AGP dissatisfied

first_imgGuwahati: Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), a member of the ruling alliance in Assam, on Saturday expressed dissastisfaction over the final NRC in the state and said there is scope for its review in the Supreme Court, which supervised the updation process.The number of exclusions appear to be “ridiculuously small”, AGP president ang state Agriculture Minister Atul Bora said. The National Register of Citizens, which validates the Indian citizens of Assam, has been updated on the basis of Assam Accord’s clause of detecting, deleting and deporting foreigners but very few suspected illegal immigrants have been left out, he told newsmen here. “We (AGP) are not at all happy about it (the exclusions). The figure of 19,06,657 exclusions in the final NRC is too less and we just cannot accept it … There is scope for its review in the Supreme Court,” the AGP leader said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Bora said, “The people of Assam had hoped for a free and fair NRC but it now seems that the very existence of the Assamese will be further threatened”. Several central and state leaders had over time asserted in Parliament and various state Assemblies that the number of foreigners in Assam could range from 30000 to 50000. he claimed adding “Against this backdrop it is difficult to accept the figures published in the final NRC.” The AGP was formed by All Assam Students Union which had spearheaded the six-year long Assam agitation from 1979 to drive out illegal foreigners from the state. AASU was a signatory to the Assam Accord. AASU too has expressed unhappiness over the final NRC and has said it will appeal to the Supreme Court to remove all the faults and descrepancies in final NRC. “We were involved in the whole process since the beginning. The signing of the Assam Accord was possible only after 855 people were martyred”, he added. AGP will hold discussions and chalk out its future course of action regarding a review of the NRC in Supreme Court, he added.last_img read more

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Stars Support Toyotas Selflessie Campaign

first_imgToyota has launched a new initiative, #Selflessie, which encourages Instagram users to ditch their typical selfie snapshots in favor of posting a “selfless selfie.”Debby Ryan – #SelflessieThe initiative kicked off on #GivingTuesday, and is continuing through January 4. Every photo hashtagged on Instagram with #Selflessie will trigger a $50 donation from Toyota to Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), up to $750,000 (Toyota generously tripled the amount from $250,000!).The #Selfie, a cultural phenomenon, ranks amongst the most popular hashtags on social media with over 1 million posts each day. Celebrities including Kelly Rowland, Debby Ryan and Paul Wesley are helping Toyota spread the positive message of selflessness this holiday season.“We have become a society of photo sharers, and one of the most popular photography styles is the selfie,” said Jason Schragger, Chief Creative Officer, Saatchi & Saatchi Los Angeles. “We take them to show off or simply to capture life’s most memorable moments. By co-opting this behavior, and flipping it, creating a powerful agent of positivity and selflessness this holiday season, #Selflessie can turn this activity into something truly meaningful.”#Selflessie is timed in conjunction with this December’s Toyotathon sales event. In years past, Toyota has made it a priority to give back during this time, previously developing, “Give a Click for Charity,” benefiting BGCA, “Prius Toy Drive,” serving Toys for Tots, and “Buckle Up For Life,” a national program Toyota created with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center that provides free child car seats to families in need.“We continuously seek new and exciting ways to transform ideas into action while bringing the ‘Toyota Way’ principles – Respect for People and Continuous Improvement – to life. Supporting BGCA lends us the perfect opportunity to inspire the next generation of engineers, thinkers, and leaders who will help drive the American economy,” said Jack Hollis, Group Vice President, Marketing, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.Toyota team members at all levels of the organization are active volunteers with the Clubs, including Toyota Financial Services President & CEO, Mike Groff, who serves on the Board of Trustees for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.As the Signature Sponsor of the Youth of the Year program, Toyota is committed to collaborating, investing and elevating BGCA’s industry-leading youth leadership platform. In addition to their Youth of the Year program sponsorship, Toyota has provided a brand new Corolla to the National Youth of the Year winner since 2010, along with financial support to offset the costs of automobile ownership.last_img read more

