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BJP Dalit MP resigns, hands over letter to chowkidar

first_imgAnnoyed at being denied a ticket for the upcoming Lok Sabha election, Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Hardoi Anshul Verma on Wednesday quit the party and joined the Samajwadi Party.The episode, however, stood out for the manner of the resignation. Mr. Verma handed over his letter to the chowkidar (watchman) at the BJP State headquarters in Lucknow.The Dalit MP — Hardoi is a reserved constituency — also handed over a day’s wage to the chowkidar, as he taunted the BJP over its chowkidar campaign led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Addressing the media, Mr. Verma said the BJP may also have penalised him for not writing chowkidar on his social media wall.“Vikas kiya hai vikas karenge, chowkidar nahi Anshul hi bane rahenge (I have done development and will continue to do so. I will remain Anshul and not become a chowkidar),” said Mr. Verma.In 2014, Mr. Verma won the Hardoi seat in central U.P. after securing 3.60 lakh votes against 2.79 lakh by the BSP. However, in the first list of candidates released by the BJP last week, he found himself among the six sitting MPs who have been replaced, apparently for not performing up to the mark.Linking it to their caste identity, as four of the six MPs replaced were Dalits, Mr. Verma asked: “Are only MPs from the Dalit society niskriya (sluggish)?”The BJP has field Jai Prakash Rawat from Hardoi this time. Mr. Rawat, a Pasi like Mr. Verma, is a former four-time MP from Hardoi and Mohanlalganj.Explaining reasons for quitting the BJP, Mr. Verma said he was hurt after being denied a ticket and no responsible leader saw it fit to talk to him or give him an appointment. He said he was disappointed after the party did not act on his complaint on distribution of liquor to people who attended a Pasi Sammelan organised at a temple in Hardoi in January by BJP leader Naresh Agarwal and his son Nitin.last_img read more

Ashish Nehra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar taught me seam position, says Barinder Sran

first_imgPromising left-arm seamer Barinder Sran on Friday credited senior pros Ashish Nehra and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for his successful outing during the One-Day Internationals (ODI) against Zimbabwe.Sran, who shared the dressing room with Nehra and Bhuvneshwar for Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Sunrisers Hyderabad, said the duo tipped him about seam movement.”In the IPL, (Ashish) Nehra paaji and Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) bhai were with me, they taught me seam position and supported me in all aspects from the beginning. For two-three days, I went to Chandigarh as well and met my coach Amit Uniyal and worked with him,” Sran was quoted as saying by espncricinfo.With four wickets from three matches, the Punjab medium pacer showcased a new weapon — an inswinger — during the series to make life difficult for the home batsmen.Sran, however, acknowledged that he had a lot to prove if he had to considered for Test cricket.”To get there, I need to be consistent and bowl one line and length,” he said.”I need to improve a lot, I need to improve my pace and fitness level. I will work towards achieving these in the next season.”Ahead of the T20I series against Zimbabwe, starting here on Saturday, Sran said he had consciously worked on getting his wrist position right.”I changed the seam position a bit, made some changes to my action because I’m looking to swing the new ball. So I’m not putting in too much effort, because if I do that, I lose my wrist position and it reduces the swing,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

Opposition attacking Rahul over successful Kisan Yatra: Cong

first_imgKanpur, Sep 12 (PTI) The Oppositions attack against Rahul Gandhis Kisan Yatra in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh shows that they are rattled by the good response being received by him from the public, party leader Rajiv Shukla said today.”The Opposition is attacking Rahul Gandhi as they are disturbed by the good response being received by him for his Kisan Yatra. Such attacks will intensify once the Yatra covers more parts of the state,” he said.Shukla, who is in the city to inspect the preparations for a sports event, said Congress will win a majority in the 2017 UP Assembly elections.Asked whether Congress will enter into an alliance with other parties for the elections, the Congress leader said the matter will be decided by the party high-command.BJP had mocked Rahul Gandhis Kisan Yatra, dismissing it as “seasonal expression of sympathy in the season of elections” and claimed that while states ruled by it have seen maximum agricultural growth, those by Congress were known for cases of “land-grab”. PTI ZIR SRY RT SRYlast_img read more

