New Delhi: The Indian Premier League (IPL) gets underway in Chennai on Saturday with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) taking on defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the season’s opener. And RCB pacer Umesh Yadav is one player who will definitely be looking to impress RCB and Team India captain Virat Kohli with a strong show from the word go. While the national selectors are still looking to fill the No.4 slot in the batting line-up, another place up for grabs is the fourth pace bowler’s slot. And Umesh believes that he fits the bill as experience will be an important factor taken into consideration when the selectors pick the squad for the showpiece event in England. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “If you look at the IPL as a platform to convince selectors that I am the man to be picked for the World Cup, I am the man. The fourth bowler that the team is looking at, I feel I fit that role. I don’t think any of the youngsters have done enough to replace the senior bowlers. At the end of the day, you are going to play the World Cup and not just any other tournament like a bilateral series. “Experience is a must on the big stage. Someone with an experience of playing 10-12 matches is not enough because if a situation arises that one of the frontline bowler is injured, you must have the replacement who is able to handle the pressure of that situation. You need someone who can bowl 140kmph-plus and has the mental ability to perform under pressure,” he told IANS. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Umesh also said that he didn’t get a long rope in limited-overs cricket and that is one of the reasons why he hasn’t been able to replicate his red-ball form in the shorter format. “To be honest, if you look at it, I haven’t played too many ODI matches. You cannot count someone’s performance on the basis of a couple of matches here and there. If I am given a long run and back-to-back matches, then I can prove myself,” he explained. The pacer feels that if picked for the World Cup, the IPL will be his best preparation ground. “IPL for me is to give my best for the franchise and also practice for the World Cup. This is the ideal platform to train for the World Cup… this will be the best match-situation.” Asked about being a part of the star-studded RCB line-up, Umesh said that he shares a special bond with former India pacer Ashish Nehra and the life lessons the left-arm bowler shares has helped Umesh a lot. “Nehra paaji gave me a lot of confidence after I joined RCB last season. He told me that when everything is against you and you perform that is when you should take it as a challenge and show the world what you are made of. He said ‘if everything is stacked against you and you rise like a phoenix from the ashes, then that gives you joy as a sportsperson’. “If everything is going your way, there is no fight and the joy of achieving something goes down. He said ‘keep learning every minute and come back stronger’ and I keep doing just that. I can really relate to him. His life lessons are amazing,” he added.
New Delhi: Child begging remains a seroius problem in the city as Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) in a recent survery found that as many as 72 children were begging on the street of South East Delhi. The child rights body has started a pilot project to curb the menace. The data accessed by Millennium Post claimed that children were found begging at 29 places in the district. The highest number of kids were found in places like Tuglakhabad–10 children, Nehru Place–9, Mool Chand–5, New Friends Colony–5, Badarpur–4 and Sarita Vihar–4. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe other places were identified as Ali Vihar, Amar Colony, Batla House, GK-1, GK-2, Govindpuri, Jamia Nagar, Jasola, Julena, Kailash, Kalindi Kunj,Lajpat Nagar, Maharani Bagh, Mohan Estate, Nehru Enclave, Nehru Place, Nizamuddin, Okhla, Okhla Phase-2, Pulprahaladpur, Sangam Vihar and Sarai Kale Khan. The survey was conducted last year regarding the child begging. The children are aged from 1 to 15 years. “In some cases, we found that mother or father with one-year-old kids in their lap was begging,” said DCPCR official. As many as 43 instances, DCPCR team with their stakeholders found these children begging near metro stations, bus stops, markets, near traffic red light, under the flyover, parks. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsTalking to Millennium Post, DCPCR member Roop Sudesh Vimal said that they have been continuously counselling children as well as their parents. “We have also started a pilot project for the rehabilitation of these children. We are continuously doing the follow-ups on these children and their families,” said Vimal. He further added that under the pilot project, these kids will be first give an identity in the form of Aadhaar card and then they will be enroled in the school and other government schemes. “Their parents are also being sensitized on the laws related to kids,” added DCPCR member. The child rights body is also maintaining a vigil to prevent any new child from joining the menace of child begging. According to Delhi Police Annual Report of 2018, Crime Branch had also conducted a survey of children begging at various traffic intersections to find whether they were forced into begging by some organized gang. However, the survey did not reveal the involvement of any organized gang behind child begging.
