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Griezmann: Mbappe partnership will only get stronger

first_imgAntoine Griezmann has sent out a warning to France’s rivals, stating that his on-field partnership with Kylian Mbappe will only become stronger.Both were vital players as France won the World Cup in Russia during the summer, beating Croatia 4-2 in the final. Griezmann was voted the third-strongest player at the event, while his colleague was anointed as the outstanding youngster, having become the first teenager to score in the final since Pele for Brazil in 1958. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And now the Atletico Madrid star has said that the pairing will only become better.Asked prior to Sunday’s Nations League match with the Netherlands on Sunday, how they can improve as a duo, Griezmann said: “With more matches. We’ve played very little together. Then, it’s up to me to work on his patterns, on what he likes to do. We’ve not had time to work on that. I’ll watch his videos.”Meanwhile, Griezmann spoke out on the prospect of winning the Ballon d’Or, having insisted previously that he deserves to finish in the top three of the voting.“It’s not me who votes,” he said. “It’s up to me to continue playing like this for the four months that are to come and we’ll see what happens. For the moment, I’ll try to think of my club, even if it’s something that’s in the corner of my head. “I must think of the team, which is the most important thing. Without thinking collectively, you can have nothing as an individual.”last_img read more

Bajrang, Vinesh, Pooja get Grade A contracts; Sushil, Sakshi in Grade B

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh(Eds: Dropping extra word in intro) Gonda (UP), Nov 30 (PTI) Star wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat were included in the top Rs 30-lakh Grade A along with Pooja Dhanda as the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) on Friday rolled out its revolutionary contracts system for the grapplers. It was expected that Bajrang and Vinesh, who won the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games gold medals this year, will be kept in the top grade. Pooja had become only the fourth Indian woman to win a medal at the World Championship recently. Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar and Rio Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik, who are struggling with form for quite some time, could not make the top Grade. They will figure in the Grade B, which will offer a financial support of Rs 20 lakh for one year. The contracts will be reviewed after one year. WFI is the only Indian Olympic Association-affiliated National Sports Federation to offer contracts to its athletes and only the second after the BCCI. The announcement was made by WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath, who inaugurated the senior National Championship at Nandini Nagar here. “Grapplers could move up or down after review in the grades,” said Singh. “Sushil changed the face of the sport in the country with his two Olympic medals. We have to have him in the list despite the fact that he is not competing much. Sakshi’s performance is also going up and down but wrestlers can jump into the next category with good performance.”advertisement Vinesh hailed the move saying it will give a huge boost to the sport at the junior level. “It is good for the junior wrestlers. It will be an added motivation. There will be medal, fame and support. It’s really a good incentive for the Cadet and junior level wrestlers,” Vinesh told PTI. Vinesh said the support will also help established stars like her. “The budget will shoot up now and we can use it for more exposure in terms of training and competitions abroad. We can plan better now without worrying about funds. I plan to compete in at least 5 tournaments, specially the UWW ranking events, next year,” she said. Sakshi, who is enduring a tough time, said she was a tad “disappointed” for not featuring in the top grade. “Yes, I was expecting to be in top grade but once I again start performing strong, there is a good chance to get upgraded to the top bracket,” she said. Talking about her lean patch, Sakshi said, “I was winning in last 4-5 seconds earlier but now I am losing at the same time, giving away points in the last few seconds. I think I am getting puzzled. I am working on mat. We are not machines, performance can go up and down.” The C category, offering support of Rs 10 lakh, features Sandeep Tomar, Greco Roman grappler Sajan Bhanwal, Vinod Om Prakash, Ritu Phogat, Sumit Malik, talented Deepak Punia and Asian Games bronze medallist Divya Kakran. The D category, which will give Rs 5 lakh support, will have Rahul Aware, Naveen, Sachin Rathi, Greco Roman’s Vijay, Ravi Kumar, Simran, Mansi and Anshu Malik. PTI AT ATKATKATKlast_img read more

