Panel seeks report on Alwar lynching

first_imgThe Rajasthan State Human Rights Commission (RSHRC) has sought a report from the State government over the death of a 28-year-old man in Alwar district who was allegedly thrashed by a mob on the suspicion of cow smuggling.On Thursday, the National Human Rights Commission sent a notice to the Rajasthan government over the death of Akbar alias Rakbar Khan. Taking cognisance of the alleged lynching case, the State human rights panel has sought a report from the Rajasthan Chief Secretary by August 8. RSHRC chairperson Justice Prakash Tantia has asked the State government to give its viewpoint on effective prevention of such similar incidents considering the Supreme Court guidelines.The Alwar District Collector and SP have also been asked to submit a factual report in the matter, the chairperson said, adding that the State government has been asked to send the report by August 8. The RSHRC had registered a case following a complaint lodged on July 24 by State secretary of Rajasthan Muslim Mahasabha N.D. Kadri and others in the alleged lynching case in Alwar. Meanwhile, the Rajasthan Minority Commission has said it will give its suggestions to the State government to curb lynching incidents.last_img read more

Greece Thrills Diaspora With 2-1 Win

first_imgHARRISON, N.J. – The crowd that watched Greece defeat Bolivia 2 -1 last night wasn’t huge – 11,024 people in a Red Bull Arena that seats 25,000 – but the ones donning  Hellenic blue and white were loud, and passionate from start to finish.Greece, spurred by continuous chants of Hellas! Hellas! that sent chills down the spines of proud Greek–Americans on a warm night, drew first blood when Guerki Panagiotis Kone scored in the match’s 21st minute.In the 53rd minute, the captain, Konstantinos Katsouranis, scored a header off a Jose Holebas corner kick – and the crowd went wild, smelling a big win.The shot by Rudy Cardozo in the 70th minute that eluded Orestis Karnezis, however,  did more than let the Bolivians back into the game at the 70th minute – it unleashed a wave of concern among Greek fans who know that their team will only advance as far as their defense permits.Most of that anxiety evaporated as time ran out on Bolivia and the Greek-Americans capped their cheering with a celebration.The large gathering of Greeks beneath a huge Greek flag that billowed throughout the night behind the goal on the north side kept the rest of the crowd pumped up, and certainly made the Greek squad feel at home – they expressed their appreciation for the diaspora support as they walked off the field after the victory. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Report: Gladbach 0 Dortmund 1

first_imgBorussia Monchengladbach 0 Borussia Dortmund 1: Burki unbeatable as Reus returns to haunt Foals Iain Strachan Last updated 1 year ago 02:55 2/19/18 Borussia Dortmund - cropped Getty Images A Marco Reus stunner and Roman Burki’s heroics in goal helped Borussia Dortmund earn a narrow win at Borussia Monchengladbach. Borussia Dortmund were able to start Marco Reus, Mario Gotze and Andre Schurrle together for the first time in the Bundesliga on Sunday and were rewarded with a 1-0 victory at Borussia Monchengladbach, but it was goalkeeper Roman Burki who proved to be the hero for the visitors. Dortmund have enjoyed an upturn in form of late and extended their winning run to four matches in succession thanks to a stunning goal from Reus in the 32nd minute.The forward, having finally regained full fitness after suffering a torn cruciate knee ligament in May, partnered his fellow Germany stars in attacking midfield against his former team. 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 Reus starred for Gladbach between 2009 and 2012 before moving to Signal Iduna Park, and his brilliant effort would have come as no surprise to supporters of Die Fohlen.The hosts created more chances than Dortmund but found Burki in determined mood, and Dieter Hecking’s team have now gone four matches without hitting the back of the net in a slumped that has seen them drop to 10th.Dortmund, meanwhile, are up to second, with their campaign for Champions League qualification firmly back on track after replacing head coach Peter Bosz with Peter Stoger in December.26… 26 shots… We’re into cursed territory. The goals just won’t come and it’s another defeat #fohlenelf #BMGBVB 0-1 pic.twitter.com/GMKG2empMc— Gladbach (@borussia_en) February 18, 2018A terrible playing surface contributed to a scrappy first half hour at Borussia-Park, where Gladbach’s Lars Stindl had a shot saved by Burki in the 13th minute following a dangerous counter-attack.Burki received lengthy treatment nine minutes later after a heavy challenge from Raul Bobadilla, prompting Roman Weidenfeller to warm up, but the first-choice goalkeeper proved able to continue.Dortmund then took the lead with their first real chance in the 32nd minute.Reus, making only his second Bundesliga start since May, was found just inside the area by Schurrle and lifted a clever, eye-catching finish over goalkeeper Yann Sommer and in off the underside of the crossbar. World class finish from a world class player. Welcome back, #Reus pic.twitter.com/kiQVIOP3Vs— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) February 18, 2018The video assistant referee (VAR) system correctly denied Gladbach a goal when Jannik Vestergaard poked home in the 42nd minute, having been found by Bobadilla in an offside position following a free-kick. The hosts should have gone in level at the break, though, Thorgan Hazard cutting in from the left and gliding past three opponents only to fire wide of the far post with Burki beaten.Burki was called on again to deny Gladbach 10 minutes into the second half, stretching to stop Stindl’s strike and then smothering Bobadilla’s attempt to convert the rebound, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos hooking the ball clear following a deflection off the attacker. Nico Elvedi should have equalised in the 69th minute, the left-back heading straight at Burki when left unmarked from Hazard’s cross.And the Gladbach onslaught continued to no avail six minutes later, Bobadilla denied once more by the goalkeeper, who kept out a firm strike from the centre of the penalty area.  Hecking’s side were left to rue that catalogue of missed opportunities, as Dortmund survived a handball from Michy Batshuayi inside the area that went unseen by the referee to secure all three points in a tense finale. Key Opta stats:- Marco Reus, Andre Schurrle and Mario Gotze started for the first time in a competitive match for Borussia Dortmund.- Gotze played his 153th competitive match for Borussia Dortmund, levelling Matthias Sammer. – In his second Bundesliga appearance of the season Reus scored his first goal. Reus has scored in six of his last eight Bundesliga games.- Dortmund have won the last five Bundesliga games where Reus has been captain.- Peter Stoger is the first BVB manager to remain undefeated in his first eight Bundesliga games (five wins, thre draws). read morelast_img read more

