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Wimbledon to increase prize money, set to exceed 2 million pounds

first_imgPrize money for this year’s Wimbledon singles champions will see a steep hike, beyond 2 million pounds, according to a report.The All England Club is expected to announce the amount on Wednesday and it is reported that the prize money would be 2.25 million pounds to maintain its dollar value compared to previous years.A report from The Times has said that this year the increase in the prize money at the Wimbledon could be significantly larger as the All England Club aims to compensate for the falling pound following the Brexit vote.Singles champions Andy Murray and Serena Williams received 2 million pounds each in 2016, a figure approximately equal to 2.92 million USD. This was a 6.4 percent rise on 2015’s prize money. At the time of the competition last year, the exchange rate was USD 1.46 to the pound.However, the value of the pound now stands at USD 1.29, meaning that the 2017 prize would only be worth 2.58 million USD.In order to match the US Open, which in 2016 gave 3.5 million USD apiece to its singles champions, the All England Club would have to announce a significant increase.The Guardian quoted a spokeswoman for Wimbledon, who did not confirm the report, as saying, “The All England Lawn Tennis Club always takes into account the business and economic context of tennis worldwide, including any currency fluctuations, when determining prize money for each year’s championships.”last_img read more

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EU Backs e-Ferry Project

first_imgzoom The European Union has set aside EUR 16 million for the e-Ferry project run jointly by Denmark, Greece and Norway.e-Ferry will build the first mid-size 100% electrically powered ferry to link Aero island to mainland in Denmark.The ferry will be powered by wind sourced electricity and will be able to carry 130 passengers and 40 vehicles, saving 2,000 tons of CO2 per year.The ferry will carry the largest battery pack ever installed with a high charging capacity allowing for short port stays.The e-Ferry project is one of 75 research and innovation projects which will receive EUR 484 EU funding under the Horizon 2020 challenge Smart, green and integrated transport, to turn European air, rail, road and waterborne transport into a greener, safer, more competitive and well- integrated system.last_img read more

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Extra financial help for Indian football Rijiju

first_imgAhmedabad: The government “will provide extra financial help wherever it’s possible” for Indian football, Union Sports minister Kiren Rijiju said on Thursday. “We have seen certain improvements in our men’s, as well as women’s football, in recent times. “From the Sports ministry, we will provide extra financial help wherever it’s possible to scout, and nurture young talents as well as for the professional training, and other events,” Rijiju said during an video interview. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenThe minister was speaking on the sidelines of the Intercontinental Cup here. “The ministry of Sports will provide whatever is required for better training, coaching, facilities, and other demands and requirements whichever will be placed by the AIFF. “We’ll always be there. I’m very enthusiastic about supporting any kind of sport in India, and football is very special to me,” Rijiju said. He also praised the Indian women’s team for their recent rise in the FIFA rankings which were released on July 12.last_img read more

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Liberals use a third of their economic windfall for new tax measures

