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Quebec man arrested after stolen backhoe smashes home starts fire

first_imgSTE-THERESE, Que. — A Quebec man is facing charges after allegedly stealing a backhoe and going on a rampage on Canada Day.Local police say a 50-year-old man from Ste-Therese, north of Montreal, is expected to appear in court today on charges of theft, impaired driving, and mischief.A witness contacted police just before 9 p.m. Monday about a man who’d stolen a backhoe and was driving erratically, heading towards the town’s downtown, Ste-Therese-de-Blainville police Sgt. Martin Charron says in a statement.As police moved in to intercept, the backhoe smashed a residential building, causing considerable damage, and knocked down electrical wires, which sparked a fire.Police officers had to forcibly remove the suspect from the cab of the vehicle.There were no major injuries, but two police officers were slightly injured by debris from the fire.The investigation is ongoing, including why the home was targeted.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Brita And Stephen Curry Announce Effort To Help Water Steal The Show

first_imgFlip on the television and no matter the daypart or demographic, it’s nearly impossible to avoid beverage commercials. And just how many of those ads are for water, the beverage health experts agree people should drink the most? Pretty close to zero.Now, reigning MVP Stephen Curry and the Brita water filtration brand are teaming up to change that.Today, Curry and Brita launched Splash Studio, a campaign to get fans, health advocates, schools, film makers and more to make water a star, creating original commercials for the beverage that can go toe-to-toe with the best that beer or soda can offer. The maker of the winning spot will receive $25,000 and the chance to recreate the advertisement with a cameo from Curry himself. Brita will then take the winning commercial to air on TV at the start of the 2016-2017 basketball season.And while the contest is being funded and sponsored by Brita, the commercials should just be about drinking water. References to filtering water or Brita products won’t get a leg up. The winner will have simply created the kind of compelling, exciting story about water that, with an appearance from Stephen Curry, will help get people drinking the original beverage, H20.The contest will run from March 8 to May 31. Each submission will be judged on a combination of creativity, impact and originality. While the creative approach is up to the participant, entrants should avoid using trademarked music, brand names or logos, or celebrity likenesses. Submissions will be narrowed down to four finalists, to be announced July 1, 2016. From there, the public will get to vote to pick the ultimate winner. Final winner will be announced August 30, 2016.“One of the things that makes Stephen Curry so inspiring is his absolute commitment to being at his best, both on and off the court, which is supported by his choice of water,” said Ed Huber, general manager of the Brita brand. “Through this effort, we are giving people a platform to join Stephen by using their talents to encourage others to make healthy lifestyle choices.”The Splash Studio program and contest with Stephen Curry is just one part of Brita’s ongoing efforts to get people to choose water. In addition to working with the reigning MVP, Brita is a founding supporter of Drink Up, an effort from the Partnership for a Healthier America and its honorary chairwoman First Lady Michelle Obama to encourage people to drink more water more often.“This is important to me. Water is my drink of choice because I know it is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle,” said Stephen Curry. “Partnering with Brita and a campaign like this is one way I can personally help educate families about the benefits of water. I want to encourage people to have fun while they think of ways to inspire America to drink up.”Click here for more info.last_img read more

Viola Davis Reads Childrens Book Rent Party Jazz For Storyline Online

first_imgAcademy Award winner Viola Davis (Fences, How to Get Away With Murder) shines a light on the unsung tradition of rent parties for Jazz Appreciation Month in the newest Storyline Online video released today by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.Davis reads the critically acclaimed children’s book Rent Party Jazz written by William Miller, illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb and published by Lee & Low Books.Rent Party Jazz tells the story of Sonny Comeaux, a young boy living in New Orleans during the 1930’s. Sonny works before school and during the weekends to help his mother make ends meet, but they continuously struggle to make the monthly rent. When Sonny’s mother loses her job, all seems lost – until Sonny encounters and befriends jazz trumpeter Smilin’ Jack. When Jack hears about Sonny’s troubles, the musician offers to help Sonny and his mother put on a party consisting of tasty food, good company and great music in order to raise the rent money.Highlighting the rent party custom that originated in Harlem, New York, during the 1920’s, Rent Party Jazz showcases profound morals about compassion, family and supporting your friends and neighbors in times of need. It’s an all-embracing, poignant and uplifting story detailing the influence of jazz on African-American communities during an unheralded point in American history.Davis concludes her reading by sharing, “I love Rent Party Jazz because African-American characters are the focus of the story. It’s about jazz and it’s about people helping one another. Great message.”Viola Davis is just the latest actor to join an expanding cast of Storyline Online readers. Previous supporters include Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and Rita Moreno. Storyline Online features beloved performers reading cherished children’s books out loud alongside inventively animated, original illustrations. The site is available 24 hours a day at no cost to children, parents, and educators worldwide, and receives over 13 million views every month.“Viola Davis is a true champion for children’s literacy. She is one of the most in-demand and celebrated actors of our time, and yet she carved the time out of her jam-packed schedule to read for Storyline Online,” said Cyd Wilson, Executive Director of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. “Rent Party Jazz is an incredible addition to our digital library, and we think children all over the world will enjoy this quintessential American story and its message of community.”Rent Party Jazz comes with supplemental activity guides for both home and school that strengthen verbal, written and comprehension skills. Aimed at students in the 2nd-4th grades, these activities encourage students to engage in critical thinking and ponder the themes from the book including giving, empathy and friendship.To view Rent Party Jazz and all of Storyline Online’s videos, visit, and subscribe to read more