The Working Group had made several requests to visit Sri Lanka but the former Government did not agree on any dates. The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances will visit Sri Lanka from 9 to 18 November.The Working Group made the announcement at the UN Human Rights Council which is meeting for its 30th session in Geneva. “We are very happy to announce the confirmation of our visit to Sri Lanka from 9 to 18 November” the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances said. The new Government however has agreed to allow the Working Group as well as other key UN agencies and officials to visit Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)
Norfolk County hopes to have its share of the Hastings Drive shoreline in Long Point stabilized by the end of the month.Wednesday, Norfolk council unanimously approved hiring a contractor to re-position armour stone and other breakwall materials along county property that have toppled into the lake in recent years.Mayor Kristal Chopp told council there is a contractor available who has done this work in the past and that the job shouldn’t cost more than $10,000.“I think we’re getting a real deal for $10,000,” said Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus.Norfolk County owns 49 vacant lots along the Hastings Drive shoreline. The properties used to have cottages but many of them were damaged or destroyed during a severe winter storm 35 years ago. That storm caused so much damage because it struck at a time of high water levels in Lake Erie.At the July 2 meeting of Norfolk council, Hastings Drive property owners complained that they were doing their share to fortify the shoreline now that Lake Erie is again at record high levels. The Hastings Drive road allowance – which features a compressed sand surface — is unaffected in areas that have private breakwalls.However, wave action is encroaching on sections of the Hastings Drive road allowance abutting county property. At the July 2 meeting, council was asked to take measures to keep the road passable.Norfolk County has a permit for the work from the Long Point Region Conservation Authority. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests has asked to see a plan for shoreline rehabilitation that respects the habitat of species-at-risk.Interim CAO Harry Schlange told council Wednesday that – “out of an abundance of caution” — it should discuss the fortification plan with MNRF before resetting the breakwall. However, council agreed to move forward given the limited time left to get the work done before the fall weather sets in.“Unless we’re really breaking some rules, I think we can go ahead with this,” Port Rowan Coun. Tom Masschaele said. “With the MNRF, sometimes their response time isn’t super-fast. They’ve had cutback as well.”Chopp agreed. She says Norfolk has been negligent in its responsibility to maintain Hastings Drive and that she has assurances from the LPRCA that the county’s permit is valid. Council heard at the July 2 meeting that the MNRF hasn’t asked private property owners for additional consultation on setting their breakwalls once they obtained conservation authority approval.“We have a permit to repair something,” Charlotteville Coun. Chris VanPaassen said. “We’re not creating something. It’s a whole different ball game. If we’re doing something wrong, I’m sure MNRF will show up and tell us.”The work is expected to take two or three days.Norfolk council recently broke for summer recess and was not scheduled to return until Aug. 22. However, when pressing issues arise, the mayor has the authority to call special meetings such as Wednesday’s to deal with them.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
“Hunger doesn’t wait, disease doesn’t wait,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland says, underscoring the urgency – and the need for some on-the-spot improvisation – facing the largest relief operation the world body has ever undertaken for a natural disaster. “We need to be quicker.”With the fate of a million people in the Indonesian province of Aceh, the most-ravaged area in the dozen countries struck by the 26 December tsunami, still being slowly assessed and anecdotal reports putting the death rate in some villages in excess of 50 per cent, treating the injuries and supplying the needs of the survivors is of major concern.So when a UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) team was unable to get access to military flights to bring in 16.5 tons of emergency supplies to the provincial capital of Banda Aceh it quickly chartered a private plane for $23,000.“Survival is still a critical issue and there is a continuing urgent need to find and help people who have been injured,” the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report on the Aceh area, where security restrictions stemming from an ongoing war between the Government and separatists has hindered access.“Treating wounds and other injuries continues to be a major need and an issue of pressing importance. That task has been made more difficult by problems of access and security around Aceh. As a result it is hard to locate injured people who need urgent help,” it added.Just as urgent, if not more so, is the need to rush in clean drinking water to prevent outbreaks of diarrhoeal diseases such as cholera and typhoid which, in a worst case scenario could claim as many lives as the tsunami itself with its toll of 160,000 dead, half a million injured and up to 5 million people in urgent need of basic services.Other diseases such as measles also find fertile breeding ground in the cramped conditions of emergency shelters. When two children came down with measles in one Aceh camp UN officials quickly oversaw the vaccination of 1,000 others. Other unconfirmed cases are being investigated in the town of Meulaboh and WHO warned that vaccination could be hampered by lack of access to a nationally sourced vaccine, the only one the Government permits.Looking ahead to other preventive measures, WHO is raising the warning flag over potential mosquito breeding sites, with the consequent threat of malaria and other diseases, from the large expanses of stagnant water and debris scattered around Aceh. At present there are no resources available for setting up vector controls.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is rallying to this effort. Even in Myanmar, one of the nations with the lowest toll of dead and injured from the disaster, it has thousands of mosquito nets ready for distribution to help families contend with the after-effects.In a totally different field the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is providing equipment to clean up and help to help rehabilitate coral reefs off Thailand’s coast, threatened by heavy debris.“We’ve seen suitcases, kitchen sinks, deck chairs and hotel backwash sitting on the reefs,” UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Hakan Bjorkman said. “This kind of unusual debris calls for special clean-up care…Coral reefs along the Andaman coast are not only a habitat for marine life, essential to the livelihoods of local fishermen, they are also a crucial source of income for the Thai tourism industry.”The agency is providing a vehicle and boat trailer, rubber speed boat, global positioning satellite equipment, diving gear, underwater cameras and underwater lift bags to the Thai Department of Marine Resources to begin immediate work.And looking further ahead to future prevention, UNDP has provided 190 tons of building material, including bags of cement, steel pipes, hammers and other tools, to the remote Maldives island of Naalaafushi so that all its 291 inhabitants can have a roof over their heads in new houses before the monsoon season begins in June.Within the next six months, UNDP plans to reconstruct 400 new houses and repair 2,000 housing units in the archipelago, where the tsunami swept away 10 per cent of all houses, leaving more than 12,000 people homeless.
Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally has launched production of Ford’s new 1.0-litre EcoBoost three cylinder engine developed by UK powertrain engineers located at Dunton and Dagenham. The turbocharged, direct injection engine will be available in Europe in early 2012 and will ultimately be used worldwide.“The new 1.0-litre EcoBoost and our entire family of EcoBoost engines represent technology breakthroughs that deliver power, fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions through turbocharging and direct injection,” said Mulally.The high-tech, ultra-efficient engine will debut in the UK in the Ford Focus, with two power variants delivering 123bhp with 114g/km CO2 and 99bhp with 109g/km CO2. The performance rivals a traditional 1.6-litre engine, but with significantly improved fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost cylinder block can fit onto a sheet of A4 paper but delivers up to 170Nm peak torque (with 200Nm overboost), giving it the highest power density of any Ford production engine to date.“The new 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is a true collaboration from start to finish, with expertise from Ford specialists across Europe leveraged in designing both the engine and the cutting-edge facility in which it will be produced,” said Stephen Odell, Chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe.“This will be reflected in the class-leading European CO2 emissions of the new 1.0-litre EcoBoost Ford Focus when it debuts in early 2012; low emissions that will be achieved alongside the spirited and refined performance that customers expect from Ford.”Graham Hoare, European Executive Powertrain Director with engineers based at Dunton and Dagenham, added, “This is the third addition to our acclaimed EcoBoost engine family. Joining the 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre EcoBoost engines which span 150PS to above 200PS, this 1.0-litre EcoBoost signals a new era of downsized, super-frugal engines for the sub-130PS segment. During development our UK engineers focused on improving thermal efficiency and reducing friction of the engine’s internal moving parts, especially during warm-up.”Britain leads on European product development of Ford engines and transmissions at Dunton Technical Centre, Essex, with up to two million engines including the 1.6 EcoBoost assembled annually at Bridgend and Dagenham.Ford has invested £110 million to develop a special high-tech line at its Cologne facility in Germany to build the new engine. Annual capacity at the plant is expected to be 350,000 units, with total European capacity increased up to 700,000 units when Ford’s new plant in Craiova, Romania commences production.In the future, the company anticipates that production will expand outside of Europe to deliver up to 1.5 million UK-developed 1.0-litre EcoBoost engines per year.For more information about UK automotive manufacturing download SMMT’s Motor Industry Facts 2011.Click the play button below to watch Ford’s video introduction to the new three cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTwo women homeless following early morning fire; arson suspectedFebruary 14, 2018In “latest news”Update: 2 in custody for alleged drive-by shootingJanuary 17, 2018In “Crime”West Ruimveldt man who shot reputed wife in mouth to be charged soonNovember 3, 2016In “Crime” A 24-year-old man of Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD) this morning allegedly shot his girlfriend and then reportedly turned the gun on himself.The woman has been identified as Faith Thompson, 20, while the man has only been identified as “Daniel”.Thompson was shot to her neck and is currently battling for her life at the Georgetown Public Hospital.The man, however, reportedly shot himself in the head and was pronounced dead on arrival.The incident occurred in a house at Norton Street, Georgetown at around 10:30hrs.According to a tenant who occupies the bottom flat of the two-storey building, the couple shared a rocky relationship.Thompson recently moved into the upper flat of the house, reportedly in a bid to escape her boyfriend. But over time, he would usually visit the young woman.This morning, the tenant told INews that she heard two shots and then she saw the woman running out of the house half-naked.The woman solicited help to go to the GPHC for medical attention. However, the man’s lifeless body was discovered in the home.
