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London Olympic heroes in a glittering ceremony at Prez House

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Euro 2016: Wales welcomed home by hundreds of thousands of fans

first_imgHundreds of thousands of supporters lined the streets of Cardiff on Friday to give a special welcome home to Wales’ European Championship squad. (Full Euro 2016 Coverage)Chris Coleman’s team, featuring in a major tournament for the first time since the 1958 World Cup, exceeded all expectations by reaching the semi-finals in France before being knocked out by Portugal.Fans greeted the players and backroom staff at Cardiff Airport before the squad went on an open-top bus parade through the city.”They are amazing scenes and we’ll never forget,” said talismanic forward Gareth Bale. “It’s very special seeing what it means to the whole country.”It’s an incredible feeling and there is no prouder honour than putting on the red shirt for Wales and to share it with all these fans is incredible.”Midfielder Aaron Ramsey was also moved by the welcome home.”To see all the support has been phenomenal,” said Ramsey. “Because we have been away from it we haven’t seen the impact it has had back here.”We have heard from our families and stuff like that…but this is the first time we are experiencing any of this and it is really special.”One member of the squad who missed out on the homecoming was midfielder Joe Ledley, who is in Ibiza to get married.”We are so proud of what we have done,” said captain Ashley Williams. “We would never have thought it would create this big an impression.”It is quite emotional really, a feeling of pride at what the lads and the staff have achieved.”advertisementlast_img read more

AEK, Milan Fans Clash Ahead of Athens Game

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Greek police say about 100 AEK Athens and AC Milan fans have clashed in Athens hours before the teams’ Europa League game.The violence broke out when some 50 hooded Greek fans, armed with flares and wooden clubs, boarded an urban train carrying some 60 Italian fans at a station near the match venue.Police said two carriages were damaged during the fighting on Thursday evening.There were no immediate reports of injuries or arrests.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Pooja Hegde steps out with Rs 70k bag at the airport. See pics

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Man Utd target Griezmann can leave – Simeone

first_imgTransfers Man Utd target Griezmann will be allowed to leave Atletico Madrid, confirms Simeone Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 18:03 12/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) antoine griezmann - cropped Getty Images Transfers Atlético Madrid Primera División Manchester United Antoine Griezmann The France star was heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford last summer before signing a new contract in the Spanish capital Antoine Griezmann will be allowed to leave Atletico Madrid “at some point”, according to coach Diego Simeone.Griezmann, 26, has been heavily linked with an Atletico exit, with Manchester United among the clubs reported to be interested.The France star – who has also been linked with Barcelona – revealed he had a “six out of ten” chance of joining United last summer, before signing a new contract at Atletico. Article continues below 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 However, Simeone says Griezmann is free to leave the Liga giants, just as Diego Costa and Arda Turan once were.”I love my players a lot and I love to see them grow. I am not ungrateful,” he told L’Equipe.”If a player comes to me and says, ‘Coach, I have a once in a lifetime chance to play for a certain team, I want to leave’. If he did all he could for me as Griezmann does, I’ll say it’s no problem. I know that he needs to grow.”Of course Griezmann will be able to leave at some point, the same way Costa and Arda Turan were allowed to leave.”Griezmann has scored seven goals in 18 matches in all competitions this campaign, having netted at least 25 times in each of the past three seasons.last_img read more

