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Medical services remain affected in Rajasthan

December 3, 2019 | pelzfibj | No Comments

first_imgMedical and health services in the government hospitals of Rajasthan remained affected on Wednesday with in-service doctors going on mass leave as part of second phase of their agitation on a 33-point charter of demands. Despite the Rajasthan High Court’s order and the state government’s ultimatum after the Essential Services Maintenance Act was invoked, the doctors did not join the duty. According to the Medical and Health Department, about 5,500 doctors across the State abstained from work.However, the department accepted one of the major demands of doctors for removal of an administrative officer posted as the Additional Director late on Wednesday evening. Surgeries postponedMedical services in over 2,500 government healthcare institutions across the state were hit hard for the fifth successive day. Surgeries and urgent treatments in the district hospitals and medical colleges were postponed.Doctors and nursing staff, accompanied by three ambulances, from the Military Hospital in Alwar were sent to the Rajiv Gandhi General Hospital in the town to attend to the patients. All Rajasthan In-Service Doctors’ Association’s lawyer Mahesh Sharma said:“Despite the deadlock, the State government has not invited the Association for talks.”Medical and Health Minister Kali Charan Saraf has maintained that the State government has fulfilled most of the demands as per an agreement signed on November 12.last_img read more

When NECTAR turned poison for bamboo

December 3, 2019 | pelzfibj | No Comments

first_imgNew Delhi’s renewed bid to turn bamboo into gold is riding a repackaged failure. This has made many in the Northeast, which grows 67% of India’s bamboo, wary of the “redesigned mission”.Bamboo farmers and entrepreneurs in the Northeast got a flicker of hope when Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley allocated ₹1,290 crore in Budget 2018 for a restructured National Bamboo Mission (NMB).President’s ordinanceThis followed President Ram Nath Kovind’s ordinance in November 2017 amending the Indian Forest Act to rid bamboo, botanically a grass, of its tree tag for 90 years and exempting it from requiring permits for felling or transportation.But a sense of deja vu soon crept in. This was primarily because of the failure of the ₹1,400-crore NMB from 2007-2014 as well as a related initiative called the North East Centre for Technology Application and Reach (NECTAR) that has refused to budge from New Delhi to its ‘headquarters’ in Meghalaya capital Shillong since its creation five years ago.The Department of Science and Technology (DST) had in 2004 launched the National Mission on Bamboo Application (NMBA) with an outlay of ₹200 crore. In almost a decade since, the NMBA has spent ₹100 crore on building demo bamboo houses that hardly impacted lives across India’s bamboo belts.An amount of ₹40 crore, refundable in instalments, was also provided to entrepreneurs as technology development assistance for partly procuring machinery and equipment. Contrary to its name, the NMBA neither developed any technology nor facilitated technology transfer for the assisted units.Import duly slashedBamboo entrepreneurs said the NMBA also failed to develop market linkages and virtually went off the radar. To add to their misery, the Centre slashed duty on imported bamboo products from 30% to 10%.Unable to compete with cheaper bamboo products – allegedly Chinese routed through Southeast Asian countries – in the domestic market, 99.7% of the 385 bamboo units formed with NMBA’s assistance shut shop.As the fortunes of the bamboo industry nosedived, the Centre realised the NMBA was remote-controlling the sector from New Delhi. In 2013, the Union Cabinet approved the creation of an autonomous society registered and headquartered in Shillong with a fund allocation of ₹292 crore.The society was called NECTAR.“NECTAR was basically old wine in a new bottle. The entire team that made NMBA a failure was rehabilitated in NECTAR without any responsibilities being fixed. Worse, it became more distant and redundant for the Northeast, where much of bamboo grows,” Rajib Goswami, president of Bamboo Industries Association of India (BIAI), said.NECTAR, though, isn’t all about bamboo. It covers “local and natural resources” of the region comprising Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. Apart from providing technical expertise to market local products, its mission included women empowerment and skill development.But NECTAR’s role, entrepreneurs say, has been minimal except for occasional tours by officials to “use up funds” meant for creating livelihoods and employment.Soon after its formation, NECTAR began functioning from the same space of the DST Secretary’s office in New Delhi from where the NMBA operated. But DST was apparently unaware that NECTAR operated from the same building, as replies to BIAI’s queries reveal.Efforts by entrepreneurs to make NECTAR serve its purpose finally made Praveer Asthana, former DST Secretary, instruct NECTAR’s Director General Sanjiv Nair on October 24, 2016, to relocate to Shillong. The instruction was ignored, as was that of the Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences on April 17, 2017.Ashutosh Sharma, the incumbent DST Secretary, put the ball in NECTAR’s court when asked to update on its status.“We have asked Central Public Works Department, Shillong, to make the office ready in the premises provided by the Survey of India. They are yet to start work. We expect work to start within a month and make it ready within next three months,” Baldev Singh Rawat, NECTAR’s Director General, told The Hindu from New Delhi.“After several such assurances to shift, we hope this time it is for real so that NECTAR serves its purpose. We also hope the society brings in people who know the Northeast and are serious about changing fortunes in the region,” Mr. Goswami said.Former Assam CM Prafulla Kumar Mahanta had last year wondered if NECTAR had been created to mean poison for bamboo-based industry in the Northeast. He also demanded an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation into misuse of bamboo funds that left many who invested in the sector in the lurch.Huge marketRegional trade bodies say the Northeast is crucial for India to tap the estimated $10 billion market potential of bamboo. India has the world’s largest fields of bamboo. It grows on nearly 13% of the country’s forest land. The eight North-eastern States – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura – grow 67% of India’s bamboo and have 45% of global bamboo reserves. Nearly 35 species of superior quality bamboos are found in the region.last_img read more

