first_imgGaming Do the sports you like dictate how you game? Goal Do the sports you like reflect the games you play? Last updated 1 year ago 00:30 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Cristiano Ronaldo FIFA 18 GFX EA SPORTS Gaming We want to know whether your real-life interests influence your gaming choices Do soccer fans play Madden? Do basketball fans play Fifa?Let us know if your sporting interests dictate your gaming choices by completing the survey below. 5-7 Skip survey header 1. How old are you? Be a Pro No Soccer 3-5 5. Do you buy the new Madden every year? 1-3 MMA UFC American Football Madden Gaming survey Franchise Mode Golf The gameplay and graphics All of the above 1-3 under 18 Long Shot NBA 2K 45+ Tennis 5. What game mode do you spend most of your time with in Madden? 2. What sports do you like to watch? Compteitive online play Competitve Online versus 5-7 center_img 5. On average, how many hours a week do you spend playing video games? Fifa I’m hoping for more of the Longshot mode! NBA 2K PES Basketball 4. Do you play video games? Yes NBA Live 0% Ultimate Team 5. You said you play Madden, what are the best features of Madden for you? 5. What features would you like to see more of in Madden? No – Why? Please enter an ‘other’ value for this selection. Ultimate Team keeps me coming back Yes 35-44 3-5 5. Please select all the games you play? Boxing 3. How many hours a week do you spend watching sport every week? (including live, highlights, news) 25-34 None of the above 18-24 7+ 7+ Baseball SurveyGizmo offline surveys are useful in any situation where you want to gather data but don’t want to be fully reliant on an internet connection. Please take my survey nowlast_img read more

first_imgChelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri praised Callum Hudson-Odoi’s maturity after the teenager’s performance against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup.Hudson-Odoi, 18, is linked with a move to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, but started in his side’s 1-0 loss to Spurs in the first leg at Wembley on Tuesday.Sarri was happy with the attacker’s performance and said Hudson-Odoi had shown no signs of being distracted by the transfer speculation. 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? “Odoi in the last week has been very normal. I have seen him every day in training, he has been really very normal,” he told a news conference.”He is improving, in the last match he played very well and also today I think a very good match.”He played like a player of 25 or 26 years, I think – very good match of application, very good in the defensive phase, very, very good.”He was completely normal in this period. I don’t know, maybe he doesn’t read anything.”Harry Kane’s first-half penalty settled the first leg, with Chelsea to host Spurs in the second match on January 24.Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn…!  pic.twitter.com/2UvjiOs6xQ — Callum Hudson-Odoi (@Calteck10) January 8, 2019 But Sarri said his team deserved better, labelling their performance “one of the most important” of the season.”I think we deserved more. In this match we played better than the opponents,” he said.”We were in control of the match, we defended very well against opponents who are very dangerous in the offensive phase, I think we deserved more.”We played about 70 balls in the opposing box against 11 balls from Tottenham in our box, 18 shots against seven, five goal opportunities against two, so we deserved more.”I am really disappointed with the result but I am happy with the performance. In my opinion this one is one of the most important performances of my team in the season.”Chelsea sit fourth in the Premier League table, 10 points back of leaders Liverpool.  Sarri’s side will face both Newcastle and Arsenal in league play before the return leg against Spurs at Stamford Bridge on January 22.last_img read more

