Dhirendra Brahmachari calls crackdown on gun factory in Jammu ‘political vendetta’

first_imgDhirendr BrahmachariIt was one move by Farooq Abdullah, chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, which could have been guaranteed to stir up a hornet’s nest in and out of Parliament. Abdullah’s police cracked down on two gun factories at the Gandhinagar industrial estate in Jammu, hauling in barrels, butts and,Dhirendr BrahmachariIt was one move by Farooq Abdullah, chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, which could have been guaranteed to stir up a hornet’s nest in and out of Parliament. Abdullah’s police cracked down on two gun factories at the Gandhinagar industrial estate in Jammu, hauling in barrels, butts and complete firing and locking mechanisms, all imported from Spain and sufficient to make 615 Spanish sporting guns by the application of the proverbial screwdriver.The bigger of the two factories, Shiva Gun Factory, is owned by Swami Dhirendra Brahmachari, the ‘flying yogi’ who is regarded by many as being connected with the Gandhi household. Components enough to make 500 guns were recovered from his premises, whereas those for another 115 guns were found in the factory of the neighbouring Khairuddin and Company.It was before a packed court-room that the Chief Justice of Jammu & Kashmir, V. Khalid, read out his order, granting interim anticipatory bail to Brahmachari but asking him to furnish a surety of Rs 2 lakh, two personal bonds of the same amount, and stipulating that he would not move out of Delhi, his home town, and would make himself available to the police in Jammu and Kashmir whenever required.Earlier, Dharam Chand, a partner of Brahmachari, Laxman Chaudhary, the manager and Brahmachari’s nephew, and Yogendra Jha, the store-keeper, had been arrested and a warrant had been issued against Brahmachari.Imported components: Bizarre dramaThe charges: violation of as many as nine provisions of the Indian Arm’s Act.Wide Notice: The case was naturally lapped up by the media. The extent of the alleged crime was overshadowed by the weight of the personality in question the – dhoti-clad swami hovering for nearly a decade now in the twilight zone between politics and business.advertisementFuelling the fire of curiosity was the rumour of Brahmachari having lately fallen out of favour with 1 Safdarjung Road, a rumour made potent by the abrupt discontinuation of his television programmes, Yogabhyas, early this year.For Farooq, it was a clever plan to catch Mrs Gandhi on the wrong foot because her connection with Brahmachari is so well publicised that the flak going towards him is bound to hit her as well.Brahmachari is of course a deft manipulator, having worked his way upward from the anonymity of a rustic background in north Bihar to the glittering company of successive prime ministers of India, extensive media attention, and acknowledged VIP status.But the fiasco in Jammu also puts to test his capacity to outwit his detractors and to be able to play once more his ace – the Mrs Gandhi card.Obvious Overtones: Though the charges are serious, the political overtones of the episode could not have been more obvious. On November 19, a bare 12 hours after the first search had been made at the premises of the Shiva Gun Factory, Farooq himself accompanied the police team that seized the gun barrels and rounded up the three men.Next day, the chief minister was in New Delhi discussing with opposition MP’s the Brahmachari affair. On November 21, when non-Congress(I) members staged a walk-out from the Lok Sabha demanding a statement from the Union Government, Farooq was seated in the VIP enclosure, observing the discomfiture of the treasury bench.During his stay in the capital, Farooq called on Brahmachari in his Vishwayatan Yogashram on Ashok Road, ostensibly to “inform him of the charges being brought against him”.Police at the Shiva Gun Factory: Sudden crackdownIt hardly assuaged Brahmachari’s feelings, greatly roused by such unaccustomed incursions by the state into his business affairs. At a press conference called immediately after the tete-a-tete with his tormentor, the swami quoted a Sanskrit sloka which meant that a king was “like a prostitute, favouring you now and punishing you when it does not suit him”. He maintained that he had done everything in accordance with law, and the case was a plain concoction by the overzealous chief minister, “a blackmail and a political stunt”.The blackmail theory was Brahmachari’s legal defence, to which O.P. Sharma, his thick-jowled, assertive lawyer added the glib motive that Farooq, by applying pressure on Brahmachari, had in fact wanted him to act as intermediary and improve Farooq’s relations with Mrs Gandhi.Still no statement in his defence was forthcoming from any recognised leader of the Congress(I), thus confirming the view (INDIA TODAY, August 15) that his stock with the prime minister’s house had plummeted.In the application for anticipatory bail, Brahmachari’s counsel noted: “in a most irresponsible manner a false case has been concocted against the petitioner (Brahmachari) which stands registered under the fir No 364 of 1983 in the Police Station. Gandhi Nagar, Jammu. The copy of this FIR would show that it starts with vague allegations to the effect that on 18th November, 1983 there was a report at 4:30 p.m. that a sufficient quantity of barrels and guns with identification marks of a foreign country and an equal number of spares had been stored in Shed No. 6 of the factory and as such ex-facie offence U/S 3/25 of the Indian Arms Act seems to have been committed.”advertisementThe petition added: “There are public documents duly executed by the government authorities which are evidence to the fact that the firm M/s Shiva Gun Factory have been carrying on the manufacturing business with a clear conscience and without any criminal intention. There is no violation of any law, licence or notification, neither the same is indicated in the five days’ investigation by the police.”In Jammu Brahmachar owns three huge estates, including the fortress-like Aparna Ashram at Mantlai on the southern slope of the Shivaliks in Udhampur district and the gun factory, which went onstream in 1980 within months of Mrs Gandhi’s return to power, has since been looked upon with awe and curiosity.The combination of yoga and the firearms is of course a teasing puzzle. But still more confounding is the steep rise in its fortunes. After just three years in business, Shiva Gun Factory is already the second largest among the state’s 25 gun makers, and the largest of the 23 huddled in one block of sheds at Gandhinagar industrial estate.Shed No. 9 of the Shiva Gun Factory: Thriving businessIt is licensed to make 3,000 single and double-barrel guns in a year, but most of the neighbouring factories, though in existence for decades, could not get licence limits enhanced beyond 600-800.However, Brahmachari was licensed by the Union Home Ministry – when Giani Zail Singh was the home minister – to manufacture the guns under Form Nine of the Indian Arms Act. There are two other kinds of licence possible in the small arms trade, under Forms Eleven and Twelve, by which the licencees can repair and “keep and sell” the guns respectively.A Form Nine licence-holder can of course sell the guns he has made, but has no right to trade in guns of a different make, or those which have just been assembled by him through a factory process not covered by the scope of the word ‘manufacture’.Simple Operation: In 1981 and 1982, when Brahmachari’s factory made and sold 3,000 guns worth an estimated Rs 37.5 lakh each year the process he employed was similar to the general practice in the small arms trade: rolling mild steel into a barrel shape, threading and boring holes through it, machining the body and the trigger, sawing the butt into shape, varnishing it, and putting the components together.The product was a fully indigenous Indian gun. Says Charan Pal Singh, secretary-general of the All India Arms Dealers’ Association: “To my knowledge, no Indian gun-maker uses foreign parts or components. The fact that Swami Dhirendra Brahmachari was using or, as the police say, assembling imported components is a revelation to me.”advertisementWith a single-barrel gun made in Brahmachari’s factory priced at around Rs 800 (double-barrel: Rs 1,700), it was considered cheap by Indian standards. Guns made- at Monghyr district in Bihar, the Mecca of the Indian small arms industry, now sell at Rs 1,500 and upwards for single-barrel, depending on finishing and workmanship.Brahmachari sold his guns through registered dealers, and even the police in Jammu affirmed they had no evidence of the guns finding their way into the hands of Sikh extremists.Lawyer Sharma: Rebutting the chargesForeign Connection: However, in a move bearing the hall-mark of Brahmachari’s business genius, he entered into an agreement early this year with Carrero Y. Astellara, the Spanish makers of guns and other firearms, for what he described as “components of guns” but what a police official in Jammu described as “complete guns in a knocked-down condition”.S. Balbir Singh, chairman of the Jammu & Kashmir Small-scale Gun Manufacturers’ Association, who owns the nearby Friends Gun Factory, trotted out the relevant figures. According to Singh, an imported Spanish single-barrels gun would sell in India for a price varying between Rs 3,000 and Rs 3,500 depending on quality. Since the barrel and the body, as seen after the seizure, distinctly carry the ‘Made in Spain’ markings, Brahmachari’s guns could be sold as