India vs Pakistan (IND vs PAK), World Cup 2019 Match 22: Prediction and Probable Playing 11sKicker: India vs Pakistan (IND vs PAK) Playing 11 Prediction: As India face Pakistan at Old Trafford on June 16, they would look to maintain their 6-match winning streak in World Cups against the Asian giants.advertisement India Today Web Desk ManchesterJune 16, 2019UPDATED: June 16, 2019 11:38 IST India vs Pakistan (IND vs PAK) Playing 11 Prediction (Twitter/@BCCI)On a lovely Sunday morning, India and Pakistan will clash against each other at Old Trafford cricket stadium in Manchester on Sunday to reignite the biggest rivalry of the game.But is the hype around the game being too much? Well, no, if you get to know there were 400,000 applications for match tickets between India and Pakistan, and the numbers means they “could have packed out Wembley four times over”.Recent form:It would not be wrong to say that Pakistan is one of the most inconsistent and unpredictable teams of the tournament. They were stunned in their first game by West Indies in what was a batting collapse for the side but came back strong to produce an all-round performance to topple tournament favourites England to break their 12-match losing streak in ODIs.However, they failed to take that form against Australia to get defeated by 41 runs.India on the other hand are No. 2 ODI team in the ICC rankings for a reason as they have won both their matches — against South Africa and Australia to remain undefeatable in the tournament so far.Pitch and weather conditions:The pitch is flat, which means the bowlers should not expect much from it. There is not a tinge of green and the batsmen would look to get their best scores here. The team who wins the toss first is likely to win the match as well.The weather has been pleasant in Manchester since the last couple of days but its supposed to mostly cloudy, with some showers during the afternoon time.advertisementMatch Prediction:Tracing the World Cup history suggest India are going to win the game hands down as in their last 6 encounters they have remained undefeatable.Also, India has won five of those tosses and of course, all six games. It was only in Centurion (2003) that India chased after losing the toss and the match turned out to be a close contest.IND vs PAK: Predicted Playing 11sGoing with the pitch conditions, India is likely to play Mohammad Shami in what would be a debut match for him at this World Cup. While Shadab Khan who was made to sit out against Australia, is expected to return in the Pakistan side.India (probable): Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedhar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit BumrahPakistan (probable): Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik/Asif Ali/Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad AmirAlso Read | India vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: Will June 16 witness the most-watched match in cricket history?Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Mohammad Amir inspired by memory of late mother ahead of Manchester tieAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow India vs PakistanFollow ManchesterFollow ICC World Cup 2019 Next
Robert Nesta Morgan was sworn in as a Government Senator and Parliamentary Secretary this afternoon (May 9) at King’s House.Mr. Morgan, who was the Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Office of the Prime Minister, will fill the seat in the Upper House left vacant following the resignation of the former Education, Youth and Information Minister, Ruel Reid in March.Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who conducted the brief swearing-in exercise, said that by accepting the Prime Minister’s invitation, Mr. Morgan has indicated his willingness to commit himself to serve Jamaica and the bicameral legislative process.Governor General, His Excellency The Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (right) presents newly appointed Government Senator and Parliamentary Secretary, Robert Nesta Morgan, with his Instrument of Appointment during a swearing-in ceremony held at King’s House on May 9.“Your contribution, as Parliamentary Secretary, will assist the Prime Minister in the realisation of the policy programmes and objectives of the Government,” the Governor-General said.In his response, Senator Morgan expressed appreciation to Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, for having confidence in him.“The Senate is not a simple appointment, it’s a very significant thing for someone to have confidence that you can sit in the Upper House and contribute to the legislative development of the country.As it relates to the Parliamentary Secretary post, the Prime Minister will determine my specific duties as it relates to that,” he said.The swearing-in ceremony was witnessed by President of the Senate, Tom Tavares-Finson; Leader of Government Business in the Senate and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith; Government Senator, Matthew Samuda; and close family members of the new Senator.President of the Senate, Tom Tavares-Finson (left) congratulates newly appointed Government Senator and Parliamentary Secretary, Robert Nesta Morgan (second left) at a swearing-in ceremony held at King’s House on May 9. Sharing the moment are Leader of Government Business in the Senate and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith (centre); and Government Senator, Matthew Samuda.
Vladivostok: India and Russia are beginning a new era of cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region to make it “open, free and inclusive”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday, amidst China flexing its military muscles in the strategic region. Addressing the plenary session of the 5th Eastern Economic Forum here, Modi said, “When ships will start plying between Vladivostok and Chennai with the opening of the maritime routes between the two cities, the Russian port city will become the springboard of northeast Asia market in India. This will further deepen the Indo-Russia partnership.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsA Memorandum of Intent was signed on Wednesday between India and Russia for the development of maritime communications between the ports of Chennai and Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East Region. The Far East, Modi said, will become the bedrock of strong Indo-Russia ties, which is based on the principles of “rules-based order, sovereignty, respect for territorial integrity and is against engaging in the internal matters of other countries”. India, the US and several other world powers have been talking about the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of China’s rising military manoeuvring in the region.
