NAB 2014: AJA Unveils 4K CION Camera

first_imgAJA enters the camera world with their new 4K CION, announced at the 2014 NAB Show.Before Blackmagic released the BMPC they were fierce rivals with AJA, a company dedicated to creating equipment related to film and video production. However, with a recent announcement at NAB 2014, AJA is trying to enter into the camera world. AJA already created everything behind the camera so it was only natural that they created their own…say hello to the CION.AJA CIONOnly a little bit is known about the CION, but here is what we do know so far. The camera is designed to be a intermediate level camera between high-end cameras like the red epic and lower end prosumer cameras such as DSLR’s.The camera is utilizing an APS-C CMOS sensor with global shutter. It can output 4K at up to 120 fps via 3G-SDI and can output 4K signal via  Thunderbolt at 30fps. It is designed for PL mount lenses and in-camera ProRes recording. Still not convinced? Check out this features video by AJA:AJA Known Specs Video Resolution4K, Ultra-HD, 2K, HD Dynamic Range12 stops Monitors1 small built-in monitor RecordingCardsAJA Pack Media InputTimecode, SDI. Power4-pin XLR power connector Audio Inputs2 XLR inputs with phantom powercenter_img Chroma SubsamplingUp to 4:4:4 Frame Rateup to 120 fps via SDI output Pricing and AvailabilityThe CION projected to be priced at $8,995 and won’t be ready to ship until summer 2014.We will be interested to see how this competes with the Blackmagic URSA, a camera that is scheduled to be released this summer too.What do you think of the AJA? Is it a good alternative to the Blackmagic or is it too late to the game? Share in the comments below. Output3G-SDI, HDMI, Thunderbolt SensorAPS-C CMOS with Global Shutter Recording CodecApple ProReslast_img read more

‘Like champions:’ UST posts emotional win to end nightmare season

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:13UAAP Season 80 preview: UST Growling Tigers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 READ: UST averts winless season, beats UEThe win also marked the end of one of the darkest times in the school’s rich basketball history after the Tigers dropped their first 13 games of the season-17 straight dating back to last season-easily their worst performance in the UAAP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter the buzzer, Lee shared a moment with his coach Boy Sablan, who took majority of the flak for all the losing.“We endured a lot and that made us players closer to coach because we always want to make up for the losses,” said the 5-foot-8 playmaker. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ “We were beaten, but we continue to fight until we get the win. We always fall short, but even though we’re losing, we still stick together, go back in training, and try to correct our mistakes.”The 20-year-old was also touched to see the support of the UST community, which came out at the Smart Araneta Coliseum for the team’s final game.“For me, whenever they cheer, it’s really a big boost for us, especially when we got the lead. I feel like we have someone backing us up and won’t let us down. So we don’t want to let them down,” he said.And as UST turns the page and move on from this nightmare of a campaign, Lee is hopeful that the Growling Tigers will be a much better team.“This is not just for coach Boy, but also for the whole UST community,” he said. “I hope whatever we endured will be a lesson for us, an inspiration for the next season. I hope we can recover next year.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pasaol pleased with UE’s campaign despite 3-11 record LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding UST Growling Tigers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas may have had a tumultuous season, but Marvin Lee found relief after the Growling Tigers escaped the ignominy of ending UAAP Season 80 without a win.“It feels good to win. It’s like we feel like champions. I just thank the Lord because he fulfilled my wish for us to win at least one, that we won’t be 0-14,” said the UST captain a thrilling 88-85 victory over University of the East on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

AFC Asian Cup: Chhetri proud of his boys, says India a difficult team to play against

