About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd interest in Juventus winger Costa dates since Ferguson eraby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are being linked with Juventus winger Douglas Costa.The Red Devils are hoping to sign a winger in January or the summer who can play on the right side of the team.United have no specialist right winger, with the likes of Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata often filling in.And the Manchester Evening News reports that United’s interest in Costa goes all the way back to the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.Even though United have an interim boss in Ole Solskjaer, the club will chase after long term targets if they become available in January.The 28-year-old Costa has only started three Serie A games season, netting 0 goals and 0 assists.
MONTREAL – After spending one week behind bars, Quebec construction magnate Tony Accurso was released on bail Thursday while he appeals his conviction and four-year prison sentence in connection with a vast Montreal-area municipal fraud scheme.Despite recognizing that the trial judge said Accurso participated in “one of the worst examples, if not the worst, of municipal corruption that has ended up in a Canadian court,” Quebec Court of Appeal Justice Manon Savard ruled he should be released.Savard cited judicial precedent stating the seriousness of the crime doesn’t necessarily mean the accused should be incarcerated while waiting for an appeal to be heard.Accurso, 66, was sentenced to four years in prison earlier this month after a jury convicted him on five fraud-related charges in connection with the contract kickback system in Laval, north of Montreal.The corruption lasted between 1996 and 2010 and was run by former Laval mayor Gilles Vaillancourt, who pleaded guilty to fraud-related charges and was sentenced to six years in prison.Construction companies were given lucrative public contracts in exchange for bribes to Vaillancourt and other officials.Savard said her analysis of the evidence presented by Accurso’s legal team led her to conclude that “the appeal of the verdict is not futile.”She also said she has no reason to believe Accurso would violate his bail conditions, which include posting bond of $150,000, surrendering his passport, remaining in Quebec and not possessing weapons.His first trial ended last November when one juror said she had received information from a person linked to a key witness and that she had shared the details with two other jurors.His legal team alleged there were various errors in law with regard to the cancellation of the trial as well as in relation to other judicial and investigative procedures.Of the $150,000 bail, $50,000 must come from Accurso himself, $75,000 from his son and $25,000 from a third party.Accurso was the last of 37 people arrested in 2013 to be tried. Besides Vaillancourt, 26 others pleaded guilty, six had their cases dismissed because of judicial delays and three other people died before the end of their legal proceedings.Neither Accurso’s lawyer nor the Crown were available for comment Thursday.
The British Heart Foundation has launched an exclusive online auction of luxury items and experiences as part of their glamorous ‘Roll out the Red’ Ball taking place on Tuesday 10th February at the Park Lane Hotel, London.The auction runs until 11.30pm on Tuesday 10 February and includes a variety of money can’t buy prizes donated by a host of famous faces.Prizes include a host of experiences and luxury items including:• VIP backstage passes to the Graham Norton Show • The opportunity to win an afternoon being styled by fashionista and Roll out the Red Ball host The Saturdays’ Mollie King • VIP tour of the Red Arrows training base • Private tour of Art15 including lunch at the fair’s Food 4 Art restaurant, curated by food critic Fay Maschler • An eight week Body Transformation with celebrity personal trainer, Andy Elliott • A custom-made BHF red Swifty Scooter • Ambassador Pippa Middleton’s red LK Bennett dress • A bottle of House of Commons whisky signed by: Gordon Brown, Tony Blair, John Major, Margaret Thatcher, James Callaghan and Edward Heath • Monica Vinader jewellery • An MCM backpack • A case of Sir James Cuvée Brut from wine sponsor, HardysCheck out the full list of prizes up for auction.The Roll out the Red ball is now sold out but you can still support BHF by bidding in the auction.“I’m honoured to be hosting the Roll out the Red Ball in aid of the British Heart Foundation,” said The Saturdays’ Mollie King. “It is such a fantastic charity which is very close to my heart. My grandfather sadly died of heart disease.“The BHF has already made vital discoveries in the prevention and treatment of heart and circulatory conditions but there is still so much work to be done.“Guests attending the ball will be raising funds which will go directly into life saving heart research. The evening promises to be one to remember!”All the proceeds from the online auction will help fund groundbreaking research to fight coronary heart disease – the UK’s single biggest killer.
Kolkata: The convoy of West Bengal BJP chief and Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was attacked in East Midnapore district’s Khejuri Tuesday evening, police said. While the BJP held the Trinamool Congress responsible for the incident, the ruling party in West Bengal rubbished the allegation claiming the attack could have been perpetrated by “CPI(M)-sheltered anti-socials”. Superintendent of Police V Solomon Nesakumar told PTI that neither Ghosh nor Sarma was injured but two vehicles were damaged because of stones thrown at the convoy. No official complaint was lodged but four people were detained in connection with the incident, he said. The incident occurred around 6.30 pm when the two BJP leaders were on their way to Khejuri under Kanthi Lok Sabha constituency to canvass for party candidate Debasish Samanta. “Ghosh was in Nandigram. He and Sarma were on their way to Khejuri when the attack happened. We have detained four people and investigating the incident,” Solomon said. After the incident, the BJP West Bengal chief said, “The attack on us shows clearly that there is no law and order and democracy in the state.” Sarma tweeted, “TMC goons have blocked the roads on both sides, even as West Bengal Police personnel standing like mute spectator. I am appalled at such brazen abuse of power by Mamata Banerjee whose people have thrown all democratic norms to gutter. Is this the new India that we dream of?” When contacted, West Bengal Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Firhad Hakim rubbished the allegation. “Our party workers are quite disciplined and they have no role in this… It could be by anti-socials given shelter by the CPI(M),” he said.
