HPCL to invest Rs 74000 cr in 5 years

first_imgMumbai: Hindustan Petroleum Corporation(HPCL) is planning to invest around Rs 74,000 crore over the next five years to expand capacity. The Navaratna company plans to invest around Rs 14,900 crore in the current fiscal, chairman Mukesh Kumar Surana told shareholders after the annual general meeting here Wednesday evening. “We are focused on strengthening refining and marketing through expansion of our refining capacity, supply chain capabilities and customer reach. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”In addition, the thrust is on creating new levers of growth by establishing a strong presence in petrochemicals, scaling up footprints in natural gas and expanding marketing overseas,” he said. The company, which owns and operates three refineries,has undertaken capacity expansion at refineries atVisakhapatnam and Mumbai. The modernisation of the Visakhapatnam refinery will enhance capacity from 8.33 million tonnes to 15 mt. The capacity of the Mumbai refinery is also being enhanced from 7.5 mt to 9.5 mt. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”On completion, these projects will enhance our profitability. We will have the capability to produce BS-VI fuels,” he added. Surana further said the 9 mt greenfield refinery-cum- petrochemical project coming up at Pachpadra in the Barmer district of Rajasthan has achieved significant progress. “Engineering activity is in progress and construction has commenced. Financial closure has also been achieved for this project. The project is being implemented at a cost of Rs 43,129 crore,” Surana said. The company is, he said, laying a thrust on pipeline network expansion. “Ongoing pipeline projects with total estimated investment of Rs 5,555 crore are in various stages of completion,” he added. HPCL, along with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd, incorporated a joint venture company, IHB Private Ltd, in July 2019 for the execution of the country’s longest, 2,757-km LPG pipeline project from Kandla in Gujarat to Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. Last fiscal, HPCL saw its highest ever capital expenditure of Rs 12,438 crore, with some capital projects being completed while other projects under implementation. To enhance liquefied petroleum gas supply and distribution capabilities, bottling capacity of 330 tmtpa (thousand metric tonnes per annum) was added during the year at existing bottling plants. The company also commissioned a new LPG bottling plant at Warangal district in Telangana with a capacity of 60 tmtpa. The company also plans to build second-generation ethanol production facilities, and market compressed bio-gas. Its net profit for fiscal 2019 stood at Rs 6,029 crore and gross refining margins (GRM) averaged at $5.01 a barrel. Meanwhile, Hindustan Petroleum, which is a minority partner in the proposed West Coast Refinery, feels Saudi Aramco, the single largest shareholder in the 60 million tonne project, partnering with Reliance will have no impact on the now-stuck project. Mukesh Surana, the chairman of the ONGC-run HPCL, also said the work on the controversial Rs 4 trillion refinery and petrochemicals project is on track. It can be noted that the location for the project is yet to be identified after the one identified earlier in Ratnagiri was abandoned due to public and political protests last year. Speaking to reporters here late Wednesday evening after the AGM, Surana said Aramco’s decision to pick up a 20 percent consideration in Reliance’s Jamnagar refinery for $15 billion could be part of the world’s largest oil company’s strategy to secure a long-term client for its crudes. “It will not be right on my part to comment on what Aramco’s strategy is. But my understanding is that they have got the capability to do both the projects (West Coast Refinery and Reliance). So the deal that they have gone into with RIL, I don’t think it will have any apparent impact on other discussions that are going on,” Surana said. Three state-owned oil majors–Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and HPCL–have entered into an agreement with Saudi Aramco under which the Saudi oil major has picked up 51 percent stake in the refinery project. Aramco in turn has roped in Abu Dhabi National Oil Company as a minority partner for the 60 million tonne refinery-cum-petrochemical complex. But some analysts view Aramco going with RIL due to the massive cost escalation in the West Coast project, which has jumped by Rs 1 trillion to Rs 4 trillion and also there is no guarantee that the project will take off at all. The three state-owned companies will own 49 percent in the project, of which 25 percent will be held by IOC and the rest equally between the other two. Earlier, the project was proposed to come up at Nanar, a village in Ratnagiri district, some 400 km south of Mumbai. However, due to continued opposition from the locals as well as the ruling ally in the state, Shiv Sena, the Devendra Fadnavis-led government decided to relocate the project to another location. Fadnavis had, reportedly, recently said the new site will be in the neighbouring Raigad district, about 100 km south of the financial capital. But the location is yet to be finalized. Reliance recently announced its plan to sell 20 percent stake in its refining and petrochemicals business for $15 billion to Aramco, which would also supply 5,00,000 barrels of crude per day to the twin refineries in Jamnagar. “As far as Aramco is concerned, they will be happy to have a destination for their crude for a long-term basis and the buyers will also be happy to have a long-term arrangement for an assured source of supply. So to that extent I don’t see any contradictions in the two partnerships,” Surana said. When asked about the timeline for the West Coast project, he said, “I don’t think we can give a timeline. This refinery will take five years to be completed but the final investment destination has to be taken. “The configuration study work is in progress and multiple cases are being worked out depending on the changing demand supply situation and once that is frozen there can be a comprehensive case.” Whether the implementation of the BS-VI fuels from next April will increase the prices, he said, “all the refineries are investing for this and all refineries are hydrogen dominated units and hydrogen is a costly commodity. “There will be a cost to refineries and we would definitely like that there will compensation by way higher prices. But to what extent, we need to see,” he said.last_img read more

