Real Madrid look to stamp authority on title race with Clasico victory

first_imgReal Madrid have enviously looked on as Barcelona claimed six La Liga titles in the last eight years, but Zinedine Zidane’s side can take a huge step towards a first crown since 2012 with victory over their bitter rivals at the Nou Camp on Saturday.Real have won two Champions Leagues in the last three years, but have been frustrated by Barcelona’s recent domestic hegemony, and many of their players have spoken about prioritising their title chase this year.Unbeaten in all competitions this season, they lead Barcelona and third-placed Sevilla by six points at the top of the standings going into Saturday’s Clasico, where a win would open up a nine-point lead over Luis Enrique’s stuttering side.Barca have made their worst start to a season since 2004/05 and have drawn three of their last four games in all competitions, failing to beat Malaga and Real Sociedad in their last league outings.Luis Enrique called his side’s display in their 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad the worst since he took over in 2014 and said it was “a miracle” that his side managed to leave San Sebastian with a point, while defender Gerard Pique questioned their attitude.UNBEATEN FOR EIGHT MONTHSReal have not lost in any competition for almost eight months and Zidane is two games away from equalling a club record of 34 games unbeaten.Both coaches have had to juggle their squads to deal with a raft of absentees this season and Real will be without Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale, although midfield anchor Casemiro is set to return.advertisementBarcelona are boosted by the return of captain Andres Iniesta after six weeks out with a knee injury.Real’s fringe players like Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio, Mateo Kovacic and Alvaro Morata have performed admirably when the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Kroos and Luka Modric have been injured.Barca have looked far more vulnerable, however, when key personnel have been injured, despite spending some 122 million euros ($128.84 million) on strengthening their squad in the close season.”Zidane has managed the squad very well, we have the best squad in the world and you can only achieve an unbeaten run like ours with a strong squad,” said Real winger Lucas Vazquez.Defender Nacho added: “In comparison to last season we go to the Nou Camp in a great frame of mind. We’re top of the league, we are in very good form and we’re very excited about going there to take the three points.”last_img read more

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Badminton World Championships: How Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara shattered PV Sindhu’s dream of a gold

