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first_imgFrom Yoshita SinghUnited Nations, Apr 11 (PTI) Men should not clip the “wings of women and let them fly”, Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai said as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres designated her as the youngest-ever Messenger of Peace.”The role of men, fathers and brothers is really important. There were so many girls just like me in Swat Valley who could have spoken out but their fathers did not allow them, their brothers did not allow them to do so,” the 19-year-old Pakistani education activist said.She said her case was different as her father did not stop her, Malala said during a ceremony here yesterday to designate her the UN Messenger of Peace, the highest honour bestowed by the Secretary-General on a global citizen.”… All I had was a father and a family who said yes you can speak. It is your choice. I think that is what we need. We need brothers and fathers and all men in the family to let women be who they want to be.”She said her father always told people not to ask him what he did for Malala, but ask what I didnt do ? I didnt clip her wings.”Men should not clip the wings of women and let them fly and let them go forward,” Yousafzai said, as her father Ziauddin Yousafzai sat in the audience and watched her.Yousafzai, who was shot in 2012 by the Taliban for attending classes, is the youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace and the first one to be designated by Guterres since he assumed office in January this year.advertisementWith the designation, Yousafzai joins other current Messengers of Peace including Oscar-winning actor Leonardo di Caprio for climate change, actor Charlize Theron, whose focus is prevention of HIV and elimination of violence against women and actor Michael Douglas whose focus is disarmament.”It is for me a very emotional day to be here with you. You are the symbol of one of the most important causes in the world ? probably the most important cause in the world ? and that is education, education for all, and particularly because we know it is more difficult in many societies ? education for girls,” Guterres said.While recovering from the Taliban attack, Yousafzai said she realised “extremists tried everything to stop me (and the fact that they didnt) is clear evidence that no one can stop me. They tried to kill me and they didnt succeed. Now this is a new life, this is a second life and it is for the purpose of education and Ill continue working on (this issue).”Accepting the accolade, Yousafzai underscored the importance of education, especially education of girls, for advancing communities and societies.”(Bringing change) starts with us and it should start now,” she said, adding “If you want to see your future bright, you have to start working now (and) not wait for anyone else.”UN Messengers of Peace are distinguished individuals, carefully selected from the fields of art, literature, science, entertainment, sports or other fields of public life, who have agreed to help focus worldwide attention on the work of the global Organisation. PTI YAS AMS AKJ AMSlast_img read more


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first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has warned that delinquent drivers may soon be required to clear outstanding traffic tickets before they are able to renew their driver’s licence.“The system is not working, and we have to find an alternative way, and we are going to find it, because all those tickets have to be paid,” he said.“ I am proposing… that all of those warrants, all of those unpaid tickets will be put against the driver’s licence of those individuals and be put against the vehicle that was being driven, so when that vehicle comes to be renewed, [it] can’t be renewed until the driver pays the fine,” Minister Chuck said.“We want to put in place those provisions, so those persons who feel they can collect tickets like confetti, must know that their day of reckoning is at hand,” he added.Emphasising the problem of unpaid traffic tickets, Minister Chuck noted that at the Kingston Traffic Court alone, 65,000 persons did not pay for the first six months of this year. He argued that with unpaid tickets sent to the courts after 30 days, that amounts to about 10,000 per month.“That’s about 500 warrants on average being issued every day,” Minister Chuck lamented.He pledged that “we are going to collect every single one. If you don’t think you breached the law, go fight it in court, but you can’t just ignore the law like that”.Minister Chuck pointed out that there have been three moratoriums to allow for persons with outstanding traffic tickets to pay, and there are no plans to have another.He is encouraging motorists with outstanding tickets to call the traffic headquarters at the Elleston Road Police Station. “They have data of every ticket that has not been paid,” he indicated.Minister Chuck was speaking at a Justice of the Peace (JP) training session at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes, Clarendon, on Thursday (October 18).The session was held to hear the concerns of the JP and assist them with providing solutions for issues they face while they serve citizens. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has warned that delinquent drivers may soon be required to clear outstanding traffic tickets before they are able to renew their driver’s licence.center_img “The system is not working, and we have to find an alternative way, and we are going to find it, because all those tickets have to be paid,” he said.last_img read more


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first_imgStory Highlights A Joint Select Committee of Parliament is to be re-convened no later than June, in an effort to have the Data Protection Bill approved in this financial year. A Joint Select Committee of Parliament is to be re-convened no later than June, in an effort to have the Data Protection Bill approved in this financial year.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on May 17, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, said that having gone through public consultations, the Committee will now look back at the recommendations and take the Act back to Parliament.“As we develop into a digital and knowledge-based society, the data protection Bill is a critical piece of legislation that establishes a uniformed, robust and clear mandate on how personal data can be collected, stored, used and shared,” the Minister explained.She outlined that the Act will usher in a significantly different period, giving more rights to the individual, in terms of the control and use of their data.The Minister pointed out that the Bill will require data controllers to completely re-think how they process personal data, as “data has been described as the new oil, and a wealth of data can be collected from consumers online and through other means.”She said the Administration will be guided by a number of stipulations, including a requirement to develop data privacy policies which ensure that the personal data being processed is obtained fairly and lawfully, and that the processing is consistent with the purpose for which it was collected.Additionally, the data will need to be accurate, and where necessary, kept up-to- date, and not kept any longer than is necessary for its purpose.She emphasised that data controllers will also need to ensure that data is safeguarded against unauthorised or unlawful processing, accidental loss or destruction. “As we develop into a digital and knowledge-based society, the data protection Bill is a critical piece of legislation that establishes a uniformed, robust and clear mandate on how personal data can be collected, stored, used and shared,” the Minister explained. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on May 17, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, said that having gone through public consultations, the Committee will now look back at the recommendations and take the Act back to Parliament.last_img read more


