Bengal BJP leaders go all out to rein in flock

first_imgIn an attempt to prevent further embarrassment for the party, BJP leaders on Thursday visited the homes of workers, who had hosted party national president Amit Shah during his ‘Booth Chalo Abhiyan’ in Kolkata last week. The development comes a day after Geeta and Raju Mahali, who had hosted lunch for Mr. Shah at Naxalbari in Darjeeling, joined the Trinamool Congress.BJP leader Locket Chatterjee visited Sandhya Mondal and others in Chetla and Bhawanipore area and shared sweets and buttermilk at their home. She also asked if there was any pressure on the family members. “We are concerned about their security. If TMC can carry out such a heinous act in north Bengal, then they can repeat it in Bhawanipore also,” she told journalists. ‘Police involved’Meanwhile, protests were organised by the BJP across the State on Thursday alleging that the Naxalbari couple had been “kidnapped and forced” to join the Trinamool. BJP national secretary Kaliash Vijayvargiya came to the city to participate in a protest rally. “When the couple went missing, our party activists went to lodge a police complaint. The police are involved and they also pressurised the couple to join the Trinamool,” Mr. Vijayvargiya said. Countering the allegations, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused the BJP of “maligning” Bengal and “using obscene language” against her.In an obvious reference to Mr. Vijayvargiya, she said, “A few BJP leaders from outside, who neither have an idea of the State nor its culture, are trying to disrupt the harmony in Bengal.” (with inputs from PTI)last_img read more

3 held for stealing goods worth ₹27 lakh

first_imgAPMC police nabbed one transporter, Mohammed Imran Ibrahim (28), and his friends, Mohammed Shamim Mohammed Azeez Shaikh (26) and Nizamuddin Naruddin Shaikh (28), for stealing electronic goods worth ₹27 lakh, within 12 hours. On Wednesday Nizamuddin Shah, a tempo driver, was transporting electronic goods from Chawla warehouse in APMC. After loading the tempo, he went somewhere on work. When he came back, he found the tempo missing and subsequently approached the police. The police sent a wireless message across police stations in Navi Mumbai and patrolling teams. “We received information that the tempo was seen in Taloja and after a brief search, we located it and the accused,” police sub inspector Shivaji Kare from APMC police station said.In the interrogation it was revealed that Mr. Ibrahim was a friend of the warehouse owner. He had a truck which was used for the loading of goods from the warehouse before. “A few years back, the accused had sold off his truck due to financial issues and wanted to buy another one, for which he planned the theft. During a visit to the warehouse, he had managed to make duplicate the keys of the tempo and used it to steal the tempo and the loaded goods with the help of his friends,” Mr. Kare said. The stolen items were worth ₹56.93 lakh was recovered including the stolen tempo. The accused have been arrested under section 379 (theft) of the IPC.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar salutes golden girl Hima Das: Start of a new era

first_imgSachin Tendulkar on Friday paid tribute to Hima Das after she clinched India’s first ever gold medal in track event in the history of the IAAF’s Under-20 athletics event.The 18-year-old won the historic gold on Thursday in the women’s 400 metre event after she clocked 51.46 seconds to finish ahead of Andrea Miklos of Romania and Taylor Manson of the United States to win the race.Tendulkar took to twitter to congratulate Hima on her success. The cricket legend wrote: “Your 51.46 sec dash and years of hard work has paid off, #HimaDas. Many congratulations on winning Gold at the World U20 athletics championship. This is just the beginning of a new era. Many more to come. Keep up the hard work! #GoldenGirl #DreamsComeTrue”Your 51.46 sec dash and years of hard work has paid off, #HimaDas. Many congratulations on winning Gold at the World U20 athletics championship. This is just the beginning of a new era. Many more to come. Keep up the hard work! #GoldenGirl #DreamsComeTrue pic.twitter.com/tL6tqq2hKISachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 13, 2018Meanwhile, India football captain Sunil Chhetri described Hima’s win as a massive boost for the nation.The biggest positive to come out of what Hima Das has achieved isn’t the medal, it’s the hope that India can. Take a bow, champion!Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) July 13, 2018The historic medal also helped Hima to top the Twitter trends in India. #HimaDas garnered nearly 36000 tweets recorded by 01.15 PM IST on Friday.Tributes also poured in from all quarters praising Hima’s success.advertisementCongratulations #HimaDas for bringing the first world event gold in track event at the World U-20 Championships! pic.twitter.com/MmmxOrIFRNManika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) July 13, 2018Once again Indias daughter #HimaDas creates history by winning Gold in 400m of World U20 Championship. Many congratulations to her on this great win, you have made the entire nation proud. pic.twitter.com/p3E9OP8E86Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) July 13, 2018Congratulations #HimaDas on winning the first ever track gold in a World Championship!What a feat. #India is proud of you! #WomenRising pic.twitter.com/UfR1Nmq4I7Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) July 13, 2018Congratulations, dear Hima. Youve made India proud. You are a shining inspiration for our champions in the making. #HimaDas pic.twitter.com/yKK5DMGfUNKirron Kher (@KirronKherBJP) July 13, 2018Heartiest congratulations to #Himadas for such an incredible performance at the World Championships. #indiaproudP.T. Usha (@PTUshaOfficial) July 13, 2018With the historic medal, she joined the illustrious company of star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra. The javelin thrower won a gold in Poland in the last edition in 2016 in a world record effort.Hima Das reacts after historic 400m gold: Thank you for the support, IndiaThe previous medal winners at the World Junior Championships were Seema Punia (bronze in discus in 2002) and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze in discus in 2014).Das had earlier clocked an Indian U-20 record of 51.32 seconds to finish sixth in the Commonwealth Games 400m final in Gold Coast in April.Hima Das: Love for speed helps Assam teenager defy the odds on the tracksSince then, she has gone on to improve her timings. She lowered the Indian U-20 record in 400m to 51.13 seconds while winning gold in the recent National Inter State Championships in Guwahati.last_img read more

