Heavy rains in Nepal and Seemanchal cause floods in four Bihar districts

first_imgIncessant rains in the last 72 hours in neighbouring Nepal, coupled with heavy rains in the last 24 hours in the Seemanchal area, have caused floods in Kishanganj, Purnea, Araria and Katihar districts of Bihar.An Information and Public Relations Department (IPRD) release quoted Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as saying that due to rains in the catchment areas of Nepal and the Seemanchal districts, rivers like Mahananda and Kankai had swelled, causing floods in the four districts.It added that the most affected district was Kishanganj, where the flood waters had entered the town.“I have talked to the Prime Minister, Union Home Minister and Defence Minister over phone, apprised them of the flood situation in these districts and requested them to help the state deal with the situation. They have assured me of all possible help,” the release quoted Mr. Kumar as saying.The CM also demanded an additional deployment of 10 companies of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in the state, besides deployment of the Indian Air Force’s helicopters to carry out relief-and-rescue operations, it added.Mr. Kumar said the NDRF and SDRF teams, which were stationed in the state, had been dispatched to the affected areas to carry out the relief—and—rescue operations.As per the East Central Rail (ECR) chief public relations officer (CPRO), eight trains had been cancelled due to waterlogging at the Narkatiaganj yard.last_img read more

Does the Sky Have a Faulty Filter?

first_imgJust when scientists thought the ozone layer’s worst days were behind it, it turns out they may have been missing a big threat to its health. Soon-to-be-published findings suggest that a natural mechanism that filters air rising to the top of the sky may not work as well as previously thought. If subsequent studies confirm the findings, the faulty filter could also have big implications for global climate.The sky is divided into two major layers: the troposphere close to Earth’s surface and the stratosphere, which in the tropics begins 17,000 meters above it. In addition to providing the air we breathe and the weather we experience, the troposphere is laced with a compound called the hydroxyl radical—abbreviated OH—which bonds to pollutants like bromines and droplets of sulfates called aerosols. It neutralizes most of them before they can reach the stratosphere, preventing them from damaging the ozone layer and wreaking havoc on global climate.But new work led by scientists at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in Potsdam, Germany, suggests that the OH filter may not be as reliable as previously thought. In 2009, AWI scientists conducted a research cruise in the west Pacific, where strong thunderstorms push air from the troposphere up to the stratosphere, serving as a main source of air for the upper layer. Because ozone in the troposphere is a precursor to OH, they deployed weather balloons equipped with measuring devices known as sondes to measure the amount of ozone in the air from the surface to the stratosphere. 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But the researchers, led by AWI atmospheric scientist Markus Rex, found levels in the west Pacific below 10 ozone particles per billion—so low their instruments couldn’t even get a precise count. “The first sonde I really thought was malfunctioning,” Rex says. “We didn’t expect to see such a deep and wide hole in terms of ozone.” But measurements over a 3000-km-wide swath, and up to an altitude of 15 km, showed that the dearth of ozone reached all the way up to the lower stratosphere. This indicates that OH levels in the troposphere may be much lower than previously thought, and their filtering effect less pronounced, the team will report in an upcoming issue of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.The finding could have broad impacts on our understanding of how the stratosphere works, says James Anderson, an atmospheric chemist at Harvard University. If the troposphere’s OH filter is indeed less effective than scientists thought, he says, the west Pacific would provide “a potentially very important avenue for the injection” of pollutants that could damage the ozone layer. And it could explain why past studies measured higher than expected levels of ozone-damaging chemicals in the stratosphere, Rex says. For example, “we always knew there is more bromine in the stratosphere than we could account for.” A miscalculation of the OH filter’s strength may explain the discrepancy.The climate implications could be broad as well. Sulfur aerosol pollution, created via coal burning, is skyrocketing in Southeast Asia. In the stratosphere, sulfates provide a temporary cooling mask that spreads globally and lasts a few years. If Rex is right, it could mean that cooling pollutants have an easier route to the stratosphere than previously thought, though his study doesn’t calculate the specific climate impacts of the faulty filter.Other researchers are unconvinced. Atmospheric scientist Laura Pan of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, says the ozone measurements are just a suggestion of OH levels in the troposphere, not proof. More data, including measurements of other gases that affect OH levels, can confirm the OH levels, she says. She recently completed a field campaign in the same west Pacific region using aircraft that will give more data on the issue, but results are not yet available. The team from AWI, meanwhile, will soon begin a €5 million project off Palau in the west Pacific, funded by the European Union, to take more measurements of atmospheric chemicals that will help it estimate OH levels better.*Correction, 28 April, 12:43 p.m.: This item incorrectly asserted that Laura Pan stated that measuring OH directly was required to confirm low levels of the chemical. The item has been updated.last_img read more

