On camera: Crumbling Delhi Games stadiums

first_imgIt took just two rainy days to wreack havoc on CWG’s world class facilities – SPM Swimming Complex, the Kadarpur shooting range, Talkatora Stadium and Yamuna Sports Complex.Getting the 2010 Commonwealth Games stadia ready in time increasingly appears to be near impossible. Problems at the venues, which are already behind schedule, have been further compounded by rains. WATCH VIDEOA Headlines Today investigation has found that infrastructure at the stadia is in a state of collapse, with portions of what was completed damaged by rains. Headlines Today went deep inside the stadia to find leaking ceilings, seepage and waterlogging. Thousands of crores spent on the projects seem to have gone down the drain. And the Games are just over two months away. Talkatora StadiumDelhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit inaugurated the renovated Talkatora Stadium – the dome-shaped icon of the 1982 Asian Games – on February 24. But five months later, its splendour has all been washed away by a spell of overnight rain. And with it have gone Rs 150 crore spent on the stadium’s renovation.MORE PHOTOSCountdown to CWG beginsCWG joins hands with SPIC MACAYCWG mascot Shera visits kids!Will these roads be ready for CWG?Delhi gets CWG batonOne downpour has flooded not just the stadium’s entrance, but water has even reached inside. The corridor is flooded and the floors are slippery, making it impossible to cross it. “With the rains, the cement lying around will flow into the drains, mix with water and harden. Weeds will grow. They are creating problems for the future,” town-planner Jamal Ansari said.  “The kerb stones and infrastructure coming up in a mad hurry will suffer on counts of quality of work. The kerb stones are already falling apart,” Ansari said. Yamuna Sports ComplexAnother disaster in the making has been the Yamuna Sports Complex, which had been tipped as a world class structure.  The complex was inaugurated by Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy on March 6. Nearly five months later, just two days of rain seem to have sunk a whopping Rs 250 million spent on it. Headlines Today found the stadium in a shambles. The ceiling had collapsed and the wooden flooring damaged by waterlogging. There was seepage too.  A brand new stadium meant to showcase India before the world is falling apart. “The infrastructure is already crumbling. They cannot finish the work now so they should just concentrate on finishing the necessary work. Get the stadia ready and leave the rest of the construction for later,” said Kavas Kapadia, Dean of School of Planning and Architecture. “The tearing hurry with which things are being done will lead to greater mess if now channeled now,” warned Kapadia. Escalating costsThe 2010 Commonwealth Games are set to break all records as far as expenses are concerned. Billed as the costliest Commonwealth Games, it has reportedly crossed a budget of Rs 30,000 crore.  Rs 150 crore will be spent on the opening and closing ceremonies alone. Here’s a lowdown about why the Games budget has spiralled. The details are part of a CAG report submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office. In May 2003, Rs 296 crore was allocated for upgrading the Games infrastructure. By December 2003, Rs 1,200 crore was added as operating expenses. In April 2007, another Rs 3,566 crore was allocated; and in May 2009, Rs 12,888 crore was added.  As of July 2010, the total money invested in the Games has unofficially crossed Rs 30,000 crore.advertisementlast_img read more

MS Dhoni’s retirement and other things we learned from 3rd Test

first_imgDhoni announced his retirement from Test cricket after India eked a draw at MelbourneThe third Test between India and Australia has ended in a draw with the visitors’ hopes of salvaging some pride also coming to an end. Steven Smith-led Australia have ensured the Border-Gavaskar Trophy remains Down Under following their unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match Test series.Dhoni’s Achievements | Twitter Tributes The Melbourne Test, probably not as exciting as the Adelaide nail-biter, has surely been one of the most entertaining matches in the series so far. With lots of verbal volleys being exchanged between the two sides and tensions soaring high, the Boxing Day Test clearly brought the two teams out of their comfort zone.And, the sudden retirement of Indian captain MS Dhoni from Test cricket only added to what has been a tense encounter between the two cricketing giants.With Dhoni’s retirement sending shockwaves across the world of cricket and hogging the limelight, there were more than a few other important aspects that clearly made a mark in the third Test.Here’s a look at what we learned from the third Test between India and Australia at Melbourne:Dhoni’s retirement is not as surprising as it may seemWith 27 wins in 60 Test matches as skipper, MS Dhoni is clearly the most successful captain in the history of Indian Test cricket. But, India’s Captain Cool has been at the receiving end alongside his team when it comes to the overseas tours. Out of the 12 Tests played abroad since 2013, Dhoni-led India have managed to register just a single win alongside four draws. Dhoni has not been able to get the best out of the team in the longer version of the game for quite sometime now. He is often accused of deploying defensive tactics when the going gets tough and it has often allowed the opposition to break free from India’s clutches. Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly had recently said that Dhoni is a competitive captain in the ODIs but the Ranchi cricketer has fallen away a bit when it comes to Test cricket. It seems like Dhoni had finally realized his incompetence, even if some blame the poor bowling attack for his downfall, in the longer version of the game as the Indian skipper. But the only question is why Dhoni would retire from Tests altogether rather than just passing the reigns to Virat Kohli. And though we can only speculate, but it could very well be the Indian dressing room chatter that has come to light lately.advertisementIndian players won’t step down from a fightThe tensions between the two teams were at an all-time high during the third Test and there was a glimpse of a relatively-new approach being used by the Indian players. Virat Kohli was at the epicenter of the drama during the third Test as his verbal volleys with Mitchell Johnson and the rest of the Australian players continued over the course of five days. It was clearly the first time when an Indian player has taken the fight to his Australian counterparts both on and off the field. The Delhi lad smashed a brilliant 169 in the 1st innings and followed it up with a crucial half-century in the second. But Kohli also didn’t shy away from slamming his opponents, namely Mitchell Johnson, during the post-match press conference. While a few criticized Kohli for being childish, others lauded his aggressive approach. But, Dean Jones statement: “Virat Kohli looks more Australian than an Indian player,” says it all. The change in mentality and aggressiveness in the game is new, but it’s only going to help the team become more competitive. And, if the players can back all that chatter with their performances, there’s nothing like it. The era of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid who believed in replying back to the opposition with their bat seems to have evolved for good.Pujara’s dismal form continues for IndiaOne of the mainstays of Indian batting, Cheteshwar Pujara has failed to shine for his country of late. The right-hander, who made a spectacular debut against Australia in 2010, has struggled to score runs in the recent series. Touted as the next Rahul Dravid, Pujara has scored 201 runs with just one half-century in the ongoing four-match Test series against Australia. His last Test hundred came against South Africa that dates back to December, 2013. During the five Tests against England earlier this year, Pujara amassed 222 runs with a single half-century. Team India has paid dearly for the dismal form of Pujara and if it wasn’t for Kohli and Dhoni, the hosts would have suffered third straight defeat in the Test series against Australia.advertisementKL Rahul’s forgetful debutThe Indian selectors surprised everyone after Bengaluru batsman KL Rahul was selected in the starting XI ahead of Suresh Raina who was tipped to replace struggling Rohit Sharma in the third Test. The selection looked different but still promising, considering India’s struggle in the middle-order. But, what actually unfolded at the Melbourne Cricket Ground sent Indian selectors running for cover. The 22-year-old cricketer marked his debut with a mere four runs to his name. It wasn’t the amount of runs, but the shots he played to get dismissed will surely make you throw a kitchen sink. He was out caught while playing the expansive sweep against Lyon in the first innings and got dismissed by Johnson while trying to pull in the second innings. There was no need to play the sweep against Lyon on a fuller ball that was way outside off and his attempt to pull Johnson from outside off was even stranger. For a batsman who’s not known for being aggressive or flashy, Rahul’s poor debut only added to Team India’s woes.Ishant Sharma is not as bad as we think he isEver since James Faulkner’s pasting in the 3rd ODI last year, Ishant Sharma has been subjected to a lot of criticism, but nothing unfair. The Indian bowling spearhead has struggled to control his line and his ability to evolve appeared to have diminished over the years. But, the lanky speedster proved his worth in the third Test and silenced the critics for good. Ishant’s spell on Day 4 against Australia was a miracle Indian fans have stopped expecting. Hitting the good length area and bowling three maidens on the trot seemed too good to be true. But the pressure he built up led to Shane Watson’s wicket after lunch and soon he sent Joe Burns pack in the hut. Though Australia recovered with Shaun Marsh’s fifty to end the day on a high, but it was clearly India’s best day with the ball and Ishant’s discipline and hardwork played a major role. The performance also attracted plaudits from the former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly who was ecstatic to see the struggling Indian bowler hit the right length.last_img read more

