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10 dead, 3 injured in Shimla road accident

first_imgTen people, including four women, died and three others were injured after a vehicle veered off a road in Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla district Saturday, a police official said. The accident happened at Snail, three km from Kuddu on Tiyuni Road. The three injured, including a child, have been admitted to Rohru hospital, Shimla Superintendent of Police Omapati Jamwal said. A police team led by Jubbal Station House Officer and Swara police post in-charge is at the accident site, he added. More details awaited.last_img read more

Talker of the Town

first_imgNew Sports Minister Ajay Maken is in danger of contracting foot-in-mouth disease.The day Maken assumed charge, he got a mouthful from BJP’s Shahnawaz Hussain after he claimed the latter made it to the NDA Cabinet only because he was a Muslim.The next day, Maken claimed that all pending Commonwealth Games payments would be cleared within 10 days, without realising most of the payments were locked up in legal battles in various courts.last_img


first_imgLiving on a death row with uncertainty is worsened withLiving on a death row with uncertainty is worsened with the harsh conditions which includes solitary confinement as the the apex court itself in 1978 had ruled that the prisoner sentenced to death could be kept in a cell away from other prisoners, the Death Penalty India Report has said.The report throws light into the life of death row convicts and is a critical analysis of the criminal justice system, which according to Justice Lokur, requires a major procedural and substantive reformation.”While it is not possible to make any arguments regarding direct discrimination, the report certainly highlights the disparate impact of the death penalty in India on groups marginalised along the axis of caste, religion, economic vulnerability and educational status,” said Anup Surendranath, director of the Centre on the Death Penalty.During the panel discussion, Justice Lokur also referred to shortcomings of the legal aid system in the country, saying that people have lost faith in legal aid lawyers.The study supports this view as it states that 70.6 per cent of the death row prisoners represented by private lawyers were economically vulnerable and it shows that “their deep-seated fear of legal aid lawyers drove the families to hire private lawyers”.The panel discussion also pointed out the fact that around three-fourth of the prisoners have not got a chance to interact with their lawyers outside court. This becomes worse when the matter comes to high court where most them have never interacted with or even met their high court lawyers.advertisementAdding to the misery, families of convicts face a major challenge to visit the prison owing to the extremely vulnerable economic status.”Its like caught between two blades of scissors, with no means to escape,” the report quoted Harikrishnan, a convict who had already spent nearly 12 years in prison for rape and murder.He, with extreme anguish at his inability to prove his innocence, had slashed his genitals with a piece of floor tile after a television channel portrayed him as a monster and his entire village being terrified of him. His clemency plea was rejected by the President. (More) PTI RRT HMP RKS ZMN RCJlast_img read more

Punjab: Arjuna awardee and former hockey captain Rajbir Kaur joins AAP

first_imgFormer Indian hockey captain Rajbir Kaur, aslo known as Golden Girl, today joined Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Chandigarh.Rajbir, an Arjuna awardee, is the only woman hockey player who represented the country for four consecutive Asian Games in 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1994. She was honoured by many organisations for her achievements in the field of hockey.Addressing the media, Rajbir said that there is a dire need to uplift the standards of sports in Punjab that have deteriorated in the last few years due to government apathy. Besides drugs, she also raised the issue of minimum amount of pensions and lack of government help to the sportspersons in Punjab.DRUG ADDDICTION “Drug addiction among youth is the main concern in Punjab today and it is the need of the hour to attract the addicted youth towards sports in order to bring them to the main stream,” she said.Rajbir Kaur (centre) with Punjab AAP leaders. AAP MP and comedian Bhagwant Mann said it is heartbreaking to see that those who hold the tricolor high with their dedication and hard work are ignored by the government to an extent that the coming generation won’t be able to recognise them.FLAWED SPORTS POLICY Taking a jibe at Sukhbir Badal, Bhagwant said,” If Sukhbir claims that Akali government has done a lot for promotion of sports in Punjab then what is the reason that no one from Punjab could win even a single medal at any international level competition in last few years.” He said that with the help of the sportsperson who have joined AAP in the past, a special session of ‘Punjab Dialogue’ will be held with sportspersons to know their problems.advertisementLambasting Sukhbir Badal for denying the fact of drug addiction in Punjab, AAP leader Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi said, “Even in the notification released by Punjab Government for the recruitment of constable, there is a clause that the ‘Dope test’ will be conducted before the recruitment. Is not it enough to know the status of drugs in Punjab?”.Welcoming Rajbir, Sanjay Singh said people who had made an impression in their fields are joining AAP in the hope of changing the system full of fault. He said that Rajbir, with firsthand experience will play a vital role in drafting policies for the sportspersons in the future.ALSO READ:AAP workers create high drama in Punjab over ‘foodgrain scam’, demand probe Punjab: Standoff between two Sikh groups acquires political overtoneslast_img read more

