Rape case filed against Congress MLA

first_imgA case was registered on the court’s order against Congress MLA Johari Lal Meena, representing Rajgarh-Laxmangarh constituency of Rajasthan’s Alwar district, on charges of raping a 38-year-old widow several times during the last two years and threatening to release the video of the alleged act. The FIR was registered at Raini police station over the weekend.The woman, who filed a complaint in the Judicial Magistrate’s court for registration of FIR, alleged that Mr. Meena, 68, whom she had met two years ago, took her to a hotel in the temple town of Mehandipur Balaji on the pretext of taking her to a doctor when she was ill. At the hotel, the MLA allegedly gave her some medicines and raped her when she fell unconscious, according to the complaint.Mr. Meena denied the charge on Saturday and said the complaint against him was a “political conspiracy” hatched to prevent him from campaigning for his party in the Lok Sabha election. “The objective is to damage the prospects of Congress. This is also a ploy to reduce my popularity in the public,” said Mr. Meena, who had defeated his BJP rival with a margin of 30,298 votes in the 2018 Assembly election.The complainant alleged that Mr. Meena had made a video of the act and started blackmailing her with the threat to release it. She also alleged that the MLA had forced her to establish a physical relationship with him several times.The FIR was registered under Sections 376 (rape), 384 (extortion) and 328 (causing hurt by means of poison) of Indian Penal Code and investigation handed over to CB-CID in view of the accused being a legislator.last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Jasprit Bumrah says ‘calm’ India executed plans to perfection

first_imgIndian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah on Sunday said their Group B match against South Africa was crucial so the team wanted to be calm and execute their plans in order to seal the semi-finals spot of the Champions Trophy Cricket Tournament.Man-of-the-Match Bumrah, who scalped two wickets for 28 runs in eight overs, also revealed the strategy and said the ball was not swinging so they wanted to bowl a tight line.”It was an important game for us. We were looking forward to the game. We wanted to be calm and wanted to execute our plans in this game, so it worked out for us,” Bumrah said after the match.”I was happy to bowl with the new ball. We contained well at the start. The ball wasn’t swinging, so we wanted to stick to a tight line. That was the basic plan for us. It was a good toss to win and bowl first because the wickets haven’t be helping the fast bowlers,” he added.India rode on a superb bowling show to thump South Africa by eight wickets and become the first team from Group B to enter the semi-finals of the tournament.Disciplined Indian bowling bowled out South Africa for 191 runs in 44.3 overs at The Oval. India chased down the target in 38 overs with eight wickets to spare.This win took India’s points tally to four points, while South Africa, with only two points from three matches, were eliminated.last_img read more

7 killed after SUV rams into truck in Amritsar

first_imgAt least seven people were killed on Monday when the sports utility vehicle (SUV) they were travelling in rammed into a truck near Punjab’s Amritsar city, police said.The victims included one child and three women.Eight passengers in the SUV were returning to Delhi after a pilgrimage trip from Himachal Pradesh and the Golden Temple in Amritsar.The accident took place near Khalchian village on the National Highway connecting Amritsar and Delhi.The police said that a three-year-old child survived but was hospitalised in Amritsar with serious injuries.ALSO READ: Karnataka Congress MLA Siddu Nyamagouda dies in road accidentALSO READ: 3 AIIMS docs killed, 4 injured in Yamuna Expressway crashALSO WATCH: Court summons Arvind Kejriwal in defamation case, AAP shows strength in Amritsarlast_img read more

China probes Canadian on suspicion of ‘harming’ national security

first_imgBeijing, Dec 13 (AFP) A second Canadian citizen is reportedly being investigated on suspicion of endangering national security, adding to tensions after Canada’s arrest of a top Chinese telecom executive on a US request.Michael Spavor, a China-based business consultant who facilitates trips to North Korea, was placed under investigation Monday by state security in the northeast city of Dandong, the official Liaoning province news agency said Thursday.His disappearance emerged after former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig was detained by state security during a visit to Beijing — also on Monday and under similar suspicions.Kovrig’s arrest was seen by experts as retaliation over Canada’s arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese telecom giant Huawei, at Washington’s request on allegations related to breaking Iran sanctions Spavor is suspected of “engaging in activities that harm China’s national security”, the Chinese news agency added.Based in Liaoning province, which borders North Korea, he has met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and famously arranged some of retired NBA star Dennis Rodman’s visits there.The Canadian government had earlier reported that Spavor was missing in China after being questioned.The Beijing News daily has reported that Kovrig, who works for the International Crisis Group think tank, was under investigation on suspicion of “engaging in activities that endanger China’s national security,” — a phrase often used in espionage cases.Huawei’s Meng was released on Can$10 million (US$7.5 million) bail by a court in Vancouver on Tuesday pending a US extradition hearing.advertisementHer case has infuriated Beijing and shaken Canada’s relations with China, which is itself embroiled in a trade war with the United States.Spavor is based in northeast China, where he runs the Paektu Cultural Exchange programme, an organisation that facilitates sport, cultural, tourism and business trips to North Korea.He earned recognition after helping facilitate visits by former Chicago Bulls star Rodman in 2013 and 2014. Spavor has also appeared in North Korean state media photos showing him talking with Kim a few years ago.AFP’s attempts to call his two cellphone numbers were met with messages saying “powered off” or “invalid” and calls to the Paektu Cultural Exchange office went unanswered.”We have been unable to make contact since he let us know he was being questioned by Chinese authorities,” Canadian foreign ministry spokesman Guillaume Berube told AFP.Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the Canadian government had raised his case with Chinese authorities.China’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to enquiries.Kovrig’s fate is also unknown, as Chinese authorities have yet to confirm why he is being held.His employer, the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, said he was detained by the Beijing bureau of Chinese state security Monday night, but it has not received any information since then.China’s foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Wednesday that ICG was not registered in China and its employees would be “in violation” of the law if they engage in activities in the country.Canadian officials said they were officially informed via fax early Wednesday of Kovrig’s detention.”Canada is deeply concerned about the detention of Mr. Kovrig and Canada has raised the case directly with Chinese officials,” Freeland said.Kovrig was based in Hong Kong for ICG, working on foreign policy and security issues in the region, particularly on the Korean Peninsula.ICG closed its office in the Chinese capital after Beijing passed a law on NGOs, which came into force in 2017, to better control the activities on its soil of foreign organisations.Friends and experts say Kovrig may have become a “hostage” and “pawn” in the three-nation feud.”In this case it is clear the Chinese government wants to put maximum pressure on the Canadian government,” Guy Saint-Jacques, the former Canadian ambassador to Beijing, told AFP.Freeland has also indirectly criticised statements by US President Donald Trump, who said in an interview on Tuesday he was ready to intervene in the Meng affair if it helped seal a trade deal with China.”Our extradition partners should not seek to politicise the extradition process or use it for ends other than the pursuit of justice and following the rule of law,” the Canadian minister said.Asked by Reuters if he would intervene with the Justice Department in her case, Trump had been quoted as saying: “Whatever’s good for this country, I would do.” Freeland said it would be “up to Ms Meng’s lawyers whether they choose to raise comments in the US as part of their defence of Ms Meng.” It “will be up to the Canadian judicial process, to Canadian judges, how to weigh the significance of what Ms Meng’s lawyers say.” (AFP) CPSadvertisementlast_img read more

