Policeman suffers cardiac arrest during promotion test, dies

first_imgA police officer died on Thursday after suffering a cardiac arrest during a promotion test at the Rajasthan Police Academy.Hemant Koli (38), a sub inspector who posted at Udaipur, attended a two—month course for promotion to the rank of inspector.The course was completed on Tuesday and a final test was being conducted by the board today when the incident occurred, RPA Director Rajiv Dasot told PTI.The officer participated in different activities like running, TT and yoga and collapsed during the breakfast break.He was rushed to Kanwatia Hospital in Shastri nagar where he was declared dead.“The cause of the death is cardiac arrest,” Dasot said.The officer said that his family members have been informed. .last_img

‘Superteams’ rise to challenge Warriors for crown

first_imgThe superteams will be tested on opening night with Boston visiting Cleveland and Houston at Golden State. Oklahoma City will open Thursday at home against New York, Anthony’s former club.’James says that despite potential issues with 2011 MVP Rose, 2006 MVP Wade, himself, Love, Crowder and teammates relegated to reserve duties, the Cavaliers will come together and again be a championship threat.“At the end of the day when guys sign here and wanted to come here, we all know what we’re here for,” James said. “So there’s no ego. The only ego is bring your game, which these guys know how to do. We all have a common goal, so none of that other stuff matters.” View comments “Just because you compile a team of superstars don’t mean it’s going to work, because it’s a lot of ego,” Green told GQ magazine.”And we just happen to have a perfect group to where it works.”Las Vegas oddsmakers agree. The Warriors are a runaway favorite to repeat as champion at about 2-1 with Cleveland next at 4-1 ahead of Boston at 10-1 with Houston and San Antonio at 15-1 just ahead of Oklahoma City at 16-1. ‘They don’t stand a chance’ It’s the NBA version of a nuclear arms race, complete with a fistful of teams stockpiling top talent and legend Michael Jordan, a six-time NBA champion with Chicago who owns the Charlotte Hornets, warning of mutually assured destruction.ADVERTISEMENT “I think it’s going to hurt the overall aspect of the league from a competitive standpoint,” Jordan told Cigar Aficionado magazine.“You’re going to have one or two teams that are going to be great, and another 28 teams that are going to be garbage. Or they’re going to have a tough time surviving in the business environment.”In the wake of a heartbreaking seventh-game loss to Cleveland in the 2016 NBA Finals after a record 73-9 season, the Warriors recruited Durant, the former MVP who opted out of Oklahoma City. They rolled through the playoffs with a 16-1 record.It’s a follow-on to the escalation James helped spark in 2010 when he left Cleveland for Miami to join Wade and Chris Bosh in a “Big Three” that reached four NBA Finals in a row, winning in 2012 and 2013.When he returned to the Cavaliers in 2014, he matched up with Irving and added Kevin Love for a new “Big Three” and now such trios abound.“It’s pretty… sick to see how everybody is just in a … panic about what to do,” Green told GQ. “That’s the fun part about it — they know they don’t stand a chance.”Green said the Warriors were inspired by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s comments after last June’s NBA Finals, when he said the Warriors “are not unbeatable. There have been bigger upsets in sports history. We are going to keep improving our roster. We’re used to long odds. If Golden State makes the odds longer, we might up our risk profile and get even more aggressive. We have something up our sleeves.”That proved to be pairing Paul and Harden, two of the NBA’s best, in the Houston backcourt.“They are really trying to rethink their whole strategy,” Green told GQ. ‘Only ego is bring your game’  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Gins finish strong, soar 2-0 vs Bolts LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary NBA 2017 Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook welcomed Carmelo Anthony and Paul George to Oklahoma City while Houston added Chris Paul and tough defenders toNBA assists leader and number two scorer James Harden with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward joining Al Horford in Boston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd the Cavaliers, with four-time MVP LeBron James bidding for an eighth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals, added his pal Dwyane Wade, oft-injured Derrick Rose plus Jae Crowder and Isaiah Thomas in the deal that sent Irving to Boston.In all, eight players with a total of 45 All-Star Game appearances switched teams.center_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Golden State Warriors’s NBA player Kevin Durant (R) vies during the NBA Basketball Game between Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves in Shanghai on October 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNAWashington, United States — Kevin Durant barely had a chance to grip his first NBA championship trophy in Golden State’s victory celebration last June before rival clubs were moving to challenge the Warriors “superteam” for supremacy.Now the NBA’s 72nd season opens Tuesday with a fistful of clubs having assembled three or more stars, uniting to stop Durant, 3-point sharpshooters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and forward Draymond Green from bringing Golden State a third title in four campaigns.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Maria Sharapova should be banned, says Andy Murray

