Craig T Nelson Swings For Kids

first_imgThe Orthopedic Institute for Children (OIC) held their annual “Swing For Kids” Golf Classic at the Palos Verdes Golf Club recently.Craig T. Nelson at the Orthopedic Institute for Children Swing For Kids Golf Classic Credit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThe daylong event was hosted by Craig T. Nelson. Nelson stated that he wanted to work with the OIC and Swing for Kids Golf Classic because he believes in what UCLA is doing, furthermore he believes that the OIC is helping any and all kids with Orthopaedic issues as they do not turn any away.As Craig has been golfing since the age of 11 years old, naturally this cause and event interested him. The renowned star is set to release the Incredibles in 2018, as well as Book Club, which he will star in along with Dianne Keaton, Jane Fonda, Alicia Silverstone, and Mary Stern Berger to name a few.During this event, guests enjoyed a day of golf and a culinary experience with a dinner provided by Chef Michael Fiorelli, executive Chef of Love & Salt. Additionally, guests enjoyed unique on-course features, including tequila tastings, hand-rolled cigar bars, international cuisine pop-up tastings, and many other surprises. All proceeds from the tournament and event will be used towards the building of a new Physical Therapy Center that will help kids heal faster and better. This will give parents the tools to aid in their child’s rehabilitation.At the event Craig T. Nelson helped present a plaque to the League for their constant donations to OIC. A New Wing within the new Physical Therapy Center will be named after the League, as they recently donated $200k to this new center. The League was formed in 1936 when Phoebe Brockway and nine friends (including Lillian Disney) formed the League for Crippled Children (currently just The League). Phoebe had an orthopaedic condition and promised founder, Dr. Lowman, that she would dedicate her life to Orthopaedic Institute if he could make her walk again. Through physical therapy, Dr. Lowman held up his end of the deal and a once bed-bound child (bed-ridden at age 8), gained the ability to walk. For more than 80 years, the League has donated over $8,000,000 and has provided thousands of hours of volunteer services, always with a heart for physical therapy to honor their founder. Tens of thousands of children have received care because of their generosity.The Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) Swing For Kids Golf Classic will help raise awareness for children in orthopaedic needs across the nation.Copyright ©2017Look to the Starslast_img read more

Food insecurity grew in Nunavut after federal program to fight hunger study

first_imgThe Canadian PressNewly published research has concluded that food insecurity in Nunavut grew after a federal program was brought in to fight hunger in the North.The study, published Tuesday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that the ability of northerners to dependably put food on the table declined significantly during the years Nutrition North was being rolled out and has remained down.That’s despite a budget that has increased 65 per cent to $99 million last year from $60 million in 2011.“We can definitely observe that (food insecurity) has been increasing despite the presence of this big program that is supposed to make food more affordable and accessible,” said Andree-Anne Fafard St-Germain, a researcher at the University of Toronto.Inadequate access to nutritious food due to lack of money is a major problem in the North, where groceries often cost two or three times what they do elsewhere. Rates of food insecurity are about four times higher than in southern Canada.The federal government has long chipped in for Arctic groceries. In 2011, Nutrition North was instituted by the Conservative government to replace a program that subsidized food shippers. That subsidy was transferred to retailers on the theory that market forces would make the program more efficient and just as effective.Ottawa says that between 2011 and 2015, the cost of a food basket for a family of four dropped about five per cent and the weight of eligible items shipped north increased by about 25 per cent.But in analyzing survey responses from 2007 to 2016 collected by Statistics Canada in 10 Nunavut communities, Fafard St-Germain found those numbers weren’t showing up on the dinner table.Food insecurityIn 2010, food insecurity affected 33 per cent of families. That number grew in 2011 to 39 per cent. By 2014 – a year after full implementation of Nutrition North – nearly 47 per cent of northerners couldn’t count on a square meal.Those results weren’t the result of economic changes in the territory, said Fafard St-Germain. Nor have things improved.“Every period just seems to be getting worse and worse, generally.“More food is being shipped. More food is being consumed. But at the same time more people are telling us they can’t put food on the table.”Fafard St-Germain acknowledged her data doesn’t explain why.She suggests that subsidized food is being bought in larger amounts by the families that can afford it. Low-income families – and Nunavut has large income disparities – are being left out.“It is possible that some people are eating more fruits and vegetables and milk and all of those foods that are being subsidized. But others are not really benefiting from this because the food is still way too expensive.”Fafard St-Germain’s work is the first to look at Nutrition North’s impact on families, but it’s not the first to find shortcomings.A 2016 study found the program resulted in stale-dated, poor quality food on store shelves without making grocery bills more affordable.The auditor general found in 2014 that the government was largely in the dark about whether Nutrition North had actually done anything for the people who needed it most.aptnnews.calast_img read more

CBDT orders I-T probe of 3 lakh de-registered firms for money laundering, DeMo misuse

