YouTube helps family locate Manipur man after 40 years

first_imgA video uploaded on YouTube by a Mumbai-based street photographer has helped a family in Manipur capital Imphal locate a member who had disappeared 40 years ago.Khomdram Kulachandra, a daily wager, is scheduled to fly to Mumbai on Tuesday to bring back his elder brother Khomdram Gambhir. A couple of Manipur police officers will accompany him.“We have been coordinating with our counterparts in Bandra West area of Mumbai ever since Gambhir’s identity was established. Our team should be able to reunite him with his family here within two-three days,” Themthing Ngashangva, senior superintendent of police of Imphal West district, told The Hindu on Monday.Mr. Gambhir, members of his family said, had retired voluntarily after serving in Manipur Rifles for seven years. He was believed to have gone into a depression after a disastrous marriage.Mr. Kulachandra said his brother, the eldest of six siblings, left their home in Imphal’s Khumbom Mamang locality in 1978. He was believed to have surfaced in Mizoram a year later, but a search had proved futile.Accidental viewingA Mumbai-based photographer named Feroze had uploaded a video of Gambhir on October 17 last year. An assistant professor of North East Regional Institute of Science and Technology in Arunachal Pradesh saw the video accidentally while browsing through YouTube a few days ago.“He informed one of our friends about the video featuring a person in his mid-sixties with Manipuri features singing and begging on the streets of Mumbai. The video, circulated through social media, reached his family two days ago,” Atom Samarendra, a Central government employee, said.“I could not believe my eyes when one of my nephews showed me the video footage. We had lost all hope of seeing him alive again,” Mr. Kulachandra said.Mr. Samarendra said the local people raised money for Mr. Kulachandra’s flight to Mumbai to bring back his brother. “They have to fly because the Bandra West police cannot keep Gambhir for long,” he said.last_img read more

Why Shah Rukh Khan Remains The Ultimate NRI Hero

first_imgShah Rukh Khan started the trend as early as the mid-90s and even today remains fairly ahead of the pack among Bollywood actors when it comes to wooing NRIs Related Itemslast_img

Peru a Popular Travel Destination Amongst Indian Tourists

first_imgIn the recent times, there has been a record-breaking growth of tourist arrivals of Indians to Peru. This is due to the growing popularity of Peru among the Indian tourists, who are evolving in their tastes, and in the look-out for exclusive experiences.According to the statistics received from the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR) of Peru, the tourist arrivals of Indians in the country has grown by 36.9 per cent in the first two months of the year 2018, in comparison to the same period in 2017. Similarly, the growth of the number of Indian tourists arriving in Peru, for the period of January to December 2017, in comparison to 2016, has been a promising 22 per cent.Read it at BW People Related Itemslast_img read more

ISL 2019-20: FC Goa Resume Rivalry With Bengaluru FC in 2nd Home Match

first_imgGoa: All eyes will be at the Fatorda stadium in Goa as defending champions Bengaluru FC resume hostilities with FC Goa, who they vanquished after a titanic tussle in last year’s final, on Monday.The Gaurs and the Blues were the two best teams in the Indian Super League last year and put on a brilliant contest in the final, neither team giving an inch until Rahul Bheke popped up with the winning header a few minutes from the end of extra time. While it was Bengaluru’s first-ever ISL title, the result was nothing short of heartbreak for FC Goa who lost their second ISL final in as many attempts.”The loss in the final is in the past. I am very proud of my players who played in the final as they performed well. I hope in the next match we perform as good as we did in the final. We have to improve defending in set-pieces (Bheke scored from a corner),” said Goa head coach Sergio Lobera.With the crux of their squad unchanged, Goa and Bengaluru could most possibly be the teams to beat as the new season rolls along. The teams are beacons of consistency and have set the bar high for the other ISL clubs.”We know that Goa is always a big challenge because they have a wonderful team. They have been with the same team for a long time. It will be an interesting game. It is very early in the season and the points are important, but the season is still young,” said Bengaluru FC head coach Carles Cuadrat.It is no wonder that the clash between the two clubs has assumed the top billing in ISL, given the quality of football both teams play.Goa has already set an ominous tone after a 3-0 dismantling of Chennaiyin FC in their season opener.Bengaluru, on the other hand, could only muster a goalless draw against NorthEast United FC in their season opener. However, considering the number of chances they created against the Highlanders, it is only a matter of time before they assume their imperious self.However, the battle to watch out for will be the one between the Goa attack and the Bengaluru defence. Lobera’s team have the ability to score at will, with the kind of firepower they possess in the likes of all-time ISL topscorer Ferran Corominas, Edu Bedia, Hugo Boumous and Manvir Singh.”I want to continue the improvement and the difference that was between Goa and Bengaluru two, three years ago, (has been diminished) as we have improved. For us, it is a big challenge as I think Bengaluru is the best team in the league,” said Lobera.The hosts will have to be wary of not getting caught out on the break against a swift Bengaluru attack which will make the role of Ahmed Jahouh, returning to the side after suspension, all the more important.As the two hotshots of the league spar on Monday, sparks will most certainly fly. Both Goa and Bengaluru will look to lay down the marker for the season with a statement win against a direct rival for the ultimate prize. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. bengaluru fcfc goaFerran Corominasfootball First Published: October 27, 2019, 4:45 PM ISTlast_img read more

Boxing: Leo Santa Cruz beats Abner Mares in a thriller rematch

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementVery rarely does the sequel live up to the original but Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares made part two of their 2015 bout leave fans wanting for more. After sharing a very intense 36 minutes in the ring together a little over a thousand days ago, the two gladiators picked up right where they left off back in August 2015. In a fight that was as back and forth as the seesaw at your local playground, Santa Cruz prevailed by unanimous decision – 117-111, 116-112 & 115-113. Santa Cruz also won their initial encounter by majority decision.Both guys came out gunning with high intensity to start the fight. By the midway point, Santa Cruz simply seemed to be outhustling Mares.Mares would have his moments though when he was able to entice Santa Cruz into a close quarters battle. It was really just a case of not enough of those moments for Mares.As the fight wore on and the championship rounds begun, the intensity grew and the raucous crowd at the Staples Center loved it. They came to their feet at the start of the final round and the fighters gave them plenty more to cheer about in a hellacious three-minutes, making for an entertaining conclusion in this instant classic.While Mares had some good moments in rounds 9 and 12, he simply lost too many of the middle rounds to walk away with the victory. Santa Cruz improves to 35-1-1 & now holds the WBC diamond belt and the WBA featherweight championship.last_img read more

