first_imgBy Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Dec 13 (PTI) West Indies are two-time World T20 champions but the flamboyant Chris Gayle feels “it will be difficult” for the Caribbean islands to regain their glory days in Test cricket in the near future. One of the most dashing batsmen of his time, Gayle has two triple hundreds in the longest format with 7214 runs in 103 games. His RCB jersey no, 333, is his highest Test score. West Indies have lost their last two Test series against India (at home) and Pakistan (away). “It will be difficult for West Indies to go back where they were in Test cricket,” Gayle told PTI during an interaction arranged as a part of USL Diageo Road to Safety initiative. Gayle terms lack of “concentration” and “consistency” as hurdles in attaining success in Test cricket. “The structure of modern day cricket is such that it will be difficult to regain those days of glory because of the advent of the shorter format and the interest that it has generated among the youngsters. In longer formats, you need to concentrate more and have that game discipline in order to achieve consistency,” Gayle said. “If you look at our T20 success it is because of the short duration that helps one play their attacking game. So if you ask me about a turnaround, it seems difficult as of now,” Gayle was straightforward in his assessment. He also felt that youngsters in the West Indies could always be lured by lucrative private T20 leagues across the globe. “You cannot rule out that possibility that Gen Next in the Caribbean will be more inclined to play T20 leagues. If you are a professional cricketer, you would want to have a good career. With so many leagues across the globe, one needs to accept it as a reality today. If a guy is a good enough player and can remain fit, one can play in T20 leagues even above 40 (Brad Hogg is a case in point),” Gayle made his point. “At the end of the day, sport is entertainment and one cant deny that T20 gets you good TV coverage for the duration of the game and the entertainment associated.” The Jamaican dasher believes that for upliftment of West Indies cricket, the players as well as West Indies Cricket Board will have to join hands as it is “everyones responsibility”. Did he speak to WICB president Dave Cameron on the issues leading to sour relations in the recent past between players and board, he replied: “No, I have not spoken to anybody. I believe we have a designated players body and they represent us. If the players need to voice any concern they tell it to the association. “But yes, everyone has some sort of responsibility to take West Indies cricket forward. You dont want a situation like Dwayne Bravo was in. Every player wants to play for the West Indies but there are issues that need to be addressed.” On a personal front, Gayle is currently recuperating from injury and will not be playing in the Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia. “I am not playing in the Big Bash as I am spending time with my family and recuperating from an injury. I am eyeing a comeback during Pakistan Super League (PSL) and then the Indian Premier League,” said Gayle. He is also hopeful that he will be donning the West Indies jersey again having last played in the ICC World T20 in India. “If I am fit and in form, I would still like to play for the West Indies not only in T20 but in ODIs as well. If you ask me, I would like to play till the 2019 World Cup in England. Thats a target I have set for myself,” he concluded. PTI KHS AH KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, May 20 (PTI) Kerala will request the central government to take back sacked Indian footballer C K Vineeth, whose service was terminated by Kerala Accountant Generals office here due to lack of attendance. If the centre is reluctant, then the state government would offer him a job, Sports and Industries Minister A C Moideen told reporters. Moideen and opposition leader in the state assembly Ramesh Chennithala had earlier written to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India to reconsider the decision to terminate his service. Kerala government would once again write to the centre in this regard, he said. Sports Minister Vijay Goel has also come out in support of Vineeth. “A player has to play continuously and hence is unable to meet the mandatory guideline. I will speak to Kerala Chief Minister and Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) office in New Delhi to seek their intervention to accommodate this player and change the rules”, the minister had said in Delhi yesterday. Vineeth joined the Accountant Generals office in 2012 through sports quota. His service was terminated for lack of adequate attendance. The footballer has played both in the I-League and Indian Super League. PTI UD RC AH AHlast_img read more

