‘Sidhu injures vocal cards’

first_imgPunjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who campaigned for the Congress in the Assembly elections, “was on the brink of losing his voice,” a government statement said on Thursday.“Mr. Sidhu was on a 17-day campaign, wherein he addressed more then 70 back-to-back public meetings. The exhaustive schedule has injured his vocal cords,” it said. The doctors told him that he was “on the brink of losing his voice and suggested a complete rest for 3 to 5 days.” “The continuous helicopter and plane travel has been detrimental to his health because he is under treatment for embolism. He has undergone haematology [blood] tests that require a sincere evaluation. He has gone to an undisclosed location for a complete check-up and recovery,” the statement said.last_img read more

Nadal returns to No. 1 with heavy heart over Barcelona

first_imgMOST READ Pliskova sweeps into Cincinnati semis, Nadal comes up short Spanish rival Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Wimbledon women’s champion Garbine Muguruza also wore black ribbons.“All my support to Barcelona and especially to the people that are suffering a lot, for all the families of the victims,” Nadal said. “Just keep going and sorry for everything.”Nadal, a 15-time Grand Slam champion, won his 10th French Open title in June and enters the year’s final Grand Slam event, which starts August 28 in New York, thrilled at being back atop the rankings after knee injuries and setbacks since he was last number one back in July 2014.“Amazing, positive news,” Nadal said. “Being number one after all the things I’ve been going through the last couple of years is something unbelievable, so for me it’s an amazing achievement to be back to that position.“I’m very happy for that and in the last most important event of the season, I need to show why I am in that position now.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief He wore black ribbons during an earlier match in tribute to the victims of twin vehicle ramming attacks in Spain that left 14 dead. A driver plowed his van through crowds on Barcelona’s busy Las Ramblas boulevard on Thursday, and early Friday a car struck pedestrians in the Catalan seaside resort of Cambrils.“What happened is terrible. Everybody is destroyed in Spain, including, of course, me,” Nadal said Friday. “Yeah, it’s a tragedy, the feeling that you are not safe in nowhere. That’s terrible. So just very sad.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 shutout“I’m very, very sorry about what happened to all the victims, all the families, friends. Yeah, all my support. It’s the moment to be together like a country and all the being together, we go for these kind of things.”READ: Terror hits Spain; 14 dead LATEST STORIES Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding AUGUST 18: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after defeating Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain during Day 7 of the Western and Southern Open at the Linder Family Tennis Center on August 18, 2017 in Mason, Ohio.AFP/GETTY IMAGESCINCINNATI—Spain’s Rafael Nadal, who returns to the world number one ranking on Monday for the first time in three years, remains “destroyed” by the terror attacks that rocked his homeland.Nadal was upset by Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in a Friday quarter-final at the WTA and ATP Cincinnati Masters, the last major tune-up for the US Open.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “So I’m going to work hard to show myself why I’m there. I’m going to try my best to play at the highest level possible in New York.”Nadal plans to rest through the weekend, then resume workouts for the final week before the Flushing Meadows fortnight begins.“I think I am practicing well. I’m going to give my best during this week of practice,” Nadal said. “I hope to be ready for New York.“I believe that I did things well enough during the whole year to be ready to compete at the highest level of New York, so I’m looking forward to it.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters 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 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago View commentslast_img read more


