London Olympics: China’s Guo Wenjun wins gold in women’s 10m air pistol shooting

first_imgChina’s Guo Wenjun took a second-consecutive Olympic gold medal with a last-ditch bullseye in the women’s 10m air pistol on Sunday. Guo pounced on an errant final shot from France’s Celine Goberville, ranked sixth in the world, who had led for most of the final but could only manage 8.8 in the last round.Guo kept her cool to hit a 10.8, one tenth of a point short of a perfect shot, to overtake Goberville and claim the gold, more than making up the 0.5 difference between the top two.It was a second-consecutive gold for the 26-year-old, who won on home soil in Beijing four years ago.Goberville claimed the silver in a shootout with Ukraine’s Olena Kostevych, who took the bronze, after they finished level after 10 rounds.It is second shooting gold for China, which claimed the first top prize of the London Games with Yi Siling’s victory in the 10m air rifle on Saturday.last_img read more

BMW IBFW 2014: High on heritage

first_imgIt was a spectacle of nostalgia on Day Two of the BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2014, being held at DLF Emporio mall, with styles ranging from the days of the Raj to Independent India. The first presentation was ‘Jashn’ by designer duo Ashima Leena, who transformed the stage into a desert pathway with the use of real sand in keeping with the Rajasthani mood of the collection.Set to live music by Gaurav Raina of Midival Punditz, mystic sufi vocals by Kutle Khan and Pandit Ajay Prasanna on the flute, models walked down the runway in delicate rose-hued cocktail wear. Shades like old gold, shimmering pastel pink and antique silver made up the collection palette while the ensembles included a variety of sharara pants, georgette saris and lehenga sets. Designer duo Ashima and Leena recently launched their flagship store at the DLF Emporio Mall in New DelhiEmbroidered English roses in soft pink with leaves in pale pistachio green were the recurring motifs, giving the collection a period/classic feel of sepia-toned memories. Supermodel Ujjwala Raut made a comeback on the ramp as the showstopper for Ashima-Leena. Decked up in a blue and silver plunging choli with a multi-hued lehenga and red dupatta, the diva sizzled on the catwalk. The jewellery by designer Alpana Gujral was sophisticated and elegant and added that final touch to the looks.The second show of the evening was by Raghavendra Rathore, who started off his heritageinspired collection on the charming French song C’est si bon by Eartha Kitt. While the stage set-up wasn’t as grand as last year’s show, Rathore managed to stay true to his inspiration and created a royal enclosure with crestbearing crestbearing flags. It was heartening to see the show beginning with the men’s collection that continued with his trademark use of royal Jodhpurs, bandhgalas and achkans, long kurtas and embroidered long jackets. advertisementDegigner Raghavendra Rathore’s collection altogether re-invented the look of the modern brideThe highlights of the menswear were the use of bright colours such as rani pink and bright orange alongside traditional tones for the groom like aubergine, cream, black and blue. Rathore even laid emphasis on reviving the classic dhoti, the topic of a recent controversy. “I know there is a political debate going on on this. But I want dhoti to be in trend. I want the relics from our ancestral wardrobes to become wearable. I somehow want to revive India. Dhoti is generally seen as something that can be worn only during puja or such functions, but I want it to be worn by men on other occasions too,” Rathore said.Meanwhile, the women’s range of the Re-incarnating Relics collection that comprised chic bandhgalas with trousers, sherwanis and organza asymmetric skirts and lehengas, which altogether re-invented the look of the modern bride. The showstoppers for the show were actress Aditi Rao Hydari who sported a cream-coloured sari with a fullsleeved bandhgala jacket and Bobby Jasoos star Ali Fazal who looked dashing in a pink kurta with an open achkan and cream dhoti with sandals. Talking on the occasion, Aditi said, “I am so glad that Raghavendra is reviving Indian heritage while keeping modern sensibilities in mind. It’s so heartening to see the Jodhpur pants and bandhgala combinations because it reminds me of my grandfather, who I’ve grown up seeing wearing the same combination.” Spotted at the show were Jyotiraditya Scindia, Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan, Priya Sachdev and Sanjay Kapur.last_img read more

India’s 500th Test: Ageing Kanpur stadium in need of a major overhaul

first_imgWhen the Test schedule between India and New Zealand was announced, all eyes were on the venue for the first match which was going to be a memorable one for the whole nation. India’s 500th Test was to take place at one of the most iconic grounds in the country, the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur.The ground has seen its fair share of glory and the 500th Test was probably going to be the jewel in its crown. But sadly, the condition of the stadium itself is on the decline and threatens to tarnish its image.The second day’s play between India and New Zealand had to be called-off after tea as the heavens opened up in Kanpur. It really rained for just a little over an hour after which there was bright sunshine. But the umpires still decided to abandon play due to a wet outfield.This is a clear indication that the drainage system in the stadium has become outdated and is in need of a major overhaul. The stadium facilities look dated with a manually operated sightscreen and old tent covers acting as roofs for the stands on the ground floor. (SCORECARD)Other iconic stadiums in India such as the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Wankhede in Mumbai, M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore and the Chepauk in Chennai have seen extensive renovation work and are equipped to handle any sort of challenge. But that doesn’t seem to be the case in Kanpur. (Also read: The ‘talented’ Mr Rohit Sharma and his repeated failures)advertisementPlay would have probably resumed had the match been played on any of the aforementioned grounds. The match is at a crucial stage at the moment with the Black Caps batting on 152/1 and trail India by another 166 runs in the first innings. Captain Kane Williamson (65*) and opener Tom Latham are in the middle of a 117-run partnership for the second wicket. (DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS)With the match hanging in balance, losing a full session of play could work against either of the teams. Case in point being India’s final Test against West Indies last month which got washed out after just one session of play on the first day. Although India had the series in the bag, the abandoned match meant they could not hold on to their No. 1 Test ranking and the ICC mace was snatched away by Pakistan.It’s high time BCCI takes notice of this and revamps the ageing stadiums in the country so that hindrances such as rain or any other natural cause doesn’t disrupt the ongoing matches.last_img read more

