Plus pick: Himachal Pradesh

first_imgStayWildflower Hall, ShimlaSet in the midst of 23 acres of lush woods of pine and cedar, this luxury resort has rooms that offer commanding views of the Himalayas and the food and service are truly world-class. But your most abiding memory of Wildflower Hall could be the rejuvenating massages offered at its immaculate spa. Tel: (0177) 264 858; www.oberoihotels.com Moksha Himalaya Spa Resort, Centara Boutique CollectionTucked away in the Shivalik valley, this resort makes for a perfect getaway and reaching it is even more exciting–the final leg of the journey needs to done by taking a cable car. The stunning views of the valley are visible from almost every corner of this resort, whether you are in the suite, at the heated infinity pool or the terrace restaurant. Do visit the spa to unwind completely. Tel: (01792) 232 301Homestays near ShimlaWith Shimla getting saturated, the concept of homestays has caught on. Mashobara offers quite a variety and among its inventory, Violet Hill and Forest Hill Villas come in for special mention. There’s also Marigold Holiday Cottages in Sidhora, a picturesque village 15 km from Shimla. Himachal Tourism also offers a choice of 160 homes across most districts.EatThe Oberoi Cecil Restaurant, ShimlaA stay in Shimla is not complete without at least one meal at the Oberoi Cecil. Both the food and the ambience are equally appealing at this wood-panelled restaurant. The selection of dishes spans both European and Asian cuisines. Popular with visitors, its theme evenings celebrating the heritage of the Cecil are quite a draw. Tel: (0177) 280 4848Casa Bella Vista Cafe, ManaliCraving for international cuisine? The sprightly Casa Bella Vista, near the Log Huts, overlooking the Manalsu rivulet, will come to your rescue. This is the perfect place to sit under the deodars for a scrumptious Spanish meal. Surprisingly it only serves vegetarian food. But don’t skip the freshly baked, thin-crust wood-oven pizzas. Tel: (01902) 221 985Chonor House, Dharamshala If you are a Richard Gere fan and also a foodie you cannot escape a visit to Chonor House. The actor makes it a point to stay at Chonor House whenever he’s in town. The courtyard restaurant is perfect for lunch and you are sure to enjoy the Tibetan and Thai food on offer. Finish your meal with a hot cappuccino and a mouth-watering pastry from the selection of sweet treats. Tel: (01892) 221 006/468ShopShawlsThe colourful bands of woven patterns found on shawls stand out distinctly wherever you travel in these hills. The designs are strongly reflective of the intermingling of traditions, especially Tibetan and Chinese, those influences coming by way of trading ties. And now there is a shift in colour codes with subdued pastels and rich earthy tones appearing on the shelves. The Bodh Shawls in Manali is a recommended place to pick up stylish new patternsKangra PaintingsThis form of art dates back to the 18th century when Mughal rulers came to India. You can pick up these Kangra and Basholi miniature paintings from the Bhuri Singh Museum in Chamba and the Kangra Art Museum in Lower Dharamshala. Both have an excellent collection of Kangra Valley arts and crafts. The Kangra Art Museum also includes a gallery of the famous miniature paintings and has a collection of sculpture, pottery and other anthropological items.Fruit WineImagine sitting at a restaurant, gazing at a green valley and sipping a glass of chilled apple wine. Doesn’t it sound absolutely divine? Himachal produces a large variety of flavoursome fruit wines. They are created from apples, pears, peaches, cherries, kiwi, strawberries and many more fruits. They bring you the best from the orchards. They are available at most of the hillstations in HimachalSeeAdventure SportsThose who have the guts for extreme adventure can always expect Himachal to unravel something new. You can try rafting on the Spiti and Pin rivers. In Manali there is the option of heli skiing. A chopper transports you to the top of a peak and you ski down the slopes. Other adventure sports include mountain cycling, paragliding, ice skating and angling. Can you ask for more? Heritage Trail, ShimlaTake a walk around Shimla to see the heritage buildings. Start from the Gaiety Theatre at the Mall. The 122-year-old building is one of Shimla’s oldest heritage structures. Another building is the Christ Church, one of the second oldest churches in north India. After this, head to Viceregal Lodge on Observatory Hill. It is surrounded by oak and rhododendron thickets. Kullu DussheraKullu begins its celebration on Vijayadashimi, the 10th day. Some 360 deities from villages in Kullu valley, in carved gold, silver and copper masks, are brought down to Kullu town in decorated palanquins to pay homage to the main deity Raghunath. The processions are accompanied by drummers and dancers.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

How Arsenal will line up in 2018-19

first_imgArsenal enter into a new era on Sunday afternoon when Unai Emery takes charge of his first competitive game as Gunners head coach.The Spaniard replaced long-serving manager Arsene Wenger at the end of last season after the Frenchman’s 22 years as Arsenal boss came to an end.Emery is supported by head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and head of football relations Raul Sanllehi, who make up the football operations structure, identifying and buying new players to improve a squad which finished in sixth place last season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! With the likes of Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira strengthening a side which previously looked weak in key positions, Emery will be hopeful that the new-look Arsenal squad are capable of providing an improved title challenge to the disappointing form of recent campaigns.But how will his team look for the majority of the new season?GoalkeepersBernd Leno ArsenalThere was a clear need for Arsenal to bolster their goalkeeping department this summer with Petr Cech making a number of high-profile mistakes in the 2017-18 campaign. At 26 years old, the signing of Leno provides top quality competition for the ageing Cech in goal, while Emiliano Martinez’s return from a loan spell with Getafe means that he’ll almost certainly be third choice.David Ospina’s imminent move to Turkey will give hope to Martinez that he can eventually get promoted to back-up shot stopper, but it looks likely that Cech and Leno will fight it out for the starting berth this season.DefendersShkodran MustafiArsenal’s away form equalled relegated West Brom last season and they failed to pick up a win on the road in 2018 until the last game of the season.Defensive errors will need to be cut out if they want to challenge at the top this season, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos being brought in to solidify a leaky back four.Konstantinos Mavropanos and Rob Holding make up the reserve centre backs while Laurent Koscielny is still on the road to recovery from his Achilles injury.The decision to send Calum Chambers on loan to Fulham for the rest of the season surprised many Arsenal supporters following the England man’s impressive pre-season form, and it is crucial that the Gunners do not suffer injuries at the back if they are to avoid being caught short.MidfieldersLucas Torreira ArsenalThe addition of Lucas Torreira in defensive midfield is exactly what the doctor ordered for Arsenal, while youngster Matteo Guendouzi looks equally at home spraying passes around and making runs from central positions.Aaron Ramsey will be a vital figure, even if he’s yet to sign a contract extension with the club, and Mohamed Elneny and Ainsley Maitland-Niles will act as ideal reserve midfielders for when Emery needs to rotate his players.Emery’s side look short of wingers, although Joel Campbell could be a surprise player to feature despite being linked with a move away from north London throughout the summer.AttackersMesut Ozil Arsenal 2018-19Arguably Arsenal’s strongest position on the pitch. Mesut Ozil now has the No.10 shirt and will look to deliver his best season as a Gunner, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi making up the exciting options behind the forward players.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette will be the first choice strikers, while Danny Welbeck, Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson are potential reserve options and will look to impress when called upon.ManagerUnai Emery Arsenal ICC 2018 SingaporeEmery’s first season in English football will be a huge test. He has had a successful pre-season, with the Arsenal squad enjoying the intensity of his training sessions and enthusiasm of the new Spanish coaching staff.The precision and detail behind Emery’s match preparation will be seen as a breath of fresh air by many at the club, but it remains to be seen whether Arsenal have a squad with enough depth to challenge the likes of Manchester City at the top.Opening games against City and Chelsea will provide a perfect test for Emery and his team who will be desperate to improve on last season’s sixth-place finish.How Arsenal could line upArsenal XiArsenal XI  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Hardik Pandya a rare talent with ‘X-factor’, says Rahul Dravid

