Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola revealed in a recent interview that he had rushed to the Manchester Arena after learning that his wife and daughters were there at the time of the terror attack which shook the world last year.He said that he had received calls from his frantic wife and his two daughters while they were at the Ariana Grande concert which was targeted by a suicide bomber back in May 2017.”I was at home with my son and my wife and daughters were there. At the end we were lucky. Unfortunately [there were many] people who suffered,” Guardiola told BBC Radio 5 Live.”She called me but immediately the line broke. She told me, ‘Something happened and we are running, but I don’t know what happened,’ and the line broke. We tried to call her again and it didn’t work. We went to the arena. After five or six minutes she called me again and said, ‘We are out, we are out’.”22 lives were lost with numerous injured in the horrific attack. Guardiola lauded the city’s resilient response, saying that he would not manage any other club in England.”Statistics and numbers are nice, but numbers are not a passion,” he said.”It does not give you something. It is better to say after 10 years I remember this final and how well we played, to remember the way we have done it.”Titles are important, of course, and they have helped me have jobs and to keep working on my passion.advertisement”But I think all the managers, we are happy with our old players when we can laugh and hug and have a good relation. Everyone loves to be loved, it is the secret of our lives.”I will be Mancunian for the rest of my life. I will be a Manchester City fan and it will be impossible to train another team like Manchester City in England, because I feel love from the people here.”Guardiola added that after last season’s record-breaking title campaign, he feels loved by the City fans and wants to give back more to them.(With inputs from IANS)
DALLAS, TX – NOVEMBER 26: Head coach Chad Morris of the Southern Methodist Mustangs enters the field before a game against the Navy Midshipmen at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Chad Morris didn’t just pick up some coaching acumen during his time on Dabo Swinney’s staff. He apparently learned to dance as well. We’re less than three weeks from National Signing Day, but Morris couldn’t wait to break out in dance when thinking about his first full-cycle recruiting class at SMU. And dance he does.In 18 Days the next #StangGang16 will be introduced to our great city of @DallasTX n we gonna Party like….. pic.twitter.com/JEUbcjaNiD— Chad Morris (@coachchadmorris) January 16, 2016SMU’s class currently ranks No. 62 in the country, and No. 2 in the AAC. That’s solid progress for the Mustangs. Dance on, Coach.
TORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:What’s next for NAFTA?Negotiators for Canada, Mexico and the U.S. are under the gun to make headway on a new NAFTA deal after passing the unofficial deadline of May 17, put in place to give Congress enough time to vote on it by the end of the year. Canadian officials say a deal is “close” but issues such as auto-sector content rules and a U.S.-proposed five-year sunset clause remain sticking points.Wholesale tradeStatistics Canada releases the wholesale trade figures for March on Tuesday. The agency said wholesale sales fell 0.8 per cent to $62.8 billion in February, the largest downward move and the second monthly drop since September 2017.Bank earnings kickoffCIBC will report second-quarter results on Wednesday, the first of the big banks to do so. The bank recently raised its posted five-year fixed-rate mortgage rate by 15 basis points, from 4.99 per cent to 5.14 per cent. The move followed similar announcements from Royal Bank and TD Bank, and are a result of rising bond yields.Royal updateRoyal Bank releases second-quarter results on Thursday. RBC CEO David McKay recently said that large tech companies pose a threat to banks, as their command of data allows them to not only deduce what customers’ needs are and direct them to preferred financial institutions, but also get into banking themselves.Latest from TDTD Bank reports its second-quarter results on Thursday. The bank recently followed Bank of Montreal by lowering its five-year variable closed rate to 2.45 per cent until the end of May. The moves come amid slowing mortgage growth and falling home sales, which hit a five-year low in April.
A trailblazer, a visionary leader, social worker, and first-generation entrepreneur, Vikash Kumar Singh broke new ground by introducing professional education for the ‘weaker sections’ in India.Born in a family of Indian Air Force, Singh not just had the opportunity to travel extensively across the country and pick up multifarious skills, languages, and interests, he also had the zeal to do things differently, the passion to excel, the conviction to break frees and the will to achieve. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIn 2008, Singh realised that there is a huge gap in the education system, right from the grass root level (toddlers onwards). The need for proper mentoring and education at an early stage among the toddlers prompted him and his team to study the parameter to bridge the gap and that start an institution involving tiny tots and toddlers. Today this institution ‘Genius Kids’ is considered to be one of the best in making a solid foundation for tiny tots during their formative years, thereby enabling them to become compatible and competitive. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardHe has been several times accorded with awards and honours in the field of innovative thinking and public speaking and was awarded the Rashtriya Rattan Award in the year 2002 in recognition to his outstanding services to the society and individual achievements in nation building through innovative educational activities at All India achievers conference in New Delhi. He was also awarded the Society Icon 2017 by Magna and also received the Top 50 SME index in India from ASSOCHAM in 2016. Moreover, on April 12, 2019, Genius Kids received the certificate of recognition and Award as The Top Pre Schools Of India ranking 2018 at School Leadership Summit 2019. Also, on March 8, 2019, Annex College was awarded the India’s Education Excellence Award 2018 as India’s Best Institute for Management and Technical Education in Eastern India by Berkshire Media LLC, USA. “I always believe that you cannot achieve your goal and excel in life without being passionate. I always strive for my goal with full planning, strategy, conviction, and an objective to not only for my personal growth but also to give back to society and grow with the impact I have created through my work,” says Singh. Vikash is a first generation entrepreneur having no family background in business or entrepreneurship. Sharing his mantra of success, he says, “The flavour of success lies in your conviction to break free, your passion to excel and your will to achieve. Proper utilisation of time to generate goodwill and create social impact is entrepreneurship for me.” “I belong to a middle-class family and hence I was not born with a silver spoon in mouth. I started my journey with nothing except a dream. But, today when I turn back and see that more than 10,000 dreams have become a manifest reality with our institution, I feel proud of it. I take pride in having guided an entire generation of knowledge seekers. I have done a bit for the society at the age of 41 and wish to do a lot more in the future.”