Need affordable phone ahead of 2019? 3 smartphones under Rs 10,000 that are worth your attention

first_img2018 saw smartphone manufacturers introduce several new technologies to the world of smartphones through their flagship offerings. At the same time, they also made sure the sub-Rs 10,000 segments also got to enjoy the new features. Throughout 2018, we saw numerous compelling offerings from some of the well-known companies in the Indian market. Most of them try to lure consumers in their own interesting ways with various features. If you are in the market for an affordable smartphone this festive season, there are a lot of options to choose from.However, to make the decision-making process easier for you, we have accumulated three of the best smartphones that you can buy for less than Rs 10,000 presently. All the three options offer a mixed balance of features, performance and value.Top 3 smartphones under Rs 10,000Asus ZenFone Max M2 (review) At a price of Rs 9,999, the base variant of the Asus ZenFone Max M2 with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage is one of the most performance oriented smartphones you can buy for less than Rs 10,000. The ZenFone Max M2 was launched earlier this month alongside the ZenFone Max Pro M2 and offers most of its thrills for a lower price. The ZenFone Max M2 sports a big 6.28-inch HD+ IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 19:9. The display features a modern notch, which in turn houses a selfie camera alongside an LED flash. The smartphone is has a plastic chassis with a metallic rear panel.Underneath, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chip powers the ZenFone Max M2. Consumers can choose between 3GB RAM and 32GB storage variant as well as another one with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. It runs on a stock Android 8.1 Oreo and will be updated to Android 9 Pie soon. A reasonably big 4000mAh battery keeps the phone alive for at least a day under normal usage pattern. For the optics, there’s a 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel setup for the rear and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. The ZenFone Max M2 is available in black and blue colour variants.advertisementHonor 9N (review) The Honor 9N was launched a few months ago as an answer to the Redmi Note 5. With prices now dropped substantially, one can have the base variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage for Rs 8,999 under the Flipkart Mobile Bonanza Sale. The Honor 9N draws attention with its premium-looking glossy glass rear with a light gradient finish on some of the variants. At the front, it sports a 5.8-inch IPS LCD full HD+ display with a notch on top. The smartphone is powered by Huawei’s octa-core Kirin 659 SoC and is tamed by Huawei’s custom EMUI 8.0 based n Android Oreo. A 3000mAh battery keeps the handset alive. For the cameras, there’s a pair of 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual camera setup for the rear and a 16-megapixel camera for the front. The Honor 9N is available in Midnight Black, Purple, Robin Egg Blue and Sapphire Blue colours.Xiaomi Redmi Y2 (review) The Redmi Y2 is one of the best camera smartphones under Rs 10,000 in India right now. The base version with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage is priced at Rs 8,999. Unlike the other two options mentioned here, the Redmi Y2 sports a plastic unibody finish that resembles the more premium Xiaomi devices. The front sports a 5.9-inch HD+ IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 with no notch on top. The Redmi Y2 is built around an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC and runs Xiaomi’s proprietary MIUI 10 based on Android 8.1 Oreo on top. MIUI 10 offers a lot of customisation options as well as power saving features. A 3080mAh battery keeps the smartphone alive easily for one entire day.For the cameras, the Redmi Y2 sports a 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual camera setup for the rear and a 16-megapixel selfie camera with AI features alongside an LED flash. The AI aids for portrait mode via the selfie camera. The Redmi Y2 is available in five colour variants – Black, Blue, Gold, Rose Gold and Dark Grey.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi 6, Realme C1, Honor 7C among best phones to buy under Rs 10,000ALSO READ | Asus Zenfone Max M2 review: Stock Android priced in India at Rs 9,999, Asus M2 packs a punchALSO READ | Want a new phone? Flipkart offers big discounts on Poco F1, Realme 2 Pro and other great phones in Mobiles Bonanza salelast_img read more

