first_imgChurch, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “When we started, we had only 583 athletes. I never thought that the sport of triathlon would have grown the way it has, that Filipinos would embrace the challenge of Ironman. It’s very heartwarming to see the people accept the challenge and come up and say that their life was changed, that they’re living a healthier lifestyle, and they feel better about themselves. I think we’ve created a healthy nation and that’s amazing,” he said.And it’s not just individual change, as Uytengsu said that the growing community of triathlon has also helped its host cities when it comes to income generation.“We’re doing our share in sports tourism. We’re bringing people to the Philippines for the first time, who probably wouldn’t come to the Philippines if not for Ironman,” he said.Uytensu teased that grander things are still in store for the Filipino triathlon community.“There’s some things I can’t say right now. There’s more good things to come. It’s really exciting and I’m a very happy man right now,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress TNT overcomes Alaska, Henton’s big game Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sunrise Events founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu and DOT secretary Wanda Teo announce the Cebu hosting of the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — For the second time in three years, Cebu will be the home for the best triathletes in Asia-Pacific as it is set to host the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship.Sunrise Events founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu announced the development, together with Department of Tourism (DOT) secretary Wanda Teo on Friday here at Shangri-La Mactan, as the lead organizer for Ironman events in the country commemorates its 10th year in 2018.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “I think it’s fitting. Ironman recognized our quality. The athletes really enjoy coming here and I expect another sell out crowd in a very short period of time,” said Uytengsu. “For the second time for us to do this, we want to do as many big, bold things as we could in our 10-year anniversary.”The awarding of hosting rights to Cebu for the Asia Pacific Championship continued the abundance of good news for triathlon aficionados in the country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsEarlier in the week, Sunrise Events officially announced the staging of the first full distance Ironman race in the country next June in Subic Bay.Uytengsu can’t help but be overwhelemed overwhelmed with how the Philippines has accepted triathlon and the Ironman races since they started organized the events in Camarines Sur nine years ago. LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgBERLIN – Maria Belibasaki was happy and moved with the silver medal she won at the 400m event late Saturday in the European Championships that is held in Berlin.“I tried very hard. I was feeling very good before the race and I was ready to win… I wish good health to everyone. I feel very sorry for the situation in Greece, the people are suffering”, she stated and dedicated her medal to the victims of the wildfires in Greece.The 27-year old sprinter from Crete finished in 50.45. Her performance is a new is a new national record for the 400m event. It was the fifth medal for Greece at the 2018 European Athletics Championiships.Maria Belibasaki won the silver medal at the 400m event late Saturday in the European Championships, Berlin, Aug. 11, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)Maria Belibasaki won the silver medal at the 400m event late Saturday in the European Championships, Berlin, Aug. 11, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)Maria Belibasaki won the silver medal at the 400m event late Saturday in the European Championships, Berlin, Aug. 11, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)Maria Belibasaki won the silver medal at the 400m event late Saturday in the European Championships, Berlin, Aug. 11, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)Maria Belibasaki won the silver medal at the 400m event late Saturday in the European Championships, Berlin, Aug. 11, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)Maria Belibasaki won the silver medal at the 400m event late Saturday in the European Championships, Berlin, Aug. 11, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)TweetPinShare1717 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man City boss Guardiola ‘lost cool’ with David Silvaby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss reportedly lost his temper with one of the senior members of his squad.Guardiola reportedly laid into his countryman, midfielder David Silva.The manager is said to have accused Silva of not running enough in their recent home defeat to Wolves in the Premier League.It is a result that puts two-time reigning Premier League champions City eight points behind Liverpool.Guardiola has reportedly tried to remain calm throughout the season, as he does not want to add further anxiety to the City squad.But he laid into Silva after the Wolves game, per the Daily Mail. He allegedly told the midfielder: “David, you didn’t give us enough running. Where were the legs?”Silva is in his last season at the club and is seen as one of City’s greatest ever players. last_img read more