Chinas new Silk Road hits political financial hurdles

first_imgBEIJING, China – China’s plan for a modern Silk Road of railways, ports and other facilities linking Asia with Europe hit a $14 billion pothole in Pakistan.Pakistan’s relations with Beijing are so close that officials call China their “Iron Brother.” Despite that, plans for the Diamer-Bhasha Dam were thrown into turmoil in November when the chairman of Pakistan’s water authority said Beijing wanted an ownership stake in the hydropower project. He rejected that as against Pakistani interests.China issued a denial but the official withdrew the dam from among dozens of projects being jointly developed by the two countries.From Pakistan to Tanzania to Hungary, projects under President Xi Jinping’s signature “Belt and Road Initiative” are being cancelled, renegotiated or delayed due to disputes about costs or complaints host countries get too little out of projects built by Chinese companies and financed by loans from Beijing that must be repaid.In some areas, Beijing is suffering a political backlash due to fears of domination by Asia’s biggest economy.“Pakistan is one of the countries that is in China’s hip pocket, and for Pakistan to stand up and say, ‘I’m not going to do this with you,’ shows it’s not as ‘win-win’ as China says it is,” said Robert Koepp, an analyst in Hong Kong for the Economist Corporate Network, a research firm.“Belt and Road,” announced by Xi in 2013, is a loosely defined umbrella for Chinese-built or -financed projects across 65 countries from the South Pacific through Asia to Africa and Europe.Other governments welcomed the initiative in a region the Asian Development Bank says needs more than $26 trillion of infrastructure investment by 2030 to keep economies growing. Nations including Japan have given or lent billions of dollars for development, but China’s venture is bigger and the only source of money for many projects.Governments from Washington to Moscow to New Delhi are uneasy Beijing is trying to use its “Belt and Road” to develop a China-centred political structure that will erode their influence.Among projects that have been derailed or disrupted, authorities in Nepal cancelled plans in November for Chinese companies to build a $2.5 billion dam after they concluded contracts for the Budhi Gandaki Hydro Electric Project violated rules requiring multiple bidders.Consulting firm BMI Research has compiled a database of $1.8 trillion of infrastructure investments across Asia, Africa and the Middle East that include Chinese money or other involvement.“It’s probably too early to say at this point how much of the overall initiative will actually be implemented,” said Christian Zhang, a BMI analyst.The U.S. and Japanese governments express interest in building contracts or other potential opportunities. But they also are trying to develop alternative initiatives.The stumbles for one of the world’s most ambitious infrastructure ventures could help temper concerns Beijing will increase its strategic influence.Even Pakistan, one of China’s friendliest neighbours, has failed to agree on key projects.The two governments are developing facilities with a total cost of $60 billion including power plants and railways to link China’s far west with the Chinese-built port of Gwadar on the Indian Ocean.A visit by a Chinese assistant foreign minister in November produced no agreement on railway projects in the southern city of Karachi valued at $10 billion and a $260 million airport for Gwadar.The same month, the chairman of the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority announced the Diamer-Bhasha Dam would be withdrawn from joint development.“Chinese conditions for financing the Diamer-Bhasha Dam were not doable and against our interests,” the official, Muzammil Hussain, told legislators, according to Pakistani news reports.The Chinese Cabinet agency overseeing “Belt and Road,” the National Development and Reform Commission, denied in a written statement that it asked for an ownership stake.“Belt and Road” is interwoven with official efforts to export Chinese rail, hydropower and other technology and steel, aluminum and other industrial goods.In Thailand, work on a $15 billion high-speed railway was suspended in 2016 following complaints too little business went to Thai companies. A new plan announced in July gives local contractors a bigger role.___Ahmed reported from Islamabad and Domasa from Dodoma, Tanzania. AP Writer Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo contributed.last_img read more

Top UN officials warn of dangers of biodiversity loss

“Nature’s assets underpin the very lives and livelihoods of more than six billion people. They make our very existence possible in the vacuum of space,” Mr. Ban said in a statement, delivered by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner, to a major conference on biological diversity which kicked off today in Bonn, Germany.He stressed that inaction on the issue will jeopardize progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline, as well as impact the entire world.“Now the economics are coming to the fore, underlining the costs of degradation but also the abundant returns if we invest in this bottom green line,” the Secretary-General observed.In spite of progress, with more than 12 per cent of land now in protected areas, the speed of response has not kept pace with the scale of degradation, he said.Mr. Ban pointed to the increased need to preserve natural assets to provide protection against climatic events, such as Cyclone Nargis, which devastated Myanmar earlier this month. “Half the country’s mangroves – its natural sea defenses – have been cleared over the past 30 years,” he said, adding that this made communities more vulnerably to the deadly storm.In his address to the three-day meeting – attended by the leaders of Germany, Canada and Palau, together with 87 ministers – the Assembly President noted that “the world is now facing an unprecedented loss of biodiversity.”He said that four species or sub-species are lost every hour, while 20 hectares of forests disappear every minute and forests covering an area four times the size of Belgium are lost annually.Mr. Kerim underscored that if “we conserve biodiversity, we preserve our chances of developing sustainably and of living healthy lives even as the climate changes.”As part of the International Year for Biodiversity in 2010, he voiced his support for the convening of a one-day high-level segment of the General Assembly to allow the international community to focus global attention on the biodiversity crisis.“We have seen in various instances that leadership at the highest level is required to move issues forward,” the Assembly President pointed out.Participants at the high-level conference are discussing measures on how to meet the globally-agreed target of substantially reducing the rate of global biodiversity loss by 2010. They are examining such issues as the expansion of expanding protected areas, developing a system for fairly accessing and sharing the world’s biodiversity wealth, the sustainable use of biofuels and the protection of the world’s forests and marine areas.On the sidelines of this meeting, Mr. Kerim met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the two conferred on current UN steps to combat climate change and reform the world body, including modifying the Security Council.Biodiversity and global warming were also discussed during his meeting this morning with German Environmental Minister Sigmar Gabriel.From Germany, the Assembly President will travel tonight to Albania’s capital Tirana, where he will meet tomorrow with the South-East European nation’s President, Prime Minister, Speaker of Parliament and Foreign Ministry officials.He is also scheduled to meet with the UN country team in Albania, which is one of the eight pilot countries of the “One UN” programme, which seeks to better coordinate UN operations and accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by establishing a joint office for UN development agencies. 28 May 2008United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim today warned of the consequences resulting from the loss of biodiversity, including the impacts on the economy, development and efforts to mitigate climate change. read more

