21 May 2010Measles, a highly contagious viral disease mostly affecting children, has been making a rapid come back, threatening to roll back the progress made through vaccination campaigns during the past two decades, the United Nations health agency warned today. Peter Strebel, a medical officer in the department of immunization and vaccines of the UN World Health Organization (WHO), told reporters in Geneva on the sidelines of the 63rd World Health Assembly, the agency’s decision-making organ, that anti-measles efforts had suffered from inadequate funding and lack of political commitment since 2008.As a result there had been major measles outbreaks in several countries across the world since last year. According to WHO, the combined effects of decreased financial and poor political commitment could lead to over 500,000 deaths a year by 2012, wiping out the gains that had been made over the past two decades.Mr. Strebel said that delegates to the assembly yesterday endorsed a series of interim targets to be met by 2015 to pave the way for the eradication of measles.They, however, highlighted challenges that needed to be overcome to achieve the 2015 targets. The challenges include competing public health priorities, weak immunization systems, sustaining high routine vaccination coverage and plugging the $298 million funding gap for global anti-measles efforts.Ensuring children in hard-to reach populations received vaccinations and addressing an increasing number of measles outbreaks particularly in cross-border areas were the other challenges.According to Mr. Strebel, measles deaths among children under the age of five fell by 89 per cent from 1.1 million in 1990 to 118,000 in 2008, accounting for nearly 25 per cent of the total decline in child mortality over that period.In the assembly, Member States also discussed a global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol. They urged WHO to implement the strategy in collaboration with States, monitor progress and provide support to countries to strengthen national responses to public health problems caused by the harmful use of alcohol.Each year, 2.5 million people worldwide die of alcohol-related causes and harmful drinking is a risk factor for non-communicable diseases. Alcohol is also associated with various infectious diseases, as well as traffic accidents, violence and suicides, they noted.In her closing remarks at the end of the assembly today, WHO’s Director-General Margaret Chan, thanked delegates for agreeing on code of practice on the international recruitment of health personnel.“In addition, you have given public health a policy instrument and guidance for tackling one of the world’s fastest growing and most alarming health problems. This is the rise of chronic non-communicable diseases, like cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory disease,” she said.“Many of these diseases develop slowly, but lifestyle changes that increase the risk are taking place with a stunning speed and sweep. We know that the harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diets are two of the four risk factors for these diseases,” Ms. Chan added.She also lauded the resolution on the marketing of foods and non-alcoholic beverages to children, saying some 43 million pre-school children worldwide are obese or overweight.“Think of what this means in terms of life-long risks to their health. Think about the life-long demands for care at a time when most health systems are already overburdened, under-funded, and dangerously understaffed,” Ms. Chan said.
UN refugee agency calls on Thailand not to forcibly return Myanmar nationalsUN refugee agency calls on Thailand not to forcibly return Myanmar nationals
On 25 December, the Thai authorities asked the group from Myanmar to return to their villages from the Wa Lay temporary site, located at the Pob Phra District in Tak Province, according to a news release issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The group, which includes 50 women and over 70 children, told UNHCR that they were not ready to return because of security concerns. Many of them had already fled their villages more than once since early November after fighting erupted. UNHCR urged the Thai Government to adhere to the internationally accepted principle of non-refoulement, which prohibits returns to a situation of danger.“While strongly appreciating Thailand’s continued policy to allow access to its territory for Myanmar nationals when fighting occurs, UNHCR appeals to the Royal Thai Government that returns should take place on a strictly voluntary basis, and only when conditions are in place to return in safety and dignity,” the Geneva-based agency stated.“While the majority of Myanmar nationals currently seeking temporary protection in Thailand express their wish to return their villages of origin when conditions permit, they should be allowed to make a free and fully informed decision when to do so,” it added.UNHCR said it has already voiced its concern to the Thai authorities over the “hasty manner” in which some returns took place, where some persons returned home only to have to flee again when fighting resumed shortly afterwards.In November UNHCR assisted over 15,000 refugees who fled into northern Thailand after fighting broke out between ethnic Karen rebels and government troops in the Myawaddy area of Myanmar. 28 December 2010The United Nations refugee agency today urged Thailand not to forcibly return a group of some 166 Myanmar nationals who fled their country amid renewed fighting and are currently seeking temporary protection from the Royal Government.