The power and ability of smartphones didn’t happen overnight, it has evolved as technology improved. BHP says it is adopting a similar methodology when it comes to innovation in its workplace and at its mine sites. BHP General Manager Newman Operations Scott Barber said to succeed in the future of resources, we must be bolder, adapt faster and embrace change. “Innovation through advancements in technology will undoubtedly bring change, as well as new and exciting opportunities for the mining industry and for the people who make it happen,” Scott said. “Our team has chosen to make our Eastern Ridge mine site in Newman the location where we test and trial our new innovations. Eastern Ridge is our proving ground for new technology and it’s an exciting opportunity for our employees and the community as we begin this innovation and technology journey.”BHP’s Jamie Bennett is responsible for overseeing all innovation projects at Eastern Ridge and says the beauty of innovation is what you don’t see. “When it comes to innovation and technology at Eastern Ridge, our focus is on data,” Bennett said. “We are deep diving into our operations to find out what data we can create, record, monitor, understand and manipulate to help us work smarter, safer and more efficiently. We’ve been testing innovative technology and concepts at Eastern Ridge for the past twelve months, but to the naked eye, the mine site looks exactly the same. What you don’t see are the sensors and monitoring equipment we are creating and using to gather data about our operations. Examples include improving our live mine scheduling and monitoring pay load distribution on our trucks, both of which rely heavily on real-time data analysis.”He adds: “Before we can initiate physical changes on site, we need to have real-time information about our processes. Our teams are hard at work developing systems to capture and read this data so we are able to use it to improve our daily routines and make operations safer. We see these innovations as the first steps – akin to the first mobile phone – which will set us on a course where technology plays a major role in how we operate.”Scott Barber said BHP’s ability to successfully embrace and utilise technology relies on our current and future workforce as well as our local communities. “Our people will be the ones to make technological changes happen,” he said. “This means the skills required to work in the mining industry will change too – and the skills people think they need to have to work in mining today may be very different to the skills needed in the future. This is why we are committed to working with our current and future workforce as well as the community in Newman to bring them along this innovative journey.”“We are already building relationships and engagement programs with a variety of Pilbara stakeholders as well as programs with local schools to educate children and have conversations about what the future of mining will look like and skills required to work in the industry. Our school based traineeship at Newman Senior High School is a perfect example of this. Through this program we are able to give students hands on, skill specific experience and knowledge that accurately reflects the typical work undertaken at our mine sites. It’s a great introduction to our industry, and where our tradespeople, as mentors assist students to complete their training and work their way to certifications in a range of industries, such as automotive, engineering and technology. We hope through these types of initiatives, we can deliver continued growth and development by bringing the community into the workplace and transforming our workplace into a community.”Innovation initiatives such as the work underway at Eastern Ridge are just a small part of a larger company wide commitment to transform to a safer, more productive, more diverse and ultimately more sustainable BHP, says the company.
Four new BELAZ-75581 haul trucks with the carrying capacity of 90 t have been added to the rolling fleet of the Bystrinsky mining and processing factory, representatives of the Belarusian automobile engineering company BELAZ told news agency BelTA. IM understands that these are electric drive trucks; BELAZ is one of only a handful of OEMs to produce electric drive trucks in this class. The drives are the Russian made Electrosila brand type by Power Machines. Bystrinsky is part of Norilsk Nickel and produces gold, iron and copper.The BelTA article says The new vehicles will get down to work in late July 2019. “Four haul trucks are supposed to carry over 600,000 m3 of mined rock by the end of the year. BELAZ representatives noted that it is the second shipment of BELAZ-75581 haul trucks to the Bystrinsky mining and processing factory. The first lot of ten trucks was delivered in 2017. The Russian company thinks highly of the effectiveness of the Belarusian vehicles. Haul trucks are used to carry mined rock from open pits and the whole ore buffer store to the primary breaking site. They also carry overburden rock to spoil heaps. The Russian company decided to acquire additional vehicles after reaching the designed ore extraction and processing parameters.”The new haul trucks were made to the customer’s technical requirements and are fit to work in complicated climatic conditions of the Zabaikalye Territory where air temperatures vary greatly over the course of one day and one year with short transitions in between. Specialists of OOO BelTransLogistic, BELAZ’s official representative in Russia, provide aftersales service to the haul trucks on site. Source: eng.belta.by
MineWare’s world-leading Pegasys Dragline Monitor will be introduced to North American Coal’s Freedom mine this month to improve the performance of their Bucyrus (Caterpillar) dragline fleet. Freedom mine management selected Pegasys as their preferred monitoring system to increase the utilisation of their dragline fleet and increase production, sustainably. Pegasys is an advanced payload and mine compliance monitoring system that enables mine sites to establish best operator practice.MineWare North America Regional Vice President Greg Ladewig said Pegasys will enable Freedom mine to work more efficiently by producing the same amount of material at a lower cost per yard or produce more material for the current cost per yard. “Pegasys optimises dragline payload, improves mine plan compliance by providing the operators with real-time feedback,” he said. “The system supports operators in the cab to make fast, confident and correct decisions whilst improving productivity and reducing machine stress. We are proud to expand our relationship with the North American Coal company and support them in improving the productivity and efficiency of their dragline operations. Their investment in Pegasys demonstrates their commitment to maximising returns through advanced technologies and operational excellence.”
