Anti-Srini camp forces BCCI to have emergent meet on Sunday

first_imgBCCI is likely to hold an emergent working committee meet on Sunday It may not be to embattled BCCI chief N.Srinivasan’s liking, but notices have been sent today to state associations to have an emergent working committee meet on Sunday afternoon in Mumbai.A top BCCI official confirms that last night itself Interim President Shivlal Yadav had instructed the Secretary Sanjay Patel to convene such an emergent meet on Sunday. By having it on Sunday, the meeting holds significance as it would be in time before the BCCI files its reply to Supreme court, 24 hours before the hearing on 22nd. If the anti Srinivasan camp has its way in the meet, it’s stance in court may not have the blessings of Srinivasan.All this is following Rajasthan Cricket Association’s letter to BCCI asking the board to meet and discuss with the members before it files a reply to the Court. The country’s Apex court has sought a reply from the BCCI as to how it plans to investigate allegations against 13 people (players and administrators) including displaced BCCI President N Srinivasan, a list compiled by court appointed investigator Justice Mudgal.Many more in the anti-Srinivasan camp within the Board also joined the RCA Wednesday night itself in demanding a meet to update on the proceedings in court. RCA in the letter had also questioned the stance BCCI took in court alleging that it may still be taking instructions from certain individuals’, pointing a finger at Srinivasan, who continues to be restrained from functioning in his capacity as BCCI chief by the Apex court.advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2015: ‘Sachin, Sachin’ chants back as Tendulkar drops in at MCG

first_imgTendulkar is the ‘Brand Ambassador’ of World CupLong retired from the game but Sachin Tendulkar’s mere presence was good enough for a near-capacity crowd to go hysterical during India’s World Cup game against South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, on Sunday.Having retired from international cricket in November, 2013, Tendulkar hasn’t dropped in for international matches often and therefore the legend’s presence at the iconic venue was just the icing on the cake that the fans needed in such a marquee match.Tendulkar is the ‘Brand Ambassador’ of World Cup and once he arrived, he was quickly whisked away to the ICC’s Hospitality Zone with tight security in place. However the moment the MCG giant screen showed Tendulkar, clad in violet shirt and dark trousers, enjoying the match, the chants of Sachiiin, Sachiiin were back again. It seemed that he never retired. When his image was flashed for the second time on the giant screen, he did wave at the crowd and it was met with deafening applause.While the lucky ones in the ICC Hospitality Box got their share of selfies and autographs, the ones outside had to be content by clicking the ‘Master’ picture. For Sachin, it seems as if he has now completed a ‘Circle of Life’ with the World Cup. In 1987, he was present at the Wankhede Stadium during the semi-finals as a ball boy and then was an integral part in the next six editions.On Sunday, he was again back to cheering his team. In person, he was not on turf, in spirit, he was very much there. advertisementlast_img read more

Who’s the Lowest of them All? Glassdoor Reports Companies with Lowest Overall Ratings

