Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath government transferred 20 senior IAS officers in a midnight reshuffle on Monday. The Chief Minister has appointed Alok Kumar-III and Sanjay Prasad as his secretaries. Among the other IAS officers, who were transferred, are Additional Chief Secretary for science and technology Kumar Kamlesh, who has been moved to planning and programme implementation in the same capacity. Manish Chauhan, Commissioner sugarcane, has been posted as Commissioner, food and logistics and his charge has been handed over to Sanjay Bhoosreddy, Principal Secretary of sugarcane development and excise. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Anil Garg, Commissioner Lucknow, has been transferred as CEO of Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC). He has been replaced by Mukesh Meshram, who was Secretary, health education. Rupesh Kumar has been appointed as Special Secretary, health education, and Sanjay Kumar Khatri, Special Secretary, home and prison administration, was appointed joint MD of UP Jal Nigam along with Ramesh Ranjan. Among other senior officers who have been transferred, Special Secretary, basic education, Chandra Shekhar, has been moved and posted as Sommissioner of Chitrakoot division. Rajesh Kumar-II has been given the charge of Special Secretary sports, while Surendra Prasad Singh has been appointed as Special Secretary, information. Surendra Ram will be the new Special Secretary, PWD.
MEDICINE HAT, Alta. – A judge has denied a request to put Alberta’s gay-straight alliance law on hold because she says the benefits to LGBTQ youth outweigh any potential harm.The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms — on behalf of more than two dozen faith-based schools, parents and public interest groups — had requested an injunction until a ruling is made on the law’s constitutionality.The law bans schools from telling parents if their children join the peer groups meant to make LGBTQ kids feel welcome and to prevent bullying.“The effect on LGBTQ+ students in granting an injunction, which would result in both the loss of supportive GSAs in their schools and send the message that their diverse identities are less worthy of protection, would be considerably more harmful than temporarily limiting a parent’s right to know and make decisions about their child’s involvement in a GSA,” Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Johnna Kubik said in her decision Wednesday.The Justice Centre, which argued that keeping parents out of the loop violates their charter rights, had characterized the alliances as “ideological sexual clubs” that could expose young or otherwise vulnerable kids to explicit material. It also raised concerns that schools’ funding and accreditation could be jeopardized if they don’t comply.The province and others have argued the law is meant to protect LGBTQ youth, who may be put in harm’s way if they are outed to parents who aren’t accepting.Both sides made their case in Medicine Hat court last week.In her decision, Kubik said the applicants had to establish that there was a serious constitutional issue to be tried, that complying with the law would cause irreparable harm and that refusing their request would cause them more harm than granting it would cause to the other side.Kubik said she was satisfied the competing charter rights of parents and children is a serious constitutional issue.But she dismissed many of the Justice Centre’s arguments around irreparable harm, including that young and vulnerable children may be exposed to graphic material through the alliances.“There is no evidence that any of these materials were ever promoted by the respondent or GSAs generally, or that the materials ever came into the hands of any students through a GSA,” Kubik wrote.She also said she could not verify accounts cited by the Justice Centre of children becoming suicidal after being encouraged to dress and behave like the opposite sex at school.Justice Centre president John Carpay said the group plans to appeal.“The judgment does a very shallow and cursory review of the evidence that was before the court that children have been harmed,” he said.Education Minister David Eggen said the ruling was a win for justice and equality. He said the province won’t back down on enforcing the law.The legal wrangling has been confusing for kids who take part in the alliances, he added.“The existence of this court case served to undermine a lot of the good work that we’ve done over the past two years to create safe and caring environments for kids in schools,” Eggen said. “An appeal would just keep stretching that out.”Pam Krause, president of the Centre for Sexuality, said she was pleased with how strongly Kubik highlighted the importance of the alliances.She said the group, formerly known as the Calgary Sexual Health Centre and which presented evidence in court, intends to have a say in any constitutional challenge.“We’re going to get the opportunity to really continue to talk about and provide evidence to the point that gay-straight alliances are very important, that they help schools to be more safe and caring and that they help students be more healthy and resilient.”— By Lauren Krugel in Calgary
In his latest report on the CAR and the work of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in that country (BONUCA), Mr. Ban calls on the authorities in the CAR to step up their efforts to kick-start intensive political dialogue and push the peace process forward.“Recent encouraging prospects can be sustained only with continued international cooperation, in a climate of peace,” he writes, noting that recent consultations by the Panel of the Wise, a prominent civil society group, indicate that most key political groups – including rebels – want dialogue.But some opposition parties are sceptical that the Government of President François Bozizé is genuinely committed to holding dialogue given he has said the security situation must first improve and the talks cannot call into question the legitimacy of institutions set up since elections held in 2005.Earlier this year, the Government reached peace deals with some of the rebel groups in the northwest and northeast, where most of the fighting has taken place in recent years.But Mr. Ban stresses that while these accords are welcome, “only through a comprehensive and inclusive dialogue can solid progress towards restoring sustainable stability in the country and attracting investors be made.”Condemning repeated attacks on humanitarian workers, the Secretary-General says the Government needs to improve its measures to ensure that aid workers receive adequate protection. The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) within the CAR is estimated at more than 200,000, while the country is also home to refugees from the neighbouring Darfur region of Sudan.But Mr. Ban adds that the economy has made some improvements, with a 4.7 per cent growth rate in 2007, up from 3.8 per cent the previous year, thanks partly to World Bank and International Monetary Fund-backed poverty reduction programmes. 27 June 2007The situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) remains extremely precarious, marked by deteriorating humanitarian conditions, repeated violations of human rights, a culture of impunity, a lack of dialogue and tolerance between opposing groups, and persistent poverty and corruption, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns today.
