No High Court relief to Mallya on proceedings for seizure of assets

first_imgMumbai: The Bombay High Court Thursday refused to grant stay on proceedings before a special court on confiscation of properties of embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya. A division bench of Justices Akil Kureshi and S J Kathawalla dismissed an application filed by Mallya last month, seeking a stay on the proceedings before the special court hearing cases pertaining to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Mallya, in his application, sought for a stay on the proceedings, or that any decision or order passed by the lower court during the proceedings shall be subject to the final decision on his another petition challenging the validity of the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The court, however, said it did not find any reason to grant the relief sought by Mallya. On January 5 this year, the special PMLA court here declared Mallya a fugitive economic offender. The court then started proceedings for confiscation of his properties. Mallya approached the high court against the order and also challenged the constitutional validity of the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act. This petition is pending hearing in the high court. Mallya, who is currently in the UK, has been charged by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) of defaulting on bank loans to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore.last_img read more

France adopts pioneering tax on tech giants after US threat

PARIS — France has adopted a pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook despite threats from the U.S.Just ahead of the vote Thursday, French economy minister Bruno Le Maire said allies needed to settle differences “without using threats.”The French Senate estimated that the tax could bring in 400 million euros ($450 million) this year and 650 million next.Late Wednesday, the Trump administration announced an investigation into the tax under the provision used last year to probe China’s technology policies, which led to tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports.The French digital services tax would impose a 3% annual levy on French revenues of digital companies with yearly global sales worth more than 750 million euros ($844 million) and French revenue exceeding 25 million euros.The Associated Press read more

Nutrien says 34 workers trapped in Sask potash mine now safely back

SASKATOON — A fertilizer company says all 34 people who were trapped deep in a Saskatchewan potash mine for more than a day are now safely above ground.Will Tigley, a spokesman with Nutrien Ltd., said a service shaft stopped working at its Cory mine near Saskatoon on Tuesday.On Wednesday evening, the staff took a separate elevator normally used to transport potash to the surface.“We are happy to confirm that we have all of our 34 people above ground,” he said.“For the most part, all of our employees were in good spirits and we got some of our other employees to drive them home to their families.”Tigley said no one was hurt.“We went with the best option available to use and we chose the safest and most efficient one.”There are inherent risks He said the workers, who were about a kilometre underground during the ordeal, were safe and had plenty of food, water, power and contact with the surface.Tigley said the workers were performing maintenance when they became trapped.The Cory mine is not currently producing potash.He said the cause of the mechanical problem will be investigated.“We will investigate the cause, take the right precautions to ensure that it doesn’t happen again,” he said. “There were no injuries.”Darrin Kruger, a staff representative with the United Steelworkers union, said because there was no emergency, such as a collapse or a fire, he believed the trapped workers didn’t have to be isolated in the mine’s underground safe rooms.But he said there are still dangers with being underground for so long. Workers could have a medical emergency or run out of required medication.“Underground is a confined space — one way in, one way out. And when that is compromised in some fashion, there are inherent risks.”In May, dozens of Nutrien workers were trapped for several hours at its Allan potash mine after a fire broke out before they were safely brought to the surface. read more

UN culture agency observes International Day on Slave Trade and Abolition

“The Day gives us the opportunity to reflect together on the historical causes, processes and consequences of the unprecedented tragedy that was slavery and the slave trade, a tragedy that was concealed for many years and is yet to be fully recognized,” Koïchiro Matsuura said at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.”It not only disrupted the lives of millions of human beings uprooted from their land and deported in the most inhuman conditions, but it brought about cultural exchanges which deeply and lastingly influenced morals and beliefs, social relations and knowledge on several continents,” he added.UNESCO and the UN General Assembly designated the Day to commemorate the 1791 slave revolt in San Domingo, which was the first known victory of slaves over slaveholders, as well as Haiti’s independence in January 1804.In an interview with UN Radio, UNESCO Assistant Director-General Noureini Tidgani-Serpos called for a widespread education campaign against the scourge. “All schools in all Member States have to use the opportunity of this day to explain … slavery and the human trade,” he said. “They have to talk about tolerance, cultural diversity. That’s the key aim of the remembrance.”Paying tribute to the contribution of enslaved Africans in the development of the new world, he said this legacy must not be forgotten. “We don’t want silence to kill them for the second time,” the professor said.UNESCO’s schedule included Mr. Matsuura’s closing of an exhibition of wall-hangings from Benin, lent by the town of Schoelcher on the Caribbean island of Martinique. France had sent resistance leader King Behanzin of what was then the Kingdom of Abomey in today’s Benin into exile in Martinique after capturing him in battle in 1894.Martinican poet Solal Valentin was reading from his work, and the Haitian-inspired, multi-ethnic band Adjabel was to perform. The classic film Sankofa, with actors from North America and the Caribbean directed by Ethiopian film-maker Haile Gerima, was being screened and France’s Caribbean and Guyanese association, Comité Marche du 23 mai 1998, was hosting a discussion of the Haitian Revolution. read more

