New Delhi: Indian Super League (ISL) debutants Hyderabad FC will be without the services of Spanish midfielder Nestor Gordillo for their first eight matches of the upcoming sixth season.Hyderabad will make their ISL debut against former champions ATK at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on Friday. Gordillo will be ineligible for selection until December after he was handed a four-month ban by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Players’ Status Committee on August 13 this year for signing a “pre-contract” with the now-dissolved FC Pune City despite having a year left in his contract with Chennai City FC.Latest the 30-year-old can be available for current ISL season is in the reverse fixture when Hyderabad FC host ATK on December 21. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Chennai City FCfootballHyderabad FCindian football First Published: October 24, 2019, 7:14 PM IST
revenue villagesGorakhpur, Oct 19 (PTI) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath celebrated Diwali with the forest dwelling Vantangiya community here today and also declared five of their settlements as revenue villages.The chief minister distributed sweets, fruits and textbooks to the children and wheelchairs to the differently- abled Vantangiyas.Adityanath directed officials to present proposals before the state government for making primary schools, aaganwaadi centres, sports fields, drinking water arrangements, cremation spots and grazing land in the five villages.The five villages which were declared as revenue villages are: Tikonia number-3, Ramgarh alias Rajhi, Chilbila, Sarkar and Aam Bagh Ramgarh.A revenue village is a small administrative region – a village with defined borders. One revenue village may contain many hamlets, officials said.The Vantangiya community comprises people who were brought from Mayanmar to plant trees for afforestation during the colonial rule.The community faces problems related to the use of natural forest produce like fruits, honey, wax, wood and leaves to meet their daily needs as the forests inhabited by them are not considered as revenue villages.Conversion of tribal-dominated forest villages to revenue villages under the provisions of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act will enable the administration to adopt development measures such as setting up of schools, dispensaries, and other facilities in these villages. PTI CORR NAV ADS
TOKYO (AP) — An IOC inspector working on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics said Wednesday that a powerful typhoon and a deadly earthquake that hit Japan in the last 10 days have been a wake-up call for organizers.The most powerful typhoon in 25 years left 11 dead in the Osaka area of western Japan when it struck Sept. 4. A few days later, a deadly earthquake hit the northern island of Hokkaido and killed about 40.John Coates, an Australian who heads the inspection team, said what happened “has hit home to me.”Coates helped organize the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He said organizers there simulated disasters.“You don’t have to dream anything up in this country,” he added. “It’s very sad to say.”He said disaster preparation “is being factored” into the planning.The other uncontrollable problem could be Tokyo’s searing heat, which set records this summer with temperatures soaring regularly over 38 degrees C (100 degrees F).Coates, an International Olympic Committee member, said that body favored going onto daylight saving time.“It does seem a very good solution to us,” Coates said.Yoshiro Mori, a former Japanese prime minister and head of the local organizing committee, has asked the Japanese government to consider moving the clocks forward.Japan does not change its clocks as many countries do.Mori has turned down suggestions of switching the games to October when temperatures are cooler. The 1964 Tokyo Olympics were held in October.Organizers also confirmed what was long known: the swim finals will be held in the morning, as they were in Beijing in 2008.This is primarily to accommodate the American broadcaster NBC, which will telecast the finals live during evening viewing hours in North America.There is some local resentment of scheduling events to accommodate foreign broadcasters.Finals are scheduled from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. local time. Preliminary heats will be from 7-9 p.m. local time. The first final will be the men’s 400-meter individual medley on July 26.“It’s in the morning, but it’s 10:30 or 11. That’s not abnormal hours,” said Koji Murofushi, a former Olympic gold- and silver-medalist in the hammer throw, who is the games sports director.Organizers also announced plans to start recruiting 80,000 unpaid volunteers. A Japanese reporter told Coates there was some criticism in Japan about using volunteers.“They are hinting that it is similar to forced labor,” she said.An Associated Press study several years ago showed that using unpaid volunteers saved the IOC at least $100 million, maybe more.“Volunteers are volunteers,” Coates replied. “And they don’t have to apply if they don’t want to.”The IOC generates almost $6 billion in income over a four-year Olympic cycle. Coates explained 90 percent of the money goes back to national Olympic bodies, sports federations and local organizers.“The economics of it necessitates having to have volunteers,” Coates said. “They get trained, they get their uniforms. They are part of something very exciting.”He added: “I think it’s a fine model … and I don’t think there’s a case for paying volunteers.”IOC members receive per diems of between $450-900 when they are on Olympic business, and other generous perks like paid lodging at top hotels.In other business, organizers announced the Olympic torch will be kindled on March, 12, 2020, in Greece. The handover ceremony to Japanese organizers is set for March 19 with the torch arriving in Japan on March 20.The flame will be displayed in three northern prefectures hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami until March 26 when the relay begins from the Fukushima region and runs across Japan’s 47 prefectures.