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Team India commemorates Armed Forces Week during Delhi Test

first_imgThe Indian cricket team sported the Armed Forces Flag badges to honour the Armed Forces Week on the first day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi.Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat in the third Test against Sri Lanka on Saturday. The hosts won the second Test in Nagpur by an innings and 239 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The first Test in Kolkata had ended in a draw.#TeamIndia sport the Armed Forces Flag badges to commemorate the Armed Forces Week #ArmedForcesFlagDay pic.twitter.com/EjJfHjagNY- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 2017India have made two changes to their starting eleven. Shikhar Dhawan replaced Lokesh Rahul while Mohammed Shami has been included instead of out-of-form Umesh Yadav.Sri Lanka, looking to avoid their fifth defeat in six Tests against India this year, have made three changes.Lahiru Thirimanne and Dasun Shanaka were replaced by Dhananjaya de Silva and Roshen Silva.Left-arm unorthodox leg-spinner Lakshan Sandakan was included in place of the injured Rangana Herath.(With inputs from AP)You can do your bit for the Armed Forces and contribute to the #ArmedForcesFlagDayFund here – http://164.100.158.73/donateaffdf.htm pic.twitter.com/5fLI36iMnu- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 2017last_img read more

WIN Enterprises: 1U HPC with AMD Naples EPYC 7000 SoC processor

first_img Continue Reading Previous ARBOR: Micro-ATX industrial motherboard with 6th gen Intel Core processorsNext IAR announces major update of Renesas RH850 tools WIN Enterprises announces the PL-81280, a 1U high-performance rack-mounted networking system designed for use in the cloud and datacenter. The appliance supports the AMD Naples EPYC 7000 SoC processor. The System on Chip processor features integrated security and graphics capabilities.The EPYC processor achieves breakthrough computing performance offering up to 32 processing cores. Big data analytics and in-memory databases are accelerated with the additional parallelism enabled by this microarchitecture. Overall throughput is optimized in data intensive environments by two standard PCIe X16 slots that support two 100 Gigabit Ethernet adapter cards. PL-81280 supports up to 4 NIC modules and has multiple Ethernet module bays that enable flexible port configuration that include 1/10/40 Gigabit fiber and Gigabit copper with BYPASS option. Strong IO elements include Ethernet ports for management and optional IPMI, a console port, two USB 3.0 ports, a Graph LCD module, 5-key interface, and LEDs for power/HDD/2 x GPIO. In addition, PL-81280 supports one 3.5” or two 2.5” SATA HDDs/SSDs, one m-SATA and two M.2 2280/22110 slots to accommodate basic network storage applications. WIN Enterprises will customize the PL-81280 based on a customer’s more specific market needs.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Salaam Cricket 2019: Kapil Dev greatest Indian cricketer ever, says Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgSunil Gavaskar said Kapil Dev was the greatest Indian cricketer ever because he could change matches with bat and ball. Kapil Dev was captain when India lifted the World Cup in 1983 at Lord’s and Gavaskar continues to be great friends with the legendary all-rounder.Speaking at Salaam Cricket 2019, Sunil Gavaskar said Kapil Dev was the first real athlete in Indian cricket – Kapil, as is well known, is an avid golfer.Kapil was the first real athlete in Indian cricket. He plays good squash, snooker and golf. He is the first athlete who would have been good at any field. From there, the Indian team also started to look at all-rounders.Kapil changed the whole outlook. That is the reason I call him the greatest Indian cricketer ever. He could change matches India with bat or ball, Gavaskar said at Salaam Cricket 2019.Shane Warne said Kapil Dev would have earned a lot of money had he been playing the Indian Premier League.Sunil Gavaskar and Shane Warne began Salaam Cricket 2019 with some rivetting tales from their playing days. Before the session, Gavaskar and Warne picked their favourite moments at Lord’s.While Gavaskar picked 1983’s World Cup winning moment as his favourite, Shane Warne said his most memorable moment was in 1999 when Australia won their 2nd World Cup, also at Lord’s.Also Watch:last_img read more

