Militants behind J&K BJP leader’s murder, say police

first_imgAs the J&K police suspected the hand of militants in the killing of State BJP secretary Anil Parihar, 52, and his brother Ajeet, 55, in Kishtwar, top Muslim religious leaders of the region on Friday appealed for communal harmony. The leaders also gave a call for public participation in the last rites of the deceased “as a mark of protest.”“The killings are aimed at creating communal strife,” said Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh. He said it was the third attack on politicians in J&K in the past one month. Earlier, two National Conference (NC) leaders and another of the PDP were killed in Srinagar.Amid curfew, tension prevailed in the twin towns of Kishtwar and Bhaderwah for the second consecutive day on Friday in the Chenab Valley over the killing of the Parihars. Preliminary investigation suggest at least two armed men came close to the victims and fired from pistols at them. However, the security agencies have failed to identified any militant or outfit behind the killings.The Army joined other paramilitary forces to patrol the streets in parts of the Chenab Valley “to maintain law and order.” Muslim preachers in Kishtwar, Doda and Poonch condemned the killings. Members from both the communities held a protest in Doda’s Thatri area. “I appeal to local Muslims to reach the cremation ground to join the last rites of the deceased,” said Farooq Kitchloo, head priest of the Jamia Masjid Kishtwar.“The killings of unarmed people can’t be justified at any cost. Everyone should condemn this unequivocally. People must join hands to counter radical elements to establish an atmosphere of brotherhood,” said Sayeed Habib, religious preacher at the main mosque in Poonch. CPI(M) legislator M.Y. Tarigami and state Congress president Ghulam Ahmed Mir termed the attack on the BJP leader “barbaric and unfortunate”.ADD:The police have constituted a special investigation team to trace the killers of the BJP leader and his brother. “It will be headed by Assistant Superintendent of Police Prabeet Singh. All aspects will be probed,” Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar Angrez Singh Rana said.Meanwhile, the police have also detained two personal security officials (PSOs), who were guarding the BJP leader. They had left for their homes when the attackers attacked the BJP leader around 8:30 p.m. in the town. Sources said all protected persons have been directed “not to move anywhere without their PSOs.”last_img read more

PG medical aspirants approach Governor

first_imgWhile the Maharashtra Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao is yet to sign the resolution for the ordinance passed by the State Cabinet on Friday, aspirants from the open category have written to the Governor’s office on Saturday. They will approach him on Monday against the ordinance and plead that he saves the value of merit.The State Cabinet had on Friday extended its approval to amend the Maharashtra State Reservation (of seats for admission in education institutions in the State and for appointments in public services and posts under the State) for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, 2018.On Saturday, postgraduate medical aspirants from the open category and their parents held a rally at Carter Road in Bandra to protest the State ordinance. Simultaneous protests were also held in Nagpur, Pune, Aurangabad and Akola, where open category aspirants and their parents pleaded the government to put an end to their woes.“We simply do not understand how the State government could go over the Supreme Court verdict under the pretext of the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) case that is pending. We are frustrated now because of the mess that the government has made of the admissions. I always wanted to get into M.D. Medicine, but that has become difficult now with the quota, despite me having secured a good rank,” Dr. Arjav Nanavati said.While the students will challenge the ordinance in the court, they have also approached the Governor. Threat callsMeanwhile, members of the ‘Save Merit’ group alleged that they were receiving threat calls to not speak up against the reservation. “During our rally, I got a call from a doctor claiming to be from a certain community. He warned me against voicing my opinion, despite me telling him repeatedly that I stood for merit and not against any reservation. A few days back, a student had received a similar call,” said Sudha Shenoy, a parent. While the Supreme Court in its May 9 order had asked the admission to be finished by May 25, the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell had stayed the admission process by seven days following a request from the government. Advocate Gunratan Sadavarte said they have pleaded with the Governor to refer the resolution passed by the Cabinet back to the State for a reconsideration. “We have stated that the passing of the resolution on Friday was a colourable exercise and politically motivated move, besides being a breach of the SC’s May 9 order,” he said. Anand Rayate, CET Cell Commissioner, told The Hindu that he was waiting for a direction from either the Supreme Court or the government. “We will be waiting till Monday. A petition regarding the EWS reservation is due to be heard by the SC on Monday. Our counsel will be present to ask the SC for directions to finish the admission within the extended span,” he said. Admissions were stayed on Monday by the government on the pretext that if there is any change in the EWS decision, the seat matrix would have to be changed again.last_img read more

