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Ajax will offer true test in Europa League final, says Daley BlindAjax will offer true test in Europa League final, says Daley Blind

first_imgManchester United must not underestimate Ajax Amsterdam in the Europa League final on Wednesday, defender Daley Blind has said.United finished sixth in the Premier League, 24 points behind champions Chelsea, while Ajax finished second in the Dutch league, one point behind champions Feyenoord.”They fought to be in the final and they are there for a reason,” he says. “When you reach a final you absolutely cannot afford to underestimate your opponents.”They came second in their league by a point, we missed out on the top four…Right now there is only one game that counts, and that is the final.”Blind won four consecutive Dutch titles with Ajax before moving to United in 2014 while his father, Danny, also played for and managed the club.”Everybody knows I support Ajax, I am from Amsterdam and I played there since I was seven, but now I am at United I am a Red and I want to win this final more than anything in the world,” the 27-year-old said.Blind was rested on Sunday as United beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in their final league game of the season.last_img read more

Pakistan’s hockey World Cup participation in doubt after PCB denies financial aidPakistan’s hockey World Cup participation in doubt after PCB denies financial aid

first_imgPakistan Hockey Federation suffered a massive blow ahead of the World Cup in India later this month after country’s cricket body, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), denied to provide loan.PHF had requested for financial aid to clear the outstanding dues of the players and send the national hockey team to the World Cup in Bhubaneswar starting November 28.Pakistan, who are placed in Pool D along with Germany, the Netherlands and Malaysia, start their campaign against Germany on December 1.Pakistan’s new head coach Tauqir Dar and manager Hasan Sardar confirmed they had spoken to the PCB chairman Ehsan Mani and requested him to provide a loan to cover the expenses for the World Cup.”He was scheduled to meet us on Thursday but due to some urgent issues he spoke to us on phone. He made it clear that the PCB couldn’t advance any loan to the PHF since the federation had not returned a loan given to them by the board during the tenure of Lt General (retd) Tauqir Zia in early 2000,” said Dar.Dar said that Mani had minced no words in stating that due to the old loan it was not possible for the board to give a new loan since it had to answer to its financial advisors and auditors.”Mani sahab has, however, assured us he will speak to the government and sponsors to help us overcome our financial crunch,” Dar added.PHF secretary, Shahbaz Ahmed, also told PTI that the national team’s participation in the World Cup was in acute danger since the government was yet to respond to repeated requests from the PHF to release a grant of 8 million Pakistani rupees.advertisement”We have now written directly to the Prime Minister’s secretariat for the grant to be released this week or else it would be very difficult for us to send the team to India,” he said.”If we are not able to send the team to India it will not only damage our image in world hockey but we will also face a hefty fine from the FIH,” Shahbaz added.Dar said that they had told Mani to talk to the Prime Minister and if the government wanted they could directly pay the hotel where the Pakistan team will stay for the World Cup and also credit outstanding dues of the players in their individual accounts instead of giving any money to the PHF.Players have yet to get their daily allowance for the Asian Champions Trophy and the camp set up prior to the tournament last month in Karachi.To ensure it got visas on time from the Indian High Commission, the PHF has even applied for visas well in advance to avoid any issues later on as two years ago, the national junior team couldn’t travel to India for the Junior World Cup for lack of visa.The camp for the World Cup kicked off in Lahore from Wednesday with Dar taking charge as the new head coach and Danish Kaleem as his assistant. Hasan Sardar continues to be the manager and Rehan Butt is assistant.The World Cup is scheduled in Bhubaneswar from November 28 to December 16.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Education Minister Wants Infant Department in Every Primary SchoolEducation Minister Wants Infant Department in Every Primary School

first_img “This is the kind of standard that we are promoting. I’m very happy to see this particular environment well used. The facility looks very conducive to our precious infants, and I know that good work is being done here. This is the kind of environment we are trying to promote within our public schools,” the Minister said. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says he intends to establish an Infant Department at each primary school that is currently operating without one. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says he intends to establish an Infant Department at each primary school that is currently operating without one.Speaking with JIS News during a visit to Jack’s Hill Primary School in St. Andrew on Monday (January 15), Senator Reid said it is imperative for all primary schools to have an Infant Department attached, and to ensure that it is operating based on the 12 operating standards outlined by the Early Childhood Commission.He said the Infant Department at Jack’s Hill Primary School is a good example of what he hopes to see being operated at each primary school.“This is the kind of standard that we are promoting. I’m very happy to see this particular environment well used. The facility looks very conducive to our precious infants, and I know that good work is being done here. This is the kind of environment we are trying to promote within our public schools,” the Minister said.“The Early Childhood Commission has been pushing this with 12 standards (staffing, developmental/educational programmes, interactions and relationships with children, physical environment, indoor and outdoor equipment, health, nutrition, safety, child rights, interactions with parents and community members, administration and finance), so when we look at the facilities for infant schools, they are now similar to private institutions,” he told JIS News.Senator Reid said the Ministry has started renovating some Infant Departments at primary schools across Jamaica as well as implementing some.“We are using money from the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund to help establish these Infant Departments,” he said.The purpose of the Minister’s visit was to announce that the Ministry has approved $10 million in the next financial year, to pave a roadway leading to the school and to construct a perimeter fence. He said the Infant Department at Jack’s Hill Primary School is a good example of what he hopes to see being operated at each primary school. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Parents Urged to Start Saving Early for Children’s Tertiary EducationParents Urged to Start Saving Early for Children’s Tertiary Education