first_imgRealme’s upcoming 64MP camera phone shows company is ready to take charge this yearAfter launching segment-disruptive phones like the Realme 3 Pro and Realme X, the company is now teasing a brand new phone which will be the world’s first to sport a 64MP camera. Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJune 25, 2019UPDATED: June 26, 2019 09:15 IST Realme XHIGHLIGHTSRealme has launched segment disruptive phones like the Realme 3 Pro and Realme X this year.The company has started teasing a 64MP quad camera smartphone.Realme claims it will be the world’s first phone with a 64MP GW1 sensor.Realme has garnered massive success in India in a span of just one year, which is not an easy thing to achieve today. In the budget and mid-range segments where companies like Xiaomi and Samsung have reigned supreme, Realme has managed to break through by offering some exceptional phones that look good and offer great hardware at disruptive prices. If last year was about getting the company’s name out there, 2019 looks to be about taking charge.Last year, Realme launched phones like the Realme 1, Realme U1 and Realme 2 Pro that offered segment-disruptive hardware. The company is following a similar formula this year as well, but the only difference is that it is not looking to wait around anymore. While phones like the Realme 3 Pro and Realme X have brought segment-first technologies, the company is now looking to bring “world’s first” technologies such as a 64MP quad camera system.The story so farThe Realme 3 Pro (Review) was launched in India earlier this year with a Snapdragon 710 chipset and VOOC fast charging support. Both these features are a first for a phone under Rs 15,000. Here, even a disrupter like Xiaomi has trailed behind. Of course, Xiaomi still continues to disrupt in its own ways, offering, for example, 48MP camera phones under Rs 15,000 i.e Redmi Note 7 Pro and Redmi 7S.Then we have the Realme X which was launched in China a couple of months ago with a notchless AMOLED display, pop-up camera and a 48MP dual camera setup. These features have been seen on a number of phones this year, but not quite at a price that starts at approximately Rs 15,000.advertisement The Realme X is yet to launch in India, but from what Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth said a few weeks ago, the Indian variant will offer a slightly different hardware. This shows that the company is well aware of the competitive state of the Indian smartphone market and that even a phone with the kind of features that the Realme X China variant offers may not necessarily do exceptionally well in India.There has been speculation that the Realme X will come to India with a Snapdragon 730 chipset, which would definitely be a first for a phone under Rs 20,000. And while we wait for the Realme X in India, which could possibly launch next month, the company is steamrolling ahead with its next major smartphone – a phone with a 64MP quad camera setup.Go big or go homeRealme is clearly not looking to wait around this year for someone else to offer a 64MP camera phone first. What’s surprising is that Realme was not considered in the running to launch a 64MP camera phone. There were rumours that Xiaomi or Samsung would be the first to launch a phone using Samsung’s 64MP GW1 sensor, but it turns out Realme is set to beat them to the punch. Sheth posted a camera sample on Twitter that was shot on this mysterious new Realme phone, claiming that it will be the world’s first phone with a 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor.Working on the new premium killer! Introducing world’s first smartphone camera with 64MP GW1 largest 1/1.72 sensor and mega 1.6µm pixel with amazing clear shots in low light too. RT if you want to see more knockout shots. #DareToLeap pic.twitter.com/D54xNFdaVmMadhav 5G (@MadhavSheth1) June 24, 2019This speaks volumes of the kind of confidence Realme has right now. Not only will this upcoming Realme phone be the world’s first 64MP camera phone, but it will also be the company’s first phone with a quad camera setup. Realme is not afraid to take risks this year, which is a philosophy that was also followed by Xiaomi when it was trying to establish its own presence in India.Apart from the cameras, we still have no idea about what to expect from this upcoming Realme phone. This Realme phone could launch as part of a brand new series in India, and it may well be the company’s most premium phone yet. A few days before the launch of the Realme X in China, Sheth told India Today Tech that the company is looking to bring “more innovations and more technologies” to its smartphones which should justify its price, whether it is under 20,000 or over it.Realme currently has the ability to surprise fans and make the competition worry, which is what any brand strives to do. The next Realme phone could be the company’s most innovative phone yet or it could fizzle out, but it’s clear that the company is looking to go big. This mysterious Realme phone isn’t expected to launch before Q4, 2019, which suggests Realme is looking to close the year with a bang, not a whimper.advertisementALSO READ | Realme 64MP camera phone teased, will launch in India and here’s what camera setup looks likeGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow RealmeFollow Realme XFollow Realme 3 Pro Nextlast_img read more

first_imgLow-income Nova Scotians facing a cold winter will be able to seek help from the Good Neighbour Energy Fund administered by The Salvation Army. Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Mark Furey announced today, Nov. 27, that the province will make a contribution of $400,000 to support the fund for 2014. “The Good Neighbour Energy Fund provides direct emergency assistance to more than two thousand low-income individuals and families that may otherwise not be able to pay for home heating fuels or electric heat,” said Mr. Furey. “Every Nova Scotian deserves to have a home that is safe and warm this winter. We are pleased to partner with The Salvation Army to bring heating help to those who need it most.” The Good Neighbour Energy Fund works with energy suppliers to provide firewood, home heating oil, coal, propane and electric heat to Nova Scotians in need. The benefit is paid as a credit that is provided directly to the energy supplier on behalf of the person receiving it. Last winter, 2,604 households received assistance through the fund. The government of Nova Scotia has provided significant assistance to the program every year since 2008. “For the seventh consecutive year the province will help keep Nova Scotians warm with their announcement of $400,000 to support the Good Neighbour Energy Fund,” said Maj. Alison Cowling, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army’s Maritime Division. “This donation will assist families facing emergency heating situations this winter season. We are grateful for our partnership with the government and thank them for giving hope to families in need.” The Good Neighbour Energy Fund has been keeping Nova Scotians warm since 1997. Begun as an initiative of Nova Scotia Power employees, it is available to low-income families facing an emergency heating situation. Application forms will be available in mid-January at Salvation Army churches, thrift stores and website, www.salvationarmy.ca/maritime/gnef/, and offices of members of the legislature. People can contribute to the Good Neighbour Energy Fund by visiting www.nspower.ca/en/home/community/investment/neighbourprogram. FOR BROADCAST USE Low-income Nova Scotians facing a cold winter will benefit from a 400-thousand dollar contribution by the province today (November 27th). Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Mark Furey announced support for the Good Neighbour Energy Fund administered by The Salvation Army. He says every Nova Scotian deserves to have a home that is safe and warm this winter. Last year, over two thousand households received emergency assistance through the fund to heat their homes. Application forms will be available in mid-January from The Salvation Army and at M-L-A offices. -30-last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is questioning Anees-ul-Islam, son of separatist leader Altaf Ahmed Shah, now lodged in Delhi’s Tihar Central Jail, in its investigation into terror funding. A senior NIA official told IANS: “Islam was summoned to appear before the NIA.” Islam is the grandson of Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who advocates Jammu and Kashmir’s merger with Pakistan. Islam’s father is married to Geelani’s daughter. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! The NIA arrested Islam’s father in 2017. It registered a case of terror funding for the violence in the Kashmir Valley in May and July 2017. Besides Shah, the agency has arrested Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar Khandey, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Nayeem Khan, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal and Bashir Ahmad Bhat alias Peer Saifullah. Shahid-ul-Islam is an aide of the Mirwaiz while Khandey is the spokesperson for the Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference.last_img read more