Listening to, and remembering music may involve two different cognitive processes, according to a study. While earlier research noted that areas on the right side of the brain are mainly activated by music, less is known about how these regions are stimulated over time as tunes play. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University in the US, and Tsinghua University in China, studied the electrical activity in the brains of both male and female epilepsy patients, as the participants listened to popular music compositions such as Beethoven’s ‘Fur Elise’, and Richard Wagner’s ‘Wedding March.’ Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe study, published in the journal JNeurosci, noted that a network of overlapping brain regions was associated with the act of listening to the music, and replaying the melody in one’s head. The researchers found that musical information travelled in opposite directions during listening and mental replaying of music, with signals flowing from the sensory parts of the brain to frontal regions during listening, and from frontal to sensory portions during recall. The results also highlight that it may be possible to tell from brain activity features if a subject was recalling music. The authors, however, cautioned that studying the recall process needed to be studied under better-controlled paradigms, as in the current method it was not easy to tell when one began imagining music and when they stopped.
TORONTO — An insurance company was trying to stifle criticism when it sued a former employee who alleged the corporation was discriminating against visible minority drivers, an Ontario court has found.In dismissing a $700,000 counterclaim against Medha Joshi, the judge ruled Allstate Insurance Company of Canada had run afoul of legislation that protects whistleblowers and the media when they raise matters in the public interest.The issue, according to Superior Court Justice Jessica Kimmel, was whether Joshi was able to talk freely and publicly about her concerns related to Allstate’s allegedly discriminatory sales practices.“(They are) the same sales practices that she says she resisted implementing and that resulted in her being fired,” Kimmel said. “This is a matter of public interest.”Joshi had spent almost six years with Allstate as a manager when she was fired last October from her $165,000 position, prompting her to sue for wrongful dismissal. Joshi, 38, sought a total $600,000 in compensation and damages.In her claim, Joshi alleged Allstate discriminated against drivers in Brampton, Ont., which has a large visible minority. She and her lawyer also spoke to the media about her claim and allegations. Allstate, which alleged the comments were false and malicious, sued her for defamation.Allstate further issued a counterclaim in which it demanded Joshi repay her termination compensation. The company also sought $700,000 in damages. Among its assertions, court records show, Allstate argued Joshi had gone public with false and damaging claims about its business practices in Brampton.For her part, Joshi invoked Ontario’s “anti-SLAPP” legislation, which bars what are called strategic lawsuits against public participation. Allstate’s lawsuit, she said, was an attempt at limiting her freedom of expression and involvement in discussion of an issue of public importance. Kimmel agreed, saying Allstate was simply trying to gag her.“The public interest in the expression of all parties with knowledge, information or belief on this subject outweighs any harm or potential harm to Allstate,” Kimmel said. “There is no evidence of malice or any intentional dishonesty or ulterior/improper motivation on the part of Ms. Joshi.”The judge faulted the company for trying to draw a line between what Joshi avers in her wrongful dismissal suit and what she told the media. Kimmel also said she was troubled by the “cavalier attitude” Allstate displayed in part of its counterclaim.The company, Kimmel said, had failed to show Joshi’s allegations had in fact caused it any significant harm.Joshi’s lawyer Andrew Monkhouse said the ruling expands whistleblower protection in the private sector, especially when it comes to issues of human rights abuses.“Corporations cannot intimidate employees who have spoken out about wrongdoing by using outrageous counterclaims,” Monkhouse said in a statement.Allstate’s general counsel dismissed the ruling as preliminary and procedural, but said the company was considering an appeal.“Note that this is not a decision on the merits of Ms. Joshi’s baseless allegations,” Angie Morris, a vice-president, said in an email. “Allstate will continue to rigorously defend our good name and reputation as a champion of inclusion and diversity.”Kimmel rejected Joshi’s claim for damages over and beyond the costs of fighting the counterclaim on the grounds that she had failed to show the company’s action was in bad faith or for an improper purpose. The justice did warn that her decision did not give Joshi “free licence” to say whatever she wants about Allstate. Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
CALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. and Teck Resources Ltd. are getting a bargain price for bigger stakes in the Fort Hills oilsands mine they are buying from partner Total S.A., analysts say.The two Canadian companies announced Wednesday they will pay an additional $420 million to take over a three per cent stake in the project from the French oil giant.Suncor (TSX:SU), the operator, is paying about $300 million to increase ownership to 53.06 per cent and Teck (TSX:TECK.B) is paying $120 million to up its stake to 20.89 per cent. Total’s share is falling to 26.05 per cent from 29.2 per cent.