first_img Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, is urging parents and guardians to start saving early for their children’s tertiary education. “It shows that you believe that they are going to make it to college and if you believe it, they will believe it. It doesn’t matter how little you are saving; if you put down a little bit and say ‘this is your college fund, so this means you are going to college,’ they will make it happen,” he said. Minister Green was speaking at the Public Sector Employees Co-operative Credit Union’s 14th Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) awards ceremony at the St. Stephen’s United Church, Cross Roads, Kingston, on Wednesday (Aug. 15) Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, is urging parents and guardians to start saving early for their children’s tertiary education.“It shows that you believe that they are going to make it to college and if you believe it, they will believe it. It doesn’t matter how little you are saving; if you put down a little bit and say ‘this is your college fund, so this means you are going to college,’ they will make it happen,” he said.Minister Green was speaking at the Public Sector Employees Co-operative Credit Union’s 14th Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) awards ceremony at the St. Stephen’s United Church, Cross Roads, Kingston, on Wednesday (Aug. 15)He said saving for tertiary education is an important investment that will enable children to realise their career aspirations in the 21st century job market.“Secondary school is not enough, the jobs that they used to get when they leave secondary school, by the time they are finished with high school, a lot of (those jobs) don’t exist,” he argued.The State Minister further stressed the need for parents to be involved in their children’s school life.“Do you pay attention to what your child is doing in school? Do you ask them about their homework? Do you ensure that it is done?” he questioned.State Minister Green commended the GSAT award recipients and implored them as they go on to high school, to surround themselves with positive people, who mean them well, find their passion and take pride in themselves.A total of 74 students received education grants totalling $1 million from the Public Sector Employees Co-operative Credit Union.The entity’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Tamara Maxwell-Green, said that since 2004, more than 600 students have benefited from financial assistance valued at $12.6 million.She congratulated the students on their achievement, adding that the credit union strongly believes in supporting the youth and investing in their education.“We offer financial literacy programmes to help students and parents get a firm grasp on all the various financial weights that come with education. Our goal is to help you make the right decisions for your children’s future from both a financial and education perspective,” she said.The credit union’s GSAT awards provide support to members’ children to meet some of the cost of their secondary schooling. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Premiers Mission to FrancePremiers Mission to France

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil is traveling to France to promote trade and investment, and to lay a wreath at the Juno Beach Canadian Memorial, next week, Nov. 13-19. “It’s important to continue to build on our relationship with businesses in France, so we can strengthen our trading partnerships and encourage investment in Nova Scotia,” said Premier McNeil. “Improving our economy will create more jobs and opportunities for Nova Scotians.” Premier McNeil will meet with government officials and businesses in the defense, aerospace, manufacturing, digital media, food and hospitality, and security sectors. One of the companies Premier McNeil will visit is Michelin’s head office. “As our province’s largest private manufacturer, Michelin is an extremely important part of our economy and gives our province a competitive advantage,” said Premier McNeil. “We support Michelin and want to see them continue to grow in Nova Scotia.” On Nov. 17, the premier will travel to Juno Beach to pay respects to and remember Nova Scotia soldiers and their sacrifice. “I am both humbled and honoured to be able to lay a wreath at the Juno Beach Canadian Memorial on behalf of Nova Scotians,” said Premier McNeil. “This memorial acknowledges the brave Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of the very freedoms that we as Canadians often take for granted.” Nova Scotia exported more than $90 million worth of products to France in 2016. The primary exports were seafood and aircraft parts.last_img read more