LG launches X4 (2019) with AI camera and military grade durability

first_imgLG Electronics continues to widen its smartphone portfolio. Earlier this year, the Korean electronics giant launched its premium flagship devices – the LG G8 ThinQ and the LG V50 ThinQ – the the MWC 2019 in Barcelona. And while the launch of its first 5G phone, V50 ThinQ, has been delayed in Korea, the tech giant has introduced a new smartphone – the LG X4 (2019) – in its home country for 297,000 won (Rs 18,100 approx).The budget LG X4 (2019) is the successor to the LG X4 that was launched in March last year with Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 system-on-chip in the core and Android 7.1.2 Nougat running on board. The LG X4 that was launched last year also featured a bunch of other features such as the LG Pay, LTE connectivity and a 3,000mAh battery.The LG X4 (2019) that was announced recently, on the other hand, comes with 5.7-inch HD display and it measures 153×71.9×8.3mm and weighs 145g. The newly launched budget smartphone is powered by Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762 SoC processor and it will ship with dated Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box instead of Google’s latest mobile operating system, Android 9.0 Pie. Unlike last year’s X4, which came with 2GB RAM and 16GB memory, the newly launched smartphone sports 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.The device, apart from being upgraded in terms of the software and storage, has also been updated in terms of camera. While the last year’s model came with a 5MP front camera and an 8MP rear camera, the X4 (2019) sports an 8MP camera in the front and a 16MP camera with phase-detection auto focus at the back.advertisementIn addition to this, the phone also comes with some of LG’s other audio technologies such as hi-fi quad DAC for a high resolution sound, DTS:X technology with support up to 7.1 channels of stereoscopic sound. The phone also features support for an AI camera, time helper, which as the company says flashes the flash when the timer is set and LG Pay.The LG X4 (2019) comes with 3,000mAh battery, which the same as the one that was present in the last year’s device and it features MIL-STD 810G military grade certification. The LG X4 (2019) would be available in the country in Platinum Gray and Aurora Black colours later this month.ALSO READ: | Foldable phones: With V50 ThinQ, LG brings knife to a gun fight with Samsung and HuaweiALSO READ: | LG patent hints at a smartphone with triple front camera setupALSO READ: | LG blames 5G connectivity for delayed V50 ThinQ 5G launchlast_img read more

Week 9 Prop Bets

first_imgvagas 2In honor of the visiting opponent this weekend, I’ll be using the term “higher” rather than “greater” on this week’s prop bets. 1) OSU -8.5 vs TCUI’ve noticed that Vegas tends to take advantage of people’s short-term memories. Last weekend TCU lost at home to Tech and OSU took care of Iowa State in Stillwater. Well the weekend before, OSU looked sloppy (So I heard. I was at a wedding) against the worst team in the conference and TCU won big on the road against a team with an explosive offense and poor defense (Baylor). No matter what I say, 85% of you are still going to take the Cowboys here. 2) Over/Under number of interceptions for Brown & Gilbert: 0.08Why 0.08? Because that’s what Casey Pachall blew on his breathalyzer when he was stopped by police on Thursday, October 4th.3) Which will be higher: The number of OSU players that record at least one reception or the number of rushing attempts by OSU running backs not named Joseph Randle?I remember when we found out Michael Harrison wouldn’t see the playing field this season. “Oh, that’s alright. We’re crazy deep at WR.” Tracy Moore, Isaiah Anderson and CJ Curry (I feel like I missed someone) disagree. 4) Over/Under on how many Big 12 Underdogs cover the spread this weekend: 1.5 (Kansas +21 vs Texas; Baylor +2.5 at Iowa State; TCU +8.5 at OSU, Texas Tech +7.5 at Kansas State)Kansas has covered both Big 12 games in Lawrence (TCU & OSU) and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Horns can’t get fired up for an 11am game at Kansas. Baylor and Iowa State started off as a pick em, but apparently the public isn’t buying into the WINLESS IN BIG 12 CONFERENCE PLAY Baylor Bears. Kansas State was criticized for winning close games in 2011, but 2012 is a different story. No other team in the nation has a better duo of games on their resume than Kansas State.5) Which will be higher: The margin of victory for OU over Notre Dame or the margin of victory for OSU over TCU?Going by the lines, you would pick OU. How much do you all believe in your Cowboys? 6) Which will be higher: Total passing TDs in OSU vs TCU, or total rushing TDs in OU vs Notre DameThis is a completely random matchup without any consideration of how lopsided it might be. 7) Which Who will be higher: Casey Pachall tomorrow night or Honey Badger when he’s out of jail?Make your selections here!See you all in Stillwater tomorrow!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

