Ban pays tribute as anniversary of Korean war is remembered

“The United States paid a heavy price for the Korean conflict … But here is what I know. You helped turn destruction into democracy. Out of rubble came an economic power. Out of tragedy emerged a free democratic society,” Mr. Ban said at a function in New York to mark the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean war.“That is your gift and your legacy. As we grow older, it grows stronger. And the Korean people and Government have become very strong,” said the Secretary-General, who was six years old when the war broke out and was forced to flee his home with his grandparents until UN forces, led by US soldiers and troops from 21 other UN Member States, came to assist.The Secretary-General told the veterans in attendance at today’s memorial service that they had helped restore hope among the Korean people, saying that whenever he travelled to war zones around the world, his wish is always that “every young girl or boy deserves – hope… possibility… wonder… and peace and security.” 25 June 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid glowing tribute to soldiers from 22 countries who fought in the Korean conflict 60 years ago, saying they had helped turn destruction in his native Republic of Korea into democracy and prosperity. read more

Partnership enables UN to support police training in Somalia

17 January 2011The United Nations envoy for Somalia today inaugurated a programme through which some 500 Somali police recruits will be trained in neighbouring Djibouti with funding provided by Japan as part of international efforts to strengthen the capacity of the Somali interim authorities to improve security. Augustine P. Mahiga, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, said security was a key pillar of efforts to restore peace and stability in the Horn of Africa country, and a priority of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG).Speaking at the ceremony to launch the training at the Djibouti Police Academy, Mr. Mahiga commended the Government of Djibouti for its cooperation with the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), terming the partnership “an outstanding example of support by regional actors.”He thanked Japan for its “significant” contribution of $10 million to the UNPOS Trust Fund for security sector institutions, without which this new project and training would not have been possible.The funds will be used to pay stipends and salaries and meet the cost of equipment such as vehicles and communications equipment, and the rehabilitation of police infrastructure in the Somalia capital, Mogadishu, under the UNPOS police project.Mr. Mahiga, speaking in the presence of Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and his Djiboutian counterpart, Ismail Omar Guelleh, acknowledged the support of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Civil Police Unit and the Somali Police Force Senior Management Team for their efforts in making the training possible.“Security in Somalia is one of the main challenges and we need a well-trained, disciplined force with high morale, to be able to provide sustenance to our security forces and their families and to motivate them with regular stipends,” said Mr. Mahiga.In a related development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Christian Manahl of Austria as his Deputy Special Representative for Somalia.Mr. Manahl has served as Director of the Political Affairs Division in the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) since June 2010, and has held a number of posts with the European Union during his career.He brings to the position “a wealth of experience in conflict prevention and management, governance, rule of law, strategic and contingency planning, institutional cooperation, and the mobilisation and coordination of assistance,” stated a news release. read more

Extortionists using easy cash

The police today said that there are reports of extortionists using the ‘easy cash’ mobile system to get money from their victims.A statement by police headquarters said that the extortionists threaten businessmen and individuals and demand money to be transferred either to a bank account or through the ‘easy cash’ system. The police said that most often investigations are hampered as the victims fail to assist the investigations out of fear. The extortionists often claim they are calling on behalf of the CID, TID, CCD or other special police units and demand the money. he police urged the public not to fall prey to such threats and lodge complaints to the nearest police station over such incidents. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Progress in transfer of power to East Timorese impressive head of UN

Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of the first 17 East Timorese Senior Civil Servants of the Transitional Administration’s Division of Health, the head of the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), Sergio Vieira de Mello, said 86 per cent of the positions approved by the National Council in the budget for this fiscal year had been filled. “More than 9,000 East Timorese civil servants of a total of 10,554 staff that we were authorized to recruit are already recruited,” he said. According to UNTAET, over half of the allocated managerial posts have been filled, with 20 per cent of them occupied by women.In other news, a month-long workshop in political participation for potential East Timorese women candidates to the 30 August Constituent Assembly elections ended today with a ceremony in Dili. More than 150 East Timorese women from organizations all over the country attended the training, organized by UNTAET’s Division of Gender Affairs in conjunction with the United Nations Fund for Women, UNIFEM. The Gender Affairs Division will conduct additional training for those who decide to run in the upcoming elections. read more