Dr Oz To Host SAMHSAs 2016 Voice Awards In Los AngelesDr Oz To Host SAMHSAs 2016 Voice Awards In Los Angeles

first_imgDr. Mehmet Oz of “The Dr. Oz Show” will host the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) 2016 Voice Awards — a program that recognizes those in the television and film industry and community leaders who work to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders.This year’s event, to be held on August 10 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, will highlight the theme “Strengthening Families through Hope and Help,” and spotlight the positive impact family members have on their loved one’s path to recovery.The 2016 Voice Awards will recognize actors Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard with a SAMHSA Special Recognition Award. The couple are known for their considerable efforts to raise awareness about mental health and addiction, support of each other on their respective journeys of recovery, and commitment to helping behavioral health community organizations. Filmmakers Rob Reiner and his son Nick Reiner will also receive a SAMHSA Special Recognition Award for sharing their personal and difficult family story about supporting Nick on his path to recovery from addiction. Their real-life inspired film, “Being Charlie,” is a Voice Award finalist this year as well. In addition, Yashi Brown, Rebbie Jackson, and Stacy Brown will receive a SAMHSA Special Recognition Award for sharing their personal stories of recovery and speaking out about the importance of family support for those living with mental illness and addiction.Consumer/peer/family leaders who have embraced and promoted the role of meaningful family support in all aspects of prevention, treatment, and recovery also will be honored. The Staglin family in Rutherford, CA, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for their extraordinary contributions to mental health research, and for raising awareness about mental health in their community and nationally. Consumer/Peer/Family Leadership Awards will be presented to Sheldon Hill (Detroit, MI), Tiffany Hunsley (Rochester, MN), Julie Magers (Tigard, OR), Ted Streuli (Edmond, OK), and Sally Zinman (Berkeley, CA). The Young Adult Leadership Award will be presented to Joshua Calarino (Miami, FL).The Voice Awards also will recognize writers and producers who feature responsible and respectful portrayals of people with behavioral health conditions in their films and television shows, and highlight the powerful role family support can play for recovery. This year’s finalists include Being Charlie; The Dark Horse; Love & Mercy; Touched with Fire; “Blue Bloods” (CBS); “The Carmichael Show” (NBC); “Empire” (FOX); “Madam Secretary” (CBS); “Mom” (CBS); and “Nashville” (ABC/CMT).Find out more about the event here.last_img read more

MPs continue to put pressure on Nunavut MP Leona AglukkaqMPs continue to put pressure on Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal environment minister has been in the hot seat for days over the Nutrition North program.The criticism continued Thursday in the House of Commons.The time MPs were going after Leona Aglukkaq’s record on the environment.Then they circled back to Nutrition North.APTN’s Annette Francis explains it’s not the first time controversy hounded Aglukkaq.last_img

Alberta premier ready to talk but wants action at Trans Mountain meetingAlberta premier ready to talk but wants action at Trans Mountain meeting

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she will attend a meeting about the Trans Mountain pipeline in good faith and with an open mind, but the bottom line is the expansion project must get built without delay.Notley also says she will bring in legislation next week that would allow her to curtail oil shipments to British Columbia – regardless of the outcome of her Sunday meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan.Such action is expected to cause gas prices and other costs to spike in B.C.Trudeau has called the meeting for Ottawa amid increasing public pressure to resolve the impasse over Kinder Morgan’s pipeline from Edmonton to the port at Burnaby, B.C.The $7.4-billion expansion would triple the amount of oil headed to the coast, which Notley says is critical to ease transportation bottlenecks that are causing Canadian heavy oil to sell at a deep discount.The project already has federal approval, but Kinder Morgan says delay tactics and court challenges by B.C. have put the financial viability of it in jeopardy.last_img read more

Twelve People Killed in Venezuela in Overnight ViolenceTwelve People Killed in Venezuela in Overnight Violence

Rabat – Twelve people have been killed following looting and violence in Venezuela’s capital amid a spiralling political crisis, authorities said Friday.Most of the deaths took place in El Valle, a working class district near Caracas’ biggest military base where opposition leaders say 13 people were hit with an electrical current while trying to loot a bakery protected by an electric fence.The Public Ministry said the violence left 11 people dead in El Valle, all men between the ages of 17 and 45. Another death was reported east of Caracas in El Sucre. Six others were injured.The violence comes at the end of two days of protests against the President Maduro’s socialist government.

