Singapore: Two Singapore soldiers were charged in military court Wednesday over the death of a popular actor during reservist training in a case that has sparked calls for changes to the country’s system of conscription. Aloysius Pang, who starred in Singapore-produced Chinese language TV shows and movies, was completing compulsory reservist training in New Zealand in January when he suffered serious injuries while repairing artillery. The 28-year-old, who first rose to fame in the predominantly ethnic Chinese city-state as a child actor, died later in hospital. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USPang’s death — and those of three other servicemen in the space of 17 months — prompted widespread criticism over safety and calls for changes in the conscription-based system, a major plank of Singapore’s defence strategy since independence in 1965. Male Singapore citizens are required to undergo two years of national service upon turning 18 and are also called up for further training in the following years, which sometimes takes place overseas.
WOLFVILLE, N.S. – It didn’t take Prime Minister Justin Trudeau long to get a chuckle from a crowd of Liberal partisans in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley Thursday, following an intense day in which Canada responded to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium.“It’s been a busy day,” a relaxed Trudeau said to laughter from the dozens of supporters who attended a party fundraiser at a winery near the university town of Wolfville, N.S.“You all know what it’s like when you have discussions with the neighbour about something. But we have been standing up for Canada as you all know.”Trudeau then joked about actions that will see Canada retaliate dollar-for-dollar against a 25 per cent tariff on steel and a 10 per cent tariff on aluminium.“We are polite as Canadians but we are also firm. When push comes to shove we know how to use our elbows in the corners on the hockey rink, so you draw on what you do, but this is an opportunity to remind people how important it is to stand together,” he said.Trudeau spoke for just over 15 minutes before dozens of supporters and party luminaries including federal Treasury Board president Scott Brison, along with Nova Scotia provincial cabinet ministers Keith Colwell, Iain Rankin, Zach Churchill and Kelly Regan.The prime minister took the opportunity to thank workers for their support and told them he believes there is a sense that people are working together not just in the Atlantic region, but across Canada.Returning to a theme he pitched during the national Liberal convention held in Halifax in April, Trudeau urged those gathered to continue working to let people know what the Liberals have been doing while in power.He said it’s important to “stay involved in building a better country.”“The one thing we are discovering about democracy is that we can’t take it for granted,” said Trudeau.Following the speech, Trudeau circulated in the room taking pictures with supporters.He is scheduled to speak Friday before a conference of big city mayors in Halifax before heading to Quebec next week for a meeting of the G7.In a news release, the federal Liberal Party said it was committed to openness and transparency, and a list of guests at the event would be available within 45 days.The party said these events are hosted in publicly accessible spaces, and it has also committed to facilitating media coverage.
OTTAWA – As Donald Trump’s administration moves towards easing U.S. fuel emission standards for vehicles, the Liberal government says Canada’s standards need to become “stronger,” and it will conduct its own assessment after the American review.Reports emerged this week indicating Trump is set to introduce new rules for auto emissions.The current rules were adopted jointly by former prime minister Stephen Harper and former U.S. president Barack Obama in 2014 with the aim of increasing fuel efficiency for vehicles sold between 2022 and 2025 and reducing greenhouse gas from cars and light trucks.Trump is also expected to challenge California on its ability to independently set regulatory standards.In Canada, officials in Environment Minister Catherine McKenna’s office say they’re watching the U.S. developments closely, but they add that Canada’s standards need to become stronger over time, because transportation accounts for nearly one-quarter of Canada’s greenhouse gas pollution.McKenna and California Gov. Jerry Brown have discussed “our shared goal to fight climate change and promote clean transportation,” said Caroline Theriault, a spokeswoman for the minister.Christopher Sands, a senior research professor and director of the Centre for Canadian Studies at Johns Hopkins University, called the situation a “fascinating” case because it’s an example of U.S.-Canada regulatory co-operation that saw Obama decide on increasing standards and Harper agreeing. But now that co-operation is under threat.Harper had argued it didn’t make sense for the Canadian economy to get ahead of the U.S. economy on environment policy because Canada would bear additional costs, making it less competitive.Even if the U.S. eyes changes to emission standards, it doesn’t necessarily affect Canada’s rules, Sands said, but Canada will have to consider a similar move because the auto industry would prefer not to operate under two sets of regulations.Dan Woynillowicz, policy director for the advocacy group Clean Energy Canada, said the auto sector on both sides of the border will be in for a fairly long period of uncertainty.“Canada has an important role right now to signal its intent to stick to the current standards.”Woynillowicz said it may mean fewer vehicle choices for Canadian consumers, but with globalization of the auto industry there should not be a genuine shortage.