TORONTO — Rogers Communications Inc. topped expectations as it reported a fourth-quarter profit of $419 million and a three per cent gain in revenue compared with a year ago.The company says the profit amounted to 81 cents per share for the quarter ended Dec. 31.That compared with a loss of $9 million or two cents per share a year ago when it was hit by a large one-time charge.On an adjusted basis, Rogers said it earned $455 million or 88 cents per share in its latest quarter compared with an adjusted profit of $382 million or 74 cents per share a year ago.Revenue totalled $3.63 billion, up from $3.51 billion, boosted by improved wireless revenue due to subscriber growth and a greater number of customers on higher-rate plans.Analysts on average had expected $3.64 billion in revenue for the quarter and an adjusted profit of 86 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.
The meeting, to be held early next week in Dakar, Senegal, will assess the scope of the outbreak and action to date, and agree on priority actions to enhance future response to the acute intestinal infection caused by consuming contaminated food or water. It can quickly cause severe dehydration leading to death, although a simple mix of water, sugar and salts is enough to save many lives.According to OCHA’s regional office for West Africa, the total number of cholera cases recorded in the sub-region in 2005 stands at 24,621. There have been 401 deaths due to the disease in affected countries, including in Burkina Faso, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal. The country hardest hit is Guinea-Bissau, where both the number of affected persons and the number of deaths have nearly doubled in the last two weeks. Some 110 new cases of cholera continue to be diagnosed daily. The Government appealed for $104,000 in international assistance two weeks ago. Donations of medicine have been received from France and Portugal, but the need for additional assistance continues.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Jul 29, 2014 10:19 pm MDT Toyota remains No. 1, at top in global vehicle sales after first 6 months, beating VW and GM TOKYO – Toyota remains No. 1 in global vehicles sales after the first six months of this year, followed by Volkswagen which bumped General Motors out of second place as the U.S. automaker grapples with a recall scandal.Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp. announced Wednesday that January-June global sales totalled 5.097 million vehicles, up nearly 4 per cent from a year earlier. Sales grew in its home Japanese market as well in the rest of Asia, U.S. and Europe.Sales in Japan were strong because of a rush to beat the rise in the consumption tax that kicked in from April 1, according to Toyota.Toyota’s vehicle sales soared 12 per cent in China, while they also held up in North America, growing 5 per cent. Toyota also did well in Europe, with sales edging up 8 per cent.Toyota declined comment on being No. 1. Toyota officials say they are merely trying to satisfy customers, one car at a time, and not competing to be at the top.All auto officials tend to make such comments in public, but there is no question of the intense competition.Volkswagen of Germany sold 4.97 million vehicles in the first half, outpacing General Motors Co. at 4.92 million vehicles, according to figures released earlier this month. VW’s sales are growing faster than that of Detroit-based GM, which is grappling with a major recall over faulty ignition switches.Toyota, which makes the Camry sedan, Prius hybrid and Lexus luxury models, finished at the top last year with a record 9.98 million vehicles. GM was second and VW third.Toyota expects to sell more than 10 million vehicles this year, a milestone in the industry.GM had been the top-selling automaker for more than seven decades before losing the title to Toyota in 2008. GM retook the sales crown in 2011, when Toyota’s production was hurt by the quake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.Toyota made a powerful comeback in 2012, and appears on track to retain its title this year.The battle among the three automakers remains tight, fought out in still largely untested territory in new markets.Toyota is a relative latecomer in China, for instance, whereas GM and VW are longtime powerhouses there. Toyota, however, is rapidly catching up.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at twitter.com/yurikageyama
Member States kicked off a three-day meeting at the United Nations in New York today with the aim of finding ways to improve living standards and employment for the more than one billion people worldwide living with disabilities. About 80 per cent of the people with disabilities are of working age and face physical, social, economic and cultural challenge to their access to education, skills development and employment, according to the UN. A background paper prepared by Secretariat for the sixth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which runs until 19 July, states that persons with disability face a greater risk of living in poverty than persons without disabilities in both developed and developing countries. A pilot study led by the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) in 10 low- and middle-income developing countries shows that the exclusion of persons with disabilities from the labour market resulted in an estimated loss of 3 to 7 per cent of gross domestic product.“It has now become clear around the world that the fundamental human rights of people cannot in any way, shape or form be violated and it is imperative that we reach out and make the world a much more inclusive place to live in,” said Ambassador Macharia Kamau of Kenya, President of the Conference of States Parties. “Inclusiveness means that, when it comes to issues of persons with disabilities, that we have to do everything within our power to ensure that their lives have the same opportunities for success as everyone else’s lives,” he told a news conference held on the margins of the meeting.“If the world is to achieve its full potential, if our societies are to maximize their full capabilities, it is imperative that they reach out to everyone in society.” The Conference of States Parties – the largest international meeting on disability issues – is held each year to exchange experience and ideas for implementation of the Convention, which was adopted in December 2006 and entered into force in 2008. The treaty obliges States parties to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy all human rights on an equal basis with others and to take appropriate steps to safeguard and promote the realization of those rights without discrimination. It asserts the rights to education, health, work, adequate living conditions, freedom of movement, freedom from exploitation and equal recognition before the law for persons with disabilities.While noting the fast growing number of States that have joined the Convention, as well as its Optional Protocol – which establishes two procedures aimed at strengthening the treaty’s implementation and monitoring, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović said ratification alone is not enough. “The obligations of the Convention must be implemented at the national level to take real effect in the lives of persons with disabilities. Changes in law, policies and programmes are required. But even more importantly, attitudes must change,” he said at the opening of the conference. The right to an adequate standard of living is closely linked to the right to work, added Mr. Šimonović. “The only way to secure a sustained adequate standard of living is ensuring that persons with disabilities can live independently in their societies, providing for themselves and their families by having access to the labour market on an equal basis with others.”This week’s meeting takes place two months before the UN General Assembly convenes a High-level Meeting on Disability and Development on 23 September, under the theme “The way forward: a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond.”