first_imgI’ll be marked now, need to find new strategy every time: SindhuPV Sindhu, who became the first Indian to win a historic World Championships gold medal, will next play at the China Open World Tour Super 1000(September 17-22) and Korea Open World Tour Super 500 (September 24-29).advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 10, 2019UPDATED: September 10, 2019 20:04 IST PV Sindhu became the first Indian to win a historic World Championships gold medal. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSP V Sindhu says she will be marked by opponents after her World Championships goldSindhu became the first Indian to win a historic World Championships gold medalSindhu will next play at China Open and Korea OpenIndian badminton ace P V Sindhu says she will be marked by opponents after her World Championships gold and would need to constantly discover “new things” in her game to maintain her stranglehold on international badminton.Olympic silver medallist Sindhu became the first Indian to win a historic World Championships gold medal after thrashing Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7 21-7 in a lop-sided final at Basel, Switzerland last month.Asked about the challenges that she will face from now on, Sindhu, who boasts of two silver and as many bronze in the World Championships, said: “Pressure and responsibility will now be more. I know everybody will mark me now after the World Championship.”Now I have to really work harder and change a few things and come with new things because everyone can see my game and know what I am playing. So I have to go with new strategy every time I go into the court,” Sindhu told reporters here.The 24-year-old from Hyderabad said the World Championships gold medal took a long time coming and it was a result of hard work, besides all the sacrifices that her parents have made over the years.”I have been wanting this gold for five years. I have been losing every time. I also used to feel sad, but I always kept fighting back and working hard. My parents made a lot of sacrifices for me,” she said.”Coaches role also has been important. My first coach was Mehboob Ali and then I have been under Gopi sir since I was 10. In badminton, you need to have a strong mindset.”advertisementSindhu will next play at the China Open World Tour Super 1000(September 17-22) and Korea Open World Tour Super 500 (September 24-29) at Changzhou and Incheon City respectively.”I am preparing for China and Korea Open, I will be leaving in a few days, that is my immediate goal. I hope to give my best,” she said on the sidelines of the PNB MetLife Junior Badminton Championship (JBC).”This (gold) medal gave a big boost and I will move with this confidence. There are many events before Olympics, so I will just give 100 percent instead of taking pressure.”Asked if there was any pressure ahead of the World Championships final, Sindhu said: “There was no pressure in the final. The quarterfinals was one of the good matches against Tai Tzu.”Playing Okuhara, everyone was saying whether I will repeat the 2017 final but for me I was not thinking about that. It was a fresh match for me. We knew each others’ game, as we have played a lot against each other. So there was no particular strategy.”National coach Pullela Gopichand had recently said that India have not “invested enough in coaches”.Asked about her opinion on this issue, Sindhu said: “There needs to be high level coaches, where they need to know everything about badminton to create a champion.”Of course, Gopi sir himself has been a great player and a great coach. Now we have other coaches from abroad and they are helping us. But national coaches need to be much qualified, then definitely they can train more players and they will become champions.”Talking about the role of foreign coach Kim Ji Hyun of Korea, Sindhu said: “For last couple of months, I have been training with Kim under the guidance of Gopi sir. It is not just one stroke, each stroke is important, we have to make each stroke perfect.”We have been working on defence and front and back court and that really helped me.”Sindhu, who felicitated the winners of PNB MetLife Junior Badminton Championship (JBC), also gave a big thumbs-up to the tournament which completed its fifth edition here on Tuesday.”It is a great idea and it is encouraging players of grassroot level. The number of participants is increasing and talent is there and we need to have tournaments like this for them to grow,” she said.”PNB Metlife is encouraging and supporting each of them.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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first_imgLe public est invité à la réception annuelle en plein air de la lieutenante-gouverneure. La réception aura lieu le mercredi 17 juin au Royal Artillery Park, à Halifax, de 14 h à 17 h. On servira des rafraîchissements. Le public qui désire assister à la réception pourra se présenter à l’entrée située au 1575 de la rue Queen ou à l’entrée principale sur la rue Sackville. Il n’y a pas beaucoup de places de stationnement au Royal Artillery Park, mais il y aura des places additionnelles sur le terrain de stationnement de l’Université Dalhousie à l’angle des rues Queen et Morris.