Morado: Winning just secondary in charity game

November 28, 2019 | pelzfibj | No Comments

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Maraño stays on beast mode even in charity game Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The 22-year-old setter was vital for Ateneo’s rally, delivering 58 excellent sets, on top of her five points en route to being named Player of the Game.Morado felt relieved that the Lady Eagles showed a great fight and gave the fans a treat. READ: Enjoying the game key to winning, says Valdez“I’m glad that the fans got to watch a good game, and it’s always fun going against La Salle. Even in this game, I really learned a lot, so I’m just happy in the turnout of match,” she said.Morado stressed that winning is just secondary in the tiff, sharing that the biggest winners of the event will always be the beneficiaries. ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ The Lady Eagles  had every reason to roll over and die after losing the first two sets.But Ateneo eventually figured things out and bucked its early struggles to pull off a thrilling win in a five-set classic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsREAD: Battle of the Rivals: Valdez, Ateneo best La Salle in 5 sets“It took some feeling out process and adjustments, but we got our groove eventually. It felt great playing again with familiar people,” said Morado, who had previously played with almost everyone in the blue team except for Fille Cainglet-Cayetano. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homescenter_img “I’m just hoping that everyone is reminded that this is really for a good cause,” he said. “It’s not just for La Salle, not just for Ateneo. It’s not for pride, but it’s for a good cause.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ateneo setter Jia Morado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJia Morado thought La Salle would sweep Ateneo on Sunday at Battle of the Rivals.“I thought we’re gonna lose straight,” Morado admitted when asked if she expected a competitive match.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View commentslast_img read more

first_imgLa Salle coach Aldin Ayo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJamike Jarin and Aldin Ayo go a long way.The two first tangled in the 91st Season of the NCAA when Ayo led Letran to the title, before Jarin steered San Beda back to the apex.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Adamson clips UST for first win “It’s always interesting when you coach against La Salle and Aldin is a really good coach,” said Jarin.“He brings out the best in his players, and what he said is really appreciated and he brings out the best in me also.” And as Jarin reigned supreme in the NCAA, Ayo hoisted the UAAP crown with De La Salle University.Now that the 80th Season of the UAAP is in full swing, the two are once more in each other’s crossfires. But despite their rivalry, both have nothing but praise for each other.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Both of us are very familiar with each other and I have so much respect for that coach,” said Ayo after his Green Archers outdueled Jarin’s National University Bulldogs 115-109 Saturday. “He always brings the best in me.”Jarin, despite losing to Aldin in their first NCAA season, seems to have buried the hatchet and was quick to return the complement.  ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Passo a Passo

November 7, 2019 | pelzfibj | No Comments

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 5, 2010June 20, 2017By: Julianne Parker, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Julianne Parker, one of the sixteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.Fourteen-year old Ingrid, in recovery from a crippling crack addiction at the Lua Nova residency in Araçoiaba, Brazil, found out that she is pregnant this past week. Two days after the news broke she ran away. The weight and terror of such an unknown future was simply too much to bear, and she, along with many other girls at Lua Nova, imagine that fleeing is the only solution. Facing up to the challenges at hand, rising slowly above them to create a new life is a wrenching process that takes active dedication.The good news is that Ingrid was quickly found and returned to the shelter to begin this process of change and empowerment.When Ashoka Fellow Raquel Barros started this organization ten years ago, she wanted to create a haven for girls like Ingrid. Girls that no other organization or government initiative was helping. Girls who had been chewed up and spit out by society, who were forgotten and alienated, and yet have such incredible potential to transform themselves and their communities, breaking cycles of abuse and poverty.The last two months working through Raquel’s vision have been both inspiring and frustrating. The core mission of Lua Nova is revolutionary and powerful: motherhood is not a problem, it is a gift. Young girls who have been forced into motherhood are capable and intelligent. If just given the proper tools, they can succeed in building a new life without drugs, without prostitution and trafficking and abuse, with their children. As mothers.And yet in the day to day execution of such a vision, I continue to feel thwarted by huge obstacles. How do you combat a lifetime of bad examples, of systematic neglect and abuse? How do you reverse such norms? My belief in Raquel’s vision nevertheless inspires me to pick up and keep going, passo a passo, step by step, in this journey to instill in these new mothers the capacity for real social change.The truth is that I am such a small part in this organization and its mission. I am conducting motherhood education courses and working with the girls in regular group and individual therapy sessions that attempt to help them recover from past abuse and regain confidence in themselves and in their potential as mothers. This process has been incredibly gradual, as the girls have very slowly learned to open themselves up to me. They’ve been abandoned by so many people in their lives, it is only natural that they would wait six weeks to see if I was actually sticking around to trust me.But changes are happening, if ever so slowly. I am starting a new income-generating project with the girls in the next month, and am looking forward to its potential in involving a more global audience to Lua Nova and its work. Stay tuned and learn more at www.luanova.org.br!Share this:last_img read more

first_imgOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: Mind Rocks 2019, IndorePackagesPhotoSportsSportsGallery Image: Image: Credit/Source: Photo: Vikram Sharma/India TodayCaption: Mountaineers Megha Parmar, Bhawna Dehriya and Shooter Varsha Varman at Mind Rocks 2019Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Photo: Vikram Sharma/India TodayCaption: Speaking at the India Today Mind Rocks Indore 2019, Megha Parmar shared her journey to Mount Everest and her near-death experience.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Photo: Vikram Sharma/India TodayCaption: Varsha Varman revealed that Shooting helped her gain a lot of concentrationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Photo: Vikram Sharma/India TodayCaption: Bhawna Dehriya, the other girl to climb Everest from MP also shared her struggles to achieve her dreamThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Tags: Mind Rocks 2019Source type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticleShort description: Megha Parmar, who is the first woman from Madhya Pradesh to climb Mount Everest, shared that she suffered snow blindness at the ‘death zone’ while peaking the highest mountain on Earth.Preview_unique_id: preview_5d176b58a5c221561815896_1558731_editCommentContent Publish date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 – 18:30Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjE4MDkyMjIiLCIxNzkyNjIzIiwiMTIwODUyMSIsIjEyMDY1NTAiXSwiY2F0ZWdvcnkiOlsiMTIwODU2MSJdLCJzdWJfY2F0ZWdvcnkiOm51bGwsInN1Yl9zdWJfY2F0ZWdvcnkiOm51bGwsInN1Yl9zdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJwcmltYXJ5X2NhdGVnb3J5IjoiMTgwOTIyMiJ9770x433: Short Headline: Megha Parmar, Bhawna Dehriya recall journeys to Mt. Everest and near-death experiencesApp headline: Megha Parmar, Bhawna Dehriya recall journeys to Mt. Everest and near-death experiences1200x675:last_img read more

