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News Corp Elevates India Business

first_imgRupert Murdoch’s News Corp. is restructuring its Asian broadcast business, significantly elevating the profile of its STAR India business.The group’s Asian broadcast business is being segmented into STAR India, STAR Greater China and Fox International Channels.STAR India will run 19 channels and manage News Corp.’s interest in seven ventures. STAR Greater China will oversee five Chinese language channels and two joint ventures. Fox International Channels combines 37 channels including Star World and National Geographic Channel. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Big comeback puts Halep in French Open semi against Pliskova

first_imgRomania’s Simona Halep gives a thumbs up in her quarterfinal match against Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. APPARIS — Trailing by a set and two breaks in the French Open quarterfinals, just one game from defeat, Simona Halep was not exactly full of positive thoughts during a changeover before her opponent tried to serve out the victory.“I said that the match is lost. That’s it. It’s over,” the Romanian recalled. “And then I started to feel more relaxed, maybe because I thought it’s finished.”ADVERTISEMENT Well, it worked. The No. 3-seeded Halep came all the way back to beat No. 5 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-0 on Wednesday, saving a match point en route to reaching the semifinals at Roland Garros for the second time.Halep, the 2014 runner-up, was down 5-1 in the second set, then was a point from losing while down 6-5 in the tiebreaker but came up with a backhand winner down the line to extend the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutShe didn’t even know how dire things were at that moment. Only later, while checking Twitter, did Halep find out what the score was.“I was like, ‘(It) was match point for her?’” Halep said. “I didn’t realize during the match.” Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Defending champ Djokovic in ‘whole new situation’ after Paris loss “No, not really, because coming into this tournament, there were a few people who told me, ‘You have to be in the final to be No. 1.’“I was like, ‘There is no chance I make final here,’” she said. “And now it’s close, but it’s close and it’s far, as well, because I’m playing against somebody who I would (call) one of the best girls on clay. It’s not like you’re going to get it for free, you know.”Pliskova’s self-effacing comment about making it to the final weekend at Roland Garros makes sense. After all, while she was the runner-up to Kerber at the U.S. Open after beating Serena Williams in the semifinals, Pliskova has never had any success to speak of on clay.In five previous French Open appearances, she won a total of two matches.“It’s probably tough to play my best tennis on this surface,” she said, noting her trouble with the footwork that can be tricky and the way clay dulls her dangerous serve.All of her big hitting — with a racket that has a white ribbon attached to the frame for good luck — gave Garcia fits: The last French player in the tournament made an eye-catching 31 unforced errors, to Pliskova’s 13.“Still, I think I’m able to play better tennis,” Pliskova said, “which, probably, I’m going to need” against Halep.Just last month, Halep lost to Svitolina — who leads the tour in titles and match wins in 2017 — in the final of the Italian Open. Worse, for Halep: She tore a ligament in her right ankle, leaving her French Open status up in the air.She sure didn’t shown signs of any issues Wednesday, scrambling all over the court to retrieve shots by Svitolina that seemed destined to be winners. After digging her big hole, Halep climbed out by making an effort to drive balls deeper in the court and trying to make Svitolina move more.Svitolina, who herself had come back from trailing 5-2 in the third set of her fourth-round match, acknowledged that “a little bit of nerves” didn’t help her cause against Halep. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “Such a big event,” she said. “It can happen.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds You had no idea?“Yeah,” Halep confirmed. “Was better, actually.”On Thursday, she will face No. 2 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, a 7-6 (3), 6-4 winner over No. 28 Carolina Garcia of France.The No. 1 ranking will hang in the balance: If Pliskova reaches the final, she will replace Angelique Kerber, a first-round loser in Paris, atop the WTA. If Halep can get past Pliskova and then go on to win the title, she’ll be the new No. 1.Asked whether she felt any additional pressure because of that possible prize, Pliskova answered with a smile.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Armed forces: Three modernizations brought change in India’s defence polic

