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Kashmiri quizzed for terror links

first_imgA Kashmir resident was on Monday questioned for suspected terror activities after he was caught travelling without ticket on a train in Mathura.Bilal Ahmed Wani was detained for questioning after he was arrested on Sunday night. The police said Wani was taken to the police station after which the anti-terror squad was called. “We have not been able to confirm any terror links,” said ATS Inspector-General Aseem Arun. Wani was later sent to Anantnag with his family members. “We are investigating the issue along with the J&K police,” Mr. Arun said.last_img read more

Women’s Hockey: India closing gap with top teams, says coach

first_imgThe Indian women’s hockey team finished seventh among eight teams in his debut assignment at the Champions Challenge I, but coach CR Kumar believes that even though there are weak areas, the gap with the top teams has been reduced to an extent.CR Kumar feels team has reduce mistakesIndia’s final placement at the second tier tournament has given food for thought to the team management, which has an eye towards the Olympic qualifiers on home turf in February next year.”It’s a very short period to develop all the parameters to the desired level. Basically, we worked to balance every needs,” Kumar told Mail Today on Tuesday.Several senior players -such as goalkeeper Dipika Murthy, Surinder Kaur, Mamta Kharab and Subhadra Pradhan -did not make the trip to Dublin, Ireland, due to injury or personal issues and the coach said this affected the preparation of the team. “Many players carried injuries to the camp so we were unable to push them very hard. The advantage of the last camp is that we worked a lot with stick and ball and obviously we drastically reduced soft and silly mistakes.”The basics in ball handling have improved a lot. From this tournament we learnt that we have to enhance and perfect our current potential to match the demands,” Kumar said. Under previous coach Sandeep Somesh, India played three major events -World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Guangzhou Asiad -but failed to make a lasting impression.The most disappointing was the team’s failure to reach the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games on home turf after they had won a gold medal and a silver in the previous two editions. They also finished outside the medal bracket at the Asiad.advertisementKumar said the gulf with the top eight teams in the world, who were simultaneously in action at the Champions Trophy, has been reduced. “We have narrowed the gap. By saying that we have reduced goal conceding and we maintain better ball possession. Even the world champions have to play their best on the given day to win a game.” However, fitness and stamina continue to be areas of concern for the team.”The areas that we have to focus on are a high level of fitness, penetration and deep defending.”The critical areas will be focused when the next national camp gets underway in Bhopal. Kumar is also looking to provide more international exposure to the younger and more inexperienced players in the set-up.”India has many youngsters with potential but without much international experience. We are trying to bring them in and expose them to a higher level in the next camps. “Tournaments like the second Asian Champions Trophy, in Ordos, China, are crucial. Further programmes will be finalised to gain more international exposure to elevate the team’s standard before the Olympic qualifier,” the coach said.After his first tournament in charge, Kumar is in a much better position to assess what needs to be done in the days ahead.”At the Bhopal camp, we will give priority to develop speed, endurance and optimum strength,” he said. “Finishing skills as well as penetration, aggressive on and offthe- ball running, penalty corner conversion and defending and other set pieces will be our priority in this camp.” The Bhopal camp will start later this week and is expected to continue till August end before the team leaves for the Asian Champions Trophy.”We are planning to conduct tests with the support of Sports Authority of India and comprehensive suggestions from them,” Kumar said.The coach is insistent that the players themselves need to take responsibility for their fitness when they are not on national duty. “The homework and necessary advice have been given by the trainer. The national players have to join the national camp with optimum fitness. if they fail, the time taken to regain it will slow down our progress,” Kumar added.last_img read more

Juventus F.C.’s Gianluigi Buffon has open mind about Cardiff’s closed roof

first_imgThe first Champion’s League final to be played under a closed roof will create an ear-splitting atmosphere when Real Madrid take on Juventus on Saturday, but will have no impact on the result, says Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon.UEFA decided last week that the showpiece final would be played under the Principality Stadium’s retractable roof, with anti-drone security reasons cited as one factor.Speaking to reporters before Juve’s training session on the pitch on Friday – with the roof closed – Buffon recalled two previous occasions he kept goal without any hindrance from the elements.”I’ve already played in such conditions in Amsterdam against Ajax and at the World Cup in 2002 and there’s no real difference. If it preserves the pitch and the show, that’s fine,” the 39-year-old said.”I think it’s quite normal, I don’t mind. Perhaps the reason is a bit unclear, whether it’s for rain or security reasons.”For a city that gets more than its fair share of precipitation, the weather is expected to be fine and dry for Saturday’s evening kickoff in a stadium that often covers up for rugby internationals when the weather is inclement, providing Wales’s opponents agree.The roof became a major talking point during this year’s Six Nations championship when England coach Eddie Jones insisted that it remained open for his side’s clash with Wales.England went on to win 21-16.last_img read more