first_imgIn T20s, pressure is on batsmen as people come for entertainment: SA spinner Tabraiz ShamsiTabraiz Shamsi had decent figures of 1/19 in three overs during the second T20 International in Mohali and is now looking forward to drawing the series level at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 20, 2019UPDATED: September 20, 2019 13:06 IST South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi in action during second T20 against India (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTabraiz Shamsi had decent figures of 1/19 in three overs during the second T20 International in MohaliThe third and final T20 is scheduled to be held on SundayShamsi idolised Australia’s chinaman practitioner Brad Hogg while growing up.South Africa’s left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi feels that T20 is a batsmen’s format in which bowlers like him are there to “spoil the party”, which the fans come for.The 29-year-old had decent figures of 1/19 in three overs during the second T20 International in Mohali and is now looking forward to drawing the series level at the Chinnaswamy Stadium which used to be his “home ground” a couple of seasons back. Shamsi used to play for the local IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore.”I feel it puts all the more pressure on the batsman to go out there and do what people want to see. So as bowlers, we are just there to spoil the party and make sure that we execute our plans well,” Shamsi, who has played 17 ODIs and 15 T20 Internationals for the Proteas, told PTI in an interview.The third and final T20 is scheduled to be held here on Sunday.”Chinnaswamy is a small stadium and I mean it’s a T20 series, so people obviously are coming there to see batsmen hit fours and sixes. They are not there to see you bowl a maiden over and that’s what it’s all about,” he said.Shamsi’s stint at RCB has helped him grow as a cricketer with the likes of Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle providing him useful tips.”Definitely, it helps when you are around speaking to world-class players like Virat, Gayle and Shane Watson. The world of cricket is shrinking in the sense that everyone is ready to share knowledge,” he said.advertisement”You will find senior South African fast bowlers imparting knowledge to Indian fast bowlers and vice-versa. Being familiar with surroundings while playing for RCB will certainly help,” feels Shamsi.South Africa, for a number of years, had Imran Tahir as their premier wrist spinner and Shamsi looks at it as a challenge rather than responsibility to rise to the occasion.”I don’t see this as an additional responsibility. When Immy (Tahir’s nickname) was there in the team, my job was to do what’s best for the team and obviously with him not being there, I am the only wrist spinner in the team.”But I have not shied away from challenges and India is another one of those,” said the burly spinner.The wrist-spinners’ club is a small one and there remains a tendency to seek each other out while explaining notes on the tough art.”Being a leg-spinner myself, I know guys tend to help each other out as it’s a small club and we know how tough our art is. I found spending a lot of time with Tahir but I have found all the leg-spinners in the other teams easy-going.”He idolised Australia’s chinaman practitioner Brad Hogg while growing up.”Hogg, I used to watch his bowling a lot during my growing up years. He was the only left-arm wrist spinner playing the game then.”But if you see knowledge is everywhere and you just have to be open-minded and to be able to pick things that works for you and leave things that don’t work for you.”A lesser-known fact about Shamsi is his love for magic tricks, which he developed from his school days.”I always like making people laugh and that’s what I try to bring onto the field as well,” said Shamsi.”When we became professionals, there is a lot of pressure with people scrutinising everything but I don’t ever want to forget that why I started playing the game,” he added.”I started because I loved it. My celebrations are a part of me and playing cricket doesn’t just become a job. Couple of guys have seen but then a magician never gives away his tricks,” he wants the mystery to remain.Also Read | He will be on his toes to hold on to No. 4 slot: Sourav Ganguly on KL Rahul’s strugglesAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Tabraiz ShamsiFollow Ind vs SA Nextlast_img read more

first_imgHalifax’s former Chief Crown Attorney is Nova Scotia’s newest provincial court judge. Attorney General and Justice Minister Cecil Clarke appointed Frank Hoskins to the position today, Sept. 5. “This experienced individual is extremely qualified to serve Nova Scotians, and will contribute to the fair and effective administration of justice,” said Mr. Clarke. A Halifax native, Mr. Hoskins graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of education. He graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1989. Mr. Hoskins began prosecuting in 1990 and was appointed a Crown attorney in 1991. In 1995, he left the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service to do criminal defence work. In 1996, he returned to the service, and subsequently held positions as senior Crown attorney, senior Crown counsel, and chief Crown attorney of the Halifax region and special prosecutions. He was appointed to the Queen’s counsel in 2006. Provincial court judges are required to have at least five years experience as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, and must meet other criteria set by the Advisory Committee on Provincial Judicial Appointments. Committee members include two members of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the chief judges of the provincial and family courts, and four laypersons appointed by the minister of justice. The provincial court has exclusive jurisdiction over all summary offences under provincial statutes and federal acts and regulations. The family court provides a forum for hearing issues including maintenance, custody, access, violence between spouses or between parent and child, and child protection matters. More information on Nova Scotia courts is available on the website at www.courts.ns.ca .last_img read more

