Test Footage from the KineMax 6K is Amazing

first_imgThis test footage shows the cinematic potential of the new KineMax 6K camera.About 7 months ago the China-based camera manufacturing company Kinefinity announced their plans to release an affordable 6K camera with specs that rival ARRI or RED cameras. However, we hadn’t seen any footage to back up their claims.That was until Kinefinity released this test footage showing the KineMax 6K in-action. From this initial test footage it’s safe a safe bet that KineMax is positioning themselves to be a real contender in the cinematography world.Check out the KineMax 6K test footage:Pretty amazing, right? If you’re interested in getting your hands on RAW footage from the KineMax 6K you can download clips from Kinefinity’s website. While you’re there, check out the updated specs to the KineMax 6K (which can now record in three different RAW formats). Users can also record in an anamorphic format directly to camera.However, the most impressive spec on the KineMax 6K is dynamic range which can reach up to 16 stops. That is more than the 13.5 stops on the ARRI Alexa and just under the 16.5 stops on the RED Dragon sensor.It’s hard to judge other factors like mobility, UI, and workflow speed without actually having the camera in-hand.Pricing and AvailabilityThe KineMax 6K is expected to be released very soon, but right now the camera is only available for pre-order. Camera packages range from $8,000 for a body-only up to $13,000 for a professional package.What do you think of the KineMax 6k camera? Share in the comments below!last_img read more

Goa CM Pramod Sawant stabbed allies in the back: Vijai Sardesai

first_imgGoa Forward Party (GFP) president Vijai Sardesai has accused Chief Minister Pramod Sawant of “back-stabbing” the allies, and questioned the rationale behind the “wholesale defection” of Congress MLAs when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led State government was stable.He also said there was a contrast in the working styles of late chief minister Manohar Parrikar and Mr. Sawant. Mr. Sardesai on Tuesday said the 10 Congress MLAs committed “political suicide” only to get three GFP legislators removed from the cabinet.After the Congress MLAs joined the BJP, Mr. Sawant dropped three members of then ally GFP, including Mr. Sardesai who was the deputy chief minister, and an independent legislator.last_img

LS-DEBT 2 LAST

first_imgWhen Jaitley moved the motion in the Rajya Sabha, When Jaitley moved the motion in the Rajya Sabha, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh raised the objection and sought to know why the Bill is being referred to the Joint Committee bypassing the Parliamentary Standing Committee. To this, Jaitley said, “This Bill is an offshoot of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, which the Joint Committee had examined. It was appropriate that the same committee examines this Bill also.” He also said that even the CAMPA Afforestation Fund, which was examined by the Parliamentary Standing panel, was later referred to the committee. The Bill proposes to amend provisions in Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002; the Indian Stamp Act, 1899 and the Depositories Act, 1996. “The Bill aims to improve ease of doing business and facilitate investment leading to higher economic growth and development,” the government said. With respect to the Securities and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002, amendments have been proposed to suit changing credit landscape and augment ease of doing business. These include specific timeline for taking possession of secured assets, debenture trustees as secured creditors as well as integration of “registration systems under different laws relating to property rights with the Central Registry so as to create a central database of security interest on property rights”. Further, the Bill seeks to “amend the Indian Stamp Act, 1899, so as to exempt assignment of loans in favour of asset reconstruction companies from stamp duty and the Depositories Act, 1996 for facilitating transfer of shares held in pledge or on conversion of debt into shares in favour of banks and financial institutions”. PTI LUX RAM SPG AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

