Province Supports Canso Causeway 50th Anniversary Events

first_imgTOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–Province Supports Canso Causeway50th Anniversary Events The province is helping Nova Scotians commemorate the goldenanniversary of an engineering feat that helped pave the way tosocial and cultural change, as well as one of the region’s mostpopular tourism destinations. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister, Rodney MacDonald,announced today, March 7, that the province will invest $175,000to support 50th anniversary activities for the Canso Causewayfrom Aug. 7 to 14. “When the causeway was completed 50 years ago, it was considereda great engineering feat and the world’s deepest causeway,” saidMr. MacDonald. “Since then, millions of tourists have crossedinto Cape Breton to experience spectacular scenery, culture,history and hospitality, resulting in positive economic spin-offs.” Some of the featured activities taking place during the week-longanniversary include ceilidhs, dances, concerts, exhibits, paradesand fireworks. “The community has been working very hard to ensure this is amust-see event for 2005,” said Bob MacEachern, chair of the Canso Causeway Anniversary Society. “For 50 years the causeway hassparked creative works, social change and economic progress, andthis is the perfect opportunity for these stories to be sharedand told.” For more information on the 50th anniversary of the CansoCauseway, see the website , or call 902-625-5055.last_img read more

Integrated Transportation Corridor Not Feasible

first_imgA proposal to develop an integrated transportation corridor in Halifax will not move forward. A report examining the feasibility of developing a roadway into the CN rail corridor to consolidate truck and rail shipping says costs are too high from a Gateway perspective. The report estimated the project would cost more than $220 million. “Using the existing corridor for commercial vehicles and public transit has been studied at a high level, but this was the first detailed study that looked at all aspects and provided a full costing of the project,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal on behalf of Angus MacIsaac, Minister responsible for the Atlantic Gateway. “This report gave us the valuable information needed to make the right decision about this proposal. “We will continue to identify opportunities to improve the competitiveness of our province’s assets with Nova Scotia’s Gateway partners.” The integrated transportation corridor was one of several projects identified for consideration under Nova Scotia’s Gateway initiative. The goal of the initiative is to maximize strategic use of Nova Scotia’s transportation infrastructure to move goods and visitors through the province. “I want to thank the many partners and citizens who took the time to give their input and ideas during the study,” said Mr. Taylor. “We appreciate all of the ideas put forward and encourage all stakeholders to continue their interest and work to improve our shared transportation system.” The final report can be viewed online at . A number of projects have begun to support Nova Scotia’s Gateway initiative, including pre-dredging activities in Sydney Harbour, planning the Burnside Expressway, twinning Highway 104, building a multi-user air cargo facility at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, educational programming led by Dalhousie University and various partnerships with the private sector. Nova Scotia is also an integral partner in the Atlantic Gateway, a regionally based partnership among the four Atlantic provinces, Transport Canada and Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency that will deliver a regional strategy to guide Gateway activity by October.last_img read more

CISF restores bag containing cash Rs 122L

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on Tuesday said that they have restored the bag containing cash Rs 1.22 lakh to the rightful owner at GTB Nagar metro station.According to CISF on August 26, CISF duty personnel deployed at the security checkpoint of GTB Nagar metro station noticed an unclaimed bag lying on X-BIS machine output roller. He immediately informed the mater to his Shift In-charge. “Shift In-charge of CISF reached the spot and asked the nearby passenger but no one came forward to claim it. Subsequently, the bag was checked from the security point of view and after ascertaining that there was no dangerous/hazardous item inside the bag, it was opened,” said CISF in their press statement. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOn opening the bag, cash amounting to Rs1.22 lakh was found inside the bag. The bag was taken to Station Controller Room and announcement were also made but no one claimed the bag. Thereafter, the bag was deposited with the Station Controller. After some time, a person identified as Nafees (31) came at the security checkpoint and claimed for the bag. Shift In-charge of CISF brought him to the station controller room. After proper verification, the bag containing cash Rs 1.22 lakh was restored to him.last_img read more

Woman who accused Kent Hehr of making sexual remarks says shes receiving

first_imgA woman who accused former federal cabinet minister Kent Hehr of making inappropriate sexual remarks says she’s been receiving threats.The sport and disabilities minister was ousted from cabinet on Thursday — less than 24 hours after the allegations were made on social media.In the statement, Hehr did not directly address the allegations, but said he believes harassment is never acceptable and everyone deserves to have their voice heard.Kristin Raworth alleged that Hehr made the inappropriate comments — which included calling her “yummy” — when he was an Alberta MLA a decade ago and she was an employee at the legislature.Early on Saturday, Raworth tweeted that since coming forward, she’s been threatened and called names.She says she’s afraid to leave her house.“The last 48 hours has shown me the best of people and certainly the worst,” she wrote.“This is why people don’t speak up.”last_img read more