From Ronaldo to Depay – inside PSV’s youth academy revolution

first_imgPSV are a club traditionally renowned for their superb scouting network and shrewd transfer policy.The signings of Brazilian superstars Romario in 1988 and Ronaldo six years later were arguably the perfect example of their ability to not only spot the best talent across the globe, but to also bring them on board.Yet with the changing of the footballing landscape following the Bosman ruling and the explosion of television revenues outside of Netherlands, the Eredivisie became a far less appealing destination from the mid-nineties onwards. Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Players such as Neymar and Vinicius Jr. could easily have ended up in Eindhoven not too long ago, but Barcelona and Real Madrid were quick to ensure PSV did not even dare to dream about snapping up Brazil’s finest of this decade.The 1988 European champions may have celebrated signing Mexican icon Hirving Lozano in 2017, but the pacey attacker is not at the same level as the aforementioned phenomenons just yet.The realisation that PSV are no longer able to secure the Romarios and Ronaldos of this world saw them reconsider their long-term strategic choices. No longer would attempting to sign the best talent from elsewhere be the club’s main focus. Instead, their aim would be to develop the best talent themselves.“I think the youth academy is really important for Dutch clubs,” head coach Mark van Bommel told Goal and Voetbalzone.“We are trying to make our academy better and better. We are working on a brand-new building for the academy.  “Of course, the other teams have a lot more money than we have, but we are trying to develop our own players in a very good way.”Ideally, you want as many academy graduates as possible in the first team. It would be perfect if you had the whole squad, but that’s not possible. You need a good mix of players from different age categories and different styles of play.”The man who has been tasked with ensuring the PSV academy delivers on that ambition is Ernest Faber. He was born and raised in Eindhoven and enjoyed a lengthy spell in the first team himself, as well as working as an assistant coach before being named academy director in June 2018.“PSV are like a family to me. I started here when I was 12 and I’m now 47,” Faber said of his beloved club.“I was a youngster when PSV had players like Romario and Ronaldo. The club had the ability to sign big stars at the time.  “But now there is such a big difference when it comes to the money, you have to spend. The amounts of money that are being spent are too much for a club like PSV.  “I think the process to take the academy to the next level already started around 2007 or 2010. They put a program in place and every head of academy since has been adding new levels to that.”That change of focus already paid off when a certain Memphis Depay graduated from the academy and eventually made his first-team debut in 2011-12.The gifted attacker would go on to lead PSV to Eredivisie glory in 2014-15, winning the top-scorer title as well as the Player of the Year trophy before earning himself a record £30.6 million (€34m) move to Manchester United.PSV record sales“You look at players like Memphis or other players who took the same route,” PSV’s academy director continued.“They’re playing in the first team already when they’re 16 or 17. You get playing time, you get experience on a high level, you fight for the league title, you play in the Champions League and you’re playing cup finals.  “You get the space to develop yourself. You need that experience to go to the big leagues because over there you are still a young player even when you are 23.”Ever since Memphis’ departure, more and more academy graduates have made their way into the first team. Jeroen Zoet, Jorrit Hendrix, Steven Bergwijn, Mohammed Ihattaren, Michal Sadilek and Cody Gakpo are just some of the first-team regulars to have come through the ranks of the club’s academy.    Out of that group, Bergwijn seems closest to earning himself a big-money move after a superb 2018-19 campaign.“Stevie is close to Memphis’ level back in 2015,” Van Bommel stressed.  “It’s always difficult to compare players, but if you look at their qualities, then Memphis was playing more or less in the same position.  “It can be possible that a club pay almost the same amount for him as they did for Memphis.”A summer move would mean the end of an eight-year spell at PSV for the 21-year-old and he has fond memories of his time in the club’s academy, highlighting the warm atmosphere as a particular plus.“Things are just really friendly and down to earth here,” Bergwijn stated. “It’s a very warm and friendly club. You feel at home straight away at PSV.“That was important for me and I think it is important for everyone.”Zoet Bergwijn PSVWhereas Bergwijn travelled back and forth between Eindhoven and Amsterdam in his younger years, fellow academy graduate Zoet actually left his hometown Veendam to live with a host family closer to PSV.“It was a pretty big step in my career at the time,” the goalkeeper reflects.“I left my normal surroundings with my family, friends and everything you’ve built up there. I made the decision based on a gut feeling. And PSV were the club that gave me the best feeling.“I had two different host families and I definitely felt homesick while I was with the first host family. But I really felt at home after that. That really felt like a second home to me.“PSV’s support was quite good. They evaluated the situation and stayed on top of how things were going with me. I eventually made the switch to another host family and I think that was an important decision. It helped me in my development on the pitch as well.”While Zoet already has well over 200 Eredivisie appearances under his belt, highly-rated midfielder Ihattaren is only just getting started.The 17-year-old is regarded as one of the biggest prospects to set foot on PSV’s training ground, De Herdgang, in recent years. Indeed, he has already made his Eredivisie debut despite his tender age, much to the delight of Under-19s coach Ruud van Nistelrooy.“The way he has developed is spectacular,” the former Manchester United star said.“I thought he was going to need at least a season to develop and get used to things, but he has developed as a rocket really.”There’s a big future ahead of him. But it’s a matter of putting in the daily work to develop yourself and to get the maximum out of yourself in every aspect. I think that’s his biggest challenge.”Ihattaren Jong PSV Roda JC  22/2/19Having been with PSV from a young age, Ihattaren is keen to reward the club for the time and effort they’ve invested in him to get him where he is today.“I have always had a clear plan and I am following that plan at the moment,” he explained when questioned about his decision to snub interest from abroad in favour of a contract renewal with PSV.  “The preference was always to stay at PSV, that was the sensible thing to do. I want to become the star player at PSV as soon as possible.“I want to become important for the club, make the fans happy and win the title – more than once.  “And then in the end, I would like to earn a big transfer. But I am happy at PSV for now and in no rush to move on.”Following in the footsteps of Ihattaren, Bergwijn and Zoet is something American youngster Richie Ledezma will be dreaming of at this stage of his career.The creative midfielder made the courageous decision to leave the USA for Eindhoven in January 2019 and started his PSV career with the U-19 team.“Richie adds something special, that’s why we brought him in,” Van Nistelrooy said.  “He’s making a difference in midfield with very quick thinking, passes, movement, he can score a goal and he’s creating chances for the whole team. He’s a very promising talent, I was really happy to work with him.”Ledezma himself, meanwhile, has acknowledged the move to Eindhoven was a bit of a culture shock, but has hailed the club’s support in helping him adapt to his new surroundings.Richie Ledezma USMNT 03252019“The club have helped me find a home and they help me with my nutrition, my food, how I eat,” Ledezma said.“Because I was a little chubby when I got here, I guess. They all called me fatty and stuff, so I was like … cool … you know?“It is really different from the US. The quantity of food you eat… I think it is a cultural thing, no more McDonalds!“With a number of PSV academy graduates now among the continent’s most coveted players, it would be easy for the Eredivisie giants to think they’ve already achieved what they set out to do about a decade ago.They have no intention of resting on their laurels, though, and in August they will be opening a brand-new building at De Herdgang that should further support their biggest talents.“We have made a big investment into a high-tech building with the latest innovation to support and develop the players more and better than we have been able to do in previous years,” Faber explained.  “Everything is being taken care of for the players. They get nice clothes, nice shoes, everything is there in the dressing room. Everything is being looked after.”Their latest push should further enhance their reputation as a club that no longer buys the biggest talents from abroad, but produces their own superstars instead.  Ronaldo is no longer the player PSV youngsters look up to. That honour now goes to former academy kid and record sale Memphis.last_img read more