Environmentalists Boycott Ship Carrying Radioactive Waste

first_imgzoom Environmentalist groups are urging Turkish authorities to prevent a ship, believed to be loaded with radioactive waste, from entering Turkish waters.Namely, Chevron-operated FPSO Kuito has left Angola recently and is approaching Aegean port of İzmir, where Aliaga shipyard is situated.The vessel is supposed to dock in Izmir’s Aliaga shipyard for dismantling.According to head of Chamber of Environment Engineers (ÇMO), Baran Bozoğlu, quoted by Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman, the ship contains intensively high radioactive materials and waste.Bozoğlu urged the authorities to stop the ship before it enters Turkish waters and examine it.He also raised concerns on whether the ship had actually been cleared to enter Turkish waters calling the relevant authorities to inform the public on the matter.The Turkish law prohibits entrance into the country’s national waters to vessels containing nuclear wastes, restricting them to 12 nm from shore.The FPSO Kuito is owned by Sonasing and operated by OPS, both JV companies between SBM Offshore and Sonangol.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

ONGC targets to double its oil gas production

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has set a target to double oil and gas output from its domestic and overseas fields and expand its refining capacity three-fold alongside diversification into renewables in a new vision document for 2040, its Chairman Shashi Shanker said. ONGC Energy Strategy 2040 envisions the company as “A diversified energy company with a strong contribution from non E&P business; 3x revenues and about 5-6x market capitalisation,” he said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe firm produced 24.23 million tonnes of crude oil in the 2018-19 fiscal year and 25.81 billion cubic metres (bcm) of natural gas from its domestic fields. Another 10.1 million tonnes of oil and 4.736 bcm of gas were produced from its overseas assets. It had a turnover of Rs 109,654 crore and a net profit of Rs 26,715 crore in the year ended March 31, 2019. As on August 16, it had a market capitalisation of Rs 164,458 crore. In the company’s latest annual report, Shanker said the ONGC board recently approved the business roadmap for the company and its other group entities — ‘ONGC Energy Strategy 2040’. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe ‘Energy Strategy 2040’ entails ONGC achieving “three times revenue distributed across exploration and production, refining, marketing and other businesses; four times current profit-after-tax (PAT), with 10 per cent contribution from non-oil and gas business; and 5-6 times current market capitalization,” he said. “The strategic roadmap envisions a future-ready organization whose growth is predicated on a few important planks: consolidation of our core upstream business (domestic and international); expansion into value accreting adjacencies in the oil and gas value chain (downstream and petrochemicals) and diversification into renewables (offshore wind) and select new frontier plays through dedicated venture fund,” it said. The document targets cumulative upstream output (local and overseas) almost doubling from current levels with 2 per cent and 5 per cent CAGR in domestic and international operations respectively. With two 35 million tonnes per annum of oil refining capacity vested in its two subsidiaries — HPCL and MRPL, ONGC is targeting to raise this capacity to around 90-100 million tonnes. Also, expansion is petrochemicals will be prioritised. Besides, ONGC plans to make investments in renewables energy sources with a target to create 5-10 gigawatts portfolio with a focus on offshore wind power. ONGC has been under pressure to reverse the falling output from its aging fields, where natural decline has set in. It is investing heavily to arrest the domestic fall while at the same time aggressively look for assets overseas. “The strategic roadmap also looks to create long term optionality through investor play (venture fund corpus of about $1 billion) in select frontier themes such as clean energy, artificial intelligence (AI) or reservoir/field services technology,” it said. In upstream oil and gas exploration and production (E&P), priority would be accorded to select difficult plays (high-pressure high temperature, ultra-deepwater) with high-prospectivity and low stretch from current core, development of in-house enhanced oil recovery solutions to maximize legacy production, exploration-focused technology partnerships, dedicated marginal fields unit as well as building decommissioning capabilities. Internationally, focus shifts to plays with volume in host regimes with a positive government-to-government relationship with India to secure stable energy long-term supplies, the annual report said. ONGC said there was significant room for deriving operational synergies between HPCL and MRPL through integrated crude sourcing, centralised trading, capability and infrastructure sharing. Expansion in petchem is based on the robust demand of outlook of 8-9 per cent CAGR for the country as well as ONGC’s significant presence in the market through its subsidiaries.last_img read more

BC Indigenous group anticipating RCMP action at antiLNG pipeline camp

first_imgSupporters of an Indigenous camp blocking access to a planned pipeline in northern British Columbia say they are anticipating RCMP action over an injunction filed against them.Jennifer Wickham, a member of the Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, says police have gathered in Smithers, B.C., and Houston, B.C., which are the closest towns to the Gidimt’en checkpoint.TransCanada has said it has signed agreements with all First Nations along the pipeline route to LNG Canada’s $40 billion liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, B.C.But Wickham says the company does not have the authority to build through Wet’suwet’en territory because the house chiefs, who are hereditary chiefs rather than elected band council leaders, have not given consent.On Dec. 14, the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs issued a statement saying they were deeply concerned by the National Energy Board’s decision denying their request to participate in a jurisdictional challenge to the permits issued to TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink pipeline project, which would cross Wet’suwet’en territories.The RCMP and TransCanada did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