‘It feels nice, really nice,’ says Sweden’s Mikael Lustig after Germany exit

first_imgThe Sweden and Celtic defender Mikael Lustig told Aftonbladet: “It is never wrong to eliminate Germany considering their behaviour [on Saturday] and considering what some players have said. It feels nice. I am not going to deny that. It feels really nice.“I won’t name them but there were two players who ran past me and shouted straight at my face. They were mocking me. I didn’t say anything back because I was so shocked.” Sweden Share on Pinterest Read more The ill-feeling between the two countries stems from their meeting at the group stage, which Germany won 2-1 after a late Toni Kroos free-kick. The Swedes were irritated that two Germany officials walked over to the bench and clapped in their faces after the final whistle.“Some of the group leaders of their team celebrated by running in our direction, rubbing it into our faces by making gestures,” the coach, Janne Andersson, said after Saturday’s game. “That really got me annoyed and angry. We had fought it out for 90 minutes and at the end you should shake hands.”Sweden beat Mexico 3-0 on Wednesday to secure their place in the last 16, where they will face Switzerland, and the captain, Andreas Granqvist, could be seen laughing when told that Germany had lost 2-0 to South Korea and were going home. This was not the Germany we are used to – I feel completely empty Several Swedish players have admitted they were pleased to see Germany knocked out of the World Cup. “It is sad for Germany,” said the forward Marcus Berg, “but this is the thing: karma can be a bad thing sometimes.” NewsWise Topics Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Germany World Cup 2018 Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share on Facebook World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Thomas Hitzlsperger World Cup Reuse this contentlast_img read more

‘Sessegnon is more Marcelo than Bale’

first_imgRyan Sessegnon ‘Sessegnon more Marcelo than Bale’ – Jokanovic sees Man Utd target ending up at a ‘big club’ Chris Burton 23:10 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ryan Sessegnon Fulham 2017-18 Getty Images Fulham Real Madrid Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur Primera División Premier League Championship Gareth Bale Marcelo The Fulham teenager has generated plenty of interest with his efforts this season and is being tipped to follow in some illustrious footsteps Ryan Sessegnon has drawn comparisons to Real Madrid star Gareth Bale with his performances this season, but Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic considers a man destined for the top to be more like Marcelo.Having only just turned 18, the Cottagers starlet has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence in 2017-18 .A healthy haul of 16 goals and seven assists have helped Fulham to within touching distance of the Premier League, as they prepare to face Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final , and seen Sessegnon linked with big-money moves to Manchester United and Tottenham . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now He is considered to be of the Bale mould, with the Welshman having also started out as a left-back before moving up the field and earning interest from afar, but his club manager believes he is destined to be an attacking full-back, rather than a winger.Jokanovic told Cadena Ser on an exciting talent: “He can play in two positions, as left-back or at left wing, and that is why he is being compared to Bale.”Bale also started in that position before he made the switch to become a more attacking player. From my point of view, Sessegnon can play in different roles but I honestly think he could be more like an offensive back of a big team, like Marcelo.”He has no physical resemblance to Marcelo but he is a player that can cover a lot of ground, needs space and can attack that space. I’m using him in the position that I am, but he can perfectly cover two positions.”Bale ended up in Madrid via Southampton and Tottenham, and Sessegnon may soon be treading a similar path.He is tied to a contract at Fulham until 2020 but, having already helped England to European U19 Championship glory, it is expected that he will be moving on in the not too distant future .Jokanovic added: “He is an incredible player and I personally believe he will end up at a big club. We shall see.”Many young players in England have gone very early in their careers to big teams and they don’t find any space. He opted to stay in the Championship and has a lot of experience in the tournament. I think he has done the right thing.”last_img read more

REFEREES “ENGAGED” IN THE 2007 X BLADES NATIONAL 18S ACTION

first_imgOn top of non-stop action and beautiful weather there has been some romance at the 2007 X-Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships.Referee Aaron McRoberts chose a photo shoot on the first day of the tournament to propose to his girlfriend and fellow referee, Jillian Donoghue. Aaron said he decided to pop the question in front of all the referees because they were all friends of Jillian and himself.  “I wanted her to be surprised in front of her friends. I wanted her to be happy and feel comfortable,” he said. Aaron and Jillian have only been together for eight months. They met through Touch Football – Jillian is Aaron’s refereeing coach!The couple, from south-east Victoria, has already decided that they will be married in November. “She told me two weeks ago that I had to buy the rings but I played dumb. I hid it and said I didn’t have enough money but I’d already bought the rings by then anyway so it was just a matter of hiding them to get up to Coffs Harbour from Victoria,” Aaron said.  Jillian said that neither of them was the authoritarian at home but Aaron admitted his soon-to-be wife kept him under control. Aaron said he was much more nervous about the proposal than officiating Australia’s best junior Touch Footballing talent. “She almost caught me this morning trying to get the ring into the bag. I was very nervous asking her. When I stood up my legs were shaking. You only get to do it once…hopefully!” The message about the happy couple’s engagement was spread around the stadium by Tony ‘The Blackest Cat’ Eltakchi on the PA system. Unfortunately Tony confused the message and ‘accidentally’ announced that TFA Game Development Officer and Level 6 Referee Glen Richardson was the one that had proposed.“A couple of the referees have just been engaged,” he said. “We believe one of the referees was Glen Richardson but we are not sure who the other guy is.” Jillian a Level 6, and Aaron a Level 4, are looking forward to continuing their involvement in the game in the future…may they have many happy “duals” in the future…last_img read more