Everyone Wants To Go Home During Extra Innings — Maybe Even The

In the top of the 10th inning in Sunday night’s nationally televised contest between the Astros and Rangers — one that will most likely be remembered as the night a 44-year-old nearly no-hit the defending World Series champs — the visiting Rangers grabbed a 3-1 lead.In the bottom of the frame, the home team’s hopes rested on Jake Marisnick, who, with runners at the corners, two outs, and his team still trailing by a pair of runs, worked a 3-1 count against Jake Diekman. A Marisnick walk would load the bases for the Astros, bringing reigning World Series MVP George Springer to the plate, a hit away from tying or winning the game.On Diekman’s fifth pitch, it appeared that Marisnick had earned a walk. “This is not a strike, this is off the plate,” ESPN broadcaster Jessica Mendoza opined as the networks’ K-Zone showed the pitch a few inches outside. Home plate umpire Adam Hamari disagreed, however, calling the pitch strike two. Marisnick struck out swinging on the following pitch to end the game, and the outfielder slammed his bat in disgust.Umps miss balls and strikes all the time. But the strike two in that Marisnick at-bat is emblematic of a larger pattern of borderline calls, albeit one that umps probably produce unwittingly: In extra innings, umpires will vary ball and strike calls in ways that tend to end the game as quickly as possible.To find this pattern, we looked at pitches thrown in the bottom of extra innings, when the game could quickly end.1Data was grabbed using Bill Petti’s baseballr package, which scrapes pitch location information from If the away team scored in the top half of an inning and held a lead, as was the case in Marisnick’s at-bat, an umpire hoping for a faster exit would call more strikes, making it more likely that the home team will be sent down quickly. Alternatively, if the home team got a runner aboard, umps would be more likely to favor them by calling fewer strikes, giving the team more chances to get the runner across the plate and send everyone home.Here’s a chart showing how umps changed their behavior in these situations between 2008 and 2016, a sample of roughly 32,000 pitches. Each square shows the percentage increase or decrease in the likelihood that a pitch is called a strike in that part of the strike zone. The color of each square (green for more balls, pink for more strikes) corresponds with which side umps are favoring, while how darkly shaded the square is reflects the size of the change (in percentage points). The left panel shows the comparative rate of strike calls when, in the bottom of an inning in extras, the batting team is positioned to win — defined as having a runner on base in a tie game — relative to those rates in situations when there’s no runner on base in a tie game. When the home team has a baserunner, umps call more balls, thus setting up more favorable counts for home-team hitters, creating more trouble for the pitcher, and giving the home team more chances to end the game.The right-hand side of the chart shows squares at identical strike zone locations, but shaded according to changes in strike rates when the extra-inning scenario favors the away team. More specifically, any time the away team is trying to hold onto a lead in the bottom half of an inning after the ninth. Here, and as in the pitch to Marisnick, umps call more strikes, giving the batting team fewer chances to extend the game.Altogether, teams that are in a position to win get up to a 27 percentage point increase in the rate of called balls, while teams that look like they’re about to lose see increased strike rates of up to 33 percentage points. Differences are largest in fringe areas of the strike zone, where the opportunity for umpire discretion is the highest: 62 percent of these squares in the left panel are green, while 72 percent of fringe squares on the right panel are pink.2We’re defining the fringe area as squares within one square of the black line marking the edge of the strike zone. In both settings, umps are more likely to use whatever behavior gets the game over with the quickest. That may not necessarily be a bad thing. MLB games are already slow, and extra-innings play often comes late at night, which means smaller crowds and fewer television viewers.MLB did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the league has made no secret of its interest in shortening games. Even so, umpires may not be consciously deciding who should win. Humans are susceptible to various biases they may not be aware of, and even just a bit of fatigue could unintentionally push umpires in one direction or the other on borderline calls.Moreover, according to sources within the umpire union, umps don’t get paid more when games go to extra innings. In other words, MLB asks them to take on extra work without providing any extra compensation. That’s one more reason they may want the game to end early — their paycheck’s the same regardless. read more

Anne Boleyns nursery for the male child that was never born to

They hope to discover vital evidence of private apartments that were demolished in the 17th century by Sir Christopher Wren in building his baroque palace directly on top of their foundations. Little is known about the original designs. An excavation will go under Wren’s palace, into the… The nursery that Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn prepared for the male heir that they so desperately wanted and never had is among “lost” 16th-century buildings of Hampton Court Palace whose site archaeologists hope to find and excavate. Bringing the Tudor palace into the 21st century with new electrics and wifi access is enabling archaeologists to step back in time with a major excavation that begins this autumn.

Record investment year in new Codelco projects

first_imgCodelco will invest $4.33 billion this year, of which $2.27 billion will go to the investment plan managed by the Project Vice-Presidency (VP), a specialised unit created in 2005, which is responsible for managing and implementing the company’s key development projects. The estimated investment is a new record in Codelco’s history; last year it invested $2.545 billion, of which $1.02 billion went to VP’s project portfolio. This significant investment is primarily focused on developing Codelco’s structural projects: Ministro Hales, El Teniente New Mine Level, Chuquicamata Underground Mine, Andina Expansion 244, RT Sulphide Mine Phase II and San Antonio Oxides.The implementation of these projects will create a significant number of jobs, which on average will benefit more than 16,000 employees. The company stated: “These five key projects will enable Codelco to maintain – and even increase – its current production rate and improve its competitiveness, consolidating its leadership in the global mining industry.” Ministro Hales is currently removing overburden and waste materials from the mine in the world’s large pre-stripping operation involving 238 Mt – and it is also building the crushing, grinding and flotation plants, the roasting complex and the sulphuric acid and arsenic abatement plants. They are all scheduled to start operations by mid-2013. The New Mine Level – El Teniente Project, that in 2011 had its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) approved and investment authorised, is currently completing early works, including the Confluence Platforms, where the access roads to its main tunnels will be located. Additionally, at the beginning of this year, project implementation commenced both from inside and outside the mine.At Chuquicamata Underground, in 2011 the project was approved by the Board in order to implement its early works, which were positively recommended by Cochilco – Mideplan. Now, together with implementing the feasibility study, the site has started works that are part of the project’s “critical route.” An $850 million investment, the early work for Chuqui Underground includes a series of earthworks and major excavations, such as tunnels that are access roads for both workers and to transport ore; shafts and drifts for clean air intake and air removal; mine ramps; and other support works, such as water networks, power supply, telecommunications and part of the industrial facilities. The Andina Expansion 244 project has made progress in two sub-projects that form part of its early works -Acid Water Treatment and Node 3,500- and by the end of 2012 its feasibility study should be completed. Finally, RT Sulphide Mine – Phase II is Codelco’s fifth structural project and it involves a new concentrator plant – that will use desalinated seawater – to process the sulphide reserves from the Radomiro Tomic Mine. In 2011, the project completed its prefeasibility stage and this year it has to complete the feasibility study.last_img read more

