Ahead of polls, AIMIM cuts ties with Ambedkar’s VBA

first_imgThe alliance between the Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) and the Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) was split wide open on Friday after the AIMIM expressed dissatisfaction over the seat-sharing arrangements. In a press release issued by the AIMIM’s State president Imtiaz Jaleel, the lone MP of the alliance, said the parties had failed to arrive at a comfortable seat distribution figure after discussions over two months. “The VBA has conveyed to us that it could allot us only eight of the 288 Assembly seats. This is simply unacceptable and unjustified as it does not include the seat of the sitting AIMIM MLA from Aurangabad Central,” said Mr. Jaleel, who held the Aurangabad Central seat before leaving it to contest the Lok Sabha election.He said Mr. Ambedkar had sent an email regarding this seat-sharing arrangement to Mr. Owaisi. Mr. Jaleel said AIMIM leader Dr. Gaffar Qadri, too, held a series of meetings with Mr. Ambedkar, the last one being in Pune as recently as Thursday.According to sources, the AIMIM had been demanding 100 seats. While open to compromise, the party’s leaders said the VBA’s offer of a paltry eight was “extremely unjust” in view of the fact that the lone MP of the alliance was from the AIMIM.“The MIM had contested 24 seats in the last Assembly polls and two of its candidates had been elected as MLAs from the Aurangabad and Byculla seats. The party had emerged second and third positions on nine seats… today the party has 150 corporators and councillors from different castes and communities with 26 corporators in the Auranagabd Municipal Corporation,” Mr. Jaleel said.While wishing the VBA “good luck”, he said irrespective of the state of the alliance, both parties were committed to taking up issues of the oppressed classes.Following Mr. Jaleel’s statement, VBA leaders said a call on the status of the alliance would be taken only by Mr. Ambedkar and Mr. Owaisi.Ratan Bansode of the VBA said, “Asaduddin Owaisi had sent us a list of 17 seats the AIMIM wished to contest on. Preliminary talks are being held on these seats. We have received no communication or any letter from Mr. Owaisi on his party severing ties with us. Until we do so, the VBA still considers its alliance with the AIMIM as intact.”But AIMIM leader Anjum Inamdar told the The Hindu, “Mr. Jaleel’s statement has made clear that we are going it alone. How can the VBA say that Mr. Jaleel’s remarks lack weight? The elections are going to be held in the State and Mr. Jaleel is our State president.”The alliance between the Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh— (Mr. Ambedkar’s original party name) — and the AIMIM was forged 11 months ago amid great fanfare. It queered the pitch for the Congress and NCP in a big way in the Lok Sabha elections by eating into their traditional Dalit-minority vote bank.While winning only one seat (that of Mr. Jaleel), the alliance managed several major upsets in the State by splitting votes that ensured the defeats of Swabhimani Paksha leader Raju Shetti in Hatkanangale, senior Congressmen Sushilkumar Shinde in Solapur and Ashok Chavan in Nanded, among others. Apart from Mr. Jaleel, the party currently has one legislator (Waris Pathan from Byculla in Mumbai) and nearly 140 corporators and councillors in civic bodies across the State, with a strong base in Aurangabad, Solapur, Nanded and Yavatmal districts.The first rumblings of discontent within the alliance came in June, soon after the Lok Sabha polls, with Mr. Ambedkar alleging that the lack of complete support from the Muslim community had proved to be the VBA’s undoing.Meanwhile, Mr. Jaleel said the party will soon release its schedule of interviews of prospective candidates, which would be held in Aurangabad.last_img read more

Madhya Pradesh Minister takes a jibe at Pragya Thakur on appointment to key defence panel

first_imgMadhya Pradesh Minister Govind Singh on Thursday took potshots at the BJP MP Pragya Thakur over her appointment to the Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Defence, wondering if the controversial politician has been named to the key panel to “finish off Pakistan completely”. Pragya Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case of Maharashtra, will be part of the 21-member committee headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, according to a bulletin issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat. May be the country wants to use her brains to finish off Pakistan completely, Mr. Singh quipped when reporters sought his comment on Pragya Thakur’s nomination to the crucial panel. As scribes burst into peals of laughter over his remark, the Congress Minister said, I did not nominate her to the panel. In their [the BJP-led NDA government] mind, the decision was right so they took it.“This is theirs…Minister and Home Ministers decision. She will work accordingly,” said the Cooperative Minister, the MLA from Lahar, the native place of Thakur in Bhind district. Women are doing well and excelling in every field. They were outshining boys in examinations, he said. I have seen a lot in her. She has become Bhopal MP. What more you want to see in her? he said when scribes asked him to comment on Pragya’s qualities. “I know Pragya Singh since her birth…her schooling days. I know her entire family. Her house is just 100mts away from mine [in Lahar]. Her father was my friend. I know her, you all too know her,” he said. The BJP MP, currently on bail in the blast case, had defeated her Congress rival Digvijaya Singh in Bhopal in her maiden election in May this year. The 49-year-old saffron-robed sadhvi has courted controversy on several occasions in the recent past with her remarks, including calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a “patriot”. During her Lok Sabha poll campaign, she said that Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare had died during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks due to her curse. In July, she had told a gathering of BJP workers that she had not become a lawmaker to clean drains or toilets, an apparent dig at the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a flagship programme of the Modi government. In August, she had said the Opposition was using ‘marak shakti’ [killing power] to harm BJP leaders. Her comments had come against the backdrop of death of former Union Ministers and BJP stalwarts Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj.last_img read more

