HCC bags ₹484 crore contract for Pune Metro

first_imgInfrastructure major Hindustan Construction Company Ltd. (HCC) has been awarded a ₹484-crore contract by the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (MMRCL) for the Pune Metro Rail Project.HCC is the lead partner with a 51% stake in the joint venture with AL FARA’A. The contract is for construction of eight elevated Metro rail stations at Vanaz, Anand Nagar, Ideal Colony, Nal Stop, Garware College, Deccan, Sambhaji Park and PMC on Line II of the project, said a company statement.The work involves general and structural civil works of the station buildings, and architectural and site development. It is expected to be completed by 2019-end. The 14.66-km Line II will be completely elevated, and will have 16 stations.This is the second order HCC has received from MMRCL for the Pune Metro. The earlier order was to construct nine elevated stations on Line I. Arun Karambelkar, president & CEO- E&C, HCC Ltd, said, “We are honoured to receive this second order from MMRCL. HCC has been undertaking challenging assignments in Metro development and a repeat order from MMRCL reflects our ability to execute complex assignments.”The company also built six stations for Mumbai Metro I. Currently, HCC is working on a section of Mumbai Metro Line III, involving 3,115-m twin bored tunnels, including four underground stations.last_img read more

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Free smartphones for six lakh women SHGs in Odisha

first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday announced that his government would provide free smartphones to all the six lakh women self-help groups under its Mission Shakti programme.Stating that women’s empowerment was something that was close very close to his heart, Mr. Patnaik said women in Odisha had come a long way and the next ceiling to be broken was the digital one.Addressing a seminar on women entrepreneurship at the Make in Odisha Conclave here, Mr. Patnaik said that his government was aware that digital empowerment would further accelerate the socio-political and economic empowerment of women.“My dream is to see that every woman has access to the knowledge economy. As a first step, my government will digitally empower all the six lakh Mission Shakti groups with a smartphone,” he added.The Chief Minister said that no household, no society, no State and no country had ever moved forward without empowering its women. “From the day I assumed office in 2000, my government has always been conscious of the great role women can play, especially in a State like Odisha which had challenging socio-economic indicators.”Mr. Patnaik said that Mission Shakti, which was started as a project in 2001, had transformed into a movement with 70 lakh women, 6 lakh groups, Rs. 5,000 crore savings and Rs. 2,000 crore annual bank exposure.“There is no habitation in the state without a Mission Shakti group. Almost every second household has a member in Mission Shakti. We have had the highest drop in maternal mortality rate. Our infant mortality rate is better than the national average. Our institutional delivery is a record 90%,” Mr. Patnaik said.last_img read more

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Poor response to Maoists’ bandh in Odisha

first_imgMaoists tried to disrupt life in remote areas of south Odisha during their bandh call on Thursday. Except for a few remote pockets, the bandh had little impact in other regions.The bandh was called to protest the Central government’s ‘Operation SAMADHAN’ to check left-wing extremism. Thursday was the last day of the ‘protest week’ being observed by the Maoists since January 25. Police sources said no untoward incident had been reported till evening.Highway blockedThe Maoists cut down trees on NH-59 near the Pakaladami ghat in Kandhamal district. This affected traffic on Baliguda-Berhampur road via Surada. Traffic between Daringbadi-Baliguda and Daringbadi-Phulbani was also affected. No passenger buses plied on these routes. In Kalahandi district, the Maoists cut down trees at Kendughat to block NH-59 connecting Gopalpur and Raipur. The ultras also blocked Fikarkupa-Dhepaguda road and torched an excavator involved in road construction work.IED blastThey blew up an Improvised Explosive Devise at Chatikona in Rayagada district. No one was injured in the blast. Security personnel recovered another IED from the spot.In Malkangiri district, passenger buses did not ply to interior pockets. Posters of ultras came up in remote areas. Combing operations were intensified in the district. Joint operations were taken up with the support of Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh police in the border areas of Malkangiri.last_img read more