Transfer Latest: Arsenal line up Rugani

first_imgTransfers January transfer news & rumours: Arsenal line up Rugani Goal Last updated 1 year ago 08:16 12/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Daniele Rugani Juventus Barcelona Getty Images Transfers Premier League Bundesliga Serie A Primera División Ligue 1 Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window ARSENAL EYE £35.4M RUGANIArsenal are set to make a £35.4 million bid for Juventus centre-back and Manchester United target Daniele Rugani, the Daily Mirror report.Rugani has yet to nail down a starting spot at the Old Lady, and Arsene Wenger is now ready to take advantage, with Rugani keen to play every week.PSG WILL SELL CAVANI TO CLEAR WAY FOR SANCHEZAlexis Sanchez Arsenal Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player PSG are preparing a £25 million January bid to bring in Arsenal attacker Alexis Sanchez, according to Express Sport.The report adds Sanchez wants a move to Manchester City, who are also expected to bid in January, but that PSG are hopeful a move can be done and will sell Edinson Cavani to make room.Sanchez, who is out of contract at the end of the season, is a potentially interesting figure for both PSG and Manchester City because he is not cup-tied in the Champions League. BARCELONA CLOSE ON COUTINHO DEALPhilippe Coutinho LiverpoolBarcelona are nearing the completion of a deal to bring Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho to the Camp Nou, according to Sport.The report says a contract of €12 million per year with the Brazilian has already been agreed, and that unlike the summer, Liverpool have set a fee of €150m for the player.Barcelona still need to agree with Liverpool on a potential payment installment plan, however, in order for the deal to come to fruition. CHELSEA OWNER TO VETO HAZARD TO MAN UTD MOVEEden Hazard ChelseaWhile Jose Mourinho hopes for a reunion with Eden Hazard, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich may prevent such a move from happening, according to Don Balon.United is preparing an offer of €100 million euros to trump Real Madrid, but the Blues owner has no desire to sell his star man to a direct rival. INGS LOAN MOVE WILL FORCE STURRIDGE LIVERPOOL STAYDaniel Sturridge LiverpoolJurgen Klopp is prepared to let Danny Ings leave Liverpool on loan but as a result will require Daniel Sturridge to remain the rest of season, according to the Mirror. Sturridge had hoped for a move away from the Reds with a mind toward making England’s World Cup roster this summer but will only be allowed to leave if an offer of £30 million comes in.CHELSEA READY LEMAR BIDThomas Lemar Monaco 2017Chelsea are ready to make a move for Monaco attacker Thomas Lemar after an attempt to land Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen has failed, according to the Evening Standard.The Blues were targeting a £20 million offer for the Bundesliga 20-year-old attacker, but with Leverkusen deeming him untouchable, Chelsea will move onto Lemar and make another attempt at signing Everton’s Ross Barkley. NEWCASTLE SECURE KENEDY ON LOANKenedy ChelseaNewcastle manager Rafa Benitez has finally landed his man, securing Kenedy in a loan deal from Chelsea according the Daily Mail.Kenedy appeared set for a move earlier this year only to have it blocked by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, though the Brazilian has just appeared three times this season.Newcastle will pay a loan fee for Kenedy, with Benitez’s transfer budget hindered by Newcastle’s potential sale. SWANSEA AFTER VAN GAAL AS NEW MANAGERLouis van GaalSwansea are trying to lure former Manchester United and Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal to the Liberty Stadium, according to the Mirror. The Swans sacked Paul Clement on Wednesday and are in search of a manager with Premier League experience, with former West Ham boss Slaven Bilic also a possibility.At the bottom of the Premier League table, Swansea hope to have a manager appointed ahead of Saturday’s contest with Crystal Palace. NEWCASTLE WANT LEICESTER’S SLIMANI ON LOANIslam Slimani Leicester CityNewcastle want to bring in Leicester City forward Islam Slimani on loan, according to the Chronicle.The report, which cites Algerian papers, says the player wants a move to a Premier League side after failing to feature for the Foxes this season, with Newcastle and Watford making bids.It adds Newcastle were interested in Slimani this past summer, but were turned off by Leicester City’s steep asking price. SPURS PLOT AUDACIOUS SUAREZ MOVELuis Suarez BarcelonaTottenham are plotting an audacious move for Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, according to Don Balon.Spurs believe Barca may be open to selling Suarez as they target Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, with the north London outfit having already opened talks with Suarez’s representatives.But the former Liverpool striker is reluctant to leave Camp Nou despite the increased competition for a place in the starting XI.ATLETICO TO SELL GRIEZMANN TO MAN UNITEDAntoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid RomaAtletico Madrid are ready to offload Antoine Griezmann to Manchester United in order to avoid a move to rivals Barcelona, reports  Metro . The Liga club were moved to make an official complaint on what they see as an illegal approach from Camp Nou on their player. That bad blood could see United move into pole position for his signature, as relations between the two clubs have soured.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

