23 Oct

Ordering Activity at Chinese Yards Tumbles by Over 30 Pct

first_imgzoom Chinese shipyards have experienced a 31.5 percent decline in newbuilding order intake reaching 9.86 million dwt in the first five months of this year when compared to the corresponding figures from last year, China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry (CANSI) said.At the end of May, the orderbook backlog came at 85.15 million dwt, a drop of 30.7 percent year-on-year and down 14.5 percent in comparison to the end of 2016.However, the completion volume of new ships saw a steep growth. Namely, during the said period, the country’s shipbuilders completed 22.93 million dwt of newbuilding tonnage, up by 78.8 percent year-on-year.According to CANSI, the country’s 53 key shipbuilders completed 19.57 million dwt equivalent of new ships, up by 63.5 percent. Nevertheless, when it comes to new orders, the key shipbuilders had secured 8.74 million dwt of new tonnage, which is down by 37 percent year-on-year. At the end of May, the yards’ orderbook reached 80.61 million dwt, dwindling by 31.6 percent.The figures have been announced as the country’s shipbuilders launch its largest ship yet – the first 20,000 TEU containership COSCO Shipping Taurus. World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

12 Oct

Legatum Rankings: Morocco Tops Safety and Security in North Africa

Rabat – This year’s Legatum Prosperity Index commended Morocco on its strides in preserving the kingdom’s safety and security compared to other North African nations.At 44th place, Morocco beats out Tunisia in the national security category by 17 places, meaning the kingdom’s rank approaches European Union states such as Latvia, Estonia and Bulgaria.The country also scored well on economic quality and natural environment ratings – which is fitting as the report comes at the beginning of COP22 proceeding in Marrakesh. Overall, the country stands in 101st place, once measures relating to economic equality, business environment, governance, education, health, safety and security, personal freedom, social capital and natural environment are taken into account.The index pointed out that Morocco’s rank in personal freedom and governance measures generally rank lower than other European countries due to a “lack of open and functioning democratic institutions.”Last month, Morocco held its second parliamentary elections since the adoption of the 2011 constitution in the aftermath of the Arab Spring protests. Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane, of the Justice and Development Party, will retain power for the next five years, according to the election’s results.New Zealand, Norway, Finland, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and the United Kingdom took up the top 10 positions in the rankings.The top Arab country on the list is the United Arab Emirates (41st). It is followed by Qatar (46th), Bahrain (67th), Oman (70th), Kuwait (71st), Saudi Arabia (85th), Jordan (89th) and Tunisia (93rd).Lebanon (105th), Algeria (111th), Djibouti (113th), Egypt (117th), Libya (136th), Mauritania (142nd), Iraq (143rd), Sudan (146th), and Yemen (149th), trailed behind Morocco. read more

12 Oct

Poor People’s Doctor to Pay MAD 20,000 Fine to Tiznit Hospital…

Rabat- The “poor people’s doctor” must pay an MAD 20,000 fine to the Tiznit Provincial Hospital’s chief for libel and defamation.The Court of First Instance in Tiznit, a town 97 kilometers south of Agadir, sentenced a Moroccan pediatric surgeon, Mehdi Echafai, nicknamed the “poor people’s doctor,” on Monday to pay a compensation fine to the chief of the hospital.The 34-year-old practitioner will also pay MAD 10,000 to the court. Initially, the hospital’s chief medical officer sued Echafai for libel and defamation, demanding that Echafai pay him MAD 80,000 as a compensation for his “insults.”Echafai had posted a video online in February in which he denounced his superiors’ moral harassment, the failing health system, poor management, and corruption within the hospital.The doctor earned his nickname for helping hundreds of families treat their children.Since 2017, Echafai carried out more than 560 free operations for the poorest patients in 8 months in the same hospital, before he decided to resign on July 23 in the midst of defamation hearings.Echafai submitted a complaint to the health minister to protest “corruption” on July 25, deploring the “many dysfunctions of the health sector in general” and the “corruption that is commonplace within the hospital center.” Following his resignation, the doctor’s supporters launched a campaign on social media, called “I’m Doctor Mehdi Echafai” to show their support for him and bemoan his resignation which “deprived the people of Tiznit of a serious doctor, dedicated and honest.” read more