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBDT has issued directions to Income Tax (I-T) offices across the country to probe financial transactions of about 3 lakh firms, de-registered by the government for their dubious financial credentials, for tax evasion and money laundering, especially during demonetisation. The board has asked the tax offices to undertake this special task and bring under their ambit the time period (over the last two years) when these companies were struck off from the records of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”To check possible misuse of such companies for money laundering activities, the board desires that the field authorities may verify deposits / withdrawals from the bank accounts of such companies during the process of striking down and just before that especially during the period of demonetisation,” the CBDT said in a communication. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) is the policy making body for the I-T Department. A senior official said the board has inputs that a number of these companies possibly indulged in tax crimes and once this is established, the department will initiate action against them for indulging in money laundering and tax evasion. He said cases of money laundering will also be referred to the Enforcement Directorate as it investigates cases under this category of tax crime. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe CBDT asked the taxman to collect the information about these firms from the public section of the MCA website and subsequently scan their I-T returns and check their financial transactions history from the banks where they had accounts. “In cases of detection of unusual transactions and beneficiaries thereof, appropriate action may be taken as per provisions of the I-T Act after seeking restoration of the struck off company by filing an appeal before the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT),” the CBDT said. The board asked the tax department offices across the country to complete this task in a “time-bound” manner and make it a practise to keep a track of such companies who indulge in money laundering.last_img read more

Violence against Kyrgyz woman rising despite legal restraints UN expert says

UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo commended the Government for the adoption of numerous international instruments and legislative and policy frameworks, such as the Law on Social and Legal Protection against Domestic Violence, which has been described as one of the most progressive in the region. But she noted that since Kyrgyzstan’s independence in 1991, these efforts “have been accompanied by widespread poverty on the ground, insufficient investments and reforms in social services, and a resurfacing and reinterpretation of traditions and values which have strengthened patriarchal systems of control over women, gender stereotypes and de facto discrimination.”As a result, she said, “there is an increase in the prevalence levels of violence against women and girl children, homelessness, migration, the numbers of women being incarcerated for drug-related offences and also for the killing of family members, rates of HIV/AIDS infections, maternal mortality rates, levels and forms of corruption, and impunity for acts of violence against women by both State and non-State actors.”During the 8 to 17 November visit, Ms. Manjoo met with government officials, human rights and women’s organizations and victims of violence. She said the most prevalent forms of violence against women – two-thirds of whom live in rural areas – include domestic violence and under-age marriages. “Equality and equal protection doctrines demand that we address violence against women as discrimination against women, and as a serious human rights violation,” she said.”The rights to dignity, equality, bodily integrity, non-discrimination and freedom from all forms of violence – both public and private – are fundamental rights. Elimination of violence against women requires political will, legal measures, human and financial resources, and also civil society action.”Ms. Manjoo, who was appointed to her post in June 2009, works in an independent and unpaid capacity, and reports to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council. 17 November 2009Despite the encouraging commitments by the Kyrgyz Government, women and girls are increasingly vulnerable to violence, exploitation and destitution, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today following her first mission to the country. read more

WatchOttawa launches formal probe into whether Facebook violated Canadians privacy

OTTAWA — The Trudeau government is turning to its spy agency and high-tech cybersleuths to ensure the privacy rights of Canadians are being protected as revelations swirl about Facebook data being exploited for political gain.And Scott Brison, the acting minister for democratic institutions, also said Tuesday he would be open to strengthening federal privacy laws even further to better defend those who share their information online.Federal privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien, meanwhile, formally launched an investigation to determine whether any personal information of Canadians was affected by the alleged unauthorized access to Facebook user profiles.Terence Corcoran: One victim being unfairly dragged into the ‘Facebook’ scandal is… FacebookFacebook tried to get ahead of the news, but made the Cambridge Analytica crisis even worseFacebook being investigated by U.S. FTC over misuse of personal data, source saysBrison was responding to revelations by Canadian data expert Christopher Wylie, who is accusing data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica of improperly obtaining private data from Facebook users in order to help advance Donald Trump’s campaign efforts ahead of the U.S. election.Policy-makers around the world are grappling with the implications following media reports that data collected by Facebook and other social-media companies is being harvested and used to influence elections.Recent reports by The New York Times and The Observer of London say Trump’s 2016 campaign hired Cambridge Analytica, which crunched private information it inappropriately collected from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users.Wylie, who worked for the federal Liberals about a decade ago, has said in media interviews that the company used the information to profile voters and has alleged the company took fake news to the next level. The company denies any wrongdoing.Facebook’s alleged data seepage has created worries in Canada, where the country’s largest provinces are set to go to the polls this year and a federal election sits on the horizon for 2019.“We’ve reached out as a department of democratic institutions to (the Communications Security Establishment) to ask them to do an analysis of these recent events and to consider other ways that we can further strengthen the protection of our democratic institutions,” Brison said.“Social media platforms have a responsibility to protect the privacy and personal data of citizens, and to protect the integrity of our electoral system where they operate.”Brison said he planned to meet with CSE and also the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the national domestic spy service, to consider the global environment and assess threats to the electoral system and the protection of personal information.And while he said Canada already has strong privacy laws, Brison said he’d be open to making further changes if necessary.The government has also contacted Facebook to find out if any Canadians were among those affected by the data breach and to call on the company to explain how it will ensure this kind of event doesn’t happen again, said a spokeswoman for Brison.New Democrat MP Charlie Angus said Monday that if information giants like Facebook have the potential to distort the outcome of elections, they need to be held to account. He added that Facebook has a legal international responsibility to protect users’ information from bad actors looking to use it for nefarious purposes.“Facebook seems to have a very cavalier attitude towards the protection of private information,” Angus said.“What’s come out of the allegations against Cambridge Analytica was the ability to subvert Facebook to use the stories, the chats that people have, to create the perfect propaganda machine.”Angus said the time has come for the creation of a global framework to deal with social-media companies that hold vast stores of personal information — and he wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to raise the issue when Canada hosts the G7 summit in June.During question period Tuesday, Trudeau said he intends to do that and, indeed, has already had many discussions in the past with his G7 counterparts about privacy issues and democratic concerns related to social-media companies.The international uproar triggered earlier this week by Wylie had already motivated privacy watchdog Therrien to reach out to Facebook to determine whether the personal information of Canadians was affected and to offer to assist an investigation into the matter already launched by the U.K. information commissioner’s officeOn Tuesday, Therrien said he’s opened a formal investigation, which will focus on whether Canadians were affected and whether Facebook has complied with Canada’s federal private sector privacy law — the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act which requires meaningful, informed consent for the collection, use and disclosure of personal information.In a statement, Therrien noted that political parties are not covered by privacy laws even though they collect large amounts of highly personal information about citizens, such as details on how they vote, their age, religious and cultural backgrounds. The laws are “in urgent need of reform,” he said, reiterating his oft-repeated call for stronger privacy protection.Political parties in Canada have also used tools offered by Facebook to target advertisements to voters, however there’s no evidence of anything similar to the allegations around Cambridge Analytica.Facebook has denied the data collection was a breach because people knowingly provided their information. The company has said a University of Cambridge psychology professor accessed the information after he requested it from users who gave their consent when they chose to sign up for his test via a Facebook app.On Monday, Facebook said it hired a digital forensics firm to conduct a comprehensive audit of Cambridge Analytica to determine if the Facebook data the company collected still exists or if it’s been destroyed. Cambridge Analytica agreed to give the auditor complete access to its servers and systems, Facebook said.Newspaper reports have said Facebook first learned of the breach more than two years ago, but didn’t disclose it until now.Cambridge Analytica has “strongly denied” the allegations that it had improperly obtained Facebook data. It has also denied that the Facebook data was used by the Trump campaign.The company has also insisted Wylie was a contractor, not a founder, as he has claimed. Wylie, a 28-year-old from British Columbia, left the firm in 2014.Trump’s campaign has denied using the Cambridge Analytica’s data, saying it relied on the Republican National Committee for its information.Twitter: With files from Associated Press read more

