zoom Continuing its commitment to stop the imminent extinction of the endangered vaquita porpoise, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is returning to Mexico’s Gulf of California for Operation Milagro IV.The campaign will have Sea Shepherd’s M/V Farley Mowat back on active duty for the third consecutive year in the Gulf of California – the only waters on Earth which are home to this mammal. Joining the Farley for the first time on a Milagro campaign will be the M/V John Paul DeJoria.With Milagro IV, Sea Shepherd said it “will once again work with the Mexican government to address the urgent need to protect the elusive vaquita before it is too late.”Both the Farley and the JPD will protect the waters of the vaquita marine reserve, remove nets, patrol for poachers, document issues facing this endangered cetacean and continue to collect data to share with the scientific community. The campaign will run through May 2018.According to Sea Shepherd, the most recent statistics show the population of vaquita has dwindled to an estimated less than 30 individuals. The vaquita is particularly susceptible to population decline, with a slower rate of reproduction than that of other porpoise species. In addition, it has a comparatively short lifespan of approximately 20 years.Yet despite these vulnerabilities, the biggest threat to the vaquita’s survival are illegal gillnets fishermen put out to catch another endangered species: the totoaba bass. Similar in size to the totoaba, the vaquita gets caught in gillnets, suffocates and drowns. Meanwhile, the captured totoaba has its swim bladder removed and transported to China and Hong Kong where it sells for tens of thousands of dollars on the black market to be for unsubstantiated medicinal properties.“We must have a higher regard for ocean life if these species are to survive. Human greed and lack of respect for the oceans is responsible for near-wipeout of the vaquita. If it goes extinct, that’s another broken link in the eco-chain and one step closer to our own extinction. Sea Shepherd will not give up its fight to save the vaquita and the totoaba,” Jean Paul Geoffroy, Campaign Leader, pointed out.“Sea Shepherd is now taking on Milagro IV, our fourth year of the challenging task of preventing the extinction of the endangered vaquita. If not for the confiscation of hundreds of nets and our drone interventions in finding the poachers at night, the vaquita would now be extinct. There are some people who say this is a lost cause and that extinction is inevitable. We disagree. Increased patrols, increased interventions coupled with the courage and the passion of our volunteer crews can prevail,” Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd Founder and CEO, commented.
ENVIRONMENT/LABOUR–Nova Scotia Business Challenged to ReduceWaste Businesses that aggressively reduce waste can expect more profit,enhanced corporate reputation and new opportunities. Environmentand Labour Minister Kerry Morash delivered that message today,Oct. 22, at a breakfast meeting marking Waste Reduction Week. He told the audience of business leaders in Halifax that newbusiness models based on low or no waste are the way of thefuture. He said these models have been embraced by majorinternational corporations and are beginning to take root in NovaScotia. Mr. Morash cited the recent venture between Ocean NutritionLimited and Wilson’s Fuels to distribute a furnace fuel that’sbased on fish oil that used to be dumped. He said turning wasteinto opportunity takes “vision and creativity, and a willingnessto look beyond your current business model.” Mr. Morash said government is doing its part. The provincialenergy strategy commits government to incorporate energyefficiency into building renovations and purchases. Corporatefleet purchasing will also be influenced by energy efficiency. “Nova Scotians intrinsically value environmental responsibility,”the minister said. “They demand it of government and they expectit of business and industry.” Waste Reduction Week runs until Sunday, Oct. 26. It is sponsoredby the Clean Nova Scotia Foundation and Nova Scotia Environmentand Labour.
Advertisement Social Media links MONTRÉAL – After 40 years in radio, including more than 20 years at CJAD 800, Tommy Schnurmacher is calling it a career.Schnurmacher announced today that he will host the last edition of TOMMY SCHNURMACHER’S GANG OF FOUR (Monday to Friday 12-1PM) on December 13th, 2017. His career highlights include covering John and Yoko’s world famous “bed-in”, winning a Gold Ribbon Award from the Canadian Association of Broadcasters and interviewing politicians and celebrities including: Stephen Harper, Paul Martin, Clint Eastwood and Ariana Huffington.Schnurmacher told listeners he will travel more and finish a novel, although he promises to continue to share the opinions that have earned him popularity and created debate: “I may be saying goodbye to daily radio deadlines but I have a sneaking suspicion that I will not be able to keep myself from holding court from time to time whether that’s on-air, off-air or on Twitter”. CJAD 800 Program Director Chris Bury called Schnurmacher unique and irreplaceable. “Tommy is incredibly talented”, said Bury. “I haven’t seen his particular mix of wit and humor in anyone else. Not only will we miss hearing him on the radio, we will also miss having him around the office.”CJAD 800 will mark Schnurmacher’s departure with a special broadcast on December 13th. Listeners will have a chance to win tickets to attend the event on THE ANDREW CARTER MORNING SHOW, THE AARON RAND SHOW and on TOMMY SCHNURMACHER’S GANG OF FOUR.As of December 14th, CJAD 800’s midday lineup will include THE NATASHA HALL SHOW (12-2PM) and THE EVAN SOLOMON SHOW (2-4PM). Login/Register With: CJAD 800 on Facebook CJAD 800 on TwitterAbout Bell MediaBell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook
Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Earlier, Lady Gaga was among the stars sporting a white rose on the Grammy Awards red carpet to support the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements.Sam Smith, Lisa Loeb, Sting and host James Corden were also spotted wearing the flower to show support for the fight against sexual misconduct. Advertisement Canadian Alessia Cara won the coveted Grammy award for best new artist Sunday in a category of strong contenders that included Khalid and SZA.In her acceptance speech, the Brampton, Ont.-born singer encouraged people to “support real music and real artists.”“Everyone deserves the same shot,” she said on stage. “And that goes for everyone — not just those in the industry.” Alessia Cara, from Brampton, Ont., accepts the Grammy for best new artist onstage Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Twitter
The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Guzzo Cinemas is looking to expand beyond Quebec to other major Canadian cities.The Montreal-based cinema chain says it has been looking for opportunities in areas including Vancouver and Calgary.Guzzo Cinemas president Vince Guzzo says he’s hoping the expansion will allow him to take advantage of opportunities in other cities and find new synergies for his business, which also includes a construction company and Giulietta Pizzeria restaurants.Despite the struggles theatre businesses have faced in recent years with the growth of streaming services, Guzzo says the industry is “booming” and he feels the streaming is only causing consumers to seek more personal ways to take in films.Guzzo Cinemas expansion will put the company in competition with entertainment giant Cineplex Inc., which owns over 150 theatres.To counteract box office volatility and streaming companies, Cineplex has diversified its offerings beyond cinemas with gaming restaurant complexes the Rec Room and Playdium. Companies in this story: (TSX:CGX)
