Exploration firms can help assess Indias mineral wealth FIMI

first_imgNew Delhi: Producing 95 major and minor minerals, including four fuel and three atomic minerals, the mining sector is an important segment of India’s economy but needs more government focus to increase its contribution to the GDP, mining industry body FIMI said. India is yet to assess its true potential of its resources, leading to the country heavily importing major minerals, to the tune of seven times its domestic production, as per the Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI). Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We all know that India is rich in minerals, but have we really assessed by how much? The risk factor in exploration is very high. You don’t find minerals in every effort you make. Normally the success rate of exploration is 1:100. As such, no country spends tax payers money in this risky venture,” said FIMI Secretary General R.K. Sharma. He said that the international practice by resource-rich countries is to entrust the job to junior exploration companies, formed by a group of geologists with domain expertise in a particular mineral or group of minerals and operating with venture capital or hedge funds. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOnce a junior exploration company becomes successful in locating a world-class discovery, it sells this to a major mining company at a price which would recover all the past losses, if any, and may cover possible future losses, Sharma added. A major mining company can also undertake exploration, he said, citing the case of Rio Tinto which discovered the world-class diamond deposit in Madhya Pradesh’s Bunder. Sharma termed it unfortunate that India’s mineral resources remain under-explored since “exploration activities are restricted to the government sector and there is virtually no involvement of private sector”. Many international companies like Rio Tinto, Anglo American, De Beers, BHP (formerly BHP Billiton) among others had shown interest in exploring India’s mineral wealth, but had to call off their ventures and leave due to “complicated licensing and approval processes”, he said. On the Bunder mines, he said: “When NMDC (National Mineral Development Corporation) produces about 45,000 carats of diamonds in a year, Rio Tinto, with its access to most modern global technology and expertise, would have produced about 3 million carats of diamonds in the very first year and this could have gone to 5 million in subsequent 2-3 years.” Lamenting the squandered opportunity for wealth and job creation, Sharma said: “Policies need to be simpler and conducive and only then mining companies can give you desired results.” Noting experts believe that India does not have that world-class technology for exploration, he said that this is why it is not able to assess its true mineral wealth potential and FIMI is trying to get the government to change its policies. “FIMI has approached the government and is advocating to engage with junior exploration companies from across the world who have domain expertise and latest global technologies. These companies would give you clearer picture of mineral wealth in a very short span of time. There would be many takers from within India and across the world who would be then willing to invest in India’s mining sector,” Sharma said. He also said the identification of potential mining sites would make things easier for the mining companies to produce within India, and the country will be able to reduce its import bill and also create massive employment opportunities. “India needs to produce that every mineral and metal that the country is importing. Why spend tax-payers money, when the country has the potential resources,” Sharma said. “As most of the mines are located in rural and tribal areas, rural employment will get a boost besides giving impetus to the local area development,” he added.last_img read more

Bains describes being asked to remove turban by US airport security

first_imgTORONTO – Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains says he was asked to remove his turban during an “awkward” incident at a checkpoint in the Detroit airport a year ago and was only allowed to proceed when the security staff realized who he was.Bains, who was attending a G7 women’s forum in Toronto, spoke out about a number of media reports detailing the incident — and used it as a teachable moment about the prevalence of discrimination and the importance of speaking out about it.He described how after one initial encounter with overzealous security officials who wanted him to remove his turban, he was allowed to pass — only to be summoned back from the gate because of a problem with a swab test, when he was asked again to remove it.“I was asked to remove my turban, they did another test and I was ultimately allowed to go through,” he said, adding that at no point did he remove his headwear.“For me this is really about an incident that occurred that should not have occurred, because I was asked to come back from the gate, back to the security checkpoint, to remove my turban.”Bains is a Sikh and wearing the turban is mandatory in his religion. And while he was eventually allowed to board once he presented a diplomatic passport and disclosed his position in the government, he said it should not have mattered that he was a cabinet minister.“It doesn’t matter what your status is, what your position is,” he said. “It’s really about making sure that people are not discriminated against, that people are treated fairly and with respect.”He recounted his experience to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who was in Washington for NAFTA talks Thursday. She said her officials raised the issue with their American counterparts.The U.S. has since expressed regret and has apologized to Bains.“My hope is now that I’m talking about this, now this has come to public light, that we can avoid these type of instances going forward,” he said.last_img read more

Anaheim Ducks Captain Ryan Getzlaf Supports CureDuchenne In 7th Annual Getzlaf Golf

