BJP trains its guns on alliance partner in Bihar

first_imgThe BJP, a ruling coalition partner in Bihar, has accused the State administration of acting in a partisan manner in dealing with the communal clashes that broke out in several districts during the last week’s Ram Navmi celebrations. Recently, the State government had released funds for the repair of mosques, shops and madrassas damaged in the communal clashes — a move questioned by the State BJP leaders.A team of BJP leaders from the State met the police chief K.S. Dwivedi on Friday and submitted a memorandum asking why action was being taken only against members of the majority community for communal flare-ups alleging that members from both communities were involved and had suffered losses.The delegation demanded the “release of all innocent people and a high-level enquiry into the alleged partisan approach adopted by the police.”“This policy of appeasing one community has never paid off for the country,” said senior State BJP leader and former party MP C.P. Thakur. Communal incidents were witnessed in six districts in which several people were injured, shops gutted and mosques damaged. A total of 15 cases were registered by police and 214 people were arrested. The Opposition parties have charged Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of “surrendering before the aggressive BJP”.last_img read more

Bounce back time

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “We were too overconfident against KIA,” he said of the 98-94 loss, which almost made the Painters the butt of league jokes after losing to the team that got blown away by its last three foes by an average of more than 35 points. “I just told my players that those things happen and asked them na huwag na maulit.”The Road Warriors, of all the teams playing, have the longest losing streak at three and, in Garcia’s view, are the favorites in the 4:30 p.m. contest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They’re a bigger team than us, and if we can’t run, we will be in trouble,” Garcia said of NLEX, which opened up with two straight wins but has tumbled ever since. “Their lineup is superior (than ours) and we’re also hoping that they have an off night.”NLEX, fresh from a 109-98 setback to tournament leader San Miguel Beer, will actually be coming off one of its worthiest performances where it pushed the powerhouse Beermen to the limit. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFour fancied squads coming off losses return to action on Friday, with one of those teams eager to get back on track after losing to the PBA Philippine Cup cellar dweller last week.“We’ve gotten over that,” Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia told the Inquirer over the phone after coming off “the best practice I’ve had with this team,” as the Elasto Painters slug it out with NLEX and their former coach at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Phoenix has one of the league’s deadliest guns in Matthew Wright and has taken a defensive mentality ever since Louie Alas took over as coach at the start of the season.The Fuel Masters are also longing to have a dominant big man with Alas saying that they are “2 to 3 blue-chip players away” from contending with the league’s elite teams. Read Next Ababa, Paez fire 68, grab Pradera lead MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “We need to run against their bigs,” Garcia said.Kiefer Ravena, NLEX’s super rookie, will be coming into another game where most defensive guns will be trained on him.Garcia has the tools to throw at the 6-foot Ravena, who erupted for 31 points against Magnolia and is being groomed by Yeng Guiao to be more of a team player.Barangay Ginebra, meanwhile, comes into its 7 p.m. clash with Phoenix Petroleum seeking to put an end to a two-game slide even with cornerstone Greg Slaughter listed as doubtful for the second straight game.The 7-foot Slaughter sat out a 97-83 loss to Alaska last Sunday because of a reported hamstring pull, and if he is still injured, that levels things up a bit against the Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

Most Mumbai police stations operating illegally: Nitesh Rane

first_imgMumbai, Jun 7(PTI) Congress MLA Nitesh Rane today alleged that 72 out of total 94 police stations in Mumbai are made to operate “illegally” due to apathy by the state government.”I have found that out of total 94 police stations in Mumbai, 72 police stations are working illegally as they do not have proper infrastructure and other amenities.”These police stations do not have proper water, electricity or telephone connections, and police officers posted there have no option but to work,” Nitesh, son of Congress leader Narayan Rane, told PTI.He represents Kankavali constituency in Konkan region.Alleging structural anomalies, he said some of the police stations are not even recognised by the civic body.”This government has turned a blind eye towards the police welfare and is doing nothing to solve the woes of those jawans (police personnel) who are tasked with the utmost responsibility to protect us,” Nitesh alleged.When asked about the basis of his claims, the legislator said, “Its not something hidden. You go to any police station and find out the facts yourself.”Nitesh said the police personnel are supposed to wear leather shoes even during monsoon. “Why dont you (government) provide and allow them to wear sports shoes that would help them run faster?,” he asked.He claimed that the police stations lack basic amenities like toilets and women personnel do not have changing rooms.Nitesh said he has written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis seeking his intervention to resolve the plight of policemen by convening a meeting of senior officials. PTI APM NSK KIS SREadvertisementlast_img read more

