Bombay HC quashes orders attaching NSEL assets

first_imgMumbai: In a major victory for fintech firm 63 moons, the Bombay High Court on Thursday ruled that the National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL) is not a financial institution and hence notifications for attachment of the company’s assets, including bank accounts and properties, under the MPID Act stand quashed. The court also declined to stay its order as was requested by the Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of Mumbai Police. “We have considered the arguments of the learned senior counsel appearing on both sides and we are of the express view that on exhaustive discussion, we have already concluded that NSEL is not an ‘financial establishment’ within the purview of the Maharashtra Protection of Interests of Depositors (MPID) in Financial Establishments Act, 1999, and in such circumstances, we decline the prayer made by the learned senior counsel (Rafique) Dada,” the order said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn a statement, the company said: “The Bombay High Court has quashed all the notifications issued by the State Government in the year 2016 and 2018 attaching movable and immovable properties of 63 moons under the MPID Act 1999, by observing that NSEL is not a financial establishment since it did not accept any deposits as defined under the MPID Act and resultantly, the petitioner who is a promoter of the said establishment cannot be proceeded under the provisions of MPID Act.” Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAccording to the company, the court noted that despite the forensic audit commissioned by the EOW tracing the entire money trail to the defaulters, the State attached properties of 63 moons which was not legally sustainable. The two-judge bench of Bharati H. Dangre and Ranjit More on Thursday ruled that the Act is not applicable in terms of NSEL as it is not a financial institution. As a result of the order, the assets attached under MPID Act would be released. The company said that it is in the business of developing and selling technology products for facilitating trading on exchanges such as stock and commodity exchanges and claims to have more than 63,000 shareholders and over 800 employees.last_img read more

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Details about sale and use of pot in BC

first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbia has announced details of how marijuana will be sold and regulated in the province once the federal government makes it legal later this year. Here’s a list of proposed regulations:— Pot will be sold in public and private stores, not where liquor or tobacco are sold.— Personal possession of non-medicinal marijuana for people who are at least 19 will be limited to 30 grams.— Marijuana smoking will be allowed in public places where tobacco smoking or vaping is permitted, but not in parks or beaches where children would go.— Adults will be permitted to grow up to four plants per household, but landlords are allowed to prohibit cultivation.— A 90-day driving ban will apply to anyone caught driving while drug-impaired, and the province will increase training for law enforcement officers to recognize impairment.— A registration process will be launched for people applying for a cannabis retail licence, but licences will not be issued without the support of local governments.— The changes are expected to be introduced in the spring legislative session.last_img read more

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Starkey Hearing Foundation to Help New Orleans Hear the Big Game

first_imgStarkey Hearing Foundation will conduct a service mission in New Orleans Saturday, Feb. 2, the day before the professional football championship game.Starkey Hearing Foundation is dedicated to bringing understanding among individuals and communities by providing the gift of hearing. On this mission, the foundation will continue fulfilling its commitment to provide 100,000 hearing aids to people in need annually, and 1 million by 2020, as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).The Foundation’s team of audiologists and staff will fit each of the more than 100 pre-selected recipients—including 12 local musicians—with their own customized, digital hearing device. Hearing is so important to the playing and enjoyment of music, and music is the pulse that drives New Orleans culture, which is why this mission will take place at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in the Musician’s Village.Musicians’ Village is one of the most recognized post-Katrina rebuilding efforts of the New Orleans Area Habitat For Humanity (NOAHH). This project, spearheaded by New Orleans natives Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis, was created as a way to preserve the local music and culture.Celebrity and professional athlete volunteers commonly assist at the Foundation’s missions where they witness the life-changing impact of this cause and support recipients as they are fitted with their new hearing aids. As part of the mission, recipients also receive audio testing, counseling and instruction on how to care for their new devices, all courtesy of Starkey Hearing Foundation.“Music plays a significant role in New Orleans’ heritage and culture and I’m delighted to return to this area to give the gift of hearing once again,” said Bill Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation. “Watching somebody light up as they hear music clearly again is an incredible experience and sharing that moment is something you never forget.”Starkey Hearing Foundation’s New Orleans Mission is one of dozens conducted each year by the Foundation, both domestically and internationally. Hearing missions are the primary way Starkey Hearing Foundation realizes its goal: So the World May Hear. As a CGI member, the Foundation has pledged to fit 1 million hearing aids to individuals in need by the end of this decade.According to Starkey Hearing Foundation, hearing loss is pervasive, affecting 34 million Americans – or one in 10. Yet, with the help of a hearing device, hearing loss can often be corrected in a majority of cases, giving an individual the opportunity to better connect with their family, the community and the world around them.More information about the foundation’s work can be found at Starkey Hearing Foundation’s website, as well as via Starkey Hearing Foundation’s Facebook and Twitter pages.last_img read more