first_img Akshay Ramesh Abu DhabiJanuary 6, 2019UPDATED: January 7, 2019 04:20 IST Sunil Chhetri now has 67 goals in international football (Photo Credit: AFC Media)HIGHLIGHTSChhetri said India will fight and fight hard in the ongoing AFC Asian Cup tournamentChhetri broke Inder Singh’s 55-year-old record for the most number of goals by an Indian at AFC Asian CupIndia thrashed Thailand 4-1 to begin their campaign in Group A on a highBrimming with joy after leading India to their biggest-ever AFC Asian Cup win on Sunday, talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri said the Blue Tigers may not be the most technically sound team but their ability to fight till the final whistle makes them a difficult side to play against.Sunil Chhetri scored a double as India thrashed lower-ranked Thailand 4-1 in a Group A match in Abu Dhabi to start their Asian Cup campaign on a high. Anirudh Thapa and Jeje Lalpekhlua also put their names on the scoresheet as India came up with a clinical performance.Ranked 97 on the FIFA charts, India were expected to make a positive start against Southeast Asian powerhouses, Thailand. However, it is safe to say the win with a three-goal margin was unexpected.”It feels good. To be very honest, all the other three teams [in Group A] are more experienced and better than us. I have no shame in saying that. The way the boys fought… they showed character,” Chhetri said after the match.”As I said before, we might not be the most technical team but we are a difficult team to play against, we fight and fight till the end. That’s what the boys showed out there. Everyone of them ran for their lives and defended and that’s what we play the game for.”Considering the bigger picture, this is a good but small start. But I’ll talk about just this game – it was bloody brilliant to be a part of the way my team went about things. And it’s even more special knowing we made a country happy, even if it is only for a day.advertisementSunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) 6 January 2019What a thumping win by @IndianFootball over @Changsuek_TH (Thailand)!India are now at the top of Group A!3pts1pt1pt0pt#BackTheBlue #THAIND #AsianDream #BlueTigers: AFC Media I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) January 6, 2019Chhetri helped open the scoring as he converted a penalty in the 27th minute of the match to send the section of Indian fans at the Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi into a tizzy.Thailand captain Teerasil Dangda led the team’s reply as the War Elephants found the equaliser six minutes after conceding the goal. Both the teams headed to the break tied at 1-1.Biggest ever Asian Cup win for the Indians!What an achievement to KO the Blue Tigers’ #AsianCup2019 campaign! (@afcasiancup) January 6, 2019However, it was one-way traffic in the second-half. Chhetri opened the scoring as early as the first minute after the break with a stunning finish after nimble-footed Udanta Singh ran down the right flank and sent in a cross. Anirudh Thapa and substitute Jeje Lalpekhlua scored in the 68th and the 80th minute respectively to put the game to bed.Speaking about the shift in style after the break, Chhetri said India wanted to just make sure they didn’t give space to Thailand who worked the Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh quite a lot in the first 45 minutes.”Told ourselves ‘Make sure you defend in numbers, make sure you don’t give them space.’ They are so good with the ball, we saw in the first half… if we allow them, they will keep passing. So the team spoke about getting close and cutting down on the space,” Chhetri added.Chhetri became the highest scorer for India in the AFC Asian Cup history as the Bengaluru FC captain surpassed Inder Singh, who struck twice in the 1964 edition when the country had finished runners up.He also went past Lionel Messi to become the second highest active international goal scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal. The India striker now has 67 goals while Messi has 65.However, the goal-scoring machine insisted he is not thinking about records but only about the team’s progress in the ongoing continental tournament.”It’s time now to focus on the stuff. It doesn’t matter who scores. I am happy we got the three points. You can see the happiness and jubilation in our faces when someone scores. That tells you how tightly knit we are as a team. I just hope we get much more from the tournament. I am so happy and proud of the boys.”Thanking the Blue Pilgrims, who had turned out in considerable numbers to support the team, Chhetri said: “Brilliant. We expect so much from them because they have made us get used to great support wherever we go. I just want to thank them. I just hope we can give them more to cheer in the coming matches. Keep supporting us, we will give our best in the pitch.”advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Sunil ChhetriFollow AFC Asian Cup 2019 AFC Asian Cup: Chhetri proud of his boys, says India a difficult team to play againstSunil Chhetri scored a brace as India thrashed lower-ranked Thailand 4-1 in a Group A match in Abu Dhabi to start their Asian Cup campaign on a high.advertisementlast_img read more

Ziva kisses MS Dhoni after CSK beat Delhi Capitals to enter 8th IPL final

first_img No data available! graphs advertisement commentary Scorecardcenter_img view more view less Ziva kisses MS Dhoni after CSK beat Delhi Capitals to enter 8th IPL finalIPL 2019: MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina were seen celebrating Chennai Super Kings’ 6-wicket win over Delhi Capitals with their daughters in Visakhapatnam on Friday. India Today Web Desk VisakhapatnamMay 11, 2019UPDATED: May 11, 2019 11:01 IST Ziva Dhoni kissed MS Dhoni on the cheek after CSK entered the IPL 2019 final (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSChennai Super Kings beat Delhi Capitals to book their spot in the 2019 IPL finalMS Dhoni and Suresh Raina celebrated CSK’s win with their daughters Ziva and GraciaCSK will face Mumbai Indians in the final for a record fourth title on May 12MS Dhoni and his dad’s army celebrated with the kids as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) entered their record eighth Indian Premier League (IPL) final.Defending champions CSK produced a clinical performance to beat Delhi Capitals by six wickets at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Friday.CSK dished out a disciplined bowling and fielding effort to first restrict DC to 147 for nine and then chased down the target with ease, reaching 151 or four in 19 overs.MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina celebrated CSK’s win with their daughters, Ziva and Gracia. MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina celebrated CSK’s win with their daughters Ziva and Gracia (Courtesy by BCCI)DHONI Playing with Ziva and Gracia After Yesterday’s Match (@DHONIism) May 11, 2019Throughout the match young Ziva could be seen cheering for every run and every wicket as she along with Gracia were the stars in the stands leading the #Yellove.After the win, Dhoni was seen spending some time with Ziva who had a miniature action figure of her father. She congratulated her dad on winning the match and reaching yet another final with a small peck on the cheek.Melting. #CSK #DC #DCvCSK #CSKvDC Detweiler (@de_mental_ist) May 10, 2019 MS Dhoni and Ziva after end of the match (IANS Photo)When MS Dhoni was asked the age difference between the two teams (CSK and DC), he said that is something that does not bother them.”Talking points are always good for the game. But it doesn’t really bother us because at the end of the day facts are facts. And also you need to be a bit aged to have experience on your side. Overall, there are positives about everything, there are negatives about everything,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony.advertisementCSK will play Mumbai Indians in the final of the IPL 2019 in Hyderabad on Sunday. The two teams have met each other thrice in summit clashes of the tournament earlier with MI finishing on the winning side twice while the Chennai outfit came out triumphant once.While CSK won the final battle in 2010, MI finished on the victorious side in 2013 and 2015.Also Read | Chennai Super Kings in IPL: 8 finals in 10 seasonsAlso Read | Chennai Super Kings crush Delhi Capitals, storm into 8th IPL finalFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Suresh RainaFollow Gracia RainaFollow Ziva DhoniFollow CSKFollow IPL 2019Follow Chennai Super KingsFollow 2019 Indian Premier Leaguelast_img read more

