News about Schumacher ‘not good’, says former boss

first_imgThe latest news about the health of seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher is not good, his former Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo said on Thursday.The German is still receiving intensive treatment far from the public eye at his home in Switzerland following severe head injuries that he suffered in a skiing accident in France in December 2013.”I have news and unfortunately it is not good,” Montezemolo told reporters without giving any further details.”Life is strange. He was a fantastic driver and only had one accident with Ferrari in 1999″, the former Ferrari chairman said.last_img read more

Misbah-ul-Haq bemoans bowling flaws in Pakistan’s series loss

first_imgPakistan’s failure to take 20 wickets in all three Tests was responsible for their series loss in Australia and the situation will not improve unless players get more exposure to conditions Down Under, captain Misbah-ul-Haq said on Saturday. (Scorecard)Misbah’s team arrived in Australia with their hosts in disarray after a 2-1 home series loss to South Africa and the tourists were confident they could at least take one test in the series, if not emulate the Proteas.Despite the odd patch of competitiveness, Pakistan were largely outclassed and their demise was completed at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday when they crumbled to a 220-run defeat to lose the series 3-0.”Our bowling is always our strength but in this series I was a bit disappointed that we couldn’t take 20 wickets in any of the Tests,” the 42-year-old Misbah told reporters.”That’s why we were so behind in every game, that’s important for you in Australian conditions. (Finch, Bailey dropped from Australia ODI squad, Lynn gets maiden call up)”It’s difficult for any Asian side to come here and take 20 wickets in a Test match. That’s an art and we could not do that and that mainly cost us the series.”If most of the Pakistan tour highlights came from batsman, the biggest disappointment was probably leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who arrived on his first tour Down Under with a big reputation but departed with eight wickets at a cost of 672 runs.He was not the first vaunted spinner from South Asia to struggle to adapt to the conditions.advertisementALIEN CONDITIONSSaturday’s defeat was Pakistan’s 12th straight in Australia through four series sweeps since 1999 and Misbah said youngsters identified as Test prospects had to be given a chance to taste the conditions earlier in their careers.”If we are not touring more often in Australia and South Africa, this could happen again and again,” he said.”I’ve already suggested that some of our players should be sent to Australia on a regular basis to play games here… this is the only way we can improve.”If you are coming here after four or five or six years, seven or eight guys are coming here for the first time. We are going to struggle.”Pakistan’s bowling woes were not helped by the number of injuries with pace spearhead Mohammad Amir in the treatment room for much of the series.”To win in Australia, your fitness is vital, in any other country you can survive but in Australia you need supreme fitness,” Misbah added.Misbah, who has said he will return to Pakistan before deciding on his future, thought the manner of the defeat in the second Test in Melbourne, where the tourists were dismissed for 163 on the final day, had been another decisive factor.”The last day of the MCG was the biggest disappointment of the tour and we got demoralised from that and could not recover,” he said. “This is how it is. Australia is not an easy place.”last_img read more

Some anxious moments as Canadian David SaintJacques successfully blasts off

first_imgLONGUEUIL, Que. — As David Saint-Jacques blasted off into space Monday, retired astronaut Robert Thirsk clinically explained the process to a packed crowd of Canadian Space Agency staff and guests.It was only after the spacecraft safely entered orbit about nine minutes later, drawing the first applause from an audience watching a live NASA feed, that Thirsk admitted to some pre-launch jitters about the Canadian astronaut’s mission.His former colleague was on the first manned launch since a rocket failure forced a Soyuz capsule carrying two astronauts to abort and make an emergency landing in October. Russia briefly suspended launches to investigate before giving the mission the all-clear Nov. 1.“I think I was more anxious today than on a typical Soyuz launch because of the launch abort in October,” Thirsk, the first Canadian to fly aboard a Soyuz capsule, said in an interview.“But I do trust the Russian colleagues … and they made the right decisions. And we saw today, complete success.”As Saint-Jacques became just the ninth Canadian to head into space, people across the country connected with the Canadian Space Agency to watch Saint-Jacques’ historic flight.Former astronaut Dave Williams took part in a launch party at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, while in Halifax, Mi’kmaq students, educators, and families gathered at the Discovery Centre to watch. Saint-Jacques holds a special place in the community: He has adopted the Mi’kmaq name, Tapit, and he is carrying into space what the Mi’kmaq describe as spiritual gifts.By the end of his 6 1/2-month space mission, Saint-Jacques, 48, will have set a record for longest space trip for a Canadian — a record currently held by Thirsk.But he won’t have much time to dwell on that feat. Aboard the station, Saint-Jacques will be conducting a number of science experiments, including research on the provision of remote medical care and on the effects of microgravity on the body.Thirsk is no stranger to long-duration space flight. He embarked on his own six-month trip to the space station in 2009, just a few weeks after Saint-Jacques joined the astronaut corps, and he has spent more time in space than any other Canadian, with 206 days under his belt.Thirsk, 65, said he advised Saint-Jacques not to forget to take some time for himself.“What he’s doing right now is incredible — very few people have ever done it. So take time to stop and think about what you’re doing for Canada, for humanity,” Thirsk said. “Look out the window, without a camera, just look down at the planet and think about what the big picture is.”One of Canada’s newest astronauts, Jenni Sidey-Gibbons, grinned broadly as the rocket carrying Saint-Jacques launched. She later said she was caught off guard by her own reaction watching her colleague fulfil a lifelong dream.“I know that it’s something that means a lot to him and his family and the team that got him there,” she said.But Sidey-Gibbons, selected for the space program in 2017, is excited about the prospect for what the future of exploration may hold — moving beyond the lower-Earth orbit and into deep space missions.“Space is changing so quickly and my hope is Canada’s as much a participant as it has ever been in international programs moving forward,” she said. “We don’t know where we’re going to go or what we’re going to find, but it’s going to be interesting.”Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Norwegian fund excludes four Canadian firms as it exits oilsands investments

