Willow FiddlerAPTN NewsSome local educators and business owners in Thunder Bay want to make the city a more welcoming place for Indigenous students.So they came up with “wake the giant,” a new project aimed to do just that.Thunder bay is known for its landmark sleeping giant or Nanabizhoo in Anishinabemowin.It’s also known for racism against Indigenous people.But there’s a community of local educators and businesses hoping to change that.“The rest of Canada, all of Canada, thinks of Thunder Bay in that way,” says Greg Chomut, a teacher at Dennis Franklin Cromarty high school in Thunder Bay. “For our students their parents are scared to send their kids here, for our students they’re scared to come here to begin with.”Chomut has been a teacher here for 11 years.He says First Nation students often experience racism in stores and businesses.“An example would be that students have told me is being followed around, being suspected of shoplifting,” he says.Chomut says those experiences, along with the negative media spotlight on the city in recent years has taken its toll.And he wants to help give a voice to those who are ready for change.“What the stickers represent is that any business, public space that has that is a safe place and an inviting place for Indigenous people,” he says.“So that they know they are welcome there.”More than 100 businesses have already signed up to participate in Wake the Giant program.“We’re born and raised in Thunder Bay and we just feel it’s time for change and everyone should be welcomed in our community,” says Hailey Hollinsworth of Ungali Clothing.The Ungali Clothing company is making the Wake the Giant tshirts and donating the sales to the initiative.Grade 12 student Shawnda Mamakwa from Kingfisher Lake First Nation says it’s important to have the community come together.“They’ll keep their parents, their parents that are in the community at ease as there’s a lot of things happening here in Thunder Bay like racism and discrimination and such and I think this will put their families at ease that there’s a lot of like a support system,” she says.Organizers say their goal is to have 150 businesses participate.“When they’re walking down the street, if they see these logos lining the street in every store they know that everybody there, everybody in those buildings is wanting them here in the city, they’re welcome and it’s about feeling that,” says Chomut.email@example.com@willowblasizzo
Rabat – Amid calls to preserve the Islamic identity of the country, local authorities have decided to cancel Morocco’s first Festival for Alcoholic Beverages, scheduled to take place from October 8 to November 8, in Casablanca.Last week, the Moroccan company “Brasseries du Maroc”, which has been malting and brewing alcoholic beverages by the French enterprise “Brasseries et Glacières Internationales” (BGI Group) since its foundation in 1919, announced the organization of a beer festival in Casablanca.Meanwhile, a press release issued this Monday by the Wilaya of Casablanca said it had contacted “Brasseries du Maroc”and banned the event. The Wilaya also ordered the company to stop the festival’s advertising campaign immediately and remove all posters promoting the event due to non-compliance with regulations and legal procedures.This decision follows requests from groups to ban the festival in order to preserve the Islamic identity of Morocco. The Attawhid wa lIslah movement (Uniqueness and Reform), which is a branch of the Islamist Justice and Development Party that heads the government, has openly opposed the festival.In a press release issued on Sunday, the movement labeled the festival as a “bold step that is incompatible with the country’s Islamic identity and values.”The release stressed that the festival is provocative to Moroccans and pointed out that local authorities, which granted the authorization for the event must be “held responsible.”Islam takes an uncompromising stand in prohibiting intoxicants. It forbids Muslims from drinking or even selling alcohol.The general rule in Islam is that any beverage that makes people intoxicated when consumed is deemed forbidden , both in small and large quantities, whether it is alcohol, drugs, fermented raisin drink, etc.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
10 September 2007More than 7,000 cases of acute diarrhoea have so far been reported in the cholera epidemic in northern Iraq, putting over 2.8 million people at risk from exposure to the infectious and sometimes fatal disease, according to the United Nations health agency. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) is taking emergency measures to help the Kurdistan authorities in Sulemaniya, Kirkuk and Erbil provinces contain the epidemic. Ten people are so far reported to have died.“We still need different materials to control this pandemic such as drugs and medical supplies, diagnostic and enteric disease bacteriology kits, water testing kits, awareness and communications tools and equipment,” WHO Technical officer Omer Mekki said. “We are doing our best effort to lead the UN emergency aid in north Iraq.”All evidence suggests that transmission is still circulating. It is unclear what caused the outbreak, but initial investigation show some evidence that, in Sulemaniya, polluted water that residents were forced to rely on due to a shortage of drinking water may have been to blame. In Kirkuk, cracked water pipes allowed contamination by sewage, and because of the close geographic proximity the outbreak spread to Erbil, Dr. Mekki said.WHO is providing technical assistance to the health authorities for risk assessment, strengthening surveillance system and improving coordination through a multi-sectoral operations room in health, water and environment in the provincial ministry of health.The agency has also helped in standardizing case management, mobilizing medical and other essential supplies as well as in organizing social mobilization and health education campaigns where more than 10,000 posters distributed. The continuous movement of people and cargo, bad sanitary conditions and high temperatures may increase the possibility of spreading the disease rapidly to other areas such as Baghdad and the central provinces, Dr. Al- Gasseer warned. The WHO-Iraq office has ordered 10 emergency diarrhoea disease kits to pre-position adequate quantities of essential drugs as well as other medical and laboratory supplies in all hospitals and health centres. In addition, two truck loads of intravenous fluids and antibiotics are to be sent Erbil.Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. It causes watery diarrhoea that can quickly lead to severe dehydration and death if treatment is not promptly given. About 80 to 90 per cent of cases are mild or moderate and are difficult to distinguish clinically from other types of acute diarrhoea. Less than 20 per cent of ill people develop typical cholera with signs of moderate or severe dehydration.