William Shatner Presents 2017 Hollywood Charity Horse Show Sponsored by Wells Fargo

first_imgFor nearly three decades, prominent actor and equine lover William Shatner has taken on perhaps his most significant role, not on TV or in film, but in real life as a tireless advocate for underrepresented communities, raising tens of millions of dollars to support hundreds of worthy charitable organizations by way of his annual philanthropic horse show event.Now in its 27th year, Shatner’s annual event, the Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show Sponsored by Wells Fargo, will return once again on Saturday, June 3, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, Southern California’s premier equestrian facility, with this year’s special musical guest Roadcase Royale, started by Nancy Wilson of Heart and Liv Warfield of Prince’s New Power Generation.The Hollywood Charity Horse Show will kick off with an hour-long free Arena Show, which is completely open to the public, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and bringing together an array of world-class reining horses and their riders competing for top honors in the expansive 3,500-seat Equidome (480 Riverside Drive, Burbank).During the not-to-be-missed Arena Show, spectators will be treated to rare and exquisite performances by the Sicilian Tenors and award-winning singer and military veteran Judy Welch of CRE Outreach, as well as a special riding demonstration by AHEAD With Horses, a longtime beneficiary of the event.The dinner will begin shortly thereafter at 7 p.m. in the lovely Equestrian Ballroom, coinciding with an online silent auction featuring hundreds of extraordinary unique and signed items, including props from TV’s “Outlander,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals,” and “Doctor Who,” and films, such as X-Men, Captain America, Thor, and Star Trek. Those wanting to participate in the auction can click here. The auction will close Sunday, June 4 at 12 noon PT.The Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Wilson, along with Warfield, both fronting the new sextet band Roadcase Royale, will then bring their passionate and rich mix of rock and R&B to life for dinner guests during the 45-minute live set. The band’s new politically charged hard rock anthem, “Not Giving Up,” is available now through most digital retail outlets, including iTunes and Amazon, and also on streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify.Past years’ dinners have featured other legendary musical acts including Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Joe Walsh, Randy Travis, Brad Paisley, Neal McCoy, Ben Folds, Willie Nelson and Wynonna Judd.Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit more than two dozen charitable organizations, including A Place Called Home, AHEAD With Horses, ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund, Blind Children’s Center, BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center, Caterina’s Club, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, The Colburn School, CRE Outreach, Dream Catcher of L.A., E.L.S.A. (Experience Learning Support with Animals), Friendly House LA, Friends & Helpers, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, Hollenbeck Police Activities League, Horses4Heroes, Inner-City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, Painted Turtle Gang Camp Foundation, Pasadena Playhouse, Pets for Vets, Queen of Hearts, REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program, Saddles for Soldiers, Village Family Services and Wright Foundation for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.“I am thrilled to be able to present this show one more year,” said Shatner.For more information on the 2017 William Shatner’s Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show Sponsored by Wells Fargo, or to purchase tickets or sign up for online auction bidding, click here.last_img read more

Saskatoon holds reconciliation walk to close off month of relationshipbuilding events

first_imgTamara Pimentel APTN National NewsLast July, the City of Saskatoon declared 2016 as a year of reconciliation.And for the last month, the city and the Saskatoon Tribal Council have been holding a series of reconciliation-focused events.The final event was a walk for everyone.last_img

US State Dept Commends Moroccos Efforts to Promote Human Rights

Rabat – The US Department of State 2017 Annual Human Rights report, released on Friday, acknowledged Morocco’s “positive” measures to reinforce its respect for human rights. In the report, the State Department describes Morocco’s 2016 parliamentary elections as “credible and relatively free from irregularities.”“In October 2016, the country held direct elections for the Chamber of Representatives. The major political parties and domestic observers considered the elections free, fair, and transparent. International observers considered the elections credible,” according to the 2017 Annual Report on Human Rights. The report also underscores the engagement of Moroccan women in elections, emphasizing that “voters elected a record number of women in the October 2016 elections, although very few subsequently won leadership positions as ministers or parliamentary committee presidents.”Spanning all human rights issues in Morocco, the annual report details the steps introduced by the government to reinforce efforts to promote human rights, freedom of expression, freedom of movement, and corporate social responsibility.Prison reform and steps to decrease prison torture, in particular, received favorable feedback, in addition to statues on women and immigration.According to the State Dept. report, the Moroccan government contributed to the protection and assistance of refugees, returning refugees, asylum seekers and other persons of concerns, in partnership with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other humanitarian organizations.The report extols how the Moroccan government “continued to make travel documents available to Sahrawis,” and encouraged the return of “Sahrawi refugees from Algeria and elsewhere.” Furthermore, the State Dept. found “no reported cases of authorities preventing Sahrawis from traveling out of the country.”Decline of Torture Allegations According to the report, overall claims of torture and abuse in detention have declined in Morocco, and the government has instituted accountability efforts to address reported abuses against law enforcement.Morocco’s law considers torture as a crime and stipulates that “all government officials or members of security forces who make use of violence against others without legitimate motive, or incite others to do the same, during the course of their duties shall be punished in accordance with the seriousness of the violence.”Though prison conditions improved during the year, the report stated that Morocco’s prisons “in some cases did not meet international standards,” due to overcrowding. The document then mentioned the efforts made by Morocco’s Prison Administration (DGAPR), which reported less overcrowding as four new prisons opened in 2017.Freedom to ProtestRegarding the freedom of peaceful assembly, the report commended the Moroccan law, which offers the right of both authorized and unauthorized peaceful demonstrations. According to the US State Department, law enforcement are asked to intervene only if a protest is deemed threatening to public security.“In general, officers were under orders to observe and not intervene, unless the demonstration becomes unruly or threatening. In those cases, under standard operating procedures, officers are required to give the crowd three warnings that force will be used if they do not disperse before intervening.”Curbing Violence and Rape CasesThe US department acknowledged NGO and government efforts to provide funds to women associations and centers that support female survivors of violence.Government statistics from  2016 include direct support for 29 women’s counseling centers for female survivors of violence and 48 family mediation centers.The report added that the Moroccan government “led some efforts to improve the status of women in the workplace,” mentioning the law to create the Gender Parity Authority that will be operational once King Mohammed VI and the Head of Government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, appoint its members.Youth AbusesRegarding youth, the report addressed the practice of underage marriage, child labor, sexual abuse, and obstacles to birth registration. According to the annual document, the Moroccan government provides that both parents maintain the right to pass citizenship to their children, except for a few cases, including children who were born to unmarried parents, especially in rural areas, or in the cases of poorly-educated mothers.The report commended Morocco’s legal prohibition of early or forced marriage and child labor. In 2016, Moroccan law enacted a legal mandate to prevent “children under the age of 16 from working as domestic servants…strictly limiting the work of children under the age of 18.” read more