Moore Stephens: Manage Risk or Pay a High Price

first_imgzoom Companies which fail to embed effective risk management procedures into their daily activities are likely to pay a high price in today’s tightly regulated and highly competitive shipping industry, the international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens warns.Respondents to the inaugural Moore Stephens Shipping Risk Survey rated the extent to which enterprise and business risk management is contributing to the success of their organisation at an average 6.9 out of a possible score of 10. Over a quarter of respondents returned a rating of 8, while almost three-quarters put the figure at more than 5 out of 10.A third of respondents felt that enterprise and business risk was being managed effectively by their organisations, while 37% confirmed that such risk was managed by means of discussion without formal documentation.Demand trends were deemed by the greatest number of respondents (19%) to pose the highest level of risk to their organisation over the next 12 months, closely followed by competition (18%). The cost and availability of finance featured in third place, at 13%, while operating costs and tonnage supply each figured at 10%.Other factors cited as posing a high level of risk included political and economic developments and international sanctions, cyber security, counter-party creditworthiness, and technical breakdown. One respondent was convinced that demand for shipping would increase, but another was far less confident about the availability of competent crews to man the ships.Respondents to the survey felt that the level of risk posed by most of the factors which impacted their business would remain largely unchanged over the next 12 months, with the exception of demand trends, the supply of competent crew and tonnage supply, which were perceived to have the potential for increased risk. Issues beyond the control of shipping also figured in the replies from respondents, one of whom emphasised: ”Geopolitical issues will keep influencing the market economy, which will make business unstable and lead to lack of sustainability.””Risk is only likely to increase in the shipping industry. Some of the risks are well-recognised and traditionally well-handled, such as those arising from competitive pressures. But other risks are of an emerging nature, such as cyber-security, while others still, for example the financial stability of counterparties, fraud and money-laundering, tend to fluctuate in their level of severity with market conditions and geographic location,” Michael Simms, a partner at Moore Stephens, said.”Given the level of accumulated knowledge within the industry, and the continued increase in technological innovation, there is no excuse for shipping not to manage its exposure to risk. Companies which fail to monitor risk intelligently and systematically, to oversee the effectiveness of risk controls, and to embed risk management into their daily activities, are likely to pay a high price.”last_img read more

Traffic Advisory HRM Burnside Drive

first_imgHalifax Regional Municipality: Burnside Drive Lane closures will take place until Aug. 7 on Burnside Drive, between Commodore Drive and the Highway 111 interchange, to allow for repaving. Two lanes of traffic will remain open into Burnside during the morning rush hour and two lanes will be available leaving Burnside during the afternoon rush hour. Drivers should exercise caution and patience in the work area. Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 -30-last_img

Gold crosses record Rs 40000milestone

first_imgNew Delhi: Gold prices on Thursday jumped Rs 250 to breach the record Rs 40,000 per 10 gram level for the first time at the bullion market here on strong demand from investors amid growing fears of global economic slowdown. Maintaining its record-breaking run for the second day, gold spurted by Rs 250 to a fresh life-time high Rs 40,220 per 10 grams, according to the All India Sarafa Association. The precious metal had soared by Rs 300 to close at Rs 39,970 per 10 grams on Wednesday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalClosing in on the Rs 50,000-mark, silver rose by Rs 200 to Rs 49,050 per kg on robust demand from industrial units and coin makers amid strong overseas trend. Lingering worries over a possible global recession and uncertainty over the US-China trade talks boosted the demand for safe-haven bet gold, traders said. Fresh buying by jewellers ahead of the festive season also aided the rally in the precious metal. HDFC Securities Senior Analyst (Commodities) Tapan Patel said gold prices have kept the firm trading so far on mixed global cues as inverse bond yields from the US and Germany have raised economic slowdown fears. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”The development on Brexit will be the next thing for the markets to watch out while progress in US-China trade talks and US Federal Reserve’s stance (on rate cuts) are constant factors to determine the price trend for gold,” Patel added. Gold was firm in global markets on possible recession fears. Gold was trading at $1,539 an ounce in New York after hitting a high of $1,550 an ounce. Silver was up 1.15 per cent at $18.63 an ounce. Besides, a weaker rupee also helped in upward movement of the gold price, they added. In early trade, the rupee depreciated by 17 paise to 71.95 against the US dollar on Thursday. In the national capital, gold of 99.9 per cent and 99.5 per cent purity jumped Rs 250 each to Rs 40,220 and Rs 40,050 per 10 gram, respectively. Sovereign gold soared Rs 400 to Rs 30,200 per eight grams.last_img read more

