Why Facebook and Google succeeded

first_imgIf you want your new business to be successful, make sure to set up shop in one of about a dozen ZIP codes around San Francisco. That finding, published online today in Science, may not be a revelation, but the study does have its surprises. Researchers scoured registration data for every for-profit company founded in California between 2001 and 2011. They found that companies with short names—think Google and Facebook versus long-named failures like Cryptine Networks—are 50% more likely to succeed. Having a trademark boosts a firm’s chances by a factor of 5. Having patents multiplies the chances 25 times. And if a patent-holding company is also incorporated in Delaware—home to an extremely high concentration of corporate lawyers and an efficient corporate court system—it boosts the chances of success a whopping 200-fold. The vast majority of startups still fail: Even firms with the optimal location and characteristics had dismal success rates of less than 5%. As the map above reveals, businesses founded in Silicon Valley are 20 times more likely to succeed on average than those in the median Californian city. But there is hope beyond the valley: Patches of entrepreneurial success tend to sprout up around all research institutions, such as the University of California, Davis.last_img read more

Sensex Ends 132 Pts Down, Fomc Meet Holds Key Tomorrow

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VVS motivated me throughout innings: Harbhajan

first_imgHarbhajan Singh, who scored his first Test century during the drawn Test match against New Zealand, has said that fellow batsman VVS Laxman was a constant motivation on the pitch.”VVS did brilliantly. He motivated me, tapped on my shoulders after every over, saying ‘Keep believing in yourself; watch the ball and play straight; look to play your shots (when you get a chance)’,” Harbhajan said.”VVS too should have got his hundred,” said the spinner who smashed 115 runs. “I am a little disappointed (about that), but at least we saved the game. That was a bigger cause.”With India down six wickets, Harbhajan’s century couldn’t have come at a better time. “I was nervous at the start of the innings. It was a great opportunity. We had lost important wickets, but I am glad we came out strongly,” he said.Harbhajan said it was his hard work at practice sessions that paid off. “A lot of effort had gone in the nets, which helped. I am really happy,” he said.Asked if Jalandhar had produced a new Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan was modest. “Well I am not even close to Tendulkar but I am happy I contributed to save the game,” he said.last_img read more

Adamson holds off Letran for 3rd win in Filoil

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren said the preseason tournament will help him see where his team is heading into the UAAP, wherein they lost to University of the Philippines in the Final Four last season.“This tournament will help us gauge our team, we have to fine tune our team, we have to make sure that we need to correct our bad habits,” said Pumaren.Jerrick Ahanmisi led the Falcons’ offense with 17 points, four rebounds, and four assists while Jerom Lastimosa had 15 points.Douanga missed out on a double-double with 12 points and nine boards for Adamson.Balanza finished with 20 points for the Jnights while King Caralipio added 11.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Adamson held a 78-68 lead midway through the fourth but still needed to hold off Letran late.Jerrick Balanza converted on a fall away jumper in the paint to cut Letran’s deficit to six, 86-80, with 48.2 seconds remaining in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAllen Mina then, made it a four-point game, 89-85, with a corner three off Balanza’s pass with 15 seconds left to play.Letran, however, failed to sustain its late-game run with Adamson big man Lenda Douanga securing the rebound after Balanza’s missed three. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Filoil: James Spencer delivers, undermanned UP edges CEU FILE – Jerrick Ahanmisi. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Adamson gutted it out in the final seconds and held off Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 89-85, in the group stage of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Soaring Falcons improved to a 3-1 record in Group A while the Knights dropped to 4-2.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Mayoral polls to city civic body all set to see stiff fight

first_imgBengaluru, Sep 10 (PTI) The stage is all set for a stiff contest in the high-stake mayoral poll to the city civic body tomorrow in the midst of Congress and JDS forging an alliance to upset BJPs plans to wrest control of the BBMP council even after the saffron party bagged 100 of 198 seats in the August 22 polls. BJP had won 100 wards out of 198 and Congress 76, JDS 14 and others eight. Besides corporators, the 260-member BBMP Council includes 62 other members from Bengaluru with voting rights. They include Members of Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, MLAs and MLCs. With the magic number to gain control over BBMP being 131, the Congress-JDS alliance, which claims to have a combined strength of 132, appears all set to sail through. In the backdrop of JDS deciding to join hands with Congress for the mayoral polls, BJP had filed a petition in Karnataka High Court, challenging Section 10 of Karnataka Municipal Act 1976, which allows both non-corporators and corporators to participate in the Mayoral poll. The court had yesterday ordered that the result of the September 11 mayoral election would be subjected to the outcome of the petition. However, the court had said it would keep aside the election of the mayor if the constitutionality of the participation of non-corporators was invalidated. In the wake of hung council, police has imposed prohibitory orders on the premises of BBMP head office. Only members who have the right to vote will be allowed to participate in the election process. No outsider or member of the public, except mediapersons, will be allowed to cover the proceedings. PTI BDN APR DBadvertisementlast_img read more

Mahendra Singh Dhoni charms on and off the field in IPL 2017

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni continues to amaze his fans on the field while his simplicity and the way he conducts himself off the field has been impeccable to say the least. Dhoni is known for his humbleness and doesn’t have the starry tantrums despite being one of the most popular cricketers of his generation in and outside India.Dhoni’s mantra for success is as simple as the man himself – work hard, give it all on the field and then forget about cricket and move on once the game is over.His form has been patchy this season but Dhoni has still managed to play some match-winning knocks for the Rising Pune Supergiant in the IPL. Even after being removed from the captain’s post, Dhoni continues to be an important cog in the wheel for RPS.A recent post-match interview by Ben Stokes revealed how he followed Dhoni’s example and helped RPS register a thrilling victory over Gujarat Lions last Monday. Stokes slammed his maiden hundred and his unbeaten 103 saw RPS chase down 167 on their home ground in Pune.It was during his 76-run partnership with Dhoni that Stokes was able to pick a leaf out of the former India captain’s book and plan the run chase to perfection.Speaking after the match, Stokes, who was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his brilliant effort, revealed how he and Dhoni planned the assault on Gujarat.”We lost a few early wickets, and the start didn’t help. I and MS Dhoni tried to tick along and get something going. We wanted to attack early, then cool off to take it over by over,” Stokes said.advertisementDhoni’s charisma though, is not just limited to the cricket field. He is an inspiration for millions and he continues to increase his fan base through his actions on and off the field. Not just Stokes, but whoever has played with the man has only good things to say about the World Cup winning Indian superstar.MSDhoni playing with imran tahir’s Son ???Yes he is a Down to earth person ??? pic.twitter.com/uCnQ5RXlzH- DHONIsm ? (@DHONIism) May 2, 2017Dhoni’s simplicity was on display once again when he was seen playing with teammate Imran Tahir’s son at an airport. Dhoni gained yet another young fan when as he played with Tahir’s son while sitting on the floor.last_img read more

