In U.P., potato farmers dump their produce as prices crash

first_imgTwo arrested in Lucknow for dumping potatoes Large dumps of rotting potatoes can be spotted on either side of the kutcha road leading to Bhimakpura village. The stench emanating from them is unbearable. But for hungry mules and cows, the potatoes, discarded by farmers and cold storages, are a welcome treat.“At least these animals are helping us clear it, or else all this will lead to illness,” said young farmer Anuj Yadav, who is stacking Pokhraj potatoes freshly reaped on his family’s 20 bigha land some distance away.This year, Mr. Yadav, a resident of Tirwa, has already got 50 sacks of potatoes (one sack holds 50 kg on average) from just three bighas.Production is not the problem here. Farmers are finding it difficult to sell their produce at profitable rates. Mr. Yadav fears the potatoes grown by him this year will face the same fate as his produce last year, when he produced 200 sacks. Out of it he sold 100 in the market, while the other half he dumped in a cold storage, in the expectation that the government would purchase it or the rates would improve. That didn’t happen.Also Read  And as prices fell and the new crop started pouring in, Mr. Yadav’s old potatoes turned into a liability as they had no takers. Withdrawing them from the cold storage and transporting them to the marketss in the hope of a profitable sale would entail additional costs for him.“So I left them to rot. The cold storage dumped it outside as I didn’t go to pick it up. The government did not buy a single kilo. Where else will I take the potatoes?” he asked. In addition to the cost of the crop, which comes to around ₹6-8 per kg, Mr. Yadav would also have to pay ₹240 per quintal to the cold storage. “I still owe them money. They will squeeze it out from me next season or will not allow me to store my potatoes,” said Mr. Yadav.Last year, Uttar Pradesh produced 155 lakh metric tonnes of potatoes, the highest ever in the State. However, the bumper crop led to a slump in rates for farmers. To provide them relief, the Yogi Adityanath government launched a market intervention, under which the State agencies would purchase 1 lakh metric tonnes at a support price of ₹487 per quintal. However, farmers alleged that the State left them in the lurch.At best, only their best potatoes were selected, leaving the bulk of the produce at their disposal with few takers. Due to the State’s grading system, of a quintal on average only 20 kg of potatoes, the shiny, smooth, medium-sized ones, would be selected, said Kuldeep Singh, a farmer.Payment delays“What do I do with the rest? When we sell to the government, the payment involves a lengthy process as it is done through the bank. We are hard-pressed to pay the labour and settle our dues in cash. So we sell our produce to the traders, who may not give us satisfactory rates but are not so choosy about grading,” said Mr. Singh.According to a government official, 12,937 quintals of potatoes, the highest-ever, were purchased from farmers in April-May last year. This pushed up the rate for farmers by ₹100 per quintal. “But then farmers started getting more than the government price in the markets; so they stopped coming to us,” said S.P Joshi, Director, Uttar Pradesh horticulture department.And the price is at the core of the discontent. According to farmers, to grow 1 kg of potato, including costs of storage, required an investment of ₹8-9.Geetendra Yadav, a farmer-cum-activist, said the minimum cost to grow a kg of average-quality potatoes was ₹6.27, more than the ₹4.87 offered by the government.last_img read more

Militans, Army exchange fire in Bandipora

first_imgSecurity forces and militants exchanged fire briefly on Thursday night in north Kashmir’s Bandipora, the second such incident since the Centre declared to halt operations during Ramzan in Kashmir two days ago.Preliminary reports suggest the incident took place around 1:30 a.m. near Bonikhan Mohalla Hajin, Bandipora. A police official said the Army’s 13 Rashrtiya Rifles patrolling apparently “came under the fire”. The Army retaliated and the area was cordoned off later. No casualty was reported.The police and the Army issued no statement on the details of the firing incident.The incident took place a day after a civilian was killed by the militants in the area, said the police. The victim, Hilal Ahmad Parray from Bandipora’s Hajin, was abducted and killed in a plant nursery. “Three to four Pakistan-based militants assisted by a local militant Saleem Parray affiliated with the outlawed militant organization Lashkar-e-Taiba forcefully abducted Parray,” the police claimed.Since the start of the unilateral halting of operations against militants in J&K, three major incidents of militancy have occurred, which include an exchange of fire in Shopian on Wednesday afternoon and stealing of three weapons from a police post in Srinagar’s Dalgate area on Thursday evening.last_img read more