Kosovo elections set for 23 October UN envoy announces

Harri Holkeri based this decision on the recommendations of an Election Working Group, endorsing all of its proposals, including one calling for closed lists, which he termed “the most appropriate option for Kosovo at this time.”During elections in 2000, using the open lists system, only 8 per cent of successful candidates were women.“The closed lists will ensure women’s participation in the Assembly of Kosovo, which currently has one of the highest percentages of women representatives,” Mr. Holkeri said, adding that open lists “tend to favor those who have high public profiles.”The announcement came during a press briefing with the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, who today wrapped up a five-day trip to Kosovo and Belgrade, where he had numerous meetings with representatives from all segments of society, including senior officials.Mr. Guéhenno said there was evident progress in Kosovo, citing the functioning of the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government, improved security, the return of displaced persons and the rebuilding of infrastructure.“At the same time I don’t think that any sound bite can catch the complexity of Kosovo,” he said, adding, “I wouldn’t be realistic if I did not also acknowledge that much remains to be done.”Among the challenges ahead, he noted the need to revive the economy and to implement the Standards – a set of benchmarks that must be reached before action on Kosovo’s final status can begin. He also pointed to the importance of improving minority representation in government and fostering observance of the rule of law.“There is a lot at stake there and it goes way beyond political issues,” he said. “It is the issue of a prosperous Kosovo, which retains its people, which attracts fine capital, which is a vibrant place, where tensions have subsided, where everybody can live with mutual respect, where there is trust, where all communities can feel comfortable and that they are respected.” read more

Unemployment rate for Palestine refugees reaches 44 per cent in Gaza Strip

“The resilience of Palestine refugees is legendary, but not inexhaustible,” said Chris Gunness, spokesman for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), which provides direct relief and works programmes for some 5 million Palestine refugees in the region. Mr. Gunness quoted UNRWA Commissioner-General Krähenbühl as saying via social media: “Palestine refugees need more than just aid; they need a just solution.”This past week, “the gravity of unemployment in Gaza, coupled with the number of well qualified job seekers, was once again brought to the fore,” according to Mr. Gunness.He said a recruitment exercise was initiated in line with increasing student numbers to ensure quality education for refugee children in Gaza, and UNRWA received more than 27,000 applicants for an advertised recruitment of approximately 200 teachers for the coming school 2015-2016 year.Out of the applicant pool, more than 22,000 people met the criteria and have been invited to take the written test, he said.“The high number of qualified applicants,” Mr. Gunness said, “for a small number of job opportunities, reflects the ongoing unemployment crisis prevailing in Gaza.”“A large portion of the society is highly educated but is limited to finding employment opportunities in the Strip, due to the blockade, which severely restricts the movement of people and goods,” he said. “The blockade has crushed the Strip’s once dynamic and trade-oriented economy and its capacity to create jobs, and pushed the majority of the population into aid-dependency.”According to the UNRWA spokesman, in 2014, the average unemployment rate for registered Palestine refugees was 44.1 per cent and for the general population it stood at 43.9 per cent. “This is the highest rate ever recorded in Gaza and one of the highest worldwide,” he said.Mr. Gunness also noted that approximately 65 per cent of the refugee population depends on food aid.The Gaza economy was already in recession before the last conflict in the summer of 2014, but according to International Monetary Fund statistics, in the third quarter of 2014 the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shrank dramatically by 24.4 per cent, according to UNRWA. “According to the International Monetary Fund, the overall Gaza GDP shrank by 15 per cent in 2014, making it one of the most unstable economies in the world,” Mr. Gunness said. “There is no indication that this will improve in the near future.” read more

