Surge in BJP vote share in Bengal bypoll

first_imgA 22 % surge in the vote share of the Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP] in the Assembly by-poll in Purba Medinipur district and a 24 % drop in the share of the Left has perturbed the chief of the Trinamool Congress [TMC], Mamata Banerjee. She has acknowledged that a “transfer [of] votes” is taking place from the Left to the BJP. While the TMC has won the by-election in Kanthi Dakshin [South] by a margin of over 42,000 votes, BJP’s share has gone up from a little over 15,000 votes in the 2016 Assembly elections to nearly 53,000. “I do not think about all these – when ‘Ram’ (BJP) will become ‘Baam’ (Left) and ‘Baam’ will be ‘Ram’. I have said earlier that the BJP and the CPI(M) have an understanding. They transfer votes among each other. The Congress, CPI(M) and BJP – they all do that…We do not indulge in such politics,” Ms. Banerjee said on Thursday. She appealed to her cadres to “be polite” and to work closely with the people. In the 2016 Assembly polls the Congress and the Left were in an alliance and bagged the second spot with about 60,000 votes [34.21 %] in Kanthi. It has come down to 10.21 % in 2017.The TMC’s share has gone up marginally from 53.71% to 55.89%, which also is “formidable” in a four-cornered fight, analysts said.Even senior Left Front leaders have admitted that those who were with the Left have switched allegiance to the BJP in this election.“A section of those who were with the Left movement have now joined the BJP,” Left Front chairperson Biman Bose said on Friday commenting on the bypoll results.last_img read more

Smartron signs Sachin Tendulkar as brand ambassador

first_imgHyderabad-based Smartron India Private Limited, a new global technology OEM company, today announced cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar, as its brand ambassador. Besides, Sachin will be a strategic shareholder in the company.According to a statement from the company, Smartron has been operating in stealth mode since August 2014 and is set to launch smart devices and Internet of Things (IoT) products for consumer and enterprise markets in the first quarter of FY 2016-17.Smartron is headed by Founder & Chairman Mahesh Lingareddy who is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Soft Machines Inc., a US-based semiconductor company with operations in US, India, and Russia. “We aim to build a global product brand from India, disrupting the IoT market with innovative products and inspiring generations of engineers and entrepreneurs,” he said.Commenting on the association, Sachin said, “I have always been fascinated by technology. We need to support brands that are “designed and engineered in India” by our Entrepreneurs and Engineers that ably compete in the global markets.”last_img read more

Two cities shortlisted for India training centre

first_imgIndia U17 Indian Football: Kolkata and Aurangabad shortlisted for National team training centre Rahul Bali Last updated 2 years ago 06:21 30/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Praful Patel, Kushal Das and Subrata Dutt posing with the coveted award in AFC Annual Awards Abu Dhabi 2016 AIFF Media India U17 India U18 India U23 India India U19 India U16 India The Indian FA are mulling over two cities with regards to having a National team training centre… The All India Football Federation (AIFF) President, Praful Patel announced earlier this week that India would soon have a state-of-the-art training centre for the national teams across all age groups.“We are setting up a national training centre of excellence which will be the home of the Indian national team, junior and women’s team. We are wanting to build a world class centre of excellence. We should have a permanent facility for everything – from physical training to swimming room to classrooms to mental conditioning,” said Patel.The AIFF has already shortlisted two locations for the national team training centre. It is reliably learnt that the Government of West Bengal has offered over 12 acres land to the AIFF. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Meanwhile, Sports Authority of India (SAI) too has some land in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district which could be used for building a national team training centre.Kushal Das AIFF General Secretary“Yes, we are in discussions about having a national training centre. However, this is still being discussed.  SAI is very much a part of the discussion in this case. We had this in mind for a long time. It’s very important for us to have something of our own which would benefit the national teams in the long run. This will also help us keep our spends in check,” AIFF General Secretary, Kushal Das informed Goal.“We do have a couple of options which we are looking into,” he added.The AIFF will inspect the two locations later this month and hold relevant talks with the concerned authorities in the two states.last_img read more