Krunal Pandya trolls Hardik after matching brother’s feat on T20I debut

first_imgKrunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya are really close and one doesn’t need to meet them to know that. Just listening to them talking about each other and seeing their social media handles is enough.The brothers share a great chemistry and have been playing a key role in Mumbai Indians’ success over the last few years in the Indian Premier League but on Sunday, Krunal created a moment to cherish for the Pandya family as a Team India player.The senior Pandya made his India debut at the Eden Gardens in the first T20I against West Indies and with that, he and Hardik became only the second set of brothers after Irfan and Yusuf Pathan to play T20Is for India.Not only that, he matched a unique record set by his younger brother. Krunal bowled a wicket-maiden in his second over and that is exactly what Hardik did against Australia on his T20I debut in Adelaide back in 2016.India vs West Indies 1st T20I: Report | Highlights | PhotosNot only that, Krunal starred for India in the match as the hosts edged past West Indies to win the match by five wickets.The 27-year-old returned figures of 1/15 from his four overs and scored 21 off 9 balls in a tricky chase to guide India home in the first T20I.And when he was asked what his brother’s message was before the series, he joked: “We don’t talk much about cricket. We just pull each others legs. Before the tournament he told me ‘Go there and keep my name.’ He adviced me to play fearless cricket and that’s all he can do.”Also read – Krunal Pandya, Khaleel Ahmed make T20I debuts in KolkataadvertisementOne has to say that he certainly has done so and perhaps better than Hardik, who returned figures of 2/37 from three overs against Australia in India’s 37-run win. Krunal Pandya became the 78th player to represent India in T20I cricket (BCCI Photo)The thing that makes Krunal different is his hunger to thrive under pressure and on Sunday, he did exactly that. He bowled four tight overs and got the all-important wicket of Kieron Pollard and scored 21 important runs off 9 balls to guide India home.”I wait for pressure situations and I want tough situations so that I can be a hero. I love it. No butterflies at all. I told myself that I was waiting for this opportunity and I didn’t take pressure,” said Krunal when asked about feeling the pressure on his debut.He was also emotional when asked about how it felt to make his debut for India finally.”I have been waiting for my opportunities. I was preparing myself and my ultimate goal was to play for India. I was desperate, waiting for this opportunity to play for India. I just wanted to play one game game,” said the all-rounder from Baroda.Also read – Krunal Pandya wanted to bowl to Kieron Pollard and got him out: Rohit SharmaKrunal’s MI connection was at display at the Eden Gardens on Sunday as well. While he was playing under his captain Rohit Sharma, he was also up against his ‘brother’ Kieron Pollard. Kieron Pollard was Krunal Pandya’s sole wicket of the match (AP Photo)”I am going to tease him for sure. He was like a brother to me. Getting his wicket was special for me,” said Krunal.”That was my love for Pollard,” he added when asked about his flying kiss celebration.Also Read – Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer in comical run outThe southpaw also lavished praise upon Rohit, who is leading India in the three-match series in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli.”I have played lot of cricket under Rohit. The best part about playing under him is he allows you to express whether you are batting or bowling. He never gives you pressure. It was good to get my cap from him. I got my IPL cap from him as well,” said a proud Krunal.He also opened up on the bonding between himself and Hardik, who is currently out of the squad because of an injury.”The bonding between me and Hardik is exceptional. Whenever he does well I feel happy and when I do well, he feels happy. We are very nervous when each other is playing,” Krunal said.This is what we’ve dreamed of big bro @krunalpandya24 pic.twitter.com/aY6P1jfAwdhardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) November 4, 2018However, he ruled out any sense of competition between the brothers because according to him, Hardik and him have different skill sets.advertisement”I’ll give my 100 per cent but I don’t compete with each other. We have different set of skills. He is a fast-bowling all-rounder and I am a spin bowling all-rounder. I would love to play with him rather than competing with him,” Krunal said.Krunal also thanked his parents and wife for their help in shaping his career.”My parents are very proud and now they are living their life,” Krunal said.”She has been the lucky charm I can say and from the day I got married my luck has changed and I hope I continue to do well,” he added when asked about his wife Pankhuri, who tied the knot with Krunal on 2017.last_img read more

Chess: Nigel Short launches campaign to secure role as Fide president

first_img Chess: Guildford extend their record unbeaten run in 4NCL to 66 matches Share on Messenger news Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Chess Since you’re here… Share via Email Read more Chess: Mixed results for Gawain Jones, Luke McShane and Nigel Short Reuse this contentcenter_img Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Deep Sengupta v Srinath Narayanan1 d4 Nf6 2 Bg5 d5 3 e3 c6 4 Bd3 Bg4 5 Ne2 Nbd7 6 f3 Bh5 7 0-0 Bg6 8 c4 e6 9 cxd5 Bxd3 10 dxc6?? Bxe2 0-1 After 11 cxd7+ Nxd7! both 12 Qxe2 Qxg5 and 12 Bxd8 Bxd1 leave White a piece down. This is a new version of a trap which occurred in 1970 (twice) and 1989, catching out two GMs and an IM: 1 c4 e5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 Nf3 f5 4 d4 e4 5 Bg5 Nf6 6 d5?? exf3 7 dxc6 fxg2 8 cxd7+ Nxd7! 0-1Short’s win below in the Najdorf Sicilian is instructive. He follows a Garry Kasparov strategy where Black delays the routine Be7 and 0-0 so as to gain time for his queen’s side attack and the thematic Rxc3! exchange sacrifice. Black then wobbles a little with 16…Qc6 (Qc4!) but White errs in turn by 18 Nb5? and Short launches a crushing attack.Mehdi Hasan Parag v Nigel Short1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 a6 6 Be3 Nbd7 7 f3 e6 8 Qd2 b5 9 0-0-0 Bb7 10 g4 Nb6 11 Qf2 Nfd7 12 h4 Rc8 13 Kb1 Rxc3! 14 bxc3 Qc7 15 Bxb5?! axb5 16 Nxb5 Qc6?! 17 Na7 Qc7 18 Nb5? Qc4 19 Nxd6+ Bxd6 20 Rxd6 Na4 21 Rd4 Qb5+ 22 Kc1 Qb2+ 23 Kd1 Nxc3+ 24 Kd2 Ba6 25 Qh2 e5 26 Rd6 Nxe4+! 0-1. If 27 fxe4 Qb4+ wins the d6 rook with a continuing attack.3568 1 Ra4 Kb5 2 Rh4! Kxa4 3 Nc3 mate. Leonard Barden on chess Topics Nigel Short was simultaneously player and politician this week when he took third prize at Kolkata while in the early stages of his campaign to become president of Fide, the global chess body. The 52-year-old former world title candidate is the oldest player in the top 100.Four months further on, and Short will be the anti-establishment contender in what is likely to be a bitterly fought election. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Fide’s controversial president since 1995, has been sanctioned by the US Treasury after Washington accused him of “materially assisting” the Syrian government. UBS closed Fide’s bank account at the end of last month, and its officials have yet to find another bank. Support The Guardian Fide’s presidential board asked Ilyumzhinov to resign, but he refused to do so and will be challenged at the election by the deputy president and former Greek champion Georgios Makropoulos, who administers Fide’s Athens office. Makropoulos’s No 2 will be Malcolm Pein, the English Chess Federation’s international director.The voting by delegates from Fide’s 185 affiliated countries will be on 3 October during the world team Olympiad at Batumi, Georgia. Ilyumzhinov has won every election so far, including in 2010 and 2014 when he was opposed by the former world champions Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov.The former ruler of Kalmykia was endorsed by the influential Russian federation last month, but since then his campaign has unravelled when it was discovered that his nomination for Fide secretary, listed as Glen Stark of the US, had several false references in his CV and was allegedly actually named Igor Shinder.Short is widely popular among ordinary chess fans, but, given the very restricted electorate at Batumi, Makropoulos is the early favourite with four months to go before the vote.At Kolkata, Short was tied for the lead with two rounds to go, but then one of his Indian rivals received a gift point. Either 10 dxe6 or 10 Qd3 is fine. Srinath Narayanan, the winner, went on to take first prize on tie break with 7.5/9, with Short third half a point behind.last_img read more