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first_img Indo-Asian News Service Ulan-UdeOctober 9, 2019UPDATED: October 9, 2019 12:37 IST Jamuna Boro had started off slowly but as the bout progressed, she started to get into her groove (AIBA Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJudges’ points at the end stood 28-29, 27-30, 27-30, 27-30, 27-30 in Jamuna’s favourJamuna had defeated Mongolia’s Michidmaa Erdenedalai 5-0 in her opening round clashThree boxers from India have so far reached the quarters – Mary Kom, Jamuna Boro and Manju RaniJamuna Boro (54 kg) on Wednesday thrashed Algerian fifth seed Ouidad Sfouh 5-0 in the pre-quarterfinals to enter the last-eight stage of the ongoing Women’s World Boxing Championships.The 22-year-old, participating at the Worlds for the first time, dominated the bout as her punches were more accurate than the defending champion on a consistent basis during the entire duration of three minutes.She started off slowly but as the bout progressed, she started to get into her groove. The first two rounds saw both the pugilists fight an engaging battle. However, Jamuna dominated the third round.The judges’ points at the end stood 28-29, 27-30, 27-30, 27-30, 27-30 in Jamuna’s favour.Jamuna, a bronze-medallist at the 2015 Youth World Championships, had defeated Mongolia’s Michidmaa Erdenedalai 5-0 in her opening round clash.She will now play her quarter-final clash on Thursday and a win there will ensure her maiden worlds medal.Earlier, six-time champion Mary Kom had advanced to the quarterfinals after winning her opening bout in 51 kg category. Mary beat Thailand’s Jitpong Jutamas by a unanimous decision in the pre-quarters after she had received a first-round bye.Apart from Mary and Jamuna, Manju Rani (48kg) is the other Indian pugilist to reach the quarter-finals of her weight class.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Women’s World Boxing ChampionshipFollow Jamuna Boro Women’s World Boxing Championships: Jamuna Boro storms into quarterfinalsJamuna Boro will now play her quarter-final clash on Thursday and a win there will ensure her maiden worlds medal.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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first_imgzoom A security breach has allegedly occurred in the Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre, Gulf of Guinea (MTISC-GoG), resulting in information being leaked to individuals with the intent and capability to launch hijackings in the area, an insurance agency Standard P&I Club informed.The agency added that the breach has not yet been formally confirmed and that “vessels should use caution when reporting to MTISC GoG”.International shipping association BIMCO advised that the company risk assessments and vessel hardening procedures, outlined in the Guidelines for Owners, Operators and Masters for Protection against Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea Region, should continue to be followed.Standard P&I Club said that BIMCO recommended that “vessels entering the vessel reporting area for West Africa should continue to register with MTISC GoG in order to receive incident reports, but limit the provision of any information which would allow vessels to be identified or tracked.”The shipping association said that in this way shipping security in the region should be preserved.Since mid-January there has been a notable uptick in reported incidents of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.According to UK-owned risk management solutions provider Protection Group International (PGI), the pirates have given up on oil cargo theft and turned their attention to kidnapping crew members for ransom.There were four recorded attacks on vessels in the area involving kidnapping in January, a significant increase compared to one per month from October to December 2015, while there were no reports of major oil cargo thefts since October 2015.last_img read more

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first_imgHundreds of elementary school students are getting the chance to explore Nova Scotia’s natural resources. The Department of Natural Resources has helped plan three fun and educational events in May to bring young people in touch with nature. “The Kids in the Forest program was created to give all children in Nova Scotia the opportunity to be engaged with nature,” said Natural Resources Minister David Morse. “The forest can stimulate creativity, physical activity and reduce stress in young people. Yet, many young people may not ever have the opportunity to travel to the woods without this program.” About 250 Grade 6 school children from Halifax Regional Municipality are expected to spend a day in the forest on Thursday, May 3. The field trip will take place at Beaverbank Lake, north of Middle Sackville on Route 354. Students will rotate between stations that include displays on aquatic life, helicopter crews, wildfire prevention, wildlife adaptation, water quality, silviculture treatments, rocks and minerals and forest harvesting. Other Kids in the Forest field trips will take place in Digby County and the village of Whycocomagh. On Wednesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 10, students will explore a forest near Digby High School, and on May 23, Whycocomagh Provincial Park will hold an event.last_img read more

