first_imgThe Australia cricket team suffered a scare following their Twenty20 international win over India in Guwahati on Tuesday after a rock was thrown at their team bus, shattering one of the windows, governing body Cricket Australia (CA) said.Players and staff were travelling from Busapara Stadium back to their team hotel, after their 8-wicket win over the hosts in the second T20I, in the eastern city when the rock pierced the window on the right-hand side of the bus, CA said on its website (cricket.com.au).The board said the rock was “believed to be roughly the size of a cricket ball” and had ended up inside the bus.”In a remarkable piece of good fortune, no one was sitting on the seat next to the window when it was broken,” CA’s report said.”While no one was injured, the Australian players were understandably shaken up by the incident.”Australia’s team bus was also struck by a rock in Bangladesh five weeks ago as it travelled back to a hotel following the first day’s play of the second and final test against the home side in Chittagong.That prompted authorities to tighten security around the Australia team.Australia opening batsman Aaron Finch posted a photo of a shattered window on a bus on Twitter.”Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!!” he tweeted.Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!! pic.twitter.com/LBBrksaDXIadvertisement- Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) October 10, 2017Australia are scheduled to play India in the third and final Twenty20 of the series in Hyderabad on Friday.last_img read more

first_img(Eds: Adding more results)New Delhi, Dec 17 (PTI) Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar today made a glorious return to the international arena by clinching a gold as India won an impressive 59 medals at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Johannesburg, South Africa.The freestyle wrestling team won 10 gold, seven silver and two mronze medals today as India returned with a total of 29 gold, 24 silver and 6 bronze medals from the championships.Besides Sushil, Another Olympic medallist, Sakshi Malik, who won a bronze in the 2016 Rio Games, also clinched a gold medal in the championships today.Sakshi defeated New Zealands Tayla Tuahine Ford by a score of 13-2 in the final of the 62kg womens freestyle category to add another yellow metal for India.Earlier in the day returning to international wrestling after more than three years, Sushil defeated New Zealand Akash Khullars via a pinfall in the final of the 74kg freestyle category to clinch the yellow metal.It was his first medal in international wrestling since his gold medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.It was double celebration for India as other wrestler in same category, Parveen Rana also won a bronze medal.Sushil returned to competitive wrestling in November at the Senior Nationals in Indore where he won a gold medal amid controversy after getting three walkovers from his fellow wrestlers.Incidentally, it was Rana who gave him a walkover in the title clash in Indore, but the duo wrestled this time and Sushil came out on top with a 5-4 victory margin.advertisementIn his first bout, Sushil defeated Johannes Petrus Botha of South Africa 8-0 followed by the win over Rana.Sushil also beat Jasmit Singh Phulka of Canada by fall en route his gold medal.Soon after the victory, Sushil, who won bronze in 2008 Beijing Olympics and then followed it up with a silver in 2012 London Games, dedicated the win to his motherland and coach.”Its a very proud and emotional moment for me as I have returned to the mat on international level after a gap of 3years. I want to dedicate this Gold medal won in #Commonwealthwrestlingchampionship at #SouthAfrica to my guru and to my Nation. JaiHind????,” an emotional Sushil tweeted after his win.Soon after winning the Nationals, Sushil resigned as a National Observer for wrestling after Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore stated that active sportspersons will not be considered for the position.The other gold medals winners in the freestyle category for India today were Utkarsh Kale (57kg), Sharvan (61kg), Bajrang (65kg), Amit Dhankar (70kg), Jitender (79kg), Deepak (86kg), Somveer (92kg), Rubaljeet Singh (97kg) and Hitender (125kg). Rahul Aware (61kg), Arun Kumar (70kg), Praveen Rana (74kg), Veer Dev Gulia (79kg), Pawan Kumar (86kg), Mausam Khatri (97kg) and Sumit (125kg) won silver medals, while the bronze medals went to Sonu (65kg) and Azrudeen (92kg). PTI SSC SSClast_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous RECOM: DC/DC converters in compact 1 x 1” footprintNext How high-def headlights will factor into autonomous vehicle systems Power supply failure for machine controls and IT infrastructures was mostly faced with battery-supported UPS systems to-date. So-called super capacitors, abbreviated as SuperCaps, can provide a longer-term and therefore better value solution. Acceed presents two models specifically for use with controllers and Box PCs.Spontaneous failure of the power supply occurs repeatedly within industrial surroundings, whether due to system-wide emergency off switching, machine damages or overloads on the power grid. In order to counteract this expectable failure, the use of UPS devices (UPS = uninterrupted power supply) is a standard measure. The major purpose for the short-term maintenance of the power supply is normally not the continuation of production, but the controlled shutdown and switching off of controllers. It hinders that important data and information, for example regarding the switching status, positions or hazardous situations, is lost. Many systems and devices are not able to reboot after restoration of the power supply without this information. The brief failure can therefore result in a long-lasting standstill. The possible effects are even more serious at