first_imgAnti-corruption activist Anna Hazare on Friday said he is ready to fast in jail if he doesn’t get permission to hold his protest elsewhere. Maharashtra state sports department has denied permission to Team Anna for their three-day protest at Azad Maidan in Mumbai.Team Anna was earlier holding the fast at the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) ground but due to financial constraints the venue was shifted to Azad Maidan.Also read: Full text of Lokpal BillThe 74-year-old activist plans to sit on a hunger strike from December 27 to December 30 to protest against the government’s Lokpal Bill draft. This is the same time when the bill will be debated in Parliament.The Mumbai Police was in a dilemma over Hazare’s protest as it was unable to limit the number of people participating in the agitation at Azad Maidan to 4,000.Team Anna had once considered Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan as their protest venue but with the city reeling under cold waves, the venue was shifted to Mumbai. Team Anna begins resgistrations for jail bharoTeam Anna has now launched an online campaign for their ‘jail bharo’ agitation from December 30 against government’s Lokpal Bill wherein people can register themselves for the protest.Besides online registration, people can also approach Team Anna through text messages and a missed call service.Those planning to participate in the ‘jail bharo’ agitation can either register through www.jailchalo.com or sent a text message to 575758 or give a missed call to 073031509500.Till now, over 5,500 people have registered for the agitation through online alone with Maharashtra and Delhi topping the list with over 1,000 each volunteers joining hands with Team Anna.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe preceding womens final between Thai shuttler The preceding womens final between Thai shuttler Pornpawee and Malaysian top seed Jing drew better response from the crowd at the Cricket Club of India. Thailand no. 5 Pornpawee dropped the first game 16-21 before exhibiting excellent court-craft with her drops and flicks to the base to catch her opponent on the wrong foot often to win the next two 21-11 21-15 to win her second international singles title at the senior level.”I had beaten her in the Australian Grand Prix,” said the rising Thai shuttler based in Bangkok, adding she had won her first international title at the Australian international challenge five months ago.There was a huge upset in the mixed doubles contested by two Indian pairs when the unheralded duo of Satwolsairaj Rankireddy and K Manisha overcame their second-seeded rivals, Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan 21-13 21-16 in the final. The results (all finals): Womens singles: 2-Pornpawee Chochuwong (Thai) bt 1-Jing Yi Tee (Mas) 16-21 21-11 21-15. Mens singles: 3-Sameer Verma (Ind) bt Sourabh Verma (Ind) 21-11 21-18. Mixed doubles: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/K Maneesha (Ind) bt Arun Vishnu/Aparna Balan (Ind) 21-13 21-16. Womens doubles: 1-Chaladchalam Chayanit/Phataimas Muenwong (Tha) bt K Maneesha/N Sikki Reddy (Ind) 21-11 15-21 21-13. Mens doubles: Wannawat Ampunsuwan/Tinn Irsiyante (Thai) bt Pranaav Jerry Chopra/Akshay Dewalkar 21-14 21-9. PTI SSR NRB CM CMlast_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk HyderabadApril 21, 2019UPDATED: April 21, 2019 20:59 IST Kolkata Knight Riders lost the game to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 9 wickets at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Sunday.( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSJonny Bairstow was dopped three times by KolkataBairstow went on to score an unbeaten 80 off 43 ballsKolkata suffered their fifth consecutive defeat in IPL 2019Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik blamed his team’s below-par bowling and fielding for their nine-wicket defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad and fifth consecutive loss in IPL 2019 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium,Hyderabad, on Sunday.Kolkata set a target of 160 at the loss of eight wickets for Sunrisers but, thanks to Jonny Bairstow’s blistering 80 off 43 balls and David Warner’s 67 off 38, the hosts achieved the target with 30 balls to spare.Bairstow went berserk in the field but credit to Kolkata’s sloppy fielding efforts as they dropped his catch thrice and the in-form batsman fully capitalized on the lifelines.”I think 160 was a par score on this wicket. I think they bat really well but our fielding cost us. And after that dropped catch he came out all guns blazing,” Dinesh Karthik said post the defeat.Bairstow was dropped by KC Cariappa as early as the second over, much to the disappointment of debutant Yarra Prithviraj. He was given a second chance in the 12th over when Harry Gurney at fine-leg could not get a hand to the ball. Third time, it was again in Prithviraj’s over when Piyush Chawla squandered a tough opportunity that came his way.Speaking off the missed opportunities , Karthik said, “A wicket of Bairstow would have felt better, feel for the guy (Yarra Prithviraj). We have been outplayed in this game.””Having said that our bowling has been off colour in the tournament. Our fielding needs a lot of improvement too,” he added.It is to be noted that Kolkata’s one of the key bowlers, Kuldeep Yadav has been struggling to make a mark in IPL 2019. The wrist-spinner was dropped on Sunday owing to his disastrous spell of four overs wherein he conceded 59 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday.advertisementThe Chinaman conceded 27 runs in his final over. Kuldeep’s replacement KC Cariappa failed to impress as he was taken to the cleaners by David Warner.Karthik said that it was required to give Kuldeep a break for his strong return in the remaining games.”We had to give Kuldeep a break and get him back fresh.”Kolkata are currently place at sixth in the points table with just four wins in the played ten games. They will next face Rajasthan Royals on Thursday.Also Read | SRH vs KKR, IPL 2019: Warner and Bairstow hand Kolkata 5th straight defeatAlso Read | Sri Lanka serial blasts: Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar condemn ‘act of terror’Also SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Kolkata Knigh RidersFollow Jony BairstowFollow Dinesh KarthikFollow IPL 2019 advertisement scorecard IPL 2019, SRH vs KKR: Dinesh Karthik slams KKR bowlers after 5th straight defeatKolkata Knight Riders were quite sloppy in the field, dropping Jonny Bairstow thrice in the game. The visitors paid for their poor fielding with a nine-wicket defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad. graphscenter_img view more view less commentary No data available!last_img read more

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23 February 2010A pair of grassroots initiatives bringing environmentally friendly stoves and rechargeable lighting to remote communities in several countries are the recipients of this year’s prestigious Sasakawa Prize, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today. A pair of grassroots initiatives bringing environmentally friendly stoves and rechargeable lighting to remote communities in several countries are the recipients of this year’s prestigious Sasakawa Prize, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today.The annual prize, worth $200,000 between the two projects, is awarded to sustainable schemes that can be replicated at the local level across the world.This year’s winners are Nuru Design, a company providing rechargeable lights to villages in Rwanda, Kenya and India; and Trees, Water and People (TWP), an organization distributing fuel-efficient stoves to people in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Haiti. “Combating climate change is not just up to governments; it starts at the grassroots level, as communities tap into the power of renewables and sustainable technologies,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, who chaired the four-person jury which included Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and UN Messenger of Peace Wangari Maathai.“Through pioneering green ovens and sustainable lighting, Nuru Design and Trees, Water and People are changing the lives of thousands of schoolchildren, housewives and villagers across Latin America, Africa and India,” added Mr. Steiner. With the lack of reliable energy and lighting affecting over 2 billion people in the developing world and the equivalent of 260 million tons of carbon dioxide emitted every year from burning kerosene and firewood, Nuru Design has already converted thousands of households to rechargeable lights, and aims to prevent the emission of around 40,000 tons of carbon dioxide from kerosene lighting in 2010.In Rwanda alone, Nuru – which means ‘light’ in Swahili – is helping 10,000 households every three months switch from kerosene to its lighting system, and the company plans to use the Sasakawa funding to scale up in Rwanda and to replicate their efforts in Burundi, Kenya, Uganda and India, expanding to about 200,000 households.In addition, through fuel-efficient cooking stoves that burn 50 to 70 per cent less wood, TWP is helping households save money and preventing nearly 250,000 tons of hazardous emissions from traditional smoky open fires, which kill around 1.6 million women and children annually. To date, TWP has organized the building of 35,000 stoves throughout Central America and Haiti, benefiting more than 175,000 people who save $1 to $5 per day on the cost of wood. The initiative also decreases harmful carbon emissions by 1 ton of carbon dioxide equivalent per year per stove for domestic users and 3.5 tons per year for commercial users, like tortilla makers. The winners are slated to receive the prize at a ceremony during this week’s 11th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council in Bali, Indonesia, which kicks off on Wednesday and is attended by dozens of environment ministers. read more

27 May 2011Health partners in Haiti are responding promptly to increasing cases of cholera in the Ouest department to ensure that the new infections do not spread to the capital, Port-au-Prince, a spokesperson for the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today. “Given the early detection of alerts, a prompt response is under way,” Fadela Chaib, the WHO spokesperson, told reporters in Geneva.She said the current surge in the number of cases in Ouest department is a reminder of the need for vigilance. “Haiti will be facing cholera for years unless water and sanitation issues are properly fixed,” said Ms. Chaib.A cholera outbreak that erupted in Haiti in October last year has claimed more than 4,500 lives and nearly 300,000 people fell ill with the disease. Fresh infections continue to occur.A report by an independent panel set up by the UN to investigate the source of the cholera outbreak concluded that a “confluence of circumstances,” and not the fault of any group or individual, was responsible for the fast-moving outbreak.The four-member panel of experts included a series of recommendations for the UN and the Haitian Government so they can help prevent the future introduction and spread of cholera. read more

