanda Judd Named in NSWTA Hall of Fame

first_imgFormer Australian and New South Wales Women’s Open representative, Amanda Judd, has been named as the 24th inductee into the New South Wales Touch Association Hall of Fame. “(Amanda was a) Pure attacking genius whose step was equally devastating off either foot while dummying and not losing pace, often having both the defence and spectators looking the wrong way. Arguably the best female hole runner to play the game, she had the uncanny ability to place her body in positions thought to be impossible to get the ball down, often leaving all of us watching her in amazement of what had just occurred. She, like her sister, was always at her best when the game was on the biggest stage and the mind meld that she and Kristy possessed when on the field left all in awe of the her talent.”Australian Women’s Open captain and good friend, Louise Winchester accepted the award on Amanda’s behalf. Related LinksNSWTA Hall of Fame Amanda and her twin sister Kristy, who is still playing and in 2011 played in her fifth World Cup, changed the way the Women’s game was played. New South Wales Touch Association General Manager, Dean Russell announced the induction, praising her creativity in attack. center_img Amanda Judd has had a stellar Touch Football career, with 62 caps for Australia, as well as a seven year representation for New South Wales in the State of Origin series. Along with this, Judd has won six State Cup titles, 11 Vawdon Cup titles and five National Touch League titles. She was also the winner of back-to-back Smith Medals in 2005 and 2006 and the sixth all time vote getter in the Smith Medal. last_img read more

Japanese noodle company withdraws commercial featuring pale-skinned Naomi Osaka

first_img Next Reuters MelbourneJanuary 24, 2019UPDATED: January 24, 2019 10:10 IST Osaka dominated Elina Svitolina in the quarter-final at Melbourne Park on Tuesday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSOsaka, whose father is Haitian and mother is Japanese, was depicted with pale skin and light brown hair in the adNissin, who sponsor Osaka, removed the advert from its YouTube pageOsaka dominated Elina Svitolina in her 6-4, 6-1 quarter-final victory on TuesdayJapanese noodle company Nissin have removed a controversial commercial following a dispute over the skin colour of a cartoon character depicting tennis player Naomi Osaka.The commercial depicted Osaka, whose father is Haitian and mother is Japanese, with pale skin and light brown hair, which created public outcry.”Truly disappointed to see that there was no woman of colour to speak of in the commercial,” African-American journalist Baye McNeil wrote in his prominent ‘Black Eye’ column for the Japan Times. “Instead, I found a white-washed representation of Osaka”Nissin, who sponsor Osaka and compatriot Kei Nishikori, removed the advert from its YouTube page on Wednesday and said they had not intended to ‘whitewash’ the 21-year-old, who will feature in the Australia Open semi-finals later on Thursday.”There is no intention of whitewashing,” a Nissin spokesperson said. “We accept that we are not sensitive enough and will pay more attention to diversity issues in the future.”Japan has traditionally seen itself as a racially homogenous country, although several successful mixed-race athletes like Osaka, sprinter Asuka Cambridge and baseball pitcher Yu Darvish, are challenging that image.Osaka has not commented on the commercial.BUG SCARES OSAKA DURING QUARTER-FINALOsaka dominated Elina Svitolina in her 6-4, 6-1 quarter-final victory in the Melbourne Park but right after taking a 5-0 lead in the second set, Osaka was chased by a bee and not Svitolina’s play but that scared Naomi Osaka.As soon as Osaka won a point to make it 5-0, she began running away towards the net while looking back. Even after running away, the bee followed her and Osaka was seen waving it away with a disgusted look at her face.advertisementOsaka was so troubled by the bug that she even asked the chair umpire to check the back of her shirt if the insect was still there while going towards her courtside chair.Apart from that, there was hardly any blemish for Osaka as she comfortably won in an hour and 12 minutes. Osaka did not celebrate much after winning. It was a subdued celebration out of respect for a hampered opponent and a sign that her work here was far from done.Also Read | Watch how an insect scared Naomi Osaka during Australian Open quarters winAlso Read | I am a ghost: Naomi Osaka says no one recognises her in MelbourneAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Naomi OsakaFollow Australian Open 2019Follow NissinFollow Naomi Osaka commercial Japanese noodle company withdraws commercial featuring pale-skinned Naomi OsakaAustralian Open 2019: The commercial depicted Osaka, whose father is Haitian and mother is Japanese, with pale skin and light brown hair, which created public outcry.advertisementlast_img read more