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Liam Hemsworth And Jhené Aiko Named As PETAs Sexiest Vegetarians

first_imgThe competition this year was hotter than ever — with RZA, Ellie Goulding, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Waka Flocka Flame all up for the honor — but Liam Hemsworth and Jhené Aiko have been crowned PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Celebrities of 2016.Other contenders included Bellamy Young, Rooney Mara, and Casey Affleck.“[A]fter all the information I gathered about the mistreatment of animals, I couldn’t continue to eat meat,” says Hemsworth, whose girlfriend, Miley Cyrus, took home last year’s title. He also credits his Hunger Games co-star — and past winner of the Sexiest Vegan Celebrity contest — Woody Harrelson for encouraging him to go vegan, insisting that he’s never felt better since making the switch. “[T]here are no negatives to eating like this,” he adds. “I feel nothing but positive, mentally and physically. I love it.”Aiko credits vegan meals with giving her the energy to keep performing, from her powerful tribute to fellow vegan Prince at Coachella to the long days on tour and in the studio. “Having grown up with a love for and a connection to all animals as well as having been educated on the health benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, it made sense for me to go vegan,” she says. “I have more energy, my skin looks better, and, as an extra bonus, I’m happier!”In addition to praising vegan meals, Hemsworth and Aiko also promote adopting animals from shelters: The actor adopted a dog last year, and Aiko starred in an “Adopt, Don’t Shop” campaign for peta2, PETA’s youth division, in 2014.Other past winners of PETA’s annual contest include Ellen Page, Jared Leto, Kristen Bell, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand, Carrie Underwood, Natalie Portman, Shania Twain, Leona Lewis, Andre 3000, Tobey Maguire, and Alicia Silverstone.For more information, please visit PETA.org.last_img read more

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AER says 260billion energy cleanup estimate based on worstcase scenario

first_imgCALGARY – The Alberta Energy Regulator is apologizing for estimating it would cost $260 billion to clean up after the provincial oil and gas industry.The sector’s accumulated environmental liability is currently estimated at $58.65 billion, less than one quarter of the presented number, it said in a statement Thursday.“The numbers are staggering — $260 billion in total liability, which is $200 billion more than we have consistently reported,” it stated.“This particular estimate was created for a presentation to try and hammer home the message to industry that the current liability system needs improvement. While the message to address liability is important, the numbers were not validated and were based on a hypothetical worst-case scenario.“Using these estimates was an error in judgement and one we deeply regret.”The $260 billion is mentioned in speaking notes for a presentation in February by Robert Wadsworth, the AER’s vice-president of closure and liability, as initially obtained by the National Observer after a request under freedom of information legislationThe AER provided the same documents to The Canadian Press on Thursday.In a graphic illustrated by a huge cartoon bag of money, the presentation estimates Alberta’s liabilities at $130 billion for mining projects, $100 billion for conventional oil and gas and steam-driven oilsands, and $30 billion for pipelines.“The money bags are to scale,” it says. “There is a bag for security, it is just very hard to see.”Issues emerging from the presentation are being examined by Environment Minister Shannon Phillips, said Premier Rachel Notley on Thursday.“It’s a problem that has accrued over, I guess now we’d be talking 47 years, but it’s not one that happened overnight and, unfortunately, it’s not one that we can fix overnight,” she told reporters.She said the government is having talks with industry about the situation and is taking care to avoid approving projects that will add to the liabilities going forward.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.With a file from Dean Bennett in Edmontonlast_img read more

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Modi in Kedarnath to visit Badrinath on Sunday

first_imgDehradun: Five days before the election results, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday morning offered prayers at the Kedarnath shrine nestled in Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. Early in the day, Modi arrived at Dehradun’s Jolly Grant airport and took a helicopter to Kedarnath. He was wearing a grey suit with a pahari cap and a saffron gamchha around his waist. Alighting from the chopper, he headed straight to the holy shrine, where he offered special prayers to Lord Shiva. Modi also reviewed the reconstruction work in Kedarnath, which was extensively damaged in the June 2013 deluge. The Prime Minister will spend the night here and will fly to Badrinath on Sunday. He would return to New Delhi later on Sunday. Security has been tightened around both the shrines in view of the Prime Minister’s visit, said Ashok Kumar, Director General (Law and Order). This is the Prime Minister’s fourth visit to Kedarnath in the past two years. In 2017, he visited it once in May after its gate were opened following a six-month winter break and again in October, before the temple again closed for winters. He last offered prayers at the temple on Diwali in November.last_img read more

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Severe punishment sought on activist for showing Lanka film