Russian athletes appeal against IOC doping ban for Winter Olympics, says CAS

first_imgThe Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Wednesday it has received 22 appeals from Russian athletes against bans handed out for doping offences at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.The Disciplinary Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had found the athletes violated anti-doping rules and barred them from the events in which they participated and forfeited all medals they had won.The athletes were also banned from taking part in any future Olympic games. Lausanne-based CAS said the athletes had requested a final decision be made before the start of next year’s winter games in South Korea.The IOC on Tuesday banned Russia from the event, citing evidence of a widespread doping regime.Earlier in the day, Russia reacted to the ban saying it was insulting and has come from external pressure.”The IOC decision is offensive and insulting. It is completely unjustified,” Alexei Kravtsov, president of the Russian Skating Union, told R-Sport agency.His counterpart at the Russian curling federation, lawmaker Dmitry Svishchev, accused the IOC of having succumbed to external pressure when making its decision.”I consider that the IOC’s decision is unprofessional,” Svishchev told Reuters. “I am profoundly convinced that it was made under pressure. Someone needed Russia not to participate in the Games.”Bobsleigh federation president Alexander Zubkov, who was stripped of his two gold medals from the 2014 Sochi Games and banned for life from the Olympics last month, told Reuters he was shocked by the IOC decision.”I am simply shocked by what is happening and what happened and by (IOC President) Thomas Bach’s decision regarding our country and our athletes.”advertisementMore than 20 Russian athletes have been banned for life from the Olympics in the past few weeks over doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Games.The bans came as a result of an IOC investigation into allegations of widespread doping among Russians and sample tampering by laboratory and security officials at the Sochi Olympics.The Russian authorities have repeatedly denied state involvement in doping and pledged to work with international sports bodies to curb the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs in the country.last_img read more

Solskjaer: Pogba is staying at Man Utd

first_imgManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is adamant Paul Pogba will stay at Old Trafford amid links to Real Madrid and Juventus.Pogba said a ‘question mark remains’ over his future following United’s 4-0 rout of Chelsea in their Premier League opener on August 11.While the Premier League’s transfer window has already closed, the La Liga and Serie A markets remain open until September 2 – prompting ongoing speculation about a possible move to Madrid or a sensational return to Juventus. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Solskjaer, however, has no concerns over star midfielder Pogba ahead of United’s trip to Wolves on Monday.”You [the media] always put question marks around Paul,” Solskjaer said.”I don’t think it’s odd saying enjoy playing, I have fun with my team-mates, I enjoy what I’m doing, I love my job and enjoy the game.”Of course that sentence with the question mark about him, there’s always question marks about Paul.”There’s not one press conference that I’ve not answered a question about Paul Pogba – 80 per cent of what he said was that he enjoyed that game and his time here.”I’ve got absolutely no concerns on Paul. For me, yeah, he’s going to stay.”Ole discusses the fierce competition for places at the heart of our defence #MUFC — Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 18, 2019 The French midfielder started and played all 90 minutes in Manchester United’s first match, a battering of Chelsea.Man Utd toppled Chelsea 4-0 in that season opener, with Pogba assisting the Red Devils’ final two goals with Marcus Rashford and Daniel James providing the finishes.Meanwhile, Solskjaer admitted United have ‘too many’ centre-backs following the world-record arrival of Harry Maguire from Leicester City.With Maguire now at the Theatre of Dreams, Solskjaer’s options also include Victor Lindelof, Axel Tuanzebe, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly, who is recovering from a serious knee injury.Argentina international Rojo was linked with a deadline-day move to Everton but a transfer did not materialise.Next up for Pogba and co. is a match against Wolves on Monday at the Molineux Stadium before taking on Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday.last_img read more

