Mumbai: Actor Ranveer Singh is not just actor Deepika Padukone’s husband, but also her friend, lover and also “my child, my infant, my toddler, my dot, my pineapple”. On Ranveer’s 34th birthday on July 6, Deepika posted a throwback image of the actor in which he is seen sucking on a shaved ice. She captioned it: “Sensitive and emotional, caring and compassionate, generous and gentle, funny and intelligent, delightful and faithful… all this and so much more. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography”To my husband, my friend, my lover, my confidante…but more often than not, my child, my infant, my toddler, my dot, my pineapple, my sunshine, my rainbow…May you forever and always be this way. I love you.” The post made many go “aww”. Filmmaker Farah Khan commented by saying: “That’s beautiful. Happy birthday to all of them.” Meanwhile, on his birthday, Ranveer unveiled his look from the upcoming film 83 in which he will be seen playing the iconic cricketer Kapil Dev.
APTN National NewsHalifax police are searching for a missing Inuk woman.Loretta Saunders, 26, has been missing for five days.She’s originally from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador.As APTN’s Trina Roache reports, her family hopes that someone can help find her.
Casablanca – The Islamic State terror group (ISIS) has officially claimed responsibility for the attack carried out at a Berlin Christmas market yesterday.Via the group’s news agency, Amaq, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack that killed 12 and injured nearly 50 at a Berlin Christmas Market on Tuesday.“The person who carried out the truck run over attack in Berlin is a soldier of the Islamic State and carried out the attack in response to calls for targeting citizens of the Crusader coalition,” the Amaq news agency said in a statement. German police had earlier detained a man in connection to the incident but later released him for lack of evidence.“We have the wrong man, and therefore a new situation. The true perpetrator is still armed, at large and can cause fresh damage,” a Berlin police chief reportedly told Germany’s Die Welt newspaper.“It is true that one cannot rule out that the perpetrator is still at large,” German Minister of Interior Thomas de Maiziere told ZDF.Meanwhile, Holger Münch, the head of Germany’s Criminal Police Agency, says, “We have not found the weapon and that leads us to being in a high state of alert and obviously our investigations are ongoing into all the various directions, in order to see if there are any other perpetrators and if that is the case to arrest them.”Berlin’s New Year’s celebrations are still expected to be held, under heightened security.
Rabat – The Cherifien Office of Phosphate (OCP) launches phase II of its development plan with a MAD 75 billion investment that will capture half of the growth in demand for phosphate.The office aims to accelerate the refund for the VAT credit–MAD 20 billion at the end of 2017–to facilitate the financing of its projects, according to the Moroccan francophone business newspaper L’Économiste, March 22 edition.This second wave will be “calibrated to the growth of global demand” driven by Africa. According to the same source, this will involve optimizing Jorf Lasfar platform, second most important port in the country, as well as the integration of the planned processing unit of Laayoune. By the end of this stage, the office expects to boost fertilizer production up by 14 million tonnes reaching 26 million tonnes, compared to the current 12 million.The group displayed unusual financial health in 2017, amid stagnant prices. In fact, consolidated sales rose up to MAD 48.503 billion, with a 14 percent increase, thanks to the higher volumes of fertilizer and rock.The gross margin reached a sum of MAD 29.918 billion, a 9 percent increase that is favored by the optimization economics of industrial processes, with profits topping off at MAD 4.7 billion.L’Économiste noted that the office does not suffer from the impact of the dollar’s decline given the fact that “it realizes its turnover in dollars, and pays most of its inputs in US currency.”
Rabat – Spanish police have opened an investigation into an attempted sexual assault. The alleged perpetrator is a Moroccan citizen.Europa Press reported that the Ertzaintza police received a call to alert them of the attempted sexual assault of a female lifeguard at the beach in La Concha de San Sebastian.The suspect attempted to sexually assault the woman in a locker room, Europa Press reported. “The suspect suffocated the victim until she was left unconscious. Luckily, he did not achieve his goal.”The investigation into the incident by the Spanish police is still ongoing. So far, no arrests have been made.