Foreign media on GST: Ready or not, Indian businesses brace for biggest-ever tax reform

first_imgBusinessman Pankaj Jain is so worried about the impending launch of a new sales tax in India that he is thinking of shutting down his tiny textile factory for a month to give himself time to adjust.Jain is one of millions of small business owners who face wrenching change from India’s biggest tax reform since independence that will unify the country’s $2 trillion economy and 1.3 billion people into a common market.But he is simply not ready for a regime that from July 1 will for the first time tax the bed linen his 10 workers make, and require him to file his taxes every month online.On the desk in his tiny office in Meerut, two hours drive northeast of New Delhi, lay two calculators. Turning to open a metal cabinet, he pulled out a hand-written ledger to show how he keeps his books.”We will have to hire an accountant – and get a computer,” the thickset 52-year-old told Reuters, as a dozen ancient power looms clattered away in the ramshackle workshop next door.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government says that by replacing several federal and state taxes, the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) will make life simpler for business. Do you think GST will help your budget?YesNoCan’t SayVoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comDo you think GST will help your budget?To drive home the point, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has appeared in a promotional video in which he weaves a cat’s cradle between the fingers of his hands – symbolising India’s thicket of old taxes.With a flourish, the tangle is gone and Bachchan proclaims: “One nation, one tax, one market!”advertisementNOT SO SIMPLEBy tearing down barriers between India’s 29 states, the GST should deliver efficiency gains to larger businesses. HSBC estimates the reform could add 0.4 percent to economic growth.Yet at the local chapter of the Indian Industries Association, which groups 6,500 smaller enterprises nationwide, the talk is about how to cope in the aftermath of the GST rollout.”In the initial months, there may be utter confusion,” said chairman Ashok Malhotra, who runs one firm that manufactures voltage stabilisers and a second that makes timing equipment for boxing contests.A big concern is the Indian GST’s sheer complexity – with rates of 5, 12, 18 and 28 percent, and myriad exceptions, it contrasts with simpler, flatter and broader sales taxes in other countries.The official schedule of GST rates runs to 213 pages and has undergone repeated last-minute changes.”Rubber goods are taxed at 12 percent; sporting goods at 18 percent. I make rubber sporting goods – so what tax am I supposed to pay?” asks Anurag Agarwal, the local IIA secretary.GRACE PERIOD?The top government official responsible for coordinating the GST rollout rebuts complaints from bosses that the tax is too complex, adding that the IT back-end that will drive it – crunching up to 5 billion invoices a month – is robust.”It is a technological marvel, as well as a fiscal marvel,” Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia told Reuters in an interview.The government will, however, allow firms to file simplified returns for July and August. From September they must file a total of 37 online returns annually – three each month and one at the year’s end – for each state they operate in.One particular concern is how a new feature of the GST, the input tax credit, will work. This allows a company to claim refunds on its inputs and means it should only pay tax on the value it adds.The structure will encourage companies to buy from suppliers that are GST-compliant, so that tax credits can flow down a supply chain.That spells bad news for small firms hesitating to shift into the formal economy. The government estimates smaller companies account for 45 percent of manufacturing and employ more than 117 million people.Adhia played down the risk of job losses, however, saying this would be offset by new service sector jobs.DEMONETISATION 2.0The prospect of disruption is drawing comparisons with Modi’s decision last November to scrap high-value bank notes that made up 86 percent of the cash in circulation, in a bid to purge illicit “black money” from the system.The note ban caused severe disruption to India’s cash-driven economy and slammed the brakes on growth, which slowed to a two-year low in the quarter to March.”It could throw the business out of gear – it can affect your volumes by at least 30 percent,” said the head of one large cement company in the Delhi region.Back in Meerut, Pankaj Jain worries that hiring an accountant and charging 5 percent GST on his bedsheets could eat up to two-thirds of his annual profits of Rs 400,000-500,000  ($6,210-$7,760).advertisement”I know my costs will go up, but I don’t know about my income,” he said. “I might even have to shut up shop completely and go into trading.”ALSO READ:GST: 100 FAQs received by Modi regime on TwitterGST scare: Fearing losses Chandigarh chemists stop buying stocksAfter GST launch on July 1, will groceries, medicines go out of stock?Opposition may boycott special Parliament midnight session on GST roll outGST fallout: Home buyers worried as builders ask for full payment before July 1WATCH: How GST will impact your household budget?last_img read more