AUSTRALIAN OPEN SIDES ANNOUNCED FOR ALL NATIONS

first_imgThe Australian Open sides have been announced for the All Nations tournament in October 2005. Congratulations to all of those who have been selected. The All Nations will be an incredibly tough tournament, facing up against several different countries, including number one rival New Zealand. The tournament will also be good preparation for the 2006 Trans Tasman series against the Kiwi’s and the 2007 World Cup in South Africa. WOMENS OPEN: Bo de la Cruz (NSW) Sharlene Harriman (NSW) Rachael Holden (NSW) Amanda Judd (NSW) Kristy Judd (NSW) Stacey Lapham (NSW) Shelley Matcham (WA) Melissa Pitfield (NSW) Peta Rogerson (Qld) Sharyn Williams (Qld) Claire Winchester (NSW) Louise Winchester (NSW) Roxy Winder (Qld) Kelly Woods (NSW) Kerry Norman (Coach) Dean Russell (Assistant Coach) Renee Murphy (Manager) MENS OPEN: Matt Curran (ACT) Drumayne Dayberg-Muir (Qld) Ash Farrow (Qld) Chris Farrow (Qld) Phillip Gyemore (Qld) Scott Mitchell (NSW) Ben Roberts (Qld) Ben Robinson (Qld) Gavin Shuker (Qld) Garry Sonda (NSW) Jason Stanton (NSW) Peter Stoddart (NSW) Jamie Stowe (NSW) Anthony Ziade (NSW) Tony Trad (Coach) Wayne Bambury (Assistant Coach) Gary Rose (Manager) MIXED OPEN: Ricki Best (Qld) Amy Fong (Qld) Belinda Grech (NSW) Dominique Maher (NSW) Ben McCullen (Qld) Teena McIlveen (Qld) Justin Mitchell (Qld) Stephanie Sorrensen (NSW) Mary Steele (Qld) Matthew Tope (NSW) Dean Wilbow (NSW) Daniel Rushworth (NSW) Nathan Jones (Qld) Jarod Tump (Qld) Gary Madders (Coach) Bernie Morrison (Assistant Coach) Andrea Walters (Manager)last_img read more

Ferocious France send warning to USWNT with Korea rout

first_imgHome advantage is a cliche commonly uttered in football. But it’s fair to say the Parc des Princes more than played its part as France swept aside South Korea in Friday’s Women’s World Cup opener.While opening ceremonies aren’t to everybody’s taste, nor are excitable stadium hosts and TV presenters, the formula used to gear up the crowd in Paris certainly worked, and if such support is to follow them around the country these finals, then their chances of winning a first World Cup title just increased tenfold.Korea are not a poor side by any means. In fact, they are probably one of the best, technically, at this tournament. But they were made to look like anything but as Corinne Diacre’s team, brimming with confidence even before an army of fans behind them made their voices heard, hammered them 4-0 in ruthless fashion. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? However, it was Amandine Henry’s recovery from a knock to start the game that proved match-winning. The captain was unplayable in midfield to prevent Korea from winning the one battle they would need to to stand any chance of beating the hosts.France South Korea Women's World Cup 070619Her high-pressing from deep created the game’s first chance, which ended with her shooting just wide, and it was her drive down the right that created the first goal, a pinpoint cross finding Eugenie Le Sommer, another fitness concern for this clash, who finished emphatically.While Les Bleues danced about in celebration to the sound of an almighty roar, Korea’s regrouping straight after the goal emphasised just how much they were suffocating in the Parisian atmosphere. Korea couldn’t string two passes together, despite the carpet-like surface they were playing on and the quality they could boast in midfield, in Chelsea’s Ji So-yun and West Ham’s Cho So-hyun.Worst of all, they couldn’t do anything about it. And while they pondered how to get back into the game, their biggest weakness – and one of France’s biggest strengths – reared its ugly head. Set pieces.They were issued a warning when VAR intervened and disallowed a second France goal just before the half hour mark. Wendie Renard was given far too much time and space to nod a cross into the path of her centre-back partner, Griedge Mbock Bathy, who scored a sublime volley – albeit, while millimetres offside.However, Korea didn’t take note, allowing Renard to pop up with a thunderous header from a corner for France’s eventual second – and, criminally, their third, too.France South Korea Women's World Cup 070619Korea were wasteful in possession, completing just 73 per cent of their passes and seeing just 34% of the ball, and rarely worried France’s sublime centre-back pairing of Renard and Mbock.Even when they did, on one particular occasion late in the second half, they were still wasteful. Substitute Lee Mina caught France sleeping and used her frightening pace to beat the offside trap, but her shot – only South Korea’s second of the evening – was dragged well wide.Henry capped off a fine individual and team display in the closing minutes with the goal of the evening. She skipped past a couple of half-hearted challenges and onto her right foot, before picking out the far corner with a tantalising curler.Four goals, a clean sheet and a record attendance for a women’s football match in France to boot, with the 45,261 spectators smashing the previous record of 25,907 – it was certainly a successful night for the hosts in Paris, who showed no signs of crippling under the weight of pressure or expectation.And if this support sticks with them this summer, it would be criminal to write them off – even if the USA, England and Germany could all stand between Les Bleues and the title.last_img read more