MONTREAL — A Montreal-area woman says her parents and their friends are safe after riding out Hurricane Dorian in the attic of a home in the Bahamas.Kristin Dudley said in a brief phone conversation that she was able to speak to her father via satellite phone earlier today and he confirmed all four Ottawa residents are alive and well.She said her 70-year-old parents Sharyn Laughlin and Denis Dudley, as well as their friends, are expected to be evacuated via helicopter later today.Dudley hadn’t heard from her parents since Sunday, as they and their two friends were taking refuge in the attic of a house on Great Abaco Island in the northern Bahamas during the massive Category 5 storm.She said the water had already burst through the main floor of the home, and she worried for their safety.The storm caused widespread devastation across the northern Bahamas, as sustained winds of 295 kilometres per hour ripped off roofs, bowled over cars and sent floodwaters rushing into people’s homes.Dudley said Wednesday she needed to leave her phone line open but took to social media to thank the public for their prayers and messages of support.“It means the world to us,” she wrote on Facebook.— With a file from The Associated PressThe Canadian Press
The eighth annual Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE (NYCWFF) took place October 15 – 18 and comprised of more than 100 events at various locations from Wall Street to Harlem.This year’s Festival raised more than $1 million for the hunger relief organizations Food Bank For New York City and No Kid Hungry, bringing the total to more than $9.5 million since the Festival’s inception.“In addition to the funds raised this year, NYCWFF provides an invaluable way to drive awareness, engage with, and inspire people to participate in philanthropic activities,” noted Festival Founder and Director Lee Brian Schrager, who also serves as the Vice President of Corporate Communications & National Events for Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. “We are fortunate to give more than just money to our beneficiaries, but also a platform that enables them to reach a large and passionate audience.”The charities are not the only ones who came out of the weekend as winners, with a number of participants taking home top honors for their offerings. Beginning on Thursday, October 15, Carolyn Bane of Pies ’n Thighs in Brooklyn, N.Y. and Matt Fein of Federal Donuts in Philadelphia, Pa. tied up Whoopi Goldberg’s taste buds when she recognized their creations as her favorite dishes at her annual Chicken Coupe event.Friday, October 16 saw winners across several events. Henry Tibensky earned a trip to the 2016 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE (SOBEWFF set for February 24-28, 2016), when Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart Living; Tyler Florence, Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race; Matt Higgins, Co-Founder & CEO RSE Ventures; and Charlie Walk, Executive Vice President at Republic Records selected his restaurant concept, Hank’s Juicy Beef, as the winner of the Festival’s first FOODi Challenge. Guests at Thrillist’s Barbecue & The Blues hosted by Adam Richman voted Shane McBride of Pig Beach in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Pitmaster – Best in BBQ 2015 for his mini BBQ baked potatoes with pulled pork, Benton’s bacon mac and cheese sauce and scallions.The Festival’s signature Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray welcomed new faces to its historic league of winners, now including: • Joe Isidori of Black Tap | Craft Burgers & Beer, who was crowned this year’s Blue Moon People’s Choice Award-winner for his Black Tap Kobe beef Burger with Wagyu beef, house buttermilk-dill, blue cheese and arugula. • GRAMMY Award-winning artist Coolio, Food Network host and cookbook author Robert Irvine, reigning champion Josh Capon, and the New York Jets’ Nick Mangold chose Ralph Perrazzo of BBD’s Beers Burgers Desserts as Pat LaFrieda’s 2015 NYCWFF Burger Bash Champion for the BBD’s “Steamed Double” with diced onions and pickles.Saturday, October 17 was also bestowed top honors for several participants at various events that were part of the LOCAL presented by Delta Air Lines series. Attendees at Stacked: Sandwiches & Sides hosted by Tiffani Thiessen chose Michael Ferraro’s Short Rib Dip of braised short ribs, whipped potatoes, wilted kale, and cheddar from Delicatessen in New York, N.Y. as winner of The “Sammy” Award, and Andy Kitko of STK Restaurants’ sweet corn pudding as winner of The “Sammy’s Sidekick” Award. Top Dog: A NY Hot Dog Competition hosted by Andrew Zimmern featured a special celebration in honor of the 200th episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern on Travel Channel, which aired on Tuesday, October 20. Attendees voted the Cheddar Bratwurst, a pork bratwurst filled with pockets of cheddar, sauerkraut and grilled onions on a French roll, from Chase Hartwig at Rosamunde Sausage Grill in Brooklyn, N.Y. winner of The Delta Local Series People’s Choice Award.Craft libations also took center stage as Festival winners. At The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown presented by Cocktail Kingdom hosted by Emeril Lagasse, Three Dots and a Dash from Chicago, Ill. was chosen as Cocktail Kingdom’s People’s Choice Award winner for their Cabana Queen on Saturday, October 16. Additionally, the team at Fort Defiance in Brooklyn, N.Y. received Cocktail Kingdom’s Judge’s Choice Award for their Frozen White Zombie, as decided by Emeril Lagasse; Jeff Berry, Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29; Greg Boehm, Cocktail Kingdom; and Brian Miller, Monday’s with Miller.The cast of the Food Network prime time series Chopped came out on Sunday, October 18 for the Best Bloody Mary Brunch presented by Velocity to decide who will take top honors for their creations in three categories: • Death’s Door Spirits claimed two categories – best overall for their Intensely Bloody Mary and most creative for their Eason’s Nawlins-Style Bloody Mary. • Best dressed honors went to ABSOLUT Vodka’s Hello Sunshine Bloody Mary.NYCWFF came to an end on Sunday, October 18 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) with the first New York City screening of the movie BURNT, followed by a panel discussion with members of the cast and director John Wells moderated by New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Bruni. Cast members Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl, and Sam Keeley joined Wells in giving a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie and anecdotes about their personal relationship with food to an audience filled with chefs, culinary personalities, media, and industry insiders.Between NYCWFF and its sister SOBEWFF, more than $30 million has been raised to benefit the respective charities for each Festival. Beyond the funds raised, both Festivals draw attention to the vibrant dining culture in their respective cities, provide economic stimulus in their communities, and serve as an invaluable platform to drive awareness and engage and inspire people to get involved in philanthropic activities.