Prasad Proud Of Team’s First Effort

first_imgSeven of Australia’s nine debutants took to the field in the first match against New Zealand, with the side proving too strong for the Kiwis, claiming a four touchdown win. Speaking to austouch.com.au following the game, Prasad said that to make the start that his side did and get that first win on the board was an ‘unreal feeling’. “The team was a bit nervous heading into it, it was unreal, it was good to get a good start,” Prasad said. “We’ve got nine debutants in the team, for them to go out like they did today was awesome.”Prasad knows what it’s like to be the debutant, having only made his first national team last year when he represented Australia in the Mixed Open division at the 2011 World Cup. To be now named co-captain with Kylie Hilder is something that is special to both players. “Lambo and I were both in the room when Mick announced it and getting it (the captaincy) off Ryan Pollock, that means a lot because he led us all through World Cup and getting it after he led us the way he did at World Cup was just unreal, I’m just so proud.”The new look team has had a short lead in time for the series, and despite so many new people in the team has bonded well. “We were a bit slow to begin with but Trent Touma is a bit of a clown, so he’s doing really well to get the team vibe together but we hang out in Lambo’s (Kylie Hilder’s) room most of the time and the team clown comes in.”The Australian Mixed Open team will aim to take out the division tomorrow afternoon when it meets New Zealand at the Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex at 4.00pm. There are plenty of ways to keep in touch with the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, which will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Thursday, 26 April to Saturday, 28 April 2012, including in the following ways: Websites: www.austouch.com.au www.transtasman.mytouchfooty.com Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #transtasman2012 in your tweets) YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

Nova Scotia Assessing Impact of Hurricane Earl

first_imgOfficials with the Emergency Management Office are continuing to assess the effects of Hurricane Earl. Earlier today, Sept. 4, RCMP confirmed one death related to the hurricane. “Like all Nova Scotians, I was extremely saddened to learn of this death,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Emergency Management. “On behalf of the province, my deepest condolences go out to the family of this individual.’ As the clean-up in the aftermath of Hurricane Earl continues, provincial officials advise Nova Scotians that public safety is still a priority. “While it may feel that the storm has passed, we ask people to continue to use caution,” said Ms. Jennex. “Stay off the roads as there may be debris and tree branches. Please do not go to the shore and please use extreme care when assessing the damage to your property.” The province continues to work with utilities, government departments and not-for-profit partners to provide a unified and well co-ordinated recovery effort. Environment Canada advises that by noon Hurricane Earl had been downgraded to a tropical storm and the storm has now moved passed Nova Scotia. Although the storm has been downgraded, gusty winds remain a possibility. No major infrastructure failures have been reported. Power lines, trees, branches and leaves are down in several parts of the province. RCMP continue to advise people to stay off roads unless travel is unavoidable. For information on current highway conditions, call 511 from any Nova Scotia-registered phone. Residents of HRM can report blocked roads by calling 902-490-4000. Any road blockages or fallen trees that involve downed power lines should be reported to Nova Scotia Power. Utility crews continue to address outages across the province. People can check on the status of outages and report outages by calling Nova Scotia Power at 1-877-428-6004. Emergency Management Office officials continue to work with Nova Scotia Power to better understand the nature and duration of power outages. Any nursing homes or large-scale long-term care facilities in the province without power should call the Nova Scotia Power Outage Line. The province has asked Nova Scotia Power to make these facilities a priority in their restoration efforts. “Nova Scotians are known for their kindness and for lending a helping hand, so take a moment now to check in with your neighbours,” said Ms. Jennex. “If there is a senior or another person in your community who may need some assistance, take a moment to visit them.” Sporadic phone outages are being reported, but there are currently no disruptions in cellular service. Residents without telephone service are encouraged to have a cell phone on hand. Anyone without access to a phone and needing urgent medical care are advised to go directly to the nearest paramedic base or local emergency room. -30-last_img read more

Province Invests in Students Success

first_img Mulgrave Memorial Education Centre, $1.3 million Glace Bay High School, $1.88 million Sydney Mines Memorial Composite High School, $5.52 million Donkin School, $1 million Hants North P-12 (new) Trenton P-8 (new) Bridgetown Regional High School (renovation to a P-12) Park View Education Centre (renovation) Wolfville School (renovation) Breton Education Centre (renovation) Cobequid Education Centre (renovation) Existing renovation and expansion projects will continue at 21 other schools. For the first time, the province required school boards to submit business plans with their list of priority projects. To help boards, the province has also set aside $500,000 to further study the following potential projects: The funds will assist school boards in hiring consultants to help in the preparation of comprehensive business cases. Government and school boards will work together on preparing the cases. As these projects move from study to implementation, further government approvals will be necessary. This is the third straight year the province will release the capital plan before the spring budget. This sends a clear signal of what the province intends to do in the year ahead, and gives the private sector greater opportunity to prepare for projects, creating efficiencies and cost savings for the province. Students across Nova Scotia will be learning in improved, upgraded schools as the province puts kids and learning first. The province will renovate and improve 26 schools across the province in 2013-14 as part of its Capital Plan. “We’re putting kids and learning first by providing our students with the best schools, classrooms and technology that we can,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex, who made the announcement today, Dec. 7, at École secondaire du Sommet in Halifax. “This significant investment will ensure our young people get a good education that leads to good jobs.” École du Sommet will undergo a $2-million expansion to meet the growing needs of the Acadian and French first-language community in Halifax. While enrolment is declining overall across the province, Conseil scolaire acadien provincial is the only school board experiencing growth. When École secondaire du Sommet opened in 2010 it had 320 students. Today, its enrolment is 415. “We are very happy at CSAP with the Department of Education’s support towards the expansion of École secondaire du Sommet,” said Kenneth Gaudet, CSAP president. “The space that will be added is very necessary in this school where the number of students continues to increase year after year. We will be better able to respond to the growing needs of this school.” Other new multi-year renovation projects will also begin at:last_img read more