Not satisfied with the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate’s Court imposition of a RM10,000 fine on activist Lena Hendry for showing a war film on Sri Lanka , the public prosecutor in Malaysia is now filing an appeal for a more severe punishment, Malaysiakini reported today.New Sin Yew told the news portal that his client had receive a letter informing her of the decision to appeal. “This prosecution is part of the Malaysian government’s disturbing pattern of harassment and intimidation of those seeking to raise public awareness of human rights issues,” HRW deputy Asia director Phil Robertson had said. On March 22, Hendry, who is Pusat Komas programme manager, was fined RM10,000 for airing an uncensored documentary on the Sri Lankan civil war in 2013. “Yes, the prosecutors are appealing the RM10,000 fine. Lena received the letter informing her of the matter,” he was quoted as saying, adding that he too, was appealing against the conviction and fine. The previous month, on Feb 21, she was found guilty of the charge under Section 6(1)(b) of the Film Censorship Act for showing No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka, a documentary on the Sri Lankan civil war that lasted for 26 years.She had committed the offence at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Chamber of Commerce Hall here on July 3, 2013. The 93-minute documentary had not been approved by the Malaysian Censorship Board. According to the news portal, with the respective appeals filed by both the prosecutors and the defence, the matter will now be brought to the KL High Court.Previously, Human Rights Watch (HRW) had called the conviction a violation of Hendry’s freedom of expression, adding that it was not in line with international rights standards.In a statement released following Hendry’s conviction, HRW said the move appeared to be motivated by Putrajaya’s desire to appease Sri Lankan embassy officials whom the NGO said had publicly demanded that the film not be shown. read more

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Wynne visits Brock

Board of Trustees Chair Joe Roberston, far left, and University President Jack Lightstone, far right, were on hand June 15 to welcome Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley on their visit to Brock.Premier Kathleen Wynne took time during a visit to Niagara this past Saturday to stop at Brock University, where she met with senior administrators.Wynne and St. Cartharines MPP/Environment Minister Jim Bradley spent nearly an hour on campus. University officials spent about 45 minutes briefing the premier on Brock’s growth, its various expansion projects and its partnership efforts with the community and agencies to improve Niagara culturally and economically.During her day in Niagara, the premier, who is also the agriculture minister, visited area wineries, the St. Catharines Farmers Market and the 100th anniversary celebrations of Vineland Growers. read more

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Up to 75 million Afghans will need outside aid if crisis worsens

“In view of the deteriorating situation inside Afghanistan, financial support will be needed for up to 7.5 million Afghans,” Stephanie Bunker, a spokesperson for the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, told reporters in Islamabad today. She said UN agencies were preparing a new appeal for funds to present to donors at a meeting of the Afghan Support Group convening tomorrow in Berlin.Ms. Bunker warned of a coming mass exodus of Afghans fleeing their homes in a country already blighted by extensive displacement. “While over one million refugees may seek safety in neighboring countries, the United Nations fears that the numbers of internally displaced persons inside Afghanistan could go from the current 1.1 million to 2.2 million,” she said, adding that some 4 million Afghans who remained in their homes would also require assistance.Pointing to the reasons behind the displacement, Ms. Bunker cited “reports of Taliban officials attempting to recruit young people for military purposes” in the western provinces. She added that UN staff serving the camps for internally displaced persons had limited radio communication only from one office “which is being monitored by a Taliban representative.”Painting a grim picture of the harsh conditions prevailing in the country, Ms. Bunker said the Afghan people faced the prospect of starvation. “For the Afghan population, as humanitarian assistance inside Afghanistan dwindles, their grip on survival is tragically slipping,” she said. “This recent crisis is the latest in a long series of catastrophes to face the country – the war, repressive regimes, the drought – which have greatly eroded the population’s ability to cope.”With acute malnutrition looming, Ms. Bunker stressed the need for food assistance to the country, in addition to health services, water and sanitation, shelter and other supplies. read more

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Zynga reports 1stquarter net income reversing loss but revenue falls 18 per

by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2013 6:21 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Zynga reports 1st-quarter net income, reversing loss, but revenue falls 18 per cent NEW YORK, N.Y. – Zynga Inc.’s surprise profit in the first three months of the year got overshadowed by a revenue decline, a drop in the number of users and a lower-than-expected second-quarter forecast.The online game maker’s stock fell more than 10 per cent in extended trading Wednesday after the first-quarter results came out.Zynga, which makes “FarmVille” and other games, said Wednesday that it earned $4.1 million, which was breakeven per share. A year earlier, it lost $85.4 million, or 12 cents per share. Adjusted earnings were 1 cent per share in the latest quarter, compared with expectations for a loss of 3 cents.Revenue fell 18 per cent to $263.6 million, from $321 million.Analysts, on average, had expected revenue of $264.5 million, according to FactSet.As demand for its Facebook games fades, Zynga has cut jobs, closed game studios and shut down games to reduce expenses and focus only on popular titles. The quarter’s expenses fell 34 per cent to $268.5 million, from $406.6 million.The number of people who play Zynga games at least once a month fell 13 per cent to 253 million, from 292 million a year earlier. The number of daily players dropped 21 per cent to 52 million, from 65 million.CEO Mark Pincus said in a statement that 2013 will “continue to be a transition year.” Zynga, whose games are played mainly on Facebook’s website, is working on shifting to mobile games and to its own site off of Facebook.For the current quarter, Zynga is forecasting an adjusted loss of 3 cents to 4 cents per share on revenue of $225 million to $235 million. Analysts were expecting a loss of 1 cent per share on revenue of $258.1 million.Shares of San Francisco-based Zynga fell 34 cents, or 10.1 per cent, to $3.01 in after-hours trading. The stock had closed up 17 cents, or 5.3 per cent, at $3.35 before the results came out. read more