Islanders Bury Colorado, 5-3

first_imgNEW YORK — The New York Islanders’ fourth line is widely considered one of the NHL’s best.Matt Martin, Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck showed why on the night of Nov. 30 against the Colorado Avalanche.Clutterbuck’s goal 1:52 into the third period broke a 2-all tie and Cizikas added a necessary insurance score in the Isles’ 5-3 win.“They do the right things,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “When you work hard, you get rewarded in life. The way that they’re playing right now, they deserve to get rewarded.”Kyle Okposo, Mikhail Grabovski and Ryan Strome also scored and the Islanders won for the third time in four games. Thomas Greiss stopped 25 shots.“Our goalie played extremely well there in the first period that kept the score where it was, or we could’ve been behind the 8-ball,” Capuano said. “The name of the game is to get points, so hopefully that will give the guys some confidence as we move forward.”Jarome Iginla, Nick Holden and former Islander Blake Comeau each scored for Colorado, but the Avalanche fell for the fifth time in their last seven games.“It’s a game I thought we could’ve had,” Iginla said, “and it didn’t happen.”Martin and Clutterbuck tied for the game-high with eight hits each, setting a physical tone. Early in the third period, off a faceoff win, Clutterbuck redirected Thomas Hickey’s point shot past goalie Semyon Varlamov’s glove.The goal was Clutterbuck’s sixth of the season and the first of two third-period goals from the Isles’ fourth line.“We might not score twice every night, but I think it just creates energy,” Clutterbuck said. “It creates a feeling of teams being on their heels when we’re out there getting scoring chances and creating a buzz.”With Varlamov on the bench, Holden cut the Islanders’ lead to 4-3 with 3:34 left, but Strome scored an empty-net goal with 47.9 seconds left.The goal was Strome’s second since he was recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL on Thanksgiving, and he has four points in three games since returning to the NHL.“When he went down it was a confidence thing,” Capuano said. “I think his pace is getting closer to where it needs to be. His physicality is getting closer. There’s still room for improvement … but he’s been good since he’s been back.”The Avalanche nearly scored off the opening faceoff, but Greiss robbed Matt Duchene with a left-pad save.“I thought in the first period, we could’ve had two or three goals,” Duchene said. “Obviously, (Greiss) made that really good save on me the first shift. If that goes in, it might be a different game.”Colorado took the lead 10:20 in. After Greiss stopped Comeau’s original shot, the winger circled the net and flipped the rebound over Greiss. The goalie unwittingly knocked it in with the top of his stick.The Avalanche limited the Islanders to seven first-period shots and very nearly carried a one-goal advantage into the first intermission. But Cody McLeod and Gabriel Landeskog each took penalties in the final minute, and Okposo buried a snap shot with 1.4 seconds left.Grabovski gave the Islanders their first lead at 6:31 of the second. But just 41 seconds later, Iginla’s seeing-eye wrist shot confounded Greiss and tied the game 2-2.“I was just floating it through traffic, and it just found its way in the corner,” Iginla said. “The goalie just didn’t see it at all.”The goal was Iginla’s 597th of his career, leaving him four shy of Jari Kurri for 18th place on the career list.The Islanders peppered the Avalanche cage late in the second period, but Varlamov was outstanding. The Avs goalie has struggled at points this season but stopped 13 of 14 in the frame as the Islanders recorded seven of the period’s final eight shots after Iginla’s goal.“For whatever reason, we didn’t start very well tonight; didn’t start on time,” Capuano said. “I thought halfway through the second period and the third, I thought we played really good hockey.”(PAT PICKENS) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Michael Rapaport stops passenger opening plane emergency exit mid-flight

first_imgLos Angeles, Jun 25 (PTI) Actor Michael Rapaport is being hailed hero after stopping a passenger from opening an emergency exit window on an American Airlines plane over the weekend.The 48-year-old actor was flying from Los Angles to Houston on Saturday morning when a fellow passenger got out of his seat, walked to the front of the plane, and started to try and open the emergency exit. Fox Sports director Ted Kenney, a passenger on the flight who was tweeting the experience, noted that Rapaport “just stopped a guy on our plane from opening emergency door. No joke. Mr New York jump right up and stopped it, no hesitation.” Kenney said Rapaport shot up out of his seat and rushed to the area between the bulkhead and the bathroom and yelled “‘what the f**k are you doing?””Mike continues yelling so I jump up and rush up to Michael as does some Big 3 players,” Kenney wrote.”I get to the bulkhead and Michael has this guy by the collar and manhandling him away from the emergency exit door. Michael tells us he was trying to open the door. Crew and staff where all in the back of the plane so nobody was looking out for our safety except Mr New York,” he addedThe “Atypical” star also recounted the incident on his Sunday podcast.In the latest episode of “I Am Rapaport: Stereo Podcast”, the actor said the man “wasn’t, like, resisting me, but he kept going at the door.”advertisement Eventually other passengers and flight attendants helped move the man away from the door and into the bathroom. The flight landed safely.”Everyone thanked me and everyone did say I was brave and heroic. I consider myself a common man who does uncommon things. I’m not gonna confirm or deny this, but they’re talking statues,” Rapaport said. PTI SHDSHDlast_img read more

