French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Djokovic in final

first_imgRafael Nadal won the French Open title for the ninth time, and the fifth time in a row, by beating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday in the final.Spain’s Rafael Nadal returns the ball during the final of the French Open tennis tournament against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, June 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)Nadal improved his record at Roland Garros to 66-1, and stretched his winning streak at the clay-court major to 35 straight.But it didn’t look too good at the start for the top-seeded Spaniard. Djokovic won the first set and looked to be in control of nearly every point. The combination of Nadal finding his range and the heat on court, however, started to take its toll on the second-seeded Serb.Both players used ice-filled towels to cool themselves during changeovers, but Djokovic also looked like he vomited a bit as he was heading for the first changeover in the fourth set.Djokovic also appeared out of sorts in the third set. Trailing 3-0, he wobbled as he went to take his seat on the bench for the changeover. And in the final set, with Nadal leading 5-4, Djokovic poured cold water on his head and on each forearm in an effort to cool off.Nadal was broken once in the first set, and once again in the second. He was able to recover the second break, however, as he started to find his range on Court Philippe Chatrier, the stadium Nadal calls his favorite place in the world to play.advertisementHe ended up breaking Djokovic to win the second set, and then again to win the third and yet again to win the fourth.On match point, Djokovic double-faulted for the third time. Nadal dropped to his knees before shaking hands with Djokovic and then climbing into the crowd to celebrate with his team.Nadal, who will retain his place at the top of the rankings with the victory, has now won 14 Grand Slam titles, tied for second among the men with Pete Sampras. Only Roger Federer, with 17 majors, has more.But Nadal is the only player to have won the same Grand Slam tournament nine times, and is the first to win five straight French Open titles. He also won at Roland Garros from 2005-08, but lost for the only time in the fourth round of the 2009 tournament. Federer went on to win that year, completing a career Grand Slam.Nadal is 23-19 against Djokovic overall, and 6-0 against him at Roland Garros. Djokovic took Nadal to five sets in last year’s French Open semifinals, and lost in four in the 2012 final.Entering Sunday’s match, however, Djokovic had won their previous four meetings, including winning the title in Rome on clay.The six-time major champion still needs a victory at the French Open to complete a career Grand Slam.last_img read more

Marital rape cannot be criminalised in India, says Maneka Gandhi

first_imgMarital rape cannot be “suitably applied in the Indian context” due to factors like poverty, illiteracy and religious beliefs, Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi has said.”It is considered that the concept of marital rape, as understood internationally, cannot be suitably applied in the Indian context due to various factors like level of education or illiteracy, poverty, myriad social customs and values, religious beliefs, mindset of the society to treat the marriage as a sacrament etc,” Maneka Gandhi said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha in response to a question on whether the government plans to criminalise marital rape.The minister further said that the scheme for globalisation of women helpline has been approved for implementation through states/UTs from April 1 last year to ensure 24-hour emergency and non-emergency response to women affected by violence both in public and private sphere, including in family, community and workplace.”All the states/UTs have been requested to submit the proposals in order to release funds. Funds have been sanctioned/released to 33 states/UTs for setting up Women Helpline,” she said.Though the ministry is planning the formation of a women welfare committee in all districts across the country, no such proposals have been formulated till now.Earlier, amicus curiae Indira Jaising had submitted a report to the Supreme Court, appealing for criminalisation of marital rape, and register forced anal penetration in a marriage under section 376 of the IPC as rape and not under section 377 as unnatural sex. The report also included the restructuring of the laws on consent to let off adolescents from criminal law in cases of consensual sex and strict penal action against army men raping women.advertisementlast_img read more