21 December 2009The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders are intensifying their United Nations-backed talks aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island, scheduling two three-day series of discussions next month after a senior UN official said they had made good progress over the past year. Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat met today under UN auspices in Nicosia, the capital, and announced their intentions in a joint statement read out by the Coordinator of the UN’s Good Offices Mission, Yasser Sabra. They have been meeting regularly under UN auspices in a bid to establish a Federal Government with a single international personality, along with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, which would be of equal status. Earlier this month, the Security Council extended the mandate of the 45-year-old UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until 15 June, 2010. Now mustering 926 troops and 68 police, it was set up in 1964 to prevent further fighting between the communities. After hostilities erupted again in 1974, its responsibilities were expanded to supervise ceasefire lines, maintain a buffer zone and undertake humanitarian activities. In the forthcoming meetings, the two leaders will aim at more convergences on governance and power-sharing, the economy and European Union (EU) matters, as well as on the property issue, according to the statement. In remarks to the media over the weekend, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer said the two leaders had showed “a very strong commitment to achieve a successful negotiation and they have made good progress” throughout the last year. He also said that the next year would be a pivotal point. They will meet next on 4 January to discuss EU matters. The three-day meetings will take place on 11-13 January and 18-20 January.
He said the process for a decision on the resolution is underway and India has already started engaging with other countries to finalise its view on the resolution. “We are in the process of finalising our response. As soon as final view is taken, we will come back to the House,” he said. “Since anxiety has been expressed, the process for resolution is now underway. We are engaging with all member countries. We are absolutely committed. Whatever steps are necessary, will be taken by the government,” he said.The minister also said, “There must be accountability and there must be a fair participation. A life of dignity must be ensured (to Tamils in Sri Lanka). We are in pursuit of this objective.” India is in the process of working out its stand on the UN Resolution against Sri Lanka, government said with an emphasis that there should be accountability besides an “impartial, independent and transparent” probe into allegations of atrocities on Tamils, the Press Trust of India reported today.External affairs minister Salman Khurshid made a statement in the Rajya Sabha today in the wake of demands made by DMK and AIADMK that India should support a US-moved resolution at UNHRC condemning killing of Tamils in Sri Lanka and holding of an independent inquiry. Mr Khurshid said investigation must be “impartial, independent and transparent” and said India remained committed to this cause.DMK and AIADMK earlier demanded that government support a US-based resolution at the UNHRC condemning killing of Tamils in Sri Lanka and institution of an independent inquiry.Raising the issue in Rajya Sabha soon after it met for the day, Tiruchi Siva (DMK) said students in Tamil Nadu are on agitation. “The state of Tamil Nadu is burning,” he said demanding that India support the UN resolution condemning war crimes. He also sought to know India’s stand in Geneva. Mr V Maitreyan (AIADMK) said students will intensify their agitation after 22 March and the government should strengthen the USA resolution by condemning the genocide.