Vivo V15 will go against Oppo F11 Pro, launching in India on March 15 for Rs 22,990

first_imgVivo V15 will go against Oppo F11 Pro, launching in India on March 15 for Rs 22,990With the V15 Vivo is looking to take on the likes of the newly launched Oppo F11 Pro, which has been priced at Rs 24,990. The Vivo V15 is expected to be priced at Rs 22,990.advertisement Sneha Saha New DelhiMarch 8, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 18:00 IST HIGHLIGHTSVivo launched the V15 Pro in India last month.Vivo is now gearing up to launch the younger brother of the V15 Pro aka V15.Vivo V15 will launch in India on March 15.Vivo launched the V15 Pro in India last month. The smartphone packs several futuristic features and comes for Rs 28,990. Vivo is now gearing up to launch the younger brother of the V15 Pro aka V15 in India on March 15, a report from 91Mobiles suggests. The company is yet to officially confirm the India launch date of the Vivo V15. Alongside the launch date, the leaked report also reveals the complete specs sheet and the price of the Vivo V15 too.According to the report, the Vivo V15 will be a stripped down version of the Pro and will come with a price tag of Rs 22,990. With the V15 Vivo is looking to take on the likes of the newly launched Oppo F11 Pro, which has been priced at Rs 24,990. Overall the Vivo V15 will have the same design as the V15 Pro. This means that the Vivo V15 will come with pop-up selfie camera on front and gradient finish design of the back panel.Specs wise the Vivo V15 turns out to be slightly different from the Pro version. The leaked report suggests that the Vivo V15 will come packed with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor instead of an in-display fingerprint sensor as we have seen on the Pro version. The phone is expected to sport a 6.53-inch 19.5:9 FHD+ Ultra FullView display. The screen of the V15 will be protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and offers a screen to body ratio of 91.64 per cent, this means expect good viewing angles.On the hardware front, the Vivo V15 will be powered by Helio P70 processor which is also seen powering the Oppo F11 Pro. The V15 is said to be available in only one variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The phone will also reportedly pack Mali-G72 MP3 GPU which will help drive the overall gaming performance of the phone.advertisementSimilar to the Vivo V15 Pro the upcoming V15 will come with triple cameras on the rear panel. On the back panel, the Vivo V15 will sport a primary 12MP camera, 8MP secondary camera and 5MP third sensor. On the front, the Vivo V15 will come packed with a 32MP camera with f 2.0 aperture for clicking selfies. The phone will run FunTouch OS 9 based on Android 9.0 Pie and will be backed by a 4,000mAh battery with Dual Engine fast charging.As far as the overall specs sheet is concerned the Vivo V15 undoubtedly stands pretty well against the Oppo F11 Pro. The leaked report suggests that the Vivo V15 will launch in India on March 15 and the sale will also start on the same date on both offline stores and online retail platforms like Flipkart and Amazon.in for Rs 22,990.ALSO READ | Vivo V15 Pro review: Beautiful and packed with NEXt-gen techALSO READ | Vivo V15 Pro quick review: Inspired by NEX, this is next-generation Vivo at a more affordable priceGet 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 bySneha Saha Tags :Follow vivoFollow androidlast_img read more

