Kidnap bid foiled in Goa

first_imgPanaji: The South Goa police on Saturday foiled a kidnapping attempt of a businessman from Vasco by three persons. The kidnappers, who were being chased by the police, pushed the victim from the car. “Three people kidnapped Harish Solanki from outside his shop and demanded a ransom of ₹10 lakh,” acting Superintendent of Police Dinraj Govekar said. The victim was pushed out of the moving car, after a police control room van started chasing the Tata Indica vehicle which the kidnappers were driving, the police officer said. “The victim is fine. There are no injuries. We have identified the kidnappers,” Mr. Govekar said, and added they would be caught soon.last_img read more

Desperation to win trophy with Portugal makes Ronaldo dangerous: Rio Ferdinand

first_imgEngland and Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes that the European Championship final against France is the last opportunity for Cristiano Ronaldo to win a major football trophy with Portugal and this challenge makes the Real Madrid star more dangerous.The 31-year-old Portugal captain has the chance to win the first international title of his glittering career when his side takes on the tournament hosts at the Stade de France on Sunday.In 2004, Ronaldo reached the final of the European championship but ended in tears as they were beaten 0-1 by Greece.”I think he is very aware this is his last opportunity to win something with his country and, knowing him like I do, that makes him even more dangerous. He will be so desperate not to miss out again,” Ferdinand was quoted as saying by BBC on Saturday.”Cristiano has produced great performances for Portugal when it matters before, for example his hat-trick against Sweden in the play-off for the 2014 World Cup,” he added.”So France will know that it is not just in a Real Madrid or Manchester United shirt that he is capable of great things, especially because it was his moment of brilliance that helped decide Portugal’s semi-final against Wales.”RONALDO VS FRANCERonaldo’s former Man United team-mate Ferdinand also feels that the former will relish the opportunity of taking on the whole of France on Sunday.”Everyone in the country will be against him, but he will thrive off that hostility, and off their fear. The French know Cristiano is the player capable of destroying their dream because he has produced magic moments in huge matches right through his career,” he said.advertisement”Part of the reason he is a superstar is because he is not fazed by the big occasion – quite the opposite in fact. Superstars like him relish these situations – the pressure that goes with it brings the best out of him, when other players falter.”Ronaldo is now the joint highest scorer alongside French legend Michel Platini in European Championship history with nine goals, and holds the record for most headed goals with five.”He has always been amazing on the ball but even when he first joined United in 2003 he was great in the air too. Early in his career it was a part of his game that was quite undervalued but he always scored a lot of headers and, the way he does it, he is the closest thing in football to basketball legend Michael Jordan,” he said.”The way he jumps and hangs in the air is the same as Jordan and he has got the ability to stay up there, assess the situation and then put the ball where he wants to, with power. I will always remember the header he scored for United away at Roma in the Champions League quarter-finals in April 2008,” Ferdinand concluded.last_img read more

India continue to remain tigers at home and rabbits abroad after 499 Tests

first_imgCome September 22, India will reach a landmark in Test cricket – the oldest format of the game. India will become only the fourth nation in history to play 500 Test matches and will join the league of ‘extraordinary nations’ with Australia (791), England (976) and the West Indies (517). (Virat Kohli on course to leapfrog MS Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly as India’s most successful Test captain)Since playing in their first Test match in England in 1932, India went on to become one of the most feared teams across the world. In the span of 84 years, the Indian team has achieved the No.1 status in Test cricket, set numerous records, beaten every other team home and away, and has made cricket the most revered sport in the country.As Virat Kohli and Co. take on New Zealand in the landmark Test in Kanpur, we take a look at how India have fared in home and away in their road to 500 Test matches. (India will be too strong for New Zealand, says Brett Lee)While India have improved rapidly in every block of 100 Test matches, their performance in home and away show stark differences.1-100 TESTS: OFF TO A SLOW STARTIn 1-100 Tests, India have won 10, lost 40, drawn 50 with a winning percentage of 10 per cent. In 101-200 Tests, India won 25, lost 32 and drew 43, with a winning percentage of 25 per cent. In 201-300 Tests, there was a dip in their performance as they won 21, lost 26 and drew 52 and 1 match finished as a tie. The winning percentage was 21.advertisementWith the arrival of superstars Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Anil Kumble, India showed a massive improvement in the next block of 301-400. They won 32, lost 31 and drew 37, with a winning percentage of 32 per cent. (India eye top Test rank in the upcoming home series against New Zealand)That generation of cricketers, also known as the ‘Famous Five’, maintained their dominance throughout and took Indian cricket to greater heights. Later on, the team’s legacy was carried forward by a few other inspirational youngsters such as Virender Sehwag, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh and Ravichandran Ashwin and Virat Kohli, who led India to some of the most memorable Test victories both home and away.In the next block of 401-499 Test matches, India won a remarkable 41 matches, lost 28 and drew 30, with a win percentage of 41.41 and created a reputation of being a strong Test nation.But while India became a force to reckon with at home, they also have the reputation of faltering in unfavourable overseas conditions.India have played 248 Tests at home, winning 87 of them and losing on 51 occasions. A total of 109 Tests ended as draw and one match was a tie. The team’s overall win percentage at home comes to 35.08, which is a remarkable achievement.However, the numbers are not impressive when India went on overseas tours. (Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin key as India look to trounce New Zealand)In 251 away Tests, India won 42 matches, lost 106 while 103 matches ended as a draw, with win percentage of a lowly 16.73.Away wins have been sporadic and infrequent for India, contributing to the team’s poor record. With the gradual exit of the Big Four (Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman and Ganguly), India found overseas success hard to come by.MORE SUCCESSFUL BUT OUTSIDE WOES CONTINUEIn the last 10 years, India have won only seven out of their 19 away Test series. India have lost their last three Test series in South Africa, lost both their last two series in England, and have suffered heavy defeats in their last two Test series in Australia.As India gear up for their long home season, including 13 Test matches, the hosts may end up winning most of them. However, their poor overseas performances might just take the sheen out of India’s spectacular record at home.last_img read more