Formidable challenges remain in tsunami recovery says UN envoy Bill Clinton

United Nations Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery Bill Clinton said today that despite substantial progress in reconstruction following the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, formidable challenges remain and the former United States President called on all involved in the recovery process to sustain their efforts. Speaking at the fourth meeting of the Global Consortium on Tsunami Recovery, which was held in New York, Mr. Clinton said “we are now in what may be the most challenging part of the recovery process, as governments implement longer term reconstruction and economic development efforts.” “There is substantial progress to report in areas like home and school construction and a welcome rebound in tourist arrivals but we still face formidable challenges, from addressing the housing needs of displaced persons, to increasing timber supplies without endangering forests, to addressing the remaining $100 million funding gap in the Maldives,” he said. In addition Mr. Clinton called for an all-out effort to get the last 40,000 people out of tents in Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra island in Indonesia, in the next two months, and also expressed concern about the increased violence in Sri Lanka, and its impact on the recovery process. Citing the progress that had been made over the past 16 months, the former US President noted among other achievements, some 100,000 new homes that have been built or are under construction across the tsunami-hit region, with tens of thousands more in the pipeline, and in addition, some 550 permanent schools either completed or under construction. At today’s meeting, which involved government representatives of countries that were hit by the tsunami, as well as delegates from donor countries, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international financial institutions and UN agencies, each of the affected countries shared “best practices,” focusing on parts of their own recovery processes in which significant progress had been made. Thailand’s delegate spoke of land management issues, while her Indian counterpart focused on risk mitigation and disaster reduction measures. Representatives from Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Indonesia briefed respectively on owner-built housing reconstruction, revitalization of the tourism industry, and community development and consultation in the recovery process. In a related development, Eric Schwartz, the Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, heads to Thailand next week on a regional tour of the tsunami-hit countries to launch a new initiative for the survivors of the disaster. read more

UN offers aid to Ecuador as thousands evacuated after Tungurahua Volcano erupts

No deaths have been reported after the volcano, located 135 kilometres southeast of the capital Quito, began erupting last Friday, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said, adding that initially there had been several strong explosions that by Sunday were occurring every 30 to 40 minutes.Ecuador’s Government has not requested international assistance but a UN Emergency Technical Team has been coordinating with the provincial authorities, which are leading the national response, as well as with the Civil Defence and the national Red Cross.In addition, the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization (WHO/PAHO) is working with the authorities to assess the health situation, while contingency plans and quick response teams have been activated, and a health situation room has been set up in the province.The World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered 750 food rations to the Civil Defence warehouse in Tungurahua, which will be distributed in Tungurahua and Chimborazo, including through the Government’s social feeding programme, OCHA said.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has offered to provide 150 tents for shelter, while the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will supply teaching materials for children in shelters. The last major eruption of Tungurahua Volcano, which has an altitude of 5,105 metres, occurred in October 1999. read more

Motivational speaker Stephen Covey 7 Habits of Highly Effective People author dead

by News Staff Posted Jul 16, 2012 5:24 pm MDT Motivational speaker Stephen Covey, ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ author, dead at 79 SALT LAKE CITY – Stephen R. Covey, author of “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” as well as several other books that together have sold millions of copies, has died. He was 79.In a statement sent to employees of a Utah consulting firm Covey co-founded, his family said the writer and motivational speaker died at a hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho, early Monday due to complications from a bicycle accident in April.“In his final hours, he was surrounded by his loving wife and each one of his children and their spouses, just as he always wanted,” the family said.Covey was hospitalized after being knocked unconscious in the bicycle accident on a steep road in the foothills of Provo, Utah, about 45 miles (72 kilometres) south of Salt Lake City.Covey was considered a pioneer in the self-help genre aimed at helping readers become more effective in their lives, most notably with “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” which sold more than 20 million copies in 38 languages.“This was one of the first books in recent times that was really directed at prioritizing the way you worked, so you could be more effective as an individual” said Adrian Zackheim, president and publisher of Portfolio, a business imprint at Penguin Group (USA). “It wasn’t about how to be a manager or how or to run a company. It was about how to conduct yourself.”“Covey’s influence was very pervasive,” Zackheim added. “It was a book that applied to everybody. You would hear about whole organizations where everybody in the company was expected to read the book.”Covey also was the author of several other bestsellers, including “First Things First,” ”Principle-Centred Leadership,” ”The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families,” and “The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness.”Covey was the co-founder of Utah-based professional services company FranklinCovey.At the time of his bicycle accident, his publicist, Debra Lund, said doctors had not found any signs of long-term damage to his head.“He just lost control on his bike and crashed,” Lund said. “He was wearing a helmet, which is good news.”Catherine Sagers, Covey’s daughter, told The Salt Lake Tribune in April that her father had suffered some bleeding on his brain after the accident.A telephone message left for Sagers on Monday wasn’t returned.___Rindels reported from Las Vegas. Associated Press writer Hillel Italie contributed to this report from New York. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Another 170 migrants disappear in shipwrecks UN agency reiterates call for an