Two-Year-Old Dies in Homecoming Tragedy, Death Toll Rises to Four

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! I can’t even. A dark, dark day in Stillwater.CONFIRMED: A fourth person has died from injuries. A two-year-old child. @koconews— Abigail Ogle (@KOCOAbigail) October 24, 2015last_img

Silva wants new deal and decade at Man City

first_imgManchester City Silva eyes new Manchester City contract and Champions League glory Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 15:43 11/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David Silva, Bournemouth v Man City Getty Images Manchester City Napoli v Manchester City Napoli UEFA Champions League The Spain international has won every major honour in English football but remains determined to conquer Europe while at the Etihad Stadium David Silva wants a new contract at Manchester City and an answer to his Champions League prayers.Citizens 6/1 to win CLSilva joined City from Valencia in 2010 and has won every major honour in English football during his time at the Etihad Stadium, including Premier League titles in 2011-12 and 2013-14. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Spain playmaker has been typically influential in Pep Guardiola’s side winning nine of their opening 10 top-flight matches this term to set the early pace in the Premier League.City face Napoli on Wednesday with three victories from as many Champions League matches – their best ever start to a campaign in Europe’s top competition, where Silva and his colleagues have not always found the going so agreeable.The 31-year-old – a world and two-time European champion at international level – is in discussions over extending his City contract, which expires at the end of the 2018-19 campaign and has appealed to a higher power over a remaining burning career ambition.”We are still talking. I hope that I can sign soon because I want to be here to play for City for 10 years,” Silva told a pre-match news conference in Naples.”I pray every night to win the Champions League with City.”Napoli’s imposing Stadio San Paolo does not hold fond memories for Silva, who was part of the City side beaten 2-1 at the ground in November 2011 – a result that contributed to Roberto Mancini’s side being knocked out in the group stages.”I hope we can change that [feeling],” he said. “We feel very confident because everyone in the team always knows what to do on the pitch, we are really playing great football.”We are creating lot of chances and scoring plenty of goals. I think this is the best City team I have played in.”Diminutive in stature and rarely a player put forward for media appearances, Silva has taken the captain’s armband at City in the absence of the injured Vincent Kompany and Guardiola insists his influence over the dressing room is beyond question.”Here at the press conference he is a little bit shy but he goes on the pitch and he is a huge personality,” the manager said.”You need players who are good with the ball to play in the middle and David is a master at that. He’s a legend for this club.”last_img read more

‘We turn up, or we are going home’ – Billy Vunipola spells it out for England

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Share on Facebook England’s Curry and Underhill aim for early hit against Australian idols Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content A similar now-or-never imperative helped propel England’s 2003 squad to their World Cup success. Not winning was completely unthinkable. Study the list of this century’s Webb Ellis Cup winners and all have had uncompromising back-row triumvirates who simply refused to take no for an answer. Richard Hill, Neil Back and Lawrence Dallaglio in 2003, Schalk Burger, Juan Smith and Danie Rossouw in 2007, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw and Kieran Read in 2011 and 2015. Maybe it is unrealistic to expect the more youthful Tom Curry and Sam Underhill to help Vunipola scale similar heights in Japan but, if England are truly aiming high, there is little other option.It explains why Vunipola openly concedes the management have told him he needs to up his game and be more direct when carrying, rather than sidestepping before contact. “At the moment I’m not doing any tough carries. That’s what we talked about, doing the hard yards, which I probably haven’t been doing. I went from using no footwork to using a lot and now I think I need to go back. Hopefully that’ll create space for me to use footwork later.”If England end up faltering at this World Cup a lack of collective desire will not be the reason why. Mani Tuilagi has only started twice alongside the Vunipola brothers. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images Topics Share on Twitter Cheika seeks World Cup masterstroke with teenager at centre against England Bearing in mind the three share a total of 140 caps between them, it begs a follow-up: how far could they propel England if they ever stay fit enough to play half a dozen consecutive games together? It is one of the big reasons why England’s coaches, the Wallabies result notwithstanding, think this team still have plenty more to come. Strange though it may sound, the Vunipolas are utterly convinced they perform better when both of them are on the field. “It definitely is a thing,” Billy, 26, says. “I enjoy having him around; he’s like my shield. That’s what big brothers do. I thoroughly enjoy playing with him and I’m happy to see him back in the team.”There are more practical reasons involved, too. With Mako, now 28, around, Billy feels under slightly less pressure to take on the world each and every time he carries the ball. “Subconsciously it’s not something we think about but having my brother there gives me a little more time. He takes away tension because he is as much of a [carrying] threat. It takes a lot of pressure off me. He’s the older brother … anything that comes towards the Vunipolas he usually takes the brunt of it. I’m always in the back just kicking back as younger brothers do.”This fraternal bond is slightly more complicated off the field; like so many brothers, the Vunipolas tend to show their love for each other in different ways. “We have a funny relationship. Deep down we really love each other but he’d never say anything to me. I always say it to him but he gets embarrassed and runs away. There is definitely that love and respect but we don’t have to hang around and tell each other every day or every other minute how much we care for each other. It’s just there. We don’t hang out, unless his little boy is here. My nephew is what brings us together.”Playing against one another also used to be problematic in the days before Billy switched from Wasps to join Mako at Saracens in 2013. “It was easier in the garden at home because we were brothers. On the pitch it was hard. I didn’t want to tackle him, it felt really weird. I’d rather be with him than against him. Unless we are playing video games – then I beat him all the time.”The countdown clock, though, is ticking in real life. By the time the next World Cup comes around in France in 2023 both Vunipolas will be over 30. Tuilagi, 28, has already cast public doubt over whether his body will carry him through another World Cup campaign. If the three Pacific powerhouses are going to achieve something extra special together, the time to seize the day has arrived. It does not require a masters degree in psychology to trace the origins of this mindset back to 2015 when England’s World Cup dreams became a waking nightmare. Vunipola, who was injured for the Australia pool fixture that hammered home the final nail, has shared in enough subsequent trophy glory with Saracens to know which of the two emotions he prefers. “We know what success feels like which, as a team, we didn’t before 2015,” he says, keenly aware it is 12 years since England last won a World Cup knockout fixture of any description.This weekend, though, is set to provide the answer to a fundamental question: to what extent has England’s underachievement at recent World Cups – and their occasionally scratchy form in Japan – simply been down to personnel rather than culture, coaching or the assorted other variables people always focus on?In particular, think about the combined talents and physical presence of Billy, his brother Mako and Manu Tuilagi and then ask yourself how many times, before this weekend, the trio have all featured in the same England starting XV? The answer – with a nod of thanks to the statistician Russ Petty – is twice. On both occasions, in the 2019 Six Nations, England flattened Ireland in Dublin and France at Twickenham in their two most impressive tournament displays of the Jones era. Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more England rugby union team Share via Email At training on Wednesday Billy Vunipola gathered his England teammates around him and delivered seven words they absolutely did not want to hear. “Lads, this could be our last session,” the No 8 told his perspiring comrades. When one or two started smiling, assuming he was having a laugh, he instantly put them straight. “Look, I’m being serious. If we don’t turn up, we are going home.”Win or lose in the quarter-final against Australia, it was a revealing snapshot. Vunipola is generally a positive, upbeat figure, not often prone to finger-jabbing lectures. Matches such as this, though, can make or break the reputations of players, coaches and referees, and Vunipola wanted everyone to go in with their eyes open. “You don’t want to live in fairyland. We have talked about just taking it head-on and making sure we know what the consequences are. If not, you get to Sunday and it’s done. That’s when the excuses come up.” Since you’re here… Rugby union features Pinterest Twitter Rugby World Cup 2019 Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Rugby World Cup Share on Messenger Facebook last_img read more

