UST, UP dealt with huge blow as imports Akomo, Ouattara ruled ineligible for UAAP Season 80

first_imgUniversity of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas will likely miss a key cog in their respective UAAP Season 80 campaigns.The UAAP eligibility committee ruled Ibrahim Ouattara and Rob Ricafort of the Fighting Maroons, as well as Steve Akomo of the Growling Tigers ineligible this year after failing to meet the required years of residency.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Saguisag believes that the UAAP Board will come up with a final decision before the start of the tournament on Saturday.“There are points raised and both schools have already elevated the matter to the Board of Trustees, and they will decide on the issue. We’ll just have to wait and see until September 9,” he said. “I hope the matter should be addressed, and it will be addressed. We’ll have a decision soon hopefully, before the opening. For now, it is what it is.” “It’s going to be a huge blow for us if we lose those two,” lamented coach Bo Perasol, as he expects Ouattara and Ricafort to figure on his starting lineup. “I have been preparing the team for more than a year with those two in the fold. And it’s going to greatly affect the team’s competitiveness if they will be deemed ineligible.”UP College of Human Kinetics Dean Ronualdo Dizer also expressed confidence that the decision will be overturned and the Board will allow Ouattara and Ricafort to play this season.“On the UP side, we are very optimistic on this because this has been amended during the time that we were hosting,” he said.The same goes with UST as coach Boy Sablan expects a favorable decision in the coming days.“I’m still very positive that our appeal will be approved. If we’ll follow the rules, that’s very clear there. I don’t know what’s the problem with the Board,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Christian Standhardinger enters 2017 PBA Draft Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “The eligibility committee has already made its initial findings and it was affirmed by the Board of managing directors. So unless its reversed, overturned, or vetoed by the Board of Trustees composed of the presidents, the findings of the ineligibility on those players will officially stand,” said new UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag.The Mali-born Ouattara and the Cameroonian Akomo were set to fortify the frontline for their respective teams, but were deemed ineligible after failing to meet the two-year residency requirement for foreign players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Fil-Am Ricafort, meanwhile, is deemed by the committee to have exceeded the age limit even if he won’t turn 25 until January of next year. The age limit set by the league is 25.But the two schools are not giving their players up without a fight as they already submitted separate appeals to the UAAP Board of Trustees. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Carriage by Air amendment bill gets Rajya Sabha nod

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 2 (PTI) A bill that would enhance compensation for air travellers in case of death, injury, lost baggage or even inordinate delay in flights was passed by the Rajya Sabha today.The Carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill, 2015, was passed by the Upper House with changes. It was cleared by the Lok Sabha in December last year.Since Rajya Sabha has made changes, the revised bill would again go to the Lower House.Once the legislation is implemented, Indian airlines would be required to pay compensation amount that is equivalent to the rates paid by their global counterparts.Piloting the bill in the Rajya Sabha, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said it would bring legislative character to international character with respect to compensation for air passengers.The legislation would allow the government to revise the liability limits of airlines in line with the Montreal Convention, which was acceded to by India in May 2009.Earlier, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi sought Deputy Chairman P J Kuriens permission to move the Bill.Kurien said it was decided that the bill will be passed without discussion.Jairam Ramesh (Cong) demanded that there should be a discussion. CPI (M) members Sitaram Yechury and T K Rangarajan too said there should be discussion on certain clauses.Then the government agreed to the demand. During the discussion, Yechury said the bill should be brought back in amended form so that there is no need to come back to amend it after five years, when the Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) are revised again. He also said there is a need to further discuss the definition and intensity of bodily injury and the compensation before inking the convention.advertisementE M Sudarsana Natchiappan (Cong) said bills where the powers of the legislature are transfered to the executive should be first brought to the notice of the House. (MORE) PTI NAM RNK RAM ZMNlast_img read more

Aim for England: Michael Chopra advices to Dheeraj Singh and Anwar Ali

first_imgThe future of first team to represent the country in a FIFA tournament has been a subject of debate ever since the end of India’s campaign in the U-17 World Cup.While some suggest the All India Football Federation (AIFF) should stick to the core team for couple of years, many in the football fraternity think otherwise.Former England and Sunderland striker Michael Chopra has suggested the AIFF should encourage the youngsters to aim for clubs in England to develop their potential.”What India achieved against Colombia (in the Junior World Cup) was great for them. If you look at the game against USA, the boys were nervous. This was a big competition, first in India. But, result didn’t reflect the performance. Now they need to reach the next stage,” Chopra told Mail Today.Citing examples from the time he used to play for the England U-15 and U-17 teams, Chopra added, “When I was playing England, after the games I would go on and train with Alan Shearer, Kieron Dyer and Michael Owen at times. I think it’s time for them (Indian players) to think what they need to do. They have to fulfill their potential by playing with the best in Europe. It’s their opportunity.”Chopra, who enjoyed his yesteryears of football with Kerala Blasters, particularly heaped praise on goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh and defender Anwar Ali.Photo Credit: Indian Football Team Twitter The 33-year-old feels the AIFF should figure out a way to help the boys train and pursue their career with the foreign clubs, stating a tie up with the European federations could prove helpful.advertisement”I am quite impressed with some of the players. You look at Dheeraj, Ali, even Boris, there are lot of players who have potential. The AIFF can’t let this go waste. What they have done for the players so far is fantastic and now these players can be a force for the senior team. In one or two years, these players will try and push for the senior team. AIFF needs to find the best way for them to progress at the best rate. These Indian boys should go to England, AIFF should try to get a connection with some of the clubs abroad.”If you look at the way England have progressed, the academy system was helpful to build players for the future in 10-15 years time. Look at the England players in the U-17 World Cup, Angel Gomes plays for Manchester United while Jadon Sancho plays for (Borussia) Dortmund, an ex-Manchester City player. These players play with the Pogbas and Agueros every week. I think that’s what these Indian boys need,” he added.last_img read more