Teams will dread facing England at Euro 2016: Eric Dier

first_imgOther countries will dread the prospect of facing England in the Euro 2016 knockout rounds, midfielder Eric Dier has said, despite his side’s failure to secure top spot in Group B.After a goalless stalemate against Slovakia on Monday, England were overtaken by Wales and will next face whoever finishes second in Group F out of Hungary, Iceland, Portugal or Austria in a Round of 16 tie in Nice next Monday.”Of course we couldn’t win them all but in general our play has been very positive, and I am sure there are plenty who won’t want to face us,” Dier told reporters in France, where England also drew against Russia before beating Wales.”We shouldn’t be fearful of anyone… that’s the wrong word. We’ll wait and see, but we should not fear anyone.”England goalkeeper Joe Hart echoed Dier’s sentiments and praised the performances of his side in the tournament.”We’re going to look to build on three good performances. Result-wise it’s not been great but performance-wise, I don’t think anyone will be looking forward to playing us.”However, Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson said he would relish the prospect of taking on England if they advanced to the next round.Iceland, who are second in the group, face Austria in their final pool game on Wednesday, while Hungary take on Portugal.”Playing against England in a finals would be something special. It would be a dream for every Icelander. We have always looked towards England in the finals,” Gunnarsson, who plays in the second tier of English soccer with Cardiff City, said.advertisement”The Premier League is the most watched league in Iceland and the most talked about. It would be memorable.”last_img read more

Next World Chess Championship to be held in Asia: FIDE president

first_imgThe next world championship will be held in an Asian country, the World Chess Federation (FIDE) President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said on Thursday.”There are two candidates, but I cannot name them. (The next host) will be announced at FIDE’s presidential council next spring. However, representatives of organising committees that want to host the match in 2018 were in New York today,” Ilyumzhinov said, reports Tass.Norway’s Magnus Carlsen retained his world chess championship crown for the third time, defeating Russia’s Sergey Karjakin in the tie-break 3-1 (total score 9-7) on Wednesday in New York.Their overall score after 12 games played was tied at 6-6 and both grandmasters played a series of tie-break games to determine the new world champion.last_img read more

Virat Kohli breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most centuries in chases

first_imgVirat Kohli surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most hundreds in chases during the fifth and final One-Day International against West Indies in Jamaica.While The Little Master took 232 innings to score 17 hundreds, he has taken just 102 innings to score 18 ODI tons while batting second.Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan and West Indies’ Chris Gayle are joint third with 11 tons each while Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar and Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya have 10 centuries each while chasing.Most 100s in chases in ODIs:18 VIRAT KOHLI (in 102 inns)17 S Tendulkar (in 232)11 T Dilshan/ C Gayle10 Saeed Anwar/ S Jayasuriya#WIvIND- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) July 6, 2017This was also his 28th ODI hundred and he now equalled Sanath Jayasuriya’s record of 28 tons in ODIs and will be joint third with the Sri Lankan in the list of most ODI centuries. Only Sachin Tendulkar (49) and Ricky Ponting (30) have more centuries than him the 50-over format.Tendulkar has 18,426 runs from 463 ODIs while the Indian captain has amassed 8257 runs so far from 189 matches.Kohli, who had a quiet series to his standards before this match, came out with intent and was positive right from the word go.Chasing 206 to win the fifth and final ODI, India lost Shikhar Dhawan in the first over for 4 with the score on 5. He steadied the ship with in-form Ajinkya Rahane and struck a 79-run partnership with the Mumbaikar, before the opener fell for 39 in the 19th over.Kohli continued his seamless batting and reached his fifty off 67 balls with a beautifully timed boundary of the bowling off Ashely Nurse in the 22nd over. The 28-year-old then made sure that the batting doesn’t falter like before and held one end and allowed Dinesh Karthik to settle in before accelerating.advertisementThe Indian captain hit a six off Roston Chase to reach the three-figure mark off 115 balls. He hit 12 fours and two maximums in his innings. He struck an unbeaten partnership of 122 runs for the third wicket with Karthik to finish off the game.Kohli finished as the second-highest run-getter in the series with 244 runs from five matches. Rahane was the highest run-getter with 336 runs.His 115-ball 111 not out helped India clinch the five-match ODI series 3-1.last_img read more