Manchester United’s next manager must get more from Romelu Lukaku

first_imgBelgium Topics Share on WhatsApp Guardian Sport Network Facebook Infographic:WhoScored Infographic:WhoScored Infographic:WhoScored Share via Email Twitter David Squires on … José Mourinho’s United exit and Southampton’s spirit It’s clear that a number of Manchester United’s big names have been in need of a fresh start for some time now, and their big No 9 is certainly one of them. The club have confirmed that a caretaker will take the reins until the end of the season, with that man tasked with sparking new life into a group of players in desperate need of resuscitation. It’s up to Lukaku and his teammates to prove that Mourinho’s defensive tactics were key to so many players losing their form so dramatically.Premier League team of the week Bundesliga team of the week Share on Pinterest Romelu Lukaku La Liga team of the week After Sunday’s one-sided affair, Manchester United have now conceded more shots (236) than they have attempted (213), while their goal difference is back to nought. For a side of their stature, 17 games into a season, that is quite remarkable. For comparison, their goal difference under David Moyes was +21.United’s defence – the fifth worst in the league – must take a lot of responsibility for their struggles but Lukaku’s input, or lack thereof, at the opposite end is another crucial factor. It’s not that his finishing has been particularly poor. Lukaku has converted more than 20% of his chances in the league, but his movement, or at least the intelligence of it, has been lacking.He isn’t picking up goalscoring positions and is partly to blame for the lack of service he is receiving. Lukaku attempted more shots per 90 minutes at both West Brom and Everton (4.4 and 3.3 respectively) than he has during his spell at United (2.5). There is clearly something very wrong.One need only look at his international record to see that Lukaku is still a strong finisher, but if you don’t shoot you don’t score. Sunday was just the latest example of that. In fact, it was the fifth game since the start of October that he failed to muster a single shot. In fact, in recent months Lukaku has taken fewer shots than the man tasked with keeping him quiet on Sunday. Virgil van Dijk has taken 14 shots in the league since in the start of October; Lukaku has taken just 10. Cardiff defender Sean Morrison has had 10 more touches in the opposition box than Lukaku (34) in the same time.Strikers can sometimes get away with a lack of goal threat if they are linking up well with their teammates but Lukaku is also falling well short of expectations in that regard. For some of the world’s very best finishers, their first touch is often a shot and in many cases a goal. In Lukaku’s case at present it’s quite often a useful pass, but unfortunately the opposition are tending to be the recipient. Premier Leaguecenter_img Share on Twitter Manchester United José Mourinho Read more Infographic:WhoScored • Follow WhoScored on Twitter and Facebook• Follow Martin Laurence on Twitter Mourinho’s men mustered just six shots in the entire game and not one between the start of the second half and Liverpool scoring their third goal. Roberto Firmino had 50% more efforts at goal (nine) than the visitors’ 13 outfielders combined, while United striker Romelu Lukaku failed to have a single shot.It wasn’t the first time Lukaku had been kept quiet in recent months. The Belgian hasn’t made much noise all season. The line-up and tactics deployed by Mourinho at the weekend didn’t help Lukaku, but the case remains that the club’s first-choice forward did very little to relieve any pressure on a panicked defence and a failing manager. Zidane? Pochettino? Who will be Manchester United’s new manager? It’s official. José Mourinho is no longer the manager of Manchester United, with the club giving him the sack after an abject performance at Anfield on Sunday. While Liverpool required two deflected strikes to overcome their rivals at the weekend, Xherdan Shaqiri’s goals were little more than they deserved. A lack of ambition from the visitors has seen Mourinho’s time as United boss end with the club 11 points off the top four and and a whopping 19 back on Liverpool.It took Jürgen Klopp’s side until the 73rd minute to regain the lead they surrendered after Alisson’s blunder, but the eventual scoreline was a fair reflection of the game. For all of their 36 attempts at goal – the most in a single Premier League game all season – Liverpool didn’t create too many clear-cut opportunities, but United were so passive throughout the match that a result of any kind would have been an injustice. Read more Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook features Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