Social investments deserve priority in economic recovery schemes – UN report

22 June 2011A new United Nations report finds that many governments did not pay enough attention to the social implications of the recent global financial crisis and urges that social investments be given priority in recovery programmes. A new United Nations report finds that many governments did not pay enough attention to the social implications of the recent global financial crisis and urges that social investments be given priority in recovery programmes. The Report on the World Social Situation 2011: The Global Social Crisis, published today by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), explores the ongoing adverse social consequences of the 2008-2009 financial and economic crisis – the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s. One consequence of the crisis is that unemployment rose sharply to 205 million people in 2009 from 178 million in 2007. The loss of jobs means not only a loss of incomes but also an increase in vulnerability, especially in developing countries without comprehensive social protection, notes the report. It adds that various estimates suggest that between 47 million and 84 million more people fell into, or were trapped in, extreme poverty because of the global crisis, which occurred immediately after food and fuel prices had risen sharply. As a result, the number of people living in hunger in the world rose to over a billion in 2009, the highest on record.The report states that the global economic downturn has had wide-ranging negative social outcomes for individuals, families, communities and societies, and its impact on social progress in areas such as education and health will only become fully evident over time.“However, initial estimates show that the effects have been sharp, widespread and deep. Given the fragility of the economic recovery and uneven progress in major economies, social conditions are only expected to recover slowly. “The increased levels of poverty, hunger and unemployment due to the global crisis will continue to affect billions of people in many developed and developing countries for years to come,” the report says.It is essential, it adds, that governments take into account the likely social implications of their economic policies. Further, economic policies considered in isolation from their social outcomes can have dire consequences for poverty, employment, nutrition, health and education, which, in turn, adversely affect long-term sustainable development.“There is renewed realization that social policy considerations, especially productive employment, must be given greater importance within economic policy,” said Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development. “The disconnect between economic policies and their social consequences can create a vicious cycle of slow growth and poor social progress.” The economic crisis is a reminder, he said, that it is essential for people to be healthy, educated, adequately housed and well fed to be more productive and better able to contribute to society. read more

Around the world UN staffers mark 11 September with solemn ceremonies

In Kabul, UN spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva told a government-sponsored ceremony that Afghanistan was one of the countries most directly affected by the events that took place a year ago. “May this remembrance here, and others which are happening around the world today, be the inspiration for the people of Afghanistan and the international community to recommit themselves to the task, though long and difficult, of bringing about the political and physical reconstruction of Afghanistan and the well-being of the Afghan people,” he said.The spokesman also read out Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s message marking the occasion, which stresses that the memory of those who died nearly a year ago in the terrorist attacks should serve to inspire a better, more just and more peaceful world.Africa’s commemorations included a ceremony in Kinshasa which was attended by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Amos Namanga Ngongi, as well as Deputy Special Representative Lena Sundh. That memorial service at the Cathedrale du Centenaire also drew the participation of government officials and representatives of UN agencies and the diplomatic corps.At a US-sponsored ceremony in Pristina, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Kosovo, Michael Steiner, paid tribute to the memory of “the thousands of women and men who were victims of hateful intolerance in New York and Washington.” He said the living must honour the dead through action, adding that for those working in the province, “that means redoubling our commitment to make Kosovo a place where all its people can live in dignity and security.” And in Switzerland, Sergei Ordzhonikidze, the Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva, issued his own statement calling on all to remember and honour “the courage and dignity of the thousands who lost their lives, the fortitude of their bereaved families, and the bravery of the countless workers engaged in the rescue and recovery work.” Terrorism, he said, “constitutes a serious and immediate threat to international peace and security and everything that we as a human family believe in, and the UN will continue to take a lead in combating it in all its forms.” read more