Pup Your Ride: Benefit Pet Shelters By Instagramming Your Dog in a Car

first_img The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection According to the Best Friends Animal Society, four million pets are killed in animal shelters every year. That’s roughly seven animals every minute. Dogs and cats end up in shelters after divorce, economic hardship, and other circumstances that are definitely not their fault.Related: The Best Dog Gone Gift GuideThe Best Friends Animal Society and TrueCar have made it fun and exceptionally easy to make a difference. After you’ve snapped your photo and posted it to Instagram, you can help even more by adopting a pet from the Best Friends Animal Society or by donating to their cause. You can also volunteer at shelters, become a foster parent, or just continue to love your pets as much as humanly possible.The more jaded among you might dismiss this as a marketing stunt for TrueCar. So what if it is? The world would be a much greater place if more marketing campaigns were like this. We recommend that you encourage this sort of behavior by taking a picture of your dog and posting it to Instagram. C’mon, it’s 2015 — you were probably going to that anyway. TrueCar analyzes auto sale data to find out what people pay for specific vehicles. They also have a network of more than 10,000 TrueCar Certified Dealers that sell reasonably priced vehicles all over the country.(photos courtesy of @sir_chubs_alot, @luda_the_frenchie, and @ellahudson) The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows Does your dog love riding in the car? Of course he does. He’s a dog. Riding in a car is to dogs what riding in a spaceship is to us — except they get to stick their heads out the window.Now you can put your dog’s affinity for car rides to good use. TrueCar and the Best Friends Animal Society have launched an Instagram campaign to support homeless dog shelters. Until the end of April, TrueCar will donate $1 for every dog-riding-in-car pic on Instagram, up to $50,000.All you have to do is tag @TrueCar in a photo of your best friend cruising in a car, and include the hashtags #DogsInCars and #Donate. The money will go toward transporting dogs from overpopulated city shelters to nearby no-kill rescue facilities, where the pups are more likely to be adopted. 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention center_img How to Support the Teachers in Your Life To Find Beauty In Yosemite, Just Whip Out Your (Honda) Passport Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

