Dont burn Haryana: National chess champion appeals to Jats

first_imgChandigarh, Feb 23 (PTI) As situation remains tense in Haryana hit hard by the Jat quota stir, a video of former national chess champion Anuradha Beniwal making an appeal to the protesters to call off their stir has gone viral on the internet.Beniwal, a Jat girl hailing from Rohtak, the nerve centre of the Jat agitation, in the video appealed to protesters to stop burnig their “own land, schools and homes”.”In the name of protest, you ruined everything. People have turned against you…You have set fire to your own land and burnt your own schools,” she said in the video.The 29-year-old expressed concern over “mindless violence” that has caused huge damage to life and property at various places in the state.”You have burnt your own home, nobody else has lost anything…When there will be no schools, which good teacher will come to teach here,” she said.Beniwal also said the violence will instill fear among people coming to Haryana and hit the investment environment.”Investors will fear to come here after seeing what you have done to it…One cannot survive on government jobs alone. How will your state develop? You will have to create an environment of development,” she said.She said Haryana has made the country proud in various fields including the army and sports and “therefore, violence has no place here”.”How can you demand something by resorting to threats and violence,” she asked the protesters and appealed to them to “rise above caste considerations”.advertisement”When I started learning Chess, I wasnt asked about my caste. My coaches belonged to different communities and I played with players who were from different communities,” she said.Before this, various sports personalities, including Virender Sehwag, boxers Vijender Singh and Manoj Kumar, have made an appeal to the Jat protesters to end the stir. PTI SUN GVS SK GVSlast_img read more

Focused on scoring runs for KKR, not on India comeback, says Gautam Gambhir

first_imgTeam India discard and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Gautam Gambhir on Wednesday said his primary aim is to score runs for the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise and help his team win rather than think about a comeback to the national side.Two-time winners Kolkata sit comfortably at the top of the points table with eight points from five games, having won four and lost just one. Kolkata face defending champions Mumbai Indians in a high-octane clash at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.”When it comes to making a comeback, I have said this number of times that, at the moment, I am concentrating on getting runs for KKR, that’s my primary job and try help KKR win,” Gambhir said at the pre-match press conference here.”Rest the other things, comeback, no comeback other things are all by products of what I do in the IPL. My job is to play well for KKR and help them win and score runs. Hope I can continue that way.””Rest I don’t think too much about it as that’s how I have played my game. When I have played Ranji Trophy, people asked me the same thing. I have said the same thing, that when I play for Delhi, my job is to play well and help Delhi win,” the left-handed batsman added.The 34-year-old praised off-spinner Sunil Narine, after the West Indian returned to IPL action following a change in bowling action.”For Narine am very happy. He has showed a lot of character. Because the toughest thing for a bowler is when he remodels his action and comeback and plays a format like T20. In Tests a bowler gets time to make a comeback and bowl a second spell if he doesn’t bowl well in the first.”advertisement”In T20 it is just four overs an he knows batsmen will go after him. The way he has handled himself, he is mentally strong. We will definitely see the best of him in the coming games,” he said.Speaking on the impact of the cash-rich T20 tournament specially on the Indian domestic players, Gambhir said, “The attitude has gone up for sure. Youngsters don’t fear anything now, because when you play against the best and with the best you learn a lot of things. The fear factor goes out of the window. It has been good for Indian cricket.””It is a great platform, where lot of domestic players are picked through the IPL. It is a great exposure as well. Quality of cricket in IPL is very tough,” the KKR skipper said.last_img read more

‘The big teams stay together’ – Klopp defends quiet transfer window

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has defended his teams’ inactivity in the transfer market, saying that big teams have always had stability rather than flashy new additions.The only new players on Klopp’s staff for the season are teenagers Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliot, and backup goalkeeper Adrian, as he kept faith with the men that took the Reds to Champions League glory last term.The German coach said that the performance in last weekend’s Community Shield, where Liverpool drew with rivals Manchester City over 90 minutes before being defeated in a penalty shootout, was evidence his squad is ready to challenge in the Premier League and Europe next season Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “The big teams of the past – and I don’t say we are a big team now, that will be decided in a couple of years – they stay together for a number of years,” Klopp told the media ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League opener with Norwich City on Friday.“They do not need a lot of changes. I am not comparing us with Barcelona of five, six or seven years ago but they stayed together. A new player came in and struggled and so it was the same players who played again.“Manchester United had the class of ’92. How long did they stay together? They changed a few after [Eric] Cantona got older and brought in Van the Man [Ruud van Nistelrooy] or whoever. You do not change completely.“We are a good team together in a very difficult league with a lot of competitors desperate to get the position we are in. Nobody knows how it will look exactly but Sunday showed we will be fine and the rest is what we make of it.”The Reds picked up 97 points in the Premier League last year, the second-highest mark of all-time, but finished one point behind City.Klopp expects the league to be more competitive than last year, which he thinks will mean his club may not match last season’s points tally.“For me, it looks like this season will be different because there was a big gap between the other teams and us and City,” he added.“It looks like we will all be closer to each other than last season. If that is the case then you cannot get 97 or 98 points. We don’t know in this moment. The only thing we know is that nothing will happen for us in a positive direction if we don’t win our games.We have to start with that on Friday. Friday for us is deadline day because pre-season is over and now we have to perform as good as possible.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