ESPN Names 5 Teams That Will Disappoint In 2019

first_imgohio state coach ryan day during the rose bowlPASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes offensive coordinator Ryan Day looks at notes during the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season will be here before you know it. We’ve got just two more full months of no-football, with the season kicking off at the end of August with a couple of games before the complete opening Saturday on Aug. 31.We can’t wait.ESPN’s Football Power Index is of course full of predictions ahead of the 2019 season, including predictions for teams that will not live up to the hype.Who’s overrated heading into the 2019 season? Here are five teams that’ll disappoint, per ESPN’s FPI.1. Ohio StateFPI rating: No. 13“While Justin Fields is a major acquisition who has been approved to play in 2019, FPI does not award the Buckeyes extra credit for securing the transfer QB because he didn’t earn significant playing time at Georgia. Instead, the Buckeyes are treated as if they will have to play a completely green QB this season, which, technically, is true — he’s just a high-profile one,” ESPN explains.2. TexasFPI rating: No. 26“Though Texas took strides last season, it had the benefit of starting 13 seniors and graduate students. Even with a cumulative top-five recruiting rank over the past four seasons, the fact that Texas is returning just eight starters is very likely to be a problem,” ESPN says.3. USCFPI rating: No. 27The Trojans are entering a make-or-break year in the Clay Helton era. His seat is very warm in Southern California and USC is in need of a big season if he’s going to keep his job.The FPI doesn’t expect that to happen, though. ESPN is predicting a non-top 25 year for the Trojans.4. NebraskaFPI rating: No. 35The Huskers are one of the most-hyped teams in the country heading into the 2019 season. Scott Frost had a rough start to his time in Lincoln, but Nebraska finished the season strong and is being ranked in the preseason top 25 polls.ESPN’s FPI doesn’t see the Huskers as a top 25 team, however.5. MiamiFPI rating: No. 32The Hurricanes will be boasting a new head coach in 2019, as Manny Diaz as taken over Miami’s program. The U is coming off a disappointing finish to the 2018 season, but hopes are high with this new regime. ESPN’s FPI believes it’ll take some time for Miami to get back to a top 25 level.***You can view ESPN’s full FPI here.last_img read more

Health Sector to Receive $2.5B EU Grant

first_imgMONTEGO BAY: Jamaica is to benefit from some $2.5 billion in grant funding from the European Union (EU), to boost the delivery of maternal and paediatric health care in public health institutions islandwide.Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, who made the disclosure on Saturday (April 27), said the allocation is expected to further advance the government’s efforts to meet the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for significant improvements in these two key areas. Addressing the North East Regional Health Authority’s (NERHA) staff awards and fundraising dinner at the RIU Hotel in St. Ann, Dr. Ferguson the administration’s efforts to boost maternal and paediatric health care with the EU grant, will entail the establishment of six high dependency units for newly born babies, and five high dependency maternal units across the Ministry’s four Health Regions, over the next five years.Dr. Ferguson also announced that approximately $186 million has been earmarked by the Ministry to repair and upgrade several public health institutions, under the purview of the North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA), this year. These institutions, he advised, are situated in St. Ann, St. Mary, and Portland.Heading the list, the Minister informed, is the Claremont Health Centre in St. Ann for which $30 million has been earmarked to continue work to develop the institution into a Centre of Excellence. This, he pointed out, is in addition to an initial allocation of $25 million, made last year.Dr. Ferguson said some $16 million will be allocated to rehabilitate the operating theatre at the Port Maria Hospital, in St. Mary, which, he advised, will also assigned a new ambulance, to be delivered in September.The Minister further advised that another $9 million has been earmarked to commence work on the construction of a new health centre in Port Maria.Dr. Ferguson, who lauded the efforts of stakeholders partnering with the Ministry to enhance the delivery of medical care in the country’s public health institutions, pointed out that: “if we continue on this path, there is no doubt in my mind that we will meet our objectives.”By Garfield Angus, JIS Regional Office Reporterlast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30- CONTINUING WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross, West Big Intervale, and Hatchery roads. DIGBY COUNTY: Salmon River Bridge The Salmon River Bridge, on Trunk 1, in Salmon River, is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. The bridge has an 18 tonne weight restriction. Vehicles over 18 tonnes must use the detour route on Salmon River Road, Exit 32, Highway 101 to Exit 31.center_img INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15 tonne weight restriction. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Martins Brook Bridge Martins Brook Bridge, Trunk 3, about 900 metres north of Hermans Island Road, is closed for replacement until Friday, Feb 19. Detour on Trunk 3 to Fauxburg Road, Northwest Road, Schnares Crossing Road back to Trunk 3.last_img read more

BoC survey finds business sentiment down slightly but remains positive

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — A new survey by the Bank of Canada suggests overall business sentiment has weakened slightly, but continues to be positive.The central bank’s business outlook survey indicator decreased slightly, but remains elevated as responses to almost all the survey questions were holding above their historical averages.The survey results come ahead of the central bank’s next interest rate decision set for Jan. 9 when it will also release its updated outlook for the economy.Over the next 12 months, the survey suggested that firms expect sales growth to stabilize, while those linked to western Canadian oil prices and to housing in some regions expect demand to weaken or remain subdued and sales growth to moderate.The indicator of investment spending on machinery and equipment pulled back slightly, but the survey found intentions are still solid.On balance, plans to hire more workers continue to be widespread and similar to the previous survey.The survey based on interviews with senior managers of about 100 firms was done from Nov. 5 to Nov. 28.last_img read more

