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Canadas bias meant improper consultations First Nations challenging pipeline

first_imgVANCOUVER — Six First Nations that have filed another legal challenge against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion say Canada’s ownership of the corporation created a bias that prevented full consultations as ordered by the Federal Court of Appeal.Chief Leah George-Wilson of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation says Canada had an opportunity to “get it right” but failed to take environmental risks into consideration as part of a rushed consultation process.The court shelved the original approval last summer and the federal government approved the pipeline expansion again in June after a second round of consultations with First Nations.George-Wilson says she expects the latest approval will be overturned based on the same mistakes the federal government made the first time around with its failure to conduct meaningful consultations.Lawyer Merle Alexander, who represents the Shxw’owhamel First Nation near Hope, B.C., says the nation that initially supported the pipeline chose to oppose it because an oil spill would destroy its sacred burial and archeological sites as well as the community’s sole source of water.The federal government purchased the pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion, saying it was in the national interest to build the country’s energy infrastructure and to preserve jobs. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Women candidates aim to upset AFN old boys club in race for

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe candidates list for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations continues to grow.For the first time in the AFN’s history, three Aboriginal women are aiming for the top spot.Leaving many to wonder what kind of challenges would lay ahead for a female national chief.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.last_img

MLA Bernier now officially serving as Oil and Gas Development Critic

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier is now officially the BC Liberal Party’s opposition critic for Oil and Gas Development.Bernier, who previously served as Health Critic under interim party leader Rich Coleman and as Education Minister for two years under former Premier Christy Clark, was named oil and gas development critic by BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson earlier this week. The South Peace MLA says that both he and Skeena MLA Ellis Ross will be questioning Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Michelle Mungall in the Legislature.Bernier said that Ross, who served as Natural Gas Development Minister under Clark for less than a month before the BC Liberals lost a confidence vote, will continue to serve as critic of all LNG-specific and downstream natural gas issues. Bernier says that with him serving as critic of the upstream side of things means that the pair will form a quite a powerful combination. “It’s basically a perfect partnership for the North here,” said Bernier. “You have where the gas is being produced and extracted in the Peace Region with myself, and then Ellis on the coast where facilities can be built. My job now will be to challenge the provincial government and look at any regulations or policies they’re putting in place to make sure they’re actually going to work for the region.”Bernier will begin his stint as oil and gas critic in the Legislature when the House resumes the Spring Session in just over a week’s time.last_img read more

ADP I Luxembourg Sells off 89000 Shares of Moroccos Mining Company

Rabat – ADP I Luxembourg has sold 89,000 shares of the Mining Company of Touissit (CMT) in the Casablanca stock exchange at a per unit price of MAD 1,350, according to an announcement by the Moroccan Capital Market Authority (AMMC) last Friday.“Following this transaction, ADP I Luxembourg owns 891 CMT shares, or 0.05 percent of the capital of the company,” the AMMC statement read. Prior to the transaction, the European firm owned 8.87 percent of the mining company.OSEAD Maroc Mining (39.36 percent) and the Caisse Interprofessionnelle Marocaine de Retraites (CIMR) (12 percent) still own a majority stake of CMT. ADP’s withdrawal caused CMT to lose 0.13 percent of its value on January 16th, after the January 4th announcement of the mass sale caused a 2.03 percent loss.In December, CMT announced 28 million euros worth of projects in the Meknes-Tafilalet region in the Middle Atlas mountains funded through a long-term loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).The funds are slated to be used for the construction of the Tighza mine for improvements in health, safety and environment management initiatives in order to increase the site’s overall productivity.“Despite the overall decline in commodity prices, CMT’s results are extremely encouraging as the 2015 turnover increased by 9.6% to MAD 444.5 million,” Jean-Francois Fourt, the firm’s chairman states on the official company website. “I want to reassure the shareholders: by continuing efforts to control costs while developing the mining infrastructures, the CMT has very beautiful days ahead.” read more