Yukon man happy video of RCMP officer hitting him has gone viral

first_imgAPTN National NewsJosh Skookum alleges he was brutalized by an RCMP officer seen in a video taken by an onlooker at a house party early Easter Sunday.The video was uploaded to Facebook minutes after the incident and has been viewed close to a million times.“I think it’s a good thing,” said Skookum, of Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation in the Yukon. “People deserve justice for not doing anything.”Skookum has a broken nose and two black eyes, but was charged with resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.APTN’s Shirley McLean has the story.last_img read more

Amazon HQ locations Similar basics but different vibes

first_imgNEW YORK — The two communities that learned Tuesday they are about to become homes to a pair of big, new East Coast bases for Amazon are both riverfront stretches of major metropolitan areas with ample transportation and space for workers.But there are plenty of differences between New York’s Long Island City and Crystal City in northern Virginia.Set within eyeshot of the nation’s capital, Crystal City is a thicket of 1980s-era office towers trying to plug into new economic energy after thousands of federal jobs moved elsewhere.Rapidly growing Long Island City is an old manufacturing area already being reinvented as a hub for 21st-century industry, creativity and urbane living.Seattle-based Amazon, which set out last year to situate one additional headquarters, announced Tuesday that it was splitting its project into two.A look at the two communities:LONG ISLAND CITYIt’s already the fastest-developing neighbourhood in the nation’s most populous city, and Amazon could pump up the volume in this buzzy part of Queens.The addition of Amazon to the neighbourhood stands to burnish New York City’s reputation as a tech capital. Landing Amazon also cements Long Island City’s transformation from a faded manufacturing zone to a vibrant, of-the-moment enclave of waterfront skyscrapers, modernized warehouses and artsy-tech ambience across the East River from midtown Manhattan.“I joke that we’re experiencing explosive growth 30 years in the making,” said Elizabeth Lusskin, president of the Long Island City Partnership, a neighbourhood development group.But Long Island City also has been straining to handle its growth.Days before Tuesday’s announcement , the city unveiled a $180 million plan to address Long Island City’s packed schools, street design and a sewage system that groans in heavy rain. But those projects will just catch up with current needs, said area City Councilman Jimmy van Bramer.“I know that there are a lot of people cheerleading for this, but HQ2 has to work for Queens and the people of Queens. It can’t just be good for Amazon,” said van Bramer, a Democrat. After the announcement, he said Amazon had “duped New York into offering unprecedented amounts of tax dollars to one of the wealthiest companies on Earth.”Once a bustling factory and freight-moving area, Long Island City saw many of its plants and warehouses closed as manufacturing shriveled in New York City.The neighbourhood’s rebirth began in the 1980s, when officials broached redeveloping a swath of the waterfront, while artists were drawn by warehouse spaces, affordable rents and a building that is now the MoMA PS1 museum. Silvercup Studios — where such TV shows as “Sex and the City,” ”30 Rock” and “The Sopranos” have been filmed — opened in 1983.Long Island City gained a new commercial stature, and the start of a high-rise skyline, when the banking giant now called Citi opened an office tower there in 1989. But the area’s growth lately has been driven by residential building.Some 9,150 new apartments and homes have been built since 2010, more than in any other New York City neighbourhood, according to the city Planning Department . Thousands more units are in the works.The location identified by the state as the spot for Amazon’s new campus is currently a collection of low-rise industrial buildings and parking lots wrapped around a boat basin.New York has striven for nearly a decade to position itself as a tech hotspot.Venture capitalists poured $5.8 billion into New York-area startups last quarter, more than any other region except the San Francisco area, according to the consulting and accounting firm PwC . Established tech giants, including Google and Facebook, have been expanding their New York footprints.Still, landing HQ2 represents “incredible validation of just how far New York has come,” said Jonathan Bowles, executive director of the Center for an Urban Future think-tank .Waiting for a subway, Long Island City community board chairwoman Denise Keehan-Smith could envision Amazon benefiting the neighbourhood.“But I think we have to be careful about it,” she said.CRYSTAL CITYIf any place in America can absorb 25,000 Amazon jobs without disruption, it may well be Crystal City, Virginia, where nearly that many jobs have vanished over the last 15 years.The neighbourhood in Arlington County is bounded by the Potomac River and the nation’s capital on one side, by the Pentagon on another and Reagan National Airport on a third.Despite its prime location and abundant transportation options, the neighbourhood has been hit by a massive outflow of jobs. The Patent and Trademark Office began moving more than 7,000 jobs out of Crystal City in 2003. In 2005, the Defence Department announced plans to move roughly 17,000 jobs elsewhere as part of a base realignment.Arlington County has worked hard to bring in new employers, and had some success. The Public Broadcasting Service moved its headquarters to Crystal City in 2006.Still, large swaths of the neighbourhood remain vacant. Among other challenges, the area has fought to overcome a reputation for outdated architecture.Crystal City is populated by ’70s and ’80s-era office buildings. The buildings are connected by a network of tunnels populated with food-court style dining options, hair salons and newsstands. The tunnels leave the ground-level outdoor streetscape sometimes looking empty.Brookings Institution urban planner Jenny Schuetz suggested the buildings may require an upgrade, or even replacement. But she noted that while people often associate tech companies with converted lofts or state-of-the art workspaces, many big Silicon Valley tech companies actually work out of ’80s-era office buildings.For all the talk about antiquated architecture, people who’ve actually worked in Crystal City appreciate its convenience and its worker-friendly features, including the tunnels.“I loved it here,” said Christine Gentry of Greenbelt, Maryland, as she ate breakfast in a largely empty food court. She works for the Patent and Trademark Office and preferred the days when her office was in Crystal City.“Everything is accessible here,” she said. “When it was raining or snowing or sleeting, I never had to go out.”Perhaps no place better illustrates the vibe of Crystal City than the region’s only revolving restaurant, the Skydome atop the Doubletree Crystal City. Diners enjoy a panoramic view of the D.C. skyline, completing a full rotation every 47 minutes.Sam Getachew, the hotel’s food and beverage manager, said the restaurant fits the neighbourhood’s retro atmosphere.“It’s huge draw,” Getachew said. “People come for the curiosity of it.”The only downside, he said, is that “when customers get up to go to the restroom, they don’t know where they are when they come back.”When Amazon announced its plans Tuesday, it said its footprint will extend beyond Crystal City into the adjacent neighbourhoods of Pentagon City and Potomac Yard, which have collectively been dubbed “National Landing” by the region’s economic development officials.___Barakat reported from Arlington, Virginia.Jennifer Peltz And Matthew Barakat, The Associated Presslast_img read more