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Zinedine Zidane hails ‘spectacular’ squad as Real Madrid close in on La Liga title

first_imgZinedine Zidane hailed Real Madrid’s remarkable strength in depth as the key to his side entering their final game of the season at Malaga on the brink of lifting their first La Liga title since 2012.The French manager described his squad as “spectacular” on Saturday as he looked forward to the prospect of them earning the point that will earn the European champions a 33rd Spanish title.The French coach has repeatedly rotated his side throughout the season, with 21 players making 10 or more starts in the league, yet the frequent changes have rarely impacted results, leading Real to pick up 90 points from their 37 games.They lead double champions Barcelona by three points and will seal their expected triumph on Sunday if they avoid defeat to Malaga, who have nothing at stake although they have won four of their last six games.”I think that’s the most important thing, that every player has contributed,” Zidane told a news conference ahead of the trip to Malaga.”As I said on the first day, this squad is spectacular and the key has been getting every player to feel that they are important.”The players who have played less have done just as well as the rest.”Zidane has done an extraordinary job himself. His careful management of the squad has also seen them sail into Champions League final against Juventus on June 3 with the chance of becoming the first team to successfully defend the European Cup since AC Milan in 1990.”When you have 60 game per season it’s very difficult on a physical level, but we’ve got to this stage with our spirits high and we’re flying physically,” Zidane said.advertisement”The players kept believing, we’ve all done our job, but what the players have done is fantastic. Every time someone has come onto the pitch they’ve made a difference and that’s the best thing.”Real are on course for a third Champions League triumph in the last four years but they have struggled to match their European success on the domestic stage, winning just two of the last nine La Liga titles while Barcelona have won six.Zidane, however, believes his side will be worthy champions if they can clinch the title on Sunday.”You have to show every day that you want to win the league, we’ve worked so hard and we deserve to be in the position we’re in. We’re top and now we have to finish what we’re doing,” he said.”The game (at Malaga) will be our hardest. We had difficulties against Sevilla and Celta (Real beat both sides 4-1) but with a lot of concentration you can achieve great things.”last_img read more

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Women excelling in all fields like politics, sports, science

first_imgJaipur, Jun 20 (PTI) Union MoS for Women and Child Development Krishna Raj today said the condition of women has improved in recent times and they were excelling in all fields including politics, sports and science.She inaugurated the women and child development complex in Ajmer.The minister said that women and girls were excelling in the fields of sports, education, science, politics among others and a major positive change for women was visible in the country.She said that women and girls were being imparted skill development training to boost their confidence.The state Women and Child Development minister Anita Bhadel said that close to 10 lakh youths have been provided skill training.1,000 girls were also given training at a camp in Ajmer which also concluded today.Senior officers of the department and others were also present on the occasion. PTI SDA IKAlast_img read more

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The Sports Gurukul launches TSG Football School

first_imgMumbai, Jan 12 (PTI) Sporting organisation The Sports Gurukul (TSG) launched a football training school ? TSG Football School here today.Through this initiative, TSG is determined to provide every child with an opportunity and platform to choose football as a part of their holistic overall development, a media release said.The TSG Football School will conduct their training programs and clinics at the newly-laid world-class facilities at the All India Balkanji Bari ground in suburban Santacruz. PTI NRB NPlast_img read more

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Know Your Rights! What to Expect When You Get Bumped from a Flight

first_img Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire Editors’ Recommendations How Often Should You Wash Your Hair? We Asked the Experts 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain So the airline bumped you from your flight. Now what? There’s a great deal of confusion about passengers’ rights and what exactly air travelers can do in such situations. Of course, the airline industry would love to keep it that way.  For travelers in the United States, here’s a brief primer on what to expect, what rights you have, and how you might actually profit from this inevitable fiasco.First off, it’s important to understand the difference between voluntary and involuntary bumping. If you choose to give up your seat, your exact reimbursement becomes a simple negotiation between you and the airline. You have no specific legal rights in this scenario as it’s ultimately your decision to give up your seat. Also note that in instances beyond the airline’s control — i.e. your inbound flight was delayed or cancelled because of weather, air traffic control issues, etc. — they are typically not required to provide reimbursement.We’re talking specifically about getting involuntarily bumped. For example, the airline oversold the flight and you drew the short straw. In this case, your rights entitle you to compensation based on how much of a delay you’re forced to endure. Here are the broad strokes:No compensation if the delay is within one hour of your originally scheduled arrival time1-2 hours (or between 1-4 hours on international flights): 200% of your original one-way fare, up to a $650 (USD) maximumMore than 2 hours (or more than 4 hours for international flights) OR if the airline simply does not provide substitute flights: 400% of your original one-way fare, up to a $1,300 maximumTwo additional notes worth keeping in mind:If there was no dollar amount associated with your fare (as in the case of travelers booking with frequent flyer miles), the fare is determined by the lowest fare paid in the same service class on your original flight.Keep in mind that these timeframes are based on when your new (i.e. delayed) flights are scheduled to arrive.Although the airlines would like you to believe otherwise, it’s all pretty straightforward. For the full details on your rights as an air traveler, check out the rather lengthy and comprehensive A Consumer Guide to Air Travel. Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out last_img read more

