8.5-km-long ‘priority corridor’ of Lucknow Metro to open June-end

first_imgThe much-awaited Lucknow Metro is likely to be thrown open to commuters by June-end.Officials of the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) said the services will start with the ‘priority corridor’ on the North-South line (Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport to Munshipulia), which is also Phase-1A of the project. The estimated expenditure for the priority corridor is ₹2,000 crore. While the infrastructural ground work for the 8.5-km-long corridor, from Transport Nagar to Charbagh, is complete, officials are waiting for the last of the four trains needed to put the system in operation. “The fourth train is expected to arrive by May 22,” said Amit Kumar Srivastava, chief spokesperson of the LMRC, on Tuesday.Missed deadlineThe trial run on the priority corridor was conducted on December 1, 2016, and services were slated to start on March 26. The target, however, could not be met, with the new government criticising the previous regime for doing things “hastily”. The inaugural ride was piloted by two women, Pratibha and Prachi Sharma, who were also awarded the Rani Laxmi Bai Bravery Award. ‘Metro-man’ E Sreedharan is the principal advisor of the Lucknow Metro.The second phase of the project is the 11-km-long East-West corridor, stretching from the Charbagh railway station to Vasantkunj. The corridor will have 12 stations. The project, however, is yet to get approval.According to the Detailed Project Report, the daily expected ridership on the North-South corridor will be 6.44 lakh (year 2020), while for the East-West line it will be 2.43 lakh. The capacity of each six-coach train will be 1,574 passengers.The 22.9 km-long North-South corridor will have 21 stations, including eight elevated ones. The line is expected to be completed by 2019.“The Lucknow Metro project has achieved the distinction of being the fastest ever Metro project constructed in India,” said Mr. Srivastava.The estimated cost of Phase-1A is ₹6,928 crore, a joint venture of the State and Central governments. The trains will feature the culture of Lucknow, such as the Roomi Gate, Bara-Imambara and Asifi Masjid. The exterior of the trains will showcase Chikankari craftsmanship.last_img read more

Is the next supermaterial hiding in your refrigerator?

first_imgThat gooey substance that clings to an eggshell after it’s been cracked—called an eggshell membrane—may be too valuable to just toss in the trash. Instead, it can be used for a variety of industrial and medical applications, according to a study published in the September issue of Acta Biomaterialia. Under the lens of a scanning electron microscope, the membrane’s network of more than 62 types of proteins is visible (as in photo above). These proteins can be used to precipitate gold from a solution, craft aluminum nanowires to form semiconductors, or soak up dyes or heavy metals from contaminated water, according to researchers. By attaching compounds to the eggshell membrane, researchers have created biosensors that can detect glucose, dopamine, or urea concentrations in human blood. The membranes can also be ground into a powder that a Missouri company markets to treat joint disorders. Eggshell membranes are a hip research topic, too: Since 2011, more than 30 papers have been published each year. The sticky substance does have a few drawbacks. Membranes are tough to separate from the shell, and they are thin—only about the width of a human hair—so hundreds or thousands of eggs are needed for most applications.last_img read more

India to field its biggest contingent at World Badminton Championship

first_imgIndia will be fielding the biggest contingent at the World Badminton Championship to be held at Glasgow, Scotland from August 21 to 27.Four shuttlers have qualified in both men’s and women’s singles event of the competition.In the men’s singles competition, Sameer Verma will be competing along with K Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth and Ajay Jayaram. Whereas in women’s section, Rituparna Das and Tanvi Lad have also qualified behind ace shuttler Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu.This will be Sameer’s maiden appearance at the World Championships. In January, the 22-year-old clinched his maiden Grand Prix Gold title at the Syed Modi International and followed it up with a quarter-final finish at the India Super Series.last_img

