Legendary Australian fast bowler Glenn Mcgrath, with whom Sachin Tendulkar had the fiercest of on field battles, is in Tendulkar’s home turf Mumbai for a two day fast bowling camp.The second highest wicket-taker for Australia in Test cricket is the director at the MRF pace foundation and is conducting a short clinic at the invitation of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).McGrath when quizzed about Sachin’s son, Arjun, having fast bowling aspirations sprung up this response.”I know Sachin wanted to be a fast bowler when he was younger and had come to MRF. So may be…,” he quipped recalling the well documented story of a 14-year-old aspiring fast bowler Sachin rejected by then MRF director Dennis Lillee.18-year-old left arm seamer Arjun, who has represented Mumbai Under-14 and Under-16, is still on the learning curve.His famous father has spoken a few times about the inescapable reality of Arjun having to play with the burden of the Tendulkar surname. Arjun has been seen of late bowling in the nets to the English test team as well as the Indian women’s cricket team while in England.”When you have a name like Tendulkar, those are pretty big shoes to fill. Whether he is looking to be a fast bowler more than a batsman (I don’t know),” he told India Today.”We will wait and see. But if he has the love and passion for the game that Sachin had, he will be a winner,” Mcgrath said
Since you’re here… Support The Guardian news Share via Email Share on Twitter What if … the Lions’ third Test in New Zealand had gone into extra time? Share on Messenger It also boosts his chances of stringing together a run of games before Eddie Jones names his England squad for the Six Nations. While O’Connor was satisfied Tuilagi had been cleared, he pointed to the disruption the disciplinary process had caused.In October the England captain Dylan Hartley’s involvement during the autumn internationals was placed in jeopardy after he was cited for striking the head of Clermont’s Rabah Slimani. That was also dismissed and Northampton swiftly issued a statement with the now former director of rugby, Jim Mallinder, saying: “Citings like this do beg the question of whether Dylan is being singled out for what has happened in the past rather than being judged solely on [the] game.”O’Connor said he does not believe Tuilagi had been singled out because of his Pacific Islands heritage but he was similarly critical of the disciplinary process. “Everyone involved in the game has to be a little bit more accountable for the actions they take,” he said. “The players and the coaches are certainly accountable and we’d just like the rest of rugby to be just as accountable, the citing commissioners.“It’s caused unnecessary disruption. It’s what it does to Manu in the state that he’s in. He comes back and plays the game physically and legally. Unfortunately, it just makes everyone a bit unnecessarily cautious about the physicality and collisions. The citing commissioners need to be a little bit more accurate with what they’re sanctioning and what they’re not.” Share on Pinterest Tuilagi’s former British & Irish Lions team-mate Brian O’Driscoll insisted the “game has gone soft” in response to the citing on Tuesday and O’Connor insisted that the tackle was legal. “He won’t miss any rugby so that’s incredibly pleasing,” O’Connor said. “The sanction has to be a red-card offence and from our perspective there was no red-card offence. There was no malice, there was no intent to hurt the bloke. It was a very legitimate tackle. It’s a reaction to the broader community around health and safety and player welfare.”Tuilagi has managed only 17 minutes of game time for England under Jones and last started a Test in June 2014 because of his long list of injury problems. He made only seven Leicester appearances last term but, after coming through 80 minutes against Munster, O’Connor was optimistic of swift improvements. “He’ll get better and better every time he plays,” O’Connor said on Sunday. “We’ll be very diligent about what we have to do but the growth that he’ll get out of that mentally and physically will be enormous for us.” Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more England rugby union team Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Matt O’Connor, the Leicester head coach, wants rugby union’s authorities to be held to account after Manu Tuilagi’s citing for a dangerous tackle was dismissed, leaving the centre free to continue his comeback from injury.Tuilagi pleaded not guilty at his hearing on Wednesday with the disciplinary panel ruling that while the tackle on Munster’s Chris Cloete was reckless it did not warrant a red card. It was the 26-year-old centre’s first match since the opening day of the season, having undergone knee surgery, and means he is available for Leicester’s Christmas Eve match against Saracens. Read more Dylan Hartley lets rip at former Saints players as Northampton close ranks Manu Tuilagi Leicester Rugby union Reuse this content
The Blues plummeted out of their premiership window way back in 2002, when Jack Elliot’s overdue departure left a quagmire of draft and financial penalties, and a mountain of recriminations Sherpa Tenzing would have blanched at. That freefall has continued at varying velocity in the years since, while the club continued to behave as if all could be resolved by the next quick fix, the next messiah.It took Carlton a very long time to come to grips with the reality of modern football life. The growing AFL bureaucracy set more rules and restrictions. Clubs had to operate within tighter parameters. The new world rewarded sound governance, astute, informed drafting, and effective player development. Tellingly, clubs of previously more sober temperament, such as Hawthorn, have adapted better. Buccaneers by inclination, the Blues floundered.When finally forced to confront the inevitable in 2015, Carlton wasn’t just facing the rebuilding of a football team, it required a rejuvenation of its entire world view. Whilst Brendon Bolton was given the on-field challenge, president Mark LoGiudice faced no less thorny a task. Advocating patience to an organisation with a history of factionalism that has often put the ALP to shame is unlikely to be without fraught moments. A bloated board was shrunk by attrition, but old protagonists remained. A new message of inclusion and diversity was espoused. A women’s team license was applied for and won. Outwardly, a sense of orderly calm developed.Then, after the 2017 season, old rumblings re-emerged. CEO Steven Trigg’s sudden departure occurred without much evidence of newly promised transparency. The club issued a non-statement on the marriage equality debate that effectively negated its previous talk of inclusion. Then the fortunes of its women’s team declined precipitously, through a combination