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY — The largest pension fund in Norway has removed four Canadian energy names from its investment list and says it will no longer put money in companies that derive more than five per cent of their revenue from the oilsands.KLP says it sold US$58 million worth of stocks and bonds as it reduces its tolerance threshold for companies with interests in the oilsands from 30 per cent to five per cent, matching its limit for coal investments.The fund says it will now exclude Calgary-based Cenovus Energy Inc., Suncor Energy Inc., Imperial Oil Ltd. and Husky Energy Inc. from investment consideration, along with Russia-based Tatneft PAO. Shares in all four companies have fallen since a year ago as growth outstripped pipeline capacity, leading to steep price discounts and legislated production curtailments in Alberta.Keith Stewart, senior energy strategist with Greenpeace Canada, says in an email institutional investors are continuing to abandoning high-carbon investments because they “can see where the puck is heading.”In a news release, the Norwegian fund which administers more than US$81 billion in assets says a full exit from the oilsands is “great news” for customers because that activity is not aligned with a two-degree Celsius global warming target.“By going coal and oilsands free, we are sending a strong message on the urgency of shifting from fossil to renewable energy,” said KLP CEO Sverre Thornes in a statement.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 7, 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:SU, TSX:CVE, TSX:HSE, TSX:IMO)last_img read more

KMC challenge Some seek entry to Citizens Park after 8 pm

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation is facing an unusual problem after taking over the maintenance of Citizens’ Park, popularly known as Mohor Kunja, a few months back from the private company that was responsible for the upkeep of the park.Security guards in the park are facing a daunting task to prevent the entry of some 20-25 odd sex workers, who have been pressing the authorities to be allowed inside the park after 8 pm. “Security guards have complained of manhandling and intimidation from these sex workers, who live in nearby areas. These sex workers have been claiming that they were allowed to enter the park after the visiting hours, which ends at 8 pm. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAlmost every evening, they reach the gates of the park and urge the security guards to allow them to enter the park. But, according to rules we cannot allow entry to the park after 8 pm. We have lodged a complaint with Maidan police station and have urged the officers to take necessary measures in this regard,” an official in the Parks and Gardens department of the civic body said. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation had taken over the maintenance of the park situated on Cathedral Road opposite to the Nandan complex, a few months back from a private company that took charge in 2015. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe company was supposed to maintain the park for five years under the condition that it cannot plan any commercial venture within the park. However in March, the company wrote to the Director General of Parks and Garden department of the civic body expressing its eagerness to move out of the contract. Following this KMC took over the upkeep of the park that was established in 2005. It was one of the most vaunted projects of the erstwhile Trinamool Congress board with Subrata Mukherjee as the Mayor. It was first named as Citizens Park but Mukherjee’s successor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, Mayor of the Left Board renamed the park as Mohor Kunja in 2007 to honour Rabindra Sangeet expert Kanika Bandopadhyay and handed over its maintenance to Bengal Shelter, a private construction company. However, neglect in maintenance particularly of the musical fountain in the park prompted the KMC board under former Mayor Sovan Chatterjee to take over its maintenance in the middle of 2010. The civic body continued till Reliance Industries proposed to take over its maintenance in 2015. The proposal was accepted by Chatterjee.last_img read more

Canopy Growth plans 40000squaremetre pot production facility in Denmark

ODENSE, Denmark — Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) plans to establish a 40,000-square-metre cannabis production facility in Odense, Denmark to cater to the Scandinavian country’s medical marijuana patients.The new facility comes under a joint venture announced in September between Canada’s largest licensed marijuana producer and European hemp producer Danish Cannabis ApS, called Spectrum Denmark.The companies say the production facility in Denmark’s third-largest city is expected to have more than 125 staff and serve approximately 60,000 patients.Some 30,000 square metres of existing greenhouse infrastructure could be converted as soon as early 2018, subject to regulatory approval and licensing, the companies say.While Spectrum Denmark goes through the process of getting its license for production, it expects to import cannabis products from Canada.This comes as Canopy and other Canadian marijuana companies look to increase their international footprint to benefit from future growth in countries such as Jamaica, Germany and Brazil.“The Danish market is a stable, attractive market for a number of strategic reasons,” Bruce Linton, chairman and CEO of Canopy Growth said in a statement. “In Denmark, we see a strong pharmaceutical industry with an equally strong research tradition as well as a skilled labour pool and attractive energy rates.” read more