I wish to retire at Real Madrid: Sergio Ramos

first_img Next Indo-Asian News Service MadridMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 10:05 IST I wish to retire at Real Madrid: Sergio Ramos. (REUTERS)HIGHLIGHTSSergio Ramos said he wanted to help Real Madrid’s President rebuild the teamRamos has lifted four LaLiga cups with Real Madrid and four Champions League trophiesRamos won the 2010 FIFA World Cup as well as two UEFA Euro titles in 2008 and 2012Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has announced that he is staying at the Spanish club.It was reported that the 33-year-old had an offer from a Chinese club but his current contract ends on June 30, 2021, reports Efe news.”There has been too much speculation about my future and I wanted to reiterate my commitment to the club,” Ramos told the press at the Real Madrid facilities in Valdebebas on Thursday.”I have no intention of leaving the club and wish to retire here,” he added.The first team captain arrived at Real Madrid in the summer of 2005 as the first signing by Florentino Perez after he was elected the club’s president.”The relationship with Florentino is father-son and of course that dynamic can have moments of conflict too,” Ramos said. “But like any relationship, it does have some ups and downs.”He also said that reports in the media had annoyed him and were the reason for him calling the press conference.Rumors about Ramos’ departure had said it was because of money.”We haven’t discussed money and my intention is to talk about this in a frank manner with the president,” he said.”There is an offer from China and if I didn’t feel wanted then it’s an alternative, but at present, my deal is with Real Madrid and my plan is to see out my contract.”There has been too much speculation and I wanted to clear this matter up.”Ramos said he wanted to help rebuild the team with the club’s president.advertisement”My intention is to construct a new Real Madrid with the president and start to look to the future,” he added.”I still have the physical strength to play for the club.” “When the time comes to move on I’ll do so but in a place where I never have to face Real Madrid,” Ramos continued.”It’s important that I feel wanted here at the club by the fans, teammates and of course the president.”He said that the team’s 4-1 defeat to Ajax in the UEFA Champions League this season caused a lot of tension among the squad and fans and added that “it was a time for us to reset things.”Ramos has lifted four LaLiga cups with Real Madrid and four Champions League trophies.At an international level, he won the 2010 FIFA World Cup as well as two UEFA Euro titles in 2008 and 2012.Also Read | Europa League title win may not be enough to keep Maurizio Sarri at ChelseaAlso Read | Inter Milan part company with coach Luciano SpallettiAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Real MadridFollow Sergio RamosFollow Florentino PerezFollow AjaxFollow UEFA Champions LeagueFollow LaLiga cupsFollow 2010 FIFA World CupFollow UEFA EURO I wish to retire at Real Madrid: Sergio RamosReal Madrid defender Sergio Ramos announced that he is staying at the Spanish club after annoying rumors about him leaving the club for money came outadvertisementlast_img read more

RS Discusses Opportunities in Japan

first_imgzoom Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) was the only Russian company to take part at recent SEA JAPAN 2014 exhibition and conference – one of the major exhibitions of the maritime industry.The special focus of the exhibition were the advanced global environment protection technologies including the development of diesel engines with low pollutant emission to the atmosphere, hi-tech energy saving devices and technologies such as air lubrication systems for ship hulls, solar batteries for ships and ecologically clean coatings.RS experts held meetings with a broad range of representatives from the major Japanese marine equipment and service suppliers, YANMAR, DAIHATSU, KOBE STEEL, NIIGATA POWER SYSTEMS to name a few, as well as a number of ship repair yards.During the exhibition, the RS stand was visited by Naoto Nakagawa, a representative of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan. According to him, the high quality of products and services delivered by Japanese companies currently enables them to compete with the enterprises of China and South Korea.As a result, a growing number of orders from Russian shipping companies for equipment and materials of Japanese production is observed. In this connection, Naoto Nakagawa discussed with the RS representatives the opportunities and advantages of setting up a RS Representation in Japan, noting the interest of Japanese companies in the development of business relationship with the Russian classification society both in the sphere of materials and items manufacture survey, and in ship repair. rs-class, April 22, 2014last_img read more