3 Luxury Hotel and Car Packages to Consider for Your Next Trip

first_img 11 Under-the-Radar Cities in Canada Worth Exploring This $500,000 Armored Bentley Protects Against Hand Grenade Attacks 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now A trip can be made better with a little time behind the wheel. No matter how nice the hotel is — no matter how much you might never want to leave — there’s something about being able to jump in the car and just go. These three hotel and car packages offer the best of both worlds, including world-class lodging and a beautiful set of wheels to boot.Greydon House (Nantucket, Massachusetts)Nantucket is infinitely walkable, and its charming cobblestone streets convince most tourists to explore the tiny island on foot. Considering visitors must transport their own car to the island via ferry, many won’t bother with the inconvenience. The island’s newest boutique hotel, Greydon House, eliminates that headache with the aptly named Greydon House Car Package. In partnership with Audi, the deal provides hotel guests with a 2017 Audi Q7 and a driver, a curated picnic hamper from Michelin-starred Chef Marcus Gleadow-Ware, and seasonal gear, like blankets and baskets for apple-picking.The Peninsula (Beverly Hills, California)The Peninsula is a 150-year-old brand with hotels in the world’s swankiest cities, from Beijing to Paris to New York. Even amid the extravagant luxury of Beverly Hills, the hotel stands out. It’s difficult to imagine anyone actually wanting to leave the hotel grounds, but, for those who might, there’s the Escape to Xanadu: Malibu Surf, Sand, and Sun Package. On this bucket-list-worthy day trip, guests journey via Rolls-Royce up the Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu. There, you’ll spend the day relaxing at Xanadu, a stunning oceanfront house once owned by actress Olivia Newton-John. Peninsula hotel staff, including a personal chef, facilitate an entire day at the house with swimming, surfing, kayaking, and paddle boarding, plus a three-course lunch and bespoke cocktails. The price of admission is just as over-the-top as the package itself: $10,800 (per couple).Grace Vanderbilt (Newport, Rhode Island)No East Coast destination epitomizes the absurd wealth of the Gilded Age like Newport. This iconic Rhode Island city is home to some of the most stunning 19th- and 20th-century mansions in the country. The Grace Vanderbilt knows the best way to explore the town in style is in a classic sports car. In partnership with Boston-based Fuel Fanatic, the Vintage Vanderbilt package hooks guests up with a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the luxurious Breakers mansion, plus a relaxed, three-hour tour of Newport, including a personally prepared picnic lunch from a 1920s Gilded Age menu. The best part? Guests have their pick of a 1960 Ford Thunderbird, a 1963 Porsche 356, or a 966 Volvo P1800 to cruise the town. North Canon Drive Residence Is Worth Every Penny of Its $45 Million Price Tag Editors’ Recommendations World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courtslast_img read more

VIDEO: Cargo Ship Runs Aground off Scotland

first_imgzoom General cargo vessel Lysblink Seaways has gone aground north of the Isle of Mull, off the west coast of Scotland, at approximately 01:50am this morning, the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency said. The vessel’s crew contacted Stornoway Coastguard to report of the grounding and request assistance.The 160-TEU vessel has 9 people on board and the Tobermory RNLI lifeboat has been standing by the vessel on scene overnight.“Currently the crew remain on board and will await tugs arriving on scene,” MCA said.The coastguard has tasked the emergency towing vessel Heracles to proceed to the area.As informed, the vessel’s owners, Copenhagen-based shipping company DFDS Logistics Rederi AS, have appointed a salvage company and a commercial tug.According to MCA, there is no report of pollution.The 2000-built vessel was bound from Belfast to Skogn in Norway when she ran aground.Image: Port of Hamburg; Video: Youtube/Jon Haylettlast_img read more