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Nova Scotia Moves Program Open For Applications

first_img The Ecology Action Centre’s Making Tracks program, which trained close to 2,000 children in 2013 in walking, cycling and skateboarding safety skills Construction of a new active transportation route in Yarmouth’s town centre, to be completed this fall Expansion of a network of electric vehicle charging stations around the province Construction of an energy efficient, artistically inspired bicycle learning hub at the Deanery Project in Ship Harbour, which will host a Women on Wheels program this weekend, May 2-4. The next round of Nova Scotia Moves grants opens today, May 1, creating more opportunities for Nova Scotians to walk, bike, share rides and access public transit. Government is welcoming applications that actively demonstrate or seek to enhance sustainable transportation options for Nova Scotians. Nova Scotia Moves is a grant program that supports collaborative, innovative and locally-based solutions to sustainable transportation challenges facing communities across the province. “Nova Scotia Moves provides accessible and affordable transportation options across the province and is a key ingredient of our sustainable transportation strategy,” said Andrew Younger, Minister of Energy. “Increased sustainable transportation options have a positive impact on local economies, reduce our energy usage, and keep our communities vibrant and healthy.” The program provides grants of up to $200,000 to help Nova Scotians drive less distance, move more actively and efficiently, use cleaner energy, access a wider range of sustainable transportation options, and engage communities around sustainable transportation issues. This is the third round of grants. Previous rounds, in 2012 and 2013, saw 65 successful projects receive a total of $2.4 million in funding. So far, this investment has leveraged more than $3 million in additional financial contributions from municipalities, local businesses, federal agencies and other sources, along with close to $1 million in volunteer contributions. Some of the Nova Scotia Moves successes include: Several transit providers have also received funding, including the Sou’West Transit Association, which provides service to Shelburne County seniors and other people with barriers to transportation. Prior to receiving funding from the grant program, the charitable organization was often above capacity despite the best efforts of its volunteer drivers. The funding received from Nova Scotia Moves went towards the purchase of a small fleet vehicle to help meet the demand. “Being without a vehicle in rural Nova Scotia can make it very difficult to access even essential services such as healthcare, food banks and grocery stores,” said Renata Tweedy, Sou’West Transit Association. “We are thankful for the support of the Nova Scotia Moves program to help purchase a fuel-efficient car. The expansion of our fleet has made us better equipped to meet the transportation needs of Shelburne County residents.” Applications for the third round of Nova Scotia Moves grants must be received by Monday, June 23. For more information on how to apply, visit http://novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/nova-scotia-moves.asp .center_img FOR BROADCAST USE The next round of Nova Scotia Moves grants opens today (May 1st), creating more opportunities for Nova Scotians to walk, bike, share rides and access public transit. Organizations have until June 23rd to send in proposals that actively demonstrate or seek to enhance sustainable transportation options for Nova Scotians. The program provides grants of up to 200-thousand dollars to help Nova Scotians drive less distance, move more actively and efficiently, use cleaner energy, access a wider range of sustainable transportation options, and engage communities around sustainable transportation issues. This is the third round of Nova Scotia Moves grants. Previous rounds, in 2012 and 2013, saw 65 successful projects receive a total of 2.4-million dollars in funding, and leverage over 3-million dollars in additional investment. -30-last_img read more

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PM did nothing for water scarce Bundelkhand Akhilesh

first_imgJhansi (UP): Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav Friday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of doing nothing for the “thirsty” Bundelkhand region of the state. The SP chief also dubbed Yogi Adityanath as “baba chief minister” and said that till yesterday he had faith in ‘babas’ but after non-fulfilment of promises by UP government, he was not sure. Addressing an election rally here, Yadav said, “Sometime ago the prime minister had come here and told a story about Kutch region of Gujarat which faced water problem and said life there has changed…the reality (here) is that he has done nothing for thirsty Bundelkhand”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Have you all forgotten about promises made in 2014 elections…I want to ask the people of Jhansi and nearby places as to what change has come in your lives in the past five years,” he asked. Taking a dig at local MP Uma Bharti, who is not in poll fray this time, Yadav said ,”Remember she headed the department related to water…she had responsibility of Ganga cleaning…had claimed she will do, God knows what, if the Ganga was not cleaned…but there is no water in Bundelkhand…will have to go elsewhere for drowning…she did not have courage to face people of Jhansi.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Referring to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Akhilesh said ,”Our state has baba chief minister…when the baba chief minister had come for the first time before you he had talked about Bundelkhand Expressway and Metro station in Jhansi.” “Till yesterday, we had full faith in babas but don’t know if it will be so now … you people tell me where is Metro station, I also want to sit in the Metro,” he said adding, the baba chief minister knows nothing about roads and expressways. The former chief minister said the then SP government had given its share meant for development works to Jhansi but the Centre has yet to fulfil its responsibility.last_img read more

