Separatist-sponsored strike disrupts normal life in Kashmir

first_imgNormal life was affected in Kashmir on Friday due to a strike called by separatists to protest killing of a civilian during a cordon and search operation in the city on Thursday. Authorities have imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar to maintain law and order. Educational institutions, shops and private offices remained closed due to the strike called by Joint Resistance Leadership, an amalgam of separatists, to protest against the killing of a 24-year-old youth in Noorbagh area of the city on Thursday during an anti-militancy operation, officials said.Public transport remained off the roads in most parts of the valley but some private vehicles could be seen plying the roads in the city and elsewhere, a police official said. He said restrictions have been imposed on movement of people in five police station areas of the old city as a precautionary measure. The situation across Kashmir so far is peaceful, he added.last_img read more

Kargil protests enter 4th day, Governor sets up committee

first_imgThe administration of Governor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday constituted a committee of secretaries to look into the demands of people of Kargil, where a shutdown was observed for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday over the demand of rotational offices. A Kargil-based civil society group, Joint Resistance Movement, decided to continue with a protest shutdown against the Governor administration decision to set up divisional commissioner’s office at Leh after Ladakh was declared a division recently.Work in offices and court was suspended for the day. Hundreds of people marched on the streets to press for their demand to have “rotational headquarters at both Kargil and Leh”. Rejecting the constitution of a committee, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) MLA Naeem Akhtar said, “The measure is a mere delaying tactic. The Governor’s administration didn’t feel need to consult anybody in granting divisional status and why a committee now?” He alleged that the Governor’s move was “thoughtless with grave consequences and at the behest of the BJP”. “It has a potential to flare-up. The Governor must immediately rescind the order and set up six monthly full rotational of all offices,” Mr. Akhtar said. Former chief minister and National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah also backed the demand of people of Kargil. “It seems the decision was taken in a haste and is contrived to pitch one community against the other. Had the idea behind this act been to empower the people of Ladakh then the governor would have held deliberations,” said Mr. Abdullah. He said divisional headquarters at Leh only will serve no good. “The distance between Leh and Kargil is greater than what it is between Srinagar and Kargil. It was rather easier for them to visit Srinagar than to visit Leh. What people of Kargil are demanding is not laced with communal overtones. The decision will impede the developmental prospects of many adjoining areas of Kargil including Zanskar and Dras,” said Mr. Abdullah.last_img read more

It’s final: PBA veteran superstars to beef up Gilas in Fiba Asia in Lebanon

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Also because of this development, the PBA will make last-minute adjustments in the Governors’ Cup schedule. The season-ending conference opens Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Top talents now available for Gilas as PBA opens next season in December National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netTAIPEI – Gilas Pilipinas will have the team it wants for the Fiba Asia Championship next month, this, after the PBA’s board of governors agreed to lend its top players to the national team.This means that the likes of June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva are now available for inclusion to the squad that will try to regain Asian supremacy in the August 8-20 event in Beirut, Lebanon.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ There were mixed reports that came out months leading to the prestigious event that Gilas would also be playing its Cadet team in Beirut, since the event does not fall into the hectic Qualifying process of the World Cup 2019 in China.Chito Narvasa, the PBA commissioner, confirmed this development in a teleconference on Tuesday morning, saying that it is “the board’s priority to be involved and to be able to help the Gilas program.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“The PBA, its coaches in particular, were just informed of the schedule (of the Gilas events), which is important to all of them,” said Narvasa.The PBA had also moved the opening of its next season to December this year to be able to accommodate the National Five in the WC Qualifying that starts in November. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

India vs West Indies: India lead by 285 on Day 4

first_imgcricket India took control of the third and penultimate cricket Test after Bhuvneshwar Kumar (5/33) produced a sensational spell of swing bowling to bundle out the West Indies for 225 in their first innings here.Owing to Kumar’s third Test five-wicket haul, India finished day four in a position to dictate terms on the final day, as they reached 157 for three at stumps for an overall lead of 285 runs.India had a first-innings lead of 128 runs.At tea, the visitors were placed at 31/0, and thereafter Shikhar Dhawan (26) and KL Rahul (28) looked to get quick runs.And they were successful in this endeavour up to an extent as the runs flowed quickly, and they put up a 49-run stand in just 7.3 overs.But Rahul then was caught at second slip off Miguel Cummins (2-22), who also trapped skipper Virat Kohli (4) LBW soon afterwards, and that put the brakes on the Indian scoring.The 50-mark had come up in the ninth over, and Ajinkya Rahane (51 not out) then looked to push the scoring.But Dhawan too departed at the other end, LBW to Roston Chase (1-41) making things a tad tougher.West Indies meanwhile were struggling with their over-rate and they put on Kraigg Brathwaite (0-33) in tandem with the off-spinner.This allowed Rahane and Rohit Sharma (41 not out) to break the shackles, as the duo put up a 50-run stand in just 92 balls.They brought out the shots in the latter stages of the day, especially Rohit, who struck three sixes.Rahane reached his 8th Test fifty off 88 balls in the penultimate over of the day, and at stumps, they had added 85 runs for the 4th wicket, as India looked to press matters and force a result on day five.This was after Kumar’s burst of 5-14 that sent West Indies crashing from 194/3 at lunch to 225 all out within 20.4 overs.The 200-mark had come up for them in the 87th over, and thereafter the havoc began.Kumar first removed Jermaine Blackwood (20) in the next over, caught at second slip by Kohli, thus ending his 67-run partnership with Marlon Samuels (48).The latter was the next to go, two overs later, set up beautifully with a slew of outswingers and playing off an in-swinging delivery. RELATED COMMENT Published on COMMENTS August 13, 2016 SHARE SHARE EMAIL India defeat West Indies by 237 runs to win 3rd test, take 2-0 lead SHARE nulllast_img read more