New Delhi: Apollo Tyres Thursday reported 66.41 per cent plunge in consolidated net profit at Rs 83.99 crore for the fourth quarter of 2018-19, hit by Rs 100 crore write-off related to IL&FS. The company has written off Rs 100 crore for the March quarter and a total of Rs 200 crore for the entire 2018-19 fiscal on account of IL&FS issue. It had posted a net profit of Rs 250.10 crore for the fourth quarter of 2017-18. Sales for the period under review stood at Rs 4,176.25 crore. It stood at Rs 3,982.43 crore for the same quarter a year ago, Apollo Tyres said in a statement. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraFor 2018-19, the company reported a profit of Rs 679.84 crore, down 6.08 per cent from Rs 723.88 crore in 2017-18. Sales during the last fiscal stood at Rs 17,273.39 crore as against Rs 14,928.95 crore in 2017-18. “Considering the headwinds, we have managed a healthy volume growth across geographies for the full year, as well as, in the fourth quarter of 2018-19. The bottom line has been impacted, especially in fourth quarter, due to the write-off for IL&FS,” Apollo Tyres Chairman Onkar S Kanwar said. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe increase in raw material prices by nearly 10 per cent in fourth quarter also impacted the performance, he added. “In India, with the green shoots already visible in the replacement market, we are optimistic about the overall sales picking up post the elections; European operations, on the other hand, will continue with its strong performance on the back of increased supplies from Hungary,” Kanwar said. The company said it holds unsecured, short term intercorporate deposit of Rs 200 crore with IL&FS Financial Services. The said deposit was due for maturity on October 22, 2018. However, IL&FS defaulted on the payment. The interest accrued and due on this investment of Rs 8.03 crore till October 22, 2018 has not been recorded, the company said. “As a result of increased credit risk in relation to outstanding balances from IL&FS and the uncertainty prevailing due to the proceedings pending with the NCL T, the entire amount of Rs 200 crore has been written off, of which Rs 100 crore was provided for up to December 31, 2018,” it added. Crisis-hit IL&FS Group is under a debt of over Rs 94,000 crore and various entities, including some former officials and auditors, are under the scanner for widespread irregularities and huge loan defaults.
Camillo M. Gonsalves, the Caribbean archipelago’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, told the sixth day of the Assembly’s high-level segment that his country faces “being stigmatized out of our transition into financial services” by the Group of Twenty (G20) major economies, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and what he called “other non-inclusive bodies.”Speaking at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Gonsalves said the crackdown on tax havens were actually “a pathetic effort to cast a wide and indiscriminate net of blame across a swath of legitimate and well-regulated countries’ development efforts.“We note the irony of these paternalistic prescriptions from the same countries that are unable to stem corruption and mismanagement within their own borders, where corporations recklessly squander trillions of dollars and a single buccaneer investor can make $50 billion disappear into thin air – an amount greater than the combined annual budget expenditures of the entire CARICOM [Caribbean Community] sub-region,” he said.Mr. Gonsalves took aim at the G20 for describing itself last week, at a summit in the United States city of Pittsburgh, as the premier forum for international economic cooperation.“Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is not a member of the G20, nor were we consulted on its ascension to the ranks of arbiters of our economic fate… The G20 faces a serious legitimacy problem: aside from being non-inclusive and unofficial, many of the countries at that table represent the champions of the financial and economic orthodoxies that led the world down the rabbit-hole to its current economic malaise.”The Permanent Representative also cast doubt on recent reports from some observers that the economy is returning to normal.“The invisible hand of the market is still clasped firmly around the throats of poor people and the developing countries of the world. We see none of the so-called ‘green shoots’ that populate the fantasies of discredited economic cheerleaders.“Indeed, the seeds sown by this crisis may produce the strange and bitter fruit of increased poverty, suffering and social and political upheaval. The crisis itself, with its disproportionate impact on the poor, will only widen and deepen the yawning gap between developed and developing countries.” 29 September 2009The efforts of major and industrialized economies to crack down on so-called tax havens are just an excuse to spread the blame for the global financial crisis on small nations’ legitimate attempts at development, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines told the General Assembly today.