first_imgBan on large diesel vehicles a transient phase, says JaitleyFrom Joyeeta Dey Tokyo, May 30 (PTI) Playing down the ban on registration of large diesel vehicles in the national capital region, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said it is a “transient phase” and Japanese auto giant Suzuki is unlikely to be impacted given the overall large market it has got in India. Jaitley, who arrived here yesterday on a six-day trip to Japan to meet investors and policymakers, is scheduled to meet Suzuki Motor Chairman Osamu Suzuki tomorrow. “I think the Indian auto sector is extremely comfortably placed. This is all transient phase which happens and I dont think that with the kind of large market that Suzuki has, it is in any way likely to be adversely affected,” he said. He was asked about his meeting with Suzuki amid policy uncertainly in India after the ban on diesel vehicles of over 2,000 cc in the national capital region of Delhi and Kerala to curb pollution. The ban on sale of large diesel cars and sport utility vehicles with engines of two litres or more was first imposed in December and was recently extended to Kerala. The one in Kerala, however, has been temporarily stayed by the state high court. It has led to some automakers reworking their plans and introducing models with petrol options or smaller diesel engines. Maruti Suzuki India Chairman R C Bhargava had last month termed the ban as “totally arbitrary”. Stating that cars are universally targeted for causing pollution as they represent “the well-off section of society”, he had reasoned that cars contributed to only around 2 per cent of pollution in the capital. Also, “nothing has been done about polluting old cars”. Maruti Suzuki, the countrys leading automaker, has about 60 per cent of market share for petrol vehicles while for the diesel segment, the share stands at 28 per cent. Earlier this month, the worlds largest automaker Toyota said the restrictions would be the “worst advertisement of India”. PTI JD ANZ ARD BJadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgPune, Sept 11 (PTI) Following are the Sixth SpecialPune, Sept 11 (PTI) Following are the Sixth Special Race day Pune race results held here today.1st Race: The Spearhead Plate 2000 Metres STRIKING STORY (M/s Pruthu K. Dayal & B. Prakashs)54.50 D. S. Daman first SANAM 57.50 Kishore Kadam second DIABLO 58.50 S. Zervan third PRACS 49.00 N. S. Parmar fourth Not Run: NIL Favourities: DIABLO Won By: 1 L, 1 1/4 L, 7 3/4 L Time: 2 minute 06.19 seconds Tote: Rs 76 for win, Rs 25, RS 19 and Rs 14 for places Forecast: Rs 332 Shp: Rs 52 Quinella: Rs 187 Tanala: 70 per cent: Rs 1232 on 11 tickets 30 per cent: Rs 277 on 21 tickets (More) PTI COR SDM JMF NP PMlast_img read more

Becker to lunch footwear collection in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 5 (PTI) Former world number one and tennis legend Boris Becker will launch a footwear collection named after him here on December 16. “It is a limited edition shoe launch for the first time in India,” a PUMA press release stated. On December 17, Becker and his son Noah will head to Kolkata to attend a pre-event press conference for the Tata Steel Kolkata Marathon, which will be flagged off the next day. “I am looking forward to my visit to India to launch my special edition footwear and flagging of TSK25 run which is East Indias premier event. Running is a great sport, it?s an integral part of any sportsman?s training regime and a most convenient fitness regime to adopt and I am excited to be associated with an event that promotes this sport,” Becker said. PTI AT ATlast_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur hand life bans to urine-throwing fans

first_imgTottenham Hotspur have issued life bans to two supporters who threw urine at away fans during last Wednesday’s 3-2 defeat by West Ham United in the League Cup at Wembley.After West Ham’s victory, a video circulated on social media showing a Spurs fan urinating into a glass before another threw it at the away supporters. Tottenham investigated the incident and identified the two offenders.”This kind of behaviour is not acceptable and we shall be issuing lifetime bans to both individuals in the video,” a Tottenham spokesman told Sky Sports.Reuters Photo West Ham came back from 2-0 down at halftime to clinch victory and progressed to the quarter-finals of the League Cup where they will face league rivals Arsenal.last_img read more