first_imgAgriculture Minister Keith Colwell is praising the Nova Scotia Cattle Producers for a huge increase in farm gate value, and will speak at their annual meeting this weekend. The estimated farm gate value, the net value of a commodity when it leaves the farm, for the beef industry for 2014 is $28 million to $31 million, up from $22.12 million in 2013. There are about 475 registered cattle producers, and about 700 total, across the province. Market prices are at an all-time high. “This is a very optimistic time for the beef industry in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Colwell. “We are experiencing increased demand for local beef along with record-high market prices, creating the perfect environment for us to grow this important industry.” Mr. Colwell will address the Nova Scotia Cattle Producers’ annual general meeting Saturday, Feb. 21, in Truro. This year, the department is supporting Nova Scotia Cattle Producers with funds to improve safe handling during transportation, and health procedures where the animal needs to be kept still. About 16,000 feeder calves were sold in 2014, and about another 4,000 cattle slaughtered.last_img read more

By Anthony AbteRabat – The 2016 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program announces its call for applications for the 2016 fellowship round. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, allows young and mid-career professionals from Morocco and around the world to study at one of 15 host universities in the United States for one year. Throughout this year of non-degree studies, fellows from Morocco will experience American culture and academia and will explore in depth an issue of common concern in both the United States and Morocco. In addition to their studies, fellows attend lectures and conferences and conduct practical hands-on work. Due to the program’s flexibility, fellows can travel away from their host universities to engage in a variety of ways with American counterparts, including 30-day placements at relevant institutions.The program began in 1978 and has hosted more than 4,600 from 157 countries in the past 38 years. More than 40 universities have participated in the program since its inception. Seventeen fields of study are available within four categories: sustainable development, democratic institution building, education, and public health. These program fields account for a wide variety of civil society, and leaders from all regions of Morocco are encouraged to apply.The program is open to any English-speaking Moroccan leaders who have a university undergraduate degree and at least five years of related work experience. Applicants should have a strong record of public service in their communities and should have limited or no experience in the United States.Applications and more information can be obtained through the Moroccan-American Commission for Cultural and Education Exchange (MACECE). Full details, requirements, and a link to the application portal can also be found through MACECE. The application deadline is September 1, 2016. read more

Rabat – The Ministry of Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education, and Scientific Research changed the date for the unified regional exam for first baccalaureate as well as “free baccalaureate” candidates to June 8 and 10.According to the statement, the Ministry rescheduled the exam from June 7 and 9 to June 8 and 10 because the initial proposed date may coincide with the Eid al-Fitr holiday.Read also: El Othmani: ‘Clear Vision’ Helped Morocco’s Education System Make Progress Despite ChallengesThe statement reminded candidates to stay alert to the daylight saving time changes that will take place, with the clocks going forward by an hour at 2.00 a.m on Sunday, June 9 (GMT+1).

26 January 2010Thousands of Haitians are gaining a semblance of normalcy following the recent devastating earthquake in their homeland by gaining employment and rebuilding their neighborhoods through a cash-for-work scheme run by the United Nations. The programme, coordinated by the UN Development Programme as part of its Emergency Relief and Recovery Framework, employs 11,500 people at the legal minimum wage of 150 gourdes, or $4, for half a day’s labour. The plan is to put 100,000 people to work as quickly as possible, with up to 220,000 as conditions allow. “There are a million Haitians on the streets who lost their homes,” Kim Bolduc, UN Humanitarian Coordinator and the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative, said in a statement released today. “We need to start programmes like that that immediately meet their most critical needs while involving them in the process of reconstruction.” The project gives priority to female-headed households, particularly those with destroyed housing and those with deceased family members. Dominique Charles is a 21-year-old mother who lost her home in the Carrefour Feuilles district of Port-au-Prince. She is one of 1,500 workers currently employed in her neighbourhood. “I work for my three children,” Ms. Charles told UNDP. “To put food on the table and ensure their well-being. This programme allows me to do that. I am able to work and earn a small wage.” The project has a dual benefit. While earning a small wage, workers also provide vital services that the Haitian Government cannot coordinate right now, such as clearing the debris and rubble from the roads and removing waste that is piling up on streets. “I also am able to do something important for my community,” said Ms. Charles holding a shovel. “By clearing these roads the buses, the police, the fire trucks and the ambulances can get to us. After the earthquake we were completely cut off.” The sanitation benefits of the work are clear to Lenny Gibson, who is also employed in the Carrefour programme. “I like this project for two reasons. Not just because we can make a little money. But we have to clean things up. I already lost my child. I don’t want to lose anyone else due to poor sanitation,” Mr. Gibson told UN Television. UNDP Country Director Eric Overvest said that while the first phase of the programme emphasizes clearing rubble from roads and removing waste that could pose a health risk, workers are also “cleaning and restoring public markets, tented settlements and communal washing areas so that the local economy can once again start to function as efficiently as possible.” Job creation aimed at rebuilding infrastructure remains critical to UNDP’s efforts to scale up programmes like the “cash-for-work” scheme, which is intended to inject money into the affected Haitian economy. Funding and resources remain a challenge for the programme, despite the local community’s backing and the call from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for international support. UNDP recently issued a flash appeal calling for $35.6 million for immediate recovery priorities, including debris clearance, rehabilitation of basic infrastructure, and cash-for-work reconstruction activities. The appeal is part of a wider UN flash appeal for $575 million which as of is only about half-way funded. In addition, UNDP has said that the programme’s expansion is constrained by the need to coordinate with local authorities and ensure the systems are in place for payments and for the transparent and accountable management of the finances. Another obstacle is obtaining the boots, gloves, shovels, pickaxes and trucks needed to remove the waste. Given the challenges already faced in Haiti, these obstacles seem small in comparison with the hope they bring. “As long as I can see the light, there is hope. The cash for work programme gives us a chance to see something besides the destruction. It gives us light,” Jacqueline Jean Baptiste, whose home in Carrefour was levelled during the quake, told UNDP. “The work allows me to feed my kids. I do not know what I would do without it.” read more