first_imgThe Trudeau government is dedicating about a third of the windfall it’s expecting from Canada’s surprisingly strong economy towards investments, tax relief and new spending on social programs to support children and the working poor.Finance Minister Bill Morneau released a fall economic statement Tuesday that promises $14.9 billion in fresh spending over the next five years — on top of what it had outlined in its March budget.The new measures take advantage of this year’s unexpectedly robust economic performance, which is projected to provide an additional $46.6 billion for its bottom line over the same five-year period.“As we invest directly in Canadians and their families, we have an immediate impact on the economy,” Morneau said in his speech in the House of Commons. “Our strong fiscal position allows us to do what other countries would like to do, but can’t afford to do.”The remaining funds will be aimed at reducing annual deficits, which are projected to shrink each year starting in 2018-19 — although a timeline for when the government plans to balance the federal books remains elusive.Instead, the governing Liberals will press ahead with their deficit-spending approach, with a focus on lowering the debt-to-GDP ratio, a measure of Ottawa’s debt burden.Finance Minister Bill Morneau spoke with CityNews Parliament Hill Bureau Chief Cormac Mac Sweeney about the Liberal’s decision to focus on spending, rather than paying down the deficit. Watch below. Morneau also announced Tuesday that the government will introduce an enhancement to child-benefit payments so they start rising with the cost of living two years earlier than initially promised — at a cost to government of $5.6 billion over five years.He credited the government’s child-benefit program for helping lift the economy.“Now, with a little more wind in our sails, we’re doubling down on a plan with proven results,” he said in his speech.He will also bolster the working income tax benefit, a refundable credit aimed at providing relief for low-income Canadians who have jobs and encouraging those who don’t to join the workforce. The measure is projected to lower government revenues by $2.1 billion over five years, starting in 2018.As it hits the mid-mandate mark, the Liberal government is in far better fiscal shape than it was in its March budget.The economy has seen an average annualized growth rate of about 3.7 per cent over the last four quarters, which more than doubles the Bank of Canada’s estimate for that period. The government’s survey of private-sector economists predicts growth of 3.1 per cent this year, 2.1 per cent next year and 1.6 per cent in 2019.The government is now expecting to run a shortfall of $18.4 billion in 2017-18, compared with a projection of $25.5 billion outlined in the budget. For 2018-19, Ottawa is predicting a $15.6-billion deficit, compared with the $24.4-billion projection last spring.The update also accounted for some adjustments the government announced last week to its package of tax proposals, including the fiscal impact of its promised tax cuts for small businesses.However, the framework has yet to account for additional revenues the government is expected to rake in once it moves forward with its proposal to limit the use of passive income investments within private corporations. The reform could eventually provide billions in extra revenue for Ottawa.The Liberals are surely hoping that the good economic news in the update will take some of the public scrutiny off their embattled finance minister.Morneau has been preoccupied of late with fending off conflict-of-interest accusations largely related to his multimillion-dollar corporate holdings.In hopes of quieting accusations linked to how he handled his personal fortune upon entering public office in 2015, Morneau pledged last week to sell at least $21 million worth of stock and place his other assets in a blind trust.Opposition MPs have also called on the former businessman to disclose whether he recused himself from making decisions on pension legislation that they allege will likely benefit his former human resources company, Morneau Shepell.It’s not the only controversy Morneau has wrestled with in recent weeks.He was busy last week promoting the government’s efforts to address widespread complaints about the controversial package of proposed small-business tax reforms. Morneau was forced to tweak and even back off some of the proposals after an angry backlash from doctors, farmers, tax experts and even Liberal backbench MPs.last_img read more

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Toronto mayor John Tory recommends city bid to cohost 2026 FIFA World

first_imgTORONTO – The mayor of Canada’s most populous city says he wants Toronto to be among the North American cities to co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.John Tory released a statement early Monday supporting a city staff report that recommends Toronto enter into agreements to be a host city in a joint bid for the games by Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.Canada joined the shared proposal — branded “United 2026” — in December, with news that if the countries are chosen, Canada and Mexico would get 10 games each and the United States would host the other 60.Toronto is among four potential Canadian host cities, along with Vancouver, Edmonton and Montreal. If chosen, Toronto would host three to five games, according to the staff report filed Thursday.“Hosting the FIFA World Cup is a once in a generation opportunity to showcase Toronto to the world,” Tory said in the statement, noting that the city had hosted the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and the Invictus Games in the past.“It is clear that Toronto and Torontonians are ready to be one of the host cities for this iconic event.”In order to be officially selected, Toronto has to enter into several irrevocable agreements by Feb. 5, the staff report said.It estimates the cost of co-hosting the games would be between $30 million and $45 million, and recommends the city sign bid agreements on the condition that costs are shared between the city, the province and the federal government.It said there would be “very limited financial and other risks” associated with making a bid, because no new facilities would be required — staff recommended the city’s BMO Field as a stadium, supplemented with extra seating. Smaller soccer fields in the city could be used as training and practice facilities, the report said.“It builds on Toronto’s successful track record of hosting the world at major events, without most of the impacts on residents since there are few games and sites involved,” the report reads.The proposal from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico will be submitted to FIFA on March 16 and FIFA will announce whether it accepts the bid in June.The final host country — or countries — will be announced in 2020, with host cities selected in 2021.Morocco is the other country bidding to host the event, which will involve 48 countries competing in 80 matches.Canada hosted the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015. Mexico has hosted two World Cups, and the 1994 World Cup in the United States remains the most attended tournament in FIFA’s history.last_img read more

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The Iqaluit dump and a burn that wont end

first_imgAPTN National NewsIqaluit’s landfill fire has been going since May 20.This is day 114 that the dump has been burning.Firefighting efforts began last week and, as APTN’s Kent Driscoll reports from Iqaluit, things are actually starting to look better on the western side of Frobisher Bay.last_img