At the beginning of the documentary Carisa Hendrix: Girl on Fire, the magician and fire-eater tells a frightening tale about a stunt that went disastrously wrong a few years back.The Calgary performer, who broke the Guinness World Record for “longest duration fire-torch teething” in 2012, was trying something new involving a fuel-soaked cotton ball that was to be lit ablaze and popped into her mouth “like popcorn.” Unfortunately, when she rehearsed the bit, she wasn’t wearing stage makeup. On stage, she was. So when she lit the cotton ball on fire, flames leapt into her face. Back stage, she surveyed the damage, eventually putting her fingers on the burned areas.“All of the skin came off and wrinkled to one side like a layer of wet tissue paper,” she calmly tells the camera. “I was flipping out. I said, ‘You need to drive me to the emergency room. I think my skin is falling off.’” Login/Register With: Advertisement It’s a fairly compelling opening for Buddy Day’s new documentary, even if it suggests the director may have been a little too on-the-nose with his choice of title. But the further we get into the film, the more apparent it becomes that Hendrix’s fire-eating abilities are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what makes her fascinating.“The fire-eating kind of falls away really quickly,” says Day. “You don’t want to lose it because it is very interesting. Although, ironically, the fire-eating is one of the least interesting things about her.”The novelty of her job, and the world record she broke in Italy at the age of 25, was what first drew Day to Hendrix as a subject for the documentary. He was looking for a followup to his 2015 efforts The Salvation of Todd Bentley, about a Pentecostal preacher who claims he can heal the sick and raise the dead; and Goalie: Life and Death in the Crease, about troubled NHL player Clint Malarchuk. He had heard of Hendrix’s varying talents, which include not only fire-eating but also barefoot walking on glass, stilt-walking, sleight-of-hand and variations of the “human blockhead” spectacle that can involve, among many other things, sticking scissors up her nose. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
NICOSIA, Cyprus — A U.S. State Department official says Washington sees “great promise” in developing energy resources in the eastern Mediterranean as ExxonMobil began exploratory drilling off Cyprus’ southwestern coast.Francis Fannon, the Assistant Secretary of State responsible for energy matters, says Washington sees existing and potential gas deposits in the east Mediterranean as a catalyst for regional co-operation and economic development.He said the U.S. will continue advancing energy development in the region as a priority and repeated support for Cyprus’ own hydrocarbons search.Turkey strongly objects to exploratory drilling off Cyprus because it claims it infringes its own rights and those of breakaway Turkish Cypriots to the ethnically split island nation’s natural resources.Fannon was in Cyprus Friday as part of a three-nation visit that includes Israel and Egypt.The Associated Press
Srinagar: Several incidents of stone pelting took place Monday in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir where polling is underway for election to the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency, police said. “Isolated incidents of stone pelting near polling stations have been reported from various parts of Kulgam district but the situation is under control due to timely action of security forces,” a police official said. He said there were no reports of anyone getting hurt in the stone pelting incidents so far. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency is spread over four districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama with 16 assembly segments. The Lok Sabha polls to this constituency are being held in three phases due to security reasons. Anantnag district went to polls on 23 April, while voting in Pulwama and Shopian districts will take place on 6 May. The Election Commission has curtailed the polling duration for Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency by two hours following a request from the state police to this effect. The revised polling timing is from 7 am to 4 pm. There are 18 candidates in the fray for Anantnag constituency, including PDP president and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti. The Congress has fielded its state president Ghulam Ahmad Mir, while former High Court judge Hasnain Masoodi is contesting on the National Conference ticket.