Udta Punjab: Not just humans, animals being given drugs as well

first_imgIn the land of ‘Udta Punjab,’ not just humans, but animals are also being given drugs, it seems! Pigeons and doves used in kabutarbazi – a popular sport in the State’s rural parts – are being fed opium in water and injected medicines to keep them flying for hours, say animal rights activists.While the game involving birds was traditionally developed in the Mughal era as a benign pastime, now illegal gambling is done over it with big money at stake.Causing pain or death to birds is punishable under the Prevention of Animal Cruelty (PCA) Act and IPC Section 429, besides betting comes under the Public Gambling Act, 1867. It specifically prohibits usage of “birds or animals” in Section 13. “But who is able to monitor it?” asks Abhinav Srihan of NGO, Fauna Police. “Several thousand rupees are put on bet, and obviously, the kabutarbaz (pigeon herder) will do anything to win. The harm caused to the pigeon through afeem (opium), or by the stress of staying air-borne for hours, is of least concern,” he adds.PIGEON-SPORTING CLUBS IN PLACES LIKE LUDHIANAA quick scan of social media sites such as Facebook shows various pigeon-sporting clubs existing in places like Moga, Ludhiana, etc. Seasonal and annual championships are held with huge prize money and gifts like motorbikes and refrigerator. Duly, posters are put up for such competitions.An activist, who works in Punjab against these games, explained, “There are three types of kabutarbazi held. One is where two or more parties make their trained pigeons fly. The bird that stays longest in the sky and does not touch the ground, win the game.” This is where use of drugs comes to play, he added.advertisement”The second is where pigeons have to reach a destination; the one which reaches first is declared the victor. And the third is where the herd of pigeons belonging to one owner has to gherao the herd of another and bring it to his master,” he informed.Abhinav said, “We are clearly not against all kinds of pigeon sports. It has also helped communities, over decades, preserve native pigeon species such as Kalsera, Lalsera, Lal Chhapka, Kala Chhapka, Jeera, Hara, Neelam and Kathwa. In fact, sometimes the owners take better care of the pigeons than the government-owned shelter homes. It is gambling and the use of drugs that we strictly abhor and object to. These must be controlled by the enforcement agencies. Nikunj Sharma, Spokesperson, PETA, told Mail Today, “Earlier, the owners used to slap a rubber whip on the walls, which made a cracker-like noise, and scared the pigeons away from coming and resting on the terrace during the competition.”The pigeons are trained not to sit anywhere lest they become the property of other herders, he pointed out. “It’s likely that kabutarbaz are now using drugs. Pouches of afeem (opium) and other drugs anyway come so cheap in parts of Punjab these days,” he said.Also Read:Udta Bihar: Huge spike in substance abuse, alcohol bootlegging year after banBJP breaks silence over drug menace in Punjab, organises ‘run against drugs’Also Watch:Udta Bihar: India Today sting operation shows staggering rise in banned drug seizureslast_img read more

Trash Talk Has Started Before Saturday’s Georgia-South Carolina Game

first_imgGeneral view of Williams-Brice Stadium.COLUMBIA, SC – NOVEMBER 02: A general view of the Mississippi State Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)With South Carolina and Georgia preparing for an absolute showdown this Saturday, college football fans will have the opportunity to get their first taste of real SEC football in 2018. Although the Gamecocks are clearly underdogs for this upcoming matchup, they gave perfect bulletin board material to the Bulldogs this week.Facing another ranked opponent provides enough motivation in itself, but South Carolina star Deebo Samuel decided to pour gasoline on the fire with his latest comments. When asked about his potential clash with Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker, Samuel decided to reignite their rivalry.Instead of actually talking about his opponent, Samuel answered with a simple jab, saying “Who?”????— Bryce Dixon (@dixonbryce) September 5, 2018Samuel’s production on the field certainly allows him to trash talk, as the talented wideout opened the season with seven receptions for 56 receiving yards and a touchdown. Nonetheless, it’s extremely hard to ignore his competition across the field in Baker.The All-SEC cornerback passed up on the chance to enter the NFL after his junior season, which means he’s determined to finish strong at Georgia. At this point in the year, Baker is projected to be an early first-round selection.If he wasn’t already prepared to shutdown Samuel on Saturday, then this latest dig will certainly have him ready for action.Deebo Samuels when asked about Deandre Baker:“Who?”South Carolina has It coming. Ask every team that trash talked Georgia last year.Keep talking.— blakejmorgan (@blakejmorgann) September 5, 2018Georgia and South Carolina will feature tons of premier talent, but none will standout more than Samuel and Baker.last_img read more