LPGA Tour makes swing towards mixed golf events and more prize money

first_img“We have a subcommittee alongside the PGA Tour that is working on different format ideas. The challenge for both of us is we have full schedules and there are logistical issues, but both sides are committed to something to give fans and players something exciting to lift attention.”Brittany Lincicome, a leading member of the LPGA Tour, featured on the PGA Tour in July in a special exemption case. “I think more people talked about Brittany in one week than at any of the majors she won,” Whan said. “It creates a curiosity factor that is healthy.”Under Whan’s guidance the LPGA Tour has proved a commercial success story. This season alone prize funds exceed $68m from 32 events, an increase of $5.8m in 2016. The Tour’s revenue has soared by 88% in the past six years. Still, men golfers enjoy a sizeable fiscal advantage; Angela Stanford’s first major win, at the Evian Championship on Sunday, earned her $577,500 (£440,000). This week at East Lake in Atlanta 30 men will compete for the FedEx Cup’s $10m bonus pool. Whan says he envisages a day when such disparity is removed.“I absolutely can see that. I don’t know if I’ll see it in my time as commissioner but I think it will happen in a couple of phases. I think there will be a tournament that, economics aside, will say this is a statement it wants to make. Someone will want to be the first one to do that, then once one or two do it, you’ll see a few more follow.”The tour as inherited by Whan was in stark trouble because of economic pressures. It was, as the commissioner recalls, “in a hole”. External improvements subsequently helped, of course, but so did a back-to-basics approach.“I think we are the only sport in the world where, when the athlete signs up for a tournament, the first thing she gets is a card explaining who is the title sponsor, what are their objectives this week, what things the title sponsor hopes you say when you have a microphone in your face,” Whan said. “There are pictures of the most important cheque writers that you will see this week so that, when you see them, thank them and there is usually a mailing address. We ask players to do one handwritten thank-you card a week, just thanking the person who has made that event possible.“They are pretty basic things. I feel pretty comfortable saying there is no more customer-centric group of athletes in the world than players on the LPGA Tour. Word quickly spread that the athletes were engaged. It wasn’t just about hanging a sign on a tee box.”An intriguing subplot relates to the growing Asian influence on the LPGA Tour and coincided with Whan’s arrival. “I could just tell, between players and board members, staff and a load of partners it was really uncomfortable. They looked at me and said: ‘What are you going to do about this?’ – as if I was going to put a road block up. I told them two words: ‘Embrace it’.”The LPGA scenario contrasts starkly with that of the Ladies European Tour, which has been beset by bad publicity because of a lack of scheduled events. Whan earlier offered essentially to take over the LET but was rebuffed. “It wasn’t because I wasn’t being selfish – I was,” he said. “I want to make sure that great European Tour players not only have a place to play but also have a place to aspire to. Without a lot of Europeans on our tour the LPGA is not as strong.“I think the idea of a) us running it, it becoming a LPGA Tour and b) their top players having a direct pass to the LPGA … they didn’t really love either of those things. I don’t necessarily understand those concerns but I respect them.” Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Golf Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest The prospect of golf’s leading men and women competing in the same event is edging closer, according to the head of the LPGA Tour, who confirmed talks are taking place with his equivalents at men’s tours on both sides of the Atlantic. Mike Whan also said the concept of women professionals earning identical sums to men is not fanciful.Whan, who has been the LPGA Tour commissioner since 2010, has been in detailed discussions with Jay Monahan of the PGA Tour and the European Tour’s Keith Pelley as golf seeks to boost interest levels with mixed events. Options including full and smaller field events, plus mixed pairs competitions, are being assessed.“Jay and I have talked about it, trying to figure out an event where the PGA and the LPGA play together, and I have had the same conversations with Keith,” Whan said. “Not only is it just a good thing to do – unique and fun – but, if you ask our young superstars, they are excited about it. If you ask our fans, they want to see it.“Whenever you talk to the media they say, ‘If that event happens, I’m going.’ So there is nothing wrong with a sport saying something that intrigues our fans, our athletes and our media is worth figuring out. Topics Why Brittany Lincicome believes playing on the PGA is more than a gimmick Since you’re here… Share on Facebook LPGA Read more news Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Meyer Turku on a Good Path to Meet Its Goals

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Meyer Turku Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku Group said it delivered “good financial result” that fueled the ramp up of the shipyard’s production.The company’s profit for the financial year 2018 was at EUR 29 million, slightly down from EUR 32,5 million reported a year earlier.However, net sales for the same period surged to EUR 969.7 million from EUR 808.2 million seen in 2017. According to Meyer Turku, the company is fueling the current production ramp up with its profits.“We are on a good path to meet the goals we have set. We need to, however, double our production in the next four years to meet the demands in our order book. Investments to the facilities and our personnel with first-in-series ships have impacted our profitability in 2018 and will continue to do so during the next couple of years,” Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku, said.In 2018 Meyer Turku delivered one ship, New Mein Schiff 1, to German TUI Cruises. New Mein Schiff 2 was handed over to the same owner in January 2019. Last year also saw the start of hull production for Costa Cruises’ Smeralda and the start of production for Carnival Cruise Lines’ Mardi Gras, both 180,000 gross ton cruise ships.Meyer Turku’s orderbook now consists of seven large cruise ships.last_img read more

Group seeks investors for Montreal NBA team even though no expansion planned

first_imgMONTREAL – A group of Quebec businesspeople has taken another small step toward bringing a National Basketball Association franchise to Montreal — even though there are currently no plans for an expansion of the league.Representatives of the group held a news conference today to announce that they have been preparing a financial package and talking to potential Canadian and foreign investors.Former federal cabinet minister Michael Fortier, a key member of the group, acknowledges that in the short term the NBA is not considering adding a team to the 30 already in place. But the goal is to be ready when the opportunity arrives.Fortier estimates an NBA franchise would cost between $US1.5 billion and US$2 billion, but no public funding would be required.It was also announced that Stephan Cretier, the CEO of the security firm GardaWorld, has agreed to contribute up to 10 per cent of the value of the new team.Michel Leblanc, head of the Montreal Board of Trade, says his organization will support the group in its efforts to attract investors.last_img read more