Brock staff participate in 15th annual Wellness DayBrock staff participate in 15th annual Wellness Day
Brock employees practise their selfies during the workshop Selfies 101: A Study in Selfies and Social Media, during Wellness Day. Wellness Day has become one of the most unique events on the Brock University calendar during the last 15 years.Staff can take part in close to 60 workshops meant to break up the summer grind and promote physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, social, environmental, occupational and financial wellness.“It allows employees to participate in various events that (are different),” said Zoe Vulic, Brock Human Resources manager of health management and wellness. “Their morning sessions could be entirely different from their afternoon sessions. They could be playing hockey in the morning and attending a spirituality workshop in the afternoon.”This year was Vulic’s second co-ordinating the event.Brock VP Brian Hutchings addresses staff during the Wellness Day opening plenary. “Overall, employees are very thankful for the day,” she said. “It’s a day there’s little or no cost to them. Human Resources runs the events and funds the event. Employees are very engaged after and thankful the employer considers them to that extent to provide a day like today.”In addition to the workshops, two registered massage therapists set up to provide complimentary chair massages, a DJ played music during lunch in the Market, and there was a Penny Sale where prizes were donated by senior administration and local businesses.Proceeds from the penny sale go to the Brock Wellness Award, which was created last year. The scholarship is presented to the student(s) who demonstrate a commitment to wellness within their community.This year was the first organizers raised money to help offset the costs of the workshops and lunch. Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (gold), Mercer (gold) and Shepell (silver) combined to donate $2,500.“It’s highly critical. It’s crucial almost,” Vulic said. “We are attempting to run the day being mindful of the position of the University and being respectful of the (financial) goals our senior leadership has to achieve. We’re trying to run the day in a cost-conscientious way, so sponsorship has definitely impacted that in a positive way.”During a morning plenary in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock President Jack Lightstone and Vice-President of Finance and Administration Brian Hutchings both spoke of maintaining a healthy balance of work and wellness, encouraging employees to take advantage of activities to improve physical, mental and spiritual health both at work and at home.“If hard work is the only thing in your life, that’s not good for you, and that’s not good for Brock, Lightstone said.Lightstone, Hutchings, Neil McCartney (Provost and Vice-President Academic) and Gary Libben (Vice-President Research) took part in the social media-fueled ALS Ice Bucket Challenge just after 12 noon out front of Schmon Tower.The senior administrators were responding to a challenge issued to them earlier in the day by Human Resources staff. Afterwards, Lightstone challenged Niagara College President Dan Patterson and his Vice-Presidents to do the same.Hutchings also announced early Wednesday that Brock employees are allowed to wear jeans all next week. It’s the final chance for faculty and staff to prepare for the 2014-15 fall/winter term.Brock staff signify ’50’ years prior to taking part in Wellness Day workshops.
Theology and Religious Studies risk disappearing from universities report warnsTheology and Religious Studies risk disappearing from universities report warns
Theology and Religious Studies risk “disappearing” from universities, a report has warned, as figures show that the number of students has almost halved in six years.Over 14,000 students were enrolled on such degree courses in 2011/12, which dropped down to 7,585 by 2017/18, according to an analysis by the British Academy.The figures relate to all higher education students taking course in Theology and Religious Studies course, including undergraduates, masters, doctorates, foundation courses and diplomas.While Theology and Religious Studies has been on a downward trend for the past six years, there has been an increase in students taking Philosophy courses over the same time period.Prof Diarmaid MacCulloch, an expert in church history at Oxford University and vice president of the British Academy, said the figures are “alarming”.“I am extremely concerned about the drop in such a short period, it is really very alarming,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “The problem starts at school. Teachers are not directing people in this important direction and not seeing the value in Theology and Religious Studies.” The report said that the decline cannot be explained by subject choices at school, since A-level entries in Religious Education have increased in the past six years, more than doubling in England and Wales between 2003 and 2017. “Theology and Religious Studies has been on a downward trend in both applications and enrolment of undergraduate students from 2012/13 onwards,” the report says.“If this trend continues, [the] provision will come under serious threat at many institutions and the department closures and mergers, which have already started, will likely continue.” The British Academy, which promotes humanities and social sciences, said it will work with the Theology and Religious Studies community to “assess the vulnerability” of the subject and “ensure a sustainable future”. The report also examined the characteristics of Theology and Religious Studies academics, and found that staff were predominantly male, as well as older on average than staff in other humanities departments. Professor Roger Kain, vice-President of research and higher education policy at the British Academy, said “Not only are the subjects’ popularity on the wane but the problem is confounded by the profile of their teaching staff.“If more ethnically and gender diverse groups do not rise through the ranks, there is a danger that these highly relevant disciplines disappear from our universities.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