G E Shipping Inks Deal to Purchase Secondhand VLGC

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license India-based shipping company Great Eastern Shipping (G E Shipping) has reached an agreement to expand its fleet with a very large gas carrier (VLGC).Namely, the company informed that it signed a contract to buy a secondhand 81,605 cbm VLGC.G E Shipping said that the 2006-built unit is expected to join its fleet in the second quarter of the 2019 fiscal year.The company did not reveal the name nor the price of the vessel in question.The company currently has a fleet of 48 vessels, comprising 34 tankers and 14 dry bulk carriers with an average age of 11.03 years.last_img

Aboriginal Setaside Procurement Strategy Signed

first_imgA new aboriginal procurement strategy for the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens cleanup ensures aboriginal involvement for the rest of the project. Building on the success of the cooling pond remediation project, the Mi’kmaq First Nations of Cape Breton and government partners signed a procurement strategy that identifies projects set aside for companies with majority aboriginal ownership and control. The strategy satisfies the terms of a procurement agreement signed by the First Nations and government in 2005. “The aboriginal procurement strategy is a solid example of the province partnering with Aboriginal Canadians in a way that leads to greater economic opportunities and promotes developing abilities and resources in an emerging industry,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “Aboriginal companies across Canada can now be a part of this important environmental remediation project.” “The five First Nations communities in Cape Breton worked diligently with both the federal and provincial governments to develop a strategy that satisfies the economic goals of our communities,” said Membertou Chief Terrance Paul. “The result is a strategy that benefits aboriginal communities in a sustainable way.” Three Cape Breton companies with majority aboriginal ownership and control worked together to remediate the cooling pond, a circular body of water once located on the former Sydney steel plant site. The water was removed from the man-made pond and its sediment later stabilized and made into a solid. In April, the hardened material was capped and seeded. “This strategy expands on the success of the cooling pond project,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “The training and skills acquired will benefit aboriginal contractors and the completed works will benefit the future of all Nova Scotians.” The overall value of the aboriginal strategy set-aside projects is estimated at $19 million, including the cooling pond project. The government of Canada and the province of Nova Scotia signed a memorandum of agreement on May 12, 2004, committing to remediate the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens sites. It is a $400-million agreement that specifies the cleanup be complete by 2014.last_img read more

Nadal overcomes rain to beat Ferrer, reaches quarter-finals

first_imgBarcelona: The top seed and the 11-time Barcelona champion Rafael Nadal has reached the quarter-final for the 13th time on the court that carries his name, ousting David Ferrer 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 56 minutes for the 60th win at Trofeo Conde de Godo. Rafa played better than against Leonardo Mayer in the second round yesterday, saving four out of five break points to mount the pressure on David who has played his last match in Barcelona, retiring in two weeks in Madrid. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThis was the 32nd encounter between Nadal and Ferrer and the 26th triumph for Rafa (the fifth in a row after Monte Carlo 2014) who will now face Jan-Lennard Struff or Stefanos Tsitsipas whom he beat in the final a year ago. The rain played its part, interrupting the match a couple of times and breaking the rhythm of the rivals who delivered decent tennis, probably facing each other for the last time after kicking off the rivalry in Stuttgart 15 years ago. Rafa saved two break points in the opening game of the match to avoid an early setback and grabbed a break at 3-2 when David sent a backhand long, wrapping up the opener with a forehand down the line winner in game nine for a 6-3. Nadal broke again at the start of the second set before Ferrer erased the deficit with a deep return in the fourth game to level the score at 2-2, getting broken again in the next game to send Rafa back in front. He served well by the end of the match and concluded Ferrer’s Barcelona journey on the fourth match point at 5-3, breaking the great rival once again to race into the last eight.last_img read more

Kosovo UN Mission chief condemns recent attacks on UN police

Twenty-two UNMIK Police officers, including 15 Polish Special Police, were injured yesterday, some seriously and one critically, following their altercation with a group of Serbs. The condition of the critically injured officer has now stabilized.The incident began after UN police, who had set up a regular checkpoint to inspect vehicles, were set to make an arrest over a traffic violation when for unknown reasons shots were fired at them, according to UNMIK. A group of Kosovo Serbs also threw stones at the officers. Additional police officers were called in to try to contain the crowd and some Serbs were arrested during incident.”These policemen were exercising their duties under difficult circumstances,” Michael Steiner told reporters today at a press briefing in Pristina after his visit to Mitrovica. “I condemn in the strongest terms, these unlawful acts. These acts hurt physically police in uniform, who are doing their duty. Politically, they hurt the legitimate interest of the Serbs in Kosovo.”While the work of the UN police was recognized by the majority of the people in the area, “there are others out there, I don’t know supported by whom, who play a different game,” Mr. Steiner added. “They want confrontation, not reconciliation.”The UN Mission was not going to be bullied into leaving the Mitrovica area, Mr. Steiner said in response to a question. “You can count on it that we will not give in to any pressure from the streets, we will not give in to pressure from the criminal scene – and that is pressure from the criminal scene,” he said. “And we have made that also clear on the other channels that that’s not the way to deal with us.”The situation in Mitrovica today was described as calm, and a meeting of Kosovo Serbs protesting the arrests of Serbs broke up without incident, a UN spokesman said. read more