IT capital Bangalore hides an underbelly of illiteracy

first_imgChildren from impoverished backgrounds remain excluded.During the past 10 years when Bangalore grew as a boomtown of infotech it has also witnessed an increase in the number of people who cannot read and write. Bangalore has a comparatively high literacy rate of 88.48 per cent. But when Bangalore’s population jumped from about 65 lakhs to 96 lakhs the growth included an increased number of illiterates – 8,447 to be precise.T K Anil Kumar, director, census operations (Karnataka), said that literacy is a complex issue to understand. Experts said that though the number appears small, it in effect means more illiterate people are coming into Bangalore. Normally, as had happened elsewhere in the state – except Bangalore and Yadgir – the number of illiterates decrease as educational opportunities increase and a new literate generation enters the population.A population growth of over 45 per cent indicates that migration accounts for about 30 per cent, pointed out Prof K S James, an expert in demography at the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore.The natural growth is just about 15 per cent. “Clearly there has been migration of illiterate groups.” There are large scale construction sites which attract migrant labourers.”It is surprising that Bangalore being a hub of knowledge shows pathetic performance on literacy,” said Prof R S Deshpande, director of ISEC. “In Bangalore most of the corporate sector is happy with the cheap migrant labour. But rarely do they think about the children who are brought here.” Children migrating to Bangalore are often busy working or looking after their siblings, Deshpande added.advertisementChild labour is still prevalent in Bangalore despite NGO inter vention and state- sponosored programmes. A nun who started a school in a poorer area of the city many years ago said she made the decision after seeing labourers going to work with their toddlers tied to a tree near the work area. Still there is no good institutional mechanism to look after labourers’ children.There are policy issues too.National Policy on Education 1986 and the Revised version of 1992 laid emphasis on strengthening school education as well as enhancing literacy rate.Accordingly the National Literacy Mission was created and programmes were launched as part of Total Literacy Campaigns (TLCs) across the Nation. “It was literally a social movement,” said Dr Niranjanaradhya V P, fellow at the Centre for Child and the Law at NLSIU. It later got diluted and a project approach replaced this social movement with nontransparent initiatives supported by external agencies, he pointed out. “We need to create reasonably good access to the children coming from marginalised communities to receive reasonably good quality education.” There should be a well- designed literacy programme for all who require it after 18 plus, connecting it to their day to day life. In metros like Bangalore the programme should be in more than one language. ===Everybody loves a good political crisis It is that time of the year when the Karnataka government is in crisis. Everybody knows it by experiencing the traffic jam in front of the Raj Bhavan and the police bandobast that causes further blockages along important roads. Visitors are barred from the Vidhana Soudha.Cars of political leaders are seen parked in rows in front of the Raj Bhavan gate. You get to see politicians, clad in the customary white shirt and white trousers, just like the chief minister. Some look worried. The dhoti-clad leaders normally come from the north of the state; some sport green shawls.Outside broadcast (OB) vans with their dish antennae are also seen parked in front of the Raj Bhavan. The crew sometimes has round the clock duty. Correspondents from small news bureaus have a tough time covering simultaneous press briefings at far-away venues.Many run out of battery in their cell phones and laptops and go incommunicado.The street-side hawkers, however, enjoy the show. They gather at the Raj Bhavan and sell groundnut, bhelpuri and buttermilk – to MLAs and journalists. They do it boldly, right under the noses of policemen who would have beaten them up on normal days for daring to be seen in such a sensitive spot. ===Bangalore to become a biofuel boomtown After IT, BPOs and biotechnology, the next wave in Bangalore could well be alternative energy. Products and processes are in the pipeline. The credit for some of them goes to Dr Rajah Vijay Kumar, a researcher in biophysics, nanotechnology, and sustainable energy.Scalene Energy Research Institute (SERI) that he heads has the technology to produce electricity from waste – food, vegetables, meat, husk, municipal waste, water weeds, spent grain left after brewing beer.advertisementPurely cultured bacteria from SERI’s lab break them all down to produce natural gas. The science is called Microbe Incubated Bioreactor (MIBR).The SERI campus has a gas plant that runs on water hyacinth collected from a nearby lake, called the ‘oil well’. ‘Serigas’ runs a 1.2 megawatt capacity unit that lights up and cools down the campus and keeps the stoves flaming at the campus kitchen for 80 personnel. A tonne of waste a day can produce 300 kg of gas.Scalene has now come out with a micro plant for kitchens that runs on vegetable peels, food waste and old newspapers. Kumar’s logic is that a small home produces 2.5 to 3 kg of waste, including newspapers – enough to produce half a kilo gas a day. That is roughly the consumption in an average home.After developing a Rs 50,000 prototype, Kumar would like sell it for Rs 12,000. The ITI Limited, a public sector firm, is trying to value-engineer it to look more like an appliance. === Chandrayaan a hit with city kids ISRO may have it own share of worries with its giant launcher GSLV failing twice recently, but the space agency is upbeat about its achievements in general.And it makes it a point to reach out to the people, especially students.Senior ISRO scientists travel across the country and abroad to tell people about India’s space programme. They conduct exhibitions in schools and colleges and install satellite and launcher models. The crowdpuller is ISRO’s set of colourful panels that tell the story of India’s first moon mission. In 20 colourful panels it describes the project from its conception to the launch and explains lunar science in simple terms – What are lunar crators? How did Chandrayaan-1 find water on the surface of the moon? Accompanying the exhibition is a booklet meant for students titled ‘Chandrayaan -1 – Indian Giant Leap to Moon ‘. Written by B R Guruprasad, ISRO’s PRO, it describes how ISRO scientist graduated from sending satellites circling the earth at 36,000 km to reaching the moon that is 3,58,000 km away.Cartoons and lucidly written text mark the publication. The readership includes upper primary and high school students, Guruprasad said. Children get to hear about stories of the moon, how ancient Indians viewed it and how scientists have been trying to explore it. It is now running into multiple print orders.last_img read more

Honoured and privileged to be part of a team led by Virat Kohli: Dinesh Karthik

first_imgTamil Nadu wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik said he was proud and privileged to be part of the present India team led by Virat Kohli, which has been doing very well and felt was set to leave a legacy in the next few years as one of the greatest (Indian teams) ever.”The present team is very good. Bowlers (like Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar) are bowling fantasic”.”I am proud to be part of a team that is going to leave a legacy in the next few years as one of the greatest teams India has ever seen in terms of the players that have represented the country, which is led by a fantastic leader and has some seriously good senior players”.”The great thing is that the bowlers are able to bat, which adds death to the side. I am honoured and privileged just to be part of this team,” he told reporters on the sidelines of Tamil Nadu’s Group “C’ Ranji Trophy match against Tripura here.He sang praise of Kohli and said the captain was “very vibrant and very positive. He is always looking to win”.Karthik, who is making a return to the 50-overs side for the ODIs against New Zealand after having last played in the series against West Indies in the Caribbean a few months ago, said he was happy to be back and hoped to do well if he got the opportunity.”I feel very positive to be back in the side. I feel very confident and will try to give my best. The team set-up is very vibrant and there are good vibes in the dressing room. If I get the chance I have to make the most of it,” he said.advertisementOn what he felt was the best batting position for him in the Indian line-up, Karthik, who has played 73 ODIs and 10 T20 internationals so far, said No 4 was the best one from him and he was confident of doing well.”Obviously No 4 is a great best position for me to bat. I have been batting at No 4 for Tamil Nadu in white ball cricket. I am confident that I can do well.””I am confident of fielding anywhere. It is part of my repertoire. Now that I am back-up for M S Dhoni, it is important that I keep practising and whenever given theopportunity do the best I can,” he said when asked he could adpat to fielding as he was basically a ‘keeper.On his interaction with the team’s head coach Ravi Shastri, Karthik said “He (Shastri) is fantastic. He had a chat with me and told me how he sees me in future. He told me what I must do. Sanjay Bangar, B Arun and R Sridhar make a formidable support staff along with Shastri,” Karthik said.last_img read more