2015 Jaguar XF 3.0 AWD Sport review

first_imgMy tester XF was powered by the V6, which, while not as enlivening as the V8-powered models, was nonetheless pleasant. It wasn’t fast, as freeway passing took more pedal pressing than other cars in its class, but it’s no slouch either; 0 to 60 is conquered in 6.1 seconds. I should mention V6 models without IAWD will do 0 to 60 in 0.4 fewer seconds, which might be an incentive to buyers who don’t need four-wheel traction.The best part about the V6, though, was it the fuel economy it returned. The EPA estimates the XF 3.0 AWD Sport to achieve 17 mpg city and 27 highway. During my throttle-happy time with it, I averaged 20.3 mpg on premium fuel, which isn’t too bad at all, and exactly the estimated combined efficiency rating. While the engine is good, I suspect the fuel efficiencies are due in large part to the eight-speed automatic and the auto start/stop function.I’d be remiss not to mention that, though “Sport” is in its name, the XF 3.0 AWD Sport is not very sporty, unlike the BMW 528i or the Lexus GS 350 F SPORT. The ride and performance are much more luxurious, refined, and smooth than sporty. Even when I clicked the automatically retracting shifter knob into Sport, I didn’t notice much of a dynamic difference.InteriorSpeaking of the retracting shifter, let’s talk about the interior. Like the driving, while some aspects of the cabin suffer from the old package, Jag designers make up for its misgivings very cleverly.What’s the biggest downfall of an old car trying to do new tricks? Aside from tech, it’s space. Yes, I was able to carry four adults around, including six-foot-two-inch Peter Braun in the back seat, though; none of us was particularly comfortable during the outing.But if the buyer isn’t too terribly bothered by a cramped cabin, he or she will be delighted with the accouterments Jag’s bolted to this old boy.Ignore the small, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display, which isn’t a far cry worse than Lexus’ or Infiniti’s offerings, and the XF cabin is a modern luxury space. With the push of the ignition button that flashes red like a beating heart, the knurled shifter rises from the center console, allowing the driver to select the desired gear with a satisfying click.When the climate control is activated the air vents reveal themselves, as their aluminum-finished covers slowly and silently retract into the dash. It’s a bit silly, but it’s this sort of drama that sets the XF apart in the crowd.The 3.0 AWD Sport models includes – as standard — heated front seats, steering wheel, and windshield, which proved very enjoyable in January in Oregon. I am sure, though, I’d be wishing for cooled seats to boot in spring and summer time, which is something most of the XF’s competitors offer.Broadly, the fit and finish are exceptional, as are the bond-grain leather seats and “suedecloth” (Jag is inventing words now, apparently) accents, including the A pillars and headliner. These are very grownup and elegant extras that buyers will simply not find on, say, a comparably priced Bimmer.ImpressionWhen it’s all said and done, though surrounded by elder statesmen in its segment, I have to admit the XF is near the bottom of the pack in most every way. The XF isn’t as spacious as a Lexus. It’s not as tech savvy as an Audi. And it won’t drive as briskly as a Bimmer.For the $61,165 asking price, though, the XF 3.0 AWD Sport does have one thing over its competition: appearance. Not only is the XF staggeringly gorgeous and aging with dignified grace (something the BMW and Lexus can’t claim), it’s also perceived as being more expensive than it is.My friends and family – as well as onlookers – assumed, based upon its stunning exterior, the XF was a much more expensive car. Once they plopped down into the cabin and touched the supple suedecloth, they were convinced they were in the presence of an $80,000 sedan.It was this impression that, well, made an impression upon me as well. I figure, when a buyer is spending upwards of 60 grand on a car, they want to feel like they’ve gotten their money’s worth. If the driver — as well as strangers on the street — thinks they have gotten more from the XF than they paid for it, then it has succeeded.HighsPremium exterior stylingExtremely quiet cabinInterior materials and fit and finishQuick accelerationPredictable fuel efficiencyLowsDated chassisDated tech With the 2015 Jaguar XF 3.0 AWD Sport, looks are everything. That’s because, if you dig beneath the surface, you’ll find a 20-year-old car draped in supple “suedecloth.”The current mid-size luxury sedan market in the U.S. is just downright old, save for the Lexus GS, which this year is entering its ‘terrible twos.’ The Audi A6 is old four years old, the BMW 5 Series is five years old, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (ignoring the 2014 refresh) is six.Wait; it gets worse. The Jaguar XF is a staggering eight years old … but its bones are much, much older. Though the model itself might be just shy of a decade old, its chassis is from the 1998 Jaguar S-Type, which was designed around 20 years ago.Now, I bring this up not to shame Jaguar, but rather quite the opposite. I bring it up to applaud the Brits, because, from a relatively primordial platform, they’ve created a very compelling luxury sport sedan that competently goes against the much younger — and advanced — competition.Model slurryFor 2015, Jaguar has reshuffled the XF line a bit. Now there are eight different versions ranging from $51,175 to $99,000: 2.0T Premium, 3.0 Portfolio, 3.0 Sport, 3.0 AWD Portfolio, 3.0 AWD Sport, 5.0 Supercharged, XFR, and XFR-S.This slurry of models might seem confusing, but Jaguar believes it has actually simplified things, as these models now include standard features that were once apart of certain feature packages. Before 2015, for example, the Portfolio was a package of options, rather than a standalone model.Of all the XFs, Jag sent to me the 3.0 AWD Sport, which is powered by a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that produces 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Like all ‘15 XFs, the 3.0 AWD Sport features an eight-speed automatic. In AWD form, power is routed to all four wheels through Jaguar’s “Instinctive All Wheel Drive.”DrivingThough it rides on the Ford DEW98 platform shared with the last-gen Thunderbird and deceased Lincoln LS, the XF is, as one might hope from a Jag, quite the roadway performer. Granted, it doesn’t drive as crisply as the GS or the 5 Series, but it does amazingly match wits with the likes of the A6, which suffers from an equally squishy chassis.By that I mean, while capable of a smooth ride, the XF suffers from extra body roll that its more modern challengers simply don’t. This, delightfully, is where the curse of its ancient lineage ends, because the rest of the drive is exceptional.Just as in my beloved F-TYPE, the hydraulic power steering was well weighted, direct, and crisp. And the brakes were full of feel, but did suffer from uneven stoppage during fast, high-speed deceleration. 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Rahul working on roadmap for Wayanad development