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Metso says its Vertimills® are globally recognised as some of the most energy efficient grinding machines, and the company has tried to make that clear in its 2018 annual report.Vertimills have proven to grind more efficiently than horizontal ball mills, with typical energy savings of 25-35% and, in some cases, even 50%, according to Metso.“In addition to grinding efficiency, reduced media consumption, lower installation cost, reduced maintenance, and reduced liner wear make the Metso Vertimill the lowest total cost of ownership option in many applications,” Metso said.Based on a review of the Vertimills currently in operation and a comparison of their efficiency and media consumption relative to a ball mill, Metso estimates that approximately 1.48 million MWh of energy was saved and 652,000 t of CO2 emissions were abated in 2018, compared with 924,000 MWh of energy and 547,000 t CO2, respectively, in 2017.Since its introduction in 1979, over 440 Vertimills have been delivered globally.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram British bookmaker William Hill offered odds of 3/1 that the euro will cease to exist by the end of 2012. It also gave odds for the first country to quit the currency, with Greece as hot favourites at 1/4 followed by Italy on 7/2. “It has been one-way traffic in our market on whether the euro will survive until 2013, with punters only wanting to bet on its demise,” William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said. Sharpe said the odds on the collapse of the euro by the end of next year had at one point been 10/1. The bookmaker is also betting that French President Nicolas Sarkozy is unlikely to win the next election, making him 7/4 second favourite with his rival Francois Hollande the 4/9 odds-on favourite. European leaders are meeting in Brussels on Thursday for a summit aimed at saving the euro from its spiralling debt crisis. British Prime Minister David Cameron warned Tuesday he would block a new European Union treaty if London’s demands are not met, including safeguarding its financial services sector. Source: AFP
Le système de pharmaco-vigilance sera réforméSuite à l’affaire du Mediator, le ministre de la Santé Xavier Bertrand a annoncé que le système de pharmaco-vigilance français serait réformé d’ici fin 2011 grâce à un projet de loi.L’affaire du Mediator, qui a révélé au grand jour le décès de plusieurs centaines de personnes des suites de la prise de ce médicament dangereux, a permis de mettre en exergue les lacunes du système actuel de pharmaco-vigilance. Ainsi, le ministre de la Santé a fait savoir ce lundi 17 janvier, que le système actuel ferait l’objet d’une réforme avant la fin de l’année 2011. Xavier Bertrand a ainsi déclaré sur France Inter : “Des propositions fortes ont été faites, les missions parlementaires se mettent au travail sans tarder, elles vont finir pas plus tard que la fin du premier semestre”.Cette décision du ministre fait suite au rapport accablant de l’Inspection générale des affaires sociales à l’encontre des laboratoires Servier et à la mise en avant d’une tolérance suspecte de l’Afssaps (Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé) vis-à-vis du Mediator, explique Le Monde. Cette réforme du système concerne les différentes agences sanitaires, l’industrie pharmaceutique et les syndicats professionnels. Parmi les changements envisagés, Xavier Bertrand a parlé d’un “renversement de la charge de la preuve : la preuve appartiendra au labo et le doute bénéficiera au patient”. Il s’agira alors pour les différents laboratoires de prouver leur non-culpabilité dans les affaires qui les concernent et non plus au patient de prouver qu’il a été l’objet d’un préjudice. A noter également que le président de l’Afssaps a récemment remis sa démission à cause de cette affaire (voir notre article).Le 17 janvier 2011 à 15:08 • Emmanuel Perrin
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Yennai ArindhaalIB Times, India”Yennai Arindhaal” is all set to get the coveted tag of the biggest Tamil grosser overseas. Latest box office collection reports indicate the Ajith movie has already cruised its way to the list of top 10 Tamil grossers in the international market.In Australia, after two weeks, “Yennai Arindhaal” has been declared superhit, earning AUD 185,000 and ending up at all-time number five for Tamil movies. In the UAE, the movie has collected AED1.6 million, or approximately ₹3.06 crore for the opening weekend, which means the movie is positioned third after Vikram’s “I” and Rajinikanth’s “Lingaa”.The movie has grossed over US $4 million, or about ₹26 crore in overseas box offices till date; this puts the movie among the top 10 Tamil movie grossers in the international market. “#YennaiArindhaal ends its #Australia run after two weeks.. Collects ~A$185,000 and ends at All-Time #5.. Classification: Super Hit! #YennaiArindhaal ends its #Australia run after two weeks.. Collects ~A$185,000 and ends at All-Time #5.. Classification: Super Hit! #YennaiArindhaal with 11 days Overseas Box office gross of US$4.2M [26 crs] enters All-time #10 Tamil Movies Top Overseas Grossers Charts,” tweeted industry analyst Ramesh.The 11-day box worldwide box office collection of the movie suggests that the movie has minted over ₹77.60 crore. With the third weekend of “Yennai Arindhaal” coming ahead, industry analysts are hoping that the flick will turn out to be the highest-grossing Ajith movie, beating his previous big hit “Arrambam”.”Yennai Arindhaal” directed by Gautham Menon also has Trisha Krishnan and Anushka Shetty in the lead.