first_imgHitting a hole in one will feel twice as nice at the 7th Annual Getzlaf Golf Shootout, hosted by Anaheim Ducks Captain Ryan Getzlaf, because all funds raised will benefit CureDuchenne and their mission to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.This year’s event will be held Saturday, September 9, at Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point, Calif., with registration starting at 9:00 a.m. An exclusive MVP Party will kick off the festivities on Friday, September 8, at Time Nightclub in Costa Mesa at 5:30 p.m. Emceed by Ducks Announcer Brian Hayward and hosted by Getzlaf and his wife, Paige, the Getzlaf Golf Shootout, presented by Active PDF, is a charity event that brings together athletes, celebrities and community leaders teaming up in support of CureDuchenne. Meet and mingle with Anaheim Ducks players and other celebrities during the MVP party while bidding on live and silent auction packages.“The annual shootout reminds me how important it is to fight for what you believe in beyond the ice,” said Ryan Getzlaf. “It overwhelms me the amount of support we receive each year. Every registration, donation and sponsorship makes a difference in saving the lives of children with Duchenne, and I couldn’t be more thankful to be a part of it. Together we can all help find a cure.”Current and former Anaheim Ducks teammates, coaches and other celebrities will join in the fun as 5th players that will accompany each foursome to help raise additional funds to save the lives of children with Duchenne. Past celebrity participants include Corey Perry, Teemu Selanne, Ryan Kesler, Andrew Cogliano, Chuck Finley, Sami Vatanen, Garrett Anderson, Frederik Andersen, Shawn Horcoff, Kent Huskins, Bruce Boudreau, Scott Neidermayer, Clayton Stoner and TV’s Brian Van Holt.The Getzlaf Golf Shootout incorporates fun for everyone. Individuals can participate in a million-dollar hole-in-one, three additional hole-in-one opportunities with luxury automobiles provided by CNC Motors, massage therapists, Jumbo Jenga, Anaheim Ducks Power Players with t-shirt launchers, giveaways by Wavy Clothing and Violent Gentlemen. Food and beverages will be available throughout the course, including Tilted Kilt, Des Madres Tequila, Bloody Mary Bar, and TK Burger food truck.Sponsors for this year’s shootout include Active PDF, Ayres Hotels, Carlile Coatsworth Architects Incorporated, CNC Motors Inc., Fullmer Construction, FR Construction, G&M, Independent Capital Management, Inc., The Ryan Grant Team of Benchmark Mortgage, The Sports Corporation, Trust and Tradition Hockey Club, Violent Gentleman Hockey Club and WHGC. Lunch will be provided by TK Burger.CureDuchenne is a nonprofit that raises awareness and funds research to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.Duchenne is a fatal muscle disease that impacts one in every 3,500 boys. Duchenne patients are usually diagnosed at age 5, lose their ability to walk by 12 and most don’t survive their mid-20s. Currently there is no cure for Duchenne. Proceeds of the event will fund impactful research to find a cure for Duchenne.For more information and to reserve your sponsorship go to www.getzlafgolf.org or call 949-872-2552.last_img read more

Make Teams Slack Other Collaboration Tools UltraSecure

Keeping Your Communications Systems Safe Takes Practice Gary Audin August 29, 2019 Don’t assume you’re ready for a security attack if you’ve never exercised what you have in place. Hotshot_SP_magnifier_globe_774.png Find out more about how Hotshot adds location and time as elements to a Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) strategy in this whitepaper, “Protection 101: Why Your Business Needs an Ultra-Secure Collaboration Tool Now.” Download now to learn how to empower your enterprise to protect its data with a zero-trust architecture, thereby changing the threat surface dramatically.Tags:News & ViewsHotshotcollaboration toolSMS messagesMFAzero-trust architectureSecurityTeam Collaboration Tools & WorkspacesVendor Perspective Articles You Might Like As we’ve seen time and again — say, with Metro Bank in the UK earlier this year, where cyber-criminals stole the 2FA OTP (One Time Password) by hijacking SMS messages — communication tools are the main targets of cyber-criminals looking for an entry point to your proprietary data, customer information, competitive insight, and other valuable material. For any business that communicates via desktop or mobile devices, confidential data, and even your company’s competitive advantage, is at stake. The Not-So-Private Elevator Martha Buyer August 20, 2019 Though not a commonly known exploit, hackers can eavesdrop on elevator conversations – exposing individuals and potentially enterprises to security risks. Is there a better way to communicate internally and with third-party collaborators, while staying ahead of malicious actors? And, how can an identity system build a layered perspective of a user’s digital identity through multiple data points? To address this, it’s important to use more factors than the simple possession of a smartphone and entry of a PIN to serve as an MFA token. Using sensors built into smartphones, Hotshot designed an identity platform which uses location services, gyroscopes, accelerometers, and light sensors to help provide proof that a user is inherently who they say they are. As Hotshot advances the development of its identity system, the company continues to focus on gaining additional visibility into the history and assurance of a user’s digital identity. The first two components of Hotshot’s enhanced identity system are time and location. By building policies and monitoring tools to gather precise time and location data, the security of systems can be enhanced. When bad actors gain access to sensitive information an entire company is at-risk — not only considering privacy and security issues, but also considering the vast legal and compliance exposure that goes along with a modern cyber attack. IT Security Refresh: The Cyber Defense Matrix Terry Slattery October 02, 2019 With the Cyber Defense Matrix, enterprises can measure their security coverage and discover gaps in their IT strategy. With a growing mobile-first business culture, there are many associated risks and vulnerabilities. SMS messages especially are now increasingly prone to a plethora of sophisticated attacks. The Threat of Toll Fraud Persists Irwin Lazar September 16, 2019 With a toll fraud prevention and mitigation strategy, enterprises can identify and mitigate potential toll threats – sometimes before they even happen. Today more than ever, however, businesses rely on collaboration and gig-workers who can jump into challenges and quickly find and share solutions. In order to enable this, today’s businesses need a modern collaboration tool that offers more than the old-fashioned two-factor authentication (2FA). Phish-Prone Testing, Keep Your Enterprise Secure Scott Murphy August 21, 2019 Phishing testing teaches employees to detect and respond to malicious emails, helping to create a culture of security. See All in Security » Log in or register to post comments read more