NEATs Learn to Can Series

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern Environmental Action Team has brought back their canning and preserving sessions they share are designed for beginner and novice canners.With three different hands-on workshops, there is something to learn about canning, fermenting and pressure canning. Learn to CanCovers the basics of water bath canning and provides a broad overview of safe methods perfect for beginner or novice canners. $40 Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 – 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Calvary Baptist ChurchLearn to FermentCovers the basics of the fermenting process including science and safety. This class is perfect for those that have never fermented or have been experimenting and would like to learn more. $35Thursday, September 12th, 2019 and Tuesday, September 17th, 2019, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Calvary Baptist ChurchLearn to Pressure CanThis class builds on the Learn to Can and specifically focuses on pressure canning. You will learn how to safely and confidently can low acid items like soup stock and meat. While Learn to Can is not a prerequisite, it is recommended that participants have a basic knowledge/experience of canning. Thursday, September 26th, 2019, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Calvary Baptist Church To view the FB event page to select the session you would like to attend and purchase tickets; CLICK HERElast_img read more

UN agency zeroes in on green industry to lift poorest States out

7 December 2009The United Nations agency entrusted with accelerating sustainable industrial development in poorer States opened its general conference today, focusing on the opportunities offered by “green industries” in both combating climate change and attaining economic growth. “Rather than limiting growth, a green industrial revolution could and should form the core of our response to climate change, and may be our best hope of sustainable recovery from the economic crisis,” UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director-General Kandeh Yumkella told the opening session of the week-long conference in Vienna.“All developed nations have harnessed industry as the main driver of their prosperity, and it is still the best hope for ending poverty’s reign over the so-called ‘Bottom Billion’ of humankind,” he said, stressing that the potential is there for new clean methods of production, industries focusing on mitigation and adaptation services, and greater use of renewable energy.A recent global development trend is emerging in favour of investments in green industry, with reports suggesting that about 15 per cent of global stimulus packages in 2009 are green with investments in technologies, infrastructure and strategies to combat climate change, he added.The cost of producing renewable energy is dropping fast, with a rapid increase in production of solar panels and wind turbines leading to a 50 per cent and 20 per cent drop in unit prices respectively in 2009 alone, he said. Mr. Yumkella, a Sierra Leonean who today was elected to a second term as Director-General, also stressed the need for economic diversification, especially for those countries with an abundance of tradable natural resources.“Diversification provides security against volatility, and extends the benefits of growth to the many instead of the few,” he said, citing Malaysia as an example of a country that used the boon of natural resources – oil and gas revenues – first to fuel an agribusiness-led industrialization model, and later to build a fully diversified economy.In a message to the meeting, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the focus on industry’s role in sustainable green growth, noting that the conference coincided with the UN summit in Copenhagen on climate change. “Our shared goal is a fair and effective agreement that will reduce emissions while helping vulnerable communities adapt,” he said.“Industry is central to this effort. Industry and industrial policy can fuel new ways of thinking and acting, including a commitment to cleaner sources of energy and energy efficiency; a decisive move toward a low-carbon economy; and a new path to prosperity for the billions of people who have limited access to energy, water and other basics.”In recent years, UNIDO has assumed an enhanced role in global development by focusing on poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability, based on two core functions – as a global forum to disseminate industry-related knowledge, and as a technical cooperation agency to provide technical support and implement projects. read more