authentic Spanish guns.The cost of components, with duty and freight paid – as Singh estimated it – would be about Rs 600 per single-barrel gun, whereas that of a double-barrel gun would be Rs 2,500. With a Spanish double-barrel gun costing Rs 15,000 in India, Brahmachari could easily earn a profit.The disputed consignment would have fetched him Rs 14.5 lakhs, by trading in the 500 foreign guns bought lock, stock and barrel.However, when Shiva Gun Factory was allotted importers’ code number B 8211595 on February 21 this year, it was on an application that it would import parts of arms including gun barrels and blanks; components of 12-bore shot-guns; metal joining machinery and tools; and explosive items. Brahmachari’s plea is that, being an actual user (that is, a licensed industrial undertaking), he is free to import the necessary components under open general licence (OGL).Differences: The basic difference between an Indian gun and a European gun is in the metal. Whereas the barrel of an Indian gun is made of mild steel, prone to bursting whenever there is an obstruction in the path of the bullet, the European gunsmiths use alloy steel of a higher grade, more ductile and malleable, which would ‘bulge’ rather than burst in the event of a firing jam.Gun-dealers holding licence under Form Twelve of the Indian Arms Act often ask, and get, fancy price for English, Czechoslovak and Spanish sporting guns.Talking to the press, Brahmachari asserted that he had decided to import foreign components to “improve the quality of the product”. He repeated the argument that, as actual user, a term defined in the Union Government’s Import-Export policy manual as an industrial undertaking duly licensed to manufacture any goods, he was fully entitled to import the components.He produced the customs documents as well as the importer’s code number, allotted to him by the chief controller of imports and exports, to prove his bona fides as a legal importer.However, the prosecution counsel, while challenging Brahmachari’s petition for anticipatory bail, said:what Brahmachari was claiming to be components of guns were really complete guns in broken-down condition;he is licensed to store fire-arms and their components in Shed No. 9, but he stored them in Shed No. 6 which, though belonging to Shiva Gun Factory, is not mentioned in the 1983 licence;he brought the “guns” to Jammu & Kashmir without securing a ‘no objection certificate’ from either the home secretary of the state or the commissioner of police of Delhi, the place where the consignment arrived. This, the counsel added, amounted to “clandestine” movement of arms and was punishable under Section 26 of the Indian Arms Act, the maximum punishment for which was imprisonment for seven years.The legality of the import and use of the components will naturally be decided by the court. But the news of Brahmachari’s Spanish connection could not have leaked out had it not irked the labour force, 101 of whom (out of 131) had been employed on casual basis and had been asked to leave last month because, as Laxman Chaudhary said, “the licence quota for the year had been fulfilled”.As a matter of fact, some of the workers told police that their future was uncertain because the owners would from now on require only a minimal work-force for just joining the parts together. Farooq said the police stormed into the factory only after they were “tipped off” about the Spanish guns by the workers.However, the move against Brahmachari could not have been purely accidental; indulgence is perhaps the right word that sums up the relationship till recently between Brahmachari on one hand and the late Sheikh Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah on the other. Even Farooq admitted, though on an obvious note of injured innocence: “He (Brahmachari) has been kind to me all his life. He knew my father. I did not know that he’d take advantage of this and use this facility for virtual gun-running.”Friendly Exchanges: The friendship is obvious from the fact that Farooq, on assuming chief ministership of Jammu & Kashmir, made use of the Swami’s six-seater Cessna aircraft a number of times: between October 1982 and April 1983, the aircraft’s log-book shows at least eight entries of the chief minister’s name.However, more significant is the fact that the National Conference Government had continuously overlooked the manner in which Brahmachari and the various societies floated by him had acquired immovable property in Jammu & Kashmir.Under the Permanent Resident’s Certificate Act of Jammu & Kashmir, read with the Transfer of Property Act valid in the state, no transfer of land is possible in favour of someone who is not a permanent resident of Jammu & Kashmir unless it is with express permission of the state Cabinet. However, at Mantlai, altogether 628 kanals and 14 marlas (roughly 79 acres) of land has been allowed to be transferred to Aparna Ashram, of which Brahmachari is the director, from 71 small plot-owners.The Jammu & Kashmir Agrarian Reforms Act, 1978, says that any such transfer without permission of the revenue minister is void. This act was amended in 1981 and the restriction was removed to the extent of transfer up to four kanals.Religious Offerings: However, 37 of the 71 plots transferred to Aparna Ashram measured more than four kanals. As many as 52 transfers were effected after 1975, so that the National Conference Government cannot take the plea that the earlier Congress regime had ordered all the transfers.Revenue Minister Pyare Lai Handoo says the transfers were executed in the guise of religious offering, or sankalp. He agreed that sankalp had no legal sanctity. In fact, his department is currently raking up land records. “We must take action on ascertaining the facts,” he said on behalf of the Government after 12 year of inaction. The first transfer at Mantlai was effected in 1971.The Aparna Ashram at Mantlai is a sort of yogic Xanadu complete with a 15-acre airstrip, control tower, two hangars, a swimming pool, central road as spacious as Delhi’s Janpath, orchard, lawns and a building-cum-hostel complex with a close-circuit colour television network, which is fully air-conditioned, marble-floored and designed like a tree with rows of rooms resting on suspended cantilevers. All this was built on land whose tenure was, at best, uncertain.Said Bhim Singh, MLA from Chenani in Udhampur district: “The Central Government allowed Brahmachari to build his palace knowing well that the airstrip was only seven miles from a sensitive radar unit and less than 15 miles from the headquarters of the entire Northern Command. The state Government ignored the illegality of the land transfers. Brahmachari certainly knows magic.”In 1978, when the late Sheikh was the chief minister, the state Government issued a gazetted notification allowing “a transfer of immovable property situated at Katra and the villages contiguous to it in favour of Vishwayatan Yogashram, a society registered under the Societies’ Registration Act, 1860”. Brahmachari is the director of Vishwayatan Yogashram too.Thus, the transfer of 177 kanals of land to the Yogashram was legalised at Katra, an important centre along the pilgrim trail to the shrine of Vaishno Devi. The Katra ashram too is now equipped with an air-strip, two-way radio communication equipment and control tower.The third unit of the swami’s yoga establishments in Jammu is currently coming up at Gandhinagar, the upper class residential suburb of Jammu city, only two miles from the airport. In the Gandhinagar area, construction of only two floors, or up to 35 feet, is allowed; but Aparna Ashram is building a six-storey 90-feet structure without permission from the Jammu Municipal Council.A recommendation to that effect by Ved Bajaj, president of the council, to demolish the building has not been acted upon. The municipal records also say that the land does not belong to Aparna Ashram but to Sohan Singh, a taxi-driver of Jammu, though the signboard of Aparna Ashram is consipicuously displayed at the building.Deft Manoeuvres: However, none of his other enterprises could grow faster than his arms business. Brahmachari secured the licence to manufacture guns, again, by a series of deft manipulations: firstly, by picking up a mechanic, Dharam Chand, whose own petty repairing licence had lapsed on non-use 30 years ago; then by offering him finances and getting his licence upgraded to initially a licence for making one gun at a time (1977), and then for making 3,000 guns (1980).If the state Government had not abruptly gone and thrown a spanner in the works, the Spanish deal would have given him a clear headstart in the market for superior guns by paying moderate customs duty on imported components.And his field of activity would invariably have been Jammu & Kashmir, a state which he has frequented since early ’50s and where he feels secure. During the Janata period, he shifted to Mantlai and possibly would not have come back to Delhi if Mrs Gandhi had not returned.Says Farooq: “Look at his Delhi Ashram which, with its cheap partition walls, frayed upholstery and ramshackle structure, looks like a transit camp. And look at his places in Jammu, solidly built, massive and secure.” Apparently, the swami always kept in mind the contingency of the fluctuating fortunes of his patrons in Delhi, and regarded Jammu & Kashmir as a haven of continuity, where the ruling people would always remain on the right side of Mrs Gandhi and her minions.The police entered the premises of Shiva Gun Factory shattering the unusual swami’s fond dreams.last_img read more

