Poll-bound Meghalaya resents visa hurdle for global Baptist body chief

first_imgA part of poll-bound Meghalaya is unhappy with New Delhi for denying visa to the Pope equivalent of the Baptists, who was scheduled to attend a four-day celebration of 150 years of Christianity in a small town in the State.The Garo Baptist Convention had invited Dr. Paul Msiza, the Johannesburg-based president of Baptist World Alliance, for the four-day celebration at Rajasimla from Thursday. Rajasimla is in Kharkutta assembly segment of Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills district.“The denial of visa to Dr Paul for the 150th anniversary of Baptism in Rajasimla has caused a great deal of resentment here. This is not the only case; many of our foreign friends have been denied visa in the last three years despite the fact that they have been coming here on earlier occasions,” Reverend Janang R Sangma, general secretary of Garo Baptist Convention, told The Hindu from Tura, the headquarters of western half of Meghalaya comprising Garo Hills.“The NDA government at the Centre should realise that this is a celebration, not a mission programme and has nothing to do with conversion. Visa for such religious functions should not be denied,” Reverend Sangma said on Wednesday.Members of a local Baptist association said they have tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in a tweet asking why Dr. Paul’s visa is still being kept pending. They did not receive any feedback till Thursday morning.Meghalaya Congress leader and Lok Sabha member Vincent Pala said he was not aware of the visa issue. “I will have to check,” he said.The party’s leaders in Kharkutta constituency – it is a Congress bastion – said this Dr. Paul episode reflects the Bharatiya Janata Party’s attitude towards minorities.“People are free to make allegations. One has to first find out if the South African Baptist leader’s papers are in order, or if there are reasons related to security of the country,” Meghalaya’s BJP chief Shibun Lyngdoh said.The BJP, keen on conquering Meghalaya after Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur in the Northeast, has been struggling to explain its position in the Christian-majority State after a series of attacks on churches and Christians, mostly in northern India.The BJP was somewhat shaken in June last year when two Garo Hills leaders – Bernard Marak and Bachu Marak – resigned during the peak of the beef controversy.Meghalaya goes to the polls on February 27.last_img read more

We knew it all along: Male, female brains operate at different molecular levels

first_imgA new study of a brain region involved in learning and memory, and responses to stress and epilepsy, has found that male and female brains operate differently at a molecular level.The findings suggest that female and male brains may respond differently to certain drugs.Also read: Men more likely to be obese than women”The importance of studying sex differences in the brain is about making biology and medicine relevant to everyone, to both men and women,” said senior author of the study Catherine Woolley, professor at Northwestern in Illinois, US.”It is not about things such as who is better at reading a map or why more men than women choose to enter certain professions,” Woolley explained.Among their findings, the scientists found that a drug called URB-597, which regulates a molecule important in neurotransmitter release, had an effect in females that it did not have in males.While the study was done in rats, it has broad implications for humans because this drug and others like it are currently being tested in clinical trials in humans.To find out what is the same and what is different between males and females, scientists need to study both sexes, Woolley maintained.Currently, about 85 percent of basic neuroscience studies are done in male animals, tissues or cells.”We are not doing women–and specifically women’s health–any favours by pretending that things are the same if they are not,” Woolley said.”If the results of research would be different in female animals, tissues and cells, then we need to know. This is essential so that we can find appropriate diagnoses, treatments and, ultimately, cures for disease in both sexes,” she pointed out.advertisementThe study was published in The Journal of Neuroscience.last_img read more

Reliance Lyf phones get huge price drop of up to Rs 4,000

first_imgReliance has announced big discounts on several Lyf smartphones that were launched recently. The new prices are applicable from Tuesday.The Lyf Water 2, which is the priciest of the lot, has received the biggest discount of Rs 4,000. The phone was earlier priced at Rs 13,499 and is now available for Rs 9,499. The Water 2 phone is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. There’s 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 32GB via microSD card. The dual-SIM smartphone supports 4G LTE connectivity.The Lyf Flame 2 smartphone has received a discount of Rs 1,300 and is now available at Rs 3,499. The phone was earlier launched at Rs 4,799.The Lyf Wind 6, which was selling for Rs 6,499, will now be available for Rs 5,999 after a price cut of Rs 500. The Wind 5 has a 5-inch FWVGA display and is powered by a 1.1 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory. The dual-SIM phone sports a 5-megapixel camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The phone uses a 2,250mAh battery.Some of the other Lyf phones that have received a price cut of Rs. 1,000 are the Flame 4, Flame 5, and Flame 6. All three will now be available at Rs. 2,999.The company had recently launched Flame 5 with 4G VoLTE at Rs 3,999.Reliance is offering free unlimited data and voice-calling for three months on the Reliance Jio on the purchase of any of the Lyf smartphones. The offer becomes interesting in case of Lyf Flame 5 phone, which costs Rs 2,999. And under this offer a customer will get free 4G data and voice-callingfor three months.advertisementlast_img read more

