Federer beats great rival Nadal to win Shanghai Masters

first_imgRoger Federer of Switzerland holds the trophy after winning his men’s final singles match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on October 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURIRoger Federer got one over his old rival Rafael Nadal to win the Shanghai Masters 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday in a showdown between the two best players on the planet.It was a 94th title for the Swiss legend, drawing him level with the great Ivan Lendl, and closes the gap on world number one Nadal at the top of the rankings as the season reaches its conclusion.ADVERTISEMENT In-form Nadal was ahead in their overall record down the years, with 23 wins to Federer’s 14, but he was up against it almost right away. Number two Federer put Nadal under the cosh immediately on the Spaniard’s serve, breaking him in the first game — to roars of approval from the majority inside the arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 36-year-old Swiss, fondly known as “Cow” in China for his laid-back personality, had started the better and he rattled through his own service game for 2-0.Federer, a 19-time Grand Slam champion who had beaten Nadal in their last four encounters, was in full flow under the Qizhong Tennis Center roof, which was closed because of downpours in Shanghai. Sharapova fights to first title since drugs ban Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments LATEST STORIES Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nadal, 31, groaned while lashing many of his shots; Federer was all quiet efficiency.Somewhere in the stadium somebody rattled a cow bell.Federer rapidly made it 4-2 with two booming aces in a row, drawing huge cheers from much of the stadium.In contrast, Nadal — a 16-time Grand Slam winner but who had never won the Shanghai Masters — was laboring through his service games.He went long on a straightforward forehand but powered an ace to make it 4-3 to the Swiss.  ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC There were suggestions that Federer might not be quite as fresh as his old foe, having been pushed to three sets a day earlier in the second semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro.The timeless Federer rubbished that notion as he seared his way to a 5-3 first-set lead.Nadal sent down his fourth ace for 5-4, only for Federer to seal the set with his seventh ace of the match.There was little between the great rivals in the early exchanges of the second set until the pivotal fifth game.Nadal, on a great run of form that won him the US Open and China Open in recent weeks, saved the first break point but could not survive the second one to put Federer in reach of a second Shanghai Masters crown. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READlast_img read more

IPL 2016: Rohit Sharma credits ‘fearless’ Krunal Pandya for keeping Mumbai in the hunt

first_imgMumbai Indians are in no mood to give up and every time they have stepped on the field, their players have fought hard to stay in contention for the playoffs. And tonight was no different, as they inflicted a crushing 80-run defeat on Delhi Daredevils to move to third spot in the points table. (Full Coverage | Points Table ) Delhi opted to bowl and the Mumbai batsmen played according to the pitch, which was a bit tricky one to bat on. Krunal Pandya was the man of the moment – first with the bat and then starring with the ball. Pandya took control of Mumbai’s innings after Rohit’s dismissal by playing a ballistic 37-ball 87, which was studded with six sixes and seven fours.Martin Guptill (48) also combined well with Pandya to help Mumbai post a huge total of 206 on the board. Delhi looked in business until Quinton de Kock was there at the crease but Pandya took him out and reduced the threat. After that Delhi lost the plot and were bowled out for 126.Rohit lauds PandyaMumbai skipper Rohit credited Pandya for playing fearless cricket and said the allrounder will remember the knock for a long time.”Krunal Pandya played a brilliant knock and played some fearless cricket. Everytime you back yourselves, you will get the results and he will remember that knock for a long time,” Rohit said.”We wanted to play a game like that, wanted to win with a big margin. Everything went according to the plan, perfect day for us,” Rohit on Mumbai’s perfect day on the field.advertisementKnock to remember”I was really happy that I did well. I assessed the conditions well and did not target a score,” Pandya on how he planned his innings.”I want to dedicate this innings to my parents and my brother who always supports me. Also want to dedicate this to one of my coaches.”last_img read more


first_img“I am not (American illusionist) David Copperfield. I dont have a magic wand. I dont try to change the actions of bowlers. A couple of them are like (former South African all rounder) Mike Procter, bowling off the wrong foot. The biggest thing in sport is the unknown factor. Its the variety that makes the difference,” the Sydney-born ex-player explained.Three Mumbai bowlers – David Mathias, Prisith Krishna and Tushar Deshpande – have been picked by the bowling foundation who will train at the Australian Cricket Academy with that countrys bowlers.Another bowler – Minad Manjrekar – has missed the chance to train in Australia as he did not possess a valid passport, it was announced.After the end of the two-week second season of coaching camp, eight fast bowlers would be shortlisted to attend a further three-week training session next month in Bengaluru with Thomson along with bowlers from Karnataka, it was announced.”This year the team has undertaken a rigorous talent identification exercise. We are confident that the combination of great talent and legendary player (Thomson) as coach can bring path-breaking results for the Indian cricket landscape,” said IDBI Federal Life Insurances CEO, Vignesh Shahane.”The Foundation played its part in Mumbais success story this season in Ranji Trophy, in Irani Cup where it dominated for four of the five days of the game and in the under 19 tournament,” he added. PTI SSR NRB BS BSlast_img read more