Russia faces another Rio ban over dope tests

first_imgRussia’s weightlifters face being banned from the Rio Olympics, subject to confirmation by the International Olympic Committee, in another collective doping punishment to hit the country.Five days after its track and field team’s suspension from the 2016 Games was upheld, Russia’s weightlifters are now also set to be suspended from the August 5-21 Olympics.Belarus and weightlifting superpower Kazakhstan were also banned over failed retests from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics on Wednesday by the sport’s governing body, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), which also punished other nations by reducing the number of available athlete slots in Rio.Retrospective doping tests carried out by the IOC have led to 17 positives from 2008 and 2012, said the IWF. The governing body added there may be more cases to come.IWF AWAITING CONFIRMATIONThe IWF is awaiting confirmation of those failures and a final tally from the IOC, who were not immediately available when contacted late on Wednesday by Reuters.Earlier this week the IOC supported the IAAF’s decision to continue its ban on all Russian track and field athletes as a collective punishment for the country’s systematic doping problems, saying that such a decision was for each sport’s federation.Because of those results, and an unprecedented 24 positives at the weightlifting world championships in Houston, Texas, last November, a special meeting was called for this week in Tbilisi, host of this weekend’s youth world championships.ZERO TOLERANCEThe IWF, stressing its “zero tolerance” towards dopers, said it had taken 11 places away from teams who had committed four or more doping offences in 2015. Two of those teams were Russia and Kazakhstan, so the sanctions could yet be overtaken by a team ban. The others were Azerbaijan, North Korea and Moldova (two places each) and Belarus (one).advertisementAs for the banning of entire teams, the IWF said in a statement: “The IWF Executive Board has decided that national federations confirmed to have produced three or more anti-doping rule violations in the combined re-analysis process of the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games shall be suspended for one year.”Countries thus subject to suspension are Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus.”Because the tests were not carried out by the IWF, the sport’s administrators are seeking formal confirmation from the IOC that the positives are not subject to appeal or amendment.The executive board also castigated the European Weightlifting Federation for its recent appointment of Sergey Systsov, president of the Russian Federation, as chair of its anti-doping commission.”Given the current environment, the IWF Executive Board strongly suggests that Mr Syrtsov and the European Weightlifting Federation reconsiders the appointment,” said a statement.KAZAKHSTAN WORST OFFENDERThe IWF has set up an independent commission to investigate the nations who returned three or more positives from the retesting of 2008 and 2012 samples, which was carried out after advances in science enabled better detection of prohibited substances.The worst offender was Kazakhstan. Ilya Ilyin, the world’s most popular weightlifter, is expected to lose his gold medals from Beijing and London, while three Kazakh women who won in 2012 also tested positive.The IWF also vowed to toughen its anti-doping policy in future, threatening to ban nations who had the worst doping record during an Olympic qualifying period. It also said it would set up a task force and aimed to test every athlete, before the Games, who will be competing in Rio.The Olympic bans take to four the number of nations who will not be allowed to compete in Rio. Bulgaria had been excluded last year, after 11 lifters at a training camp tested positive. Romania and Uzbekistan had already lost one quota place each.last_img read more

No Deal on Charter Rate Cuts for HMM

first_imgzoom Financially troubled South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has failed to seal a deal with ship owners on charter rate cuts, Yonhap reports, citing company officials.The talks were launched in February and the company was optimistic on reaching the deal as it had reportedly managed to agree on cuts with 60 percent of owners. Under the plan, ship owners were requested to lower their charter rates by 28 percent on average by the middle of May, according to Yonhap.This exerts further pressure on the struggling company which counted on the rate reductions as one of the key preconditions for the company to move forward with its restructuring process and thus avoid going bankrupt.However, the talks between the two parties are not completely over and their might be still some room for an agreement.Last month, HMM and state-owned Korea Development Bank (KDB) concluded a debt-for-equity swap arrangement, which will see KDB take 30 % of shares in total and the rest of the creditors will take 50% in shares in the company.The move is expected to keep the company afloat until it completes its business normalization plan.The company closed the first quarter of the year with an operating loss of KRW 162.9 billion (USD 139 million) and a net loss dived of KRW 276.1 billion.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