first_imgWorld number two Andy Murray says Maria Sharapova should be banned after her positive test for meldonium and questioned the Russian’s use of the drug for medical purposes.The Briton also chided his own racket manufacturer Head after the company said it would continue to support Sharapova in the wake of her admission that she had taken the banned substance. (Sharapova gets benefit of doubt from her racket manufacturer Head) “It’s not up to me to decide the punishment, but if you’re taking performance enhancing drugs and you fail a drugs test, you have to get suspended,” Murray told reporters at the Indian Wells tournament in Palm Springs on Thursday.”If you’re taking a prescription drug and you’re not using it for what that drug was meant for, then you don’t need it, so you’re just using it for the performance enhancing benefits that drug is giving you. And I don’t think that that’s right.” (Maria Sharapova must pay for her mistake, says Rafael Nadal)The drug, produced in Latvia but unavailable for purchase in the United States where Sharapova is based, was only added to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list of banned substances in January, shortly before her positive test at the Australian Open.Manufactured for people suffering from heart problems, it can also increase blood flow and improve exercise capacity.Sharapova, who will be provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation from this weekend and faces up to a four-year ban, told a news conference in Los Angeles on Monday that she had been taking the drug for 10 years. (Maria Sharapova fails drug test, Porsche, Nike, Tag Heuer suspend sponsorship)advertisementShe said she was first given it by a family doctor after she frequently became sick, had irregular electrocardiogram results, a magnesium deficiency and a family history of diabetes.”I read that 55 athletes have failed tests for that substance since January 1,” said Murray.”You just don’t expect high-level athletes at the top of many different sports to have heart conditions.”The highest-paid woman in sports, Sharapova has already lost support from some sponsors, with Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer cutting ties this week, while Nike and Porsche have distanced themselves from her.Murray said Head’s announcement that it had extended its contract with the five-times grand slam champion was “a strange stance” given the events of the last few days.”I don’t really know what else to say on that, but that’s not something I believe,” he added.”I think at this stage it’s important really to get hold of the facts and let things play out, like more information coming out before making a decision to extend the contract like that, in my view. I personally wouldn’t have responded like that.”last_img read more

Par session to end early, LS today, RS tomorrow

first_imgNew Delhi, May 11 (PTI) The Budget Session of Parliament, which began as a new session on April 25, is likley to end early with Lok Sabha being adjourned sine die late this evening and Rajya Sabha tomorrow.Sources said it is being done in view of the last leg of campaigning for assembly elections in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, besides the fact that there is no official business left for the current session, which in normal case would have ended on May 13.”Its a consensus decision,” said a government source, indicating that the Opposition parties were also fully on board for an early conclusion of the session.Sources said earlier the plan was to adjourn the two Houses sine die a few days back but it could not be done as the Finance Bill had not been passed.After the passage of Finace Bill today, sources said, there was much not business left.Concluding the session early was being debated for the last few days, the sources said.Sources said Rajya Sabha would also have been adjourned sine die today itself but since 58 members of the House have retired, they will be making customary farewell speech tomorrow.A number of those retired have been renominated.The Budget Session of Parliament had begun on February 23 and concluded on March 16. There was the scheduled recess between the first and second part.However, the session was prorogued to allow promulgation of an ordinance to bring and pass a Vote on Account for Uttarakhand, which was under Presidents rule. An ordinance cannot be promulgated when Parliament is in session. So, the house was prorogued and the second part of the Budget Session began as a new session on April 25. PTI AMR SK SKadvertisementlast_img read more

Andy Murray says health key to hopes of prolonging his career

first_imgWorld number one Andy Murray is confident he can stay at the top of the men’s game and play on into his thirties – as long as he can keep himself fit.Murray, who turned 30 on Monday, has not won a title since the Dubai Open in February and was eliminated in the second round of the Madrid Open last week, but is preparing to defend his title at this week’s Rome Masters.”When I was starting out on the tour, that (30) is around the time when a lot of (players) would have stopped playing or started to struggle,” Murray was quoted as saying by the Times.”You never know how your body’s going to be and your health. If that’s fine, there is no reason why you can’t compete at the top of the game into your early to mid-thirties.”Not everyone is going to be able to do that, you don’t know how good the generation coming up are going to be, if they’re better than the current generation. If that’s the case then I think it becomes more difficult, but I’m hoping it isn’t.”Murray was out with an elbow injury earlier this year and is still playing his way back to full fitness ahead of next week’s French Open.The Scot, who faces Italian Fabio Fognini in the second round in Rome, acknowledged that he could take nothing for granted after beating Novak Djokovic to win the title last year.”I think a lot can change in 12 months,” Murray said. “I mean, a lot can change in a week in tennis…So I don’t think that just because you do well the previous year means that you’re going to have a good event the next year.”advertisement”Fognini is one of the better clay-court players, for sure. He obviously will be highly motivated playing in Italy as well.”I have had some tough matches with him in the past, so it won’t be easy. I will definitely need to play well in that one to have a chance of winning.”last_img read more

Fiat workers protest as Juventus sign Cristiano Ronaldo for 100 million euro

first_imgA workers’ union at a Fiat Chrysler’s Melfi plant in Italy has called a strike to protest against the huge sums of money spent by Italy’s Juventus football club to sign up Cristiano Ronaldo.Exor, the investment holding of Italy’s Agnelli family, owns nearly 30 percent of Fiat Chrysler (FCA) and 64 percent of Juventus. FCA and Juventus are completely separate entities, each managing their own finances and operations.Italian champions Juventus agreed on Tuesday to pay Real Madrid 100 million euro ($117 million) to secure the Portuguese striker for four years. Ronaldo has been world player of the year five times.READ – Ronaldo moves to Juventus after 9 years at Real Madrid”It is unacceptable that while the (owners) ask workers of FCA … for huge economic sacrifices for years, the same decide to spend hundreds of millions of euro for the purchase of a player,” the USB union said in an emailed statement.@cristiano https://t.co/88xFtX3Xw4 #CR7Juve pic.twitter.com/nnG0N4074UJuventusFC (@juventusfc) July 10, 2018Thousands of FCA plant workers across Italy have been on state-sponsored temporary layoff schemes for years due to lack of new models. However, the company has launched a new investment strategy to 2022 which it says should allow all employees in Italy to return to work by the end of 2022.READ – Ronaldo after Juventus move: Real has conquered my heartThe independent union, which is not part of the larger, national labour confederations, does not represent many workers at Melfi. The strike will be held late on Sunday to early Tuesday, the union added.advertisement”The owners should invest in car models that guarantee the future of thousands of people rather than enriching only one,” the union said.FCA and Exor declined to comment.READ – Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid: Ramos, Bale pay emotional tributeThe carmaker, whose plants churn out Jeep SUVs, sporty Alfa Romeos, luxury Maseratis and tiny Fiats, had promised to bring all employees in Italy back to work by the end of 2018, but that goal slipped as investments and product launches were delayed.Last month, FCA unveiled a new strategy to 2022, promising the goal of full employment would be reached by the end of the plan period.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Death bowling a little difficult in any situation: Bumrah backs Umesh after 1st T20I loss