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first_imgLt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc will resume the first session of the 63rd general assembly of the Nova Scotia legislature Thursday, Sept. 21, by reading the speech from the throne. The speech will be televised live and will be available online. Legislative Television will broadcast the ceremony on Eastlink Digital Cable channel 95 and Eastlink Digital Cable channel 630 in high definition, Bell Community One channel 1, and Bell Community One channel 401, starting at 1 p.m. Closed captioning and sign language interpretation will also be provided. The ceremony can also be viewed live at http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/proceedings/legislative-tv. -30-last_img

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first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Edmonton director Trevor Anderson, local cinematographer Peter Wunstorf and Alyson Richards on the set of Docking in L.A. FISH GRIWKOWSKY / POSTMEDIA Advertisement The Sundance Film Festival — touted as the most important independent film festival in North America — will play works by local filmmakers Trevor Anderson and Niobe Thompson when festivities kick off Jan. 24.Anderson’s new, four-minute film, Docking, which explores the filmmaker’s fear of dating, will be seen in the Midnight Shorts section of the festival, which takes place in Park City, Utah. Though Anderson has had two films previously viewed at Sundance, he is nonetheless thrilled to have Docked make the festival lineup.“It hasn’t lost any of the adrenalin spike that comes with that phone call,” said Anderson, a former actor, director and writer in theatre who has created 11 films since he branched into filmmaking in 2005. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Most of his work is on his website, trevorandersonfilms.com. But Edmonton audiences will have to wait to see Docking at the Docking Variety Hour, presented by Anderson at the Garneau Theatre at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.The film, said Anderson, feels like a “very fast blockbuster.”“We’re riffing on science fiction, horror, and we wanted to pack the feeling of those into four minutes to make it seem like an intense creature-feature.”Other former Edmontonians have a part in Docking, including production designer Todd Cherniawsky (Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Star Trek: Discovery; Avatar) and editor Justin Lachance (Sharp Objects; Big Little Lies). Locally-based cinematographer Peter Wunstorf shot the film. Fish Griwkowsky, an Edmonton Journal arts writer, is associate producer and puppeteer on the project.Edmonton’s Niobe Thompson has a short film appearing at Sundance called Fast Horse. SUPPLIED /POSTMEDIAFast Horse, by Edmonton filmmaker Niobe Thompson of Handful of Films, will compete in the International Shorts program at Sundance. (Readers may also be familiar with Thompson’s work; in September, he debuted a three-part series called Equus: Story of the Horse on CBC television.)Fast Horse, which is 13 minutes long, is about the horse-racing tradition among Plains First Nation. Thompson followed a Blackfoot team from the Siksika First Nation over the course of a year to make the film. Directed by emerging Indigenous filmmaker Alexandra Lazarowich, the film focuses on Siksika horseman Allison Red Crow and new jockey Cody Big Tobacco as they challenge the best riders in the Blackfoot Confederacy.“Indian relay is North America’s original extreme sport,” said Thompson, who was travelling in Australia and not available by phone, in an email.Commissioned by the CBC, Fast Horse was recently awarded best short documentary after its world première at the ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival in Toronto.Fast Horse and Handful of Films’ other new short film, Boy Nomad, were both recently selected for a world tour hosted by the Banff Mountain Film Festival, the world’s largest adventure filmmaking festival. The best films of each year are selected for a 12-month theatrical run, playing in 45 countries to an audience of more than 600,000 at more than 1,000 worldwide screenings.By LIANE FAULDER | Edmonton Journal Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP on Sunday said it will keep a “telescopic view” on Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s election affidavit, a day after the saffron party alleged a rise in his income between 2004 and 2014.There has been a “huge jump” in the income of the Congress leader, BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra alleged at a press conference, but did not provide any evidence or document to substantiate his claim. Patra challenged Gandhi to file a defamation case against him, claiming that he is stating facts with evidence. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’There was no immediate response from the Congress on the charges levelled by the BJP. “The people this time in the country and the BJP in particular will keep a telescopic view on the nomination of Rahul Gandhi… Where ever he contests elections,” Patra told reporters. Gandhi’s income has risen from over Rs 55 lakh in 2004 to Rs 9 crore in 2014 as per his election affidavits, he alleged, asking “how can an MP, who is not a professional, witness such a jump in his income”. Patra went on to allege that the rise in Gandhi’s income “by and large, is profiteering from scams, dubious deals” and charged him with hiding facts from his election affidavits. The BJP leader said that the party will hold a series of such press conferences in the coming days to expose the “corruption of Rahul Gandhi”. He alleged Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had a 4.69-acre farmhouse in Delhi that was rented out to a firm that had been issued show-cause notice for violations and alleged financial irregularities. On Saturday, Union minister Ravi Shanker Prasad had said, “In his (Rahul Gandhi) election affidavit in 2004, his income was Rs 55,38,123 while in 2009, it rose to Rs 2 crore and in 2014 it rose to Rs 9 crore.last_img read more