UN Lebanese troops deployed by midSeptember should allow Israeli pullout – Annan

The deployment of a credible presence of United Nations and Lebanese troops in southern Lebanon by mid-September should allow for Israel to withdraw, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in Saudi Arabia.“I expect that by mid-September, we’ll have about 5,000 international troops on the ground, and they will be deployed to the south with the 16,000 Lebanese troops,” he told a joint press conference with Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Prince Saud Al-Faisal. “And with that credible force on the ground at that time, Israel should be able to withdraw its forces completely.”He said the pullout of Israeli forces is critical to regional stability. “As long as they are in southern Lebanon some Lebanese will rightly see that as an occupation and there could be miscalculation an accident could occur so we need to have a clear situation where the Israelis fully withdraw and international and Lebanese forces taking over that territory.” The Secretary-General also emphasized that the UN and Lebanese forces will be necessary to ensure that progress so far is maintained. “What is important is that the cessation of hostilities, which was declared on the 14th of August, has, on the whole, held very well. But it is fragile and we need to move on as rapidly as we can to consolidate it, and this is why we are pressing ahead with the rapid deployment of the international troops to assist the government and the Lebanese army to extend its authority throughout the south.” He also urged attention to the fundamental problems plaguing the region. “The key issue and the root cause that we should deal with is Palestine, the lifting of the air, sea, and land blockade, and the issue of the borders of Lebanon and the question of Shabaa Farms,” he said. “I myself have urged consistently that Israel lifts the embargo, and I hope that it will be done sooner rather than later, because it is necessary for a country that is undergoing recovery and reconstruction, there has to be free movement of people and goods for it to be able to handle this urgent task,” he said, repeating a call he has made throughout the trip, which has taken him to Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Iran and Qatar.Mr. Annan said his discussions with leaders in Saudi Arabia had been fruitful and stressed the country’s regional and global importance. “When it comes to resolving conflicts, whether it is Lebanon or the Palestinian one, or for that matter Iraq, their views and their weight is important and we need to factor that into whatever scheme we have for resolving it,” he said. Responding to press questions, he said the Saudi leaders had voiced support for the Security Council resolution that ended the hostilities in Lebanon and mandated an expanded UN Interim Force there (UNIFIL). “I did get confirmation that they will cooperate and will support [resolution] 1701 and they will work with Lebanon and the international community to implement it.” The Secretary-General’s intensive diplomatic tour takes him next to Egypt and Turkey. read more