Damage is estimated at $1 million in a house fire on Kintyre Court in Caledonia on Wednesday afternoon. (David Ritchie/Contributed photo) David Ritchie / Contributed photo Fire destroyed two houses in Caledonia on successive days this week.On Tuesday at 8:12 p.m., Haldimand OPP, firefighters and paramedics responded to Kinross Street for a house fire, which was extinguished using aerial trucks.Damage is estimated at $800,000.A 54-year-old man was transported to hospital for possible smoke inhalation. Firefighters rescued a dog and a cat from the structure.The fire is believed to have been started in the attached garage due to a motorcycle with mechanical issues. Two neighbouring homes also were damaged.On Wednesday, Haldimand OPP were called to a fire that destroyed a home on Kintyre Court.A woman and two children were able to safely get out of the home.Haldimand firefighters say they believe the fire started in the attached garage.A neighbouring home also was damaged.Damage is estimated at $1 million.
In Kuwait City, Secretary-General Ban meets with the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. UN Photo/E. Debebe On a Middle East tour aimed at helping to bring about a ceasefire between Israelis and Palestinians, Secretary-General Ban meets with Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. UN Photo/E. Debebe “Palestinians and Israelis deserve freedom – freedom from siege, rockets, missiles, artillery and airstrikes. They deserve a future of hope, peace and justice,” Mr. Ban said during a press encounter with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shokry Selim.Mr. Ban is on the third leg of a regional visit aimed at expressing solidarity with Israelis and Palestinians and to help them end the violence. The trip, which began on Sunday, has already taken the United Nations chief to Qatar and Kuwait and will also include stops in Jerusalem, Ramallah and Amman as part of efforts to encourage a durable ceasefire.“This is a time of profound challenge in the region,” said the Secretary-General. “Yet again, too many civilians, including so many children, are paying the price for the latest escalation. The images we see sear the soul.”The violence has already claimed the lives of several hundred Palestinians and around 25 Israelis. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) announced that the number of people seeking refuge with the Agency, which has opened nearly 70 shelters, has now exceeded 100,000. “This is a watershed moment for UNRWA, now that the number of people seeking refuge with us is more than double the figure we saw in the 2009 Gaza conflict. We are seeing a huge wave of accelerated displacement because of the Israeli ground offensive,” said UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness. The Secretary-General stressed today that the violence must stop, and it must stop now. “All sides must provide the necessary space to aid the victims, assist the wounded, and extend the relief to trapped civilians. These immediate steps should open the door to a more permanent ceasefire,” he stated.Also, it is not enough to simply return to where things stood before the latest round of bloodshed. “Going back to the status quo ante won’t solve the problem, it will only defer it for another day. It will not stop the bloodshed, it will make it even worse the next time the cycle rolls over the people of Gaza and plagues the people of Israel,” said Mr. Ban.“Gaza is an open wound and Band-Aids won’t help,” he added. “There must be a plan after the aftermath that allows Gaza to breathe and heal.” In addition to the Foreign Minister, Mr. Ban met in Cairo with the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, as well as with United States Secretary of State John Kerry. Tomorrow morning, before leaving Egypt, the Secretary-General is expected to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. On the first leg of his Middle East visit to express solidarity with Israelis and Palestinians and help bring about a ceasefire, Secretary-General Ban meets in Doha with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. UN Photo/E. Debebe ‹› Speaking before his meeting with Mr. Kerry, the Secretary-General said he hoped their joint efforts will make a great contribution to ongoing mediation efforts by the parties in the region to end the violence.“Our joint efforts are rooted in three mutually reinforcing efforts,” said Mr. Ban. These are finding a way to stop the violence; urging the parties to return to dialogue; and addressing the root causes of the crisis. During his stop in Kuwait earlier today, Mr. Ban held discussions with the Amir, Sheikh Sabah al-Hamad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and thanked him for his leadership role in the Arab League. He also stressed that a ceasefire was not enough and that the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict had to be addressed. Mr. Ban added that efforts should be made to strengthen the Palestinian government of national unity, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, by encouraging an internal Palestinian dialogue. The Amir updated the Secretary-General on his recent meeting with Hamas leader Khaled Mashal, who had been in Kuwait the previous day. The two also discussed the political and humanitarian situation in Iraq, with the Secretary-General thanking the Amir for Kuwait’s $10 million donation towards the UN’s humanitarian work in Iraq.While in Kuwait, the Secretary-General also met the Foreign Minister, Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. In addition to discussing the situation in Gaza and Iraq, they also reviewed the current crisis in Libya.