by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Jul 6, 2017 7:41 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 6, 2017 at 11:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Audi engineer charged with directing VW emissions cheating FILE – In this March 3, 2016 file photo the four ring logo of German car producer Audi is photographed during the annual press conference in Ingolstadt, Germany. A former high-level executive for Volkswagen’s Audi luxury brand has been charged with conspiracy and accused of directing other employees to program vehicles to cheat on emissions tests. The Justice Department says Giovanni Pamio, an Italian citizen, was charged Thursday, July 6, 2017, in a criminal complaint with conspiracy, wire fraud and violating the Clean Air Act. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File) DETROIT – U.S. authorities have accused a former executive of Volkswagen’s Audi luxury brand of giving orders to program diesel engines to cheat on emissions tests.Giovanni Pamio, 60, an Italian citizen, is accused of being a leader in a conspiracy that was part of an embarrassing scandal that has cost VW more than $20 billion in criminal penalties and lawsuit settlements. He’s the eighth ex-VW employee charged in the case that is being investigated by the FBI and the Environmental Protection Agency’s criminal unit.One of the employees is scheduled for sentencing later this month, another is in custody in the U.S. and five others are German citizens.Volkswagen has admitted that VW, Porsche and Audi vehicles with 2-litre and 3-litre diesel engines were programmed to turn pollution controls on during government treadmill tests and turn them off while on the road. The scheme went on for years before being discovered in tests conducted by West Virginia University.According to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in Detroit, Pamio is charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and violating the Clean Air Act. Gina Balaya, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit, said she could not comment on whether he is in custody.The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Cleveland attorney Terry Brennan was representing Pamio. Brennan would not comment when reached Thursday evening.The complaint says Pamio was head of Thermodynamics in Audi’s Diesel Development Department in Neckarsulm, Germany, leading a team of engineers who designed emissions controls from 2006 through November of 2015.He and other unidentified conspirators determined it was impossible to calibrate a 3-litre diesel engine to meet U.S. nitrogen oxide emissions standards within design constraints imposed by other VW departments. So Pamio “directed Audi employees to design and implement software functions to cheat the standard U.S. emissions tests,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement.Pamio and others then failed to disclose the software and knowingly misrepresented that the engines complied with U.S. pollution standards, according to the complaint.In 2008, engineers who designed the cheating system sent a presentation to Audi senior management, including Pamio, that detailed it, according to the complaint. That year, several Audi managers concluded the software was “indefensible.” An Audi manager in 2013 sent an email about discussing the system with U.S. regulators, but Pamio, the complaint stated, argued that disclosure would be “too risky!”VW already has pleaded guilty to criminal charges and agreed to pay a $2.8 billion penalty.____This story has been corrected to show that eight ex-VW employees have now been charged in the case.
by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 27, 2017 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Aug 27, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:The banks are doing just fine, thanks: Investors got a first look last week at how Canadian banks are faring amid a housing market slowdown and record consumer debt levels. Spoiler: Their profits haven’t taken a hit. RBC and CIBC reported better-than-expected third-quarter earnings and investors will be watching closely to see whether the trend continues when the rest of the Big Six report this week.Just when you thought NAFTA was cancelled: Despite U.S. President Trump’s off-the-cuff remarks about his belief the entire trade deal will be killed off anyway, negotiators will meet in Mexico City starting Friday until Sept. 5 for the second round of talks. But we’re unlikely to hear much on what’s going on behind closed doors: The three countries have signed a confidentiality agreement to prevent leaks during talks.Economic check-up: Statistics Canada is set to release the latest GDP growth figures from the second quarter of the year. Most economists expect the economy to have pumped out a solid 3.1 per cent growth performance, even though the quarter ended with a relatively flat June report.Bombardier’s Swedish saga: A Russian Bombardier employee will appear in a Stockholm court this week on aggravated bribery charges related to a payment to win a US$340 million contract in Azerbaijan.What bubble?: The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. will release its second-quarter financial report Tuesday, which could provide some hints on the quality of loans in Canada’s insured mortgage market and what the federal agency thinks of a recent cool down in the sector. Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week
“Chile’s investment in resilient infrastructure, early warning systems and urban planning have ensured that casualties have been low on this occasion despite the intensity of the earthquake,” Margareta Wahlström said in a statement.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Chilean authorities declared a disaster area in the Choapa and Coquimbo provinces of Coquimbo region following the earthquake, which took the lives of eight people.“Early warnings have been very effective in saving lives and the country’s mechanism for ensuring compliance with building codes has also paid dividends,” Ms. Wahlström added. “The evacuation of one million people ensured that there was no repetition of the loss of life which happened five years ago when 523 people died.”She further explained that the fact that one million people had to be evacuated to escape the threat of high waves and coastal flooding is evidence that the world is seeing a huge surge in exposure to natural hazards, as more and more people live in coastal areas and river basins exposed to tsunamis and storms. Meanwhile, while OCHA and its partners continue to monitor any possible impact in the Pacific region, “none of significance” is expected at this stage, it noted.Chile is among the many disaster-prone countries that played a key role in formulating the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a global plan for reducing disaster losses that was adopted earlier this year at a UN conference held in the Japanese city.