USA scraps Iran oil sanction waivers on India, 7 others

first_imgWashington DC: In a move that could have implications on India’s energy security, US President Donald Trump on Monday decided not to grant sanctions exemptions to any oil customers of Iran, further squeezing Tehran’s top export commodity. “President Donald J. Trump has decided not to reissue Significant Reduction Exceptions (SREs) when they expire in early May. This decision is intended to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe US re-imposed sanctions on Iran last November, after President Trump pulled out of the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The US’ move which is seen as an escalation of President Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” on Iran comes after it last year gave temporary 180-days waiver to eight countries, including India, China, Turkey and Japan among others. As a result of this decision all countries including India would have to bring down its import of oil from Iran by May 2. Greece, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan have already heavily reduced their oil imports from Iran. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIran is India’s third-largest oil supplier behind Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Iran supplied 18.4 million tonnes of crude oil during April 2017 and January 2018 (first 10 months of 2017-18 fiscal). The US, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, three of the world’s great energy producers, along with its friends and allies, are committed to ensuring that global oil markets remain adequately supplied, Sanders said. “We have agreed to take timely action to assure that global demand is met as all Iranian oil is removed from the market,” she said. In a statement, Sanders said the Trump Administration and its allies are determined to sustain and expand the maximum economic pressure campaign against Iran to end the regime’s destabilising activity threatening the United States, its partners and allies, and security in the Middle East. “The President’s decision to eliminate all SREs follows the designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation, demonstrating the US’ commitment to disrupting Iran’s terror network and changing the regime’s malign behaviour. We welcome the support of our friends and allies for this effort,” Sanders said. China and India are currently the largest importers of Iranian oil. If they don’t go along with Trump’s demands, that could cause tensions in both bilateral relationships and spill over into other issues, like trade, the Washington Post reported.last_img read more

Congolese displaced by Ugandan rebels to receive UN aid

“This remote and increasingly unstable area poses immense logistical challenges for aid agencies due to the lack of roads or their poor condition,” Ron Redmond, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said, following renewed assaults in the north-east Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the past week. “We continue to work with local authorities and other agencies on finding ways of delivering assistance in these insecure and inaccessible areas,” Mr. Redmond added.The estimated number of people displaced since the attacks began last September now stands at 135,000, according to UNHCR. More than 560 Congolese people have been killed by the LRA, a Ugandan rebel group notorious for abducting children for troops and sex slaves, over the past four months, the agency said.The attacks have prompted condemnation from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council, which last week voiced its grave concern at the scale of the atrocities and emphasized that those responsible must be brought to justice.A UNHCR team in the town of Dungu, in Orientale Province, that itself was raided by the LRA in November, reported that the group on Saturday attacked the nearby town of Tora, killing residents, pillaging and burning homesteads. Some 15,000 people who fled Tora and neighbouring villages reached Dungu, which already hosts some 54,000 internally displaced persons (IDPS), over the weekend, arriving on motorbikes, bicycles and on foot, the team said.Carrying few possessions, the new arrivals have occupied public buildings, schools and empty houses. They told UNHCR many more people are on their way to Dungu, hiding or taking a break in the forests along the way.UNHCR said that this morning it would support the local Red Cross in starting rapid registration of the newly arrived population and identifying those in urgent need.The distribution of food and aid items such as plastic tarpaulins, blankets, sleeping mats and soap will start tomorrow in the village of Bamokandi, 17 kilometres north of Dungu, and eventually will cover the whole Dungu area.In other developments in the region today, Olusegun Obasanjo, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on the Great Lakes Region, met today in Kinshasa with DRC President Joseph Kabila, who briefed him on joint Congolese-Rwandan operations against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) rebel group, blamed for much of the violence in the eastern DRC, which are expected to last some weeks. Meanwhile, negotiations on lasting peace in the region continue under the facilitation of Special Envoy Obasanjo and former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa. 20 January 2009The flood of Congolese civilians fleeing raids by the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) are in dire need of food, shelter, medicines, clothes and other aid items, and United Nations’ relief will begin reaching them tomorrow despite immense logistical challenges, the Organization’s refugee agency said today. read more

President Sirisena and Maldives Presidentelect meet at BIA

President Maithripala Sirisena and the President-elect of the Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih met at the VIP Lounge of the Bandaranaike International Airport this morning (October 10).The brief meeting took place when the President returned after completing a state visit to Seychelles today. The Maldivian President elect was transiting via Colombo from Male to Singapore when he met President Sirisena. (Colombo Gazette)