DENVER — J.T. Compher and Mikko Rantanen scored 45 seconds apart late in the third period, and the Colorado Avalanche rallied to beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Saturday night.Rantanen also had an assist, and Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche. Colorado has won four in a row and is 6-0-1 in its last seven games.Rantanen leads the NHL in points (38) and assists (28), while MacKinnon is second in points with 35.Radek Faska and Jamie Benn had goals, Alexander Radulov had two assists and Anton Khudobin stopped 33 shots for the Stars. Dallas has lost three of its last four and couldn’t get a win in coach Jim Montgomery’s return to Denver. Montgomery coached Denver University for five seasons and led the Pioneers to the 2017 national championship.The Stars trailed 1-0 when Faska and Benn scored in a span of 3:31 to give Dallas a 2-1 lead with 4:57 left. The Avalanche tied it on Compher’s goal at 17:18.Colorado got the tiebreaker when Rantanen knocked in Erik Johnson’s rebound at 18:03 of the third period for his 10th goal. Semyon Varlamov stopped a furious rally in the crease in the final seconds and finished with 27 saves.The Avalanche scored after Dallas killed off the first of two Colorado power plays in the second period. Gabe Landeskog controlled the puck down low and floated a pass to Rantanen at the bottom of the right circle. Rantanen sent a pass to the other side of the crease to MacKinnon, who beat Khudobin on the short side at 13:11.It was his 15th of the season.NOTES: Compher has three goals in the last two games after missing 16 games with a head injury. … The Avalanche hosted two survivors of the bus crash in April that killed 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Defenceman Ryan Straschnitzki and goaltender Jacob Wasserman were honoured before the game and participated in the ceremonial puck drop. … Colorado forward Sven Andrighetto was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. He played in three games after missing six with an injury.UP NEXT:Dallas: Continues its four-game road trip at Edmonton on Tuesday night.Colorado: Travels to Nashville on Tuesday night.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/tag/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsMichael Kelly, The Associated Press
BOSTON — Frans Nielsen scored his first goal of the season to break a tie with 8:07 left in the third period and Jimmy Howard made 37 saves, lifting the surging Detroit Red Wings past the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Saturday night.Tyler Bertuzzi and Dylan Larkin had second-period goals, and Gustav Nyquist added an empty-netter for the Red Wings, who improved 11-4-1 in their last 16 games after opening the season with just one win (1-7-2) in their first 10.David Backes and Ryan Donato had Boston’s goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 22 shots. The Bruins lost for just the third time in 12 home games this season.Nielsen, positioned in the slot, tipped Danny Dekeyser’s shot from the left point for his first goal since March 27th.Howard and Rask nearly squared off during a second-period scrum, but were stopped by the referees.Trailing 2-1 with the Bruins on a power play, Donato took a perfect cross-ice feed from David Pastrnak and beat Howard with a wrister inside the left post.Recalled from the minors before Thursday’s win over the New York Islanders after being sent down on Nov. 1, Donato scored the lone goal in the shootout.The Red Wings tied it 1-1 early in the second period when Bertuzzi tipped a shot over Rask.They took a 2-1 edge with 2:24 left in the period on Larkin’s power-play goal. Seconds after Anthony Mantha fired a shot squarely off the right post, Larkin scored off a rebound out of a scramble with Rask down in front of the crease.The Bruins had jumped ahead 1-0 on a gift goal late in the closing seconds of the opening period when Backes backhanded the puck toward the goal from along the boards and it hit Detroit defenceman Dennis Cholowski’s stick before bouncing over Howard into the net.Play became chippy late in the second period and escalated to both goaltenders leaving the crease and trying to square off during the scrum in front of the benches.It started when Boston’s Brad Marchand and Bertuzzi were jawing behind play and became heated when Marchand slashed at Howard’s blocker as the goalie was skating off for a delayed penalty. At that point, Howard tried to get at Marchand and Rask attempted skate at Howard. Both threw off their gloves and blockers, but one referee each grabbed a goalie as the rest on the ice paired off without any punches thrown.NOTES: Bruins D Charlie McAvoy gave an update during the first intermission on his concussion that’s sidelined him since mid-October. “I’m progressing well,” he said. He started skating with the team again in November, but didn’t give any idea when he’d be back, only saying “it’s still a day at a time.” … Boston D Brandon Carlo was back in the lineup after missing nine games with an undisclosed upper-body injury. . Detroit D Trevor Daley was sidelined with a lower-body injury he sustained in the last game. … Boston C David Krejci got up slowly and skated to the bench after a hard hit, but he returned for his next shift.UP NEXTRed Wings: Host Colorado on Sunday.Bruins: At Florida on Tuesday, their first of two straight road games in the Sunshine state.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsKen Powtak, The Associated Press
A murder investigation has been launched after a 22-year-old man died and two others were injured after reports of multiple stabbings on Halloween night.The men, all aged in their 20s, were found on Gloucester Road in Croydon, south London, shortly after 8pm.Two men, aged 27 and 21, were transferred to hospital in a serious condition while another died at the scene. Chief Superintendent Andy Tarrant, responsible for policing in Croydon, said: “Whilst colleagues from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating last night’s fatal stabbing, my officers will be carrying out patrols across the borough to provide reassurance to the community.”I would personally like to reassure people that attacks of this nature are rare and we are doing everything we can to catch those responsible.”Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8721 4054 or via 101. To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org. Officers in Croydon tweeted earlier on Monday evening: “Units responding to reports of multiple stabbings on Gloucester Road. Expect road closures and delays in the area.”They added later: “A murder investigation has been started at Gloucester Road after this incident.”A Scotland Yard spokesman said no arrests had been made in connection with the attack. A murder investigation has been started at Gloucester Road after this incident #Croydoncops https://t.co/aT2eXBuUty— Croydon MPS (@MPSCroydon) October 31, 2016 Units responding to reports of multiple stabbings on Gloucester Road. Expect road closures and delays in the area #Croydoncops pic.twitter.com/1v0rgwcnVQ— Croydon MPS (@MPSCroydon) October 31, 2016 Police said a fourth man, 22, presented himself to a south London hospital with stab injuries.The dead man has not been formally identified and next of kin were being informed, the Met said. A post-mortem examination is due to be held today. 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.