Still no Fajardo, Lassiter for San Miguel in Terrific 12 semis

first_imgMatteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Players and coaches from the semifinals-bound teams in Terrific 12 including San Miguel Beermen’s Leo Austria and Dez Wells. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMACAU—San Miguel will continue its campaign in the East Asia Super League: The Terrific 12 still without its usual starters.The Beermen advanced to a semifinals against CBA’s Liaoning but Leo Austria’s lineup won’t have five-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and forward Marcio Lassiter, while point guard Alex Cabagnot is still doubtful.ADVERTISEMENT Austria said Cabagnot’s already practiced with the team but Fajardo won’t be risked.“June Mar definitely cannot play tomorrow because the swelling in his ankle has just started to subside,” said Austria who plans to play his center in the Governors’ Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Max Verstappen fastest in first practice for Singapore GP Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “I wish they could all play but I think Alex will suit up tomorrow,” said Austria during the semifinals press conference Friday at Tap Seac Sports Pavilion here. “I keep on asking if they will play because I don’t want to force them if they’re not 100 percent.”Fajardo is still nursing a right ankle injury that he aggravated in the Fiba World Cup, Lassiter is still not in top shape after an MCL injury in the Commissioner’s Cup semifinals, and Cabagnot had the flu earlier this week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Nevertheless, Austria still has imports Dez Wells and Lester Prosper in the wing and big man positions, respectively.Filling in for the off guard spot is Terence Romeo while Christian Standhardinger remains the main force off the bench for the lone PBA team remaining in the tournament. View comments Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Tushar Arothe, the man behind Mithali Raj’s successful team

first_imgBarely two months before the start of the Women’s World Cup, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the appointment of Tushar Arothe as head coach of the Indian women’s team as former captain Purnima Rau got removed from the job.Rau was sacked without any direct communication from the BCCI even though the Indian team performed quite well when she was in charge. India registered its first bilateral series win under Rau in January last year and beat Pakistan to clinch the Asia Cup in Bangkok. India had to play the qualifiers to enter the main draw of the World Cup and they managed to win that as well beating South Africa in the final in ColomboIt was natural that her sacking drew a lot of flak from experts and the media as appointing a new coach just two months before a tournament as big as the World Cup could have proved disastrous for a young team under Mithali Raj. Arothe was also appointed for a short term with his contract expiring at the end of this month.But Arothe had no trouble taking over from Rau and two months later look at where the team has reached – the final of the Women’s World Cup. Arothe now is bound to get an extension no matter what the result of the summit clash will be.The players have prospered under him in this tournament with Mithali scoring 392 runs in eight matches so far with one hundred. She is the second highest run-getter needs just 13 runs to surpass Australia’s Ellyse Perry. Harmanpreet, thanks to her unbeaten 171 against Australia in the semis, has amassed 308 runs while Poonam Raut is next with 295 runs.advertisementAmong the bowlers, Deepti Sharma is the highest Indian wicket-taker with 12 wickets in eight games and she is third on the overall list follwed by Poonam Yadav and Ekta Bisht with 9 scalps each.Arothe had coached the Indian women’s team before between 2008-2012 and also had a stint as the fielding coach. He knows the senior players like Mithali and Jhulan Goswami having worked with them.Before the start of the World Cup Arothe had stressed on the importance of fielding and fitness which was an area of concern for this Indian team.”We don’t lack in batting and bowling, but fielding and fitness is an area that we lag in comparison with some of the other big sides. That will be the prime focus at the camp in Mumbai,” Arothe told ESPNcricinfo prior to the team’s departure for England.Although fielding is still not India’s strong point, they have improved a lot in this area and have been outstanding on a few occasions during the World Cup.Arothe had also said before that his prior experience of coaching the team would help him a great deal and familiarity won’t be an issue.”The call came from the BCCI asking if I’d be keen. An opportunity to coach the national team is something I didn’t want to miss.”I’ve had prior experience of coaching the women’s team, so familiarity, at least with the seniors, won’t be an issue.”Arothe is highly experienced when it comes to coaching and was involved with the Baroda women’s team for two years from 2008-2010. He also coached Chhattisgarh, Baroda Under-16s and Baroda men’s team in 2016-17 but had to step down after his son Rishi got selected.last_img read more