TORONTO — Weaker oil and metals prices sent the Toronto stock market lower on Monday amid suggestions of further slowing in China’s economic growth.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 79.72 points at 13,758.38, while the commodity-sensitive Canadian dollar also took a hit. It pulled back 0.64 of a U.S. cent to 76.81 cents US.Driving the decline was the TSX metals and mining sector, which dropped four per cent, while the gold sector was down three per cent.Gold logged its steepest single day loss in more than two weeks. The December bullion contract was down $10.30 at US$1,172.80 an ounce, while December copper gave back four cents to US$2.37 a pound.The TSX energy sector eased off three per cent as the November contract for benchmark crude oil retreated $1.37 to US$45.89 a barrel, while November natural gas added a penny to US$2.44 per thousand cubic feet.Falling crude prices also affected energy companies on the U.S. markets, including Exxon Mobil and Chevron, which fell the most in the Dow Jones industrial average.Overall, New York indexes were slightly higher, with the Dow rising 14.57 points to 17,230.54, the S&P 500 inching up 0.55 of a point to 2,033.66 and the Nasdaq moving ahead 18.78 points to 4,905.47.Data released by China on Monday showed that growth in the world’s second-largest economy was the slowest since early 2009 in the aftermath of the global crisis.Growth in China’s economy slowed to 6.9 per cent in the third quarter, down from 7.0 in the previous three-month period. Only relatively strong consumer spending averted a steeper downturn.The slowdown in China has left traders skittish about the impact it could have on earnings for key U.S. and Canadian companies with an international presence.Corporate Canada will also be keeping a close watch on the outcome of the federal election and potential ramifications it could have on the energy sector and other industries.But few, if any, of those marks will be seen on the TSX in the short term, suggested Ian Nakamoto, director of research at 3Macs.He said the parties most likely to rise to power haven’t been particularly specific when it comes to shifting business policies.“Nothing brings to mind such a bold statement (that) is going to affect the market,” he said.“Any tax policies would have to (be in) a budget, and then you’ve have to pass it, and that all takes a while.”Nakamoto said he expects U.S. earnings and the direction of commodities prices to overshadow any fallout from the election.Meanwhile, shares of heavily-weighted Valeant Pharmaceutical International (TSX:VRX) dropped after the company said it may sell its neurology business amid increased scrutiny political and legal scrutiny over soaring drug prices.The pharma operator, one of Canada’s largest companies by market capitalization, saw its stock drop six per cent to $213.05. read more

“There will be representatives from five countries coming to Sri Lanka if the resolution gets passed at the UNHRC”, Weerawansa said. That would be the first step to charge Sri Lankan President with war crimes, he added.The US resolution aimed at committing Colombo to implement its own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations is being branded as interference in Sri Lanka’s sovereignty. Sri Lankans should boycott American products in protest against the US sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council, a government minister said on Tuesday.“I will stop using my gmail account. Let us boycott Pepsi, Coca Cola, Google and McDonalds”, Wimal Weerawansa, the Minister of Housing and Construction said, addressing an anti-US demonstration here. “This is an US-LTTE resolution”, Weerawansa charged adding that the ulterior motive was to haul Rajapaksa and the Sri Lankan military leaders before the International Criminal Court (ICC). The LLRC was cited as Colombo’s answer to international calls for accountability over alleged rights abuses that took place during the final phase of the military campaign against the LTTE, who fought to set up a separate homeland for the Tamil minority. (PTI) Weerawansa’s National Freedom Front is a constituent party of the ruling coalition of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. read more

“Pakistan has faced repeated humanitarian crises in the last decade – from the earthquake of 2005 to the unprecedented flooding in 2010. Inevitably, this has brought Pakistan face to face with the challenges of climate change,” said the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Catherine Bragg, during a visit to the country.“In the face of these repeated challenges, we must all turn to the longer-term and sustainable solutions – to strengthening resilience,” she added.Flooding this year in southern Pakistan has affected almost five million people, according to Pakistani Government estimates, and many are still recovering from Pakistan’s floods of 2010 and 2011.During her visit, Ms. Bragg assessed and drew attention to the needs of communities affected by the floods in the south and displaced families in the northwest. She visited the Jalozai camp, near the northern city of Peshawar, where 11 per cent of the 744,000 people who have been displaced since 2008 reside. While noting that relief services in the camp are well organized and efficient due to cooperation on the ground among many partners, the UN humanitarian official stressed that there is still a funding shortage to meet their needs.“$79 million is urgently required to meet immediate needs. Winter is coming, making the need even more urgent. Those needs can only be met if all levels of the Government – from local to federal authorities – are engaged,” Ms. Bragg said. “If you know Pakistan, you know this is the third year that millions of people have been affected by flooding, uprooting families and destroying their livelihoods.” According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), funding constraints threaten the provision of critical services to flood-affected people in the provinces of Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh, as well as displaced and returnee families in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, located in the country’s north-west.Humanitarian partners urgently require $196 million to continue providing essential relief services over the coming months, OCHA added. These services include preventative and emergency healthcare, water and sanitation, shelter, education, protection, household relief items, food security and nutrition services“All partners – the Government of Pakistan, the UN and its partners, international development banks, civil society and philanthropists alike – must come together to tackle this enormous challenge,” Ms. Bragg added. read more

The number of motorists completing speed awareness courses has soared by a third in the past five years, with police forces now pulling in more than £50 million annually from the schemes, new figures have revealed.Last year around 1.2 million drivers opted to attend a course rather than accept a fine or penalty points on their licence.That was up from just 280,000 a decade ago and means a quarter of all British drivers have now been on a speed awareness course at some point.The four-hour classroom based tutorials cost between £75 and £99, depending where in the country you are, with police forces permitted to claim a maximum of £45 from that figure to cover administration costs.The amount of money the police are allowed to claim was increased in October 2017, and comes at a time when all forces are having to cope with shrinking budgets. Speed cameras are catching a record number of motorists A spokesman for the National Police Chief’s Council said: “More drivers are attending these courses as an alternative to prosecution. The course aims to educate motorists to improve their knowledge and behaviour whilst on the road, and is designed to contribute to reducing deaths and casualties.“These courses are offered to people who commit low level traffic offences. Police forces do not make money from the courses; they only receive processing costs.”But Hugh Bladon, of the Alliance of British Drivers, disagreed that the police were not receiving income.He said: “Police forces are clearly making money from these courses. There is obviously an incentive for the motorist who does not want to get points, but there is clearly an incentive for the police forces, and that is to make money.”The police are almost acting like judge and jury and it does not seem to me to be correct.” Forces are not supposed to profit from the schemes, but campaigners claim the huge rise in the number of motorists attending, is evidence of the clear financial incentive for the police to funnel speeders towards them. In 2011 around 1.5 million drivers were caught speeding with some 19 per cent opting to attend a speed awareness course.But by 2017 that figure had rocketed to 2 million drivers caught with 50 per cent choosing a course over points.It means that last year police forces around the country pulled in approximately £54 million from the schemes.   Speed awareness courses cost around £90 but the driver avoids a fine and points Speed cameras are catching a record number of motorists Claire Armstrong of the Safe Speed campaign group also questioned whether the speed awareness courses did anything to improve road safety. Speed awareness courses cost around £90 but the driver avoids a fine and points Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

first_imgThe old Afton open pit. NewGold’s New Afton coppergold block cave will enter full production this yearThe mining industry in Canada has gathered a lot of pace since the 2008/2009 economic downturn, with many significant projects now under advanced development or being commissioned, particularly in copper/gold at New Afton, Copper Mountain, Mount Milligan, Westwood and others; but also in other areas, such as with a new phase of expansion in the Alberta oil sands, where Imperial Oil’s Kearl is due to enter production soon and Joslyn, Jackpine, Fort Hills and Frontier are also in the fray. Other new mines being developed include molybdenum, potash, diamond, lithium, graphite, zinc and uranium operations.From exploration tools and technology, through feasibility, engineering work and specialist consultancy on tailings and environmental issues to full production mining and processing, Canada has numerous home grown players that have seen success not only at these new domestic mining operations, but also globally.Software solutionsIn exploration software tools, Geosoft recently introduced VOXI Earth Modelling, a geophysical inversion software service that generates 3D voxel models from airborne, ground gravity and magnetic data, at PDAC 2012. Ian MacLeod, Geosoft Chief Technologist comments: “One of the important benefits of converting gravity or magnetic data into a 3D earth model is that the visual end product allows explorers to see and understand the subsurface using now common 3D viewing platforms. VOXI produces a model of rock properties, which can be directly integrated with other surface and subsurface geologic observations.” Integration is important, because no one technique provides all the answers. He adds: “Geophysical models often need to be constrained by geological and geochemical observations in three dimensions. Our aim as explorers is to develop the most complete subsurface picture of geology and mineral systems that we can.”The technique of modelling the earth through inversion has been used successfully within the mineral exploration industry for well over a decade, and the benefits have been well documented. The ability to convert geophysical measurements directly into 3D images of the subsurface that can be integrated with other exploration information in three dimensions has enabled resource explorers to extract significantly more insight from their geophysical data.Abitibi model generated with VOXI Earth ModellingWithin mineral exploration, inversion modelling has aided in developing exploration potential within the iron ore and nickel belts of Western Australia; the Stuart Shelf and Olympic Dam in South Australia; iron oxide-copper-gold in Africa, South America and Australia; copper in Mongolia; and nickel laterite in Colombia. The results have been impressive, however at present inversion remains largely in the hands of expert modellers, and the ability to generate an earth model that a geophysicist can have confidence in is out of reach for most. It is estimated that less than 20% of mineral exploration projects use inversions despite the availability of advanced, high end inversion services and systems. With its VOXI Earth Modelling solution Geosoft says it is targeting speed, usability and accessibility to remedy this.  Behind VOI Earth Modelling’s speed and agility is cloud technology engineered by Geosoft to conduct the complex geo-computing via the internet, with minimal drain on the explorer’s personal computer systems.  The VOXI Earth Modelling cloud service is powered by Microsoft Windows Azure.  