PEI RCMP probing second report of aircraft being hit by green laser

first_imgFERNWOOD, P.E.I. – A crash is inevitable if people continue to point lasers at airplanes, a P.E.I. pilot warned Tuesday as Island police announced they were investigating the second such incident in as many days.John Brewer, who has been flying planes for 50 years and holds a commercial pilot’s licence, said pointing a laser at an aircraft is extremely dangerous.“There’s going to be a major accident… It’s going to happen one of these days,” Brewer said from his home in Cavendish, P.E.I.“Just picture someone shining a spotlight in your face. You can’t see for a few seconds. That’s basically what happens, and if the pilot is hit in the eyes and the co-pilot doesn’t get a chance to react, you’re going to have a crash landing — there’s no question about it.”RCMP said they received a report on Saturday that a green laser was pointed at a search and rescue aircraft near Fernwood, roughly 60 kilometres west of Charlottetown.Police said the laser, which can temporarily blind pilots, was pointed at the aircraft for roughly 15 to 20 minutes while it was conducting exercises.Sara Keddy, a spokeswoman for the 14 Wing Greenwood air force base in Nova Scotia, said the 413 Transport and Rescue Squadron was near Summerside late Friday when the left-side pilot was “dazzled” by a laser.In addition to the pilot, she said three or four crew members aboard the Hercules military aircraft were also affected by the laser strike.Keddy said the crew followed protocol and returned to base. The pilot and crew members reported to the base medical clinic in the morning and also received an independent assessment by an eye specialist in the community.None of the crew suffered serious or lasting vision problems because of the laser strike, she said.On Sunday, a green laser was directed into the cockpit of a commercial aircraft as it approached the airport in Charlottetown.Police said the WestJet passenger aircraft encountered the beam of light at around 11 p.m. as it flew over the Brackley Beach area.The laser shone in the cockpit for about five to 10 seconds, and the pilot landed the plane without incident a few minutes later.The Mounties said Tuesday they received a call from a member of the public who witnessed Sunday’s incident. The witness said he was on the beach late Sunday hoping to see the Northern lights when he saw a family with a young child who appeared to be 10 to 12 years old.The child was playing with a green laser light and pointing it at several things including two planes that came across the sky, he said. The witness told police that the child appeared to be “tracing” the path of the plane with the laser and did not appear to be trying to shine it specifically in the cockpit of the plane.RCMP said lasers should not be used for entertainment or given to young children who are unaware of the danger they can pose.Brewer, who owns a business that repairs and maintains airplanes, said he believes not everyone is aware of the gravity of shining a laser at a plane.“I think in some cases it’s young people and they don’t realize the consequences,” said Brewer, who has never experienced a laser being pointed into his own aircraft.Aaron McCrorie, director general of civil aviation at Transport Canada, said two laser incidents in one weekend around Charlottetown is a concern.“We’ve seen a significant increase and that is of concern for us,” he said, adding that the incidents usually occur at critical points, like landings and takeoffs.The number of laser strikes across the country reported to Transport Canada ballooned from 333 in 2012 to 590 in 2015, he said. Last year, 527 laser strikes were reported.Only one laser strike was reported in P.E.I. over the last five years in 2015.McCrorie said people are likely pointing the lasers as a prank and not considering the consequences.“Imagine yourself being in an aircraft as you’re trying to land a very sophisticated, complicated and large piece of machinery and suddenly you’re blinded,” he said. “It’s a very serious offence.”Some pilots have suffered serious eye damage as a result of laser strikes, McCrorie said.Shining a laser at an aircraft is a federal offence and could carry fines of up to $100,000 and five years in prison — or both, he said.Last year, Transport Canada launched a social media campaign — #NotABrightIdea — to educate people about the dangers.– By Aly Thomson and Brett Bundale in Halifaxlast_img read more

Opposition MPs call for open justice committee WilsonRaybould to reappear

first_imgOTTAWA — Opposition MPs want the Liberal dominated justice committee to recall former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould.Conservative MP Lisa Raitt and New Democrat Murray Rankin say Canadians need to hear more about the SNC-Lavalin controversy.They’re expected to ask the committee’s in-camera meeting today be open to the public.Liberals on the House of Commons committee have written to their Liberal chair to say the committee has done its job and should move on to other business.Raitt says the committee should hold town hall meetings and hear from Canadians about the affair.She also says Wilson-Raybould has a right to reply to other witnesses including Gerald Butts, the former top adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Wilson-Raybould has testified for nearly four hours but has indicated she has more to say, particularly about the period between her move to Veterans Affairs and her resignation a month later.The SNC-Lavalin affair claimed its fourth resignation Monday as Michael Wernick announced he will step down as the country’s top public servant, having concluded he’s lost the trust of opposition parties.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Soledad OBrien To Host New Orleans To New York City Gala

first_imgAward-winning Journalist Soledad O’Brien – along with her husband Brad Raymond – will host the annual fundraising event, “New Orleans to New York City Gala” on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Espace in New York.The celebration is the biggest night of the year for the Starfish Foundation, created to provide promising young women a bridge between obstacles and opportunities. Party guests will enjoy a cocktail reception followed by the evening’s festivities which will include a special music performance by members of the Grammy Award-Winning trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and members of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. The event is proudly sponsored by American Family Insurance.“We are excited to host The New Orleans to New York City Gala for the fourth consecutive year,” said O’Brien. “It is always a great gathering as we honor our scholars and the commitment they’ve shown to pursuing their education. I look forward to celebrating with them and our supporters in a festive evening.”The annual gala will begin with an outdoor cocktail reception at 6:00 p.m., preceded by main event and concert at 7:00 p.m. All proceeds from ticket sales for the “New Orleans to New York City Gala” will fund scholarships for young women awarded by the Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation.After witnessing the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2006, O’Brien and Raymond began privately awarding scholarships to young women who didn’t have the resources for success. As their efforts grew, they officially formed the Starfish Foundation to expand their reach and help even more young women. Today the Starfish Foundation provides scholarships to disadvantaged young women in under-served communities and is committed to giving more than just financial assistance to its scholarship honorees. The Foundation creates a customized support program for each participant that reflects that person’s specific needs. To date, they have provided support to 28 young women.O’Brien is an award-winning journalist – she has been a writer, producer, reporter and a TV news anchor for NBC stations locally, NBC network news and CNN. About a year ago, O’Brien left CNN to start her own production and distribution company called Starfish Media Group. The company focuses on telling stories that often fly under the radar. O’Brien has won many awards including three Emmys she won for reporting in Haiti, Hurricane Katrina and the 2012 election. She’s travelled the globe telling stories, but her two favorite places are New Orleans where her Foundation was launched after Hurricane Katrina and New York City where she lives with her husband and four kids.For more information and ticket sales, please contact info@obrienraymondfoundation.orgSource:PR Newswirelast_img read more