MoroccanAmericans Protest Ban Kimoon in front of UN Headquarters in New

Rabat – Moroccan-Americans gathered in front of the United Nations headquarters in New York on Monday to protest United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s recent statement referring to Morocco’s Southern Provinces as “occupied.”  Many protesters travelled to the northern state from different areas of the country – namely, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, and Texas – to participate in the event, though a majority of the participants were from one of the five boroughs of New York.Several protesters were interviewed for a Youtube video posted by user Mohamed Ourais; “the Sahara is Moroccan and will stay Moroccan,” they said. In addition, a group of six Canadians of Moroccan descent came to New York to vocalize their opposition to the U.N. leader’s comments, which have mobilized the Moroccan government to end MINURSO’s presence in the Sahara region.The first protesters arrived at the site prior to the scheduled start of the demonstration and held signs condemning Ki-moon’s statement, which they believed lacked “neutrality.”Among others, one sign read, “Ban Ki-moon’s job is to unite people, not to divide people.”The protest’s coordinating committee told Hespress that the event brought together members of the Moroccan-American community from all of the states in the union for the first time in order to defend the territorial integrity of their homeland. According to the committee, many members of the community consider acceptance of the kingdom’s stance on the Sahara issue a “red line” that cannot be transgressed by any supporter of Morocco.The committee added that individual Moroccans who donated funds to provide transportation for demonstrators played a key role in ensuring a big turnout for the protest and making the event a success.“This is just the beginning,” said one organizer. “We intend to organize another protest  in defense of the unity of Moroccan soil.“ read more

Mexico Iraq expected to fill Venezuelan oil gap ahead of Canada analysts

The Canadian Press CALGARY — Analysts say a lack of export pipeline capacity means Canada will not be able to boost shipments to take advantage of U.S. sanctions against Venezuela’s national oil company, PDVSA.The sanctions announced Monday are designed to interrupt the flow of oil money to the government of President Nicolas Maduro, putting pressure on him to step aside and allow opposition leader Juan Guaido to fill in as interim president.Analysts at RBC Capital Markets say Mexico and Iraq are instead most likely to benefit in the race to replace Venezuela heavy crude that is imported for processing at refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.It notes that Western Canada, the third-largest supplier behind Mexico and Venezuela to the region, is “plagued by egress and policy challenges” and is not a major supplier to refineries where most of the Venezuelan barrels are processed.Kevin Birn, vice-president of North American crude oil markets for IHS Markit, says the Alberta government’s production curtailment program that began Jan. 1 means there is less oil available to increase exports and, even if the program was halted, there wouldn’t be enough capacity on pipeline or rail to greatly increase shipments south.But he says the expected shortage of heavy crude supply in the U.S. will likely increase prices throughout the North American market, including in Canada.“While the general belief is that Canadian heavy barrels should benefit with the demise of Venezuela, the notional degree of market share up for grabs for Canada is not as large as for competing countries,” RBC says in a report.“Until the ongoing pipeline issues are addressed, crude-by-rail is simply not as scalable as increased shipments from Mexico or Iraq. More importantly, Canada does not have much of a footprint at key refiners of Venezuelan crudes.” read more

EU reiterates need for Sri Lanka to repeal and replace PTA

The EU and Sri Lanka held their 22nd meeting of the Joint Commission  in Brussels yesterday (Thursday). The meeting was held in an open and constructive spirit. Developments in both the EU and in Sri Lanka were discussed, a joint statement issued today said. The joint statement said that bearing in mind the resilience of the democratic institutions which had prevailed during the political events in Sri Lanka late 2018, the EU reiterated its full support for the Government’s efforts to improve governance, human rights and reconciliation, fight against corruption, and strengthen economic growth. Sri Lanka reaffirmed the commitments made to implement 27 conventions on human and labour rights, environment and good governance in order to benefit from the GSP+ scheme.In this context, while acknowledging that the new draft legislation was now being considered by Parliament, the EU reiterated the need to repeal and replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in order to bring counter terrorism legislation in line with international standards.The EU also reiterated its opposition to the use of the death penalty in all circumstances and encouraged Sri Lanka to maintain its moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty. The important steps taken by Sri Lanka with regard to establishing an Office on Missing Persons and passing legislation to set up an Office for Reparations were welcomed.Sri Lanka’s continued commitment to the implementation of the resolution was acknowledged and the EU stressed the need for further progress in the advancement of national reconciliation. The EU expressed its continued readiness to support Sri Lanka in these efforts.The Joint Commission was informed about the proceedings of the third EU-Sri Lanka Working Group on Development Cooperation held in Brussels on 13 February 2019. The EU and Sri Lanka committed to work jointly during 2019-2020 on the preparation of new actions aiming at fostering integrated rural development, democratic governance, investments and economic growth. The EU and Sri Lanka agreed on the importance to continue working closely together on human rights and reconciliation, issues which figured prominently on the agenda of the meeting.Preferential access to the EU market granted to Sri Lanka under the GSP+ scheme has clearly benefitted Sri Lanka since the reintroduction in May 2017, with over €2.2 billion of exports under GSP+ during the period June 2017–May 2018. Both sides acknowledged that there was room to make even better use of the concessions granted. The meeting provided an opportunity to exchange views on the implementation of the UN Human Rights Council Resolution of 1 October 2015, co-sponsored by Sri Lanka. The EU and Sri Lanka discussed the EU strategy on Connecting Europe and Asia, which aims to better connect Europe and Asia through transport links, energy networks, digital networks and people-to-people connections, and agreed to deepen their contacts in this field, including in view of the Indian Ocean Ministerial conference to be held in Colombo this year.In this context, the Joint Commission noted that the European Investment Bank agrees to enhance its lending activities in Sri Lanka in the field of climate change mitigation and adaptation, particularly in support of renewable energy, energy efficiency, urban transport, and other investments which reduce CO2 emissions and/or strengthen resilience to climate change. The support extended to develop the SME sector was welcomed.Discussions also focused on issues related to mobility and migration. Ways to enhance cooperation on higher education, with a particular reference to the Horizon 2020, the EU framework programme for research and innovation, were also discussed.Ways to engage on security issues were also explored, and the EU referred to areas for deeper security engagement in and with Asia as listed in the Conclusions of the May 2018 Foreign Affairs Council, notably maritime security, cyber security, counter terrorism, hybrid threats, conflict prevention, the proliferation of Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear weapons, and the development of regional cooperative orders.Cooperation in the framework of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) and towards the common goals of preservation of healthy oceans, conservation and sustainable use of marine living resources was discussed.The EU and Sri Lanka agreed on a series of actions for follow-up before the next Joint Commission meeting in Colombo in 2020.The meeting was co-chaired by Ms Paola Pampaloni, Deputy Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific at the European External Action Service, and Ravinatha Aryasinha, Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) The European Union (EU) has reiterated the need for Sri Lanka to repeal and replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).Meanwhile, the EU and Sri Lanka have agreed on the importance to continue working closely together on human rights and reconciliation. read more

Prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Scholarships awarded to 150 Sri Lankan students

The prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Scholarships for 2017-18 were awarded to 150 Advanced Level school students from all 25 districts across Sri Lanka by Viraj Kariyawasam, Minister of Education of Sri Lanka, Vijayakala Maheshwaran, State Minister of Education of Sri Lanka, and Taranjit Singh Sandhu, High Commissioner of India, at a special ceremony held at the Ministry of Education Auditorium, Battaramulla today.This is the twelfth year in continuum that India has provided Mahatma Gandhi scholarships to bright students across Sri Lanka. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam appreciated the assistance provided by India including for the new trilingual school in Polonnaruwa and Saraswathy College Kandy. India offers around 750 scholarships annually to the Sri Lankan students. For more details on the scholarship programmes and other educational assistance, please visit the High Commission of India’s website  (Colombo Gazette) He underlined the aspect of island-wide coverage of India’s development projects in Sri Lanka.India is constructing new classrooms in 27 schools in the North, out of which are 10 are already handed over. Last year, India handed over the largest University Auditorium in Sri Lanka in University of Ruhuna, in the South, all under pure grant. He also thanked India for providing training to teachers in Sri Lanka. High Commissioner of India said that it was special occasion where 150 Sri Lankan students were awarded the Mahatma Gandhi Scholarships while the world is celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. He also spoke about how young India uses technology in their everyday lives to create transformative stories, and cited the recent launch of world’s lightest satellite, Kalamsat made by Indian students.High Commissioner urged the students in Sri Lanka to connect with the youth of India and told them to take advantage of scientific and educational developments in India.He said that Indian Institutes of Technology, and Indian Institutes of Management, have become a global brand name and the IIT Joint Entrance Examination and the Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering (GATE) are now being held in Colombo for benefit of Sri Lankan students. Sri Lankan students have also now been allowed to take National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to Medical and Dental streams in Indian medical colleges. The High Commissioner noted that India has recently launched a new Portal titled “Study in India”.  More than 25000 seats are earmarked in Indian Institutions for foreign students. He expressed hope that Sri Lankan youth would make full use of the opportunities in India. read more

Japan SKorea lawmakers meet to ease row over trade history

TOKYO — A delegation of lawmakers from Japan and South Korea met in a bid to ease their countries’ worsening dispute over trade and history, but ended up repeating demands to each other.The South Korean side Wednesday urged Japan not to downgrade their country from a preferred status with simplified export procedures. Japan’s Cabinet is to approve the measure Friday.Japan says the measure is needed to prevent misuse of sensitive materials and that Seoul has undermined Tokyo’s trust, including export controls. The Japanese lawmakers repeated Japan’s demands that Seoul not force Japanese companies to compensate wartime Korean labourers by violating the 1965 bilateral agreement that settled wartime compensation issues.South Korean lawmakers said they plan to seek a way to resolve the Korean labourers’ issue at an upcoming national assembly.The Associated Press read more

UN calls for huge investments in water use for agriculture to slash

With more than 850 million people worldwide suffering from chronic hunger and undernourishment, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for huge investments in water, agriculture and ecosystems to meet the goal of halving the number of hungry people by 2015.“Water, food and ecosystems are three aspects of our global well-being that are so tightly bound that they have become critical for livelihoods, sustainable development and for political stability,” the agency’s Deputy Director-General, David Harcharik, told the FAO/Netherlands International Conference on Water for Food and Ecosystems in The Hague.“These aspects deserve more attention than we currently devote to their description and understanding,” he added in a keynote speech delivered on behalf of FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf. Halving the number of the world’s hungry by 2015 is just one of eight Millennium Development Goals (MDG) set by the UN Millennium Summit of 2000.Huge investments in rain-fed and irrigated agriculture are urgently needed to produce more “crop per drop” in countries suffering from hunger and malnutrition, Mr Harcharik said. Investments in raising water productivity for staple foods or high value market crops should not irreparably degrade precious water resources and related ecosystems, he said.More than 30 ministers and around 500 delegates from 140 countries are attending the five-day meeting.Investments in agriculture need to be directed to “higher, value-added diversification that is well adapted to local resource limits,” Mr. Harcharik said. “In Africa, for instance, more emphasis needs to be given to diversifying strategies towards rain-fed mixed crop and farming systems and water harvesting, alongside irrigated agriculture. In Asia, the strong tradition of landscape moulding and hydraulic control can be diversified with improved aquaculture and biodiversity,” he added.He called for strategic and sustainable plans to achieve a balance between natural ecosystems and agricultural production functions in river basins. “Reconciling these competing claims on our natural resource heritage and achieving a balance between natural ecosystem and agricultural production within our river basins will be critical,” he declared. read more