Open Text shares rise on revenue increase but report says firm facesOpen Text shares rise on revenue increase but report says firm faces

TORONTO — Shares in software company Open Text Corp. rose almost 10% Friday after the company reported a fourth-quarter profit of US$8-million and 7% increase in revenue.The jump in the stock price came even as Scotiabank analyst Paul Steep said the stock may be challenged in the short term as the company implements operational changes.Steep said he expects the company to focus on growing its North American sales and integrating its new acquisition, EasyLink Services International Corp.Open Text signed a deal to buy the U.S. company in May for about US$310-million, including debt.[np-related]During the quarter, the company made changes to its senior management team and reorganized its North American sales force, said Steep.“Our view is that Open Text has undertaken a significant reorganization of its operations and that it will be a multi-quarter process before seeing significant returns from the planned additions to its sales organization,” said Steep in a report.“We believe the focus will now shift to the integration of EasyLink’s operations.”The company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, reported a fourth-quarter profit of 14 cents per diluted share on Thursday, down from $28.6-million or 49 cents per diluted share a year ago.Revenue totalled $305.6-million, up from $285.5-million.For the company’s full financial year, Open Text reported a profit of $125.2-million or $2.13 per diluted share on $1.2-billion in revenue. That compared with a profit of $123.2-million or $2.11 per diluted share on $1.03-billion in revenue in the prior year.Open Text sells software used by companies to manage their electronic documents.Scotiabank revised its sales estimates for the first quarter of the company’s 2013 financial year to $325-million, from $321-million.Earnings are predicted to be $88-million, or an adjusted $1.17 per fully diluted share, revised from $86-million, or $1.14 per share.For the full fiscal year of 2013, Scotiabank anticipates the company will report a profit of $390-million, or an adjusted $5.21 per fully diluted share, on $1.4 billion in revenue.“Our updated estimates mainly reflect a soft corporate IT spending environment, and our view that the firm’s sales force reorganization will be a multi-quarter process,” said Steep.Open Text rose $4.87 to $53.93 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Friday. read more

The Latest Stocks edge higher ahead of Powell speechThe Latest Stocks edge higher ahead of Powell speech

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming (all times local):7:20 a.m.Global stock markets are up ahead of a closely watched speech by the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman.Market benchmarks in London, Frankfurt, Shanghai and Tokyo are all higher on Friday. Futures for the Dow and the S&P 500 are up 0.2% and 0.3%, respectively.Investors are looking to Jerome Powell’s speech Friday for signs of direction on interest rates after two regional Fed presidents said they see no need for a change.Investors expect a cut in September, the Fed’s second in three months, to shore up U.S. economic growth amid a tariff war with Beijing and weakening global growth.“Markets seem very clearly positioned for some very dovish guidance from Mr. Powell,” Jeffrey Halley of Oanda said in a report. “It is a dangerous assumption to make.”___12:05 a.m.Against the backdrop of a vulnerable economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell takes centre stage Friday with the financial world seeking clarity on whether last month’s first Fed rate cut in a decade likely marked the start of a period of easier credit.The confusion has only heightened in the days leading to the annual gathering of global central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, at which Powell will give the keynote address.Investors are looking for a clearer signal from Powell that he and other members of the Fed’s interest rate committee support further rate cuts to counter a slowing global economy and calm turbulent markets.The Associated Press read more

South Sudan amid intensifying crisis UN and European Union mobilize 275 millionSouth Sudan amid intensifying crisis UN and European Union mobilize 275 million

The pledges were made during a high-level conference in Geneva organised by the European Union (EU) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on the humanitarian situation in the world’s youngest country.According to OCHA, the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan has deteriorated relentlessly since violence broke out at the end of 2013. More than 2 million people have been internally displaced and are vulnerable to attack, gender-based violence and forced recruitment to armed groups. An estimated 4.6 million people are facing severe food insecurity and the start of the rainy season is increasing people’s risk of water-borne diseases and malaria.“We must fund the aid effort adequately and enable humanitarian workers to provide basic services – food, water, shelter and healthcare – to people in the most difficult-to-reach locations,” said UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien. “It is vital to send a message of solidarity and hope to South Sudan.”The conflict has triggered the flight of more than half a million refugees into neighbouring Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda. More than 17,000 children have crossed borders, being separated from their families.In remarks ahead of the event, Mr. O’Brien, who is also the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said that over the past month, the fighting has intensified [in the country] and there have been “completely unacceptable” attacks on UN bases where more than 140,000 people are sheltering.Moreover, he said that eyewitness accounts and satellite images show that the parties to the conflict are “destroying” communities in parts of Greater Upper Nile state, he reported. Civilians have been terrorized and forced to flee for their lives. Villages have been razed; health facilities have been destroyed; livestock has been stolen; food has been taken and burned.“We now have more new South Sudanese refugees than when the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed after decades of civil war,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. “The neighbouring countries are severely impacted by this massive outflow, and humanitarian agencies lack the resources to address the enormous and growing needs. With a refugee population that is comprised of 70 per cent children, there is an even more urgent need to step up funding and address the most basic requirements for their protection,” he explained.For his part, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides said the pledges at today’s conference show that the world has not forgotten the people of South Sudan. We are committed to alleviating their suffering. “I witnessed this unfolding disaster first-hand just a few weeks ago. I also saw the admirable work done by humanitarian workers,” he said, adding: “Our first priority is to save lives; but this is a man-made crisis which cannot be solved by humanitarian aid alone. A political solution is urgently needed. I call on those fighting to stop the plight imposed on their people and give full protection and access to humanitarian workers.” read more

