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Thiem ends Djokovic history bid faces Nadal for French Open title

first_imgParis: Novak Djokovic’s dream of becoming just the second man in history to hold all Grand Slam titles at the same time twice was crushed by Dominic Thiem at Roland Garros on Saturday. Thiem downed the world number one 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 to set up a repeat of last year’s final against 11-time winner and defending champion Rafael Nadal. Djokovic, who was second best to Thiem when it came to mastering the gloom, wind and damp of Paris, was bidding to join Rod Laver in the Grand Slam history books. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunHowever, it’s 25-year-old Austrian fourth seed Thiem who goes on to face Nadal where he will be buoyed by having defeated the 17-time major winner four times on clay in his career. He will also attempt to become just Austria’s second Grand Slam men’s champion after Thomas Muster won in Paris in 1995. Thiem did it the hard way, squandering a 4-1 final set lead and two match points before he sealed his place in the final. “It was an amazing match. It was my first five-set match at Roland Garros so it was a good one to have,” said Thiem after the four hour 13-minute match which was played over two days. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up”To be in the semi-finals with the three best players of all time (Nadal beat Roger Federer in the other semi on Friday) is really amazing.” On the challenge of facing Nadal, who has had a day more to recover, he added: “It seems that anyone who gets to the final here plays Rafa. “He will be the favourite but I hope to just leave it all out on the court again and we will see.” The semi-final had been controversially suspended overnight Friday with Djokovic complaining about the ‘extreme wind’ in the stadium. When play was halted, with the top seed trailing 1-3 in the third set, there was still around two hours of daylight remaining. However, tournament organisers defended the decision after winds of up to 80km/h were forecast throughout the evening in Paris. “I congratulate Dominic, he played great, especially in the important moments,” said Djokovic. “Obviously, when you’re playing in hurricane-like conditions it’s hard to play your best.” On the resumption Saturday, Djokovic retrieved the break in the seventh game but slipped behind again in the match when Thiem converted a fourth set point. For his pains, the Serb picked up a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct having already been slapped with a time violation. Djokovic broke for a 2-1 lead in the fourth set only for the Austrian to level courtesy of an outrageous net cord which flew over the stranded Serb’s head. The top seed broke again for 3-2, held for 4-2 but the dogged Thiem would not relent and brought the set back on serve at 4-4. However, Djokovic prevailed to send the match into a decider. With the bulk of crowd support behind him, Thiem dug deep and stretched to a 4-1 lead in the decider as Djokovic’s error count at the net piled up. Rain then forced the players off for just over an hour. Djokovic rallied to break for 3-4 but handed the initiative right back, allowing Thiem to serve for the match. The Austrian had two match points but choked as Djokovic went to 5-5. There was one final twist as Djokovic’s 53rd unforced error on a wild forehand set up a third match point which the Austrian gobbled up with his 52nd winner. Nadal had powered past Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 as the 33-year-old booked a 12th appearance in the championship match.last_img read more

Quebec Liberals decide crucifix at national assembly will stay put

first_imgQUEBEC – A crucifix that is prominently displayed in the room where members of the Quebec national assembly hold their regular sittings is staying put.The Liberal government has reaffirmed its unshakable attachment to the religious symbol which was placed there in the 1930s by then-premier Maurice Duplessis.It is located on the wall directly behind the Speaker’s chair in what’s known as the legislature’s Blue Room.The decision to keep the cross comes just days after the Liberal government adopted controversial legislation on religious neutrality.Quebec solidaire, a small opposition party, tabled a motion last week that would have left it up to the office that manages the legislature to decide the fate of the religious object.But the Liberal caucus decided after meeting Tuesday to reject the motion and the idea of taking down the crucifix.Caucus chair Filomena Rotiroti says there was a consensus among Liberal members, with many saying the cross is an intrinsic part of Quebec’s history.Francois Legault, the leader of the Coalition for Quebec’s Future, agreed the crucifix should stay.“We have a Christian heritage in Quebec and we cannot decide tomorrow that we can change our past,” he told reporters.“I don’t seen any problem keeping it.”last_img read more