Japan-India defence coop aimed at China disgraceful: Beijing

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Sept 13 (PTI) Reacting angrily to a report that Japan plans to sell search and rescue aircraft to India at a lower cost, China today said it would consider such a move “disgraceful” if it is aimed at pressuring Beijing over the disputed South China Sea issue.”I have noted this report. We hold no objection to normal state to state cooperation including defence cooperation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying told media briefing here today.”But if the report is true that if someone is making unrighteous move then this is very disgraceful,” she said replying to a questionthat Tokyo plans sell USD 1.6 billion worth of Shinmaywa US-2+ search and rescue aircraft to India at a cheaper rates to strengthen security cooperation with New Delhi.Asked to elaborate on why China regards this sale of weapons disgraceful, Hua said “we hold no objection to state to state cooperation including defence cooperation as long is such cooperation is normal”.”But as reported that the Japanese government is to cut the price to sell weapons to India with an aim to pressurise China on the South China Sea issue and such attempt is targeted at China. If such a report is true then we dont think the purpose such cooperation is righteous”. PTI KJV NSAlast_img read more

10 days agoGalliani supports AC Milan moving from San Siro

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Galliani supports AC Milan moving from San Siroby Carlos Volcano10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMonza chief Adriano Galliani supports AC Milan moving from San Siro.Both Galliani and former Milan president Silvio Berlusconi are now in charge of Monza.And Galliani has throw his support behind a new stadium to replace San Siro.He said, “San Siro, for how it was built, in different periods, can’t be refurbished. In addition, the two Milan teams would have to play away for several years.“I don’t understand all these tears for having a new, wonderful, modern stadium, which would be two steps away from the current one. It’ll always be San Siro.” last_img

Michigan Football Announces Date, Time For Spring Game

first_imgjim harbaugh talks to his players before the ohio state gameCOLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches his team warm up before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh announced some major news on the latest episode of his podcast.The Wolverines’ head coach shared on his podcast the date and time for the program’s spring game, which is coming in early April.Michigan will be holding its spring game on Saturday, April 13 at 5 p.m. E.T.This will be the Wolverines’ first spring game since 2017. Michigan’s glorified exhibition had to be cancelled last year due to weather.Exciting new podcast coming tomorrow. We talk w/ new QBs coach Ben McDaniels & Gary McNamara (dad of @Cademac_12) for our 3rd installment of “Lucky Sports Parents.” Plus @CoachJim4UM mentions the spring game (Apr 13 at 5pm) & an event at the stadium on Apr 6 (practice & FanFest?)— The Harbaughs’ Podcast (@AEDPodcast) February 18, 2019There will be some added attention on this year’s spring game for Michigan, as the Wolverines will be boasting a new-look offense in 2019, led by former Alabama assistant coach Josh Gattis.With a scheduled night kickoff on a spring Saturday, the Wolverines could end up having one of the most-attended spring games in the country.Stay tuned for an official announcement on the spring game from Michigan’s program.Harbaugh’s “Attack Each Day” podcast will be released on Tuesday.last_img read more

Cargo Ship Nihal Denied Entrance to Paris MoU Region

first_imgzoom The 1994-built general cargo ship Nihal was detained in Birkenhead, UK on September 18 due to multiple detentions, according to the Paris MoU organization.The ship flies the flag of Cook Islands, which is black on the current Paris MoU White, Grey and Black (WGB) list.Following its arrest, the 5,730 dwt ship was refused further access to any port and anchorage in the Paris MOU region, except a port and anchorage of the ship’s flag state.The refusal of access became applicable immediately after the ship was authorized to leave Birkenhead port and anchorage.Paris MoU informed that, as this is the ship’s first refusal of access order, the period of the refusal of access will be three months.According to AIS data provided by MarineTraffic, the vessel departed Birkenhead port on September 20 and is currently on its way to Portugal’s port of Lisboa, where it is scheduled to arrive on September 25.last_img read more