first_img21.36 IST: For the first time, two Indian flags were raised at the World Championships and Sindhu and Saina stood right there to make it happen.Screengrab 21.34 IST: While Okuhara gets the gold medal, the Indian badminton queens, Sindhu and Saina, both stand on the podium with a  silver and a bronze medal respectively.Screengrab 21.29 IST: Two silver medals for India in two consecutive World Championships by the two stars of Indian badminton — Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu.21.26 IST: Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour, who lost in the quarter-final to Saina Nehwal, has words of appreciation for Sindhu and Okuhara.This has to go down as one of the best matches in history. Incredible!! ?????????@Pvsindhu1 @nozomi_o11- Kirsty Gilmour (@KirstyGilmourr) August 27, 201721.22 IST: Okuhara manages to crack down Sindhu in an hour and 50 minutes to win the decider 22-20 and the championship.After an incredible match, Nozomi Okuhara takes Women’s Singles GOLD!Silver for P V SindhuBronze for Saina Nehwal Bronze for Chen Yufei pic.twitter.com/kUHCeXicPI- 2017BWC (@2017BWC) August 27, 201721.16 IST: And while Okuhara took the match point, Sindhu levelled it back to make it 20-20.Sindhu saves it!Sindhu 20-20 Okuhara. She has saved a championship point. Can’t get better than this! #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201721.14 IST: While the players catch their breath, a little piece of information — this is the longest match of the tournament as it has already been 106 minutes into the match.21.14 IST: Okuhara pushes Sindhu to the corners once more and level the game at 19-19. This is so tense!advertisement21.11 IST: Okuhara shot at the frontcourt goes wide and she challenges only for the hawk eye to substantiate the call of the line judge. Sindhu leads 19-17.Sindhu has a lead of 2 points now! Vital, vital lead.2 points away from creating history! #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201721.10 IST: A strong push at Nozomi and Sindhu takes the return early for a drop shot to make it 18-17.21.09 IST: Sindhu reads Okuhara well at the net and wins a point, only for Okuhara to target her backhand side on the next rally and level the game at 17-17.21.06 IST: An hour and 37 minutes into the match, Sindhu and Okuhara are still level at 16-16.Every point is fought valiantly.Sindhu 16 – 16 Okuhara. #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201721.04 IST: This is getting really tense, both players look out of breath and are picking a point each. The scoreline reads 15-15.21.02 IST: That’s another long rally — 42 shots and Sindhu wins that as Okuhara hits the net. It’s 13-13.92 minutes into the match! PV Sindhu is back level to 13-13 against Okuhara. #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201720.59 IST: Sindhu uses her second challenge as well and has no challenge remaining now. The scoreline reads 12-12.20.57 IST: Okuhara claws back after the break and level the game 11-11. The game is swinging like a pendulum.20.52 IST: At the change of ends in the decider, Sindhu leads 11-9. The match is as close as it can be.Sindhu has the upper hand at the change of sides.Leading 11-9 against Okuhara. Way to go, champ! ??? #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201720.49 IST: Some shift in momentum, Sindhu seems to be taking control. Two attacking strokes from her gets her two points, leads 9-7.20.45 IST: All the intense action seems to be tiring the players but none are giving in. The chair umpire is constantly asking the players to keep playing as they try to catch breath.20.42 IST: Sindhu pulls back two more points, targetting the right back-court corner of Okuhara, trails 4-5.4 points in a row for PV Sindhu. Hits a body smash to draw level. 5-5 against Okuhara. #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201720.39 IST: Another brilliant rally and excellent reactions yet again from Sindhu help her keep pace, trails 2-5.Sindhu breaks Okuhara’s rhythm. A lightning quick return to make it 2-5. #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201720.36 IST: Okuhara is targetting Sindhu’s corners and her angled shots are doing the trick, leads 3-1 in the decider.20.33 IST: What an extraordinary rally, 73 shots! The players took each other out at all corners of the court but Sindhu’s drop shot at the net wins her the second game 22-20.Breath-taking. Nerve-wrecking!.@Pvsindhu1 wins the rally of the match to win the second game 22-20 against Okuhara. ?? #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201720.28 IST: Exquisite net play by Okuhara! She’s just putting out her best out there. Three game point opportunities for Sindhu gone and it’s 20-20.advertisementOkuhara saves 2 game points to make it 20-20 against Sindhu. This is so close! ?? #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201720.27 IST: Quality net play from Okuhara, pulls back two points to make it 19-20.20.26 IST: Extraordinary net shot from Sindhu, wins a vital points and leads 19-17 in the second game.20.25 IST: Okuhara is keeping up, not letting Sindhu win any easy point. Sindhu leads 18-16.Sindhu wins a vital point. Okuhara was catching up. Wins another intense rally to make it 18-16. Inching ever so close! #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201720.23 IST: Okuhara is sending back an extra shuttle every time and that’s troubling Sindhu, trails 16-17.20.21 IST: Yet another net fault from Okuhara and Sindhu maintains her lead at 17-14.20.18 IST: So many unbelievable returns from Okuhara in that last rally but finally mistimes it at the net. And that’s the longest rally of the match with 43 shots in it. Sindhu is leading 16-13. Okuhara was beaten at her own game on that point! 16-13.PV Sindhu now has a 3 point advantage! What. A. Rally! #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201720.16 IST: Brilliant reflexes from Sindhu and a lucky point gives her a 14-13 lead.Another excellent return at the net. Sindhu has won that point fair and square! 14-13! #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201720.15 IST: Three straight smashes from Sindhu to finish off the point, cuts Okuhara’s one-point lead to make it 13-13.20.13 IST: And yet again, Okuhara has drawn level at 12-12.20.11 IST: Brilliant exchange at the net and a excellent piece of defending from Sindhu, leads 12-9.An extraordinary return from PV Sindhu!Leads 12-9! Splendid reflexes! #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201720.10 IST: Bad judgement from Sindhu and Okuhara takes the first point after the break, trails 9-11.20.09 IST: Good movement from Sindhu and control over her shots has given her a lead of 11-8 at the break.20.05 IST: Okuhara is keeping close, looking strong in long rallies, trails 7-9.Okuhara is clawing her way back.7-9 against Sindhu. #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201720.02 IST: Even though Okuhara is fighting back, Sindhu looks in control at the moment tossing up the shuttle well, leads 7-3.Photo Credit: Badminton Scotland 20.00 IST: Sindhu seems to have found control after the loss in the first game, leads 5-1.19.58 IST: Sindhu starts the second game strongly taking two points straight away, leads 2-0.19.55 IST: And Okuhara closes in the first game 21-19. Sindhu will have to come from behind to win the gold medal now.Photo Credit: Reuters 19.53 IST: Another long rally and Sindhu hits the net to gift the game point to Okuhara.19.51 IST: And Sindhu has drawn level at 18-18.19.50 IST: Sindhu is fighting back, two points on the trot to reduce Okuhara’s lead to 18-16.2 errors from Okuhara. Sindhu coming back now.16-18. #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201719.47 IST: Okuhara has stormed right back and is taking charge, leads 16-14.advertisementAnd now, the Japanese in the lead.Makes it 16-14 against Sindhu. #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201719.45 IST: Sindhu is trying to play a little closer to the net and is making errors. She has given away two points in the same manner and the scoreline is close with Sindhu leading 14-13.19.44 IST: Okuhara is fighting back after the break but Sindhu is back as Okuhara makes an error at the net. The scoreline reads 14-11.Photo Credit: Reuters 19.41 IST: Okuhara is looking to attack early and not let Sindhu settle into the rallies. She takes two points to make it 13-9.19.40 IST: Okuhara picks two straight points after the break to make it 7-11 only for Sindhu to smash her way to 12-7.19.36 IST: Sindhu is dominating the proceedings now. She’s into early attacks and is targetting the near court. From 3-5 down, Sindhu is now leading 11-5 at the break.PV Sindhu goes into the break with a 6 point lead.11-5 at the break against Okuhara. Wins 8 points on a trot! #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 2017Photo Credit: Reuters 19.34 IST: It’s the cross-court angled smash once again and Okuhara falls short. Sindhu takes the lead at 6-5.19.33 IST: It looks like nerves! Sindhu makes a service error to give a point to Okuhara and the Japanese takes the next point at the net. The scoreline reads 5-3.19.31 IST: At 2-3, Okuhara challenges Sindhu’s smash and an unsuccessful challenge makes it 3-3.That was in! Sindhu draws level to make it 3-3 against Okuhara.Fabulous cross court smash. #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201719.29 IST: Okuhara picks the first point of the match as Sindhu sends the shuttle wide but the Indian equalises right away.19.28 IST: Sindhu has begun the proceedings, she’s the first to serve.19.25 IST: Sindhu has been as high as world No. 2 while Okuhara’s highest rank has been No. 3.19.24 IST: Sindhu is welcomed to the arena with a round of applause.Rousing applause as PV Sindhu comes on court! The moment is here, India! #2017BWC- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201719.22 IST: Sindhu and Okuhara are walking into the court.19.16 IST: Denmark gets a bronze, Japan gets a bronze and silver medal and China tops them all with a gold medal.19.12 IST: The medal ceremony for the women’s doubles of the World Championships has begun.19.09 IST: The moment is inching closer and closer.In a few minutes from now, PV Sindhu will take the court against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara. A World Championship GOLD is on the cards! #2017BWC- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201719.08 IST: The crowd erupted as China won the first gold of the 2017 World Championships.The crowd erupts when China wins the first Gold of #2017BWC!!!! pic.twitter.com/GTjcYNYB3k- 2017BWC (@2017BWC) August 27, 201719.04 IST: The Chinese have done it! Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan are the world champions, beat Japan’s Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota 21-18, 17-21, 21-15.Photo Credit: Reuters 19.02 IST: The Japanese are fighting back in the women’s doubles final, it’s 20-15 in favour of the Chinese.19.00 IST: We are just minutes away.Tick, tick, tick. ?? It is the final countdown!P V Sindhu and Nozomi Okuhara will battle it out for the ultimate glory. #2017BWC FINAL pic.twitter.com/JFmAbDZcAt- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) August 27, 201718.56 IST: Chen and Jia are leading 17-9, only a massive fightback from the Japanese can delay Sindhu’s match now.18.49 IST: The Chinese have a massive 11-4 lead at the break in the decider of women’s doubles final and that gets Sindhu closer to the court.18.48 IST: Sindhu’s strength lies in the attacking prowess while Okuhara is a patient player. It should be an interesting battle.Photo Credit: Reuters 18.37 IST: The Japanese Fukushima and Hirota have taken the women’s doubles final to the decider with a 21-17 win in the second game. The wait for Sindhu’s match continues!18.34 IST: In the four World Championships that Sindhu has played, she has defeated six Chinese players, two of them being Sun Yu and Chen Yufei this year. A sparkling clean record against the nation that dominates the world of badminton.Photo Credit: Reuters 18.26 IST: Okuhara beat Saina in the semi-final through long rallies and Sindhu will need to put up a patient display against the fighting Japanese.Photo Credit: Reuters 18.22 IST: China’s Chen and Jia are leading 11-8 at the break in the second game. Looks like Sindhu’s match is minutes away.18.20 IST: Just like Rio Olympics, Pullela Gopichand will be by Sindhu’s side along with national coach for singles Mulyo Handoyo.Photo Credit: BAI Twitter 18.15 IST: In the women’s doubles final, Chinese pair of Chen and Jia have won the first game 21-18 while Fukushima and Hirota are leading 5-4 in the second game. PV Sindhu’s final will be up after the women’s doubles.Photo Credit: Reuters 18.10 IST: Okuhara reached the final after two tough wins over Saina Nehwal in semi-final and defending champion Carolina Marin, who beat Sindhu in Rio Olympics for gold, in the quarter-final.18.00 IST: Sindhu has a 3-3 head-to-head record against Okuhara but the last two times that the two have met, Sindhu has beaten the Japanese. First in Rio Olympics semi-final in 2016 21-19, 21-10 and then at the 2017 Singapore Super Series 10-21, 21-15, 22-20.Nozomi Okuhara in action against Saina Nehwal in semi-final of World Championships (Reuters photo) 17.50 IST: Saina Nehwal won the silver medal at the previous edition of the World Championships and today, Sindhu has the chance to win India’s first gold at the prestigious event.PV Sindhu has a chance to make history. Let’s rally behind her as the champ takes on Nozomi Okuhara later in the day. #2017BWC ?? pic.twitter.com/93Js7ExDX4- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201717.40 IST: The women’s doubles final has begun. This match will be followed by Sindhu’s match.First game of the Finals has begun: Cheng & Jia (China) v Fukushima & Hirota (Japan) #2017bwc- 2017BWC (@2017BWC) August 27, 201717.35 IST: The stage is set for the 2017 Badminton World Championships and the first match of the day will be women’s doubles between Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan (China) and Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota (Japan).The stage is set.Who’s excited for the #2017BWC Finals? ??? pic.twitter.com/8EBIxueXhJ BadmintonScot (@BadmintonScot) August 27, 2017Brief Preview:PV Sindhu is hoping to win India’s first World Championship gold and standing in her way is Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara. Nozomi Okuhara defeated India’s Saina Nehwal 12-21, 21-17, 21-10 whereas Sindhu saw out China’s Chen Yu Fei   21-13 21-10 in their respective semi-finals. (Also Read: Saina Nehwal pleased with her performance after settling for bronze at World Championships)Late on Saturday night, PV Sindhu completely outplayed her 19-year-old Chinese opponent in just 48 minutes.The name of PV Sindhu is etched in the minds of every Indian after the then 21-year-old from Hyderabad won silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics.A slew of ‘recognition ceremonies’ and endorsement deals with huge contracts followed.Experts of the game raised doubts over her ability to sustain her performance and more importantly her performance post the highs of the Olympics but she proved all her critics wrong with continued dominance on the court in the past year.In the ongoing year, she has won 18 off her 22 games and quite comprehensively qualified for the Badminton World Championships in Glasgow. At the World Championships, after a first round bye, she made quick of her Korean opponent Kim Hyo Min in the second round beating her 21-16, 21-14.The twice bronze medal winner at World Championships was made to work hard for her win in the third round and came from behind to win the match against Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong.Sindhu took an hour and 27 minutes to fight off the 13th seed 19-21, 23-21, 21-17. She overcame China’s Sun Yu 21-14 21-9 with relative ease in just 39 minutes in the quarter-finals.Her previous best performance at the World Championships was winning back-to-back bronze medals in 2013 and 2014.last_img read more