Abdul HamidA nomination paper, on behalf of Awami League’s presidential nominee, incumbent Md. Abdul Hamid was submitted to the election commission on Monday noon, reports UNB.An AL delegation, led by the party’s general secretary Obaidul Quader, submitted the nomination paper to returning officer and chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda at the latter’s office.The deadline for submission of nomination paper for the presidential election is 4pm Monday.On Friday, AL team, led by chief whip AS Feroz, collected the nomination paper from the returning officer’s office of the election commission at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.If the commission does not receive any other nomination paper, the lone candidate will be declared elected unopposed.Awami League on 31 January nominated Md. Abdul Hamid as its candidate to contest the presidential election.The nomination was finalised at a meeting of the Awami League parliamentary board held at the prime minister’s official residence Ganabhaban with Sheikh Hasina in the chair.Abdul Hamid was born on 1 January 1944 at Kamalpur in Mithamoin upazila of Kishoreganj district.Hamid was the founder president of Chhatra League of Kishoregonj sub-division unit in 1964 and also elected vice-president of Chhatra League of Mymensingh district unit in 1966-67. He was imprisoned in 1968 for leading the then student movement. He joined the Awami League in 1969.Hamid, a valiant freedom fighter, was the president of Kishoreganj district Awami League from 1978 to 2009 and the president of Kishoreganj District Bar Association for 5 times during 1990-96.In the Pakistan National Assembly Election of 1970, Hamid was elected the junior most member from Mymensingh-18 constituency. In 1972, he became the member of constituent assembly. As a pro-people and grassroots level popular leader of Bangladesh Awami League, he was elected member of parliament (MP) for several times.In the general elections of 1973, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2009 he was elected MP from Kishoreganj-5 as an Awami League nominee.Md Abdul Hamid was unanimously elected deputy speaker in the 7th parliament on 13 July 1996 and held the post till 10 July 2001. Later, he became speaker on 12 July 2001 and remained so till 28 October 2001. In the 8th parliament he served as the deputy leader of the opposition from 1 November 2001 to 27 October 2006.Hamid was elected the speaker in the 9th parliament and served office in this capacity during the period 2009-2013.After the death of Zillur Rahman on 20 March 2013 in Singapore, Hamid became acting president from that day. Later, he was elected president uncontested as the 22nd president of Bangladesh on 22 April 2013. He was sworn in to the office of president of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh on 24 April 2013.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday promised to bring to justice those responsible for the accident that took the lives of two students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment School and College.“This is completely unforgivable because the driver was driving the bus defying all the [traffic] rules, resulting in the loss of two lives…many students were also injured,” she said.The prime minister said this while speaking at a programme at Armed Forces Medical College ground after laying the foundation stone of an underpass at a road adjacent to Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment School and College in the city.Sheikh Hasina said the government will never spare the bus driver involved in the brutal accident. “We must ensure the due punishment to those involved in such accidents; we’ll do that.”Urging all not to pay any heed to rumours, the prime minister said there was a move to create instability in the country through spreading rumours and false information through technology.Hasina bemoaned that even some senior people who got government recognition for their good jobs were involved in spreading rumours. “Such acts will never be tolerated,” she warned.The prime minister said her government has turned the country into Digital Bangladesh through providing proper and modern education.