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Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B, TSX:BCE)David Paddon, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Remind.com is claiming a partial victory after waging a social media campaign designed to persuade Rogers and Bell to reverse a fee increase that indirectly affected a free two-way texting service for teachers, students and parents.The San Francisco-based company had warned it wouldn’t be able to provide the free texting version of its service to its Canadian users who have wireless plans with Rogers, Bell, or their respective subsidiaries.Remind said Friday in an email and on Twitter that Bell Canada had informed the company that it will reverse the fee increase but Rogers Communications Inc. hadn’t done so.A spokesman for Bell said in an email to The Canadian Press that it has agreed to an extension of the old fees while the carrier works towards a longer-term business arrangement with Remind.Rogers didn’t comment on the situation prior to the publication deadline.All the companies have acknowledged that the Remind service can be accessed over a cellular data service, but those may incur carrier fees.Remind’s app has a variety of uses including notifying groups about class assignments, schedules of emergencies as well as two-way communications between individual teachers, students and parents.Rogers and Bell have said previously they don’t have a direct contractual relationship with Remind — which accesses their networks through two intermediary companies — but they were willing to discuss a compromise.None of the companies’ representatives would disclose the per-message fees involved.But Remind chief executive Brian Grey said in an interview its annual costs would jump from “tens of thousands of dollars” to “hundreds of thousands of dollars” and the increase is unsustainable for the company at this stage of its development.Grey said Remind doesn’t use its platform as a method for distributing advertising and its revenue comes from the sale of a large-scale version of the service to schools and districts, a practice launched in January 2017 in the United States.“Longer term, our plan would be to bring that to Canada and other markets. But we’re just not there yet,” Grey said. read more

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Garbage, recycling and green cart collection will run on a regular schedule. Real Christmas trees will be collected from January 9 to January 16.Eastgate Square, Limeridge Mall and Jackson Square will be open Saturday, December 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and closed on Sunday, January 1, 2017.LCBO stores will open at regular hours and close at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 31 and will be closed New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, 2017.HSRSaturday, December 31 – on a Saturday service extended on most routes. Bus service will be free after 6 p.m.Sunday, January 1 – on a regular Sunday/Holiday service.ATS-DARTSSaturday, December 31 – Saturday service with free service after 6 p.m.Sunday, January 1 – Sunday/Holiday service, 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.RecreationSaturday, December 31 – local recreation centres will run on reduced hours. Check City of Hamilton website for more information. https://www.hamilton.ca/parks-recreationSunday, January 1 – All centres will be closedHamilton Farmers’ MarketSaturday, December 31 – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.Sunday, January 1 – ClosedMonday, January 2 – Closed read more

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The diplomatic breakthrough came on Friday at a summit meeting convened by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Ghanaian President John Kufuor, head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo agreed to implement the provisions the 2003 Linas-Marcoussis Agreement and to adopt a decree spelling out the delegation of powers. He also reiterated past commitments to proceed with the adoption of all legal reforms envisaged under the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement. All the Ivorian parties reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring the support of their respective members of the National Assembly for the adoption of these legislative texts by the end of August.They also undertook to start disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former fighters by mid-October. That process, which will be conducted on the basis of a specific timetable, will include all paramilitary and militia groups. In addition, agreement was reached on the need to restructure the defence and security forces.The President of the Republic, the Prime Minister and the Ivorian political forces agreed on the urgency of resuming the work of the Government of National Reconciliation “in order to enable it to play its vital role of restoring normalcy in the country and for ensuring sustained implementation of the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement,” the UN said.Recognizing the need to respect human rights and the rule of law, the parties agreed to cooperate fully with the International Commission of Inquiry looking into abuses committed in Côte d’Ivoire since the beginning of the crisis on 19 September 2002.Speaking to the press after the agreement was reached, the Secretary-General stressed the need for follow-up. “It is important that the parties honour the commitments they’ve made here today to each other and to the people of Ivory Coast,” he said.Asked about ministers who had been dismissed by President Gbagbo, Mr. Annan said “they will be back in Ivory Coast and the government will resume its work.” read more