Jamaica to Host 23rd Annual IAAC General Assembly

first_imgStory Highlights The General Assembly will be held at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St. James, from August 25 to 31. Key to discussions at the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation’s (IAAC) 23rd Annual General Assembly, to be hosted in Jamaica, will be the impact of accreditation conformity assessments on the economies of developing nations. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the host agency, Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC), Sharonmae Shirley, is urging regulators and service providers to participate in the event, in order to get a clear understanding of the role of accreditation in national development. Key to discussions at the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation’s (IAAC) 23rd Annual General Assembly, to be hosted in Jamaica, will be the impact of accreditation conformity assessments on the economies of developing nations.The General Assembly will be held at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St. James, from August 25 to 31.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the host agency, Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC), Sharonmae Shirley, is urging regulators and service providers to participate in the event, in order to get a clear understanding of the role of accreditation in national development.“We believe that these are critical meetings for the Government of Jamaica and it opens up the opportunity for Government leaders to dialogue with practitioners who have been in this business for years and have a wealth of experience to share,” she said.Mrs. Shirley, who spoke with JIS News, said with developed and developing countries vying for the same market, small nations must be informed and prepared to operate within the established standards.“In order for us to compete effectively, we must understand the rules of the game. The conversations to be had during the meetings will be critical for us as a small developing state, in terms of how we can boost our exports by simply understanding how the other players perceive us as (a) small developing (country); and it will help us to understand that we need to have a paradigm shift in how we operate,” she said.The CEO further emphasised that “for us to compete effectively with these first world countries, quality must become a hallmark for us.”In addition to a suite of other sessions throughout the week, a delegation from the Quality Infrastructure Council of the Americas (QICA) will, on Monday, August 27, share with local and regional regulators how they can incorporate accredited-based conformity assessment processes within their operations.This will serve to make processes more efficient and can also lead to expanding private sector employment opportunities, with accredited conformity assessment services such as inspection.“Accreditation is a key pillar in the quality infrastructure in Jamaica. It is used in the domestic market to assure compliance, used in the trade arena to ensure trading facilities are not inhibited by a lack of conformity assessment providers, and it provides us, generally, with the assurance that we have a product that is safe and will reach market and be competitive,” Mrs. Shirley said.The IAAC is a regional organisation that works through the joint effort of entities and professionals in the area of accreditation, inspection, testing and certification.The IAAC’s mandate is to facilitate trade among the economies within the Americas through the development of an efficient system of conformity assessments. This should result in the improvement of products, processes and services, based on the equivalence of regional accreditation programmes.JANAAC is a signatory to the IAAC’s multilateral arrangement for two key standards – the standard governing testing laboratories and the standard that governs medical laboratories.JANAAC is hosting the IAAC 23rd Annual General Assembly as part of celebrations marking its 10th anniversary.Representatives of the 21 IAAC member countries, as well as guests from extra-regional accreditation cooperations and other stakeholders, will be in attendance.last_img read more

EU Approves CMA CGM’s Acquisition of NOL

first_imgzoom French container shipping major CMA CGM announced today that it has received approval from the European Commission for its pending USD 2.4 billion acquisition of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), Southeast Asia’s largest container shipping company.CMA CGM said that the proposed transaction was notified to the European Commission on March 8, 2016 and was cleared today following a Phase 1 review, under the condition of NOL’s exit from the G6 shipping alliance, which has been already committed by NOL and CMA CGM.“CMA CGM and NOL will continue to cooperate with the remaining authorities to close their reviews as quickly as possible. The proposed voluntary general cash offer for NOL will be launched when all the pre-conditions to the Offer as announced on 7 December 2015 have been satisfied or waived,” CMA CGM said in a statement.The approval comes a week after CMA CGM’s announcement on formation of an alliance with COSCO Container Lines, Evergreen Line and Orient Overseas Container Line set to start operations in April 2017.The driving factor behind the proposed new alliance is believed to be challenging of the 2M’s dominance in the East – West trades as it is expected to take over as the largest carrier Vessel Sharing Agreement (VSA) on the Transpacific with a share of just under 36%, while in Asia-North Europe it will be within five percentage points from 2M with a nominal capacity share of 31%.With a fleet of 470 vessels, the CMA CGM Group operates 170 shipping lines on the main commercial trade routes, whereas NOL, with a fleet of 94 vessels runs through its brand American President Lines (APL) more than 80 weekly services at ports in over 50 countries worldwide.The combination of APL’s vessels (0.54 Mteu) with ships of the CMA CGM Group (1.79 Mteu) would create a combined fleet of 2.33 Mteu with an 11.5% global capacity share, based on Alphaliner figures.last_img read more