2019 Suzuki Intruder launched in India, price starts at Rs 1.08 lakh

first_img Next Varun Singh New DelhiApril 8, 2019UPDATED: April 8, 2019 19:41 IST The 2019 Suzuki Intruder is available in a fresh color scheme — Metallic Matte Titanium Silver.HIGHLIGHTSThe 2019 Suzuki Intruder gets the same 4-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled, SOHC, 2 Valve, 155-cc engine.There is a telescopic suspension at the front, while a swing arm type at the rear.Big-bike like shrouds and twin exhaust give the 2019 Suzuki Intruder a bold presence on the road.Suzuki Motorcycle India has launched the 2019 edition of Intruder at an introductory price of Rs 1,08,162 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new Suzuki Intruder is available in a fresh color scheme — Metallic Matte Titanium Silver.The 2019 Suzuki Intruder comes with features like an updated gear shift design and improvised brake pedal. While the front foot pegs provide comfort riding capability, Suzuki has added a backrest for the pillion as well.”We are delighted to start the new fiscal year with the launch of new Intruder which will fascinate the customers for a relaxed ride. With its modern-day design and premium appeal, Suzuki Intruder is an apt motorcycle for all the cruiser lovers in the country. The 2019 Intruder will offer a soothing daily commute as well as short weekend rides,” Suzuki Motorcycle India Vice President Devashish Handa said.The 2019 Suzuki Intruder gets the same 4-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled, SOHC, 2 Valve, 155-cc engine. The motor delivers 14.8 ps at 8,000 rpm and 14 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.There is a telescopic suspension at the front, while a swing arm type at the rear. The 2019 Suzuki Intruder gets disc brakes both upfront and at the rear. Also, there is a standard ABS (Antilock Braking System).Big-bike like shrouds and twin exhaust give the all-new Suzuki Intruder a bold presence on the road. Also, fully-digital instrumentation adds to the comfort.ALSO READ | BMW Z4 Roadster launched in India, price starts at Rs 64.90 lakhALSO READ | Toyota Innova Crysta, Innova Touring Sport, Fortuner launched with more comfort features, improved interiorsALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Celerio X get new safety features, prices start at Rs 4.31 lakhadvertisementGet 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow New bike launchFollow 2019 bike launchFollow 2019 bike editionFollow Updated bikeFollow More features 2019 Suzuki Intruder launched in India, price starts at Rs 1.08 lakhThe 2019 Suzuki Intruder gets an updated gear shift design and improvised brake pedal. While the front foot pegs provide comfort riding capability, Suzuki has added a backrest for the pillion as well.advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: This Indian side can be beaten, says Alastair Cook

first_imgOther Videos from Sports 22:37 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 A new start for BCCI: Sourav Ganguly after taking charge as board president 04:27 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Former India captain Sourav Ganguly takes over as 39th BCCI president 03:09 Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Haven’t had a discussion about Ashwin’s future at KXIP yet, says coach Kumble 09:34 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Never aspired to become BCCI chief: Sourav Ganguly 05:16 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Sourav Ganguly likely to become new BCCI boss 09:04 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 We will create Indian champions in Free Fire: Kiren Rijiju 02:16 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Free Fire India Today League trophy unveiled 03:11 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Kalli Purie speech at Free Fire India Today League trophy Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsMoviesSo SorryProgrammelast_img read more

Gas Thieves and Fine Shirkers To Lose Drivers Licences

first_imgGas Thieves and Fine Shirkers To Lose Driver’s Licences Motorists who steal gasoline or diesel fuel and people who fail to pay certain court fines will lose their driver’s licences, under legislation introduced today, Oct. 19, by Justice Minister Michael Baker. An Act to Further Discourage the Theft of Gasoline and Diesel Oil requires the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to revoke the licence of a driver convicted under the Criminal Code of stealing gasoline or diesel fuel. The driver could apply to have the licence restored after six months. “This measure will provide another strong deterrent to those who might be tempted to steal fuel, especially during times of higher retail prices,” said Mr. Baker. “Is it worth losing the privilege of being able to drive for half a year? Certainly not.” An Act to Assist in the Enforcement of Court Orders also requires the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to refuse to do business with anyone who is in default on a fine or costs payable to the province, after a conviction under the Criminal Code or other federal law. Staff at registry offices will refuse to provide any service, including renewals for licences or motor vehicle registrations, for any convicted individuals in default on fines or costs. If the payment is still outstanding after 30 days, the person’s driver’s licence could be suspended until the fine or costs are paid. The act would not apply to people registered in a fine options program who are in the process of complying with a court order. “This legislation speaks to a fundamental principle: citizens must respect sentences handed down by our courts,” said Mr. Baker. “People must be accountable when fines or other costs are due.”last_img read more