first_imgKozhikode (Kerala): Congress President Rahul Gandhi has invited 25 leaders from the Congress and the IUML to help him prepare a roadmap for the overall development of his constituency Wayanad, a party leader said on Wednesday. Those called to meet him in Delhi on Friday include state Congress President Mullapally Ramachandran, Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala, district Congress presidents of Wayanad, Kozhikode and Malappuram as well as some Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leaders. “Rahul Gandhi has indicated that he wants to bring systematic development in his constituency keeping in mind its environment,” Kozhikode district Congress President T. Sidiq said here. “His offices in the constituency would also be streamlined to see speedy redressal of issues that the people face,” said Sidiq.last_img read more

496 dead in Egypt terror attacks since Morsis ouster ministry

first_imgCAIRO – Militants have killed 496 people in Egypt since the military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, mostly soldiers and policemen, the foreign ministry said on Saturday.Attacks have surged since the army removed Morsi last July 3 and the military-installed authorities launched a deadly crackdown on his supporters.A foreign ministry “factsheet” sent to media said 252 police and 187 military personnel were killed in “terrorist” attacks, along with 57 civilians. Most of the attacks were in the northern Sinai Peninsula and targeted policemen and soldiers.The army has poured troops into the mountainous and underdeveloped region bordering the Palestinian Gaza Strip and Israel, to combat growing militancy.But militants have also launched brazen attacks farther afield.In mid-March, gunmen killed six soldiers at a checkpoint in Cairo.Al-Qaeda-inspired group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem) has claimed most of the deadliest attacks, including a car bombing at a police headquarters in Cairo, shooting down a military helicopter and the suicide bombing of a tourist bus in the Sinai.The Sinai-based group said the attacks were in retaliation for the crackdown on Morsi supporters.More than 1,400 people have been killed in the crackdown, according to rights group Amnesty International. Thousands have been jailed.last_img read more

Haiti quake shows need to close technology gap for developing nations Ban

“The UN is the lead global institution dealing with many of these challenges,” he told the Global Colloquium of University Presidents on New Technologies for Meeting Global Challenges at Yale University in the United States yesterday, citing this week’s devastating earthquake in Haiti as a prime example of the need to close the technology gap between developing and developed countries. “We have technologies to build sturdier buildings and to build infrastructures that take into account possible fault lines. We know a great deal about how to work with the natural landscape to ensure that urban settlements are more secure. The problem is that so many parts of the world are not benefiting from this knowledge and these technologies. Disaster risk reduction measures must not be a luxury that only some States can afford.”But the gap between the haves and the have-nots is not the only challenge in harnessing technology to drive development. No technology is risk-free and its responsible use is therefore crucial, Mr. Ban stressed.“Technological development has opened the door to a host of new global threats. Some of these are quite horrifying. A dangerous virus could escape the confines of a high-security lab; or terrorists could steal nuclear materials from medical or energy facilities and turn them into weapons. A synthetically produced organism could have an adverse impact on the environment or on health,” he said. “It is clear that we must create an environment in which science and technological innovation can flourish, but with robust safeguards and oversight mechanisms, which protect both people and the environment from unacceptable risks,” he added.He highlighted wide-ranging UN experience on the issue, citing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) helps monitor, but warned that biotechnology and cyberspace are two areas of research where efforts to control the risks nationally and internationally are not keeping pace with innovation. 15 January 2010The United Nations has a vital role to play in helping Member States, particularly those in the developing world, to harness new technologies to mitigate natural disasters, climate change, food shortages and a host of other challenges, according to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. read more