Feds scale back contentious tax proposal in bid to calm business owners

first_imgOTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau has scaled back one of the most contentious elements of the Trudeau government’s tax-reform plan in yet another effort to calm infuriated small business owners.The move aims to water down Morneau’s proposal on passive-investment income, so that only three per cent of the “most-wealthy” privately owned corporations will have to pay higher taxes.Morneau confirmed the change at a cafe in Hampton, N.B., a small community outside Saint John where locals — including Liberal MP Wayne Long, who represents a neighbouring riding — have been highly critical of the Liberals’ overall package of controversial tax proposals.The event was part of a week-long Liberal effort to introduce tweaks in hopes of quieting the rage surrounding Ottawa’s tax proposals. The plan has angered entrepreneurs, doctors, farmers, tax experts and Liberal backbench MPs.“When you make (a) change, it is difficult sometimes for people who like the status quo,” Morneau said, referring to the uproar created over the original proposals announced in July.“What’s most important, though, is that we have a system that works for all Canadians… We think we’ve gotten it right.”In an attempt to avoid negative impacts on middle-class business owners, Morneau’s latest change will establish a threshold of $50,000 on passive income per year. It will be equivalent to $1 million in savings based on a nominal five per cent rate of return, his department said.The goal, he said, is to enable small business owners to put money away inside their corporations for the future needs, including retirement, sick leave and parental leave. At the same time, Morneau wants to crack down on the practice of privately held firms using the method purely as a way to reduce the owners’ income taxes.The government will release draft legislation as part of next year’s budget.The tweak comes after a flood of complaints that warned cracking down on passive investments could hurt middle-class entrepreneurs who use their companies to save for economic downturns, leaves and for rainy days.However, Morneau said Wednesday that 85 per cent of small businesses have no passive investment income at all.Morneau also released an estimate that suggests between $200 billion and $300 billion in assets are sitting in the passive investment accounts of just two per cent of Canada’s 1.8 million private corporations.This was the government’s latest adjustment to its tax proposals.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began the week by announcing a reduction in the small business tax rate to nine per cent over two years. He also ditched a proposed measure that would have had a negative impact on the intergenerational transfer of family businesses, like farms.The government is keeping — but promising to simplify — another proposal, aimed at limiting the ability of business owners to reduce their tax burden by sprinkling corporate income to family members who do not contribute to their companies.“The only way we get to good conclusions on things that are as complex as this is if members of parliament listen to their constituents, try and understand the issues and come up with ideas around solutions,” Morneau said.Neighbouring MP Long was removed from two committees after voting in favour of a Conservative motion to extend the consultation period on the tax proposals.Two Saint John doctors, who were refused entry into the tiny cafe where Morneau made the latest climb-down, were still angry about the tax proposals and how physicians have been portrayed over the last few months.“It was rolled out very poorly and to hear your prime minister in the House of Commons shout out ‘wealthy doctors’ just makes us feel terrible,” said Heidi King, a radiologist.“We’ve worked hard to get here. I don’t know why success would be punished in Canada. Why would you want to drive away people who work hard?”Cherie Adams, an emergency room physician, said she doesn’t get certain benefits such as maternity leave and she feels the government is still limiting what she can put aside for retirement.“I feel personally offended being called a tax cheat and taking advantage of loopholes when we’re really using legislated tax structure to fund our unique position in the business community,” Adams said.The Canadian Federation of Independent Business, which represents small- and medium-sized businesses, welcomed Wednesday’s changes. But while the $50,000 annual threshold for passive investment will help small firms that remain small, the CFIB warned that the level may be too low for small firms saving to grow and to create more opportunities.— with files from Kevin Bissett in Hampton, N.B.last_img read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:More beats for banks? Bank of Montreal, Scotiabank, TD Bank and National Bank are set to report their third-quarter results this week. The results from the four banks follow Royal Bank and CIBC, which both reported profits that beat expectations and raised their dividends last week.Duties deadlineThe U.S. International Trade Commission votes on final phase anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations into newsprint from Canada on Monday. The U.S. government gave most Canadian newsprint producers a reprieve earlier this month by lowering final anti-dumping and countervailing duties after several U.S. businesses and politicians complained the tax on Canadian newsprint threatens the already-struggling newspaper industry.Economic updateStatistics Canada releases its latest reading on the country’s economy on Thursday, with a report on economic growth for the second quarter. The economy slowed in the first quarter to its lowest rate in two years, largely attributed to a pullback in the real estate market. The latest assessment comes ahead of the Bank of Canada’s next interest rate announcement set for Sept. 5.The next Trans Mountain battleThe Federal Court of Appeal will release its decision in the case of Tsleil-Waututh Nation et al. v. Attorney General of Canada et al. over the Trans Mountain pipeline on Thursday. Opponents of the pipeline project were dealt a major blow on Thursday when the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an application from the City of Burnaby to consider overturning a lower court decision that denied the port city leave to appeal a ruling by the National Energy Board.NAFTA talksCanada is waiting to rejoin the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations as the United States and Mexico work to resolve their bilateral issues amid reports suggesting the announcement of a deal is close. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said last week that she’s been “very encouraged” by signals from Washington.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP Lay Charges Following Fraud Investigation