West Indies changes give Pollard World Cup hope

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKieron Pollard named West Indies ODI, T20I captainSeptember 9, 2019In “latest news”CWI opens doors for Narine, Pollard and Bravo comebacks into national sideJuly 24, 2018In “latest news”WT20: Difficult to replace Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, says Darren SammyMarch 8, 2016In “Sports” Kieron PollardKieron Pollard last played an ODI in October 2016 but may still have hopes of making it to the West Indies World Cup squad because of a new set-up running Cricket West Indies (CWI). After smashing his highest IPL score – 83 off 31 balls – to help Mumbai Indians edge Kings XI Punjab in a last-ball finish in Mumbai on Wednesday night, Pollard was asked if he thought he would be picked in the World Cup squad that will be announced later this month, and he indirectly said anything could be possible.“Every time I get the opportunity to play, I want to do my best,” Pollard said. “There has been a lot of turmoil in West Indies cricket over the last couple of years. We have seen in the last couple of weeks there’s a change. Pollard was one of the guys blacklisted. The most I can do every time I step on the cricket field is try to put runs on the board. There’s people there who have the job to select and whatever and let’s see how that goes. As I said, I’m 31 years, Chris Gayle is still playing, he’s 39, and he’s whacking it all around.”Pollard was referring to Dave Cameron’s controversial reign as the CWI president coming to an end last month when Ricky Skerritt, a former West Indies team manager, beat Cameron by an 8-4 margin in the board elections. Cameron had several fallouts with senior West Indies players, especially Darren Sammy who led them to two World T20 titles.When asked if West Indies could be one of the stronger sides at the World Cup, given the form of some of the West Indies players in the IPL, Pollard said: “Yeah, of course you can say that. But again, as I said that’s why there’s people…we have a new chairman of selectors, there’s a new president of the cricket board, and as I said you take it as it comes. Last year, you might not have been asking me that question. Yes, I scored runs tonight so all sorts of questions will come but for me it’s just about enjoying cricket and doing my best with my God-given talent.“We know what we can do and I think Chris batted superbly. A fellow West Indian is [Andre] Russell…he’s smacking the ball and it’s great to see the way he’s hitting the ball and [Sunil] Narine. These guys are having a good tournament and again, when your mind is free, you just go out and enjoy cricket. You don’t think about much because there are a lot of opinions, there are a lot of things, but it’s people as close to you and what they think matters.”Pollard had recently returned to the T20I squad for West Indies when in October it emerged that the door was opening for some senior players to feature in the World Cup. CWI officials had stated that availability for domestic tournaments was a requirement to be picked for West Indies squads, and they advanced the domestic 50-over competition (Super50 Cup) from February 2019 to October 2018 to avoid a clash with any T20 leagues. CWI had said if the players featured in the Super50 and performed, they could be picked for the World Cup.Pollard represented his domestic side Trinidad & Tobago in all seven games but with unimpressive figures – 69 runs from seven innings to average under 10, and took three wickets in the 50 balls he bowled in the tournament.However, Pollard then went on to score 284 runs in the PSL in 13 innings at a strike rate of 173.17, and take five wickets, for Peshawar Zalmi. In the IPL, he has so far scored 179 runs in six innings, with two unbeaten knocks, to average 44.75, and is striking at 194.56. (ESPNCricinfo) read more

India commits to beautifying Mahatma Gandhi Statue in Guyana

The Government of India has committed to helping the Georgetown Mayor and City Council beautify the Mahatma Gandhi Statue, in observance of his 150th birth anniversary.“So as part of that we will be trying to help the city of Georgetown to beautify that area and to redo that premises,” stated Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Dr K.J. Srinivasa.He made the commitment during a courtesy call on Georgetown Mayor Ubraj Narine.Gandhi, during his lifetime, advocated for non-violent actions which brought down colonialism and gave independence to his homeland of India. His teachings of peace and humanity greatly influenced various freedom struggles and inspired several world leaders such as Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela in their fight for equity.Meanwhile, the Indian Diplomat said his government will be assisting Guyana with developing and transforming Georgetown in other ways.“We are also working upon, trying to do a twinning of the city of Georgetown with a city in India where complementarities can exist say for example garbage disposal and also in the IT and the language field and the development of culture, etc.,” Dr Srinivasa stated. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIndia to expand scholarships programme for Guyanese studentsAugust 29, 2019In “latest news”Commemorative Stamps to be issued in observance of Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversaryOctober 2, 2018In “latest news”EYEWITNESS: Guyana’s…October 3, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” read more