And included in the first release of VOXI Earth Modelling is Geosoft’s Magnetisation Vector Inversion (MVI) modelling technique. MVI allows the magnetisation direction to vary within the model and thus take into account the combined effects of remnance, demagnetisation, anisotropy and induced magnetisation. The result is a more realistic representation of rock magnetisation, which is the fundamental rock property measured with the magnetic method. Geosoft VOXI Earth Modelling is being offered as a software service extension accessible within Geosoft’s Oasis montaj 3D mapping and analysis platform. Once market availability is announced in April 2012, Geosoft customers will be able to use the VOXI Earth Modelling service on a pay as you go or subscription plan.Four Leaf Solutions’ MineTracker will now be marketed globallySudbury-based Four Leaf Solutions provides mine technology and communication solutions that are aimed at integrating software and hardware while increasing productivity. The core product is MineTracker, which is a centralised software solution for underground mine fixed/mobile assets, diagnostics, communications, location tracking (real-time or zone), safety and reporting. Having installed the MineTracker system in existing mines in Ontario, Quebec (including Agnico-Eagle), Yukon and most recently in Saskatchewan; the company told IM that it is now branching out to the global market, with plans to offer the systems to mining operations in the US, South America, Africa and India. The group’s Bob Lavergne comments: “This is a really exciting time for us here at Four Leaf Solutions,” says Bob Lavergne, “We’ve proven our MineTracker product and are moving to a global market.” Lavergne also stressed that there is still a major focus on ongoing development. The team is actively working on new modules based on client feedback and their product roadmap including ‘working alone’ and ‘electronic tag board‘ for increased reliability and safety.Vancouver-headquartered Gemcom Software reports that it has been seeing significant uptake with its InSite mine production management system. Recent adoptees of the system include Straits Resources’ Tritton copper mine and Exxaro Resources’ Tshikondeni Coal.  Tritton has been in operation since 2004 and opted for InSite to provide a single solution to the operation’s data management requirements.  The software’s data integration and data reconciliation functionalities have removed a reliance on time consuming, manual entry spreadsheets and provided a centralised database for the entire site.Consolidating data tracking into one central repository has streamlined Tritton’s processes and will increase productivity across the operation. The ability to track material movements and stockpiles ensures accurate reporting of actual production activities against targets. Additionally, InSite’s production system links data throughout the mining system, significantly simplifying reconciliation and reporting processes.Tshikondeni Coal is an underground coal mining operation employing over 750 people and producing over 400,000 t/y of coking coal.  Implementing InSite has provided a single, integrated solution for the operation’s data management requirements, eliminating the need for time consuming manual data entry and simplifying their monthly reconciliation process.  Additionally, InSite’s Standard Reports provides a real-time view of production and coal quality, ensuring the mine can respond quickly to any issues that arise. Gemcom states: “End-of month processes, including reconciliation, are an important part of Tshikondeni Coal’s business. The previous system used numerous spreadsheets that were time intensive to manage and prone to errors. InSite captures underground production data, surface material movements and plant production data, and where possible, captures it automatically. This provides an integrated method to perform fast and accurate end-of-month reconciliation.”Training, planning and servicesHaul truck operator training at mining operations in developing countries poses particular workforce development challenges, as faced by the Canadian company Kinross Gold at their Tasiast mine in Mauritania, where training candidates have little or no prior driving experience at the controls of a motorised vehicle.Although commercial operations began at Tasiast in 2008, Kinross only recently acquired the mine in late 2010 through its buyout of Red Back Mining, so is now working to triple mining production by purchasing much additional mining equipment. Recognising the need to prescreen training candidates for the necessary psycho motor, sensory/perceptual, and cognitive abilities in an objective and efficient way, Kinross Gold looked to the simulator specialist Simlog, based in Montreal. The resulting “Simulator Lab” at Kinross Gold’s recruiting offices in Nouakchott, Mauritania’s capital, features five Mining Truck Personal Simulators.A member of Kinross Gold staff trying out the Simlog simulator stationEach simulator “station” consists of Simlog’s Mining Truck simulation software, USB-ready simulator controls, a desktop PC, an LCD display, speakers, and headphones. Simlog’s Simulation Manager, installed on a sixth PC (all the PCs are networked), is used to create an account for each training candidate with a unique login name and password. Simulation results from each candidate are then saved in the Simulation Manager’s data-base, indexed by user. For each training candidate, a Kinross Gold supervisor demonstrates the basic simulator functionalityand presents an introductory Simulation Module. Then with the help of the supervisor, the candidate performs a single trial (exercise).  After that, the candidate is accorded two simulator “sessions” of 30 minutes each to revisit the same Simulation Module, but now with no help. Altogether, each training candidate spends a little more than one hour at the controls of a Mining Truck Personal Simulator.Once the simulated work is completed, the Kinross Gold supervisor analyses the simulation results for the two sessions, looking for relative improvement. Two Performance Indicators are studied in detail: Execution Time (the time to navigate a corridor from the starting position to the ending position) and Number of Collisions (when the truck makes contact with the barriers that define the corridor). Where there is noticeable improvement and when the average values for the final session exceed minimum targets, the training candidate is judged to have sufficient aptitude for training as a haul truck operator. Otherwise, no such training is possible.Since pre-screening began in July 2011, Simlog states that its Mining Truck Personal Simulator has “proven itself to be an objective, efficient, and extremely cost-effective way of evaluating training candidates for haul truck operator aptitude.” As of December 2011, a total of 211 training candidates have been evaluated and about 40% were judged to lack enough aptitude to be trained as haul truck operators.Building upon this pre-screening success, Kinross Gold is now preparing a second simulator lab at a new training facility, also located in Nouakchott, for the day-after-day, week-after-week, drill and practice to help the carefully selected training candidates learn what Simlog calls “core skills.” After that, they will move on to the controls of real trucks to be operated in the Nouakchott area, as the final step in becoming “truck-ready” trainees for the Tasiast mine. Since the simulator-based prescreening and training, and seat-time, take place in Nouakchott, Kinross Gold avoids all of the transportation and accommodation costs associated with getting truck ready at the mine itself, making the process even more costeffective.Golder Associates new C3D centre in the heart of TorontoThrough an industry partnership, Golder & Associates, along with the Mining Innovation Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCO) has opened a Collaborative 3D (C3D) Centre, located in the heart of Toronto’s financial and mining district. The facility’s large 16 ft screen leverages advanced True 3D technologies by providing seamless three dimensional stereographic images. True 3D technology provides next-generation tools for collaborating on engineering, environmental and financial information for key stakeholders and decision makers in the mining industry.  According to Golder, the centre allows the combining of multiple datasets into a single comprehensive viewing environment for efficient property and technical assessments; supports effective analysis of complex data for improved stakeholder communication; enhances evaluations on mining projects to make appropriate investment decisions; reveals new opportunities through more informed decision making; and creates value from data for more profitable resource development. Mining applications could include mineral exploration targeting, geological modelling, mineral planning and design, stakeholder communication and investor relations.Dumas Contracting and Tercon Investments have combined to create a new company providing a “diverse and integrated suite of specialised services to the international mining and energy sectors.” The newly enlarged company will operate under the globally recognised Dumas name. This complementary combination provides clients immediate access to a broad range of services, covering the complete project lifecycle, from concept to completion, including specialty engineering, site development and infrastructure, construction and production mining.“The combination makes Dumas one of the few contractors able to provide both underground and surface mining services,” said Milan Soucek, President of Tercon. “Pooling the resources of Dumas and Tercon brings together two safety-focused cultures with highly skilled and experienced workforces, capable of proactively anticipating client needs during projects of any size or complexity.” Additionally, with the combination, Dumas now has an extensive, high-quality production equipment fleet. The fleet includes an extensive array of production trucks and equipment, as well as a wide range of mobile, shaft and stationary equipment suitable for any underground or surface project. The company has a dedicated maintenance facility to ensure the continued quality and reliability of the fleet and is ready to mobilise equipment to international and domestic projects at short notice.Ventilation and communicationsSmartEXEC (Smart Expandable Energy Control) from Simsmart Technology in Brossard, Quebec, has been selected to provide Ventilation on Demand (VOD) for Xstrata’s Nickel Rim South mine in Sudbury, Ontario. Since implementation, the system has been incrementally delivering the much anticipated benefits of increased energy efficiency while maintaining the mine’s production performance. In order to ensure adherence to ventilation requirements, underground mines will often ventilate more than what is required because the airflow demands have to be satisfied repetitively for different parallel circuits. For example, as a vehicle moves within the ventilation circuit from one parallel section to another, the total airflow demand is doubled to compensate for the same vehicle travelling between two different locations. Such an occurrence leads to significant energy costs or limits the daily production of the mine. Similarly, auxiliary fans for headings face a similar issue as it is not common practice for miners to shut off a fan when work has terminated. Both situations result in a significant waste of energy that can be averted. Settings at the controllers of the booster fans and/or regulators could be modified as vehicles or personnel move from one section to another; thus automatically adjusting the air as needed avoiding the aforementioned energy inefficiencies. The concept of VOD is a solution to these operational challenges. VOD can be defined as the adjustment of ventilation equipment settings according to vehicle and personnel current status and location. The main infrastructure required to implement a VOD system is mainly composed of remote control ventilation equipment, a communication system to surface and a vehicle and/or personnel tracking system. Software must then be installed to execute the VOD logic. This software determines air requirements depending on the tracking system data and sends specific commands to control the ventilation equipment. SmartEXEC was specifically developed to deploy VOD at underground mines. It has a userfriendly HMI interface designed to be used by workers, technicians or engineers to control ventilation at underground mine sites.The software communicates to the PLC (s) or any other control hardware interface with the use of an OPC server. During the implementation of VOD, equipment with remote control capabilities is configured on the system. The SmartEXEC system will then permit the user to control this equipment manually as well as from scheduled control events as required. The scheduling feature is easy to use and can be utilised for energy savings purposes (shutting down fans, decreasing rpm in between shifts, pre-blast, post-blast) but can also be very useful to provide the mine with fast emergency response to a given event. For example a number of events can be set up in case of a fire at any given location (fans shutdowns, doors closing, reverse of fans etc).  