first_imgJasprit Bumrah backed Umesh Yadav after the latter failed to defend 14 runs in the final over of the first T20I against Australia that led to India losing the match by 3 wickets at the at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. Australia won a last-ball thriller scoring two runs off the last ball to take an unbeatable 1-0 lead in the two-T20I series.”It always goes both ways. When you bowl a last over in a close game, it is sometimes 50-50. You try your best, you’re always clear in your execution, some days it works, some days it doesn’t. Nothing to be worried about.Yes, we wanted to close the game in our favour but it’s okay, this happens as death bowling a little difficult in any situation,” Bumrah said at the post-match press conference.Bumrah had bowled an exceptional penultimate over, where he gave away just two runs and picked two wickets on the last two deliveries to put India in a solid position ahead of the final over.Bumrah spoke about what went through his mind before he bowled that genius over that left everybody in awe of his skills.”Not a lot, just focussing on what my strengths are and what the wicket is because the wicket was a little difficult to bat on, it was not a wicket you could score heavily on, to play big shots on this sluggish wicket was a little difficult. So I was just figuring out what my options were and was looking to execute them,” Bumrah said.advertisementBumrah conceded that around 140-145 would have been a good target to give to Australia in Vizag considering that the wicket was sluggish. He said MS Dhoni tried to take the team to a fighting total and India almost pulled off a victory.”We almost pulled out this game as well but on this wicket, around 140-145 would have been a very good score because as I said, over here there was low bounce and it was difficult to hit big shots so it’s always difficult on these kinds of wickets to chase total.”We were trying our best. We were just trying to figure out. He [Dhoni] was just trying to take the game deep and trying to get us to a safe total. I think we tried, we were short by 15-20 runs but still gave us a fighting total. We had something we could fight on so I think that was the plan he was trying to execute.”We always knew going into the game that what is our batting line-up. We wanted that everybody would have taken a bit more responsibility but these things happen in a game of cricket. We tried our best, we lost 2-3 wickets more than we wanted but ya, we back our team and we wanted to execute with whatever we had.”Bumrah was happy for KL Rahul as the opener hit a half century upon his return to Team India after the Koffee with Karan controversy.”It’s always good when you’ve got good competition in the team. He looked the best batsman today I feel because he was playing with a lot of composure, he started off playing good shots and he was playing conventional shots. It’s always good when a player like him is back in form.”Also Read | MS Dhoni picks up Mayank Markande wrong-un while batsman could notAlso Read | During 2-minute silence in honour of Pulwama martyrs, Virat Kohli gestures crowd to actually stay silentAlso Read | Bumrah, Krunal extremely hard to get away: Maxwell after match-winning knock in 1st T20IAlso Read | We were not up to scratch: Virat Kohli after 3-wicket loss vs Australia in 1st T20Ilast_img read more

SHI on Track with CSAV’s Boxships

first_imgWorld Maritime News Staff, April 16, 2014 zoom Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) said today that the construction of CSAV’s seven 9,300 TEU container ships is going according to schedule.The shipbuilder announced today in its regulatory filing to the Korea Stock Exchange that CSAV’s $617.67 million worth project is on track. The newbuilds are scheduled to be delivered from the end of 2014 to May 2015.The new vessels will enable CSAV to reduce bunker consumption costs significantly. Their incorporation will also allow the replacement of a part of vessels currently chartered by the company.CSAV will thus expand its percentage of own fleet to bring it into line with the shipping industry average.last_img

Le gouvernement provincial annonce le plan pour les emplois et les immobilisations