Scott Frost Says His Players Think They Can Beat Ohio State

first_imgHead coach Scott Frost of the UCF Knights walks up to the stadium with his team before pregame of the 2017 AAC Championship.ORLANDO, FL – DECEMBER 2: Head coach Scott Frost of the UCF Knights walks up to the stadium with his team before pregame of the 2017 AAC Championship against the Memphis Tigers at Spectrum Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)Nebraska football started the year, and the Scott Frost era, with a six-game losing streak.Right in the middle of that run was a 56-10 drubbing in Ann Arbor, at the hands of Big Ten favorite Michigan.The schedule was never going to be kind to Nebraska. The Huskers had Michigan, followed by tough Purdue, Wisconsin, and Northwestern teams, all of which are vying to win the Big Ten West.Things are starting to get rolling now, though. Frost’s club has won two straight, blowing out Minnesota and FCS club Bethune-Cookman. Now, the Huskers head to Ohio State.Back when the trip to Ann Arbor rolled around, Frost admits that he doesn’t know if his team truly believes it could win. Now, ahead of a trip to Columbus, he thinks that there is far more belief in his locker room.Scott Frost discussed the change in the Nebraska football team’s mindset between mid-September and now.From the Omaha World-Herald:“When we went up to Ann Arbor, I’m not sure the team thought they could win,” Frost said following Thursday’s practice. “I think they wanted to, but I’m not sure deep down if some of the guys thought they could win. I think we have a team that’s going up there thinking we got a chance if we play well. That’s a big change in improvement.”Former Buckeyes quarterback Kirk Herbstreit buys into Nebraska being much improved. He thinks Ohio State’s somewhat shaky defense will “have its hands full” with the Huskers’ offense.Ohio State is an 18.5-point favorite in the game at most online sportsbooks, after opening at -22.5, according to OddsShark.[Omaha World-Herald]last_img read more

Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu begins hunger strike against Centre in Delhi

first_imgAndhra CM Chandrababu Naidu begins hunger strike against Centre in DelhiAndhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat before heading to Andhra Pradesh Bhavan to observe the fast.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 11, 2019UPDATED: February 11, 2019 09:00 IST The chief minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu has participated in ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ in 11 districts of Andhra Pradesh so far. (Photo: ANI)Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu began a day-long fast in the national capital on Monday to demand special status for the state. He will also urge the centre to fulfil promises made when Telangana was carved out of Andhra Pradesh in 2014.The chief minister paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat before heading to Andhra Pradesh Bhavan to observe the fast.NAIDU PROTEST TODAYThe Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief will submit a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind on February 12.Naidu is likley to be joined by his cabinet colleagues, MPs, state legislators, and leaders of students and employees groups and mass organisations.Several leaders of different political parties including the Congress, AAP chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, NCP president Sharad Pawar and former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah are likely to attend the protest and express their solidarity with Naidu.A large number of protesters from Andhra Pradesh has already reached the national capital. The state government hired two special trains to ferry people to Delhi.Thousands of people thronged the main roads of Vijayawada and Guntur from the airport and staged protests sporting black dresses and empty black pots. People were also seen waving placards of Modi go back.The chief minister has participated in ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ in 11 districts of Andhra Pradesh so far.ALSO READ | Modi and Naidu trade barbs at Andhra rallies, protest in Delhi todayALSO READ | Chandrababu Naidu to sit on fast in Delhi today seeking special category status for Andhra PradeshALSO WATCH | Chandrababu Naidu ups the ante against Central GovernmentadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the commentslast_img read more

Jagdeep Dhankhar takes oath as Governor of Bengal

first_imgKolkata: New Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar took oath at a function at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday morning.Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court T B Nair Radhakrishnan conducted the oath-taking ceremony. Dhankhar becomes the 28th Governor of Bengal and succeeds Keshari Nath Tripathi. He arrived in Kolkata on Monday. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the council of ministers, Speaker Biman Bandyopadhyay and Abdul Mannan, the Leader of Opposition were present at the Central Hall of the Raj Bhavan where the oath-taking ceremony took place. Banerjee greeted the new Governor with a bouquet of 365 red roses and an Uttariya. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaState Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim and Finance minister Amit Mitra along with other dignitaries were also present. The new Governor, who is also a noted Supreme Court advocate, met the Vice-Chancellors of Calcutta University, Jadavpur University, Presidency University and Visva-Bharati University on this occasion. Dhankar was earlier the president of the Rajasthan Bar Council and a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. He was an MP from 1989–1991. He joined BJP in 2003. The Centre decided to make him the Governor of Bengal at a meeting that took place in the house of the Prime Minister on July 19. Shortly after his name as the Governor was announced, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greeted him through her Twitter post.last_img read more