first_imgWith a New Year right around the corner, it may be time for some companies to take a look at what’s working and what’s not. We all know and recognize that things are tough right now, and for employers this is an opportunity to take a look inside so that you retain your talent and get the most out of your employees while keeping them happy. As we thumb through the data collected throughout this past year, there are companies who shine (stay tuned for top companies) and there are those who – well, let’s just say their ratings aren’t a bright spot.For your perusal, we have identified some of the lowest rated companies on Glassdoor.com¹. DHL Express ranks as the least favored company on Glassdoor (of those with at least 25 employee reviews). DHL Express is headquartered in Plantation, Fla. and receives a 1.7 company rating (on a 5-point scale). United Airlines headquartered in Chicago, Ill.  takes the number two spot, followed closely by automotive supplier Reynolds & Reynolds headquartered in Kettering, Ohio. Both Reynolds & Reynolds and United Airlines receive a 2.0 company rating².What’s also interesting to note is which CEOs from the 50 lowest rated companies recently made our CEO Watch List that was highlighted in our “Naughty and Nice CEOs of 2008” post. Glassdoor: Lowest Rated Companies Based on Employee Satisfaction RankCompanyOverallRatingCEOCEO Approval Rating 45Real2.7Rob Glaser27% 46Circuit City2.7James MarcumNot Rated 40Freddie Mac2.7David MoffettNot Rated 6RadioShack2.1Julian C. Day11% 35CA 2.6John A. C. Swainson57% 16Tata Consultancy2.5Subramanian Ramadorai37% 33Level 3 Communications2.6Jim Crowe21% 17Countrywide Financial2.5Angelo R. Mozilo3% 9Office Depot2.2Steve Odland4% 30Red Cross2.6Gail McGovernNot Rated In addition to news headlines about DHL and its failure to respond to financial and community commitments which will result in the loss of 8,000 jobs, current DHL Express employees point to the plethora of reasons why this company rates so low in terms of employee satisfaction:A DHL Express Field Service Supervisor in Chicago, Ill. advises:“Get Out Now” and adds “PROS: There are none! A highly disorganized company. I should have known better from the beginning.“And, a Courier for DHL Express in Seattle, Wash. gives a laundry list explanation as to why the company takes top spot as the lowest rated company on Glassdoor:“DHL Express is currently “downsizing” as it struggles to right a sinking ship in a recessionary economy. Upper management has continually mismanaged the company to the point that it is losing $5 million dollars a day (that’s over a billion dollars a year), even though their upfront costs were probably half that of its competitors, FedEx and UPS, and it had a diverse network and client base. It has continuously ignored whatever problems are actually occurring at the station level, has bungled numerous initiatives to cut costs and improve workplace efficiencies, has gone through a string of incompetent CEO’s, Presidents, and VP’s (who in turn were promoted into the upper reaches of the parent company, DPWN after failing to actually reach their “break even” target) and as a result there is a high degree of dissatisfaction by the dwindling customers we still have and low morale among the workers on the frontlines who run DHL’s service model (delivering packages). DHL USA is simply going out of business, and supposedly “retooling” to service international products exclusively even as international trade is slowing down and jet fuel costs are skyrocketing through the roof.”So if you’re reading this blog as an employer, we hope you’ll take some of the feedback your employees are sharing about the good, the bad as well as advice they have to offer you about how to improve the company.But if you’re an employee (of any company out there), use the opportunity to learn from your colleagues about what opportunities are available at your company… and other companies you bay be interested in.  Afterall, information is power in today’s market.And no matter what side of the conference table you sit on, keep an eye out for tips from our guest contributor Rusty Rueff, a career and workplace expert, and take advantage of the advice he has to offer whether it’s on how to handle layoffs (as an employer or employee) or insights into handling an interview.¹ Ratings are based on a 20-question survey that evaluate 8 key workplace factorsincluding: Senior Leadership, Communication, Employee Morale, Career Opportunities, Work/Life Balance, Compensation and Benefits, Recognition and Feedback, and Fairness and Respect² For reporting simplicity, a company’s rating on the Glassdoor website and this list is limited to one decimal space although the actual calculations extend infinitely to determine final rank order3 A ‘Not Rated” approval rating is due to the fact there are fewer than 25 responses for the current CEO. This may be caused by a recent CEO turnover or the fact fewer employees answered whether they “approve,” “disapprove” or have “no opinion” of the job the CEO is doing than those who completed the employer survey. 31OfficeMax2.6Sam K. Duncan23% 36Gannett2.6Craig A. Dubow19% 23Dominion Enterprises2.5Conrad M. Hall25% 15NCR2.5Bill Nuti27% 44Cadence Design2.7John ShovenNot Rated 5Gibson Guitar2.1Henry E. Juszkiewicz17% 43IAC2.7Barry Diller21% 47eBay2.7John J. Donahoe20% 2United Airlines2.0Glenn F. Tilton12% 48Washington Mutual2.7Alan Fishman0% 22Unisys2.5Ed ColemanNot Rated 4Farmers Group2.0Paul N. Hopkins6% 24Borders2.6George L. Jones16% 25Rite Aid2.6Mary F. Sammons28%center_img 13Convergys2.4Dave Dougherty20% 38Alcatel-Lucent2.7Ben Verwaayen37% 28Nationwide2.6Jerry Jurgensen31% 29AT&T Mobility2.6Ralph de la Vega36% 37Blockbuster2.7James KeyesNot Rated 8CSAA Inter-Insurance Bureau2.2James R. Pouliot12% 11Affiliated Computer Services2.4Lynn R. Blodgett10% 3Reynolds and Reynolds2.0Bob Brockman8% 41Macy’s2.7Terry J. Lundgren33% 39Robert Half2.7Max Messmer Jr.24% 26Coca-Cola Enterprises2.6John Franklin Brock19% 7Rain Bird2.1Anthony LaFetra9% 32Marvell Technology2.6Sehat Sutardja27% 14Qimonda2.5Kin Wah Loh19% 50UnitedHealth Group2.7Steve Hemsley26% 1DHL Express (USA)1.7N/AN/A³ 27EDS2.6Ron Rittenmeyer11% 18Chrysler2.5Bob Nardelli17% 12Harrah’s Entertainment2.4Gary W. Loveman30% 42Corporate Executive Board2.7Thomas L. Monahan III30% 20Acxiom2.5John MeyerNot Rated 34Motorola 2.6Greg Brown10% 21LexisNexis2.5Andy Prozes13% 49AT&T2.7Randall L. Stephenson27% 10Compuware2.4Pete Karmanos Jr.16% 19Fidelity National Information Services2.5Lee A. Kennedy15%last_img read more