French International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) aid worker Laurent Maurice, who was taken by unidentified gunmen in November in eastern Chad while on a harvest assessment mission just 10 kilometres from the border with Sudan’s war-ravaged Darfur region, was released on Saturday and immediately flown to Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, where he received medical attention.UNAMID Joint Special Representative Ibrahim Gambari said the release was particularly welcome as the mission too had faced a similar ordeal last year when two of its members were abducted, only to be released after more than 100 days in captivity. Another ICRC staffer, abducted in West Darfur state in October, still remains in captivity. Mr. Gambari stressed the importance of aid work undertaken by UN and humanitarian workers in Darfur and called upon all parties to refrain from impeding their work.UNAMID was set up in 2007 to try to quell the violence in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and 2.7 million others displaced in a nearly seven-year conflict pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen.The mission has reached about 70 per cent of its authorized strength of 19,555 troops and 4,449 police officers, and still lacks key military elements, including a series of medium utility helicopters considered vital in the remote region. 8 February 2010Another international aid worker abducted in the strife-torn Sudanese-Chadian border area has been released in a move hailed by the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), which has had some of its own members kidnapped. read more

Taiwan authorities deport Sri Lankan man

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Sri Lanka concluded a 26-year-long civil war against rebel group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in May 2009.The man admitted to contacting human trafficking syndicates for his travel documents, adding that he had picked up his boarding pass to Germany after the syndicate arranged for his transport to Singapore, the agency said. The man said he had assumed that his passage through Taiwan during the summer season would be overlooked due to the high number of travelers passing through, the agency said.After consulting the Taoyuan District Prosecutors’ Office, the Border Affairs Corps was authorized to deport the Sri Lankan, it said. The NIA task force noticed a discrepancy in his Schengen Area visa, the agency said. After detaining him and checking the visa with the Borders Affairs Corps, the visa was determined to be fake, the agency said. A Sri Lankan national transiting at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on his way to Germany on a forged Schengen Area visa was picked up by the National Immigration Agency’s (NIA) special cross-unit task force and deported to Sri Lanka.According to the agency, the man had arrived in Taiwan on a China Airlines flight from Singapore bound for Frankfurt, Germany, purportedly on a business trip. When questioned, the man said he sought to make a new future for himself in Frankfurt, Germany, due to the instability in Sri Lanka in the wake of its civil war. read more

CAW reaches 30-day agreement with National Auto Radiator that ends lockout by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 16, 2013 5:26 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WINDSOR, Ont. – The Canadian Auto Workers union said Tuesday it has reached a 30-day agreement with National Auto Radiator, ending a lockout that began last week.The Windsor-based company has agreed to resume payments for employees and retiree benefits starting Wednesday while both sides continue to negotiate a broader agreement for the facility’s closure, the union said.National Auto Radiator has also agreed to stop any manufacturing or shipments from the plant for 30 days. In return, the union will neither picket nor strike.“The fate of the facility has not changed, but this agreement will allow us the space to negotiate a closure agreement, instead of having our members locked out, and retirees cut off of health benefits,” said CAW National President Ken Lewenza.Employees were locked out last Thursday when the union rejected wage, pension and benefit concessions from the company. National Auto Radiator also stopped benefit payments to retirees.At the time of the lockout, there were 17 union workers at the facility and “a few dozen” that were already laid off, Lewenza said in an interview.The company also has 200 retirees receiving pension benefits. read more

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4:00 p.m.Major U.S. stock indexes are closing slightly lower, led by declines in health care companies and makers of consumer goods.Small-company stocks are at record highs Friday and still rising.Retailers Gap and Abercrombie & Fitch plunged after delivering weak quarterly reports, while discount retailer Ross Stores climbed.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 35 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 18,867.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 5 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,181. The Nasdaq composite slipped 12 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 5,321.Bond yields rose as investors sold off U.S. government debt. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.34 per cent, its highest level in a year.___11:45 a.m.Stocks are edging lower in midday trading on Wall Street as a post-election surge loses momentum.Health care and technology companies are taking some of the largest losses Friday.Retailers Gap and Abercrombie & Fitch are dropping after they gave weak quarterly reports, while discount retailer Ross Stores is climbing.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 34 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 18,869.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 5 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,181. The Nasdaq composite slipped 12 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 5,321.Bond yields continued to rise as investors sold off U.S. government debt. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.33 per cent, its highest level in a year.___9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street as investors look over a mixed bag of earnings from retailers.Gap plunged 10 per cent early Friday after the clothing store chain said its earnings dropped almost 18 per cent in the latest quarter. Gap said it was seeing less foot traffic in its stores heading into the holiday shopping season.Abercrombie & Fitch sank 11 per cent after reporting that a key sales measure fell for the third straight quarter.Ross Stores jumped 4 per cent after reporting earnings and revenue that came in ahead of analysts’ forecasts.The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 19 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 18,884.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost a point to 2,186. The Nasdaq composite was little changed at 5,341. Markets Right Now: Major US indexes close slightly lower by The Associated Press Posted Nov 18, 2016 7:42 am MDT Last Updated Nov 18, 2016 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Transport News Brief – Monday 9 June 2008