Rabat – The leader of the Netherlands’ far-right nationalist party PVV, Geert Wilders, is causing a stir again, as part of his “fewer Moroccans” appeal.The controversial politician took to Twitter to post a photo of a Moroccan flag in a pool, with the incendiary caption; “We want our pools back! Make them safe for women and children again.”He topped the post off by saying “Tackle the nuisance at last! #StopTerrorism,” implying that Moroccans are inherently terrorists. We willen onze zwembaden terug!Weer veilig voor onze vrouwen en dochters.Pak het overlastgevende tuig eindelijk eens keihard aan!Stop de #zwembadterreur !! pic.twitter.com/stByjgVZa9— Geert Wilders (@geertwilderspvv) July 2, 2019The tweet received 361 retweets and over a 1000 likes. The responses to the tweet are mostly from his far-right followers expressing their agreement. “Stop this cancer population,” one user replied.“If the police don’t do it, we will do it ourselves. But then don’t complain if there’s a civil war because Dutch dads beat Muslims completely rotten,” another user said.Wilders has been making his disdain for Moroccans clear for years. In February 2017, he made headlines for calling Moroccans “scum” and said he wanted to make the Netherlands “ours again” during his election campaign.“The Moroccan scum in Holland … once again not all are scum … but there is a lot of Moroccan scum in Holland who make the streets unsafe, mostly young people … and that should change,” he told journalists.Wilders also said he would ban the Quran if he came to power, and is known for chanting “fewer Moroccans!” with his supporters during rallies.While he does have supporters for his extreme views, he has faced a substantial amount of backlash – and legal ramifications. In 2017, he was charged with inciting discrimination, although he received no fines or jail time with the conviction.However, just last month, he was charged with inciting discrimination again, and this time he has to pay €5,000 fine. The charge stems from comments he made during a political rally just before the elections in March 2014, when he again encouraged the crowd to chant “fewer Moroccans!”Read also: 100 Teens Chant ‘Geert Wilders,’ Attack Moroccan Family in Netherlands
by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 11, 2013 11:31 am MDT Cogeco Inc. reports second-quarter profit falls from year ago, revenue gains AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Cogeco Inc. (TSX:CGO) has raised its quarterly dividend by a penny to 19 cents per share despite a drop in second-quarter earnings compared with a year ago.The cable company and radio broadcaster also lowered its earnings guidance for its 2013 financial year to a profit of $69 million attributable to owners of the corporation, down from an earlier estimate of $75 million.However, revenue is expected to grow to $1.84 billion from the January estimate of $1.73 billionThe revised guidance came as the company said profit attributable to owners of the corporation amounted to $16.9 million or $1 per diluted share for the quarter ended Feb. 28, down from $25.1 million or $1.49 per share a year ago.Revenue in the quarter grew 32.7 per cent to $458.5 million.The company’s cable subsidiary, Cogeco Cable (TSX:CCA), reported a profit of $58.7 million or $1.19 per diluted share for the quarter, down from $83.1 million or $1.70 per diluted share a year ago.Revenue grew to $429.7 million, up from $317.7 million.The company attributed the increase in revenue to Cogeco Cable’s deal to buy Atlantic Broadband cable company last summer for US$1.36 billion and the recently closed purchase of Peer 1 Network Enterprises, a Canadian Internet infrastructure provider, for $526 million.In its outlook, Cogeco Cable said it expected profit for the year to come in at $205 million compared with earlier expectations of $225 million, as operating margins are expected to slip to 45.2 per cent from 46.2 per cent.Revenue at Cogeco Cable is expected to increase to nearly $1.7 billion, up from $1.6 billion.“We are satisfied with the favourable results obtained for the second quarter of fiscal 2013,” said Cogeco president and CEO Louis Audet.“The cable subsidiary continues along a path of steady growth, both organic and through acquisition. I am confident in this subsidiary’s ongoing ability to perform and contribute favourably to Cogeco’s objectives.”
Steve Stricker’s hole-in-one during the second round at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, sent shock waves throughout the course, and up and down the leaderboard. Stricker improved on his first-round score of 68 by posting a 67 on Friday, and ascended to the top of the Memorial Tournament leaderboard thanks to a rare ace on the par-3, 186-yard eighth hole. “You don’t expect to make a one,” Stricker said. “That (hole) always provided me with trouble over the years, and it’s just a tough par-3.” Despite his past difficulties with Muirfield’s eighth hole, Stricker said his tee shot came off surprisingly well. “I was surprised that it came off good because I haven’t hit some good shots there in years prior,” Stricker said. “I didn’t see how it went in, but it looked like it went in fairly nice, like a putt.” For those who weren’t within earshot of cheers that went up in support of Stricker’s ace, souvenir radio headsets alerted Muirfield patrons to the hole-in-one. Tournament officials then were seen updating magnetic scoreboards throughout the course — within moments, Stricker’s name sat atop all others. Luke Donald, the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world, birdied the 17th and 18th holes to move to 5-under-par after Friday’s second round. Donald said he thought he was one shot behind four players — Ricky Barnes, Rod Pampling, Jonathan Byrd and Rory McIlroy — who had previously been tied for first place before Stricker’s hole-in-one. Donald was first alerted to the hole-in-one by a member of the media. “That (hole-in-one) will help,” Donald said. “(Stricker) is a great player, and he’ll be tough to catch. I’ll give it my best shot.” Stricker, who teed off from the 10th hole at 12:43 p.m. to begin his round, birdied the ninth hole to close out the round and move to 9-under-par. Despite his 3-stroke lead ahead of Barnes, Pampling, Byrd and McIlroy, Stricker said “there’s a long way to go” in the Memorial. “Obviously, I’m happy to be where I’m at,” Stricker said. “Heading into the weekend, things change. Guys get more aggressive. So, you just kind of got to be patient and hang in there and keep doing the things you know how to do.” Third-round play will commence at 8:10 a.m. Saturday, and Stricker and Barnes will tee off at 1:40 p.m. as the Memorial’s final pairing.