Junaid Khan ruled out of New Zealand tour with stress fracture

first_imgPakistan have suffered yet another major injury setback ahead of their tour to New Zealand as fast bowler Junaid Khan has been ruled out of the limited-overs series next month.Junaid will be out of action for up to four weeks due to a stress fracture on his right foot.The 27-year-old had suffered the injury on his right foot while playing for Khulna Titans in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) last month.Pakistan Cricket Board’s medical panel — headed by Dr Sohail Saleem — confirmed the news and said that Junaid had suffered a hairline fracture in his right foot and would now require another four weeks of rest, according to reports.Junaid is the second injury concern for the national selectors after Usman Shinwari was ruled out for six months due to a back fracture.Pakistan cricket team is set to depart for New Zealand on December 26 to play a five-match ODI series and three T20Is in a month-long tour beginning on January 6.last_img read more

HEITEC: subrack elements enable cost-effective, easier designs

first_img Continue Reading Previous Infineon: fully integrated SVID and PVID enabled voltage regulatorNext Panasonic: stand-alone Wi-Fi module in fully shielded case At embedded world 2018, HEITEC will present current system solutions for various application areas that illustrate the process “from the idea to the product” in addition to new products in its subrack program.A number of new designs within the subrack portfolio will be presented, which are enabling new design possibilities: HeiCool ECO is a 1U plug-in cooling fan solution with a high energy saving potential for various installation options such as 19″ mounting or insertion into a cabinet or firm integration into a subrack. Despite this modularity, the individual parts are compatible with the HeiCool line and extend the range of performance. AC voltage 230V is covered by default, but this is easily convertible if required. HeiCool ECO can be used very well as a retrofit option or for applications without own ventilation.Two new HeiPac DinRail 3U cap rail solutions – HeiPac DinRail ECO is a cost-efficient, robust bent part, HeiPac DinRail PRO a HeiPac Vario subrack which both are offered with a pre-assembled cap rail – simplify the mounting of DIN rail devices.Using a selection of exhibits from the areas of medical technology, industrial automation, test & measurement as well as communication, the company will additionally demonstrate its expertise in realizing precise modules and systems of different development degrees. These exactly correspond to the customers’ specifications and consist of differently large shares of software, mechanics, electronics, standard and tailor-made elements as well as different levels of design, manufacturing and services.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Cleared Stokes fuels fiery debate about his future