Castro’s Homer Only Hit for Yanks in 2-1 Win Over Rays

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — For the first time in a century the New York Yankees won a game with just one hit.Starlin Castro’s two-run homer off Jake Odorizzi in the seventh inning was enough to give the Yankees a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on May 29.“We really weren’t doing much,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “We get a huge hit from Starlin.”According to Baseball Reference data going back to 1913, the Yankees’ only other one-hit win was when Charlie Mullen had an RBI single to beat Cleveland in six innings of a doubleheader nightcap on July 10, 1914.Brett Gardner took a 3-2 pitch with one out in the seventh to draw the Yankees’ first walk and become their second baserunner. Castro then sent a 91 mph pitch over the center-field fence.“It felt really good, especially because we won the game,” Castro said. “Gardy had a nice walk, and I was just looking for pitches I could drive.”Nathan Eovaldi (6-2) gave up one run and six hits in six innings to win his career-best fifth consecutive start.“I had all the confidence in the world with our guys,” Eovaldi said. “It’s just one swing, and that’s what happened.”Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman each pitched a perfect inning and combined for seven strikeouts. Chapman got his seventh save in seven chances, and New York is 6-0 this year when the trio has pitched in the same game.Odorizzi (2-3) struck out six and walked one in seven innings. He has given up seven homers in six starts this month after allowing two in five April outings.“One swing changes the whole outcome, and that’s solely upon me,” Odorizzi said. “I didn’t even watch it. I knew it went off the bat pretty hot, so I didn’t even look. I knew we were losing.”Odorizzi was perfect until Dustin Ackley reached on a one-out error by shortstop Brad Miller in the sixth inning.Miller was positioned behind second base and moved to his right to field Ackley’s grounder. He double clutched at the ball in his glove and bounced his throw to first. The play was called an error by official scorer Bill Mathews.Tampa Bay challenged the call by first base umpire Gabe Morales, which was upheld in a video review.Evan Longoria, coming off a four-RBI performance in a May 28 9-5 win, singled in Brandon Guyer from second base with two outs in the third. Since making his major league debut in 2008, Longoria’s 90 RBIs against the Yankees are the most by any opponent.Longoria nearly made it 4-0 in the fifth, but his two-out, opposite-field drive with two on was caught at the right-field wall by Aaron Hicks.Tampa Bay loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth but failed to score when Curt Casali popped out to first.Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez was hitless in three at-bats, including two strikeouts.A-Rod is 1-for-16 in four games since returning from a strained right hamstring, his lone hit a two-run homer in a May 27th 4-1 win.(MARK DIDTLER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Skibbe Fired as Greece Coach, Anastassiadis to Replace Him

first_imgATHENS (AP) — The Greek soccer federation has fired national team coach Michael Skibbe following a string of poor results.Federation president Vangelis Grammenos says the German coach will be replaced by Angelos Anastassiadis, a Greek who has coached several domestic clubs and the Cypriot national team.Grammenos says the decision to fire Skibbe followed the squad’s “recent unfortunate results.” Greece has struggled in the UEFA Nations League, most recently losing to Finland 2-0.He adds that the federation took a conscious decision to hire a Greek coach “to instill the characteristics required in a national squad.”Skibbe took over Greece in October 2015.Anastassiadis’ contract runs for a year.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Apple iPhone 11 CAD renders showing square camera bump appear online