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OnePlus 5T with 6-inch Galaxy S8-like display may launch in November

first_imgThe rumours are all over the place. Some say that there is nothing like the OnePlus 5T this year. Some say it is coming soon. Now another report, the one that says it is coming soon or rather in November to be specific, notes that the OnePlus 5T exists and that it comes with a 6-inch display that will be very similar to what LG is using in the V30 phone. This display will have a 18:9 aspect ration.According to a new report from GizmoChina, OnePlus could launch the OnePlus 5T in November. And unlike the OnePlus 3T last year, which was very similar to the OnePlus 3, this time around the T variant of the current flagship phone is rumoured to be very different from the OnePlus 5. The report claims that the upcoming OnePlus 5T will ditch the 5.5-inch full-HD display of the OnePlus 5 and instead sport a LG V30-like  6-inch full HD display with 1080×2160 pixels of resolution. The phone will have very S8-like slim bezels with an aspect ratio of 18:9.The report also contains an image of what the phone may look like. The phone looks similar to the Galaxy S8 with really thin bezels at the top and bottom of the phone. The phone looks taller than usual OnePlus phones. The report claims that OnePlus 5T will be launched in five months after the OnePlus 5, something similar to what we saw with OnePlus 3T. OnePlus launched the 3T version after the five months of the launch of the original OnePlus 3 in the year 2016.advertisementTo recall, OnePlus 3T was launched in December 2016 with a price hike in comparison to the OnePlus 3. The 3T was launched at Rs 29,999 while the original OnePlus 3 was launched at Rs 27,999. The 3T comes with a new processor, an improved selfie camera, a new 128GB storage variant and few new colour options.However, this time there is no new processor right now that OnePlus can put into the supposed OnePlus 5T. This could possibly be the reason why OnePlus may go with a different display. That said the OnePlus 5T right now also sounds quite implausible. It seems a change too big to be true compared to the OnePlus 5. If OnePlus indeed is changing the design of the phone, may be the company would like to call its next phone OnePlus 6. And if it is indeed the OnePlus 6, then it would probably make more sense for the company to launch that phone in early 2018 and unless the OnePlus 5 is really struggling in the market, which again seems little implausible.    Also Read: OnePlus 5 out of stock but it’s no guarantee of OnePlus 6 early launchThe OnePlus has been launched at starting price of Rs 32,999 in India. The phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based OxygenOS and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. There are two variants-one with 6GB RAM and the other with 8GB RAM. The phone comes with dual camera set up.While there is no confirmation from the company on the launch of OnePlus 5T, the OnePlus 5 which is the OnePlus’ flagship phone of this year has already gone out of stock in several markets like US and UK. The Slate Grey variant of the phone shows unavailable in many countries.last_img read more

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Milan Coach Gattuso Avoids Ban for Derby Match Against Inter

first_imgMILAN (AP) — AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso has avoided a ban for Sunday’s Serie A derby against Inter Milan.Gattuso was sent to the stands in the first half of Saturday’s win over Chievo Verona and risked being banned. But the Italian league says he has instead been fined 15,000 euros ($17,000) for “having directed an intimidating expression at a player from the opposing team.”Third-place Milan is a point ahead of city rival Inter. The top four teams from Serie A qualify for next season’s Champions League.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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13 days agoRonaldo: We had fantastic Inter Milan team