first_img 281 millions de dollars dans les routes 158 millions de dollars dans les bâtiments 57,2 millions de dollars dans la technologie de l’information 13,1 millions de dollars dans les véhicules et l’équipement 87,9 millions de dollars dans les subventions d’investissement 12,8 millions de dollars dans l’achat de terres Le gouvernement provincial investit 610 millions de dollars dans plus de 150 projets qui permettront de créer des emplois directs correspondant à 4 500 emplois à temps plein dans les communautés de la province. Graham Steele, ministre des Finances, a présenté aujourd’hui 9 décembre le plan pour les emplois et les immobilisations de la province. Le plan présente les dépenses en immobilisations de la province pour l’exercice financier 2012-2013, et met l’accent sur la création de bons emplois et la croissance de l’économie, l’amélioration des soins de santé et l’amélioration de la vie des familles de toute la province. « Le plan pour les emplois et les immobilisations prévoit des investissements dans les projets qui sont les plus importants pour les Néo-Écossais, notamment des salles d’urgence, des écoles, des routes et du matériel hospitalier, tout en assurant de bons emplois dans toutes les communautés de la province, a dit M. Steele. Les Néo-Écossais veulent que leur gouvernement fasse preuve de souplesse par rapport aux conditions économiques, et c’est pourquoi les dépenses en immobilisations cette année sont clairement axées sur la création d’emplois et sur l’infrastructure. » Les retombées du plan pour les emplois et les immobilisations devraient aussi créer 3 100 emplois supplémentaires pour les Néo-Écossais. Les investissements prévus dans le plan pour les emplois et les immobilisations sont les suivants : 1,5 million de dollars pour les rénovations à l’hôpital régional South Shore afin de réduire le surpeuplement et améliorer le déplacement des patients 2,25 millions de dollars pour la réparation de l’extérieur de l’édifice Dominion, qui abrite la Galerie d’art de la Nouvelle-Écosse, afin de préserver un édifice historique antérieur à la Confédération au centre-ville d’Halifax 79 millions de dollars pour la construction, la mise à niveau et la modernisation des écoles vieillissantes dans une douzaine de collectivités de la Nouvelle-Écosse telles que Glace Bay, Baddeck, Weymouth, Dartmouth, New Glasgow et Liverpool Plus de 2 millions de dollars pour améliorer la sécurité des palais et centres de justice à Amherst, Antigonish, Bridgewater, Digby, Halifax, Kentville, Port Hawkesbury, Sydney, Truro et Yarmouth 6,8 millions de dollars pour financer des mises à niveau de l’infrastructure hospitalière afin d’établir des centres de soins d’urgence concertés dans un plus grand nombre de collectivités de la Nouvelle-Écosse, par exemple à Annapolis Royal Il s’agit de la deuxième fois seulement dans l’histoire de la province que le gouvernement annonce des renseignements détaillés sur les dépenses en immobilisations avant le budget du printemps. Les intentions du gouvernement provincial sont donc très claires pour l’année à venir, ce qui permettra au secteur privé de mieux se préparer en vue des projets à venir, assurant ainsi une plus grande efficacité et des économies pour la province. Le plan pour les emplois et les immobilisations peut être consulté (en anglais seulement) au www.gov.ns.ca/treasuryboard. « Au cours des trois dernières semaines, mes collègues se sont déplacés dans la province pour présenter les détails du plan pour les emplois et les immobilisations aux gens de la province, a dit M. Steele. Les Néo-Écossais ont appris de première main quels sont les investissements de leur gouvernement dans des projets qui sont judicieux et stratégiques et qui permettront à un plus grand nombre de Néo-Écossais de demeurer dans la province et d’y bâtir leur vie. » Les éléments du plan pour les emplois et les immobilisations qui ont déjà été annoncés incluent :last_img read more

Calgary 2026 financials remain unknown

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgarians are still waiting to hear how much the federal government will provide if the city hosts the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.Councillor Evan Woolley, who also chairs the Bid Exploration committee, is not concerned. “The negotiations are ongoing, I recognize Calgarians eagerness to have that number, I remain hopeful and optimistic that we will be getting that number in the next matter of days,” Woolley said.However, Councillor Sean Chu, who has long opposed the games, noted even if federal funding is announced, there is still a lack of information available to plebiscite voters.“We’ve been told that due to the competitiveness of this, we just cannot release all the information,” Chu said.READ MORE: Calgary mayor doesn’t want to spend more than province on 2026 GamesThe province has committed $700-million to the Games, but that number is about $300-million less than was hoped for by the bid committee.READ MORE: Alberta government says it would front $700M for Calgary OlympicsWATCH: Why you’re seeing more pro-Olympic advertisinglast_img read more

UN report cites major gains in treating women and children with AIDS

3 April 2008A United Nations report released today shows progress in treating children with AIDS and preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, but urges greater efforts to stem the tide of the global epidemic. According to Children and AIDS, there were some 2.1 million children under 15 living with HIV in 2007, most of whom were infected before birth, during delivery or while breastfeeding. And young people aged 15-24 still account for about 40 per cent of the new HIV infections among all people over 15 in 2007. In addition, an estimated 290,000 children under 15 died from AIDS last year, and 12.1 million children in sub-Saharan Africa lost one or both parents to the disease. “Today’s children and young people have never known a world free of AIDS,” said Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which along with the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) produced the report. “Thousands lose their lives to the disease every year, and millions have lost parents and caregivers,” she stated. “Children must be at the heart of the global AIDS agenda.” The report examines progress and challenges in four key areas – preventing HIV transmission from mothers to children (PMTCT), providing paediatric treatment, preventing infection among adolescents and young people, and protecting and supporting children affected by AIDS. Among other findings, the report says that by the end of 2006, 21 countries, including Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa and Thailand, were on track to meeting the target of 80 per cent coverage for PMTCT by 2010, up from only 11 countries in 2005. Also, the number of HIV-positive children in low- and middle-income countries receiving antiretroviral treatment rose by 70 per cent from 2005 to 2006. While the proportion of HIV-positive pregnant women receiving antiretrovirals to reduce mother-to-child transmission increased by 60 per cent during the same period, it is estimated that only 23 per cent of HIV-positive pregnant women are receiving antiretrovirals. “We are making progress but still face many challenges,” said Dr. Kevin DeCock, Director of WHO’s HIV Division. “Critically, we must provide antiretroviral treatment for women who require it for their own health, which will save their lives but also assure a future for their children. To achieve all this, health systems and their most precious component, the health care workforce, must be strengthened.” Progress has been made in many countries with regard to the protection and care of children affected by AIDS and on their access to social services, as well as in school enrolment rates for children who have lost both parents to the disease. At the same time, AIDS-affected children are still more likely than other children to fall behind in school and to live in poorer households, according to the report. UNAIDS Executive Director Dr. Peter Piot noted that while important gains have been made in addressing treatment needs for children and in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. “However, much more needs to be done to prevent HIV amongst young people and adolescents if we are to make a major change in the direction of the epidemic,” he stressed. The report urges more resources for prevention, treatment and protection efforts, implementing new initiatives and scaling up those that have already been tested and proven effective. read more