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first_imgzoom Singapore Exchange-listed Triyards Holdings Limited continues to push beyond the offshore oil & gas (O&G) sector with its latest string of contracts worth USD 45.5 million, despite the current environment.One of the newly minted contracts will see the group construct a scientific research vessel for a new client Taiwan Ocean Research Institute, National Applied Research Laboratories (TORI), a Taiwan government agency.Slated for completion in the financial year ending 31 August 2017 (FY17), the diesel electric-powered workboat worth in excess of USD 26.4 million will be used to support on-going research activities of the TORI.The other orders were secured by wholly-owned Strategic Marine and include two 26-metre wind farm crew transfer vessels, which will support opportunities in the renewable energy sector, as well as a 36-metre high speed passenger ferry.Strategic Marine will also be busy with aluminium and steel fabrication work such as pontoons and gangways.The vessel contracts were awarded by new clients based in the United Kingdom and New Caledonia.“Over the past year, not only were we able to swiftly grow our orderbook, but we have also diversified our client and product mix, entrenching ourselves further in new areas such as the renewable energy sector.“We will continue to extend the reputation we have established in the O&G sector to strengthen our position in new industries with good growth opportunities,” Triyards’ Chief Executive Officer, Chan Eng Yew, said.last_img read more


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first_imgOTTAWA — Newly released figures show the federal government set aside nearly $17.7 million on public awareness campaigns between April and June.The spending through the first three months of the federal fiscal year marks an increase of nearly 21 per cent compared to the same stretch in 2018 to pay for various government advertising.The federal government had until June 30 to get any ad buys out of the way under new rules the Liberals introduced to create a moratorium on government advertising in the months leading up to the election.READ MORE: Federal Liberals make interim move to curb partisan government advertisingAt first glance, that could suggest the Liberals ramped up awareness campaigns in an election year, making sure Canadians know about everything from tax credits to services available to seniors.But a spokesman for Treasury Board President Joyce Murray says the dollars money is less than the $56.2 million the Conservatives allocated for the same time period ahead of the 2015 election.In the end, though, the outgoing Conservative government and the incoming Liberal government spent a total $42.2 million in the 2015-2016 fiscal year on advertising.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


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Casablanca- Tariq Ibn Ziyad Initiative (TIZI) will hold the second edition of the TIZI Leadership Day on May 24, at the Hassania School of Public Works (EHTP) in Casablanca, during which 20 new distinguished Moroccan leaders will be awarded the 2014 TIZI Award.The second edition of TIZI Leadership Day will be dedicated to fostering the culture of leadership in Morocco, as well as creating favorable conditions for the emergence of new leaders. The TIZI Awards, for its part, will unveil 20 new Moroccan leadership talents representing 5 different categories. Their names will be included in a directory that will be published afterwards.Other talented Moroccan leaders will represent arenas such as entrepreneurship and innovation, sports, arts, education and research, political action and media. “These leaders epitomize the talent, diversity and potential of Morocco,” said Mohamed Alami Berrada, Vice-President in charge of TIZI Leadership Institute. “This is to show recognition for their commitment and for their achievements and also to build a model to give hope to thousands of young people.”The event will be opened by former Minister of Commerce, Industry and ICT, Ahmed Reda Chami, who will highlight the challenges of leadership for an emerging country like Morocco.The event will also feature a round table that will bring together many celebrities around the theme, “Moroccan leaders, where are they? Who are they? What do they do?” The fields of leadership addressed during the round table will be sports, social action, arts, business and politics. These realms will be probed in an attempt to see if they create favorable conditions for the emergence of new Moroccan leaders.Tariq Ibn Ziyad Initiative, which has emanated from civil society and has been widely supported by Moroccan youth, principally aims at fostering political action, promoting leadership and providing training for young Moroccan leaders. read more