Events can also be used for blast clearing purposes, as it is at Nickel Rim South.  As long as basic ventilation automation is available (via OPC), the user can add a starter, VFD or regulator actuator and control the equipment attached to it. Such an update in the system is all performed while the system is operating; there is no need to shutdown the system when new equipment is added, all changes are dynamically active when applied.Similarly, without requiring any automation skills, the HMI interface can display any information such as equipment settings and flow rates within a configurable user defined summary page. The SmartEXEC also has the ability to combine flow or VOD control with other parameters such as gas concentration or temperature. A single piece of ventilation control equipment (such as a regulator) has the ability to perform simultaneous control based on six different variables. It has also the capability to control other equipment such as pumps and compressors.Commissioning of the VOD system at Nickel Rim South mine is approaching significant completion and it is on its way to being the first mine in the world to achieve a full scale multilevel VOD mine operation. All SmartEXEC control levels were successfully tested, and several control levels are already in use 100% of the time. The completion of the tracking system installation will lead to its full potential being realised. The mine has three main levels and numerous sub-levels which have regulators at the outlet of each access drifts. The fresh air comes from the main shaft and is discharged on the main levels, it is then carried through the ramps and each sub-level, the foul air then reaches the regulators to flow into a raise connected to the return air drifts located within the main levels. There are three supply axial fans (550 hp each) and two large centrifugal exhaust fans (4,000 hp each). The five surface fans are all equipped with VFDs. The exhaust ventilation shaft is located at proximity of the main shaft.The control of the supply fans is based on the airflow between the adit and the main shaft collar, an airflow sensor is installed at that location. The control ensures that there is no air downcasting from the main shaft collar during the cold periods as it could freeze the shaft and the service water pipes. During summer, air downcast is permitted to decrease the power consumption of the intake fans as the overall resistance of the system is reduced. The exhaust fans and regulators are controlled based on the strategy described earlier. Each regulator is equipped with a ventilation monitoring station including ultrasonic airflow sensors and CO, O2, and NO2 gas sensors. Each regulator has several modes of operations which can be easily set and viewed.At the mine there are presently 113 auxiliary fans under remote control within the SmartEXEC system: 58 service fans and 55 stope access fans. Eight stope access fans are presently operating under VOD control (activated by vehicle or personnel presence). Daily schedules are in place to shutdown all 113 auxiliary fans at the end of each shift. Service fans are rescheduled to start at the beginning of the shift. The service fans’ start-up schedules are divided into two different categories; preoperational services and operational services.  The preoperational services fans are started earlier than the operational services fans to optimise the energy savings.The current savings provided from the implementation of the SmartEXEC system mainly consist of the following areas: exhaust fan speed reduction during shift change (scheduling); shutdown of all auxiliary fans at the end of each shift (scheduling); supply fans flow control; VOD control in selected auxiliary zones; and VOD full scale primary network control strategy (surface fans energy optimiser).Mine Radio Systems (MRS), the global designer and manufacturer of underground mine communication systems, has recently completed phase one of its installation at the Boleo deposit on the east cost of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.  Boleo required a one of a kind communication solution that allowed for constant contact between underground mines, surface mine sites and main operational centres; could be expanded quickly and stand up to a very harsh environment. “The remoteness of the mine coupled with the extreme heat became a major obstacle when it came to providing power to the two surface repeaters and main operation building” says Wisam Farjow, MRS Vice President of Engineering. MRS’s solution provides Baja Mining’s Boleo site with a complete scalable system that features two surface repeater sites to provide voice communication coverage between the mine sites and main buildings; microwave linking of all sites; eight TDMA voice communication channels; automatic channel roaming between repeaters; MRS Centrian system integration for the underground mines; GPS functionality; and a dispatch console for the system.The surface communication infrastructure is connected to and communicates with the MRS underground Centrian Leaky Feeder System to provide “seamless and constant” coverage from surface to underground and visa versa. MRS says it will continue to work closely with Baja Mining over the next few months training its onsite employees at Boleo, as well as working on future expansion plans as the site continues to grow.Power, drilling and processingElectrical equipment specialist Adria Manufacture, based in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, is expanding its global presence with the addition of two new distributors. Burkina Fasobased distributor Satel is now offering Adria’s products and services to West Africa, while Moscow-based Technocomplex Rockmine has been granted Russian territory distributorship.Adria’s portable substation can be tilted vertically for slinging in a mine shaftAdria recently completed a project at Centerra Gold’s Kumtor mine, which is located at more than 4,200 m above sea level, in Kyrgyzstan.  Because of the high altitude, electrical equipment needed to be specially designed for the lack of oxygen and air density. Overheating problems and dielectric strength are highly affected in this type of environment and standard equipment is likely to fail over a short period of time. Adria designed and built 6.3 kV portable substations that would work properly in a low oxygen and high altitude mine-site. At the other end of the scale, Adria has also been supplying other versions of portable substations for some of the world’s deepest gold mines, at more than 2,800 m deep. These units are designed for a high ambient temperature, low air quality and high humidity. They typically contain a high voltage load break switch, a mine duty power transformer and a secondary low voltage distribution. The mine power centre can be equipped with many options, such as ground fault protection, ground pilot wire monitoring, neutral grounding resistor and monitoring, infrared inspection viewports (for thermography inspection), and an arc flash detection system.Winnipeg, Manitoba-based longhole drilling leader Cubex is currently building a third track driven Wassara production drill, the Scorpion, for Cameco’s McArthur River Uranium mine. This unit is unique from the others as it will have the ability to access ore bodies that are presently unreachable without developing the mine further and greatly increasing costs. To access the ore with the existing mine layout a solution is needed to drill to greater depths. Cubex is engineering a solution to improve the design of the standard mast used on all of its in-the-hole production drills to double feed force. The feed force on the redesigned mast sets a new benchmark for the industry at 267 kN (60,000 lb).In block caving applications this new mast design would enable the drill to produce accurate pre-conditioning holes at lengths exceeding 500 m. Units with this capability are expected to be in the field in the second half of 2012.Quebec-based Fordia has announced the introduction of HERO 9, a new diamond tool, that further develops the HERO series. The company tells IM: “HERO 9 offers an exceptional penetration and lifespan ratio as does all the HERO series. However, this bit facilitates drilling in hard to very hard ground like granites or syenites. The HERO 9 matrix offers the perfect equilibrium of components to allow easy sharpening and long lasting life. It also offers a great lifespan, even under the most demanding drilling conditions like high feed pressure.”WS Tyler’s Haver Hydro-Clean washing system effectively cleans deleterious material from aggregate, industrial minerals and metallic ores while reducing water consumption by up to 75% and energy costs by up to 15% over traditional washing systems. In addition to the energy and environmental concerns, some materials aren’t washable in conventional systems, such as materials caked with heavy clay. The Hydro- Clean high-pressure design allows virtually any material to be washed. The unit removes silt and clay particles as small as 63 microns from mineral mixtures and, with its short retention times, can process up to 400 t/h, depending on model size and application. Material is continuously fed to the unit by a conveyor belt.  Two adjustable water jets located above the hopper create a low pressure downstream current, which helps clean off impurities, particularly sticky material, and allow it to flow into the washing chamber.Material height in the hopper is constantly monitored by a laser level indicator that provides exact data to the PLC unit. The PLC reads the data, then regulates the material flow accordingly. It controls how fast the machine works so that consistency in production is achieved. Material is washed by high-pressure water nozzles, located on a washing head.  Utilising up to 90% recycled water, the nozzles rotate at 100 rpm and spray the material at impressive pressures, up to 2,900 psi (200 bar).  Featuring an angled design, the nozzles create a shovelling effect, which spreads out the material and helps to ensure every angle of the material is touched and every side washed. While most traditional washing systems only wash the material’s surface, the Hydro-Clean’s highpressure jets are able to penetrate every pore and wash the material completely. The washed material works its way down the drum and exits onto a discharge conveyor. The conveyor takes the material to a standard rinse screen, which removes any remaining dirt or clay as it fractionates the material. Meanwhile, the resulting dirty water flows through polyurethane screen panels installed in the sides of the washing drum and is collected by a waste water system. The dirty water is then sent through the rinse screen and into a fines hopper, which directs it to the plant’s water treatment system for recycling.Traditional washing systems can use up to 900 gpm of water to clean material. The Hydro-Clean only needs 200 gal/min, using as much as 75% less water. In addition, due to its compact size and weight, overall operating and structural costs are considerably lower than with traditional washing systems that also require more equipment and a greater footprint. The standard Hydro-Clean weighs only 8 t.  