“The tragedy of the Mediterranean cannot be allowed to continue,” said Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. According to various NGOs, about 53 people died on the Alborán Sea, in the western part of the Mediterranean. One survivor is understood to have been rescued by a passing fishing boat after being stranded for more than 24 hours at sea and is receiving medical treatment in Morocco. According to UNHCR, Moroccan and Spanish rescue vessels have been searching for the boat and survivors for several days to no avail. The Italian Navy are also reporting another shipwreck on the central Mediterranean. Three survivors, who were taken for treatment on the island of Lampedusa, reported that another 117 people, currently dead or missing, had boarded the ship with them in Libya.UNHCR has been unable to independently verify the death tolls for these two shipwrecks, but in 2018, 2,262 people lost their lives attempting to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea.“We cannot turn a blind eye to the high numbers of people dying on Europe’s doorstep,” said Mr. Grandi. “No effort should be spared, or prevented, from saving lives in distress at sea.”UNHCR’s statement said it is “concerned that actions by States are increasingly deterring NGOs from conducting search and rescue operations”, and is calling for these to be lifted immediately”.At the same time, “greater efforts are needed to prevent refugees and migrants from taking these desperate journeys in the first place”, UNHCR stressed, calling for “more safe and legal pathways to access asylum in Europe… for those fleeing war and persecution so that no one feels they have no other choice than to put their lives in the hands of unscrupulous traffickers and smugglers”. read more

Keeping Brock green makes for a busy tree planting program

It was hard not to notice the row of honey locust trees in front of Taro Hall being removed in October to make way for the $22-million expansion of Brock’s Goodman School of Business.Less obvious, however, is the plan that had long been in place to replace them with even more new trees around campus.In the past two years about 155 new trees have been planted by the Brock grounds crew, an initiative that can be traced to the construction of the Cairns Family Health and Biosciences Complex, said John Dick, Manager, Ground Services.“When Cairns came along, we had to remove trees, but we planted way more trees than we removed,” said Dick. “They haven’t necessarily gone back in the same spot, but we’re planting mostly native trees and placing them in locations where they will thrive well into the future.”One of the challenges for Grounds Services is finding appropriate spots that will allow the trees to mature properly. Many areas have pipes and other obstructions that complicate the issue of digging and planting.“Sometimes you wonder why there’s a spot that doesn’t have trees, but there are a lot of underground services that prevent them being planted there,” said Dick, who added that maintaining a balance with wide open areas on campus is also important.Another issue crews have been dealing with for the past year or more is removal of dead or dying ash trees, as the relentless emerald ash borer insect continues to devastate those native hardwoods.“All of Niagara is affected. There are some treatments but they’ll only work for the short term. Most of (Brock’s ash trees) are showing signs of having the insect. There are a number of young trees that haven’t been affected yet, so the hope is they may outlive the insect,” said Dick, adding that most of Brock’s ash trees were fortunately not of significant size or age.As ash trees are removed, they’re replaced with a wider variety of species.“We try to add tree species to keep our diversity going,” said Dick, “so that we don’t have the same problem in the future.” read more