Rabat – Amidst an uproar over South Africa’s detention of a Moroccan shipment of 50,000 tons of phosphate worth USD 5 million in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday, Moroccan government has announced that “Morocco is in a proper legal situation.”“Morocco is in a legal position. The maneuvers of [Morocco’s] rivals will fail,” said Mustapha Khalfi, the Minister in charge of Relations with Parliament and Civil Society and Spokesperson of government, in a press conference held on Thursday.“The natural resources of the Moroccan Sahara are invested in the framework of international law and the requirements of national sovereignty,” Khalfi added. The legality of the detention has been called into question. According to Samir Bennis, co-founder and senior political analyst of Morocco World News, articles 17, 18, and 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea guarantee all states the right to traverse the territorial waters of other states. This right of “innocent passages” can only  be denied if the vessel in question constitutes a threat to the security of the coastal state, but so far no threat has been identified.The ship was detained after South Africa and the Algeria-backed Polisario Front complained that its cargo had been transported illegally from the Western Sahara.The NM Cherry Blossom, carrying the shipment for the OCP, was detained by a civil maritime order in Port Elizabeth, where it had stopped to re-fuel. Phosphate importers in New Zealand said that this is the first seizure of Moroccan shipments they had experienced in 30 years.The shipment’s owners, the Moroccan state-run Office Cherifien des Phosphates (OCP), have told the press that the seizure was a “very normal procedure” and a temporary measure pending the review of Polisario’s complaint.Polisario’s provocation comes after announcing its withdrawal last week from the Guerguerat buffer zone, where its militias had violated the 1991 UN ceasefire agreement by setting up illegal checkpoints to harass and threaten Moroccan truckers.The separatist force declared it would “redeploy” its forces the day before the UN Security Council voted to extend its Mission for Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for another year, with conditions favoring Morocco. read more

“Participated in good meeting with Opp Leader @PresRajapaksa n his team w #SriLanka PM @RW_UNP, @MangalaLK, Governor, Sec Treasury n officials on post 21/4 economic recovery program. Positive move to shed at least some political differences at a time like this, even temporarily,” Dr. Harsha de Silva tweeted. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera also attended the meeting. (Colombo Gazette) A delegation led by Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees today and discussed the economy.Non-cabinet Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva tweeted saying the talks focused on the economic recovery program following the Easter Sunday attacks. read more

Terje Roed-Larsen, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for the implementation of Security Council 1559, which focuses on an end to foreign interference in Lebanon, met in Riyadh today with Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz and Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal.Mr. Roed-Larsen lauded the important role played by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the efforts to resolve the multiple conflicts in the Middle East. He characterized his talks with Saudi leaders as “constructive and forward-looking” with a “strong convergence of views.” “We are working hand in hand, and the Secretary-General and I are looking forward to continuing this partnership,” he said.Subject of the talks was the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559, which calls for the strict respect of Lebanon’s sovereignty and political independence, the withdrawal of foreign forces, and the disarming and disbanding of militias in the country. Discussions focused in particular on the ongoing national dialogue among all factions in Lebanon, which to date has yielded a consensus on the need to establish formal diplomatic relations between Syria and Lebanon and to delineate in full the international border between the two countries.“The implementation of Security Council resolution 1559 is proceeding in the context of a difficult and tense climate in the region, where a number of fires are burning at present, all of which impact on our efforts to fully implement the resolution,” said the envoy, who recently completed meetings in the capitals of all permanent members of the Security Council: China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States.He emphasized that achieving all the objectives outlined in resolution 1559 “remains high on the Secretary-General’s agenda.” read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 file photo shows the Empire State Building in midtown New York. The Federal Reserve of New York releases its March survey of manufacturers on Monday, March 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) New York manufacturing grows at slower pace in March as orders and shipments weaken WASHINGTON – Manufacturing activity in New York state expanded at a slightly slower pace in March, dragged by weaker shipments and new orders.The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Monday that that its Empire State manufacturing index slipped to 6.9 in March from a reading of 7.8 in February.The survey adds to signs that factory output may be slowing after solid gains for much of last year. The rising value of the dollar has hurt exports by making American-made goods more expensive in overseas markets.While orders and shipments were lacklustre, labour markets showed promising strength, with solid gains in employment levels and a longer average workweek. Pricing pressures remained muted, with the index of prices manufacturers paid for materials down two points to 12.4.The New York Fed’s Empire State survey provides an early look at U.S. manufacturing each month. The New York Fed surveys 200 businesses in the state and typically receives responses from about 100. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Mar 16, 2015 6:49 am MDT read more