Ohio State athletics selfreports 24 minor NCAA violations

Coach Pete Hanson sent letters to two prospective student-athletes in March 2013 that promised them athletically related financial aid. At the time each athlete received said letter, they had not yet reached their senior years in high school. The Compliance Office determined there to be seven impermissible phone calls to prospective student-athletes and/or their parents after an April 2013 review of phone records between Aug. 1, 2012, and March 1, 2013. The report states they were the result of inadvertent “pocket dials.” A coach inadvertently sent recruiting materials to a 2016 prospective student-athlete. Men’s GymnasticsReported Nov. 5 Two incoming prospective student-athletes — one in men’s soccer and the other in women’s volleyball — participated in voluntary workouts conducted by an OSU strength coach while not being enrolled at OSU. Program engaged in seven hours of out-of-season conditioning activities involving gymnastics equipment. Members of the synchronized swimming team posted photos of prospective student-athletes they were hosting to both Facebook and Instagram on Oct. 21, 2012. The photos that were posted were then commented on by the student-athletes and coach Holly Vargo-Brown. Coach Geoff Carlston made an impermissible telephone call to a prospective student-athlete who was a sophomore in high school on Oct. 8, 2012. On April 24, an assistant coach replied to an email from a prospective student-athlete who was a sophomore in high school. Reported Nov. 4 Women’s LacrosseReported July 23 Two private camps in spring 2013 impermissibly used the names of an OSU coach and two student-athletes to advertise the camps. A women’s hockey volunteer coach was involved with a local sports club that had multiple prospective student-athletes residing outside a permitted 50-mile radius of the university. On May 7, the coach provided a private lesson to a current member of the women’s team, and while also serving as a volunteer coach for the men’s ice hockey team from 2009-11, the coach provided three student-athletes a combined total of four private lessons during summer vacation. Women’s SoccerReported July 25 Synchronized SwimmingReported July 9 Click to expand.The Ohio State athletic department self-reported 24 minor violations in the second half of 2013, including nine for “impermissible” phone calls, text messages and emails to prospective student-athletes, as well as three violations for various involvement in conditioning and summer camp activities.The figures are a result of an open records request submitted Thursday by The Lantern and released Friday by the OSU public records office.None of the violations are considered major, but the report included 19 violations that included “prospective student-athletes.”The last 2013 violation was reported Nov. 6.In each case, the school proposed its own corrective action to either the Big Ten or NCAA, who accepted the proposals but at times, offered further recommendations to each sport. Common resolutions include issuing a letter of education to the respective coaching staff and restraining them from contacting the prospective student-athletes for a period of time, usually two weeks. The football program, however, was only restricted to one week of no contact for impermissible phone calls.OSU athletic director and Vice President Gene Smith said the school typically has “about 40” self-reported secondary violations annually during an interview with The Lantern May 15, 2012.“On an annual basis, we have about 40 (violations),” Smith said. “It ranges in that area we’re sitting at. In that 40 range is where we always hang.“Our whole thing is if we have 10 (violations), I’d have a problem. I mean, I really would because people are going to make mistakes. And that means if I only have 10 out of 350 employees (and) 1,000 athletes – something’s not right.”FootballReported June 27 WrestlingReported July 11 Carlston replied to a text message from a prospective student-athlete in February 2013 who was a junior in high school. Carlston mistakenly thought it was an email, not a text. Reported July 19 On Jan. 10, 2013, the Compliance Office approved and provided what was determined to be an official visit for a prospective student-athlete who had not yet been registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Reported July 29 On Oct. 17, 2012, coach Alexis Venechanos made an impermissible phone call to a prospective student-athlete in the 2015 class. An assistant coach made an impermissible phone call to a 2015 prospective student-athlete March 26. A total of three incoming student-athletes were employed as volunteers at the LiFE Sports Camp June 26. All three were enrolled in summer school, but were still considered prospective student-athletes in terms of employment. On both March 25 and May 7, coach Tom Ryan made two impermissible phone calls to 2014 prospective student-athletes. The field hockey program received approval from the OSU Compliance Office that allowed it to put an image of a current member of the team on an institutional brochure. Women’s VolleyballReported July 15 BaseballReported July 29 A member of the coaching staff was reported to have used a smokeless tobacco product during a game, violating NCAA bylaws. An assistant coach made an impermissible phone call to a 2015 prospective student-athlete April 25. An assistant coach and an assistant director of compliance distributed camp postcards at a soccer tournament May 4. Reported Nov. 6 Field HockeyReported July 24 Men’s SoccerReported July 29 The baseball director of operations participated in an off-campus baseball league against prospective student-athletes. Women’s GolfReported Sept. 12 On June 25, coach Therese Hession accepted a Facebook friend request from a 2016 prospective student-athlete. Two incoming prospective student-athletes — one in women’s volleyball and the other in men’s soccer — participated in voluntary workouts conducted by an OSU strength coach while not enrolled at OSU. Men’s and Women’s Ice HockeyReported Aug. 1 Men’s VolleyballReported July 15 Men’s and Women’s Swimming and DivingReported July 15During a dead period, then-men’s and women’s diving coach Vince Panzano flew to The Woodlands, Texas, April 15 and observed several unknown prospective student-athletes practice. read more