Isles Slip Past Blue Jackets, 3-2

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio — Skating the length of the ice with the puck on a 2-on-none breakaway, Josh Bailey decided to let Kyle Okposo have the glory of getting the winning goal.Okposo got his second goal of the game on a drop pass from Bailey at 2:16 of overtime to lift the New York Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Dec. 12.“Just happy to see that one go in,” Bailey said of Okposo’s eighth. “I didn’t want to just take an end to end breakaway knowing Okie was there.”Apparently Bailey was too busy to hear Okposo’s instructions.“I was yelling at him to just take it but I was prepared for it,” he said. “In that situation sometimes you drop it but it worked out. I just tried to make the goalie bite.”Frans Nielsen also scored and Jaroslav Halak had 28 saves as New York improved to 7-0-2 in its last nine games.Brandon Saad and Cam Atkinson had goals for Columbus, which has one win in its last seven (1-3-3). The Blue Jackets had a potential winning goal in the final minute of regulation overturned by a video review.Even with the Islanders’ strong record of late, coach Jack Capuano wasn’t pleased after the game. He thought his team provided Columbus with energy.“If you look at the chances we gave them it came from mismanaging the puck,” Capuano said. “I’m disappointed, our decision making has to be better. I understand we have some skill guys but sometimes they want to make the sexy play and that’s not the right play to make. You’ve got to take what’s available to you.”Curtis McElhinney finished with 16 saves while making a second consecutive start since Sergei Bobrovksy suffered a strained groin late on Dec. 8 against the visiting Kings. Bobrovksy is expected to be on the shelf for three weeks.In overtime, Bailey and Okposo broke in alone. Approaching the crease, Bailey left it for Okposo, who made a forehand to backhand move then tucked the puck past McElhinney for his eighth.Columbus mounted a charge the second half of the game. Atkinson made it 2-apiece at 8:20 on a long slap shot for his ninth and third in the third period the last two games.The Blue Jackets then thought they won it with 48 seconds remaining, but the goal was overturned in the league’s video review room. It was ruled Boone Jenner used a “distinct kicking motion” to convert a rushing Saad’s centering pass.“It went of my stick and I just kind of lost it with the goalie and everything,” Jenner said. “Replay showed I guess there was a kicking motion. I can’t do anything about it now.”In a blurry sequence in the crease it appeared the pass hit Jenner’s stick then maybe hit his skate or even trickled in off the stick of defenseman Travis Hamonic.“I’m happy we came back to get one (point),” Columbus coach John Tortorella said. “But we’ve got try and figure out getting that extra point in these types of games if we’re going to get from underneath the water.”Okposo made it 1-0 with 4:39 remaining in the first period. He stole a bad breakout pass toward the middle of the ice by Gregory Campbell then quickly snapped a shot over McElhinney’s glove.Saad tied it at 5:08 of the second period when Jenner’s spinning centering pass deflected off his skate past Halak. The goal was Saad’s 10th ending an 11-game drought, one short of tying his career long skid.The Islanders responded just 57 seconds later on the power play with Nielsen scoring his 12th. At the top of the crease he controlled a bouncing puck and squibbed a weak, low shot by McElhinney’s outstreched arm and David Savard on his knees at the goal line.“I think that we’ve done a pretty good job of getting a couple points when we haven’t been at our best,” Okposo said. “We’ve just got to find a way to get back to that level because we know we can’t sustain this.”(ROBERT DENHARD)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Why Trent Dilfer’s Boasts About Nick Starkel Are A Big Deal

first_imgNational college football writer for USA Today, Paul Myerberg, noted yesterday Trent Dilfer said OSU commit Nick Starkel is one of the best pure passers to participate in the Elite 11.Trent Dilfer said Okla St commit Nick Starkel may be one of the best pure passers they’ve ever had at Elite 11.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) July 7, 2015When you think about the Elite 11, most people won’t be able to recall many participants from years past. Unless you follow recruiting or a specific player, many people don’t realize the plethora of talent who have been involved in the camp in recent years. Here are a few former participants in the Elite 11, and why the boast from Dilfer about Starkel is a bigger compliment than you may think.Teddy Bridgewater, Class of 2010Bridgewater was a four-star prospect who was ranked as the No. 5 dual-threat quarterback in the 2011 recruiting class. Bridgewater is an excellent passer with a high upside just beginning his career in the NFL. He was the No. 32 overall pick in the 2014 draft taken by the Minnesota Vikings.Tim Tebow, Class of 2005So yeah, Tebow was a great college quarterback. He won two national championships with Florida and won the Heisman trophy as a sophomore in 2007. He was known more for his legs than his arm and so far his NFL career has been a bust, but still an excellent high school and college quarterback.Jameis Winston, Class of 2011You may have heard of him a time or two. Winston was the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft and won the Heisman trophy as a freshman at Florida State.Jameis Winston was in Nick Starkel's shoes not long ago. (Credit: Elite 11)Jameis Winston was in Nick Starkel’s shoes not long ago. (Credit: Elite 11)Andrew Luck, Class of 2007Despite the lack of professional accolades to date, Luck is arguably the most elite quarterback in the NFL. He was also a No. 1 overall pick in 2012 taken by the Indianapolis Colts. Luck was taken down by Brandon Weeden and Co. in the 2012 BCS Fiesta Bowl. Good times, good times…Nick Starkel, Class of 2015Starkel has a huge upside with a large frame to grow into, but at 6’4, 185 pounds, he still has a lot of muscle to put on. Developing under the #BodyByGlass program while Rudolph shines and Kolar eventually emerges makes for an exciting future at the quarterback position in Stillwater.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