23 days agoStoke boss Nathan Jones accepts he’ll likely lose his job

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Stoke boss Nathan Jones accepts he’ll likely lose his jobby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveStoke City boss Nathan Jones has accepted he will likely lose his job this week.Jones was speaking after the Potters lost 1-0 at home to fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town.He admitted: “If I’m not getting the results I expect the inevitable to happen. I’m not concerned. I was concerned after four days of taking the job, but I’m not concerned now.”The league table doesn’t lie after 10 games, we just haven’t been good enough. It’s a wonderful club and the fans and owners have given me lots of patience, but we’ve lost our way and something has to change.”I’ve had nine months to turn things around and, for one reason or another, I’ve not done it. It’s been tough on me and my family, but I just feel sad. It’s a great club but it just hasn’t worked out.”I couldn’t have given it any more, I’ve given it everything I can.” last_img read more

Brodosplit Secures Quark Expeditions Polar Ship Deal

first_imgIllustration: Nordwest3D (LMG 200-PCS)Croatian shipbuilder Brodosplit has entered into an agreement to construct a new polar expedition cruise ship, of LMG Marin design, for Quark Expeditions.Built to Polar Class 6 standard, the ship will be constructed specifically for the high latitudes of the Arctic and Antarctica.To feature a length of 128 meters and a width of 21.5 meters, the vessel will accommodate 200 passengers and will be staffed with 116 crew members.The project is scheduled for completion in time for the 2020/2021 Antarctic sailing season.The Government of the Republic of Croatia decided in its 96th Session to issue a warranty for a refund of the buyer’s advanced payment, which secured construction financing and fulfilled one of the conditions of the agreement with the buyer, Brodosplit informed.last_img read more

Moroccan Egg Consumption Drops but Industry Remains Strong

Rabat – National egg consumption decreased from 169 eggs per person in 2015 to just 140 eggs per person in 2016, according to National Association of Producers of Eggs for Consumption (NAPEC).During a press conference held Wednesday in Casablanca, vice director of the association Khalid Zaiim said that this decrease is due to the “ignorance of Moroccans to the healthy benefits of the eggs,” which he contrasted against Europe and Mexico, whose consumption in 2016 reached 350 and 255 eggs per person respectively.Zaiim noted that the annual average of the eggs consumption per person in Morocco has significantly increased since 1970, when the average was 21 eggs per person, but he admitted that the average “is still very weak.” Zaiim went on further to say that 2016 also saw a decrease in national production of eggs, reaching only 4.1 billion in contrast to 5.1 billion in 2015. He attributed this drop to high cost of bird feed and deaths of poultry from avian flu.According to Zaiim, Morocco has achieved self-sufficiency in the production of eggs. No longer importing chickens from Spain and France, Morocco has five incubators, producing 20 million chickens annually, along with 238 farms for the production of the eggs authorized by the National Bureau for the Safety of Food Products.In January, NAPEC announced that Morocco has begun to export eggs to several African countries, securing revenues estimated at MAD 5 billion.Egg production also provides about 12,000 direct jobs as well as another 30,000 indirect jobs through a massive network of marketing and distribution, according to NAPEC. read more

