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Uttarakhand BJP expels 90 workers

first_imgThe Uttarakhand BJP on Friday expelled 90 party workers and office-bearers for indulging in anti-party activities.Pradesh BJP general secretary Rajendra Bhandari said the action was taken on the direction of State BJP chief Ajay Bhatt after the workers found guilty of campaigning against party-supported nominees in zila panchayat polls. He said action will also be taken against others if they are found guilty of indiscipline. Mr. Bhatt had earlier threatened to expel such workers from the party for six years.last_img read more

Stop blame game, finish CWG work: PM

first_imgPrime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday sought an end to the blame game over the Commonwealth Games (CWG) preparations, saying it was time to get the work completed. The matter was raised during a Cabinet meeting, with some ministers arguing that CWG Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi alone couldn’t be blamed for the mess. Union Sports Minister M.S. Gill tried to respond, but was prevented.  The prime minister then made it clear that the CWG mess had been debated enough and it was time to concentrate on getting the city Games-ready.last_img read more

MS Dhoni’s dazzling glove-work vs KKR: ‘He has set the benchmark for us Indians’

first_imgMS Dhoni is nearly 36. As wicketkeeper, captain, finisher, he has been one of the busiest cricketers in the world since December 2004. He eventually stood down as India’s limited-overs captain and the focus shifted to his batting, which had been an area of concern for a while.He shut up some doubting thomases with an ODI hundred and a maiden T20I fifty against England but things took a turn for the worse in the IPL – he has so far managed only 152 runs from eight matches with a best of 61 not out (a match-winning effort vs defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad).While Dhoni’s form with the bat could still worry his fans, his wicketkeeping has been as magical as ever. In fact, he seems to be getting better and faster with age.He was brilliant against New Zealand where he ran Ross Taylor out with a bachand flip. Dhoni’s glove-work was on show again in the IPL Wednesday night when he smartly ran Sunil Narine out after his quick start to Kolkata Knight Riders’ steep chase.Dhoni, who is in the middle of his second season for Rising Pune Supergiant, has displayed some deft wicketkeeping skills but that run-out last evening left everyone in awe.KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir tucked a Washington Sundar delivery off his pads and Shardul Thakur swooped in on the ball at short fine before throwing it to Dhoni, who flicked it back on to the stumps without even looking back. Narine was run out by some distance!advertisementRobin Uthappa walked in to bat at the fall of Narine’s wicket and slammed 87 off 47 as KKR completed another successful chase.  Later, after he had picked up the man-of-the-match award, Uthappa, who also keeps wickets for KKR, paid the perfect tribute to Dhoni.”MS Dhoni has sent the benchmark for Indian wicketkeepers.. So trying to get there slowly but surely,” he said.Twitter was of course also abuzz with Dhoni’s magical work behind the stumps.#MSDhoni Magic Behind the stumps For Nth Time @msdhoni @ArunPandey99 #RPSvKKR pic.twitter.com/4iUvjHbaI2- Raghav (@Im_RaghavVR) April 27, 2017PIC Of The Day: When #MSDhoni RunOut Sunil #Narine Without Looking At The Stumps. He’s Pro At Doing That. ?????#Legend #RPSvKKRRT If Loved It pic.twitter.com/a5YwQOpGs2- Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) April 26, 2017#Thala #Dhoni* Best Wicket KeeperYesterday another Excellent Run Out. No one replace @msdhoni #MSDhoni pic.twitter.com/1SWhr8c2O8- Kollywood Cinema (@KollywudCinema) April 27, 2017These type of run-out only @msdhoni can do. ?????????#runoutStumping ka baaaaap????????????#MSD????? pic.twitter.com/pReYOJyG1e- vicky vikram (@vickydolai) April 27, 2017last_img read more