India all-rounder Vijay Shankar ruled out of World Cup 2019 with toe injury

first_imgIndia all-rounder Vijay Shankar ruled out of World Cup 2019 with toe injuryIndia skipper Virat Kohli had informed at the toss during the England game on Sunday that Vijay Shankar had a toe niggle and the signs weren’t too good.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service BirminghamJuly 1, 2019UPDATED: July 1, 2019 17:03 IST Vijay Shankar injured his toe during practice (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVijay Shankar had missed the match vs England on Sunday with a toe niggleShankar is likely to be replaced in the squad by Karnataka opener Mayank AgarwalRishabh Pant had played in place of Vijay Shankar in the Indian playing XI vs EnglandIn a blow to the Indian team going into the business end, all-rounder Vijay Shankar has been ruled out of the World Cup with a toe injury. While the blow at the nets off Jasprit Bumrah hadnt looked very serious to start with, it looks to have been aggravated.Shankar has been ruled out and the BCCI may now make a formal request to the ICC to call in a replacement.”Vijay got hit on the toe by a Jasprit Bumrah delivery once again. His situation is not great and he won’t be able to take part in the tournament. He is going back home,” a senior BCCI official revealed.”The Indian team management is likely to ask for Mayank Agarwal as replacement since he is an opener and also it might give KL Rahul a chance to get back to the No.4 position in case Rishabh Pant fails in the next two games,” the source added.Shankar is likely to be replaced in the squad by Karnataka opener Mayank Agarwal, who made his Test debut against Australia last year, has not yet played in the ODI format.India skipper Virat Kohli had informed at the toss during the England game on Sunday that the all-rounder had a toe niggle and the signs weren’t too good.”Vijay Shankar has a toe niggle, Rishabh Pant is in. He brings in a lot of fearlessness. Once he gets to 20, then he’s unstoppable,” Kohli had said.In fact, speaking on the eve of the England game, Kohli had praised Shankar and said: “So you can’t really sit down and pinpoint things. But I personally felt that he (Shankar) looked really solid. There’s not much that needs to be tinkered with. Sometimes in cricket you just need a bit of luck to get over from 30 to 60, and then you play a defining knock for the team. He’s very close to that, and we’re very confident that he’s going to end up playing that kind of knock for us.”advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Vijay ShankarFollow Vijay Shankar ruled outFollow World Cup 2019Follow India vs England Nextlast_img read more

Pan for Gold At Sherbrooke Village

first_imgVisitors can learn to pan for gold while celebrating the golden days of the Sherbrooke area, at the Sherbrooke Village Gold Mining Frolic on Sunday, Aug. 20. The celebration will be held from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Royal Oak Stamp Mill. A local prospector will be on hand to show visitors how to pan for gold. Visitors can also learn about the history of the gold rush of the 1860s in Goldenville and the surrounding Sherbrooke area through artifacts, pictures and memorabilia displayed in the stamp mill. The gold rush transformed Sherbrooke from a sleepy village to a bustling town of more than 1,200 within a couple of years of the 1861 discovery. Samples of the museum’s “good as gold” recipes for beans and brown bread will be served, and costumed staff will be on hand to share information about Sherbrooke’s golden history. The stamp mill is located on the Sonora Road opposite the McDonald Brothers Sawmill. Admission is free. For more information on this event call 1-888-743-7845.last_img read more