Province Helps Students Apprentices Access Mobile Training

first_imgStudents, teachers and employers across the province are getting access to mobile training equipment and labs so they have the tools they need to prepare for the good jobs that are coming. The federal shipbuilding contracts alone will provide about 11,000 jobs and work for the next 30 years when the project hits its stride. The province is getting Nova Scotia workers ready to take advantage of opportunities. “The province believes in investing in people – in education, training and skills for good jobs that are the foundation for a good future,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “We need to take advantage of this opportunity and make smart investments that will bring high-quality, hands-on training to Nova Scotians living in any corner of the province.” Mr. Dexter was in Sydney today, Oct. 23, to meet with students, employers and teachers to announce a $2.3-million investment that will help more Nova Scotians receive skills and training they otherwise would not be able to access. This investment will provide NSCC with $775,000 for mobile training equipment and $1.5 million for a mobile training lab, both which can be used by students anywhere in the province, not just on campus. “It’s great to see the province and NSCC develop technology that will provide additional skills and training wherever it may be needed throughout the province,” said Christopher Butler, NSCC student. “I know it will keep with NSCC’s high standards of quality.” Employers of apprentices will also benefit from the mobile units, which can provide apprenticeship training where it had not been previously available. These units can also be used at career fairs and high school demonstrations. “These new training tools give NSCC the flexibility to respond to the needs of industry and the workforce to grow the economy,” said NSCC president Don Bureaux. “These mobile training labs and simulators will give us the ability to continue providing flexible solutions to the training needs of Nova Scotia’s industry.” The province has also established the Community Mobile Training Initiative to help reach Nova Scotians who can not get to a campus location to acquire or upgrade skills. “These programs give learners in remote communities, and those in underrepresented groups, a unique opportunity to access the training needed to take advantage of the biggest opportunities in the province’s history,” said Premier Dexter. “This ensures Nova Scotians have access to the right training anywhere in the province.” The mobile training lab will be ready to provide students with nationally accredited training in fall 2014.last_img read more

Quotes reaction to Freeland foreign policy speech

first_imgOTTAWA – Some quotes from Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s foreign policy speech Tuesday and reaction to it:“To put it plainly: Canadian diplomacy and development sometimes require the backing of hard power. Force is of course always a last resort. But the principled use of force, together with our allies and governed by international law, is part of our history and must be part of our future.” Freeland.___“Whatever their politics, Canadians understand that, as a middle power living next to the world’s only super power, Canada has a huge interest in an international order based on rules. One in which might is not always right. One in which more powerful countries are constrained in their treatment of smaller ones by standards that are internationally respected, enforced and upheld.” Freeland.___“In short, Canadian liberalism is a precious idea. It would not long survive in a world dominated by the clash of great powers and their vassals, struggling for supremacy or, at best, an uneasy detente. Canada can work for better. We must work for better.” Freeland.___“We will make the necessary investments in our military, to not only redress years of neglect and underfunding, but also to place the Canadian Armed Forces on a new footing — with the equipment, training, resources and consistent, predictable financing they need to do their difficult, dangerous and important work.” Freeland.___“What we’re seeing from this government actually is a de-emphasis of principles and an emphasis of what they perceive to be national self-interest.” Conservative MP Garnett Genuis.___“The accent on hard power is interesting. The Liberals have traditionally been soft power champions and she is saying that Canada needs both.” Fen Hampson, head of the global security program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ont..last_img read more

Dog deaths in North Vancouver may be tied to suspected mushroom poisoning

first_imgNORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. – Dog owners in North Vancouver are being advised to keep their pets on a short leash if they are walking in Cates Park along the shores of Burrard Inlet.RCMP Sgt. Doug Trousdell says at least two dogs are confirmed to have died after eating what is suspected to have been some type of poisonous mushroom.Trousdell says police have received reports in the last month about several dogs becoming ill after visiting the park, and a third dog may also have died, although that is still being confirmed.He says the BC SPCA and District of North Vancouver parks department are also investigating.Signs have been posted advising owners to keep their dogs leashed, even in off-leash areas, until further notice.Police have taken samples of mushrooms from the park and are waiting for test results, but Trousdell says the fungus is likely to have caused the dog deaths.“We are obviously alive to the possibility it could be something else but we don’t have any reason at this point … to suggest it is a deliberate act,” he said in a phone interview.If it turns out to be deliberate, Trousdell said police will become more involved. But if naturally occurring mushrooms are determined to have been the cause, the matter will be handed over to the SPCA and District of North Vancouver.last_img read more