Feature Drawing down – the end of UN Peace Operations in Sierra

Our two white UN vehicles are carefully moving down the dusty and bumpy road between Kenema and Koindu in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone. We pass dozens of burnt, abandoned ruins of what were once sturdy brick and stone homes, some with hundreds of bullet holes in their walls – eerie remnants of Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war that started in this very spot. About 1,200 of the former warlord Charles Taylor’s rebels launched their devastating campaign here, leading to years of fighting that killed tens of thousands and displaced more than 2 million people (about a third of the population), disrupting nearly every national institution. House burned down during the civil war in Kailahun Town, Sierra Leone. UN Photo/Silke v. BrockhausenAfter more than 15 years of successive peace operations, the last United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone, the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office (UNIPSIL), is closing at the end of March. Among the challenges immediately ahead are support to the Government in the constitutional review process, as well as strengthening human rights, and justice institutions.One of the key components of future UN engagement is reform of the security sector, focusing on cross-border security and transnational organized crime, that will be implemented following UNIPSIL’s drawdown. In the wind-down phase, a team of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) security sector experts and UN Police is on its way to the border area to assess the challenges that remain and to examine how to support border security in the region. Spanish UN Police Officer Jesus Aguilar in front of houses destroyed during the civil war in Koindu, Eastern Province, Sierra Leone. UN Photo/Silke v. BrockhausenJesus Aguilar, Counter Narcotics and Organized Crime Advisor with UNIPSIL, has travelled many times to Sierra Leone’s border. On this trip, he shares his insights with UNDP security experts Lawrence Bassie and Peter Cross: “Sierra Leone shares almost 1,000 kilometers of a frontier with Liberia and Guinea, including 896 crossing points – most of which are unmanned. A high volume of international smuggling, drug and human traffic, passes through here. To effectively stabilize the borders and control the large influx of drugs, UNDP’s engagement and continued international support to national security institutions is in everyone’s interest.” Aguilar is overseeing the activities of Sierra Leone’s Transnational Organized Crime Unit (TOCU), the first of its kind in West Africa, in coordination with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). TOCU is mandated to combat organized crime through national and international coordination and to enable intelligence-based investigations of international crime. Since its establishment in 2010, this special crime unit has already carried out 18 law enforcement operations and investigated 337 drug or organized crime related cases, as well as supported the regional fight against illicit trafficking, drug trafficking and organized crime through joint border assessments and intelligence sharing with counterparts in Liberia and Guinea. Signs marking the distance to Guinea and Liberia from Kailahun Town, Sierra Leone. UN Photo/Silke v. BrockhausenWherever we pass, kids come waving and screaming towards our cars with the huge UN logos, adults casually give a thumbs up. The UN flag has been a symbol of hope for the population in this troubled region. Many of the over 17.000 blue helmets that arrived with the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone UNAMSIL in Sierra Leone also helped to restore peace and bring back a sense of security in this district of Kailahun. “The UN brought all the warring factions together to one conference table, to build a better Sierra Leone,” Koindu’s Town Chief, Moses Foryoh, 64, remembers at our meeting with civil society representatives. The UN’s “blue helmets” disarmed more than 75,000 ex-fighters, including hundreds of child soldiers. The UN destroyed more than 42,000 weapons and 1.2 million rounds of ammunition – a potentially deadly arsenal. The UN assisted more than half a million Sierra Leonean refugees and internally displaced persons to return home and supported training for thousands of local police. With the UN’s help, Sierra Leone’s citizens voted in successive free and fair elections for the first time in their history.Since its establishment six years ago as a civilian political mission, UNIPSIL helped Sierra Leone’s citizens consolidate progress, addressing tensions that could have caused a relapse into conflict while strengthening institutions and promoting human rights. It helped the Government bolster the political process, emphasizing dialogue and tolerance, and further strengthened the national police. One such youth empowerment project arose from youths themselves: the Sierra Leone Bike Riders Union. At the Guinea border, we meet former child soldiers who are now earning a living by providing transport on their “Okada”, a motorbike taxi, as part of this initiative. During his recent visit to Sierra Leone, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised the enormous strides towards peace, stability and long-term development in Sierra Leone and called it “one of the world’s most successful cases of post-conflict recovery, peacekeeping and peacebuilding.” He added that “this country shows that with a strong investment – in material resources, human energy, international support and national goodwill – we can achieve lasting peace.” UNDP security sector experts Lawrence Bassie and Peter Cross discuss the best location for border posts with UN Police Officer Jesus Aguilar, near the Guinean border. UN Photo/Silke v.BrockhausenEven in this most remote part of Sierra Leone, women are still selling fruit, vegetables and other basic commodities at small stalls in front of their houses; a clear sign that these communities don’t suffer from food insecurity, as a World Food Programme colleague explains to me. Yet the fact that Sierra Leone remains one of the most underdeveloped parts of this world is visible wherever we pass: most of the roads are only passable with 4×4 vehicles, which are out of reach for most Sierra Leoneans. The signs of poverty induced environmental destruction are heartbreaking: acres and acres of beautiful lush vegetation are being burned down to provide charcoal for cooking. We observe locals digging on the side of the road for gold and diamonds a few miles north of Kenema with simple equipment – a country that became infamous for its so-called “blood diamonds”, which reportedly fuelled much of the arms trade and kept the conflict going. Even though Sierra Leone is rich in natural resources including diamonds, titanium ore, bauxite, iron ore and gold, 76 percent of its population still lives below the poverty line. The World Health Organization reports that Sierra Leone has a life expectancy of 48 years, the lowest in the world. The country has the world’s highest under-5 mortality rate with 198 deaths of children under-5 for every 1,000 children born, according to UNICEF’s 2014 State of the World’s Children in Numbers report. It ranks only 177 out of 187 in UNDP’s Human Development Index. Members of the Sierra Leone Bike Riders Union at the border with Guinea. UN Photo/Silke v. BrockhausenAfter an exhausting 14-hour long journey from the capital of Freetown we finally arrive at our first mission destination, the police station of Koindu. About 40 representatives from the national security service, armed forces, police as well as immigration and customs are squeezed into a small sparsely furnished meeting room to share their assessment of the security situation and needs of the community with us. Nationwide, the UN has assisted in rebuilding national police and security forces and the results are tangible: Sierra Leone once hosted the largest UN peacekeeping operation in the world. Now, Sierra Leone has shifted from hosting more than 17,000 troops to being a troop-contributing country: more than 100 uniformed Sierra Leoneans serve under the UN flag in Darfur, Lebanon, Mali, South Sudan and Sudan – a powerful example of the country’s progress and the growing professionalism and institutional development of its security forces. Woman sells goods near the border with Guinea. UN Photo/Silke v. BrockhausenThe Sierra Leoneans we meet have a simple wish list, which focuses on development issues: “What we urgently need are jobs for our youth, an ambulance, roads, electricity and clean water,” Koindu’s Town chief Foryoh claims. “There might be political conflict but no more war and destruction,” With Sierra Leone at the crossroads of peacebuilding and long-term development, the international community is committed to building a more peaceful, democratic and prosperous country based on the rule of law and good governance. There are still challenges ahead as more needs to happen to strengthen civil society, promote political pluralism, empower women, create jobs – especially for young people – and improve education. Sierra Leone also has to invest in women and children’s health, reinforce democratic institutions, fight corruption, protect the environment, deliver on public services and establish sound State institutions. But most of all, to avoid future conflict it will be important to ensure that all people in Sierra Leone, even in this remote border region, benefit from progress that is being made. UN security experts meet with representatives of regional security institutions at the police station in Koindu, Sierra Leone. UN Photo/Silke v. Brockhausen UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon poses for a group photo with UNPOL/UNIPSIL staff as well as Sierra Leonean police officers serving in UN missions abroad during his recent visit to Freetown. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Sierra Leone is experiencing rapid deforestation, including in protected areas, largely caused by charcoal production and the timber industry. UN Photo/ Saskia Marijnissen Kids at a school supported by the World Food Programme run towards our UN cars. UN Photo/Silke v. Brockhausen UNDP Security expert Peter Cross speaks with armed forces representatives in front of the border crossing to Guinea. UN Photo/Silke v. Brockhausen UN Police Officer Aguilar speaks with local security experts in front of the border crossing to Guinea. UN Photo/Silke v. Brockhausen read more