India vs Pakistan (IND vs PAK), World Cup 2019 Match 22: Prediction and Probable Playing 11s

first_imgOn a lovely Sunday morning, India and Pakistan will clash against each other at Old Trafford cricket stadium in Manchester on Sunday to reignite the biggest rivalry of the game.But is the hype around the game being too much? Well, no, if you get to know there were 400,000 applications for match tickets between India and Pakistan, and the numbers means they “could have packed out Wembley four times over”.Recent form:It would not be wrong to say that Pakistan is one of the most inconsistent and unpredictable teams of the tournament. They were stunned in their first game by West Indies in what was a batting collapse for the side but came back strong to produce an all-round performance to topple tournament favourites England to break their 12-match losing streak in ODIs.However, they failed to take that form against Australia to get defeated by 41 runs.India on the other hand are No. 2 ODI team in the ICC rankings for a reason as they have won both their matches — against South Africa and Australia to remain undefeatable in the tournament so far.Pitch and weather conditions:The pitch is flat, which means the bowlers should not expect much from it. There is not a tinge of green and the batsmen would look to get their best scores here. The team who wins the toss first is likely to win the match as well.The weather has been pleasant in Manchester since the last couple of days but its supposed to mostly cloudy, with some showers during the afternoon time.advertisementMatch Prediction:Tracing the World Cup history suggest India are going to win the game hands down as in their last 6 encounters they have remained undefeatable.Also, India has won five of those tosses and of course, all six games. It was only in Centurion (2003) that India chased after losing the toss and the match turned out to be a close contest.IND vs PAK: Predicted Playing 11sGoing with the pitch conditions, India is likely to play Mohammad Shami in what would be a debut match for him at this World Cup. While Shadab Khan who was made to sit out against Australia, is expected to return in the Pakistan side.India (probable): Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedhar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit BumrahPakistan (probable): Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik/Asif Ali/Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad AmirAlso Read | India vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: Will June 16 witness the most-watched match in cricket history?Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Mohammad Amir inspired by memory of late mother ahead of Manchester tieAlso Seelast_img read more

MV Werften Lays Keel for PolarClass Crystal Endeavor

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Crystal Cruises The keel of Crystal Endeavor, the world’s largest and most spacious polar-class expedition yacht, was laid in MV Werften Stralsund shipyard on August 21.Featuring 20,000 gross tons with just 200 guests, the luxury expedition yacht will be 164 meters long.Once the traditional lucky coins had been put into place, the 400-ton section was lowered onto the keel blocks.“We are pleased that after two years of design, we are now able to celebrate the keel laying of the Crystal Endeavor, the most valuable ship to be built at the Stralsund shipyard so far,” Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Genting Hong Kong’s Executive Chairman, CEO, said.The first steel cut for Crystal Endeavor took place in January. The delivery is scheduled for the end of 2019/early 2020 for a series of charters and Crystal Endeavor’s inaugural season will start after the Tokyo Olympics in August 2020.“The construction of this sophisticated ship is progressing as planned,” said Peter Fetten, CEO of MV Werften.“Around 500 employees will be involved in the construction of Crystal Endeavor at the Stralsund site. In addition, around 500 skilled subcontractors will be brought in from outside of the company – creating sustainable value for the region.”last_img read more