These Cavs Could Be LeBrons Best Supporting Cast EverThese Cavs Could Be LeBrons Best Supporting Cast Ever

As we wrote Thursday, the 2014-15 Cleveland Cavaliers figure to be a very good basketball team after acquiring Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a trade this week. That move came on top of the offseason’s biggest coup — persuading LeBron James to return to Ohio after a four-season stint in Miami — and it gives the Cavs two of the top six or so players in the NBA. According to our calculations, Cleveland has the talent to rattle off more than 60 wins next season.James is no stranger to helping rack up big win totals. His teams have won 60 or more games in a season three times in his 12-year NBA career, and 50 or more games eight times (pro-rating the 2011-12 Heat’s 46 wins in 66 games up to 57.2 wins in the NBA’s usual 82-game schedule). But, provided they stay relatively healthy next year, James’s new Cleveland teammates could supply him with the best supporting cast he’s ever had.We can measure the contributions of James’s teammates by looking at how well a statistic like Real Plus/Minus (RPM) or Statistical Plus/Minus (SPM) would predict they’d play if his team replaced him with an average player. For example, RPM calls for the 2014-15 Cavaliers to produce a +9.6 efficiency differential, or the gap between offensive efficiency and defensive efficiency (and a predictor of future success). James is projected for a +9.1 RPM while playing 72.9 percent of the team’s available minutes. Given his performance and playing time, his teammates would need +0.7 RPM apiece for the team’s overall differential to add up to 9.6. This implies that a team composed of James’s Cavs teammates — plus an average player (with a rating of 0.0) taking up James’s 72.9 percent of available minutes — would instead have a differential of +2.9.We can calculate this for each of James’s teams, using both SPM and RPM, to find the most talented supporting casts he’s played alongside:If we use our earlier projected distribution of minutes played, then the 2014-15 Cavaliers will easily feature the best supporting cast James has ever lined up with. However, as we noted earlier, there are a few reasons to think James’s new teammates might be closer to the pack.First, injuries could matter quite a bit for this group. Kyrie Irving and Love combined for 148 games played last season but were limited to 67 the year before. Using Houston Rockets analyst Ed Kupfer’s rule of thumb that players should be penalized one game for each six missed last season and one for each 20 missed two years before (from a baseline forecast of 76 games played), the Cavs would project to give 2,125 minutes to players unaccounted for on our roster projection. If those replacement-level players performed at a level of -2.0 points per 100 possessions, then the 2014-15 Cavs’ supporting cast would produce an RPM differential of +1.4 without James, which would be only marginally ahead of that provided by James’s teammates on the 2013-14 Heat.There’s also the issue of growing pains — and diminishing returns — when a new roster comes together. Love might be a perfect fit with James and the Cavs, but players joining unfamiliar teams tend to perform worse than their plus/minus ratings would predict. This could especially be true because of the adjustment that will be required of Love, who used 28.6 percent of the Timberwolves’ possessions while on the floor last season. He’ll be joining forces with James (31.0 percent of possessions used with the Heat), plus Kyrie Irving (28.1 percent) and Dion Waiters (25.8 percent). Following in the footsteps of the 2010-11 Heat, next year’s Cleveland squad will probably blow away records for possession-users coming together on a team. However, it’s not always easy to predict how much of a difference there will be between the sum of a team’s parts and its actual performance.Even so, the Cavaliers are considered the favorites to win next year’s NBA championship. A lot of that is due to James’s return, but it doesn’t hurt that he’ll play with the most gifted set of teammates he’s ever had. read more

Optimising drill and blast operations with Oricas next generation Blastiq™Optimising drill and blast operations with Oricas next generation Blastiq™