ICC Prosecutor welcomes decision to move forward with Kenya probe

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today welcomed the body’s decision to grant his request to investigate alleged crimes against humanity committed in the wake of disputed Kenyan elections two years ago, and said he expects at least two cases to result from the probe. Last November, prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo sought authorization to open an investigation into the violence – claiming 1,000 lives and uprooting more than 300,000 others – that erupted after the disputed December 2007 polls in which President Mwai Kibaki was declared winner over opposition leader Raila Odinga, who is now Prime Minister. Last month, following a request for additional information from the ICC, the Prosecutor named the 20 people he says are most responsible for the deadly post-election ethnic violence.Both Mr. Kibaki and Mr. Odinga, he said, have promised to cooperate with any investigation.Today, the Prosecutor, who will travel to the country next month, said that he hopes to wrap up most of the investigation by the end of this year and foresees at least two cases against one to three people each.“I will engage in this process with the Kenyans, with all the communities,” he told reporters in The Hague, where the Court is based.“This Court is their Court. Kenyan leaders – women, youth, tribal, judicial, political, religious [groups] – all have a role to play,” he added, emphasizing the importance of the ICC and Kenyans cooperating to ensure no outbreaks of violence in the future.During his visit to Kenya, the Prosecutor said he plans to meet with those who suffered as a result of the violence and will visit the crime scenes.“I will listen to the victims, respect their views and request justice for them in Court,” he underlined.Mr. Moreno-Ocampo underscored the need to protect witnesses, which the ICC will do “independently.” But he also emphasized that it is the responsibility of Kenyan authorities to “ensure that all those who speak in favour of justice are duly protected.”To limit the risk of witnesses to exposure, he said he will call as few witnesses to take the stand as possible.Kenya will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary, “a historic opportunity to show an example of how one country overcomes violence,” the Prosecutor underlined.Yesterday, the ICC’s Pre-Trial Chamber II found in a majority decision of two to one that “the information available provides a reasonable basis to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed on Kenyan territory.”It noted that “the majority moreover found that all criteria for the exercise of the Court’s jurisdiction were satisfied, to the standard of proof applicable at this stage.”Judge Hans-Peter Kaul, dissenting, held that the crimes in Kenya do not qualify as crimes against humanity under the jurisdictional ambit of the Rome Statute, under which the ICC operates.He concluded that there was no reasonable basis to believe that the crimes in Kenya were committed in an attack against a civilian population pursuant to or in furtherance of a policy stemming from a State or an organization, which he said was required by Article 7 of the Statute.The majority decision by Judges Ekaterina Trendafilova and Cuno Tarfusser cited the low threshold applicable at this stage of the proceedings. The ICC is an independent, permanent court that investigates and prosecutes persons accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. 1 April 2010The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today welcomed the body’s decision to grant his request to investigate alleged crimes against humanity committed in the wake of disputed Kenyan elections two years ago, and said he expects at read more

No immediate prospect for Iraq ceasefire Annan

“I wish I could say there is an immediate prospect for a ceasefire, and that an appeal from the Security Council will lead to a ceasefire,” Mr. Annan said in an interview yesterday with Al Jazeera television. “I don’t think that is that case.”He reiterated his view that “war is a human catastrophe, and in fact in war, all are losers.”Questioned about the war’s legitimacy, he noted that the Security Council had not endorsed it. “And that is why the legitimacy of this action has been questioned, and widely questioned, and I myself have raised questions about it,” he said. “I have raised questions about the legitimacy and whether it was in conformity with the Charter.”Asked whether this meant he condemned the war, the Secretary-General replied: “I think, in my statement in the Council I made it quite clear that we would have preferred that it should be done peacefully and that we wouldn’t have had to through what we are going through. I have never justified nor supported this war.”On the humanitarian situation in Iraq, the Secretary-General reiterated the responsibility of the belligerent parties for the welfare of the population in the areas they control, and added: “As soon as the situation permits, we will be back doing our work.”The Secretary-General emphasized that the nature and extent of any future UN role in Iraq would have to be discussed by the Security Council. But he asserted: “I have no doubt that, regardless of how this war ends, the UN will have an important role to play.” read more

Global investors should consider environmental factors UNbacked study argues

The study challenges the notion that the profit objective is the most important factor in choosing investment vehicles. Conducted on behalf of the agency’s Financial Initiative, the study focused on the capital markets in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.”This is groundbreaking work that will accelerate the integration of environmental, social and governance issues into the mainstream investment community worldwide,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said of the study, which the agency released to coincide with its two-day Global Roundtable that has brought some 450 participants to UN Headquarters in New York to discuss the results.Paul Watchman, partner in Freshfields, Bruckhaus, Deringer and senior author of the 150-page study, told reporters in New York that its aim was to determine to what extent environmental, social and governance considerations might be integrated into investment policy, and whether or not the law supported such a view.”Investment decision makers have broad discretion to take into account environmental, social and governmental considerations, in fact we argue they have a duty to do so in certain instances particularly where it goes to value,” he said, but also where there is a consensus among the broad group of beneficiaries.The study offers examples of how companies adopting socially responsible practices avoided future liabilities and losses. It also noted that 70 per cent of 195 fund managers polled in 2005 thought these issues would be integrated into mainstream decision-making within the next three to 10 years.These developments could have implications for countries trying to achieve the global antipoverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), because investment companies are developing metrics that measure whether a company is aligned with concerns such as poverty alleviation and environmental impact, UNEP’s Head of Research, Paul Clements-Hunt head, said.Already UNEP has developed over a dozen environmental metrics as part of its Global Reporting Initiative which seeks to integrate sustainability in the measurement of a company’s performance. read more