of on-field misfortune and persistent rumours of off-field disenchantment.Against this background, Bolton took his already young team into the new men’s season without two of his key on-field leaders. The clearing of Bryce Gibbs was a concession to the reality of his looming free agency. Sam Docherty’s ruptured ACL was just bad luck. Carlton won six games last year when, of its six main senior players, only Ed Curnow missed a long stretch of games. Before a ball was bounced in 2018, that senior six had become four.Injury misfortune has continued. The absence of Marc Murphy and Matthew Kruezer saw the Blues play the last two rounds minus their top four in last year’s best and fairest. In a season where many sides have struggled with an increasingly frantic tempo, Carlton has played badly enough for long enough to lose each game thus far.Yet it’s hard to judge the raw talent not improved. Names such as Patrick Cripps, Charlie Curnow, Jacob Weitering, Sam Petrevski-Seton, Caleb Marchbank, Lachie Plowman, Zac Fisher, Harry McKay, Paddy Dow, Lochie O’Brien and Tom Williamson constitute the best group of youngsters the Blues have had in many a day. It’s just that the components are yet to form any meaningful whole. That’s hardly astonishing. With 42 list changes in three years, some of the newest arrivals probably still need name tags. AFL fans prove parasite to footballers’ hosts in social media era Carlton Share via Email By modern football reckoning, clubs are either in the premiership “window”, or working to return to that exalted state with all possible speed. That’s a journey each club begins from a different place, with often very differing circumstances. As Carlton fans digest the first 0-6 season start in their club’s 121-year VFL/AFL history, many amongst them will be contemplating the finer distinctions between a rebuild and a reset, and finding neither much to their liking.After all, this is a group that had until very recently been encouraged by their club presidents to believe delayed gratification was for other clubs, not The Old Dark Navy Blues. Carlton didn’t do rebuilds, until it absolutely saw no other choice. Share on LinkedIn AFLW is at risk of being run by men for men. Where are the female coaches? Share on Facebook A rebuild is the ultimate test of fans’ hope and faith. Doubts will persist. Talent is no guarantee. Improvement is unlikely to follow a clear, linear progression. Football can be as much about intangibles as it is science or process. The competition doesn’t stand still while you strive. Nor will the media be reliably supportive.Carlton has reached a point that was always coming when it set course in 2015. It’s hard, and likely to get harder before it gets better. It is now that we really discover the mettle of the club’s leadership. Do they have true conviction in the path chosen, the appointments made? If they were to change course mid-stream yet again, how would they be believed in the future?The Blues are a powerhouse club only in the minds of the remaining nostalgists in its ranks. In reality, the squander of those wandering 13 years leaves it a middling Victorian club in a growing national competition. Foes old and new have left it behind. The useful limits of trading on a storied history have been exhausted. In a time when even Richmond has got it together, Carlton has no more time for delusions. Kate O’Halloran Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Share on Messenger AFL Share on Twitter Read more Share on Pinterest Read more Australia sport features … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. 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PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles warms up prior to the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)Former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston had a solid day at the NFL Combine today, but he did run the 40-yard-dash a bit slower than many expected. Winston clocked in at 4.97 seconds, leading many to poke fun at his weight, yet again. Porn star Mia Khalifa, a self-proclaimed Seminoles supporter, is even getting in on the fun.Khalifa posted a humorous meme of Winston mid-sprint, and suggested that he’d have run much faster if he were seeking out her “new scene.” What a time to be alive.What my BFF sends me @JamezRave pic.twitter.com/uvsjfSLCsv— Mia Khalifa (@miakhalifa) February 21, 2015
zoom South Korea’s Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC) and international classification society Lloyd’s Register (LR) have completed a joint project to develop a 30,000 cbm LNG carrier design featuring bi-lobe type ‘C’ tanks suitable for small-scale and coastal LNG trading.LR says that the vessel concept offers improved environmental aspects, a higher level of energy efficiency, and improved cargo capacity.Lee Cha-Soo, Senior vice president of Ship Sales Engineering Team of HHIC, said: “HHIC is proud to be working with Lloyd’s Register, which is a leading player in the LNG shipping industry, to design the 30,000 cbm LNG carrier. The bi-lobe type 30,000 cbm LNG carrier utilises existing technology which can be applied to existing and new vessels today.”Finite element model of midship“Interest in small-scale LNG is growing fast. This project has demonstrated a path to a practical, buildable LNG carrier for smaller cargo sizes,” said Leondias Karitsios, Lloyd’s Register’s Gas Technology Manager.
This holiday season, as Nova Scotians gather with loved ones, fire safety needs to be a priority for all. “A fire on any day is bad, but a fire at this time of year is particularly heartbreaking,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. “While it’s easy to get caught up in the holiday festivities, safety should be at the top of everyone’s list.” Following simple steps can help eliminate the risk of harm to families. Always carefully inspect new and previously used lights and decorations, and replace damaged items before plugging them in. Only use CSA approved lighting. Use caution with holiday decorations and, whenever possible, choose items made with flame-resistant or non-combustible materials. Keep candles away from decorations and other flammable objects and substances. A well-watered, fresh Christmas tree is not only vital to the tree’s decorative longevity, but also to keep families safe this holiday season. A dry tree can ignite in a matter of seconds. Cutting off five centimetres of the trunk to expose fresh wood creates better water absorption. “Day-to-day fire safety extends to Christmas trees,” said Bob Cormier, provincial fire marshal. “Like any piece of furniture, make sure that your tree is at least one metre away from any flame or heat source and that it is not placed where it may block exits.” Exercising caution with celebrations can ensure a safe and happy holiday this year.