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Toronto – Hijab-wearing, American patriot, Rumana Ahmed, felt challenged to remain at the White House following the election of Donald Trump as President, but she was determined to serve her country. She lasted eight days.First-generation American, Ahmed was born to hard-working Bangladeshi parents who immigrated to the US before Rumana was born. Her childhood was ideal, complete with family trips to Disneyland, until her beloved father was killed in a car crash when she was just twelve.This is when she decided to wear the hijab. For Ahmed, it was “a matter of faith, identity and resilience for me.” When she found herself on the receiving end of taunts, especially following 9/11, she was reminded of an old Bangladeshi proverb her father had taught her; “When a man kicks you down, get back up, extend your hand, and call him brother.” In 2011, after interning at the White House, she was offered a position right out of college. By 2012 she had made her way to the West Wing, joining the Office of Public Engagement. Two years later the National Security Council beckoned.Ahmad was the only hijabi in the White House but, under the Obama administration, she felt welcomed and included, even valued. For two and a half years she worked just down the hall from the Situation Room, advising President Obama on engagements with American Muslims.The years 2015 and 2016 saw Ahmed witness a frightening shift in public demeanor. Donald Trump’s vitriolic language during his campaign run had given xenophobes, anti-semites and Islamophobes not-so-silent permission to vent their hostilities in an ever-more-public way. She still remembers learning of the murders of three young American-Muslim college students by an avowed Islamophobe.Ahmed chafed at the administration’s slow response to condemn the deaths. She recalls wondering why it seemed that the victims had to be vetted before their deaths could be allowed to spark deserving outrage. It left her emotionally devastated. Then, late in February of 2015, evangelist Franklin Graham publicly declared that the White House had been “infiltrated by Muslims.”The world was turning upside down and Ahmed was still strapped into her White House rollercoaster seat, white-knuckled but hoping for the best. Looking at her community and others across the nation, Ahmed saw the anti-Muslim rhetoric taking its toll. Anti-Muslim hate crimes spiked when Trump began to call for a Muslim travel ban while on the stump. It was feeling eerily reminiscent of the months following 9/11 with one truly notable difference. This time, the hate-fueled messages were originating from Americans in positions of power.On one occasion, Ahmed remembers encountering the hate first-hand as she was exiting the metro. A complete stranger, a man, approached her and yelled “F*** you! F*** Islam! Trump will send you back!”The day following Trump’s win was declared, Ahmed and her colleagues gathered in the West Wing, in dazed disbelief, as outgoing president Barack Obama delivered a statement in the Rose Garden stressing the need for a smooth governmental transition. Unlike those who had come by their jobs through appointment, Ahmed found herself in the enviable position of choosing whether to stay or leave. She decided to remain at her post, hoping to present the new administration with a more realistic, nuanced view of Islam and Muslim Americans.Her optimism was short-lived, however, as she watched new White House staff stare at her with obvious cold surprise. The White House, once a place of inclusion and respect, had overnight been transformed into a “monochromatic and male bastion.”Where there had been time-honoured and well-oiled order, there was now open chaos. The entire presidential support system was being undermined, neutered by an administration that believed the new President’s authority to be absolute. In Ahmed’s words, there was “no structure or clear guidance.”It was January 30th, the day Trump’s travel ban was blocked by a Ninth District Court ruling, that Ahmed decided she could continue no longer. The ensuing rage on the part of Trump staffers at the sheer audacity that a lower authority thought it could defy Presidential commands proved to be the final sign Ahmed needed.She presented her resignation to Trump’s senior National Security Council communications officer, Michael Anton and watched as his faced expressed short-lived surprise, then turned to stone. He accepted her resignation silently but Ahmed didn’t let that stop her from expressing her reasons to him. Looking at him squarely in the eye she told him it “was an insult walking into this country’s most historic building everyday under an administration that is working against and vilifying everything I stand for as an American and as a Muslim.” When he continued to be silent, she added that “the administration was attacking the basic tenets of democracy.”It was only later that Ahmed learned that, under another name, Anton had authored an essay praising what he saw as the virtues of authoritarianism and describing diversity as a nation’s weakness. Islam had been singled out in the essay as being “incompatible with the modern West.”Little had Rumana Ahmed known in 2015 that the self-proclaimed theorists spreading anti-Muslim lies leading up to Trump’s victory would end up inside the White House, determining policy for a country whose very character she fears is in danger of being redrawn. read more


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12 March 2008A Roman Catholic priest in Rwanda who directed the demolition of a church where about 1,500 Tutsis were trying to take shelter during the 1994 genocide, killing those trapped inside, has been sentenced to life in prison after a United Nations war crimes tribunal today increased his jail term. Both prosecutors and Athanase Seromba, the former priest of Nyange parish in Kivumu commune in the west of the country, had appealed against the original verdict and the 15-year jail term imposed by the trial chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in 2006. The ICTR appeals chamber overturned Mr. Seromba’s conviction for aiding and abetting genocide and extermination as a crime against humanity, replacing it with convictions for committing genocide and extermination. The court then quashed the sentence of 15 years’ jail and sentenced him to life in prison. Judges at the Tribunal, which is based in Arusha, Tanzania, upheld one of Mr. Seromba’s other convictions for aiding and abetting genocide but quashed another conviction on a similar charge. During his trial, prosecutors showed that a large number of Tutsis had sought refuge at Mr. Seromba’s church in Nyange parish on or about 12 April 1994 as Interahamwe militiamen and gendarmes surrounded the building and began to attack with grenades. Mr. Seromba later spoke to the driver of a bulldozer, encouraging and identifying when to start demolishing the parish building and which parts were the weakest. All those Tutsis inside the church were killed when the church was bulldozed and its roof subsequently crashed. Mr. Seromba was arrested by Tanzanian authorities in February 2002 after surrendering to the ICTR following his arrival from Italy, where he had been working as a priest under a false identity in two parishes near Florence. Some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered, mostly by machete or club, across Rwanda in just 100 days starting in April 1994. The Security Council set up the ICTR in November that year to prosecute people responsible for genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law. read more


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Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and its partner organization, Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka, firmly condemn an attempt to murder Sunday Leader journalist Faraz Shaukatally on the night 15 February, when he was shot and wounded by gunmen inside his Colombo home. Doctors say his life is no longer in danger.“This appalling shooting suggests that the enemies of media freedom are trying to silence those journalists who still dare to report the news freely,” Reporters Without Borders and Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka said. “We urge the authorities to react to this attack without delay and, in their investigation, to focus on the possibility that it was linked to his work, which seems the most likely motive at this stage. Shaukatally must also be given police protection at the hospital where he is being treated and after he leaves it, as well.” Sri Lanka is classified by Reporters Without Borders as a country “under surveillance” because of its violations of online freedom of expression and is ranked 162nd out of 179 countries in its 2013 press freedom index. “Even if a thorough investigation is needed to determine the motive with certainty, there are already many indications that this attack was a reprisal for Shaukatally’s journalistic activities, especially as he had been threatened shortly after writing articles about government corruption and private sector embezzlement. Witnesses say unidentified men went to his home two weeks ago, asking where he was. The Sunday Leader said: “It was clear that the attack on Faraz was well planned and coordinated as the gunmen knew the exact time he was at home on Friday, where his room is located and if he was alone in his room.”This attack comes just weeks after the third anniversary of cartoonist Prageeth Ekneligoda’s disappearance on 24 January 2010, the fourth anniversary of Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunga’s murder on 8 January 2009 and the four anniversary of an attempt on the lives of Rivira editor Upali Tennakoon and his wife, also in January 2009.Sri Lankan journalists are constantly the targets of threats and reprisals, often by the government. Former Sunday Leader editor Frederica Jansz recently talked to Reporters Without Borders about the violence and impunity that undermines the work of the media and forced her to flee the country. Shaukatally was speaking by phone with editorial staff at the Sunday Leader from his home in the south Colombo district of Mount Lavina when three intruders appeared, cut his phone line and opened fire, wounding him in the neck.Foreign tourists staying in the guest house beside his home took him to Colombo National Hospital, where doctors managed to extract the bullet fragments from his neck during the next 24 hours. read more


