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Tata H7X spied testing, seven-seater SUV to be based on Land Rover’s D8 platform

Tata H7X spied testing, seven-seater SUV to be based on Land Rover’s D8 platform

first_imgTata Motors has been very active this year. Apart from launching five-seater SUV Harrier, the company has also updated Tiago and Tigor with more safety features. That the production variant of Tata 45X concept will make its debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show next month has been confirmed as well. Now several spy pictures of H7X, the Indian auto major’s seven-seater SUV, have leaked online.The photographs, posted by Autocar India, are of a camouflaged H7X test mule. The upcoming seven-seater SUV from Tata Motors will be based on Land Rover’s D8 platform.H7X is expected to get a front fascia on the lines of Harrier. The headlamp and grille design might be inspired from the five-seater SUV. However, the roof rails make H7X look taller. The test mule also sports a running board and nine-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels. On the back, the design is such that the passengers occupying the thrid row get enough headroom. A rear spoiler will definitely give it a sporty look. Inside the cabin, H7X is sure to have ample space as it is based on the D8 platform. It can be assumed that any ride will be comfortable for third-row passengers as well. However, the boot might be somewhat smaller than Harrier’s 425-litre boot.Currently, Harrier is powered by a Kryotec 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine churning out 140 bhp at 3,750 rpm and 350 Nm torque at 1,750 rpm. It comes with an Advanced Electronically Controlled Variable Geometry Turbocharger (eVGT) for low-end torque and linear power delivery with low carbon footprint. The motor is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. H7X is expected to get a more powerful and BS-VI-compliant variant of this mill. An automatic transmission might be offered as well.advertisementWe can also assume that H7X will get a Floating Island 8.8 inch touchscreen infotainment system, which is available with Harrier.Harrier gets safety features like six airbags, advanced ESP (electronic safety program), ABS (anti-lock braking system), EBD (electronic brake force distribution), corner stability control, electronic traction control, electronic stability control, hill hold control, hill descent control and roll over mitigation. These features are expected to accompany H7X as well.ALSO READ | 2019 Yamaha MT-09 launched in India at Rs 10.55 lakhALSO READ | 2019 Ford Endeavour launched in India, price starts at Rs 28.19 lakhALSO READ | Production variant of Tata 45X concept to make debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Showlast_img read more

Alphaliner: Containership Growth to Hit Record Low

Alphaliner: Containership Growth to Hit Record Low

first_imgzoom This year’s global containership capacity is expected to grow at a pace of only 4.6%, the lowest ever recorded for the global containership fleet, according to Alphaliner.Falling below the previously smallest year-on-year increase of 5.5%, recorded in 2009, this year will register well below the average annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.3%, recorded since 1990.In combination, the slower pace of vessel deliveries and the projected increase in the numbers of containerships sold for demolition, are expected to curb 2016 net fleet growth to less than 1 Mteu of nominal vessel capacity.Adjusted for potential deferrals, vessel deliveries are expected to reach 1.25 Mteu this year, compared to a record capacity of 1.72 Mteu delivered in 2015, and Alphaliner added that this figure could end up even lower if the current weak market demand persists over the course of the year.“Continued slow demand could prompt owners to delay deliveries of some ships in their order books, while a small number of orders, placed at financially troubled yards, could be cancelled altogether,” Alphaliner said.Vessel scrapping and other deletions are expected to reach an estimated 350,000 teu this year, as sagging demand is expected to increasingly force owners to de-commission elderly ships.The number of vessels sold for scrap surged in December last year, with 15 units for 51,000 teu sold within that month alone. These ships accounted for more than a quarter of the total of 192,000 teu scrapped in 2015.last_img read more

TEN Orders Tanker Duo against New LongTerm Charter Deals

TEN Orders Tanker Duo against New LongTerm Charter Deals

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Greece-based Tsakos Energy Navigation has placed an order for two Suezmax crude oil tankers on the back of new long-term charter deals.Namely, the company said that the new vessels would, upon delivery, enter into minimum 5 maximum 12-year contracts to an undisclosed oil major.According to data provided by Asiasis, the 158,000 dwt tankers were ordered from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in late January. The company would reportedly build the units at USD 65 million per vessel.The data shows that the tankers, which would be delivered in 2020, were hired by Chevron.TEN added that the time charter equivalent revenues from these two fixtures, over the duration of the respective contacts, is expected at a minimum USD 110 million and could reach USD 300 million, should employment be extended to its maximum period.“We are immensely proud to have further solidified our relationship with one of the world’s top oil majors which again highlights’ TEN’s position as an “owner of choice” to “blue-chip” charterers across the globe,” George Saroglou, COO of TEN, said.“This latest chapter in TEN’s growth policy, having already taken delivery of 15 fully employed vessels, underlines the company’s strategy to grow responsibly while fortifying the fleet’s cash generating ability for the years to come,” Saroglou concluded.last_img read more