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Sierra Leone UNbacked court increases sentences for two former militia leaders

The United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) today increased the sentences of two former leaders of a pro-Government militia who were convicted last year of war crimes committed during the country’s prolonged civil war in the 1990s.The Special Court Appeals Chamber, in a majority judgment, today upheld war crimes convictions of the two men on counts of murder and cruel treatment and increased their sentences substantially. Moinina Fofana, who had been sentenced to concurrent sentences totalling six years, has now been sentenced to 15 years. Allieu Kondewa’s sentence was increased from eight to 20 years.Prosecutors at their trial last year said Mr. Fofana served as National Director of War for the pro-government militia, the Civil Defence Forces (CDF) while Mr. Kondewa acted as High Priest for the militia. During Sierra Leone’s civil war the CDF, whose members included tribally-based traditional hunters, supported the Government against rebel groups, including the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC). Today’s judgment overturned convictions imposed by the Trial Chamber against Mr. Fofana and Mr. Kondewa for collective punishments, and against Mr. Kondewa for recruiting child soldiers. However, the Appeals Chamber, by a majority, also entered two new convictions against both men for murder and inhumane acts as crimes against humanity.The SCSL is mandated to try those bearing the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian and Sierra Leonean law within the country’s borders since 30 November 1996. It is the second international war crimes tribunal established in Africa. 29 May 2008The United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) today increased the sentences of two former leaders of a pro-Government militia who were convicted last year of war crimes committed during the country’s prolonged civil war in the 1990s. read more

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Five years after Baghdad attack UN remembers some of its best and

19 August 2008The United Nations today honoured those killed and injured in the terrorist attack on the world body’s headquarters in Baghdad five years ago, at a solemn ceremony in New York that included a classical music piece composed in memory of the fallen. The United Nations today honoured those killed and injured in the terrorist attack on the world body’s headquarters in Baghdad five years ago, at a solemn ceremony in New York that included a classical music piece composed in memory of the fallen.The bombing of the Canal Hotel in Baghdad on 19 August 2003 claimed the lives of 22, including the top UN envoy in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and wounded more than 150. The attack robbed the UN of “some of its best and bravest staff members,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the gathering, which included family members of the victims as well as survivors of the attack. “They were true heroes,” he added, noting that they went into a dangerous situation to help those in need.Mr. Ban noted that over the past five years, the UN has continued to help the people of Iraq – and others throughout the world – including by helping organize historic elections and draft a new constitution in 2005. The world body has also aided Iraqi refugees and is working hard to encourage political compromise among the various communities in Iraq. “This work is often dangerous, but our resolve is as strong as ever,” he said, adding that all of those who died five years ago “would have wanted us to go on, and we have.” But the risks remain, Mr. Ban pointed out, as illustrated by the deadly terrorist attack on UN offices in Algiers last December. He reiterated his pledge to improve staff safety and security, while also noting that protection means more than barricades and shatterproof glass. “By keeping alive the memory of those talented, selfless, compassionate and irreplaceable people we lost five years ago, we remind the world of what the UN stands for. And we recall again why the UN’s work must be protected and supported: for the sake of peace and justice, now and for generations to come.”Mr. Ban, joined by colleagues who were in Baghdad, laid a wreath in memory of the victims. A minute of silence was also observed in honour of the fallen staff. Also addressing the gathering was Stephen Kisambira, President of the UN Staff Union, who noted that the world has become a far more dangerous place where the neutrality of the Organization and its personnel is less respected and its staff vulnerable to attacks with each passing day.“We must stress the obligation of those who call upon United Nations staff to serve in difficult and dangerous parts of the world. We call upon them to take whatever action is necessary to ensure staff safety and security,” he said.The ceremony featured the world premiere of Song without Borders, a new classical music piece composed by Emmy Award-winner Steve Heitzeg in memory of UN staff members who have perished in the line of duty. The piece’s four movements are Universal Declaration, Blue Meditation (in remembrance of members of the UN family killed in the pursuit of peace), Unfinished Assignments (for Mr. Vieira de Mello and the people of the world) and Peaceful Resolution. It was performed by the Daedalus Quartet, which is currently the quartet-in-residence at New York’s Columbia University. At an event in Geneva to commemorate the anniversary, Sergei Ordzhonikidze, the Director-General of the UN Office there, highlighted the great sacrifice made by those killed in the attack. “The bomb that detonated at Canal Hotel, our Headquarters in Baghdad, robbed us of 22 men and women who had devoted their lives to the United Nations,” he told those gathered at a wreath-laying ceremony. “These staff members assumed great risk in the service of peace, security and of all humanity and paid the ultimate price, their lives.“The cause for which our friends and colleagues died stays on, and our quest continues, as we go on with our work,” he added. read more