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Top Congress leaders on Saturday condoled the death of former finance minister Arun Jaitley, with the party saying it was deeply saddened to hear about his demise.Jaitley, 66, who died in AIIMS at 12.07 pm was undergoing treatment at the hospital for a few weeks. He was admitted there on August 9. “We are deeply saddened to hear the passing of Shri Arun Jaitley. Our condolences to his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of grief,” the Congress said. “I am sorry to hear about Arun Jaitley’s passing. My condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace,” Congress’ former president Rahul Gandhi tweeted. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “Saddened to know about the demise of Shri Arun Jaitley. My deepest condolences to his family. An astute parliamentarian, he’ll always be remembered. May his soul Rest in Peace.” Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel said, “Extremely saddened to learn about the demise of Arun ji. In him the nation has a lost an articulate leader and an excellent human being.” Noted lawyer and former union minister Kapil Sibal said he has lost an old friend and a dear colleague in Jaitley. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Very sorry to learn that Arun Jaitley is no more . An old friend and a dear colleague will be remembered for his seminal contributions to the polity and as FM of India . As Leader of Opposition he was without match . He always stood steadfastly for his friends and for his party,” he said. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said, “Deeply saddened to know of untimely demise of former Union minister and senior BJP leader, Sh Arun Jaitley. My heartfelt condolences to his family members. May God give them strength. May his soul rest in peace.” Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said Jaitley’s death is a great loss for the country. “Deeply saddened by the tragic passing of my friend Delhi Univ senior Arun Jaitley. We first met when he was at DUSU and I was President of St Stephen’s College Union. Despite political differences we enjoyed a healthy mutual respect and debated his Budget often in LS. A great loss for India,” he tweeted.last_img read more

first_imgCanada’s main stock index closed lower Tuesday while U.S. markets continued a streak of volatility with a late-day plunge that left all main indexes in the red.The sell-off in U.S. markets came a day after one of the best showings in more than two years to recover some of the heavy losses from last week.Tuesday’s return to a down market is part of a continuation of last week’s slide, as concerns on U.S. trade and policies put pressure on markets, said Sid Mokhtari, executive director of portfolio & technical research at CIBC Capital Markets.“It’s more of a follow through that we had from late last week, when we had the sell-off last Thursday and then more follow-through pressure on Friday.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 82.38 points to 15,216.18, led by declines in key financial and materials sectors.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 344.89 points to 23,857.71. The S&P 500 index was down 45.93 points to 2,612.62 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 211.73 points to 7,008.81.The sell-off came despite easing fears on trade tensions that helped markets rise Monday, including some conciliatory signals from China and U.S. flexibility on steel and aluminum tariff exemptions.The declines look to be part of a wider shift in buyer attitudes in the market, where there’s a greater emphasis on selling and higher volumes on down days, said Mokhtari.“This is almost becoming a market that previously had a buy the dips… and now slowly you’re seeing investors focusing on selling the strength, and that’s becoming something more of a theme.”Mokhtari said the S&P 500 has been testing the 200-day moving average lately, and that if the index drops below that average it could trigger wider sales.“Once that level is breached or violated you’ll probably see a lot of accelerated selling.”The technology sector also weighed on markets Tuesday, with Twitter down 12 per cent and Facebook sliding another five per cent on continued scrutiny of data management practices.The Canadian dollar closed at 77.71 cents US, up 0.11 of a US cent.The May crude contract closed down 30 cents to US$65.25 per barrel and the May natural gas contract ended up six cents to US$2.71 per mmBTU.The April gold contract closed down US$13.00 to US$1,342.00 an ounce and the May copper contract was up three cents to US$3.00 a pound.last_img read more