first_imgAn Indian Jaguar taking off: Coping with Pakistan may be simple but a long-range Chinese air attack could pose problemsThree news items late in 1980 heralded a fundamental change in India’s defence policy and programmes in the ’80s. The first was news of India negotiating with the United States for,An Indian Jaguar taking off: Coping with Pakistan may be simple but a long-range Chinese air attack could pose problemsThree news items late in 1980 heralded a fundamental change in India’s defence policy and programmes in the ’80s. The first was news of India negotiating with the United States for a bag of sophisticated military equipment.Included was a $330 million (about Rs 250 crore) deal for Anti-Tank Guided Weapons. The second, in December, said that the Soviet Union had agreed to sell India its advanced MiG-25 ‘Foxbat’ interceptor-reconnaissance aircraft.And last month the Government announced that public sector defence undertakings were being geared up to increase their production of aircraft, warships and sophisticated electronic instrumentation by three to five times in the next five years.Coming hard on the heels of the Janata government’s Rs 2,000 crore purchase of the Anglo-French Jaguar in 1978, and the Congress(I)’s Rs 1,200 crore multi-purpose arms deal with the Soviet Union last May, these deals indicate that the country’s defence planners are at last looking beyond India’s own borders in coming to grips with its defence problems.With the dogs of war howling in the region, this is long overdue. India today sits at the centre of a great arc of crisis embracing the Indian Ocean. Pakistan and China no longer occupy its entire strategic horizon which has been dramatically extended since the late ’70s.One hundred thousand Soviet troops are in Afghanistan, and the Russians show no inclination to withdraw their bear’s paw out of the country back across the Hindu Kush mountains: the second traditional buffer in the region after Tibet has disappeared. Iran and Iraq are slugging it out in the Middle East, and Iran’s fervent revolution stands imperilled.advertisementSyria and Jordan nearly came to blows recently. As a consequence of the tumult, American Marines have taken up positions in the Gulf for the first time since 1958. To the East, Indo-China simmers, while the Indian Ocean has rapidly become a playground for American and Soviet warships.Pakistani Influence: India’s traditional adversaries, Pakistan and China, have quickly adapted themselves to the changed strategic climate. In the case of Pakistan, the earlier and simpler military collusion with China has been supplemented by a vigorous effort to link its forces with those of the oil-rich Arab nations.The British Harrier: Possible acquisition by ChinaPakistan now trains the combat pilots of the United Arab Emirates and Libya, and provides soldiers for Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and some of the Gulf sheikhdoms. In any future conflict, Pakistan’s arsenal could swell through arms transfers from these countries, or through sophisticated weapons bought by its Muslim brethren in the international arms markets.Also, the clout of the Pakistani Air Force (PAF) could be considerably increased by the French Mirage IIIs and IVs and the American F-15 Eagles adorning the Islamic air forces.At home, the Pakistani defence set-up is going full steam. Defence expenditure has doubled since 1971, and, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Pakistan has been able to expand its army by 70 per cent over the last decade.An even more frightening prospect is the atomic bomb that the country is reportedly making with financial help from Libya, uranium supplies from Niger and the clandestine transfer of technology and equipment from western Europe.More than anything else, the bomb would make the conventional order of battle – the numbers of infantry and armoured divisions and the quantity and quality of combat aircraft and weapons systems on either side – less relevant than before.On the Chinese front, the warning signals are more insistent. Emerging from prolonged political isolation, the ‘dragon’ has forged a quasi-military alliance with the United States.Although these ties are directed primarily against the dramatic growth of Soviet power – in fact, China is often referred to as the “Eastern NATO” – they carry important implications for India, as Pakistan could be a link in the chain holding back the bear.But China, without its de facto allies, is still formidable. At present 10 Indian mountain divisions raised after the ’62 fiasco confront approximately 18 ‘main force’ and 11 ‘local force’ Chinese divisions arrayed along the south-western (India) and western (USSR) borders of China.Chinese Superiority: Despite the inferior numbers, the Indian logistical support systems are probably superior to the Chinese, and if the 1962 war were fought again, India would give a much better account of itself.A Centurion on rnanoeuv ye: In need of a complete overhaulHowever, nearly 20 years later, the 10 mountain divisions may prove to be India’s Maginot Line. Just as the much-touted French defence fortifications of 1940, based on outdated World War I notions, were overrun by the new German blitzkrieg tactics, India’s legions along the Himalayan heights may prove helpless in the face of Chinese advances in weaponry and strategy.For instance, the massive but hitherto aged Chinese Air Force is being modernised with more than a little help from the West. If Beijing were to acquire the British Harrier VTOL aircraft, that would give a big boost to its capabilities, both on the Indian and Soviet borders.advertisementAnother plane to watch is the Chinese Spey fitted F-12, which is reportedly an all-weather aircraft. Agile helicopter gunships would also be of immense value in the congested mountain heights.If the Chinese are able to overcome their earlier difficulties of launching aircraft from their high-altitude Tibetan bases, or develop long-range strategic bombers with mid-air refuelling capability, then those 10 Indian mountain divisions would have little to do but watch the murderous birds sail over their heads.The Indian Air Force (IAF) at present can cope with its Pakistani counterpart, but would falter before a sustained long-range Chinese air-attack against India’s industrial centres sprawled across the Gangetic plain and beyond. Also, China has been regularly adding to its nuclear stockpile since its first bomb test in 1964 and India’s conventional defence posture is of limited value before the mushroom menace.Complete Overhaul: With India’s old enemies sporting bright new weapons and ideas, the increasing tension in the region, and the new cold war brewing between the United States and the Soviet Union, the country’s military machine needs a complete overhaul.The turbulent ’80s will call for a swift revision in Army strategy towards greater mechanisation and mobility, an increase in missile capability and the general range of the IAF’s striking power, and a fundamental revision in the role of the Navy from coastal defence to the exercise of limited regional power. Likewise, India’s peaceful nuclear stance would also have to be seriously reconsidered.Today, the Army’s armoured divisions are equipped mainly with the Soviet T-54/55 medium and PT-76 tanks, the indigenous Vijayanta medium tanks, and sundry ageing British Centurion and French AMX-13 tanks. About 700 Soviet T-72 tanks are to be manufactured in India in the future.Indian ships during an exercise: Great need for the Navy’s expansionArtillery regiments are currently being equipped with the indigenous 105 mm field guns, which will replace the 25-pounders of World War II vintage. Anti-aircraft batteries use Indian L-70 guns and some 40 Soviet-supplied Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) systems mostly manned by IAF personnel.As for mobility, the Army maintains large fleets of indigenous Shaktiman trucks and Nissan jeeps, and in the air uses an assortment of Indian, Soviet and American helicopters and transport aircraft. These include the Alouette-III and its successors, the Cheetah and Chetak helicopters, and the HS-748, AN-12, C-47, and DHC-3 transport planes.None of this will, however, suffice in the coming years. With a larger strategic role in mind, the Army in the future will need to raise two or three airborne divisions and increase the number of its paratroop regiments so that it can reach crisis areas beyond its traditional perimeters of defence.advertisementAircraft Obsolescence: In the case of the IAF, the Subramaniam Committee in the late ’60s envisaged a 45-squadron force built around the Indian-made HF-24 Marut fighter-bomber and the licensed production of the MiG-21 and Gnat/Ajeet interceptors in India.Other purchases followed – French Mysteres, British Canberras and Hunters, and Soviet Sukhoi-7Bs. But combat planes become out of date very quickly, and the Government pushed through the Jaguar deal in 1978. Then in December 1980 came the MiG-25 deal with the Soviet Union.Simple modernisation is not enough, though. The IAF will have to assess the trade-offs between emphasising air-defence and strategic bombing roles. In the Jaguar decision, for instance, a choice had existed between manufacturing an additional four MiG-21s or seven Ajeets for every Jaguar purchased or manufactured in India.Another alternative was a massive air-defence system consisting of early warning radar devices and surface-to-air missiles. However, without an adequate attack and counter-attack role for the IAF, the more passive air-defence system loses most of its menace.Early obsolescence and costly battle losses due to increasingly effective anti-aircraft technology mean that India must give up its earlier rhetoric of self-reliance for the hard reality of the international arms market. The planes that the Indian pilots fly must match those available to the enemy, and the ability of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) to compete with foreign giants like General Dynamics, McDonnell-Douglas, British Aerospace and Dassault is, to say the least, limited.Today, while HAL is still experimenting with its newly developed GTX engine capable of Mach-2 performance, a suitable air-frame has not been developed. Ironically, in the past, the Indian HF-24 supersonic aircraft sought unsuccessfully for an appropriate indigenous Mach-2 aeroengine. This sort of leisurely performance record means that India will have to scout abroad for aircraft to fill its squadrons.Naval Development: More than the Army and the Air Force, the Indian Navy will have to undergo a sea-change. Although a Sino-Pakistani naval threat does not exist, and is unlikely to do so for quite some time, the Navy’s role should be more than that of mere coastal defence.One reason is the growth of Indian commercial shipping – the Gross Registered Tonnage of Indian shipping today is 55 lakh, up from only two lakh at the time of Independence and India’s sea-borne trade has spurted from Rs 1,799 crore in 1960-61 to Rs 12,528 crore in 1978-79. Also, the turmoil in the Persian Gulf vitally affects India’s security, and this, along with India’s off-shore oil interests, should make the Navy more venturesome.Under these conditions, the Navy needs to be expanded more rapidly than the other two services until such time as it constitutes at least 20 per cent of armed forces resources – up from its present humble 10 per cent.The fleet today consists of eight F-class submarines, 16-OSA-class missile boats, five Petya-class destroyer escorts and three Nanuchka corvettes. Five Leander-class frigates built at the Mazagaon docks with initial British collaboration have also been delivered. There is also the Vikrant, the re-fitted ex-British aircraft-carrier.This clutch of warships is hardly sufficient for a vastly expanded role in the ’80s. The Navy needs to upgrade its capacity at all levels, and develop extensive docking and repair facilities. Future operations may also call for enormous sea-lift capability and a Marine Corps wing.Expansion Drive: Finally, the nuclear question. Given the Chinese supremacy in this field and Pakistan’s strides towards the so-called Islamic bomb, the nuclear gap in India’s defence apparatus will have to be filled in somehow.As the nuclear ‘haves’ are not likely to turn into ‘have-nots’, the time has perhaps come for a hard look at the country’s peaceful atomic policy. There are several pros and cons on the nuclear proliferation issue, but on balance India will have to adopt a policy of self-interest.The chances that such an accelerated Indian defence effort would touch off an intense arms race are low. China is already competing with the other superpowers, and Pakistan, with its small resource base cannot go it on its own. Islamic friends might come to its aid, but this is precisely what justifies the Indian drive.At the same time, however, India need not give up its overall policy of reducing world tensions. There is need to foster regional economic cooperation within and beyond the Indian subcontinent. If such efforts bear fruit, then revisions and reductions in the expansion programme could be considered.There are no easy choices where national security is concerned, but with military paranoia increasing all around, India would do well to see that its fighting men have more behind them than just their courage and patriotism.last_img read more