Première rencontre du Conseil pour lamélioration des conditions en salle de classe

first_imgLe Conseil pour l’amélioration des conditions en salle de classe entamera trois jours de rencontres le mardi 21 mars, à Halifax. « Il s’agit d’une occasion de travailler en collaboration afin d’aborder les problèmes qui ont un impact sur l’environnement en classe, selon les enseignants, affirme Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. J’ai hâte de lire les recommandations du conseil pour l’amélioration de notre système d’éducation. » Le conseil disposera de 20 millions de dollars sur deux ans pour aborder les problèmes qui incluent : le rassemblement des données et la production de rapports l’appréciation du rendement et l’évaluation les dates des journées consacrées aux tâches administratives par rapport aux périodes de l’année scolaire consacrées à la préparation des bulletins scolaires la politique sur l’assiduité des élèves la technologie et les procédures de travail, dont PowerSchool et TIENET (Technology for Improving Education Network) le champ d’exercice pour les enseignants la planification de la réussite des élèves la complexité des salles de classe la taille des classes à tous les niveaux la politique sur la discipline des élèves Les 14 membres du conseil incluent neuf enseignants choisis par les directeurs généraux des conseils scolaires, ainsi qu’un élève, un parent et une conseillère en orientation choisis par le gouvernement. Le conseil est coprésidé par deux personnes, l’une nommée par le gouvernement et l’autre nommée par le Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Les recommandations initiales du conseil doivent être soumises au plus tard le 28 avril. Des renseignements supplémentaires sur le conseil, y compris sur les membres, se trouvent au www.ednet.ns.ca/fr/classroomcouncil.last_img read more

Are all Russia ties now sinister or are some just business

first_imgMOSCOW – A shipping company partly owned by President Donald Trump’s commerce secretary is one of the few in the world that can transport liquefied petroleum gas in cold and icy conditions. Russia is known for its brutal winters as well as its giant, state-controlled oil and gas producers.So, for years, Wilbur Ross’ company has been moving LPG for a Russian gas giant.But now, in what might seem almost an echo of the Red Scare that lasted in America for generations, this business relationship is seen as tainted, an ominous connection to a country that unleashed cyberwar against American democracy and the 2016 election that put Trump in the White House.Are all connections to Russia now suspect? Or are they sometimes merely an inconvenient consequence of doing business in a country where major corporations often are controlled by the Kremlin?The latest tie between Russia, Trump and his campaign and administration officials came to light Sunday with news that the U.S. commerce secretary is a part owner of Navigator Holdings, a shipping company that transports LPG produced by Sibur, a big Russian company with ties to the Kremlin.Some shipping business experts who follow the company are shrugging off the news.“Russia has a lot of commodities that need to go somewhere else,” said Benjamin J. Nolan, a financial analyst who covers Navigator for Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. He added, “Odds are, they are going to have long term contracts with Western shipping companies.”The Russian government is a powerful factor in almost every part of the country’s economy. Some of Russia’s biggest banks, such as Sberbank and VTB are state-controlled, with their management answering directly or indirectly to the Kremlin.Then there is Gazprom, a big gas supplier to Europe, and Rosneft, the oil producer. Both are majority state owned.The new Russian giant in the spotlight, Sibur, has its own special connections to the state, and President Vladimir Putin in particular. It is partially owned by a man said to be Putin’s son-in-law, and two of its biggest shareholders are oligarchs close to Putin. One of them is his old judo partner.The details of Ross’ stake in Navigator were found among 13.4 million leaked records on offshore entities used by the rich and powerful and famous. They are the biggest leak on the shadowy offshore financial system since the Panama Papers last year, and could shed more light on the byzantine ways companies and individuals hide their wealth or lower their taxes.Following news of the leak, Ross has said in interviews that his ties to Russia are being blown out proportion. He told Britain’s Sky network that his Navigator stake had been previously disclosed in financial documents filed with government ethics officials, and noted that Sibur is not under any U.S. sanction. For its part, Sibur has said that only a tiny percentage of shipping business goes to Navigator, less than 3 per cent of “logistics expenses.” It said that it is surprised by the “politically driven interpretation” in some media reports of its “ordinary business operations.”Trump himself also has faced scrutiny over his business ties to Russia. In prepared remarks to the Senate and House intelligence committees, Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, disclosed that the Trump Organization had been pursuing a business proposal in Russia during the presidential campaign. Cohen has said that the proposal for a Trump Tower Moscow never came to fruition and denied it had any impact on the campaign, saying it was “solely a real estate deal and nothing more.”No evidence has yet emerged that the business deals are being examined by special counsel Robert Mueller. The former FBI director is investigating the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 election and any possible co-ordination with Trump associates.As for Ross, the most obvious link to Putin is Kirill Shamalov, who is married to a woman who is said to be Putin’s youngest daughter. Shamalov once owned more than 20 per cent of Sibur, but has since cut that stake to 3.9 per cent, according to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the group that has been reviewing the new trove of documents.Another Kremlin link is the Putin’s old judo partner, Gennady Timchenko, the second largest shareholder of Sibur.Businessmen with Kremlin links are sometimes tapped to work on key projects with political symbolism, such as the bridge to Crimea or the Sochi Olympics. Timchenko’s construction company has a role building stadiums for next year’s soccer World Cup.Timchenko was sanctioned by the U.S. after Russia annexed the Crimea. The U.S. also barred banks from providing long-term financing to a gas company belonging to Sibur’s largest shareholder, Leonid Mikhelson.Ross has never met Sibur’s Shamalov, Timchenko and Mikhelson, according to a Commerce Department statement, and was not involved in his shipping company’s negotiations with Sibur.Kremlin connections can boost the fortunes of U.S. companies, but they can also backfire. Russian partners sometimes come under suspicion abroad that they are acting out of political, not purely commercial, motives.The state gas company Gazprom, in particular, has been accused of manipulating price talks over natural gas to put pressure on governments of other European countries, particularly Ukraine. That’s prompted many European countries to seek gas supplies from elsewhere.A deal between Rosneft and Exxon Mobil also has run into trouble. The Treasury Department fined Exxon Mobil $2 million in July over what it called “reckless disregard” for U.S. sanctions by signing deals with Rosneft’s sanctioned head Igor Sechin in May 2014. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the U.S. oil firm’s CEO at that time.Exxon has maintained it did nothing wrong and sued the U.S. government in an effort to stop the fine.As for Ross’ Navigator, some experts say it’s hardly surprising the company counts a Russian company among its customers.“Russia is the biggest producer of oil, and that needs to be sold in a global market place,” said Jonathan Chappell, a financial analyst at Evercore. “Navigator is perfectly positioned.”—-Condon reported from New York. Associated Press writer Chad Day contributed from Washington.last_img read more