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP responded to a fraud from a local post-secondary institution on February 7, 2019.According to RCMP, the investigation revealed discrepancies in documents of a value over $5,000.00 suspected to be from a former employee at the institution.47-year-old Kristina Van De Walle of Clairmont, Alberta is facing the following charges: Fraud over $5,000.00Uttering a forged document x 4Forgery x 4Van De Walle is scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on April 24, 2019.last_img

Morocco AfDB sign €100 Million Loan Agreement to Support Financial Sector

Rabat  –  Morocco and the African Development Bank (AfDB) signed, on Wednesday in Rabat, a loan agreement worth 100 million euros to finance the Financial Sector Development Support Program – phase III (PADESFI-III) of Morocco.Inked by Economy minister Mohamed Boussaid and AfDB vice president Aly Abous-Sabbaa, the agreement comes under the PADESFI which focuses on creating requisite conditions for inclusive economic growth through the financial sector’s development. It seeks to improve access of enterprises, mainly very small and micro enterprises, to financial services, reinforce governance and spur markets of capitals.  The PADESFI-III meets strategic guidelines laid in the government program which supports financial inclusion, governance and business climate. It also an extension of the PADESFI I and II approved by the Bank in 2009 and 2009, as well as the three institutional support projects under way and meant to reinforce the Moroccan mechanism for regulating and controlling financial markets and elaborate the Moroccan monetary code. read more

Omar Azziman Morocco Must Redouble Efforts to Reform Education

Rabat – “Despite the encouraging signs on the ground, the results are not yet satisfying.” For Omar Azziman, the President of the Higher Council for Education, Training, and Scientific Research (HCETSR), the initial achievements of the education reform are not satisfactory.“Urgent reform of the Moroccan schools,” is how Azziman opened, Wednesday, July 26 in Rabat, the 12th session of the HCETSR. In a speech, he underscored that the ministry must double its efforts for the success of this reform.“We are still working in a context of skepticism about the performance of the Moroccan school, which means that we must redouble our efforts in terms of deepening, monitoring, proposing, and evaluating, to meet both the objectives of the strategic vision of the reform 2015-2030 and the expectations of society,” he said. Azziman called for coordination with all actors, primarily institutional ones, so that the work and recommendations “can be based on objective and reliable data and statistics.” The main goal for the HCETSR’s president is to access information in a fluid manner, respecting the commitments and responsibilities associated with this kind of cooperation.Stakeholders must collaborate on the improvement of the Moroccan school is a crucial one, stressed Azziman. As evidence, the president of the council emphasized the cooperation of the HCETSR with the ministry in the preparation of a draft convention on the information, data, and documentation system. This project will be discussed in preparation for its signature by the council and the ministerial departments in charge, said the President of the HCETSR.During this 12th session, the Council also discussed the presentation by the Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research on the “Action Plan of the Ministerial Sectors for the Implementation of Education Reform,” in addition to the presentation of two thematic reports by the National Arbitration Board, the first on the evaluation of multidisciplinary faculties and the second on the evaluation of the doctoral cycle .The agenda also of the meeting also included a consideration of the annual draft report on the council’s balance sheet and outlook for 2016 and a summary presentation of the 2017 regional meetings. read more