US stocks edge lower as tariff threat hits tech stocks

first_imgNEW YORK — U.S. stocks are slipping Tuesday morning as technology companies fall after President Donald Trump said he expects to put more tariffs on imports from China. That could increase the cost of products like laptops and smartphones. Other stocks are also lower after a strong gain the day before. Industrial conglomerate United Technologies is falling after saying it will split up into three smaller companies.KEEPING SCORE The S&P 500 index lost 6 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,667 at 10 a.m. Eastern time. The index jumped 1.6 per cent Monday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 127 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 24,512. The Nasdaq composite dipped 13 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 7,069. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks slid 6 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 1,499.MORE TARIFF TURMOIL FOR TECH: Trump told the Wall Street Journal that he expects to raise tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports on Jan. 1. That increase, already scheduled, will raise the tax rate on those products to 25 per cent from 10 per cent. Trump also threatened again to place tariffs on all remaining U.S. imports from China.The administration’s current tariffs have driven up costs for many businesses, but consumers haven’t felt as much of a sting. Another round of tariffs on products like laptops and computers would change that. Trump is scheduled to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Group of 20 summit in Argentina later this week.Apple gave up 1.2 per cent to $172.55, and chipmakers also fell. Intel fell 1.4 per cent to $46.74 and Microchip Technology lost 2.4 per cent to $73.93.Apple stock has fallen 26 per cent since early October, a drop that wiped out almost $300 billion in value. Apple and Microsoft are now essentially tied for the title of the most valuable publicly traded company in the world. Microsoft hasn’t done any worse than the rest of the stock market in October and November and it was unchanged at $106.47 Tuesday. Apple’s current market value is about $819 billion to $817 billion for Microsoft.NO LONGER UNITED: United Technologies said it will split into three companies now that it has finished its $23 billion purchase of aviation electronics maker Rockwell Collins. The company’s aerospace and defence industry business will keep the United Technologies name, while its Otis elevator business and Carrier air conditioner and building systems unit will become separate companies.The stock fell 6.1 per cent to $120.16.BRISTOL BRUISED: Bristol-Myers Squibb fell after it reported disappointing results from a cancer drug study. The company said the combination of its drugs Yervoy and Opdivo did not impose survival for patients with small cell lung cancer. Bristol-Myers was studying the drug as a maintenance therapy for patients who had already finished a round of chemotherapy.The stock shed 4.6 per cent to $50.32.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude rose 0.4 per cent to $51.85 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, rose 0.3 per cent to $60.64 a barrel in London.BONDS: Bond prices edged higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 3.06 per cent from 3.07 per cent.CURRENCIES: The dollar edged up to 113.67 yen from 113.64 yen. The euro felt to $1.1303 from $1.1328.OVERSEAS: Germany’s DAX fell 0.2 per cent and the British FTSE 100 slid 0.4 per cent. In France, the CAC 40 lost 0.3 per cent.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 added 0.6 per cent and South Korea’s Kospi rose 0.8 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gave up 0.3 per cent.____AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAPMarley Jay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Rahul Gandhi explains what it means to be a good brother

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who are on the campaign trail for the Lok Sabha polls, met each other at the Kanpur airport in Uttar Pradesh and shared a few light-hearted moments.Posting a video of their meeting on Facebook, Rahul Gandhi wrote: “Was nice meeting Priyanka at Kanpur Airport! We’re headed to different meetings in UP.” “Let me tell you what it means be a good brother. What it means is that I am doing these massive long flights and I am going in a little helicopter squeezed up. And she is doing short flights and going in a big helicopter,” he says in the video, with Priyanka Gandhi laughing and saying “that is not true”. But, I love her, the Congress chief added. The two also posed for photographs with pilots and the airport ground staff. While Rahul Gandhi was in Raebareli and Amethi on Saturday, Congress general secretary in-charge Uttar Pradesh (East) Priyanka Gandhi was in Unnao and Barabanki.last_img read more

UN peacekeeping chief arrives in Côte dIvoire confers with presidentelect

“As head of peacekeeping operations, my first objective is to come and support our missions, especially when they face particularly delicate moments as is now the case in Côte d’Ivoire,” Alain Le Roy, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations told reporters after the meeting with Mr. Ouattara and his team in Abidjan, the commercial capital of Côte d’Ivoire.“UNOCI [UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire] is facing a population and political leaders who are partially hostile to its presence,” Mr. Le Roy added. He said UN will continue to provide support to UNOCI to ensure that it fully and firmly fulfils its mandate.“President Ouattara found that UNOCI was fulfilling its mandate satisfactorily but said, however, that there were still improvements to be made,” Mr. Le Roy said, stressing that the UN mission was not at war with anyone in the country.“We protect civilians as impartially as possible because we have to protect civilians whoever they are, whatever their political affiliation or ethnic group,” Mr. Le Roy added.Asked whether he might meet Laurent Gbagbo, the outgoing president who has refused to step down after he was defeated by Mr. Ouattara in the run-off poll held on 28 November, Mr. Le Roy said that he had requested a meeting and was awaiting response.Mr. Le Roy also met with the African Union’s (AU) representative in Côte d’Ivoire, Ambroise Niyonsaba, and French Ambassador Jean-Marc Simon to discuss the post-election crisis.“The United Nations, AU, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the entire international community are working together to help Côte d’Ivoire to achieve peace and they are making great efforts in this regard in order to get out of this difficult situation,” Mr. Niyonsaba said after the meeting with Mr. Le Roy.Mr. Simon appealed for calm and urged all parties to avoid violence. “Everyone has to listen to reason,” he said.Côte d’Ivoire, the world’s largest cocoa exporter, was split by civil war in 2002 into a Government-controlled south and a rebel-held north. UNOCI has been supporting reunification efforts, of which November’s vote, which was delayed for five years, was a crucial step.Cote 27 December 2010The head of the United Nations peacekeeping operations arrived in Côte d’Ivoire today and met president-elect Alassane Ouattara, while stressing his department’s support for the UN mission in the West Africa country, which has plunged into political uncertainty following the outgoing leader’s refusal to stand down after losing the election. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,742.20, down 58.20 points):Birchcliff Energy Ltd. (TSX:BIR). Oil and gas. Up seven cents, or 1.34 per cent, to $5.31 on 7.1 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Down 52 cents, or 3.83 per cent, to $13.07 on 6.2 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down three cents, or 1.28 per cent, to $2.32 on 5.6 million shares. The Montreal-based company’s rail division informed the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) that because of supply chain issues it will deliver 65 vehicles by the end of the year, short of its original target of 70.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down five cents, or 1.67 per cent, to $2.95 on 4.6 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down eight cents, or 0.56 per cent, to $14.27 on 3.7 million shares.Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. (TSX:KLG). Miner. Down $1.64, or 8.87 per cent, to $16.85 on 3.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Wireless communications. Up 14 cents, or 0.99 per cent, to $14.34 on 1.6 million shares. The Waterloo-based company and smartphone maker Blu Products have signed a patent license agreement and ended their legal fight. Under the deal, Blu will make on-going payments to BlackBerry. Additional terms of the agreement were confidential.Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE). Oil and gas. Down 30 cents, or 1.91 per cent, to $15.44 on 950,012 shares. The Saskatchewan government has given Husky Energy the OK to restart a pipeline after a major oil spill along the North Saskatchewan River in July 2016.The Jean Coutu Group Inc. (TSX:PJC.A). Drug store chain. Down eight cents, or 0.32 per cent, to $24.66 on 387,013 shares. The Quebec-based pharmacy chain earned $47.8 million (26 cents per diluted share) in its second quarter, down from $51.5 million (28 cents per diluted share) a year ago. Revenue in the quarter totalled $744.3 million, up from $701.2 million a year ago. Last week, Jean Coutu agreed to a $4.5-billion takeover offer from grocery store chain Metro Inc. read more