“This year, following a series of frequent meetings between the two leaders, I have pleasure in informing you that progress has been achieved on important aspects of the ‘Cyprus problem,’” President Nicos Anastasiades said during the Assembly’s annual debate.The problem, he said, “sadly is the second longest-standing unresolved international issue” on the United Nations’ agenda.“Following the tragic events of 1974 and Turkey’s invasion, the continuing military occupation of more than a third of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus and the forcible displacement of approximately 40 per cent of the population, the Greek Cypriot side, in a spirit of compromise, accepted the evolution of the unitary state to a federal one,” Mr. Anastasiades said.Since then, he noted, a plethora of UN Security Council resolutions have reaffirmed the basis of the settlement as a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation that is politically equal and represents a single international legal personality, a single sovereignty and a single citizenship.Successive leaders of the two communities have, unsuccessfully thus far, engaged in numerous rounds of negotiations.In this year’s talks with the new leadership of the Turkish Cypriot community, the two sides have confirmed, among others, that a united Cyprus should have a single international legal personality, a single sovereignty and a single citizenship and that the federal constitution should prescribe that the united Cyprus will be composed of two constituent states of equal status.However, he stressed, that differences remain on several issues relating to governance, European Union membership, economy, property, territory, security and guarantees.Despite those differences, “I do believe that this ambitious goal is achievable,” provided that all interested parties and stakeholders, including Turkey, show a similar degree of commitment to his, the President said, expressing his resolve to reach, if possible by the end of the year, a solution that creates a win-win situation for all Cypriots and addresses the expectations, sensitivities and concerns of both Greek and Turkish Cypriots.On 26 July, the UN Security Council extended the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for six months, until 31 January 2017, and welcomed the progress of the negotiations between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to reach a comprehensive settlement.Made up of all the 193 UN Member States, the Assembly provides a forum for multilateral discussion of international issues covered by the UN Charter.
5. How worried is a young defensive backfield about taking on Cincinnati’s Gunner Kiel?Kiel, a redshirt-sophomore transfer from Notre Dame, was one of the highest-rated quarterbacks in recent memory coming out of high school. With just one game under his collegiate belt, he has already posted six touchdowns and better than 400 yards through the air.While not as porous as it was at times last season, the OSU pass defense surely took notice, especially considering the youth in the lineup. The safeties — redshirt-sophomore Tyvis Powell and sophomores Vonn Bell and Cam Burrows — will have to be ready to step up and help an at-times struggling cornerback corps for the Buckeyes.If that one position group holds strong, OSU could be looking at an easy win. But if it doesn’t, it could be another long day for the Buckeye faithful. OSU freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) rushes Kent State redshirt-sophomore quarterback Colin Reardon (10) during a game against the Golden Flashes on Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 66-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThree games into a new season, fans of the Ohio State football team have seen three different products on the field.In the first game, the Buckeyes used a second half surge to beat Navy in Baltimore, but the team fell off in week two. A loss to Virginia Tech showed a different OSU — one that could very well struggle through the Big Ten schedule — despite moments of promise. In week three, the team shellacked Kent State, 66-0, but it’s hard to know exactly what that says about the Buckeyes’ potential.With OSU scheduled for a week off before taking on Cincinnati, here are five thoughts to ponder about the team’s potential, personnel decisions and game planning for the Bearcats. OSU senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett (63) attempts to tackle Kent State redshirt-freshman quarterback Nathan Strock (16) during a game Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 66-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editor4. Three weeks in, do any seniors regret coming back?Coming into the season, OSU was widely expected to be one of the best, if not the best, teams in the country. When Miller went down with a torn labrum, that all changed.While the team was still expected to be pretty good — and hasn’t been awful this season — a realist might say the Buckeyes’ season goals have to be adjusted.With a potential National Championship seeming unlikely, do players like senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett, senior tight end Jeff Heuerman and Miller himself regret returning for one last go around for the Scarlet and Gray?Bennett could have been a potential first-round draft pick, while Heuerman and Miller would very possibly have made an NFL team as undrafted or late-round pickups. There’s no certainty with that path, but the money it offers might go missed without the potential of bigger and better things awaiting the end of this season for OSU. 3. Has Barrett’s general success put the writing on the wall for his backup?Barrett, while not always convincing, has put up numbers that are hard to argue with so far this season. He threw for 312 yards and tied a school record with six touchdown passes against Kent State and has already picked up three Big Ten weekly awards.If he continues to play well — especially when you consider a potential return of senior Braxton Miller next season — will 2014 mark the last season redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones spends in Columbus?Beyond Barrett and Miller, Jones would potentially be competing with the highly-touted recruit Torrance Gibson — who has yet to commit, but could be coming to Columbus next season.Jones has never done a ton to turn the coaching staff away from him completely, but he’s never been overly impressive when on the field either. If he ever wants to start as a college quarterback, his best chance might be away from OSU. 1. Is it a rebuilding year if a trip to Indianapolis is the ceiling?Let’s face it, the chances of OSU making the first-ever College Football Playoff are pretty slim. The Buckeyes most likely needed to finish the regular season with an undefeated record to be one of the final four.With one loss, those chances are all but dashed — especially since that one loss coming against an unranked team that fell to East Carolina the following week.That said, OSU could easily be in the running for a conference title when December rolls around.If the Buckeyes do make a trip to Indianapolis — where the Big Ten Championship game is set to be played Dec. 6 — it might not even mean they won the rest of their games. A loss to Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., wouldn’t by any means eliminate OSU from Big Ten-title contention, since there is no guarantee the Spartans won’t stumble as well, and a loss to any other team seems unlikely considering the general lack of impressiveness displayed by the Big Ten so far this season.A Big Ten Championship is always on the list of goals for an OSU team, but it’s never at the top — meaning if that is the highest accolade attainable, the season wasn’t quite a success. 2. When will it be time to lean on the freshmen?Coach Urban Meyer’s recruiting has been dominant since he arrived in Columbus, especially in comparison to the rest of the Big Ten.As true as that may be, his freshman classes haven’t necessarily made the biggest immediate impact through his first two-and-a-quarter seasons, but this year’s bunch has a chance to change that.You can forget about J.T. Barrett — as a redshirt he isn’t technically part of this year’s class — but there is still a plethora of talent that came in a year after him. Freshman running back Curtis Samuel has looked like the best option out of the Buckeyes’ backfield so far, while freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan has played very well in limited time on the field.Neither are necessarily considered starters or “the guy” at their positions, but both should find more and more playing time going forward.Beyond that duo, freshman wide receiver Johnnie Dixon won’t be redshirting, so it might be time to see what he can do against a team other than Kent State. Beyond that, there is depth along the offensive and defensive lines that could be provided if more true freshmen are given a shot.Regardless of talent among some of the older players, OSU might want to start phasing in the youngsters as soon as possible, because they could legitimately provide game-changing impact.