US Congress Turns Its Back to Saudi Arabia

By Hinna SheikhRabat- The US congress votes in favor of the controversial law to give families of 911 items to sue Saudi Arabian government.US Congress have taken the decision to override President Obama’s veto powers, to pass the 9/11 bill, which will allow US families to sue the Saudi Arabian government over the 9/11 bombings. The vote came earlier this morning, with both the Senate and the House of Representatives voting to pass the bill, which won an overwhelming majority. They voted to override the President’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA).The House of Representatives voted 348-77 against the veto after the Senate rejected it 97-1, meaning JASTA will come into place as law.Since the vote, the US President has come out and said the decision to override his veto is a mistake and could set a “dangerous precedent” that could put US interests at risk.Senators argued in favor of justice for the victims, whereas they feel that the White House is too concerned with diplomatic relations and US interests.The vote is a blow to one of the US’ oldest allies in the Arab world. The question now remains regarding US-Saudi relations.Families and senators alike have rejoiced over the bill, as they believe justice can now be sought for the victims of the horrific attack of 9/11.The majority of the attackers of the 2001 attacks were Saudi nationals. The victims’ families have been lobbying and campaigning for years lawmakers for the right to sue the Saudi government. Despite Saudi Arabia’s constant denial of any involvement in the attacks, victim’s families have pushed for the bill to be passed.The Saudi embassy in Washington is yet to comment of the bill. But the future of Saudi-US relations may be in jeopardy and the coming months will be most interesting to see how events will unfold. read more

Vote counting begins in India Modi expected to hold power

NEW DELHI — Indian election officials have begun counting votes that were cast in the country’s mammoth general elections.The count began Thursday morning and was expected to conclude by the evening. Voters cast ballots on some 40 million electronic voting machines.Half a dozen exit polls showed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party remaining in power for another five years.In the world’s largest democratic exercise, some 900 million people were registered to cast ballots for 542 seats in India’s lower house of Parliament in seven phases of polling staggered over six weeks.The election has been seen as a referendum on Modi, whose economic reforms broadly haven’t succeeded but whose popularity as a social underdog in India’s highly stratified society has endured.The Associated Press read more

New leader charts plans to rejuvenate UN Economic and Social Council

18 January 2007The newly-elected President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today proposed ways to revitalize that body by involving a wider variety of people in its work, from government ministers to activists to academics to business executives, as it reaches for a more prominent role in 2007. “We have,” Dalius Cekuolis of Lithuania said in a press briefing at UN headquarters in New York, “a very interesting and challenging year ahead.”This year, ECOSOC will be tasked with two new functions aimed to strengthen the body. Firstly, the Annual Ministerial Review will assess the progress, or lack thereof, that ECOSOC has made in reaching objectives such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight targets for tackling poverty, hunger and other social ills by 2015.The second, the Development Cooperation Forum, aims to have the voices of people at different levels – governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia and the private sector, among others – heard in discussions on international development and aid cooperation.ECOSOC, comprised of 54 members elected by the General Assembly, is a UN body which meets yearly to further economic and social cooperation and development. Its mandate was enhanced during the UN 2005 World Summit to improve the effectiveness of aid and monitor the implementation of targets, such as the MDGs, agreed upon by Member States.When asked by a journalist to cut through the jargon in explaining ECOSOC’s work, Mr. Cekuolis pointed to the Annual Ministerial Review and the Development Cooperation Forum as the body’s means to “coordinate the international community’s effort for the development agenda… and there for to maybe make it stronger and [increase] its authority on those issues.”Referring in particular to the Review, set to take place this July, Mr. Cekuolis stated that he hopes it will “soberly assess the progress of implementation, see the gaps, lacks of progress and therefore make recommendations.” Earlier this week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told ECOSOC that its work for development is an integral part of the UN’s mission. “Together with security and human rights, it represents our core aspirations for a peace and better world,” he stated. read more