#MeToo: M J Akbar records statement before Delhi court, gets cross examined by Ramani’s counsel

first_imgNew Delhi: In a heated courtroom drama that lasted for almost two hours, former Union minister M J Akbar Saturday recorded his statement and was cross examined in a defamation case filed by him against journalist Priya Ramani. Akbar, who appeared before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, said the allegations made by Ramani were “malafide” and “defamatory”. Senior advocate Rebecca John, appearing for Ramani, cross examined Akbar on details regarding Ramani joining The Asian Age, among others. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework However, Akbar responded to most of the questions as ” I do not remember”. Akbar, who resigned as Union minister on October 17 last year, had filed a private criminal defamation complaint against Ramani after his name cropped up on social media as the #MeToo campaign raged on in India. Ramani has accused Akbar of sexual misconduct around 20 years ago when he was a journalist. Akbar has denied the accusations. The court has posted the matter for the next hearing on May 20.last_img read more

Former French Premier Calls for Political Dialogue on ‘Western Sahara’

Dakhla – Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, said Saturday in the Moroccan city of Dakhla in the so-called Western Sahara, there is an “urgent need” for political dialogue “after 40 years of a painful conflict over the Sahara issue.”“We cannot forget here in Dakhla the urgent need for political dialogue after 40 years of painful conflict around the Sahara issue,” said Mr. De Villepin, who was speaking at a plenary session of the Crans Montana Forum on the theme “An urgent need: to strengthen the dialogue between Africa, North Africa and Europe.”This edition of Crans Montana Forum on Africa and South-South Cooperation was dedicated to energy access through renewable energy, with a special focus on wind farms. The Forum brought together illustrious figures from 36 African, 30 Asian, 31 European and 15 America countries, as well as more than 20 regional and international organizations read more

Wanted young speaker to address UN General Assembly session on climate change

A global search is underway for this dynamic person and two others from civil society organizations to address a special United Nations High-Level Event on Climate Change, set for 29 June, and convened by the President of the General Assembly, Sam Kutesa.The event, which will be attended by Ministers, business leaders and representatives from civil society organizations will take place just months before countries meet in Paris in December 2015 to adopt a new universal agreement on climate change. “The first goal is to check the pulse of Members States to see where we stand. But we also know the world needs to go further to tackle climate change. We are therefore looking for solutions and inspiration from a young person who is already successfully taking climate action in his or her community,” said Mr. Kutesa.The search for a dynamic young speaker to address the opening ceremony is being conducted by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS). In addition, UN-NGLS asks for candidates to participate in two other panels during the day of the meeting.UN-NGLS is asking candidates who are representatives of civil society organizations to share their story of successful local climate action to help shift the world to a sustainable path, enabling economic opportunity, equality, and a healthy environment for all. Civil society representatives may also apply to serve on the Selection Committee for this event. To apply, please visit: http://bit.ly/Apply-29June-UNPGA-climate-change.The event will be the highpoint of a week of climate change activities at UN Headquarters in New York, which kick off on 23 June with a meeting of business leaders organized by UN Global Compact. This will be followed on 26 June by a two-day meeting of Ministers from the least developed countries (LDCs). The events will culminate in a concert by leading World Music stars and the New York Symphony Orchestra on 30 June. The events will all take place under the banner of the UN campaign “2015: Time for Global Action.”“This year is both historic and momentous,” Mr. Kutesa said. “We are engaged in three critically important processes – the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, financing for development, and climate change. This year, 2015, is the time for global action and this High-Level Event should highlight and inspire governments, communities and civil society to take further action.” read more