The latest issue of International Mining Project News, out today, has reports on 20 prefeasibility studies, 16 feasibility studies, 27 projects in development, three new mines that have gone into production, nine existing mines that are expanding, four merger and acquisition announcements, and many new appointments to new positions. The report covers 31 gold projects, 11 iron ore and copper projects, 10 silver projects, seven covering coal, six each on zinc and lead, three rare earth and uranium projects, two heavy mineral sands, vanadium, titanium graphite, potash, and nickel, and one project each covering tin, boron, rhenium, molybdenum, diamonds, lithium and platinum. This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads.Rathdowney Resources announced recently that preliminary metallurgical testing of mineralisation from its project Olza has been completed and has confirmed the initial “excellent metallurgical results” reported in the company’s March 12, 2013 news release. Rathdowney’s Olza zinc-lead-silver project is located 70 km northwest of Krakow in southern Poland. Results were confirmed on the bulk composite test which included a projected zinc recovery of 92% to a 58% zinc concentrate, a zinc concentrate assay of 179 g/t Ag, representing 83% recovery of silver; and a projected lead recovery of 90% or better to a lead concentrate assaying 70% Pb.Ferrowest has completed its current payment obligations under the Sale and Purchase Agreement with Ngalia Resources to acquire up to 60% of the Yalyirimbi iron ore project in the Northern Territory, Australia. An inferred resource estimate of 14.1 Mt of haematite at 27.1%Fe classified and reported in accordance with the JORC Code is already established. Planning is now underway for Ferrowest to complete a diamond drilling program in the September quarter that is expected to lift the resource estimate category to the required level. Additional RC drill planning is also underway for a follow up program in the fourth quarter, which is aimed at further increasing the resource base. Building on the Scoping Study previously completed by Ngalia, Ferrowest has commenced reviewing project design parameters, project costing and economics with a view to optimising the project’s design and cost estimates.Azumah Resources advises that the feasibility study update for the Wa gold project in northwest Ghana is well on-track to deliver a material increase in mineral reserves on the back of a substantial expansion of the Julie deposit. This will support the company’s objective of establishing a de-risked, development-ready, higher production, higher grade and lower cost project. The company also announces that the Ghana Minerals Commission has recommended to Ghana’s Minister of Lands and Natural Resources that Azumah be granted two Mining Leases covering the project’s Kunche-Bepkong and Julie deposits. This is a major milestone for the project and demonstrates the high level of in-country support for the project, which also includes installing grid power directly to the mine site and the granting of a water extraction licence.Astur Gold Corp has commenced a DFS on the Salave gold project in Northern Spain. The DFS will focus on a lower tonnage, higher grade operation with substantially lower capital cost and expected lower operating cost than previously announced in the PEA completed by Golder Associates, dated February 12, 2011. The DFS is expected to be completed by the end of Q1 2014. The DFS, following internal optimisation work completed by the company and its contractors, will be based upon underground-only mining via open stope mining methods, bulk backfill with development muck and paste fill, and processing via conventional flotation to produce a gold-rich concentrate for shipment to an independent smelter. The exclusion of pressure oxidation, cyanidation, and carbon-in-leach circuits will substantially reduce initial capital costs required for the project.Ressources Appalaches is on the path to gold production at Dufferin and announces the rehabilitation of the ramp access and completion of shotcreting the portal entrance. The company is now proceeding underground with rehabbing and continued dewatering activities. The rehabbed portal entrance has been christened as “Meguma Way” in recognition of the geological formation associated with Ressources Appalaches six surrounding claims; and which has also been associated with rich minerals deposits and gold mining operations in Nova Scotia during past generations.Also in Canada, Golden Band Resources has entered into a short-term cost plus contract with Procon Mining and Tunnelling whereby the contractor will provide pre-production and mine rehabilitation services for the company’s La Ronge gold projects. The Cost Plus Contract has a guaranteed maximum price of $20 million and will temporarily supercede the existing general services agreement between the company and the Kitsaki/Procon Joint Venture (see news release of February 11, 2010) until such time as mining operations are back at full capacity. The contract price includes the cost of work plus a contractor’s fee of up to 8% of cost for general and administrative expenses and up to 7% of cost for the contractor’s profit.African Minerals, the Africa-focused mining company operating the Tonkolili iron ore mine in Sierra Leone, has announced that, following the completion and commissioning of the high capacity second car dumper at Pepel Port, it has successfully achieved its target 20 Mt/y export run rate during Q2 2013 as per its previous guidance.Codelco is going ahead with its Rajo Inca project, which transforms its El Salvador underground copper mine into an open pit operation, extending its life by a minimum of 20 years. In an interview with El Mercurio Chief Financial Officer Ivan Arriagada said the mine, Codelco’s smallest and least profitable, is key for the company’s future plans. El Salvador is the main employer in Chile’s III region and, according to Arriagada, its still untapped copper reserves are worth the investment, a figure he did not disclose. Neither did he disclose when the project would commence. Codelco’s first-quarter production increased 3.2% to 385,000 t from 373,000 t in the same quarter of 2012. Despite this, Arriagada said it is too early to tell whether this would mean the company would beat its 2013 production target. Last year, Codelco produced nearly 1.7 Mt and this year it expects to surpass that figure.Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for subscription details, or go to http://corporate.im-mining.com/subscribeprojnews.asp
Caterpillar is set to add to its electric drive haul truck line, with two new ultra-class models being readied for launch.Cat already has the 794 AC (pictured) and 795F AC in electric drive, but the 796 AC and 798 AC haul trucks will soon be added to the platform, Caterpillar Senior Product Specialist Antonio Varela confirmed on a visit to the company’s Decatur truck manufacturing facility in Illinois on Tuesday.More details are expected later this week, but Varela confirmed the truck chassis will be a larger version of the 794 AC (previously the MT5300) chassis, which has been proven in the field at many mines.As the brand names indicate, the new machines will have a higher payload capacity than the 291 t 794 AC and the 327 t 795F AC.This development shows how the company is continuing to invest in both electric and mechanical drive options on even the largest of its haul trucks – a key differentiator for the company in the OEM space. It also indicates there is significant demand for electric drive at the top end of the haulage market.Cat’s ultra-class electric drive truck platform was established with the addition of the Unit Rig™ product line. This line came with the acquistion of Bucyrus back in 2011.