Donor fatigue cynicism could lead to millions of deaths in Ethiopia UN

Preventable diseases and malnutrition on average kill up to half a million Ethiopian children a year – more than the entire population of Edinburgh, close to the site of the G8 Summit of the world’s most industrialized nations, which kicked off today.“It is becoming increasingly difficult to persuade people that this is a global scandal,” said Bjorn Ljungqvist, UNICEF Representative in Ethiopia, stressing that major donors are not stepping up fast enough to provide vital funding for a package of life-saving treatments, screenings and other interventions.Following an additional surge in severe acute malnutrition cases, up to 170,000 Ethiopian children will die from this condition alone by the end of the year if not treated, UNICEF estimates.“A cloud of cynicism has settled over Africa – cynicism caused by everything from corruption to armed conflicts, cynicism felt by everyone from donors to the general public. But this cloud hides the fact that innocent children are dying unnecessarily. There are simple things that we can do and must do to save these children.”He spoke out as UNICEF was preparing to release an urgent update appeal to major donors, asking them to fill a $42 million gap in funding.“In total, 7 million Ethiopian children suffer from some form of malnutrition every year, with serious consequences for their health and development. But there is a growing idea that these are ‘normal’ levels of child deaths and malnutrition for Ethiopia – that this is the ‘usual’ situation,” he said.“There is nothing ‘normal’ about 500,000 children dying every year. That is more than the population of Edinburgh in Scotland or Las Vegas in the United States. It would be an unimaginable tragedy if this happened in any country in the developed world.”Earlier this year UNICEF Ethiopia appealed for just short of US$54.7 million to support Ethiopia’s most vulnerable children during 2005 – US$15 million for water and sanitation work, US$39.7 million for health and nutrition.But today – more than half way through the year – the 2005 Emergency campaign is still almost US$42 million or 76.6 per cent short.Health and nutrition services – designed to save the lives of the country’s most vulnerable children with everything from anti-malaria mosquito nets to measles shots – have received just over a quarter of the necessary funds.Research shows that something as simple as vitamin A supplements every six months has the potential to reduce mortality by 23 per cent in the youngest children. Treatment of severe acute malnutrition, where it happens in Ethiopia, is reducing fatalities in severely malnourished children from 25-50 per cent to below 5 per cent. read more

In wake of clashes UN envoy calls for restoring calm along DR

Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN peacekeeping mission in DRC (MONUSCO), called for a de-escalation of tensions and a halt to any further acts of violence. “I appeal for calm from both sides and urge them to take immediate steps to re-establish security in the border area,” Mr. Kobler said in a news release, in which he also deplored the loss of life during the clashes. MONUSCO called on the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism (EJVM) to conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances of the incident. The Mechanism is a technical body, comprising military experts from both DRC and Rwanda, and supported by the African Union and the UN, to address DRC-Rwanda border security issues, amongst other tasks.“I also encourage both sides to re-engage on resolving border demarcation issues through peaceful means,” stated Mr. Kobler. He added that MONUSCO continues to stand ready to support any initiative that would restore stability in the area. read more

Asylum seeker who won right to live in UK after Lib Dem

first_imgSuganthan, a father of two, was bailed on condition he has no contact with the complainant and co-operates with the writing of the report.When Suganthan was released from detention in 2011, Caroline Beatty, manager of the Refugee Welcome Centre, said: “We wanted to thank Mr Williams for his help and are sure that it was his intervention that meant Siva was released.”We are hoping that we can count on his support in the future when he makes his fresh claim.” 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. An asylum seeker who avoided deportation after a public campaign headed by an MP is facing jail after admitting sexual assault.Sri Lankan-born Sivarajah Suganthan spent 37 days in a detention centre before being allowed to remain in the UK thanks to Liberal Democrat Stephen Williams.Mr Williams lobbied then-immigration minister Damian Green to grant him asylum and presented an 800-name petition to Parliament calling for the deportation threats to end.Suganthan, 31, went to live with friends in Bristol in 2011, but three years later he sexually abused a 21-year-old woman while staying at a night shelter. Mr Williams, MP for Bristol West, said at the time: “It was wonderful to meet Siva in person and to see that he was happy and smiling and delighted to be back among friends in Bristol.”I am pleased that I and my staff were able to be of help.”Suganthan came to the UK in 1999 at the age of 14. His initial claim for asylum was refused in 2003, and dismissed a second time in 2004 following an appeal. Sivarajah Suganthan meets Stephen Williams MP in January 2011 to thank him for his supportCredit:Bristol Post/ It was wonderful to meet Siva in person and to see that he was happy and smiling and delighted to be back among friendsMP Stephen Williams after the campaigncenter_img Sivarajah Suganthan meets Stephen Williams MP in January 2011 to thank him for his support He was to face trial at Bristol Crown Court, but pleaded guilty to sexual assault by penetration.Anjali Gohil, defending, said the guilty plea was on a full facts basis.Record Peter Towler ordered a pre-sentence report and adjourned the case for sentence on September 14.He told Suganthan: “I won’t be the sentencing judge. I would have thought a custodial sentence is inevitable.”The offence of sexual assault by penetration has a sentencing guideline ranging from a community order to 19 years in prison, depending on how it is categorised. Protesters against the deportation of Sivarajah Suganthan in Bristol in December 2010 Protesters against the deportation of Sivarajah Suganthan in Bristol in December 2010Credit:Bristol Post/SWNS.comlast_img read more