Champions League: Manchester City power to 3-1 win over Dynamo Kiev

first_imgSergio Aguero scored one goal and helped create another as Manchester City powered to a 3-1 first-leg win over Dynamo Kiev in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.Aguero and David Silva’s goals gave City a 2-0 cushion at the break before Vitaliy Buyalskiy pulled one back for Dynamo and Yaya Toure secured a valuable third away goal for City. Also read: Messi’s late double sinks Arsenal “It is not finished but playing away and having a two-goal lead is very good,” City coach Manuel Pellegrini said. “Maybe when it was 2-1 we had moments of doubt, but then we got the third goal.”Facing a Ukrainian team which had not played competitively since December, Aguero took full advantage of poor Dynamo defending at a corner to score his 15th-minute opener with a simple finish after being left unmarked. Aguero has now scored eight goals in City’s last nine games and 16 in his last 17 Champions League starts. The Argentine also helped to set up City’s second, feeding Raheem Sterling with a backheel on the edge of the box. Sterling then crossed low for Silva to score at the far post just before halftime.Dynamo shook off some of the rust in the second half and struck back in the 59th minute through Buyalskiy, whose shot from 20 yards (18 meters) deflected in off Nicolas Otamendi. That marked the 10th Champions League game in a row in which City has conceded at least one goal. Buyalskiy’s goal breathed new life into the Dynamo team, as well as delighting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who was watching from the stands with a group of soldiers in a show of support for Ukrainian forces fighting Russian-back separatists in the country’s east. Also read: Juventus draw 2-2 against Bayern Munich advertisementPoroshenko almost had more to celebrate in the 79th minute when Buyalskiy came close to scoring his second, only to be denied by the superb reflexes of Joe Hart, who made a low one-handed stop to keep out the shot from the edge of the box.It was Hart’s second notable save of the night, after he tipped over an effort from Dynamo’s star winger Andriy Yarmolenko in the opening minutes. Both Silva and Sterling appealed for second-half penalties after making contact in the box with Dynamo defenders, but neither was given, though in Silva’s case it appeared the Spanish forward was unfairly denied a spot-kick.Toure, who had earlier set up Aguero with a header for the opener, added City’s third with a curling shot in the 90th minute, leaving Dynamo’s 41-year-old goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovskiy helpless. The win ends a three-game losing run for City in all competitions and comes after Pellegrini rested star players for a 5-1 loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup on Sunday, opting to focus instead on City’s push to reach a first Champions League quarterfinal.City had chances to leave Kiev with even more away goals ahead of the second leg on March 15, with one of the best opportunities coming when Toure headed narrowly wide from close range in the 82nd minute. The game had been due to be played in an empty stadium as part of Dynamo’s punishment from UEFA for racist attacks on black fans at the group stage game against Chelsea in October.However, UEFA reduced the sanction, allowing fans into the Olimpiyskiy stadium, which was far from full, though the home crowd was vocal. No major incidents of disorder appeared to occur in the stadium.In Wednesday’s other game, 10-man PSV Eindhoven held on for a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid.last_img read more


first_img“If subsidies are given to unquantified and unidentified “If subsidies are given to unquantified and unidentified sections, then non-merit people will get the subsidy. Centre and states assist people some way or the other by way of subsidy. You are entitled to take UID if you want the benefit of subsidy,” Jaitley said. He said the US had passed a similar law in 1935 and India is behind the time. When the Chair asked Yechury to speak first on the bill, Naresh Agarwal (SP), JD-Us K C Tyagi and Derek O Brien (TMC) objected and insisted that they should also be allowed to speak. Kurien said, “Chair always has right to call any member. I called him because he has raised objection while introducing the bill…..If Chair cannot control the House, you can do it” and objected to the “questioning the authority of the Chair”. During the short debate on the bill later, the Rajya Sabha witnessed sharp exchanges when Congress leader Jairam Ramesh accused Jaitley of giving wrong information that a Bill on Juvenile Justice and another on African Development Bank, had been brought as Money Bill by the government in 1980s. Quoting information from the Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Ramesh said these two measures were not money bills. PTI LUX ADS ARClast_img read more


first_imgMeanwhile, a disappointed Australian captain Meg Lanning Meanwhile, a disappointed Australian captain Meg Lanning said her side were short by 10-15 runs when they batted. “It was a pivotal moment. We needed 160-plus to set us up. It was disappointing not to finish such a good batting side,” Lanning said. West Indies medium pacer Deandra Dottin bowled a tight last over, conceding just one run and claiming two wickets in two balls as the Australian batswomen could not capitalise on a strong start to be restricted to 148/5. Lanning heaped praise on Windies batter Hayley Matthews who struck a 45-ball 66 to set up her sides win. “Shes very talented, she had a good series against us. It was not a surprise. She played exceptionally well,” Lanning said. With the West Indies clinching their maiden WT20 title, Lanning said the gap was no more wide between the teams in womens cricket. “Everyone is catching up and going past. We have to keep improving to stay on top. We were not good enough today to beat West Indies. Their standards have been really good. Its no easy games in cricket anymore. It just did not go our way today,” the Australian skipper said. PTI TAP PDS BSlast_img read more