Lanka denies intimidating UN over Tamil deaths

Plantations Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told a press conference in the capital, Colombo, that he did not want to comment directly on the report.But he said: “How can you intimidate them [the UN]? They don’t get intimidated by anyone.” As the LTTE retreated from the government advance, they forced the civilians to come with them. According to the PoE most, though by no means all, of the civilian deaths were caused by government shelling. The Tigers shot people trying to escape and continued forcible conscription. The government rejected the report.The only international organisation left in the shrinking rebel zone was the International Committee of the Red Cross. Four days before the war ended the ICRC spoke of an “unimaginable humanitarian catastrophe”.Most of the media were completely excluded from the north. Five doctors in the rebel area who reported the casualty situation to the media were imprisoned by the government and in July 2009 paraded before the media and mysteriously recanted, saying fewer than 700 civilians died from January to May – a figure much lower than that the government this year admitted to. Palitha Kohona said his country had worked with senior UN officials. The Sri Lankan government has denied allegations that it intimidated UN staff at the end of the civil war.The claims were made in a UN report leaked to the BBC, in which the UN accused itself of failing the civilian Tamil population in the final stages of the conflict in 2009. The Sri Lankan UN ambassador said it was “absolute nonsense” to say a “small country” could intimidate the UN. The final months of the war saw hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians – 330,000, according to the UN Panel of Experts (PoE) report of 2011 – trapped in the territory held by the Tamil Tigers (LTTE). The UN’s investigation into its own conduct during the last months of the conflict concluded: “Events in Sri Lanka mark a grave failure of the UN.”It said the organisation should in future “be able to meet a much higher standard in fulfilling its protection and humanitarian responsibilities”.The report does highlight the positive role played by some UN staff on the ground and the secretary general, but it points to a “systemic failure”. It questions decisions such as the withdrawal of UN staff from the war zone in September 2008 after the Sri Lankan government warned it could no longer guarantee their safety.A Tamil school teacher now seeking asylum in Britain, said “We begged them [the UN], we pleaded with them not to leave the area. They did not listen to us.”The teacher who did not want to be named, added: “If they had stayed there, and listened to us, many more people would be alive today.”The UN’s former humanitarian chief, John Holmes, has criticised the report.Mr Holmes said the UN faced “some very difficult dilemmas” at the time and could be criticised for the decisions it had taken.“But the idea that if we behaved differently, the Sri Lankan government would have behaved differently I think is not one that is easy to reconcile with the reality at the time,” he told the BBC’s Newshour programme.In September 2009, Sri Lanka expelled the country spokesman for Unicef, James Elder, who had updated the media on the plight of children caught up in the conflict.Palitha Kohona, who was then permanent secretary at the Sri Lankan ministry of foreign affairs, accused him of spreading propaganda for the Tamil Tigers after he reported seeing babies with shrapnel and gunshot injuries.The government and Tamil rebels are accused of war crimes in the brutal conflict which ended in May 2009.The 26-year war left at least 100,000 people dead. There are still no confirmed figures for tens of thousands of civilian deaths in the last months of battle.An earlier UN investigation said it was possible up to 40,000 people had been killed in the final five months alone. Others suggest the number of deaths could be even higher.Hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians remained in the war zone, exploited by both sides: forcibly recruited by Tamil Tigers or used as human shields; or under indiscriminate government fire.On the day before the war ended, 17 May 2009, Mr Samarasinghe said: “Soldiers saved all the Tamil civilians trapped inside the war zone without shedding a drop of blood.” (BBC) read more