King Mohammed VI Palestines Suffering Caused by Occupation Injustice

By Trista YoussefRabat – King Mohammed VI sent a message to the chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Cheikh Niang, on Thursday. The King reiterated Morocco’s support for Palestine, describing Moroccan and Palestinian ties as an “emotional relationship which is deeply rooted in the imagination of Moroccans, as individuals and as a nation” in his speech. King Mohammed VI also referred to his aid program to Gaza in June, which included 113 tons of aid to the Palestinian people. Morocco also provided medical assistance to Palestinians suffering from the May 14 violence when Israeli forces killed 62 Palestinians and injured hundreds following Palestinian protests against the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “The Palestinian struggle for freedom and independence and for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, has lasted all these years due to the lack of justice, to widespread frustration and to the suffering caused by occupation and injustice,” stated King Mohammed VI.Read Also: Moroccans Thank King Mohammed VI for Not Receiving Fallen-from-Grace MBSThe King’s speech honors Palestine’s 40th International Solidarity Day. The UN General Assembly has recognized November 29 since 1978, as the day marks the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the Partition Plan for Palestine on November 29, 1947.Palestinian government spokesperson Yousef al-Mahmoud called on the international community to support Palestinians in ending Israeli occupation. “International silence on the occupation and its crimes only encourages Israel to continue violating international resolutions and laws,” said al-Mahmoud on Thursday.Palestinian UN ambassador Riyad Mansour also stated on Thursday’s anniversary, “The international community cannot continue to decry the violation of Palestinian rights and destruction of the two-state solution without acting to end this unlawful situation.” read more

Sri Lanka expects more Chinese investments in the country

Proposed by China in 2013, the initiative refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, aiming at building a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient trade routes of Silk Road.China has become one of Sri Lanka’s largest development partners with infrastructure construction projects worth billions of dollars. China is also one of the major FDI sources of Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) While appreciating the large-scale investments China had brought to Sri Lanka, especially since the end of a civil war between the Government and the LTTE in 2009, Karunanayake said the country would benefit from more Chinese investments. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake has spoken highly of the proposed Belt and Road Initiative, saying that Colombo would like to see more Chinese investments.The newly-appointed Foreign Minister told Xinhua news agency that China and Sri Lanka had maintained strong ties since ancient times, with the relationship being at its strongest level at present. “We appreciate the investments that are coming in from China, but we would like to see much more,” he said. While reiterating that Sri Lanka would soon be transformed into a global trading hub, Karunanayake said Colombo’s participation in the Belt and Road Initiative would strengthen its trading position even further.He said Sri Lanka was happy being a part of the Belt and Road Initiative and was implementing a ‘Sri Lanka first’ approach due to the benefits it would get from the initiative, Karunanayake said. read more

UN spotlights childrens rights as world gears up to mark 25th anniversary

As the global human rights community readies to celebrate tomorrow the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations committee charged with monitoring its implementation highlighted the right of children to actively participate – and not just be heard – in discussions that affect their lives and communities.“Let us stop talking about ‘allowing’ young people to participate – it is, firstly, a right of the child,” the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child emphasized today in a press release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).“Secondly, when children take part in discussions on matters affecting their lives, problems they face are more likely to be addressed meaningfully if their views are taken into account,” the Committee added.The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 20 November 1989 and to date has been ratified by 194 countries, making it the most widely ratified international human rights treaty. Its adoption marked the first time that children were explicitly recognized as having specific rights.Noting that since the Convention’s adoption, it could point to improvement in children’s lives worldwide, the Committee underscored that too many children still “suffer violations of their rights and especially violence, exploitation and neglect, discrimination, denial of health services or a decent education.”It is important to remember that children can be “active agents of change in their families, in their schools, in their communities and in their countries,” the Committee said. While children may at times have views different than those of adults, “this is as it should be. Children are valuable members of our societies as children,” the Committee stressed.“Creating the future we want, the future that will shape the lives of children and their children, depends on how we act now, and for that children’s participation is as important as that of adults,” the Committee added. The Committee on the Rights of the Child comprises 18 independent experts and monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by its State parties. It also monitors implementation of two Optional Protocols to the Convention, on involvement of children in armed conflict and on sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.As part of celebrations to mark the anniversary of the Convention’s adoption, the General Assembly will hold a high-level meeting at UN Headquarters in New York tomorrow morning on the promotion and protection of the rights of children. An interactive panel discussion on the theme of 25 Years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: is the world a better place for children?, co-chaired by Queen Silvia of Sweden and Ms. Laura Vargas Carrillo of Mexico, will be held in the afternoon.Also tomorrow morning, a high-level panel discussion on the “25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: recalling its vision,” organized by the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, will be held at the UN in New York. Several missions will also hold side events.In addition, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will hold a musical celebration tomorrow morning at UN Headquarters to mark the anniversary of the Convention, as well as the 60th anniversary of the agency’s Goodwill Ambassador Programme and the 35th anniversary of the Music for UNICEF concert.The occasion will also serve to launch the UNICEF #IMAGINE project, a musical and technological initiative to highlight the challenges children face the world over. The agency will also use the opportunity of the occasion to launch its latest State of the World’s Children report. read more