Lee Westwood Inherits Sergios Title Best Golfer Without A Major

A chronology of the “Best Player To Never Win A Major” PLAYERSTARTENDLENGTH (MAJORS)WON A MAJOR? Westwood, at age 44, is perhaps the most decorated English golfer in recent history — he’s racked up 23 European Tour victories and seven Ryder Cup victories and even snapped Tiger Woods’s 281-week stranglehold on the No. 1 ranking in 2010. But the majors have been painful. He’s finished in the top 10 on 18 different occasions and been runner-up three times. This has earned him close to $9 million in prize money in the majors alone, but an empty trophy case.Now on the unfamiliar grounds of Erin Hills (a Wisconsin course that’s never hosted a major before), Westwood can only hope his reign as BPTNWAM is short. He’s off to a good start, finishing Thursday 3 strokes under par — but the first three rounds are generally not the problem for the Englishman. Going into this week, Westwood’s average score in rounds 1 through 3 at the majors has been 72.0, but on Sunday, that number rises to 72.6, according to the statistical site Golfstats.The bookmakers don’t like his chances this weekend, either. Before the tournament, his odds of winning were 65-to-1, according to VegasInsider.com. Maybe they’ve been scoping out the success rate for past BPTNWAMs: Even including Garcia’s victory in April, the title-holder won just four times in 149 tries (2.7 percent) going back to the 1980 Masters. That’s a big reason why the average BPTNWAM hung onto the designation for 11.5 tournaments (nearly three years’ worth of majors) over the same time period.Westwood is also nearly outside the career phase where any golfers have ever won a major. So most likely, his BPTNWAM reign will end when he stops playing majors regularly, rather than with a championship victory. But golf has also given us a few stellar moments by players older than Westwood, including Jack Nicklaus’s Masters win at age 46 and, more recently, Tom Watson forcing a playoff in the British Open at age 59. Perhaps it won’t happen this week, but Westwood might just have enough left in the tank to shed his newfound, inglorious title in a grand way. Rickie Fowler169220.42 Greg Norman1985 Masters1986 British7✓ Andy Bean1986 PGA1988 British8 Gil Morgan1991 PGA1994 Masters10 Colin Montgomerie2005 British2006 British5 CURRENT RANKINGCAREER AT MAJORS Lee Westwood5254580.86 Nick Price1988 PGA1990 Masters6✓ Marc Leishman2735130.20 Steve Stricker1385540.47 Crenshaw would plug away for the next 18 major tournaments before finally shedding the label with a win at the 1984 Masters. (A player can leave the BPTNWAM list three ways: Winning a major; falling behind another player’s major shares; or not playing enough to qualify for the list anymore.) Among all the title-holders since 1979, Crenshaw’s streak was the third-longest — though it paled in comparison with the streak that Garcia just ended.Garcia was the modern king of the BPTNWAMs. Before his win at the Masters, he had gone 35 consecutive majors (back to the 2008 British Open) as the BPTNWAM, and before that, he’d traded the title back and forth with Chris DiMarco a few times. His 37 total tournaments as BPTNWAM are the most of any player since 1979 (eight more than No. 2 Colin Montgomerie).Now the honor falls to Westwood, whose 0.86 career major shares leads all major-less players in the U.S. Open field: Phil Mickelson2002 Masters2004 Masters9✓ Sergio Garcia2005 Masters2005 Masters1✓ Matt Kuchar2815290.20 The 12-foot birdie putt Sergio Garcia sank to win the Masters in April had bigger consequences than ensuring him a garish new jacket. It also meant somebody else would have to take on the title of “Best Player To Never Win A Major,” a crown that Garcia had worn for nearly a decade. And according to our calculations, that player should be England’s Lee Westwood, who shot 69 in the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday.No pressure, Westy.The golf world usually hands out the dreaded “BPTNWAM” designation by reputation and consensus, but we wanted to take a crack at it using a formula. In the past, we’ve judged the quality of a player’s performance in majors — win or lose — using “major shares,” which estimate how many majors a player would be expected to win given his scoring relative to the field average in past majors. (Fractional “shares” of wins accumulate over time for good players; also-rans garner scores at or near zero.) So for our purposes here, I’m considering the BPTNWAM to be the player who, at the time of each major, had the most career major shares without an actual major victory.1I also added the qualification that a player must have made the cut in at least half of the previous two years’ worth of majors, to make sure that he was still playing at a high level at the time of the tournament in question.According to those rules, here’s a chronology of the BPTNWAM since the great Ben Crenshaw took over the title in August of 1979: Sergio Garcia2008 British2017 Masters35✓ Chris DiMarco2006 PGA2006 PGA1 Andy Bean1990 U.S. Open1990 U.S. Open1 * Official World Golf RankingSources: ESPN, Yahoo Sports, Golfweek John Cook1994 U.S. Open1995 PGA7 Based on how many career “major shares” a player had going into each major tournament since 1979. To be in the running, a player had to make the cut in at least half of the previous eight majors.Sources: ESPN, Yahoo Sports Branden Grace4429140.26 Lee Westwood2017 U.S. Open—— Andres Romero609798120.13 PLAYERGOLFWEEKOWGR*CUTS MADEMAJOR SHARES Chris DiMarco2005 U.S. Open2005 U.S. Open1 Who’s the new “Best Player To Never Win A Major”? Nick Price1991 Masters1991 British3✓ Sergio Garcia2007 Masters2007 Masters1✓ Loren Roberts2004 U.S. Open2004 PGA3 Peter Oosterhuis1984 U.S. Open1984 PGA3 Paul Azinger1990 British1990 PGA2✓ Colin Montgomerie1996 Masters2001 PGA24 Brandt Snedeker3138260.13 Scott Piercy1286280.09 J.B. Holmes9152150.10 Ben Crenshaw1979 PGA1984 Masters18✓ Chris DiMarco2007 U.S. Open2008 U.S. Open5 read more

Hot Takedown The Final Four The Cubs Sit Kris Bryant Fixing The

Links to what we discuss in this week’s show:FiveThirtyEight’s continually updated March Madness predictions and ongoing March Madness reporting.Ken Pomeroy’s piece in Slate about whether Notre Dame should have fouled Kentucky at the end of their game.The legend of Tom Izzo, by the numbers.Kate’s article about Indiana’s religious freedom law.Fangraphs on Kris Bryant’s insane spring training, and the Cubs decision to not call him up.Peter King on the NFL point after changes. Extra point kicks may be moved back to the 15 yard line.Benjamin Morris’s opus on how kickers have gotten better and better over the decades.Our significant digit of the week: 227, the average number of hits to the head in a season for male and female hockey players. A recent study found many hockey helmets to be unsafe. Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (for March 31, 2015), we discuss the Final Four field in the men’s tournament; what role the NCAA has in taking a stand in cases like Indiana’s religious freedom law; a preview of the baseball season and why the Cubs are benching their best prospect, Kris Bryant; and the math behind the proposed extra point changes in the NFL.Stream the episode by clicking play above, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients below. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. By Chadwick Matlin, Kate Fagan, Neil Paine and Allison McCann read more