Death toll climbs to five after quake in eastern Indonesia

Death toll climbs to five after quake in eastern Indonesia

first_imgJakarta: The death toll from a powerful earthquake that hit a remote Indonesian island chain at the weekend has climbed to five, with thousands living in evacuation shelters, an official said Wednesday.The shallow 7.3-magnitude quake struck about 165 kilometres (100 miles) south of the town of Ternate in North Maluku province on Sunday evening, according to the US Geological Survey.”Five people died after they were hit by debris,” Agus Wibowo, a spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency, said in a statement. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingNearly 1,000 houses were damaged in the sparsely populated district of South Halmahera, which was closest to the quake’s epicentre, and more than 3,000 people have taken refuge in government buildings and schools over fears of aftershocks.Local authorities have placed the district under emergency status and have begun establishing public kitchens, as well as distributing aid and tents.North Maluku was also hit by a 6.9-magnitude tremor earlier this month. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangIndonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide.Last year, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island killed more than 2,200 people, with another thousand declared missing.On December 26, 2004, a devastating 9.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra and triggered a tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands across the Indian Ocean region, including around 170,000 in Indonesia.last_img read more

Ministerial colleagues bureaucrats pay rich tributes to Jaitley

Ministerial colleagues bureaucrats pay rich tributes to Jaitley

first_imgNew Delhi: Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Nitin Gadkari and Piyush Goyal as also top bureaucrats on Saturday condoled the death of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, calling him a mentor and guide for many.Jaitley, 66, died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Saturday after undergoing treatment at the hospital for the past few weeks. “No words can describe the loss of Shri @arunjaitley. A mentor to many of us, a guide and a moral support and strength. Have learnt so much from him. A fine large-hearted person. Always ready to help anyone/everyone. His intelligence, sagacity, astuteness have no match,” Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted. Former finance secretary Hasmukh Adhia described Jaitley as a “saint” and a “true statesman”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”He was a saint, not a minister. I had the privilege of working so closely with him in four out of five years of his tenure as finance minister of India…He was the best minister I had in my entire career…I am privy to his statesmanship in making the GST a reality. In fact but for him, GST would not have been implemented in a such short period of time,” Adhia said. Jaitley’s stint in the Modi 1.0 government was affected by his frequent bouts of ill health that even led him to take a short sabbatical. Last year, he took a three-month break to undergo a kidney transplant. Piyush Goyal had filled in for him in the finance ministry at that time. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KGoyal, who is currently the commerce and industry as well as railways minister, described Jaitley’s demise as an irreparable loss. “He was an outstanding statesman & administrator who devoted his life to public service and nation’s growth. The nation is in mourning,” he said. Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Jaitley was like an elder brother to him. “Have worked with him since my student days for more than 45 years. His intellect, leadership and eloquence was truly extraordinary. We all will really miss him,” he tweeted. Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur reminisced seeking advice from Jaitley, who taught him “the greatest lessons in leadership and humility”. “Today I have lost the voice that was my conscience, mentor and motivator. I will treasure his early morning discussions and walks; his clarity of thought and his depth of counsel within Parliament & outside,” he tweeted. Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said Jaitley’s speeches in the Rajya Sabha, both while in power and opposition, will always be remembered. Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar described Jaitley as a “great leader, an exemplary gentleman”. “We have lost a person staunchly committed to the welfare of our nation …My deepest respects to the person who did me the honour of occasional consultation,” he tweeted. RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das, who had served as economic affairs secretary during Jaitley’s tenure, said the former finance minister was a unique combination of extraordinary knowledge, sharpness of mind and wisdom. “No words to describe the sense of grief. A great personality. Unique combination of extraordinary knowledge,sharpness of mind and wisdom. Above all a good human being,” he said. Das said he was privileged to work with Jaitley on major reforms like GST, IBC, Monetary Policy framework and FDI liberalisation. “The way he navigated these structural changes was unparalleled. Unruffled in most challenging situations. Will be remembered as a major reformer,” Das added. Finance Secretary Rajiv Kumar said he had been fortunate to have worked with Jaitley and “learn” from his intellectual depth, broad view, equipoise, good humour, never losing cool and trusting in his team. Economic Affairs Secretary Atanu Chakraborty said Jaitley will be remembered as a great leader and visionary who steered the Indian economy between 2014 and 2019. “A wonderful human being and a warm personality, he was an immense source of inspiration and counsel for officials in the Fin Ministry. His legacy will be etched in the portals of the Ministry of Finance. The Department of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Finance stands with his family in this hour of need,” he tweeted. Chief Economic Adviser K V Subramanian said he had been impressed by Jaitley’s clarity of thought and empowering style in the few months that they worked together. “Extremely sad at the demise of Shri Arun Jaitley, an ideal and dream Finance Minister for all of us. He was an intellectual giant with a wealth of knowledge. He had a rare ability to present policies and issues with pragmatic arguments acceptable to all,” tweeted Power Secretary and former Economic Affairs Secretary S C Garg. Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa, who served as finance secretary under Jaitley, said he was an affable minister who was extremely sharp, sensible and sagacious. “Working with him as Finance Secretary was a great learning experience. He was patient, pragmatic, positive. Knowledgeable and a great raconteur… His leadership was never imposing as he led with his wit and charm,” he said. SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar also expressed his condolence. “We at State Bank of India deeply mourn the demise of Former Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley. Mr Jaitley will be remembered for the many landmark reforms like GST and IBC that he ushered in his era as FM. With his passing away, the country and the financial sector has lost a true friend and a guide. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” he said.last_img read more