computing centres.For many years, the decisive element for UPS systems was the battery, normally as one or several lead rechargeable batteries which can fill entire rooms in large quantities at computing centres. Fast availability, easy scaling and high modularisation substantiated their prevalence. However, batteries are not really as unproblematic as they appear to be at an initial glance. Their electrochemical function makes them susceptible to errors and demanding with regard to operating conditions. Their optimum service life, for example, is only achieved within a narrow environmental temperature range. Additionally, they are subject to the self-discharge effect. In order to retain their voltage, they must be charged regularly. During the charging process itself, water is decomposed in the electrolyte. Oxygen and hydrogen are generated, which develop an explosive mixture together. Expensive, service-free batteries are sealed, do not allow any gas to escape and need not be filled with water. Nonetheless, the batteries are not everlasting, ideally their service life is five years, practically viewed somewhat shorter. These are just some of the factors which make the use of batteries work-intense and expensive.An already proven technique which is no longer a genuine novum and has already proven itself in practice provides the alternative: Super capacitors, also referred to as SuperCaps, are the cost-efficient and service-friendly alternative to the traditional battery UPS. SuperCaps contribute to cost reduction, increase energy efficiency and are – and this is not very unimportant – generally more environmentally friendly than lead acid batteries.The SuperCap UPS solutions PB-9250J-SA and PB-2500J offered by the German distributor Acceed are service-free, temperature-resistant and achieve a service life of at least 10 years according to the manufacturer.Model PB-9250J-SA is a compact stand-alone system, consisting of eight 370F/3.0V super capacitors with a storage performance of 9250Ws. Thanks to the patented Neousys energy management technology, this model can reliably provide an output of 18W to the back-end system and manage automatic switching on and off without requiring the installation of additional drivers or software. In addition to the UPS mode, the system provides two ignition control modes for in-vehicle use. Therefore, the PB-9250J-SA can, in addition to its use with standard Box PCs, also be used with vehicle controllers for which controlled behaviour must in particularly be guaranteed when switching the ignition on and off.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

first_imgThe Cowboys’ season opener started off like a Big 12 highlight video — minus the grainy SD picture. The Cowboys scored three touchdowns in barely enough game time for most teams to get down the field once.We’re going to be keeping a weekly tally of the Cowboys best plays of the year and Week 1 had no shortage to pick from. We have cut the video to start right where the play begins. So hit play and enjoy.Tyron Johnson’s Welcome ParadeIf didn’t take long at all. With two minutes and one second burned in Oklahoma State’s 2017 season, Tyron crossed the goal line for the first of hopefully probably definitely many more TDs to come. He showed us the whole package: speed, hands, coordination and the ability to finish.Justice’s Jump-CutOf all the plays listed here, this was the shortest. And it was also the most likely to be used on the cover of NCAA Football 17, if such a thing existed. Hill showed off his handiwork in the gym these last eight months with a strong stiff arm of a much bigger defender and then the picturesque ankle-breaking jump cut that went viral.Hill’s a dude and Oklahoma State has the best Big 3 in the Big 12 — maybe in the country.Washington’s Follow-upJust to remind everyone who WR1 is, James Washington went house on this 40-yard catch. It’s easier to take him for granted than it is to bat an eye at plays like this. Washington just makes these these look easy and he’s un-guardable in one-on-one situations.J.D. King’s CoronationThe true freshman proved he belongs in the first spot off the bench behind Justice Hill. King took advantage of this gaping B gap and had just enough speed in those tree trunks to get to the end zone. King’s 71 yards was the longest-single rush by a Cowboy in six years.OSU’s 10-Second DriveIt took one play for Oklahoma State to score on this drive late in the second quarter. Rudolph floated this ball across the middle of the field. But when James Washington is facing single coverage, all he really needs to do is catch the ball with his eyes. The rest is pretty much automatic. Also, I love seeing Washington amped up like that. I love Tyron Johnson being the cheerleader and following Washington back to the sideline and barking in his face. I love all of it.Kenneth Edison-McGruder’s Scoop-and-ScoreFollowing the pass interference call on Tre Flowers that saved Tulsa’s 4-plus minute drive, Chad President was staring at first and 10 in the red zone. But then a mishandled ball turned into the fourth-longest fumble return in Oklahoma State history and, more importantly, six points.LD Brown Follows SuitNot to be out-done, redshirt freshman running back LD Brown picked up 73 yards to top King’s run by two yards. With 92 yards and score in his debut, he and King were each a possible carry away from OSU’s third game every with three 100-yard rushers.There will be plenty more exciting plays over the next four months or so. Stayed tuned as we post them all here in what should be a thrilling season of football.