Rabat – The Moroccan Cinematographic Center (CCM) has recently announced that one hundred years’ worth of Moroccan film archives will be digitized.CCM’s digitization project will start with 20 feature films, 70 documentaries, and 150 television news reports, among other files, according to the statement released on Medias24’s website.The initiative to digitize these archives dates back to October 2012, when the National Forum on Cinema recommended the conversion to the CCM Board of Directors, who decided to take on the project in 2014. According to the same source, both negative- and positive-type 35 and 16 millimeter film archives will be digitized and split into 100-minute units, for a total of 4,000 minutes.The conversion of hundreds of files to digital media will be carefully overseen to ensure the preservation of content, facilitate operation, as well as protect the cultural and historical heritage of Morocco under the archive law, the CCM statement noted.The digitization will take place at the Moroccan Cinematographic Center’s headquarters, maintaining the authors’ intellectual property intact in accordance with proper regulations.The project’s main objective is to protect Morocco’s cinematography in a digital, longer-lasting legacy, the same source said.The first phase includes the digitization of files from early to mid-1900’s (1905-1940).According to the film organization, contracts for the project were issued and accepted with the necessary permits and by public decree.CCM was created in 1944 and reorganized in 1977. It looks after the promotion of Morocco’s film industry and the application of all legislation and field regulations. read more

OKLAHOMA CITY — Two Oklahoma companies accused in a federal human trafficking lawsuit of underpaying immigrant workers have reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor.A Jan. 25 order from the department’s Wage and Hour Division shows Hotelmacher and Steakmacher, both of Clinton, will pay more than $31,500, including nearly $16,200 to immigrants who were in the U.S. in 2012 on work visas.Two separate human trafficking lawsuits allege company owners Walter Schumacher and his wife, Carolyn Schumacher, lured the immigrants to the U.S., then paid substandard wages at two hotels, a water park and Montana Mike’s steakhouse. Steakmacher has since sold Montana Mike’s.The ongoing lawsuits come amid a national debate over immigrants in the U.S. and whether a wall should be built along the Mexican border.The Associated Press read more

TORONTO — The Toronto Star will begin asking its web readers to pay for content starting on Tuesday.The country’s biggest paper by circulation told staff that details of the program, including how much it will cost, will appear in both the newspaper and online.The model will ask readers to pay for full access to online content with a digital subscription to the Star.Other Canadian media outlets have launched “metered” paywalls that allow readers to access a specific number of free articles each month before they’re asked to pay for further content.Parent company Torstar Corp.  has been testing the paywall at other newspapers it owns like the Hamilton Spectator and the Waterloo Region Record.Last year, both the Globe and Mail and National Post owner Postmedia began unrolling their own paywall structures.Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with the parent companies of the Globe and Mail and Montreal La Presse. read more

“The group resettlement will not only provide durable solutions for this particular group, it will contribute to resolving one of the most protracted refugee situations in the world,” said Steven Corliss, acting representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Dar es Salaam.Processing gets under way at the end of this month and interviews will be conducted in the camps of Kasulu, Kibondo and Ngara. Departures for North America are expected to start next year and the whole process is likely to last two years because of the large numbers involved, UNHCR said.The offer is being made to refugees and their descendants who fled Burundi in 1972 to escape widespread massacres largely perpetrated by the ethnic Tutsi-dominated government against members of the Hutu majority. Up to 250,000 people were killed, while an estimated 150,000 people fled to neighbouring Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.Mr. Corliss said the UNHCR had recommended the Burundians for resettlement as part of efforts to find a durable solution for them and a State Department deputy spokesman told reporters in Washington on Wednesday that the refugees would be eligible to apply for US citizenship.The Burundians who fled in 1972 and ended up in Tanzania were seen as having fewer realistic prospects for a return and sustainable reintegration in Burundi than those who fled a second wave of violence during the mid-1990s. The 1972 exiles fled from their first country of asylum to Tanzania as fresh violence swept the Great Lakes region in the 1990s.Resettlement is completely voluntary. Following identification of the group, UNHCR sought the consent of the refugees before sharing their personal details with the United States. UNHCR, with the help of partners in the programme, is currently preparing the 1972 exiles for life in a strange new country.At the same time, UNHCR continues to support the voluntary repatriation of Burundian refugees from Tanzania. Since 2002, more than 230,000 Burundian refugees have returned home on their own or with the agency’s assistance. There are still more than 370,000 Burundian refugees in Tanzania. read more