Easy Drinking: How to Make a Boilermaker

first_img“A shot and a beer is what we want!”That’s how Joe Riggs, brand ambassador for Redemption Whiskey, describes the lasting appeal of the boilermaker cocktail. He was specifically speaking about bartenders and the simple needs of the post-shift drinking ritual. But love for a shot of whiskey and a beer may be more universal than that.When it comes to cocktails, nothing could be simpler to make than a boilermaker. Perfect for the end of the day, a boilermaker is created when a neat shot of whiskey is paired with a glass of beer. Instead of merely gulping down the shot then sipping through your beer, work backward from a high quality whiskey that deserves to be savored. Choosing a beer that complements the whiskey’s profile creates a more intricate tasting session and elevates the experience.Related Post: The Manual’s Whiskey GuideTake, for example, Redemption Rye Whiskey. Rich with spicy complexities and notes of citrus, mint and baking spices, it still finds a way to finish smooth. “It’s really versatile in pairing,” says Riggs. He recommends coupling the whiskey with stouts and porters that are robust enough to hold up to the spiciness imparted from the rye. However, he said it’s also fair game to go the other direction and pair Redemption Rye Whiskey with light bodied lagers that take a back seat to “let the rye shine.” One specific beer Riggs recommended for a Redemption Rye Whiskey boilermaker combination was Lagunitas Sucks, a sweet and resinous beer made from four grains, including rye. “It works very well. The malt base stands up to the rye.” Sipping back and forth between the two glasses, the interplay is exciting, with the differences in spice, alcohol burn and texture guiding the experience. Another whiskey to try from Redemption is Redemption High Rye Bourbon. It’s is a fresh approach to the style with vanilla and caramel sneaking to the fore but with rye remaining the dominant force in the profile. The dry finish and minimum acidity finds Riggs pairing this bourbon with Christmas Ales and Marzens. A third entry in Redemption’s catalog is Redemption Bourbon, a sweet, woody choice. This 84 proof bourbon is a smooth, balanced choice, with a nice hit of orange peel. Riggs prefers to pair Redemption Bourbon with a dry porter crafted with roasted malts. The combination of roast, citrus and vanilla flavors should make for a nice interplay between the contrasting elements. For beer nerds and whisky aficionados alike, this cocktail presents a perfect opportunity for experimentation. If variety is the spice of life, a boilermaker is a great way to broaden and enrich your tasting experience. 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee 7 of the Best Drink References in Music Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

UN stresses need for comprehensive approach to tackling Yemens problems

27 January 2010Only a broad approach that incorporates improving the economy, battling poverty, promoting stability and fighting terrorism will solve the underlying causes of Yemen’s many problems, the top United Nations political official told an international conference on the country today. B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told the High-Level Meeting on Yemen, held in London, that the UN is ready to assist the impoverished Arab nation make progress on the humanitarian, developmental and economic fronts. The country is one of the poorest in the region. “The many challenges faced by Yemen can only be addressed in a systemic and comprehensive way,” Mr. Pascoe said, stressing that the Government and its people must be at the centre of this approach. “But it is clear that the international community will need to support the Government’s efforts to tackle the underlying causes of the country’s difficulties. This support is fundamental in sustaining the country’s long-term stability and security, countering the terrorist threat, boosting its economy, meeting its development needs and fighting poverty.” Mr. Pascoe said international support will also be invaluable in improving the Yemeni Government’s willingness and capacity to resolve internal problems through dialogue and collaboration. “We welcome President [Ali Abdullah] Saleh’s calls for dialogue with opposition parties and civil society organizations to arrive at a unified national position on the internal problems the country faces. All sides must remain committed to protecting civilians and respecting international humanitarian law.” Government forces have been engaged in fierce fighting with members of the al-Houthi rebel group in Yemen’s remote northwest since last year, displacing as many as 250,000 people and sparking concern from senior UN officials – including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes – about the humanitarian impact of the conflict. Mr. Pascoe said today that Yemen will require particular help to deal with the conflict’s impact and also high food prices, rising unemployment and the perils posed by climate change. He voiced serious concern that the UN’s Humanitarian Response Plan for 2010, which calls for $177 million to help the country, has received less than 1 per cent of the funding so far. Terrorism remains another critical issue, the Under-Secretary-General said, noting that “a small number of extremists” in both Yemen and nearby Somalia have caused problems in each country. “Coordinated international support for Yemen, Somalia and other countries in the region in their efforts to improve border control and increase the security in their waters, including in dealing with piracy attacks, will also contribute to these efforts.” At the end of today’s one-day meeting, participants – who include representatives of the Yemeni Government, the UN and more than 20 countries, regional groups and international organizations – agreed that the international community must boost its support for efforts to combat the threat posed by Al-Qaida and other terrorist or radical elements. “It was clear that economic and social reform by the Government of Yemen was key to long-term stability and prosperity,” the participants concluded, according to a statement issued by the meeting’s chairman, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband. Participants welcomed “the determination of the international community to engage further in support of Yemeni Government efforts to build law enforcement, legislative, judicial and security capacities,” Mr. Miliband said. “Yemen’s partners agreed to support Yemeni Government initiatives to strengthen their counter-terrorist capabilities, and to enhance aviation and border security. This will include work on both land and maritime borders, including on strengthening the Yemeni coastguard.” A “Friends of Yemen” process, bringing together key organizations and Member States, will be set up to help the country implement reforms, Mr. Miliband added, with the first meeting of the new group slated for March. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) also announced that it will host a meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on 27-28 February to discuss how to make aid more effective in Yemen. The country’s Government, meanwhile, committed to starting discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help strengthen its fragile economy. read more