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous Architectural considerations for enabling industrial IoT devicesNext TPG Capital completes acquisition of Wind River Cadence Design Systems announced the Cadence Liberate Trio Characterization Suite, a unified library characterization tool that runs both statistical and nominal characterization in parallel and provides complete validation of standard cell libraries. Employing advanced machine learning techniques, this tool uses smart interpolation to help determine the critical corners that need to be characterized. By making characterization processes thoroughly distributed and massively parallel, it has been fully optimized for running on cloud-based servers. In addition, the Liberate Trio suite offers up to 3X performance increase by running corners in parallel and natively running statistical and nominal characterization together.The Liberate Trio Characterization Suite is part of the Cadence Cloud portfolio. The machine learning algorithms in the Liberate Trio suite help guide the designer, predicting critical corners and helping designers decide what corners need to be characterized. The tool uses smart interpolation, not just linear interpolation, to ensure accuracy.Designers today have an increasing need for high-throughput characterization and fast, accurate re-characterization of custom corners. Cadence created a unified graphical user interface (GUI) cockpit that lets designers use a single script to efficiently launch and monitor characterization. This addresses the challenge of maintaining consistency of data across the large number of process, voltage and temperature corners. It also helps designers properly mine all the data that is collected.Addressing the parallel nature of library characterization over hundreds of cells, characterization uses multiple CPUs to improve throughput. Now, Cadence has optimized the Liberate Trio suite to be fully cloud ready, whether employed in a public or company private cloud, and scalable to over a thousand CPUs. Characterization of a library containing over 1000 cells that would normally take weeks now can be turned around in days.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software
Indian football is undoubtedly on the rise. As the senior national team continues to make strides in FIFA rankings, it is the development and heartening performances of the junior teams that gives fans a ray of hope going into the future.On Monday, India’s U-16 team went down fighting 1-0 against a solid Korea Republic side in the AFC U-16 Championship quarter-finals. Ahead of the quarter-finals, Korea Republic had scored 12 goals in the group stage, against India they scored just one.These young players are extremely talented and all they need to develop and get better is get proper training and nourishing. Indian Super League (ISL), I-League, Santosh Trophy, Durand Cup and various other league and tournaments in the country provide that platform.In the ISL, the rule says that at least six players in the playing XI should be Indians. However, Delhi Dynamos’s Spanish coach Josep Gombau feels playing XI should have at least seven local players allowed on the pitch in order to develop the homegrown talent.However, he went on to add that in Asia, it’s normal for leagues to allow 5-6 foreign players in the playing XI. Gombau has been coaching in Asia since 2009, when he first took over Kitchee, a Hong Kong based football team.”Around Asia, it is normal to have five foreigners in the team and six local players. In my opinion, a team should have at least seven local footballers to develop home players,” Gombau said in the press conference ahead of Delhi Dynamos’s season opener against FC Pune City on Wednesday.advertisementGombau, who coached the Espanyol youth team from 1999-2003 and then handled Barcelona’s youth team from 2003-2009, feels it is extremely important to develop the kids of a country, in order to evolve and improve football in the nation.”It is important to develop kids, make academies and work on the talent of youngsters. The population of India is huge and it can be strong in world football if the kids are worked upon.” Delhi Dynamos coach Josep Gombau said that it is important for Indian football to give exposure to its youngsters (@vinit_vr Photo)Gombau said that he was a follower of the ISL even when he was working in Australia. Gombau has been in Australia since 2013, managing Adelaide United, Australia U-23, Australian national team as assistant and Western Sydney Wanderers all this while.”I followed ISL last year as well in Australia. I feel the competition here is good and it is only improving every year. So when I got the opportunity to come here, I grabbed it.”I find the league interesting and in just five years, it is very well followed in Asia and Europe. ISL has the potential to be something really good and I wanted to here in the beginning itself and do some good work.”Gombau was also happy with his squad at Delhi Dynamos and had faith in the young Indian players, who he felt had a lot of hunger to achieve success.”We have a good set of Indian players. They are young and have hunger to achieve success. They want to achieve something big. We have five players who play for India U-23 and then about four in the senior team, so no complaints from the team.”Players like Nandhakumr Sekar, Daniel Lahlimpuia and Lallianzuala Chhangte are all very good and can score goals also,” Gombau stated.