“We’re pleased to have reached this agreement and taken a bigger stake in what is arguably the best long-term growth project in our industry,” Suncor CEO Steve Williams said in a statement.Analysts said Thursday the price of about $69,000 per daily barrel of production for the Total share is much less than the $90,000 per daily barrel cost of the overall project, which is designed with capacity of 194,000 barrels per day of bitumen.Suncor and Teck said the deal settles a dispute triggered last year when Total refused to take part in a project to spend an additional $1 billion in 2017 to accelerate construction. The French company said at the time it would not accept “substantial cost increases” at Fort Hills.Last February, Suncor said delays caused by the Fort McMurray wildfire in 2016, along with construction changes to boost capacity, had added from $1.4 billion to $1.9 billion to Fort Hills’ estimated cost, taking it to between $16.5 billion and $17 billion.Total has recently been reluctant to spend money on the oilsands, which have been attacked by environmentalists as being among the dirtiest sources of energy in the world and considered among the most expensive to develop.It sold a 10 per cent stake in Fort Hills to Suncor in 2015 and, a year before that, agreed with partners to shelve the proposed $11-billion proposed Joslyn oilsands mine. It also sold its 49 per cent stake in the stalled Voyageur oilsands upgrader to Suncor.Other foreign companies selling oilsands assets in the past two years include Americans Marathon Oil, Murphy Oil and ConocoPhillips, Norway’s Statoil and British-Dutch oil giant Royal Dutch Shell.Fort Hills was expected to begin producing bitumen by year-end, but Suncor confirmed it will miss that target by two or three weeks. It is expected to reach output of about 90 per cent of capacity by the end of 2018.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
The political scenario is indeed captivating during elections as the democratic exercise witnesses vivid cross-accusations and a plethora of promises. Congress released its manifesto for the Lok Sabha general elections on Tuesday which expectedly drew sharp criticism from BJP. Leading the criticism was Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who interpreted Congress’s manifesto as a collective of “dangerous ideas” which could lead to the “Balkanisation” of India. Condemning the promise to decriminalise sedition and amend AFSPA, Jaitley asserted how Congress has always been soft on terror and wants to further soften on it and separatism. The gravity of the situation that Jaitley wants us to understand is that Congress’s attempt to scrap the colonial law and amend AFSPA is detrimental to the nation – a quality of bad governance. Sedition had done its rounds when the entire JNU episode rocked the nation. Kanhaiya Kumar, now a CPI candidate from Begusarai, was at the centre of an ensuing debate whether sedition – an archaic law of colonial vintage – deserved to be part of contemporary India or not. The provisions of the colonial law have been covered in the Unlawful Activities Prevention Law which also has procedural safeguards that the sedition law lacks. Condemning an attempt to scrap it is advocating for a law that has served as a tool to suppress dissenting voices, often coming in conflict with the freedom of expression by capitalising on the thin line between sedition and general dissent. Jaitley opined on how Congress does not deserve “even a single vote” for its promises, including doing away with sedition but these votes that he audaciously spoke on behalf of are not under his control by any means. These votes are independent minds that can reason Congress’s promises and BJP’s stance on sedition per se. And, as per the discussions on the colonial law which ensued following the JNU sedition row, there may be many who will vote for Congress. His sophisticated expression of Congress’s promises that will lead to the “Balkanisation” of India made headlines as people were treated to his interpretation of the ramifications which will follow should Congress be voted to power. Balkanisation, by definition, is a geopolitical term for the process of fragmentation or division of a region or state into smaller states that are often hostile or uncooperative with each other. India has a federal government with diverse states coming together to stitch the boundaries of the nation as they brought about the Union of India into existence since Independence. If Congress’s manifesto had even a hint of such drastic intent as the balkanisation of the nation, the experts would have criticised and the media and dailies would have expressed so. Jaitley’s apprehensions maybe real but same does not look conducive in general. Also Read – A compounding difficulty BJP asserts that under the strong leadership of Modi – who has stitched the national narrative with nationalism and national security banked on defence advancement and progress – a ‘new’ India will thrive. But the seemingly autocratic stance of the Modi government with institutional subversion and subterfuge – to bring Electoral Bonds scheme – contradicts that. Bringing the various machinations by the government into the discussions would have made more sense to the general audience rather than citing dire consequences based on personal apprehensions. Criticising Congress’s manifesto which aims to address the adversities existing under the Modi administration and branding the promises under it as the work of “tukde tukde” gang – a euphemism for those whom BJP felt were out to break the integrity of the Indian state, namely Maoists and ultra-Leftists – is expected from a pro-right perspective. It is strange that electoral promises, by and large, focus on the other party’s pitfalls and consequent remedies to that instead of amplifying public opinion. While Congress, through its crowdsourcing step, wants to present a pro-people manifesto, BJP wants to ensure that the pro-nationalism mood lasts to usher them to a successive term. Both have welfare schemes at their disposal and the pros and cons of their respective terms are out there to judge on voter’s discretion. It would be in the interest of the nation if our political leaders refrain from these petty accusations and abject criticism, focussing more on their efforts towards the development and welfare of the nation – both in actions as well as words – and deliver once in power. Good (or bad) governance should not be advocated but should be felt and in this regard, attempts made by parties to woo the voters with promises and apprise them of others’ shortcomings are nothing but machinations to lure them. Citizens are capable of reasoning the developments and accordingly choosing the government. They need not be apprised about consequences as such. That energy is better used in delivering good governance and criticism can be saved for counter-productivity, not denigrating the other.