President David Granger is hoping that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will inform him, within a week, when it will be ready to host General and Regional Elections (GRE).“The President is hopeful that Chairman of the Elections Commission Justice (Ret’d) Claudette Singh, SC, CCH, would communicate the Commission’s position to him in a week’s time,” a statement from the Ministry of the Presidency noted.President Granger earlier today met with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo where they shared their respective views on elections and related matters.The Head-of-State maintained his position that he will not announce a date for elections unless he is advised by GECOM.GECOM is slated to meet as a full commission on August 15 – after Guyana’s High Court is set to rule on whether the Elections Commission should proceed with the ongoing house-to-house registration exercise.Elections ought to have been held since March 21, 2019 – following the passage of the no-confidence motion against the government on December 21, 2018.This position was made clear when the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) upheld the passage of the motion and ordered that GECOM and the President comply with the Guyana Constitution.But notwithstanding, GECOM went ahead and began preparing for house-to-house registration, an exercise which could see elections being held until next year.According to President Granger, he will only announce an elections date until he is advised by GECOM.“Everything hangs on what we are told by the Chairman speaking on behalf of the Commission,” the President said while remaining optimistic that the Commission will communicate with him next week.“We are looking to hear something, maybe in a week’s time. At the same time, I would like to assure the public that the meeting today with the Leader of the Opposition was important and beneficial. It helped to clarify issues which still exist within the two sides. There has been no agreement but greater clarity on the positions of the two sides,” President Granger said.The two sides have agreed to meet again after both the Chief Justice’s ruling scheduled for August 14 and the meeting of the full Commission. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGranger’s “fortified democracy” far from reality – PPPJuly 26, 2019In “latest news”General Elections not of paramount importance to Govt – PPPMarch 15, 2019In “latest news”GECOM a creature of the constitution, must comply with 90 days elections time frame- RamJanuary 30, 2019In “latest news”
Metso may not have registered any large mining equipment orders in the June quarter, but President and CEO, Pekka Vauramo, remained upbeat about the company’s future mineral processing sales prospects.The company’s June quarter results saw healthy market activity in both the Minerals and Flow Control division, Metso said, with orders received increasing 2% – to €869 million ($966 million) – sales up 16% – to €903 million – and operating profit rising to €114 million – from €86 million previously.Minerals posted a flat year-on-year result, whereas Flow Control orders were up 9%, according to Metso, noting that Minerals orders were positively impacted by strong services and aggregates equipment orders, while Flow Control benefited from oil & gas projects as well as services.Metso said on the Minerals division’s results: “Equipment orders declined 14%, whereas services orders increased 9%. The lower volume of equipment orders was a result of the lack of large mining equipment orders due to timing.”When it came to Minerals sales, however, the €735 million number was a 17% improvement on the same period in 2018, with equipment sales growing faster than services in both Minerals and Flow Control segments.During the quarter, the company completed the acquisition of HighService Service, expanding Metso’s services offering in the mining market of Chile and neighbouring countries. And, after the quarter ended, it announced a proposed acquisition of Outotec to become Metso Outotec. This deal, if completed, would see the combined company become the second biggest process, technology, equipment and services firm serving the minerals, metals and aggregates industries based on 2018 sales. The transaction would also see the company’s Flow Control business spunoff into a separate entity called Neles Oy.Vauramo concluded on the latest financial results: “We continued to perform well and made good progress during the second quarter. Activity in our end markets remained healthy and is shown in the good order intake for both Minerals and Flow Control.“The pipeline for mining equipment orders continues to be good even though there were no large bookings during the quarter due to timing. Sales grew at a healthy double-digit rate in both segments. In addition to volume growth, we continue to show higher operational leverage with improving profitability in both segments. This proves that the internal work done across the businesses is generating the targeted results.”
Ava Risk Group and Mining3 say they are ready for the global launch of the Aura IQ conveyor health monitoring solution following surface and sub-surface testing with some of the world’s largest mining houses and bulk material handling facilities.With conveyors underpinning efficiency, and ultimately profitability in bulk handling operations globally, maintenance has traditionally been a real problem.“Conventional methods of advanced conveyor failure detection is often unreliable, subjective, time-consuming and labour intensive, but that is all about to change,” Ava and Mining3 said.Aura IQ uses real-time data to optimise production and on-site performance, enhance occupational health, hygiene and safety management, and introduce new predictive maintenance and support capabilities to asset management, they say.With test work in the bag, Aura IQ is now available for sale globally.The companies said: “Aura IQ’s award winning technology harnesses the power of Ava Risk Group’s fibre optic detection and sensing platform (FFT TM Aura Ai-2), combined with Mining3’s advanced signal processing algorithms, predictive analytics, and identification tools to acoustically monitor and assess conveyor health via the cloud-based analysis, reporting and alerts.“Providing deeper insights to maintenance technicians, site personnel, regional operational hubs and global headquarters, conveyors are automatically connected to the cloud via an Industrial Grade Wireless Internet of Things Gateway, enabling daily asset reliability reports from every conveyor, at every site around the world.”By transmitting a series of short, laser pulses along a single fibre optic cable retrofitted along the length of a conveyor, acoustic disturbances from the conveyor system cause microscopic changes in the backscattered laser light that is then categorised into known parameters, the two companies explained.Data is then simultaneously gathered from every metre of the conveyor and processed by Aura IQ to pre-emptively alert operators, either on or off-site (in operational hubs or control rooms), to potential failures before they happen.Andrew Hames, Head of Innovation, Extractives and Energy at the Ava Risk Group, said: “This is a game changing solution which will optimise conveyor performance and create substantial cost savings for operators.“A typical conveyor can have up to 7,000 bearings per kilometre, which means 7,000 potential points of failure. Aura IQ can monitor the condition of every conveyor roller – eliminating the need to ‘walk the belt’ and allowing a controlled and scheduled plan of roller maintenance and replacement to be put in place.“With Aura IQ, costly delays from roller failure are a thing of the past, while less manual involvement reduces health and safety risks. Taking a formalised and proactive approach to asset health monitoring means data can also be used to optimise maintenance strategies – reducing reliance on costly manual inspections and demonstrating ongoing compliance with operational standards.”