first_imgLondon, Aug 15 (AFP) England star Ben Stokes may have been cleared of affray but former cricket luminaries while agreeing his behaviour was well below that expected of a man seen by many as a role model are divided as to whether he should face further punishment. The 27-year-old New Zealand-born all-rounder faces an internal disciplinary enquiry by the Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) following his acquittal by unanimous decision of a jury yesterday. Former Derbyshire batsman and qualified solicitor Tim O’Gorman is heading the investigation. Stokes’s team-mate Alex Hales — who was with him during the late night brawl outside a club in Bristol, southwest England, last September but was not charged — will also face the enquiry. However, former England captains Mike Atherton and Nasser Hussain whilst both abhorring his behaviour are at odds with each other as to whether he should be punished further. “With a not-guilty verdict, the way forward seems, to me, to be clear enough and should not involve further punishment,” Atherton writes in The Times. Atherton, who captained England in 54 of his 115 Test matches, conceded Stokes’s heavy drinking that night and what ensued afterwards “is not exactly acceptable behaviour for an England player during international duty”. “There are clauses in an England cricketer’s contract — such as bringing the game into disrepute — that could yet result in punishment,” the 50-year-old commented. “Although Stokes was never formally suspended from the England team, his non-selection for the Ashes came about clearly as a result of the events in Bristol.advertisement “He missed the most high-profile series in which an England cricketer can play, essentially a six-month ban.” Hussain, capped 96 times and captained England 45 times till stepping down from the post in 2003, argued differently saying the images caught on CCTV cannot just be ignored and the governing body the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have to act. “Some people would argue that Ben Stokes has had it tough, and has served his time in missing the Ashes, but I see it differently,” he told The Daily Mail. “The ECB should not now take the easy option. “It is far too serious an issue, and the footage far too serious, for people to think about moving on and brushing things under the carpet.” – ‘Doesn’t everyone?’ – ======================= Former England spinner Vic Marks says in The Guardian there is no doubt Stokes “brought the game into disrepute” on a “feral night out” which does nothing to promote the image of the game the ECB wants to display to families. Marks draws comparison between Stokes and a superstar all-rounder of another era and one he played with in the great Somerset side of the 1970’s and 80’s, Ian Botham. “The very best cricketers often ooze invincibility; they are never out and never wrong,” wrote Marks. “They feel invulnerable, capable of dominating any situation. “I have witnessed this at close quarters when playing alongside Ian Botham.” Marks, who played six Tests and 34 One Day Internationals for his country, says Stokes, though, suffers from being a star in a time when social media can destroy you within seconds but compares the professionalism these days of sports stars management teams to those in Botham’s day. “In Botham’s era the backroom staff were not so sophisticated,” observed Marks. “He once had an agent, Tim Hudson, whose response to an allegation about Ian smoking cannabis was famously, “Doesn’t everyone?” Marks suggests Stokes take former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting as a role model in moving forward. “Ponting had his moments of madness in bars as a young Australian cricketer and was dropped in 1999 after an incident in Sydney which left him unconscious in the early hours of the morning,” writes Marks. “He was not required to go to court but he acknowledged a problem with alcohol and his off-field behaviour, and with appropriate help he resolved it before going on to have the most brilliant of careers.” (AFP) AHAHlast_img read more

The NCAA is (still) investigating the Sports Illustrated story

first_imgIt’s only been, what, 10 months?Brett McMurphy reported on Monday that the NCAA is still looking into the claims Sports Illustrated levied upon Oklahoma State last fall which it actually began doing before the five-part series came out.That’s not exactly breaking news because this is the same internal investigation about which Mike Holder said this last week:“I’m tired of writing checks for that investigation and whatever is going on out there,” said Holder. “I had to stay out of it completely.“I am excluded from the loop on purpose and our compliance officer (Kevin Fite) reports directly to the President and there is a reason for that. I anxiously await like everyone else what Chuck Smrt and the NCAA have uncovered in their investigation.”What he means is Boone is tired of writing checks but yeah, all the same.I’m sure the report will be totally fair and balanced because the NCAA has such a strong history of being on the same page as we are.The news here is that OSU expects all this to be over soon (kind of). From McMurphy’s report:“The inquiry continues and it is hoped that it will conclude within the next few months,” a university spokesman told ESPN. “The university anticipates releasing a report after the NCAA concludes its process. Since it is an ongoing inquiry conducted in cooperation with the NCAA, the university is unable to comment further at this time.”Welcome back to football season!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

JIS Engages Students to Plant Trees During Child Month

first_imgTo observe Child Month, the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) undertook a tree-planting exercise with students at selected primary schools, in the parishes of St. Andrew and St. Catherine, culminating at Naggo Head on Thursday, May 30.Other schools visited were Harbour View on May 16; Padmore on May 21 and Bridgeport on May 28.The activity was carried out in association with the Forestry Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.[RELATED: JIS Launches Tree Planting Initiative for Child Month]The students were happy and appreciative of the initiative. Twelve-year-old student of Naggo Head Primary, Dejean Cousins, said “it is really nice that the JIS has come to help us in the planting of trees and the beautification of the school. We need a lot of trees, especially on the field, so we can get shade. It is hot during the days, especially when we are doing Physical Education.”This view was reiterated by caretaker of the school, Henry Green, who said that the trees, when grown, will be “good for shade during the days and will keep the place cool. The playfield needs trees around it.”For her part, Principal of Bridgeport Primary School, Lorna Lewis, was very enthused when the JIS visited her school, as the students are currently working on a project to enhance the appearance of their school.“Trees are very important to our environment. The front of our school really needs a facelift, and we have been doing a few things to enhance the school, so when we heard that JIS wanted to come we were very happy. In a little while when you’re driving by, you’ll be very pleased to see what you have helped us to achieve here at Bridgeport,” she said.[RELATED: Forestry Department on Mission of Reforestation]The Forestry Department donated seedlings to the project. Client Services Forrester in the Department, Nicola Hutchinson Scott, as well as Senior Director, Forest Science and Technology Services Division, Donna Lowe, gave short presentations at each school about the importance of trees.Due to a decrease in the amount of trees across Jamaica, the Department is currently on a mission to increase forest cover over the country by two per cent over the next 10 years.Contact: Christine Ade-Goldlast_img read more