The Ricardo 2/4SIGHT gasoline engine has today won Autocar’s prestigious technology award. Switching automatically between two and four stroke operation, the groundbreaking engine design has the potential to deliver an improvement of up to 30 per cent in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, together with class leading performance. Accepting the award in central London, Tim Lake, Ricardo chief engineer, advanced gasoline engines said: ‘It is extremely pleasing that Autocar has chosen to recognise the potential of the 2/4SIGHT engine. Together with our industry partners, we look forward to testing the first prototype engine next year and hope to demonstrate potential of the 2/4SIGHT concept to reduce emissions and improve the overall performance characteristics of future vehicles.’ The 2/4SIGHT engine concept is based on an innovative design of combustion system combined with advanced valve train and control technologies. By matching the control strategy to make best use of the 2/4SIGHT engine’s capabilities, simulation studies, originally managed under SMMT’s Foresight Vehicle programme, showed the potential to deliver: Up to 30 per cent benefit in fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions via aggressive engine downsizing – using a smaller, lighter engine operating at higher specific load Compliance with Euro 4 emissions standards and with the potential to adapt to meet future standards as applied to conventional gasoline engines Similar CO2 emissions yet lower production costs than a conventional diesel engine Highly attractive driving characteristics, with class leading torque delivery The 2/4SIGHT engine concept is viewed as being particularly attractive for premium cars and SUVs, where fuel consumption and CO2 emissions tend to be higher and its inherent torque benefits will fit well with typical driving characteristics. Work on the 2/4SIGHT engine is being actively progressed by Ricardo and a consortium of industry partners including DENSO, Ma 2T4, the University of Brighton and Brunel University, with additional support provided by a number of automotive manufacturers. A detailed 2.0 litre V6 gasoline engine design has now been completed which is intended to deliver levels of performance and driveability more usually associated with 3-4 litre V8 engines. Ricardo and its partners intend to build and test the first concept demonstrator engine in mid-2006. In parallel with this work, a detailed cost/benefit study is being carried out based on a 1.0 litre 2/4SIGHT engine for use in mid-sized family cars as a highly efficient replacement for a conventional 1.8-2.0 litre gasoline engine.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSeveral sick patients air-dashed to GPHC still undiagnosedApril 7, 2019In “Health”GMI remains closed until “certain requirements are met” – EPAApril 8, 2019In “Environment”Tests on sick Chinese Nationals rules out Swine FluApril 16, 2019In “Health” Regional Health Officer (RHO) Dr Vishal Ramjas said that another Guyana Manganese Inc. (GMI) employee was admitted at the Pakera Hospital and is undergoing treatment for “a respiratory tract infection”.This announcement was made in a statement by the Ministry of Public Health, which also noted that the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) successfully treated and discharged two Chinese national who fell ill as a result of the outbreak of an infectious disease at the manganese operations in Region One (Barima-Waini).The recently affected employee is said to be in a stable condition, Dr Ramjas said.Only last night, a second worker died as a result of the disease, which officials say is leptospirosis.Meanwhile, CMO Dr Shamdeo Persaud reiterated that “all precautionary measures are still in place at the Matthews Ridge tunnel site and immediate surroundings and essential medical supplies are in stock to treat employees of the mining firm and residents of the area.Since last week’s outbreak, the area has been deemed a ‘Red Zone’ by Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) authorities and “no one is allowed to enter the site,” Dr Persaud reminded Thursday.
Two female prisoners were Tuesday charged after they assaulted and wounded each other during an altercation at the East La Penitence Police Station Holding Centre.The duo made their appearance before Georgetown Magistrate Faith McGusty where they both denied the charge.The women are Savita Persaud, who is currently on remand for two counts of trafficking-in-person and Revelana Smith, who is on remand on a charge of attempted murder.The charged against Persaud stated on April 23 at East La Penitence Police Station Holding Centre she unlawfully assaulted Smith, while Smith is accused of unlawfully wounding Persaud on the same day.The court heard that Smith attacked Persaud who retaliated and defended herself, however Smith in an explanation to the court stated that incident began at the New Amsterdam Prison but escalated while they were at the East La Penitence Police Station.Magistrate McGusty remanded Smith to prison while Persaud was granted $20,000, however, she still remains on remand for the trafficking charges.The cases will continue on June 24. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWoman gets 9 months for assaulting inmateJuly 30, 2019In “Court”‘Liquid Love’ bar owner freed of assault chargeAugust 5, 2019In “Court”Woman charged for assaulting copMay 15, 2019In “Court”