first_imgOrica has released its next generation BlastIQ digital blast optimisation platform. This latest version is designed to optimise blasting outcomes by integrating data and insights from digitally connected technologies across the drill and blast process. Solutions enabled by BlastIQ can deliver predictable and sustainable improvements that should reduce the overall cost of drill and blast operations, improve productivity and safety, and facilitate regulatory compliance.Orica Chief Commercial Officer, Angus Melbourne, describes how Orica’s digital technologies are helping customers, saying: “The downstream impact of variable and poorly controlled blast outcomes today can impact as much as 80% of the total mine processing costs, this presents a significant opportunity for the industry. The new BlastIQ Platform enhances blast performance and outcomes for customers by seamlessly connecting data under a single platform. Soon the platform will link geoscientific, blast modelling and design data with measured field operations data, optimised blast delivery and advanced learning for continuous improvement.“Orica wants to transform how drill and blast unlocks mining value for our customers, utilising digital and automated technologies to create safer, predictable and more productive blast outcomes – BlastIQ enables us to collaborate with customers to realise this transformation.“Building on more than 140 years of experience and innovation in blasting, we have enhanced our ability to deliver value for our customers by adding worldclass digital expertise and solutions to our existing suite of market-leading products and services. We believe Orica is uniquely positioned to unlock the value that digitally enabled blasting can deliver.”The suite of enhanced technologies in the next generation BlastIQ allows managers and engineers to make better decisions and increase control of blasting outcomes across mining and quarrying operations.The information management component of the platform provides a secure, centralised online location for users to collate and collaborate on data from across the drill and blast process. This accelerates planning, analysis and auditing of blast data to satisfy regulatory requirements.Optimised blast designs are developed using Orica’s market-leading SHOTPlus™ 3D design and modelling software. Evolved over 30 years, the advanced design tool has proven capability to manage both simple and complex blast designs and initiation sequences.Orica Global Digital Product Manager, Angelo Labriola details the key benefits of the new digital platform, saying: “Our SHOTPlus design tool improves productivity by integrating seamlessly with the BlastIQ Platform. This allows blast loading instructions and rules to be communicated in near real-time to field operations, ensuring the right explosive type and quantity is used in the right place and subsequently initiated at the right time, every time.“Improved in-field blast quality control and assurance is achieved using the new BlastIQ Mobile device, enabling the efficient capture of auditable data direct from the bench. Blasthole condition data is captured with the BlastIQ Mobile device in near real-time, allowing data to be shared between operations and engineering personnel from anywhere on-site, at any time, empowering rapid decision making and improved operational efficiencies.”The complete Blast Control Solution, enabled by the BlastIQ Platform, offers a complete integration between the explosives delivery control system, blast design and quality management systems, Labriola explains:“In a world-first, accuracy and efficiency of explosives delivery is significantly enhanced through the new BlastIQ enabled delivery system, with loading and delivery to design now fully integrated. Orica’s Mobile Manufacturing Unit (MMU™) delivery systems, in particular the recently released Bulkmaster™ 7 unit, can be integrated into BlastIQ to wirelessly receive blast designs updated with near real-time blasthole quality data, while on bench.“Using this data, Orica’s connected, smart delivery systems load the correct explosive type and quantity according to the original design, adjusted based on blasthole condition measurement data and the automated application of a defined set of rules managed by the drill and blast engineer. This unique, direct integration with the delivery control system automates process control, thereby eliminating errors in manual product selection, process control and incorrect logging of loading actuals, as well as importantly reducing overall explosives loading times.”Where a BlastIQ enabled delivery system is not available, a BlastIQ Mobile device can be used to capture and record as-loaded data during the delivery process. The system still updates instruction to the delivery system operator based on updated processing of design and in-field blasthole condition measurement that precedes loading.“The powerful new insights and analytics engine incorporated into the BlastIQ Platform presents near real-time, hole by hole, blast-related data visually to the multiple users across the drill and blast process. Delivering the necessary insights and analytics helps the drill and blast team to easily monitor and manage key blasting KPIs, providing them an essential tool to optimise blasting outcomes,” Labriola concludes.In addition to the new technologies, functionality and enhanced user experience in the next generation BlastIQ Platform, a comprehensive training, support and Customer Success Program has been introduced. The program is aimed at tailoring each BlastIQ implementation specific to a customer’s needs, increasing the speed of implementation and importantly, maximising customer’s ability to realise productivity, cost reduction and regulatory compliance benefits.The new platform has been integrated into several operations around the world, with customers already seeing the benefits and reaping rewards. Integrated easily into existing operational systems and processes, the BlastIQ Blast Control solution is significantly improving blast quality control through autonomous and seamless data transfer and insights, resulting in the elimination of rework, and the reduction of excess drilling and explosives consumption.In late 2018, multilingual support will be introduced to the BlastIQ Platform, as well as new capability to optimise blast fragmentation through integration of drilling data, blast modelling, and automated fragmentation measurement. In early 2019, the platform will connect third party mine planning, drilling and incorporate predictive modelling to deliver even greater blast control and optimisation for customers.The scope for data-driven optimisation in the drill and blast segment of the mining value chain is significant and the next generation BlastIQ will continue to evolve rapidly to meet the growing demands of customers.last_img read more