England captain Alastair Cook hopeful James Anderson will play role in India

first_imgEngland bowler James Anderson should play some part in the tour of India but will definitely miss the first test, captain Alastair Cook said on Wednesday.Paceman Anderson is still recovering from the shoulder injury that ruled him out of the trip to Bangladesh.”He might come out to do some training but he will not be ready to play in the first test,” Cook said. (England captain Alastair Cook poised for record Test appearance)”I spoke to him last night. He has been doing a lot of training and is in good shape physically. The decision is going to be made over the next week on that (when he goes to India). The test for his body is when he starts bowling, but he is making some strides.”Anderson, 34, has struggled with injury this year and missed the first test against Pakistan at Lord’s with a shoulder injury before it flared up again at the end of the domestic season. (England win ODI series to end Bangladesh’s home run)The first of five tests against India starts on Nov. 9.Cook will overtake Alec Stewart to become the most-capped England test player when he steps out for the first of two tests against Bangladesh on Thursday.”I started however many years ago and you never thought you’d get anywhere near, so to break the record like that is very special,” he told the England and Wales Cricket Board website ahead of his 134th test. (James Anderson confident of making England return for India Test series )advertisement”A lot of luck, I suppose, is needed with injuries and all that stuff and to score just enough runs at the right time to keep yourself in the team,” said Cook who rejoined the squad in Chittagong after returning home for the birth of his second daughter.last_img read more

Focussing on my game looking to improve everyday Pant

first_imgKolkata: India wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant on Wednesday said that he loves M.S. Dhoni and is not bothered about comparisons with the decorated former India captain, rather choosing to focus on his own game. With no Dhoni in the squad for the South Africa home series starting from September 15, the selectors are looking at the 21-year old as a long term option to take over from India’s twin World Cup winning captain. “I just love him. I am focussing on my cricket and taking one match at a time. I am trying to improve everyday,” Pant said at an event here when asked about Dhoni. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Pant said he is working really hard to win more games for his country. “The team played really well (in the West Indies). I am looking forward to improve myself and helping team India to win more matches.” Asked about the South Africa series, he said: “We have practiced really well and mindset is good. We will look to do well.” Pant said there will be home advantage, but the Proteas are a good unit too. “Our planning is going well. We will have home advantage but they are a good side,” he concluded.last_img read more

Casablanca Authorities Announces Uber Taxi Illegal

Rabat – According to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), Uber Morocco is not allowed to continue with their business, and in case of resistance, both the drivers and those responsible will be prosecuted and punished by law. In addition, Casablanca’s waliya will take “all necessary measures to ensure social peace in the national transport sector.”Moreover, Telquel.ma has had the chance to talk to the  manager of Uber Morocco, in which she recalled that the company offers “a service between individuals and transportation professionals through an application. Uber does not own transport cars and does not hire drivers. They are our partners who hold the transport licenses issued by the state.”Equally important to note, Uber Morocco has not been notified of a possible ban by the Wilaya through direct communication, but rather obtained the news from the media. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Christopher Kane celebrates sensuality in London show

LONDON — The final full day of London Fashion Week featured a stellar show by Christopher Kane, who embraced his favourite theme — sensuality. Pringle of Scotland returned to the London stage with its signature luxury knitwear, while Erdem showed dramatic, full-length dresses and shorter cape outfits. The fashion crowd recovered from a late-night party David and Victoria Beckham threw to celebrate her new collection. The soiree featured a Spice Girls tribute band in drag paying homage to the designer’s pop star past.CHRISTOPHER KANE FINDS SOLACE IN SEXUAL THEMESLast season’s theme was “sexual cannibalism”; on Monday, Christopher Kane made the “rubberist” fetish a focal point of his new collection. It’s best not to ask too many questions of the cheerful, increasingly popular designer, who earlier built a show around “The Joy of Sex”, a book first published in 1972 that is illustrated with graphic drawings.The Monday show was eclectic in the extreme. Many models wore what Kane called “large cupcake skirts.” They were short and somewhat structured and paired with low-cut tops or partially sheer body suits.The pieces were imaginative and revealing: a sweater dress that transitioned into a gauzy fabric as it neared the waist; a lime-green feathery mini-dress; and a regal, dark blue dress with metallic neck decorations that looked like something Cleopatra might have worn.Kane likes to pair elegant, well-made dresses with slouchy items like tee shirts, in this show often emblazoned with a red “Rubberist” logo.“This show is called ‘liquid ladies,’” Kane told the Associated Press. “It’s all about the essence of women, of strong women, the fluidity of women. For me, I’ve been around these liquid ladies my whole life. Strength, character. They aren’t really empowered, they’re empowered by themselves.”He said the show was also about human sexuality and the obsessions that go with it; hence, the rubber fetish wear theme.“Sex is fun and it should be,” Kane said. “And people find rubber sexual. That’s OK, too.”___ERDEM MAKES SPLASH WITH DRAMATIC DRESSES, CAPESCanada-born designer Erdem Moralioglu used his runway extravaganza Monday to transform London’s venerable National Portrait Gallery into a Roman palace, seeking to use his dramatic full-length dresses and shorter cape outfits to capture the mood of 1960s Rome. The designer wanted to illuminate the moment when liberation movements of all kinds collided with the entrenched, conservative culture of the Italian capital’s upper classes.The show drew a celebrity crowd that included American Vogue editor Anna Wintour, designer and model Alexa Chung and married actors Damian Lewis — dressed in a bright blue suit that lit up the front row — and Helen McCrory.Some of the elaborate dresses were masterful and complex, the product of painstaking attention to detail and untold hours of labour. The colour mix was striking: a red and black floral blouse, for example, mixed with a purple and black skirt.___PRINGLE OF SCOTLAND OFFERS TIMELESS GOOD TASTEPringle of Scotland is more than two centuries old, but the collection unveiled Monday shows carefully made luxury knitwear never goes out of style. After a series of runway shows filled with razzle-dazzle and a “Can you top this?” approach, Pringle offered an oasis of calm and good taste with its beautifully crafted outfits.Many of the new outfits feature a single colour — white or beige or grey — for the trousers, the top, and a hat. Sometimes the boots match, too. Each outfit has a refreshing coherence and simplicity to the design, even if it’s hard to execute.But the show planners were nearly undone by their failure to anticipate the ice sculptures placed on the runways for dramatic effect would slowly melt, leaving puddles where the models were supposed to walk.As the show’s start time came and went, a man in a white Pringle lab coat came out with paper towels to mop up the puddles as best he could. The models were told to swerve to avoid the wet spots.Only one slipped, and she regained her balance before she tumbled.Gregory Katz, The Associated Press read more