The de facto Saudi leader’s alleged comment came during a phone call with President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and US National Security Advisor John Bolton on October 9.Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist who was harshly critical of the Saudi crown prince, disappeared on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage.Since news emerged of his brutal murder, many in the international community have celebrated the journalist as a freedom fighter and a needed voice of resilience and subversion against Saudi Arabia’s state apparatus. A late-October New York Times report linked Khashoggi’s murder to his unapologetic criticism of the regime in his native Saudi Arabia.Delegitimizing KhashoggiDays before his death at the hands of Saudi security officials, Khashoggi was preparing to show the world evidence of MBS’s “darker side,” the Times noted.MBS, meanwhile, thought of the critical journalist as a “dangerous Islamist” rather than a fighter for freedom and democracy, according to the Washington Post, where Khashoggi was a contributing writer.In the alleged phone call, the crown prince reportedly told his US interlocutors that Khashoggi was part of the Muslim Brotherhood, a transnational Sunni organization that some Western governments, including some in the US, consider a proponent of a radical and violent version of Islam.Tom Wilson, a terrorism and radicalization specialist at the UK-based Henry Jackson Society think tank, seems to agree with some of MBS’s assessment. He said last week that the truth in the Khashoggi murder is “much more complicated” and that the fervor that followed news of his disappearance “covers up more than it reveals.”“As an insider to the Saudi regime, Khashoggi had also been close to the former head of the intelligence agency. He was an Islamist, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, and someone who befriended Osama Bin Laden and had been sympathetic to his Jihad in Afghanistan,” Wilson said.But the narrative has been unsuccessful so far. Many see it as an attempt to delegitimize Khashoggi to make his murder more palatable in the West. (Washington and the West’s abhorrence of Islamist radicalism is an open secret.)What the Khashoggi family saysKhashoggi’s family has been quick to respond. The slain journalist’s family issued a statement that vehemently denied he was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.The Washington Post quoted his family as saying: “Jamal Khashoggi was not a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. He denied such claims repeatedly over the past several years. Jamal Khashoggi was not a dangerous person in any way possible. To claim otherwise would be ridiculous.”The reported phone call came a week into Khashoggi’s mysterious disappearance. At the time, Saudi Arabia denied any wrongdoing in the case. Riyadh said that Khashoggi had left the consulate as soon as his errand had been completed.International pressure and unrelenting leaks of damning evidence by Turkish news outlets led Riyadh to repeatedly alter its original narrative. Saudi Arabia’s latest position is that Khashoggi was killed in a premeditated operation inside the Saudi consulate.The kingdom is nonetheless adamant about MBS’s innoncence. It has called the murder “a rogue operation” and has since sacked and arrested dozens of senior officials.Meanwhile, the post-Kahshoggi backlash continues to paint Riyadh and MBS in a negative light. Many voices have demanded that the journalist’s murderers be brought to account.Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi’s Turkish fiancée, maintained in a recent editorial, “The international community must bring my fiancé’s killers to justice.”
Speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Annan observed that much effort is still required to meet the challenges of the coming political transition. “Now that the new government is installed, we all need to look forward and work for the handover of sovereignty and power to the Iraqis on 30 June.”Meanwhile the UN Security Council today scheduled closed-door talks on a new resolution concerning Iraq. Commenting on the consultations, the Secretary-General said, “My sense is that most Council members are determined to ensure that Iraq gets full sovereignty.”Asked about the manner in which the members of the government were named, the Secretary-General noted that the Prime Minister Designate, Ayad Allawi, had been on a list of possible leaders compiled by UN Special Advisor Lakhdar Brahimi. The cabinet selected by Mr. Allawi was also drawn from that list.Mr. Annan also acknowledged that “the process wasn’t perfect,” but stressed that it constituted progress.”It was never intended that the UN would go and appoint and impose a government on the Iraqis,” he pointed out. “We had to discuss it with them, and given the circumstances and the factors on the ground, it is not surprising that you have a mix of people from the Governing Council and from outside who are forming the new government.”The Secretary-General voiced concern over persistent bloodshed in Iraq. “I have no reason to believe that it is going to stop because a government has been designated,” he said.”I have indicated in my discussions with heads of State, including with President Bush this morning, and also with others that we need to try and bring the violence down because that’s also going to be crucial, not just for the elections, not just for reconstruction, but for the average Iraqi to go about his [business],” he added. Video of Annan’s remarks to the press
The programme, named Action Against Desertification and launched by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in partnership with the European Union and the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP), will devote some €41million to bolstering sustainable land management across the world’s most vulnerable areas in an effort to fight hunger and poverty. “Desertification and land degradation are very serious challenges. They lead to hunger and poverty, themselves at the root of many conflicts,” FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, said in a press release marking the programme’s launch. “But recent successes show that these problems are not insurmountable. We can boost food security, improve livelihoods and help people adapt to climate change.”The FAO reports that more than 70 per cent of people living in drylands and other fragile ecosystems across Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific derive their livelihoods from natural resources. At the same time, an uptick in population growth and climate change has placed increasing pressure on these ecosystems, intensifying degradation and desertification and putting millions of lives at risk. In an effort to thwart the costly effects of desertification in Africa, the Action Against Desertification will build on an already existing “flagship programme” – the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative – which supports local communities, Government and civil society in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Gambia, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal with the sustainable management and restoration of their dryland forests and rangelands. Two-thirds of the African continent is classified as desert or drylands and climate change has led to prolonged periods of drought; over-intensive farming and over-grazing have caused land degradation; and deforestation has turned once fertile land into desert in many areas. On that note, the FAO-backed programme it will support agro-forestry while also incentivizing the creation of farmer field schools where farmers can learn about the causes of desertification and the best ways to combat and prevent it. Meanwhile, in both the Caribbean and the Pacific, the new initiative will target the problems of soil loss and degraded natural habitats by helping local communities adopt improved sustainable land and forest management practices.
