Three Kashmiri students held in Punjab for links with militant outfits

first_imgThree Kashmiri students were arrested on Wednesday in a joint operation of the Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab police from Jalandhar district of Punjab for their alleged links with militant outfits — Ansar Ghazwatul Hind and Jaish-e-Muhammad. Another person, a suspected handler, was arrested from the Kashmir valley.”The students were arrested after we received inputs about their links with militant outfit headed by Zakir Musa. One AK-47 and a pistol were seized from what seems like a module working for Musa,” said Director General of Police Dilbag Singh. Some explosives were also seized from the students.A police officer in Srinagar said the students were held from the hostel of CT Institute of Engineering Management and Technology in Shahpur on the outskirts of Jalandhar. The students, pursuing engineering courses, were identified as Zahid Gulzar of Rajpora, Awantipora, Mohammad Idrees Shah alias Nadeem of Pulwama, and Yusuf Rafiq Bhatt of Noorpura, Pulwama. “The weapons were recovered from Gulzar’s hostel room,” said the police.The fourth suspect was arrested from Pulwama’s Awantipora and is being questioned by the police. The police said the person may be the module handler.last_img read more

Dipa misses bronze by a whisker,Dipa misses bronze by a whisker

first_imgathletics Dipa Karmakar competes in the women’s vault final at the Rio Olympics on August 14, 2016. Photo: Reuters   –  REUTERS August 15, 2016 Gymnast Dipa Karmakar narrowly missed the bronze by finishing fourth in the women’s vault event even as shuttler Saina Nehwal, the men’s hockey team and tennis pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna crashed out on a dismal day for India at the Olympic Games here.Dipa, from the north eastern state Tripura, emerged as one of the few shining spots on a disastrous campaign as she ended up just outside a medal bracket with 15.066 points after putting on a superb display in the eight-woman vault final.The gold expectedly went to favourite Simon Biles from the US who topped the table with near-flawless execution which fetched her the highest score of 15.966.The silver went to Russia’s Maria Paseka (15.253) and the bronze was bagged by Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland (15.216).Dipa’s superb show in a sport that is not popular in the country lit up the gloomy day which started with the the exit of London Games bronze medal winner Saina to further dampen the spirits of the contingent on the ninth day of competitions.Saina, who was carrying a knee injury into the quadrennial sports spectacle, lost 18—21 19—21 to lower ranked rival Maria Ulitina from Ukraine to make a shock exit.Two other shuttlers remaining in the fray, K Srikanth and P V Sindhu, atoned somewhat for Saina’s exit by reaching the pre—quarterfinals from their respective groups in men’s and women’s singles.But more disappointment was in store for the contingent when mixed doubles medal hopes — Bopanna and Sania — lost in the bronze medal play-off in straight sets to the Czech pair of Radek Stepanek and Lucie Hradceka.To add insult to injury, the men’s hockey squad, which had qualified for the knock-out phase after 36 years, was bundled out of the competition by Belgium which inflicted a 3—1 defeat.A lacklustre India squandered a one goal advantage and blew away a great opportunity to create history after a hiatus of 36 years to climb the medal podium.Belgium, on the other hand, scripted history as they progressed to the semi-finals of the Olympics after a gap of 96 years. SPORT—The shooters continued to misfire as rifle shooters Gagan Narang and Chain Singh failed to make the final of the 50m 3—position event, finishing a lowly 23rd and 33rd respectively, to end the country’s dismal campaign.Women marathoners O P Jaisha and Kavita Raut were also out of depth and finished way behind in 89th and 120th spots clocking unimpressive time of 2 hours, 47 minutes, 19 seconds and 2:59:29 respectively.Boxer Manoj Kumar lost 0—3 to Uzbek rival Fazliddin Gaibnazarov in the light welter (64kg) pre—quarterfinal bout.The former Commonwealth Games gold—medalist Manoj Kumar put up a spirited show but could not match the power of fifth seed Fazliddin Gaibnazarov and bowed out.The biggest talking point before Dipa’s stupendous show was the shock ouster of world no. 5 Saina, who created history four years ago in London by winning a bronze medal which was the first by an Indian in the sport.She later revealed that she played with pain in her knee.“I had a knee pain and could not give my best. It was heavily strapped, and I tried my best. My movements were not smooth and were painful. It’s heartbreaking loss. I also feel very bad about it,” said the former world no. 1 after her shock loss to the tall Ukrainian, who qualified from Group G.According to the star Indian shuttler, the injury happened during training before the Olympics and it got worse after she reached Rio.“It happened just before the Olympics about one and half weeks back. It happened during training and got aggravated after coming here,” she said.Srikanth, the lone Indian in men’s singles, kept himself in the hunt by reaching the knock—out pre—quarterfinals from Group H by defeating Sweden’s Henri Hurskainen 21—6 21—18 in his second match to make the grade.Lanky Sindhu later brought some cheer to the dejected Indian camp by making it to the pre quarters of women’s singles from her Group M after getting the better of Michelle Li of Canada 19—21 21—15 21—17. Dipa Karmakar competes in the women’s vault final at the Rio Olympics on August 14, 2016. Photo: Reuters   –  REUTERS COMMENTS Published on COMMENT Daredevil Dipa targeting gold at 2020 Tokyo Olympics × SHARE SHARE EMAIL Rio 2016: Faster, Higher, Stronger null SHARE RELATED last_img read more