WTA signs lucrative 10-year deal to move finals to China

first_imgDo not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Andrea Hlavackova of Czech Republic (L) and Timea Babos of Hungary (R) play against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands and Johanna Larsson of Sweden during the women’s doubles final at the WTA Finals tennis tournament in Singapore on October 29, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMANMELBOURNE, Australia — The WTA has signed a long-term deal to move its season-ending WTA Finals to Shenzhen, China, in 2019 and will increase total prize money to $14 million, double the previous purse.The move represents a significant investment in the China market at a time when the sport is aggressively expanding its reach in the country, with the addition of a number of new tournaments in recent years. The WTA signed a 10-year deal to stage the finals in Shenzhen — double the length of the current commitment in Singapore, the host since 2014.ADVERTISEMENT The prize money for the top eight singles players and top eight doubles teams is also a major upgrade from the current purse of $7 million and is nearly double the $8 million in total prize money on offer at the ATP Finals in London.The WTA said the Chinese real estate developer Gemdale Corporation submitted the winning bid and will build a 12,000-seat stadium in downtown Shenzhen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We are very excited about the opportunity I think that Shenzhen brings,” Steve Simon, the CEO of the WTA Tour, said at the Australian Open on Thursday. “With the new arena that’s being built, it will be built in the downtown district, which hasn’t been done. Most of the time it’s on the outskirts, and now it’s there.”Attendance has been a concern at ATP and WTA events in China in recent years, particularly at tournaments in cities such as Wuhan and Tianjin, but Simon believes the WTA Finals will attract a sizable audience in a major metropolitan region like the Pearl River Delta. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities NCAA volleyball: Letran sneaks into fifth spot after brushing off Lyceum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We have created a good market down there, and I would hate to see it get vacated,” he said. “I don’t have one to put there today, but it’s something we will certainly look at.”Shenzhen already hosts a WTA tournament in early January, one of the tune-up tournaments for the Australian Open.Maria Sharapova, who played in the Shenzhen Open at the start of this season, said the WTA was making a good strategic move to partner with “a place that’s willing to invest in women’s tennis.”“They were the ones that put the money on the line,” Sharapova said. “They are willing to grow our sport. They’re willing to build a stadium, willing to accept the game and its level and the players.” “When you have 20 million people in that downtown district, plus 68 million in the entire delta region,” he said, “we feel confident we’re going to be able to fill (the arena).”The 10-year commitment is also far longer than the WTA has signed in previous host cities, a cause for possible concern if attendance figures don’t reach initial expectations.Simon said, however, that time is needed to build a successful event in a new market. He spoke in 2016 of finding a more permanent home for the finals, saying at the time that Singapore was a city “we’d be very proud to call home.”In a statement on Wednesday, the Singapore Tourism Board said it had evaluated a possible extension of the WTA Finals hosting agreement with the national agency Sport Singapore and “decided not to pursue this.” It did not elaborate on the reasons.Simon said the WTA would evaluate whether it could bring another tournament to Singapore in the future.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Greece’s Tsitsipas Beats Kyle Edmund at Queen’s Club

first_imgTweetPinShare33 Shares LONDON (AP) — Top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas ensured he would play two matches in one day at the rain-hit event by beating Kyle Edmund 6-3, 7-5.Tsitsipas faces Jeremy Chardy later Thursday, while Andy Murray makes his return after a six-month absence because of injury in a doubles match partnering Feliciano Lopez.Defending champion Marin Cilic, former winner Grigor Dimitrov and 2018 Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson all lost at the Queen’s Club grass-court tournament on Thursday.Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece returns to Jeremy Chardy of France during their singles match at the Queens Club tennis tournament in London, Thursday, June 20, 2019.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)Cilic and Anderson were knocked out in the second round, while Dimitrov didn’t make it past the first round having waited four days to play his opening match.Diego Schwartzman of Argentina beat the fifth-seeded Cilic 6-4, 6-4 and Anderson, the second seed, was defeated 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 by Gilles Simon.Dimitrov followed Anderson on Court 1 and fell 6-4, 6-4 to Felix Auger-Aliassime.last_img read more