UNP slams UPFA over statements on polls

He said that the people of the country should align themselves together to reply to these politicians and their followers who make frantic statements in a civilized world. Hashim said that the UNP is confident that in the election to be held on the 17th of August the people will act prudently and take the correct decision to continue with the present civilized administration and to throw out the uncivilized, undisciplined band of goons to the political garbage dump of history. (Colombo Gazette) The United National Party (UNP) today slammed the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) over some statements made with regards to the August 17 Parliament election.UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim said that the statements recently made by the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Anura Priyadharshana Yapa and two other stalwarts of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Prof. Nalin de Silva and singer Madumadhawa Aravinda, clearly indicate the extent of the frenzy the UPFA followers are driven into, facing certain defeat looming large at the upcoming polls. “Mr. Anura Priyadharshana Yapa contends that the election process is muzzled by giving effect to unnecessary laws and regulations. He further states that holding an election without demonstrations, cut-out portraits and posters is something similar to an attempt to keep fish without water.  Prof. Nalin de Silva states that they would chase away the President of the country after the 17th of August.  Songster Madumadhawa Aravinda states that on the 17th of August they will gate-crash into the Temple Trees premises and chase away the Prime Minister Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe,” the UNP General Secretary said. The UNP General Secretary said that the message made loud and clear through those statements is that the followers of the Alliance are unable to respect and abide by the Constitution of this country.“Furthermore, it demonstrates their inability to behave in a manner keeping in line with the morality that the people are used to respect. Those elements have demonstrated in no small measure of their inability to free themselves from the brutal and uncivilized administration and behave as law abiding citizens.  Their efforts are aimed at reinstalling violent politics and the white van culture which prevailed earlier and re-establish the unruly, harsh, destructive family political bandism rejected by the people of this country on the 8th of January,” he added. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 28, 2012 6:34 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,140.33 up 28.70 points):Research In Motion (TSX:RIM). Wireless technology. Up 30 cents, or 2.80 per cent, at $11 on 8,370,816 shares. The stock closed higher despite news that Nokia Corp. asked courts in several countries to uphold an arbitrator’s ruling that could prevent RIM from using certain patented technology, unless it pays royalties to the Finnish cellphone maker.Poseidon Concepts Corp. (TSX:PSN). Fluid handler. Down $1.22, or 23.11 per cent, at $4.06 on 5,957,322 shares.Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM). Oil and gas. Down six cents, or 0.52 per cent, at $11.42 on 5,630,969 shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down six cents, or 1.67 per cent, at $3.54 on 4,282,518 shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up eight cents, or 0.79 per cent, at $10.27 on 3,920,341 shares. The gold sector was up 0.48 point to 312.24 points on the main index.Spartan Oil Corp. (TSX:STO). Oil and gas. Down three cents, or 0.66 per cent, at $4.52 on 3,544,761 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,205.37 down 0.80 point):Pinecrest Energy Inc. (TSXV:PRY). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 1.20 per cent, at $1.64 on 15,705,709 shares. The Calgary-based company booked third-quarter income of $4.6 million or two cents per share. That`s more than double its year-earlier profit of $1.7 million or a penny per share. Revenue jumped 60 per cent to $21 million. The company has agreed to merge with Spartan Oil Corp. (TSX:STO), subject to shareholders’ approval in January.Oceanic Iron Ore Corp. (TSXV:FEO). Mineral explorer. Up half a cent, or 3.45 per cent, at 15 cents on 7,604,100 shares.Companies reporting major news:Celtic Exploration Ltd. (TSX:CLT). Oil and gas. Up three cents, or 0.12 per cent, at $26.03 on 1,711,301 shares. Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) says it will invest $1.55 billion to acquire a half interest in the assets of Celtic. The Calgary-based oil and natural gas exploration and production company is currently in the process of being fully acquired by ExxonMobil Canada Ltd. in a transaction worth $3.1 billion. Shares in Imperial Oil were up 47 cents, or 1.11 per cent, at $42.98 on 665,148 shares.CGI (TSX:GIB.A). Information technology. Down 93 cents, or 3.87 per cent, at $23.12 on 2,112,979 shares. The Montreal-based company posted a fourth-quarter net loss of under $170 million or 58 cents per diluted share, compared with a profit of $69.6 million or 26 cents per share in the year-earlier period. Revenue rose to $1.61 billion from just over $1 billion.Inmet Mining Corp. (TSX:IMN). Miner. Up $9.20, or 17.42 per cent, at $62 on 2,444,736 shares. The Toronto-based miner rejected an unsolicited takeover offer from First Quantum (TSX:FM) worth $4.9 billion. Inmet says its board of directors has determined the offer is not in the best interest of its shareholders. The company also announced a shareholder rights plan, or so-called poison pill, a common tactic used to fend off hostile takeovers. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email