8 Oct

ICE Futures Canada Thursday Canola futures prices mostly higher barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: July ’17 $6.10 higher $573.30; Nov. ’17 $7.60 higher $518.40; Jan. ’18 $6.70 higher $522.30; March ’18 $5.80 higher $526.30; May ’18 $4.30 higher $528.00; July ’18 $4.10 higher $529.10; Nov. ’18 $17.50 lower $487.70; Jan. ’19 $17.50 lower $488.40; March ’19 $17.50 lower $488.40; May ’19 $17.50 lower $488.40; July ’19 $17.50 lower $488.40.Barley (Western): July ’17 unchanged $138.00; Oct. ’17 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $140.00; March ’18 unchanged $140.00; May ’18 unchanged $140.00; July ’18 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $140.00; March ’19 unchanged $140.00; May ’19 unchanged $140.00; July ’19 unchanged $140.00.Thursday’s estimated volume of trade: 506,660 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 506,660. read more

7 Oct

The top 10 audiobooks on Audiblecom

Audible.com bestsellers for week ending August 16:Fiction:1. Treasure Island: An Audible Original Drama by Robert Louis Stevenson & Marty Ross – adaptation, narrated by Philip Glenister, Daniel Mays, Catherine Tate & Owen Teale (Audible Studios)2. The Conception of Terror: Tales Inspired by M. R. James – Volume 1: An Audible Original Drama by M. R. James, Stephen Gallagher, A. K. Benedict, Jonathan Barnes & Mark Morris, narrated by Robert Bathurst, Tom Burke, Rosa Coduri, Alice Lowe, Pearl Mackie, Anna Maxwell Martin, Andy Nyman, Jeff Rawle & Reece Shearsmith (Audible Studios)3. Wally Roux, Quantum Mechanic by Nick Carr, narrated by William Jackson Harper (Audible Original)4. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, narrated by Cassandra Campbell (Penguin Audio)5. Foreverywhere by Steve Burns, Steven Drozd & Gabe Soria, narrated by Steve Burns, Carly Ciarrocchi & Stephanie Mayers (Audible Original)6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Book 1 by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale (Pottermore Publishing)7. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, narrated by Olivia Poulet (Audible Studios)8. When Christ and His Saints Slept: Plantagenets, Book 1 by Sharon Kay Penman, narrated by Anne Flosnik (Tantor Audio)9. Alita: Battle Angel: The Official Movie Novelization by Pat Cadigan, narrated by Brian Nishii (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)10. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, narrated by Jack Hawkins & Louise Brealey (Macmillan Audio)Nonfiction:1. It’s Not What It Looks Like by Molly Burke, narrated by the author (Audible Original)2. It Burns: The Scandal-Plagued Race to Breed the World’s Hottest Chilli, An Audible Original by Marc Fennell, narrated by the author (Audible Original)3. The Next Pandemic: On the Front Lines Against Humankind’s Gravest Dangers by Ali Khan & William Patrick, narrated by Ben Sullivan (Hachette Audio)4. The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini (Recorded Books)5. Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins, narrated by the author & Adam Skolnick (Lioncrest Publishing)6. Becoming by Michelle Obama, narrated by the author (Random House Audio)7. Language Families of the World by John McWhorter & The Great Courses, narrated by John McWhorter (The Great Courses)8. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover, narrated by Julia Whelan (Random House Audio)9. Unfu(asterisk)k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life by Gary John Bishop, narrated by the author (HarperAudio)10. Girl, Stop Apologizing (Audible Exclusive Edition): A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis, narrated by Rachel Hollis (HarperCollins Leadership)—–The Associated Press read more