Consortium looks to revive ultra-wideband for fine-ranging applications

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT The FiRa consortium will build on teh IEEE standard and help ensure interoperability (Image: FiRa) Continue Reading Previous Abaco Systems: rugged XMC graphics and video boardNext Tracing the bumpy ride of automated-vehicle history The sponsor members are The ASSA ABLOY Group, which includes HID Global, and NXP Semiconductors, Samsung Electronics, and Bosch; the first companies to join the newly formed FiRa organization are Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc., LitePoint and the Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA).Why UWB and what is different now? So, what is different about this UWB technology compared to the one that faded away a few years ago as a localized standard for applications like wireless HDMI? In a briefing with EE Times, Rafael Sotomayor, senior vice president, GM at NXP Semiconductors, explained that UWB originally served as a technology for high data-rate communication and as such was in direct competition with WiFi. “It never found a footing because WiFi got better and there was never a need for high-speed Bluetooth,” he commented.Since then, UWB has undergone several transformations. It evolved from an OFDM-based data communication approach to an impulse radio technology specified in IEEE 802.15.4a (2ns pulses with time of flight and angle of arrival measurements); additionally, a security extension being specified in IEEE 802.15.4z (at PHY/RF level) makes it a unique secure fine ranging and sensing technology.“Hence what is different now is that it is a sensing technology and not a communications technology. This is the first time you can truly include accurate spatial information. You can already do ranging with Bluetooth or with other technologies, but the best accuracy you might get is 2 meters. This is not enough for, say, positioning applications where you need precise location.” He added, “For the first time, we have technology that gives you accuracy with low latency, and it is quite resistant to blockers, such as line of sight blockers.”The move from data communication to secure sensing offers spatial context capability to a variety of applications, such as seamless access control, location-based services, and device-to-device services.center_img A new consortium has launched to drive ultra-wideband (UWB) technology for accurate fine ranging applications, and to ensure interoperability across the ecosystem of chipset, device and service infrastructure through standards and certifications.The FiRa Consortium, driven by four sponsor members, aims to build on the IEEE 802.15.4/4z standard for low-data-rate wireless connectivity and enhanced ranging. It says it will develop an interoperability standard based on the IEEE’s profiled features, defining mechanisms that are out of scope of the IEEE standard, and pursuing activities that support rapid development of specific use cases. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Arsenal chief executive Gazidis to join AC Milan

first_imgLondon, Sep 18 (AFP) Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis is to leave the club to take up a similar post at Italian giants AC Milan, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday.Speculation that Gazidis — who oversaw Unai Emery’s appointment to replace Arsene Wenger in May — will depart for Italy has been rife for some time.Now the move has been confirmed, with Raul Sanllehi, currently head of football relations at the Emirates Stadium, to become head of football when Gazidis heads to Milan.Arsenal’s chief commercial officer Vinai Venkatesham will take over the role of managing director at the same point.Gazidis, 54, has reportedly been offered 3.6 million pounds (USD 4.7 million) a year — a 1 million increase in his present salary — and an equity stake in the AC Milan by the American owners Elliott Management, who took over in July.Gazidis, who will leave Arsenal by the end of October, has worked for the Gunners since 2009 and has been behind a radical change in management structure at the Emirates.He played a major part in introducing roles such as Sanllehi’s, as well as that of head of recruitment — a post held by Sven Mislintat.Those appointments wrestled some power away from Wenger, whose 22-year tenure came to a close at the end of last season.Gazidis wrote a lengthy message to Arsenal supporters, in which he described his impending move as the “hardest decision of my life”.There have been significant changes behind the scenes at Arsenal in recent months, with majority shareholder Stan Kroenke last month launching a bid to take overall control of the club through his company Kroenke Sports and Entertainment (KSE).advertisementHis son, Josh Kroenke, is deputy chairman of KSE and praised the work of Gazidis during his tenure at Arsenal.”It has been a pleasure working with Ivan. We will miss the wisdom, insight and energy he brought to our club on a daily basis over the past decade,” he said in a statement announcing Gazidis’ departure.Milan confirmed that Gazidis will begin working with the club from December 1, describing him as a “world-class football executive”.Arsenal, who have not won the Premier League title since 2004, are currently in seventh place, six points behind leaders Chelsea. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

Rob Cross: ‘After the world darts final it was like I’d hit rock-bottom’