Member Services Bulletin – April 2016

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Brock researcher awarded grant for equipment to study workplace ergonomics

Michael Holmes is determined to make work a safer place by studying how people sit, stand and use their muscles on the job.To do that, however, the assistant professor in Brock University’s Department of Kinesiology needs high-tech machines to help him track muscle activity and body movements.The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) announced Tuesday it has awarded Holmes a grant of nearly $100,000 for equipment purchases from its John R. Evans Leaders Fund.“The equipment is fundamental to everything we do, so the John R. Evans Leaders Fund is a really important program,” Holmes says. “There are very few funding avenues in Canada that allow you to purchase large, expensive pieces of equipment. I’m very thankful for this program.”With the money, Holmes will be purchasing three sophisticated devices and some smaller equipment to create the new Neuromechanics and Ergonomics Lab at Brock.Among the equipment is a motion capture system. Similar to what’s used in the development of gaming, animation and cinema, nearly a dozen cameras will record research participants’ postures and body movements as they perform a variety of simulated workplace tasks.But these are no ordinary cameras, says Holmes.Infrared light emitted from the cameras is picked up by small reflective markers on the person.“The camera will pick up the motion of those markers, and will record the movement of the markers, not the person,” he says. “On the computer screen, we can track the 3D location of the markers on the person, and link them together, so it looks like a stick figure. We can then very accurately calculate movements and joint angles.”Another piece of equipment is the haptic wrist robot, a one-of-a-kind device that is unique to Canada. Similar to a joystick, the device pushes back when a person tries to move it.“This allows us to look at how the forearm muscles control the hand,” says Holmes.“It’s like when you’re holding a power tool and you have to control feedback from the tool in all directions to counteract the imbalance. This requires muscular control and using such a device will allow us to better understand how fatigue, pain and/or injury influence performance.”The research has applications for pilots having to control joysticks, surgeons, dentists and others who regularly hold tools for their jobs.The third piece of equipment is an electromyography system, or EMG, which evaluates and records electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles.“This helps us to understand how the muscles generate the movements captured by our cameras,” says Holmes. “As we contract a muscle, the muscle emits electrical activity. The EMG sensors will pick up that activity; we can then determine not only how hard a certain muscle works, but what muscles are being used at what times.”Holmes explains the combination of the three machines will give him and his research team a complete picture of workplace movement.“We’ll understand what the muscles do, how people move and what sort of forces they’re interacting with.”This knowledge, in turn, can be used to better design workplace tools and objects, or change workstations so that workers “interact with the tools differently” to prevent workplace injuries, he says.Holmes was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Neuromuscular Mechanics and Ergonomics, announced near the end of 2016.His research examines how the brain and nervous system interact with the mechanics of hand, arm, shoulder and neck muscles as we perform a variety of tasks.“The hand and upper limb are engineering marvels,” explains Holmes. “Even trivial human-object interactions require a complex series of co-ordinated events from the brain to the start of movement.”But each person is different. Holmes’ research aims to understand why some people develop carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive strain injury and other upper body injuries while others doing the same job do not develop these injuries.“This research will lead to workplace and tool design strategies that make occupational tasks safer and more efficient,” says Holmes. “It will impact the lives of working Canadians because work shouldn’t hurt.” read more