“By now, you’ve probably been told to go vegan. Right?” begins James Cromwell in a new video for PETA, in which he solemnly lists the numerous reasons why he’s been vegan for decades — from kindness to animals and a smaller carbon footprint to a boost in health.But worried that his serious demeanor is doing little to inspire viewers, the Academy Award–nominated actor quickly changes his tone and gets goofy with a helium balloon to capture their attention.Cromwell shot the ad, available here, at South Florida’s premier vegan gourmet eatery, Sublime Restaurant & Bar, in January, when he was in town to receive PETA’s Hero to Animals Award from owner Nanci Alexander.He explains that “going vegan lowers your chances of suffering from heart disease, cancers, strokes, and diabetes. And that it’s the best way to end animals’ suffering.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” — notes that going vegan, which spares more than 100 animals a year daily suffering and a terrifying death, is more effective in combating climate change than switching from a standard car to a hybrid.Cromwell — a vegetarian since the 1970s and a vegan since starring in Babe — is a longtime PETA supporter who most recently appeared in the group’s religious-themed “Redemption” Super Bowl ad.
On Friday, heavy machinery moved in and reduced the old gas station to rubble.Producers said goodbye to the central backdrop for one of the most successful Canadian sitcoms of all time and a Saskatchewan town said goodbye to a landmark that went a long way to putting it on the map. Advertisement It’s been years since the cameras have rolled at Corner Gas.Years since Brent cracked wise with Hank from behind the store counter.Years since Emma gave Oscar what for over a bottomless cup of coffee at the Ruby. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: And in those years, the Saskatchewan prairie has slowly been reclaiming the television show’s set.The walls had grown mouldy, the rodents had moved in and the building was sinking into the ground at a rate of more than two centimetres a year. Twitter
By Pavithra Rao – An average of about 45 elephants per day were illegally killed in 2011 in every two of five protected sites holding elephant populations in Africa, thanks to the growing illegal trade in ivory, which continues to threaten the survival of elephants on the continent. A joint report by four international conservation organizations says that 17,000 elephants were killed in 2011 alone and the amount of ivory seized has tripled over the last decade.“Organized criminal networks are cashing in on the elephant poaching crisis, trafficking ivory in unprecedented volumes and operating with relative impunity and with little fear of prosecution,” says Tom Milliken, an expert on ivory trade with TRAFFIC, a global wildlife trade monitoring network. The joint report, Elephants in the Dust: The African Elephant Crisis, released this year, warns that increasing poaching levels, as well as loss of habitat, are threatening the survival of African elephant populations in Central Africa and in previously secure populations in West, Southern and Eastern Africa. The report was produced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network (TRAFFIC).The 17,000 elephants illegally killed in 2011 lived at sites monitored through the CITES-led Monitoring Illegal Killing of Elephants programme; these sites hold approximately 40% of the total elephant population in Africa. The report warns that initial data from 2012 show that the situation had not improved, and that the true figures may be much higher.Long ago elephants used to roam freely in Africa, finding paradise in places like Côte d’Ivoire, which literally means “the coast of ivory.” Even the country’s national football team, Les Éléphants, derives its name from the mighty animal. The elephant population of Côte d’Ivoire has since dropped dramatically, with only about 800 remaining throughout the country. The drive to save elephants has become the latest frontier in the conflict over natural resources in Africa.“Like blood diamonds from Sierra Leone or plundered minerals from Congo, ivory, it seems, is the latest conflict resource in Africa, dragged out of remote battle zones, easily converted into cash and now fueling conflicts across the continent,” according to Jeffrey Gettleman of the New York Times.Elephant tusks are of high value in the Far East, particularly in China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia, where many use them for ornamentation as well as for religious purposes. With booming economies, the demand can only increase, many believe.Going extinctIncreasing numbers of poachers in Africa are ready to supply these markets. They slaughter the animals and saw off their tusks, sometimes even invading sanctuaries to do so. Given the rate at which they are being slaughtered each year, African elephants could be extinct over the next decade, says the Wildlife Conservation Society, an animal protection organization.The authors of Elephants in the Dust agree. They say current population estimates suggest alarming declines in elephant numbers in parts of Central and West Africa, as well as an increasing risk of extinction for some local populations. Africa used to have a few million elephants at the turn of the century, current estimates put the continental population in the range of 420,000 to 650,000. Botswana, Tanzania and Zimbabwe account for well over half of them.Cyanide poisoning Worse, many of the poachers are alleged to be working for rebel groups, such as the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda and the Janjaweed in Sudan, and terrorist and militant groups such as Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabaab. These groups engage in the illicit ivory trade, using the profits to finance terrorist works.Earlier this year UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that elephant slaughter for tusks was surging in the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Chad and Gabon. “Poachers are using more and more sophisticated and powerful weapons, some of which, it is believed, might be originating from the fallout in Libya,” Mr. Ban said in a report to the UN Security Council. In Zimbabwe, for instance, poachers have started using cyanide on elephants and other wildlife by poisoning natural salt licks. Since May 2013, photos by legitimate hunters, taken during aerial surveys in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, have shown more than 300 elephant corpses.According to Elephants in the Dust, large-scale seizures (seizures of consignments weighing over 800 kg) of ivory destined for Asia have more than doubled since 2009, reaching an all-time high in 2011. The report says large movements of ivory, involving the tusks of hundreds of elephants in single shipments, were a sign “of the increasingly active grip of highly organized criminal networks” engaged in illegal ivory trade.