Rio Tinto iron ore a longterm winning strategy

first_imgRio Tinto has demonstrated how the completion of its world-class iron ore expansion project in Western Australia will deliver significant shareholder value as the sector transitions through the ongoing volatility in global commodity markets. At an investor seminar in Sydney, Rio Tinto outlined the next phase in its long-term strategy to capitalise on the growing global demand for high-quality iron ore through a relentless focus on productivity and efficiency, technology, and people development to drive costs lower at its Pilbara operations.Rio Tinto also revealed new detail on the data underpinning its projections for 2.5% average annual growth for steel demand across China and the rest of the world over the next 15 years. This rigorous analysis confirms that Chinese crude steel production is expected to reach around 1,000 Mt by 2030. Emerging markets will also play an increasingly significant role in the iron ore market, with non-Chinese steel demand expected to increase by 65% by 2030.Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Andrew Harding said “As we move into our 50th year of exports from Australia, Rio Tinto is embarking on a new phase in our iron ore business. We have spent the past decade building the best iron ore business in the world – a project that has come in on time and below initial cost estimates. We intend to optimise these new assets to deliver maximum value for shareholders and stakeholders as markets transition.“Our long-term strategy is supported by comprehensive market analysis, leadership in people, world-class technology and an unrelenting pursuit of productivity improvements. Rio Tinto has some of the best tier one mining assets in the world and our workplace culture of chasing new efficiencies will ensure we remain the best iron ore producer in the industry.“We are also focused on realising further costs savings through some 400 efficiency initiatives across the Pilbara.”Rio Tinto Technology and Innovation Chief Executive Greg Lilleyman said “Our sector-leading Mine of the Future programme is already delivering significant group-wide productivity improvements. Rio Tinto’s first-mover status in autonomous equipment has resulted in significant productivity gains while our use of big data analytics has allowed us to safely extend maintenance cycles.“These productivity gains, combined with our asset management programme, have us on a pathway to safely reduce maintenance costs by about $200 million a year over the next three years.“The Technology and Innovation team is also ensuring that Rio Tinto not only undertakes the right projects but when we do them, we do them right.”Key points – Iron OrePilbara infrastructure project delivered on time and at a capital cost below initial estimatesPilbara infrastructure and mine development project involved a capital spend of $14.7 billion and employed more than 10,000 peopleIron Ore operating costs reduced by almost $1 billion compared to 2012Cash costs of $16.20/t in the first half of 2015, compared with $20.40/t for the same period last year. As we revealed at half year results on 8 August 2015, taking into account current currency and energy prices, this is around $15.20/tSome 400 initiatives underway across the Pilbara to identify further savings and improve productivityRio Tinto consistently achieves a higher average price than all other Pilbara producersRio Tinto’s Pilbara Blend remains the most recognised brand in the global steel industryConstruction of Cape Lambert Port B has been completed to increase overall Cape Lambert port capacity to more than 200 Mt/y.Key points – Automation is delivering significant productivity benefits and savings:Labour productivity increased by 12% in the first half of 2015 compared with last year400 Mt of material moved by autonomous trucks in the PilbaraAutonomous trucks are 12% more productive than the manned fleet and there has been a 13% reduction in load and haul costs due to autonomous truck efficienciesAutonomous drills are 10% more available than manned drills, resulting in an operational saving of 8%Using predictive analytics and enhanced maintenance planning systems, we expect to reduce maintenance costs by $200 million/y over the next three years250 train journeys in automated mode.Key points in the market outlook:Global steel demand will grow by around 2.5%/y between now and 2030Global iron ore demand will increase to 3,000 Mt in 2030Chinese crude steel production is expected to reach around 1,000 Mt by 2030220 million Chinese are expected to urbanise in the next 15 years, compared with 320 million between 2000 and 2015120 Mt in marginal iron ore supply is expected to exit the market in 2015 with a further 45 Mt ‘at risk’ of exiting.last_img read more