Situation in Kivu provinces of eastern DR Congo remains tense and fragile

Speaking to the UN News Centre, the spokesperson for the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Kieran Dwyer, also said that ‘blue helmets’ from the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) have received reports of fighters with the 23 March Movement (M23) armed group around the city of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province.“Over the weekend, MONUSCO stepped up ground patrols and air reconnaissance flights in response to these reports,” Mr. Dwyer said.“While many of the reports could not be confirmed, MONUSCO was able to confirm the presence of M23 elements in several locations in North Kivu, including near Rwindi, Kibati and in the Masisi area near Moja,” he added. The spokesperson noted that such movements are “in breach of Security Council resolution 2076” and that MONUSCO’s peacekeepers continue with their frequent patrols in and around Goma.Adopted by the Council in late November, resolution 2076 demanded the immediate withdrawal of the M23 from Goma and the cessation of any further advances, in addition to calling for a clarification of reports of external support provided to the group and stating its readiness to act on the basis of information received, amongst other points.The armed group – made up of former national army troops who mutinied in April and named after a 23 March 2009 peace agreement that they reportedly say has not been implemented – occupied Goma on 19 November, after an advance that included clashes with the DRC armed forces, known by the French acronym FARDC, which received support from MONUSCO.The advance displaced more than 130,000 people in and around Goma, and sent another 47,000 fleeing to neighbouring South Kivu province. Many of those uprooted from their homes are currently living either with host families, or in camps and spontaneous sites, or in public buildings.Amidst widespread condemnation and calls for their withdrawal, the M23 fighters pulled out – while monitored by MONUSCO peacekeepers – from the city of one million after 11 days, in accordance with requirements laid out by the regional intergovernmental group known as the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).MONUSCO has 6,700 and 4,000 troops in the provinces of North and South Kivu, respectively, including, in some places, behind the M23 lines. North Kivu alone is four times the size of Belgium. read more

This is BIG game between teams from Big Easy and Big D

They are beginning to think playoffs in Big D. They’ve been thinking Super Bowl for weeks in the Big Easy.On Thursday night, the Cowboys host the Saints in, well, a big game.New Orleans (10-1) has looked like the NFL’s best, even as it sits tied with the Rams for the league’s top record; the Saints handed Los Angeles its only defeat. Not only is the offence dynamic and Drew Brees is having the most proficient season of his spectacular career, but the defence appears more solid than any other Super Bowl threat.“Early in the year, they gave up some points and yards and things like that, but you just really look at them in their last I guess three or four ballgames,” Cowboys offensive co-ordinator Scott Linehan says. “They’re just really doing a good job of getting stops and creating negative plays for the other team, whether it be sacks or turnovers.“We’ve got a big challenge.”And he’s talking about the New Orleans D!The Dallas defence has been pretty darn good for much of the season, particularly recently. That’s as much a reason as any that the Cowboys (6-5) have taken over the NFC East lead.But they need to show a lot more to reach the Saints’ level.“We have all the confidence in ourselves,” quarterback Dak Prescott says. “They put on their pants the same way we do. They’ve won 10, and I guess we’ve won three (in a row).It will be 11 for the Saints, unanimously top-ranked in the AP Pro32. They are 7 1/2-point favourites over No. 12 Dallas.SAINTS, 30-27KNOCKOUT POOLDallas did the job on Thanksgiving, and as Pro Picks heads into December, time to go with rejuvenated SEATTLE.No. 25 Buffalo (plus 5 1-2) at No. 21 MiamiBills on upswing. It ends in South Florida.BEST BET: DOLPHINS, 27-16No. 13 Baltimore (minus 1 1-2) at No. 22 AtlantaRavens haven’t hit road in a month.UPSET SPECIAL: FALCONS, 29-26No. 16 Denver (minus 4) at No. 24 CincinnatiSo many road favourites this week. We favour Broncos among them.BRONCOS, 23-10No. 2 Los Angeles Rams (minus 10) at No. 23 DetroitSo many road favourites this week. We definitely favour Rams.RAMS, 44-24No. 5 Chicago (minus 4) at No. 27 New York GiantsSo many road favourites — enough already.BEARS, 20-13No. 15 Washington (plus 6 1-2) at No. 17 Philadelphia, Monday nightTwo injury-plagued teams trying to keep up with Dallas.EAGLES, 26-23No. 32 Arizona (plus 14 1-2) at No. 19 Green BayNot sure Packers should be favoured by this much over U of Arizona.PACKERS, 28-20No. 3 Kansas City (minus 15) at No. 31 OaklandRemember when this was one of the NFL’s great rivalries?CHIEFS, 40-22No. 30 San Francisco (plus 10) at No. 10 SeattleWasn’t too long ago this was a great NFL rivalry, too.SEAHAWKS, 27-14No. 6 Los Angeles Chargers (plus 3 1-2) at No. 8 PittsburghSteelers don’t do anything easily. Maybe Philip Rivers will be perfect.STEELERS, 27-26No. 14 Carolina (minus 3 1-2) at No. 26 Tampa BayIf Panthers don’t snap out of funk soon, wild-card playoff spot will disappear.PANTHERS, 31-30No. 11 Indianapolis (minus 4) at No. 28 JacksonvilleSuddenly, Andrew Luck and Colts look like post-season-bound team.COLTS, 19-17No. 20 Cleveland (plus 6) at No. 7 HoustonTexans won’t win out, but won’t lose this one.TEXANS, 24-20No. 9 Minnesota (plus 6) at No. 4 New EnglandPatriots might win out, won’t lose this one.PATRIOTS, 34-26No. 29 New York Jets (plus 9 1-2) at No. 18 TennesseeTitans are an enigma. Slumping Jets are not.TITANS, 23-9___2018 RECORD:Last Week: Against spread (9-4-1). Straight up (12-3)Season Totals: Against spread (87-77-7). Straight up: (118-56-2)Best Bet: 4-8 against spread, 8-4 straight upUpset special: 8-4 against spread, 7-4-1 straight up___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLBarry Wilner, The Associated Press read more