New Music Monday: Our Favorite Songs from 2014

first_img The Best Father and Son Matching Outfits A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care Editors’ Recommendations Where to Find Artwork to Match Your Style The New Alex Mill Collection Is Packed With Your Fall Style Essentials 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home New Music Monday is moving in a new direction. Today and next Monday we’ll be looking back through 2014 at some of our favorite tunes of the year, and the week after that, we will discuss the most anticipated records of 2015.This week we focus on our five favorite tracks from New Music Monday artists.5. PHOX – “Slow Motion” from PHOX (Partisan Records)The list begins with “Slow Motion,” the breezy lead single from PHOX’s self-titled debut record. The septet plays an appealing brand of indie pop that features tinges of folk, Americana, and even Caribbean music. The standout element on both “Slow Motion” and PHOX, however, is lead singer Monica Martin’s voice. Even with myriad instruments (including the less-than-common flugelhorn and banjo), Martin’s voice shines through gorgeously.Purchase PHOX on Amazon or iTunes.4. Wye Oak – “The Tower” from Shriek (Merge Records)Shriek, Wye Oak’s fourth full-length, sees the band moving in a new sonic direction. After two years of constant touring in support of the band’s previous record Civilian, Jenn Wasner found herself exhausted by the guitar. For songwriting purposes, Wasner exchanged her guitar for an electric bass, and the new album introduces synthesizers to the mix. “The Tower” is the track that first introduced Wye Oak’s new sound and for good reason. The song’s mood holds true to the music Wye Oak perfected on Civilian while introducing not only synthesizers but elements of synth pop.Purchase Shriek on Amazon or iTunes.3. Field Report – “Home (Leave the Lights On)” from Marigolden (Partisan Records)Wye Oak aren’t the only band on our list to add synths to expand their sound. Field Report’s sophomore record, Marigolden, finds the band’s sound growing even as its members shrink from seven to four. The album runs the musical gamut, from the Traveling Wilburys-esque pop of “Home,” to the Neil Young-inspired piano ballad “Ambrosia,” to the electronic sonic landscape of “Wings.”Purchase Marigolden on Amazon or iTunes.2. Sondre Lerche – “Lucifer” from Please (Mona Records)Please finds Sondre Lerche’s songwriting and lyrics in fine form. Though much of the record was written beforehand, the album centers on Lerche’s divorce from his wife of eight years. “Lucifer” features some of Please‘s strongest lyrics and arrives at its center. Despite the song’s title it does not fall into accusations or recriminations, but rather finds Lerche examining himself and his dark side, or as he sings “indulg[ing] the dusk.”Purchase Please on Amazon or iTunes.1. Cold Specks – “A Formal Invitation” from Neuroplasticity (Mute Records)After her Polaris Prize-nominated debut, I Predict a Graceful Explosion, Al Spx had the opportunity to work with artists like Moby, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Swans. She even made a guest appearance at Joni Mitchell’s 70th birthday party alongside Herbie Hancock. Those collaborations are reflected on Spx’s sophomore album, Neuroplasticity, which ranks among the best releases of 2014. Michael Gira of Swans makes appearances on “Exit Plan” and “A Season of Doubt,” which Akinmusire appears on as well, but it is “A Formal Invitation” that is the record’s strongest track. Aptly called an “apocalyptic, goth-folk epic” by AllMusic, “A Formal Invitation” burns slow and strong for four and a half minutes before ending with the ominous line, “Smother you with silence until you choke on dead air.”Purchase Neuroplasticity on Amazon or iTunes.last_img read more

A Foreign Student’s Opinion on the Diversity of Moroccans

By Johanna MeyerRabat – When talking about Morocco with westerners one often hears of the beautiful Sahara Desert at night with its clarity of stars, of the souks in Marrakech, tagines and Friday couscous, but one seldom hears of the sheer diversity of Moroccans themselves. The first aspects of Morocco that struck me, upon arrival, were the many languages I heard on the street, followed by the wide array of attire worn by people of all ages.I frequently step into a taxi in which the driver speaks three to five languages fluently. As I half failingly attempt to tell him my destination in my broken Darija, I often sit next to a fellow female taxi patron wearing a djellaba and hijab who in tern is sitting next to her friend wearing the latest on trend platform shoes with skinny jeans and a sleeveless top. This deliberate choice of garb is not a mere representation of preferences for fashion trends, but can also be indicative of one’s level of religiosity or interpretation of their faith. In less jargon-filled words, perhaps the woman wearing her djellaba and hijab has a different interpretation of how to embody her devotion to Islam than her friend without a hijab, who may also be a Muslim woman.Yet, these different choices hold no bearing on the bonds of friendship I witness in my taxi. It seems each day I spend in Morocco I see the triumph of relationships over personal beliefs and any superficial sense of superiority. This diversity of interaction among people of different faith interpretations is rare to witness in my homeland and is a beauty to behold in Morocco.Diversity is accompanied by acceptance, which I have found to be a defining characteristic of my experience in Morocco. Even when I have looked physically different from others with my foreign face and opinions, I have been treated with respect and dignity.Moroccans have a beautiful way of not allowing the diversity of others to negatively impact their lives, even when they do not agree with the choices or beliefs of those around them. It seems commonplace in Morocco to experience not simple tolerance, but a higher level of acceptance of the true diversity of the human spirit. read more