BC First Nations criticize Trudeau government for approving Site C permits

first_imgAPTN National NewsAbout 50 opponents and leaders from British Columbia were on Parliament Hill today to condemn Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for approving permits on the controversial Site C Dam and to talk to people about UNDRIP.The group ctravelled by bus from B.C. to Ottawa, making stops along the way to raise awareness about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and their opposition to the multibillion-dollar dam and hydroelectric generating station on the Peace River.At the end of July, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans approved permits allowing construction to proceed on the dam despite ongoing court challenges.The department says this authorization followed extensive First Nations consultations.West Moberly First Nations Chief Roland Willson strongly disagrees with the permit approval, saying the Liberal government shouldn’t have allowed it while the courts are still reviewing the project.Willson says the decision is not in keeping with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pledge for a new nation-to-nation relationship with Canada’s Indigenous peoples.–with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Cremation trend holds steady

The trend in recent years toward cremation as the exit-of-choice has held steady at Oakwood Cemetery in Simcoe.Of the 122 interments at Oakwood in 2018, 76 (62 per cent) involved cremated remains while 46 (38 per cent) involved standard burials.There were another 120 interments in 2017. Of these, 85 (71 per cent) involved cremated remains while 35 (29 per cent) involved standard burials.“The trend throughout the industry has been a shift toward cremated burials,” Mark Boerkamp, Norfolk’s supervisor of trails and cemeteries, said Monday in an email.“In fact, the Bereavement Authority of Ontario – the governing body for cemetery operations in Ontario – says that, on average, the trend has been 70 per cent cremation burials versus 30 per cent full burials in most cemeteries. As you can see, Oakwood falls right in with the existing trend and 2017 was very evident of that.”To that end, Norfolk’s trail and cemeteries division is planning to increase its columbarium inventory at Oakwood.Norfolk council will consider a request Tuesday to allow the community services department to sole-source three columbarium units with 24 niches each. This would double the capacity at Oakwood, where a 75-unit columbarium was installed in 2016.In his report to council, Boerkamp said awarding the work to Nelson Granite Ltd. of Vermillion Bay, Ontario, is practical because this company provided the columbarium installed three years ago. The purpose of steering the work to Nelson Granite is to ensure uniformity of appearance.“The 75-niche unit is now over 60 per cent sold and the new units will help keep up to the existing trend toward cremation burials,” Boerkamp says in his report.Council set aside $30,000 for the columbarium expansion in the 2019 capital budget. Concrete pads were put down on the east side of Oakwood Cemetery before the current columbarium was installed. The new units will be situated in this location as read more

Security Council members welcome progress in DR of Congo peace process

The Council members reminded all parties of their obligation to ease the deployment of the United Nations Mission in the DRC (MONUC), particularly in the eastern part of the country, the current President of the 15-nation body, Ambassador Jagdish Koonjul of Mauritius, said in a press statement, adding that they called on the Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD)/Goma and Rwanda to cooperate with the Mission in this regard. Ambassador Koonjul said Council members recalled the importance of the disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, resettlement and reintegration (DDRRR) of armed groups, and encouraged the parties “to bring forward the disarmament and repatriation of the fighters gathered in the Kamina base.” The Council members expressed their concern for the continued fighting in the eastern part of the country, including fighting among rebel groups in which the civilian population are the first victims, and demanded an end to the fighting and respect for humanitarian law, Ambassador Koonjul said. The Council also reiterated its call for the total withdrawal of foreign forces, the stop to any support to armed groups and urged all Congolese to show real political will for their engagement to the Inter-Congolese Dialogue. Welcoming the recent improvement in relations between the DRC and Burundi, Council members invited all the parties to the conflict to intensify their bilateral contacts. “In this regard, they welcomed the outcome of the recent SADC [Southern African Development Community] Summit held in Blantyre [Malawi], which demonstrates the commitment of the SADC for peace in the region,” Ambassador Koonjul said.On the humanitarian front, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said today that its personnel and its partners are working to assist flood victims in the DRC river town of Mbandaka, where some 900 families have been displaced after floods washed away their homes.”Many of the victims of the floods are sleeping in the open because there is still a shortage of shelter,” said Therese Mbuaya, Officer in Charge of OCHA in MbandakaWorking with Médécins sans Frontières and the Red Cross, OCHA has provided tents and plastic sheeting to shelter families from the rain. When displaced families return to their homes after the floods have receded, OCHA will work with other UN agencies to coordinate the distribution of agricultural and fishing tools. read more