More effective strategies needed to prevent global conflicts – UN report

1 February 2008Despite a wide range of tools available to the United Nations in the areas of preventive diplomacy, peacemaking and peacebuilding, a new United Nations report calls for measures to boost the world body’s capacity to prevent conflicts. Despite a wide range of tools available to the United Nations in the areas of preventive diplomacy, peacemaking and peacebuilding, a new United Nations report calls for measures to boost the world body’s capacity to prevent conflicts.Citing a “considerable gap” between rhetoric surrounding prevention and the use of measures towards that end, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon states that “the overriding challenge for the international community remains the development of more effective strategies for preventing conflict.”In his latest report on conflict prevention, particularly in Africa, Mr. Ban notes that the cost of armed conflict on the continent is equal to or greater than the amount of money it receives in international aid. “Had that money not been lost as a result of armed conflict, it could have been used to address Africa’s growing development and humanitarian needs,” he points out. The Secretary-General believes the key priority is to further enhance the UN’s work in the area of conflict prevention, and has unveiled plans to strengthen the capacity of the Secretariat, especially the Department of Political Affairs. The report proposes to strengthen the Organization’s regional field presence in support of prevention, particularly in Africa. While effective preventive action requires substantial human and financial resources, peacekeeping or peace enforcement costs much more, he notes, adding “we must therefore move from declarations of intent to concrete actions to ensure that preventive diplomacy becomes more effective.”He notes that the UN is already bolstering its partnerships with Member States and regional organizations to develop their conflict prevention capacities, as evidenced by the world body’s close cooperation with the African Union on several prevention, peacekeeping and peacemaking initiatives.Noting the underrepresentation of women at the formal stages of conflict prevention, Mr. Ban stresses the need for the UN to make an increased effort to support and encourage their full participation in this area.To prevent crises from escalating into armed conflict, Mr. Ban calls on the Security Council to enhance its prevention capacity, including by dispatching timely missions to the field to assess situations on the ground. He also urges the Council to increase the use of its “Arria formula” meetings, whereby non-governmental actors can address the 15-member body outside official sessions, and to work to ensure the “creative and constructive” use of sanctions as a tool for preventing conflicts. Mr. Ban adds that it is only through political settlements that conflicts can be resolved. “If we do not deal with the root causes of conflict – and offer sustainable solutions – we will be left with humanitarian emergencies and peacekeeping operations without end.” read more

UN warns of rising death rates among Somali children as disease takes

An assessment of the mortality rate in one of four refugee camps at the Dollo Ado complex in southern Ethiopia found that since the Kobe camp opened in June, an average of 10 children under the age of five have died every day, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said. The Kobe camp hosts 250,000 refugees.“The combination of disease and malnutrition was what caused similar death rates in previous famine crises in the region,” said Adrian Edwards, UNHCR spokesperson, told reporters in Geneva, adding that a measles vaccination campaign targeting children between the ages of six month and 15 years in Kobe camp was completed yesterday. Vaccinations will continue in the other camps, he added.The majority of refugees arriving in Ethiopia from Somalia are from rural areas and the camps may be the first time they have had access to health facilities, according to Mr. Edwards, who added that the priority for all humanitarian partners is to promote awareness of the health and nutrition programmes available for refugees.UNHCR is already working with refugee leaders and outreach workers to raise awareness of measles symptoms and promote hygiene.Elsewhere in Ethiopia, some 17,500 refugees from Somalia have crossed into the Gode and Afder areas over the past six weeks, according to a joint field mission led by UNHCR and the Government.Most of the newly arrived refugees have come from the Bakool and Bay regions, while others hail from the Gedo and Hiran regions. The new refugees, 95 per cent of whom are women and children, many in very poor nutritional and health states, will immediately receive a one-month food ration.The joint mission voiced concern that a lack of shelter and health care, poor sanitation and overcrowding could lead to disease outbreaks and recommended that essential drugs be rushed to two areas.Meanwhile, the last of three UNHCR flights to transport humanitarian aid into Somalia landed in Mogadishu on Saturday, completing the delivery of 100 tons of emergency relief supplies. Saturday’s flight carried 45,000 boxes of high-energy biscuits, plastic sheeting for shelter, sleeping mats and blankets, jerry cans and kitchen sets.On the same day the agency distributed some 500 emergency assistance packages to residents of Al Adala camp – near the Mogadishu airport – which is sheltering some 2,000 displaced Somali families or approximately 13,000 individuals.Before the current crisis, the Somali capital hosted some 370,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), who have now been joined by an additional 100,000 who flocked into the capital in June and July from the famine-hit southern areas in search of food, water, shelter and medical assistance.Many said they were forced to leave the elderly or disabled relatives behind fearing that they would not survive the arduous journey to Mogadishu, which entailed walking for days without food or water. Some said they had been confronted by Al Shabaab militants at roadblocks and discouraged from travelling to Mogadishu.The UNHCR team described the conditions in Al Adala site as “grim and dire.” Voices of crying children, punctuated by heavy coughing, could be heard from all corners. Some children lay helpless on the ground, apparently suffering from measles.“We plan further distributions of emergency aid in Al Adala and other IDP sites throughout Mogadishu,” said Mr. Edwards. “The entire cargo of the three airlifts will be handed out to the displaced people in need in the Somali capital before the end of the month,” he added.In Kenya, UNHCR teams have continued to improve services at the Ifo Extension – which comprises what was previously known as Ifo 2 and Ifo 3 sites – as well as Kambioos camp in the Dadaab refugee complex, according to Mr. Edwards.The movement of refugees into Kambioos site, initially scheduled for last weekend, has been delayed and is now expected later this week. Since 28 July more than 15,000 Somali refugees have been moved to the new tents in Ifo Extension shelters. In total, the Dadaab camps are now sheltering more than 440,000 Somali refugees.In a related development, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) today strongly condemned any action that would divert even the smallest amount of food from those at risk of starvation and other vulnerable groups in Somalia.“WFP would rigorously investigate any allegation of theft of humanitarian food,” Christiane Berthiaume, the WFP spokesperson told reporters in Geneva.She said the agency had strong controls to ensure effective food aid distribution in Somalia and disputed the scale of food pilfering appearing in some media reports.“WFP was confident that the vast majority of humanitarian food was reaching starving people in Mogadishu and saving lives every day,” said Ms. Berthiaume. “The ‘thousands of bags’ which would have been looted or stolen, according to an Associated Press story, would equal less than one per cent of one month’s food distribution in Somalia,” she added. 16 August 2011Death rates among Somali refugees who have entered Ethiopia to seek succour from famine has reached alarming levels, the United Nations refugee agency reported today, saying that while malnutrition was the greatest concern, a suspected outbreak of measles was responsible for many deaths. read more