“This is not for using illicit and untrue words, not for spreading rumours…all must refrain from these.”Recalling a student movement during her schoolday, Hasina said she was very much concerned about the security of children. “I never wanted any sort of loss to students; we had ensured all types of security for them for the first two days.”From the third day, she said, there were some people who had shackles, Chinese shackles and stones in their bags. “Who were they? Of course, they were not school students! I was worried about the real students; I requested them to go back home. I requested the guardians to take their children back home because the third party trespassed into it,” she said.The prime minister thanked the students and guardians for accepting her request. “The third party might cause losses to the students to make their political gain, which is a very heinous job.”She said the intention of the intruders undercover of students was very mean. Some vested groups had started spreading rumours in Facebook and other social media that there were dead bodies in Awami League’s Dhanmondi office.Hasina said that the BCL president and secretary later invited 25 students from the agitators to come in the AL office and they searched each corner of the office and found nothing.She asked all, including drivers, helpers and pedestrians, to abide by traffic rules to avoid any tragic consequence.She also briefly described various initiatives of the government to enhance road safety and improve the country’s communications system.Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, education minister Nurul Islam Nahid, Army chief general Aziz Ahmed and engineer-in-chief major general Md Siddiqur Rahman Sarker also spoke at the programme.On her arrival at the venue, general Aziz Ahmed received the prime minister.
Imagine an exhibition that inspires you to pick up a book and read. Opening at the Alliance Francaise on September 20 is Jean-Marc Godes enchanting exhibition. Inspired by the world of Jacques Prévert, Jean-Marc Godès is a photographer who specializes in the images of books as an instrument for reading. For ten years, his photographs have been exhibited all over the world: from France to Guinea, through Ireland, Canada, Lithuania, China, and Portugal. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBorn in Guadalupe but a citizen of the world, Godès has focused on the universe of books as a form of homage to both his father – who was a writer – and poet Jacques Prévert. He describes himself as ‘director of still images’. In fact, each scene depicting the living books in action is carefully staged before taking the picture so that we get a series of stunning still lifes with a modernist message. The artist’s tireless work is inspired by the passionate belief in the power of books intended as a living organism carrying personal and collective histories. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn an interview, Godes says: “As a visual photographer, director of still image, I realise an artistic work dedicated to the promotion of the book and writings. My approach is part of a photo-poetic perspective. My objective, by challenging the imagination, is to arouse the desire to continue or go back the course of ephemeral stories that I tell, the time of a freeze frame, the time of a photograph. The singularity of my artistic research is to question norms by producing staged photographs located on either side of the borders of reality.” “The subject of my representations is the book object, in various forms. Living books, escaped books, they are the memory and the vehicle of our personal and collective stories, of our identities as well as the words and the desire of the “other” lying on a paper box. Libraries and centuries are abolished for the benefit of a fluidity of space and time. The heart of the book, from image to image, without noise.”All of Godès’ mises en scène are pervaded by a sort of magic realism. His photo-poetic celebration of books calls for interpretation of simple things in troubled times. At times they trigger the need to ‘decode’ the situation behind them but each image is an equivocal lesson in learning and the beauty of books that runs as a thread through the universe. Advocating a poetics of the image, he does not impose a pre-established meaning by its author. His images become universally accessible because he gives us a variety of interpretations through human cultures.”In a world dominated by the image, by a gallery of portraits, along a dreamlike journey, I build uncertain worlds that participate in the reading of reality. At the crossroads of photography, literature, and poetry, my digital constructions are a tribute to the music of time and the colours of life,” adds Godes.Godes unites borders of the real and the imaginary, he piques the interest of audiences of all ages. His photographs arouse strong desires to continue the course of stories that are stopping on the images. Starting from these moments suspended in time, each image is like an educational echo. Evocative elegance flows out from these images. My favourite is the mountain sheep and master looking at the pages of a book. Indeed a book is the window to a world. At the crossroads of art, photography, poetry, and literature, the social and cultural utility of Godes photographs underline and affirm the importance of literacy.