UN mission must continue control over Kosovo Serbia tells Security Council

11 March 2008The situation on the ground in Kosovo has deteriorated since its Provisional Institutions of Self-Government declared independence last month, Serbia’s Foreign Minister told the Security Council today, calling for Belgrade and Pristina to meet again to try to work out a different resolution to their dispute over Kosovo’s status. Vuk Jeremic told a Council meeting that the “unilateral, illegal and illegitimate declaration of independence” had brought dangerous consequences to both the region and to global affairs, including “a direct assault on the innate operating logic of the international system.” He said “those 20-something countries that furthered the secessionist cause of the Kosovo Albanians [by recognizing the declaration of independence] have contributed to making the international system more unstable, more insecure, and more unpredictable” as they were legitimizing the doctrine of imposing solutions to ethnic conflicts. “It supplies any ethnic or religious group with a grievance against its capital with a play book on how to achieve their ends.” Stressing that Serbia would never recognize Kosovo’s unilateral secession, Mr. Jeremic called for the 1999 Security Council resolution that placed Kosovo under UN administration to be observed in full. “This is the only way to prevent a further deterioration of the situation on the ground. There must be no erosion” of the mandates of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), he said, adding that no further transfers of competencies from UNMIK to another body be allowed to take place. Serbia’s representative said his country was “committed to open dialogue and good-faith negotiation with all,” including on issues such as the Kosovo Serb population and the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo. “Every day that goes by without working towards some sort of agreement creates unsustainable hopes, irrational fears, and dangerous, uncoordinated outcomes on the ground.” He said Serbia would not impose an embargo on Kosovo or resort to force and he apologized for the damage to foreign embassies caused by protesters in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, on 21 February. “It is in our vital interest that all of Kosovo’s communities prosper – and prosper together in peace, security and reconciliation as neighbours in a progressive society of hope and forgiveness.” After Mr. Jeremic’s briefing, Council members then went into consultations on the issue.Belgrade and Pristina have been unable to reach agreement on Kosovo’s status, which had been the subject of months of negotiations led by the troika, comprising the European Union, Russia and the United States. That group was set up after a stalemate emerged over a proposal by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy, Martti Ahtisaari, for a phased process of independence for Kosovo. read more

IAEA board calls for DPR of Korea to comply with safeguards readmit

Unless the DPRK “cooperates, and cooperates fully,” Pyongyang’s continued non-compliance will have to be referred to the UN Security Council, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told a press conference after an emergency meeting of the 35-nation governing board.”I hope the DPRK will seize this opportunity to come into compliance,” said IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei. “I hope [it] will understand that compliance, and not defiance, is the way towards a solution to this issue.”The Agency’s resolution deplores the “unilateral acts” by the DPRK to “impede the functioning of containment and surveillance equipment at its nuclear facilities and the nuclear material contained therein, including the expulsion of IAEA inspectors, which renders the Agency unable to verify, pursuant to its safeguards agreement with the DPRK, that there has been no diversion of nuclear material in the DPRK.”The resolution said the board “considers that the DPRK’s actions are of great non-proliferation concern and make the Agency unable at present to verify that all nuclear material in the DPRK is declared and submitted to Agency safeguards.”The text calls for Pyongyang to allow the IAEA’s inspectors to return, restore surveillance measures at its nuclear facilities, cooperate with the Agency to clarify the DPRK’s reported uranium enrichment programme, and continue a dialogue with the Agency.In his opening statement to the board’s meeting, Mr. ElBaradei said that the current situation with the DPRK was an unsustainable one and set a dangerous precedent, “namely that non-compliance with non-proliferation obligations can be tolerated.””If we aim to maintain and preserve the integrity of the non-proliferation regime then it must be incumbent on all parties to that regime to fully meet their respective obligations, and all cases of non-compliance must be consistently addressed in a uniform fashion – namely zero tolerance,” he stressed.In other news, a UN spokesperson in New York confirmed that Secretary-General Kofi Annan has sent an envoy to the DPRK to assess the humanitarian situation there.Maurice Strong, a Special Advisor to the Secretary-General, will travel first to Beijing and then Pyongyang, Hua Jiang told reporters. Asked if he would also be discussing the current nuclear situation with DPRK officials, the spokesperson said that Mr. Strong would be willing to listen to whatever they bring up during his meetings there. read more

UN aid agencies forced to limit work during renewed fighting in Côte

The bombing around the rebel Forces Nouvelles-controlled towns of Bouaké and Korhogo has forced the agencies to restrict staff movements, spokesman Fred Eckhard said. Five agency vehicles were “confiscated” by armed groups and a sixth was destroyed.Continued hostilities could prevent farmers from going to their fields, affecting the harvesting of food, as well as the biggest revenue earner in the south and west, cocoa, he said.Ceasefire agreements have been signed – the latest having been the Accra III Agreement -each aimed at ending the civil strife which has killed thousands and uprooted more than a million people. A zone policed by UN peacekeepers and French Licorne forces divides the West African country in two.In the north, electricity had been cut off to Forces Nouvelles areas, creating a shortage of clean water, since the water pumps run on electricity, and impeding health care.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said it has been protecting former child soldiers who have been living at a demobilization site, Mr. Eckhard said.The two-year-old crisis began with a failed coup against President Laurent Gbagbo. Rebel groups said his election in 2000 was not legitimate because opposition leader Alassane Ouattara had been barred from taking part. Mr. Ouattara’s nationality had been questioned, but the justice system has since ruled in his favour.Since the start of the confrontation an estimated 70 per cent of the health services workers in the rebel-held north have left their posts, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said yesterday. Back in May there was only one doctor for around 200,000 people in one of the most affected areas.UNICEF has estimated that with the lack of teachers, or the displacement and impoverishment of families, around 700,000 children have been out of school in the past two years. read more