Australias Minnovare targets global underground drilling market with Azimuth Aligner

first_imgAustralian based mining technology firm Minnovare says it has secured significant investment from two “highly regarded” private equity firms which it hopes will help propel the company into the international market. Minnovare’s key product, the Azimuth Aligner, it says, “is delivering unprecedented efficiency to the underground drilling process, by substantially reducing rig set-up time.”The company has secured funding from Jolimont Global Mining Systems (Jolimont Global), a private equity group that invests in high growth mining equipment, technology and services companies, and Viburnum Funds, an Australasian focused mid-market private equity investment manager with extensive experience in mining and oilfield services investment.Minnovare co-founders Callum McCracken and Mick Beilby said the investment would principally be used to expand the company’s reach internationally. “We are obviously thrilled with the investment from two such highly regarded firms, which is a terrific vote of confidence in Minnovare,” McCracken said. “This partnership will help us expand more aggressively into the global mining and civil markets, and offer the benefit of the Azimuth Aligner to many more customers.” Launched in March 2012, Minnovare’s Azimuth Aligner enables a drill rig operator to achieve correct orientation in up to 90% less time compared to traditional labour intensive manual alignment methods – which typically include a string line, plum bob and surveyor.In addition to providing significant productivity gains, the Azimuth Aligner is a critical enabling technology for the introduction of autonomous, semi-autonomous and remotely operated rigs. The cumulative effect of these technological advances is faster, more accurate, and better value exploration and production drilling for mining operations and a stronger customer service offering for drilling services providers. McCracken said there had been an overwhelmingly positive response to the Azimuth Aligner in a short period of time, but there was now a much larger market to address. “Our ultimate aim is to be the partner of choice for mining companies and drilling contractors who are looking to increase accuracy and efficiency and reduce their down time. We see great opportunity within Australia but certainly we also now have our eyes firmly on overseas markets.”last_img read more

Babcocks Volvo fleet ticking the boxes at ZAC coal operation in South

first_imgSouth Africa headquartered Babcock Equipment is helping Menar improve productivity and lower costs at its Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) in KzaZulu-Natal.Earlier this year, ZAC celebrated an average of 5,000 machine hours worked in the space of just 12 months, with no downtime while running 24-hour shifts.ZAC’s fleet of Babcock-supplied and maintained machinery consists of three Volvo A30G articulated haulers, two Volvo crawler excavators and two Volvo wheel loaders. The machinery was purchased to manage the reprocessing of a discard dump, and has worked up to 5,800 hours per individual machine since July 2017.ZAC is South Africa’s sole producer and exporter of prime anthracite coal. It has a 100 t/h capacity and is expected to wash 3 Mt of discard in the next five years.The reclamation of the long-standing discard dump will decrease the rehabilitation footprint of the colliery and produce 1 Mt of saleable product to be made available for both inland and export markets, according to Babcock.The Volvo Construction Equipment operating at ZAC is being used to mine the surface dump and transport it to a newly built processing plant (pictured), as well as clean slurry dams at the mine.Bradley Hammond, COO of Menar, said Babcock was able to offer something different from its equipment dealer competitors when it came to service.“In addition to providing us with a highly competitive price, Babcock was the only company able to fulfil our extended service warranty requirements. This cost-effective, tailored package was the ideal solution for ZAC. Babcock also provided spot-on advice as to which machinery would be the most effective and efficient, and we are currently running at full utilisation with no wastage,” he said.The CAP10C warranty and attractive maintenance plan offered by Babcock made the package highly cost-effective in the long term, he added.This extended warranty covers 10,000 hours, and Babcock’s Richard Bay branch maintains the Volvo machinery through Caretrack. Caretrack allows for early detection and resolution of problems and Volvo-trained Babcock technicians are sent to site when necessary, Babcock said.Hammond said the Volvo fleet had been a “great investment” with a fuel burn 20% less than competitors and equipment that is “perfect for our needs”.The equipment has performed so well over the past year that Menar is considering expanding its Babcock-supplied construction equipment for other mining operations within its fold, according to Babcock.Although being used for ‘soft’ mining, Hammond said the conditions have nevertheless tested the machinery’s capacity and endurance. “The Volvo Construction Equipment has shown excellent performance in wet conditions, with the crawler excavators doing especially well,” he said.ZAC has reduced its monthly operating expenses and Hammond attributes much of this to Babcock’s maintenance plan.Babcock Equipment distributes and supports international brands and construction equipment.last_img read more