UNFPA calls for a safer Sri Lanka for all Sri Lankans

Understanding the importance of providing safe spaces for young people, the Youth4Youth Central Province symposium created a space for over 100 Sri Lankan youth to connect ideas and build communities to nurture lasting peace in Sri Lanka. In creating an inclusive environment where no one is left behind, the Youth4Youth programme ensures the participation of young people from diverse backgrounds.Speaking on the important and positive role of youth in peacebuilding, UNFPA Representative, Ms. Ritsu Nacken stated; “The recent incidents of communal violence that took place this year call for action to create a safer space and safer Sri Lanka for all Sri Lankans, including youth. At UNFPA, we strive to deliver a world where every young person’s potential is fulfilled. This is what Youth4Youth intends to do. In order to build peaceful communities, we must consider young people as partners for peace. When youth have safe spaces to engage, without fear of discrimination, they have a better chance to contribute to peace and social cohesion in the country”. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says incidents of communal violence that took place this year call for action to create a safer space and safer Sri Lanka for all Sri Lankans, including youth.UNFPA said that the recent communal violence in Digana and other parts of Sri Lanka highlights that young people need safe spaces where they can come together to freely express themselves, engage in activities related to their diverse needs and interests, and participate in decision-making processes. According to the UNFPA, a young person’s ability to meaningfully participate in society relies heavily on the socio-economic and political environment in which they live. Without the existence of safe spaces, youth from different backgrounds may feel intimidated to freely contribute to the community. Leading up to the symposium, a survey was conducted by UNFPA’s partner organization, Chrysalis – a social enterprise working to empower women and youth in Sri Lanka – to identify issues and opportunities that young people face in relation to peacebuilding in the Central Province. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Jury picked for BP rig supervisor who is on trial

Jury picked for BP rig supervisor who is on trial NEW ORLEANS – A jury was chosen and opening arguments set for Wednesday in the misdemeanour pollution trial of a former BP rig supervisor accused in the 2010 BP oil spill.Robert Kaluza, 65, is likely the last person to stand trial after a sweeping Justice Department investigation into the rig explosion and well blowout. Millions of gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico, and BP PLC and the U.S. government worked for nearly three months to stop the gusher.U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval said as jury selection began Tuesday that he scheduled 13 days for the trial.Each potential juror had earlier filled out a 16-page questionnaire and pledged not to research, read or look into any information that might be related to Kaluza’s case. One of the 48 questions asked was their opinions about oil companies, BP and Transocean and Halliburton, which were co-defendants in the corporate case. Other questions asked about drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, and whether they, family members or close friends were affected by the explosion or oil spill.If attorneys or the judge had questions about their answers, they were called up to a table where the judge and attorneys sat to ask them for details. Questions and answers were not audible to others in the courtroom.Prosecutors say Kaluza and Donald Vidrine, another rig supervisor, botched a “negative pressure test” and missed clear signs of trouble before the blowout.Both had faced more serious charges of manslaughter of 11 workers who died when the rig exploded, but federal prosecutors backed off those charges. In terms of individual criminal responsibility for the spill, only four mostly lower-ranking employees faced charges, and those cases have unraveled before skeptical jurors and judges.The government did secure a landmark criminal settlement and record civil penalties against the corporation, which BP said would cost it billions of dollars.Kaluza’s trial is for a single charge of violating the Clean Water Act. Vidrine pleaded guilty to the same charge last year. He has not been sentenced yet, but it’s likely no one will serve any prison time related to the spill.“From Bob’s standpoint, he’s charged with a crime he didn’t commit, and he’s going to go to trial to clear his name,” Kaluza’s attorney Shaun Clarke said in December.The manslaughter charges against Kaluza and Vidrine were dropped after the June acquittal of former BP executive David Rainey. A jury found him not guilty of manipulating calculations to match a far-too-low estimate of the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf.Former BP engineer Kurt Mix once faced two felony charges for allegedly deleting text messages that prosecutors said were related to investigations of the spill. After a yearslong legal ordeal, he pleaded guilty last November to a misdemeanour charge and received no jail time. He made clear publicly that he believed he had done nothing wrong and felt vindicated.___Associated Press reporter Michael Kunzelman and Kevin McGill contributed to this story. by Janet McConnaughey, The Associated Press Posted Feb 16, 2016 2:11 am MDT Last Updated Feb 16, 2016 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Report Ohio State assistant Kerry Coombs to join Mike Vrabel on Tennessee