Photos: The Angelique Kerber Story

first_imgAdvertisementAngelique Kerber  born 18 January 1988 is a German professional tennis player and former world No. 1, and a three time Grand slam champion. Having made her professional debut in 2003, Kerber rose to prominence upon reaching the semifinals of the 2011 US Open as the No. 92 ranked player in the world. She ascended to the top of the rankings on 12 September 2016, thus becoming the twenty-second and oldest player to achieve the number-one ranking for the first time and the first new number-one player since Victoria Azarenka in 2012.  A left-hander, known for her aggressive counter-punching all-court game, Kerber has won 12 singles titles across all surfaces on the WTA Tour, including three Major titles at the 2016 Australian Open, the 2016 US Open, and the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. She has also won an Olympic silver medal while representing Germany at the 2016 Summer Olympics.Kerber was born in Bremen, to an ethnic German father from Poznań, Sławomir Kerber, and a Polish mother, Beata (née Rzeźnik), who is her manager. She has one sister, Jessica. She grew up in Kiel and started playing tennis at age three, eventually joining the junior circuit. In 2012, Kerber moved to Puszczykowo; a suburb of Poznań, Poland, where her maternal grandfather owns an indoor tennis facility. She made inroads at events in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, but did not win a junior title before 2003, at which point she had already turned professional at age 15. Kerber speaks German, Polish and English and holds dual German-Polish citizenship. She has competed for Germany since the start of her career. In an interview Kerber clarified that, despite strong Polish connection, she considers herself German: “I am German. I play for Germany, I grew up in Germany, and my heart beats for Germany”; however, another time she said: “my heart beats for Poland too”. A huge football fan, Kerber has cited German club FC Bayern München as her favourite team.  Although born right-handed, she plays left-handed.2018: Wimbledon championKerber started her season at the Hopman Cup for the first time, and partnered with Alexander Zverev. Kerber remained undefeated in her singles matches there and helped Germany reach the final where they lost to Switzerland. Kerber then played at the Sydney International. She drew Lucie Safarova in the first round and saved two match points to defeat her in three sets. She then faced Venus Williams who she defeated in three sets as well to progress to the quarterfinals. She defeated former World No. 4 Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets to reach the semifinals. With another win over an in-form Camila Giorgi she reached the final, where she beat home favourite Ashleigh Barty to win her first title since winning the US Open in 2016.At the Australian Open she defeated compatriot Anna-Lena Friedsam and Donna Vekic both in straight sets to advance to the third round where she faced former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova. Kerber defeated her in straight sets to advance to the fourth round in Australia, where she beat Hsieh Su-Wei to reach her first Slam quarterfinal since she won the US Open in 2016. American Madison Keys was her opponent in the quarterfinals. She defeated her just under an hour in straight sets to reach her second semifinal at the Australian Open. In the semifinal clash against world No. 1 Simona Halep both had two match points in the third set, but both were unsuccessful in conversion. The match ended 9–7 in the third set, with Halep winning after the fourth match point. With this performance, Kerber returned to the top 10 in 2018, ranked 9.Kerber then played at Doha and reached the quarterfinals defeating Samantha Stosur and Johanna Konta. In the quarterfinals she lost to top seed Caroline Wozniacki in a three setter. She then played at Dubai Tennis Championship where she defeated Barbora Strycova and qualifier Sara Errani in straight sets in first and second rounds, respectively. In the quarterfinals she defeated 3rd seed Karolina Plíšková yet again in straight sets to set up a semifinal clash with top seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine which she lost in straight sets. This was her fifth consecutive loss to Svitolina since the China Open 2016.She then entered the Indian Wells Masters. She beat Ekaterina Makarova and defending champion Elena Vesnina, then defeated World. No. 7 Caroline Garcia before falling in the quarterfinals to Daria Kasatkina 6-0 6-2. Kerber reached again the quarterfinals in the second Premier Mandatory tournament of the year in Miami. She completed three matches by beating Johanna Larsson, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Wang Yafan, before being defeated by reigning US Open & eventual Miami champion Sloane Stephens.She played Fed Cup semifinal tie against Czech Republic. Kerber lost both of her single rubbers to Karolína Plíšková and Petra Kvitová respectively, both of her matches she lost in straight sets. She took the revenge from Kvitová in indoor clay tournament in Stuttgart in solid two sets. But retired in her next match against Anett Kontaveit from Estonia in the second set. Kerber missed the third Premier Mandatory tournament of the year in Madrid. Then entered Rome Masters as the 11th seed and showed results against Zarina Diyas, Irina-Camelia Begu and Maria Sakkari, before earning her sixth straight defeat from Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals.Kerber was seeded 12th at the French Open. In the opening round, she defeated Mona Barthel in straight sets. Kerber continued her form in the second round with a straight sets wins over Ana Bogdan. Kerber faced her first seeded in the third round,18th seed Kiki Bertens who Kerber defeated in straight sets. With the win, she reached the fourth round with her opponent being 7th seed Caroline Garcia. She defeated Garcia in straight sets to reach her first French Open quarterfinals in six years. In the quarterfinal, Kerber lost to eventual champion Simona Halep in three sets. It was Kerber’s best results at the French Open, equally her result in 2012.Kerber started grass-court season as 2nd seed in Mallorca, where she lost in the first round to Alison Riske.In Eastbourne, Kerber lost in semifinals to Caroline Wozniacki, having defeated Dominika Cibulková, Danielle Collins and Daria Kasatkina en route. Kerber entered Wimbledon as the No. 11 seed. She defeated 2010 Finalist Vera Zvonareva, 2017 Girls Champion Claire Liu, No. 18 seed Naomi Osaka and Former Top 10 Player Belinda Bencic en route to the quarterfinals, where she became the highest seed left in the draw. She beat Indian Wells Finalist Daria Kasatkina and 2017 French Open Champion Jelena Ostapenko to reach her second Wimbledon final. She faced and defeated Serena Williams in straight sets in a rematch of the 2016 final. With this victory, she returned to the top 5 at No. 4.Advertisementlast_img read more