GOP officials rehash old fight against Volkswagen union vote

NASHVILLE — Top Tennessee Republicans are predicting economic harm if workers at Volkswagen’s car assembly plant in Chattanooga vote to unionize.With 1,700 workers scheduled to vote June 12-14, U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn and Gov. Bill Lee are following their predecessors’ blueprint.In 2014, then-U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and then-Gov. Bill Haslam helped convince Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga to vote 712-626 against unionization with United Auto Workers.Lee argues it’s harder to recruit companies in a state with significant union activity.The union has questioned why Lee headlined a January announcement at the Spring Hill General Motors plant, which has 3,000 UAW-represented workers.A smaller group of Chattanooga workers voted for representation in 2015, but Volkswagen refused to negotiate.Other than that vote, UAW hasn’t fully organized a foreign-owned auto assembly plant in the traditionally anti-union South.Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press read more

Laos UN expert warns against marginalizing religious minorities

Asma Jahangir, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, wrapped up a week-long visit to Laos by calling on authorities in the South-East Asian country to sustain and foster respect for religious diversity.“The test of freedom of religion or belief lies with the level of tolerance extended to religious minorities,” she said in a statement issued in Vientiane, the capital.She voiced concern that religious minorities appear to have little or no access to higher education and other opportunities.A “glass ceiling in terms of their promotion in public service and their participation in decision making” exists, Ms. Jahangir added, warning that religious minorities must not be marginalized.The Special Rapporteur met with both Government officials and private citizens during her visit but she said some people told her they engaged in self-censorship and were hesitant about approaching authorities on religious matters.She stated that her office has received serious allegations in the past decade about the treatment of religious followers, including reports of official campaigns aimed at forcing Christians to renounce their faith and arrests made on the basis of religion.Lao authorities acknowledged to Ms. Jahangir that some incidents had occurred, but assured her that they would not be tolerated in the future and that fresh instructions have been passed down to lower-level officials.In her statement the Special Rapporteur welcomed Laos’ recent ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which bans religious discrimination and unreasonable restrictions on the movements of individuals, including in their exercise of religious freedom.Ms. Jahangir serves in an unpaid and independent capacity as a Special Rapporteur and reports to the UN Human Rights Council, which is based in Geneva. 30 November 2009Religious minorities in Laos remain isolated with little access to higher education, few opportunities for job promotions in the public sector and effective exclusion from decision-making processes, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today. read more

Thaipongal will help coexistence says President

Thaipongal is a festive occasion that signifies the everlasting relationship between human beings and nature, states President Maithripala Sirisena in his Thaipongal Message to the Hindus of Sri Lanka.The President urged Hindus in Sri Lanka to let the love of humans towards each other pour out and illuminated lamps lighten up to dispel darkness and lead the way to genuine co-existence. “Since the time of human evolution to date, the agricultural farming community has been celebrating festive occasions such as this in spirit of unity, mutual respect and observing common social values. Celebration of such festivals related to nature made a tremendous contribution to make this world a better place to live in. Our responsibility in the present should be to carry forward the historical heritage that treats the nature sacredly and supports the social cohesion and co-existence as well as social progress,” the President said. He said Thaipongal is a festive occasion that signifies the everlasting relationship between human beings and nature. This festival is celebrated in grandiose manner because it signifies the people’s gratitude to the mother earth that nurture them and also it is an occasion to display devotion to the most powerful element in nature – The sun. He says the national identity and unblemished cultural heritage are very well reflected in festivals such as Thaipongal, adding that the greatness of the festival is that though this is celebrated for thousands of years it has not undergone any distortion or transformation and continues in its pristine form. (Colombo Gazette) read more