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UK Government defends its biofuels policy The SMMT’s Week in Westminster newsletter says that a debate in Westminster Hall last week concluded that the potential effect of supporting biofuels was not properly thought out before the government introduced its Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation. The debate followed publication of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s Report: ‘Are biofuels Sustainable ‘ Jim Fitzpatrick MP, transport minister defended the RTFO but suggested the government’s ‘policy of caution’. He also said the conclusions of the Gallagher report into biofuels will be available at the end of the month. More from www.smmt.co.ukClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UAN approves Roadlink as new CV supplier The United Aftermarket Network has appointed Roadlink International as a new approved CV supplier to the group. The deal started on 1 April and covers Roadlink’s full range of truck and van friction products, as well as discs, drums and new and remanufactured callipers as well as Koni shock absorbers and Timken bearings and seals from Roadlink. The firm recently launched its new CV brake disc and drum catalogue which details an extended range of drums and more than 80 new disc types. The UAN CV group includes 30 CV distributors and 40 branches. More from Mark Field on ++44 (0)1 213 234 165 or markfield@unitedaftermarket.net Transaid week to challenge industry International development agency Transaid wants the transport and logistics industry to go the extra mile to raise money for its work in the developing world. It will run the first Transaid Week, from Monday 30 June to Friday 4 July this year, the charity’s 10th anniversary. The aim is to raise £100,000 this year and Transaid’s website www.transaid.org gives an A-Z of fundraising ideas. “Fundraising can be a great motivator for employees and provide some light-hearted fun whilst helping a good cause at the same time,” said Chris Saunders, boss of Transaid. “For example, raising just £200 can pay for a two-week truck driver training course in Zambia.” More from Chantelle Cummings on + 44 (0)2 073 878 136 or chantelle@transaid.org FTA says SNP amendment would help but it’s not enough Andrew Haines, president of the Freight Transport Association told Scottish MPs that the Scottish National Party amendment to the Finance Bill is not enough. It would freeze or cut fuel duty to compensate for rising oil prices and while the FTA supported such a measure, Haines said it would not be enough and wants bigger changes in the tax process. He said the UK transport industry needs fuel duty parity with the rest of Europe rather than the paying twice as much tax. The FTA was working with the Treasury and had PriceWaterhouseCoopers produce a report that shows ways to cut the tax rate for commercial users. It will give that to the Chancellor this week. More from Gavin Scott on +44 (0)1 786 457 503 or gscott@fta.co.uk Oxonica looks for truck fuel test partners Following successful bus and coach fuel saving tests with Stagecoach, Oxonica is now looking for blue-chip truck operators to help the firm validate results in haulage and distribution work. “The trials with Stagecoach delivered fuel savings of over 4% in a three month test involving 550 vehicles,” said Mike Attfield, director, energy at Oxonica. Stagecoach originally tested Enviroxâ„¢, a fuel-borne catalyst that improves combustion efficiency, in a year-long trial on 1,300 buses. That delivered more than 5% fuel savings. Stagecoach says it is happy with the results and will continue to use Enviroxâ„¢ across its 7,000 strong UK bus fleet. “Now we’re looking for truck fleet operators to help see if we can deliver similar savings in their environment,” says Attfield. More from Mike Attfield on +44 (0)1 865 856 729 or mike.attfield@oxonica.com Trucks buoy-up May’s registrations Last week’s van and truck registration data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders shows the total up 5.8% to 396,368 for the rolling year and down 0.5% in May. Within those totals, truck registrations are up 25.1% to 57,357 for the rolling year and up 23.1% in May. Van registrations are up 3.1% to 339,011 for the rolling year and down 4.0% for May. “Buoyant truck registrations continue in 2008 and strong order books suggest the trend is firm for the year,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “Van registrations over the year to May are up too, though more modestly, as volumes are already at record levels. We expect these order and registration trends to hold over the next quarter.” More from Robin Dickeson on +44 02 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk Cut fuel costs by up to 20% Transfrigoroute says its meeting on Wednesday 9 July will tackle fuel escalation issues, breakdown recovery, aftermarket service for temperature controlled and general fleets and cost savings in fleet management and more. One contributor aims to show how to cut fuel costs by 10 to 20%. Admission is free and the event, which starts at 10:00 and should finish after lunch at 14:30 is at Scania’s UK headquarters at Delaware Drive, Tongwell, Milton Keynes, MK15 8HB More from Judith Ball on +44 (0)1 326 569 657 or secretary@transfrigoroute.co.uk ATS wins Donnell & Ellis tyre deal European heavy haulage specialist Donnell & Ellis of Omagh, Co Tyrone says ATS Euromaster will now do all its tyre service work. The new deal aims to use active tyre maintenance to cut unexpected vehicle downtime. Worth nearly £100,000 a year, the move will mean new tyre brands across the fleet; Michelin tyres on the 30 Scania tractor units and Hankook tyres on the 60 specialist trailers – some of which have a payload capacity of up to 200 tonnes. ATS started to look after the trailer fleet in late 2007 and cut tyre-related breakdowns by 50%. This won it the tractor fleet business. More from James Keeler on +44 (0)2 083 991 184 or jk@garnett-keeler.com Isotrak delivers new efficiency for Asda Home Shopping Asda Home Shopping has specified Isotrak’s ‘highly sophisticated’ Active Transport Management System to improve the performance of its 800-strong home delivery vehicle fleet. This will be Asda Home Shopping’s first tracking and telematics system and one of the first to use Isotrak’s ATMS in a van fleet. Installation work starts this month for completion in August 2008. The modular system “fuses” accurate satellite tracking and telematics data capture with a sophisticated transport management system based on Isotrak’s 12 years of expertise. The system will deliver “huge boosts in efficiency” for Asda, cutting fuel use and carbon emissions and giving Asda its first live, helicopter view of performance for the fleet and individual vehicles. This means managers can easily see if and where they need to take ‘remedial action’. Asda installed ATMS across its grocery delivery fleet during 2007. More from Andrew Vincent +44 (0)1 869 353 800 or andrew.vincent@razor-pr.com Fuel saving success CarrierWeb says its new in-cab, web-based touch screen computer is delivering fuel savings of between six and 25%. Truckers across Europe are successfully using the system to analyse and improve driving styles and habits, resulting in valuable savings. The new unit, known as the MDT 3000, also allows direct digital tachograph download and reporting from the web. More from Frank Kendrick on +44 (0)1 932 849 699 or frank.kendrick@carrierweb.com Transport News Brief Week 24, Monday 9 June 2008 Spraydown delivers 4% fuel saving Spraydown says recent independent tests show fuel savings of up to 4%. The system, launched at the recent CV