Anthony’s 62 Drives Knicks Past Cats

first_imgNEW YORK – Carmelo Anthony shot his way past Kobe Bryant, Bernard King and Kevin Durant, and he pulled off one more impressive achievement.He brought smiles to the New York Knicks in a miserable season.Anthony scored a career-high 62 points to break the franchise and current Madison Square Garden records, and the Knicks beat the Charlotte Bobcats 125-96 on Jan. 24 to stop a five-game losing streak.Facing daily questions about the Knicks’ miserable present and his own uncertain future, Anthony not only seized an MSG record, but gave the building back some life.And when Anthony threw in a shot from mid-court at the halftime buzzer, Amare Stoudemire laughed hysterically in his suit jacket from the bench, the rest of his teammates standing and roaring.“Just to see everybody smiling once again, that’s what I was more excited to see,” Anthony said. “Guys on the bench smiling, high-fiving, having fun once again, that’s the only thing I care about.”The records were great, too. Anthony made 23 of 35 shots and even added 13 rebounds in the NBA’s highest-scoring performance this season.Anthony had 56 after three quarters, bettering Durant’s previous season high of 54, and stayed in for the first few minutes of the fourth to break King’s Knicks record of 60 set in 1984 and Bryant’s arena record of 61 set five years ago.“I made history tonight, with the performance, but just to be a part of that group of people, like I said, there’s only a small group of people that knows what that zone feels like and tonight I was one of them,” Anthony said.It was easily the highlight of the season for Anthony, on pace to miss the playoffs for the first time in his career and facing frequent questions about his future with the team as he heads into free agency this summer.That was all on hold for one night, the focus simply on Anthony’s amazing scoring.He easily passed his previous career best of 50 points and possibly could’ve even passed 70 or more had the game been close. Instead, he checked out for good after breaking the records when he banked in a short jumper with 7:24 to play.“I’ve seen him score a lot of points, but that was some performance right there,” said J.R. Smith, who was also a teammate of Anthony’s in Denver.Smith noticed a different focus from Anthony before the game, a seriousness replacing the usual laughter. Perhaps some of it was some added pregame motivation after the team watched a video featuring Muhammad Ali, one of Anthony’s favorite athletes.With the Knicks desperately thin in the frontcourt after losing Andrea Bargnani on top of the injuries to Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin, Anthony simply took on more of the scoring load as New York won for the first time on its eight-game homestand after dropping the first three.King, elected to the Hall of Fame last year, said he was proud of Anthony, whom he considers one of the best players in the game.“If anyone was to break my Knicks record that I have held for so long, I’m absolutely delighted that it was Carmelo,” King said through the team’s public relations department.Al Jefferson had 25 points and nine rebounds for the Bobcats, snapping his streak of four straight 20-10 games. Charlotte had won two in a row, holding division leaders Toronto and the Los Angeles Clippers to an average of 93 points.But the Knicks, who had lost to the Bobcats 10 days ago to start their current skid, shot 56 percent. So what happened to Charlotte’s defense? “Melo. Enough said,” Jefferson said.Anthony made 20 of his first 26 shots against what had been a good defensive team, but there was no defense for the zone Anthony was in. “When he’s in one of those zones, ain’t nothing nobody can do about it,” Jefferson added.Last season’s scoring champion had eight points in the first 2½ minutes, went 8 of 10 in the first quarter and had 20 points as the Knicks led 30-21. He skipped his usual break and kept playing deep into the second quarter before finally taking a seat with 4:34 left, shortly after missing an open jumper.He returned with 2½ minutes left to finish the half in style, throwing in a buzzer beater from just inside halfcourt to cap his 15-of-21 half and make it 67-46.Turned out Anthony was just getting started. He made his first five shots in the second half and the Bobcats would eventually grow frustrated, picking up two technical fouls on one play after Anthony’s 3-pointer late in the third.He made both free throws, part of his 10-for-10 showing at the line, and said he tried to check himself out earlier but his teammates wouldn’t allow it.(Brian Mahoney, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

JSW Steel crude steel output grows 8% in August

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 10 (PTI) JSW Steel today said its crude steel output grew 8.3 per cent to 14.48 lakh tonne (LT) during August 2018.The company’s crude steel production was at 13.37 LT in August 2017, it said in a filing to BSE.Last month, the production of flat rolled products was almost flat at 9.81 LT against 9.79 LT in August 2017, it said.The output of long rolled products increased 9.7 per cent to 3.05 LT over 2.78 LT in the same month last year, it said.JSW Steel is a part of the diversified USD 13 billion JSW Group, which has a presence in steel, energy, infrastructure, cement, ventures and sports.It is a leading integrated steel company with an installed steel-making capacity of 18 million tonne per annum (MTPA) in India.The company’s plant at Vijayanagar in Karnataka is the largest single location steel producing facility in the country with a capacity of 12 MTPA. PTI SID SID ANUANUlast_img read more