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgMONCTON, N.B. – The arrival of two endangered North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence has thrown several lucrative fisheries for a loop.Federal authorities ordered fishermen in certain parts of the Gulf off northern New Brunswick and Quebec to get their gear out of the water by late afternoon Wednesday as part of an effort to prevent the slow, lumbering animals from getting entangled in fishing gear.The deadline was originally Tuesday evening, but was delayed due to strong winds in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.Marcel Godin, director of procurement for the Island Fishermen Cooperative Association Ltd., in Lameque, N.B., said fishermen are “scared” because they don’t know what will happen next.“You can see a whale here tomorrow and they close a zone for 15 days. Two days after they are in another zone and they close that for 15 days.”Godin’s concerns were voiced amid a report of up to 40 layoffs at the Ichiboshi fish plant in Caraquet, N.B. The CBC quoted a union official as confirming the layoffs, although the company did not immediately return a request for comment from The Canadian Press.Godin said the latest area closures come as snow crab landings are down by about half over the last two years.“Now with the zone they just closed … we have boats in that area and what those will do is go to another area,” said Godin.“If they close another zone there will be less and less. The more boats you have in the same area the less will be the catch because of too many traps.”Godin said the average catch per boat so far this season is about 10,000 pounds — a figure down from normal years, which saw anywhere from 20,000 to 25,000 pounds of crab per trip.He is worried about the potential for further area closures, he said.“If we go that way and they close areas and the catch is low the (processing) employees will be doing less hours,” he said.As things stand, Godin said the cooperative’s plant in Pointe-Sapin, N.B., is doing better with higher landings of lobster to process.A total of 18 North Atlantic right whales were killed in Canadian and U.S. waters last year — mainly due to vessel strikes and entanglement in fishing gear.In an email, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said a conservation and protection surveillance flight reported two right whales swimming just north of the 14,000 square kilometre area that had already been closed to fishing for the season.“Temporary fisheries closures are pending and will be in place in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, east of Miscou Island and north of the area closed to fishing for the season,” the department said.As a result, the snow crab, toad crab, rock crab, lobster and whelk fisheries are being closed in five areas known as “grids.” Closures would also be in effect for fixed gear winter flounder and Atlantic halibut fisheries, except in cases where gear is not left unattended, the department said.The newly closed area would remain closed for 15 days, a measure that could be extended if whales remain in the area.Ottawa announced measures last month to protect right whales, including possible closures, restrictions on the amount of rope used and mandatory reporting of lost gear and whale sightings.Moira Brown of the Canadian Whale Institute in Campobello, N.B., said researchers will start their surveillance work a little earlier than scheduled, probably in mid-June, because of suggestions the whales’ primary food source — plankton — may be more plentiful sooner than previously thought.Brown said the whales are showing up in the region earlier than they have in the past, when they would start to be seen around the end of July or early August.“Some of the plankton work is showing that plankton is more prevalent in the Bay of Fundy earlier in the season,” she said. “The whales are responding to what they need to do to find food.”She said that mirrors what researchers have seen in the last few years, with the whales turning up in the Bay of Fundy and the Gulf of St. Lawrence weeks ahead of their traditional schedule. She hadn’t yet heard of any being in the Bay of Fundy.“The Canadian government has really stepped up its surveillance program unbelievably,” she said.Robert Hache, director-general of the Acadian Crabbers Association, said fishermen are in agreement with the latest closure, but will now have to scramble to move their pots to other areas already being fished. Hache said four of the 45 crabbers he represents are affected.“One will be moving 10 hours from where he is, another one will be moving five hours from where he is. But wherever they go they will encounter lots of traps because everybody is located in the restricted fishing grounds at this time.”Hache said the situation complicates a season where catches are already down because of the closure of a large area of the Gulf when the season opened May 1.“Plants are looking for crab, crabbers are looking for crab and they are looking forward to a situation that will get very dicey in the next weeks,” he said, pointing out that many of the right whales don’t arrive in the Gulf until later in June.The season is slated to close June 30 and Hache said there have been no conversations about extending the season because of the latest closures.Hache had previously warned of an increased likelihood of the whales arriving when many pots would still be in the water.“We will not ask for an extension of the season,” he said. “That would not be reasonable.”— By Keith Doucette in Halifaxlast_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The fundraising ball for a local 4-year-old with neuroblastoma has been pushed back to October 6th.The Happily Ever After Ball was originally scheduled for August 25th but had to be pushed back due to the fact Natalie Small has a bone marrow transplant too close to the date.