7 Oct

Sears laying off 250 at headquarters outside Chicago

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears has told the state of Illinois it’s laying off 250 employees at its corporate headquarters in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates.Sears said in a notice last week to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity that the employees have been placed on paid leave and their jobs will be terminated over a 14-day period starting about Oct. 28.Company spokesman Larry Costello says the affected employees were placed on paid leave last week.Sears was once the largest retailer in the country but filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last October. In February, Transform Holdco, controlled by former Sears chairman Edward Lampert , bought the retailer and 425 stores in a bankruptcy auction.The Associated Press read more

4 Oct

A measure of US manufacturing fell in May to lowest level since

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jun 3, 2013 11:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A measure of US manufacturing fell in May to lowest level since June 2009 WASHINGTON – A measure of U.S. manufacturing fell in May to its lowest level since June 2009 as slumping overseas economies and weak business spending reduced new orders and production.The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its index of manufacturing activity fell to 49 last month from 50.7 in April. That’s the lowest level in nearly four years and the first time the index has dipped below 50 since November. A reading under 50 indicates contraction.The ISM index had sunk during the recession to a low of 33.1 in December 2008. Since the recession ended in June 2009, it peaked at 59.6 in February 2011.Monday’s report showed that a gauge of new orders fell to 48.8, the lowest in nearly a year. Production dropped to its lowest point since May 2009, and employment dipped.Manufacturing has struggled this year as weak economies abroad have slowed U.S. exports. U.S. businesses have also reduced their pace of investment in areas such as equipment and computer software.At the same time, consumers are holding back on spending more for factory-made goods, possibly a result of higher Social Security taxes, which have reduced most workers’ paychecks this year.Monday’s weak manufacturing reading suggests that the economy will slow in the April-June quarter from its 2.5 per cent annual pace in the first three months of the year. Many analysts expect the economy’s annual growth rate this quarter to be about 2 per cent.The drop below 50 in the ISM’s index does not mean the overall economy is shrinking. Manufacturing represents just a small fraction of U.S. output.“The other 88 per cent of the economy appears to be doing better, led by housing,” said Jim O’Sullivan, an economist at High Frequency Economics, a forecasting firm.The ISM’s survey found that the furniture and wood products industries reported higher new orders, a sign that they’re benefiting from rising home sales and construction.The drop below 50 in the ISM index may also be temporary, economists said.“A jump in summer auto production should give manufacturing a decent domestic boost in coming months,” Ted Wieseman, an economist at Morgan Stanley, said in a note to clients.On Monday, auto companies reported healthy sales for May.Ford Motor Co. said its U.S. sales rose 14 per cent as demand for its F-Series pickup reached a six-year high. Nissan’s U.S. sales jumped 25 per cent compared with a year ago. Chrysler reported its best May figures since 2007; its sales rose 11 per cent.Other signs have suggested that manufacturing could pick up in coming months. U.S. factories received more orders in April after a steep fall in March, according to a Commerce Department report. Companies ordered more U.S. machinery, electronic products and other equipment that reflect their investment plans.But Bradley Holcomb, chair of the ISM’s manufacturing survey committee, said the ISM index pointed to weakness in some areas of consumer spending. Several industries reported falling new orders, including for computers and electronic products. Clothing companies also said orders fell.Deep government spending cuts may have reduced business for some companies. The ISM said one company in the computer and electronics industry blamed the federal spending cuts, which began taking effect March 1, for slowing its business.A measure of export orders fell to its lowest level since January, a sign of weak overseas demand.A separate report Monday said a measure of Chinese manufacturing dropped last month to 49.2 from 50.4 in April. As with ISM’s index, a reading below 50 indicates contraction. The figure added to signs that a resurgence of China’s economy, the world’s second-largest after the United States, might be losing momentum.Europe remains mired in recession and is buying fewer U.S. goods. In the first three months of the year, U.S. exports to Europe fell 8 per cent compared with the same period a year ago. read more