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NEW YORK — Equifax 2017 . Marriott 2018 . Capital One 2019 .Data breaches through hacking attacks are distressingly common these days, and personal details about you can lead to identity theft, such as credit cards and loans in your name. But it’s hard to pin the blame on any specific hack, as the most sophisticated criminals combine data from multiple attacks to better impersonate you.“That’s why fraud can be emotionally challenging,” said Kyle Marchini, a specialist in fraud management at the financial research group Javelin. “It just comes out of the blue, and there’s no way to identify where it came from or what I could have done to prevent that.”While the number of reported breaches decreased slightly last year to 1,244, according to the non-profit Identity Theft Resource Center, the total number of records exposed more than doubled to 447 million. That suggests hackers are focusing on larger organizations with bigger payoffs. Last year’s figures include data on about 383 million Marriott guests in a breach that investigators suspect was tied to the Chinese government.Criminal rings often buy datasets from multiple hacks to commit fraud. The idea is to collect enough information to get past ID verification and authentication checks that banks and other institutions employ. One database with your Social Security number might have your old address, but hackers can simply sub in your current one from a more recent database.“We’re in this vicious cycle,” said Eva Velasquez, the ID theft centre’s CEO. “We create and capture and use more and more data points about a specific individual in order to fight fraud and authenticate people. That, in turns, makes data more valuable to the thieves, so they are going to increase the efforts to get that data.”Fraudulent card charges are relatively easy to reverse, and U.S. law limits credit card liability for consumers. But fraud involving new accounts is tougher to deal with.Javelin estimates that the average victim spends 18 hours dealing with the fallout, including convincing collection agencies and credit-ratings agencies that the accounts weren’t really theirs. And victims wind up spending hundreds of dollars out of pocket. Javelin estimated that more than 3 million U.S. adults were victims of new account fraud last year, nearly triple the number in 2013.Much of the increase can be attributed to the cumulative effect of data breaches and the types of information stolen.While credit card numbers and passwords can be changed, birth dates and Social Security numbers typically stay with you for life. And U.S. passport numbers stick around for 10 years. Hackers in the 2017 breach of credit monitoring firm Equifax got some or all of that from 147 million people. Equifax agreed last week to pay at least $700 million to settle lawsuits.Just a few days later, the bank Capital One disclosed a breach of personal information of 106 million Capital One credit card holders or applicants in the U.S. and Canada. The data included self-reported income, credit scores and account balances. Although Capital One said it doesn’t believe the information was used for fraud, the breach further increases worries about leaked data — in this case, the very types of information needed to submit credit card applications.“Every breach increases the risk because different pieces of information come out,” said Deepak Patel, a vice-president at the security firm PerimeterX.Beyond financial applications, personal data can be useful for telemarketing and email phishing scams, as fraudsters try to trick you by claiming they already know you. And criminals armed with such data can impersonate you on calls with financial institutions to get money transferred or a mailing address changed.You can take such precautions as freezing your credit, which stops thieves from opening new credit cards or loans in your name. Doing so is now free, though you’ll have to temporarily unfreeze your credit if you apply for a new credit card or loan.You can also sign up for a credit monitoring service, which alerts you when someone is pinging your credit report, a precursor to opening a new account. There are also ID protection services that will scan the internet underground for signs your personal data is for sale. Some of these services are available for free to customers hit with data breaches, including the one at Equifax.But Jason Wang, who founded TrueVault to help companies protect data, said there’s not a lot consumers can do once their data is in the wild. A better approach, he said, is to minimize what data is sitting on servers — something a California privacy law may do if it takes effect as planned on Jan. 1. Among other things, customers can seek information on what data companies have on them and request its deletion — although companies wouldn’t have to do anything unless they get such requests.Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press read more