Generic drug deal to save Quebec more than 300 million yearly Barrette

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 17, 2017 8:38 am MDT Last Updated Jul 17, 2017 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Generic drug deal to save Quebec more than $300 million yearly: Barrette MONTREAL – The Quebec government says it will save more than $300 million a year on generic drugs after reaching a deal with the association representing Canada’s generic pharmaceutical companies.Health Minister Gaetan Barrette believes the five-year agreement in principle will save the province $1.5 billion, which will be redistributed in the health-care system.The Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association said the deal includes further price discounts and the launch of new cost-saving generic prescription medicine.Quebec already spends about $800 million a year on generic drugs and Barrette wanted to reduce those costs.Last week, the province and association resumed negotiations, with a deal announced Sunday.It is expected to come into effect this October.“What will happen is a reduction in price on both the public sector and the private sector,” Barrette said. “Quebecers will see on their bill, the price of generic drugs will go down as of this fall.”In late June, in the midst of thorny negotiations, Quebec had said it was prepared to go to tendering in order to get cheaper generic prescription drugs.The association said in a statement that a key clause in the deal is that Quebec won’t put out tenders for the drugs.“This negotiated agreement is a much better path forward for taxpayers, patients, health-care providers and the generic pharmaceutical industry than a risky tendering system,” said association president Jim Keon.Keon had previously said such tendering could threaten jobs as well as the supply of cost-saving generic pharmaceutical products.Quebec’s generic pharmaceutical industry supports 4,100 direct jobs and creates a direct economic impact of $769 million, according to the association.“Is this the lowest price we could have ended up with?” Barrette said. “Maybe not. But the price to pay for this lower price could have been a loss of jobs.”The agreement will be reviewed in five years time, he added.Quebec’s Order of Pharmacists also said it was pleased with the outcome.“We hope that this agreement will generate savings as forecast, but will also provide the Quebec population with access to drugs without fear of supply disruptions,” the order said in an email.The federation that represents chambers of commerce in Quebec also lauded the deal, saying it includes savings for the health system, maintains market conditions and ensures continued investment in the sector. read more

Strong outlook for gold demand for remainder of 2010

first_imgGlobal gold consumption for 2010 will be higher than 2009 as a result of increasing levels of demand in India and China, sustained global demand for gold investment, together with growth in jewellery and industrial demand, the World Gold Council (WGC) has said.According to the WGC’s Gold Demand Trends report for Q3 2010, published last week, demand for gold in the final quarter of 2010 will be driven by the following factors:Increasing demand by the world’s two largest markets, India and China, as rising income levels, high savings rates and strong economic growth continue to push up consumptionGold jewellery demand is likely to exceed that of 2009 due to an anticipated recovery in India, the most significant gold jewellery market, and continuing strength in China. While jewellery demand may face challenges ahead, the latest figures show that demand in key markets has shown resilience in the face of higher prices levelsConcern over fiscal imbalances and currency tensions will continue to support investment demand for gold. Aside from the recent additional $600 billion of quantitative easing by the US, the weakening of the US dollar and associated fears of inflation, demand is also likely to be driven by higher gold price expectations, as well as increasing availability and accessibility of gold investment products to retail investorsIndustrial demand, which has returned to long-term levels, is expected to remain firm on the back of renewed growth in the electronics industry, due to the majority of semi-conductors being wired by gold.Marcus Grubb, Managing Director, Investment at the WGC commented: “Healthy gold demand growth in the third quarter occurred in the context of record international prices, demonstrating how consumers, particularly in India and China, are continuing to appreciate the enduring value of gold. The rediscovery of gold’s properties as both a currency and a monetary asset have been brought into sharp focus. Quantitative easing has forced the adjustment of global imbalances into currency markets and the resulting currency conflict is positive for gold. In addition, we believe demand will be facilitated by the growing number of channels that serve to make gold more easily accessible to a greater number of investors.”Richard Holliday, Director, Industrial at the WGC commented: “The recovery of industrial gold demand to pre-crisis levels will continue to be sustained by the rise in demand for high-tech goods, such as the iPad and smart phones. Longer-term exciting advancements in the use of gold in nanotechnology, environmental and biomedical applications are also expected to drive demand.”GLOBAL DEMAND STATISTICS FOR Q3 2010Total gold demand was 922 t, an increase of 12% from Q3 2009. In US$ value terms, demand grew 43% to $36.4 billion over the same periodDemand for gold jewellery increased by 8% from Q3 2009, with four of the best performing markets – India, China, Russia and Turkey – accounting for 63% of global demand. In value terms, global demand for the 12 month period ending September 2010 hit a record $137.5 billionRetail investment rose 25% from Q3 2009 to 243 t. The largest contribution to total demand growth came from bar hoarding, which increased 44% from the previous year. The total value of net retail investments during the quarter was a record $9.6 billion, representing a 60% increase from Q3 2009Total gold ETF demand fell by 7% from Q3 2009 to 39 t. Following a remarkable surge in the previous quarter, which was supported by heightened sovereign risk and currency worries, this quieter period for ETFs reflects consolidation in the market, as it contemplated the prospect of QE2Industrial demand has recovered back to pre-crisis levels of 110 tonnes, reflecting an increase of 13% from Q3 2009. This recovery was driven by improving demand for consumer electronics goods globally, in particular from emerging markets such as China and India, as well as an increased range of new technology products with gold componentsThe full 2010 Q3 Gold Demand Trends report, which includes comprehensive data for the third quarter of 2010, can be viewed at: www.mediacentre.gold.orglast_img read more

Adani starts roadworks for Carmichael coal mine under current legal approvals

first_imgAdani has started roadworks for the Carmichael coal mine site under current legal approvals it says “in order to continue to deliver as many jobs and contracts to the regions as possible. Adani Mining has engaged a regional Queensland business to carry out various works on the Carmichael mine access road. Work has commenced on grid bypasses, which will allow larger machinery and equipment to be transported to site.Adani Mining CEO Lucas Dow said the works were permitted under its current approvals and would also benefit future mines in the Galilee Basin. “The road upgrades are an important step to prepare for the construction of the Carmichael Project to ensure larger equipment can be transported to site, and the infrastructure meets future demand for increased traffic,” Dow said. “We’re getting on with doing everything we can under our current approvals.“In terms of getting started on the mine, we have submitted our remaining management plans. In relation to the approval of these plans and getting started, we have certainty of process and timing at both the Federal and Local Government levels however the Queensland Government has to date been unwilling to commit. We are simply seeking a fair go from the Queensland Government, as we are committed and wanting to start delivering upon the 1,500 direct jobs and 6,750 supporting jobs that the Carmichael Project will deliver for central and northern Queensland. The Carmichael Project represents a real opportunity for regions to share in the benefits and we are ready and able to deliver.”“We’ve proven time and again that our project stacks up economically, financially and environmentally and we’re committed to seeing this project through. We are already delivering jobs to North and Central Queensland. We know there are thousands of jobseekers ready to work and it’s frustrating when the Queensland Government continues to move the goal posts and make changes at the 11th hour, to what should be standard approval processes,” Dow said. Adani has now appointed a number of contractors and suppliers including two Wangan and Jagalingou certified businesses, opening up employment opportunities for Indigenous communities.last_img read more