Business Highlights

Business Highlights by The Associated Press Posted Aug 12, 2015 3:54 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 12, 2015 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ___As Chinese yuan falls more, some see little cause for alarmWASHINGTON (AP) — A free-falling Chinese currency could make China’s goods cheaper for foreigners, squeeze Western companies, discourage Chinese tourism, increase China’s exports and complicate the Federal Reserve’s decision on whether to raise American interest rates.If the yuan keeps falling, that is.The Chinese currency sank again Wednesday, a day after Beijing engineered the biggest one-day decline in the yuan in a decade.___No easy formula for best time to book airline ticketsTravellers dream of the perfect trick to find the cheapest airfare every time, every trip.There are theories, some of them backed up by real number-crunching — shop on a Tuesday, 57 days before your flight. But using a tidy formula to find the cheapest fare may be as futile as trying to time the stock market.Airlines Reporting Corp., which handles tickets sold through travel agents, pinpointed Day 57 as when you’ll find the cheapest average domestic fares. But in a nod to the inexactness of the science, it also said that the lowest domestic prices are relatively unchanged about 50 to 100 days before a flight.___Top workers buying businesses from retiring boomer bossesNEW YORK (AP) — As retiring baby boomers look to sell the small businesses they have run for years, top employees are often becoming the boss.The new owners are likely to be general managers, chief operating officers or foremen who have worked for the company for many years and have the savvy to run the business well.Between them, Chris Goodrich and Les Korsos have nearly 25 years at Ewing Sports, a company that sells soccer uniforms to school and other teams. Goodrich, the general manager, and Korsos, the sales manager, closed a deal for the Ewing, New Jersey-based company in July.___US hiring reaches six-month high in June; quits also riseWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers filled more of their available jobs in June, evidence that steady if modest economic growth is putting more Americans to work.The Labor Department said Wednesday that total hiring rose 2.3 per cent to 5.18 million in June, the most in six months and second-highest total since the recession ended in June 2009.Employers posted fewer job openings, but that figure has risen strongly in the past year. And more people quit their jobs, which is a good sign because many people quit when they have new jobs lined up, typically at higher pay. More hiring, quitting and healthy levels of job openings could pressure companies to lift wages.___US budget deficit swells in July due to calendar quirkWASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government ran a much higher budget deficit in July than a year ago, but it’s still on track for the lowest full-year deficit in eight years.The Treasury Department said Wednesday that the July deficit totalled $149.2 billion, up from a deficit of $94.6 billion a year earlier. The deterioration stemmed mainly from the fact that Aug. 1 fell on a Saturday. As a result, the government paid out $42 billion in August benefits in late July instead.___Global Blood Therapeutics latest biotech to double in debutNEW YORK (AP) — Blood disorder drug developer Global Blood Therapeutics shares more than doubled Wednesday as the company became the latest biotechnology company to get a powerful response from investors in its stock market debut.Global Blood Therapeutics Inc. says its treatment for sickle cell disease might stop red blood cells from becoming misshapen, treating the disease rather than its symptoms. The drug, GBT440, is in early clinical testing: as of July 31, it had been given to 30 healthy volunteers and six people with sickle cell disease. The company wants to begin at least one mid-stage trial of the drug in early 2016.___Alibaba’s 1Q sales short of expectations, shares fallNEW YORK (AP) — With sales growth slowing in China, Alibaba is looking across its borders to give sales a boost.The Chinese e-commerce powerhouse reported first-quarter net income more than doubled on strong growth across its online and mobile platforms.Though revenue jumped 28 per cent, the growth fell short of Wall Street expectations and shares fell 6 per cent in early trading.Conlumino analyst Neil Saunders pointed out that revenue growth over the past fiscal year was 39 per cent, and it reached 59 per cent the year before that.___Macy’s sets its sights on China amid tough US climateNEW YORK (AP) — Macy’s Inc. is setting its sights on Chinese shoppers, with plans to test selling goods online in the world’s second-largest economy late this year.The news, announced Wednesday, came as the retailer reported a 26 per cent drop in second-quarter profit and sales that came in short of Wall Street expectations. The company cut its annual sales forecast, and its shares tumbled 5 per cent Wednesday.___Kraft Heinz slashing 2,500 jobs in US, Canada after mergerNEW YORK (AP) — Kraft Heinz says it is cutting about 2,500 jobs as part of its plan to slash costs after the food companies combined.Spokesman Michael Mullen says affected workers are in the U.S. and Canada and were to be notified in person. About 700 of the cuts were coming in Northfield, Illinois, where Kraft had been headquartered.The company would not specify where other cuts were taking place but said that all the jobs were salaried. It said none of the job cuts involved factory workers.___Pipeline: US review taking 5 times longer than averageWASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government review of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas has dragged on for nearly seven years, more than five times the average for such applications.The White House insists it’s simply following a standard and well-established process.In the 6 1/2 years since TransCanada Corp. first applied for a permit, the $8 billion project has become a flashpoint in the debate over climate change.___Acts find unique ways to sell music, reach fans on TwitterATLANTA (AP) — From Kanye West to Taylor Swift to Rihanna, more and more musicians are debuting audio, photo and video content on Twitter to boost marketing efforts without spending big bucks.The social networking platform has also been used by The Rolling Stones and Diana Ross, who recently created accounts to connect with millennials.West unveiled his new album title on Twitter in February. In the same month, Lady Gaga used Twitter’s new video product tool to announce her role on the upcoming season of FX’s “American Horror Story: Hotel.”___Rdio enables saving of tracks from 500 live radio stationsLOS ANGELES (AP) — Rdio, the music subscription service backed by Skype co-founder Janus Friis, is partnering to bring simulcasts of 500 traditional radio stations to its app in the U.S.The move is the next step in its partnership with station owner Cumulus Media Inc., which took a 15 per cent stake in Rdio in 2013.By gaining access to data about what’s playing on the Cumulus-owned stations, like KFOG in San Francisco or KLOS in Los Angeles, the app now allows users to pick favourite tracks and save them for later playback. Playback requires a subscription of at least $4 a month, which caps offline listening at 25 songs. Rollout with other stations and in other countries is planned over the next year.___Greek bailout details pored over across EuropeATHENS, Greece (AP) — Details of Greece’s latest bailout package were being pored over across Europe on Wednesday as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras insisted the agreement with creditors would put “a definitive end” to the country’s economic uncertainty.Tsipras has called an emergency session of parliament to discuss and vote on the bill, which includes painful tax hikes and spending cuts, in time for a confirmed meeting Friday of the eurozone’s 19 finance ministers in Brussels.___By The Associated Press=The Dow Jones industrial average lost 0.33 of a point to close at 17,402.51. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index finished with a gain of 1.98 points, or 0.1 per cent, at 2,086.05. The Nasdaq composite inched up 7.60 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 5,044.39.U.S. crude rose 22 cents to close at $43.30. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. refineries, rose 48 cents to close at $49.66 in London. Wholesale gasoline rose 7 cents to close at $1.764 a gallon. Heating oil rose 2.4 cents to close at $1.587 a gallon. Natural gas rose 8.7 cents to close at $2.931 per 1,000 cubic feet. read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 20, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Nov 20, 2016 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week TORONTO – Five things to watch this week in Canadian business:Economy: Statistics Canada releases the wholesale trade figures for September on Monday followed by retail sales figures for September on Tuesday. The data will help fill out the picture about how the economy fared in the third quarter.Earnings: The earnings season frenzy has settled down — but that doesn’t mean there aren’t big-name companies to look out for. Convenience store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard and bakery goods and grocery giant George Weston both release their latest quarterly results Tuesday.Amaya: A securities tribunal in Quebec will resume hearings Wednesday into allegations that David Baazov, the former CEO of Montreal-based gaming company Amaya, was involved in insider trading. Baazov has maintained his innocence.Ontario Cap and Trade: The fiscal impact of Ontario’s cap and trade program will be the focus of a report to be released Wednesday by the province’s temporary financial accountability officer. The Liberal government has predicted the program will add about $5 a month to home heating bills and four cents a litre to gas prices when it takes effect next year.Talking Climate Change: Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna will speak Friday about the government’s strategy to combat climate change before the Toronto Region Board of Trade. A key component of that plan is a carbon tax, effective 2018. read more