first_imgFormer captain Rahul Dravid lauded Team India all-rounder Hardik Pandya for grabbing the opportunities that came his way.Thanks to his brilliant all-round performances for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, Pandya was handed his maiden India cap during the tour of Australia in January 2016 in the three-match Twenty20 international series which the visitors won 3-0.Since making his debut, Pandya has played 32 ODIs and 27 Twenty20 matches and has taken 35 and 23 wickets respectively apart from scoring some useful knocks.The 24-year-old also made his Test debut in Sri Lanka this year and was impressive in the three-Test series smashing a century and a half-century. He also grabbed four wickets with his medium pace bowling.Pandya, with his big-hitting ability down the order and effective medium-fast bowling, has become a regular feature in India’s limited-overs formats.”Hardik came into the team because of himself. He is the one who has put in the performances and he is the one who has that X-factor. When you are a fast bowling all-rounder in India, there aren’t many to compete with and that’s the reality,” Dravid said.”If you are a batsman or a spin bowler in the country, it’s tough because there are a lot of people you compete with. But fast bowling all-rounders, you can count on fingers of one hand, how many fast bowling all-rounders are playing in India,” the India U-19 coach further said.Dravid said India have always been on the lookout for such a talent and also gave credit to the Indian selectors for finding such a rare talent.advertisement”When that opportunity opened up in the Indian team, we needed to identify that kind of person and credit to the selectors.”I can go back to the earlier selection committee, when I first took over the India A job. I remember in Madras (Chennai), even from that time, this thought was there that we need to identify fast-bowling all-rounders in future, Vijay Shankar, Stuart Binny played that role. So sometimes you know, sometimes it can happen with certain roles and specifics that people do get fast-tracked because the opportunity exists,” he added.The all-rounder will next be seen in action during India’s marathon tour of South Africa where the two giants face-off in three Tests, six one day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals.last_img read more

Most IoT devices initially fail EMI testing

first_imgAccording to IEEE, the basic definition of an IoT device boils down to any object that can be assigned an IP address and has the ability to transfer data over a network. Thus, an IoT device can be just about anything. Indeed, IoT devices range from low-cost consumer gadgets like $5 Bluetooth-enabled key finders to complex highly advanced sensor grids for medical, manufacturing, transportation, and utilities. Most (but not all) IoT products involve some sort of wireless, and for many designers, the RF component can be a stumbling block, with some engineers not taking wireless and EMI testing seriously.Ultimately, there is no one-size-fits-all definition for IoT and what it means to be an IoT designer. Even the IEEE in the white paper mentioned above says the definition is “fuzzy.” An engineer working on the Bluetooth key fob faces very different challenges from someone designing industrial-grade sensors or life-saving medical devices. Similarly, they face very different test and measurement challenges.IoT moduleOne of the questions we often hear in the context of IoT revolves around whether RF testing is even necessary. For many lower-end projects, testing is often viewed as a low priority because designers use pre-certified wireless modules and often face tight deadlines to meet narrow time-to-market windows. The cost of test equipment capable of doing the job can also be a concern. Startup or boot-strap ventures often lack the capital to acquire vector signal analyzers or spectrum analyzers.Another obstacle is the lack of expertise to handle RF testing, leading to some interesting workarounds. I recently had an opportunity to talk to a development team integrating WLAN to their airborne particle counter. They used a pre-certified WLAN module, and the project turned out to be mostly a software project. As the software neared completion, the testing involved looking at Wi-Fi speeds as an engineer moved their device various distances from a store-bought Wi-Fi router. It’s possible you could learn something from this, but it’s a far cry from true characterization and optimization.As the above example illustrates, you can bolt on wireless modules to a new or existing design and get to a passable level of functionality. For cheap consumer-grade products, this approach makes some sense — even more so if you lack RF expertise and test equipment. This approach assumes that everything will work as intended and exactly the way your suppliers claim. That’s how things always play out in the real world of electronics engineering, right?On the other hand, a casual approach to testing makes no sense for industrial-grade or medical devices, particularly ones that are mission-/life-critical or need to be in remote or hard-to-access places. Here, thorough testing isn’t something you should overlook or dismiss as unnecessary.There’s a strong correlation between test and improved reliability and performance, even when using pre-certified components, because the RF environment can change significantly once they are dropped into the final product. Using pre-certified modules with custom antennas likely won’t provide the best possible power transfer and will benefit greatly from optimization using a vector network analyzer. And measuring and optimizing DC power efficiency is critical for wearables and other battery powered devices.Testing can also help you track down problems or even get basic functions to work properly. One company I spoke with recently had issues with Bluetooth-pairing and tried different racks of premium test equipment to test the transceiver itself. Finally, they were prompted by a friend to capture traffic over the air using a USB spectrum analyzer. With analysis software to demodulate the packets being transmitted, they quickly tracked down the root cause of the problem.The use of pre-certified RF modules won’t remove requirements for EMI/EMC regulatory compliance testing. Many IoT design teams assume that EMI testing is a mere formality. Unfortunately, this is rarely a safe assumption: EMI test fees and repeated board turns can add up quickly. We recently heard from a test house in China that 90% of the products that they test fail the first time through. Given that EMI compliance test fees can range from $5,000 to $50,000, it’s not unreasonable to suggest that pre-compliance testing would be a worthwhile endeavor.EMI testing Precompliance EMI testing can save time, money, and headaches before bringing a product to test lab. The rise of IoT devices is changing RF test. Testing is often performed quickly or not at all. Unfortunately, products that don’t work as well as they could may struggle to meet regulatory requirements. For us in the test and measurement industry, our response needs to center on delivering more capable, lower-cost instruments that can tackle projects such as evaluating wireless modules, basic debugging, performance optimization, and EMI pre-compliance testing. We also need to continue to improve usability so that even RF novices can get to valuable information. EMI pre-compliance testing and RF standards compliance need to be automated and well-documented.RF and EMI testing of IoT devices, even with relatively inexpensive test equipment, can deliver significant design improvements. In future posts, my colleagues and I will look at such topics as improving IoT battery life, surviving EMI compliance testing for your IoT device, and system-level debugging.—Dorine Gurney has over 14 years of experience as a product planner at Tektronix. She has supported product lines including high-performance oscilloscopes, signal sources, and spectrum analyzers.Originally published on Embedded’s sister site, EE Times: “IoT devices: most initially fail EMI testing.” Continue Reading Previous The hidden power of rubber bandsNext Saving power with relays and solenoids Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram center_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Fletcher plays 100th straight game