“These criminal networks operate with relative impunity, as there is almost no evidence of successful arrests, prosecutions or convictions,” says the report. Furthermore, “The prevalence of unregulated domestic ivory markets in many African cities, coupled with the growing number of Asian nationals residing in Africa also facilitates the illegal trade in ivory out of Africa.”It’s not just the elephant population that is threatened by illegal killings; local communities suffer too. “The surge in the killing of elephants in Africa and the illegal taking of other listed species globally threatens not only wildlife populations but the livelihoods of millions who depend on tourism for a living and the lives of those wardens and wildlife staff who are attempting to stem the illegal tide,” says Achim Steiner, UNEP executive director.In May 2013, for example, poachers in the Central Africa Republic attacked the Dzanga Bai Clearing in the Dzanga-Ndoki National Park, home to about a hundred elephants. Almost 20 poachers illegally entered Dzanga Bai and massacred more than 25 elephants, including four calves. During the same month, poachers invaded the Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya and four other animal sanctuaries, killing seven rhinos.Concerted efforts neededNumerous solutions have been proposed and adopted in the past to stamp out poaching, but with mixed results. According to Mr. Ban’s report, “The situation has become so serious that national authorities in some countries, such as Cameroon, have decided to use the national army in addition to law and order enforcement agencies to hunt down poachers.”One innovative tool from the wildlife campaign group Kenyans United Against Poaching is the HYPERLINK “http://poachersexposed.com/” website. The site is intended to name and shame animal poachers as well as middlemen and traffickers. According to Salisha Chandra, a spokeswoman for the group, publicly listing offenders’ names online will make poachers and traffickers think twice. Last May the Kenyan parliament increased penalties for wildlife poaching and trafficking of ivory to up to 15 years in prison along with huge fines. According to authorities, poaching has reduced Kenya’s elephant population from 160,000 in the 1960s to 38,000 today.Challenges remain Even with efforts to increase fines and jail time for offenders, poachers are still on the prowl. Somalia, for instance, is overrun by rebel and terrorist groups, as well as pirates and traffickers. It is no wonder that the illegal ivory trade flourishes in such an environment.Anti-poaching campaigners are demanding that authorities properly investigate and prosecute all those involved in exporting elephant tusks especially to the Far East. UNEP has called for follow-up investigation of any large-scale seizure of ivory going from Africa to Asia, and for trans-boundary criminal intelligence units.The successful outcome of current efforts hinges on the availability of adequate resources, and on the political will to raise necessary awareness and enact and implement policies that punish offenders. The Elephants in the Dust report expresses this point clearly: “Unless the necessary resources can be mobilized to significantly improve local conservation efforts and enforcement along the entire ivory chain, elephant chains will falter, poaching will continue and illegal trade in ivory will continue unabated.”Africa Renewal
Peel Police are searching for a man in connection with a deadly shooting in Mississauga.Officers were called to the area of Rathburn Rd. and Dixie Rd. around 5 a.m. Monday morning for reports of shots fired.Police found the body of a 26-year-old woman outside a home.The suspect has been identified as 39-year-old Joseph Chang of Toronto.Police say he and the victim knew each other.Chang is believed to be driving a black Infiniti with the licence plate CAXM 834.Police say he is considered armed and dangerous and are asking anyone who sees him or the vehicle to call 911.#SHOOTING DIXIE/RATHBURN #Mississauga. Victim: 26 year old female. Homicide unit has been notified. Call came in at 5:00 am. MEDIA OFFICER HEADING TO SCENE.— Peel Regional Police (@PeelPoliceMedia) March 5, 2018
Three men have pleaded not guilty to bribery offences, following The Daily Telegraph’s ‘Football for Sale’ investigation.Tommy Wright, 52, of Dark Lane, Barnsley, the former Barnsley Football Club assistant manager, is charged with two counts of accepting a bribe. Giuseppe Pagliara, 62, of East Drive, Bury, and Dax Price, 47, of Susans Lane, Sittingbourne, both face two charges of paying and facilitating a bribe.The three pleaded not guilty to all charges at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday. All were granted unconditional bail. They will next appear at Southwark Crown Court on 22nd October.Wright was sacked after allegedly accepting a £5,000 cash ‘bribe’ in a meeting with undercover reporters posing as representatives of a fictitious Far East company.The charges follow an investigation by the Telegraph which was published in September 2016. Detectives from the City of London Economic Crime Directorate launched an inquiry in November 2016 after concluding their review of material gathered by this newspaper.The three men were interviewed between December 2016 and April 2017. All have previously denied any wrongdoing. 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.