24 Sep

In Place mining – A transformational shift in metal extraction

first_imgMoving and processing vast amounts of rock to extract a small percentage of valuable metal is not only environmentally disruptive, but represents over 80% of the total production costs in mining. The industry then sets its cut-off grades according to this cost structure, and is forced into looking for economies of scale.In underground mining, this has led to larger and larger trucks to improve productivity, bigger mine openings and upward trending ground control and ventilation costs. The average Australian underground mine is 5.5 m x 5.5m with many other underground drifts much larger. It has inadvertently led to increased costs, particularly with higher standards adopted in most mining jurisdictions where nearly all underground openings are now fully supported by mesh or shotcrete.This creates an interesting nexus. Gangue movement and treatment drive operating costs which in turn increases the treatable grade.The conventional thinking for mines of today is that processing plant recovery rates of over 90% are required to cover the high costs of mining large quantities of gangue, and milling material that is almost all waste. This thinking is no longer valid. The question we should be asking is what recovery gives us an equivalent or better margin than that obtained based on our conventional approach to mining.With declining ore grades and the need to mine deeper orebodies, we need to use new methods that reduce rock movement, mine more selectively, and emphasise quality over quantity.Mining3 is leading a transformational initiative called In Place mining, which is motivated by the concept of minimal rock movement and processing ‘In Place’. In Place mining will deliver a small surface footprint, reduced tailings generation, high automation, and a low capital intensity mine.Three methodologies can be deployed, depending on the orebody and mining method: In Line, In Mine or In Situ. Each is an independent solution, but there are cross-disciplinary linkages that connect them. All deliver decreased rock movement, improved quality of extracted material and successfully address the nexus of gangue driving operating costs.The proposed methodologies are particularly pertinent at depth where mining costs escalate, and human safety becomes unmanageable even at higher grades.The In Line Recovery (ILR) concept incorporates selective mining and ore upgrading, such that concentrated material is transported to the processing facility. ILR incorporates technologies that can be employed at or close to the face to selectively mine and pre-concentrate material; significantly reducing the material movement to the surface.There is a host of emerging technologies that enable ILR. Of particular interest is:The development of methods to cut hard rock such as Komatsu’s DynaMiner (previously Joy Global) using DynaCut™ technology to selectively mine hard rock ore and take advantage of natural structural features to break the rockThe recent developments in smaller and mobile crushing systems making up the first steps in what we conventionally consider as the comminution processThe emerging digital technologies in automated face mapping, material characterisation and fragmentation analysis, and rock preconditioning.The In Mine Recovery (IMR) concept will minimise rock movement and fracture ore using blasting, hydraulic or other means. It generates a conditioned mineral block that can be combined with chemical and/or biological tools to leach valuable ore under unsaturated conditions. CSIRO’s Remote Ore Extraction System (ROESTM) which uses remote automated horizontal drilling and blasting provides a possibility to create an underground leach reactor for massive leachable deposits.At the very least a hybrid method where high-grade ore is treated more conventionally and low-grade ore is “dump” leached in such underground reactors is attractive in many scenarios. Such low-grade ore has a much lower cut-off grade and hence can sustain lower metallurgical recoveries.IMR has particular application in the extraction of metal from remnant ore following sub-level or block caving. Such opportunities are rarely considered yet the capital mine development to enable them has already been spent, and the accretive opportunity can be significant. An example is where the last economic lift in a sub-level cave has been taken and a leaching process is established to extract some residual value in the remaining ore. In this scenario, acceptable margins over incremental operating costs can be achieved with low recoveries (potentially over long-time horizons) of metal.Traditional In Situ Leaching (ISL) or In Situ Recovery (ISR) is well known as an established low-cost method for commodity extraction that does not depend on rock movement. The ore is processed in situ. It is used extensively in the Uranium sector and for extraction of water soluble salts (for example potash) where favourable, generally sedimentary hosted deposits allow it. The economics in such instances are attractive, and mines like the Beverly mine in South Australia operate very successfully. The circumstances do not depend on energy but rather metal recovery where the right geology, geometallurgy and permeability, in particular, are key.However, for ISR, there are of course noted social/environmental barriers and concerns relating to conventional acid and cyanide lixiviants and their potential toxicity issues in ISL. Likewise, fracking is a concern often referenced in debates about ISL. Many of these concerns will be overcome but remain a challenge in the short to medium term in applying this more broadly to ore deposits.A key enabler for ISR is the development of new lixiviants. In particular, the glycine technology developed by the gold technology group at Curtin University is a game changer. It is a non-toxic, non-volatile reagent. When placed in an alkaline environment, it is selective in its ability to leach base and precious metals without taking gangue minerals of iron and manganese into the solution. It is also reusable provided it is kept in a closed system. As it operates in an alkaline environment, there are no corrosion issues such as can be seen with acid systems. The opportunities to use this technology in saturated (ISR) or unsaturated conditions (IMR) represent a very exciting opportunity.So why should these concepts be considered more closely now? The ideas are not new and, in the case of In Situ Recovery, they have been around for some time. The answer is that there are exciting new advancements in enabling technologies at varying degrees of maturity that, if integrated, will successfully deliver the In Place mining vision.Mining3 is leading this cross-disciplinary initiative and is engaging mining and research companies interested in participating in the development of this innovative initiative set to transform the mining industry.last_img read more