Giannis Has 20, Bucks Send Grizzlies to 18th Straight Loss

first_imgMEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Brandon Jennings feels a sense of urgency in trying to prove he belongs back in the NBA after signing a 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.Jennings, who joined the team on Sunday, took a huge step in that direction Monday night, finishing with 16 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds as the Bucks sent Memphis to its 18th consecutive loss with a 121-103 victory.“We wanted more,” interim Bucks coach Joe Prunty said with a twinkle in his eye. “He was very good. Obviously, the 12 assists were great. .Overall, a really positive night from him. A lot of things that were really good.”Khris Middleton scored 24 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 20 for the Bucks, while Eric Bledsoe finished with 14 points, including a trio of baskets to stem a fourth-quarter Memphis rally. But it was Jennings, who last week was playing with the Bucks’ G League team after playing in China earlier this year, who was the talk of the locker room.For Jennings, there was some nervousness in returning to the NBA. He acknowledged he has finally recovered from what some thought was a career-ending left Achilles tendon injury suffered in 2015 when he was with the Detroit Pistons.“I felt like it was my first rookie game again,” said Jennings, who was the Bucks’ first-round draft pick in 2009. “Just to put on that jersey was a blessing, and I was just grateful.”Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 17 points, while Jarell Martin, Dillon Brooks and Ben McLemore scored 16 apiece.Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe (6) drives against Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks (24) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 12, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)Jennings provided an early spark in the second quarter, scoring 11 points and handing out five assists in the period, helping the Bucks take a 64-50 lead into the break. The advantage would stretch to 19 for Milwaukee in the third. Although Memphis was able to pull within 97-91 near the midway point of the fourth, Bledsoe scored six of the Bucks’ next eight points, then added an assist to Antetokounmpo, running the lead back to 12 with 4:09 left. That was enough of a buffer for the Bucks to claim their second straight win.“We keep digging ourselves in a hole,” Brooks said. “We’re going to make runs, and we keep making runs, 7-0 run, 8-0 run, 9-0 run, and they make a 5-0 run we we’re back down 15. We can’t create these holds and try to fill them up because it’s too late.”TIP-INSBucks: Middleton has reached double figures in 61 of 67 games this season and reached at least 20 points in 34 games. … Shot 56 percent for the first half, including 53 percent from 3-point range. . The Bucks had 33 assists on 47 made field goals.Grizzlies: Hit nine of their first 10 shots. … Have lost seven straight at home. … Brooks entered the game averaging 21.3 points in the previous four games. … Used its 27th starting lineup of the season. … The 18-game losing streak is the longest during the Memphis era of the franchise. The Grizzlies moved from Vancouver in 2001.LONG OPENING NIGHTJennings said he expected to play 10, maybe 12 minutes. Instead, foul trouble had him on the floor for just under 24 minutes in his return. “I was a little tired,” he said. “I kept telling (Bledsoe), ‘Don’t foul. Stop fouling. I’m tired.’ My nerves was running and everything like that. But it was good.”FINAL WORDMemphis interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff on the 18-game losing streak: “As professionals, our job is to show up every day and give our best effort. I don’t think they need to be reminded of that. Through and through, they haven’t laid down yet, and I don’t expect them to.”UP NEXTBucks: Visit the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.Grizzlies: Host Chicago on Thursday in the middle of a three-game homestand.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Romanian Doru Isac picked as AIFF technical director

first_imgRomanian Doru Isac has been named as the technical director of All India Football Federation for a three-year tenure, technical committee chairman Shyam Thapa said Friday.The 56-year-old Isac was one of the three candidates interviewed by the AIFF’s technical committee, headed by Thapa, on Monday. The technical committee had sent its recommendations to the executive committee of the AIFF to take a final decision.Gaioz Darsadze of Georgia and Jorge Castelo of Portugal were the other two candidates interviewed by the technical committee.The post of technical director remained vacant since Australian Scott O’Donnell decided to quit in 2017. Former India player and coach Savio Medeira was looking after the post as interim TD since then.The well-travelled Isac has worked in various managerial capacities as well as technical director in many European and Asian countries. He is widely known as assistant to Arsene Wenger at Japanese side Nagoya Grampus Eight from 1997 to 2002. He also has worked with former Portugal and Real Madrid manager Carlos Queiros as well as under the widely travelled manager Bora Milutinovic.”The AIFF has decided to name Isac as technical director. Based on what we have recommended the executive committee of the AIFF has taken a decision. We are happy with his appointment as we found him a suitable candidate,” Thapa told PTI on Friday.”His tenure will be of three years initially and there will be a review of his performance after that and decide whether his term will be extended or not. His profile is impressive, he is a FIFA Diploma degree holder and held managerial positions and as technical director in various countries, including in Asia,” he added.advertisementIsac was only one of the three candidates who decided to come to India and face the technical committee in person, but interestingly, due to visa issues, he could not come out of the New Delhi airport. He was interviewed via skype from the Indira Gandhi International Airport.The other two candidates did not come to India and they were interviewed via skype.It was also learnt that the Romanian was the first preference of the panel for the post.”We have been told by AIFF to mark number one, two and three among the three names and we did that. We left it to the AIFF to make the final appointment. The salary and perks of the person to be appointed was a consideration. The AIFF must have found him (Isac) suitable in this aspect also,” the former India international said.Isac began as manager of AS Nancy Academy in France in 1990-91 before switching to youth level managership in Japan. After a five-year stint at Nagoya Grampus Eight, his profile included working as assistant manager at his country’s top side, Rapid Bucharest, and in some clubs in Qatar.Before he appeared for the interview, Isac was serving as sports director of Yokohama F Marinos in Japan.Thapa said Isac’s main focus should be on youth development, coach education, local coach development and scouting of talent.”He should not focus on the national teams only. Youth development is one he should focus on. Then coach development is another big issue, we need qualified Indian coaches in large numbers,” he said.”Then, scouting of talent from all over the country is another important job he will be tasked for. The coaches cannot do that. He will have to visit all over the country, visit the academies, districts and states to scout talent,” Thapa signed off.Also Read | Honoured by kind gesture of Football Delhi: Sunil Chhetri on receiving 1st-ever Football RatnaAlso Read | Indian football needs actively involved Chhetri even after retirement, says Luis GarciaAlso Watch | Love the energy of the Indian players in the IPL before World Cup: Virat Kohlilast_img read more