Les élèves débutent leur stage de travail coopératif dans le secteur de

first_imgPlus de 100 élèves du secondaire, équipés d’une formation en sécurité et d’un intérêt envers les métiers spécialisés, ont débuté leur stage de travail coopératif d’été dans le secteur de la construction. Les élèves participent au programme Bâtir des avenirs pour les jeunes, qui offre aux élèves de la 11e année la chance d’explorer, en toute sécurité, une carrière dans l’industrie de la construction en Nouvelle-Écosse. Le programme a été élaboré par l’Association de la construction de la Nouvelle-Écosse, en partenariat avec le ministère de l’Éducation, le ministère du Travail et du Développement de la main-d’oeuvre et le Collège communautaire de la Nouvelle-Écosse. « Les élèves qui participent au programme Bâtir des avenirs pour les jeunes acquièrent les compétences et l’expérience nécessaires pour obtenir de bons emplois, tout en établissant des liens avec certains des meilleurs employeurs de la province, a dit Marilyn More, ministre de l’Éducation. Ce programme est un exemple idéal de collaboration entre le gouvernement, l’industrie et le secteur de l’éducation pour assurer la croissance de la main-d’oeuvre et de l’économie de cette province. » Le programme Bâtir des avenirs pour les jeunes a été lancé comme programme pilote en 2008 dans le Halifax Regional School Board et comptait sept participants. L’année suivante, il a été offert dans le Chignecto Central School Board et le Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board et comptait 36 participants. Le programme est maintenant offert dans tous les conseils scolaires et compte 103 participants. Adam Smith, un élève qui travaille chez JW Lindsay Enterprises pendant l’été, s’est intéressé au programme Bâtir des avenirs pour les jeunes après avoir vu son frère connaître beaucoup de succès dans le cadre du programme. « J’ai seulement 17 ans et j’ai déjà eu l’occasion d’acquérir de nouvelles compétences et de l’expérience très utile dans plusieurs métiers, a dit M. Smith. Dans l’avenir, je me vois entreprendre une carrière fructueuse dans les métiers et, comme mon frère, je crois que je suis sur la voie du succès. » Avant de commencer leur stage, les élèves ont suivi une formation de deux semaines sur la sécurité propre à l’industrie de la construction offerte par le Collège communautaire de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Ils ont également suivi une journée complète de formation assurée par l’Association de la construction de la Nouvelle-Écosse au sujet des attentes liées au lieu de travail. Carol MacCulloch, présidente de l’Association de la construction de la Nouvelle-Écosse, affirme que cette association formée de plus de 700 employeurs a été transformée grâce à l’expérience du programme Bâtir des avenirs pour les jeunes. « Nous établissons une relation importante avec le système d’éducation, enrichie par nos partenariats avec les conseils scolaires, et alimentée par l’enthousiasme des élèves et de leurs familles, tout en travaillant activement pour assurer une future main-d’œuvre qualifiée qui sera avantageuse pour tous les Néo-Écossais. On ne peut vraiment pas demander pour un meilleur programme. » Les élèves qui participent au programme Bâtir des avenirs pour les jeunes sont rémunérés par leur employeur et reçoivent des crédits scolaires d’enseignement coopératif toutes les 100 heures de travail. Les élèves reçoivent également une carte d’identité de pré-apprenti et peuvent être admissibles à s’inscrire comme jeunes apprentis. Les élèves accumulent également des heures de formation en apprentissage pour le travail effectué sous la supervision d’un compagnon certifié. S’ils terminent le programme avec succès, les élèves reçoivent un crédit maximal de 300 heures de formation en apprentissage lorsqu’ils s’inscrivent au programme de formation en apprentissage. « Grâce à ce programme, l’industrie de la construction acquiert le talent et l’ambition de certains des jeunes les plus professionnels que j’ai jamais rencontrés, a dit Royce Williston, président de Higgins Construction. En leur offrant de l’expérience et des conseils, je les aide à prendre des décisions au sujet de leur avenir et j’espère que certains d’entre eux choisiront de faire carrière dans le secteur de la construction de la Nouvelle-Écosse. » Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le programme Bâtir des avenirs pour les jeunes, consultez le site www.buildingfutures.ca (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

Looking sexy all the time is boring Mahie Gill

first_imgMumbai: Actor Mahie Gill, who is known for her roles in films such as Dev.D, Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster and Paan Singh Tomar, says that she has been stereotyped for her sensual beauty for long, and adds that “just looking good” on-screen is “boring”. Mahie returns in the hardhitting digital film, Posham Pa, where she is cast as a Marathi sex worker. Was it a difficult image to essay? “I am quite hungry as an actor and I say no very easily because I have been getting only one kind of scripts and characters. I became typecast, because people would call me up only when they needed someone to play a sensual woman – someone who is bold and beautiful,” she said. “Honestly, looking sexy all the time is boring. I mean, I am more than my appearance. I am an actor, a performer. Slowly, I am shifting gear to performance-oriented roles,” Mahie added. Directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay, ‘Posham Pa’ also features Ragini Khanna and Sayani Gupta, and reloves around the story of two serial killers. Posham Pa releases on August 21, on the OTT platform ZEE5.last_img read more

Security Council condemns latest missile tests by DPR Korea

6 July 2009The Security Council today condemned the ballistic missile tests conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) over the weekend, saying they violate Council resolutions and pose a threat to regional and international security. Ambassador Ruhakana Rugunda of Uganda, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, read out a statement to journalists this evening saying that the 15-member panel had “expressed grave concerns” following the reported tests off the DPRK coast on 4 July.Mr. Rugunda said Council members – which held consultations on the issue this afternoon – reiterated that the DPRK must comply with their obligations under all resolutions, including resolution 1874, which was adopted unanimously last month in response to a recent nuclear test by Pyongyang.That resolution imposed a series of measures on the DPRK that include tougher inspections of cargo suspected of containing banned items related to the country’s nuclear and ballistic missile activities, a tighter arms embargo with the exception of light weapons and new financial restrictions. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had welcomed the resolution and called on Pyongyang to engage in dialogue, including through the Six-Party Talks that brings together the DPRK, the Republic of Korea, Japan, China, Russia and the United States.Mr. Rugunda said Council members appealed to all parties to refrain from any actions that might escalate the situation, and reiterated their commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic solution to the issue. read more