Harvey Proctor could be left bankrupt by Scotland Yard in legal battle over

Despite receiving an apology from Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police at the time, Scotland Yard has refused to settle… He spent a year under a cloud of suspicion and has suffered severe psychological and emotional damage as a result of the trauma. Scotland Yard are threatening to bankrupt Harvey Proctor, the former Tory MP after he launched a civil claim to recover some of the money he lost when he was wrongly accused of child abuse and murder. Mr Proctor, 72, lost his job, as private secretary to the Duke of Rutland, along with the home that went with the role, when fantasist and paedophile Carl Beech falsely claimed he had been a member of a VIP paedophile ring. read more

Goldcorps first gold production at Cerro Negro first ore to process plant

first_imgThe latest issue of International Mining Project News, out today, has reports on 15 prefeasibility studies, nine feasibility studies, 23 projects in development, seven new mines that have gone into production, three existing mines that are expanding, seven merger and acquisition announcements and many new appointments to new positions. The report covers 29 gold projects, 11 silver, 10 copper projects, eight coal, five nickel, and iron ore projects, four zinc projects, three lead projects, two tungsten projects, and one project each on magnesium, PGM, cobalt, tin, molybdenum, potash, graphite, diamonds, lithium, tantalum, tungsten, rare earths, pyrite, and vanadium. Contact emma@im-mining.com for a trial copy.Goldcorp has achieved first gold production at Cerro Negro, a high-grade gold mine located in the Santa Cruz province of Argentina. “We are very pleased to have first production on schedule and within our current capital cost guidance range from this world class mine,” said Chuck Jeannes, Goldcorp President and CEO.“Very importantly, this achievement was reached safely, with Cerro Negro in the midst of a run of over 4.1 million man hours without a lost time accident. This milestone signals not only the start of Cerro Negro’s mine life, but also a period of sustained growth for Goldcorp. The team at Cerro Negro has done an outstanding job amid occasionally challenging circumstances and I congratulate them for this outstanding effort. We look forward to strong contributions from Cerro Negro to Goldcorp’s overall performance for many years to come.”Whilst KGHM has started feeding ore into the process plant in its Sierra Gorda mine in Chile. It is one of the largest and fastest-developed mining projects in the world. The mine’s opening ceremony is planned this autumn, in the presence of Polish, Chilean and Japanese authorities. The key infrastructure elements for production of copper concentrates have been successfully completed and commissioned: the pre-stripping process at the mine pit was completed in April 2014, with a total of 192 Mt of material removed; at the plant site the key processes such as crushing, grinding and flotation plants were successfully launched; in addition, the 143 km seawater pipeline is operational, providing seawater to the 750,000 m3 seawater pond.Primero Mining has announced it has approved the second phase expansion of its San Dimas gold-silver mine in Mexico. The company previously elected a staged approach to the full expansion and after successfully completing the first phase of the expansion has now approved the required capital to expand the San Dimas mine and mill to 3,000 t/d or approximately 210,000 to 220,000 gold equivalent oz/y. Construction of the mill expansion is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2015, with an estimated completion during the second quarter of 2016.Adani Mining has been given federal approval to develop an open-pit and underground coal mine and 189 km rail link some 160 km northwest of Clermont in central Queensland. The mine will produce up to 60 Mt/y of thermal coal from six open pits and five multi-seam underground mines and have a mine life of 60 years. All coal will be railed via a privately owned rail line connecting to the existing Aurizon rail infrastructure near Moranbah, and shipped through coal terminal facilities at the Port of Abbot Point and/or the Port of Hay Point (Dudgeon Point expansion). Export coal from this project will predominantly service the Indian market.Golden Predator Mining has announced that Tetra Tech EBA of Vancouver, Canada has been retained to complete a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) on its 100% owned Brewery Creek project.  The PEA is being conducted to demonstrate the potential viability of the mineral resources at Brewery Creek and is based on ongoing metallurgical, engineering and environmental studies. The PEA will examine a scenario of open pit mining from a number of shallow oxide deposits. The mined material would be crushed to provide enhanced gold recoveries versus the run of mine recoveries experienced during the former operation.  Results of metallurgical testing showed recoveries ranging from 77.9% to 82.9% after crushing to 80% passing 9.5 mm.   Crushed material would be stacked on the unbuilt but permitted 3 cell expansion for the heap leach pad that remains from the original operation.  Reprocessing a portion of the old heap leach pile by crushing the former run of mine material for additional gold recoveries as indicated by metallurgical testing is anticipated to be included in this assessment.last_img read more