Financing tops discussion among administrative heads of UNbacked tribunals

Silvana Arbia of the ICC, John Hocking of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Adama Deng of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Binta Mansara of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), and Herman von Hebel of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon attended the two-day gathering in Venice, Italy. Updating progress made by their respective institutions, the Registrars conferred on securing necessary funding and efficiently using resources, identifying governance, effective decision-making and budgeting processes as key ares of concern. They also discussed the need to retain qualified staff, particularly among tribunals and courts wrapping up their work. The Registrars agreed to explore common strategies regarding cooperating with countries on enforcing sentences and witness protection. 3 July 2009The Registrars, or top administrative officials, of the International Criminal Court (ICC), United Nations tribunals and courts backed by the world body wrapped up a meeting today focusing on funding and resources. read more

Windstorm packs a punch

Ice floes blown ashore in Port Dover during Sunday’s wind storm made short work of this snow fence on the Walker Street beach. Parts of Port Dover suffered heavy flooding during Sunday’s windstorm. Harsh winters such as this are tough on areas along the lakeshore.Especially hard hit during this time of high lake levels is Long Point. The entire length of Hastings Drive in Long Point is closed until further notice due to ice and water over the road allowance.Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said the severe late winter weather is pay back for mild weather in December and early January. And it’s not over yet.“We are going to round out the end of February with below seasonal temperatures, for the most part,” he said.– With files from Postmedia News PORT DOVER — This weekend’s wind storm created hazardous conditions in Norfolk and surrounding area but there are no reports of injuries arising from it.A 70-year-old angler had a close call Sunday morning when he ventured onto Long Point Bay for some ice fishing.The man got offshore some distance south of Booth’s Harbour when he realized he was unable to manoeuvre due to strong gusts. Police report he ended up lying on the ice, anchoring himself in place with an ice pick until help arrived.Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said Norfolk firefighters from three stations brought the man to shore safely.However, Sanchuk said anglers and anyone else venturing onto the ice needs to think twice when winds are as violent as they were on Sunday.“We need people to use common sense,” Sanchuk said in a social media posting from Booth’s Harbour. “Not only did he risk his life, he risked the lives of emergency personnel who attended. Today is not a day for ice fishing.“We’re lucky we’re not dealing with a fatality here. Stay off the ice. It’s not worth your life or the life of innocent emergency personnel.”There was another close call on Victoria Street in Simcoe Sunday morning when a large tree came down across the road. The incident caused serious damage to the front end and hood of an approaching motorist, who was not injured.The late winter storm occurred when a mass of warm, moist air from the south clashed with a cold front from the north. The resulting wind storm packed gusts in excess of 120 kilometres an hour along lakeshore areas and lasted about 24 hours.As often happens with wind events of this kind, the gusts created a storm surge that caused serious flooding in Port Dover along the Lynn River and Harbour Street and Walker Street. The flooding along Walker Street extended east to the intersection of St. Andrew Street. Norfolk OPP / Twitter photo The storm surge necessitated another rescue near the intersection of River Drive and Grand Street in Port Dover north of the Highway 6 lift bridge. Norfolk OPP report firefighters successfully extricated a 77-year-old woman from her home as the water welled up around her property.After the cold front blew through Sunday, the county had to bring heavy equipment in to low-lying areas of Port Dover and remove a thick layer of ice. The ice is in a big pile on Harbour Street near the intersection of St. George Street. The pile is so large that this section of Harbour Street will be off-limits to traffic until the ice melts or is removed.The wind storm caused havoc on roads in southern Ontario when the snow began to fly. White-out conditions were reported in some areas that persisted into Monday. Schools and bus service in Norfolk County were cancelled due to the inclement weather. This marked the seventh snow day for schools this year.Wind storms have the effect of identifying weakened trees, limbs and branches. Evergreen trees are especially vulnerable because they don’t drop their leaves and they tend to have shallow, lateral root systems.Local cemeteries are vulnerable to wind storms because of their mature trees. Limbs and branches came down in Oakwood Cemetery in Simcoe, Port Dover Cemetery and Greenwood Cemetery in Waterford this weekend but previous wind storms have done much more damage.Greenwood superintendent Harold Sonnenberg said Monday that he was pleasantly surprised by how well the Waterford cemetery stood up to this weekend’s weather. There are limbs and branches down, he said, but nothing that can’t be cleaned up in half an hour or so.“Every time the wind blows, something comes down,” Sonnenberg said. “These are old trees.” Monte Sonnenberg / Simcoe Reformer read more