Without Land, What Would a Farmer Do?

first_imgRural farmers depend on land and natural resources for food, income, and their physical well-being. But what happens when national or local governments prevent rural people and communities from farming their land?All governments have the authority to restrict the use of private land, usually for public interest purposes, such as environmental management or biodiversity conservation. In these cases, the affected individuals should be compensated for their losses even though the land remains theirs. Problems arise when governments routinely restrict the use of private property for ordinary government business or for meeting short-term political ends. With weak rights to their property and insecure tenure arrangements, local people stop investing in their land and natural resources. In many countries, governments restrict the use of private property without consulting the landholders or providing compensation. With courts too expensive to access, poor people have few opportunities for recourse.How do governments balance the benefits to the national public with the rights of local citizens? Can these national benefits be achieved without restricting rural people’s land use? To find out, watch WRI’s new animated video, “A Farmer in Africa.”[youtube j6nra7SYPNM]The video addresses one objective of WRI’s land and poverty work: strengthening the rights of rural people over their land and natural resources by limiting government powers to restrict or extinguish private property rights. We work with governments, civil society organizations, development assistance agencies, and other actors to strengthen land and natural resource rights as a path to poverty reduction and sustainable development.Learn more about WRI’s land tenure work and a related project, Focus on Land in Africa (FOLA).last_img read more

Cérémonies commémoratives pour souligner lanniversaire du naufrage du Titanic

first_imgLa Nouvelle-Écosse se prépare à accueillir des visiteurs à l’occasion du 100e anniversaire du naufrage du Titanic le 15 avril. Les Néo-Écossais et les visiteurs sont invités à participer à deux cérémonies commémoratives, soit une procession suivie d’une présentation informative et d’un hommage le 14 avril en soirée et un service interconfessionnel le 15 avril en après-midi. « Au mois d’avril, la Nouvelle-Écosse accueillera des gens de partout dans le monde qui sont fascinés par l’histoire du Titanic », a déclaré le ministre du Développement économique et rural et du Tourisme, Percy Paris, au nom du ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, David Wilson. « Grâce à notre tradition et à notre culture maritimes, nous sommes particulièrement en mesure de souligner cet anniversaire historique et solennel et de rappeler au monde le rôle important que nous avons joué dans cette histoire tragique. » Pour La veillée du Titanic – La nuit des cloches, une procession quittera le Musée maritime de l’Atlantique à partir de l’entrée située sur le front de mer pour se rendre jusqu’à Grand Parade Square. Le long de la route suivie par la procession, on indiquera des points d’intérêt qui ont un lien avec le Titanic. Quand la procession arrivera à Grand Parade Square à 21 h 30, il y aura une présentation informative et un hommage rendu aux victimes. À minuit et vingt, il y aura un moment de silence pour marquer le moment où le Titanic a commencé à sombrer. Des fusées éclairantes seront lancées pour symboliser l’appel de détresse du navire. « J’encourage les résidants de la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax à assister à ces cérémonies commémoratives. Nous sommes à jamais liés au Titanic et aux tragiques événements de cette nuit-là, a déclaré le maire de la municipalité, Peter Kelly. En rendant un hommage solennel à tous ceux et celles qui ont perdu la vie, nous honorons aussi les hommes et les femmes de notre propre région qui n’ont pas hésité à répondre à l’appel de détresse. » La Cérémonie spirituelle pour le Titanic, un service commémoratif interconfessionnel, aura lieu à 15 h au cimetière Fairview Lawn avec dépôt de couronnes et hommage solennel. Cent vingt et une victimes du naufrage du Titanic sont enterrées à ce cimetière. « Nous espérons que ces cérémonies de commémoration du naufrage du Titanic, 100 ans après son voyage fatidique, rassembleront la population d’Halifax, de la Nouvelle-Écosse et du Canada, a déclaré Ken Pinto, directeur général de Titanic 100. Tout le monde est invité à se joindre à nous alors que nous soulignons la place qu’a occupée notre province dans l’histoire du Titanic. » Un kiosque d’information pour les visiteurs,appelé Titanic Central, sera installé au Musée maritime de l’Atlantique. Les visiteurs pourront en apprendre plus sur le lien entre Halifax et le Titanic et les activités prévues pour commémorer le centenaire du naufrage. Pour plus d’information sur La veillée du Titanic – La nuit des cloches, la Cérémonie spirituelle pour le Titanic et d’autres activités se rapportant au Titanic, consultez le site http://www.novascotia.com/en/home/discovernovascotia/history/titanic/default.aspx (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