Hydro interprovincial ties will come even as other renewables see price drops

WINNIPEG — Canada is transitioning away from fossil fuels and looking at more capacity for solar energy, wind power and interprovincial hydro transmission, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said Wednesday.Carr is hosting a two-day conference on the future of Canada’s energy industry, called Generation Energy, where experts said fossil fuels will have to be phased out by the middle of the century if major countries are going to come close to meeting the emissions targets under the Paris climate change accord.“I agree that we are in transition. There will be a discussion, among those who make predictions, about the speed of that transition,” Carr said after a morning panel discussion.“The time frame that I heard this morning was 30 years, 40 years, mid-century, 50 years — which gives Canada and other countries around the world a sense of the way in which transition will unfold and at what pace.”Carr said energy companies can look at fossil fuels as a legacy part of their business while developing new sources.The conference was told investments in renewable energy around the world have risen sharply and the cost of producing solar power has dropped in many parts of Europe and other regions.“In the last three years, solar cost is half (what it was),” said Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, a body set up during the oil crisis of the 1970s that now has 29 member countries, including Canada and the United States.“We expect in the next three years, between 2017 and 2020, another halving.”Birol said Canada has already done a lot for clean, renewable energy by building up hydroelectric capacity and there is much more room now for improvements in solar and wind power.Carr said solar and wind power will be developed, but there is also a federal interest in helping to build more transmission lines so that hydro-rich provinces such as Manitoba and British Columbia can export to other provinces and parts of the United States.The idea of an east-west power grid was pushed a decade ago by politicians including former Manitoba Premier Gary Doer, but never came to fruition.“We’re very interested in electricity inter-ties. We have been talking about that with our provincial partners for two years now,” Carr said.“We seek to work with the provinces to determine what makes sense from their perspective and build out according to the pace that’s comfortable for our provincial partners.” read more

Twenty one Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested by the Navy

She had also reiterated the need to restore the traditional fishing rights of Indian fishermen in the Palk Bay by annulling the Indo-Sri Lankan agreements. (Colombo Gazette) The fishermen were arrested while fishing near Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to Sri Lanka by India by two agreements of 1974 and 1976. Twenty one Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested by the Navy on charges of crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line, the Press Trust of India reported.The three boats of the fishermen, hailing from Pamban and Thangachimadom near Rameswaram, were also seized by the Navy personnel, Assistant Director of Fisheries Department D Gopinath said. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had earlier this month written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to act decisively to find tangible mechanisms to permanently resolve this vexatious issue, affecting the livelihood of lakhs of fishermen of the state. read more

Modi and Sirisena hold teleconference on fuel crisis

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Maithripala Sirisena had a teleconference this evening and discussed the fuel crisis in the country.The Indian High Commission in Colombo said that Modi assured India’s assistance following Sri Lanka’s request for emergency petrol shipments. Additional petrol will be available to Sri Lanka at the Kochi Refinery while further shipments will also be made if required. (Colombo Gazette) The Indian High Commission said that a ship with 21,000 kl of petrol from India is also scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka. Lanka Indian Oil (LIOC) has made available 3500 kl of petrol from its stocks to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC). read more

Hashish hidden in skateboard sent to journalist seized

Hashish hidden in a skateboard when was sent to a journalist in Nugegoda was seized by customs officers at the General Post Office in Colombo today.Customs officers attached to the airmail unit of the Post Office detected 1.4 kilograms of hashish valued at Rs 1.4 million concealed in the skateboard. Investigations revealed that the Hashish was send from Spain to the freelance journalist in Nugegoda. (Colombo Gazette)

IM honours the designer of innovative stateoftheart stepchange mineral processing flowsheets