first_imgMore worryingly, Cross put on five stone in as many months. How did he balloon so alarmingly that he ended up thinking he was having a heart attack? “You become set in the routine. I was away playing darts most of the time and I’d finish the night eating the wrong things. You wake up one day and you look down and think [he laughs]: ‘I can’t see my old boy now.’ I didn’t want to be 18 stone. The highest I ever went before was 14-and-a-half stone and that was usually when I had eight weeks easy work, and then we’d go back on the hard graft and get it off. Eighteen stone was a shock.“I then got another scare. It’s a condition where there is inflammation between the sternum and the ribs. It swells up and I felt this tightening in my chest. I was in the practice room in Scotland, thinking: ‘I don’t feel right, I’ve got these pains in my chest.’ Every time I brought my arms back it cracked open and the pressure released. I went on stage to play and I had a nightmare. I was thinking: ‘Rob, you’re going to have a heart attack on TV.’ So I got checked by the medics and when I came back I went straight to the hospital.“There’s not a lot they can do for this condition and it can take a year to disappear. I’ve not had any problems with it since but it made me look after myself. I’m now a few pounds under 16 stone and I feel healthier.”So much has happened since Cross and his friend split the £14 prize for winning a doubles tournament in a pub. “It was a huge win,” he says with a grin. “That £7 would have paid for something. It’s really weird because, since I was 15, playing darts for a living is all I wanted to do. But 12 years ago the money wasn’t there. You had to be top eight to earn a decent living. And even then, it wouldn’t be as great as what the top 16 are on now.” Cross needed time to adjust to his unexpected success – which took its toll. “After the final it was like I’d hit rock bottom. It had drained me. I spent January doing interviews and I only got my darts back when I played the Masters at the end of the month. This year has taken getting used to as it’s my first full year. I’ve really enjoyed it but it’s been demanding – even if I don’t do social media any more. I have everything done for me because one guy caused me to come off it. He said he wished all my kids dead. He said I would live but my kids and my wife should die. He said I should live unhappily alone for the rest of my days.”Was Cross spooked by this threat? “My Mrs managed to get it before me so he was blocked straightaway. It’s just very sad. I wouldn’t wish my worst enemy bad luck. Everything you get in life, you have to work hard for. And if you’re not willing to get out of bed and work then you’re not going to progress. I think they look for a reaction. But at the same time it’s very extreme. Still, if you didn’t get negatives it wouldn’t be life, would it?” Share on Messenger Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on WhatsApp There was one qualifier left in Norwich, 160 miles from his home in Hastings, and Cross refused his uncle’s suggestion that they should make the three-hour drive in a last bid to qualify. “On the Friday I went out with my uncle and had a throw with him. He said: ‘Norwich is on Sunday. I’ll take you.’ I said: ‘No. I’ve not played this week. I’m playing rubbish. I’m not going.’ He said: ‘I’ll still pick you up.’ I said: ‘Phone me tomorrow, and I’ll tell you no again.’ He didn’t phone but half-five on Sunday morning he knocks on the door and says: ‘Let’s go.’ I’m still in my boxers, thinking: ‘What’s happening?’ He shoved me in the shower and we ended up going. It went very well. No danger of losing, only a few legs dropped all day.”Cross qualified for the UK Open and made it to the fourth round where he lost 9-5 to Van Gerwen. “I knew I could play even better,” Cross says, remembering the night he decided to turn pro. “You never know how you’re going to take to the big stage. But when I walked off I said to one of the chalkers [scorekeepers] Scott Gibling: ‘I belong up there.’ From that moment I had one route – the Challenge Tour and over four weekends I got my Tour card. I gave up my job as an electrician, which was risky, but I had one of those weird premonitions it would work out.”After a solid first year as a professional, Cross entered the PDC world championships as a rank outsider. He came through the testing early rounds and then beat Van Gerwen in one of the greatest matches in the tournament’s history. In the final he faced Taylor who, having won a record 16 world titles, was playing his last match.“He was my hero,” Cross says, “but he was retiring. It was his last-ever game and he aimed to go out as world champion. I’d watched Phil dominate for 25 years. He was ruthless. But I said to my Mrs: ‘He ain’t bullying me.’ The night before the final I slept OK but I was nervous. They were the biggest nerves I’ve ever had. An hour before I went to the venue I sat alone in my hotel room for an hour. When I come out, I weren’t nervous no more. I said: ‘I’ve got to play properly from the beginning.’ I did and before I knew it I was 3-0 up.”Cross must have known that victory was coming? “No,” he exclaims, “it’s not done until it’s done. But at 6-1 I went in to the break thinking: ‘One more set and you’ve done it.’ I came out, missed a few doubles, messed around and lost the set 3-0. I was raging with myself because I’d let that happen. I came back out at 6-2 and I thought only about throwing good darts. Luckily enough I got a break and it gave me total control.”After he had won, Cross, rather than celebrating wildly, paid respectful attention to Taylor. “He deserves that. How many people can say they’ve dominated their sport to the degree he has? Not even Roger Federer. It was his farewell and he didn’t need no one shouting in his face.” “Do you ever get these feelings that something’s going to happen?” Rob Cross asks with surprise in his voice. “You don’t know where they come from but you can feel that something’s going to happen. I had that feeling when I won the worlds. I had that feeling when I won the Challenge Tour. They’re like premonitions.”Cross shakes his head and smiles at the mysterious force of the past two years. His life has been transformed from being an electrician who won £7 after victory in a pub tournament, to becoming the world champion of darts 18 months later. Cross won £400,000 on 1 January 2018 when, in the PDC world championship final, he crushed his hero, Phil Taylor, at the end of his first year as a professional. Since then, Cross put on five stone in weight and was disconcerted when the lives of his wife and three children were threatened by a crank who was offended by his stunning rise.Fortunately, Cross has shed over half of that excessive weight and he and his family moved into a new house last week as he prepares to start the defence of his title against a qualifier on Thursday – the opening evening of this year’s tournament. Cross is seeded two, behind the world No 1, Michael van Gerwen, and in the mood to replicate the composed skill and mental toughness that shocked everyone last time. He defeated Van Gerwen and Taylor, arguably the two greatest players in the history of darts, and the memory is fresh enough to give Cross real pleasure as he relives the events which made his sporting story so incredible.In February 2016, while working as an electrician who played darts occasionally, Cross had failed to qualify for the BDO world championships – the PDC’s less illustrious rival. Feeling disillusioned, he rejected his uncle’s urging that he should try to qualify for the UK Open – a tournament open to amateurs who can make the main draw via a series of qualifiers.“If my uncle hadn’t dragged me out of bed to play in that qualifier I wouldn’t be here today,” Cross says, rubbing his bald head in amusement. “I really believe that.” interviews Rob Cross changed his darts this year to little success but says: ‘I’ve gone back to my old ones and I’m practising like a dream.’ Photograph: Tom Jenkins/Guardian Twitter Since you’re here… Facebook PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC)ROB CROSS IS THE 2017/2018 WILLIAM HILL WORLD DARTS CHAMPION 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆#WHdarts #LoveTheDarts 1, 2018 Darts Pinterest Share via Emailcenter_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Twitter PDC World Championships Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Rob Cross (left) sent Phil Taylor into retirement with defeat in the final of the 2018 PDC World Darts Championship. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images Facebook Pinterest Share on LinkedIn This year the world champion will win £500,000. The 28-year-old Cross’s form going into the tournament has not been good since the autumn but he is world No 2 – and the only player with an unbeaten record at the world championships. “I’ve been playing poorly the last few months. We’ve had things going on with the new house and I changed my darts. That was the worst mistake as they weren’t right and I lost confidence. But I’ve gone back to my old ones and I’m practising like a dream. Out of any competition this year, the worlds give my best chance. I know Gary Anderson and Michael [van Gerwen] are tough to beat but I feel confident.”Has he had another premonition as he approaches the end of his first year as world champion? “I want the No 1 spot. If you can’t be the best player in the world then what’s the point? If I had to settle on No 2 it wouldn’t be good enough. I want to be the best. I still believe, in the coming years, you’re going to watch me dominate this sport.”The William Hill World Darts Championship is live on Sky Sports Darts from 13 December to 1 January Share on Twitter Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Katherine Webb Will Apparently Be At ESPN’s College GameDay Tomorrow

first_imgUpdate: Webb has deleted the post from her Instagram page. Perhaps she jumped the gun on the news.Earlier: Katherine Webb will be returning to your television screens, college football fans – even if just for a brief moment. Friday, Webb, on Instagram, announced that on behalf of Pizza Hut, she’ll be making a “special appearance” at College GameDay tomorrow. She’ll apparently be holding a sign – and fans can win free pizza if they enter the code on it.Webb, now a model, was the talk of the 2013 BCS National Championship Game after announcers Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit commented on her looks during the broadcast. She was then the girlfriend of Crimson Tide QB AJ McCarron – they’re now married.Katherine Webb Pizza Hut College GameDayWill it actually be Webb in the flesh tomorrow? We’ll find out.last_img read more