Glenn Close Honored At WebMD Health Hero Awards

first_imgLast week, WebMD Health Corp., the leading source of health information, honored its 2015 Health Hero award winners who were recognized for their remarkable dedication to changing the healthcare landscape and for providing inspiration to those looking to overcome their own health challenges.Jessie Close, Glenn Close, Seth RogenCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesGood Morning America co-host Robin Roberts kicked off the evening by welcoming the crowd and recognizing this year’s outstanding class of winners. Glenn Close was selected by the WebMD community as the 2015 People’s Choice Award winner; Kenneth Shinozuka was presented the Prodigy Award; Ronald “Jake” Clark received the Advocate Award; and Dr. Bennet I. Omalu received the Scientist Award.“Every single one of tonight’s heroes faced a crossroads in their lives when – moved by compassion, moved by love, moved by the simple human desire to make things better in a time of difficulty – they made a conscious decision to act; to invent; to deliver; to show the simple, magnificent power of the human spirit,” said Robin Roberts. “I hope their stories inspire each of us to engage our own inner hero to act.”“Over the years, my wife and I have really tried to get young people – specifically – engaged to fight Alzheimer’s,” said Seth Rogen. “When I heard about Kenneth, I was completely blown away. If I was more confident and cooler in high school, I could literally be your father, which is horrifying but kind of cool to think. You would have been of great pride to the Rogen family.”While introducing her sister, Jessie Close, thanked Glenn for saving her life before she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. “To say I am grateful to be alive, grateful to Glenn, is an understatement. Mental illness was not something we discussed as a family. It was Glenn and our mother who saved my life, Glenn who brought me to the hospital and Glenn who stays in close touch.”“The 1 in 4 of us who are touched in some way by mental disorders need to hug each other – a lot; need to be there for each other through thick and thin; and need to help people understand that whether you are suffering from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, cancer or diabetes, you are not your illness,” said Glenn Close. “You are part of the human condition – the human family – worthy, like everyone, of love and respect.”The star-studded event included Seth Rogen, Harry Carson, Jessie Close, Kevin Lacz and Fran Drescher. The evening also featured musical performances by Amos Lee, Mary McBride and The Broadway Boys with hit songs including,Violin, I Don’t Need No Doctor, and Heroes.This year’s WebMD Health Hero Awards Gala was supported by Allergan ( and Cancer Treatment Centers of America ( WebMD’s Health Heroes each receive a $10,000 donation from WebMD to his or her cause and will be featured in the November/December issue of WebMD Magazine. In addition, each winner was presented with a custom designed award created by Thingsmiths using 3D printing technology.To read more about WebMD’s Health Heroes, or to learn more about the Awards Gala produced by Scott Mauro Entertainment, Inc./ Scott Mauro, Executive Producer, visit read more

Delhi reels under intense heat, mercury expected to cross 40 degrees Celsius

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhiites woke up to a hot Wednesday morning, with the maximum temperature expected to cross 40 degrees Celsius. The Safdarjung observatory, recording of which is considered the official figure for the city, said the minimum temperature has settled at 23.6 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 42 degrees Celsius. The relative humidity recorded at 8.30 AM was 39 per cent. The weatherman has predicted mainly clear sky with dusty winds during the day. On Tuesday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 41.2 degree Celsius and the minimum temperature was recorded at 21.8 degree Celsius.last_img read more

Casablanca Orders 50 Citadis Trams for Line 2 Project

Taroudant – Casablanca Transports reportedly signed a 100 million euro contract with the French multinational company Alstom to buy 50 Citadis trams, power supplies, and signaling for Line 2 of the Casablanca tramway project underway.Alstom, which holds interests in the electricity generation and rail transport markets, supplied the initial fleet of 74 Citadis trams for Casablanca first Line 1 which opened in 2012.The construction of the second line of Casablanca tramway was launched early this month, with opening expected in late 2018. The second line (T2) will run from Ain Diab to Ain Sebaa railway station via the El Fida and Derb Sultan districts.“This line should serve Hermitage, Mers Sultan, Al Fida, Derb Kabir, Hay Al Amal, Hay Al Farah, Hay Tissir, Hay Jamal, Laayoune, Hay Massira, Hay Mohammadi, Dar Lamane, El Badr El Bassma and Ain Sbaa,” announced the deputy project owner of Casa Transports.According to Railway Gazette, “the design will be similar to that of the existing fleet, which consists of 32 meter long trams operating in pairs with a capacity of 606 passengers per coupled pair.”“The trams are to be designed at Alstom’s Saint-Ouen site and manufactured in La Rochelle, with bogies coming from Le Creusot, traction equipment from Ornans and Sesto, onboard electronics from Villeurbanne, and circuit breaker cabinets from Tarbes,” the same source added.France through its “Réserve Pays Émergents” fund financed 65% of the order while the remaining 35% should be paid by the Moroccan state. read more