Show, had already been shown to cut spray by 40% compared with existing kit. Now, further independent tests done by the Transport Research Laboratory delivered steady state fuel savings of 3.8% at a constant 52mph. “Confirmation of fuel savings approaching 4% now delivers a compelling business case for fitting the equipment,” says Steve Nesbitt, managing director. “Whilst actual savings in use will vary according to road conditions and the type of operation, we can be confident that the initial competitive costs of fitting the equipment will deliver a payback and more in a very modest period of time”. More from Steve Nesbitt on +44 (0)1 786 445 255 or steve@spraydown.com Truck & Plant opens UK depot Irish truck, trailer and plant equipment specialist Truck & Plant has opened a two acre depot in Measham, close to the M/A42 in the Birmingham area. The firm says it aims to strengthen ties with its steadily growing customer base on the UK mainland. “With growing sales to operators across Britain, the establishment of a presence in the Midlands is a next logical step in our measured expansion programme,” says Mark Montgomery, general manager. “This … means that any potential customer is never far from the opportunity to view the metal.” The firm sells all makes of new and used vehicles, vans, trucks, trailers and plant. More from Trevor Longcroft on +44 (0)1 202 840 662 or tlongcroft@aol.com New UK boss for Krone German trailer maker Krone says Fran Pickering has joined its UK business as managing director. At the same time, Chris Lardner has joined as fleet sales manager. Krone is Europe’s second biggest trailer maker, employs over 2,000 people and expects a turnover of about €1.4bn in this financial year, up over 20% on the previous financial year. In the UK it offers curtain-side, dry freight, skeletal and rear-steer models. More from Fran Pickering on +44 (0)1 469 571 626 or info@krone-trailers.co.uk New container lift from Combilift Combilift says its new Container Lifter allows much safer ground level loading and unloading and eliminates the need for ramps, cranes and time wasted waiting for them to arrive. With a 34 tonne capacity it will lift 20, 30 and 40ft containers and can lift two smaller 20ft containers simultaneously. The unit can also move containers directly from one trailer to another. “We believe hauliers will be quick to recognise the multiple benefits of the Container Lifter both for them and their customers,” says Martin McVicar, managing director. More from Martin McVicar on +353 (0)4 780 500 or info@combilift.com Scottish Ambulance Service takes genisys Carnation Design says the Scottish Ambulance Service is standardising on its genisys electronic management system for all its new rapid response, patient transport ambulances and accident and emergency vehicles. “Having a universal vehicle electronic management system is vital to the service. By standardising on one system, our staff are confident that no matter which vehicle they get into, no matter what type it is or who manufactured it, the control panel in the dash is exactly the same,” said Michael Jackson, general manager of fleet services at SAS. “The main benefit of genisys for me is its flexibility and the ability we have to make changes to the control functions without having to change any hardware.” SAS has used genysis since 2001. More from Sarah Withington on +44 (0)1 234 210 555 or ideas@kdm-communications.com Bus and coach registrations hit 12,257 Figures just published by the SMMT show 12,357 bus and coach registrations for the rolling year. On the same rolling year basis, the trend remains much better than expected for big buses, with a total of 2,729. Big coaches also set record levels at 1,184. Small minibuses, under 3.5 tonnes, dropped 17.7% to 3,269 while medium weight versions, from 3.5 to 8.5 tonnes were up 56.6% to 4,987. Overall the growth trend for midi and the heaviest mini buses slowed slightly, but the numbers are still strong. “May delivered yet more encouraging sustained growth in bus and coach registrations”, said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “Big bus and coach registrations have grown for six straight months and 12 for coaches. We’re cautious about the year ahead, but from a better position than we expected”. More from Robin Dickeson on +44 02 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk Euro 5 Renault Premiums for Sparks Sparks Transport is adding six new Renault Premium 450.25 tractor units to its 70-strong transport and distribution fleet. The firm already owns a number of Renaults but its fleet is mainly Scania, so Renault Trucks South West, which did the business, sees this as an important deal. The new trucks will do domestic haulage for Sparks’ UK operation, moving food, drink, clothing and electronics across the UK. The family-run firm works from a seven acre site in Glastonbury, Somerset. More from Penny Randal on +44 (0)1 582 479 619 or penny.randall@renault-trucks.com Another 50 Dublin deckers from Volvo Volvo Bus says it has won a deal for 50 more double deckers to Dublin Bus. Based on B9TL chassis they will have with Wrightbus low-floor bodywork. This is a wheelchair accessible body via a powered ramp, has an anti-bandit driver’s signal unit, Colour 10 camera CCTV system, an on board digital PA system and a real time information system. The new buses will go to work between November 2008 and March 2009 as part of Dublin Bus’ fleet replacement programme. More from Don Johnston on +44 (0)1 926 414 553 or don.johnston@volvo.com Manchester congestion charge coming The SMMT’s Policy Departments says it expects that Government ministers will confirm Manchester’s congestion charging scheme any day now. This is part of the Transport Innovation Fund process and will be a two-ring arrangement, starting in 2013. Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council says less than 20% of motorists in the area will pay and those who must travel during charging hours will find their journeys 20% faster. There will be public consultation process across Greater Manchester if the government gives the scheme the go-ahead. So far it seems aimed at cars only and there are plans to spend cash on other types of transport at the same time. More from Jennifer Huckstep on +44(0)2 073 449 217 or jhuckstep@smmt.co.uk Germany in trouble on VW law The SMMT’s Week in Brussels newsletter reports that the European Commission has threatened to take Germany to court for failing to revoke a law shielding Volkswagen from a hostile takeover. The so-called VW law gives the German state of Lower Saxony veto rights over big decisions affecting the firm, but German company law normally fixes veto powers at a minimum of 25% of a company’s equity. Porsche, with nearly a third of voting rights in VW, claims that the rule needs to be updated. The Commission has given Germany two months to respond or face a final warning. Lower Saxony owns a 20.8% stake in Volkswagen. More from www.smmt.co.uk Biofuels policy in the spotlight The SMMT’s Week in Brussels newsletter reports that the European Parliament’s Environment committee has backed demands for biofuels to cut life-cycle emissions by of 50% compared with fossil fuels, to count toward an EU consumption target. The European Commission had proposed 35%. Mariann Fischer Boel, commissioner for agriculture and rural development defends the EU’s position on biofuels and their effects on food prices debate, saying that the EU uses less than 1% of its cereal production to make bio-ethanol. She also supports the development of second and third generation biofuels, made from feedstocks other than food crops. More from www.smmt.co.uk read more