Red Carnation Hotels Gives Exclusive Access to London’s Finest Cultural Attractions

first_imgLondon—June 24, 2019 – The Red Carnation Hotel Collection has collaborated with its treasured partners at London’s most revered attractions to curate a summer of exclusive events for its guests and visitors to the capital. The Red Carnation Summer of Culture is a series of enriching evenings that combine exceptional hotel experiences with privileged access, made possible by the collection’s unrivaled connections. The special, bespoke evenings will marry together experts from London’s most talked-about exhibitions and performances with the warm and generous hospitality of Red Carnation, creating elegant celebrations of the city’s finest art, history, food and music. The season of events runs throughout July and August, and bookings are now open. July 16th – Printmaking with Edvard Munch The Montague on the Gardens in Bloomsbury has collaborated with The British Museum to offer an exclusive workshop, themed around the hit exhibition, Edward Munch: Love and Angst. This unforgettable evening will explore the radical father of Expressionism’s contribution to printmaking history. Using Munch’s work as a starting point, guests will create their own print with oil-based inks, wood blocks and copper plates. The experience also includes tickets to the exhibition, which closes on 21st July, a welcome drink and a selection of BBQ dishes from The Montague’s delicious Beach Bar menu. Printmaking with Edvard Munch at The Montague on the Gardens takes place from 7pm on 16th July 2019 and is priced at £69 per person. For more information and bookings please visit   August 1st – ‘Moving to Mars’ Afternoon Tea The Milestone Hotel & Residences in Kensington has created an exclusive afternoon with the curator of the Design Museum’s Moving to Mars exhibition. Eleanor Watson will give an insight into the collaborations, commissions and recreations which have brought the ground-breaking exhibit to life. As guests discover how a Mars colony might evolve, from the spaceships to the habitats that people will live in, they will dine on a specially-created space-themed afternoon tea in The Conservatory at The Milestone Hotel & Residences. ‘Moving to Mars’ Afternoon Tea at The Milestone Hotel & Residences will take place from 2pm on 1st August 2019 and is priced at £60 per person. For more information and bookings please visit  August 1st – The Future of Food The Egerton House Hotel in Knightsbridge will welcome Catherine Flood, Curator of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s FOOD: Bigger than the Plate exhibit, to join guests for an evening of canapés, cocktails and conversation about the future of food. The menu for the evening has been designed with sustainable ingredients and to produce zero food waste, reflecting Red Carnation’s passionate commitment to ethical practices. The V&A exhibition brings together the politics and pleasure of food to explore how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable and delicious food future; and this exclusive evening at The Egerton will explore these topics and more. ‘The Future of Food’ at The Egerton House Hotel will take place from 6pm on 1st August 2019 and is priced at £65 per person. For more information and bookings please visit August 23rd – The Art of Tenugui Led by an expert from Japan House, this culturally immersive evening at The Rubens at the Palace in Victoria will explore the Japanese art of gift wrapping using a tenugui – a cotton fabric and a sustainable alternative to using disposable materials. During this interactive workshop, cultural experts will discuss Japanese art and design in the hotel’s Leopard Bar, home of the city’s most exciting new sushi offering. Guests will dine on a delicious selection of Japanese cuisine created by the hotel’s sushi chef Suren, and enjoy a welcome sake cocktail or Champagne. ‘The Art of Tenugui’ at The Rubens at The Palace’s Leopard Bar will take place from 7pm on 23rd August 2019 and is priced at £75 per person. For more information and bookings please visit  August 20th – Dinner with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Under the glass ceiling of The Chesterfield Mayfair’s beautiful Conservatory, guests will enjoy an exclusive, private performance from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, whilst dining on a special menu developed by Head Chef, Nathan Hindmarsh. Hosted by Huw Davies, Deputy Managing Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the elegant evening of food and music will include an insightful Q&A session with the musicians. Dinner with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at The Chesterfield Mayfair will take place on 20 August and is priced at £160 per person including wines (£100 per person with non-alcoholic beverages). For more information and bookings please visit   ABOUT RED CARNATION HOTELS President & Founder Beatrice Tollman has built Red Carnation Hotels with a vision for service excellence and a passion for generous hospitality. Today the collection proudly stands at 20 exceptional properties around the world, each unique and special, whilst sharing the founding values that define the family-owned and run business. The hotel collection is lovingly named after the signature flower Mrs. Tollman’s husband always wears, and this symbol of hospitality is also worn by every member of the team. The guest experience is always at the heart of Red Carnation, where talented teams exceed expectations with warm and caring service, delicious cuisine and thoughtful touches. We also connect guests with the local destination through authentic and meaningful experiences, beautiful and restorative design and curated art collections. These hotels are truly the art of hospitality. Red Carnation Hotels is committed to helping protect the natural & cultural heritage found in each location. We are a company dedicated to building a sustainable future for the surrounding communities and wildlife, in order to maintain a sense of place for staff and guests for many years to come.last_img read more

Nova Scotians Start New Year With Tax Break

first_imgNova Scotians will enjoy the benefit of a 10 per cent reductionin personal income taxes beginning on New Year’s Day. “As noted in our 2003-04 budget, the government is delivering onits promise to help working families in Nova Scotia by loweringtaxes,” said Finance Minister Peter Christie. “Tax relief is agovernment priority that will help Nova Scotia become a betterplace in which to live and work.” The reduction means that a family of four with a single wageearner making $40,000 will save an estimated $276. A singleindividual earning $20,000 will save about $106. A family offour, with a single wage earner and income of $60,000, will savean estimated $550. It also means that more than 3,500 NovaScotians on the low end of the income scale will no longer haveto pay any provincial income taxes. “The new, lower tax rates, effective New Year’s Day, will giveNova Scotia the lowest statutory rates in the Atlanticprovinces,” said Mr. Christie. “They will improve our competitiveposition with the rest of the country but, most important, theywill put more money into the hands of working Nova Scotians.” The lower tax rate will be reflected in the first pay envelopesthat Nova Scotians receive from their employers for the first payperiod in the calendar year 2004. Mr. Christie said lower taxes and reduced government spending arekey to long-term economic growth and prosperity for Nova Scotia. -30-last_img read more