Tuesday Take Ohio State struggles carrying momentum game to game need consistency

Ohio State sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle running the half-court offense against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Assistant Sports DirectorNo one expected the Ohio State men’s basketball team to defeat then-No. 16 Wisconsin on Thursday night. All the more reason fans don’t know what to expect come Tuesday night at Penn State.One of the most notable struggles for the Buckeyes (16-13, 6-10 Big Ten) this season is stringing together two consecutive performances that end in victories. OSU hasn’t won two in a row since Feb. 4 and Feb. 8 when it won at Michigan, then nearly suffered a catastrophic defeat to Rutgers.OSU’s win over Michigan was equally surprising to Thursday’s win over Wisconsin considering how poorly the Buckeyes have performed on the road this year, especially in conference. Just four days following the surprising win in Ann Arbor, Michigan, OSU was trailing in the later stages of the second half against last-place Rutgers at home.OSU is currently tied for 10th in the Big Ten with two games left against two teams that are also 6-10 in conference — Penn State and Indiana. To avoid another setback in the conference standings, the Buckeyes will need to put together two cohesive games for the first time all season.“I think we’ll find out tomorrow night,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “It’s a different opponent. It’s a completely different style of play. Matchups are not even close to what they were from Thursday night’s game. But hopefully we’ve got a good way about us going into the game.” A bid to the NCAA Tournament is likely out of the picture for the Buckeyes without a miraculous run to the Big Ten tournament title in Washington D.C. However, that goal — as far reaching as it might be — is all the more attainable without having to play on the first day of the tournament.The bottom-four seeded teams in the Big Ten play on the tournament’s opening day on March 8. OSU can nearly guarantee themselves the extra day off with wins over Penn State and Indiana in the final two games of the season. A loss in either one and the Buckeyes are likely playing on Wednesday.“I mean it would just help our bodies,” sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle said. “You got guys playing, 28 to 34 minutes per game. Hopefully, we can get these two and hopefully everything works in our favor.”A big part of Thursday’s victory was the play of Lyle and sophomore guard C.J. Jackson who both played point guard and scored 17 and 18 points, respectively. Jackson hit a career-high four 3s and Lyle was 10 for 10 from the free-throw line.Lyle has been one of several OSU players whose nightly production has been difficult to predict. Since moving to the bench following an ankle injury before the Michigan game, Lyle said he’s able to see how other teams operate on defense, which helps his game.When Jackson is playing at his best, similar to as he did in Thursday’s game, the guard duo can be difficult to stop. However, neither of them has pieced together consecutive consistent performances.“For me and C.J., just getting the ball and pushing (is important),” Lyle said. “I think we’re at our best in transition and on dribble drives, and with him spotting up and hitting shots and me spotting up and hitting shots, I think that’s big for us.”Penn State hosts its own dynamic guard duo with junior Shep Garner and freshman Tony Carr who leads the team with 13.2 points per game. Garner averages 11.9 and is one of four guys that average double figures.Penn State is also fighting to stay above the Wednesday cut line of the Big Ten tournament with games against OSU and at Iowa.OSU hasn’t had much leeway since it began a 0-4 slide to start the conference slate, and a big reason for that was inconsistency from the team’s production. Now riding with momentum following the team’s first win over a ranked opponent, that consistency will need to show.“I think that it’s (a) now-or-never type of mindset,” Matta said. “Just in terms of how we have to play and what we have to do.”Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. read more