first_imgApple is likely to upgrade its iPhone lineup in September this year. The 2019 iPhones are likely to follow the suit of their predecessors and include three smartphone models called the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Max and the iPhone 11R. In the past couple of months, a steady stream of rumours has already given us a fair idea as to what should be expected from Apple this year. And now adding to that stream is a series of CAD renders that gives us yet another glimpse of the upcoming iPhone 11.The new CAD renders come as a courtesy of Slash Leaks which shared the images of the upcoming iPhone XI, the iPhone XI Max and the iPhone XIR online. The new images show the upcoming three phones sporting a multi-camera setup at the back that is housed inside a squared shaped camera bump that is placed on the top right quadrant of three iPhones – something that we have seen consistently over the course of reviews in the past.To get down to the specifics, the CAD renders indicate that the iPhone XI and the iPhone XI Max, that will succeed the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max, will come with a triple camera setup and flash at the back, while the iPhone XIR, that will succeed the iPhone XR will come with a dual rear camera setup with a flash. Image Courtesy: Slash LeaksIn terms of the screen, the iPhone XIR is expected to sport a 6.1-inch screen, while the iPhone XI and the iPhone XI Max are likely to come with 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch display sizes. The three iPhones – as has been pointed out by several reports in the past – are likely to retain the notch that will house multiple sensors, including the front camera, and the earpiece. In addition to this, the three images also indicate the presence of a speaker grille at the bottom along with the lightning port.advertisementSadly, the CAD renders do not reveal more details about the three iPhones. And it looks like we are back to waiting for the launch event to know the specific details about Apple’s 2019 iPhone lineup.ALSO READ: | iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max, and iPhone 11R square camera design seemingly confirmedALSO READ: | iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max camera and storage details revealed in new leakALSO READ: | Apple likely to retain lightning port in iPhone 11last_img read more


first_imgThe amount of water being released into the lower Missouri River from South Dakota dams has been temporarily reduced because of recent heavy rains in the area.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it is reducing the amount of water being released from the Fort Randall and Gavins Point dams to allow area rivers to return to normal levels.The Corps says the releases from Gavins Point dam will be reduced until the Missouri River crests near Sioux City, which is expected in the next several days.The releases will be restored to near 60,000 cubic feet per second after the river level recedes.last_img

10 months agoMan Utd ready to rip heart out of Tottenham management team

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd ready to rip heart out of Tottenham management teamby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United want to rip the heart out of Tottenham’s management team.The Times says United are preparing an offer for manager Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff of Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Toni Jimenez.They are also keen on landing Tottenham’s head of coaching and player development John McDermott.Pochettino was stopped from answering questions on speculation linking him to the Manchester United job at a Spurs press conference earlier this week.When previewing Sunday’s Premier League game at Everton, questions on the subject were repeatedly shut down by the club’s press officer, who insisted the matter had already been discussed. last_img read more

Tsuneishi Delivers 200th Kamsarmax BC

first_imgzoom Japanese shipbuilder Tsuneishi has delivered its 200th Kamsarmax BC, making this in-house designed model the company’s top selling ship.The 82,000-mt D/W type bulk carrier Ultra Lion, built in China by  Tsuneishi Group (Zhoushan) Shipbuilding, was built for Kambara Kisen.The Kamsarmax bulk carrier was the international maritime industry’s first ship type to increase the deadweight of Panamax bulk carriers (vessels whose structural dimensions make them capable of traversing the Panama Canal) from the 70,000-mt class to more than 80,000-mt.Kenji Kawano, President of Tsuneishi Shipbuilding, said: ”We would like to express our profound gratitude to our many customers and suppliers for their significant support that has allowed us to build 200 Kamsarmax bulk carriers since 2005. We wish to devote the passion and energy of our group’s shipbuilding bases in Japan, the Philippines, and China into pursuing fuel efficiency, propulsion performance, and easy cargo handling in every ship we design and deliver, paving and leading the way in the worldwide maritime industry.”last_img read more