Technical snag delays SriLankan airlines flight from Tiruchi

A SriLankan airlines aircraft with 153 passengers on board could not take off from the airport Tiruchi due to technical reasons, The Hindu newspaper reported.Flight UL-134 bound for Colombo left the bay after the passengers boarded the aircraft yesterday and came on to the runway for take off when some technical snag was noticed, sources said. After technical personnel attended to the snag, the waiting passengers were asked to board the flight which left over three hours behind scheduled time of departure from Tiruchi. (Colombo Gazette) So, the take off was aborted and the flight returned to the bay and the passengers were offloaded from the aircraft.

Decision to direct COPE report on bond issue to AG defended

The Prime Minister’s office has defended the decision taken to direct the COPE report on the bond issue to the Attorney General (AG).COPE Chairman Sunil Handunnetti had written to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today questioning the move. Handunnetti says the Prime Minister directing the COPE report on the bond issue to the Attorney General is similar to one taking over the Speaker’s responsibilities. The COPE Chairman also called for a debate on the COPE report on the bond issue when Parliament convenes in 2017. The Prime Minister’s office says Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had accepted the COPE report and asked the AG to study the report and recommend appropriate action.The Prime Minister’s office says seeking the advice of the AG is normal procedure. The Prime Minister’s office also said that Wickremesinghe had agreed to a debate on the report in Parliament. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Football Ohio State ranked No 6 in AP poll

The Buckeyes line up prior to taking the field for warmups before the Ohio State-Nebraska game on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State benefitted from four top-10 teams losing in Week 7, with the Buckeyes moving up three spots to No. 6 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 Poll following their 56-14 victory at Nebraska Saturday night.Ohio State’s next opponent, Penn State in Week 9, elevated to No. 2 in the country following its bye week. Wisconsin joined the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes in the top 10 as the Badgers were ranked No. 5 following a win against Purdue Saturday.Michigan and Michigan State are ranked 18th and 19th after securing victories at Indiana and Minnesota, respectively. Ohio State matches up with the Spartans on Nov. 11 and heads to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to take on the Wolverines in a season-ending game on Nov. 25.No. 2 Clemson, No. 5 Washington and No. 8 Washington State all lost to unranked opponents on the road last week and dropped to No. 6, 12 and 15, respectively.Alabama remained No. 1 in the country, receiving all first-place votes. Georgia moved from No. 4 to No. 3 due to Clemson’s loss. TCU is ranked fourth to round out the top five. Miami (Fl.), Oklahoma and Oklahoma State moved into the top 10.AP PollAlabama (61)Penn StateGeorgiaTCUWisconsin Ohio State Clemson Miami (Fl.)Oklahoma Oklahoma State USCWashington Notre Dame Virginia TechWashington State South FloridaNorth Carolina State Michigan State MichiganUCFAuburn StanfordWest VirginiaLSUMemphis read more