Women diagnosed with breast cancer after 70 twice as likely to die

first_imgWomen diagnosed with breast cancer after the age of 70 are twice as likely to die from it, because they are being denied treatment, an international study has found.The major research on more than 200,000 breast cancer patients found mortality rates were far higher among older women – even though the disease was no more aggressive.Regardless of severity of disease, the women diagnosed over the age of 70 were twice as likely to die from it, the study found. “Outcomes for older patients are likely to be worse, as they are often less likely to be offered treatments such as chemotherapy on account of their age – a major issue that must be urgently addressed,” she said.Charities said too often doctors made assumptions about whether a patient was fit enough to receive treatment, based on their age, without giving them a proper examination.Baroness Morgan said: “It’s so important that assumptions aren’t made about a patient’s fitness to receive treatment; some older women are very fit and are able to tolerate intensive therapies and it’s imperative that a decision to treat must be made on their suitability, not their age.Last year a study of 1,000 elderly cancer patients found four in five believed they had fallen victim to age discrimination, with some saying they had been wrongly told they were too old for breast cancer screening, while others has been refused treatment.Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK said: “It is inexcusable that older people with breast cancer are not getting the most effective treatments and as a result have a much lower survival rate.“We know from our own research that access to cancer treatment drops off dramatically after the age of 75, even though a third of all cancers are diagnosed above this age. Older women need to be aware that developing breast cancer in later life is a real possibility and that with the right support,  treatments can be successful whatever your age.“There is a legal as well as a moral duty to treat every citizen equally when it comes to healthcare, based on their needs and circumstances, not their date of birth.” The new study examined survival rates for women of different ages, depending on disease severity. Among those with the least aggressive disease, five year breast cancer mortality was 0.3 per cent for those under the age of 70, rising to 1.3 for older women,Where severity was moderate, mortality rates were 1.2 per cent for under 70s, and 2.6 per cent for older women. And when disease was most severe, mortality of 4.1 per cent among younger women compared with that of 8.9 per cent among those over 70.Professor Arnie Purushotham, Cancer Research UK’s senior clinical adviser, said: “There are a number of reasons why older women with breast cancer have poorer survival, but it’s vital that we address these to ensure that women who could benefit from treatment receive it. “Many older women decide not to have treatment which causes side-effects, such as chemotherapy, or treatments may not be recommended because of other illnesses and conditions. As this research shows, we can now identify women who are most likely to benefit from chemotherapy based on the genetic makeup of their cancer and make treatment recommendations based on this important information.”Dr Steven Shak, lead author and chief scientific officer, Genomic Health said: “The results presented at ESMO reveal disparities in Oncotype DX testing use and patient outcomes, showing poor breast cancer specific survival in untested patients and in those with intermediate and high breast recurrence score results, contrary to the general perception that older women tend to have only low-risk disease.” At the same conference, trial results on a “game-changing” class of drugs – which harness the body’s immune system – were found to extend survival in some of the deadliest cancers.Forty per cent of patients with incurable kidney cancer saw a significant reduction in the size of their tumours, when given a combination of the drugs ipilimumab and nivolumab.Standard treatments achieve this in just five per cent of cases.  Research on 120,000 patients over the age of 70 shows a gulf in survival between different nations, with major differences in access to surgery and other treatment.For every three women in England who is diagnosed early, yet dies within five years, just one life is lost in Belgium.A previous study found that in some areas, no women over the age of 75 were being offered surgery for breast cancer, despite legislation which came into force in 2012 making it illegal to deny treatment on the basis of age.Baroness Delyth Morgan, chief executive at Breast Cancer Now, said: “These deeply concerning findings are, unfortunately, highly indicative of the wider picture for breast cancer in older women. One in ten patients who were expected to die from the disease had a “complete response” – meaning the tumour was totally eradicated.The findings will be presented to the same conference in Copenhagen, this week.Around 11,900 people are diagnosed with kidney cancer in the UK each year, with 12 people dying every day from this disease.Earlier this year, separate research on patients with head and neck cancer revealed a doubling in one-year survival among patients given nivolumab.After one year, 36 per cent of patients were alive, compared with 17 per cent of those not on the drugs.The class of drugs – called immunotherapy – were last year hailed as showing “spectacular” effects against skin cancer and lung disease, when results were presented in the United States.Earlier this year, a man riddled with 26 tumours, thought to be on the brink of death, was found to have been effectively cured by the therapies. Nivolumabcenter_img ‘It is inexcusable that older people with breast cancer are not getting the most effective treatments and as a result have a much lower survival rate’ Experts said the findings, which are about to be presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology conference, in Copenhagen, showed widespread discrimination against older patients.The research found chemotherapy levels were far lower among older women, when they were matched against younger patients with the same severity of disease.The study by Genomic Health, a company that has a test diagnosing which breast cancer patients are likely to suffer a recurrence of disease, and which are most likely to benefit from chemotherapy, found older women were less likely to be offered tests.The major study was carried out in the United States.But experts said the patterns reflected trends in Britain, amid warnings that age discrimination is cutting the lives of older women short.Last year a study found older women are three times as likely to die from breast cancer in England compared with other European nations. Immunotherapy drugs such as nivolumab have been hailed as a ‘game changer’ in treatment of cancer Credit:Bristol-Myers Squibb Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

AND Group and Satcom Global acquired by Broadband Satellite Services

first_imgBroadband Satellite Services (BSS), an investment company based in the northeast of England, has completed the acquisition of AND Group and the Satcom Global group of companies. Focused on the satellite communication and telecommunication markets, BSS acquired the two businesses as part of its growth strategy, to expand into all of the key vertical markets within the mobile satellite services sector. The merged group has a geographical footprint covering all of the core markets and revenues of over $100 million.“Combining the network assets of AND Group and Satcom Global fits perfectly within our strategic framework of strengthening our end-to-end solutions capabilities in key areas, and providing the best possible customer experience,” said Ian Robinson, Chief Executive Officer for the group.“Building on our existing technology platforms and extending our global reach will provide new opportunities for growth, innovation and expansion. Our customers will benefit from improved levels of service and reliability, as well as the expansion of our global data communication network, customer support and dedicated engineering resources. We are focused on creating innovative and differentiated services which present compelling value propositions to our customers, and deliver the opportunity to develop new revenue streams. The enlarged size of the group will also allow us to drive scale benefits and create a highly competitive cost structure.’’BSS is an investment company, wholly owned by Ian Robinson (Group CEO) and Robert Howes (Group CFO). Currently BSS owns and operates companies in five continents, focused on the provision of satellite communication and telecommunications solutions to customers in areas where other communications networks are unreliable or non-existent.BSS is strategically targeted at pursing growth in the satellite communications sector through acquisition, continuing to expand its current position as a leading provider of global mobile satellite communications.  BSS  says it “is focused on identifying and pursuing high growth communications opportunities within the satellite communications market, by identifying market needs and demands, applying sound investment strategies, progressive management thinking and operational excellence.“Founded in 1974 in North Shields, AND Group is an internationally recognised provider of communication and engineering services to the marine and offshore sectors. AND Group technologies specialists provide advice on satellite airtime and hardware solutions. It says “unique value added service platforms maximise the performance of satellite connections and exercise real time control over costs. “Established in 2001, Satcom Global is one of the world’s largest mobile satellite communications providers. With offices in the UK, USA, Asia and Australia and through progressive investments in infrastructure and technical resources, Satcom Global provides reliable satellite communications solutions for voice and data specific applications.last_img read more