Playing with numbers

first_imgIn the last few years, we have probably created more data digitally than in the rest of human history. Think about the millions of Internet searches and social media posts that are made every minute, and the resultant data that corporations and governments are collecting on consumers and stakeholders.What do,In the last few years, we have probably created more data digitally than in the rest of human history. Think about the millions of Internet searches and social media posts that are made every minute, and the resultant data that corporations and governments are collecting on consumers and stakeholders.What do we do with this information?This sea of data can overwhelm us; we must learn to tame the data deluge to our advantage. Our key challenge is to filter out the signal from the noise and make sense of the data that is being accumulated every second in this digital era. The discipline of data science is a blend of statistical and computational tools, algorithms and machine learning principles with an aim to uncover hidden and relevant patterns in raw data, which are then used to drive informed and better decisions.Career of the futureData scientists can help their organisation make better decisions in several respects reducing downside risk and adding value. Data science skills are likely to give graduates an increasingly competitive edge for employment in the years ahead. Organisations across sectors are starting to change the way they use data to develop new solutions by investing, not only in data science talent, but also in people who can build big data infrastructure, data curators, data translators and subject matter experts. With data science becoming an imperative area of work for almost any organisation, in any sector, and of any scale, it is a very exciting time to study and master the discipline.advertisementSkills needed for data scienceThe primary skill that a person will need is a quantitative mindset- an affinity with numbers and the ability to understand them to derive rational conclusions. Some specific skills that a data science aspirant should start building on at a young age include data visualisation, business intelligence, data modelling, and business analytics. As a discipline, data science cuts across domains, and is at the intersection of mathematics, computing, statistics and knowledge of the domain of application. One might be a lawyer, a marketer, a healthcare professional, or a public policy expert, but valuation in their respective industries will increase manifold if one applies knowledge of data science to drive better decision making.Job openings after data scienceThe number of jobs in data science and related fields is expected to explode in the coming years. By 2020, an estimate of about 2.7 million positions will be on the market, while the size of the analytics, data science and big data industry in India is expected to grow seven-fold and reach about 20 million by 2025. There are a number of opportunities as data scientists, data analysts, data architects, statisticians or business analysts across industries including e-commerce, healthcare, financial services, sports, journalism and public policy. GlaxoSmithKline, for instance, is using data science to improve their success rates and help bring medicines to patients. At the same time, Amazon (and almost every other e-retailer) is employing data scientists by the dozen to understand consumer behaviour trends and improve the shopping experience. This also makes data science the most useful skill for anyone in a managerial position in a corporate sector firm.Inclusion in higher educationA lot of higher education institutions and e-learning platforms have launched degree, diploma and certificate courses in data science and business analytics. However, most of these programmes focus on imparting technical knowhow of software such as tableau and stata. What the majority of courses lack in their curricula is the application of this knowledge in solving real-time problems. A professional who only knows how to crunch numbers without knowing how to apply those inferences in terms of decision making will remain a pure technician, severely limiting growth prospects even within the realm of data science. The ideal course will, therefore, equip students with the technical know-how as well as guide them to draw better insights to improve decision making for businesses.In India, while engineering institutes such as Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs) have launched executive programmes in data science, social science and management schools have also begun to add data science to their portfolio of offerings, examples being Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, and Indian School of Business and Finance (ISBF), Delhi. The inclusion of data science in these social science programmes means that students receive training in not just the quantitative, statistical and programming aspects, but also understand the application of data science to become better decision makers. Internationally, one of the most exciting places to study data science would be LSE (London School of Economics), UK, which now offers an M Sc data science programme. Across the Atlantic, some prominent institutions offering these programmes include Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University and Georgia Institute of Technology.advertisement(By James Abdey and Chiraag Mehta) JAMES ABDEY: Associate Academic Director of the University of London programmes at the London School of Economics (LSE), UK. CHIRAAG MEHTA: Associate Director, Indian School of Business and Finance (ISBF), Delhilast_img read more

Arsène Wenger will talk to Danny Welbeck if forward dived against Milan

first_imgShare on Facebook Arsène Wenger promised he would talk to Danny Welbeck if he felt the Arsenal striker was guilty of diving. The manager said he did not see the 38th-minute flashpoint that turned this Europa League tie against Milan decisively in his team’s favour when Welbeck went down inside the area under minimal contact from Ricardo Rodríguez.Welbeck scored the penalty to make it 1-1 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate. Granit Xhaka and Welbeck would add second-half goals for a 5-1 overall win, although it was a little less comfortable than the scoreline suggested. Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Arsène Wenger Read more Arsenal Danny Welbeck Share on WhatsApp news Share via Emailcenter_img Europa League Danny Welbeck double eases Arsenal past Milan and into quarter-finals European club football Reuse this content Share on Twitter Topics Milan “I haven’t seen it again,” Wenger said. “Do you want to accuse the English players to be divers? Was it a penalty or not, I don’t know. The Italian players were not happy with it and I can understand that because I don’t really know what it was. After that, Danny took the penalty in a convincing way. I will watch it again and give you my honest feeling about it. I will give him my honest feeling as well, don’t worry.”The Milan manager, Rino Gattuso, refused to criticise the officials. He pointed to the error that his goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma, made on Xhaka’s goal as evidence that anybody could make them – including referees.“Welbeck is a striker, he has to do what he does,” Gattuso said. “We cannot use that as a reference for the whole of English football – there is a great deal of fair play here. Even when I was a player, I tried to take advantage of individual situations. I don’t want to talk about the referee. I don’t want any alibi.”For the perennially under-fire Wenger, this was a tonic. “Certainly for the climate around the team, it was a vital result,” Wenger said. “We have targets now to finish as close as possible to the top four and why not benefit from a miracle? But as well focus on the quarter-final.“We had a nightmare week when we lost twice to Manchester City and at Brighton. To recover from that you need to be solid and mentally strong and show a response together. That’s what we did. Many people didn’t expect us to respond like we have. It shows the team is healthy.“The team who is biggest favourite in the Europa League is Atlético Madrid but if we get them, we get them. We have some time now to recover and prepare for it.” Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