“Civilians remain exposed to significant sources of insecurity such as inter-communal conflict and criminality, including the activities of armed militias,” the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, told the Council presenting the latest report of the Secretary-General on the situation in Darfur.He added that despite a significant decrease in overall armed conflict, particularly as a result of the Government’s military successes against armed movements, the situation in the region is further exacerbated by a “widespread proliferation of weapons and the inadequacy of rule of law and justice institutions.”Tensions between the various communities recur due to long-standing disputes over access to land and the control of water and other resources, according to information cited from the report. For example, at least 70 people were killed in the past few months in clashes between farmers and herders in seasonal migration underway in the southern part of Darfur.Such violence is raising concerns for the millions of displaced people living in bases and camps under the protection of the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).“Long-term comprehensive solutions remain necessary to create the necessary conditions for the return or resettlement of the 2.6 million people who remain in displacement in the region,” Mr. Ladsous said, “and the resolution of the underlying causes of inter-communal conflict related to access to land, water and other natural resources.”Among other points raised in his briefing, Mr. Ladsous noted that despite efforts by UNAMID and the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) and international initiatives, “little tangible progress” has been made in the peace efforts in Darfur. At issue are delays over agreement on the cessation of hostilities and humanitarian assistance.
Fred and Joe Tonin display a photo of their cousin, Amilcare Ramella, who left a $350,000 donation for Brock students in his will.He travelled the world as a chemical engineer with Mobil Oil. He was responsible for several patents regarding the oil refining process. He gave generously to members of his close-knit family in Welland.Now, Amilcare Ramella has one last achievement – in his last will and testament, he has created two new student scholarships at Brock.Ramella, who died in June 2010 at age 87, has left $350,000 to Brock University to show his commitment to education. The Amilcare Ramella Graduate Scholarship in Canadian-American Studies will benefit the top student earning an MA in Canadian-American Studies. The Remo and Ida Ramella Memorial Scholarship, named after his parents, will benefit the top undergraduate student from the City of Welland.Amilcare RamellaThe scholarships promote two things important to Ramella – Canada-U.S. relations and the education of young Welland residents. It’s a final show of generosity for a man whose sharp intellect and curiosity made him a lifelong learner, said his cousins Joe Tonin of Welland and Fred Tonin of Crystal Beach.“He was exceptionally inquisitive, and a top student in school,” Fred said. “He was quite brilliant, but he was so modest that you’d never know it.”Born on First Street in Welland in 1922, Ramella received BSc and MSc degrees in chemical engineering from Queens University. He also did a year of post-graduate work in Columbia University’s chemical engineering department.He joined Mobil’s research department in New Jersey in 1948, starting a successful 36-year career that resulted in numerous patents and publications. His work took him around the world, from Australia to the Middle East. His contributions included improved performance of the catalytic reforming process, and co-ordinating studies of possible new refineries.Despite his success, Ramella lived simply. He enjoyed giving his relatives whirlwind tours of Woodbury, NJ, where he lived until he retired to Welland in 1987. He had a black and white television and did not see the need in getting cable. In retirement, he enjoyed walking around his hometown, tending to his vegetable garden, and caring for numerous cats, all named Chippy. He also used the library’s Internet service to quench his voracious thirst for knowledge.“He even borrowed Fred’s daughter’s math textbook so he could take it home and read it,” Joe said.Ramella could hold conversations with anyone, from five-year-olds to the elderly. He believed in the importance of his younger relatives being educated, which is why the Brock donation is so fitting, Fred said.“He was just an outstanding citizen. He was someone you could aspire to be like.”Ramella has also made donations to Queens University and Niagara College. His Brock donation for undergraduates will be matched by government funds through the Ontario Trust for Student Support, while the graduate award will be matched through the Ontario Graduate Fellowship Program.Donations such as Ramella’s make a lasting impact on the University, said Marilyn Rose, former Dean of Graduate Studies. The graduate scholarship will support a newly launched joint MA program between Brock and the University at Buffalo that will strengthen understanding of Canada-U.S. relations.“It’s really an amazing scholarship to support this kind of study,” she said. “It’s a perfect fit between what the donor wanted to accomplish and what the program will offer its students.”
OSU senior H-back Dontre Wilson (2) makes a second half catch despite the efforts of Wisconsin outside linebacker Zack Baun (56) during the second half of the Buckeyes game against the Badgers on Oct. 15. The Buckeyes won 30-23 in overtime. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorWith under six minutes left and down 23-20 to Wisconsin, Ohio State redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett was staring down a 2nd-and-11 from OSU’s 32-yard line. When the Buckeyes need a play, it’s usually either Barrett, junior H-back Curtis Samuel or redshirt sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown who gets the ball. This time, it wasn’t any of them.Senior H-back Dontre Wilson was matched up against Wisconsin redshirt freshman linebacker Zack Baun. Barrett stood in the pocket, checking off his receivers before he saw Wilson turn a button hook into a go route down the sideline. Wilson hauled it in for 43 yards, which ultimately set up the game-tying field goal before OSU won 30-23 in overtime.After nearly giving away a muffed punt earlier in the game, Wilson recovered to give OSU a chance to win the game.When the team went into the locker room after the victory, Wilson was called upon to stand up in front of the team in recognition of his play. The message was simple. He told the team he was grateful for what had just occurred, but that game was not the goal for OSU.“It wasn’t about me at that moment. It’s a team effort,” Wilson said on Monday. “Even though I made that play, it’s still a big team effort. It wasn’t about me, it was about the team.”For Wilson, that play was as significant as any in his career in Columbus. It was even more significant given that he still has not recovered from his broken foot suffered against Michigan State during his sophomore year in 2014.Over the offseason, Wilson said he went to the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon to have a pair of cleats custom-made for him. Wilson’s cleats are wider than the team-distributed ones, and limit the pain on his foot. OSU coach Urban Meyer said during Monday’s press conference that Wilson still wasn’t quite 100 percent and often doesn’t practice early in the week. Wilson told the media he’s probably about 95 percent, but it’s certainly something he feels out on the field.“When you break a foot, it’s tough, especially a skilled athlete,” Meyer said. “I just love his unselfish approach right now, and the fact he made a play to help us go win a game. He flipped the ball to the official, went back, and almost made another great one to help us. I like where he’s at, and he’s a team player that’s doing the best he can.”For an athlete such as Wilson, a broken foot is not only a physical obstacle, but a mental barrier. Any athlete at OSU will tell you that it’s easy to get frustrated or get down on yourself, however for Wilson, it was much more than a little adversity.“When I first had my injury, I was going through a lot,” Wilson said. “I was going through some stuff with my mother and I had just had my child two days after my injury. I was going through a lot, man. I was real frustrated.” As he stood in a walking boot and crutches on the sideline watching his teammates win a national championship, Wilson said he took that as a sign from God that better days were ahead.Heading into the remaining half of his final season of college football, Wilson is enjoying his most successful season yet. He already has a career-high five total touchdowns (four receiving, one rushing), has accumulated 16 catches for 232 yards and has run the ball 12 times for 75 yards. He is on track to shatter his career mark of receptions and receiving yards in a season.What has enabled Wilson to be a high-impact player is his maturity through his injury. Barrett said he doesn’t see Wilson get frustrated any more than any other receiver. He just fits right in.“It’s almost like we overlook one or the other between Dontre and Curtis. They’re one and the same,” Barrett said. “They’re both dynamic players that do a lot for our offense that create mismatches with linebacker and get up on the safeties and make guys miss all over the field.”Saturday’s game against Penn State will be another difficult test for the Buckeyes, given an environment that Wilson said is the most impressive he has seen as a player. Lingering foot injury, or no injury, Wilson is doing what he can to make the most of his senior season.“I always tell myself I’m going to take it week by week and day by day,” he said. “(I’m) using all of the resources I can for the final games and final months here.”