Intermarine Transfers Marine Cargo Terminal to Watco

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Intermarine Ocean transportation and marine logistics services provider Intermarine and its affiliates, Industrial Maritime Carriers (IMC) and Industrial Terminals, Management, have transferred the leasehold ownership of their terminal assets to Watco Companies.As informed, the parties have entered into a long-term agreement “for continued and future use” of Industrial Terminals, a project cargo port.Intermarine inked the deal with Watco for the provision of stevedoring and terminal services as Industrial Terminals is directly adjacent to Watco’s Greens Port terminal on the Houston Ship Channel. Under the deal, Intermarine staff will remain located at Industrial Terminals.Combined, the two properties are comprised of 746 acres, seven berths and more than 5,000 feet of dock space.“Our ocean carriage business has evolved with the changes in the market and the transaction with Watco will allow us to seamlessly and efficiently continue operations at Industrial Terminals, while focusing on our core liner and worldwide chartering services,” Michael Dumas, President of Maritime Holdings and CFO of Intermarine, said.“We are very excited to add the Industrial Terminals assets to the Greens Port Industrial Park and enter into a long term agreement with IMC. The combined assets will allow us to expand the service offerings,” Bill Kinzeler, Vice President of Network Strategy for Watco Terminal and Port Services, commented.last_img read more

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Celebrates Legacy of Barbara Bush

first_imgThe Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy mourns the passing and celebrates the legacy of its founder, Barbara Bush.Barbara Pierce Bush — a beloved first lady, proud mother of six children, accomplished author and passionate champion for family literacy — passed away on April 17, 2018.Mrs. Bush believed that every man, woman and child should have the opportunity to secure a better life through literacy. In 1989, this belief inspired her to establish the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, which has provided educational opportunities for Americans of all ages, in all 50 states, over the past 29 years.Jean Becker, member of the Foundation’s board of directors and chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush, shared, “Mrs. Bush was a mother first and foremost, and as such believed that the most wonderful gift she could give her children — and families across America — was a love of reading and learning.”Today, the Foundation remains committed to Mrs. Bush’s vision, providing innovative programs and strategies aimed to expand access to education for all Americans. Doro Bush Koch, daughter of President George H.W. and Barbara Bush, carries on her mother’s legacy as honorary chair of the Foundation.“My favorite quote from Mrs. Bush is, ‘Believe in something larger than yourself…get involved in the big ideas of your time,’” said Chris Frangione, interim CEO of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. “She believed in the power of literacy to strengthen families and our nation, now and for generations to come. Her passion for big ideas will live on through the Foundation, continuing to inspire us as we work toward literacy for all.”In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Bush requested that those wishing to honor her memory do so through contributions to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Visit www.barbarabushlegacy.org to make a memorial gift, share a tribute honoring Mrs. Bush’s memory, or learn more about her incredible life and legacy.last_img read more

Annan urges full investigation of killings in Gaza

A spokesman for Mr. Annan said he was “deeply disturbed” at the incidents on a beach where women and children were reportedly among the dead, and called for a full investigation. “The Secretary-General reminds all concerned of their obligations under international humanitarian law to avoid placing civilians in danger, while urging the utmost restraint to avoid further escalation and bloodshed,” the spokesman said in a statement.

Paul Drops 40 Leads Clippers to Defeat Nuggets in

Chris Paul dominated the game with a high of 40 points and 11 assists to bring the Los Angeles Clippers to a 118-111 overtime defeat over the Denver Nuggets at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday night.Paul made a layup with 22 seconds left in regulation sending the game into overtime. In a total of 42 minutes he added seven rebounds and 12 of 13 shooting to his efficient game.Paul had 15 points by halftime, when the Clippers trailed 47-46.The Nuggets lost their chance to win in regulation when JaVale McGee missed a 6-foot jumper at the buzzer.Clippers’ Darren Collison looked good with his 27 points, hitting 10 out of 13 shots. Blake Griffin scored 17 points with eight rebounds in 39 minutes of play for the Clippers.Evan Fournier and Anthony Randolph both scored 16 points for the Nuggets, while veteran Andre Miller dropped 15.Los Angeles shot 52 percent from the field compared to the Nuggets’ 49 percent.According to Yahoo Sports, “This is the second straight year the Clippers played at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Last year, the first time the Clippers hosted a game in Las Vegas, Ty Lawson’s layup at the buzzer gave Denver a 106-104 win.” read more