Cong accuses BJP Govt of “abusing and insulting” Constitution

first_imgNew Delhi, May 6 (PTI) Congress in Rajya Sabha today accused the government of “abusing and insulting” the Constitution, on a day its top leadership took to streets to protest the “assaults on democracy”. Raising the issue during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, Deputy Leader of Congress Anand Sharma said the top leadership of his party is protesting against the “assaults on democracy” by this government. “This government is abusing and insulting the Constitution. Indian Constitution is being insulted. Democracy is being assaulted,” he said. Sharma said all party leaders including Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi have been “arrested”. “We are protesting the assault on democracy by this government,” he said. Under attack over AgustaWestland issue, a combative Sonia Gandhi, while addressing the protest march, hit back at the Modi government saying it should “not try to frighten” Congress and that life has taught her “to fight on”. She, Rahul Gandhi and other top party leaders later courted arrest after they were stopped from marching to Parliament. PTI AMR ARClast_img read more

Week 10 Watch Guide

first_imgAnd here’s the Week 10 guide:Week 10My three favorite games:1. OSU-KSU2. WVU-TCU3. Auburn-Ole MissTotally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Ryan Hartwig is back with his Week 10 college football watch guide.You should give his the Twitter account a follow, too:last_img

Louisville Commit G.G. Robinson Says It’s “Messed Up’ That The Cardinals Pulled Their Offer From Matt Colburn

first_imgThe bad side of college football recruiting was showcased by Louisville Monday night, as the Cardinals pulled their scholarship offer from commit Matt Colburn, less than two days before National Signing Day. Bobby Petrino’s program received some serious criticism from recruiting analysts following the news, including this rant from a writer that called for all South Carolina high school players to boycott Louisville. Even a Cardinals’ commit thinks Louisville was rough on Colburn, a three-star running back out of Irmo, South Carolina. G.G. Robinson, a three-star defensive end committed to Petrino’s program, tweeted the following Tuesday morning. Man what Louisville did to my boy Matt was messed up….. That’s awful— GG (@GGRobinson85) February 3, 2015What Louisville did isn’t unheard of, but doing it less than 48 hours before National Signing Day seems fairly classless. The Cardinals’ 2015 class ranks No. 31 in the country by 247 Sports’ Team Rankings.last_img read more

‘Money is no issue’ – Benfica president dreaming of Mourinho

first_imgBenfica president Luis Filipe Vieira insisted “money is no issue” as the Portuguese giants try to lure Jose Mourinho to Estadio da Luz.Mourinho is without a job after he was sacked by Premier League side Manchester United last month, ending his two-and-a-half-year tenure at Old Trafford.The Portuguese boss – who has been linked with Real Madrid and Inter – made a name for himself at Benfica’s rivals Porto, where he won the 2003-04 Champions League and two Primeira Liga titles before moving to Chelsea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? However, Mourinho’s managerial career began at Benfica when he replaced Jupp Heynckes after the fourth week of the Primeira Liga before resigning just nine games later following a changed in the club’s presidency.Now, after axing head coach Rui Vitoria last week, Vieira is dreaming of bringing Mourinho to Benfica all these years later.”For now, Bruno Lage is the coach of Benfica,” Vieira told Portuguese broadcaster SIC. “There will be news next week.” When asked about Mourinho, Vieira said: “I am his friend. Who would not like to have Mourinho? [But] I have not talked to him.”If he says yes tomorrow, he’ll be here at the drop of a hat. Money is no issue for Benfica.Benfica are third in Portugal’s top flight, seven points adrift of leaders Porto after 16 rounds.The club are also set to begin play in the Europa League knockout stages as the Portuguese side is set to take on Galatasaray after finishing third behind Bayern Munich and Ajax in Champions League play.last_img read more