Ohio State cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs fires up the team prior to fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Ohio State defensive back coach Kerry Coombs is taking a job with the Tennessee Titans, joining former Buckeye assistant and now-Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, according to a report Wednesday from Yahoo’s Pete Thamel. The news of Coombs departure is a big blow to Ohio State, which is always in danger of losing top assistants to college head-coaching and NFL jobs but had so far this offseason been able to avoid a high-profile departure. After joining Urban Meyer’s staff in 2012, Coombs has helped turn the Buckeye secondary into one of the nation’s most respected units. In the last four years, Coombs has coached four cornerbacks who were taken in the first round of the NFL draft. Denzel Ward, who started at corner for the Buckeyes in 2017, also is projected to be a first-round pick in this year’s draft.  Every one of Coombs’ starting cornerbacks has reached the NFL, according to his bio on Ohio State’s website.Coombs also was the Buckeyes’ special teams coordinator and assistant defensive coordinator.Coombs’ decision to join Vrabel — who played for Ohio State from 1993-96 — in Tennessee follows news earlier this week that fellow Buckeye assistant Ryan Day was offered a spot on the Titans’ staff. Day turned down the offer, and on Tuesday, he was promoted from co-offensive coordinator to offensive coordinator, in addition to his role as quarterbacks coach. Vrabel was an assistant in Columbus from 2011 to 2013, so he was on staff when Coombs was brought aboard in 2012. Ohio State will surely miss Coombs’ recruiting ability. In the 2017 recruiting class alone, Coombs helped secure commitments from two five-star secondary prospects in Shaun Wade and Jeffrey Okudah, and a four-star in Kendall Sheffield, who had been a five-star talent before one season at junior awarded Coombs its Recruiter of the Year award in 2017. Prior to joining Ohio State, Coombs coached defensive backs and special teams at the University of Cincinnati for five seasons. Before that, he was a widely respected high school coach in the Cincinnati area.An Ohio State spokesman declined to comment on Thamel’s report. read more

Mega mine projects should benefit multiple project owners

first_imgThe mining industries of Australia and Africa have been challenged to take an urgent, dramatic and catalystic approach to dumping the sector’s cyclical nature and act more as a single unit rather than a project-by project or country by country approach in order to make mining sustainable. Front and centre is an appeal to ditch multiple mega-scale individual mine, rail and port projects for one or two company owned mines and opt instead for single systems able to be used by major and minor interests within the local footprint.The current strategy of pumping extra tonnages into the market place, causing price slumps, has also been questioned as barely beneficial for the sector and its players.Addressing the third and final day of the Paydirt 2015 Africa Down Under Conference last week, Deloitte’s Partner, Australia Africa Services Group Leader, Mr Jacques Van Rhyn, said people talked of “survival” and “awaiting for the upturn” but the global downturn in mining, and the hard hit Australian and African sectors, had been created by little more than over supply and its subsequent price crash impacts.“The question we have to ask is whether it has to be like this. Do we have to have these major cyclical changes in the industry? Is there not a better way, something that creates a more stable and consistent industry?“We are creating the cyclical nature of the industry by working in isolation from each other, worrying about our own individual mines, putting more product on the market than it can sustain and therefore creating oversupply.“A more sustainable mining industry can deliver a better return to shareholders and community.”Van Rhyn said while “innovation was the new “saviour” buzz word in mining, the reality was that 90% of innovation happened in isolation and would not solve the problems of the broader industry.“We need to consider “whole of system” including social enviro impacts and longer term cycles and how all of that fits into the global economy,” Van Rhyn said. “Therefore we need to consider looking at the industry differently as mining is like the circle of life – it works when all components are there as they are connected and interdependent and it all has value.“But take out pieces, as evidenced from the current commodity prices coming off highs, and we see the sector chasing tonnages at any cost.“When things are going well, we do not sweat the small things, overlooking the connectivity and interdependence – but when miners’ circle of life becomes unbalanced, when its equilibrium is disturbed through such events as capital austerity, all we see are staff reductions, the drying up of capital, less government tax revenue and increased jobs and social welfare pressures.“Amid all of this, whatever available capital is left for mining takes flight along the route of least resistance – often not to return.”Van Rhyn said the outcome, as evidenced across Australia and Africa, was the demise of many mining companies with the “proverbial good” from mining disappearing altogether.“If we do not work together, we cannot build a sustainable mining future,” he said. “We need to acknowledge the need for change, have the courage to make it.“Gone are days when we should be building mega plants and dedicated rail and port facilities for one project. We have to consider the fate of other nearby mines.“Marginal mines can then focus on extraction rather than processing and transportation, giving them a future.“In the US, collaboration has shown that bigger plants and economies of scale come from one plant servicing multiple mines or projects and this reduces the cost of capital as it is lower than that for a single project.“We have to move to considering mines in close proximity, enter into cost contribution arrangements and jointly develop infrastructure.“There needs to be serious government collaboration across regions, between the public and the private sector and government macro plans for regional area development.“We need to assist land locked countries get their mineral commodities to the coast and in that way, these countries can then contribute to building the necessary infrastructure so it isnot having to be borne by one country alone.“Mining companies need to be prepared for divergent future scenarios where collaboration is a key component and consider how to move from business of today thinking to business of tomorrow success”.last_img read more