250M Los Angeles mega mansion is most expensive US listing

by Amanda Lee Myers, The Associated Press Posted Feb 7, 2017 12:46 am MDT Last Updated Feb 7, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email $250M Los Angeles mega mansion is most expensive US listing This Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, photo shows an outdoor dining area next to an 85-foot infinity swimming pool overlooking Los Angeles at a $250 million mansion in the Bel-Air area of Los Angeles. At $250 million, the new mansion in the exclusive Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles is the most expensive home listed in the U.S. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – At $250 million, a new mega mansion in the exclusive Bel Air neighbourhood of Los Angeles is the most expensive home listed in the United States.The passion project of developer and handbag tycoon Bruce Makowsky, the four-level, 38,000-square-foot mansion built on spec includes 12 bedroom suites, 21 bathrooms, five bars, three gourmet kitchens, a spa and an 85-foot infinity swimming pool with stunning views of Los Angeles. There’s also a 40-seat movie theatre, a bowling alley, and a fleet of exotic and vintage cars worth $30 million.According to Makowsky, only 3,000 people in the world could afford to buy it.The Associated Press recently interviewed Makowsky inside the mansion. Here’s what he had to say about why he built it and who would spend $250 million on a house.Q: Why did you build this house?A: “After being on major mega yachts across the world and on beautiful private aircraft, it didn’t make sense to me people were spending $350 million on a boat, $100 million on a plane and they’re living in $20 million and $30 million homes … The homes have not kept up with the toys. So my feeling is if you’re going to spend over 12 hours a day in your home it should be the most amazing experience in the world.”Q: What is it like being inside the house?A: “I would say it’s the eighth wonder of the world. I’ve had a couple people come in here and say it’s in the top seven — one of the other seven could go away … Every single inch of this house is breathtaking. It’s a sensory overload. I’ve shown this house about 25 times now. People go in and use just about every adjective on half of the lower level. There’s no more adjectives. They just become numb. Every single thing in this house makes you feel like you’re in heaven.”Q: How did you reach $250 million for the listing price?A: “The reason it’s $250 million is because of all the work for the past four years of having 300 people inside here, the art curations inside the house. We have over $30 million worth of cars, exotic sports cars and vintage cars … We have a 270-degree view from the snow-covered mountains all the way down to L.A. Seven full-time staff come with the house, which is crazy. So if you want the best chef in the world, you have her, and if you want a masseuse we have you all hooked up … We have water features that go completely around the house. We have stones from 50 different quarries from around the world, the most beautiful precious stones running through the house … I truly believe the value is here.”Q: Why would someone spend so much money on a house, even with all these amenities?A: “It’s the kind of thing where I can’t sell it. Somebody has to fall in love with it and die over it. And when a person sitting with $2 billion, $5 billion or $20 billion in the bank and it’s just a number, do they really want to enjoy every second of their life — because this isn’t rehearsal, this is real life — or do they just want to look at a number in the bank?”___This version corrects the spelling of the developer’s last name, Makowsky not Makowksy, in the third and fourth paragraphs. read more

Three million Nigerians to benefit from lifesaving deworming tablets donated by UN