UN refugee agency appoints Cate Blanchett as global Goodwill Ambassador

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett visits refugees in Jordan. Credit: UNHCRShe has also supported World Refugee Day, UNHCR’s appeal for the Europe refugee crisis, and attended the Women in the World Conference in New Delhi to represent UNHCR and moderate a high-level panel discussion on the global refugee crisis. Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said he was “very pleased” that Blanchett had taken on this new role. “Goodwill Ambassadors play a pivotal role in creating better public understanding and support for refugees, and never has there been a greater need to build these bridges,” Mr. Grandi said. “She has already demonstrated great commitment to the cause and we look forward to seeing her inspire many more people in her new role,” he added. The announcement comes as Ms. Blanchett returns from a mission to Jordan to witness the ongoing humanitarian operation for people displaced by the conflict in Syria. “I am deeply proud to take on this role,” Ms. Blanchett said in a press release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).“There has never been a more crucial time to stand with refugees and show solidarity. We are living through an unprecedented crisis, and there must be shared responsibility worldwide. It feels like we’re at a fork in the road, do we go down the compassionate path or do we go down the path of intolerance?” she asked During her trip, Ms. Blanchett met Syrian refugee families to hear first-hand about the perilous journeys they had undertaken and the daily challenges they face. She said that, as a mother, she wanted her children to go down the compassionate path. “There’s much more opportunity, there’s much more optimism and there is a solution down that path,” she stressed. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Blanchett worked with UNHCR for more than a year to raise awareness about the forcibly displaced. In 2015, she travelled to Lebanon to meet Syrian refugees and to hear about the experiences of stateless people as part of her support for UNHCR’s #IBelong campaign. read more

CV manufacturing declines by a third in November

UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing fell -34.6% in November according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 6,312 vans, trucks, buses and coaches left production lines last month, as declining business confidence and fluctuating buying cycles continued to affect production volumes.Domestic demand fell -16.8% in November, echoing recent declines in UK commercial vehicle registrations. Meanwhile, demand from overseas markets declined -40.7%, however, the proportion of CVs built for export remains high at 67.5%. Year-to-date production has also fallen, with output for UK and overseas markets down -24.4% and -9.2% respectively.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,November marks the ninth month of negative growth for UK CV production in 2017. Whilst fleet purchasing cycles have fluctuated, declining confidence among operators in the CV market is no doubt affecting production. To stimulate demand and safeguard the competitiveness of our industry, we need urgent clarity on transition arrangements and the nature of our long-term future relationship with Europe.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) November UK production of commercial vehicles declines -34.6% to 6,312 units.Declines in both home and overseas demand, falling -16.8% and -40.7% respectively.Year-to-date output also down, falling -15.7%, with 74,466 CVs built this year. read more

Sale of towers to Bobby Vieira Transparency body urges probe

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDPP’s decision to disallow charges against Govt Ministers should be challenged – TIGIMay 28, 2018In “latest news”GuySuCo’s liabilities: The nation needs to know what’s unfolding, what’s at stake- JagdeoJune 11, 2018In “Business”Op-Ed: Govt’s flip-flop on GuySuCo continuesApril 6, 2018In “Opinion” In light of reports that the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) sold and may have undervalued two transmission towers belonging to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), Transparency International Guyana Incorporated (TIGI) is calling for answers.TIGI President, Dr Troy Thomas noted that NICIL’s Special Purpose Unit (SPU) – which was created to oversee the divestment of GuySuCo’s assets after the industry was downsized to only three estates – must provide answers on the sale, which sources at GuySuCo allege netted a sub-par price of just G$2.1 million.“They must answer questions about how that (transaction) was done and whether the laws were followed. And if the laws were not followed, then that would come under SARA (State Assets Recovery Agency) at this point, although there can be other agencies. But we definitely need to make sure that things were done properly and if they were not done properly, then those responsible must be held accountable,” he posited.Persons have opined that the towers should have fetched no less than G$10 million. In fact, Dr Thomas reminded that when Government assets are being disposed of, there should be open tendering to ensure the State receives the best price for its property. He noted that assets could easily be undervalued and the State would lose money when procurement laws were not followed.Dr Thomas went on to add, “If State assets (were disposed of) in a manner that does not return the maximum value, then it’s something that SARA should take up and see whether something was done inappropriately and whether there are grounds for applying legal sanctions.”Officials from GuySuCo were recently quoted in sections of the media questioning the sale by NICIL of two of its transmission towers to Bobby Vieira’s Multicultural Communications Inc for a mere G$2.1 million. One of the towers, reports suggest, has since been leased to another company. Another concern was that the assets were not even vested to NICIL.It is understood that the officials had written a letter about the matter to Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, in which they had noted that “we recently saw a draft Agreement of sale whereby Mr (Colvin) Heath-London, through NICIL is in the process of, or perhaps have sold GuySuCo’s Transmission Tower located at Drill, Mahaicony to a company named Multicultural Communications Inc…. Again, that property was not vested to NICIL and would be another unlawful act by NICIL.”Repeated attempts by this publication to make contact with SPU Head Heath-London, whose agency has responsibility for divesting GuySuCo of its assets, were futile.Since the story broke, Vieira, who has had ties to the coalition Government and served as the assistant events coordinator for President David Granger’s inauguration in 2015, has been directing questions to the relevant authorities.This sale is the latest cause of friction between NICIL and GuySuCo. While NICIL has claimed GuySuCo has not been forthcoming with information for the divestment, the Sugar Corporation has denied this and countered with records of submitted information. In fact, GuySuCo has expressed concerns that NICIL is less than transparent about the process.The company criticised NICIL for the current arrangement that sees the agency pocketing proceeds from the assets it does divest. GuySuCo claims that it should be the other way around, so that the Corporation could fund its own strategic plan. read more