Split personalities AllAmerican catcher uses humor pranks to keep team loose

Sam Marder is Ohio State’s all-time home run, RBI and walks leader, but she might be Ohio State’s all-time goof ball as well.Her jabbing jokes, ribbon dancing routines and affable personality do not help her hit home runs, but it is apparent she doesn’t need help with that.“I think the great part about this team is that we have so much fun with each other,” Marder said. “They all came to my ribbon dancing routine and we are always playing jokes on each other. We are a fun and relaxed team.”Off the field, Marder encourages some friendly pranks.“Megan (Miller) and I were roommates one weekend on the road and that was not fair,” she said. “We filled a bucket of ice and played a joke on freshman (Megan) Coletta. When she opened the door she got showered with all this ice. Then we ran away.”Though this two-time captain and two-time All-American loves to entertain her teammates, she acknowledges that what you see is not always what you get. “I definitely have two personalities and I like to compare myself to Beyonce calling herself Sasha Fierce,” Marder said. “While off the field I am really light-hearted and joking around.  On the field I am very focused, intense and driven. That is the only way I can play.”Coach Linda Kalafatis acknowledges Marder’s split personality.“She is smart, passionate, creative, weird and goofy,” Kalafatis said. “But, there is an intensity and passion on the field that you don’t necessarily know of off the field.”When co-captain Courtney Pruner was asked to talk about Marder’s personality, she muttered, “Oh God.”Pruner spoke about Marder’s humble personality, but sometimes she can take it too far.“Anytime we get the chance to make fun of her we can,” she said.When it comes to softball, Marder likes to mesh different parts of her personality to guide the team to success, part of her job as captain.“I try to lead by example,” Marder said. “It is important to make sure our team is loose and relaxed, while at the same time, mentally prepared to play.”Marder is not one to stray away from who she is. People don’t have to be at a softball practice to catch a glimpse of the lovable goof ball.When the team plays on the Big Ten Network, she claims she is chosen to read the introductions because she is the most attractive on the team.In addition, Marder represented the softball team by performing rhythmic gymnastics, otherwise known as ribbon dancing, for Buckeyes Got Talent.“The nerve to get up there and be that silly is remarkable,” Kalafatis said.The song she chose was Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb.”While the regional tournament approaches, the team will begin its ascent to its ultimate goal, Oklahoma City.The Buckeyes will host the Kentucky Wildcats Friday at 7:30 p.m. read more

TWP paving the way for full execution of Wesizwe Ledig PGM project

first_imgTWP Projects, part of the Basil Read group, has been appointed as the EPCM contractor on the Wesizwe Ledig project until December 2010. “TWP’s scope of work entails access routes, fencing, the Eskom terrace, Phase 1 pollution control dam, the ventilation shaft terrace (starting the box-cut), surface drainage and the environmental berm, amongst others, and earthworks are well underway,” explains TWP Project Manager Jacob Mothomogolo. “Furthermore, we are currently addressing supply of essential services, including electricity and water. These and other long leads items are kept in check to ensure the project remains on track from next year.”The R22-million project scope will pave the way for full execution planned to commence at the beginning of 2011, pending the full funding of R6.6 billion by Chinese consortium, the Jinchuan Group. The mine is expected to reach full production in 2021, and will have a main shaft, at 1,140 m, and a ventilation shaft at a depth of 980 m. The results of the prefeasibility study, undertaken by TWP and  concluded in June 2008, indicated that the Frischgewaagd-Ledig complex has the resources to sustain a 35 year Life-Of-Mine, with a total PGM production at 350,000 oz/y.last_img read more