Morocco Reinforces Cultural Ties With UAE

Morocco Reinforces Cultural Ties With UAE

Rabat – Morocco is consolidating its historic and fraternal ties and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).During “Morocco in Abu Dhabi,” which kicked off on December 5 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the event’s officials will focus on ways to enhance economic, educational, tourism and cultural ties between the two countries and introduce Moroccan culture and heritage to the UAE.The first day of the event was attended by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. Expressing the aim of the event, Matar Suhail Al Yabhouni, Member of the Federal National Council and Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee of Morocco in Abu Dhabi, said that “Morocco in Abu Dhabi offers a great opportunity for the UAE’s citizens and residents to learn about the Moroccan legacy and to educate the future generations on the importance of preserving its heritage.”“The event aims to instill the principles of tolerance and love, which are the cornerstone of the values set by our parents, grandparents and ancestors,” Al Yahbouni added.Morocco in Abu Dhabi is regarded as a unique opportunity for its visitors to explore the Moroccan culture and heritage by exhibiting Morocco’s architecture, to music, art and cuisine. read more

Journalist at site critical of Duterte arrested in 2nd case

Journalist at site critical of Duterte arrested in 2nd case

MANILA, Philippines — A Philippine online news site critical of President Rodrigo Duterte says its chief executive officer has been arrested again, this time over an alleged investment violation.Rappler Inc. reported that its CEO and executive editor, Maria Ressa, was served a warrant by the police after arriving at Manila’s international airport Friday and was taken to a regional trial court to post bail. Ressa’s co-defendants have posted bail for the new charge.Rappler says the charges stemmed from a complaint by the National Bureau of Investigation that accused Rappler of violating the law by allowing a foreign investor to inject funds in the online news outfit.Ressa was arrested last month and freed on bail in a libel case.The Associated Press read more

US regulators under scrutiny as they look to punish Facebook

US regulators under scrutiny as they look to punish Facebook

WASHINGTON — Federal privacy regulators are under scrutiny in Congress as they negotiate a record fine with Facebook to punish the company for alleged user-privacy violations.Eyes are on the Federal Trade Commission as it also considers a rare action holding CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally accountable for Facebook’s failure to honour a 2011 agreement over privacy lapses. The agency also may limit how the giant social network targets advertising to its massive user base.Beyond a fine, which is expected to run as much as $5 billion, comprehensive action by the FTC could mark a watershed in government action against the tech industry to protect consumer privacy.FTC Chairman Joseph Simons and his four fellow commission members will appear before a House committee at a hearing Wednesday.Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press read more