Wanted bulletins issued for rape suspects

L-R: Dillon Batson, Carlos Hackett and Winston RodneyThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) has issued wanted bulletins for three men accused of rape.In the first instance, 27-year-old Dillon Fitzgerald Batson of Lot 2793 Central Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden is wanted for rape committed on November 14, 2018.The second person, Carlos Hackett, is wanted for the rape of a child under 16-years-old, which occurred between June 1-30, 2017 at Wismar Housing Scheme in Linden.The third suspect, 35-year-old Winston Rodney of Pomeroon is wanted for the rape of a child under 16-years-old which occurred between July 1-31, 2019 at Lamp Island, Kwakwani.Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of the suspects are asked to contact the police on telephone numbers 226-6978, 225-8196, 226-2870, 226-7065, 227-1149, 226-7065, 911 or the nearest police station.All information will be treated with the strictest confidence. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWanted bulletin issued for D’Urban Street manMarch 19, 2018In “Crime”Saleswoman wanted for fraudFebruary 12, 2019In “Crime”Wanted bulletin issued for murder suspectNovember 17, 2015In “Crime” read more

CTO activates relief fund for Bahamas

Uprooted trees, fallen power lines and debris scattered on road as Hurricane Dorian sweeps through Bahamas. (Photo: Reuters)(CMC) — The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) today said it had activated its Hurricane Relief Fund which has been established to help countries rebuild after disasters as it expressed “deepest regret and sadness” over the loss of life and damage done to the Bahamas by Category 5 Hurricane Dorian.Bahamas relies heavily on tourism for its foreign exchange and revenue and the storm, which began lashing the country since Sunday, has so far been blamed for five deaths and destruction to a number of buildings mainly on Abacos and Grand Bahama Island.“In the wake of this monstrous storm, we have witnessed the pain of those who lost loved ones, the agony of so many who lost their homes and all their belongings, and the angst of an entire Caribbean concerned for the welfare of the people of these islands,” the CTO said in a statement.It said however, as has been demonstrated so many times in the past, “We have weathered many storms, we are a resilient people who refuse to surrender even in the most difficult of times, and we are confident that the people of the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama, with the full support of the Islands of the Bahamas and the Caribbean tourism family, will navigate the road to recovery together and emerge stronger.“With the Bahamas being an archipelago with more than 700 islands and cays spread over 100,000 square miles, the greatest impact of Hurricane Dorian is being felt in the northernmost islands of the Abacos and Grand Bahama, while most of the nation has been mostly unaffected,” CTO said, announcing the activation of its relief fund “which has been established to help our people and countries rebuild after disasters”. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana preparing to help hurricane-hit BahamasSeptember 4, 2019In “Environment”Guyanese family from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas returns home todaySeptember 15, 2019In “latest news”GBTI commits $3M towards Bahamas Hurricane ReliefSeptember 4, 2019In “Environment” read more

Hexagon to fill the rockfall monitoring void with IDS GeoRadar RockSpot

first_imgHexagon AB has announced the launch of IDS GeoRadar RockSpot, a radar system that fills a gap in the monitoring of natural and engineered slopes.The system detects, tracks, and analyses the slightest movements from rockfalls, avalanches, and other fast-moving landslide debris flow, according to the company.“RockSpot creates real-time alerts that can be connected to on-site alarms (eg sirens, automatic road closures or other alert devices). Georeferenced, recorded event data provides advanced statistics and analytics for risk assessment and vulnerability zone mapping, the company said.Ola Rollén, Hexagon President and CEO, said Hexagon is committed to empowering customers to put data to work and, in the case of RockSpot, “they’re able to leverage data to protect workers and the general public in high-risk areas of potentially catastrophic events”.He added: “This intelligent safety solution, designed to withstand all weather conditions, continuously monitors day and night.”RockSpot can identify rockfalls up to 2 km from the slope, as well as avalanches and other fast-moving events, like mudflow and debris flow, up to 4 km from the slope.With a coverage field of 40° vertical and 80°horizontal, the system can consistently monitor an entire mine wall or natural slope at high resolution with a single radar unit, according to the company.Hexagon said: “RockSpot’s alerts can be customised sector by sector using advanced algorithms that distinguish rock movements from other moving objects, such as haul trucks, animals and people.”last_img read more

VfL Gummersbach in crisis sack coach Bahtijarevic

Denis Bahtijarevic is no longer VfL Gummersbach coach.Only one point in the last six matches was the reason for a change in one of the most successful teams in handball history, which is now at the edge of relegation at DKB Bundesliga.VfL Gummersbach are at 16th place with only 9 points after 22 matches, a point ahead of the team who is ni relegation zone, Bietegheim.His replacement will be Torge Greve. Denis BahtijarevicSchwalbe arenaVfL Gummersbach ← Previous Story Powerful PSG Handball, HBC Nantes were on -10 Next Story → ISRAEL 2018/2019: Dramatic handball Friday read more