Big-time players step up in big-time games. It’s an adage that can be traced to every imaginable competitive sport.For the Ohio State men’s tennis team, ranked No. 3 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, senior Justin Kronauge and sophomore Chase Buchanan delivered at critical moments Sunday in OSU’s 5-2 victory over No. 9 Kentucky.Kronauge, ranked 43rd in the country, won his No. 2 singles match 6-4, 6-3 to put OSU up 4-1, thereby clinching the victory for the Buckeyes. Buchanan, down 5-2 in the first set in his match against No. 8 Eric Quigley, rallied for a 7-5 first set victory and dominated the second set 6-2 to win at No. 1 singles.“I just stepped my game up,” Buchanan said. “I was nervous at the beginning because my shots weren’t falling. I had to buckle down because it’s not good [for the team] if I go down.”OSU’s win improved its record to 9-1 and extended its home-match winning streak to 96. Two crucial points defined the match for the Buckeyes.At subsequent moments in their respective first sets, Buchanan went up 6-5 and Kronauge won 6-4, sending the crowd into a frenzy and putting the Wildcats on their heels.“Justin’s probably my best friend, so we know each other really well,” Buchanan said. “Seeing him get pumped up is great, it helps the team to see the top two guys playing well.”Coach Ty Tucker knows he doesn’t have to worry about his top two players playing to their highest capabilities.“They’re good players. They spend 20 hours a week together,” Tucker said. “They like to mix it up and compete. You don’t have to worry about [Buchanan and Kronauge] coming to fight.”The Buckeyes got off to a slow start, losing two of the three doubles matches to fall behind 1-0. The No. 2 doubles team of freshman Dino Marcan and junior Balazs Novak rallied from a 5-2 deficit to win 8-6 for OSU’s only doubles win.“[Kentucky’s] No. 1 doubles team is capable of winning the national title,” Tucker said. “Doubles isn’t our strong suit, but hats off to them [for winning the point].”Kentucky arrived in Columbus a confident bunch. The Wildcats had achieved their highest ranking in seven years and were coming off one of their biggest wins in school history, as they scored a 4-3 victory over then-No. 2 (and current No. 1) Virginia on Feb. 6, snapping the Cavaliers’ 63-match win streak.However, there would be no Cinderella story Sunday as the Buckeyes flexed their muscles in the singles match after dropping the doubles point.Junior Matt Allare evened the score at one by handily defeating Graeme Dyce 6-3, 6-4. Marcan, down 2-1 in both sets, won his No. 3 singles match against Brad Cox 6-4, 6-2.Shortly after Buchanan and Kronauge won their matches, Novak captured his ninth singles win of the year by defeating Anthony Rossi 6-2, 6-4 for the Buckeyes’ fifth point.
The University of Chile’s Department of Electrical Engineering and the Advanced Mining Technology Center are using a Clearpath Robotics’ Husky unmanned ground vehicle to solve registration problems with complex sensor data in mines. By doing so, accurate and reliable sensing and automation will exist to enable improved safety and efficiency for tele-operated and autonomous mining activities. The teams’ overall mission is to minimise manpower in Chile’s dangerous mining environments. “Our project develops existing technologies so that terrain surface profile and mine mapping information can be extracted from noisy sensor data,” explains Dr. Martin Adams, Professor at the University of Chile. “Our Husky-based sensing system will contribute significantly to the success and efficiency in which future mining operations take place.”The project, Autonomous Rock Surface Modelling and Mapping in Mines, was designed to collect motion characteristics from Husky and noise characteristics from radar (Acumine 2D scanning millimeter wave radar), laser (3D Riegel scanning laser range finder) and vision-based sensors to model open pit and underground mines. A millimeter wave radar was used to penetrate dust, Speed-Up Robust Feature (SURF) detection was analysed to determine the applicability of information extraction from mapping and surface profiling in mines. Sensors were integrated using the Robot Operating System (ROS).“There is an interest in robotics and automation technologies for resource extraction, both to increase productivity and improve worker safety,” said Julian Ware, General Manager of Research Products, Clearpath Robotics. “The discovery that this team is undertaking is an important contribution to the field of mining research.”3D video footage and densely sampled data sets were successfully collected upon completing field tests and data is in the process of being submitted to the International Journal of Robotics Research. A leading mining company in Chile has expressed interest in the research; discussions are underway to determine how this technology can be integrated into their workforce.Clearpath Robotics, a global leader in unmanned vehicle robotics for research and development, says it “is dedicated to automating the world’s dullest, dirtiest, and deadliest jobs.”