Gender pay gap is getting worse in nearly half of firms analysis

Rebecca Hilsenrath, Chief Executive at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: “Transparency is brilliant and the first year of gender pay gap reporting has had an immense impact in raising awareness of workplace equality.“But the truth is that transparency is not enough.“Just reporting figures is not going to eliminate anyone’s pay gap.“Now that employers have met their legal duty to report their pay gaps, they should have worked out what has caused them and what they need to do to narrow them.   The car servicing and repair company saw a swing of nearly 30 per cent towards higher male pay, which the company blamed on a number of senior staff leaving their jobs.While last year, the gap was 15.2 per cent in favour of women, this year those figures are skewed towards male employees, with the average man earning 14 per cent more than the average woman. A spokesperson said: “We are keen to both promote from within the company as well as recruit more women to help redress this balance.”The data also shows that the pay gap at energy firm Npower has increased from 13 per cent to 18 per cent in the last year.“Npower Limited implemented a cost reduction programme in 2017, which, along with the trend of more women than men taking advantage of salary sacrifice employee benefits designed to promote flexible working, had an impact on the pay gap,” said a company spokesperson.But critics say that more needs to be done to make sure companies have a plan to reduce these pay disparities. “We believe that it should be mandatory for employers to publish, alongside their pay gap data, action plans with specific targets and deadlines.”Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of the Fawcett society echoed those views, and told the Telegraph: “Initial findings look worrying with 40% of those who have already reported showing pay gaps widening not narrowing.  “Women will be wondering what is going on. “We need to require employers to publish action plans that we can hold them accountable to.”According to the BBC, of the companies that had reported their figures by Tuesday morning: 74 per cent had a pay gap in favour of men, 14 per cent had one which favoured women, while 12 per cent reported no pay gap. The gender pay gap is getting worse in nearly half of companies, new analysis suggests, as critics say forcing firms to report their disparity is not enough.Four in ten private companies that have published their latest gender pay figures have reported wider gaps than last year, according to the BBC.The snapshot data takes a look at the median pay gap in each company – the difference between the middle-earning man and middle-earning woman, and has already been declared by some 1,146 companies ahead of the April 4 deadline for the private sector.This represents around 10 per cent of employers who are legally required to declare their gender pay gap, but critics have warned that simply publishing figures does not eliminate the root causes of the problem.Companies who have seen their gender pay gap widen include NPower and Kwik Fit. 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. read more

Imperial gets key distribution deal in South Africa

first_imgJoy Global Mining has awarded the outsource contract for its distribution service to Imperial Distribution, part of the Imperial Logistics Group. The three-and-a-half year contract, which was won on open tender, represents the company’s first in the mining industry. “We see this as an exciting opportunity to expand into the mining sector,” comments Imperial Distribution Managing Director, Heinrich Strauss. He explains that Joy Global Mining’s distribution network comprises two components. “On the one side, there is an abnormals company, which transports the heavy machines, while the other element – and the contract we have secured – is the distribution network for spares and parts replenishment to the mines, as well as the breakdown service.”Imperial Distribution says it has differentiated itself from its competitors with a full distribution service offering. “As a distribution expert, we do much more than just provide trucks,” Strauss stresses. “We offer planning and transport management systems, proof-of-delivery (POD) management, proof-of-delivery automation (PDA), as well as exceptional responsiveness on the breakdown service.” The latter is critical, he argues, since the breakdown service demands an extremely high level of service and very short turnaround time, in order to minimise the costly repercussions of downtime at a mine. “The breakdown side of the distribution contract is very dynamic and very intense, with 24/7 service.” The spares and parts replenishment distribution runs according to a daily plan, and Imperial Distribution says it is already adding value for the client by optimising routes and planning.A dedicated staff complement of 15 drivers and three management staff have been allocated to Joy Global Mining, and will operate from the company’s Wadeville premises. Up to 10 additional flexi-time employees are on hand to assist when needed, Strauss explains. Imperial Distribution will run a dedicated fleet of seven breakdown vehicles for Joy Global Mining, along with six vehicles for stock replenishment. “One of the advantages that our client will gain – and which we have already been able to leverage – is our ability to call on Imperial Truck Rental to supply excess capacity when more trucks are needed,” he adds.Driving costs down, while maintaining critical service levels – particularly on the breakdown side – is what Strauss sees as Imperial Distribution’s greatest challenge on this new contract. The company is also committed to providing Joy Global Mining with optimal administration services, he concludes. Imperial Distribution is a specialised third party logistics (3PL) service provider with more than 80 customer sites in the FMCG, retail, packaging and construction industries around South Africa.last_img read more