German mining equipment manufacturers expect record in sales amounting to €4 billion

first_imgThe VDMA reports a 10% increase in turnover makes 2009 the best year in history ever for Germany’s mining equipment manufacturers. While much of the engineering sector has been strongly affected by the economic and financial crises, the current year has been a bonanza for German mining equipment companies. The sector expects the increase of turnover to bring sales to approximately €4 billion. The reasons for this increase are the high level of orders of last year and the successful opening of new markets especially in Central and South America, according to Dr. Paul Rheinländer, Chairman of the VDMA Mining Equipment Association. “Our intensive market development, especially by several local visits, was highly successful.” In this way, the companies succeeded in compensating for decreases of turnover in traditional sales markets. Many of them even grew during the crisis. For instance, in Central America, mining equipment manufacturers expect the year-end figures to show an increase of 110% in turnover to €55 million, and in South America by 100% to €52 million.Despite this success “there is no reason to be euphoric”, Dr. Rheinländer warns. He refers to incoming orders that declined by 50% this year. However, the mining sector does not expect that this slump will reflect in the turnover. It is more likely the case that at least part of the orders cancelled in the recent past due to the economic crisis will be re-instated within the next year. The companies therefore hope to maintain their turnovers in 2010.last_img read more

Newtrax Technologies on the importance of data contextualisation

first_imgLouis-Pierre Campeau, an AI expert with Newtrax Technologies was recently interviewed by the company about how he sees his work impacting the mining industry over the next 5-10 years. He was first asked his opinion on how the algorithms he is involved are developing impact safety for the underground mines of the future? “The new reality will make it easier to foresee possible risks and prevent them. Predictive maintenance would be the best example of this,” explained Campeau.According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, companies with a 9% reactive maintenance rate had a recordable incident rate of .1%, while those with a 64% reactive maintenance had a recordable incident rate of 4.3%. These statistics highlight how having reliable equipment is safer. Interpreting real-time data on your equipment and how they interact in the mining environment keeps everyone safer in the mine. These algorithms are preparing today for the future needs of safety compliance in safety and prevention.On underground mining productivity and profitability and the impact of technology Campeau argued that productivity in mines is lower than in other industries, and that working underground creates a gap of knowledge transfer between supervisors of different areas of the mine in real-time. “Decisions are made while there are still variables which are unknown. Solutions like what Newtrax offers makes it possible to have a global view of situations for better decision making.” He believes that there are serious cost savings when you can make important decisions with a full and clear picture in mind.Finally on data collection for mining, once mines are collecting data and digitising their systems and fleets, what’s next? “Mines have started digitising their fleets and collecting data. This is where data contextualisation comes in. Through the fleet and network agnostic systems at Newtrax, the data collected can be connected and contextualised. Being able to have the full context of any data will bring more possibilities. Using trends and algorithms trained by multiple mines to predict events in any given mine.”Newtrax argues that mining will be much more calculated in the next 5 to 10 years, this means knowing exactly what is going on under the surface from to make the mine safer, more profitable and understanding how all of these elements interact with each other to have the most productive operation possible.last_img read more