UK calls for reduced military presence

Britain has urged the government to reduce the military presence in the north, especially in Jaffna and the Wanni.The British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives John Rankin said that the military presence in the north should resemble that of the army presence seen in other parts of the country. Sri Lanka’s key commission on accountability appointed by the president, the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) has also recommended that military camps be removed from the north. (Colombo Gazette) Rankin also said that it is a good thing that the LTTE continues to remain a proscribed organization in many countries of the world including the United Kingdom. “The President said in his victory day speech that the military is no longer involved in civil administration in the north and east of the country. It is very important that should be the case and we will continue to monitor the situation. It is important that people have a say in the day to day decisions that affect them and that normal civil administration is restored to the greatest extent possible,” he said. During his victory day speech President Mahinda Rajapaksa rejected calls to close army bases in the former war zone.Rajapaksa said reducing the military camps in the former war zone would be a risk to national security. “There are many who shout that the security forces camps in these areas should be removed. They ask us why they are not removed,” he said, pointing out the north was under civilian, not military rule.“We must ask if we are in a position to remove the armed forces camps in the north and reduce our attention to national security. That is not possible.”Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan told the media this week that his party would continue to press for the removal of military camps in the former war-torn northern part of the country. “The current ratio of security personnel in the north of the country is one soldier to every eight civilians. This is too much and we have highlighted the need to reduce the military presence to restore normalcy to this region,” he said. read more

JVP claims new VAT a promise given to the IMF

He also said that the Government is putting a burden on the public instead of taking that burden off as promised before the last elections. (Colombo Gazette) He said the assurance had been given to the IMF when the Government had talks to obtain a fresh loan from the IMF. The Parliamentarian told reporters today that the country is going deeper into debt by taking loans from the IMF. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) claims the new Value Added Tax (VAT) is part of a promise given to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) by the Government.JVP Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said that the Government had promised the IMF it will increase the VAT to 15 percent and increase Government revenue.

Army intelligence officers identified over assault on Namal

Two army intelligence officers have been identified over the assault on former journalist Namal Perera.The former Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) employee and a friend were assaulted on Monday, 30th June 2008. The assault took place on a busy highway, in the vicinity of an army installation, the government information department and the security checkpoint at the Narahenpita bridge. Perera and his friend, Mahendra Ratnaweera, who was working at the British High Commission in Colombo at the time, were driving between Narahenpita and Kirulapone when they were waylaid. The attackers attempted to abduct Perera, but were resisted, and both Perera and his friend were badly beaten in the ensuing fracas.At the time of the assault, the SLPI was contemplating legal action against the state-controlled Dinamina newspaper for reporting that the SLPI had sent members of the LTTE on a foreign tour to Denmark on the pretext that they were journalists. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Yemen UN calls for unimpeded access to people in need as fighting

Densely populated, Taiz was already one of the most vulnerable of the 22 governorates in the country, with 1.8 million people targeted by the UN for humanitarian assistance. In its latest crisis update, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that from 14 to 27 August, at least 95 civilians, including 52 children and 20 women, were killed, and 129 civilians, including 14 women and 36 children, were injured by indiscriminate airstrikes and shelling. The city of Taiz is being described by the UN “as a battleground,” with people caught between the frontlines and unable to find safety and security. Private homes are reportedly being destroyed as punishment for perceived support for opposing parties. In addition, OCHA is warning that the health system across the governorate has nearly collapsed due to the damage to health infrastructure caused by the conflict and the lack of fuel, medicines and hospital supplies. None of the six public hospitals in the governorate are operational, with the exception of the emergency unit and the kidney ward at the Al-Thawrah and Al-Jumhouri hospitals. Meanwhile, in violation of international humanitarian law, militants reportedly seized the Yemen International Hospital in Taiz and its ambulances on 24 August. According to OCHA, they forced all 80 patients, 20 of them in the intensive care unit, out of the hospital. Further exacerbating the public health outlook in Taiz, an extreme spike in cases of dengue fever has been recorded in the last two weeks with 432 cases as of 25 August. The city’s inhabitants are also at greater risk of contracting communicable diseases due to solid waste piling up on the sides of roads. The UN is reiterating its call today for predictable, safe, and unimpeded access to communities in need in the whole governorate, to deliver the much needed life-saving assistance to those who it says continue to suffer in Taiz. read more