Quebec special constables seek judgment to increase their ranks at courthouses

first_imgMONTREAL – The union representing Quebec’s special constables took the government to court Monday, seeking a judgment that would bolster their numbers across the province.Special constables have long argued that there are too few of them at the province’s courthouses, where they are increasingly being replaced by private security.They first filed the action against the province in June 2016, calling on the government to reverse that trend.A union representative said in an interview Monday that more constables would help put an end to situations like the shooting of a young man at the courthouse Maniwaki, Que., last week.Quebec’s bureau of independent investigations is probing the altercation between a special constable working alone at the Maniwaki courthouse and an 18-year-old man.The man was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the head following the scuffle with the constable, part of which was caught on film.Franck Perales, president of the union, said it has been sounding the alarm since 2014 about a shortfall of constables, but their warnings have fallen on deaf ears.The union argues the province has opted for private security for financial reasons, but they lack experience and proper training.Perales said despite this, they routinely perform tasks that should fall to special constables.He said the presence of private security gives the false illusion of a secure environment, citing what happened in Maniwaki on Wednesday as a prime example.Last Friday, the government assured that in the wake of last week’s shooting, courthouses that previously only had one constable on duty would now have two.Perales called that move a step in the right direction.The union has two goals with the court challenge being heard in Quebec City this week by Superior Court Justice Jean-Francois Emond.They want to prove that the province’s Public Security and Justice Departments aren’t respecting their obligations by entrusting courthouse security more and more to private security firms instead of special constables who should perform the tasks.And they want the province to remedy the situation.The union alleges a lack of adequate staffing compromises the safety of employees, the public and constables themselves.last_img read more

Giving Back Fund Presents 6th Annual Sports And Entertainment Philanthropy Summit

first_imgThe Giving Back Fund will host the 6th Annual Sports and Entertainment Philanthropy Summit in LA from July 25-27.This is your chance to hear from Olympic gold medalists such as Nadia Comaneci, Meryl Davis, Carl Lewis, Mark Spitz, Sebastian Coe and more.The Giving Back Fund periodically brings together the top leaders in the sports and entertainment philanthropy community through its Sports and Entertainment Philanthropy Summit. Executive directors, development directors, representatives from the sports leagues, entertainment agencies, and family members of philanthropic celebrities gather for for this event to learn from and interact with their peers and top experts from all areas of philanthropy. Topics include strategy, programming, marketing, fundraising, social media, special events, law and governance, sponsorship, cause-marketing and many other relevant topics.This year’s Summit will span three days commencing Saturday, July 25, at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles as a part of the DOHA GOALS (Gathering Of All Leaders in Sport) Forum being held in conjunction with the Special Olympic World Games. Attendees of the GBF Summit will also receive complimentary registration at the exclusive invite-only DOHA GOALS Forum, making this particular Summit one not to be missed.The event will feature speakers such as Special Olympics chairman Timothy Shriver, former NBA star Jamal Mashburn and Conversation Farm founder John Duschinsky.For more info and registration, click here.last_img read more

Calgary Canada Post workers might not strike for long

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Even though rolling strikes are hitting Calgary, Red Deer, and Sherbrooke, Quebec, the work stoppage might not last long for Canada Post employees.“With a mediator there, I’m hoping that he’ll be able to have the issues resolved.”Anna Beale, the Executive VP of the Calgary Local for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) says ideally the strike could be settled by Thursday afternoon.Workers first hit the picket line Wednesday night in the three cities, and continued Thursday at 6 a.m., and will remain on strike for 24 hours unless the matter can be resolved.Despite the optimism, there is still a lot on the table, with CUPW demanding Canada Post address their concerns over health and safety, long hours, and lack of pay for rural mail carriers.Strikes happened for two days in Toronto, which crippled their main distribution centre.Beale knows customers might be frustrated.“The public has stood behind Canada post for over 150 years, and we are there for the Canadian public as well, because it’s the Canadian public that enables us to have jobs at Canada Post.”Negotiations have gone on for 10 months now.The federal government appointed the mediator on Wednesday.last_img read more

UNs Operation Lifeline Sudan starts push to help 100000 people displaced by

Fighting which began in June has forced thousands to flee from the Western Upper Nile into Bahr el Ghazal. “They have been forced to walk for at least three days and it is estimated that up to 50 per cent of the displaced are children,” spokesman Fred Eckhard reported.The UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kenzo Oshima, voiced “serious concern” over the plight of civilians caught up in the clashes. “We urge both sides to allow humanitarian access to those in need,” he said. “Both sides should ensure that their armed forces make every effort to protect civilians.”Mr. Oshima also expressed concern regarding the impact of the heavy fighting on civilians which has taken place around Torit in southeastern Sudan. Operation Lifeline Sudan – a consortium of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) as well as more than 35 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – is targeting some 3 million people in need of humanitarian aid in southern Sudan. read more