Trade Centre Limited Takes Action on Municipal Auditor Generals Recommendations

first_imgTrade Centre Limited (TCL) will act on the recommendations in the Halifax Regional Municipality auditor general’s report on funding for concerts released today, June 7. “As the operator of the Halifax Metro Centre, we are committed to working with HRM, our board of directors and the province of Nova Scotia to ensure municipal taxpayers are protected,” said Scott Ferguson, president and CEO of TCL. “A series of changes are already underway to improve our operating processes and governance practices and we will act on all of the auditor general’s recommendations that impact our operations.” After a review of past practices, TCL is strengthening controls and implementing several new procedures and recommendations, including: updated operating principles and guidelines for the Halifax Metro Centre a policy and protocol for responding to requests for advances from event organizers the development of a new operating agreement for the Metro Centre with HRM a separate bank account under Ticket Atlantic to improve transparency and accountability TCL is also continuing to implement a comprehensive approach to risk management, a process that began last year and will be complete in fiscal 2011-12. “The auditor general has conducted a thorough review and we welcome his input,” said Mr. Ferguson. “We recognize that change is required, and I take full responsibility for ensuring we make the appropriate changes to be more accountable.” The Halifax Metro Centre is owned by HRM and operated by TCL under an agreement established in 1982. All operating income from the facility goes to the municipality.last_img read more

Delhis Signature bridge to get parking area for visitors

first_imgNEW DELHI: With the plans of beautification of Delhi’s signature bridge with lighting and also making a different spot for the tourists to see the view, the Delhi government has started to formulate a plan to make parking space for the tourists of the Signature bridge.The official sources have confirmed that the government is working to finalise land near signature bridge so that it would be convenient for the people to park their cars. “This week the Delhi Chief Secretary held a senior level meeting on the ongoing work at the bridge. The officials presented that when the rush of visitors will increase and if there is no separate parking space then it might create law and order situation,” said an official. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkHe also added that as per the government’s estimate that if there is no space for parking then the people will park the car at the bridge which might create a lot of traffic and also space will become prone to accidents. “The government will not allow such a situation and a separate parking space will be made. Space should be nearby so that every visitor can walk the way till the signature bridge,” said the official. The Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) is working to develop the Signature Bridge as an important tourist destination. The initiative is part of directions issued by deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia to the DTTDC after an inspection of the under-construction bridge last week. The DTTDC is responsible for the construction of the 675 meter-long bridge — the first asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge in India. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe bridge will have a 154-metre high glass viewing box which will offer a panoramic view of Delhi. The bridge will have four elevators with a combined capacity of 50 people to carry visitors to the viewing box. The bridge measures 575 metres in length and will have selfie spots for people to click photo. While being a tourist spot, the Signature Bridge will also share the burden of traffic with the Wazirabad Bridge. The Signature Bridge was proposed back in 2004 as the first asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge in the nation. Back then, it had an estimated cost of Rs 494 crore. The projected cost was hiked to Rs 1,131 crore in 2010 when New Delhi hosted the Commomwealth Games. The project was delayed even further and its estimated cost grew to Rs 1,594 crore. The bridge is being built on the Yamuna near Wazirabad and will cut down travel time between north and north-eastern parts of the national capital.last_img read more

For The Record Martin Luther Kings daughter

first_imgAPTN National NewsBernice King, daughter of American Civil Rights hero Martin Luther King, gave the opening address at yesterdays reconciliation walk in Vancouver.King called the past treatment of First Nations appalling and applauded Canada for holding a truth and reconciliation process.For the record here is what she had to say to the 70000 people who came to walk in support of reconciliation and healing.last_img

SC asks Narasimha to play mediator BCCI bodies happy

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked P S Narasimha, amicus curiae in BCCI matters, to also act as mediator for the state associations of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. The Bench of Justices SA Bobde and A.M. Sapre has asked Narasimha to hear the state associations’ concerns and suggest the way forward to the Committee of Administrators (CoA). A senior BCCI official said the move has come as a huge relief for the state associations, which now have the option of getting their issues heard. It will also bring to an end the generic affidavits being filed by the CEO in violation of the newly registered constitution, he added. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”This is a huge relief for several associations, which were shocked and disappointed at the generic affidavits being filed by the CEO in violation of the constitution finalised by the Supreme Court. These were actually bordering on contempt since as per the constitution finalised by the court, it is only the acting secretary who could have filed an affidavit on behalf of the BCCI,” the official said. The SC also barred all courts in the country, including the high courts, from entertaining any plea relating to the BCCI and its state affiliates, that it is hearing. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenThe Bench also asked Narasimha to look into the release of funds by the SC-appointed CoA to various state associations. Almost all the associations have cited lack of release of funds as a burning issue. Commenting on this, a senior state association official said the order was like a wave of relief for the state bodies of the BCCI. “A wave of relief has swept through the cricketing fraternity after today’s order of the SC. The members of the cricketing fraternity are grateful to the court for its observation that the game must go on.” “The restriction on the flow of associations’ own funds had all but brought the development of the game of cricket at the grassroots level to a standstill and this empathetic view will potentially bring an end to this unfortunate stalemate. The member associations have full faith in the new amicus and for us, his non-partisan approach is a breath of fresh air,” he smiled. At the previous hearing, the Bench had appointed Justice (retired) D K Jain the ombudsman of the BCCI and Lt. Gen. Ravi Thodge the third member of the CoA.last_img read more