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National Games to held next year from November 4-17 in Goa

first_imgPanaji, Oct 28 (PTI) After a lot of delay, Sports Authority of Goa finalised the dates of the 36th National Games, to be held here next year, from November 4 to 17.There was uncertainly over the dates of the 30-discipline event ever since the Games were awarded to the State in 2011.The delays to the 34th and 35th editions of the Games, which were hosted by Jharkhand and Kerala respectively, affected Goas plan to hold the mega-event.The 36th Games were originally scheduled to be held in November 2016 but the Goa administration requested a postponement at the IOA AGM based on extraneous factors, mainly the state elections. PTI MCS CM CMlast_img read more

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Rivers leads Panathinaikos to the Cup final past Olympiacos

first_imgK.C. Rivers had an epic game with a 27 points season-high, leading Panathinaikos to 77 – 67 road victory over Olympiacos in knockout match for the Greek Cup semifinals.This is the 13th consecutive time that the Greens will play in the competition’s final, and the third time in a row that they eliminated their arch-rival in the process.Apart from Rivers, Kenny Gabriel delivered his best performance since he arrived to his new team, dropping 14 points and grabbing 6 rebounds while Nick Calathes added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.For Olympiacos, Vangelis Mantzaris finished with 15 points and Giorgos Printezis with 13.Panathinaikos held an advantage for the majority of the match but it was particularly in the second half that performed decisively better than its opponents. With the score 28 – 29 at the break, they first made it 34 – 40 thanks to consecutive baskets by Chris Singleton (11 points, 9 rebounds) and despite the Reds’ counterattack with Vassilis Spanoulis (7 points, 5 turnovers) they closed the third period 45 – 52 thanks to a buzzer beater from downtown, courtesy of Mike James (5 points).Then in the fourth quarter, the guests really got their engines running, especially from downtown, sinking one three-pointer after the other to expand their lead more and more. Olympiacos’ efforts were poor, particularly on the defensive end, with many players falling short on 1 on 1 situations.Calathes was the one to make it 55 – 64 with 5 minutes to go and then Rivers had 4 points in a row for the 58 – 70 with 2:22 to go. The hosts rallied a bit to cut their deficit to 5, 65 – 70 but and then 65 – 70 with 43 seconds left but a foul called in an attempt to steal the ball mid-court, doomed them while sealing the victory of their opponents.Source: EurohoopsTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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The Write Stuff: Tutorial template in high-visibility format