Steven Gerrard was under no illusions whatsoever. His first senior role in management was still weeks away, but the Liverpool legend knew exactly what was lying in wait.“A bit of time off, and then the mad house,” said a smiling Gerrard, sat aboard a flight to Kiev in May. He was heading to watch Liverpool in the Champions League final, part of BT Sport’s punditry team. After that, it was time for the real work to start. “Looking forward to it,” Gerrard told reporters and well-wishers en route to the Ukraine.That work has been as intense as he anticipated. Thirty-seven games across three competitions, 10 permanent signings and five loan deals, highs, lows and the steepest of learning curves. No easy introduction, even for someone of Gerrard’s stature. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? It has been, in his own words, “a rollercoaster ride” but would he change it? “Not for anything,” he insists. The biggest thrills could be still to come.If Rangers beat Celtic at Ibrox on Saturday they will not only end a run of 12 Old Firm games without a victory; they will also ensure they end 2018 level on points with their greatest rivals. They’ll have played a game more, but it would still be a significant milestone given the club’s journey over the past decade.Not since 2011, prior to their decline into administration and eventually liquidation, have Gers fans had a title challenge to get their teeth into. After just seven months in Glasgow, Gerrard’s impact is there for all to see.That won’t surprise anybody who witnessed his remarkable playing career, of course. Nor those who followed him during his year in charge of Liverpool’s under-18 team. Gerrard the player was something special, and Gerrard the manager carries many of the same key traits. He demands, he leads, he inspires. He sets high standards and he craves success.“In terms of targets, I just want to win,” he told his first press conference back in May. “That’s my buzz, my demand.”His start has been a positive one. Rangers have won 11 and lost just three of their 20 league games so far, and Gerrard oversaw the longest unbeaten European run in the club’s history as he navigated his way through the Europa League qualifying rounds and into the group stage. Only narrow defeats to Spartak Moscow (4-3) and Rapid Vienna (1-0) denied his side a place in the last 32.“People always ask me; is Steven a coach or is he a manager?” says Michael Beale, part of Gerrard’s coaching staff. “He’s very much in the leader/manager role.“We’ve had a good start at Rangers so far, and that’s something I put down to his personality and how he holds the group when he communicates.”Beale, a highly-rated youth coach, was taken with Gerrard from Liverpool, along with Tom Culshaw, Rangers’ technical coach, and Jordan Milson, their head of performance. Assistant manager Gary McAllister and goalkeeping coach Colin Stewart complete the first-team setup, with Gerrard happy to delegate among his trusted lieutenants. “He’s a very talented field coach,” says Beale. “But he likes to stand back and see the whole group. That means he’ll see things that I’ll never see.”It hasn’t all been plain sailing, of course. Defeat to Aberdeen in the League Cup semi-final denied Gerrard a first shot at silverware, while their performance in losing narrowly to Celtic in the season’s first Old Firm clash suggested that the gulf in quality between the two teams remains.Disciplinary issues have dogged Gerrard’s early months as a manager. Rangers have collected no fewer than eight red cards this season, with top scorer Alfredo Morelos responsible for three of those alone. “We aren’t a dirty team,” says Gerrard, but successful teams should certainly not be playing with 10 men so often.Morelos, with 20 goals in all competitions, is the key man. Gerrard went public this week, denying that the Colombian would be sold in the January transfer window. He knows he can ill-afford to lose the combustible 22-year-old; Rangers’ second leading scorer is their right-back, and captain, James Tavernier.Recruitment so far has been mixed. Goalkeeper Allan McGregor and centre-back Connor Goldson have been clear successes, while midfielders Lassana Coulibaly and Scott Arfield also fall into that category. More, though, might have been expected of the likes of Kyle Lafferty, Eros Grezda and Ovie Ejaria, a young midfielder signed on loan from Liverpool, who has since returned to Merseyside.Part of Gerrard’s make-up as a person is his ongoing quest for perfection, and his inability to hide his feelings when things aren’t as he wishes. That has been clear in some of his public statements, in which he has criticised his players and, on more than one occasion, suggested he will look to bring in better ones if they fail to perform. Rangers are expected to be busy themselves in January, with forwards and wide players high on the agenda. Turning draws into victories will be key if they are to sustain their challenge in the New Year.Gerrard was critical of his team after their recent win at St Johnstone, with his comments that “we shouldn’t have to work that hard to win at places like this” causing something of a stir in the media. Gerrard, for his part, denies he meant any disrespect.As for this weekend, he will be hoping for a more positive showing than he got from his team at Celtic Park back in early September. Then, an Olivier Ntcham goal was enough for Rodgers’ side, on a day when Rangers’ attacking threat was minimal.It should be different in front of an expectant Ibrox, who are eyeing a first home Old Firm win since March 2012, prior to the liquidation of The Rangers Football Club. Their only success in 14 meetings since came via a penalty shootout in the Scottish Cup semi-final in 2016. Typically, Rangers went on to lose the final anyway.If Gerrard’s side, reformed, re-built and re-energised, can end that long wait, it will underline the work he is doing in Glasgow. He took on a hell of a challenge when he walked into Ibrox, but the rookie manager is making a more than decent fist of it so far.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license US-based container carrier Matson delivered stronger results for the quarter ended September 30, and raised its 2018 outlook.The company’s net income for the third quarter increased to USD 41.6 million, compared to USD 34.1 million reported in the same period a year earlier. Consolidated revenue was USD 589.4 million, up from USD 543.9 million seen in the third quarter of 2017.For the nine months ended September 30, 2018, Matson reported a net income of USD 88.4 million, compared with USD 65.1 million in 2017, while revenue increased to USD 1.65 billion from USD 1.53 billion reported a year before.“Our performance in the quarter was in line with our expectations with Ocean Transportation results approaching the level achieved last year and continued strong execution across all service lines in Logistics,” Matt Cox, Matson’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,For the quarter within Ocean Transportation, the company saw a favorable rate environment in China and continued strong performance from SSAT, but also faced unfavorable timing in fuel surcharge collections relative to fuel cost increases and lower volume in Alaska primarily due to a weaker-than-expected seafood season.The company’s container volume in the Hawaii service in the third quarter 2018 was 1.1 percent lower year-over-year primarily due to one less sailing. In China, the company’s container volume in the third quarter 2018 was 3.3 percent lower year-over-year largely due to a dry-dock return sailing in the year ago period.Guam container volume was flat on a year-over-year and sequential basis, while in Alaska, the company’s container volume was 2 percent lower year-over-year, primarily due to lower southbound volume as a result of a weaker-than-expected seafood season.“We expect our businesses to continue to perform well in the fourth quarter,” Cox said, adding that the company is therefore raising its outlook for Ocean Transportation. For the full year 2018, Matson expects Ocean Transportation operating income to be modestly higher than the level achieved in 2017.