Heres how many Irish people get the minimum wage

first_imgTHE IRISH CONGRESS of Trade Unions (ICTU) has hit out at ‘underemployment’ in Ireland and supported findings that a social welfare system does not act as a disincentive from working.In a new study, ICTU identified a reduction in the number of hours for those in employment as an issue. Since 1992, the average number of hours for a hotel or restaurant worker has fallen by 11.2 hours, from 42.3 to 31.4 hour per week. The report notes that: “There has been a decline in working hours for the generally low paid workers, while the hours of other occupation groups have been largely stable”.The paper by ICTU looked at comparatives with other European countries. It was noted that previous evidence had shown that 5% of the Irish workforce was paid at or below the minimum wage. This puts the figure of people on minimum wage at around 108,000. The minimum wage in Ireland stands at €8.65 for adult workers.In Poland it was found that 1.3 million employees earned less than the minimum wage. This accounted for around 13% of all workers.In the report called ‘Labour Market Monitor’,  support is given for a recent paper produced by the ESRI on ‘Welfare Targeting and Work Incentives’. In the study it was found that the majority of workers are financially better off in employment than on welfare.This ESRI paper found that only 28% of those unemployed have a replacement ratio of 70% or more. The replacement ratio refers to the amount that welfare would cover of what that person is already earning. The vast majority of people (87%) receive more in work than they would on welfare.In the ICTU report it states: Though some people, particularly those with children, may receive more from social welfare, as the vast majority of unemployed have no children this does not have a great impact on the overall numbers better off working versus on social welfare.Another issue looked at in the study is the level of emigration. In figures taken from last year, Ireland was found to have had 1.9% emigration as a percentage of its total population. There was an increase of 43% on the numbers of people leaving the country between the years 2008 to 2011.The assessment also provides an analysis of the European situation, looking specifically at Germany and Poland. In Germany, a minimum wage was only introduced following elections in September last year. Prior to this there were reports of workers receiving as little as 26 cents an hour. A minimum wage of €8.50 has been in place since last month.Read: JobBridge is ‘absolutely not’ used by employers to get cheap labourAlso: Non-EU citizens register much higher unemployment rate across the EU than localslast_img read more

Neos Kosmos finds AFP raids disturbing disconcerting and dangerous

first_imgWe at Neos Kosmos find last week’s raids on the ABC, and on News Corp journalist Annika Smethhust by the Australian Federal Police, (AFP), as disturbing and dangerous.We know that governments often need to keep some things secret but not forever and not without good cause. We do not believe in irresponsible leaks of mass information to the public without context.When reporting, we try to ensure the safety of whistle blowers, and truth seekers who wish to expose unjust or criminal behaviour in governments and powerful institutions. However, the catchall nature and extension of section 70 of the Commonwealth Crimes Act can result in Government whistle-blowers and the journalists who report on leaked information facing up to 20 years’ jail terms. Labor supported the Coalition’s bill extending the powers to police and intelligence authorities.As Hellenes, as the ancient custodians of democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of expression and association, believe in the intrinsic virtue of justice and liberty as a package. We believe that the actions of the AFP will harvest a lack of trust in an otherwise good institution.Since 1957 Neos Kosmos has been at the forefront of campaigns for social justice, human rights and political freedoms in Greece, Cyprus, in Australia and elsewhere. We are enmeshed in constant dialogue as Greeks and journalists over the role of freedom of speech and justice.Freedom of speech and freedom of the press – warts and all – is better than the limitation of natural liberty and suppression of speech. Nothing has convinced us over 2500 years that a diminution of liberty, censorious governments and intrusive police actions against media, teachers and political advocates make society safer.READ MORE: Press Freedom in Greece plummetsAs journalists we understand the need for responsible reporting. We fully support the Racial Vilification Act and do not view racial hate speech as freedom of speech. As Greeks we know as that some ideas may cause offence to some however that is part of free and open dialogue. Like the Greeks of Ancient Athens, and like Pericles, we see the importance of free yet responsible speech. Ancient Greeks considered fearless speech, parrhesia, παρρησία, to be a presentation of the truth once permission is given to speak in the Ἀγορά, Agora, or assembly. We distinguished various forms of parrhesia, the most negative being when one is allowed to say anything, even the most stupid and dangerous things for the state.Neos Kosmos takes care to not jeopardise the role of judicial courts, or endanger our security apparatus, nor to defame people. At the same time, we know that the state, institutions, and individuals will not always act in accordance with our virtues – virtues enshrined in all democracies – unless they are kept in check by a healthy and fearless fourth estate.Hellenes have suffered and shed much blood in wars of liberation from Ottoman colonisers, Nazi and Axis occupiers in World War II and in later bringing down Military Junta of 1967-74. State authority under the guise of ‘protecting’ morality, society, or nation often bears tyranny. We have endured and defeated many tyrannies due to our unyielding belief in freedom of speech and freedom of the press.READ MORE: In crisis-stricken Greece, one thing is in prosperity: poetryNeos Kosmos believes that the only way to maintain trust in government, the police and our intelligence institutions and to ensure freedom of speech and media freedom is through a Bill of Rights. A bill of rights would list the fundamental rights of citizens of a country. It ensures that the rights of individuals are safe from violation by the state, or by other individuals.Australia is the only liberal democracy not to have either a constitutionally entrenched bill of rights or a national human rights act. Given the authority Prime Minister Morrison enjoys for now, we call upon him to harvest that authority and ensure his place in Australia’s history as the PM that ushered a Bill of Rights for Australia. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greek Australian artist Stella ZicopoulosGrieg explores her cultural identity in solo exhibition