TOMRA showcases new quartz and gold processes at AIMEX 2017

first_imgTOMRA Sorting Mining, a leading sensor-based sorting systems manufacturer, introduces its innovative multi-channel laser sorting technology at AIMEX, the international Asia-Pacific Exhibition, in Sydney, Australia, August 29-31. The new laser sorting technology will enable quartz and gold processes to achieve higher recovery, better quality and more consistent sorting of quartz material than can be secured using other sensor technologies. More detail on this is included in IM’s annual gold recovery article in the August issue. Minerals which could not be differentiated with existing technologies, such as colour-sorting, X-ray transmission or near-infrared sensors, can now be identified and separated. The new ore sorting technology enables the user to define and apply a greater number of sorting criteria, and thus sort with much greater precision. The laser identification technology consists of a multi-channel laser scanning system with high-resolution imaging, and cutting-edge colour and textural selectivity. Multiple material characteristics such as brightness, colour, size, shape and surface texture are processed simultaneously.Although it is a relatively new technology in the mining sector, sensor-based sorting has the potential to address some of the major challenges the industry now faces: declining ore grades, rising production costs, water shortages and ever-increasing environmental regulations. Worldwide, TOMRA sorting systems already contribute to increased productivity by delivering enhanced processing which is appreciably more energy-efficient and impressively more cost-effective. In addition, TOMRA´s sensor-based solutions can secure profitable recovery from marginal waste and mining blocks, which helps to extend the life of mining operations and thus optimize and increase the overall value of deposits. Commenting on the potential of advanced sorting technologies, Anthony Sacca, Managing Director of TOMRA Sorting Australia, said: “The application of sensor-based sorting can significantly change the way materials are processed. Our new laser sorting technique, for example, is unlocking previously untapped opportunities for quartz and gold processes – an innovative and highly cost-efficient solution which significantly increases the viable lifespan of these valuable deposits. We can achieve higher recovery, better quality, and more consistent sorting of quartz material with laser sorting than with other sensor technologies.”last_img read more

On the ball with Futsal

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram From inception up until the setting up process, how did you start your business?Futsal Oz was officially established in February 2006. After playing Futsal for over 15 years I decided to establish my very own Futsal League and Junior Oz clinic and I thought what better place to start then from my old high school, Brunswick High School “GYM”. The Brunswick sports stadium “GYM” was a success, with professional personnel and well run Leagues. So I decided to put together the plan for the first purpose built Futsal stadium, with courts imported from France and a world class look and this is how the Victorian Futsal Stadium was born.What’s so special about Futsal?Futsal is the only indoor game sanctioned by FIFA (World Soccer Federation). If skills development is important, Futsal is recognised as clearly the best form of football. Futsal promotes quality touches; We believe Futsal is a must for all children before they play outdoor Football. With quick restart, smaller grounds and unlimited substitutions the game is fast non-stop action. It encourages players not to panic whilst with the ball, hence improving decision making. Playing Futsal allows you more opportunities to get involved in the game.How popular is it in Australia generally and in Melbourne particularly?Futsal is the new rage in Australian Football. However, as is often the case, Australia is just catching on to what the world already knows. Superior football skill is built by simulating the outdoor game indoors with small sided games and a smaller ball. World famous clubs such as FC Barcelona have used this approach for years. Futsal has been around for over 75 years but Australian interest in football skill development has only recently focused attention on the training techniques used in successful football powerhouses such as Brazil, Spain and Italy. So, Futsal has been around for many years but interest is just starting to explode making it the fastest growing sport in Melbourne and overall in the land of down under.What would you say stands out as the comparative advantage of your business over the competition?All my competitors are working towards the same goal and that is to promote and grow this beautiful game. I suppose the obvious advantages are; our purpose built world class stadium, the Victorian Futsal Stadium in Brunswick. Our devoted volunteers and staff who are passionate about the world game, and of course the LEGEA V-LEAGUE premiership (the highest standard in Victoria) with League highlights and a TV show the Futbol Town Show aired on our web site www.futsaloz.com.au under Futsal Oz TV. How is business currently?We’re doing well; we are currently concentrating on junior development. Inner City FC in association with Futsal Oz and its affiliated body the FFV is a junior based club for 5 to 12 year olds. The aim is to prepare players for the transition to outdoor, training twice a week with qualified coaches and playing a League game on the weekend. Inner City FC is a modern Australian club with a window into the future of world Football.What is your vision for the future of your business?Futsal Oz is committed in growing football and reaching new heights creating a natural progression from starter to superstar.last_img read more