Record number of countries sign UN treaty on disabilities on opening day

Eighty-one Member States and the European Community signed a landmark new treaty today at the United Nations that aims to improve the lives of the world’s estimated 650 million people with disabilities, a record for the first day of signature of any convention.Jamaica also ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – the first country to go beyond endorsement and adopt it as law. The pact, the fastest negotiated international human rights instrument in history, needs 19 more States Parties to enter into force.Some 44 countries signed the Optional Protocol to the Convention, which will give individuals recourse to an expert committee on the rights of persons with disabilities when all national options have been exhausted.The Convention outlaws discrimination against persons with disabilities in all areas of life, including employment, education, health services, transportation and access to justice.It requires that public spaces and buildings be accessible to persons with disabilities, and calls for improvements to information and communications infrastructure.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour told a press briefing in New York that the drive and commitment of the disability community was the greatest impetus behind the treaty’s content and relatively rapid adoption.“It is very appropriate [that] it targets a community that has been marginalized for so long,” she said. “The most important thing is to recognize that where we are today is already a testimony to the empowerment of a community which has a long history of disempowerment.”Yannis Vardakastanis of the International Disability Caucus called the Convention “a very drastic paradigm shift in the way the international community looks at disability.”He said the pact should bring real changes in the daily lives of people living with disabilities, helping to take away the discrimination, exclusion and obstacles they routinely face.“Allow me to quote the German poet Bertolt Brecht: ‘Some there are who live in darkness/while the others live in light/we see those who live in daylight/those in darkness out of sight.’ This is a Convention to bring those in darkness into light.”Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro told a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York that “in three short years, the Convention went from dream to reality” to become the first human rights treaty of the century.She added that fewer than 50 nations currently have specific legislation protecting people with disabilities. “I know we can do better,” she said.Addressing the same gathering, General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa described the adoption of the Convention as “a historic event not only for persons with disabilities, but also for the promotion of the human rights agenda at the United Nations.”Sheikha Haya – who spoke by video message from the Middle East, where she is on an official visit – called for a change in values and cultural attitudes towards the disabled to match the legal changes embodied in the Convention. 30 March 2007Eighty-one Member States and the European Community signed a landmark new treaty today at the United Nations that aims to improve the lives of the world’s estimated 650 million people with disabilities, a record for the first day of signature of any convention. read more

Only international airline operating to Mattala suspends flights

Fly Dubai said that passengers who wish to receive a refund are advised to contact their Travel Agent or the Contact Centre in Dubai on (00971) 600 54 44 45.  Fly Dubai apologised for the inconvenience caused to its passengers’ travel plans.The Mattala international airport had been operating at a huge loss since it was launched by the former Government. A spokesperson for the airline told the Colombo Gazette that Flydubai flights to Mattala will not operate after 0‎8 June due to commercial reasons. The only international airline operating to Mattala has suspended its flights to the airport.UAE-based Fly Dubai has suspended its operations to the Mattala international airport owing to commercial reasons. “Passengers who have purchased tickets between Dubai and Mattala are being rebooked on our flights to Colombo,” Fly Dubai said. The current Government has been in talks with an Indian company to reach a deal to operate the airport and make it profitable. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Easwaran Rutnam read more

UN will work with Colombian Government and FARCEP on extended weapons handin

The United Nations Mission in Colombia has said that it will comply with new deadlines agreed between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) for a weapon hand-in, now set for June 20.After signing a hard-won peace deal, both parties embarked on a path to peace 180 days ago, and have been working together successfully enabling the FARC-EP to lay down their individual weapons, for which the initial date was set for May 30. Due to delays in the different phases of implementation of the agreement the term has now been extended. In a statement released yesterday, the UN Mission indicated that it has been working intensely in the logistic deployment of 44 containers in 26 identified war zones. In these containers, it will receive and hold over 7,000 FARC-EP identified weapons, for which the Mission has deployed 450 international observers and 72 civilian officers. These weapons include munition, mines and explosives. The containers, including the weapons handed over by the FARC-EP, will then be transported to eight reception and storage centres. Based on the newly agreed timetable, the extraction of weapons from war zones will be achieved by 1 September. On a recent visit to Colombia, a delegation from the UN Security Council witnessed first-hand the implementation of the peace agreement, observed the progress as well as the challenges to the agreement that ended the 50-year old conflict. The delegation met with President Juan Manuel Santos and toured the Amazon region of Colombia where one of the monitoring mechanism facilities is set up under a historic peace agreement. read more