SNCLavalin delays important decision on jury or judge in corruption trial

MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is pushing back its decision on whether to opt for a trial by jury or by judge alone in a corruption case that has tripped up the engineering giant and ensnared it in a political controversy for months.“I need more time to make the choice. It has to be decided by several people in the company,” defence lawyer Francois Fontaine told the Court of Quebec on Friday.“Because it’s an important decision,” he told reporters after the morning hearing. “It’s a big company. It’s necessary to take the time to analyze it carefully.”Last week a Quebec judge ruled there is enough evidence to send SNC-Lavalin to trial over charges of fraud and corruption, prompting a further tumble in the beleaguered firm’s share price.The company has previously pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges.SNC-Lavalin is due back in court June 28.The Montreal-based firm is accused of paying $47.7 million in bribes to public officials in Libya between 2001 and 2011. SNC-Lavalin, its construction division and a subsidiary also face one charge each of fraud and corruption for allegedly defrauding various Libyan organizations of $129.8 million.The court hearing in Montreal on Friday was the latest step in criminal proceedings that began last fall after SNC-Lavalin failed to secure a deferred prosecution agreement, a kind of plea deal that would have seen the firm agree to pay a fine rather than face prosecution.Since early February, SNC-Lavalin has been at the centre of a political controversy following accusations from former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould that top government officials pressured her to overrule federal prosecutors and negotiate a deferred prosecution agreement with the company. read more

New Brunswick fracking moratorium raises industry ire pleases environmentalists

FREDERICTON – Five conditions must be met before New Brunswick will lift a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, Premier Brian Gallant said Thursday in a move that has frustrated the energy sector but pleased environmentalists.The provincial government introduced legislation that would prohibit fracking throughout the province until concerns about health, the environment and First Nations input are addressed.Gallant placed conditions on the legislation including a process to consult with First Nations, a plan that mitigates the impact on public infrastructure and addresses waste water disposal and credible information about the effects fracking has on health, water and the environment.The development of a royalty structure and a “social licence” ensuring that the public accepts fracking are also needed before the moratorium would be removed, Gallant said, though he acknowledged that last condition has yet to be defined.“We have been clear from Day 1 that we will impose a moratorium until risks to the environment, health and water are understood,” Gallant told a news conference in Fredericton.“We believe these conditions to be very reasonable.”He said his government supports job creation but added that it needs to be done in a diversified and sustainable way.“We’re not interested in putting all of our eggs in a single basket,” he said.A number of companies are exploring for shale gas in the province and Corridor Resources recently fracked wells in the Penobsquis area that are used to supply gas to the nearby Potash Corp. mine.Gallant said such operations would be allowed to continue under the legislation, as long as they don’t rely on fracking.“We’ll certainly also always listen to businesses that may have concerns and try to mitigate some of the impacts if they believe (them) to be negative on their operations,” he said.Sheri Somerville, a natural gas adviser with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said the industry is disappointed with the government’s decision.“We’ve been saying all along that a moratorium is unwarranted and that we’ve been doing this safely here in New Brunswick for at least a decade and in other jurisdictions in Canada for more than 60 years,” Somerville said.She said each energy company operating in the province will have to make its own decision on how to react but there are concerns that it could put a halt to exploration.“This could certainly have a detrimental impact on future investment and industry progress for the province.” she said. “It might result in a missed opportunity.”Corridor Resources president Steve Moran said his company doesn’t support the moratorium.“We have always maintained that a moratorium is not necessary for an industry that has operated responsibly and safely in this province,” Moran said Thursday in a statement.He said the conditions cited by the premier are not clear enough.“They do not provide a predictable path forward. In addition, New Brunswick already has clear and robust regulations in place under which the industry operates safely.”Moran said Corridor Resources and its partners have spent more than $500 million exploring for oil and natural gas in New Brunswick since 1995, drilling 46 wells and completing 120 hydraulic fracture stimulations.He said the company believes there is a huge gas potential in the province but will only determine that by drilling and fracking more wells.Jean-Guy Leclair, general manager of PotashCorp New Brunswick, said in a news release if the moratorium removes a supply of natural gas it could raise costs and prompt a review of the firm’s operations in the province.But Stephanie Merrill of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick welcomed the legislation.“It’s really refreshing to see the premier be so concerned about the environment and our water,” she said, adding that she hopes the moratorium is permanent.Mark D’Arcy of the Council of Canadians, who has attended anti-shale gas rallies across the province, said he believes many New Brunswickers support the government’s decision.“This is a great Christmas present,” he said.Opposition Tory Leader Bruce Fitch accused the government of breaking its promising to create jobs by bringing in the moratorium.Nova Scotia, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador have also passed moratoriums on fracking, though they vary in scope.Follow @KevinBissett on Twitter. New Brunswick fracking moratorium raises industry ire, pleases environmentalists by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 18, 2014 8:18 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN launches appeal for lifesaving aid to millions of Syrians support to