Health Minister Maureen MacDonald announced today, June 1, the co-chairs for an oversight committee which will guide the right decisions in developing a mental health strategy for the province. “I am pleased that Dr. Michael Ungar and Joyce McDonald have agreed to co-chair this committee and use their experience and expertise to provide direction for a mental health strategy for Nova Scotia,” said Ms. MacDonald. “The development of this strategy helps fulfill a commitment by government to revamp mental health and addictions services across the province. This is an important part of our plan to provide better health care for families in every region.” Mr. Ungar has been a social worker and family therapist for more than 25 years, working with children and families in child welfare, mental health, educational and correctional settings. As professor at the School of Social Work, at Dalhousie University in Halifax, he leads an international team of resilience researchers that spans more than a dozen countries on six continents. In addition to his research and writing interests, Mr. Ungar maintains a small family therapy practice and participates in a committee working on a national mental health strategy. Joyce McDonald worked for the Colchester East branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association for 24 years, including as executive director. She has a background in psychiatric nursing and is working as patient rights advisor for the Empowerment Connection. Ms. McDonald has developed supportive housing programs, social and recreational programs, employment programs and peer led groups. The committee will develop a strategy, a consultation process and monitor progress. The co-chair positions are voluntary and the remainder of the committee members will be named over the next few weeks.
Advertisement Login/Register With: In 2018, the festival’s longest season on record, attendance hit 502,605, up 10 per cent from the year before; about 105,000 of those patrons were newcomers, up from 86,000 the previous season.Credit for those last figures must be shared with Dan Chameroy and the cast of The Rocky Horror Show, in which Chameroy starred as corset-clad, mad scientist transvestite Frank N. Furter. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Antoni Cimolino has been asked to stay on as artistic director of the Stratford Festival until 2024. (SCOTT WISHART) Facebook There are two men who played a big part in a Stratford Festival season that saw a $1.9-million surplus and the festival’s highest ticket revenue in a decade.One of them wore a corset, fishnet stockings and high heels onstage. The other, artistic director Antoni Cimolino, has been asked to stay on as head of the fest for an extra two years, until 2024.Under Cimolino’s tenure as artistic director, the Ontario institution has seen six consecutive surpluses and attendance surpass the 500,000 mark. “Rocky Horror was a huge triumph and a big part of our success in 2018,” Cimolino said in a news release. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
23 January 2009The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern over the overcrowded conditions faced by nearly 2,000 boat people, including asylum seekers, currently crammed into one reception centre on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa. “The centre has a capacity for only 850 people and hence cannot accommodate such high numbers,” Ron Redmond, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said in Geneva. “The result is that hundreds of people are now sleeping outdoors under plastic sheeting, and adequate reception standards cannot be maintained,” he added.The reception centre in Lampedusa was established to temporarily accommodate people rescued at sea while preparations are made for their transfer to various special centres set up throughout southern Italy to examine their situation, UNHCR said. Until now, the agency explained in a press release, this arrangement has been seen as a model for management of what the agency calls mixed migratory flows, made up of persons who have moved for a variety of reasons, including political asylum but also economic and other migration. The agency said the practice so far has been to accommodate asylum seekers in open centres and have their applications examined by a status-determination commission, but the beginning of this year, the government decided that all migrants must remain in Lampedusa until a ruling is made on their cases.The resulting overcrowding not only creates humanitarian concern, UNHCR said, but also complicates the work of the agency and other organizations active there under a project funded by the Ministry of the Interior and the European Commission.Pirkko Kourula, director of UNHCR’s Europe Bureau, has noted the good cooperation the agency has had with Italy over the years and has urged its authorities to take all necessary steps to address the difficult humanitarian situation now unfolding in Lampedusa.Available data shows that many boat arrivals on the island are persons originating from Somalia and Eritrea. According to preliminary figures for 2008, about 75 per cent of those who arrived in Italy by sea last year applied for asylum, and around 50 percent of those who applied were granted refugee status or protection on other humanitarian grounds.