Pressure on Palestinian households to move raises risk of forcible transfers –

“Repeated rounds of demolitions, restrictions on access to basic services and regular visits by Israeli security personnel promoting ‘relocation plans’ are all part of a coercive environment that now surrounds these vulnerable Palestinian households,” Robert Piper, UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Assistance and Development Aid in the occupied Palestinian territory said today in a news release after returning from a visit to the Palestinian community of Abu Nuwar in the Jerusalem governorate. “The cumulative pressure to move to other parts of the West Bank continues to be ratcheted-up; in this environment, we cannot expect people to make decisions based on genuine consent so the risk of forcible transfers remains high,” he added. According to the release, there has been a surge in demolitions and confiscations across the West Bank this year, with 786 Palestinian-owned structures demolished so far in 2016. These demolitions have cumulatively displaced 1,197 people, including 558 children. Over 200 of the demolished structures had been provided as humanitarian relief. Since the start of August, Israeli security forces have destroyed or confiscated a total of 85 civilian structures across 28 West Bank communities. 29 structures across eight locations were demolished in the last week alone, resulting in the displacement of 64 Palestinians, including 24 children. The structures demolished in August included emergency shelters following previous home demolitions, animal sheds, latrines, a community centre and a new drinking water network. Damage to the water network, that was supported by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has affected nearly 1,000 Palestinians in five herding communities in the Jordan Valley who suffer extreme water scarcity especially during summer months, added the release. “As the occupying power, international law requires that Israel ensures that the basic needs of Palestinians are met and that the conditions necessary for their development are present, including a fair and lawful planning and zoning regime,” it further noted. The news release also said that facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid is also a legal obligation whilst the forcible transfer of populations is prohibited under International Humanitarian Law, as is the destruction of property unless absolutely necessary for military operations. There is also renewed concern for the community of Susiya in the southern West Bank, where over 170 civilian structures are under threat of demolition and where the Israeli authorities abruptly ended negotiations with community representatives last month. “Dkaika. Khan al Ahmar. Um al Kheir. Abu Nuwar. Susiya… these are just some of the highly vulnerable communities where families, many of whom are Palestine refugees, live in permanent fear of becoming homeless and children wonder if they will still have a school to attend tomorrow,” said Mr. Piper. read more

Brock students to get a taste of big leagues

Two key figures from the Toronto Blue Jays organization are giving guest lectures on campus.Alex Anthopoulos, Senior Vice-President of Baseball Operations and General Manager, and Andrew Tinnish, director of scouting, for the Toronto Blue Jays, will be at Brock on Wednesday, Jan. 19 to deliver separate lectures to students from the Sport Management program.“We’re extremely pleased to be welcoming Alex and Andrew to campus to speak with our students,” said Cheri Bradish, associate professor, Sport Management. “This is a great opportunity for them to get a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes world of professional sport management.”Anthopoulos will discuss giving in sport, as well as other sport- and business-related topics. His lecture takes place from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in Academic South 203.Tinnish, a Brock alumnus and member of the inaugural Brock Badgers baseball team, will speak to students about globalization and sport from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Thistle 248.A graduate of Brock’s Sport Management program, Tinnish will share his experiences and worldwide perspectives on the sport with current students of the program.These lectures are not open to the public, but are open to all Brock students. read more