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Province phasing out BC HOME Partnership program

first_imgWhen the program was introduced, the Housing Ministry anticipated that it would provide 42,000 loans over a three-year period. However, as of January 31st, fewer than 3,000 loans had been approved.The Province says that with the cancellation of the program, it will create a new HousingHub within BC Housing, funded in part by winding down the BC HOME program. VICTORIA – The provinceal government has announced that the BC Home Owner Mortgage and Equity Partnership program will come to an end on March 31st because of low participation.The HOME partnership program was introduced by the previous BC Liberal government and allowed first-time home buyers the ability to borrow up to five percent of the purchase price of their new home that would go towards a downpayment. The program issued loans for a term of 25 years, with a five-year interest and payment grace period.The government says that any applications received by March 31st will be considered for approval, and current program recipients will not be affected.last_img read more

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Fort St John wakes up to smoky haze after thunderstorm Wednesday night

first_imgUPDATE: Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds with the Prince George Fire Centre said that a shift in the wind during the overnight hours has caused the smoke from fires burning north of Fort St. John to drift over the city. She said that so far this morning, crews conducting aerial patrols have not noticed any new fires caused by last night’s lightning storm.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The hot and dry weather in the Peace Region on Wednesday resulted in a massive thunderstorm rolling into Fort St. John last night, and has been replaced with a smoky-smelling haze.Shortly before 11:00 p.m., a thunderstorm moved over Fort St. John from the South Peace, which brought brief heavy downpours and a large number of lightning strikes. The North Peace Airport weather station recorded a trace of precipitation before midnight last night.  On Thursday morning, a large smoky-smelling haze was observed over Fort St. John, with other reports via social media of smoky skies near Mile 57 and in the Tower Lake area south of the Peace River. The BC Wildfire Service has not reported any new fires in the Peace Region on its map of fire locations.The high pressure ridge saw the all-time May 23rd temperature record broken in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, and Chetwynd yesterday.last_img read more

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Morocco Advocates Political Solution to Syrian Crisis- FM

Kuwait   –  Morocco advocates an adequate political solution to the Syrian Crisis and spares no effort in bringing humanitarian assistance to Syrian citizens affected by the conflict, Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar said on Tuesday in Kuwait city.Speaking at the third international donors conference for Syria, Mezoaur stressed the need for more humanitarian assistance and called the international community to take into consideration the political and security implications of the conflict.Resolving the crisis requires finding the means and mechanisms to implement the Geneva I document with a view of enabling the Syrian people to lead political transition and preserve their country’s territorial integrity and institutions. On this occasion, Mezouar called for increasing international humanitarian assistance to the growing numbers of Syrians refugees in neighbouring countries.Morocco donated 4 million dollars to relevant UN bodies in support of Syrian refugees in Jordan said Mezouar, noting that a makeshift military hospital has been set up since 2012 in the Zaatari camp in Jordan upon instruction by HM King Mohammed VI. read more

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King Mohammed VI Congratulates Ilyas El Omari on Election as New…

Rabat  –  King Mohammed VI has sent a message of congratulation to Ilyas El Omari on his election as the new secretary general of the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM).In this message, the sovereign extended His sincere congratulations to Mr. El Omari for his election as secretary general of PAM and for the trust placed in him by the party’s national congress.The election of Mr. El Omari to lead the general secretariat of the party “testifies the reputation he enjoys among PAM members, thanks to his political career and his firm commitment for the defense of the principles and values of the party,” the royal message underlines.  “It’s certain, with regard to your human qualities, your competences, your sense of duty and your unswerving commitment to the sacred and constant values of the nation, you will spare no effort to consolidate the party’s position in the national political scene and promote the efficiency of its constitutional duties in supervising citizens”, the royal message added.Ilyas El Omari was unanimously elected, Sunday, Secretary General of the largest opposition party PAM, during the third national congress of the party, held in Bouznika on January 22-24.With MAP read more

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87 Percent of Moroccans Oppose Gender Equality in Inheritance