Suncor attributed the lower-than-expected 2012 spending to its new Firebag Stage 4 oil sands project, which came in 10% under budget, as well as slowing the pace of some projects it is jointly developing alongside France’s Total SA.One of those projects is the Voyageur upgrader, which would be used to transform tarry oil sands bitumen into a lighter oil refineries are capable of processing.Williams has previously said that burgeoning U.S. oil growths in regions such as North Dakota is putting pressure on the economics of the multibillion-dollar upgrader, which has been shelved since late 2008.“Together with our joint venture partner, we have accelerated the review of the Voyageur project with the intent to reach a decision by the end of the first quarter in 2013,” said Williams.“Until a decision is made, we have agreed to minimize spending on this project.”Suncor and Total are also reviewing the economic feasibility of their Fort Hills and Joslyn oilsands mines. Suncor has vowed to put cost and quality ahead of schedule ahead of those projects as a means to avoid the cost overruns that occurred during the last boom.About $3.3-billion of next year’s budget is to go towards growth projects, while $4-billion is for sustaining capital to make sure existing operations run smoothly.Total production next year is expected to be 570,000 to 620,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, an increase from the 530,000 to 580,000 Suncor forecast at the end of 2011 for this year.Suncor shares fell 14 cents to $32.32 Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. CALGARY — Oil sands giant Suncor Energy Inc. said Monday it has set a $7.3-billion capital spending budget for 2013 and that it plans to make a decision on whether to go ahead with its Voyageur upgrader early next year.[np_storybar title=”Oil sands producers could feel squeeze as pipeline capacity tightens” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2012/11/28/oil-sands-producers-could-feel-squeeze-as-pipeline-capacity-dwindles/”%5DPlans are under way to build oil pipelines south, west and east, but even if they are successful they’re not going to alleviate today’s problem: Many of Canada’s oil pipelines are full and it’s only a matter of time before they choke off oil growth.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]The 2013 spending plans mark a slight dip from the $7.5-billion Suncor had originally expected to spend in 2012, but an increase from its revised forecast of $6.65-billion announced along with its third-quarter results about a month ago.“Our 2013 capital plan demonstrates our commitment to be absolutely diligent in pursuing those projects expected to provide profitable, long-term growth for shareholders,” said CEO Steve Williams.“As a result of our disciplined and prudent spending in 2012, we will begin 2013 with a strong balance sheet and the ability to fund our capital program completely from internal cash flow.”Click to enlarge
Fifteen people were arrested in downtown Simcoe this week during a major drug sweep.The arrests began when the Norfolk OPP, the Norfolk-Haldimand Community Street Crime Unit, the OPP Emergency Response Team and the OPP canine unit executed a search warrant at a home on Victoria Street Thursday.During the operation, police seized cash and narcotics, including fentanyl.Six of the people taken into custody were charged.A 65-year-old Norfolk woman was charged with possession of fentantyl for the purposes of trafficking, possession of methamphetamine for the purposes of trafficking, possession of cocaine for the purposes of trafficking, and failure to comply with terms of a recognizance.A 32-year-old man was charged with possession of fentanyl for the purposes of trafficking, possession of methamphetamine for the purposes of trafficking, possession of cocaine for the purposes of trafficking, possession of property obtained by crime worth less than $5,000, and failure to comply with a probation order.A 34-year-old Norfolk man has been charged with possession of fentanyl for the purposes of trafficking, possession of methamphetamine for the purposes of trafficking, possession of cocaine for the purposes of trafficking, and failure to comply with the terms of a recognizance.A 22-year-old Norfolk man was charged with possession of methamphetamine.A 39-year-old Haldimand man has been charged with possession of cocaine and three counts of failing to comply with a probation order.A 24-year-old Norfolk man has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime worth less than $5,000.“Our Community Street Crime Unit has been very effective with proactive illicit drug investigations,” Insp. Joe Varga, head of the Norfolk OPP, said Friday in a news release.“This is yet another example that highlights the need for the police and the community to work in partnership to resolve crime. People who distribute illicit drugs and are involved in criminal activity know the police are watching, but if we create a community where these people know everyone is watching and reporting, that will promote safer communities within our county.”The accused will answer the charges at a later date in the Ontario Court of Justice at the Norfolk County Courthouse in Simcoe.Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk launched a two-month program Friday focussing on criminals who traffic in fentanyl and other potentially fatal narcotics.Crime Stoppers is prepared to pay $1,000 for tips leading to the seizure of significant quantities of synthetic opioids or the arrest of individuals who are ultimately charged with trafficking in these substances.Information in this area can be shared with the Norfolk OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Tips can also be shared with the local Crime Stoppers unit at 1-800-222-8477.Callers to Crime Stoppers do not identify themselves, do not speak to a police officer and do not testify in court. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
Oil prices follow stocks lower, tumble to 8-month low; gasoline slides AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 28, 2012 4:57 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil hit an eight-month low Thursday as hopes dimmed for a solution to Europe’s financial crisis.Benchmark U.S. crude lost $2.52, or 3.1 per cent, to end at US$77.69 per barrel in New York. That’s the lowest price since Oct. 4. Oil traders also took their cue from U.S. stock markets, which were sharply lower for most of the day.Declining oil prices hold the promise of lower pump prices for drivers. The U.S. average has dropped nearly 57 cents in less than three months and is now $3.369 per gallon, according to auto club AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. Gas hasn’t been this cheap since Jan. 7. Oil has dropped about 25 per cent since May 1.In Canada, the price at the pump averaged C$1.226 per litre, down from $1.266 a month ago, according to GasBuddy.com.As European leaders met in Brussels to discuss new ideas for dealing with the region’s yawning debts, there were sharp divisions over the steps needed to stimulate growth in the eurozone, a region that consumes about 16 per cent of the world’s oil. That left analysts fearing more of the same in the three-year-old crisis.“We’re back to the same old worries that the Europeans aren’t going to do anything to resolve their debt crisis,” said Gene McGillian, a broker and oil analyst at Tradition Energy.Meanwhile, natural gas futures fell 2.7 per cent as a government report showed U.S. supplies remain unusually high. The Energy Information Administration said supplies grew by 57 billion cubic feet to about 3.06 trillion cubic feet last week. That’s more than the 51 billion to 55 billion cubic feet that analysts were predicting. The U.S. supply is about 25 per cent higher than average for this time of year, the government said.Natural gas futures fell by 7.6 cents to end at US$2.722 per 1,000 cubic feet in New York. Natural gas is less than a quarter of what it cost in 2008 and 38 per cent cheaper than at the same time last year.Analysts say traders decided to lock in profits after prices had jumped in the past several weeks. Natural gas had risen 45.5 per cent since April when it hit a 10-year low at $1.91.“We’ve had a tremendous run,” Schork said. “The bulls are exhausted right now.”Utilities will use some of that supply as Americans try to stay cool in the coming days. Temperatures topped 40 degrees Celsius across the central Midwest and Great Plains on Thursday. A heat wave is expected to roast much of the country with record-breaking temperatures this weekend and next week.In other futures trading, heating oil lost 1.72 cents to end at $2.5937 per gallon while wholesale gasoline lost 2.11 cents to $2.5993 per gallon.Brent crude, which is used to price oil imported into the U.S., fell by $2.14 to finish at $91.36 per barrel in London.â€”â€”â€”(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE)
Brock University will mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Monday, Dec. 3 by recognizing its third Accessibility and Inclusion Recognition Award recipient.Each year, the University recognizes a volunteer, student, staff or faculty member who has made an outstanding contribution in the area of accessibility and inclusion. Previous winners of the award include Keely Grossman (BA ’17), the Founder of ABLE Brock and Jessica Lewis (BRLS ’18), a disability advocate and Paralympian.This year’s award will be handed out at noon Monday in the the CPI Library found in Thistle 136.