World Cup 2019: India going great guns but MS Dhoni’s strike rate dominates headlines

first_imgOther Videos from Sports 22:37 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 A new start for BCCI: Sourav Ganguly after taking charge as board president 04:27 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Former India captain Sourav Ganguly takes over as 39th BCCI president 03:09 Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Haven’t had a discussion about Ashwin’s future at KXIP yet, says coach Kumble 09:34 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Never aspired to become BCCI chief: Sourav Ganguly 05:16 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Sourav Ganguly likely to become new BCCI boss 09:04 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 We will create Indian champions in Free Fire: Kiren Rijiju 02:16 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Free Fire India Today League trophy unveiled 03:11 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Kalli Purie speech at Free Fire India Today League trophy Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsMoviesSo SorryProgrammelast_img read more

Registry for Taxi Operators

first_img Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Transport Authority (TA), in collaboration with several national taxi associations and insurance companies, is developing a registry for taxi operators. He pointed out that the registry will act as a reference point for persons who employ taxi operators. In a meeting with members of the Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS), on January 31, at the Ministry, in Kingston, the Minister said the registry will contain data collected by each entity. The meeting, which was attended by members of TODSS, included the presentation of a proposal to the Transport Minister outlining solutions to the challenges in the private passenger vehicle (PPV) sector, to improve passenger experience, enhance security and driver utilisation.President of TODSS, Egerton Newman, said the meeting was one of the planned activities for the year to engage over 34,000 stakeholders in a road safety action plan.“Today’s activity is the official presentation of our one-year road safety action plan to the Ministry of Transport. Several persons who are here have been engaged over the last six years in these activities to reduce fatalities. What we want this year, as our main aim, is to have road fatalities reduced to fewer than 300,” he said.The islandwide activities include four motorcades, 50 one-day training seminars and workshops for public transport operators, and the training of 300 PPV operators in personal and human resource development.center_img Story Highlights Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Transport Authority (TA), in collaboration with several national taxi associations and insurance companies, is developing a registry for taxi operators.In a meeting with members of the Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS), on January 31, at the Ministry, in Kingston, the Minister said the registry will contain data collected by each entity.He pointed out that the registry will act as a reference point for persons who employ taxi operators.“Now we are gathering information on the number of accidents, the amount of points on their licence, their driving experience, the experience that the employer would have had with them, so when they go to drive for another person, that person can call the TA and get the background on this particular driver,” the Minister said.“The registry will provide information on the driver, their driving history and employment history,” Mr. Montague said.Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, addresses members of the Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS) during a meeting on Thursday (January 31), at the Ministry, in Kingston. The meeting featured a presentation of proposals to the Transport Minister outlining solutions to the challenges in the private passenger vehicle (PPV) sector, to improve passenger experience, enhance security and driver utilisation.last_img read more

IRClass Gets USCGs Nod to Conduct Ship Surveys

first_imgzoom Classification society Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has received approval to undertake statutory surveys and certification for US and the EU.IRClass gained recognitions from US Coast Guard as well as European Union close on the heels of its accreditation for EU MRV services from RvA, an EU notified body.Having received recognition from European Union in August 2016, this recognition from US Coast Guard “is a major step forward signifying its growing global recognition,” the classification society informed.“This USCG recognition represents a major step forward for IRClass as we strive to join the ranks of truly global classification societies. With its stringent monitoring processes and focus on high performance and quality, USCG sets high standards of safety and quality in the global shipping industry,” Arun Sharma, Executive Chairman, said.Additionally, the IRClass received the authorisation from European Union Marine Equipment Directive (MarED). The MarED wheelmark has become a quality label for marine equipment on seagoing vessels worldwide as it indicates compliance with the conformity assessment procedures.last_img read more