Nigel Farage rebuked for saying the EU is behaving like the Mafia

first_img“What you could have done is acknowledge that we have put net over 200 billion sterling into this project, we’re actually shareholders…and you should be making us an offer we can’t refuse – to go.”Mr Verhofstadt tells us that we cannot discuss trade deals with any other country in the world until we have left the EU.”That has no basis in treaty laws whatsoever.”He then said these “ransom” threats were evidence the EU was acting like the Mafia.Mr Farage also said Donald Tusk, the EU council president, was probably not at the debate because he is “still crying.”The former Ukip leader fumed: “You’re behaving like the Mafia! “Already you have made a series of demands that are not just unreasonable but in some cases impossible for Britain to comply with.”You began by telling us that Britain would have to pay a bill! A cool 52 billion sterling, a figure that has clearly been plucked out of the air, effectively a ransom demand. Nigel Farage calling the European Parliament the ‘Mafia’. Are you surprised we’re not as influential as Germany? pic.twitter.com/xC5X57S17c— Femi (@Femi_Sorry) April 5, 2017 Just caught @Nigel_Farage sticking it to the #EuropeanParliament a few home truths, spectacular 👍🏻😉 🇬🇧— Derek Parrott (@Boatbaron) April 5, 2017 The chair rebuked him for his comments, saying: “Sorry Mr Farage, listen we are trying to give you a chance to speak…if you are saying this parliament is behaving like the Mafia, as far as I can understand that’s unacceptable”.Mr Farage amended his comments and said the EU was behaving like a bunch of gangsters.He said: “If you wish to have no deal, if you want to force us to move from the table, we will.”We don’t have to buy German motorcars, we don’t have to drink French wine, and we don’t have to eat Belgian chocolate. We can get these things elsewhere.”You will hurt your people and your companies if you continue down this route.”If you continue down this route it won’t just be the UK that triggers Article 50, there will be many more to come.” “You think we are a hostage! We are free to go!” Nigel Farage was rebuked by the Chair in the European Parliament after comparing the EU to the Mafia in a passionate speech.The former leader of UKIP was speaking to the Parliament as it prepared to set out its “red lines” on negotiations for a Brexit deal in Strasbourg.Mr Farage angrily accused the European Union of punishing Britain for leaving with restrictions on trade deal negotiations and a large bill.He said: “The response to the triggering of Article 50 has been all too predictable. 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. #brexit @Antonio_Tajani tells off @Nigel_Farage who just said @Europarl_EN was behaving like “the mafia” pic.twitter.com/kjOk7kMKIu— Frédérique Ries (@Frederiqueries) April 5, 2017last_img read more

Acid baking looks to be an efficient option to process Eco Ridge

first_imgProcessing design improvements have resulted in sharply higher recoveries of critical rare earth oxides (REO), including neodymium, dysprosium and yttrium oxides, at Pele Mountain Resources’ Eco Ridge mine rare earths and uranium project in Elliot Lake, Ontario. The company says “the design improvements present opportunities to improve upon the robust PEA and will result in a significantly greater emphasis on REO production than was envisioned previously.” The company is rapidly advancing work to realise these opportunities and together with its technical team has reached the following decisions:The processing flowchart will be modified to optimise REO recovery and will include acid baking rather than the heap leach and bioleach methods proposed in the PEA. Acid baking is a well-established process for extracting REO from monazite, the primary REO-bearing mineral at Eco Ridge, and is expected to improve mineral recoveries by up to 10-fold for Light REO such as neodymium oxide and by up to more than double for heavy REO such as dysprosium and yttrium oxidesThe modified processing flow chart will also include crushing, grinding, and ore concentration using magnetic separation and flotation prior to acid-baking. Bench-scale testing has demonstrated that more than 90% of total REO can be concentrated into just 20% of the initial ore massThe mining width at Eco Ridge may increase modestly beyond the average 2.7 m used in the PEA, by including material from the Hanging Wall, in addition to the Main Conglomerate Bed (MCB). The additional mineralisation recently discovered in the Hanging Wall is expected to add considerable resources and will allow for scalability in production rates in the futureAn updated PEA, incorporating these modifications, is expected during Q1 2012Given the success in optimising the processing flow chart and the excellent recoveries established in the bench-scale tests to-date, Pele is preparing to conduct larger scale bench testing and pilot plant operations during the first half of 2012.Metallurgical testing at SGS Canada and the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) using acid baking, has demonstrated greatly improved REO recoveries over those projected in the PEA. Preliminary bench-scale test results show that the acid baking-leaching process is effective for treating Eco Ridge samples with recoveries ranging from over 80% to over 90% recovery of total REO. This compares to recoveries used in the PEA, which relied on heap leach and bioleach methods, and averaged 7% for Light REO, 34% for Heavy REO, and 70% for U3O8.SRC is also working to optimise the physical concentration of Eco Ridge ore to reduce the total mass requiring treatment in the acid baking process. Bench-scale crushing and grinding tests have resulted in 75% of the crushed ore reporting to the coarse fraction (particle size 45-300 micron) and the other 25% reporting to the fine fraction (particle size <45 micron). The coarse fraction is readily concentrated with magnetic separation, a simple and low-cost technique, with preliminary results demonstrating 97% REO recovery from just 18% of its initial mass. The fine fraction is also readily concentrated, through flotation, with preliminary results demonstrating 77% REO recovery from just 24% of its initial mass. Combined, these results indicate that the two methods can achieve at least 90% REO recovery from just 20% of the initial mass. The ability to physically concentrate the ore will reduce acid baking costs substantially.last_img read more