Three UN workers killed following Benghazi car bomb attack as Security Council

The Security Council convened an emergency session in New York later in the day,to discuss the latest developments impacting the war-torn north African nation.  According to a statement from the UN Special Representative for Libya, Ghassan Salame, the staff members who died and were injured served with the UN Support Mission in the country, UNSMIL, which he heads. Scores of civilians were also injured by the explosion.  “This cowardly attack, which comes at a time when Libyans are out shopping in preparation for the Eid al-Adha, serves as another strong reminder of the urgent need for Libyans to stop fighting, set aside their differences, and work together through dialogue, and not violence, to end the conflict”, he said. Keita: Positive that Prime Minister Serraj and General Haftar’s LNA have agreed to @GhassanSalame’s call for a truce for Eid al Adha in #Libya, to begin tonight. Hope both sides will genuinely abide, in good faith, to their public commitment. https://t.co/v8vRyXUOFU pic.twitter.com/uXmU4ixx7z— UN Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (@UNDPPA) August 10, 2019 UN Photo/Evan SchneiderThe Security Council observes a moment of silence during an emergency meeting on the situation in Libya, convened after a car bomb attack in Benghazi killed three United Nations staff members and injured two others, among scores of injured Libyan nationals.UN has no intention ‘to evacuate’ from Libya: Bintou Keita The UN Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Bintou Keita, briefed the Council late on Saturday afternoon in New York, saying that the attack “serves to highlight the continued danger of terrorism across the country, and the limits of effective security control in the absence of one Government and one military, and police force, working across the country.” She said it confirmed that the chronic violence and instability “is creating a vacuum easily exploited by radical elements that thrive on chaos and violence” and noted that the attack came in an area “supposedly under full control” of the LNA. “The UN does not intent to evacuate from Libya” she said pointedly. “For the forseeable future, our place remains alongside the Libyan people, like our brave colleagues who gave their lives today.” Ms. Keita expressed hope that both sides would abide by the Eid truce” in good faith, to their public commitment. Senseless and absurd violence needs to stop.” She noted that Libya was incapable of pushing back against terrorism, “the tragedy of illegal migration” or the continued collapse of its economy, without pulling together in search of a common political solution through an agreed political process. UNSMIL had worked hard in the days leading up to the truce. “It is essential that this truce is deepened and strengthened” through confidence-building measures such as prisoner exchanges, she urged, “and that the parties move quickly forward to an international meeting to recommit to a roadmap to transition the country from conflict, back to the peaceful, democratic process.” She warned that “the continued brutal descent of southern Libya into chaos, and inter-communal fueds is a disturbing harbinger of what may ensue should the wider conflict persist.” Mr. Salame added that “this attack will not discourage us, nor will it prevent us from carrying out our duties to bring about peace, stability and prosperity to Libya and its people.” Mr. Guterres said in a statement issued by his Spokesperson that he condemned the attack “in the strongest terms”, extending his deepest condolences to the bereaved families. “He calls on the Libyan authorities to spare no effort in identifying and swiftly bringing to justice the perpetrators of this attack”. “The Secretary-General calls on all parties to respect the humanitarian truce during Eid al Adha and return to the negotiating table to pursue the peaceful future the people of Libya deserve”, the statement added. The UN has been attempting to broker a truce in fighting which erupted following a major assault in April on the southern outskirts of the capital Tripoli by the forces of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) and forces loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord.  The Benghazi-based LNA has not been able to advance beyond the southern suburbs of Tripoli, but it controls large swathes of eastern and southern Libya, under the command of its leader, Commander Khalifa Haftar. Hundreds of civilians and fighters have been killed in the fighting, while more than a 100,000 have been forced to flee their homes. Meanwhile, tens of thousands have crossed the border into Tunisia, seeking safety. According to news reports, in the last 24 hours, both the Government and LNA had accepted a UN proposal for a ceasefire during the holy Muslim holiday of Eid, beginning on Sunday. UNSMIL issued a statement late on Saturday welcoming the agreement “by concerned parties to the principle of humanitarian truce”. Security Council honours ‘ultimate sacrifice’ of fallen UNSMIL staff The UN Ambassador for Poland, which currently holds the Presidency of the Council for the month of August, Joanna Wroneka, said on behalf of the 15-member body that they condemned “in the strongest terms, the outrageous, deadly and totally unacceptable attack on the United Nations, that occurred today”. She conveyed the Members’ deepest condolences to the families of the victims. “Those brave workers were operating under a mandate given by this Council in order to provide a more secure future, for the people of Libya. We commemorate their ultimate sacrifice, in the cause of peace.”  read more