Condemning latest violence UN chief urges leaders to pull Iraq back from

“He condemns in the strongest terms the acts of terrorism and the heightened sectarian violence, which are aimed at ripping apart the country’s social fabric,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.The reported killing today of at least 50 people in a wave of car bombings in predominantly Shiite areas is just the latest occurrence of the kind of heinous violence which is becoming all too commonplace, the statement added. Mr. Ban extended his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and the Government of Iraq and wished the wounded a speedy recovery. He also urged the Iraqi authorities to bring the perpetrators of these attacks to justice.“Iraq is at another crossroads,” said the statement. “Its political leaders have a clear responsibility to bring the country back from the brink, and to leave no space to those who seek to exploit the political stalemate through violence and terror. “The Secretary-General urges Iraqi political leaders to address the legitimate grievances of all Iraqi communities by entering into a serious dialogue with a spirit of compromise, and by passing overdue legislation without further delay. The United Nations stands ready to assist the Government and people of Iraq in overcoming the crisis.”The UN envoy in Iraq has also called on political leaders to take immediate and decisive action to end the “senseless bloodshed” that has gripped the country. “I am deeply concerned about the heightened level of violence, which carries the danger that the country falls back into sectarian strife,” the Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Gyorgy Busztin, said in a news release.“Iraq is bleeding from random violence, which sadly reached record heights during the holy month of Ramadan,” noted Mr. Busztin, who serves with the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). read more

Buckeyes add pair of walkons to basketball squad

The Ohio State basketball team didn’t sign any new recruits for this season, but they did add two new players. In mid-October, the OSU basketball team held tryouts for new walk-ons to make the team. After all was said and done, two new walk-ons had impressed the coaching staff enough to earn a spot on the roster.Eddie Days, a 6-foot guard, and Dustin Reynolds, a 6-foot-6-inch forward, were the two players that made the team.“It was amazing. I‘ve always dreamed of playing here, playing at a big school like this and just being part of a great program,” Reynolds said. “I am living a dream every day, working hard and just trying to make the guys better.”Days also shared his excitement about making the team, the second time he has made the OSU roster.“I was real excited,” he said. “It’s something I’ve been working on since the beginning of the summertime.”   Days made the team two seasons ago, but could not stay on the team due to injuries. He is now healthy and ready to contribute. “I just want to fit in and become part of the team,” Days said. “I know my job; my job is to help out in practice and get those guys ready for the games.” The Cleveland native was a three-time letterwinner in basketball during high school at Richmond Heights. At OSU he will be a senior academically, but he will have two years left of eligibility to play basketball for the Buckeyes.  It was the first time going through the process for Reynolds. He played one season at Hillsdale College, but sat out last season with an injured back. Now injury-free, Reynolds will return to the basketball court wearing a Buckeye uniform. Reynolds led his high school team in scoring and rebounding. It was always his dream to play basketball for the Buckeyes, he said.In this first season with OSU, Reynolds will be red-shirted, since he transferred in to OSU from a different school. Under NCAA rules, a player who transfers between Division I schools must sit out a year. When he sees actual game action next season, he will have two years of eligibility remaining. This season, he will be a big part of helping the players get better at practice and preparing them for games. This same group of Buckeyes has been playing together for a year, so the players understand what it takes to win. Both walk-ons want to come in and fit into the system. They know their roles on this team and they just want to contribute to this already good basketball team. “I expect great things,” Reynolds said. “We’re having great practices and who knows, we’re just going to ride things out and see where it takes us.” read more