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Delhi BJP asks EC to take strong deterrent action against AAP

first_imgNew Delhi: A delegation of Delhi BJP Wednesday met Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and demanded “strong deterrent action” against the Aam Aadmi Party for violating the model code of conduct by allegedly playing the religious card to disturb communal harmony.The delegation comprising the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Legislative Assembly Vijender Gupta, party MP from South Delhi Ramesh Bidhuri and other leaders including Subhash Arya, Subhash Sachdeva and Rajiv Babbar submitted a memorandum against the “misinformation campaign” by the AAP through its call centres. “We submitted a memorandum against efforts of the AAP to disturb communal harmony, peace and goodwill by playing the religious card. More than a dozen complaints and three CDs against call centres were also submitted. “We demanded a strong deterrent action against AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal and other leaders,” Gupta said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe claimed that the Election Commission has assured necessary action. Gupta said the BJP will shortly call upon the Delhi police commissioner to ensure that the action against call centres spreading misinformation is taken to its logical conclusion. The BJP had earlier accused the AAP of running call centres to spread its “misinformation campaign”. Talking to reporters, Bidhuri said the AAP was trying to create rift among different communities. Referring to a tweet made by AAP’s South Delhi Lok Sabha candidate Raghav Chadha, Bidhuri said he used a picture of a cow and a calf at the door of a house to hurt religious sentiments.last_img read more

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Restaurants small B2C entities under scanner for GST evasion

first_imgNew Delhi: GST officers are working out a mechanism to deal with non-payment of taxes by large number of small restaurants and B2C entities which are collecting taxes from customers but not depositing the levy with the government. Several consumers have filed complaints through a mobile app -Iris Peridot – that GST was charged by small restaurants but the eatery neither deposited taxes with the government nor filed GST returns. Many customers have downloaded the Iris Peridot app, developed by a GST Suvidha Provider, allowing them to scan the unique GST Identification Number (GSTIN) of a business and find out whether the returns have been filed by the entity. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra Complaints of consumers about non-filing of returns by the entities which are charging Goods and Services Tax (GST) are being forwarded on a real-time basis to the tax department for further action. Small businesses with an annual turnover of up to Rs 1.50 crore can opt for the composition scheme and file returns quarterly. However, such businesses are not allowed to charge GST from consumers and are required to print on their invoice that they are under the composition scheme and hence not supposed to charge GST on supplies. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days Under the composition scheme, traders and manufacturers pay 1 per cent GST on their turnover, while restaurants and service providers pay 5 per cent and 6 per cent taxes respectively. “We have received several complaints from consumers with regard to charging of GST by entities who have not been filing returns. Some customers have also flagged the issue of charging of GST by small local restaurants who otherwise would be under the composition scheme,” an official told PTI. As the number of complaints is very large, the tax department is developing a mechanism to find out the quantum of possible tax evasion and refer them to field offices for follow-up actions. “In absence of sufficient manpower to deal with such huge number of complaints with relatively small tax implication, it has become an administrative nightmare for the department,” the official said, adding similar complaints have also started coming in against small B2C entities dealing in hardware, sanitary ware, furniture, electrical goods. PwC India Partner and Leader (Indirect Tax) Pratik Jain said tax evasion at B2C level remains a big concern for the government. “To achieve over 20 per cent projected growth in GST collection in current fiscal, it’s important that evasion in B2C segment significantly reduces. Governments across the globe are trying to find ways to incentivise consumers to help in creating a more compliant eco-system, which we need to explore as well. Also the tax policy should be aligned to check tax evasion,” Jain said. Jain further said restricting input credits for restaurants and real estate sector may disincentivise the businesses to come in the tax chain and such policies need to be carefully reviewed. EY Tax Partner Abhishek Jain said “with a significant growth in GST collections envisaged in this Financial Year, the focus of the government would be to plug GST leakages”. For 2019-20, the government proposes to collect Rs 6.10 lakh crore from Central GST and Rs 1.01 lakh crore as compensation cess. The Integrated GST balance has been pegged at Rs 50,000 crore. The Central GST collection in 2018-19 fiscal was Rs 4.25 lakh crore, while compensation cess was over Rs 97,000 crore.last_img read more

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UNbacked peace brokers in GeorgianAbkhaz conflict hold fresh talks