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ronaldo: We had fantastic Inter Milan teamby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Valladolid owner Ronaldo Nazario says he “never wanted to leave Inter”.Ronaldo admits he never saw eye-to-eye with coach Hecter Cuper.“That Inter was a fantastic team. Along with Bobo Vieri, we had Clarence Seedorf and many other talents. Unfortunately, the injuries prevented me from sharing the field with Vieri that many times,” Ronaldo said via videolink in the Festival dello Sport.“When I first arrived, there was such great enthusiasm at Inter and the fans believed we could achieve wonderful results. I see enthusiasm around Inter this year too and hope we can win something.“I never wanted to leave Inter, as I felt that was my home and would be for life. I’d never gone to a President to demand they fire the Coach, as that didn’t seem right and it wasn’t my style.“However, we reached a point with Cuper where I simply couldn’t do anything else. He did not treat me well at all. I don’t know if winning the Scudetto would’ve changed my mind.“I was convinced Massimo Moratti would sack Cuper, so it was a nasty surprise for me when he backed the Coach. At that moment, as I was too proud, I decided to walk away.“The city that had first loved me, now hated me. I needed police protection. It was tough. I adore Moratti, he was like a father to me. We reached a conclusion to that relationship where both of us made a mistake.” last_img read more

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Video Of This Referee Is Going Viral At The Rose Bowl

first_imgThe Rose Bowl game for Iowa vs. Stanford.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view of the exterior of the Rose Bowl before the 102nd Rose Bowl Game between the Stanford Cardinal and the Iowa Hawkeyes on January 1, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)On Tuesday afternoon, the Ohio State Buckeyes and Washington Huskies met in the Grandaddy of Them All – the Rose Bowl. The annual Big Ten vs. Pac-12 contest has been less than exciting thus far, as Ohio State has dominated the action on both sides of the ball.The Buckeyes hold a 21-3 lead and it doesn’t look like the Huskies have the firepower on offense to make a run.While the game hasn’t offered much, the officiating has been stellar and one official is going viral for what he did near the end of the first half.The official saw a balloon floating down to the field, jumped up, grabbed it with a pure display of athleticism and popped it on his way back to his officiating position.Check it out.I think this ref deserves the S-E-C! S-E-C! chant. pic.twitter.com/ABmqbG8om7— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) January 1, 2019That’s where we’re at with this game – stuck admiring the official’s hops and awareness on the field.Ohio State leads 21-3 at the half.last_img read more

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Wärtsilä Nabs BWMS Deal

first_imgzoom A series of eight new 33,000 DWT chemical tankers under construction in Asia will feature Wärtsilä Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS), certified for explosion proof (EX) requirements, the Finnish company says in a release.This means that the BWMS units can be installed in Zone 1 hazardous areas. It is an International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirement that the BWMS for ships having hazardous areas on board must be EX-proof certified. This contract, which was signed in January, is the first EX-system delivery since the Wärtsilä Aquarius UV system was granted EX-certification in spring 2014.Each of the eight vessels will have two Wärtsilä Aquarius UV systems installed. The particulars of this design required a partnership approach with the shipyard in order to successfully integrate the BWMS into the hazardous area, with the addition of deepwell pumps already delivered.Wärtsilä has also recently further strengthened its presence in the Middle East region by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM), agreeing to work together with the Qatar-based shipyard on repair and maintenance services for marine and offshore vessels, as well as onshore structures.last_img read more

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Cancer Centre Expansion Nears Completion New Equipment Ready by Summer

first_imgCancer patients will be able to get better care closer to home when an expansion to the Cape Breton Cancer Centre is complete and new radiation therapy treatment equipment becomes operational. “The expansion to the Cape Breton Cancer Centre means staff will be able to treat more patients and provide more advanced treatment,” said Health Minister Maureen MacDonald. “This will help us reduce wait times and provide better patient care.” The new equipment is a linear accelerator, a machine that precisely targets radiation beams at a cancer patient’s tumour. It will be able to perform Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy to be more accurate and cause less damage to surrounding tissue. Patients who need Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy are experiencing the longest wait times in Nova Scotia because it is only available in Halifax. When the team at the Cape Breton Cancer Centre is fully trained on the new machine, patients will have another option to get this type of care. “We’re committed to delivering patient care closer to home,” said Mona Baryluk, director of the cancer centre and palliative care. “To do that, we have to be on top of ever-changing technologies and treatments so we can provide the highest level of care possible for our patients. “This expansion and the new equipment that is included in it, will allow us to continue to provide safe, quality care to our patients.” Ms. MacDonald toured the cancer centre today, Feb. 22, to view the progress of the expansion. The linear accelerator is expected to arrive in April. Installation and commissioning will take about three months and it is expected to be operational by July. The Cape Breton Cancer Centre is an $8-million project that has received about $5 million from the Radiation Therapy Wait Time Guarantee project. That project was set up by the province of Nova Scotia and funded by Health Canada.last_img read more

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first_img KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: George Street A section of George Street, near the Highway 125 overpass, will be reduced to one lane at various times for the construction of a new overpass. Work will take place until Saturday, April 30. Traffic control people will be on site. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Traffic on Corsen Bridge on the Cabot Trail, two kilometres south of Ingonish, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until late May or early June, for replacement. A detour is available from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337, Canal Bridge During construction of a new Canal Bridge on Main Street, Antigonish, traffic on Route 337 is being rerouted to a temporary detour bridge. The temporary bridge will be in place until Tuesday, May 31. Signs and traffic signals are on site. Local Area Office: 902-863-7387 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Two temporary intersections are now in use on Highway 104, Trans-Canada Highway, near Sutherlands River. One is located about 70 metres west of the Exit 27A intersection. To access Trunk 4, use this temporary intersection. The other intersection is on School Road in front of East Pictou Middle School. To access School Road, including F. H. MacDonald Elementary School and East Pictou Middle School, use this temporary intersection. They will be used until summer. Local Area Office: 902-755-7184 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Bridge The northbound lane of MacLeod Bridge, on the Cabot Trail in Cape North, will be closed for repairs until further notice. A traffic control person will be on site until traffic signals are installed. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 -30- DIGBY COUNTY: Dick Theriault Road The bridge on Dick Theriault Road, about two kilometres southeast of the Old DAR Railway crossing, is closed for repairs. There is no detour. Transportation officials will be on site 24 hours a day until the bridge is repaired. Local Area Office: 902-769-2192 CONTINUING WORK GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 kilometres per hour and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771last_img read more