9 August 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the world to step up efforts to improve living conditions of the planet’s indigenous communities and to protect them, saying they continued to suffer discrimination and poverty despite a United Nations declaration that aims to promote their rights. “Indigenous peoples still experience racism, poor health and disproportionate poverty,” Mr. Ban said in a message to mark the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. “In many societies, their languages, religions and cultural traditions are stigmatized and shunned,” the Secretary-General added. He pointed out that the first-ever UN report on the State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples in January this year came up with alarming statistics. In some countries, indigenous peoples are 600 times more likely to contract tuberculosis than the general population. In others, an indigenous child can expect to die 20 years before his or her non-indigenous compatriots. Mr. Ban said that the landmark UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted by the General Assembly in 2007, laid out a framework for governments to use in strengthening relationships with indigenous peoples and protecting their human rights. “Since then, we have seen more governments working to redress social and economic injustices, through legislation and other means, and indigenous peoples’ issues have become more prominent on the international agenda than ever before,” Mr. Ban added. In her statement, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, stressed that the gap between the principles of the declaration and the reality remains wide, with indigenous peoples continuing to suffer discrimination, marginalization in health and education, extreme poverty, disregard for their environmental concerns, displacement from their traditional lands and exclusion from participation in decision-making processes. “It is particularly disconcerting that those who work to correct these wrongs are, all too often, persecuted for their human rights advocacy,” she said. Ms. Pillay, however, pointed out that: “We have cause to celebrate the progress made in turning human rights into a reality for indigenous peoples, but this International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is also an occasion to recall that there is no room for complacency.” The focus of this year’s International Day is indigenous filmmakers, who have given the world insights into their communities, cultures and history. The filmmakers have chronicled the belief systems and philosophies of indigenous communities, as well as their daily lives. The UN independent expert on the rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, said the communities continued to endure oppression. “Indigenous peoples continue to see their traditional lands invaded by powerful actors seeking wealth at their expense, thereby depriving them of life-sustaining resources,” said Mr. Anaya, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples. He called for the implementation of the Declaration by governments, the UN system and other concerned authorities. States, he added, should engage in comprehensive reviews of their existing legislation and administrative programmes to identify where they may be incompatible with the Declaration. The Secretary-General noted that the world’s indigenous peoples were responsible for the preservation of vast amounts of humanity’s cultural history, and spoke a majority of the world’s languages. They had also inherited and passed on a wealth of knowledge, artistic forms and religious and cultural traditions. “As we celebrate these contributions, I call on governments and civil society to fulfil their commitment to advancing the status of indigenous peoples everywhere,” the Secretary-General said. Ms. Pillay said she was encouraged by the fact that in a number of countries, new tools have been created to give voice to indigenous peoples in decision-making and to stamp out human rights violations. “We are also encouraged by the fact that support for the declaration keeps expanding, including in the countries that originally voted against this remarkable document,” she added. “We need to bring the rights and dignity of those who are suffering most to the centre of our efforts. This requires changes in practices, but we also need improved laws and institutions, without which advances are not sustainable. “On this International Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to translate the words of the declaration into effective action. Keeping this promise is our obligation,” Ms. Pillay said. The Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Anthony Lake, highlighted the disparities in the welfare and health of children born into indigenous communities compared to other children.“The best way to celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is to intensify our efforts to ensure that all children have an equal chance to fulfil their potential, and to encourage all societies to embrace the diversity which so greatly enriches the human family of which we are all part,” he said in a statement.The work of filmmakers from indigenous communities around the world was being highlighted to mark the International Day, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) noted. Four such films were shown today at UN Headquarters in New York.One of the films, Sikumi ( On The Ice), by director Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, tells the story of an Inuit hunter who drives his dog team out on the frozen Arctic Ocean off the coast of Alaska in search of seals, but instead becomes a witness to murder.Another film, Curte-Nillas, from Sweden, is a short animation on a superhero’s efforts to protect and defend the rights of the Sámi people in a struggle with authorities. Marangmotxingo Mïrang or From The Ikpeng Children To The World, from Brazil, and Taino Indians Counted Out Of Existence, from Puerto Rico, explore cultural heritage and revive hidden histories.
TORONTO — Canada’s biggest stock market pulled back for the fourth straight day Tuesday as investors question whether they can continue to shrug off signs of tepid global growth.Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index declined 31.49 points to 13,304.66, with the consumer staples and utilities sectors among the biggest losers.Precious and base metals miners were the biggest gainers on the resource-heavy market, with the gold sector up nearly four per cent.“The markets are being driven by the macro stuff,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Global Investment.“They realize there is more downside here and they have to decide if they want to take on the risk — and maybe realizing that it’s not worth it.”Adatia said global economic factors may be showing signs of improvement, but it’s not enough to support a bullish outlook on equities.“Right now, people are going to say, ’I’m going to wait until some of this stuff passes by,”’ he said.The negative sentiment ran through currency markets, as the Canadian dollar lost half a cent. It ended the day 0.49 of a U.S. cent lower at 75.90 cents US.The downward pressure came on the same day the Bank of Canada issued a positive take on the country’s ability to ride out any economic shocks from China, its second-largest trading partner.Senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins said if growth in China’s economy comes in one percentage point lower than projections — then Canadian growth would slip just one-tenth of a percentage point. A effect of a similar decline in the U.S. would be six times greater, she said.The comments come on the back of worse-than-expected trade figures.Statistics Canada reported that the country’s trade deficit grew to $1.9 billion in February. Economists had expected a deficit of $900 million, according to Thomson Reuters.Meanwhile, bearish comments from the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, helped push U.S. indexes further into the red.She noted that while the world economy isn’t in a crisis, slow growth risks becoming ingrained as a “new mediocre” and that the outlook the next six months has weakened.The Dow Jones industrial average plunged 133.68 points to 17,603.32, while the broader S&P 500 slid 20.96 points to 2,0458.17 and the Nasdaq composite fell 47.86 points to 4,843.93.In commodities, the May contract for benchmark North American crude added 19 cents to US$35.89 a barrel, recouping some of the losses from two days.May natural gas plunged four cents to US$1.94 per mmBtu, while May copper was unchanged at US$2.14 a pound. June gold rebounded $10.30 to US$1,229.60 a troy ounce.