Quattendre du WWDC 2012Quattendre du WWDC 2012

first_imgQu’attendre du WWDC 2012 ?Ce soir à 19 h aura lieu la keynote d’ouverture du salon des développeurs d’Apple 2012. L’annonce de la keynote a été suivie de son lot de rumeurs habituelles.Comme toujours, Apple devrait profiter de la WoldWide Developers Conference 2012 (WWDC) pour annoncer les nouveautés de ce semestre. Tim Cook, le successeur de Steve Jobs, ayant promis une année riche en nouveautés, tous les espoirs sont permis. Voici un petit tour d’horizon des annonces attendues pour ce soir.iOS 6Appelée Sundance en interne, la nouvelle version du système d’exploitation sera présentée ce soir. Des bannières iOS 6 flottant déjà au-dessus du Moscone Center, l’annonce ne faisait plus aucun doute. Pour l’instant, peu de renseignement ont fuité et seules quelques images de la nouvelle version de Maps, qui sera entièrement développée par Apple, ont été présentes sur la toile. D’autres rumeurs parlent de la présence de Facebook et d’une nouvelle charte graphique. Cependant, la mise à jour ne devrait pas concerner tout le monde et le site chinois weiphone a révélé qu’il n’y aurait pas de mise à jour prévue pour le premier iPad et l’iPod Touch au-delà de la troisième génération.Des nouveaux MacsTim Cook devrait aussi annoncer des nouveaux MacBook Pro et MacBook Air. Le premier est attendu depuis longtemps et devrait changer de design. Les processeurs évolueront vers IvyBridge et l’ordinateur pourrait être plus léger. Pour le MacBook Air, peu d’informations ont filtrés mais il est possible que les processeurs IvyBridge soient aussi de la partie, ainsi que l’écran Retina Display. Selon le site 9to5mac, Apple devrait annoncer pas moins de 14 nouveaux ordinateurs.Le modèle 13,3 pouces serait disponible avec un processeur double coeur de 2,5 ou 2,9 Ghz, une mémoire vive de 4 ou 8 Go, et un disque dur de 500 ou 750 GB. Les modèles 15,4 pouces, eux, seraient disponibles avec un processeur quatre coeurs, cadencé à 2,3 ou 2,6 Ghz, ainsi que les mêmes quantités de mémoire vive et de stockage que le produit précédent.Enfin, les Mac Pro sortiraient en version 3,2 ou 2,4 Ghz en quadruple processeurs/12 coeurs, avec 6 ou 12 Go de mémoire vive, 1 TB de capacité de stockage ainsi qu’une carte graphique Radeon 5770. Le modèle serveur, pour terminer, comporterait un le même système central cadencé à 3,2 Ghz, mais avec 8 Go de mémoire vive et deux disques durs comportant chacun 1 TB de stockage.Siri sur iPadÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Autre annonce attendue, l’arrivée de Siri sur tablette. L’assistant vocal d’Apple est pour le moment exclusivement sur iPhone 4S, mais nombreux sont ceux qui aimeraient le voir arriver sur le nouvel iPad. Toujours dans le registre de même registre, l’iPad Mini, version 7 pouces de l’iPad, pourrait être évoquée par Tim Cook ce soir, mais cela reste peu probable.Iphone 5La nouvelle la plus attendue serait bien sur l’annonce d’un nouvel iPhone. Si les rumeurs parlaient plutôt d’une sortie en octobre, la multiplication des rumeurs et des fuites pourraient confirmer une annonce précoce. Ce dernier devrait passer à un écran 4 pouces, devenir moins épais et intégrer une caméra plus fine.D’autres nouveautés sont attendus de la part d’Apple comme une date de sortie pour OS-X Lion, un nouveau SDK pour l’Apple TV ainsi que des améliorations d’iCloud. Mais, Apple ne pourra bien évidemment pas tout annoncer et il faudra attendre ce soir 19 h pour avoir toutes les réponses.Le 11 juin 2012 à 13:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Gundogan blames referee for City drawGundogan blames referee for City draw

first_imgThe Manchester City player believes the referee crew could have done better during this English Premier League matchFor Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan the referees are to blame after his club drew 1-1 with Wolverhampton Wanderers.During the match, referee Martin Atkinson failed to spot that Wolves defender Willy Boly used his hand, and also was offside, in the opening goal of the match.“Unfortunately the referee was probably the worst performer today, and that’s why we lost two points,” said Gundogan to The Manchester Evening News.“I’m not a big fan of VAR. It slows the game down while finding a decision.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I saw the game yesterday in the Bundesliga between Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim, and even with the VAR the action which created the penalty was not a penalty, and in the end, they decided it was. It’s very confusing as well,” he said.“But it was not just one mistake in this situation – there were two. I heard, first of all, it was offside and then it was a clear handball, so the linesman was on site and I expect a Premier League referee to see that and take the correct decision.”Wolves take the lead against Manchester City thanks to an astonishing diving header from Willy Boly. pic.twitter.com/1lb6sl9A18— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) August 25, 2018last_img read more