Costa Crociere: Genoa Only Italian Port Fit for …

first_imgzoom “Genoa is the only Italian port in which demolition and recycling activities can start immediately and count on the best possible technologies and environmental safety standards,” Costa Crociere team reaffirmed at the end of the Conferenza dei Servizi meeting held on June 25 in Rome.“Our company wants to honor a precise commitment: to remove the wreck as soon as possible, in total safety and with the highest environmental standards. To reach this objective, we have turned to the best expertise, the most advanced technological solutions, and unprecedented financial resources. In three weeks we will be ready to tow the Concordia from Giglio Island, in a period of time that statistically presents the most favorable weather and sea conditions. Given this timeframe, the only solution is transporting the wreck into a place which is fully equipped for dismantling with the highest environmental standards,” Michael Thamm, Costa Crociere CEO  said.“Up to now, all the technical decisions Costa Crociere has made have proven correct – from the ion and assignment of the removal project to Titan Micoperi, to the parbuckling last September. We believe we deserve the trust of the Italian authorities also for the final phase. The only objective we work for is to close this project in the best possible way.”“The positive opinion expressed by 17 Ministries and public authorities over 19 that were called to give their technical evaluations today at the Conferenza dei Servizi Servizi, reassures us on the validity of Costa Crociere’s choice for the Genoa project,” added Michael Thamm.“The Concordia project remains unchanged and is consistent with the one presented in the Conferenza dei Servizi two years ago, that foresaw the towage to an Italian port equipped with dismantling dry docks and facilities. Piombino is not a valid alternative due to the substantial delays in operations to build port infrastructure. We are confident that the Council of Ministers, that is now called to take a final decision, can positively evaluate the solidity of the Genoa project.”As explained by the Parbuckling Project team, the ion of the project for the demolition and recycling of the wreck presented by the Consortium Saipem/San Giorgio del Porto is the result of the evaluation of all the proposals received by Italian and foreign companies/consortia in the context of the international tender process that was launched in December.The choice of this project is the result of technical considerations on the validity of proposed methodology, reliability and expertise of the companies and of the workforce involved, the certainty and rapidity of outcome, the environmental sustainability of all the working phases, the Parbuckling Project team said.The Concordia wreck removal project is the biggest naval salvage operation in history. Currently more than 350 technicians are working 24/7 to complete sponson installation before the refloating phase.All the 15 starboard sponsons have been installed and now technicians are working on the last 4 sponsons to be positioned on the port side before refloating the wreck and preparing it for towage.The schedule of operations foresees that the refloating can start by the middle of July, with the approval of the Observatory.Press Release, June 26, 2014last_img read more

Danger is serious bail terms upheld for Egyptian accused of terror ties

first_imgTORONTO – Strict release conditions need to continue for an Egyptian man the federal government has long branded as a potentially dangerous terrorist, a Federal Court judge has ruled.In rejecting a request from Mohamed Mahjoub to have most conditions lifted, Judge Henry Brown ruled the terms were necessary to ensure public safety.“No one suggests (he) is currently engaged in activities dangerous to Canadians,” Brown said in his decision. “However, his previous active and material support for terrorists — including Mr. (Osama) bin Laden, al-Qaida and others — are facts that lead me to find that his danger is serious.”Mahjoub, 57, who has steadfastly denied any terror ties, came to Toronto in December 1995 and was granted refugee status almost a year later. However, he was slapped with a national-security certificate and arrested in June 2000, in part based on secret evidence supplied by foreign agencies linked to torture.The federal government has wanted to deport him for years, but he argues he faces a substantial torture risk if sent to Egypt and so he has remained in a limbo that his many efforts have failed to change.Mahjoub was released in 2007 under conditions he found so onerous — among them almost constant surveillance — that he opted to go back to prison. He was released again in 2009 under conditions the courts eased substantially in 2013 and again in July last year.While the Federal Court of Appeal continues to deliberate whether his designation as a terrorist threat is reasonable, Mahjoub wanted all but the most basic conditions imposed on his release lifted given his view that there was “no proven danger” justifying the terms now in effect.Current conditions include surveillance by security agents of his home and outings and reporting every two weeks to Canada Border Services Agency.The government objected. Among other things, it cited his alleged membership in the Egyptian terror group Vanguards of Conquest, and the fact that he once ran a bin Laden farm in Sudan. The government also maintained that Mahjoub lied about his terrorist ties and has refused to denounce violent jihad.Brown sided with the government in upholding the release terms but did clarify some conditions. For one thing, Mahjoub must set his computer to ensure its cache is kept permanently — effectively retaining a digital record of all websites he visits.“Neither manual nor automatic deletions may be made at any time,” Brown ruled.The judge also said Mahjoub is allowed to have and use a cell phone but may not use it to access the internet.The court also rejected his previous requests to visit gun stores, shooting clubs or internet cafes.Overall, Brown ruled, the various restrictions are “proportionate and reasonable” in the circumstances that remain unchanged from a year ago when the terms were last eased.“I wish to emphasize that they also take into account that CSIS no longer considers the applicant a threat to national security,” Brown said. “(But) here remains a need to prevent the applicant from acquiring or reacquiring terrorist contacts; he had them in the past and has not since disavowed them or their aims and objectives.”The Federal Court of Appeal has yet to rule on whether to halt proceedings against Mahjoub. He argued in December the government has violated his rights and that the case against him is so error-riddled that it should be tossed as an abuse.last_img read more