Atlas Copco will focus on automation at MINExpo 2016 (September 26-28) in Las Vegas, USA. The company’s booth will showcase a wide range of solutions aimed at tackling many of today’s toughest challenges in the mining industry. With the slogan The Future of Mining is Now, the Atlas Copco booth will present its latest equipment all geared to increasing efficiency and lowering the total cost of operations. Several of these developments are seen as key solutions to the many challenges currently facing the industry. Here is a preview of what visitors will see and experience at the Atlas Copco booth.Discussing the potential impact of today’s innovations, Johan Halling, Senior Executive Vice President of Atlas Copco and President of the Business Area Mining and Rock Excavation Technique, says he is optimistic for the future. “The global mining industry has experienced downtrends before, and each time it has managed to bounce back and become even stronger, largely thanks to the development of innovative products and new thinking,” he says. “I am certain that the current downtrend is no exception.“At Atlas Copco, we are totally committed to helping our customers to tackle the present downtrend by offering our extensive knowhow in every area of the business. That’s why our innovations share the same objective – to help our customers do things easier, faster, safer and more cost-effectively than was previously possible, Halling continues.”However, he also adds that Atlas Copco’s mission is not just to develop solutions that increase productivity and cut costs, but solutions that are environmentally sustainable as well. “We believe that this combination is the right formula for long-term success and makes us an ideal partner for future growth and prosperity.”Atlas Copco has made considerable recent advances in automation and some have been described as game-changers for the industry. Those that will be demonstrated at MINExpo include these noted in the following paragraphs.Next generation automation for surface drilling with innovations such as Automatic Rod Changing, smart Auto Navigation, and the next generation of Auto Drill for rotary Pit Viper drills that uses bit information to make changes to drilling performance in real time.For the past two years, BHP Billiton has been running a trial of Atlas Copco’s autonomous technology on Pit Viper 271 rigs at the Yandi mine in Western Australia. The machines have operated autonomously for more than 15,000 hours and drilled more than one million meters.As a result of the successful trial, BHP Billiton has ordered autonomous upgrade packages for 18 drill rigs, in addition to the two machines already operating autonomously. The 20 autonomous rigs will initially be controlled on site at BHP Billiton’s five iron ore mines in the Pilbara, with the longer-term aim of remote operation from Perth, more than 1,000 km away.With remote control fast becoming a ‘must have’, Atlas Copco’s BenchREMOTE remote control station is an ideal solution. The station can be located up to 100 m from the drill hole and enables up to three rigs to be operated remotely at the same time. Visitors will be able to experience BenchREMOTE surface drilling using virtual reality technology.BenchREMOTE is also available for the Pit Viper series of blasthole drills and has been demonstrated to operate multiple Pit Vipers from distances of up to 1 km. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the BenchREMOTE trailer on display and learn how the actual unit on display has operated in real mining environments to offer customer a simple teleremote solution.RCS Lite is a new system that will soon bring the power of Atlas Copco’s Rig Control System (RCS) to the DM series of drill rigs such as the DM-45 and DM-L.The recently improved Scooptram Automation system with multi machine capabilities gives full control of the underground loading operation. Through the mine data network, up to 35 Scooptram loaders located in several production areas can be connected and controlled from one or several control rooms. An autonomous Scooptram is shown in the picture.Certiq is a telematics system that gathers, compares and communicates vital machine performance data together with other tools such as Machine Client, Surface Manager and Tunnel Manager, all of which improve workflow and enable monitoring and management of equipment fleets.The two newest products in the Pit Viper family of rotary drill rigs will be unveiled. These include the Pit Viper 231 – the latest rig for single pass drilling in the 152–250 mm) hole range – and the updated, fully autonomous PV-275, which offers large-hole drillers greater value and lower operating costs.Visitors to the booth will also witness the prelaunch of SmartROC CL, a new rig using the COPROD drilling method, “offering higher penetration rates coupled with lower fuel consumption and exceptional hole quality,” the company says. The obvious benefit of lower fuel costs is now also available to users of the popular SmartROC D65, which has been upgraded with a fuel savings kit that reduces fuel consumption by up to 15%. In addition, it now comes with optional long and short feeds to suit most drilling applications.It is widely acknowledged that exploration drilling has been particularly hit by the current downturn and market conditions. Against this background, safety has emerged as the most important competitive weapon and the new Atlas Copco Christensen 140 is a good example. This drill rig, which also gets a top spot at MINExpo, meets all international safety standards and environmental requirements. Furthermore, it has many new features such as a new, gear-driven rotation unit and a constant penetration rate, which increases productivity and lowers the costs associated with maintenance and downtime.The same high standards of safety apply to the new Diamec Smart 8, the largest exploration rig in the Diamec range, which is capable of taking cores at depths of up to 2,000 m. The rig’s advanced control system enables all drilling and adding and removal of drill rods and core barrel inner tube to be carried out automatically, allowing the operator to work from a safe distance.There will also be plenty of good news for underground miners at the Atlas Copco booth, not least in the shape of Minetruck MT65, the latest addition to the Minetruck range, the tougher and smarter Boomer S2 underground drill rig and the easy-to-move Easer raisebore unit.Building on Atlas Copco’s years of underground haulage experience around the globe, the new Minetruck MT65 offers superior performance in a compact profile. With a 65 t capacity and an effective powertrain, Minetruck MT65 promises to dramatically increase productivity. The truck is designed to maximize uptime thanks to its service friendly design and easy access to daily checkpoints. Comprehensive safety features, a comfortable work environment and a proven control system that enables smart solutions, all contribute to increased production and improved underground haulage.According to Atlas Copco, no other rig in this class can match the productivity of the new Boomer S2 drill rig at such low operational cost. The rig is said to work harder and longer with strengthened components and increased parts protection resulting in minimal internal wear, faster drilling and overall durability.The rig’s newly introduced COP MD20 rock drill is said to be 10% faster in blast and bolt hole drilling than comparable rock drills on the market, while at the same time Atlas Copco’s dampening technology improves drill steel economy and increases drill uptime. A new, intuitive interface, upgraded software, automated add-ons and user-friendly environment add up to safer, more productive rock drilling.Visitors who want to try their hand at operating the new Boomer S2 in a realistic mining environment will be able to do just that in a specially designed Boomer S2 simulator at the Atlas Copco booth.Easer, the Atlas Copco mobile raiseborer, operates in the same way as a traditional raiseborer, drilling both upwards and downwards, but can be easily moved to wherever it is needed in the mine. In addition, to make the work safer and more efficient, all moving and lifting is done with a remote control crane. The rig is wheel mounted, making it exceptionally easy to move, and for fast and easy set-up, no concrete platform or site preparation is necessary. Atlas Copco’s years of experience and ongoing dialogue with mining customers around the world have also resulted in many automated add-ons designed to make raise boring safer and