IM inducts the man behind the essential software for block and sublevel

first_imgBeating Alun Phillips (RPM Global) into second place and the Caterpillar Minestar team into third, Tony Diering is the 2015 inductee in mining software into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame (Hatch the lead sponsor). Dr Diering has been involved in the development of mining applications for more than 30 years and is the pioneer behind Dassault Systèmes’ innovative block-caving GEOVIA PCBC and sub-level caving GEOVIA PCSLC software applications, which are used by the majority of the world’s mines employing these specialised mining methods.He began his career at SRK in Johannesburg, where he developed a number of stress analysis systems including two and three dimensional boundary and finite element analysis systems. At SRK, he was largely responsible for the development and initial marketing of DMIPS, a computerised mine planning system. Throughout his long-standing tenure with Gemcom Software International (acquired by Dassault Systèmes in 2012), Diering held several positions including Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Advanced Technologies. As the former Vice President, Block Caving, he played a central role in setting up Dassault Systèmes’ GEOVIA operations in South Africa in addition to overseeing the global development, marketing, training and consulting for both PCBC and PCSLC.It was in 1987 that he, in conjunction with Dr Dennis Laubscher (a previous inductee into the IM Technology Hall of Fame), developed the world renowned PCBC software while working for a premier diamond mine in South Africa. In 1994, once again with Laubscher, performed the first major implementation of PCBC for the Northparkes mine in Australia, prior to the opening of the mine’s first block cave section, which resulted in a proven product and very useful design tool for use in both operating mines and producing feasibility studies.To complement the PCBC software, Diering successfully developed the following applications for use with PCBC:Foot Print Finder enables a quick study of different footprints at different elevations, before a more detailed footprint with explicit draw points is set up in PCBCCave Management System (CMS) is a daily draw order production system that monitors daily actual tonnages and status per draw point, and uses this to produce daily draw orders that can be fed to an LHD dispatch systemLSQ is a least squares draw point sample analysis tool, which enables calibration of draw columns against actual measured sample grades.PCSLC is similar to PCBC, and is used by planning engineers for feasibility studies as well as for operating mines that use sublevel caving.Don’t forget to put your nominations in (to for the 2016 inductions. There are 12 categories:1.Exploration2.Underground development3.Underground Production4.Surface mining5.Comminution6.Concentration7.Mining software8.Safety9.Bulk handling10.Metallurgy11.Environmental management and stewardship12.Outstanding innovator.last_img read more

Inquest hears details of Prodigy frontman Keith Flints death

first_img KEITH FLINT, THE frontman of British rave icons The Prodigy, died as a result of hanging, an inquest heard today.The singer (49) was found dead last Monday at his home in a village in Essex, northeast of London.Coroner’s officer Lynsey Chaffe told a brief inquest hearing in the Essex capital Chelmsford that a post-mortem examination was carried out on Thursday.The provisional medical cause of death is hanging, she said, adding that toxicology reports are awaited and the investigation remains open.“Police attended, all protocols were followed and his death was confirmed as not suspicious,” Chaffe said.The inquest was adjourned until a full hearing on 23 July.The Prodigy were one of the most influential acts to emerge from the underground rave scene in the early- to mid-90s.Flint was originally a dancer with the rave/dance group, but went on to perform vocals on their two biggest hits in the 1990s: Firestarter and Breathe. His band, founded by keyboardist Howlett during the English underground rave scene at the start of that decade, went on to become a multi-million selling outfit, headlining arena shows and festivals.They were an extremely popular live draw in Ireland throughout their late 90s-early 2000s heyday, and most recently headlined the closing night of last year’s Electric Picnic festival in Co Laois.Alongside Howlett and fellow vocalist Maxim, Flint was one of three core members of The Prodigy throughout the group’s 29-year career.They had recently returned from a tour of Australia and were due to start their first headlining tour of the US in a decade this May.Need help? Support is available: Image: EMPICS Entertainment Inquest hears details of Prodigy frontman Keith Flint’s death The singer (49) was found dead last week on at his home in a village in Essex. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 11 Mar 2019, 2:35 PM By AFP 47 Comments 90,496 Views center_img Image: EMPICS Entertainment Share71 Tweet Email Samaritans 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.ieAware 1800 80 48 48 (depression, anxiety)Pieta House 1800 247 247 or email (suicide, self-harm)Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s)With reporting from – © AFP 2019 and Daragh Brophy Short URL Mar 11th 2019, 2:35 PM last_img read more

Gary Johnson campaigns in Seattle

first_imgSEATTLE — Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson and his running mate on Saturday rallied supporters in Seattle and received an enthusiastic welcome.Johnson, the former two-term governor of New Mexico, met a room full of supporters who chanted “Gary, Gary” and held up signs that said: “Our Best America Yet. You In?” The rally was followed by a fundraiser at the Sheraton hotel downtown.Johnson was joined by his vice-presidential running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, and comedian Drew Carey, the co-owner of the Seattle Sounders. The Johnson-Weld ticket is a third option to the current two bad choices, Johnson said.The crowd called for him to be able to participate in the upcoming presidential debate with a chant: “Let Gary debate. Let Gary debate.” The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Friday that the two third-party nominees, Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein, won’t participate in the Sept. 26 debate.Weld took the stage wearing a Seattle Seahawk’s No. 12 jersey, which represents the loyal Seahawk fans — the “12th Man.” He told cheering supporters that he wore it because “you are our 12th man.”In an Elway Poll last month of Washington voters Johnson was a distant third, behind Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.Johnson hopes to appeal to voters who are dissatisfied with both of the major party nominees. Washington state typically votes Democratic in presidential elections, last opting for a Republican when Ronald Reagan carried the state in 1984.last_img read more