Head Coach Chris Holtmann tells Ohio State redshirt junior guard Keita Bates-Diop (33) to head back into the game in the first half in the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team turned around its downward trajectory Monday, rising from No. 17 to No. 14 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.After losing to Penn State Jan. 25 and falling four spots from No. 13, Ohio State bounced back with wins against Indiana and Illinois. The Buckeyes are joined by No. 3 Purdue, No. 4 Michigan State and No. 20 Michigan as Big Ten teams in the top 25. They travel to West Lafayette, Indiana, to face the Boilermakers at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Ohio State will head back onto the road to face the Wolverines on Feb. 18.AP Poll Villanova (48) Virginia (16) Purdue Michigan State Xavier Cincinnati Texas Tech Auburn Duke Kansas St. Mary’s Gonzaga Arizona Ohio State Tennessee Clemson Oklahoma Rhode Island West Virginia Michigan North Carolina Wichita State Nevada Kentucky Miami (FL)
A school’s Progress 8 score measures progress of each pupil from the end of primary school up to GCSEs It compares pupils’ results with the achievements of other pupils that have the same prior attainment and measures performance across eight qualifications at age 16.The average progress score is zero, so a positive score means pupils are making above average progress and a negative score means below average. This year, the average Progress 8 score for white children in state schools was the lowest at -0.10, compared to -0.02 for mixed race, 0.45 for Asian, 0.12 for black and 1.03 for Chinese pupils. White children has the second lowest score for attainment, with an average of 46.1.Chinese pupils had the highest score of 64.2, followed by Asian children, while black children had the lowest. Both this year and last, children with English as a second language had a higher score for attainment and made better progress on average than native speakers. The data, which covers every secondary in England, shows that Yorkshire and the Humber has the lowest proportion of under-performing schools while the North West had the highest. Over a quarter (26 per cent) of all the under-performing schools in England are in the North-West, figures show. The figures also show that the attainment gap between rich and poor pupils has increased by 0.6 per cent since last year, but has narrowed by 9.5 per cent overall since 2011.Schools minister Nick Gibb said: “Making sure that all pupils, regardless of their background, are able to fulfil their potential is one of this Government’s key priorities and these results show that more pupils across the country are doing just that. “It’s been clear for some time that standards are rising in our schools and today’s data underlines the role academies and free schools are playing in that improvement, with progress above the national average and impressive outcomes for disadvantaged pupils.” White children are the least likely to achieve their potential between primary and secondary school, official data shows.Official data released by the Department for Education (DfE) shows that white children are making less progress compared to their peers from all other ethnic groups by the time they are 16-years-old.The figures also show that 346 secondary schools are considered under-performing, meaning they fall below the “floor standard”, with another 257 deemed to be “coasting”.These numbers appear to be an improvement – however, this year ministers have excluded University Technical Colleges (UTCs), further education colleges and studio schools from their calculations.These tend to specialise in vocational and technical qualifications and generally perform worse than mainstream schools.When these are also excluded from last year’s data set, figures show that the number of below average schools has gone up, from 8.9 per cent to 9.2 per cent for coasting schools and from 10.4 per cent to 11.6 per cent for schools that fail to meet the floor standard. In previous years, schools have been ranked according to the proportion of pupils achieving at least five grade A* to Cs at GCSE, including English and maths. This measure was scrapped two years ago in favour of a new system that measures progress as well as attainment. 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.
