Simeone demands hard work to end Atletico slump

first_imgDiego Simeone insists the only way Atletico Madrid can end their current slump is through hard work. The Argentinian leads his side into Champions League action on Tuesday against Monaco looking to turn around a poor start to the season, as they have picked up just five points from their opening four La Liga games. Such an underwhelming return has already seen them fall seven points behind league leaders Barcelona, but Simeone says he has seen enough to suggest Atleti are moving in the right direction.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “We have had ups and downs, with good match passages,” he said at his pre-match media conference. “The other day [a 1-1 draw with Eibar] there were good things. The only improvement I know in football is through work, it is the only way for the team to grow.”Simeone will come up against Leonardo Jardim at the Stade Louis II and he was full of praise for his opposite number ahead of the game.”Monaco have a very intelligent coach,” he added.”The team has always had to reinvent itself each year and that speaks very well of the coach, who has managed to make the team competitive. “It has a defined style and many possibilities.”One of those possibilities is Radamel Falcao, who played under Simeone at Atleti between 2011 and 2013. Our training session is underway!  https://t.co/Ww0B8t6dMo#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/BVeJy3fzPr— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 17, 2018″He behaved marvellously in the dressing room – we will give each other a hug,” Simeone replied when asked about the Colombian forward.Atleti’s Wanda Metropolitano will host this year’s Champions League final, but midfielder Koke insists they are not getting carried away about the chance of playing in the showpiece fixture on home soil.”For the club to host a Champions League final is something incredible that two or three years ago would have been impossible,” he said.”Our philosophy is to go from day to day and the important thing is to pass the group stage. That is what makes you continue in this competition and we are going to go for it.”last_img read more

TÜV SÜD: UK’s first dedicated IoT cellular test service for Industry 4.0 support

first_imgTÜV SÜD launched its new Internet of Things (cellular testing service. It is the only laboratory in the UK to offer a fully dedicated Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) test and certification service, helping manufacturers to gain access to global markets faster. Focused on Industry 4.0 applications, NB-IoT enables a vast number of multiple machines, devices and services to connect at low cost, while optimising battery life. Manufacturers producing such technologies must meet demanding test requirements and are under pressure to keep up with changes to regulatory and country-specific requirements.The new TÜV SÜD service performs regulatory testing against international and country-specific mandatory requirements, delivering manufacturers seamless market entry across multiple countries. TÜV SÜD can also advise if a particular device chipset or network technology will work in the manufacturer’s intended market, as currently technology acceptance is not standardised and differs in each region.Alongside NB-IoT testing, TÜV SÜD also supports cellular applications using the rival protocol, LTE Cat.M, which enables devices to connect directly to a 4G network. Currently the global roll-out of NB-IoT technology is further advanced than that of LTE Cat.M.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Lanner: Virtulization-optimized solution with multi-core processorNext Farnell: online reference tool provides detailed information on connectorslast_img read more

MS Dhoni blames poor fielding and death bowling for CSK’s crushing defeat vs MI

first_imgHampered by injuries to key players, Chennai Super Kings still managed to stay unbeaten till Thursday before crashing to a 37-run defeat against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede stadium.The Super Kings were unable to chase down the target of 171 set by Mumbai as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually restricted to 133 for 8 in 20 overs.MS Dhoni blamed the loss on the poor fielding in the first innings and the ordinary death bowling, especially in the last two overs of Mumbai’s innings when Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard smashed 45 runs, including 29 in the final over bowled by Dwayne Bravo.”I think quite a few things went wrong for us. I think we started off well and 12th-13th over also we were on the mark, but after that there were some drops and mis-fields. The death bowling also didn’t come off. It was slightly tough on them.”We do more one-on-one stuff than team meetings. On a wicket like this, what is important is carefully study which boundaries they could have cut off, and where is the error in execution. Momentum totally depends on where you are at,” MS Dhoni said after the match.The Chennai Super Kings captain also revealed that all-rounder Dwayne Bravo is suffering from a hamstring injury and might miss the next game against Kings XI Punjab on April 6.”We will have to see the wicket for the next game, we have to see the combination.”Bravo has a hamstring injury, we don’t have a few players, we already have some injuries, David Willey isn’t there, he has his own problems, Lungi Ngidi isn’t with us as well, we will have to look at the pitch and then decide on the right combination,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation.advertisementThe loss brought Chennai Super Kings down to second place in the points table behind Kings XI Punjab while Mumbai Indians climbed to sixth position with their 100th IPL win and second this season.Mumbai Indians will next face the Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 6 after Chennai Super Kings host Kings XI Punjab on the same day.Also Read | Mumbai Indians 1st team to win 100 IPL matches, CSK’s winning streak endsAlso Read | Wanted to play the brand of cricket Mumbai Indians are known for: Rohit SharmaAlso Read | Want to win World Cup for India: Hardik Pandya after heroics for MI vs CSKlast_img read more