More Medals for Nova Scotia in Week Two

first_imgTeam Nova Scotia is on the podium again with two more silver medals. In the second week of the 2005 Canada Games in Regina the team’s total medal count is 39. The two medals came Tuesday, Aug. 16, in athletics. A.J. Grosse won the silver in the high jump and Michael Fraser took it in the decathlon. Fraser’s win is a major achievement because he entered the event at the last minute without having trained for it. The men’s softball team has three wins and two losses. The men’s soccer team’s first game was tied at one goal with the Yukon. In volleyball, the men have won one of their four games. The women’s sets have been close although they haven’t recorded a win. Nova Scotia’s field hockey team played well against Prince Edward Island and Ontario. The wrestlers faced much tough competition, winning and losing various matches. Rowing preliminaries are completed. Nova Scotia is advancing to the finals in nine out of 10 events. Athletics and rowing athletes have the day off today, Aug. 17, while competition continues in diving, men’s and women’s volleyball, men’s softball, field hockey, men’s soccer and wrestling. Team Nova Scotia athletes are supported by 45 coaches, 23 managers, two boatmen and 18 mission staff. Four young artists are participating in the National Artists Program at the Games, bringing the team’s total to 422 Nova Scotians. Team Nova Scotia is funded by Nova Scotia Health Promotion. Sponsors include the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, Avis, McDonald’s, ATV and the Chronicle Herald. The Games run until Aug. 20.last_img read more

Public Consultation Sessions to be Held

first_img People can reserving a space by emailing at least one day before the event. Events will include light refreshments, a short presentation and discussion. For more information, go to The Nova Scotia Securities Commission wants to hear from you . Many Nova Scotians rely on advice from their financial advisors. Knowing what advice must be disclosed and what you as an investor need to ask can directly impact your financial future. Most people don’t know the conduct required of financial advisors under the current laws. Specific changes are being proposed to these laws. The commission is hosting public consultation sessions to present the current rules and proposed changes and to hear what Nova Scotians think of the rules and changes which directly impact their financial future. Events will be held: Tuesday, July 12, noon to 1 p.m. at the Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd. Monday, July 18, noon to 1 p.m., Rodd Grand Yarmouth Hotel, 417 Main St., Yarmouth Wednesday, July 20, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., People’s Place, Antigonish Town and County Library, 283 Main St., Antigonishlast_img read more

Missing women inquiry hears of Pickton records destroyed

first_imgAPTN National NewsA woman identified only as “Ms. Anderson” survived an attack from Robert Pickton in 1997, but the Crown Prosecutor’s records of the incident were destroyed in 2000 after the charges were stayed, the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry has heard.Anderson was expected to testify at the inquiry this week, but still suffers from social and psychological issues surrounding the attack.The inquiry heard from Randi Connor, the Crown Prosecutor who stayed the charges against Pickton. She said that records of a previous sexual assault by Pickton were not in a report delivered to Crown Counsel at the time.APTN National News reporter Tina House has the details.last_img read more

86% of Moroccans Against Abortion: Study

By Rania TaziRabat – A new study shows that 86 percent of Moroccans are against abortion.A study published by the University of Mundiapolis research center in Casablanca has uncovered the reality of opinion on abortion. This comes after the penal code, was amended on June 8, by the government council, which gives the right to abortion under certain conditions. Abortion will now be legal in these cases: fetal malformations, maternal mental illness, rape or incest.This study was performed through an online survey, which according to Chafik Chraibi, the President of The Fight Against Illicit Abortions,” targets a certain socio-professional category within a certain intellectual level” and does not necessarily represent the Moroccan population as a whole.However, the shocking results show that 86 percent were against abortion. In the case of incest, 59. percent are for abortion, only 37.4 percent support it if an adult woman is raped.  About 51.1 percent are for abortion if a minor is raped, 56.8 percent if the mother suffers from mental illness.  Lastly, 40 percent support abortion if the fetus is malformed.Chraibi noted that those against abortion “have never experienced such a thing to be able to understand a women’s pain.” He added that there is a clear need to raise awareness on this issue, and people need to be educated in order to remove the stigma. read more