easier.When it comes to rock drilling tools, Atlas Copco Secoroc will reaffirm its position at the forefront of technical development with a complete range of tools for mining, both new products as well as updates of existing solutions. These include bits for rotary and DTH drilling, the new exploration bits Azure and Discovore, and the Powerbit tophammer range for surface drilling (a Powerbit version for underground drilling is also slated for launch soon). Added to this, there will be a presentation of a new DTH hammer range for mining.Easy access to reliable energy is a big issue in the mining industry. Atlas Copco has a full range of portable energy solutions, the latest of which will be showcased at MINExpo. This portfolio demonstrates the company’s forward-thinking approach to product design. Anticipating the need for continuous improvement in versatility, reliability and efficiency. The range consists of mobile air, power, light and dewatering solutions which can be easily set up at any work site and includes diesel and electric compressors, generators, light towers and dewatering equipment.The XAS1150, is a compact, versatile and powerful diesel compressor providing a flow of up to 1150 cfm and a working pressure of 58–225 psi. The new XATS 900E electric compressor delivers compressed air from 100 to 150 psi with a flow of up to 900 cfm. The QEC 1200 mobile generator provides one megawatt of containerized power that can be easily transported and features a Power Management System (PMS) enabling the optimization of fuel consumption.Added to this is the HiLight Tower range of light towers, perfect for mining applications. TheV5+ model will be on display, incorporating the latest LED lighting technology. When it comes to dewatering solutions, visitors can see the WEDA range of electric submersible pumps, featuring the industry’s leading power-to-weight ratios.
The smell of cold in the air knowing that Christmas is close, wrapping up warm to go for a walk, strolling around Dublin city with no particular destination just people watching and discovering new places, drinking hot chocolate/mulled wine/hot whiskey on a freezing day while warming your hands on the cup, spending time with friends and family, the smell of stew when you walk into a house, real hearth fires, hugs from people you love, hugs from anyone really…. We may have no money but look at what we do have, that kind of stuff is priceless to meIrish people shop online far less than the average EU internet user, according to a report this week. Ian explained why he bucks the trend: EVERY SATURDAY MORNING we take a look at all the best comments left on the site by our readers over the past seven days.This week there was a lot of talk about Budget 2014, Love/Hate, Madeleine McCann, crime in Dublin, and, as always, the weather.So here, in no particular order, are the standout comments from the week that was.The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week1. Poll: Should dole payments for those under 26 be reduced? (384 comments)2. Social welfare garda checks must not involve racial profiling – ICI (362 comments)3. Budget 2014: the key things to know from today’s announcement (298 comments)4. 22 things Irish people hate (243 comments)5. Madeleine McCann timeline has changed significantly (233 comments)Some of the best comments left on the site this weekFirst up, new dad Patrick McCarry shared the craziness of his first week as a parent, and commenter Tony Skillington shared his own experiences: I wish you and your wife every joy and happiness. The period of your lives that ye are entering is the most fulfilling, enriching and rewarding that ye will ever have experienced. From the first time she grabs your finger to the first hug she meaningly give you, your world has gone from me to us to her.Cherish every moment with her because in a blink of an eye she’ll be a teenager.. You’ll be relegated to chief money supplier, taxi driver, uncoolest yoke on the planet and killer of spiders in her bedroom…but sure do we as dads mind? Not at all..she’s the making of you both. She’ll always be your little girl…the one you’ll kill for to defend. Every step she takes you’ll be there to watch over her…again many congratulations.This is on an article from earlier in the year but a) the comment was only left during the week and b) it’s excellent, so we’ve included it. Asked to share memorable experiences from their J1, Cillian Bracken had this to say: We managed to convince a group of Canadians that we didn’t have Kanye West in Ireland and that although we were aware of his existence, the State had yet to sanction the release of his music.Pun of the week: James Doorley was quick off the mark with this uplifting (sorry) comment after half of the members of the Cabinet got stuck in a lift, minutes before the Budget was announced on Tuesday: Door on lift were stuck, they couldn’t “budge it”Ahead of all the doom and gloom that comes with the Budget, we asked readers one simple question: what makes you happy. You can see a lot of the best responses here, but some of our favourites included these from Alan Grouse, Maggie Cullagh and Roxy Blue.A well ironed shirt. Lightly toasted batch bread with butter and jam. My wife’s touch. A good pint of guinness. The sound of a sports car’s engine. The buzz of being in an airport before a trip. A good film. The combination of popcorn and minstrels. The rush in having a fish bite. The pump and endorphin rush of a good workout. Dealing with polite people. The sound, smell and spectacle of a thunder and lighting storm and candles. Symmetry. A newly stringed guitar. The sound of waves. A glass of midleton whiskey. The spontaneously hearing of a song you love. The minions. Clydesdales galloping. Pretty much every purchase I make is done online. Mobile phone? Samsung Galaxy Mega, bought from Hong Kong (no VAT to pay and sold at wholesale prices). Weekly shop? Tesco or Superquinn online. Magazine subscriptions? Buy them digital or send them to Parcel Motel and it’s still cheaper. Prescription drugs and vitamin supplements? Buy them on Amazon or at Boots online and send them to Parcel Motel (example, Buscopan is prescription-only in Ireland. In Boots it’s £3 a pack or 3 for £5!).It’s too expensive to ‘shop local’ in Ireland. Until it changes and we get a fair deal instead of being ripped, I continue to spend my income elsewhere. The future is digital, not bricks and mortar. booking flights for a trip and countdown to that trip when youve worked hard all year ! .exciting . Silverharp Harp had this popular addition to the thread about things to remind you that people are actually generous: Thanks to the Dublin Taxi driver and nice people in the park who brought my 4 year old son and Mother in Law to St. Vincents hospital (without charge) when she broke her wrist in the park. We were not in Dublin that afternoon and only got a txt message via a family member abroad…restored my faith in the civic attitude of Dubs.The 5 most popular comments this week1. First up this week is Matt, who got 2,076 thumbs up for his comment on the article about a 5-year-old Wexford girl with cerebral palsy whose wheelchair and specially-adapted car seat were taken when the family car was stolen from outside their home. Return the wheelchair to the child.2. Next up with 1,663 green thumbs is Helen Bobey, who was unimpressed with Welsh police who were forced to apologise for naming a dog poo issue “Operation Irish”. I’m Irish and I live in cardiff. I would love to know what exactly they meant by that3. In third place is Michale Coghlan with 1,239 thumbs up on the article about the man in the US who confessed to a rape and murder as he was about to be put to death in Florida, and whose execution did not go smoothly: I’m sure his last 15 minutes were less agonizing than hers…4. In fourth place with 1,227 green thumbs is Nessa Mooney for her comment about the cut in dole money for people aged 24 and under which was announced in Tuesday’s Budget:I am wondering seeing as its ok to pay less social welfare to under 25′s is there a reduced tax rate for that age group also, or should we be expected to pay the same tax rate but if we lose our jobs were not entitled to the same social welfare rate as those over 25.5. Last but not least, in fifth place is Fergal McDonagh with 1,137 thumbs up on the article about how a news website in New Zealand reported on an increase in STIs among Irish people involved in post-earthquake rebuilding: How’s about ‘new Zealand women spreading STDs to Irish men’ being their headline. Ffs.