Space is too tight to include everything in our annual software focus in IM November. As a result, this news has been collected from the cutting room floor. News includes Maptek VulcanTM and Maptek I-SiteTM being selected by consultants AMEC for several of its sites in the Americas, whilst the company has also launched Vulcan 8. Runge has formalised a heads of agreement with Geological Solutions, a provider of field geological and supervisory services. And, AMIRA has extended the reach of its new P843A foundation geometallurgy project G2MIII (Geometallurgical Mapping and Mine Modelling) to include new areas of research in hydrometallurgy and environmental aspects. A key reason for AMEC selecting Vulcan as one of its software programs of choice is the flexibility of the package for assessing deposits for the optimal mining scenario – whether open pit or underground. Another driver is that many of AMEC’s clients are asking for Vulcan.“AMEC is a world leader in providing mine design services to clients. To do that, we have to use the best tools and develop innovative procedures,” commented Larry Smith, AMEC VP Consulting, Mining & Metals. Vulcan is instrumental in resource estimation and underground mine planning applications including survey, geological modelling, drill and blast, grade control and geostatistical tasks. AMEC has implemented Vulcan software at multiple sites, including Denver, Phoenix, Reno, Saskatoon, Vancouver and Santiago.“With Maptek, AMEC know they can rely on the latest technology in Vulcan combined with Maptek’s 30 years in the mining business,” said Jeff Handley, Vulcan Sales Manager for North America. Vulcan builds a common platform between technical design and planning teams, and allows 3D models to be shared with management and stakeholders. Some 4,000 licences of Vulcan are in use across the globe for applications ranging from exploration, through geological modelling, mine design and planning to rehabilitation.Besides Vulcan, there is Maptek I-SiteTM which provides easy-to-use high technology surveying solutions. The company has MineSuiteTM, a production monitoring and fleet management system. Maptek products are in use at more than 800 sites worldwide.With the new version of Vulcan – Vulcan 8 – the company says that simple things like allowing thumbnail previews of all data types, a single panel legend editor, and having all import-export options in one pop-up menu can make a big difference. Plotting histograms against drill holes allows users to view multiple ore grades and values for each hole for modelling. Grades can be visually analysed throughout the mine design process.On-screen preview of open-pit drill and blast patterns can eliminate potential layout problems before a blast is set. A double stitching option allows holes to be inserted midway between previously created blast holes using the same or different design parameters. Excessive toe burdens are handled by adding holes around the blast perimeter. The depth of blast holes can be recalculated as a group to reflect updated surfaces. Holes can still be edited individually, with options for maintaining the 2D collar location or 3D vector of angled holes. New editing options allow selection of holes by echelon, reversal of row direction, renaming of blasts, and customisation of the datatip display.Mine safety issues are addressed with a warning tool which calculates the distance of drill holes from blast areas, highlighting those which are too close; drifts can then be e-designed. The proximity alert allows designs to be checked for existing voids.Cost benefit analysis options allow planning based on estimated revenue. The new underground stope analyser provides optimisation based on different cutoff limits, with a timesaving global gradient tool to ensure adjustments in one area are automatically updated in overall designs. “New tools help users identify and control contaminants, assign dollar values to mining blocks, apply a discount for benches to calculate NPV, and limit the amount mined by bench or face restriction. Simple changes like setting a time lag between the start and finish of consecutive faces improve site safety,” said Eric Gonzalez, Maptek Product Manager for Vulcan.Vulcan 8’s new integrated stratigraphic modelling moves logically from database to geological model in five intuitive steps. The final step uses a unique technique. HARP (Horizon Adaptive Rectangular Prism) features nonrectangular block models which easily handle reverse faults and very thin horizons, and can be reserved against complex 3D solid shapes such as pit cutbacks and mining blocks. A single file contains all structural, quality, faulting and associated data, with thousands of variables per block. Geological resolution and stratigraphic fidelity are preserved. Vulcan’s geostatistical tools can also be applied to HARP models.Smarter panels and enhanced data security are included in Vulcan 8. Every file type associated with stratigraphic modelling can be created and accessed from one user-defined directory. The interconnected workflow means that changes can be made to data at any stage in the modelling process; it can then be re-run without starting at the beginning.Geological Solutions agreement helps Runge provide end-to-end mining services Under the terms of the Runge agreement, Geological Solutions will be its prime sub contractor. This means Runge (together with its wholly owned subsidiary GeoGas) and Geological Solutions can, for the first time, provide an end-to-end continuum of services to the coal seam gas and mining industries. This agreement will cover field and rig management incorporating gas services through to laboratory testing, reservoir modelling and resource and reserves certification.Tony Kinnane, Runge Managing Director: “Runge was looking to partner with an energetic and dynamic group with a good reputation for the provision of field services. Geological Solutions provides this and is a good fit for our business as its high quality personnel are well known to us through the interaction we have had in providing training to this group. Through a collective industry knowledge, technical skills and experience coupled with Runge’s technology and commercial capability, we are extremely well positioned to work together with customers to add maximum value to their business.