Polish Cup 2015 goes to Kielce

Polish Champions have won their 12th Cup after taking a 26:23 victory over Orlen Wisła Płock.The best Polish teams beat their rivals in the semi-finals on Saturday. Kielce were better than Górnik Zabrze (38:28), Wisła defeated Azoty Puławy 40:37 and, as expected, were to meet in the final.Both teams lacked a few of their players; Mariusz Jurkiewicz got injured on Saturday and couldn’t help Wisła while Kielce had to manage without Tkaczyk, Musa and Lijewski.Płock took the better start. Even though the result was tight, Wisła maintained a 1-/2- goal edge. Their defence looked solid and Rodrigo Corrales began his game by saving a couple of throws (including a triple save). In 11. minute Kielce lost another player due to Tobias Reichmann’s injury. It wasn’t the only problem of Vive as the referees were lavish with giving out suspensions. They played double short-handed already at the beginning, but what is more important, after 20 minutes Jurecki and Grabarczyk were sent off already twice. Wisła players were being suspended too. Neither the players, nor the benches liked referees’ decisions, but they were especially frustrating for Manolo Cadenas who received a yellow card and was being calmed down by a delegate. 2 minutes before the halftime, Kielce lost another player – Michał Jurecki got his 3rd suspension and a red card in result but for the time being it wasn’t a great problem because they played in triple powerplay as Ghionea, Zelenović and Syprzak got sent off in the space of over a minute. Vive took advantage of it and they left the court leading 11:9.The second half seemed to have began well for Kielce with Bielecki’s goal but in the first minute they lost another player – Grabarczyk followed Jurecki’s footsteps and received his 3rd suspension. Wisła stormed ahead and scored 5 times in a row and taking a 2-goal lead. Kielce started making errors, Corrales was still playing amazingly and Wisła seemed to get on the very good track. In 42. they were 3 goals ahead, and instead keeping up the momentum, Kielce started coming from behind. With 10 minutes to go they got back on the lead (20:19). Now Wisła started making errors which allowed Kielce to lead 25:21 in 58. minute. Płock had a chance to prolong their hopes for an extra time but Daszek wasted a fastbreak and Štrlek sealed the deal by scoring for 26:23.The best goalkeeper of the tournament – Rodrigo CorralesThe best scorer – Karol BieleckiMVP – Kamil SyprzakTEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA ← Previous Story Veszprém beat Szeged for Hungarian Cup Next Story → PSG Handball win French Cup 2015 read more

Three years in jail for man who destroyed homeless accommodation in arson

first_img A MAN HAS been jailed for three years for his role in an arson attack at an apartment complex which was used to accommodate homeless people.Gary Fitzgerald (19) was living with his cousin Graham Fitzgerald (21) next door to the apartment which went on fire in March 2015.Gardaí have been unable to establish what caused the fire in the bedroom of the unoccupied apartment in a complex that was run by Focus Ireland for homeless people.Gary Fitzgerald of Stocking Well Wood, Stocking Well, Ballycullen, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to arson at Green Hills Court Apartments, Tallaght on 26 March 2015. He has seven previous convictions including road traffic and assault.His cousin Graham Fitzgerald also pleaded guilty to arson at his neighbour’s home in Green Hills Court Apartments on the same occasion and attempted robbery at Milano’s, Abberley Square North, Tallaght on 14 February 2016. Graham Fitzgerald has four previous convictions including criminal damage and public order.The court heard that gardaí managed to evacuate the building and no resident was in immediate danger. Damage amounting to €45,000 was done to the apartment, mainly due to electric work and replacement furniture.‘Extreme youth’Judge Melanie Greally had adjourned the case until today after hearing the evidence last year to allow a probation report be prepared on Gary. She adjourned Graham’s case for a further two weeks until 9 February to see if a bed in a drug rehabilitation centre would be available.Judge Greally said she had adjourned the case on the last occasion to give Gary a chance due to his “extreme youth” but noted he had continued to abuse drugs. She said she was giving him credit for his early plea and noted he had taken intoxicants prior to the offence.She imposed a three year sentence and suspended the final six months. She ordered one year post release supervision.Detective Garda Kieran McGrath told John Fitzgerald BL, prosecuting that gardaí were alerted to intruders at the Green Hill Court Apartments, on the Green Hills Road in Tallaght at 3am on 26 March 2015.ArrestsIt was established that Gary and Graham Fitzgerald were living in the apartment that was next door to the one that had been on fire. The balconies were beside each other and they were identified as the intruders.Both men were arrested. Graham later said in interview that he had a row with the resident in the apartment next door during which his own cheek was bitten. He denied climbing onto the balcony or starting the fire. Gary made no admissions during interview.Det Gda McGrath agreed with Garnet Orange SC, defending Graham that there was no evidence to indicate how the fire had started but photographs suggested that the mattress in the bedroom had been set on fire.Damien Colgan SC, defending Gary Fitzgerald, said he had been living with his cousin at the time. He had taken tablets that night and was not fit to be interviewed by gardaí initially.Read: RTÉ to sell off part of its Donnybrook HQ in the coming months >Read: Babestation changes phone number after Westport residents plagued with calls > By Sonya McLean and Fiona Ferguson Thursday 26 Jan 2017, 6:17 PM Image: Google Maps Share Tweet Email 9 Comments 12,191 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Three years in jail for man who destroyed homeless accommodation in arson attack Gary Fitzgerald and his cousin Graham Fitzgerald both pleaded guilty to arson. The apartment complex on the Greenhills Road in Tallaght which went on fire. Image: Google Maps The apartment complex on the Greenhills Road in Tallaght which went on fire. Jan 26th 2017, 6:17 PM Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3207232 last_img read more

