first_imgA five-year-old boy who accidentally fell into an open borewell in a village in Satara district in Western Maharashtra died in the wee hours of Tuesday despite frenetic efforts to rescue him.Mangesh Jadhav, the son of farm labourers from Virali village in Satara’s Maan tehsil, slipped into the borewell while playing on Monday afternoon.Following this, local administration officials, along with medical and fire brigade teams, police personnel and members of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) immediately launched an operation to rescue the boy.However, by the time they pulled the child out at around 2 a.m. today morning, the boy had passed away.“The child was pulled out at early morning from a depth of nearly 20 feet… his face was covered with mud and soil. He probably died of suffocation,” said assistant police inspector Malojirao Deshmukh of the Mhaswad police station.Officials from the NDRF rescue team said that by the time the jawans reached the spot late Monday evening, a lot of mud had gone inside the hole as agitated people from the village too were making frantic efforts to rescue the child.A case of accidental death has been registered and further investigations are on.last_img read more

first_imgThe Union government has approved the long-pending cadre review in the Army for Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and Other Ranks (OR), which will improve promotion opportunities.“This is the third cadre review since Independence. It will benefit over 1.45 lakh JCOs and ORs. At present, more and more jawans retire in the same rank,” a Defence Ministry source said.The first cadre review was done in 1979 and the second in 1984.While the strength of JCOs and ORs remains the same, at 11,49,754, the review will result in the promotion of over 1.45 lakh men in various ranks.It will done over five years: 30% in 2018; 20% each in 2019, 2020 and 2021 and 10% in 2022 in each rank, the government notification sated.Nearly 60,000 soldiers retire from the Army every year, most of them as jawans at a young age of 30.last_img read more

first_imgIndian shooters Heena Sidhu and Annu Raj Singh failed to qualify for the women’s 10m air pistol finals at the 2012 Olympics on Sunday.Heena finished at 12th with 382 points while Annu Raj was 23rd with 378 at the Royal Artillery Barracks. A top eight finish would have taken them into the finals.A series of nines towards the end of the final round saw Heena end just three less than Russia’s Liubov Yaskevich, who totalled 385.Heena began the final round with five consecutive 10s, putting her in prime position for a place in the final. But a string of 9s in the next five shots meant she could only finish 12th.Annu Raj ended with a paltry 91 in the final round when she needed a near perfect round to make the final. She did not have a good start scoring 94 in the first round but stormed into contention with 96 and 97 in the next two rounds.last_img read more

first_img“That is my comeback fight. It is 12 weeks this Saturday. I am in prime physical condition. I have agreed the date with the company,” McGregor said, adding that he knows his opponent’s name but won’t reveal it. “If I was to give you people the name, which I would love to do, I know the UFC would flip it because they are a crafty company.”The 31-year-old McGregor hasn’t fought since losing by submission to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018. He was banned for six months and fined $50,000 for his part in a post-fight brawl.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceMcGregor said he is targeting two more fights, including a rematch with Nurmagomedov in Moscow. He also aimed a string of insults at the Russian fighter.After the Jan. 18 fight, McGregor said he would then like to fight the winner of the Nov. 3 bout between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal, followed by either Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) fighter Conor McGregor gestures during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. McGregor announced that he will fight an undisclosed opponent with the event expected to happen in Las Vegas, USA, in January 2020. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)MOSCOW — Conor McGregor will return to mixed martial arts in January with a UFC fight in Las Vegas.The Irish fighter said Thursday he will return “fully focused” on Jan. 18 at the T-Mobile Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Edward Kelly, Ramon Gonzales see action in ONE Beijing card Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown PLAY LIST 01:52UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown00:50Trending Articles02:16Duque: It’s up to Palace to decide on Dengvaxia’s fate02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ View comments Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “I’m going to go through the entire roster like a chain saw through butter,” he said.McGregor’s return comes as he faces more legal issues. He is facing an assault charge in Ireland over an incident in which he appeared to punch a man in a bar.He said he is planning to abstain from alcohol and late nights in the run-up to his next fight.“I am focused here,” McGregor said. “I am structured now.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! This jewelry designer is also an architectlast_img read more