The first composer duo Husnlal Bhagatram

first_imgDuring the formative years of talkies, studios played a vital role in the film industry. The main centers of film production were Calcutta, Bombay, Poona and Madras. But very less information is available about the studios of Lahore which was a major center before partition. Pandit Amarnath was the most revered name in Lahore in the 1940s. Apart from creating unforgettable melodies, he also gave us the country’s first musical duo – Husnlal Bhagatram. They were the younger brothers of Pandit ji. Also Read – Torpedoing BengalHusnlal Bhagatram learned the rudiments and intricacies from Pandit Dilip Chandra Vedi and their elder brother. Besides being a trained classical singer, Husnlal learned Violin from Ustad Bashir Khan of Patiala. On the other hand, Bhagatram was an excellent harmonium player. After the release of film Daasi (1944), Pandit ji started getting offers various parts of the country. Prabhat Film Company of Poona was also impressed by Pandit ji’s music and offered him to compose music for their films. Pandit ji recommended the names of his younger brothers. By now, Bhagatram had already given music in more than half a dozen films within 1939-1940. Also Read – Educational model of coexistenceHusnlal Bhagatram made their debut as a duo with Prabhat’s low budget film Chand (1944) starring Beugum Para and Prem Adib. Lyricist Qamar Jalalabadi also joined the duo. Their maiden film was a success. For their next film, Hum Ek Hain (1946), Husnlal Bhagatram made a few enchanting tunes – “Ho nadiya kinare mora gaon re” (Manik Verma) “Sapno mein aane wale, Toot gaya meri mata ka sapna” (Zohrabai). With director D.D.Kashyap, Husnlal Bhagatram did six films. Nargis, Aaj Ki Raat and Aan Ban didn’t fare well but Badi Bahen and Shama Parwana were musical hits. Pandit Amarnath died while he was composing the music for K.Amarnath Mirza Sahiba (1947). Later the film was completed by his younger brothers. The immortal gems of the film were “Aaja tujhe afsana judai ka sunayein and Kya yahi tera pyaar tha” (Noor Jahan) and soulful duets “Haath seene pe jo rakh do to qaraar aajaye” (G.M.Durrani/Noorjahan) but the real tribute to their father figure elder brother was in G.M.Durrani’s voice “Khayagye thokre ye jawani kahan kahan”. Three more films of Husnlal Bhagatram were released the same year – Heera, Romeo & Juliet and Mohan. After the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, they composed a private number “Suno suno ae duniya walo bapu ki ye amar kahani” in Rafi’s voice which became the national song overnight. The duo received a pat from Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru for the song. Two films of Husnlal Bhagatram need a special mention Pyar Ki Jeet and Badi Bahen. The super hits of Pyar Ki Jeet were “Tere naino ne chori kiya mera chhota sa jia” and “O door janewale wada na bhool jana” (Suriya). Rafi’s solo number “Is dil ke tukde hazar hue”. Badi Bahen had several hits “Chup chup khade ho zaroor koi baat hai” (Prem lata/Lata) “Wo paas rahein ye door rahein, Jo dil mein khushi banker aayein” and “Bigdi banana wale bigdi bana de” (Suraiya) “Chale jana nahi nain milake, Jo dil mein khushi ban kar aaye” (Lata) and Rafi’s heart rendering number “Mohabbat ke dhokhe mein koi na aayein”. After the success of Pyar Ki Jeet and Badi Bahen, the duo was flooded with offers. They gave music in 18 films in 1949 to 50. Some of the evergreen hits of these films were in Amar Kahani, “Diwali ki raat Piya ghar aanewale hain and Yaad aa raha hai” (Suraiya). Amar Kahani was re released with the new name Kanchan in 1955. In Balam (1949) Husanlal Bhagatram composed enchanting melodies – “Aata hai zindgi mein bhala pyaar kis tarah, (Suraiya/Rafi), “O pardesi musafir kaise karta hai ishare” (Suraiya/Lata), “Dekh li o duniya wale Teri duniya dekh li (Suraiya) and two solos “Thukra ke hame chal diye and Tum hame bhool gaye hum na tumhe bhool sake” (Rafi). Bansaria, which was a box office failure, had some popular melodies “Jo karke gaya barbad hame, Dil tod kar janewale” (Lata) and “Teri yaad sataye ghadi ghadi” (Rafi). In Hamari Manzil the duo yet again created popular numbers – “Naino se nain mila ke, Tere aane per dil dhadke” (Geeta/Rafi) “Baithi hun main nain bichaye” (Geeta Roy) “Tute hue dil koulfat ka” (Rafi). Jaltarang had evocating hits “Jara tumne dekha aour pyaar ho gaya” (Rafi/Lata), “Lut gaye ummidon ki duniya” (Lata) had enchanting Hawain Guitar/Violin expression of sorrow and enticing charming number “Naino ke mast ishare”. In Naach they gave top hits i.e duets “Ae ishq hame barbad na kar, Chhaya sama suhana” (Suriya/ Rafi). Husnlal Bhagatram were the harbinger of Punjabi folk in Hindi films. They had brilliant use of violin, harmonium and Hawain guitar. In the 1950s, music was undergoing a sea of change. Western music started dominating the film music. Shankar Jaikishan, S.D.Burman, C.Ramchandran and O.P.Nayyar were ruling the roost. Yet, Husnlal Bhagatram were in great demand. In 1951, Afsana, directed by B.R.Chopra starring Ashok Kumar, Veena, Kuldeep Kaur and Pran, was released. The duo scored Lata’s soulful solos – “Kahan hai tu mere sapno ke raja, Wo aayein baharein layein” and “Aaj kuchh aisi chot lagi, Wo paas bhi rahkar door nahi” gainedpopularity nationwide. Mukesh evocating numbers was “Kismat bigdi duniya bidli” Rafi also sang “Duniya ek kahani re bhaiya” and mischievous numbers with Shamshad “Chapati pe aaj jo mera nain matakka ho gaya”. The highlight of the film was a haunting melodious composition “Abhi to mein jawan hoon” sung by Lata was inspired by Mallika Pukhraj voice originally written by Hafiz Jalandhary which was a rage in those days. Afsana was a box office hit mainly due to its music.Husnlal Bhagatram gave music in six films starring Dev Anand. Starting from his debut film Hum Ek Hain, Mohan, Birha Ki Raat, Sanam, Stage and Dushman. Birha Ki Raat had some evergreen popular songs. It was again Rafi who sang an enticing duet with Lata “Chota sa fasana hai tere mere pyaar ka” touched all the heights of popularity. Rafi and Lata’s solo “Bahut purdard hai sunane wala, and Tahar o jane waqle” were also popular. Gauna also had few hit numbers including “Dil kishi ne chhen liya pahli mulaqut mein” (Lata) had enchanting flute and Duff interludes. Chhoti Bahen also had melodious number “Lut gaye ho” sung by Rafi/Lata separately. Another evoking number “Duniya walon and Darde-e-Jadui hai” (Lata) and dulset duets “Khushi ka zamana gaya and Maine kaha babuji” (Lata/Rafi). Another film of duo was Sanam (1951) starring Suraiya, Dev Anand and Meena Kumari. The film had sensational number “Mein tujhe pukaru sanam sanam” and had duets i.e. “Dil le gaya koi le gaya” (Shamshad/Suriya) “Bedard shikari o bedard” (Suraiya/Lata) and Suraiya’s solo “Mera dil todkar janewale” also became popular.Mohammed Rafi was the favorite singer of Husnlal Bhagatram. He sang the maximum numbers of songs for them. Yet they gave two all-time great numbers to Kishore Kumar in film Kaafila (1952). A duet “Lehron se pooch lo ya kinaro se pooch lo” with Lata and a solo “Wo meri taraf yun chale aa rahein hain”. Besides social films, they also did a mythological film Raja Harichandra. The only release in 1954 of Husnlal Bhagatram was Shama Parwana starring Suraiya Shammi Kapoor was director by their favorite director DD Kashyap. The film had a magical touch of the duo. In spite of the melodies, the movie bombed at the box office. They tried to make a comeback in Adl-e-Jahangir but they failed to make a comeback again. Husnlal Bhagatram also gave music in some obscure films. And finally, Husnlal Bhagatram came back to Delhi and started a music school in Paharganj. He also gave regular programs on All India Radio as a violinist and a ghazal singer. On December 9, 1968 he went for his routine morning walk and suddenly collapsed near Gol Dakkhana. By that time he was only 48. Bhagatram stayed back in Bombay and he became accompanist with different composers. He died in Bombay on November 29, 1973, at the age of 53.last_img read more