“The coal seam gas industry is growing rapidly and is fast becoming a significant provider of base load energy requirements around the world. Our acquisition of GeoGAS provided a unique ability to augment Runge’s underground and open cut mining planning services and now this agreement makes us an industry leader in the provision of a full suite of technical services to our customers in the coal seam gas industry.”Bradley Crighton, Managing Director of Geological Solutions, said: “Increasingly many coal seam gas operators are seeking a more complete range of technical services to reduce their internal efforts and resources required to manage exploration, testing, modelling and advisory services required to develop a gas production facility. Combining the field geological and rig supervisory skills of Geological Solutions with the laboratory gas testing and reservoir modelling skills of Runge provides the industry with a single ‘one stop shop’ high quality solution”.Kinnane also commented on Runge’s 2009 financial year results, saying “earnings were equivalent to last year’s earnings when taking into account proforma adjustments. This was a satisfactory result in light of the difficult circumstances caused by the Global Financial Crisis over the last 12 months”.On Runge’s outlook for the 2010 financial year and beyond, Kinnane said “the market fundamentals are improving with less uncertainty within the mining industry. Looking forward, Runge has a number of global growth opportunities. This is particularly evident in the demand for Runge’s software solutions which has built a large sales pipeline. The demand for Runge’s consulting services is recovering in Asia, South Africa and South America and holding steady elsewhere”.Runge is participating in the SAP® EcoHub solution marketplace. This community- powered marketplace makes it easier for customers to discover, evaluate and purchase partner solutions – such as Runge’s Mining Dynamics Short-Term Mine Scheduling (xSTMS) composite application – that complement SAP applications. The SAP EcoHub provides customers access to complementary solutions and offerings that integrate most effectively with their installation of SAP solutions. It leverages SAP’s comprehensive ecosystem, where customers and partners can connect. The SAP EcoHub integrates community input, user feedback, ratings and partner demos, enabling a more educated and intelligent selection of solutions.Resources available for download from the SAP EcoHub site include a Runge Mining Dynamics xSTMS summary, certification details of xSTMS 1.0, and the ability to request a live demo or contact from the Runge team.“SAP EcoHub is an online solution marketplace that gives SAP’s customers access to tools to maximise efficiency and profitability,” said Gary Gibson, Global Alliance Manager for Runge. “Successful mining operations depend on the availability and reliability of data in order to make critical, every day decisions. Because of the complexity of mining data and the spatial characteristics associated with it, rapid universal access to trusted and accurate information has traditionally been difficult. Mining Dynamics is designed to address this. We are delighted to be part of SAP EcoHub and feel that our inclusion further deepens our partnership with SAP.”Mining Dynamics, of which the xSTMS application is a part, provides the ability to reliably integrate business processes, information management, and operational data with enterprise systems. It allows data from mine plans to automatically interface with corporate enterprise systems and accounting packages from vendors such as SAP. This capability provides management with real-time and up-to-date operational information.In addition, Runge is an SAP software solution partner in the SAP PartnerEdgeTM program. Through the program, partners work closely with SAP to develop and certify the technical integration of their solutions with SAP software. Integrated partner applications extend, complement and add value to SAP solutions, thereby helping mutual customers more successfully meet business needs and drive strong results. Runge’s xSTMS solution version 1.0 is a certified composite application integrating with the SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (SAP MII) application. It extends and adds value to a mining organisation’s SAP solutions.AMIRA expands scope of geometallurgy projectFollowing a very successful final meeting for AMIRA’s foundation geometallurgy project P843 GeMIII (Geometallurgical Mapping and Mine Modelling), an innovative new proposal for continuing and expanding the research program has proven popular with sponsors. As a result the new P843A project has begun and will include new areas of research in hydrometallurgy and environmental aspects.The development of the original project P843 was driven by AMIRA members who recognised the need for better ‘cradle-to-grave’ mine planning and optimisation. The resultant project was the fastest growing and largest foundation project in AMIRA’s 50-year history, and is now one of AMIRA’s most important and largest research collaborations. Its main aim is to allow predictive ore and waste characterisation from the first stages of discovery and resource evaluation for later efficient optimisation of mine planning and processing. Avoidance of risk in later mine development (‘no surprises’) and maximisation of economic recovery over the full life of the deposit are keys to the value of the project.The original project focused on the integrated development of low cost quantitative (sometimes non-traditional) measurement of key geological parameters and proxies for critical geological properties which were suitable for inclusion in mine planning block models. While continuing this work, the new project will move more to application in various case studies on deposits. Already nine deposits have been nominated by sponsors for possible case studies – these include Chuquicamata Norte, Teniente, Andina and other deposits in Chile, La Colosa in Colombia, Prominent Hill in Australia, Wafi in PNG and several others.The research is being conducted under the leadership of Professor Steve Walters by the CODES Centre of Excellence at the University of Tasmania, the JKMRC, the Bryan Research Centre and Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation in the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland, and the Parker Centre in Western Australia.Sirovision, the commercialised 3D imaging system developed from CSIRO research, is becoming an increasingly used tool. New advances that enjoyed support from AMIRA project P788 are allowing its use to be extended from open pit to underground. Commercialised by Datamine, Sirovision combines advanced digital photography with sophisticated computation to produce a 3D image that provides extensive geotechnical and geological information. It can markedly increase the speed with which geologists and engineers provide instructions to production crews about ore/waste delineation, make better decisions about safety and improve mine and blast designs.