Years worst air quality leaves Delhi gasping, IMA declares

first_imghealth emergencyNew Delhi, Nov 7 (PTI) Delhis air quality was at the seasons worst today as a combined effect of smoke from stubble burning and moisture turned the city into a “gas chamber” leaving people gasping and prompting authorities to announce closure of primary schools and a four-fold hike in parking fees among a series of sweeping measures.As a thick blanket of haze hung low over the city, visibility levels plunged, affecting flight and train operations. It permeated living rooms and even the underground metro stations in the city making it difficult to breathe, turning eyes watery and producing burning sensation.The Indian Medical Association said the capital was witnessing a “public health emergency” and appealed to the government to stop outdoor sports and other such activities in schools to protect the health of children.The Delhi government also issued a health advisory for high risk people, including children, the elderly, pregnant women and those suffering from asthma and heart ailments.In the evening, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced that primary schools in the national capital will remain closed tomorrow.The Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority, empowered to enforce the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to contain emergency levels of pollution, announced that all measures under the plans severe category will be implemented across the region till further notice.It also directed the states in the region to start preparing for implementing measures like odd-even in light of the “crisis situation”.Poor visibility hampered flight operations, leading to delays in schedule of over 300 flights by up to two hours as only one of the three runways could be used while around 25 Delhi-bound trains were delayed.advertisementWith a score of 448 in a scale of 500, the air quality index was in the severe category for the second time this year. However, when Diwali fireworks had triggered high pollution October 20, the AQI index was had a lower reading at 403.The Union Ministry of Earth Sciences agency System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) recorded 24-hour rolling averages of PM 2.5 and PM 10 at a staggering 406 and 645 micrograms per cubic metre, way above the permissible limits of 60 and 100.The real time monitors of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), many of which stopped working as concentration of pollutants went through the roof, recorded PM10 over 10 times the permissible limit at several spots.The National Green Tribunal took the governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana to task, seeking to know why steps to prevent steps were not taken despite knowing well in advance that such a situation was likely to arise.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “Delhi has become a gas chamber. Every year this happens during this part of year. We have to find a solution to crop burning in adjoining states.”CPCB member secretary A Sudhakar told PTI the intensity of pollution peaked since last night as moisture-heavy winds from Uttar Pradesh and hot winds carrying emissions from stubble burning from Punjab and Haryana dealt a double- whammy.”There is a little smog. We are not expecting a dramatic change in the next two-three days. Shallow fog and a complete absence of wind are preventing the dissipation of pollutants at the ground level,” Sudhakar said.The wind speed is currently around 3 metres per second, Sudhakar said, explaining it is inadequate to disperse particulate matter like PM2.5 and PM10.CPCB air laboratory chief Dipankar Saha said the haze cannot be called smog as Delhis air does not have the presence of gaseous pollutants such as SOx or NO2 (suplur oxides or nitrogen dioxides) beyond safe limits.”Yes, the air is definitely hazardous and at the seasons worst. Suspended particulate matter such as PM2.5 and PM10 can enter the respiratory system. But it cannot be termed as smog,” Saha said.EPCA chairman Bhure Lal and member Sunita Narain directed the municipal bodies in the region to immediately enhance parking fees by four times and instructed the Delhi Metro to lower fares during off-peak hours for at least 10 days, introduce more coaches and ensure frequent services.Among other measures, the EPCA instructed Delhi and neighbouring states – Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana — to strengthen the public transport system by introducing more buses and said a fine of Rs 50,000 would be imposed on road construction agencies violating dust pollution norms.The body asked the Delhi-NCR governments to start preparing for measures like odd-even and a complete ban on construction activities if pollution aggravates.The measures also include complete closure of brick kilns, hot mix plants and stone crushers across the region till further notice and a ban on entry of goods vehicles – not destined for Delhi for the next 20 days – in the city.advertisementThe EPCAs directions put authorities including the DMRC and the civic bodies in a spot, but Narain told PTI that the law is clear that the Supreme Court-appointed bodys orders are binding.The decisions have been conveyed to the chief secretaries of the states who will in turn ensure their implementation, she said.It was the Environment Ministry which had empowered the EPCA through a gazette notification to enforce the GRAP to combat air pollution in the Delhi-NCR region in January.Meanwhile, the CISF ordered issuance of over 9,000 face masks for its personnel deployed to guard the IGI Airport, the Delhi Metro and other government ministries and installations here. 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PUBLIC MUSEUM TO OPEN CHUCK RAYMOND NATIVE AMERICAN ART EXHIBIT