Liberia UN mission pushes zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse

Pursuing the United Nations policy of zero tolerance of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) by its staff, the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has reported eight cases for investigation since the beginning of the year, one of which has been substantiated with the person involved immediately suspended. The other investigations are continuing. “The United Nations in Liberia is committed to prevent, identify and sanction the abhorrent practice of sexual abuse and exploitation in full compliance with the Secretary-General’s Bulletin ‘Special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse’ and its policy of zero tolerance,” the mission said in a statement.Secretary-General Kofi Annan instituted the policy following allegations in 2004 against peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). At the time the UN Office for Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) cited payments ranging from two eggs to $5 per sexual encounter. Some victims were abandoned orphans who were often illiterate.UNMIL, which is fielding nearly 17,000 uniformed personnel as well as civilian staff in the West African country as it recovers from a vicious civil war, said the eight cases had been referred to the resident OIOS.An additional instance involved allegations against staff of an implementing partner of a UN agency and relations between the agency and the implementing partner were terminated, UNMIL added, noting that it is cooperating with the non-governmental organization (NGO) Save the Children UK, which recently issued a discussion paper entitled ‘From Camp to Community: Liberia study on exploitation of children.’ “On several occasions the United Nations met with Save the Children UK to discuss the issue of SEA and to offer a collaborative approach to intensify actions against SEA,” the mission said in a statement.“On these occasions the United Nations has sought information on specific cases to prevent and sanction SEA. Although Save did not discuss the ultimate findings or recommendations of its report with the United Nations, the Organization will continue to vigorously pursue its activities to prevent and deal with SEA.“The United Nations is committed to continue to work with national authorities and other partners in an effort to ensure a common, effective approach to deal with SEA,” it added. Steps the Mission has taken include the establishment of a fully staffed Conduct and Discipline Unit to respond effectively to SEA, creation of an In-Country Network to ensure coordination and oversight on prevention, and development of developed a standardized training module on policies, procedures and guidelines for all personnel. read more

WHL Bailey Brkin perfect as Spokane Chiefs blank Prince George Cougars 40

SPOKANE, Wash. — Bailey Brkin stopped all 27 shots he faced as the Spokane Chiefs blanked the Prince George Cougars 4-0 on Wednesday in Western Hockey League action.Riley Woods scored twice, including the eventual winner, for Spokane (14-8-3), while Adam Beckman and Cordel Larson also scored.Taylor Gauthier turned aside 27-of-30 shots for Prince George (10-13-3).The Chiefs went 0 for 9 on the power play and the Cougars were 0 for 4 with the man advantage.—WHEAT KINGS 5 BRONCOS 1SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — Luka Burzan scored twice as Brandon tamed the Broncos.Cole Reinhardt’s goal 7:57 into the second period was the eventual winner for the Wheat Kings (11-7-6), while Ridly Greig and Zach Wytinck also scored.Alec Zawatsky replied for Swift Current (4-19-2).—RAIDERS 6 OIL KINGS 3EDMONTON — Parker Kelly had a pair of goals as Prince Albert doubled the Oil Kings to stretch its win streak to 18.Brayden Pachal put away the winner for the Raiders (25-1-0) at 3:54 of the second period. Max Martin, Aliaksei Protas and Kody McDonald chipped in as well.Trey Fix-Wolansky had a hat trick for Edmonton (14-10-4).—WARRIORS 3 ICE 1CRANBROOK, B.C. — Josh Brook registered the game-winning goal as Moose Jaw topped Kootenay.Keenan Taphorn and Jett Woo also scored for the Warriors (13-5-4).Peyton Krebs replied for the Ice (7-17-4).—TIGERS 6 REBELS 2MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — Ryan Jevne led the Tigers past Red Deer with a hat trick.Trevor Longo picked up the game-winning goal for Medicine Hat (12-12-3) at 1:48 of the third period. Ryan Chyzowski and James Hamblin rounded out the attack for the Tigers.Zak Smith and Jeff de Wit scored for the Rebels (16-8-1).—GIANTS 2 ROCKETS 1KELOWNA, B.C. — Milos Roman scored the go-ahead goal 9:41 into the second period as Vancouver edged the Rockets.Dylan Plouffe also scored for the Giants (18-6-2).Nolan Foote was the lone scorer for Kelowna (11-15-1).—BLADES 2 ROYALS 1VICTORIA — Zach Huber’s goal early in the third period lifted Saskatoon over the Royals.Kristian Roykas Marthinsen opened scoring in the second period for the Blades (16-9-2).Scott Walford replied for Victoria (12-9-0) in the first minute of the third.Royals centre Kaid Oliver earned a five-minute major and a game misconduct for a check to the head at 17:45 of the second period.—SILVERTIPS 4 WINTERHAWKS 1EVERETT, Wash. — Connor Dewar had a goal and an assist to power the Silvertips past Portland.Sean Richards knocked in the winner for Everett (20-7-1) at 15:27 of the second period, while Reece Vitelli and Martin Fasko-Rudas and also scored.Cross Hanas scored for the Winterhawks (14-10-2).The Canadian Press read more