Cong free to field its candidates in all LS seats of UP: Mayawati

first_imgLucknow: BSP chief Mayawati Monday advised the Congress to refrain from spreading confusion by leaving seven Lok Sabha seats for the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh. In a series of tweets, she said the Congress is free to field its candidates in all the 80 parliamentary constituencies of the state. Mayawati made it amply clear that her party will not enter into any alliance with the Congress. She also said that the SP-BSP-RLD alliance is capable enough of defeating the BJP on its own. Also Read – MP woman hangs herself after killing three children The Congress on Sunday said it would leave more than a dozen Lok Sabha seats for other parties, including seven for the SP, BSP and RLD alliance in the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh. Apart from this, the grand old party also said that it will leave two seats for the Apna Dal, and entered into an electoral agreement with the lesser known Jan Adhikar Party. The SP and the BSP had forged an alliance on 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state. As per the deal, the SP will contest 37 Lok Sabha seats in UP and the BSP 38, leaving three for the Ajit Singh-led Rashtriya Lok Dal and two for Sonia Gandhi (Rae Bareli) and Rahul Gandhi (Amethi).last_img read more

Environmental groups to sue Shell over climate change

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Climate activists are planning to deliver a court summons to Shell in a court case aimed at forcing the energy giant to do more to rein in carbon emissions.The summons is being delivered to Shell’s headquarters in The Hague on Friday afternoon.The move comes a year after the Dutch branch of Friends of the Earth sent a letter to Shell’s CEO Ben van Beurden accusing the company of “breaching its legal duty of care” by causing climate damage across the globe.Shell says in a statement that it agrees climate change action is necessary and that the company is “committed to playing our part.”The case follows a groundbreaking ruling by a Hague court in 2015 that ordered the Dutch government to cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.The Associated Press

Joint opposition strongly opposes proposed deal with India

“In 2014, we imported 4,023 million USD worth of goods from India and exported goods worth only 625 million USD to India. After more than 15 years of the FTA, Sri Lanka’s largest export item to India is arecanut. If the FTA with India was working as it should, nobody would object to further expanding economic cooperation with our neighbour Furthermore, we believe that a satisfactory solution to the Indian fishermen’s issue should be found before going on to other bilateral matters,” the opposition said.The opposition called upon the Sri Lankan business community, professionals, and the general public to oppose the “foreignisation” of the Sri Lankan economy by surreptitious means. The joint opposition is also of the view that before any new agreement is entered into, the shortcomings in the existing Free Trade Agreement with India should be ironed out and bureaucratic blocks that Sri Lankan exporters have experienced in India should be eliminated. However the opposition says the present Government seems to be intent on handing over to the Indians what can easily be done by locals. The joint opposition has taken a collective decision to strongly oppose the proposed Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ECTA) with India.A statement by the opposition said that an economic and technical pact with India will make sense if Sri Lanka can obtain from India some technical or economic input which Sri Lanka cannot provide for itself such as for example in the automotive, chemical or pharmaceutical industries. The opposition says it believes that any foreign investments in Sri Lanka should be channelled into areas that Sri Lanka is unable to develop on its own. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Mainline contracting delayed not dead after regulator ruling says Enbridge

CALGARY — Shares in Enbridge Inc. were down Monday morning after the Canada Energy Regulator ordered it to suspend an open season it was holding for service on its Canadian Mainline oil pipeline system.Enbridge says the CER decision Friday after markets closed changes the timing, but it still intends to proceed with signing firm contracts with shippers on the system that moves about 70 per cent of Canada’s crude exports into the United States.The pipeline system’s current operating model, which makes space open to all bidders on a monthly basis, expires in June 2021.The regulator says it shut down the open season after reviewing submissions from more than 30 parties, including complaints from producers Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., Suncor Energy Inc. and Shell Canada Ltd. that the process was unfair. Analysts rate the CER decision as slightly negative for Enbridge because it means the Calgary-based company must now apply to the CER to approve the tolls, terms and conditions of the proposed service change before another open season can proceed.In a report, analysts at Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. say that could mean it will have to settle for lower tolls than it expected.“Friday’s decision by the CER is a departure from the decades of precedent and commercial practice in our industry,” Guy Jarvis, executive vice-president of liquids pipelines for Enbridge, said in a statement published Sunday.“Although the CER decision results in a change to the process of securing commercial support through an open season in advance of the regulatory application, it does not change our plans to respond to the desires of our customers for priority access to Mainline capacity, toll certainty and access to the best markets that contract carriage offers.”Enbridge shares were down $1.28 at $46.50 in early afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 30, 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:ENB)The Canadian Press read more