first_imgWhile fans are more used to seeing her in everyday clothes and loose, tangled hair blowing on the clifftop, she will this week appear as a glamorous gentleman’s wife attending a party alone.Believing Poldark to be back in the arms of Elizabeth, she will conspire to seek out a flirtation with a handsome Captain Malcolm McNeil with the aim of cheating on him in and gaining her revenge.But as ever – on television as in the Winston Graham novels – the best-laid plans are set to go dramatically awry.  Demelza makes her party entranceCredit:BBC Eleanor Tomlinson as DemelzaCredit:BBC She was last seen on screen as a wronged wife, striking Ross Poldark after learning he had enjoyed a night of violent passion with his old flame Elizabeth.But Demelza Poldark, played by Eleanor Tomlinson, is to have her revenge, it appears, as she embarks on a plot to put her husband in his place.The next episode of Poldark, to be broadcast on BBC One on Sunday night, will see Demelza dressed up to the nines as she seeks to punish her husband for its transgression. Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelzacenter_img Demelza makes her party entrance Last week’s episode caused uproar among fans, for what critics have called a “rape scene”. Women’s groups complained at the portrayal of a reunion between Poldark and Elizabeth, in which he appeared to force himself on her.The series will go on to show Demelza’s furious response to the affair.Tomlinson has said previously: “It’s just so rare to come across a character as strong as Demelza: a woman who refuses to conform to society or etiquette and has that very modern streak to her, and I feel like some of her has rubbed off on me.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_imgRio Tinto’s fleet of autonomous haul trucks achieved a significant milestone at the company’s worldclass operations in Australia last week by moving their one-billionth tonne of material. Since commencing trial operations in 2008, haul trucks fitted with Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) technology have now moved more than one billion tonnes of both ore and waste material across five sites in the Pilbara including the newly commissioned Silvergrass mine.Last year, Rio Tinto’s autonomous fleet accounted for about a quarter of the total material moved across its Pilbara mines. On average, each autonomous truck was estimated to have operated about 700 hours more than conventional haul trucks during 2017 and at around 15% lower load and haul unit costs.Importantly, there have been zero injuries attributed to autonomous haul trucks since deployment, highlighting their significant safety advantages.With more than 80 autonomous Komatsu trucks currently operating and plans in place to increase this to more than 140 by the end of 2019, the pace of automation across Rio Tinto’s iron ore business is accelerating.Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Chris Salisbury said “Hauling one billion tonnes autonomously is an impressive milestone for our business and again highlights Rio Tinto’s pioneering spirit when it comes to adopting revolutionary new technologies which are making the industry safer and more efficient.“We are studying future additions to our autonomous truck fleet that we expect will contribute to our $5 billion productivity program, specifically Iron Ore’s commitment to deliver $500 million of additional free cash flow from 2021 onwards.“We remain committed to working closely with our employees as we expand our autonomous haul truck fleet including providing opportunities for new roles, redeployment, retraining and upskilling.”Last month, Rio Tinto approved retrofit programs to add autonomous technology to 48 existing Komatsu and Caterpillar haul trucks over the next two years. About 20% of Rio Tinto’s existing fleet of almost 400 haul trucks in the Pilbara is autonomous. Following the completion of the retrofit projects autonomous trucks will represent about 30% of the fleet.Rio Tinto has been partnering with Komatsu for 20 years and in September deployed the world’s first retrofitted Komatsu autonomous haul truck at the Hope Downs 4 operation.Autonomous haul trucks are operated by a supervisory system and a central controller, rather than a driver. They use pre-defined GPS courses to automatically navigate haul roads and intersections and to know actual locations, speeds and directions of other vehicles at all times.last_img read more

Alem ToskicCeljeCelje PLOlympic handballSerbian handball teamSpain handballVeselin Vukovic After Zarko Sesum got back to handball, Serbia has a new “problem” with the squad before the Olympic Qualification Tournament in Alicante (6.-8 April). First choice on line player position, Alem Toskic from Celje Pivovarna Lasko will become father in upcoming days. That is reason why NT coach, Veselin Vukovic still doesn’t have an answer from his player about appearance in next EHF week. Toskic will decide, will he join “Eagles” in the battles for Olympic Games in London.In Alicante will play Spain, Poland, Serbia and Algeria. Two teams will qualify for OG. ← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 8 Draw: Favorites don’t want AG? Next Story → Rock Feliho two years in Toulouse: “Ambitious project” read more