More than 50 Hydro-Clean units have already been delivered, including to gypsum, gold and diamond operations.Vehicle and haulage solutionsSaskatoon-based PapaBravo Innovations recently announced the availability of a line of heavy duty 4 x 4, 1 t electric mining utility trucks in 2011. The company believes that the vehicles offer a safe, clean, emissions free alternative to the current diesel trucks operating in most underground environments. All the vehicles have certified ROPS protection and can be outfitted with certified FOPS protection. The product line has been expanded from 0.25 t personnel carriers to 1 t work trucks. The full line is designed specifically for underground potash mining conditions. They have the capability to travel 120 km per charge, and are powered by lithium-iron-phosphate batteries which require no maintenance and do not have any gases present during charge or discharge. The vehicles can be charged in less than an hour giving them the capability to work up to 500 km per day.An RDH Muckmaster 2500 LHD before shipping to a Barrick operationRDH Mining Equipment in northern Ontario has equipment working underground in some of the world’s toughest locations both in Canada in extreme climates in Nunavut, Quebec and Saskatchewan but also in African and Siberian mines. Claude Resources’ Seabee gold operation is some 150 km northwest of Flin Flon, Manitoba and operates an RDH fleet. Equipment and heavy supplies are trucked to the site from January through March via a 60 km winter road.  Beyond logistics comes the right approach to training, supplying parts and providing service. RDH states that it has an established global network of shipping and logistics specialists, ensuring rapid delivery of parts and equipment.  It also keeps an extensive stock of spare parts and uses common components across its product lines to minimise part supply requirements. The parts supply network is backed up by a group of highly trained technicians who can be on-site within 24 hours if necessary. Seabee operates a range of RDH machines including three Drillmaster 200 DEH two boom jumbos; two Drillmaster 100 DEH – one boom jumbos; a Liftmaster 600R scissor lift; Loadmaster 600R boom truck; along with various units that have been remanufactured by RDH for the mine.The Argo Centaur 8 x 8 has a range of possible mining and exploration applicationsIn Timmins, Ontario, ARGO and its dealer Timmins Rent All have been developing mining/exploration specific utility vehicle solutions. To meet rough terrain and around the clock operating requirements, they developed customised accessories for mining companies.  The vehicles of choice for carrying this specialised equipment are the ARGO Centaur 8 x 8 DT and the ARGO 750 HDi. In addition, ARGO itself is now offering these custom mining and exploration packages worldwide. The Centaur has a tough 3-cylinder Briggs & Stratton/Daihatsu Turbo Diesel rated at 34 hp.  The fuel tank is sufficient for the vehicle to run for 8-10 hours before re-fuelling, permitting numerous core samples to be carried from offroad locations back to a base site. Heavyduty twin tracks on each pair of the eight wheels offers low ground pressure and good flotation.  There are no grease points anywhere on the Centaur, and it is capable of fording streams as deep as 26 in. Besides the heavy-duty diesel engine and enclosed cab for added comfort in inclement weather, the Centaur’s major advantage is its utility bed that can be customised for many critical mining needs. One company using the Centaur is Mallette Drilling in Timmins. Marc Mallette commented: “The Centaur is a great vehicle for initial set-up of an exploration site in a wetland, because of its low impact. We use our Centaur to carry in fuel drums, core boxes, rods and casing rods.”  Centaurs from ARGO Chile in Santiago are also working in Chilean heap leach copper mines.  Traditionally, the workers have had to walk the leach pads on foot and move all of the material and dripping hoses by hand because heavy equipment compacted the heaps and did not permit the acidic solution to filter through. But the low PSI of the Centaur allows one employee with an assistant to care of 5 – 6 sub-module s on the leach pad in the time that it took five employees walking on foot to take care of one previously. The mining company also uses Centaurs to transport employees back and forth to the ore heaps, to carry tools, and also to work on the very irregular ROM ore piles.Industrial Fabrication Inc (IFI) believes that adapting vehicles, like pick-ups, originally designed for surface use into underground vehicles has inherent challenges and limited success in mining applications. The group comments: “Our research and experience led us to our engineering philosophy that the ‘adaptation’ of surface vehicles simply won’t make the cut. That’s because the underground work environment is extreme.” The new Minecat UT99C builds upon the Minecat 100 Series and incorporates the latest in braking technology with wet disc brakes and SAHR (Spring Applied Hydraulic Release) brakes. The model also has an increased frame capacity. Many pickup truck frames are designed to be lightweight and flex easily under load but this reduces their ability to adapt various attachments to the rear of the machine such as crane booms, aerial booms or scissor lifts. The Minecat UT99 has the ability to have these attachments without stressing the frame and components. The frame has also been designed so that it can easily split in two halves for transport in cages, eliminating the need to cut the machine in half using torches. Cummins engine technology meets EPA Tier 3 emission standards as well as MSHA and CanMet requirements.Storage and work spacesSEI Industries Arctic Shield fabric is used on the Insta-Berm offeringMost mineral exploration takes place in remote locations where temporary above ground fuel storage bladders and drums are a common sight. Around those bladders and drums, berms protect the environment in case of an accidental spill. It is now common for inspectors to request that operators provide secondary containment around fuel drums and other bulk fuel storage sites and, depending on the location, some regulations may also require spill prevention equipment in fuel transfer areas. One of the most advanced berm fabrics on the market today is a proprietary material called Arctic-Shield.Developed by Delta, British Columbia-based SEI Industries, the Arctic Shield fabric was purpose-built specifically for above-ground secondary containment of fuels in Arctic climates at remote sites. Arctic-Shield fabric has a high strip tensile and adhesion strength, a low cold crack temp below -50°C and low diffusion rates because it was designed specifically for long duration fuel exposure that may occur if a fuel spill were to happen at a remote site that is unmanned for the winter. SEI offers Arctic-Shield fabric on its Insta-Berm (framed and L-rod models) as well as its smaller Mini-Berm.Based in Saskatoon, Norseman Structures supplies modular maintenance buildings – massive open work space that can be used for mining equipment maintenance, storage of mining equipment and warehousing. The design provides a clear-span structure with no columns to get in the way of moving equipment around.  The company recently completed a seven building project for a major oil sands operation.  The project includes a custom T series building on rails, three additional T-Series and three FSeries buildings.Norseman Structures F-Series building in Canadian oil sands, AlbertaThe T-Series ‘Rail’ building is used for a variety of fabrication purposes while the TSeries buildings are used primarily for warehousing. The F-Series buildings were used by the customer in a first-of-its-kind, pilot project allowing construction of three civil projects (water treatment plant, oil treatment plant and a steam generation plant) to proceed, without costly delays during winter months.  Typically, piles are driven into place during summer months, with the next stages of construction put on hold, due to frost penetration once winter arrives. The Norseman Structures F-Series building was chosen as it provides shelter from the elements, but also creates a controlled environment. Inside the structures, temperatures above freezing are maintained, allowing excavation around the piles and pouring of concrete throughout the winter.Inspection, testing and scanningCanadian engineering, automation, software development and energy management group Bestech has recently introduced RopeInspector, a system that automates regulated visual rope inspection by providing 360° coverage at full hoisting speed. By providing a 360° coverage rope inspection while defect analysis is performed offline, RopeInspector increases available maintenance time, hoisting production time and worker safety. Bestech comments: “It will provide early detection of rope failure, which also reduces equipment damage. Implementation of the system improves efficiency while meeting legislation requirements.”The RopeInspector system automates regulated visual rope inspection by providing 360° coverage at full speedIn 2003, the original research project for RopeInspector was completed with initial funding from INCO (Vale) and C-CORE in conjunction with SEER Technologies. The following year, additional Canadian and Australian sponsors joined the research group to realise the software and hoist monitoring system. The year 2006 marked the launch of the RopeInspector with Xstrata Copper installing the first generation system on a double drum hoist at Kidd Creek. The success of this initiative encouraged the Phase 2 development of technology for friction hoists, such as Koepe types, the following year. In 2008, Phase 3 involved installations at Newcrest Telfer (Koepe) and BHP Leinster (double drum) in Australian mines. The economic downturn of 2008 forced SEER to seek a partner to invest in RopeInspector technology and by 2011, the RopeInspector technology was acquired by Bestech, where it continues to be maintained and further improved.The Occupational Health and Safety Act depicts strict requirements pertaining to the examination of the exterior of each hoisting and tail rope of a mine hoisting plant “immediately before the hoisting plant is used…and at least once each day thereafter that it is in use” to detect the presence of kinks or other damage.  Usually, these legislated inspections are performed manually and require a temporary cease in operations. Manual examinations of the rope involve workers located near moving ropes, suspended at various heights.Installed under the sheave wheels, RopeInspector captures potential rope defects by capturing images and then presenting them electronically to a physical rope inspector who is tasked with validating and confirming impending rope defects. The system is capable of scanning wire ropes at speeds of up to 20 m/s and can identify potential defects less than 10 mm in size. The system is also equipped to detect necking, nicking, bulging (birdcage) and fraying, as well as track the locations of these defects on the wire rope. Defect analysis can be performed at any time from any minesite computer using the web enabled user interface.  Daily visual rope inspections with RopeInspector allow mine hoist supervisors to convert inspection time to more productive uses since the production process is no longer halted or delayed in order to perform the mandated daily visual inspections. Production is consequently increased due to the reduction in skip (ore) or hoist (personnel and equipment) down time.  Workers are able to inspect the rope by reviewing computerised photos, shaving hours off the original inspection time and eliminating the need for traditional manual inspections. The technology not only accelerates the process, but also provides auditable and retrievable stored images for later review.Ontario-based Optech is a leader in the development, manufacture and support of advanced LiDAR and imaging survey instruments. Its sensors are used in a broad range of applications, including mining, metallurgy and exploration. The Optech CMS (Cavity Monitoring System) is an autoscanning laser that collects thousands of accurately located points that are used to determine a cavity’s size, orientation and volume, and to create detailed engineering drawings. Mine safety is key to its design and operation, which ensure that the user can extend the  scanning head deep into hazardous or inaccessible areas while mining personnel stand clear. Universally adopted data formats also ensure that CMS data can be used in any software workflow. The system is easy to transport and set up, and is fully programmable, allowing the user to define scan parameters.The Optech ILRIS (Intelligent Laser Ranging and Imaging System) is a fully portable laserbased ranging and imaging system for commercial survey, engineering, mining, and industrial markets. A compact and highly integrated instrument with digital image capture and sophisticated software tools, ILRIS is about the size of a motorised total station, with an onboard high-resolution digital camera and large format LCD viewfinder, ILRIS has a visual interface similar to that of a digital camera.  