Harbhajan Singh steps in to aid India’s disabled cricketers

first_imgIndian cricket team members are currently enjoying a much-needed break from the sport with several players opting to go on vacations with their family and friends. Some are busy shooting ad films for the various brands they endorse while fast bowler Ishant Sharma has taken this opportunity to get engaged.Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who is getting ready to welcome his first child with wife Geeta Basra, has managed to take some time off from his family duties to come to the aid of the Indian disabled cricket team.A very generous Harbhajan has decided to sponsor clothing of the Indian disabled cricket team that will be touring Afghanistan for a tri-series, also involving Pakistan, from July 20-30.The veteran cricketer was approached by Ravi Chauhan, secretary of the Physically Challenged Cricket Association of India (PCCAI) after getting an invitation to participate in the tournament by the Afghanistan Cricket Board.”We regularly update Harbhajan about the matches our boys play. I asked him if he could sponsor kits and he immediately agreed,” Chauhan told mid-day.”Every player will get a pair each of the practice kit, travelling clothes and match colours. We are grateful to Harbhajan for his help. It would have costed us around Rs 3 lakh had we made kits for the tour,” he added.Harbhajan is not the only Indian cricketer who has offered to help the disabled team. India’s limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had sponsored the PCCAI squad for their bilateral series in South Africa in 2014. India whitewashed the Proteas 6-0 in that series.advertisementlast_img read more

Youth Awards Success Attributed to Collective Stakeholder Efforts

first_imgThis year’s successful stagings of the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence and Jamaican Youth in Concert event are being attributed to the hard, collaboration and dedication of the hundreds of talented young people, and other stakeholders, who were involved.Producer of the Awards, Gregory Simms, says he is satisfied with the opportunity afforded him to work with a number of young, talented musical artistes and entertainers, among others, in organizing both events, and the resulting outcome. “It gives me a lot of hope for the future; it gives me a lot of satisfaction to know that it was an event run by young people,” he says of the events, which were held at Emancipation Park, St. Andrew, on Sunday (March 24), under the theme: “Youth on a Mission…Project 2062.”The events were spearheaded by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), a department of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, under the auspices of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and the Ministry. It also featured collaborative inputs from several Ministries, Departments, Agencies, and uniformed groups.Mr. Simms, the JCDC’s Music Specialist, says the over 300 participants, comprising ushers and stage assistants, among others, were all young people. This group, he points, included the Master of Ceremony and media personality, Deborah ‘Debby’ Bissoon, and co-announcer at the function and National Awardee in Music, Jomo Dixon.The young producer states that, save for a few glitches, both events were well-executed over the two and a half hours in which they were staged “It speaks volumes to what young people can accomplish when we put our minds to it. So I am really grateful for the team that worked with me,” Mr. Simms adds.Regarding the concert performances, the 2008 nominee for the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence, has high praise for the 100-piece Immaculate Conception High School Symphony Orchestra, which enthralled the audience with musical renditions from the movie franchise: “Pirates of the Caribbean.”He also lauds performances by the Institute of Jamaica Junior Centre East Street Drummers; Gospel singer, Kevin Downswell; Silver Birds Steel Band; Jamaica Youth Chorale; and the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC).Other performers getting special mention include: the Blue Print Band; Remone Watson; Christopher Martin; and the Arts and Culture winner of the Prime Minister’s 2012 Youth Awards for Excellence, Romain Virgo. An exhibition, featuring JCDC Visual Arts Youth Awardees and students of the Edna Manley College for the visual and performing arts, was also among the highlights for the evening.Mr. Simms says the Youth Awards segment, jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica and the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, was executed within budget.“It really was because of the great cooperation with all the suppliers and all the performers,” he notes, adding that the majority of the performers were eager to support the event and, as such, gave pro bono work.He informs that the nominees and awardees were drawn from the Prime Minister’s list of Youth Awards for Excellence for 2011 and 2012. “We did two years in one show. A short show that still had all the information that we needed to share,” Mr. Simms proudly states.Since its inception in 1998, the Youth Awards have been presented in recognition of excellence achieved by young people in Academics; Agriculture; Entrepreneurship; the Arts and Culture; Leadership; International Achievement; Sport; Youth in Service; and Journalism.By Elaine Hartman Reckord, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Stars To Attend Sixth Annual REDF Benefit