Three Companies Qualify to Bid on Community Outpatient Centre

first_imgThree companies have been short listed to lead the public-private-partnership of the new Community Outpatient Centre in Bayers Lake, Halifax Regional Municipality. Bird Integrated Health Partners, Community Health Partners and EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare have qualified to bid on the design, build, finance and maintain of the new centre, which is part of the QEII New Generation project. A request for proposals will be issued to the three successful bidders in July. A similar request for supplier qualifications for the expansion of the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre has been issued and a short list is anticipated by the end of July. This expansion includes the construction of the new QEII Cancer Centre, outpatient centre, inpatient centre, including hospital beds and operating rooms, and the new innovation and learning centre. The QEII New Generation project is a once-in-a-generation opportunity that will better meet the health-care needs of Nova Scotians. Along with the Community Outpatient Centre in Bayers Lake and the expansion of the Halifax Infirmary site, the QEII New Generation project also includes the expansion and renovations of Dartmouth General Hospital and new and renovated operating rooms at Hants Community Hospital in Windsor. This work will allow services to be moved out of the aging Centennial and Victoria buildings on the Victoria General site, to prepare for their eventual closure. For updates on the QEII New Generation Project, visit https://healthredevelopment.novascotia.ca/ .last_img read more

DRAKE ACHIEVES NINTH NO 1 ALBUM ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART WITH CARE

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Drake poses in the press room during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2019 in Las Vegas. Amy Sussman/Getty Images Advertisement DRAKE ACHIEVES NINTH NO. 1 ALBUM ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART WITH ‘CARE PACKAGE’Drake achieves his ninth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his new archival compilation album, Care Package, premieres in the top slot. The set, which was released on Aug. 2 via OVO Sound/Republic Records, launches with 109,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Aug. 8, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 16,000 were in album sales.Care Package collects 17 of Drake’s stray tracks — many of which were never officially released and only available via Soundcloud or YouTube. READ MORE DRAKE’S ‘CARE PACKAGE’ BECOMES HIS NINTH NO. 1 ALBUMDrake’s weekend just got better as news came in that Care Package hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. This makes it the Canadian rapper’s ninth No. 1 album.center_img Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Care Package features 17 tracks, many of which were never officially released. Since the release on Aug. 2, 109,000 equivalent album units were earned in the United States. READ MOREDRAKE CHARTS HIS NINTH NO. 1 ALBUM WITH SURPRISE RELEASE ‘CARE PACKAGE’Whether he tells fans a new album is coming in several weeks or in just a few hours, Drake has now issue going straight to No. 1 whenever he has a new collection of tunes to offer the world.The hip-hop powerhouse is back atop the Billboard 200 this week with Care Package, a release he announced just hours before it was made available on streaming platforms and in digital stores. The set shifted 109,000 equivalent units. Of that sum, 16,000 were actual sales, with a sizable stream count making up most of the rest of the units. READ MORElast_img read more

The National Ports Agency to Call for Tenders for El Jadida…

Rabat – A call for tenders has been launched by the National Ports Agency (ANP) for the development of recreational activities at El Jadida port located on the Atlantic coast of Morocco.The port of E Jadida is almost exclusively reserved for fishing and seaweed gathering. The National Ports Agency aims to expand the port’s operations to include recreational activities and the developing of convenient conditions to receive tourists and pleasure boats.According to the National Ports Agency, “the city of El Jadida enjoys a strategic position and its old port (restructured in 2012) also benefits from a good position, between the city center, the beach and the Portuguese city, and is easily accessible.” The old port of El Jadida has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The city, about 90 km south-west of Casablanca, has great economic and tourist interest. In addition to commercial activities, a port providing recreational activities for Moroccan and foreign holiday makers is expected to boost the city’s standing as one of Morocco’s major tourist destinations.The tender will call for bidders for market research, analysis of impacts and the different management scenarios. Preference is given to Moroccan companies. Offers of foreign companies will be increased by 15%. The developer of the project will be the National Ports Agency.Photo credit: Chris Belsten/Flickr read more