Ban Kimoon urges early funding for 38 billion UN humanitarian appeal

Six weeks ago, the UN launched its Humanitarian Appeal 2008 – ten consolidated appeals for specific emergencies – seeking $3.8 billion to assist 25 million people in two dozen countries. To date, only one per cent of the funds requested has been raised. “We are here today on behalf of people the world has all too often forgotten: the weak, the disadvantaged, those suffering the effects of climate change, violence, disaster and disease,” Mr. Ban told those gathered in Geneva for the “programme kick-off” for the Appeal. “The people we seek to help are among the world’s ‘bottom billion’ trying to survive on less than a dollar a day, amid chaos and wrenching inequality,” the Secretary-General noted, adding that for them, humanitarian funds “mark the difference between life and death.” Urging donors to “act now,” Mr. Ban pointed out that early funding enables agencies to start programmes on schedule so that assistance arrives quickly and continues as needed. Funding delays, on the other hand, only add to costs in the long run as conditions spiral downwards. “And these costs include precious lives lost – a price too terrible to pay,” he stressed. The Appeal, launched on 10 December by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes, seeks funding for crises in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Somalia, the Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Cote D’Ivoire, Uganda, West Africa, Zimbabwe, Sudan, and the occupied Palestinian territory. Some 188 organizations – including UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other international organizations – come together through the Appeal to meet the world’s major humanitarian challenges in a strategic, coordinated, effective and prioritized way. “Humanitarian aid is everyone’s responsibility,” Mr. Holmes stressed today. “I hope that 2008 will see a much greater embrace of humanitarian assistance by the world community, including from developing and middle income countries.” 23 January 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on donors to respond quickly and generously to a $3.8 billion United Nations humanitarian appeal, stressing that for the poorest of the poor, early funding means the difference between life and death. read more

STF tightens security in Kalpitiya following violent clashes

The police Special Task Force (STF) has tightened security in Kalpitiya following a violent clash between fishermen in the area.Fishermen staged a protest in Kalpitiya today against the use of illegal fishing nets. The police said that seven boats, a lorry and a motorcycle were set on fire during the clash. (Colombo Gazette) The fishermen blocked the streets and protested resulting in a severe traffic block.A clash broke out during the protest resulting in damage to property and injuries.

Insecurity continues to hamper humanitarian operations in Iraq UN reports

“Security continues to be a concern for humanitarian operations,” Veronique Taveau, the spokesperson for the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, told the press in Baghdad on Sunday. “The incidence of ‘drive-by’ shootings, rocket-propelled grenade attacks and violent crime is increasing in Baghdad.” The insecurity is being fueled by the black market, where AK-47 assault rifles cost about $50 each.In an effort to help stabilize the situation in Iraq, where unemployment remains high while public services have collapsed, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a programme aimed at providing jobs for some 250,000 people. “UNDP plans for an exponential increase of these urgently needed activities, subject to the availability of funds,” Ms. Taveau said.Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), is working to address Iraq’s high rate of malnutrition, estimated to have nearly doubled among the young, from 4 per cent before the war to 7.7 per cent now. “Children who are acutely malnourished are literally wasting away and for severe cases, their condition can be fatal,” said agency spokesman Geoffrey Keele.Prior to the outbreak of conflict, UNICEF was supporting a network of care centres where malnourished children could receive treatment. “Unfortunately, this system collapsed with the onset of the fighting,” Mr. Keele said. “UNICEF is now working hard to re-establish the entire network in order to reach all children suffering from malnutrition.”Some success has already been achieved in Umm Qasr and in Baghdad, he added.Complementing these efforts, the World Food Programme (WFP) is planning to disburse food throughout Iraq starting on 1 June. “This is the first nationwide public distribution since before the war,” noted WFP spokesperson Antonia Paradela. At the same time, she added, “a mix of food commodities, including wheat flour, bulk wheat, lentils, vegetable oil and pulses continues to be brought into Iraq” to supplement local harvests. read more