Insecurity impacting preparations for Afghan polls finds UN report

9 August 2009Insecurity is having a serious impact on preparations for Afghanistan’s upcoming elections, especially for women, according to the United Nations and the country’s human rights body, which added that despite attacks and threats, Afghans are eager to take part in the polls. A report co-authored by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) found that insecurity has severely limited freedom of movement and constrained freedom of expression for candidates and supporters, hampering their ability to campaign openly through public gatherings or door-to-door visits.“These restrictions have, in turn, created significant limitations on freedom of association and peaceful assembly, and amplified women’s difficulties in participating in the electoral process,” stated the report, which covers the period from 16 June to 1 August.According to the AIHRC, three women candidates in the southern province of Kandahar cannot live there because of the insecurity, while other female candidates are unable to even put up posters due to opposition by their families or other people in their neighbourhoods. In another case, a woman in Takhar province had her office closed down and her house set on fire for campaigning. There have been four alleged election-related killings in the month of July, according to the report, which also noted that the political rights of candidates and their supporters have generally been respected despite isolated instances of documented violations.Kai Eide, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, voiced concern that insecurity will impact voter turnout for the 20 August presidential and provincial council elections.“I am concerned that security will affect the turnout on the voting day. There is no doubt about that,” he told a news conference in Kabul. “It is of course sad that we have conflict ongoing in the country which will not allow all Afghan voters to come to the polling stations and do what they want to do, to give their vote and have their say what the future of Afghanistan should be. “So my appeal to everybody is don’t block the road for Afghans, male or female who want to do what the Constitution entitles that person to do,” said Mr. Eide. Monitoring shows that the campaigns of the 3,195 provincial council candidates and 40 presidential candidates have been conducted, by and large, in a dignified and engaged manner, and that, despite increasing insecurity, Afghans have demonstrated a high level of interest and enthusiasm to participate in the polls. read more

President thanks Turkey for boosting bilateral relations

Ambassador Okyay said that Turkish construction companies are also engaged in several projects implemented in Sri Lanka by the European Union. A Turkish company has won the award to build the new Embassy of the United States in Colombo. The President thanked him for the services rendered during her tenure to promote bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Turkey. He made a special mention about the support extended by Turkey to Sri Lanka at various international forums. President Maithripala Sirisena thanked Turkey for the steps taken to strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation. He said Turkish construction companies have partnered in several construction projects including a housing project in Mannar where 100 houses were built.He made this comment when the outgoing Turkish Ambassador Iskender Kemal Okyay paid a farewell call on President Sirisena at the President’s official residence today (August 4). The Turkish envoy, on behalf of is government, invited President Maithripala Sirisena to pay a state visit to Turkey as early as possible.Accepting the invitation, President Sirisena recalled his fond memories of visiting Turkey in 1996 as a member of Sri Lankan delegation to the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU). read more

After Rio Grande tragedy UNICEF chief highlights dire detention centres on USMexico

© UNICEF/Balam-ha CarrilloIn Tijuana, Mexico, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore meets with a young mother and her child who fled their home town in Mexico after facing extortion threats. (June 2019)‘Toxic stress’ of holding centres causes irreparable harm“Recent reports coming from some of these facilities are grim”, she insisted. “Children should not be in unsafe environments that can cause toxic stress and irreparable harm to their health and development.”In comments that followed Tuesday’s resignation of the acting head of the US border protection agency, amid reports that migrant children lacked basic necessities, including soap and toothbrushes, at a centre in Texas, the UNICEF top official added: “It’s hard to fathom this happening in a country with such a rich history as a champion for children in need around the world, particularly for those uprooted from their homes and communities by crisis.”Gang violence and poverty made us flee, say detainees in MexicoDescribing her encounter this week with Central American migrant families at a migrant shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, Ms. Fore explained that some youngsters had already been traumatized either in their home country or en route to the US border.“None wanted to leave their countries, but all felt they had no choice because of the threat of gang violence or oppressive poverty…This is a dire situation requiring urgent action and funding to provide children and families with essential services and support.”While UNICEF is working to give migrant children better access to protection, education and other services “wherever they may be in the region”, Ms. Fore urged national authorities to follow suit, to ensure their rights, protection, wellbeing and dignity. “No one country can do it alone,” she urged. “Addressing the root causes of forced migration and the needs of uprooted children require serious commitment, resolve and resources.” “The heart-rending photo published just yesterday showing the lifeless bodies of Salvadoran toddler Valeria and her father Oscar on the bank of the Rio Grande is a stark reminder of the perils facing migrants trying to reach the US,” said Henrietta Fore. “It is a searing image that should shake each of us to our core.”In a strongly worded appeal to countries of origin, transit and destination to do more to protect vulnerable migrants, the UNICEF Executive Director spotlighted in particular the “dire” Government border shelter facilities on the US-Mexico border.These centres cause lasting harm to youngsters in need of help, Ms. Fore said. UN Photo/Manuel EliasPress briefing by the President of the General Assembly, Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés. (27 June 2019)General Assembly President stresses importance of Global migration pactCommenting on the tragic father-daughter deaths in the Rio Grande,  the President of the General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa, said “we cannot have more people die because they decide to migrate.” Talking to reporters in New York, Espinosa said, “that’s precisely why member states came together and crafted the Global Compact on Migration. That is precisely why we have a very strong international framework on human rights. It so happens that people on the move are human beings, and as such they are entitled to have their fundamental rights respected.”If the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals are reached, “it would be the biggest service and the biggest preventive strategy to dangerous and unsafe migration”, she said, noting that the Compact, formally endorsed by the General Assembly last December, establishes “a framework for orderly, safe, and regular migration.”Turning to the situation of Venezuelan migrants in Colombia and other countries in the region, Espinosa said this was a “symptom of the crisis” and stressed “the only outlet for Venezuela is a true negotiation with all parties involved.” read more