29 June 2007Senior representatives of the Group of Friends of the Secretary-General have held talks with the Georgian and Abkhaz sides amid concerns over tensions in their zone of conflict and the lack of recent dialogue between the two sides, the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) said in a press statement issued in Tbilisi today. Senior representatives of the Group of Friends of the Secretary-General have held talks with the Georgian and Abkhaz sides amid concerns over tensions in their zone of conflict and the lack of recent dialogue between the two sides, the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) said in a press statement issued in Tbilisi today.The two-day talks in the German city of Bonn, which ended yesterday, were also convened to help promote confidence-building measures presented at the Group’s previous meeting, according to UNOMIG.Aside from the Group of Friends (France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) and the Georgian and Abkhaz sides, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Georgia Jean Arnault also participated in the talks, which took place under the chairmanship of the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.The UNOMIG statement noted that the Georgian and Abkhaz sides outlined their positions, which continue to differ on several issues, but were able to agree on some steps relating to security, dialogue and confidence-building in the zone of conflict.“They also agreed to cooperate in implementing the European Commission-funded rehabilitation programme, as well as a number of humanitarian initiatives,” the statement said.Both the UN and the Group of Friends stressed the importance of preserving stability and dialogue, “and encouraged the parties to seek vigorously the creation of basic levels of trust between the sides and their respective communities.”UNOMIG was established in August 1993 to verify compliance with the ceasefire agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Abkhaz authorities in Georgia. Its mandate was expanded following the signing by the parties of the 1994 Agreement on a Ceasefire and Separation of Forces. read more

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UN agency calls for better monitoring to combat human trafficking in Europe

16 October 2009Trafficking in persons is an under-detected crime in Europe, according to a new United Nations report, which calls for better information sharing and monitoring to combat this scourge. “Trafficking in Persons: Analysis on Europe” is produced by the UN Office on Drugs andCrime (UNODC) and shows that less people – 1 in 100,000 – are being convicted for human trafficking in Europe than for rare crimes like kidnapping.In addition, only 9,000 victims were reported in 2006 – around 30 times less than the total estimated number, stated the report, which is based on the agency’s Global Report on Trafficking in Persons launched in February. “Perhaps police are not finding the traffickers and victims because they are not looking for them,” said UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa.The report stated that the first step in tackling this sort of transnational crime is information sharing that has to be conducted through the creation of international monitoring mechanisms on trafficking in persons. “Without this effort, the international community will be fighting the problem blindfolded,” it said.The report noted that since 2003 when the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children came into force, most European nations have criminalized trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation and forced labour. There has also been progress on data collection on human trafficking within the European Union (EU). And yet, as the report pointed out, there is a lot of internal trafficking, both within countries and across the EU, predominantly from South-eastern to Western Europe. It also noted that European victims comprised only a fraction of the total number of victims detected in Europe, with a marked increase in victims from China and Central Asia.In addition, most known victims in Europe are young women who are trafficked for sexual exploitation, while around 10 per cent are children. There are also detected cases of men in forced labour, like construction and agriculture.“Lives should not be for sale or for rent on a continent that prohibits slavery and forced labour, and prides itself on upholding human dignity,” said Mr. Costa. The Executive Director also cited the need to better understand why people traffic their own relatives, and why women exploit other women, noting that the number of female offenders prosecuted for human trafficking is higher than for other crimes. read more

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UNbacked tribunal in Cambodia indicts four senior Khmer Rouge figures