Some of the sacked workers, who lost their jobs when the coalition administration closed several estates across the country, are now turning towards the budding oil and gas industry for new opportunities.There are at least 11 former Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) workers who have been recruited by TOTALTEC Oilfield Services, which has partnered with Guyana Shore Base Inc (GYSBI) to train over 120 Guyanese in basic safety and oilfield operations to enable them to successfully join and participate in the emergent oil and gas sector.Desmond Anderson, 25, former electrical and instrument repair mechanic from the now closed Rose Hall Estate, and Santkumar Singh, 25, a former field workshop mechanic from the La Bonne Intention (LBI) Estate, both related that after losing their jobs following the closures, they were forced to take up employment in other fields.Now with this opportunity that has come up, though in a completely new sector for them, they are both ready for the challenge.“This is all new to me, but I’m all eager about the training. I don’t know what it might entail, but I’m willing and all determined to learn something new,” Anderson posited.Meanwhile, Singh added: “The oil and gas field is different compared to GuySuCo, so yes it is going to be a challenge yes, but it’s something that we’re willing to take on.”With offshore operations moving apace, these recruits are expected to fill safety and operational positions on the shore base located at Houston, Greater Georgetown. These recruits are expected to undergo a four-month training exercise conducted at the TOTALTEC International Petroleum and Maritime Academy (IPMA, known as The Academy) using their existing programmes.At the launch of the training on Wednesday, TOTALTEC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lars Mangal noted that it was a major undertaking to recruit and train 120 new young men and women for the industry.“This journey has been one very, very challenging journey to catalyse and create capacity-building efforts that’s foundational to the Guyana oil and gas industry, and that starts with getting people into the industry – Guyanese, especially young people into the industry – in a foundational way so they can then start to build meaningful careers for themselves, their families in the industry, in a safe and professional way,” Mangal stated.Over the past year, TOTALTEC has recruited, trained and found gainful employment for over 150 Guyanese. The Academy usually recruits and trains persons who are then employed by oil companies. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFmr Wales Estate workers decry non-payment of severance at Job FairFebruary 1, 2018In “Business”EYEWITNESS: It’s a gas…July 25, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”By mid next year 25,000 will be jobless since APNU/AFC took office- JagdeoAugust 31, 2017In “latest news”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJordan appeals judge’s orders to pay Dipcon or face jailJune 27, 2019In “Business”DIPCON US$2M judgement: Govt continues to flout authority of JudiciaryJuly 7, 2019In “Court”Revenue body making moves to collect G$528M ‘outstanding’ taxes from DipconJuly 9, 2019Similar post Finance Minister Winston JordanFinance Minister Winston Jordan was Monday ordered by Guyana’s High Court to pay in excess of US$2.2M to Trinidadian-based construction firm, Dipcon.Dipcon had taken the Finance Minister to court for failure to pay millions of dollars which was ordered to be paid in 2015. The construction company claims that the Guyana Government owes it money for previous works done.In court proceedings on Monday, Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry ruled that Dipcon recover US$2.2M together with an interest rate of 4% per annum.The High Court Judge ordered that the money be paid by July 8, 2019.Failure to comply with the order could result in the Finance Minister being imprisoned.The Guyana Government was, in 2015, ordered to pay Trinidad construction company DIPCON a sum in excess of US$2.2M, but to date, the money has not been paid.When asked about the issue in May, Minister Jordan had said: “the judgement is a huge judgement. Our lawyers, the Attorney General’s (AG’s) Chambers, will deal with the matter. The Government, through the AG Chambers, will start examining the matter to pay them (DIPCON)…we will provide a response shortly.”Justice Rishi Persaud had handed down the judgement in the company’s favour on October 21, 2015, but DIPCON has claimed that Minister Jordan has failed to take steps to effect payment.As a result, the Trinidadian company’s lawyers have applied to the Court for an administrative order to compel the Minister to pay.