first_imgPremier League Darren Fletcher makes 100th consecutive Prermier League appearance Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 21:54 10/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) fletcher-cropped Getty Images Premier League Stoke City Stoke City v AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth It has been nearly three years since the Scotland international player last missed a game in England’s top flight Darren Fletcher is only the eighth outfield player to appear in 100 consecutive Premier League matches after being named in Stoke City’s starting XI to face Bournemouth on Saturday.Fletcher last missed a Premier League game on January 31, 2015, when West Brom hosted Tottenham, with the Scot then returning on February 8 as they claimed a 2-2 draw at Burnley.Liverpool 11/1 to beat Spurs 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He featured in 91 successive league games for the Baggies before departing for Stoke in the close-season, and Saturday’s game sees him represent Mark Hughes’ men for the ninth time in the top flight.Only seven other outfield players have reached the landmark, with Frank Lampard (164) holding the record since December 2005.#SCFC Starting XI v @afcbournemouth: Butland; Cameron, Shawcross, Zouma; Johnson, Fletcher, Allen, Pieters; Choupo-Moting, Jese; Diouf. pic.twitter.com/sN7BDr8b0N— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) October 21, 2017Fletcher’s achievement is made even more impressive considering he suffered from numerous health and fitness issues during the final years of his stay at Manchester United.He is still some way off Brad Friedel’s record of 310 consecutive appearances, though. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Tekmar Signs Off on Agency Agreement with WCG

first_imgMay 28, 2014 zoom Beginning immediately, WCG will represent Tekmar as its commercial services agent for the full line of Tekmar products and services in the US, Canada and the Caribbean.James Ritchie, Chief Executive Officer at Tekmar EnergyWCG will focus on the offshore renewable energy markets for wind and marine hydrokinetic as well as oil & gas and high voltage offshore transmission. “North American projects are finally underway and the Whitman Consulting Group has the experience and expertise we were looking for to ensure we will be well represented in this important market,” said James Ritchie, Chief Executive Officer at Tekmar Energy.“We look forward to working with WCG in ensuring that project developers identify and avoid the common issues and risks related to their cable systems by protecting their cable investment properly.” Issues related to cables are commonly cited as major areas of concern for offshore project installation and system maintenance.Tekmar has worked on over 27 major offshore wind farms and supplied over 3,000 systems since its entry into the market with its TekLink system.“We want to see a best-of-breed supply chain develop here in the US,” said Joel Whitman, Principal of the Whitman Consulting Group. “We are very familiar with Tekmar as a result of our work over the years in the European offshore wind and transmission markets.Through our agreement, we aim to establish local business relationships in the US which can grow as the market here expands over time. We believe that is a low-risk way to begin development of a high-quality US supply chain.”last_img read more

Court rules family of BC woman who stole from health authority is

first_imgVANCOUVER – A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled a widower is liable for repaying nearly a quarter million dollars his wife stole from the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority before she died.Court documents show Wanda Moscipan worked as an administer for both the authority and the University of B.C.’s faculty of medicine when she siphoned more than $574,000 from the authority between 2003 and 2011.Justice Leonard Marchand ruled this week that the health authority is entitled to be paid back both by her estate and her husband, who was found to be responsible for the portion of the stolen funds that were used as “a family expense.”In the ruling released online Wednesday, Marchand says her husband, Miroslaw Moscipan, must have had “constructive” knowledge that his wife was receiving funds through fraudulent means.Moscipan told the court he was a stay-at-home parent “who led a frugal life.”He said his wife was secretive with the family finances but he thought she made over $100,000 per year and received money from her father.Marchand’s decision says the family led a “richer lifestyle than a typical family of four or five” owning multiple vehicles and spending about $20,000 a year on transportation alone.The judge says the restitution on the part of her husband “is adequate to send a message to others that they do not stand to benefit from the misdeeds of others when they know or ought to know of ill-gotten gains.”The decision says the woman stole the funds “by having busy physicians sign blank cheque requisitions” that she directed to an account she controlled.The account had been created in 1994 to raise funds related to the death of a colleague within the department, but was otherwise dormant until she began using it for fraudulent purposes in 2003.She then used money in the account to pay herself, her husband and their son as well as write cheques for outstanding Visa balances held in their names.The woman began working at the university in 1974 as a junior assistant and was appointed as senior administrator for the departments of obstetrics and gynecology under both the university and health authority in 1997. She was described as “extremely helpful” and viewed as “an indispensable and central figure” in the department.The health authority was responsible for 80 per cent of Moscipan’s income while the university made up the rest.After her cancer diagnosis in 2010, a new department head, Dr. Geoffrey Cundiff, became suspicious of her activities when she decided to continue working evenings despite having medical benefits. Her actions in the following months continued to raise suspicions.“In one case, he had to hire a locksmith to access human resources and financial records which were in a locked filing cabinet. Ms. Moscipan claimed the key to the cabinet had been lost,” the decision says.An audit was ordered in 2011, and it was discovered that Moscipan was paying herself 80 per cent of a full-time salary from the university when it should have only been 20 per cent.It was also discovered she received a three per cent raise, which Cundiff testified he did not authorize.A meeting was called between both employers and her union.“Ms. Moscipan justified being paid 180 per cent of the salary of a full time employee on the basis that she worked so hard but acknowledged Dr. Cundiff was unaware of the amount she was paid.”She was fired and a separate lawsuit has been filed by the university.last_img read more