What to See in Joshua Tree National Park

first_img 7 Best Hatchets for Camping, Backpacking, and Survival Most folks think of deserts as desolate places that are devoid of life. Joshua Tree National Park, nestled in the middle of Southern California, elegantly tears that notion asunder.In addition to the legendary Joshua trees, this place is rife with wildflowers, cacti, and critters of all sizes. While driving through the park, you’ll think you’ve stumbled onto an alien planet with plants and rocks that have tread foreign evolutionary and geological paths. But you haven’t; this Rhode-Island-sized park is on our own beautiful planet Earth. Aren’t we lucky?If you’re interested in visiting — which you really should be — check out this guide on things to do in Joshua Tree and the surrounding areas. For help, we’ve tapped the wisdom of Juniper Ridge Storyteller Obi Kaufmann and Joshua Tree Public Information Officer George Land.Joshua Tree is traditionally considered a fall-to-spring park, though there’s really no bad time to visit. George Land claims this year will be an especially good one for the park. “We had quite a bit of precipitation this year in comparison to the last couple years,” says Land. “We’re looking to have a great wildflower season this year.” Wildflowers, rocks, trees, drinks, BBQ–what else could you want? With the help of this guide, we know you’ll have no shortage of things to do in Joshua Tree.SEENo matter where you go in the park, you’ll see something mind-blowing and beautiful. We recommend simply driving around the park and getting lost in its splendor. One worthwhile diversion is Keys View, located in the southwest portion of the park. There, you can treat yourself to a stunning view of the San Jacinto Mountains, Palm Springs, Coachella Valley, and the Salton Sea. You can even see down to Mexico on a clear day.Keys View (NPS/Robb Hannawacker)Joshua Tree is also filled with many excellent hikes. Public Information Officer George Land has recommended three hikes for us: one for hiking novices, one for intermediates, and one for hardened veterans of the trail.Short Hike“I would say one of the nice short hikes–and we’re talking about around 40 minutes or so–is out at Barker Dam,” says Land. “Barker Dam was actually a cattle tank, dammed up to collect rainwater back when the cattle companies kept cattle up where the park is now. [The trail] weaves through the rocks, and if you go early in the morning and there’s water present, you’ll see the desert bighorn sheep come down for a drink.”Medium HikeFor intermediate hikers, Land recommends the Lost Horse Mine trail, which is about a four-mile hike. “While you’re going over the trail, you’ll see some interesting plant life and geology,” says Land. “Once you get out to the actual lost horse mine area, you’ll see the mine, a stamp mill, and also some rock ruins of small buildings from back when it was a working mine.” Yours truly took a hike on this trail, and can recommend it without reservation.Lost Horse Valley (NPS/Robb Hannawacker)Long Hike“One of my favorite hikes in the park starts out in the area called The Maze,” says Land. “The trail has a lot of very interesting rock formations, and takes you through places where you can almost touch the rock with both hands on either side. It winds around–which is why it’s called The Maze–and goes down into a wash, where you can see Thunderbird Rock. It’s a hole in the rocks that actually looks like a Thunderbird with the sun coming through it.” Land says the Maze Loop is about seven miles total.EAT & DRINKFor breakfast or lunch, Obi recommends Crossroads Cafe, located in the town of Joshua Tree. This place offers a tasty mix of American country food and Mexican favorites. The wood paneling, exposed ceiling beams, and bare light bulbs help give this cafe a unique brand of southwestern rusticity. I had the pleasure of eating dinner at the hip but casual 29 Palms Inn, which has an outdoor dining area largely centered around a pool. I enjoyed a juicy, tender ribeye steak and shrimp that was suspiciously fresh, considering we were in the middle of a desert.The number one nighttime spot is definitely Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown, which Obi Kaufmann describes as “the best honky-tonk in the world.” This modern-day saloon and live music venue has attracted some big-name talent over the years, including the Arctic Monkeys, Band of Horses, and Queens of the Stone Age. Babes in Toyland even had an epic reunion show there earlier this month. The food is great, too; I ordered a bacon cheeseburger, which I loved, but Obi says the BBQ is where it’s at. The drinks are great, too, of course. After a night of carousing at Pappy & Harriet’s, you and your buddies can drunkenly reenact your favorite scenes from your favorite westerns (“I’m your *hic* huckleberry”). Obi says it best: “Go to Pappy & Harriet’s, dude, and have a great time.”STAYJoshua Tree CampgroundsJoshua Tree has about 550 campsites in its nine campgrounds. Only two of the campgrounds require reservations–the other seven are first-come, first-serve. Land has some excellent advice for folks looking to camp: “The best thing people can do is to call the main number at the park here and find out what the status is. We try to stay on top of how many sites are available at  specific campgrounds so we can let the public know.”Jumbo Rocks Campground (NPS Photo)More Hospitable LodgingsYou don’t have to sleep on the ground to enjoy Joshua Tree–there are plenty of excellent places to stay in nearby towns. Since George Land is a federal employee, and thus not allowed to play favorites when it comes to private enterprises, we thought we’d recruit Joshua Tree-hugger Obi Kaufmann to help us with the hotels, bars, and restaurants in the area. I also have a few humble suggestions of my own.Obi recommends the Mojave Sands Motel, located in the town of Joshua Tree. As you’ll read on their website, this place has been described as an “eco-chic Moroccan desert refuge celebrating modern-minimalism.” So that’s cool. Obi also enjoys the Pioneertown Motel, which boasts 18 unique, western-decorated rooms. Pioneertown is a funky little community that was originally built as a old movie set for westerns. I had the pleasure of staying at Roughley Manor, a spacious and luxurious bed and breakfast in the town of Twentynine Palms. The main house was built in 1928, and the modern compound boasts a hot tub, swimming pool, multi-room suites, a museum, and much more.Obi Kaufmann is the Chief Storyteller for Juniper Ridge, a natural fragrance company that distills scents directly from the wilderness. Check out their fragrances and other products at the Juniper Ridge website. (Header Image: agap/Shutterstock) Editors’ Recommendations The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Built Around Boulders, Creek House Blends Japanese and Brutalist Elements 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