You Cant Opt Out Of Sharing Your Data Even If You Didnt

The Golden State Killer, who terrorized Californians from Sacramento to Orange County over the course of a decade, committed his last known murder in 1986, the same year that DNA profiling was used in a criminal investigation for the first time. In that early case, officers convinced thousands of men to voluntarily turn over blood samples, building a genetic dragnet to search for a killer in their midst. The murderer was eventually identified by his attempts to avoid giving up his DNA. In contrast, suspected Golden State Killer Joseph James DeAngelo, who was apprehended just last week, was found through other people’s DNA — samples taken from the crime scenes were matched to the profiles his distant relatives had uploaded to a publicly accessible genealogy website.You can see the rise of a modern privacy conundrum in the 32 years between the first DNA case and DeAngelo’s arrest. Digital privacy experts say that the way DeAngelo was found has implications reaching far beyond genetics, and the risks of exposure apply to everyone — not just alleged serial killers. We’re used to thinking about privacy breaches as what happens when we give data about ourselves to a third party, and that data is then stolen from or abused by that third party. It’s bad, sure. But we could have prevented it if we’d only made better choices.Increasingly, though, individuals need to worry about another kind of privacy violation. I think of it as a modern tweak on the tragedy of the commons — call it “privacy of the commons.” It’s what happens when one person’s voluntary disclosure of personal information exposes the personal information of others who had no say in the matter. Your choices didn’t cause the breach. Your choices can’t prevent it, either. Welcome to a world where you can’t opt out of sharing, even if you didn’t opt in.Yonatan Zunger, a former Google privacy engineer, noted we’ve known for a long time that one person’s personal information is never just their own to share. It’s the idea behind the old proverb, “Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.” And as far back as the 1960s, said Jennifer Lynch, senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, phone companies could help law enforcement collect a list of all the numbers one phone line called and how long the calls lasted. The phone records may help convict a guilty party, but they also likely call police attention to the phone numbers, identities and habits of people who may not have anything to do with the crime being investigated.But the digital economy has changed things, making the privacy of the commons easier to exploit and creating stronger incentives to do so.“One of the fascinating things we’ve now walked ourselves into is that companies are valued by the market on the basis of how much user data they have,” said Daniel Kahn Gillmor, senior staff technologist with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. A company can run along, not making a cent, but if it has a large user base and reams of private information about those users, then it’s valuable — and can be sold for millions. Companies that collect more data, keep that data, and use it to make connections between users are worth more. Sears, Roebuck and Co. may have been able to infer when you bought a gift from their catalog for a friend who lived in another town, but Amazon has more reason (and more ability) to use that information to build a profile of your friend’s interests.We all saw this in action in the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal. The privacy of the commons is how the 270,000 Facebook users who actually downloaded the “thisisyourdigitallife” app turned into as many as 87 million users whose data ended up in the hands of a political marketing firm. Much of the narrative surrounding that scandal has focused on what individuals should be doing to protect themselves. But that idea that privacy is all about your individual decisions is part of the problem, said Julie Cohen, a technology and law professor at Georgetown University. “There’s a lot of burden being put on individuals to have an understanding and mastery of something that’s so complex that it would be impossible for them to do what they need to do,” she said.Even if you do your searches from a specialized browser, tape over all your webcams and monitor your privacy settings without fail, your personal data has probably still been collected, stored and used in ways you didn’t intend — and don’t even know about.Companies can even build a profile of a person from birth based entirely on data-sharing choices made by others, said Salome Viljoen, a lawyer and fellow with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. Imagine new parents signing up for a loyalty card at their local pharmacy and then filling all of their child’s prescriptions there. The information collected every time they scan that loyalty card adds up to something like a medical history, which could later be sold to data brokers or combined with data bought from brokers to paint a fuller picture of a person who never consented to any of this.So does that mean that, in addition to locking down our own privacy choices, we need to police the choices of our friends and family? No, said Cohen, Gillmor and Viljoen. In fact, the privacy of the commons means that, in some cases, your data is collected in ways you cannot reasonably prevent, no matter how carefully you or anyone you know behaves.Take, for instance, Equifax, the credit-rating company that lost control of the data of 143 million people last year. Those people weren’t necessarily members of Equifax. Instead, the company collected data from other companies the people chose to do business with, and much of that business was stuff people can’t get by without, like renting or owning a home. Or, alternately, consider Facebook, again. That company has admitted it tracks the online behavior of people who never intentionally engage with it at all, thanks to partnerships with other websites. (Like many sites, FiveThirtyEight has this kind of partnership with Facebook. Our pages talk to the social network in several ways, including through ads and comments, and because of the embedded “Like” button.) If hounding every person you’ve ever cared about into adopting encryption tools like PGP sounded like fun, you’ll love living in a van down by the river with no internet access.1And I hope you’re prepared to buy the van with cash, because if you need credit, the credit check the dealer runs could hand your information to Equifax again.Instead, experts say these examples show that we need to think about online privacy less as a personal issue and more as a systemic one. Our digital commons is set up to encourage companies and governments to violate your privacy. If you live in a swamp and an alligator attacks you, do you blame yourself for being a slow swimmer? Or do you blame the swamp for forcing you to hang out with alligators?There isn’t yet a clear answer for what the U.S. should do. Almost all of our privacy law and policy is framed around the idea of privacy as a personal choice, Cohen said. The result: very little regulation addressing what data can be collected, how it should be protected, or what can be done with it. In some ways, Gillmor said, online privacy is where the environmental movement was back in the 1950s, when lots of big, centralized choices were hurting individuals’ health, and individuals had little power to change that. “I don’t even know if we have had our ‘Silent Spring’ yet,” he said. “Maybe Cambridge Analytica will be our ‘Silent Spring.’” read more

Mens hockey Mason Jobst named firstteam four other Buckeyes receive B1G honors

OSU sophomore forward Mason Jobst (26) tries to get past Michigan State redshirt freshman defender Jerad Rosburg (57) in a game on March 3 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Lantern photographerFive members of the 13th-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team received Big Ten honors on Monday.Sophomore forward Mason Jobst was named to the All-Big Ten first team and recognized as the conference’s scoring co-champion with Minnesota sophomore forward Tyler Sheehy, racking up 34 points in conference play. Sheehy won Big Ten Player of the Year.Jobst had 13 goals and 21 assists in league play, and collected 51 points on 18 goals and 33 assists in the regular season.A trio of seniors were named to the All-Big Ten second team — goaltender Christian Frey, defenseman Josh Healey and forward captain Nick Schilkey.Sophomore forward Dakota Joshua was an honorable mention selection, scoring a career-high 11 goals and 22 assists, including nine goals and 11 assists coming in Big Ten play.On Saturday at Wisconsin, Jobst scored a goal and had an assist to surpass the 50-point barrier for the first time since R.J. Umberger had 53 points in 2003.Jobst ranks ninth in the NCAA in points per game (1.42), but leads the nation in the category since the start of the second half of the year (1.67).Following first-team honors in 2016, Healey earned his way onto the second-team all-conference with 24 points on four goals and 20 assists. His plus-18 rating is third among blue-liners in the conference and ranks eighth nationally at his position.Schilkey was the do-it-all player for the Buckeyes in the regular season. The senior from Marysville, Michigan, led the Big Ten with 26 goals and ranks second in the NCAA with .81 goals per game. The 26 goals are the highest single-season total for one player in the program since 1997. He had 39 points in the regular season, 18 of which came against Big Ten opponents.Frey ended the season with a .916 save percentage in conference games and a .910 save percentage in the regular season. Frey was injured for part of the season, and shared playing time with fellow senior goaltender Matt Tomkins. Frey was 9-7-3 with one shutout this season.Senior goaltender Logan Davis received one of six Big Ten sportsmanship awards.OSU plays in the Big Ten quarterfinals against Michigan State in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. read more