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HewlettPackard Interim Chairman Whitworth steps down to focus on personal health issues

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Hewlett-Packard’s interim chairman, Ralph Whitworth, has resigned from the company’s board to concentrate on personal health issues.Whitworth’s resignation is effective on Wednesday. The technology products and services company said that its board will discuss appointing a new chairman at its next meeting.Whitworth became HP’s interim chairman in April 2013 after former chairman Ray Lane stepped down from his post. At the time that Lane stepped down, HP also announced that directors John Hammergren and G. Kennedy Thompson were leaving the board. The shake-up was spurred by disgruntled stockholders unhappy with HP’s performance.HP has been working on a turnaround of its business amid slumping PC sales in recent years, cutting expenses and focusing on more profitable areas such as software and services. Like other PC makers, the company had trouble keeping up with the likes of Apple and Samsung. Whitman has warned that the turnaround will be a long-term endeavour. The company’s most recent earnings report, in February, topped Wall Street’s expectations.Whitworth, an activist shareholder, has served as an HP board member since 2011. The co-founder of Relational Investors LLC, he was named to the company’s board to placate investors rattled amid management turmoil at the company following CEO Mark Hurd’s ouster in 2010 amid an ethical scandal. Hurd’s successor, Leo Apotheker, was ousted in September 2011 and replaced by former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, who is still at the company’s helm.“HP’s shareholders can be very confident that Meg, her team and the current board will stick to the strong practices and discipline we’ve put in place,” Whitworth said in a statement. “While I’m disappointed to step down from HP’s board at such an exciting time for the company, it gives me great comfort that HP is in such talented and steady hands.”Whitworth is also taking a leave of absence from the privately held investment company he co-founded, Relational Investors. He was 58 as of a February regulatory filing, the latest available. HP could not immediately be reached Tuesday morning to confirm his age.Shares of Palo Alto, California-based Hewlett-Packard Co. climbed 26 cents to $34.41 in morning trading on Tuesday. Its shares are up 23 per cent in 2014. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 15, 2014 6:24 am MDT Hewlett-Packard Interim Chairman Whitworth steps down to focus on personal health issues read more

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UN envoy strongly condemns murder of Somali parliamentarian

Mr. Rino was killed this morning in the capital, Mogadishu, when an improvised explosive device planted in his vehicle detonated, according to a statement issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).Another member of parliament, Mohamed Ali, and several civilians were reported to have been injured in the incident.“I condemn this murder in the strongest terms. There must be a full investigation of this terrorist attack and the perpetrators brought to justice swiftly,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Nicholas Kay. Mr. Kay, who heads UNSOM, offered his sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Rino, as well as to the Federal Parliament of Somalia.He also wished a quick recovery for Mr. Ali, as well as the civilians who were injured. read more

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DR Congo UN seeks 64 million to tackle humanitarian crisis in Kasaï

“The Kasaï crisis is an acute crisis of massive proportions in a country that is already going through one of the world’s most relentlessly acute humanitarian emergencies,” the Humanitarian Coordinator in DRC, Mamadou Diallo, said in Kinshasa.“We are facing a new challenge that requires additional resources to respond to the needs of thousands of displaced people and host families as our current capacities are being outstripped,” he added.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), more than one million people are estimated to be currently displaced as the violence started in Kasaï Central and rippled across neighboring Kasaï, Kasaï Oriental, Lomami and Sankuru provinces.Currently some 40 national and international humanitarian organizations are working across the five provinces to respond to the crisis, which was borne out of armed clashes that erupted in August 2016 between the Congolese army and a local militia group. The appeal launched today will provide water, food, medicines and health services, basic household items, and provide protection services, among others, to minors, women who have suffered sexual violence, and other civilians who have been victim of violence.In Kasaï Central province alone, the current humanitarian needs are 400 per cent above what humanitarian actors had planned for earlier this year. “An effective response requires that new and fresh funding be allocated as humanitarian actors cannot afford to take away from their current operations in the eastern provinces to support the Kasaï crisis,” Mr. Diallo said.More than four months into the year, the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan only received $66 million, or less than 10 per cent of the overall $748 million appeal. read more