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Explore research. Solve clues. Win prizes. Stay curious.Launching on February 17, the Virtual Scavenger Hunt (watch video here) is a two-week, province-wide contest that takes the public on a journey to learn about Ontario university research that impacts their daily lives.Each day, from February 17 to 27, clues will be released daily regarding research at Brock University and Ontario’s other 20 universities. There will be 21 clues in all – one from each of Ontario’s 21 universities (two clues per-day will be released, except on the first and last day when we will release three clues).Intrepid solvers who get all 21 clues correct will be able to unlock a secret message that they can then submit to be entered for a draw of 21 grand prizes of gift bags filled with Research Matters merchandise.Ontario university students will be eligible for five cash grand prizes of $500 each, and new this year, five Ontario K-12 classrooms who complete the hunt will be eligible to win a pizza lunch with a researcher.So register today and we will let you know when the first clue is released on February 17, as well as each time a new clue is launched. read more

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Jordan Spieths Grand Slam Chances

By capturing his second major of the 2015 season, U.S. Open winner Jordan Spieth has placed himself in some very elite company. It’s only the fourth time since 19581Roughly speaking, 1958 marks the beginning of the modern era of major championships; that’s when the PGA Championship adopted a stroke-play format. that the same player has won both of the year’s first two majors, and just the 13th time any player won back-to-back major titles.The conversation has quickly turned to Spieth’s Grand Slam chances. This has been the Year of Spieth on the PGA Tour, and a Slam would solidify his season as one of the best in golf history. And yet he’s not considered to be the best golfer on tour. Spieth is still the second-ranked player in the world behind Rory McIlroy, who is probably the better golfer on a per-round basis and has, in the past, won the two major tournaments remaining on the 2015 schedule.That’s why the betting markets consider McIlroy, and not Spieth, the favorite to win each of the season’s final two majors. After adjusting for the house edge built into betting odds, the sportsbook Bovada.lv assigns2To the best of our knowledge, Bovada only lists the players upon whom they’ve gotten action, and will release odds for other players upon request. The inclusion of additional players could slightly alter the house-edge adjustment we made, but those players’ odds of winning are so low that the change would be minimal at best. McIlroy a 13 percent probability of winning the British Open and an 11 percent chance of winning the PGA Championship; the site gives Spieth a 9 percent shot at winning each tournament.Those numbers are similar to the ones you’d see if you looked at how past back-to-back major winners did in their next two major tournaments. Of those who won back-to-back majors, only Tiger Woods — who won his “Tiger Slam” by capturing the 2000 U.S. and British Opens and the PGA Championship, plus the 2001 Masters — went on to win any of the next two majors, giving the group an 8.3 percent success rate per major.Of course, sometimes you can play well enough to win but run into another great performance. That’s when a method such as Bill Barnwell’s Z-scores is useful, because it tells us how well a player scored relative to the rest of the field on the same day. We can then use that number to track how often a player’s performance would be good enough to win a typical major against typical competition, which helps even out comparisons between fields of varying quality. And according to this calculation, the average back-to-back major champ’s Z-scores over his next two majors were good enough to win a generic major3From 1958 on. 11.3 percent of the time.No matter how you cut it, the odds of Spieth finishing off the Grand Slam are still fairly low — about 1 percent, if the probabilities above are any kind of guide.Even if Spieth doesn’t win the Slam, however, his future looks exceptionally bright. Back in April, we developed a model (based on the historical performance, by age, of people who won majors) to track Woods’s progress in his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’s all-time majors record. If we plug in Spieth’s expected major count at year’s end — roughly 2.2, using the odds from Bovada — he’s currently on pace to finish his career with just under 12 major titles, a total that would rank third all-time if it came to fruition. (And remember, that’s just a mean projection — the variance around it means there are plenty of scenarios in which he wins more than 12.)Either way, it’s been an incredible start to Spieth’s career, Grand Slam or not. read more