“We have had to postpone our fundraiser as it was cutting too close to Natalie’s second bone marrow transplant,” said event co-organizer Kate Hadland. “We have moved the date of the ball to October 6th 2018. We have been able to make some changes to the event as we have received a huge outpouring of support from our community and some amazing people have stepped in to help volunteer with this event. This will give us more time to make the night magical for Natalie.” With more time to organize Hadland explained that there will be more silent auctions at the event as well as live music. Door prizes will be handed out to residents who wear full formal attire.Tickets for the ball cost $65 for the full evening, $40 for late night, $25 for kids aged 6-10 while children under six get in free. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for the full evening while the dance doesn’t start until 8:00 p.m.Organizers Hadland and Janna Gerber have also created a foundation inspired by Smalls. The Happily Ever After Foundation was designed to help families in the Peace Region when the unexpected happens.For more information on the ball, foundation and how to purchase tickets contact Kate Hadland at (250) 263-4988 or Janna Gerber at (250) 264-7864.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi Police has arrested three robbers and snatchers from Kalkaji involved in multiple cases of robbery and snatching incidents. The three have been identified as Sonu, Akshay and Akash. From the possession of accused persons robbed purse and 06 snatched & stolen mobile phones have been recovered and 08 cases have been solved. On March 16 at about 5 pm, 2 scooty borne riders robbed a purse of a pedestrian on the knife point at L-Block, Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderKalkaji. The victim raised alarm and the police team who was present nearby chased them. After a hot chase, police team successfully apprehended the scooty rider who was identified as Sonu. “Sonu is a notorious criminal and was previously arrested in 30 cases.” “From the possession of the accused robbed purse and scooty has been recovered & seized,” aid DCP South east Chinmoy Biswal. In another incident, on March 16 at about 8 PM, 2 persons on a motorcycle snatched a mobile phone of a person standing near Nehru Place bus terminal. The victim raised alarm and nearby patrolling police party intercepted the bike. However, the pillon rider managed to escape. The motorcycle rider was identified as Akshay, 24 years. In another incident, on March 16, team of Kalkaji police station arrested accused Akasah. He came to Nehru Place market to sell stolen and snatched mobile phones.last_img read more

There was also speculation that Alles was to resign and take up a Ministerial post in the government. (Colombo Gazette) Last week there were reports that Alles had resigned from the Democratic Party led by Fonseka but was still a member of the Democratic National Alliance. Despite reports circulating last week that Tiran Alles had resigned as the secretary of the Democratic Party, the party leader Sarath Fonseka told reporters today that Alles was still his secretary.Speaking to reporters outside court, Fonseka said that he did not wish to respond to media reports regarding Alles resigning from his post in the party. However he said if Alles had resigned then the Elections Commissioner would have been informed by now.

As the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court entered into force today, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan hailed the “historic” creation of the world’s first permanent forum for trying individuals responsible for war crimes as a powerful tool for prosecuting and preventing atrocities.The entry into force of the ICC’s Statute “reaffirms the centrality of the rule of law in international relations,” said Mr. Annan in a statement released in New York. The Secretary-General said the Hague-based Court “holds the promise of a world in which the perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes are prosecuted when individual States are unable or unwilling to bring them to justice.” The ICC, he added, would also serve as a potential deterrent to future atrocities.”I congratulate all the States parties – currently 74 – on taking the lead in ratifying the Statute, and I appeal to all States that have not yet done so to ratify or accede to it as soon as possible,” Mr. Annan said. “There must be no relenting in the fight against impunity or in our efforts to prevent genocide and the other horrendous crimes that fall under the Court’s jurisdiction.” Meanwhile today in The Hague, an advance team for the ICC began its work on preparing for the Court to start recruiting and beginning its basic operations.The team, consisting of eight experts, will work closely with the Government of the Netherlands on preparatory work before the first budget of the Court is to be adopted by its States Parties when they meet this September. At that time, recruitment and procurement can formally begin.The States Parties to the Statute expect to elect a prosecutor and 18 judges for the Court in another meeting, scheduled for January. Video – Formal creation of the International Criminal Court read more

Foreign companies around Tianjin blast site suspend operations amid chemical cleanup by Erika Kinetz, The Associated Press Posted Aug 17, 2015 6:43 am MDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 file photo, smoke billows from the site of an explosion that reduced a parking lot filled with new cars to charred remains at a warehouse in northeastern China’s Tianjin municipality. Foreign companies have suspended operations around the Tianjin port as officials scramble to contain the toxic fallout of last week’s deadly chemical explosions. Toyota, which has operations near the evacuation zone around the blast, said it had suspended three production lines, which account for over half of its China capacity, through Wednesday, Aug. 19. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File) SHANGHAI – Foreign companies have suspended operations around the Tianjin port as officials scramble to contain the toxic fallout of last week’s deadly chemical explosions.Toyota, which has operations near the evacuation zone around the blast, said it had suspended three production lines, which account for over half of its China capacity, through Wednesday. Impacted models include the Crown, Reiz, Corolla, Vios and the Corolla EX, largely for the domestic market.Panasonic, which has a product development centre 5 kilometres (3 miles) from the blast site, kept its offices closed Monday, out of concern for employee safety. A spokeswoman said executives were still evaluating whether to open the office Tuesday.Hong Kong-listed logistics company Singamas Container Holdings, which has two depots close to the blast, told the stock exchange Monday that it had suspended operations at the site and lost contact with one employee. The filing said the company was still evaluating losses, but did not anticipate a material impact on business.U.S. farm equipment maker Deere & Co. also reportedly suspended its Tianjin operations. Employees from the company’s Beijing office refused to comment Monday.Automakers have been hit hard because Tianjin is one of China’s major ports for car imports. Thousands of Volkswagen, Toyota, Hyundai and Renault cars, most of them pricey imports, parked on lots near the blast were decimated.Volkswagen said it had lost around 2,700 vehicles, including New Beetle, Golf and Tiguan models. Renault said 1,500 Koleos SUVs were damaged. Hyundai said it had around 4,000 vehicles, mostly high-end cars like Equus and Genesis, parked at the site. The companies said they were still assessing the economic value of those losses.The Tianjin Maritime Bureau said Monday that 85 ships had been delayed or cancelled, but that port traffic is now at normal___Associated Press researcher Fu Ting contributed to this report. read more

“The grave economic crisis that began in 2008 has taken on new and worrisome contours,” she said. “The choice of orthodox fiscal policies has been worsening the recession in the developed economies, with repercussions for the emerging countries.”Scores of the world’s heads of state and government and other high-level officials are attending the Assembly’s General Debate, at UN Headquarters in New York, and are expected to present their views and comment on issues of individual national and international relevance over the coming days.In her remarks to the gathering, President Rousseff stressed that countries must find a path that combines appropriate fiscal adjustments with measures to stimulate investment and demand to halt the ongoing recession and ensure future economic growth.In particular, the Brazilian President noted that monetary policy cannot be the only response to growing unemployment and poverty as this is causing imbalance in exchange rates, which, in turn, is creating an artificial appreciation of emerging countries’ currencies.“There will be no effective response to the economic crisis without strengthened coordination efforts between United Nations members and multilateral bodies such as the G20 [Group of 20], the IMF [International Monetary Fund] and the World Bank,” she said.She added, “This coordination must attempt to reconfigure the relationship between fiscal and monetary policy, in order to prevent the deepening of the recession, control the currency war and once again stimulate global demand.”Countries must build a comprehensive pact for the coordinated resumption of global economic growth, President Rousseff said, noting that this is crucial to prevent social unrest and despair prompted by high unemployment rates, and social inequality.The Brazilian leader emphasized that Brazil has addressed the crisis domestically by exerting strict control over public spending, while simultaneously increasing investments in infrastructure, education and social inclusion.“We have overcome the incorrect view according to which measures to stimulate growth are incompatible with austerity plans. This is a false dilemma,” she said. “Fiscal responsibility is as necessary as growth measures are indispensable, for fiscal consolidation can only be sustainable in a context of economic recovery.”President Rousseff also spoke of the need for multilateral action to achieve all the commitments made at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) which Brazil hosted in June. The Conference, she emphasized, helped to set a starting point for a sustainable development agenda for the 21st century, and give countries guidance as to how to address challenges such as climate change, poverty and exploitation of natural resources.“Rio+20 shone a powerful light on the future we want. We have an obligation to heed the many warnings being sounded by science and society,” Ms. Rousseff said. “In a context of environmental challenges, economic crises and threats to peace in different parts of the world, Brazil continues committed to working with its neighbours to build an environment of democracy, peace, prosperity, and social justice.”Earlier today, the Brazilian President met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who thanked her for making the Rio+20 Conference a success and expressed his appreciation for Brazil’s contribution to UN peacekeeping operations in Haiti. read more