Old clunkers drive 5000 kilometres in UNbacked rally against hunger

“We hope the rally will help break the cycle of indifference, as it shows that everyone with care and determination can make a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of millions of people worldwide who are still unable to secure their basic food needs,” UN World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director Jeme Abdelwahab said. “Nearly one thousand people die every hour because of hunger and related diseases. We hope that events like this rally can refocus public attention on this global challenge.” The “Drive against Hunger,” which began on 26 May in Oberstaufen, Germany, was organized by the Jordanian National Alliance for Combating Hunger and Enhancing Food Security in cooperation with WFP under the auspices of Princess Basma Bint Talal. Travelling over 5,000 kilometres through Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Syria and Jordan, the 250 motorists and their friends drove their old cars, stopping at historic sites to call for a stronger focus and support for efforts to end hunger. Only seven of the 120 starters failed to complete the drive.The only condition to join was that the market value for the car should not exceed 2,000 euros ($2,570). During the rally, participants distributed clothes and shoes to those who needed them and compiled food recipes from each country they toured. They intend to print recipe books and channel the proceeds to assist humanitarian projects in Jordan.The vehicles will be sold and the proceeds will go to the Alliance’s projects in Jordan. “You do not have to have expensive cars to have a world rally,” Princess Basma told the drivers in a welcoming speech. “And ending hunger is not so very expensive either. It just takes political will and determination to have the right policies and the right resources to implement them. After all, the world produces enough food for every child, woman and man to lead a healthy life.” read more

Over 40 of motorists have left car keys with a stranger as

New YouGov survey shows 43% of motorists have left their car keys with a stranger, compared with just 11% of Brits who have done the same with their house keys.Just 11% of drivers believe security is the most important factor when looking for a car park.Car theft has declined significantly, but following a recent rise in incidents a new initiative is encouraging drivers to remain vigilant of their vehicles and keys.Read 10 easy ways to safeguard your car here.Two in five car owners don’t appear to think twice about leaving their car keys with a stranger, despite the potential security risk, according to the results of a YouGov consumer survey published today by the automotive industry, government, police and insurance bodies.Car theft has fallen significantly since the mid 1990’s when, at its peak, up to 620,000 cars were stolen each year. Today that figure is below 80,000.1 However, responding to police figures showing reported incidents rose by 8% in the year to March 2016, SMMT, Home Office, Metropolitan Police Service and Thatcham Research, the motor insurers’ automotive research centre, have joined forces to understand the nature of modern day car theft and develop solutions to tackle it.Today, alongside the results of the survey, they are publishing a 10-point plan to help owners secure their cars to help beat the thieves.The survey found that in the past 12 months, 43% of British drivers have left their car keys with someone they don’t know, with 71% of them not checking whether the company or individual was a member of an accredited code of practice or other professional standard. In comparison, just 11% said they have trusted their house keys to a stranger.Meanwhile, just 11% of people said the first thing they look for in a car park is CCTV, gated entry or manned barriers. At home, respondents admitted to leaving their car keys in clear view or close to the front door on a hallway hook or sideboard, leaving them at risk of opportunistic thievesCars are more secure than ever before, with manufacturers continually working on new security features. Investment in new technology means that all new cars sold in the UK now have an immobiliser and many are fitted with an alarm and double locking as standard.Car owners can also play an important part in protecting their vehicles by taking simple preventative measures, including parking in well-lit and secure parking spaces, double checking your car is locked before walking away, and checking the credentials of any company with which you leave your keys.Sarah Newton, Minister for Safeguarding, Vulnerability and Countering Extremism, said, “With thefts significantly lower than they were 20 years ago and manufacturers using the latest technology to make our cars safer than ever, the public would be forgiven for putting vehicle crime to the back of their minds. But the recent rise in the number of reported crimes is a reminder that determined thieves are still out there and we should remain vigilant.“It is important that we all understand this increase, the changing nature of vehicle crime and the steps that can be taken to prevent further increases in these crimes. For many of us, leaving our car keys with a stranger is hard to avoid, but it is always worth checking whether they are a member of an accredited code of practice or other professional body.“Following a key commitment in our Modern Crime Prevention Strategy the Government has been working with police and industry to look at the methods being used by criminals to steal vehicles and how to stop them. I welcome the advice being delivered as part of the SMMT’s initiative to inform vehicle owners about the hidden dangers and the steps they can take to secure their vehicles.”Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, SMMT, said, “New cars have never been more secure and the latest technology has helped bring down vehicle theft dramatically. Manufacturers invest billions of pounds every year to stay one step ahead of the criminals, and the latest models include sophisticated immobilisers, smartphone-controlled tracking devices and random key codes to prevent cloning. Technology can only do so much, however, and while car makers, the police and government continue to work together to ensure that stealing cars is as difficult as possible, these latest figures show there’s more consumers can do to minimise risk.”DCI Sarah Staff of the Met’s Organised Crime Command, said, “Criminals are constantly seeking new ways to steal cars and organised criminals are using increasingly sophisticated methods. The Met’s central Organised Vehicle Crime Unit works closely with the car industry in an attempt to reduce vehicle crime; we have conducted several successful investigations in this area and continue to do so. Vehicle owners should be reassured that car theft is at its lowest level for many years, but they should not be complacent, it’s important to take sensible precautions and remain vigilant to avoid being a victim of car theft.”Andrew Miller, Chief Technical Officer at Thatcham Research, said, “Thatcham Research has worked for many years with vehicle manufacturers to drive continuous improvement in security as well as in safety, and the most recent vehicle theft statistics reflect the high level of security technology now found on most cars. As well as choosing the best-performing cars, consumers should make sure they are aware of best practice procedures to keep their vehicles secure.”In positive news, 93% of consumers responding to the survey said they always check their car is locked before walking away, whether by listening for the locking noise, watching for the lights to flash, waiting for the wing mirrors to fold in or simply pulling the door handle.Source: ONS Crime Survey of England and Wales, January 2016.Read the full survey results here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Process improvement services maximise operations efficiency