HSV fourth team in Cologne

After dramatic second match against SG Flensburg 23:25 (10:13), HSV Handball secured VELUX EHF F4 for the second time in the history after 2011. SG Flensburg was on the edge of amazing victory after huge defeat last weekend (26:32) with +7 lead in 50th minute (23:16), but players of Ljubomir Vranjes didn’t have enough power to keep same level in the last 10 minutes.HSV Handball: Bitter (11 saves, 1.-60.); Herrmann (n.e.), Lindberg 6, Vori 4, Lijewski 4, Duvnjak 3, Kraus 2, Hens 2, Nilsson 1, Lackovic 1,Schröder, Jansen, Flohr, Petersen, Terzic n.e.SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (18 saves., 1.-60.); Rasmussen (n.e.), Eggert 6, Weinhold 5, Glandorf 4, Svan Hansen 3, Djordjic 3, von Gruchalla 2, Atlason 1, Kaufmann 1, Karlsson, Mogensen, Heinl, Knudsen, Gustafsson, Machulla n.e.RESULTS: 1:0 (1.), 1:1 (2.), 3:1 (4.), 5:3 (8.), 6:4 (11.), 6:6 (12.), 8:6 (14.), 8:8 (16.), 8:10 (26.), 9:10 (28.), 9:12 (30.), 10:13 (30.) – 10:14 (31.), 11:16 (35.), 13:16 (36.), 14:17 (38.), 14:19 (41.), 15:19 (45.), 15:21 (48.), 16:21 (48.), 16:23 (50.), 20:23 (56.), 20:25 (57.), 23:25 (60.)photo: ← Previous Story “Fast and easy” – Vive Targi Kielce at F4 in Cologne! Next Story → (VIDEO) HANDBALL LOVE: Filip sends kisses to Chema EHF F4HSV HandballSG Flensburg read more

Expired beef and chicken supplied to McDonalds and KFC in China

first_imgMCDONALD’S AND KFC in China are facing a new food safety scare after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken.The companies said they immediately stopped using meat from the supplier, Husi Food Co., Ltd. The Shanghai office of China’s food and drug agency said it was investigating and told customers to suspend use of its products.Dragon TV said Sunday that Husi, owned by OSI Group of Aurora, Illinois, repackaged stale beef and chicken and put new expiration dates on them. It said they were sold to McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants.The report added to a series of food safety scares in China that have battered public confidence in dairies, fast food outlets and other suppliers.McDonald’s Corp. and Yum Brands Inc., which owns KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, said in separate statements they were conducting their own investigations.“Food safety”“Food safety is a top priority for McDonald’s,” the company said on its Weibo account. The company said it pursues “strict compliance” with consumer safety laws and regulations and has “zero tolerance for illegal behavior.”A third company, sandwich shop chain Dicos, said in a statement it stopped using sausage patties supplied by Husi. Dicos is owned by Taiwan’s Ting Hsin International Group and the company website said it had 2,000 outlets in China as of September 2013.The Shanghai office of the State Food and Drug Administration said it was working with police to investigate Husi.“At present, the company has been sealed and suspect products seized,” the agency said on its website. It said distributors had been ordered to hold any of its products for investigation. Source: Rui Vieira/PA WireA woman who answered the phone at Husi’s headquarters said no one was available to comment. The official Xinhua News Agency cited a company manager, Yang Liqun, who said Husi has a strict quality control system and will cooperate in the investigation.KFC is China’s biggest restaurant chain, with more than 4,000 outlets and plans to open 700 more this year.The company was badly hurt after state television reported in December 2013 that some poultry suppliers violated rules on drug use in chickens. Yum said KFC sales in China plunged 37 percent the following month. KFC launched an effort to tighten control over product quality and eliminated more than 1,000 small poultry producers from its supply network.China has suffered a string of product scandals over the past decade in which infants, hospital patients and others have been killed by phony or adulterated milk powder, drugs and other goods.Foreign fast food brands are seen as more reliable than Chinese competitors, though local brands have made big improvements in quality.The high profile of foreign brands means any complaints involving them attract attention, while their status as foreign companies with less political influence means Chinese media can publicize their troubles more freely.Read: Horses that may have entered the food chain are now being abandoned and dying – ISPCA >More: Simon Coveney says rotting meat claims are wrong and have been ‘hyped up’ >last_img read more