Huge growth in Australian mining jobs

first_imgIn a joint statement, the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia explain that Australia’s minerals industry will need to find an extra 70,000 workers over the next decade to meet its demand for labour, according to a new report from the Minerals Industry National Skills Shortage Strategy (NSSS) Working Party. Buoyed by sustained global economic growth, employment in the minerals sector is projected to increase by 76% over the next decade, equating to more than 70,000 new positions, with significant gaps between supply and demand according to the report, Staffing the Supercycle: Labour Force Outlook in the Minerals Sector, 2005-2015.The report was funded by the Federal Department of Education, Science and Training, and undertaken by the National Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders University in Adelaide. Employment growth identified in this report predominates in Western Australia and Queensland with 42,000 and 15,000 positions projected respectively. Significant employment growth is also anticipated in the NSW and South Australian resources sectors. The demand for workers, in terms of absolute numbers, is expected to be most acute in trades and semiskilled positions, with the copper, nickel and bauxite/alumina industries experiencing the strongest growth. However, shortages in certain professional occupations and the challenge to attract enough people into these occupations will remain critical.The report provides a new insight into the issue of skills shortages, and the occupations where shortages are likely to become most acute, according to NSSS Chairman and Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA President, Dr David Smith. “This study provides valuable indications about the extent of future jobs growth in the resources sector, during this historic phase of demand for Australia’s raw materials,” he said. “It underlines the need for industry and Government to continue their efforts to skill and upskill Australians, to take full advantage of the economic strength in the minerals sector.”The projected demand for labour reinforces the need for a vigorous multi-faceted response according to the MCA’s Chief Executive, Mitchell H Hooke. “As this report highlights, we are not just looking at a skills shortage, but in fact a people shortage. In this context, the Federal Government’s recent Skills for the Future package is particularly timely. There’s no room for complacency given the anticipated demand for labour,” he said.Smith said: “Industry must continue to be enterprising to attract, train and retain workers. Some industry initiatives include establishing an Australian Technical College in the Pilbara in partnership with the Federal and Western Australian Governments, offering more apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities as well as promoting university collaboration in the delivery of minerals related undergraduate and post-graduate courses. The minerals industry continues to develop innovative strategies to attract young Australians and mature workers including working with schools and tertiary institutions to showcase mining related careers. We are a key industry participant in the Federal Government’s Careers Advice Australia initiative’’.Staffing the Supercycle: Labour Force Outlook in the Minerals Sector, 2005-2015, is available on the MCA website: and the CME website: read more

Chevy Volts Nissan Leafs Not Selling in US

first_imgNo one’s buying Chevy Volts. And even less than no one is buying the Nissan Leaf. Sales figures for the electric cars are a dim bulb, indeed. In February, GM moved 281 Chevy Volts–a figure that, as Autoblog points out, the manufacturer wasn’t exactly eager to share when it issued Chevrolet sales figures for last month.Nissan’s U.S. numbers are even more dire. The company moved a total of 67 Leafs in February in this country. Sixty-seven. That number is down from January, when the car manufacturer sold 87 Leafs. In all, Nissan has apparently only sold 173 Nissan Leafs in the U.S. since launch. The figures are apparently far more promising elsewhere–the vehicle saw 20,000 pre-orders worldwide, before launching last year.AdChoices广告last_img read more

Why get up Modded TV remote controls light switch

first_imgIf you find yourself relaxing on the couch and in the mood for some ambient lighting, but the switch is just too far away, Arduino and Kinect modder Andrew F. has a solution in mind. He wanted to prevent himself from having to get up from the couch, so he set on the task of modding his television remote so it could control the lights.He found his universal remote has some extra buttons he wasn’t using which, as we all know, is not at all uncommon. He chose a superfluous power button on the remote to be a his new light switch. The remote control didn’t need any modding — it was easier to build an IR receiver for the light switch and use the remote’s standard functions as the signal.He recorded the power button’s IR signal using Adafruit’s IR tutorial, then tailored the receiver’s code to pick it up. He then took apart an old 5v USB AC adapter, and attached it to an Arduino. To prevent the need for extra wiring, he used a solid state relay, which also prevents the noise a mechanical relay makes when changing states. Finally, he attached the rig onto a mounting block to provide a little extra for the board and IR sensor, tested the unit, and began living his luxurious life of never having to get up off the couch to flip the lights.Andrew was kind enough to make the code available in case you want live in the lap of sedentary luxury.via Hack a Daylast_img read more

Mary Lou McDonald says Englishman who left €17m to Sinn Féin was

first_img Share16 Tweet Email4 Wed 2:07 PM Wednesday 11 Sep 2019, 2:07 PM Short URL McDonald said the donation was a clear statement against the political establishment. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 24,868 Views Mary Lou McDonald says Englishman who left €1.7m to Sinn Féin was a ‘rebel with a cause’ The man left the money to Sinn Féin in his will.center_img McDonald said the donation was a clear statement against the political establishment. Image: PA Wire/PA Images 41 Comments THE 82-YEAR-OLD MAN who left £1.5m (€1.7m) to Sinn Féin in his will was probably a ”rebel with a cause”, Mary Lou McDonald has said.The Englishman, Billy Hampton, who died in Pembrokeshire in Wales, left the money to the party, in what is understood to be the largest ever known donation to a Northern Ireland political party.Sinn Féin has said it has complied with all Electoral Commission rules and regulations, a point reiterated by McDonald today at the Sinn Fein away day in Louth.However, speculation is rife about why Hampton left the money to Sinn Féin, with some reports stating that it was to hit back at the British establishment.  Speaking about the donation to her party, McDonald said the money “will be spent in accordance with all the rules and all of the regulations”.McDonald said she did not know Hampton, and therefore cannot speak as to why he left such a large sum of money to her party.However, she added: “But judging from what I’ve heard from people who did know him, he considered this to be a very robust statement against the political establishment. So he obviously saw in Sinn Féin, I can only surmise, an organisation that is foursquare for Irish unity, for progress in Ireland, for peace in Ireland. But also a party that stands foursquare against the political establishment so I can only say I think Billy was probably a rebel.”She added: “He clearly shared our cause.”Speaking on the BBC’s Talkback programme recently, Sinn Féin vice-president Michelle O’Neill said she also had never met Hampton but welcomed his donation.O’Neill said it would “help the party to build and lead the challenge towards a new and agreed Ireland”. Image: PA Wire/PA Images By Christina Finnlast_img read more