It’s something local breweries have been pushing for a long time: craft beer will be offered at the Calgary Stampede for the first time this year.However, you’ll only be able to find it one location.The Big Four Station, in the Big Four Building, will offer IPAs, pilsners, ales and more from 23 small Alberta breweries, along with samples from July 7-16.The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth has struck a deal with Labatt, still its official sponsor.“They’re very important to a not-for-profit organization like the Stampede, it also allows us to run programs that we deliver to youth throughout the year,” Larry Lalonde, Calgary Stampede Communications, said.“The Big Four Station … it’s specifically designed to feature craft beer and great food. We kind of refer to it as the official beer market for the Stampede.”Executive Director of the Alberta Small Breweries Association, Terry Rock, said they hope to help craft beer become a signature industry in the province.“And to do that, we need the major events, the major players in our province to be on our time,” Rock said.“For a long time we’ve thought it’s a perfect partnership, because the Calgary Stampede is all about making connections to our rural routes, and Alberta beer is made with the world’s best barley.”There will also be information on display about barley farming and malting to educate visitors. (Photo by Chelsey Harms/660 News) by Kaitlin Lee Posted Jun 2, 2017 11:18 am MDT Calgary Stampede to offer craft beer this year AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

In a call for the authorities to refrain from further violence, amid reports that security forces fired live rounds and tear gas into hospital premises, where protesters were sheltering, the High Commissioner said that the official toll “may be nearly twice as high”, citing “credible” reports.“A repressive response can only worsen grievances,” Ms. Bachelet said in a statement, before urging the Government of President Omar Al Bashir to investigate the allegations “in a prompt, thorough and transparent” way.A repressive response can only worsen grievances – UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet“I am very concerned about reports of excessive use of force, including live ammunition, by Sudanese State Security Forces during large-scale demonstrations in various parts of the country since 19 December,” Ms. Bachelet insisted. At least 816 people have also been arrested in connection with the demonstrations in more than a dozen cities across Sudan, Ms. Bachelet’s statement noted, adding that those targeted included journalists, opposition leaders and civil society representatives.All those arbitrarily detained for the exercise of their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression” should be “promptly released” and their rights “fully protected”, the High Commissioner said.“The Government needs to ensure that security forces handle protests in line with the country’s international human rights obligations by facilitating and protecting the right to peaceful assembly”, Ms. Bachelet maintained, before urging the authorities “to work to resolve this tense situation through dialogue and call on all sides to refrain from the use of violence”. Sudan’s obligations under human rights lawSudan, which until 2017 was subject to longstanding international sanctions affecting the country, cooperates with several UN human rights mechanisms, most recently the Human Rights Committee, which last reviewed the country in December 2018, as a State party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, since 1986.Under the Covenant, Sudan “is obliged to take all necessary measures intended to prevent arbitrary deprivations of life by their law enforcement officials”, according to the statement, issued by the High Commissioner’s office, OHCHR. Law enforcement officials should also “comply with relevant international standards” relating to the use of firearms, the statement added, noting also that Ms. Bachelet stressed the readiness of her office to deploy a team to Sudan, to provide advice to the authorities and “help ensure they act in accordance with the country’s international human rights obligations”. read more

SMMT has published Electric Vehicle (EV) registration figures for November 2015 and the year-to-date.Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there have been 44,600 eligible cars registered. Please note: this data includes only new car registrations and not commercial vehicles. For questions about these figures, or to enquire about more detailed data sets, e-mail data@smmt.co.uk.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper (15) looks to pass to a teammate in the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ semifinal game against Rutgers on March 2 at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Ohio State beat Rutgers 82-57. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — The top-seeded Ohio State women’s basketball team is in familiar territory yet again. Following its second victory of the season against Rutgers, the Buckeyes have a chance to claim a second victory versus fourth-seeded Minnesota. Ohio State (25-6, 13-3 Big Ten) will play Minnesota (23-7, 11-5 Big Ten) at 6 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament with a shot to play in the conference championship game on the line. This matchup will be the second time these teams meet this season. When the two teams played on Jan. 4, the Buckeyes beat the Golden Gophers 91-75.Minnesota has a core four of productive players who average at least 13 points per game. One of the core four, freshman guard Destiny Pita, scored 38 points in the team’s earlier matchup against the Buckeyes.Her presence will pose a problem for Ohio State if senior guard Asia Doss, who is the Buckeyes’ best perimeter defender, is not available to play due to a sprained ankle. Doss suffered the injury in her final regular-season game against Penn State.Doss was not cleared to play against Rutgers in the quarterfinals, ending her streak of 134-straight games played. She is considered day-to-day and will need medical clearance in order to return. Doss said her ankle felt 95 percent healthy, but she was being held out for precautionary reasons.“It’s day-by-day, they don’t wanna risk anything crazy,” Doss said. “Especially with the NCAA Tournament coming up. I’m a senior, they wanna make sure I’m still there. We still wanna win this and I feel like we can, for sure.”  In the previous meeting between the two teams, Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell had 21 points, but went just 7-of-22. Redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga shot 11-for-15 and racked up 25 points in Ohio State’s victory.With Doss out of the lineup, Mitchell has even more of a control of the ball than usual.“She did the same thing she always does, she’s Kelsey Mitchell,” Doss said. “I think she did it really well. I feel like they did really well as a group honestly, because they were still getting assists, moving the ball, they played good defense too.”The Golden Gophers outlasted Iowa forward Megan Gustafson’s 48 points in a 90-89 victory against the Hawkeyes in the quarterfinals. Minnesota’s two leading scorers, redshirt junior guard Kenisha Bell and senior guard Carlie Wagner, combined for 53 points in the game.Minnesota has won six of its past seven games. Two of those wins came against teams that were ranked at the time — then-No. 23 Michigan and then-No. 10 Maryland.If Ohio State beats the Golden Gophers, it will get its shot a chance for the Big Ten Tournament championship. The Buckeyes would play the winner of Saturday night’s game between second-seeded Maryland and  third-seeded Nebraska. read more

first_imgIllumiti, in collaboration with the SAP Co-Innovation Lab and Vandrico Solutions, is launching its new MineSafe Smartwatch. This is a tool designed to help miners identify and respond to potentially dangerous issues. The watch enables real-time communication between miners underground and their support team on the surface. Using real-time data and analysis software, mining companies can quickly identify and predict potential hazards, notify employees of dangerous situations, identify worker locations in an emergency, and provide safety guidance to workers in an automated fashion. The MineSafe Smartwatch combines proactive features that can enhance worker awareness of safety issues with immediate response features that can assist both miners and topside responders in the event of an emergency. “Our watch leverages Wi-Fi and sensors in the mine to provide mine workers with greater situational awareness, facilitate communications and accelerate evacuations,” said Lorraine Howell, Vice-President of R&D for Illumiti. “Using our worker tracking feature, the mining company can quickly identify the location of each miner in real time from the surface during an emergency, enabling safety teams to quickly locate missing team members.  Localized evacuation messages can also be sent based on worker location in the mine.” Some key features of the Smartwatch include:Worker location tracking: Tracks individual worker locations and enables regular check-insReal-time incident reporting: Enables miners to report any injuries or safety incidents in real time to operators at the surface who can take immediate actionProactive real time communications: Automatically send safety procedures to workers step by step – and record whether or not procedures were followedAutomatic alerts: Using sensors set up within the mine, detects potentially hazardous conditions resulting from gas leaks, smoke or seismic movements and provides immediate alerts to workers in the danger zone through audible, visual and vibrating alarms.Among the greatest benefits of MineSafe is the ability to facilitate distress calls. “Mine workers can use a one-touch distress call feature to send an urgent notice to the surface. The surface system is designed to send immediate alerts to key personnel and emergency responders based on the type of incident being reported – which can enhance response time and reduce risk to other workers,” said Gonzalo Tudela, CEO at Vandrico Solutions. The MineSafe Smartwatch leverages Vandrico’s Canary platform – a communications platform that creates a mine-specific ‘Internet of Things’ across a Wi-Fi