Facebook gave Netflix Spotify others heaps of user data report says

first_imgCNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018. Cambridge Analytica: Everything you need to know about Facebook’s data mining scandal. 1 Share your voice 2:58 “Netflix never asked for, or accessed, anyone’s private messages. We’re not the type to slide into your DMs,” it wrote early Wednesday.Spotify didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Originally published at 7:00 p.m. PT. Updated continuously with company statements. Zuckerberg defends actions after New York Times investigation Internet Tech Industry Comment Now playing: Watch this:center_img Netflix never asked for, or accessed, anyone’s private messages. We’re not the type to slide into your DMs.— Netflix US (@netflix) December 19, 2018 The nine types of Facebook ads that Russian trolls paid for Privacy Facebook Facebook gave some of the tech industry’s biggest companies greater access to users’ personal data than the social-networking company previously disclosed, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Special arrangements detailed in internal Facebook documents gave Microsoft’s Bing search engine access to the names of all Facebook users’ friends without consent and allowed Netflix and Spotify to read Facebook users’ private messages, the Times reported. Other arrangements allowed Amazon to obtain users’ names and contact information through their friends and permitted Yahoo to view streams of friends’ posts as recently as this summer, the Times reported, despite Facebook’s statements that it had ended that type of data sharing. Facebook has been under scrutiny since the revelation in March that consultancy Cambridge Analytica had misused Facebook user data in the run-up to the 2016 US presidential election. Since then, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has testified in front of Congress and the European Parliament to answer questions about Facebook’s handling of user data. The company has also been in the hot seat for not doing enough to prevent abuse by Russian trolls who posted misinformation and divisive content on the platform. The Russian activity was part of a coordinated campaign to interfere with the US presidential election by sowing discord among voters. Facebook acknowledged in July it entered into data-sharing agreements with dozens of tech companies, admitting it continued sharing information with 61 hardware and software makers even after it said it had discontinued the practice in May 2015. The data-sharing agreements were intended to integrate the “Facebook experience” with mobile devices, something a Facebook representative at the time called a “standard industry practice.” Facebook’s dealsThe Times reported Tuesday that the records show Facebook had arrangements with more than 150 companies — mostly in the tech industry but also in the automotive and media industries — to provide access to the data of hundreds of millions of people each month. The deals were all active in 2017, and some were still in effect this year, the Times reported. Facebook denied allowing its partners to ignore people’s privacy settings and said “it’s wrong to suggest that they do.” “Over the years, we’ve partnered with other companies so people can use Facebook on devices and platforms that we don’t support ourselves,” Steve Satterfield, Facebook’s director of privacy and public policy, said in a statement. “Unlike a game, streaming music service, or other third-party app, which offer experiences that are independent of Facebook, these partners can only offer specific Facebook features and are unable to use information for independent purposes.” The documents reviewed by the Times raise questions of whether Facebook’s data-sharing agreements ran afoul of a consent decree issued by the Federal Trade Commission intended to monitor how Facebook tracks and shares data about its users. The consent decree was borne out of a 2011 FTC complaint that accused Facebook of breaking its promise to keep its users’ data private. Facebook had assured users that third-party applications only had access to data required for them to function. But in fact, applications had access to almost all of a user’s personal information. Under the settlement, Facebook agreed to get consent from users before sharing their data with third parties. It also required Facebook to establish a “comprehensive privacy program” and to have a third-party conduct audits every two years for the next 20 years to certify its program is effective. Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix respondOther companies mentioned in the Times’ report denied using their partnership with Facebook to violate users’ privacy. Amazon said its partnership with Facebook didn’t violate its own privacy policy. “Amazon uses APIs provided by Facebook in order to enable Facebook experiences for our products,” an Amazon spokesman said in a statement. “For example, giving customers the option to sync Facebook contacts on an Amazon Tablet. We use information only in accordance with our privacy policy.” Microsoft said it took steps to ensure that Facebook data wasn’t used to create profiles for advertising or personalization purposes. “Throughout our engagement with Facebook, we respected all user preferences,” a Microsoft spokesman said in a statement. Netflix said that while it tried to use Facebook to boost its usability among customers, it never read users’ private messages on the social media site. “Over the years we have tried various ways to make Netflix more social. One example of this was a feature we launched in 2014 that enabled members to recommend TV shows and movies to their Facebook friends via Messenger or Netflix,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement. “It was never that popular so we shut the feature down in 2015. At no time did we access people’s private messages on Facebook, or ask for the ability to do so.” It echoed this sentiment in a response to the Times on Twitter. 9 Photos Tagslast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday Oct 26 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen Now Lawmakers juggle ideas on alternatives to Walker’s PFD cutAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauFew citizens love the fact that Governor Bill Walker vetoed half the money for Permanent Fund dividends this year – including Walker. Walker said the PFD cut is necessary as part of a comprehensive fiscal plan he’d like the Legislature to adopt.  Two senators would like to reverse the cut through different methods – a lawsuit and a new piece of legislation.Whittier Tunnel closed after rocks fall, repairs underwayJosh Edge, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageFallen rocks in the Whittier Tunnel caused the Alaska Department of Transportation to temporarily close the thoroughfare, cutting off road and rail links to the community.US Senate candidates debate Arctic issues in BarrowLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageSen. Lisa Murkowski and three challengers debated Wednesday in Barrow in what is said to be the first U.S. Senate debate to take place above the Arctic Circle.A week after return to duty, Fairbanks police Chief back on leaveDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksFairbanks city police Chief Randall Aragon is on administrative leave again. A week after outgoing Mayor John Eberhart returned Aragon to duty, newly sworn in Mayor Jim Matherly reversed the order Tuesday and put the chief back on paid leave.State’s anti-discrimination agency under scrutinyLakeidra Chavis, KTOO – JuneauChugiak resident John Suter had an extraordinary discrimination case with the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights. It took the agency five years to investigate his case. ASCHR is the state’s anti-discrimination agency. In 2011, a legislative audit found that the agency wasn’t doing its job. Amid complaints to the governor’s office and a new director with no legal experience, the commission is trying to move forward.Defense Secretary halts Pentagon recall of bonuses from California National Guard service membersZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageSecretary of Defense Ash Carter released a statement Wednesday halting the Pentagon’s collection of bonuses wrongfully paid to national guard members.Kenai Borough Assembly overrides mayor’s veto of invocation policy resolutionDaysha Eaton, KBBI – HomerThe Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has voted to override Mayor Mike Navarre’s veto of the Assembly’s new invocation policy resolution.722 days after vote, Alaska’s first pot shop opens Saturday Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAlaska’s first marijuana retailer is opening on Saturday. At least, that’s the plan.Young Clinton fan ‘totes’ her supportZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAs election day approaches, we’re checking in with voters around the state — asking what matters most to them and who they’re supporting. Tonight, we hear from 19-year-old Darrian Traw, a college student in Anchorage who literally wears her politics.last_img read more