Oppo F11 Pro price reaches new low on Amazon: Check price and specifications

first_imgThe Oppo F11 Pro (Review) is seeing its lowest price ever on Amazon India, which probably makes it a good time to buy the phone if you’re in the market. Originally launched at Rs 24,990, the Oppo F11 Pro is currently available for as low as Rs 20,990 on Amazon India. This new pricing is for the 6GB + 64GB storage variant. Meanwhile, the F11 Pro 6GB + 128GB variant is also selling at a discounted price.The new prices of the Oppo F11 Pro might be a limited-period offering, so it’s best to grab the deal while it’s hot. In addition to the discounted prices, Amazon is also offering 9 months No Cost EMI and additional Rs 1,500 instant discount if you purchase the device using an ICICI Bank credit or debit card on EMI transactions.Oppo F11 Pro specificationsThe Oppo F11 Pro is a premium mid-range smartphone that highlights a notchless, edge-to-edge display, a pop-up selfie camera, 48MP dual camera setup, unique gradient colours and a Helio P70 chipset, among other things.Starting off with the display, the Oppo F11 Pro sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) LCD screen with no notches or punch-hole cutout. The handset is powered by a Helio P70 chipset which is paired with 6GB of RAM. As mentioned above, the phone is offered with 64GB or 128GB of inbuilt storage. The F11 Pro ships with ColorOS 6.0 on top of Android Pie. The dual camera setup includes a 48MP Sony IMX586 primary camera with f/1.7 aperture coupled with a 5MP secondary camera for depth sensing. The pop-up selfie camera houses a 16MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The Oppo F11 Pro houses a 4,000mAh battery and supports VOOC fast charging that fills up the battery from zero to 100 per cent in just about 70 minutes.advertisementShould you buy the Oppo F11 Pro?When we reviewed the Oppo F11 Pro, we said that the phone offers a complete package for its price. Now that the price has dropped, the F11 Pro looks even more attractive than ever. At Rs 20,000, you’re getting an immersive display and unique gradient finishes. Additionally, you get a long-lasting battery with VOOC fast charging and some stellar cameras.The downsides to the Oppo F11 Pro are that it comes with a Helio P70 chipset that can be found inside phones that are much cheaper. It also comes with a fairly bloated ColorOS software and a bulky design that may not be for everyone.ALSO READ | Oppo F11 Pro review: Big display, bulky design and long-lasting batteryALSO READ | Oppo Reno 10x Zoom review: Setting the benchmark for smartphone designlast_img read more

Defending Wimbledon champion Muguruza knocked out in second round

first_imgThe defending women’s champion, Garbiñe Muguruza, joined the exodus of seeds at Wimbledon on Thursday night as she was battered in the second round by Alison Van Uytvanck, the world No 47 from Belgium. Van Utyvanck had lost in the first round in each of her four previous visits but was almost unplayable at times as she knocked out the defending champion and No 3 seed 5-7, 6-2, 6-1.By the end, Muguruza had her head in her hands, unable to comprehend what was coming from the other side of the net. After the exits of Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova, Maria Sharapova and Sloane Stephens, this was surely the biggest surprise of them all. With only the No 1 Simona Halep and No 7 Karolina Pliskova remaining from the top eight, it is the first time at Wimbledon in the Open era that only two of the top eight seeds have made it through to the third round. Tardy Rafael Nadal calls for clocks on court after he is timed out Read more Tennis Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Johanna Konta knocked out of Wimbledon by Dominika Cibulkova Topics Read more match reports Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Share on Facebook “I played a very good match, so really happy to be through to the third round,” Van Uytvanck said. “I stepped it up in sets two and three. Inside I was like dying, especially serving out for the match. I was in the zone and just hitting every ball and it’s going my way.”When she recovered from 4-2 down to win the first set and then broke in the opening game of the second, it looked like Muguruza had dodged a bullet. But Van Uytvanck continued to slap huge groundstrokes and eventually, they made their mark.After taking the second set to level the match, Van Uytvanck broke serve in a nine-minute fourth game. Muguruza’s spirit was broken, and two games later, the match was over, Van Uytvanck moving through to a meeting with No 28 seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia.“I think she played big today,” said Muguruza. “She took a lot of risk, and it worked for her. I also think that my level today was not where I wanted it to be. It is a little bit sad because I wanted to really go out there. But I think she played great.” Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Wimbledon The 20-year-0ld Osaka, meanwhile, is into the third round of a slam for the eighth time.Two of the giantkillers from the first round, Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus and Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia, avoided a letdown.Sasnovich, who ousted the two-time champion Petra Kvitova, beat American Taylor Townsend 6-4, 6-0, while Diatchenko, who upset Maria Sharapova, followed up with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over another American, Sofia Kenin. Belinda Bencic continued her comeback from injury, the Swiss recovering to beat Alison Riskeof the US 1-6, 7-6 (10), 6-2, saving four match points in the second-set tie-break … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Halep, meanwhile, showed some of the confidence that comes with being a freshly-crowned grand slam champion. The world No 1 looked in trouble when she trailed Saisai Zheng of China 5-3 in the first set but reeled off 10 straight games to claim a 7-5, 6-0 victory and a place in the third round.Playing with the freedom earned by finally getting that first slam title under her belt at Roland Garros last month, Halep knows she will need to play better as she goes on but she is warming to her task. “It would be a huge thing, of course, to win Wimbledon,” said Halep, who plays the tricky Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei next. “But in this moment, I’m really far (away) to do that. You need a better game, in my opinion, to win on grass. You have to be more aggressive, to go to the net more. I’m trying just to adjust myself on this surface as much as possible.Katie Boulter has come a long way in 2018, and a long way even in the past month. Her Wimbledon adventure came to an end on Thursday when she was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by No 18 seed Naomi Osaka in the second round, but on the evidence of this week, she should be a fixture in grand slam events in the future after giving one of the rising stars of the women’s game a real fight.“I actually felt really comfortable out there,” said the 21-year-old Boulter, who received a wildcard into the main draw. “She hits the ball harder than me, she hits it more consistently [so] it’s something I need to get used to. [But] I feel like even within a space of two weeks, I’ve changed. I’ve gotten better at it. As the scoreline showed today, it was much better than Birmingham. It’s a really good learning experience for me.” Wimbledon 2018 Share on WhatsApp Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