Initial draft text of Resolution on Sri Lanka calls for timebound action

The draft also takes note of the return of some private land previously occupied by the military to civilian ownership while recalling repeated public commitments by the Government of Sri Lanka to release all private land occupied by the military, to enable local populations to resume livelihoods.The draft requests the Office of the High Commissioner and relevant special procedure mandate holders, in consultation with and with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka, to continue to strengthen their advice and technical assistance on the promotion and protection of human rights and truth, justice, reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka.It also requests the Office of the High Commissioner to continue to assess progress on the implementation of its recommendations and other relevant processes related to reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, and to present a written update to the Human Rights Council at its forty-third session, and a comprehensive report, followed by a discussion on the implementation of Council resolution 30/1, at its forty–sixth session. (Colombo Gazette) The initial draft text of a Resolution on Sri Lanka being circulated among members of the the UN Human Rights Council and human rights groups, has called on Sr Lanka to agree on a time-bound action plan to address the human rights issue.The text is to be further amended before it is submitted to the UN Human Rights Council Secretariat to be debated and voted on if required. The draft text also notes other steps taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to implement Human Rights Council resolution 30/1, including progress towards establishing an Office on Reparations and the submission to cabinet of a concept paper on a Bill to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the proposed repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 1978 and the preparation of a draft Counter Terrorism Act. The draft text welcomes the establishment of the Office on Missing Persons in September 2017 and the appointment of its Commissioners in February 2018 and the assumption of its work to fully implement its mandate. The draft text reiterates in this context the need for further significant progress and encouraging in this regard the adoption of a time-bound implementation strategy.It reaffirms the commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka and also notes the strong role played by Sri Lanka’s democratic institutions in the peaceful resolution of the political situation that arose in Sri Lanka from October to December 2018. read more

Toyota recalls 150000 SUVs in Canada after seatbelt concerns arise

Toyota recalls 150,000 SUVs in Canada after seatbelt concerns arise by The Associated Press Posted Feb 18, 2016 3:24 am MDT Last Updated Feb 18, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Toyota is recalling nearly 150,000 sport utility vehicles in Canada as part of a global effort to fix seatbelts that may not properly restrain drivers and passengers in a collision.The recall covers the 2006 to 2012 model years for the RAV4.The company says lap belts for the second-row window seats can be cut and separate in the event of a frontal crash.The auto manufacturer says owners of the affected vehicles will be notified by mail and it will add plastic covers to the metal seat cushion frame at no cost to customers.The recall is part of a broader announcement involving 2.9 million RAV4s around the world, including more than 1.1 million in the U.S. read more

Will Mary Berry activate Arctic Roll 50 Devastated Britons react to Mel

first_img BBC producers, the country needs you to do this right now Ouch. “We’re not going with the dough” say Mel and Sue. Here’s their official statement. #GBBO pic.twitter.com/ou53M3RVgT— BBC Newsbeat (@BBCNewsbeat) September 13, 2016 When Channel 4 presents The Great British Bake Off without Mel and Sue #melandsue #GBBO pic.twitter.com/xcQT2jOgWB— Grace Hayden (@_grace_hayden) September 14, 2016 Maybe we should get #BakeForMelAndSue trending…And there will not be a soggy bottom in sight. Maybe the world really is ending An accurate representation of the show without the charming pair  Who knew the two would bake our hearts? It’s fine. Nothing will actually happen until Mary Berry triggers Arctic Roll 50. #Breadxit #GBBO— Claire Davies (@cloudavies) September 12, 2016 Bake Off is toast without them As admirable as this is, the Great British Bake Off is changed forever – who will Channel 4 replace them with?Here is how Britain reacted to the news:Mel and Sue for Prime Minister! Sorry @Channel4, but Bake-Off without Mel and Sue, and without the BBC platform, is just a piece of burnt toast. Game over. #GBBO— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) September 13, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Well, I for one hope @BBCOne reward Mel and Sue’s loyalty thrice over. And then a bit more. And then a bit more. #GBBO— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) September 13, 2016 right ok I didn’t need to come home to hear the news about Mel and Sue, ready steady BAKE me alive because I’m done— becky (@bambinobecky) September 13, 2016 To be honest, this would definitely improve the new Top Gear  Can Mary Berry put an end to this crisis? Has Channel 4 paid £25m for a tent? I bet if a snap general election was held right this second we could get Mel and Sue to be prime ministers.— Steven Perkins (@stevenperkins) September 13, 2016  THIS IS GALLING.  Please make this happen. We cannot cope without Mel and Sue making baking jokes. It is the fabric of Britain There is only 7 hours left of #GBBO with Mel and Sue, ever.— James Ball (@jamesrbuk) September 13, 2016 “Up next on BBC1, Mel and Sue present a completely new show, ‘Cakes in a Tent’”— Janine Gibson (@janinegibson) September 13, 2016 if mary and paul and mel and sue don’t move to channel 4 with the show then the world is going to end i swear to the great lord of baking— ellie Ⓥ (@eIeanorrr) September 13, 2016 Technically if Paul and Mary leave @GBBOUK like Mel and Sue, does that mean Channel 4 have paid £25 million for a tent?… #GBBO— Maggie Hunt (@MaggieHunt19) September 14, 2016 Reward them by making them the Top Gear hosts! If I was head of BBC I’d commission an in house show called Bake A Cake, sign up Mary, Paul, Mel and Sue and crack on. #GBBO— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) September 13, 2016 Just baked a Mel and Sue tribute sourdough – not massively inflated but full of character pic.twitter.com/6IydjuNIkA— Rory Cellan-Jones (@ruskin147) September 14, 2016 If you’re not devastated by the loss of Mel and Sue from #GBBO, are you even human?— Louise Rigglesford (@logse) September 14, 2016  Will any of us ever be happy again? It has been a cruel year. And now – to top it off – we are losing the Great British Bake Off as we know it. What is happening to our country?Britain could have reluctantly dealt with the prospect of the show being shipped to from the BBC to Channel 4 – but without the cheeky, innuendo-making duo Mel and Sue, it just won’t be the same. In a loyal display of solidarity to the BBC, the pair revealed their intention to leave the show by tweeting: “We are not going with the dough.” Give Mel and Sue the Top Gear gig.— James Cook (@jamesecook) September 13, 2016last_img read more