first_imgSandy Gray is inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in the concentration category for 2015. In second place was Dr D. R. Nagaraj (Nag) who has more than 35 years of outstanding and innovative achievements in the design, development and commercialisation of numerous families of novel flotation reagents.Gray, Technical Director and co-founder of Gekko Systems, has made a significant and unique contribution to the international mining industry. He has offered the industry a platform that maximises the recovery of minerals by using new developments alongside more conventional processing equipment. These developments can be used to eliminate waste and create a high-grade stream of concentrate from which minerals are extracted by gravity separation, or intensive cyanidation.  Both methods provide simple, economical, and environmentally responsible means of recovering a range of minerals.Gray’s expertise in mineral processing is evident in his ability to design a range of innovative, state-of-the-art, step-change mineral processing flowsheets. The range of patented equipment includes; InLine Pressure Jig, InLine Leach Reactor, Python Modular Plant, and G-Rex Resin Column. These not only set new standards in design, fabrication and efficiency, but also in improved economic, environmental, and recovery rate benchmarks not met elsewhere in the mining industry.The equipment he invented has established the following new principles:Innovative with smaller environmental footprintSignificantly greater energy efficiencies and cost reductionsModularity – Gekko’s equipment can be dismantled and angled to fit into previously inaccessible or economically unfeasible sitesTransportability – the equipment can be collapsed into containers and economically transported, providing long-term advantage to clientsHigh adaptability engineered and tailor-made for a specific siteLow capital cost and lower operating costsFully automated and controlled via PLC systems with remote connectivityGekko equipment can be constructed, pre-commissioned and calibrated before transportation, enabling rapid start-up, thereby increasing significant financial returns.Advanced gravity separation is an alternative process offered through Gray’s innovative equipment compared with the 19th century-designed options currently available. His contribution has been to demonstrate not only the advantages of gravity separation as a viable means of mineral capture, but also when coupled with state-of-the-art, fine crushing technology, it can provide significant economic and energy efficient benefits to customers. The latest development is the modular Python Processing Plant which is inexpensive to operate, and capable of placement in previously inaccessible locations or deep mines. It also has the flow-on benefit when installed underground of reducing the volume of concentrate that has to be taken to the surface for further treatment to as low as 10%. This is unprecedented in the mining industry and has profound implications for the international mining community. Over 400 InLine Pressure Jigs have been sold into similar systems.Another significant development has been the intensive cyanidation in gold and silver mines. The first commercial InLine Leach Reactor was installed into the Penjom Gold Mine in Malaysia in 1997. Since then many gold mines (some silver) use this technology to recover gold from gravity concentrates. The introduction of this technology not only increases overall recovery but also has major benefits in security and manual handling. Over 140 units have been installed worldwide.Since 1996, Gray has led the mining industry into the 21st century by creating a range of economical, modular and environmentally responsible mineral processing equipment. He is an innovator of note and represents a perfect blend of vision and product development for the global mining industry.Don’t forget to put your nominations in (to john@im-mining.com) for the 2016 inductions. There are 12 categories:ExplorationUnderground developmentUnderground ProductionSurface miningComminutionConcentrationMining softwareSafetyBulk handlingMetallurgyEnvironmental management and stewardshipOutstanding innovatorlast_img read more

Ilic Lazarov and Hansen still in the race for Golden ball

2.  Lazarov Kiril (MKD)90  FC Barcelona (ESP) 1.  Ilic Momir (SRB)94  MKB-MVM Veszprém (HUN) 8.  Bombac Dean (SLO)67  MOL-Pick Szeged (HUN) 7.  Bielecki Karol (POL)68  KS Vive Tauron Kielce (POL) ← Previous Story Marko Kopljar to FC Barcelona Next Story → EHF Cup 1/4 finals: Skjern, Gorenje and Guif win first legs 5.  Balogh Zsolt (HUN)73  MOL-Pick Szeged (HUN) Three matches before the end of the season in the VELUX EHF Champions League, Momir Ilic, Kiril Lazarov and Mikkel Hansen are still in the race for “golden ball” for the TOP scorer of the European elite competition…TOP 10: 3.  Hansen Mikkel (DEN)88  Paris Saint-Germain Handball (FRA) 10.  Spellerberg Bo Dybdal (DEN)66  KIF Kolding Kobenhavn (DEN)   Karacic Igor (CRO)67  HC Vardar (MKD) EHF Champions League 6.  Gajic Dragan (SLO)71  Montpellier Agglomeration HB (FRA) 4.  Dibirov Timur (RUS)76  HC Vardar (MKD) read more

Keith Fahey returns to Birmingham City after compassionate leave in Dublin

first_imgKEITH FAHEY HAS returned to Birmingham City training, the club have confirmed this morning. The Ireland international was granted compassionate leave in November and has been in Dublin to deal with a family issue since then.The former St Pat’s midfielder has been training with Shamrock Rovers in recent months and the Championship outfit say his fitness is good as he heads back to St Andrew’s.“I want to thank the club for giving me the necessary time and support to deal with what was a genuinely personal family matter, I appreciate it greatly,” said Fahey today.“Over the last few weeks I have been doing the equivalent of pre-season training with my local club Shamrock Rovers and I would like to thank that club’s manager, Trevor Crolly, for allowing me to do so.“While I need to achieve match fitness I believe I am close to being ready to return to Championship football.  I now want to contribute fully to Blues’ campaign for the remainder of the season.”Manager Lee Clark is satisfied that Fahey will be back in the mix for a starting spot within weeks.“It is great that Keith has now returned to the club,” he said.  ”He underwent a full fitness assessment last week and I’m delighted to say that he is in great shape so, within a few weeks of being back in full training and some reserve team action, he should be ready to push his way back into consideration for first-team selection.”The news may also boost Giovanni Trapattoni’s options ahead of the World Cup qualification double-header next month.‘Better than treble’ United face Reading in FA Cuplast_img read more