first_imgBALTIMORE — Police arrested Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps on a DUI charge early Sept. 30, and officials say he was speeding and failed field sobriety tests when officers pulled him over.Phelps, 29, was charged with driving under the influence, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Interstate 95 in Baltimore, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.A Maryland Transportation Authority Police officer was using radar about 1:40 a.m. when Phelps’ white 2014 Land Rover came through at 84 mph in a 45-mph zone, the transportation authority said in a statement. The officer stopped Phelps just beyond the tunnel’s toll plaza.“Mr. Phelps was identified as the driver by his driver’s license and appeared to be under the influence,” the statement said. “He was unable to perform satisfactorily a series of standard field sobriety tests.”The statement said Phelps was cooperative throughout the process. Phelps was arrested and taken to a transportation authority station, from which he was later released.Representatives for Phelps did not respond to calls for comment.This is Phelps’ second DUI charge in Maryland. The first charge was in 2004 on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and he received 18 months’ probation and a $250 fine. Phelps also was required to deliver a presentation on alcohol awareness to students at three high schools.At the time, Phelps told the judge in a packed courtroom: “I recognize the seriousness of this mistake. I’ve learned from this mistake and will continue learning from this mistake for the rest of my life.”In 2009, a British tabloid published a photo of Phelps using a marijuana pipe in South Carolina. A sheriff said there wasn’t evidence to charge Phelps with a crime, but USA Swimming suspended him for three months. Sponsor Kellogg Co. dropped him almost immediately, although Subway stayed with him.In the wake of the photo’s release, Phelps said in a statement it was that he “used bad judgment and it’s a mistake I won’t make again.”Phelps, a native of Baltimore County, is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 Olympic medals.(JULIET LINDERMAN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgFormer Sri Lanka players Nuwan Zoysa and Avishka Gunawardene were Friday provisionally suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on charges of indulging in corruption in a T10 league in the UAE.Of the two, Zoysa is already under suspension for a previous allegation of corruption. The two have been given 14 days to respond to the charges.The ICC, on behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), charged former Lankan bowling coach Zoysa on four counts and Gunawardene on two counts.But the world body did not specify the exact instances that led to the action against the two players. The charges relate to the T10 Cricket League played in the UAE in December last year.On behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), the ICC has charged Nuwan Zoysa and Avishka Gunawardene under the Emirates Cricket Board Anti-Corruption Code.DETAILS https://t.co/IcBAJF3jC0 pic.twitter.com/jiKh214mOBICC (@ICC) May 10, 2019Zoysa has been charged on four counts: Article 2.1.1: for being party to an agreement to influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspect(s) of a match.Article 2.1.4: Directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any Participant to breach Code Article 2.1.Article 2.4.4: Failing to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code.Article 2.4.6: Failing or refusing, without compelling justification to cooperate with any investigation carried out by the ACU in relation to possible Corrupt Conduct under the Code.advertisement”Zoysa is already suspended as a result of being charged with three breaches of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code in November last year, these charges are pending determination,” an ICC release said.That provisional suspension remains in force and Zoysa has now also been provisionally suspended under the ECB Code pending the determination of these new charges.Gunawardene has been charged under Article 2.1.4 and Article 2.4.5 which deal with failing to disclose to the ACU “full details of any incident, fact, or matter that comes to the attention of a Participant that may evidence Corrupt Conduct under the Anti-Corruption Code by another Participant.””Zoysa and Gunawardene have 14 days from 9 May 2019 to respond to the charges,” said the ICC release.Also Read | Have nothing personal against Gautam Gambhir: Shahid Afridilast_img read more

first_imgTouch Football Australia CEO Steve Mitchell was on hand at Wests Tigers this week to present the Club with the maiden Women’s NRL Touch Football Premiership trophy.Wests Tigers were presented the award after taking out the award after winning the Grand Final 4-2 over the Brisbane Broncos back in July — a brilliant first season for the club in the brand new competition.While they didn’t end the year with silverware, Wests Tigers Men’s team also produced a brilliant year — going down in a heartbreaking extra time finish to close out the NRL Touch Football Premiership.–for the whole article click here (as originally posted on www.westtigers.com.au)last_img