first_imgA NEW EXHIBIT OF NATIVE AMERICAN ART AND CULTURAL ARTIFACTS OPENS SATURDAY AT THE SIOUX CITY PUBLIC MUSEUM.MUSEUM DIRECTOR STEVE HANSEN SAYS THE NEW EXHIBIT FEATURES SEVERAL PAINTINGS BY THE LATE SIOUXLAND ARTIST CHUCK RAYMOND:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/RAYMOND.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..WEST HIGH SCHOOL. :14HANSEN SAYS RAYMOND USUALLY WORKED WITH PENCILS, BUT THE EXHIBIT INCLUDES SOME OIL PAINTINGS DONE IN VIBRANT COLORS:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/RAYMOND2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….WONDERFUL COLLECTION. :19AND HANSEN SAYS THEIR ARE SOME EXTRAORDINARY ARTIFACTS ON DISPLAY IN THE EXHIBIT ALSO:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/RAYMOND3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….WOULD COVET. :20HANSEN EXPECTS THE EXHIBIT TO BE POPULAR WITH LOCAL RESIDENTS AND SAYS THE MUSEUM WILL HAVE IT ON DISPLAY FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS.last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool recalling Taiwo Awoniyi from Gent

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool recalling Taiwo Awoniyi from Gentby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are ready to bring Taiwo Awoniyi back to Anfield.The Daily Mail says Awoniyi is set to return to Liverpool from his loan spell at Gent.The 21-year-old Nigerian youth international fell out of favour at the Belgian club following their appointment of Jess Thorup as their new coach in October, with the forward not seeing eye-to-eye with the new man.In addition, Gent have signed Crystal Palace forward Alexander Sorloth on loan for the remainder of the season, meaning they are now happy to cancel the loan and send Awoniyi back to Liverpool .The Reds are likely to find another club for the forward to play for in the second half of the season. last_img read more

Photos: Meet The Girlfriend Of Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins

first_imgohio state quarterback dwayne haskinsINDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Dwayne Haskins Jr. #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass down field in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Ohio State’s star quarterback, Dwayne Haskins, is probably playing in his final college football game today. The Buckeyes’ QB is expected to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft following his team’s Rose Bowl game.Haskins, a redshirt sophomore quarterback, is projected by some analysts to be the No. 1 quarterback taken in the upcoming draft.Ohio State’s star quarterback will probably depart the program, along with Urban Meyer, after tonight’s Rose Bowl contest.Life has certainly been good to Haskins this year, both on and off the field.The Heisman Trophy finalist has been brilliant on the field. Off of it, he’s dating Savhana Cousin. The couple has been together for two years.“You’re the flower that I gotta protect.. happy 2 year anniversary to my love @savhana_arai many more to come. I’m so blessed to have you in my life, let’s conquer the world together,” Haskins wrote in October.Haskins’ girlfriend accompanied him at the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York City back in December.“They cheer for you during your big plays, but I’m your biggest fan even on your worst days. Proud is an understatement. No matter what, I will always have your back. Good luck to you. Love you always kid,” she wrote.Haskins and those close to him are about to go through some major changes, as the star QB is expected to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft and begin a professional career.For now, though, Haskins and Ohio State are set to take on Washington in the Rose Bowl.Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.last_img read more

Vayu to weaken before recurving towards Guj coast

first_imgAhmedabad: Cyclone Vayu is likely to gradually weaken into a cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours before it recurves and crosses the Gujarat coast by Monday midnight as a depression, the meteorological department said. On Sunday morning, the cyclone remained centred about 470 km west-southwest of Porbandar, 440 km southwest of Dwarka and 545 km southwest of Bhuj, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a bulletin. The severe cyclonic storm over northeast and adjoining east-central Arabian Sea moved nearly westwards with a speed of about 12 kmph in the last six hours, it said. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana “It lay centered at 8.30 am on June 16 near latitude 20.8N and longitude 65.2E over northeast and adjoining northwest and central Arabian Sea. The system is very likely to weaken gradually into a cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours,” it said. “It is very likely to move west-northwestwards during the next six hours, gradually recurve thereafter northeastwards and cross north Gujarat coast by June 17 midnight as a depression,” the IMD said. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah North Gujarat and Saurashtra-Kutch regions are likely to receive widespread rainfall on Monday, while the remaining parts of the state are likely to get scattered showers, it said. On Tuesday, the entire state will receive fairly widespread rainfall, it said. The IMD also forecast heavy rains at isolated places in Saurashtra-Kutch regions on Monday, and heavy to very heavy rains in north Gujarat and the districts in Saurashtra-Kutch on Tuesday. Meanwhile, rainfall in Ahmedabad and rest of the state brought respite from the scorching heat. The maximum temperature in Ahmedabad is expected to hover around 37 degree Celsius, the IMD said.last_img read more