Arab World Institute Supports Maghreb Joint Bid to Add Couscous to…

Rabat – The president of the Arab World Institute (IMA), Jack Lang, expressed his “absolute support” for the Maghreb joint bid to include couscous on UNESCO’s intangible heritage list.“I am very pleased that the Maghreb countries have come together to nominate this iconic dish that is inspiring millions of people from around the world,” Lang told the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The former French minister of culture added that “it is fantastic that the countries and peoples of the Maghreb have come together on a cultural issue.” In March, UNESCO representatives from Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria, and Tunisia submitted a joint bid, calling on UNESCO to include the traditional dish on UNESCO’s heritage list.Morocco’s Permanent Representative at UNESCO, Zohour Alaoui, emphasized “the knowledge and the know-how of the practices related to the production and the consumption of couscous.”Read Also: Maghreb Countries Submit Candidacy to List Couscous as World Cultural HeritageShe added that the move comes in an effort to recognize “the tremendous wealth the Berber culture [has] transmitted, not only to the Maghreb countries but also in Africa, the Mediterranean, and today in the world as a whole. ”Recently, a “couscous war” broke out between Morocco and its eastern neighbor, Algeria.In December 2018, former Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia insinuated that Morocco has wrongly claimed  couscous as its own.“A neighboring country has taken credit for couscous,” said the former official.Ouyahia continued: “We have to prove them wrong. We are not saying that couscous is Algerian, but Maghrebi. We have to promote Algerian couscous, though.”The spokesperson of the government, Mustapha El Khalfi, reacted to the Algerian claims, emphasizing that “everyone knows the origins of couscous.”He added that “no one can deny” the origins of the traditional dish, implying that couscous is Moroccan through and through. read more

Kosovo UN regrets withdrawal of Romanian police in probe of demonstrators deaths

The UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), which has run the Albanian-majority Serbian province ever since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ethnic fighting, said it expected the Romanian authorities to “adhere to their obligations and continue to cooperate and assist fully” with ongoing investigation.“UNMIK regrets that the Romanian authorities did not agree with the request of UN Headquarters that 11 of these officers remain in Kosovo until 6 April to continue cooperation with the investigation,” the mission said in a statement. “If required by the investigation, such cooperation must include an assurance that any of the Romanian police officers who have left the mission area shall be made available as requested for the purposes of the investigation on the territory of Kosovo. UNMIK reaffirms its commitment to ensure that a full and impartial investigation is concluded in a timely manner,” the statement added.The deaths occurred on 10 February during a demonstration by the ethnic Albanian Vetëvendosja (self-determination) group shortly after the UN envoy for the future status of the province, where Albanians outnumber Serbs and others by 9 to 1, issued a plan widely seen by both sides as proposing independence under international supervision. The group wants immediate self-determination while Serbia rejected independence. At the time Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative in Kosovo Joachim Rücker demanded the resignation of UN Police Commissioner Stephen Curtis without prejudging the probe’s outcome, calling the loss of life tragic regardless of the circumstances. “We are at a critical juncture in the history of Kosovo and nothing must be allowed to interfere in the confidence of those involved in this process,” he said then. 23 March 2007The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Kosovo today asked Romania to make available police officers it had withdrawn, despite a request that they be kept there for a few more weeks, should they be needed in the probe into the deaths of two people when UN police used rubber bullets against pro-independence demonstrators last month. read more