TORONTO – The Toronto stock market held onto its gains to finish the session higher on Friday ahead of the Victoria Day holiday weekend.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 80 points at 15,108.12, with growth spread across most major sectors, though the TSX declined about 0.4 per cent for the week.The advance came after Statistics Canada reported that manufacturing sales jumped 2.9 per cent in March, a stronger rise than expected and the second increase in six months.The federal agency noted the increase was driven by production of aerospace products and parts and gains in the motor vehicle industry.The loonie fell 0.16 of a U.S. cent to 83.18 cents.South of the border movement was tighter even though Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed to its second consecutive record close.The S&P 500 inched up 1.63 points to 2,122.73, while the Nasdaq fell 2.51 points to 5,048.29. The Dow lifted 20.32 points to 18,272.56.“The market is a little fatigued,” said John Stephenson, president and CEO of Stephenson & Co. Capital Management.“We’ve had a good run, at least in the U.S., for a little while.”On the TSX, financials were the biggest weight in advance of the Canadian bank earnings season which begins later this month. Analysts widely expect the Canadian banks to show tepid growth in the coming months as home sales demonstrate little growth in many parts of the country and energy companies cut back on borrowing.Energy stocks moved higher, rising 0.7 per cent, even as the June crude oil contract declined for a third day, falling 19 cents to US$59.69 a barrel. Earlier in the week it had closed above US$60.June gold made a small gain late in the session, rising 10 cents to US$1,225.30 an ounce, capping an increase of just over three per cent on the week.“When you look across the commodities, broadly speaking, it’s kind of a mixed bag,” Stephenson said.Power Corp. (TSX:POW) boosted its quarterly dividend to 31.13 cents per share from 29 cents, as the Montreal-based holding company reported its first-quarter financial results Friday.Net earnings attributable to shareholders increased to $354 million or 77 cents per share in the first quarter from 242 million or 53 cents in same year-earlier period. Shares of the company climbed 20 cents to $32.65.Canadian stock markets will be closed on Monday for the Victoria Day holiday, though New York markets will operate in a regular session.Next week, traders will be closely watching comments from Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz who will speak in Charlottetown on Tuesday. He could offer an update on the possibility the central bank could boost its inflation target. The latest inflation figures for April are scheduled for release on Friday.Follow @dj_friend on Twitter. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted May 15, 2015 5:54 am MDT Last Updated May 15, 2015 at 7:41 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX makes advance heading into holiday weekend; N.Y. markets mixed
The star, whose real name is Zoe Sugg, is the cover star of this month’s Blogosphere magazineCredit:Blogosphere/Alexandra Cameron YouTube star Zoella has posed topless in a magazine shoot while defending some of the choices she has made by declaring: “I am a 26-year-old woman”. The star, whose real name is Zoe Sugg, is the cover star of this month’s Blogosphere magazine. In the shoot, she was photographed looking over her shoulder while topless, posing in just a grey denim jacket on a chair and lying on a bed in a grey jumper and underwear. “The minute you start questioning those things and you start questioning your own behaviour is the minute you are not enjoying it any more.” Zoella shot to fame in 2009 and regularly posts fashion and beauty videos, as well as clips about her life in Brighton with her boyfriend, fellow YouTube star, Alfie Deyes. She has built up more than 11 million followers on the video-sharing site, as well as nearly 10 million on Instagram and 6.5 million on Twitter. She also speaks openly about dealing with anxiety and counts herself as “definitely a feminist”. She added later in the interview: “I think it’s amazing that there are so many women bossing it and having the freedom to do do whatever it is that they really want to do. “I’m so glad that I followed on with something that I was enjoying, even though I had no idea that it could amount to anything.”To order Blogosphere visit here. She has previously been criticised on social media for posting a selfie of herself wearing a long-sleeved white top and underwear to bed. Discussing her critics with the publication, the vlogger revealed she went through a period where “everything was so difficult”. “I felt like I was suffocated,” she said. “Other creators saying that I wasn’t doing this, or I should be doing this. Or press saying, ‘you have young teen viewers’. I was like yes, but I am also a 26-year-old woman. Zoella shot to fame in 2009 and regularly posts fashion and beauty videosCredit:Blogosphere/Alexandra Cameron 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. Zoella has more than 11 million YouTube subscribers Credit: REX