Ashley Barnes fails to provide twist that Jürgen Klopp wished for

first_imgBurnley Sergio Agüero steers Manchester City towards title with win over Burnley Read more Topics The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Read more Jamie Vardy double seals Leicester victory over 10-man Arsenal Share on Pinterest Manchester City Prior to the match, Ashley Barnes had jokingly suggested Klopp sent him a message, not-so-seriously offering to sign him if he scored. Barnes hardly needs a whisperer when the big assignments come along. Before this one he had scored 10 goals against the current top six since 2014, including one on Monday night when Burnley drew at Chelsea and attracted undue scrutiny for being, to most eyes, what they have been in each of the past three seasons.That is, in layman’s terms, a royal pain in the neck who pack a surprising punch. Barnes personifies all of that and set about his task eagerly. Within 20 minutes Vincent Kompany had presented him with the ball in dangerous territory and clambered all over his back to concede a free-kick. A while later he was bundled unceremoniously over by Raheem Sterling as he barrelled his way towards City’s half. features Liverpool fans, a number of whom had changed their profile picture on social media to a mugshot of Barnes, could never have imagined a Burnley centre-forward would be so meme-able. They would also have been satisfied with the Clarets’ collective effort by the break. As the first half progressed City had become less obliged to run towards their own goal but nothing had clicked and Guardiola, in full pacing mode, looked as strained as their efforts to force a clear opening. Leroy Sané barked at Oleksandr Zinchenko after crossed wires on the left flank; he later snatched at a long-range shot on his wrong foot. It was most un-Citylike; had something, or someone, got into their heads after all?At this point there had been little sign of the “anti-football”, per David Luiz, employed by Burnley and certainly no repeat of the yellow card Tom Heaton had picked up for timewasting at Stamford Bridge. There had not been enough cause to stall things although, amid the spell of City pressure that followed the restart, nobody would have begrudged them a breather. Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn It felt like the kind of frenetic late-season power play that makes or breaks. Heaton saved acrobatically from Sergio Agüero, held on to a header from Aymeric Laporte, parried from Bernardo Silva and watched Barnes escape censure for the ball-to-arm event from which VAR will contrive death by a million slow-mos. “We’ll play how we want,” came the cry from the home fans, with Burnley by now barely able to escape their own box. In truth they will not; not against the kind of storm City whipped up in that 20-minute period. It gave them no choice but to hope for the best and, when Agüero benefited from a clearer-cut form of technology to squeeze them ahead, only Klopp at his most optimistic would have expected a change in fortunes.Dyche’s final trump card was Johan Berg Gudmundsson, the scorer of last season’s late equaliser, but neither he nor the tireless Barnes could ruffle City this time. This week’s plot twist having been avoided, Guardiola and company move on to the next hazard. Next Monday Leicester visit the Etihad and their manager will find himself more popular among his old fanbase than at any point in the past five years. Over to you, Brendan, but the available narratives are fast running out now. Share on Messenger Once bitten, twice shy. All week Manchester City had been warned that Burnley, a banana skin and wrecking ball in one grimly organised package, had it in their gift to ruin everything. They had been held to a draw here 14 months ago, not that it ultimately mattered, and the thought of a repeat was enough to set spines tingling across Merseyside. Yet by the end it was Ilkay Gündogan, rather than a home player, who was shown a yellow card for delaying a set piece and City, as opposed to Jürgen Klopp’s team, who again wrested a level of control they are unlikely to let slip. You might not thrash Burnley here; you might only edge past them by 29.51mm. This, though, felt like a deflating blow to City’s rivals, given the hopes they had invested in the buildup.This cleanest-cut of title races had finally been injected with a shot of mild mischief by Klopp. He had taken the trouble to observe that Turf Moor was not a venue he would wish on his own side in high-stakes circumstances. Keegan versus Ferguson it was not, partly because Pep Guardiola refused to play along, but as a minimum it enhanced the idea that the south Pennines might be the place league-winning dreams go to die.last_img read more

Update: Cammell Laird Strike Averted

first_imgPress Release; September 17, 2014; Image: Cammell Laird Albie McGuigan, GMB Regional Officer, said: ”There were talks on Friday, September 12 with senior management where we were able to negotiate an improved offer to take back to the workforce.There was a mass meeting of the workforce in the yard to discuss the improved offer. This was accepted by a huge majority.The agreement will cover the next three years and will provide the workforce with a guaranteed increase in their pay rates.The pay dispute has been settled and the strike action due next week has been called off.”On September 4, some 560 workers at Cammell Laird shipyard voted overwhelmingly for strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over pay. The ballot result had been conveyed to the company and they were given notice shortly that action short of a strike would begin on Thursday, September 11.Cammell Laird specialises in military ship refit, commercial ship repair, conversions and shipbuilding.One big project in the yard is a refit job on the Royal Navy ship Fort Victoria with a delivery date in December. The company also operates in energy sector in particular the off shore wind industry and in the civil nuclear sector. zoom Cammell Laird ShipyardGMB members at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead  have voted to accept an improved pay offer and have called off the dispute in the yard over pay. The new agreement will cover the next three years and will provide the workforce with a guaranteed increase in their pay rates says GMB.last_img read more

Modis victory tribute to Vajpayee says Puri

first_imgChandigarh: BJP’s candidate for Punjab’s Amritsar Lok Sabha seat Hardeep Singh Puri on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic victory was a tribute to the late Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee and a lesson for the Congress. “The historic victory of Modi ji is a tribute to Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji and a lesson for Congress that when the earth trembles, big trees also fall,” Puri, who unsuccessfully contested the election, said in a tweet. Diplomat-turned-politician Puri faced a tough straight fight in the constituency dominated by the Jat community, and lost by 99,626 votes from his Congress rival Gurjit Aujla.last_img read more