Ukraine-based Velta LLC has placed an order with Multotec for the supply of NHM and SC20 spiral concentrators to process minerals from an operation in the Birzulovo ilmenite deposit in South Ukraine. Delivery is scheduled for the end of October 2011 and Multotec engineers, together with representatives from Multotec’s local distributor, DIN, will be deployed to the site to supervise installation and commissioning.“This is one of the biggest projects of its kind in the country in recent years and is being supervised by the new government of the Ukraine to revive its national mineral sands sector,” Dean Lincoln, General Manager – Marketing and Business Development at Multotec, says. “A recent order from India for a similar industry, together with this prestigious order from Velta, has firmly positioned us as one of the leading players in the international heavy mineral and minerals sands markets.“The Multotec NHM spiral was developed specifically to treat low grade mineral sands. It is one of our latest offerings for maximum recovery of heavy minerals.”The Multotec NHM spiral is a modification and replacement of the previous SC22 spiral. The pitch of the Multotec NHM spiral is shallower to accommodate low grade heavy mineral sands. With a trough of 700 mm diameter, this spiral has the capacity to handle between 1 to 2.3 t/h dry solids tonnage at a weight solids dilution of 30 to 35%.The spiral trough comprises of 7¾ turns and is fitted with sliding splitters on turns three and five. The spiral can be configured to a maximum of a triple start arrangement and is fitted with a universal product box. The Multotec NHM spiral is ideally suited for low grade feeds and is best suited for rougher and scavenger type applications, where the feed grade is traditionally low.The Velta order comprises two banks of 12 Multotec NHM spiral concentrators on the rougher stage, specified to handle 150 t/h, and two banks of the same spirals on the cleaner stage. Scavenger 1 will have one bank of 10 Multotec NHM spirals, Scavenger 2, one bank of 14 Multotec NHM spirals and Scavenger 3, one bank of 10 Multotec SC20 high capacity spirals. Recleaner 1 and 2 will have one bank of 14 and 10 Multotec SC20 high capacity spirals respectively. All spirals will be supplied complete with gravity distributors and product collection launders.“Processing of mineral sands takes place in an extremely corrosive environment and calls for equipment capable of withstanding these conditions,” Lincoln says. “Over the years, Multotec has developed a comprehensive range of equipment specifically for these demanding environments. Launders, for instance, have polyurethane linings for wear as well as polypropylene shells, which significantly decrease the effects of corrosion. Another advantage of these products is that they are extremely lightweight.”Similarly, spirals produced by Multotec have been designed to withstand harsh operating conditions. Since introducing these units to the market in the mid-1980s, the company has supplied numerous installations in the chrome, iron ore, coal and mineral sands industries.“Several differentiating factors have been included in our designs, such as the use of special bonding agents which prevent delamination,” Lincoln comments. “This ensures continuous high performance, as well as the mechanical integrity of spirals.
← Previous Story Olafur Stefansson will miss EHF EURO 2012! Next Story → Sundovski: “We can beat anyone; Germans the weakest” Kristian Kjelling believes that Denmark can repeat the success from 2008, and win the gold. He said in statement for Norwegian media that Denmark has good players, and if they stay fit, the Danish nation can expect a very good performance from the national team. And it would be also great warm-up for the upcoming championship in Denmark few years later.
DID YOU MISS IT? You didn’t? Why not?Sure who doesn’t miss all that craic, scandal and tomfoolery that goes on in Leinster House?After weeks and weeks and weeks of doing nothing – except for constituency work of course – TDs and Senators return to Dáil and the endangered Seanad today.TheJournal.ie presents our guide to what’s coming up in the Dáil, Seanad and various Oireachtas committees today.4 things we’ll be keeping an eye on Dáil: Leaders’ Questions – the set piece event kicks off at 4.33pm or thereabouts as the Taoiseach Enda Kenny is expected to cross swords with Micheál Martin, Gerry Adams and either Stephen Donnelly or Seamus Healy.Dáil: Mortgage Arrears – Fianna Fáil’s Private Members Business at 7.30pm will seek to raise an issue that has been much discussed in recent weeks, the mortgage arrears crisis. How will the government respond?Seanad: Order of Business – With the referendum just weeks away expect Senators to use every opportunity during their 2.30pm free-for-all to raise the issue of their threatened future.Committees: Syria – The current situation in Syria will be discussed by the Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore with the Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee in Committee Room 1 at 4.30pm. Everything else that’s happening in the DáilThe first debate of the new session will begin with questions to the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, at 2.30pm. Topical Issues – still to be determined at the time of publication – are discussed at 3.45pmAfter Leaders’ Questions, the Dáil discusses the Order of Business at 4.54pm or probably a little later if that big clock doesn’t work and questions to the Taoiseach run over.After that the second stage of the Gas Regulation Bill – the bill for the reorganisation of Bord Gáis as part of the sell-off of its energy business – is discussed.The Dáil adjourns at 9pm after everyone shouts about mortgage arrears. Still with us? Here’s a picture of a puppy as your reward:(Pic: Flickr/Creative Commons)Everything else that’s happening in the SeanadThe Seanad discusses motions regarding an address by the ICTU general secretary David Begg and a motion regarding the commencement of the Oireachtas Inquiries Bill after the Order of Business.At 3.45pm there will be statements on the report of the Seanad Public Consultation Committee on ‘How lifestyle changes can help reduce cancer rates’.At 5.45pm, independent senators will be proposing a motion to ask the “Minster for Education to assure Seanad Éireann that History will be reinstated as a core subject for the Junior Certificate”.At 7.45pm Matters on the Adjournment are sure to provoke matters for debate before the upper house adjourns for the day.Everything else that’s happening in the CommitteesUnfortunately for you and I the meetings of the Dáil Reform Sub Committee; the Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation; the Justice, Defence, and Equality; and the Fisheries Joint Sub Committees are in private.However you can watch the Transport and