first_imgREDF announced that dynamic R&B singer Janelle Monae will perform an exclusive show at the sixth annual REDF Benefit on September 18th at the legendary Warfield Theatre in San Francisco.In an effort to raise funds and awareness to help transform lives and communities by creating jobs for people facing the greatest barriers to work, the annual event unites supporters and key stakeholders with members of the REDF Board of Directors such as actor Chris O’Donnell, Facebook’s Dan Rose and Google’s Adam Smith.To ensure an inspiring evening for all, the benefit host committee, including actor and recording artist LL Cool J and former 49er Ronnie Lott, invite guests to a private performance from Ms. Monae, a cocktail reception and seated dinner. Visit here for more information about the event.“Celebrating people like my parents and the working-class while helping to raise funds for an organization like REDF is an honor that’s truly in line with my values,” said singer Janelle Monae.Since its founding in San Francisco in 1997, REDF has directly supported more than 50 social enterprises in California that have employed thousands of individuals who faced significant barriers to work, and earned more than $140 million in revenue. To showcase the power of social enterprises, REDF will honor this year’s Moldaw award winner, Juan Tello. After serving a seven year prison term for crimes related to gang involvement, Mr. Tello found a second chance through Taller San Jose, a REDF-backed organization. Juan is a full-time employee of Taller’s social enterprise, Hope Builders, and a leading example to other individuals as they aim to turn their lives around through workforce training and employment.“Stories like Mr. Tello’s bring alive the result of our work — funding job creation and employment opportunities for individuals who are too often shut out of the workforce,” said Carla Javits, REDF President and CEO. “In addition to the transformational personal impact of getting and keeping a job, the benefits extend to families and communities, and even more broadly to the health of our society and to our country’s economic stability. In short, together we’re working for a brighter future, today.”For further information about REDF donations, sponsorships and tickets, please contact Miquette Thompson, at 415-852-4506 or email read more

UN Morocco Reiterates Commitment to Promote World Peace

New York – Morocco on Monday reiterated its commitment to promote international peace and security, stressing that the UN remains the “lead agency” to guarantee peace and security in the world.This is the place to “reiterate my country’s commitment for peace and international security,” Morocco’s ambassador to the UN, Omar Hilale, said at the UN Security Council Open Debate on United Nations Peacekeeping: Regional Partnerships and their Evolution.On this occasion, Mr. Hilale expressed the kingdom’s determination to “continue to engage, under the auspices of the United Nations, for the promotion and consolidation of peace throughout the world”In this regard, he said “the international community would undoubtedly benefit from strengthening cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations.” He underlined that such cooperation “shall go beyond the political support based on universal principles, raison d’être of the United Nations, to include predictable and adequate logistical support.”He also stressed that the UN, through the Security Council, remains the “main guarantor of peace and security in the world,” and the role of regional and sub-regional organizations shall remain consistent with the provisions of Chapter VIII of the UN Charter. read more

Human Rights Day UN officials pledge to advance human dignity equality and

“Over seven decades, this mighty document has helped to profoundly change our world,” said Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday, at a special UN Headquarters event to commemorate Human Rights Day, observed annually on 10 December.“[The Universal Declaration of Human Rights] establishes the equality and dignity of every human being. It stipulates that every government has a duty to enable all people to enjoy their inalienable rights and freedoms. And it establishes that these rights are universal,” he added.Mr. Guterres highlighted the progress achieved by humankind since the adoption of the Universal Declaration, including advancing and protecting the rights of women, children and victims of discrimination as well as in holding accountable perpetrators of gross human rights violations and abuses.However, he also called for taking a stock in areas where progress has not been achieved.“In practice, recognition of the inherent dignity and equal rights of human beings is still far from universal,” he said, noting that millions around the world continue to suffer human rights violations and abuses. “And human rights defenders still face persecution, reprisals are rising and the space for civil society action is shrinking in very many nations,” added Mr. Guterres.Universal Declaration of Human RightsUnderscoring the need for all sections of the society to “speak out and take a stand” for human rights, the UN chief announced his own pledge that he will respect the rights of others regardless of who they are, and will uphold their rights even when he disagrees with them.“When anyone’s human rights are denied, everyone’s rights are undermined, so I will stand up. I will raise my voice. I will take action. I will use my rights to stand up for your rights,” he committed.Also speaking at the ceremony, Miroslav Lajčák, the President of the General Assembly highlighted that the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was not only a milestone for the General Assembly, but was also one for humanity.“But [the Universal Declaration] did not create human rights. They existed before this. Not on paper – but in people. In fact, human rights are an inherent part of humanity. And they always will be,” he said, adding that while the rights can denied, they cannot be taken away – neither by law nor policy or action.Recalling the efforts, that ultimately led to the adoption of the Universal Declaration in 1948, he called on everyone use the seminal document to inspire themselves and help protect and promote everyones’ human rights.“Stand up taller – and speak up louder – for human rights,” he urged.Also speaking today were Liu Zhenmin, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs; as well as Louise Arbour and Navi Pillay, former High Commissioners of Human Rights.The campaign, which was officially launched yesterday by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein at Palais de Chaillot in Paris on Sunday. read more