Antonov freighters fly 300 t of gold mining equipment to East Africa

first_imgThe mining industry is one of the key users of heavy lift logistics, which often includes air freight. More than 300 t of gold mining equipment recently touched down in Kenya onboard three Antonov AN-124-100 freighter flights operated by Volga-Dnepr Airlines. The flights from Ostrava in the Czech Republic to Nairobi carried large grinding mill “semi-ring” sections for gold ore comminution, each one weighing over 50 t. The large pieces of cargo had to be precisely loaded onto the Volga-Dnepr aircraft as the clearance on either side of the cross-section of the AN-124’s cargo hold was only 77 mm. The transported equipment will be used by a gold mining company in Tanzania.Commenting on the loading process, Alexey Soshnikov, Head of Loading/Unloading Equipment Design & Support Section for the Russian airline, said: “A special frame was designed and manufactured to distribute the load over the AN-124-100 cargo floor for these flights. The tooling had to be interfaced with the cargo with the highest level of precision and required extensive communication with the customer regarding certain modifications to the semi-ring design. Due to the height of the gold mining equipment, even its slightest displacement off the cargo cabin symmetry axis could have made the loading impossible. To avoid this, Volga-Dnepr used guide rails with the lowest profile possible to roll the cargo inside the aircraft and developed a thorough procedure for accurate positioning of the semi-rings on the rails. During loading, the extension ramp, AN-124-100 floor and front cargo door ramp had to be precisely aligned. The nature of our outsize and heavyweight air cargo business means there are no standard loading procedures for these types of cargo so every shipment is deemed to be unique and relies on the expertise of our planning and loading teams.”Over the last 20 years, Volga-Dnepr Airlines says that it has accumulated huge experience of working with heavy and outsized cargoes. Similar challenges have been solved for the safe and timely transportation of turbines for the Kambarata-2 Hydro Power Plant in Kyrgyzstan in 2008 and transformers destined for the Sangtuda HPP in Tajikistan in 2011.last_img read more

MICROMINE to play leading role in MinEx CRCs 3D geological modelling project

first_imgMICROMINE says it has been selected by MinEx Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) as the sole software provider for the project.MICROMINE will provide information and advice on software solutions for mineral exploration as part of the A$218 million ($154 million) CRC project, which was set up to develop new technologies to increase the discovery of new mineral deposits.“Australia’s share of global mineral exploration reduced from about 25% in the 1990s to around 12.5% in recent years,” MICROMINE said. “The decline in activity has driven the establishment of the CRC, which is backed by A$50 million in Australian Government funding and another A$165 million in private sector support.”MICROMINE joins 34 MinEx CRC partners from the mining equipment, technology and services sector and major miners BHP, South32, Anglo American and Barrick Gold, as well as research organisations in Australia and overseas, such as CSIRO, Geoscience Australia and various universities.MICROMINE will be involved in the team focused on 3D geological modelling, which brings together mining companies, geological surveys and research institutions from Australia, Canada, France, Germany and the UK.Mark Gabbitus, Product Strategy Manager for MICROMINE’s exploration and mine design software, Micromine, said: “MICROMINE will work with our project partners to develop a 3D geological and geophysical modelling package, which will help geologists, researchers and exploration companies to find mineral deposits in a more efficient and cost-effective way.”The resultant solution will allow field geologists, researchers, explorers, resources modellers and managers to better define their 3D geological environment and assess the need for additional data and research, according to the company.“It will also address existing problems explorers face that are related to urban geology, basin resources exploration and exploitation and mineral and scientific exploration in poly-deformed metamorphosed terranes,” MICROMINE added.Gabbitus said the CRC complements the work MICROMINE is already undertaking to develop its geological software solution, Geobank.“MICROMINE will contribute to the development of an open source algorithm, while scoping the development of a commercial version that could fit more seamlessly into the workflow of the explorers or miners that work with Micromine,” he said.“There is a significant amount of work to do over the coming years but there are some exceptionally smart people involved in the project and it is very exciting for MICROMINE to play a role in developing the next generation of exploration and modelling tools.”last_img read more