“These guidelines, prepared in partnership with the Child Online Protection initiative, respond to substantial advances in technology to assess and respond to children’s needs in the online world,” said Hamadoun I. Touré, the Secretary-General of the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU).“The revolution in online communications have created tremendous opportunities for young people today, but at the same time they have been exposed to new risks in cyberspace,” Mr. Touré said. The Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection provide advice on how the information and communications technology (ICT) industry can help promote safety for children using the Internet or any technologies or devices that can connect to it, as well as guidance on how to enable responsible digital citizenship, learning and civic participation. The updated version provides guidance specifically aimed at companies that develop, provide or make use of ICTs. One of the partners of the initiative, Simon Milner, Policy Director, Facebook, said in a press release issued jointly by ITU and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF): “Children’s online safety is a responsibility we all share: from those who care for and teach children, to the companies who provide online services, to policy-makers.“Our goal at Facebook is to provide the most accessible online tools for teens as well as to enable them to seek help and advice when they need it,” Mr. Milner said. “The Guidelines provide a framework for company action on children’s online safety, so we appreciated the opportunity to contribute our expertise to their development. They are practical, evidence-based and should be impactful.” The Guidelines call for a comprehensive response to the online risks facing children and partnerships across multiple stakeholder groups, including governments, companies, civil society, parents and educators.“Innovation by the private sector has helped drive the digital revolution. The same spirit of innovation is key to expanding the reach of that revolution to the most disadvantaged children – and to keeping all children safer, more connected, and more engaged as digital citizens of the future,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. The Guidelines were developed in alignment with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the Children’s Rights and Business Principles. They can be accessed online, together with selected case studies at http://www.itu.int/en/cop/Pages/guidelines.aspx. read more

first_imgSierra Gorda mine – one of the largest and fastest-developed mining projects in the world – was officially inaugurated in Chile. Although the first concentrate was produced in July, the opening ceremony was held on October 1, in the presence of government authorities of Chile, Poland and Japan. The project, which is a joint venture between Poland’s KGHM (55%) and Japan’s Sumitomo (45%), is expected to significantly enhance the global supply of copper and molybdenum. It is located in the Antofagasta region within the Atacama Desert, which is Chile’s largest copper producing region. The mine started feeding ore into its processing plant in July 2014. By this time key infrastructure elements for production of copper concentrates had been successfully completed and commissioned, including the pre-stripping process in the pit, where a total of 192 Mt of material was removed. The first shipment of some 6,000 t of copper concentrate is expected to arrive in the Toyo smelter and refinery in Japan in November 2014.The mine’s inauguration ceremony was attended by more than 600 guests, with the Chilean delegation headed by Michelle Bachelet, Chile’s President, and Ignacio Moreno, Vice-Minister of Mining. Senior officials from Poland’s government included Zdzisław Gawlik, Vice-Minister of Treasury, and Katarzyna Kacperczyk, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs. Norihiko Ishiguro, Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, represented Japan.In his opening speech, Maciej Ściążko, General Manager of the Sierra Gorda project, recognised the prominent position the mine will take in the world of mining by helping fill global demand for copper and molybdenum. “The copper industry has gained unparalleled importance over the past decade. Copper is used in everything from our buildings to our cars to our phones – the average car has 1.5 km of copper wire. The demand for copper, and its price, has grown steadily. This mine will help feed the demand for copper and molybdenum around the world and will provide jobs and employment for years to come. And as well as that, the Sierra Gorda mine is determined to be a great employer and a great neighbour,” said Ściążko.Herbert Wirth, President and CEO of KGHM, recalled the heritage of Ignacy Domeyko, a Polish-born geologist, mineralogist and civil rights activist, who is widely credited as the father of Chilean mining. It is after Domeyko that Sierra Gorda’s mine pit was symbolically named. “Just like Domeyko, KGHM builds its presence in Chile on mining know-how and expertise. But there is something more in Domeyko’s patronage over Sierra Gorda. In his work, he focused on people rather than rocks, and it is people’s rights that he tirelessly defended. This uncompromised respect for people, constant dialogue with local communities and responsible care for the natural environment serve as the founding values for the Sierra Gorda project and are the source of its spectacular success,” said Wirth.Yoshiaki Nakazato, President and Representative Director of Sumitomo Metal Mining, underlined the role of securing raw materials, particularly clean concentrate, and the importance of investing in Sierra Gorda for that purpose. “For Sumitomo and for Japanese mining companies, Chile is one of the key destinations and is very crucial to us. We cannot talk about the copper industry without Chile today. We have invested in this country for more than 20 years, and now Sierra Gorda is the largest investment in Sumitomo’s history. Sierra Gorda will also be a major producer of molybdenum, meeting 10% of global demand in its first five years, which has helped significantly reduce the production cost of copper,” said Nakazato.Norihiko Ishiguro, Japan’s Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, pointed to the role of Sierra Gorda in developing the economy and bilateral relations of the three countries involved. “In terms of relations with Chile, we have stepped up our co-operation