Sweeney bags 25 as Tipperary claim Division 3 National Football League title

first_imgFirst league title in 9 years for Westmeath footballers as they rout Wexford by 13 pointsBrogan and Connolly start as Dublin make 4 changes for Sunday’s league final Saturday 8 Apr 2017, 6:43 PM By Jackie Cahill 16,923 Views 5 Comments Sweeney bags 2-5 as Tipperary claim Division 3 National Football League title at Croke Park Goals proved the difference at Croke Park this evening. Share Tweet Email1 Apr 8th 2017, 6:43 PM Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO Follow us: Tipperary 3-19Louth 0-19Jackie Cahill reports from Croke ParkCONOR SWEENEY COLLECTED 2-5 and Michael Quinlivan looked almost sheepish accepting the man-of-the-match award as Tipperary claimed the Allianz National Football League title at Croke Park this evening.A first half goal from Liam Casey was followed up by two second half Sweeney goals – including one in the eighth minute of stoppage time – as Tipp won national silverware for the first time since lifting the Division 4 trophy in 2014.It was a happy return to Croke Park for Liam Kearns and his Tipperary footballers, appearing at GAA HQ for the first time since last year’s All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Mayo.Quinlivan was handed the man-of-the-match award but looked almost embarrassed accepting it, after Sweeney led the way in the scoring stakes.But All-Star Quinlivan still played his part, showing flashes of true class again following his hat-trick against Armagh last Sunday.Tipp racked up another big score and this win was sweet revenge for defeat to Louth in Thurles almost a fortnight ago.That win ensured Division 2 football for the Wee County but a big setback looked to have blown a fatal hole in Tipp’s promotion hopes.But after that stunning victory in Armagh last weekend, Tipp finished a memorable campaign with silverware. Tipperary captain Brian Fox lifts the trophy. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOIn the first half, a devastating scoring burst turned this game on its head, Tipp hitting 1-5 without reply approaching half-time.Louth had been performing well up to that point and were 0-7 to 0-4 clear before Tipp opened up.Conor Sweeney and Kevin O’Halloran put over frees before Jack Kennedy and Sweeney pointed from play, moving Tipp into the lead for the first time in the game, 0-8 to 0-7.The goal arrived on the half hour mark, Sweeney the creator with an excellent hand-pass that found Liam Casey in behind the Louth cover.The former U21 midfield star held his nerve and crashed a shot past Craig Lynch.Alan Campbell surged forward for a Tipperary point and the damage had been done in a five-minute spell.Louth did steady before half-time as the sides shared the remaining four points but the Wee County did have the breeze at their backs in the second half, trailing by 0-9 to 1-11 as play restarted.They started well, too, as cutting Tipp’s lead back to just two points, 1-12 to 0-13.But the winners regrouped and the second goal was a knife in Louth’s hearts, coming in the 47th minute.It was a wholly avoidable concession from Louth’s viewpoint, as Bevan Duffy was turned over as he attempted to clear, allowing Sweeney to pounce.Louth hung in grimly and while they did cut the margin back to four points down the home straight, Tipp made the game safe on the counter-attack in the eighth minute of stoppage time.Sub Liam McGrath gathered possession inside the Louth half and picked out Sweeney, all on his own on the opposition’s 20m line.Sweeney turned inside a back-pedalling defender and slotted past Lynch to put the icing on the Tipperary cake.Scorers for Tipperary: Conor Sweeney 2-5 (0-3f), Liam Casey 1-1, Kevin O’Halloran (2f) & Michael Quinlivan (2f) 0-3 each, Jack Kennedy 0-2, Alan Campbell, Robbie Kiely, Josh Keane, Liam Boland & Liam McGrath 0-1 each.Scorers for Louth: Ryan Burns 0-5 (4f), Tommy Durnin, Declan Byrne (1f) & Jim McEneaney (3f) 0-3 each, Pauric Smith 0-2, Derek Maguire, Andy McDonnell & Eoin O’Connor 0-1 each.Tipperary1. Evan Comerford (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)2. Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers)3. Paddy Codd (Killenaule)4. Willie Connors (Kiladangan)6. Robbie Kiely (Carbery Rangers)7. Shane O’Connell (Golden-Kilfeacle)5. Bill Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)8. Liam Casey (Cahir)9. Jack Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials)10. Josh Keane (Golden-Kilfeacle)11. Kevin O’Halloran (Portroe)12. Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill – captain)13. Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen)14. Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials)15. Emmet Moloney (Drom & Inch)Subs22. George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers) for E Moloney (52)21. Liam Boland (Moyle Rovers) for O’Halloran (61)20. Colm O’Shaughnessy (Ardfinnan) for Connors (64)18. Alan Moloney (Rockwell Rovers) for Kennedy (66)23. Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) for Keane (70+1)19. Joseph Hennessy (Loughmore-Castleiney) for Quinlivan (70+6).Louth1. Craig Lynch (Naomh Mairtin)2. Padraig Rath (Dreadnots)3. Patrick Reilly (Naomh Mairtin)4. Anthony Williams (Dreadnots)5. Derek Maguire (Dundalk Young Ireland’s)6. John Bingham (Ardee St Mary’s)7. James Stewart (Dundalk Gaels)8. Tommy Durnin (Westerns)9. Andy McDonnell (Newtown Blues)10. Declan Byrne (St Mochta’s)11. Pauric Smith (Dreadnots)12. Bevan Duffy (St Fechin’s)13. Adrian Reid (Mattock Rangers – captain)14. Eoin O’Connor (St Patrick’s)15. Ryan Burns (Hunterstown Rovers)Subs23. Kurt Murphy (Seán O’Mahonys) for Reilly (h.t.)18. Ruairí Moore (O’Raghallaighs) for Reid (45)21. Jim McEneaney (Geraldines) for O’Connor (48)26. Gerard McSorley (Dundalk Gaels) for Burns (57)19. Conal McKeever (Clan Na Gael) for Durnin (64)22. James Califf (Dreadnots) for Byrne (70)Referee – Anthony Nolan (Wicklow)The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Fin police arrests six over tax evasion

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Financial police officers arrested this week several more entrepreneurs with outstanding debts to the state. In Ptolemaida, northern Greece, a 55-year-old business owner was detained over an unpaid tax bill of 1.4 million euros while a 58-year-old building contractor was arrested over debts of 2.5 million euros. In the northwestern city of Ioannina, two partners in a construction business were detained in connection with unpaid taxes of 321,423 euros. In Volos, central Greece, a local newspaper owner was arrested for owing 500,000 euros. Finally in Koropi, eastern Attica, an 84-year-old restaurant owner has been charged in connection with a 307,000-euro tax bill.last_img