When Anna Szerszen came to America, the first thing she noticed was how big everything was. Now, after four years at Ohio State, the only things that are “big” are her talent on the court and her aspirations off the court. To say that Szerszen has seen a lot in her life is an understatement. She was born in Poland, raised in France and is pursuing athletics and academics at OSU. “It’s been a long journey,” Szerszen said. “It’s very difficult but it’s also a very enriching experience.” Szerszen’s uniqueness goes farther than fact that she’s a French transplant playing college volleyball in America. She is also in graduate school pursuing a master of business administration. Her program in the Fisher College of Business combines a bachelor’s degree with an MBA in five years. At graduation, she will receives both diplomas. “I’m a full time MBA student right now majoring in operations and logistics with a focus on international business,” Szerszen said. Her family moved from Poland to France when she was 2 because her father, a professional volleyball at the time, joined a French team. Szerszen grew up in a volleyball family, but it took some time for her to warm to the sport. “At first I didn’t want to (play) because kids never want to do what their parents tell them,” she said. After experimenting with gymnastics, basketball and track, Szerszen decided to give volleyball a try. “Finally I tried volleyball, and I really loved it,” she said. As Szerszen progressed with volleyball, she didn’t know what she was going to do after high school. “In France the system is really different,” Szerszen said. “To study and play volleyball at a high level is extremely hard.” That’s when OSU came calling. “I got a scholarship offer from OSU and I was like, ‘Wow that’s so cool,’” Szerszen said. “I got in touch with the assistant coach. She came to visit my house in March of my senior year, and in April I committed.” Anna had never visited OSU’s campus when she committed but knew that the academics OSU could provide her with were important. “My parents pushed me to get a diploma because you can’t live off volleyball your whole life,” Szerszen said. Once Szerszen was on campus, it didn’t take her long to figure out what she wanted to study. “My freshman year I discovered” the MBA program, Szerszen said. She is the first female athlete to go through the program and the second athlete behind Stan White Jr., who played football for the Buckeyes from 2002-2006. “He helped me a lot with getting into it because basically nobody does the program. It’s really challenging,” Szerszen said. The demanding workload takes a toll on Szerszen’s social life. “The hard thing is the team, they all hang out together, go to the movies and go do fun stuff — and I’m just drowning in books,” Szerszen said. Szerszen has also had to adapt to life in America. “It was extremely hard in the beginning,” Szerszen said. “I grew up and I learned how to live independently and make decisions on my own and just adapt to whatever is coming at me by myself.” On top of that, she gets to see her family only about a month out of each year. “I go back whenever I can, meaning in the summer, two-ish weeks, at Christmas, two-ish weeks,” Szerszen said. “It’s hard, but this is my fifth year doing it and we’re all used to it.” Szerszen also plays for the French national team. She has been a member since she was 14. “I’m very proud to be on the national team because obviously not many people get to do that,” Szerszen said. Being the lone fifth-year senior on the volleyball team, Szerszen is looked at as one of the main leaders. “She is our oldest and most experienced player,” said teammate Allie Schwarzwalder. “She is a good leader on the court and off the court.” Being around adults in her MBA classes all day, Szerszen brings maturity to the team. “She’s a grown-up,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said. “She’s like the mother of the team.” Szerszen realizes her time as a Buckeye is running out, and her final game as an OSU volleyball player looms on the horizon. But she said she will always appreciate her time as an OSU athlete. “I think as athletes, when we go through this, we don’t realize how lucky we are,” she said. “When you get out into the world, you are never going to have that again.”
An investigation began today into the causes of a coal mine blast in northwest Turkey which killed 13 miners. The explosion happened in Dursunbey in Balikesir Province. Dursunbey was also the site of a 2006 mining disaster which killed 17. International Mining’s Editor and Publisher, John Chadwick, was interviewed today by Turkey’s 6News on the primary causes of coal mine explosions and how they can be avoided www.news6.com.tr/en. Chadwick commented that since there had been an accident at the same mine in 2006, the authorities should be taking a long hard look at this mine’s safety standards. He explained that mines known to have methane problems should ensure there is sufficient ventilation air passing through the workings, should practice methane drainage and should ensure that the workforce is provided with appropriate methane testing equipment. Miners themselves should be vigilant and of course cigarettes, matches, cigarette lighters, etc. should never be taken underground.