first_imgAs a child of Greek migrants, memories of the long voyage from Greece to Australia have had a profound influence on Stella Zicopoulos-Grieg’s artistic practice.Her love of the sea was further reinforced by the summer holidays she would spend each year with family at beaches in the City of Kingston.These personal and symbolic memories continue to inform the narratives and technical compositions of Stella’s highly abstracted and gestural oil paintings, seen in her solo exhibition.Aptly titled ‘Thalassa’ (the Greek word for ‘sea’), the exhibition, set to open this Friday, 12 July at G3 Artspace, explores her special connection with the sea, as well as her cultural identity.Stella makes a connection between her work and Homer’s epic ‘The Odyssey’, which in effect represents the sea of life – a journey full of both victories and heartbreaks. This is something all humans have in common, and is a connection that has had a profound influence on the artist’s work.More recently, she has been exploring the compositional motif of ‘two-thirds of sky’ within the surface of her paintings, presenting the horizon line as a force which connects, disrupts, and creates discord within the picture plane. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Stella currently works from her private studio at Le Studio Artspace in Mordialloc.She completed a Fine Arts Degree majoring in Ceramics and Painting at RMIT University. She later went on to complete a Graduate Diploma of Education at the University of Melbourne, and has been working as a visual arts educator for 30 years. Throughout the years, she has exhibited in group exhibitions across Victoria, as well as interstate, with her works held in private collections both locally and across Australia.When: 13 July-10 August, 2019Where: G3 Artspace (64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale VIC)Admission: FreeREAD MORE: WHAT’S ON Guide: Greek-inspired events across Australia, 5 July onwardlast_img read more

Greek Australians are a government priority Greek Deputy Foreign Minister tells GCM

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister for Expatriate Greeks Antonis Diamataris on Wednesday assured the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) President Bill Papastergiadis that the Greek government will make every effort to support Greeks throughout Australia, in a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens.Mr Diamataris stressed that expatriation is a government priority and asked to be briefed on the important issues facing Melbourne’s expatriates, particularly in the field of education, such as potential teacher transfers from Greece, the activation of student hospitality programs in Greece, as well as school textbooks and distance learning.Mr Papastergiadis briefed Mr Diamataris on Melbourne’s Greek community, the second oldest Greek diasporan hub, with 300,000 residents of Greek descent, which is also considered the third largest Greek-speaking city in the world, after Athens and Thessaloniki.READ MORE: Angela Gerekou appointed as Greek tourism chief – but will she be the one to tap into Australia’s potential?He said the Greek community operates schools of Greek language and culture in various suburbs of Melbourne and the Alphington Grammar College, with more than 2,500 students in total, and supports five Greek Orthodox churches.The community also hosts some of the biggest festivals in Australia, such as the annual Greek Film Festival and the Lonsdale Street Greek Festival in downtown Melbourne, which attracts more than 120,000 visitors.In 2014, the construction of a 15-storey new community building in central Melbourne, which houses the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, the largest of the Greek diaspora, with tens of thousands of visits each year.READ MORE: Victorian MP Jenny Mikakos meets with Antonis Diamataris, the new Greek Deputy Foreign Minister for Greeks AbroadThe centre hosts lectures, modern Greek and ancient Greek language courses, awards for students of Greek descent and more.last_img read more

Free lecture Voyage of the SS Corsica from Cyprus to Australia in

first_imgOn 13 December, 1951 the SS Corsica left Limassol with 761 Cypriot migrants for Australia and was the first ship to leave Cyprus with so many emigrants. Arriving at Fremantle on 25 January and Melbourne on 4 February in early 1952, the trip was described by a female passenger as a “hell trip on a floating slum”, because of the horrendous conditions on board.This is the story of many firsts: the first time so many Cypriots emigrated at the one time; the first time that records show such a horrendous voyage of a migrant ship; and the first time that a migrant ship was discussed in the Australian federal parliament.Among those who made the voyage was Varnavas Michael Varnava, the father of Associate Professor Andrekos Varnava from Flinders University.He will present a lecture entitled ‘Australia! Australia! The Voyage of the SS Corsica and its passengers from Cyprus to Australia in 1951-52’ at the Greek Centre this month as part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.Letter: A Cypriot remembers the other Archbishop MakariosThe lecture will set the story of the Corsica and its passengers within three interlocking and broad historical contexts:The Cypriot emigrant story as part of the urban and rural movement, which requires an analysis of the backgrounds of who was emigrating to Australia and leaving Cyprus;The experience of those making the voyage, which requires a description of the conditions on the ship compared to conditions on other migrant ships;The Australian migration story, specifically as regards immigration restrictions and national identity.Associate Professor Varnava is also an Honorary Professor at De Montfort University in Leicester. He is the author of three monographs, and has published many book chapters and articles.When: Thursday 29 August at 7.00 pmWhere: Greek Centre (Mezz, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC)READ MORE: The second Turkish invasion of Cyprus Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Toulouse un chirurgien sauve la vie dun bébé souffrant dune malformation du