New laws on van hire may be needed to counter terror says

first_imgMs Dick voiced her concerns over the easy availability of vans to be used as potential weapons two days after a hire van was ploughed into a group of men and women leaving the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park, leaving one man dead and 11 other people injured. Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick attends a vigil outside Finsbury Park Mosque, close to the scene of the van attack The Metropolitan Police Commissioner has suggested that the hire of vans may have to be regulated to prevent them being used in a terrorist attack.Cressida Dick said new laws may be be required to control the ability of people to hire vans at short notice in order to weed out potential attackers, such as the man alleged to have mowed down Muslim worshipers in Finsbury Park and the London Bridge terror gang.She told the London Assembly on Wednesday that the police are currently reliant on information from van hire firms to monitor who is trying get hold of a vehicle for sinister purposes.Ms Dick said: “How can you, it’s very hard, but how can you deal with van hire? We’ve sent a message to the hire community, please be careful, think who it is, if there’s anything suspicious let us know.”She added, however, that more may need to be done to make the job of gathering intelligence on the hire of vehicle easier for the police.“Should that be regulated in any way? There’s a whole big review to be done. It might require some legislation. I don’t know. It might require some tweaking of legislation,” she told the assembly’s Police and Crime Committee. The Commissioner, who was only promoted to the top job in Scotland Yard just over two months ago, said the past few weeks have seen unprecedented pressure placed on her officers, with the Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and Finsbury Park attacks following in quick succession – along with the attack on the Manchester Arena and last week’s Grenfell Tower fire which killed at least 79 people.She admitted a number of criminal investigations have had to be paused or put on the back burner in order to free resources to deal with the recent spate of critical situations.The Grenfell Tower disaster alone has seen 260 detectives seconded to the investigation into the cause and culpability for the blaze.Ms Dick said: “The Counter Terrorism network is currently stretched. They’ve had four major incidents to deal with and have disrupted five other plots. Those all take a great deal of backward-looking investigative resource and it takes potentially away from the proactive and forward-looking intelligence work.”She added: “We’ve supplemented the national Counter Terror network from some of our crime resources nationally and in London and we’re shifting resources and people across the Met.“This does have have an impact for example on investigations. We have had to pause some, we have had to slow down some and that’s just a necessity.” Darren Osborne, 47, was dragged from the vehicle by the crowd and is under arrest on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism, including murder and attempted murder.Mr Osborne, from Cardiff, is suspected of hiring the van from the Pontyclun Van Hire firm in south Wales before driving to north London.There have been calls for a time delay to be introduced before individuals can drive off with a hired van or lorry to allow for background checks to be carried out.A hire van was also used by the London Bridge attackers Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba when they mowed down pedestrians on the bridge before attacking people in cafes and bars around Borough Market, killing eight and injuring 48 others.The attacks were indicative of the trend towards low-level terror attacks requiring the use of everyday and commonly available materials, such as vehicles and household kitchen knives – making them harder for counter terrorism forces to detect and disrupt.Ms Dick emphasised the vital role of information from the public in the fight against terror and urged people to continue reporting anything which made them suspicious.She told the committee: “When you’re dealing with lone actors, to know when something has changed in their head – so that they are now prepared not just to express views you and I would say are vile, but actually to do something violent and murderous and they are happy to be killed – is very hard.”center_img But despite the wave of major incidents the force remained “steely in its determination”, Ms Dick added. Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick attends a vigil outside Finsbury Park Mosque, close to the scene of the van attackCredit:ISABEL INFANTES/AFP 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.last_img read more