Private sale of historic tower restored with £3m of public money is

When the 175ft high gothic Hadlow Tower was bought last year for just £425,000, it was an undisputed bargain. More than £3million of taxpayers money had been ploughed into the restoration of the majestic, Grade I-listed folly, considered the tallest of its kind in the world, and the buyer became custodian of a vertiginous landmark.But the historic property near Tonbridge in Kent has been put up for sale for £2million, prompting fears that the public will lose access to the tower and anger that a private individual will reap the financial rewards of a building project brought to fruition by the hard work of a local community group.Lord Lloyd-Webber is among those to express grave reservations, warning that the sale could undermine everything the tower, in all its majestic glory, represents.“A huge amount of public money was spent on this project,” he said. “If it’s going to be sold, it should be returned to Historic England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. It can’t go into the pocket of a private person.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“I don’t think the public purse should be used to speculate – this seems to have slipped through the net.”The Save Hadlow Tower Action Group fought relentlessly to get the tower restored after it was severely damaged in the Great Storm of 1987 following years of neglect. Built in 1838, the tower was the brainchild of Walter Barton May, a wealthy merchant. It was used as a lookout post during the Second World War, but fell derelict before being rescued by the artist Bernard Hailstone. The stairwell of Hadlow TowerCredit:Strutt and Parker The musician and impresario is not only angry that the tower, which looms over Hadlow village, is being sold at such a vast profit, but he is also concerned at suggestions that any potential purchaser might try to buy their way out of a legal covenant that requires the tower to remain accessible to the public 28 days a year.When contacted about the sale, James Mackenzie, a director at Strutt & Parker, claimed the vendor, Christian Tym, a banker, had not had to show anyone around the property since he bought it 12 months ago and suggested that the covenant could be broken, at a cost.Lord Lloyd-Webber said if that were to happen, “we may we well stick two fingers up” at the Angel Awards.“Here we are trying to talk about the unsung heroes all over the country, raising money and giving all of their time to get public access for these buildings and this campaign was a huge success.“What we are trying to do with the Angel Awards is to say thank you to those people. With this tower it was the locals who came together and really fought for this. This sort of thing is exactly what we are trying to avoid.” Its dedication was recognised when it won two English Heritage Angel Awards, founded by Lord Lloyd-Webber, one of which, voted for by Telegraph readers, celebrated the work of local communities in rescuing important sites. The interior of the tower It changed hands several times before a compulsory purchase order was served by the local council in 2010 and it was sold to the Vivat Trust, a charity that preserved historic buildings, for £1.More than £3 million of public money was then ploughed into the tower, including more than £50,000 raised by community campaigners.The tower action group designed, financed and staffed a visitor centre on the ground floor, and from 2013 it was open to the public weekly in summer.In 2016, the Vivat Trust went into liquidation and Hadlow Tower was put on the market for offers over £1 million, as a four-bedroom home set over five of the tower’s eight storeys. It was eventually sold to Mr Tym, who is married with four sons, who said he was attracted by “the novelty factor”.   “However, the stewards decided to discontinue working there, the visitor centre closed and the number of visitors dwindled to zero.”Caroline Wetton, one of the organisers, said: “We raised a huge amount of money for this project and put in a lot of our own time. We are deeply disappointed it has come to this.” She said that 800 people visited the tower in 2017.  The stairwell of Hadlow Tower The interior of the towerCredit:Strutt and Parker  Mr Mackenzie insisted it was never Mr Tym’s intention to sell so quickly but he had found the building unsuitable for a large family. He told The Daily Telegraph the owner had “worked quite carefully” to change a lot of the legal covenants attached to the property to make it a more attractive purchase.The Heritage Lottery Fund said Mr Tym was due to report to it later this month with evidence of his compliance with the covenants and said they had no reason to doubt he had not done so.Mr Tym declined to comment. 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

Potash MA mania Allana Potash in Ethiopia is in play

first_imgBy Marc Davis, www.BNWnews.ca: The recent headline-grabbing $39 billion bid by the world’s largest mining company for the planet’s top potash producer appears to be spurring potash-hungry Chinese investment funds into action. On the heels of BHP Billiton’s unsuccessful initial takeover offer for Potash Corp of Saskatchewan last month, China Mining United Fund has announced a move to more than double its treasury to $760 million. Launched just last year, it is one of China’s first private mining-oriented investment funds.China Mining United Fund’s mandate is to secure long-term supplies of key minerals and commodities. Most of which are needed to stoke the furnace of China’s thriving economy and to sustain a growing urban labour force that is increasingly demanding feed-intensive animal protein in their diets. Hence, potash is obviously at or near the top of the fund’s shopping list, especially since it already has small but strategic investments in place with privately-owned Brazil Potash Corp and Toronto-based Allana Potash Corp. Investment industry analysts believe that China Mining United Fund will likely favour Allana’s Ethiopian potash project in the near-term. That’s partly because the Chinese government committed earlier this year to investing billions of dollars in Ethiopia’s underdeveloped economy, which obviously also buys plenty of political influence.Allana’s deposit, which sits at the heart of Ethiopia’s historic Danakhil potash basin, has an inferred resource of 105 Mt of potash, averaging a favourable grade of 20.8%. Drills continue to turn in the anticipation of building upon this initial resource estimate, as well as validating the company’s view that one of the world’s lowest cost potash mines is in the offing. Company president Farhad Abasov says that as yet he hasn’t received any solicitations from China Mining United Fund to take a bigger stake in his company. “However, we’re already in talks with several other prospective Chinese and Indian investors, as well as other international mining organizations,” he says. “That said, there’s no urgency on our part to strike any additional deals, especially since we believe that our ongoing drilling successes will allow us to double or triple our existing potash resources by the year’s end.”A leading Toronto-based investment banker whose expertise is in the fertilisers and agricultural sectors told BNWnews.ca: “I think this trend towards consolidation is a global trend and not entirely focused on Canada. These recent developments might propel the Chinese to get more aggressive by getting more involved in some of the junior potash developers. Certainly the juniors are much more ‘in play’ than they were before.”China Mining United Fund may therefore be keen to increase its stake in Allana, said the source, who chose to remain anonymous as he is not authorized to talk to the media. “So I think some of these investment dollars could very well be earmarked for Allana. It certainly is an indication that this Chinese fund is more liquid than was the case previously, which puts them in a good position to increase their stake in Allana,” he adds.In fact, China’s $300 billion sovereign wealth fund — China Investment Corp — may yet decide to underwrite China Mining United Fund’s plan to develop Allana’s potash project, says the China Mining Association’s web site, www.chinamining.org. Whether the sovereign wealth fund is participating in China Mining United Fund’s latest financing has not yet been disclosed. Alternatively, China Investment Corp may opt to directly finance part of the project’s construction costs, according to remarks attributed to a senior official in China’s central government. Such developments demonstrate how anxious the Chinese are to ensuring long-term supplies of such an indispensible agricultural nutrient that is key to boosting China’s crop yields, an increasing amount of which is now needed for livestock feed.This imperative is underscored by the fact that the potash mining sector is in the process of a game-changing global consolidation. And this could conceivably place well over a third of the world’s potash supplies in the hands of just two major players. One of them would be BHP Billiton (assuming it succeeds in a hostile takeover of Potash Corp.) and the other would involve the pending merger between Russia’s two dominant potash producers, Uralkali OAO and Silvinit OJSC.The advent of a major shake-up of the potash sector was the focus of a research report published this August by Jaret Anderson, a Toronto-based chemicals, fertilizers and agriculture investment analyst for the investment bank, Salman Partners. “With 36% of the world’s potash supply potentially ending up in new hands, both China and India must be feeling some threat with regards to the security and stability of supply,” he says. “In our view the (potash) consolidation developments in Russia/Belarus and the BHP bid for Potash Corp have increased the incentive China and India have to fund the development of greenfield potash projects.”“The strategic value of in-development potash deposits (greenfield projects) to countries like China and India and to major mining companies means that: “development potash companies are well positioned to benefit in this environment,” he adds. Anderson concludes that the world’s four leading publicly-traded potash developers, which include Allana Potash “offer upside of 40 to 80% from current levels.”The three other companies that Anderson refers to are Western Potash Corp, Potash One and MagIndustries.last_img read more