Ce weekend le monde gagnera une seconde

first_imgCe week-end, le monde gagnera une secondeDans la nuit de samedi à dimanche, les horloges du monde devront ajouter une “seconde intercalaire”. Une diminution de la vitesse de rotation de la Terre est à l’origine de l’événement.Il n’y a pas de petits profits pour les dormeurs : ce week-end, ils pourront prolonger leur nuit… d’une seconde. Dans la nuit de samedi 30 juin à dimanche 1er juillet, au temps universel de 23h59min59s, il faudra patienter une seconde supplémentaire avant de passer au 00h00min00s. La dernière minute aura alors duré 61 secondes. Le monde entier devra se caler sur cette “anomalie”. En France, cet événement interviendra à 2h du matin. Les horloges afficheront 1h59min59s, puis 1h59min60s avant que le cadran n’affiche 2h précises.On doit cette seconde supplémentaire au vieillissement de notre planète. A mesure que notre Terre prend de l’âge, sa rotation ralentit : “les modèles montrent qu’il y a 300 ou 400 millions d’années, le jour ne durait pas 24 heures comme aujourd’hui, mais seulement 22 heures. La Terre tournait plus vite”, explique Daniel Gambis, directeur de l’IERS (International Earth Rotation Service), un organisme hébergé à l’Observatoire de Paris. Ce ralentissement perdure aujourd’hui : les marées provoquées par la Lune et le soleil dissipent son énergie de rotation. A plus court terme, d’imperceptibles variations apparaissent “au gré des mouvements atmosphériques, des variations saisonnières des calottes glacières, des mouvements du coeur interne, voire des séismes”, comme l’explique le l’Observatoire de Paris, dans son communiqué de presse. Des séismes comme celui de Fukushima (Japon) pourraient être à l’origine de la perturbation. Soumis aux aléas, un tour de la Terre sur elle-même en août serait plus court d’une à deux millisecondes qu’un tour accompli en février.La 25e seconde intercalairePour mesurer le temps, les horloges atomiques sont apparues en 1967. Avant celles-ci, le monde se basait sur l’astronomie pour définir l’heure exacte : “on regardait la position d’un astre, le Soleil ou d’autres objets célestes” par rapport à la Terre, précise Noël Dimarcq, directeur du Syrte (Systèmes de référence temps-espace). Les horloges atomiques ont permis de gagner en précision, puisqu’elles sont “capables de découper le temps en millionièmes de milliardième de seconde”, explique-t-il à l’AFP.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Le temps donné par l’orientation de la Terre finit par dériver par rapport au temps atomique. Et pour éviter que l’écart entre les deux ne devienne trop important, la communauté internationale, en particulier le Service international de la rotation terrestre (IERS) décide d’ajouter une seconde à l’UTC (Temps Universel Coordonné)”, révèle Noël Dimarcq. Il faut remonter au 31 décembre 2008 pour retrouver la trace d’une telle seconde ajoutée. L’événement semble aussi irrégulier que la rotation de la Terre : le 30 juin prochain, ce sera seulement la 25e seconde ajoutée au temps universel depuis l’instauration de ce système.Les fusées resteront au solSi certains noctambules pourraient voir dans cette seconde supplémentaire une occasion de fêter l’événement, elle ne devrait pas changer grand chose pour les autres. En revanche, les systèmes de haute précision, tels les satellites ou certains réseaux informatiques, pourraient en être affectés.Pour éviter un décalage potentiellement catastrophique, risquant de brouiller les calculs, aucun tir de fusée ne sera programmé ces jours-là. Certains pays demandent même l’abolition de cette seconde intercalaire, jugeant qu’elle ne générerait que source de perturbations et d’erreurs. Le système de géolocalisation par satellites américain GPS a déjà fait le choix, depuis 1980, de ne se reporter qu’à l’horloge atomique, sans tenir compte de l’ajout irrégulier de secondes. Il compense les secondes manquantes par rapport à l’UTC par la suite, dans le signal qu’il envoie au sol.Le 28 juin 2012 à 15:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Petit James Rodriguezs quality is a mix of Cesc Fabregas