Sri Lanka poised to deal with postconflict tasks leader tells UN

Having recently declared victory in its decades-long conflict with Tamil rebels, Sri Lanka is committed to tackling issues of long-term peace and development, including resettlement of displaced civilians and reconciliation, its Prime Minister said at the United Nations today. “We have entered a forward-looking, post-conflict phase, recognizing at the same time the urgent need to deal with the scars and unresolved challenges of the past,” Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka told the annual high-level debate of the General Assembly. In May the Government declared an end to its military operation against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), ending more than two decades of fighting. Mr. Wickramanayaka said one of the Government’s highest priorities following the end of the conflict has been to meet the immediate needs of the some 280,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) residing in camps in northern Sri Lanka, as well as to ensure their “safe, voluntary and dignified” return to their homes. “The Government reiterates its firm resolve to resettle the IDPs expeditiously,” he said. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has on several occasions voiced his concern about developments regarding the IDPs, as well as the political process and a possible accountability mechanism for alleged human rights violations committed during the armed conflict. The Prime Minister acknowledged that “in the aftermath of conflict, peace cannot last without reconciliation,” and said the Government had put in place “a broad and comprehensive foundation” for long-term peace and security encompassing reconstruction, development, political empowerment and reconciliation. “The end of conflict provides us with a historic opportunity to address the grievances and aspirations of all communities, in expediting a long-term political solution.” He added that Sri Lanka is committed to complying with its international obligations in the field of human rights and humanitarian standards. 26 September 2009Having recently declared victory in its decades-long conflict with Tamil rebels, Sri Lanka is committed to tackling issues of long-term peace and development, including resettlement of displaced civilians and reconciliation, its Prime Minister said at the United Nations today. read more

UNbacked narcotics control body calls for more policies to address drug dependence

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) said that women and girls comprise one-third of global drug users yet are only one-fifth of those receiving treatment, as significant systemic, structural, social, cultural and personal barriers affect women’s ability to access substance abuse treatment..Further, they are also more likely to be prescribed narcotics and anti-anxiety medication than men, and are thus more likely to abuse these medications.For example, Germany and Serbia have reported that fatal overdoses from prescription drugs are more frequent among women. Additionally, countries such as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland have seen larger increases in overdoses, of all substances, among women than among men.These are among the key findings in the 2016 Annual Report launched today by the INCB. It stresses that Governments should prioritize providing health care for drug-dependent women, in addition to more funding and coordination to prevent and treat drug abuse among women.“We want to change perceptions and remind people, particularly policymakers, of the importance of protecting the rights of women who use drugs or who have committed drug-related offences and the rights of their families,” said the organization’s President, Werner Sipp, in a news release. The report also highlights the importance of targeting prevention programmes to specific populations, such as prisoners, pregnant women, people living with HIV/AIDS, and sex workers.It notes that women prisoners and sex workers are at “particular risk” of drug use.Countries are also encouraged to seek alternatives to imprisonment for drug-related offences, such as treatment, rehabilitation and social integration. The INCB also repeated its longstanding call for countries to abolish the death penalty for drug-related offences.Among its other observations, the Board noted with “great concern” recent reports in some countries of the targeting of individuals suspected of involvement in drug-related activity, including drug use, who have been subjected to violent acts of reprisal and murder at the hands of law enforcement personnel and members of the civilian population. In some instances, those acts have been committed with the expressed or tacit approval, or even encouragement, of political forces and, in many cases, have gone unpunished, said the Board, emphasizing that it condemned such practices, including the extrajudicial targeting of persons suspected of drug use, “in the strongest possible terms,” and denounced them as a “serious violation of human rights […] and an affront to the most basic standards of human dignity.” read more