Since 1999, Behre Dolbear has compiled annual political risk assessments of the key players in the global mining industry. Over time, the group says its assessment indicates “a positive correlation between the growth of a nation’s wealth and the prosperity of its mining industry”, adding “only when a country recognises its critical need to adapt and restructures burdensome policy – will it truly optimise this economic potential.” In the latest 2013 ranking of countries, composite results were compiled, incorporating scores reflecting the main categories of economic system, political system, social issues, permitting delays, corruption, currency stability, and tax regime.Each criterion is rated on a qualitative scale from 1 (worst) to 10 (best) that reflects conditions that promote investment growth in the mining sector. Accordingly, the maximum score attainable for a country is 70 points. The five highest-scoring countries are Australia (56, down 1 point); Canada (52, unchanged); Chile (51, unchanged); Brazil (45, unchanged); and Mexico (43, unchanged). The five lowest-scoring countries are Russia (16, unchanged); DRC (18, down 1 point); Kazakhstan (22, unchanged); and Papua New Guinea (21, down 1 point). While there was little movement at the ends of the survey, there was substantial change in the middle. The most notable change was seen in Mongolia, which dropped a total of 5 points since 2011. Behre Dolbear stated: “Mongolia’s volatile political climate has taken a significant toll on mining policy and drastically affecting the level of foreign investment.” Other countries, which fell in the survey were Argentina, India, Kazakhstan and the DRC, each falling 1 point. Canada, the US and Colombia all saw an increase in their ranking. By region, the company stated: “North America’s well-defined mineral endowment continues to attract significant capital investment despite regulatory hindrances due to its competitive standing relative to the quality or its resources, the capability of its existing infrastructure enabling products to access markets, and through the capacity of its human capital resources.” In Central and South America, select countries with strong mining industries have recently received ever increasing interest and benefits from rising commodity prices. However, the recent decline in mineral prices combined with increased inflation and renewed nationalism is causing concern as producer’s margins are squeezed. Many countries throughout the region are increasing mineral taxes and imposing other requirements on mining operators. In Africa: “As predicted, capital available to many African projects continues to increase relative to past years. Countries that have remained stable and those that address corruption and social issues have benefited from increased investment and production. More money from mineral development is going into infrastructure, social services, and better governance. In sub-Saharan and West Africa, mineral deposits continue to attract interest from a variety of large and small listed public mining companies and private capital providers, such as private equity funds as well as SOEs and sovereign wealth funds. Sub-Saharan Africa continues to be relatively stable by avoiding despotic or totalitarian regimes. Behre Dolbear predicts that investment capital will continue to be put to work in this region, as new precedents are established increasing investor interest. As noted, Zimbabwe and South Africa prove challenging for foreign and domestic investor alike as an uncertain political atmosphere detracts from mineral development.”Finally, Asia and Australia “have continued to attract new investment although government participation in the mining sector has increased in part through government-backed companies. In particular, China’s form of neo-colonialism has resulted in a nationalistic backlash in several countries, notably Australia. China’s sphere of influence on its neighbors and their resources, while initially welcomed, is coming under increasing scrutiny resulting in foreign ownership and export restrictions. The Middle East region continues to see more mining, minerals, and metals investments as the region’s nations continue to strive to diversify and expand their economies. Low-cost energy will continue to promote the development of energy intensive industries, such as fertiliser, aluminum, and steel. In turn, these sectors consume construction materials, aggregates, ferro, and specialty alloys.”Concluding, the supply and demand fundamentals for key minerals remain strong, in particular, due to various supply constraints highlighted by declining resource quality and falling rates of new productive capacity. The competition for mineral resources will make those countries perceived to have the lowest political risk, all other things being equal, able to attract a significant portion of the global mineral investment as well as receive a premium for their resources over countries where perceived instability exists. Behre Dolbear believes that as austerity measures begin to take the place of government stimulus in the world’s largest economies, short-term growth in the mining sector will remain highly volatile. Disconnects between supply and demand forces, caused by fast growing Asian markets, are forcing companies to increase capital costs and search for mineral deposits in difficult areas. Furthermore, an increase in regulations across all markets delays production and raises input costs. While market forces will eventually return to equilibrium, the market in 2013 will be unpredictable, but:“The long-term fundamentals, however, are unchanged and as economies rebound, we will re-visit the rapid ramp-up of commodity prices. It is probable that resolution on the direction prices take will occur before this year’s end.”