First Quantum Minerals (FQM) is investing in a new trolley assist system for Hitachi dump trucks at the Kansanshi copper and gold mine, near Solwezi in Zambia. The project includes the installation of a new fleet of 23 electric EH3500ACII models under trolley-assist as part of a four-year, $370million expansion programme. Three different project phases are planned to increase annual copper production capacity from the 230,000 t achieved in 2011 to 400,000 t by 2015. The trolley assist package commenced in March 2012 with the installation of a 750 m test track and overhead line for trials by Hitachi engineers.Kansanshi is Africa’s largest copper mine – and the eighth largest in the world – with an estimated lifespan of at least 11 years. The mine is 80% owned by Kansanshi Mining (a FQM subsidiary) and the remaining 20% belongs to a subsidiary of ZCCM Investments Holdings, 85% of which is owned by the Zambian Government. Mining is carried out in two open pits, which are known as Main and Northwest. FQM uses conventional open-pit mining methods and employs hydraulic excavators and a fleet of rigid dump trucks. The line-up of large Hitachi excavators includes: two EX1200-5s (with over 38,000 and 42,000 working hours respectively); four EX1900-5s (27-40,000); one EX1900-6 (over 14,000); and three EX2500-6s (7-20,000). However, the existing fleet of 11 EH3500ACII trucks is the most recent addition to the Hitachi stable at Kansanshi, with 2,000 to 6,000 working hours between them.John Coleshaw, FQM’s Project Manager, says, “The EX1200s, EX1900s and EX2500s are quite old now, with some having accumulated more than 40,000 hours. They have given good service and we can’t fault them. The EH3500ACII is a good machine and our operators are happy with their working environment. A main benefit of these models is the automatic retarding control to regulate the downhill speed, which is excellent for safety and preserves the lifetime of the product.” The new EH3500ACIIs have started to arrive on the site and will be ready for full operation with the new trolley line by March 2013.The Assembly Coordinator for the Hitachi machines at Kansanshi is Hugo Truter of HCMZ, who states: “The trials have been going well and the trolley line will be extended by 2 km to run from the base of the existing line to the bottom of the Main pit. The advantages of using the trolley line are reduced running costs – due to less fuel consumption – and the increased life expectancy of the equipment. The electric trucks excel in environmental performance, in terms of achieving low emissions and noise levels. They also have a lower risk of breakdown and require fewer parts, which in turn means lower costs, less maintenance and consequently minimum downtime.”
A US COMPANY says it has successfully completed the first small-scale test flight of a high-altitude balloon and capsule being developed to let tourists float 20 miles (32 km) above the earth.World View Enterprises of Tucson in Arizona said on Tuesday that it launched the flight last week from Roswell.CEO Jane Poynter said the system broke the world record for highest parafoil flight, lifting a payload to 120,000 feet.“It went really, really, really well,” Poynter said. “Actually, the guys hit the ball out of the park. We’re thrilled.”The system uses a balloon similar to that used in 2012 to lift Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner 128,000 feet to make a world-record breaking 24-mile sky dive. That flight also launched from the Roswell airport. An artist rendering of the space capsule that will be carried by the balloon. Source: AP Photo/World View EnterprisesPoynter said last week’s flight was the first testing all the components together. It used a balloon about third the size of that planned for passenger flight to lift a payload of about one-tenth of what will be used to carry passengers.The company is still planning to begin its $75,000 (€55,000) per-person flights in 2016, she said. The balloons will lift a capsule carrying six passengers and two crew members 20 miles up, where they will float under a parafoil for about two hours before floating back down to earth. The capsule will be big enough for the passengers to walk around.The selling point is the view of the Earth and seeing its curve, the company says. Other space-tourism ventures under development will rocket passengers the full 62 miles into space but on much shorter flights. Workers filling the high altitude balloon. Source: AP Photo/World View EnterprisesIn filings with the Federal Aviation Administration, World View said it planned to launch its flights from Spaceport America in New Mexico. But Poynter said yesterday that no final decision has been made on where to base the flights.Spaceport is where Virgin Galactic plans to launch its first space-tourism flights at a cost of $200,000 per person. Development of Virgin’s spacecraft has taken longer than originally planned, and it is unclear when the company, founded by British billionaire Richard Branson, will make its first flight. The company’s newest target date is the end of this year, but it has said that for each of the last several years.“I don’t think anyone considers us in a race,” Poynter said when asked if they might beat Virgin Galactic to passenger flight. We don’t consider us in competition because the experience is so completely different.Read: Curiosity Rover celebrates first year on Mars with an obligatory selfie > Read: Researcher arrested after faking data for a HIV vaccine >
To make outdoor portraits seem more natural, use a photo reflector to illuminate your subjects. It’s usually more natural-looking than fill flash (see story) but the equipment can be a handful on windy days because of the size – you need an inch of reflector for every inch of height or width you want to illuminate. Reflectors are also useful outdoors on overcast days (or indoors in low light) to brighten the subject’s face. In a pinch, a white reflector makes a good backdrop for an eBay photo. Why You Need a Reflector: The Camera Doesn’t See as Well as Your EyesCameras have less dynamic range than your eyes, meaning one exposure has trouble capturing bright areas in sunlight and darker colors in shade. For portraits outdoors, a photo reflector illuminates the darker on in-shadow part of the image. In the photo at right, the afternoon sun is behind the subject. A three-foot silver reflector was about three feet from the girl’s face and slightly below, angling the sunlight back up. A photo reflector is a flat piece of reflective fabric with a wire frame that typically folds down to one-third to one-half its open size. The better ones have a fabric wrist grip or handle for holding outdoors. Indoors, you can use a light stand with an extension arm and clamp, an assistant, or for close-ups, it may be possible to hold the reflector in one hand and your camera in the other. Most reflector kits provide several reflective surfaces including white, silver, and gold. Pick the reflector size – typically 14 inches to 72 inches – to match how much of your subject you want to illuminate (a 36-inch reflector illuminates a person from the head to the waist), and be prepared to hold on tight on windy days. Reflectors may be round, rectangular, or triangular. Most Useful Reflector Colors: Silver and Gold The most common colors are, in the order I believe you’ll find them useful: Silver. A neutral color, with the most light reflected (usually good) and the most contrast. If you’re not sure of what color to use, use silver. Gold. It warms any scene, mimics a photo taken just before sunset and, some photographers say, especially complements non-white skin tones. This is also called the instant-suntan reflector. Diffuser. A translucent white reflector (photo right) that passes light with no shadows, typically reducing light by one f/stop (that is, half the original light passes through) or two f/stops (one quarter of the light passes through). Some gauzy diffusers that you can see through (scrims) soften direct sun but you still get shadows. White. It’s a neutral color, obviously, and can be used up close because it reflects less light. Sometimes a silver reflector