“This display is to educate people and change their behaviour for the better. There is a clear problem and this is a wonderful world stage to highlight that,” she said.The garden will feature ‘The Coral Man’ from renowned sculptor and environmentalist, Jason deCaires Taylor and the boundary walls will incorporate 500 recycled plastic water bottles, representing how much plastic packaging is thrown into the oceans every 2.5 seconds.Mr Warland said that despite the serious message the garden would bring it was a joy to “replicate the beauty of the underwater world in the heart of Chelsea.”Held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 will run daily from the 22-26 May. 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. “Designing this piece was also a challenge and I have never done anything like it before and probably never will again as frankly it sticks out like a sore thumb, but I think the message is very important.”The concept and design for The Pearlfisher Garden was also created by Pearlfisher founding creative partner, Karen Welman. A garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show is aiming to raise awareness of the pollution destroying the planet, despite admitting that it would “stick out like a sore thumb.”The Pearlfisher Garden has been created to celebrate the largest garden in the world – the sea. However designer John Warland said the display would also challenge it’s audience as it showed the devastating effects of pollution and plastic in our oceans. The Pearlfisher Garden will consist of a series of below-water level aquatic tanks that will transport visitors into a unique underwater world.The garden will also display the plight of a planet drowning in waste with an innovative garden design showcasing the beauty and destruction present in our oceans.“This is going to be a challenging display to look at but I think it’s also a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness of the pollution that is taking place on our planet,” said Mr Warland. Mrs Welman explained that after knowing first hand how much rubbish is created from businesses it was important to show the impact in the hope that more businesses would consider their waste and how to improve their environmental footprint.
Rio Ferdinand and his reality TV star girlfriend Kate Wright have become engaged.The couple shared photographs taken on the helipad of the St Regis Hotel atop the Nation Towers in Abu Dhabi. The images show the pair embracing and dressed in white against a bright skyline.Announcing the news on Instagram, Ferdinand wrote: “She said yes,” followed by a ring and heart emoji. He added: “How these three kids kept it a secret I’ll never know.”His children, Lorenz, 12, Tate, 10, and Tia, seven, all from his marriage to Rebecca Ellison, are pictured looking on. Rebecca died, aged 34, in 2015 after being diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time.He filmed a documentary on the struggles of filling the roles of both mother and father to his children, and behind the scenes Ms Wright was a source of support. Former The Only Way Is Essex star Ms Wright wrote: “The perfect end to our holiday … How could the answer not be yes.”Ferdinand spoke about his relationship with Wright for the first time on ITV’s This Morning in October 2017. The former England footballer has said how having a female figure in the lives of his children has helped them. Rio Ferdinand is mobbed by Kate Wright and his three children after proposing in Abu DhabiCredit:Rio Ferdinand/Instagram His ex-Manchester United team-mate Dimitar Berbatov also offered his congratulations, as well as his old sparring partners Andy Cole and Robbie Keane. The news also transcended the Manchester United-Liverpool rivalry, with Anfield legend Ian Rush sending his best wishes to Ferdinand and his new fiancé. In an interview with the Times earlier this year, Ferdinand opened up about the new dynamics at home. “My relationship with Kate has helped in that they have got a female in the house now,” he said.”They run past me sometimes to go to her. I’ve had to go through a period of being very, very open, and men aren’t normally like that naturally.”So having that extra person in the house who is female, who has that softer touch, I think is vitally important for the kids.”In August, Ms Wright told the Mail on Sunday how she and the former footballer “just clicked” when they met. “If someone had told me a few years back that I was going to be the stepmum of three children, I would have just laughed,” she told the paper’s You Magazine.”You don’t see something like that coming.”She said she fell in love with Ferdinand knowing he was a widower with three children, and accepted that her life would change, saying: “I couldn’t be part of his life and not part of theirs.”I knew it would be a challenge, but if you love someone you go with it and deal with the difficult stuff.” Thousands of well-wishers commented on the Instagram post, including fellow former England internationals Jermaine Jenas, Ian Wright and Alan Shearer. 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.