Mining company Xstrata recommends merger with commodities giant Glencore

Mining company Xstrata recommends merger with commodities giant Glencore LONDON – The board of Anglo-Swiss mining company Xstrata PLC said Monday it is recommending shareholders accept merger terms with Swiss commodities trader Glencore PLC — a deal that would create an industry behemoth with revenues of around $175 billion.Xstrata said in a statement it was supporting the offer of 3.05 Glencore shares for each Xstrata share. The deal values Xstrata at 31.9 billion pounds ($51.5 billion) on the shares’ closing price Friday. Glencore has a market capitalization of 23.5 billion pounds, according to data provider FactSet.Xstrata is the world’s biggest exporter of thermal coal and also produces copper, nickel and zinc. If the deal is approved by 75 per cent of Xstrata shareholders, the merged company would be one of the world’s largest natural resources firms.Glencore, one of the world’s biggest traders in raw materials such as coal, cotton and corn, went public with a $10 billion IPO last year.Its attempt to get hold of Xstrata has developed into a long-running saga. Previous offers were resisted by Xstrata shareholders, including Qatari sovereign wealth fund Qatar Holding, which holds 12 per cent of Xstrata.Xstrata Nickel, a Toronto-based subsidiary, has about 1,000 employees in Sudbury, Ont., and 850 at its mine and concentrator in northern QuebecGlencore improved its original offer of 2.8 shares last month, leaving issues of management structure and executive remuneration the main stumbling blocks to a merger.The deal announced Monday would see Xstrata chief executive Mick Davis become CEO of the new company for six months, then leave the company to be succeeded by Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg.Xstrata said it had agreed to give shareholders a separate vote on bonuses for senior executives, a key sticking point to a deal. While Xstrata recommended that shareholders also vote in favour of the bonus scheme, the merger’s approval will not depend on it.Shares of Xstrata rose 2.35 per cent to close at 980 pence on the London Stock Exchange Monday, while Glencore shares dropped 0.32 per cent to close at 342 pence.Mike van Dulken, head of research at Accendo Markets, said the new deal was designed to remove the issue of retention payments as a potential road-block and “hurry up termination of the seven-month saga after major shareholders recently warmed to an improved share offer.”“The deal is not done — not just yet,” he said — though Monday’s 3 per cent rise in Xstrata’s share price suggests investors and traders “see an endgame being closer.”Davis said the strategic rationale behind a merger was “highly compelling.”“A merger will fuse the respective strengths of the two companies into a unique, vertically integrated natural resources group,” he said.Glencore chairman Simon Murray said the merged company “will have the scale to play a key role in meeting the growing global demand for commodities whilst helping resource holding countries create value from their natural endowments.”Xstrata, based in Zug, Switzerland, was formed in 2002 when it bought Glencore’s coal assets. The company mines copper in the Americas, zinc in Spain and ferrochrome and vanadium in Australia and South Africa.Glencore extracts, ships and refines raw materials from coal, to copper to corn. It is based in the Swiss town of Baar but has its main stock listing in London.Glencore was founded in 1974 by Marc Rich, the fugitive trader who was controversially pardoned in 2001 by then United States President Bill Clinton just hours before he left office. Rich sold the company to its employees in 1994, and the firm has been at pains to distance itself from its founder and any whiff of improper activity, though environmental groups have since targeted the company for its mining interests. by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted Oct 1, 2012 2:38 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Shoreham Airshow disaster pilot to stand trial accused of causing 11 deaths

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. The pilot accused of killing 11 people in the Shoreham Airshow disaster will stand trial for manslaughter next January.Andy Hill, 54, was performing a loop-the-loop stunt when the 1955 Hawker Hunter jet crashed onto the A27 in West Sussex, killing 11 men and injuring 13 people.The trained Royal Air Force instructor was thrown from the aircraft as it landed on the dual carriageway.He suffered serious injuries and was placed in an induced coma before eventually being discharged from hospital.Hill appeared at the Old Bailey on Tuesday wearing a dark grey suit over a white shirt and dark tie. He pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of gross negligence manslaughter and one of endangering an aircraft.Gross negligence manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, and Judge Richard Marks QC set a trial date of 14 January 2019.The Shoreham Airshow has not been staged again since the disaster on August 22, 2015, out of respect for the families of the men who died.The decision to charge Hill was announced to the relatives in a private meeting at Sussex Police’s Lewes headquarters back in March.According to the charges, the 11 who died were wedding chauffeur Maurice Abrahams, 76, from Brighton; retired engineer James Mallinson, 72, from Newick, near Lewes; window cleaner and builder Mark Trussler, 54, from Worthing; cycling friends Dylan Archer, 42, from Brighton, and Richard Smith, 26, from Hove. The others were NHS manager Tony Brightwell, 53, from Hove; grandfather Mark Reeves, 53, from Seaford; Worthing United footballers Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, both 23; personal trainer Matt Jones, 24; and Daniele Polito, 23, from Worthing.Hill, of Sandon, West Sussex, remains on bail ahead of his Old Bailey trial which is expected to last up to seven weeks. read more