Dhoni Jadeja absorbed pressure nicely anything could have happened Boult

first_imgManchester: New Zealand pace spearhead Trent Boult said Ravindra Jadeja and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s partnership had his team concerned during the semifinal clash here as the two absorbed the pressure nicely to keep India in the hunt. New Zealand reached their second successive World Cup final by defeating India by 18-runs at the Old Trafford on Wednesday. The match lasted two days due to inclement weather. Chasing a modest target of 240, India’s top order was left reeling as Matt Henry and Boult reduced the world’s number one side to 24 for four. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherJadeja (77) and Dhoni’s (50) seventh-wicket partnership put India back in the game but ultimately it was Boult and Henry’s new ball brilliance that proved decisive in the end. “They absorbed the pressure nicely and anything can happen with Dhoni and Jadeja at the crease, so it’s just nice to come out on the right side,” Boult said. The pacer, who claimed the wickets of India skipper Virat Kohli and dangerman Jadeja, said that he enjoyed being part of the ‘mayhem’ his side created with the new ball. “It was mayhem out there with the new ball, it was a dream start for us and great fun to be a part of. “We knew our best balls are good enough for anyone, so it was nice to get the ball moving around and really put the pressure on them,” said Boult. New Zealand will take on either England or Australia in the final at Lord’s on Sunday.last_img read more

Update on NPSS closure expected later this afternoon

first_img“We should have an update by 3:00 today. We have remediation and repair efforts ongoing and things are looking up today, but I don’t want to speak for the folks who are doing the work. We have power and heat restored in the building, and now it’s about making sure things are clean, tidy, and safe.”For more updates, watch this website or visit the School District’s website at FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 will be providing an update at 3:00 p.m. today (Wednesday) on the status of North Peace Secondary School.NPSS has been closed since Tuesday, February 12, due to a burst pipe that had caused damage to an electrical unit in the building.Dave Sloan, School District 60 Superintendent, says they should have an update today at 3:00 p.m. while repair efforts are ongoing.last_img read more

Goodman students offering free tax filing service

Students from Brock University’s Goodman School of Business have partnered with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to provide complimentary tax return services to the local community.Anyone with a modest income and simple tax situation is eligible for the service, which starts on campus next week.The tax clinic is scheduled for March 5 to 9 and 12 to 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Computer Commons Training Room in Scotiabank Hall.The service is free of charge and operates on a first-come, first-served basis. The last client timeslot is 3:30 p.m. each day.Anyone attending the tax clinic should bring government-issued photo identification, along with all relevant tax forms. The service is provided for 2017 tax returns only.Thirty-two Goodman accounting students will volunteer for the clinic after spending the last several weeks receiving specialized training through the CRA’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program.Students benefit from the relevant job experience the opportunity offers, in many cases, building on the experience they have already gained through co-op work terms.Full eligibility requirements are listed on the CRA website. read more

Countryside dwellers  feel left behind due to poor roads no public transport

“However, rural respondents told us that their lived experience is too often and too easily overlooked, and that living in rural areas can make them feel invisible.” Spectacular views from the summit of Hallin Fell in the Lake District “These projects address feelings of isolation in rural areas and foster a sense of community spirit and pride. Many of these projects typically deliver multiple outcomes, such as arts activities contributing to increasing personal confidence, or food projects linking people with the land and with each other.” Volunteers are under “huge pressure” and are “taking responsibility for sustaining the community” in the absence of public services, the report said.In some cases this has meant residents gritting roads themselves, keeping public toilets open and fundraising to keep village halls accessible. “Many respondents to the survey told us that they did not feel as though the public valued rural communities, or understood the challenges faced by living in these areas,” Ms Saunders told The Telegraph. “Respondents also felt as though a lack of joined up thinking on rural issues is because rural areas are ‘invisible’ or ‘off the radar’, their location leading to their specific needs being overlooked.”The research is based on more than 3,000 responses to a public survey that revealed 500 projects designed to combat the sense rejection and loneliness in remote villages.”It is encouraging to hear how communities are taking action to address the challenges they face,” Ms Saunders added. Claire Saunders, director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, told The Telegraph: “Changes are interconnected – the combination of a lack of affordable housing, a deterioration of the state of the roads and a reliance on private transport, and a lack of reliable access to digital and broadband impact on the experience of people living in rural areas.”  Spectacular views from the summit of Hallin Fell in the Lake District Credit:David Forster /Alamy Live News  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Countryside dwellers are made to feel “off the radar” and “left behind” with impassable roads, no public transport and poor broadband fuelling a sense of being cut off and ignored, a report has found.A sense of remoteness, being “forgotten” and “last in the pecking order” has increased dramatically in rural communities in the past decade, according to new research by The Prince’s Contryside Fund and Scotland’s Rural College.It has been caused partly by poor internet access “too slow even for online banking” and a road network so poor it is “not fit to support the rural economy”. In the past 10 years, roads have deteriorated so drastically that “bad weather can trap families for days”, it warned. Combined with a sharp fall in rural public transport this means it is almost impossible to “get around without owning a car”, the report said. For those without a car this fuels isolation and leads to a rise in mental health problems, it warned. read more