RSA urges football fans to arrive alive

first_imgFANS FROM DUBLIN, Mayo and Tyrone heading to tomorrow’s All-Ireland Football Finals have been urged to drive safely.The chief executive of the Road Safety Authority Noel Brett said that with 82,000 fans descending on Croke Park for the minor and senior games, it was imperative that motorists took their time both ways.“We want everyone to enjoy the day and don’t want to see the trip to Croke Park to turn into a tragedy for any family or community. Our message is simple –  plan your journey in advance, allow plenty of time for your journey, drive at an appropriate seed for the traffic and weather conditions, never ever take drugs or drink and drive or travel in a car driven by someone who has consumed alcohol or drugs.Brett added that the wearing of seat belts was of particular concern this year.Motorists who do encounter dangerous driving are encourage to call the Garda Traffic-Watch line on 1890 205 805.Gardaí have a traffic management strategy in place around the stadium, which can be read here.Read: Gardaí CAN use bus lanes outside of emergencies (but they don’t want to shout about it)last_img read more

Amnesty Shell made false claims on oil spills

first_imgAMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHES a report today stating that Shell has manipulated oil spill investigations in Nigeria.While hundreds of oil spills take place in Nigeria every year, Amnesty maintains that oil companies in the country, in particular Shell, have defended the pollution caused by them, by saying that the vast majority are caused by sabotage and theft of oil.Its report suggests that there is no legitimate basis for these claims and Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) say that the company’s claims on oil pollution in the region are “deeply suspect and often untrue”.Shell denies the accusations.ReportThe report details specific cases in which Amnesty said Shell has wrongly reported the cause of oil spills, the volume of oil spilt, or the extent and adequacy of clean up measures.Amnesty said that the consequences of oil spills for the affected communities are “devastating and can result in them receiving little or no compensation”.At Amnesty International and CEHRD’s request, the independent US oil pipeline specialist Accufacts assessed a number of oil spill investigation reports, as well as responses from oil companies operating in the Niger Delta and Nigeria’s national oil spill agency.It found cases where the stated cause of an oil spill “appears to be wrongly attributed to sabotage”. It said that in many other cases, sabotage was listed as the cause “when there was little or no data recorded to back up the claim”.According to Amnesty, Nigeria’s regulatory agencies are under-resourced and have little oversight or control of the process. It says they are dependent on the oil companies to carry out investigations.Shell has made some improvements to its investigation reports since 2011. “But serious flaws remain, including weaknesses in the underlying evidence used to attribute spills to sabotage,” said Amnesty.Video footage of a leak from an oil spill in Bodo from 2008 reviewed by Accufacts shows that Shell seriously under-recorded the volume spilt, said the report.The report argues that companies should be legally liable for failure to take effective action to protect their systems, including from sabotage.Amnesty International and CEHRD are calling on the oil companies to publish all investigation reports, associated photos and videos. It also said that the Nigerian government must substantially strengthen the capacity of the regulators.Shell’s responseWhen contacted by TheJournal.ie, a Shell spokesman said that the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) “firmly rejects unsubstantiated assertions that they have exaggerated the impact of crude oil theft and sabotage to distract attention from operational performance”.We seek to bring greater transparency and independent oversight to the issue of oil spills, and will continue to find ways to enhance this. These efforts include publishing spill data online since January 2011 and working with Bureau Veritas, an independent third party, to find ways to improve the immediate response to a spill.Shell said that must be emphasised that the joint investigation process is a federal process that SPDC cannot unilaterally change.The company said that “solutions to the terrible tragedy of oil pollution in the Niger Delta need to be found”.Coordinated action from the industry, government, security forces, civil society and others is needed to end this criminality, which remains the main cause of oil pollution in the Delta today.last_img read more

Loppsi 2 adoptée par les députés

first_imgLoppsi 2 adoptée par les députésFrance – L’Assemblée nationale a adopté en première lecture le projet de loi Loppsi 2, qui vise à sécuriser davantage Internet. Mais l’initiative reste controversée.Les députés de l’Assemblée nationale ont adopté le projet de loi Loppsi 2. Cependant, le combat est loin d’être gagné pour les défenseurs de cette nouvelle loi qui renforcerait la sécurité sur Internet au moyen de filtrages essentiellement. À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?La gauche a voté contre en dénonçant une “instrumentalisation” du gouvernement autour du thème de l’insécurité, à quelques semaines des élections régionales. Noël Mamère (Verts) et Manuel Valls (PS) ont rappelé qu’il s’agit là du “dix-septième texte sur l’insécurité depuis 2002”. Loppsi 2 prévoit de donner davantage de moyens aux forces de l’ordre et passe en revue tous les crimes et délits possibles, du terrorisme à la délinquance routière, en passant par la cybercriminalité. Dans ce dernier contexte, il s’agit de lutter contre l’usurpation d’identité et les sites pédopornographiques.Le 17 février 2010 à 09:50 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