Security Council welcomes postelection institutions in Central African Republic

In a statement read out in a formal meeting by Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis of Greece, which holds the 15-nation body’s presidency for the month of July, the Council, pleased by the successful presidential and legislative elections, which took place in two rounds on 13 March and 8 May, invited the CAR Government and all political and social forces to “consolidate national dialogue and ensure national reconciliation with a view to achieving sustainable development in their country.”Civil conflict in CAR initially erupted in the mid-1990s when soldiers staged a series of mutinies. The UN Peace-building Support Office in the country (BONUCA) was created in February 2000. But tensions continued due to the civil war and political unrest in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the UN Department of Political Affairs.Just two weeks ago, UN Resident Coordinator Stan Nkwain stressed the risk that impoverished post-election CAR could slide back into conflict if not given immediate aid, and that the Government needed help paying more than three years of salary arrears and in servicing a national debt that is 85 per cent of its gross national product (GNP).In its statement, the Council requested Secretary-General Kofi Annan to explore the possibility of setting up a follow-up committee or enlarging the Committee of Foreign Partner to Follow Up on the Electoral Process to support the reconstruction efforts initiated by the Central Africans.“The Council also expressed concern at the insecurity reigning in the north and west of the country, due to the presence of armed groups in those regions, and expressed deep concern at the deteriorating humanitarian situation, particularly in the north of the country,” Ambassador Vassilakis said.The Council also acknowledged efforts by the Central African defence and security forces to guarantee satisfactory safety conditions during the electoral process, and commended the Multinational Force of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (FOMUC), France, the European Union, China and Germany for providing decisive support to them. read more

On World Philosophy Day UN highlights importance of critical thinking and reflection

The diversity of philosophies prevalent around the world is humanity’s greatest asset to building an inclusive and tolerant global citizenry, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today, marking the tenth edition of World Philosophy Day. In her message for the Day, UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, called on nations to invest more in philosophical training for schoolchildren while stressing the “urgent need” to pass on to the world’s youth “the taste for philosophy, its rigour and its joys, from the earliest age.” “UNESCO reaffirms the power of philosophy to change the world, because it can help us to change ourselves by giving weight to our indignation before injustice, lucidity to ask the right questions, and conviction to defend human dignity,” Ms. Bokova said. “In all these ways, it holds the key to a new humanism,” she added, underlining the significance of philosophy in making “sense of questions of peace and sustainable development.” World Philosophy Day is celebrated every third Thursday of November since 2002, with the aim of making philosophical reflection accessible to all – professors and students, scholars and the general public – thereby enlarging the opportunities and spaces for the stimulation of critical thinking and debate. The Day – for which the theme this year is ‘future generations’ – is being celebrated with a number of events, including roundtables, debates and concerts, held in Paris, where UNESCO is headquartered, and at other venues around the world. In addition, a group of schoolchildren will place messages in a time capsule destined to be eventually opened by children of their own age in the year 2062. Ms. Bokova pointed out that the philosophical tradition was both a meeting point and a culmination of UNESCO’s mandate, providing meaning to the content of culture and science and drawing on the free movement of ideas. “Beyond all of our differences, we are all equal in the exercise of reason,” she continued. “This is the sure way to build fairer, more equitable societies, sustained by the energy of critical thinking.” read more

New low profile load and haul team from Atlas Copco

first_img“These two new vehicles are designed to optimize the economic, mechanized extraction of ore in low seam environments,” commented David Ogilvie, Product Manager, Scooptram of Atlas Copco’s Underground Rock Excavation division. “Low profile equipment allows extraction of ore from seams that would otherwise be worked by hand, increasing safety and maximising productivity.”  The new vehicles form part of a complete range of Atlas Copco low profile mining solutions. The Boltec SL roof bolting rig is optimized to perform bolting operations in 1.8 m drifts and can be operated by remote control for increased operator safety. Fully mechanized drilling is also possible with Atlas Copco’s Rocket Boomer S1 L single-boom drill rig that has a height of just 1.30 m. The Minetruck MT436LP has a height of just 2.3 m and builds on the reputation of the Minetruck MT436B, with its proven reliability, demonstrated by many years of successful production work. Key features of the new truck include a forward mounted camera and a reconfigured interior that provides an optimum ergonomic environment. In response to customer feedback, a lower, wider box has been fitted to the MT436LP, which has a tramming capacity of  32.6 t. Atlas Copco has launched two new low profile underground vehicles, the Minetruck MT436LP and the Scooptram ST1030LP, as covered in the feature on underground loading and haulage in IM’s October issue. The two vehicles, purpose built for maximum productivity in low seam mining conditions, are the latest additions to Atlas Copco’s low profile mining fleet. Just 1.84 m high, the Scooptram ST1030LP is 510 mm lower than the standard Scooptram ST1030 and has a tramming capacity of 10 t. It features double display screens in the cab, relaying feed from three cameras to provide optimum visibility and safety. In addition, the ST1030LP incorporates all of the design improvements found in the recently upgraded ST1030, as well as a new, compact, high efficiency hydraulic cooler. An ergonomic T-back operator’s seat and sound suppression panels provide a comfortable working environment. The Scooptram ST1030LP is well matched for loading the new low profile Minetruck MT436LP, making the two new vehicles a great combination for low seam mining.last_img read more