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Toddler raped beheaded in Jharkhand

first_imgJamshedpur (Jharkhand): A three-year-old girl was allegedly raped and beheaded by two men after abducting her from a platform of the Tatanagar railway station in Jharkhand last week, police said on Wednesday.The torso of the girl, kept in a plastic bag, was recovered from a bush under Telco police station area, around 4 kilometre from the railway station on Tuesday night, they said. Three persons, including the two prime accused, were arrested in this connection. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Sniffer dogs were pressed into service to locate the head of the girl, Superintendent of Police (Railway) Ehtesham Waquarib said. The incident occurred on last Friday night when the girl was sleeping along with her mother and her male companion. Waquarib said the girl’s mother had left her husband in Purulia district of West Bengal with a man, one of the three arrested, and her child and were on the Tatanagar station platform that night. After her daughter disappeared, the woman lodged a complaint with the police saying that the man with whom she had fled might be involved in the incident. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe was forwarded to jail on Tuesday. His role in the incident is being investigated. The police officer said they got some inputs after watching the CCTV footage of the platform and identified the two main accused and arrested them. Waquarib said the two, who are in their 30s, confessed that they beheaded the girl after raping and strangulating the girl to death. On the basis of the lead provided by them, the police recovered the torso but the head was not found. The SP said the two accused were forwarded to 14 days judicial custody on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Sebi wants MFs to invest only in listed securities

first_imgNew Delhi: With an aim to safeguard mutual fund investors from high-risk assets, regulator Sebi wants fund houses to shift all their investments to listed or to-be-listed equity and debt securities in a phased manner and reduce their exposure to unrated debt instruments from 25 per cent to only 5 per cent. Exposure to risky debt securities has emerged as a major risk for the capital market investors, including those coming through the mutual fund space, and the regulator has been making efforts to enhance its regulatory safety net against such risks. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalTaking forward certain decisions approved by Sebi’s board earlier in June, the regulator has now finalised the draft amendments to the prudential norms for mutual fund schemes for investment in debt and money market instruments. Besides, some further amendments have been proposed for approval of Sebi’s board at its next meeting later this month, officials said. A key fresh proposal is to reduce the existing overall limit for investment of mutual fund schemes in unrated debt instruments, except those for which specific norms are separately provided, from 25 per cent to 5 per cent. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostFurther, the existing provision of the single issuer limit of 10 per cent for investment in unrated debt instruments has been proposed to be dispensed with, an official said. However, the official said these proposed limits may need to be reviewed periodically by Sebi after taking into account the market dynamics and participation of mutual funds in unrated debt securities from time to time. Among other decisions which have been in-principle already approved by the Sebi board and need to be incorporated in the amended regulations, the valuation of debt and money market instruments based on amortisation would be dispensed with and would shift completely to mark-to-market valuation with effect from April 1, 2020. Also, mutual funds would be permitted to accept upfront fees with disclosure of all such fees to valuation agencies and standard methodology for treatment of such fees would be issued by the industry body AMFI (Association of Mutual Funds in India) in consultation with Sebi. Under the new proposed prudential framework, mutual funds would invest only in listed or to-be-listed equity shares and debt securities (including commercial papers) and this would be implemented in a phased manner. Sebi would soon issue a circular on operational aspects of the proposal such as timelines, grandfathering of existing investments, exclusion of exposure in debt instruments such as interest rate swaps, etc. The existing regulations allow a mutual fund scheme to invest a maximum of 10 per cent of its net asset value in unrated debt instruments issued by a single issuer while the total investment in such instruments is capped at 25 per cent. However, pursuant to Sebi’s decision to allow mutual funds to invest only in listed securities, very limited number of instruments that are unrated would be eligible for investment by the mutual funds, as all listed debt instruments are mandatorily rated. After excluding debentures, government securities, interest rate swaps, interest rate futures, repo on G-Sec and T-bills, the mutual funds’ investments in unrated debt instruments are mostly in fixed deposits, bills re-discounting (BRDS), mutual fund units, repo on corporate bonds, units of REITs/InvITs (Real Estate and Infrastructure Investment Trusts), etc. However, Sebi already has separate investment norms for fixed deposits (FDs), mutual fund units, repo of corporate bonds and REITs/InvITs and the exposure to these instruments does not form part of the existing 25 per cent investment cap. Excluding all these instruments, the total exposure of mutual funds in the remaining unrated debt instruments is mostly in BRDS, amounting to about Rs 2,870 crore as on March 31, 2019. Besides, this investment is limited to just four mutual fund schemes and the average value of investments as percentage of the respective scheme’s asset under management was just about 3 per cent. As a result, Sebi is of the view that the existing limit of 25 per cent for investment in unrated debt instruments would be too high as the residual investment permitted in this category might be relevant only for few instruments including BRDS.last_img read more

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I should never have come here five years ago Tyendinaga mom

first_imgBy Delaney Windigo and Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsTyendinaga – The Tyendinaga Mohawk police have been asked to investigate whether the band council has been criminally negligent in its handling of the on-going water crisis where children have recently been diagnosed with cancer and developed body sores.The tribal police received the complaint from concerned community members. The Ontario Provincial Police were then called in to assist.Chief R. Donald Maracle confirmed he has been contacted by the OPP but said he didn’t think he was under investigation.Tension has been building on the First Nation about 20 Km east of Belleville, Ont. as residents have been demanding to know why three children have been diagnosed with leukemia.Dawn Sero’s daughter Paula died in September after being diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year. Another young child is undergoing treatments for brain cancer and several others have unexplained body sores.At a community meeting Wednesday residents learned the type of leukemia the children have isn’t caused by drinking water.Dr. Richard Schabas, medical officer of health for Hastings and Prince Edward County, said acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) hasn’t been known to be caused by environmental conditions. However, science doesn’t know much about what causes ALL and added that while it’s rare to have so many confirmed cases in such a small area it has happened before.“What’s going on in this community with this cluster of cases of ALL, well I don’t know. I don’t think anybody can claim to know but I can tell you that far and away the most likely explanation is this is just random chance,” he said.Regardless of what experts have to say, some parents believe there is a link between the environment, the body sores and case of leukemia.One of those parents is Sero. She and her family moved to Tyendinaga five years ago from the Toronto area.“I should never have come here five years ago,” she said. She added she is not convinced with what Schabas had to say. She is demanding more water testing be done.“When I asked (Schabas) what causes ALL and aplastic anemia he said it wasn’t benzene but there’s supposedly other causes, he really had no answers for anybody that were asking questions,” she said. “What I learned tonight (Wednesday) is that we are all at risk.”In fact, Schabas was up front about the lack of knowledge around ALL but said all medical science suggests it’s not caused by the water.The landfill on Tyendinaga was closed in 2004 and permanently capped in 2007. But it’s still a concern to parents. The site sits 600 metres from the Quinte Mohawk School and is on what is called fractured limestone bedrock without any sort of protection to stop its contaminants from leaching into the surrounding environment including sources of water.Water problems in Tyendinega date back to 1970s and has been an on-going problem with over half the wells on the reserve having undrinkable water.Residents who are on a well system have been on a boil advisory for years. The band council say they have lobbied Aboriginal Affairs for money to build a water treatment plant but it’s not clear whether any money is on the way. Maracle says the band wants $40 million to build a water and wastewater treatment plant.Tammy Green is another concerned parent.She and her family can’t drink their water and can’t bathe in it either. They go to her cousin’s home to shower.Green’s daughter started developing body sores about couple months ago.“There’s still sores on her body, they’re not as bad as they were when they first started out because they would be a pin point and then they would get to as big as a loonie, if not bigger,” said Green.Green said she’s taken her daughter to multiple doctors but no one has an answer.“I’m taking all precautions, where my kids are concerned. I do have three of them and I honestly don’t know what the problem is but I’m not drinking our water, not having anything to do with our water,” she said.Green’s daughter was friends with Sero’s daughter Paula and also with another young girl fighting leukemia at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.All three girls were in the same class at Quinte Mohawk School. The band council say water tests conducted at the school show the water is safe to drink.last_img read more