Now is the time for action UN chief says in key address

“We have partnered together in this extraordinary way because we recognize that the Sahel region needs an extraordinary effort,” Mr. Ban told the opening of Meeting on the Sahel in Bamako, Mali, presided over by President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.“We need an approach that breaks down institutional barriers and joins-up political, security, development and humanitarian efforts throughout the region. Now is the time for action,” the Secretary-General urged. The United Nations chief is joined on the visit by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and top officials from the African Union (AU), African Development Bank (ADB) and European Union (EU).“The joint visit of our five institutions is a symbol of our commitment,” he told the ministerial gathering. “We are here to express our solidarity through words and to show it through action.”The World Bank Group has pledged $1.5 billion in new regional investments over the next two years, in additional to significant country programmes, while the European Union (EU) has announced it will provide €5 billion ($6.75 billion) to six countries over the next seven years.The Sahel stretches from Mauritania to Eritrea, including countries such as Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger, and Senegal, a belt dividing the Sahara desert and the savannahs to the south. More than 11 million people are at risk of hunger and 5 million children under five are at risk of acute malnutrition in the Sahel, which has undergone three major droughts in less than a decade.In addition, political instability and unconstitutional changes in Governments have had significant economic and social consequences in the region, which is also threatened by terrorist acts and organized crime.During today’s meeting, participants discussed the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel, which had been spearheaded by Romano Prodi, Mr. Ban’s Special Envoy for the region, who is also part of the UN delegation.Endorsed by the Security Council, the framework guides the Organization’s collective efforts in capacity building to address resilience, cross-border threats and inclusive governance Mr. Ban stated that the challenges of the region respect no borders and neither should the solutions: “That is why we have launched a strategy to connect our efforts across issues and the region as a whole.”During the regional meeting, President Keita called for a minute of silence in memory of Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, the two French journalists abducted and executed in northern Mali on Saturday.The Security Council and the UN Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) condemned the attacks in the strongest terms and appealed to the Government to bring the perpetrators to justice.Also today, Mr. Ban, along with Dr. Kim, the AU’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Donald Kaberuka of the ADB, and the EU’s Andris Piebalgs, met with President Keita on the sidelines of the Ministerial Meeting. A representative of the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) also participated. Mr. Ban welcomed the important progress made in the last year with the signature of the Ouagadougou Preliminary Agreement and the successful holding of presidential elections.“These are the first steps on the long road to peace and stability,” Mr. Ban said, according to his spokesperson.The discussions noted the importance of addressing the root causes of the crisis through improved governance, the protection of human rights and the extension of state authority throughout the country.Mr. Ban also underscored the need for an inclusive national dialogue and reconciliation and an inclusive approach to the upcoming legislative elections. The Secretary-General reassured the President of his commitment to reinforce the capacity of the UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), led by Bert Koenders, in order for the Mission to fulfil its mandate.Mr. Ban and the delegations will continue their visit to Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad.This is the second joint visit by the heads of the UN and the World Bank to Africa in six months.In May, Mr. Ban and Dr. Kim travelled to the Great Lakes region, drawing attention to the same issue of promoting both peace and development. read more