Golden Boy final three revealed

first_imgKylian Mbappé Mbappe, Gabriel Jesus and Dembele make Golden Boy final three Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 14:15 10/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(28) Kylian Mbappe Gabriel Jesus Ousmane Dembele Getty Images Kylian Mbappé PSG Ligue 1 Manchester City Barcelona Premier League Primera División Ousmane Dembélé The Premier League, La Liga and Ligue 1 are all represented on the shortlist, with the winner set to follow in the footsteps of Renato Sanches The final three players for the prestigious Golden Boy award have been named, with Kylian Mbappe, Gabriel Jesus and Ousmane Dembele all making the cut.Italian newspaper Tuttosport had initially named a 24-man shortlist for the prize, but the likes of Manchester United star Marcus Rashford and Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic are now out of the running.Instead, Paris Saint-Germain’s Mbappe continues to head the field, having completed a loan move from Monaco in the summer after helping the Stade Louis II side to the semi-finals of the Champions League and the French title. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He is expected to complete a permanent move to the capital next summer for a fee of €160 million, rising to €180m with bonuses.France international team-mate Dembele, meanwhile, has already completed a giant move of his own, heading to Barcelona in the summer for €105m before additional payments, though the man signed by the Camp Nou outfit to replace Neymar is on the sidelines with a long-term hamstring problem. He hopes to be back in action early in 2018.Rounding up the trio is Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus, who has made a profound impact since breaking into Pep Guardiola’s side. He is already considered on an equal footing with Sergio Aguero and has six Premier League goals in seven appearances this season.Jesus to score 2+ v Burnley 6/4The winner, who will follow in the footsteps of Renato Sanches, who is currently on loan at Swansea from Bayern Munich, will be revealed on October 23.last_img read more

Holden Home Ground Advantage

first_imgCould your club do with a financial boost?There’s only one month to go until the summer round of Holden’s Home Ground Advantage program closes!In 2014 Holden announced a $5 million commitment to support local sporting clubs across Australia over the next 10 years. Each year, a summer and winter round will award $250,000 worth of grants.The program is open to all community sporting clubs including, of course, Touch Football! Projects can be small or big, with one club being awarded $100,000 and additional funds provided for smaller worthy projects each round.So what could your club do with? Grants are awarded for uniforms, equipment and ground and facility upgrades.Applications for the current summer round close Monday, 29 February 2016 so jump online to www.holden.com.au/homegroundadvantage to apply.Related LinksHolden Home Groundlast_img read more

Road Trip Cheat Sheet: The Best Diners in America

first_img The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather It’s hard to believe summer’s end is almost here. With Labor Day around the corner next weekend, it’s time to cross those last “to-dos” off this season’s bucket list and start looking ahead to fall. And if you haven’t taken a good ole cross-country road trip yet this summer, there is still time to make it happen. And now that you have a list of our favorite roadside diners across America, you have one less thing to do in preparation for your journey.New EnglandCasey’s Diner – Natick, MAThis 10-stool diner serves food seven days a week to hungry Natick natives and travelers alike in a 1922 Worcester Lunch Car. Run by the Casey family for four generations, this is the oldest operating diner in the area. Order one of their famous hot dogs “all-around” like the locals do. Image credit: FacebookMidwestWheel Inn – Sedalia, MOThis burger joint has been pumping out patties since the 1940s. The establishment had to move locations awhile back because of construction, but it’s still as charming as ever even without the drive-in element. “Home of the Original Guberburger,” you know what to order – their signature beef patty on a white bun topped with lettuce, tomato, mayo and peanut butter. Image credit: Silly AmericaSoutheastPenguin Drive-In – Charlotte, NCFamily-owned since 1954, Penguin Drive-In has been serving generations of families for years – it was even voted Charlotte’s most “iconic” restaurant. You should probably get the namesake Penguin Burger, topped with pimento cheese, their famous fried dill pickles, lettuce and mayo. Image credit: Visitnc.comSouthwestBlue Bonnet Cafe – Marble Falls, TXEver heard of a pie happy hour? Well that’s what goes down at Blue Bonnet Cafe from 3-5pm Monday through Friday, where a slice and drink will set you back $3.50. Established in 1929, locals and travelers alike have been enjoying the restaurant’s delicious pies like chocolate meringue (the top seller) and cherry for generations. Image credit: The Everyday AdventurerWestThe Gold ‘N Silver Inn – Reno, NVThe neon sign says it all – always open, breakfast served 24 hours, cocktails, slot machines. Hell, they even like kids! If you’re staying in Reno or just passing through, you have to stop by this legendary diner for some serious American comfort food like pot roast and chicken fried steak. Image credit: FacebookWhat did we miss? Let us know about your favorite roadside American eatery in the comments. Whiskey vs Whisky: Is There Really a Difference? How to Cure Prosciutto at Home 7 Tips for Planning the Perfect Last-Minute Summer Vacation center_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Men’s Chukka Boots for 2019 1. Casey’s Diner 2. Wheel Inn 3. Blue Bonnet Cafe 4. Penguin Drive In 5. The Gold N Silver Innlast_img read more