Associated PressNEW DELHI (AP) – The sugarcane on Rama Velip’s farm is darker than it should be, stained by the iron dust that blows from hundreds of mining trucks that pass through the south Indian village every day.“I see red everywhere,” said Velip, whose village lies along the transport route from a series of iron and manganese mines to a cluster of smelters and refineries. “It’s not just the dust. Mud from these mines gets washed down the Zuari River and trickles into my fields.” Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day The report studied communities in Goa and Karnataka but said the troubles there reflected problems in the mining industry across India. Government authorities did not reply to questions seeking comment about the report’s findings Thursday.“Mining operations often cause immense destruction when government doesn’t exercise proper oversight,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “India has laws on the books to protect mining-affected communities from harm, but their enforcement has essentially collapsed.”Ritwick Dutta, a lawyer who heads the EIA Response Center, an environmental group, noted that all mining assessments must be cleared by the federal Ministry of Environment and Forests’ appraisal committee _ until recently headed by M.L. Majumdar, who sits on the board of at least four mining companies.“There are glaring conflicts of interest throughout the system,” Dutta said. “For instance, these assessments are conducted by hired consultants (paid by the mining companies). That’s why no mining project in this country has ever been rejected.”Experts have also questioned the criteria for environmental assessments. For now, many farmers like Velip are considering going into the trucking business.“Our fields keep drying up, and so many people in my village have switched from farming to trucking for the mines,” said Velip, speaking over telephone from Goa.“But what will I do if I take a loan of 1.5 million rupees ($27,000) to buy that truck and the government finally agrees to shut down these mines?”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family How do cataracts affect your vision? Top Stories The 49-year-old farmer has lost more than half his harvest every year since India’s mining boom began in the early 2000s, watching helplessly as iron dust leeched moisture from his cane plants and mining mud dried up the springs on which he depended.Over the past 10 years, he has seen the price of iron go from $10 per ton to $130. He has also watched as his wife and two of his three children have become asthmatic.The plight of Velip’s family is shared by thousands of people in the states of Goa and Karnataka, where irresponsible mining has damaged the health of thousands of people, interfered with their livelihoods and poisoned the water, according to a human rights group that blamed the troubles on a systematic failure of governance.In a report released Thursday, New York-based Human Rights Watch blamed the Indian government for failing to enforce key human rights and environmental safeguards in the mining industry.The 70-page document found that existing laws have “effectively left mine operators to supervise themselves” and described in detail how regulations rely heavily on dubious assessments of the environmental impact proposed mining projects would have. “They are based on data collected over just three months,” said Sujeet Dongre, head of the Center for Environment Education, which is studying mining in Goa. “For mining operations that will last several decades, seasonal changes at the site need to be incorporated _ which is not possible without at least a year’s data.”Both Dongre and Dutta say environmental assessments contain either incorrect or fraudulent information regarding proximity to water bodies, wildlife or other natural resources.“The data has never been consistent with what we have seen on the ground,” Dongre said.Chris Albin-Lackey, author of the Human Rights Watch report, says the overarching problem is that the government has not dedicated enough resources to regulators.“A few dozen government officials are tasked with overseeing the impacts of every mine in India,” Albin-Lackey said. “This makes in-field monitoring impossible, and regulators end up with no idea of how many mining firms are complying with the law or how many communities are being harmed by illegal practices.”The Indian mining industry, which produced about $44 billion of minerals in 2010-11, has been overrun by corruption scandals in recent years. A key bill on mining regulation, which proposes profit sharing between firms and local communities, remains blocked in Parliament. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments Share Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates
Virgin Australia has intensified its capacity in the last 12 months in an effort to generate a larger market share, reporting net loss of AU$98.1 million for the year to June 2013. Etihad Airways has purchased 16 million new shares in Virgin Australia, surpassing Richard Branson’s Virgin Group to become the airline’s third largest investor. The increase in holdings has made the Abu Dhabi-based carrier an “anchor shareholder”, according to Etihad chief executive James Hogan, the Herald Sun reported. The Foreign Investment Review Board has approved Etihad to increase its stake in Virgin to a maximum of 19.9 percent, with the airline keen to reach this target. Air New Zealand is Virgin Australia’s largest shareholder, maintaining a 22.9 percent stake in the business, followed by Singapore Airlines holding 19.9 percent. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission recently granted approval for Air NZ to increase its share to 25.9 percent but the Kiwi carrier has insisted it is not looking to control Virgin. Source = ETB News: P.T.
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