22 Sep

Staff to strike at Marks and Spencer tomorrow

first_imgIF YOU’RE PLANNING on getting a start on your Christmas shopping tomorrow,you may have to leave Marks and Spencer off your to-do list.Staff at the company have voted by a margin of 94 per cent in favour of strike action.That means from tomorrow 2,000 workers will stage the first of three planned days of strike. The two other days are Saturday the 12th and 20th of December.The strike in the 17 stores is over the closure of the staff pension scheme in October.Marks and Spencer also put forward proposals for a number of cost-cutting measures including; A reduction in Sunday and public holiday payA reduction in managersNo Christmas bonusMandate Trade Union, which is representing the majority of the workers, says the actions of the company have left the workers without any choice but to take industrial action.Gerry Light, Assistant General Secretary of Mandate said;Our members do not want to be on strike in the run up to Christmas but unfortunately the behaviour of their employer has forced their hand.Marks and Spencer says it has done all it can to stop the strike from going ahead.Marks and Spencer Staff Vote To Strike >Strike at Marks and Spencer Averted in September>last_img read more

21 Sep

Light in darkness

first_imgThe Jewish Holocaust Centre together with Return to Anatolia and the Child Survivors Group invite you to a special lecture by Dr Panayiotis Diamadis, vice-president, Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies on “The role of the Greek underworld, the Greek Orthodox Church and other Hellenes in the rescue of Polish Romanian and Greek Jews”. In the course of his presentation, Dr Diamadis will make reference to the Archbishop of Athens and the Metropolitan of Zakynthos (who refused to surrender Jews to the Nazis), and to Greek smugglers hired by Jewish agencies, led by William R Perl, who smuggled Jewish refugees from Romania to Britain and then to Palestine.Light in the Darkness will take place on Sunday 7 August at 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm at the Jewish Holocaust Centre, 13-15 Selwyn Street, Elsternwick, Victoria. Cost: $5.00 donation. All bookings and enquiries call 03 9528 1985 or email admin@jhc.org.au. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

18 Sep

Harewood swapped football pitch for tweaking supercars

first_imgFormer West Ham United player Marlon Harewood has revealed he is in the business of tinkering supercars.The ex-Aston Villa striker is pimping up the motors of England and Premier League stars now that he has hung up his boots. His customers include England players like Harry Kane, 25, John Stones, 24, Kyle Walker and Fabian Delph, both aged 28.Harewood, 39, said, according to Daily Star:“We have fitted PlayStations, printers and coffee machines into clients’ cars. We recently did a makeover on an Audi Q7 for a Man United player.”“We gave the car a respray and added a body kit before completely changing the interior, including the seats and dashboard. When you see what the car looks like before and after, it’s exciting. It gives you a buzz.”“There are plenty of other companies who provide similar services, but a lot of footballers struggle to find someone who they can trust.”declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“But because I’ve played the game, they know I’m not going to try and rip them off.”“There is so much competition between the young players these days. They all want to be seen driving something better than their team-mates.”“Social media plays a huge role. They see flash cars on Instagram and want the same thing.”“Some get bored very quickly and change it after 12 months. I believe Jack Butland has had his car wrapped in six colours over the years.”“I wanted to start a car business so players could avoid losing money. It’s a short career, and when you get to a certain age, you want that money you wasted on that car.”“Hopefully with our help, players will avoid paying over the odds.”last_img read more