ABB Ability™ energises and automates Africa with industryleading digital solutions

first_imgWith the commercial launch of more than 210 solutions and services in Johannesburg today, ABB says it is unlocking value for the African continent, enabling customers to take full benefit of accelerated growth helped by the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB Ability™ “creates powerful solutions and services that deliver opportunities to increase productivity and cut costs in countries that could leapfrog outmoded western models of industrialization and become true digital leaders.”“Africa has a historic opportunity to accelerate growth and development and realise its full potential with the emergence of new technologies,” said Chunyuan Gu, ABB’s President for the Region Asia, Middle East and Africa. “As a pioneering technology leader, serving utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure providers, ABB is the ideal partner to help customers in Africa realize the tremendous productivity and performance improvements that digitalization delivers.”Underlining Africa’s opportunities and ABB’s key role in unlocking value through for its customers through automation is the 40-percent rise in 2017 orders across all the divisions, sub-regions and channels.“Africa has the world’s most youthful population. This combined with improving economic fundamentals, the continent is ideally positioned to take advantage of new technologies,” said Leon Viljoen, Managing Director of ABB South Africa. “Training and preparing the next generation of engineers is pivotal for the continent. That is why ABB has joined forces with the Wits University in Johannesburg and why we have a number of other projects across the continent.”With ABB Ability™, businesses and entrepreneurs in Africa have the tools and the means to compete in global markets. By taking advantage of ABB Ability™, Africa will be able to build robust industries capable of competing with rivals in other parts of the globe.On the power side, renewables, high-voltage transmission technologies, digital grids and microgrids are extending access to electricity. The microgrids can be monitored and controlled remotely via an ABB Ability™ wireless network.Automation and robotics are driving productivity increases in the industry that help businesses to be competitive in regional and global markets, while digital technologies are providing access to those technologies and markets. The Mogalakwena platinum mine in the South-African province of Limpopo for example uses advanced remote diagnostic service (RDS) from ABB’s Center of Expertise in Zurich. ABB’s gearless mill drive, ring geared mill drive and HPGR solutions are also increasing grinding efficiency at various Anglo American Platinum sites in South Africa.New technologies are improving transport links both within Africa and with the rest of the world, as well as making transport and infrastructure more sustainable and efficient.ABB Ability™ works by gathering and analysing data from customers’ operations and then applying to that data, the knowledge and expertise gained from ABB’s vast global installed base of 70 million connected devices and 70,000 control systems.“With the resulting intelligence, ABB’s customers not only optimize their operations, they can use the insights to develop new business models, for instance by using digital technologies to overcome distance and operate across borders,” Chunyuan Gu said.last_img read more

8 reasons youre not a famous artist

first_imgSource: Flickr/Dominic’s Pics5. A working Pritt stickAny Pritt stick we were ever given in school was always ground down to a sticky nub by the time it reached us. And that sticky nub would be dragged with a great deal of optimism across your collage, only for it to fall to pieces moments later.Fall to pieces like your broken heart.Source: Flickr/Lou Reynolds6. GlitterGLITTER? Whose Irish Mammy was buying them glitter? As if. Sure wouldn’t it only ruin the carpet.Source: Flickr/Girlwparasol7. Endless lollipop sticksIt was only later in life that we realised lollipop sticks could be purchased in art supply shops and didn’t necessitate the eating of 100 Fat Frogs. Oh well.Source: Flickr/julietteculver8. A constant stream of empty packagingHow many tubs of margarine and boxes of cereal could Art Attack have expected us to get through? We were already saving them all up to bring them in for Art in school. IT JUST WASN’T FEASIBLE!Source: Flickr/Raja AzniDid you have all the PVA glue you wanted as a child? Share your troubles in the comments. Read: 9 dogs who are definitely eyeing you up>Read: 25 things that will make everyone Irish person feel ancient> THERE WAS NOTHING better than a bit of arts and crafts as a child.It was rivalled only by PE in school for top enjoyment. And we always wanted to play along with Art Attack or Saturday morning TV when they got crafty too.But unfortunately life is not always kind. The average Irish child didn’t have all the supplies when they were growing up. Here are some of the things that held you back from being a master artist back in the day.1. PVA glueThe art people on telly seemed to think we had rivers of PVA glue running fresh at the bottom of our back garden, or that it was coming out of the taps or something. Newsflash: NO ONE had PVA glue at home. It was the Holy Grail of arts and crafts.Source: Flickr/dumbledad2. ShoeboxesDidn’t these Art Attack people realise that we only got the one pair of shoes a year? OK, well maybe one pair of school shoes and one pair of runners. Still. IT WASN’T ENOUGH!Source: Flickr/piglicker3. Pipe cleanersA truly alien concept to most Irish kids growing up.This piece of craft was a hopelessly inachievable dream for many of us, utterly and cruelly bereft of pipe cleaners. Source: Flickr/smiteme4. Crepe paperFancy paper? Are you messing? It’s far from crepe paper most of us were reared.What even IS crepe paper, when you think about it? Creepy, quasi-corrugated, soft, breakable tissue paper. It’s not right.last_img read more