We know that the Android 4.0 version of CyanogenMod, dubbed CM9, is on the way, offering the latest and greatest of customization over the latest version of Android. Based off the Android Open Source Project, CyanogenMod 9 will be a re-imagining of Android 4.0 from the perspective of the settings crazed user that needs control of everything. Of the many new things on the way, a YouTube video has surfaced that gives us a look at the visual stylings of their latest boot animation.This video is the evolution of the CM7 animation, where the arrow would spin around and around the blue bugdroid on his skateboard. The origins of this icon go back to the recovery screen of Android 1.5, where the bugdroid was riding his skateboard.Some critics of overly animated boot screens complain that these boot screens are too resource heavy, possibly even a battery drainer. It remains to be seen whether or not this animation will have any negative affects on a device, but it is likely that the CyanogenMod team will be testing the animation thoroughly before it is available.A CyanogenMod insider tells us that the boot animation will come in phone- and tablet-optimized versions, and it is expected that this will be the boot animation seen when the stable builds for CyanogenMod 9 becomes available.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Adam Alembakis, aged 28, has been appointed supervisor of one of the largest gas stream pipelines in the world for the next three years. The Azerbaijan pipeline, starting from the Caucasus, which will connect Turkey and Greece with Italy, has been contracted by BP. Adam completed his Bachelor in Construction at UTS in 2009, and a Graduate Diploma in Construction Law in 2010. From 2004 until 2011 he was working for Aquenta construction consultancy on building massive projects. He spoke to Neos Kosmos from Georgia about his career success and the responsibility that comes with it.In 2011, his company Aquenta gave him the opportunity to be posted to Central Queensland, near Roma, in order to work on the 420km GLNG pipeline project which would eventually convert coal seam gas to LNG and be sent to Korea.“I was based on site from 2011 till 2014, reporting on and handling the main contractor’s contract, estimated about AUD$1 billion, reporting to our main office in Brisbane,” Adam tells Neos Kosmos. During his Queensland job, Adam worked with senior industry leaders, a time which gave him adequate experience to be on BP’s top list at such a young age. “I was chosen for my position due to the fact it is a very similar project – a 400km pipeline – and it belongs to the same main contractor from Australia, Saipem ENI,” he explains.“The senior managers knew me well from Australia and they were positive they could rely on me to deliver the same contractual responsibilities.” Adam is very proud of his Greek heritage, as both his parents come from Macedonia. “My father is from Edessa and my mum is from Thessaloniki,” Adam says.“I went to St Euphemia’s School in Bankstown, which also enhanced my love for Greece and my culture.” “Now that I am based in Europe, I try to visit Greece often; about twice a year.”Adam found the people in Azerbaijan are very warm and friendly, with a unique culture and landscape which he is keen on discovering.“When I first arrived in the Caucasus, I thought I was on a different planet – it’s completely different to any other place I have visited, including Europe.”“At the moment I am in Tbilisi (Georgia) waiting for my visa for Azerbaijan,” says Adam.Adam Alembakis is hoping his role on this project will eventually lead him onto the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project, which is the 400km pipeline connecting Greece with Albania.“The Trans Adriatic is due to start around end of 2016, with most of its volume passing through Macedonia and Thrace,” he adds.“I enjoy the oil/gas industry and the opportunity to travel around the world with my job, especially when this includes Greece.”With the current oil prices, a lot of big developments and projects have been cancelled around the world, including Australia. Will this affect major projects the likes of the Azerbaijan pipeline or the Trans Adriatic?“The good news is BP are 100 per cent committed to this project,” he muses. “I am not sure if the Greek position will influence the industry, we will just have to wait and see.”Neos Kosmos is wishing Adam good luck on his new construction venture which will hopefully shoot him to Greece.
Les îles Féroé ont été colonisées avant les VikingsLes îles Féroé auraient été colonisées près de 500 ans avant les premiers Vikings.Les îles Féroé auraient été colonisées près de 500 ans plus tôt que ce que l’on pensait, et pas par des Vikings. Selon une étude d’archéologues féroïens et anglais publiée dans la revue Quaternary Science Reviews, l’île aurait été colonisée entre le 4e et le 6e siècle après J.C.Des traces de tourbe et d’orge Les îles Féroé, à mi-chemin entre l’Islande et l’Ecosse, ont été la première étape dans la dispersion des peuples Européens dans l’Atlantique Nord, avec comme point culminant l’arrivée sur les côtes américaines au 11e siècle, 500 ans avant Christophe Colomb.Les archéologues se sont penchés sur un site situé dans l’île de Sandoy, au sud de l’archipel. Ils y ont trouvé des traces de tourbe brûlée, attestant une activité humaine antérieure à l’arrivée des Vikings. Dans ces cendres étaient contenus des grains d’orges destinés à être semés sur la surface sableuse de l’île, une pratique courante entre le 4e et le 8e siècle.Une présence à long terme À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour le Dr. Mike Church, auteur de l’étude, “il y a maintenant des fortes preuves archéologiques de la colonisation des Féroé par des peuples quelques 300 à 500 ans avant l’arrivée des Vikings au IXe siècle, mais nous ne connaissons pas encore leur origine”.”La majorité des traces archéologiques a certainement été détruite par l’invasion Viking. Cela pose la question de savoir si d’autres îles ont été peuplées à la même époque, et les traces effacées.” Bien que leur origine soit inconnue, la présence d’orge indique que les colons avaient le temps de la cultiver et la récolter, ce qui implique une présence assez longue.Pour Símun V Arge, co-auteur de l’étude, la prochaine étape consistera à découvrir s’il existe de nouveaux sites sur d’autres îles de l’archipel. Mais en l’état, cette découverte remet déjà en cause les théories sur les mouvements de populations et les colonisations de cette époque.Le 23 août 2013 à 16:15 • Emmanuel Perrin
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s top diplomat offered Monday to extend the current visit of U.N. nuclear inspectors and expressed optimism their findings would help ease tensions despite international claims that Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons.The comments by Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, reported by Iran’s official news agency, underscored efforts to display cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency team and downplay the expectations of a confrontation atmosphere during the three-day visit that began Sunday.The IAEA mission is the first to Iran since a report in November that suggested some of the Islamic Republic’s alleged experiments — cited in intelligence documents — can have no other purpose than developing nuclear weapons. The current inspection team includes two senior weapons experts, hinting that Iran may be prepared to discuss specific points on the claims it seeks to develop warheads after three years of rebuffing U.N. calls for answers.Salehi, attending an African summit in Ethiopia, repeated remarks that he was “optimistic about the results of the visit” without offering more details. He also told Turkish state television that the U.N. mission could be “extended if necessary,” according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency.The findings from the visit could greatly influence Western efforts to expand economic pressures on Iran over its uranium enrichment — which Washington and allies fear could eventually produce weapons-grade material. Iran has declined to abandon its enrichment labs, but claims it seeks to fuel reactors only for energy and medical research.