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first_imgThree words that impress mine surveyors are tough, reliable and accurate. This is exactly how leading developer Maptek describes its latest I-Site laser scanning technology launched at MINExpo in Las Vegas. “The I-Site 8810 with I-Site Studio 4.0 software is a combination that can’t be beaten for easy field work,” said Athy Kalatzis, Global Manager of Maptek I-Site Laser Scanning.“It has the toughness and reliability that miners need, and the workflow and accuracy that surveyors demand.”The I-Site 8810 retains the long range and panoramic imaging capability of the I-Site 8800, adds some of the must-have features of the I-Site 8400 laser scanner and provides some unique upgrades of its own.A wireless link means the scanner controller no longer needs to be tethered. A new interface and layout make for greater flexibility and faster set up. Battery time extends continuous operation to six hours.Onboard controls mean that the I-Site 8810 can be operated in the field with no other peripherals attached. Optional onboard USB or tablet PC scan storage makes data easier to handle.A fully integrated compass enables even easier vehicle scanning and registration. A new calibration for the vehicle mount removes the impact of the vehicle on the compass, allowing uninterrupted capture of reliable data.Operation is so much simpler with the one controller for both the scanner and GPS through an integrated GPS interface. The latest technology Panasonic Toughbook is the most rugged tablet in the world, with an extended temperature range and solid state hard disk.The I-Site 8810 is really a scanner for the extremes. Operation at subzero temperatures has been significantly extended, and the storage temperature has been extended to minus 40oC.‘The Maptek I-Site 8000 series scanners are the only terrestrial laser scanners rated to IP65 for environmental protection’, added Kalatzis. ‘Testing and developing to this standard proves Maptek to be the true leader in delivering mine tough products which deliver on performance without sacrificing accuracy.’Maptek’s new intelligent pulse algorithm automatically analyses the multiple waveform returns, giving the I-Site 8810 scanner an accuracy of 8 mm out to 200 m. This makes it suitable for more detailed survey applications.The I-Site 8810 is teamed with I-Site Studio 4.0 software for faster processing. Dynamic scan manipulation, and improved photo image registration are just a couple of features. Customised toolbars, point attributes and LAS import are all new to I-Site Studio 4.0.last_img read more