Grand Theft Auto on iOS Chinatown Wars vs GTA III

first_imgFew video game franchises compare to Grand Theft Auto. In terms of sales, critical acclaim, and overall fun factor, Rockstar’s sandbox crime series is rivaled only by Mario, Zelda, and perhaps Final Fantasy or Call of Duty. With this week’s release of Grand Theft Auto III for mobile devices, there are now two GTA games available for the iPhone and iPad. How do the iOS versions of GTA III and GTA: Chinatown Wars stack up? Let’s take a look.VisualsBoth games have sharp, vivid visuals, but there’s a huge difference: GTA III has a traditional 3D third-person view, while Chinatown Wars has a retro top-down perspective.As GTA: CW was originally developed for the limited hardware of the Nintendo DS, the old-school look was both a stylistic choice and a practical necessity. Chinatown Wars gave Rockstar the chance to revisit the franchise’s roots with modern gameplay and story elements.If you somehow missed GTA III the first time around, this is the title that started it all. Every Rockstar sandbox game you’ve played in the last ten years — GTA: San Andreas, GTA IV, Red Dead Redemption, or L.A. Noire — is a direct descendant of GTA III. The game’s visuals will look familiar to everyone, and need no explanation.GameplayDespite the dramatically different appearances, the two titles have nearly identical core gameplay. You’ll be visiting goofy criminal contacts to get missions, stealing cars, running from the cops, respraying your ride, and shooting lots of guns — all the staples of the Grand Theft Auto franchise. It’s a golden formula, which works brilliantly in both games.Freedom is at the core of any GTA title, and these two exemplify that perfectly. Missions are fun, but you can just as easily get caught up messing around, racking up a wanted level (more stars, more cops) and seeing if you can get away. Missions give the games linear structure, but you can craft your own action-packed games in between each assignment.Starting in GTA IV, Rockstar refined weapons’ targeting system, but neither of these games have that benefit. Both consist of locking onto a target, pushing the attack button, and seeing red. This is the biggest thing that separates these games from the current generation of GTA console titles.ControlsRockstar implemented similar controls in the iOS versions of both games. Both will fill your display with semi-transparent buttons, but it’s never distracting. On foot, you get an analog stick for movement, and separate buttons for attacking, stealing cars, and switching weapons. Behind the wheel, you have left/right arrows, gas, brake, handbrake, and weapon buttons.Both games give you some control customization in the settings menus. GTA III also gives you the option of using your device’s accelerometer (motion controls) for driving.There are some areas where Chinatown Wars is better suited to touch controls. Tasks like making and throwing molotovs, hot-wiring cars, and smashing locks take advantage of the touchscreen. It sounds gimicky, but there’s something inherently fun about using various swipes and twists on the screen to assemble a sniper rifle.Story and DialogueGrand Theft Auto has always brought heavy doses of satire, sarcasm, and goofiness, but starting with GTA IV it also took on a heavier, more thematic tone. Neither of these games carry that weight. Both GTA III and Chinatown Wars feature narrative and dialogue that is positively cartoon-like and over-the-top. But don’t mistake this for a sign of poor writing (try Gameloft’s Gangstar series for that); here it’s a deliberate style.One striking difference between GTA III and Chinatown Wars is in the cutscenes. GTA III has animated and fully-voiced (aside from Claude, the silent protagonist) cutscenes, while Chinatown Wars opts for subtitled storyboard dialogues. It’s another area where GTA: CW is a throwback game: it borrows from the cutscenes of old 8-bit and 16-bit games.PriceGTA III is currently $4.99 in the App Store, and is a universal game for all iOS devices.Chinatown Wars has a separate iPad-optimized version (Chinatown Wars HD). Both it and the iPhone/iPod touch version cost $9.99 each.OverallGTA: CW‘s bird’s-eye view turned off some gamers, and led to relatively weak sales for the game on the DS and PSP. This is unfortunate, as Chinatown Wars is among Rockstar’s finest. The graphics are simple, but the developer’s customary tight gameplay, unapologetic violence, and wicked humor are all there in full force.If you have to pick one, you’ll want to go with GTA III. It’s a bigger, more visually-impressive game. Just ten years ago it was a breakthrough for consoles; now it’s a breakthrough for mobile devices. Its cheaper App Store price only seals the deal.But when you’re finished, be sure to look into Chinatown Wars. It’s an underrated classic, and one of the best portable games of all-time.More: Hands on with GTA for iOS, AndroidNote that the screenshots are from the iPad.last_img read more