I have five wives but its not about religion

first_imgBRADY WILLIAMS HAS five wives, 24 children but no organised religion.The newest polygamous family from Utah on reality TV considers itself progressive and independent. Williams and his wives slowly withdrew from the fundamentalist Mormon church in their rural community outside of Salt Lake City during the mid-2000s after re-evaluating their core beliefs.The family no longer teaches the tenets of fundamental Mormonism to their children at home, opting instead to take from other teachings such as Buddhism to instill good, morale values in their two dozen children, who range in age from 2-20.“Since we have left the religion, it’s now about love and it’s about commitment, and it’s about happiness as a family,” said Brady Williams, 43, a project manager in his brother’s construction business. “It’s not about the fear of hell or the promise of heaven.”It wasn’t the first time Brady Williams has crossed religious lines. As a teenager, his parents left mainstream Mormonism and joined polygamy. He said that transition was very difficult, but not as hard as leaving the fundamentalist church his five wives all grew up in.Family members pray for them to repent and returnThe women still have family members in the church who pray for them to repent and return. They haven’t been ostracised by family and friends in the community, but town leaders have made it clear to Brady Williams, a former church leader, that they prefer the family leave town.Dealing with that scrutiny may help the Williams as they brace for newfound attention now that TLC has debuted the one-hour special about the family, called My Five Wives. The show, which airs again tonight in the States, could turn into a full series depending on ratings.Non-affiliated plural families are actually quite common among the estimated 38,000 fundamentalists who practice or believe in polygamy, most living in Utah and other western states, said Anne Wilde, co-founder of a polygamy advocacy group called Principle Voices. The group estimates that about 15,000 are independent like the Williams.History of polygamyThe two largest organised polygamist churches are Warren Jeff’s Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on the Utah-Arizona border and the Apostolic United Brethren in northern Utah, of which the Williams used to belong.A statue of Mormon pioneer leader Brigham Young stands in front of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Temple in Salt Lake City. Pic: AP/PA archive.The practice of polygamy is a legacy of the early teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The mainstream church abandoned polygamy in 1890 as Utah moved toward statehood.The family lives in two large multiplexes built by Brady Williams that sit across a valley from a breathtaking mountain range. One is a two-storey building that resembles a motel with three green doors on the bottom level, each the house of one of the wives. The other two wives live in the ground floor of an adjacent four-plex. The house in which the Williamses live. Pics: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer/PA Images.How it works day-to-dayTwo of the wives work outside the home and one in the construction business. The other two are taking college courses. Two of the wives are cousins, and all have been married to Brady Williams for at least 14 years.The five wives take turns fixing dinners on weeknights for 30 hungry people. Rosemary, the third wife, likes to experiment with new recipes while the other wives stick with the old standbys like spaghetti.“It’s like having Thanksgiving dinner five nights a week,” Brady Williams said.The family is taking some risk in coming out: polygamy is illegal in Utah and the trailblazers for polygamous families on reality TV, the Browns of the “Sister Wives” show, fled Utah for Las Vegas in 2011 after a local prosecutor opened an investigation after the first season aired.No charges were filed, but the family uprooted their lives and moved permanently to Nevada. The Browns challenged Utah’s prohibition on plural marriage and a ruling is pending from a federal judge.Law not enforced once it involves consenting adults The Utah Attorney General’s office does not enforce the law against consenting adults unless there is another crime involved such as child abuse, domestic violence or fraud, said spokesman Paul Murphy.Rosemary Williams, the third wife, said the fear of prosecution is always in the back of their minds, though they feel there is more acceptance for polygamous today than when the Browns came out. Brady Williams said the increasing social and legal acceptance of gay marriage has helped society open up toward plural marriage. But he’s still concerned, which is why the show isn’t saying exactly where they live for the family’s safety.At home with the Williamses. Pic: AP Photo/Rick Bowme/PA Images.In addition to the Browns and now the Williams family, TLC also has done a special featuring the Darger family of Utah. HBO’s fictional show about a polygamous family, “Big Love,” ran for five seasons.Negative mythsThese shows create nervousness among plural families but the net impact is positive for the polygamous community because they help dispel many of the negative myths, said Wilde, of Principle Voices.The Williams family said it chose to do the TV show after declining previous offers to show that polygamy can be healthy and stable.“There is an unhealthy stigma attached to polygamy,” Brady Williams said. “There is nothing wrong with consenting adults living and loving how they choose.”Meet the man with 107 wives, 185 children and a family of 5,000>Polygamist church leader Warren Jeffs convicted of child sex abuse>last_img read more

Tivoli Unveils Design Winners

first_imgTo mark its 10-year anniversary, premium audio company Tivoli created the elegant Model 10 radio. Then it sponsored an international design competition to help spread the word. Now the company has announced the winner: Huan Miao Khoo, a 24-year-old Malaysian man currently getting his Master of Architecture degree in Australia. Khoo’s design (shown here) depicts the Tivoli Audio Model 10 opening like a gift box, revealing an elegant tangle of wires and a violinist inside. Khoo will get a $3,000 top prize and will have his creation displayed in Times Square from now until January 1st.Tivoli is also getting into the branded store space, as it just opened the Tivoli Design Center, its first store, in the Natick Collection Mall in the Boston area. The idea behind the Design Center was to show off Tivoli’s entire collection, including its many fine wood finishes, in one location.last_img read more