Rabat – Eight-seven percent of Moroccans oppose gender equality in the division of inheritance, according to the results of a national survey on the United Nations sustainable development goals for the year 2030.The High Commission for Planning’s (HCP) report showed that 70 percent of Moroccan families attribute the inequity between men and women in society to traditional values and patriarchal behaviors, with forty-one percent of citizens saying equality between men and women is a reality in Morocco.The study, carried out between July 1st and August 19th of this year, included the opinions of 14,000 citizens over the age of 18, across 12 regions in order to help the government “understand citizens’ evaluation of dimensions of human development in their daily lives,” the HCP said. The U.N. started a new push to implement its 17 development goals for the next 14 years at the top of 2016. The goals include ensuring every human being has access to a good education, a healthy natural environment and a peaceful and just society.The survey’s results show that 80 percent of Moroccans believe the kingdom can achieve all of the U.N.’s goals by 2030, while 50 percent of respondents said they had taken steps to improve their interactions with the environment in the past five years.Morocco has led the charge in global anti-climate change efforts, as demonstrated in 22nd Convention of the Parties (COP) held in Marrakesh last month. The kingdom is on track to source 52 percent of its energy needs from renewable energy sources by 2030. read more

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UN suggests anticorruption measures for Cambodian genocide court

Assistant-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen has submitted a provisional ethics monitoring mechanism to Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sok An for his consideration, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told the press in New York.Mr. Taksoe-Jensen has met with Mr. Sok An, who is also chair of the Royal Government Task Force on the Khmer Rouge Trials, several times this week regarding the UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).In a statement to the press, Mr. Taksoe-Jensen stressed that for an ethics monitoring system at the ECCC to be credible, the staff should have the freedom to approach the Ethics Monitor of their own choice and put forward complaints without fear of retaliation.“The United Nations will further strengthen its own anti-corruption mechanism within the Court,” added Mr. Taksoe-Jensen.The trial of Kaing Guek Eav, also known as “Duch,” got underway last month, when he was charged by the ECCC in Phnom Penh with crimes including torture and premeditated murder while he was in charge of the renowned S-21 detention camp. The ECCC, established in 2003 under an agreement between the UN and Cambodia, is tasked with trying senior leaders and those most responsible for serious violations of Cambodian and international law committed during the Khmer Rouge rule. It is staffed by a mixture of Cambodian and international employees and judges.Estimates vary, but as many as two million people are thought to have died during the rule of the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979, which was then followed by a protracted period of civil war in the impoverished South-East Asian country. 8 April 2009A senior United Nations legal official today underscored the need to address allegations of corruption surrounding the genocide tribunal in Cambodia, which has begun the first trial of a suspect accused of crimes committed during the notorious Khmer Rouge “killing fields” regime of the late 1970s. read more

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Automotive sector accelerates towards SMMTs 101st Annual Dinner

SMMT President Tony Walker to set out future challenges and opportunities for sector at 101st Annual Dinner.Comedian and actor Bill Bailey joins the event as celebrity guest speaker.Record attendance expected at key event in the automotive calendar.One of the most highly anticipated events in the UK automotive industry calendar, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ (SMMT) Annual Dinner, will celebrate its 101st anniversary on 28 November 2017.More than 1,000 guests from across the sector, government and media will attend the exclusive event at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. SMMT President, Tony Walker, Deputy Managing Director of Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK and Managing Director of Toyota Motor Europe London Office, will make a keynote address at the dinner and is expected to celebrate the industry’s recent successes as well as outline the key issues the sector faces; from Brexit to emissions.The SMMT is one of the largest and most influential trade associations in the UK and represents some 800 companies across the entire automotive sector. In 1902, Frederick Simms, a British engineer, believed the motor industry needed a representative body to provide leadership, protection and direction, and on 22 July 1902, SMMT was created. An annual SMMT lunch became a fixture in the calendar, later changing to a dinner and was postponed only when the country was at war.This year’s Annual Dinner will see award-winning comedian and actor Bill Bailey entertain dinner guests as celebrity guest speaker. Bill has received a British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up and has also starred in the sitcoms Black Books and Spaced, and in the films Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang; Burke and Hare; and Hot Fuzz. Well known for his former role as a team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Bill’s other TV credits include Monster Night and Is It Bill Bailey? as well as numerous spots on Have I Got News For You. He is a frequent guest contributor on QI and various radio panel shows, and presented the nature programme Wild Thing I Love You.Detroit-based MSX International (MSXI) returns as the Annual Dinner’s headline sponsor. Working across 80 countries, including the UK, with more than 6,000 employees, MSXI is a business process outsourcing company providing technology-based services. Together with the Sewells Group, its wholly-owned subsidiary, MSXI is the world’s largest provider of retail solutions to automotive OEMs and their dealers.Other sponsors supporting the event include: Arlington Automotive; Automechanika Birmingham; Auto Trader; Direct Line; GKN; Halfords; Pektron; Snap-on and Toyota.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,The SMMT Annual Dinner is a celebration of the automotive industry, receiving immense support from across the sector and beyond, every year. It’s great to be able to bring the industry together to commend all that has been achieved in the past year and to look to the future of one of the UK’s most successful sectors.At the event, the winner of the Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award will also be announced. Launched in 2009, the award challenges young people aged between 17-25 to create a problem-solving idea or innovation to improve the UK automotive sector. The award offers young innovators the chance to kick-start a career in automotive, with many finalists now working in the industry.To book one of the last remaining places at the 101st SMMT Annual Dinner visit www.smmt.co.uk/events/annualdinner.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Intentionally Fouling DeAndre Jordan Is Futile