8189 Indians lodged in jails abroad MEA

first_imgNew Delhi: As many as 8,189 Indians are lodged in various prisons in foreign countries, with Saudi Arabia having the highest number, the External Affairs Ministry said on Wednesday. Replying to a question in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said that of the total number of Indian prisoners in foreign countries, 4,206 are imprisoned in the six Gulf Cooperation Council nations. Saudi Arabia has the highest number of Indian prisoners at 1,811 followed by the UAE at 1,392, he said.last_img

Toxic chemical BPA still common in blood samples survey

first_imgOTTAWA – Seven years after Canada declared bisphenol A, or BPA, to be toxic to human health, a national survey of chemicals in Canadians’ bodies shows more than 90 per cent of Canadians have it in their blood and the exposure may actually be getting worse, not better.BPA is an industrial chemical used in plastics and commonly found in food and beverage containers such as cans and reusable water bottles. It has been linked to brain and behavioural issues in babies and children as well as high blood pressure and infertility in adults. Some studies even suggest early exposure to BPA may make people more prone to obesity.Health Canada on Thursday released its fourth version of a survey monitoring the presence of toxic chemicals in blood and urine based on testing done on 5,700 Canadians across the country in 2014 and 2015.The survey used blood and urine samples collected from people between three and 79 years old in 16 different locations in seven provinces.The results detected the presence of BPA in the blood of 92.7 per cent of the people tested, compared with 92.2 per cent of people tested in 2011 and 2012.In 2010, the federal government formally declared BPA to be toxic, and banned its use in baby bottles that same year.The formal declaration was supposed to make it easier for Canada to ban the use of BPA with regulations rather than requiring time-consuming legislative amendments.Since then, there have been voluntary reductions in the use of BPA in such products as infant formula packaging, food tins and some reusable water bottles, but Canada hasn’t formally banned its use in anything else.While BPA is listed on Environment Canada’s list of toxic substances alongside arsenic, asbestos, lead and mercury, Health Canada also concludes that the current amount of BPA exposure Canadians get from food and beverage containers is low enough that it doesn’t pose a health risk when used in those products.Muhannad Malas, the toxics program manager for Environmental Defence, said the biomonitoring survey results clearly show any efforts to reduce exposure to BPA thus far are not working.“I think that sort of points to the inadequacy of the regulations we have on BPA,” said Malas. “So seven years ago BPA was banned in baby bottles after it was declared toxic, seven years later we’re not really seeing BPA levels going down and that’s because it’s continued to be used in things like cash register receipts and food cans.”Last year Environmental Defence participated in a study with some U.S. organizations which found the presence of BPA in 81 per cent of food cans on store shelves.Malas said equally disturbing is that the substances being used to replace BPA are not proven to be any safer than BPA.Environmental Defence Thursday called for Canada to use the results of this report to help guide its decision on what to do about the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. In June, a parliamentary committee made 87 recommendations for improvements to the law, which is the main statute governing the use of chemicals in Canada.Among those recommendations were to amend the act to make it the principal statute to regulate products containing toxic chemicals, give cabinet more authority to demand data and testing results on products to help assess their risk to Canadians and that the act require all products containing hazardous substances to have mandatory warning labels.Health Minister Jane Philpott and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna need to respond to the committee recommendations by mid-October.McKenna said Thursday the government is still studying the recommendations:“The health and safety of Canadians is a top priority for us and we’re always looking at how we can improve and do better to make sure that we keep Canadians healthy and safe.”-follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