Stop using tap water on gardens and recycle your bath water instead

“The idea of using treated drinking quality water to water our gardens and wash our cars in the 21st century just doesn’t seem appropriate. As a regulator, it is something we will push the companies to innovate on.”We will work with government and other partners to do everything we can to make sure we have secure, affordable and an environmentally friendly approach to delivering future water supplies.”She also warned against building large numbers of new homes in areas the puts pressure on water supplies, particularly in the middle of the country.The threat of a hosepipe ban has loomed large in recent weeks as supplies became stretched due to a lack of rainfall.  Pressure on supplies was particularly large in areas where firefighters tackled large moorland blazes lasting over a week in the north of England. Utility firms including Severn Trent , United Utilities and Anglian Water have all issued advice on how to cut down on usage, including turning off taps while brushing teeth.Sir James Bevan, head of the Environment Agency, also said climate change was playing a role in the shortage, and told MPs water leakage targets must be made tougher on companies to ensure there was little waste.Environment minister Therese Coffey told MPs that ambitious targets would help cut tap water use from the current 140 litres per person, per day, and urged people to cut down their showers to four minutes a day.Doug Clarke, spokesman for Severn Trent, pleaded with customers to limit the amount they use. He said: “Demand for water is massively up thanks to several weeks of extremely hot weather.”While we have lots of water available and our reservoir levels are healthy and we’re putting millions of extra litres of water into the system, people are using water as fast as we can treat and pump it into supply.” Households must stop using tap water on their gardens and cars for good as pressure on supplies is worse than ever, the official watchdog has said.Rachel Fletcher, the head of water services regulator Ofwat, called on the Government to find environmentally appropriate methods instead.Miss Fletcher said gardens must have water butts so that homeowners can recycle rainwater for outdoor use, and suggested families could also recycle water from baths and showers.It comes as Britain recovers from a heatwave where record temperatures have been recorded up and down the country.Ms Fletcher told MPs on the Commons environment committee: “We do as a sector need to think about transferring water from one region to another. And we have got to shift the frontier in the technology we are using in delivering water supplies. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Outotec provides process technology to Sierra Gorda coppermolybdenum project in Chile

first_imgOutotec has signed a contract with Quadra FNX Mining for the design and delivery of a process solution to the new copper-molybdenum concentrator located in Sierra Gorda, close to Antofagasta in northern Chile. Deliveries of Outotec TankCell® e300 flotation cells, concentrate and tailings thickeners as well as filters are scheduled to be completed during 2012. In addition, Outotec is also providing installation, commissioning and start-up services for the delivered equipment.The resource estimate for Sierra Gorda is 2,000 Mt of Measured & Indicated Resources in sulphides. The mineral resource is inclusive of the estimated Proven & Probably Reserves of 1,275 Mt of sulphide ores. The feasibility study identifies a project that has been designed as a conventional open pit operation with an initial planned throughput of 110,000 t/d, expanding to a throughput of 190,000 t/d in Year 4 of operations with a current mine life of 20 years.The molybdenum head grades are highest during the first three years. The initial throughput rate was selected to constrain molybdenum production to levels that were judged to have limited impact on the global molybdenum market. Molybdenum production will be 54 Mlb/y during the first three years of operation. An expansion to a throughput of 190,000 t/d is planned for completion during the third year of operations, after which molybdenum production will average 20 Mlb/y for the balance of the mine life.The bulk of the copper concentrates will be sent to the port of Mejillones, from which it will be shipped to global smelters. Molybdenum concentrate will be bagged on site for sale locally and overseas. Oxide mineralisation will be stockpiled separately for treatment in a possible future heap leach operation.“Outotec is committed to providing process solutions that enable our customers to recover the valuable metals in the most sustainable manner possible. We are happy that our latest flotation and thickening developments were chosen for the new Sierra Gorda concentrator. For example Outotec TankCell e300 is the most energy efficient flotation cell in the market with 20% lower energy consumption per processed ore tonne compared to other available methods”, said Outotec’s CEO Pertti Korhonen.The contract value is about €26 million. The majority of the contract is booked in Outotec’s Q3 order intake with a small part being booked in the fourth quarter.last_img read more

Audi R18 racing car swaps rearview mirror for OLED display

first_imgIf you’ve ever watched Formula 1 then you know how intense the rate of development is on those racing cars. Every race there’s new bits bolted on to the wings, cars that were slow last race now have a 0.1 second advantage over the field, and everyone on the pit wall has their face buried in a laptop monitoring and adjusting the car each lap.For the Le Mans 24 hour race, the teams try to make their cars as fast as possible, but they also need to take into consideration issues that directly impact the driver over such a long race. One of those is how to fit a rear view mirror that is actually usable.It may sound like simply a case of positioning a mirror inside the car, but it’s not that easy. For one, the cars don’t have a rear window so there’s nothing to reflect. As it’s a 24 hour race any mirror has to be able to give a clear view regardless of the lighting conditions outside, and ideally has to remain clear when it’s raining. You also need to factor in vibration, which would make a mirror very difficult to see clearly.Ultimately, a typical rear-view mirror does not work, so Audi came up with another hi-tech solution. For Le Mans this year the Audi R18 will use an AMOLED display hooked up to a camera on the back of the car.The display gives a perfectly clear view of behind the car regardless of the lighting conditions. Rain will have minimal impact on what the camera sees due to its position and enclosure, and the view should remain clear even with the car vibrating.One thing not mentioned, but may also be an advantage is the weight difference. I doubt a small, thin OLED screen will weigh more than the mirror it replaces. In fact, it may even weigh less.If it works, then I don’t see a reason not to have this as an option in our road cars. The fact it works better when it rains and can probably filter out overly bright headlights, is reason enough to start experimenting. Of course, cost may be an issue, but it always is with new tech and that’s why it ends up being a feature for the luxury cars first.Read more at Gizmaglast_img read more