Armed man making threats to kill in a lifethreatening condition after being

A man armed with knives and “making threats to kill” is in a life-threatening condition after being shot by police in east London.The 28-year-old was shot by armed officers at a residential address in Hackney on Tuesday night. An officer suffered a “slash injury” during the incident and was taken to hospital.The police watchdog has launched an investigation into the shooting.The Metropolitan Police said they were first alerted to the “domestic incident” at a property in Knights Close at 9.43pm.”A 28-year-old man was reported to be armed with knives and making threats to kill,” the force said.”Specialist firearms officers attended the scene. One officer sustained a slash injury.”Firearms officers were deployed and a male was shot by police. He has been conveyed to an east London hospital.”A Met spokesman said on Wednesday morning that the man “remains in a life-threatening condition”.The officer’s injury was not believed to be life-threatening and there were no other reported injuries.The Independent Office for Police Conduct is aware of the incident and has launched its own investigation, Scotland Yard said.The force’s standards body has also been informed. 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. read more

Current trends in the copper space

first_imgAurubis reports that “following LME Week in October, the copper world met up again in November, this time in Shanghai. Well-known mining companies used this as an opportunity to communicate upcoming investments in mine expansions. The signs in Chile continue to point to growth in 2019: The consulting company Fitch Solutions forecasts 4 % growth thanks to a lower risk of strikes, as well as mining companies’ efforts to improve the quality of their mines.”The International Monetary Fund (IMF) adjusted its economic outlook in October and was followed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which issued its economic forecast in November. The OECD expects gross domestic product worldwide to increase by 3.7 % in the current year. For 2019 and 2020, the organization has reduced its forecast by 0.2 percentage points, to 3.5 % in both years. The key reason cited for this change is the simmering trade dispute between the US and China and the resulting uncertainties.For the US, the organization anticipates 2.9 % growth in the current year. Expected growth for 2019 and 2020 is 2.7 % and 2.1 %, respectively. For China, the OECD sees a growth rate of 6.6 % for this year and 6.3 % for next year. The expectation for 2020 is 6.0 %. When it comes to the euro zone, the organization adjusted its forecast for the current year downward, to 1.9 %, and anticipates a further reduction to 1.8 % in the coming year and 1.6 % in 2020. The OECD expects gross domestic product of 1.6 % in Germany in the current and upcoming year. Growth of 1.4 % is expected for 2020.The US dollar was at about US$ 1.14 in relation to the euro at the close of November and was thus at the level of October.According to ICSG calculations, the copper market remained balanced in August, with a minimal refined copper deficit of about 31,000 t (July: 84,000 t). Looking at the first eight months of 2018, there was a deficit of around 259,000 t (8M 2017: deficit of 98,000 t). Global refined copper output of 1.96 Mt in August came up against global demand of 1.99 Mt, as the ICSG reported.According to Reuters, Chile produced 4.25 Mt of copper in the first nine months of 2018, or 7 % more copper than in the first nine months of 2017. One reason was the high output coming fromBHP’s Escondida mine until September. Its output was approximately 60 % higher than last year, since the mine produced less in 2017 due to strikes. Moreover, Chile’s second-largest mine, Collahuasi, boosted its production by 5.8 % YOY, to 401,000 t. The signs point to growth in Chile for 2019 as well: The consulting company Fitch Solutions forecasts 4 % growth for next year. Fitch states that the reason is a lower risk of strikes, as well as mining companies’ efforts to improve the quality of their mines.Copper production in Peru, the world’s second largest copper raw material supplier, declined in September and October. Compared to September 2017, output fell by 19 % to 202,000 t in September 2018, as S&P Global Platts reported. In October 2018, too, copper output was about 4 % below October 2017, according to Bloomberg.Anglo American discussed its future copper output in an interview with Bloomberg. The company confirmed or increased its production forecast for the next three years. Output should be 660,000 t in 2018, between 630,000 and 660,000 t in 2019, and between 620,000 and 680,000 t in 2020. Anglo expects production in its Quellaveco mine in Peru to ramp up in 2022. In the medium term, the company plans to produce more than 1 Mt of copper.Antofagasta also commented on its future production during Asia Copper Week in Shanghai, in the context of an interview with Metal Bulletin. The company