Modular Mining and RPM strategic alliance

first_imgModular Mining and RPM say they are seeking to bridge the gap between planning and execution. This, they say is to generate “elevated precision and optimised efficiencies to enhance mine productivity. The alliance builds on RPM’s expertise in planning and scheduling and Modular’s expertise in systems integration and mine management solutions.”The integration of the systems will support bi-directional communication between the companies’ market leading products – RPM’s XECUTE® ultra-short term planning and HAULSIM® haulage simulation software, with Modular’s DISPATCH® Fleet Management and ProVision® High-Precision Machine Guidance solutions. Shift plans and production targets will be dynamically used as control parameters for execution by the DISPATCH and ProVision solutions. The real-time execution progress will automatically feed back into the planning to refine the next short interval schedule, fostering collaboration among all stakeholders from planning, production, maintenance and operations.“Modular has always recognised the benefits of building relationships with organisations whose innovative technologies and unique perspectives expand upon our own,” said Luiz Steinberg, President and CEO at Modular. “We are committed to improving efficiency across the mining value chain, and this relationship with RPM will bring to market a greatly enhanced, streamlined mine management solution that delivers greater gains to our customers by closing the gap between planning and execution.”The integrated solutions should allow mines to monitor progress to plan and proactively respond to operational challenges that are inevitable in a mining operation. Compliance to plan will improve, allowing the operation to deliver the correct material to the correct location at the correct time, resulting in a continuous workflow with production optimised to meet planned delivery capacity.The technology foundation of this cooperation is built upon industry standards, which are important in the achievement of openness, transparency and collaboration among systems, processes, and people. By combining their unique areas of expertise and experience, Modular Mining and RPM are creating a mining framework based on the ISA‑95 Business to Manufacturing Markup Language (B2MML) which facilitates the sharing of data among systems. As early adopters of the ISA-95 standard, Modular Mining and RPM say they “are excited about the release of the ISA-95 mining messaging profile and view it as a major step forward for the mining industry.”“The strategic collaboration with Modular is a critical part of our strategy,” said Richard Mathews, CEO of RPM. “When we set out three years ago to deliver Enterprise solutions ‘below the line’ with mining companies our vision was clear. RPM is changing the goalposts around how mining companies extract value from their mining value chain. We are not a technology company working on products delivering more desktop, siloed solutions. We are delivering to mining companies enterprise-wide, collaborative solutions that enable a step-change in mining operations and this collaboration is a leading example.”last_img read more