As smartphones become more powerful and feature rich, we trust them to store more of our data. But what happens if your phone dies and you didn’t do a backup recently? Most likely the data is lost, or only recoverable through an expensive backup service. It’s even worse if your phone is stolen and there’s no way to get the data back.Iomega has decided to solve this problem for iPhone owners with the SuperHero Backup and Charger. It’s a simple idea that I’m surprised no one has thought of before. The iPhone needs to be charged on a regular basis, so why not backup the data on it while it gets charged?The SuperHero takes the form of a compact docking station your iPhone sits in to charge. Included in the package is a 4GB SD card that can be used to store your contacts and images from the phone’s internal storage. The SD card can be replaced with a larger card for additional storage if required.Management of backups is handled through a free-to-download app called the SuperHero iPhone app. The app launches automatically when your iPhone is placed in the dock. The user is then given the option to perform a backup. If a backup already exists then only an incremental backup will be performed.Iomega realize that a growing number of households have multiple iPhones, so the dock allows you to name your iPhone and use multiple handsets and keep multiple backups. Restoring a backup can be done to a new iPhone if necessary, or an existing one that has been previously damaged and lost data.The SuperHero Backup and Charger for iPhone will cost $69.99 and is compatible with the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and 4.Read more at the Iomega press release, via Gizmodo
Videos Articles Joey Janela comments on backstage incident with Big Cass at WrestlePro Event Now Playing Up Next Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Injured RAW star backstage on Monday night per reportWWE star The Brian Kendrick, who has been out of action due to injury, was said to be backstage at last night’s 4/2 episode of RAW in Atlanta, per a new report by Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com.Kendrick, who regularly works on the 205 Live brand, was injured back in December when he sustained a broken orbital bone and broken nose in a match with Hideo Itami on RAW. New NXT live events set for MayWWE COO Triple H posted the following on Twitter on Monday night, announcing new NXT live events set to take place during the month of May..@WWENXT heads out on an #NXTRoadTrip in May…#NXTOKC 5/17#NXTDallas 5/18#NXTSanAntonio 5/19#NXTHouston 5/20Tickets go on sale THIS Friday, April 6th at 10am CT. https://t.co/pcQU3cSnfR #WeAreNXT pic.twitter.com/TtMYyR3IIu— Triple H (@TripleH) April 2, 2018 Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:35 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Triple H Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call Pinterest Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Google+ Jim Cornette will be color commentator for brand new NWA studio wrestling series Now Playing Up Next Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Is WWE Losing Its Audience? WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Now Playing Up Next WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury
Local law enforcement officers seized nearly 30 pounds each of heroin and methamphetamine as part of an investigation into a larger drug trafficking operation.On June 26, the Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force, with assistance from the Portland Police Bureau’s drug crime division, FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration, searched two homes in Clark County as part of a project to dismantle a larger drug trafficking organization.Three men — Alexandro Llanos Arreola, 25, Lozano Daniel Montoya, 28, and Miguel Montoya Delgado, 45 — were arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and heroin with the intent to deliver.Investigators searched a home in the Minnehaha area and another in the Bagley Downs neighborhood in Vancouver.During the course of the investigation, officials seized 28 pounds of methamphetamine and 27 pounds of heroin, estimated to be worth about $590,000, along with $100,500 in cash and three vehicles.
Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon has revealed who he believes are the top five goalkeepers in the world with a surprising omission from the listThe Juventus captain, who has been widely considered one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of football, was asked to share his opinion on who are currently the five best goalkeepers in the world, ahead of the second leg against Real Madrid in the Champions League.Excluding the Italians players from his list, Buffon named the likes of Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neur. But the legendary Italian had rather controversially left out Manchester United’s David de Gea, while including his fellow Real target Thibaut Courtois.Solskjaer is hopeful de Gea will stay Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 According to the Manchester United manager, goalkeeper David de Gea will be able to extend his contract… if he’s convinced to stay by the club’s board.‘Not taking into account Italian keepers, I would say [Jan] Oblak, [Keylor] Navas, [Marc-Andre] ter Stegen, Ederson, [Manuel] Neuer and Courtois,’ said Buffon. ‘I hope I did not forget anybody.’ revealed Buffon, according to Metro.Earlier in the week, Ter Stegen was also asked to name his top five goalkeepers in the world with De Gea included, along with Roma’s Alisson.
Exactly how many, it seems, depends on who’s counting.According to MediaFinder.com─an online database of U.S. and Canadian magazines—335 were launched in 2008, with health titles accounting for 31 of them. There were 389 new titles launched last year, according to the site.According to University of Mississippi professor Samir “Mr. Magazine” Husni, 634 new magazines launched through November. The “hot categories,” Husni said, continue to be “crafts, homes, metro and sports—same as last year.”In the last four months, he said, there has been somewhat of a surge in launch activity.But Husni, who tracks launches monthly on his Web site, noted that the number of magazines published with a frequency of four or more is 191, down from 233 during the same period in 2007. (Husni stressed he only counts consumer titles and only the ones he has physical copies of, in hand.) From ‘WSJ.’ to BeerAccording to the Magazine Publishers of America’s “New & Noted” setion of its Web site, there were 191 magazine launches—with titles ranging from the Wall Street Journal’s ‘WSJ.’ to Beer—announced in 2008, down from 271 in 2007.If there’s a number everyone can agree on, however, it’s that print magazine launches are, not surprisingly, on the decline.Between January and November 2006, there were 842 magazine launches by Husni’s count, and 636 during the same period in 2007.According to MediaFinder, the second “hottest” category was regional, with 24 new titles—such as Michigan avenue cropping up in ’08. (Although regional was also one of the biggest decliners, down from 42 new launches a year ago.)Despite the downturn in the economy, magazines serving health, regional, and food interests continued to show growth, “as there continues to be interest in topics close to home,” said Trish Hagood, president of Oxbridge Communications, which publishes MediaFinder.com. Noted Husni: “A lot of the new titles are being published twice or three times a year for some reason.” There were 335 new magazines launched in 2008.There were 634 new magazines launched in 2008.Or, there were 191 new magazine launches announced in 2008.