Veecraft Marine Hands Over Pair of Monohull Crewboats …

first_imgIncat Crowther, February 19, 2014 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close My location zoom Veecraft Marine has delivered a pair of 20m Monohull Crewboats and signed a contract to build a 30m Wave Piercing Catamaran Crew Boat, Incat Crowther informs. Hot on the heels of delivering Magen Defender and Masud Defender, the hard-working South African yard has commenced construction of a 30m Wave Piercing Catamaran Crew Boat for Africa Diving Service Ltd of Nigeria.The recently delivered 20m Monohull Crewboats are based on the proven platform of 2011’s Ahuva, also built by Veecraft Marine. They feature a large cargo deck forward, with a pair of doors from the passenger compartment allowing bow loading either side of the foredeck cargo.The foredeck features removable handrails to facilitate flexible loads and passenger movements, whilst the vessel’s excellent stability at rest further increases transfer safety.The main deck passenger cabin features seating for 25 passengers and a head with lavatory. Under the raised pilothouse are bins for passengers’ luggage.Below deck, crew accommodations include two staterooms for a crew of 6 with galley, mess and a head with shower and lavatory. Two large storage lockers and engine room access for crew use are also located below deck.A notable requirement for the vessels is their bulletproof pilothouse. As well as fitting bulletproof glass, they are plated with Armox 500T steel, capable of withstanding an AK-47 cartridge fired at a distance of 10 metres.The pilothouse features overhead windows forward to enhance visibility when approaching offshore platforms. Heavy duty replaceable fendering is fitted all round, and a 3000 l/hr remote control fire monitor is fitted to the pilothouse roof.The vessels are each fitted with a pair of MAN 2842 LE410 main engines, each producing 824kW. Propulsion is via a pair of propellers, recessed in to tunnels to meet the demanding draft requirement.Following the delivery of Magen Defender and Masud Defender in late 2013, Veecraft Marine commenced construction of African Runner, a 30m Wave Piercing Catamaran Crewboat intended for utility use in Nigeria. To be delivered to Africa Diving Services, this vessel will deliver significant improvements in versatility and efficiency.Powered by a pair of Caterpillar C32 Acert main engines, each delivering 1081kW, the vessel will have a service speed of 30 knots in sea state 3.The vessel has seats for 22 passengers, as well as accommodation for 15. An additional 8 crew can be accommodated in a self-contained deck-mounted module. With features including a 53m2 cargo deck, surfer style bow loading, fire-fighting monitor and ballistic-protected wheelhouse, the vessel will match the capacity and functionality of larger monohulls with reduced capital and operational costs.The vessel is based on successful vessels built to Incat Crowther’s design, Topaz Zephyr and Topaz Zenith, delivered in 2011. Magen Defender, Masud Defender and African Runner further strengthen the partnership between Veecraft Marine and Incat Crowther in the supply of commercial vessels to Africa.last_img read more

Manitoba premier asks colleagues to cut restrictions on interprovincial booze

first_imgWINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is asking his colleagues to eliminate restrictions on interprovincial booze runs.In advance of next week’s premiers meeting in New Brunswick, Pallister has written a letter to other provincial leaders outlining his priorities.In the letter obtained by The Canadian Press, Pallister says the provinces should remove their limits on interprovincial transportation of alcohol for personal use.He says the idea has broad public support, and would show progress in the effort to reduce inter-provincial barriers on other items.In April, the Supreme Court upheld a New Brunswick law that fined a man $240 for bringing home a trunk load of beer and liquor from Quebec.The high court said provinces have the power to enact laws that restrict commerce if there is another overriding purpose, which in New Brunswick’s case was the desire to control the supply of alcohol within the province.Pallister’s letter says the premiers should adopt a recommendation to reduce alcohol restrictions from an advisory body called the Regulatory Reconciliation and Co-operation table, set up under the Canada Free Trade Agreement.“In particular, the recommendation regarding a personal use exemption will address long-standing concerns regarding the transportation of alcoholic beverages across domestic borders by significantly increasing personal-use limits,” Pallister wrote.“I suggest we consider going further by fully removing those limits, a move strongly supported by Canadians from every region of the country.”Pallister also points to other items that are subject to interprovincial barriers including trucking regulations such as size and weight restrictions, abbatoirs and business registration requirements.“The Bank of Canada has estimated that removing existing trade barriers could raise real GDP by the equivalent of approximately $1,500 per family per year. Viewed from that perspective, the costs of inaction are high.”The premiers meeting, which runs July 18 to July 20, will cover a variety of topics including Indigenous issues and inter-city buses.Alberta’s Rachel Notley wants to find some replacement for Greyhound bus routes that are being ended across Western Canada at the end of October.“I will be raising this issue at the Council of the Federation with a view to working on common solutions with my fellow premiers and the federal government to ensure western Canadians — particularly those living in rural areas, including many Indigenous communities — have access to the transportation services they deserve,” Notley said in a written statement Wednesday.Pallister said he hopes private firms will step forward to fill the void — one firm in northern Ontario has already announced plans to expand westward. He said government subsidies will not be the answer.“The companies that take the subsidies tend to run out as soon as the subsidy runs out.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly quoted the GDP estimate as $1,500 per year total.last_img read more