Burnout Paradise Remastered Makes Us Yearn for a True Burnout Sequel

first_imgIt’s hard to believe ten years have passed since the release of Burnout Paradise. Despite being a critical and commercial success, a proper sequel never materialized. There’s still no word on if or when a new Burnout will drop. Thankfully, we now have Burnout Paradise: Remastered to scratch the Burnout itch we’ve had for the past decade. While this re-release doesn’t offer anything truly new, it’s a great reminder of why we fell in love with it in the first place.Burnout Paradise was ahead of its time. These days, online open-world racing games are common. That wasn’t the case in 2008. Open world racing games weren’t new at the time, but being able to hop into a lobby with other players changed the notion of what a racing game could be. It just made the world feel more alive and exciting. Placing the once linear series into an open world setting was certainly risky, but it paid off. There’s a reason developers working on racing titles today cite Burnout Paradise as their inspiration.Burnout Paradise: Remastered doesn’t have the same volume of content found in modern open-world online racers. However, it does contain enough to allow for countless hours of play. You can partake in various racing challenges or simply explore the world to find collectibles. Each stoplight has events such as Race, Stunt, Road Rage, and Marked Man. These often let you cover wide expanses of the world map. Collectible items include yellow barriers to smash through, billboards to destroy, and large gaps to jump over.AdChoices广告The original game let players take any route they wanted in order to complete races. This was (and is) in contrast to how most racers give players an ideal route via bright arrows overlaid on the road. Aside from suggesting where to make turns, you’re left to your own devices. Doing this encourages players to learn the roads and take advantage of shortcuts to win. Even in 2018, this lack of guidance feels refreshing.Exploring the vast and varied locales of Paradise City is just as satisfying now as it was in 2008. Finding new stop lights, barriers, billboards, and jumps is still very addictive. It’s easy to spend hours without doing a single racing event thanks to all of the in-game collectibles. Some collectibles aren’t exactly easy to obtain, which makes it even more satisfying when you finally nab them. If you want to take a break from collecting, you can always enable Show Time and use your car to destroy everything along the road you’re on.Clearing events raise your driver rank, which in turn gives you access to better cars. At different points, unique cars will appear in the world. To get these vehicles, you’ll have to force them to crash. Getting new cars by ranking up is great, but there’s something immensely more satisfying about bringing them down to add to your collection. Each of these cars has a unique event that, when completed, gives you access to a higher-grade version of the vehicle.The core racing experience holds up remarkably well. In fact, I’d say the controls and overall feel are still superior to other arcade-style racers currently on the market. Of course, what makes racing in any Burnout game enjoyable is the ability to make opponents crash. You can win first place by employing good old-fashioned racing fundamentals. Or, you can crash into every car in front of you and force your way to the top. No other racer does vehicular mayhem quite like Burnout. Its core experience remains as strong as ever.I played on the base Xbox One and PS4 Pro, and both looked great on my 1080p TV. In fact, the game looks the way I remember it from ten years ago, just with smoother textures and anti-aliasing. Those who play on Xbox One X or PS4 Pro can play with 4K resolution and at 60 frames per second. The higher frame rate makes a game that already played great run even better. Burnout Paradise also runs nicely at a locked 30fps on the base consoles. If you have the mid-gen refresh editions of Xbox One and PS4, you’re going to get a little more out of this remaster.What I found interesting is the game’s default desaturated color scheme. I suppose this wasn’t noticeable back in 2008 since every game of the time had desaturated colors. The remaster does give players the option to tweak gamma, brightness, and saturation levels. Adjusting these options allows one to make the game more colorful and vibrant.All of the major DLC released for Burnout Paradise makes its way to the remaster. The only exception is the Time Savers Pack which unlocks every vehicle in the game. Aside from that, players can check out DLC like Big Surf Island, Cops and Robbers, and Burnout Bikes right from the jump.Burnout Paradise: Remastered is virtually identical to the original PS3 and Xbox 360 release. Under normal circumstances, an almost straight port like this would be unacceptable — if not downright lazy. However, the fact Burnout Paradise didn’t need much-enhancing shows how perfect the game originally was. I would even go so far as to say this is still the best racing game released in the past ten years. Hopefully, this remaster does well enough for EA to greenlight a true sequel. If you’ve never played Burnout Paradise or simply want to re-experience this modern classic, you owe it to yourself to pick it up.Burnout Paradise: Remastered releases on PS4 and Xbox One on March 16 for $40. Expect the PC version to drop onto the EA Origin store in the near future. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

CWCLIME gets exclusive rights to sports TV

first_img LIME Announces Flat Rate Plan Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Cable and Wireless Communications PLC, Flow Sports, lime tci, Premier League Football Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Oct 2015 – A more assertive maneuver to beef up its sports offerings is coming from Cable and Wireless thanks to a new partnership.Football lovers will now be able to enjoy action from the Premier League Football games exclusively through Cable and Wireless Communications PLC on the Caribbean’s newest sports network: Flow Sports. LIME TCI revealed that the option includes the showing of all 380 matches per season of the Premier league across 32 Caribbean countries from 2016 to 2019. The company, also won the mobile clip rights which will allows customers to view the games on any mobile device. A press release stated, “The network will be launched in November 2015, with content that includes coverage of international and regional football, cricket, rugby, tennis and athletics, as well as CWC’s exclusive NFL and Rio 2016 Olympics coverage. Flow Sports will broadcast across the region from a new 4-K-ready, state-of-the-art facility in Trinidad, offering 24/7 sports coverage in HD.”John Reid, President of CWC’s Consumer Division said: “We are thrilled to partner with the Premier League across the Caribbean.”Phil Bentley, Chief Executive of Cable & Wireless Communications said: “Following our merger with Columbus and our re-branding to Flow, the agreement with the Premier League is yet another example of the growing momentum building across the Caribbean…” The Indian Premier League Has a New Home in the Caribbean Flow Sports now offers an unrivalled Cricket line-up Recommended for you FISH FRY CANCELLED; GUESTS DISAPPOINTED AND HOTELLIER IS FURIOUSlast_img read more