Recently Ignited CCNI Arauco Returned to Owners

first_imgzoom The 300-meter-long container vessel CCNI Arauco, which ignited on September 1 in the German port of Hamburg, was returned to its owners after the teams on site extinguished the fire and completed the follow-on operations, according to marine and offshore services company Ardent Global.Following the incident, a salvage contract was signed to speed up the response and clean-up operations aboard the 2015-built containership, which lasted for four weeks.The aft hold was partly flooded to extinguish the fire, subsequently contaminating the water in the hold. The operations included discharging the contaminated water, which was pumped into tankers to bring it to off-site final disposal facilities.Additionally, the damaged containers, which were declared as dangerous waste and required special treatment, were discharged out of the vessels cargo hold.The boxship was subsequently returned to its owners for repair works.Earlier reports indicated that the incident could have started due to welding works which were being undertaken on the rear end of the ship, however, relevant authorities launched an investigation into the exact cause of the fire.With a length of 300 meters and a width of over 48 meters, the boxship was docked at the Port of Hamburg’s Burchardkai container terminal, at berth 1/2, at the time.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Svitzer Bolsters Footprint in Portugal

first_imgzoom Maersk’s tug operator Svitzer has signed an agreement with Portuguese company Rebosado to provide services to the company’s towage customers and time charter the Rebosado fleet.The deal will help expand Svitzer’s multi-port coverage in Portugal to four ports including Lisbon, Sines, Portimão and now Setubal, enlarging its fleet from two to nine tugs. “By expanding our operations into Setubal Svitzer can now offer comprehensive port cover for the main ports in southern Portugal, thereby providing our customers with a better service. By utilising both the Svitzer and Rebosado fleet we can increase the reliability and efficiency of our Portuguese operation,” Managing Director of Svitzer Europe, Kasper Friis Nilaus, says.As explained by Manoel Ferreira, founder of Rebosado, the deal builds upon the bilateral cooperation of many years strengthening further the duo’s relationship.Svitzer added that the deal would increase its controlled fleet in Portugal by seven vessels, bringing the total fleet to 15 tugboats.The transaction is set to become effective as of September 1, 2017.last_img read more

Sand mining permits issued in Trincomalee suspended

The decision was taken following instructions given by President Maithripala Sirisena. (Colombo Gazette) Sand mining permits issued in Trincomalee have been suspended from tomorrow, the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB) said.GSMB said that sand mining permits issued in Trincomalee will remain suspended until further notice.

Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 13 January 2012

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Skins put Dunbar Quinn Cooper on IR sign QB Josh Johnson

ASHBURN, Va. — Cornerback Quinton Dunbar, receiver Trey Quinn and guard Jonathan Cooper have been put on injured reserve by the Washington Redskins. They also signed Josh Johnson to be their backup quarterback and added guard Zac Kerin, centre Demetrius Rhaney and defensive end Marcus Smith as free agents.The Redskins announced the moves Wednesday.Cooper tore his biceps tendon in Washington’s 28-13 loss at the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night. Dunbar has been bothered by a nerve problem in his leg and appeared in only seven of the Redskins’ 12 games. Quinn, the last pick in this year’s NFL draft, missed Monday’s game with a hurt right ankle and played in only three games this season.Johnson has not attempted a pass in a regular-season NFL game since 2011.___ and Associated Press read more