Amy Poehler And Will Ferrell Raise Funds For Suicide Prevention

first_imgAmy Poehler, Will Ferrell and director Andrew J. Cohen are helping to raise awareness and funds for the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center by offering a chance for a walk-on, nonspeaking-role in their upcoming New Line comedy film.For each $10 contribution made through this CrowdRise campaign, participants will be automatically entered to win a day on the set with cast and crew on Nov. 2 and the once-in-a-lifetime experience of being an extra in a major Hollywood film. The campaign runs until noon on Oct. 28, when a winner will be chosen and notified.Director Andrew J. Cohen – who was an associate producer on The 40-Year-Old Virgin, executive producer of Neighbors and Neighbors 2 and co-producer of Funny People — sponsored the campaign. He and his wife, Crystal, are longtime supporters of the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center.The winner of the sweepstakes will: • Visit the Warner Brothers closed set and be a part of the behind-the-scenes experience on November 2nd • Meet the cast including the stars of the film, Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell • Receive a walk-on, non-speaking extra role in the movie • Get a photo with Director, Andrew Cohen; and stars Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell“We are extremely grateful for Andrew’s support and excited that Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell are part of this innovative campaign to raise awareness and funds for the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center,” says Lyn Morris, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations for Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. “Anything we can do to educate people to recognize and respond to suicide warning signs helps save lives.”More than 41,000 Americans died by suicide and about one million people attempted last year. The renowned Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center — the nation’s first — answered more than 62,000 calls, chats, and texts in 2014 and has comprehensive programs to help people at risk of suicide and those who have been affected by suicide.To learn more about the Suicide Prevention Center, click here.last_img read more

Millions set to benefit from UNLuxembourg partnership for food aid

“This partnership is launched at a critical time in the world – economic and weather shocks continue to challenge the food security of nearly 1 billion people on earth,” UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Josette Sheeran said of the agreement signed by her agency.“Luxembourg’s support for humanitarian assistance and international cooperation is second-to-none,” she added, noting that the grand duchy, with a population of some 500,000, is WFP’s largest per-capita donor, with more than €15 for every one of its citizens.Ms. Sheeran stressed that Luxembourg’s commitment to sign multi-year partnership agreements with WFP allows for forward planning and flexibility that ensure the most effective deployment hunger tools to fight hunger.Under the four-year agreement Luxembourg will provide €30.8 million to support emergency response and programmes such as school meals, nutrition activities in West Africa, nutritional support to HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis activities and emergency preparedness.It is also providing an in-kind donation by developing an innovative platform to support telecommunications in emergencies, allowing WFP, as head of the humanitarian community’s Emergency Telecommunications Cluster, to set up life-saving voice and data links during quick-onset disasters such as earthquakes and floods as well as other operations around the world. 15 September 2011Millions of victims of humanitarian emergencies, particularly in West Africa, will benefit from a new life-saving partnership signed today between the United Nations and Luxembourg to provide a rapid response in food aid and communications needs. read more

TN CM and Modi discuss dual citizenship for Lankan refugees

On the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, Palaniswami’s memorandum said, “Democratic decentralisation through the 13th amendment to the island Constitution should be the spring board for the self determination rights of Tamils, through which the Lankan Tamils could eventually realise the aspiraction of Tamil Eelam. Other demands included grant of dual citizenship for Lankan Tamil refugees living in Tamil Nadu, adoption of Tamil as an official language of the Union and use of Tamil in the high court of Madras. Amid chaos he had managed to win the confidence motion in the state assembly earlier this month, thus ending a 10-day long political uncertainty. The constitutional crisis had begun after caretaker chief minister O Panneerselvam had revolted against Ms Sasikala.Ultimately Palaniswami received support of 122 MLAs of AIADMK and became the chief minister. Modi in a telephonic conversation had congratulated him on taking over as chief minister of Tamil Nadu, soon after. (Colombo Gazette) Palaniswami was entrusted with the chief ministership by AIADMK chief V K Sasikala, after she was convicted in a case related to disproportionate assets. Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and presented a memorandum on 23 crucial issues related to the state, including a proposal to grant of dual citizenship for Sri Lankan Tamil refugees.In his memorandum to Modi, Palaniswami also noted the issues faced by Tamils in Sri Lanka, the Asian Age reported. read more