Edu returns to Arsenal as technical director after leaving role with Brazil

first_imgHéctor Bellerín is ahead of schedule in his recovery from the cruciate knee ligament rupture that he suffered in January and he hopes to be back in action for Arsenal before the end of September.The full-back collapsed in agony during his team’s 2-0 Premier League win over Chelsea on 19 January and scans also revealed there was extensive damage to the meniscus in the joint. Bellerín underwent surgery in Spain and he was told he faced nine months out of action – which would have meant a comeback date on or around 19 October. Reuse this content Read more Read more Share on WhatsApp Arsenal Share on Messenger The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Arsenal hope Edu’s return instils invincible ethos at a critical stage Share on Twitter Share via Emailcenter_img news But Bellerín made quick progress at the start of his rehabilitation – he healed well after the operation and there were no infections – and he has remained ahead of the curve, so much so that he has earmarked the visit of Aston Villa to the Emirates Stadium on 22 September for his comeback. Paul Pogba deserves Manchester United protection amid criticism, says agent Topics The head of football, Raúl Sanllehí, described Edu as “a true Arsenal man” and said: “His arrival is the final and very important part of the jigsaw in our development of a new football infrastructure to take us forward. He will be working closely with Unai Emery and the first-team coaches and will play a relevant role leading our football vision and ensuring we have – and follow – a solid philosophy through all our football activities.”Arsenal have been keen to appoint a technical director as they look to sharpen on recruitment while they contend with reduced budgets because of their absence from the Champions League, which is into a third season.They passed over Sven Mislintat – then the head of the recruitment – causing him to quit and moved instead for Monchi only for him to decide against taking the post at the last moment and rejoin Sevilla.Edu played for Arsenal between 2001 and 2005 and was a part of the famed Invincibles team. He is believed to have recommended Gabriel Martinelli to the club; the 18-year-old Brazilian winger signed from Ituano last week.Edu said he was “thrilled” to be back at Arsenal and added: “I’m looking forward to helping make a difference.” Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Arsenal have confirmed the return of their former midfielder Edu as technical director.Edu has served as the general coordinator to Brazil, who won the Copa América on Sunday. But Brazil have announced that Juninho, the former Middlesbrough midfielder, will move into that role, freeing Edu to leave.Arsenal said Edu would be responsible for coordinating the first-team coaching group, the academy and scouting and recruitment. He will go to the United States on Thursday as part of the club’s pre-season tour. Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Cricket fan dies in Bihar while watching thrilling IND vs NZ match

first_imgCricket fan dies in Bihar while watching thrilling IND vs NZ matchThe victim’s family has claimed that the 49-year-old man died of “excitement or shock” while watching the World Cup semi-final match.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 11, 2019UPDATED: July 11, 2019 19:51 IST The victim was taken to a hospital when he was unable to breathe. (Photo: ANI)A man from Kishanganj district in Bihar died of a heart attack while watching the cricket match between India and New Zealand on Wednesday. His family has claimed that the 49-year-old man died of “excitement or shock” while watching the World Cup semi-final match.The victim was taken to a hospital when he was unable to breathe. “He was rushed to hospital by his family when he was unable to breathe. The family says he was watching the match which caused an excitement. Maybe he got a shock,” a doctor of a hospital said.Bihar: A man from Kishanganj died allegedly due to heart attack while watching #INDvsNZ match y’day. Doctor (pic 2) says,”He was rushed to hospital by his family when he was unable to breathe. Family says he was watching match which caused an excitement.Maybe he got a shock.” pic.twitter.com/2akY6Fh26m— ANI (@ANI) July 11, 2019In two separate instances, India’s shock defeat against New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup’s semi-final claimed the life of a sports enthusiast in West Bengal, while another tried to commit suicide in Odisha.Unable to bear cricketer MS Dhoni’s run out, Srikant Maity apparently suffered a heart attack and died, police said on Thursday.The 33-year-old owner of a cycle repairing shop at Sekenderpur in West Bengal’s Hooghly district fell unconscious immediately after watching Mahendra Singh Dhoni being run out in the cricket match at Manchester in England, police said.Police said that MS Dhoni’s exit was the turning point of the crucial match, which Srikanta was watching on his mobile phone at his shop. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead.advertisementAnother man, identified as Sambaru Bhoi of Singhbhadi village, attempted suicide in Odisha’s Kalahandi district by consuming poison after watching the match on television along with his friends on Wednesday evening.Sambaru Bhoi was confident that India would win the semi-final match against New Zealand and had even argued with his friends about it, said Odisha police quoting the man’s parents.Also Read | Dutee Chand wins 100m Gold in historic victory for India. Proud of you, says BollywoodAlso Watch | Nobody can win 100 out of 100 matches: Sachin Tendulkar after India crash out of World CupFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhanlast_img read more