Block O leader Mr Ohio State rallying the pack for one more

It’s an unusually breezy, cloudy Saturday morning in early September. Tents are lined up in the parking lot of the southwest entrance of Ohio Stadium.It’s the calm before the big storm: the Ohio State football team’s home opener vs. Hawaii.Within hours, the tents are filled with tailgaters covered in scarlet and gray or green and black resembling the team being cheered. Speakers are on, bumping hype music to prepare fans for intense cheering.Among the crowd, opposite the southwest entrance, is 23-year-old red-bowtie-wearing Isaac Oyer, also known as Mr. Ohio State. He acquired the nickname Mr. Ohio State after receiving screen time on national television during the OSU vs. Alabama Sugar Bowl game in January.“People I didn’t even know would message me. The amount of Twitter notifications, text messages and Facebook messages I got from people being like ‘dude you’re all over TV’ was unbelievable,” Oyer said. By 10 a.m on Saturday, Oyer was with his crew of friends joking around before leading his peers into the ‘Shoe for work. His job is more fun than tough. He’s the president of OSU’s Block “O” student section.“I’m in charge of basically the whole organization, making sure everyone is doing their job … and honestly just to make it the best experience we can for our student athletes,” Oyer said.Block “O” is the official student section of OSU athletics. The organization is made up of an executive board and committees for all sports teams.  Being from Springfield, Virginia, and in a brand new element in Columbus, Julia Schwabenbauer, a third-year in business, said Block “O” helped her get accustomed to life at OSU.“I didn’t know a lot of people coming from out of state, but standing in Block “O” I felt super-connected to the school,” Schwabenbauer said. “I became friends with everyone around me. It felt like home.”Becoming the president of Block “O” was unexpected for Oyer. With no family ties to OSU, he didn’t pay attention to Buckeye sports teams, nor did he ever see sports in his future, despite being a three-sport athlete in high school.“I actually wasn’t an Ohio State fan growing up in Columbus. Neither of my parents went to Ohio State. After coming here, I don’t know, Buckeye Nation takes over you,” Oyer said.He said his plan was always to attend OSU to get a degree in engineering so he could follow in his father’s footsteps, but his plan didn’t go accordingly.  “I wasn’t really doing well with my chemical engineering and chemistry classes. I was really struggling. (My) GPA was super low,” Oyer said.   After struggling with his then-major, he did some thinking as to where he’d want to end up later in life.“I never thought sports would be a thing, and even being in Block “O,” heavily involved in Block “O,” I never thought of sports. And then after struggling with engineering for so long and being into sports as I am, it clicked,” he said.Things clicked for Oyer when he realized he should get involved in the sports world. Step one, he said, was to change majors from engineering to classics as a way to have an easier courseload. The next step was to focus on Block “O” and gain experience with internships to get real-world experiences.“I knew a lot of people from the Blue Jackets, like in their front office, from playing hockey when I was like 5 or 6 years old … so I reached out to them and set up a meeting and kind of got me an internship with the Blue Jackets,” Oyer said.Michelle Bucklew, marketing director for Block “O,” said she sees excitement through her friend Oyer.“Obviously he gets a lot of TV time, but if you ever see him on TV, you know he’s excited about Ohio State, his job and what he’s doing,” said Bucklew, a fourth-year in marketing.Though Oyer is always in the frontlines leading the pack to cheer for OSU athletics, Bucklew said he has not yet joined the superfan ranks attained by fans such as “The Big Nut” and “Buck-I-Guy.”“I think he created an image for himself the last year or so, but I don’t know if it’s superfan material,” Bucklew said.All in all, Oyer said things have come full circle from his time as a high-school sophomore aspiring to be a general manager for a sports team to now.“It’s just nice doing something that I love,” he said. Block O president Isaac Oyer, also known by his nickname ‘Mr. Ohio State’, before OSU’s home opener against Hawaii on Sept. 12 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo Editor read more