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Everything is in front of us Cryptocurrency spurs Quebec regional economy

MAGOG, Que. — Emiliano Grodzki moves his right hand across the front of a series of small, rectangular machines, each fitted with a fan blowing warm air inside a former metal factory in Quebec’s Eastern Townships.Grodzki and the rest of the Bitfarms team modified the building to house two giant opposing walls of shelves holding thousands of powerful computing systems built for a single purpose: mining for digital currency.Known as hashing, the hunt for cryptocurrency is essentially an exhaustive attempt by a computer to solve a mathematical problem. Every second, each computer in Bitfarms’ factory in Magog, Que., conducts 13.5 trillion attempts at solving a math problem. Grodzki, 42, an entrepreneur from Argentina and Bitfarms’ chief strategy officer, stops his hand in front of one machine that is unlike the others: It’s blowing cold air. “This one is not hashing,” he says.Bitfarms’ machines are solving math problems in order to collect or mine Bitcoin, the world’s most famous digital currency. Companies have sprouted all over the world in an attempt to cash in on the cryptocurrency industry. But Bitfarms stands out.The Montreal-area company is trying to set itself apart as much by its infrastructure and vertically integrated business model as for its attempt to reduce the social stigma associated with the industry’s voracious energy usage.Since its inception in November 2017, Bitfarms has been rushing to retrofit factories in Quebec regions emptied out by the decline of the province’s manufacturing industries. The company leases a former Tupperware plant in Cowansville, an old carpet factory in Farnham and an ex-cocoa storage facility in St-Hyacinthe, all to mine cryptocurrency.And it is currently turning the former Sher-Wood hockey stick factory it bought in Sherbrooke into a fifth mining operation.Key to the company’s success is securing a stable, reliable — and relatively inexpensive — energy source. That’s where Quebec comes in, with its abundant, renewable and comparatively cheap hydroelectricity. Hydro-Quebec recently designated 668 megawatts for the growing cryptocurrency sector, more than is consumed by the province’s conventional mining industry.But Bitfarms recognizes it also needs to partner with local communities and convince them they aren’t trying to suck as much power as possible, make a quick buck and leave.The company recently signed an electricity agreement with Sherbrooke city council that is serving as a model for how towns across the province can make money partnering with players in this new industry.“We have a long-term mentality,” said Pierre-Luc Quimper, the 35-year-old co-founder and president of Bitfarms, who started his first website-hosting company at 14 in his New Brunswick hometown. “We want to be long-term partners.”Bitcoin began in 2009, and its creator is unknown. Every time a Bitcoin is bought and sold online, the transaction is recorded in a public, electronic ledger.The technology behind the ledger is called blockchain, which is composed of a series of linked “blocks” that each contain up to one megabyte worth of transaction data.Every time a block of transactions is closed, a complex mathematical problem is created. The hashing machines located in Bitfarms’ four factories are in competition with all the other hashing computers around the world to solve the problem.The first computer to come up with the winning number is authorized to create a new block in the chain, in which more Bitcoin transactions can be recorded.The winning computer is also awarded a set amount of Bitcoin, which can be transferred into hard currency or used to buy anything from food to homes.Bitfarms’ factories house at least 16,500 hashing machines between them. Together, they conduct 220 quadrillion attempts every second to solve the single math problem created when a block of Bitcoin transactions reaches capacity.Hydro-Quebec, the provincial utility, helped the Bitfarms team find locations around the province for mining operations. Then the City of Sherbrooke came knocking with a novel idea for the industry.Cities across Quebec purchase enough electricity from Hydro-Quebec to satisfy peak demands, most often during the dead of winter. But for much of the rest of the year, the energy grids have surplus electricity, and the provincial government has been pushing municipalities to come up with ways to sell the extra power, said Christian Laprise, director of Sherbrooke’s municipal power utility.The deal inked with Bitfarms secures the company 98 megawatts of electricity from Sherbrooke. But Bitfarms will have to reduce operations and use less energy during peak moments of the year when the grid is being taxed by residents.A couple of years ago, Laprise had no idea what Bitcoin and blockchain were, but now he thinks the technology can help develop the digital economy in smaller cities in the province.“It can be very volatile,” Laprise said, referring to the market price of cryptocurrencies, “but according to the research I’ve done, it’s pretty unanimous that blockchain is a system of the future.”Laprise said he hoped companies like Bitfarms diversify “and that they are sustainable over the long-term.”Bitfarms says its long-term goal is to expand into other applications of blockchain, but at the moment it’s concentrating on building its mining infrastructure.Toward the end of 2017, the price of Bitcoin exploded, jumping from about $6,700 in September 2017 to an all-time high of roughly $26,500 per coin, before dropping rapidly in early 2018. One Bitcoin is currently priced at roughly $8,500.In 2018, Bitfarms earned US$33.8 million in revenue and a gross profit of US$10.9 million, representing a 32-per-cent profit margin. But due to the massive drop in Bitcoin’s price over that period, the value of its mining equipment declined significantly, resulting in an US$18-million operating loss.Back in Magog, Grodzki said the broken hashing machine blowing out cold air would be repaired by the company’s technicians at its laboratory in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., south of Montreal. The company’s program department created and manages software that tracks the performance of each computer. Their four factories — five when the Sherbrooke operation is operational — run on an electrical system maintained by Volta electrique, a wholly owned subsidiary.Quimper says he remembers what it felt like when he was 10 years old discovering the internet. He said the blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies are at the same stage now as the internet was in 1997.“For the last four years, I’ve had the same feeling I had when I was 10 years old,” he said. “Everything is in front of us.”Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press read more