NL health minister uses CPR to save mans life at Gander Legion

first_imgGANDER, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador’s health minister used CPR to save a man’s life at a local legion on the weekend.John Haggie, a doctor, was digging into a plate of brewis — a traditional dish made of cod and hard bread — at the Gander Legion when the man collapsed.Haggie refused to speak to reporters about it Tuesday, but the incident was confirmed by an aide.The aide confirmed an earlier report that the man was not responsive and didn’t have a pulse — the two criteria to begin CPR.Haggie had told the CBC he followed routine life support training and that his role was “really just coincidental.”The incident happened Saturday during the Festival of Flight’s traditional fisherman’s brewis lunch at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 8.“A gentleman attending collapsed and needed CPR. You follow the routine as [per the] training in your basic life support,” Haggie told the CBC.Through the aide, Haggie referred further questions Tuesday to the Heart and Stroke Foundation to discuss the importance of CPR training for individuals.Haggie, a general and vascular surgeon originally from Manchester, England, served as president of the Canadian Medical Association and was elected to the provincial legislature in 2015.last_img read more

Objects in photo of incinerator similar to human arm bones Babcock trial

first_imgTORONTO – Objects that look like human bones can be seen in a photograph of a large incinerator allegedly used by two men to burn the body of a young woman they’re accused of killing, a Toronto court heard Friday.Forensic anthropologist Tracy Rogers, an expert in identifying human remains and the effects of burning on human bones, told the jury hearing the case of Laura Babcock that what’s seen in the image appears to be bones from a human arm.“Based on the shape comparison, one is similar overall to the human humerus, the upper arm bone,” Rogers said. “One looks similar in overall shape and size to a human radius, the end close to the wrist.”Rogers said, however, that she cannot be certain because she was only able to examine a photograph.The image was recovered from the computer of Dellen Millard, who, along with Mark Smich, has been charged with first-degree murder in Babcock’s death. The 23-year-old woman disappeared in the summer of 2012 and her body has not been found.The Crown alleges Millard, 32, and Smich, 30, killed Babcock and burned her body in a massive animal incinerator — named The Eliminator — that was later found on Millard’s farm near Waterloo, Ont.The prosecution contends the pair murdered Babcock because she was the odd woman out in a love triangle with Millard and his girlfriend, Christina Noudga.Millard, who is representing himself, has said he didn’t care about the animosity between the two women, who witnesses say were both sleeping with Millard at the same time.Both Millard and Smich have pleaded not guilty.In her examination of the photograph of the incinerator’s interior — which court heard was taken with Millard’s iPhone at 11:20 p.m. on July 23, 2012 — Rogers was asked to compare the bones in the image to those of a deer.Rogers, who court heard has worked on numerous murder cases, including identifying human and animal bones from serial killer Robert Pickton’s farm in British Columbia, said she was able to take measurements of the bones from the photograph.They were similar in size and shape to that of a human female, she said, and substantially different from deer bones.Court has heard that Millard ordered the incinerator — capable of cremating a 225-kilogram animal — in the days before Babcock disappeared.The trial has also seen text messages from Millard that show he promised to hurt Babcock and “make her leave.”Babcock’s family and friends have testified they haven’t heard from her since July 2012.last_img read more