16 September 2010The United Nations-backed tribunal in Cambodia dealing with mass killings and other crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge three decades ago indicted four of the regime’s top officials today. The United Nations-backed tribunal in Cambodia dealing with mass killings and other crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge three decades ago indicted four of the regime’s top officials today.Ieng Sary, Ieng Thirith, Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea – the four most senior members of the Democratic Kampuchea regime who are still alive – will now be tried before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) for crimes against humanity, which includes murder, enslavement, torture and rape as a result of forced marriage.They are also charged with the genocide of the Cham and Vietnamese ethnic groups, grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, and violations of the 1956 Cambodian penal code, including murder, torture and religious persecution.Ieng Sary, 84, served as foreign minister and deputy prime minister under the Khmer Rouge. A former history professor, he fled to Thailand when the regime fell in 1979.His wife Ieng Thirith was social affairs minister. Having studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, she was the first Cambodian to receive a degree in English literature.Khieu Samphan, 79, was a professor before serving as head of State of Democratic Kampuchea. He took over from notorious Khmer Rouge dictator Pol Pot when he retired as the official head of the Khmer Rouge in 1987.Nuon Chea, 84, was known as “Brother Number Two” under the regime. He studied law in Thailand, where he joined the Thai Communist Party. He served as Pol Pot’s deputy, and reached a deal with the Cambodian Government in 1998 that allowed him to live near the Thai border.All four former leaders were arrested and handed over to the court in 2007.In its first verdict handed down in July, the ECCC found Kaing Guek Eav guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.Also known as Duch, the head of a notorious detention camp run by the Khmer Rouge was given a 35-year prison term, but last month, the tribunal’s prosecutors appealed the sentence, saying that it “gives insufficient weight to the gravity of [his] crimes and his role and his willing participation in those crimes.”As many as 2.2 million people are believed to have died during the 1975-79 rule of the Khmer Rouge, which was then followed by a protracted period of civil war in the impoverished South-East Asian country.Under an agreement signed by the UN and Cambodia, the ECCC was set up as an independent court using a mixture of Cambodian staff and judges and foreign personnel. It is designated to try those deemed most responsible for crimes and serious violations of Cambodian and international law between 17 April 1975 and 6 January 1979.Given the magnitude of the crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge during that period, the judicial investigations of the ECCC are focused on particular issues, including the regime’s displacement of the population, its re-education of “bad elements” and the regulation of marriage. read more

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Darfur UN condemns deadly attack on peacekeepers protecting civilians in Muhajeria

The Secretary-General “condemns in the strongest terms those responsible for the attack and calls on the authorities to immediately hold the perpetrators criminally accountable,” his spokesperson said in a statement. According to the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), “In the early morning hours of 19 April, one peacekeeper of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) was shot dead and two others injured in an attack by unidentified assailants on the mission’s team site near Muhajeria.” The peacekeeper killed was a Nigerian national. The Secretary-General offered his “deepest condolences” to the Government of Nigeria and to the family and colleagues of the fallen peacekeeper.UNAMID said that it was investigating the events surrounding the incident and working in coordination with Government of Sudan to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.The Mission reiterated that “any attack on international peacekeepers is a crime under international law.”Meanwhile, an estimated 18,000 displaced persons remain concentrated around the Mission’s team sites near the village of Muhajeria, in the vicinity of today’s attack, and in Labado village. The groups have gathered since 6 April, when fighting broke out between the Government forces and the Sudan Liberation Movement/Minni Minawi.Mr. Ban, who has joined other senior UN officials in calling for humanitarian access to assist the groups, today stressed that he is deeply concerned about the movement restrictions and called on authorities for “full and unhindered access to civilians in need of assistance.” read more

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Implicit Modelling module among MICROMINE solutions at Mining Indaba

first_imgMICROMINE is to showcase its exploration and mining software solutions and services at Mining Indaba, being held from February 3-6, 2013 in Cape Town. Specifically, technical staff will demonstrate the sophisticated Implicit Modelling functionality available within MICROMINE’s namesake exploration and mine design solution, Micromine. MICROMINE Sales Executive, Craig Peek, explains: “Mining Indaba is Africa’s largest industry event, and provides the perfect opportunity for MICROMINE to demonstrate its offerings to the African mining community, meet with current clients and make new industry connections.”“Visitors to MICROMINE’s booth will see the latest versions of the company’s software solutions, including Micromine 2013, a leading application for geological exploration, 3D mine modelling, resource estimation, pit optimisation and resource scheduling. Micromine provides explorers with an in-depth understanding of a project so prospective regions can be targeted more accurately, increasing the chance of the project’s success. Miners are provided easy-to-use modeling, estimation and design tools to simplify design and production tasks.”“Micromine includes one of the world’s only true implicit modellers. The software’s Implicit Modelling module allows users to create and visualise the most complex of wireframes, and uses industry-standard radial basis functions to model grade shells, lithology boundaries, faults or surfaces. Wireframes extracted from the implicit model are readily displayed in Vizex are a valuable tool for finalising geological or grade interpretations. Micromine offers simple methods for adding control points, such as drillhole intersections, to create a more accurate fault model. It also provides support for trend information to produce models that better reflect the project area,” Peek concludes. The latest version, Micromine 2014, is due for release later in the year and will continue the company’s tradition of developing easy-to-use software solutions that increase user productivity through enhanced workflow methodologies and logical processes.Customers in Africa include Paladin Energy, the a uranium production company with projects in Australia and Canada, and two operating mines in Africa with a strategy of becoming a major uranium mining house. Tony Miller, Paladin’s Technical Services Coordinator, explains: “Over the past 20 years, MICROMINE has provided Paladin outstanding software solutions and services. I wouldn’t hesitate recommending the company’s exploration and mine design solution, Micromine, to other operations wanting to enhance their productivity. As a fundamental geology tool and intuitive and easy-to use solution, Micromine has assisted Paladin to introduce efficiencies throughout its international operations located in Canada, Australia and Africa. Paladin relies on Micromine’s exploration and mining modules to ensure efficient and accurate activities. Through Paladin’s positive relationship with MICROMINE and our continued work as part of the Micromine Beta Tester Programme, we have been able to achieve significant results. The MICROMINE Development Team has responded to all identified issues and has improved our work capacity”.He adds: “Due to the development of Micromine’s large data handling capabilities, we can now rotate data and instantly look at it. Recent Micromine developments have also assisted in the visualisation and interpretation of data. Paladin has historically been an exploration focused group, and now that we have moved into production we are excited to be utilising Micromine’s mining functionalities. Micromine’s flexibility has allowed the solution to evolve with our growing business requirements. Based on the success of our relationship with MICROMINE and its leading exploration and mine design solution, Micromine, Paladin is exploring other Micromine software modules that can be incorporated within the operation. Specifically, I am currently investigating Micromine 2013’s new Implicit Modelling module.”last_img read more