Komatsus commitment to Central Queensland with Mackay support facility

first_imgKomatsu Australia has opened a new customer support facility in Mackay, underscoring its commitment to the Central Queensland mining industry – and its confidence in the long-term future of the region. The new facility was opened by Mackay Mayor Councillor Deirdre Comerford on May 1, 2014, just 10 months after the site’s ground-breaking ceremony on June 27, 2014 – which was held as part of the opening of Komatsu’s new Mackay Mining Assembly facilities.It is part of an Australia-wide expansion program currently being undertaken by Komatsu, designed to increase capacity and capability at its sites around Australia.Features of Komatsu’s new Mackay customer support centre include:•    Total covered area of 1,800 m2•    A parts warehouse that is close to double the size of its existing Mackay facility, greatly expanding parts-holding capacity•    A service workshop able to handle the service requirements of ultra-class mining equipment•    A track press capable of servicing and overhauling tracks up to the largest size dozers and excavators•    Washbay•    Sales and customer support offices•    Fully trained technical staff across service and parts, integrated together on a single site•    30 t capacity workshop crane•    Support from a fully equipped fleet of mobile service trucks•    Designed to the highest safety and environmental standards.Equipment being serviced out of this new site includes Komatsu 960E ultra-class trucks – of which Central Queensland has the largest population in the world, said Dean Gaedtke, Komatsu Australia’s Queensland General Manager.It also services and supports WA900 and WA1200 wheel loaders, and up to PC8000 mining shovels – as well as all other sizes of Komatsu mining and construction equipment.“Our new Paget customer support facility is a major investment in our ability to better service our mining and construction industry customers throughout Central and North Queensland,” Gaedtke said.“As far as we are concerned, it’s a real vote of confidence in the Central Queensland mining industry, and indicates that we believe there is a long-term, stable future for the region.”Sean Taylor, Komatsu Australia’s Managing Director and CEO, said that over the past two years, Komatsu’s customer support capabilities have been significantly increased.“This regional expansion program allows us to provide the highest levels of support and service for our mining and construction customers into the future – not only for Queensland, but right across Australia and New Zealand,” he said.The company is currently engaged in a major expansion of its service and support facilities in Queensland – which now employ a total of 580 staff – and around Australia.This latest facility in Mackay is one element of Komatsu’s largest-ever expansion in Australia, a program which started with the opening of its flagship mining facility in Wacol, Brisbane in 2012.The 61,000 m2 Wacol facility was a A$55 million investment incorporating Komatsu Australia’s Queensland head office, its national mining headquarters, East Coast Reman operation, oil analysis labs, plus mining, construction and utility assembly operations, as well as parts and service.Other Komatsu facilities that have recently opened, or are under construction, include:Expansion of its Mackay Mining Assembly facilities (opened in mid-2013), which has increased mining assembly capacity by 75%, and now facilitates assembly of Komatsu’s largest truck, the 960E, which has a 330 t haulage capacity.Sherwood (Brisbane) training facility (opened in 2013)Expansion of its Perth Mining assembly facility (opened in 2013), increasing mining assembly capacity by 30% and doubling paint shop capacity. This site has also been developed to support the rollout of what Komatsu reports as “he world’s largest Autonomous Haulage Fleet, being deployed in the Pilbara”Construction of a new service and rebuild centre in Port Hedland, servicing Western Australia’s massive iron ore mining industry, and scheduled to open in late 2014Construction of a new world-class Parts Distribution Centre in Perth with an area of 16,000 m2 (opening scheduled for late 2014); this project includes the purchase 47,000 m2 of land adjoining the existing Perth site, and takes Komatsu’s total site area in Perth to 127,000 m2Construction of a new Fairfield National Head office (opening scheduled during 2014) at Komatsu Australia’s existing Fairfield Assembly & Warehouse site; this project will include over 6,400 m2 of office space and incorporate a new Brand Management Centre.last_img read more