Police name 8 month old shot dead in NassauPolice name 8 month old shot dead in Nassau

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #SheltonDelanoTinker Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 30, 2017 – Nassau – Police have also released the identity of the infant killed in a shooting in the wee hours of Monday morning, as 8 month old #SheltonDelanoTinker… born on December 13, 2016.    The baby was the victim of some sort of revenge killing says one report; both his parents were struck too when a gunman entered the house and begin firing shots… both were listed as serious in hospital.The alleged shooter turned himself into police yesterday.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img

Too late for new Brexit deal Macron tells JohnsonToo late for new Brexit deal Macron tells Johnson

first_imgFrench President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speak during a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, 22 August 2019. Photo: ReutersFrench president Emmanuel Macron told prime minister Boris Johnson on Thursday that there was not enough time to wholly rewrite Britain’s Brexit divorce deal before an 31 October deadline.Johnson met Macron at the Elysee Palace a day after talks in Berlin with German chancellor Angela Merkel, who challenged Britain to come up with acceptable alternatives to the agreed safety net provision for the UK-Irish land border.More than three years after the United Kingdom voted to quit the European Union, it is still unclear on what terms – or indeed whether – the bloc’s second largest economy will leave the club it joined in 1973.Talks over lunch were constructive, a French official said.Macron left the door open to Britain seeking a solution to the Irish “backstop”, but said any alternative must respect both the integrity of the EU single market and stability on the divided island of Ireland.”I want to be very clear,” he said. “In the month ahead, we will not find a new withdrawal agreement that deviates far from the original.”On his first trip abroad since entering 10 Downing Street a month ago, Johnson has warned Merkel and Macron that they face a potentially disorderly no-deal Brexit on 31 October unless the EU does a new deal.Speaking in The Hague, Merkel said she had not meant to set a deadline when saying on Wednesday that a solution to the Irish border issue could be found within 30 days, but to “highlight the urgency”.The British pound, sensitive to the prospect of a ‘no-deal’ exit, rose 1% against both the dollar and the euro on her comments.”LET’S GET BREXIT DONE”Johnson told Macron that he believed it was possible to agree a deal before Oct. 31, and that he had been “powerfully encouraged” by what he had heard from Merkel on Wednesday.”Let’s get Brexit done, let’s get it done sensibly and pragmatically and in the interests of both sides and let’s not wait until 31 October,” Johnson said. “Let’s get on now in deepening and intensifying the friendship and partnership between us.”Johnson, an ardent Brexiteer, is betting that the threat of ‘no-deal’ Brexit turmoil will convince Merkel and Macron that the EU should do a last-minute deal to suit his demands. He has repeated promises to leave on 31 October – with or without a deal.Macron insisted Britain’s destiny lay in Johnson’s hands alone. He said the EU did not want a ‘no-deal’ scenario, but would be ready if it happened.The political crisis in London over Brexit has left allies and investors puzzled by a country that for decades seemed a confident pillar of Western economic and political stability.Many investors say a ‘no-deal’ Brexit would hurt the economies of Britain, the EU and the wider world, roil financial markets and weaken London’s position as the pre-eminent international financial centre.Macron said that any new solution to the problem of the Irish border had to be found in the next month.Signalling that the ball was in the UK’s court, he said: “If we cannot find alternatives, then it will be because of a deeper problem, a political one, a British political problem.”And for that, negotiations can’t help. It will be up to the prime minister to make that choice, it won’t be up to us.”IRISH BORDERAfter Brexit, the frontier between Ireland and the UK province of Northern Ireland will be the only land border between the EU’s single market and Britain.The EU wants to ensure that it does not become a back door for goods to enter the single market – which guarantees free movement of goods, capital, services and labour.Ireland for its part says physical checks could undermine the 1998 Good Friday agreement, which brought peace to Northern Ireland after more than 3,600 died in a three-decade conflict between unionists who wanted the province to remain British and Irish nationalists who want it to join a united Ireland ruled from Dublin.The backstop, negotiated by Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May, provides for Britain to remain in a temporary customs union with the EU after Brexit, avoiding the need for any ‘hard’ border infrastructure, until a better solution is found.But Johnson said in Paris: “Under no circumstances will the UK government be instituting, imposing, checks or controls of any kind at that border. We think there are ways of protecting the integrity of the single market and allowing the UK to exit from the EU.”Brexit supporters acknowledge that there may be short-term disruption from a ‘no-deal’ exit but say the UK will thrive if cut free from what they cast as a doomed experiment in integration that has led Europe to fall behind China and the United States.last_img read more