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UN Security Council calls on Myanmar to end excessive military force in

In a statement read out by Sebastiano Cardi of Italy, the President of the Security Council for the month of November, the 15-member body also called on the Government “to restore civilian administration and apply the rule of law, and to take immediate steps in accordance with [the Government’s] obligations and commitments to respect human rights, including the rights of women, children, and persons belonging to vulnerable groups, without discrimination and regardless of ethnicity, religion, or citizenship status.”The Council also urged the Government to implement measures in line with its resolution 2106 (2013) to prevent and respond to incidents of sexual violence, and encouraged it to work with the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.The Council also expressed concern over severely limited humanitarian access to the affected parts of the region and demanded that the Government ensure immediate, safe and unhindered access to UN and other humanitarian actors, and ensure the safety and security of humanitarian personnel.In the Presidential Statement, the Security Council also welcomed the Myanmar’s decision to establish a “Union Enterprise Mechanism” and urged the Government to ensure that the Mechanism supported such return and allowed United Nations agencies full access.Further, welcoming the Government’s support for recommendations by the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State and calling for their full implementation, the Council stressed the importance of transparent investigations into allegations of human rights abuses and violations, including sexual violence and abuse and violence against children, and of holding to account all those responsible for such acts. “In this regard, the Security Council calls upon the Government of Myanmar to cooperate with all relevant United Nations bodies, mechanisms and instruments, in particular the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights,” added the Presidential Statement. Also in the Statement, the Council commended the provision of humanitarian assistance and support for dialogue by Bangladesh as well as other regional countries and organizations; and requested the Secretary-General to continue to engage with the Myanmar through good offices. It also encouraged the UN chief “to consider, as appropriate, appointing a Special Adviser on Myanmar.” read more

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McLanahan introduces filter press line to offering

first_imgMcLanahan Corporation, probably best known in mining for its mineral size reduction systems, has launched the first line of McLanahan Filter Presses which are designed, manufactured and serviced directly from the US. The company states: “These fully automatic systems provide the most efficient, cost-effective fines dewatering solution in the industry. They eliminate the need for slurry ponds and a full time operator while producing dry cakes and use less chemicals. The McLanahan Smart Hydraulics system keeps the press in alignment for longer seal life, better alignment and easier diagnostics.”This technology treats the underflow of a thickener, clarifier or other waste and dewatering processes. Several different options are available in regards to the design of the machine. Both overhead beam and side beam designs are available and can feature either recessed chamber filter plates or membrane filter plates with a wide range of available pressures from 225 to 725 psi. Other options include core blow systems and automatic wash systems. Founded in 1835, McLanahan focuses on the design and manufacture of heavy-duty equipment, including processing and sampling equipment for the mineral and aggregate industries.last_img read more

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Hastings signs first offtake MOU agreement with Baotou Sky Rock Rare Earth