9 Ways Nintendo Can Make the Switch a Success

first_imgStay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President I’ll be completely upfront with all of you wonderful readers: I’m not a fan of Nintendo. Sure, I loved the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Super Nintendo, but after that, the company lost me. While my fondness for what Nintendo released in the late 80’s and early 90’s remains intact, everything that has come out after that golden era has failed to interest me. I guess you can say I grew up as a gamer and Nintendo didn’t keep up with me.With that said, I have been following what Nintendo is doing with its upcoming console/mobile hybrid, the Nintendo Switch, with keen interest (and not just because it’s my job to cover gaming news). Despite my admitted indifference towards the company, I have been waiting for a reason to buy one of its systems for a long time. The Switch seems like the perfect device to get a disillusioned former fan like myself back in the fold.There are numerous ways Nintendo can botch the Switch the way it did the Wii U. Instead of focusing on that; I want to talk about how Nintendo can make the Switch a huge hit and once again become relevant to hardcore gamers. If the world-famous Japanese company plays its cards right, the Nintendo Switch has a good chance of being one of the great success stories of this console generation.A Strong Launch LineupThis is a no-brainer, but the Switch needs to come out of the gate with a killer lineup of games. This not only includes brand-new first party games like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda, but also third party titles (I’ll get to those in a bit), and some Wii U ports. I’m not asking for the Switch to launch with a million games, but a solid ten or so will hold day one buyers over for a few months as Nintendo slowly releases titles over the coming months.Third Party SupportWhile I understand that most people don’t buy a Nintendo console to play third party games, third party support is vital to a system’s success. Nintendo’s consoles have been relegated to being a gamer’s second (and often neglected) system. It doesn’t have to be this way with the Switch.The Switch will not be able to match the PS4 and Xbox One regarding specs. However, it appears to have enough horsepower to play games like Skyrim, Dark Souls 3 and NBA2K. With strong third-party support, the Switch has the potential to be a primary console that has both first and third party games. Couple that with the system’s portability, and Nintendo could once again have a system that is complete unto itself and isn’t lacking the big third party titles found on competing platforms.Pro ControllerThe main thing that has kept me from purchasing a Nintendo system all of these decades is their funky controllers. The N64 and GameCube controllers looked like they were made for alien hands. The Wii’s nunchuck-like controllers aren’t exactly made to be used sitting on a couch. The Wii U’s gamepad felt like an oversized, uncomfortable handheld. I always said if Nintendo seriously wants me (and like-minded gamers) to be in their good graces again, it would need a system with a standard, no frills, no bullshit controller. I know the Wii U had the Pro controller, but it wasn’t made for every game on the system.During the Switch reveal trailer, I was initially turned off by the joycon controllers that come with the system. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Switch would support the Pro controller. Given how the entire video was (thankfully) aimed at adults, it gives me hope that every game for the Switch can be played with the Pro controller. This would go a long way toward making the system enticing to consumers since they’ll be able to play it the way they do other consoles.A Robust Virtual ConsoleNintendo’s greatest strength is nostalgia. One way for the Switch to capitalize on this is to have its Virtual Store jam-packed with classic games from Nintendo’s vast library. I think it’s safe to say that the Switch will not have a full library of new games for at least the first year. Having the Virtual Store pick up the slack by giving consumers a plethora of diverse titles to play would help tremendously.NES and SNES games will be good enough on their own, but if recent reports are correct, it appears that the Switch will also have GameCube titles for players to buy. We don’t yet know Nintendo’s full plans for the Switch Virtual Store. But, if it eventually has games from every past system, the Switch will be extremely attractive to anyone who wants to replay titles from their childhood.Long Battery LifeThis is another no-brainer, but for the Switch to succeed, it needs to have a decent battery life. One of the big selling points about the system is that it can be played on the go. However, if the batteries die quickly, it defeats the purpose of having a portable device. It is unlikely that the system will have a battery life longer than five to six hours. Still, even a battery life of that length will be good enough for most gamers.Recently, images of Switch peripherals and accessories were leaked. Among the items were a USB charger and a car charger. If people are meant to play the Switch on the road, charging options like these will be crucial. It’s good to know that folks will not need to worry about the Switch’s battery prematurely dying on them since they can have it plugged into an external power source even away from home.Low Price PointThis generation of consoles has proven that price is extremely important. Look at the launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. One of the principle reasons for the PS4’s initial domination over its direct competitor was that it was $100 cheaper. Moving forward to holiday 2016, both current gen systems sold millions of units because of their low prices (sometimes as low as $200).Nintendo can sell a ton of Switch units with the right price. We’ve heard reports/rumors of the system being anywhere between $250 to $400. Though $400 is an acceptable price for a launch console, I think that is a bit steep for the Switch.Considering how Nintendo needs to win back the average gamer and not just please its die-hard fans, a price point between $250-$300 would be fantastic. If Nintendo can manage to keep enough systems on store shelves, the Switch will sell in large quantities. We could see a $400 SKU that comes with all manner of accessories, but it would be wise if Nintendo releases a $300 SKU aimed at the average consumer.Give Fans What They WantNintendo has one of the strongest, if not the strongest, first party lineup out there. With that said, it is odd that fans haven’t gotten to play more of the company’s big titles. Mainline Zelda games only seem to come out when a new system is launched. Mario games are almost as rare. And where the hell is a new core Metroid entry?Nintendo’s fans are vocal about the titles they want to play. It would be wise for Nintendo to listen to them and consistently release its biggest franchises for the Switch. I’m not saying that Metroid or Zelda should be made into annual franchises, but seeing a new main entry every two to three years from these and other series would make the Switch more appealing. The demand is already there. Nintendo just needs to actually produce more of its biggest franchises to keep fans happy.A Better Online ExperienceThe Switch needs a fully functional online service akin to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, especially now in 2017. For years, players have been getting together online on their respective platforms to form parties, communities, compare achievements/trophies, or simply to chat with one another. The Wii U’s online service was incredibly limited and restrictive. Nintendo needs to let go of the leash and let players interact however they want. There obviously needs to be controls set in place to curb abuse and harassment, but people shouldn’t be restricted in the language they use online.Also, the Virtual Store needs to be streamlined so that players can find games and buy them with ease. The Steam Store is a prime example of a sleek, user-friendly store that Nintendo would do well to emulate. Overall, the Switch’s online environment needs to be a place that players want to spend time in.And for the love of [insert deity], Nintendo, no friend codes for the Switch. Seriously.PokemonFor years, fans have wanted to play the popular monster catching simulator on a Nintendo console. However, the games have always been relegated to handhelds. After all, these are “pocket monsters” and, in Nintendo and Niantic’s eyes, it wouldn’t make sense to have a main Pokemon game on a home console.Thankfully, the Switch is both a home console and a handheld. We don’t know the exact fate of the 3DS, but all signs seem to indicate the Switch will serve as the successor of both it and the Wii U. Since the Switch looks to be Nintendo’s only handheld for the foreseeable future, it makes sense to have a proper Pokemon game for it.Pokemon has always been a wildly popular series, but it has gained more notoriety thanks to Pokemon Go. The mobile game was so huge that it helped Nintendo sell a lot of 3DS systems over the holidays thanks to it having a new Pokemon game. With Pokemon hotter than ever, a brand-new game on the Switch will generate high demand for the system.Like I said above, Nintendo could totally screw the pooch with the Switch. Given the company’s recent history, this isn’t hard to fathom. However, the Switch is an innovative piece of technology, and it has the potentially to be wildly successful if handled correctly. We’re less than a day away from seeing the big Switch-centric Nintendo Direct, so hopefully we’ll get a better understanding of what Nintendo has in store for us at that time.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.last_img read more