Waitrose to rename sexist sandwich after protest by feminist campaigner

Waitrose is to change the name of its Gentleman’s Smoked Chicken Caesar Roll because feminist campaigners said it was sexist.The roll, from Heston Blumenthal’s range at the supermarket, contains anchovy mayonnaise, similar to ‘gentleman’s relish’ but the name was branded “outrageous” on social media and the chain has issued an apology.Amy Lamé, Sadiq Khan’s London night Czar posted an image of the product on Twitter and said: “I never knew sandwiches were gender specific. I’m female but thankfully Waitrose let me purchase this anyway.”She tagged the organisation Everyday Sexism, who document instances of sexism experienced on a day to day basis. Other people were quick to pile in with criticism of the supermarket, with Sian Murray saying: “What a ridiculous name!” and Joe Alessi calling it “outrageous”. Nikki Alvey said she was “disappointed” with the product’s name.The roll costs £3.80, but is currently on sale at a cutdown price of £2.85 and features a picture of a rooster dressed in waders holding a fishing rod with a fish at the end of the line. I never knew sandwiches were gender specific 👀 I’m female but thankfully @waitrose let me purchase this anyway 😏— Amy Lamé (@amylame) October 16, 2018 The supermarket addressed the complaints about the product by apologising to anyone who felt offended by the name ‘Gentleman’s Smoked Chicken Caesar Roll’ and promised to change it.A spokesperson told the Telegraph: “It’s never our intention to cause offence – we’re not dictating who should eat this sandwich – we hope anyone who tries it will love the distinctive flavours. However we are planning to change the name of the sandwich soon.”They did not confirm when the name change would happen, or what the new product will be called.Writing on the Waitrose website, Elle, from Brighton gave the roll a one-star review. “Tried it but was not impressed,” she said. “Too salty – both the bread and the filling plus way too much what I think was mustard. Had some sort of yeasty flavours but no other flavours. Needed some nice leafy salad and perhaps some nice tomatoes. I do not recommend this product.”The ‘Gentleman’s roll’ is not the first product to fall foul of sexism claims. Back in 2002, Nestle’s Yorkie chocolate bar launched a brash campaign in which it was labelled “Not for Girls.” The slogan stayed for ten years before being dropped quietly. 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. Waitrose describes the roll as: “The ultimate Caesar salad to go. A parmesan ciabatta roll filled with pulled, smoked chicken breast, beechwood smoked bacon and Parmigiano Reggiano all topped with anchovy mayonnaise and Cos lettuce for crunch.” read more

Another meeting of minds at Rapid Development 2014

first_imgIn what ended up being a gathering of the great and the good in global underground mining technology, Rapid Development 2014, organised by IM Events and held earlier this week in Krakow, Poland, once again gave the industry a unique focussed opportunity to exchange ideas and put key users in contact with key suppliers and contractors. From the latest on Herrenknecht’s range of mine shaft sinking solutions to Master Drilling’s innovative approaches to large diameter raise boring and updates on continuous hard rock projects from Caterpillar and Sandvik; the program offered a wide range of high quality presentations from the key players.Being presented in depth for the first time was Caterpillar’s new CAT Rock Straight System, a hard rock longwall system developed with partner KGHM for the production mining of seam type hard rock deposits. The audience heard from both Caterpillar itself and from KGHM, who had a delegation at the meeting. Caterpillar also gave a presentation on the CAT Rock Header, a new hard rock cutting machine for flexible and high performance mine development. An article on both these technologies will appear in a future edition of International Mining.In addition to the CAT Rock Straight project, KGHM Corporate Adviser, Henryk Karaś, discussed other technology areas that it has been testing and utilising. These include projects using the Sandvik MH620 roadheader, of which there are now three working at the Sieroszowice-Polkowice mine carrying out hard rock development. KGHM also discussed recent projects in the area of autonomous mining that were introduced during a recent euRobotics Topic Group meeting in Budapest. Sandvik itself talked about the latest version of its Hard Rock Cutting Test Rig (RCTR) in Zeltweg, Austria. The previous rig mainly tested soft and medium hardness rocks but the new machine is adapted specifically to hard rock. It forms a key tool in a market where miners are asking for progress in rapid and mechanised excavation methods in harder rock. The company also gave a number of case studies highlighting what it has been able to achieve with the MH620 and MT720 models in mines and civil tunnelling projects worldwide.Other interesting presentations included DMT’s review of innovations in rapid and safe shaft inspection technology, such as its LIDAR Cage-Based-Shaft-Survey-System. MineTronics discussed modern mining networks for process optimisation and increased underground safety in the context of rapid development; while Poland’s Kopex outlined some new design developments that have been implemented on its latest KTW-200 roadheader models, including remote control options and the operator being able to see cutting progress on a screen in the cabin. Norway’s Nussir copper project was outlined in detail, with potential there to apply new technology given the large tunnelling distances that will need to be excavated once production starts in 2018.last_img read more