New Delhi: A special geriatric OPD to provide healthcare services to the elderly on Sundays was opened for public at the Centre-run Safdarjung Hospital. The outpatient department (OPD) was inaugurated by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday morning. In the initial days, services at the facility will be limited to five departments — medicine, general surgery, ENT, ophthalmology and orthopaedics, Dr Sunil Gupta, medical superintendent of the hospital, said. The Union minister also inaugurated several other medical facilities, including an advanced 3T MRI system – GE Healthcare’s 750W in the Radiology Department, a Cath Lab and a Lithotripsy machine in the Urology department. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor accepts Modi’s language challenge Advertise With Us Vardhan said health has been positioned as one of the top agenda of the government and the new OPD reflects that the prime minister is committed to fundamentally transforming the country and give quality health services to the people. “Under the leadership of our Prime Minister we are aggressively moving towards setting up state-of-the-art health facilities with the best equipment, techniques and buildings. Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us These are comparable to the very best in the country and the world,” he said. “As we move towards the vision of the prime minister of a New India by 2022, health shall be one of the key determinants and components of our advanced country, he stated. While interacting with the staff, paramedics and doctors at the Emergency Block, Vardhan stated that the aim of everyone in the hospital should be to see that no patient is turned back or referred to any other emergency facility. “Let us aspire to build our capacities and strengths such that we are able to attend to each emergency patient that needs our care,” he stated. He also reviewed the processes of registration of patients, referral and other services. He also visited the new Super Specialty Block and planted a sapling there. Advertise With Us Vardhan visited the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendra within the premises. He was told that medicines which cost as much as Rs500-600 in the market are sold at very economical rates of as low as Rs.105 at the Kendra. “The government is committed to ensuring that the out-of-pocket expenditure on medicines which form a significant part of healthcare cost is considerably reduced through such pharmacy centres,” he stated. He further stated that one of the priorities of the government is to expand quality tertiary health care facilities in all parts of the country. OPD services will start at 9.30 am and continue till 12.30 pm. Medicines will be issued at the dispensary from 9.30 am to 1 pm. Diagnostic facilities will be available at the Emergency Block. Geriatric OPD functions on weekdays too but then it came to notice that senior citizens often faced problems in accessing the medical facilities due to overcrowding, Gupta said. They often have to wait or stand in queues due to overcrowding following which the decision was taken, he said. Around 8,000-9,000 patients, of whom around 10-15 per cent are the elderly, visit the hospital daily for treatment in various departments. The initiative is aimed at providing special care and comfort to senior citizens and also to make them feel important, he said. Safdarjung Hospital is a 2,900-bed multi-speciality hospital. The hospital has a huge demand for MRI scans services with 40-50 scans being conducted every day and a waiting time of over three months for a person to get an MRI scan done. “Radiology services in the hospital will get a significant boost with the installation of a second MRI system – GE Healthcare’s 3T MRI system 750W, which comes with a host of advanced features,” a senior official said.
Saaho pre-release event posterTwitterSaaho starring Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor will have its pre-release event today. SS Rajamouli is said to be the chief guest on this function, which is live streamed on YouTube. [Scroll down to watch it live]Saaho is the most-hyped action thriller of 2019. It is slated for release on August 30. The makers have not only invested heavily on its production, but are also shelling out a hefty sum on its publicity. They have adapted some unique promotional strategies for the movie. Today, they are holding a grand pre-release function as a part of its promotion, which is set to be one of the biggest events.SKN aka Srinivas, who is close to the owners of UV Creations, tweeted a link to the live video of the event, which is held at the Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad from 5.00 pm today. He wrote, “We are just a day away from #Saaho grand pre release event! Preparations on full swing. it’s time to witness the biggest Tollywood event. #SaahoPreReleaseEvent from 5 PM tomorrow! #30AugWithSaaho.” Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor in SaahoPR HandoutSKN tweeted another video featuring the prepartations for the pre-release event of Saaho and revealed that over 350 people have toiled hard for 7 days to build the set of this funtion. He wrote, “24/7 work! 7 days!5+ Teams! 350+ workers and tomorrow witness the Biggest ever action thrilling #SaahoPreRelease from 5PM onwards. #SaySaahoWithShreyas #SaahoPreReleaseTomorrow #EventByShreyasMedia.”The makers have raised a 60-feet cutout of Prabhas, which is going to be one of the highlights of the event. Eluru Seenu, the publicist for the movies, tweeted its photo and wrote, “60 feet Darling cutout at RFC This is just a sample of todays grandeur. #Saaho Grand Pre Release event! Live link #SaahoPreReleaseEvent from 5 PM onwards!!#30AugWithSaaho #Prabhas @ShraddhaKapoor @sujeethsign @UV_Creations.” Prabhas’ 60-feet cutout at the pre-release function of SaahoTwitterShreyas Group, which is managing the pre-release event of Saaho, has distributed free passes to Prabhas fans and around 1 lakh of them are expected to attend the pre-release function of Saaho on Sunday evening. The owners of this group tweeeted, “To all the darlings!! Please do not buy passes for #SaahoPreReleaseEvent they are free.. all the passes for the event are for free of cost and NOT FOR SALE #SaySaahoWithShreyas.”The makers of Saaho have not revealed the details of the celeb, who will be the chief guest at its pre-release function. But the buzz on the social media claims that SS Rajamouli will be the chief guest on this occasion.A Prabhas fan with Twitter handle @jagginalokesh wrote, “@ssrajamouli To Attend As Chief Guest For #SaahoPreReleaseEvent !Event Starts At 5pm In @Ramoji_FilmCity#Saaho #Prabhas.”Many celebs are expected to attend the grand pre-release event of Saaho. TV9 Telugu and few TV channels are set to telecast this function live. UV Creations is streaming the event live on its official YouTube channel. Several other leading YouTube channels have also planned for its live streaming. Slide down to watch it live.24/7 work! 7 days!5+ Teams! 350+ workers and tomorrow witness the Biggest ever action thrilling #SaahoPreRelease from 5PM onwards.#SaySaahoWithShreyas #SaahoPreReleaseTomorrow #EventByShreyasMedia pic.twitter.com/5lZDNkWiJo— SKN (@SKNonline) August 17, 2019