Black Rock manganese mine chases efficiency gains with Epirocs Mobilaris solution

first_imgEpiroc says its Mobilaris Mining Intelligence (MMI) is set to help improve decision making at Assmang’s Black Rock underground manganese mine in South Africa.The mining original equipment manufacturer said this will be the first installation of the decision support solution in a room and pillar mine.Pierre Becker, General Manager Black Rock mine, said MMI will help to increase production and utilisation at the mine. “The solution enables an unprecedented opportunity for mining personnel to make right decisions faster than ever before,” he said.Through MMI, the Black Rock Mine control room will evolve to a source of real-time production data fully integrated with planning, task dispatch, machine telemetry data, mobile operator clients and a layer of analytics to collect and monitor insights and key performance indicators for the mine production, Epiroc said. “The project is expected to yield significant improvements in employee safety, process efficiency and overall production,” the company added.MMI enables superior situational awareness and is designed to visualise and support mining operation in all its complexity, in real-time, according to Epiroc. It provides a 3D real-time information model where the position of machines, vehicles and personnel are recognised, and other vital information sources like shift planning, machine and production data are presented.Andrew Main, Regional Business Line Manager, Underground Rock Excavation division for Southern Africa, Epiroc South Africa, said: “Epiroc will support Black Rock’s business improvement processes with the MMI solution. The globally acclaimed Situational Awareness together with Short Interval Control package will take their operations to the next level of performance gains.”System installation is expected in June, Epiroc said.last_img read more

Graeme McDowell holds his nerve to win RBC Heritage playoff

first_imgGRAEME MCDOWELL HELD his nerve to win a dramatic play-off and pocket a $1 million prize at the RBC Heritage tonight.A par four on the first play-off hole was enough for McDowell to beat Webb Simpson, sealing his first win on the PGA Tour since the 2010 US Open.Luke Donald and Kevin Streelman shared third place on seven-under-par, two shots behind McDowell and Simpson.“It was really tricky and gusty,” McDowell said after posting an excellent 69 for his final round in difficult conditions at Hilton Head.“I’m just really happy to get my first authentic PGA Tour win over the line.”A closing birdie on Saturday left McDowell in contention at the start of the final round, four shots behind overnight leader Charley Hoffman.With the wind swirling around the South Carolina course, he seized his chance and was flawless through his first 17 holes, posting birdies at the fifth, 11th and 16th to move to the top of the leaderboard.But after overhitting his approach to the back of the 18th, the adrenaline appeared to get to McDowell who rocketed his first putt 15 feet past the hole, leading to his first bogey of the day.That left the door open for Simpson who sank his putt at the last for a round of level-par 71 and set up a showdown between the two former US Open champions.After the drama of the nine additional holes needed to decide Sunday’s Spanish Open, the finale in America was short and sweet by comparison. A well-struck approach from the 18th fairway gave McDowell a chance to putt for birdie and the win.Though his first attempt came up a couple of inches short, Simpson’s bogey five was enough to hand the man from Portrush his first win of the season.“I played nicely. I played nicely all week,” he told CBS afterwards.“I sat down with Jim Furyk on Tuesday in a Q&A we did for RBC and he said: ‘You’re never out of this tournament. You’ve just got to hang around and hang around’ and I did that.”5 talking points from this weekend’s Premier League actionlast_img read more

Wales fans outraged by ticket allocation for World Cup qualifier in Dublin

first_img Share70 Tweet Email2 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet 39,606 Views http://the42.ie/3190816 “We’re outraged really,” Vince Alm of Wales fan group FSF Cymru told Wales Online. “We’re really disappointed. We’re normally offered 10% on a reciprocal basis. The gentlemen’s agreement has always been 10%.“We want to play at our home stadium, which is the Cardiff City Stadium. It’s not as big as the Aviva but that’s where we’re at and they should respect that.”When contacted by The42, both the FAI and FAW declined to comment on the matter.Man United chase Celtic teenager, City hold talks over Messi and all today’s transfer gossip‘I spent six months with my head in a noose’ – LVG criticises media for treatment at Man Utd Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION of Wales confirmed today that they have received an allocation of 3,300 tickets for their World Cup 2018 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on 24 March.The allocation represents just 6.4% of the 51,700 capacity for the crucial fixture at the Dublin venue. As they bid to qualify for next year’s tournament in Russia, Ireland currently lead the way in Group D on 10 points, two clear of Serbia and four ahead of the Welsh.The Football Association of Ireland’s modest allocation of tickets to their Welsh counterparts comes in spite of the FAW’s offer of 10.5% of tickets (3,500) to Irish supporters for the return fixture at the 33,280-capacity Cardiff City Stadium on 9 October.However, there remains a possibility that this potentially decisive game — which is the final Group D fixture for both teams — could be moved to the 74,500-capacity Principality Stadium.Although Fifa rules only require a minimum of 5% of tickets be made available to visiting supporters, Wales were optimistic that their generosity would be reciprocated by the FAI.At £44 (€51) each, Wales supporters are also said to be disappointed by the price of tickets being offered to them for the Dublin fixture. Short URL The Aviva Stadium will play host to the World Cup 2018 qualifier between Ireland and Wales on 24 March. Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO Tuesday 17 Jan 2017, 12:40 PM The Aviva Stadium will play host to the World Cup 2018 qualifier between Ireland and Wales on 24 March. By Paul Dollery Wales fans ‘outraged’ by ticket allocation for World Cup qualifier in Dublin The Football Association of Wales have been allocated 6.4% of tickets for the game against Ireland in March. 62 Comments Jan 17th 2017, 12:40 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Cancer un cabinet médical condamné après avoir licencié une employée malade