Michael J Fox Returns To Primetime TV

first_imgLast night, Michael J. Fox returned to television as the star of his own sitcom after more than two decades living with Parkinson’s disease.Fox’s decision to return to primetime has injected Parkinson’s into the national conversation — a conversation already transformed by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF), which the actor launched in 2000 with the exclusive goal of funding research to speed a cure for the disease.“What I had in mind was an organization built for speed, eschewing bureaucracy and taking an entrepreneurial approach toward helping researchers find a cure for Parkinson’s,” says Michael J. Fox. “There was no existing blueprint for accomplishing what we wanted to do. We were faced with the challenge of inventing a new system.”Parkinson’s disease is estimated to affect one in 100 people over age 60. It is the second-most common brain disorder after Alzheimer’s and the 14th leading cause of death in the United States. The average age of onset is 60, though some people are diagnosed at age 40 or younger. There is no cure, and available treatments are inadequate to patients’ medical needs: They address only some of the symptoms and bring disabling side effects of their own.“Michael J. Fox’s return to television has created an opportune moment to consider how much work remains to be done in the realm of neurodegeneration research,” wrote MJFF CEO Todd Sherer, Ph.D., in an op-ed published by Scientific American on September 25. “For every patient, a community is affected, as the impact of PD ripples to loved ones and caregivers. This is a global problem, but one that we can and must solve.”Largest Nonprofit Funder of Parkinson’s Disease ResearchThe Michael J. Fox Foundation grew quickly from startup to the world’s largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s research, and has made grants totaling more than $350 million to research teams all over the world (about 30 percent of funds go to international teams). In November 2008 The New York Times called MJFF “the most credible voice on Parkinson’s research in the world.”The Foundation typically allocates donor capital within a few months of receiving donations, eschewing an endowment or large investment reserve to quickly push research to the next level. Since inception, 89 cents of every dollar spent by MJFF has gone directly to high-impact research programs. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News called MJFF a “beacon of efficiency” after the Foundation placed first on their list of 20 grant-giving disease foundations in May 2013.Due in no small part to the Foundation’s efforts, more new Parkinson’s drugs are in development today than ever before. A high-risk, high-reward model drives investment in early-stage research, getting innovative new projects off the ground to make them attractive to larger-scale partners. Earlier this month, biotechnology companies Amicus Therapeutics and Civitas Therapeutics, Inc., announced follow-on investments to projects kick-started with MJFF funding. Additional support for these projects — around a disease-modifying drug target and improved delivery of symptomatic treatment — will mean faster development and delivery of therapies that will improve the lives of Parkinson’s disease patients.Patient Engagement to Accelerate Discovery and DevelopmentIn addition to funding promising studies, MJFF problem-solves to address operational challenges in the landscape of biomedical research. One roadblock to drug discovery and development is the lack of reliable and validated Parkinson’s biomarkers. A biomarker — a substance, process or characteristic in the body associated with the risk or presence of disease or that changes over time in a way that can be linked to disease progression — can help diagnose the disease sooner, track its progression and test the effects of new drugs.The MJFF-sponsored landmark Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) launched in 2010 with 24 clinical sites around the world capturing and analyzing standardized Parkinson’s disease patient and healthy control data to identify biological markers of the disease. The first significant PPMI results were published last month in JAMA Neurology, where investigators reported differences between Parkinson’s patients and controls in spinal fluid protein levels. Research continues into these and other potential biomarkers, and PPMI has expanded to study individuals with Parkinson’s risk factors to try to characterize the disease before the onset of motor symptoms. The hope is that such understanding will lead to a preventive therapy for Parkinson’s.To identify biomarkers and test new drugs, research needs volunteers; 85 percent of clinical studies are delayed due to slow volunteer enrollment. MJFF created Fox Trial Finder, an online clinical trial matching tool to connect interested Parkinson’s patients and healthy controls to Parkinson’s disease studies they may be eligible for and interested in. With more than 20,000 registrants and 300 active trials in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia, Fox Trial Finder is launching this fall in five additional European countries: Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Austria.think/able Campaign Collects Messages for MichaelTo mark Michael J. Fox’s return to television, the Foundation has launched the think/able campaign, which celebrates the power of optimism and proactivity to overcome challenges and meet our goals. Now through the end of October, the project is collecting messages to Michael from the community. All are welcome to submit a message using the form available on the Foundation’s Web site at Newswirelast_img read more