Four children under eight killed in house fire in Stafford as father

Four children have died in a house fire after two adults and another child managed to escape through a top-floor window of the burning building in Stafford.The survivors of the blaze in the Highfields area of Stafford were taken to hospital after neighbours reported hearing “popping” and “explosions” coming from the house in the early hours. Pictures from the scene show the roof of the house destroyed by the blaze and emergency workers continued to work on the house mid-morning on Tuesday.The parents of the children who died in the blaze have been named locally as Natalie Unitt and Chris Moulton.Staffordshire Police confirmed the names of the children who died as Riley Holt, eight, Keegan Unitt, six, Tilly Rose Unitt, four, and three-year-old Olly Unitt. It is understood their sibling Jack survived.  Rob Barber, deputy chief fire officer for Staffordshire fire and rescue service, said: “One male, one female and a baby had escaped from the property prior to our arrival via a first-floor window.”Our firefighters were faced with very difficult conditions inside the property due to the severity of the fire.”At this time I cannot comment further on the likely cause.”One witness, Jason Stones, 48, said he “could hear small pops and explosions coming from the house”. His wife dialled 999 when they saw smoke “pouring down the road” and when he got out onto the snow-sprinkled street, Mr Stones said he could feel the heat coming from the inferno. Neighbours also reported rumours from the street that the father “jumped from the top window holding his child”. Staffordshire Police, who are now investigating the cause of the fire, said in a statement: “At 2:40am this morning police officers and colleagues from the fire and ambulance services attended a serious house fire in the Highfields area of Stafford. “A search at the property in Sycamore Lane is ongoing, but it is with great sadness we can confirm the deaths of four children at the property.  Emergency services at the scene of a house fire in Sycamore Lane Father ‘jumped’ from top window with childResidents living on the Highfields estate said the dad had jumped from a bedroom window holding his young child as they woke to the sound of explosions like ‘”fireworks”.A neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, added: “I’ve heard the dad jumped from the top window holding his child.”I guess you would do anything that you could, I can’t imagine the heartbreak they must be feeling at not being able to save the others.”There were several small explosions, which sounded like fireworks going off. The flames were pretty high at one point, they were coming out of the roof. Four children die in house fire in Stafford “We’re a bit further down the street so I don’t know them that well but I don’t believe they have been around here for too long.”I’ve been speaking to people today and everyone is just numb with shock.” The roof of the house partially destroyed and the first-floor windows blown out “Tilly was a happy little girl who loved coming to nursery. She was a friendly and caring child who loved to read stories, dress up and paint. Tilly was always proud of her achievements.”Olly was a happy, loving boy who loved cuddles. He was always happy to come to nursery and loved to be in the role play area with the dolls.”We have put in place support in school for staff and pupils, to help anyone who feels affected. Support from Staffordshire County Council’s Educational Psychologists will also be made available if required.”Our sympathies are with the children’s family and friends at this unimaginably difficult time.”Headteacher Kim Ellis, from Marshlands Special School where Keegan was a pupil, said: “Keegan was lively, full of fun and mischief with a really endearing smile.”He loved school and everyone who worked with him loved him. We were all proud of him and the progress that he had made. It is very hard to accept what has happened.”Our school community are understandably devastated and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”We are also putting support in place to help our staff and fellow pupils at this difficult time.” “I couldn’t see anything else or hear anything because the street was suddenly full of fire engines and sirens going off.”They are a nice family, but I only know them to say hello to. It is a couple in their 20s or 30s there, I used to see the mum walking the kids to school.”One of them was in a pushchair but I think the others were of school age. It’s a terrible tragedy for the family.”I have kids of my own but you can’t imagine the pain they must be going through. I just feel so gutted for the family and those poor children.”The house was absolutely gutted, they didn’t stand a chance.”Neighbours also reported that they had heard a man jumped out of a window with a baby in his arms, according to BBC Radio Stoke. Four children die in house fire in StaffordCredit:BBC Radio Stoke A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found an ongoing serious house fire.”Three occupants, two adults and a child, had managed to get out of the property.”All three patients were assessed and treated on scene by ambulance staff for non-life-threatening injuries before being taken to hospital for further care.“Tragically, four children from the property were confirmed dead on scene. Our thoughts are with the family at this exceptionally difficult time.”Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service wrote on Twitter: “Our thoughts are with the family of those involved in this awful tragic incident. We’ll be carrying out a joint fire investigation into the cause of the fire with Staffordshire Police.” Emergency services at the scene of a house fire in Sycamore LaneCredit:Aaron Chown/PA Firefighters at the scene of a house fire “Two adults and another child are being treated in hospital.”Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.  Colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are examining the scene as the investigation into the cause of the fire begins. “Our thoughts are with the family, who are being supported by specialist officers at this difficult time.”West Midlands Ambulance Service said two adults and a child had managed to escape the inferno but four other children were tragically pronounced dead at the scene.As well as 15 firefighters, two paramedic officers, three ambulances, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team, the MERIT trauma team and a BASICS emergency doctor were sent to the property after being called by the fire service. “But you just feel helpless and when you hear that four children have lost their lives, it fills you with great sadness and we are all absolutely devastated.”The family haven’t been there that long, it must be about a year or so and they seemed very nice and friendly. It desperately tragic.” Tributes to ‘happy and endearing’ childrenStaffordshire Police’s Chief Inspector Gemma Ward said: “I want to reassure you we are working closely with colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service as investigative work into the cause of the fire begins.”We would like to offer our condolences and thank the community for their support, as I’m aware groups and individuals have already been offering.”Headteacher Nicola Glover, from Castlechurch Primary School, where three of the children attended, said: “Our entire school community is absolutely devastated by this news.”Riley was a very confident, excitable member of school who came everyday full of enthusiasm.”He was a caring friend who hated to see anyone hurt or upset and would do his best to help or cheer them up.”Riley had a great sense of humour and an infectious giggle. He was a very bright and articulate boy who showed interest in all areas and was always keen to ask lots of questions. 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. Tory councillor Philip Atkins, leader of Staffordshire County Council, added in a statement: “I was shocked to hear the terrible news of the deaths of four children in the heart of our community.”We will support the family in any way and our thoughts and prayers are very much with all those who knew and loved these children and who now must cope with this tragic loss.”I would also thank all the emergency services for their work and professionalism in these devastating circumstances.”‘Popping’ and ‘explosions’ heard coming from burning houseNeighbours living on the quaint residential street, where property prices average around £130,000, spoke of their “deep sadness” after the tragedy.Jason Stones, 48, said: “You could hear small pops and explosions coming from the house at about 2.30am.”My dogs woke me up. I looked out the window and smoke was pouring from the back of the house down the road.”My wife dialled 999 while I rushed outside and you could feel the heat coming up the road. The roof of the house partially destroyed and the first-floor windows blown outCredit:Aaron Chown/PA Another resident, who did not want to be named, added: “I was awoken by the sound of sirens and saw blue flashing lights illuminating the street.”I rushed out and you could see the flames straight away. I was offering people cups of tea or coffee, everyone was in the street – I just wanted to do what I could to help. Firefighters at the scene of a house fireCredit:Aaron Chown/PA read more