expects a record output between 750,000 and 790,000 t, a leap of about 8 % compared to 2018. The primary reason for the increase is the high-quality ore deposits of the Centinela mine. The copper contents of the deposits are higher than previously expected, according to the company’s remarks.In November, Antofagasta also made the decision to expand Los Pelambres mine in Chile. The project requires an investment of $ 1.3 billion, and the concentrates should add around 60,000 t of refined copper to the global market over a period of 15 years. Expanding Los Pelambres will raise the processing capacity from 175,000 to 190,000 t/d of ore and increase Antofagasta’s output by roughly 15%. As Reuters reported, construction work will start in January 2019 and is expected to conclude by 2021.Reuters also stated that Birla Copper, one of the largest copper producers in India, expects Indian demand for refined copper to double in the next eight years. Demand should increase to about 1.4 Mt until 2026, from 0.65 Mt in 2018. Taking stronger demand due to electric vehicles into account, the company could even imagine a demand level of 2.5 Mt.The copper price on the London Metal Exchange (LME cash settlement) rose slightly in early November, then moved sideways around the $6,200/t mark starting in the middle of the month. Positive fundamental data from China supported this trend.The Chilean state news agency Cochilco slightly adjusted its copper price downward, to $6,548/t for 2018. The copper price for 2019 should average $6,724/t. The investment bank Macquarie reported that Cochilco cited the trade conflicts between the US and China as the reason behind this reduction.The smelter industry’s copper concentrate supply situation remained very good in November. Spot treatment and refining charges for copper concentrates (TC/RCs) were again between $ 93/t and $96/t, according to Fastmarkets. In the meantime, levels in the triple digits have even been reported. Chinese smelters are reportedly still well supplied with concentrates.Jiangxi Copper and Antofagasta agreed on TC/RCs of $80.80/t for 2019, according to Reuters. This news is surprising in light of the significantly higher spot prices on the concentrate market at the moment, the good overall concentrate supply situation in 2018 due to high mine output, and the smelter downtimes scheduled for 2019. On top of that, not much has been revealed up to now regarding the circumstances under which this price level was agreed on.As Reuters reported, BHP’s Spence has been producing normally again after being briefly affected by strikes in November. The striking workers complained of a sub-par safety situation. BHP is planning to invest $2.5 billion at the site to extend the mine’s lifetime by another 50 years. The expansion should lead to a higher output in 2021.Bloomberg reported that US exporters sold about 75 % more copper scrap to countries apart from China during the current year. China had been the biggest purchaser of copper scrap from the US in the past. Export data from Reuters indicates that imports of copper scrap from US to China fell by 37% between September and October, to 6,065 t. This is less than one-sixth of the import volume of October 2017. In October 2018, the US accounted for just 2.5 % of copper scrap imports in China, compared to 22.3 % in January 2018.The decline in Chinese imports from the US are mainly attributed to two key influences, according to CRU: For one, China has imposed a 25 % import duty on US scrap since August. Furthermore, an import ban for copper scrap with high impurity levels (called category 7 scrap) will go into effect in 2019. S&P Global Platts states that the latter factor in particular has supposedly led to a roughly 250,000 t (copper content) decrease in Chinese copper scrap imports of this quality due to preliminary impacts. A similar drop in volume is also expected for 2019.According to Reuters, Vedanta has started selling copper concentrates from the inventories of the Indian smelter Tuticorin, which is currently out of commission. So far, about 70,000 t of concentrates have been offered on the market.As Reuters reported, the Japanese company Mitsubishi Materials declared force majeure for its Indonesian copper smelter PT Smelting, since it can’t fulfill some of its customers’ orders due to prolonged maintenance work. The work had to be extended because a neighboring oxygen plant had to prolong its own maintenance period and wasn’t delivering oxygen to PT Smelting. As a result, the company expects a cathode production loss of about 20,000 t. The plan is to restart the smelter in mid-December.Inventories in the world’s warehouses were lower again in November compared to the previous month. While deliveries to the LME warehouses jumped once more at the end of October, there were significant declines in November. In total, inventories fell by approximately 40,000 t in November and were at 402,000 t at the end of the month (end of October: around 445,000 t).last_img read more