In a recent article, Ivan Perminov, Head of International Business Development at Zyfra’s VIST Group, argues that the fact that China is no longer just a global factory with cheap labour has been known to international business for some years now. He states: “Yet not everyone is aware that the People’s Republic of China is turning into a high-tech enterprise seeking to actively implement innovations in various spheres of production. According to the research company CB Insights, while in 2017 China accounted for only 10% of transactions in the field of artificial intelligence, last year Chinese startups attracted more than 40% of dollar investments in the global AI market.”“Whereas in the US, a number of investors are becoming disillusioned with investments in AI startups, the China Institute for Science and Technology Policy at Tsinghua University has published a report stating that China has gained a head start over the US as the ‘two giants’ race into the fourth industrial revolution, having secured a leading position in the AI market in both technology development and applications.Perminov says that one serious disadvantage currently faced by China is the limited number of areas, relative to the US, in which AI can actually be applied. According to a report by McKinsey & Company, most Chinese AI startups are in the fields of robotics, healthcare and chatbot creation, while the Chinese economy lags behind in the development of business intelligence, sales and management (CRM) systems. This is an important indicator for potential customers in the industrial environment, as smart automation systems are becoming popular in large enterprises.“The development of the Chinese AI market is being hampered by a number of factors, especially by the great Chinese firewall, which shuts the Chinese Internet off from the global virtual network. Restrictions on the use of government data for AI systems and the difficulty of cross-platform exchange between Chinese IT giants are also having a negative impact on technology companies. However, the Chinese authorities are seeking to expand the country’s AI ecosystem, including by means of industrial policy. A target of universal automation of mining enterprises, in which people will be replaced by machines, has been set in the 13th five-year plan for economic and social development of the People’s Republic of China. In guidelines issued by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Natural Resources, industrialists are encouraged to make extensive use of communication, sensor and information technologies to roll out automatic monitoring and control of the entire mining process. International Data Corporation notes that the Chinese artificial intelligence market reached $1.76 billion in 2018 and could grow to $11.9 bn by 2023.”Computer vision technology is an area of great promise for the mining industry today, and Chinese companies are estimated to have invested $750 million in this sphere last year alone. Machine learning, as one of the key AI technologies, is also being implemented in the production environment to create forecasting systems in enterprises. “This significant progress in China’s AI sector has been primarily due to Chinese Internet giants such as Baidu and Alibaba, but there is now quite an open market environment that requires application solutions in many areas of activity. Foreign companies are beginning to study the Chinese market and offer their solutions to industrial companies in that country.”Since last year, China Shenhua Energy, one of the world’s biggest coal companies, has been upgrading its production operations with the help of KanKan, an AI technology develop owned by US corporation Remark Holdings, Inc. By deploying AI technologies the mining giant aims to optimise management of its employees and improve mining safety standards.Face recognition, gesture recognition and employee movement tracking technologies are also being implemented in business processes. The most striking illustration of the fact that Chinese companies are not wasting money by investing in innovation is provided by mortality statistics in mining enterprises. According to data released during the national conference on safety in the coal industry, the number of deaths in coal mines in China fell by 13.1% in 2018 to 333, while the total number of incidents was down 0.9% at 224. And most of the accidents that did occur killed less than ten people. For comparison, 2,500 Chinese coal miners were killed in 2010.Chinese manufacturers are trying to keep up with the introduction of unmanned vehicles based on AI. Inner Mongolia North Hauler Joint Stock Company, the manufacturer of trucks for mines and quarries, recently unveiled an autonomous dump truck which will start operating in mines in 2019. Equipped with a GPS receiver, an obstacle detection system and a communication system using the 5G standard, the vehicle can move independently along a pre-set route or receive commands from the control centre. Acording to the manufacturer, research shows that seven unmanned vehicles can perform the same amount of work as nine trucks with human operators with a 6% cut in fuel costs and a 49% efficiency improvement.“Pilot projects for the digitalisation of the mining industry could in future be integrated into a common data exchange platform to create fully automated mines running AI. A number of leading manufacturers and research institutes in China are currently working together to create such an IT platform. Traditional industries in general, not just mining companies, need to be aware that Chinese state investors have declared a policy of developing innovative sectors of the economy. For example, the State Development & Investment Corp, China’s biggest state investor, has announced its withdrawal from the coal business and a new focus on the social sphere, including medicine and healthcare, as well as the development of bioengineering, AI and chip production. If they don’t want to lose state support, China’s heavy industry companies will have to start innovating, whether they like it or not.”The image shows International Mining Editorial Director Paul Moore at Inner Mongolia North Hauler’s factory in Baotou with one of its autonomous trucks in April 2019
“The Ryanline is open”- Some of Gerry’s best radio moments, 25 years on>7 ways 2FM has survived being “destroyed”> RTÉ HAVE DENIED that they are commemorating the late 2fm presenter Gerry Ryan with a life-sized bronze statue.The Sunday World today claimed that the broadcaster commissioned Kilkenny sculptor Patrick O’Reilly to create the statue which would have cost €70,000 to produce.However, RTÉ took to Twitter today to quash the report.The story printed in today’s Sunday World is inaccurate and incorrect.2fm are planning a memorial to Gerry Ryan but it is not a life size statue and it does not cost €70k or anything close it.This is event will be marked privately.