Alleged Assassination Plot not properly investigated Ramnarine

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRamnarine’s testimony to CoI a “deliberate falsehood”- Crime ChiefAugust 16, 2017In “Crime”Alleged assassination plot: Unreliable evidence responsible for lack of charges – Justice SinghAugust 17, 2017In “Crime”‘Leaked’ to State media: Cabinet yet to see alleged assassination plot CoI reportSeptember 18, 2017In “Crime” Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine has opined that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) did not properly investigate Andrif Gillard’s allegations that businessman Nizam Khan had offered him $7M to kill President David Granger.The acting Commissioner placed his opinion on record when, on Friday at the Ministry of the Presidency, he took to the stand to testify before the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) that is investigating the allegation.Acting Police Commissioner David RamnarineRamnarine said he was discharging the duties of Commissioner of Police (ag) when the matter was first reported, and he had ordered Crime Chief Wendell Blanum to personally supervise the investigation.Gillard had, on March 29, gone to the Public Security Ministry with the hope of meeting Minister Khemraj Ramjattan to report the alleged plot, but the minister was out of the country. Gillard was, however, referred to the CID Headquarters at Eve Leary.Ramnarine said that after he was briefed on the incident, he attempted to contact Citizenship Minister Winston Felix, who was acting in Ramjattan’s capacity, but those efforts were futile. He was, however, able to contact the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, to whom he related the information in police possession.He noted that an investigation immediately commenced, and, at about 16:00hrs, he was informed that Nizam Khan was in custody. At around 20:00hrs, he had received a call stating that President Granger wanted a briefing the following day.At about 05:30hrs, while receiving the daily crime briefing from Crime Chief Blanum, it was indicated to him that Blanhum had ordered the release of Nizam Khan.The acting Commissioner said the police were not in possession of any information that would have suggested Gillard’s claims were dishonest; and as a result, he had asked why Nizam Khan was ordered released, and was told that Khan had promised to return the following day to assist with investigations.Ramnarine told the commission he had assured the President that all steps were being taken to guarantee the President’s safety, and was asked for a written report to chronicle the investigation.He said Commissioner Seelall Persaud resumed duty on April 1, and following a debriefing, he [Ramnarine] informed Persaud of the report, which was unfinished. Persaud told Ramnarine to provide him with all the information and he, Persaud, would compile the report and send it to the Commander in Chief.Ramnarine said he had not been consulted on the issue of bail, and if it were up to him, he would surely not have granted Nizam Khan bail.“We have held people for 72 hours for far less serious offences,” he told the CoI.On the night of March 29, Imran Khan, brother of Nizam Khan, behaved in a disorderly manner at the CID HQ and was subsequently arrested. During his arrest, his cellphone rang and it indicated that Commissioner Persaud was calling; and following that conversation, the investigating detective, Prem Narine, received a call instructing him to release the Khan brothers.Ramnarine told the commission that the following morning, when he was receiving the daily crime briefing, the crime chief did not provide any information on the investigation. He said he had to ask for an update, and was told that Blanum had released the Khan brothers.Having ordered the Crime Chief to supervise the investigation, Ramnarine said, he had felt that investigation would be through. He is now saying that he felt the investigation was not properly conducted because several senior officers had become involved therein.“I have now come to learn that he (Blanum) may have been influenced on the very afternoon of the 29th (of March), and that is to say specifically by the Commissioner (Seelall Persaud), who was on leave…because of the association of the Commissioner of Police and Imran Khan and Nizam Khan fundamentally. So, taking into account all the circumstances surrounding the conduct of this investigation, my sincere answer would be, ‘No, it was not properly investigated’,” Ramnarine revealed while being questioned by Commission Chair Paul Slowe.Attorney for Nizam Khan, Christopher Ram, objected to the line of questioning from Slowe, citing the need for the Commission to retain an attorney to ensure the proper line of questioning is observed. Slowe acknowledged Ram’s concerns, but continued questioning Ramnarine about his opinion of the quality of investigation conducted.During his testimony, Ramnarine also revealed that he would have seen Imran Khan in the company of Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud, and he had later learnt that they share a somewhat business relationship.Currently on leave, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud is expected to appear before the CoI on Monday. CoI Chair, Paul Slowe, indicated that he had received a letter informing that a separate lawyer may represent Persaud, while Senior Counsel Ian Chang will represent the interest of the Guyana Police Force.Meanwhile, following the testimony of journalist Travis Chase, during which he had alleged that while working at News Update he was arrested following instructions by then Agriculture Minister Robert Persaud, editor of News Update, Romel Roopnarine, has since disputed this evidence, claiming that Chase was arrested following a report made by a staff member to the effect that Chase had stolen her friend’s camera. Chase has since been fined for the offence of larceny.The public hearing continues on Monday, and Slowe is expected to hand over his report to President Granger on August 18. read more

Lunchtime Fix 5 things you need to know

first_imgWHAT’S THE STORY?1. Drivers and taxi operators were warned about a growing number of carjackings in recent weeks. A 15-year-old was charged this morning in relation to Sunday’s incident in Terenure.The issue with these sorts of crimes is that it has a devastating affect on drivers, their families and their livlihood as we see that many drivers simply shy away from the industry and question should they be in the job after crimes take place.2. A huge global survey has found that 30 per cent of Irish people agree that ‘Jews still talk too much about what happened them in the Holocaust‘.3. Sky Sports has announced its lineup for its live coverage of this summer’s hurling and football games. Unsurprisingly, Irish presenter Rachel Wyse will be the face of the campaign. Jamesie O’Connor, Nicky English, Peter Canavan and Paul Earley will also feature.It gives us an excuse to use this amazing image from the 1990 Munster Hurling Final of English, Denis Walsh and a hurl up the nose. Source: James Meehan/INPHO4. A woman with disabilities has been awarded €30,000 by the Equality Tribunal because her employer failed to provide a chair for her at work. Source: Shutterstock5. Ryanair saw its profits fall by 8 per cent in 2013. However, the airline hopes that there is still growth ahead with its new friendly approach to its customers. Source: Richard DrewCatch up on the rest of today’s stories>last_img read more

Le phénomène climatique la Niña est de retour

first_imgLe phénomène climatique la Niña est de retourSelon l’Organisation météorologique mondiale (OMM), La Niña, le phénomène climatique du Pacifique tropical, pourrait être de retour mais avec une intensité moindre comparé à celle de 2010-2011.L’Organisation météorologique mondiale, agence de l’ONU, indique dans un bulletin publié hier que La Niña pourrait bientôt réapparaître. Ce phénomène climatique se caractérise par des températures de surface de la mer anormalement basses dans le centre et l’est du Pacifique tropical (au contraire d’El Niño qui se caractérise, lui, par des températures anormalement élevées).Selon l’OMM, des caractéristiques de La Niña sont réapparues en août dernier et devraient persister jusqu’à la fin de 2011, voire le début de 2012. Mais cette fois-ci, l’épisode de La Niña resterait d’intensité modérée restant “probablement bien moins virulent” qu’en 2010-2011, quand le phénomène climatique avait provoqué des sécheresses et des inondations dans diverses régions du monde.L’OMM juge que l’on peut s’attendre à un retour à des conditions neutres pendant la période allant de mars à mai 2012. Par ailleurs, elle indique que le développement d’un épisode El Niño est par contre jugé très improbable avant avril 2012, rapporte Radio-canada.Des pluies ou de la sécheresse en fonction des régions À lire aussiD’après une étude, le Canada se réchauffe deux fois plus vite que le reste du mondeEn Amérique du Nord, La Niña engendre souvent une sécheresse dans le sud-ouest des États-Unis de la fin de l’été jusqu’en hiver. Même chose dans les Grandes Plaines et dans le sud-est mais respectivement en automne et en hiver. Le contraire se produit généralement dans les régions du nord-ouest, où il pleut habituellement davantage que la normale.La Niña peut, en parallèle, entraîner de fortes pluies dans certaines régions du globe comme l’Indonésie, la Malaisie et l’Australie, ainsi que des épisodes de sécheresse en Amérique du Sud. Même si l’OMM précise que deux épisodes La Niña ne sont jamais totalement identiques, elle entraîne généralement des hivers plus cléments dans le sud-est mais plus rigoureux que la normale dans le nord-ouest.Le 18 novembre 2011 à 15:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