Award-winning conservationist and developer Mark Lucas and his son ZacCredit:SWNS The section, measuring four metres by metres, has had a glass frame placed on top to allow visitors to view the ancient craftsmanship.Mr Lucas added: “This is probably one of my most challenging projects and certainly one of the most enjoyable.”I have just sold it, but looking around at the work that has gone into it, I sometimes wish I had kept hold of it.”His son Zac, 19, is following in his father’s footsteps in property development and restoration.He said: “It’s the first project I have done with my dad and it’s definitely something to be proud of.”Now I can’t wait to move on to the next one.” Mr Lucas said: “We started to clear away layers of debris, grime, dirt and grease until we got to the stonework in a corner of the cellar.”And then to our amazement there was more stretching to the other side of the room.”To think the Romans came here in 43 AD and it is still in pristine condition.”We did not need to repoint any of the brickwork.”Just a bit of the brick had chipped away and we were able to fill it with very light chalk and lime.”The Archaeological Society has confirmed the artefact dated back to Roman times but has so far been unable to pinpoint it down to a year. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Building work in a busy town centre has revealed a pristine section of a Roman road, dating back almost 2,000 years.Award-winning conservationist and developer Mark Lucas and his son Zac bought the unit to renovate and convert into a shop – without knowing for certain the road was there.The pair were tipped off about the potentially historic find at the bottom of the five-storey Grade II listed building by the previous owner, and have now been able to reveal the section of road.The unit sits on an ancient Roman road in Rochester, Kent, which once took legions of soldiers from the coast to London.
His father Frank is unlike any character I’ve played beforeBenedict Cumberbatch Benedict Cumberbatch has landed a new film role as a Romany Gypsy bare-knuckle fighter after claiming he couldn’t escape “class-typing”. The Oscar nominee, 41, has been cast in Gypsy Boy, the film adaptation of Mikey Walsh’s best-selling memoirs.The autobiography, along with its sequel Gypsy Boy: On The Run, chronicled Walsh’s experiences growing up and, knowing that he was gay, running away from the Romany community of champion bare-knuckle fighters in England in the 1980s and 1990s. Cumberbatch will play Mikey’s father, Frank, who places a pair of golden gloves on a chain around his son’s neck when he is born in the hope that he will maintain the family’s fighting reputation.Speaking about the role, he said it was “unlike any character I’ve played before”. “I was immediately drawn to Mikey’s courageous and heart-breaking story,” he said. “He’s a complex man torn between tradition and his love for a son struggling to come to terms with an identity that’s completely at odds with Frank and his culture.”It’s a tension that threatens to tear everyone in their family and that community apart.”It comes after Cumberbatch, who was educated at Harrow, said he was typecast due to his background. In an interview in 2011 with the Radio Times, he said: “Being a posh actor in England you cannot escape the class-typing from whatever side you look at it. Show more Casting is currently under way to find a young actor to play Mikey opposite Cumberbatch.Filmmaker Morgan Matthews will be directing the movie, financed by BBC Films.”I fell in love with this story as soon as I heard Mikey speaking about his childhood on the radio a few years ago,” he said.”Mikey’s extraordinary life touches upon the universal subjects of identity, love, conflict, courage and sacrifice – set within a brutal and extreme yet paradoxically beautiful and intoxicating hidden world.”I’m so excited to have Benedict on board – it’s a dream to be able to work with him.”Production on the film is due to start next summer. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “I realised from quite early on that, although I wasn’t trying to make a class specialty of it, I was playing slightly asexual, sociopathic intellectuals.”
The package is said to deliver ride comfort levels that are equal to or better than any other machine on the market while still maintaining their class-leading dozing and ripping capabilities. It has also developed a factory-fitted Australian mining spec package, allowing the dozers to be delivered directly from factory to mine site in a ‘mine-ready’ configuration. According to David Laidlaw, Komatsu Australia’s Mining Product Manager, Bulldozers and Excavators, Komatsu mining dozers are renowned as the best ripping and dozing machines on the market – but until now have not had the same reputation for comfort and ride. “Our combination of track configuration and design, transmission and powertrain – including the automatic/direct drive transmission on the D375A-6 – have meant that Komatsu dozers have a well-deserved reputation for out-ripping and out-pushing any other dozer in the market,” he said.”Now to address perception on comfort and ride, we’ve made a number of significant modifications to the undercarriage, as well as the cab mountings. “Following trials in Hunter Valley and Central Queensland coal mines, we can confirm that the ride, vibration levels and operator comfort on Komatsu mining dozers are as good as or better than any other machine,” Laidlaw said.“We carried out a rigorous independent testing program, comparing a D475A-5EO with the ride enhancement package fitted, one without, and a competitive machine – and the results show that we have achieved our ride and operator comfort objectives.”The undercarriage modifications included changes to the bogie and equaliser bar oscillation angles, along with new style cabin mounts to reduce shock loads.Additional research and testing is continuing into ways of further improving ride and comfort levels.According to Laidlaw, Komatsu’s factory-fitted ‘mine spec’ option saves considerable time and expense when preparing and delivering dozers to mine operations. “It ensures that mine specification requirements for our dozers are manufactured and installed to Komatsu’s exacting production standards prior to being shipped to Australia, and that they comply to ISO engineering standards,” he said. The factory-fitted mining specification package includes:Right- and left-hand access platforms with handrails, toerails, access lights and worklights, giving safe, secure access for operators and maintenance crews to the side and rear of the machine, including checking and refilling fuel and hydraulic tanks, cleaning of cab windows, and checking cab mounted lights High mounted HID (high- intensity discharge) headlights for safer working at nightA battery and starter isolator boxCentralised grease pointsManual engine stop switchesEngine bay maintenance light.The D475A-5EO, which has an operating weight of 108.4 t, is powered by a Komatsu SAA12V140-3 Tier II-compliant engine rated at 664 kW, and incorporating a Komatsu-designed heavy duty high-pressure common rail injection (CRI) air-to-air charge air cooling system. “It’s a totally electronically controlled engine, giving optimum fuel efficiency and power while minimising emission levels, while other changes have been made to further increase service life. Komatsu has specifically designed this heavy duty CRI system to meet the needs and demands of large machines in mining applications,” Laidlaw said.The D375A-6, with an operating weight of 71.64 t, is powered by Komatsu’s Tier 3-compliant turbocharged and aftercooled SAA6D170E-5 engine rated at 455 kW.It is coupled with Komatsu’s automatic gearshift transmission, which selects the optimal gear range depending on the working conditions and load on the machine, ensuring the machine is always operating at maximum efficiency plus a lockup torque converter.