DR Congo top UN humanitarian official condemns new terror and upheaval

30 April 2009The top United Nations humanitarian official today condemned a resurgence of violence against civilians in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), amid a serious of offensives against a Rwandan militia group. “People who have repeatedly been victims of violence in this region are yet again experiencing terror and upheaval,” John Holmes, Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said.Attacks and threats against civilians, in South Kivu province committed by the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), comes in response to a planned new phase of Congolese army operations against the militia, he said. An estimated 100,000 people in South Kivu have been displaced by fear of armed groups since the beginning of the year, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).“In the event of intensified fighting between Government forces and armed groups in the weeks ahead, all armed actors in South Kivu must have as a top priority protection of civilians and their livelihoods,” he stressed, adding that they must also guarantee safe access for humanitarian workers.The FDLR and other Rwandan militias have also been a key factor in the resurgence of violence in North Kivu province, where another 100,000 civilians have been uprooted by fighting in the past two months, in addition to the many hundreds of thousands previously displaced.The ethnic Hutu rebels, who recently carried out a wave of retaliatory attacks against civilians after being targeted by a joint Congolese and Rwandan military offensive, have been operating in eastern DRC since the 1994 genocide of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda.In FDLR-dominated areas of South Kivu, in recent weeks, more than a dozen villages have been pillaged and hundreds of houses set on fire, while in others, FDLR groups are forcing the population to provide them with food, OCHA said.Rape has also been on the increase in recent weeks – in areas under the control both of the FDLR and of the Congolese army (FARDC). “Women and girls are at the mercy of groups with horrendous records of sexual violence,” OCHA said in a news release.“Those committing violations of humanitarian law will have to answer for their crimes,” Mr. Holmes said, urging the Congolese Government to stop and punish abuses committed by its soldiers, and ensure the protection of civilians during these operations.Meanwhile, Alan Doss, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for DRC, has welcomed last week’s conviction and sentencing of 20 Congolese army officers by a military tribunal. The tribunal found that the 20 soldiers committed offences ranging from rape and armed robbery to crimes against humanity, according to the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (MONUC), which is led by Mr. Doss. Human rights experts from the mission monitored the trials, which took place in the north-eastern town of Walikale, to ensure they met international standards, and provided logistical and financial support, MONUC said. read more

SLFP members in joint opposition to promote SLPP

He said the SLPP hopes to open offices in all the districts with the support of joint opposition members.Several former SLFP provincial council members joined the SLPP at a recruitment drive held today. Rajapaksa said that the party was also able to recruit members from Jaffna. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members in the joint opposition are to promote the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP).Former Minister and SLPP member Basil Rajapaksa said that the recruitment process for SLPP members was progressing well.