Trump reportedly will ban Chinese telecom equipment next week

first_img • Tags Mobile World Congress 2019 Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 The White House wants to get the order out ahead of Mobile World Congress to highlight the importance of cybersecurity in contracts for tech infrastructure, Politico noted.This comes after a report that the US State Department is discouraging European countries from using equipment made by Huawei in their 5G rollouts — the latest step in the saga surrounding that company.Neither the White House, Huawei nor ZTE immediately responded to requests for comment.In August, Trump signed a bill prohibiting the US government and its contractors from buying certain equipment from ZTE, Huawei and other Chinese companies, prompting some universities to review and replace gear.CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition.CNET en Español: Get all your tech news and reviews in Spanish. 6 FBI director slams Huawei and ZTE phones Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone Share your voice Comments Now playing: Watch this:center_img Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone See All President Donald Trump may sign an executive order that hits Chinese telecoms next week. Chris Kleponis / Getty Images President Donald Trump is likely to ban Chinese telecom equipment from US wireless networks by signing an executive order as soon as next week, according to Politico.The administration wants to issue the order before Mobile World Congress, Politico reported Thursday, citing three anonymous sources. MWC 2019, the world’s largest mobile industry show, runs from Feb. 25 to 28 in Barcelona.The order, which was previously expected in January, would have a major impact on Huawei and ZTE even if it doesn’t name them specifically. The two Chinese mobile giants have been accused by the US government of posing national security risks. May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared Security Mobile Politics 1:11 ZTE Huawei reading • Trump reportedly will ban Chinese telecom equipment next week Mobile World Congress 2019last_img read more

Kalank box office prediction These 4 aspects may take a toll on

first_imgKalank poster.InstagramBollywood movie Kalank starring Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur is set for grand worldwide release, but four aspects may affect its collection at the box office.Kalank is riding on huge hype and expectations. Its ensemble cast of Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur and Sanjay Dutt, vibrant production values featured in its promos have generated a massive amount of curiosity about the film, which is set for worldwide release on April 17. Considering this hysteria, it is expected to start with a bang and make a superb collection.But some aspects may prove very costly for Kalank and eat away its prospects at the box office. Here are those five threats.IPL feverIndia is a fast gripped by the IPL fever and there is little interest among the people to watch movies at the moment. The evening shows of a movie decide its prospects, but Kalank is surely going miss this on a huge scale, as most of the viewers will be busy watching cricket matches every evening for the next few days. Hence, its collection may be affected largely by the IPL fever.2019’s general electionsGeneral elections are the biggest sensations in the country at the moment and almost everyone is focused on it. In fact, it is the biggest entertainment for some people after the IPL. Many are busy watching political leaders pulling each other’s legs during election campaigns. This engagement might also prove costly for Kalank, as it may keep many viewers away from the cinema halls.Alleged love jihad and nationalismLove jihad and the feeling of nationalism created by the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are the interesting topics of debate for many people. This feeling might force some viewers to boycott Kalank, as it deals with a love story of a Muslim guy and Hindu girl. Some right-wing audience had expressed their anguish against the makers after watching its trailer. Now, they may stay away from watching the film.Kalank comparison with SLB’s moviesSanjay Leela Bhansali is a master of storytelling and has an impeccable eye for details from palatial sets to elaborate costumes. From Devdas to Bajirao Mastani, his films are extravagant visual feasts and nothing short of poetic experiences. He has an impeccable eye for details. From palatial sets to elaborate costumes, he is a master of storytelling. Kalank song Tabaah Ho Gaye.InstagramWhen the teaser of Kalank was released on the internet, many viewers asked whether Karan Johar is trying to break into Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s grandeur and charm genre. This shows that there will be a lot of comparison with the latter’s films. Since there is a lot of difference in their way of filmmaking, it may lead to negative word of mouth, which may affect the collection of the movie at the box office.last_img read more

Lailatul Qadr being observed

first_imgMuslims across the country are observing the holy Lailatul Qadr tonight (Thursday) with due religious fervour and solemnity, according to UNB. The holy Quran was revealed to prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) on this night to show mankind the path of worldly and eternal emancipation.  According to the holy Quran, the night is superior to one thousand nights. Devotees will pass the night offering special prayers, reciting from the holy Quran and holding milad mahfil and zikr. In their prayers, they will seek divine blessings for themselves, country and Muslim Ummah. Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private TV channels and radio stations are airing special programmes while newspapers published special supplements highlighting the significance of the night.last_img read more