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CPPIB and Texas firm in 125B venture to acquire large highquality US

TORONTO — The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board says it will commit up to $1 billion to a partnership with a Texas company which will buy oil and gas producing assets in the United States.CPPIB, which invests on behalf of the Canada Pension Plan, says its partner, Encino Energy, LLC, has pledged US$25 million to the partnership.It says the resulting company, dubbed Encino Acquisition Partners, will buy “large, high-quality assets” that have established production in mature basins throughout the lower 48 U.S. states.‘The market is vulnerable’: Oil’s record bearish bets prompt warning of violent rallyMajor cyber attack causes havoc at businesses around the worldNew technologies that have opened development of shale oil and gas formations have allowed the U.S. to boost oil production from four million barrels per day in 2008 to more than nine million bpd, while natural gas production has jumped from 64 million cubic feet per day to over 89 million cf/d, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.Avik Dey, head of natural resources for the CPPIB, says it partnered with Encino because of its operational experience and proven track record of acquiring U.S. assets.The private company was founded in 2011, according to its website, and is concentrated mainly on the Anadarko Basin of Texas and Oklahoma.The Canadian Press read more

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Stronger self regulation process in media sought

A group of representatives of the Sri Lanka Press Complaints Commission held a special discussion with President Maithripala today at the Presidential Secretariat.Attention was paid on the actions to be taken to strengthen the self regulation process of the media, the President’s media division said. Minister of Parliamentary Reform and Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilaka and the Secretary to the Ministry Vajira Narampanava, Chairman of Wijaya Newspapers Ranjith Wijeywardena, Managing Director of Upali Group of Companies, Nimal Welgama, Dr P Kesavaraj from Asian Media Publishers (Thinakural Group), Editor of the Sunday Times Sinha Ratnatunga, Editor of the Lankadeepa Siri Ranasinghe, Editor of the Sunday Island Mr. Manik de Silva, Secretary of the Free Media Movement C. Dodawatta, Kanchana Marasinghe of the Working Journalists Association, Kumar Lopez, CEO of the Sri Lanka Press Institute and Sukumar Rockwood from Sri Lanka Press Complaints Commission participated in this discussion. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Female busted with ganja at Bartica stelling male implicated also in

The 1169 grams of compressed marijuanaA 32-year-old female resident of Patentia, West Bank Demerara (WBD), along with a 30-year-old male resident of La Grange, WBD were arrested after the female was busted at the Bartica Stelling with 1169 grams of compressed cannabis.According to information from the police, when officers, acting on intelligence, intercepted the woman on Saturday around 08:45h at the stelling, she was reportedly in possession of a plastic bucket which when checked was found to contain two taped parcels of compressed cannabis.The illegal substance when weighed amounted to one thousand one hundred and sixty nine grams.According to the police, the male person was arrested nearby in connection with the said narcotics.Investigations are ongoing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related2 nabbed in Bartica with cannabisSeptember 16, 2018In “Crime”Two arrested for possession of cannabis at BarticaSeptember 17, 2018In “Court”Bartica man busted with 1027 grams of ganjaFebruary 10, 2018In “Crime” read more

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Black Thunder mine surpasses one year and 25 million employeehours with zero

first_imgThunder Basin Coal’s Black Thunder mine near Wright, Wyoming, USA surpassed 365 days and 2.5 million employee-hours without a single lost-time safety incident on April 28, 2009. During that time, the mining company’s 1,200 employees have produced more than 8% of the annual US coal supply from this mine. This achievement exceeds the mine’s previous safety record of 1.7 million employee-hours worked without a lost-time incident during 2001, which earned Black Thunder the Sentinels of Safety Award in recognition for operating the safest surface mine in America.“This record safety achievement is a real tribute to the men and women of Black Thunder,” says Ken Cochran, President and General Manager of Thunder Basin.  “The employees have each made a personal commitment to safety and are really working together to eliminate all incidents and injuries every day of every year.”In 2007, Thunder Basin was the first of Arch Coal’s subsidiaries to adopt a behaviour-based safety process to target at-risk behaviours. The Thunder Basin SABERS (Safety Actions Bring Employees Real Satisfaction) process includes peer-to-peer observations and problem-solving leadership. “Through our SABERS initiative, employees are empowered to be the primary drivers in the safety process,” says Thunder Basin’s Safety Manager Tim McCreary. “This level of individual engagement is helping drive our safety performance to the next level.”St. Louis-based Arch Coal is one of the largest US coal producers. Arch supplies cleaner-burning, low-sulphur coal to fuel roughly 6% of America’s electricity through its national network of mines. It attained an overall safety record in 2008 that was three times better than the US coal industry average, representing the company’s best year on record as measured by total incident rate and lost-time incident rate.last_img read more

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Lenovo P770 spotted with massive battery in tow

first_imgThe Droid Razr Maxx has won plenty of praise for its endurance, and up until now no other manufacturer has really opted to challenge Motorola for the mAh crown. If what you see above is the real deal, however, Lenovo may be preparing to offer up a capable competitor.This is the Lenovo P770, and as you can see it’s sporting a 3500mAh battery — 200mAh more than the Razr Maxx. Obviously there’s more to battery life than the capacity of the battery itself, but it’s pretty clear that Lenovo is gunning for two days of use on a single charge. And if that’s still not enough juice to satisfy your smartphone demands, there’s talk of a 4160mAh battery being made available, too.It also looks as though Lenovo is positioning the P770 as a fairly entry-level device. It’s big, but not supersized with its 4.5-inch qHD display, and its 1.2GHz dual core MediaTek processor will handle most tasks without missing a beat — even if it won’t compete with quad-core chips in terms of sheer muscle.Like the Razr Maxx, the P770 has an 8MP rear-facing camera, and it’s shipping with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Lenovo’s custom skin will most likely take the place of Google’s default, and the company’s SmartSound dual-speaker tech will let users enjoy “crystal clear” speakerphone calls or annoy nearby public transit passengers with their favorite audio tracks.Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but you can currently pick up the Lenovo A800 (which has the same processor and a similar display) for about $220 on Pandawill. Toss in a few extra bucks for qHD resolution and the massive battery upgrade, and you’re probably looking at a price tag of about $300 for the P770 when it lands on store shelves. Not a bad deal at all if you prioritize talk time over processing power.More at GizChinalast_img read more

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Cyprus economy reaches out for Australias helping hand