JEANRICHARD Celebrates Captain Sully with Two New Collections

first_img On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Editors’ Recommendations You know him as the pilot who safely landed a disabled US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009 after it struck a flock of geese, saving the lives of 155 passengers and crew members on board. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger is an American hero, retired airline captain, aviation safety expert and best-selling author. Because his career is one to be celebrated, Swiss watchmaker JEANRICHARD is proud to announce its partnership with Captain Sully, introducing two new collections, 1681 and Terrascope, that stay true to the brand’s philosophy of powerful design and reliable performance.“Sully is not only an individual with profoundly admirable qualities under pressure, as we saw in 2009 with his emergency landing on the Hudson,” Bruno Grande, COO of JEANRICHARD, said. “He is also one who has taken advantage of the opportunities presented and channeled his energy towards the improvement and encouragement of aviation safety and safety in other arenas. We are very proud to have him as a part of the JEANRICHARD family and look forward to continued success together.”“JEANRICHARD’s Philosophy of Life truly speaks to me,” Captain Sully said. “The beauty of the watches, the passions of its artisans and managers, and even more importantly their idea of working together on projects that are close to my heart and spirit made me happy to join the JEANRICHARD flight.”Both the 1681 and Terrascope collections meld pleasing design with extraordinary mechanics, respecting the brand’s long history of excellent craftsmanship. To learn more about JEANRICHARD and these memorable collections, visit jeanrichard.com. Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainablelast_img read more

Papua New Guinea volcano spews ash triggers eruption alert

first_imgKokopo: Papua New Guinea’s volatile Ulawun volcano — designated one of the world’s most hazardous — began spewing ash Wednesday, turning the sky dark, sending residents fleeing and prompting an eruption warning. The volcano on the remote Bismarck Archipelago chain is listed as one of 16 “Decade Volcanoes” targeted for research because they pose a significant risk of large, violent eruptions. “The volcanic activity at Mt Ulawun began at 7:00 am this morning after slight rumbling and light emission,” Leo Porikura, an official with the West New Britain Disaster Office, said. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London”The Rabaul Volcano Observatory has declared a stage one alert warning of a possible eruption.” Witnesses reported ash spewing out of the 2,334 metre (7,657 foot) summit, sending trails spanning high overhead. “The sky has turned black,” said Kingsly Quou, manager of the nearby Mavo Estates palm plantation. Quou said that villagers living at the base of the volcano had already been evacuated and he and his colleagues were gathering their belongings. Japanese satellite imagery and sources on the ground had shown sulphur dioxide and now volcanic ash drifting from the crater.last_img read more