Une nouvelle méthode de détection du cancer du sein arrive en France

first_imgUne nouvelle méthode de détection du cancer du sein arrive en FranceLe Centre hospitalier d’Armentières s’est doté d’une toute nouvelle technologie unique et révolutionnaire pour dépister le cancer du sein.Le Senobright vient à peine d’être mis sur le marché que le Centre hospitalier d’Armentières, dans le Nord de la France, l’utilise déjà. Il s’agit d’une nouvelle technologie mise au point par l’entreprise General Eletric Healthcare. La ville nordiste est la première en France, et dans le monde à l’utiliser. Dans le cadre d’un dépistage du cancer du sein, le Senobright effectue des angiomammographies spectrales de contraste. La puissance s’apparente à celle de l’IRM.En d’autres termes, si les mammographies classiques permettent aujourd’hui seulement de visualiser des “tâches”, l’angiomammographie permettra de repérer directement  les tumeurs, voir si elles sont malignes, et l’état d’avancement du cancer avec l’identification des foyers de calcification et d’hypervascularisation. Une grande nouveauté pour le Dr Poncelet d’Armentières qui explique à la Voix du Nord : “Avec l’IRM, on avait beaucoup de fausses images, pour des lésions bénignes. Le Senobright entre donc en compétition avec l’IRM sur le dépistage du cancer du sein. Mais il a l’avantage d’être couplé avec le mammographe numérique à capteur plan qui produit moins d’irradiations et une meilleure qualité d’image. C’est, sans doute, moins traumatisant”.Le 20 janvier 2011 à 17:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

As Capital Budget Work Begins A Call For Lower Expectations

first_imgAs the Legislature digs into the capital budget, a leader of the Senate’s finance committee is advising that discretionary spending will be kept to a minimum.At a Monday hearing, Co-chair Anna MacKinnon said the Legislature had already received more than $1 billion in capital requests from communities and organization. Of those, only health and public safety projects will get priority considerations.“I would like to lower the expectations of the general public with what we can do in regard to the capital budget this year,” said MacKinnon.The Eagle River Republican added that projects that come with matching funds might also fare better in a year where the state is facing a $3.5 billion deficit.The capital budget submitted by Gov. Bill Walker to the Legislature appropriates $150 million from the state’s unrestricted general fund. The previous capital budget spent $600 million from that fund.last_img read more

Telangana State government drafts secretariat shifting plan

first_imgHyderabad: The State government has drafted secretariat shifting plan to ensure the construction of new secretariat building after the demolition of all the structures is in a smooth way. According to the tentative plan, Agriculture and Cooperative department will be shifted to TS MARKFED at Jam Bagh in the city. It will be shifted in two-weeks. Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development department will function from Director of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry department, BC Welfare will be shifted to Samkshma Bhavan in three days, Environment, Forests and Science and Technology will be moved to Aranya Bhavan in two days, Higher and School education to SCERT Bhavan near LB Stadium in one month, Energy to Vidyuth Soudha in two days, Finance to BRKR Bhavan in 10 days, Health, Medical and Family Welfare to Nature Cure hospitals in 10 days, Home to BRKR Bhavan in seven days, Housing to Housing corporation in 30 days, Irrigation to ENC, Erramanzil in seven days and the Industries and Commerce department will be shifted to State Finance Corporation building at Abids in seven days.last_img read more