TAKRAF to focus on HPGR technical studies and data collection at Bauma

first_imgTenova TAKRAF says the company’s high pressure grinding roll (HPGR) technology, among other developments, will be highlighted at the upcoming Bauma fair in Munich, Germany, on April 8-14.The company said, for the first time, show visitors will be able to have a complete overview of the company’s entire service portfolio, which ranges from project development services to technical studies on comminution and minerals processing, innovative fabrication solutions, various technical services and comprehensive after-sales support.“With a view to further developing their capabilities within the market of the comminution industry, TAKRAF continues to develop their range of roller presses, with a scale model of a HPGR on display at the booth (pictured),” the company said.Two of these machines are being manufactured at the company’s specialised fabrication facility in Lauchhammer, Germany. These machines can each handle more than 907 t/h of cement clinker, with each machine incorporating rolls with a diameter of 1,800 mm and a weight of more than 450 t per roller.“In order to meet the challenging longevity requirements of such a machine, each roll surface is protected from wear by weld hardfacing for cement applications, and with tungsten carbide inserts for ore processing,” TAKRAF said.The company continued: “With the integration of the well-known DELKOR and Tenova Advanced Technologies (formerly Bateman Advanced Technologies) brand of products into TAKRAF as specialised product lines, the company’s portfolio for the minerals processing and beneficiation sectors has been considerably enhanced.”At Bauma, visitors will be able to focus upon the company’s capabilities in minerals processing, including solvent extraction and lithium recovery; as well as flotation, thickening, filtration and dry stack tailings, according to TAKRAF.The company will also use the event to highlight its Mining Technology Centre, TAKRAF said.“Technical studies, which compare the techno-economic aspects of different system or equipment layouts are an intrinsic part of every investment process. The quality of the study strongly depends on the experience of the study team and the level of customer involvement,” the company said.“Based upon a common understanding of the weighting of all such decision criteria, the transfer of technical and operational experience and expertise, even beyond their own portfolio, is a key driver in enabling the customer to make a competent decision regarding the optimal solution for the specific conditions of their particular mine.“More and more customers appreciate the added value provided by the studies as part of the engineering service portfolio, and for this reason, the company has decided to restructure and tailor their services even better in order to best meet customer requirements.“TAKRAF’s Mining Technology Centre will be present and on hand to present the myriad of possibilities and benefits of innovative study approaches to demonstrate they are pursuing this strategy together with their customers.”TAKRAF said, in order to provide additional benefits and services to the company’s customers based on new digital technologies, several R&D projects in the field of the industrial internet of things have also been advanced.“In an attempt to find the most suitable technology, which results in the greatest possible benefit for the customer, first pilot machines were equipped with remote data collection and evaluation systems.“Utilising a combination of edge computing and a proprietary azure-based platform established by Tenova, TAKRAF is able to develop applications that provide valuable insights of the company’s machines through modern and intuitive interfaces across any remote location.“First results evince that this information can greatly assist in reducing downtime by identifying problems before they escalate into major issues and optimizing machine design, operation and performance.”Implementation of more advanced analytics and machine learning strategies are currently on the company’s R&D agenda, TAKRAF said. “In addition, remote support solutions can also be offered.”The company said: “This enables a remote experts-team to provide on-site assistance to the local commissioning or maintenance personnel using smart glasses and an appropriate software tool.This is a great solution for reducing reaction times and as a side effect for reducing or even avoiding costs for expensive and time-consuming trips to the destination area.”The company’s stand will be located in hall C2, stand 349 at Messe München in Munich, Germany, during the event.last_img read more

Updated Roads closed and trains disrupted in two Belfast security alerts

first_imgUpdated at 13.00THE PSNI ANNOUNCED two security alerts in the south Belfast area earlier today.The first at Ligoniel Road is ongoing and has been closed to traffic. Diversions are in place at the junction of Weavershill Road and Mill Valley Road.The second security alert at the Finaghy Road North near to Diamond Gardens has now ended.A suspicious object was examined by the army bomb squad and declared an elaborate hoax.READ: Belfast bomb was an ‘attempted murder’ attack on PSNI officers’ lives >last_img