ASGCO® “Complete Conveyor Solutions” says it has signed a tri-lateral distribution, manufacturing and intellectual partnership agreement with WAGENER-Schwelm® and NILOS® to extend its ability to service and provide ASGCO products to servicing distributors, end-users and original equipment manufacturers around the world.Aaron Gibbs, President of ASGCO, said the integration of highly precise German engineering from WAGENER and NILOS, combined with the manufacturing, marketing, sales and service strength of ASGCO will bring customers “excellent, highly engineered, ‘best in the world’ conveyor belt vulcanising products” manufactured in the US.“By providing our ASGCO conveyor products through the NILOS service branches and then also incorporating the WAGENER and NILOS range of products into ASGCO’s product line, this will provide the ‘best in class’ range of conveyor material handling solutions for our customers,” he said.Thomas J Ziller, Owner of WAGENER-Schwelm and NILOS, said the partnership will provide the “strongest and most innovative range of products in the conveyor belting industry”.“The knowhow transfer in both directions guarantees sustainable and high-end production as well as increases our after-sales service around the world,” he said.WAGENER-Schwelm has decades of experience in the development and manufacturing of portable and stationary vulcanising presses, for splicing and repairing conveyor belts, while NILOS is known for the application-oriented development of high-quality and innovative hot and cold vulcanising materials, compounds, cements and other conveyor belt related products.ASGCO, founded in 1971, is a leading manufacturer, distributor and service provider of proprietary conveyor and screening equipment and accessories to improve the safety and performance of bulk material handling systems.
The first phase of knock-out stage at Youth World Handball Championship 2019 is ready to be played on Wednesday.All games will be played at the Boris Trajkovski and Jane Sandanski arenas and will be streamed live on IHF.info. Click HERE for more detailsWednesday 14 AugustAll times localEighth-Finals14:00 Argentina vs Germany (Boris Trajkovski)14:00 Egypt vs Slovenia (Jane Sandanski)16:15 Iceland vs Japan (Boris Trajkovski)16:15 Croatia vs Hungary (Jane Sandanski)18:30 Denmark vs Tunisia (Boris Trajkovski)18:30 France vs Norway (Jane Sandanski)20:45 Portugal vs North Macedonia (Boris Trajkovski)20:45 Spain vs Sweden (Jane Sandanski)Placement Round 17-2409:30 Placement 21-24: Chile vs Canada (Jane Sandanski)09:30 Placement 21-24: Nigeria vs Brazil (Boris Trajkovski)11:45 Placement 17-20: Saudi Arabia vs Chinese Taipei (Jane Sandanski)11:45 Placement 17-20: Bahrain vs Serbia (Boris Trajkovski)PHOTO: Filip Viranovski ← Previous Story Youth WCh 2019: Croatia, Egypt, Denmark and Portugal take pole positions before 1/8 finals Next Story → VIDEO: Boxer Cirovic and Kung Fu Ishihama
4. What I learned when I took a homeless woman shoppingIf you were given €50 and taken shopping, what would you buy? And how would this change if you were homeless? Brooke McLay finds out.(Babble, approx 8 minutes reading time, 1685 words)She gratefully accepted the cash, tucking it gently into her purse.“Here’s the thing,” she explained. “We can’t have anything perishable in the shelter. So, the girls never get enough fruits or vegetables. We don’t have a stove or a fridge. I don’t want you to think I’m buying bad things. I just don’t have a way to keep the good things.”5. Parenthood and pessimismMark O’Connell is a father. He’s also a pessimist. When his son was born, he realises he is bringing new, innocent life into a world rife with danger. Can he reconcile this with the love for his new child?(New York Times magazine, approx 12 minutes reading time, 5276 words)I was recently sorting out the tottering obelisk of books on my bedside table when I took note of the absurd irony of three consecutively stacked volumes. One was Cioran’s “The Trouble With Being Born,” the pale-yellow spine of which was sandwiched between two much more colorful titles: “Dora Goes to the Dentist!” and “Little Blue Truck.” Those two were the property of my son, who was brought into the world 16 months ago, premeditatedly and in cold blood, by my wife and I. The intertextual incongruity of this little stack of books struck me as a comically blunt symbol for some deep and unresolved inconsistency in my life.6. What is Slack?Slack is a new programme that aims to make communication between teams easier. Mat Honan meets the man behind the hyped-up start-up, who grew up in a village of hippies, changed his name from Dharma to Stewart, and was a co-founder of Flickr.(Wired, approx 37 minutes reading time, 7417 words)It was precisely the kind of thing a philosophy major who spent his childhood on a commune without running water or electricity might come up with. “I related to the whole hippie, acid-test confluence of the early Internet,” Stewart says, looking up at the vast empty space overhead in the Slack office. “The idea that we should be open and interoperate with our data resonated with me.”…AND A CLASSIC FROM THE ARCHIVES…Adam Higginbotham meets billionaire Richard Branson as he turns 50. He’s taken on a hot air balloon ride and endures some not so easy chats. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images(The Independent, approx 37 minutes reading time, 7417 words)With his ballooning and his boating exploits, he has become one of the most famous men in Britain. But his public ubiquity owes more to his game dedication to picking up pretty girls and capering about in fancy dress to promote his businesses – as Long John Silver; a Zulu warrior; Elvis; in a Victorian bathing costume; in a wedding dress; in his pants; naked.