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Student Staff Network aims to build connections on campus

Brock Student Life and Community Experience is looking to make networking on campus a little easier for student staff members working throughout the summer.“With most people gone for the summer, it’s not always easy for students to stay involved or engaged on campus,” said Sarah Salt, Student Life Events and Programs Assistant.“We created the Brock Summer Student Staff Network as an opportunity for summer staff to get together, attend events or even just eat lunch at the Farmers Market as a group.”Since its inception in 2015 by a former staff member, Student Life has seen the impact those connections can have on both current and prospective students.“During the first summer, we were able to connect around 15 to 20 student staff members from the Smart Start team, the students’ union and Student Life for a great collaborative effort in transitioning new students to campus during the Smart Start and LEAP programs,” Salt said.“We formed strong friendships with each other, but, more importantly, with the incoming students; friendships that we still nurture today.”The network’s summer calendar is quickly filling with events and activities, including trips to SkyZone trampoline park, the Port Dalhousie Supper Market and some of Niagara’s many wineries. The group is also putting together a beach volleyball team.“The idea is to do things that are low cost, easy to access and that help create a social environment so we can all enjoy a great summer in Niagara,” Salt said.For more information about the Brock Summer Student Staff Network, visit the group’s Facebook page or e-mail Salt at ssalt@brocku.ca read more

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Ohio State defense ready for upsetminded Bison

OSU coach Thad Matta looks on during a game against Bryant Dec. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 86-48. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State coach Thad Matta preaches team defense to his players every single day, a doctrine of success that has helped him lead the Buckeyes to 259 victories, a pair of Final Fours and four straight trips to the Sweet Sixteen.OSU’s defensive prowess has shown through even more this season, as the Buckeyes rank second in the country in scoring defense at 53.8 points per game, just a touch behind Clemson (53.6).“Coach Matta talks about it a lot, about every game, that we’re the best defense in the country,” junior guard Shannon Scott said Friday. “We really want to have that in our heads that nobody should be able to score on us. We want to make sure we’re the aggressor while we’re on offense and defense.”The Buckeyes (9-0, 0-0) have recorded 70 steals so far this season, with Scott and senior guard Aaron Craft swiping 21 and 23, respectively. The team also has 48 blocks through nine games, half of which are from junior center Amir Williams. Consistency on defense all over the floor is leading to the success, Scott said.“I feel like we’re all really connected right now,” Scott said.The Buckeyes are set to take on the North Dakota State Bison (7-3, 0-0) Saturday, who are fresh off of a 73-69 win at Notre Dame.“I think that was the best thing for us honestly,” Scott said, referring to the Bison’s win against the Irish. “We know they’re coming in as a great team, they just beat a great Notre Dame team. The fact that they’re coming in the way they are really puts us … backs us up on our toes where we can’t just go into the game expecting them to hand us the game because we’re Ohio State and they’re North Dakota State.”Bison senior forward Marshall Bjorklund scored 26 points against the Irish, and is one of four players who averages double figures in scoring.“(Bjorklund) shoots a very high percentage, so we have to try to get him outside the box, outside his comfort zone and not (let) him get the looks he’s been getting,” junior center Trey McDonald said Friday. “And also rely on some of the help from the guards with our pressure defense on the ball.”Matta said Bjorklund is “right there” in the discussion of best post player his team has faced all season, but has been pleased with what McDonald and Williams have done so far on defense, particularly in the team’s win against Bryant.“I’ve been very pleased, and I thought both guys Wednesday night had great awareness, great energy,” Matta said. “They made some plays out of their area, be it helping along the baseline or Amir blocking shots … That’s what we want those guys to do is to really plug the middle for us down there.”McDonald said he and Williams see playing against Bjorklund as an opportunity.“Although it is a team, it is team defense, we look at it as a personal challenge,” McDonald said. “Someone shooting that high of a field goal percentage and averaging that many points, we definitely look to Amir to try and shut them down and play our defensive game as we have been doing.”Shutting down Bjorklund and the rest of the Bison will be a challenge for the Buckeye defense, and even though there is always room to improve, Matta likes where they’re at currently.“I think that we’ve got some guys that are underrated defenders. I love what guys are bringing to the table,” Matta said. “Are we perfect? No, we’re not perfect. But we have guys dialed in and connected and tuned into scouting.”Tipoff between the Buckeyes and Bison is set for 8:15 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Las Vegas Is A Terrible Place For An NHL Team