It took the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team a while to get going, but once it did, it never looked back. The Buckeyes beat the Detroit Titans, 14-8, in Saturday’s season opener at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Following the trend that started during preseason play, OSU went into an offensive hibernation for about 10 minutes during the first period and allowed Detroit to take a 3-1 lead. “We kind of let up a bit on the offensive end,” said senior attacker and co-captain Logan Schuss. “We didn’t make some of the opportunities we had, but overall we got into our offense and that’s what coach wanted.” The Buckeyes trailed 3-2 at the end of the first period but managed to come back during the second period, outscoring Detroit, 4-3. Heading into the locker room at halftime tied 6-6, OSU coach Nick Myers said he knew he had to say something to get his team going against a talented Detroit team. “I told them to take a deep breath. It’s 30 minutes left, it’s 0-0,” Myers said. “It’s not the first half that we intended to play, so let’s go out there and play the second half the way we know we can.” The Buckeyes kept up their second period pace during the third and fourth periods, out-scoring Detroit 8-2 en route to the victory. OSU improved its all-time record against Detroit to 5-0, all under Myers. OSU also remains undefeated at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center with the win, with 11 wins and no losses all-time. Schuss had a career day, tying a career high with seven goals and setting a new career high of 10 points in one game. Myers, though, wasn’t surprised. “His job is to score goals. I know Logan would like to have two or three more goals to be honest with you,” Myers said. “If we are going to get him scoring opportunities, he’s going to take care of them. He’s done that for four years for us, it’s a good start for him and we’re going to build on it.” Freshman attacker Tyler Pfister, who scored two goals in his regular season debut for the Buckeyes, said he was encouraged by the teamwork showed during the match. “I think sometimes it’s just us being ourselves. I think we showed today that we can play cohesively. We know our strengths and we can play to them,” Pfister said. OSU is set to travel to Jacksonville, Fla., on Sunday to take on Jacksonville University at 3:15 p.m. in the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic.
China Molybdenum Company (CMOC) and Sumitomo have announced the final approval of a new block cave mine at the Northparkes operation in New South Wales, Australia.The investment in E26 Lift 1 North (E26L1N) will be more than A$200 million ($143 million) over a three-and-a-half-year period with construction scheduled to commence this month and full production expected in mid-2022. The project aims to produce approximately 40 Mt of copper-gold ore over a 10-year period.Executive Chairman and CEO, CMOC Group, Steele Li said: “Northparkes plays a pivotal role in our strong and long-term presence in Australia as an internationally renowned mining company.”The project will deliver 11 km of underground development, an underground primary crusher, conveying systems and associated infrastructure. At the peak of construction, it will employ up to 180 people.An upgrade to the ventilation system is currently being developed, which will provide the new E26L1N mine with sufficient air flow to support development and production activities.The new block cave will be designed to use an increased level of automation and digitisation, helping to deliver a safer and more productive mine. The mine, in 2015, became a leader in autonomy when it switched 100% of its loading operations over to automated LHDs.Northparkes is owned 80% by CMOC and 20% by subsidiaries of Sumitomo. It has approved development consent to mine until 2032 and, as of December 31, 2017, had reserves and resources of 125 Mt and 471 Mt, respectively.
SINCE OUR DAUGHTER was born in April, we have become one of the small but growing number of families where the father stays home to take care of the child while the mother goes back to work.This is not something we would have chosen. We would both rather have things the other way around, but it came down to simple economics. She earns far more than I do, and so there was no real discussion to have. Here in Western Canada, attitudes towards stay-at-home dads are likely not much different to those in Ireland. The reactions have been universally encouraging, supportive and positive.Reactions But, my wife is frequently asked how she feels about going back to work. Couldn’t she take more than three months’ maternity leave? Won’t she be sad to leave the baby at home? But why is it only “sad” that a mother has to go out to work, but not when a father has to, as in the majority of cases? It’s taken for granted that the father will go and spend a large part of the day away from his children. It’s expected. I am rarely asked how I “feel” about not doing so.So how do I feel about it? I don’t think I could ever expect my partner to give up her job and stay at home if I weren’t prepared to do it myself. So while the idea took some getting used to, I am grateful for the opportunity to spend time with my daughter, to watch her grow and develop, to accept the responsibilities of parenthood, and to support my wife in her career all at the same time.IsolationI can see how this role could become isolating. If I didn’t play sports regularly and keep contact with my circle of friends, it would be difficult to socialise. There are few ‘Dads’ groups. But this might change. As for the future, I will go back to work, in my own time. I feel the pressure of not having a “career” right now. I miss having colleagues to interact with.I know that stay-at-home mothers who left careers behind to take care of their children, and have the same pressures, so I am not entirely convinced it’s a “male” thing – but the drive to be the provider is still strong.‘But aren’t mothers more suited to the task of parenting?’ Maybe, who knows? Generations of evolution may have made this so, but how great can the difference really be? I certainly have less patience than she does, but none of the tasks involved are particularly demanding. According to the stereotype of the ‘idiot Dad’, I shouldn’t be able to go a day without some major parenting disaster but, so far, everything has been fine.We don’t see ourselves as having ‘exchanged traditional roles’. The role is different for every person and – it’s hard to discuss it without offending someone – the lifestyle of the stay-home mums I know is not the same as mine. Yes, I had to trade the sportscar for a ‘sensible Dad car’, but I do most of the same things I always did. The biggest single issue is the perceived loss of autonomy, but I think most of us accepted that when we started a family in the first place!So, for now, this is my career. My daughter is my priority and every task is a labour of love. I will continue to enjoy the privilege of taking care of her while it lasts.Tim Hendy is an Irish expat living in Surrey, British Columbia since 2009.Stay At Home Dads: I was put through things a mother would never face to get custody
Looking for work? Here’s when Clark County’s different sectors are most likely to be adding jobs.January through Marcho Professional and technical services.April through Juneo Farming and forestry.o Construction.o Information.o Finance and insurance.o Administrative, support, and waste management.July through Septembero Manufacturing.o Wholesale.o Public administration.o Arts, entertainment and recreation.o Accommodation and foodservices.October through Decembero Retail.o Educational services.o Transportation and warehousing.Source: Washington Employment Security DepartmentThe bad news about local employment is — well, you’ve heard the bad news.The good news is that despite a 13 percent unemployment rate, many thousands of people actually landed jobs in Clark County in the past three months.Yes, growth in the county’s overall number of jobs has been comatose since early 2009, and several high-profile expansions announced recently won’t actually bring jobs for a few years. But for the growing crowds about to cash their last unemployment check and for anyone else in deep need of a job — any job — there’s clearly hope.“Even though hiring is down, there’s still a fair amount of it going on,” said Scott Bailey, the regional labor economist for the state’s Employment Security Department. “It’s churn.”For every five jobs in the county, there’s about one new hire in any given three-month period, according to a Columbian analysis of statistics kept by Bailey.In many cases, they were filling positions with high turnover, such as call center jobs. Other companies have hired temporary workers to meet seasonal needs. But look closely, and you’ll find companies that are creating new permanent jobs in Clark County as well.