Environment not conducive to hold summit says Sri Lanka

Environment not conducive to hold summit says Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka noted that peace and security are essential elements for the success of meaningful regional cooperation for the benefit of the people of South Asia. “The General Provisions of the SAARC Charter require that decisions at all levels shall be taken on the basis of unanimity, and this applies to the convening of meetings of Heads of State or Government of SAARC Member States as well,” the Foreign Ministry. As a founding member of SAARC, committed to regional cooperation, Sri Lanka hopes that the steps required to ensuring the region’s peace and security will be taken to create an environment that is conducive for the pursuit of regional cooperation.“Sri Lanka condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and stresses in this regard, the need to deal with the issue of terrorism in the region in a decisive manner,” Sri Lanka said. India and several other countries had already pulled out of the summit following recent tensions between India and Pakistan. (Colombo Gazette) The Government today said that the environment in the Pakistan region is not conducive to hold south Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, which was scheduled to take place in November.The Foreign Ministry said the Government regrets that the prevailing environment in the region is not conducive for holding the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad on 9th and 10th November 2016. read more

12 top business quotes of 2012

12 top business quotes of 2012

by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 27, 2012 5:00 am MDT 12 top business quotes of 2012 TORONTO – Business speak isn’t always serious. Here’s a look at 12 of the top business quotes of 2012:“It is like negotiating with the monkey with the organ grinder standing behind you with the sword of Damocles over your head.” — Capt. Paul Strachan, president of the Air Canada Pilots Association in March on how the government undermines the collective bargaining process when it intervenes.———“I did my own reality check on where the entire company really is … It’s now very clear to me that substantial change is what RIM needs.” — Newly installed Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) CEO Thorsten Heins following the announcement in March that Jim Balsillie was leaving the company.———“This is not Pepsi Cola and Coca Cola with some formula of how to make the fructose. This is railroading.” — New Canadian Pacific CEO Hunter Harrison in July, speaking to concerns he would leak confidential information from former employer and rival Canadian National.———“If I knew I was in a Turkish bazaar, I wouldn’t have put my best foot forward. I feel like a fool.” — Juergen Kuhn, the head of business development for MTU Aero Engines, the losing-bidder for Aveos’s liquidation of its engine repair business, testifying in Quebec court in August and characterizing last minute negotiations with winner Lufthansa Technik as unprofessional.———“As far as trade is concerned, Canadian businessmen don’t know who Pussy Riot are.” — Konstantin Trofimov, Russia’s trade commissioner to Canada, speaking in August of the potential that the jailing of punk band Pussy Riot would discourage Canadian businesses from pursuing opportunities in his country.———“It’s sweet apples and sour berries on the same day… it’s just ironic … of all the bad luck.” John Pliniussen, professor at Queen’s University School of Business on RIM’s BlackBerry outage the same day as Apple’s iPhone 5 was released in September.———“We’ll still get there. I’ve written the book. Y’all just gotta get to the right chapter here.” — Canadian Pacific CEO Hunter Harrision speaking about the railroad’s performance during the company’s third-quarter earnings conference call in October.———“The culture is very similar. Similar dreams. Similar aspirations.” Leon’s chairman Mark Leon, commenting on the company’s move to acquire rival The Brick in November.———“The fact is, the smartphone market has changed in the last 24 months and RIM is not only late to the party, the party has moved to a different location and RIM is showing up at the wrong house.” — Analyst Brian Blair of New York’s Wedge Partners, remarking that rising expectations for the BlackBerry 10 provided false hope for RIM’s investors in November.———“Why not become a circus clown?” — Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney acknowledging in October that he was approached by the Liberals to run for the party leadership, but maintaining he was not interested.———“I was brought up in a certain way. There is no bad job, the only bad job is not having a job.” — Finance Minister Jim Flaherty in May after introducing reforms to Employment Insurance that redefine suitable employment.———“We have operated 100 years and we haven’t had this kind of problem and we’ve retained lots of agents and done thousands and thousands of projects around the world, so I think we have to put this into perspective.” — SNC Lavalin board chairman Gwyn Morgan in March in the wake of fraud allegations launched against senior executives of the company. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Mali Ban welcomes signing of peace agreement by remaining parties