Annan urges aid to Palestinians resumption of political dialogue on Middle East

“The Palestinian people are facing a threat of economic collapse and social destitution,” Mr. Annan warns in his report to both the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council. “Continued emergency economic and social assistance is needed, but this cannot be a substitute for a resumption of political dialogue and progress towards an agreed solution.”The Secretary-General says “the tightening closure regime in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, implemented by Israel as its response to terrorist attacks on its citizens, is the immediate and single most important cause of this looming economic and social crisis,” which was undermining efforts to pursue a reform process for the Palestinian Authority.The report also points to the difficulties faced by relief workers aiming to foster long-term progress, support the repair of physical and institutional damage, and respond to the growing emergency humanitarian needs of the population. “The aid community is attempting to do this in a context of violence and violations of the norms established by international humanitarian law pertaining to the protection of civilians,” Mr. Annan observes, voicing particular concern about impediments faced by humanitarian personnel in reaching civilian victims of the conflict.The Secretary-General calls on the parties to fully respect their obligations under international humanitarian law, and to facilitate the work of UN agencies and the donor and aid communities. He also calls on the international community to fund assistance programmes for the Palestinian people, especially those being carried out by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).Mr. Annan also pledges that the UN will continue “to advocate an end to violence, including terrorism, and to promote a meaningful resumption of political dialogue between the parties leading to the achievement of a comprehensive, just and lasting political settlement of the conflict based on relevant United Nations resolutions and ‘land for peace.'” In concert with these efforts, the UN will continue to seek “a resumption of progress towards an economically vibrant region where Palestinian living conditions, as well as those of Israel and all others in the region, would provide a strong underpinning to peace and reconciliation between peoples,” he writes. read more

UN reports foreign direct investment hit 14 trillion in 2013 upward trend

According to the ‘World Investment Report 2014,’ produced by the Geneva-based UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), foreign direct investment (FDI) rose 9 per cent in 2013 to $1.45 trillion. “UNCTAD projects that FDI flows could rise to $1.6 trillion in 2014, $1.7 trillion in 2015 and $1.8 trillion in 2016,” the UN agency reported. The predicted rise in FDI would be mainly driven by investments in developed economies as their economic recovery strengthens, but fragility in some emerging markets and risks related to policy uncertainty and regional conflict could derail the gains, said UNCTAD.In addition, direct investment to developing economies is expected to remain high. Developing countries and transition economies constitute half of the top 20 economies ranked by FDI inflows, which includes China, Chile, Colombia and India. Of the total FDI, about 39 per cent was to developed countries, while a new high of $778 billion – or 54 per cent – was reported to developing economies. The top destination remains China and the Asian region, which attracted more than $420 billion in foreign investment last year.This overall growth demonstrates the “great potential of international investment, along with other financial resources, to help reach the goals of a post-2015 agenda,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in the preface of the report, referring to the development targets that will follow after 2015, the deadline to reach the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Highlighting the importance of transnational corporations, Mr. Ban added that this year’s report offers an action plan for galvanizing the role of businesses in achieving the future sustainable development goals, as well as enhancing the private sector’s positive economic, social and environmental impacts.These aims will have significant resource implications. Global investment needs are around $5 trillion to $7 trillion per year, according to UNCTAD, the majority of which is in developing countries and includes mainly basic infrastructure, such as roads, water and sanitation, as well as agriculture and rural development, climate change mitigation and adaptation, health and education. read more