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first_imgAccording to Hatch, the potash industry is alive and well, boosting crop yields to feed more people and livestock all over the world. Getting there was just a matter of the right chemistry…and a whole new way of thinking.Mark Machado, Process engineer, Industrial Minerals, with Hatch explains that “it’s exciting to see new technologies emerge when you’re investigating complex industrial challenges. Especially when they give rise to innovative perspectives and novel solutions that run counter to the conformist approaches and practices the industry is currently using.“Crystallization ponds are a case in point. Historically, these pond systems offered a relatively low-cost solution to the recovery of potash, lithium, and other valuable minerals from brines. They’re ideally suited to areas where land is available and the climatic conditions for the operating site are favourable—low ambient temperatures, little precipitation, and/or a high potential for natural evaporation.“The vast majority of these older pond operations were constructed in a different era, 30 or 40 years ago. Back then, we didn’t have the computational tools and know-how that’s available today to optimize the design. Some of these installations were created using the same approach that was used for tailings or storm water recovery ponds. They didn’t consider the physical attributes and geometry of a system, and how that could be configured to maximize pond utilization, production, and recovery.“When we went looking to design new crystallization ponds we had two choices. Maintain the status quo and mimic what had been used in the past. Or, go back to the drawing board to find a smarter, more economical way of doing it.“We chose the latter.“We began by delving into the chemistry, heat, mass-transfer phenomena, and meteorological effects. We moved on to modelling the thermal-hydraulic characteristics of traditional pond systems, and that’s when the light bulb came on. We found that by optimizing the pond configuration, bathymetry, and other geometric parameters, we could significantly increase the pond’s productivity for a given feed flow. We validated our models through an extensive work program at one of the largest solution mines and cooling-crystallization-pond systems in the world—one for which a patent was filed and recently granted.“This technology we developed has tremendous implications for commercial use. One of the largest opportunities we see is in the potash space. It could be a game changer for some solution mining projects or flooded conventional mines in cold climates like Saskatchewan, Russia, and western China.“In potash-solution mining, a heated solvent is typically injected into the deposit. It dissolves the potash-bearing minerals and produces a rich brine that is pumped to the surface for processing. Then, a circuit of mechanical evaporators and crystallizers is used to remove the impurities from the solution-mined brine and produce the potash product.“Crystallization ponds are usually used in parallel with this process, or as an additional stage to naturally cool the brine and facilitate the precipitation of potash from its impurities at a lower cost. With our patented design, we can enhance the heat transfer within a smaller footprint compared to conventional pond designs. Overall, that translates into increased production, better operating efficiency, and a higher revenue potential for existing pond operations. A leaner pond design is also less expensive to set up and operate—something that’s especially attractive to new developers trying to gain a foothold in the potash market.“But the design isn’t limited to potash. It can be applied to a wide array of mineral salts and commodities, like lithium and phosphate. It can even be used to recover valuable minerals from plant-waste bleed streams and serve as a heat sink for industrial cooling processes.“Leaner, more efficient, cost-effective mineral recovery. Smaller environmental footprints. And a boost for both existing players and new entrants to the industry. When you’re willing to look for a better way to do something, you just might find it.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) signed on to a tax extenders coalition letter this week, supporting several priorities for soy growers, including extension of the biodiesel tax credit, the higher Section 179 expensing limits and the continuation of the 50 percent bonus depreciation for equipment purchases.The Senate Finance Committee passed a tax extenders package that’s awaiting consideration by the full Senate. The House Ways & Means Committee passed individual bills addressing some of the expired tax provisions, but has given no indication of their timetable for considering a broader package.More than 700 organizations signed the coalition letter. See the full text here.last_img

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first_img 0 10 Photos NASA Space Sci-Tech Tags Post a comment Share your voicecenter_img NASA sees dramatic Earth weather from space (pictures) Enlarge Image NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Satellite images from NASA and the European Space Agency paint a sobering picture of wildfires burning across Siberia. Fires are typical for this time of year there, but this summer is proving particularly severe. More than 2.7 million hectares (6,671,845 acres) of remote forest is currently burning across six Siberian and Far East regions, according to Russia’s Federal Forestry Agency, covering entire cities with black smoke and noxious fumes. Lumped together, the fire area would be larger than Massachusetts.The above image from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center shows a thick cloud of smoke swirling over Russia and moving toward the US and Canada. ESA’s Copernicus Sentinel-3 also delivered a worrying satellite view of the Siberian smoke plumes.esaEnlarge ImageSome of the Siberian wildfires can be seen in this image captured from space on July 28. The smoke has carried air pollution into the Kemerovo, Tomsk, Novosibirsk and Altai regions. ESA It’s not just Russia that’s on fire. Wildfires have also raged in Greenland and Alaska, fueled by record-breaking temperatures, lightning and strong winds.    NASA is sounding the alarm about how these intense and numerous fires might accelerate melting in the Arctic as soot warms the atmosphere and the burning of decomposed organic material releases megatons of carbon dioxide into the air. Climate change is already hitting the Arctic hard. Greenland watched sea ice melt in June and Arctic permafrost is under threat from thawing.  “One fire here and there is not a big deal, as far as immediate local weather and climate impacts,” Santiago Gassó, an atmospheric scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, said in a statement. “But when you have so many fires continuously emitting, the smoke remains in the atmosphere for so long that it can actually change temperature profiles for several days and has meteorological and climatic impacts.”Last year, satellite images showed smoke from California’s deadly Camp Fire blanketing the state, and another pictured a burn scar left behind by the Woolsey Fire. As global temperatures continue to rise, we’ll likely bear witness to even more smoke-filled views from space. NASA sees fires covering California in a shroud of smoke Smelly, slimy seaweed infestation spotted from space NASA watches wild polar vortex from space Beastly SoCal earthquake created a crack seen from above Earth from spacelast_img read more

