Industry Trend-Getters The world’s largest salt producer, K+S of Germany, embarked on a wide-ranging revamp in a bid to shore up earnings. For investors, there was little to relish. Published on October 10, 2017 3:55 pm After a raft of bad news over the last year, K+S – formerly known as Kali und Salz, from the German “Potash and Salt” – wanted to wow investors with a new strategy. The company is emerging from a tough period, caused by new twists in cyclical and long-term trends that have battered its sector brethren. Yet some investors clearly think the latest steps don’t go far enough. In an interview with Handelsblatt, Chief Executive Burkhard Lohr, 54, complained that the stock market was too fixated on his company’s volatile potash business even though it makes up just one-quarter of revenues – and that there was “tremendous potential for savings” in the planned merger of its salt and potash operations, one of … [Read more...] about Seeking the Salt of the Earth
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PUBLISHED: 14:00 20 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:24 20 August 2018 Aaron Walawalkar The Shah Satnam Ji Green 'S' Welfare Force Wing team clean up an alley between Highbury Gardens and New Road, Ilford. Isabel Infantes Would you spend a few minutes after visiting your place of worship each week to take part in a communal clean-up of the surrounding streets? Amid concerns of levels of fly-tipping and filth in the borough, some faith groups are rallying together to see what part they can play in tackling it. Balfour Road Mosque, in Ilford, is planning to host a community clean-up after Khalid Sharif, one of their worshippers, polled members of facebook group IG-Soc: Connecting Muslims Redbridge Insha’Allah on their willingness to litter pick after Friday prayers. He posted: “If your local mosque gave you gloves and bin bags would you volunteer 10 minutes after Jummah to clean up rubbish on the roads around the mosque?”And fifty-seven out of 61 … [Read more...] about ‘Guardians of the earth’: Would you help keep the area around your place of worship clean?
A U.S. grand jury charged 12 Russian citizens on July 13 with interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election by organizing cyberattacks on the computers of Democratic Party figures during the campaign. The indictment contains the names of the dozen accused, who are described as "employees of the GRU," referring to Russian military intelligence. In addition, the indictment contains the numbers of the military units that they allegedly serve in and a relatively detailed account of the methods they purportedly used to break into the computers and publish the information they acquired in the hacking attacks. RFE/RL has conducted its own open-source investigation into those accused intelligence operatives, although there is relatively little openly available information about the men or their military units. But some information does seem important: One of the accused participated in a 2014 conference of hackers on the topic of "infiltration, hacking, and the national peculiarities of … [Read more...] about Investigative Report: On The Trail Of The 12 Indicted Russian Intelligence Officers
IS Planet Nine real? Is it a super-Earth-sized world? And will it usher in the apocalypse? We may be closer to answering all those questions thanks to a new discovery. While astronomers have yet to dig up evidence of the planet, they've found another indirect link of its existence in the form of a newly spotted space rock. The small solar system body has a wonky orbit that the boffs claim can only have been triggered by a bigger planet hiding out in the galaxy, reports Quanta. Planet Nine is a gigantic icy planet believed to be ten times larger than Earth and 20 times farther away from the sun than Neptune. Conspiracy theorists recently claimed that a similar world called Nibiru was going to plunge into Earth on April 23 and trigger a Biblical-level apocalypse. But that obviously didn't happen. And while Nasa has said that it's "closing in" on Planet Nine, it has repeatedly denied Nibiru's existence, even branding it a falsification. The space agency has also put forth five bits of … [Read more...] about New Planet Nine evidence may finally solve the riddle of the mysterious super-world’s existence
FACIAL-RECOGNITION technology the Metropolitan police are using to automatically identify people on surveillance cameras is said to be wrong 98% of the time. Civil liberties group Big Brother Watch branded the automated facial recognition software as “dangerous and inaccurate” due to its inability to identify people correctly. The organisation added that its use is “lawless” and could breach the right to privacy protected by the Human Rights Act. According to the watchdog’s new report entitled ‘Face Off: the lawless growth of facial recognition in UK policing’, the Metropolitan Police's facial recognition tech misidentified 95 people at last year’s Notting Hill Carnival as criminals. Yet the force is still planning to go ahead with seven more deployments of the technology later this year. “Real-time facial recognition is a dangerously authoritarian surveillance tool that could fundamentally change policing in the UK. Members of the … [Read more...] about Police face-recognition technology branded ‘dangerous and inaccurate’ as it ‘identifies wrong person 98 per cent of the time’