Womens EHF CL Round 3 – Metzs last second triumph in Denmark

← Previous Story Men’s EHF CL (Round 3) – Atletico’s “easy job” with Veszprem – Six guests wins Next Story → GB Women Head to Montenegro GROUP DItxako : Valcea 21:25 (12:10)Buxtehuder : Dinamo Volgograd 21:30 (11:15)1. Valcea 3-62. Itxako 3-43. Dinamo Volgograd 3-24. Buxtehuder 3-0Photo : Mario Zollo METZ HANDBALL GROUP CRanders : Metz 26:27 (14:14)20.20 Hypo – Györi ETO1. Randers 3-42. Metz 3-43. Györi ETO 2-24. Hypo 2-0 Metz handball In the Round 3 of the Women’s EHF Champions League, fans around Europe saw some interesting matches.Results are here: GROUP AByasen : Thüringer 23:22 (13:7)Budućnost : Midtjylland 28:25 (11:11)1. Budućnost 3-62. Midtyjlland 3-43. Byasen 3-24. Thüringer 3-0GROUP BViborg : Podravka 27:27 (12:14)Larvik : Krim Mercator 31:19 (13:10)1. Larvik 3 – 42. Krim Mercator 2-43. Viborg 3-34. Podravka Vegeta 3-1 read more

Glorious See Glendalough in all its autumnal technicolour

first_imgIN A SLIGHTLY different format for the last of this year’s fortnightly Hidden Heritage articles, archaeologist Neil Jackman shares some pictures of Glendalough in all its autumnal glory.Glendalough is one of Ireland’s most popular tourist destinations, and with its perfect blend of breathtaking scenery and historical significance it’s not hard to see why. I visited Glendalough last Sunday to test out my new camera, and although the day was pretty grey and overcast the colours of the trees and landscape was just incredible.It really is well worth the trip this weekend to catch the last of the autumn colours. This is a whistle-stop tour of some of the highlights of this wonderful site.When you cross the small wooden bridge next to the visitor centre you are treated to your first view of the site, from here you can see St Kevin’s Kitchen and the Round Tower while the stream slowly slides by.The name Glendalough comes from the Irish Gleann Da Loch which translates as Valley of the Two Lakes. The monastery was founded by St Kevin some time in the later part of the sixth century. St Kevin or Cóemhghein meaning ‘fair begotten’ or ‘gentle one’ is believed to have been the descendant of one of the ruling families in Leinster the Dál Messin Corb.He wanted to worship God by living the harsh life of an ascetic hermit, and legend has it on one occasion he prayed for so long while standing in the freezing waters of the Upper Lake at Glendalough that birds built nests and laid eggs in his outstretched hands.Although the site Kevin chose to found his community at Glendalough appears wild and solitary, it is actually close to major trading route through the hills and mountains known as The Wicklow Gap. This gave the growing Christian community a good balance between monastic isolation and easy access to the pilgrims who would have increased the wealth and significance of the site.The original churches and monastic buildings would have been constructed of timber so nothing survives of those above ground today. Most of the structures you see now at Glendalough date to around the tenth to twelfth centuries. The most famous of the buildings here are clustered near to the Lower Lake, handily only a very short stroll from the carpark.St Kevin’s Church, (also known as St Kevin’s Kitchen as the belfry on the stone roof has the appearance of a chimney on an old-fashioned stove), is one of the most recognisable of Glendalough’s buildings. It probably dates to the middle part of the twelfth century, just before the Norman invasion. It is one of a very few stone vaulted and roofed churches in Ireland.Also in this area you can see the stone foundations of St Ciarán’s Church and the large Cathedral. The Cathedral was constructed in several phases from the tenth to the thirteenth century. When you enter through the doorway take a look at the remains of the chancel arch – where you can see decoration of chevrons and zig-zags.This is typical of Romanesque architecture that was popular in Irish churches of the twelfth century, another great example of Romanesque decoration is the small chapel known as the Priest’s House, just to the south of the Cathedral.Passing through the graveyard towards the round tower you can see a number of gravestones dating from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, a beautifully scenic final resting place.The round tower itself is one of the finest examples in Ireland. It stands over 30m tall, and it is believed to have been constructed in around AD 950, possibly making it one of the earliest examples in the country.There has been a lot of debate over the centuries about the purpose of these uniquely Irish monuments, but it is generally accepted today that Round Towers were constructed as bell towers. They are known as ‘cloigh teach’ in Irish which translates to ‘bell house’. They would have also been visible from miles around, and as such they would have acted like a signpost to weary pilgrims on the route to Glendalough. If you plan on visiting Glendalough download our audioguide that is packed with information, facts, stories and legends of Glendalough and includes information about all the various buildings and the key figures like Saint Kevin and Laurence O’Toole who was abbot during Glendalough’s heyday. The guide recounts how the site survived Viking raids before being ruthlessly raided in the fourteenth century in a punitive mission by the Anglo-Norman forces. Our guide is available for just €1.99 – click here.As the winter is well and truly upon us this is the last of the fortnightly series of Hidden Heritage articles for 2013, I hope to be back with more great suggestions for places to visit around Ireland next year. Thank you to all the readers for your kind support and encouragement over the year!If you’d like to keep up with daily images and information about Ireland’s fantastic heritage sites please consider following Neil’s company Abarta Audioguides onFacebook , Twitter, Instagram or Google+.If you’d like to support Neil please consider downloading an audioguide from they are packed with great facts, information, stories and legends from Ireland’s iconic sites. They are designed to be fun and informative whether you are visiting the sites or from the comfort of your own home, so if you are looking to escape to the Court of Brian Boru the next time you are doing household chores, download one of our guides and let Abarta whisk you off to ancient Ireland!All images © Neil Jackman/abartaheritage.ieRead more in the Hidden Ireland series> The conical cap forming the roof of the round tower was rebuilt in 1879 by a team including William Wilde, father of the famous Oscar Wilde. William Wilde was a noted antiquarian, and he was responsible for much of the renovations and restorations of Glendalough and a number of other ancient Irish sites.Nearby you can find the original medieval gateway to the site. Originally the monastic site was surrounding by an enclosing wall. The gateway at Glendalough was first constructed as a two-storey structure.If you take a close look at one of the stones just inside the gateway you can see it is incised with a large cross. This marked the boundary of sanctuary. Sanctuary meant immunity from prosecution, by passing or touching the stone in the gatehouse any criminal or hunted person could gain a welcome respite from his pursuers, (unless of course the pursuers were Vikings who didn’t follow such niceties).From here I recommend walking back the way you came, past the round tower, St Kevin’s Kitchen and back over the wooden bridge and onto the Green Road. Follow this along taking in the beautiful scenery and be sure to stop for a moment at the Lower Lake. The Lower Lake and Upper Lake were once one very large body of water that was fed by the Lugduff Brook. Over time sediments brought down by the Lugduff Brook from the surrounding hills built up and separated the two lakes.The Upper Lake is the deepest – with its deepest point is 30 metres, so if the round tower was constructed at the base of the lake only the very top of the conical roof would be visible above the waters.Continue on and take a small diversion by climbing up the path to see Poulnass Waterfall which is a beautiful spot to take in all the wonderful autumnal colours.Continuing along the Green Road you will come to a small grove of trees where you will encounter another small stone church known as Reefert Church. This is my favourite spot in Glendalough as it is such a serene and peaceful place. The church dates to around 1100 AD and the name comes from the Irish Rig Fearta which translates as ‘The Burial Place of Kings’.The chiefs of the O’Toole and O’Byrne clans were probably interred in the burial ground here. You can see many ancient gravestones here, and a weathered Celtic cross, so it is clear that the church lives up to its name as an important burial ground.It is said that earth was taken from Holy Rome itself and mixed with the soil at this site, making it an important place for pilgrims. At the time it was believed that seven trips to Glendalough equalled one trip to Rome, so why not take a pilgrimage yourself this weekend to see one of Ireland’s most spectacular heritage sites?last_img read more