GAA considers silent sideline plan to stop parents shouting at children

first_imgYesNoDon’t know / Don’t careVoteThe GAA made the issue one of their priorities for the U14 Féile Peil na nÓg tournament which was hosted by Connacht counties last weekend.The GAA president and other officials visited schools and clubs in the build-up to the tournament, which featured U14 football clubs from all over the country, and made the appeal to parents and team officials.But despite the appeal there were incidents at the tournament of over-excited parents and team coaches roaring at children, although the competition passed without any major incidents.The finals took place at the Connacht GAA Centre at Bekan on Sunday when an estimated 10,000 watched the finals in various grades of a competition which featured over 2,000 children.“The message I gave before that Féile, I spoke to coaches, and before the Féile na Gael event when I visited schools and I visited clubs was that I wanted people to stop shouting at children.And we’re starting a major campaign on that and if we have to, we will play U6s and U8s in silence so people can’t shout at them.“The tournament was an outstanding success but there is always room for improvement and it is just not acceptable for adults to shout at children playing games,” added the GAA president, who was speaking in Galway where he launched the 100,000 Steps for Cormac, a charity event which will take place next month.The walk is being organised by former Galway All-Ireland winning captain Joe Connolly and aims to raise €100,000 for Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of suicide and self-harm.The walk will involve GAA personalities from all over the country and will commemorate his nephew Cormac Connolly, who died of an inoperable brain tumour three years ago at the age of 24.‘It’s falling down, but there’s something special about Páirc Uí Chaoimh’ — Pa Cronin Don’t know / Don’t care (164) Yes (1804) No (1266)center_img THE GAA IS considering having some underage games played in total silence in an effort to stop over-enthusiastic parents shouting at children.GAA president Liam O’Neill said that shouting at children, especially admonishing them, during games was unacceptable and lowered their self-esteem.Now he is considering having U6 and U8 games being played in silence in an effort to stamp out the practice.“I worry all the time about how people in 50 years’ time are going to view us in the GAA at the moment and what they are going to say about us and say look what they did in 2014 and I think we have to look into our hearts and examine what we’re doing.We put children out on the field sometimes, we feel it’s okay to shout at them, we lower their self-esteem and we don’t realise that when we shout at a child you’re actually too late because he or she has already made the mistake and you can’t do anything about it.“So we’re sending negative messages to the them and the appeal I have made to people is, not to do that, not to lower a child’s self-esteem because if you lower a child’s self-esteem by a derogatory remark, it takes 20 positive remarks to take the child’s self-esteem up to where he or she was before the comment was made,” he said.Do you feel that some underage GAA games should be played in silence? Poll Results:last_img read more

15m for CALD communities

first_imgThe Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) has welcomed the federal government’s announcement that it will inject $15 million into new measures, including establishing 100 community hubs to support migrant families nationwide. Having long advocated for extra support to help migrant families establish more quickly in Australia, ECCV chairperson Joe Caputo welcomed the move, saying that ECCV was pleased that $5m of the new money will be used to engage local coordinators to enhance social inclusion and improve connections to support services for migrant families. $4m will be spent on extending the Commonwealth’s Diversity and Social Cohesion program, $5m on infrastructure and $1m towards increasing resources for language translation services for government programs. “A diverse and multicultural Australia must be one where people of culturally diverse backgrounds participate and have access to the same government services and opportunities as all Australians,” said Mr Caputo. “Education and employment are a right, however if people do not have the language support and services catering to their needs, they are actually excluded from the pathways that would lead to positive outcomes in their career, family and social life.” The EECV chair also expressed his support for the extra investment in the government’s Diversity and Social Cohesion Program. “Research shows that social cohesion is fragile and can be easy damaged without the structures to support it. We are lucky in Victoria that our community is highly supportive of our diverse, multicultural community and recognises its value. “Governments need to be ready to support communities to settle so they can join all Australians in sharing the quality of life we are all so lucky to enjoy,” he said. A report by the government’s Joint Standing Committee on Migration tabled in parliament last month argued for the factoring-in of cultural and linguistic diversity into the government’s social inclusion agenda, and the need to ensure greater flexibility in English language training for new migrants. The report also criticised Job Services Australia, the government agency which supports job seekers. The committee said that JSA had to lift its game in delivering services to people of diverse backgrounds. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Vale Les Manning