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday >The Sports Pages – the best sports writing collected every week by TheScore.ie > IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair.We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. Reuniting the bodies with home Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThousands of of illegal immigrants have died attempting to cross the southern US border. A group of college students have made it their mission to reunite them with their families who lost them – but it’s not an easy task.(Boston Globe, approx 30 minutes reading time, 6160 words)Typically, sheriff’s officials said, smugglers drop off immigrants before the Border Patrol checkpoint on Highway 281 in Falfurrias and instruct them to hike through the ranches, often for days, to the other side of the checkpoint. Smugglers, known as coyotes, or guias in Spanish, are supposed to pick up the immigrants on the other side and take them to Houston or another destination. Some coyotes show up, but others don’t, leaving immigrants to fend for themselves.2. My first night in Kyiv Source: David AziaAn anonymous journalist writes about her experiences in Kyiv, where she visitedc to write about the post-revolutionary city. She gets in touch with a ‘very respected journalist’ – but instead of becoming a peer, he subjects her to an assault.(Balkanist, approx 22 minutes reading time, 4424 words)I was halfway through talking about the political situation in Britain when the Very Respected Journalist called me “baby” (really, people can say that without irony?) and shoved his beer-and-whisky-churned-together tongue down my throat. After unironically ‘baby’-ing me a few more times, the Very Respected Journalist pushed me towards his bedroom. And suddenly the authority and presumed ‘expertness’ ever-present in his writing contorted itself, with the grotesqueness of a Francis Bacon painting, to a wholly new context.3. I am being stalkedHelen DeWitt writes about being stalked. It’s a chilling story about living in fear.(London Review of Books, approx 20 minutes reading time, 4101 words)Desperate plans for escape. Solution probably found. Ideally wd get taxi for 7 a.m. & clear out but I think it’s too complicated. Best plan, ride bike to B’b, collect things later. Perhaps in disguise.First thing, to get away.I will get to a place of safety.Not thinking of work, only of disguise & whether possible.This may not be entirely sane.
Bazzi told the judge that he asked his wife to pack an American flag among his belongings.“I want the American flag with me,” he said. “I moved to this country and I love this country.”Bazzi’s daughter, Malak Bazzi, told reporters that he could face trial in Lebanon for the deaths of the Irish soldiers“There isn’t really any evidence against him,” she said. “My dad’s always wanted to go back to Lebanon. I hope he just stays there and lives the rest of his life.”Offiials are the Department of Defence here have said that they were keeping in “in touch” with the US authorities over Bazzi’s detention.- With reporting from Associated PressRead: Families cautiously optimistic after arrest of man alleged to have killed two Irish soldiers >Read: Irish and US authorities ‘in touch’ about man who claimed he killed Irish soldiers > A LEBANESE MAN suspected of killing two Irish soldiers who were on UN peacekeeping duty in 1980 is to be deported from the US.Mahmoud Bazzi has admitted entering the US illegally and is to be returned to his homeland but his lawyer has said he does not want to return through Europe because of the Irish Government’s interest in him.Privates Derek Smallhorne and Thomas Barrett were killed by the South Lebanon Army in an attack in which another Irish soldier was also injured.The two men were also tortured when captured by an SLA unit that had stopped a UN convoy in war-torn Lebanon near the Israeli border.The ambush is believed to have been a revenge attack after a fatal gun battle between SLA and UN troops in the weeks previous.Families of both men as well as the Defence Forces have repeatedly lobbied successive Irish Governments to put pressure on US authorities to arrest Bazzi.Bazzi stood in front of Lebanese reporters in 1980 saying that he had shot the two soldiers but now says that he was not involved in their killing. Mahmoud Bazzi is to be sent back to Lebanon. Source: AP/Detroit Free PressThe 71-year-old was arrested in Detroit last month where he had been working as an ice-cream man but is not charged with killing the soldiers.Frank Ledda, the US government’s lawyer in the immigration case, said Bazzi’s deportation has nothing to do with those allegations.The agreement was “simply designed to remove him from the United States,” Ledda said.Bazzi and his attorney Karim Ajluni told immigration court that they wanted him to travel directly to Lebanon, but Ledda said “there is no direct route that we can travel by.”Ajluni said Bazzi didn’t want to travel through Europe because of the Irish government’s interest in him.“We do not want any complications by any government officials or being stopped at an airport,” Ajluni said. “His order is very clear. He should be deported to Lebanon.”Khaalid Walls, a spokesman for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement says that that “the government hasn’t agreed to avoid any specific territory.”It isn’t clear when Bazzi would leave the US but deportations usually take about 30 days, he is currently being held in jail.The US government says that Bazzi was not honest about how he entered the country when he received asylum in 1994 and entered the country allegedly on someone else’s passport.Immigration Judge David Paruch warned Bazzi, whose wife and three daughters will remain in the US, that he will not be allowed to return for at least 10 years without permission from the US government. 800 servicemen and women marched on the US embassy in Dublin last month for the two slain soldiers.