ZYFRA acquiring leading mine digitalisation company VIST Group

first_imgFinland and Russia based ZYFRA Group, the AI and IIoT solutions developer for industry is acquiring VIST Group, one of the industrial leaders in development and implementation of technologies for digital mining for $30 million. Through acquisition of this asset the company is planning to occupy a significant share of global intelligent mining market.“Via several acquisitions and organic business growth, we are absolutelly on track to reach our $30 million sales target for 2018 as part of our wider strategy to become a leading integrated digital industrial solutions vendor,” said Igor Bogachev, ZYFRA Oy CEO. With the acquisition of VIST Group, ZYFRA has broadened its international footprint and will now also be operating in Belarus, Mongolia and Morocco. It is also planning to expand into Vietnam, Indonesia and Chile in 2019 and in South Africa in 2020.On top of international expansion, the company says it is firing on all cylinders to complete the “Intelligent mine” project – a complex solution for unmanned surface mining with application of self-driving vehicles. VIST Group is planning to spend “a material share of investment” provided by ZYFRA to accelerate its R&D projects including self-driving vehicles, automated surface mining machines (robots) and appliances, broader IoT and AI based solutions application as well as predictive analytics.“There is a request from the market – industrial giants are looking for the options to improve the entire production chain efficiency, not its separate elements. I believe that technological synergy of the two companies will significantly boost commercial and innovation potential of our solutions in respond to this request,” noted Dmitry Vladimirov, VIST Group CEO.“With integration of VIST Group solutions into our single digital platform for the industry will allow us to achieve a synergistic effect and bring additional value to our customers around the globe from the metal and mining industry. For example, we are now ready to realise a digital mining and processing plant project by the principle “Mine to Mill”, said Pavel Rastopshin, Managing Director of ZYFRA.“Our view is that there’s a tremendous opportunity for disruption in Industrial IoT and applied AI space, although it is still a nascent market to a larger extent – said Ilia Kreisel, Investment and IR Director at ZYFRA Group. If you look at Gartner latest Magic Quadrant for IIoT platforms, you can quickly arrive at the conclusion that the market still lacks a clear leader, which leaves the doors wide open for the up and coming challengers like ourselves.”The global market for digital mining solutions is expected to reach $23 billion by 2024. It is expected that over 35% of global mining companies will increase their investments in digital solutions and AI technology. After the acquisition deal with ZYFRA, VIST Group “is gaining new resources to compete with market players like Caterpillar, Hitachi, Komatsu and Hexagon Mining.”ZYFRA is applying cutting edge data science combined with industrial expertise to provide end-to-end solutions for optimising production speed, quality, and costs for industries such as machinery, metallurgy, oil and gas and mining. The company, founded in November 2017, currently operates in Finland, China, Russia, Bulgaria and India.last_img read more

Shotgun and drugs found during garda searches over Johnson murder

first_imgTWO PEOPLE HAVE been arrested by gardaí carrying out searches connected to the murder of Dean Johnson.During the course of the searches a sawn off shotgun, ammunition and a quantity of drugs were recovered.As part of the investigation into the murder of Johnson on 24 August 2013 at Neilstown Road, Clondalkin Dublin 22, gardaí at Lucan, carried out the searches.They were assisted by various local and national garda units while undertaking the searches in the areas of Ronanstown, Clondalkin, Cabra and Kilcock today.Two men in their 20s were arrested. They are detained under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939-98 and at Lucan and Ronanstown Garda Stations.Read: Gardaí want to speak to passengers of Friday’s route 25 Nitelink>last_img read more

Pochettino is confident in coping without Harry Kane

first_imgAhead of Tottenham’s first Premier League match without Harry Kane, manager Pochettino trusts that the squad can cope without their best player.Tottenham Hotspur received the worst possible news they could’ve gotten this season, striker Harry Kane fell injured with a sprained ankle and he will be out for at least one and a half months but manager Pochettino is doing his best to cope with the situation.The upcoming month will be the most challenging, we’ve already written about the players who could replace the English striker but we are also very aware that replacing Harry Kane is frankly impossible.The Argentine manager is aware that there is nobody in his squad who can do the same work that the England captain can provide, which is why his strategy will consist on using what he has in order to get the best possible results in all the competitions that Tottenham Hotspur will play.The manager is fully aware of the challenges that his squad faces without their best player, but that won’t stop them from trying to remain competitive despite the adversities that will present themselves during this time.We also have to remember that Tottenham won’t have South Korean forward Son Heung Min for the next month, given that he is currently representing his country in the Asian Cup.Tottenham boss Pochettino reveals how he will deal with Kane’s absence #THFC | @mirrordarrenhttps://t.co/VMXKdwLwQ0 pic.twitter.com/iuCtelLITX— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) January 18, 2019This Friday during a press conference ahead of Tottenham’s London Derby at Fulham, the Argentine manager described the challenges that Kane’s injury pose and also used the best example to illustrate what the squad might go through during this difficult process.“We have players that can cope when Harry Kane is not available,” said Mauricio via The Mirror.“If we want to find a player similar to him I think we are going to make a mistake, because to find another Harry Kane is impossible — we are talking about the one of the best three, four, five best strikers in the world.”“We have the possibility to create our new star through the academy. You know different names. I don’t want to mention [individuals] as that might not help [them], but of course that is our objective — to try to create the new star of Tottenham, to find him here in our academy, would be the most exciting thing.”“I was watching Barcelona, and the striker was Leo Messi. You can play Llorente, you can play Dele Alli, you can play Lamela, you can play Kaziah Sterling, Troy Parrett, I don’t know… you can play many, many players.”“It’s not that you have to play with one specific striker,” he added.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.”The market is very difficult.”Mauricio Pochettino has commented on whether Tottenham will replace the injured Harry Kane.👉https://t.co/6xQEanjMfg#bbcfootball pic.twitter.com/m4rBSt4qB0— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 18, 2019The next couple of months will be crucial for Tottenham Hotspur’s season, as they will have to face a set of various matches in three different competitions that will decide the outcome of their season.Not having Harry Kane in any of these tournaments may be enough reason for manager Pochettino to request new players, but given the state of the club’s finances, going after new transfer during the winter window might not be a possibility.As things stand right now, Spurs are currently 9 points below Liverpool in the Premier League, they are one victory away from reaching the Carabao Cup final, and they are soon to face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League round of 16.If one is optimistic about the English squad’s odds, one could say that they are still title contenders in all fronts but an upcoming couple of months won’t be easy at all.Mauricio Pochettino is more than ready to confront this new challenge, he won’t shy away from it because it’s not in his nature as the natural born competitor that he is.Spurs might not come out on top after this, but they will sure as hell do their best effort to achieve it.#thfc striker Harry Kane has only missed nine @PremierLeague games since his first start under Maurico Pochettino in November 2014. pic.twitter.com/qsbumPMmEf— Hotspur Related (@HotspurRelated) January 17, 2019How do you think Tottenham Hotspur will do in the upcoming months without Harry Kane? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Consumers Spending More on Entertainment Media to Relieve Economic Stress