NASA Pinpoints Which Melting Glaciers Will Drown Your City

first_imgStay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor A hundred years later, the Titanic‘s maiden voyage would probably have gone a lot smoother.Glaciers around the world have gradually shrunk since the 1960s: ice melts, filling the ocean and rising sea levels. And the process—slow but steady—will only worsen over time with the help of global warming.Eventually, every corner of the planet will be drowning in salt water. But which glacier will be the death of your favorite major ports? The folks at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have an idea.As described by a study published this week in the Science Advances journal, a new diagnosis tool—gradient fingerprint mapping (GFM)—lets anyone with an Internet connection find out which ice sheet poses the biggest threat to Abu Dhabi, Wilmington, or any of the other 291 evaluated cities in between.New Yorkers, for example, are most susceptible to shifts in the northeastern parts of the Greenland Ice Sheet (those furthest away), suggesting that proximity is not the leading indicator of risky icebergs.The science gets even weirder when you consider other effects: The change in ocean water depth surrounding areas where there’s a large enough ice loss will actually drop, because there is less gravitational pull.See for yourself with GFM; aimed at coastal planners, the interactive data visualization and simulation tool is open to the general public. Simply click and drag across the map to change views; scroll or pinch to zoom in and out. Click “Let’s Go” in the bottom right corner to navigate directly to an exact location.“It’s a lens for that particular city into the complex interactions between the ice, the ocean, the perturbations to the gravity field from changes in ice mass, elastic rebound of the Earth as the ice melts, and [a disturbance] to the rotation of the Earth itself,” study lead and JPL researcher Eric Larour told Geek in an email.Larour and co-authors Erik Ivins and Surendra Adhikari apply GFM to 293 major port cities, allowing local architects and designers to calculate and plan for possible sea-level adjustments. “We hope this will allow coastal planners to step away from the assumption that any ice melting contributes just [to] global mean sea level, but rather has a very specific way of affecting cities locally,” Larour added.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Advertised human resources salaries increase by 26

first_imgAdvertised salaries for jobs in the human resources (HR) sector have increased by 2.6% since the end of 2016, according to research by Reed Human Resources.Its analysis of over seven million job postings between 2015 and 2017 also found that advertised salaries for learning and development managers increased by 7% since last year, while job postings for recruitment co-ordinators recorded an advertised salary increase of 6%. Advertised salaries for HR project managers have risen by 5% over the same time period.HR positions advertised in London showed an advertised salary increase of 4.2%, compared to job postings in the North West and East Midlands, where advertised salaries increased by 3.1% and 3% respectively.The number of HR jobs posted has increased by 5% since last year.Chris Adcock, divisional director at Reed HR, said: “Staff turnover costs [organisations] £4.13 billion each year, so [organisations] want to recruit the best HR talent to help cut these costs. As a result, hiring managers are asking their boards to commit more money towards recruitment of new staff, and that is reflected in the advertised salaries.“What this data shows is that, during 2018, those [organisations] which are struggling to attract the right talent will need to be ready to increase the salaries they offer.“As already seen in other sectors, [artificial intelligence] and robotics will naturally replace some roles within the industry. However, [organisations] and candidates know that where there is change there is always opportunity. The key is to embrace the technological revolution. Humans will always be required to operate this innovative and complex technology and we aren’t going to see [artificial intelligence] and robotics technology in the workplace overnight.“Many [organisations] are looking to invest in people with the skills needed to adapt to this new order. HR professionals will need to focus upon demonstrating a strong understanding of how new technology can work effectively and streamline processes, along with varied experience and, as ever, strong people management skills. HR professionals with a combination of these skills will be in great demand in 2018 and beyond.”last_img read more