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Fun poll Are you a Beyoncé fan

first_img Poll Results: 19,390 Views CAN WE JUST take a moment and congratulate our colleague Amy O’Connor of DailyEdge for one of the most significant pieces of investigative political reporting so far this year?She has confirmed that Dáil Éireann is crazy right now for Beyoncé – and not afraid to say so.Are you in tune with our political representatives? Queen Bey or Queen No No No No No?Are you a fan of Beyoncé? Don’t Knowles (948) Image: Matt Sayles/Invision/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/3280756 Mar 13th 2017, 12:45 PM Fun poll: Are you a Beyoncé fan? Your daily bite-sized ballot break. Share Tweet Email Image: Matt Sayles/Invision/PA Imagescenter_img Oh Halo yesNot my cup of LemonadeDon’t KnowlesVote Monday 13 Mar 2017, 12:45 PM Oh Halo yes (2499) Not my cup of Lemonade (6624) 57 Comments By Fora Staff Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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UPDATE NTSB clears I5 Skagit River bridge collapse scene

first_imgMOUNT VERNON — Portions of a temporary Interstate 5 bridge could extend over the Skagit River in a day or two and the entire 160-foot gap could be filled next week, reopening freeway lanes that have been detoured since the May 23 bridge collapse, the Washington Department of Transportation said.“We’re gradually launching the bridge across the gap,” spokesman Travis Phelps said Thursday. The department expects to meet its goal of a mid-June reopening.“We’re making some good progress,” he said.National Transportation Safety Board investigators concluded their work at the scene, the agency said Wednesday. All of the bridge structure components of interest to investigators have been removed from the bottom of the river.Some debris still has to be removed and divers have to make sure the bridge piers are in good shape to hold the temporary span, Phelps said. Some repairs also have to be made to the top of piers that will hold the replacement.The temporary is actually two connected 24-foot wide spans being erected by the contractor, Acrow Bridges. The structure will be a total of 240 feet long for overlapping support, Phelps said. It will restore two highway lanes in each direction.The section of the 58-year-old bridge between Mount Vernon and Burlington crumbled when a semi-truck with an oversize load hit an overhead girder. The truck made it off the bridge but two other vehicles fell into the water and three people were rescued with mostly minor injuries.last_img read more

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Republican support pushes gay rights bill closer to Senate passage

first_imgWASHINGTON — A gay rights bill appears set to overcome a key Senate hurdle Monday, after a fifth Republican expressed support for the measure to prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said Monday that voting for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act “is the right thing to do” and that discrimination “must not be tolerated under any circumstance.”The Senate will hold a procedural vote Monday night on what will be the first major gay rights bill debated in Congress since the vote in 2010 to end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy barring gays from serving openly in the military.Under current federal law, employers cannot discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, age or disability. Only 21 states and the District of Columbia extend that prohibition to sexual orientation, while 16 states and the District of Columbia include gender identity.Democrats secured the full vote of its 55-member caucus last week when Senators. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., and Mark Pryor, D-Ark., announced their support. Newly sworn-in Democrat Cory Booker of New Jersey said it would be the first bill he would co-sponsor.last_img read more