first_imgThe deteriorating housing market, weakening job market, high gas prices and general economic malaise that have weighed heavily on the advertising sector do have at least one positive effect: consumers are spending more on entertainment media to relieve stress.That is one of the conclusions drawn by Veronis Suhler Stevenson’s much-anticipated Communications Industry Forecast 2008-2012 released earlier this week. (Full disclosure: VSS is an investor in Red 7 Media, FOLIO:’s parent company.)VSS projects total communications spending to grow 5.4 percent (to $924 billion) in 2008, driven primarily by strong gains in institutional and alternative media spending.Among the other findings: broadcast television will surpass newspapers as the largest advertising medium in 2008, while the total Internet ad spend will surpass broadcast TV in 2011. Consumer media use, meanwhile, declined slightly in 2007 as some platforms neared saturation, while institutional media use increased due to “mission-critical” information demand—a trend VSS expects will continue.Institutional media spending—defined as content or services bought by businesses—is expected to increase 8.5 percent to $245.39 billion in 2008, according to VSS Forecast. Total spending on communications will continue to outpace overall U.S. economic growth during the 2007-2012 period. Communications will be the second-fastest growing of the 15 U.S. economic sectors during the period, VSS says. (First, not surprisingly, given the gas crisis, is mining of natural resources.)‘Staycations’ Jim Rutherfurd, an executive vice president and managing director atVSS says “businesses demanding dynamic workflow solutions forcompetitive global markets” and consumers “taking ‘staycations’ thissummer”—spending on entertainment media targeted at the youthmarket—are the main reasons for the sector’s accelerated growth. When broken out by category, VSS projects pure-play Internet and mobile to have a compound annual growth rate of 14.3 percent between 2007 and 2012, while branded entertainment, at 12.8 percent, projects at number two. The growth rate for consumer magazines over the five year period is projected at one percent—only Yellow Page directories—at 0.7 percent—are projected lower.Business-to-business media, however, shows a 5.9 percent growth rate for the period.last_img read more

Volvo joins BMW and Mercedes in panEuropean datasharing pilot project

first_img The 2019 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design sports clean, simple design 30 Photos 0 Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Volvo S60: All the things you need, nothing you… 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More about 2019 Volvo S60 Volvo Ford BMW Mercedes-Benz BMW Volvo Enlarge ImageVolvo’s vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology will see its benefits extend beyond the brand as part of this group. Volvo A bunch of automakers, service providers and governments have joined forces to share data from cars and infrastructure, but don’t worry, because it’s not some freaky dystopian thing.Volvo announced on Monday that it is teaming up with a variety of groups in a public-private partnership called the European Data Task Force, which was originally founded in 2017. The idea behind this pilot project is that all the involved groups will share vehicle and infrastructure data with one another, ideally using that data to create safer roads for everybody.As part of the task force, Volvo will provide real-time data from its connected-car safety tech. Certain Volvo vehicles are already capable of warning each other about slippery roads or cars marooned on the side of the road, but now that data will be shared with others. Service providers or municipalities could then use that data to warn non-Volvo drivers about the same road hazards, expanding its benefits beyond a single brand.”We think this type of anonymized data sharing should be done for free, for the greater good and to the wider benefit of society. It saves lives, time and taxpayer money,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars, in a statement. “I call on other car makers and governments to work with us on realizing this type of data sharing as widely as possible.”The European Data Task Force already has some big names behind it. The governments of Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Spain are already on board, and service providers like Here and TomTom Traffic are also members of the group. In terms of automakers, it’s BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. Tagscenter_img More From Roadshow Auto Tech Car Industry Preview • 2019 Volvo S60: Familiar formula with a twist Share your voice Post a comment 5:33 2019 Audi Q3 second drive: More for the masses Review • 2019 Volvo S60 review: More competitive than ever 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouslast_img read more

Kerry Names ExCoast Guard Boss Special Rep to Arctic

first_imgSecretary of State John Kerry today named former Coast Guard commandant Robert J. Papp Jr. as special representative to the Arctic. Kerry created the new position to elevate Arctic issues in America’s foreign policy and national security strategy as the U.S. prepares to assume the chair of the Arctic Council.Download AudioPapp was head of the Coast Guard from 2010 until he retired in May. Both Alaska senators praised the appointment and said Papp has substantial experience in the region.  Papp says he’s seen the changing Arctic first-hand. When he was new to the service, in July 1976, he was sent in a helicopter to look for a way to get a Coast Guard cutter from Nome to the North Slope.“I was amazed that, first of all, we didn’t find any leads in the ice going through the Bering Strait,” he said in a 2012 address. “And as we landed in Kotzebue, as I looked out across the water, all I could see was ice. Ice as far as I could see.”Fast-forward three decades. As commandant, he decided to go back to Kotzebue.“As we were landing, I looked out as far as I could see, and I saw no ice,” Papp said. “Same time of the year, 34 years later, no ice.”Kerry also announced the appointment of former Alaska Lt. Governor Fran Ulmer as Special Advisor on Arctic Science and Policy. Ulmer says it will be in addition to her current post, as chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.“But this role is a slight expansion of that in that it will focus on some of the broader Arctic Policy issues that are specific to the 2015-2017 Arctic Council chair rotation,” Ulmer says.Ulmer says it’s important for Alaskans to have an opportunity to engage with the Arctic Council.“If you look at what has been done recently (on the Council) in terms of search and rescue, and oil spill response and research in ocean acidification and the health of marine mammals, these things are important regionally, nationally, locally, globally,” she says.Secretary Kerry says Papp plans to visit Alaska soon to consult with policymakers there.last_img read more