Did You Know about World Soy Foundations Direct Gifting of Grain Program

first_imgMany farmers aren’t aware that there is an alternative to writing a check or swiping a credit card to make a donation to the World Soy Foundation (WSF)—direct gifting of grain through your elevator.Joel Thorsrud, USB Director and North Dakota grower, gives to the WSF through his grain elevator each year. Joel chooses to donate this way because it is an easy process and means the income from donated grain never hits his books.“I just tell the secretary at the elevator how much I want to send to the World Soy Foundation and she sends it,” he said.Direct gifting of grain is a unique way that growers can give to the World Soy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of your industry and the American Soybean Association.  Here are the simple steps to giving through your elevator:Tell the cooperative accountant, secretary, or appropriate representative that you would like to gift the value of (##) bushels to the World Soy Foundation. The elevator will handle the transaction to complete the giftIf your elevator needs to set up a specific account in order to complete the gift, simply direct them to email  or call (314) 576-1770 with the information they need, and we will be happy to assist in setting up an accountOne important note: please tell the elevator to include your name and contact information with your gift so the World Soy Foundation is able to send you verification and receipt of the gift.It’s that easy! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at (314) 576-1770 or by email at Join us in reducing malnutrition through the power of soy!Check us out on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to see our most recent updates. Or, visit us at read more

Boeing 747 Queen of the Skies for 50 years

first_img Aviation Boeing When it comes to airplanes, you never forget your first love My day flying a 747 over London The 747: A sad flight into the sunset Tags More on the 747 Even with the blessing of the then-powerful Pan Am, Boeing faced a daunting task in making the 747 a reality. At the time, it was also designing a supersonic transport called the 2707 to compete with the Anglo/French Concorde. Building one completely new airliner was risky enough, but designing two at the same time  — one that would be the biggest ever and another that would be the fastest ever — was a bet on the company’s survival. At the time when commercial supersonic hopes were high, some even thought that the 2707 would eventually relegate the 747 to hauling freight.Joe Sutter, a Boeing veteran who’d worked on all of the company’s previous commercial jets, became lead engineer (later called “the father of the 747,” Sutter died in 2016). His team faced a number of challenges, from finding a suitable engine (one didn’t exist at the time) to keeping the aircraft’s weight down. Even before it could start building the 747 there was a critical hurdle: Boeing had no factory large enough to do the job. Construction on the Everett site began later in 1966 and proceeded rapidly despite being an immense job on its own. Time was so short that the company finished the factory even as it was building the airplane’s first mockup on the floor. The upper deck was the Boeing 747’s defining feature.  Boeing Images Flight into historyAfter a development and construction period of just 29 months, the first 747 rolled out of the factory on Sept. 30, 1968. Four months later on a soggy Pacific Northwest day that first jumbo, called “The City of Everett,” took off from a newly built runway next to the factory. Then, after almost a year of more testing, the first passenger flight came on Jan. 30, 1970, between New York and London on Pan Am. Boeing would cancel the 2707 project the next year after the US Congress cut funding for supersonic development. By that time, though, the 747 was well on its way to being a hit. Lose one, win oneThe idea for a giant airliner came in 1965 after Boeing lost a competition to build a large military transport for the US Air Force (the winning bid from Lockheed would become the C5A Galaxy). With encouragement from Pan Am, which wanted larger aircraft for its many overseas routes, Boeing adopted its military plans to carry people instead of troops and equipment. Design work began (see the gallery above for the different design concepts) and in 1966, Pan Am ordered 25 aircraft. The 747 was born. Watch a Boeing 787 showcase incredible acrobatic stunts The Queen of the Skies. The jumbo jet. The whale. All are nicknames for the Boeing 747, the most famous jet airliner ever to ply the sky. Fifty years ago today in Everett, Washington, the first 747 took off on its first flight. Bigger than any other commercial airplane at the time, it was an equally big gamble for Boeing that went on to pay off immensely, not just for Boeing but also airlines and passengers. Though its numbers are dwindling fast, today you can still catch a glimpse of its easily recognizable profile at airports around the world. But as history-making as the plane has been, Boeing’s win all came out of a loss. A 747 story: The history of the jumbo jet Though its introduction initially caused problems for airports — baggage systems were overwhelmed, taxiways were too narrow, and some ground equipment couldn’t reach the passenger doors — they were eventually solved. Besides, passengers and airlines loved the spacious aircraft. Even today with the larger Airbus A380 flying around the world, there are still few better rides than the privacy of the upper deck or the serene calm of the premium class nose section.img9315.jpgBritish Airways still operates a large fleet of 747s. Kent German/CNET Beyond being just a more comfortable aircraft, the 747 changed air travel forever. Its ability to carry hundreds of people made air travel cheaper and mass tourism possible, it bore the Space Shuttle on its back and its cargo version brought us the age of speedy air freight. By the end of 2018, Boeing has built more than 1,500 747s of all types. (For an excellent look back at the 747 by a British Airways pilot who flew it, read this New York Times story by Mark Vanhoenacker.) Sadly, though, airlines are gradually sending their 747 fleets to a sunny retirement in aviation boneyards in the American Southwest. The aircraft is gone from US airlines completely — United Airlines flew its last 747 in November, 2017, and Delta Airlines followed the next month. Outside the US, you can still fly classic 747-400s with British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Thai Airways, KLM, Qantas and Lufthansa. You’ll see them disappear, though, over the next few years. Lufthansa, Air China and Korean Air are keeping the dream alive for longer with the newest version of the family, the 747-8 Intercontinental, but Boeing doesn’t expect additional airline customers for the type. So buy your tickets now for a ride. Boeing is still building freighter models of the 747-8, so if you’re a package you’ll have more time.Happy anniversary, 747. The Boeing 787 is great and all, but I’ll miss your upper deck.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition. 7 Share your voice 2:23 Comments 32 Photos Tech Industry Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Democrats demand Trump administration stop offshore oil leasing work during shutdown