Communications Committee hold an engagement – their word, not ours – with Eithne Scott Lennon, Chairperson Designate of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company from 11am in Committee Room 4.You can watch a Joint Sub Committee of TDs and Senators review Global Taxation in the context of Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) – ie. the thorny issue of tax havens and avoidance – with officials from the Department of Finance and Revenue from 2pm in Committee Room 4.You can also get your committee kicks from a meeting of the Public Service Oversight and Petitions which will discuss the public petitions it has received from 5pm in Committee Room 3.Here’s how to watch what’s going on Leinster House todayDáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Extra urgency is needed among officials in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to resolve the name dispute with Greece, said Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos during a visit to Skopje this week.Venizelos was speaking after talks with the neighbouring country’s Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, President Gjorge Ivanov and Foreign Minister Nikola Popovski.Skopje was one of the stops on Venizelos’s tour of the Balkans as part of Greece’s European Union presidency. He said he would invite Popovski to a meeting of European and Western Balkan ministers in Thessaloniki in April.Popovski expressed displeasure that Venizelos did not join him for statements after their meeting, suggesting this was because the Greek foreign minister did not want to stand in front of a backdrop that read Republic of Macedonia. Venizelos said the decisions of the EU leaders’ summit in December underlined the need for FYROM to maintain good-neighborly relations, not just resolve the name dispute, if it is to join the EU.Source: ekathimerini
Australie : des éléphants pour lutter contre les feux de brousse ?Selon un chercheur australien, il serait possible d’empêcher les incendies de brousse qui ont régulièrement lieu dans le pays en y introduisant… des éléphants.Le phénomène des feux de brousse est dramatique en Australie. A titre de comparaison, quand ce sont 20.000 hectares de forêts qui brûlent chaque année en France, ce sont en revanche 400.000 hectares qui sont détruits rien que dans le sud du continent australien (avec 173 victimes en 2009). De plus la période des incendies s’étalent sur l’ensemble de l’année, été comme hiver, depuis le sud vers le nord du pays.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Or, un des spécialistes mondiaux des grands incendies, David Bowman, indique dans un article publiée jeudi dans la revue scientifique Nature que pour lutter efficacement contre les immenses feux de brousse australien, il faudrait y introduire des éléphants d’Afrique. “Je sais que ma proposition n’est pas sans risques. Il faudrait un maximum de précautions pour contrôler les effets”, reconnaît-il cité par Lefigaro.fr. En effet, introduire volontairement des espèces dans un nouvel écosystème était une pratique courante pendant la colonisation européenne et elle s’est parfois révélée catastrophique. Pourtant, c’est la prolifération d’une graminée géante, l’herbe de Gambie (Andropogon gayanus), originaire d’Afrique, qui en séchant durant l’été alimente les feux de brousse.Or, “l’herbe de Gambie est la nourriture préférée des éléphants et des rhinocéros”, souligne David Bowman, tandis qu’elle est délaissée par les marsupiaux. Ainsi, en introduisant ces deux grands herbivores, on pourrait contrôler sa prolifération “au lieu de la faucher ou d’utiliser des herbicides, ce qui détruit le milieu”. Le chercheur préconise par ailleurs qu’il n’est pas le premier à suggérer ce type de mesures radicales. En 2005, Josh Donlan de l’université Cornell, avait déjà proposé d’importer des grands mammifères d’Afrique dans le sud des États-Unis. Ce n’était pas seulement pour lui le moyen de sauver ces espèces menacées mais aussi de rétablir, dans des zones désertées par l’homme, une gestion sauvage du milieu naturel. Le 2 février 2012 à 17:42 • Maxime Lambert
TEHRAN, Iran — A burning Iranian tanker listing for days off the coast of China after a collision with another vessel sank Sunday, with an Iranian official saying there was “no hope” of survival for the 29 missing sailors onboard.Iranian state television reported that the Sanchi had sunk Sunday, days after its collision in the East China Sea. An anchorwoman on state television also offered condolences on behalf of the nation for the loss.State TV quoted Mahmoud Rastad, the chief of Iran’s maritime agency, as saying: “There is no hope of finding survivors among the (missing) 29 members of the crew.”President Hassan Rouhani expressed his condolences and called on relevant government agencies to investigate the tragedy and take any necessary legal measures, according to state TV.Chinese officials could not be immediately reached for comment Sunday night, though the state-run broadcaster CGTN reported that the Sanchi had sunk. CGTN also said the ship’s voice data recorder, which functions like “black boxes” on aircraft, had been recovered.
The Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was snubbed in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the 2018 World Cup. A news he took badly by showing how disappointed he was on his Twitter.“Think its about time I had my say,” he wrote, a few days after Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for the tournament in Russia was revealed.“It goes without saying that I’m naturally incredibly disappointed to have been left out of the England squad for the World Cup. I’ve felt fit, sharp and strong all season and believe I should be in the squad.“And given the chance, I could have made a real impact. However, I have to respect the manager’s decision and would like to wish the whole squad all the very best for the tournament.“I will always be an England fan and will be supporting the boys with the rest of the nation.”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.However, Southgate stated to Wilshere’s lack of form, rather than fitness, behind his decision not to include the 34-cap international in his 23-man party.“Jack had a good spell in the lead up to Christmas and just after. He was not as effective towards the end of the season,” said Southgate.“He hasn’t played a game for us. We were really pleased with the way the team played in November and March.“The only player we’ve added into midfield area is Fabian Delph. Once you make a call, particularly with senior players, then you have to look at the standby list as a separate entity.”But it seems that there was in fact another reason for Wilshere’s World Cup snub – according to the player himself – who joked on social media. He completed the post with a rolling eyes emoji, making light of his disappointment.