Source: AP/Press Association ImagesPalestinians help carry an injured man to an ambulance following an Israeli attack in the Shijaiyah neighborhood.AT LEAST 17 people were killed in an Israeli strike on a packed Gaza market today in a deadly raid that came as Israel was observing a four-hour humanitarian lull.Thick black smoke billowed over the site in the war-torn Shejaiya neighbourhood as at least five ambulances raced to the scene where bodies lay strewn on the ground, an AFP correspondent said.A bloodied, limp lifeless body lay in a pool of petrol and mud, his head crushed, one of at least 17 people who were killed. At least another 200 were wounded, medics said.It was supposed to have been a rare pause for Gaza’s battered population of 1.8 million to go out in safety to stock up on goods, and for medics to evacuate the dead and wounded.Instead, there was further bloody mayhem with more than 30 people killed across Gaza in the first three hours of the lull alone, sending the death toll from 23 days of unrelenting Israeli attacks soaring to 1,336. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIsrael had said its truce, which began at 1pm Irish time, would not apply in places were troops were “currently operating,” hours after the army made what it called a “significant advance” into the narrow coastal strip.Hamas denounced the four-hour lull as a publicity stunt, saying it had “no value”.The strike on the market came hours after Israeli tank shells slammed into a UN school sheltering some 3,300 homeless Gazans, killing 16 and drawing a furious response from the United Nations.“This morning a UN school sheltering thousands of Palestinian families suffered a reprehensible attack,” UN chief Ban Ki-moon said on a visit to Costa Rica.“It is unjustifiable, and demands accountability and justice.” Source: AP/Press Association ImagesPalestinians pray over white coffin-draped bodies of 10 members of the Al Astal immediate and extended family, killed by an Israeli strike.The attack was also denounced by the White House in a carefully-worded statement which avoided mentioning Israel.“The United States condemns the shelling of a UNRWA school in Gaza, which reportedly killed and injured innocent Palestinians, including children, and UN humanitarian workers,” a statement said.A two-member Israeli delegation arrived in Cairo this evening to discuss a possible ceasefire with Egyptian officials, an official at the airport told AFP, saying they were expected to leave after several hours.An Israeli official also confirmed a defence ministry team had left for the Egyptian capital, without giving further details.Cairo, a key mediator in previous truce negotiations between Israel and Hamas, is also expected to host a Palestinian delegation later this week.- © AFP, 2014Read 10-year-old girl ‘strapped with explosives’ arrested in NigeriaRead Israel announces limited ‘humanitarian’ ceasefire
Image: Shutterstock/giulio napolitano 375 Comments YesNoNo interest/no opinionVote http://jrnl.ie/4096294 By Adam Daly 68,883 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No interest/no opinion (1138) Pope Francis at the Colosseum in Rome. Image: Shutterstock/giulio napolitano No (3296) Share352 Tweet Email2 Jun 28th 2018, 9:29 AM Poll Results: Pope Francis at the Colosseum in Rome. FREE TICKETS FOR Pope Francis’ visit this August were released on Monday and have been the subject of debate ever since.The Say Nope To The Pope campaign on Facebook has encouraged people to order the free tickets as a form of “peaceful protest” against the Pope’s Mass in the Phoenix Park.Tickets for Pope Francis’ visit to Knock were booked out within four hours, with protesters not booking any of those.In the Dáil yesterday Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that denying others the chance to see the Pontiff was “not legitimate protest”, calling the people who apply for tickets to see the Pope with the intention of not using them “wrong, petty and mean-spirited”.So we’re asking: Is it wrong to bin tickets for the Pope’s visit to The Phoenix Park? Poll: Is it wrong to bin tickets for the Pope’s visit to the Phoenix Park? The Say Nope To The Pope campaign has encouraged people to order the free tickets as a form of “peaceful protest”. Yes (11608) Short URL Thursday 28 Jun 2018, 9:29 AM
AVENTURA, FLA. (WSVN) – – Rescue crews took three people to the hospital and treated three others for minor injuries at Aventura Mall after a fire alarm went off, causing the second such panic at a South Florida shopping center in just over 24 hours.Aventura Police took to Twitter to confirm it was all a false alarm. Officials indicated no shooting or fire-related incidents took place at the shopping center, Saturday evening. Sawgrass Mills has had its fair share of panic and false alarms in the past.Back in August, some shoppers feared there was an active shooter inside the mall. Those reports were unfounded.In late 2017, a shoplifter set off fireworks, sending other shoppers into a panic.“They got the AR-15 out, bruh, it’s not a joke,” a fearful shopper is heard saying in cellphone video.In August 2017, SWAT team members swarmed Dolphin Mall in Sweetwater. It turned out to be yet another active shooter scare. No scene was ever found.Back at Aventura Mall, store operations later returned to normal.“Everything’s calm, except you’ll see police officers and then paramedics, and you’re like, ‘What’s going on?’” said Danastor, “but no. Everything is fine.” Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. #AventuraPolice ***ALERT*** A fire alarm went off at the @AventuraMall everything is safe and under control. #AventuraPolice is on scene and working with @AventuraMall security and @MiamiDadeFire to advise shoppers that everyone is safe. @cityofaventura pic.twitter.com/eoQIXhycII— Aventura Police (@aventurapolice) December 16, 2018But, by that time, panic had already taken hold of shoppers. Witnesses took out their cellphones and recorded the chaos on video.Footage posted to social media captured an abandoned stroller and a spilled coffee cup in the middle of the mall floor.Speaking through a translator, shopper Andres Pomo said he was inside the mall when the alarm went off. “We were all very scared,” he said.Pomo, who is currently in South Florida on vacation, said that when he heard the sirens, he ran to the nearest exit.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded and tended to the patients’ fall-related injuries.Paramedics transported at least three of the victims by ground to an area hospital, but officials said all injuries were minor.Meanwhile, police officers monitored the scene and calmed shoppers.“There were police officers, and there were also paramedics,” said shopper Tahnie Danastor. “They were helping people.”The pandemonium at Aventura Mall took place just a day after a fire alarm suddenly went off in the food court at Sawgrass Mills Mall, triggering a similar scene. Officials believe the alarm somehow malfunctioned.