US and Canadian negotiators reach tentative deal over Pacific salmon

first_imgThe Taku River is one of the transboundary salmon rivers covered by the Pacific Salmon Treaty. (Photo courtesy Rivers Without Borders)Diplomats are reviewing a Pacific salmon treaty deal. Negotiators from Canada and the United States reached the tentative deal over Pacific salmon almost two weeks ago.Listen now“The proposed amendments to the treaty – and there are a number of them – have been transmitted to the capitals: Ottawa and Washington D.C. for review and consideration by the national governments,” said John Field, executive secretary of the Pacific Salmon Commission in Vancouver, British Columbia.That was on August 24. But the 10-year annex of the Pacific Salmon Treaty isn’t official until it’s signed by both countries.The treaty has governed salmon catches, research and enhancement in Alaska, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia since 1985. It’s renegotiated every 10 years.No details have been released on this latest agreement which would last until 2029.But Field said he’s confident it’ll be approved before the current deal expires at the end of this year.“The salmon treaty has a long history with these two countries,” Field said by phone on Thursday. “It’s in their mutual interest to have the treaty to enter into force and I’m confident that both countries are doing everything they can to have them enter into force on time.”In Southeast Alaska, the agreement impacts primarily chinook, sockeye and coho fisheries. It’s expected to contain provisions on how to conserve chinook which have seen dramatic declines.last_img read more

Is something romantic brewing between Sidharth Malhotra and Kabir Singh actress Kiara

first_imgSidharth Malhotra and Kiara AdvaniInstagramRumours of affair between Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani caught up fire yet again after the actress was reportedly spotted leaving with him after her birthday party.Kiara, who is riding high on the success of Kabir Singh, recently celebrated her birthday with stars like Sidharth, Karan Johar, Shahid Kapoor, Ahan Shetty among others.The celebs partied the entire night as it was truly a star studded affair. However, more than the party, it was Kiara and Sidharth’s bonding that caught attention.According to reports, Kiara left the venue with Sidharth in his car after the party. This gave gossip mongers a topic of discussion as many started saying that there is something romantic brewing between the two stars.Apparently, rumours of Sidharth and the Kabir Singh actress dating each other had risen earlier also, but they had denied the buzz back then. However, the same gossip is now doing the rounds again. They are reportedly going to work together in a gangster drama soon, and such rumours may give good publicity to the project.Meanwhile, Kiara’s Kabir Singh that features Shahid Kapoor in titular role became one of the biggest blockbusters of all time. The film shattered several box office records, and turned to become one of the highest grossing Bollywood movies ever.last_img read more