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Startup Stories

first_imgMore on this topic Video Q&A Tom Harty This is Publishing’s Next New Hope? How Depressing To Integrate or Not To Integrate WTWH Media Introduces Fluid Power World BERMAN CORPORATION (Helen Berman Corp) From Print to Pureplays: Images from MediaNextJust In TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQPowered by The startup culture is alive and well in the magazine media industry-with notable print brands emerging that, through a mix of high design and multiplatform strategies, are capturing the attention of the market. Meanwhile, digital is still a major focus, as brands launch with new business models on that front. Also noteworthy are productized infrastructure creations-like proprietary CMS platforms-that are being developed to drive innovative content creation and distribution solutions internally, but also as licensed products for other publishers.Here, in our annual look at media startups, we examine six that stand out as key print, digital, e-commerce and pure technology initiatives.Domino Forbes FalconHowlerModern FarmerNautliusPrivate Ad Exchanges last_img read more

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Ford patent filings show removable doors possibly for Bronco

first_imgEnlarge ImageA German patent filing from Ford shows doors with removable crash structures that could find their way onto the forthcoming Bronco SUV. Ford Look, I’m just as excited as you are about the advent of a new off-road-ready Ford Bronco, so when I saw these Ford patent filings for removable doors, which Motor Trend dug up on Thursday, I naturally got pretty excited.While the filings don’t make specific mention of the Bronco, we did learn recently that during a dealer’s meeting, Ford showed its long-awaited new SUV with removable doors and a removable hard top. Combine that with the distinctly Bronco-ish tube-door vibe that the patent drawings project and I’m betting that the two are related.Based on the drawings, it looks like the inner crash structure of the vehicle’s doors is independent of the inner and outer skins of the door itself. This means that an owner could remove the door as a unit, unbolt the internal structure that’s attached to the hinges and reattach that to the vehicle.Of course, in practical terms, we know very little about the new Bronco and these patent filings depict something more truck-like than we’d imagine the Bronco will look, but it’s still fun to speculate — even if most patent filings don’t end up going into production.A Ford spokesperson would neither confirm nor deny that the patent filing had anything to do with Bronco, saying, “We submit patents on new inventions as a normal course of business, but they aren’t necessarily an indication of new business or product plans.” 12 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 0 Ford’s iconic Bronco throughout history (pictures) 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshow Patents Fordcenter_img Share your voice Tags Post a comment Ford 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better SUVs Car Industrylast_img read more

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Google is fixing the most annoying thing about internet browsing

first_img 10 Crazy Facts About Google Privacy is one of the biggest concerns in our modern society. Everybody wants to hide their web habits, app usage, and location data. But Google aims to make its product helpful to the users. And for that, Google needs to know about your web habits and the location where you love to go. So, if you concern about your privacy and also want a helpful Android, then you just have to need to delete your activity manually. This is a very painful and time-consuming task. That changes now.In an official blog post from Google, the internet search titan is talking about a new privacy feature that all the users are going to love. After receiving feedbacks, Google is going to launch a new privacy feature that will help you to auto-delete your location and web activities.Google has confirmed the feature will roll out in the coming weeks. Currently, you just have a feature to control off/on your location and activity history and users can delete your history manually. Google is rolling out a new featureKAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty ImagesGoogle’s new auto-delete feature works on a timed system, and users can set the time duration to delete the data. You have two options: 3 months or 18 months. Google will automatically delete your location and activity from your account after the selected time duration.It’s certainly a positive step for Google towards privacy. The blog post also hints that the feature will also come soon to other aspects of your Google experience, but it’s coming first to location history and your web and app activity. Google’s auto-delete feature is rolling outGooglePrior to this, an AP investigation revealed that Google was still steering and storing the location history of users who had turn off the history and search giant used this data for target Ads.This month is very important for the Google as I/O annual conference is going to commence on May 7 and Google is going to launch its budget Pixel 3a and 3a XL devices in the conference. With these devices, Google is going to foray into a mid-budget smartphone. The new pixel series is also coming to India on the same day of launch. Apart from the Pixel 3a, Google will also do some innovative announcements during the annual conference. So, stay tuned for more updates. Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:41Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:41?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