Leaked Windows 8 builds reveal Windows Store and its logo

first_imgWhile those screenshots of the supposed “Windows App Store” turned out, as expected, to be fakes, there’s no doubt Microsoft is working on something along those lines to deliver in Windows 8. In fact, some of the bits are already in place in the leaked Windows 8 builds which have been shared on private FTP servers and torrent sites around the Web.As spotted by some Russian enthusiasts who were digging around in the system folders in the Windows 8 Milestone 3 build, a handful of folders exist which confirm the early stages of the Windows Store. On your Windows desktop, the store will be comprised of several components, including a runtime module, service, and licensing client — each of which is called out in a folder name.AdChoices广告The Windows Store logo is also hiding within the Windows 8 files, though it’s just a 24 by 24 pixel .PNG. Above I’ve blown it up using Photoshop to the best of my abilities. It’s fairly consistent with Microsoft’s other logos, with its multiple stacked squares and rounded corners. Two .HTML pages are also nestled away amongst the files, and based on the font used on the error page it’s safe to assume that the Metro design language will once again be front and center in the Windows Store.The Windows 8 registry is also littered with references to the Windows Store, but no actual executables have been found just yet — and even if they were, Microsoft probably has the Windows Store’s cloud-powered back end completely locked down at this early stage. In fact, the AppxManifest.XML file spells that much out, saying “We need DomainCredentials until we unveil the store.”Read more at (translated)last_img read more

Poll Was the GRA right to call off the Garda strike

first_imgPoll: Was the GRA right to call off the Garda strike? The GRA last night voted to defer today’s strike action by the slimmest of margins. Share25 Tweet Email LAST NIGHT’S DECISION on the part of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) to defer its planned strike action for today came at the very last minute.Recommendations from the Labour Court will now be put the membership of both the GRA and the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI).However, the vote on the part of the GRA’s executive committee which led to the suspension of the mooted strike was carried by just three votes, 20 to 17, suggesting that the association itself is not entirely of one mind as to whether or not it made the correct decision.But what do you think? Would it have made more sense for the GRA to strike given over five weeks’ notice was given to the government of the prospect of industrial action?We’re asking: Did the GRA make the correct decision in calling off the garda strike? Nov 4th 2016, 10:21 AM No (5770) Yes (6894) Image: Leah Farrell Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Image: Leah Farrellcenter_img I don’t know (906) By Cianan Brennan YesNoI don’t knowVote Friday 4 Nov 2016, 10:21 AM 25,556 Views 60 Comments Poll Results:last_img read more

Throw Shade at Climate Change By Planting More Trees

first_img Study: Planting More Trees Key to Combating Climate ChangeScientists Discover (And Climb) World’s Tallest Tropical Tree Stay on target Trees make the world go round: They provide oxygen, shelter, food, fuel, and wood. They conserve energy and prevent water pollution. They mark the seasons and increase property values.And, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, they play a big role in keeping towns and cities cool.“Keeping temperatures more comfortable on hot summer days can make a big difference for those of us who live and work there,” study co-author Monica Turner, a University professor in the department of Integrative Biology, said in a statement.The right amount of leafy cover can lower summer daytime temperatures by as much as 10℉—a real blessing when you’re melting onto the sidewalk.For her research, Carly Ziter biked around Madison with a small weather station strapped to the back of her bike (via Carly Ziter/University of Wisconsin-Madison)As climate change presents new challenges for city planners and heat waves drive up energy demands and threaten human health, trees may turn out to be the hero we need.While roads, sidewalks, and buildings absorb heat during the day and release it at night, a decent amount of shrubbery can shade those surfaces from the sun’s rays. Trees also release water into the air through their leaves, helping to cool the atmosphere.“Tree canopy cover can actually do more than offset the effects of impervious surfaces,” Carly Ziter, lead author of the paper, said. During the day, “an equivalent amount of canopy cover can cool the air down more than pavement will warm it up.”For maximum effect, the green canvas must exceed 40 percent—which means a single city block would need to be nearly half covered by a network of branches and leaves.Ziter biked 10 different transects of the city multiple times during different times of day (via Carly Ziter/University of Wisconsin-Madison)“It’s not really enough to just kind of go out and plant trees, we really need to think about how many we’re planting and where we’re planting them,” Ziter said. “We’re not saying planting one tree does nothing, but you’re going to have a bigger effect if you plant a tree and your neighbor plants a tree and their neighbor plants a tree.”Ideally, these sort-of forests would crop up in residential locations where people are active—not just in parks.“The trees we plant now or the areas we pave now are going to be determining the temperatures of our cities in the next century,” Ziter warned.The full study was published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.More on Drones Boost Global EcosystemsBios Incube Grows Trees From Human CremainsGenetically Engineered Trees Can Avoid Spreading Too Farlast_img read more