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) scores a touchdown during a game against Michigan Nov. 30. OSU won, 42-41. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Lantern’s sports editors share their thoughts on five things to look for in Ohio State’s showdown with Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game.1. Everything on the lineIn 2012, the OSU football team saw their season end after beating Michigan 26-21 to complete an undefeated season. In 2013, though, there is more football to play after The Game, and much more is on the line. For the first time in its brief three-year history, the Big Ten title game will have OSU (12-0, 8-0) as a participant with a potential spot in the BCS National Championship. Although coach Urban Meyer and the players have said all season they will take the schedule one game at a time, it is hard to believe a trip to Pasadena, Calif., will not be on their minds in some way. A win all but guarantees a finish in the top two of the BCS, sending OSU to its first title game since the 2007 season. That could all be derailed by the No. 10 Michigan State Spartans (11-1, 8-0) in Indianapolis Saturday at 8:17 p.m.2. The nation’s top rush defense v. the nation’s second best rushing attackSo far this year Michigan State has only allowed 64.8 yards rushing per game, with only two teams running for more than 100 yards against the Spartans. OSU comes in averaging 321.3 yards per game rushing and has only failed to run for more than 200 yards in a game once this season, against Wisconsin. Something has to give when these two units clash Saturday. OSU senior running back Carlos Hyde is on a tear of late, rushing for more than 200 yards in two of the last three games and not failing to eclipse the century mark since September. If the Spartans can manage to contain Hyde and force junior quarterback Braxton Miller to beat them with his arm, then things could get interesting for OSU. If not, then expect the Buckeyes to have the advantage and to come away with the victory.3. Can the OSU secondary bounce back?It hasn’t exactly been the season redshirt-junior Bradley Roby and the Buckeye secondary had been hoping for. Three of four starting members of 2012’s starters returned, but the Buckeyes have struggled to stop the pass this season. OSU is tied for 101st in the country, allowing 255.8 yards per game through the air. The secondary is coming off its worst performance of the year, in which it allowed Michigan to throw for 451 yards in OSU’s one-point win. Although the secondary came up when it mattered most, intercepting Wolverine redshirt-junior quarterback Devin Gardner’s two-point conversion attempt that would have won the game. The Spartans do rank second to last in the Big Ten in passing yards per game, so it will not be as stiff a challenge for OSU as in previous weeks. But the Buckeyes will need to prevent a repeat performance if they want to take down Michigan State.4. Ryan ShazierIf the OSU junior linebacker needed anymore motivation for Saturday’s showdown with the Spartans, he got it Tuesday night. Arguably the Buckeyes’ best defender, Shazier led the Big Ten with 122 tackles and 21 tackles for loss. He also recorded six sacks and forced four fumbles. He was passed over for the conference’s defensive player of the year award, though, which instead was given to Wisconsin’s senior linebacker Chris Borland. No disrespect to Borland, who finished third in the conference with 102 total tackles, but Shazier got snubbed on this one. It’s safe to say OSU would not be where it is right now — vying for a spot in the national title game — if it weren’t for Shazier. His production is across the board, and he could be out to prove his worth in what could be his final Big Ten game of his career if he decides to leave early for the NFL.5. Final Big Ten contest for some, maybe others tooA total of 18 players were honored Nov. 23 before OSU’s 42-14 victory against Indiana. Roby was among them, having confirmed his intentions to forego his final year of eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. Although Meyer has been mum on whether or not he’s held discussions with Miller and Shazier about leaving, if OSU wins Saturday and gets to the BCS title game, don’t be surprised if they bolt too. Having said that, look for each of them — in addition to OSU’s 15 other seniors — to look to do something special in their final Big Ten contest. It’s the biggest stage a Big Ten game can get, and big players tend to make big plays when the lights are the brightest.Correction: Dec. 6, 2013An earlier version of this story stated that the last time Ohio State went to a title game was in the 2002 season. In fact, it was the 2007 season. read more