reflects too much light (and contrast) onto the subject, and the brightness makes the subject squint. It’s more flattering because the light is softer, too. Black. Completely blocks the sun and creates shade; it can raise the apparent contrast of some photos. It can also be used as a black background if it’s a larger reflector. Size is important because the falloff is obvious. Silver-gold. A combination of silver and gold, it provides a bit less warmth or color shift than an all-gold reflector. It undoes the bluish cast of photos taken in deep shade. Sometimes called a sunlight reflector because it warms any image even if it’s reflecting overcast light. Use a 30-Inch to 36-Inch Reflector for Head and Shoulders PhotosI worked with a couple reflectors recently. I found smaller reflectors 30-36 inches in diameter easier to carry around, to fold up and pack away, and to hold on to on a windy beach. For more light, move in closer and also adjust your aim so the light reflects directly on the subject. For less light, back off, or switch from silver or gold to white. At this size, they’re only for a waist-up photos of one person. The photo at top above was shot with the silver reflector of a 33-inch Lastolite LR3696 TriGrip triangular reflector kit ($130 street), which has one collapsible frame (grip) with a permanently attached two-stop white diffuser fabric, plus two reversible covers with surfaces described as Gold, Sunfire, Sunlite, Silver, SoftSilver, White (reflective, not a diffuser), and Black. This is an example of a high-end, ought-to-last-a-lifetime reflector. The hand grip is big, solid, and easy to hold, a help when used outside.Use a 52-Inch to 72-Inch Reflector for Group ShotsA larger Westcott 1037 52-inch six-in-one kit ($135 street) was able to illuminate a person from head to toe with just a little falloff (that you wouldn’t get with a 60- or 72-inch reflector), since reflective illumination is about a one-to-one ratio. If you want to have six-feet of illumination, get a 72-inch reflector. Hold on tight out of doors. Indoors if you don’t have an assistant, put a weight such as a photographer’s sandbag on the lightstand-and-arm that’s holding up the reflector. The Westcott kit includes two frames, with one-stop and two-stop diffusers, and a single four-sided reversible cover in silver, gold, sunlight (gold-silver combo), and white. It all collapses into a round bag about 20 inches wide and 3-4 inches thick.What If You’ve Just Got $25 to Spend? $10? Got Aluminum Foil? Lastolite and Westcott represent the higher end of the price and quality spectrum. You should expect truer reflections edge to edge, and longer life. For a pro, that makes sense, but also for a photo enthusiast. Buy the right one now and it should last the rest of your life. You may find the collapsible metal frame of a cheaper reflector gives out in a couple years, or the fabric tears. But the low prices can be appealing. In a pinch, I’ve used a sheet of near-white foam core artist’s mounting board as a reflector and it worked reasonably well. Even a white towel at the beach, held very close to the subject’s face, helps light up shadows a little. Anything is better than nothing if you don’t mind a slight color shift. Do-it-yourselfers can take a piece of cardboard or foam core board (I’d suggest 24-by-36 inches or 36-by-36 minimum), lay down a coat of adhesive spray, and attach aluminum foil as your reflector surface. When you’re done, you’ve got one more thing to store, and if your house or apartment already has a lot of stuff, expect to get grief from your partner or roommate about one more piece of junk lying around. For commercial reflectors, you can pay less than $25, sometimes a lot less, either by going to a smaller reflector or a less-costly unit. I don’t see much value in a reflector sized less than 30 inches. You can also save by just getting a reflector with two reflecting surfaces: silver and gold. For a 36-inch, silver-and-gold (only) reflector, moderate construction quality, you might pay as little as $15 to $25. eBay currently has smaller (30- to 36-inch) reflectors for as little as $10; Amazon has some as cheap as $20. Note that most of them aren’t branded. At minimum, they’ll work as well as that homemade foil-on-foam-core board, and probably will be price-competitive with buying a sheet of foam board, heavy duty foil, and spray adhesive. For Hard-Core Photographers, the Big Reflector-Diffuser Frame If you want a serious photo reflector and diffuser, look to frame-and-panel kit. Snap together aluminum pieces into a rectangular frame, then slip the fabric over the frame or attach it with Velcro or clips. The metal pieces can be rearranged to make a smaller or (with more metal pieces) larger frame. They can be held by hand, attached to lightstands, or held from a distance like a boom mike. Expect to pay several hundred dollars for a kit, $1,000 for a big kit. Generically, they’re called Slim Jims; Westcott calls its version a Scrim Jim. The photos above shows a diffuser called a Sun Swatter, from California Sunbounce, and you can tell from the size and setting that this is a tool for pros or the most enthusiastic amateur. Block the Sun with a Diffuser or Scrim When you’re shooting out of doors, in addition to using a reflector to soften shadows, you can filter the sun with a translucent diffuser. Usually they’re part of multi-panel reflector kits. The diffusers are described in stops, or camera f/stops. A one-stop diffuser transmits half the light, since each f/stop reduction indicates a 50% reduction in light falling on the subject. A two-stop diffuser transmits a quarter of the light. Some gauzy panels, called scrims, that you can see through cut down the harshness of direct sunlight but don’t eliminate shadows. Scrim may also be used generically for any fabric that diffuses light even if it’s not see-through. Size matters here because it’s quite obvious which part of the subject is lit by soft light coming through the diffuser and which is lit by direct sunlight. The value of such a big reflector or diffuser is that you’re shading not just the subject but also some of the ground and background near the model. Some photographers may prefer carefully positioned fill-flash instead of reflectors or diffusers. I’ve also used diffusers successfully to soften the light from an off-camera electronic flash. Put the flash a couple feet behind the diffuser, aimed at the subject, and you get a soft side-light with virtually no shadow unless the background is just a few inches behind the subject. If you’re using multiple flashes and have the ability to do it (that is, if you can make sense of your flash manual), turn down the brightness of the on-camera, undiffused flash to a half or quarter the strength of the diffused flash. If you’re not sure you need frame-and-panel diffusers and reflectors, you probably don’t. They’re specialized items and for the occasional special photo shoot can be rented from photo supply stories in major cities, or shipped if you live elsewhere. How to Use a Photo Reflector Start with a silver reflector. For a head-and-shoulders photo or a couple standing close together, a 30- to 36-inch reflector works fine. Start with the reflector as far away as the reflector’s size (36-inch reflector, 36 inches away. Hold the reflector at waist level and tilt it up so it reflects skylight or diffused sunlight up and into the subjects’ faces. Even on a cloudy day, you should be able to see the added illumination on the face. Unless you’re looking for special effects, don’t overilluminate the face. What you see as a little extra light on the face, the camera may see as a lot. Back off, take a taste photo, and try again. If you want a warmer picture, use a gold or gold-and-silver reflector. To soften facial lines, use the white reflector. To eliminate shadows entirely, put a translucent diffuser or black reflector between the sun and the subject. You’ll want the sun in front of or slightly to the side of the subject. For groups, use a larger reflector, 50 inches to 72 inches. The rule of thumb is that the reflector should be as wide or tall as the size of what you’re photographing.