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first_imgABB has won an order from Boliden for a three year long-term service agreement (LTSA) for its copper mine in Aitik, Sweden. The contract was awarded in Q4, 2013. Located outside of Gallivare in the far North of the country, Aitik is the largest copper mine in Sweden and one of the most efficient open-pit copper mines in the world. The ABB lifecycle management concept is a business approach that goes beyond short-term success and aims at long-term value creation for the customer. It will help Boliden to identify risks, make qualified decisions and manage available data with the aim to increase availability of ABB equipment.The agreement covers lifecycle management services, remote diagnostic services and scheduled maintenance for two gearless mill drives (GMD). In addition to this service scope, ABB will support Boliden by consulting on ongoing technology upgrades to the installed GMD and ring-geared mill drive (RMD) systems. With this advanced long-term service approach, ABB will help Boliden to extend equipment lifetime, minimise unexpected shutdowns and increase availability of the grinding systems.Boliden Aitik and ABB have a long-standing business relationship: ABB delivered not only the GMD and RMD systems, but also several drive systems, motors, transformers and the extended process control System 800xA in 2006.“Considered one of our preferred suppliers, ABB is now a long-term strategic service partner. The ABB team are reliable and highly proactive and we trust the service team to support us to increase system availability in the grinding process. The concept of one dedicated lifecycle manager facilitates our maintenance and service operations,” said Mats Nordmark, Boliden.The lifecycle management services include a single contact person responsible for all LTSA inquiries, a communication and escalation plan and progress meetings to track open LTSA issues. The agreement also covers ABB’s remote diagnostic services including Support Line (telephone 24/7 and e-mail), troubleshooting (remote emergency support), periodic maintenance reports and condition monitoring of the GMDs.Designed to support critical complex systems, the remote diagnostic services allow ABB engineers to access and troubleshoot GMD systems from anywhere in the world. They can log on to the system remotely, investigate the problems and deliver recommendations for the next step or resolve problems immediately. “Our LTSA with Boliden will enhance the overall system performance and achieve maintenance excellence, while securing predictability in maintenance costs. Our service team in Sweden and Switzerland will stay focused for the entire three years to provide Boliden with the support they need, anytime,” said Remy Lanoue, ABB Global Service Manager for Mining.last_img read more


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first_imgThe previously announced acquisition by FLSmidth of the Sandvik Mining Systems projects business (press release 12 July 2017) is now concluded except for the transfer of assets in South Africa which is awaiting merger control clearance. The acquisition includes continuous surface mining and minerals handling technologies and competences that strengthen the Group’s core minerals business.By integrating the Mining Systems into FLSmidth’s offerings, FLSmidth says it closes the gap and covers a wider range of the full mining value chain from the primary crushing point in the mine and the transport from pit to plant all the way through the minerals processing plant to the tailings handling.“With this acquisition we will be able to increase the productivity of the complete “Pit to Plant” operation by better integrating upstream mining with downstream processing. The acquisition also allows us to digitalise the full value chain and enables a better utilisation of existing leading technologies by obtaining direct access to all key processes and equipment,” said Manfred Schaffer, Group Executive Vice President, Minerals Division.The acquisition includes the part of Sandvik Mining Systems that is closest to the mine, which excludes Sandvik’s conveyor component and Finland based businesses that have separately been bought by Nepean. It includes all products for continuous surface mining, inpit crushing and minerals handling technologies and related intellectual property, including reference lists, drawings and data for installed base. It also includes the transfer of over 200 employees with strong experience, competences and customer insights.FLSmidth is to provide project management services to Sandvik on the majority of ongoing projects to be delivered during 2017-2019 and parts and services for the installed equipment. The closing of the acquisition in South Africa is expected to occur in early 2018.last_img read more


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first_imgFERRY PASSENGER AND car numbers have increased for the first time in two years.The latest figures from the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) shows that passengers travelling to and from Ireland increased by four per cent during Q1 of this year, when compared to the same time last year, while tourist car numbers were up by one per cent.For the Republic of Ireland, passenger numbers increased by five per cent to 353,306 while car numbers increased by one per cent to 99,277.For Northern Ireland, tourist numbers increased by four per cent to 260,144, while tourist car numbers increased by two per cent to 80,029.On the cross channel routes between the UK and Ireland, which accounts for 92 per cent of total traffic, passenger numbers grew by five per cent.Meanwhile, continental passenger traffic between Ireland and France fell by 15 per cent during the first quarter.While these figures seem positive, the impact of Easter falling in Q1 instead of Q2 is likely to have had an impact on the passenger volumes with initial data showing that passenger and tourist car numbers correspondingly declined in April, with overall numbers expected to be down for the first four months compared to same period last year.Read: Passengers disembark ferry as injured crewman hospitalised>More: Ferry passengers left at sea after minor collision in Rosslare>last_img read more


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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Non-cash payments account for 86 per cent of the value of all consumer payments in Australia, but cash still accounts for the majority of payments.In a report published this week, MasterCard estimated that cash still accounted for 70 per cent of all consumer payments but a diminishing share of their value.“This figure puts Australia among the most advanced countries in the journey towards cashless payments,” MasterCard said in its report, The Cashless Journey. MasterCard said other countries where the value of non-cash payments was high include France, Belgium, Canada, Germany and Sweden.Source: Banking Daylast_img