Pension cuts plan for overseas visits slammed

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Turnbull government is under fire from ethnic community leaders and the opposition over a controversial plan to limit the time pensioners can spend abroad before their pensions are cut.This is a draconian measure, it’s devious, it’s discriminatory and it’s cruelUnder proposals being explored by a Senate inquiry, if adopted, pensioners who have spent less than 35 years of their working life in Australia will find their pensions reduced after just six weeks of overseas travel – reduced from the existing time limit of 26 weeks. The new rule, which was announced in the last budget, is due to start in January 2017, but is yet to pass Parliament. The legislation is being put forward to save about $168 million over four years. The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), along with the Australian Council of Social Service, has urged the government to rethink the plan, saying about 40 per cent of Australia’s pensioners were born overseas. “Once people [get] their pension, they’ve got certain rights,” FECCA chairman Joe Caputo said.Mr Caputo added that pensioners born abroad often needed to travel for extended periods to stay in touch with family, or to care for a sick or dying relative. A spokesman for Social Services Minister Christian Porter said the change was about making the situation “fairer for taxpayers”. “The government believes a person’s retirement costs should be fairly distributed between the countries a person has spent most of their working life,” said the spokesman who added that Australia had 30 international agreements that allow people social security from more than one country. “It is the expectation that where a person has spent a proportion of their working life overseas, they will be eligible to receive a pension from that country.” Labor has vowed to oppose the change, with the opposition’s payments spokeswoman Jenny Macklin saying it would hurt “thousands of migrant pensioners”. Victorian MP Maria Vamvakinou told Neos Kosmos Labor would seek to defeat the proposed legislation with the help of the Greens.“This is a draconian measure, it’s devious, it’s discriminatory and it’s cruel,” said Ms Vamvakinou, who described the savings projected by the change as minimal.“They’re already squeezing pensioners and we’ll defend people’s rights to reconnect with their family in their country of birth – whatever their age. This restricts their freedom.“They deserve our respect and our compassion regardless of how long their working life in Australia is; a two-tiered system is un-Australian.”Meanwhile Independent Senator Nick Xenophon said the plan to introduce “an arbitary six-week limit” was “a mean spirited penny pinching exercise” and one that he would not support in the Senate. “If the government wants to save money it should look at making some of the biggest corporations in the world like Apple, Google and Microsoft pay their fair share of taxes.”last_img read more

LHadopi se penche sur lillégalité du streaming

first_imgL’Hadopi se penche sur l’illégalité du streamingLa Haute Autorité pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur Internet (Hadopi) a lancé mercredi un travail de définition juridique du streaming. Illégal ou pas ?Si l’Hadopi affirme que “les comportements volontaires de consultation (d’œuvres piratées) constituent des délits de contrefaçon sanctionnés par les tribunaux”, cette réflexion est peut-être mensongère, suggère Numerama. En effet, la Haute autorité a ouvert mercredi un groupe de travail sur le domaine précis du streaming, et notamment son encadrement juridique. Car contrairement au téléchargement sur le réseau P2P, le streaming reste techniquement et juridiquement impossible à contrôler, les adresses IP des internautes étant théoriquement inaccessibles s’ils utilisent le streaming.Surtout, un internaute qui se contente de regarder un film ou une série TV sans la diffuser lui-même peut-il être sanctionné ? Si différents camps s’affrontent à ce sujet parmi le groupe de travail, il semble que l’on penche vers la négative à cette question. Pour contourner le problème, il faudrait mettre en place un filtrage des sites de streaming, voir un blocage directement ordonné aux Fournisseurs d’accès à Internet. Ainsi, l’internaute ne pourrait être sanctionné mais plutôt empêché de se rendre sur les sites non conformes. Mais comme le précise Éric Walter à Maxisciences, la Hadopi ne dispose pas des moyens légaux pour adopter une telle stratégie …Le 24 juin 2011 à 14:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Reliance AGM 2019 Mukesh Ambani announces rollout of Jio Giga Fibre on

first_imgRepresentational ImagetwitterReliance Jio will roll out commercial home broadband plans under Jio Giga Fiber from September 5, Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani said on Monday, speaking at RIL’s 42nd annual general meeting (AGM).There were great speculations about the offerings and product releases before the AGM. These came to a rest after the company declared its future plans at the general meeting. Some of the major announcements that came from Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance were the sale of 20 percent stake in oil and chemical business to Saudi Aramco, the commercial launch of the long-awaited Jio Giga Fibre and a partnership for new cloud data centres in the country. RIL Chairman and MD Mukesh AmbaniYoutube screenshot/RILAmbani clarified that Jio Giga Fibre will offer lifetime free voice calls from landline phones and high-speed broadband with additions like high definition TV and dish at a monthly rental of Rs 700 to Rs 10,000.Reliance gave the biggest shock to its customers with its announcement that the Giga Fibre will allow its users to stream new movies on the same day of release by mid-2020.  Mukesh Ambani (R), chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd, poses with his wife Nita (C) and son Akash AmbaniReutersAmbani said the company has already received over 15 million registrations from about 1,600 towns for its Jio Fiber broadband service across India. He also confirmed that Jio’s IoT services will be launched on January 1 next year, which will deliver around 20,000 crore revenue for the company.Reliance Industries also put forward its plan to provide POS services to create an ecosystem around small merchants. The company proposes to modernise the smallest kirana store to a digitized store. Ambani also announced that Reliance Jio will provide connectivity and automation tools to Indian businesses at a monthly rental of Rs 1,500.Mukesh Ambani also announced that Reliance Jio has entered into a long-term partnership with Microsoft to accelerate digital transformation with the help of new cloud data centres. The company also offered a plan to set up large-scale data centres across India with the help of Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.last_img read more