In the 17 years since Don Nelson first urged the intentional fouling of Dennis Rodman in an attempt to stop the Chicago Bulls from scoring so many points, fans of NBA teams with big men who struggle at the free-throw line have come to rue the “Hack-A-Shaq” strategy. Proponents of uninterrupted basketball have decried it for ruining the flow of games, yet for teams facing Shaquile O’Neal (52.7 percent career FT shooter), Dwight Howard (57.4 percent), Andre Drummond (40.2 percent) and DeAndre Jordan (42.5 percent), it has remained an oft-used, and seemingly viable, strategy.Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson is one of its most ardent disciples. In 2012, Jackson famously helped Howard set the NBA record for free throw attempts in a game by telling his players to foul Howard repeatedly. Throughout his three years as a head coach, Jackson has done the same against Jordan and Drummond, and he’s carried the hacking strategy into this year’s playoffs. With three minutes left in Game 1 against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Warriors were up 100-97 and hacked Jordan, a 43 percent free-throw shooter this year. Even though Jordan made both free throws, the strategy earned the praise of preeminent basketball minds like Haralabos Voulgaris, a stats-driven basketball forecaster.The basic math of the “Hack-A-DJ” strategy goes like this: If DeAndre Jordan shoots 43 percent from the free-throw line, fouling him yields two shots and 0.86 expected points. Compare that to the Clippers’ average points per possession this season — 1.12 — and it becomes clear that an intentional foul strategy is, on its face, a savvy one.Except it’s not, once you factor in all the things that happen before and after a free throw.1The basketball blog A Screaming Comes Across the Court did a great job of quantifying the offensive rebound value in a post in February. With a big data assist from ESPN’s Stats & Info group on the Clippers’ and Jordan’s performance over the past two seasons, my calculations make clear that Hack-A-DJ is not a clear-cut winning strategy.To stress-test the intentional foul conventional wisdom, I first broke down how many points the Clippers were expected to score on each possession. That number is 1.12 overall, but intentional fouls are usually given on half-court possessions. If a team fouls a player like Jordan who doesn’t have the ball while another player is on a fast break, it’s possible that the second player will still make a layup that counts for two points, and the free throws will then follow. This exact situation played out in a Kings-Clippers game last season, when Chris Paul made a layup as the Kings intentionally fouled Jordan. Once I limited the expected points per possession to half-court possessions only, the number dropped to 1.04.2Of course, every team is less efficient when you strip out fast breaks, the easiest points in basketball. What was a 0.26 point spread between an intentional foul on Jordan and a regular possession is now 0.18. The advantage is still there, but it’s narrower.Intentionally fouling Jordan also helps the Clippers set their defense on the ensuing possession, which lowers the chances their opponent will score. To figure out how much that’s worth to the Clippers, I measured the difference between the points they allow on possessions after they shoot free throws versus the points they allow after non-free-throw offensive possessions. That difference was 0.04 points, in part because an intentional foul against Jordan ensures the Clippers won’t turn the ball over or allow an opponent to make a fast break after a missed field goal attempt. What was a 0.18 spread between intentionally fouling Jordan and letting the Clippers play on is now 0.14.Finally, and most important, Hack-A-DJ is rendered inefficient because the Clippers are so good at rebounding Jordan’s missed free throws. Over the last two seasons, Jordan has missed 165 free throws with possible rebounds, and the Clippers have grabbed 34 of those rebounds, or 21 percent. That is nearly double the NBA rate of roughly 12 percent and four times the Clippers’ 4.8 percent offensive rebound rate on misses by players other than Jordan. While it’s impossible to know why LA shows such a remarkable ability to grab Jordan’s free-throw misses, it may have something to do with the team expecting a miss, and that the way Jordan misses somehow helping the offensive rebounders. Having Blake Griffin on the blocks can’t hurt, either.These rebounds are important because the Clippers are brutally efficient after corralling missed free throws. In 70 such attempts over the past two seasons, LA has scored 1.36 points per possession. It makes sense that teams would be efficient after missed free throws: The ball is already close to the rim, and the defense is likely in scramble mode, leaving perimeter shooters open.When we include the value of the Clippers’ offensive rebounding, the expected value of a Jordan missed free throw is 0.16 points. With his expected 0.86 points per two free throws, sending Jordan to the line actually yields 1.02 expected points for the Clippers. The gap still exists, but it’s inverted: It’s 0.03 more points more effective to let the Clippers play on than to foul Jordan.You can see how we got here in the chart below.While the Clippers’ free-throw rebounding prowess may decline in the postseason, and their incredible post-free-throw rebound efficiency may be a product of a relatively small sample size of possessions, it’s clear that the intentional-foul strategy is not a sure thing.Of course, every team and every poor foul-shooter is going to have their own break-even points. Dwight Howard, for instance, is a 54.7 percent free-throw shooter this year, so the Rockets expect 1.09 points every time he gets two free throw attempts. But that’s without accounting for the other factors in play — and we do know that those factors matter for all teams. The Rockets might rebound Howard’s misses at a different rate from the Clippers, or play worse defense after missed free throws. It’s just a matter of calculating them.For opponents of Jordan and the Clippers, though, the lesson seems clear: Neither strategy is superior to the other. Over the small sample size of two, four, or six free throws shot by Jordan in a given playoff game, the Hack-A-DJ strategy could look brilliant or foolish. But if the intentional-foul strategy isn’t working against the second-worst free throw shooter in the league, then it may not work against anyone. For fans of an uninterrupted game, that would be a welcome shift. read more