Residential school cemetery in Regina gets provincial heritage designation

first_imgREGINA – A residential school cemetery has become the first in Saskatchewan to be designated as a provincial heritage site.Culture Minister Ken Cheveldayoff formally recognized the cemetery on the edge of Regina on Wednesday and said the children buried there will not be forgotten.“With its new provincial heritage status, the Regina Indian Industrial School cemetery will be protected and respected for generations to come,” Cheveldayoff said in a ceremony next to the site, which is surrounded by a peeling white rail fence.There’s just one headstone — for the children of the school’s first principal — in the 680-square-metre cemetery. However, it’s believed dozens of Indigenous children lie there in unmarked graves.Archeologists for the Regina Indian Industrial School Commemorative Association scanned the ground and identified 38 anomalies. Association president Janine Windolph has said there could be many more children because it was practice at the time to bury several together.The school operated between 1891 and 1910 and an unknown number of students died there.Residential schools were often crowded, poorly ventilated and unsanitary. Children died from smallpox, measles, influenza and tuberculosis. Some were buried in unmarked graves in school cemeteries, while others were listed as “missing” or “discharged.” In some cases, parents never found out what happened.The federal government stopped recording the deaths around 1920 after the chief medical officer at Indian Affairs suggested children were dying at an alarming rate.Heather Bear, vice-chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, was there Wednesday to commemorate “the land where our children, where their bones and their blood lies.”“You know, we don’t know who these children are,” said Bear.“But today we can say, as First Nations, we know that they were loved. We know that they had families that grieved: Mothers and fathers and grandparents and community.”Elder Noel Starblanket spent 11 years in a residential school and said he bears the scars of what happened to him. He said the cemetery and the children have become very dear to him.“Our children lie here. They have lain forgotten for many years and so it now falls upon us to remember them,” said Starblanket.“For now, this is our way of saying that we will remember them. In our spiritual way, what we do, we ask those ones, even in their innocence, to pray for us up there. And we ask them to bring … good fortune to our people, ’cause they’re able to do that now in the spirit world.”Regina city council voted unanimously last September to grant the site municipal heritage status.Windolph is now pushing for federal recognition.last_img read more

Fate of man accused of killing Winnipeg teen in the hands of

first_imgWINNIPEG – Guilty or not guilty of second-degree murder are the two options a jury has been given in the trial of a man accused of killing a teenager and dumping her body in a river.Raymond Cormier, 56, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the August 2014 slaying of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine in Winnipeg.Chief Justice Glenn Joyal gave his final instructions Wednesday to the seven women and four men who will decide Cormier’s fate.“There are two distinct questions,” Joyal said. “Was Tina Fontaine’s death caused by an unlawful act? Did Raymond Cormier commit the unlawful act? The defence is saying you should say no to both.”Joyal told jurors that if they aren’t satisfied that Tina’s death was caused by an unlawful act, such as being smothered or dumped in the water while unconscious, then they must find Cormier not guilty.Only if they are satisfied her death was unlawful will jurors have to determine if Cormier was responsible.Joyal said just because the cause of Tina’s death could not be determined, that doesn’t mean her death lawful. He said evidence indicates that it is unlikely that she died of an overdose or committed suicide, since her body was wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks.The jury has already heard that Tina was raised by her great-aunt on the Sagkeeng First Nation, 120 kilometres north of Winnipeg, but went to the city to visit her mother. Once there, her life spiralled out of control and she became an exploited youth.Court was told there were no witnesses to Tina’s death and no DNA linking her to the accused. Experts testified they don’t know how she died.Crown prosecutors said the teen was killed and dumped in the river by Cormier, because he had found out she was only 15 after having sex with her.During closing arguments, the prosecution pointed to audio recordings from a six-month undercover police investigation. Cormier was recorded telling multiple people he was attracted to Tina and had sex with her. Cormier also said he would bet that Tina was killed because “I found out she was 15 years old.”Cormier’s lawyer argued the jury must acquit his client because there was no cause of death.“For there to be a verdict in this case, it will be required for all 11 jurors to come to the same decision,” Joyal said before he sent them off to deliberate.“Jurors are judges of the facts. If you approach your deliberations calmly … you will be able to reach a just and proper verdict.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