first_imgBorn in Carlton and raised in Glenferrie, Leslie Howard Manning was the youngest of five children. The son of a Flinders Lane rag trader, Les was brought up by his mother Elsie after losing his father to illness when he was three years old. A student at Murrumbeena Primary School, at 14 he left school to help supplement the family’s income as the Great Depression took its toll, finding employment in local factories before working in his uncle’s Malvern bakehouse.As a youngster his greatest joy was to head to Punt Road to barrack for the Richmond Football Club and his love of ‘the Tigers’ would be a lifelong passion. In the late 1930s he married. For a time he and his wife Molly were employed as live-in domestic staff by the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, before their son Huan was born in 1938. On 14 October 1939, Les enlisted. He was 26. As one of the original volunteers of the second AIF, and a member of the 2/7th Infantry Battalion, in April 1940, he left Melbourne for the Middle East. The 2/7th went into battle for the first time in January 1941 as Britain took the attack to the Italians in the Western Desert and the battalion later saw action at Bardia and Tobruk. By mid-April 1941 Les was in Greece. The 2/7th had joined other Australian units as part of ‘Lustre Force’ – the Allies’ ultimately doomed campaign to defend Greece from invasion by Germany. Within days of their arrival, having been deployed to Thessaloniki, the 2/7th joined the Allied withdrawal as German forces pushed south. Les was evacuated from Kalamata on 27 April with most of his battalion on the transport Costa Rica. The ship, crammed with hundreds of troops, was bombed and sunk off Crete. Les and his fellow diggers were among those saved by accompanying destroyers. Originally en route to Alexandria in Egypt, they were taken to Crete to bolster the island’s defences.In anticipation of the island’s invasion, the 2/7th was deployed to defend the northern coast near Souda Bay. The invasion of Crete began on 20 May with German airborne forces quickly overrunning the island’s defenders in the west. As the battle unfolded, a counterattack involving the 2/7th on the outskirts of Chania 27 May momentarily halted the German advance. The ‘Battle of 42nd Street’ as it came to be known bought time for thousands of troops to begin crossing the White Mountains to the evacuation beach on Crete’s south coast. Having fought in the rearguard, Les’s battalion would be the last to reach the beach and were unable to escape.As the Germans rounded up the thousands of troops that remained at the evacuation point after the Allied surrender on 1 June, like many left behind, rather than throw in the towel, he headed into the hills with two mates, keen to avoid capture. After six days on the run, after an unsuccessful effort to commandeer a small boat, he was captured.So began four years of grim incarceration; first in the Skines POW camp on Crete, before being transported via Athens and Thessaloniki by train in overloaded cattle trucks to Stalag XIIIC, near Hammelburg in Bavaria. Made to work in nearby towns, the ‘lost years’ saw Les assigned to hard labour on farms, mines and railways, with infrequent Red Cross parcels offering the only glimpse of hope. Les’ POW camp was liberated by American forces in April 1945.Private Les Manning of the 2/7th Battalion c1940.Two months later Les returned to Melbourne to pick up the pieces of his life. He found employment – as a security guard in the Elizabeth Street office of the State Savings Bank of Victoria, but he also found his marriage was over, and estrangement from his son would follow.Les healed, and in 1953 he married again, to Alma Deering – the love of his life. With the money he had saved from his demobilisation, he purchased a plot of land in Bentleigh and built a home at 53 Richards Street. Son Gary was born in 1954 and a daughter, Lynda, followed two years later. In 1957, the same year as the birth of his second daughter Wendy, Les was offered the job of caretaker for the State Savings Bank, and by the late 1950s the family had moved to Malvern. After working for more than 30 years for what became the State Bank of Victoria, in retirement he played bowls, savoured the fortunes of his beloved Richmond Football Club, and was an active member of the 39ers Association. In 1989 he and Alma moved to the Wantirna Retirement Village in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.In recent years, as one of the dwindling number of Victorian veterans of the Battle of Crete, Les became an adopted and much-loved honorary member of Melbourne’s Cretan community and was a regular guest of honour at the Cretan Village at Wantirna. He described his connection with the Melbourne Greek community as one of the most precious experiences of his life.Remembered by his children and grandchildren as a modest, loving and supportive father and grandfather, with a unique and quirky sense of humour, the importance of family to Les was absolute. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.Les Manning died on 18 October at the age of 104 at Knox Private Hospital. He is survived by his wife Alma, children Gary, Lynda and Wendy, and six grand-children. He is also survived by his son Huan.Les’s funeral and memorial service will take place on Friday 10 November at Alison Monkhouse Funeral Home, cnr Burwood Highway and Stud Road, Wantirna at 2.00 pm. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Les édifices historiques reconstruits en 3D grâce à des drones

first_imgLes édifices historiques reconstruits en 3D grâce à des dronesUne technologie inédite a été développée par des ingénieurs pour reconstruire en trois dimensions des bâtiments et autres édifices historiques. Pour obtenir ces modèles à moindre coût, plus rapidement, et sans nécessiter d’intervention humaine, elle fait appel à des drones. Des ingénieurs de l’université de Grenade, en Espagne, ont développé une nouvelle technique permettant de scanner les édifices historiques et les reconstruire sous forme de modèles 3D. Comme l’explique le site Sciences et Avenir, elle allie trois technologies : la reconstruction 3D réalisée avec des photos, la représentation virtuelle, et le vol sans pilote de véhicules aériens.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette technique accumule les avantages. Elle automatise la modélisation, limite l’intervention humaine, et réduit le coût de la scanérisation par rapport aux autres méthodes jusqu’alors utilisées. Equipés de caméras stéréoscopiques et de lasers de mesure, les drones peuvent être très aisément dirigés et permettent de scanner un édifice en une poignée d’heures seulement.Désormais, les chercheurs à l’origine du projet entendent prouver la possibilité de faire appel à cette technique pour scanner et modéliser toutes sortes d’architectures, qu’il s’agisse de simples bâtiments ou de monuments, et même dans le secteur des travaux publics. Un large éventail d’application qui sera prochainement appuyé par les premières réalisations obtenues grâce à cette nouvelle technologie.Le 2 juin 2012 à 14:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