Back in April, Apple went after Samsung with a patent lawsuit alleging that Samsung’s Galaxy line of phones and tablets bore too close of a resemblance to the iPhone and iPad. Now it seems Samsung has put a hold on its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet sales in Australia because of the unresolved dispute.Apple and Samsung reached an agreement during a hearing held in a federal Australian court today. The compromise was for Samsung to stop selling the tablet until it wins in court or until the lawsuit is resolved. Samsung also said it would stop advertising the product during that time period.Apple’s compromise in the deal was to pay all the damages if it ends up losing the patent suit. Samsung has also agreed to give Apple three samples of the Australian version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at least seven days before it launches the product. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 went on sale in the U.S. last Thursday.So what’s Apple so upset about? The company is saying that Samsung copied the entire iPhone and iPad experience, including the design, packaging, and user interface. The court filing shows that Apple is accusing Samsung of copying a number of basic elements from patents that Apple was awarded in 2009 and 2010. These patents covered the basic iPhone design, and the placement and design of app icons on the home screen.Of course, Samsung is denying the whole thing and company reps have promised a long battle in court for Apple. Apple isn’t only seeking legal action on the Galaxy Tab in Australia, but also the U.S., U.K, Japan, Germany, Italy, France, and South Korea.For those in Australia waiting for the new tablet, unfortunately you need Apple and Samsung to settle their differences before it eevr gets back on store shelves.More at Bloomberg, via CNET
An analysis of the publicly-available documents centers on three or four potentially deal-breaking elements: • Timing. Donnelley’s offer was made just weeks before creditors were to vote on the Quebecor reorganization plan, and two months before the scheduled emergence from bankruptcy. If the plan to emerge from bankruptcy is forestalled, creditors stand to go for weeks or even months past the expected mid-July exit without receiving any of the cash that may be coming to them as part of the restructuring. • Costs. The costs of the Chapter 11 process are close to $100 million to date and are mounting at a rate of several million per month. Also, $750 million in reorganization financing expires on July 21st. If the reorganization and emergence from bankruptcy proceed on schedule by July 10, then that money will be used. If not, it needs to be refinanced at a cost of tens of millions of dollars. • Terms. First, it appears there is no official binding offer, just a non-binding letter expressing interest. Second, Donnelley is proposing an asset sale, meaning that employees and liabilities such as unfunded pensions are not included.• Government regulatory oversight. The merging of the two largest printers in North America will trigger what is likely to be a lengthy antitrust review.Interestingly, the Donnelley offer and the Quebecor reorganization plan have similar terms. Donnelley offered cash to creditors equal to what Quebecor World was offering—$700 million—plus cash on the balance sheet as of June 30, 2009, amounting to $257 million, plus 30 million shares of Donnelley stock. That represents about 15 percent of the total of Donnelley’s outstanding shares, with a value of about $394 million. Quebecor’s bankruptcy offer is valued at about $1.5 billion, including the $700 million in cash and the rest in stock. (The total number of $1.5 billion is different because of the valuation of post-bankruptcy Quebecor stock.) Donnelley’s stated assumption is that its publicly-traded stock is more attractive to Quebecor World’s creditors than the newly-issued securities of a new standalone company. On the other hand, there is no acquisition premium other than that, making it the rough equivalent of the Quebecor reorganization plan and perhaps not providing enough incentive to the creditors. And premium becomes penalty when factoring in how creditors who are expecting to get cash in July are severely disadvantaged by having to wait weeks, or even months, to get paid. Offer Not Appealing for Creditors?QW’s creditors—mainly bank and bond debt held by a number of private equity firms—also would have to reconcile several massive new costs under the Donnelley offer. Because it is an asset sale, liabilities are not covered. A Quebecor World liquidation analysis shows a pension plan underfunded by some $392 million, a portion of which might be covered by the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation, an agency similar to the FDIC. But some of the pension money will have to be picked up by creditors, reducing their payout in an asset-only acquisition by Donnelley. The Quebecor liquidation analysis also explores the exposure for the company should it have to terminate its 17,000 North American employees. Severance costs, the document indicates, would total about $360 million. That number would be roughly applicable in a Donnelley sale if one assumes that Donnelley won’t need Quebecor plants or people. And Donnelley possesses capacity in its existing operations to absorb perhaps as much as 80 percent of the Quebecor business without affecting its current schedules, and the rest with schedule adjustments. Quebecor creditors would be faced a major hit on severance in an asset acquisition by Donnelley. More than that, the Quebecor disclosure statement suggests that should many Quebecor plants be closed in an asset sale the company would face a high cost in customer-damage claims. This is especially true because Donnelley states in its letter of interest that it would only retain “specific” contracts from Quebecor. Then too, if an asset sale goes forward, it would have to clear regulatory terms under the Hart Scott Rodino Act, which provides for FTC and Justice Department antitrust review of mergers and acquisitions, and provides a complex formula that looks at marketshare of combined companies. In the case of these two printing giants, geographic locations, plus markets including commercial print and publication printing, would come into play. Such a review could take six or more months.For Quebecor’s creditors, a six-month review with no guarantee of approval at the end would seem less than appealing.Those six months would be clouded with uncertainty, affecting sales and retention alike. SEE ALSO: Quebecor World to Change NameThe well-publicized letter sent by R.R. Donnelley to Quebecor World nearly a month ago expressing an interest in buying its assets has led to a cascading assumption throughout the industry that such a sale is a fait accompli.But a comprehensive review of documents in the Quebecor bankruptcy case (there are more than 1,700 documents) and analysis of the terms Donnelley is offering suggest that there is less to the offer than meets the eye, and that the $1.35 billion Donnelley offer is not the best deal for Quebecor creditors. The review of the documents comes as the Quebecor World board of directors is expected imminently to vote on a response to the Donnelley letter.