Kal Tire Mining Tire Group to exhibit at AIMEX 2015

first_imgKal Tire Mining Tire Group, one of the world’s leading mining tyre specialists, is exhibiting for the first time at Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX), in Sydney, Australia, September 2015, which will be attended by IM. Kal Tire will showcase its “Total Tire Solutions” when it comes to mining tyre service and supply and how they effectively decrease costs and improve productivity.“Kal Tire has been operating in Western Australia for many years now”, says Darren Flint, Managing Director, Kal Tire Australia. “We’re expanding our reach to bring our best-in-class mining tyre solutions to mines across Australia’s East and West.” Kal Tire Mining Tire Group says it has spent more than 40 years delivering local and proficient tyre solutions to over 150 mines across five continents.“Due to more than 1,600 team members world-wide, they are able to mobilise quickly and efficiently to new projects. Kal Tire team members are qualified to a global standard, and together have amassed a wealth of knowledge. The constant goal; to provide mining customers innovative tyre solutions that improve productivity at every step of the mining process, from sourcing, maintenance and reporting, to on-site custom solutions and safety programs.”“We’re considered a trusted partner to many of the world’s leading mining companies because we’re capable of handling all of the tyre requirements, every day,” says Flint. “We’re on the mine sites, bringing our global experience and knowledge to deliver tyre supply and services that are really tailored to our customers’ needs. We don’t work for manufacturers. We work for miners.”Kal Tire was founded in the mountains of BC, Canada, more than 60 years ago, has been delivering local tyre solutions to mine sites around the world and at every extreme; from 14,000 ft high shifts in the Andes to the -30°C oil sands of Alberta, and the scorching rainforests of Ghana to the remote red earth of the Pilbara. “Safety is a number one priority, like it is with any mining customer, and we’re proud to be showcasing Journey to Zero at AIMEX,” says Flint. “At Kal Tire, our goal is zero harm for every team member, every day. Like our training, we have global standards when it comes to operating safely.”last_img read more

Landin and Dolk to KIF Kolding Kobenhavn

handballkif kolding kobenhavnMagnus Landin handballMarcus CleverlyMartin Dolk Danish champions KIF Kolding Kobenhavn have clear ambition to stay at the TOP of the domestic handball, but also to make a step forward at the VELUX EHF Champions League, where Danes were defeated by RK Metalurg at TOP 16 phase.Landin is coming to Kolding, but not Niklas – his younger brother Markus. Magnus Landin (19) is talented left wing who played in Nordsjælland Håndbold. He signed two years contract. Swedish youngstar Martin Dolk is coming from Hammarby.The biggest signing is linked with the name of Marcus Cleverly. Experienced goalkeeper will join Kasper Hvidt between the posts. That was announced last February, but ex-HSV member had official presentation a few days ago…PHOTO: KIF Kolding Kobenhavn ← Previous Story Hans Lindberg is close to leave Hamburg Next Story → AEK Athens expelled from European Cups by EHF! read more

Sprint drops iPhone 4S to 150 as iPhone 5 launch approaches

first_imgIf you’re looking for a deal on a new iPhone 4S, Sprint has just dropped the 16GB model to $149.99 on a two-year contract. Now might not be the best time to lock yourself into a 24-month deal, of course. Rumor has it that the iPhone 5 is due to be unveiled at an event on September 12th.The iPhone 4S is currently listed as a “don’t buy” by just about every site that offers gadget purchasing advice, but those recommendations are often aimed at more tech-savvy types. If you’re a fan of the Now Network and don’t demand the absolute latest and greatest in smartphone tech, then this deal might be for you.The 4S is still a very good phone, of course. Its dual-core processor keeps iOS 5 (and soon iOS 6) running smoothly, the 8MP rear-facing camera is Apple’s best yet, and it’s got that all-important audio processing chip that lets Siri do what she does.Bear in mind that the minimum contract offered is the $79.99 Everything Data plan with 450 minutes, though that does get you unlimited data from Sprint. Over the course of the two-year deal, the $150 iPhone 4S will end up costing you somewhere around $2100 (plus taxes and fees). You’ll at least save the activation fee, as Sprint is now waving that on iPhone 4S purchases.But if that amount of money and the commitment gives you pause, then the iPhone 5 or “new iPhone” may be the way to go after all. It’s almost certainly going to be a substantial upgrade over the 4S, and could be the first Apple phone with a display larger than 3.5 inches.More at AllThingsDlast_img read more