Les spinosaures étaient des dinosaures semiaquatiques

first_imgLes spinosaures étaient des dinosaures semi-aquatiquesFrance – Une analyse du taux d’oxygène contenu dans une dent de spinosaure a révélé que ces terribles prédateurs vivaient en partie dans l’eau, d’après la revue américaine Geology.”Ils avaient un mode de vie semi-aquatique, similaire à celui des crocodiles ou des hippopotames actuels” indique le Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), dans un communiqué.On savait déjà que ces animaux se nourrissaient de grandes quantités de poissons, ce qui signifiait qu’ils passaient une bonne partie de leur temps les pieds dans l’eau. Leur museau allongé ainsi que leurs dents en forme de cônes semblaient eux aussi adaptés à ce type d’alimentation. Mais cette fois, l’hypothèse se confirme grâce à l’analyse de l’oxygène contenu dans l’apatite (hydroxyapatite), principal composant des os et des dents.Les chercheurs ont comparé la composition isotopique de l’oxygène des dents des spinosaures avec ceux de vertébrés contemporains amphibies comme la tortue ou le crocodile. La composition, qui diffère en fonction du mode de vie de l’animal, était dans le cas présent, similaire. Très connus pour leur crête dorsale, leur conférant une allure effrayante, les spinosaures étaient, avant tout, les plus gros prédateurs terrestres. Selon l’étude, ce penchant pour une alimentation aquatique aurait permis de limiter la compétition pour la nourriture et le territoire existant entre théropodes (dinosaures carnivores). Le 6 février 2010 à 16:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Google rachète Clever Sense un concurrent de Siri

first_imgGoogle rachète Clever Sense, un concurrent de SiriSi Groupon était sur les rangs pour s’offrir la start-up Clever Sense, c’est finalement Google qui vient d’acheter la firme éditrice de l’application Alfred, un concurrent de l’assistant personnel Siri.Google s’est offert Clever Sense et son application Alfred, se réjouit la start up basée dans la Silicon Valley sur son site Internet. Une annonce surprise alors que le PDG de la jeune pousse, Babak Pahlavan, affirmait récemment être en pleines négociations avec Groupon.À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Clever Sense est la firme éditrice de l’application Alfred, concurrente destinée à Android du logiciel Siri pour l’heure exclusivement réservé à l’iPhone 4. Elle offre des recommandations vocales personnalisées de lieux en lien avec les centres d’intérêts de l’utilisateur, accompagnées des avis des autres mobinautes et de diverses informations pratiques publiées sur le web.”Le voyage a été tout simplement incroyable. Notre vision est seulement devenue plus grande, et notre engagement plus fort. Toute notre équipe se réjouit du travail commun de Google et Clever Sense qui vise une construction plus intelligente, et des services magiques !” s’enthousiasme la start-up dans son communiqué. Le montant de la transaction, lui, est gardé secret.Le 18 décembre 2011 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Dozens ill at assisted living community

first_imgMore than 60 residents and employees at a Vancouver assisted living community have come down with a gastrointestinal illness.In the past two weeks, 17 employees and 49 residents at Cascade Inn, 11613 S.E. Seventh St., have become ill. Cascade Inn has 178 residents and 105 employees, said Denny Kartchner, executive director of the community.“It’s not anything uncommon,” he said. “It happens in every community every few years.”Cascade Inn’s last illness outbreak was two years ago, Kartchner said.To prevent the spread of illness, Cascade Inn has canceled all group activities, is sanitizing touchable surfaces and isn’t allowing visitors. Kartchner said normal operations are likely to resume in a few days.“It’s been fairly short-lived,” he said.last_img read more

Google and Facebook face another antitrust investigation

first_img Tags Tech giants and antitrust Google is also currently under investigation by the EU over how it collects personal data for the purpose of online advertising. In 2017, the EU additionally fined Google $2.7 billion for its abusing its search dominance for shopping services.Meanwhile, in the US, the Department of Justice is investigating Silicon Valley’s tech juggernauts over whether they’re engaging in “anticompetitive conduct.” The investigation was announced June 3 after reports emerged May 31 that the DOJ would be preparing a Google antitrust investigation. It was followed by reports of an Apple antitrust probe. Facebook was then made part of the investigation announcement, as well as Twitter.”The growth of monopoly power across our economy is one of the most pressing economic and political challenges we face today,” Rep. David N. Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island and chairman of the House Antitrust Subcommittee, said at the time.”Market power in digital markets presents a whole new set of dangers.” Google’s ad system under EU probe for how it spreads your private data House starts antitrust probe of Facebook, Google, other tech giants Facebook takes steps to protect you from discriminatory ads Mobile Tech Industry Internet Applications Mobile Apps Digital Media Internet Services Android 10 beta’s best new tricks from Google I/O 2019 34 Photos Facebook is a moneymaking machine Post a commentcenter_img Spotted earlier by the Guardian, the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA’s) market study will focus on three main areas of potential harm to consumers: How much market power online platforms have; whether consumers can and will control how data about them is used and collected by online platforms; and whether digital advertising market competition could be “distorted” by some players with power.The CMA is open to comments from groups including government, advertisers, publishers, ad tech companies, consumer groups and online platforms until July 30. It will then decide whether to make a market investigation reference by Jan. 2, 2020, with a deadline for its final report to be published on July 2, 2020.Facebook and Google didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. 2:28 0 Under probe again for market power Olly Curtis/Future Publishing via Getty Images The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has kicked off a probe into digital advertising and online platforms. Its examination will focus on Facebook and Google in particular, the agency said Wednesday. A similar study in Europe resulted in Google being hit with a $1.7 billion fine in March for “abusive” online ad practices. The European Commission had said Google was exploiting its dominance by restricting its rivals from placing their search ads on third-party websites. Last year, the EU also fined Google $5 billion for antitrust practices across its mobile OS Android.”Two suppliers in particular, Google and Facebook (PDF) (and their respective subsidiaries, such as YouTube and Instagram) hold leading positions in the market for online advertising in the UK, with the majority of digital advertising revenue in the UK split between these two businesses,” the study’s statement of scope (PDF) says. “Digital advertising comprises the substantial majority of the revenues of both of these companies.” Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Advertising Facebook Googlelast_img read more