EYEWITNESS Circling the wagons…

…for “our” peopleThe WPA weighed in on Pressie’s unilateral appointment of Justice James Patterson as GECOM’s chairman. Your Eyewitness hoped, in the interest of full disclosure, they’d confessed they’re a member of the APNU coalition with the PNC – of which Pressie’s the leader. It would’ve at least signalled “where they were coming from” – which is, from the belly of the beast!Wasn’t it Martin Carter who best summed up, not only the nature of that beast after the murder of Father Darke , which prefigured Walter Rodney’s, but also what should be our response: “I have at last started/ To understand the origin/ Of our vileness, and being/ Unable to deny it, I suggest/ Its nativity/ In the shame of knowledge/ Of our vileness, we shall fight.” But it’s obvious that the WPA has decided to accept the “vileness” of the PNC and join them rather than “fight”.In terms of the WPA’s statement, we can also quote Carter’s bitter conclusion after he also had joined up with the PNC government: “But a mouth is always muzzled/ by the food it eats to live.” His lesson for the WPA is summed up in the word “but” – which isn’t called an “eraser word” for nothing. It wipes out all the excuses you may have for cooperating with the beast, to let you know the extent of your betrayal.So what does the WPA say to this strangulation of the democratic spirit? They began with: “There was never going to be a good outcome to the appointment of the GECOM Chair without prior Constitutional Reform. This could be proven true for all appointments that require President/Leader of Opposition agreement.” But this isn’t true, is it? We’ve had FIVE appointments that produced “good outcomes”, haven’t we? Excepting when the PNC after 1997 decided to launch warfare against the state!And imagine it was the WPA that suggested two Indians, Doodnauth Singh and Steve Surujbally, whom ACDA railed against recently. The question, of course, if those two worthies were deemed “fit and proper” then, what sin exactly did Joe Singh commit that the WPA doesn’t defend him against Pressie’s dictat?Then if, as the erstwhile party of Rodney says, “WPA did not and indeed could not, participate in the selection process ‘as of right’ since the Constitution confines this selection, effectively to a President/Leader of Opposition procedure,” where in the same Constitution they found the clause specifying Pressie consult them when he hired and fired Rupert Roopnaraine? Last time your Eyewitness looked at Art 106, Pressie “as of right” appoints members of his Cabinet!!Verily, it’s clear the Worst Possible Alternative has returned home!…and closing mindsBut one of the most amazing assertions by the WPA was their third “point”: “Our fundamental political position is not to be ensnared by PPP/C, on principle, in any form, guise, or manner, in their desperate efforts at revisionism/historical rewriting/opportunism/ and crude hypocrisy.” On principle? Which principle?”If the WPA can embrace the PNC, which has rejected the findings of the Rodney Commission – not to mention its recommendations – what “principle” has the PPP violated that exceeds those enumerated atrocities? Did the PPP kill any WPA leaders? Said the COI: “Given the manner in which the country was run, coupled with the threats issued by Prime Minister Burnham to the members of the WPA, we conclude that Prime Minister Burnham knew of the plan and was part of the conspiracy to assassinate Dr. Walter Rodney”.What about the killings of Ohene Koama, Edward Dublin and the stabbing to death, in broad daylight, of a Catholic priest, Father Bernard Darke, to name a few?And all of this for a few pieces of silver?…for fait accompliAnd the WPA expects Guyanese to be comforted that they’ll “withdraw from the coalition” if elections are rigged?Like with the UF in 1968, who’d care then? Boat done gone over falls! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Politics…January 29, 2019In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Independence…May 27, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: The free marketFebruary 18, 2019In “EYEWITNESS” read more

Pilot Crushtec launches all new TwisterTrac VS300 mobile crusher

first_imgCrushing and screening equipment producer Pilot Crushtec has launched its new TwisterTrac VS300 impact crusher, signifying, it says, “a new generation in crusher design.” The TwisterTrac VS300 replaces its award-winning predecessor, the TwisterTrac AC210, and promises to meet current market needs and increasingly tighter environmental legislation. The TwisterTrac VS300 has increased power expected to raise output to a reliable 300 t/h.Pilot Crushtec director of operations Jorge Abelho explains that the new TwisterTrac has been designed to accommodate the Cat Tier 4 C13 and C15 ACERT engines needed to comply with stringent European and American standards for carbon emissions. “These strict standards dictated a drastic change in design so we decided to start with a clean sheet and conceive a completely new product from the ground up. We also incorporated improvements gained from our experience with the TwisterTrac AC210.”Typical of these is the TwisterTrac VS300’s troughed feeder which has been designed to reduce the number of moving parts. The crusher also incorporates a new mounting and vibration isolating system that is always visible and will allow replacing of all four rubber mountings in less than an hour. The crusher motor has been moved to a position to the side of the plant which permits easy access and maintenance on any of its components. At least 30 other major design changes to reduce maintenance have been incorporated into the design.According to drawing office manager Dawie Scholz, more than 3,500 computer assisted drafting man-hours went into the design process which, apart from accommodating a radically different selection of power plants, has produced a product with significantly improved performance while being fully compliant with the latest European ergonomic and safety standards.“The TwisterTrac VS300 will bear the European Conformity mark which indicates that it conforms to European Union directives which also require that it be accompanied by an operations manual in the language of every country in which it is sold,” he says.A major feature of the TwisterTrac VS300 is its state-of-the-art CANbus electronic control system which is a first in South Africa. It has real-time filter monitoring and the most up to date in human machine interaction technology. While this sophisticated machine boasts the very latest in programme logic control technology, the control systems are supported by graphic illustrations to guide the operator.The TwisterTrac VS300 is available with a choice of four different power packs. These include the:zC 13 Tier 3 328 kW engine as per the existing TwisterTrac AC210C 13 Tier 4,328 kW engine for European marketsC 15 Tier 3,405 kW for local useC 15 Tier 4,405 kW export option“We have increased the sizes of the diesel and hydraulic tanks in line with the increased power output to over 1,200 litres, which means they are expected to operate non-stop for at least one-and-a-half, eight-hour shifts,” says Jorge, adding that Tier 4 engines cannot be used locally as the specified fuel is not available in South Africa.The all new TwisterTrac VS300 is a track mounted vertical shaft impact crusher designed for high volume tertiary and quaternary crushing applications.last_img read more