(Phys.org)—Quite often, those people who take care of animals learn over time which are smarter than others. They don’t need to test them, they see it in the way the animals behave. Unfortunately, that’s not very scientific, so evolutionary anthropologists Esther Herrmann and Josep Call have devised a number of challenges for three groups of chimps to see if perhaps a measure of intelligence can be determined for a given species. They have published a report of their findings in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, one of which is the discovery that one chimp clearly stood out from the rest. Journal information: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B More information: Are there geniuses among the apes? Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 5 October 2012 vol. 367 no. 1603 2753-2761 doi: 10.1098/rstb.2012.0191AbstractWe are often asked whether some apes are smarter than others. Here we used two individual-based datasets on cognitive abilities to answer this question and to elucidate the structure of individual differences. We identified some individuals who consistently scored well across multiple tasks, and even one individual who could be classified as exceptional when compared with her conspecifics. However, we found no general intelligence factor. Instead, we detected some clusters of certain abilities, including inferences, learning and perhaps a tool-use and quantities cluster. Thus, apes in general and chimpanzees in particular present a pattern characterized by the existence of some smart animals but no evidence of a general intelligence factor. This conclusion contrasts with previous studies that have found evidence of a g factor in primates. However, those studies have used group-based as opposed to the individual-based data used here, which means that the two sets of analyses are not directly comparable. We advocate an approach based on testing multiple individuals (of multiple species) on multiple tasks that capture cognitive, motivational and temperament factors affecting performance. One of the advantages of this approach is that it may contribute to reconcile the general and domain-specific views on primate intelligence. Explore further 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. Researches find poop-throwing by chimps is a sign of intelligence The challenges the two came up with for the chimps included such things as finding hidden food, showing them how to do something than seeing if the chimp could emulate it, using a tool to accomplish a task and others related to shape, color or size differentiation. They tested chimps at sanctuaries in Uganda and the Republic of Congo and a third group in a zoo in Germany. In so doing they found that there wasn’t really any one thing that stood out as a hallmark of high intelligence among the groups. Instead, some chimps were found to be really good at some tasks and not so good at others. The one exception was a chimp named Natasha who scored very high on all the tests, leading the researchers to label her exceptional.Those who take care of Natasha have been saying as much all along. She’d become notorious for her antics at the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, where she resides. She escapes enclosures that hold other apes, at one point using branches to figure out if an electric fence was working. She teases handlers and visitors to the park and sometimes squirts them with water. When asked, all of those who worked with her at the park put her name on the list of the smartest in the group.Pinning down just what exactly high intelligence means however, is not so easy to do. With people, tests have been devised that may or may not be true measures of exceptional intelligence, and as with the chimps, some people who are capable of genius in some areas such as painting, may be average at best in other areas. Thus the term genius has become a loosely defined label if ever there was one. Thus the researchers are hesitant to apply the term to Natasha, despite the fact that she is clearly smarter than any other chimp tested. © 2012 Phys.org Citation: New intellectual testing regimen identifies ‘exceptional’ chimp (2012, August 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-intellectual-regimen-exceptional-chimp.html
By: David KoenigSource: The Associated Press No one will be fired for dragging incident, says United CEO Share Wednesday, April 19, 2017 ATLANTA — The CEO of United Airlines says no one will be fired over the dragging of a man off a – including himself.CEO Oscar Munoz said Tuesday that he takes full responsibility “for making this right,” and he promised more details later this month after United finishes a review of its policies on overbooked flights.Company executives said it’s too soon to know if the incident is hurting ticket sales.United has been pummeled on social media – #BoycottUnited is a popular hashtag – and late-night television. Through Tuesday afternoon, its shares had fallen 4.3% since Flight 3411, wiping out nearly $1 billion in market value, although several other airline stocks declined in the same period.After the market closed Monday, United reported a $96 million first-quarter profit, down 69% from a year earlier largely because of higher costs for fuel, labour and maintenance. The revenue picture was looking better – evidence was growing that after two years of falling average fares, United will be able to push prices higher this year.On a conference call to discuss those results, Munoz started by apologizing again for the April 9 scene on a United Express plane at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. David Dao, a 69-year-old Kentucky physician, was bloodied and dragged off the plane by Chicago airport officers who had been summoned by United employees when Dao wouldn’t give up his seat. The three officers have all been suspended.More news: Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Munoz and other executives vowed to treat customers with dignity, and said that what happened to Dao will never happen again.Munoz’s early statements on the incident were widely criticized. He initially supported employees and blamed Dao, calling him “disruptive and belligerent.” On Tuesday, he was asked if the company ever considered firing anyone, including management.“I’m sure there was lots of conjecture about me personally,” said Munoz. He noted that the board of United Continental Holdings Inc. has supported him.