in the mining field. I am delighted that the opening of the Sierra Gorda mine now symbolises the collaborative relations between the two nations. With respect to Poland, the two countries have a long track record of crucial economic relations, as it is in Poland that Japanese companies have established the strongest presence in Central and Eastern Europe. It gives me great pleasure to have cemented yet another strong relationship with Poland in the mining sector on this occasion”, said Ishiguro.Zdzisław Gawlik, Poland’s Vice-Minister of Treasury, emphasised the effective large-scale co-operation on the Chilean land between Polish and Japanese companies, which was possible as a result of the acquisition of the Canadian company, Quadra FNX, by KGHM. “KGHM proved that Polish companies are able to conduct international expansion. This direction is supported by the company shareholders as over a year following the acquisition of Quadra FNX, now called KGHM International, the stock market valuation of KGHM increased by over 60%, significantly overtaking other large copper producers and the average figures for the industry. I believe this investment will provide a stimulus for international development of other Polish companies,” said Gawlik.Sierra Gorda’s managers also announced that due to an increase in the project reserves the mine life was extended by three years and the mine is projected to operate for 23 years. After the mine’s ramp-up, which is scheduled to be completed in early 2015, Sierra Gorda will produce 120,000 t of copper, 50 Mlb of molybdenum and 60,000 oz of gold annually. Once phase II of the project is completed, the annual average production will reach 220,000 t of copper, 25 Mlb of molybdenum and 64,000 oz of gold over the mine’s life.last_img read more

Bad news coming from Germany, where famous coach Martin Schwalb had heart attack! This happened after coach who working in HSV Handball since 2005, had been informed on Thursday night that he is dismissed from the future club’s plans.Schwalb had four hours surgery on Asklepios Klinik Nord Heidberg-Ochsenzoll. He is currently on ICU. ← Previous Story Al Ahli Sports Club gets Wild Card for IHF Super Globe 2014! Next Story → POLICE IN PERSUIT OF FEMALE HANDBALL PLAYERS: Three junior players from DR Kongo reported missing HSV HandballMartin Schwalb

first_imgTypically, if you need fast printing you opt for a laser printer. But then if you need to produce color pages as well, the cost for a color laser printer skyrockets. It’s actually cheaper in a lot of cases to buy a laser and an inkjet printer to sit side-by-side, depending on your color page needs.HP may have solved the problem though, and set a world record in the process by developing the Officejet Pro X inkjet printer.It is being touted as the world’s fastest desktop printer and is capable of printing up to 70 pages per minute. It’s so fast HP holds the world record, as verified by Guinness World Records, for fastest time to print 500 sheets by an office color desktop printer. It was set using the HP Officejet Pro X576dw and X551dw back in April, and stands to this day.In order to print that fast using inkjet technology, HP had to go about printing in a slightly different way. Using its PageWide Technology, the printer head doesn’t actually move. Instead, HP applies four colors of ink at one time on to a moving sheet of paper while keeping the head stationary.Not only is this method fast, it’s also very efficient. HP says the Pro X uses 50 percent less energy than a typical business class laser printer, while at the same time producing half the waste. You can also save paper as every Pro X printer is capable of two-sided printing as standard.The HP Officejet Pro X range is available now with prices starting from $649.99.last_img read more

first_imgDespite all expectations, Greece’s economy seems to be on a path to growth, expanding for the second quarter in a row and by more than analysts had foreseen. Estimates showed a 0.8 percent expansion rate in the third quarter compared to April-July, when gross domestic product grew 0.4 percent. It was a higher reading than a 0.5 percent flash estimate released earlier this month.This puts the 175-billion-euro economy at an annual 1.8 percent pace in the third quarter, faster than a previous 1.5 percent estimate, beating market expectations, which had predicted 0.5 percent quarter-on-quarter growth and a 1.4 percent annual expansion rate in the third quarter. According to Eurobank chief economist Platon Monokroussos, Greece should now expect a positive reading of 0.1 percent for the full year, a far cry from the European Commission and Greece’s central bank projections of a 0.3 percent economic contraction for this year as a whole.These estimates are the first signs of a stronger recovery next year after a protracted recession. The EU sees the economy rebounding by 2.7 percent next year, while the Bank of Greece projects it will expand by 2.5 percent. The OECD in its latest forecasts sees 1.3 percent growth next year. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgJulian Draxler believes Paul Pogba’s suspension for Manchester United will give Paris Saint-Germain an advantage in the return leg of their last-16 clash.Pogba was sent-off towards the end of the game at Old Trafford on Tuesday night for a second yellow card following a challenge on Dani Alves as United lost the first leg 2-0 to PSG.Second half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe were what secured PSG the win, who will next host United for the second leg at the Parc Des Princes on March 6.But the Ligue 1 champions have also received a big boost in the news that Pogba will be suspended for the clash.And PSG star Draxler believes this could be critical given that he rates the French midfielder as United’s best player.“For me, Paul is the best player of Manchester United,” said Draxler, according to OneFootball.