5 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Nitr The 9 at 9: Friday Here’s everything you need to know as you start your day. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Nitr 9,511 Views EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #CANNABIS: The legalisation of cannabis for medicinal purposes is a step closer today, after a bill passed through the first round in the Dáil yesterday. The bill could become law in the first half of next year.2. #RIP: Fawlty Towers co-star John Cleese has led tributes to Andrew Sachs, who has passed away aged 86.3. #CULL: A planned cull of a herd of goats by Coillte has been deferred after it was met with stern opposition by protesters who have begged that the animals not be “sacrificed”.4. #DELAYS: Irish Rail has said commuters should expect “severe delays” due to a fault at Howth Junction.5. #TOY SHOW: Ahead of the Late Late Toy Show this evening, TheJournal.ie got a sneak peak at the Jungle Book-themed set and caught up with Ryan Tubridy and some of the children involved.6. #LONDON: Former London mayoral candidate, Zac Goldsmith, has lost his Westminster seat in a by-election, despite winning it with a majority of 23,000 just last year.7. #RETAIL: Grafton Street is already one of the most expensive streets in the world to rent a premises on, and it is set get more expensive to rent on the Dublin street.8. #MAD DOG MATTIS: Donald Trump has picked a man who thinks ‘it’s fun to shoot some people’ to be the next defence secretary.9. #PREDICTIONS: Old Moore’s Almanac predicted that 2016 was a year that wouldn’t be remembered fondly. The good news: We may win the Eurovision and scientists will find a way to reverse ageing in 2017, apparently. By Sean Murray Share Tweet Email1 http://jrnl.ie/3115202 Friday 2 Dec 2016, 7:45 AM Dec 2nd 2016, 7:45 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
As officials of the three parties in the coalition government continue their efforts to sign off on an 11.5-billion-euro package of austerity measures, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras is on Tuesday due to present the blueprint, and Greece’s plans for reforms and privatization, to his German counterpart Wolfgang Schaeuble in Berlin.The visit comes ahead of the scheduled arrival in Athens on Friday of representatives of Greece’s foreign creditors, the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund (known as the troika), whose subsequent review will determine whether or not Greece receives a vital 31.5-billion-euro tranche of rescue funding. A day before the crucial meeting, German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed support for Greece and other debt-ridden EU states while insisting that agreed-to reforms must be implemented. “In such a difficult phase, these countries have earned our solidarity,” Merkel said. But the German public appears unmoved, with only a quarter believing the country should remain in the eurozone, according to a poll published by the Financial Times.In his talks with Schaeuble, Stournaras is expected to repeat Greece’s argument — that a deep recession has hampered reforms — and to sound him out on a possible two-year extension to Greece’s fiscal adjustment period.Back in Athens, government officials are continuing talks on austerity. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his coalition partners — PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left chief Fotis Kouvelis — are to meet on Wednesday or Thursday to rubber-stamp the blueprint before the arrival of troika chiefs on Friday, when European Council President Herman Van Rompuy is also due here.According to sources, troika officials are expected to reject planned cuts to defense and public administration, possibly calling for further pension cuts. Government officials are said to have expressed concern about the social impact of too much austerity. But an e-mail sent by the troika to Athens last week reportedly proposes further reductions to the minimum wage and to compensation given by employers in the private sector.As for proposed cuts to the so-called special salaries of certain categories of civil servants, these are to range from 6 percent to 35 percent, Kathimerini understands, with police getting the smallest cuts and judges the largest.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The proposal of a rubbish tip in Melbourne’s outer suburbs has received strong protest by members of the community. Andrew Antipas, Stop the Tip committee member, claims that this proposal made by Boral to the Melton City Council for the expansion of the Western Landfill at Deer Park, may be a cover for a bigger plan by the company. “We believe it’s part of a bigger plan for Melbourne’s waste management system,” Mr Antipas tells Neos Kosmos.If the proposal goes ahead, Boral plans to extend its existing tip by 179 million cubic metres of tipping space – equivalent to 105 MCGs of garbage, asbestos and contaminated soil piled 15 storeys above ground level.The Stop the Tip campaign – launched two months ago to protect the community from this expansion – says the tip would raise a number of detrimental issues for the people who live in the area, and would burden any plans to develop the area further. The campaign rallied on Tuesday to Stop the Tip. Mr Antipas says that if this application is approved, it would be a disaster for the community and would impact heavily on homes, jobs and economic opportunities in the area. “We’ve called the council on a couple of occasions and we aren’t getting any responses – they’ve basically gone into hiding,” he says.For more information, visit www.stopthetip.com.au or https://www.facebook.com/stopthetip Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Stay on target Police Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site’Storm Area 51′ Creator Parts Ways With Alien-Themed Festival in Nevada It’s a strange time for American politics: There is an orange man in the White House who thinks climate change is a hoax and negative news is fake news.And there is a woman in Florida running for public office who believes she was abducted by aliens at age seven.Republican House candidate Bettina Rodriguez-Aguilera—most famous, perhaps, for last year’s revelation that she communicates telepathically with extraterrestrials—just won an endorsement from the Miami Herald to represent the 27th District of Florida in Congress.