ILRIS is deployed by a single operator. In operation, the scanner is controlled via a wireless handheld PDA or laptop computer. The target area and scan status are displayed locally on the screen, and data is written directly to removable media. Measurement area and spot density are user-definable. The system’s large dynamic range and compact size allow high accuracy surveys to be completed quickly and safely.Global Inspections-NDT provides advanced non-destructive testing in the mining and mineral processing sectors. It has three Canadian offices located in Kelowna, Calgary and Quebec. One of the key elements of mineral processing facilities that use gear driven SAG and ball mills, is the integrity of the critical gear unit that drive the mill. For the maintenance team, condition monitoring on the gear unit is crucial for preventative maintenance. Conventional gear inspection methods for surface inspection, such as Magnetic Particle or Dye Penetrant rely heavily on operator interpretation. At best, these methods can determine whether a discontinuity exists but are unable to provide information on the severity. Global Inspections-NDT offers the Gear-Pro system, which it states can detect 100% of all gear tooth surface discontinuities, providing comprehensive data, and has the ability to size cracks accurately. Gear-Pro also does not require the gear teeth to be wiped down by hand after cleaning as in Magnetic Particle, Dye Penetrant or Ultrasonic inspection methods. With 2D and 3D displays, the discontinuity can be seen electronically, as some are missed with visual inspection methods. All of the data is electronically generated and can be archived for future reference.  Not only can the discontinuities be identified – any cracks found can be sized accurately and as a result, inspection times are reduced.Frag-Assist helps provide more accurate rock fragmentation resultsMotion Metrics International provides advanced monitoring solutions designed to improve safety, efficiency, and productivity in the mining industry. Its LoadMetrics, RadarMetrics and ToothMetrics systems have been covered in previous issues. ToothMetrics as an example constantly monitors the shovel bucket teeth while the shovel is in operation, and alerts the shovel operator when a missing shovel tooth or adaptor is detected. Once detected, the tooth or adaptor can be located and prevented from reaching the crusher. However, new for 2012 is the addition of Frag-Assist for the Motion Metrics FragMetrics shovel bucket-based automatic rock fragmentation collection and analysis system. Frag-Assist is a cutting-edge toolset that integrates four features to provide greater flexibility and precise control of the fragmentation results. These new tools include: Segmentation Control, Fine Detection Control, Region Merge, and Rock/Fines Classification. The results of these adjustments are immediately shown on the FragMetrics user interface so that they can be quickly fine-tuned. With the new Frag-Assist tools, FragMetrics provides highly accurate rock fragmentation results with less time and effort.The acquisition of its Canadian technical and distribution facility has been completed by UKbased laser measurement technology specialist, Measurement Devices Ltd (MDL). MDL is a global market leader in the design and development of robotic laser surveying and mapping technology for mining. It has acquired 100% of Thomas Engineering (TEC) Manotick in Ottawa, as part of its strategy to create a global laser measurement, manufacturing and distribution and services business. The acquisition enables MDL and TEC to launch a new business, MDL Canada, which will focus on sales and service to the fast-growing Canadian mining, quarrying and surveying industry.  MDL mining and quarrying industry products, already widely used in Canada include the Quarryman, Boretrak, C-ALS (Cavity Auto Scanning Laser System), Void Scanner (VS150) and the 3D mobile mapping system Dynascan. TEC has built up a significant Canadian business with twelve staff by providing services using MDL laser systems to many uranium, gold, nickel, and zinc mines throughout Canada including those operated by Goldcorp, Vale, Xstrata and Cameco. IMlast_img read more

← Previous Story Jicha saves Kiel against Wetzlar – Good evening for Berlin, Flensburg, HSV and Goppingen Next Story → POLAND: Kielce over Azoty Pulawy for 15 goals! Two matches of French LNH have been played tonight. Two EHF CL competitors, PSG and Dunkerque finished their jobs in the Round 2 succesfully before the first European weekend in this season. Paris Saint German beat Chambery 30:29 with the last second save by Annonay who stopped penalty shot of Edin Basic, the Top scorer of Chambery together Nyokas with 8 goals. In the winning team Fahrudin Melic and Daniel Narcisse scored 5 goals.In the second match of the evenning, Dunkerque beat Toulouse 31:27. Joli was the TOP scorer for the winners with 7 goals, which was also a final score for the best Toulose’s scorer – left wing Nemanja Ilic. Chambery HandballDunkerque handballFrance handballLNH FrancePSG HandballToulouse read more

first_imgBack when the first Titanfall was announced I was intrigued simply because it had mechs in it. I’ve been a fan of robots and mechs my entire life so a game like Titanfall should’ve been right up my alley. The only problem was that it had no story. I’m a person who mostly plays games for the narrative so I wasn’t going to buy a multiplayer-only title just because it had awesome looking robots in it.Titanfall 2 has just been released and it (thankfully) contains a full-fledged single player campaign. As you’d expect, this aspect immediately made me interested in the game. I finished up the story last night and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. While it isn’t one of the greatest gaming tales I’ve experienced, it was thoroughly enjoyable — especially the second half.The main thing on my mind as I watched the end credits roll by was how it felt like I had finished playing the first game in a new series. Titanfall 2 is obviously not the first game in the franchise but it sure felt like it. At the risk of annoying fans of the original Titanfall, I’m going to say that Titanfall 2 is what we should have gotten the first time around.The story centers on a rifleman named Jack Cooper who is forced to become a Titan pilot (a profession he greatly admires). He teams up with a Titan called BT-7274 to complete the mission BT’s former pilot was assigned to before being killed. It doesn’t take long before the unlikely pair begin to form a bond with one another — a bond that grows as the game progresses.One thing I appreciated about the relationship between Cooper and BT is that it wasn’t based on the tired old “human tries to get robot to understand emotions” trope. Both characters had goals they needed to accomplish for the greater good and their understanding of each other has born from that. While there were instances where BT showed ignorance about some human customs, he wasn’t the typical dumb robot we’ve seen in other media. BT and Cooper are always presented as intellectual equals.The campaign is relatively short. I managed to finish it in a little under six hours. This could be seen as a negative, but the brevity of the plot was to the game’s benefit. Many titles these days toss in a lot of needless content as a means to artificially inflate the playtime and give the title a false sense of being a “full” experience. Since Titanfall 2 has a robust multiplayer mode, the single player was free to focus on telling a tight story that didn’t need to have a million collectibles and side quests. Much like Gears of War 4, I liked that Titanfall 2’s story respected my time.On top of the run-and-gun action that most people look for in this series, there is also a heavy emphasis on platforming that I found engaging. Platforming in first person hasn’t exactly been perfected yet, but Titanfall 2 does a great job of giving players platforming sections that are fun and challenging. The challenge comes from deft level design, not because of clunky controls or camera angles. While platforming in first person still has a ways to go, Titanfall 2 does it nicely.The game doesn’t disappoint when it comes to giving players a great deal of intense action. While I liked the portions where I played as Cooper, I absolutely loved playing as BT, especially when I got to engage in Titan vs Titan battles. For whatever reason, most AAA games lack traditional boss battles these days, so it was thrilling to get to fight so many compelling bosses. Each boss had their own quirks you have to figure out and overcome. Some of these encounters were tough and I died more than I care to admit, but I had a blast even while I was getting destroyed. There is no greater joy to be found in this game than when you take out a tough Titan opponent.It may have dragged in the beginning, but Titanfall 2’s campaign gives the series a new lease on life. Most players dropped Titanfall shortly after it was launched because there wasn’t much to hang on to. Though not a classic by any means, Titanfall 2’s story and characters should resonate with audiences who will in turn become loyal to the series and become excited for future installments.Titanfall 2 lays down a solid foundation for a blockbuster franchise and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next.last_img read more

first_img Explore further , Physical Review Letters , Science In the present work, Palmer et al. contrasted the transparency of nanocylinder arrays and nanospheres (although nanoparticles can have other shapes) to germanium in order to demonstrate that the arrays could guide and focus light. The arrays of nanocylinders behaved as effective dielectrics with transverse electric polarized light; where a transverse force on the electrons led to oscillating surface charges that mimicked the oscillating dipoles of an atom in a real dielectric. In contrast, the response of the cylinders to transverse magnetic polarized light was similar to the bulk metal, since electrons were free to move under the action of the longitudinal electric field without encountering the cylinder surfaces. The arrays of nanospheres in the study behaved as effective dielectrics, regardless of the incident polarization—focusing the electrons in any direction to result in surface charges that imitated the oscillating dipoles of a dielectric. Such arrays showed high transparency compared to real dielectrics such as germanium—even when the system had higher than 75 percent metal. Citation: Extraordinarily transparent compact metallic metamaterials (2019, May 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-extraordinarily-transparent-compact-metallic-metamaterials.html LEFT: The effective index of gold nanocylinders as functions of aspect ratio and particle size. Numerics (solid lines) and Maxwell Garnett mixing formula (dashes). (a) The aspect ratios of square arrays of cylinders were varied, while keeping the volume and surface-to-surface separation of each cylinder constant, as shown in the insets. The undistorted diameter of the cylinders was d = 30 nm and the incident wavelength was λ0 = 200 μm. (b) The cylinders were placed on a triangular lattice of length 50 nm, and their diameters were varied from 0 nm ≤ d ≤ 48 nm for an incident wavelength of λ0 = 2 μm. RIGHT: Designing a gradient-index lens with ‘doubly-enhanced’ hotspots. (a) Schematic of a ‘concentrator’ gradient-index lens composed of gold nanocylinders on a triangular lattice with 50 nm site-to-site separation. (b) Effective index profile of the concentrator lens, ideal (dashed) and achieved (solid). (c) Magnetic near-fields