Crytek shows off CryEngine DirectX 11 features

first_imgGame developers are spoilt for choice now when it comes to selecting a game engine with which to create their next title. Epic Games offers the Unreal Engine, we’ve got the indie developer-friendly Unity, and then there’s Crytek with their CryEngine. For triple-A game development across current-gen consoles and PC, I think it’s a straight fight between Unreal Engine and CryEngine for best feature set.All engine companies have used E3 to show off what their latest development kits can offer, and Crytek is no exception. Engadget got to sit down with Crytek’s animation technologist Kirthy Iyer to see some of the latest features added to CryEngine to support DirectX 11.In the video you get to see how much of a focus there is on real-time development now. You can edit and then play what you just changed with the click of a button, and if it didn’t work there’s the option to backtrack and undo those changes. As for DX11 features, we get to see fully-customizable parallax occlusion mapping, on-the-fly tessellation, improved particle shadows with motion blur, real-time local reflections, and gorgeous water. Add to that the fact design tools are built into the editor too, so if you need an AI character to navigate an area, the designer just drops a box on the landscape and the editor figures out where they are allowed to walk. It’s a system that means creating a level and fully testing it takes a few hours, not a week or more.When the PS3 and Xbox 360 first appeared on the market game studios were struggling to create games that did the hardware justice. The move to HD and the performance on offer meant every game needed more content and at a much higher quality. That in turn meant bigger teams and therefore more expensive projects.The response to this from companies offering commercial engines has been to keep packing in more features, and making use of those features as easy as possible. In so doing it becomes quicker to develop a game and there is more stuff done automatically for you. The CryEngine demo demonstrates this well and definitely shows off their “what you see is what you play” approach to development.via Engadgetlast_img read more

This Map Shows Where Robots Will Steal American Jobs

first_img If you believe Secretary of The Treasury Steve Mnuchin, there’s no need to worry about artificial intelligence taking your job. If on the other hand, you pay attention to things like the news and tech blogs, you might want to check out the results of a recent study.Researchers from MIT and Boston U recently joined forces to figure out what kind of impact robots and other automation have had on local job markets. Not surprisingly, they discovered that an increase in automation tends to negatively impact local employment.Certain sectors tend to be more vulnerable. Manufacturing jobs are the most likely to be at risk. Over the period studied (1987 to 2014), the use of automation tech (including machines, vehicles, and software) vs. human labor shot up by as much as 668%. Workers who produced electronics, petroleum products, furniture, and apparel were most vulnerable.Also not shocking is what the impact of these changes looks like when applied to a map. Dark red areas show where there’s been the sharpest rise in robot deployments. Understandably, the Midwest — particularly Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, where automotive manufacturing accounts for anywhere between 4% and 10% of the GDP — has been ground zero. Other hard-hit areas include Wilmington, Delaware and Beaumont, Texas.Orders for industrial robots climbed around 20% last year, and apart from a slight hiccup last year they’ve been on the rise since 2010. Why? Because businesses have seen increases in productivity, which leads to higher output and a healthier bottom line.Interestingly, the study seems to show that increased automation doesn’t automatically lead to a more rapid reduction in the number of jobs. In the apparel business, for example, rates have stayed fairly normal despite a 300% hike in the use of automation tech.Clearly, there’s room for robots and humans to work side-by-side. At least until some crafty AI decides it’s going to make all the hiring decisions and robo-nepotism reigns supreme. Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsRobots to Compete in Underground Challenge in Mining Tunnels Stay on targetlast_img read more

Machine generated videos like Deepfakes – Trick or Treat

first_imgA Reddit user named “DeepFakes” had posted real-looking explicit videos of celebrities last year. He made use of deep learning techniques to insert celebrities’ faces into the adult movies. Since then the term “Deepfakes” has been used to describe deep learning techniques that help create realistic looking fake videos or images. Video tampering is usually done using generative adversarial networks. Why is everyone afraid of deepfakes? Deepfakes are problematic as they make it very hard to differentiate between the fake and real videos or images. This gives people the liberty to use deepfakes for promoting harassment and illegal activities. The most common use of deepfakes is found in revenge porn, fake celebrities videos and political abuse. For instance, people create face-swap porn videos of ex-girlfriends, classmates, politicians, celebrities, and teachers. This not only counts as cyberbullying but poses major threat overall as one can create a fake video showing world leaders declaring war on a country. Moreover, given that deepfakes seem so real, its victims often suffer through feelings of embarrassment and shame. Deepfakes also cause major reputational harm. One such example is of a 24-year-old, Noelle Martin, whose battle with deepfake pornography started six years ago. Anonymous predators stole her non-sexual images online and then doctored them into pornographic videos. Martin says she faces harassment from people till this day. Other victims of deepfakes pornography include celebrities such as Michelle Obama, Emma Watson, Natalie Portman, Ivanka Trump, Kate Middleton, and so forth. But, Deepfakes isn’t just limited to pornography and has made its way to many other spheres. Deepfakes can also be used as a weapon of misinformation since they can be used to maliciously hoax governments, populations and cause internal conflict. From destroying careers by creating fake evidence of them doing something inappropriate to showing soldiers killing innocent civilians, deepfakes have been wreaking havoc. In defense of deepfakes Just as any tool can be used for good and bad, deepfakes is just an effective machine learning tool that creates realistic videos. Even though deepfakes are majorly used for inappropriate activities, some have put it to good use. For instance, GANs or generative adversarial networks (which help create deepfakes) can create realistic images of skin lesions and create examples of liver lesions, which plays a major role in medical research. Other examples include filmmakers using deepfakes for making great videos with swapped in backgrounds, snapchat face swap photo filters, and face swap e-cards (eg; jib jab app) among others. Are deepfakes trick or treat? If we make pros and cons list for deepfakes, cons seem to outweigh the pros as of today. Although it has its potential good applications, it is majorly used as a tool for harassing and misinforming people. There is a long way to go till deepfakes achieves itself a good rep and right now, it is mostly fake videos, fake images, false danger warnings, and revenge porn. Trick or treat? I spy a total TRICK!last_img read more