first_imgToulouse : un chirurgien sauve la vie d’un bébé souffrant d’une malformation du coeur avec une technique inéditeUn bambin a pu avoir la vie sauve après une opération complexe réalisée par un chirurgien au CHU de Toulouse. Maxisciences vous explique. Cet enfant n’aurait pas dû vivre plus de quelques mois. Alex naît en août 2017 et les médecins identifient rapidement un souci avec son coeur : le bébé souffre de ventricule droit à double issue (VDDI) ainsi que d’anomalies pulmonaires très sérieuses. Une malformation complexe À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Alex est né avec une malformation du coeur il est “branché à l’envers” ce qui le rend difficilement opérable. Le docteur Fabio Cuttone a pourtant décidé de relever le défi. Le petit garçon a dû subir deux interventions chirurgicales et alors que les médecins ne lui donnaient que quelques mois. La première a eu lieu alors que le bébé n’avait que quelques jours. Un coeur sain Maintenant âgé de 13 mois, le bambin a bien supporté la deuxième opération réalisée à Toulouse. Le chirurgien italien, Fabio Cuttone n’a pas utilisé une technique classique en créant des tunnels artificiels afin de rétablir une circulation cardiaque. Avec l’accord des parents, le médecin s’est orienté vers une forme plutôt inédite d’opération. Cette dernière a duré 140 minutes, durant lesquelles le coeur d’Alex a été mis à l’arrêt. L’équipe de Fabio Cuttone a ainsi pu faire pivoter l’artère pulmonaire et l’aorte. Selon des informations de nos collègues de France Bleu, Alex serait le troisième cas recensé de ventricule droit à double issue”(VDDI) associé à d’autres anomalies pulmonaires aussi graves. L’enfant est de retour chez lui après deux semaines d’hospitalisation avec un coeur sain selon les médecins. Le 13 septembre 2018 à 12:11 • Morsli Paulinelast_img read more

Facebook is adding petitions to your news feed

first_imgA sample Community Action, as seen on a phone.  Facebook/Screenshot by CNET Feeling passionate about a cause? Facebook is launching a tool that lets users post and sign online petitions right in their news feeds.The social network will start rolling “Community Actions” out to its US users on Monday. It’s been testing the feature for several weeks in a couple of markets, TechCrunch first reported Sunday, and is building on that existing pilot.The feature has been used, for example, for a moratorium on drilling in Colorado and efforts to improve pedestrian safety near a library in Philadelphia. Users have the option to simply click “support,” but they can also share related personal testimonies and videos if they want. Elected officials and government agencies tagged on a Community Action will be notified and can respond. Those officials and agencies can also launch their own Community Actions.The move is part of a larger effort by the social network to build “informed and civically engaged communities,” a Facebook spokesperson said.”Community Action is another way for people to advocate for changes in their communities and partner with elected officials and government agencies on solutions,” the spokesperson said. In the past, activists have been able to post petitions to Facebook via third-party platforms like Change.org or Causes.com. Community Actions simplifies the process and gives Facebook direct oversight to monitor and take petitions down if they violate its community standards. Facebook has been criticized in the past for allowing inauthentic content on its site that’s intent on stirring up emotions around divisive issues.   NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Share your voice 2 Facebook Tags Internet Politics Commentslast_img read more