Cummins powers up for the future of mining

first_imgMining operations are embracing the opportunities created by new technology, from automation and electric vehicles to renewable energy, but what can traditional fossil fuel power generation contribute to this technology-led evolution of mining? Craig Wilkins, Director Prime Power at Cummins, explains how natural gas power is key to meeting the industry’s power needs in the coming decades.Many mining operations take place in remote parts of the world where access to large electric utility feeds is either unavailable or requires significant investments in electrical transmission and distribution. These same sites may also have little or no access to pipeline gas, or experience a variation of natural gas supply. In addition, they are operating in the most extreme climates imaginable, faced with blistering heat, the wettest humidity and high altitudes.Therefore, the need to secure a reliable prime and peaking power supply to keep production up and running 24/7 is paramount.Cummins has responded to this challenge with a significant investment into the natural gas arena with the launch of its HSK78G gas-powered generator, a flexible prime power solution for heavy-industry installations in the most extreme environments. Its extreme engineering is designed to push the boundaries of performance and challenge the perceived limitations of natural gas generators for mining operations. It has barrier-breaking fuel flexibility, able to burn pipeline natural gas, flare gas and biogas, even the lowest BTU methane down to 40MN, and free fuel sources, with high efficiency and low emissions.The investment on the HSK78G comes as the power market across the globe is changing. Technological advances in renewable energy and its application with batteries as part of modular power networks, tend to dominate the future of power generation. The concept is flexible, scalable and able to power entire cities as well as remote off-grid installations – such as mines. So why invest in traditional natural gas power?Gas vs dieselMiners continuously look for ways to lower their cost of production.  One of the major sources of cost for an open-pit mine site is fuel.  Some mines have access to an un-interruptible supply of natural gas that offers them a lower total cost when compared to diesel.  Although technological advancements in natural gas storage and filling have yet to yield an economical replacement to diesel engines in mobile mining equipment, prime power generator sets are quickly moving towards lean burn, natural gas technologies. Lean burn gas powered generator sets use twice as much air in the fuel/air mix than required for total burn, which lowers burn temperature and NOx output, ensuring compliance with emission regulations.Due to increasing emissions limits being adopted for generator sets, diesel generators sometimes are limited in their use. Lean burn, natural gas generator sets typically have ten times lower NOx than diesel equivalents (250-500 mg/Nm3 for natural gas compared to 2,500-3,000 mg/Nm3 for diesel.) Also, lean burn particulate levels are almost zero, so meeting location specific emissions regulations can be far easier across a global perspective.Power generation fuel flexibilityTechnological advances in design, running in tandem with market change, will result in gensets that can use fuel efficiently in varying qualities. This innovation is demonstrated by our new HSK78G, which delivers high electrical efficiency of up to 44.2% (50 Hz) and 43.5% (60 Hz) on a range of pipeline natural gas down to 70 methane number (MN) without impacting power output and efficiency.Ultimately this fuel flexibility empowers operators to derive clean power from what would otherwise be regarded as waste products, at worst emissions. The technology for smarter and cleaner power solutions is speeding up and adoption will continue to grow as more mines embrace its capital expenditure (capex) and operational expenditure (opex) advantages.Engineered to extremesA further challenge for the mining operation is the environment in which the generator set operates. As engines operate, they produce heat and tend to be more sensitive to the ambient temperature levels. A generator’s ambient capability is defined as the maximum temperature at which it can operate without experiencing a loss of efficiency and it is an essential factor for customers operating in such extreme environments.Without an engine capable of meeting high ambient temperatures, customers risk having to derate their engine, which can lead to reduced power efficiency and shorter operational life from the generator or having to stop it altogether. The HSK78G has been designed to operate at the highest ambient temperatures in the most remote locations, all far from the closest grid, offering full power capability without derating at 50°C (122°F) and 500 m (1,640 ft).Gas vs renewablesThe focus of many customers is to achieve the optimum levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) given the availability of different technologies which are suitable for their application. This can range from 100% gas generation through to a balanced mix of renewable sources such as wind or solar, and complementary storage technologies that leverages the reliability of gas generation to ride through periods where renewables are limited by their cyclical nature. The technology mix utilised will drive the different capex and opex cost scenarios that will ultimately affect the LCOE.Improvements in gas engine technology, such as in the new HSK78G engine from Cummins, have pushed maintenance and overhaul limits well beyond the traditional envelope, thereby lowering opex costs over time. Jointly, we will continue to see cost reductions in storage and battery technology as volumes increase. For the near future, however, miners will continue to look for mixed technology to balance their capex and opex trying to achieve the lowest LCOE for its sites.Preparation for electrificationAs much as 40% of an underground mine’s energy outlay is spent on powering ventilation systems to remove pollutants from tunnels. Reducing the use of fossil fuels underground could have significant cost benefits for underground mines. In addition, The International Council on Mining and Metals have set their vision to provide solutions for minimizing the impact of underground diesel exhaust by 2025. As more underground mining vehicles and equipment contemplate the potential benefits of electrification, Cummins will continuously invest in power systems that will be ready to support such power need and respond to any changes in the mining industryThe right technology choiceIn the future most power systems will require a mix of technologies that are specifically suited to their environment, emissions zone and location.  Natural gas power offers mining operators an efficient and proven and prime power solution. From Cummins perspective, a lot of investments are made in new gas engineering technology, which are demonstrated with the HSK78G gas series. Additional product investments are being made within the 500-1 MW space, which will be released later this year, offering a comprehensive gas product portfolio to meet all market requirements. Progressively stringent global emissions standards are also driving Cummins investment into a variety of technologies – natural gas, diesel, batteries and fuel cells, to ensure that customers have the right power for the right application.last_img read more