Goway launches 201819 Worlds Most Idyllic Islands brochure

first_img Posted by TORONTO — Goway has released its 2018-19 World’s Most Idyllic Islands & Boutique Cruising brochure featuring Tahiti, Fiji, Cook Islands, Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius, Bali, The Greek Islands and Croatia.Goway Islands General Manager Bronwyn Hodge says boutique cruising “was incredibly popular this year, which is why we have put an emphasis on new cruise product for this market.”In Tahiti Goway has added the four-day Haumana cruise sailing between Bora Bora and Taha’a with just 24 passengers.In Croatia, Mini-Cruises, which sail between Split and Dubrovnik, were a top seller and offer great value for money, says Hodge. “We now feature both a 3-day and 6-day option. In the Greek Islands, we added the 8-day Jewels of Cyclades, part of the Variety Cruse line.”Deluxe hotel product continues to be a focus as well. Goway has added new luxury product this year including the Fiji Marriott Momi Bay which opened in April 2017. This contemporary property features over-water bure villas, giving guests direct access to the tidal lagoon. Also available through Goway, the InterContinental Hotel Thalasso in Bora Bora enhances the luxury experience by adding four, two-bedroom Overwater Brando Suites, as well as Overwater Pool Villas which include a private plunge pool on the split-level decks.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterIn the Indian Ocean, Goway has added the Four Seasons at Anahita in Mauritius, and the Four Seasons Seychelles.Also included in the 52-page brochure is a range of island resorts from boutique to ultra-luxury, sample vacation packages and extension ideas.Hodge says Goway’s IslandEscapes specialists can customize romantic escapes, such as honeymoons and destination weddings, plus family vacations, diving, adventure packages, and beach stays for any client on any budget.Goway can also arrange international airfares, inter-islands flights, excursions, spas and more, plus clients can choose to escape on an island stopover en route to Downunder, Africa or Asia. Travelweek Group Goway launches 2018-19 World’s Most Idyllic Islands brochure Share Wednesday, December 27, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

It does take a while to learn there is a learnin

first_img“It does take a while to learn, there is a learning curve to it but hopefully once we do get a chance to meet with our players, we can cut that curve down a little bit by tweaking some things, by using different terminologies they are familiar with and eliminate some of the steps along the process.” Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals have a new defensive coordinatorwho spent the 2010 season as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers’coaching staff. It just isn’t either of the names that were heavily toutedfor the job over the last month.Steelers’ defensive backs coach Ray Horton, not Keith Butler or Dick LeBeau,was named as the Cardinals’ replacement for Bill Davis Wednesday, agreeing to a three-year deal with the team. Prior to joining Ken Whisenhunt’s staff he spent the lastthree seasons working with Pittsburgh’s secondary, a position he waspromoted to in 2007 after Mike Tomlin was hired as head coach. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Horton may lack experience as a defensive coordinator but he certainly doesn’t lack in confidence. During his introductory press conference Wednesday he made it very clear that he is ready for the challenge of turning around the Cardinals defense.“This team was in the Super Bowl two years ago. We were in the playoffs a year ago. We just fell a little short last year. We aim to be right back there in the playoffs pushing for a Super Bowl bid. There’s no question about it. We’re going to improve on defense.“What we’re aiming to be is one of the top defenses in the league, bar none,” the new coordinator said.He also wasn’t afraid to share with the media what his defensive style will be.“We’ll be an aggressive, disciplined, downhill attacking defense.“Our motto is going to be: ‘Go get ’em’. We’re going to make the quarterback very uncomfortable,” Horton said.Horton added on 620 KTAR’s Gambo and Ash show that he plans to build on the Cardinals number one ranked red zone defense and will bring the personality of Pittsburgh’s defensive style with him. “It’s a 3-4 attacking style defense, schematically very sound,” Horton said. 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories As much stock as we try to put into the third preseason game — and I am guilty as charged — it’s equally well known that the fourth preseason game is a virtual waste of time. From a fan’s perspective, at least. Sure, there are some depth chart issues to be worked out. Who makes the final 53, etc., etc. Mainly it’s one big exercise in risk avoidance. All those players that mean something to you, keep them as far from the field of play as possible. But I keep thinking that if there is another team or GM out there who liked Williams as much as the Cardinals did a couple of years ago, then perhaps a big performance can convince them that he’s worth the risk. It seems like a long shot, but then again, everything about Williams seems like a long shot at this point. Thursday for the Cardinals is no exception, yet with one exception: Ryan Williams. Technically, I suppose the running back falls in the category of the aforementioned depth chart issues, but we all know there is a little more going on here. Despite his best attempts and legitimate hard work, the former second-round pick has found it virtually impossible to stay on the field. And Thursday’s game against the Broncos could represent his crossroads moment. Which got me thinking, what if he has a big game?Is it his 12th round knockout punch (Gambo’s metaphor)? The key piece of evidence that wins the case and keeps him on the team?Is his performance dismissed since it will likely come against those who are in a similar position, fringe NFL players desperate to prove they belong?Or — and this is my wild card here — can it be used to convince another team to trade for Williams?It seems unlikely to me that a team would give up anything of value, even a late round pick, for a running back with the history of Williams’. It seems these days as if the running back is looked upon like a brake pad for a car…it’s a part designed to wear out. So why would you trade for one that may already finished? Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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