“Ripping performance is further enhanced through Komatsu’s electronic powertrain control system, which results in a highly efficient drawbar pull, putting more power to the ground where it counts,” said Laidlaw.In dozing operations, Komatsu’s new Fully Universal (Full-U), and Semi Universal (Semi-U) blades allow for increased production without increasing blade width or reducing digging force. A redesigned sectional shape increases load-hauling capacity during dozing operation.All components in both machines, including engine, transmission components and hydraulics, have – as with all Komatsu machines been designed and built from the ground up by Komatsu to work together as an integrated whole.Brief Specs are: D375A-6: Operating weight, 71.64 t; engine, Komatsu SAA6D170E-5 engine rated at 455 kW (net); blade capacity, 18.5 m3 (semi-U), 22 m3 (full-U).D475A-5EO: Operating weight (with semi-U dozer, giant ripper), 108,390 kg; engine, Komatsu SAA12V140E-3 rated at 664 kW at 2000 rpm; blade capacity: semi-U, 27.2 m3; full-U, 34.4 m3; coal, 70-76 m3.
Logitech is one of the most well known peripheral makers out there, and it has a healthy selection of rodents available for most people’s needs. Its latest mouse attempts to shake things up a bit though, by moving away from the standard shape and adding additional functionality when in your hand rather than on your desk.The Logitech Cube is a mouse shaped like a box, but small enough to drop into a pocket. It’s not the most hand-friendly design, but there’s a good reason for this. If you pick up the Cube it stops being a mouse and becomes a presentation gadget. You can use it to advance slides by tapping the touch sensitive surface of the Cube. If you want to go back, you turn the Cube over in your hand and tap again. Back on the desk and in mouse mode it has two hidden buttons. There’s also an area of the top surface you can swipe your finger across to scroll, just like using a scroll wheel. Logitech ships the Cube with Flow Scroll software, which is meant to make scrolling very smooth (but hopefully adjustable for speed).The official unveiling of the Logitech Cube will be done next week during CES. It has already been branded as an International CES Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree, so we’re interested to see this mouse hybrid in action.The lack of actual physical button means there’s less chance of this mouse actually breaking, but you are going to be reliant on the Logitech software to make it work. Your past experience of using Logitech drivers and software will determine whether that’s a positive or a negative.Read more at Blog.Logitech, via TechCrunch
The company had already stopped selling assault-style guns several years ago, except in Alaska. In the statement: “Fred Meyer has made a business decision to exit the firearms category. We are currently working on plans to responsibly phase out sales of firearms and ammunition.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Fred Meyer announced on Friday, March 16, that they will stop selling guns and ammunition at all of their retail stores, including in Alaska. Other stores announced in the wake of that shooting that they would stop selling guns to anyone under 21 including Walmart, and Dick’s Sporting Goods recently banned sales of assault rifles. Following last month’s high school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead, Fred Meyer said it would stop selling firearms to anyone under 21. In a statement the company said it made the decision after evaluating customer preferences. The company sells guns at nearly 45 of its 132 stores in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-fred-meyer-no-longer-selling-guns.mp3VmJennifer-on-fred-meyer-no-longer-selling-guns.mp300:00RPd
0 Avengers fans, assemble! Marvel Studios Marvel has announced an Avengers: Endgame online viewing party on Friday, Aug. 2, including Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and executive producer Trinh Tran, with Vudu to host. The 6 p.m. PT screening, celebrating the film’s in-home release, will see Feige and Tran share “behind-the-scenes insider scoops” on Avengers and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).Avengers: Endgame last week finally surpassed Avatar as the highest-grossing movie of all time. On Tuesday it was debuted on digital, and it will be on Blu-ray Aug. 13. Avengers: Endgame is streaming. Here are the directors’ best reveals Marvel’s MCU Phase 4 plans revealed: Black Widow, Shang-Chi, Thor: Love and Thunder, new Doctor Strange and more Avengers on CNET Post a comment Tags 3:04 Marvel’s Phase 4 plan explained TV and Movies Culture Online How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Share your voice Marvel is also celebrating Avengers: Endgame’s home release with the We Love You 3,000 Tour this summer, which kicked off at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) in July and will hit nine cities across the US in total.The tour will next visit a Giants game at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Aug. 8, where some people will snag a limited-edition print; three Best Buy in-store events simultaneously in Chicago, Torrance and Miami on Aug. 13, where there’ll be a “photo booth experience”; and two more Best Buy events in Minneapolis on Aug. 14; and Cleveland on Aug. 20, where fans will be taken on a trolley tour of the city, to visit Marvel filming locations.It will culminate at D23 in Anaheim, California, on Aug. 23-25. Ahead of the Vudu screening, you can start sending questions over to Feige and Tran already, and then use the #VuduViewingParty hashtag during the event.”In addition, you can compete for some pretty sweet Avengers-themed prizes including Hisense 4K TVs, Funko figures, Lego Avengers sets, signed copies of ‘The Road to Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame – The Art of the Marvel Cinematic Universe,’ sports jackets, hoodies, and other cool collectibles,” Marvel Studios said Thursday. 26 Photos It’s time to assemble. Join the #VuduViewingParty for Marvel Studios’ #AvengersEndgame TOMORROW with producers Kevin Feige and Trinh Tran! Learn more: https://t.co/JFrDv99RcP— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) August 1, 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Marvel