TIFF STRESSES ZERO TOLERANCE AT THIS YEARS FESTIVAL IN METOO ERA

first_imgAdvertisement A sign bearing the Toronto International Film Festival logo sits on a fork lift as preparations are made for the festival’s opening night on Thursday. As the Toronto International Film Festival prepares to kick off Thursday, it’s doing so in a changed landscape — one organizers have responded to with a few powerful additions to the usual mix of glitz and glam. With initiatives including the Share Her Journey women’s rally, a newly created hotline and an emphasis on its code of conduct, TIFF is making it clear it’s an inclusive and safe space after the tide of sexual misconduct allegations stemming from the Harvey Weinstein scandal last fall. (CHRIS YOUNG / THE CANADIAN PRESS) As the Toronto International Film Festival prepares to kick off Thursday, it’s doing so in a changed landscape — one organizers have responded to with a few powerful additions to the usual mix of glitz and glam.With initiatives including the Share Her Journey women’s rally, a newly created hotline and an emphasis on its code of conduct, TIFF is making it clear it’s an inclusive and safe space after the tide of sexual misconduct allegations stemming from the Harvey Weinstein scandal last fall.“We’re making sure that everyone who’s taking part in the festival understands that there’s a standard of behaviour, that harassment and abuse won’t be tolerated and that there are repercussions for that,” says Cameron Bailey, artistic director of TIFF. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “You’re on our ground and there’s zero tolerance,” adds Piers Handling, director and CEO of TIFF. “You will not be welcomed back if you violate any of these rules.”This is the first TIFF since the Weinstein scandal last October led to a steady stream of allegations involving many others in the industry, and the establishment of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements to end abuse. Facebook Weinstein has been a fixture at TIFF in the past, using it for the world premiere of films that went on to Oscar glory, including The King’s Speech, The Imitation Game and Lion.Two misconduct accusations against him, from actresses Mira Sorvino and Montreal’s Erika Rosenbaum, allegedly took place in Toronto hotel rooms during past TIFFs.TIFF has always had a zero-tolerance harassment policy and a code of conduct, but this year those elements will be more visible through signage around the festival, says Handling. All delegates must also agree to the code of conduct in their accreditation forms and the press package includes a reminder of it.“For the first time we actually have a hotline, so if anybody feels that they’ve been harassed and they don’t feel they can approach us, they can go to a third party,” he adds.center_img Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: The hotline — 1-833-265-9835 — allows callers to confidentially report wrongdoing or unethical conduct.Handling notes they’ve taken badges away from delegates in the past but that was “more for bad behaviour.”Perhaps the biggest symbol of solidarity at this year’s festival will be seen on Saturday with the rally by TIFF’s Share Her Journey, a five-year commitment to support women in the industry.Speakers at the event will include Dr. Stacy L. Smith, founder and director of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis and Canadian star Mia Kirshner, who co-founded the #AfterMeToo movement.Meanwhile, at a pre-rally breakfast, Bailey will pledge TIFF’s commitment to the 5050×2020 initiative that supports gender parity and inclusion in film festivals.Such initiatives can have a big impact, say those in the industry.This year TIFF has also increased the diversity of its press corps by about 20 per cent, adding up to 200 new journalists from under-represented groups. Inclusion and diversity will also be among the topics on panels at the TIFF Industry Conference.Handling notes TIFF has embraced diversity and supported women’s cinema from the very beginning, through programming, seminars, panels and various programs.This year’s overall TIFF lineup has 34 per cent films by women, up from 33 per cent last year.“We’d like it to get to 50 per cent, but I think the industry has to actually itself step to the plate,” says Handling.“We can only go so far. More women have to be behind the camera directing films and then we’ll show them.”By VICTORIA AHEARN | The Canadian Press Twitterlast_img read more

Security Council strongly condemns murder of former Afghan president

Mr. Rabbani – who was serving as Chairman of the High Peace Council in Afghanistan – was killed at his home in the capital, Kabul, as he was meeting with members of the Taliban as part of his efforts to spearhead peace and reconciliation in the country.In a statement read out to the press by Ambassador Nawaf Salam of Lebanon, which holds the Council’s presidency for this month, the 15-member body said that the murder of Mr. Rabbani was aimed “directly against the hopes of the Afghan people for peace and reconciliation.”Council members expressed their deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the victims of the “heinous” act and their families, as well as to the people and Government of Afghanistan. They also reiterated their firm commitment to support the Afghan Government and its efforts to advance the peace and reconciliation process.In the wake of yesterday’s attack, which drew the condemnation of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), UN envoy Staffan de Mistura stressed that “the search for peace must continue,” adding that the mission will assist efforts to bring peace to the violence-wracked country. 21 September 2011The Security Council strongly condemned yesterday’s terrorist attack in Afghanistan that claimed the life of former president Burhanuddin Rabbani and wounded several others. read more