British engineer was so angry about Manchester terror attack he travelled to

Mrs Lyndon, a nurse, said she had been told he went into a house in Raqqa to check after an elderly man and his daughter had been concerned about booby trap bombs.She added that another volunteer told her “he and Ollie were going through the house, they kept saying to each other ‘Look out, look out’ and two minutes later there was an explosion, he shouted out ‘Oliver, Oliver’ but there was no sound”.Pathologist Brett Lockyer said Mr Hall died of multiple trauma injuries likely to have been caused by two bombs.Coroner David Horsley recorded a narrative verdict saying Mr Hall died “on active service with Kurdish forces. He gave his life to protect the safety of others”.He added: “He was someone who felt deeply about the world and its problems and resolved to do something about it himself to bring an end to terrorism and repression. He also should be an outstanding example of courage and self-sacrifice to whoever hears his storyCoroner David Horsley “He said ‘I love you Mum’ and I said ‘I love you’, and that was the last time I saw him,” she said.Describing him as having a strong personality, she said he was angered by terrorist attacks in the UK and Europe and his belief the Government was not taking action.She said: “I knew he was mad about them but we had no idea he felt so strongly.” Ollie’s mother Jane Lyndon said her son had not told her of his plans until he had arrived in the Middle East.She said that on the day he left, he gave her £20 to pay for a taxi to get home from work. A British engineer was so angry about the Manchester terror attack he travelled to Syria to fight Isil, and inquest has heard. Ollie Hall, 24, who was killed searching for booby trap bombs in Syria, was described as an “outstanding example of courage and self-sacrifice” by the coroner in Portsmouth. The telecoms engineer left for Iraq via Germany on August 18 last year and met up with the Kurdistan People’s Protection Units (YPG), attending its training academy in Rojava, northern Syria, for five weeks before working to clear mines and explosives in Raqqa, where he died on November 25.Friend Jonathon Duncan said Mr Hall had been planning to go to Syria for about six months and had given up smoking and drinking and got fit before leaving.He said recent terrorist attacks in the UK had inspired him to volunteer and added: “The one in Manchester was a bit too close to home. Europe is close but as soon as as the attacks came over here, if anyone isn’t going to do anything we have to do it ourselves.” 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. “So deep was his commitment that he gave up the secure and comfortable life in his family home.”His actions have made him a hero in the Kurdish community. He also should be an outstanding example of courage and self-sacrifice to whoever hears his story.” read more

Drone specialists Kespry and DJI combine forces to improve stockpile monitoring

first_imgKespry and DJI are pooling resources to offer the DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone as part of the Kespry stockpile measurement solution for mining and aggregates companies.“This solution delivers the unique Kespry autonomous flight and aerial intelligence experience for stockpile measurement using a DJI drone,” according to Kespry.“Adding this affordable, powerful and portable solution will enable large aggregates and mining companies to standardise and capture stockpile data across all their sites in the Kespry platform, while continuing to use the high-accuracy Kespry 2 drones to support mine and site planning operations.”Integration of data captured from a DJI drone is the next innovation in the development of the Kespry industrial sensor platform, according to the company.To date, Kespry has built a customer base of more than 200 mining and aggregates companies by providing drones for more accurate, easier to use, and safer ways to provide inventory management and mine planning data.“As these customers scale their use of drone data, they are looking to standardise on a single platform to organise and analyse that data across sites, geographies, and product divisions – even when those sites are highly distributed,” Kespry says.The addition of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro to the Kespry lineup is designed to enable even more site data to be centralised in the Kespry cloud.George Mathew, CEO and Chairman of Kespry, said: “Drone data is now the standard approach for measuring stockpiles at mine sites, however, millions of dollars are wasted through reconciling inconsistent data from different platforms and the time involved getting that data ready for analysis.”“Our goal with the addition of the Mavic 2 Pro to our solution is to respond to our customers wishing to use the Kespry aerial intelligence platform across all mine sites to standardise how stockpile data is generated – lowering their costs and helping drive the profitability of every site.”Jan Gasparic, Director of Strategic Partnerships at DJI, said: “Pairing the Mavic 2 Pro with Kespry’s industry-leading AI, ML, and analytics capabilities will be of enormous benefit to mining companies that are looking to take advantage of drone technology in a portable and powerful package.”The integration of DJI’s drone and sensors into the Kespry platform is the latest innovation in the delivery of an industrial sensor network, closely following Kespry’s recently-announced high-resolution thermal capabilities for industrial inspection.The Kespry platform is now capable of processing and analysing a wide range of sensor data, enabling the future creation of industry-specific applications, including those under current development with leaders in the energy sector.Kespry is offering the Mavic 2 Pro as part of its fully-managed, end-to-end annual subscription model. Kespry customers that choose the Mavic 2 Pro for stockpile measurement will benefit from the full Kespry experience, including its support, training, customer success team, and drone up-time guarantee.The Kespry stockpile measurement solution with DJI will be available in the first quarter of next year.last_img read more