HydrogenWindNuclear Plant in Ontario Not Currently Worthwhile Study Shows

first_img Explore further Bruce Power – Canada’s first private nuclear generating company – is considering including a hydrogen storage and distribution component to go along with a large scale wind farm, all presently sharing the main electrical transmission line in Bruce County, Ontario. The province’s first commercial wind farm, Huron Wind, is located on the shore of Lake Huron. Its five wind turbines provide a maximum output power of 9 MW. Additional large scale wind farms are located close by, using the same transmission lines.Bruce Power’s nuclear power plant, located about 250 km northwest of Toronto, consists of six reactors. Together, the reactors generate a total output power of 4,830 MW, which supplies more than 20% of Ontario’s electricity.Using hydrogen as a storage and distribution method for the electricity generated by the wind farm and nuclear plant from the same region could have several potential benefits. When the cost of electricity is low, for example, the company could store part of its electricity production as hydrogen, and then sell it back to the electricity market when the price increases. Similarly, electricity could be stored as hydrogen when there is not enough line capacity to transfer it all at once. In periods of low winds, hydrogen storage could help make up for the variability and in periods of high winds and constrained transmission capacities, hydrogen could be used to store the electricity. In the future, the hydrogen itself could be sold to a hydrogen market, which could be more profitable than selling it back to the electricity market. However, costs of the initial investment, production, and operation won’t be matched by the profit solely from storing electricity as hydrogen, according to the study by Gregor Taljan and Gregor Verbič from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Claudio Cañizares and Michael Fowler from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. Even with an optimistic hydrogen production efficiency of 60% through electrolysis, the researchers’ evaluation shows that the electricity stored as hydrogen would need to be sold to the electricity market at a high price that rarely happens in order for the scheme to be profitable. As the researchers demonstrate, the selling price of electricity would need to be about four times the buying electricity price for the hydrogen system to profit from storing electricity. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A recent case study on using hydrogen to store the electricity generated by a mix of wind and nuclear power in Ontario, Canada, has shown that the hydrogen addition won’t be worth the cost, at least not at the current state of hydrogen technology development. Citation: Hydrogen-Wind-Nuclear Plant in Ontario Not Currently Worthwhile, Study Shows (2008, August 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Solar power system that works at night a renewable energy game-changer “This study is very important from the viewpoint of finding synergies between electrical energy and chemical energy stored in hydrogen,” Taljan told “The study shows that currently, hydrogen is not profitable solely for electricity storage. On the other hand, it might be economically acceptable to produce hydrogen from electricity at advantageous electricity/hydrogen prices. Furthermore, hydrogen is shown to be a highly favorable option when there are electricity transmission constraints in the area, limiting sales of electricity of a power producer.”As the researchers explain, hydrogen storage might be an economically feasible option for storing electricity in times of insufficient electricity transmission line capacities, which would otherwise be dumped. This could be especially true in cases where the upgrade of transmission systems is not an option due to various reasons (such as remote location, resistance of local population, etc.).The study also showed that a hydrogen sub-system for producing hydrogen could be profitable if there is sufficient hydrogen demand. For instance, transportation applications (such as cars, trains, and planes) could provide a market for buying hydrogen produced by a mixed wind-nuclear plant. “Hydrogen production might become profitable when the Hydrogen Economy becomes fully mature, i.e. when the demand, and correspondingly prices, for hydrogen increases (expected mainly from the transportation sector),” Taljan said. “This might happen when the prices of fossil fuels rise as a result of many different possible factors (e.g. shrinking reserves, higher demand, political instabilities, CO2 emissions trading schemes). In this scenario, hydrogen might become a real fossil fuel substitute option which will drive up the hydrogen demand and prices, making the hydrogen production a lucrative business. “In this context, it is also important that research into hydrogen production, storage, transmission, distribution and consumption components ‘wins the battle’ with the electron economy, where the energy carrier is considered to be electricity. Those two economies compete in many different areas, such as efficiencies, durability, and prices. Currently, hydrogen is advantageous in terms of higher energy density and durability but still lags in efficiencies.”The team’s investigation into the feasibility of hydrogen is further elaborated in two other recent studies. “Hydrogen storage for mixed wind–nuclear power plants in the context of a Hydrogen Economy,” which is published in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, deals with how the excess oxygen and heat utilizations would improve the economics of hydrogen systems primarily designed for storing of electricity. The second study, “Study of Mixed Wind-Nuclear-Hydrogen Power Plants,” which is going to be presented at this year’s North American Power Symposium in Calgary, demonstrates that hydrogen is not economically feasible for the sole purpose of storing electricity, in spite of residual heat and oxygen utilization, and based on current hydrogen production and utilization technologies.More information: Taljan, Gregor; Cañizares, Claudio; Fowler, Michael; and Verbič, Gregor. “The Feasibility of Hydrogen Storage for Mixed Wind-Nuclear Power Plants.” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Vol. 23, Issue 3, August 2008.Copyright 2008 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of read more