first_imgFrench Open: Osaka survives early exit, Thiem battles through to 3rd roundFor the second time in the French Open, Naomi Osaka survived a scare to advance to third round of the tournament, while in men’s singles Dominic Thiem had to fight it out to reach the next round.advertisement Reuters ParisMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 30, 2019 18:28 IST Naomi Osaka advanced to third round of French Open. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWorld No. 1 Naomi Osaka defeated ictoria Azarenka 4-6 7-5 6-3 to reach Round 3 of French OpenDominic Thiem sweat hard to beat Alexander Bublik 6-3 6-7(6) 6-3 7-5Having won the US and Australian Opens, Osaka is aiming for her third successive majorFor the second match running world number one Naomi Osaka stared at an early French Open exit but once again she fought like a champion, recovering from a woeful start to beat Victoria Azarenka 4-6 7-5 6-3.On the men’s side, Austrian Dominic Thiem overcame a tough test to reach the French Open third round with a 6-3 6-7(6) 6-3 7-5 win over defiant Kazakh Alexander Bublik.The 21-year-old Japanese lost the first four games against a fired-up former world number one but reacted superbly to claw herself back and claim a 16th successive Grand Slam match win.She is aiming to win a third successive major having bagged her first two at the U.S. and Australian Opens but she is doing it the hard way in Paris.Azarenka seemed poised to follow up her first round win over 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko when she moved 4-2 ahead in the second set playing with the kind of control and aggression that took her to two Australian Open triumphs.But Osaka flicked a switch and began pummelling heavy groundstrokes that kept Azarenka at full stretch.Osaka piled on the pressure when Azarenka served at 5-6 but squandered three set points before finally levelling the match with a screaming backhand winner.She raced into a 5-1 lead in the decider and although Azarenka grabbed the next two games, Osaka kept her focus to reach the third round.In men’s singles, fourth seed Thiem, who reached the final at Roland Garros last year, had to use his full range of shots to overcome 91st ranked Bublik, who put up a fight against the prince of clay’.advertisementThe fancied Thiem, who is looking for his first Grand Slam success, broke Bublik in the second game of the first set and, while the Kazakh produced a cheeky underarm serve that helped him hold for 4-2, he did not threaten the Austrian’s serve.However, the 25-year-old Thiem was broken in the fourth game of the second set and, despite battling back with a break of his own at 5-3 down, the Austrian was outfoxed in the tiebreak.Thiem was clearly in a contest against the tricky Bublik, who was making his Roland Garros debut at 21, and had to dig deep before breaking in the eighth game and taking the third.Bublik never gave up in the first meeting between the pair and broke in the second game of the fourth before squandering two set points at 5-2. Thiem sensed his chance and took the next five games to wrap up victory with an exquisite drop shot.In other match, Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas reached the third round of the French Open after Kyle Edmund, the last British man left in the singles draw, retired with a knee injury midway through the third set on Thursday.Edmund called on the trainer while trailing 7-6(3) 6-3 2-1 and after a short discussion, he informed the umpire he was unable to continue.Also Read | French Open 2019: Federer eases into 3rd round, Cilic crashes outAlso Read | French Open 2019: Nadal eases into 3rd round, Nishikori downs TsongaAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Naomi OsakaFollow French Open 2019Follow Dominic Thiem Nextlast_img read more