first_imgThis new service from ABB provides systematic approach to control plant processes at optimal levels. ABB is introducing a package of services that identifies performance gaps in open-pit mining processes and provides solutions to reduce process variations that will help lower operating costs, increase product quality, prevent waste and protect valuable equipment, the company says.The service called PRISE – Process Improvement Services – recognises the increasing pressures facing human operators who monitor multiple complex processes and predict and control their behaviour based on an overwhelming amount of data. The PRISE packaged offering removes the problem of operator overload by providing essential information while steering all processes in an optimal way. This new service is a good example of ABB`s Next Level strategy leveraging the Internet of Things, Services and People – see the article Garpenberg’s brain in the August issue of International Mining magazine.By first analysing existing processes, ABB experts will determine current levels of performance and deliver a report with an estimate of potential improvements. Because it’s critical to know what properties influence process performance, PRISE will also identify missing instrumentation and then provide detailed measurement procedures to ensure that you are measuring the right things.Since only well performing PID-loops will allow you to execute an optimal control strategy, PRISE uses tools and procedures developed by ABB to scan and tune critical loops, setting the foundation for increased overall performance.The final cornerstone of the service is advanced process control to first stabilize processes, then drive them to their performance limits in a consistent and permanent way.“Reducing variability, while pushing the process to its limits, is not something a human being can accomplish in the same way PRISE can,” said Dominik Groenveld, Global Product Manager for PRISE. “PRISE eliminates shift to shift variations by permanently and smoothly controlling plant processes at optimal levels – at all times and in all situations.”A long-term service agreement will ensure that the increased performance delivered by PRISE will always be sustained.PRISE can be applied to a variety of mining processes, including crushing, grinding, flotation, thickening, dewatering, leaching or stockpile management.ABB has been advancing technologies for the Internet of Things, Services and People for more than a decade via its control systems, communication solutions, sensors and software. Its technologies allow industry, utility and infrastructure customers to make more intelligent use of data to optimise their operations, increase productivity and flexibility.last_img

Momir Ilic presented in Veszprem

← Previous Story Bundesliga (Round 31): Flensburg win against Neuhausen, keep third place ahead of Fuchse Berlin Next Story → Portugal: FC Porto Vitalis defeats Benfica in direct duel for the title and are crowned champions Serbian captain Momir Ilic is officialy presented in his new team – MKB Veszprem. After winning DKB Bundesliga with THW Kiel on Tuesday, Serbian left back went to Hungary, where he solved administrative issues, looked possible house, get informed about club’s structure and signed four years contract.PHOTO: MKB VESZPREM handball players presentedhandball transfersMKB VeszpremMomir Ilic read more