Sherborne Sensors launches gravityreferenced dual axis inclinometers

first_imgSherborne Sensors, a global leader in the design and manufacture of sensors has released the T820 series, a new range of high precision, gravity referenced dual axis inclinometers for measurements in space constrained environments such as borehole or well logging and seismic studies. Available for ranges from ±14.5° to ±60°, they are Sherborne’s smallest diameter inclinometers at just 23 mm in diameter and 161 mm in length.  The T820 Series includes the T823 with an environmentally sealed connector and cable system or theT825 with solder pin terminations. They can operate from a bi-polar input voltage range of ±12 to ±18 Vdc or single ended voltage range of 9 to 18 Vdc.  A high level output of ±5 Vdc is achieved for the bi-polar supplied unit and 0.5 to 4.5 Vdc for the single ended version.The T820 Series sensors are made from stainless steel to prevent corrosion and to reduce angular errors that can be caused by the mechanical flexibility found in alternative aluminium alloy constructed sensors. They also have an innovative precision angular alignment capability for increased installed resolution. The inclinometers continue to deliver precision accuracy in temperatures ranging from -18 to 70o C and will survive temperatures down to minus 40o C.“Borehole logging for the drilling minerals or as part of environmental or geotechnical studies requires high levels of precision and accuracy,” explains Mike Baker, Managing Director of Sherborne Sensors. “The T820 series has been designed to operate in the smallest of areas and can withstand high levels of mechanical shock without any degradation in performance.”Sherborne Sensors can customise all of its inclinometers designs and manufacture to conform to specific customer requirements.last_img read more

Fluor in EPCM agreement with Anglo for Quellaveco

first_imgFluor Corporation has received a limited notice to proceed from Anglo American for engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for the Quellaveco copper project in Peru. This is an additional opportunity in the stage-gate process for Anglo American to validate the economic case of the project. Fluor booked the mining contract for an undisclosed value in the first quarter of 2014.The Quellaveco project, one of the biggest copper projects in Peru, includes a copper production facility and port expansion. Fluor will provide project planning and early engineering services from its offices in Lima, Peru, and Santiago, Chile. “The Quellaveco project is an important project for Anglo American and for the country of Peru,” said Rick Koumouris, president of Fluor’s Mining & Metals business line. “We are very pleased to be selected by Anglo American to be their partner in progressing the development of the project and to continue Fluor’s 20-plus year legacy in Peru.” Additionally, Fluor will provide construction management and early works execution services for the project in southern Peru. The work is expected to be completed over the next 18 months.last_img read more

La Lune pourrait contenir 100 fois plus deau que prévu

first_imgLa Lune pourrait contenir 100 fois plus d’eau que prévuEspace – Une nouvelle étude menée à la Carnegie Institution de Washington sème le trouble chez les scientifiques. Selon elle, le satellite naturel de la Terre pourrait contenir une quantité d’eau 100 fois plus importante que ce qu’avaient estimé les précédentes recherches menées sur le sujet. Les récentes missions lunaires avaient déjà mis en évidence la présence d’eau gelée dans certains cratères à la surface du satellite, et de glace sous la couche de poussière grise recouvrant l’astre. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAUne nouvelle étude montre quant à elle qu’il pourrait y avoir assez d’eau à l’intérieur de la Lune pour recouvrir sa surface d’une mer d’environ un mètre de profondeur. “Pendant 40 ans, nous avons pensé que la Lune était aride” explique Francis McCubbin qui a conduit l’étude à la Carnegie Institution de Washington. “Nous avons trouvé qu’en réalité, la quantité minimum d’eau était comprise entre 64 parties par milliard et 5 parties par million – soit au moins deux ordres de grandeur de plus que les précédentes estimations”. Les scientifiques pensent aujourd’hui que la Lune a pu se former après qu’un objet de la taille de Mars est entré en collision avec la Terre, éjectant des matériaux qui ont fusionné sur la Lune. Si la majeure partie de l’eau formée alors s’est évaporée, il en est resté une quantité non négligeable.  Pas d’emballement cependant : selon ce rapport, cette eau n’est pas directement accessible, car prisonnière des roches lunaires. Ce n’est donc pas encore demain que l’Homme ira s’approvisionner en eau sur la Lune. Le 18 juin 2010 à 09:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