Marchs Blue Sap Moon Visible Saturday Morning

first_img Missed March’s full moon? Have no fear, another will soon appear.Following January’s lunar anomaly, this month also plays host to two full moons: one on March 1 and a second on March 31.So, if you’re awake on Saturday morning, look up to the sky at 8:37 a.m. Eastern to catch a glimpse of the full sap moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of trees begins.It is also when the ground starts to soften enough for earthworms to reemerge, hence the alternative title of “full worm moon,” designated by Native Americans who used lunar phases to track seasons.When two full moons occur in a single calendar month (as they did in January and will again this week), the second event is called a Blue Moon. The phrase has nothing to do with the actual color of the moon; don’t expect to see a glowing cerulean orb among the stars.(There are, however, certain atmospheric conditions—volcanic eruptions or fires—under which Earth’s satellite may appear with a tinge of color.)Contrary to much of the country’s weather, it is officially spring.And since the vernal equinox fell on March 20, this month’s book-end events actually span two seasons: The first full moon (also known as the crow moon, crust moon, sugar moon, chaste moon, or lenten moon) was the last of winter, and Saturday’s blue moon the first of spring.The next blue moon is expected in October 2020 (on Halloween, no less). Check out The Old Farmer’s Almanac for a schedule of every full moon over the next two years.None will be as spectacular, though, as January’s “super blue blood moon“—the second full moon of the month, which also happened to be a total lunar eclipse.Look for a similar phenomenon on New Year’s Eve 2028, at which point the blue moon will also experience a total lunar eclipse. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry Pi

first_imgThe last time that I purchased an electronic device called Lyra, it was an MP3 player with something like 128 megs of onboard storage.  There’s a new Lyra coming that is going to be so much cooler.This Lyra is a handheld gaming system that’s being crowdfunded by London-based Creoqode. As you can tell from the image up top, it does indeed run DOOM… but it’s not built exclusively for playing games.While it might look a bit like a PSP, the Lyra is a full-on Linux-based computer packed into a portable package. Tucked inside its unassuming black exterior is a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Lite. That particular version packs a 1.4 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor and 1GB of RAM.The Lyra has a 5″, 800 x 480 pixel LCD and a 3000 mAh lithium polymer battery for mobile play. When you want to kick back and play on a larger display you can plug in to a full-sized HDMI port.As Liliputing’s Brad Linder notes it’s a little surprising that Creoqode didn’t wait for the Raspberry Pi team to release an updated version of the Compute Module before launching the Kickstarter. The new Pi offers dramatically improved performance thanks to its 1.5GHz quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 processor.Theoretically, though, it’ll be easy enough to perform the swap on your own. If you back the Kickstarter and receive a Lyra you ought to be able to pop out the CM3L and replace it with the CM4L (or whatever they end up calling it).Because the Lyra is Linux-based you can run just about any emulator you want on it. It’s kind of like a pocketable PiCade. You can run regular desktop apps, too. Hook up a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, and the Lyra goes from a portable console to a portable desktop!The GPIO pads are easily accessible, too, so you can hack the Lyra just like you would a regular Raspberry Pi.To secure one of the first units Creoqode produces you’ll need to pledge £179, which is roughly $225 at today’s exchange. They’re expecting to retail the Lyra for about $100 more once the crowdfunding campaign is finished.More on Run Games Brings Back Classic ‘Star Wars’ CartridgesIs Joy-Con Drift Nintendo Switch’s Red Ring of Death?Origin PC Ends Console Wars With PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch Combo Caselast_img read more