first_imgCancer : un cabinet médical condamné après avoir licencié une employée maladeLa justice a rendu “nul” un licenciement opéré par un cabinet médical de Poissy, à l’encontre d’une salariée qui avait appris son licenciement ainsi que le fait qu’elle était atteinte du cancer le même jour.L’affaire se déroule en mai 2005 dans un cabinet médical des Yvelines. Le 13, une salariée du cabinet constate une grosseur au sein, et demande à l’un des médecins présents de procéder à une consultation, ce dernier identifiant une tumeur à la palpation. Le même jour dans la soirée, la salariée qui vient alors d’apprendre qu’elle est touchée par le cancer, reçoit de ses employeurs une convocation à un entretien préalable au licenciement pour motif économique.La réceptionniste décide alors d’attaquer ses employeurs au conseil des prud’hommes et saisit également la Haute autorité de lutte contre les discriminations (Halde). Le conseil des prud’hommes conclut à un licenciement “sans cause réelle et sérieuse” et la Halde estime après enquête que le licenciement de la réceptionniste est fondé sur son état de santé. La salariée a alors fait appel, et la cour a décrété, selon l’AFP, que le licenciement était à “caractère discriminatoire”, le rendant nul par la même occasion. Et la cour d’appel de préciser : “La concomitance entre ces deux événements laisse supposer l’existence d’une discrimination en raison de l’état de santé de la salariée”. La justice a accordé à la salarié 35.000 euros au titre d’indemnité provisionnelle et 10.000 euros pour préjudice moral. De son côté, le cabinet médical explique avoir subi le départ d’une associée lors de cette période, justifiant un licenciement économique.Le 22 décembre 2010 à 12:50 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

ASA Applauds Senate Introduction of Lock Construction Legislation

first_imgLegislation to build new 1,200-foot locks and improve the environment for the Upper Mississippi River Basin (UMRB) was introduced yesterday, Thursday, May 20. Upgrading locks and dams is a top policy priority for the 25,000 members of the American Soybean Association because 75 percent of U.S. soybean exports are shipped down the Mississippi River to customers worldwide. The legislation authorizes construction to replace 70 year-old locks. The bill also approves the implementation of a Corps plan to improve the river system’s ecosystem.”This as a major step forward following 12 years of work with the Corps and Congress,” said ASA President Ron Heck, a soybean producer from Perry, Iowa. “The Mississippi and Illinois River systems are a major advantage for U.S. soybean producers when competing for overseas markets.”Senators Kit Bond (R-MO), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Charles Grassley (R-IA), Peter Fitzgerald (R-IL), Jim Talent (R-MO), Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Norm Coleman R-MN) introduced the legislation to provide lock construction authorization to replace seven locks on the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Waterway costing about $1.6 billion (50% cost-shared) along with $1.6 billion in ecosystem restoration for the Upper Mississippi.”This monumental legislation took three months to develop and negotiate, and is reflective of the 15-year plan the Corps has recommended as well,” Heck said. “We applaud the authors of this measure for their leadership and look forward to working with them to include it in the Water Resources Development Act of 2004.”The bill follows the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers release of its draft plan to enhance navigation along the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. Among other things, the Corps’ plan calls for new 1,200-foot locks.The Corps’ draft navigation plan will be the subject of another round of public hearings beginning June 7th, in Davenport, IA and concluding on June 17th, in Washington, D.C. The exact dates and locations are as follows: June 7, Davenport, Iowa; June 8, Dubuque, Iowa; June 9, LaCrosse, Wis.; June 10, Bloomington, Minn.; June 14, Peoria, Ill.; June 15, Quincy, Ill.; June 16, St. Louis, Mo.; and June 17, Washington, D.C. Public comments can also be e-mailed to: DraftNavRptComments@usace.army.mil. For additional details about the hearings go to www.soygrowers.com/policy/hearings0604.htm. The ASA strongly encourages its members to participate in these hearings and register their support for the Corps’ draft plan.The legislation follows a two-phased approach where seven key lock and dam locations (#20-25 on the Mississippi River, and Peoria & LaGrange on the Illinois Waterway) were selected for immediate pre-engineering design in preparation for 1,200-foot lock chambers. Five other locations will receive extensions to existing chambers, and other non-structural efforts will occur at other locations. Of the $2.4 billion total cost for infrastructure improvements, half will be paid by shippers through the Inland Waterway Trust Fund, with federal funding for the balance. Ecosystem restoration’s initial measures are budgeted at $5.3 billion and will be primarily federally funded.”This legislation is clearly beneficial for everyone,” Heck said. “Efficiently moving bulk commodity products on the river helps the U.S. economy grow, and helps farmers compete for overseas markets.”last_img read more