Coal miners put cap on fatigue – technology to stop operators falling

first_imgAustralia’s coal industry has designed what the Queensland Resources Council describes as “a world-first technology to alert heavy-vehicle drivers when they are tired and potentially reduce the number of driving incidents. Development of the tool started in 2004 at CRCMining as part of a project funded by the Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP) and additional support from Anglo Coal Australia.”CRCMining engineer Dr Daniel Bongers explains the project arose when CRCMining was approached by one of its industry members who had tested fatigue gadgets and technologies and found that none of them would work for the mining industry. “The majority of technologies used either eye or head behaviour or operator-response time to determine the level of fatigue. A limitation common to these technologies is the inability to cope with driver-to-driver variations,” he said. “This means that these technologies deduced fatigue levels based on an individual’s response or behaviour rather than the direct, physiological measurement of fatigue.’The SmartCap provides real-time measurements of fatigue and aims to dramatically reduce serious and minor safety incidents. “The system can also determine when the cap is not being worn on the head but is still connected by Bluetooth to the display,” Bongers said. “For example, it could be sitting on the seat beside the driver, or resting on the driver’s lap. Within 20 seconds, the system status changes to ‘cap off’.”Bongers says the look and feel of the SmartCap is expected to win over operators and has already attracted interest from operations in Chile, Indonesia, Northern Africa, the USA, and around Australia. “We ran field trials at two central Queensland mines last year (Anglo Coal’s Callide and Capcoal mines) with successful results,” he said. “This has led to the final stage of commercial development, which we expect to finish by early next year. The outcomes of the project will promote a growing culture of fatigue awareness and its widespread adoption will help operations significantly reduce fatigue-related injuries and fatalities.“At present, we’ve only costed the solution for haul trucks, which we expect to be A$10,000 per truck including the charging unit, remote display, processing cards, central monitoring server, software, and a supply of caps (low cost consumable).”The state-of-the-art SmartCap looks like a normal baseball cap but contains a number of sophisticated sensors concealed in the lining to measure brainwave information through hair. The wearer’s level of alertness is determined every half-second. Confirmed alertness/fatigue information is communicated wirelessly to a fixed or mobile Bluetooth device such as a mobile phone, PDA, or on a slimline or industrial SmartCap touch screen display.When a fatigue danger limit is reached, a warning message is sent from the operator’s cap to the display, notifying the operator and/or supervisors of the threat and the need to stop work.“We also expect to design a hard hat version of the SmartCap early in the new year to provide a fatigue management solution for underground as well as other applications, Bongers noted.”As a supporter of the initiative, Anglo Coal Australia will be one of the first companies to pilot the technology at its Australian coal mines. An initial 50 systems will be introduced at Dawson mine by the end of this month. Each haul truck at Dawson will be fitted with the SmartCap monitoring system, and each operator will receive their own cap.The SmartCaps will be rolled out at the company’s other mine sites in 2010.On her recent visit to Australia and central Queensland, Anglo American Chief Executive Cynthia Carroll said the technology was an exciting development for the mining industry. “For many years, the mining industry has been searching for mechanisms to assist in the detection of operator fatigue to prevent fatalities and injuries. The safety of our employees and the communities in which we operate is crucial for Anglo globally, and we are committed to our ultimate goal of zero harm.”Fatigue-monitoring systems are common at Anglo Coal Australia’s sites. An example is the Occupational Safety Performance Assessment Technology (OSPAT) system used at Dawson mine. Every employee, contractor, or consultant coming onto Dawson mine site must first pass this computer system, which measures an individual’s reaction time to determine whether they are fatigued, or under the influence of illicit substances. The individual uses a roller ball to follow a moving target on a computer screen in front of them and their speeds are tracked and compared against their recorded averages. This system tracks fatigue levels when arriving at site.The SmartCap, however, takes fatigue identification one step further by recognising that people can become fatigued while at work. It does this by monitoring the levels of fatigue that truck operators may begin to experience as their shift progresses. “Fatigue, in particular, is one of the critical elements of our sites’ Target Zero Action Plans (TZAPs), which address specific high potential incidents at each site and assigns new procedures to eliminate them,” Carroll said. “Through the TZAPs, our priority has been to improve the safety of our heavy vehicle operators so that they don’t experience dangerous ‘micro-sleeps’ on the job. Fatigue management has historically involved soft controls such as workforce awareness sessions on circadian rhythms, healthy lifestyles, and dietary intake. The SmartCap is an important advancement in fatigue management because it provides reliable, real-time monitoring technology.”last_img read more

Creighton insists RA conference logo is hardly original amid Fianna Fáil comparisons

first_imgCreighton told TheJournal.ie yesterday that the emblem is being used for the conference in the RDS and said it is not the logo of the Reform Alliance.“We don’t have one,” she insisted.Fianna Fáil declined to comment.Pics: Reform Conference/Fianna Fáil Read: Mattie McGrath would consider joining Reform Alliance, Creighton says they’ll work with anyone THE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN the Fianna Fáil logo and that adopted by the Reform Alliance for its conference in the RDS this weekend have been played down by Lucinda Creighton.The TD and most prominent member of the nascent political alliance of expelled Fine Gael TDs pointed out that the use of the harp is not unusual given it’s the State’s national emblem, saying it’s “hardly original”.The similarities between the logo and that of Fianna Fáil have been noted by several commentators including Transport Minister Leo Varadkar who said on Twitter earlier this week:last_img read more