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first_img Let’s talk about just what the hell we saw last night. By now, there are enough superhero shows on TV that we’ve become used to a certain structure for pilot episodes. We see the hero’s origin story, they assemble some kind of support structure, fight and defeat a bad guy, introduce the season’s big bad, credits. Legion didn’t do any of that. Instead, we got something wholly unexpected and unlike any superhero TV show or movie that’s come before. It’s about time someone shook things up like this.From the moment it begins, Legion lets you know exactly what kind of show it’s going to be. It opens with a montage of David Haller’s life. As a young kid, he plays sports and starts a fire at a science fair. As a teenager, he gets arrested and blows out all the windows of a squad car. He gets prescribed medication and then tries to hang himself with a power cord. The montage abruptly ends with that image, and we see that he’s been admitted to Clockworks Psychiatric Facility. His sister has come to visit, and she’s brought a cupcake for his birthday. But she’s not allowed to give it to him. Over the course of their conversation, she absentmindedly eats the frosting. Rude.From here on, the show is presented out of order, mimicking the way David perceives the events. He’s been diagnosed with schizophrenia, seeing and hearing things that aren’t there. One consistent delusion is The Demon with Yellow Eyes, a creepy blob-like figure that looks like an evil Doctor Who character. The Demon appears to show up whenever David is having an especially bad episode. At this point, everyone involved thinks the Demon is a delusion. I wouldn’t be surprised if he turns out to be more real than anyone suspects.Dan Stevens as David Haller, Rachel Keller as Syd Barrett, Aubrey Plaza as Lenny “Cornflakes” Busker. (Photo via FX)David has a dull routine at Clockworks that involves therapy, taking his meds and hanging out with Lenny “Cornflakes” Busker, another, very talkative patient at Clockworks. His routine is interrupted by the appearance of Syd Barrett, a patient who does not like to be touched. We’ll find out the reason for that later. She immediately agrees to become David’s girlfriend as long as he doesn’t touch her. He’s OK with that, and they start hanging out. Things move quickly on this show.The pilot jumps back and forth between the events at Clockworks and an interrogation. Some sort of incident went down at the facility, and this government official is trying to get to the bottom of it. Even stranger, Clockworks appears to have no records of a patient named Syd. Or at least, that’s what he’s telling David. After he exits the room, we see David is actually being held in a paramilitary facility, being monitored. They say he could be the most powerful mutant they’ve ever encountered.After the questioning resumes, we see the incident play out. Syd has been released from Clockworks but comes back to visit David. He gets excited and kisses her. It turns out she doesn’t want to be touched because skin-to-skin contact causes her to switch bodies with the other person. There’s screaming and struggle, and David (now in Syd’s body) is carried away to safety. When he and the doctor investigate a strange tremor, they find that Syd (in David’s body with his powers) accidentally walled up all the patients in their rooms. Worse yet, Cornflakes was cut in half by the sudden appearance of one of these walls.Syd (Rachel Keller) and David (Dan Stevens) switch places for a while. (Photo via FX)David, still in Syd’s body, is led outside where he sees a car pull up. In the present, he remembers that the man currently interrogating him was at the hospital. Growing suspicious and angry, David causes everything around him to fly around the room, and the official gets a pen through the cheek. Once David calms down, he remembers the day differently. It wasn’t the interrogator. Now, he remembers seeing an older woman getting out of the car.Before long, we learn the reason behind that sudden change. David is walking down the street when he sees Syd’s face on the back of a bald man’s head. She suddenly appears and explains she’s not physically there. She’s being projected into his memories. She gives him some instructions for how she’ll help him escape the interrogator. Now, David is being held in a pool filled with power cords. The interrogator threatens to electrocute him if he doesn’t tell him where Syd is. As David slides underwater, the guards are all thrown in and electrocuted. Once it’s safe, David surfaces and is rescued by Syd and her crew.What follows is the most straightforward superhero action scene of the show. David is escaping the facility with a crew of mutants. We see glimpses of each of their powers as they throw guards out of the way and dodge gunfire. It’s an exciting, well-directed sequence that proves the series can deliver great character-driven superhero action when it wants. It’s also exactly how this episode needed to end. After an out-of-order psychedelic trip, a sequence like this grounds the series in something familiar. It lets the audience know that moment-to-moment, it’s OK to be confused by this crazy, beautiful, surreal show. Things will make at least a little sense in the end.Jean Smart plays Melanie Bird, leader of the mutants who rescue David. (Photo via FX)Legion is also absolutely beautiful. Just like he did with Fargo, showrunner Noah Hawley has given us a series that looks unlike anything else on TV. The shots are jaw-droppingly gorgeous, and the cinematography is absolutely engrossing. When this show is on, it’s impossible to pay attention to anything else. Even the relatively straightforward action sequence at the end had beautiful, dynamic camerawork you don’t normally see in superhero fare. If the entire series looks like that (and by all accounts it only gets more surreal from here), I am on board for this whole thing. Don’t Hold Your Breath For Noah Hawley’s ‘Doctor Doom&…How ‘Legion’ Uses Superpowers to Explore Mental Illness Stay on targetlast_img read more


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first_imgSo you’ve hired a Cadillac of a photographer and there’s a celebrity or maybe some high-strung supermodel. A few photo assistants are futzing with (rented) lighting in a (rented) space. An art director and assistant have flown in for the shoot, There’s a hair stylist, a makeup stylist, a fashion stylist, maybe someone’s built a set, maybe a couple of people styled that set. And god knows how many hours went into orchestrating the event—scheduling, catering, and putting out fires. No doubt, a high-end national magazine cover shoot can put you back quite a few more Benjamins than a fancy wedding or sporty car. Oh, jeez, did I forget about digital delivery fees, retouching and color correction? Did someone budget for any of that?Considering how over-the-top it can all be, one has to admire a major glossy that routinely pays closer to 50 cents for its covers. Wired’s Scott Dadich is the current master of the all-type cover.Of course, Wired’s covers must cost a bit more than 50 cents. They doubtlessly take a bit of time to pull off and Wired has a tradition of using multiple metallic and florescent inks, which all add a bit of cost. But considering that this magazine frequently goes to war on the newsstand with nothing but a few colors, shapes and words cobbled together, it’s all still pretty impressive. Even when there is an image, such as is the case with the Electric Car cover above, it’s still only a minor component of the package. Wired has been taking chances with it’s cover since its inception, and looking at the magazine’s content one can see why. When you contemplate the future of online media or the next Ice Age, there isn’t much to photograph that isn’t going to look trite. Powerful, surprising imagery may sometimes be possible when you’re writng about, oh, industrial applications for 380 digit prime numbers, but it’s not a sure thing.[EDITOR’S NOTE: Buy Jandos’ new book!]last_img read more