Immigrants being vilified in same way as Irish in US after Famine

first_imgImmigrants being vilified in same way as Irish in US after Famine – Obama The former President said the US immigration system had always been “a little bit haphazard”. By Daragh Brophy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The truth is the history of our immigration system has always been a little bit haphazard a little bit loose, a little bit determined by … did the country want more workers? Economic imperatives.Sometimes it was driven by biases, he told the crowd.If you look at what was said about Irish when they were coming here in the wake of the potato famine. They talked about them the same way that you hear people talking about immigrants today.It was important for everybody to be able to see immigrants as people “not as some other,” the former President said.Related: ‘So, uh, what’s been going on since I’ve been gone?’: Obama returns to public spotlight >  100 Comments He told the crowd that people who were advocates on behalf of immigrants also had to have some respect for people who “you may be able to win over if you can argue that we’re going to create an immigration system that is fair but still allows people to come here and achieve some sort of opportunity”.Said Obama:It’s important for those who support, like I do, immigration reform and pathways to citizenship for folks who are here not to assume that anybody who has problems with the immigration system is automatically racist.Until yesterday, Trump’s predecessor had not given a public speech or an interview since leaving the White House on 20 January.He has tweeted a few times and issued a few statements through a spokesman, notably to defend his signature domestic policy achievement, health care reform – which Trump’s Republicans are now hoping to dismantle.Obama also spoke up when his successor accused him of personally ordering the wiretapping of Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign. Source: TNS/ABACABut for now, he has abstained from any detailed commentary on the Trump presidency.That silence comes in the face of accusations by Trump on everything from Syria, with the Republican all but accusing Obama of bearing responsibility for chemical weapons attacks by the Damascus regime, to gang violence in America.With reporting from © AFP 2017Read: Where did all the fuss about a US president’s first 100 days come from?Read: Trump desperately wants the money to build his wall – and he’s pleading with Democrats to get it Image: Charles Rex Arbogast https://jrnl.ie/3356886 Apr 25th 2017, 9:12 AM 23,319 Views IMMIGRANTS IN THE US are experiencing treatment similar to that endured by the Irish in America in the wake of the Famine, Barack Obama has said.The former US President, making a return to the public spotlight, said that America’s immigration system had always been “a little bit haphazard”.After three months off, Obama broke his silence in his adopted hometown of Chicago, speaking to high school and college students about the need for greater civic engagement.He said he was “incredibly optimistic” about the future, and that problems facing America could be solved.He abstained from any substantive commentary on how Donald Trump is doing, in keeping with presidential protocol which dictates that past residents of the White House do not step on the toes of the current occupant.“I always used to say in crowds where folks didn’t want to hear it, it’s not like everyone in Ellis Island had all their papers straight,” Obama said, as he addressed immigration in a Q&A session. Share643 Tweet Email1 Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 9:12 AM Short URL Image: Charles Rex Arbogastlast_img read more

Obésité infantile Comment éviter le surpoids

first_imgObésité infantile : Comment éviter le surpoids ?Grâce à une équation rentrée dans un simple fichier Excel, il est désormais possible de détecter dès la naissance les risques d’obésité future que présentent les bébés.En Europe, l’obésité infantile concerne entre 10 et 25% des enfants (3,1% des enfants de 5 ans en France) et est aujourd’hui devenue un véritable problème de santé publique. L’obésité de l’enfant débute généralement avant 5 ans et est difficilement curable une fois qu’elle est installée. Il est donc essentiel de mettre en place une stratégie préventive pour lutter contre ce fléau. Celle-ci doit par ailleurs être la plus précoce possible. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Pour cela, il faut éduquer les parents des nourrissons et prévenir les suralimentations et les erreurs nutritionnelles pour obtenir des résultats concluants. C’est dans cet objectif que l’équipe internationale coordonnée par le Professeur Philippe Froguel du laboratoire Génomique et maladies métaboliques (CNRS/Université Lille 2/Institut Pasteur de Lille) a mis au point un calculateur permettant de détecter dès la naissance les bébés présentant un risque élevé d’obésité. Ce calculateur tient ainsi compte de plusieurs facteurs parmi lesquels : l’indice de masse corporelle (IMC) des deux parents avant la grossesse, la prise de poids de la maman pendant la grossesse, le poids du bébé à la naissance, la profession de la maman, le tabagisme pendant la grossesse ou encore le nombre d’enfants dans la famille. A partir de ces facteurs, les scientifiques ont réussi à établir une équation grâce à plusieurs études menées sur 4.000 enfants finlandais, 1.500 italiens et 1.000 Américains. Cette équation permet à un simple fichier Excel de fournir automatiquement une valeur de risque d’obésité ultérieure des nouveaux nés. L’équipe lilloise à l’origine de ce calculateur souhaite ainsi concentrer les efforts des professionnels de santé (médecins PMI, pédiatres, diététiciens, psychologues…) sur les enfants présentant les risques les plus élevés, à savoir ceux issus de familles peu touchées par les campagnes d’informations (qui ont des effets favorables seulement dans les milieux favorisés comme l’ont montré des études).Le 30 novembre 2012 à 20:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

12/6 WWE Smackdown Live Ratings: Overall viewers see a slight drop this week following…

first_img Pinterest Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Jon Moxley: AEW Was Bigger Than WWE Title WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Football Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Shawn Michaels WhatsApp Twitter Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Google+center_img WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership stays over 2 million, WWE stays No. 1 on Tuesday Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter Last night’s 12/6 WWE Smackdown Live drew 2.48 million viewers on Tuesday night on the USA Network according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is down from last week’s week that drew 2.58 million viewers. Smackdown Live came in at No. 2 for the night on cable in the 18-49 demographic.WWE Smackdown Live Ratings and DemographicsSmackdown Live, headlined by The Miz vs. Dean Ambrose for the WWE Intercontinental Championship, averaged a 0.78 rating among adults 18-49, down from a 0.79 last week.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Ronda Rousey FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 Videos Articles Seth Rollinslast_img read more