Outrageous Opulent Lifestyles of Americas Gilded Age

first_img“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me.” — The Rich Boy, F. Scott Fitzgerald. And nowhere was the disparity between the wealthy and the wannabes more vividly on display than during the appropriately-named Gilded Age of the late 19th century.Get a gander of these over-the-top (and then some) extravagances enjoyed by the top one percenters.Flights of FancyMink was nice, silk sublime, but what really sent women into a frenzy: the pure white plumage of the snow egret, thought to be one of the most exquisite species of birds by none other than John James Audubon, noted 19th-century ornithologist and artist.Furs by fashion house Felix Jungmann for the Exposition Universelle world’s fair held in Paris, 1900.The pristine feathers were plucked during the height of the breeding season to be used by milliners to adorn fanciful hats for their toney clients.Things got so out of hand that the snow egret was near extinction by the latter part of the century.And it wasn’t just egrets that were in high demand: It was believed that no less than fifty North American species were being slaughtered for their feathers.Gilded Age fashionEnter two feisty Boston socialites, Harriet Hemenway and her cousin, Minna Hall, who read about the birds’ plight and made it their mission to save their feathered friends.The two rebel-rousers rounded up other women from Boston society for a series of tea parties and convinced them to stop wearing feathered hats.Harriet Lawrence HemenwayThe successful boycott led to the passage of the Weeks-McLean Law, also known as the Migratory Bird Act, in 1913, outlawing market hunting and the interstate transport of birds.24-Carat CommodeBaltimore’s Garrett clan (which made its fortune in the railroad industry) didn’t do anything by half. After industrialist T. Harrison Garrett moved his family into the massive Evergreen estate in northern Baltimore, Maryland in 1878, they decided to add some upgrades, expanding the house to 48 rooms — all the better for displaying their collections of Tiffany glass.One notable addition was a theater—ticket window decorated by Leon Bakst, famed Russian set and costume designer for the Ballets Russes. Bakst also designed stage sets and costumes for Alice Garrett to wear during her singing-and-dancing performances for guests.But even that was outdone by the bathroom, the centerpiece of which was a toilet seat of pure gold — truly a throne fit for a king. (Interesting tidbit: Instead of reaching for a toilet paper dispenser after doing one’s business, he or she merely pressed a call button, presumably to summon some poor servant, who lucked into one of the lousiest jobs in the world.)Doggy Dinner PartiesDuring the 1900s, “anything you can do, I can do better” was the prevailing attitude, particularly when it came to entertaining.Marion Graves Anthon “Mamie” Fish, the wife of railroad baron and socialite Stuyvesant Fish, was well known for her extravagant parties. When she threw a Dog’s Dinner birthday party for friend Elizabeth Drexel Lehr’s pomeranian, Mighty Atom, Mrs. Fish decked out her own beloved dog with a $15,000 diamond collar for the occasion.Well-heeled guests arrived with their well-heeled pooches, bringing gifts for Mighty Atom totalling $25,000.Other hosts found their own unique way to show off their wealth. A soiree at Delmonico’s in New York City featured an enormous indoor garden with a lake in the middle, complete with swans.Delmonico’s in 1906.Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt brought Broadway to her estate, the Breakers, in Newport, Rhode Island, inviting the entire cast of the musical The Wild Rose to perform (the show’s sets came too).Stuyvesant FishAnd billionaire James Hazen Hyde decorated his home to look like the court of Louis XIV for a masquerade ball, while the Metropolitan Opera House’s 40-piece orchestra supplied the music.Conspicuous ConsumptionMoney wasn’t the only thing the wealthy had an appetite for during the Gilded Age. An expansive waistline was a sign of living the good life.And when it came to packing down food, beefy businessman “Diamond” Jim Brady was in a class by himself. William Grimes, author of Appetite City, refers to Brady as the “Paul Bunyan of the dinner table.”James “Diamond Jim” BradyBrady’s biographer, H. Paul Jeffers, described a typical dinner thusly: “two or three dozen oysters, six crabs, and a few servings of green turtle soup. The main course was two whole ducks, six or seven lobsters, a sirloin steak, two servings of terrapin and a variety of vegetables.”Shellfish feast with lobster, tiger prawns, clams, mussels, vegetables and a couple beers.For dessert, “pastries…and perhaps a five-pound box of candy.” Brady washed it all down with orange juice.It’s said that Brady began his meals sitting four inches from the edge of the table, and kept eating until his stomach made contact. (In case you’re wondering, Brady died of a heart attack at age 61. Doctors claimed his stomach was six times that of the average person.)Real-Estate RivalriesNowhere was the “show ‘em what you’ve got” mentality on display more than Newport, Rhode Island. America’s newly rich set out to mimic the lifestyle of European aristocracy.Exterior view of historic Rosecliff Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island, USA.What resulted was a jaw-dropping game of one-upmanship among neighbors and, in some cases, family members — most notably, two Vanderbilt brothers: William and Cornelius.Exterior view of the historic Marble House in Newport Rhode Island. This former Vanderbilt Mansion is now a well known travel attraction.William Vanderbilt’s Marble House, a Versailles-inspired showplace, had no equal in opulence when it was completed in 1892, boasting walls coated in 22-carat gold leaf, a front portico designed after the one at the White House, and an 18th century Venetian ceiling painting featuring gods and goddesses from classic mythology adorning the ceiling, and $7 million worth of marble.Rosecliff is one of the Gilded Age mansions built by architect Stanford White between 1898-1902.“Oh, it is so on…” (or words to that effect), said William Vanderbilt’s younger brother, Cornelius, who responded in kind by constructing his own showplace — The Breakers, a 70-room Italian Renaissance-style palazzo inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turpin — to one-up his brother.Closet Deep-DivesWhen you have closets full of the latest fashions, you can’t be expected to spend the day in the same outfit. So the rich changed their clothes (at least) several times a day.Portrait of a woman in a large hat, 1900-1910.The ladies, in particular, had plenty to pick from: morning street dresses, dressing for receiving callers, carriage dresses, visiting dresses, full dinner dresses, ball dresses, hostess dresses, dresses to wear to church, to the theater, to concerts, outfits for riding, croquet, archery, skating, traveling…well, you get the idea.Berry Wall pictured (1888) in the New York American at the time of the “Battle of the Dudes.”However, the premiere quick-change artist may have been a man: It’s said that Evander Berry Wall once swapped duds no less than 40 times between breakfast and dinner. Clothes weren’t the only things to be regularly cast aside during the day.All that socializing tended to tire a person out, so the wealthy were big believe in afternoon naps, so bedding was changed (at least) two or three times a day.Dining on HorsebackTally-ho! Anyone can throw a sit-down dinner party. The truly inspired served meals on horseback.In 1903, C.K.G. Billings, a millionaire and horse-racing aficionado known as “the American Horse King,” spent $350,000 turning a Manhattan ballroom into a show ring of sorts.Lou Dillon winning the Webster Cup, 1903.Billings, an equestrian, had put the finishing touches to a swanky private stable near Harlem River Drive and wanted to celebrate.Guests arrived at Sherry’s a 5th Avenue restaurant decked out in evening duds, only to get the shock of their lives.Tables had been cleared from the room, replaced with fake turf and scenery resembling an English countryside.Billings’ horse partyParty-goers were instructed to hop onto horses (which were hoisted up in a freight elevator). Waiters placed a series of elaborate fare, such as caviar, turtle soup, rack of lamb, guinea hens, flambéed peaches, and Krug champagne (or ginger ale for those who didn’t want to get sauced and tumble from their mount) on table trays attached to each horse’s saddle.As a momento of this most unusual evening, guests (who were, let’s face it, good sports) were given sterling-silver horseshoes inscribed with the menu.Pimped-Out Private Railroad CarsApparently, you can take it with you. Engineer, industrialist, and the founder of the Pullman Company, George Pullman made traveling by train a luxurious experience in the 1800s, with the introduction of sleeping cars, dining cars, and parlor cars.A Pullman car, interior view.To cater to uber-wealthy clientele, the company took things to another level with private rail cars, which featured four-star, hotel-like accommodation, including chef and personal assistants.The cars, which attached to commercial passenger trains, could sleep up to twelve, and could be customized to cater to the owners’ whims. There were drawing rooms adorned with custom-wood paneling, dining rooms with elaborate domed ceilings, and staterooms with queen-sized beds that connected to marble baths.Read another story from us: Women Used to Take Their Husbands to Court for Being ImpotentOne private Pullman featured a fireplace in the lounge. While some patrons owned their own private cars, others chose to rent executive charter cars instead, including then-President William McKinley and Robert Todd Lincoln, Abe’s eldest son, who became President of the Pullman Palace Car Company from 1887 to 1911.last_img read more