Two Crush It Challenge finalists being guided by Glencore XPS team

first_imgGlencore’s XPS (Expert Process Solutions) is playing a role in Natural Resources Canada’s Crush It! Challenge by volunteering consulting services to two applicants recently named finalists in the competition.XPS has much technical and operational expertise in the area of comminution and has been willing to impart its wisdom on the two teams.The Crush It! Challenge was announced in October 2018 with the aim to realise an innovative breakthrough in the mining industry’s most energy-intensive and inefficient processes: crushing and grinding.The primary objectives of the challenge are to fight climate change by creating innovative technologies that reduce energy consumption and pollution, increase competitiveness by developing world-leading clean technologies, and transform the mining cycle to establish a new “future in mining”.Semi-finalists (up to 12) receive C$10,000 ($7,402) to help them pitch their ideas to the Challenge Jury, with up to six finalists being granted up to C$800,000 to build and test their clean technologies. The winner and innovator demonstrating the most superior energy breakthrough to crush and grind rocks is awarded a C$5 million prize to fully develop and roll out their solution.On April 30, Natural Resources Canada announced the six finalists, which including two submissions that received consulting services from Glencore’s XPS.Gillian Holcroft from the Canada Mining Innovation Council is representing a team in the finals for her Conjugate Anvil Hammer Mill (CAHM). “CAHM is a platform technology that has the potential to reduce energy consumption by 50% and replace several types of mills,” Glencore said. “Improved sustainability and lower costs could transform non-viable mineral development projects into new mines in Canada.”Erin Bobicki of the University of Toronto is the project leader representing another finalist for her Microwave Pre-treatment and Ore Sorting technology. “This innovation combines microwave-assisted comminution and sorting to achieve energy savings of up to 70%,” Glencore said.“A benefit of this innovation is that it is a scalable technology that can be easily integrated as a technology add-on for existing operations, therefore, it requires a small footprint as no additional infrastructure or utilities are required to support it. Given the sizeable energy savings, the innovation has the potential to transform non-viable mining projects into new mines.”Now that the finalists have been announced, they are readying technical reports to showcase their clean-tech solutions submissions by the November 30, 2020, deadline. In March 2021, the final grand prize winner will be announced.last_img read more

Elderly man badly shaken after five men rob his house

first_imgPOLICE IN BANGOR are appealing information after five men forced themselves into the home of an elderly man last night.The incident occurred at a house in the Ballyhalbert Gardens area of the town shortly before 8pm.It was reported that five men pushed their way into a house in the area.They forced the elderly male occupant into the living room while they searched the house, eventually making off with a sum of cash. The man was not injured but left badly shaken by his ordeal.Police would appeal to anyone with any information about this incident or anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the Ballyhalbert Gardens area yesterday evening to contact detectives at Bangor Police Station on 0845 600 8000.Read: Another grow house uncovered by gardaí, over €200k of cannabis seizedRead: Man in his 60s stabbed to death in Limericklast_img read more

Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week Carrionite

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. This week’s witchy example proves all that glitters is not gold.Oh, oh, oh, it’s magic (via BBC)CARRIONITEFirst appearance: “The Shakespeare Code” (2007)—season 3, episode 2Home planet: Rexel 4Doctor: TenthCompanion: Martha JonesSomething wicked this way comes.Historically, the words of William Shakespeare have been used to woo, educate, threaten, and—if you’re an American high school student—torture.But never to escape imprisonment from the Deep Darkness.At the dawn of the universe, a humanoid species called Carrionites used word-based science to channel energy. Or, as it was understood in Elizabethan England: witchcraft.“It’s all a little bit Harry Potter,” as Martha points out.So it is. Except that it isn’t.“Looks like witchcraft, but it isn’t,” according to the Doctor.Described as black magic, Carrionite technology is actually more akin to quantum mnemonics (language of the Great Old Ones)—though it does rely heavily on DNA replication modules (i.e. voodoo dolls). And, Carrionites do fly on broomsticks, cackle wickedly, and bear wrinkled faces with wart-covered chins that nearly touch their giant hooked noses.Which witch is which? (via BBC)Still, it’s not witchcraft. “Can’t be,” the Doctor says.“It’s just a different sort of science,” he tells Martha. “You lot [humans], you chose mathematics. Given the right string of numbers, the right equation, you can split the atom. Carrionites use words instead.”For the end of the world.*Insert wicked laughter here*Reeking havoc on 16th century London, three escaped Carrionites—Bloodtide, Doomfinger, and Lilith—influenced the design of the 14-sided Globe Theater.(Built-in 1599 (probably in part by Peter Street), the Southwark stage was home to many a Shakespearean play, before being destroyed by fire in 1613. A second Globe Theater was built on the same site the next year, and closed in 1642. The modern reconstruction opened in 1997, about 750 feet from the original theater, and is a real treat, should you ever have the chance for a visit.)The true form of a Carrionite resembles a giant skeletal raven (via BBC)Fourteen sides for 14 planets in the Carrionite star system.In 1599, the trio of witches (often seen huddling around a cauldron—one of many references to Shakespeare’s work in this Gareth Roberts-penned episode) planned to use the Bard’s new play, Love’s Labour’s Won, to free the rest of their race and take over Earth.“The human race will be purged as pestilence,” Lilith brags. “And from this world we will lead the universe back into the old ways of blood and magic.”A busy schedule. But someone’s gotta do it.It will have to be someone other than the Carrionite, though.With a little help from his friends—the Doctor, Martha, and J.K. Rowling—Shakespeare, “the wordsmith, the one true genius; the only man clever enough” to save the world, does just that, banishing Lilith and her “mothers” to a crystal ball, where they can “scream for all eternity” in the TARDIS attic.All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Dr Pepper Launches Petition to Become Texas Official Soft Drink