Arya Stark spinoff Game of Thrones boss revealed shocking details

first_imgGame of Thrones 8 episode 3TwitterAfter the end of Game of Thrones, fans were desperately pleading to get Arya Stark spin-off but HBO has finally decided to go against the fans’ wishes.Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6 “The Iron Throne” featured a happy ending for all the Stark kids — except Jon Snow, who had to spend rest of his life with the Wildings in the North. In the last scenes, we saw Arya Stark heading to the West of Westeros to explore new cultures or civilizations.Following which, fans were hoping to see a spin-off featuring the adventures of Arya Stark in the West. But HBO’s programming president Casey Bloys has recently shut down all the talks about ever getting an Arya Stark spin-off.When it was asked by The Hollywood Reporter to talk about Arya Stark spin-off, Casey Bloys stated that they want Game of Thrones to stay what it is and do not wish to take one character out of the equation and put it somewhere else to create something else.Casey then talked about the massive world which George RR Martin created and added that a sequel to Game of Thrones or a possible spin-off of any of the characters does not make any sense.”I want to let it be the artistic piece they’ve got. That’s one of the reasons why I’m not trying to do the same show over. George has a massive, massive world; there are so many ways in,” Casey Bloys added. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4Game of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)That a being said, fans of Game of Thrones should not get sad because even though the stories of Arya Stark, Bran Stark, Tyrion Lannister, and Jon Snow are far from over, they will still get to see Westeros in the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel which features Naomi Watts in the lead role.Casey Bloys talked about the Game of Thrones prequel and revealed that they are planning to start filming the pilot episode in June and it will take some time to get aired on the television screen.”My expectation is that it will be great and we’ll move forward and it’ll move along on a regular TV timetable,” he further added.Although, Arya Stark spin-off is now off the table it would have seriously been amazing to see an adult Arya Stark coming back to Westeros with several stories and adventures up on her sleeves.last_img read more