Tsunamiaffected countries need to do even more to protect rights of victims

“These basic rights are spelled out in the UN’s Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement,” said Eric Schwartz, Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery on the Protection of Vulnerable Communities in the Tsunami Region today at the end of his 10-day assessment mission to the region, where approximately 220,000 people were killed and two million displaced by the disaster.“Officials throughout the region have recognized that they are responsible not only for ensuring access to adequate shelter and housing, education, and medical services, but also for involving the affected populations in the critical decisions impacting their future well-being,” he added.In improving on that effort, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UN agencies all have a role to play, he said, stressing that the difficult problems of permanent housing and employment cannot be solved overnight.“But experience demonstrates that when people are adequately consulted in recovery processes, policies are broadly accepted and are more likely to endure,” he said, emphasizing that efforts to engage women and traditionally marginalized communities should be accelerated.During his mission, the fourth in the last six months, Mr. Schwartz visited the Aceh region of Indonesia and the North Chennai region of India, where he met with various government, UN and other officials, civil society leaders, affected communities and representatives from the private sector. read more

Buying into BlackBerrymaker Research In Motion a risky bet say analysts

TORONTO – While traders question whether there’s a buying opportunity in the battered stock of Research In Motion (TSX:RIM), analysts warn that putting money into a troubled company with the hopes of an eventual upside is a risky bet.The BlackBerry maker has been at the centre of takeover speculation for months and with stock recently hovering around $10 per share, there’s been speculation another tech firm could swoop in and buy the company at a hefty premium to its current value.So far, none of those buyers have publicly emerged, though chief executive Thorsten Heins said last week that RIM has hired two outside firms to evaluate strategies including potential partnerships and licensing. He hasn’t specifically said the company is looking to sell, but he also hasn’t ruled it out.RIM’s plan is to stay on course for the rest of the year in preparation for a new line of phones that it hopes will be a smashing success. In the meantime, its shareholders have been left with little to bank on as they watch its stock value tumble from highs of $148, when RIM was briefly the most valuable company on the Toronto exchange.“There’s different reasons companies become cheap and RIM’s reason is that they’re grossly losing market share and their margins are plummeting,” said Chyanne Fickes, chief investment manager at Stone Asset Management.“That just isn’t a recipe for any kind of success.”For investors hoping the company will be bought, it’s difficult to peg RIM’s value for numerous reasons, including that its share price on both Canadian and U.S. markets has been particularly volatile ahead of the anticipated launch of its new BlackBerry devices and operating system sometime later this year.Executives have offered few details of which devices will hit the market, or exactly when —leaving the market struggling to value a company mostly on hypotheticals.“How do you value something that’s declining?” said technology analyst Sameet Kanade of Northern Securities.Several divisions of RIM are difficult to put a price on, including its patents which are sometimes partly owned by other companies like Apple and Microsoft under special arrangements. Estimates have placed the value at a range of $1 billion to $4 billion.The Waterloo, Ont. company’s network services could sell for another several billion dollars, though estimates for those assets also fluctuate wildly.Numerous analysts have discussed the potential of RIM being bought out, but it is considered by some as a stock that, at best, is a “speculative buy.”That’s what Neeraj Monga, a tech analyst at Veritas Investment Research Corp. has rated the stock, with potential that the company could be acquired by the end of the year.Despite the focus on RIM’s troubles, some analysts suggest that while it might not be a good investment at this time, its fate isn’t sealed.“The company has maintained relative stability in certain markets, so I think it would be premature to write (them) off,” said Charlie Wolf, an analyst at Needham & Company in New York.He added, “philosophically, I am not recommending that because I’m too tied into the fundamentals.”“I would rather buy the stock at $15 or $20 knowing it had a future than to buy it at $10 on speculation.”One thing is certain, the company sits on about $2.1 billion in cash and investments, though if the next few months turn ugly executives could dig into the cash to make acquisitions or other financial moves.RIM is headed into even choppier waters for the next few quarters as a lack of new BlackBerry products on the market is expected to dramatically erode sales numbers.“This is going to be a messy situation because RIM doesn’t have anything to sell, and so the only way they can make sales is to mark prices down on their phones,” said Wolf.Despite the signs of further troubles, some loyal RIM shareholders have faith that the smartphone innovator will have another shot at success.“It’s very clear some investors have held on longer than they should have — this is a Canadian company with such a storied legacy — so it wasn’t just a financial decision, it was a psychological one,” said technology analyst Carmi Levy.“It’s all well and good to want to root for the home team, but … there’s no room for emotion in investment.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled ‘Fyckes’ sted ‘Fickes’ by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 8, 2012 6:37 pm MDT Buying into BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion a risky bet, say analysts AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