Manufacturing organisation Tata Steel has offered to pay £550 million to the British Steel pension scheme (BSPS) to meet conditions of a regulated apportionment arrangement (RAA), which has been agreed in principle.The defined benefit (DB) pension scheme closed to future accrual on 31 March 2017 following a consultation process. In February 2017, members of trade unions GMB, Unite and Community voted to accept a pension proposal that included the closure of the DB scheme to future accrual and the establishment of a new defined contribution (DC) scheme.The RAA would separate the pension scheme from Tata Steel. Commercial terms for the RAA have been agreed in principle between the BSPS trustee, The Pensions Regulator (TPR), and the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).Although the arrangement has been agreed in principle, the RAA is still subject to detailed documentation, formal approval by TPR, and non-objection from the PPF before it can become effective. The RAA also requires the formal agreement of the individual entities who would be party to the arrangement before it can be completed.The RAA would come into effect following the necessary agreements and approvals, and after agreed conditions have been met. This includes a £550 million payment from Tata Steel to the BSPS, and the BSPS being awarded a 33% equity stake in Tata Steel UK.Tate Steel UK has also agreed in principle to sponsor a new closed pension scheme for members and pensioners of the BSPS, which would be created after the RAA has been implemented. The new pension scheme would have lower future annual increases than the BSPS for both pensioners and deferred members, creating an improved funding position and less risk for Tata Steel UK.The new scheme would be subjected to certain qualifying conditions. If these conditions are not met then the new pension arrangement would not be created and members would receive PPF benefits.If the new pension scheme does come into effect, BSPS members and pensioners would be able to either opt in to the new scheme voluntarily, or remain in the BSPS to receive PPF compensation.Allan Johnston, trustee chairman of the BSPS, said: “I am pleased that agreement in principle has been reached with [Tata Steel UK] about sponsorship of a modified pension scheme subject to qualifying conditions. Although the PPF is an important safeguard for pension schemes generally, the trustee believes that the BSPS has sufficient assets to offer members the potential for better outcomes by enabling them to transfer to another scheme offering modified benefits. For most scheme members, these modified benefits are expected to be of greater value than those they would otherwise receive by transferring into the PPF.“[Tata Steel UK’s] willingness in principle to sponsor a new scheme post RAA, subject to conditions agreed with the BSPS trustee, paves the way to allowing members to make a choice based on their personal circumstances. Discussions are progressing constructively and we expect to be in a position to communicate the final outcome to members soon.”Koushik Chatterjee, group executive director, finance and corporate, at Tata Steel, added: “A significant milestone during the quarter was the completion of the consultation process and closure of the defined benefit scheme in the UK to future accruals. All employees in the UK can now opt into a defined contribution scheme. We are in positive discussions with the BSPS trustee, The Pensions Regulator and the Pension Protection Fund in relation to an RAA, and are hopeful of reaching final agreement shortly.”Spokespeople for the National Trade Union Steel Coordinating Committee (NTUSCC), added: “This announcement is a stepping stone in the process to secure BSPS members’ benefits in a new modified scheme sponsored by Tata Steel UK. The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has a vital role in protecting people against losing their pension should their employer go bust. However, we should be clear that when the trade unions voted to accept Tata Steel’s turnaround plan our members did not vote to allow Tata to put the BSPS into the PPF and end their responsibilities to scheme members.“On the contrary, the agreements we have reached with Tata are based on the understanding that all members will have the opportunity to choose whether to move to a new modified scheme or remain in the BSPS and so enter the PPF. This is the commitment Tata has given to the workforce and the trade unions will hold them to the promises they have made.”