Justin Trudeau addresses Alberta energy concerns

first_imgTORONTO (660 NEWS) – The Prime Minister has answered questions about Alberta’s energy problems.Justin Trudeau was in studio with Breakfast Television in Toronto where he was asked about what he is doing to help Alberta.Trudeau said he continues to work with the province and the oil and gas industry to help Albertans that are struggling right now.“Yes, we are looking at income supports as well, but the real core of the problem is that there is no access to markets other than the United States for Canadian oil from the oilsands,” said Trudeau.He said that is why the federal government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline.He also laid blame on previous regimes for not getting these projects done.“This is a problem that has gone on for years. For ten years the Conservatives in Ottawa marginalized indigenous voices, ignored the environmental responsibilities, and therefore couldn’t get things built.”The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project hasn’t been built by the Liberal party either, but Trudeau said the work being done right now will ensure that this project will go forward.“We’ve moved significantly on that,” said Trudeau. “The federal court of appeals came back and said ‘you need to do more on indigenous consultations, more on the environment. We are on the right track, but you need to do more.’ We are following their blueprint because we understand these things need to be done in the right way.”last_img read more

NEATs Garden Party postponed due to weather

first_imgThere will be free local pastured sausages donated by Home Hardware, Salads for $6 provided by Hip Peace Produce and local beer for $6 from Mighty Peace Brewing Co. and Beard’s Brewing Company.To attend the event is $10 per adult and children can attend for free. Tickets are available at neat.ca or at the door.Proceeds from the Garden Party go back to support NEAT and their work to build healthy, vibrant communities in the Peace Region.The Community Garden is across the street from the old Firehall on the corner of 96th St and 100 Ave.To view the FB event; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT) is postponing their family-friendly Garden Party.Due to potential bad weather, the Garden Party has been rescheduled to Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 from 4 pm to 8 pm at the FSJ Community Gardens.The Garden Party will be host to live music by Airik Clark & Ukulele Mike, Food Secure kids games, Carnival games by the City of Fort St. John.last_img read more

Spain Acts on Moroccan Intelligence Arrests ISIS Suspect

Rabat – A joint Spanish-Moroccan security collaboration resulted in the arrest of a Moroccan national in Spain with alleged ties to ISIS.The Spanish national police arrested a 21-year-old Moroccan individual on Tuesday, July 7, at a gas station in Vitoria, in northern Spain, El Pais reported.The suspect was accused of recruiting and indoctrinating people to join a terrorist organization. <br>Detenido en Vitoria un presunto terrorista del DAESHenVideosAccording to El Correo, the Moroccan national used audio-visual material to incite an individual to commit attacks in Spain.The Spanish outlet quoted police resources as saying, “In fact, it was Morocco which put the Spanish security forces on alert.” Following the North African country’s warning, the suspect “was subject to discreet surveillance.”The Interior Ministry later reported in a statement that the man was known for belonging “to radical circles of jihadist ideology in Algeciras,” where he usually resided.According to Europa Press, the Spanish interior ministry stressed that “the cooperation between Spain and Morocco and the constant alert of both countries is fruitful in operations that allow the deactivation of this type of threat on both sides of the Strait of Gibraltar.”According to police investigations, the suspect was in contact with another individual who was arrested late last year in Morocco. Their ultimate goal was to commit attacks.Not the first arrest in VitoriaThe Spanish police have collaborated often with Moroccan authorities to arrest Moroccan nationals allegedly linked to terrorist groups.In February 2017, Spanish police arrested a 41-year-old Moroccan man, also in Vitoria, on suspicion of links to ISIS. A 36-year-old Spanish woman was arrested in Alicante on the same day.In the same month, Spanish authorities arrested two Moroccan nationals aged 25 and 27 in Barcelona. They were convicted of supporting ISIS financially through illegal activities.In March 2017, the Spanish interior ministry announced the arrest of three Moroccans in Roda de Ter, eastern Spain. The suspects were accused of inciting jihadists to carry out terrorist acts on social media. read more