The story behind Anonymous attack on Aaron Barr

first_imgTo supplement the post we did a few days ago ars technica have managed to uncover the full background story of how Aaron Barr became the prime target of an Anonymous attack that left his company (HBGary) millions of dollars down, his company website taken off-line, 60,000 of his private e-mails uploaded to Bittorrent sites, 1TB of backups deleted, and his own iPad wiped.It appears that Barr decided to reveal himself to senior Anonymous members on February 5 through Facebook and IRC chats (which was a day before the incident). His reasons for doing this was that he discovered a large amount of traffic going to his site and he suspected their involvement. However, Barr was mainly worried that Anonymous were planning a revenge attack on his company and he wanted to speak with them as equals to clear the matter up. That was a big mistake.So having ditched his covert identity, that he had been using to watch the group, he approached a guy on Facebook who he believed was Commander X (the big boss so to speak).The following conversation ensued:Barr: CommanderX. This is my research… I am not going to release names I am merely doing security research to prove the vulnerability of social media so please tell [redacted] and [redacted] or whoever else is hitting our site to stop.CommanderX: Uhhh…. not my doing! Just as a thought… wouldn’t that be valuable data to your research?Barr: I am done with my research…doing my slides…I am not out to gut u guys. My focus is on social media vulnerabilities only. So please tell the folks there that I am not out to get you guys… I knew you guys were a risky target but nothing risked nothing gained. People can show their bravado thats fine I can deal with that. Just want the ‘leadership’ to know what my intent is…that will filter as it needs to I am sure.CommanderX: ‘Leadership’ lmao it has grown beyond my control, just as I intended.Barr: … I will talk about aliases. I won’t talk about names. But please don’t play me a chump any more than you have to protect anons cred. I know more than IRC aliases…. u have a lot of firepower and know how in some dark corners…hell some of them may even know Greg Hoglund the CEO of our other company. So if it is some of your guys just want to make sure they don’t get too aggressive.CommanderX: Which website?Barr: hbgaryfederal.comCommanderX … I warn you that your vulnerabilities are far more material. One look at your website locates all of your facilities. You might want to do something about that. Just being friendly. I hope you are being paid well. This conversation ended and then another shortly began after Barr went into an Anonymous IRC chat room where his alias “CogAnon” had already been uncovered by the group.Barr explains to the vigilante group that his initial investigation was simply to perform research but what they have done is now a criminal matter (Barr was referring to the initial attack on his site). He then explains that his website was hacked and his Twitter account details/emails have been hijacked.Anonymous then goad Barr into retaliation, but he refuses to comply and the conversation ends with:[23:49] not sure why u had to make it personal…I had 2 other usecases…[23:49] but ok… I figured this might happen…I am not upset… it just takes a different path…[23:51] ok see you guys later…not even close to end of career…need to finish my talk.[23:52] maybe CogAnon will enjoy what’s uploading right now (this would have been his private emails). The rest is history as the next day Anonymous went into full retaliation mode. The extent of the damage done by the group was far more severe than first thought, as Barr was in negotiations at the time to sell the company to an interested buyer. People have also been defacing images of Barr, hosting them all over the web and dragging up yet more personal details/images of the guy.It got to the point where Barr had to send his own president Penny Leavy into the Anonymous chat room in order to try and get the group to stop or at least remove the private emails. Anonymous point blank refused and asked for Barr’s resignation instead. They are now planning to reveal e-mails taken from the archive of Leavy’s husband, security pro Greg Hoglund. His own site rootkit.com had apparently been compromised by a 16-year-old kid!No doubt the onslaught will continue until Barr resigns…Read more at ars technicalast_img read more

The not so secret lives of Supergirl

first_imgSupergirl might be Superman’s cousin, but with 60 plus years of stories, and a TV show under her belt, she is no one-hit wonder. So if you’re new to the character or even a longtime fan, here’s a brief history for the Girl of Steel.While not the first appearance of the Supergirl most people are familiar with, Super-Girl as a concept was first introduced in Superman #123, in 1958. She was meant to be a female counterpart for Superman and was wished into existence by Jimmy Olsen. The character known as Super-Girl was meant to aid Superman in his adventures. However, she only ended up getting in his way, and eventually fell deathly ill after saving his life.A year later, in 1959’s Action Comics #252, the “Earth-One” version of the character was introduced (more on that multiple Earths thing later). This Supergirl is the cousin of Superman, rocketed to Earth as a teenager, arriving when Superman is already an adult. She chooses the earth name of Linda Lee and is adopted by Fred and Edna Danvers. While most of this is similar to the modern version of Kara Danvers, there are quite a few differences. If only the complicated continuity ended there…While Linda Lee-Danvers had a good run, she eventually met her demise in 1985’s Crisis On Infinite Earths. A mega-crossover story in which different Earths across the multiverse are being destroyed by an unknown force. The first DC Comics event meant to streamline the different Earths; it took the lives of two popular characters: The Flash (Barry Allen), and Supergirl.During the 1990’s, comic books were going through an ugly, awkward stage. Superman died, a kid in a leather jacket tried to replace him, and Supergirl dated the son of Lex Luthor, who ended up being Lex in a young, cloned body. Weird! If it didn’t sound complicated enough already, it ended up not even being the “real” Supergirl! After her death in Crisis On Infinite Earths, she mysteriously returned, only for it to be revealed later that it was actually an artificial, goo-like lifeform called Matrix. Comics are a strange place sometimes.In 2004, writer Jeph Loeb and the late, great artist Michael Turner introduced a new, modern version of the Kara Zor-El in their Superman/Batman series. After landing on earth, the confused  Kara is first taken by Wonder Woman, to train her as an Amazon. Eventually, Kara is kidnapped by Darkseid, the evil New God, and taken to his planet of Apokolips. Here he brainwashes her into being his agent of evil, dressing her up like a villainous Spice Girl.There have actually been many versions of Supergirl. The original was the ‘magical’ Super-Girl, the second was his cousin. While most have stuck to the cousin storyline, there has also been: modified humans, other aliens, a Supergirl from the 853rd century, an artificial life form, and even an angel (yea, like from heaven). All of this was streamlined in the past ten years, especially when writer Sterling Gates and artist Jamal Igle took over in 2008 to 2011.A little while after Kara had finally cemented herself as a mainstay in the universe DC rebooted itself. In 2011 the Flashpoint event created the New 52 universe, meant to breathe life into various series. One of which was Supergirl by writers Michael Green and Mike Johnson, and artist Mahmud Asrar. The series took away a lot of the warm, youthful aspects that Kara had come to be associated with. It alienated her by turning the character into a more detached, angst-ridden, angry heroine. As a result of this, she eventually was chosen by the rage-fueled Red Lantern Corps. Booooooo!With the popularity of the Supergirl tv show, she has landed a new DC solo series and also a comic series set in the TV show universe. It features the return of writer Sterling Gates, and he’s capturing all of the genuineness and fun of his original run. Adventures of Supergirl is great for fans of the show, or the character. The first collected edition just came out Wednesday and is available online here.last_img read more