Do not use the phone number provided by the unknown caller. More information about the Sex Offender/Child Kidnapper Registry can be found at http://dps.alaska.gov/SORweb/sorweb.aspx. Troopers remind those targeted to not provide payment to anyone claiming to be law enforcement that reaches out to you via phone or email. If you believe you are out of compliance with the sex offender registry, you can get information by contacting your local police or trooper post. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers say a recent phone scam is targeting individuals listed on the state sex offender registry. According to an online Trooper dispatch, the caller claims to be a trooper in the sex offender/child kidnapper registry office. The person then tells the victim that they are out of compliance and threatens arrest if a sum of money is not paid. AST says this is a scam. The Troopers, nor any other law enforcement agency in Alaska, will ever contact people and demand money to paid over the phone.
Harsh Vardhan ShringlaIndian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Monday reiterated India’s position on Bangladesh election saying they have no involvement with the issues related to the next national election slated for 30 December.The high commissioner said the next national election is an issue for the people of Bangladesh and political parties.Shringla made the remarks while talking to reporters after a ‘courtesy meeting’ with Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury at the latter’s Baridhara residence.The high commissioner said he had the courtesy meeting at the invitation of Badruddoza Chowdhury during which he wanted to know about BDB’s thoughts before the next elections, according to a BDB press release.Bikalpadhara’s secretary general and retired major Abdul Mannan, presidium member and Badruddoza Chowdhury’s foreign affairs adviser Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury and Jukta Front spokesperson and presidium member Mahi B Chowdhury were, among others, present.Shringla reached the residence of Badruddoza Chowdhury at 1:05pm and had the meeting for about 90 minutes.BDB secretary general Abdul Mannan said they have a very good relation with India and had a very frank and friendly discussion with the Indian high commissioner.Quoting the high commissioner, he said the envoy termed the next election an internal issue of Bangladesh.“Maintaining good relations between the two countries was the main focus of the meeting,” he said adding that commercial and political relations also came up for discussions.Shamsher said they believe in non-communal politics and want its continuation. “We conveyed this to him (Indian high commissioner).”He said they also talked about the water sharing issue with India and conveyed their positions as there are still some water-related matters pending between the two countries.Shamsher said the friendly people-to-people contact between the two countries also came up for discussions at the meeting.Mahi said BDB did not forge any alliance with “anti-nation” people in the greater interest of protecting democracy.He said they want to bring in a change in Bangladesh politics by joining hands with pro-liberation forces.Mahi also said the relations between the Jukta Front and the grand alliance is a beginning of new change in politics and they discussed that issue, too.
Researchers use disordered matter for computation evolving breakthrough nanoparticle Boolean logic network
Scientists have speculated about the ability to evolve designless nanoscale networks of inanimate matter with the same robust capacities as natural computers, but have not yet realized the concept. Now, a group of researchers reports in Nature Nanotechnology a disordered nanomaterials system that was artificially evolved by optimizing the values of control voltages according to a genetic algorithm. Using interconnected metal nanoparticles, which act as nonlinear single-electron transistors, the researchers were able to exploit the system’s emergent network properties to create a universal, reconfigurable Boolean gate. The authors note that their system meets the requirements for a cellular neural network—universality, compactness, robustness and evolvability. Their approach works around the device-to-device variations that are becoming increasingly difficult to align as semiconductors approach the nanoscale, and which result in uncertainties in performance.Their system is a disordered nanoparticle network that can be reconfigured in situ into any two-input Boolean logic gate by tuning six static control voltages. It exploits the rich emergent behavior of up to 100 arbitrarily interconnected nanoparticles. For the experiment, the researchers used 20 nm gold nanoparticles interconnected with insulating molecules. These single-electron transistors express strongly nonlinear switching behavior, and the researchers looked for logic gates among the mutual interactions between them.The fastest method proved to be artificial evolution. They developed a genetic algorithm that followed the well-known rules of natural selection, considering each control voltage as a gene and the complete set of system voltages as a genome. The best-performing (i.e., “fittest”) genomes were preserved and improved via a composite cloning-breeding approach. The desirable traits of the initial, mostly low-performing genomes were passed selectively to subsequent generations. For each logic gate evolved, the genetic algorithm almost always converged to a viable genome within less than 200 generations. The researchers note that due to the slow input signals they used, the process took about an hour; optimizing the system set-up could result in faster evolution. “Using the artificial evolution procedure… we succeeded to realize fully configurable, robust Boolean logic in disordered nanoparticle networks at our base temperature of ~0.3 K. These results comprise the first experimental demonstration of exploiting disordered matter at the nanoscale for computational functionality,” the authors write.They note that the system meets the criteria for the physical realization of cellular neural network and that the same evolutionary approach with a more sophisticated electrode layout could yield many more computational tasks. “Our evolutionary approach works around device-to-device variations at the nanoscale and the accompanying uncertainties in performance, which is increasingly becoming a bottleneck for the miniaturization of conventional electronic circuits. The results, therefore, also need to be seen in the light of these exciting possibilities,” they write. © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Researchers use disordered matter for computation, evolving breakthrough nanoparticle Boolean logic network (2015, September 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-disordered-evolving-breakthrough-nanoparticle-boolean.html Working electronic circuits produced through artificial evolution This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: “Evolution of a designless nanoparticle network into reconfigurable Boolean logic.” Nature Nanotechnology (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2015.207AbstractNatural computers exploit the emergent properties and massive parallelism of