Prof Smith, a professor of language and culture at the University of Sunderland, said the presenters were considered to be entertaining at the time but their approach amounted to bullying.“It was the power they had to tell people what to wear. It was a game where there was resistance from the contributor, but resistance was futile. It was always legitimised as being ‘for your own good’.“But participants were told they couldn’t wear clothes they were comfortable in, they could only wear clothes that Trinny and Susannah said they could wear,” Prof Smith said.“Those makeover programmes eventually morphed into dating programmes, with that element of humiliation and other forms of confrontation.”The report mentioned the aggression and confrontation evident in Gordon Ramsay’s shows, including Kitchen Nightmares, and The Apprentice, where candidates are frequently engaged in slanging matches and Lord Sugar conducts his boardroom showdowns. Sir Alan Sugar With their straight-talking advice on how to look fabulous, Trinny and Susannah styled themselves as fashion’s fairy godmothers.But academics have identified What Not To Wear, the makeover show presented by Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine, as a programme that began the “rise of rudeness” in television which reached its nadir with Jeremy Kyle.It features on a list that includes The Apprentice and Come Dine With Me, all helping British television to become “a sphere of anger, humiliation, dispute and upset”.The research, by university academics Angela Smith and Michael Higgins, has been submitted to MPs conducting a reality television inquiry sparked by the death of a participant on The Jeremy Kyle Show.The authors suggested that Kyle’s aggressive treatment of show participants was part of a wider shift. Each week, Woodall and Constantine would make over a contributor, first making her gaze into a 360 degree mirror wearing her own clothes and pointing out how unflattering they were.They used a sample episode to support their thesis, which Woodall told a woman that in her usual outfit “you look like you’ve just crawled out of bed”.Constantine said of the woman’s coat: “Do you know what? If I’m going to be completely frank, which I will be, you look like a hunchback in that.” Show more The Apprentice is also cited as one of the programmes which helped make television rudeCredit:Jim Marks/BBC Their study, Belligerent Broadcasting, traced the roots of aggressive television back to the 1960s and “the gradual disappearance of deference in political interviewing”.In the 1990s, The Jerry Springer Show was aired on British TV and set a template for the likes of Kyle as a confrontational host.But the authors of the report found that the “retreat of civility” in homegrown programmes spread beyond politics and talk shows with the arrival of What Not To Wear in 2001. But Prof Smith also singled out Come Dine With Me, with its jokey voiceover “framing everything as a potentially belligerent environment, managing to create a sense of disharmony or conflict – we can see the same thing done on Love Island.”Top Gear also contributed to today’s aggressive television, she argued, as Jeremy Clarkson’s “banter” with fellow presenters exemplified “a certain form of masculine, laddish culture” that has been copied by comedy panel shows.In their submissions to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, which has heard evidence from the makers of The Jeremy Kyle Show, the academics said: “We found that there had been a rise in not only the frequency but also the range of programmes where conflict talk arises.As one genre of broadcast fell from favour, others adopted the frame of belligerence, each time amending it slightly to mark itself as ‘new’ but always with an underlying sense of interpersonal conflict and risk of humiliation.”They recommended that producers edit programmes to minimise the focus on conflict and should take into account the mental health of participants. The committee will deliver its findings later in the year.Woodall told The Sunday Telegraph: “I’m having lunch… really, I don’t have a comment.” Constantine was contacted for comment. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

first_imgAECI, the leading explosives and speciality chemicals company in Africa, and Thiess, one of the world’s largest mining contractors, have signed a five-year agreement for AECI’s entry in to Australia. Under the agreement, AEL Mining Services (AEL), a wholly owned subsidiary of AECI, will provide leading-edge explosives, initiating systems and technical services to Thiess in Australia. AECI says its entry into Australia “is aligned with the company’s clearly defined international growth strategy.” In addition to Australia, other geographies of interest are Africa, Brazil, Chile and Indonesia. Australia is one of the world’s largest producers of metallurgical and thermal coal and ferrous and non-ferrous metals. “The explosives industry is nearly six times the size of South Africa’s,” AECI reports.To prepare the groundwork, AECI Australia was registered as a legal entity in 2014. At the same time, a Managing Director was appointed, an office was opened in Brisbane and a site was developed in Bajool near Rockhampton in Queensland. The site includes an ammonium nitrate emulsion manufacturing facility imported from South Africa, as well as storage space. The modular design of the manufacturing facility is deployed globally and gives AEL the flexibility to grow capacity easily in the future. All the necessary regulatory approvals are in place. “The first 140 t of emulsion were manufactured on 25 November 2014 and a trial blast involving 550 electronic detonators was completed on 10 January 2015. Full explosives supply will commence in February,” says Mark Dytor, Chief Executive of AECI.“Recently, Thiess concluded an extensive review of the Australian explosives industry, particularly in terms of products and services. After identifying the need for a world-class service provider committed to delivering added value in a challenging commodity cycle, they decided to approach AEL with whom they have a long-standing working relationship in Indonesia,” AECI further reports.According to Michael Wright, Executive General Manager of Thiess in Australia, AEL is a world leader that employs highly skilled people, provides a comprehensive range of products and services and offers an international footprint that matches its global mining aspirations. “Most importantly, however, they’re fully committed to developing R&D programs that have the capacity to drive lower cost outcomes for mines. Given the competitive and complex state of mining, the partnership has the potential to be a real game-changer in the Australian mining industry.”Moving forward, AECI’s assets in Indonesia will be leveraged to facilitate the development of a regional supply chain framework. The company’s Australian leadership team, headed by Nigel Convey as Managing Director, is also progressing a new business pipeline, ensuring AECI’s emergence as a key role player in the Australian mining industry.last_img read more