Profs book chronicles corporate social responsibility in mining

Hevina Dashwood’s new book explores corporate social responsibility in the mining industry.When Hevina Dashwood began looking at the issue of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the mining sector, she encountered a number of surprising research findings.The associate professor of political science thought she would find a “top-down” process where international corporate social responsibility principles and practices would filter down slowly from the global level and eventually be adopted by individual mining companies.“What I didn’t expect to see was mining companies acting at a political level globally. They were acting as if they were states because they were setting rules by engaging in governance at the global level for their industry,” she says.“Furthermore, mining companies adopted sustainable development as a normative framework for their emerging CSR policies, which at first glance, would seem inconsistent with the mining of depleting resources.”Hevina Dashwood’s new book.Dashwood’s recently released book, The Rise of Global Social Corporate Responsibility, examines how global norms influenced the mining industry to adopt – and in some cases, trailblaze – corporate social responsibility and sustainable development policies and practices.These include preserving the environment, consulting with communities on access to land, supporting community development projects, respecting human rights, and other internationally recognized principles.In her book, Dashwood draws on insight from international relations theory and develops a theoretical framework based in institutional analysis to explain corporate social responsibility adoption in the mining industry beginning in the mid-1990s.Extensive interviews with key decision makers from three Canadian mining companies, Noranda, Placer Dome and Barrick Gold, provided insight into corporate social responsibility policies and programs.“It’s theoretically interesting and unexpected that some mining companies would actually choose to be responsive to societal pressures and even take on, in some cases, a leadership role in promoting global standards for the industry,” she says.Some leading mining companies became “early adopters” of corporate social responsibility, setting an example for their competitors. Some companies even worked with national governments, and national and global industry associations to set environmental and social standards that all companies in the industry would adhere to.Dashwood attributes this proactive approach in part to what she calls a “critical juncture” that took place in the late 1990s. At the time, the mining industry was under heavy fire from advocacy groups and non-government organizations for practices that harmed environments, local workers and communities.At the same time, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other international bodies were shaping treaties that limited mining companies’ access to land.And, global financial institutions, such as the World Bank, were coming under increasing pressure to attach environmental conditions onto their lending, restricting access to finance for some companies.Worried that their position would further be eroded at the then-upcoming 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, the mining industry mobilized itself to take on its critics.In 2001, the industry formed the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), which adopted the normative framework of sustainable development. The ICMM’s role is to develop standards for the global mining industry and to identify existing global standards that would be applicable to the mining sector.For example, it worked with the Global Reporting Initiative, a non-profit organization that promotes economic, environmental and social sustainability, to come up with reporting criteria relevant to the mining industry.The ICMM also encourages its members to adopt ISO environmental standards, with the most relevant one for mining requiring external or independent certification.Dashwood says much of a company’s willingness to embrace corporate social responsibility policies and practices boils down to the personal commitment of those at the top.“The role of leadership was critical,” she says. “In some mining companies you had executives that were ‘norms entrepreneurs’; they sought to promote the norm of sustainable development within their industry.”Dashwood says that, looking back over the past couple of decades, she thinks the mining industry’s adoption of corporate social responsibility policies and practices reflects a significant culture shift for the industry.“You can really see the shift in thinking on the part of the mining industry,” she says. “Some people brush it off and say, ‘Ah, it’s just PR but it’s not just PR. In fact, you can trace over time where they started from, which was denial and obstruction, to a willingness to engage with their critics and adopt and implement CSR policies and practices.”The Rise of Global Social Corporate Responsibility: Mining and the Spread of Global Norms, is published by Cambridge University Press. read more

2 Ohio State football players no longer with team

Two Ohio State football players are no longer with the team. Sophomore linebacker Conner Crowell and freshman offensive lineman Joey O’Connor “will no longer play football for the Buckeyes,” according to OSU athletics news release Wednesday. Crowell, who has had two surgeries to repair damage suffered from a lower-leg injury, will not be medically cleared by the team’s medical staff and O’Connor has requested a transfer to be closer to home, per the release. Crowell came to OSU as a three-star prospect, according to Rivals.com before sitting out the 2011 season as a redshirt. This past season, Crowell totaled one tackle in the three games he played in. A native of Waldorf, Md., Crowell amassed 212 tackles, nine sacks and five interceptions in his junior and senior seasons at North Point High School. O’Connor came to Columbus as a four-star prospect, according to Rivals.com before sitting 2012 as a redshirt. read more

Celebrating Bonegillas Greek past

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An exhibition paying homage to Greek migrants who were housed in Block 19 at Bonegilla has been given $13,000 by the Victorian Government. The Bonegilla Migrant Experience exhibition will pay tribute to the 300,000 plus displaced people and migrants from the end of World War II to it’s closure in 1971. Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras said that this exhibition “is important to preserve the memory of post-war Greek immigrants whose first experience of Australia was the Bonegilla migrant settlement centre”. The heritage listed attraction was Australia’s biggest and longest running migrant reception centre, this camp was built “originally to promote assimilation was really the birth place of multiculturalism,” Kotsiras said. “Bonegilla is part of all our heritage and can be a great learning and tourism centre for all Australians to enjoy.” “It was through Bonegilla that many Greeks, other immigrants and displaced persons, went off to work on great engineering projects like the Snowy River hydro-electric project as well as other sectors of the economy.” The Bonegilla Migrant Experience celebrates the tremendous contribution our migrant communities have made to Australia.last_img read more