Trudeau to travel to Brussels to sign CanadaEU trade deal Sunday

by Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 28, 2016 8:31 am MDT Last Updated Oct 28, 2016 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will finally travel to Brussels this weekend to sign the Canada-EU free trade deal known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA.The Prime Minister’s Office, which confirmed Trudeau’s off-again, on-again travel plans, says Trudeau will depart Saturday night in order to attend the summit, now scheduled to take place on Sunday.Trudeau spoke Friday with European Council president Donald Tusk, who confirmed that the texts of the deal, along with a side agreement known as the Strategic Partnership Agreement, have been approved and are ready to be signed.“President Tusk invited Prime Minister Trudeau to sign the CETA and the SPA on October 30, 2016, at the Canada-European Union (EU) Summit in Brussels,” the PMO said in a statement.“The prime minister accepted the president’s invitation. This summit will mark a historic step in Canada-EU relations.”Trudeau had initially expected to sign the deal in Brussels earlier this week, but the restive Belgian region of Wallonia put the brakes on that plan by standing in opposition to the controversial deal.In recent weeks, the tiny French-speaking region of 3.5 million people opposed the deal’s investor-state dispute settlement mechanism, with the support of other European politicians and anti-trade activists.An agreement Thursday give national and regional parliaments throughout Europe new powers over those controversial investor protection provisions, prompting warnings from some observers that the pact remains a fragile one.A final obstacle was removed Friday when Wallonia officially voted to withdraw their opposition to the deal.Wallonia held a veto over Belgium’s ability to support the deal, which requires the support of all 28 EU countries. But its parliament voted overwhelmingly to allow the Belgian national government to support the pact.The Council of the European Union adopted a package of decisions on matters such as signing the agreement, its provisional application and requiring the European Parliament’s consent to conclude the deal.They also agreed to a joint text with Canada that provides a “binding interpretation” of the terms of the pact on certain issues, according to a statement on the council’s website.The Walloons dropped their opposition following an agreement Thursday with the Belgian government that gave national and regional parliaments throughout Europe new powers over controversial investor protection provisions.That deal prompted warnings from some observers that the pact remains a fragile one.Green party Leader Elizabeth May, long an opponent of the Canada-EU deal, urged Trudeau to stay home and host a debate on the agreement “so that Canadians understand the stakes of CETA, including its use of risky foreign investor provisions.”“This agreement undermines environmental regulations and will favour multinational companies at the expense of Canadian sovereignty,” May said in a statement. “In the current form, we must continue to oppose the adoption of CETA.”Politicians in Wallonia had argued that the proposed deal would undermine labour, environment and consumer standards and allow multinationals to crush local companies. Supporters said it would yield billions in added trade through customs and tariff cut. Minister-President of Wallonia Paul Magnette, left, attends a session in the Walloon Parliament in Namur, Belgium on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. The European Union and Canada are closing in on a landmark free trade deal after Belgium cleared internal political opposition to the agreement.(AP Photo/Thierry Monasse) Trudeau to travel to Brussels to sign Canada-EU trade deal Sunday read more

With help from Sesame Street UN urges partners to break silence on

“I am here to talk about something the world chooses not to talk about,” UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said in new York at the launch of the campaign, which, among other aims, urges people to “search open defecation,” find out more about the issue and participate in the solutions.Mr. Eliasson, noting that he introduced the words “toilets” and “open defecation” into the diplomatic discourse, said people get embarrassed when the words are used. For him, the issue is personal: he has been seen children die from diseases that could have been prevented with adequate sanitation.“It’s not a disease, it’s not a dictator or a regime, it’s not a war, it’s not a weapon, it’s not an act of terrorism. I’m talking about the practice of open defecation,” he declared, noting that poor sanitation, which costs around $260 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) annually, should be given international attention on par with more traditional issues.Around 1 billion people worldwide practice open defecation, using rivers, fields or other places to relieve themselves due to a lack of latrines or toilets. The practice contributes to the rise of sexual violence and harassment of women and girls, and increases health risks through the spread of diseases, such as diarrhoea.Ending open defecation would contribute to a 36 per cent reduction in diarrhoea, which kills three quarters of a million children under five each year, according to Nicholas Alipui, Director of Programmes at the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), who also participated today.“Ending open defecation is a human right and a matter of equity,” Mr. Alipui said.As part of the launch, Raya, a new Sesame Street Muppet to engage children with important messages surrounding proper latrine use and sanitation throughout Bangladesh, India and Nigeria, made a special report on the importance of good sanitation.The aqua-green sandal-wearing Muppet, introduced by Mr. Eliasson, reported on her top story: “We need more toilets. With more toilets in schools and pledges around the world, we can stop millions of children and grownups from getting sick. Then we can remind everyone to wear shoes and sandals when they go to the toilet… and to wash their hands.”Sesame Street, through the creative agency Mother, is one of the UN partners working on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) issues, along with the UN Millennium Campaign and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, among others.The campaign is being launched in response to the Deputy Secretary-General’s Call to Action on Sanitation, which focuses on open defecation and how to accelerate global action to reach the sanitation targets of the anti-poverty targets called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 deadline. The MDG target to halve the proportion of people without access to sanitation has helped to raise the profile of the issue, and 1.8 billion people gained access to improved sanitation since 1990, but there is still far to go, notes a press release on the new initiative. Meanwhile, the MDG target to halve the proportion of people without access to improved sources of water has already been met.If you do sanitation right, you actually help five MDGs, said Mr. Eliasson, child mortality goes down, maternal health goes down, and girls stay in school past puberty, so education rates improve. Also at the launch, the Permanent Mission of Singapore to the UN announced today that it will hold a special event to focus on open defecation and its impact on women and girls. The UN Deputy Permanent Representative of the country, Neo Ek Beng Mark, who also participated in today’s launch moderated by Andrea Koppel, former correspondent for CNN and current Mercy Corps Vice President of Global Engagement and Policy, stressed that “we need to find a way to target the silences which are rooted in the taboos.”Among stories he recalled was the push-back his office received when galvanizing support within the General Assembly to designate 19 November as World Toilet Day, with Private Room Day among the suggested alternatives. “Open defecation is also a euphemism,” he noted in reference to today’s launch. “What we are talking about is shitting in the open.” read more