Hamilton man arrested for sexual assault

Two female victims were approached by a male in the area of Main Street East and Holton Avenue South in the City of Hamilton, 3am Friday.The unknown male tried to have a conversation with the female victims.  They ran and was chased by the man where he assaulted, choked and sexually assaulted the victims.The man received injuries as a result of the victims defending themselves against the attack and he fled the scene.The Hamilton Police Service Sexual Assault unit and has arrested and charged the man.Charged is Chad Leonard Scally, 33 years old from Hamilton.  He is charged with 2 counts of sexual assault, assault and one count of choking.Hamilton Police are continuing to investigate and believe that there could be more victims.If you have any further information, you are encouraged to contact Detective Michelle Moore at 905-540-5545 of if you with to remain anonymous, to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. read more

Two killings in TimorLeste prompt increased UN police activity

UN Police (UNPOL) has opened a murder investigation into last night’s death of a foreign national, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Security Sector Support and Rule of Law Eric Tan Huck Gim confirmed at a press conference today in Dili. The man was pronounced dead soon after being taken to a clinic in the Bairo Pite district of the capital.Mr. Tan said UNPOL is also looking into the death of a second person whose body was found in the Comoro area, near Dili’s airport.“We are investigating and trying to collect the facts, but I can say now that there does not seem to be any indication that there is a relation between the two,” he said.The UN envoy said UNPOL has stepped up its presence at different sites across Dili, which remains beset by tensions following the nationwide outbreak of violence in April and May that led to the deaths of at least 37 people and forced about 155,000 people – or 15 per cent of Timor-Leste’s population – to flee their homes.Emir Bilget, the Acting Police Commissioner from UNPOL, told journalists that more street patrols will begin across Dili tomorrow and the number of police involved in patrols will go up by at least 50 per cent, while some key police posts will also be reinforced.Mr. Bilget said there are currently 966 UNPOL officers working in Timor-Leste, with the total expected to rise eventually to more than 1,600, while the process of training officers with the national police force is also continuing.Mr. Tan also stressed that the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste, known as UNMIT, remains committed to ensuring that national elections expected to be held in April or May will proceed and be conducted in a free and fair manner. read more

Dave Bolland Regrets Retweet About Gary Bettmans Death

Chicago Black Hawks center Dave Bolland retweeted a post by a “fan” that called for NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s death, an act the player now says he regrets.As the lockout continues to eat away at the season with the sides apparently not close on a deal, Bolland on Friday reposted a Twitter entry that read: “can I get a RT for wanting Bettman dead?”The retweet later was deleted.“It was a mistake, I never meant to retweet that out,” Bolland told’s Pierre LeBrun. “I like to retweet for a lot of my fans, and I just retweeted the wrong thing. I feel bad about it.”It’s not the first time controversy has found Bolland. In a radio interview last year, Bolland referred to Daniel Sedin and Herik Sendin of Vancouver as “sisters” and the city of Vancouver as “weirdos.”The Twitter development also continued a trend of apparent ire with Bettman, who is overseeing a lockout for the third time since he became commissioner in 1993. The last lockout forced the cancellation of the entire 2004-05 season.Detroit Red Wings’ defenseman Ian White recently called Bettman an “idiot,” and Florida Panthers forward Kris Versteeg referred to Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly as “cancers.”On Friday, the NHL announced another round of cancellations, wiping out all regular-season games through Dec. 14, as well as the All-Star Game in Columbus, Ohio, originally slated for Jan. 27.The lockout now has cost the league 422 regular-season games — 34.3 percent of the season — as well as its regular-season marquee events; the annual Winter Classic was canceled earlier this month.Just as bad is the fact that there are no new labor talks scheduled. read more