Man Utd January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Manchester United January transfer news LIVE: Real Madrid plot £100m De Gea move Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:05 1/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Manchester United Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Red Devils as the January transfer window heats up Real Madrid plot De Gea raidReal Madrid are planning an astonishing £500 million summer raid on the Premier League, according to the Daily Mail , including £100m on Manchester United No.1 David de Gea.The Spanish club have their eyes on two main attacking targets, each of whom would draw a world-record £200m fee: Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Tottenham’s Harry Kane.  Four summer signings for Man Utd?Jose Mourinho, Burnley v Man Utd, 2017/18 Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Manchester United could be in the market for up to four players in the summer transfer window, claims Paul Ince.The former Red Devils midfielder believes additions will be essential, with it possible that reinforcements will be required at left-back, right-back, in goal and up front.Read the full story on Goal.Man Utd open Jorginho talksJorginho NapoliRepresentatives of Napoli midfielder Jorginho have opened talks with Manchester United regarding a possible transfer, reports Rai Sport.The Brazil-born Italy international is among those being considered by the Red Devils as they prepare to part with Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick.Mourinho: Sanchez can do what Rashford can’tAlexis Sanchez Manchester UnitedJose Mourinho has suggested that Alexis Sanchez’s experience and maturity allows him to do what “nervous” Marcus Rashford cannot following his successful debut in Manchester United’s 4-0 FA Cup win over Yeovil Town.”His choice for the second goal is the kind of choice that a player like Marcus is still too nervous to make that kind of decision. He will bring us this extra maturity.”Read the full story right here on Goal!Ronaldo reveals future plansCristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 01132018Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he has no plans to leave Real Madrid amid talk of transfer interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.Real’s struggles in 2017-18 have highlighted the need for a freshening up of the ranks, with it suggested that Ronaldo could be a victim of that process.But Ronaldo has pledged his future to the Blancos – read the full quotes right here on Goal!Pellegri set for €25m Monaco movePietro Pellegri GenoaGenoa teenager Pietro Pellegri is set for a medical at Monaco ahead of a €25m move, reports Gianluca Di Marzio .  The 16-year-old striker has broken through to the first team at Genoa this season, generating reported interest from the likes of Arsenal, Juventus, Manchester United, Chelsea and PSG.Juventus bid on Darmian Matteo Darmian Manchester UnitedJuventus have made an offer to sign Matteo Darmian in a 12-month loan deal starting at the beginning of 2018-19 with a £19.25m obligation to buy, reports The Sun.  Manchester United, however, are not interested in a loan deal and want to sell the full-back for £26.5m.Spurs near £21.9m Lucas dealLucas Moura PSGTottenham are close to finalising a £21.9m deal to sign Paris Saint-Germain attacker Lucas Moura, reports RMC Sport.  The 25-year-old had been subject to interest from Manchester United and Arsenal earlier in the month, but Spurs are set to win the race for the PSG man’s services.Ozil ready to commit to Arsenal dealMesut Ozil ArsenalMesut Ozil looks “ready to commit” to a new Arsenal contract, says Arsene Wenger, with the Gunners boss cautiously optimistic that a deal will be done.The Germany international is yet to extend his stay at Emirates Stadium past the end of the season and will drop into the free agent pool this summer if no fresh terms are agreed.Arsenal have already seen Alexis Sanchez head through the exits after failing to resolve his future, and the Premier League heavyweights are eager to avoid a repeat with another key figure.Read the full story on Goal right here! Mou mocks Man City over Alexis transfer failurePep Guardiola, Jose MourinhoJose Mourinho mocked Manchester City’s claims they turned away from Alexis Sanchez when it became apparent United were going to land him.“Alexis reminds me a little bit of the metaphor — when you see the tree with amazing oranges at the top of the tree but cannot get there,” he said, using an interesting fruit analogy to poke fun at Pep Guardiola’s team.“You say, ‘Oh, I got the lower ones because I don’t like the ones at the top’. But you do like the ones at the top. They’re so nice, so orange, so round, so full of juice. But you can’t get there.“So you say, ‘I don’t want to go there’ or ‘I didn’t like it, I prefer the other ones.’ It reminds me of that story.”Read the whole juicy story here! Kroos considers Madrid exitHD Toni KroosToni Kroos wants Real Madrid to sign his former Bayern Munich team-mate David Alaba at the end of the season, claims Don Balon . Germany international Kroos is reportedly considering leaving Madrid in the summer, and is of interest to Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus.He is concerned about the competitiveness of the current Madrid squad, but feels the signing of Alaba would go a long way to alleviating his worries.Ronaldo leaving depends on NeymarCristiano Ronaldo Real MadridCristiano Ronaldo will only be allowed to leave Real Madrid if the Spanish giants sign Neymar, according to AS . The Spanish outlets claims that Ronaldo wants to join Manchester United, but that Los Blancos will only allow that move to happen if the club lands Neymar in the summer. The report also claims that Ronaldo could be used as part of the deal to land the Brazilian star, keeping him from making the jump back to the Red Devils.last_img read more

We have not stuck to our batting mantra in last two games

first_imgLondon: England captain Eoin Morgan feels not sticking to their “batting mantra” has cost them back-to-back defeats against Sri Lanka and Australia in the World Cup, making the road to semifinals much tougher for the pre-tournament favourites. England had not lost back-to-back ODIs on home soil since 2015, yet they followed a loss to Sri Lanka at Headingley, where they failed to chase down 233, with a 64-run reverse against their oldest rivals at Lord’s. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev It was once again an unsuccessful chase that proved their undoing as Australia’s 285/7 was more than enough when left-arm seamers Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc took nine wickets between them. “Both this game and the last, we struggled with the basics of what we call our batting mantra,” said the England captain after the loss here on Tuesday. “Strong intent, building partnerships, and doing it in our own way we haven’t done those for long enough periods of the game in order to either chase down 230 or chase down 280, and that’s disappointing. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships “Our mantra is always evolving if you’ve watched the last two years of the way we’ve played, it has evolved a lot.” Starc and Behrendorff ripped through England’s deep batting line-up while the home team’s pacers failed to find the right length on a helping pitch after Morgan opted to field. “Early on they bowled well. Being 20/3 obviously creates a bigger challenge, especially chasing 280. To make those inroads I thought they bowled well. Normally when we lose games of cricket, we go back to what we do well. We’ll still strive to do that for Sunday’s game against India.” England’s chances of reaching the semi-finals have taken a hit in the last two matches but their path to qualification is still in their own hands with victories in their final two group games guaranteeing a knockout spot. Those contests are against two sides also currently ensconced in the top four India and New Zealand and Morgan is hoping to set an example that his squad can follow. “They (hopes of reaching the semi-finals) are still strong. The chances are in our hands. Everything is within our control. We just need to produce a performance worthy of winning either one or both of the next two games. “Ideally, I’d like to lead from the front. I think majority of the captains have success with a team when they lead from the front. Contributions from myself over the next two games might have an impact on the changing room, so hopefully I can make a difference.”last_img read more