Measure of US economys future health declines 01 per cent in March

WASHINGTON – A measure of the U.S. economy’s future health declined slightly in March, signalling that growth could slow this spring.The Conference Board says its index of leading indicators dipped 0.1 per cent last month to 94.7. That’s the first decline after three months of gains. The gauge is designed to anticipate economic conditions three to six months out.Declines in consumer confidence, housing permits and new orders for manufactured goods pushed down the index.Higher stock prices and a larger spread between long-term and short-term interest rates offset the decline.The index is derived from data that for the most part have already been reported individually.“Data for March reflect an economy that has lost some steam,” said Ken Goldstein, an economist at the Conference Board.Across-the-board government spending cuts that kicked in March 1 are likely weighing on growth, Goldstein said. Economists forecast the cuts will shave a half-percentage point from growth this year.The private sector is also struggling, Goldstein added. “The biggest challenge remains weak demand, due to nervous consumer sentiment and slow income growth,” he said.But overall, “the leading indicator still points to a continuing but slow growth environment,” Ataman Ozyildirim, also an economist at the Conference Board, said. The board is a research group with a mostly business membership.The Leading Indicator index has increase 1.6 per cent in the past six months, much faster than the 0.1 per cent gain in the previous six months.Other reports issued Thursday pointed to modest growth. Weekly unemployment applications rose only slightly last week and remained at levels that suggested hiring could rebound in April.Most economists forecast growth accelerated to an annual rate of roughly 3 per cent in the January-March quarter, up from a 0.4 per cent rate in the fourth quarter. But many analysts expect growth is slowing in the April-June quarter, mostly because of the spending cuts. Some economists are forecasting a growth rate of 1.5 per cent for the second quarter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Measure of US economy’s future health declines 0.1 per cent in March, a sign of slowing growth by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Apr 18, 2013 11:07 am MDT read more

Pipelines safer than rails but water is best study

by Mike Tarasko Posted Jul 27, 2017 7:45 am MDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2017 at 7:47 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pipelines safer than rails, but water is best: study A new report demonstrates pipelines are safer than rail when it comes to transporting oil. The safest way to transport oil is on the water.Kenneth Green with the Fraser Institute says researchers compiled government data from the past 40 years to come to that conclusion.“Pipelines, in fact, are two and a half less likely to experience a spill than is rail, Green noted, adding, “the overwhelming majority of spills are small; 70 per cent are below one or two litres of oil, and most of those happen in transport facilities, so not into the environment directly.”The report says pipelines have one spill for every 33 million barrels of oil transported. Furthermore, the study suggests the safest way to move ‘liquid gold’ is on an oil tanker, citing only 6,000 tonnes of spilled oil last year, despite 2.9 billion tonnes of it having been transported on the water. pixabay.com read more

Benefits of technology and innovation must be shared with those who stand

Speaking at the first multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged leaders to share their benefits with those who stand to gain most.“Over the next 15 years, progress in science, technology and innovation will be key to delivering on all the SDGs – from poverty eradication to agriculture and food security, to energy, to water and sanitation, and climate change,” Mr. Ban told delegates, business leaders, and innovators at the event organized at UN Headquarters in New York.“Linking science, technology and innovation with progress in sustainable development at the ground level is the greatest challenge. That is the gap this Forum is expected to close. You have a critical mission to accomplish,” he underlined.Convened by the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the two-day Forum aims “to ensure a life of dignity for all, with greater shared prosperity on a clean and healthy planet.”“Innovation is embedded in the Sustainable Development Goals, together with advancing science and technology, as Goal 17,” the UN chief recalled. “But science, technology and innovation must not be limited to SDG 17. They cut across all the SDGs as an important element of implementation.”He cautioned that science, technology and innovation cannot be confined to the use of new technologies or software, but rather, innovation is a mindset and an attitude: “It means questioning assumptions, rethinking established systems and procedures, and introducing new strategies. New technologies are important, but as a means to an end,” he explained.The Secretary-General indicated that the multi-stakeholder Forum will take place each year until 2030, to pool ideas, and find ways to incentivize, scale up and adopt breakthrough solutions.“I hope it will be a new way of doing things at the United Nations. We will need ownership, participation and active involvement from all sectors of society, for sustainable development to become a global reality within the next 15 years,” he declared. Adding that the defining pledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is that no one will be left behind, he also informed Member States that it is the chosen theme for this year’s first High-level Political Forum on the agenda, which will be held in New York from 11 to 20 July. read more

I aint sitting near a Muslim Great British Bake Offs Nadiya Hussain

first_img“I don’t want my children to have a negative attitude to living in the UK. Yes there are those negative people but they’re the minority.”I love being British, I love being here and this is my home. I don’t want my kids to grow up with a chip on their shoulder. Nadiya Hussain 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. While her appearance on the television competition has been credited with doing “more for race relations than any government initiative”, Hussain has previously disclosed that she expects to be on the receiving end of racism in her daily life.Hussain, who won Bake Off in 2015, admitted in an interview that she has been “shoved, pushed and verbally abused” in Britain.Speaking on Desert Island Discs, she said: “It sounds really silly because I feel like that’s just become part of my life now. I expect it. Absolutely I expect it.”I expect to be shoved or pushed or verbally abused because it happens and it’s been happening for years.”But she said she chose not to retaliate because “there’s a dignity in silence”. Nadiya Hussain appeared on the Great British Bake Off, judged by Mary BerryCredit:David Fisher /Rex / Shutterstock Nadiya Hussain is a previous winner of Great British Bake OffCredit:Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP Great British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain has revealed that she suffered racist abuse while on public transport.The baker, who grew up in Britain and has Bangladeshi parents, said the incident took place when she was on a train and a fellow passenger refused to sit next to her because she is Muslim.She said on Twitter: “A man refused to sit next to me on the train today. ‘I ain’t sitting near a Muslim’, he said. His ignorance is his own ruin.” “All those things that have happened to me? Hey it happens and it happens to other people too, and we deal with it.”One of the contestants in this year’s series of the programme, Rav Bansal, has also spoken out on social media about the racist language that had been directed at him.He said on Twitter that he had been asked by a stranger whether he was the “P—” on the “not so British bake off”.  Nadiya Hussain and Mary Berry last_img read more