The Alaska legislature on Thursday officially gaveled out of its third special session of the year. A pair of votes in the House and Senate that gave Gov. Bill Walker almost unanimous support for his effort to buy out TransCanada.Download AudioThis map shows the likely route of the Alaska LNG project, as of August 2015. Map courtesy of Alaska LNGBut the session also revealed divides — both between the governor and lawmakers and between the state and its partners in the Alaska LNG gas line project.One divide is over how much of the project should be kept secret.One thing you heard over and over again during the special session was that the state of Alaska needs to start acting like a business. Here’s Rep. Lynn Gattis, R-Wasilla:“If we’re going to be in business and participate with business, why wouldn’t we act like business?”It’s one of the things that makes the Alaska LNG project different from the TransAlaska Pipeline — this time, the state will own part of the pipe. That means it’s playing a dual role — as the regulating and taxing authority, and as a commercial partner.And that raises some sticky issues, as the state walks a fine line between acting like a business and the responsibilities of government.One of the stickiest issues is secrecy.“It is clearly in the state of Alaska’s interest to have more sunshine and transparency in this process,” says attorney general Craig Richards, speaking to the House Finance Committee about negotiations with the state’s three partners: ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips.“…it is in the producers’ interest not to have more transparency and sunshine in this process, because the more information that they control, and the more information that they can limit being out to the Alaska people, gives them more control in the process.”Gov. Bill Walker came into office pledging to bring transparency to the gas line process. In particular, he criticized the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, or AGDC, the entity the state set up to represent it in the project.This fall, AGDC released draft regulations to implement the governor’s pledge. The response from the three oil companies was… blistering.Rep. Cathy Munoz, R-Juneau, read aloud from those comments during the House Finance hearing.“…And finally, Bill McMann from ExxonMobil, said, we believe if enacted these regulations would prohibit AGDC from continuing its participation in AKLNG.”Attorney general Richards was unmoved.“Keep in mind, that whenever you’re dealing with, for instance, the three individuals that read that public testimony. I deal with those three individuals all the time. They’re world-class negotiations. And they’re negotiating with you right now.”AGDC vice president of external affairs Miles Baker has another take on it:“I try to avoid the word secret, because it implies that we’re sort of hiding things or doing things that were the public to otherwise know about them, they wouldn’t support, and that’s not what we’re talking about.”He says there are agreements whose very existence is secret. There are even confidentiality agreements whose existence is …confidential. He says that’s not uncommon in the private sector, where the simple fact that you’re in conversation with one company could be a key piece of information for a competitor.In the business world, Baker says, the assumption is everything is confidential, and you make things public on a case-by-case basis. AGDC’s regulations take the opposite approach: Things are assumed to be public unless they fall into specific categories.“We’ve been working to see if we can’t come up with some regulations that, to use your words, square the private sector concerns of our partners…with the governor’s desire for us to do as much of the public’s business in public as possible,” Baker says.“It’s really about preserving competitiveness — it’s not about being secret, it’s not about hiding information,” Lydia Johnson says. She’s the technical manager of the Alaska LNG project, and an ExxonMobil employee. She says most vendors won’t even sit down and talk about their technology without everyone at the table signing a nondisclosure agreement.By the time the project is over, she says, there will be hundreds of them.“Our understanding is that AGDC would not be able to sign these agreements, so their staff would not be able to participate in these discussions.”That struck a chord with Republicans in the House. After weeks of demanding more information about the project, lawmakers found themselves demanding less. Rep. Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, summed up his concerns this way:“Mr. Chair, the last thing is just a comment: as someone who’s been in a lot of sun, when you get too much sun, you get burned.”AGDC’s regulations are still in draft form. The corporation expects to take another round of public comments before making any decision on whether to adopt the regulations, or revise them further.Either way, they are likely to be on the agenda again, the next time lawmakers meet in Juneau.