Presented to donors at a meeting in Berlin, the 2015 appeal incorporates, for the first time, development aspects in addition to the life-saving humanitarian needs of over 12 million displaced people inside Syria, and the millions of Syrian refugees scattered throughout the region and the countries that host them.“This plan, if fully funded, can help us provide food and medicine for children, shelter families from the cold, and support those who are desperate and traumatized. Syria is a very difficult and dangerous place to work but the humanitarian community remains committed to helping the most vulnerable people caught in this crisis,” said Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA).The Syria Strategic Response Plan 2015 (SRP) which requires $2.9 billion in funding to address acute humanitarian needs inside Syria, aims to provide 12.2 million people with protection, life-saving assistance and livelihood support. Meanwhile, the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) represents a strategic shift in the approach to delivering aid for the region. It brings together emergency humanitarian operations and host community support with longer-term programmes aimed at boosting resilience. Requiring $5.5 billion in funding to directly support almost 6 million people, it is based on planning projections of up to 4.27 million refugees in countries neighbouring Syria by the end of 2015 and help to over a million vulnerable people in host communities.“Refugees and internally displaced people have exhausted their savings and resources, and host countries are at breaking point,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. The refugee component of the 3RP includes food aid, shelter, relief items and cash to meet basic household needs as well as registration services. The resilience component is about helping more than a million vulnerable people in communities who will benefit from assistance programmes and an enhanced focus on livelihoods and the creation of economic opportunities. An additional 20.6 million people in Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt will benefit from upgrades to local infrastructure and services in areas such as health, education, water and sewage.”The countries hosting Syrian refugees are struggling with the massive impact on their economies, societies, and infrastructure threatening not only their stability but the stability of the entire region,” said Gina Casar, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Associate Administrator. “A traditional humanitarian response is no longer enough,” she added. Syria Crisis: Humanitarian Response in Pictures read more

Man with a brain tumour killed when he ran across a motorway

first_imgMrs Duplain said that she then returned home and picked up her husband and returned to the motorway, finding him waving his jacket at passing cars.She said that he did not recognise them but they persuaded him to get into the car where he lay on the back seat kicking at the windows forcing her to stop the vehicle again.Mr Kaiser got out of the car and ran across the motorway and was struck by a Volkswagen Polo being driven on the northbound carriageway. He died from severe head injuries at the scene.Mrs Duplain said: “I said to Andy ‘He’s going to get killed’ and then I heard him being hit by the car.”Mrs Duplain said that she later found out from Mr Kaiser’s family that he had been diagnosed with a brain tumour, was signed off sick but had carried on working. I said to Andy ‘He’s going to get killed’ and then I heard him being hit by the carSue Duplain Her husband, Andrew, said they had called the NHS number 111 but had not been given any advice on what to do.He said: “They really couldn’t do much. The way he was talking it was clear he wasn’t in control, he couldn’t be trusted, he needed to be locked up to be fair.”Later that evening, as Mrs Duplain was driving work colleague Mr Kaiser to the hotel where he was staying, he grabbed the steering wheel forcing her to stop on the hard shoulder of the A3(M) near Clanfield where he jumped out of the car.She told the Portsmouth inquest: “There was no warning whatsoever. He had got his phone, his passport, keys, wallet and everything and was stuffing everything between my knees. I screamed at him and swore at him and said ‘Are you trying to kill the both of us?’.” Recording a verdict of accidental death, coroner David Horsley said to Mrs Duplain and her husband: “It seems he did have some underlying problem with his brain which had recently caused his behaviour to become extremely erratic.”He was a highly stressed and nervous person but his behaviour that day and night was beyond anything you could have contemplated.”It must have been a dreadful experience for you both. It was a nightmare situation. His behaviour was totally irrational and I think we have an explanation why it was irrational.”He did not know what he was doing and things were further complicated by the fact he was German and they drive on the other side of the road. I do not think he was aware a car was coming at him.” It was a nightmare situation. His behaviour was totally irrational and I think we have an explanation why it was irrationalDavid Horsley, coroner A German man who came to the UK to visit friends ran was killed when he ran across a motorway after a brain tumour he was suffering from caused him to behave “erratically and out of control”, an inquest has heard.Alexander Kaiser, from the Westerwald region of Germany, had flown to the UK on June 5 after suffering stress in his relationship with his partner of 10 years.But after friend Sue Duplain had picked the 35-year-old up from Heathrow airport he began to behave “bizarrely” including repeatedly asking her to give him high-fives, trying to escape from the garden of their home in Horndean, Hampshire, and asking for a beer before throwing it away. 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