interconnected networks of locally active components. Evolution has resulted in systems that compute quickly and that use energy efficiently, utilizing whatever physical properties are exploitable. Man-made computers, on the other hand, are based on circuits of functional units that follow given design rules. Hence, potentially exploitable physical processes, such as capacitive crosstalk, to solve a problem are left out. Until now, designless nanoscale networks of inanimate matter that exhibit robust computational functionality had not been realized. Here we artificially evolve the electrical properties of a disordered nanomaterials system (by optimizing the values of control voltages using a genetic algorithm) to perform computational tasks reconfigurably. We exploit the rich behaviour that emerges from interconnected metal nanoparticles, which act as strongly nonlinear single-electron transistors, and find that this nanoscale architecture can be configured in situ into any Boolean logic gate. This universal, reconfigurable gate would require about ten transistors in a conventional circuit. Our system meets the criteria for the physical realization of (cellular) neural networks: universality (arbitrary Boolean functions), compactness, robustness and evolvability, which implies scalability to perform more advanced tasks. Our evolutionary approach works around device-to-device variations and the accompanying uncertainties in performance. Moreover, it bears a great potential for more energy-efficient computation, and for solving problems that are very hard to tackle in conventional architectures. (Phys.org)—Natural computers, such as evolved brains and cellular automata, express sophisticated interconnected networks and exhibit massive parallelism. They also adapt to exploit local physical properties such as capacitative crosstalk between circuits. By contrast, synthetic computers channel activity according to established design rules and do not adapt to take advantage of their surroundings. Thus, researchers are interested in using matter itself for computation. Journal information: Nature Nanotechnology Schematic of the device layout and working principle. Credit: (c) 2015 Nature Nanotechnology (2015) doi:10.1038/nnano.2015.207 Explore further
What do you think of the current music scene in India. There’s a whole new buzz about our music. What is your opinion.To be honest we have no idea what is going on now in India music wise. It’s one of our major goals when we are there. Finding out what is hot and what is not. We love traditional and classic Indian music, and also love the Indian pop culture. But it has been a while since we were there…The young generation is trying to experiment. Is that a good thing always? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Music is like fashion and design, a sign of the times, giving each time its own look or sound score. Always on the move, always taking steps forwards, sometimes looking back at older styles and reinventing them. There have been great new artistes lately, pushing the boundaries of music a little forward. Unfortunately. there has not been a style which has been revolutionary in the past eight years or so, like Charleston, jazz, rock and roll, hippie, disco, punk, new wave, house music, techno and electro have been in their era. It seems there are too few angry young people and lots of music is made to make as much money as possible, not to create or stir a revolution. But for sure this will change, it’s the nature of human beings, to change, sometimes slowly, sometimes fast. We can’t wait to hear what the future sounds like. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhat do you think sets you guys apart?There are not that many DJs who do music for the fashion industry. You have to love both music and fashion and know how both worlds work. The music industry is mostly afraid of fashion, mainly because they do not understand what it is all about, the fashion industry loves music though… We love both worlds and we love putting on a show. We are perfectionists and always looking for ways to do things different so the music you’ll hear at a show stands out and makes the clothes look good! You have been associated with a lot of different kinds of music. What keeps you going?There’s so much music, from ethnic to classical, from pop to experimental and underground. It’s like finding treasures all the time, and finding out how things can work with collections is like an experimental puzzle. You never know what a designer comes up with, there’s always the challenge to make it work out. We love it.Some inspirations and experiences which have enriched you.To be honest, it’s always the next show which is the most inspiring, the kick of finding out what to do and making it work. And, as we said, there’s so much music in the world, there’s always an artiste who we do not know, or a certain style which opens a complete new world for us. Lately, we have been inspired by new young artistes like Trippple Nippples from Japan and Grimes from the USA, but are also digging deep into the music made by French singer and composer Serge Gainsbourg and are discovering the works of minimal classical composer Otte.If you were making a debut, hypothetically, at this point of life what do you think as a newcomer you are likely to offer your audience?Guts and the power to create something fresh! If you had to do something all over again what would that be?If we listen to some of our really old mixes we would do them completely differently. In the beginning we were thinking of electronic dance music, while nowadays we are open to any style of music.Does India listen to anything other than Bollywood? Of course it does. The music from India has a great history, there’s beautiful classical and traditional music and there has to be new stuff and artistes which we do not know [yet]. We can’t wait for the workshop where we are hopefully going to find out much and much more.
The show titled Bhumi brings together yoga, spirituality and organic relationship with the Earth to spread uplifting, hopeful messages to inspire the audience.Bhumi is the brainchild of Goura Prema, India’s Got Talent Finalist and Director of Natya Nectar. Presented by the Natya Nectar International Dance Company, Bhumi is rooted in the earth, but supported by four pillars that will provide a strong base to hold up this monumental performance.What Bhumi stands for the aesthetic rendering of the relationship between Mother Earth and her inhabitants. It will explore environmental issues, in India, that lead to diseases, and health concerns, which impact our future. But more importantly, it will highlight the solutions. The four supporting mediums will interlace a narrative of holistic life. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Prema started her dance academy Natya Nectar Dance Company in 2008 in New Delhi. Her vision is to make a deep impact on audiences around the world, with the great stories of Mahabharat, Ramayana and Bhagavad-gita. Her passion for art forms has been extended to aerial silks and acro yoga as well with equal amount of poise. She has been practicing Aerial Silks for over 6 years and has received extensive training in San Francisco and LA.When: 5 November, 7:30 onwardsWhere: Kamani Auditorium