Desilting coal fines from process water ponds

first_imgA total turnkey solution to desilt a process water dam at a coal mine in the Middelburg area of Mpumalanga province, South Africa, was all in a day’s work for pump solutions specialists Integrated Pump Rental.According to Integrated Pump Rental managing director Lee Vine, it is not uncommon for factors like high rainfall or an unexpected process fault to cause overfilling of a process dam with silt. In a recent case, a mining customer urgently needed a process dam that had become filled with coal fines to be emptied. The situation raised the risk of an environmental incident which could have potentially interrupted the smooth operation of the coal processing plant.“One of the specific issues with coal fines is that they settle very quickly and create a highly compact layer at the bottom of a pond. This makes it more difficult to create a slurry that can be pumped away,” says Vine. “The SlurryBlaster is our effective hydro mining solution for removing slurry and sediment accumulation on dam walls and inside dams, boasting a capacity of up to 2,800 litres/min with a nominal inlet pressure of 7 bar.”In this case, the coal fines could be blasted into an accumulation point where a slurry pump was then used to transfer high tonnages of the sediment to a location specified by the customer. Integrated Pump Rental also provided the pipelines and fittings that the solution required.“As part of our project assessment, we ascertained that the slurry demonstrated a low pH level of just 3,” he says. “This high acidity meant that we had to deploy our stainless steel range of pumps and equipment to ensure corrosion-resistance.”Vine highlights that the mine was able to take the dam off-line, and that water from another source was used to feed the mine’s process plant while the desilting process was underway.“To conduct the hydro-mining option on this project, we secured an external water source and used two monitoring guns to attack the silt – turning it into a slurry that we could then pump through our own pipeline to the tailings dam,” he says.last_img read more

Australias Cairn Hill magnetite mine contractor JMA getting large mining fleet from

first_imgOn the morning of October 30, China’s XCMG held the delivery ceremony for a large mining equipment fleet arriving into Australia. The ceremony was attended by more than 500 participants, including the executives and employees of XCMG and the customer Jiujiang Mining Australia (JMA). JMA provides mining and exploration services to support Cu-River’s mining operations at the Cairn Hill magnetite mine in South Australia. Those attending included JMA Mine Director Mark Gebhardt and XCMG Chairman & Party Secretary Wang Min. The new fleet will support expansion at Cairn Hill and includes 60 mining units: 300 t hydraulic excavators, 130 t hydraulic excavators and 130 t electric drive dump trucks (model XDE120). These products are worth more than 250 million RMB; and this is the one of the largest deliveries of mining equipment ever made to the export market.Cu-River also recently executed a funding agreement with JMA to assist in securing the required A$800-million financing facility for a mine expansion, in exchange for an offtake agreement over all of the iron ore generated from the expanded operation. Cu-River is upping production at Cairn Hill to 3 Mt/y then up to 15 Mt/y by 2021. Cu-River Mining Australia was founded in 2014 and its founder and sole shareholder is Adelaide-based businessman Yong Gang Shan, who has more than 20 years of mineral processing experience in SE Asia. The company purchased the Cairn Hill Project and associated tenements in 2014. After an extensive A$20 million upgrading of the Cairn Hill project, Cu-River commenced iron ore exports in June 2016 and produced and exported one million tonnes of ore in a little over its first 12 months of operations.XCMG stated: “Facing the high-end market in the world, XCMG focuses on product reliability and safety. It has established the product quality, design, manufacturing and application standards and regulations. To meet the high requirements of Australia mines, XCMG has made more than 30 technical upgrading items and 15 designs customised to the Australia market. By adopting the welding & manufacturing standards in Australia, XCMG products fully meet the Australian mine markets so as to create sustainable values for users.”It adds on strategy and development: “Nowadays, the mining equipment has become the strategic industry of XCMG, whose products, technologies, quality and market share have made breakthroughs. XCMG has established the high-end product lines that include 70-700 t mining hydraulic excavators, 90-360 t mining dumpers, 8-12 t loaders, 300-550 hp leveler, 350-560 hp wheeled bulldozers, thus becoming China’s first company able to develop and manufacture large open-pit mining equipment. As one of the few companies in the world with such ability, XCMG has changed the world’s competition layout.”last_img read more