Mane bags brace as Liverpool demolish West Ham

Mane bags brace as Liverpool demolish West Ham

first_imgLiverpool began their Premier League campaign in a breathtaking manner as they demolished West Ham 4-0 at AnfieldA brace from Sadio Mane and goals from Salah and Daniel Sturridge completed the rout for the Reds who were rampant in front of goal.Mohammed Salah opened the scoring for Klopp’s men by touching home Andy Robertson’s fizzing, low cross on 19 minutes, followed by Mane’s double.The Senegalese bagged his first on the stroke of half-time before all-but securing victory with a smart shot on the turn on 53 minutes from what looked like an offside position.West Ham offered little opposition to the Reds and Daniel Sturridge complicated their issues late on when he knocked home from a corner within seconds of appearing as a substitute.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.It was the icing on the cake on what was close to a perfect afternoon for Klopp and Co as new boys, Alisson and Naby Keita both impressed.The comfortable victory was the Merseysiders’ 500th of the Premier League era.The Reds will visit Crystal Palace next Monday evening in confident mood after their win, while West Ham will need to go back to the drawing board before they host Bournemouth on Saturday.last_img read more

France probes jihadist gunman on eve of polls

France probes jihadist gunman on eve of polls

first_imgPeople stand on the place du Trocadero with the Eiffel tower in the background in Paris during a gathering in support to police, a day after a gunman opened fire on police along the avenue des Champs Elysees, killing a policeman and wounding two others in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Photo: AFPThe jihadist killing of a policeman on Paris’s Champs Elysees overshadowed the French presidential race Friday as candidates clashed over how to protect France, two days before a close-run first-round vote.Analysts said Thursday night’s shooting, which the Islamic State (IS) group claimed as the work of one of its devotees, could shake up the race in a country scarred by a string of attacks that have claimed 239 lives since 2015.Authorities had feared further bloodshed during the presidential race—a four-way contest between far-right leader Marine Le Pen, centrist Emmanuel Macron, conservative Francois Fillon and Communist-backed firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon.A note praising IS was found next to the body of 39-year-old gunman Karim Cheurfi, who shot dead an officer and wounded two others before being killed in a firefight that sent tourists on the world-famous boulevard rushing for cover.The violent scenes thrust security to the fore of campaigning after nine months of relative calm. Le Pen, Fillon and Macron cancelled their final rallies.Le Pen moved quickly to present herself as the strongest defender against Islamist radicals.The 48-year-old leader of the anti-immigration National Front (FN) called for France to “immediately” take back control of its borders from the European Union and deport all foreigners on a terror watchlist.“This war against us is ceaseless and merciless,” she said, accusing the Socialist government of a “cowardly” response to the threat.Fillon and Macron also hastily convened televised briefings in which they vowed to protect the country.“Some haven’t taken the full measure of the evil,” 63-year-old Fillon said, promising an “iron-fisted” approach.Macron, a 39-year-old moderate whom Fillon has portrayed as too inexperienced for the top job, said France was paying for the intelligence jobs cuts made when Fillon was prime minister between 2007 and 2012.Describing Thursday’s shooting as an attack on democracy, he urged voters: “Do not give in to fear.”Veteran leftwinger Melenchon, 65, was the only one of the four to stick to his schedule.A BVA poll conducted on Thursday and Friday showed Le Pen and Macron tied on 23 percent, ahead of Melenchon with 19.5 percent and Fillon on 19 percent.‘No signs of radicalisation’Cheurfi drew up alongside a police van and shot an officer sitting at the wheel, sending shoppers and strollers on the ritzy Champs Elysees scattering for safety.He was killed while trying to flee on foot. A German tourist was slightly wounded in the crossfire.A statement by IS’s propaganda agency Amaq issued shortly after the attack identified the assailant as “Abu Yussef the Belgian”.The claim had raised concerns that a possible second attacker could be on the loose.French authorities said a man sought in Belgium, who was suspected of having planned to travel to France on Thursday, had handed himself in to police in the Belgian city of Antwerp.Cheurfi was arrested in February on suspicion of plotting to kill police officers but released because of a lack of evidence.A serial offender, he spent nearly 14 years in prison for a range of crimes including attacks on the police. He had shown “no signs of radicalisation” while in custody, said France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor Francois Molins.‘Exploiting’ attackThe shooting came days after two men were arrested in Marseille on suspicion of planning an imminent attack and follows a series of deadly strikes around Europe in the last month, targeting Stockholm, London and the Saint Petersburg metro.On Sunday, around 50,000 police and 7,000 soldiers will be deployed to protect voters.Until now, surveys showed the French to be more concerned about jobs and the economy than terrorism or security, though analysts warned Thursday’s shooting could change that.US President Donald Trump tweeted that the attack “will have a big effect” on the election.“If it were to benefit someone that would clearly be Marine Le Pen who has dominated this issue throughout the campaign, or Francois Fillon, because of his stature of statesman,” Adelaide Zulfikarpasic of BVA pollsters said.Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve accused Le Pen of attempting to make political hay out of the killing, saying she was “seeking, as she does after every tragedy, to take advantage of it”.Chaotic scenesShop owners and restaurant managers shepherded their customers to backrooms and basements when the shooting began on the Champs Elysees.“We heard the shots and people were running in every direction. But people were calm,” said Lebanese tourist Zeina Bitar, 45, who was shopping with her children nearby.France has been under a state of emergency for nearly a year and a half.The string of terror attacks began in January 2015 with a massacre at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine.The following November, IS gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people in Paris, and a Tunisian man rammed a truck through crowds in Nice last July, killing 86 people.last_img read more