first_imgWINNIPEG — A nervous father walks into a courtroom and sits down. Over the next few minutes, he’s quiet as two lawyers discuss his children and decide on the Indigenous family’s future.“It’s really depressing, week after week, to be told no decisions have been made yet,” one of the lawyers tells the courtroom in Winnipeg on an afternoon in February.The lawyer explains how the parent is disappointed in himself that his children were apprehended and is working to get them back. But there’s been a mix-up over which child and family services agency should oversee the file, so it hasn’t moved ahead for three weeks.Child protection hearings are usually not open to the public in Manitoba, but social media offered a glimpse of one family’s situation when a video was posted in January showing police taking away a newborn from her mother in hospital.It prompted First Nations leaders to come forward with concerns about what they see as bias against Indigenous people in child-welfare services.The mother has said she would like the baby to be in the care of her aunt. The family made an initial appearance before a judicial official to get the child back, but the case moved to intake court because the family and the child-welfare agency couldn’t find a resolution.WATCH: Outrage over seizure of newborn by CFS An overhaul to speed up child protection hearings began in Winnipeg in 2017 and expanded to the entire province in February. There’s a 60-day deadline to work out a child custody plan and conditions for parents wanting their kids back. The goal is get that done without having to take a case further through the courts.Numbers show the new approach has reduced the amount of time it takes to find solutions. It used to take up to 18 months to go to trial, but now that can’t be longer than six months.As well, a significant number of custody plans are now worked out within 60 days of an apprehension. Most people agree to temporary orders. Last November, of 34 orders pronounced, 23 were temporary.Some experts say no matter the legal changes, courts will never provide the support that families need.Chief Justice Glenn Joyal of Court of Queen’s Bench says the root causes of child apprehensions need to be addressed to avoid families ending up in court in the first place.“By the time things get to us we are dealing with the sad reality of an apprehension that’s already taken place.”Cora Morgan, a First Nations family advocate, said court should be the last option, not the default, when a child is seized. A courtroom can be daunting and confusing.“I’ve had so many families who have been told that they can’t speak in court and you just let the lawyer take care of it. Or they are told by agencies they don’t have to show up to court. Their lawyer will be there,” Morgan said.“My recommendation is show up to every court appearance … You not showing up there gives the agency the ability to say, ‘Look they are not even here today’ and things will proceed without you being there.”Of 17 matters considered on that February afternoon in court only four parents attended. The social worker on one file explained the mother had not shown and there had been no contact with the child’s father.The case moved forward with the mother’s “deemed consent.” A plan was agreed to for a six-month temporary order to keep the child in care. The mother is being expected to visit programs, including one for drug treatment, before the child can be returned. If the plan isn’t followed, the order will become permanent.Meredith Mitchell, a legal-aid lawyer, said courts can’t work alone. There’s little space available for kids in care waiting for parents to go through treatment programs. And if those aren’t completed in time, a temporary order becomes permanent, and a parent has to wait a year to apply to have that overturned.“None of these new systems created one new treatment bed … funded any better (assistance) payments for families … made more quality foster homes available. None of these judicial changes made any on-the-ground, quality-of-life differences to the families,” Mitchell said.“They are systems that don’t talk to each other.”Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index closed higher in broad-based gains Friday, while the loonie made gains after a stronger-than-expected reading of inflation.Markets reacted positively for a second day after the U.S. and China said they would hold trade talks in late August for the first time since early June.The potential easing of trade tensions has been well received by markets after tariff disputes between the U.S. and Turkey added to geopolitical stresses in recent days, said Philip Petursson, chief investment strategist at Manulife Investments.“If we’re getting a little more pleasant talk or pleasant surprises in terms of cooler heads coming to the table to discuss the trade positions a little more rationally, I think that’s certainly a positive thing and the markets should take it as such.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 98.06 points at 16,323.71 as materials stocks rebounded from heavy losses earlier this week. Friday’s gains left the index down 0.02 per cent for the week. The intraday high hit 16,336.89 and volume came in at 173.99 million shares traded.Major sectors like energy and financials also gained, while information technology was one of the few indexes in the red with a 0.76 per cent drop.The cannabis-heavy S&P/TSX capped health-care index had the biggest gains at 3.45 per cent as Canopy Growth jumped 8.6 per cent on a continued climb following Constellation Brand’s $5-billion investment in the company this week.Friday’s gains on the market were as much about buying on the dip as any new developments, said Petursson.“I think what we are seeing perhaps is a little bit of buying, taking advantage of a couple of down days and a few bargains to be had out there.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 110.59 points at 25,669.32. The S&P 500 index was down 9.44 points at 2,850.13 and the Nasdaq composite ended down 9.81 points at 7,816.33.The Canadian dollar averaged 76.45 cents US, up 0.42 of a US cent. The loonie traded up after Statistics Canada reported the annual inflation rate hit 3.0 per cent in July, its highest level since September 2011.However, investors shouldn’t put too much stock in the July number because it was caused in part by the way Statistics Canada keeps track of the air transportation index, said Petursson.“While the number itself looks quite strong and compelling for the for the Canadian economy, and for the Bank of Canada to move, it really was a change in methodology and should be taken with a big grain of salt.”The October crude contract closed up 33 cents at US$65.21 per barrel and the September natural gas contract ended up four cents at US$2.95 per mmBTU.The December gold contract closed up 20 cents at US$1,184.20 an ounce and the September copper contract was up a penny at US$2.63 a pound.last_img read more