network using data from wearable devices and sensors placed throughout a mine. The Canary platform is built on the SAP HANA platform, hosted either on premise or in the cloud, which allows the MineSafe Smartwatch application to leverage real-time data analysis from a myriad of sources in order to identify emerging safety issues. As issues are identified, key personnel can use the Control Centre function within the application to locate miners and transmit solutions, alerts and evacuation protocols to distinct users if necessary. The system will integrate with most mine-specific enterprise systems, including SCADA, MQTT and others. The solution can also be integrated with any existing mine sensors, or configured to suit the needs of a mining company. Illumiti is a leading systems integration and management consulting company with offices in Canada, the US and Switzerland, serving customers globally. Its team enables customers to realise their vision by leveraging the world’s leading on-premise and cloud-based business applications. Illumiti helps its clients by implementing custom-fit solutions from SAP and other vendors faster, at a lower cost, and at a lower risk than other alternatives. Vandrico is an Industrial IoT and wearables software company based in Vancouver Canada.last_img read more

first_imgTwo of MACA Limited’s subsidiaries look set to carry out open-pit mining and refurbish the mill at Echo Resources’ Yandal gold project in Western Australia.MACA said a letter of intent (LoI) had been signed that could see MACA Mining awarded an open-pit mining services contract and MACA Interquip receive a mill refurbishment contract.These two contracts hinge on the Echo Board of Directors proceeding with an investment to develop Yandal and the project receiving all statutory approvals.The scope of work to be undertaken under the mining contract will include load and haul, and drill and blast, with the pricing of the agreement to be updated (using the same inputs as tendered, adjusted for rise and fall) based on the final Yandal mine plans from a bankable feasibility study (BFS).The mill contract is to include refurbishment and commissioning. MACA said: “While final pricing is to be determined under the aforementioned methodology, the previously released BFS for Stage 1 estimated mining costs at A$172 million ($124 million).”Yandal, located 83 km northeast of Leinster in Western Australia, will treat ore through the 2 Mt/y Bronzewing processing plant (pictured), which is currently on care and maintenance. The project has existing mineral resources of 1.7 Moz of gold and ore reserves of 856,000 oz. The previously released BFS for Stage 1 envisaged the development of an 1.8 Mt/y operation able to produce 746,000 oz of gold over an eight-and-a-half-year life.In addition to this LoI, MACA said, following mobilisation and early site establishment activities at the Bluff coal project in Queensland, Australia, mining of overburden would commence on or around December 10. MACA was previously awarded a A$700 million life of mine contract at Bluff from Wealth Mining.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After having presented their Tribute to Manos Hadjidakis show at the Sydney Greek Festival earlier in the year, to an audience of over 300 people, Sydney-based band Oxymoron will take it to the stage of the Factory Theatre this Sunday, with a special guest in the international star, Greek French singer George Perris.Led by Nikos Sousamidis and with George Nikolopoulos and Tasoula Kallenou on vocals, there was no denying the chemistry on stage was electric, with Tasoula and Nikos’ spirited banter adding to the uniqueness of the performance and leaving the crowd wanting more. After repeated public requests Oxymoron will be back on stage at An Intimate Evening with George Perris with their Hadjidakis tribute show. Performing some of Hadjidakis’ hits in an original and unique way, it is sure to be a memorable evening with plenty of surprises in store. “Oxymoron is one of the best local bands and the most obvious choice to have alongside international guest George Perris,” said Nia Karteris, the chairperson of the Greek Festival of Sydney.“We look forward to working with them on many more performances in the future.”George Perris will join the intimate show, hot off the back of his Australian performance debut as a special guest alongside Tina Arena on her national ‘Reset’ tour, and after releasing his new album ‘Picture This’.Oxymoron and George Perris will perform on Sunday 14 September at the Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville. To book contact The Factory Theatre on 02 9550 3666 or visit www.factorytheatre.com.aulast_img read more