Lithium from oil sands a step closer as MGX refines nanofiltration process

first_imgMGX Minerals Inc reports that the adsorbtion rate for the company’s lithium extraction nanofiltration process has been increased from 20 mg/g, milligram of lithium per gram of adsorbtion reagent, to an optimised 40 mg/g Li/reagent. This reflects a doubling of adsorbtion rate and a significant cost cutting breakthrough as reagents reflect the single largest cost in the company’s lithium extraction process. This advancement reduces reagent use and the direct cost of lithium chloride recovery from brine. Additionally, reagent depletion in the lithium nanofilter has now been reduced to less than 1% per cycle, increasing the operating time and associated recovery for the lithium nanofilter prior to requiring recoating with the reagent.This work was completed by engineering partner PurLucid Treatment Solutions at its Calgary, Alberta facility as part of the commissioning of the company’s first 120 cubic meter (750 barrel) per day small commercial lithium extraction system. The system utilises these latest advancements in lithium nanofiltration. The System is currently undergoing final flow testing and optimisation in preparation for deployment.The system utilises a highly charged Replaceable Skin Layer (RSL™) membrane related to the nanofiltration and High Intensity Froth Flotation (HiFF) system, known as nanoflotation, which collectively have demonstrated performance superiority over other processes typically used to remove contaminants. The technology allows ultra-high temperature water treatment (up to 700°C) at 10-30 times the efficiency of existing ultrafiltration systems and offers numerous environmental water purification and mineral extraction benefits, including contaminant removal, mineral recovery, reduced energy demand, and small footprint.The first 1,200 cubic metre system is in final engineering design phase by engineering partner PurLucid. Fabrication is expected to commence shortly and be completed by the summer. The system is under contract for deployment at an oilsands SAGD site under a water purification agreement targeting a reduced cost of 50% as compared with the current truck and dispose option, as well as reduction of physical hydrocarbon (bitumen) waste product footprint, clean water reuse and minerals recovery.Additionally, the initial component design of a 2,400 cubic metre (13,000 barrels) per day system has been completed. The basic system and tanks are designed to fit within a 42’ x 64’ building housing nano-flotation pre-treatment sub-system, nano-filtration lithium and mineral extraction subsystem, mineral holding tanks, sludge processing, and on-site laboratory.MGX and PurLucid are working to integrate their respective technologies and develop a pilot plant suitable for commercial use that will treat EBD to provide oil sand producers with additional environmentally-friendly disposal options as well as recover valuable minerals such as lithium.last_img read more

Maptek to acquire 100 of Minlog to permanently bridge mine planningproduction gap

first_imgMine planning software specialist Maptek has agreed to step up its investment in Minlog and its Production Management Information Systems technology, with the aim of acquiring 100% of the company over the next 18 months.Maptek said the deal builds on a longstanding partnership between the two companies to bridge the gap between mine planning and mine production.Maptek has been involved in a partnership with MinLog and its production management and management information systems technology since 2008. When the tie-up was announced in November of that year, Maptek said it “will provide a greater global marketing, delivery and support capability as well as deliver enhanced product functionality to global customers in the short and long term”.Prior to this, the two companies already had a relationship whereby MinLog acted as distributor of Maptek’s MineSuite product in Africa.Minlog says it develops, deploys and supports mining processes with intuitive, meaningful information that helps operations manage product flow and performance. It does this through production management solutions, including fleet management and management information systems.Maptek said: “This latest investment will see Maptek increase its ownership of the business and the products to 100% over the next 18 months. Production Management data is considered a key component in delivering on Maptek’s commitment to add significant value to the data available to mining companies.”Commenting on the investment, Maptek MD Peter Johnson said: “There is a huge gain in performance and efficiency to be had by combining the data models used in Mine Planning with the systems and processes applied in Mine Operations.“The orebody knowledge and characteristics have an impact on mine performance well after the planning stages are complete, but there has been little ability to refer to and make decisions with the benefit of that orebody knowledge in a tactical, operational decision support capacity in a mine production environment.”Under the new arrangement, MinLog will continue to operate, with current management and staff “remaining committed to delivering the world’s best Production Management systems”, Maptek said.MinLog MD Karel Gilliland said: “MinLog leverages flexible service bus integration and a cloud- or server-hosted data lake containing a validated and contextualised digital record of all equipment and mining fleet being tracked. This enables us to deliver a powerful range of production management functionality across the whole supply chain in a mine.”He added: “In addition, MinLog develops advanced DSF technology, allowing near real-time data acquisition from fixed and mobile equipment underground for reliable, cost effective and flexible deployment.”last_img read more