first_imgOn the night of 7 May 1943, fifty-one British and Anzac soldiers gathered above Tripiti Gorge, a remote and uninhabited corner of western Crete, for a rescue that was two years overdue. As they made their way in the darkness from Nerospili cave above the beach to the water’s edge, they quietly bade farewell to their friends – the Cretans who had fed and sheltered them for so long. There would have been handshakes, powerful embraces, and probably tears. It was the last chapter of a remarkable story; the Cretan people’s courageous efforts to protect Allied soldiers on the run. Seventy years later, that last evacuation is being marked for the first time. The commemoration will take place next week with the unveiling of a bronze plaque at the entrance to the gorge, still as wild and windswept today as it was in 1943, and at villages which gave the soldiers sanctuary. Around 30 direct descendants of the soldiers from Australia, New Zealand and the UK are due to be present at the gorge ceremony. They will include the daughters of two of the 15 Diggers who left Crete that fateful night – Privates Charlie Hunter and Jack Simcoe. Children of the 14 Kiwis taken off will be there too, joining local families and dignitaries for the memorial’s commemoration. The plaque – with a Greek and English inscription telling of the historic events of 7 May 1943 – will sit on a stone plinth at the mouth of the gorge made by Sougia’s Yiorgo Gentikakis – otherwise known as ‘Captain George’. As the Greek flag is pulled away to reveal the bronze at midday on Tuesday, another rich layer in the story of the Anzacs and Crete will be marked for future generations. The Battle of Crete which ended on 1 June 1941 saw more than 5000 Anzac troops left behind after their courageous stand against the invading German forces. Most faced immediate imprisonment, but around 1000 soldiers went ‘on the run’, either evading capture, or escaping later from makeshift POW camps. Some 450 made it off the island – either through incredible individual journeys, or – in the majority of cases – by evacuations organised by the Royal Navy who spirited them off to the coast of North Africa. Most were picked up by ships or submarine from Crete’s southern coast within a year of the island’s fall, with Preveli being the most famous evacuation point. But for a small band of men, deliverance from Nazi occupied Crete had to wait. And wait they did, witnessing two long summers and winters, until May 1943. Almost two years after the last shots in the Battle of Crete had been fired, finally, they had escaped. That so many soldiers stayed on Crete for so long and how they survived is one of WWII’s great adventure stories. By the time the last evacuees made it to the Allied HQ for the Middle East in Cairo, the battle for Crete was history, but as the island’s resistance against the Germans continued, secrecy about their experiences was paramount. But the soldiers never forgot, and neither did their Cretan saviours. All through their ordeal, the troops owed their safety to Cretan families – who at great risk to themselves – ensured their well-being right up until that last fateful moonless night, when they waded out to the waiting Royal Navy motor launch. The Tripiti project’s organisers – historian Dr Ian Frazer and film maker John Irwin – who have travelled from New Zealand to Crete to co-ordinate the anniversary events – told Neos Kosmos that the commemoration is as much about the sacrifices made by those who helped the soldiers, as it is about the perseverance and endurance of the fugitives they protected. “Remembering Tripiti is an important opportunity to pay tribute to all who took part,” said Dr Frazer.“There were those who tried to get off the island and failed, those who were successful, and those who had to wait longest to get away. “By doing this we hope their stories of two years of endurance and evasion, and the stories of those who sheltered and protected them, will be better understood.”John Irwin, who is making a documentary on the part played by Cretan women during the island’s occupation, said the anniversary “represents the first formal expression of gratitude to the people of Crete from the families of the Tripiti evacuees, on behalf of all escapers and evaders and all Australians and New Zealanders”.Memorial services between May 4 and May 8 commemorating the evacuation will also take place at Kousteryerako and other Selinou district villages which were involved in preparations for the escape. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgA geologist who took part in the excavation of the ancient burial mound in Amphipolis in northern Greece says the ancient tomb found together with a series of vaulted rooms wasn’t built at the same time, but somewhat later than the rooms themselves.Geologist Evangelos Kambouroglou also said that the mound inside which the rooms and the tomb were found is not man-made, as archaeologists had assumed, but a natural hill.He also said that the Lion of Amphipolis, a huge sculpture of a lion on a pedestal, which is more than 25 feet (7.5 metres) tall, was too heavy to have stood at the top of the tomb, as archaeologists had claimed.“The walls (of the tomb structure) can barely withstand half a ton, not the 1,500 tons that the lion sculpture is estimated to weigh,” Kambouroglou said.As for the box-like tomb that contained the remnants of five bodies, possibly more, “it is posterior to the main burial monument … the main tomb has been destroyed by looters, who left nothing,” said Kambouroglou. “The marble doors (of the monument) contain signs of heavy use, which means many visitors came and went.”The vaulted rooms had been dated to between 325 BC – two years before the death of ancient Greek warrior-king Alexander the Great – and 300 BC, although some archaeologists claimed a later date.Katerina Peristeri, the chief archaeologist in the recent excavation, had advanced the theory that a member of Alexander’s family or one of his generals could be buried in the tomb. But the discovery of the boxy grave and the five bodies cast doubt on that theory and Kambouroglou’s announcement appears to disprove it entirely. Alexander, who built an empire stretching from modern Greece to India, died in Babylon and was buried in the city of Alexandria, which he founded. The precise location of his tomb is one of the biggest mysteries of archaeology.His generals fought over the empire for years, during wars in which Alexander’s mother, widow, son and half-brother were all murdered – most near Amphipolis.The discovery of the tomb has seen international exposure, but the cash strapped Greek government says it won’t be giving any more funding to the site at this stage.Experts have been told to focus on the findings that have already been unearthed, Alternate Culture Minister Nikos Xydakis said during a visit to the site last week.“There are not many excavations in Greece that have received such support,” he said to the media. “At the moment, there is not a need for any more.”Source: AP, Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Governor salutes resident Mrs Rita Gardiner with award from Her Majesty The