first_imgShell’s Noble Discoverer rig in Unalaska in 2012. (KUCB photo)Democratic congressman Raul Grijalva of Arizona and two of his colleagues in the House today wrote a letter to the Interior department demanding the agency halt its work on offshore oil leasing and permitting during the partial government shutdown.It was spurred by Interior’s decision last week to bring in 40 employees to work on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s national offshore oil leasing plan. That plan, as initially drafted, would open up far more of Alaska’s federal waters to oil development.Grijalva now chairs the House Resources Committee and is often at odds with the Trump administration’s “energy dominance” agenda. He thinks Interior is breaking the law by proceeding with offshore oil work during the shutdown.“This is an outrageous step,” the letter states, calling Interior’s justifications for the decision, “farcical, and make it clear the administration cares only about the impacts to its favorite industry and not about workers, their families, and ordinary Americans.”The letter states that if Interior does not stop the work, Democratic lawmakers “insist” that acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt come to Capitol Hill to explain the agency’s reasoning.In a statement, Interior spokesperson Faith Vander Voort said, “we are happy to meet with the Committee, as appropriate, and we are confident that we are fully meeting our legal obligations.”This is not the first time Grijalva and Interior have locked horns over oil development work continuing despite the shutdown in recent weeks. Last Monday, the congressman wrote a letter to Interior demanding answers about the agency’s move to keep advancing work on oil leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, in addition to proceeding with public meetings on potentially expanding oil development in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.The agency wrote back, claiming that work was also legally funded and “critical to the state of Alaska and the nation.”Democrats and environmental groups are also calling for the Interior department to extend the comment period for its program to hold an oil lease sale in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge because of the shutdown. The Bureau of Land Management has announced it is postponing public meetings related to that program, but the comment deadline — February 11 — remains the same.last_img read more

Furious investors send Tesla shares plummeting amid Elon Musks Twitter rant

first_imgTesla CEO and Co-founder Elon Musk lobbed one of his worst remarks in the recent times as he called one of the British cave divers involved in the rescue of 12 Thai children last week, a “pedo”.The repercussion of his tweet resulted in Tesla becoming the worst-performing stock on the Nasdaq index. Its share crashed by 3% at USD 310.10. It fell even further in the after-hours trading session to $US307. The electric car company has lost almost 2 billion USD of its market value.Angry investors were involved in heavy selling as Tesla shares nosedived, the repercussion of which left the company in a losing streak on Nasdaq. Interestingly, Tesla was America’s most valuable automaker, worth more than General Motors, only a few months ago.It all started when Musk tweeted about his company working on a miniature submarine to help rescue the 12 Thai boys trapped in a flooded cavern, which had received global attention with over 1000 personnel involved in the operation. Elon Musk had visited the caves and offered to dispatch a miniature submarine but was then rejected by the rescue operation team. Elon Musk’s tweet about his submarineElon Musk Twitter official handleVernon Unsworth, a British diver who played a key role in the rescue operations had called dismissed the use of the submarine as impractical and called it a PR stunt.Reacting to his argument, the Tesla CEO tweeted on Sunday calling Unsworth a paedophile. Though the tweet was later deleted due to public outrage, Musk was severely criticized for his careless remark.The electric car company’s stock has plummeted over 16 percent since last month, losing billions of dollars off its market value. The setback has come at a time when the company is still dependent on the investors’ cash and confidence. The company reported a loss of over 2 billion USD last year and is yet to break even.Large shareholders of Tesla have now begun to question how the short temper of the company’s CEO could affect the growth of the company. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:48Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:47?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img “Wild Boars” Soccer Team Rescued From Flooded Thai Caves After Being Trapped For Two Weekslast_img read more

Governor signs Rep Bumsteads bill supporting Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund projects

first_img18Mar Governor signs Rep. Bumstead’s bill supporting Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund projects Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed legislation that allocates over $24 million from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) for 69 projects to benefit Michigan’s residents and natural resources.State Rep. Jon Bumstead sponsored House Bill 4078, now Public Act 7, which authorizes the MNRTF to support 25 acquisition projects and 44 development projects for public recreation or protection of resources and wildlife in 40 counties across the state.“These projects will serve to protect Michigan’s invaluable natural resources and provide the chance for residents and visitors to explore our state’s abundant recreational opportunities,” said Rep. Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “The funds are necessary for local governments to be able to expand and develop their communities, as well as protect vital resources.”The MNRTF is a constitutionally created fund that can only be used to provide financial assistance to local units of government and the Department of Natural Resources to obtain and develop land for outdoor recreation projects and the protection of natural resources. It is funded by annual revenues from the development of publicly owned mineral resources.Applications for assistance from the MNRTF are accepted annually from local governments and recommendations are made by the MNRTF Board. Projects are then submitted to the Legislature for approval and appropriation of funds.For more information on the MNRTF visit Categories: Newslast_img read more

Rep Chatfield announces December office hours

first_img Categories: Chatfield News 02Dec Rep. Chatfield announces December office hours State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents of the 107th House District to join him during local office hours for the month of December.“Staying accessible to the people of Northern Michigan is very important to me, and that is why my staff and I have held monthly office hours in every county throughout the district for 23 consecutive months,” said Rep. Chatfield.His December office hours schedule is:Friday, Dec. 9Emmet CountyStained Cup Coffee Co.?181 E. Main St. in Harbor Springs?9-10 a.m.Cheboygan CountyAlice’s Restaurant?116 S. Main St. in Cheboygan?11 a.m.-NoonMackinac CountySt. Ignace Chamber of Commerce?560 N. State St. in St. Ignace?2-3 p.m.Chippewa CountyClyde’s Restaurant5324 W. M-80 in Kincheloe?4-5 p.m.No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Anyone unable to attend may contact Rep. Chatfield’s office by calling ?(517) 373-2629, via email at or through his website at read more