Upcoming thesis defence

Egor Ospadov, a PhD student in Physics, will present his thesis defence on Friday April 8, at 1:00 p.m. in Cairns 207. The title of his thesis is “Theory and Application of a Pure-sampling Quantum Monte Carlo Algorithm.” Examining committee members are: Brian Ross, chair; Pierre-Nicholas Roy, University of Waterloo, external examiner; Stuart Rothstein, supervisor; Jan Vrbik, internal examiner; Edward Sternin and Shyamal Bose committee members. All are welcome to attend.

Michael Barrymore wins legal battle over wrongful pool death arrest

first_imgMichael Barrymore has won his claim that police wrongfully arrested him over the murder of a man found dead in his swimming pool, it has been reported.The entertainer is suing Essex Police for holding him in 2007 during an investigation into the death of Stuart Lubbock, a father-of-two whose body was discovered following a party at Barrymore’s Essex home in 2001.Barrymore was arrested along with two other men on suspicion of murdering the 31-year-old, although the case against them was dropped due to insufficient evidence. Terry Lubbock, father of Stuart Lubbock, in 2002 Michael Barrymore leaves the inquest into the death of Stuart Lubbock in 2002 According to the Daily Mirror the 64-year-old is seeking “aggravated and exemplary damages” for his “wrongful arrest and detention” which led him to suffer “loss and damage namely distress, shock, anxiety and damage to his reputation”.The newspaper said lawyers for the television personality signed an agreement with Essex Police dated October 14 that in effect accepts he was wrongfully arrested and detained. Michael Barrymore leaves the inquest into the death of Stuart Lubbock in 2002Credit:REUTERS/Peter Macdiarmidcenter_img The newspaper said it had seen legal papers lodged at the High Court that state: “Judgment be entered for the Claimant [Barrymore] on the issue of liability.”The final figure for any damages has been left for a judge to decide, the papers say.Barrymore has not commented on Essex Police’s reported admission. He told a fan on Twitter: “As much as I can say for the minute is “Justice”,” adding later: “Only for legal reasons.”He lost his lucrative contract with ITV in 2002, having appeared regularly on television since the 1980s, following an inquest into the death that saw a coroner record an open verdict.Mr Lubbock’s father, Terry, 71, told the Daily Mirror that the latest development did not provide “closure or justice” for him.An Essex Police spokesman told the newspaper: “As the matter remains in litigation and is in the hands of lawyers, further comment would not be appropriate.” Terry Lubbock, father of Stuart Lubbock, in 2002Credit:Graham Barclay Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Pictured Boy 17 who murdered Calne schoolgirl Ellie Gould at her home