The United Nations health agency today handed over more than five million de-worming tablets to the Nigerian Government to protect three million people from schistosomiasis, a disease that stunts growth and cognitive development.The contribution by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) is part of a consignment of over 23 million tablets donated by the pharmaceutical company Merck to boost treatments and combat neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Nigeria.“Thanks to the generous donation provided by Merck, WHO has been able to donate more than 20 million tablets to treat nearly eight million school children and adults in 12 states, namely, Plateau, Nasarawa, Edo, Delta, Taraba, Ekiti, Jigawa, Ogun, Ondo, Zamfara, Sokoto and Niger,” said the officer-in-charge of the WHO Office in Nigeria, Alex Gasasira, during the hand-over ceremony in Abuja, the capital.“This next consignment of five million tablets, worth $3.2 million will help us to scale up de-worming activities to reach another three million people,” he added. “In Nigeria, 33.5 million people, mainly children, are at risk of schistosomiasis.”In addition to stunting growth, schistosomiasis also causes anemia, and in pregnant women, can lead to an increased risk of delivering underweight babies. The disease is spread in freshwater, where parasitic worms infect people while swimming, fishing or washing laundry. They penetrate human skin, enter the blood vessels and attack the internal organs. The infection rate is particularly high among children.The de-worming tablets will be used to treat school-aged children and adults who are most at risk, such as those in endemic areas, and with occupations involving contact with infested water – such as fishermen, farmers, irrigation workers – and women whose domestic tasks bring them into contact with infested water. The treatment will be complemented with health education, WHO added in a news release.Nigeria is one of 36 countries in the African region which has received WHO support to develop a multi-year plan to combat NTDs, known as the NTD Master Plan, for the period 2012–2016 which recommends streamlined strategies to combat this type of diseases. “This donation is even more timely given that the country is gearing up to officially launch its integrated NTD Master Plan soon. Within this context, Merck’s donation is a welcome donation towards ensuring implementation of the country’s NTD plan,” Mr. Gasasira said. “WHO remains committed to supporting the ministry of health and partners in the efforts to reduce the burden of NTDs as well as other diseases in Nigeria.” read more

First Quantum Minerals reports land slippage at Cobre Las Cruces copper mine

first_imgFirst Quantum Minerals reports that during the early morning hours of January 23, a land slippage occurred on the slope of the northern zone of the open-pit mine in the Cobre Las Cruces mining hydrometallurgical complex, in Gerena, Spain.The company clarified that the slippage did not cause harm to any persons nor any impact on any third-party facilities or land.First Quantum said: “The company has immediately activated the established safety and environmental emergency procedures, evacuating the area and isolating the incident. Furthermore, the relevant administrations have been informed without delay, and the company is in constant communication with them.”At the present time, production in the CLC hydrometallurgical plant has been temporarily suspended while investigations are being conducted, the company said.“The company is monitoring the situation continuously and is taking all the necessary measures to resolve the incident and will provide updates as appropriate.”The CLC operation produced 70,738 t of copper cathode in 2018, slightly behind the 73,664 t produced in 2017.The operation uses conventional open-pit mining, based on hydraulic shovels and trucks, with drilling and blasting in the lower marls and ore zones. The project has a relatively high stripping ratio supported by the high-grade ore, according to First Quantum, and uses contract miners for all mine production.The CLC metallurgical plant relies on an atmospheric leaching process to recover copper from the rich Las Cruces chalcocite ore. A unique feature of the plant is the use of eight OKTOP agitated reactors to dissolve the copper under conditions of high temperature and high acidity. Oxygen is also added into the reactors to complete the reaction. The feed to the leaching reactors is mined ore that has passed through three stages of crushing and a single stage of grinding.Once leached, the liquid is separated from the ground solids to become PLS, the feed for the solvent extraction (SX) area. In the SX area, the copper is passed to an organic solution and then to the electrolyte that feeds the electrowinning cells. The electrowinning cells produce LME-grade copper cathodes.last_img read more

Investors feeling less confident about Irish economy

first_imgIn terms of their own future, 74 per cent of investors are confident, down nine per cent since June.Confidence around investing in the Irish property market has increased since June, with 42 per cent saying they would be optimistic about investing in the Irish property market in the next three months (just 31 per cent in June).That compares to 49 per cent optimism around investment in the global property market, which saw an 8 per cent jump since June.Killian Nolan, Investment Manager, RaboDirect said: “While Irish investors continue to be upbeat about the global economy, appetite for risk has fallen slightly. This can be seen in moves by investors away from emerging markets and Asia – both of which appear to have outperformed recently and now face a less certain outlook. LESS THAN HALF of Irish investors have confidence in the Irish economic outlook over the next three months.In a survey carried out by online bank RaboBank, investors confidence in the run-up to the budget has tumbled four per cent in just three months.Confidence in the global economy is holding up however, with 73 per cent of investors optimistic about the global outlook over the next three months – unchanged since June. The net beneficiary from this is clearly Europe which is seeing an improvement in its long-term outlook and this is sparking fresh interest.Read: Most industries plan to hire more staff, but overall employment to drop in Q4Photos: Canadian island for sale for €55 million (including golf course, naturally)last_img read more