Govt achieving 5MW of renewable energy by years end a fallacy

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo has taken Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson to task over recent statements he made with regards to the Government achieving its set renewable energy goals by the end of 2018.Patterson, who was providing updates on a number of multi-million-dollar hydro and solar- power projects that had seemingly been gathering dust, posited, among other things, that “by the end of 2018, we would have installed about five megawatts of renewable energy. And that’s a commendable feat coming from 2015 with zero.”While Patterson has made that commitment, Jagdeo has expressed a different opinion.Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo“Pure nonsense. Total nonsense. It’s a lie,” the former President told media operatives on Thursday.Jagdeo asserted that with there being only six months left for the end of 2018, the question remains where the proposed 5 megawatts of power will be sourced from.He also pointed out that the only renewable energy project that is ongoing is located in Mabaruma, highlighting that this is less than half a megawatt.Jagdeo went on to say that it is not a case where the people will get free electricity, as it is going to be sourced from elsewhere.“I’m afraid that two,three years down the line, those systems will go down,” he also expressed.Moreover, the Opposition Leader argued that the Amaila Falls Hydro Project is a lost opportunity for Guyanese to experience clean and cheap electricity.He maintains that the project remains the best for Guyana and will only result in huge benefits to the people and the local economy.The coalition Administration had discontinued the project when it assumed office in 2015 but as of recent has been speaking about plans of possibly restarting it.Only recently, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman affirmed that the project is actually a renewable energy option for Government, but says funding is an issue.An artist’s impression of the Amaila Falls Hydropower ProjectTrotman was at the time answering questions before the Natural Resources Committee. Asked about the conflicting statements on hydro, he denied that the project was ever off the table.However, just months prior State Minister, Joseph Harmon was quoted in the press saying that the hydro project- which was initiated under the People’s Progressive Party- has been canned.The project, which was the brainchild of Jagdeo, formed part of the Low Carbon Development Strategy.The independent, facts-based assessment of the Amaila Falls Hydropower project in Guyana, which was done by an independent Norway-based engineering and design consultancy firm, Norconsult AS, found that the project is the only realistic path for Guyana to achieve greater levels of renewable energy.It was outlined that the Amaila Falls could have been almost operational by now and consumers could have been close to seeing the end to expensive and unreliable electricity.The project, which would have been the largest Foreign Direct Investment in the country’s history, had the potential to reintegrate the country with the global capital markets for the first time in over 40 years.The incumbent Administration when in Opposition was vehemently against the project, even withholding support from the National Assembly in 2013 for legislation pertaining to the project.The major investor, Sithe Global subsequently pulled out from the then US$858M project, citing a lack of national consensus on the part of the Parliamentary opposition. read more