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Drawing a spiral test could help detect Parkinsons disease

first_imgDrawing a simple spiral can determine whether or not a person has Parkinson’s disease far enough in advance to stave off brain damage, a study has found.The new diagnostic method, developed by Australian scientists, is the first to be able to spot the disease earlier enough to allow preventative treatment.The automatic programme works by analysing how long it takes volunteers to draw a spiral on a tablet computer, how much pressure they exerted and the characteristics of the lines.Currently, Parkinson’s disease is often diagnosed when a person is already suffering from tremors and rigidity, and by that stage many of their dopamine-producing brain cells have died.The earlier doctors are able to administer treatment, the larger the number neurons they can save, significantly slowing the progress of the disease.Scientists already knew that symptoms that appear early in the disease can interfere with a person’s ability to write or sketch.A spiral is considered a sound test because, unlike writing words, the quality is less likely to be influenced by a patient’s education.However, at present the method requires highly trained experts to interpret the sketches, meaning the tool has not enjoyed widespread use.By contrast, the new tablet programme promises an ease of use meaning it can be operated by any family doctor.“Pushing back the point at which treatment can start is critical because we know that by the time someone starts to experience tremors or rigidity, it may be too late,” said Professor Dinesh Kuman, from RMIT University in Melbourne, who led the study.People with Parkinson’s tend to move their pen’s more slowly when sketching and they also apply less pressure to the page.Published in the journal Frontiers in Neurology, the study claims their new system can automatically detect whether a user has Parkinson’s or not with 93 per cent accuracy.The hardware involves an A3-sized drawing tablet with dotted lines indicating a the shape of the spiral.The pen reads the average downward pressure for each shape and this is combined with the time it takes to complete the spiral.Twenty-seven people in their sixties and seventies with varying severities of Parkinson’s were tested on the system, as well as 28 of comparable age who were not Parkinson’s sufferers. “Our aim was to develop an affordable and automated electronic system for early-stage diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, which could be used easily by a community doctor or nursing staff,” said Poonam Zham, another of the researchers.”The system can automatically provide accurate Parkinson’s diagnosis and could also be used to monitor the effect of treatment on the disease.”He added that the device could be used as part of routine screening for the disease which could take place every few years past middle age.The data from the Australian study will need to be enhanced by use on significantly larger numbers of patients before it is commonly introduced to GP surgeries.Parkinson’s, for which there is currently no cure, is caused by a loss of nerve cells in part of the brain called the substantia nigra, leading to a reduction of the chemical dopamine.Approximately 160,000 people are forecast to be affected by Parkinson’s by 2020. 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.last_img read more