OTTAWA — A top Trump administration cabinet member says the end of punishing steel and aluminium tariffs on Canada and Mexico is close at hand.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the U.S. is close to an “understanding” with its two North American neighbours about finally lifting the 25-per-cent duty on steel and 10-per-cent levy on aluminum imports from their two countries.Mnuchin says lifting the tariffs is an important part of getting the newly negotiated North American free-trade deal ratified in all three countries, and he says President Donald Trump has issued instructions to resolve the impasse.Mnuchin was testifying at the U.S. Senate appropriations subcommittee as Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland heads to Washington to meet Trump trade czar Robert Lighthizer in a renewed push to get the punitive tariffs lifted.Freeland will also go to Capitol Hill for a meeting with the influential Republican chair of the Senate finance committee, Chuck Grassley, who expressed optimism earlier this week that the tariffs might soon be lifted.Mnuchin says he has also spoken to Finance Minister Bill Morneau and their Mexican counterpart about the tariffs, but that Lighthizer is actively leading discussions on them.The Canadian Press read more

The call came from Ross Mountain, the UN Assistant Emergency Relief Coordinator, who has just returned from a three-day visit to Liberia. According to the latest estimates, there are some 15,000 internally displaced in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, alone, and 15,000 more concentrated in the Kataka area. A UN spokesperson said today that at least 7,000 Liberians had fled to Sierra Leone and unknown numbers of refugees from Sierra Leone were returning there on their own, outside the organized repatriations carried out by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). UN agencies are currently registering internally displaced people in Monrovia and will undertake similar registration exercises in other parts of the country as soon as security allows. Last week, following a briefing on the upsurge of violence in that country, the UN Security Council called on the Liberian Government to secure access for relief workers and humanitarian agencies to those in need. The Council also urged armed insurgents to respect human life, “particularly the lives of those trapped by the conflict.” read more

WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. jobless aid fell sharply last week, partially reversing two weeks of big gains that had raised concerns about rising layoffs.Weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 16,000 to 278,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That followed a jump to 294,000 in the previous week, which was the highest level since February 2015. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose to 275,500.Applications, which are a proxy for layoffs, have been below 300,000, a historically low level, for 63 straight weeks. That’s the longest such streak since 1973, when the nation’s population was smaller. That suggests companies are confident in the economy and willing to hold onto their staffs. Hiring is also typically solid when applications are so low.Even with tepid economic growth, hiring has mostly been solid this year. The economy expanded just 0.5 per cent at an annual rate from January through March, after growing only 1.4 per cent at the end of last year.Employers added 160,000 jobs in April, the fewest since September and below an average of about 240,000 in the previous 12 months. Still, job gains at that level are sufficient to keep the unemployment rate falling over time. The rate stayed at 5 per cent last month.There are signs that the economy is rebounding after its soft patch, which is likely to propel further job gains. Home construction and manufacturing output rose modestly. And retail sales increased at a healthy clip last month, evidence that steady hiring is encouraging more spending.A rebound in growth could make it more likely that the Federal Reserve will increase the short-term interest rate it controls as soon as its next meeting in June. According to records from its April meeting, Fed officials will consider boosting the rate for only the second time in nine years at that meeting if the economy keeps improving. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted May 19, 2016 6:33 am MDT Last Updated May 19, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Wednesday, March 30, 2016, file photo, job recruiters work their booths at a job fair in Pittsburgh. On Thursday, May 19, 2016, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits in the previous week. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File) Fewer people sought US jobless benefits last week read more

Junior Minister of Communities with responsibility for housing, Valerie Patterson, has announced that the Government is now exploring the possibility of building turnkey houses for the squatters of Lombard Street, Georgetown.The Ministers meeting with a number of squattersMinisters Patterson and Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence were on a recent visit to the community where they met residents and listened to their concerns.Speaking during the visit, which was made to help improve the lives of the squatters, Patterson said: “We are looking at the possibility of building core homes so that when we remove the people from here, we’re going to put them in a house rather than (giving them a piece of) land.”Minister Patterson said that the squatter settlement “cannot be regularised (so) we have to relocate the persons” living there.Several issues were raised including the lengthy process when applying for house lots which affects the squatters, but Minister Lawrence told the residents that such issues would be ironed out.Residents were informed about the Government’s desire to upgrade their living standards by ensuring they have better homes, where they would be able to “enjoy the good life” promised by the David Granger Administration.The residents, following the visit, were elated at the news that they were being considered by the Government. Phillip Chase, the organiser of the meeting, said he was “satisfied that both Ministries are assisting in their situation”.Anita Dash, another resident who has been living there for some 20 years, lauded the Ministers’ visit as “a good initiative” between the Housing and Public Health Ministries to assist them in acquiring better homes and improving their living conditions. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMinistry considering building homes to relocate squattersJanuary 11, 2017In “Local News”266 Sophia squatters given till January 2018 to removeOctober 24, 2017In “latest news”EYEWITNESS: What’s going down…February 8, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” read more