Mali Ban welcomes signing of peace agreement by remaining parties

“The Secretary-General notes that signature by all parties paves the way for the full and timely implementation of the Peace Agreement. The ultimate responsibility for peace lies with Mali and the Malians, and [he] urges all parties to continue to work in good faith to advance progress, and to fully implement the provisions of the ceasefire,” reads a statement made available by the UN Spokesperson.Mr. Ban congratulates the Malian parties and the Algeria-led Mediation team for their efforts “to bring the signing process to a successful completion.” The Agreement had already been signed by the Government of Mali and the Platform coalition of armed groups on 15 May. The statement reiterates that the United Nations stands ready to support the parties in the implementation of the Agreement, in close cooperation with the Government and members of the international Mediation team.“The Secretary-General encourages all partners of Mali to assist efforts to bring about a just and lasting peace in the country, including through the provision of support for the implementation of the agreement.”Despite positive developments on the ground, the situation in Mali has long remained a challenge. The country’s Government has been seeking to restore stability and rebuild following a series of setbacks since early 2012, including a military coup d’état, renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, and the seizure of its northern territory by radical Islamists. In addition, the country has been consumed by a series of humanitarian crises.Throughout much of this time, Mali’s north has remained restive and, in recent months, the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA) and its “blue helmets” have come under repeated violent attack. Yesterday, the Platform armed groups announced their decision to withdraw from the town of Menaka, in the region of Gao, in accordance with the arrangements for a cessation of hostilities. read more

Desperate farm families in eastern Ukraine forced into difficult choices to survive

Desperate farm families in eastern Ukraine forced into difficult choices to survive

Painting “a bleak picture” for small-scale farming families in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the FAO survey noted that to cope with the dire circumstances, people are skipping meals, migrating to find work, borrowing to pay for necessities, selling household goods and vehicles, killing their livestock for lack of feed, and even planting less for lack of seed and fertilizer.“Family farms in the conflict area have shown resilience in the face of very difficult conditions, but this cannot last,” said Farrukh Toirov, FAO emergency response coordinator in Ukraine, stressing that while “difficult choices” may make sense in the short term, “it means we can expect to see consequences.”The FAO household survey also warned of “skyrocketing” prices for animal feed and agricultural inputs such as seed, fertilizer and tools, among others.“We believe there is a significant and urgent need to support the subsistence production needs of the affected populations and stabilize their agricultural activities,” said Vladimir Rakhmanin, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia. FAO has carried out the timely distribution of potato seed, animal feed, and live broiler-layer chickens to needy farm households in eastern Ukraine. Meanwhile, the agency is boosting operations to reach more families and enabling them to continue production.Immediate-term solutions to tackle food insecurity such as providing agricultural inputs and animal feed to ensure crop and livestock production are recommended in the report. The majority of survey respondents produce crops for their own consumption. While there is a growing trend of migration, the capacity to self-sufficiency is declining for those remain on the land, according to the survey. “People should not become dependent on food hand-outs in a land that can produce most of the population’s food needs,” said Mr. Rakhmanin.In late February 2014, the situation in Ukraine transcended what was initially seen as an internal Ukrainian political crisis into violent clashes in parts of the country, later reaching full-scale conflict in the east. Nevertheless, despite a September 2014 ceasefire agreed in Minsk, the situation has since deteriorated, with serious consequences for the country’s unity, territorial integrity and stability. read more

BHP Billiton funding to help revitalise namesake city Broken Hill

BHP Billiton funding to help revitalise namesake city Broken Hill

first_imgBHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie has announced a donation of A$5.7 million from the BHP Billiton Foundation to support a major new Broken Hill City Council initiative to revitalise Broken Hill as a place to live and visit. Coinciding with the one year anniversary of Broken Hill’s inclusion on Australia’s National Heritage List, Mackenzie said the Foundation was proud to support the Living Museum and Perfect Light Project in the city that gave BHP Billiton its name.Making the funding announcement in Argent Street, Mackenzie was joined by the Mayor of Broken Hill, Councillor Wincen Cuy. Mackenzie said the City and the company had an important shared history, with BHP Billiton recently celebrating the 130th anniversary of the incorporation of the Broken Hill Proprietary Company Ltd. “As BHP Billiton has evolved, we have not forgotten our rich history and connection with Broken Hill. I am very proud to be here today to help the City celebrate its past, and prosper into the future,” he said. “We are delighted to announce the donation which will fund the development of two key components of the Broken Hill City Council’s Living Museum and Perfect Light Project – the Broken Hill Archives and the Argent Street intersection ‘parklets’. These will enhance the City’s appeal to attract new visitors and help to create an ongoing legacy and sustainable foundation for the Broken Hill community.”The ‘parklets’, located at the intersections of cross streets with Argent Street, will help tell the stories of the minerals they are named after, through artwork, seating and paving. The funding will also help protect the City’s historical archives and make them more accessible to visitors and online. BHP Billiton will also fund the restoration and protection of the BHP chimney, which is the last remnant of the company’s original office, a hut built in 1885 for the company’s first manager, William Jamison. Mackenzie said: “Broken Hill has a wonderful story to tell. By tapping in to the City’s bold and energetic artistic flair, its rich and colourful history, it will be preserved for generations to come.”Broken Hill, in the far north-west of New South Wales, and sharing a close affinity and time-zone with South Australia, has a population today of 19,000. The municipality was incorporated on September 22, 1888, five years after boundary rider Charles Rasp pegged the first mineral lease on the site. This rocky outcrop would become known as ‘Broken Hill’, the largest deposit of lead, silver and zinc ever discovered, and lend its name to the city and the company, BHP Billiton. In January 2015 Broken Hill became Australia’s first heritage listed city, joining the Australian War Memorial, the Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef on the National Heritage List. The listing recognises its significant mining history and contribution to the mining and resources industry. It also reflects the role it played in the country’s industrial relations system, with many conditions of employment, such as workplace safety, originating in the city’s mining operations.Embracing its heritage status, the Broken Hill City Council adopted the Living Museum and Perfect Light Project – a major CBD renewal plan – in June 2015. The plan aims to support the region beyond the life of mining operations, leveraging the City’s unique character and historical status to attract greater numbers of domestic and international tourists. Through its Foundation, BHP Billiton will contribute to this project and assist in the revitalisation of the city.last_img read more