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Police Arrest Suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami Over Bombs In New York Area

first_img Share Law enforcement agencies have apprehended New Jersey resident Ahmad Khan Rahami, after a brief but intense manhunt by agencies seeking to question him about multiple bombs in New York and New Jersey since Saturday. No one was killed in the blasts, but 29 people were injured.Rahami, 28, was captured after a gunbattle with police in Linden, N.J.; images shown on local TV shortly before noon Monday showed Rahami on a stretcher with what looks to be a wound on his upper arm or shoulder, with his hands behind his back.Chris Bollwage, the mayor of Elizabeth, N.J., said on CNN that the suspect was apprehended and taken away by an ambulance after being injured in a shootout with police. Elizabeth is just northeast of Linden and is the site of Rahami’s last known address.Twitter/Anthony DiLorenzoBoth the FBI and NYPD want to question Rahami about Saturday night’s explosion on West 23rd Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. The New Jersey State Police say he’s also wanted in relation to an explosion earlier that day at Seaside Park, N.J.An FBI bulletin announced that Rahami “should be considered armed and dangerous.” New Jersey State Police had urged the public to be on alert for a 2003 blue Honda Civic that the suspect was thought to be driving.Investigators searched several homes in New Jersey early Monday. Two law enforcement officials told NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston that a cellphone attached to an explosive device that did not detonate initially led them to the suspect’s father, which then led them to Rahami.Rahami is a U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan on Jan. 23, 1988, the FBI bulletin states, adding, “He is about 5′ 6″ tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. Rahami has brown hair, brown eyes, and brown facial hair.”FBI“The investigation is moving rapidly,” President Obama said Monday during a news conference in New York, where he is attending this week’s U.N. General Assembly. Obama said he’s been briefed by FBI Director James Comey and has been speaking to local leaders, as well.The president said law enforcement officials so far see no connection between the bombs and a stabbing spree this weekend at a Minnesota mall.Summing up where things stand, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said this morning that he expects new developments to emerge today.“We need the facts to be able to piece all this together and to find, was it an individual, was it more than one individual, do these different incidents relate,” the mayor said on CNN. “I think we’re going to know a lot more in the course of today. Things are moving very quickly, and certainly we’re going to have a lot more to say in just the next coming hours.”De Blasio spoke less than 12 hours after five explosive devices, including pipe bombs, were found late Sunday in a backpack near the Amtrak and commuter train station in Elizabeth. An FBI bomb team was using a robot to disarm one of the bombs when the device inadvertently detonated. No one was injured.We’re learning more about Rahami Monday, including what seems to be a marked change in his appearance as he went from having close-shaved hair to wearing a beard, as seen in a sequence of photos released by New Jersey State Police Monday.In addition, NPR has learned that in 2011, Rahami’s father and other family members filed a lawsuit against the city of Elizabeth, its police department and other defendants, accusing them of harassment that targeted their business, a restaurant called First American Fried Chicken. The treatment was inspired by the plaintiffs’ religion, national origin and race, the plaintiffs say in court documents.The complaint was filed in district court in Newark; it remain unresolved.Many developments have emerged since Saturday’s explosion in Manhattan, which occurred around 8:30 p.m. ET. Here’s a brief recap of where things stand, with the most recent events listed first:Monday morning: De Blasio and police officials call for help in locating Rahami. New York restores subway service in all Chelsea stations.FBI agents search a residence in Elizabeth, N.J., above a restaurant.Sunday night: At a train station in Elizabeth, N.J., FBI technicians working on one of five bombs in a backpack that was initially discovered in a trash can detonate the bomb. No injuries are reported.FBI agents stopped “a vehicle of interest” in Brooklyn in connection to the Manhattan explosion, the AP reports, citing FBI spokeswoman Kelly Langmesser. The AP says five people were in the car.Sunday morning: All 29 of the people who were injured in Saturday night’s blast in Chelsea have left hospitals. Officials also say the blast did not cause any structural damage.Saturday around 8:30 p.m.: An explosion hits New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood on West 23rd Street. Just blocks away, another bomb is found — and it’s similar to the first. As the Two-Way reported, “Both were pressure cookers and Christmas lights were used to spark the explosives. A flip phone appeared to serve as the timer for both devices. Both pressure cookers were filled with ball bearings and BBs to serve as shrapnel.”Saturday morning: An explosion hits a trash can in Seaside Park, N.J., around 10 a.m., forcing officials to cancel a benefit run that had been planned to help members of the military and their families.This is a breaking news story. As often happens in situations like these, some information reported early may turn out to be inaccurate. We’ll move quickly to correct the record and we’ll only point to the best information we have at the time.Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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