NYPD Removes 25000 Bees From Staten Island Ferry Terminal

first_imgStay on target Truck Crashes While Hauling 130 Million BeesWorld’s Smallest McDonald’s Is Now Open (And It’s for … You might call this a successful sting operation. The New York Police Department’s beekeeping unit removed roughly 25,000 bees from the Staten Island Ferry terminal on Sunday.The bees swarmed a metal awning at the St. George Terminal, which serves the Staten Island Ferry, according to a tweet from NYPD Bees and an NYPD spokesperson. The NYPD arrived at the scene, and cordoned off the area with yellow police tape, so passengers can keep their distance from the colony.At the Staten Island Ferry to retrieve roughly 25k from an awning. Getting great assistance @NYPDSpecialops Truck 5 and PBSI ferry security unit. Lt Molinari made the discovery and the call. pic.twitter.com/Hs1pI3wLw6— NYPD Bees (@NYPDBees) August 5, 2019Not all the bees went without a fight, though.“I actually got stung,” Officer Darren Mays told the New York Times on Monday. “It happens. There’s a lot of people amazed. There’s a lot of people who are like, ‘I could never do something like that,’ and commended me for being brave.”NYPD Bees safely removed the bees from the scene, and no injuries were reported (aside from May’s sting).Just a follow up to the swarm at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. pic.twitter.com/EAFaX2cB4k— NYPD Bees (@NYPDBees) August 5, 2019The beekeeping unit at the NYPD is a special unit made up of two officers and sometimes a third with beekeeping expertise, according to the New York Times. It even has its own Twitter account for bee-related operations and updates.Mays, who had been beekeeping for 11 years, told the Times he had been stung up to four times out of the 30 to 40 times he had helped relocate a swarm. For the Staten Island Ferry Terminal operation, he wore protective netting and a white beekeeping suit top on Sunday and used a Colorado Bee Vac to suck up the bees.The NYPD’s bee team has been called for other high-profile bee operations. In July, officers responded to Yankee Stadium, where a swarm of bees occupied Monument Park in center field.I’d like to thank @Yankees for being such a classy organization for calling a beekeeper to come in and safely remove the honeybees and having them relocated. #mlb #Yankees #nypdbees #beekeeping pic.twitter.com/tut07cNnAn— NYPD Bees (@NYPDBees) July 15, 2019Swarming is a honey bee colony’s natural means of reproduction. Bees choose nesting sites that are large enough to accommodate their swarm, well protected from the elements and receive a certain amount of warmth from the sun, and have a small entrance located at the bottom of the cavity.Watch: McDonald’s Unveils Tiniest Replica ‘Restaurant’ for BeesMore on Geek.com:Notre Dame’s 180,000 Bees Survive Cathedral FireDoctors Find Four Bees Living Inside Woman’s Eye (And Feeding On Her Tears)Bees Can Do Basic Arithmeticlast_img read more

Ronda Rousey on battling her motor speech disorder Jeff Hardy on taking

first_img WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter USA Today is featuring an interview with Ronda Rousey where she talks about her transition from MMA to pro wrestling and battling a speech disorder since childhood.“I grew up with apraxia, which is a motor speech disorder. I had years of speech therapy, and I’ve always had problems slurring or mispronouncing my words. In the ring, it’s so important that you speak so clearly and you’re easy to understand and that you don’t falter at all, that it makes me more nervous and more likely to actually mispronounce things. It’s been really great for me to be able to work on it and overcome those fears that I’ve had since I was a little kid.”Rousey also talked about expecting to get negative reactions from WWE fans.“I expected everyone to boo me out of the building from Day One, and every time I walk out there, I feel like I’m just falling in love with every single person at once. It would be fun to turn (bad) one day but it’s addicting to have all that positivity.”Rousey challenges Alexa Bliss tonight at SummerSlam for the RAW Women’s Title.Jeff Hardy on taking bumps at 40 years oldTheWhig.com is featuring an interview with WWE star Jeff Hardy where he talks about feeling banged up at the age of 40 right now in his wrestling career.“I’m 40 now and I’ve been pretty banged up lately. Four nights a week is a lot of matches — I mean they add up. And doing that Swanton every night is just rough. I’ve actually cut that out of a lot of events and I’ve just been using the Twist of Fate as a finish and it’s helped my lower back out a lot. I pretty much now save the Swanton for television unless I’m feeling really good at a live event.”Hardy also revealed an issue recently with his elbow.“I’m a little beat up, but my back is a lot better than it was a few weeks ago. I’ve been having this issue with my elbow, like a nerve issue, and my hand was asleep for probably seven weeks and it’s finally woken. But overall, I mean, I’m 40 years old, I feel pretty good to be wrestling the way I am today in 2018.” Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Google+ Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte last_img read more