200 former MPs yet to vacate their bungalows

first_imgNew Delhi : More than 200 former MPs have still not vacated their official bungalows in Lutyens’ Delhi, over two months after the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha, sources said. According to the rules, former MPs have to vacate their respective bungalows within one month of dissolution of the previous Lok Sabha. President Ram Nath Kovind had on May 25 dissolved the 16th Lok Sabha with immediate effect on the recommendation of the Union Cabinet after the Modi government was formed for a second term. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us “More than 200 former Lok Sabha MPs have still not vacated their official bungalows, which had been allotted to them in 2014,” a source told PTI. The sources said as these former MPs have not vacated their bungalows located in Lutyens’ Delhi, newly-elected MPs, who won in the Lok Sabha election, have been staying at temporary accommodation. “Newly-elected MPs have been provided temporary accommodation at Western Court and several guest houses till the time they are allotted a full-time residence in Lutyens’ Delhi,” the source also said.last_img read more

Rich tributes paid to Shoyab Ullah Khan

first_imgBaghlingampally: Telangana Praja Samskruthika Kendram (TPSK) convenor G Ramulu said that the real tribute to the noted Telangana freedom fighter Shoyub Ullah Khan lies in opposing and fighting communalism in any form. He was speaking at a programme organised to observe the 71st death anniversary of Shoyub Ullah Khan at Sundaraiah Vignana Kendram here on Thursday. The program was organized by the state committee of Awaz, a social organisation. Mohammad Abbas, the state secretary of Awaz, presided over it. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, Ramulu described Shoyub Ullah Khan was a brave journalist who fought communal hatred all through his life. He said that some political parties were trying to communalise the Telangana Liberation Day for their vested interests. He said that Telangana Armed Struggle was fought by Telangana people, irrespective of religion and caste, against the atrocities of jagirdars, jamindars and landlords. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us Freedom fighters from all religions and castes, such as Shaik Bandagi, Chityala Ailamma, Tanu Naik, Doddi Komuraiah and others, sacrificed their lives for the cause, he said. He condemned the attempts to link their sacrifices to certain religion would be insult them, he said. He called upon people to teach communal forces a lesson as Khasim Rajvi was taught during the struggle. Fighting communal forces would be real tribute to Shoyub Ullah Khan, he said. Among those who participated in the program include Himabindu, Skylab Babu, Thodasam Bheem Rao, Ashaiah, Bhoopathi Venkateshwarulu, Pagadala Lakshmaiah, Shoban Naik, Kota Ramesh, G Naresh and others.last_img read more

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur lambasts critics after teams victory says they should

first_imgMickey Arthur has been severely criticisedReutersPakistan’s cricket team once again proved that they are capable of the most amazing turnarounds. After a humiliating defeat against India, the team bounced back and put up a magnificent performance to dominate and defeat South Africa in the ongoing ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup.After the match, it was their coach Mickey Arthur who was sent to face the media and the South African gave a rather feisty performance. His team and players had faced an unrelenting barrage of abuse from media and fans. They were mocked, ridiculed and even insulted. Hence, it’s understandable that Arthur, disturbed by the vicious attacks, wanted to send a message to the detractors.He first talked about the ordeal suffered by his team since the defeat to India and then had a rather stern advice for the critics. “I just think that the guys (Pakistan players) were burnt last week. The guys were incredibly hurt by media, by public, by social media and hopefully, we got a proper reaction from them today that can just shut some people up for a while,” the coach said.”The guys were incredibly hurt. Hopefully we got a proper reaction from them today that can just shut some people up for a little while” – Mickey Arthur on Pakistan’s comeback after India defeat.— ICC (@ICC) June 23, 2019TwitterBut that wasn’t the only important comment that was made at the press conference. When a Pakistani journalist claimed that Haris Sohail looked ‘exhausted’ after the 30th over and asked what needs to be done to improve the stamina, the visibly irritated Mickey responded: “He got 80 off 59 today! Why are you always talking negatively about our players? That today was one of the all-time brilliant innings that I have seen. Let’s just write something positive for a change, please!”The reaction of Arthur become understandable when one looks at the kind of vitriol that was directed at his team and against him also. A long list of former cricketers raised all sorts of questions about the team, from the culture to the tactics of the side. With this win, they are hoping to get some respite from these relentless attacks. But Arthur should be careful, another bad performance and the detractors would all be back with vengeance.last_img read more

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