Police Ombudsman to investigate 2001 killing of Sunday World journalist

first_imgUpdated at 4.47pmTHE INVESTIGATION INTO the 2001 killing in Lurgan of Sunday World journalist Martin O’Hagan has been referred to the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman after public prosecutors decided they were no longer in a position to ask for a review of the sentence of a loyalist Supergrass.O’Hagan, who specialised in in-depth reports on the activities of loyalist paramilitaries, was shot dead as he walked home from a pub in the centre of Lurgan on 28 September 2001.Neil Hyde was arrested as suspect in the case, and agreed to assist the authorities in their investigation in return for a more lenient sentence.He was sentenced to three years in prison in February 2012 for a range of offences in connection with the murder, including ‘conspiring to carry a firearm with intent to wound’. The judge in the case told him that his sentence would have been 18 years if he had not agreed to identify those involved in the murder.However, the case against eight loyalists alleged to have been involved was later dropped because Hyde’s evidence could not be backed-up independently.The Public Prosecution Service had been asking the courts to review Hyde’s sentence, but has confirmed today that is not in a position to make that request.According to a statement:[…] following further examination of the evidence previously made available by police, extensive police enquiries and PPS consultation with the relevant witness, it is considered that the evidence which is now available is not sufficient to establish a breach of the agreement by Neil Hyde to the requisite standard.Accordingly there is no longer a basis to refer the matter to the court. The court has therefore been informed that the PPS no longer seeks the review of the sentence.“The Director now intends to exercise his power under section 55 (4A) of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 to re fer the matter to the Police Ombudsman for investigation.”The Police Ombudsman has also confirmed that the PPS “referred to us a matter in which it is believed that a police officer may have committed a criminal offence or behaved in a manner which could justify disciplinary proceedings.”The statement continues: “The referral follows a decision by the PPS to no longer seek a review of the sentence imposed on a man for his involvement in the murder of journalist Martin O’Hagan and other offences”.Originally posted at 3.26pmRead: Anti-eviction activists vow to protect Kanturk home >last_img read more

Sony teases PS4 reveal at E3 with blurry shots of the console

first_imgIt’s been a few months since Sony first revealed the PlayStation 4, and at the time they didn’t show us what the console looked like. While that was frustrating, it also meant Sony could counter any announcements Microsoft made by revealing some juicy new details about the PS4 on a drip feed up until the launch of the machine.Sure enough, with Microsoft set to unveil the new Xbox tomorrow, Sony has released a new video teasing us with what the PS4 actually looks like. What this video reveals is that we will get to see the new machine in all its glory during E3, everything else is just a blur, quite literally.As you can see above, the video gives us a shot of the very square looking PS4, but it is also blurred out. We then get quick flashes of features on the casing. Things that look like the PS4 logo, a button, a vent for cooling, and a few of the lines from the corners of the machine. It’s all very unexciting, but at the same time acts as a clever reminder that the console being revealed tomorrow isn’t alone.What the video does suggest is the PS4 is much smaller than the original PS3, and that boxy shape should make it a lot easier to fit underneath or next to a TV. Considering the components being used, it could end up being only slightly larger than a Mini-ITX motherboard, which I don’t think anyone would complain about. We really need to see the controller sitting next to the case to get an idea of just how big it is, though.So, Microsoft will unveil the new Xbox in some form tomorrow, and then Sony will finally reveal the PS4 console on June 10 at 6pm PDT. I’m guessing Microsoft won’t show us the Xbox case tomorrow, instead joining Sony in a secondary reveal during E3.last_img read more