File: President David Granger shares a light moment with High Commissioner Dr K. J. Srinivasa and his wifeIndian High Commissioner to Guyana Dr K.J. Srinivasa on Wednesday paid a courtesy call to Georgetown Mayor, Ubraj Narine.During that visit, several areas of interest were discussed. Among these was the granting of scholarships to Guyanese. In an invited comment to the Department of Public Information (DPI), Dr Srinivasa said the aim is to build the skills of young people in Guyana.He explained that as part of the International Cooperation Programme, there is ITEC, the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation programme; through which short course fully-funded scholarships are given to young students and graduates in various fields. “I was just discussing with the mayor that we are ready to extend that cooperation and we are trying to increase the slots for Guyana,” the Indian High Commissioner stated.Scholarships will also be given for cultural aspects where interested persons will go to India to learn about their heritage and culture. Dr Srinivasa also indicated that the Commission will help the city of Georgetown beautify the area around the Mahatma Gandhi statue since this year will be the 150th year of his birth. Garbage disposal is another area of interest that will see support offered to the city, with plans to adopt a similar system to one of the cities in India.Additionally, the Indian High Commissioner said he intends to strengthen the bilateral ties between India and Guyana and to work with the Caricom Secretariat to strengthen the relationship with the Caribbean community and India.Also present was during the courtesy call was Deputy-Mayor Alfred Mentore. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNew Indian High Commissioner sworn inAugust 14, 2019In “latest news”India commits to beautifying Mahatma Gandhi Statue in GuyanaAugust 29, 2019In “latest news”India awaiting new licensing round for Guyana’s oil blocksSeptember 5, 2019In “Business”
Weir Minerals’ Warman® AHF pumps have been put to the test at two mines in South Africa’s Limpopo Province, the company said.The pumps were tasked with pumping frothy, high density and viscous slurries at the platinum and phosphate mines.Weir said: “Handling froth in some process circuits can be very challenging, as froth will air-bind a conventional slurry pump. In froth applications, the Warman AHF inducer impeller solves this problem, producing far less surging. The inducer impeller and oversized inlet enhance the movement of the froth, high density or viscous slurries into the impeller, facilitating effective transportation.“In addition, its higher efficiencies mean a smaller pump will deliver the required results.”At the platinum operation, a Warman AHF 2 pump was commissioned in early 2016. It has met the specified flow rate of 40 m3/h with no pump-related stoppages, repairs or replacements, according to Weir.A 12-month trial period showed the unit saved the mine over R200,000 ($14,153) when compared with the cost of the competitor pump installed previously. Based on this, the mine replaced another eight competitor products with Warman AHF pumps, Weir said. It has approved the Warman AHF 3 pumps as standard for all frothy applications at the plant’s first flotation section, and Warman AHF 2 pumps for the second flotation section, the company added.The Warman AHF pumps – with Hi Seal® expeller (dry gland) design – were also tested in a viscous slurry application at the phosphate mine in Limpopo for six months. According to Weir, they demonstrated they could continuously pump the high-density viscous underflow slurry at relative densities above 1.9. “As a result, the customer purchased the pump and began upgrading all the remaining concentrate thickener underflow pumps to the Warman AHF pump technology,” Weir said.This reduced the plant’s operational costs significantly, decreased dewatering and concentrate moisture extraction operations, improved filtration efficiency and increased concentrate throughput to the dryers, according to Weir. The Warman AHF pump also extended the underflow pumping boundaries and the overall reliability of the thickener underflow pumping system.“Other field and laboratory tests have proven that the Warman AHF pump has largely overcome the problem of high-density viscous underflow slurries, with negligible effects on head at slurry yield stresses up to 200 Pa,” the company said.Jacques Pretorius, Weir Minerals Africa’s Pump Product Development Specialist, said the approach to solving any thickener underflow pumping problem must be based on a thorough understanding of the entire application, the mineralogy and rheological behaviour of the slurry.“Successful thickener underflow pumping projects are only achievable through involving a team of thickener engineers, pumping engineers and rheological consultants,” he said. “Weir Minerals’ pump trial campaigns confirm the successful operability of the Warman AHF pumps in viscous slurry applications.”
In an effort to help strengthen collaboration across Ontario and leverage resources within the mining innovation ecosystem, the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) and the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU).Doug Murray, CEO of CEDC, said: “Mining and further mining innovations are important aspects for the continued growth of the Northwestern Ontario Economy and thus appreciate CEMI’s support to make this happen.”His words aligned with CEMI’s President, Douglas Morrison (pictured), who said: “CEMI has always undertaken to help promote mining activity in the north-west of Ontario, and this is another way to recognise our collaborative relationship.”The purpose of the MoU is to promote a collaborative strategic approach to all aspects of mining, through mining research, technology development and the commercialisation of mining innovation, CEMI said. The agreement will serve as a model for bilateral collaboration between the CEDC and CEMI and, “wherever possible, the expansion of multilateral relationships with local and foreign academic institutions, researchers, mining companies, mining supply and service sector and government agencies”, CEMI said.The organisation continued: “CEMI would like to acknowledge that the effort to build the capacity of its network and extend its service delivery capacity has been supported by the Government of Canada’s Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) through funding from the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor).”The formalisation of this relationship is another step in CEMI’s effort to develop a national mining ecosystem so innovations in the service and supply companies in Canada can have a greater impact on domestic and global markets, it explained. “CEMI is leading the development of a program called the Mining Innovation Commercialization Accelerator. The national ecosystem will be built upon a network of collaborative regional mining clusters across the country, each cluster defined by the companies in each region. As each of the regional clusters expand their network of MoUs and co-operation agreements with organisations across the country and internationally, the national ecosystem will be strengthened.”CEMI’s objective is to help the mining sector achieve a step-change improvement in performance by accelerating the commercial adoption of innovations in mines and by increasing the innovation capacity of the mining service companies that deliver techniques and technologies to the industry. It works through networked solutions teams to accelerate the commercialisation of mining innovations.Incorporated in December 2006, CEDC is an arms-length Community Development Corporation, led by an independent board with core funding from the City of Thunder Bay.“The mandate of the CEDC is to operate in a way that is: project-based, business-led, partner-driven and community supported,” CEMI said. CEDC receives formal proposals on projects that will contribute to economic development and responds quickly to new opportunities and initiatives to attract direct financial involvement from government and private sectors, CEMI added.