2 killed 5 injured in Panchagarh lightning strikes

first_imgLightning strikes kill 2, hurt 5 in PanchagarhAt least two people were killed and five others injured after lightning strikes in Sadar and Boda upazilas of Panchagarh district.Boda upazila’s Benghari union parishad (UP) chairman Abul Kalam said thunderbolt struck Nasir Ullah, 42, son of Abdul Kader, injuring him seriously while working at a paddy field on Thursday.Later, he was taken to Panchagarh Adhunik Sadar Hospital where physician declared him dead.In Sadar upazila, a certain Sohel Rana, 19, was killed in a lighting strike on the spot, said UP chairman of the upazila Zahedul Haque.Also, four women and a man were injured in separate lighting strikes in Sadar upazila’s Birpara and Chanpara areas.The injured Foyjan Begum, 60, Rabeya Khatun, 40, Morzina Khatun, 14, Amina Khatun and Mustafizur Rahman were treated at the Sadar hospital. The hospital physician, Towhidur Rahman, said six people were taken to the hospital. One of them succumbed to his injuries.last_img read more

Big Step Toward UH College of Medicine New York Sues Exxon on

first_imgThursday, October 25, 2018Top afternoon stories:University of HoustonThe Health 2 serves as the temporary home to UH’s College of Medicine.Big step toward UH College of MedicineThe University of Houston took Thursday a big step toward establishing its College of Medicine after the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) unanimously approved a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree for UH.There are still several critical steps remaining before the College of Medicine can open its doors to students. In December, the College of Medicine will submit its application for accreditation with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the federal accrediting body for medical degree programs.In January 2019, UH will seek $40 million in appropriations over 10 years from the Texas Legislature, approximately eight percent of the total $450 million in funding sources.The College of Medicine is scheduled to admit 30 students in its inaugural class.UH is finalizing a partnership with HCA Houston Healthcare, the largest hospital company in the nation, to bring a total of 389 new resident positions to the College of Medicine over its first six years.New York sues Exxon for misleading on climate changeNew York’s attorney general filed a lawsuit against ExxonMobil on Wednesday, alleging the Texas-based oil company misled investors about the impact climate change regulations have on its business.The suit comes after a three-year investigation by the New York attorney general’s office. The lawsuit seeks an order banning Exxon from continuing to misrepresent its practices in the area, as well as an award for damages.In a statement released Wednesday, Exxon Mobil called the investigation “tainted.” “These baseless allegations are a product of closed-door lobbying by special interests, political opportunism and the attorney general’s inability to admit that a three-year investigation has uncovered no wrongdoing,” the statement reads.James Coleman, associate professor of law at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas, told Houston Matters that “Exxon has been one of the few companies that has done a fairly thorough job of explaining how they are planning for carbon regulations.”Office of Texas Governor Greg AbbottTexas Governor Greg Abbott.Federal funding for Texas to prevent terrorismTexas will receive $55.5 million in Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) funding to support state and local efforts to prevent terror attacks and crack down on terroristic activity in the state.Governor Greg Abbott announced the funding Wednesday. The grants will help fund local anti-terrorism efforts across the state, including 227 different State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) projects and 134 Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) projects designed to combat terrorist activity in Texas.The grants will invest in the core capabilities outlined in FEMA’s National Preparedness Goal.Waller County to fight voter suppression lawsuitWaller County officials plan to fight a lawsuit filed against them on behalf of five students at Prairie View A&M who allege the county is suppressing their voter rights.The suit says the county is violating the students’ rights by not setting up a voting site on the historically black campus — or in the City of Prairie View — during the first week of early voting.The county’s commissioners court held an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss the lawsuit. Waller County Judge Carbett “Trey” J. Duhon III read a statement from the county saying the county has complied with the law and adding that they will “vigorously oppose” the allegations against the county.Nonetheless, in light of the lawsuit, the county will extend opportunities for early voting on campus. Students will now be able to vote on campus Monday through Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., as opposed to the previous hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, there will now be Sunday afternoon voting at Prairie View City Hall. Sharelast_img read more