Eagerly awaited DRC review – some requirements and the responses

first_imgMany major exploration and mining projects have just had communication from the DRC’s Minister of Mines, following the announcement by the Government on February 18 that it has completed its review of the country’s mining licenses. Herein we note the requirements put to and responses of Anvil, Banro, Lundin Mining and Moto Goldmines. In most cases, it is heartening to see a focus on ensuring that local communities benefit from mine developments.For instance Moto Goldmines has received written notifications of the results of the revisitation of the contracts. These notifications have been received for the various sub-lease agreements with L’Office des Mines d’or de Kilo-Moto (OKIMO) to which Moto’s DRC incorporated subsidiaries, Borgakim Mining, Blue Rose, Gorumbwa, Kibali Gold and Tangold are a party, and the Technical and Financial Assistance Agreement (ATF agreement) between Borgakim Mining and OKIMO. Moto is still awaiting notifications in respect of the Amani and Rambi sub-leases.The notifications set out a number of elements of the agreements which the Commission hasidentified for review and outlines how these provisions should be amended. Responses were requested by February 20, although there has been informal indications that this time period can be extended. The key points being requested by the Government in relation to the agreements are summarised as follows:The lease contracts are to be registered with the Mining Registry, pursuant to the Mining Code and regulationsThe Moto DRC incorporated subsidiaries are to regularise the payment of the surface rights as from 2003 to dateLease rents are to be reviewed upwardsThe geographic coordinates of the deposits are to be clearly specifiedThe feasibility study for the project is to be provided to the Government. This study shall, in particular, identify and assess the real participations of the parties in the joint venture to be created with a view to an equitable allotment of the shares in that joint ventureThe joint venture to set out a schedule of the social actions to be implemented and communicate this to the Government prior to any actions being performedThe partner to pay a lease premium and royalties on the gross revenuesOKIMO is to take an active part in the daily management of the joint venture to be createdThe sub-lease agreement with Tangold is to be cancelled and arrears of rentals paid (this sub-lease was agreed to be cancelled in an agreement with OKIMO in November 2006 and arrears of rentals paid).In addition in respect of the ATF agreement the following additional points have been noted:Borgakim Mining is to comply with its obligations relating to the rehabilitation of the mining, metallurgical and energy infrastructures in accordance with the ATF agreementThe partners are to clarify any confusion between, on the one hand the technical assistance and on the other hand, the joint venture project for the mining exploration and exploitationThe situation of the OKIMO debt to be taken on by Borgakim Mining is to be clarified.Moto’s subsidiaries, Amani and Rambi are still awaiting receipt of notification letters in respect of their sub-leases. However, Moto notes that it was agreed with OKIMO in November 2006 that the mining areas covered by the Amani sub-lease and a portion of the area covered by the Rambi sub-lease should revert to OKIMO.Since the Commission started its work the Moto group has completed its feasibility study and a report prepared in accordance with NI 43-101 has been lodged on SEDAR, it has paid the requested arrears of rents on the areas for which OKIMO’s title has been registered with the DRC Mining Registry and it has started working with OKIMO to have the sub-leases registered with the DRC Mining Registry. In addition a number of the points which have been raised have been previously dealt with between OKIMO and Moto in a protocol agreement between the parties signed in November 2006.Moto proposes to submit its formal response with the Minister of Mines as soon as practicable and thereafter to obtain approval from the Minister of Mines to commence discussions with OKIMO. Moto confirms that no resources included in its most recent resource update and feasibility study reside within the area which is to revert to OKIMO.On February 19, Anvil announced the details of the Government’s position with respect to its Dikulushi property. Anvil has majority interests in and operates the Dikulushi copper-silver mine, the Kinsevere copper mine and the Kulu copper tailings operation, all in the Katanga Province of the DRC.The office of the Minister of Mines has also advised Anvil that the deadline for responding to the Government’s position has been extended to February 27. Anvil says it will shortly submit a response to the letters received from the Minister of Mines in respect of all three of its properties in the DRC and will seek discussions with the Minister of Mines.Regarding the Mining Convention governing the Dikulushi copper-silver mine, the Dikulushi Convention is held by Anvil Mining Congo, a Congolese company in which Anvil holds 90% of the shares. A 10% equity interest is held in trust for the benefit of the communities surrounding the mine.The letter from the Minister includes a statement of terms upon which the Government proposes discussions be based to balance the partnership between the DRC and Anvil. The position of the Government under their proposed terms is that the Dikulushi Convention should be cancelled but that the Dikulushi mine project may be transferred to the current DRC Mining Code. The Dikulushi Convention pre-dates the current Mining Code. By its terms, the Mining Code specifically ‘grandfathers’ all mining conventions that predate the adoption of the Mining Code and provides that the holders of mining rights described in a duly signed and approved mining convention are governed by that convention and not by the Mining Code.The Minister further advised that it is the Government’s position that Anvil Mining Congo should pay to the Government an amount in respect of the 10% interest in the Dikulushi mine held for local communities, from the date of inception of the Dikulushi Convention. Anvil has also been requested to submit to the Government a plan for social programs that will have avisible impact. The 10% interest has been held in trust for the benefit of the people of the DRC since the inception of the Dikulushi project. Using earnings allocated for the trust, Anvil has financed, developed and continues to maintain numerous social and infrastructure projects including, among others, medical clinics and equipment, schools, fresh water wells, and a water pipeline to Pweto. In addition Anvil is rebuilding a 192 km road from Kilwa to connect with the road to Lubumbashi at Kasomeno.The mining rights to the Kinsevere project tenement areas are currently held through a 25 year mining lease agreement between La Générale des Carrières et des Mines (Gécamines), a Congolese para-statal entity that is the mining title holder, and Mining Company Katanga (MCK). MCK is in the process of assigning the lease to AMCK Mining, which is a joint venture company owned as to 95% by Anvil and 5% by MCK.The Minister’s position is that the existing