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Last year, economists found the outlook for Cyprus’ financial state very bad, seeing no new or even reformed model for it. Cyprus took a deep breath and has proved them wrong, in its effort to reconstruct the banking system as well as to create new opportunities. The Cypriots are making a rapid return to growth, inviting investors.The Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency, in close collaboration with the Cyprus High Commission in Australia, organised a mission to the two major Australian cities, Melbourne and Sydney. CIPA showcased a wide range of attractive business options for future investors from the fields of professional services, energy, large scale projects, state and EU funds, privatisation programs, not to mention the casino’s unlimited investment opportunities. Cyprus has always been an attractive land for investors, but now the government has put in numerous measures to ensure the economy’s development. A board of specialists took questions from members of the audience – the event was open to the public – regarding the island’s legislation, investment policy and taxation.Neos Kosmos contacted CIPA’s chairman of the board, Mr Christodoulos E. Angastiniotis, who led the delegation, to get more information regarding investment incentives in Cyprus. Mr Angastiniotis offered a clear and rather attractive point of view on the island of Aphrodite’s emerging opportunities. “Events like this bring us closer together and demonstrate the tireless efforts that are made not just to maintain, but also to strengthen the close ties between Cypriots everywhere,” Mr Angastiniotis said. “Our diaspora, our expats, have always offered a multitude of services to Cyprus with their multidimensional action. Political, economic, cultural and educational action. Actions that keep relations alive, both among expats abroad and between the overseas Cypriots and their homeland,” he added.Cyprus’ government has taken a vast number of new measures to ensure economic growth with a large capital infusion from international investors. These measures have been designed to reboot the economy in the wake of the massive restructuring of the country’s banking sector. “The events that took place in our country in March 2013, as you are well aware, shook the foundations of the Cyprus economy. We became the focus of unprecedented international attention. However, we soon began to reverse the negative situation, correcting distortions and restoring the economy’s competitiveness. All of the troika’s assessments since the Memorandum was signed have been positive, while it has been around a year and a half since the March 2013 events and our country is already back in the international markets,” he explained. More emphasis needs to be given to attracting foreign investment, precisely because it offers opportunities for immediate actions, capable not only of stemming the impact of the crisis, but also creating the conditions for restarting the economy. “We know that our task is not an easy one. Competition in attracting foreign investment is massive in normal times. All the more so in the current context, where our competitive countries have launched a massive effort to exploit the difficult position our country is currently in” Mr Angastiniotis tells Neos Kosmos.A big advantage for foreign nationals willing to invest in Cyprus – according to the president of the republic – is the easily acquired permanent residency status. Moreover, foreign investors who held deposits prior to 15 March, and who lost at least €3m as a result of the resolution of Laiki Bank and the restructuring of Bank of Cyprus, are eligible to apply for Cypriot citizenship. Determined to stimulate interest toward Cyprus’ promising new businesses or companies, the government has reduced the amount of time required to issue planning permission, to a maximum of one month for small projects and three months for large projects.In addition, permits for joint tourist developments such as condo hotels will be given, not to mention that the green light for casinos is now on. Building coefficients have been increased by 30 per cent in residential areas for large commercial developments. The coefficient will be increased by 25 per cent on the outskirts of residential areas for large commercial or office developments. It will increase by 20 per cent in certain tourist zones for large-scale property and from 10 per cent to 15 per cent for areas available for golf courses.“Even though Cyprus-Australia relations have always been excellent on all levels, there is massive room for improvement in the field of attracting investment. And to achieve this, we need your help. We believe that overseas Cypriots can play a substantive role in our efforts to attract investments and project Cyprus as an attractive investment destination,” Mr Angastiniotis told the audience. He highlighted the fact that Cyprus retains significant comparative advantages, which need to be showcased and projected, and there is great growth potential in a variety of sectors, such as research and technology, shipping, tourism, major development projects, medical tourism, the audio-visual industry, renewable energy sources, research and innovation, education and, of course, professional services. Furthermore, the energy and hydrocarbons sector is expected to offer a significant boost to economic growth, in the medium-term as well as long-term.He concluded saying that “the road ahead is a difficult one, but we have a duty to walk it until we reach our final destination, which is none other than economic recovery and the country’s return to growth and progress. We have faced difficulties in the past as well. Like then, we can address them and succeed again. There is vision. There is will and determination”.The Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA), with the knowledge and networking it has amassed over recent years, has taken on the role of central coordinator for all actions aimed at promoting Cyprus, in close cooperation with private organisations and the government. For more information visit www.investcyprus.org.cylast_img read more

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Migraines des anomalies des artères du cerveau misent en cause

first_imgMigraines : des anomalies des artères du cerveau misent en causeUne malformation des artères du cerveau pourrait être l’une des causes des migraines, plus particulièrement les migraines accompagnées, selon une nouvelle étude.Les migraines sont au 20e rang de la liste de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) sur les maladies ayant un impact sur le handicap et l’altération de la qualité de vie. Mais bien qu’elle touche 6 à 10 millions de français, cette maladie est encore mal comprise et peu traitée. Une étude parue dans la revue en ligne PLoS ONE pourrait néanmoins permettre de progresser dans le domaine : celle-ci vient de trouver un lien entre les migraines et les vaisseaux sanguins présents dans le cerveau.Des problèmes d’irrigation et de pression sanguineL’apport sanguin du cerveau est contrôlé par une structure appelée polygone de Willis, où les artères se rejoignent. Les auteurs de l’étude ont observé que cette structure était très souvent altérée chez les personnes souffrant de migraines, particulièrement les migraines accompagnées, dites avec “auras”. Ces types de migraines sont assorties d’auras ophtalmiques, des hallucinations visuelles qui consistent en des points lumineux, des lignes ou des formes plus complexes qui précèdent les crises. Dans leur étude, ils ont constaté que 73% des personnes avec des migraines accompagnées et 67% avec des migraines simples présentent un polygone de Willis incomplet. À lire aussiLe mariage aiderait à prévenir les risques de démence, mais pourquoi ?Cette malformation (toutefois assez commune dans la population) provoque des différences d’irrigation et de pression sanguine qui pourraient être l’une des causes des migraines. Le docteur Brett Cucchiara, neurologue à l’Université de Pennsylvanie et auteur de l’étude, déclare que “cela pourrait expliquer pourquoi chez certains patients un état de déshydratation peut provoquer une migraine”.Des anomalies proches du cortex visuelSelon John Detre, neurologue ayant également participé à l’étude, “des anomalies d’irrigations sont observées à l’arrière du cerveau, près du cortex visuel. Cela pourrait expliquer pourquoi dans le cas des migraines accompagnées les malades visualisent des formes et des couleurs”. Aussi, les scientifiques espèrent que cette étude permettra de démarrer de nouveaux travaux afin de repérer les anomalies dans les polygones de Willis et de développer des traitements adaptés. Le 30 juillet 2013 à 17:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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