In Chad UN mission starts training local police

8 April 2008The United Nations mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT) is launching a programme tomorrow to train 77 Chadian police and gendarmerie commanders in law and order and respect for human rights. After an intensive four-week course, the officers will form part of the Détachement Integré de Sécurité (DIS) working in refugee camps, internally displaced person (IDP) sites and major towns in eastern Chad. MINURCAT is targeting a total of 850 personnel to eventually make up the DIS. According to a Security Council resolution last year, MINURCAT is tasked with selecting, training, advising and facilitating support to the DIS. Meanwhile the European force, EUFOR, is responsible for providing a security umbrella in the areas where MINURCAT conducts its activities. MINURCAT was set up by the Security Council last September to help protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian aid to thousands of people uprooted by insecurity in the northeast of the CAR and eastern Chad, and in the neighbouring Darfur region of Sudan. read more

Ryan Madson And The Dodgers Are Faltering When It Matters Most

BOSTON — For the second-straight chilly night in Fenway Park, Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Ryan Madson faced one of baseball’s great psychological performance tests. And for the second-straight night, Madson failed.A pitcher, the defense, dictates the action in baseball, which makes the game unusual. Standing alone in the center of the infield, a pitcher can get in his own way — and he can single-handedly let a game get away. And for a second-straight World Series game, Madson checked both of these boxes as he couldn’t command the ball. With each miss outside the strike zone, the pressure and decibel levels increased in the cramped, 106-year-old ballpark.Madson inherited two base runners on Tuesday in Game 1 of the World Series and three on Wednesday in Game 2. All five scored. They were the decisive runs Tuesday and again Wednesday in Boston’s 4-2 victory. The Red Sox now enjoy a 2-0 lead in the series, which heads to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Friday.When Madson entered Wednesday with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, it was the most crucial point in the game. Leverage index is a stat designed to weight the importance of every plate appearance in a game as it relates to potential win expectancy swings, with an average plate appearance at a mark of 1.0. A plate appearance in a one-run game in the ninth inning has a greater leverage-index value than that of a one-run game in, say, the second inning. The leverage index of facing Steve Pearce with the bases loaded and two outs, leading by one run, was 4.17 — the highest of the game and second-highest of the series.Madson, who walked just 16 batters in 52⅔ regular-season innings, began his Game 2 outing by missing badly above the zone with his first two pitches against Pearce. The crowd roared. Red Sox fans began chanting his last name, perhaps sensing weakness. Wearing just a short-sleeve T-shirt under his game jersey, Madson jumped up and down at the back of the mound to try to warm himself in temperatures that had dipped into the low 40s, feeling colder with the wind chill. But he missed twice again above the zone to walk Pearce on five pitches, forcing in Christian Vazquez and tying the score at 2-2.“I really liked him against Pearce,” said Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts. “He’s done it time and time again for us.”Madson also entered, and faltered, in a high-leverage situation Tuesday. His first pitch in Game 1 was a wild pitch against Pearce, whom he walked on four pitches.“The ball is not going where I want it,” Madson said after the game. “It’s kind of a crapshoot with inherited runners. You can be good at it for a long time and then a bloop hit, or a walk like tonight, it’s not automatic. I don’t know if it’s mechanical or physical or emotional. There is a lot of elements going in there. You just have to regroup and start over again.”Among Dodgers pitchers, Madson has pitched four of the five highest-leverage situations through two games. The Dodgers’ best reliever, Kenley Jansen, hasn’t pitched in the series. While teams have been aggressive in employing relief pitchers this postseason, Roberts has not yet used his best reliever when there have clearly been crucial situations. Instead, a pitcher the Dodgers had claimed off waivers and traded for on Aug. 31 — who had a 5.28 ERA in Washington and a 6.48 mark in a limited sample in L.A. — got the call.1In a small sample of postseason work, Madson had been effective for Roberts entering the World Series. Madson also did strike out 13 batters in 8⅓ regular-season innings with the Dodgers .After walking Pearce on Wednesday, Madson missed with his first pitch to the following batter, J.D. Martinez, and then Madson threw a fastball that found the zone. But Martinez, hobbling on a right ankle he injured Tuesday, sliced it down the right-field line for a two-run single. Boston took a 4-2 lead that held as the final score. The leverage index of that plate appearance? 3.6. It marked the second-greatest leverage index of the game after the Pearce at bat.Madson told reporters before the game that the cold weather affected his grip in Game 1, referencing the sticky stuff that has become a sticky subject this season.“Grip is essential, obviously, in a breaking ball,” Madson said before Game 2. “And a lot of times with the cold weather, I’m not saying anybody uses anything, but if you use anything, a lot of times it’s not as effective in cold weather.“I didn’t use anything [Tuesday], but I didn’t throw any breaking balls. But [Wednesday], I’m going to make sure I’ve got what everybody uses, the essentials out there again. I didn’t think it was going to be as difficult as it was [Tuesday].”Whatever he did, Madson had a tough time again Wednesday.Interestingly, Madson’s four-seam fastball had an average spin rate of 2,289 rpms on Tuesday and 2,196 on Wednesday, and that pitch’s velocity was 95.5 mph on Tuesday and 94.8 on Wednesday — not far removed from his regular-season averages of 2,250 rpms and 95.9 mph. So while his command wavered, his underlying stuff was nearly the same.The Red Sox had no trouble with the cool conditions Wednesday as their relievers again dominated, averaging 98.4 mph on all fastballs. Starter David Price and the bullpen retired the final 16 Dodgers they faced.Price took another step toward shedding his reputation as a postseason choker after burying some of his postseason demons in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series — his first win in 12 career postseason starts. He did it by adopting a new plan, throwing his change-up at a career-high rate and shelving his cut fastball. He used a similar approach Wednesday and did not allow a hit through the first three innings. He often went in with his fastball and down and away with his changeup.He gave up two runs in the fourth but returned for a scoreless fifth — going where no starter had gone in Game 1 — and even posted a scoreless inning in the sixth.Price now has two postseason wins in his last two starts. A week ago, Price couldn’t win in the postseason. So there’s hope for Ryan Madson.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Flotation chemical master Dr Nagaraj inducted into Concentration category in IM Hall