Batista on acting career, issues with his last WWE run

first_img Batista talks about AEW not being legitimate competition, tripping during WrestleMania entrance Stephen Parsons passed along this interview Chris Van Vliet conducted with Batista (Dave Bautista) discussing his new role in the new James Bond film “Spectre”, advice he got from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson about transitioning from WWE to acting and some of the issues he had with WWE during his last run. Dave Bautista Doesnt Want To Be Compared To Other Wrestlers Turned Actors Dave Bautista defends his Fast and Furious comments Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipTop 3: Comic-Con MomentsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:03/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 26.68%0:01Remaining Time -3:03 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list “It was just butting heads with the company. I just constantly was butting heads, creatively. Which is something we talked about well beforehand.  I was promised things that weren’t delivered to me.  For one, I didn’t want to go back as a babyface.  I said, ‘It’s not going to work, man.’  They don’t want to see me as a babyface.  Nobody wants to see Batista as a babyface.  I’m the worst babyface ever!  But I’m a good heel.  I know how to be a heel.  I’m comfortable being a heel.  They tried to shove me down everybody’s throats.  It was just horrible.” WhatsApp In regards to a possible return to WWE down the line, he stated he would only come back with WWE and sees wrestling anywhere else as a step down adding, “I would love to go back.  They are just very hard to deal with.” Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You can check out the full interview in the clip below. Tom Hiddleston Videos Articles Pinterest Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWEcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Top 3: Comic-Con Moments Impact reportedly returning to New York City for TV tapings this November Videos Articles Upcoming Dave Bautista Comedy Adds To Its Cast Google+ Now Playing Up Next Stan Lee Zoe Saldana Twitter Now Playing Up Next Dave Bautista appears on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” to promote his new movie “Stuber” Facebook Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

If Only Magazines Didnt Build Web Sites

first_imgI’m all for the idea of supplementing online article content with videos, but doing it just for the sake of having some ‘multimedia’ can stretch the point a bit too far. Take the case of an otherwise great Atlantic story by contributing editor Michael Hirschorn called ‘The Newsweekly’s Last Stand.’ In it, Hirschorn describes The Economist’s teflon resistance to the ad crash and Time and Newsweek’s struggles with obsolescence. Embedded in the middle of the story is a video interview between Hirschorn and Bob Cohn,’s editorial director, which follows the familiar format of editor and writer revealing a behind-the-scenes look at the story. The trouble with this approach is sometimes the conversation veers out of the safe confines of the reporting and into nutty conjecture. (Admittedly, the story and video have been up for almost a month, but I’m just getting around to them now.)In other words, this interview could have been about 44 seconds shorter. At the 5:45 mark, Cohn asks Hirschorn why The Economist didn’t get “clobbered by the Web” like the other newsweeklies. This is where things get sketchy. Hirschorn goes on to say that because The Economist’s Web strategy was so bad, people valued the print version more. Got that? The magazine is thriving today because it didn’t jump on that crazy Internet train like all those other suckers.But wait, it gets better. Hirschorn continues by asking semi-rhetorically, “What would have happened if newspapers and magazines had not embraced the Web?”Amazingly, the video concludes as he answers his own question this way: “It’s entirely possible that if newspapers and magazines had not embraced the Web, that newspapers and magazines would be doing a lot better right now.”last_img read more

Game of Thrones star Kit Harington in trouble the actor has issues

first_imgKit Harington as Jon Snow with Liam Cunningham as Davos SeaworthHBOGame of Thrones has come to an end and though it did disappoint a lot of fans. The show seems to have had a much more severe effect on one of its cast members. Kit Harington who plays Jon Snow on the hit HBO TV shiow reportedly checked into a rehab facility in the U.S. to be treated for stress and alcohol use as the last season of Game of Thrones was airing.The 32-year-old British actor arrived at the luxury Privé-Swiss wellness retreat in Connecticut a month ago, sources told the New York Post. His publicist confirmed to that he had checked into the facility. ‘Kit has decided to utilize this break in his schedule as an opportunity to spend some time at a wellness retreat to work on some personal issues,’ his publicist said.  Daenerys and Jon in conversation.Game of Thrones/ TwitterApparently, the facility, which costs more than $120,000 a month, teaches its clients how to deal with stress and negative emotions. Game of Thrones seems to have taken a toll on the actor. Kit Harington has gotten in trouble before for causing trouble at a bar. News of his check-in to rehab comes Apparently, a year ago, the Game of Thrones star was so drunk at a New York City bar that he had to be dragged out by staff. The Jon Snow actor was reportedly filmed arguing with bouncers and patrons after trying to take over a game of pool in the cozy neighborhood pub Barfly. He was reportedly physically restrained by members of the public, then shown to the door by staff and thrown out.Harington is allowed to come and go from the extremely private facility near the small town of Madison. In a two-hour documentary about the show released by HBO, the actor revealed that his heart was breaking and he confessed that he loved the show more than anything. That it was more than a job to him, it was his life. Maybe the actor hopes that rehab will help him get over Game of Thrones. We wish him well.last_img read more