Mens Olympic Tournament 2 ROUND 2 Balkan derby Wilbek VS Rivera…

Mens Olympic Tournament 2 ROUND 2 Balkan derby Wilbek VS Rivera…

Men’s Olympic Handball TournamentValero RiveraWilbek ← Previous Story Women’s OG 2012 (Round 2): Korea rocks – Brasil “2 of 2” with Ex-Yu! Next Story → AG Copenhagen went BANKRUPT! Are you ready for the Day 2 at the Men’s Olympic Tournament in London?10:30 ICELAND- TUNISIA112:15 KOREA – HUNGARY14:30 GREAT BRITAIN – SWEDEN16:15 SERBIA – CROATIA19:30 DENMARK – SPAIN21:15 FRANCE – ARGENTINA

Raul Gonzales praises Kielce Great team with worlds best lineplayer Aguinagalde

Raul Gonzales praises Kielce Great team with worlds best lineplayer Aguinagalde

← Previous Story SC MAGDEBURG: Christiansen – Zelenović to replace Rojewski – Natek! Next Story → EHF CL weekend: Veszprem in Paris, Kielce in Skopje! raul gonzalesRK Vardar SkopjeVive Tauron Kielce The worst week since the begining of the season is behind RK Vardar Skopje. Two defeats in two days in Kolding (EHF Champions League) and Zagreb (SEHA GAZPROM league) together with serious injury of Alexander Dereven and Stojanče Stoilov (arm – absence at least two next weeks) ruined the perfect start of the season 2015/2016.However, the most interesting battles are coming. The first at home againt Polish Vive Tauron Kielce, team who beat Macedonians in the battle for the VELUX EHF FINAL 4 2015:-We are still in good situation, with 8 points at the TOP of the standings: This will be a really important match for us, where we need a strong support from our fans. We play against great team with great coach. Our defense has to be good to allow counter-attacks, and we weren’t good enough in the last matches. We have to be agressive because they have the best worlds line-player Julen Aguinagalde. Our rosters is problematic with all the injuries, Milic didn’t practice tonight, Toskic’s recovering from head-injury, Dereven, Stoilov – concluded RK Vardar coach Raul Gonzales.Match starts on Saturday – 17.30 hrs. read more

Sony investigates PS Vita burnouts during charging blames users

Sony investigates PS Vita burnouts during charging blames users

first_imgThe launch of the PS Vita has been pretty much problem-free from a hardware point of view. However, Sony is currently investigating an issue with the handheld burning out when recharging.The PS Vita has been on sale for about 7 months now, and in that time only 31 cases of these burnouts have been reported. In all cases no injuries have been logged, probably because you don’t tend to be around your Vita when it is left to charge.Sony believes the cause of the problem may actually be human error. The burning in all cases starts at the connection port where power is being fed in. Apparently Sony is claiming the PS Vita isn’t malfunctioning, instead users are inserting the charger while wet, getting liquid in the port by some other method, or damaging the port in some way by inserting other objects in the device.As there’s only 31 cases from more than 2 million Vitas sold, it’s hard to see how this could be a problem with the hardware. Surely it would be affecting hundreds or even thousands of units if it was? The reports also aren’t limited to one region, with 23 in Japan and the rest spread across other territories where the handheld is sold.For the moment Sony isn’t taking any action and has ruled out a product recall. If your PS Vita %displayPrice% at %seller% does burn while charging you will have to pay to get it fixed. The only way that will change is if more PS Vitas start burning out, or the Japanese agency the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation reviews the cases and finds there is a problem Sony needs to deal with.More at Andriasanglast_img read more