calculated using the effective geometry and the full geometry both confirm that plane waves are focused towards the origin of the lens. (d) Within the focal point of the lens, the combined focusing and squeezing of the electric field produces ‘doubly-enhanced’ hotspots. Credit: Nature Communications, doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-09939-8 Experimental and numerical demonstrations of transparent metallic arrays. (a) Microscopy image of 60 nm diameter gold colloidal supercrystal deposited on a Ge substrate. (b) The metallic particles show high infrared transparency. (c–e) The effective dielectrics are transparent enough to act as micrometer-scale lenses to infrared radiation of wavelength λ0 = 2 μm, as shown by the magnetic near-fields. There is good agreement between (d) the full geometry of titanium cylinders with diameter 38 nm and surface-to-surface gap 2 nm and (e) the homogenized geometry, neff = 3.2 + 0.5i. Credit: Nature Communications, doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-09939-8 © 2019 Science X Network Effective permittivity of metallic nanoparticle arrays. (a) The effective permittivity of an array of titanium nanocylinders (with diameter d = 38 nm and surface-to-surface separation G = 2 nm) for TE (red curve) and TM (blue curve) polarized light compared to the permittivity of solid titanium (dashed curve). (b) The effective permittivity of titanium nanospheres, (d = 20 nm, G = 2 nm) for unpolarized light. (c) The effective penetration length of the nanoparticle arrays can exceed that of real dielectrics, such as germanium, even for metallic filling fractions as high as 75 percent. Credit: Nature Communications, doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-09939-8 In materials science, achromatic optical components can be designed with high transparency and low dispersion. Materials scientists have shown that although metals are highly opaque, densely packed arrays of metallic nanoparticles with more than 75 percent metal by volume can become more transparent to infrared radiation than dielectrics such as germanium. Such arrays can form effective dielectrics that are virtually dispersion-free across ultra-broadband ranges of wavelengths to engineer a variety of next-generation metamaterial-based optical devices. Materials scientists are presently able to develop new and advanced materials; however, no new material is truly homogenous in its constitution. Nevertheless, most materials can be characterized using homogenous microscopic properties such as refractive indices wherein the atomistic inhomogeneities are smaller than the average wavelengths of optical light incident on the material. Artificially constructed materials known as metamaterials are described by an effective index when the material contains a sufficiently subwavelength structure. Early metamaterials included artificial dielectrics composed of centimeter-scale arrays of metallic particles capable of guiding and focusing radio waves like a dielectric. The metallic particles of early artificial dielectric materials were so large they behaved as perfect conductors with high transparency to radio waves. Recent research in materials science aims to build effective dielectrics for the visible and infrared spectrum using nanoscale metallic particle arrays. Advances in the assembly of metallic nanoparticles can then allow for sophisticated engineering of unprecedented light-matter interactions in the optical domain. To test the accuracy of the proposed theory, Palmer et al. produced a highly ordered colloidal supercrystal using gold nanoparticles of 60 nm diameter. They deposited the supercrystal on a germanium substrate and characterized the material (tested physical properties) using a UV-vis-NIR spectrophotometer. The scientists observed outstanding transparency of the materials, demonstrating the feasibility of experimentally producing metamaterials. Using magnetic near-fields, they showed that the effective dielectrics were transparent enough to act as micrometer-scale lenses to infrared radiation. Despite containing 82 percent metal by volume, the scientists observed that breaking the solid gold into an array of gold nanocylinders produced a transparent lens capable of focusing light, closely resembling the behavior of a homogenous dielectric lens. center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Transparency as a function of material skin depth. (a) The effective index of a square array of nanocylinders, composed of aluminum, gold, silver, and titanium. Inset: the skin depth of each metal, calculated using the Lorentz–Drude model of permittivity. (b) At a fixed wavelength, it is the ratio of the particle diameter to the skin depth of the metal that determines whether the particles behave as quasi-static dipoles or perfect conductors. The effective index is remarkably constant for d ≲ δs. Credit: Nature Communications, doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-09939-8 An illustration of how metals, dielectrics, and effective dielectrics respond to a slowly varying electric field. Within in each system, the applied field is opposed by an induced electric field generated by the buildup of surface charges. (a) In metals, the electrons are free to move until the applied and induced fields cancel in the bulk. In dielectrics (b) and effective dielectrics (c), the surface charge is generated by the polarization of the (meta-)atoms or (meta-)molecules, and the induced field is weaker than the applied field. Credit: Nature Communications, doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-09939-8 Journal information: Nature Communications The scientists then compared different types of metals (aluminum, silver, gold and titanium) to show that materials with longer skin depths produced the most transparent and least dispersive nanoparticle arrays. Palmer et al. showed that at a fixed wavelength, the ratio of the particle diameter to the skin depth of the metal determined if the particle would behave as quasiparticle dipoles or as perfect conductors. In addition to high transparency, the scientists could tune the system by controlling the size, shape and space of the particles. For instance, Palmer et al. controlled the aspect ratio of arrays of elliptical cylinders to show that the anisotropic response of the material could be tuned. The numerical results showed that the effective index could be easily tuned to vary by more than 50 percent when the system was rotated. Thereby the scientists were able to tune the effective index by fixing the particle positions and tuning their sizes. Scientists can tune the local refractive indices of such materials by altering the size, shape and spacing of nanoparticles to design gradient-index lenses that guide and focus light on the microscale. The electric field can be strongly concentrated in the gaps between metallic nanoparticles for the simultaneous focusing and ‘squeezing’ of the dielectric field to produce strong, doubly enhanced hotspots. Scientists can use these hotspots to boost measurements made using infrared spectroscopy and other non-linear processes across a broad frequency range. In a recent study now published in Nature Communications, Samuel J. Palmer and an interdisciplinary research team in the departments of Physics, Mathematics and Nanotechnology in the U.K., Spain and Germany, showed that artificial dielectrics can remain highly transparent to infrared radiation and observed this outcome even when the particles were nanoscopic. They demonstrated the electric field penetrates the particles (rendering them imperfect for conduction) for strong interactions to occur between them in a tightly packed arrangement. The results will allow materials scientists to design optical components that are achromatic for applications in the mid-to-infrared wavelength region. Palmer and colleagues were able to tune the local refractive index of these components by altering the size, shape and spacing of nanoparticles with sensitivity to the local refractive index of the surrounding environment. The scientists enhanced the electric field in the gaps between the metallic nanoparticles in the array and simultaneously exploited their transparency, tunability and high metallic filling fraction to design a gradient-index lens. The work focused light on the microscale and squeezed the electric field in the nanoscale to produce the doubly enhanced electric field hotspot throughout the infrared (IR) region. The scientists envision that the new work will boost measurements made using IR spectroscopy and other nonlinear processes across a broad-range of frequencies. , Optics Express More information: Samuel J. Palmer et al. Extraordinarily transparent compact metallic metamaterials, Nature Communications (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-09939-8 J. B. Pendry et al. Extremely Low Frequency Plasmons in Metallic Mesostructures, Physical Review Letters (2002). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.76.4773 D. R. Smith. Metamaterials and Negative Refractive Index, Science (2004). DOI: 10.1126/science.1096796 Seungwoo Lee. Colloidal superlattices for unnaturally high-index metamaterials at broadband optical frequencies, Optics Express (2015). DOI: 10.1364/OE.23.028170 Tiny particles with varied shapes scatter light in useful and unusual ways To highlight this potential to tune the local effective index, Palmer et al. then constructed a gradient-index (GRIN) lens using triangular lattices of gold cylinders and varied the diameters of the cylinders with position. Using the GRIN lens, the scientists were able to simultaneously focus light on the microscale and then ‘squeeze’ light on the nanoscale to produce the intense, ‘doubly enhanced’ electric field hotspots. Unlike plasmonic enhancements, the effect did not rely on lossy resonances, demonstrating broadband and low-loss properties. They showed that the focal point of the GRIN lens had to coincide with the region of closest packing to maximize squeezing of the electric field. Unlike magnetic fields that were continuous across the air-metal interfaces in the study, the electric field strongly localized in the gaps. As a result, squeezing a 2 µm wavelength into 2 nm gaps produced strong hotspots of high intensity in the study.In this way, Palmer et al. constructed low-loss, effective dielectrics from arrays of metallic nanoparticles. The scientists obtained highly transparent arrays that exceeded the transparency of real dielectrics such as germanium; renowned for their transparency to low energy radiation. They were also able to locally tune and control the size, shape and space of the particles forming the new metamaterials. The scientists showed the effective index to be essentially constant for all wavelengths greater than 2 µm. This work will allow materials scientists to design and engineer sophisticated optical devices with metamaterials that guide or enhance light across a broad range of frequencies, essentially without an upper bound on wavelength.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The city has witnessed two separate cases of organ transplants in which hearts were flown in to the city and later transported to hospitals through Green Corridors in the past 24 hours.The first incident took place on late Sunday night when a heart was retrieved from a 24-year-old youth, who was declared brain dead at a private hospital in Andhra Pradesh, after meeting with a road accident.The heart was flown in the city and later transported to a private hospital on EM Bypass through a Green Corridor jointly set up by Kolkata and Bidhannagar police. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt took around 16 minutes to cover a distance of 18 km distance — from the airport to a hospital on late Sunday night.The doctors started the operation at around 12.20 am and the organ was transplanted on a Salt Lake based businessman, Samiran Dutta (52), who had been suffering from heart-related ailments for a long time. The operation lasted for two hours.One Surjya Narayan Ramur (24) was admitted to a private hospital in Andhra Pradesh after he met with a road accident. He was declared brain dead following which his family members agreed to donate his heart. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to the hospital authorities, all the procedures were completed in the minimum possible time. This has become possible due to prompt action taken by the state Health department in giving necessary clearance.Another incident of Green corridor occurred in the city on Monday evening when another heart, retrieved from a patient in Patna, was flown in to the cityat around 5.13 pm. A green corridor jointly facilitated by Kolkata and Bidhannagar Police ensured that the donated heart reached a private hospital from the airport in less than half an hour.It was a challenge for the police to transport the organ to the hospital in the minimum possible time through VIP Road as there is heavy traffic in the area nowadays. The doctors at the hospital transplanted the heart on a 27-year-old woman from Howrah.It may be mentioned that the State government’s continuous efforts to promote organ donations has once again brought fruitful results. The incidents of organ donation have increased in the state due to proactive efforts by the state Health department which has been working closely with the Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation.last_img read more