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Trump to end waivers on Iran oil imports W House

first_imgUS President Donald Trump. Photo: AFPThe United States announced on Monday it will no longer grant sanctions exemptions to Iran’s oil customers, potentially punishing allies such as India as it tries to squeeze Tehran’s top export.The White House said that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — close US allies that back President Donald Trump’s hawkish stance against regional rival Iran — would work to make up the difference in oil to ensure that global markets are not rocked.”This decision is intended to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue,” the White House said in a statement.”The Trump administration and our allies are determined to sustain and expand the maximum economic pressure campaign against Iran to end the regime’s destabilizing activity threatening the United States, our partners and allies and security in the Middle East,” it said.Eight governments were initially given six-month reprieves from the unilateral US sanctions on Iran. They include India, which has warm ties with Washington but disagrees on the US insistence that Iran is a threat.Other countries that will be affected include China and Turkey, opening up new friction in contentious relationships if the United States goes ahead with sanctions over buying Iranian oil.The others — Greece, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan — have already heavily reduced their purchases from Iran.Trump last year withdrew the United States from an accord negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama, under which Iran drastically scaled back its nuclear program in return for promises of sanctions relief.The Trump administration, backed by Saudi Arabia and Israel, has instead unilaterally imposed sanctions and demanded that other countries follow suit.US officials say that they are aiming at choking off Iranian revenue so as to reduce the clerical regime’s regional clout, notably its support for militants groups such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah.last_img read more

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Eight flyovers to be repaired by Durga Puja

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) and other government agencies will repair eight flyovers in the city before Durga Puja, officials said on Saturday.The busy Chingrighata, Kalighat and Sealdah flyovers are among the eight flyovers. Chingrighata and Kalighat flyovers have been shut for heavy vehicles. A second round of inspection will decide the extent of repairs of the eight bridges. The decision comes after the Bridge Inspection and Monitoring Cell recently submitted a report on these bridges. The panel, which includes experts from state Public Works Department, Irrigation Department and KMDA, was formed in the wake of the Majerhat Bridge collapse in Kolkata, killing three people and injuring several others in September in 2018. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Chingrighata and Kalighat flyovers will soon be completely shut for repairs and KMDA will request police to draw up traffic diversions, said a KMDA source. The condition of a pillar of Chingrighata flyover, which connects south Kolkata’s EM Bypass to Salt Lake, needs immediate repairs, the source said. The Chingrighata flyover suffers from design defects, the source added. Last year, structural engineers of KMDA were asked to rectify the defects. The repair work for both the flyovers are likely to take place this month. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Experts found that pillars of Kalighat flyover had corroded. Last month, it was shut for two days for health assessment. At the time, they had raised questioned over its internal structure. KMDA has also planned to install height bars on both sides to restrict heavy vehicles from using the flyover.”The process of health audit of these flyovers are already in place. In the first phase, eight flyovers will be examined and after conducting health audit necessary repair work will be done before Puja. A few flyovers will also go through load capacity test,” said a KMDA official, who didn’t want to be named. Sealdah flyover, which was earlier identified as vulnerable, will also go through a similar test. As per officials, it will be shut for three days from August 15. Experts will also examine the load capacity of Aurobindo Setu and Bijon Setu. In the second phase, Dhakuria bridge, Chetla Lock Gate bridge, Karunamoyee bridge over Tolly’s Nullah, Chitpur bridge over the railway yard, Canal bridge near RG Kar Hospital, etc will undergo similar health audits. Three weeks ago, part of Ultadanga flyover was shut for three days after the panel found that it had developed cracks for repairs. The other flank (EM Bypass bound) of the bridge is still shut for traffic. “There are several flyovers and bridges in and near Kolkata that have aged. All these need to undergo audits and repair work. The safety of commuters is of utmost importance. We don’t want to take any chance. After a thorough repair and load-bearing-capacity check of flyovers which are damaged will be marked safe,” said an official from the monitoring cell. Before the September tragedy, no study was undertaken to check the structural stability of bridges in Kolkata.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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