Préhistoire un atelier de peinture vieux de 100000 ans

Préhistoire un atelier de peinture vieux de 100000 ans

first_imgPréhistoire : un ‘atelier de peinture’ vieux de 100.000 ans Publiés récemment dans Science, des chercheurs sud-africains et norvégiens ont découvert en Afrique-du-Sud, des coquillages portant des traces d’un colorant à base d’ocre et datant de -100.000 ans. La trouvaille prouve la capacité d’Homo sapiens à concevoir et élaborer des mélanges complexes au moins 20.000 ans plus tôt que ce qui était connu jusqu’à présent. Une équipe internationale dirigée par Christopher Henshilwood, des universités de Witwatersrand, à Johannesburg (Afrique du Sud) et de Bergen (Norvège), a mis au jour, dans des sédiments vieux de 100.000 ans de la grotte de Blombos, en Afrique du Sud, deux coquilles d’ormeaux (utilisées comme récipients) maculées d’un colorant rouge, composé d’ocre, d’os et de charbon de bois, ainsi que des pilons et une ‘touillette’ en os. Soit les vestiges d’un véritable ‘atelier’ de fabrication de ‘peinture’. À lire aussiPourrions-nous redonner vie aux dinosaures comme dans Jurassic Park ?S’ils ignorent l’utilisation exacte faite de ce colorant, les préhistoriens supposent qu’il pourrait s’agir d’un enduit destiné à colorer ou protéger la peau, à décorer des objets ou les parois d’une grotte. Une découverte qui repousse encore de 20 à 30.000 ans en arrière la preuve d’une intelligence complexe chez Homo sapiens, la seule espèce humaine connue fréquentant cette région à cette époque. “Ce n’est pas un mélange [de composés] dû seulement à la chance, c’est de la chimie des premiers âges. Ceci suggère des capacités conceptuelles et probablement cognitives équivalentes à celles de l’homme actuel”, conclut Christopher Henshilwood.Le 14 octobre 2011 à 13:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Des ondes radio torsadée pour des capacités infinies

Des ondes radio torsadée pour des capacités infinies

first_imgDes ondes radio torsadée pour des capacités infiniesSelon une récente étude réalisée par des physiciens suédois et italiens, donner une forme torsadée aux ondes radio permettrait de rendre leur capacité d’émission et de réception quasi infinie.La révolution numérique que connaît le monde occidental s’accompagne nécessairement de la multiplication des bandes de fréquences radio. En effet, emprunté par les smartphones, le wifi et la télévision HD, le réseau d’ondes risque d’être rapidement saturé. C’est la raison pour laquelle des physiciens suédois et italiens ont procédé à une expérience qui prouve qu’il est possible de rendre presque infinies les capacités d’émission et de réception des ondes radio.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour leur démonstration, ces chercheurs ont transmis deux faisceaux de ces ondes enroulées ensemble, comme des pâtes fusilli, sur une distance de 442 mètres. Comme le rapporte TV5monde, une antenne parabolique a ainsi pu capter les deux flux d’ondes, mais séparément.Cela est rendu possible grâce à un phénomène de physique quantique nommé “moment angulaire orbital”. Les chercheurs expliquent qu’il est par exemple possible d’utiliser cinq états de moment angulaire orbital différents en torsadant ces ondes pour obtenir onze canaux sur une seule et même bande de fréquence.En effet, dans la publication qui paraît dans la revue britannique New Journal of Physics, Fabrizio Tamburini, de l’Université de Padoue et principal auteur de l’étude, explique que “une onde peut être torsadée autour de son axe plusieurs fois dans le sens des aiguilles d’une montre ou inversement ce qui signifie qu’il est possible de lui donner plusieurs configurations”. “En trois dimensions, la forme torsadée de ces ondes rappelle celle des pâtes fusilli et chacun de ces faisceaux peut être généré indépendamment, propagé et émis dans la même bande de fréquence tout en se comportant comme des canaux séparés”, précise-t-il.Cela signifie qu’il est possible, d’utiliser ce procédé “pour fortement accroître les capacités de transmission radio mais sans augmenter la largeur d’onde”. De plus, comme le souligne M. Tamburini, avec le multiplex (qui permet de transporter plusieurs programmes de télévision dans une trame numérique diffusée sur un seul canal), il devient même “possible d’obtenir 55 canaux dans la même bande de fréquence”.Le 5 mars 2012 à 14:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Bus drivers denied bail over Rajibs death