Mathews The Seanad is like a car with 90day brakes and I

first_imgThe Seanad is kind of like a car, it’s not necessarily the car that is going to bring the country where it needs to go on all matters but it is a car that is there for the safe passage of legislation. It has brakes, 90 day brakes. And I like when I’m in a car that has brakes rather than be in a vehicle that has no brakes.Galway-based senator Fidelma Healy-Eames said she will be canvassing for a No vote on abolition and carrying on from that a yes vote for reform if the Seanad is savedPower to delayHealy-Eames said she he is worried that without the delays that the Seanad has the power to use, the public will have less time to reflect on legislation. She said the time delay the Seanad provides is “critical”.When senator Paul Bradford was asked if we would like to be back in the party fold he said: THE GROUP OF former Fine Gael TDs and senators now known as the Reform Alliance said today they did not have a united decision on the issue of Seanad abolition as they are a “group of individuals”.At a media briefing outside a Dublin city centre hotel they stated that they are “no different than any other party” as other parties also have differing opinions within their parties on the Seanad issue.The group consists of TDs Lucinda Creighton, Billy Timmins, Terence Flanagan, Dennis Naughten and Peter Mathews and senators Paul Bradford and Fidelma Healy-Eames.They stated however that they are unanimous in their agreement that if the Seanad is maintained then it needs to be reformed and should not continue to exist in its present form.Speaking about the upper house, Dublin South TD Mathews said: He added that he was disappointed at the events that led up to his and his colleagues expulsion, stating “the Fine Gael party broke its word to the electorate and us on the issue of abortion”.The group added that, despite speculation, they understood they cannot join the current Dáil Technical Group.Under Dáil Standing Orders, TDs who leave parliamentary parties during the term of the Dáil cannot move to join another grouping, in this case the Technical Group.As a result the TDs are currently prevented from having any speaking rights.Wicklow TD Timmins has put down a motion to amend standing orders but so far the government has said it will not amend the orders to allow for a second technical group.Read: “Our priorities are the country’s priorities” – Reform AllianceRead: Rebels meet today but Peter Mathews insists: ‘There’s no new party. I’m a Fine Gael member’center_img I am a member of Fine Gael. For me there are two political certainties,  number one, I am a member of the Fine Gael party.Number two is that the Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and the Fine Gael whip Paul Kehoe and the Minister for Environment Phil Hogan said we will not be back in the Fine Gael party in the next election. I am working in the here and now.last_img read more