Schneider Electric on navigating the mine digitisation path

first_imgIn a recent blog, Schneider Electric President for the Mining, Minerals, and Metals business Rob Moffit stated: “The World Economic Forum in January 2017 highlighted that digitisation in the mining industry has the potential to deliver over $425 billion in shareholder, customer and environmental value by 2025. Much of this value will come in the form of optimised operational effectiveness, increased productivity, and enhanced safety.”However, with increased opportunity comes inherent uncertainty, and Ernst & Young has identified digital effectiveness as the top risk currently facing the mining and metals sector. “Realising the value of digitisation requires strategic planning, strong industrial partnerships, realignment of culture, and appropriate selection and deployment of digitisation technologies.”Moffit argues that most mining companies are either actively engaged or in the process of evaluating how best to optimise their operations by leveraging digitisation to drive efficiencies and remain competitive. “Many however have yet to travel very far down the digitisation path and are uncertain on where to start or how to connect seemingly disconnected initiatives into a single cohesive digital transformation strategy. Key digitisation decisions will centre around which technologies to adopt and the best way to accelerate the path to digitisation-related business benefits.”He says being proactive in seeking and activating a clear digital path is critical to unlocking value. “Now is not the time to take a back seat. Assessing current processes, identifying areas that represent opportunities for ‘quick wins,’ and identifying projects that represent a low-cost/short-time implementation that can generate a rapid return on investment are key. There is no need to go it alone, especially initially as there are capable, knowledgeable, experienced and digitally-savvy partners available. The importance of the first initial success however should not be underestimated as it is necessary to develop both acceptance of the untapped value available as well as support for further and larger initiatives.”Schneider Electric says it has been at the forefront of many digitisation efforts across the mining sector globally, either with complete EcoStruxure™ solutions or deployed systems across multiple IOT platforms. “We can do this because of our well-established and recognised approach to open architectures across connected products, edge and application domains. This allows data to be collected from any connected device while also eliminating restrictions to any future evolution of your digital platform.”“At Schneider Electric, 5% of our annual revenue is invested directly into R&D projects, an increasing portion of which is related to digitisation. The global knowledge gathered by companies like Schneider can be passed along in the form of digitisation implementation strategies and best-practices across many mining application areas.”Moffit argues that for mining companies starting on this journey, four environments in particular merit close scrutiny as potential areas where digitisation deployments can result in quick wins:Safety transcends every aspect of mining, and the traditional process of maintaining safety instrumented systems in a potentially dangerous environment usually represents a high, but necessary cost. Integrated, digital solutions are available that can help improve overall safety performance.As an example, arc flash generates temperatures of up to 19,000°C and hence procedures for accessing electrical facilities is strictly controlled and the training for technicians and artisans is extensive. Research from the University of Colorado has shown that simulated operator training utilising virtual reality can provide a 9% higher retention rate than traditional learning processes. Operational Excellence Solutions optimise and stabilise process performance and reduce energy usage, thereby achieving the highest level of performance and reliability from critical assets. In mining operations, various forms of equipment such as drill rigs, excavators and haulage trucks (commonly referred to as the mobile fleet) represent a sizeable chunk of both capital and operational costs. A single haul truck can have more than 300 sensors collecting and pushing data each millisecond on its location, condition, and performance.One small example of utilising digital data to optimise operational excellence and reduce costs is where Schneider Electric recently implemented its Fuel Management System utilising existing data generated at a mine site to help address concerns with fuel loss. The data was used to accurately map and visualise the use of fuel across the mine site by storage facility and mobile asset. It generated savings of over 100,000 gallons (10%) which previously had been unaccounted for. “Unlike most other fuel systems, our system is based on industrial grade telemetry that keeps data safe and secure even through a power outage. It is also an open solution enabling integration with other systems.” Digital Supply Chain Solutions integrate activities from resource to market, including inventory management and operations and planning.An example here involved a major iron ore producer who utilised Schneider Electric’s sophisticated Advanced Planning & Scheduling (APS) modelling approach to help predict how each entity in the supply chain would operate from mine, plant, rail and port – not as discrete components, but as a single system that operated with unified objectives and associated KPIs. Post implementation supply chain efficiencies increased by up to 20%.center_img Next Generation Workforce Technologies attract and empower the next generation of workers and facilitate knowledge transfer, collaboration, situational awareness and safety, mobility and remote operations.A good example includes augmented reality, an innovative app for mobile devices that uses the device’s camera to recognise electrical panels, cabinets, machines and process areas and then superimposes real-time data and virtual objects onto them. This gives operators and technicians immediate access to relevant technical, performance and condition information and speeds up decision-making, troubleshooting, and performance efficiency.“Digitalisation is a cultural issue as much as it is a technology issue, and any viable digitalisation strategy should seriously consider the human aspect of how digitalisation will impact workers and employees. The hearts and minds of employees are only won when the proposed changes are understood and are accepted as beneficial and non-threatening to the employees’ current role or livelihood. Job specific information must be easy to access and interpret. In truth, some traditional roles will require realignment, but the new technologies will also create multiple new roles and opportunities within organisations. Automation and digitalisation cannot survive without a human interface at this stage.”last_img read more