15 Sep

3 rescued after airboat sinks in West Broward

first_imgAirboat 106 to the #rescue 2 men,12 yo boy dumped into water after their airboat sinks @BrowardSheriff #FireRescue near 38 milepost US27 pic.twitter.com/iupXO9OJtt— PIO Mike Jachles (@BSO_Mike) May 7, 2017Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WEST BROWARD, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews came to the aid of two men and a 12-year-old boy after their airboat sank in West Broward, Sunday night.According to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, the victims were in distress after their vessel submerged near Mile Post 38, off U.S. 27.Officials tweeted pictures of the rescue showing crews pulling the trio to safety.last_img read more

3 Sep

Nobel peace laureate Tawakkol Karman to address AUW

first_imgTawakkol KarmanTawakkol Karman, Nobel peace prize winner from Yemen will address Asian University for Women in Chattogram in May, reports Times of Oman.Karman, an activist, journalist and politician will give the keynote address during the Sixth Commencement Ceremony of AUW on 12 May, 2018, adds the English-language daily of Oman.Karman is the first Arab and second Muslim woman to win a Nobel peace prize. At the time of receiving the award, Karman was also the youngest person to ever receive it.Two hundred women are expected to graduate from AUW on the occasion. AUW will also honour Ismail Serageldin, founding director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt with a doctorate of arts, honoris causa, according to Times of Oman.“In order for women to play active roles in society and be able to overcome policies that marginalise and weaken them, their education and qualification are an unavoidable option,” said Tawakkol Karman.“AUW is deeply honoured that Nobel peace prize laureate Tawakkol Karman will share her insights and outstanding efforts toward advancing human rights in Yemen at the Sixth Commencement Ceremony.“I am confident that the exceptional young women graduating on that day will be emboldened by such a courageous role model,” said vice chancellor of AUW, professor Nirmala Rao.last_img read more

3 Sep

At least 11 dead in Haiti earthquake

first_imgMap of Haiti. Photo: Google MapA 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck just off the northwest coast of Haiti late Saturday, killing at least 11 people and causing damage to buildings in the Caribbean nation, authorities said.The epicentre of the quake was located about 19 kilometres (12 miles) northwest of the city of Port-de-Paix, the US Geological Survey reported.Government spokesman Eddy Jackson Alexis told AFP that 11 people were so far reported dead, seven of them in Port-de-Paix, the capital of Haiti’s Nord-Ouest department.Four others were killed in the town of Gros-Morne, about 50 kilometres to the southeast.The quake, which was felt across the country, struck at 8:10 pm (0010 GMT Sunday) at a shallow depth of 11.7 kilometres.Haiti’s civil protection agency said two minor aftershocks were registered, adding that no tsunami warning was issued in connection with the quake activity.The tremor rattled the capital Port-de-Prince, sparking emotion among residents still reeling from the massive 2010 earthquake that left at least 200,000 people dead and 300,000 more wounded.”I urge the population to remain calm,” President Jovenel Moise said on Twitter, adding that local and regional authorities were assisting those in need and that some damage had been reported.Prime minister Jean-Henry Ceant is heading up an inter-ministerial disaster response task force, he said on Twitter.”The injured are being treated at area hospitals,” the civil protection agency said late Saturday, noting that some of the injuries were sustained when people panicked after the quake.The agency confirmed that some homes were destroyed or damaged, without offering specific figures.Images of damaged homes and partially destroyed buildings were circulating on social media, but AFP was not immediately able to confirm their authenticity.The Nord-Ouest department is the poorest part of impoverished Haiti, with many isolated areas due to the dire state of the roads.The devastating 7.0-magnitude quake in January 2010 left more than 1.5 million people homeless. Tens of thousands remain in makeshift camps.The damage caused was worth an estimated 120 per cent of GDP in Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere.Longer-term reconstruction has been hampered by lingering political chaos in the nation of nearly 11 million people, and by a deadly cholera epidemic introduced by infected Nepalese UN peacekeepers sent in after the quake.last_img read more