Bus drivers denied bail over Rajibs death

first_imgRajib HasanA Dhaka court on Sunday rejected the bail petition of two bus drivers in a case over the death of Govt Titumir College student Rajib Hasan who was sandwiched between two buses in the city, reports UNB.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Mazharul Islam passed the order when their lawyers filed separate petitions before the court seeking bail.They are BRTC bus driver Wahid and ‘Swajan Paribahan’ bus driver Khorshed.Earlier, on 5 April, a court put the two drivers on a 2-day remand each in the case.On 4 April, the High Court asked the bus owners to bear the treatment cost of the victim.The HC also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why directives should not be given to provide Tk 10 million as compensation to Rajib’s family.On 3 April, Rajib Hasan, a second year student of Govt Titumir College, was going to his college by a double-decker Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BTRC) bus. He was standing on the rear gate dangling his right hand outside as the bus was overcrowded.When the bus got stranded at the Sonargaon crossing near Panthakunja Park, a ‘Swajan Paribahan’ bus tried to make its way through the narrow space on between the BRTC bus and the footpath. However, Rajib’s right hand was pressed in between the two buses and got severed from the elbow. Later, he died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.last_img read more

UN SC members against any unilateral action in Kashmir China

UN SC members against any unilateral action in Kashmir China

first_imgA Kashmiri girl displays a placard as she shouts slogans at a protest after Friday prayers during restrictions after the Indian government scrapped the special constitutional status for Kashmir, in Srinagar on 16 August 2019. Photo: ReutersUN Security Council members believe India and Pakistan should refrain from taking unilateral action over the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir, China’s UN envoy said on Friday after the council met on the issue for the first time in decades.The 15-member council met behind closed doors at the request of China and Pakistan after India removed the decades-old autonomy the Muslim-majority territory of Jammu and Kashmir enjoyed under the Indian constitution. China rarely requests Security Council meetings.India’s UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said the decision was an internal matter and that the country was committed to ensuring the situation remained “calm and peaceful.”China proposed that the Security Council issue a statement on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, but diplomats said the United States, France and Germany objected. Such statements are agreed by consensus.China’s UN Ambassador Zhang Jun summed up the council discussions, describing serious concern over the situation. No other Security Council members spoke publicly after the meeting.”They are also concerned about the human rights situation there and also it’s the general view of members that parties concerned should refrain from taking any unilateral action that might further aggravate the tension there since the tension is already very tense and very dangerous,” Zhang said.Kashmiri women shout slogans at a protest after Friday prayers during restrictions after the Indian government scrapped the special constitutional status for Kashmir, in Srinagar on 16 August 2019. Photo: ReutersAkbaruddin accused Zhang of trying to pass off his remarks as “the will of the international community.”In response to a question about human rights, Akbaruddin said: “If there are issues, they will be discussed, they will be addressed by our courts; we don’t need international busybodies to try and tell us how to run our lives. We are a billion-plus people.”The Himalayan region has long been a flashpoint in ties between India and Pakistan, which both have nuclear arms. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on the two countries to refrain from any steps that could affect Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.Telephone and internet links were cut and public assembly banned just before India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir earlier this month. The top state official said authorities would begin restoring some telephone lines in the region on Friday night.Kashmiris hold placards as they shout slogans at a protest after Friday prayers during restrictions after the Indian government scrapped the special constitutional status for Kashmir, in Srinagar on 16 August 2019. Photo: ReutersZhang said “it’s obvious that the constitutional amendment by India has changed the status quo in Kashmir, causing tensions in the region” and called for the issue to be resolved through peaceful means according to the UN Charter, Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements.Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi described her country’s push for Friday’s Security Council meeting as “the first and not the last step.” She said it was the first time in more than 50 years that the council had taken up the issue.”The fact that this meeting took place is testimony to the fact that this is an internationally recognised dispute,” she told reporters. “The people of Jammu and Kashmir may be locked up … but their voices were heard today at the United Nations.”The Security Council adopted several resolutions in 1948 and in the 1950s on the dispute between India and Pakistan over the region, including one which says a plebiscite should be held to determine the future of mostly Muslim Kashmir.Another resolution also calls upon both sides to “refrain from making any statements and from doing or causing to be done or permitting any acts which might aggravate the situation.”UN peacekeepers have been deployed since 1949 to observe a ceasefire between India and Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir.last_img read more