Biodiversité le NordPasdeCalais lance le premier conservatoire faunistique régional

first_imgBiodiversité : le Nord-Pas-de-Calais lance le premier conservatoire faunistique régionalLa région Nord-Pas-de-Calais a lancé mercredi 1er décembre le tout premier conservatoire faunistique régional (CFR) de France. Une initiative qui vise à recenser les espèces animales pour mieux les protéger et sensibiliser le public.Ce CFR est né de l’initiative du Groupe ornithologique et naturaliste du Nord-Pas-de-Calais et du Conservatoire des sites naturels du Nord et du Pas-de-Calais. Comme le souligne Emmanuel Cau, vice-président du conseil régional, la région a vu de nombreux milieux naturels et espèces disparaître au cours des dernières décennies. Si ce déclin engendré par l’urbanisation, l’industrialisation, l’agriculture intensive comme par la pollution des eaux et des sols, n’a jusqu’alors jamais pu être endigué, “avec ce conservatoire faunistique, le premier du genre en France, nous avons désormais l’outil pour le faire”.À lire aussiLe chat de Pallas, un félin sauvage aussi irrésistible que méconnuLe conservatoire permettra d’étudier la faune sauvage afin de recueillir des données naturalistes, les mutualiser, et ce dans le but final de mettre en œuvre des plans de conservation des espèces et de leurs habitats, “notamment en réintroduisant des espèces et en réaménageant des milieux naturels”, explique Emmanuel Cau. Mais le CFR a également une vocation de sensibilisation du public quant à la menace qui pèse sur la faune de la région, en recréant “des liens hommes-nature”.Le Nord-Pas-de-Calais abrite un tiers de la flore française et des reptiles, et notamment 60% des espèces d’oiseaux nicheurs et plus de la moitié des mammifères. Mais à ce jour, la région ne dispose plus que de 13 % d’espaces naturels sur son territoire, et dans les années à venir, c’est le quart des espèces animales de la région qui pourrait être menacé. La première action concrète du conservatoire consistera alors en la constitution d’un “référentiel faunistique de toutes les espèces actuelles et passées de la région, afin d’avoir une base de référence pour mettre en oeuvre la conservation”, a précisé Emmanuel Cau. Une base qui devrait être disponible dès le début de l’année 2011.Le 5 décembre 2010 à 13:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Loutarde indienne au premier rang des espèces doiseaux menacées

first_imgL’outarde indienne au premier rang des espèces d’oiseaux menacéesSelon l’édition 2011 de la liste rouge de l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature, plus de 1.250 espèces d’oiseaux sont aujourd’hui menacées, dont le plus lourd des oiseaux volants, l’outarde indienne, au bord de l’extinction.1.253 espèces d’oiseaux menacées – soit 13% du nombre total d’espèces –, dont 189 en danger critique : tels sont les chiffres donnés par l’édition 2011 de la liste rouge de l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN). “En l’espace d’un an, 13 espèces sont venues s’ajouter à la liste”, souligne Jean-Christophe Vié, directeur adjoint du Programme de l’UICN des espèces mondiales.À lire aussiVoici l’oiseau le plus dangereux au mondeParmi les volatiles les plus en danger, la grande outarde indienne, qui mesure un mètre de haut et pèse jusqu’à 15 kg, et dont seulement 250 individus survivraient aujourd’hui. Autrefois très répandue dans les prairies de l’Inde et du Pakistan, elle ne subsiste plus que sur des parcelles isolées du Rajasthan.Le rapport fait heureusement apparaître certains points positifs. Ainsi, la sarcelle de l’île Campbell (Anas nesiotis), bénéficiant d’un vaste programme d’éradication des rats et d’un élevage en captivité, est de retour sur son île natale de Nouvelle-Zélande, passant du statut d’espèce en voie de disparition à celui d’espèce ‘seulement’ menacée.Cependant, les ornithologues de BirdLife International confirment l’extinction du grèbe Alaotra (Tachybaptus rufolavatus), et notent qu’au cours des 500 dernières années, les espèces exotiques envahissantes ont été partiellement ou totalement responsables de l’extinction d’au moins 65 espèces d’oiseaux locales.Le 13 juin 2011 à 16:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Deux lecteurs Bluray Samsung pour regarder ses films sur nimporte quel appareil