Heroic service dog Ricochet celebrates 10 year anniversary of historic surf session

first_imgHeroic service dog Ricochet celebrates 10 year anniversary of historic surf session John Soderman, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: August 19, 2018 John Soderman August 19, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Surf Dog Ricochet will be reaching a milestone this week, celebrating 10 years since the day she jumped on a surfboard with 15 year old Patrick Ivison, a quadriplegic teen.Ricochet and Patrick were reunited for a celebratory surf session at La Jolla Shores on Sunday, August 19th. They caught some waves together to commemorate a decade of unmatched triumphs.Several supporters from around the country got to meet Ricochet and Patrick, and best of all, they got to surf with Ricochet.In addition, Ricochet is hosting a social media sweepstakes where a lucky winner will be $250 richer, and nine others will win additional prizes. “This sweepstakes is our way of high-fiving every one of our supporters who helped Ricochet and Patrick get to where they are today,” says Judy Fridono, Ricochet’s guardian. To enter, go to https://www.surfdogricochet.com and click on the sweepstakes button.Ricochet pioneered the concept of kids surfing with dogs as a form of assistance, healing, therapy and empowerment when, on August 20th, 2009, she made an independent decision, to jump on Ivison’s board. Something like that had never happened before, and history was made. So was a video that went viral. It comes with a “Kleenex alert” warning and has more than 12 million views on Facebook and YouTube, which can be viewed here.“I will remember that day at the beach forever,” says Patrick. “Ricochet and I caught a few waves side by side, and then she decided she wanted to ride with me. When she hopped on my back it was a magical experience. We were in sync and could keep the board stable by helping each other. It was crazy and amazing.”“The fundraiser Ricochet held for me secured enough money to give me intense physical therapy through high school and the independence I gained in that time is incalculable,” said Patrick.Patrick has since graduated from USC, lives and works in LA, has a girlfriend, an apartment, friends and the confidence and independence to live a full and “normal” life. “I can trace everything in my life back to surfing with Ricochet and that first fundraiser,” says Patrick. “I’ve loved watching other kids get involved, and I love seeing their faces as they surf with Ricochet. I know that she is changing their lives as much as she changed mine.”Since that day in 2009, Ricochet has continually added to her global ruff’sume in size, scale, and depth of programs. She went from service dog to SURFice dog® while providing canine-assisted surfing and other activities to empower, enhance and improve the quality of life for individuals with physical, cognitive or emotional disabilities.She is a registered and certified goal directed therapy dog, and holds the highest AKC title of Therapy Dog Distinguished. She was one of the original southern California surfing dogs that started on the competition circuit. She typically won first, second or third place until she stopped competing to focus exclusively on her canine-assisted surfing.Ricochet has surfed with hundreds of kids with special needs, people with disabilities, wounded warriors and veterans with PTSD. She’s affiliated with scores of organizations, she’s raised more than ½ million dollars for over 250 human & animal causes, she published a book, was cast for an IMAX movie and much, much more.Ricochet’s efforts have resulted in her being named ASPCA Dog of the Year, receiving the American Humane Association Hero Dog Award and the prestigious AKC Award for Canine Excellence. She has also been inducted into two surf dog halls of fame, and the California Veterinary Medical Association’s animal hall of fame.“For the past decade, Ricochet has balanced boards… and lives. She’s offered individuals something no one else could – her incredible gift of healing, no matter the person’s challenge, disability or angst,” said Fridono. “As I look ahead, I see her legacy as one that continues through every dog on this planet. I have learned an exponential amount about the healing power of dogs through Ricochet, and it’s my privilege to share it with other dog owners so they can unleash their dog’s healing power too.” For more information, visit https://www.surfdogricochet.com/healing-power-of-dogs.html. last_img read more

Santa scuba dives off coast of the Florida Keys

first_img(WSVN) – Santa got to scuba dive in the Keys before his biggest night of the year.Kris Kringle took this week to enjoy the waters off the coast of the Florida Keys.Without his reindeer in sight, he used his own underwater sled, complete with a pair of antlers.Divers were able to get their underwater photo with Saint Nick.Money raised went to local children’s charities.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Students visit spinning mill in Guntur

first_imgGuntur: The sixth and seventh class students of Dr Gems School visited Kallam Spinning Mill at Dhulipalla on Tuesday to know how thread is made from the cotton. The manager of the mill explained how cotton seed is being separated from cotton. The students learned how to make cotton threads from the cotton in the spinning mill. The mill director, Praveen Kumar Reddy, Ch Ravichandra, Sanjeeva Reddy were among those present.last_img

Santa Fe High School Received Nine Threats Prior To Shooting

first_img Share Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeDeputies from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office on the scene of Santa Fe High School, where a shooting occurred Friday morning.Police records show Santa Fe High School received nine threats in the months leading up to a mass shooting that killed 10 people.The police chief for the Santa Fe Independent School District wouldn’t detail the threats but says none of them had been related to the May 18th shooting that killed eight students and two substitute teachers.Meanwhile, the school district in a statement sent last night says it’s working with the Santa Fe Strong ‘Safety and Security Committee’ along with District stakeholders to develop recommendations to keep students and staff there safe.A 17-year-old student with no record of previous trouble is in jail and charged with capital murder in the shooting.last_img read more