first_imgDr D.R. Nagaraj (Nag), for his work in developing flotation chemicals, will be inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in the Concentration category at the gala awards dinner in Denver on February 20th, during SME Conference week. In a close run judging, he narrowly beat Olivier Guyot, currently Vice President, Technology at Metso, who created the OCS© software, leader in advanced control for mineral processing optimisation. He has also created a series of revolutionary vision (VisioFroth™, VisioRock™) and audio-based (AudioMill™) sensors, and further developed those into next generation sensors.Flotation chemicals constitute a most powerful tool in enhancing mineral separation performance, affecting overall economic and environmental impacts of the process. Dr D.R. Nagaraj (Nag) has more than 35 years of outstanding and innovative achievements in the design, development and commercialisation of numerous families of novel flotation reagents (collectors, depressants, dispersants, etc.) and in advancing the art and science of flotation agents for sulphide and non-sulphide mineral separations. His seminal 1987 paper titled The chemistry and application of chelating or complexing agents in minerals separations formally introduced the donor-acceptor model, which paved the way for rational design of flotation reagents. During his entire career he has been involved in a bridge building exercise between academic research and practical applications. However, his persistence at requiring knowledge to be useful has made him sought after by both communities. His holistic approach to reagent selection and flotation optimisation is one example of his devising a rational and practical scheme for dealing with real, complex ores. His pioneering work in the use of SIMS surface analytical technique,  for determining the disposition of collectors on mineral surfaces started a trend in the academic community and is an example of the high quality work for which he is known.In addition to devising schemes to optimize chemical usage, Nag has developed and patented many organic and polymeric materials for flotation and toxic metal removal. These include:Alkyl and Aryl monothiophosphates as acid circuit sulphide collectorsSynthetic functionalized polymers as depressants in sulphide flotationAlkoxycarbonyl thionocarbamates as collectors for mildly alkaline circuitsNew Collectors for PGMs and gold.last_img read more

World Cup qualifiers Robbie Keane still confident of booking ticket to Brazil

first_imgIRELAND CAPTAIN Robbie Keane says his team remain ‘on course’ to finish second in their World Cup qualification group.Goals from Marc Wilson, Jonathan Walters and Darren O’Dea, as well as an own goal, helped to ensure a 4-1 Irish victory over the Faroe Islands on Tuesday, and Keane believes that the performance is a result of unity within the camp and indicated that the squad would aim to progress.“It was a big test for all of the players after Friday’s disappointing result,” Keane said of the 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany. “It was important that we stood up for each other and we certainly did tonight. I’ve said it before, that it’s important we all stick together when you’re going through something like this, important that the whole team, that the whole squad is on board. “Lads could easily have crumbled with the amount of pressure they’ve been under but fair play to them, they didn’t.“Our aim now is to kick on and to beat the teams around us, Sweden and Austria. Our main objective is to finish second and we’re still on course to do that.”Goalscorer Walters told reporters that it was ‘a great win’ for the team as it demonstrated their ability to respond positively to difficult circumstances.“Of course it was difficult but I think we’ve shown we can bounce back. We’ve won 4-1 here and we could have got a few more,” he said. ”It was a great win for us, it was a difficult one for us but we won. Losing 6-1 is one of those results you’ve just got to deal with. As players, as a unit, as a squad — staff included — but we showed tonight we can deal with it,” he added.It’s strange the FAI haven’t publicly backed Trapattoni, says Brian Kerr‘The referee’s a clown’ — Roy Keane’s assessment as England fans furious at Warsaw postponementlast_img read more