first_imgDeux lecteurs Blu-ray Samsung pour regarder ses films sur n’importe quel appareil. Deux nouveaux lecteurs Blu-ray viennent d’être lancés par Samsung, le BD-ES6500 et le BD-ES6000. Ils intègrent le système Utraviolet « Disc to Digital », pour regarder ses Blu-ray sur son smartphone ou sur internet, en streaming ou en téléchargement. Ce sont deux lecteurs Blu-ray classiques, avec un beau design noir brillant, très sobre et racé. Le 6000 est compact tandis que le 6500 est plus conventionnel et inclue un deuxième port HDMI. Ils sont équipés en WiFi, Blu-ray 3D et DLNA, le bundle classique pour les bons lecteurs actuels. Un accès au market de Samsung leur permet d’avoir de nombreuses applications. À lire aussiDisque optique : le successeur du Blu-ray annoncé par Sony et Panasonic !Mais leur caractéristique la plus intéressante est une technologie développée par Flixster et Rovi, et commercialisée par la société Ultraviolet. Lorsque l’on insère un DVD ou un BRD dans le lecteur et que l’on sélectionne la fonction, la référence du film est enregistrée dans votre compte ultraviolet. Il est alors possible à partir du Smart Hub de Samsung de visionner le film depuis une large gamme d’appareils : iPhone, iPad, appareils Android, PC et Mac. Il devient également possible de partager sa bibliothèque Ultraviolet avec d’autres membres du réseau, ou encore de regarder le même film à partir d’un seul acompte en différents endroits. Ce qui peut être fort sympathique pour partager un moment cinéma avec quelqu’un qui se trouve très loin !Plus tard dans l’année Samsung prévoit que ce contenu soit également accessible sur des TV équipées (en plus de celle où le lecteur est connecté.) Le prix de ces appareils est encore inconnu.Le 17 janvier 2012 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Des scientifiques cherchent à percer le mystère du mal des montagnes

first_imgDes scientifiques cherchent à percer le mystère du mal des montagnesDes chercheurs français et italiens essayent de comprendre l’origine du mal aigu des montagnes (MAM), une pathologie qui frappe des milliers d’alpinistes chaque année. Pour cela, ils mènent une étude de plusieurs mois dans les Alpes.C’est depuis le massif du Mont-Blanc, sur l’Aiguille du Midi à 3.800 mètres d’altitude, que des chercheurs français et iliens mènent une étude sur le MAM, autrement dit le “Mal aigu des montagnes”. Pour comprendre ce phénomène, des cobayes vont passer une série de tests et d’analyses dans différents lieux. Après une première série de tests à Chamonix, à 1.000 mètres, les candidats vont passer la nuit en haute altitude, comme 90 autres répartis sur plus de quatre mois. Certains vont ainsi vivre le fameux mal des montagnes qui se manifeste par des maux de tête, des difficultés à dormir, des nausées ou encore des vomissements. “Certains sont malades toute la nuit mais sont quand même motivés”, explique le docteur Alice Gavet, un des médecins encadrant l’étude présentée par l’AFP. Ainsi, couverts d’électrodes, Anne-Marie, Serge et Gilles voient leur rythme cardiaque étudié, leur taux d’oxygénation scruté de près, leur début sanguin mesuré et toute une série de mesures relevée. Un problème de vaisseaux sanguins ? Grâce à toutes ces données, les chercheurs espèrent mieux comprendre les différences de réactions des hommes face à l’altitude : tandis que certains développent des pathologies sévères, d’autres s’adaptent très rapidement. La compréhension de ce phénomène est surtout intéressante pour les alpinistes. En effet, un MAM peut, chez certaines personnes, entraîner le décès par œdème cérébral ou pulmonaire. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?C’est pourquoi l’équipe dirigée par le Dr Emmanuel Cauchy, directeur de l’Ifremmont (Institut de formation et de recherche en médecine de montagne), s’intéresse tout particulièrement à la “vasoréactivité” : la capacité des vaisseaux à se dilater pour favoriser la circulation sanguine. Selon les scientifiques, c’est une mauvaise “vasoréactivité” qui  pourrait être à l’origine du MAM. Néanmoins, d’autres options ne sont pas négligées. ou de micro-bulles d’azote ?  Les chercheurs étudient ainsi également la possibilité que l’organisme produise des “micro-bulles” d’azote lorsqu’il est soumis à un rapide changement de pression atmosphérique, au cours d’une ascension rapide, notamment. “Sur un cerveau déjà démuni d’oxygène, ces micro-bulles pourraient être responsables de troubles neurologiques”, explique le Dr Cauchy. En formant “un bouchon” bloquant un vaisseau sanguin, ces micro-bulles empêcheraient la vascularisation du cerveau, provoquant par exemple une paralysie, la perte de la vue, de la parole, ou des erreurs de jugement.Par ailleurs, le Dr Cauchy souhaiterait pouvoir transformer l’étroit local prêté par la compagnie du Mont-Blanc en plate-forme de test en milieu extrême, ouverte aux chercheurs et aux entreprises. “Les endroits de ce type, accessibles en téléphérique et sécurisés, sont très rares dans le monde”, indique-t-il. Le Dr Samuel Vergès, chercheur au laboratoire grenoblois HP2 renchérit : “Pour la recherche en France, c’est quelque chose de très intéressant” puisque  “l’altitude est un laboratoire à ciel ouvert” qui permet notamment “de mieux comprendre ce qu’endurent certains malades du poumon en plaine”.Le 28 avril 2013 à 18:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more