Man found with explosives on bus in Dublin is jailed for 7

first_img Share7 Tweet Email 43 Comments 23,309 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3225141 By Diarmaid Mac Dermott Feb 6th 2017, 5:20 PM Updated at 5.20pm to include imagesA DUBLIN MAN who was arrested trying to transport 1.6 kilos of high-grade explosives and three detonators on the Bus Eireann bus to Derry has been jailed for seven years by the Special Criminal Court.The court heard that Busaras had to be evacuated after Special Branch detectives intercepted Patrick Brennan on board the bus.Brennan (53) was arrested last June by officers from the Special Detective Unit (SDU) at Busaras, in Store Street, in central Dublin, following a tip-off.Brennan, of Lindisfarne Avenue, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, pleaded guilty to possessing four 400-gramme blocks of TNT and three electric explosive detonators on June 16, 2016.Under surveillanceDetective Sergeant Padraig Boyce, SDU, told the court that Brennan had been under surveillance “as part of an ongoing investigation” into the activities of IRA members in the Dublin area. Boyce said that on the day of the arrest, the married father of six was observed leaving his house at around 4.50am before immediately getting into a taxi. Source: Garda Press OfficeThe taxi took the accused to the bus station in Dublin’s city centre, where he waited for around 50 minutes before boarding the Bus Eireann 5.55am service to Derry, the three-judge court was told.At all times, Brennan had a blue canvas bag in his possession and this bag was placed in the seat next to him when he was arrested aboard the bus by three SDU officers.Detective Sergeant Boyce told prosecution counsel Ronan Kennedy that gardaí had made a “significant discovery” after Brennan was detained.He said: “In the base of the bag there was four blocks of Trinitrotoluene, commonly known as TNT and three electronic detonators in good condition strapped to the TNT.” Source: Garda Press OfficeOn discovery of the explosives, “the surrounding area was evacuated and the army was called”, Detective Sergeant Boyce said.Sole passengerBrennan, who had been jailed for four years in 2005 for IRA membership, was the sole passenger on the bus at the time of his arrest, Detective Sergeant Boyce added. He said that he believed the quantity of explosives could have been used in the construction of “six to eight” separate car bombs. Source: Garda Press OfficeHe said: “From devices that have been recovered intact, 200 grammes (of explosives) have been used.”And although the explosives weren’t armed, Boyce said the TNT had been “lethally packaged” and could have been detonated by a “static charge” whilst being moved.Sentencing him to seven years imprisonment backdated to last June, Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding, said that while Brennan’s role was confined to transportation, acting as a willing courier was the same as taking part in terrorist activities.The judge said that the court was prepared to suspend the final two years of the sentence if Brennan gave an undertaking not to associate with members of unlawful organisations.However, after a brief consultation, Brennan’s counsel Diarmaid Mac Guinness SC said that his client was not in a position to give such an undertaking and the court imposed the full seven-year prison sentence.Dissident republican caught at Busaras with “four blocks of TNT” and detonators> Man found with explosives on bus in Dublin is jailed for 7 years Patrick Brennan pleaded guilty to possessing four blocks of TNT and explosive detonators. Monday 6 Feb 2017, 5:20 PMlast_img read more

Visitors up

first_imgInformation from DSEC—Macau’s Statistics and Census Service—indicate visitor arrivals for August 2009 increased by 6.4 percent year-on-year to 2,065,336.Analysed by place of residence, visitors from Mainland China increased by 8.9 percent year-on-year to 1,050,357 (50.9 percent of visitor arrivals), with 499,448 travelling to Macau under the Individual Visit Scheme, down by 15.3 percent from August 2008 (589,575). Visitors from Hong Kong (666,700); Taiwan (125,931); and Japan (37,505) rose by 2.9 percent, 12.6 percent and 27.1 percent respectively. Those from the Republic of Korea (25,727) and Malaysia (21,137) decreased by 15.4 percent and 13.9 percent. Same-day visitors (1,042,673) accounted for 50.5 percent of visitor arrivals, with 550,129 coming from Mainland China. Cumulative visitor arrivals totalled 14,191,418 in the first eight months of 2009, down by 9.6 percent year-on-year. Visitors from Mainland China (7,030,457); Hong Kong (4,574,626); Taiwan (860,662); and Malaysia (199,952) fell by 14.5 percent, 1.6 percent, 4.2 percent and 28.7 percent respectively. Those from Japan (232,250) registered an increase of 4.6 percent. The cumulative number of same-day visitors accounted for 53.1 percent of total visitor arrivals, at 7,536,321.Analysed by mode of transport, visitor arrivals by sea totalled 5,692,080 in the first eight months of 2009, down by 7.3 percent year-on-year. The numbers arriving at the Outer Harbour decreased by 24.6 percent to 3,950,737, while those arriving at the Provisional Ferry Terminal in Taipa surged by 143.8 percent to 1,555,490.Visitor arrivals by land dropped by 11.7 percent year-on-year to 7,464,425 in the first eight months of 2009; those arriving through the Border Gate totalled 6,932,085 and the majority were visitors from Mainland China (76.8 percent) and Hong Kong (15.1 percent).Visitor arrivals by air went down by 7.2 percent year-on-year to 1,034,913 in the first eight months of 2009. Visitors arriving at the Macau International Airport fell by 7.1 percent to 1,014,085, with the majority coming from Taiwan (39.4 percent), Mainland China (24.5 percent), Malaysia (7.7 percent) and Thailand (7.0 percent). RelatedPosts Load More Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launchlast_img read more

Canada launches Digital Charter to combat hate speech and fake news

first_img “Canadians can expect that digital platforms will not foster or disseminate hate, violent extremism or criminal content. The launch of the charter follows Canada last week signing the Christchurch Call following the March terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. “The platforms are failing their users, and they’re failing our citizens,” Trudeau said. “They have to step up in a major way to counter disinformation. And if they don’t, we will hold them to account and there will be meaningful financial consequences.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Getty Images The Christchurch Call, led by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron, is a plan to prevent terrorists from uploading extremist content online, and to increase transparency around tech companies’ algorithms and the detection and removal of such content. Share your voice Politics Tech Industry Internet Security Culture Applications Mobile Apps Digital Media Online Universal access. Safety and security. Control and consent. Transparency, portability and interoperability. Open and modern digital government. A level playing field. Ensuring data and digital media are used for good. Strong democracy. Freedom from hate and violent extremism. Strong enforcement and real accountability. “The Government of Canada will defend freedom of expression and protect against online threats and disinformation designed to undermine the integrity of elections and democratic institutions,” the charter says. Canada wants to promote both safety and innovation online. Government of Canada The last three principles deal with hate speech and disinformation. Commentscenter_img Canada was joined by the governments of Australia, the UK, New Zealand, Germany, France, the European Commission, Indonesia, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, the Netherlands, Norway, Senegal, Spain and Sweden, as well as eight tech companies: Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon, Microsoft, Daily Motion, Qwant and YouTube. 5 The 10 principles of the charter are:  “There will be clear, meaningful penalties for violations of the laws and regulations that support these principles.” Tags The charter will target fake news and hate speech online, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday. The US didn’t sign the call. Canada has launched its new Digital Charter, designed to protect its citizens online and enforce rules governing social media platforms. Amazon Facebook Google Microsoft Twitterlast_img read more