The Hobbit at 48fps An HFR journey

first_imgThe Hobbit is the first major motion picture to hit the silver screen using HFR 3D, a format that has been both highly criticized and publicly applauded. If you’re heading to see The Hobbit in theaters, here’s what you can expect to see on the screen. (No spoilers, promise!)HFR, or High Frame Rate, shows a movie at twice the frame rate of whatever the last movie was you saw in the theater. The film was recorded using 30 RED Epic cameras to generate this effect. The closest parallel you can draw to describe how this looks is when you watch something on a television with an enhanced refresh rate. On your television, frames that weren’t there to begin with are being added by the television to reduce stuttering and create a smoother image. With HFR, there are actually more recorded frames to work with.If you are already watching television at home on a set with an enhanced refresh rate, the move from 24fps to 48ps will be less jarring, but if you’re coming from a standard HDTV or SDTV the difference will be significant. If you have chosen to watch the movie in HFR 3D you will experience significantly less eye strain than with 24fps 3D.The first thing you will notice when watching the opening of The Hobbit is that the characters seem to be moving almost as though they are in fast forward. It isn’t until the first character speaks in the film that you realize the audio and video are in sync. It’s going to take your brain a few minutes to accept what is going on is supposed to be happening.Once your brain has adjusted to the higher frame rate, you may notice a few things feel slightly out of place. Occasionally this gets described as feeling like you are seeing actors on a set instead of watching a movie. Especially in The Hobbit, with so many flips between CGI and props from the WETA team, if you are looking close enough you will find things that catch your eye during the film. Occasionally there will be smoke that seems obviously computer generated, or rocks that took false because of the way the light hits them is unlike that found in the rest of the scene. These artifacts, if you’re looking hard enough, feel almost like lack of polish but the good news is that these moments are few and far between.After the film is over and you have gone home (or maybe moved on to a different movie), there are no residual effects of watching something in HFR. You won’t sit down on your couch and decide that all of a sudden your television is insufficient because things now seem “slower”. For now, the HFR experience is something that will require some period of adjustment. It seems to me that theaters could eliminate the adjustment period by offering the previews in HFR as well, or some other mechanism that would train the brain to be OK with the difference before the movie starts. As it stands right now, the first few minutes of the film are somewhat distracting as you adjust.The Hobbit may be the first HFR 3D film, but it won’t be the last. Already James Cameron has discussed going this route for the next Avatar, and Andy Serkis plans to use it in his adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. On top of this, there are two other movies on their way to complete The Hobbit. It will take a few years for moviegoers to truly adjust to the format, but I think overall the HFR experience is a great addition to the theater experience.Oh, and there’s nothing after the credits.last_img read more

Europe les agriculteurs bientôt incités à mieux respecter lenvironnement

first_imgEurope : les agriculteurs bientôt incités à mieux respecter l’environnementMercredi, le commissaire européen Dacian Ciolos doit présenter un projet de réforme de la Politique agricole commune (PAC). Objectif premier : inciter les agriculteurs à mieux respecter l’environnement en rendant à la nature une partie de leurs terres et en conditionnant un tiers des aides directes à des mesures “vertes”.Encore deux jours à attendre pour les agriculteurs. Mercredi, le commissaire européen Dacian Ciolos fera part du nouveau projet de la politique agricole commune (PAC). Selon des documents obtenus par l’AFP, figure entre autres propositions phares, celle de conditionner 30% des aides directes au respect de mesures environnementales comme la diversification des cultures (trois variétés au moins et pas plus de 70% d’une même culture) ou des jachères vertes.Les agriculteurs seraient dans ce cas amenés à faire un choix entre réserver 7% de leurs terres à des chemins herbeux, des haies ou des prairies fleuries, ou tout simplement renoncer à une partie des subventions européennes. Le secteur “bio”, lui, n’aurait pas ces contraintes. Des propositions qui ne conviennent pas à la principale organisation d’agriculteurs européens, la Copa-Cogeca. “Alors que les Chinois sont en train d’acheter en masse des terres en Afrique, on nous demande de renoncer à 7 % des nôtres”, enrage l’un de ses responsables, l’Allemand Gerd Sonnleitner. Selon l’organisation, six à sept millions d’hectares seraient ainsi retirés de la production.Mais ce n’est pas tout puisque Bruxelles envisage également de plafonner progressivement les aides perçues par chaque exploitation à partir de 150.000 euros par an. Chaque ferme ne pourra ainsi toucher plus de 300.000 euros par an. Un plafonnement qui ne s’appliquerait pas aux exploitations qui emploient beaucoup de salariés car les coûts salariaux pourront être déduits du montant total des aides perçues.Des aides mieux distribués À lire aussiDes scientifiques chinois développent un nouveau riz qui pourrait nourrir 200 millions de personnesTenant compte des critiques de la Cour des Comptes européenne, Bruxelles veut aussi limiter le versement des aides aux “agriculteurs actifs”, pour empêcher aéroports ou clubs de golf d’en profiter. En revanche, les exploitations appartenant à la reine d’Angleterre ou au Duc de Windsor, grands bénéficiaires au Royaume-Uni des fonds de la PAC, y auront toujours droit, indique TV5monde.Enfin, la Commission envisage de redistribuer les aides. Alors qu’aujourd’hui 80% d’entre elles sont versées à 20% des plus grosses exploitations, Bruxelles veut, d’ici 2019, subventionner à l’hectare. Cela profitera aux exploitations qui pratiquent une agriculture extensive, plutôt que celles qui privilégient une agriculture intensive.Roumanie, Bulgarie et les trois pays baltes devraient donc voir leurs aides augmenter (33,7% maximum) mais resteront cependant en-dessous de la moyenne européenne (54 % dans le cas de la Lettonie), tandis que la France restera le premier bénéficiaire des aides directes de la PAC, et ne verra sa part diminuer que de 1,5%. Au final, les fonds consacrés à la PAC passeraient de 57,4 milliards d’euros en 2013 à 50,2 milliards en 2020, soit environ 33% du budget européen à terme.Le 10 octobre 2011 à 16:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Spurs not adding new players and we have no regrets –