Opinion What does the rise of antiEU MEPs mean for European politics

first_imgEUROPEANS HAVE ELECTED the most fragmented European Parliament seen to date – a move which will have a lasting and profound effect on how smaller member states, including Ireland, will generate business in Europe for the next five years.A growing weariness towards austerity measures and government bailouts, in addition to an anti-politics mood among many of the electorate, formed the background to this year’s European elections. These factors combined represented a major challenge for the mainstream parties to overcome. Centre parties have seen their representation shrink while there is an increase in numbers of extremist parties of the left and right, along with a wide variety of populist and anti-EU parties.What does it mean for European politics?Traditionally the European Parliament has been dominated by the two main political groupings – the right of centre European People’s Party (EPP) and the left of centre Social Democrats, currently known as the S&D group.In the outgoing Parliament they had together some 60% of the seats. Behind them came the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) with almost 11%. Together these three groups could comfortably drive forward the agenda. Notably, in the new Parliament their influence will be reduced to 62% for all three groups combined.At key stages in the legislative and other procedures, the European Parliament generally has to muster an absolute majority 376 votes (50%+1 MEPs) to get its position approved. However neither the two biggest groups can now come close to that number on their own. Alliances could now be formed, with S&D, the Greens and the United Left group (GUE), but it would not be enough.The EPP has much less room for manoeuvre to its right. The likelihood, therefore, is that there will need to be a grand coalition between the EPP and S&D in order for business to progress. Failure to achieve that could reduce the European Parliament to impotency, but such a coalition will also mean that controversial measures are unlikely to be approved.The new Parliament will probably try to avoid, if possible, the need for absolute majority of votes, for example it is possible for legislation to be agreed at first reading which only requires a simple majority. That means that anyone trying to influence the Parliament’s position will need to get their arguments across at the earliest opportunity in the process. The indifference of a fifth of the Parliament towards the legislative process will also mean more work being done by fewer people. This will also have a notable impact on lobbying.Whatever these events mean for the body politic as a whole, they have great significance for the future workings of the European Parliament. The European Parliament is now set for a grand coalition but the notable increase in numbers of extremist parties of the left and right, along with a wide variety of populist and anti-EU parties will see the centre-left Social Democrats and the centre-right European People Party forced into cooperation.European Parliament works on the basis of building consensus and cooperation amongst MEPs, unlike some national parliaments such as Ireland and the UK there is no whip system. MEPs cannot be forced by their political grouping to adopt a position. This newly-elected Parliament will be home to a strong nationalist movement and will undoubtedly harbour anti-EU feelings pulling focus away from the desired common EU approach to national advancement; simply put, anti-EU parties may stall progress and delay consensus.What does this mean for Ireland?For Ireland, and small member states like Ireland, the change in Parliament will bring many challenges. With a European Parliament now challenged by rising nationalism, Ireland’s corporate tax rate and desirable position for international headquarters may be once again cast into the spotlight, questioning Ireland’s favourable direct foreign investment position.Additionally, international trade is set to feature strongly on the agenda of the new Parliamentary term, since the Lisbon Treaty granted the European Parliament enhanced powers in the shaping of the EU’s international trade policy.In effect, the European Commission and member states cannot ratify a trade agreement without the consent of the European Parliament. This will be an important consideration to bear in mind in the context of current EU negotiations on Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Mercosur and the US (TTIP).Both of these agreements have the potential to bring huge benefits to the EU economy but there are important domestic interests to safeguard in these negotiations, eg the EU (and Irish) agri-food sector and sensitive commercial products such as beef/dairy.MEPs will have a unique and important role to play in ensuring that domestic interests are protected and the European Parliament’s Trade Committee will take on a renewed importance in this regard.Overall, these elections have ushered a very uncertain period in the development of the EU. In particular the European Parliament could find itself unable to properly exercise the greatly enhanced powers it received under the Lisbon Treaty.Gary Titley is a seasoned former European legislator and well-known authority on EU foreign and security policy. He was first elected to the European Parliament in 1989 and went on to serve four consecutive terms. During this time Gary served as the UK Labour Party’s leader in the EP and also as a member of the party’s National Executive. He is currently head of European Legislative Affairs in Hume Brophy.Gary will be speaking at a Post-EU Election Breakfast Briefing hosted by Hume Brophy on Thursday 29 May (7.45am registration) at the Davenport Hotel, Merrion Street Lower, Dublin 2. Read: UKIP on clear lead in Britain as Eurosceptics clear up across EUlast_img read more

Poll Should electric scooters be banned from public roads

first_img 110 Comments Monday 4 Mar 2019, 9:24 AM No (5913) By Stephen McDermott Mar 4th 2019, 9:24 AM Image: Shutterstock/Leika production Image: Shutterstock/Leika production 43,040 Views Share142 Tweet Email1 DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL has led calls to have electric scooters banned from public roads and cycle paths.A report in today’s Irish Examiner quotes a spokeswoman from the local authority, who said the council believes the two-wheeled vehicles should not be used on Dublin’s streets.It has been argued that, like bicycles, scooters cannot be classed as mechanically propelled vehicles and therefore do not fall under normal traffic, licencing, tax, or insurance laws.But the neither the council or gardaí agree with this view because the scooters use an electric motor to propel their users.However, the Road Safety Authority says the scooters cannot be used on public paths, leaving users with nowhere else to use them but public roads.So today we’re asking: Should electric scooters be banned from public roads? Yes (4559) Poll: Should electric scooters be banned from public roads? Dublin City Council has led calls for the two-wheeled vehicles to be banned. Yes, but not in bike lanes (3604) I don’t know (644) Poll Results: YesYes, but not in bike lanesNoI don’t knowVote https://jrnl.ie/4522639 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

High Court grants order moving woman with anorexia to different HSE facility

first_imgHigh Court grants order moving woman with anorexia to different HSE facility The woman’s recent weight drop was “a very serious turn of events,” the judge said. Apr 16th 2019, 9:18 PM Tuesday 16 Apr 2019, 9:18 PM THE HIGH COURT has cleared the way for the transfer of a woman with severe anorexia nervosa from one HSE-run facility to another due to a deterioration in her medical condition. The order was made by Justice Garrett Simons today after the court was told that the woman’s current medical situation is serious.She currently weighs 30.6kg, has a BMI of 13 and she has lost 3kg in the last two weeks, the court heard.The woman, who is aged in her twenties, is a ward of court and neither she nor the facilities she has been receiving treatment at can be identified for legal reasons.She has been a patient at a HSE facility where she had been receiving on-going psychiatric help for her illness.  However, her physical condition has deteriorated and a transfer to another HSE-run facility where her medical needs can be addressed was deemed in her best interests.Justice Simons made the orders allowing the transfer to proceed after he was given updates on the woman’s current condition by a solicitor representing the committee that looks after the ward’s interests, and from the HSE. The judge said the situation including the woman’s recent weight drop was “a very serious turn of events.” He said she required “urgent medical attention,” for what is “a very complex” condition. ‘Medical needs’The judge noted that it was not possible for her to get both the medical and mental supports she requires at the same facility in Ireland.  The judge said that in order to address that situation the court had previously made orders allowing the woman to be transferred to the UK where she can get both the medical and psychiatric treatment she needs in the one facility. It had been hoped that the place in the UK would be available by the end of April, he said. However, that particular move has been put back, and the Judge said that it would not be possible to move her to the UK until May, the Judge added. In the short-term, the judge agreed that woman should be moved from her current location, which the court heard she does not like, to the other Irish-based facility where her medical needs can be addressed. The court also heard that the woman is happy for the transfer from one Irish-based facility to the other to go ahead, and is content to ultimately go and receive treatment for her illness in the UK.The court also heard that the HSE hopes it can provide the psychiatric care the woman requires at the medical facility in Ireland she is being moved to.  The matter is due to be mentioned before the court later this year.  By Aodhan O Faolain No Comments https://jrnl.ie/4594880 Share1 Tweet Email3 center_img Thw Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thw Image: RollingNews.ie Short URL Image: RollingNews.ie 16,512 Views last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews DUNKIRK 2017