“He’s a very important player for the team and you could see he is fantastic [on Tuesday].“That is why we are very happy he will not play the second leg.“I think they started very well so the pressure was not easy for us, but in the second half we were more confident and the pressure of Man United was a little bit less.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“That helped us to improve our game so we found some space on the pitch and we used that very well and that is why we deserved to win.”PSG, who became the first French team to beat United at their home ground in the Champions League, will now turn their attention back to Ligue 1 for Sunday’s trip to St-Etienne.Thomas Tuchel’s side currently lead the French league by 10 points from nearest challengers Lille OSC, who have played two more games than them, and have only lost once in their 22 matches this season.⚽️🏟️🏡 #MUPSGHalfway there… 👊🔴🔵 #AllezParis pic.twitter.com/nhgEYrWU1W— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) February 13, 2019last_img read more

first_imgVolunteer “patients” portraying gunshot victims tested Southwest Washington Medical Center’s ability to respond to a regional mass-casualty incident Thursday.And their “families” added to the stress, as well.The Vancouver hospital was part of the “Big MAC” — Multi-Agency Coordination — emergency exercise drill staged in Wahkiakum and Cowlitz counties.The drill’s scenario started with a domestic violence incident in Cathlamet. It escalated into a series of shooting incidents that culminated in a Longview-Kelso industrial area, said Vancouver Fire Captain Kevin Murray, a spokesman for the regional exercise.A dozen or so of the most critically wounded “victims” were brought to Southwest Washington Medical Center.Volunteers who portrayed the victims arrived at the emergency department with simulated wounds, a training embellishment known as moulage.In another wrinkle, additional volunteers played the roles of family members who were frantic about the conditions of their wounded loved ones. They were pretty disruptive in the waiting room, said Michelle Halfhill, hospital spokeswoman. A hospital chaplain and social workers responded to that element of the emergency.There were some concessions to practicality, said drill manager Grover Laseke, Cowlitz County’s emergency management director. The participants taken to Vancouver were transported to the hospital in a van, rather than in several ambulances.A Coast Guard helicopter was included in the exercise, but didn’t actually drop off a “victim” at Southwest Washington Medical Center. It briefly touched down at the hospital’s helicopter landing pad, then took off.The exercise gave agencies an opportunity to test their emergency plans and see how their communications systems meshed in a coordinated response to a mass-casualty incident.last_img read more

first_imgAlmost a third (29%) of female workers earn less than the living wage, compared to 18% of males, according to research by KPMG.The research report, which was conducted by Markit using its UK Household Finance Index survey of 1,500 respondents and drawing on the Office for National Statistics’ Annual survey of hours and earnings, also found that 23% of all employees now earn less than the living wage, compared to 22% in 2014.The research also found:Almost three-quarters (72%) of workers aged between 18-21 earn less than the living wage.17% of employees between the ages of 30 and 39 earn less than the living wage.30% of workers earning above the living wage anticipate an improvement in their household finances over the next year.Mike Kelly (pictured), head of living wage at KPMG, said: “The past year has seen some notable achievements, with 2,000 employers, including more than a quarter of the FTSE 100, now accredited by the Living Wage Foundation. Awareness of the issue has also increased, with more than three out of four of the general public in the know about what the living wage is.“With the cost of living still high the squeeze on household finances remains acute, meaning that the reality for many is that they are forced to live hand to mouth. The figures released today show that there is still more to be done if we are to eradicate in-work poverty.“For some time it was easy for businesses to hide behind the argument that increased wages hit their bottom line, but there is ample evidence to suggest the opposite, in the shape of higher retention and higher productivity. It may not be possible for every business, but it is certainly not impossible to explore the feasibility of paying the living wage.”The research was released to highlight Living Wage Week (1-7 November 2015). The living wage is a voluntary rate recommended by the Living Wage Foundation. As of today (2 November 2015), the living wage rate increased from £7.85 an hour to £8.25 and the London living wage rate rose from £9.15 to £9.40 an hour.The living wage is distinct from the statutory national living wage announced by Chancellor George Osborne in July and due to come into effect in April 2016.last_img read more

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 29 September and 5 October 2016 were:National minimum wage rises to £6.95EXCLUSIVE: BT to consolidate benefits in global online platformCurrent government consultations could impact employee benefits strategiesKevin Hart laughs his way to the world’s highest-paid comedian spot63% feel obliged to put organisational interests ahead of staff wellbeingIs there a place for personalisation in a benefits strategy?EXCLUSIVE: Easyjet to discuss communications for a mobile workforce at Employee Benefits LiveGovernment orders review of employment practices in changing world of workDeloitte and Ministry of Justice among Top Employers for Working Families65% expect their employer to provide guidance on benefitslast_img