IT MAY SEEM like the laziest (and unnecessary) thing to do, but using your smartphone to control your computer is a handier feature than you would initially think.For the added convenience of controlling music playlists remotely, or cycling through videos without having to get up from your couch, they can be handy to have if you regularly use multimedia services like video and audio.Normally for any of these apps to work, you have to pair it with a similar programme installed on your computer, but these are usually included in the tutorial when you download the app.To start off, one of the most popular versions out there is Unified Remote (iOS, Android and Windows Phone) and depending on the version, either costs €3.99 or breaks them down into in-app purchases.There are free versions to download for each OS, which lets you control 12-14 different programmes/services like Spotify (depending on whether you use Windows, Mac or Linux) but the full version allows you to control 40+ (again final number depends on what computer OS you’re using). Source: Unified Remote/YouTubeIf you’re looking for a cheaper (read: free) version and only care whether it works for multimedia features, then it might be worth looking at Mote.io (iOS, Android).By connecting to a Chrome app, it lets you control video and audio content from services like YouTube, Spotify, Tunein Radio and Google Play Music. Source: Ian Jennings/VimeoAgain, it’s one for those who want the convenience of controlling music and videos remotely, but it will certainly come in handy for those who don’t want their smartphone taken up by music or video duties.Unified Remote (Desktop; iOS, Android and Windows Phone)Mote.io (Chrome, iOS, Android)Read: Here’s how you can give your Android device an extra layer of security >Read: What to keep in mind when using your phone as a WiFi connection >
Chez les phoques gris, chaque mère a son caractère pour élever son petitPubliant leurs travaux sur PLoS ONE, des chercheurs britanniques ont observé une colonie de phoques gris sur une île écossaise et montré expérimentalement que chaque mère a sa façon de gérer l’élevage et l’allaitement de son nourrisson.Des scientifiques des universités de Durham (Angleterre) et de St Andrews (Écosse) ont observé les phoques gris de l’île de North Rona (Écosse) durant les saisons de reproduction, de mise bas et d’allaitement des petits, en 2009 et en 2010. Pour étudier en particulier les réactions des mères à des stimuli anormaux, les chercheurs ont utilisé un véhicule télécommandé se déplaçant au sein de la colonie et émettant des sons inhabituels.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Il s’agissait en fait de déterminer l’influence du caractère des mères sur leurs petits. Les résultats montrent, chez ces femelles, une cohérence des comportements individuels, notamment en ce qui concerne l’allaitement. Autrement dit, chaque mère présente une personnalité différente : alors que certaines font preuve de calme, de prudence et de constance des habitudes éducatives d’une année sur l’autre, d’autres en revanche montre davantage de flexibilité, de souplesse, d’adaptabilité voire même de ‘fantaisie’.Le premier modèle, plus ‘rigide’, plus ‘strict’, semble un peu plus efficace – le critère de réussite étant la prise de poids du bébé, qui, sevré très rapidement, devra vivre sur ses réserves le temps d’apprendre à trouver seul sa nourriture. “Certaines mamans ont une façon très déterminée de prendre soin de leurs petits, quoi qu’il arrive (…)”, conclut ainsi Sean Twiss, auteur principal de l’étude.Le 1 décembre 2012 à 14:16 • Maxime Lambert
Le plus ancien fossile de fleur en reproduction jamais retrouvéUne équipe de chercheurs américains vient de découvrir dans un morceau d’ambre de 100 millions d’années la marque de la plus ancienne reproduction sexuée chez une plante à fleur identifiée à ce jour. Une équipe d’archéologues de l’université d’État de l’Oregon, aux Etats-Unis, a découvert au cœur d’un morceau d’ambre datant de 100 millions d’années une fleur en pleine reproduction sexuée. Selon les chercheurs, ce processus connu désormais comme le plus ancien identifié à ce jour, semble être très similaire à celui de la reproduction chez nos plantes à fleurs actuelles. Les fleurs, qui datent du Crétacé sont extrêmement bien conservées. Au moment de la fécondation, elles ont été recouvertes par la sève de l’arbre qui les portait. Enrobées dans leur coque solide, elles ont ainsi pu traverser les âges avant d’être retrouvées en 2001 dans une mine d’ambre de la vallée de Hukawng au Myanmar, en Birmanie. Elles témoignent aujourd’hui des mécanismes de reproduction florale de l’époque.Les fleurs appartiennent au spécimen végétal, Micropetasos burmensis, une espèce nouvellement découverte. D’à peine un millimètre de large, elles sont rassemblées sous la forme