Volunteers sought for bike pedestrian group

first_imgClark County is seeking to fill five positions on its 13-member, volunteer Clark Communities Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, according to a county news release.A term on the committee is four years and is open to residents living anywhere in Clark County. Those with experience and expertise in advocating for biking, walking, transit, active transportation, mobility issues, public speaking or serving on boards and commissions are encouraged to apply, according to a county news release.According to the news release, the committee advises the county council on bicycle and pedestrian planning and funding as well as implementation of the county’s bicycle and pedestrian master plan. The group also reviews future road construction and private development projects to ensure safety for people who travel on foot or by bicycle.Applicants should submit a letter of interest to Tina Redline, County Manager’s Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666. Applicants also may send information by fax to 360-397-6058 or email to tina.redline@clark.wa.gov.last_img read more

ASAWISHH Program Manager Travels to Asia

first_imgDr. Kirk O’Donnell from AIB teaches bakers how to use soy flour in baked products. Photo Credit: WISHHAlan Poock, ASA/WISHH Program Manager for Asia, is wrapping up a two-week trip covering four Asian countries. Poock first visited Bangladesh, where he met with baking and food manufacturers on using soy ingredients in their products. In Bangladesh, ASA/WISHH held a baking demonstration on how to use soy flour, which was led by Dr. Kirk O’Donnell from the American Institute of Baking (AIB).   In the evening, over 80 industry participants attended an ASA/WISHH organized seminar on soy proteins in baking and the many soy ingredients that are available for other food product.Poock then travelled to Delhi, India, where he met with FAS about future Bangladeshi programs.  While in Bangkok, Thailand, Poock met with the research firm conducting the EMP Market Assessment for Myanmar and also met with FAS, which covers Myanmar from Bangkok.  The final stop is Singapore, where Poock is scheduled to meet with USSEC staff on future collaboration in Asian between the two organizations.last_img read more

Local men recall when Russian plane landed in Vancouver

first_imgWhat: Free public observance of 1937 Chkalov flight.When: Today, 8 a.m.Where: Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. Fifth St.When Tom Ghormley heard that a Russian plane had just landed in Vancouver, he grabbed his box camera, jumped on his bicycle and pedaled down Main Street toward Vancouver Barracks. He was hoping to capture a moment in history.That was June 20, 1937 — 75 years ago — and word was spreading that three Russians had landed at Pearson Field.It took a day before Bob Buker was able to see the massive single-engine ANT-25 parked on the Army Air Corps field. His dad, Walt, took off work on June 21 so he and his 7-year-old son could visit Pearson Field.Ghormley and Buker are some of the Vancouver residents who can still remember the day when pilot Valery Chkalov, co-pilot Georgy Baidukov and navigator Alexander Belyakov arrived in Vancouver after setting a world aviation endurance record.A gathering of community members and civic leaders will observe the 75th anniversary of that milestone at 8 a.m. Wednesday at Pearson Air Museum. The minute Chkalov’s airplane touched American soil will be commemorated with a floral tribute at 8:22 a.m.The one-hour event is free and open to the public. Buker and Ghormley both say they’re planning on attending.In 1937, Ghormley’s family owned a drug store at 24th and Main streets. The 19-year-old, who had graduated from Vancouver High School a year earlier, said he learned about the Russians’ arrival on the radio.last_img read more

Celebrating the badass women of Marvel for International Womens Day

first_img Comments Black Widow takes out a room of men — while tied to a chair. Gamora wins an electric sword fight with her sister Nebula. Okoye points a spear at her own husband after he charges her down on a rhino. The women of Marvel, needless to say, are fearless.  CBS Interactive, which CNET is part of, is celebrating the March 8 release of Captain Marvel, and all of International Women’s Month, by highlighting the powerful women of Marvel movies and shows. We’re focusing not only on the incredible women of the MCU, but also on Marvel comics and their impact on pop culture. Multiple CBS sites have come together to produce this special report on the women of the Marvel universe. CNET has a mega-bracket showdown of powerful women; Entertainment Tonight is profiling prominent women behind and in front of the camera; and TV Guide will look ahead at the future of Marvel’s strong characters on the small screen.  Highlighting the scope of talented women who work at CBS Interactive, women throughout the company wrote, edited and produced every article, gallery and video in this collection — from our long-running compendium of Marvel movies to our roundtable of women talking about more strong ladies and our Q&A with Danai Gurira, Black Panther’s General Okoye, for CNET Magazine.  Women of the MCU making magic  Captain Marvel may be taking the lead right now, but many other women have been key to making magic happen in the Marvel universe. CNET’s Patricia Puentes talked to costume designer Ruth E. Carter, who just won an Oscar for costume design for Black Panther. Entertainment Tonight looks at the women of Wakanda, aka all the women behind Black Panther, making Oscar history. And there’ll be much, much more Marvel flying your way.  More on iDaily: Can you name all 25 of these Marvel women? Tags Now playing: Watch this: How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order 3:04 Powerful women of the Marvel universe Captain Marvel sets the stage Brie Larson stars as Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, the 21st MCU movie now open around the world. For anyone unfamiliar with Captain Marvel’s backstory, check out GameSpot’s comic book history of Captain Marvel. CNET’s Patricia Puentes called the film “two hours of pure female empowerment packaged with all the visual power you’d expect from a Marvel blockbuster.”Additionally, Entertainment Tonight’s Meredith B. Kile reviewed Captain Marvel, noting that its “origin-story-in-reverse structure allows Captain Marvel to do away with many of the more overdone origin story tropes.” As the film opens, GameSpot will feature more explainers, spoilers, and breakdowns of how Captain Marvel (and those post-credits scenes!) will tie into Avengers: Endgame.  More from GameSpot: How the Skrulls change everything and Why everyone’s talking about Goose the cat 4 Becoming a Marvel woman through cosplay, and getting paid for it 15 Photos 26 Photos Share your voice International Women’s Month The first National Women’s Day was observed in the United States all the way back in 1909, many years before we’d celebrate Women’s History Month. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter declared the week of March 8 to be National Women’s History Week, and by 1987, Congress had passed a statute designating March as Women’s History Month. We continue to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8. Did we mention one or 100 times that’s the day Captain Marvel, the first female-led film in the entire MCU, comes out?  Since the ’90s, the United Nations has focused on an annual theme for International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change.” That’s why it feels appropriate for us to look to the women of Marvel who’ve been working in innovative ways, both on screen and off screen, to get more seats at the franchise’s proverbial table.  More on Entertainment Tonight: Women of Wakanda: The Female Forces Behind ‘Black Panther’s Historic Oscar Push TV and Movies Women of Marvel Captain Marvel Marvellast_img read more