The NHL will expand to Las Vegas pending a $500 million fee for the new franchise, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. In 2015, Nate Silver explained why Las Vegas doesn’t make much sense for the NHL. This post was originally published on April 22, 2015. The original text is below. There ought to be more NHL teams in Canada, which has only seven of the 30 NHL franchises despite having about as many hockey fans as the United States.And there perhaps ought to be fewer in midsize American markets, especially those far from the Canadian border. According to my previous research, the six current NHL markets with the fewest number of hockey fans are Nashville, Miami, Raleigh, Columbus, Phoenix and Tampa. Those franchises lost a collective $51 million in 2013-14, according to Forbes.Now there’s momentum to place an NHL expansion team in Las Vegas, another idea that makes little sense.Our 2013 analysis estimated that there are just 91,000 NHL fans in metro Las Vegas. That’s tiny even by comparison to the six smallest NHL markets that I mentioned before, which have between 146,000 (Nashville) and 279,000 (Tampa) hockey fans. And it’s well below Seattle’s 241,000 or Quebec City’s 530,000 fans.But here’s another reason to be skeptical about Las Vegas: The city has had several professional sports franchises (albeit none from the four or five largest North American sports leagues), and it hasn’t supported them very well.Consider that the city’s Triple-A baseball franchise, the Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League, had the lowest attendance in the PCL last year.Or that the city’s professional hockey franchise, the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL, disbanded earlier this year after years of middling attendance and an inability to find a suitable home arena.The Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena Football League were relocated to Cleveland in 2007 after five seasons of attendance well below AFL averages. Las Vegas has a new AFL team this season, the Las Vegas Outlaws, but their attendance was poor in their first two games.You could make an optimist’s case for the NHL in Las Vegas. The number of fans will grow, undoubtedly, if the league places a franchise there. The city gets a lot of tourists (it has about 150,000 hotel rooms), which adds to the functional size of its population.1Although a lot of the tourists are from California and the American Southwest — hardly hockey hotbeds. And Las Vegas’s population is growing, although the rate of growth has slowed since the housing bust.But it’s asking a lot for Las Vegas to support a major league team when it’s struggled to support pretty much every minor league team that’s tried to play there. If the city has some positives, it also has some negatives, like irregular working hours, middling public transit and abundant competition for the entertainment dollar, which may depress sports attendance.To their credit, the backers of the Las Vegas NHL franchise, after a monthslong campaign, have gotten commitments from about 11,000 would-be season ticket holders. That sounds impressive until you consider that the Winnipeg Jets sold out their entire allotment of 13,000 season tickets in 17 minutes after the Atlanta Thrashers were relocated there in 2011. Hockey’s a bit more popular on the frozen tundra than in the middle of the desert.There is a much better case for an NBA team in Las Vegas. NBA avidity is already well above average there, based on the number of Google searches for NBA-related topics. The NBA, unlike the NHL, has had success in similar markets, like San Antonio and Oklahoma City. And the only sports team that’s consistently been a good draw in Las Vegas is a basketball team: The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels averaged almost 14,000 fans per game from 2009-10 through 2013-14.2Attendance data for the most recent college basketball season isn’t available yet. read more