Google Pixel phone embraces the headphone jack

first_imgGoogle’s long-rumored Pixel phones have finally been announced alongside a raft of other products including the Google Home smart assistant and a 4K version of the Chromecast. When it announced the new Pixel and Pixel XL, Google alluded to something we all know deep down in our hearts — having a headphone jack is a good thing. So, Google took a subtle shot at Apple for removing the headphone jack from the iPhone 7. The Pixel phones are Google’s latest attempt at making in-house hardware. Whereas the Nexus phones it offered in previous years were explicitly created with OEM partners, the Pixels are being marketed as a fully Google-run operation. You can get all the gory details from our sister site, ExtremeTech. As it was running down all the new features of the Pixels, Google threw up a graphic that said, “3.5mm headphone jack satisfyingly not new.”Pointing out that your phone has a headphone jack hasn’t been necessary for the better part of a decade when the first few Android phones launched without a standard 3.5mm jack. They had adapters, which is exactly what the iPhone comes with. A lot of people are not pleased about the change. Talking about the headphone jack is Google’s way of burning Apple just a little. Of course, it’s not just Apple that Google is poking fun at. It’s also inadvertently burning Motorola, which it sold to Lenovo a few years back. Moto released its new flagships the Moto Z and Moto Z Force a few months ago, and they both lack headphone jacks. They come with a USB type-C to 3.5mm adapter instead. The day will come when it’s feasible to ditch the analog headphone jack, but Google doesn’t think it’s today.last_img read more

Slackliners Compete in HighAltitude Contest Dressed as Avatar Characters

first_img China’s First Cloned Kitten Created By Beijing-Based CompanyWatch: Monkey Uses Rock to Shatter Glass Enclosure at China Zoo Stay on target Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in the Hunan province of China is home to towering cliffs and mountain formations, famous for being the inspiration for the fictional world ‘Pandora’ in the  James Cameron film Avatar.  And now slackliners are paying homage to the film by competing in a terrifying, high-altitude competition dressed as Na’vi, the people that inhabit Pandora.Photo Credit: Xiang Tao/VCG via Getty ImagesThe daredevils walked on a slackline an inch wide and 459 feet long, suspended 3,500 feet high above Zhangjiajie’s jagged cliffs on Sunday, December 23 — all in blue face and body makeup and elaborate costumes.A UNESCO-protected park, Zhangjiajie’s quartz and sandstone formations are found nowhere else in the world. Some 243 peaks and more than 3000 karst pinnacles and spires dominate the landscape at this stunning site, making it a surreal, almost alien-like backdrop for this contest.Photo Credit: Xiang Tao/VCG via Getty ImagesThis was not the only time slackliners performed jaw-dropping stunts at Zhangjiajie.In May, three female slackliners competed in a contest also held at the national forest, walking a 230-feet long slackline while wearing stiletto heels. French slackline Mimi Guedson took home the top prize at that contest.Photo Credit: Xiang Tao/VCG via Getty ImagesMore on Geek.com:China Launches Lunar Probe to the Far Side of the MoonWorld’s First Underground Luxury Hotel Opens in China‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ Gets Another Live-Action Remake on Netflixlast_img read more