DC High School Puts City on Global Climate Stage

DC High School Puts City on Global Climate Stage

first_imgBy Hamzat Sani, Special to the AFRODeanwood’s H.D. Woodson High School recently hosted D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s kickoff of #EarthWeekDC. The Northeast school is one of the largest on-site solar projects in the country.Mayor Muriel Bowser poses with some of the collaborators for the solar project at H.D. Woodson High School. (Courtesy Photo)Solar panels have been installed in the parking lot and roof at Woodson creating a state of the art photovoltaic (PV) system. The 670 kilowatt (kW) system is the most powerful solar power generating system out of the 50 local sites with a solar photovoltaic system. District facilities generate an estimated 11 megawatts of solar electricity for the city.Mayor Bowser joined Department of General Services (DGS) Director Greer Johnson Gillis April 17 to cut the ribbon on the sustainability project anchored by robust public private partnerships. Partners WGL Energy Systems, Standard Solar, Bluefin/ Lightbox energy, DC Solar JV members – PEER Consultants & Solar Park USA, Sol Systems, M+W Group, WDC Solar and New Columbia Energy collectively invested $35 million in labor and materials into this project.The Woodson project is a result of the city’s pledge to uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Accord in opposition to President Trump pulling the Federal government out of the agreement made by the Obama administration. While Bowser joins other national leaders in upholding the Paris Climate Accords, it is clear that she intends on setting D.C. on the global sustainability stage.“My Administration has vowed to uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Accord and power District government facilities with 100% renewable energy. The H.D. Woodson solar installation is a tremendous example of how we are not only living up to our commitment, but also taking monumental steps toward becoming the sustainable capital of the world,” said Bowser.The mayor has committed  D.C. to the largest 20-year wind power purchase agreement (PPA) ever entered by an American city as well as two large-scale solar PPAs representing one of the grandest onsite solar projects in the country. The city currently meets 30% of its electricity needs with clean energy from a regional wind farm and has a goal of powering District government facilities with 100% renewable energy.  It is estimated that the PPAs will save taxpayers $25 million, create $25 million in investments to the local economy and support more than 190 green jobs.Bowser has declared this #EarthWeekDC and will be participating in a series of events to celebrate Earth Day including the D.C. Sustainability Awards, and trash cleanup activities throughout the city as part of the #TrashfreeDC Citywide Cleanup initiative.last_img read more

Thermaltake mounts an external fan on a gaming mouse

first_imgDo you feel the tension during a game? Get so frustrated/excited/scared that it makes your hands sweat? Well, Thermaltake has got that covered with its Tt eSports Black Element Cyclone gaming mouse, the world’s first gaming mouse with an externally mounted fan.The Black mouse series originally saw a release in 2010 and received positive feedback,  so naturally the 2012 edition had to be something pretty special. The Cyclone edition brings a unique outside fan system, which is designed to cool your sweaty hand after gaming all day. It’s not the first mouse to feature a fan, but the fact it’s exterior, makes it stand out.The laser sensor has an accuracy rating of 6,500dpi, which should be accurate enough for any game you want to play. If your hand gets too cold, you can choose to detach the fan at any time to change it back into a more typical gaming mouse. Other external customizations include a choice of five colors (blue, red, aqua, green and pink), which you can change at any time by pressing the profile button.The weight of the mouse can also be adjusted in the base of the unit in lots of 4.5 grams up to a total of 22.5 grams. So if you prefer a heavier mouse for first person shooters, but like it lighter when playing an MMO, you can add and remove weight as you see fit. And don’t worry about the noise levels this fan produces with the fan turned on. It outputs a very low 21.7 dBTo accompany the color changes, cooling fan, and weight adjutsments, Thermaltake also gves you access to software customixations, too. The mouse comes with 9 customizable macros keys and 128kb of on-board memory. Using the included software interface you can store up to 45 macro keys and 5 gaming profiles, which should be more than enough for the types of game you play.The fan might be a gimmicky idea, but it’s certainly going to stand out at a LAN party. And even if you prefer not to use it the other customizations on offer should make this a worthwhile investment. Unfortunately we don’t know how much of an investment yet as the price hasn’t been announced.More at Tt eSports, via Kotakulast_img read more

OTTAWA – Gov Gen Julie Payette announced 125 new

first_img OTTAWA – Gov. Gen. Julie Payette announced 125 new appointments to the Order of Canada Friday.The honour was created in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.Here are some of the newest recipients.CompanionsThomas Cromwell — former Supreme Court justice.Louis LeBel — former Supreme Court justice.Cornelia Oberlander — landscape architect.Officers:Sally Armstrong — journalist and filmmaker.Francois Crepeau — law professor and former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants.Robert Joseph — former executive director of the Indian Residential School Survivors Society and an honourary witness to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.Kenneth Lum — Chinese-Canadian artist and educator.Lee Maracle — Indigenous author, scholar and professor.Terence Hedley Matthews — high-tech entrepreneur, best known for founding telecom company Mitel.William Shatner — best known for his role as Captain Kirk on Star Trek.Denis Villeneuve — Academy-award nominated Quebec filmmaker.Members:Jann Arden — singer-songwriter.Mark Breslin — comedian and co-founder of the Yuk Yuk’s chain of comedy clubs.Andree Champagne — former Progressive Conservative member of Parliament from Quebec and later Conservative senator.Richard Dicerni — former federal and Ontario deputy minister, and Clerk to Alberta premiers Jim Prentice and Rachel Notley.Stephanie Dixon — swimmer and winner of numerous Paralympic medals.Jocelyn Downie — professor with a focus on end-of-life law and policy.Red Fisher — sports journalist known for his coverage of the Montreal Canadiens.Curtis Harnett — Olympic cyclist.Judy Illes — researcher in the field of neuroethics.Bruce Kirby — sailboat designer behind the popular Laser class sailboat.Karen Rochelle Mock — former executive director of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation.Ahmet Fuad Sahin — Muslim community leader and founding member of the International Development and Relief Foundation.Beverley Noel Salmon — Toronto’s first black female city councillor.Frederick Sasakamoose — first Indigenous player in the NHL.Bernard Sherman — founder of pharmaceutical powerhouse Apotex.For more on these and other inductees, visit: www.gg.ca/honours.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said there were only 121 people new to the Order of Canada. A look at some of the new recipients of the Order of Canada by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 29, 2017 1:11 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 29, 2017 at 3:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more