AN EPIC NIGHT IN THE LIFE OF TIFF BOSS PIERS HANDLING

first_imgTIFF Director and CEO Piers Handling, with Star movie critic Peter Howell hot on his heels, heads to his next venue. (STEVE RUSSELL/TORONTO STAR) Piers Handling is at a loss for words, not a usual situation for him.It’s last Saturday night, the middle of the Toronto International Film Festival’s opening weekend, and the TIFF director/CEO is inside a large black SUV, his official ride during the fest.While his driver, Cal Post, nimbly navigates Toronto’s congested streets, Handling attempts to parse the pronunciation of a director he’s about to introduce: Britain’s Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, a one-time violent skinhead turned actor and filmmaker, whose autobiographical drama Farming, his debut feature 14 years in the making, is having its world premiere. Piers Handling with director Laura Luchetti on the red carpet for Twin Flower at TIFF Bell Lightbox on Saturday, Sept. 8. (STEVE RUSSELL / TORONTO STAR) Piers Handling in the lobby of TIFF Bell Lightbox, the centre of the action during the 11-day festival. (STEVE RUSSELL / TORONTO STAR) Piers Handling sports his new medal, France’s highest cultural insignia, bestowed upon him and artistic director Cameron Bailey by the French ambassador in a ceremony Saturday night at the Fifth Club. (PETER HOWELL / TORONTO STAR) Piers Handling checks his notes for his introduction to the film Life Itself while being driven to the premiere. It’s one of nine intros he’ll do that day. (PETER HOWELL / TORONTO STAR) Piers Handling, director and CEO of TIFF, watches from the crowd as the festival hosts a Share Her Journey Rally for Women In Film. (STEVE RUSSELL / TORONTO STAR) Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Ade-wally … Akin-noye … Ad-baze,” the Calgary-born Handling says over and over with his mellifluous mid-Atlantic accent, the product of schooling in Germany and Pakistan. He could take the easy way out and just say “Triple A,” as the filmmaker encourages people to do, but Handling is a stickler for getting things right, as he has been for the 37 years he’s been with TIFF in a variety of roles; since 1994 as head of the organization.Even though this festival will be his last at the helm — he steps down Oct. 1, having decided that at the age of 69 it’s time to do so — Handling is determined not to slow down until he comes to a complete stop.He insists that this year at TIFF is “just like another festival” and he’s “just in the zone” of getting it done as smoothly as he always has.But in his typically understated way, Handling allows that he’s enjoying all the extra love and attention he’s receiving on his last official tour as the guy in charge.“I’m having a really good time this year.” Facebooklast_img read more

Morocco Takes Part in 10th World Future Energy Summit in Abu

Abu Dhabi – Morocco is taking part in the 10th edition of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), which kicked off on Monday in Abu Dhabi at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.The four-day Summit is one of the most influential events dedicated to advancing the use of renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean technology.It offers a global platform for pioneers in sustainability and energy sectors at regional and global levels. It will showcase latest studies and techniques regarding efficient use of clean and renewable energy, and will help create new opportunities for businesses.In 2016, the exhibition at the World Future Energy Summit brought together 600 companies from 32 countries and more than 30,000 attendees from 150 countries.

Navy officer arrested over abduction of 11 youth further remanded

Navy officer Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi, who was in remand over the abduction and disappearance of 11 youth from Colombo, was today ordered to be further remanded by court.The Colombo Additional Magistrate ordered the Navy officer to be remanded till April 04.

Leak at Consumers Coop refinery in Regina workers told to leave as

by CJME, CKRM, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 10, 2015 12:53 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 10, 2015 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Leak at Consumers Co-op refinery in Regina; workers told to leave as precaution REGINA – A leak at the Consumers Co-op refinery in Regina forced almost 1,200 workers from the site Thursday.Company spokesman Brad DeLorey said the leak was detected about 11 a.m. and evacuation alarms were sounded as a precaution.DeLorey said no one was hurt and nothing was released into the environment.The leak was small and crews were able to quickly isolate it, he added.An investigation into the leak has begun.DeLorey estimated that operations would be back to normal by Thursday afternoon.“We are now depressurizing the unit and we have sent our contractors home for the day,” he said.Earlier this year, Consumers Co-operative Refineries Ltd. was fined after pleading guilty to one of five charges in a 2011 explosion at the facility that injured 52 people.Last November, the company ordered an evacuation after a leak was detected in one of the plant’s coke drums.There have been four fires at the refinery since 2011.The company says its Regina complex is one of the largest petroleum-refining facilities in Canada.(CJME, CKRM, The Canadian Press) read more