MTU Onsite Energy generator powers Teck rope shovel moves

first_imgAt Teck Coal’s Elk Valley operations as at other major mines, the rope shovels operate off main utility power via a nearby substation but also use a mobile power source during relocation, sometimes referred to as motivators. The existing 30-year old motivator was underpowered and frequently in need of maintenance, with significant downtime costs were significant. To solve the problem, Cullen Diesel, a local power products supplier, designed an innovative replacement specific to the mine needs which relies on a generator set from MTU Onsite Energy.The mining motivator is essentially a generator set on wheels and all of Teck’s Elk Valley sites share a single motivator. Until recently, this was a long-serving unit that had become outdated. “The old motivator was sufficient for some of our older shovels, but it was severely underpowered for a lot of our new shovels,” said Mehul Joshi, Electrical Engineer for Teck Coal. “It ran at 1,400 kW, and whenever we tried to move it, the breaker would trip, sometimes as many as four or five times during a move.”Joshi and his engineering team worked with Cullen Diesel Power in Vancouver, the local MTU Onsite Energy distributor, to design a new motivator specific to Teck’s needs. The power source in the new system is an MTU Onsite Energy generator set that includes an MTU 20V4000 G83L engine, which meets EPA Tier 2 emission standards in accordance with Teck’s specifications. The generator set’s power output is rated at 7,200 v and 2,575 kW at an elevation of 1,300 m. It is about 130% more powerful than the old one — and more than capable of meeting the 1,434 kW peak power needs of Teck’s newest shovels. More detail on this project will be provided in a future IM issue.last_img read more

Newcrest looks for realtime productivity improvements with Interlate partnership

first_imgInterlate has partnered up with Newcrest Mining to provide expert decision support and near real-time productivity improvement services to the mining company’s operations in Australia and Papua New Guinea, the Australia-based service provider said.The company’s productivity improvement service combines mining expertise, data science and Internet of Things-based technology. Interlate operates from its Operations Intelligence Centre in Brisbane, Australia.Craig Jetson, Executive General Manager Lihir (PNG) and Cadia (Australia), said: “We are pleased to announce our partnership with Interlate to deliver their near real-time monitoring solution for our operations. Remote support that leverages advanced data analytics is a key part of our operational improvement strategy — Interlate’s SentinelTM service is the solution we were looking for, enabling those improvements to be sustained in the future.”Jetson explained that the ability to rapidly identify significant value-adding initiatives was one of the reasons it signed an agreement with Interlate. “Given their experience in remote monitoring, their solution provides us a ‘safe on-ramp’ into this space, without closing the door on developing our own capabilities in this area internally in the future.”David Meldrum, CEO of Interlate, said: “Working together, Newcrest and Interlate have already discovered significant productivity improvement opportunities in Newcrest’s operations, which could contribute millions of dollars in profit each year. This value will steadily increase as Newcrest realises further gains from the real-time productivity improvement services.”In October, Interlate and Siemens signed a memorandum of understanding to help deliver productivity gains for the mining industry, by better leveraging data across the entire mining value chain.Interlate says its Sentinel solutions plug into a SCADA system and pulls time-critical data into a Data Assimilation Node (DAN) sitting onsite. This DAN streams the data back to Interlate and its data centre.In the data centre, Interlate conditions the information, display it so it makes sense and has a productivity supervisor monitor it. This supervisor has audio visual collaboration tools, which are connected to the supervisor on site so that both can communicate in real time about what they are seeing.last_img read more

Spend Labor Day weekend exploring 9 Clark County wineries

first_imgWhat is the essence of a great wine-and-food pairing?For one thing, the late Carl English, founder of Vancouver’s English Estate Winery, liked to misquote jazz composer and bandleader Duke Ellington, who famously loved bending, breaking or simply ignoring rules.“If it sounds good, it is good,” Ellington said about music, and that’s just how English viewed wine: “If it tastes good, it is good.”“There are no rules. The best wine to pair with food is whatever your palate enjoys,” said Andee Mowrey, the tasting room manager at English Estate. “What I always tell people is, taste the wine and enjoy the flavors. Then enjoy the food and taste those flavors. Then, retaste the wine, and see how the food has adjusted the flavor of the wine.”It’s a little bit art, a little bit science, a little bit personal preference and whole lot of exploration and experimentation. Don’t worry about doing it “wrong,” just get some practice over the long Labor Day weekend — Saturday, Sunday and Monday — as members of the Southwest Washington Winery Association show off great wine-and-food partnerships.“It’s fun to try things and see how texture and flavors are enhanced by a good pairing,” Mowrey said — and, having waived any strict adherence to rules, she cited one “good general rule: the more flavorful the food, the more flavorful the wine should be.”last_img read more