first_imgCall & Nicholas Instruments, the maker of SlideMinder slope movement monitoring and warning systems, has announced that Reutech Mining is to be an authorised distributor of SlideMinder products in Africa. The SlideMinder system will be on exhibit at Reutech’s stand at the Electra Mining Africa 2014 show, being held from September 15-19 in Johannesburg, South Africa. SlideMinder is a wireline extensometer system that continuously measures ground displacement and velocity in real-time.SlideMinder can improve coverage and reliability in Reutech’s radar slope monitoring systems by augmenting radar technology where changes in topography create undesirable geometry for accurate triangulation typically required by radar systems. “We partnered with Reutech software engineers to integrate SlideMinder data into their 3D radar display software. This allows users to see an overlay of the movement recorded by the radar along with the secondary vectoring of the extensometers,” said Josh Lamm, Operations Manager for Call & Nicholas Instruments. “We are pleased with this next phase in our partnership. As an authorised distributor of SlideMinder branded products for Africa, Reutech will help greatly expand our market.”“For Reutech Mining this is another step in providing quality geotechnical products to our clients. SlideMinder is the global leader in wireline extensometer systems and will therefore augment our MSR systems well in the African region. We look forward to a mutual beneficial relationship with SlideMinder” says Jan de Beer, Executive Manager for Reutech Mining.last_img read more

first_imgThe next wave of popular smartphones are still going to be packing Qualcomm processors, but the majority of them will have the new Snapdragon 800. What does that mean for you, exactly, and why does it matter?If you’ve spent any time with an HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4, you’ve seen first hand with the Snapdragon 600 processor is capable of. In no way could you describe phones running this processor as slow or sluggish, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look to what’s next. After spending some time with the Qualcomm MSM8974, a reference tablet designed to allow developed to test the Snapdragon 800 processor, we’ve got a good idea of what we can expect from the next generation of Android phones and tablets.In every way, the Snapdragon 800 is designed to be an incremental bump from the 600. The whole idea is that this chipset will be one step better for tablets, high-end smartphones, and possibly even Windows RT and Chrome OS devices. Qualcomm released the 800 in part of a larger plan to offer multiple performance tiers to their manufacturing partners. In doing so, the Snapdragon 800 takes the already impressive 600 and makes a series of small tweaks to get a greater result. The Krait 300 CPU has been replaced with a Krait 400 CPU –capable of 2GHz+ speeds– with the Adreno 320 GPU swapped out for an Adreno 330. The chipset now also supports 2560×2048 resolution, 1080p Miracast output, and up to a 21MP camera.There’s another, somewhat peculiar piece of hardware in this reference design: a port for SuperSpeed USB 3.0. This port isn’t widely used in the PC world right now, but the design is such that you can continue to use your regular MicroUSB cable for data transfer if you wish. Should you decide to use the SS USB 3.0 port, you’ll find the transfer rates between your PC and your tablet to be incredible. An 8GB HD video transferred in under 90 seconds, which is exactly what you’d expect from USB 3.0. There’s no guarantee that this port will end up in consumer grade hardware anytime soon, especially since this reference kit wasn’t using it for charging, but the idea is exciting all the same.What does all of that mean, exactly? The problem with reference hardware is that it’s not designed to deliver a consumer experience. It’s designed to deliver a developer experience, to give developers an idea of what the boundaries for this particular piece of hardware are. As a result, we can run benchmarks until we fall asleep looking at numbers on a page that are incrementally larger than the numbers that showed up for the last thing we ran benchmarks on. While we did run a couple of benchmarks for the sake of seeing what happened at the end (hint, the Snapdragon 800 is crazy fast) we also ran some more important real world tests.The big things you’re going to see from the Snapdragon 800 is the ability to do the same thing you do right now, only more efficiently. Games won’t tax the Snapdragon 800 to the point of making the entire device hot to the touch like the HTC One. Playing games at 24FPS to a 2048×1600 display for 30 minutes wasn’t enough to make this tablet warm to the touch. You’ll also notice that games load incredibly fast, noticeably faster than the previous generation of hardware. When comparing the load times against a Tegra 3 based tablet, the Snapdragon 800 was nearly three times faster in loading large apps.You won’t notice a difference in navigation, but the time you spend in between apps will be significantly decreased on Snapdragon 800 based systems.Snapdragon 800-based systems will also be capable of more simultaneous tasks, but you’ll see these reflected in new features that become available through Android or through OEM branded features. These includes tools like facial recognition through the camera app, so you can tag photos with friends names and upload to your social network of choice with that information already attached to the photo. It also allows for voice control services that seem to be always-on and always listening for you to give instructions (as in the Moto X). These kinds of tasks will be a staple in the next generation of hardware, because the processor can now handle these simultaneous tasks with acceptable losses in battery performance.In short, the Snapdragon 800 is exactly what you would expect it to be. Recent reports look like it may be slightly less powerful than Nvidia’s Tegra 4 processor, but the brand recognition and partner support guarantee that you’ll see plenty of these chips this year. Qualcomm has been leading the mobile market for the last few years, as the only chipset manufacturer able to combine performance with less power hungry LTE radios, and this next step in their lineup will open new doors to exciting new features on our smartphones and tablets. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY AnTuTuAnTuTuIMAG0061Inside the MDM tabletIMAG0056SS USB 3.0IMAG0058Higher resolution screens will be a focus with 800 based hardwareIMAG006212MP camera with facial recognition and NFClast_img read more