The creature, thought to be a giant squid, turned out to be a decomposing whale. A portion if it is seen here. (Photo courtesy of John Hagen)For a few hours Tuesday, a reported giant squid sighting in Lynn Canal excited marine researchers. But after some investigation, it was determined the alleged squid was, in fact, a decomposing whale.Listen nowOn Tuesday morning, a fisherman called the U.S. Coast Guard to report a giant squid on the West side of Lynn Canal, near St. James Bay.The Coast Guard passed the message on to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Since squid aren’t mammals, the stranding network deferred to the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute.“They thought, we don’t do squid, maybe you guys like squid. And everybody got really excited about a giant squid,” John Moran, a fisheries research biologist with the institute’s Auke Bay Laboratories, said.“A lot of researchers were getting excited about it and wanted samples,” Moran said. “They wanted to know what they were eating. Things are changing in the ocean. We’ve had a lot of warm water. There’s supposedly more squid around. So it didn’t seem out of the realm of possibility that it could have been a big squid.”If it had been a giant squid, Moran says it would have been a pretty big deal.“I think it would have been the first sighting in Alaska of a giant squid,” Moran said. “We have some other species of squid that are big, but not that big, not giant squid. I looked up some of the information on it. If it was — it would have been a really big giant squid if the mantle length really was 30 ft. It would have been huge.”A team from Moran’s office went out to look for the creature Tuesday night.“They couldn’t find it and then they saw a fishing boat out there. They said ‘are you looking for the squid?’ They said, ‘oh yeah, we are.’ ‘It’s over there.’ They drove up, and it’s a whale,” Moran said.A decomposing humpback whale. Moran says NOAA was already familiar with this particular animal.“When you start looking close, you can see there’s bones in there,” Moran said. “We’d been on that carcass before and there was a necropsy performed on it. So we knew pretty much where it had come from. And we had been tracking it, too. It had floated out of Young’s Bay and it was heading north.”Still, Moran says he understands how the mistake could have happened.“If you don’t know what you’re looking at — it is a big blob, so you can see how it might look like a squid,” Moran said. “It’s a big, white blob, looks nothing like a whale. I think the head probably fell off. The tail fell off. There were no flippers on it. So basically it’s a big, white, gooey blob floating on the surface. It probably looked more like a squid body than anything else, I would guess.”And, the thought of a giant squid in Lynn Canal, though rare, was not totally out of the question.“There have been sperm whales tracked almost up to Haines,” Moran said.Sperm whales prey on giant squid.“They’ve been seen in Lynn Canal and in Chatham,” Moran said. “We’re kind of wondering what they’re doing up there. Because typically, they’re off on the shelf break, out in deep water, feeding on squid and sablefish and things like that. They have been moving into Chatham and almost to Haines.”Moran says marine animal mix-ups like this one are not uncommon.“We often get descriptions of animals or parts of animals,” Moran said. “Sometimes things like weird and a lot of times it turns out to be something that’s pretty common…a lot of baby killer whales that turn out to be Dall’s Porpoise, that kind of thing.”So, no giant squid this time. Just a decomposing humpback whale near the fishing grounds.
Why I read only user reviews with average ratings by Martin Brinkmann on May 30, 2016 in Internet – Last Update: May 30, 2016 – 26 commentsReviews can be very helpful before you make a purchase on the Internet or even locally. They may help you understand the product better, or prevent you from making a decision that you might regret at a later point in time.This goes for reviews by critics but even more so by users. Some sites, most shopping sites in fact, publish only user reviews while others, Metacritic for example, list critic and user reviews.Most user reviews come with ratings. While the rating scheme is different from site to site, some use thumbs up or down, others a 5, 10 or 100 point rating scheme, most use ratings, and sometimes even ratings for users who left a review.The aggregate score of an item is important, especially on shopping sites but on other sites as well. Customers use the ratings to pick items, and companies try to get positive ratings and reviews as it helps them improve the visibility and click-through rate of their products on those sites.User reviews are brokenThe user review system on most sites is broken. If you check out any review on Amazon or any other site that lets users rate items, you will likely notice the following: the majority of users either rate an item very low or very high.Take Blizzard’s new game Overwatch for instance. If you check Metacritic user reviews, you will notice that the majority either awarded the game a 9 or 10 score, or a 0 or 1 score (with more high-end ratings than low-end ones).While there is nothing wrong with giving a game such a rating, the reviewers fail more often than not to explain why the product deserved the rating.Giving a game a 0 out of 10 rating because an item is too expensive or lacks content, or handing out a 10 out of 10 rating because you have bought the game and need to justify purchasing it, is not helpful at all.I’m not saying that there are not good reviews among the high or low raters, but more often than not, you get ratings that are not backed up by the review itself.Average ratingsThat’s why I started to look at reviews with average ratings almost exclusively. Unlike “the item is the best ever” or “this item is the worst ever” reviews, they are usually weighted which means that you get positive and negative aspects mentioned in the review.If you consider buying an item, it is average reviews that will help you the most when it comes to making an educated decision.I’m by no means saying that all reviews that hand out godlike or awful ratings are not worth reading, but more often than not, they either provide no value at all, or seem hell bend on justifying the reviewer’s own agenda.The same holds true for average reviews. You may find bad reviews among them too but the percentage seems a lot lower.Also, and this problem is found most often on shopping sites, concentrating on average reviews helps sort out paid reviews that give products perfect ratings.Now You: Do you read user reviews when you shop online?SummaryArticle NameWhy I read only user reviews with average ratingsDescriptionFind out why I concentrate on user reviews with average ratings on shopping sites and other sites when I’m interested in a product.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