Les mammifères ont évolué en fonction des changements climatiques

first_imgLes mammifères ont évolué en fonction des changements climatiquesSelon une récente étude américaine, les mammifères d’Amérique du Nord, sur les 65 derniers millions d’années, ont évolué en fonction des changements climatiques.Dans une étude publiée dans les Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, des chercheurs américains ont déterminé que, en Amérique du Nord, la plupart des explosions de diversité chez les mammifères correspondait à des changements majeurs dans les températures. Sur les six phases démographiques majeures, quatre montrent des corrélations statistiquement significatives et les deux transitions, plus faibles, correspondent aux périodes où les mammifères d’autres continents sont arrivés en grand nombre.À lire aussiCette vidéo retrace l’évolution de nos ancêtres en moins de 2 minutes”Bien que nous ayons toujours suspecté que d’une manière générale les mammifères réagissaient aux changements climatiques au cours du temps, il y avait une controverse quant à savoir si cela pouvait être démontré de façon quantitative”, explique Christine Janis de l’université Brown cité par Sciences et avenir. “Nous montrons que l’apparition et le déclin des mammifères sont corrélés avec les changements climatiques (baisse ou hausse des paléo-températures mondiales) mais aussi influencés par plusieurs autres perturbations locales comme les mouvements migratoires”, ajoute-elle encore.Mais l’étude fournit aussi des renseignements sur la nature des évolutions observées chez les mammifères. Par exemple, après un épisode de réchauffement durant le Miocène (de -20 à  -5 millions d’années) la végétation s’est transformée et la forêt a laissé la place à la savane. Après cette période, la plupart des herbivores qui constituaient “la faune du Miocène” a connu une évolution de leurs dents qui leur a permis de profiter des sources de nourriture diversifiées de leur nouveau milieu.Le 1 janvier 2012 à 12:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Crown Jewel Highlights Tag Main Event Lesnar vs Strowman World Cup Kurt

first_img Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE posted these highlights following the Crown Jewel event earlier today. Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Google+ For more Crown Jewel videos, visit WWE’s official YouTube channel. WhatsApp Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterest Twitterlast_img

Official Declan Rice extended his West Ham contract

first_imgThe 19-year-old will continue playing for the Hammers, after extending his contract to at least 2024 in the English Premier LeagueThere is much to celebrate today for West Ham United Fans.Ireland national team footballer Declan Rice, has signed to at least 2024 with the Hammers.The 19-year-old has made 51 appearances for his team and signed a new contract with the option to extend it for a further year.“I’m absolutely delighted to have got the contract done, signed and to commit my future to the club until 2024. I’m absolutely ecstatic,” Rice told reporters as quoted by AFP.Mason MountRice tips Mount for greater things Taimoor Khan – September 11, 2019 Declan Rice says that Mason Mount is going to match the exploits of Frank Lampard when he was in his prime during his playing…“Without a doubt, the plan was always to stay at West Ham.”“I’ve had the support from the fans, from the players and from the manager (Manuel Pellegrini) and now, to get it done and commit myself to this club is a very special moment,” he added.“I’m still young, so to put more years on my contract and keep developing here is the best thing for me to do now.”“With the support of the manager, the players, everyone, it was the right thing to do,” he concluded.last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons Locus Robotics Named Top Warehouse Robotics Company For Fourth

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Locus Robotics, the market leader in autonomous mobile robots (AMR) for fulfillment warehouses, recently announced that it has been named to Robotics Business Review‘s 2019 RBR50 for the fourth consecutive year. The RBR50 is an international compilation of 50 of the most innovative and transformative robotics companies that have achieved commercial success in the past year.“We are thrilled to be named to the RBR50 for the fourth year in a row,” said Rick Faulk, CEO of Locus Robotics. “This accolade is a testament to the incredible strides that Locus Robotics has taken this year to become the leader in autonomous mobile robots for warehouses. The market is growing at a record pace due to the tremendous pressure faced by global retailers and 3PLs to deliver in today’s booming e-commerce economy. In 2018, Locus saw a massive uptick in the demand for our uniquely scalable, flexible multi-robot solution. We launched several new customer deployments with the world’s leading 3PL and retail companies and helped them break new productivity records, especially during the 2018 Holiday peak season. We look forward to continued scale and growth in 2019.”For eight years, the RBR50 list has comprised the most influential public and private companies from commercial and industrial robotics categories, including component makers, collaborative robotics, autonomous mobile robots, artificial intelligence, healthcare and service robotics, and more. This year, Robotics Business Review partnered with industry analyst International Data Corporation (IDC) to select this year’s winners. Robotics Business Review’s editorial team and IDC researched and reviewed numerous submissions and selected the 2019 leading 50 companies based on their groundbreaking applications, market influence, and industry potential – with an eye towards representing many levels and facets of the global robotics ecosystem.“We continue to be highly impressed with Locus Robotics as it innovates to transform warehouses and e-commerce fulfillment distribution centers through the use of autonomous mobile robots,” said Keith Shaw, Editor-in-Chief of Robotics Business Review. “This is the fourth year that Locus has made the RBR50, proving its status as one of the top robotics companies in the world.”All of the 2019 RBR50 companies are listed in an exclusive database available to Robotics Business Review Insiders. A dedicated webcast later this year will also discuss this year’s RBR50 selections. To access the complete 2019 RBR50 report, visit RoboticsBusinessReview.com.About Locus RoboticsLocus Robotics’ revolutionary, multi-bot solution incorporates powerful and intelligent autonomous mobile robots that operate collaboratively with human workers to dramatically improve piece-handling productivity 2X-3X, with less labor compared to traditional picking systems. This award-winning solution helps retailers, 3PLs, and specialty warehouses efficiently meet and exceed the increasingly complex and demanding requirements of fulfillment environments, easily integrating into existing warehouse infrastructures without disrupting workflows, instantly transforming productivity without transforming the warehouse. For more information, visit www.locusrobotics.com.About Robotics Business ReviewRobotics Business Review provides actionable business intelligence for the global robotics industry. Members enjoy exclusive insights into global news, tracking of financial transactions, analysis of new technologies and companies, annual and quarterly research reports, access to the RBR50 list of leading robotics companies, and much more.(NOTE: The above press release is from Locus Robotics via PR Newsire.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Locus Robotics Announces Partnership With JDA SoftwareIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Locus Robotics Named Leading Warehouse Robotics Company For 3rd Straight YearIn “Business”Wilmington’s Locus Robotics Named “Top Robotics Company To Watch” In 2017In “Business”last_img read more