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first_img Now playing: Watch this: Tags Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone Phones Tablets The Huawei Mate X boasts a unique design. Jessica Dolcourt/CNET After Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business, unveiled the company’s foldable Mate X smartphone on Sunday, the audience ooohed and ahhhed. When he announced the price – a staggering 2,300 euros ($2,600) – the audience gasped. The price tag practically makes the $1,980 Samsung Galaxy Fold, unveiled on Wednesday, a steal. Huawei is certainly giving the attendees of MWC Barcelona something to talk about – and for once, it’s a controversy they’re likely to relish. Mobile World Congress 2019 Huawei Mate X triple threat: Foldable phone with 5G, lots of cameras Mobile World Congress 2019 Huawei Mate X is a foldable phone with 5G reading • With Mate X, Huawei hopes to unfold new reputation as innovator Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 Huawei 2:43 The Mate X emerges as Huawei faces intensified scrutiny over the security of its equipment and its ties to the Chinese government. Meng Wanzhou, the company’s chief financial officer and daughter of the founder, is under arrest in Canada awaiting extradition to the US for Justice Department charges related to alleged sanctions violations on Iran. The controversy is amplified by the rising tensions between the US and China over trade negotiations and the prospect of tariffs.  With all of those other troubles, what’s a little debate about the price of innovation?Huawei’s presence at MWC is more than just about a single phone. The industry sees the debut of foldable devices as a defining moment in history, akin to the launch of the original iPhone, and Huawei wants to be at the forefront. It’s a chance to rewrite the narrative that has – rightly or wrongly — been forced upon the Chinese telecommunications giant. • “We want to show the world that 5G can make the world better,” Yu told a handful of reporters at MWC. “We are leading in this.”Huawei founder and president, Ren Zhangfei, earlier this week denied any spying activity in an interview this week with CBS This Morning, and said his daughter’s arrest was politically motivated. (Disclosure: CNET and CBS This Morning share the same parent.)Yu denied the allegations have had a negative impact on its consumer business around the world. “Our customers trust us,” he said. How the Mate X feelsUnlike the Galaxy Fold, which features a larger display that folds inward like a book, the Mate X unfolds outward with a large continuous display. When folded, the front forms a 6.6-inch display, while the back is a 6.38-inch. Both sides swing out to form an 8-inch panel. I had a chance to try out the device and found it to be surprisingly polished considering how protective they are about the device. The two sides are a little stiff when you fold and unfold it, and it locks with a little latch the clicks in place. You push a button on the spine to release the other side, letting you unfold it. huawei-mate-x-mwc-2019-on-stage-richard-yu-2Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business, shows off the Mate X. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Yu said the phone is rated for 100,000 folds. He said that would be more than enough for an average consumer. I responded that if I spent $2,600 on this thing, I’d be folding and unfolding it all day.The spine acts as an ergonomic grip for the device when it’s unfolded. A screen that size can get unwieldy, and holding it with one hand while shooting it with my smartphone was workable because of that grip. Just don’t try to fold it back up with one hand – I almost dropped it when I tried. “They made some interesting design choices that not only make the Mate X look different, but in many eyes better than Samsung,” said Carolina Milanesi, an analyst at Creative Strategies. Ever since Samsung launched the Galaxy Fold on Wednesday, foldable devices have become a hot topic at MWC Barcelona, the world’s largest phone show. Even TCL, a Chinese company best known for televisions, showed off its Dragon Hinge, which enables a family of foldable devices. Mate X vs Galaxy FoldHuawei’s one-upmanship at the press conference was clear from the get-go. Yu touted its 5G connection, which the Galaxy Fold doesn’t have. The company says its Balong 5000 modem is able to tap into theoretical peak speeds that are double what you can get from Qualcomm’s 5G modem, the X50. Qualcomm declined to comment on the claim. Yu also took a shot at the right notch on the inside larger display of the Galaxy Fold, noting that the Mate X gives you a full, “uninterrupted” screen. The Mate X embeds its cameras on the thicker right rail. The Mate X’s 8-inch display also tops the 7.3-inch screen on the Fold. The Galaxy Fold on display during a demo at the Samsung Unpacked event. CNET He also suggested that Samsung moved the launch of its foldable phone up because of Huawei’s Mate X. But the Mate X doesn’t launch until the middle of the year, and the Galaxy Fold comes out on April 26. Samsung wasn’t available to respond to Yu’s comment. The Mate X won’t be sold in the US because of the ongoing controversy. Yu said the carriers want to work with Huawei but can’t because of political hurdles. Elsewhere around the world, Huawei will still need to convince consumers that $2,600 isn’t too much for a phone. Yu acknowledged that the price was high and said it would take at least two years before the cost went down to the level of one of its more mainstream phones. But he stressed that the level of innovation that went into the Mate X justifies the price, as the company looks to cement its reputation as a pioneer. “Huawei has to change the conversation,” said Maribel Lopez, an analyst at Lopez Research. “Can they convince people they’re innovative? Sure, but it doesn’t really change the overall market dynamic for them.”This story originally ran at 9:28 a.m. PT. 20 35 Photos Share your voice May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared Comments Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone See Alllast_img read more


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first_imgTwitter has finally announced to cut 8% of its global workforce — nearly 330 jobs — to strengthen the micro-blogging site that is facing slow user growth amid tough competition from the rival social media platforms.In a letter sent to employees on Tuesday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced several moves including layoffs to get the once fast-growing social media service back on track, Wall Street Journal reported.”We feel strongly that engineering will move much faster with a smaller and nimbler team, while remaining the biggest percentage of our workforce,” Dorsey wrote.The job cuts would mostly affect its product and engineering teams in an effort to “organise around the company’s top product priorities and drive efficiencies”.Over the past year, the company’s workforce grew 24% to 4,100 employees, about half of whom are engineers.However, Twitter’s monthly user growth climbed just 2.6% to 316 million in the quarter ending June 30.In the same time, Facebook has more than doubled the strength of employees but nearly five times as many active users.Twitter also announced that it expects revenue and a measure of its adjusted earnings to come in above the high end of its previously forecast range for the third quarter.In his letter, Dorsey said the coming roadmap will entail “a plan to change how we work, and what we need to do that work”.last_img read more