Sorry Mike Trout The AL West Belongs To The Astros

Based on projected wins or over/under win totals. Data gathered on March 21, 2017.Sources: Baseball Prospectus, Fangraphs, Clay Davenport, Las Vegas Review-Journal neil (Neil Paine, FiveThirtyEight senior sportswriter): I think the AL West is a really fascinating division because the team that is probably the best in it right now (Houston) finished third last year, the third-best team (Texas) finished first, and those two teams are sandwiched around one (Seattle) that has had the hardest playoff luck possible in recent years. And we haven’t even mentioned a team (the Los Angeles Angels) that contains the potential G.O.A.T.Anyway, the projections say the Astros should be the favorites, so let’s start with them. In a weird way, was 2016 an example of the Plexiglas Principle for them? Their actual record only dropped by 2 wins from 2015, but they were down 10 Pythagorean wins in 2016 after a 22-win Pythagorean improvement the year before. Does that portend an improvement this year?ckahrl: Sadly, you don’t get to carry over any accrued, unmet expectations for wins. Hence the wisdom of shaking up that lineup as much as they did by adding Carlos Beltran, Josh Reddick and Brian McCann.rob: It was less the Plexiglas Principle — which is really just regression to the mean — and more the case of a legitimately good team snakebit by poor sequencing and Pythagorean luck.That poor luck does not in and of itself guarantee an improvement, but the talent on the team does. Most of the best players from last year are back, and they made a few additions, which together makes them, on paper, the best team in the division.ckahrl: That said, I still have questions about them …I’m reminded of an old saying that I think belongs to Bill James, that a team with five viable first-base options may not have a first baseman. Plus, can George Springer play a whole lot of center field over a full season? And as interesting as pitcher Lance McCullers should be, and as much as I like what they’re doing with pitcher Chris Devenski, is that a staff we should be entirely sold on? I see how the pieces work individually; I wonder about the aggregate.neil: Yeah, the biggest thing for them might be whether a rotation that was way down from its 2015 form — most notably Dallas Keuchel, but also Collin McHugh and Mike Fiers — can reclaim what went right two years ago.ckahrl: A lot of analysts are banking that Keuchel comes back a good ways, but I also accept the suggestion that this team needed to add a better starter than, say, Charlie Morton. But I guess that’s what the trade deadline will be for.neil: In that department, it also helps that they have the third-best farm system in the game. So they have the assets to conceivably go out and make something happen on the trade market if need be.rob: I’m a believer in the Astros’ rotation. I think last year was a bit of an aberration. FIP (fielding independent pitching) has its problems in terms of describing their performance, but it still has validity as a predictive metric. And from that standpoint, we should expect some bounce-backs from Keuchel and McHugh, at least. The 16.4 percent home runs-per-flyball rate that Keuchel managed last year wasn’t entirely his fault, even if he allowed some hard contact.ckahrl: That hard contact seems like a consistent concern, though, no? That isn’t stuff you can fix with defense.rob: That’s true, but contact management is a skill that fluctuates a lot. That goes as much for Good Keuchel — the one who allowed maybe the softest contact in the league in 2015 — as it does for Bad Keuchel. He may end up as a mediocre contact-manager, but that would still be a decided improvement.neil: It also bears mentioning that on the offensive side, Houston had the youngest lineup in baseball in 2016 — though they gave some of that up when they revamped things, like Christina mentioned. But this does seem like a very balanced, complete team now, assuming that the pitchers rebound.Bottom line — is it crazy to think the Astros are on the verge of a great season?rob: No. But I think the more likely outcome is a good season.ckahrl: If Keuchel and McHugh come back as far as they might, if the bullpen gels, if Springer is fully healthy for a season and can handle center, if Yuli Gurriel pans out in the most exciting ways, sure, they could live up to the mid-’90s win total that some of the projectors have them down for.So it isn’t exactly magical thinking. But how many teams get everything they want and hope for?rob: The 2016 Cubs say hi. ;)ckahrl: Hah, yes.neil: OK, so if you’re both a little more bearish on the ’Stros than the projections above, are you bullish on the Mariners or — gasp — the Rangers?ckahrl: Speaking of the Plexiglas Principle, it is certainly fashionable to bash the Rangers.rob: I’m the Designated Rangers Basher around here, so I have to say that they seem like an OK team. But they aren’t as good as their record from last year, and they didn’t make massive improvements. In contrast, the Mariners were good last year and ended up being crushed under the wheels of the Rangers One-Run Magic Machine.Of course, as Christina can tell you, I was wrong about the Rangers last year, while she somehow saw their impressive season coming. So you should probably listen to her.ckahrl: And sure enough, I’m not that down on them. A full year of catcher Jonathan Lucroy and starter Yu Darvish? Those are good things. It’s easy to knock Mike Napoli, but will he be worse than the .699 OPS (on-base plus slugging) the Rangers got from their first basemen last year? (No.) And don’t we expect growth from Nomar Mazara? (We should.)It’s when you get into that rotation’s depth — or the complete lack of any — that things get scary.neil: Yep, when Dillon Gee is the back-of-the-rotation reinforcement …rob: Agreed about the lack of depth, especially in view of the Rangers’ consistent injury problems. Last year, I remember a lot of people saying that they couldn’t repeat their injury woes from the year(s) before. But they ended up with the fourth-most DL days in 2016, according to Jeff Zimmerman’s DL database. The strongest predictor of future injuries is past injuries, and I expect that their depth will be tested once again.neil: And all of this compounds on itself if their true talent was closer to that 82-win Pythagorean team last year than the 95 wins they had in the standings. Your margin for error on injuries and offseason pickups goes down to nothing really quickly.ckahrl: Agreed. To give them their due, though, manager Jeff Banister handles his bullpens well, which helps milk the margins. But even so, the Rangers need to throw good money after bad — and maybe a prospect or two — to add a starting pitcher and take themselves seriously this season.neil: Meanwhile — and you touched on this Rob (plus wrote about it last year) — the Mariners can’t catch a break, it seems. Do they break that trend this season?rob: The Mariners are still squarely in that terrible zone of playoff probabilities that has so haunted them for the past 20 years. If the projections hold true, they’ll be right around 50 percent to make the playoffs, with their success contingent on things like how other teams perform and the vagaries of Pythagorean records. I’d like to say, “Yes, this is their year,” but I’ve seen enough Mariners bad luck to hedge a bit.ckahrl: Talk about a fun team taking some fun risks, though. I like the depth in the rotation and in their outfield. I like a team willing to take a chance on first baseman Dan Vogelbach. I like seeing a team valuing strong complementary pieces, like utilityman Danny Valencia.neil: And starting pitcher James Paxton is the real deal. He led all qualified AL pitchers in FIP last year.They were, though, the second-oldest