ASALH Celebrates 88th Annual Black History Month Luncheon

first_imgThe Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) celebrated its 88th annual Black History Luncheon Feb. 22 at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C. The theme of this year’s celebration was “Civil Rights in America,” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This year’s luncheon brought out over 1,000 local and out-of-state guests including students, educators, and civic and religious leaders.Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded ASALH in 1915 in response to the lack of information on the accomplishments of African Americans. Woodson established Negro History Week in 1926, which later became a month-long celebration of Black history.University of Maryland Baltimore County President Freeman A. Hrabowski III was the luncheon keynote speaker and an honoree. Hrabowski was recently named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Also on his extensive resume, Hrabowski was a child-leader in the Civil Rights Movement, co-founder of the Meyerhof Scholars program, an author, and holds honorary degrees from more than 20 institutions.Ten Living Legacy honorees were recognized for significant contributions to African-American history through public or private institutions. The awardees are: Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, first female president of Prince George’s Community College; Hon. Patsy Jo Hilliard, educator, first African-American mayor of East Point, Ga.; Bell Hooks, social activist, feminist, author; Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, educator, author, philanthropist; Velma Lois Jones, educator, civil rights activist; Wyman O. Jones Sr., educator; Joyce Ladner, educator; Dr. LaSalle D. Leffal Jr., medical educator, civic leader; Reginald L. Weaver, educational advocate, speaker; and Raymond A. Winbush, community and academic leader. The Council Award for Special Recognition was bestowed upon Professor David C. Driskell, an artist and a scholar.”You don’t try to get one of these awards; you just do your work,” said Raymond A. Winbush, a Living Legacy awardee. “I was shocked because I consider this the highest honor I have ever gotten.”Hon. Patsy Jo Hilliard said she was excited and honored to be a Living Legacy awardee. “The thing is it’s what you do, not so much being first that matters … especially, if you have love for your people and you want to see them grow in their environment.” Hilliard also noted that the battle for civil rights is still going on and “we have to keep on fighting.”Guests also were able to talk with 45 authors during a book-signing event. The mistress of the ceremonies for the event was A’lelia Bundles.last_img read more

Steven Moffat Promises Some Real Belters For Whovians

first_img Wibbly-wobbly writer and producer Steven Moffat gave fans a lot to chew on in Saturday’s episode, “Extremis.”Now, with only seven chapters left in his Doctor Who story, the retiring showrunner talks childhood influences, future plans, and why the Doctor will never meet Sherlock Holmes.A lifelong fan of the BBC program, Moffat took over for Russell T. Davies in 2009, introducing Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor. Six seasons of complex plot arcs and shock-and-awe reveals later; he is satisfied with his run.“I’ve been in this job so long, I’ve done everything I can think of. Twice, probably,” Moffat told Paul Verhoeven in an episode of The Doctor Is In.Growing up on Star Trek and Star Wars and other sci-fi classics, the Scotsman credits Doctor Who as one of his greatest creative influences.“Even when I was too frightened to watch it, I was fascinated by it,” he said of the long-running drama.The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, and UK low fantasy novel Tom’s Midnight Garden—”I’ve been ripping [that] off consistently for decades now”—also helped shape a young Moffat, who claims it was magic, not science fiction, that especially entranced him as a kid.Barely two when William Hartnell’s First Doctor debuted on BBC in 1963, Moffat’s first solo Doctor Who work—a short story called “Continuity Errors”—was published in 1996. Three years later, he scripted the parody Doctor Who and the Curse of the Fatal Death for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day charity telethon.In 2004, he was tapped to write for the revival of the classic program, penning award-winning scripts “The Empty Child,” “The Doctor Dances,” “The Girl in the Fireplace,” and, of course, “Blink.”So fully ensconced in the Whoniverse, Moffat must know how old the show’s titular character actually is (at last count, he’s in his 2,000s).“I believe it is impossible for the Doctor who know what age he really is,” the exec producer told Verhoeven. “You and I, we can check the calendar. The Doctor can’t know that. He’s been living in a time machine; the calendar tells him nothing.”That doesn’t stop the Time Lord for bragging about how good he looks for his age. But, as Moffat pointed out, is he talking about Gallifreyan years or Earth years? (A good point, though there is no clear indication of the conversion rate.)“I think he makes up an age that sounds cool,” Moffat said, adding that “you can never really take entirely seriously anything the Doctor says; I don’t think he’s really in the business of telling the truth about anything.”A trait many have noticed in Moffat’s other famous entity, Sherlock.Just don’t expect the two personalities to meet any time soon: Beyond the complicated logistics of a crossover event, it’s just not plausible for the Doctor and Sherlock to cross paths.“I think Doctor Who would roll all over the other shows and their sense of reality,” Moffat explained. “Beyond the great moment where they walk toward each other, what do you have?”A lot of headstrong characters and confusing introductions, that’s what.“You don’t need two intolerant geniuses running around a place,” he said, adding the disappointing truth that “the idea of those crossovers would always be much more exciting than the reality.”Soon free of both massive franchises, Moffat plans to attend the 2018 San Diego Comic Con, then “bugger off on holiday for a while,” said the man who hasn’t had a weekend off since 2009.In January 2016, Moffat announced his retirement from the BBC series; in February he confirmed plans to also give up his writing gig, allowing incoming chief Chris Chibnall space to breathe.“What I’ll take away,” he told Verhoeven, “are a lot of very good friends and some absolutely amazing memories. And the shows we made.“I’ll be happy about that for the rest of my life.” HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on targetlast_img read more