Corentyne fisherman Raywatram Mooloo, also known as ‘Adesh’ and ‘Cow Curry’, was on Friday remanded by Magistrate Charlyn Artiga at the Number 51 Village Magistrate’s Court for allegedly inflicting on his wife injuries that caused her death.The charge detailed that the 27-year-old of Lot 36 Number 58 Village, Corentyne Berbice had, on May 24, used an iron rod and a piece of wood to inflict on 34-year-old Gomattie Ramsingh injuries which caused her death on May 26. It has been reported that, among other things, he hit the woman with the iron rod in her head.Murdered: Gomattie Ramsingh The unrepresented Mooloo was not required to plead to the charge, and has been remanded to prison until June 30, when his next court appearance would be for a police progress report on the file.Before dying at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) of the injuries she had sustained, Ramsingh had been recorded recounting the incident, wherein she had alleged that Mooloo had dragged her by her hair down a flight of stairs and around the yard.In the recording, she had claimed that he had brutalized her for taking away an illegal drug which he had purchased, and for not giving him money on demand.A post-mortem examination conducted on Ramsingh’s body has indicated that her death was due to blunt force trauma sustained to the head, besides spinal and other internal injuries.REMANDED: Raywatram Mooloo, also known as ‘Adesh’ and ‘Cow Curry’The accused had gone into hiding following the woman’s death, but turned himself in after police had arrested several of his family members.Police had, on Wednesday last, gone to one of the suspect’s relatives after receiving information that he was hiding there.As the officers approached the home, the suspect was seen running into the backlands. But after several family members had been arrested, Mooloo turned up at the Central Police Station in New Amsterdam two hours later, in company of Attorney-at-law Mursaline Bacchus. ( Andrew Carmichael) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDeportee charged with 2016 murder of Corentyne fishermanMarch 30, 2017In “Court”Suspect in Corentyne teenager’s murder remandedAugust 26, 2016In “Crime”Minibus driver remanded for causing death of Corentyne schoolboyFebruary 17, 2016In “latest news”
Bucyrus will supply Whitehaven Coal’s North Narrabri mine with a 300-m longwall with a capacity of 8 Mt/y. A special feature of the 146 Bucyrus roof supports is that they can be retrofitted for Longwall Top Coal Caving (LTCC) at a later date. Located in the Gunnedah Basin of New South Wales, Australia, the mine will take delivery of the system next October, with operations expected to start in Early 2011, subject to Stage 2 planning approvals from the NSW state government. Bucyrus is the only western supplier with substantial experience with LTCC. The contract was awarded to Bucyrus following detailed competitive tender process for the design, construction, installation and commissioning of the longwall. The system will have full face automation using Bucyrus’s inertial measurement system based on IMAR 3D gyroscopes. Initial production from the mine is 700,000 t/y, using continuous miners. Development crews are expected to reach the coal seams late this year. Second stage development aims to have the longwall installed in early 2011 to ramp up to 6 Mt/y of low-ash thermal coal and pulverized injection coal. The maximum production is expected to be 8 Mt/y.A decision on the use of the LTCC mining method is subject to ongoing feasibility studies, which will be subject to mining conditions experienced, in particular the caving characteristics of the coal seam. If LTCC is selected as the preferred mining method, the equipment can be easily retrofitted with the with additional LTCC components.The seam has a height of 9 m, but initially, the mine is targeting the bottom 4.5 m as this is low-ash, low-sulphur coal. The mine is considering using Longwall Top Coal Caving (LTTC) as this technique allows extraction to a total seam height of more than 10 m by using a longwall shearer to cut the bottom 2.8 – 3 m and then caving the top coal up behind the roof supports onto a rear AFC. This would, however, require a major upgrade of the proposed wash plant because of the lower-grade coal.With a potential 80,000 Mt of thick coal in Australia, mine operators are showing a great interest in Longwall Top Coal Caving (LTTC). A Bucyrus LTTC longwall which was jointly developed under licence from Yankuang. is in successful service at the Austar mine in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia.Bucyrus will supply the Narrabri mine with 146 two-leg 1,378-t roof supports, each capable of retrofit for LTCC, a 3,500 t/h PF 6/1242 armoured face conveyor powered by 2 x 1,200 kW with 2 KP-65 CST gearboxes, a Bucyrus Electra® 3000 evo shearer with installed power of 2,075 kW, as well as a beam stage loader and all hydraulics, electrics and infrastructure.
Cestusline says it has “received outstanding feedback on [its] newest mining glove, DM Hybrid®. Originally created specifically for the underground mining industry, DM Hybrid is changing the way miners are looking at hand protection. For instance, it features flexible TPR impact shields that protect from knuckle to fingertip. Additional impact shields extend to the metacarpal and carpal regions of the hand for maximum impact protection. It has been nominated for the 2014 International Mining Technology Hall of Fame inductions. “For years, the mining industry has compromised with gloves designed for other industries. DM Hybrid was born out of conversations with safety engineers and end users. By assessing their feedback of what was not working, Cestusline was able to create a glove that met their actual needs in the field,” the company says. The first thing to notice about the DM Hybrid is the vivid, high visibility colour scheme with the moulded polycarbonate knuckle. The DM Hybrid palm features Cestusline’s exclusive Ripple Grip® palm technology that is cut resistant level 2 and houses strategically spaced anti-vibration pods filled with Cestusline’s exclusive, Hexagonal Memory Gel®.“It’s unusual to see a glove that is so obviously armored have such flexibility. It’s what we have been needing at work,” said a recent Mining Expo Attendee.