Apple null New AirPods on the horizon Apple AirPods 2019 Amazon Mentioned Above Apple AirPods 2019 (Charging Case) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Mobile Headphones CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Enlarge ImageWhy buy all this stuff separately when you can get it bundled for $10? Taosanhu So you decided to splurge on a pair of AirPods. It can be pretty frustrating to discover that those pricey earbuds don’t fit particularly well in your ears. And to realize that when you take them out, there’s no place to put them while you chat up the CrossFit coach. And what’s with that crazy slippery case? Sounds like Apple’s ‘buds could use an assist.Accessories to the rescue! But as I noted in my roundup of great cheap Apple Watch accessories, the Apple Store is not the place to buy them — not if you want greater selection and lower prices.Read more: The best Apple AirPods accessoriesThis story was originally going to focus on a smattering of individual products — cases, ear hooks and the like — but then I discovered a single kit that has pretty much everything an AirPods owner might need — all for $10. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See it at AmazonHere’s what you get:A silicone case-cover in your choice of colorsA carabiner for hooking that case to your belt, backpack or whateverTwo sets of straps so your AirPods can dangle from your neckTwo sets of ear hooks to improve fitTwo sets of watch-band holdersA zippered carrying case to hold everythingAll this for 10 measly bucks. I’m not sure why the bundle includes two of certain things, but I won’t complain about having extras.I was mostly in it for the silicone cover, because I was tired of losing my grip on Apple’s slippery AirPods case. That cover adds some bulk, though, so the carabiner clip is a nice perk: I no longer have to keep the case in my pocket.I immediately fell in love with the straps, which let the AirPods dangle from around my neck when I want to take them out. (There’s some added safety there as well; once, while running, I swatted at a bug near my ear and sent an AirPod flying. It almost landed in a puddle.)The watch-band holder was something I didn’t even know existed. But for those times when it’s not convenient to keep the case with you or use the neck strap, it’s actually quite handy to be able to “dock” the AirPods on your wrist. These holders tend to slide around a bit, at least on my Apple Watch silicone band, but they should work with any kind of watch and band.A little dorky, maybe, but also a pretty handy place to “dock” your AirPods. Rick Broida/CNET The ear hooks might be helpful for folks who have a hard time getting AirPods to stay put. (Luckily, for me they fit perfectly au-naturel.) However, they’re kind of a pain to install, and you can’t charge the AirPods without taking them off again. Plus, they really don’t do much to improve noise isolation; for that I’d look to something like the AhaStyle Silicone Ear Hooks my colleague Jason Hiner tried recently. They’re virtually identical to what you’re getting here (and therefore way overpriced at $15), but with the addition of in-ear tips that definitely do improve noise isolation and bass.Finally, the zippered carrying case is a nice little extra for keeping all this stuff together.You can easily find all these items for sale separately, and certainly there are even more colors and styles available if you just want an AirPods-case case. But I think this is $10 very well spent, even if you use only a couple of the items in the kit.Your thoughts? 6:10 $144 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See It Share your voice $159 0 See It See it See All Best Buy Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $144 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors • Apple reading • This $10 accessory kit has literally everything you need for your AirPods Now playing: Watch this: Amazon Apple See It Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Tags The Cheapskate Review • AirPods 2019 review: King of truly wireless earphones crowned with small enhancements $144
Nampally: Even as the TS Minority Finance Corporation (TSMFC) is facing fund crunch particularly in clearing thousands of loan-cum-subsidy scheme applications which have piled up since the formation of the Telangana, the release of latest notification inviting applications from Christian minorities (for the year 2019-20) is drawing flak. Out of 87,450 applications received for the year 2015-16 from Hyderabad only 3,192 were cleared, even as entire process remained under question. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Following recent protests by the Opposition parties over the intentions of the State government in delivering the promises, officials and politicians were seen distributing cheques to some of the beneficiaries. When questioned about the pending applications which piled up at the office of minorities welfare department, the officials concerned could only attribute the reason for delay in funds to lack of finances owing to budgetary control. However, the activists are questioning how the State government which is not able to provide funds for loans of 2015-16 is gearing up to extend the benefit for the existing financial year. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us “People who have applied are eagerly waiting for receiving the promised loans under the subsidy scheme, but same officials who cite lack of funds from budget have now come up with fresh applications. They are fooling around the people, just like they kept on extending dates (2015-16) and received more than 1.5 lakh applications, even this time they are extending dates for Christian Minorities,” said Shafeeq Ather, an activist. Advertise With Us In June this year, the Congress party also took up the issue and its leaders led by TPCC) Minorities Dept Chairman Shaik Abdullah Sohail registered a strong protest by meeting TSMFC Managing Director AHN Kanthi Wesley at her office in Haj House and complained over non-implementation of schemes introduced by the government. He also demanded an explanation over the matter by holding a press conference, but nothing was done. The Congress leader pointed out that nearly 1.53 lakh had applied for loan-cum-subsidy schemes in 2015-16 from across the State. He said those applications were still pending for unknown reasons and the TSMFC stopped accepting applications under loan-cum-subsidy scheme since 2015-16. He demanded that the TSMFC furnish information, with district-wise break-up, on the number of applications received under this scheme along with their status. The party leaders also informed that of Rs. 573.10 crore allocated for the minorities welfare in the vote-on-account, only Rs. 24.41 crore were earmarked for bank-linked-subsidy scheme. “Lakhs of poor and jobless youth have been waiting for the last 5 years to get some assistance from the State Government through TSMFC. However, they are only facing disappointment,” said the former corporator of Bholakpur, Mohammed Wajid Hussain.