GroundProbe says it has launched a new data aggregation software for geotechnical sensor monitoring, MonitorIQ.MonitorIQ is, according to the Orica-owned company, feature-rich allowing users to collate and compare data from more than 120 sensor types on one platform including the suite of radar, laser and vibration monitors provided by GroundProbe. It also allows users to compare data from prisms, piezometers, drones, temperature readers, air pressure measurement, and many other sensor types.The all-new software can also consolidate data across multiple sites be they mines, tailings dams, natural landscape hazards or other built structures, according to the company.“Through the centralisation of all monitoring data into one dashboard and analysis platform, MonitorIQ revolutionises how users consolidate sensor data to correlate and identify trends, ensuring confident decision making,” GroundProbe said.Brian Gillespie, GroundProbe’s CEO, said the development of MonitorIQ is the result of its customers using many different sensors to gather various types of information.GroundProbe said: “More than just a data aggregation platform, MonitorIQ comes built-for-purpose with GroundProbe’s patented geotechnical analysis software, SSR-Viewer, fully embedded.“This gives users the freedom to access SSR-Viewer’s all-inclusive suite of visualisations and safety-critical charting and alarming tools, on-the-fly, direct from MonitorIQ.”GroundProbe is part of Orica Monitor – a newly formed division of Orica – dedicated to providing advanced monitoring technology solutions across both the mining and civil industries. MonitorIQ, meanwhile, is the latest addition to Orica’s suite of leading digital technology solutions.Lachlan Campbell, GroundProbe’s VP of Marketing and Technology, said: “MonitorIQ completely eliminates the need for users to switch between multiple platforms when working with any data collected on-site. This combined with SSR-Viewer’s deep dive analysis capability presents an interface that is integrated and intuitive.”He added: “Safety has been and always will be our number one priority, and this solution will ensure efficient and effective decision-making to provide maximum safety.”James Usherwood, Product Manager for MonitorIQ, said: “MonitorIQ has definitely transformed the way we view, interact and report on data. Where MonitorIQ will go in the future will definitely change the way the mining and civil construction sectors monitor hazardous areas.”MonitorIQ is currently being rolled out globally across the GroundProbe customer network, which spans 30 countries.
A MAN WHO wears a thong and cape while riding his scooter through the capital city of Wisconsin may be a strange sight – but police say he isn’t breaking any laws.Earlier this month, staff at John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Madison called authorities after the man rode by in his unmentionables while students were walking to a bus.Police spokesman Joel DeSpain told the Wisconsin State Journal that a sergeant had a chat with the person police call Thong Cape Scooter Man.He admitted he used poor judgement in going past the school, but said he did it unintentionally.The city attorney told police the man broke no laws.So it seems Thong Cape Scooter Man is free to ride on.
Toopran: A review meeting on Haritha Haram was held here on Wednesday. RDO Shyamprkash, DIC GM Thirupathaiah, in-charge MPDO Raghava Rao, APO Krishna Reddy, AO Nusrath, Panchayath secretaries, field assistants, and officials from forest department were present.