OFFICIAL Islam Slimani joins Fenerbahce on loan

first_imgLeicester City striker Islam Slimani has finalised his move to Fenerbahce on a season-long loan deal.Islam Slimani joined Leicester City in 2016 for a fee of £30m. He has struggled for a regular starting spot at Leicester.Last season, he was at Newcastle United on loan where he spent the second half of the season.Leicester are understood to be willing to sell Islam Slimani this summer but wanted a bid of around £18m.The Algeria international has today secured a loan deal to spend the rest of the season at Fenerbahce. Sports Mole reports.Turkish club has via Twitter confirmed that he will be spending ‘at least a year’ with them.?Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.?? https://t.co/PBoXos7BKE pic.twitter.com/ekYSqrz3NI— Fenerbahçe SK (@Fenerbahce) August 11, 2018Islam Slimani arrived in Istanbul, Turkey last night to complete the loan deal.The Algerian international scored eight goals in 35 matches in all competitions for Leicester City. He made four appearances for Newcastle last season on loan but failed to score a goal.last_img read more

Get ready for another jolt of rain maybe thunder and hail

first_imgA storm system moving through the area today is expected to bring with it thunderstorms and hail. So much for the sun, huh?The National Weather Service predicts a high near 52 degrees and says thunderstorms that may produce small hail are possible after 11 a.m. Blustery winds between 10 and 14 miles per hour are likely, with gusts of up to 22 mph. The chance of rain is 90 percent.Thunderstorms could continue into this evening. The low tonight is 39 degrees.last_img

Luxury yacht destroyed in fire at Fort Lauderdale marina

first_imgOfficials said one of the injured firefighters will likely be kept at the hospital overnight for observation.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Cellphone video recorded by the witness captured a closer look at the inferno.“Crazy. I don’t even know how they’ll put that out with the fire hose,” said the witness. “The flames are so — I’ve never seen such a massive fire in my entire life. The flames are exploding.”It took firefighters about a half hour to put out the flames. Two of them were sent to the hospital with heat-related injuries.Because the yacht was dry docked, officials said, crews had to cut into the vessel to make sure the water would drain out in order to keep it from losing stability, as well as keep the flames from spreading to other boats.Vessels adjacent to the yacht suffered minor damage.“Everybody thinks it’s luxurious, it’s glamorous, but things can happen in a heartbeat,” said Govan. “Thank God nobody got hurt.”As for the yacht’s owner, it remains unknown whether or not they are aware of the fire and are likely out of the country. “Well, I saw it when I was staying in Fort Lauderdale. I saw the smoke,” said Don Govan with Govan Marine Company.“You could see flames shooting over the interstate, so I guess that’s about 100 feet or so,” said another witness.“The flames are whisking up next to it, so it was impressive, if nothing else,” said Mike Firebaugh.Rescue officials were able to capture a video of the Sunseeker completely engulfed in fire.Firebaugh, a diver working on a nearby seawall at the time of the blaze, said he surfaced to see the yacht consumed by flames.“It was a massive pillar of smoke. I mean, this thing was going well up over the interstate. All the cars were stopping on the interstate,” he said.Florida Highway Patrol troopers had to be called to keep traffic moving along I-95. center_img FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews were able to quickly put out a massive fire that destroyed a luxury yacht docked at a Fort Lauderdale marina.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded to the Marina Mile Yachting Center, located at 2200 Marina Bay Drive, off State Road 84, at around 11 a.m., Friday.7Skyforce HD flew over the scene where several firefighters could be seen working to put out the flames.Officials said someone at the marina alerted workers aboard the 70-foot Sunseeker Manhattan that caught fire.“They were evacuated by a neighboring boat, a neighboring operator,” said FLFR Battalion Chief Garrett Pingol.The workers were all able to escape without injuries.Witnesses said heavy gray smoke could be seen as far away as Interstate 95. last_img read more