2 killed in lightning strikes

first_imgFile photo of LightningTwo people were killed by lightning strikes in separate places in Nachole upazila of Chapainawabganj on Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased are Ekramul Haque, 35, son of Wajob Ali of Surjopur Kataripara are in Nachol upazila and Arman, 30, son of Kabir Ali of Fatepur Bera village.Officer-in-charge of Nachol police station Zobair Ahmed said Ekramul sustained injury after being struck by lightning while he was working in his cropland at 12:30pm.Local people rescued him and sent him to Nachol Upazila Health Complex where physicians declared him dead.In another incident, Arman, 30, son of Kabir Ali of Fatepur Bera village, was killed as a thunderbolt hit him on his cropland at noon, said UP member Mojibur Rahman.last_img read more

Aman has announced plans for a second property in

first_imgAman has announced plans for a second property in Japan, following the launch of Aman Tokyo in December 2014.Amanemu will début in the first quarter of 2016 in Ise Shima National Park in Honshu’s Mie Prefecture, central Japan.It will be the brand’s first hot spring resort. Celebrating Japan’s ancient onsen tradition in natural surrounds, Amanemu is perched on the shores of Ago Bay, known as the ‘Bay of Pearls’.It will present 24 suites and four two-bedroomed villas all of which have their own onsen, as well as an extensive Aman Spa, a lap pool, restaurant and lounge.Amanemu lies approximately 300km south-west of Tokyo and is easily accessed via Japan’s high speed rail network.Amanemu, named after the Sanskrit word for ‘peace’ and nemu meaning ‘joy’ in Japanese, will adopt a classic Japanese aesthetic in the ryokan tradition.“Following on from the opening of Aman Tokyo and continuing the Aman journey in Japan, we intend to create a true Aman experience that will provide our guests with the very best of Japan’s unique natural beauty, exquisite cuisine and omotenashi, the special spirit of hospitality” said Olivier Jolivet, CEO of Aman.“Amanemu is in an exceptional location and as per the Aman DNA will be harmoniously blended with its surroundings. This, our first onsen resort, with its nutrient-rich hot springs, will offer an enriching holistic experience that is very much centred on wellness and tradition.”Vladislav Doronin, Chairman of Aman, said “Amanemu will take the brand to 30 resorts worldwide and will complement Aman Tokyo by offering our guests the opportunity to discover the splendour of Japan, this time in a rural setting. With the design and concept inspired by Japan’s multifaceted culture, Amanemu will seamlessly fuse tradition with modernity, and its onsen facilities, a first for Aman, will further demonstrate our team’s continued commitment to seek out and provide our guests with unrivalled experiences in captivating destinations.”Amanemu will additionally offer bespoke Aman Journeys, such as the UNESCO-protected pilgrimage routes of Kumano Kodō and Ise-Jingū, Japan’s most sacred Shintō shrine.last_img read more

With less than a year until movein construction

first_imgWith less than a year until move-in, construction on The Tower Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas is on pace for the luxury property’s announced mid-2009 opening. The 23-story Regency-style tower is the second phase of high-rise residences to open within Uptown’s prestigious Ritz-Carlton neighborhood, with Phase One directly above the hotel already sold-out and occupied.Although still nearly twelve months from opening, the 96 planned Tower Residences are 67 percent sold, with only 34 remaining homes for sale that represent Dallas’ few top-end luxury high-rise hotel residences to be completed between now and 2010. Offering one- to three- bedroom homes as well as penthouses, The Tower Residences have met the following construction goals on schedule:·70% of the overall structure is complete.·Top off is anticipated for late September 2008.·The tower’s first 12 stories are 75% enclosed.·Interior framing began in June 2008 and is complete on levels two through four.·Interior framing is underway through level eight.·The building’s 6-day per-floor pour cycle is proceeding on-time.·The Tower Residences’ central plant will be fired up the first week of September, providing climate control while luxury interiors are installed.·With one large tower crane on site, the project’s worker count will begin peaking this fall. Currently, some 250 workers are on-property.·Sales pace indicates that buyers are encouraged by on-time construction progress and are moving to finalize purchases before possible construction-related cost increases. Prices range from $700,000 to $8 million for the ultra-luxury, Ritz-Carlton concierge-serviced homes.·Potential purchasers have the opportunity to view a privately-owned, designer-furnished Residence currently available for resale in The Residences first tower, with interiors by owners Virgil Barber and Aaron Osborn of the Virron Group.·Most Ritz-Carlton, Dallas homeowners are Dallasites of varying ages and professions, many of them aspiring to own a home designed by the building’s renowned designer, Robert A.M. Stern Architects (designers of the upcoming George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University. Robert A.M. Stern is the Dean of the Yale University School of Architecture).·The Tower Residences offer dedicated 24/7 Ritz-Carlton concierge assistance; à la carte access to world-class housekeeping, security and engineering services; walking access to The Ritz-Carlton Spa for à la carte services, and to Fearing’s, ranked America’s best new restaurant for 2007 and now Uptown Dallas’ most popular gathering spot.   The Tower Residences will also feature their own private swimming pool and fitness center, along with lush grounds and a private, air-conditioned elevated walkway leading directly into the main Ritz-Carlton hotel building.For Information on the 34 remaining Tower Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, contact 1-800-549-7489 or the property Marketing Center at 500 Crescent Court in Uptown Dallas.last_img read more