first_imgHastings Technology Metals Ltd has signed the first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Baotou Sky Rock Rare Earth New Material Co. Under the MOU the parties have outlined their intent to enter into a binding commercial offtake agreement for the sale by Hastings and purchase by Sky Rock of mixed rare earth carbonate (MREC), which will be produced from Yangibana, Western Australia. The framework for the commercial offtake agreement is set out in the MOU, and the final terms and conditions will be formalised in a contract.The parties have agreed to enter discussions to formalise a commercial offtake agreement for Hastings to sell 2,500 t/y MREC to Baotou Sky Rock. Hastings says “the signing of this first MOU reflects the strong level of interest and demand from potential customers and off-take partners in the Yangibana project.Charles Lew, Hastings Executive Chairman, said “This first MOU for an offtake agreement with Sky Rock is a significant milestone for the company. The high NdPr content of our orebody is gaining firm recognition in the rare earth and magnets industry. Further offtake agreements are expected to follow, which will reinforce the company’s financing plan to fund the development of the mine and the construction of the processing plant”.The Parties have additionally acknowledged that any commercial offtake agreement is contingent on Hastings starting operations and production of MREC from the Yangibana mine, and with any additional conditions usually included in commercial off-take contracts.Hastings estimates an annual production quantity of 15,000 t of MREC, which it will sell to offtake partners, with production projected to commence in 2H 2019.Sky Rock, based in Baotou (the largest industrial city in Inner Mongolia), China, is a company set up in 2006 that is involved in the production of high temperature tolerance NdFeB permanent magnets. Its main products are sintered neodymium magnets and sintering samarium cobalt magnets. Its products are sold to computer, mobile phone, motor and generator, automobile (EV/HEV), audio-video system, office automation and many other major international companies worldwide. The company has strong technical competence and invests substantially in R&D for rare earth usage in magnets and its long term sustainability of production.Hastings is currently developing a rare earths mine and processing plant at Yangibana in the Gascoyne Region of Western Australia. The processing plant is anticipated to commence production of MREC in 2H 2019. Hastings has completed both beneficiation and hydrometallurgy pilot plants, in the process producing MREC samples which are high in neodymium and praseodymium content. These are critical materials for the production of permanent magnets and other technology applications. The MREC will be capable of being further refined and treated to produce a number of separated rare earth oxides outside of Australia. Hastings estimates an annual production quantity of 15,000 t of MREC, which it will sell to offtake partners.The Yangibana project hosts JORC Resources totalling 17.02 Mt at 1.27% TREO (comprising Measured Resources of 2.92 Mt at 1.04% TREO, Indicated Resources of 7.19 Mt at 1.43% TREO and Inferred Resources of 6.90 Mt at 1.21% TREO), including 0.41% Nd2O3+Pr6O11.last_img read more

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What the new iMac looks like basically the same as before

first_imgOh, look what just arrived in the office, if it isn’t a 27-inch, Spring 2011 iMac packing all sorts of Sandy Bridge goodness. It’s even the high-end model, with the 3.1GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, 1TB of storage, AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics, FaceTime HD, and, of course, the 2560×1440 display. This model starts at $1999 (the 27-inch iMac starts at $1699 with the 2.7GHz CPU), so you are definitely paying for all that updated gear.AdChoices广告This post would have been a lot more exciting if something significant had been changed on the outside of the iMac, but that wasn’t the case. The only change of note, the use of Thunderbolt ports on the back, can be seen above. They are the two electric-looking icons to the right of the port lineup. They look like mini DisplayPorts because they use the same connector.Those Thunderbolt ports also make up a notable difference between the 27-inch iMac and its smaller, 21.5-inch brother: the large models has two while the smaller has just one. Since Thunderbolt has very few uses right now this isn’t too big of a deal, but if you’ll be driving display or attaching storage (and you don’t want to daisychain components) an extra port could come in handy one day.In case you hadn’t heard, the new iMacs include either the Magic Trackpad or Magic Mouse with a purchase. If you want both you’ll have to spend an  extra $69… in other words, the full retail price. Our unit had the Magic Mouse.That’s is for now, because the new iMac looks just like the old one. Once some reviews appear (probably very soon) we’ll be able to see just how effective the new processor and graphics card are. If it’s anything like the other computers that moved to Sandy Bridge the performance bump should be considerable.last_img read more

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ISPs launch Six Strikes program today aims to educate and punish pirates

first_imgIn a bid to curb piracy, various ISPs are said to be launching their version of the Six Strikes program sometime this week. The ISPs in question are the big boys, including Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner, and Cablevision. According to reports, each ISP will be launching its own version of the program at different times this week, with Comcast set to go first sometime today.Known as the Copyright Alert System (CAS), the program is also referred to as the Six Strikes program due to its graduated response system. Though the graduated steps aren’t entirely clear just yet — and can differ between ISPs — each step becomes more severe, with the lower-tier responses being warnings, and the higher-tier responses being anything from having to watch an “educational” video to throttling bandwidth.The new program comes with a revamped website, featuring a new video (set to smooth elevator music) that explains the process, seen below.Seeing as how the video is on YouTube, and it supports a program that many argue infringes on the rights of internet users (or at least, would be a pain to deal with), we wouldn’t be surprised if someone hits the video with a bogus DMCA takedown. To some, it would be delicious irony.Back in January, Verizon’s Six Strikes policy reportedly leaked, and detailed a process that begins as simple warnings in the form of emails and automated voicemail messages. The third and fourth infringements will result in the user’s browser being redirected to a site that forces them to watch an educational video about copyright infringement, then click on a popup that acknowledges they watched the video. The fifth infringement results in a bandwidth throttle, and the sixth could result in direct legal action.As mentioned before, not every ISP has to take the same route, but it’s likely the plans will be similar to the above steps. We don’t condone piracy, but any kind of punishment system that can be mistaken (for example, because someone used your ISP without your knowledge) isn’t the most ideal kind of system. The only thing we can really do, though, is wait and see if the CAS causes more trouble problems than it intends to fix.last_img read more