PDC Consultants wins global mining infrastructure award

first_imgEngineering design and detail specialists PDC Consultants has beaten strong international competition to take home the 2010 Bentleys Be Inspired Award for Innovation in Mining and Metals, which recognises worldclass mining infrastructure projects. Nominated for its work on the A$1.5 billion Brockman Syncline No. 4 Project in the Pilbara in Western Australia, PDC provided 3D modelling and shop detailing for over 4,000 t of mechanical and structural steel and associated platework. Finalists in the Innovation in Mining and Metals category were selected by an independent panel and judged on their use of techology to shorten project schedules and lower operating costs through improved access to mission-critical information.“PDC’s 3D modelling technology is the most advanced of its kind and with companies feeling increasing pressure to advance projects in ever-tightening timeframes, our objective is always to use our technology to provide whole-of-life project solutions and also achieve zero rework during construction,” said PDC Consultants Managing Director Martyn Weir.PDC’s modelling technologies provided for design optimisation across all aspects of the project site including improved accuracy in modelling on-site activities, resources and decreased rework. Through the use of its powerful 3D modelling viewing tools, PDC worked closely with the Project Engineer to ensure the milestones at Brockman Syncline No. 4 were achieved with the highest level of accuracy.Facilities at the Brockman Syncline No. 4 Project included a primary and secondary crushing facility; product screening facility; product sampling stations; stacker, reclaimer, stockpile and train loadout bin; and 10 interconnecting conveyors and transfer stations.Martyn Weir and PDC Commercial Manager Shawn Weir presented the project and received the award at a gala dinner held in Amsterdam as part of the Be Inspired thought leadership and networking event hosted by infrastructure software solutions group, Bentley Systems.PDC Consultants says it has become a recognised global leader in the areas of design, modelling and detailing. With one of the world’s largest and most experienced specialised teams, PDC understands project problems and risks; specifically the challenges of taking a project from conceptual design to construction.PDC’s successful business model works around delivering project solutions rather than individual solutions using its suite of uique 3D Modelling processes and Building Information Modelling software.last_img read more

Honeycomb and Gingerbread headed on a collision course says Schmidt

first_imgWhen Apple first released the iPad, they effectively forked iOS. iOS version 3.1.3 was for iPhones and iPod Touches, iOS 3.2 was for the iPad. Even when iOS 4 came out, Apple wasn’t able to merge the two forks: that had to wait until iOS 4.2. The lesson? Making an operating system that is good for both small screen and larger screen devices isn’t as easy as it appears.Now that Google is bringing Android to tablets, it’s finding it has the same problem on its hands. With Honeycomb, Android will effectively be forked, leaving smartphones behind using Gingerbread. Will they ever merge, or will Google simply start shipping two major Android forks indefinitely?Laying out the Android roadmap during a keynote speech at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Google CEO Eric Schmidt converged that Gingerbread and Honeycomb were headed on a collision course.Schmidt promises that with the next version after Honeycomb, Android will again merge, bringing the best of the smartphone and tablet iterations of Android together. Schmidt expects this consolidated Android to ship about six months after Honeycomb lands, with additional versions of Android shipping approximately every six months thereafter.As for the most pressing question on everyone’s mind, what snack will the next version of Android be named after, Schmidt quipped: “You can imagine the follow up will start with an I, be named after dessert, and will combine these two.” That seems to confirm previous rumors that whatever is after Honeycomb will be Android Ice-Cream Sandwich.Read more at PC Prolast_img read more

Amazon orders secondgen Kindle Fire from Foxconn

first_imgThe launch of the Kindle Fire is less than a month away, and based on pre-order figures that have already reached the 250,000 mark, Amazon needs a lot of stock to cope with day-one demand.Even so, Jeff Bezos seems to be looking ahead, and has apparently just placed an order for a second-generation Kindle Fire to be delivered early next year. What must come as a surprise and blow to Quanta is the fact the order has been placed with Foxconn for delivery in early 2012. Quanta, as you may know, is handling first-generation Kindle Fire production.The phrase “second-generation” can mean many things. It could be an updated product, a brand new product, or just the existing device with different internals. As this second-gen Kindle Fire is being delivered early next year it’s highly unlikely we’ll see an updated 7-inch device with new features. That would just be a slap in the face for early adopters.With that being the case, there are two options left. Either Amazon has already figured out a cheaper way to make the existing 7-inch Kindle Fire. Or, a larger Kindle Fire is set to appear, possibly with a 10-inch display.As months pass and components shrink, it’s possible to make the same device for less money by combining parts or even sourcing them from different suppliers. This is something companies like Sony and Microsoft do regularly with the PS3 and Xbox 360 internals. So it’s not unfeasible Amazon has found a cheaper way to make the 7-inch Kindle Fire, and Foxconn turned out to be the cheapest manufacturer quoting for the work.If a larger Kindle Fire is in the works, then sourcing it from Foxconn makes sense as they are the manufacturer who takes care of iPad production. In other words, they have the equipment and expertise in place to produce 10-inch devices in the millions.via DigiTimeslast_img read more