OLED display technology holds a lot of promise for delivering higher quality video output than even the best LCD panels can achieve while using less power. The only problem is, no one seems to be able to make large OLED panels in high enough quantities to go commercial at consumer-friendly prices.Sony is the only company to have yet released an OLED TV and that was a mere 11-inches. But now 17-inch and 25-inch models are ready to launch. Carrying the name Sony Trimaster EL each display has HDMI, DisplayPort, 3G-SDI, SD-SDI, and HD-SDI outputs. No consumer will want either model, though, based on price alone. Both TVs are aimed at the professional production market with the 17-inch model costing $29,000.While priced out of the range of most consumers, these new TVs at least demonstrate that OLED can be done on a larger scale than smartphone screens. Hopefully one day soon we will see prices fall and panels increase to over 40-inches in size.Read more at OLED-Info
Folio: Why is Kickstarter, uniquely-suited for people looking to start this kind of project? Kreizman: I think so. One of the things I tell journalism creators is that aside from the making of “the thing,” the kinds of rewards that people find exciting are often experiential ones. It can be a Skype with a writer, or a coffee with an editor, that kind of thing. That creates just such a personal relationship, even more than a tote bag does. Kreizman: I would have to pull the particular numbers, but what I can say is, the number isn’t huge. There are many projects that don’t get any funding at all, and usually they are kind of like the “slush pile,” in book publishing. People throwing the spaghetti up against the wall and seeing what will stick. Kreizman: Yes. Most Kickstarter campaigns are to make “the thing,” whatever that thing is. Part of the Kickstarter experience really is following the progress of the creator and hearing about the ins and outs and the challenges of doing something creative, and then just being on the team when it actually comes to pass. Accounting for over $1 million of that sum, one-in-five of those journalism projects were magazines, such as artistic video game quarterly Kill Screen, which successfully completed a second round of funding in December. Maris Kreizman: I think it’s a couple of things. There are some slowdowns in federal grant money, and I also think people are concerned with the lack of diversity in their media, and Kickstarter is a place where anyone, if they work hard and do a great project, can find funding. I think the lack of a gatekeeper is really empowering. Folio: Is that ever a challenge, offering that experiential award? Does it limit the number of backers you can have? Kreizman: Just for background, journalism wasn’t officially a Kickstarter category until June of 2014. We broke it out and separated it from the overall publishing category. We’ve seen such a wonderful diversity in the kinds of projects considered journalism. We’ve seen magazines for sure. That’s a huge part of it. But we also have websites, podcasts, books, audio documentaries. I think one of the great freedoms on Kickstarter is that journalism has a lot of forms that it can come in. The other part about Kickstarter that is helpful is that creators can talk directly to the people who will be their fans and have an open line of communication with those people, which is so important. Kreizman: You’re able to limit the experiential awards by whatever you think your bandwidth is. But being a part of the email newsletter is scalable. So anyone who has backed the project can at least get the personal updates that way. Folio: What kind of factors in the industry are leading people to crowdfunding for journalism projects? Kreizman: Absolutely. Kickstarter has a survey tool that any creator can use at the end of their campaign. Most of the time, creators are asking for things like email or mailing addresses, but sometimes it’s, “How did you hear about us?” “What would you like to see?” Folio: connected with Kickstarter’s publishing outreach lead, Maris Kreizman, to learn more about the platform and whether crowdfunding exists as a viable means of lowering entry barriers and getting new titles off the ground—both in print and digital. Overall, though, there’s a rule that any project that gets 20% of its funding is 79% likely to get the whole thing funded. It’s a critical mass kind of thing. Kickstarter is a great place to be discovered, but it certainly helps to helps to have your own audience to bring in with you, your core group. Folio: Is that something that’s a benefit to the people creating the projects, too? That direct line of communication. In many ways, this is simultaneously a new phenomenon and a continuation of a trend as old as the industry. Apart from personal funds and bank loans, “friends, family, and fools” have long been the principal source of early-stage financing for startups. The nuance is that, like the web itself, crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter provide would-be publishers the ability to turn anyone with an internet connection and a bank account into a friend (or a fool). Folio: Is it common for backers to take an active role in the actual production of whatever project comes out of the campaign? Kreizman: I don’t imagine so. One of the trends I’ve been seeing a lot is that many of these publications are able to pay their writers because of Kickstarter campaigns, which is something I feel really passionate about. A January study conducted by the Pew Research Center found that, since Kickstarter launched in 2009, 658 journalism projects were successfully financed on the crowdfunding platform—raising a total of $6.3 million. Folio: Are you seeing that it’s a lot of projects who just need a push to get off the ground, or projects whose entire business model is going to be centered around crowdfunding? Folio: Would there be any alternative for these types of projects, if it weren’t for Kickstarter? Folio: That ability to be involved from the very beginning and follow the progress, does that just naturally breed a lot more audience loyalty? Kreizman: I think we’ve seen both. We’ve seen a lot of wonderful magazines launch on Kickstarter. We’ve also seen a lot come back to fund their second issue. Folio: What’s the success rate like for journalism projects?