GE Collision Awareness System running at Lihir

first_imgOn remote Aniolam Island in the New Ireland Province of Papua New Guinea, about 900 km or two hours flight from Port Moresby, Newcrest Mining extracts gold from one of the world’s largest known deposits of the precious metal. Its Lihir mine excavates within the geothermally active caldera of an extinct volcano, yet one of the biggest employee-safety challenges is managing mining-vehicle interactions in the open-pit operations.“Mining fleet interactions, whether that’s vehicle-to-vehicle or vehicle-to-personnel are definitely one of the highest safety risks for us,” says Tony Sprague, group manager of Mining Technology for Newcrest Mining Ltd. “We have many vehicles in operation and with heavy vehicles, ancillary vehicles and light vehicles operating together, it doesn’t take much to have a critical event or a significant potential incident” (SPI).“On all our sites we’ve continued to have these significant potential incident events, year on year, and we decided we want to be proactive and use technology to help us help ourselves,” says Sprague. “Every individual is important to us,” he emphasises, referring to Newcrest’s safety ethos which works towards “zero injury” and promotes the belief that “all injuries are preventable”.In the first rollout of advanced safety technology on a Papua New Guinean mine site, Australian-developed GE Collision Awareness System (CAS) equipment started arriving at Lihir in October.The GPS-based, camera-enabled and detection-proximity system selected by Newcrest will tag all personnel active in the mine’s production area and alert them and the operators of heavy mobile equipment with two-way alarms when they’re in dangerous proximity to one another. Around 1,500 employees and contractors across all shifts at Lihir will be protected.The GE CAS system has been developed over almost two decades by engineers in New South Wales, Australia. Among its features: it ensures high integrity by deploying multiple proximity-detection technologies including GPS, cameras and radio frequency according to site requirements; it is self testing, automatically reporting in real time any failure within the system; it is equipment agnostic — it can be applied to any make of mining equipment; and it provides sophisticated monitoring and back-to-base reporting which, in addition to facilitating safer mining operations, may be analysed for productivity gains and improved maintenance“At the moment it’s an operational-awareness system,” says Sprague, referring to the fact that the Lihir system will flag with both the operators of vehicles and with people on foot, that they are in potentially dangerous proximity to each other. On driver-operated heavy equipment, a proximity alarm will immediately activate a camera covering the area of proximity, and give that view on a touchscreen in the cab, so that the driver can clearly see and respond to the risk. Each heavy vehicle will have cameras positioned to give operators 360o vision of their surroundings as needed.One of the reasons Newcrest chose GE’s Digital Mine technology is that “it’s not far away that the system will provide real collision-avoidance capabilities where the vehicle itself will respond in certain situations,” says Sprague. Evasive action might then include system takeover of the vehicle, applying the brakes and potentially steering around an incident.Craig Hoffman, product manager of GE Collision Avoidance and Geospatial Systems, who has worked in R&D and marketing of the system since 2000, says GE has a clear roadmap to evolve to the abovementioned Level 9 Intervention Controls — an industry goal, and an international standard tabled by the Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table (EMESRT), of which Newcrest is a member. The system being installed at Lihir is currently rated Level 7 Situational Awareness, and already incorporates some Level 8 Advisory Controls capabilities.Says Sprague, “When we were doing our review process for different solutions, we didn’t just land on GE. We started with a group of nine credible solutions and we narrowed the field down. GE’s roadmap to take us to Level 9 is well defined.”And Newcrest already had runs on the board with GE CAS.Last year, the miner began installation of GE CAS at its Telfer mine site, which extracts copper and gold in the East Pilbara region of Western Australia. Newcrest intended, once it had verified the benefits of the system in this smaller deployment (140 vehicles), at a more accessible operation, to continue the technology rollout to Lihir (250 vehicles).But before the Telfer installation was fully bedded down, Newcrest decided, “We were comfortable to the point where we wanted to move on Lihir even earlier than we’d initially planned,” says Sprague. “We’re delving into the reporting data and observing definite safety improvements. Our senior management team has seen that and has sought to accelerate the deployment to our other sites.’”Ensuring effectiveness of safety equipment and procedures is always dependent on the compliance of the workforce. Newcrest’s strong safety culture and genuine care for its employees creates a conducive environment for adopting new approaches. Before the company began implementing CAS at Telfer, Sprague says, “We got on the front foot in terms of communications rollout and socialisation.” The company focused not only on the safety benefits of the system, but also the benefits of increased situational awareness to assist heavy-vehicle drivers.“Unlike most new cars today, haul trucks generally don’t have reversing cameras,” explains Sprague, “so drivers have to back up relying on their mirrors and their experience.” Having greater visibility provided by four robust, wide-view cameras — front, back, left and right — that they can toggle on and off as needed, has been appreciated by heavy-vehicle drivers at Telfer. “It lowers their stress levels and enables them to back up to tip heads and crusher pockets with greater situational awareness,” says Sprague.Wherever Newcrest operates, it strives to provide employment opportunities for local people. At Lihir, around 90% of employees are Papua New Guineans. “Whether we’re in Africa, Indonesia or PNG, we have employees from local villages and towns, and driving a car may be unfamiliar to them,” says Sprague. “We train them to be truck operators or heavy-vehicle operators, but this system provides them with additional tools to improve their situational awareness and visibility of their surroundings.”Newcrest’s technology and innovation team is working on other plans to improve safety and productivity in its worldwide operations. Sprague sees the GE CAS system as “one of the building blocks for where we need to get to”.GE is working in partnership with Newcrest, and with other technology suppliers to enable collaborative solutions. For example, says Sprague, “We’re already taking some of our shovels and dozers and putting in tele-remote capabilities, so the operators will be sitting in a cabin a couple of kilometres away. We can use GE proximity detection to help facilitate safe operation of those vehicles — even though there’s not a person in them we don’t want those pieces of equipment bumping into each other.”And while safety of each open-pit worker is Newcrest’s priority, Sprague says the company is also interested in the potential for data-analysis of historical data using GE CAS. “Another reason we selected this system is the reporting aspects that come with it, with data linked by GPS and by time.” For example, he envisages being able to identify and interrogate the reasons behind recurring maintenance events: “We can delve into the data and ask what’s going on. Do we have issues with our haul-road design, speed limits or site layout?”Newcrest is thinking ahead: safety legislation mandating the application of collision-awareness systems to mines has been enacted in South Africa, but not yet in Australia or in Papua New Guinea. Eventually, Sprague says, such legislation is likely to spread, but, “We just think, why would we wait to be told to do it?”last_img read more