first_img August 1, 2017 at 1:40 am Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Communications, Consumer, Industry Continue Reading Previous XMOS + Setem could be a game-changer for embedded speechNext Miniaturized PCBs at the intersection of form and function July 28, 2017 at 11:38 am Log in to Reply rdgreen says: rdgreen says: “The concept of “High Visibility” is a great tool. It applies to more than just the documents we write. It is all about effectively communicating a concept to a target audience(s). A document well crafted is useful a a thing of beauty :-). Thanks for August 1, 2017 at 2:05 am Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Log in to Reply Log in to Reply July 14, 2017 at 8:24 pm MWagner_MA says: “Hi Aubrey. I can appreciate your sentiments regarding Word. If it’s any consolation, you’re in good company: over the years many people (far too many) have struggled to get Word to behave. This is unfortunate because in the largest of ways, Word is “the Log in to Reply “RonnnI have written many test documents for the products that we produce, and looking at your presentation I can see how woeful they are. They can certainly upgraded and this is providing much food for thought.nnI do have some other constraints though July 14, 2017 at 8:32 pm Log in to Reply 6 thoughts on “The Write Stuff: Tutorial template in high-visibility format” Lab exercises and tutorials are a proven way to give staff and customers hands-on experience with a product. Good exercises offer the twin benefits of instilling customers with skills and confidence, as well as reducing the burden of support. This high-visibility template will help you create effective tutorials and other instruction-oriented materials.(Source: Grey Flannel Graphics) What is “high-visibility”? High-visibility is the sense that a document’s contents are “easy to see.” Documents with high-visibility display the following characteristics:Scan-able: Quickly gives the reader a feeling for the scope and scale of the topic.Clear Organization: The organization is obvious and well-balanced. Hierarchy, fonts, numbering, etc., are used judiciously to present and manage detail.Guides the Eye: Visual techniques such as shading, grouping, and callouts are used to focus the eye and make key elements “pop out.”Visibility has a large impact on the utility of a document, especially a technical one such as a manual. Visibility can be a subjective thing, however, so it’s hard to provide any rigorous guide or outline. The eye is the ultimate judge, and the answer is to be found in a balance of elements. But I believe there is one useful clue: high-visibility contributes to a good first impression.What makes this template special? This tutorial document uses a high-visibility approach to organize the overall flow and make it easy to spot key information. In addition, there’s a more ambitious goal: to create material that addresses the needs of both novices and experts with a single document.How is this achieved? Often, experienced users will keep their own notes describing a flow or procedure. If you were to look at these notes, you would see the barest descriptions — typically no more than a list of values or commands: Type the path ‘/usr/myCells.lib’ , enter ‘2.9’ , click ‘Save’ . Think of this as a form of cheat-sheet; it just holds “the answers.”By comparison, a novice user may need a full breakdown of the flow including detailed descriptions, illustrations, and screen shots. This template attempts to merge the two in a way that makes it easy to see what you want just by shifting your focus. This increases the “bandwidth” of the document, allowing it to meet the needs of the widest qualified audience.Can I have a copy? Sure. The template is provided in Word format (see the links below). First, I suggest you review the “Template Tour” presentation, which quickly lays out the strategy behind the design. In addition, take a look at the “Op Amp Tutorial” to see what a real tutorial looks like built with this template.Template Tour (presentation)Op Amp Tutorial (sample tutorial)High-visibility template (.docx)Is this easy to use? That depends on your skill with Word. Microsoft Word is perhaps the most ubiquitous office automation program in the world and nearly all professionals have used it. However, the vast majority of people are self-trained with Word, and although most manage to get by, they (unknowingly) work with the tool at a rudimentary level. Very few folks are familiar with “Styles” (Microsoft’s term for paragraph tags) or use features like tabs to achieve uniform alignment.This template employs Styles to make it easy to control the formatting and achieve consistent results. (Styles is a substantial topic and deserves its own treatment; we will discuss this in more depth in a future column.)One of the keys to this template is the use of tabs to achieve a particular effect with regard to alignment. The following illustration shows how right- and left-tabs are used to separate the “command-prompt” from the “user data” (the user-data represents “the answers”; i.e., the actual values or commands for which the user is responsible).(Source: Ron Green) At the end of the Template Tour is a brief introduction to Styles. I plan on following this up with a more thorough treatment of Word that should make it easier to create and manipulate Word docs and reduce much of the tedious manual formatting normally associated with Word.If you need to create a lab or tutorial, please feel free to try out this template. Also, please let me know if you have any feedback for improvements or if you need a pointer or two. “You’re very welcome. I hope the template comes in handy. BTW, I revamped the presentation and turned it into a video. (I installed links in the comments above as well as on the front page of the Template Tour doc.)nInterestingly, engineers are happy to s “I use Word quite extensively, but I am sure there are still many features I still have to learn, so I look forward to your future blog. However I still find that whilst there are many great features, they don’t always play well together- try getting autom July 17, 2017 at 5:54 pm antedeluvian says: antedeluvian says: “I remade the Template Tour presentation and turned it into a video. It runs about 6 minutes, and it expands a bit on how to use Styles in Word. It’s on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/TMUz9S8ftTsnnOr you can download your own copy (about 80 Meg)nhttp Log in to Reply rdgreen says: last_img read more

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Falmouth Heritage Expo to Be Held On October 18