contractual arrangements with Gécamines have financial terms that ought to be renegotiated. The specific requirements stated by the Minister are that:●The cash bonus paid to Gécamines should be increased to $150 million● The ceiling on rent paid of a maximum of $70/t of copper equivalent should be removed and the contract altered to reflect changes in metal prices● The term of the contract with Gécamines (which extends for 25 years) should coincide with the term of the underlying mineral tenures, which have an initial term that expires on April 3, 2009 and which are renewable thereafter for successive periods of 15 years● AMCK should submit to the Government a plan for social programs that will have a visible impact.Pursuant to the existing contracts in relation to the Kinsevere Mine, a lease premium of $1 million has been paid by Anvil and there is no provision for additional payments. Rent is payable on a sliding scale that varies with the price of copper and is between $35 and $70/t of copper equivalent, with the maximum rent payable being reached at a copper price of $4,000/t. In addition, a 2% net smelter return royalty is payable to the DRC Government pursuant to the Mining Code.The Kulu copper tailings operation is an incorporated exploration and mining joint venture between a subsidiary of Anvil, Entreprise Minière de Kolwezi (EMIKO), and Gécamines. The mineral rights to the Kulu operation are held under two principal tenements, both of which were originally in the name of Gécamines and were transferred to Soc Minière de Kolwezi (SMK) in 2005 and 2006. EMIKO holds 80% of the shares of SMK and Gécamines holds the remaining 20%.The Minister’s position is that the interest of Gécamines in SMK is unfairly low, in part due to the absence of a feasibility study, and that the joint venture must therefore be renegotiated. The specific requirements stated by the Minister are that:● A feasibility study be submitted which identifies the actual contributions of the parties in order to establish a fair balance of shares in SMK as between EMIKO and Gécamines● A royalty of at least 2% of gross revenue be provided in favour of Gécamines,● Gécamines must be actively involved in the day to day management of SMK● SMK should submit to the Government a plan for social programs that will have a visible impact.Anvil reports that a feasibility study was submitted to Gécamines in 2005. “The current agreements with Gécamines provide for a 2% net smelter return royalty to be paid to Gécamines. In addition, a 2% net smelter return royalty is payable to the DRC Government pursuant to the Mining Code. The agreements governing SMK provide that Gécamines has the right to appoint three of the eight members of the management board of SMK and EMIKO has the right to appoint the other five members. The President of the management board is to be chosen from the members appointed by EMIKO and the Vice President of the management board is to be chosen from the members appointed by Gecamines. In addition, the position of General Manager shall be filled by a candidate presented by EMIKO and the position of Assistant General Manger shall be filled by a candidate presented by Gécamines.”Lundin Mining received a copy of a letter from the Ministry addressed to Tenke Fungurume Mining (TFM), an entity in which it has an equity investment of 24.75%. In the letter, the Ministry of Mines requests that further discussions take place regarding the TFM mining partnership with Gecamines. Discussions have been requested in respect of such matters as the quantum of transfer payments; Gecamines percentage share ownership in TFM; Gecamines involvement in the management of TFM; regularisation of certain issues under Congolese law; and the implementation of social plans. Lundin says it “believes that its agreements with Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold and TFM’s agreements with the Government are legally binding, that all associated issues have been dealt with fully under Congolese law and that the overall fiscal terms previously negotiated and incorporated into the Amended and Restated Mining Convention exceed the requirements of the Congolese Mining Code. Discussions are being held between the company and Freeport-McMoRan, who is the operator in accordance with the project’s agreements and who holds a 57.75% interest in the project. An appropriate response will be made to the Ministry of Mines.”Banro says it received a letter from the Honourable Martin Kabwelulu, Minister of Mines. “The letter refers to certain surface tax issues and the liquidation of Sominki. There are no issues with Banro’s titles. The company is confident that the matters referred to in the correspondence will be clarified with the Ministry of Mines.Banro is focused on the development of four major, wholly-owned gold projects along the 210 km-long Twangiza-Namoya gold belt in the South Kivu and Maniema provinces of the DRC (see IM, February 2008).All this follows on from the discussions and announcements from the Ministry at the mining industry Indaba held in Cape Town recently, when it was announced that the mining companies would be notified by February 20. Victor Kasongo, Vice Minister of Mines for the DRC, commented: “The Government is pleased to have delivered on its promise to the mining companies by presenting them with the findings of its review ahead of schedule.  The DRC’s goal is to work with those parties who have demonstrated good faith and best practice in their investments in the DRC, and who have delivered on their commitments.  The DRC wishes to work with the mining companies to construct contracts that are just, both for the people of the DRC, for the companies who are investing in our country, and for the investors and shareholders who support the process”.Kasongo held and attended a series of public and private meetings during the Mining Indaba in Cape Town, which covered a range of topics and issues, including:The status of the Mining Contracts Review Commission findingsThe desired framework for sustainable and long term investment in the DRC and in the mining sector in particularMeetings with existing and prospective investors, and with Governmental and NGO representativesDuring Kasongo’s presentation as member of a Ministerial panel, presided over by Mr Paulo De Sa of the World Bank on Tuesday February 5, he outlined his Government’s plan to address the challenge of how to best conclude the DRC Mining Contract Review in a manner that would be most attractive to all parties.  He said: “We have been working to find ways in which companies can appeal the process, without the delays, costs and confrontation inherent in litigation and international arbitration – and, at the same time, to fast track a renegotiation of the contract. “We intend to institute a brief and open administrative appeal process, to a specially constituted panel, through which a company can present its case for reclassification, while minimising confrontation and shortening any delay to renegotiation.”On February 18, Kasongo re-iterated these points, and urged all parties to enter into the process with open minds and positive expectations, so that matters can be concluded promptly and effectively and with the least possible impact on operations and revenues.last_img read more