Mays gamble backfires as Corbyn surge sees hung parliament

first_img Jun 9th 2017, 6:26 AM Friday 9 Jun 2017, 6:26 AM 41 Comments Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesShe said that while the full results had yet to emerge, her party seemed to have won the most seats and “it would be incumbent on us to ensure we have that period of stability”.But opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose Labour party surged from 20 points behind, urged May to quit, saying she had “lost votes, lost support and lost confidence”.Backbench MP Anna Soubry began the in-party calls for May to go, lambasting May’s “dreadful” campaign.“She’s a remarkable and very talented woman and she doesn’t shy away from difficult decisions, but she now has to obviously consider her position.“It was a tightly knit group, it was her group that ran this campaign and look where we are, for God’s sake.“This is a very bad moment for the Conservative Party. We have to take stock and our leader needs to stake stock as well.”Corbyn surgeMay and the right-leaning tabloids lambasted Cobryn as ill-prepared to face the challenges of terrorism and Brexit, even branding him a threat to the nation.But Corbyn was able to score unexpected points against May during the bitterly fought campaign, casting her as cold and uncaring on social welfare reforms and reckless on police funding cuts during her tenure as interior minister.With a confident campaign founded on radical policies, Corbyn confounded his critics and revived Labour’s fortunes, and his future is secure. He had reportedly been due to meet with advisers tonight to plan his defence of his leadership. Instead, he went to Labour HQ to plan the next five years as a much stronger opposition party.“Jeremy Corbyn managed to mobilise his base. He managed to not only enthuse young people and people who hadn’t voted before but actually get them to the polling station,” said Tim Bale, a professor of politics at the Queen Mary University.SNP stung, UKIP wiped outIn Scotland, a second independence referendum now looks unlikely after the Scottish National Party lost a string of seats, including that of its former leader Alex Salmond and current deputy leader Angus Robertson, mainly to a regionally-resurgent Conservative Party.UKIP, whose euroscepticism had helped to force last year’s Brexit vote, found themselves without a rudder in this campaign and saw its vote share fall from 11% to 2%.Read: Northern Ireland could hold the balance of power in the UK election By Paul Hosford Image: Dominic Lipinski/AP May’s gamble backfires as Corbyn surge sees hung parliament Backbench MP Anna Soubry began the in-party calls for May to go, lambasting May’s “dreadful” campaign.center_img Image: Dominic Lipinski/AP Share75 Tweet Email BRITISH PRIME MINISTER Theresa May will lose her overall majority in the House of Commons after a disastrous snap election.May’s Conservative Party will fall short of a 326-seat majority and will likely look to Northern Ireland’s DUP to make up the numbers.With just four  seats left to declare, the Conservatives have won 315 seats, meaning they cannot get an overall majority in the 650-seat House of Commons. In the event of a hung parliament, May will attempt to form a government, either as a coalition or a minority government.If successful, she would survive a motion of confidence and become Prime Minister. If not, she would resign and Jeremy Corbyn would be invited to form a government. If no government can be formed, parliament will be dissolved and another election called.After being re-elected with an increased majority in the London commuter seat of Maidenhead, May said Britain “needs a period of stability” as it prepares for the complicated process of withdrawing from the European Union. 24,355 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Airbus présente lavion du futur

first_imgAirbus présente l’avion du futurAirbus a dévoilé hier son avion du futur. Prévu pour 2050, cet appareil transparent sera équipé d’innovations technologiques dignes d’un film de science-fiction.Bien qu’un tel appareil ne puisse pas être mis en circulation avant 2050, Airbus a présenté hier ce qui sera son avion du futur. Transparente, la coque de l’appareil offrira un panorama sans pareil aux passagers de cet avion. Le revêtement extérieur devrait également être capable d’évoluer et de changer d’aspect en fonction des conditions climatiques. Selon le constructeur, l’avion a été pensé pour posséder une “structure bionique calquée sur l’ossature d’un oiseau”.À lire aussiLa tragique histoire de l’homme évacué d’un avion à cause de son odeurCôté innovations, Airbus n’en reste pas là. Les différentes classes et leur répartition à l’intérieur de l’engin ont été complètement repensées. Désormais démocratisé, l’avant de l’avion disposera d’un espace de relaxation tandis que l’arrière sera dévolu au travail avec des conférences virtuelles disponibles. D’autres secteurs devraient également faire leur apparition avec des espaces de “socialisation” équivalents aux wagons bars des TGV ainsi que des aires interactives avec des jeux vidéo et des boutiques virtuelles. Le must, des espaces dits “vitalisants” et “antistress” capables de proposer des vitamines, de l’air enrichi aux antioxydants, des huiles essentielles ou encore de l’acupression. La cabine, “intelligente”, saura s’adapter aux voyageurs et pourra “identifier et répondre à leurs besoins”.En outre, Airbus prévoit d’alimenter tous ces différents gadgets grâce à la chaleur corporelle dégagée par les passagers ! Le constructeur ne compte pas en rester là et les ingénieurs sont actuellement à pied d’œuvre pour parvenir, à terme, à réduire le bruit en vol et à diminuer la consommation de carburant.Découvrez cet avion du futur en images en cliquant ci-dessous : Le 15 juin 2011 à 15:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more