AI in Education: Helping humans learn 5:59 1 Now playing: Watch this: Sci-Tech Comment Share your voice Tags Bill Gates speaks at Stanford’s Human-Centered AI conference. Stephen Shankland/CNET Artificial intelligence is an unusual technology with the potential to both harm and help us, Microsoft co-founder and now philanthropist Bill Gates urged. So to ensure it’s a boon, we should put AI to work improving health and education.”The world hasn’t had that many technologies that are both promising and dangerous,” Gates said Monday, mentioning nuclear energy and nuclear weapons as other examples with that much potential for profound change. As for areas where AI has helped society so far, he said, “I won’t say there are that many.”But that doesn’t have to be the case. He singled out medicine and education as areas where AI could help out the humans while speaking at a conference run by the new Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence.”It’s a chance to supercharge the social sciences, with the biggest being education itself,” Gates said of AI’s promise. Gates, for years, has expressed worries about the risks of AI technology.AI, boosted by the new utility of technology called neural networks that are based loosely on the way human brains work, has revolutionized the technology industry. It’s used for everything from facial recognition to scouring spam out of email inboxes. Gates wants more than just tech giants like Amazon, Google and Facebook to benefit, though.More selenium, fewer premature birthsAs one example, he said, AI has been used to pore through 23andMe genetic data to discover that a shortage of the element selenium could be associated with premature births in Africa. In 18 months, we should find out whether the resulting program to give 20,000 women more will help.”We expect to see about 15 percent reduction in prematurity, which for Africa as a whole would project out to be about 80,000 lives saved per year,” Gates said.For education, he hopes AI will let us find what works in schools and reproduce that elsewhere. “We have not even begun to do that work of understanding motivation and engagement and teaching styles that would really improve the output of the system — better learning, less dropouts,” Gates said.Gates grew rich from technology as his company’s software — namely Microsoft Windows and Office — spread across the globe. He’s since shifted to philanthropic efforts, perhaps most notably an effort reduce deaths from malaria. Among other comments:The US has lost its technological edge over other countries, Gates said: “The US was in this totally unique position for most of these breakthrough technologies. Now the US is still very much the leader, but not in a the same dominant, dominant way.” A decade from now it may not be researchers in the US who figure out how best to create an AI that reads scientific research papers to discover biological advances, he said.The inner workings of today’s AI systems are too inscrutable. “It is troubling that today’s deep learning systems are mostly opaque,” Gates said. He hopes somebody will improve their “explainability” without degrading their performance.”The profound societal changes from personal computing are just beginning,” Gates said, with society now grasping the magnitude of problems stemming from social networks. When he was at Microsoft, “There wasn’t a recognition that that kind of freedom would have these pretty dramatic effects that we’re just beginning to debate today.”In his days at Microsoft, there was worry that PCs would broaden the “digital divide” of economic opportunity between wealthy and poor people, for example by giving students well-funded schools access to PCs. But, he said that in education so far, “The value of personal computers is essentially nil,” drawing a laugh from the audience. “So that’s good. We didn’t create this digital divide.” Artificial intelligence (AI) Bill Gates
Vijayawada: Director, handlooms and textiles, APCO and Lepakshi managing director Himamshu Shukla said that those who have a strong desire to serve the society, especially the downtrodden and weaker sections, will have a bright chance to crack the prestigious civil service exam. Speaking at the annual day celebrations of the Takshashila IAS Academy at Mana Kalyana Vedika (Kanuru) here on Sunday, Shukla said that proper planning with Handlooms director systematic hard work would pave the way for success. Civil service exam is not much difficult if one has a strong desire on success, he said. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Recalling that he started dreaming to become an IAS officer at a very young age, the eminent bureaucrat, who secured top rank in India’s toughest exam, advised the aspirants to start preparation as early as possible. Courses like Inter plus IAS and degree plus IAS will immensely help students to realise their dream, he said. Shukla explained in detail as to how to overcome preliminary and main exams with his own examples. He also stressed the need to have a firm grip on current affairs and general knowledge. Also Read – TDP flays government for sand problems Advertise With Us Earlier, he answered the questions posed by the aspirants and clarified their doubts on cracking the exam. Later, Shukla distributed scholarships worth Rs 40 Lakh to the meritorious and talented students of the academy. Takshasila Academy managing director Dr B S N Durga Prasad said that the academy was planning to introduce more incentives to academically bright students in the coming days. Advertise With Us Reiterating the academy’s commitment for quality coaching, Dr Prasad said the first time in the history of civil service coaching in India, their academy announced scholarships worth one crore to meritorious and talented students. Academic director Dr N Nageswara Rao IAS (Retd) also spoke. Earlier, dance and song performances by the aspirants enthralled the audience.