NRGs Carbon Capture System Doing Its Job But Is It Enough

first_imgListen X 00:00 /03:56 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Florian MartinPetra Nova carbon capture systemAt a recent ribbon-cutting of the Petra Nova carbon capture system at NRG’s W.A. Parish coal power plant near Sugar Land, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott compared it to the first Texas oil boom in 1901. “116 years after Spindletop, Texas is once again the epicenter of energy innovation,” he said. “We see that innovation right here at Petra Nova.”NRG and its partners developed the first carbon capture system at a commercial coal power plant.It captures about 40 percent of the CO2 that’s produced by one of the plant’s four carbon power units.That CO2 is piped to the West Ranch oil field 80 miles southwest of here. There, it’s injected into the ground and used to extract oil in a method called Enhanced Oil Recovery.Florian MartinNRG’s W.A. Parish coal power plant near Sugar LandSo far, NRG said they’ve kept more than 330,000 tons of CO2 from the air, and daily oil production at West Ranch has increased tenfold.In other words, it’s a win-win, according to Perry. “It shows we don’t have to pit the environment on one side and the economy on the other side,” he said. “We can and we will be good stewards of both.”That all sounds great. But Ramanan Krishnamoorti, chief energy officer at the University of Houston, thinks it’s too little too late.He said coal simply faces too much competition from other sources of energy.“The fact that natural gas prices got decoupled from oil, natural gas prices are ridiculously low – supply is in large excess – and you’ve got wind and solar that are starting to become competitive and the horizon for them looking even more competitive with time,” he said. “That’s what makes me look at it from a purely economical perspective and question its applicability in the United States.”David Knox, NRG spokesman in Houston, responds that while natural gas and renewables are becoming more important, coal is still a big part of the energy mix.“There are coal plants that are closing down, but there are coal plants that are going to be running for another 20 or 30 years and maybe longer,” he said. “So it’s critical that unless we want to have a ton of carbon going into the atmosphere for every megawatt hour that a coal plant generates, we got to do something about that.”Both agree that on a global scale, carbon capture is useful and necessary, because in many countries coal is still king.But with all the talk about CO2 and global warming, we may forget how pollutants from coal power plants affect their communities.That’s what Adrian Shelley argues.He’s the director of the Texas branch of Public Citizen, an advocacy group that among other topics is concerned about environmental issues. He was previously with Air Alliance Houston.Shelley said NRG’s W.A. Parish plant is the biggest polluter in Greater Houston, when it comes to contaminants like sulfur dioxide and soot, and toxics like mercury and arsenic.“So while we are, again, interested in projects that reduce carbon emissions, the W.A. Parish plant is a real health hazard in the community where it’s located and really for all of the Greater Houston region,” he said. “And that’s our big concern.”He said the billion dollars for the carbon capture system would have been better used to install “scrubbers” on the other three units of the power plant, which remove sulfur dioxide.Currently, this only happens at the unit where the CO2 is captured.Knox said that would simply not work out economically and shut the plant down.Of course, that’s what Shelley would like to see.He said it’s time for coal power plants to make way for renewables. last_img read more

12 days of Christmas Not at this yearround hotel

first_img Travelweek Group Share Posted by 12 days of Christmas? Not at this year-round hotel Tuesday, October 30, 2018 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Tennessee PIGEON FORGE, TENNESSEE — With Halloween festivities winding down, holiday enthusiasts will soon be starting the countdown to the next big date of the year – Christmas.But for die-hard fans who absolutely cannot wait for the seven some-odd weeks to pass, there’s a little known hotel in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee that celebrates Christmas every day of the year.That’s right, not just 12 days of Christmas – all 365!The Inn at Christmas Place, located just 10 minutes from Dollywood, keeps itself decked out for the holidays. This includes having a full-size Christmas tree in the lobby, entryways lined with festive garlands and lights, and a Glockenspiel that plays carols twice a day.Even Santa pays regular visits – on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights – to sing to guests. On Mondays and Fridays, he reads stories to little ones.The Christmas theme is carried out in every room and suite, too. Guests wake up to festive decorations that include wreaths, reindeer sculptures and Santa-red velvet bedding.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthBut the most festive room in the house has got to be the Santa Suite, which comes complete with a six-foot Christmas tree, a life-size Santa statue, pillows adorned with Santa’s likeness, stockings hung with care, and even a Santa jacket for guests to use and cozy up in.The Inn at Christmas Place, which opened its doors in 2007, also offers a hot breakfast buffet, indoor and outdoor pools, a waterslide and a hot tub. And if you’re worried about falling behind on your Christmas shopping while you’re there, not to worry – right next door is The Incredible Christmas Place, a Christmas-themed shopping centre.last_img read more

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