The economic conundrum or is it a crisis facing Queenslands coal mines

first_imgAround one quarter of Queensland’s (Australia) coal production is in the red according to the latest industry data provided to Treasurer Tim Nicholls in the lead-up to the June state budget. The bleak outlook headlines a ‘Strong Choices’ submission from the Queensland Resources Council compiled with the assistance of independent economic consultants, Wood MacKenzie and Lawrence Consulting. “Despite vigorous cost cutting, 25% of the coal currently produced in Queensland is being done so at a loss, including half of all thermal coal production,” QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche said last week.“Some of these mines are only staying open because production is a more palatable option than closing operations locked into transport costs levied on a take or pay basis. However, with one out of every 10 t of coal currently produced in Queensland in the red to the tune of more than A$14, some mines are at extreme risk of shutdown. If that happens, Queensland could lose up to A$1.8 billion in spending with more than 22,000 jobs in the line of fire.”The QRC submission says that from a public interest perspective, increasing state-based taxes such as royalties is the least desirable option for the state government to return its budget to surplus and retire debt.“Queensland’s metals, bauxite and gas producers are also at the wrong end of their respective global cost curves and in no shape to absorb a further royalty hit,” Roche said.“Given the government’s need for significant and prompt revenue flows to stabilise debt levels and lower state borrowing costs, the QRC supports the government’s proposal for selected sale or leasing of assets, subject to appropriate regulatory and commercial safeguards being discussed with industry and implemented prior to divestment. To achieve structural improvements in the state’s finances, there is a need for higher revenue flows now and into the future.”“Government reforms targeted at lowering costs, improving productivity and encouraging new investment in the resources sector will lead to stronger flows of sector royalties to the state,” Roche said.last_img read more

Kasbah delivers new DFS and updated ore reserve

first_imgASX-listed tin exploration and development company, Kasbah Resources, has published details of a new DFS and Ore Reserve upgrade for its 75%-owned Achmmach tin project in Morocco.The new DFS envisages a 10-year underground tin operation extracting and processing 750,000 t/y of tin ore. With average head grades of 0.82% Sn and improved tin recoveries of 77% the company expects to produce some 4,500 t/y of tin in a 60% Sn tin concentrate. The DFS also includes an upgrade to the Ore Reserve, with a 7% increase in ore tonnage and 4% increase in total contained tin. JORC-compliant Probable and Proved Reserves now total 7 Mt of ore at 0.82% Sn, or 58,000 t of contained tin.Project capital costs have been calculated at $96.4 million, with sustaining and replacement capital costs of $69.2 million over the life of the mine. Operational cost estimates include C1 cash costs of $9,176/t and C3 costs of $13,695/t. Kasbah and its joint venture partners are now looking to secure funding for the project, suitable engineering and mining contractors and offtakers for the tin product, with the aim of commencing construction in 2019 and production in 2020.Kasbah CEO, Russell Clark commented: “Our ability to successfully utilise ore sorting and high pressure grinding roll (HPGR) technology in a new processing flow sheet has delivered a significant positive impact on project capital and operating costs as well as tin recovery. Along with strong local support, Achmmach has the main permits required for operation and now has a DFS which supports its development”.The ITA comments that “the updated DFS supersedes the previous ‘Small Start Option (SSO)’ DFS announced in July 2016. The project is now planned to begin at a significantly larger scale and will reduce the mining risk associated with the SSO strategy of defining higher-grade areas and targeting these in an early phase of operation. The implementation of ore sorting technology has also led to strong improvements to the project economics. Kasbah has a 75% stake in the project, with minority holdings by Toyota (20%) and Nittetsu Mining (5%).last_img read more