first_img The ‘Preservation of the Built Heritage’ will be the focus of the inaugural staging of the Falmouth Heritage Expo slated for October 18 at Water Square, in Trelawny.The heritage expo aims to boost civic pride in Falmouth, by highlighting its rich historical heritage and the noted Georgian architecture.The event is also intended to foster a civic-minded community that values its heritage and works together to preserve its unique built environment as a distinct element of its tourism product.Speaking with JIS News, Product Facilitation Officer at the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), Georgia Lumley, said that the event will further increase awareness of the niche market that is present in Falmouth for heritage tourism.“Most of the knowledge of Falmouth exists only in the minds of the persons who studied it at school or in the minds of those who grew up there…so we want to share that knowledge to the tourists and locals who visit the area,” Ms. Lumley noted.The heritage expo will include demonstrations and presentations on the town’s built heritage, with some 20 exhibitors showcasing their products and services.A highlight of the expo will be the launch of an updated, more interactive heritage map of Jamaica – a comprehensive illustration of cultural and natural heritage sites across the island.“The expo will have three segments, with the first including an open-house tour and walk through the town. We will go along King Street to a home that has been recently renovated to look how it was in the 1800s, then we will have greetings from the Custos, mayor and other dignitaries,” Ms. Lumley highlighted.She added that segment one will close with an address by the Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, highlighting plans for heritage tourism in Falmouth and across the rest of the island.Segment two will feature live demonstrations by the TPDCo, including the creation of the sash window, which was a part of the Georgian architecture that was in 18th century homes.The expo song, which was produced to increase awareness of the heritage buildings in Falmouth, will also be launched and played throughout the proceedings.“The third segment will involve participating schools who will be showcasing various aspects of heritage. Throughout the day, a storyteller will be doing pieces reflecting Falmouth’s built heritage and the town’s rich history,” Ms. Lumley said.The expo is a collaborative effort of the Ministry of Tourism, Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), the TPDCo, the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and other stakeholders, as part of the Sustainable Destination Alliance of the Americas (SDAA) initiative.The SDAA initiative is geared towards repositioning Falmouth as a sustainable tourism destination and involves a programme of activities to improve civic pride in Falmouth, as well as foster cultural and economic innovation. Story Highlights The expo is a collaborative effort of the Ministry of Tourism, Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), the TPDCo, the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and other stakeholders, as part of the Sustainable Destination Alliance of the Americas (SDAA) initiative. Speaking with JIS News, Product Facilitation Officer at the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), Georgia Lumley, said that the event will further increase awareness of the niche market that is present in Falmouth for heritage tourism. The ‘Preservation of the Built Heritage’ will be the focus of the inaugural staging of the Falmouth Heritage Expo slated for October 18 at Water Square, in Trelawny. last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img SHELBURNE COUNTY: Shore Road Shore Road, from Trunk 3 for about nine kilometres to Ford Point Road, has alternating lane closures for paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Blue Rocks Road Blue Rocks Road, east of the Lunenburg town line to Stonehurst Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrades. The work is expected to be completed Saturday, Sept. 30. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: North West Arm Drive Both southbound lanes on North West Arm Drive are closed during repairs to the bridge over the Chain of Lakes Trail beside First Chain Lake. Traffic is being detoured to the northbound bridge where there is one lane for each direction. Repairs to both bridges are expected to be completed by Thursday, Nov. 30. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316 will be down to one lane from Coddles Harbour Bridge to Drum Head Wharf Road for upgrades and repairs to the asphalt and bridge until Friday, Nov. 15. Traffic lights are in place but delays are expected. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316, Goshen Route 316, from Route 276, Goshen, north to the Antigonish-Guysborough county line has alternating lane closures for paving and patching until Friday, Oct. 20. Traffic signals and traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Exit 2, Night Work Highway 102, southbound lanes, from Exit 2 to Bayers Road are reduced to one lane for road repairs until Saturday, Sept. 30. This is for night work only. Work takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, near Whycocomagh, is reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. The lane reduction starts about four kilometres west of Exit 4 and continues for 8.4 kilometres west. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Traffic control people are on site. CONTINUING WORK ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Phinney Bridge, Old Mill Road Phinney Bridge on Old Mill Road in Wilmot, is closed for maintenance work until Saturday, Sept. 30. A detour is in place.center_img LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 329 Route 329, from Deep Cove Road to New Harbour Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrades. The work is expected to be completed Saturday, Sept. 30. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from the Town of Yarmouth for about 6.9 kilometres to Exit 34 at Hebron, is reduced to one lane for road work until Thursday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Signs and traffic control people are on site. -30- HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333, Prospect Road, Hatchet Lake The intersection of MacDonald Lake Drive and Route 333 (Prospect Road) in Hatchet Lake will be under construction and have occasional stop-and-go traffic while work is being carried out to widen and pave the road. Work will continue until Saturday, Sept. 30. Drivers should reduce speed and expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Mullock Road Mullock Road, from Route 325 south to Trunk 3, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrades. The work is expected to be completed Saturday, Sept. 30. NEW WORK PICTOU COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245, east of MacGee Road, is closed to replace a culvert. A detour is in place. Work should be completed by Thursday, Aug. 31. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 2 Sections of Trunk 2, from the south end of Acorn Drive, near Oakfield, to the Hants County line, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mira Gut Bridge The Mira Gut Bridge on Mira Bay Drive is temporarily closed for inspection. There is a detour route via Brickyard Road and Hornes Road.last_img read more

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Rentalonly zones in BC could result in lower land prices experts

first_imgVANCOUVER – A proposal that would give cities in British Columbia the power to zone land for rental housing could moderate the price of affected properties, experts say.Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore, who led a committee on housing strategy for the Union of B.C. Municipalities, said the legislation tabled last month by the provincial government would give cities the authority to protect existing rental properties and calm speculation.Currently, older properties in areas that are slated for higher density are attractive to buyers who want to make a significant profit because they can be turned into high-earning condominiums or houses for sale, he said.“They’re trying to sell the potential in the increased value. And that increased value doesn’t allow for rental to make financial sense,” Moore said, adding the return on rental housing in the short term isn’t as great as units that are sold to individual buyers.Cameron Muir, chief economist with the B.C. Real Estate Association, said rental housing gets “crowded out” for other uses, which is often ownership-type properties that offer revenue for developers even as land prices rise.“If you’re going to build any kind of development, you start off with what the end product is going to be and what the market can bear and then you work yourself back from all the costs and the residual value is in the land,” he said.“If it’s zoned rental only, of course the value will increase … but it will only be limited to the sphere of the rental market.”Brian McCauley, president and CEO of Concert Properties, agreed the legislation would impact property prices, but added it isn’t necessarily an incentive for developers to build more rental.Concert has just under 5,000 rental units across B.C. and Ontario, and plans to develop more.Examples of better incentives include support from the province or federal government to finance new developments, McCauley said.“You can’t get as high of a financing rate so you are investing more capital in building a rental apartment building,” he said.For Concert, McCauley said financial gains are sought by increasing and maintaining a large portfolio of rental housing.Funding that’s becoming available through the federal government’s new national housing strategy and B.C.’s promise for $6 billion toward housing development are also intriguing opportunities, McCauley said.Cities can also create incentives by increasing density for new rental units but Moore said those opportunities only come along when a developer wants to rezone or change the designated us of the land.Despite record housing starts in many communities, Moore said a continuing shortage of rental housing illustrates why cities need more financial and regulatory authority.“As a city or as a developer, if you can pull all these (incentives) together … you can start to make rental and non-market rental a viable thing to build,” Moore said.Muir said rental-only zoning is a good policy, but cautioned that it will be up to municipalities on how it is used and any new homes will still take years to be planned and built.— Follow @Givetash on Twitter.last_img read more

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First Nations near Yellowknife tackle the problem of keeping history and culture

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn the age of computers and the internet how to keep history and culture alive and relevant to today’s students is a real challenge.One small First Nation near Yellowknife is tackling the problem by holding a ‘heritage fair’.As APTN’s Wayne Rivers reports the fair is designed to look at the culture as it was and how it may yet be.last_img

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Canadas natural resources minister backs Trans Mountain as BC city tries to

first_imgAs the B.C. municipality of Burnaby tries to halt the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from going forward, Canada’s natural resources minister is reaffirming his support for the project.In a conference call with reporters from Paris, Jim Carr reiterated the federal government’s position that it will be good for all of Canada.“I think it’s important that Canada knows why the Government of Canada approved the Trans Mountain expansion, I think the reasons are compelling,” he said Wednesday.Burnaby has opted not to issue work permits for the project, prompting Kinder Morgan and the Alberta and Saskatchewan governments to ask the National Energy Board to ensure work moves forward.The city however has insisted it’s following regulatory processes and has even asked for an apology for the suggestion it’s slowing the process down on purpose.“I would be happy to send that message to all Canadians as I do,” he said, noting the 15,000-plus jobs it will create primarily in British Columbia and Alberta.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has announced she’ll be going on a stump tour to promote the project, as well as the overall energy industry and Carr was asked whether the feds should do the same.“She will travel across the country telling Canadians why she thinks it’s a good idea, not only for Alberta, for all of Canada,” he said. “We share that conclusion.”last_img read more