VPS releases more details on Gaiser Middle School melee

first_imgVancouver Public Schools on Tuesday offered more details on a March 15 brawl at Gaiser Middle School that ended in the arrest of nine children. Community members, meanwhile, called on the district to use the incident as an opportunity to reflect on how students of color have been impacted by recent police shootings.According to the updated statement from the school district, three students got into a confrontation at a middle school basketball tournament that evening, escalating into a “disturbance” involving 50 students and, eventually, the response of more than 30 law enforcement officials.“The issue reached a tipping point when several students assaulted district security officers as they attempted to remove a student from the school because of a confrontation with two other students,” according to the district statement. “The security officers were hit, pushed and punched by students.”From there, 28 students from seven schools were placed on emergency expulsion, a 10-day period allowing the school to investigate and determine final disciplinary action. That’s up from the 27 the district originally reported. Nine of those students also were arrested, and two face felony charges.“We’ve established processes for students who have been suspended or expelled to continue their learning,” the district said in the statement. “Demonstrate accountability, and re-enter the classroom in a responsible, productive manner.”last_img read more

No warning for TCI with Zika disease now in Caribbean Jamaica launches

first_img Related Items:carpha, World Health Organization, ZIka Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp No Zika reports for TCI Turks and Caicos Premier says nation ‘elated’ over removal from Zika list; praises CARPHA and CARICOM CDC supports CARPHA in Zika PR Campaign materials to region Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Dec 2015 – Jamaica’s Health Minister is calling for Jamaicans to safeguard themselves from the newest mosquito borne virus, Zika. Ten countries in the Americas and the Caribbean are trying to fend off the disease which is also spread by the Aedes mosquito. Nearby Dominican Republic, Brazil, Chile (Easter Island), Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname and Venezuela have all recorded the virus; Jamaica is on high alert. CARPHA has put the region on alert too, but there have been no official warnings from TCI Ministry of Health. Some symptoms are rash, fever, joint pain and conjunctivitis aka, pink eye. The World Health Organization says the virus has also been linked to birth defects in unborn babies.last_img read more

Burn scar area of Alpine prepares for rain

first_img Elizabeth Alvarez, Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter January 15, 2019 Posted: January 15, 2019 Elizabeth Alvarez Burn scar area of Alpine prepares for rain 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Many people who live near Highland Street in Alpine have placed sandbag even barriers to protect their homes.This is a community that was left with a huge burn scar from the West Fire six months ago.It’s that burn scar that firefighters and other emergency respondents are concerned about this week with all the rain San Diego county is getting.They say flooding and erosion can happen in places that are not covered by landscaping, grass, trees and shrubs.Community members are cautiously optimistic about the current conditions.Maddie Yeager said “We’re not too affected but we do have people that could be affected so it can definitely be an issue… but it’s not that much raining it’s not down pouring.so…fingers crossed.”Michelle Brown tells us she too has taking a few safety measures at her home, “I do have sandbags at my house but nothing too drastic..you know we don’t have a lot of erosion so we don’t really have that problem.”San Diego county and Cal Fire advises you to do what you can to protect your home and property. They are making free sandbags available at several locations throughout the county.Sand and BagsBonita/Sunnyside: 4900 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902 P: 619-479-2346Boulevard: 40080 Ribbonwood Road, Boulevard, CA 91905 P: 619-390-2020De Luz: 39524 Daily Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028 P: 760-728-3140 *(Not staffed 24/7)De Luz: 39431 De Luz Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028 P: 760-728-2422Fallbrook: 4375 Pala Mesa Drive, Fallbrook, CA 92028 P: 760-723-2024Lakeside River Park Conservancy:12108 Industry Road, Lakeside CA 92040 P: 619-443-4770 *(Closed over the weekend)Palomar Mountain: 21610 Crestline Road, Palomar Mtn., CA 92060 P: 760-742-3701Ramona: 3410 Dye Road, Ramona, CA 92065 P: 760-789-0107Ramona: 24462 San Vicente Road, Ramona, CA 92065 P: 760-789-9465Rincon: 16971 Highway 76, Pauma Valley, CA 92061 P: 760-742-3243Valley Center: 28205 N. Lake Wohlford Road, Valley Center, CA 92082 P: 760-751-7605Warner Springs: 35227 Highway 79, Warner Springs, CA 92086P: 760-782-9113Bags OnlyAlpine: 1364 Tavern Road, Alpine, CA 91901 P: 619-445-2635Deer Springs: 1321 Deer Springs Road, San Marcos, CA 92069 P: 760-741-5512Campo: 31577 Highway 94, Campo, CA 91906 P: 619-478-5516Campo (Lake Morena): 29690 Oak Drive, Campo, CA 91906 P: 619-478-5960Deer Springs: 8709 Circle R Drive, Escondido, CA 92026 P: 760-749-8001Deer Springs: 10308 Meadow Glen Way East, Escondido, CA 92026 P: 760-751-0820De Luz: 39431 De Luz Road, Fallbrook, CA. 92028 P: 760-728-2422Descanso: 24592 Viejas Grade Road, Descanso, CA 91916 P: 619-445-7508 (currently out of bags)Dulzura: 17304 Highway 94, Dulzura, CA 91917 P: 619-468-3391El Cajon: 551 Harbison Canyon Rd, El Cajon, CA 92019 P: 619-445-5001Escondido: 9127 W. Lilac Road, Escondido, CA 91916 P: 619-445-7508Jacumba: 1255 Jacumba St., Jacumba, CA 91934 P: 619-766-4535Jamul (Deerhorn): 2383 Honeysprings Road, Jamul, CA 91935 P: 619-468-3030Jamul: 14024 Peaceful Valley Ranch Rd, Jamul, CA 91935 P: 619-669-6580Julian: (Shelter Valley) 72160 Great Southern Overland, Julian, CA 92036 760-765-0155Mount Laguna: 10385 Sunrise Highway, Mt Laguna, CA 91948 P: 619-473-8281Ocotillo Wells: 5841 Highway 78, Borrego Springs, CA 92004 P: 760-767-7430Pine Valley: 28850 Old Highway 80, Pine Valley, CA 91962 P: 619-473-8445Portrero: 25130 Highway 94, Potrero, CA 91963 P: 619-478-5544Ramona: 829 San Vicente Road, Ramona, CA 92065 P: 760-789-8914Ramona: (Intermountain) 25858 A Highway 78, Ramona, CA 92065 P: 760-789-3710Ramona: (Mount Woodson) 16310 Highway 67, Ramona, CA 92065 P: 760-789-1150Ranchita: 37370 Montezuma Valley Road, Ranchita, CA 92066 P: 760-782-3467 *(Not staffed 24/7)San Pasqual: 17701 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92025 P: 858-573-1322Warner Springs: 31049 Highway 79, Warner Springs, CA 92086 P: 760-782-3560last_img read more