first_imgEmmanuel Petit believes Arsenal would be wise to make a move for the “quality” James Rodriguez as a replacement for Aaron Ramsey.The Wales international is reportedly closing in on a free transfer to Juventus for next season with his contract at Arsenal to expire in June.Therefore, the Gunners are in need of a new star midfielder with the club’s highest earner Mesut Ozil struggling to find his best form.Young Barcelona star Denis Suarez has been touted as a potential signing with former Arsenal defender Lauren believing he would be a better option than James.But Petit, who himself starred in the Arsenal midfield between 1997 to 2000, thinks otherwise as James’ quality is a mixture of ex-Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas and Real Madrid playmaker Isco.The Colombia international’s loan deal at Bayern Munich will expire at the end of the season and it remains unclear whether or not the German giants will take their €42m buy option to sign him permanently from Real Madrid.And Petit believes Arsenal would be wise to make a move for James.“I have known James Rodriguez from when he played for Monaco and I think he is a very good attacking midfielder,” Petit told the Daily Mirror.“I believe he is a proper No. 10, I like him in the middle of the park controlling the game.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“He has this quality – it’s a mix of [Cesc] Fabregas and Isco – and I think he would be a very good signing for Arsenal.“If I had to choose between them [James and Suarez] – knowing the situation with Ramsey – Arsenal definitely need an attacking midfielder and need to get a player who has the personality to direct a game and not hide all the time.“I think James Rodriguez is one of them.”The French World Cup winner cannot understand why Ramsey would join Juventus in the first place and warned the Welsh star he’s making a “mistake”.“I don’t want to be negative but I don’t know why he is going to Juventus, honestly,” said Petit on Ramsey.“Serie A? It is not the Premier League guys.“The Premier League is the best in the world, it is the most competitive championship.“You see it every year, you have three or four teams fighting for the title.“You don’t see that in Italy, in Spain, or France or wherever so I think he is making a mistake.”last_img read more

Pedestrian tunnel complete

first_imgWalkers, bicyclists and joggers can now more easily and safely travel from downtown Washougal to the waterfront with the opening of the pedestrian tunnel beneath state Highway 14.The project wrapped up late last month after a year of construction. The 9.5-foot-tall and 16-foot-wide tunnel stretches for 115 feet below the highway just east of the stoplight at Washougal River Road.The project includes the concrete tunnel with interior in-ground lighting, new street lighting, video surveillance at each end of the tunnel and a stairway and asphalt pathway connecting the tunnel to the existing trail on top of the dike. The trail leads to Captain William Clark Park and Steamboat Landing Park.The walls of the tunnel are decorated with basalt stones featuring petroglyph designs of Columbia Gorge tribes. Historian and artist Rex Ziak led a team of nine Washougal High School students who researched the designs. A dedication stone on the south side of the tunnel lists the names of the students and stakeholders involved with the interior stonework. The project also included new curbing, sidewalk, landscaping and burying of overhead utility lines, all of which are consistent with the earlier-completed downtown improvement project.last_img read more

Middle school in Dania Beach burglarized

first_imgDANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating a burglary at a South Florida middle school.Officers said thieves broke into Olsen Middle School in Dania Beach, near Southeast Third Street and Third Avenue, Sunday.A perimeter was set up to try and catch the thieves. However, there has not been any arrests.Police have not said if anything was stolen.If you have any information on this crime, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Cygnus Credit Rating Outlook Revised to Negative

first_imgFinancial credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s has revised Cygnus Business Media’s credit rating outlook from stable to negative because of concerns over Cygnus’ significant debt due in 2009.According to S&P, the new rating—a “CCC+”—reflects several financial factors, including Cygnus’ limited liquidity, high debt leverage, small EBITDA base and what it calls “difficult business fundamentals.” In a release, S&P called Cygnus’ margin of compliance with covenants “very thin,” and said they will be a significant hurdle for the company moving forward. For the first quarter, Cygnus’ revenues were down 1.5 percent while EBITDA was flat, S&P said, although it didn’t offer specific figures. After adjusting for closed publications and timing shifts, revenue was up 3.4 percent and EBITDA was up 5 percent.A S&P analyst was not immediately available for comment. A key challenge for Cygnus, according to S&P, will be refinancing its $157 million in debt that’s due next year, including its senior secured term loan that matures July 13, 2009.”The main reason for the outlook change is that the majority of the company’s debt is maturing next year,” a Cygnus spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “Adjusting the outlook is commonly done by the rating agencies until they get a clear view of what a company will do with the maturing debt. Obviously, we are aware of it. At the appropriate time the company will evaluate its options and we are confident in a successful outcome.”The revised credit rating comes as the ABRY-owned b-to-b publisher is exploring a possible sale. Cygnus co-CEOs Carr Davis and Tony O’Brien said in an interview with FOLIO: last week that Cygnus has been approached with inquiries, and carefully described the potential divestment as “a process.” During the interview, Davis said Cygnus increased e-media revenue by 60 percent from 2006 to 2007, and from 4.5 percent of total revenue in 2006 to 10 percent of total revenue in 2007.Cygnus went on the block in 2006 but subsequently pulled off the market that year.Earlier this year, S&P revised its outlook of Hanley Wood from stable to negative, citing the soft housing market and “weaker than expected” 2007 operating results.last_img read more