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UN cultural agency to host firstever open house in European museum fete

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will admit visitors free of charge at its Place Fontenoy headquarters, as part of the European Night of Museums, an initiative linked to celebrations for “International Museum Day” on 18 May.From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., visitors can admire the Spiral mobile by Alexander Calder; the Wall of the Sun and The Wall of the Moon by Joan Miró and Josep Llorens Artigas; Walking Man by Alberto Giacometti; a tapestry by Le Corbusier; and a mural by Rufino Tamayo called Prometheus Bringing Fire to Mankind.Having been accrued over the past 50 years, starting with the building of its headquarters, UNESCO’s art collection is the largest within the UN system, thanks to the generosity of Member States and other donors, the agency said. UNESCO aims to highlight the role of museums in promoting cultural exchange, education, development of mutual understanding and peace among peoples,” the agency said in a press release announcing its participation in the Night of Museums. 29 April 2009The Fall of Icarus by Pablo Picasso and Isamu Noguchi’s Peace Fountain can be viewed in Paris on 16 May, when the United Nations cultural agency opens its doors to the public for the first time ever. read more

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UNHCR resumes screening of Afghan refugees in Pakistan

According to spokesman Ron Redmond, the Secretary in the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas and States and Frontiers Regions (SAFRON), Shafqat Ezdi Shah, reiterated Pakistan’s full commitment to the screening agreement, and assured UNHCR that no deportations would take place during the screening process.UNHCR had suspended the screening exercise last Friday after 28 Afghan families from Jalozai were deported to Afghanistan by the provincial authorities earlier in the week. Among those deported were women, infants, elderly people and unaccompanied children.”The SAFRON officials expressed humanitarian concerns about the deported families, especially the unaccompanied minors,” Mr. Redmond said. “UNHCR plans to hold further discussions with the Pakistani authorities on the fate of the deported families this week.”Over 100,000 Afghans have been pre-screened since the process started on 6 August. The second phase of screening began on 29 August. read more

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Exchange student experiences all things Brock through CoCurriculum program

As she walked a parade route surrounded by dozens of members of her new Brock family and cheered on by thousands of spectators, Kelsey Drabsch knew Niagara was a community she was proud to be a part of.The 22-year-old from Canberra, Australia is spending the Fall Term nearly 16,000 kilometres from home studying Sport Management at Brock.To make the most of her short time in Niagara, Drabsch is using the Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum (CWC) program as a guide to the many opportunities on offer, including walking with the University’s delegation in the Meridian Grande Parade during last month’s Niagara Grape and Wine Festival.Exchange student Kelsey Drabsch took in Brock’s Steel Blade Classic hockey game as part of her efforts to complete a many Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum activities as possible before she returns to Australia in late December.Started in 2014, the CWC program aims to help students have a well-rounded experience by connecting them to various areas and initiatives throughout the University and broader community. The 67 activities available to complete are divided into 10 domains to make it easier to track progress and maintain a full participation record.Though most students finish the CWC in four years, Drabsch researched the program before she arrived and has set a blazing pace to complete as many of the activities as she can before returning to Australia in late December.Having finished nearly one-eighth of the program so far, Drabsch said the CWC has been a catalyst to explore her new surroundings.“It has given me a reason and extra push to get involved,” she said. “Without the CWC, I wouldn’t have gone to the parade, or other events. If you know you are going to get something out of participating, it’s even more motivation to get involved. Without the CWC, I would not know that half of these events existed.”Another highlight for Drabsch was watching the annual Steel Blade hockey game at the Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines.“The school spirit was unbelievable,” she said of the signature Homecoming weekend event. “Seeing everyone come together and experiencing the tradition felt like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”Scarlet Stark, Brock’s Co-curricular Engagement Co-ordinator, said the CWC is a valuable addition to domestic and exchange students’ academic records.“The program complements the learning happening inside the classroom, and provides the opportunity for students to become more involved with their community during their time at Brock,” she said. “Once they are done, it also sets them up for success in the workplace thanks to the skill development and networking associated with many of the activities.”Drabsch has focused on her own skill development by participating in academic preparation exercises to improve her writing and others that make up the CWC’s career preparation domain, where she has learned about the event planning industry and inquired about professional growth opportunities.After discovering so much about the University in a relatively short amount of time, Drabsch hopes other exchange students will follow her example and use the CWC program as a stepping-stone into a more involved university experience.“It helps you to meet new people and gets you out of your comfort zone,” she said. “I’ve been able to help out in the community and network with departments as well. It creates a lot of familiar faces.”Though her term in the Northern Hemisphere is already half over, Drabsch said she will take the spirit of Brock University as well as her CWC records with her when she returns to her studies in Australia next year.“We don’t have the same school spirit at home,” she said. “I wish I could just take Brock back home with me. All of the available resources and supports have made university life so much easier.”To learn more about the CWC program, visit the ExperienceBU website. read more

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Ohio State softball in a good position despite weekend sweep