A technician scans for radiation with a Geiger counter. (Credit: PRESSLAB/Shutterstock)For decades, studies have shown that even low doses of radiation are harmful to humans.This week, the Associated Press reported that the Trump administration may be reconsidering that. The Environmental Protection Agency seemed to be looking at raising the levels of radiation considered dangerous to humans based on a controversial theory rejected by mainstream scientists. The theory suggests that a little radiation might actually be good for our bodies. In April, an EPA press release announced the proposal and included supporting comments from a vocal proponent of the hypothesis, known as hormesis. It prompted critical opinion pieces and sparked worry among radiation safety advocates.Those comments back in April were made by Edward Calabrese, a toxicologist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who also testified before Congress on the issue this week. And in the initial release, Calabrese hailed the EPA’s decision to move away from the radiation dose model widely accepted by the scientific mainstream. But by Friday, the EPA backed away from Calabrese’s stance in comments to Discover.The debate cuts to the heart of the debate over the effects of low doses of radiation and reveals how difficult it is to craft clear guidelines in an area where scientific evidence is not clear cut.Radiation DebateWhen radiation damages our DNA, the body steps in to make repairs. Hormesis suggests that hitting the body with a little more radiation should kick our defensive mechanisms into overdrive. According to proponents of the theory, this results in the production of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that reduce our risk for cancer and heart disease, among other things. That’s why hormesis backers want the EPA to raise the level of acceptable radiation, pointing out that it would also save millions in safety costs.It sounds convincing, and proponents have dozens of studies to point to that they say back up their claims. But, there’s never been a large-scale human study of hormesis. And while studies of low-dose radiation are very hard to do, so far, most suggest that radiation is indeed bad for us, at any dose.“Large, epidemiological studies provide substantial scientific evidence that even low doses of radiation exposure increase cancer risk,” says Diana Miglioretti, a professor in biostatistics at the University of California, Davis in an email. “Risks associated with low-doses of radiation are small; however, if large populations are exposed, the evidence suggests it will lead to measurable numbers of radiation-induced cancers.” Long-term studies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing survivors show higher cancer risks. Marshall Islanders exposed to radiation from atomic bomb tests suffered a higher risk of thyroid disease. And patients who get CT scans, which deliver a dose of radiation equal to thousands of X-rays, saw cancer risks go up afterward. Researchers also found that radiation from childhood CT scans can triple the risk of leukemia and, at higher doses, triple the risk of brain cancers as well. Another found that low-dose radiation increased the risk of breast cancer among some some women.And large-scale reviews of the evidence for hormesis find that it is decidedly lacking. Two studies, one in 2006 by the National Research Council, and another in 2018 by the National Council and Radiation Protection and Measurements looking at 29 studies of radiation exposure find no evidence for hormesis, and reiterate that the evidence points toward radiation being bad for us even at low doses.Scientific UncertaintyIt’s difficult to study low doses of radiation, though, and that’s where much of the controversy comes from. At doses below a few hundred millisieverts (mSv), a radiation unit that accounts for its effects on the body, it becomes extraordinarily hard to separate out the effects of radiation from other things like lifestyle or genetics. Research on the effects of these small radiation doses often use data sets involving thousands of people to compensate for the minimal effect sizes, but even then it’s often not enough to be certain what’s happening. “Data collected at low doses (defined by the scientific community [as] exposures less than 100 mSv) suffers from a ‘signal to noise’ problem which limits our ability to conclusively state effects one way or another,” says Kathryn Higley, head of the school of nuclear science and engineering at the University of Oregon in an email.A single CT scan delivers anywhere from 1 to 15 mSv, but some patients need many scans during the course of their treatment, increasing the total dose. Workers cleaning up after the Fukushima meltdown received radiation doses above 100 mSv in some cases. And current U.S. standards limit radiation workers to no more than 50 mSv of exposure per year.Many studies indicate that there are dangers at that level, but it’s often an assumption. Those studies base their suppositions on what’s called the linear no-threshold model, which extrapolates more reliable data from studies of higher doses of radiation to lower doses. Though it may be an educated guess, for decades large-scale studies have indicated this is true.Muddying the WatersBut hormesis researchers say that those studies don’t add up. Mohan Doss, a researcher at the Fox Chase Cancer Center, believes that studies of CT scan patients are biased toward populations that might be predisposed to cancer. Similarly, Doss has a different interpretation of studies looking at Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors. A 2017 study of bomb survivors actually shows that cancer risk does not increase at low levels of radiation for men, according to Doss. He says it’s evidence for hormesis.The study’s authors are more measured. They found that women were likely at risk even at low levels of radiation, and they call for more study of what they say is an unresolved question.Doss says that radiation levels of up to 300 or 400 mSv would likely be safe, and he supports increasing the maximum allowed dose in the U.S.“The current limits for the public are insane,” he says. “Everyone is going to be safe at 100 mSv a year.”Doing so would not only save money, he says, but also make it easier to study cancer and Alzheimer’s and encourage more people to undergo chemotherapy, potentially saving lives.Doss is convinced that studies of low dose radiation do not provide evidence of harms. He points to several studies that indicate the opposite. For example, back in 1957, some 10,000 residents were evacuated from villages near the Mayak Nuclear Weapons Facility in Russia after a nuclear contamination incident. When scientists studied those same residents in 1994, they actually found a dip in cancer rates among people exposed to low levels of radiation.It lines up with what researchers would expect if hormesis was true, he says, though the study authors do note that more refinement of their methods would be necessary to prove the absence of radiation effects.Other research into the effects of radiation exposure at Mayak has found evidence of an increase in cancer rates following the event.The EPA in recent days appeared to back away from the suggestion that it supported hormesis. The agency released a statement in response to the AP story affirming that it intends to continue using the linear no-threshold model when constructing radiation guidelines, something that contradicts Calabrese’s comments in the April press release.