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Talking to the kids on the phone asking them how their day

first_img http://the42.ie/3326917 Image: PA Archive/PA Images Share50 Tweet Email Apr 6th 2017, 8:00 PM Lawrie retired from professional golf in September after 20 years on tour. 3 Comments 30,620 Views Player and Nicklaus pay emotional tribute to Arnold Palmer as 2017 Masters gets underway Short URLcenter_img Thursday 6 Apr 2017, 8:00 PM Lawrie retired from professional golf in September after 20 years on tour. Image: PA Archive/PA Images ‘Talking to the kids on the phone asking them how their day was, and you say to yourself, I really should be at home’ It’s seven months since Peter Lawrie walked away from professional golf after falling out of love with life on tour. IN THE END, it was all rather abrupt — no deliberation, no second thoughts, no regrets — but, deep down, Peter Lawrie had known for some time the flame was beginning to flicker.The will to play on simply wasn’t there and life on tour was no longer what it was. The game had moved on, developed and changed, and there came a point when Lawrie realised it was time he moved on too.The nomadic existence, the weeks and months spent away from home and family, and the perpetual battle to justify it all wasn’t what he wanted anymore. Enough was enough.“I was on a train track and I couldn’t get off it and no matter what I did the end was in sight,” he tells The42. “Did golf give me up or did I give up on it? I think it was a bit of both, to be honest.”Lawrie officially turned his back on professional golf last September, but the beginning of the end can be traced back to November 2015. It was at that stage, as he returned to Qualifying School in Catalunya, when he began to question it and the doubts started to reverberate.“You look back on it,” he continues. “You’re 42 years of age and can you just picture yourself going back into Sixth Year in school to do your Leaving Cert again. I would say that would horrify a lot of people and that’s exactly what it was like.“I was going back mixing with young lads who were trying to come up on tour. It’s actually funny as I probably looked at older lads when I came out as a young guy, thinking ‘what are these lads still doing out here, they’re way past their prime’ and that was me in that situation.”It was the lowest point of his career and Lawrie’s performance that week hinted that his desire was beginning to fade as a nightmare situation was compounded after an incorrect drop from a staked tree. The Dubliner won once on the European Tour. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesHe refused to sign his card and was automatically disqualified, a decision he knew would end his hopes of regaining his full playing rights for 2016.“I won’t give up,” he said at the time, but Lawrie knew. He knew there wasn’t much more he could give to a game, and lifestyle, which had changed dramatically in the two decades he had been on tour.Ten starts sprinkled throughout 2016 failed to yield much return and financially it was no longer viable for him to chase one final payday whilst leaving his wife at home with four young kids.“I would always weigh up the situation of walking out the door and leaving them behind. Was it worth my while?” he said.“Not just in terms of me being competitive but also in a monetary nature and when that wasn’t stacking up, when I was walking out the door and leaving my family behind and not earning a decent wage and then struggling and losing a bit at the end, it was time to call it a day.“It’s a hard thing to do, to look at your career and accept it’s time to move on. I just needed to tell myself that I’d had a good career but now I need to stop and do something else. If I kept chasing it I would be talked about as one of those players who was good but now can’t hit snow off a rope.”His last shot in professional golf was at the KLM Open on 9 September 2016, as he carded rounds of 76 and 77 to finish 149th out of 156 entries. He had hoped for a final swansong at the Dunhill Links or in Portugal but a sponsor’s invite never came.“You just have to look at how long they hit it now, and their physiques,” he says. “Golf has changed so dramatically to a power sport rather than a master craftsman getting the ball around the golf course. Lawrie has taken up a role as director of golf at Luttrellstown Castle. Source: PA Archive/PA Images“Golf moved on to a certain extent because the golf courses I could contend at were short and tight and now they play courses that are mainly wide open, long and with plenty of rough.”Lawrie hadn’t so much fallen out of love with golf — the game is all he’s ever known and wanted to play — but had become tired and disillusioned by everything that goes around it; the airports, the travel, the hotels, the endless pursuit of ranking points and the pressure to come home from far-flung places with something to show for it all.“It just got tiresome after a while, I had done enough of it.” he admits. “Twenty years as a pro, 15 of them were on the European Tour and the other five were pretty much going around the world chasing a card. It was enough, I had done enough.The hardest part was probably in the evening time, you’ve finished your dinner and there’s nobody around you. You’re talking to the kids on the phone: ‘How are you today, what did you get up to today Daddy?’ and you say to yourself really I should be at home. That was the hardest part more than anything else.“You’re trying to get home on a Sunday night or a Friday night when you’ve missed the cut as quickly as you can to see the kids. They need their Dad, especially my son more than anything. The youngest is five, then seven, nine and 11.”Now, Lawrie gets to spend a lot more time at home after taking up the role of director of golf at Luttrellstown Castle Golf Club, with the commute for his new day job taking just five minutes.Life has moved onto the next chapter.Lawrie is just about coming to terms with that, and beginning to accept the way a career which garnered one European Tour win, at the Spanish Open in 2008, came to a halt earlier than he would have liked. He still questions if he made the right decision, but insists he just has to park that period in his life and look forward. Celebrating the putt to win the 2008 Spanish Open. Source: Ross Kinnaird“The 19 September 2016 is a date which will be etched in my brain forever,” he explains. “I still wonder have I made the right decision. I’m watching and thinking I could still be out there but there’s a day and a day when things move on and that’s life.“Dealing with the fact that I’m not playing anymore has been the hard part. Watching the television or watching the scores on the internet, the lure is still there. I suppose it’s a bit like being a gambler, golf was like that, it was the thrill of the next big win. That’s been tough to push aside.You have to move on and when you’re in that situation, just accept it’s time and let someone else in the door. I have no regrets because that would kill you. I made that decision and you have to get on with it. I’ve closed one chapter and opened up another.”Fresh pastures, but Lawrie can look back on his time at the top with great pride and satisfaction. The ultimate professional, who earned the respect of his peers through sheer hard work, perseverance and an unflinching passion for the game, the Dubliner was one of the most consistent performers on tour. He kept his  card for 12 straight years and could have easily been a four-time winner had he not been pipped in three separate play-offs.His one win also involved a play-off, but on that occasion Lawrie came out the right side as he defeated home favourite Ignacio Garrido at the Spanish Open nine years ago.“It was definitely one of the highlights with the other being when I played with my brother in the Dunhill Links at St Andrew’s and we finished sixth. To be able to share that with him was fantastic and not many sportsmen can say they shared the arena with their brother.“I consider myself very lucky because of what I achieved and what I did. You could look back on the four play-offs I was in and say I could have won them all and could have been a four-time winner on tour but I can’t do that. At the time I gave it my best shot and that’s as good as I could give and I was a thorough professional from start to finish. Source: Ross Kinnaird“I wasn’t one of the lads who was down the pub at the night time, I gave it all I could and here I am, that’s it, I couldn’t have done any more. I’m proud of what I did but would I liked to have been there a little longer? Yes, but sometimes that’s not the way it works out.“I grew up with golf and dreaming of playing it professionally. When I was in Terenure College, a big rugby school, I didn’t play rugby because I didn’t want to damage myself for golf.“I used to get laughed at for saying ‘my left hand was worth €2 million and my right worth €3 million’ but that’s the way I looked at it. I always wanted to be a professional golfer and I reached that.“I’m one of the few players out there who can say they won on the European Tour and had a successful career.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Follow us: the42.ie By Ryan Baileylast_img read more