first_img Related Items:HE Peter Beckingham presents Rita Gardiner with award from Queen, rita gardiner awarded by the queen, Rita Gardiner recognized for her work with women and sports in U.K overseas territories Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 29, 2016 – The Governor, Peter Beckingham, presented the award of the British Empire Medal on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen to Mrs Rita Gardiner for her services to sport and women in the Overseas Territories, especially TCI, on 29 September.At the presentation ceremony which was attended by members of Mrs Gardiner’s family and friends the Governor said:   “I am thrilled for Mrs Gardiner to receive this great distinction, and I am pleased to have the opportunity on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen to present this award to her.  Rita has made a big contribution to society in Turks and Caicos. She has been instrumental for longer than I know in raising our profile in sport, and for ensuring our rightful place in the region and the Commonwealth.  I saw first-hand in 2014 her enthusiasm for organising the Commonwealth Baton relay which landed in TCI on its way across more than 60 nations.  Her support for Delano Williams is fantastic, and it is clear from meetings with them both that our first Olympian has benefited from her advice, guidance and enthusiasm.  Rita travelled with Delano’s mother, with support from the Premier’s office, to Rio to watch Delano compete in the Olympic Games.“Finally we should not forget the work Rita has done to improve the lot of women in TCI society. Her path-breaking work as Director of the Gender Unit has been important in raising the profile of women in society, and she has been actively engaged in striving to reduce domestic violence.  We should salute Rita for what she has achieved for TCI in sport and the promotion of women.  The Award of a British Empire Medal is a wonderful recognition of her work, and she and her family and friends should take great pride in this important honor.”Commenting on her award, Mrs Gardiner said:   “I am honored and delighted to be a recipient of this Award by Her Majesty. Coming in the same year as TCI’s first Olympic athlete, my good friend Delano Williams, took part in the Olympic Games this is a big recognition of the strides we have made as a sporting nation competing on the world stage.  I am pleased to have played a part in that progress through my work with the Amateur Athletic Association and the Commonwealth Games Association.  I am pleased too that my work in helping to promote and safeguard the place of women in society is recognized with this Award.  This is an important and memorable day not only for me, but also for my wider TCI family. I am grateful for all the support I have received from so many people here and overseas.”In addition to receiving the British Empire Medal Mrs Gardiner will be entitled as a member of the Order Of the British Empire to use a special chapel in St. Paul’s Cathedral for baptisms of grandchildren.  There is also a special service in St Paul’s in November for new members, and a Ceremonial Service in Spring 2017 to mark the Order’s Centenary. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Two outages leave over 4200 without power near City Heights and Rolando

first_imgTwo outages leave over 4,200 without power near City Heights and Rolando areas SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Two outages left just over 4,200 San Diego Gas & Electric customers without power Tuesday morning in the Rolando, City Heights and Oak Park areas.The first outage, affecting 4,159 customers, was reported at 2:52 a.m., according to San Diego Gas and Electric’s online outage map. The second outage, affecting 48 customers, was reported at 3:43 a.m.As of 7:15 a.m., power had been restored to all customers affected by the first outage, but the customers affected by the second outage remained without power, SDG&E spokeswoman Helen Gao said, adding that power was expected to be restored to the remaining customers by 9 a.m.Crews determined the first outage was caused by a tree that fell on power lines, Gao said. The cause of the second outage was still under investigation. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Updated: 8:59 AMcenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: August 6, 2019 August 6, 2019last_img read more