Ellie Gould riding a horse on the beach Ellie Gould 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. “The options available to Ellie were endless but her hopes and dreams will now sadly never be realised.”He said officers were able to quickly identify and arrest Griffiths after Ellie was murdered.Griffiths initially denied having seen Ellie that day, or in the days before her death.”While I am pleased that Ellie’s family will not have to endure a lengthy trial process in court which would have caused them further distress, I know just how difficult this whole period has been for them,” Mr Taylor said.”They should have been enjoying the school holidays with their daughter, but instead, they are coming to terms with the fact she has been cruelly taken away from them in unthinkable circumstances.” Ellie Gould riding a horse on the beach Griffiths, of Derry Hill, Wiltshire, spoke only to confirm his name and reply “guilty” when the murder charge was read to him.Speaking after the hearing, temporary detective chief inspector Jim Taylor said: “Ellie was murdered as a result of a violent attack.”Ellie was in her first year of sixth form and was looking forward to the next steps in her education.”Her parents have told me that she was considering a career in the police and had been looking into attending university. A teenager has admitted murdering schoolgirl Ellie Gould in her own home.Thomas Griffiths, 17, appeared before Bristol Crown Court on Thursday morning to plead guilty to the murder charge.He was arrested shortly after Wiltshire Police were called to Ellie’s family home in Calne at 3.15pm on May 3.Ellie, an A-Level student at Hardenhuish School in Chippenham, was pronounced dead from multiple stab wounds.Judge Peter Blair QC, the Recorder of Bristol, lifted reporting restrictions that prevented the media from identifying Griffiths.The judge said Griffiths, who will be sentenced on November 8, had admitted an “extremely grave crime”.He ruled that it was “appropriate, reasonable and proportionate” for him to lift the order and allow for Griffiths’ identity to be made public. Ellie’s family previously paid tribute to the keen horse rider and animal-lover as “fun-loving and a joy to be around”.They added: “We would like Ellie to be remembered as a kind, caring young lady with a wonderful, fun personality.”Lisa Percy, headteacher of Hardenhuish School, said pupils and staff were “absolutely devastated” by Ellie’s death.”Ellie was an extremely popular student in our lower sixth form, who was preparing for her A-levels the following year,” she said.”She was popular, friendly and very talented, and understandably her death has hugely impacted on our school. Ellie Gould “Her close-knit group of friends have shown strength beyond their young years in the months that have followed Ellie’s death, and have supported one another extraordinarily well.”We continue to support our students with the help of partner agencies who have been invaluable to our school during such an unprecedented time.”Our thoughts continue to remain with Ellie’s family at this time.” read more