US charges Venezuelan tycoon tied to government for bribery

first_imgBOGOTA — U.S. prosecutors have indicted a Venezuelan media tycoon close to President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government on foreign corruption and money laundering charges.Raul Gorrin became president of Globovision shortly after he and others purchased the popular TV network in 2013 and proceeded to soften its anti-government coverage.In charges unsealed Monday, federal prosecutors in Miami said that starting around 2010 Gorrin allegedly paid at least $94 million in bribes to two Venezuelan officials in exchange for business conducting foreign currency transactions for the government.He’s also accused of paying expenses related to three jets, a yacht and multiple champion horses on behalf of the two unnamed officials.He was declared a fugitive after officials failed to arrest him on the August indictment.Gorrin could not be immediately reached for comment.Joshua Goodman, The Associated Presslast_img read more

CRA’s automatic benefit registrations give retirees reason to file on time

TORONTO — This is the time of year when procrastinators begin to fret about filing their income tax forms with Canada Revenue Agency by April 30.Of course, there are many reasons to file on time — such as avoiding expensive late fees and receiving tax refunds promptly.For retired people, the CRA has an extra reason to finish their taxes on time — the potential to boost their monthly income or, on the flip side, to avoid a reduction in government payments.That’s because the federal tax collector checks seniors’ returns to see if they’re receiving old age security (OAS) and eligible for a guaranteed income supplement (GIS).Employment and Social Development Canada estimates 10 per cent of eligible seniors didn’t receive their GIS payments in 2016-17, the most recent information available.Since then, the government has attempted to increase public awareness and reduce missed opportunities.Elizabeth Mulholland, chief executive of Prosper Canada — a national charity dedicated to helping Canadians living in poverty — says GIS payments may be small but they can make a big difference.“For seniors who are quite low-income, it’s an important additional source of income,” Mulholland says.For the poorest seniors with virtually no income besides the OAS, the guaranteed income supplement could be worth up to a maximum of $898 a month for single people and up to $540 per person for couples.That would be in addition to old age security (OAS), which is available to seniors aged 65 and older. OAS is currently worth about $600 a month per person for most people who meet Canadian residency requirements.The GIS payments are reduced bit-by-bit for seniors who have other income and they’re eliminated for single people who have annual income of about $18,240 or more and couples with annual income of about $24,550 or more.Mulholland says the CRA’s automatic applications ensure more people receive all the benefits they are owed.“We know that the more steps that you put in a process, the more likely it is that people are going to encounter obstacles . . . and not succeed in completing the process.”There’s an important catch, however. Just because a senior receives GIS in a taxation year — shortly after they begin receiving OAS for the first time, for example — doesn’t mean they don’t have to file annually with the CRA.“If you don’t file your taxes, the government doesn’t know what your income is that year, Mulholland says.“In the absence of you filing, their assumption is you don’t need this benefit any more. So they’ll cut it off.”Employment and Social Development Canada, which oversees the GIS, OAS and other benefits, says clients should contact Service Canada by phone or in-person as soon as possible if the tax return can’t be filed by April 30.“This will allow the department to be in a position by June 2019 to reassess a client’s GIS entitlement for July 2019 to June 2020,” ESDC said in an emailed statement. Mulholland adds there are many reasons people could need assistance with filing their taxes and suggests they or their family or friends check for local organizations that operate volunteer-staffed tax clinics.“If you need help, reach out,” she says. “All of these pots of money add up, when you put them together. So it’s important to make sure people are getting all of them.”Kelley Keehn, an author of several financial advice books and an advocate for the Financial Planning Standards Council, says it’s also important to start planning years before retirement in order to avoid unnecessary benefit clawbacks.“If you aren’t pre-planning … you’re probably going to pay more tax than you need to and you may lose out on government benefits,” Keehn says.Your post-retirement income might include not only OAS and GIS but also Canada Pension Plan payments, a company pension plan, a locked-in retirement account or a spouse’s benefits.“You take all of those elements together and you can see how it gets to be a little bit complex,” Keehn says.To avoid unnecessary clawbacks of income-linked benefits, Keehn says it’s often better to use a registered retirement income fund (RRIF) to spread out withdrawals and create a predictable flow of income at an appropriate level.The Canada Revenue Agency, Financial Planning Council of Canada and many chartered banks provide various online tools and video tutorials that can assist with the process.But Keehn says many Canadians probably need to get professional advice about whether to begin RRIF withdrawals earlier than age 71 (the latest allowed) and how to factor in widowed spouses and other estate beneficiaries.Mulholland notes there are times when a senior’s income does rise above poverty levels — through an inheritance or marriage, or other source of income — and that may also disqualify them for some retirement benefits such as the GIS.“Life happens to all of us in good ways and bad,” she says. “And the Canada Revenue Agency’s job is to make sure you get all the money you’re entitled to — but not get money you’re not entitled to. David Paddon, The Canadian Press read more

Tracy Sprinkle suffers seasonending patellar tendon injury

Tracy Sprinkle (93) down on the field, surrounded by players and staff in the first quarter versus Bowling Green on Sept. 3, 2016. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt junior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle had his first career start for the Buckeyes end abruptly on Saturday afternoon against the Bowling Green Falcons. He exited the game with an apparent knee injury that is much more severe than anticipated.At the post game press conference, coach Urban Meyer said that Sprinkle will have to have season-ending surgery on his patellar tendon in his right knee.“That’s the worst part of this darned game is when a guy gets hurt, especially a guy like that who has committed so much to this team and program,” Meyer said. “Our prayers are with Tracy.”ESPN’s Austin Ward reported Sprinkle may be facing surgery for a serious leg injury.Sprinkle limped off of the field slowly with a lot of help from OSU staff. He was, then, carted off the field into the team locker room for evaluation.Sprinkle won a defensive tackle job out of camp for OSU. He was replaced by redshirt freshman Dre’Mont Jones.Despite Saturday being Sprinkle’s first start, he is one of the more experienced players on the defense as a fourth-year player.9/3/2016 – 4:46 – Updated with quotes from Meyer. read more