Ever wanted to tell a story about your Dublin Nows your chance

first_img Ever wanted to tell a story about your Dublin? Now’s your chance The Stories From The City events will see volunteers paired with mentors to help shape their ideas. Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 6:09 AM Share23 Tweet Email3 NATIVE AND VISITING Dubliners are being asked to tell the story of their Dublin.The International Literature Festival Dublin is inviting people to tell their stories about the capital in this year’s festival, which takes place from May 20 to 28.The Stories From The City events will see volunteers paired with mentors to help shape their ideas. Already on board are singer songwriter Luan Parle, illustrator Holly Pereira, young playwright Shaun Dunne, poet Kerrie O’Brien, and comedian Kevin Gildea.Aimee van Wylick, the general manager of the festival told that the idea will help people connect with the festival.“We’re looking to be a bit more participative and I think this will help the public connect with the festival.“We haven’t yet commissioned any writers for the festival yet but this is different. Any member of the public is invited to tell their story. We want to hear a lot of stories, we’re really keen to get as many responses as possible.”As for the type of story, van Wylick says that’s up to you.“It’s very much open. We want people to be as creative as they can be. We’re not trying to give any guidelines as yet – we’re looking to connect with fans of the festival but also go beyond that.“Dublin is known as a storyteller’s city so it’s about the fabric of the city and the people.“Irish people are storytellers which is not an experience you get everywhere – this is about connection and expression.”The festival is keen to hear from anyone and everyone who would like to share their story in a creative way and reflect on ways in which great writing or reading have played a part in their lives. Individuals or groups are invited to submit an event that they would like to host in their own house or at their work-place in which they tell some part of their story.Proposals should be submitted by email to by 3 April.Read: Top US architects are re-imagining Dublin One to make it ‘a vibrant destination’ Image: Sasko Lazarov/ Image: Sasko Lazarov/ 7,274 Views 17 Comments Short URL Mar 8th 2017, 6:09 AM By Paul Hosford Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

There is no chance of finding Sala alive says rescuer

first_imgJohn Fitzgerald, director of operations of Channel Airline Airsearch, says the small plane where the Argentinean was traveling might have sunk in less than three minutes.After it was publicly known that a small plane carrying two people disappeared in the English Channel, authorities started looking for survivors.On the plane, Argentinean footballer and recent Cardiff City signing Emiliano Sala was traveling together with the pilot of the aircraft.“If they really are in the water, I would say there is no chance of finding them alive,” said Fitzgerald to Vía País in Argentina.“The other day I went swimming (on the English Channel) and only lasted for three minutes.”“It is very cold in these waters; one person could stay there an hour at the most. I do not think they have landed on land because air traffic would have been informed,” he explained.Sala recently signed for Cardiff City in the English Premier League, after he spent four years with French Ligue A club Nantes.Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“I was especially cold. In the first part of the investigation last night, the visibility was good, but we had to deal with the freezing rain that fell around 23.30,” Fitzgerald added.“As the investigation progressed, the cloud ceiling dropped and we had to stop the investigation.”“What we’re looking for first is the device’s black box. If the plane really crashed into the sea but remained in one piece, then you have to pay attention to the traces of oil that come to the surface,” he continued.“If it broke in flight, which can not be ruled out, for one reason or another, then we will find debris on the surface. But an airplane of this size that hits the water sinks in two or three minutes.”La Direction et l’ensemble du Club gardent espoir et c’est toute la famille du FC Nantes qui prie pour qu’@EmilianoSala1 et les autres passagers de l’avion soient enfin retrouvés sains et saufs.#PrayForSala— FC Nantes (@FCNantes) January 22, 2019last_img read more

Uneasy neighbors Proposed oil terminal fuels concern about toxic air in Fruit

first_img The proposalUnder the Tesoro-Savage proposal, oil would be hauled to the Port of Vancouver by train from North Dakota’s Bakken shale formation. The oil would be stored at the port and transferred to ships headed to U.S. refineries for conversion into transportation fuels. Savage, a supply-chain management company, and Tesoro, the West Coast’s largest refiner, say the terminal could handle 380,000 barrels of crude per day.The leaseThe Port of Vancouver commission unanimously approved a lease with Tesoro and Savage in late July. It held a second public hearing and vote on Oct. 22 in response to alleged violations of state public meetings law. The lease involves 42 acres and is worth at least $45 million to the port over an initial 10 years.Pros, conso The companies and the port say the project will generate about 250 temporary construction jobs and 120 full-time jobs, significantly boost local and state tax revenues, and help support U.S. energy independence and fill the gas tanks of consumers. The port says the deal would enable it to re-invest $30 million in further industrial development and to create a ripple effect of 2,700 direct and indirect jobs.o Critics raise numerous concerns, including the potential for oil spills on the Columbia River, new sources of toxic air pollution, the safety of hauling more oil by rail in light of recent wrecks, including July’s deadly oil train derailment and explosion in Canada, potential detrimental impacts on Vancouver’s $1.3 billion waterfront redevelopment plans and the worsening of global warming through continued fossil-fuel consumption.Decision-makersThe Washington state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council will examine the proposal for at least a year before making a recommendation to Gov. Jay Inslee, who has the final say. The EFSEC’s “scoping” period to determine what will be evaluated in an environmental impact statement began Oct. 3 and ends at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Eric LaBrant, president of the Fruit Valley neighborhood association, and others have concerns about the Tesoro-Savage proposal to build the largest oil-handling operation in the Northwest at the Port of Vancouver.last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories 915 November 2017