Analysis How did Connacht beat Toulouse

first_imgMarmion is circled above as he begins his own run, but it is Eoin Griffin [whose running line is marked with the arrow] who will actually create the overlap for Connacht.Scrum-half Marmion’s pace is vital to the move, as it allows him to get outside flanker Thierry Dusautoir and pass to Griffin, who has worked hard to get outside his teammate. Ideally, Dusautoir would have been in a decent position to shift off Marmion and deal with the arriving Griffin.However, as you can see below, his No. 8 hasn’t been able to get across quickly enough to allow him to drift out to the next attacker. Tolofua [circled] is struggling to get anywhere near to the action.As soon as Griffin takes the pass from Marmion, Connacht are in a 3-on-2 attacking position and Toulouse are in real, real trouble.That situation is highlighted in the screen grab below, and you can see Tolofua slowing up, aware that play has passed him by. As it turns out, Connacht don’t cleanly convert the overlap and it takes a powerful fend and brilliant offload by Robbie Henshaw to ensure the line-break.More excellent work from Carr and Marmion finishes off the move, but the fact that it had its origins in a strong scrum and intelligent awareness of the defence will have greatly pleased Lam, who puts a premium on the latter in particular.Marmion influenceThe 21-year-old had another excellent performance for Connacht on Sunday, even apart from his try and perfect passing. The example below demonstrates all of his best qualities in one brief snippet. This was the build-up to the penalty that allowed Connacht to go 9-7 up in the 46th minute.There is some excellent handling down the right-hand side from Parks, Griffin and Carr but keep an eye on Marmion’s run after he makes his pass from the ruck in the animation above. The scrum-half is so intelligent in reading the game, allowing him to anticipate where the ball will end up.It’s a vital run as it heaps pressure on Toulouse and they come offside in the middle of the pitch on the next phase, allowing Parks to kick the penalty.Slowing at the rucksWhile Connacht largely fanned out in defence and ensured that they didn’t allow Toulouse to have numbers up in attack, there were several instances of competitiveness at the breakdown. At crucial times in the game, individuals went in for steals or simply to slow Toulouse possession down.That had the effect of giving Connacht an extra second to re-organise their defensive line, meaning they could once again come up off the line aggressively. In the example below, Denis Buckley wins a fantastic penalty to ease the building pressure with under 20 minutes left.The closing stagesAn Irish team has suffered serious heartbreak in recent times when they failed to close out a game in the final minutes against a team who was heavily fancied in the build-up. There was danger of a repeat in Toulouse, but Connacht performed heroics to ensure the win.Toulouse had uninterrupted possession from the 77.10 minute mark until 80.15, when the ball went loose and Connacht recovered it before kicking to touch. During that three minute and five second spell, the home team went through 25 phases, but Connacht were up to the test.Remarkably, Lam’s men maintained their aggressive line speed despite being out on their feet with fatigue. It was interesting to note the encouragement picked up by the pitch-side microphones, providing a stream of technical cues and reminders to the defenders, as well as updates on the amount of time left to play.The ‘before’ and ‘after’ pics below demonstrate just how aggressively Connacht pushed off the line in those closing stages. It would have been easy to sit back, and try to shadow Toulouse across the pitch in a ‘damage limitation’ effort, but Connacht stuck to their tactics and they paid off.In this example, Connacht start defending just in front of the halfway line, but initiate the tackle a full eight metres in front of that. While Toulouse did go on to get over the halfway line, this rush defence added pressure and helped to panic the French side. No one likes running backwards to hit a ruck, and Connacht deserve huge credit for maintaining their line speed.Backing it all upFittingly, it was Connacht legend Michael Swift who stripped the ball from Dusautoir’s grasp to end the onslaught and turn the ball over. Men like himself and John Muldoon deserved this result. This was a remarkable performance by Lam’s side, and will be remembered as one of the great Irish victories in the Heineken Cup.Losing this weekend in the return leg will not make it meaningless, but a win would show that Connacht are making genuine progress under Lam. The players will have enjoyed the unique feeling of creating a sporting shock last weekend, but their focus will be on backing this result up on Saturday.Like rugby? Follow’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Ireland’s John Lacey to referee Six Nations openerMafi will be ‘bouncing’ for return leg against Munster – James Hook CONNACHT’S 16-14 VICTORY over Toulouse on Sunday will rightly be remembered as one of the greatest upsets in European club rugby’s history.Whatever about the declining quality of the French side, this was all about the excellence of Pat Lam’s men. A poor season up until this point was parked and Connacht delivered a top class performance to deservedly beat the four-time Heineken Cup champions.So how exactly was the spectacular result achieved? We’ve taken a look at some of the superb play that helped the western province to earn their greatest ever win.DefenceThe defensive shift Lam’s charges put in on Sunday afternoon beggared belief. Connacht’s figure of 140 tackle completions was bettered only by the Scarlets – who had to deal with the usual long spells of Clermont possession – last weekend.However, the truly striking aspect of Connacht’s defence was the line-speed they used to shut Toulouse down. Countless times, the Irishmen burst up to tackle Guy Novès’ side well behind the gain-line. There were so many examples of this tactic, and we’ve highlighted one of those below.In the shot above, you can see that this early phase of play begins five metres inside Connacht’s half. Obviously a photo does no justice to line speed as in cannot demonstrate motion, but the ‘after’ photo below shows how aggressive Connacht were.Fionn Carr [circled] initiates the tackle a full 15 metres up the pitch from where Connacht started defending. This defensive ploy – of which there were many examples – stifled Toulouse’s attacking play and made it difficult for their big ball carriers to build up a head of steam.Another key element of Connacht’s defensive prowess was their determined kick chase. Dan Parks’ kicking from hand was uncharacteristically loose all afternoon and against a strong counter-attacking team like Toulouse, that normally spells disaster.However, the manner in which his teammates worked to organise themselves on kick chase actually meant that Toulouse had little scope for creating line-breaks when running those ragged kicks back. Such was the extent of Connacht’s inability to find touch, the thought has crossed this writer’s mind that keeping the ball in play was possibly a tactic.Regardless, the work-rate of the Connacht players on kick chase was exemplary and meant that potentially dangerous situations were diffused. Below is one example [the ball is circled] and although the line is not perfectly straight, it demonstrates the organisation and numbers that Lam’s men brought to their kick chase.Key contributionsConnacht had very little territory in the first half – meaning most of the first 40 minutes were played in their defensive half of the pitch. As a result, they needed to be clinical with any chances they did get. That proved to be the case, as Dan Parks scored six point in the first half to help Connacht trail just 7-6 at the break.The first three of those points came about after a loose kick by Parks, but one that was wonderfully chased by his teammates [below]. It’s an excellent low tackle by Dave McSharry and then Fionn Carr and Craig Clarke do superbly to turn the ball over. A phase later, Louis Picamoles comes offside and Connacht go 3-0 up.Minutes later, Connacht were able to stretch their lead to 6-0 thanks to a neat drop-goal by Parks. The build-up featured a vital contribution from wing Matt Healy, who produced a superb chip and then retrieved his own kick.While Connacht’s win was all about a team effort, big wins also require big plays from individual players and this was one of those [below]. Just as Clarke and Carr were decisive in helping Connacht into the lead the first time, Healy was one of the key men in creating the position for Parks’ drop goal.Second half possessionLam’s side did enjoy more of the ball in the second 40 minutes and they used it very well. It may be a bit early to proclaim new skills coach Dave Ellis as having vastly improved the Connacht squad’s ability to pass the ball, but they did look very comfortable in moving the ball wide.That stretching of the Toulouse defence crucially tired Novès’ players and may have made the difference late on as they searched for a winning score.Kieran Marmion’s try was the obvious example of Connacht’s attacking strength in the second half, but it also demonstrated an intelligence from Lam’s men. A midfield scrum on the halfway line is a good attacking chance in any game, but that was accentuated by the circumstances on Sunday.On the 45 minute mark, Novès made the odd decision to bring Christopher Tolofua, a hooker, on at No. 8. As far as we’re aware, the 19-year-old had no previous experience playing anywhere apart from the front row at senior level. Tolofua is a beast of a ball carrier, but he is far from indoctrinated in the basics of back row defence.Connacht immediately recognised that they could expose his lack of defensive awareness. From a scrum in the 48th minute, Marmion burst off to the right, using his pace to get as wide as possible.last_img read more