Pep reveals why Mahrez missed  Huddersfield game

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed why Riyad Mahrez missed the 3-0 victory against bottom-placed Huddersfield Town on Sunday.Mahrez was missing in action as goals from Danilo, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane’s ensured the Premier League champions picked up all three points to reduce the gap to Liverpool to three points.Almost a week after being left out of the match squad for the Wolverhampton Wanderers game, Mahrez was not part of the traveling squad to Huddersfield on Sunday.“Rotation, tactical decision,” Guardiola was quoted by Manchester Evening News when asked about Mahrez’s exclusion.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…The Algerian international who joined the Citizens for a club-record fee last summer has provided five goals and two assists in 19 league games this season.He will hope to be back in the team’s when Pep Guardiola’s men visit Burton Albion for the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday.last_img read more

Central government approves Cochin Shipyards Rs 33984 crore IPO

first_imgThe Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) at its meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday approved Rs.33,984 crore initial public offering (IPO) by Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL).The CCEA’s approval is for issue of 3.39 crore shares of Rs.10 each, out of which fresh issue would be 2.26 crore shares and sale of the central government’s holding in the company to the tune of 1.13 crore shares, a CCEA statement said.The disinvestment of the Central government’s stake in CSL is in line with the government’s earlier decision on the issue. The proceeds of the IPO will be used to part-finance the following areas for expansion in short and medium term:(I) Setting up of an international ship-repair facility (ISRF) at Cochin Port Trust area; and(II) Setting up of a large dry dock within the CSL premises to take up construction of larger ships such as large sized aircraft- and crude carriers.The money will also be used to take up underwater repairs to rigs and semi submersibles.last_img read more

PM Modis photo with toddler goes viral child identified

first_imgThe two photos of the toddler uploaded by PM Modi has taken social media by storm.IANSPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday treated his Instagram followers with pictures of him playing with a toddler in his arms. The picture went viral in seconds and received as many as 13 lakh likes and over 16,000 comments.Modi uploaded two photos of the toddler — the first showing Modi looking like a doting grand-dad as the baby played in his arms, while in the other the “mystery” kid was sitting on his lap and peering into papers kept on the Prime Minister’s desk.”A very special friend came to meet me in Parliament today,” was the caption on the images on the official Instagram account of the Prime Minister. There was a pack of crayons and a large bar of chocolate on the table that the infant seemed to be drooling over.Later in the evening, the baby was identified as Rudrakshi – the grand-daughter of BJP Rajya Sabha MP and former Union Minister Satyanarayan Jatiya.last_img read more

BJP dividing society in the guise of Jai Shri Ram says Abhishek

first_imgAlipurduar: Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee said the people of India have understood that under the guise of the Jai Shri Ram slogan, BJP is actually trying to divide the society by inciting one religion against the other. He was addressing a mammoth rally here on Tuesday afternoon.”We respect Ram and worship him but the people of India have understood that behind the Jai Shri Ram slogan, BJP is trying to divide the society by inciting one religion Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamataagainst the other. BJP speaks about Ram in the morning and Nathuram and communal riots in the evening,” he said, adding: “BJP has taken recourse to lies, Ram, fake patriotism and communal riots to win the elections.” Referring to Narendra Modi’s statement in 2016 and Amit Shah’s statement in 2019 that eight tea gardens in Alipurduar will be taken over by the Centre, Banerjee said: “This is the biggest lie. They did not do anything. These tea gardens have become operational due to the intervention of Mamata Banerjee.” He reiterated that Trinamool Congress never uses Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in statereligion to gain political mileage. Coming down heavily on Amit Shah, he said: “If he is such an ardent believer in the philosophy of Shri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda, then why does he engineer communal riots and spread hate politics?” adding: “BJP uses religion as tool to win elections.” Banerjee alleged that under BJP rule, the institutions like CBI and ED have lost their sanctity and impartiality. “Whenever any Opposition leader asks Narendra Modi or BJP an uncomfortable question, the saffron party immediately sets the Central agencies to harass him/her. BJP is scared of Mamata Banerjee because she continues to raise her voice against the party,” he said. He said Alipurduar has been upgraded to a district and massive development has taken place in the past five years. “North Bengal has become an important tourist spot in the country due to the initiatives taken up by Mamata Banerjee. More development will take place in Alipurduar in the next five years,” said Banerjee. He urged people to vote in favour of the Trinamool candidate, to set up a secular and pro-development government at the Centre.last_img read more

Get Over 130 Arduino StepbyStep Lessons for 92 Off

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