first_imgLes Kiribati, un merveilleux archipel menacé par la montée des eauxLes Kiribati constituent un archipel dans l’océan Pacifique. Véritable paradis terrestre, ces îles sont menacées par la montée du niveau des océans due au réchauffement climatique.Dans son ouvrage “Paradis (avant liquidation)” à paraître demain aux éditions Au Diable Vauvert, Julien Blanc-Gras, 36 ans, livre un récit de voyage qui témoigne des deux mois qu’il a passé aux Kiribati (à prononcer “Kiribass”). “J’ai vu passer en mars 2012 une dépêche d’agence qui expliquait que le gouvernement avait acheté un bout de terre aux Fidji pour éventuellement y déménager une partie de la population, j’ai eu envie d’aller voir”, explique-t-il à l’AFP.C’est en septembre et octobre 2012 que l’auteur a circulé dans cet archipel des Pacifiques comprenant 30 îles. Il a ainsi pu constater que les Kiribati sont gravement menacées par la montée des océans due au réchauffement climatique alors qu’elles-mêmes n’émettent que très peu de CO2. Comme le précise Julien Blanc-Gras, ce livre “n’est pas un essai” sur le changement climatique. Au contraire, il cherche à “privilégier la forme du récit de voyage, je voulais montrer la face humaine du changement climatique, comment on vit dans un pays suspendu à une telle menace…”.On y trouve ainsi des exemples sur la vie quotidienne, des anecdotes qui racontent comment les habitants se préparent à cette catastrophe de la montée des eaux, devenue inéluctable. Par exemple, l’auteur explique comment un pêcheur chaque jour, transporte des pierres pour renforcer la digue qui protège sa maison. Ou encore le spectacle des maisons détruites les jours de grande marée ou les villages déplacés dans des îles d’une grande pauvreté mais qui sont surpeuplées. Des réserves d’eau douce menacées À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Ces déplacements de population ne constituent pourtant que “la surface du problème” affirme l’écrivain. En effet, il explique que l’infiltration de l’eau de mer menace les précieuses réserves d’eau douce. Ainsi, “cette île risque d’être inhabitable avant d’être engloutie”, note-t-il cité par l’AFP. Une situation alarmante même si les dirigeants ont aussi parfois tendance à la “dramatiser” encore pour attirer les médias ou s’assurer l’indispensable aide internationale, reconnaît Julien Blanc-Gras.(“Paradis (avant liquidation)”, de Julien Blanc-Gras, éditions Au Diable Vauvert)Le 19 mai 2013 à 14:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgClark County dodged accumulating snowfall Monday, save a dusting early in the morning. While snow is unlikely the rest of the week, ice is expected at times, according to the National Weather Service.Unlike parts of the Portland area, Vancouver got less than an inch of snow from this storm, according to the weather service. The heaviest recorded snowfall in the metro area was in North Plains, Ore., which received more than 2½ inches.The National Weather Service reported around 5:45 a.m. that snow was starting to stick at elevations above 300 to 500 feet in the hills around Portland. Shortly after, it began sticking in Hazel Dell and Felida. The snow tapered off as the morning progressed.Some schools started late. Portland International Airport felt the snow’s impact, with 69 canceled or delayed flights as of 4 p.m.In Eugene, Ore., residents were grappling with as much as 14 inches of snow. Creswell, Ore., saw the heaviest recorded snowfall at 18 inches. Interstate 5 was closed through the snowiest parts of Oregon.Temperatures were expected to drop below freezing Monday through Thursday nights, potentially causing slippery commutes, said David Bishop, a meteorologist with the weather service. The Washington State Department of Transportation provides up-to-the-minute traffic updates on its free app.While temperatures will drop below freezing, snow is possible but not expected, according to weather service forecasts.last_img read more

Police Investigating The Death Of A Woman In Oceanside

first_imgPolice Investigating The Death Of A Woman In Oceanside Posted: November 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom OCEANSIDE (KUSI) – A man was jailed Monday on suspicion of killing his 64-year-old mother after she failed to meet another of her sons in Las Vegas and was found dead inside her Oceanside home, police said.Officers were called at 12:30 p.m. Sunday to Regina Sardina’s residence in the 3900 block of Shenandoah Drive, near Pauline Way, after one of her three sons found her dead of severe upper body trauma, Oceanside police spokesman Tom Bussey said.The son had gone to check on his mother after she failed to meet one of his brothers as planned in Las Vegas, Bussey said.Officers found Sardina’s Mercedes-Benz sedan around 5 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of a shopping center near the intersection of Plaza Drive and College Boulevard, he said.The suspect, identified as 37-year-old Anthony Sardina, was spotted leaving the area in a taxi cab, Bussey said. The taxi company told police that the suspect was dropped off in Carlsbad, and Carlsbad police arrested him shortly after 6 p.m., the spokesman said.Police have not disclosed a suspected motive for the killing.Sardina was booked into the Vista Detention Facility around 10 p.m. on suspicion of murder and is being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. KUSI Newsroom, center_img November 5, 2018 Updated: 11:46 AM Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Crime FacebookTwitterlast_img read more