Download audioThe Legislature completed the first stage of its annual budget process today. House Finance Subcommittees recommended more than $120 million more in cuts on top of the 100 million that Governor Bill Walker proposed.Health and Social Services was the department that received the deepest cuts. They include eliminating $5.18 million in cash assistance to seniors, and three million in behavioral health grants.Representative David Guttenberg, a Fairbanks Democrat, opposes the cuts. He says reducing treatment of people with addictions will cost the state more in the long run.“These grants will clearly prevent increases in costs in other places, in the courts, in the Department of Law, in our prisons, in our various higher end costs,” said Guttenburg. “Dealing with folks that have issues and troubles at the most efficient place to touch them, is something that we need to do.”Overall recommended cuts to Health and Social Services total forty-one million dollars, roughly one-third of all cuts that finance subcommittees recommend.Representative Dan Saddler, an Eagle River Republican, compared the difficulties faced by those with addictions to the choices the Legislature faces.“There are many unfortunate and difficult challenges we face in life and running away from them in a bottle or a needle is not the way to solve them,” Saddler said. “The way to get through problems is to face the difficult choices and to make difficult choices. And I think that is what we’re doing in this budget, and that’s what we’re doing in this particular allocation. In addition to a heroin crisis in Alaska, we have a fiscal crisis in Alaska. And I think we are making the difficult, but responsible decisions to scale our resources to meet our needs the best way we can.”Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson says she’ll be working to inform legislators about the exact effects of the proposed cuts before the entire Legislature finishes its work on the budget this spring.“We’ll definitely continue to work with members of the Legislature,” said Davidson. “We realize that cuts have to be made. And our job is to make sure that everybody understands the implications of the cuts that are being made.”Economist Gunnar Knapp says that budget cuts will have broader impacts on Alaska’s economy, along with the direct effect on services.Knapp told the budget committee on Thursday that for every one-hundred million dollars in broad-based cuts to state government, the state will lose 1,260 jobs and $115 million in income.In comparison, introducing a similar amount in income taxes would impact fewer jobs, but could mean 20% more lost income.Knapp urged legislators to close the state’s$3.5 billion budget shortfall.The smoothest transition is to make a significant start on reducing the deficit this year. Not making major progress this year would have a big impact. The rating companies have promised that they would further downgrade our credit ratings and then there would be impacts due to a loss of business confidence and reduced private investment.The Legislature will hear public testimony on the budget Feb. 29 to March 3 at locations across the state.
The S&P BSE Sensex rebounded by 171 points on Wednesday despite weakness in other Asian markets amid renewed worries over slowdown in China.The Sensex closed at 25,822 points while the 50-share Nifty rose by 34 points, or 0.43%, to end at 7,845 points.Nineteen of the 30 Sensex components ended in the green; Lupin, M&M, Vedanta, HDFC Bank, ITC, ICICI Bank and SBI were the top gainers. The BSE bankex index was the biggest gainer among sectoral indices, ending 1.4% up.”After going through a deeper cut on Tuesday, indices managed to smartly recoup some losses. However, Wednesday’s session just increases the uncertainty in the short term trend. Volatility could increase again on Thursday on account of F&O expiry. Headwinds like weakening rupee and slowdown in China will remain issues investors will have to deal with in the near term,” said Amar Ambani, Head of Research, IIFL.A data showed manufacturing activity in China, the world’s second largest economy, fell to its lowest levels since March 2009. The Chinese flash Caixin PMI manufacturing index fell to 47 in September compared to 47.3 in the previous month.”The number does nothing to ease the fears about the Chinese economy at the moment,” said Dankse Bank in a note.”The explosions in Tianjin in early August are said to have affected production in a manufacturing-heavy area of China, which may have added to the weakness,” the note added.Tracking the data, the Chinese equity index Shanghai Composite ended 2.19% lower at 3,115. The disappointing data also triggered sell-off in other Asian markets. While Japan’s Nikkei fell by nearly 2%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index closed 2.2% down.However, a rebound in the European markets led by rising crude oil prices helped Indian stock markets to post a recovery later in the day. Crude oil rose on reports of a fall in US oil stocks despite renewed concerns over economic growth in China. Brent crude oil prices traded just below $50 per barrel.Gold prices also rebounded by Rs 30 to Rs 26,540 per 10 grams on the back of firming metal prices in international markets and improved demand from jewellers ahead of the wedding season. But the silver prices plunged by Rs 655 to close at Rs 35,175 per kg.The rupee strengthened to 65.96 against the US dollar, paring all the losses witnessed in the morning session. A recovery in the rupee was led by a sharp rebound in domestic equity markets.