team in MLB last year. Also, I wonder if Felix Hernandez is running out of steam just as the rest of the roster is finally gaining it.ckahrl: Yes, and they didn’t get a lot younger by adding thirtysomethings like Jarrod Dyson, Valencia and Carlos Ruiz. There aren’t a lot of tomorrows in their mix. And the bullpen is … well, it’s going to be interesting if the organization doesn’t have another call-up like Edwin Diaz to help contribute.rob: To make matters worse, Hisashi Iwakuma has looked cooked in spring training this year, not that such performances count for much.ckahrl: What if Yovani Gallardo is also ready to be beaten like a drum and King Felix is done? Things get ugly early. At which point, GM Jerry Dipoto can break the team up for parts with his usual manic energy.neil: I guess Mariners fans have stuck with them through the playoff drought this long — what’s another rebuilding cycle? But that’s probably overly pessimistic. There’s a universe where they win this division, or at least a wild card.rob: The wild card seems like slim consolation, given the length of their playoff drought.ckahrl: As an A’s fan, I can agree that the wild card is not much to get excited about.neil: We’ll get to the A’s really soon! But first we should talk the Angels.ckahrl: Leave the fork, we can stick it in the A’s later.neil: So … the Angels are just going to keep on wasting Mike Trout’s talent forever, aren’t they?rob: Yep. The gap in projected wins above replacement between Trout and the next best player on the team is about 5 wins. And Trout has consistently overperformed all predictions, so it may end up closer to 7. He’s ridiculous, the rest of the team is terrible, and personally I see them as closer to PECOTA’s 78-win projection than a .500 outfit.ckahrl: They’re an interesting team because they did a nice job filling huge holes by getting Danny Espinosa and Cameron Maybin for very little. Even if Garrett Richards is all the way back, I just don’t see how that staff keeps them in enough games to get them much further than .500. But at least there are potential slugfests to enjoy now.rob: I struggle to get excited about Espinosa or Maybin. I know they’ve both had good performances at times, but Steamer puts them down as below-average players this year. Or exactly the type of player who ends up playing alongside Mike Trout in a disappointing campaign.ckahrl: Improvement is relative. The kitchen linoleum might be the ceiling for those two, but it’s better than what the Angels have gotten from those lineup slots.neil: Still, it does seem like shuffling deck chairs around on the Titanic. (Ben Revere? Really?) They also have the second-worst farm system in the majors, so help is not on the way.ckahrl: The thing about Trout is … he’s still only 25 years old and signed through 2020. Is it a wasted year? Probably, even if they eke out a whopping 80 or 82 wins. Is that enough of a moral victory to help them with their payroll hangover from the Pujols/Hamilton/Wilson splurge that worked out less than well? Maybe, because I wonder if the Angels aren’t positioning themselves to be players in the stronger free-agent markets of the next couple winters.neil: Amazingly, Pujols’ contract ends after Trout’s does!rob: I do think there is reason to get excited about the long-term future of the Angels. They’ve developed their analytics department in a smart way and made some good hires. Simply hiring people isn’t enough, of course, but in a few years, I can see that paying dividends. Of course, they’ve got the Mike Scioscia problem — his inability to take direction from a GM ended the tenure of the last smart one they had.ckahrl: Well, I wouldn’t sell Angels GM Billy Eppler short. Help isn’t coming soon, but having Trout helps mask what might effectively be a necessary bottom-up rebuild for the organization in the meantime.neil: In the short term, it’s difficult to envision the Angels escaping that 80-ish win purgatory they’ve been trapped in for most of the Trout Era.ckahrl: Have to agree that’s the Angels’ lot, although I’m intrigued by what will happen when Eppler has a shot at spending some money. But with more than $70 million committed per year to Trout, Pujols and Andrelton Simmons in 2018 and beyond, he won’t have as much to spend as he’d like.neil: Finally, we’ve got Christina’s A’s bringing up the rear of the projections — with an OK win total (by their standards)? They made some additions over the offseason that might bring them toward respectability, but are they moving out of a rebuild? What are they doing exactly?ckahrl: Speaking of shuffling deck chairs …It’s brutal, simply brutal, but it’s also a return to the low-stakes, low-upsides bets like when they were going after David DeJesus.rob: I’m really not clear about Oakland’s long-term plan. I feel like the A’s have gone from Moneyball-era prophets of the analytics era to an erratic front office pursuing a series of disconnected moves without an obvious scheme for the next three to five years.ckahrl: The farm system has a few interesting position players, and starter Sean Manaea is going to be fun to watch, but it’s rough sledding in the meantime. Rajai Davis as a 36-year-old everyday center fielder will be a catastrophe for these young pitchers.neil: Just the thing for jump-starting that Sonny Gray renaissance! (If he ever can stay healthy enough to pitch.)rob: Or pitch effectively — he struggled last year in part because of some injuries.neil: Crazy how quickly he went from being one of their lone bright spots to being a non-factor.rob: On that point, the Athletics had the second-most DL days last year, behind only the Dodgers (who seemed to have purposefully built their rotation out of glass). They are likely to have problems again this year, so if their projection is off, I expect it to be overly optimistic.neil: Does Billy Beane get any residual benefit of the doubt at this point? Any hope for the next few seasons? Or is it just a matter of ownership and biding time for a new park?ckahrl: At this point, you can’t give them any residual benefit of the doubt. Results do matter, and with the coming sunset of their revenue sharing, they aren’t going to be anyone else’s charity case. I like Marcus Semien and Khris Davis, and I’d like to pretend I have faith Yonder Alonso’s nice spring means something. But I think 100 losses is way more likely than 78 wins.rob: Beane was brilliant for a long time (see Benjamin Morris’s article), but there’s a strong Red Queen dynamic in baseball analytics these days: You have to run as fast as you can just to stay in the same place. Although the A’s had a strong analytics advantage early on, they haven’t kept up with the pace of growth of analytics in the league. I don’t think they are terribly behind the state of the art in baseball now, but they are falling further and further toward the back of the pack.So I’m inclined not to give him any benefit of the doubt. Staffing is an incomplete proxy for analytics expertise, so maybe he has — or will generate — other advantages to make up for the small front office. But as Christina said, at the end of the day, it’s all about results, and they’ve had some pretty poor results recently. EXPECTED NUMBER OF WINS How forecasters view the AL West 1Houston Astros9391949292.4 5Oakland Athletics7679797577.1 2Seattle Mariners8583888685.4 In honor of the 2017 Major League Baseball season, which starts April 2, FiveThirtyEight is assembling some of our favorite baseball writers to chat about what’s ahead. Today, we focus on the American League West with ESPN.com MLB editor Christina Kahrl and FiveThirtyEight baseball columnist Rob Arthur. The transcript below has been edited. 3Texas Rangers8483818583.1 4Los Angeles Angels7883818180.6 RANKTEAMPECOTAFANGRAPHSDAVENPORTWESTGATEAVERAGE read more