Appeal for 15yearold Jason Collins missing from Laois

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3350508 Share Tweet Email1 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 12,421 Views 4 Comments GARDAÍ ARE SEEKING the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 15 year old Jason Collins.The teenager has been missing from Mountmellick since Saturday 15 April.Jason is described as being 5’ 5’’ tall with black hair and of medium build.When last seen he was wearing grey shorts, a black t- shirt, grey Nike runners and a blue jacket.It is believed that he may be in the Dublin area.Anyone who has seen Jason or who can assist in locating him is asked to contact Portlaoise Garda Station on 057-8674100, the garda confidential telephone line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Read: Co-founder of LGBT charity resigns, says he received support worth €11.5k but paid funds back> Thursday 20 Apr 2017, 9:54 PM By Cliodhna Russell Appeal for 15-year-old Jason Collins missing from Laois It is believed that he may be in the Dublin area. Apr 20th 2017, 9:54 PM last_img read more

Les ressources cachées de la Nintendo 3DS

first_imgLes ressources cachées de la Nintendo 3DSVoici une bonne nouvelle pour cette fin d’année: Nintendo aurait trouvé un moyen de repousser les limites de sa console portable.Selon Nintendo World Report, la firme japonaise aurait réussi à libérer un des processeurs de la 3DS, qui, jusqu’alors était exclusif au système d’exploitation de la console portable. Nintendo aurait augmenté la puissance de cette dernière de 25% supplémentaires. Cela peut paraître énorme, mais ce n’est pas tout ! Le géant nippon aurait également trouvé une manière plus efficace de générer ses images 3D, ce qui soulagerait le CPU. Et comme il est coutume de dire “jamais deux sans trois”, une dernière nouvelle viendrait couronner le tout : les jeux en téléchargement pourraient désormais atteindre la taille de 512 Mo !Avant que les possesseurs de 3DS se réjouissent trop vite, il faudra tout de même attendre une confirmation officielle de la part de Nintendo concernant ces rumeurs, histoire de ne pas s’enflammer trop vite.Le 14 novembre 2011 à 12:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Panel Completes Review of Standard Used to Set RefineryPollution Cleanup Level

first_imgFlint Hills Resources-Alaska closed its refinery in North Pole in May, citing rising costs associated with cleaning up sulfolane contamination in area groundwater and other economic factors.(Credit KUAC file photo)A panel of experts wrapped up two days of meetings Thursday in Fairbanks that will help the state Department of Environmental Conservation determine the appropriate cleanup level for contamination of North Pole’s groundwater caused by chemicals leaking from the refinery now owned by Flint Hills Resources.Download AudioDEC asked scientists with Ohio-based Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment, or TERA, to take a second look at the reference doses used by the state agency in setting a stringent cleanup level for sulfolane, an industrial solvent that leaked from the refinery over several years.The TERA panelists reviewed scientific literature on reference doses used by DEC to come up with the 14-parts-per-billion cleanup standard that the agency says Flint Hills must attain before DEC will declare the water safe to drink.“It’s a very important step in the process,” says DEC environmental program manager Bill O’Connell.O’Connell says the agency will now use the TERA panel’s work to help it determine whether the 14-parts-per billion cleanup standard is warranted.“Once TERA submits a written report, which will be in about two months, the DEC will take their recommendations under advisement,” he said. “And then we will go forward and calculate a cleanup level based on the reference dose that they have coalesced around.”Flint Hills Resources officials told DEC late last year that they believe the 14-parts-per billion standard is overly stringent. They say the level should set at about 25 times that level – around 363 parts-per-billion.Flint Hills asked DEC to reconsider the cleanup level; in April, Commissioner Larry Hartig agreed.In February, Flint Hills officials cited the stringent cleanup level as one of the reasons they can’t operate the refinery profitably. They closed it in May, and now operate a fuel terminal in one part of the facility.Flint Hills and the former refinery operator, along with the state, have all filed lawsuits against each other in efforts to assign blame and liability for the cleanup.O’Connell says DEC will send its final recommendation on a cleanup level to agency Hartig by the end of the year. Hartig will issue a ruling thereafter.last_img read more