Les voitures trop polluantes bientôt verbalisées

first_imgLes voitures trop polluantes bientôt verbalisées ?Le Conseil national de l’air (CNA) a émis une proposition qui consiste à verbaliser respectivement de 68 et de 133 euros les voitures et les poids lourds trop polluants qui circuleront sans autorisation dans les Zapa, ces futures zones réglementées pour améliorer la qualité de l’air.Les Zapa, pour “zones d’actions prioritaires pour l’air”, découlent directement du Grenelle de l’environnement. Il s’agit de zones urbaines qui seront interdites d’accès aux véhicules les plus polluants et qui doivent être expérimentées à partir de 2012 durant au mois trois ans. Huit agglomérations se sont portées volontaires : Paris, Saint-Denis, Lyon, Grenoble, Clermont-Ferrand, Bordeaux, Nice et Aix-en-Provence.Ces villes doivent décider elles-mêmes du périmètre, des horaires et des périodes durant lesquelles les interdictions d’accès seront établies. En effet, la pollution de certains véhicules est particulièrement nocive en raison des particule fines qui sont émises. “Elles sont particulièrement pernicieuses car elles pénètrent très profondément jusque dans les alvéoles des poumons et sont à l’origine, notamment, de l’augmentation significative de l’asthme chez les enfants, de l’augmentation des maladies cardio-vasculaires, cancers”, explique le député UMP de Haute-Savoie, Martial Saddier. Or, la France est poursuivie devant la Cour de justice par la Commission européenne en raison de ses mauvais résultats en termes de pollution aux particules fines. En effet, les seuils limites d’exposition ont été dépassés dans de nombreuses régions et si aucun changement n’intervient, le pays devra s’acquitter d’une amende de 40 millions d’euros.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueM. Saddier est également président du Conseil national de l’air  (CNA) qui est à l’origine d’une proposition de verbalisation des véhicules les plus polluants, à partir du moment où ils circuleraient dans les Zapa sans autorisation. Les montants, jugés “assez coercitifs” par M. Saddier lui-même, seraient de 68 euros pour les voitures et de 133 euros pour les poids lourds. “Près de 40.000 personnes dans notre pays meurent chaque année prématurément à cause de ces dépassements de seuil”, ajoute le député.Un classement de A à D a été établi pour déterminer les différentes catégories de véhicules en fonction de leur pollution. Le CNA propose également la mise en place d’une cinquième catégorie “pour mettre en valeur les véhicules propres”, c’est-à-dire ceux immatriculés après le 1er janvier 2011 et donc qui respectent la norme Euro 5.Dernière proposition du CNA : “Faire une différence entre les véhicules diesel et les véhicules essences, puisque les véhicules diesel émettent plus de particules que les véhicules essences dans un certain nombre de cas”.Le 29 juin 2011 à 13:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Rivière favoriser lécoulement naturel des crues est essentiel

first_imgRivière : favoriser l’écoulement naturel des crues est “essentiel”Le WWF a organisé la semaine dernière à Paris un Forum baptisé “Vivre avec les crues”. De cette rencontre ressort la nécessité de libérer les rivières pour encourager l’écoulement naturel des crues, et ainsi éviter de graves inondations, mais aussi la disparition d’espèces végétales et animales.Depuis des décennies, les rivières souffrent de l’aménagement que nous leur imposons. Rives bétonnées, zones humides assainies pour être récupérées au profit des activités humaines, captation de l’eau pour l’irrigation des cultures : ces nombreuses modifications ont d’importantes conséquences. Parmi elles, des crues et inondations de plus en plus incontrôlables, mais aussi une menace grandissante pesant sur des espèces animales et végétales vivant en fonction des rivières.À lire aussiCes inondations et crues qui ont marqué l’Histoire de la FranceLa semaine dernière, le WWf organisait un Forum sur la façon dont nous devons “vivre avec les crues”. La conclusion de ce colloque est claire : les rivières doivent être libérées de l’emprise humaine, afin de favoriser l’écoulement naturel des crues. Ces dernières “sont essentielles à la respiration des fleuves”, a souligné le WWF, cité par l’AFP. Elles jouent plusieurs rôles cruciaux, comme le nettoyage du lit des fleuves, le rechargement les nappes alluviales, mais aussi le remodelage des habitats de nombreuses espèces qui “ont besoin de ces perturbations”. C’est par exemple le cas de la sterne ou du brochet.Les oiseaux ont quant à eux besoin de “rives riches et de bras morts”, a expliqué Jean-René Malavoi, chargé de mission Hydromorphologie fluviale à l’Office national de l’eau et des milieux aquatiques (Onema). Les rivières nécessitent en outre de l’espace pour éroder leurs berges, offrir une zone d’expansion naturelle aux crues, ou encore favoriser grâce aux forêts qui les longent l’épuration des composés azotés.D’après l’ONU, un milliard de personnes vivent dans des zones très exposées aux inondations. Un chiffre qui devrait doubler à l’horizon 2050. Rappelant également l’impact du réchauffement climatique, qui engendre une augmentation et une intensification des événements extrêmes Jean-Stéphane Devisse, le directeur des programmes du WWF, juge nécessaire d'”anticiper, le plus en amont possible”.Le 18 décembre 2011 à 16:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Coleman on how hard work can improve Evertons fortunes