Despite AFCs maneuverings PPP says it stands in national solidarity over

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPPP rallies international support for reforms to ensure free, fair elections in 2020December 22, 2016In “Politics”AFC’s No Confidence Motion is “force ripe” – Rohee says as he beats up on the PartyOctober 27, 2014In “Politics”Harper accuses Granger of exploiting Guyana/Venezuela controversy for “political gain”May 5, 2015In “Politics” At a time when a sense of solidarity is being promoted among Guyanese, relative to the Guyana/Venezuela border controversy, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) says it notes with “disgust the maneuverings of the Alliance For Change (AFC) on the matter, for the sake of political gain.”See their full statement below:At a time when a sense of solidarity is being promoted among Guyanese, relative to the Guyana/Venezuela border controversy, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) notes with disgust the maneuverings of the Alliance For Change (AFC) on the matter, for the sake of political gain.The AFC’s Sunday column published by the Kaieteur News on February 4, 2018 – headlined ‘How dare you, Mr. Jagdeo? Watch and learn’ – blatantly misrepresents comments made by the Party’s General Secretary, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, in October 2015. The AFC has unashamedly peddled yet another lie.  The AFC, in its column, claims that Jagdeo “had seriously considered surrendering parts of Guyana’s land and sea space to Venezuela ‘just to ease the pressure’ on his government and appease the land-hungry Venezuelans.”  The facts show that no such comment was ever made.  This lie about a concession of Guyana’s territory being offered to Venezuela has been bandied about since late 2015, without consideration of one quintessential fact – no such decision or move was made.The former President in October 2015 made it clear that in addressing the border controversy several internal discussions were held.  He stated that, coming out from an internal technical analysis,several options were reviewed.  When pressed by the media corps on the nature of these discussions, Dr Jagdeo said: “There was one view, let me say, ONE view, that you could probably, on the maritime area, give Venezuela a channel out to the sea. So you could have made a concession in the maritime area, but make sure you do not concede any territory that is land based, because the maritime boundaries are still yet to be determined…that was one view.” However, he also stressed that at no decision was made regarding the surrender of Guyana’s land or sea space. There was no “serious consideration”  – as the AFC claims – of what was a single view.Dr Jagdeo has publicly indicated that he may not agree with some of the moves made by the Coalition Government in dealing with the border controversy, but has not expounded on any of these in the interest of ensuring that national solidarity on this matter is not undermined.The People’s Progressive Party wishes to reiterate that it will be supportive of the Coalition Government’s efforts to safeguard Guyana’s territorial sovereignty. We have a national position on this matter and that will not change.Given the AFC’s position, one now has to now question if it is the mouthpiece of the government on this issue and if this is the Coalition government’s approach to this matter – one that undermines national solidarity. read more

Zim mining rush continues Tharisa buys 90 stake in Salene Chrome Zimbabwe

first_imgTharisa, which owns and operates the Tharisa mine on the south-western limb of South Africa’s Bushveld Complex has acquired a 90% shareholding in Salene Chrome Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd at the par value thereof from the Leto Settlement Trust, a related party being the beneficial shareholder of Medway Developments Ltd, a material shareholder in Tharisa. The effective date of the acquisition is 15 May 2018. Leto will retain a 10% free carriedshareholding in Salene and be entitled to a 3% royalty on the gross proceeds from the sale of the chrome concentrates produced.Salene has been awarded three special grants under the Zimbabwe Mines and Minerals Act covering an area of approximately 9,500 hectares (95 km2) on the eastern side of the Great Dyke in Zimbabwe, which entitles it to minethe minerals thereon including illuvial chrome, being at surface chrome fines generated from seams as a result of weathering. A special grant is issued in terms of Chapter XIX of the Zimbabwe Mines and Minerals Act and authorises the holder thereof to carry out mining operations for a specified mineral or minerals (including chrome in this instance), over the specified area for a period of 24 months, with the right of annual renewal on the expiry of such period on 90 days prior application.Salene intends applying for the consolidation of the special grant areas into a mining lease area valid for the life of mine. Salene is applying to the Zimbabwean government for National Project Status and for the special grant areas to be contained within a proposed Special Economic Zone. Based on available geological information and similar illuvial chrome mining activities in the region, Tharisa considers this to be a highly prospective opportunity to meaningfully expand its chrome mining interests.The terms of the acquisition agreement requiring nominal upfront payment, provides Tharisa with a low-cost entry into a promising growth project in a new mineral rich geography. While it is understood that certain geological exploration work has been undertaken on the special grant areas to date, there is insufficient information available to be able to accurately quantify the value of the net assets (being the special grants) or the profits attributable thereto, can be determined or quantified at this stage.Salene will, on obtaining the necessary environmental permits, embark on a trenching programme over the specialgrant areas in order to determine the extent of the mineralisation and the sampling thereof to determine the in situ grade of the chrome content. The budgeted cost for the geological test work to be spent over a twelve- month period is $3.2 million. Based on the results of the geological test work, Salene will construct a pilot plant to treat the illuvial chrome deposits. This is in order to optimise the plant design to maximise recoverability, form the basis for preparing the required process flow and quantify the capital estimates in relation to a production scale plant. Thenature of the special grant areas allows for a project that is a scalable open pit operation that can be brought intoproduction on a low risk and relatively low cost basis in a short time horizon.Arxo Resources Ltd, the wholly owned trading subsidiary of Tharisa, will be the sole off-taker/marketing agent for the chrome concentrates produced, thereby leveraging Arxo’s existing capabilities. The Great Dyke of Zimbabwe contains the world’s largest known platinum group metals and high grade chrome deposits outside of South Africa.The Great Dyke region is known to contain illuvial chrome concentrations of up to 30% Cr2O3 at surface. With this geographical diversification into Zimbabwe, Tharisa has appointed Josephat Zimba to Country Manager, Zimbabwe.Dr Zimba is a key member of the New Business Development team and has been at the forefront of this Zimbabwean diversification initiative. He joined the Tharisa Group as the Group Chief Scientist in June 2009 as a key member of the Group’s strategic R&D team.Hans van Wyk, the Operations Director at Tharisa Minerals Proprietary Ltd (Tharisa Minerals), has been appointed Chief Technical Officer for the Tharisa Group to further strengthen the technical executive management as Tharisa implements its diversification strategy. He is welcomed as a member of the Executive Management. Van Wyk commenced at Tharisa Minerals as a consulting metallurgist in September 2011. He was promoted to Operations Director in 2016. Mr van Wyk will continue to have responsibility for the overall management of all processing, smelting and beneficiation operations at the Tharisa mine.Van Wyk has over 17 years’ experience in the recovery of chrome and PGMs, having worked on a number of chrome and PGM concentrator operations throughout his career. This transaction is subject to compliance by Tharisa with the Listings Requirements of the JSE Ltd as they pertain to related party transactions.last_img read more