first_imgThe 10 most read stories on between 9-15 November 2017 were:Amazon investigates delivery drivers paid below minimum wageTribunal rejects Uber appeal in employment-status caseLloyds Banking Group and McDonald’s among 2017’s top employers for gender diversityStotts Tours Oldham guilty of pensions auto-enrolment non-complianceIndependent body rules Deliveroo riders are not entitled to holiday pay and minimum wageAviva introduces cancer support service for 16,000 UK staff96% of employers feel responsible for improving employee health behavioursAllianz Global Corporate and Speciality UK to introduce benefits for parents and carers49% of employers have no reward or recognition programme in place31% of employers predict a basic pay increase of between 2% and 2.99%last_img read more

Las Vegas couple arrested for allegedly trafficking woman in Miami Beach

first_imgShe was walking in the area of Washington Avenue on Monday afternoon when she flagged down the officers and told them about the Lennons.Alvin Lennon was arrested and faces multiple felony charges including human trafficking charges, kidnapping and derive support from proceeds of prostitution.Symphony claimed she regularly works as a prostitute by her own free will.She also faces felony human trafficking charges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested a husband and wife from Las Vegas who allegedly kidnapped a woman and brought her to Miami Beach to prostitute herself.According to the arrest report, officers were flagged down by the victim on the 1100 block of Washington Avenue at around 1:30 p.m., Monday.The woman told officers she was involved in a human trafficking “situation” and needed to get back home to Las Vegas.She told officers she originally agreed to go on a vacation with Alvin, 34, and Symphony Lennon, 33, and as they were driving to Miami Beach, her cellphone was thrown out of the vehicle and she was given a different one with a GPS tracking app installed.According to the arrest report, the Lennons rented a room at the Monte Carlo in Miami Beach, and as they checked out, the victim said Alvin yelled at her and Symphony about spending too much money on the trip, so he told them to prostitute themselves.Alvin directed Symphony to show the victim how to post escort advertisements online before Alvin drove them to a Motel 6 in the area of Northwest 36th Street and 74th Avenue.After various failed attempts of negotiating online after posting escort ads, Alvin ordered the women to walk several popular streets in Miami Beach. last_img read more

ExBloomberg Businessweek EIC Moves to the Times People on the Move —

first_imgThe New York Times has named Ellen Pollock the new top editor of its business section. She was most recently the editor-in-chief of Bloomberg Businessweek, before being pushed out in a “deep change” that swept the magazine last November.  Pollock replaces Dean Murphy, who was promoted to associate editor after leading the business section for the last four years. This is just the latest move in reshaping the Times’ newsroom. Rebecca Blumenstein, deputy editor-in-chief of The Wall Street Journal, was recently named a deputy managing editor, and several other editors have been promoted to top leadership positions. Stephanie Wu has joined Mic as editor, food and travel, and will be responsible for overseeing Out of Office, the food and travel-focused digital channel that is set to launch in a few weeks. Wu was most recently senior editor at Travel + Leisure. Lori Fromm has rejoined Time Inc. as VP, brand sales. Fromm, who most recently was head of integrated sales and strategy for Glamour and Self, is now responsible for generating revenue for Time Inc.’s Lifestyle brands across platforms. Pollock worked for 18 years at The Wall Street Journal as a reporter and editor before joining Businessweek in 2007 as executive editor. Businessweek won a National Magazine Award for general excellence in 2012 and was a nominee for general excellence at this year’s event.  Chris Mitchell, chief business officer of Vanity Fair and W, has appointed Jim Craemer as executive account director and Alana Segars as director of brand marketing strategy. Segars joins from The Robot Company, where she helped lead strategic marketing. And Craemer was formerly media partnerships sales director at Rolling Stone. Jessica Goodman and Meredith Bryan have both stepped into newly created positions at Cosmopolitan. Bryan, who was previously a style reporter for the New York Observer, is now senior deputy editor, news at the brand. She is working alongside Goodman, who was named senior editor. Goodman was previously a digital news editor at Entertainment Weekly. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… Active Interest Media has promoted Jonathan Dorn to chief innovation officer. Formerly SVP, digital and creative services, Dorn joined AIM in 2007 as editor-in-chief of Backpacker, which won five National Magazine Awards under this leadership. Yesterday also marks the first anniversary of AIM launching its Catapult Creative Labs, the company’s in-house marketing services agency that Dorn was put in charge of. In announcing the appointment, Dean Baquet, executive editor of the Times, called Pollock “an accomplished editor with the experience and talent needed to broaden our already ambitious business coverage.”last_img read more