EYEWITNESS Equal opportunity…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Legitimacy…July 5, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”LETTER: Establish the Local Government CommissionSeptember 5, 2017In “latest news”Letter: Such a character is defined as a hypocriteSeptember 6, 2017In “Letters” …at LG?Frustrated at its messiness and sloth, Winston Churchill once remarked, “Democracy is the worse form of government – save for all the others!” There’s a lot of truth in his witty remark. So, until we can invent a better way of governing our societies, we just have to do our best to make sure we grease the wheels of democracy.The essence of democracy, of course, is ‘rule by the people’. And towards this end, we’re exhorted to involve ‘the people’ as much as we can in making decisions that affect them. The premise, of course, being they know – best of all – where the shoe pinches. So democratic governments try to bring their operations as close to the grassroots as they can – without using a grass mower! Their preferred instrument is “local government”.Here in good, old mudland, there was much weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth by the Government when they were in the Opposition that there were no Local Government Elections for over two decades under the PPP. New legislation was crafted and passed to make the system supposedly more responsive to “the people’ – and finally, the blessed event happened! Local Government Elections were held in 2016.But a funny thing has happened since then – nothing! Ask anyone in the country – whether in NDCs or Towns – as to what’s it like under the new LG regime and they’ll tell you “It’s the same ole, same ole!!”  And that’s due to any number of factors but the main one is – as usual – political! The problem is – for the Government – since they allowed political parties to contest the LGE the PPP won most of the NDC’s while the PNC won the big municipalities, including Goergetown, Bartica and New Amsterdam.So while the Government’s been doling out the big bucks to their municipalities under all kinds of subterfuges like “greening” and “independence bonanzas” – the NDC’s have been starving. They were just given a subvention of $2 million each – far less than the $3 million the PPP had disbursed. The Government hasn’t even shared out the slick brochures they printed to explain all the new powers that have been placed in the hands of the locals. Is it because they figure “knowledge is power”??For instance, the LG organs can now raise money on their own initiative and get into services like garbage collections – for which they can collect payment. But who’s to provide training and organisational advise. The Opposition? No funds!Maybe they can lift themselves up by their own bootstraps?But how to do that when they don’t even have boots?!!…stereotyping?So, after receiving sustained flak from some quarters for rushing to Buxton to hunt for the four hardcore prison escapees – and so stereotyping those poor souls in our historic village – the Joint Services switched their operations to Port Morant over in Berbice. Yup!! You read that right!! The birthplace of the father of the nation – nations can have more than one father, ok?! – Cheddi Jagan!! In fact, the cream of our Army and Police actually scoured Babu Jaan – where Jagan was cremated.Your Eyewitness is still trying to figure out the logic of this move. And the only explanation that makes sense is they want to show they’re not picking on any one group! After all, surely the Forces couldn’t have concluded the bandits thought they’d blend in in Port Morant, could they?? Maybe Rose Hall Town…but CERTAINLY not Port Morant!So, with equal opportunity and all that, will our defenders of the realm next conduct a search of Paramakotoi, or Konshen?Can’t tee off our Indigenous brothers and sisters!!…in STEMA hat tip from your Eyewitness to our doughty STEM Robotics team, which took on 160 other countries – including every developed country in the world – and emerged in 10th place.We really need something to cheer about! read more

New underground truck line introduced by Ground Force

first_imgAs a key OEM solutions provider for Caterpillar, Ground Force Worldwide, through underground division Underground Force, has now introduced a new underground haul truck product line. The new product line includes 10, 15 and 20 t sized trucks, filling the gap leading up to the Caterpillar 30-65 t underground haul truck product line. The UG haul trucks are offered in ejector, side dump and end dump models with Tier 4 and LRC engine options.These haul trucks are designed with AR400 steel for maximum durability and productivity and utilise 65% Cat componentry in their build. Designed with ground level serviceability in mind, Ground Force states that the new haul trucks “will lead the industry in the highest level of Cat componentry, visibility, operator comfort, and overall safety.” The innovative new offering has been the direct result of customer requests for a smaller, more durable Cat-based underground haul truck.Underground Force offers a complete line of underground mine support equipment. This new chassis will be the prime mover for all the underground product solutions including, but not limited to; water, fuel, lube, cable reel, personnel carriers, vacuum, ANFO, scissor lift, service trucks and haul trucks. This line encompasses over 12 products and is an extension of the current surface mining product line. Ground Force Worldwide offers full product support after the sale, including field service commissioning, installation and training, parts and product support and a parts distribution centre. Parts and service are also available through the worldwide network of Cat dealers.last_img read more