Defined benefit pension deficit stands at £414bn in the private sector

first_imgThe deficit for UK private sector defined benefit (DB) pension schemes was £414 billion as of 30 November 2016, compared to £265 billion at the end of November 2015, according to research by JLT Employee Benefits.Its monthly funding update also estimates that DB pension assets increased from £1,242 billion in November 2015 to £1,401 billion in November 2016, and liabilities rose to £1,815 billion in 2016 from £1,507 billion last year.For FTSE 100 organisations, the DB pension deficit at 30 November 2016 was £160 billion, compared to £83 billion in November 2015. FTSE 350 DB deficits increased from £96 billion in November 2015 to £181 billion in November 2016.FTSE 100 organisations’ DB pension assets are estimated at £580 billion at the end of November 2016 compared to last November’s £543 billion, with liabilities at £740 billion from 2015’s £626 billion. For FTSE 350 organisations, assets have increased from £614 billion to £656 billion, and liabilities are estimated at £837 billion compared to £710 billion at the end of November 2015.DB pension deficits were estimated at £447 billion for UK private sector pension schemes at the end of October 2016, £197 billion for FTSE 350 organisations, and £173 billion for FTSE 100 firms.Charles Cowling (pictured), director at JLT Employee Benefits, said: “This last month has seen a further slight easing in deficits from the record heights of over £500 billion recorded at the end of August, as markets continue to react to the fall-out from Brexit and the US election.“However, deficits have still almost doubled over the last 12 months and there appears to be no relief in sight for [organisations] with large defined benefit pension schemes. Moreover, any current calm in markets may just be a temporary ‘eye-of-the-storm’ respite before the Brexit negotiations start in earnest.“As we rapidly approach the all-important year-end, at current market levels, many [organisation’s] accounts are going to show a marked deterioration in their year-end pension numbers. There will be instances where the pension scheme will represent a serious threat to the [organisation’s] balance sheet and, in some cases, its ability to pay dividends. There are going to be many finance directors hoping that the recent rise in bond rates continues a little further before the end of 2016.”last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE 71 of US employers see wellbeing as a driver of workplace

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Just under three-quarters (71%) of US employer respondents view employee wellbeing as a fundamental driver of their workplace culture, according to research by LifeWorks.Its survey of 500 senior US-based HR professionals, also found that 24% of respondents believe that health insurance is the most popular employee benefit among their US staff.The research also found:17% of respondents believe employees are unaware of their employee benefits, 16% that they do not understand how to use their benefits, and a further 16% that staff do not have time to use their employee benefits.14% of respondents say that flexible working is the most popular employee benefit for their US staff, while 11% say the most popular benefit for their employees is free food or snacks, and 6% that telecommuting is the most popular benefit for their US employees.9% of respondents plan to offer flexible working as a wellness benefit in the next three years, 7% will provide mental health coverage over the next three years, and an additional 7% plan to introduce commuter benefits.7% of respondents will offer mindfulness training as a wellness benefit in the next three years, and a further 7% will introduce stress management programmes.6% of respondents plan to provide health insurance for employees over the next three years, 5% will introduce telecommuting, and 5% will implement unlimited paid or personal time off.Jamie True (pictured), chief executive officer at LifeWorks, said: “These findings show that employers need to do more to inform employees about what’s available to them. Offering benefits is a great start, but [employers are] setting [their] staff up to fail if [they’re] not properly educating them on why and how they should use their benefits.“It starts with [organisational] culture. Therefore, to shift [organisational] culture to focus more on employee wellbeing, play an active role in promoting wellness benefits.”last_img read more

Brunswick LRA Unveils Plaque Commemorating Air Stations Legacy

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority and two local organizations last month unveiled a plaque at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick (NASB) commemorating the base’s history and its impact on the Midcoast region of Maine.The plaque, which was donated by the Brunswick Rotary Club and Village Heritage Society, was installed at Brunswick Landing’s P-3 Park, where a P-3 Orion is displayed. P-3 aircraft based at Brunswick conducted anti-submarine and maritime surveillance missions over the North Atlantic during World War II. The air station initially was established in 1943 to train U.S. Navy and Royal Canadian pilots of the British Naval Command, reported the Portland Press Herald.After the war, the air station became the major shore command center supplying logistics and personnel support to on- and off-base Navy commands, including the Navy’s supervisor of shipbuilding center at Bath Iron Works.“NASB held a strong and personal relationship with local communities and substantially contributed to the regional economy over its 68 years,” the plaque reads. The installation closed in 2011 following the last BRAC round.“I think it’s significant to remember the sacrifices that our young men and women have made for our country and Naval Air Station Brunswick was a cornerstone to that sacrifice,” said Steve Levesque, the LRA’s executive director.last_img read more