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Mine excavators gain control with FMS and onboard weighing abilities

first_imgA combination of a fleet management system (FMS) and hydraulic on-board weighing technology is set to transform mine excavators into a control centre for increased productivity, according to Position Partners.The Australia-based positioning technology provider has announced a new solution for excavators working on mine sites, which combines the iVolve FMS (pictured) with RDS hydraulic excavator scales. This enables accurate weighing of material onto trucks, according to the company.“For haul trucks already fitted with truck scales, the system acts as a tool to validate and compare truck tonnage. If trucks do not have on-board weighing technology, the excavator is able to store and transmit loading information to the truck, allowing mine managers to consistently and reliably track material movement across the site,” Position Partners says.Andrew Granger, National Manager for Mining at Position Partners, said the combination of iVolve FMS and RDS excavator scales offers mine managers an “exciting productivity tool that maximises an excavator’s capacity by making it the centre of loading operations”.“In consultation with our customers, we identified a need for this solution in the mining industry,” he added. “Having supported a similar solution in construction for some time, we were able to work with our suppliers to create a tailored system that is specifically designed to meet the needs of Australian mine sites.”The iVolve fleet management system focuses on operational efficiency improvements directly related to production, maintenance, guidance and safety. This enables customers to increase productivity, cut costs and minimise risk.The RDS hydraulic excavator scales, meanwhile, give operators accurate bucket weight information at their fingertips, increasing productivity and reducing machine wear.last_img read more

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Oltchim Valcea must win

Oltchim ValceaPeter Kovacswomen handball First round of Women’s Champions League showed that vice-champion of Europe, Romanian, Oltchim Valcea has a problem with a form. Ambitious team from Romania lost first match in a new season of CL in Denmark against Randers 23:27. That was a sign for alarm of  sponsors and President Ioan Gavrilescu, who was concerned about a performance of his team. He gave a sort of ultimatum to Hungarian coach, Peter Kovacs (photo), who will have difficult task to win another five games in group and take first place in front of Randers, Larvik (Norway) and French, Toulon.First round:Toulon – Larvik 28:31Randers – Oltchim 27:23 ← Previous Story Serbian NT coach, Veselin Vukovic: “We can play with all TOP teams in Sweden” Next Story → Nikola Karabatic two months out! read more

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Kingston scores goal on soccer fields upgrade

first_imgThe City of Kingston was chuffed when it secured a grant from the federal government of $2,936,000 to go toward a $3.3 million upgrade of the Kingston Heath Soccer complex located within the Kingston Heath Reserve in Cheltenham.The grant has been made under the federal government’s Community Infrastructure Program.Kingston Council will fund the additional $360,000 cost of the project from its Capital Works Budget. A joint announcement outlining details of the grant and the soccer complex upgrade was issued on Friday by Simon Crean Federal Member for Hotham, and Mark Dreyfus, Federal Member for Isaacs.  The completed facility is expected to be available for use by the community in March 2010. Accepting the Government Grant, Kingston Mayor Arthur Athanasopoulos expressed Council’s gratitude on behalf of all Kingston residents for the opportunity to realize the long held dream of local soccer officials, players and supporters.“This new complex will fulfil the need for a quality regional soccer facility in Kingston and will offer improved opportunities for, and access to, an extended range of related activities and community engagement programs.“It will cater for the needs of both our local and Victoria’s regional soccer clubs, schools and community groups who, I have no doubt, will take advantage of increased access to soccer opportunities at this facility,” he said. “The upgrade of the Kingston Heath Soccer complex will also provide short-term employment opportunities offering approximately 20 full-time jobs during the construction phase,” he said.One of the many features of the Kingston Heath Soccer complex upgrade will be the provision of two new synthetic pitches. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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National Bike To Work Week May 1319