BBC uses Halos United Nation Space Command as UN logo

first_imgHalo‘s United Nations Space Command was featured in the BBC’s Thursday broadcast of its News at One segment last week, but it wasn’t concerning violence in video games–or even video games for that matter. It was about Amnesty International criticizing the UNSC’s lack of involvement in Syria.No, Master Chief isn’t about to start getting involved in Earth’s political conflicts, though, it does sound like some Call of Duty/Halo fan-fiction crossover. Rather, someone at the BBC made an error when Google-ing for an image to represent the United Nations Security Council in its segment. In case you haven’t pieced it together, they both share the same acronym.Unfortunately for the news grunt who was no doubt furiously trying to dig up the image, the first few results that load for “UNSC” are Halo’s United Nations Space Command logo. The logo is also surrounded by a stream of space and sci-fi themed Halo-related photos, but when the mighty backhand of up-to-the-minute news hits, it’s sometimes hard to think about anything outside of the assigned task. Then again, the producer should have asked for a UN logo, as the UN Security Council technically doesn’t have its own dedicated seal.After the mix-up, the BBC released a statement to Eurogamer saying that they apologize to viewers for the incident, but “very occasionally mistakes do happen.” If anything, the viewers who caught on were likely more amused than furious–I know I am. The BBC also made sure the image was not used in later news bulletins.via Eurogamerlast_img read more

Sweden drops the word ungoogleable after Google complains

first_imgFor many people, the words “search” and “google” are interchangeable. That’s great news for Google as the majority of their revenue is generated from advertising related to search. But occasionally there is a negative side to such popularity.An example of this has just happened in Sweden. The Swedish Language Council decided in December last year to introduce a number of new words to the their language. One of those was “ogooglebar”, which translates to be ungoogleable. As should be obvious, it’s a word meant to describe something that you can’t find on the web using a search engine.Such a term makes complete sense when you hear it, but Google was far from happy about its use. So the search giant complained, and surprisingly, Sweden has decided to drop it rather than fight Google.It wasn’t so much the word’s existence that Google took issue with, it’s the fact it was defined to mean generally any search performed independent of the search engine used. Google wanted it redefined to only relate to searches carried out using Google’s search engine.Google got its lawyers involved to try and influence the final definition of the word. But the Language Council instead decided to drop it completely, but not because of Google’s objections, more to start a debate about the entire process and also to save time by not arguing with Google’s lawyers for any longer than was necessary.I have no idea why Google thought it was worth arguing over a the definition of a word that would be clear to anyone who used it what it meant. If something is ungoogleable it means you won’t get any usable results if you attempt to search for it. The search engine used is irrelevant, and actually, if the term is being used for other engines, surely it’s acting as a form of marketing because of “google” being present in the word?last_img read more

Domaine Costa Lazaridi wines at Philhellene

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Renowned wine maker from Drama, Greece, Costa Lazaridis and his son Gerasimos are in Melbourne now as a one off, offering free wine all night to patrons to showcase their award winning wine. The event at Philhellene Provincial Cuisine Restaurant in Moonee Ponds will feature three course meal, with all wine on the night from the Domaine Lazaridis Winery included in the price. The cost is $50. On the night, Gerasimos Lazaridis will be telling more about the wines. And to make it more authentic, Philhellene will feature some live Rembetica music.When: Thursday 26 June at 7.30 pm Where: 551-553 Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds Bookings are essential – please ring the restaurant on (03) 9370 3303 to RSVP.last_img