NRW Early Contract Involvement contract for project development from Rio Tinto

first_imgNRW has announced the award by Rio Tinto of an Early Contract Involvement (ECI) contract for the provision of project development services. NRW will provide services and support through early contractor engagement and assist with providing construction expertise into the development of the sustaining capital program of works. The scope of the works to be performed are not definitive and will be performed under a schedule of rates arrangement, as required.The announcement follows several key contract awards in recent years for NRW at Rio Tinto Pilbara sites, including the February 2018 award of A$37 million of bulk earthworks and associated civil works for the Southern Waste Fines Storage Facility at the Marandoo mine. Before that work has included a A$140 million, two year contract mining award at Nammuldi 2015-2017.last_img read more

Magnetic resonance ore sorting

first_imgMining low grade ores is costs heavily in processing waste rock. By rapidly sorting high value ore from waste on a conveyor using magnetic resonance technology, bulk ore sorting offers a step change in productivity for copper miners. IM has reported on NextOre before but here is an important update on this very exciting technology.CSIRO reports that its “partnership with industry players Advisian and RFC Ambrian to produce the next generation bulk ore sorting technology is now being closely looked at by potential buyers. NextOre, the company being formed by the three partners, has developed an advanced sensor system that takes advantage of magnetic resonance technology. It illuminates batches of ore with short pulses of radio waves, assessing ore grade and enabling high tonnage sorting at extremely high speeds.”NextOre’s ore sorter is able to detect the magnetic resonance signatures of many minerals, including the most common economically significant iron-and copper-bearing minerals. It also has the ability to detect arsenic-bearing minerals that are often positively correlated with gold in sulphide ore deposits. It can see through large ore batches in real time as they pass by the sensors contained in an open-ended chamber.RFC Ambrian Associate Director and acting CEO of NextOre, Chris Beal, says the industry reaction to this ore sorting technique has been very positive. It can pass material through at the rate of 5,000 t/h, being able to distinguish “the wheat from the chaff” in seconds.“The R&D phase is over,” Beal says. “It’s now about getting the industry to implement it and while we can’t yet mention names, most of the global mining houses investigating operational improvements through the application of advanced technologies are looking at this solution.”As a corporate finance company specialising in resources, RFC Ambrian has taken on an unusual additional role of working as the commercialiser and lead marketer of the product in conjunction with Advisian and CSIRO.Beal says mining companies are not normally taken to the early adoption of radical new technologies, even if the benefits are clear and significant. “Selling equipment and getting it in front of the right people in some of these big mining companies is not normally what investment bankers or corporate finance people do.“Our job is not just to get companies considering this solution, but to ensure they consider it at the right point in their development process or at the right approval level.”Advisian was also brought into the partnership because of its expertise in engineering solutions including bulk ore handling. The sensing mechanism has to be paired with conveyor and materials handling equipment and suitably matched with the size of the operation.CSIRO team leader, Dr David Miljak, says the ore sorter is likely to be most suited to the copper mining industry as it can detect copper minerals at extremely low grades. He calls high tonnage ore sorting the “holy grail’ of the mining industry.Other ore sorting conveyor machines tend to do the sorting on a rock-by-rock basis, with sensors often only penetrating “skin deep” — in other words, detecting ore particles on the surface of the passing material.By using magnetic resonance radio waves NextOre’s solution not only penetrates all of the ore presented on the conveyor, but reads the different mineral radio signals, informing sorters what is present in seconds.Miljak adds that it is extremely effective at detecting levels of arsenic that often occur along with gold orebodies. If the sensors detect abnormally high concentrations of arsenic minerals, then it can instruct equipment to selectively reject pods of ore, enhancing a deposit’s economic viability.He believes the processing costs for a big mining operation will drop radically for each pound of copper or ounce of gold produced — as much as 20% in some mines. “That’s according to the numbers we’ve put together. For an operation which spends half a billion dollars a year just to keep mining, that’s a big deal.”There is also the positive environmental aspect of the process. “If we can see what’s in the passing material faster, it means a smaller processing plant that uses less electricity, less water and produces less waste material thrown into tailings and dams. “For every tonne of metal, we offer a much lower environmental footprint. For mines that are constrained by water usage, that’s a bonus,” Miljak says.CSIRO’s Dr Nick Cutmore, who heads up the project’s research team, explains the sensing technology was evaluated at the Newcrest Ridgeway mine near Orange in New South Wales, Australia. The testing demonstrated throughput capacity, accuracy and response times that improve significantly on competing sensing technologies.“NextOre’s ore sorter should prove useful for both older, mature mines as well as undeveloped mines. It can extend the life of older mines and make undeveloped mines viable in the first place,” Cutmore says.The big problem for mines is that once they have worked out the higher grade material, they’re left with the lower grade, which may be uneconomic without advances in mining or processing technologies.“This technology allows a mine like this to continue to get a high enough grade to make it economic. By being able to process lower grade ore, we’re extending the life of the mine.”There are many undeveloped copper mines throughout the world, particularly in North and South America as well as in Australia.“This could help these countries to decide to develop a mine in the first place,” Cutmore says.The South Australian Government has set a bold target to triple copper production over the next 15 years as an important part of boosting its economy. NextOre’s ore sorting technology would dovetail nicely with that push.“A lot of these projects in South Australia are dealing with low grade material, and for it to be viable, we need brand new ways to process the copper and grow the economy. The technology we are offering is one way to do this,” Cutmore says.last_img read more