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first_imgProtesters gather around as pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong confronts police after taking part in a march to the West Kowloon rail terminus against the proposed extradition bill in Hong Kong on 7 July, 2019. Photo: AFPTens of thousands of anti-government protesters rallied outside a controversial train station linking Hong Kong to the Chinese mainland on Sunday, the latest mass show of anger as activists try to keep pressure on the city’s pro-Beijing leaders.The rally was the first large-scale protest since last Monday’s unprecedented storming of parliament by largely young, masked protesters — which plunged the international financial hub further into crisis.Hong Kong has been rocked by a month of huge marches as well as a series of separate violent confrontations with police, sparked by a law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China.The bill has since been postponed in response to the intense backlash but that has done little to quell public anger, which has evolved into a wider movement calling for democratic reforms and a halt to sliding freedoms in the semi-autonomous city.Organisers said some 230,000 people snaked their way through streets in the harbour-front district of Tsim Sha Tsui, an area popular with Chinese tourists. Police said 56,000 turned out at the protest’s peak.The march was billed as an opportunity to explain to mainlanders in the city what their protest movement is about.Inside China, where news and information are heavily censored, the Hong Kong protests have been portrayed as a primarily violent, foreign-funded plot to destabilise the motherland, not a mass popular movement over Beijing’s increased shadow over the semi-autonomous hub.”We want to show tourists, including mainland China tourists what is happening in Hong Kong and we hope they can take this concept back to China,” Eddison Ng, an 18-year-old demonstrator, told AFP.Bluetooth and loud-hailers Hong Kongers speak Cantonese but protesters were using Bluetooth to send leaflets in Mandarin — the predominant language on the mainland — to nearby phones, hoping to spread the word to mainlanders by digital word of mouth.”Why are there still so many people coming out to protest now?” one man said in Mandarin through a loudspeaker. “Because the Hong Kong government didn’t listen to our demands.”Many protest banners were written with the Simplified Chinese characters used on the mainland, not the Traditional Chinese system used in Hong Kong and Taiwan.And a lawmaker had to coach crowds how to chant “Students are not rioters” using the correct Mandarin pronunciation.Protesters are demanding the postponed extradition bill be scrapped entirely, an independent inquiry into police use of tear gas and rubber bullets, amnesty for those arrested, and for the city’s unelected leader Carrie Lam to step down.Beijing has thrown its full support behind Lam, calling on Hong Kong police to pursue anyone involved in the parliament storming and other clashes.In an interview with the BBC on Sunday, China’s ambassador to Britain said the extradition bill was needed to “plug loopholes” and that Beijing has “full confidence in the Hong Kong government”.Sunday’s protest began on the waterfront — the first time a rally has taken place off the main island — and made its way to West Kowloon, a recently opened multi-billion-dollar station that links to China’s high-speed rail network.Police placed the glass and steel structure in virtual lockdown and only those with previously purchased tickets were being allowed in.Controversial station Throughout the evening small groups of young protesters, most masked, taunted the police at multiple places as crowds returned home, but there were no major clashes.Particular ire was directed towards a senior white police officer who protesters believe played a key role in commanding units to fire tear gas and rubber bullets last month.The terminus is controversial because Chinese law operates in the parts of the station dealing with immigration and customs, as well as the platforms, even though West Kowloon is kilometres from the border.Critics say that move gave away part of the city’s territory to an increasingly assertive Beijing.Under Hong Kong’s mini-constitution China’s national laws do not apply to the city apart from in limited areas, including defence.Hong Kong also enjoys rights unseen on the mainland, including freedom of speech, protected by a deal made before the city was handed back to China by Britain in 1997.But there are growing fears those liberties are being eroded.Among recent watershed moments critics point to are the disappearance into mainland custody of dissident booksellers, the disqualification of prominent politicians, the de facto expulsion of a foreign journalist and the jailing of democracy protest leaders.last_img read more


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first_imgThe closure comes after engineers found some major structural problems with a bridge on the ramp. TXDOT’S Danny Perez says a concrete slab popped up and was a hazard for drivers: “Definitely was not a condition for folks to travel on. So, as a precaution, we decided to close the road completely.” Perez explains what it will take to repair the bridge. “We’re demolishing that portion of the bridge, gonna put new concrete there. We’re actually gonna use these heavy duty cranes. We’re gonna lift that portion of the bridge to put it back into place where it had actually shifted out of place and that bridge will be fully functional and operational.” Unfortunately for commuters, the work will take several weeks.“The plan is to get it open by mid-January, but we’re hoping to get it open a lot sooner. So, we wanna make sure we’re getting that done. We know it’s a vital corridor for folks getting in and out of downtown”, says Perez.He explains that the damage was not caused by an accident or some other specific event. It just deteriorated over time.        The City of Houston suggests the following detours:IH-10 (Katy Freeway) westboundTraffic on Louisiana will turn left onto CongressProceed on Congress to Franklin and turn leftUse Franklin to turn right onto the IH-10 (Katy Freeway) HOV lanesIH-45 (North Freeway) HOV northboundTraffic on Louisiana turns right on FranklinProceed to Travis and turn leftUse Travis to access the IH-45 HOV lanes – / 4 Sharelast_img read more