first_imgEveryone is invited to take part in the bike to work week beginning, Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17. The group envisions bike-friendly communities where bicycling is a convenient, routine, safe, and healthy transportation option that contributes to the high quality of life for Kenai Peninsula residents. Mayor Anderson: “Through the month of May the residents of the City of Soldotna and its visitors will experience the joys of bicycling through educational programs, races, community events, charity events, or simply getting out and going for a ride.”  May has been declared as ‘Bike Month’ by the City of Soldotna. Soldotna Mayor Nels Anderson presented the proclamation at the council meeting on Wednesday, April 24. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Monday is the first day of Bike Month, so pump up those flat tires and stretch those winter leg muscles because it is time to ride your bicycle. Kaitlin Vadla with BIK&S: “I just want to thank the city staff, council, and parks department for your spirit of collaboration. I hope to see you at many of those awesome bike month events.”  The proclamation was presented to representatives of BIK&S a community-led advocacy group working to promote safe bike travel within and between the cities of Kenai and Soldotna.last_img read more

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Rockets hit Libyas only working airport

first_imgTravellers arrive at the Mitiga International Airport after its reopening on 7 September 2018, in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. Photo: AFPRockets were fired at the only working airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli overnight, with no reports of casualties or damage, an airport source said early Wednesday.It came within days of Mitiga International Airport’s reopening after it was forced to close for a week because of deadly clashes between rival militias in and around Tripoli.A Libyan Airlines flight was diverted to Misrata airport, some 200 kilometres (120 miles) east of the capital, the source said, adding that preparations were also underway to move planes on the tarmac in Tripoli to Misrata.The airport had reopened on Friday after a ceasefire overseen by the UN was signed between the armed groups waging a bloody conflict mostly in Tripoli’s southern suburbs.The agreement has largely been respected but witnesses reported brief clashes in the south of the capital on Tuesday night.The fighting has killed at least 50 people and wounded 138 others — most of them civilians — since August 27, according to the health ministry.Thousands of families have fled the violence to nearby towns or have had to seek shelter in other districts of Tripoli, authorities have said.During heavy clashes last month, at least three rockets landed in the airport’s vicinity, forcing staff to reroute all flights to Misrata.Tripoli has been at the centre of a battle for influence between armed groups since the fall of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011.Mitiga, a former military airport in the east of the city, was first opened to civil air traffic after the destruction of Tripoli’s international airport in the capital’s south during unrest in 2014.Since then only Libyan airlines have operated in the country, running internal flights and regular connections to a handful of countries, including Tunisia and Turkey.Libyan airlines are banned from European Union airspace for “security reasons”.Separately in the capital, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a suicide attack a day earlier against the headquarters of Libya’s National Oil Corporation which killed two employees.Three attackers died in the assault on the NOC’s offices, IS said in a statement published by the US-based SITE Intelligence Group which tracks extremists.That attack came four months after the headquarters of the country’s electoral commission in the capital was hit by suicide bombers, killing 14 people and also claimed by IS.The jihadist group gained ground in Libya in the chaos following Kadhafi’s ousting and despite being driven in December 2016 from its main fiefdom of Sirte, east of the capital, it continues to carry out deadly attacks.last_img read more

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4 minor girls raped in 3 districts another escapes attempt