Data now as important a commodity as oil leading QC says

Personal data is now as important a commodity as oil, a leading QC has said as he warns companies that they need to be up front on what they are using it for. Dean Armstrong QC, an expert in cyber law, said as it becomes possible to collect ever more data businesses will have to ensure that they tell their customers exactly what they are handing over and why. From the hive which is used to control heating to the personal digital assistants that are increasingly used in peoples homes more and more devices are connected in the internet of things, but at the same time there is a “pincer movement” of tighter regulations. Mr Armstrong, co-author of Cyber Security Law and Practice, said data is now a “commodity as important as oil” and how it is used is now one of the biggest single issues which can “make or break” a company and its reputation.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––”What we are all coming to understand is that data is such a source for use and abuse that everyone has got to be so much more concerned about how it is dealt with. The realisation that you can’t be careless with data is really coming to the fore,” he said.  “Young people, whilst they are big users of Facebook and other social media platforms, generally understand that their data is actually important to them and people must not misuse it.”It has got intrinsic value and it’s a major resource now. If you have someone’s data you can become that person. You can have control over their bank you can have control over their email address.”Companies are the custodians of data and they must use it in a way that is proper.”The warning comes in the wake of the scandal over the harvesting of data from Facebook which was used by Cambridge Analytica. New GDPR rules, which came into force in  earlier this year, also mean that companies face harsher penalties for misuse or breaches of personal data. Mr Armstrong said: “The hive which most people have in their homes which allows for remote control of heating and lighting through the thermostat can collect and analyse data and it can compare that.”Anything that you have in your house, if you have an Alexa that’s a device that collects and analyses data. You say play my favourite song and it knows what your favourite song is, it  knows your shopping habits  – it knows a lot more about you than you perhaps would want it to.” Research has shown that experts could even determine with 90 per cent accuracy what TV programme a person is watching based on the electrical signals coming from the home. Mr Armstrong, a barrister with The 36 Group chambers,  said that any company involved with these devices would have to be “very careful” and make sure they have “specific consent”. He said: “The consumer has to understand, as a company I have to explain what I am going to do with your data and why I need it. If I use it for a whole different purpose then you have not really given consent.”Gone are the days when it was effectively ‘We are assuming your consent until we hear otherwise’.” 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. read more

Metso makes assembled crushers attractive to iron ore customer

first_imgMetso Minerals assembled crushers save time and improve safety for iron ore concentrator in Western Australia at the Karara project. This is an integrated development of a magnetite deposit, to produce both high grade magnetite concentrate on-site and blast furnace quality pellets in northeast China. Karara is a worldclassorebody in terms of its scale, quality, consistency and extremely low waste. Its ore stripping ratio will result in relatively low mining costs.Karara is being developed by Gindalbie Metals, an independent Australian iron ore company based in Perth, through a 50:50 joint venture with AnSteel, one of China’s leading steel and iron ore companies. The use of three MP1000 secondary cone crushers supplied by Metso is a key aspect of the Karara operation. Part of what makes this supply so interesting is that Metso delivered the crushers fully assembled to the site, which is made possible because there are no logistical restrictions.“Crushers are typically supplied in various pieces, sourced from around the world, and assembled on site,” explains Neil Rackham, project manager at Metso’s Perth office. “In this case we consolidated the parts in Geraldton on the west coast of Australia so that the crushers could be pre-assembled, and then delivered to the site in assembled form.” In addition to delivering the machine, Metso offers service and ultimately provides added value to the project.Rackham points out the many benefits that the customer derives from this process. “First and foremost,” he says, “there is the element of safety. Assembly work is safer in a workshop environment where workers have better control and are familiar with their surroundings and potential local hazards. And obviously they have all the necessary equipment for assembling the parts and preparing the finished crusher for shipping.”Equally important is the cleanliness of the work environment, allowing the assembly to be conducted without delays from rain and other adverse weather conditions. The clean workshop is also better suited to the assembly of high precision parts which need to be assembled free of dust.“The work is carried out by one of Metso’s partners,” says Rackham. “We have a long-established relationship with them and we can easily address any issues, such as identifying and locating parts, with no impact on the customer’s installation schedule. ”An important cost-saving aspect of Metso’s approach is the elimination of expensive on-site labour costs, as well as the travel and lodging expenses of putting an assembly crew at the concentrator. “It can take up to four months to assemble a crusher onsite with Metso assistance;” says Rackham. “But with the pre-assembly it only takes a day or two to position the crusher once it’s delivered. With so many different people trying to access the cranes and other equipment at the site, the benefit to the customer in their planning and time management is invaluable. Plus, many of the typical hazards of assembling on a site are eliminated.”Once the crusher is assembled, the job of transporting the 157 t machine then becomes the challenge. Metso already had experience with this, having already delivered five assembled crushers to other customers in Western Australia. “Our method is quite simple, but it’s elegant,” explains Rackham. “We assemble the crusher on elevated stands that are wide enough to straddle a trailer. We reverse the trailer, which has a hydraulic loading system, under the stand. We then raise the trailer until it takes the load, then lower it back down to road level again once the crusher is secure. We don’t even need a crane and the whole operation only takes a couple of hours.”Because the crusher is a high-point load on the trailer, beams are spread along the length of the trailer, which has 16 axles with eight wheels per axle. This allows even distribution of the weight of the crusher, which is then transported the 250km due east from Geraldton to the site at Karara.When speaking of the customer’s reasons for choosing Metso, Rackham notes that it was largely the crusher’s reputation and Metso’s experience that made the sale. “We’ve been in the business for a long time,” he says, “and we care about what we do. We have the most experience with these types of large crushers and we feel we’re the best. Then we back it up with worldclass support and service.”He goes on to point out that the customer was also influenced by Metso’s ability to deliver a pre-assembled machine. “Knowing that any issues would be handled directly by Metso was an important consideration for the customer,” he says. “We could save them time, money and logistical headaches.”last_img read more