OSU redshirt senior shortstop Maddy McIntyre (30) during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State softball team is looking to bounce back after a three-game winless weekend at No. 2 Michigan. This week, the No. 23-ranked Buckeyes (25-11-1, 9-4-1) continue their 2016 campaign with a doubleheader at Ohio before making a weekend return to Buckeye Field for a three-game series with Purdue.OSU currently sits fourth in the Big Ten with three weekends left in the regular season, but coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly remains relaxed as her team heads toward the postseason.“The Big Ten conference is a dogfight,” Schoenly said. “Every game comes down to a few key moments, and we have put ourselves in a good position for the homestretch.”Ohio at a glance The Bobcats (25-16) are currently fifth in the Mid-American Conference’s East division and are coming off a losing weekend at Akron. Ohio, however, is still holding onto a winning record, an impressive feat after only winning 15 out of 47 games in 2015.On the mound, Ohio relies on the duo of redshirt junior Savannah Jo Dorsey and sophomore Danielle Stiene. Dorsey is boasting an 18-9 record with a team-low 1.82 ERA, while Steine, a transfer from Hillsdale College, is 7-7 with a 2.52 ERA. The pitching staff has combined for 356 strikeouts, compared to its opponents’ 187. Redshirt sophomore Taylor Saxton provides simple, clutch hitting for the Bobcats. The leadoff hitter is batting .406, and only one of her 52 season hits has been for extra bases. Third baseman Mikayla Cooper has nine home runs, and the sophomore’s batting average has climbed from .258 in 2015 to her current .359. OSU and Ohio have matched up every year since 2012, with the Bobcats going 1-7 against the Buckeyes. With a relatively young squad of two seniors and 11 underclassmen, the odds, historically, might be against Ohio, but it will still be a battle for the Buckeyes.Scouting PurdueAfter playing Butler on Wednesday, Purdue will pay a visit to Columbus in a conference contest with the Buckeyes. This season, the Boilermakers (24-20, 6-8) have been using a flexible lineup, as only three players have appeared in all 44 games.Last season, OSU and Purdue did not face off, but in 2014, Purdue came out on top with a 2-1 series victory. At the plate, only two players are hitting above .300, one being junior Kristen Hoppman. The middle infielder is leading off with a .322 average and 14 extra-base hits.The circle is dominated by senior Lilly Fecho, who has seen action in 170 innings this season. By comparison, OSU junior Shelby Hursh has only pitched in 108. The two will likely face off in at least one of this weekend’s matchups. Fecho, a left-hander, comes into this series with a 1.97 ERA and a 16-9 record. The other three pitchers, freshman Maddie Damon, sophomore Gina Snyder and junior Katie Johnson, have only started 19 games and have a combined 5.13 ERA, which might put the Boilermakers in some hot water if the Buckeyes can take advantage of this opportunity.Stepping upThe Buckeyes’ bats last weekend against Michigan were rather quiet. OSU only scored four runs over three games and struck out 25 times. Even the team’s stars this season, like redshirt junior Alex Bayne and senior Maddy McIntyre, struggled to provide big hits for the team.Still, Schoenly expressed her satisfaction with players who stepped up against the Wolverines. She mentioned the impressive mentality of Hursh as what drove the team, along with the role sophomore Becca Gavin is taking for the first time this season. Gavin slid to the catcher position while senior Cammi Prantl spent some time in left field.“This weekend gave Gavin substantial time behind the plate, and she has become more comfortable in her new role,” Schoenly said.Sophomore Taylor White and freshman Emily Clark also continue to frustrate pitchers with their power. And, for the first time this season, Clark was moved into the cleanup position, where she hit .500.“We saw the emergence of Emily Clark and Taylor White in high-pressure moments, and they rose to the occasion,” Schoenly said, while also expressing confidence that the rest of the roster will join in and do the same.Up nextAfter their home series against Purdue, the Buckeyes don’t see action again until April 29 when  they are scheduled to travel to Indiana for the penultimate Big Ten series of the season. The first of the three-game series against the Hoosiers is set to get underway at 6 p.m. read more

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Wrestling Joey McKenna TeShan Campbell hope success transfers to Ohio State

Te’Shan Campbell hopes to find success after transferring to Ohio State after the wrestling team finished second at the NCAA Championships last season. Credit: Courtesy of Pitt Department of AthleticsA season ago, Joey McKenna and Te’Shan Campbell won the Pac-12 championship and ACC championship, respectively. Now, the two are looking for success with a different program, Ohio State, that has championship aspirations of its own.The junior McKenna, who will compete at either 141 or 149 pounds, was an All-American last season at Stanford while placing third in the nation at 141 pounds. Campbell competes at 165 pounds and was a two-time NCAA tournament qualifier at Pittsburgh.Ohio State coach Tom Ryan acknowledged how advantageous it was to add the two transfers to an already talented group.“It’s quite a luxury,” Ryan said. “We’re really fortunate that both of those guys decided to be Buckeyes.”McKenna owns an overall record of 58-6 (21-1 dual record), which includes 15 falls and four technical falls. He compiled 15 victories against nationally ranked opponents while at Stanford. As a high-schooler, he won three national championships in New Jersey. Campbell has made his mark in the city of Pittsburgh and the state of Pennsylvania, growing up in the Steel City and competing there since adolescence. The junior registered an overall record of 40-16 as a Panther, including a 22-4 mark in 2016-17. He tallied 10 technical falls, seven major decisions and three falls during his two college seasons. In high school, he won the 2015 PIAA state championship at 170 pounds and ended his senior season undefeated.Since the two transfers have arrived in Columbus, Ryan has seen all the positive qualities he hopes to see in all his transfers.“Love, passion, purpose,” Ryan said. “All of the things that you would expect to see from an individual that left places where they were perhaps comfortable, had rooted friendships. It’s not an easy thing to do, to have the courage to leave a school where they were happy.” A drive for competitive success seems to be the most pertinent reason wrestlers like McKenna and Campbell transferred to Ohio State. McKenna said geography was also a major factor in his decision.“I’m from the East Coast, I’m originally from New Jersey and a big part of me wanted to come back closer to home,” McKenna said. “There was something about the program that was always appealing to me. I’m good friends with Kyle Snyder. After coming here on my visit and seeing the energy in the room and seeing how motivated everybody was, it felt contagious and I wanted to surround myself with those kinds of guys.”Jason Borrelli, McKenna’s former coach at Stanford, said McKenna will add his own unique energy to the culture at Ohio State. “I just think his consistent approach will rub off on people,” Borrelli said. “That bodes well for other people that need maybe some of that guidance. He’ll be the guy that nearly every day will revolve around doing something to make him a little better at the sport of wrestling or academically or whatever endeavor he’s chasing.”Campbell, on the other hand, decided to transfer because he wanted to put himself in the best position to win, while also hoping to become a better man. “You see guys on the team that are engaged, married, starting families, having good families and stuff like that that you want to be a part of,” Campbell said.The culture Ryan and the coaching staff have built at Ohio State was the decider in Campbell’s decision to transfer. “The coaches pretty much sold me on the development of being a good guy, being a good man,” Campbell said. “You can learn wrestling anywhere, and that was probably the difference maker for me in deciding to come here.”As far as personal and team goals for their remaining two seasons at Ohio State, McKenna and Campbell are in agreement. They want it all. “As a team, I hope to help Ohio State win their second NCAA title in the past five years,” McKenna said. “That’d be awesome for the school, for the program and just everybody on the team. Me, I want to become an NCAA champion for the first time.” McKenna might be shooting for the stars, but Borrelli believes the sky’s the limit for his former team captain at Stanford. “I think that he has the ability to win national championships,” Borrelli said. “I wouldn’t expect anything less from him than to be competing for national titles in his remaining two years.”He hopes to find success in the uncharted territory of being a Buckeye, and wants to be entertaining while he does it.Campbell also has set his expectations high. Those lofty goals are based not only in his athletic life, but also in his academic life where he said he hopes to stay on top of his grades and leave the school with life skills developed through his time as a BuckeyeRyan said that along with being goal-oriented, motivation has not been a problem for his two decorated transfers. “The statement isn’t in leaving,” Ryan said. “The statement is in what you do after you’ve chosen to transfer. They seem, right now, really hungry to attain the things they want to in the sport, and beyond.” read more