first_imgDr Pepper chocolate chip ice cream?! Yes, please! Definitely a Texas thing— Abner Valdez (@abnerv24) January 7, 2019More on Texas Man Finds More Than 30 Rattlesnakes Under ShedThe AI Voices in its Head Told Coca- to Make Sprite CherryCoca-Cola Used Captured Carbon Dioxide to Make Bottled Water Sparkle Stay on target Dr.Pepper is our modern ambrosia ,I am convinced @drpepper found the fountain of youth and immortality in Waco, Texas and decided to mix it into a caramel colored nectar that even the gods of old mythology wouldn’t even comprehend— Big Chungus (@Namrefkanye) January 13, 2019 SpaceX’s Starhopper Is Ready for Its Biggest Hop TestWatch: Giant Spider Gobbles Up Bat in Web Outside Texas Home Texas (surprisingly) does not have a state drink, and Dr. Pepper wants to change that.Reps for Dr Pepper are formally petitioning for Texas officials to recognize the soda’s roots in the Lone Star State — Dr Pepper was first concocted in 1885 in Waco, Tex. — by making the beverage the state’s official soft drink.Dr Pepper posted a petition on on Jan. 14 and is asking people to sign. The petition has more than 1,000 signatures as of this writing.Photo Credit: Ramin Talaie/Corbis via Getty Images“Like any Texan, Dr Pepper has only the deepest pride and appreciation for its home state,” the petition read. “Now Dr Pepper is calling on its passionate fans to support its quest to become the first Official Soft Drink of the Lone Star State.”To celebrate Dr Pepper’s mission to become the Official Soft Drink of Texas, the company will debut a collection of special-edition, Texas-inspired bottle labels featuring 15 of the state’s iconic landmarks.“The 20 oz bottles are available for purchase in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and Waco, and fans are encouraged to collect them all in honor of the great state of Texas and its beloved beverage brand,” the appeal on said.The brand is also urging fans to use the hashtag #DrPepperLovesTX on social media.According to the Texas State Historical Association, Dr Pepper is perhaps the nation’s oldest soft drink. A Waco pharmacist, Charles Aderton, originated Dr Pepper Phos-Ferrates  in 1885 — a year before Coca-Cola was invented.Texans, of course, express their love for Dr Pepper on Twitter.Dr. Pepper is just Texas water. You can’t change my mind.— Legend Of The Wind (@spontaneousman) January 10, 2019last_img read more

Man arrested on suspicion of stabbing man in Oceanside

first_img Posted: July 9, 2019 July 9, 2019 OCEANSIDE (KUSI) – A 29-year-old man was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of stabbing a 20-year-old man in the neck during an altercation a few blocks away from the Oceanside Pier, police said.Dispatchers received a call around 12:15 a.m. from a person reporting a fight involving homeless people near the intersection of Pier View Way and Tremont Street, Oceanside police spokesman Tom Bussey said.Officers responded to the area and found the victim, whose name was not released, suffering from a stab wound to the neck, Bussey said. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries, which were not believed to be life-threatening.Officers searched the area with assistance from a sheriff’s helicopter and located the suspect in an alley two blocks away from the crime scene and arrested him, according to Bussey, who said detectives were investigating the circumstances leading up to the stabbing.The suspect’s name was not immediately released. Man arrested on suspicion of stabbing man in Oceanside KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Hubitat the privacyfocused smart home hub launches its longawaited app

first_img See it Review • Google Nest Hub review: Still the smart display to beat • Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house $99 See It CNET Smart Home Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Dell See It Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now 1 Share your voice Amazon Privacy Philips Hubitat The Hubitat Elevation smart-home hub promises more privacy than the competition by keeping all of the data it needs to power your smart home stored locally. The rules needed for your door sensor to trigger your alarm or for your Ecobee smart thermostat to talk to your Philips Hue smart light bulbs are all stored on the device instead of the cloud. Up until this point, Hubitat was missing one key element common to most smart-home systems — an app. You had to set up your system in a web browser. You could access that browser from your phone, but Hubitat didn’t have an interface designed for it. Hubitat actually promised an app at CES this year as it launched its newest hub, and the company finally debuted the app for iOS and Android on Thursday.The app comes with push notifications and a customizable dashboard. You’ll be able to access any of your gadgets remotely — Hubitat works with a wide variety of third-party gadgets from brands like Lutron and Yale. It also works with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. You can use the app to set up rules involving presence detection or geofencing — so your smart home acts differently depending on if you’re home or away. Hubitat will maintain its dedication to privacy by limiting geofencing to a specific boundary — so it won’t track your GPS at all times, it simply knows when your phone crosses a designated line. If you’re using the app at home, your phone can talk directly to the Hubitat app to keep your commands local. You’ll be able to use the app to access your devices from anywhere, and controlling your home remotely will involve the cloud — and might be part of the reason Hubitat took so long to launch an app in the first place. Nevertheless, the processing and rules storage should still happen on the hub itself, with the cloud used mostly as a bridge.Before the app, the Hubitat system looked mostly aimed at avid smart-home DIYers as opposed to those with a casual interest in connected tech. In addition to the added privacy of local processing, the main benefit was the enhanced customization. You could set up a wide variety of rules using many different sensors and devices. A simplified app might help Hubitat find a broader appeal.You can buy the company’s new Hubitat Elevation hub for $90 on the company’s site.  Best Buy Mentioned Above Google Home Hub How To • Google Assistant, Android Q, Google Nest Hub Max: Google’s big plans for the rest of the yearcenter_img $79 News • Get the Google Nest Hub for just $67 reading • Hubitat — the privacy-focused smart home hub — launches its long-awaited app Smart Home Google Nest Hub Preview • Google Home Hub joins the fight to put a screen on your countertop Comment See It Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) $99 Walmart $99 Tags CNET Smart Home CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See Alllast_img read more