Douglas Publications Sold to BIA Digital

first_imgIn connection with the acquisition, BIA said it promoted Frank Finn to executive vice president and COO, and Bill Murrill to vice president of finance and administration.Among BIA’s portfolio of investments are a number of magazine publishing groups including Hoffman Media and Macfadden Performing Arts Media. BIA Digital Partners has acquired b-to-b publisher Douglas Publications. Under BIA, the business will be called Briefings Media Group.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.BIA, a Chantilly, Virginia-based private investment firm, first invested in Douglas in 2005 as part of Douglas’ estimated $15 million acquisition of the Briefings Publishing Group from Wicks Business Information. Douglas is a Richmond, Virginia-based newsletter and trade magazine publisher—including American Painting Contractor and Workplace HR & Safety magazines.It was not immediately clear if any layoffs were associated with the acquisition. BIA did not immediately return requests for comment.  Douglas Publications president Alan Douglas did not return an e-mail seeking comment.last_img read more

Steep Hike in Petrol Diesel Prices May Get Reversed Soon

first_imgThe Indian consumers may get some relief from the steep fuel price hikes in the coming months, as global crude oil prices are expected to come down sharply from their year-highs.Two consecutive sharp increases in petrol and diesel prices in the last two consecutive review meetings have wiped out more than one-third of the gains passed to the consumers by the oil marketing companies since August last year.The petrol price saw a cumulative decline of ₹17.11 per litre between August and February, as the oil companies announced price cuts for 10 times during the period. Similarly, diesel prices were reduced by ₹12.96 a litre between October and February.Crude oil prices had declined sharply by over 50% since June last year reaching a low of $46 per barrel in January, on concerns of global supply glut, which was also aggravated by rising oil production in the US.However, petrol and diesel prices kept rising and falling from February owing to a rebound in global crude oil prices.International crude oil prices rebounded by nearly 50% in May from the lows of $46 per barrel hit in January on the expectations that the US oil output will slow further leading to a balance in global oil market later this year.In May, petrol prices went up by ₹7.09 a litre and diesel by ₹5.08 per litre as a result of two consecutive price hikes.Analysts see the recent surge in crude oil prices as a temporary phenomenon and purely driven by speculation. They expect the US oil production to resume quickly once oil prices go higher.Goldman Sachs has cut its forecasts for oil prices, saying that improved efficiencies in US shale production and higher output from Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to supply more oil than demanded by the market, leading to a fall in prices, NDTV Profit reported.”Should West Texas Intermediate (WTI) remain near $60/bbl, U.S. producers will ramp up activity given improved returns with costs down by at least 20 percent,” Goldman Sachs told Bloomberg.The sharp decline in oil prices resulted in the number of active US oil rigs being reduced by 58% since December.Besides, the OPEC is widely expected to keep oil output unchanged at its next meeting on 5 June. The oil cartel’s decision to keep production levels stable at its November meeting last year had accelerated the decline in oil prices.Saudi Arabia, the world’s second largest oil producer and largest exporter, is also not contemplating a cut in output.Moreover, a successful deal on Iran nuclear programme in June will weigh on the crude oil prices as the oil exports from the country are expected to exacerbate oversupply concerns.last_img read more