“It was a system failure across various areas,” Munoz continued. “There was never a consideration for firing an employee.”Dao’s lawyers have taken steps that foreshadow a lawsuit against the airline and the city of Chicago, which operates O’Hare Airport.United announced two rule changes last week, including saying that it will no longer call police to remove passengers from overbooked planes. It is not clear whether United oversold Flight 3411, but the flight became overbooked when four Republic Airline employees showed up after passengers had boarded and demanded seats so they could commute to their next assignment, a United Express flight the next morning.Some politicians and consumer advocates have called for a ban on overselling flights. Munoz declined to address that or other possible changes until the airline finishes a review by April 30.Even in normal times, airlines closely – even daily – scrutinize numbers such as advance sales and occupancy levels on planes. Yet United officials said they couldn’t measure whether the dragging has affected their business.More news: Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reported“It’s really too early for us to tell anything about bookings and in particular last week because it was the week before Easter, that’s normally a very low booking period,” said United President Scott Kirby. He said that United’s forecast for the April-through-June quarter has not changed.Limited competition at many major airports could blunt any nascent boycott of United. Wall Street analysts have been mostly silent about the Dao incident, perhaps believing that it won’t have a noticeable impact on United profits. They did not ask United management any questions about it on Tuesday’s call.Barclays analyst Brandon Oglenski told Munoz that “accidents happen … hopefully, we can put this behind us.” Back in December, the analyst had called United Continental the “most compelling stock” in the airline sector. The consensus estimate of 17 analysts surveyed by FactSet for United’s full-year earnings has risen by 3 cents a share since the Dao incident.Munoz said he has received “a lot of support” from United’s high-end customers, although “obviously a lot of people have ideas and thoughts about how we can make things better.” Tags: United Airlines << Previous PostNext Post >>
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Facebook Comments Ann Maxin Patton, 43, cries as a Costa Rica court delivers a guilty verdict in a high-profile murder trial. Patton was convicted on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 of shooting to death her husband, U.S. financier John Felix Bender. The Tico TimesUpdate, Wed., May 28: After being taken into custody on Tuesday, sources say Patton was transferred to a hospital in Pérez Zeledón. According to prosecutor Edgar Ramírez, officials are evaluating placing her in a psychiatric care unit of the Justice Ministry to serve her nine-month preventive detention. Original story continues here:After more than a week of testimony, a Costa Rica criminal court on Tuesday convicted U.S. expat Ann Maxin Patton, 43, of shooting to death her husband, U.S. financier John Felix Bender, 44, in 2010.The court sentenced Patton to 22 years in prison for the crime. Judges Adolfo Calderón Bogantes, Cristian Calvo and Liner Zúñiga Herrera ordered Patton to be placed into nine months of preventive detention while the sentence is reviewed.This is the second time Patton has faced a murder trial over the incident, which occurred at the couple’s luxury jungle estate in Florida de Barú, Pérez Zeledón, in southern Costa Rica. A different court had acquitted Patton last year, but an appeals court ordered a new trial. The retrial began on Monday, May 19.Patton, born in Brazil, has always claimed Bender’s death, the result of a single gunshot wound to the neck, had been a suicide.At the start of the retrial last week, Costa Rican prosecutor Edgar Ramírez said, “We will demonstrate that there is convincing evidence, scientific proof that is irrefutable.” Patton said she fought with Bender that night in an unsuccessful attempt to wrestle the firearm away from him. Prosecutors, however, say she shot him.Prosecutors said there were no signs of gunpowder residue on Bender’s hands, while Patton allegedly wiped her hands with napkins after the shooting. Those napkins revealed traces of gunpowder, prosecutors said at trial. Costa Rica law enforcement officers take Ann Patton into custody on May 27, 2014. The Tico TimesAmong the evidence judges cited in delivering a guilty verdict were photos of blood patterns obtained at the scene, and a torn pillow, which according to the court, proved the weapon was found too far from the victim to have been a suicide. Prosecutors had presented the theory that Patton shot Bender, who was wearing earplugs and was found in a fetal position, while he slept.“The firearm was far from the tear in the pillow [when it was fired], because if [the gun] had come in contact with the pillow, it would have produced a smoke and burn pattern, which leads the court to conclude that the firearm was far away from the victim’s head,” the sentencing judge stated.Judges also cited the trajectory of the bullet, which they said could not have been self-inflicted.“The fundamental element for which the court has based its opinion is the position of the body at the moment Judicial Investigation Police officers arrived, at which point the photos we can observe here were taken,” Calderón said.Calderón said judges did not believe, based on the evidence, that Bender’s body was moved after he was killed, and they ruled against the possibility of a struggle.“Beyond the fact that there was no blood on the defendant, beyond the fact that the pistol was found in another place, beyond the tampering of the crime scene, the only reasonable explanation, considering the body’s position and the evidence found on the body, is that the bullet wound is homicide, because there was no way the victim could have done it,” Calderón said.Prosecutors, however, were never able to establish a motive in the alleged killing. To that point, judge Zúñiga said it is possible to commit a crime without a clear motive.“If there is no known motive, we must examine the rest of the evidence, as established by Article 71 of the Penal Process Code,” Zúñiga said.Correction: This story previously stated only one judge during the first trial believed there was not enough evidence to convict Patton. However, the first court’s ruling to acquit was a unanimous decision by all three presiding judges. The Tico Times regrets the error and have included a copy of the ruling below. A total of six judges weighed in during both trials. Only one judge, during the first murder trial, believed there was enough doubt to find Patton not guilty. Five judges, based on scientific evidence and testimony, found Patton guilty. According to that evidence, the gun was 50 centimeters away from Bender’s head when it was fired – too great a distance to have been a suicide.The new trial took place in the southern Costa Rican city of San Isidro de El General, and lasted more than a week. Related posts:CBS to air documentary questioning Costa Rica’s murder conviction of US expat Ann Bender U.S. beachgoer tries to burn down police station after his arrest in Tamarindo Top 6 crime stories of 2014 Ann Patton on her new trial: ‘It is my opportunity to finally, hopefully, get true justice’