first_imgVapes are getting smarter and smaller all the time, and sometimes at the same time. DaVinci Vaporizer’s new MIQRO vaporizer is its tiniest ground material vape yet, packing plenty of customization to get just the right plumes of floral recreation you want. DaVinci sent us the MIQRO Explorers Collection to test.The MIQRO is the updated, slightly scaled-back version of the DaVinci IQ, which our sister site PCMag reviewed last year. The IQ is pretty powerful and very flexible (for a ground-material-only vape that can’t use concentrates), with lots of options for temperature settings and a connected app for customizing those settings further. The IQ was also pretty expensive, at $279. The MIQRO cuts down the size by 33 percent and the price by even more; this smaller vape is a much more wallet-friendly $149. It also manages to keep pretty much all of the IQ’s on-board features in its smaller, less expensive frame.It’s shaped just like the compact IQ, but is even smaller at 3.1 by 1.3 by 0.9 inches (HWD). We got the graphite version, but it also comes in Onyx (black), Cobalt (blue), Rust (red), and Amethyst (purple). The controls are basically the same as on the IQ. The right side holds a power/mode button (press five times to turn on or off, press once to toggle between Smart Paths and Precision heating modes) and a rocker button for adjusting temperature.A 5-by-3 LED array shows the vape’s status, including how much battery power it has, and whether it’s currently heating up or if it’s at a stable temperature. The array is smaller than the IQ’s 16-by-3 LED array, so it can only show one number at a time instead of all three of the current or set temperature. You have to stare at it for a few seconds for all the numbers to scroll.The Smart Paths mode uses preset start and end temperatures to slowly raise the heat as you vape over each pull. There are four Smart Paths to choose from, from 350-370 degrees (Fahrenheit) to 410-430 degrees. You can also use Precision mode to set the MIQRO to a precise temperature from 255 to 430 degrees. All you need to do is press the rocker button up or down to select the Smart Path or temperature.Actually, all you can do is press the rocker button up or down to change the temperature, because the MIQRO drops more than physical size and price from the IQ; it drops app support. This means you have to manually set the temperature on the vape itself instead of through the DaVinci app. It’s not a big problem, because I found the DaVinci app crashed too much to be very useful with the IQ to begin with, but combined with the smaller display it makes precision temperature adjustments tedious. Find your favorite temperature and stick with it.The oven is fairly small, and you can make it smaller by adjusting the pearl on the door. Don’t expect to run a full session with six people without repacking; this is a good vape for solo users with maybe a friend or two to share it with.For its size, the MIQRO performs pretty great. It heats up rapidly, hitting 370 degrees in 39 seconds. The vapor it produces is smooth and dense, and you can switch between the flat mouthpiece and tube-shaped extended mouthpiece (that also enables the use of bubblers) depending on your tastes. It might not create massive plumes, but considering how compact it is, the MIQRO definitely gets the job done.The standard MIQRO includes the vape itself, the extended mouthpiece, a USB cable, and an accessory kit which includes a little keychain with a metal pick for getting ground material out of the oven, some pipe cleaners, and some alcohol wipes. The Collector’s Edition MIQRO is available for $50 more ($199), and adds a removable rubber sleeve for protection, a canvas carry bag, an extra battery, a metal carry can keychain that can hold an extra battery and ground material, and a grinder coin that works like a circular grinder card. The case, sleeve, and extra battery make the Collector’s Edition worth the price, and it’s still $80 less than the IQ.The DaVinci MIQRO is an easy recommendation, even over the excellent DaVinci IQ. It’s small, stylish, easy to use, and reliable. The smaller display and lack of app support is slightly inconvenient, but considering the MIQRO is just over half the price of the IQ, it’s a worthy trade-off.ProsCompactFlexibleFast heat-upSmooth vaporGreat PriceEasy to UseConsSmall ovenSmall displayTedious temperature adjustmentNeed more to compare to? We gave the Firefly 2 four stars when we reviewed it. Learn about the best budget vape ever made. And we’ve got a great review of Eyce’s silicone water pipes. Follow all reviews and news for vapes here. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Virgin Galactic Gives First Look at Its Luxurious Lounge for Space TouristsVirgin Galactic Reaches Space Again, This Time With First Test Passenger The sports apparel brand Under Armour is heading to the final frontier. Virgin Galactic today announced Under Armour as their “Exclusive Technical Spacewear Partner” to create space apparel, footwear, and performance programs for their future astronauts.Virgin Galactic, which completed its first test flight to space in December, said Under Armour will design and fabricate the suits that will be worn by pilots and passengers during flight.The apparel company will also create uniforms for Virgin Galactic’s team at Spaceport America in New Mexico, which includes engineers, astronaut trainers and hosts, and mission control operatives.Under Armour will mimic the holistic approach it takes with creating performance solutions for some of the world’s top athletes, and in addition to apparel “will design programs for astronaut physical preparation and recovery with a focus on enhancing mobility, strength, fitness, nutrition, and sleep,” according to a Virgin Galactic statement.The full range of apparel and footwear is set to be revealed later this year, ahead of Virgin founder Richard Branson’s inaugural commercial flight.“I’ve loved [Under Armour’s] determination to push technical boundaries in order to improve performance, so could not have been more pleased when [Under Armour CEO] Kevin [Plank] and his talented teams stepped up to the considerable task of creating a range of space apparel and performance programs for Virgin Galactic,” Branson said. “Our partnership is built on the firm foundations of shared values and it will be an absolute privilege to wear an Under Armour astronaut space suit on Virgin Galactic’s inaugural commercial space flight.”Under Armour will develop the suits for Virgin Galactic astronauts, as well as uniforms for Virgin Galactic’s team at Spaceport America in New Mexico. (Photo Credit: Virgin Galactic/Under Armour)Virgin Galactic astronauts will be experiencing high acceleration, rocket-powered, vertical ascent in SpaceShipTwo at more than three times the speed of sound.According to Virgin Galactic, the custom-fitted Under Armour spacesuits aim to “inspire confidence through comfort and practicality without compromising the natural desire of every Virgin Galactic astronaut both to feel good and look good during this experience.”More on Geek.com:Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Reaches Space for the First TimeVirgin Galactic Is Ready to Go to SpaceStellar Missions: Space Flight Events to Watch in 2019last_img read more

first_img Related Items:acquisition, defence force patrol craft, p301 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Coral Harbour Base 3 August 2015: P301 is the fifth addition of nine vessels to arrive into the fleet of The Royal Bahamas Defence Force. It arrived at the Prince George Wharf on Friday 31st July, 2015 at 9 o’clock.P301 is the first of four Coastal Patrol Class Vessels that has been procured as a part of the Sandy Bottom Project. This modern design patrol vessel is outfitted will all of the necessary equipment for vessels of its class to operate both effectively and efficiently on their tour of duty. P301 will be commanded by Sr. Lieutenant Bertram Bowleg whom is a 26yr veteran of the Force. The ship is 100ft in length with a range of 6000nm and has a total compliment of 13 crew members.The acquisition of this vessel will allow this class of vessel to access coastal waters throughout the Bahama chain of islands.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more