Mens Basketball No 16 Ohio State ends home season with chance to

Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) takes a shot in the second half against Indiana on Jan. 30 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIt would be an understatement to say No. 16 Ohio State had a bad week.The Buckeyes lost 79-56 to Penn State on Thursday, then fell 74-62 to Michigan on Sunday in back-to-back road games. The two losses dropped Ohio State from first place in the Big Ten to a tie with Purdue for second behind Michigan State with just two games remaining.With its Big Ten regular-season title hopes all but dashed, Ohio State (22-6, 11-3 Big Ten) will focus on bouncing back from the losses and gaining momentum heading into Big Ten tournament play in its its final home game of the season against Rutgers at 7 p.m. Tuesday.Projected StartersRutgers:G — Corey Sanders — Junior, 6-foot-2, 176 lbs., 14.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.1 apgG — Geo Baker — Freshman, 6-foot-4, 180 lbs., 10.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 0.9 apgG — Issa Thiam — Sophomore, 6-foot-10, 190 lbs., 7.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.6 apgF — Deshawn Freeman — Senior, 6-foot-7, 227 lbs., 11.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 0.9 apgC — Shaquille Doorson — Junior, 7-foot, 275 lbs., 2.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.2 apgOhio State: G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 12.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.0 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.9 apgF — Andre Wesson — Sophomore, 6-foot-6, 220 lbs., 2.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.1 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 19.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.6 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 10.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 apgAddressing recent strugglesThough Rutgers will bring one of the nation’s worst offenses to Columbus, this game will be pivotal for Ohio State to begin addressing issues highlighted in last week’s losses. The Buckeyes lost physical battles against both Penn State and Michigan. Penn State out-rebounded Ohio State 38-30. Michigan finished with a slight 26-25 defensive rebounding advantage, but also scored 32 points in the paint.Part of the Buckeyes’ issues stemmed from defending guards larger than their own. Penn State’s 6-foot-5, 204-pound guard Tony Carr dropped 30 points — including 4-for-8 from 3-point range — against Ohio State. The next game, Michigan’s 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman delivered 17 points, and 6-foot-4, 190-pound freshman Jordan Poole scored 15.Rutgers is fourth in the conference in offensive rebounding, the 30th-tallest team in the country and has relied on strong post play to generate the bulk of its scoring. Overall, 60.5 percent of its points have come from 2-pointers this season, the second-highest percentage in the country.The Scarlet Knights also have received the most out of their guards. Geo Baker and Corey Sanders are two of the highest point-scorers on the team. The two were the only players to score double-digits against Ohio State in the last meeting between the two teams on Jan. 14.It would seem like a concerning matchup for the Buckeyes if not for the team’s inept offense. The Scarlet Knights average the 20th-fewest points per game in the nation with the ninth-lowest field-goal percentage in the country.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said going up against a good rebounding team and one that relies on interior scoring to win means his team will need to focus on what plagued it in the past two games.“When their guards are rolling and their bigs play off their guards really well, they make it for a difficult matchup,” Holtmann said. “It’s as physical a team as we probably play in the Big Ten I think. So I’m anxious to see how our guys respond to their physicality and length and rebounding ability.”Senior DayTuesday night will mark the final time seniors Jae’Sean Tate, Kam Williams and Andrew Dakich take the court at the Schottenstein Center as Buckeyes. There is also a chance it will be redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop’s final home game in Scarlet and Gray, if he forgoes his remaining year of eligibility to leave for the NBA draft.There will be a pregame ceremony for the seniors and Bates-Diop, and a chance for the players to address the fans after the game.Tate said his collegiate career has not flown by, but that his senior year has felt quicker than any other season despite the fact it could last longer than most other years due to the chance for extended postseason play.“Maybe that’s because we’re winning, having more fun than we have in a couple past years,” Tate said. “We’ve still got a good team coming in tomorrow, and we’ve still got to prepare for Indiana and make noise in the Big Ten tournament.” read more

The Best College Basketball Program of All Time

The University of Connecticut’s men’s and women’s basketball players won a pair of national titles this week, repeating the feat of their Huskies predecessors in 2004. The championships moved UConn into an indisputable lead as the most successful overall Division I college basketball program, when accounting for men’s and women’s achievements.UConn’s men’s and women’s teams, combined, have the most titles, the most tournament wins, the highest winning percentage and the highest average margin of victory in the NCAA tournament in Division I since 1951. The race was a close one until a few weeks ago, but UConn’s success this year coincided with stumbles by its two closest rivals in the category: Duke and Tennessee. It’s a remarkable achievement for UConn, which two decades ago hadn’t won any Division I basketball titles, men’s or women’s.UConn, Duke and Tennessee all entered two teams into tournaments this March. Four of the six teams were seeded third or better, and the two exceptions — UConn’s No. 7 men and Tennessee’s No. 11 men — were underseeded, according to FiveThirtyEight’s model. UConn went 12-0, while Tennessee’s teams won four games from the round of 64 on (plus a play-in win for the men). The Duke teams combined for just one win.If Duke had run the table while UConn disappointed, Duke would lead UConn in tournament wins and winning percentage. Tennessee could have led in winning percentage if its men’s and women’s programs had won titles, and UConn had struggled. UConn, though, would still lead the trio in titles. Its only real competition there is UCLA, which could have passed UConn with a men’s title.But the Bruins’ success has hardly been balanced: UCLA has won as many titles in the men’s tournament as it has won games in the women’s tournament. In fact, outside of Storrs, Conn., and a trio of Atlantic Coast Conference schools — Duke, North Carolina and Maryland — few of the leaders in combined basketball success have been truly successful in men’s and women’s hoops. Tennessee has a losing record in the men’s tournament even after this year’s run, and Stanford gets most of its wins from the women’s side.Kentucky, Kansas and Florida, meanwhile, have had little women’s success. Nonetheless, they appear on our list of the most successful combined programs, showing the teams with at least 10 wins in the men’s and women’s NCAA tournament since 1951 who have the best combined winning percentage in the tournament during that period. Other programs that have achieved a great deal in basketball didn’t even make the first cut, notably Georgia (little men’s success) and Michigan and Syracuse (little women’s success).Methodology alert: I’m counting the entire history of the women’s tournament, plus the men’s tournament since 1951, which is roughly when it superseded the National Invitation Tournament as the premier season-ending event. Including the earlier games and titles would make little practical difference because the tournament fields were so small — the NCAA men’s tournament through 1950 included just 111 games, compared with an overall total of men’s and women’s tournament games of nearly 5,000. I’m including the so-called play-in or first-round games introduced in 2001 since similar opening rounds counted as official games in earlier tournaments with field sizes that weren’t exponents of 2. Data comes from ESPN Stats & Information and, for this year, from the men’s and women’s brackets. read more