India business Cement sector to face multiple headwinds in FY2018 says Nirmal

first_imgA woman labourer carrying cement is silhouetted against the setting sun at the site of a commercial complex on the outskirts of Jammu November 22, 2012 (representational image).Reuters fileIndia’s cement industry is likely to witness weak demand in the next financial year due to demonetisation-induced factors that would persist for a long period. To add to its woes, rising crude oil prices have the potential to hit profit of margins, making it a double-whammy.”The demonetisation move by Indian government coupled with other policy measures are likely to impact the two pillars of cement demand in the country the most – housing and infrastructure. We believe the weakness in demand is likely to be spread over the long run compared to the current understanding of it being a short-term phenomenon,” Mangesh Bhadang, analyst at brokerage Nirmal Bang, said in a note on Wednesday.”We expect demand disruption to push down cement demand recovery by at least a year and hence capacity utilisation will be lower for a longer period than what was expected earlier,” he added.The industry is expected to be impacted not only by the slowdown caused by the cash crunch, but also the impasse over the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill and the regulatory legislation for the real estate sector (RERA). The impact, according to the analyst is phenomenal: from an estimate growth rate of 6 percent for the current fiscal made in September 2016, it now actually stands to a decline of 1.3 percent. Fiscal 2018 is likely to see a growth rate of 6.7 percent, making the years of high growth a thing of the past.”We also believe that the golden period of demand growth witnessed between FY06 to FY10 is unlikely to be repeated in the near future,” Bhadang wrote in his note.Impact of rising crude oil pricesAs if the domestic headwinds were not enough, the industry has also to contend with the end of low input costs, giving the trend of rising crude oil prices globally. “Cement companies’ earnings were aided by softening of input prices over the past two years, predominantly coal/pet coke and freight rates through lower diesel prices. We believe that this period of decline in input costs is largely over as prices of various input products like international coal, pet coke and diesel are on the rise. With demand expected to be low, we believe that cost inflation will test pricing power in the industry,” the analyst said.Cement manufacturing companies in India include Ambuja Cement, ACC, Ultratech, JK Cement, Prism Cement and Shree Cements. India is the second-largest producer of cement in the world, after China. Nirmal Bang Institutional Equitieslast_img read more

Game of Thrones Showrunners We Want People to Love the Finale

first_imgStay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future On April 14, Game of Thrones will return to HBO for its final season. And, Game of Thrones Season 8 showrunners want to give fans a finale that they will remember forever.David Benioff and Dan Weiss recently discussed the final season of Game of Thrones in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, where they highlighted what it was like filming Season 8’s intense episodes and why it’s important for them to craft a finale that will live up to the show’s legacy.5 more sleeps. #GoTS8 pic.twitter.com/LeiM16oNJO— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) April 9, 2019“We want people to love it. It matters a lot to us. We’ve spent 11 years doing this. We also know no matter what we do, even if it’s the optimal version, that a certain number of people will hate the best of all possible versions,” Weiss told Entertainment Weekly. “There is no version where everybody says, “I have to admit, I agree with every other person on the planet that this is the perfect way to do this” — that’s an impossible reality that doesn’t exist.”There might be a lot of pressure to put on the best finale for the show, however, Benioff spoke about how excited he was for each actor’s performance in Season 8 episodes, and how he’s watched the show’s stars grow as characters and individuals along the way.“Part of what excites me is the performance of these actors. So many of them have been with us since the beginning and they’ve grown — both literally for the kids, and as characters. In many cases, they’re going so far beyond what was expected for them,” Benioff said. “To know them this well and to have their voices so clearly in your head when you write for them is a such a rare gift.”The Game of Thrones showrunners didn’t disclose many details on Season 8, so fans will have to wait until Sunday to watch the final season’s first episode, where Winterfell is expected to take on the Night King’s vast (and undead) army.More on Geek.com:New ‘Game of Thrones’ Teasers Show Powerful Ties and White Walker AftermathShake Shack Has a ‘Secret’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Menu for Valyrian Speakers The Most Ruling ‘Game of Thrones’ Toyslast_img read more