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Store clerk accused of theft by marking down prices for acquaintances

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Lovren handed onematch suspension for Ramos incident

first_imgLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren has been handed a one-match ban by UEFA for insulting Sergio Ramos, according to Marca.The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has handed Lovren a one-match following his actions towards Ramos at the end of Spain and Croatia’s UEFA Nations League clash last year.The pair had issues with one another and have had regular altercations on social media since Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League final last May.European football governing body announced the disciplinary decision on Friday, resolving the case that was opened following Croatia’s impressive home win on November 15.gareth southgate, englandEngland and Bulgaria on a collision course over racism George Patchias – September 13, 2019 England’s concerns over racism in Bulgaria has sparked a furious row.Recently England manager Gareth Southgate expressed his concern over racist abuse being aimed at…In the report, the Croatian Football Federation was also fined 13,000 euros after fans threw objects and blocked gangways.Lovren hit out at the Real Madrid captain on social media after Croatia’s win over Spain.The Liverpool centre-half also pretended to be elbowing Ramos and attacked the entire Spanish National team, referring to them as a gang, before saying that his country’s flag is the only important one.UEFA also revealed that Villarreal will be without left-back Jaume Costa for two games after he received a ban for getting sent off in the 89th minute of the Yellow Submarines win over Spartak Moscow on December 13 at the Ceramica stadium.last_img read more

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