The death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and the successive deaths of unarmed Blacks at the hands of police and trigger-happy civilians have pricked the American conscience and made criminal justice reform the current cause célèbre. Despite clamoring calls for reform and recommendations from government agencies and civil rights organizations, however, real change – so far – has been negligible, advocates say.“We’re seeing some movement to address these concerns but they are not going far enough,” said Hilary Shelton, the NAACP’s Washington Bureau director and senior vice president for advocacy and policy. He added, “Until we hear about local police departments and city councils moving to create more effective policy around policing then we’re still missing the point.”Tanya Clay House, public policy director for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law said it is difficult to “directly identify” which police departments are really implementing changes and that reform efforts are mostly at the review stage.“I think we’re still trying to figure out how to effectively guide agencies how to implement these guidelines,” she said.She added, “In some places you need to have a change in the charter for police agencies” and other legislative changes and “that could be a hold-up.”Most of the movement seems to be occurring around outfitting police officers with body-worn cameras, though that, too, has been bogged down with matters of legality, funding, and logistics. Ferguson, Mo.; Arizona, Florida, California, Texas, Baltimore, Kansas and other jurisdictions either already have body cameras or are investigating its use. Just last week, the D.C. Council held a hearing on the matter. Most seem to agree it is a useful tool for providing accountability, transparency, and accuracy in interactions between the public and police. However, advocates warn, that is but a small part of the solution.“Body cameras are not a panacea,” House said. “It is kind of that low-hanging fruit that many agencies will take – and we’re not opposed to that, but they’re not going to get away with just doing that.”“What we are talking about is changing the very premise of policing in America,” she added, “and body cameras cannot do that.”Most officials and activists agree that the slow pace of progress on police reform could be attributable to the deeply entrenched nature of the problem. “We’ve had to deal with aspects of police misconduct and brutality for decades,” said Shelton. “In Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. DuBois talked about law enforcement as one of the biggest challenges for African Americans.”The real difference, today, is the prevalence of mobile recording devices and social media which have brought the ongoing travesty from the darkness into the light.“But for that, a great many people would not be willing to acknowledge there is a different relationship between African-American communities and police and White and upper-middle-class communities and police,” said House.For example, she said, “many urban communities are over-policed” with disproportionately high numbers of police officers for their populations compared to significantly fewer officers in low-minority, jurisdictions with much larger populations.“Police continue to use over-policing of communities for minor incidents out of a belief that it would deter major crimes. But it’s not working. If anything, it leads to higher incidents of racial profiling and instead of communities of color looking up to police, they fear police,” House said.Shelton supported that statement, saying in the NAACP’s discussions with different Black communities, many say that “police officers there appear like an occupying force and not as if they are there to protect and serve. The residents say they felt like they were under siege.”Meanwhile, he added, Blacks in majority-White communities reported being targeted and racially profiled as if “officers were there to maintain segregation.”“The relationship between police and communities of color have always been somewhat strained,” acknowledged Cedric Alexander, president of The National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives. “A great deal of work needs to be done to continue – and in some cases begin – to create relationships between police and communities.”For example, Alexander said, in DeKalb County, Ga., where he is the chief of police, “We have a department that demographically reflects the community. We have a department that is fully engaged in community meetings. Members of the community have access to all precinct commanders. And the department has relationships with the leaders of the county and those in the community. Therefore, even when we have our challenges, it becomes easier to work through.”Alexander also cited Indianapolis, Ind. and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. as jurisdictions where the police departments have made concerted efforts to foster amicable relationships between communities and law enforcement.Besides fostering good relations, officer training – including standard guidelines for use of force, diversity awareness and sensitivity, etc. – is also a must, Alexander said.Building public trust and ongoing officer training were among the recommendations included in the March 2015 interim report from President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The use of body-worn cameras among police officers and other technology was also recommended. And, in December, the president proposed a three-year $263 million investment package to provide 50,000 body-worn cameras, a $75 million outlay that states and local jurisdictions would have to match; expand training for law enforcement agencies; and supply other resources needed to implement reform.But Congress also has an important role to play, House said. “There’s legislation that can be passed to help facilitate this process. It’s not just a state responsibility,” she said.“We all can do something,” she said of the general public. “We cannot allow entire communities to be trapped and targeted and just stand by. Start contacting your state elected officials and members of Congress; get engaged through social media or any forum you have and say something. Everybody doesn’t have to march, just do one thing to make a change.”
Cancun, Q.R. — A new delegate for the National Institute of Migration has been appointed for the state of Quintana Roo.Harley Sosa Guillén will take over the position of delegate for the National Institute of Migration (INM) replacing Mauricio Saad Viveros.Sosa Guillén is the former president of the Human Rights Commission of the state of Quintana Roo and has been recognized as one of the main promoters of respect for the guarantee of individual rights of migrants.INM staff pointed out that their work as promoters of respect for individuals wanting to live in the country was key to designating him the new position.Sosa Guillén replaces Mauricio Saad Viveros who served as INM delegate since 2016. During his time in the federal delegation, several complaints were filed for recurrent abuses against foreigners.The appointment for Sosa Guillén comes nearly two months after leaving his presidency of the Human Rights Commission of Quintana Roo, a position he held since March 2014.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)