24 arrested as Sri Lanka attack toll hits 290

first_imgA relative of a victim of the explosion at St. Anthony`s Shrine, Kochchikade church, reacts at the police mortuary in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 21 April 2019. Photo: ReutersThe death toll from bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka rose dramatically Monday to 290 — including dozens of foreigners — as police announced new arrests over the country’s worst attacks for more than a decade.More than 500 people were injured in the Easter Sunday assault that saw suicide bombers hit three high-end hotels popular with foreign tourists and three churches, unleashing carnage in Colombo and beyond.Two additional blasts were triggered as security forces carried out raids searching for suspects.There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but police said Monday 24 people had been arrested. The government is wary of stirring ethnic tensions, and the country remained on edge as a home-made bomb was defused at Colombo airport late Sunday and massive security deployed.A nationwide curfew imposed shortly after the blasts was lifted early Monday, but the government has ordered a two-day holiday and schools and the Colombo stock exchange were closed. Still, a steady stream of people and vehicles were seen on the streets of the capital and Negombo.The attacks were the worst ever carried out against Sri Lanka’s small Christian minority, who make up just seven per cent of the 21 million population.At least 37 foreigners were among the dead, the foreign ministry said.The government said three Indians, three Britons, two from Turkey and one Portuguese had died, as well as two people holding both British and US passports.”Additionally, while nine foreign nationals are reported missing, there are 25 unidentified bodies believed to be of foreigners,” the foreign ministry said.Japan’s foreign ministry said one of its nationals was among the dead.- ‘Bodies everywhere’ -The churches targeted included St Sebastian’s in Negombo, north of the capital, which was surrounded by security forces on Monday.Dozens of people were killed at the church, including friends of 16-year-old Primasha Fernando, who was at her home nearby when the suicide bomber struck.”When I got to the church there were people crying and screaming,” she told AFP.”I saw bodies everywhere,” she added in tears. “I saw parents carrying their dead babies. I saw dead people who had hair but didn’t have faces anymore.””Hands and legs were separate from bodies. There was blood everywhere too. The smell was so strong it made me feel sick.”The church’s roof was largely blown out and pews splintered. The floor was strewn with roof tiles and shards of glass.Outside, 24-year-old Denver Malewama and his mother Sunita handed out tea to security personnel.”We want to say thank you because they protect us,” he said.- Government warned -Some Sri Lankans asked how the attacks could have happened after it emerged that the government had been warned about possible blasts.Sri Lanka’s police chief Pujuth Jayasundara issued an intelligence alert to top officers on 11 April, warning that suicide bombers from a group called National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) planned to hit “prominent churches”.The NTJ is a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka that was linked last year to the vandalisation of Buddhist statues.Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said an investigation would look into “why adequate precautions were not taken”.The government said investigators would look into whether the attackers had “overseas links”.Ethnic and religious violence has plagued Sri Lanka for decades, with a 37-year conflict with Tamil rebels followed by an upswing in recent years in clashes between the Buddhist majority and Muslims.Dilip Fernando, who could not get into St Sebastian’s because the church was already packed when he arrived, said the Christian community would not be intimidated.”We are not afraid. We won’t let the terrorists win, no way,” the 66-year-old told AFP outside the devastated building.- Memories of civil war -For many, the blasts brought back painful memories of Sri Lanka’s civil war, when bomb attacks were a frequent occurrence.”The string of blasts brings back memories of the time when we were afraid to go in buses or trains because of parcel bombs,” said Malathi Wickrama, a street sweeper in Colombo.In total, three churches in Colombo, Negombo and the east-coast town of Batticaloa were attacked, along with three luxury hotels in the capital.A manager at the Cinnamon Grand, near the prime minister’s official residence in Colombo, said a suicide bomber blew himself up at a breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant.”He came up to the top of the queue and set off the blast,” the manager said.Two further blasts happened as police staged raids looking for suspects. At least three police officers were killed in one raid.The attacks drew global condemnation, including from US President Donald Trump and the pope.Wickremesinghe urged people to “hold our unity as Sri Lankans” and pledged to “wipe out this menace once and for all”.The archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Ranjith, described the attackers as “animals” and called on authorities to “punish them mercilessly”.Embassies in Colombo warned foreign nationals to stay inside, while there were chaotic scenes at Colombo airport as travellers formed huge lines at the only taxi counter that was open.last_img

Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week Gelth

first_imgStream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Mire’Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Zygon Stay on targetcenter_img You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. This time, join me on a journey—to Cardiff.Charles Dickens (Simon Callow) couldn’t have predicted the Gelth (via BBC)GELTHFirst appearance: “The Unquiet Dead” (2005)—season 1, episode 3Home planet: N/ADoctor: NinthCompanion: Rose TylerTime Lords and Daleks weren’t the only ones who got stiffed by the Time War.The Nestenes lost their homeworld, Eve’s species were exterminated, and the Gelth were reduced to gaseous form.A once-humanoid species, the Gelth lost their biological bodies in battle. Their consciousness, however, lived on, and the creatures survived with the confines of any ol’ vaporous environment.Hungry for revenge, they eventually discover a rift—a weak point in time and space—which opens to a funeral parlor in 1869 Cardiff.Attracted to the pipes and gas lamps of the mortuary, the Gelth find they can hibernate in the bodies of decomposing humans, using the corpse as a “vehicle,” as the Doctor put it.There are a classic case of are-they-or-aren’t-they evil: Viewers are introduced to blue glowing fumes as they enter the late Mrs. Peace, who rises from her coffin and kills her mourning grandson, before escaping the morgue. To see Charles Dickens perform at a nearby theater.Simon Callow is Charles Dickens (via BBC)Only able to hang on to one body for so long, the Gelth begin to leaves Mrs. Peace—just as Dickens (Simon Callow) conjures the image of Jacob Marley’s ghost appearing to Ebenezer Scrooge.“It looked like … Oh, my lord. It looked like that!” he shouts from stage, sending the audience into a tizzy.Incited by the screams, the Doctor and Rose rush to the theater, where the Time Lord befriends a reluctant Dickens, and mortuary owner Sneed and handmaiden Gwyneth kidnap his companion.Back at the funeral parlor—Rose saved, the Doctor deputized, everyone forgiven—the group agree to hold a seance, led by clairvoyant Gwyneth, in an attempt to communicate with the dead.When blue vapors fill the room and reveal themselves as remains of the Gelth, the once-corporeal alien race plead with the Doctor to open the rift and allow them to cross over.See, they’re good guys after all!The Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) encourages Gwyneth (Eve Myles) to contact the dead (via BBC)Using Gwyneth as a bridge to cross the rift, the Gelth take temporary respite in Sneed’s corpses. But it soon becomes clear the measly pile of bodies in the morgue will not be enough to satisfy the greedy Gelth.“You said that you were few in number,” Dickens urges.“A few billion. And all of us in need of corpses,” the Gelth (voiced by Zoe Thorne) replies, revealing the intruders’ real intentions to take over the human race.In the end, it’s not the Doctor or Rose who save the day, but writer, social critic, and owner of one hell of a goatee, Charles Dickens.If nothing else, the Gelth (created by Mark Gatiss) prove that you should never judge a book by its cover. Or should you?(P.S.: The Cardiff rift reappears in two later episodes, and is often featured in spin-off series Torchwood, co-starring Eve Myles, a.k.a. Gwyneth/Gwen Cooper.)last_img read more

Supraballs offer a new way to color materials

first_img Play A video shows supraball painted flowers do not change color when the sample is rotated at different angles. Credit: Xiao et al., Sci. Adv. 2017;3: e1701151 Prior research has shown that there are two basic ways to produce color in a material. One is to use materials that have molecules capable of absorbing light, the other is to use materials that cause light to scatter in desired ways using nanostructures. Material scientists have found that using structures to create color has many advantages over those that require absorption, but making them that way has proven to be challenging. In this new effort, the researchers report that they have developed a technique that overcomes those challenges, allowing for the production of colored materials in a way that is fast, simple and scalable.The new technique was inspired by duck and turkey feathers. The team created tiny balls of melanin and then coated them with silica to create structures similar to those found in the bird feathers. Prior research has shown that the spacing between balls of melanin produces different colors. The clear silica coating serves that purpose by forcing the balls farther apart or closer together. The distance is determined by the thickness of the coating—a thick one forces the balls farther apart, while the opposite brings them closer together. Interestingly, observed under a microscope, they are all black. It is only when they are seen from a normal distance that the color emerges. The team notes that changing the size of the balls has no impact on the color produced.The team calls the result of their effort “supraballs.” After creating them and seeing how they worked, they studied them further to understand what was happening. They found that the cores were highly refractive while the shells had a low refractive index, which served to increase reflectance, resulting in colors that were brighter. They note that supraballs could be added directly to paint or plastic base materials to create desired colors and suggest they might also be useful for inks and cosmetic products. Citation: Supraballs offer a new way to color materials (2017, September 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Play Journal information: Science Advances A way to laser print colors that will not fade using tiny columns Each column represents supraballs made of different sizes of core-shell synthetic melanin nanoparticles. (A) Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images of whole supraball morphologies. (B) High resolution SEM images of top surfaces of supraballs. (C) Cross-sectional transmission electron microscope images of the inner structure of supraballs. Scale bars, (A) 2 micrometers, (B) 500 nanometers and (C) 500 nanometers. Credit: Xiao et al., Sci. Adv. 2017;3: e1701151 An international team of researchers has created a new way to color manufactured materials. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes how they created the new coloring technique and why they believe it provides benefits over conventional methods. More information: Ming Xiao et al. Bioinspired bright noniridescent photonic melanin supraballs, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1701151AbstractStructural colors enable the creation of a spectrum of nonfading colors without pigments, potentially replacing toxic metal oxides and conjugated organic pigments. However, significant challenges remain to achieve the contrast needed for a complete gamut of colors and a scalable process for industrial application. We demonstrate a feasible solution for producing structural colors inspired by bird feathers. We have designed core-shell nanoparticles using high–refractive index (RI) (~1.74) melanin cores and low-RI (~1.45) silica shells. The design of these nanoparticles was guided by finite-difference time-domain simulations. These nanoparticles were self-assembled using a one-pot reverse emulsion process, which resulted in bright and noniridescent supraballs. With the combination of only two ingredients, synthetic melanin and silica, we can generate a full spectrum of colors. These supraballs could be directly added to paints, plastics, and coatings and also used as ultraviolet-resistant inks or cosmetics. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Explore further 2017 A photo of a rainbow-like flowers, painted with supraball inks made of five different sizes of core-shell synthetic melanin nanoparticles. Credit: Ming Xiao, University of Akron PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more