TCIG Receives Donation of Printer from Private Sector Partner

first_img Stray livestock causing trouble, owners warned Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Oct 2014 (TCIG NEWS RELEASE) – The Ministry of Environment and Home Affairs, Department of Agriculture, is the recent recipient of a HP printer from its private sector partner Cairsea Services Limited. This donation enables the Department to boost the efficiency with which it prepares and issues permits to the many importers and shippers throughout the Islands. It provides the Department with more redundancy in its printing capacity. Delivery of import permit services is time sensitive and agricultural goods cannot be cleared from the ports without these documents. This donation also comes at a time when the numbers of applications for import permits will increase due to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Dr. Mark Butler, Chief Veterinary Officer stated; “This is a perfect example of local businesses assisting governmental departments to facilitate the much needed services upon which the public depends. “The Department would like to personally thank Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Thompson and Mr. Seymour of Cairsea Services Limited for their generosity in donating this much needed gift.”ENDS Government Press OfficeWaterloo Road, Grand TurkTurks & Caicos IslandsTel: (649) 338-3924/ 338-3925Ext: 3924/3925Email: tcigpressrelease@gov.tcWeb: gov.tc/pressofficeWe are on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pressofficetcig Related Items:chief veterinary, department of agriculture, mark butler, Ministry of Environment and Home Affairs Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp New Director for Agriculture vows to create Policy Recommended for you Pet passports now approved for travel between The Turks and Caicos and Canadalast_img read more

State educators adapt to new Every Student Succeeds Act

first_imgThe state education department is seeking public input on a new plan to meet Alaska’s unique education challenges. Under the new federal law, Every Student Succeeds Act, the state must design its own requirements to meet the standards under the new federal law.Every Student Succeeds replaces the old No Child Left Behind federal program. Margaret MacKinnon is a director of accountability with the Alaska department of education. She said the public is invited to attend any one of a series of webinars now being offered to present the key elements of a state plan for measuring schools and districts.“Well the state has more flexibility under this new law to create some options for sections of the state plan, so we have created a series of five webinars that are available not only to invited members of educational organizations, but also to the general public,” MacKinnon said. “They will have an opportunity to have an overview of what the elements of the plan will be, and then to give us some of their ideas on what they value most.”Mackinnon said local control of educational systems is a priority with the state Board of Education.“Well the new law made some significant changes in giving more control back to states, local education agencies and schools in designing the best system for the state,” Mackinnon said.MacKinnon said all people are invited to join in the webinars.The webinars started Wednesday and are repeated four times through June 13. The webinars can be accessed through the state department of education home page on the state of Alaska website at www.education.alaska.gov under News and Announcements.last_img read more

49 Voices Darlena Fritzler of Wasilla

first_imgThis week we’re hearing from Darlena Fritzler, of Wasilla. Fritzler is the Development Manager for the Alaska branch of the YWCA.Listen Now Darlena Fritzler lives in Wasilla. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)FRITZLER: Our mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. We’re actually not related to the YMCA at all, which is a very common misconception. The YWCA used to stand for Young Women’s Christian Association a very long time ago. Now it’s just initials. We like to say Young Women Can Achieve.Anchorage specifically has the most diverse population in the United States. (Editor’s note: While Anchorage has the nation’s most diverse neighborhood: Mountain View, as a municipality, Alaska’s largest city is about average in diversity when compared to the rest of the United States.) We speak at least, last time I looked, 90 different languages in our schools. So I think with that, we have a ton of issues when it comes to eliminating racism for instance.I’m obviously privileged. I’m a white woman, a professional woman. And I don’t see a whole lot of the prejudice that a lot of other people do. My husband is not; he’s Hispanic and, growing up here, he grew up in a completely white family, and he doesn’t notice when it happens to him.For instance, we went to Washington a few months ago. And I’m TSA pre-check…. never have a problem. Go through the airport, no problem. He gets pulled every time for the “special search”. And he’s military, he’s the superintendent for a Native corporation, and that happens to him everywhere we go. So seeing that has definitely given me a different perspective.I think that that’s the beauty of being Alaskan, that we’re not all the same. In Alaska you can almost be anything you want. If you can do anything, it’s just to remember that we’re all people, and to always be kind. I mean, that’s like the Golden rule. Just respect each other.last_img read more