Iran and Russia sign deal for delivery of S300 surfacetoair missile systems

first_imgRussia and Iran have signed a contract for Moscow to supply Tehran with the long-overdue S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, said a top official of a Russian defence conglomerate on Monday.Sergei Chemezov, chief executive of Russian state-owned defence conglomerate Rostec, said Russia had agreed to finally deliver the long-overdue missile systems it had in 2007 committed to supply under an $800-million deal, reported Press TV citing Russian state-run RIA news agency.Moscow refused to deliver the systems to Tehran in 2010 on the pretext that the agreement was covered by the fourth round of the United Nations Security Council sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme. The resolution bars sale of hi-tech weapons to Tehran.Following Moscow’s refusal to deliver the systems, Iran filed a complaint against the relevant Russian arms firm with the International Court of Arbitration in Geneva.In April this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted a previous ban on the delivery of the S-300 to Iran.Iranian Defence Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said in mid-August “all changes” made to the S-300 system by the Russians over the years would be implemented on the equipment to be delivered to Iran.last_img read more

Speechimpaired girl raped

first_imgA speech-impaired girl was reportedly raped by the driver of Shyamnagar Upazila Nirbahi Officer in the government quarter premises in upazila headquarters in Satkhira on Saturday, reports UNB.Police arrested driver Abdul Gaffar, 57, son of Gahar Gain, resident of Badoghata village, after the victim’s mother filed a rape case with Shyamnagar police station.The victim, a student of Shyamnagar Government Moshin Degree College, used to live along with her mother at Abdul Gaffar’s house in Badoghata village as tenants.On Saturday noon, Gaffar’s wife Amena Begum sent his launch through the girl. When the girl went to the UNO’s residence, Gaffar violated her inside his quarter 2:30pm, said sub-inspector Raj Kishore of Shyamnagar police station citing the case statement.Later in the evening, the girl informed the matter to her mother and Amena Begum filed the case against Gaffar.last_img read more

Xi meets top EU leaders to strengthen ties

first_imgChinese president Xi Jinping speaks flanked by his wife Peng Liyuan (R), French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron, during a state dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France on 25 March. AFP File PhotoThe leaders of China, France, Germany and the EU were set to meet in Paris on Tuesday for “unprecedented” talks on how to improve ties, despite growing jitters over Beijing’s massive investments in Europe.It comes ahead of an EU-China summit in Brussels next month and a day after Chinese president Xi Jinping signed an array of deals with France including a huge aircraft contract.At a glitzy state dinner on Monday evening French president Emmanuel Macron said he hoped to build a “new global governance” with China and would discuss this at the “unprecedented meeting with the German chancellor and the president of the European Commission”.”This is an important gesture that we are making now. It is testament to your deep attachment to China’s cooperation with Europe… and my desire to build a strong Europe,” he told Xi.German chancellor Angela Merkel and EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker will join Xi and Macron at the Elysee Palace to explore “points of convergence” between the two trading giants.On Monday China and France inked a dozen deals on nuclear power, cultural exchanges and clean energy, while Beijing also committed to buy 290 Airbus A320s and 10 A350 airliners from Europe’s Airbus conglomerate.The order, originally for 184 A320s for 13 Chinese airlines, was first announced during Macron’s state visit to China in January 2018.All of the deals, including one on French exports to China of frozen chicken, amount to a total of some $40 billion.Xi’s visit poses a particular challenge for Macron, who wants to deepen EU ties with China while pushing back against Beijing’s growing global clout.Speaking at the Elysee Palace on Monday following talks with Xi, Macron called for a “strong Europe-China partnership”, adding that this must be based on “strong multilateralism” and “fair and balanced” trade.Meanwhile Xi stressed that “a united and prosperous Europe fits in with our vision of a multipolar world”.”China will always back European integration and its development,” he added in a statement to the press.Around 200 guests including the French actor Alain Delon, who is widely known in China, French electronic music composer Jean-Michel Jarre and Chinese actress Gong Li attended the state dinner on Monday.New Silk RoadEarlier on his trip, Xi visited Italy, which became the first G7 state to sign up to China’s vast “New Silk Road” infrastructure project that has sparked unease in the US and the European Union.Macron announced that France and China will cooperate on a number of investment projects in some of the countries involved in the initiative, a massive undertaking to link Asia to Europe.Italy’s participation comes despite misgivings over the huge venture by other European nations wary of China’s growing influence.Xi has insisted the project will be a two-way street of investment and trade.But EU Budget commissioner Gunther Oettinger in a newspaper interview over the weekend expressed “concern that in Italy and other European countries, infrastructure of strategic importance like power networks, high speed rail lines or harbours are no longer in European but in Chinese hands”.Europe’s distrust of Chinese telecom giant Huawei, which is poised to become the dominant player in next-generation 5G mobile technology worldwide, is also emblematic of the increasingly rocky relationship.The US is pressuring European allies not to use Huawei technology, saying it creates a security risk by potentially letting Beijing snoop on sensitive communications.France has so far not ruled out using Huawei technology.As well as addressing commercial cooperation and strategic issues with Xi, Macron has also been urged to deal with the case of Meng Hongwei, the Chinese former head of the France-based Interpol police agency.Meng’s wife has had no news of her husband since his arrest in China nearly six months ago. It emerged Sunday she had written to Macron asking him to bring up his disappearance with Xi.Meng is believed to be facing corruption charges.Despite the many sources of friction, France wants to engage China as a closer partner as Washington becomes more isolationist under Trump’s “America First” policy.For example, Macron may seek more Chinese support for the French-backed G5 Sahel force fighting Islamist extremists in Western Africa, French presidential aides said.last_img read more