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationThree minor girls have reportedly been raped in as many districts — Pabna, Naogaon and Bagerhat — while rape attempt has been made on another minor in Sirajganj, reports UNB.In Pabna, a CNG-run auto-rickshaw driver and his assistant picked a Class-VII girl up on Sunday noon while she was returning home at their Bagholpur village from her sister’s house in Dighalkandi village in Bera upazila.The accused are Jahurul Islam, 26, auto-rickshaw driver and son of Abu Sayeed of Brindiara village, and his assistant Alamin alias Mujib, 24.The victim said the duo took her to a remote place and violated her there one after another.Locals rescued the victim and took her to her house later.Victim’s mother filed a case with Bera police station on Sunday evening, said its officer-in-charge Monirul Islam.In Naogaon, police arrested a young man — Sujon Hasda, 22 — as he allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl from an ethnic minority community on Sunday after abducting her in Dhamoirhat upazila.Officer-in-charge of Dhamoirhat police station Jakirul Islam said the victim went to visit a social forestation project on the bank of the Atrai River at Shimultali with her friends when Sujon picked her up and took her to his house at Gopalpur village of Sapahar upazila.Informed by locals, police rescued the victim around 2:30am on Monday from Sujon’s house and arrested him, he said.The victim’s father said Sujon used to harass the girl.In Bagerhat, a 7th grader was raped by a 52-year-old neighbour, Nizam Uddin, at Baruipara village of Sadar upazila on Saturday afternoon.Victim’s uncle filed a case with Sadar model police station on Sunday night accusing Nizam of rape and his wife and son of assaulting victim’s relatives.Officer-in-charge of Sadar model police station Md Mahtab Uddin said Nizam violated the girl as she was alone at the house on Saturday afternoon.Nizam fled the scene as locals rushed in hearing victim’s screams.On Sunday morning, Nizam’s wife and son physically assaulted victim’s relatives when they went to Nizam’s house seeking justice.In Sirajganj, a young man was arrested on Sunday night for allegedly trying to rape a six-year-old child at Paikosha village of sadar upazila.Victim’s father said Hasem Ali, son of Julkar Hossain of their village, took his daughter and another child to a nearby abandoned room on Friday afternoon luring them of chocolates where he tried to violate the girl.However, locals rushed in as the victim started screaming while Hasem managed to flee, he said.Officer-in-charge of Sadar police station Mohammad Daud said victim’s father filed a case in this regard.last_img read more

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Netflix to Reboot Unsolved Mysteries Docuseries

first_imgStay on target What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies Unsolved Mysteries, the chilling crime docuseries that creeped out fans for decades, is coming back to Netflix.On Friday, Netflix announced in a press release that the docuseries is being revived by its original creators (Cosgrove/Meurer Productions), and the producers of Stranger Things (21 Laps), including Stranger Things’ executive producer, Shawn Levy. Netflix hasn’t disclosed a premiere date for Unsolved Mysteries yet.“Unsolved Mysteries” is coming back to haunt a new generation! The original creators have teamed up with the producers of #StrangerThings for a modern take on the series that will once again look to viewers to help aid investigators in closing the book on long outstanding cases. pic.twitter.com/9DkcynjlhV— See What’s Next (@seewhatsnext) January 18, 2019Netflix said the Unsolved Mysteries reboot will keep its eerie vibe and tell stories from a docuseries perspective. Each episode will highlight one mystery and turn to viewers to help investigators close outstanding cases. The original Unsolved Mysteries ran for 11 seasons and had 260 episodes, however, Netflix is only featuring 12 episodes for the rebooted version.Netflix hasn’t shared any other details on the Unsolved Mysteries reboot, however, you can read more about previous stories on the original series’ website.More on Geek.com:Netflix Allegedly Used Real-Life Train Derailment Footage in ‘Bird Box’ Steve Carell to Lead New Netflix Series Inspired by Trump’s Space ForceNetflix Is Raising Its US Subscription Plan Priceslast_img read more

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Change eating schedule to lose your weight

first_imgSimply changing your eating schedule like taking the last meal of the day by the mid-afternoon can help burn fat and lose weight, suggests new research.The study that tested early time-restricted feeding (eTRF) on humans found that this meal-timing strategy reduced swings in hunger and altered fat and carbohydrate burning patterns, which may help with losing weight.With eTRF, people eat their last meal by the mid-afternoon and do not eat again until breakfast the next morning. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“Eating only during a much smaller window of time than people are typically used to may help with weight loss,” said one of the researchers Courtney Peterson, Associate Professor at University of Alabama at Birmingham in the US.The human body has an internal clock, and many aspects of metabolism are at their optimal functioning in the morning.Therefore, eating in alignment with the body’s circadian clock by eating earlier in the day may positively influence health. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePrevious animal studies showed that early time-restricted feeding helped rodents burn more fat.During the current study, Peterson and her colleagues followed a small group of men and women with excess weight over four days of eating between 8 am and 2 pm, and four days of eating between 8 am and 8 pm.Researchers then tested the impact of the meal timing strategy on calories burned, fat burned and appetite.Participants tried both eating schedules, ate the same number of calories both times and completed all testing under supervision. Researchers found that, although eTRF did not affect how many total calories participants burned, it reduced daily hunger swings and increased fat burning during several hours at night.It also improved metabolic flexibility, which is the body’s ability to switch between burning carbohydrates and burning fats.Whether early time-restricted feeding helps with long-term weight loss or improves other aspects of health is still unknown.last_img read more

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