first_img Is Dunkirk good?Yes. I sincerely wish I’d liked it more, but it’s none the less a perfectly solid military procedural drama that, thanks largely to the inherent subject matter and some great actors, is absolutely worth seeing.What’s it about?“The Dunkirk Evacuation” (also known as “The Miracle at Dunkirk”), a strategic retreat from France back across the English Channel by beleaguered British and Allied forces during the early phase of World War II. It was complicated by geographic inaccessibility and a lack of available warships. Ultimately leading Churchill to order civilian boats from England to mobilize for the rescue while the stranded soldiers held out as best they could.Apart from the history, why is it a big deal?It’s a WWII movie directed by Christopher Nolan, so a lot of his ultra-zealous fans are hoping that this will be the one that wins him the Best Picture Oscar they’ve insisted he’s been robbed of for every movie since Batman Begins.Yeah, people are seriously “into” that guy, huh?It happens – he’s the current unquestioned Film School Bro god-figure, an undeniable auteur, and craftsman of occasionally staggering technical acumen whose catalog nonetheless flatters the Bros baser sensibilities by putting that substantial skill toward infusing artistic credibility into a defiantly macho subject matter like revenge, crime, con-artistry, heists, rocket ships and Batman.Whoa – do you have some kind of issue with Christopher Nolan?Nah, I think he’s terrific. I just also think he’s sometimes hampered by an inability or unwillingness to engage his films on a human/emotional plane. He’s a devout technician overwhelmingly more interested in the hypothetical “blueprints” behind heists, cons or vigilantism than the humanity of his human chess pieces (hence why his best film, Inception, is all about how unrestrained emotions are destructive psychological viruses that ruin attempts to construct a fantasy narrative.) I mean, we’re talking about the filmmaker who once decreed that an aesthetic decision like “Anne Hathaway in high-heels” required a practical, utilitarian explanation.Does Dunkirk overcome that?It tries to. A brutal, enormously complicated, messy-as-hell military operation held in particular reverence in the British national psyche. This subject offers Nolan interlocking clockwork mechanisms to obsess over the inner workings of and real-life, fact-based stakes the humanity of which seem so recognizably built-in. And “goes without saying” apparent that he need not once again flail impotently against the cosmic walls of Murph’s bookcase trying to convince us that “No, really – he understands how human beings work, honest!”The actor’s pick up a lot of the slack. Cillian Murphy is haunting as a rattled shell-shock victim, Kenneth Branagh shows up to deliver what might be his most naturalistic and understated performance ever, Tom Hardy is essentially auditioning to replace the lions on the Royal Arms of England as an RAF ace gliding on fumes to stay airborne long enough to fend off the Nazi fighter planes and Mark Rylance as the civilian yacht captain who damn near shows up wearing an “I’M THE SOUL OF THE MOVIE” t-shirt gamely commits to the Herculean task of making a Nolan film feel almost humanistic and… kind of pulls it off.I’ve heard the timeline is weird – what’s up with that?The narrative divides into three separate narrative tracks for land, sea, and air. One storyline following a group of soldiers scrambling to survive on the beach, another centered on middle-class father and son yacht crew making their way across the channel to join the rescue effort and a third tracking a pair of Royal Air Force pilots striving to provide cover-fire for their mates on the ground. However, each story is proceeding on its own separate timescale, and they don’t fully “synchronize” until the very end: The “Land” storyline takes place over about a week, the “Sea” portion is one day, and we’re really only up with “Air” for an hour.That sounds confusing…It is, especially if you blink near the start and miss the title cards that clue us in that this is what’s happening. But when the bulk of your film is dialogue-free depictions of harrowing rescues, boat-sinkings, plane-crashes, young soldiers starving, shivering, drowning, being pinned-down by gunfire… you’d have to be made of stone yourself NOT to get wrapped up in it. The obvious functionality of expanding and contracting the different timelines to make everything feel uniformly immediate and thrilling is always apparent, and (again, thank the cast on this one) it ends up connecting when it needs to.Is it really only rated PG-13?Yes, and while that doesn’t “ruin” it as a war film, it’s hard not to feel like things are a little too bloodless and sterile to be truly immersive in this case.Do you recommend it?Absolutely. I don’t think it’s a masterpiece, but it works where it needs to and the individual moments that need to work really, really work. Plus, whatever else can be said about Nolan his technical skills are second to none, and every frame of it unquestionably deserves to be seen on the biggest screen you can find.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