The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_imgEACH WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you five things you should know before you head out the door…1. #DATA THEFT: A garda investigation has now been launched into the data breach at Loyaltybuild in which the payment card details of over 500,000 people may have been compromised.2. #MISSING: Police in London have said a missing 11-year-old girl could be in Ireland.3. #BURGLARY: Almost 7,000 people have been arrested in the last 18 months as part of an operation targeting criminals involved in burglaries across Ireland.4. #ABORTION: A woman who was forced to travel to the UK to terminate her unviable pregnancy filed a petition to the UN claiming the government here violated her human rights.5. #SPY IN THE BAG CASE: UK police have said a spy whose body was found locked inside a sports bag in a bathtub three years ago likely killed himself by accident.last_img read more

False 4G claims force Apple to offer iPad refunds in Australia

first_imgIt’s not often that we get to say Apple messed up, but with the launch of the new iPad in Australia it has been left red faced. The reason is a major oversight on the part of the company with regards to offering 4G connectivity.One of the headline features of the new iPad is its ability to connect via 4G networks. That fact was advertised in Australia by naming the supposedly 4G-capable model the “iPad with WiFi + 4G.” Australians who purchased one went home excited at the prospect of very fast access to the web. The problem is, the new iPad isn’t compatible with the 4G network in Australia.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) soon picked up on this and has decided to take action in the courts. Apple is accused of breaking Australian consumer law due to false advertising. The ACCC want the 4G association removed from the product and advertising, and “corrective advertising” used.Apple has said it will now offer anyone who purchased the iPad for use on a 4G network a full refund, and will email all of them offering to do so. The company also promised to make it clear 4G doesn’t work whenever an iPad is purchased in future, but does not want to add any additional information directly on packaging.The new iPad will continue to work on 3G networks in Australia, but the Telstra 4G network uses different frequencies to those supported by the tablet. There is no way of making the iPad work unless Apple produces an updated model just for the Australian market.It’s unclear when Apple will update its marketing material, or if it will actually change the name to not include “4G.” As of this morning the Australian version of the online Apple Store still advertises it as 4G.Read more at The Guardian and the ACCClast_img read more

Mormon church to allow baptism for children of LGBT parents

first_img Share32 Tweet Email1 Short URL By Garreth MacNamee Friday 5 Apr 2019, 2:27 PM Apr 5th 2019, 2:27 PM 60 Comments THE MORMON CHURCH has announced it will now allow the children of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender parents to be baptised, regardless of whether the parents are members.The decision is “effective immediately,” said the church, officially known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in a statement.The new policy allows a child to be blessed as a baby and baptised at age eight.“Previously, our handbook characterised same-gender marriage by a member as apostasy,” or a denial of faith, the statement said. “While we still consider such a marriage to be a serious transgression, it will not be treated as apostasy for purposes of church discipline. Instead, the immoral conduct in heterosexual or homosexual relationships will be treated in the same way.”The church added it wanted to “reduce the hate and contention so common today” — but insisted its overall teachings had not changed.“These changes do not represent a shift in Church doctrine related to marriage or the commandments of God in regard to chastity and morality,” it said. Founded in 1830, the Mormon Church, whose headquarters are located in Salt Lake City, Utah, has 16 million members and says its mission is to restore a true church in preparation for the return of Jesus Christ. Its informal name refers to the “Book of Mormon” — named after an old prophet — which followers believe is a restored version of the true word of Jesus, rather than traditional Christian scripture.In a handbook in 2015, the Mormon church – a denomination of Christianity with significant differences to Catholicism – outlined “same-sex marriage as a particularly grievous or significant, serious kind of sin that required Church discipline”. It led to a large population of the church’s membership leaving in protest at the time.  10,456 Views Mormon church to allow baptism for children of LGBT parents The church added it wanted to “reduce the hate and contention so common today”. Image: AP/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: AP/PA Imageslast_img read more

Arturo Vidal convicted for nightclub attack

first_imgThe Chilean footballer cracked a man in the head with a vodka bottle in 2017, according to German officialsBack in 2017, former Bayern Munich player Arturo Vidal was celebrating in Crown’s Club in Munich, when he got into a fight.The Barcelona footballer grabbed a 3-liter bottle of vodka and smashed another clubgoer, opening a gash in the victim’s head and causing a traumatic brain injury, according to a report by TMZ.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The Chilean was convicted for the crime and will be forced to pay $923,000 in fines.Vidal was facing ten years in prison, but at the end will only have to pay to be free of his sins.The Barcelona footballer was in Queretaro, Mexico, playing for Chile in the 1-0 victory of “La Roja” over “El Tricolor.”last_img read more

Former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan  blasts Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos

first_imgFormer Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has blasted Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos for his poor disciplinary record this season which has seen him being booked 10 times and sent off on three separate occasions.Morelos  who has scored 17 goals in 29 appearances this season was suspended during the 1-1 draw at Dundee on Sunday in a game that Rangers desperately missed his brilliance up front, and Strachan believes that moving to the club has proved too big for the Colombian as he has been trying too hard to get on the good side of the fans.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“For some, petulance is a problem. If you look at Alfredo Morelos’s record at Helsinki, did he keep getting sent off there? No. It’s the fact he’s playing for Rangers, and it’s testing his mental strength, on and off the pitch,” said Strachan on the Scotsman.“It’s a real shock to people to go there, and maybe it’s too much for him. And he’s letting his team down. The fans might cheer him off, and the manager might support him publicly, but he’s knackering the team, and risking the result. “last_img read more