Starbucks Cafe using toilet water to brew coffee in Hong Kong (Reuters)A Starbucks coffee shop located in Hong Kong’s financial district was recently in the news for allegedly using toilet water to brew coffee, since the time it opened in 2011.The incident came to light only after a photo of “Starbucks Only” water tap in a bathroom surfaced online, which prompted angry reactions from customers.The café, located in the Central Bank of China Tower in underground stores, has been allegedly using the water from a tap from a nearby garage toilet to make beverages, because they did not have a water supply of their own.Hong Kong based tabloid Apple Daily published the photos of Starbucks staff taking water from the men’s bathroom in the building parking garage. The tabloid also reported that the employees filter the water before using it. The spokeswoman of the coffee shop has confessed that they are using the faucet to make coffee. “There is no direct water supply to that particular store, that’s why we need to obtain the drinking water from the nearest source in the building,” Starbucks spokeswoman Wendy Pang confessed to Agence France-Presse.However, she also said that the coffee shop is now using distilled water to prepare its beverages.”Starbucks! Making huge profits globally but chose to use toilet water for making coffee in that store rather than spending a few cents to use distilled water. We pay a few dollars to buy a cup of coffee (and you know your profit margin) and we get this kind of disrespect for our mind and health! Whoever made that decision to use toilet water needs to explain the decision process. I’m now really worried when I purchase coffee from Starbucks. Who knows which other stores are using the similar practice,” Kevin L, a Facebook user wrote on the Starbucks’ Hong Kong Facebook wall.”Starbucks, you need to make an open declaration that such crap is not repeated anywhere else, and fire the idiot who thought up such kind of water supply solution,” Duncan Yum commented on Facebook wall.Pang said the water is filtered to make sure that it passes the local and World Health Organisation standards.But people in the country raised concerns about health and the risk of transferring germs from the washroom into their food and beverages.”The potential risk of transferring pathogens from the restroom environment into the Starbucks food preparation area,” Benjamin Cowling, an associate professor from Hong Kong University School of Public Health, told AFP.”I wouldn’t go to the restaurant in the first place if I knew they were having potentially risky hygiene practices,” Cowling added.
AP Photo/Susan Walsh, FileFILE – In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo, a view of the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse in Washington. The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Trump administration, claiming it is violating immigration laws and its own policies by detaining immigrants who have a solid case for seeking asylum in the United States. The ACLU said it was filing a lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington claiming that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is detaining many asylum seekers for months while they await hearings before an immigration judge. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Trump administration, claiming it is violating immigration laws and its own policies by detaining immigrants who have a solid case for seeking asylum in the United States.The ACLU said it filed a lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington claiming that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is detaining many asylum seekers for months while they await hearings before an immigration judge.Immigrants seeking asylum must initially pass a “credible fear” screening to determine if they face a threat of persecution in their home countries. Those that fail that standard are deported immediately. Previously, those that passed were usually given “humanitarian parole” while awaiting an immigration hearing, provided that they were not considered flight risks or dangers to the public.The lawsuit claims that under Trump, the number of asylum-seekers granted such parole has dropped to nearly zero in five key ICE field offices: Detroit, El Paso, Texas, Los Angeles, Newark, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. The ACLU said in a statement that in 2013, nine of 10 asylum seekers from these field offices were released while awaiting immigration hearings.ICE officials did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment about the lawsuit.The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, names several plaintiffs, including a Haitian ethics teacher who has spent 16 months in custody in Chardon, Ohio. The teacher, Ansly Damus, has been granted asylum twice by an immigration judge. But the government continues to appeal the decisions and he remains behind bars. He has not been allowed outside in more than a year, the ACLU said.In an interview, ACLU attorney Michael Tan charged that the Trump administration is punishing people seeking asylum.“The United States is trying to send a message to asylum seekers that they need not apply,” he said. Share