Great Escape veteran who called film absolute rubbish dies aged 101

first_img 22 Comments 28,921 Views WORLD WAR TWO veteran Jack Lyon, one of the last veterans of the famous ‘Great Escape’, has died at the age of 101.The former RAF navigator passed away at his home in Bexhill-on-Sea on Friday, according to the BBC.Lyon was the lookout during the breakout attempt from the Stalag Luft III POW camp in 1944, which was later made into a film starring Steve McQueen in 1963.However, the escape tunnel was uncovered before Lyon had a chance to escape the camp himself, which he said was likely to have saved his life.50 of the 76 prisoners who escaped from the camp were executed on the orders of Adolf Hitler. Mar 12th 2019, 10:20 PM A movie poster for the 1963 film The Great Escape Image: PA Wire/PA Images Image: PA Wire/PA Images Short URL ‘Great Escape’ veteran who called film ‘absolute rubbish’ dies aged 101 The former RAF navigator never managed to escape the camp in events later portrayed in the Steve McQueen film. Share35 Tweet Email1 “Had I got out, I probably wouldn’t be talking to you because my chances of getting home were virtually nil. I was under no illusions about that,” Lyon told the BBC on his 100th birthday in 2017.He also described the Hollywood portrayal of events as “absolute rubbish”, saying “not one American” took part in the escape and that the motorbike used by Steve McQueen in the film “never existed”.RAFBF chief executive Air Vice Marshal David Murray also told BBC that Lyon “belonged to a generation of servicemen” that were sadly being lost as time went on.“His legacy and those of his brave comrades who planned and took part in the audacious Great Escape breakout, are the freedoms we enjoy today,” Murray said.“To truly pay tribute to his memory and all this who have gone before him, we must never forget.” Tuesday 12 Mar 2019, 10:20 PM A movie poster for the 1963 film The Great Escape By Stephen McDermott Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Un procès contre lindustrie du tabac souvre au Canada

first_imgUn procès contre l’industrie du tabac s’ouvre au CanadaDeux millions de fumeurs et ex-fumeurs québécois ont entamé une procédure judiciaire contre les industriels canadiens du tabac. En tout, ce sont 27 milliards de dollars de dommages et intérêts qui sont réclamés au procès qui s’est ouvert hier à Montréal.Cela fait maintenant 13 ans que dure un procès opposant les trois principaux fabricants de tabac canadiens (Imperial Tobacco Canada, filiale de BAT, JTI-Macdonald et Rothmans Benson & Hedges ou RBH) à près de deux millions de fumeurs et ex-fumeurs québécois. Deux recours collectifs québécois ont été présentés : le premier regroupe 90.000 fumeurs et ex-fumeurs québécois victimes de cancers du poumon, de la gorge, du larynx ou d’emphysème. Ils réclament 105.000 dollars (plus de 80.000 euros) par personne. Le second recours réunit lui 1,8 million de fumeurs qui demandent, quant à eux, 10.000 dollars par personne.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’audience qui a débuté hier à Montréal a commencé par la charge d’un des avocats qui, au nom de près de deux millions de fumeurs dépendants, a dénoncé la “duplicité” des cigarettiers. Me Bruce Johnston a ainsi présenté devant la Cour supérieure du Québec trois principaux fabricants de tabac qui avaient sciemment mis sur le marché des “produits nocifs” en avaient caché ou “banalisé” les risques. Me Johnston a mis en cause les “stratégies de marketing” des cigarettiers “véhiculant de fausses informations” sur les produits, les accusant de “ne pas avoir utilisé les parties du tabac comportant un taux de nicotine tellement bas qu’elles auraient pour effet de mettre fin à la dépendance d’une bonne partie de fumeurs”. L’avocat a demandé au juge de voir si les industriels du tabac avaient “conspiré pour maintenir un front commun visant à empêcher que les utilisateurs de leurs produits ne soient informés des dangers inhérents à leur consommation”. De son côté, Me André Lespérance qui plaidait également au nom des victimes de maladies liées au tabac, a dénoncé ce qu’il considère comme la rétention, voire la destruction d’informations scientifiques sur les effets du tabac.Des effets “connus depuis des décennies”  L’avocate défendant Imperial Tobacco Canada, Me Deborah Glendinning, n’a pas du tout été gênée par ces accusations. “Les plaignants n’auront aucune preuve à présenter que mes clients ont fait quelque chose de mauvais”, a-t-elle déclaré. “Fumer est un choix que les gens font pour de multiples raisons et ils doivent en assumer la responsabilité”, a ajouté la juriste. Du côté de RBH, Chris Kodderman, le directeur, souligne que “les effets du tabagisme étaient connus de tous depuis des décennies”.Le 13 mars 2012 à 17:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Joss Whedon Could Direct a Batgirl Movie and More DC Movie News