NASA Taps SpaceX Blue Origin to Boost Space Tech

first_imgStay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor NASA is preparing to land humans on the moon by 2024 and in order to advance lunar exploration technology, the federal agency is working with Blue Origin, SpaceX, and 11 other companies on key space-focused projects.On Tuesday, NASA announced that it selected 13 U.S. companies for 19 partnerships to take industry-developed space technologies to the next level and maintain U.S. leadership in space, said a NASA press release. The companies will work with NASA centers, which will provide support via expertise, facilities, hardware, and software at no extra cost. With these partnerships, NASA and these key industry players can expand the commercial space sector and introduce new capabilities that could assist future NASA missions, including those that will travel to the moon.“NASA’s proven experience and unique facilities are helping commercial companies mature their technologies at a competitive pace,” said Jim Reuter, associate administrator of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD), in the press release. “We’ve identified technology areas NASA needs for future missions, and these public-private partnerships will accelerate their development so we can implement them faster.”Companies were selected through NASA’s Announcement of Collaboration Opportunity (ACO), which was released in October 2018. According to NASA, these selections cover seven technology focus areas important to the U.S.’s moon and mars exploration approach: advanced communications, navigation and avionics, advanced materials, entry, descent, and landing, in-space manufacturing and assembly, power, propulsion, and other exploration technologies.Blue Origin, which was founded by Jeff Bezos, is participating in three of NASA’s partnerships, Space.com reported. The company will collaborate with the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama and NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia to build and test materials for potential use on lunar landers’ rocket engine nozzles. NASA officials also said Blue Origin will work with the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and the Johnson Space Center in Houston on two separate projects: One will involve maturing a fuel-cell power system for Blue Origin’s Blue Moon Lander, while the other will create a guidance and navigation system for precise moon landings.SpaceX will be involved in two of NASA’s partnerships focused on moon landing and transferring propellant in orbit. The company will collaborate with NASA’s Florida-based Kennedy Space Center to advance their technology to vertically land big rockets on the moon and advance models to assess how engine plume interacts with lunar regolith. SpaceX will also work with Glenn and Marshall Space Flight Center on technology innovations required to transfer propellant in orbit, which is critical in the development of SpaceX’s Starship space vehicle.Other companies that are partnering with NASA include Advanced Space of Boulder, Colorado, Aerogel Technologies of Boston, Aerojet Rocketdyne of Canoga Park, California, Anasphere of Bozeman, Montana, Bally Ribbon Mills of Bally, Pennsylvania, Colorado Power Electronics Inc. of Fort Collins, Colorado, Lockheed Martin of Littleton, Colorado, Maxar Technologies of Palo Alto, California, Sierra Nevada Corporation of Sparks, Nevada, Spirit AeroSystem Inc. of Wichita, Kansas, and Vulcan Wireless of Carlsbad, California.Watch: Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic To Go PublicMore on Geek.com:NASA Spacecraft Ready for Artemis 1 Lunar MissionNASA Plans to Test New Lightweight X-Ray Mirrors in SpaceNASA’s Planet Hunter TESS Discovers Three New Worldslast_img read more

Sad news for some Redmi users as Xiaomi ends support What it

first_imgOne of the biggest strengths of Xiaomi is its continued support for ageing smartphones. The company has updated phones dating back five years old with the latest MIUI software. But it looks like Xiaomi has made a decision that won’t make many users happy.Owners of some older Redmi smartphones won’t be receiving future MIUI updates or any Global Beta, which puts an end to the software support once and for all. The announcement was made on the Mi Community forum, affecting users all across the globe including India.The affected Redmi models that won’t be receiving any future software updates from Xiaomi are:Xiaomi Redmi Note 4Xiaomi Redmi 3SXiaomi Redmi 3XXiaomi Redmi 4Xiaomi Redmi 4AXiaomi Redmi Note 3Xiaomi Redmi Pro Is Redmi Note 7 the new-age Nokia 3310? Closecenter_img Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 won’t receive future software updatesXiaomiIt’s worth noting that the Mi Community Admin who made the announcement on Indian board said the normal upgrade for other devices won’t be affected for the time being. This hints that Xiaomi might end support for other ageing Redmi phones soon, but for now, it has limited end of support towards the aforementioned seven models.What this also means is that all variants of Redmi Note 4 and other Redmi phones in the list won’t get rid of the ads in the interface. Xiaomi is said to eliminate them in MIUI 11 and the latest announcement doesn’t favour the seven Redmi phones the company launched years ago. Xiaomi Redmi 4 also won’t receive future MIUI updatesMi websiteOn the bright side, Redmi phones mentioned in the list will continue to receive normal security updates. But don’t hold on to these phones for long as the company might decide to end that support as well. The best way to stay up-to-date with the latest MIUI software is to upgrade to a newer phone and there are plenty of options from Redmi, such as Redmi Note 7-series and the upcoming Redmi 7.As for those who do not worry too much about the software updates or security updates, the phones won’t stop working. Users will still be able to use all the existing features in the phones even after the software support has been terminated.last_img read more

Snag These Premium Bang Olufsen Headphones for Nearly Half Off

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. May 19, 2019 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. 1 min read If you’re still buying cheap wired headphones from the drugstore, then it’s time to upgrade. Audio quality has improved by leaps and bounds over the last few years, and Bluetooth headphones are quickly becoming the norm. Bang & Olufsen’s H4 Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones are a high-end replacement for your frayed wired headphones.The H4 Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones are designed to look, feel and sound amazing. Plus leather cups envelop your ears in rich, natural sound. They last 19 hours on a single charge, so you can catch up on an audio book during your commute, open your favorite playlist during your lunch break and listen to podcasts on the way home without missing a beat.These premium headphones also come with built-in controls for pairing to devices, switching songs and answering calls. They’re so comfortable and convenient, you’ll never want to take them off.Usually, Bang & Olufsen’s H4 Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones would set you back $299, but right now you can grab a pair for only $153 (49% off) with this limited time coupon code: WEEKEND15.  Register Now »last_img read more