first_img Steph Curry gets hurt.“He’s not built like LeBron, not built like MJ, not built like Pippen. He’s not built like Kobe. He’s not built like Westbrook.”Versatile and unselfish small forward Harrison Barnes is likely leaving in free agency this off season. More will follow.The entire league is adapting to the Warriors’ style of play. The Cavs, for example, have completely revamped their roster and style of play to compete with the Warriors up tempo, three-point based offense.The volatile Draymond Green has a growing ego that could become more of a problem. Colin doesn’t think Green will continue to be content as the third star on the team.“I think Draymond Green is gonna wear these guys out.  He’s going from a fun energy guy to a pain in the butt Rodmanesque guy if they win another title.”The Seattle Seahawks most closely mirror the current Warriors.  They blew out the Broncos in the 2013 Super Bowl. They were stacked with young talent, including young star quarterback Russell Wilson and a dominant defense.After their Super Bowl, player egos were inflated, players left in free agency, and teams adapted to compete with them.  They haven’t won a Super Bowl since. Last year, the Seahawks were a missed 20-yard field goal away from losing to the Vikings in the first round of the Playoffs.Here’s a clip from another dynasty that didn’t last: The Warriors are regarded as an inevitable dynasty. Their offense is historic. Their star players are all in their prime. They’ve already won a title. The popular sentiment is they’ll win three or four more.In his opening rant today, Colin said assumed dynasties never last. He picks the Warriors to win the title this year, but doesn’t think they’ll be a dynasty.Everyone assumed LeBron’s Heat, the Seahawks, the Rams “Greatest Show on Turf”, and Pete Carroll’s USC Trojans would all be dynasties.  None of them lasted.The same key factors almost always contribute to the downfall of assumed dynasties like the Warriors: injuries, free agency, player egos and competition adapting. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBook now, save big on GLP Worldwide’s Explorer, Norway cruises Tuesday, August 29, 2017 TORONTO — Clients who book GLP Worldwide and Hurtigruten by Sept. 30 can save up to $650 per person or $1,300 per cabin on 50 Explorer cruises to Antarctica, South America, Canada, the U.S., the Caribbean and Central America.Exclusively when booking through GLP Worldwide, clients can combine the offer with the already announced 30% Go Beyond campaign promotion. There are also early booking discounts on select Norway Coastal Voyage cruises.GLP Worldwide is the Canadian representative for Hurtigruten.“Explore not only the stunning scenery of these destinations but experience the culture and interact with the locals in these destinations,” says Alan Law, GLP Worldwide director of sales and marketing. “Your clients will thoroughly enjoy these types of Explorer and Norway cruises.”The Explorer Early Booking Offer is valid until Sept. 30 and represents a savings of $1,300 based on $650 per person with two people sharing a cabin. The travel window is for departures April 4, 2018 to April 3, 2019.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyThe offer is not valid on MS Fram cruises going to the Northwest Passage, MS Spitsbergen cruises to Spitsbergen and MS Amundsen cruises Oct. 22 – Dec. 26, 2018 that offer air credit and a single waiver.Here’s a sampling of applicable itineraries:Sailing the Andean Coast – From Chile to Costa RicaExploration of the Caribbean’s Cays, Coves and Reefs – SouthboundA Voyage Through Arctic Canada and IcelandSouthern Hemisphere Adventure to Antarctica – NorthboundCoastal Gems of America – NorthboundAdventure to Antarctica – Highlights of the Frozen ContinentIn addition to the Explorer cruises there are also substantial savings on Norway Coastal Voyage cruises. Clients can save $130 per person on a 6 or 7-day Hurtigruten Norway cruise or $390 per person on a 12-day roundtrip Hurtigruten Norway cruise. This early booking discount is valid for travel dates between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019.For terms and conditions, pricing and itineraries and further details on the 30% Go Beyond promotion agents are asked to contact GLP Worldwide at 1-866-760-1987, glpworldwide.com or sales@glpworldwide.com. Tags: Antarctica, GLP Worldwide Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_imgThe court Wednesday heard testimony that the remote-triggered stun gun was fitted onto the machine. The camel finished the race in second place.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – A Dubai court has sentenced three men to jail terms for rigging a stun gun on a racing camel in an attempt to jolt the animal into running faster.Dubai media reports Thursday say the men received three-month sentences for animal cruelty.The plot was uncovered by racing officials inspecting the so-called electronic jockeys used on the camels. Small machines that coax camels into running have replaced boy jockeys in the UAE after claims of child abuse. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Parents, stop beating yourself up Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helpcenter_img Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

first_imgEmirates Announces Capacity Increase to St PetersburgEmirates reinforces its commitment to Russia by announcing the upgrade of the aircraft servicing the St Petersburg route to a Boeing 777-300ER, increasing capacity and offering an enhanced onboard experience.Six weekly EK175/176 flights, from Dubai to St Petersburg, will be operated with an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER from 25 October 2015, instead of an Airbus 330-200. The up-gauge will be applied to a seventh flight per week on the 1 December 2015.By replacing the A330-200 with the Boeing 777-300ER, Emirates will be adding a capacity increase of 50% to the route, which launched in November 2011. The new aircraft will also introduce the Emirates First Class Suite, a first for the route, plus 42 lie-flat Business Class seats and 310 spacious Economy Class seats.As the only airline to offer First Class Suites from St Petersburg, Emirates is bringing a new level of comfort and quality to the market, previously unavailable from St Petersburg on a commercial airline.“Since 2011, when Emirates launched flights to and from St Petersburg, we have carried over 500,000 passengers on the route. Counting these figures alongside our double-daily flights to Moscow, takes the total to over 3.6million passengers travelling on Emirates to and from Russia in the 12 years of operation, making it an important market not only for Emirates, but for Dubai as a destination,” said Thierry Aucoc, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations – Europe and Russian Federation.“Operating these flights to and from St Petersburg on a 777-300ER brings consistency to the Russian customer. Whether travelling from St Petersburg or Moscow, they will be confident that the level of experience they receive is in line with what is expected from Emirates.”On board the Emirates Boeing 777-300ER, passengers in all three cabins can enjoy more than 2,000 channels of the latest movies, TV shows and music from around the world on the award-winning ice inflight entertainment system, all while enjoying specially created gourmet cuisine served by Emirates’ multi-lingual cabin crew. As with all Emirates flights, passengers travelling on the route will be able to accumulate Skywards miles and benefit from a generous baggage allowance of 30kg in Economy Class, 40kg in Business Class and 50kg in First Class.Emirates’ flight EK175 departs Dubai International Airport at 09:20 and arrives in St Petersburg at 14:35. The outbound flight EK176 departs from St Petersburg at 16:35 and arrives in Dubai at 23:45.From Dubai, Russian passengers are able to easily connect to Emirates’ vast network of destinations in Asia and beyond, including the new service to Bali, the Thai island of Phuket and exciting cities in Australia. From Asia, Middle East, Australia and Africa, St Petersburg is just a short stop in Dubai away.Source = Emirateslast_img read more

first_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News Share December 9, 2016 589 Views Taking on Obstacles to Homeownershipcenter_img Homeownership 2016-12-09 Seth Welborn The homeownership rate in America rose by 60 basis points in the third quarter, up from its 51-year low of 62.9 percent set in Q2.The nation’s dismal homeownership rate has set off several discussions among those in the industry on what can be done to put homeownership within reach of more Americans. Making it easier for first-time buyers and millennials to obtain a mortgage loan has been high on the list of priorities for increasing homeownership. Redfin recently published a report stating that the challenges facing first-time buyers and millennials that want to own a home are starting to ease—namely the down payment, since more agents are reporting that more and more buyers are having success with low down payment programs.Redfin Chief Economist Nela Richardson also noted that there are fewer bidding wars, reducing the need for a buyer to purchase at a price significantly above the listing price, and that the pace of the market is slowing, allowing buyers to be more patient.But obstacles remain, according to National Association of Realtors (NAR) President William E. Brown at an NAR event in Washington, D.C. earlier this week.“It’s tough out there right now for buyers, especially in many of the red-hot markets around the country where competition is the fiercest,” Brown said. “Thankfully, we know there are ways to help consumers. Addressing the growing student loan burden, widening the credit box for strong buyers, building more homes that meet the demand of lower and middle-income buyers—these are among the many steps we can take to clear the pathway to homeownership.”Nobel Prize Laureate Robert Shiller, who headlined the NAR event on homeownership, stated that building costs, population trends, or interest rates are not responsible for ongoing home price appreciation, which has reached 50-plus consecutive months. Instead, Shiller noted that the “changing narrative and the stories that go along with it” are responsible for rising home prices—for example, he said homebuyers in during the bubble years expected home values to increase at a rate of 13 percent annually, but that expectation has been lower in recent post-recession years.“That’s why I don’t think we’re in a bubble now,” Shiller said. “It’s not as it was in 2004.”NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun noted that age 65 and older homeowners are building up tremendous wealth because many of them have paid off their mortgages, while buyers under age 35 typically “feel they are being left out.” Yun also noted that while underwriting standards were too loose prior to the recession, he believes now lenders are being too strict with underwriting standards, which “can put homeownership out of reach for even strong buyers in some circumstances.”last_img read more