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Orlacos state of the art RadarEye cameras now integrate on every monitor

first_imgOrlaco, the global supplier of camera-monitor vision solutions for mines has come up with a solution where its RadarEye camera technology can integrate with any monitor in the machine: “If workplace safety is an important issue for you, your fleet will no doubt be equipped with camera monitor systems. You can now make your machines even safer by integrating RadarEye on your monitor. This active detection system is now available for all existing Orlaco monitors and third-party monitors.”“RadarEye prevents collisions by actively warning you about objects and people around the machine. You therefore know what is happening in the vicinity of your vehicle and can work even more safely, comfortably and efficiently.”RadarEye provides additional safety for the greatest risk areas around vehicles, from trucks to mining machinery. For example, in the case of loaders, which constantly drive back and forth, there is a high risk of collisions around the machine due to the limited view from the cab. “With RadarEye, you can ensure that people or objects that are too close to the vehicle are detected in time. A clear audible signal will warn the operator, and the hazard area will be highlighted via an overlay on the monitor.”Thanks to an SRD interface, RadarEye can be integrated with third-party monitors that have a PAL/NTSC video input. This means that RadarEye can now be used independently of the SRD monitor, and standard camera systems can easily be expanded with active radar detection. “Using the box, you can integrate radar alerts directly into the view on the existing monitor via visual overlays. Audible signals can also be used. Via the SRD interface box, you can now also connect the DVR One Channel recorder to RadarEye to record camera images. The system can be further expanded using master/slave cables and a switcher to add multiple sensors and cameras.”Orlaco’s RadarEye camera systems are deployed widely in the global mining industry, such as at the Polyus Olimpiada gold mine in Russia, where the whole fleet is equipped with cameras, radar and monitors including the Cat 785C truck fleet as well as IZ-Kartex rope shovels, whose operators can now view the engine, cables, dipper and counterweight, all on their monitors. This gives them the control they need to remain flexible in all conditions and keep the constant flow of dump trucks driving up and down the mine filled up.The fleetwide installation followed a successful pilot in 2016, after which all excavators, loaders, dump trucks, bulldozers, pipe layers, motor graders and other mining vehicles were equipped with the Orlaco system, totaling 1,500 cameras and 320 monitors. This was done by VIST Group, Orlaco’s Preferred Partner in Russia.Orlaco states: “Since installing the systems, safety in the mine has increased. There have been fewer impacts, collisions and cases of damage, and loaders have not been involved in any incidents at all. This has helped reduce downtime for vehicles and therefore increase efficiency. Drivers say that they no longer have to twist to look behind them while reversing, resulting in fewer physical complaints. There has also been a drop in stress at work thanks to improved vision. This is part of the reason why PJSC Polyus is going to equip its vehicles in a second Siberian mine with Orlaco’s vision solutions for heavy duty vehicles. Loaders may also receive an additional camera to gain a view of the area beneath the bucket toward the front of the machine. With this, the Russian gold producer is once again demonstrating that it takes mine safety and the working comfort of its employees very seriously.”last_img read more

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Politicians and Journalists Adversaries or Bedfellows

first_imgA panel discussion involving prominent journalists who will respond to former Prime Mininster John Howard’s lecture on the relationship between politicians and the media, and examine the relationship from the perspective of working reporters and editors. Michael Gawenda, a former Editor of The Age and now the Director of the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Advanced Journalism will chair the panel discussion. The panelists are ABC Lateline presenter Leigh Sales, business commentator and former Editor of The Age and The Australian Financial Review, Alan Kohler, and senior political writer and columnist George Megalogenis from The Australian. Tuesday  August 11, 6.00pm J.H. Michell Lecture Theatre, Richard Berry Building,  Bookings not required. Seating is limited. Enquiries: mgawenda@unimelb.edu.au, 8344 7640 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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La faim dans le monde recule mais demeure très importante

first_imgLa faim dans le monde recule mais demeure très importanteMonde – Pour la première fois depuis 15 ans, les chiffres concernant la faim dans le monde ont reculé. Passés sous le seuil du milliard de personnes sous-alimentées franchi en 2009, ils sont encourageants mais pas pour autant réjouissants, d’après l’Organisation des Nations unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO).Cette année, 925 millions d’individus sont encore considérés comme sous-alimentés, soit 9,6% de moins qu’en 2009. Une situation qui reste “inacceptable” pour Jacques Diouf, directeur général de la FAO. Et ce dernier d’ajouter devant la presse à Rome, mardi 14 septembre : “Toutes les six secondes, un enfant meurt à cause de problèmes liés à la malnutrition. La faim reste la plus grande tragédie et le plus grand scandale au monde”.À lire aussiA Rio+20, l’ONU lance le “Défi faim zéro”De son côté, Josette Sheeran, directrice générale du Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations unies (PAM) rappelle à l’AFP : “Une personne sur six se réveille sans avoir de quoi manger”. La baisse du nombre d’individus sous-alimentés serait avant tout due à la baisse des prix alimentaires mondiaux ainsi qu’à un contexte économique plus stable en 2010 qu’en 2008 et 2009. Pour autant, Mme Sheeran met en garde le grand public : ces nouveaux chiffres ne prennent sans doute pas en compte les victimes récentes de la sous-alimentation au Pakistan touché par les inondations. Les efforts ne doivent donc pas être relâchés.Le 15 septembre 2010 à 16:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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