Simon Mayo launches new classical radio station after joining BBC exodus

In a statement released after Evans left the Radio 2 studio, he said: “In many ways Virgin Radio is my spiritual home. I see nothing but exciting and groundbreaking opportunities ahead.”In a medium that is changing so quickly on a daily basis, the potential for growth is unprecedented.”Our plan is, to give it all we’ve got, see where we can get to and have the most possible fun along the way. It makes me smile every time I think about it.” Simon Mayo has announced the launch of a new classical radio station, becoming the latest presenter to defect from the BBC.Scala Radio is billing itself as “a brand-new classical entertainment radio station, offering classical music for modern life,” and has picked up Mayo after he left his Radio 2 drivetime show just before Christmas.The popular DJ joins Chris Evans in turning his back on the BBC, with the latter returning to his “spiritual home” of Virgin Radio.52-year-old Evans was the second highest-earning star at the BBC, taking home between £1.6 million and £1,669,999 for his Radio 2 Breakfast show. He previously hosted the Virgin Breakfast Show from 1997 to 2001, and had his first broadcast back at the station yesterday morning. 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. Chris Evans in his studio at the News building fo his first Virgin Radio breakfast show. Chris Evans rejoined Virgin radio and hosted their breakfast show on MondayCredit:Dan Charity / The Sun Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson described the appointment as a “major coup”.Commenting on the launch of Scala radio, Simon Mayo said: “There are hundreds of radio stations playing rock and pop, and only two classical music stations – until now. We’re different because we’re going all out to entertain, laugh with the listeners, and have a good time. Some of it will be familiar, some new and exciting but all timeless, beautiful and all absolutely relevant to today”.Drum and bass DJ Goldie will host ‘Goldie’s Classic Life,’ which will feature classical music mixes, alongside a narration of his own journey into classical music, explaining how it inspires him to write, perform and paint – as well as introducing listeners to exciting new classical artists.Launching on the 4th of March 2019, the station will also feature topical shows covering the influence of classical music in gaming, mindfulness and special guest weekly round ups. The sound of the station has been created with modern bespoke scores recorded by The City of Prague Philharmonic. read more

Eurasian Resources Group base metals outlook

first_imgBenedikt Sobotka, CEO of Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), one of the world’s leading diversified natural resources groups, offers his outlook on base metals and Chinese demand for commodities as the annual gathering of the global metals community in London, LME Week, opens.Q3 2017 has clearly demonstrated the resilience of the Chinese economy, which saw 6.8% year on year GDP growth recorded. China has been the main driver of the 5-15% price moves in industrial commodities during Q3 2017. The key question for investors now is: what will be the pace of Chinese growth following the 19th Communist Party Congress? We believe that the pace of China’s growth will be steady rather than slow in comparison to previous figures.Visible copper cathode stocks in China are at the lowest level in almost a year and scrap supply is tightening, meaning that any supply shocks could trigger surprise price hikes. The Chinese government’s efforts to tackle pollution will undoubtedly continue in 2018 and are likely to restrict scrap supply further as the country prepares to enforce the partial ban on scrap imports. In the medium to long-term, the fundamental outlook for copper is amongst the strongest of all metals. The lack of major copper plants due on stream; growing demand from the clean energy sector; and major infrastructure projects, notably the Belt and Road Initiative, should propel copper onto a path of substantial market deficits in the years to come, causing prices to rise.As of late October, the LME cobalt price is up more than 80% YTD, and long term demand growth for the metal continues apace. We estimate that cobalt consumption in EV batteries will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 33% by 2021.Globally, electric transportation is growing exponentially: all major auto makers are planning to launch dozens of new EV models. Even companies with a vested interest in the oil industry are expecting an inevitable shift to EVs. Vitol, the world’s largest oil trader, expects the oil industry to shrink after peaking around 2028-2030 as a result of the global shift to electric cars. Ben van Beurden, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, also believes that demand could peak in the late 2020s and is stepping up the company’s investment in alternative energy as a result. Other major oil companies continue to invest in electric charging stations as part of their wider forecourt offering. We estimate that by 2019, the cobalt market’s supply demand gap will be at its largest in at least ten years. ERG’s Metalkol Project RTR in the DRC will help to fill this gap: the project will be one of the world’s largest suppliers of cobalt and remains on schedule to achieve initial production at the end of 2018, ramping up to 14,000 t/y in 2019. This amount will be enough to produce up to 1.5 million high-end electric vehicles.Ensuring that sustainability obligations are met is the goal of the recently launched Global Battery Alliance, a World Economic Forum initiative of which ERG is a founding member. The Alliance aims to create a responsible, child-labour-free supply chain for the markets of electric vehicles, gadgets and consumer electronics.ERG believes that iron ore prices have now corrected close to fundamentally justified levels, and will stay mostly within the $55-65/t range over the next 12 months. Its long-term outlook on iron ore remains constructive. Whilst steel prices are likely to stay high during the winter period, lower production volumes due to strict seasonal air pollution control in China will impact iron ore demand.ERG thinks that 2018 could bring a few surprises in the aluminium market. Chinese authorities have still not provided a clear indication as to whether this winter’s ‘War on Pollution’ initiative will be repeated in 2018. China’s move to curb illegal capacities was followed by extensive environmental audits and production cuts across the supply chain. As a result, continued aluminum supply curtailments as well as shortages of bauxites, alumina and anodes in China could push aluminum prices towards $2,500/t.We are approaching the most important period for contract negotiations, which should begin during the LME week. Although there have been a few rough patches in 2017, on the whole this has been a good year for producers. ERG is confident that the global mining industry is firmly on the road to recovery and once again becoming a source of strong returns in investment portfolios.In the ferrochrome market, a period of high, winter electricity tariffs in South Africa led to a 50% Y-to-Y decrease in exports to China in June and July which, coupled with a positive market outlook for stainless steel, caused Chinese ferrochrome prices to rebound in Q3 2017. Positive market sentiments are reflected in the announcement that the Q4 2017 European Quarterly Benchmark for chrome is set at $1.39/lb exceeding ERG expectations by showing more than a 26% Q-to-Q increase. The company maintains a positive outlook on the prospects for the world stainless steel market in Q4 2017 and beyond due to the growing demand for key end-use product segments, including: consumer appliances, kitchenware and construction – ERG believes these will support chrome and ferrochrome prices in the mid- to long-term. Nevertheless, in the short term there is a possibility of seeing slightly bearish market movement as large ferrochrome volumes from South Africa return to the market and chrome ore reserves in China increase, which may put some pressure on prices.last_img read more