PS Vitas 3G locked to ATT

first_imgAT&T has released that it holds exclusivity over carrying 3G signals from PlayStation Vitas when the portable game system releases here in the United States.Glenn Lurie from AT&T told consumer electronics blog The Verge that AT&T worked with Sony during the system’s development process on the 3G modules for the system. It also helped craft connectivity rules in the Vita SDK, presumably to suit AT&T’s network needs. Lurie explained that the SDK contributions expedite certification (it isn’t said with whom, whether that’s the FCC or Sony’s own app store) and avoid apps that harm the network. The telecoms heavyweight has also been testing 3G-equipped units since early fall 2011, as much as six months ahead of the console’s US release.The 3G lockdown will put a slight hamper on imports and exports of the handheld. While the system may be region-free as far as games are concerned, the carrier lock means that connectivity on the go will be hampered unless on the carrier the console was originally sold for, such as AT&T here or NTT DoCoMo in Japan. As a reminder, pricing is set at an iPad-like $14.99 per month for 250MB of bandwidth or $24.99 for 2GB. You’ll be paying that price for multiplayer gaming without a WiFi point, location-based services, and social networking on the go. The plan month-to-month, meaning that you can pay as you go instead of paying an automatic subscription fee.Still, $15 a month for what amounts to access to Twitter and a competitor to the 3DS’ StreetPass functionality isn’t the greatest value for money that portable gaming has ever seen. Then again, Vita owners who’ve seen prices for games or the proprietary memory cards aren’t the least surprised. via The Vergelast_img read more

Comment le climat pourrait être perturbé par le minuscule plancton arctique

first_imgComment le climat pourrait être perturbé par le minuscule plancton arctiqueUne expérience menée par des scientifiques vient de montrer que les plus petits organismes planctoniques grandissaient mieux lorsque la concentration en dioxyde de carbone (CO2) des océans augmentait. Cette croissance se fait aux dépens des plus grands planctons, ce qui bouleverse de façon inquiétante la chaîne alimentaire et à plus grande échelle, le climat.Depuis le XIXème siècle, les océans ont absorbé environ 30% des émissions de CO2 dues aux activités humaines. Un phénomène qui provoque une acidification des océans, comme l’a, entre autres, prouvé le projet EPOCA (European Project on Ocean Acidification) qui a duré quatre ans. Lancé en 2008 et coordonné par Jean-Pierre Gattuso, chercheur du CNRS au Laboratoire d’océanographie de Villefranche (LOV), ce projet a rassemblé plus de 160 chercheurs de 32 institutions européennes.EPOCA a notamment mené une expérience d’envergure dans l’Arctique, en 2010. Réalisée dans des eaux qui absorbent davantage de CO2 que les autres (car plus froides que les autres), l’étude consistait à évaluer sur place l’acidification de cet océan tout en tenant compte des liens existants entre les organismes (compétition, prédation…). Pour cela, une équipe internationale constituée de 35 chercheurs et pilotée par Ulf Riebesell de l’institut allemand GEOMAR, a déployé neuf mésocosmes dans un fjord. Ces espèces de tubes à essai flottants étaient formés d’immenses sacs en plastique de 50 mètres cubes tendus par des structures de huit mètres. Un miniplancton qui se développe au détriment des autres Grâce à ces pièges, les chercheurs ont pu capturer l’ensemble du plancton présent dans le secteur. Ensuite, les scientifiques ont progressivement augmenté les concentrations en dioxyde de carbone dans sept mésocosmes de façon à atteindre les niveaux attendus d’ici 20, 40, 60, 80 et 100 ans. Les deux sacs restants, non modifiés, servaient de témoins. Chaque jour, des relevés chimiques et biologiques permettaient de mesurer et d’évaluer 50 paramètres différents.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Tout ceci a abouti à des résultats étonnants. Ils montrent avec évidence que le plancton de petite taille (le pico- et le nanoplancton) prospère abondamment lorsque la teneur en CO2 est élevée. Problème, en se développant, il consomme les sels nutritifs habituellement disponibles pour les espèces de plus grande taille. Ainsi, la croissance de ce tout petit plancton, base de la chaîne alimentaire, se fait aux dépens du phytoplancton, relève le CNRS dans un communiqué.Un impact global préoccupant L’expérience n’ayant duré que 5 semaines, les chercheurs n’ont pas eu le temps de voir si ce phénomène avait un impact sur la nutrition du zooplancton, qui se nourrit du plancton d’origine végétale. Plusieurs constats s’imposent alors. D’une part, le dioxyde de carbone acidifie les océans. D’autre part, il acidifie davantage les océans arctique et antarctique. De plus, il favorise la croissance du pico- et du nanoplancton ce qui provoque un bouleversement de la chaîne alimentaire. Par ailleurs, ce plancton de petite taille transfère moins de carbone dans l’océan profond, ce qui réduit l’absorption de CO2 par les océans. Enfin, le gros plancton émet en principe du sulfure de diméthyle (DMS), un gaz qui favorise la formation de nuages au-dessus des océans. Or, avec une production moindre de DMS, la quantité de rayonnement solaire atteignant la Terre serait augmentée ce qui accentuerait l’effet de serre. L’acidification des océans pourrait ainsi affecter le système climatique dans son ensemble.Le 20 septembre 2013 à 17:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more