House of Lords approves bill to seek threemonth Brexit extension

first_img As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: By Gráinne Ní Aodha Friday 6 Sep 2019, 3:50 PM Sep 6th 2019, 2:21 PM Opposition parties earlier confirmed that had agreed to block Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s request for a snap general election until a no-deal Brexit has been prevented.Johnson is to table a second motion to dissolve parliament on Monday, after a vote on Wednesday failed to reach the required two-thirds majority (298 ayes to 56 noes). Yesterday Johnson said yet again that he didn’t want an election: “… But frankly I don’t see any other way. It’s the only way to get this thing moving.”“Boris Johnson is on the run,” Plaid Cymru leader Liz Saville Roberts told Sky News.“As parliamentarians whose priority is to stop a no-deal Brexit, our job is to make sure the Act [to stop a no-deal Brexit] – which is to be granted royal assent today or over the weekend – is put into effect and that we remain here as parliamentarians to make sure that the Prime Minister does his duty by the law.”The Labour Party, which has wavered over whether to back a snap election, a will not back Johnson’s bid for an election, according to Reuters News and the BBC.Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon said that an early election is “a question of ‘when’ not ‘if’ – but Johnson mustn’t be allowed to dictate the timing as a device to avoid scrutiny and force through a ‘no deal’ Brexit”.The SNP relishes the prospect of an election. But while our party interest might be served by voting for an election now, it is in the wider public interest to deny a PM threatening to defy the law any ability to cut and run in his own interests. We’ll act in the public interest.Layla Moran of the Liberal Democrats said that she’s not convinced that a general election would “solve anything”. “If you really want Brexit stop, you take it back to the people with the option to Remain and you vote to remain in the EU.”A Conservative Group for Europe carried out a 10,000-people strong poll of British voters indicated that a snap election would produce another hung parliament:The results indicated that the Conservatives would secure 311 seats (-6); Labour would win 242 (-20); the Liberal Democrats would increase their take to 21 (+9); the Scottish National Party would go up to 52 (+17); Plaid Cymru would get 4 MPs (no change); the Green Party would get 1 seat (no change); and one more would go to ‘others’. 47 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share18 Tweet Email House of Lords approves bill to seek three-month Brexit extension The legislation would ensure Britain does not crash out of the European Union if an agreement cannot be reached by 19 October. 45,274 Views Source: House of Lords/Twitter The #HouseofLords third reading of #EUWithdrawal6Bill has now ended. As both Houses of @UKParliament have agreed the final text, the bill now proceeds to royal assent.— House of Lords (@UKHouseofLords) September 6, 2019 Updated Sep 6th 2019, 3:50 PM THE UK HOUSE OF Lords has approved a bill that would force the government to seek a three-month extension on the Brexit deadline if there is no-deal with the EU by 19 October.The opposition in parliament and so-called Tory rebels succeeded this week in getting the Benn Bill debated, voted on and passed through the House of Commons.The bill was then sent to the House of Lords for examination and it will now proceed to royal assent – the queen’s agreement to make the bill into a law. It is expected to be signed into law by Queen Elizabeth on Monday. Short URLlast_img read more

Greeks and health survey launched

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An RMIT University research project is examining health attitudes and behaviour in Melbourne’s Greek community, one of Australia’s largest and rapidly ageing demographic groups. Volunteers from the Melbourne Greek community aged 18 or over are needed for the survey which can be accessed online or by post. The study is examining attitudes towards orthodox health care and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), with the intention of providing more efficient, effective and goal-orientated planning for future delivery of health-related services to meet the needs of the Greek community in Victoria. Dr Stavros Ktenas, who is conducting the research as part of his doctoral thesis in the School of Health Sciences at RMIT, said understanding inter-generational patterns of attitudes and behaviour was crucial to improving health overall. “There is currently no data for how and why Melbourne’s Greek community, across multiple generations, use different elements of the health care system,” he said. “While everyday medicine, offered in the main by general practitioners in the community, provides the backbone of health management for a large number of Australians, CAM therapies are gaining both acceptance and higher use. “It is estimated that $2.3 billion is spent annually in Australia on CAM-related health services, which are now an established and integral part of the broader health management landscape. “Attitudes toward and knowledge about health services largely drive the behaviours individuals undertake in managing their own health and wellbeing. “This study – in the context of a theoretical model for predicting behaviour based on individual and psychological variables – will provide valuable understandings for improving the health behaviours of Greek Australians.” RMIT Associate Professor Andrew Francis, who is co-chief investigator for the project with Dr Sophia Xenos, said: “This is an extremely important study, as it will inform the development of health care policy and structures for members of the Greek community in Australia.” Adult members of Melbourne’s Greek community are encouraged to complete a 40-minute online questionnaire which is available in English and Greek. The English survey online can be found at: For more information or to request print copies phone (03) 9925 7782last_img read more

Education Minister says TCI Govt schools will be ready

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 30, 2017 – Grand Turk – Just days now left to get public schools ready for the start of the new academic year and during House of Assembly meeting last week, Education Minister Karen Malcolm not only congratulated student for their results for the CXC and CVQ but she update on whether or not government schools will be ready for the thousands of youngsters when they return.In Grand Turk there is reportedly good progress on the readiness of buildings, but in Provo, work will continue into this weekend and some equipment needed was due in this week.“We visited the schools here on Grand Turk and we can confirm that works are going well, and I’m sure that by the next weekend works will be completed.  We visited a few schools in Providenciales, the ones that we didn’t visit we spoke with the contractors and they confirmed that they are working and they are hoping to have all the AC’s etc. that they need on island this week.”There was also a report on the first set of students to transition from Long Bay High to Clement Howell High, as their classrooms are not yet ready for occupation.“The third formers will be going to Clement Howell this year, as the block is not completed and they will be there for the full year.  So starting next September the third formers will be at the LongBay High School.”School begins on Monday September 4 for most institutions in the TCI.  Related Items:last_img read more