“The proposed regulation doesn’t talk about radiation or any particular chemicals. EPA’s policy is to continue to use the linear-no-threshold model for population-level radiation protection purposes which would not – under the proposed regulation that has not been finalized – trigger any change in that policy,” said an EPA spokesman in response to a request for comment.Playing It SafeBut radiologist Rebecca Smith-Bindman says the vast bulk of the evidence suggests even small amounts of radiation are harmful. We shouldn’t base our policies on an unproven theory, she adds. “There is extensive evidence that ionizing radiation will cause cancer,” says Smith-Bindman, a professor of radiology at the University of California, San Francisco in an email exchange. “These data come from a range of different sources, including epidemiological data (such as studies of patients who have received diagnostic and therapeutic radiation and from environmental exposures and accidents), from animal studies and from basic science studies. While it is more difficult to precisely quantify the exposures — which will vary by many factors, such as age at exposure, and source of radiation, etc. — there is no uncertainty among the scientific community that radiation will cause cancer.”She says that pointing to issues with the linear no-threshold model misses the point. Though it may not be totally accurate at very low doses, she says it’s unfair to use that uncertainty to cast doubt on data about radiation where there’s solid evidence.It’s still not clear, for example, how normal background radiation affects humans. That dose averages 3.1 mSv a year in the U.S., though it can vary considerably depending on where you live. Workers cleaning up after the Fukushima power plant spill were exposed to levels far beyond that: Over 150 people received doses in excess of 100 mSv, and six were exposed to more than 250 mSv. That’s two and five times, respectively, the current maximum dose recommended by the U.S. for radiation workers, though still within the range of acceptable short-term doses for emergency workers prescribed by several countries. It’s estimated that the 240,000 workers who helped to clean up the Chernobyl spill were likely exposed to radiation doses about 100 mSv, as well.When it comes to actual health effects, though, the data is mixed. A WHO report found that risks of cancer from exposure at Fukushima were negligible. Yet cancers often don’t appear until years later, making it difficult to estimate the risks right now. After Chernobyl, workers cleaning up the spill and those from the area saw rates of thyroid cancer spike in the years afterward, though Doss also disagrees with how that data is interpreted. CT scan studies also fall in this range, and multiple groups of researchers have published data showing that the scans increase cancer risk.Because data from studies isn’t totally conclusive, there’s some disagreement in the field over what constitutes an acceptable level of radiation. Some scientists do think the maximum acceptable doses could be higher.“In terms of public health, even if we raise the standards to where they were back in the 1960s, we’re not likely to observe an adverse impact with the current scientific tools available to us,” Higley says. “There are populations around the world exposed to natural radiation at levels up to 100 mSv per year, and we haven’t seen measurable health effects.”Those populations are small, though, so the uncertainties in that data are large, she adds.Miglioretti disagrees: “Based on the large body of evidence to date, I believe that revising the regulations to increase allowable radiation exposure limits will lead to an increase in the number of radiation-induced cancers in this country.”That’s in line with what multiple experts Discover contacted believe — that radiation can harm even at low doses and raising limits would endanger the public, though the increase in risk would likely be small.It’s not clear at the moment whether the EPA proposal to raise limits will pass, though it does follow in the footsteps of other Trump administration proposals to weaken safety standards. At the moment, it’s unclear what the effects on the public if the EPA raises radiation limits.“Perhaps it might make nuclear power plants less expensive to build. It might lower the cost of cleanup of radioactively polluted sites,” says David Brenner, director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University in an email. “But [it] begs the question of whether cleanup to a less rigorous standard is desirable.”
Cancun, Q.R. — A new security model for the state of Quintana Roo has been unveiled by the governor, Carlos Joaquin, who says his priority is to provide peace to the residents and tourists of the state.“Together we will create the peace and tranquility we want. We are fighting against insecurity, violence and organized crime,” said Governor Carlos Joaquin after reporting that the new Optimal Model of Police Function was created to standardize criteria among police corporations.The new model was presented to the general directors and secretaries of Public Security of the municipalities where they will work to advance steps in the fight against crime.“Our priority is to provide tranquility to the residents of Quintana Roo and to the tourists who visit us,” said Joaquin. He explained that the main objectives of the model is to strengthen the capacity of preventative police in relation to the number of residents.He says that other elements such as professionalism, specialized groups and certification and hiring of more police officers are also part of the new model.“We have results in complying with the national average, established by the UN, of three police officers per 1,000 inhabitants. By adding the elements of the state police to municipal corporations, we reach an approximate number of 4,500 police officers.“But it is still insufficient because to reach the optimal number, another 1,763 policemen are required,” explained Joaquín.“Violence and insecurity are the result of many years of corruption, impunity and complicity of previous governments,” he added. “In this administration, the fight against crime is not corrupt and that has brought violent reactions from the criminal groups that were accustomed to negotiating with the authorities.“On the contrary. To advance in the construction of tranquility and security, we are working on a comprehensive project for a safe and peaceful Quintana Roo,” the governor explained.State security secretary Rodolfo del Angel Campos says, “Previously, there were no certified police officers. The evaluations of control and trust to active policemen were minimal, and only 20 percent of the police force had training in basic protocols of the public function.“Today, 448 police officers have been trained in the six basic protocols of the police function and we have the State Commission of the Professional Service of Police Career to continue strengthening the training of security forces,” he noted.He says 1,062 have passed the control and confidence tests, certifying police. They are currently in the process of certifying another 400.He indicated that for 2018, the hiring of 600 operative policemen has been approved. They already had three recruitment calls in December of 2017, with another scheduled for June of this year.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)