Weekend brings more drops in gas at the pumps

first_img Government expounds on Fuel price investigation Related Items:fuel prices, gas station Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Jan 2015 – Fuel prices keep on falling as public outcry and media reports continue to draw attention to what many believe is a disparity between OPEC drops in the cost of oil by the barrel and costs per gallon at the pumps here. On Friday, one gas station dipped to under $5 per gallon on regular petrol; all on Providenciales now fall below $6 per gallon of gas at the pumps. On Thursday the country’s Premier was asked about the investigation which will reap a report on the pricing of fuel by next week and Hon Rufus Ewing was quizzed about dredging; gas station owners have said the cost to ferry in fuel is one of the reasons the TCI has seen little movement. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img ENERGY COMMISSIONER SENT TO INVESTIGATE FUEL PRICES Recommended for youlast_img read more

Invest Turks and Caicos launches tonight

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Jan 2016 – The official launch of the Invest Turks and Caicos Agency will happen tonight at the Provo Golf Club and among the features will be remarks by the Finance Minister and the first official meeting of new CEO, John Rutherford, OBE. Rutherford took office since December and has worked in the investment field for 21 years according to TCIG; with experience in the US West Coast and Hong Kong. John Rutherford was chosen from some 125 applicants and the Board, headed by banker, Anton Faessler explained that it is confident that the right choice has been made.There was lots of explanation by TCIG and the Minister for why Rutherford, who is not from the TCI, was selected for the job and how natives can rest assured there are other opportunities at the Agency for them. Rutherford is on record saying he believes other vacancies at Invest Turks and Caicos can be filled by Turks and Caicos Islanders. The newly formed Investment Promotion Agency will handle the main marketing of ‘brand Turks and Caicos Islands.’ It was explained that the specific mandate is to promote and facilitate trade and investment, public- private partnership and other forms of commercial alliances, encourage domestic entrepreneurship, innovation and capital formation, and generally to liaise with government agencies and the private sector in order to streamline the investment process. If the agency lives up to these touted goals, it could be like a balm in Gilead as businesses have for years called on government to ease the process for companies already established in the islands, and to roll out a truer welcome mat for investors. Host of the event which gets started at 7pm is the Minister of Finance, Hon Washington Misick. Recommended for you Invest Turks and Caicos Hosts Enhancing National Competitiveness Conference Preview of Budget reveals salary hikes, millions is saving with retired of UK bail out loan Related Items:invest tci, john rutherford, washington misick Cabinet Ministers get to spend more, CFO stays on the job Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Serious Sexual Assault charge against TCI Police Force member constable suspended

first_img Related Items:#tcipolice Editorial: Listen to your Mama Recommended for you TCI Police Commissioner says absolute focus is reducing crime, gives some insight into the decreases recorded Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, #TurksandCaicosIslands, March 3, 2018 – Police have arrested and suspended one of their own in an investigation which is spawning condemning comments and raising serious questions about the Force and the man, who is also a trusted leader within the Christian community.A youth pastor, also a Police officer was arrested following a search warrant executed on his Grand Turk home on Thursday night.A Friday morning police report said:  “A Police Constable was arrested on Thursday 1st March 2018, on suspicion of a serious sexual assault and has since been placed on USD$5000 bail.  The Officer is currently on administrative leave.”Social media comments from people who claim to be close to the family are that his wife is also somehow involved in the scandalous case.  It is alleged she threatened the young woman who filed the ‘rape’ report.Police say the Police Constable’s wife is however, not arrested as some public commentaries have indicated.The arrest of the Grand Turk policeman is not the first arrest of a member of the Royal Turks and Caicos Police Force on allegations of sexual assault or misconduct.  There is an ongoing trial involving suspended Police Inspector Hilton Duncan who is accused by a former Police Training School student and lower ranking police woman.The officer arrested on Thursday did pay the $5,000 and is currently out on Police bail. Seven TCI men ‘lost at sea’ found safe on Fish Caylast_img read more