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Modular REFLUX Classifier plant from FLSmidth offers improvement on spirals and hydrosizers

first_imgOne of the major advantages of the FLSmidth Modular REFLUX™ Classifier Plant, which is suitable for fines gravity separation applications, is that it can be configured for specific requirements and is quick to install and commission on site within a relatively short period of time. This integrated engineered modular solution has at its heart the well proven REFLUX™ Classifier (RC™) from FLSmidth. Already well proven in the mineral beneficiation of fines in Asia, Australia, Africa and North America, use of this technology effectively improves the performance of gravity separation circuits over existing technologies such as spirals and hydrosizers.Ricus van Reenen, Senior Account Manager at FLSmidth, says the modular RC plant enables customers to take advantage of the benefits of RC technology as well as to leverage the flexibility that modularity gives to an operation. Each section of the modular plant is contained within the dimensions of a 20 ft shipping container and the combination of these sections or containers allows the plant to be configured according to process requirements. The configuration is easily adjustable to accommodate the changing process or ore conditions within given parameters, and this offers even greater flexibility. The plant can also be easily relocated to where needed; i.e. from one site to another.Rapid on-site installation is possible as the frames of each modular section are easily assembled and locked together. All that is required is an 80 t mobile crane and a rigging team. Assembly is done under supervision of FLSmidth technical personnel who will hot commission the plant. The equipment technologies selected for the modular plant are all FLSmidth and interface optimally with the RC. This ensures the feed material is correctly prepared prior to it reporting to the RC so that it operates correctly and to specification. In addition to the operational advantages that come with using technologies from one source, customers can leverage this single point of contact from an on-site support perspective as well. Typically the modular fines separation plant would include pumps, screens, dewatering equipment, cyclones and conveyors. The entire modular RC plant is automated using advanced instrumentation and control. All process parameters are monitored to ensure optimum performance. This allows for more consistent operation and therefore better recoveries. The modular RC plant can also be integrated into a brownfields plant where the RC is retrofitted to replace less efficient technology.last_img read more

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Andreas Nilsson joins MKB Veszprem

Another good reinforcement for MKB Veszprem for the next season. Line player Andreas Nilsson will be joining them after HSV and MKB agreed to the deal. The Swedish international was also delighted with the move, saying he’s ready for new challenges. Nilsson joined HSV Hamburg two years ago, and won the Champions League with them. Recently HSV Hamburg faced a lot of problems with finances and securing Bundesliga licence, prompting many top players to leave or think of leaving the club. ← Previous Story Men’s EHF EURO 2014: Serbia VS Spain for semis – Slovenians attack Germany Next Story → Drago Vukovic to become “Fox” in 2015! andreas nilssonHamburgHSV HamburgMKB Veszpremveszprem read more

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Besiktas MOGAZ replace right wing – Djukic instead of Zrnic

One of the raising forces in the European handball, Besiktas MOGAZ, replaced player on the right wing position. The Croatian star Vedran Zrnic went to domestic vice-champions RK Nexe Našice, while instead of him in Istanbul coming Serbian lefthander, the 21 years-old Darko Djukic.Djukic has played in RK Metalurg Skopje in the last season, while his first proffesional team was RK Železničar Niš.The Turkish champions got the place in the prestigious Group B of the VELUX EHF Champions League.The first pre-season tournament on which Turkish team will take place will be played in Struga (Macedonia) next week. ← Previous Story Klemen Cehte to Al Shabab Next Story → Mariusz Jurasik leads Gornik Zabrze read more

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Australia sends largest recruitment team yet to Ireland

first_imgAUSTRALIA IS TO send its largest recruitment team yet to meet Irish candidates at the Working Abroad Expo in Dublin this month.The Australian Futures delegation visiting the country will include representatives from the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship, and for the states of Victoria (Melbourne),Western Australian (Perth) and South Australia (Adelaide).They will be at the Working Abroad Expo to support Irish people looking to move to their country, as Australian Futures 2013 is designed to make the emigration process more transparent for those considering life overseas.StatesThe representatives of different states on the Australian Futures team will be there to discuss what opportunities exist for Irish people hoping to move ‘down under’.For example, the Victorian state government has a large list of occupations from across industries that it can nominate – including Health Professions, ICT, biotechnology, food science backgrounds and those with engineering expertise.According to Tom Marwick, Victoria’s Skilled & Business Migration Manager with Australian Futures:We know that emigration rules and regulations can be confusing with people finding it difficult to assess if they will be successful in their visa application. The March expo will see expert government representatives in Ireland, so those considering Australia should leave no stone unturned.Marwick said they are looking to meet “work-ready candidates” keen to learn more about the migration process, discuss sponsorship opportunities with Australian State and Territory Government representatives and meet potential employers and industry bodies.While Western Australia’s recruitment drive has been primarily about construction, engineering and mining to date, Irish hospitality skills are in demand, including chefs, cooks, bar staff and managers. According to Jarrod Ferguson of Australian Future, in Perth they need to fill up to 2,000 positions this year across hotels, wineries, vineyards, restaurants and more.Osborne Recruitment MD Shona McManus said they have noticed a slow down in international recruitment in Perth and Western Australia from a construction and mining perspective, but these sectors as still very buoyant in Queensland and New South Wales for those with construction backgrounds.Between April 2011 – 2012, almost 35,000 people emigrated from Ireland to countries outside the EU or USA, and it is expected that many of those have moved to Australia or New Zealand.The Working Abroad Expo takes place at the RDS, Industries Hall on Saturday, 2 and Sunday 3 March 2013 (10 to 5pm) and at the Silver Springs Cork on Wednesday 6 March from 12 to 7 pm. www.workingabroad.netRead: Australian police force poaching trained gardaí>Read: 230 Irish expected to gain Australian citizenship tomorrow>last_img read more