first_imgPaper subsidies from the Chinese government are gouging U.S. manufacturing and could cost 5,000 jobs in Southwest Washington, according to a new analysis by the Economic Policy Institute.The study, commissioned by the Alliance for American Manufacturing, found that China has fueled its rapidly growing paper industry with more than $33.1 billion in government subsidies, undercutting the U.S. paper industry’s competitive advantages and allowing that country to overtake the U.S. to become the world’s largest producer of paper and paper products. Clark County has lost half its paper industry jobs in the past decade. There were 1,300 local paper jobs in 2009, down from 2,600 paper jobs in 1999. To the north, Cowlitz County’s paper industry contracted 42 percent over that time, to 2,100 jobs.Scott Bailey, Southwest Washington regional economist for the state Employment Security Department, said that China cannot shoulder all the blame for that decline.The industry has also lost jobs because of increased automation and corporate decisions to close, rather than upgrade, aging mills. “It comes down to profitability,” Bailey said. “There’s a cycle of new plants versus old plants. How much do you reinvest in the old plant and then finally pull the plug?”Scott Paul, executive director of Washington, D.C.-based Alliance for American Manufacturing, agreed that the Chinese government was not the sole cause of the industry’s decline.last_img read more

first_imgA Vancouver motorcyclist died Tuesday morning in a head-on crash with a tractor-trailer after the motorcycle crossed the centerline on state Highway 14 east of Washougal, according to Washington State Patrol.Matthew Runkle, 40, was traveling east on a Yamaha motorcycle at about 11:15 a.m. when he struck the tractor-trailer, which was loaded with recycled cans, WSP spokesman Will Finn said. The motorcycle then caught fire. A WSP trooper patrolling the area was one of the first to respond to the crash, which occurred just west of the Clark-Skamania county line and east of the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge.“He saw the plume of smoke as he was coming around the corner,” Finn said. The trooper quickly called for more resources while the driver of the tractor-trailer, David Newman, 36, of Tacoma grabbed his fire extinguisher, Finn said. An off-duty firefighter who also happened upon the scene used the trooper’s fire extinguisher to help Newman quickly douse the flames.Runkle was pronounced dead at the scene.Newman was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with neck pain, Finn said. His vehicle was towed from the scene. The two-lane stretch of highway was closed for about two and a half hours while WSP investigators documented the scene and collected evidence. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.last_img read more

Over 200 special needs children take flight above Opalocka

first_imgOPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) – It was special day for hundreds of children at the Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport.The nonprofit Vital Flight showed 253 special needs families that the sky really is the limit.Thirty-two pilots volunteered their time, talents and their aircraft for the event.“It is absolutely amazing, when these kids come off these airplanes, the smiles on their faces,” said Vital Flight pilot Michael Coviello.The pilot said some of the children who take part in these flights become inspired to pursue aviation. “I’ve actually had teachers in special needs programs call me and say, ‘My child in my class will not stop talking about this, and all they can think about is being a pilot someday,’” said Coviello. “They’ve gone from this notion that they’re challenged and limited to believing that sky’s the limit. It’s an amazing day.”This is the event’s 8th year in South Florida.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

B2B Exhibition Industry Continues to Grow

first_img B2B exhibition revenue suffered deep declines in 2008 and 2009, falling as much as 12 percent in Q2 2009, but has since rebounded alongside the overall domestic economy. Live events are the strongest source of revenue for B2B media companies, accounting for 44.6 percent of revenue in the first half of 2015, a figure that has generally remained consistent even as digital advertising revenues continue to eat away at print. The CEIR index examines performance metrics across fourteen industry sectors, including consumer goods, financial/legal/real estate, government, building/construction, and medical/health care, among others. Like in the first and second quarters, gross revenue saw the largest surge, up 4.6 percent from last year. Square feet followed at 3.3 percent, with exhibitors and professional attendance rising 2.9 and 1.6 percent, respectively. The U.S. business-to-business exhibition industry once again posted gains in the third quarter of 2015, growing 3.1 percent, according to The Center for Exhibition Industry Research’s (CEIR) measurement index, which takes into account gross revenue, net square feet of exhibit space, total exhibitors and profressional attendance figures. The industry has grown every quarter since early 2010, according to CEIR, but gains in 2015 have dwarfed those in recent years, with the index averaging quarterly year-over-year increases of 3.8 percent and outpacing overall GDP for the first time since 2013. Expansion slowed slightly in the third quarter compared to the first half of 2015, but still handily beat the quarterly increases from 2011 to 2014. Quarterly CEIR index year-on-year growth, 2008-2015last_img read more