House Votes to Remove Immigration Measure from Defense Bill

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR House lawmakers on Thursday voted to strip a controversial immigration provision from the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill, removing one possible barrier to the measure’s passage this week.Language added to the defense policy bill in committee last month would have encouraged the defense secretary to consider allowing individuals eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to serve in the military. The provision drew heated opposition from conservatives who tried to have it stricken from the bill by the House Rules Committee. Instead, lawmakers adopted an amendment, 221-202, removing the language.Debate over the amendment took place during the first series of votes on amendments Thursday, reported CQ Roll Call. Debate continued into Thursday night, with the House aiming to vote on the underlying legislation Friday.Lawmakers rejected an amendment that would change the statutory requirement for the number of operational aircraft carriers the Navy must maintain from 11 to 10.“Now that’s an arbitrary, restrictive requirement,” said Rep. Jared Polis (R-Colo.), who offered the amendment. “Perhaps they should have more. Perhaps they should have less.”Senior Armed Services members of both parties, including Seapower Subcommittee Chairman Randy Forbes (R-Va.) and the panel’s ranking Democrat, Joe Courtney (Conn.), opposed the proposal.last_img read more

Deepika Padukone reveals why she thinks Ranveer Singh is not apt for

first_imgDeepika Padukone, Ranveer SinghInstagramDeepika Padukone made a stunning appearance at Cannes 2019, but unlike Priyanka Chopra, the actress did not bring along her husband Ranveer Singh at the event.As Ranveer is known for his unique fashion sense, it was expected that he would accompany Deepika at Cannes 2019. When asked why Ranveer did not join her at the film festival, Deepika said that he would have been a better one to attend Met Gala as she would “top him” at the Cannes, according to Bollywoodlife.She had made a similar statement at Met Gala 2019 as well. “He has this crazy sense of dressing and I think he would be actually a perfect fit for the theme. I think he is one person who will 100 per cent do justice to the theme but I am the one representing him,” the actress had said at Met Gala some days ago.Met Gala is one such event where celebrities sport the quirkiest outfits and considering Ranveer’s flamboyant style sense, Deepika is not wrong in her views. Deepika Padukone at Cannes 2019.InstagramOn the other side, Priyanka was seen throwing some PDA with her hubby Nick Jonas at Cannes 2019. Before that, her outfit and an overall look at Met Gala was widely talked about. While she had sported one of the quirkiest looks at the event, scores of memes on her appearance had flooded the internet.On the work front, Deepika will next be seen in Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak that is based on the real-life story of an acid-attack survivor.last_img read more

OffDuty DC Officer Becomes Baltimores 301st Homicide Victim

first_imgAn off-duty officer with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington D.C. was killed in Baltimore, making him the city’s 301st homicide victim.Sgt. Anthony Mason Jr, 40, was killed when someone opened fire on the car he was sitting in with a 43- year old female in the early hours of Nov 4. The woman identified herself to police as Mason’s girlfriend.Mason was gunned down during the Baltimore Ceasefire Weekend, which called for no homicides in the city for 72 hours, Nov. 3 to Nov. 5. Mason’s death was the only homicide during the 72 hour period.According to the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), Mason was found with multiple gunshot wounds in the upper body in the 2800 block of Elgin Avenue in West Baltimore around 12:45 a.m.Mason’s companion was shot in the leg and is expected to survive. The suspect fled the scene.Mason, a father of three, served in the U.S. Army as a police officer for five years, before joining the Metropolitan Police Department as a Sergeant according to his cousin, James Grayton.According to the family, Mason was a Washington native, but moved to Baltimore and commuted to work in Northeast Washington.Mason had been with MPD for 17 years and served as an undercover officer in the 6th district in D.C.Sgt. Tony Anthony Mason Jr. (Police Dept Photo via Twitter)“He was a good father, a great person, loved people. Loved having fun,” Grayton told the AFRO. “Right now it’s a tragedy in our family and we are just trying to hold it together for the kids.”Family and friends gathered at Mason’s childhood home in Northeast Washington waiting for answers from police.“He was in his neighborhood. We don’t know any details, (we) just know he was close to his house that was it, said Grayton. “It’s just hard to figure out why he would lose his life in this way.”According to MPD, Mason was on non-contact status from the department because of an internal investigation, meaning he was assigned to administrative duties.D.C. police have not provided any information on the internal investigation except stating that it was a “personnel matter.”Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.If you wish to remain anonymous, you can also text tips to 443-902-4824.last_img read more