31 Aug

Couple arrested for cheating

first_imgKolkata: A couple was arrested for cheating several people worth huge amount of money in the name of booking air and rail tickets.The incident came to light when Swati Ghosh, a reputed tour operator in the city, booked some air tickets from the accused persons identified as Sudipta Das and Abhisek Das and had paid more than Rs 5 lakh for the same. She handed over the tickets to her clients who went to Kedarnath a few days later. But, eventually Ghosh’s clients found the tickets were fake and demanded compensation. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHaving no other way Ghosh had to pay off the compensatory amount. Following the incident, she lodged a complaint at the New Alipore police station on June 6. After the case was initiated, police got in touch with the Pawanhans Helicopter Service which provides services at Kedarnath. According to police, the Pawanhans authority informed police that the tickets which police are asking about are fake. Following the verification made, police collected the mobile numbers of accused couple and tried to track it. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBut it was found that the accused persons were changing SIM cards continuously. Investigators had also visited the address of their office in Lake Town but found it has been closed since February. Later, police got hold of their mobile handset’s IMEI numbers and tracked them. On Tuesday evening, the duo was traced and was nabbed from a hideout in the city. During search of their hideout, police seized seven computers and lots of suspicious documents.last_img read more

18 Aug

Cannes red carpet dance is a tightly controlled choreography

first_imgSophie Marceau poses for photographers upon arrival for the screening of the film The Sea of Trees at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 16, 2015. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “In my youth I never paid attention to glamour,” says Jane Fonda, who co-stars in Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth,” which was to premiere Wednesday. “In those days if you came to Cannes or you went to the premiere of a film in the United States, no one would say, ‘What are you wearing?’ You’d think they were crazy! ‘I’m wearing clothes, what you mean?’”The formal ballet of the procession has a surreal, fairy tale-lie fantasy to it. “I felt like I was getting married,” said Mara of her first red carpet trip in Cannes. But it can also feel like a limelight overdose.“It used to make me really, really nervous and upset. I just hated it, hated it. It felt so phony,” said John C. Reilly, a Cannes veteran who attended two premieres this year as a star of “The Lobster” and Matteo Garrone’s “Tale of Tales.” ”Now I’m just used to it. I don’t take it personally. You want to take my picture because I’m in this movie and I have a nice suit on. As soon as they stop screaming my name, they’re going to start screaming somebody else’s name.” The pomp has a bit more substance to it at the Cannes Film Festival than most other red carpets because it’s in the service, ultimately, of celebrating some of the most artistically ambitious films of the year. Cannes rolls its red carpet out for only a highly select few dozen films each festival, and the majority of them come from the most well-regarded directors in international cinema.And yet not everyone is so bowled over by the Cannes red carpet. The comedian Louis Black made his first trip to the festival for the premiere of Pixar’s “Inside Out.” To him, the experience didn’t live up to the billing.“I was a little disappointed,” deadpanned Black.___Associated Press reporters Nekesa Mumbi Moody, Jill Lawless and Louise Dixon contributed to this report.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Patients with chronic pain give advice 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The recent dustup over footwear on the Cannes carpet epitomizes the strangeness of its elevated ecosystem. Several women were turned away from the premiere of the Todd Haynes’ ’50s drama “Carol” for not wearing high heels. When word got out, an outcry spread. The festival insisted the incidents were the fault of overzealous security guards, but even top Hollywood executives have stories of being denied admission from their own premieres for improper shoes or for having a long black tie instead of a bowed one.