Stay on target ‘Storm Loch Ness’ Joke Facebook Event Aims to Spot Folklore ‘Monster’Nearly 300K Alien Fans Sign Up to ‘Raid Area 51’ for Joke Facebook Event Facebook’s News Feed just got personal. (Well, more personal.)The company on Sunday introduced “Why am I seeing this post?”—a new tool that provides more details about and control over the social media experience.Simply tap the three dots in the top right corner of a post to find the feature (which appears to be rolling out slowly across the platform).AdChoices广告The drop-down menu explains how past interactions impact the ranking of content in your feed.That includes why you’re seeing a certain post (if it’s from a friend you made, Group you joined, or Page you followed) and what has the largest influence over order of material (how often you interact with people/Groups/Pages and their videos, photos, or links; the popularity of posts shared by those you follow).“Why am I seeing this post?” helps users understand and control what they see from friends, Pages, and Groups in the News Feed (via Facebook)You’ll also find access to controls like See First, Unfollow, News Feed Preferences, and Privacy Shortcuts to help personalize your site.“This is the first time that we’ve built information on how ranking works directly into the app,” Facebook Product Manager Ramya Sethuraman wrote in a blog announcement.“People wanted to be able to take action,” she added. “So we’ve made it easy to manage what you see in News Feed right from this feature.”Long-time Facebookers may recognize the new function as the sibling of “Why am I seeing this ad?”, which launched in 2014 and is also getting an upgrade.Facebook now includes details about the ads users see when information on an advertiser’s list matches their profile (via Facebook)In addition to learning how factors like basic demographic details, interests, and website visits contribute to your online advertising, users can find out what personal info matches sponsors’ lists.That’s probably for the best, considering a majority of people are clueless about how their private details are used for targeted advertising.A recent Pew Research Center survey found that 74 percent of U.S. adult Facebook users were unaware the site maintains a list of interests and traits—viewable via the “Your ad preferences” page.Both updates are part of the social network’s “ongoing investment” to give folks “more context and control” across the site.“We will continue to listen to your feedback and evolve these features over time,” Sethuraman said.More on Geek.com:Facebook Charged With Housing DiscriminationFacebook Cracks Down on White Nationalism, White SeparatismStudy: Social Media Sites Can Predict Behavior Even If You Don’t Use Them
With HMD Global at the helm, Nokia has made a strong come back to the Android smartphone market, and if you are interested in trying one of their phones, what better time than the ongoing Amazon Prime Day 2019 sale. Whether you want a mid-ranger or a high-end phone there is something for everyone.For those looking for a mid-tier phone with an amazing display, the Nokia 7.1 can be a pretty great choice. The phone will cost you $100 less than its list price if you buy it off Amazon right now, which means instead of $349, you will just have to cough up $249. The phone is fueled by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 SoC and has 4GB of RAM paired 64GB of internal memory. At the back, there is a dual camera system (12 + 5MP).The phone is also a part of the Android One program, which means it runs the stock version of Android 9 Pie and will continue to receive timely updates. The phone is available in the color Blue and Steel and you might want to hurry up, as only four units are there in stock at the time of writing.However, if you have your heart set on a flagship, look no further than the Nokia 9 PureView, which has received a discount of $200 and is currently retailing for $499. Although the phone is fueled by last year’s Snapdragon 845 SoC, it is still a steal at this price, given that it has a total of five cameras on the back for exceptional photography. It sports a 5.99-inch display, with the fingerprint scanner embedded within it. Order now and enjoy free shipping while the offer lasts.Get the Nokia 9 PureView for only $499 ($200 discount)Get the Nokia 7.1 for only $249 ($100 discount)You can also check out our other deals for Prime Day 2019 below:Hot Prime Day 2019 TV Deal: 43-inch 4K HDR TV from TCL with Built-in Roku for Just $219Prime Day Deal: 32GB 9.7-inch iPad 6 for Just $249, 128GB for $329 [Up to $100 Off]Prime Day 2019 microSD Deals: SanDisk 128GB Ultra for $19.48, 128GB Extreme for $24.79Start Your Prime Day 2019 Shopping Spree With Massive Discounts on Echo Dot, Echo 2nd GenerationPrime Day 2019 Deal on Apple Watch Series 4: Get up to $75 Off on Select ModelsPrime Day 2019 Deal Discounts AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case to Just $179 [Was $200]Prime Day 2019 Deal from Philips: Hue RGB 2-Pack Starter Kit with Hub for Just $99SanDisk’s 128GB Nintendo Switch Compatible microSD Card for $25 is a Prime Day Deal You Just Can’t MissBeats Solo3 Wireless Headphones Sees Massive Price Drop for Prime Day, Now Just $139.99 [Was $299.95]Prime Day 2019 Killer Action Camera Deal Brings GoPro HERO7 Black Price Down to $343Ring Video Doorbell with FREE Echo Dot 3rd Gen for Just $69.99 [Was $150]Prime Day 2019 Offers a Variety of Choice for Customers on These Heavily Discounted AMD Threadripper ProcessorsPrime Day 2019 Discounts Echo Dot to $22, Fire TV Stick to Just $14.99SanDisk’s Prime Day 2019 Deals Offer Unbeatable Prices on microSD Cards, SD Cards, SSDs, Flash Drives, MoreIncredible Prime Day Deal: PlayStation Classic for Just $19.99! [Was $60]Prime Day Deal Alert: 32-inch Fire Edition TV for Just $99.99Prime Day 2019 Deals on Gaming PCs, Laptops, Displays, Keyboard, Mice, Accessories, More, Up to 50% Off Share Tweet Submit