de grappes. Une étude détaillée de ces fleurs fossilisée a été publiée dans le Journal de l’Institut Botanique du Texas. Une observation inéditeÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les résultats indiquent sur l’une d’entre elles la présence de deux grains de pollen déposés sur le stigmate, partie terminale du pistil. De ces grains de pollens, les chercheurs ont distingué un tube pollinique en train de se développer dans le stigmate de la fleur. “C’est la première fois que nous observons chez des fleurs du Crétacé un fossile montrant le tube pollinique entrer réellement dans le stigmate” indique dans un communiqué de presse George Poinar, co-auteur de l’étude.Il conclut: “C’est la beauté des fossiles d’ambre. Ils sont conservés si rapidement après la prise de la résine que des structures telles que les céréales et les tubes polliniques peuvent être détectés avec un microscope”.(Crédit photo : George Poinar)Le 12 janvier 2014 à 10:08 • Emmanuel Perrin
Best (And Worst) Movies of Summer 2019Marvel Writer Dan Slott: Spider-Man Should Not Have Killed in ‘Endgame’ Stay on target Avengers: Endgame is filled with many tear-jerker moments and it might have been one of the most emotional Marvel movies to hit the big screen. Joe Russo, co-director of Avengers: Endgame, recently shared the one scene that made him cry the most, and shockingly, it did not involve Tony Stark.Following the tragic events of Avengers: Infinity War, many superheroes perished along with their loved ones, thanks to Thanos’ deadly Snap. Even though Avengers: Endgame had many sad moments, including Iron Man’s ultimate sacrifice, Russo admitted that he was hit hard the most by the moment when Hawkeye realized his family was killed by the Snap at the beginning of the film. The scene was originally supposed to be for Avengers: Infinity War, however, it worked better for Avengers: Endgame because it gave fans the opportunity to see how Clint Barton’s struggles play a role in the movie.“I’ve got four kids, and it’s a very tragic scene to open the movie with. It’s one of the few scenes in the movie that actually makes me tear up when I watch it, because I think about my own family,” Russo explained on the “Empire Film Podcast.” He continued “And, then you think about what would happen to you, as a father. You’d become very self-destructive.”Russo also told ComicBook.com that he decided to place the Hawkeye family scene in Avengers: Endgame instead of Avengers: Infinity War so viewers can also feel the emotional grip of Thanos’ aftermath.“The story at the beginning of Avengers: Endgame, where he’s with his family at the picnic, that was originally supposed to be at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. It was gonna be a tease of where his character been all this time. Thanos snaps his fingers, it goes to black, and suddenly it comes up on this very idyllic scene where Clint [Barton] is interacting with his family,” Russo told ComicBook.com in an interview.He added, “And you go ‘Where am I? Why is this happening?’ And then his family starts to disappear and you realize ‘Oh crap, it’s happening.’ And then you go around and see all of the other characters disappear. It was too confusing, so we decided to move it to the beginning of the next film. It sets the tone, it re-reminds you of where you are, what the story was that you felt [a] year ago, it makes you feel it again.”Avengers: Endgame, which stars Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., and Josh Brolin, is playing in theaters now.More on Geek.com:Iron Man Was Completely Right (‘Avengers: Endgame’ Spoilers)‘Avengers: Endgame’ Will Stream Exclusively on Disney+ Starting Dec. 11‘Avengers: Endgame’ Smashes Box Office Records
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The CEO and Chairman of NagaCorp, Tan Sri Dr Chen Lip Keong, has increased his stake in the company with the on-market purchase of six million shares.NagaCorp issued a statement late last week revealing that Dr Chen had purchased two million shares on 12 September at a price of HK$7.08 per share for a consideration of HK$14.2 million, followed by another four million shares at HK$7.41 for a consideration of HK$29.6 million. In total he paid HK$43.8 million. The purchase lifts Dr Chen’s stake in NagaCop to 65.98% comprising 2.86 billion shares.NagaCorp saw its gross gaming revenue climb 85% and net profit 20% in the first six months of 2018 following the opening of Naga2 at its Cambodian integrated resort NagaWorld late last year. The company is also constructing a casino-resort in the Russian special economic zone of Vladivostok. RelatedPosts NagaCorp welcomes Cambodia directive to halt online gambling NagaCorp to begin Naga3 construction in late September: McNally World Poker Tour to hold inaugural WPT Cambodia at NagaWorld in November Load More