Streetlights burn 24×7

first_imgMadhapur: Street lights are seen being put on during the daytime in Madhapur. While some of the streetlights have become non-functional, others are switched on even during the daytime. Timings of switching them on and off are automatically being changed frequently. As a result, the streetlights continue to glow. The locals of the area said that they have been asking the electricians as to how these lights could be repaired, but there is no response from them. The streetlight here has been switched on for the last two days.last_img read more

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil boosts sentiments for Eros PVR Inox

first_imgKaran Johar’s Hindi film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil getting assurances of a smooth release on Diwali had a positive effect on share prices of companies connected to films on Friday. Eros, PVR and Inox gained in the range of 1 to 2.59 percent on the BSE, though they were off from their day’s trading highs at around 2.35 pm.Film production and distribution company Eros was trading at Rs 198.60, while multiplexes Inox Leisure and PVR were up 1.05 percent and 0.72 percent, respectively, at Rs 273 and Rs 1,230. The BSE Sensex was down by about 0.50 percent at 27,996.The rise was apparently sentiment-driven for Eros since the film, starring Pakistan actor Fawad Khan and Indian actors Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Bachchan and Anushka Sharma, has been produced by Karan Johar’s production house, Dharma Productions, and will be distributed by Fox Star Studios.On Thursday, Apoorva Mehta, the CEO of Dharma Productions, and Mukesh Bhatt, president of Film and Television Producers’ Guild of India, met union home minister Rajnath Singh in the wake of threats to the film’s release on October 28.”Rajnath Singh said he will speak to chief minister of every state and that Ae Dil Hai Mushkil will release without any violence or issue,” Mukesh Bhatt was quoted as saying by ANI.The film had run into trouble after sections of the film fraternity and certain political outfits called for boycotting it since it features Fawad Khan, a politically-sensitive issue in the wake of worsening relations between India and Pakistan since the terror attack on Indian Army soldiers took place in Uri, Kashmir on September 18. Babul Supriyo, a minister in the Modi government, had lashed out at the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) for threatening to disrupt the screening of the film. “The MNS should not have the right or audacity to create ruckus at theatres, they have always been a party of goons,” he was quoted as saying by the ANI.Incidentally, India and Pakistan complete eight years of cross-LoC trade this week. The trade routes of Uri-Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawalakot commenced in 2008, following the ceasefire in 2003.Trucks ply four days a week between Muzaffarabad and Srinagar to facilitate movement of goods in what is often described by analysts as a significant confidence-building measure between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.last_img read more

WABIAN robot from Japan steps closer to human walk

first_img More information: … top/research/wabian/via IEEE Spectrum © 2013 Explore further Their work on WABIAN has been in step with the Japan government’s concern about technology for an aging population, to preserve a decent quality of life for the aging, despite limitations on freely moving about that may result from old age. The team stated in the past that a robot as “a human’s partner” would provide daily robotic assistance, and that kind of application was more in their line of view than an industrial robot earmarked for highly specified and constrained applications. To accomplish the task, robots have to be able to move in indoor and outdoor conditions, they said, and biped humanoid robots are best suited for this. They also noted that aside from robots as human assistants, there was a need for evaluation methods for assistive equipment, dependent on human body measurements. A biped humanoid robot optimized to serve as a human motion simulator is a step in the right direction. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In their latest workup of the WABIAN robot, now called WABIAN-2RIII.the researchers redesigned lower legs, after studying humans walking. They analyzed the average size and movement range in humans, and analyzed motion-capture data to decide on the best performance requirements.The researchers, T. Otani, A. Iizuka, D. Takamoto, H. Motohashi, T. Kishi, P. Kryczka, N. Endo, L. Jamone, K. Hashimoto, T. Takashima, H.O. Lim, and A. Takanishi, discuss their work in the paper presented at ICRA. The paper is titled, “New Shank Mechanism for Humanoid Robot Mimicking Human-like Walking in Horizontal and Frontal Plane.” According to IEEE Spectrum, they had the following results: In tests of walking in place, (1) they were able to match the human step time of 0.6 seconds; (2) they matched the required 12-degree foot rotation and 90-mm step width; (3) they successfully reduced its center of mass lateral movement from 50 mm down to 34 mm. The researchers only conducted standing tests, with walking in place, and switching balance from foot to foot. In the future, the researchers intend to work on the robot’s forward walking. Robots learn to take a proper handoff by following digitized human examples Citation: WABIAN robot from Japan steps closer to human walk (2013, June 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( —Researchers designing adult bipedal robots have faced a challenge in limitations in a robot’s walking pattern. They seek ways to improve on designs to have robots move more naturally. Improving the walking function has been the goal of researchers at the Humanoid Robotics Institute at Waseda University in Japan. Last month, led by Professor Atsuo Takanishi, the team presented the results of their efforts at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Germany. What they achieved more closely replicates normal human foot movements than before. The Institute’s researchers turned to their humanoid robot, WABIAN-2R (WAseda BIpedal humANoid – No. 2 Refined), which already had a flexible pelvis, and stretched knees. WABIAN-2R’s feet also had the distinction of a curving arch and flexible toes, landing heel-first and lifting off at its toes, noted the IEEE Spectrum report. The robot is under 5 feet tall (148 cm), and weighs 64 kg (141 pounds), with 41 degrees of freedom.last_img read more