EYEWITNESS Killing dreams…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Equal opportunity…June 6, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Dealing with…March 23, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”Eyewitness: Look BackJanuary 28, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” …in the USThe US is a nation of immigrants, but you wouldn’t think so, based on the way President Trump and his supporters are carrying on and acting. When the “Pilgrim fathers” landed at Plymouth Rock, weren’t there PEOPLE who greeted them and gave them food? Who was Pocahontas, for crying out loud? But they say, tell a lie long enough and pretty soon you begin to believe your lie as the “gospel truth”!You know who said that? Hitler’s propaganda honcho, Goebbels, who insisted the Jews were wiped out “for their own good”. Well looks like the Native Indians in the US were all herded into ‘reservations” “out of sight, out of mind” for their “own good”. But if you look carefully at what’s unfolding – some immigrants are less equal than others, and the line is clear as black and white. Heck, the line IS black and white!!All those folks who came from Europe – who just HAPPENS to be white – are OK! Even Trump’s present wife is an immigrant from Slovenia, who started to work even before she got a visa permitting that. But the immigrants that Trump went after during the campaign – and has now started to implement measures to expel are all of a darker hue. “Immigrant” is a trope for “coloured from overseas”!Never mind these immigrants have taken all the literally dirty jobs that others won’t touch with a 10-foot pole. Well if those folks were to even go…then the “Americans” remaining will soon discover what it is to live in a hell-hole like Georgetown led by its Gang of Four! But the latest action by Trump is low even by his truncated standards. Think of this. When Obama was President he asked all children of illegal immigrants to register in a “Dreamers” programme which, in accordance with basic humanity, would allow them to live in the USA, educate themselves and serve their new homeland as citizens.But Trump, while shedding crocodile tears of “contrition”, has now cancelled the programme and placed some 800,000 mostly Spanish and coloured children – some now adults – in line to be deported. And they talk about “Indian givers”!! Your Eyewitness is convinced this will be a defining moment for America in this century and beyond.After its declaration of independence in 1776, the US was exemplified by the Statue of Liberty with its boldly engraved message: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.” No more…It’s now “everyman for himself and the devil take the hindmost”. Especially if the latter’s dark!!…in womenWhat exactly is going on with this Government and women. Right after the elections we had women rights activists pointing out the paucity of women in the Cabinet and the Boards.A lot of throat clearing ensued but nothing was done. Then we had the broken promise to Government workers on the “substantial raise” written in black and white in the APNU/AFC manifesto. Most of the workers in the lowest brackets were women. Red Thread poignantly asked how they were to live.Now, you’ve heard the one by Marie Antoinette when told the peasants didn’t have bread, haven’t you? “Let them eat cake”!! Well this Government that’s all heart just bested her. Told that guards in general, and women guards in particular, were getting ridiculously low wages – especially at nights – Minister Scott announced, “Well don’t hire women at nights!!”He of course, would like us to believe he’s really looking out for women’s safety. But let’s get real…wouldn’t it have been better to insist they get paid a special rate?Then maybe they can afford cabs to get home!!…in the PoliceThe ordinary folks know the Police Force needs a good hosing down to get rid of some bad apples. But seriously, folks, does the Government have to wash the dirty ones in public? read more

China strengthening its position on top of the gold pile

first_imgIncreasing access by foreign entities to cheap Chinese capital and improved safety and environmental regimes that are accelersting to become more in line with world best practice will continue to drive China’s in its new position as the world’s largest gold producer, according to Australia’s Sino Gold Mining. Sydney-based Sino – which operates the second largest gold mine in China, Jinfeng – said today the revolution in China’s gold industry had, however, yet to reach levels where it had become a sustainable industry.“That presents an opportunity for Australian gold miners, particularly because of the country’s cash liquidity and willingness now to debt fund foreign involvement in expanding and modernising China’s gold sector,” Sino’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Jake Klein, told the first day in Perth of the Paydirt 2009 Australian Gold Conference.“The change in circumstance in the sector since the local gold revolution commenced in 1995 is profound and the global equities market should expect it to continue. Five Chinese gold miners are now listed on the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges and Sino Gold itself used this emerging pathway to capital funding to raise more than A$175 million at less than 7% interest rate from Chinese banks to fund our developments there,” he said.“Expect the ongoing revolution to also see an easing in State ownership in China’s gold sector while successful local gold miners will expand out of China as they grow in confidence. They will obviously have the benefit of cheap capital backing to pursue resource opportunities overseas.”Klein appealed to Australian resource investors and mining houses to consider China gold opportunities against historic trends in domestic gold production and other lead global producers. “Australian gold production has in the last 10 years, collapsed by about 32% and would have been worse if it was not for the development of Newcrest’s single mine at Cadia Hill in NSW.” Klein said. “South Africa, which had long held the mantle of world’s largest gold producer, has seen its gold output plunge 42% in the past decade at a time total gold production has risen 40% – China’s gold revolution being the benefactor at the expense of Australia and South Africa.“However, while China now hosts four foreign gold mines – two of them owned by Sino – the country still only hosts five mines above an output of 100,000 oz/y. And while it has moved from vast subsistence gold mining in 1995 to the issue since of 20,000 government backed and regulated exploration licences, the majority of these gold footprints have barely been subject to modern exploratory analysis.”Klein said Australian explorers had the expertise to assess the data base built up from subsistence mining records, lock down financing via China’s cheap and increasingly available capital, and drive the transition process which is cementing China’s position as the world’s new number one gold producer.“The best of the subsistence mines, for example, never produced anything more than 15,000 -16,000 oz/y of gold  yet sit on known ore mineralisation that has barely been drilled,” Klein said. As a result, this is an industry still in transformation and yet to become sustainable. Critically for Australian investors wanting to step up their role in this sector, one of the biggest catalysts influencing the change in China’s gold and mining structure is that safety and environmental regulation have now been bestowed Ministerial status.“This is, for the first time, helping turn around the country’s alarming and unacceptable incident levels and death and injury rates in its old and now being phased out, mining practices. Australian miners should expect this level of safety and environmental regulation to continue.”Sino Gold pointed to the ongoing emergence of Jinfeng as an insight into the untapped potential in China from historically ‘known’ mineralised areas. “In 2001, Jinfeng had the potential of 1 Moz, it is now 5 Moz and continuing to expand and we expect to produce around 180,000 oz this calendar year.” Klein explained. “Its cash operating costs are also coming down from $400/oz in calendar 2008 to $375 in the latest December quarter. The mine is now reaching a reliable performance level – and that’s the potential that awaits the broader gold sector in China through organic and new mine opportunities open to foreign entities.”last_img read more