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino states that it is totally unnecessary to add new players just for the sake of it and therefore doesn’t regret not signing any during the off-season.“We are always trying to improve our squad because football is dynamic, but if you cannot achieve what you need or want, [making signings] because you need to make happy people or act like all the clubs, I think that is not common sense” he told UK newspapers via FourFourTwo.Pochettino insists that not signing any players was the right decision, as the team had no need for new players. The team has won six of their eight premier league games despite not adding in the off-seasonKieran trippier, Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham HotspursTrippier and Pochettino try to clear up a war of words George Patchias – September 13, 2019 The apparent war of words between Kieran Trippier and Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be nothing more than a misunderstanding.Trippier was sold by Tottenham…“We showed that we do not care. If we don’t need the players who are available to sign then why are we going to sign? That is the point.“I was happy and am happy with the squad that I have, we have no regrets. When we started the season with three games that we won and we were top of the table people were talking in a different way, [saying] ‘Oh how clever are Tottenham because they keep all the squad from last season’.“After we lost some games [it] started to make a big impact in the perception. But I need to remind everyone that is our best start after eight games.”last_img read more

Crew prepares tree for lighting ceremony

first_imgA crew from St. Mary’s Services braved the cold, wet weather Monday to bring a little holiday cheer to downtown Vancouver.The workers spent hours stringing more than 11,000 LED lights on a tree towering over Esther Short Park in preparation for the annual community tree lighting. The crew members were hoisted to the tree’s top on a mechanical lift beginning before dawn and continued working into the afternoon.The annual tree lighting event begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Esther Short Park. Santa and his elves will arrive at 6 p.m. Starbucks will be in the park offering hot drinks during the event. Following the tree lighting, Vancouver Pops will perform at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. Last year’s tree lighting attracted about 2,000 people. The community tree will be aglow throughout the holidays. The tree lighting is just one part of the 15th annual Vancouver Rotary Foundation’s Festival of Trees. The festival displays decorated Christmas trees at Pearson Air Museum and opens Friday. The festival runs from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.The festival will wrap up Sunday with the Hot Buttered Run and Kids Kandy Kane Race at 10 a.m. at Pearson Air Museum. So far, more than 800 people are registered to run.For additional information about the festival, visit read more

Dania Beach couple finds iguana in toilet

first_imgDANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – An expectant mother and her fiancé were flushed with fear when they found an iguana in their toilet, Saturday evening.Dania Beach residents Ingrid Cepeda and Ryan Zubrin said they came home from dinner to the surprising sight. “There’s no way. What is it?’” Zubrin is heard saying on cellphone video showing the scaly creature.Cepeda, who is due to give birth on Tuesday, discovered the reptile lounging in her toilet bowl. “I wasn’t sure if it was an iguana, if it was baby alligator,” she said.“I don’t know. I’m never going to the bathroom again, that’s for sure,” Zubrin is heard saying in the video.The scared couple then dialed 911. A recording of the call captured their disbelief.Operator: “Broward County Regional Communications. May I help you?”Ryan Zubrin: “Yes. I was transferred here from 911. Me and my fiancée, we just got home, and there’s like a giant iguana in the toilet, and we really don’t know what to do or if it’s gonna bite or how to get it out.” “At that point, I wasn’t sure if it was alive, if it was dead,” said Zubrin. “I didn’t even know what kind of reptile it was.”Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue answered the call and removed the animal. Zubrin said he thinks the iguana got in through the pipes. “I would imagine it would have had to come in through the toilet,” he said. “It would be pretty hard for an iguana that size to actually get under the door and slip past us.”Cepeda said it would have taken a different kind of creepy crawler to truly terrify her.“I’m surprised you didn’t go into labor when you saw it,” Zubrin is heard telling his fiancée in the video.She replied, “If it was a spider, probably.”BSO deputies said they later released the iguana.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Soldotna Man Arrested Following Foot Pursuit

first_imgAlaska State Troopers attempted to stop a white 1991 Dodge Dynasty on Bonita Avenue, Soldotna. The vehicle came to a stop and the driver fled on foot into a residence. According to the online trooper dispatch, Cooper O. Kimble, age 20 of Soldotna, failed to stop at the direction of AST. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A 20-year old Soldotna man was arrested for failing to stop at the direction of a peace officer and tampering with physical evidence following a traffic stop on February 5. Further investigation revealed Kimble concealed clothing he was wearing when he fled from the traffic stop. Kimble was arrested for Failure to Stop at the Direction of a Police Officer II and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Kimble was transported to the Wildwood Pretrial Facility where he was held without bail.last_img read more