Evergreen Habitat to build 10th final McKibbin Commons home

first_imgEvergreen Habitat for Humanity is gearing up to build its 10th and final home at McKibbin Commons, a subdivision in the Father Blanchet Park neighborhood.The nonprofit, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, announced Thursday that it would partner with the American Forest Resource Council to build the home for the Hpauyam family.“Every day, we see firsthand the critical role decent housing plays in creating positive outcomes in people’s lives and in communities,” Josh Townsley, executive director of Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, said in a news release. “We are honored to partner with AFRC and see their dedication to our work because they believe in a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We look forward to working together to build a safe and secure place for the Hpauyam family to grow, be healthy, and thrive.”American Forest Resource Council, a Portland-based trade association, will provide locally manufactured lumber and wood products, cash donations and volunteer labor to help construct the home.“Our vision is simple: let’s get to work restoring the health of our at-risk national forests, convert hazardous fuels and wood into lumber and other sustainable wood products, and utilize carbon-friendly material to help solve environmental and social challenges like climate change and the housing crisis,” Travis Joseph, council president, said in a news release. “We’re part of the solution, and we could not be more honored or thrilled to apply our vision and passion to build a home for the Hpauyam family.”last_img read more

PNP newly supports Service Charge calls on Premier to ensure passage in

first_img Recommended for you TCI: ‘Futile changes’, PNP ex-Chairman questions PDMs Cabinet shuffle Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 22, 2017 – Providenciales – There is fresh focus on getting hotel employees that contentious and sorely missed 100% service charge which means significantly more take home pay for thousands of industry workers.Appointed member of the Opposition PNP, Royal Robinson has issued statement calling on the Premier to step up to the plate and to deliver on her impassioned position.  Robinson cited comments made by the Hon Sharlene Robinson when she was Leader of the Opposition in parliament and summoned action in the House of Assembly to see what was a resolution and a private members motion be reinstated as TCI law.Hon Royal Robinson also corrected that it is not gratuity which needs to be fixed, but the service charge which guests pay.   “I am therefore calling on the Premier to move a motion in the House of Assembly to have this amendment Bill be taken through its three readings at this sitting and that she ensures its passage in the House by impressing upon her colleagues to support this bill as they did the Resolution that she had previously made.”A change in the law would give hotel workers 100% of the service charge collected, and not just the 40% they are reportedly now receiving.   Ironically, the Progressive National Party as government did not support the resolution on gratuity or the private members motion on service charge when they were brought to the House.According to Clarence Selver, then a PDM appointed member, who tried to get the service charge motion passed just before the General Elections, the Rufus Ewing administration was actually trying to block his presentation on the matter.  Member Royal Robinson now reminds that all eight PDMs voted for the gratuity resolution in April 2016 and that because the Governing PNP sustained it, it was carried.Magnetic Media reached out to Clarence Selver who explained that the motion by Sharlene Robinson last year did not address the correct ordinance and so was ineffective; Selver explained that the bill which he tabled in October 2016 did address the 10 year old problem more accurately but he said, “it did not garner the support of either side when I made the motion to have the majority of the House stand with me…”   On the day the motion was to get a second reading, the House was prorogued as General Elections were called.Today, the House of Assembly reconvenes for business.#MagneticMediaNews#PNPsupportsservicecharge#ClarenceSelver#RoyalRobinson#100%servicechargetohotelworkers Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img A father speaks in TCI Parliament Related Items:#100%servicechargetohotelworkers, #ClarenceSelver, #magneticmedianews, #PNPsupportsservicecharge, #RoyalRobinsonlast_img read more

Infant who went missing in Liberty City to stay in foster care

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A family’s fight to be reunited with the baby who went missing from their Liberty City home has ended in disappointment.Noah Florvil’s mother and grandmother were overcome with emotion in court following a judge’s decision, Tuesday, that the child remain in foster care as officials investigate the details of his disappearance.The 10-month-old was reported missing Sunday night. Police searched his last known location, near Northwest 66th Street and 12th Avenue, for hours on Monday until he was found in Miami Springs.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

OBITUARY Charles R Fox Jr 87

first_imgWOBURN, MA — Charles R. Fox, Jr., of Woburn, 87, passed away after a lengthy illness on Monday evening, February 4. He was the husband of Helene (Becker) Fox.Born in Meriden, CT, and raised in Watertown, MA and Conway, NH, he was the son of the late Charles, and the late Marjorie (Williams) Fox. “Charlie,” as he was known to his family and friends, graduated from Kennett High School in Conway, and he graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Accounting.Charlie began working for Cambridge Gas & Electric as a co-op student while at Northeastern University. He remained with Cambridge Gas & Electric, and later Eversource, throughout his entire career, retiring in 1997. Charlie had lived in Wilmington, Stoneham, Acton, and Arlington before coming to Woburn in 1992.Charlie was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Woburn, and had served as the church Treasurer. He was also an active volunteer and contributor to the Woburn Food Pantry. He was a lover of nature, gardening and an avid, amateur bird watcher and, in his younger years, Charlie was a competitive bowler.In addition to his wife Helene, Charlie is survived by two sons, Bruce Fox and his wife Nancy Pratt of Hopkinton, and C. Richard Fox and his wife Janet of Hollis, NH; one daughter, Charlene Soley and her husband Kirk of Tyngsboro; and two stepchildren, William Perkin and his wife Janice of Groveland, and April Gendall and her husband Robert of Arlington. Charlie is also survived by four grandchildren, Alexandra Littlefox and her spouse Samantha Littlefox of San Francisco, CA, Brandon Fox of Hollis, NH, Emily Fox of Hollis, NH, and Gerard Gendall of Arlington.A funeral service will be held at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 535 Main St., Woburn on Monday, February 11 at 10:00 am, followed by burial at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn, with reception to follow. Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Sunday from 2-6 pm. Contributions in Charlie’s memory may be made to the Woburn Food Pantry, c/o Woburn Council of Social Concern, 2 Merrimac St., Woburn, MA 01801; or the Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02472.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Arthur P. Graham Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Charles G. Reekie, 88In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Thomas F. Connolly, 86In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: O’Neal Isom, 90In “Obituaries”last_img read more