Always Working How to Pull Back Before It Hurts You

first_imgFebruary 20, 2014 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Humans have always leveraged the technology available to us to work and produce more, often at the expense of fun and even sleep. Centuries ago, enterprising entrepreneurs would keep their oil lamp lit well into the evening — they would “burn the midnight oil” — to extend the day’s available working hours.But today, perhaps more than ever, this drive also puts your productivity, happiness and even your health at risk. Instead of burning oil, you keep your smartphone at your bedside, ready to act on any buzz, beep or vibration during the night.In one sense, you’re living in a better time than ever to be an entrepreneur — you can get more done, in more places, with more portable tools and technologies than were available to any civilization before you. You can text a client while you’re standing in line for coffee. You can sign and fax a contract from the sidelines of your kid’s soccer game. And you can jump on a videoconference from your smartphone even while you’re on vacation. But are these technological advancements without risk?Related: Startup Life Driving You Crazy? Here Are 3 Ways to Recharge.Cary Cooper, a Lancaster University professor of organizational psychology and health, told the Associated Press that businesses’ HR departments today worry about losing good employees “to companies with better work/life balance, where they don’t have to work 19-hour days.””But those are employees,” you might be thinking. “I’m an entrepreneur — wired to work long hours and to think about my business day and night.”Valid point. A 2013 small to medium business survey taken by cloud-services provider j2 Global found that entrepreneurs are working everywhere, all the time, and apparently okay with doing so. A third of respondents said they use five to 10 mobile apps every day to run their businesses. And a third claimed they’re most productive while commuting — in the car or on the train.But mounting evidence suggests that working always and everywhere could be disruptive to your productivity and health.The National Sleep Foundation, for example, has found 60 percent of Americans don’t get enough sleep — and one key reason given is that they’re working on their smartphones. Consider what a lack of sleep can mean — depressed mood, irritability, lack of focus, stress and other health problems — and you can see why it pays to unplug at night.Related: 7 Essential Habits of a Healthy EntrepreneurA recent Michigan State University study found people who monitored their mobile devices for business after 9 p.m. were more tired and less productive the following day.And a Kansas State University study found overworking can lead to reduced well-being as measured by such factors as skipping meals and self-reported depression levels.So how do you pull back from work, and be happy about it?Take time to decompress. Ever notice that sometimes while reading a book or article, you’ll stop on an interesting idea, look up from the page and spend a few moments processing it? It’s in between your stints of reading that you truly absorb the valuable information.Give yourself regular breaks throughout the day — even just a few minutes. You’ll improve your overall well-being, and you’ll also often find in the quiet that new ideas are able to break through.Let technology do some heavy lifting. If that smartphone is going to ding, beep and buzz at you all day with tasks and reminders, let it also take on some of the work. Subscribe to a virtual phone solution, and let a virtual assistant professionally answer and route your calls — so you can truly unplug knowing your clients are still receiving great service.Find some flow! Unplugging from work does not mean watching television. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of the book Flow, has found that a key to happiness is finding activities that fully engage us, have clear rules and provide immediate feedback — playing chess, rock climbing, playing the piano, learning a new language — what he calls “flow” activities.When you unplug from work, don’t plop yourself in front of the TV. Find non-work activities that engage you as much as your business does. The benefits to your health and happiness can be significant.Related: Surviving to Thriving: Why Entrepreneurs Need to Take a Break Register Now »last_img read more

Strike Update uThukela staff go back to work with water to return

first_imgAlso read: Update: Water supply could be cut off in Ladysmith due to uThukela workers going on strikeRead also: Water Strike Update: Political leaders and management discuss a way forwardLadysmith was not the only town affected by the strike, with Bergville, Estcourt and Colenso also being affected, as those areas fall under the district.Colenso residents have been without water since last week.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! uThukela workers are currently returning back to work after their terms were met by the municipality.The workers say the money that was owing to them has started coming into their bank accounts.Water is expected to be restored to the affected areas by this afternoon.Many residents were outraged by the fact that they were left without water for so many hours, even days.Also read: Watch: uThukela workers throw excrement at municipal offices and on managers’ vehicles during strikeAlso read: Update: uThukela mayor speaks to angry workers to try and solve their problemsAlso read: Watch: uThukela workers burn tyres as they go on strike in Ladysmith WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

roomsXML wins Silver in US Magellan Travel Weekly Awards

first_imgroomsXML wins Silver in US Magellan Travel Weekly AwardsroomsXML.com has won silver in the 2015 Travel Weekly Magellan Award. The award recognises  innovations in Online Travel Services in the category of Travel Agent Only Website (Silver winner).From design to marketing to services, the Travel Weekly Magellan Awards honors the best in travel and salutes the outstanding travel professionals behind it all.roomsXML’s category was “Online Travel Services – Overall – Travel Agent Only Website” with the successful award application of  “11 Innovations of roomsXML” with roomsXML’s innovations in the room type clarification a major focus.Anuj Bang, who lead roomsXML’s effort on clarifying room types says “At a company level, it’s great to receive recognition for such a large and challenging investment. At a personal level, for myself and my team who continue to work on this, its great to hear the industry say “job well done”.  they have been great in their diligence and application”.Mark Luckey, roomsXML Asia Pac says “Room types are a real challenge for the industry. It’s great to receive recognition in some of the worlds largest markets .  Agents in Australia have recognised the importance of the innovation and value to them as a feature of roomsXML.  Well done to Anuj and his team.  Tough slog!”Information on the award can be viewed here. About roomsXML roomsXMLConnect with roomsXML today Source = roomsXMLlast_img read more