San Diego County Coalition releases drug report card showing record Opioid deaths

first_img Updated: 12:50 PM October 26, 2018 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County Prescription Drug Task Force and a group of local political and law enforcement leaders released the task force’s annual report card Friday, showing increases in deaths due to prescription drugs and the synthetic opioid fentanyl.The county report found that 273 San Diego residents died due to prescription drug overdoses, an 8 percent increase over the 253 deaths in 2016, and fentanyl deaths spiked 155 percent from 33 in 2016 to 84 in 2017. Heroin deaths dropped by five percent, from 91 in 2016 to 86 in 2017.“Prescription drug abuse is an equal opportunity killer and can affect anyone, crossing socioeconomic status, ethnicity, gender and age,” said County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, who joined the task force at the release. “The fact is, unintentional drug-related deaths continue to rise.”The death tolls due to prescription drugs and fentanyl were record highs in San Diego County. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fentanyl is roughly 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin.“We have seen a steady increase in fatal overdose cases over the years where fentanyl has been added to opiates,” County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Glenn Wagner said.Gaspar and the task force detailed the county’s plan to use a community-driven approach to reduce prescription drug and opioid dependence. The county plans to partner with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, District Attorney Summer Stephan, the Safe Homes Coalition and the San Diego Association of Realtors to fight drug abuse issues. Residents can also call the county’s access and crisis hotline at (888) 724-7240.The report came on the eve of the county’s participation in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 27. The county will offer prescription drug disposal services at 44 sites. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Admnistration, local law enforcement officers and local organizations will assist the county in collecting unused, expired and unwanted pills from county residents.“Prescription drug abuse is a critical issue that impacts more than 6 million American families and children,” the San Diego Association of Realtors said in a statement. “With more than 20,000 members throughout the County of San Diego, SDAR is well-positioned serve as regional leader for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.” center_img KUSI Newsroom, San Diego County Coalition releases drug report card showing record Opioid deaths Posted: October 26, 2018last_img read more

Ross Ferrar retires as CEO of Gaming Technologies Association

first_imgAustralia’s Gaming Technologies Association (GTA) has announced the appointment of Chris Muir as CEO following the retirement of its long-serving Chief Executive, Ross Ferrar.Ferrar has led the GTA for 17 years in which time he has developed a strong record of advocating for its members in support of a robust and sound regulatory environment, the GTA said. Load More “I would like to thank Ross for his service to the GTA for the past 17 years,” said GTA Chairman Adrian Halpenny. “He has been a keen and steadfast advocate for the Association and its members and has had a distinguished career in the industry.“The GTA will continue to participate as a voice of reason in the public discourse about poker machines and their role as a legitimate entertainment choice enjoyed by millions of Australians.”Incoming CEO Muir joined the GTA in June after filling senior-level roles in both the NSW and Federal governments, including as a chief of staff to senior ministers and a senior official at AUSTRAC.“I would like to thank Ross for the hard work and guidance he has provided the GTA for almost two decades,” Muir said. “I am excited to continue to work with the GTA members and our industry stakeholders to best represent them on issues pertaining to technical and regulatory matters and advocate strongly for them.” Australasian Gaming Expo sets new attendance record with 9,009 visits in 2019 Success Dragon boss steps down amid business decline RelatedPosts End of an era with Dr Stanley Ho to retire from SJM todaylast_img read more

Researcher Science must protect key species from climate changedriven extinction

first_imgMark Urban and other researchers say climate change could wipe out one-sixth of Earth’s species that won’t be able to adapt to the warming planet.Mark Urban shown under a sheet of auefis in Alaska. These ice sheets form over Arctic underground springs but have become less prevalent with global warming. (Photo courtesy of Mark Urban)“Some species will be just fine – in fact, will do better in a changed climate,” Urban said. “But then there are the others that are in serious danger.”Urban is an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at University of Connecticut, and he’s studied among other things climate-change impacts on species that live north of the Brooks Range. Urban says that’s given him a chance to see how rapidly the Arctic is warming – and to realize the need for much more research on how to protect the most important species from extinction. Sort of like how an emergency-room physician would employ triage in a mass-casualty situation.“We’re going to have to live through basically a global heat age,” he said. “And we’re going to have to figure out ways to adapt and create resilient communities and also ecosystems in response to that. Because we want to make it through the heat age with the least number of casualties as possible.”Urban says researchers should identify species he calls “biotic multipliers of climate change” – key species on which whole ecosystems depend. Like, the lake trout of Alaska’s far north.“It’s a species that’s both sensitive to climate change and also has a huge effect on the rest of the ecosystem,” he said.University of Alaska-Fairbanks marine biology professor Russ Hopcroft says Urban’s proposals makes sense for smaller ecosystems, such as ponds and lakes, and higher-order animals that live in them.Urban says native lake trout likely would be considered a biotic multiplier of climate change species. (Photo courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game)“So it works for some types of birds,” Hopcroft said. “It works on a lot of mammals. And it can work on some types of fish which are very tied to specific habitats.”But Hopcroft says Urban’s concepts may not apply in bigger ecosystems.“When we move into the ocean,” he said, “it’s much harder to start talking about ‘keystone species.’ And, in particular, the ability to do any kind of management or remediation.”Hopcroft says the best solution to climate change would be a global response that includes protecting all species and habitats.last_img read more