12 special sights youll see on an Irish night out

first_imgTHINKING OF GOING ‘out out’ tonight?You’ll be seeing these things, so.1. The Lads Source: rileyroxxIdentifiable by their extravagant shouting, legs-akimbo seating positions and liberal use of nicknames ending in “-o”. (By the way, if you’re seeing them from this angle, something has gone wrong.)2. The Girls Source: leeseanIdentifiable by their extravagant shouting, elaborate hairstyles and ‘wolf pack’ pavement domination.3. A couple shifting in a really uncomfortable public way Source: BadsentinelAre they using their hands? They’re probably using their hands.4. A girl who can’t walk in her shoes Source: Arwrath Source: @BuzzfeedUKUnfortunate.5. Someone lurking awkwardly at the edge of the dancefloor with a pint Source: Neil TThey feel too self-conscious to dance but want to show enthusiasm. So they… okay, it’s always a he… he just stands there bobbing quietly to himself and hoping his friends come back when MGMT finishes.6. A couple having an argument Source: TumblrWith crying. Always the crying.Double points if they then make it up and become number 3.7. An awkward work night out Source: FlickrLooking a bit uncomfortable in their shirts. Usually one older person who is pretending to understand their younger colleagues’ in-depth analysis of The Wanted.The ‘cool’ members of the office will have removed their lanyards.8. A mortifying chat-up attempt Source: ImgurWatch the victim stare into the middle distance, hoping desperately for someone to come back from the bathroom.9. A third wheel Source: KulfotoOr a fifth wheel. Whatever.10. Two people trying to have a chat somewhere really loud Source: Neil TWho you know just came to the club because they wanted another drink, and are now regretting it.11. A guy losing it on his own on the dancefloor Source: WordPressWith possibly dangerous consequences for all around.12. And finally, queues in the takeaway at 3am Source: The Travelling BumComplete with people eating things they would never normally consider eating, and numbers 1 through 11 all over again. Have a good night!Anything we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments…The 9 types of dancer in an Irish nightclub>The 13 people you will meet in the pub tonight>last_img read more

iPad 2 Will Feature Two Cameras Rumor

first_imgHonestly, I think most of us would be pretty surprised if the next generation iPad shipped without front and rear facing cameras. Apple has been pushing FaceTime in a big way since the launch of the iPhone 4, but let’s face it, if that technology is really going to break, it’s going to be on a screen like the iPad’s. Teleconferencing on the iPhone feels like a novelty–on the iPad’s nine inch display, I image it would feel a lot more like the future.The latest set of rumored leaks confirm the technology. Third-party suppliers Genius Electronic Optical Co. Ltd. and Largan Precision Co. Ltd are confirming that the new iPad will, in fact, include two cameras for teleconferencing. The list of rumors pulled together by Reuters also points to a new iPad that is “slimmer, lighter and [has] a better resolution display.”last_img read more

Decomposed body found under pile of seaweed in Coconut Grove

first_imgCOCONUT GROVE, Fla. (WSVN) – A decomposed body has been found in Coconut Grove under a pile of seaweed and garbage.According to City of Miami Police, the body of an adult white male was found just before 2 p.m. Thursday, after it possibly washed ashore across Bayshore Drive during Hurricane Irma.The storm surge pushed some seaweed and debris about 100 yards inland into an opening between an apartment building and a pool off South Bayshore Drive. Workers from a landscaping company were cleaning up the area when they discovered the body under a mound of seaweed and trash.It remains unknown if this person lost his life as a direct result of the storm, although officials say the decomposition of the body seems to coincide with the timing of the storm.“It’s sad, man,” said Coconut Grove resident Fernando Magalhos, who lives nearby.The identity of the deceased man has not yet been released. The cause of death also remains unknown.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more