FuelOnly targeted by state patrol

first_imgA Vancouver company that tests and analyzes fuel is under investigation by the Washington State Patrol based on allegations that it falsified analysis reports and failed to test fuel samples according to certain standards.FuelOnly Inc.’s contract to test fuel samples for the state Department of Agriculture has been suspended through Jan. 8 as WSP continues its investigation. State officials may seek to recover taxpayer dollars paid to the company, but the amount they would try to recoup depends on the results of the police investigation.The WSP declined to discuss the details of what it has confirmed is a criminal investigation. “We’re investigating a concern that the state paid for work that was not performed,” said WSP spokesman Bob Calkins.Steve Talbot, the Vancouver attorney representing FuelOnly, said in an e-mail to The Columbian that the company’s president — Malala Pou — has cooperated with state officials and has nothing to hide. “What possible motive could my client have to falsify data submitted to the state? He can gain nothing from doing this and can only hurt himself and his company.”Complex situationIt’s a complex situation that involves a fuel-testing contract intended to prevent damage to vehicles, an investigation by the Agriculture Department that preceded the one launched by WSP and a lot of finger-pointing on the part of FuelOnly officials and the whistle-blower who first raised concerns.last_img read more

Nottingham Trent University launches engagement and sustainability programme

first_imgNottingham Trent University (NTU) has launched a new engagement and sustainability programme for the 4,000 employees based across its four campuses.The new programme, Green Rewards, was implemented on Monday 4 February 2019. It has been introduced to encourage staff to participate in activities that boost sustainability, at the same time as improving their own wellbeing. This aligns with NTU’s commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) and its pledge to reduce its environmental impact.Green Rewards, provided by Jump, allows employees to track their positive actions on an online platform across six categories: my carbon footprint, my resources, my travel, my food and drink, my community and my health and wellbeing.Activities such as calculating their individual carbon footprint, making a plastic pledge, volunteering, taking lunchtime walks and engaging in mindfulness time are all rewarded through the programme via a system of points.The themes have been designed to directly correlate to the SDGs, demonstrating to employees that they can have a positive impact on a global, individual and organisational level. For example, staff are rewarded for using reusable bottles and coffee cups instead of single use plastics. This relates to SDG 12: responsible consumption and production.Using an online leader board, the top two individuals each month will win a £20 voucher for either Love2Shop, John Lewis, National Book Tokens or to use at the cinema. The top performing team is also recognised every six months, winning a £200 charity donation.NTU promoted the event to staff using teaser emails and via its internal communications channels.The organisation also hosted launch events to promote the programme, answer employees’ questions and give them an opportunity to sign up for events. These took place on Monday 4 February on City Campus and Tuesday 5 February on Clifton Campus.Charmaine Morrell, sustainable development manager at NTU, said: “We’re really excited to be launching Green Rewards for all of our employees, as positive lifestyle choices are fundamental to us achieving our sustainable, environmental and wellbeing ambitions.“The programme demonstrates the strategic importance we place on sustainable and wellbeing choices we all make, and we hope it will inspire [employees] to work together in a fun and engaging way.”last_img read more