Vin Diesel Facebook owes me billions of dollars

first_img WITH 41 MILLION million likes on Facebook, ‘Fast & Furious 6′ star Vin Diesel is one of the most popular celebrities on the social networking site.But how did the action star create such a successful online persona? He got in the game early.“What Facebook didn’t realize is something very big was about to happen, and that was — for the first time in history, and it’s kind of a fluke they didn’t see this coming — when I jumped on that page in April 2009, I started talking to people. In the realest ways,” Diesel tells Entertainment Weekly in a new interview.“So, when I had started my page, the only person that had a million fans was Barack Obama. Because it was first-quarter 2009, and he’d just got elected as President, because of social media,” Diesel explains. China could be the biggest loser from the Saudi Arabia oil attack See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change center_img So, when I started talking to the fans, I became the No. 1 page in the world. Over Coca-Cola, over huge companies. And it was only because I said: ‘Hi, guys, I love you.’The 45-year-old actor continues, “Imagine if you could’ve been a Facebook friend to Marlon Brando, or whoever your role models are. Imagine, if you were able to Facebook Elvis, and talk to him, and hear from him without the Hollywood of it all. That was the ‘Fast & Furious’ experience.”“I think Hollywood, and the choices Hollywood has made, would’ve been radically different if Clark Gable had 40 million people on his Facebook page,” Diesel added.At one point, Diesel was the number one fan page in the world — and even Facebook corporate didn’t understand why.Diesel says the Facebook team asked him “to come up to their office to explain what the f— I was doing, and why I had so many fans.”“Facebook really owes me billions of dollars,” he jokes. “But whatever.” 10 things in tech you need to know today last_img read more

Zynga launches standalone social gaming portal Zynga Direct

first_imgUnless you live under a rock, you’ve heard of Zynga before. They’re the folks who developed Farmville and Cityville and flooded millions of Facebook walls with updates about digital livestock and imaginary municipalities.Their viral Facebook gaming hits turned Zynga into a force to be reckoned with and drove the company’s revenues to nearly $100 million in 2010. With 250 million users, Zynga’s games generate enough traffic to power their own independent gaming site — and that’s exactly what the company has announced it’s doing.Called Zynga Direct, the new platform will enable Zynga to — you guessed it — connect directly with its quarter billion players. With Zynga games now available on Facebook, Google+, and mobile platforms, Zynga Direct will provide a centralized location where players can head when they want to immerse themselves in the gaming experience.Zynga has branched out before, of course, with the launch of Farmville.com and Zynga City in China. It’s not yet known which titles will be made available on Zynga Direct, but what is known is that Facebook probably isn’t going to be too upset about the launch. Sure, there’s the potential of losing a few million page views as Facebook gamers head off — but Zynga Direct will still utilize Facebook accounts to log in users.That means the service will tap into your graph, so Facebook wins no matter where a user decides to play. In that sense, the launch is great news for Facebook — since it’s one more massive site that extends its reach and yet another incentive to encourage the few remaining internet users who don’t yet have a Facebook account to sign up for one.More at VentureBeatlast_img read more