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VIDEO Your weekend movies Pudsey the Dog

first_imgWHICH NEW MOVIE release is worth the price of a cinema ticket this weekend?We’re here to help you decide just that, with these trailers.Finding Vivian Maier Source: MOVIECLIPS Trailers/YouTubeFor fans of: Mystery, photographyAvoid if: You’ve got no soulVivian Maier died just before the world became fascinated with her work – and her life. A quiet, unassuming nanny, she took thousands of incredible photographs, many of which still haven’t seen the light of day (yet). This documentary charts her work and the journey to discover just who Maier was. Colour us excited. RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 95%. Audience rating: 92% RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: none yet. Audience rating: 76% want to see Grand Central Source: STUDIOCANAL UK/YouTubeFor fans of: Illicit love, dangerAvoid if: You can’t stand tension Gary is young and in need of a job, but when he begins work in a nuclear plant, he has no idea how his life will change. He falls in love with the wrong person, and his job begins to poison him. RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 100%. Audience rating: 87% want to seePudsey the Dog Source: VertigoFilmsUK/YouTubeFor fans of: Dogs, stupidityAvoid if: You’re a bit cynical Yes, it’s a movie about a talking dog who does tricks.last_img read more

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Chemical waste worries Cretans

first_imgThe World Council of Cretans last week expressed its opposition and outrage to the proposed and ‘secretly planned’ destruction of chemical weapons from Syria in the Mediterranean sea areas west of Crete. The response comes as the internationally praised August deal between the USA and Russia, to destroy the Syrian chemical arsenal, failed. The chemicals were meant to be transferred outside Syria by the end of December 2013 and destroyed by June 2014. With the December deadline already missed, discussions now suggest the possibility of chemical waste being dumped in the Mediterranean, in an area between Crete, Malta and Libya. This scenario is becoming likelier since Italy has promised to offer a port for the two Danish and Norwegian ships which will transport the lethal chemical weapons. The president of the World Council of Cretans, Tony Tsourdalakis, told Neos Kosmos that the council condemns this decision that could have a catastrophic impact on the island. “We condemn the decision of the respective government to dump the Syrian chemicals to the South of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea. This is a catastrophic decision of huge proportions, that will not only harm sea life, but will possibly cause health and contamination issues. Most importantly, it will deter tourists from the south coastal beaches of Crete, putting a large dint in the Greek tourist industry,” he told Neos Kosmos. Mr Tsourdalakis said the council believed that responsibility for the preservation and destruction of the chemical weapons lies with the countries of production that supplied the weapons to Syria. “Certainly this was not Greece. The World Council of Cretans – and in particular the 500 Cretan organisations globally and one million Cretans in and out of Crete – express their utmost concerns and condemn these actions. We urge the Greek government, via its role in the United Nations and in light of the fact that it has the European presidency, to request that this dangerous, criminal and unacceptable action ceases immediately.” “We unite our voice with the voice of all Greeks to stop this crime that will certainly affect the health of nearby countries and even more Greece,” he said. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has estimated that about 1,300 tons of chemical weapons, most of which are mustard gas based, will be destroyed via hydrolysis. In the light of concerns over the environmental and health impact of the planned destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal in international waters west of Chania, intense concerns and opposition were expressed by the Medical Association of Chania. “The procedure to be followed has not been elucidated completely and could possibly pose serious risks to the ecosystem of the region and the bordering regions, such as Chania. In particular, the reported hydrolysis process is not sufficient for complete inactivation of the derivatives of the quantities of chemical weapons of Syria to be destroyed,” it was said in the statement. The Medical Association of Chania urged the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Use of Chemical Weapons, the two organisations responsible for the destruction process of those chemicals, to adjust their schedules and to provide ultimate safety in the areas of chemical processing. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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