Goodbye Adelaide − hello Brisbane

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Ranked at No. 45 on the 2016 BRW Rich 200 List, Con Makris, South Australia’s richest man and the only Greek billionaire in Australia, has based his company, Makris Group, in Adelaide for the past 45 years. He has blamed a dying state economy and small-town mentality for his decision to relocate his company’s headquarters to Queensland next year. Fearing for SA’s economic future, the businessman has just set up a Brisbane head office and an office on the Gold Coast in a bid to capitalise on the cities’ astronomical growth. In an interview with Neos Kosmos, the 69-year-old self-made billionaire from Ligourio, Argolis, talks about his decision to move his company’s headquarters to Queensland, his frustrations with the political system and the slow Adelaide property market, before revealing his future plans to conquer the eastern states. You dropped a big bombshell last week, announcing that you are moving your company’s headquarters to Brisbane after being based in Adelaide for 45 years. What contributed to your decision? We will maintain our Adelaide office, which has been the centre of operations for 45 years, but reduce its size, because the South Australian market is not exactly vibrant right now. The company will have an office in Adelaide, an office in the Gold Coast and one in Brisbane. I would expand further if I was ‘allowed’ to do so, but it seems to me that whatever I do, I have to get permission from everyone. I am not allowed to do anything. My home is here, my company’s large property portfolio is here, I am doubling the size of my seaside penthouse apartment at Glenelg by purchasing another one next door, and I will continue to do my business here. Adelaide is a beautiful city to live in, but it’s a pity it has the mentality of a small town and I am a professional businessman. It will take 50 years to get another businessman like me in Adelaide. I am not a seller; if I bid and win then I sell. If I don’t get the bid, then I don’t sell. At the end of the day, I can do whatever I want with my own properties. I have businesses in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast.What is it about our state that frustrates you so much? What do you feel South Australia is doing wrong and what should we do to see more growth and development coming our way? Any businessman in Australia will tell you the same thing about Adelaide. Adelaide’s mentality is at fault here. People don’t go out enough, they don’t spend enough money and the population is small. It’s not a big city like Sydney and Melbourne and it’s not developing as quickly as the others. Brisbane and the Gold Coast within 15 to 20 years will be cities with probably five to six million people. That’s where you go to do business and where you can make money. I am really sorry but in Adelaide right now a businessman can’t make money. There’s been a lot of speculation regarding the long-vacant Le Cornu site in North Adelaide, where a Sheraton Hotel has been announced as the centrepiece for a luxury residential, retail and hotel development which you haven’t developed yet. What’s your answer to those who are sceptical about whether it will go ahead? I will do it when I am ready to do it. It is my money and I decide what to do with it. I will not build something to go broke. Building 200 apartments in North Adelaide right now is not viable. I am looking at how I will do it. This will be my last project in Adelaide and I will decide when the time is right to develop. Well, the time hasn’t come yet. The project will go ahead when I feel the time is right.What can the state government do to facilitate more economic growth and activity in Adelaide and South Australia in general? The government, irrespective of which government, Liberal or Labor, has to get the money from somewhere to pay for all these people but the big businesses aren’t here. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Labor or Liberal (state) government. If the horse is dead you can’t bring it back to life quickly. I don’t think the treasurer of South Australia can help much. It needs to come from the federal government and it’s the treasurer who needs to step in. Firstly, the weekend penalty rates have to stop. Then, the government has to do something about unemployment and must stop breeding ‘bludgers’ who don’t work; instead they need to bring more skilled people in the state that are able and want to work. But they don’t do it. Everything takes so long to do and in the end nothing ever happens. Nothing will happen. Federal politicians must get together and work hard to revive Australia’s economy because I don’t think we are travelling very well. Their infighting every day is making me sick. I am worried about Australia’s readiness to withstand an economic shock. There’s been a stifling of entrepreneurship in Australia and people have been losing faith in politicians.In 2011, you announced exciting plans for an estimated $10m Monaco-style marina extension at Holdfast Shores, Glenelg, servicing a high-speed, passenger-only ferry to Kangaroo Island, which remained in the pipeline and was recently abandoned. Why was that project dropped? I was disappointed that the project didn’t get off the ground in the end, because I believe that it was going to bring tourists to Kangaroo Island and Adelaide. I needed support from the governments in order to improve the Kingscote wharf and extend the existing breakwater at Holdfast Shores to accommodate a new ferry, which would have been a great tourist attraction. It didn’t happen.So, why did you choose Brisbane and the Gold Coast? It is so simple. Business is business. We can see a big future up there. That’s where the big money is to be made, and as a businessman you go where there is growth. It is already happening and we want to be there on the ground to capitalise on that growth. REACTIONS FROM THE POLITICAL WORLD South Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis told Neos Kosmos that the latest ABS figures show South Australia’s State Final Demand in South Australia grew more than the national average both last quarter and over the past 12 months. Specifically, household spending grew 2.8 per cent over the past year, also higher than the average. “These figures clearly show SA is a strong investment destination, particularly for commercial property development. We are also abolishing stamp duty on business property transfers, with the first stage of the cuts already saving businesses more than $160 million,” said the treasurer.State Opposition Leader Steven Marshall commented that the Makris relocation was the latest in an exodus not seen since the 1991 State Bank disaster and Makris was an extraordinarily successful South Australian who, unfortunately, now believes the best business opportunity is outside the state. He also told local press that Makris’ move is the logical consequence of this government’s failed economic plan − many successful people are looking further afield − interstate and overseas − and not in South Australia.last_img read more