Affluent people exercise weekends

first_imgPeople who have high incomes are more likely to be “weekend warriors,” exercising intensely just few days a week and spending most of their time in sedentary pursuits. Previous research has shown that higher income individuals are more likely to be physically active at a higher intensity.However, the research has historically relied on self- reporting, which may exaggerate actual activity levels.Income has been shown to be a prominent barrier to engaging in physical activity. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfResearchers from the University of Texas and Georgia State University in the US used activity monitors to collect data for the study published in the journal Preventive Medicine.Individuals with low incomes face time constraints as well as other barriers, including lack of exercise facilities, parks and open space, as well as an inflexible work environment, and have been shown to be less likely to meet physical activity guidelines.Meanwhile, higher income individuals who often also have limited time, have more resources and places to exercise, which could facilitate their ability to meet activity guidelines. However, they also are more likely to hold sedentary jobs, like office work. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, researchers used accelerometer data to analyse physical activity and sedentary behavior in relation to income levels among 5,206 US adults.The study found that compared to those making less than USD 20,000 per year, those with an annual income of USD 75,000 or more engaged in 4.6 more daily minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity as measured by activity monitors.High income individuals also engaged in 9.3 fewer minutes of light intensity activity, spent 11.8 more minutes daily sedentary, were 1.6 times more likely to meet guidelines for a brief 2-day period (‘weekend warrior’), and were 1.9 times more likely to meet guidelines during a 7-day period.”Our findings pertaining to income and the ‘weekend warrior’ effect underscore the importance of tailoring the physical activity message to reflect the constraints of both low and high income individuals,” said Kerem Shuval from American Cancer Society.”To meet guidelines one can engage in 150 minutes of weekly moderate intensity activity over a 2 or 3-day period rather than seven days, for example,” said Shuval.”This can be achieved over a long weekend, a message we may want to convey to those pressed for time. It is important to remember, however, that we should increase the duration and intensity of activity gradually to avoid injury,” he said.”Also, if inactive consult with a physician before embarking on an exercise programme,” he added.last_img read more

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first_img David Blumenthal, M.D., is national coordinator for health information technology.March 16, 2010 – As part of the second installment of funds under the State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the federal government will allocate an additional $162 million to states to pay for technology to implement electronic medical records (EMR). This will help meet the needs of 30 million more individuals receiving health insurance should the healthcare reform bill pass on March 18, said Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services. The funds will be distributed among 16 states and qualified state designated entities (SDEs). In February, the government distributed $385 million to 40 states and SDEs. The funding is part of a $2 billion effort to provide every citizen the use of an electronic medical record by 2014. According to David Blumenthal, M.D., national coordinator for health information technology, said, “The purpose of these [funds] is to give the states the resources they need to bring to the table all the relevant groups within their jurisdictions, physicians, health insurers, employers, hospitals, all the relevant stakeholders in the state to come to an agreement on a strategic and operational plan for creating a health information exchange across their jurisdiction.” HHS will be providing states with guidance and technical assistance. The following states and SDEs are to receive funds toward the establishment of the health information exchange: * Agency of Health Care Administration (FL) * The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene * New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority * South Carolina Department of Health & Human Services * Iowa Department of Public Health * Idaho Health Data Exchange * State of North Dakota, Information Technology Department * State of Alaska * Nebraska Department of Administrative Services * South Dakota Department of Health * Department of Public Health, State of CT * State of Mississippi * Indiana Health Information Technology, Inc. * HealthShare Montana * Texas Health and Human Services Commission * Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Feature | Information Technology | May 17, 2019 | Carol Amick 3 Recommendations to Better Understand HIPAA Compliance According to the U.S. read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more read more Podcast | Information Technology | June 26, 2019 PODCAST: Why Blockchain Matters In Medical Imaging The technology has some hurdles ahead of it. 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