Belarus connects with Asian partner India

first_imgIndia features very high on Belarus’ agenda. The country considers its ever expanding trade and economic cooperation with India as an important contribution to ensure long-standing traditionally friendly and constructive comprehensive ties.India is one of Belarus’ most important partners in Asia. Both the countries have considerably increased the volume of their bilateral trade. Belarus had previously contributed significantly both to the trade and economic component of the Soviet-Indian relations, supplying Belarus tractors, large capacity dump-trucks and other high-tech machinery to India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Today, the volume of bilateral trade in 2012 increased nearly 2.7 times compared to 2007 and totals $494.4 million. Export of Belarusian products to the Indian market increased over 2.6 times. Among Belarusian goods exported to India are potash fertilizers, large capacity mining vehicles, synthetic cord, acrylic fibers, tyres, bearings, transmitting and receiving equipment, leather, electronic integrated microcircuits and other products.The major Belarusian product supplied to the Indian market are potash fertilizers which are very important for increasing productivity of Indian agriculture and ensuring food security. There is also a dynamic increase of Indian import to Belarus. In 2012, the total volume of Indian goods delivered to the Belarusian market amounted over $ 230 million. India is the biggest supplier of medicine and pharmaceutical substances to Belarus. Among other imported goods are raw tobacco, tea, sea products, spices, nuts, vegetable oils, chemical products, cotton yarn, transformers. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSince 1998, the Intergovernmental Belarus-India Commission for Cooperation in the Fields of Economy, Trade, Industry, Science, Technology and Culture has been functioning. The Commission plays a decisive role in working out the consolidated approach of both the parties to cooperation in the above mentioned fields.Another effective tool to expand bilateral mutually beneficial business ties is the Business Council “Belarus-India” which functions under the aegis of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Eight sessions of the Council have been organized so far. The visit of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus to India on November 13- 14, 2012 gave a new stimulus to the development of bilateral relations, including in trade, economic, investment and industrial fields.  In November 2012, over 60 enterprises, organizations and institutions of Belarus took part in the National Exposition of the Republic of Belarus at the 32nd Indian International Trade Fair in New Delhi. It provided a good opportunity to establish new business contacts between Belarusian and Indian companies.However, there is still a lot of work to do in the sphere of development of trade, economic and industrial cooperation and increasing of turn-over between our two countries. A wide unexplored potential exists in the sphere of technical and industrial cooperation and creation of Belarus-India joint ventures for production of agricultural machinery, engines, cargo vehicles, including high capacity mining trucks.Both the countries have vast perspectives of cooperation in pharmaceutical sphere. Belarus is very much interested not only in buying Indian medicine and pharmaceutical products but also to attract Indian upgraded technology in this field for the expansion of production of pharmaceutical goods and to contribute to the strengthening of the national health security. Belarus is an attractive and safe destination for foreign investments. The country has adopted a well-elaborated investment legislation aimed to encourage investment activities and protect the investors’ rights in its territory. Six free economic zones (FEZs) function in Belarus providing preferential terms of activities to their residents.Among the advantages of doing business in Belarus are favourable economic and geographical location along the eastern boundary of the European Union provides Belarus with an opportunity to serve as a strategic platform for foreign investors to start their business in the promising CIS markets. With the entry into force of the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia and the formation of the Unified Economic Space, foreign investors enjoy a smooth access to a huge common market of the three states; political, social, and economic stability, low crime and corruption rate, absence of conflicts; highly skilled manpower makes the country’s labour market particularly attractive. Highly developed industrial and scientific potential has made the Belarusian economy an export-oriented one.last_img read more

Halloween in Delhi

first_imgEvolving from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain, modern Halloween has become less about literal ghosts and ghouls and more about costumes and candy. To celebrate the night of the dead, Delhiites dress up at their spookiest best.Skeletons, tombstones, spider webs and glowing pumpkins are amongst the popular decor items, but the list can go on and on. The day has become yet another excuse for youngsters to dress up at their horrific best and have some fun. Party stores, costume shops and make-up artists are gearing up to cash in on the trend to transform people into creepy characters ahead of the festival. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Know to be an American holiday, Halloween seems to be gaining fast popularity in India. “People have started getting quite serious about their looks, as many popular pubs and nightclubs in the city are throwing parties that hold ‘ghostly’ competitions and give away fancy prizes to the best dressed,” said – a makeover expert. Recognising an increasing demand for Halloween parties director of a local bar said, “We have decorated our pub with scary chandeliers and skeletons, making it look like a dark dungeon. Our in-house DJ will play scary music all night to make it a complete Halloween experience. We are also calling three artists to paint faces.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixChild-friendly Halloween setups also seem to be in demand as they are being organised to cater the needs of both parents and toddlers. “The idea is to involve the whole family in this festival, which is why we are going for a lighter Halloween theme party this year. We will have people dressed up in cartoon characters such as superman, spiderman etc. We are also organising a best-dressed competition and children will also be allowed to take instant photographs with their favourite cartoon character,” said an event organiser. In spite of being the most ‘in’ thing recently, Halloween somehow seems to be stuffed within the boundaries of a clubhouse or a private party. The famous trick or treat tradition is not that successful in a country where parents spend a lot of energy warning children not to talk to strangers. This puts us in a position to question the custom we have adopted mindlessly. Because let’s face it, no Indian parent would want their children to dress up in a blood sucking vampire costume, they would rather dress them up as engineers or doctors! While Dussehra was celebrated to fight good over evil then why to bring evil back in the form of Halloween? Think about it!last_img read more

Tooth loss in elderly linked to malnutrition

first_imgOlder adults with just 10 to 19 teeth are at higher risk malnutrition, warns a new study. These patients also had higher rates of weight loss, lower appetite and were at increased risk for dementia and/or depression as well as severe illnesses than those who had a normal nutrition status. “The mouth is the entry way for food and fluid intake. If its integrity is impaired, the functional ability of an individual to consume an adequate diet may be adversely impacted,” said Rena Zelig, lead author at Rutgers University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFurther, the researchers said that dental clinics were ideal locations to perform nutritional status screenings as they can identify patients who may not regularly visit a primary care provider and who may be at risk for malnutrition. “Clinicians also can provide patients with referrals to Registered Dietitians and community assistance programmes such as Meals on Wheels to prevent further decline in nutritional status,” Zelig said. The study, published in Journal of Ageing Research and Clinical Practice, analysed the health records of 107 senior citizens treated aged 65 and above.The results showed that 20.6 per cent of participants were at risk for malnutrition and 4.7 per cent were malnourished. In addition, greater than 87 per cent of them partially or completely lacked teeth. However, further study was needed to examine the relationships between tooth loss and malnutrition risk and the impact of tooth loss on the eating experience and eating-related quality of life.last_img read more