MRA pioneers industry leading train load out automation technology

first_imgAutomating the train load out process delivers improved capacity, profitability and safety at Anglo American’s German Creek coal mine. The reliability and efficiency of the train load out process at coal mines can be a ‘make or break’ when it comes to meeting production timelines and profitability.Anglo American is the world’s third largest exporter of metallurgical coal. The company uses the latest technology to run operations in the best possible way and strive for continuous improvement at existing assets.Train loading stations are often considered a bottleneck, as these facilities are typically operated manually resulting in variable performance, wagon over or under loading and poor reliability. As a result, companies are often faced with heavy fines and in some cases substantial costs to obtain additional trains to meet required throughput.MRA Electrical & Automation Engineering (MRA) was initially involved in the first automation of a train load out (TLO) in Australia more than 15 years ago. As such, the company has a detailed understanding of the systems required.At that time there were some limitations in the technology that resulted in some shortcomings of the early systems. These limitations culminated in issues with accuracy and environmental conditions. To address this, MRA conducted extensive research and development, using the latest technologies to overcome these shortfalls and develop an efficient and reliable automated TLO solution.When Anglo American tasked MRA with automating their TLO process at the German Creek coal mines, the result exceeded expectations and provided an intelligent and intuitive system that not only improved efficiency and reliability but also delivered a state of the art solution with an unrivalled return on investment.Initially MRA investigated primarily vision based systems, but were subject to accuracy issues as a result of changing environmental and weather factors such as sun, rain and fog. As laser and sensing technologies advanced, they provided a more reliable alternative that is not as vulnerable to the effects of these often harsh mining environments.According to Stephen Mount, General Manager at MRA, “We built the robust automated TLO system on the fundamentals of train speed and position to improve the accuracy of the process. The raw data is filtered and moved into our system to perform the correct analysis to overcome any issues with environmental conditions.”There are three major components to the system, the first being the sensors in the field, the laser scanners and RFID tag reader; the second is the PC-based server that performs all the filtering and analysis of data prior to communicating to the PLC, the third component of the system.“The system architecture of this TLO demonstrates the power of the ControlLogix platform for data processing and integration as well as control,” said Geoff Irvine, Mining Industry Manager, Rockwell Automation.The Allen-Bradley® ControlLogix® PLC is programmed to provide centralised control for the entire TLO process. The MRA system has been engineered to integrate seamlessly with the controller via Ethernet/IP communications using point to point networking via a Stratix™ switch.“We incorporate as much functionality as possible inside the Logix controller which delivers unmatched fault-finding capabilities and advanced integration between the PC and controller,” explained Peter McPherson, Engineering Manager at MRA.“Laser sensors detect information about the wagon location that is communicated to the Logix controller. Also, information about coal profiling is concurrently fed back to the controller which is programmed to analyse this information and provide advanced feedback control of the TLO process in real time,” he said.Prior to the automation of the TLO process, operators were only able to load wagons based on the available tools at their disposal. However, significant advancements in automation technology has enabled operators to consistently load train wagons with uniform and symmetric profiles to meet coal height and bogie loading requirements“There are substantial penalties involved if a train is not loaded correctly with the right profile over the bogies. Over loading results in significant penalties but there is also an issue with under loading that needs to be considered. By under loading, each wagon is losing capacity, which directly impacts on efficiency and profitability, but it also entails a safety issue and risk of derailment. Reducing weight variations in order to optimise the amount of coal loaded per train is the ultimate goal in automating the TLO,” explained Mount.Considering variables such as operator fatigue, time of day and environmental conditions presented challenges for MRA in developing the automated TLO system. To address this, MRA’s solution was developed to use predictive modelling and advanced filtering methods to compensate for aberrations in raw data and also allows for environmental compensation through scanning methods and adaptive software.The Logix controller provides the platform for feedback control and real time output of data through Ethernet/IP communications. This use of smart technology with self-diagnostics and alarming provides an intelligent and intuitive system that removes the guesswork for operators. By automating the TLO, the operator performs a supervisory role either from the TLO or a central control room during loading to monitor the system.According to Anthony Manousso, Capcoal Control System Coordinator, Anglo American, “When you automate a process, you have to consider all the variables in the design and commissioning phase. We did that and the way the system is running now, the operators can sit in the control room and monitor the process. The operator interface is easy to use so training requirements are minimal.”When it comes to a TLO, time is money and therefore any amount of time that the system is down has direct impact on profitability. One of the features of MRA’s TLO system is that the outage time for installation is minimal. “It took less than a day’s downtime to go from the existing system at German Creek to the new automated TLO. The bulk of our commissioning is done remotely by accessing the PLC online to make any required changes, which saves significant costs with no need to go to site,” said McPherson.“Once the scanners are installed prior to the cutover we record live data from the site and undertake detailed simulation prior to installation to make sure it’s working as per the specification. This reduces not only the commissioning time but also the need to delay trains post installation,” he added.Having been in operation for approximately three years now, German Creek has recorded real time results indicating a return on investment of less than four months for the TLO automation system.Prior to the upgrade, the subjected TLO was consistently achieving average payloads in the order of 9,100 to 9,300 t per train. Post upgrade, the subjected TLO is now averaging 10,000 t per train. “With this monthly average increase of approximately 700 t per train, based on 40 trains per month, this equates to an approximate efficiency gain of significant returns per month,” said Mount.Automating the TLO also provides significant benefits in terms of improved safety by reducing the risk of derailment from under loading, which can also have detrimental environmental effects resulting from spillage. In addition, automation of the TLO process removes operators from potentially hazardous situations and fatigue issues can also be avoided.“The coding that MRA developed within the ControlLogix PLC is extremely efficient and reliable. We are now using it for 98% of loading with only 2% being loaded manually as a result of external factors. This TLO system is an integral part of our pit to port operation – the end goal is to make sure our trains are fully loaded,” explained Manousso.last_img read more

Bill would update laws to reflect samesex marriage rights

first_imgRep. Andy Josephson speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives, Feb. 24, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)State laws would be updated to replace terms like husband and wife with language reflecting the legalization of same-sex marriage under legislation introduced in the Alaska House.In a release, Democratic Rep. Andy Josephson said the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage is not reflected in state laws. He says there’s a housekeeping nature to proposed changes in the bill. But he says the changes would have a significant effect in recognizing the rights of same-sex couples in the state.The bill, HB 342, touches on a range of areas including adoption, divorce and property rights.last_img