first_imgEverton defender Seamus Coleman believes he and his teammates need to work harder to improve the club’s fortunes this season.The Toffees have been inconsistent all season, and currently in 11th position in the Premier League after their 2-1 loss to Southampton on Saturday.“There is no magic potion – we just need to work hard and keep battling,” said Coleman, according to the club’s official website.“Hopefully with wins the confidence will come but at the minute we are not winning enough, we are not getting back-to-back wins, which always breeds confidence.”“The past six or seven weeks… we’ve won a game, performed well and looked forward to the next game, but it hasn’t gone quite so well. You don’t want to keep saying we had new players coming in and are trying to organise that… as a whole we need to be better, we need to stand up and be counted.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Seventh is up for grabs and there will be a lot of teams fighting for that position. We can only look at ourselves and that starts with going on the training ground on Monday and preparing the best we can and having a great attitude like all professional footballers should.”“The only way you can do it is on the pitch and be proud to play for your club. At the minute, we all need to do better.”Speaking about Everton’s FA Cup tie against Millwall, Coleman said: “I’ve never played there and I hear it’s a great atmosphere. We are looking forward to the game and hopefully we can win it and advance in the Cup.”“Silverware is massive for this club and I want to win the Cup. That would be a great achievement and give the fans something to celebrate.”last_img read more

Smalling teases Solskjaers nasty side at Man United

first_imgDefender Chris Smalling has revealed that even Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not afraid to hand out the “hairdryer treatment” at Manchester United when things go wrong.Since replacing Jose Mourinho in December, Solskjaer has won 10 of his opening 12 games in charge and lost just one as caretaker manager.This marks quite a turnaround for United, who are now in fourth-place in Premier League despite being 11 points adrift when Solskjaer first arrived.The Norwegian has also received plaudits for the way he’s lifted team morale at Old Trafford with players like Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford seemingly much happier than they were under Mourinho.Despite enjoying things under Solskjaer himself, however, Smalling admits that the former Red Devils striker ain’t afraid of coming down hard on the players if they don’t perform.“I think he has got that sort of nasty side,” Smalling told MUTV. Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I think every manager has that, the so-called hairdryer treatment when things need a little turnaround. A manager has to have all different sides covered. He’s a joy to play under and he’s great.”United will face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday in a fifth-round FA Cup tie to continue their pursuit in handing Solskjaer a third FA Cup title and a first as a manager.“This year, we’re making sure we get a trophy and, on Monday, we’ll be going all for it,” said Smalling.“The record at Chelsea, you’re right, we’ve not had too many good results there but I thought, earlier in the season, we were so close to winning until the last dying seconds. In general, we played quite well there, so let’s kick on and improve on that performance.“The fact it’s Monday night as well means it’s got the whole world watching. They’ll be looking to improve on last weekend’s result [at Manchester City], as we will [after PSG], so it’s a big game all around.”MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 26: Chris Smalling of Manchester United looks on during a Manchester United Training session at Aon Training Complex on November 26, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)last_img read more

Man sought in robbery of US Bank at Fred Meyer

first_imgSomeone robbed a U.S. Bank branch inside of a Fred Meyer on Monday afternoon in west Vancouver. A man walked up to the counter and handed a teller a note demanding money, said Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp. The man left the bank and Fred Meyer on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. No weapon was seen or implied, Kapp said. Vancouver police described the suspect as 5 foot, 7 inches tall and Hispanic, wearing a hat and khaki pants. The robbery was reported at 4:33 p.m. at the branch at 2500 Columbia House Blvd., which is inside the Grand Central shopping center. Police canvassed the area, but weren’t able to find the suspect.last_img

Troopers Request Assistance In Identifying Suspects From Hit And Run

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers are asking for assistance in identifying the suspect of hit-and-run that occurred on Friday afternoon. The Troopers responded to a hit and run motor vehicle collision at mile post 15 on Kalifornsky Beach Road, around 1:30pm. The driver of vehicle that fled the scene was not identified. The other party, Patricia Coghill, 47, of Kenai, was able to be driven from the scene with no reported injuries, according to the online Trooper dispatch. Troopers are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the other vehicle- a late 80’s model white full size pickup truck with a camper, or, a full sized late 80’s SUV. The vehicle will have damage to the passenger side. Contact Soldotna Trooper’s at (907) 262-4453.last_img