The coolest thing I saw at Google IO is code that could

first_imgJames Martin/CNET Google made a lot of announcements at the Google I/O developer conference, but there’s a lot that goes on there that doesn’t get mentioned during the livestreamed keynote presentation. The Nest Hub Max was the biggest announcement related to the smart home. It could be a great product, but it was during the developer’s keynote presentation, held a couple of hours later in front of a much smaller crowd, where I saw a simple developer kit called Local Home SDK that will have a much larger impact on owners of any Google smart speaker or smart display. I wrote about the Local Home SDK in detail at the time. In short, it allows Google’s smart speakers and smart displays to send commands to third-party lights, video cameras, and gadgets directly via local wireless connections, rather than routing commands out through the cloud. Typically, if you give a command to a Google smart speaker, it processes the command in Google’s cloud, then sends the data to the third-party cloud (so the Philips Hue cloud for Philips Hue bulbs, for example), which sends it down to the device. Read more: Google is killing off the Works with Nest program in favor of Works with Google Assistant, and it could mess up your smart home set up.  If device makers adopt Local Home SDK, it could skip the intermediaries and greatly improve the responsiveness of your smart home setup. Pixel 3A review: The cheap phone Google always needed Google Nest Hub Max: A higher-end smart display for Google Assistant Google Maps gets Incognito Mode Google’s next-gen Assistant is 10x faster, knows where your mom lives See all our Google I/O coverage Smart Home Here’s everything that works with Google Home and Home Mini $99 See It Jul 10 • How to get Android 10 right now Tags Jul 24 • Nest Hub Max: Google’s 10-inch Assistant smart display costs $230, debuts Sept. 9 See All $79 Thankfully, your third-party accessory won’t actually be dependent on a nearby Google Home to work. The Local Home SDK builds on top of Google’s traditional smart home codes instead of replacing them. Google will try the local shortcut if it can. If not, it will then send the signal through the third-party cloud as before. Even if the shortcut works, Google does update the third-party cloud of your device after it has responded to your command, so your Philips Hue app will correctly show the current state of your lights. If a company employs the SDK and you already have one of their devices installed and set up with Google Assistant, it will automatically start using the SDK with no necessary input on your part. After the SDK officially launches in October, you could suddenly find that all of your smart home gadgets start responding with no lag. The SDK will also allow you to set up compatible devices with the Google Home app, which will hopefully reduce the number of apps you need on your phone. Necessary patience Under ideal circumstances, the Local Home SDK would see rapid adoption at launch and you’d be able to use Google Assistant to set up and control a bunch of smart home gadgets with no noticeable delay. It’s an appealing pitch, but realistically, it will likely take time for this new tech to catch on if it does at all. Remember, Google Assistant works with 30,000 different devices spread across 3,500 brands. Granted, the SDK isn’t officially live yet, but right now, only one brand actually uses it — GE. Once the kit launches, Google will be asking its partner brands to do the heavy lifting to implement it, necessitating a lot of buy-in before the SDK starts to have a big impact. Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot The attractive element of Google’s vision is the lack of any new proprietary signal protocols and the customer-friendly plan of turning a smart speaker you already have into a hub. If the SDK does catch on, it could finally render traditional hubs obsolete. It could make voice controls in the smart home faster than ever and you as the customer don’t have to do anything to get this upgrade. The biggest obstacle is buy-in from a varied industry, but the potential payoff is exciting enough for me to call Google Local Home SDK my favorite announcement of the Google I/O developer conference.  See it Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it reading • The coolest thing I saw at Google I/O is code that could eliminate smart home lag 3:39 Crutchfield Aug 12 • Google will ask you to migrate your Nest account soon: Here’s what you need to know Aug 26 • Android Q has a name: Android 10. Here’s how you’ll use it Google Home — a hub in disguise Most traditional hubs, such as the SmartThings Hub, have built-in radios for low-frequency signals like Zigbee and Z-Wave. Zigbee and Z-Wave both use minimal power while sending a signal across distances large enough to cover most homes. This allows small gadgets like door sensors to communicate with hubs using these signals without consuming much battery life. Traditional hubs have gradually fallen out of favor since Amazon popularized the smart speaker with the Amazon Echo. Hubs also made it simple to control many gadgets in a single app, but smart speakers make this process even easier for the whole family. Hubs tend to be ugly blocks of plastic that take up space on your router. Popular options like the Revolv have disappeared entirely, but smart speakers still haven’t fully replicated the ability to streamline communication with small sensors so some hubs have remained. Amazon replicated hubs to an extent with one of its smart speakers called the Amazon Echo Plus, which has a Zigbee radio. For Google, the Local Home SDK has the potential to streamline communication with a wider variety of connected gadgets, and it will work with all of Google’s smart speakers and displays instead of just one model. how-to-google-home-10The original Google Home could soon double as a smart home hub. Chris Monroe/CNET SDK = Software Development Kit When it launches in October, the Local Home SDK will be compatible with any type of device that currently works with Google Assistant — the voice-activated digital helper built into Google’s smart speakers, smart displays and phones. In theory, any of Google’s 30,000 compatible gadgets could make use of the SDK. Through the SDK, your Google device will store the data it needs to communicate with any accessory devices like smart thermostats. It will then send a signal over your own Wi-Fi network or via Bluetooth. Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are more common than Zigbee or Z-Wave and the specialized Bluetooth Low Energy is similarly easy on battery power. You can control your gadgets with Google Assistant on your phone when you’re on the road, and the SDK will use Google’s cloud network to dynamically find the smart speaker with the right saved code. Using Google’s side of the cloud command path is still necessary in this case since you’d be sending the command from outside of your home network, but the Local Home SDK will still bypass any third-party cloud transmissions and communicate directly from your Google speaker or smart display to the device you want to control. Your Google Home will essentially act as a bridge, just like a hub. Owning a Google smart speaker or smart display becomes that much more important if you want to use Google Assistant to control your devices, as they’ll be the key to speeding up response time through the SDK. $69 Share your voice Mentioned Above Google Home News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today Now playing: Watch this: Google I/O 2019 See It The Google Nest Hub Max could teach you how to do anything… How To • Make Google Home get your groceries Google Home Walmart CNET may get a commission from retail offers. • 58 Photos Google I/O 2019 Comments Google I/O 2019 CNET Smart Home 2 Nest GE Amazon Bluetooth Google Philipslast_img read more

Bharti Airtel Q4 beats estimates as more customers pay for mobile internet

first_imgBharti Airtel Ltd, India’s largest telecoms network operator, reported a better than expected 2.8 percent rise in its fourth-quarter profits on Wednesday, boosted by a 15 percent rise in subscribers in its home market for mobile broadband services to 35.5 million.Consolidated net profit rose to 12.90 billion rupees ($194.23 million) in the quarter ended March 31, from 12.55 billion rupees a year earlier, the company said.Analysts on average had expected a net profit of 12.21 billion rupees, according to a Reuters poll.Bharti Airtel, headed by Indian billionaire Sunil Mittal, said total revenues rose 8.4 percent to 249.6 billion rupees.Separately the company also approved a share buyback of 14.34 billion rupees.India has over 1 billion mobile phone users, making it the second biggest market behind China, and the market for mobile internet services is growing fast as only a third of phone users already have smart phones.Over 100 million smart phones were sold in India last year and that number is expected to grow by over 25 percent this year while network operators are investing heavily in providing 4G broadband.In the last two months alone Bharti has spent about $1.2 billion on buying radio spectrum to expand its 4G service.last_img read more