Students of 4 RKM Schools in top 10

first_imgKolkata: The students of four Ramakrishna Mission Schools have ranked within 10 of the merit list of the HS examination results of which were announced on Monday. Five students from Narendrapur Ramakrishna Mission have ranked between 5 and 9 in the merit list. Seventy students have scored more than 90 percent, 75 have got above 85 percent and 76 students have got above 75 percent. Four students of Ramakrishna Mission Boys’ Home High School, Rahara, have ranked between 5 and 9 in the merit list. Out of 129 students who appeared from this school, 57 got more than 90 percent marks. 100 students have got above 80 percent while another 107 scored more than 75 percent. Aritra Mondol, an orphan student, has scored 472/500 in Arts. Out of the 32 tribal students in Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Jhargram, 18 have got more than 75 percent marks. Two from Midnapore Ramakrishna Mission came 9 and 10 in the merit list while one from Malda claimed theighth position in the merit list.last_img read more

Myanmar pardons 93 including political prisoners

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix In February, Thein Sein appointed a 16-member committee to review the cases of inmates identified by opposition groups as prisoners of conscience. Some cases are complicated because they involve bombings or threats to state security or national stability. Rights groups say many other people were wrongfully convicted and given extreme sentences for actions that would not be considered crimes elsewhere.Ye Aung, a former prisoner and a member of the government committee, said at least 59 political prisoners were released Tuesday and that at least 300 others remain incarcerated, most of them members of ethnic minorities.Opposition leaders and rights groups have accused the government of using political prisoners as “bargaining chips” _ releasing some to prove progress, holding others to push the West to ease more sanctions.The last major prisoner release coincided with a visit to the country by President Barack Obama. Tuesday’s pardon came after the European Union dropped all political and economic sanctions against Myanmar to support the country’s “remarkable process” in democratic reforms, while warning that it must control recent ethnic violence. Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Parents, stop beating yourself up Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments   Share   YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s president pardoned 93 prisoners, including at least 59 political detainees, a day after the European Union lifted sanctions against the Southeast Asian nation.The pardon was announced on state television Tuesday amid renewed calls for President Thein Sein’s government to release hundreds more political prisoners still believed to be behind bars.Myanmar has routinely denied the existence of political prisoners, saying all people sentenced to jail have been convicted legitimately of breaking the nation’s laws. Nevertheless, hundreds of prominent political detainees have been freed since the former general took office two years ago after a long-ruling army junta was dissolved. Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day “Amnesties almost always coincide with international events. Today’s amnesty coincides with the lifting of EU sanctions,” said Ko Ko Gyi, who was released from jail last year and is one of the country’s most prominent former political prisoners.“The government should acknowledge the existence of political prisoners and release them all,” he said.One of those released Tuesday from Yangon’s notorious Insein prison, Zaw Moe, said he was among at least five political prisoners freed there. But he said he could not be content because “many of my friends remain” behind bars. “I’m worried about them.”Zaw Moe had been sentenced to an 18-year term in 2008 for alleged links to dissident groups fighting against the former military government.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

Cathay Pacific Air FranceKLM introduce airbags in economy

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Cathay Pacific and Air France have begun fitting seatbelt-mounted airbags in their economy class cabins. The airbags have been introduced in an effort to reduce fatalities in the result of a plane accident. Since last October, all aircraft built in the US must meet standards designed to keep passengers conscious through an impact involving deceleration at 16 times the force of gravity. The same rules will be introduced in Europe by the end of next year. While many seats have been made to comply with the so-called 16g rule without needing airbags, which are installed in about 2 per cent of seats, manufacturer AmSafe predicts they will become standard by 2020. “The problem with our economy seats is that they have rigid shells and a head impact is more difficult to handle,” Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Tony Tyler said in an interview in Berlin. “Therefore we need airbags.”About 80 percent of plane crashes are survivable, and a study of 25 impact-related accidents by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority for the US Federal Aviation Administration found that stronger seats and better restraints could have averted 62 fatalities. AmSafelast_img read more

Demand for AdjustableRate Loans Expected to Rise

first_img In the growing arena of adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs), hybrid products continue to attract the most interest, “”Freddie Mac””: revealed in its “”30th Annual ARM Survey””:[IMAGE]As fixed interest rates continue on their upward path, ARM initial-period rates remain near historic lows–a stat the GSE anticipates will factor into borrowing decisions in the year ahead.””Homebuyers have preferred fixed-rate mortgages the past few years because of the low interest rates and the certainty of the monthly principal and interest payment,”” said Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist for Freddie Mac. “”As longer-term interest rates rise, ARMs with their lower initial interest rates will become more appealing to loan applicants.[COLUMN_BREAK]””We are expecting ARMs to gradually gain back some favor with mortgage borrowers, with the ARM share rising to 12 percent of the home-purchase market in 2014,”” he added.ARMs accounted for about 10 percent of new home purchase loans in 2013, according to data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency.Over the last year, the company’s data shows initial-period rate changes on hybrid ARMs have been influenced largely by the length of their initial fixed-rate periods, with the longer periods seeing the biggest increases.According to Freddie Mac, the pattern “”largely reflects term structure movements in the rest of the capital markets and the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy,”” which has served to keep short-term interest rates low while allowing longer-term rates to lift.Among all ARM products, hybrid offerings continue to enjoy the most popularity from both lenders and borrowers. The 5/1 hybrid–which features a five-year fixed-rate initial period before the rate resets annually–was the most common over the last year, followed by the 3/1, 7/1, and 10/1.Less common, the GSE says, were ARMs in which the repricing frequency was fixed for the life of the loan–such as the 3/3 ARM, which adjusts once every three years. in Origination, Secondary Market Share January 28, 2014 462 Views center_img Demand for Adjustable-Rate Loans Expected to Rise Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers 2014-01-28 Tory Barringerlast_img read more