“We realize that Rodriguez-Aguilera is an unusual candidate,” the newspaper’s editorial board wrote on Sunday. “Last year, she told the Miami Herald—and several Spanish-language media outlets—that she believes in extraterrestrials.”In October, the Herald published a story recounting Rodriguez-Aguilera’s experience more than 50 years ago, when three “blond, big-bodied beings”—two females, one male—visited her from outer space.She described “going up” inside a spaceship, controlled with quartz rocks. (I imagine the scene began a little something like Pixar’s Gary Rydstrom projected.)“For years people, including presidents like Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter and astronauts have publicly claimed to have seen unidentified flying objects and scientists like Stephen Hawking and institutions like the Vatican have stated that there are billions of galaxies in the universe and we are probably not alone,” Rodriguez-Aguilera told the paper last year.“I personally am a Christian and have a strong belief in God,” she continued. “I join the majority of Americans who believe that there must be intelligent life in the billions of planets and galaxies in the universe.”Sure. But most people don’t believe ETs beamed into their home to make off with impressionable young children.“This is a non-issue,” Rodriguez-Aguilera told the Miami Herald board, which agrees.“Her bona fides as a former elected official, and now a businesswoman who spends time in other countries training women to run for office, are solid,” the paper said. “[She] is a strong candidate in the race with plausible conservative ideas.”Just not cosmic ones.Unsurprisingly, the contender’s official website makes no mention of her alien encounter.Are you one of the “majority of Americans” who believe in extraterrestrials? Former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin recently admitted he once saw “something organic/alien-like” floating outside the ISS. Read more about possible life outside of Earth here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
A review of the Alaska Department of Corrections ordered by Gov. Bill Walker found outdated policies, cases of lax or informal consequences for apparent employee misconduct and mistrust between corrections staff and management.A report on the review’s findings also raised issues with the use of solitary confinement, a state law that allows for intoxicated individuals to be held in prison for protective custody and training for corrections employees.The review was prompted by several inmate deaths and conducted over 11 weeks by a special assistant to Walker, Dean Williams, and Joe Hanlon, a former FBI agent.The report states the review tries to acknowledge what’s going right but is focused on what’s wrong within the department to identify areas for improvement.
In this file photo taken on 16 October 2018, cows graze above Perrefitte, northern Switzerland, on 16 October 2018, days ahead of a nationwide vote on an initiative on cow horns. Photo: AFPSwiss voters on Sunday appeared set to reject a proposed constitutional amendment to preserve cow horns while approving a law that gives insurance companies broad leeway to spy on suspected welfare cheats.The third measure on the ballot, a rightwing proposal that would have given Swiss judges supremacy over world courts, was also headed for defeat, according to provisional results released by the GFS Bern polling and research firm.The poll is part of Switzerland’s famous direct democracy system, in which voters cast ballots on national issues four times a year.The cow horn initiative was launched by livestock farmer Armin Capaul, who captured widespread media attention after he secured the more than 100,000 signatures needed to force a vote in an upstart campaign that began with few resources and no political support.The proposal did not call for a ban on dehorning but sought a constitutional amendment that would have created incentives for farmers to let horns grow.Capaul said his campaign was inspired by conversations with his herd in him home of Perrefitte, a municipality in the heart of the Jura mountain range.Environmental and animal rights groups ultimately joined Capaul’s effort but it was opposed by the government, which argued farmers had to remain free to manage their livestock as they saw fit.Provisional results from GFS Bern said the proposal was likely to be rejected, with 54 per cent voting against.INSURANCE COMPANY SPIESVoters were, however, poised to approve a measure in which the government sought consent for legal revisions passed in March that outline the type surveillance insurance companies can use to expose potential fraudsters.Insurers in the wealthy Alpine nation had long spied on customers they suspected of making false claims, but that came to a stop following a 2016 ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, which said unregulated spying amounted to a violation of privacy.The government insists that surveillance is necessary to curb insurance fraud and in turn keep costs low for all.Sixty-seven percent of voters supported the revised law, according to GFS Bern’s provisional results.”What the Swiss wanted to show was that the social safety net is important, but that (for it to work) we all have to be absolutely responsible,” Benjamin Roduit of the centre-right Christian Democratic Party told public broadcaster RTS.Critics argued that the measures were hastily written under pressure from the insurance company lobby and do not explicitly prohibit serious, unjustified invasions of privacy.Legal analysts have noted that the law does not prohibit insurers, or the detectives they hire, from recording or filming someone who is on their private balcony or in their garden, provided those areas are visible from a public space.SUPREME LAWVoters also looked set to overwhelmingly reject the initiative dubbed “Swiss Law First,” which called for domestic law to be placed above international law.The rightwing, anti-migrant Swiss People’s Party (SVP) sought to portray the measure as essential for safeguarding national sovereignty.But the government and business groups were staunchly opposed, warning that hundreds of trade deals vital to the Swiss economy as well as the country’s reputation would have been threatened by a formal repudiation of international courts.”It is a huge defeat,” SVP vice president Celine Amaudruz told RTS after just 33 per cent of voters supported the proposal, according to provisional results.