911 conspiracy theorist arrested after interrupting Super Bowl conference

first_imgA MAN WHO interrupted a Super Bowl news conference on Sunday with Most Valuable Player Malcom Smith to shout a conspiracy theory about the September 11, 2001, attacks was arrested and charged, a New Jersey State Police spokesman confirmed today.The man, who grabbed a microphone and yelled “investigate 9/11 … 9/11 was perpetrated by people in our own government,” was charged with trespass and released, said Trooper Jeff Flynn. Police did not immediately release his identity.A total of 10 arrests were reported around the game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, all for minor matters, Flynn said.Related: Manning determined to use Super Bowl hurt as motivation next seasonlast_img read more

Special Olympics get off to a great start in Limerick

first_imgSpirits are very high heading into the weekend and we would invite anyone with access to the various venues to come experience the joy of these Games. Among those who went along was Luke O’Brien (12), who was there supporting his sister.Here’s one of the great photos he took of the action: 100 metres divisional race Source: Luke O’Brien (12)TODAY WAS THE first day of Special Olympics Ireland.About 1,500 athletes from the four corners of Ireland are competing in the games in Limerick.Out of these games a team of approximately 100 athletes will be chosen to represent Team Ireland at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles next year.CEO of Special Olympics Ireland Matt English said: “Today was an incredibly successful first day of competition. Athletes gave a great account of themselves across the 14 sports and the 2014 Games are already blessed with many memorable moments.center_img Basketball divisional match Source: Luke O’Brien (12)Our slideshow has even more photos from the day:last_img read more

Les baleines bélugas piégées par la banquise pas secourues avant 3 jours

first_imgLes baleines bélugas piégées par la banquise pas secourues avant 3 joursJeudi, les autorités locales ont indiqué que le brise-glace russe qui doit libérer des glaces une centaine de baleines bélugas mettra au moins trois jours à se rendre dans cette zone de la Tchoukotka.  C’est une course contre la montre qui s’est entamée en Russie. Mardi, les autorités de Tchoukotka, région russe très isolée située à 6.000 kilomètres de Moscou ont alerté le gouvernement qu’une centaine de baleines bélugas étaient actuellement piégées par les glaces dans cette zone très difficile d’accès. Un piège qui se referme peu à peu sur elles et qui laisse craindre le pire quant à leur survie. À lire aussiVidéo – Un bébé baleine à bosse aperçu 20 minutes après sa naissanceUn brise-glace est donc actuellement en route pour tenter de sauver les baleines. Mais les conditions météorologiques ne sont pas très clémentes. Jeudi, les autorités locales ont ainsi indiqué que le navire baptisé Roubine n’arrivera pas tout de suite auprès des cétacés. “Le remorqueur est prêt à aller aider les bélugas piégés par les glaces, mais pour l’instant une tempête dans cette région de la mer de Béring (…) l’en empêche. Le temps de voyage du navire pour atteindre les bélugas dans ces conditions est d’environ trois jours”, a ainsi expliqué dans un communiqué, le chef du ministère régional des Situations d’urgence, Lioubomir Moukha cité par l’AFP.Actuellement, les cétacés sont coupés de la mer ouverte par une couche de glace d’environ 25 kilomètres de long et de 15-20 centimètres d’épaisseur, selon les autorités locales. “Or, les bélugas peuvent parcourir sous l’eau sans remonter à la surface une distance maximale de trois kilomètres et percer, si nécessaire, une couche de glace d’une épaisseur de huit centimètres”, précise la même source, ajoutant que cinq trous dans la banquise leurs permettent encore de venir respirer. Outre cela, les bélougas sont également menacés par un manque de nourriture. Si l’on en croit les autorités de Tchoukotka, les animaux ont dans la zone où ils sont piégés par la banquise de quoi se nourrir “jusqu’en janvier” Le 16 décembre 2011 à 20:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more