Bucyrus roof support carrier ensures best fit for different operations

first_imgSpecialised roof support carriers began gaining popularity following the introduction of the Bucyrus Model 601 Vers-A-Trac® at Island Creek’s VP3 mine in July, 1978. As longwall systems have become larger and heavier, the Vers-A-Trac line has grown to accommodate them. Today, the Bucyrus Vers-A-Trac 650, the largest battery roof support carrier in the Vers-A-Trac family, is one of the most powerful roof support carriers available on the market. Since making its debut at MINExpo 2004, the VT650 (to be seen on the contents page of IM, August 2009) has grown to a population of 42 machines in the US and 22 in China. It can be configured as DC, AC or Diesel to best suit the needs of the customer’s application. All VT650 models are capable of carrying 45 t and feature a tri-sectional frame design with dual motors located near the axles and an oscillation bearing that’s 180% stronger than that of the VT636-2. The VT650 is able to rotate its rear frame independently from the load half of the machine, giving it extra stability even when handling loads equal to the empty vehicle weight. This ensures that the rear wheels maintain contact with the roadway even under severe conditions.In addition to the tri-sectional frame design, all VT650s share the same tilt/lift feature which aids in the accurate placement of payloads, 100o articulation for greater manoeuvrability and a chassis made from high-strength steel that is 50% thicker than comparative machines. The chassis also incorporates bends where applicable for improved strength and reduced indeterminate stresses introduced by welding.The ergonomic design of the operator’s compartment is another key feature shared by all Bucyrus Vers-A-Tracs. Operator comfort is paramount for maintaining a safe working environment. Controls are logically placed in easy-to-reach positions and they are easily operated from the padded, adjustable seat. The frame is contoured with the top sloping from the center to the outside, promoting visibility around the vehicle’s perimeter. The decks are contoured in the reverse manner, tapering from the center upwards to the outside to ensure maximum ground clearance when negotiating confined areas on the longwall face.Bucyrus prides itself on giving customers options to ensure the best fit for their operations. The newest option when choosing a Vers-A-Trac 650 is the diesel-powered VT650D. Introduced in April 2009, this provides the same features as the battery-powered VT650s with the added power of a Cummins 8.3 179 kW diesel power pack.Converting the highly successful battery-powered VT650 to a diesel machine presented some challenges for engineering. According to Jim Coe, Senior Engineer with Bucyrus, “dealing with unknown centres of gravity for the power pack provided a grey area when it came to knowing exactly what the weight distribution would ultimately be on the completed vehicle.” The placement of the centre of gravity in relationship to the weight of the vehicle relates directly to load handling capability and overall power-to-weight relationships. “The idea is to maintain as light of a vehicle weight as possible and use the length of the unit to counter balance the load,” said Coe. Since the design goal of the VT650D was to retain the load handling characteristics and maneuvering capabilities of the battery-powered VT650s, the length and width as well as the wheel base were easily defined. The weight distribution challenge was overcome by increasing the weight of the chassis and using ballast. Another challenge was packaging the transmission and power pack along with the associated components within the envelope while still providing operator visibility. Routing the driveline from the engine to the transmission for distribution to the axles was difficult due to the machine’s tri sectional chassis and 100o articulation configuration, but the final drive train design will ensure a long service life for all associated components. Despite the challenges, the Bucyrus engineering team was able to create a diesel roof support carrier that fit the bill.Another recent addition is the AC version of the battery-powered VT650 which made its debut at MINExpo 2008. The VT650AC features the Bucyrus HiPAC 10 control system which is an innovative variable frequency inverter drive that allows costly DC motors to be replaced by higher power, more efficient AC motors. Traction power is increased by 100% and hydraulic power by nearly 300%. These increases, in turn, nearly double loaded traction speed and grade-ability and improve hydraulic performance.The HiPAC 10 drive provides regenerative braking by allowing energy that is required to decelerate the vehicle to supplement the battery capacity. This feature reduces the duty cycle of mechanical brakes, increasing brake life.The VT650AC also features an upgraded operator’s compartment. All machine parameters are now visible at a glance on the large display that is also capable of providing fault analysis and data logging.The Vers-A-Trac 650 series offers distinct advantages over the competition. One of these advantages is that VT650s are able to remove most shearers, head drives and tail drives without first disassembling them, saving an operation approximately one full day on a longwall move. The VT650AC, which has a maximum speed of 6.5 km/h, has the advantage of speed and manoeuvrability over cable and crawler type roof support carriers which have a maximum speed of about 1.5 km/h. Based on the assumption of a 50% duty cycle, the theoretical minimum benefit to an operation is equal to one full day on the move. With an average US longwall production of 650 short tons per hour and a $60 per ton market price, one day saved on a non-productive longwall move equates to a gain of $936,000.Giving customers the option of battery or diesel-powered Vers-A-Trac 650s allows them to select the best fit for their operations. Battery-powered Vers-A-Tracs are the best choice for mines where noise and ventilation requirements are a concern as these machines do not negatively impact the working environment with emissions or noise. A quieter machine allows workers to hear each other more easily, making for a safer work environment. The diesel-powered VT650D is the best option when higher ground speeds are necessary to move long distances or when steep grades or poor ground conditions are present.last_img read more

SERBIA Jovica Cvetkovic is sacked

← Previous Story VIDEO: One, two, three, Kielce Next Story → Cristina Neagu is most paid in women’s handball? Jovica CvetkovicSerbian Handball Federation The Management Board of Serbian Handball Federation decided to sack head-coach of the Men’s national team – Jovica Cvetkovic, after winning 12th place at Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia. However, overal result in Croatia wasn’t problematic for SHF, but more relations between coach and players, who came into media in the worst possible way via public letter of the players who reacted on the parts of Cvetkovic’s official report after competition.“I didn’t have support from Federation, we worked like in stone age, I had a pressure from president Djurkovic. Also, things which happened in Croatia were shame for handball. That didn’t happened in history of our handball that players going in the night clubs, booking flight tickets for going back home even before the end”, said Cvetkovic.SHF president Bozidar Djurkovic said:Cvetkovic had my full support for his work, but I expected much more self-critics after all. We lost two matches with 10 goals, three with five. We didn’t play good and with all problems on relation coach-players, I can’t vote for this report”.With 10 votes against and only one for, Cvetkovic is sacked. read more