“There’s a tradition,” says Cate Blanchett, who stars in “Carol” alongside Rooney Mara. “There’s something kind of gentlemanly about it.”Whereas most red carpets are a messy maelstrom of media, fans and stars, Cannes runs like clockwork. Two or three times a day, a lengthy caravan of festival cars chauffer the premiere’s stars down Cannes’ main drag, the Croisette, dropping them at one end of the carpet.They only walk after most other guests have entered, pausing at a few points to pose for tuxedo-clad photographers, who themselves are also held to festival dress code. Then they climb Cannes’ 24 steps, entering the Palais after taking a moment to stand and wave at the top of the steps, where they’re greeted by festival directors. It’s a literal and metaphoric ascension to cinema’s regal firmament. CANNES, France (AP) — Red carpets are all the same color, but they are not alike. And none equals the prestigious red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival, a rigidly organized gauntlet of glamour, a surreal choreography of stage-managed glitz.It’s a world of its own, with strict rules and tradition, and passage through it is dizzying for even the most experienced stars. The Cannes red carpet, along with its companion photo calls in front of a bank of photographers, creates the festival’s flashy French Riviera iconography, a global calling card that rivals the Academy Awards’ famous promenade. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches “You climb the steps of the pyramids,” says Blanchett. “Usually most red carpets have a lot of step-and-repeat. You don’t have to discuss a film before you go and see it. You’re at a film festival, so it’s about a film. It’s not about what we think of the film.”Premieres elsewhere often proceed on the stars’ timetable, but at Cannes even the most famous will be whisked through by the festival’s many protocol guardians and told not to dally or hold things up with their own photographs. Festival director Thierry Fremaux this year clamped down on selfies on the red carpet, calling them “grotesque.”“It’s funny because there are so many rules,” says Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, who premiered his satirical drama “The Lobster,” starring Colin Farrell. “You have to walk in a line. They tell you when to turn around, which way you need to turn around. It’s a very funny, happy, ridiculous, strange awkward situation.”The Cannes carpet has become a much-watched fashion runway. Models typically parade before a film’s participants, and the dresses of celebrities are followed closely around the world. This year’s festival has seen Charlize Theron (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) stroll with beau Sean Penn and Lupita Nyong’o recall her Oscar red-carpet glory. Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, Matthew McConaughey and Natalie Portman have all basked in the Cannes glow. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

15 Aug

ARMCO Adds Advanced Reporting with Tableau Integration

first_img in Headlines, News, Technology ACES Risk Management (ARMCO), a provider of Web-based quality control software for the mortgage industry, announced this week the addition of new enhancements to its Web Audit Technology via integration with analytics software leader Tableau Software.Thanks to Tableau’s data analytics, ARMCO customers are able to create highly visual analysis using real-time data available to them through ACES. Through the integrated reporting dashboard, users have the option to employ a set of pre-defined reports or create their own with Tableau’s drag-and-drop functionality.Another new benefit to users comes in the form of Tableau’s dynamic reporting capabilities, which allow recipients to interact with data being reported and filter the information in their own quality control and compliance software.”Big data is an idea whose time has come for the mortgage industry,” said Avi Naider, chairman and CEO of Florida-based ARMCO. “The level of detailed reporting Tableau provides allows our customers to get their arms around the data they possess to uncover actionable insights regarding the quality of their loan production and portfolio.”Scott Jones, SVP of Americas sales for Tableau, called the integration with ARMCO “an exciting step forward for mortgage quality control reporting.””ARMCO’s industry expertise in web-based quality control software and audit technology will help bring Tableau to mortgage banking professionals striving to make data-driven decisions to improve loan quality and manufacturing processes,” Jones said. ARMCO Company News Quality Control Tableau Software 2015-02-06 Tory Barringer ARMCO Adds Advanced Reporting with Tableau Integrationcenter_img February 6, 2015 458 Views Sharelast_img read more

11 Aug

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

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