Raiders Wrong For Signing Incognito

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@yahoo.comPeople who know me well, and even those who don’t probably know I’ve been an Oakland Raiders fan for many years.My love affair with the Silver and Black goes back to the 1977 double overtime playoff game at old Memorial Stadium, when the Raiders beat the Baltimore Colts in the heartstopping “Ghost to the Post” game of lore and legend, 37-31. The Raiders won their first of three Super Bowls that year.Over the decades, I’ve loved the renegade Raiders through the good and the bad and in recent years, there has been a lot of bad in the form of many, many losses. But, recently the team did some “bad” I might not get over anytime soon.The Raiders, seeking to add some depth to their offensive line after executing what was a successful 2019 NFL Draft, signed Richie Incognito, the formerly vanquished NFL offensive guard. Incognito, who built an all-pro caliber career with the Miami Dolphins also became infamous for what many describe as racist bullying during his time in Miami.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)In 2013, Incognito’s teammate and fellow lineman Jonathan Martin abruptly left the team in November in the midst of the season.  Allegedly, Martin, who is biracial said he was bullied constantly by Incognito, who on a voicemail dated April 2013, referred to Martin as a “half-ni—r piece of s—.” Incognito also reportedly threatened to kill Martin and harm members of his family during that same voicemail. Subsequently, Incognito was suspended indefinitely by the Dolphins.The reality is the “relationship” between Incognito and Martin, who has grappled with some significant mental health and substance abuse issues, was dubious beyond the obvious racist hostility Incognito exhibited. Testimony by teammates suggested the two were actually friends and Incognito’s actions were urged by the Dolphins’ management to somehow “toughen up” Martin.But, what is very clear is Incognito’s troubles continued after his stint with the Dolphins.Incognito sat out the 2014 NFL season, but got picked up in 2015 by the Buffalo Bills. With Buffalo, Incognito seemed to reinvent himself and reestablish his pro bowl level of play on the field and was rewarded with pro bowl selections in 2015, 2016 and 2017.But, by 2018, Incognito was put on an “involuntary psychiatric hold” for an altercation at a gym in Boca Raton, Fla., where the troubled football player was in “an altered paranoid state” and allegedly hurled a dumbbell at another patron of the gym.Also in 2018, Incognito was arrested and taken into custody in Scottsdale, Ariz., when he allegedly threatened to shoot funeral home employees while he made funeral arrangements for his father. Police reportedly recovered three rifles, two glocks and a handgun from Incognito’s truck.Against this sordid backdrop, the Raiders decided to take a chance on Incognito, a player who has exhibited virulently racist and violent behavior, which would be warrant permanent termination in just about any workplace in America.But, not the NFL.For me, the Raiders decision to sign Incognito is even more maddening given the team’s storied history off of the field.The Raiders organization under the leadership of pioneering American Football League (AFL) maverick Al Davis became the first NFL team in the modern era to hire a Black head coach, Art Shell in 1989. Prior to Shell’s hiring, the Raiders and Davis hired Tom Flores, the league’s first Hispanic head coach in 1979. In 1997, Davis hired Amy Trask as the CEO of the Raiders, the first woman executive in NFL history.As a Raiders fan for life, I hope Incognito is dealing with his mental health issues in a pragmatic way, guided by mental health professionals, and he has buried his racist ways deep inside his 320 pound body. I hope he has an outstanding season with the Raiders on an offensive line that protects our quarterback Derek Carr. I hope Carr throws for 5,000 yards and 40 touchdowns, with newly signed all-world wide receiver Antonio Brown doing much of the offensive damage for the Silver and Black. And I hope the Raiders win Super Bowl 54 (Hey, a Brother can dream can’t he?).But, at the end of the day I just don’t understand how Richie Incognito gets chance after chance to compete and get paid in the NFL. The same league that has effectively banned Colin Kaepernick for life, because he took a knee and in the process stood against police brutality for millions of Black and Brown people.Then again, I do understand; it’s not that complicated. The NFL is just as racist as America has always been.Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.last_img read more