Golden Jags clash with Haiti today in intl friendly

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGolden Jaguars go down to Haiti in final warm-up match; off to Minnesota for Gold Cup debutJune 12, 2019In “latest news”Golden Jaguars to clash with Bermuda in int’l friendly on Thursday …focused on making an impression ahead of Gold Cup debutJune 5, 2019In “latest news”Lady Jags encamped in Canada – ahead of CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers in FebruaryJanuary 4, 2016In “latest news” The Golden Jaguars’ Goal Keepers’ Session being conducted at the first practice in Costa RicaA week ahead of their CONCACAF Gold Cup debut, Guyana’s senior football team, the ‘Golden Jaguars’, have arrived in Costa Rica to play their second and final friendly international match – which is intended to fine-tune their preparations ahead of their historic appearance at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the USA next Tuesday.Led by Head Coach Michael Johnson and his Technical staff, the Golden Jaguars commenced an important period of encampment, designed to ensure the team is properly prepared and peaking in time for its ‘Group D’ matches against the USA, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago.Team bonding has been getting better by the minute, and following their first match against Bermuda, on Thursday last in Bermuda, Team Guyana made a long journey to Costa Rica, arriving in the wee hours of Sunday.The first training session was held on Sunday afternoon at the CAR Turrucares Playfield in San Jose.Johnson informed that despite just getting a few hours’ rest, everyone is fit and well, and the session was satisfactory. “We had to do something today. We knew the lads were tired, but we knew we had to do something, bearing in mind that we have a game in 48 hours. So yes, it was a long journey; but we got some good work in, a bit on how we want to play defensively without the ball. So it was a good session, all in all. Players have enjoyed it, and now we are looking forward to the other training sessions,” Johnson detailed.Touching a bit on team bonding, Johnson said it is getting better as the days go by.“I think the most important thing we see in camp is the unity. I’m not with all this local-based and international-based; what I’ve seen over the last week coming together is a unified group, a group that interacts well no matter where they’re from. We all pull on the same shirt to play for one common cause, and that’s for Guyana,” he declared.The friendly is expected to kickoff at 12:00hrs or 10:00hrs, Costa Rica time. read more

Excop nabbed with 202 lbs ganja during raid

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDuo busted with ganja in separate operationsDecember 12, 2018In “Crime”Logger remanded for ganja possessionMarch 12, 2019In “Court”3 nabbed with large quantity of ganja on West SideFebruary 1, 2019In “Crime” An ex-Police Detective was on Tuesday nabbed with a large quantity of cannabis during an operation by the Custom Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) in Berbice.Khushyal Grant, 28, of No. 2 Village, East Canje Berbice was arrested after he was found with 94.3 kilograms (207 lbs) of ganja in his possession.  In addition, Kerry Charles Grimmond, 34, of Nickalay Street New Amsterdam, Berbice was found to be in possession of 140 grams.Both men were arrested and are expected to be charged with the possession of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.Following the successful operation in the ancient county, CANU says it will continue to tighten its grip on Narcotic distributors throughout the Country. read more

Resign now – Irfaan Ali tells Govt

Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C), Irfaan Ali is demanding that the coalition government resign now and announce a date for elections, in keeping with the Guyana Constitution.“The PPP and our supporters have been patient,” Ali told reporters during a massive protest outside of the Ministry of the Presidency.Scores of persons braved the heavy showers to picket the government, in an effort to get the APNU/AFC officials to respect the Guyana Constitution and the Caribbean Court of Justice ruling.“Guyanese are willing to come out in their numbers to fight for the (respect) Constitution,” Ali stated.“The CCJ has made it clear that the no-confidence motion was validly passed and the provisions of the Constitution must kick in,” he demanded.These provisions stipulate that upon the passage of the motion, the government must resign and announce a date for elections within three months. But instead of doing that, the government mounted a legal challenge which allowed them to stay in office for more than six months.But the court battle is over and the PPP is demanding that the Government respect the court’s decision.“We allowed the court process to conclude and now that has concluded, the government must now respect the ruling of the court,” Ali contended. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLETTER: President Granger must share responsibility if there is a constitutional crisisFebruary 6, 2019In “latest news”Pres. Granger must name a date for elections now – PPP/C protestsAugust 13, 2019In “latest news””We want elections now” – PPP protestsJuly 5, 2019In “latest news” read more

Argex Titanium and Chinas ECEC sign engineering agreement

first_imgArgex Titanium says it has signed a long term strategic cooperation agreement with East China Engineering Science and Technology Co, located in Hefei, China, to provide access to engineering skills to address the rapidly expanding Chinese demand for titanium dioxide (TiO2).ECEC is, according to Argex, one of the largest engineering procurement and construction (EPC) companies in China and has built over 2,000 plants across a range of chemical products. “It also specialises in bringing new innovation to market with its strong and very large engineering capabilities,” Argex said.ECEC has built more than 30 TiO2 plants in China over the past decades and is an expert in the construction of commercial technology for the manufacture of TiO2, according to the Toronto-listed company. It has also built paint production plants in China for one of the world largest paint manufacturer from Japan, it said.“ECEC has reviewed numerous novel TiO2 production technologies and, after studying Argex, has concluded that it is now at the stage of full commercial deployment at a large scale,” Argex said.Argex, meanwhile, intends to become a low-cost producer of TiO2 and other valuable by-products through an advanced proprietary chemical process. High-grade purity TiO2 will be produced at its facilities, serving major markets in North America and abroad, it says.The agreement terms include a 15-year time commitment, a division of responsibility between Argex and ECEC, and a commitment to use Argex technology in China as well as other countries in which ECEC is active.“The partners will offer EPC services to clients wishing to expand existing facilities or to construct ‘greenfield’ new plants,” Argex said. ECEC will provide marketing services in China and in other Asia countries, in addition to providing the basic engineering design based on the ore selection of a specific client. ECEC will, meanwhile, provide detail engineering and EPC contract bidding.“The partnership with ECEC also brings ECEC’s long standing, project financing relationships with both domestic and international financial institutions,” Argex said. “ECEC sees in Argex the right partner, both, to transform the domestic TiO2 production capacity in China into environmentally-friendly and lower-cost production and also a technology partner to allow it to expand rapidly into various international markets. ECEC has built various plants across different countries in offering a full spectrum solution, bringing EPC services and financing as one full package.”ECEC will immediately start work on three projects in parallel, the design and bidding for Argex technology centre in Quebec (pictured), Canada; a 25,000 t/y plant in China and a project in Vietnam.“This represents an immediate financial benefit to Argex as ECEC will work on detailed engineering for all three projects in parallel, thanks to their strong and vast expertise and workforce,” Argex said.ECEC will introduce Argex to TiO2 manufacturers in China which will become licensees for the Argex technology, according to the company.Mazen Alnaimi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Argex, said: “We are very happy to have formed this long-term partnership for the commercial application of our technology. ECEC is a very qualified and respected contractor with tremendous experience in the construction of TiO2 plants in China.“The growth potential in the country for TiO2 projects is very exciting and we know the Chinese government is regulating legacy technology out of existence, leading to many revamps or replacements of existing facilities.“We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with ECEC for years into the future and combined success in establishing the Argex technology as the preferred method of expansion in the Chinese market and throughout Asia.”last_img read more