first_img Ben Affleck’s Batman solo film may be having trouble getting off the ground, but the Gotham City of the DCEU won’t go completely undefended. According to Variety, Joss Whedon is currently in talks to write, direct and produce a movie based around Batgirl. The superhero hasn’t seen the big screen since Joel Schumacher’s infamous Batman and Robin, which is a real shame. Such a great comic book character deserves the chance to be in an equally great movie. It’s hard to think of a writer/director better suited to the task.The project is still in the very early stages, having only originated in the last month. No producers are attached yet, but this could turn out to be a very good move for the DCEU. When Marvel brought Whedon on for two Avengers movies, he also gave feedback on a number of scripts they had in development. That relationship didn’t end too well, but it led to some of the best movies Marvel put out. Having that kind of person on board could be just what the DCEU needs at this point. Of course, it helps that Whedon is known for writing fantastic female-driven superhero movies and TV shows.Hopefully, Warner Bros. will use this movie as an opportunity to finally get the character right. Batgirl doesn’t have the best history when it comes to movies. In Batman and Robin, she was Alfred’s niece rather than Barbara Gordon, and her character was handled so poorly, there wasn’t even the slightest justification for her suiting up. It’s honestly better for all of our collective mental health to forget that movie ever even existed. Her more recent animated films haven’t been much better. The adaptation of The Killing Joke added an unnecessary prologue where she has a crush on Batman. Because hey, why not add some character assassination to an already needlessly cruel story that even the original writer regrets. With Whedon on board, maybe DC can begin making up for all that.Jason Momoa in Justice League. (Photo via Warner Bros.)Another sign that the DCEU is about to get a whole lot better came out of a Cinemacon panel on Wednesday. Aquaman director James Wan showed off some concept art for the movie, reports The Hollywood Reporter. The image that seems to have stuck in the minds of attendees the most featured Aquaman riding into battle. On what? Well, as Wan put it, he wanted it to look like an outer space battle, but with ships that didn’t look right.“It’s not until the ships get so close that you realize that’s not a spaceship. That’s a human riding a shark!”Brilliant. The movie hasn’t even started filming yet, and already I’m on board. That should just be the subtitle of the movie. Aquaman: A Human Riding a Shark! Tell me you wouldn’t see that movie opening day. THR reports the concept art reel also contained a look at the movie’s villain, Black Manta, as well as plenty of underwater battles. That’s nice and all, but who cares? This movie has a human riding a shark!While Wan had to appear via video, Jason Momoa made an appearance onstage at the convention. In addition to introducing the Aquaman concept art, he talked a little bit about the upcoming Justice League movie. He called it “the greatest movie ever made.” Well, the jury is out on that until the rest of us can see it, but I certainly hope it is. Especially given a recent report about its length.According to the film’s IMDB page, Justice League will clock in at about 170 minutes long. Just shy of three hours. That’s a lot of movie. For those keeping score, that’s 20 minutes longer than Batman v. Superman. Even as someone who loves superhero movies, that might be a bit too much. To be fair, The Dark Knight Rises was almost as long and still turned out pretty good. Zack Snyder isn’t Christopher Nolan, but who knows? Maybe Jason Momoa is right, and this will be the greatest movie ever made. Anything’s possible, right? Stay on target Batman Loses a Dad Again, Another Ben Affleck Update & More DC Movie NewsSecret Aquaman Role, Wonder Woman’s Throwback Photo, & More DC Movie News last_img read more

All Quiet on the Martian Front in Doctor Who

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target This article contains spoilers for “Empress of Mars,” episode nine of Doctor Who season 10.The last thing I’m going to do is take sides. But I am still waiting for the shock and awe Steven Moffat promised during this, his final season of Doctor Who.“Empress of Mars” is yet another filler episode—a dramatic “Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs story of derring-do,” as writer Mark Gatiss described, to pad out the three-part Monk trilogy and give audiences a rest before the real action begins.“I suppose it’s quite close to the finale, so it’s probably a bit of a more straightforward adventure before it all kicks off again,” Gatiss told Den of Geek this week.The Doctor, probably showing off to his companions, takes Bill and Nardole on an unauthorized field trip to NASA. But their break-in is cut short when ground control discovers a bizarre bit of space graffiti under the ice caps of Mars.Suddenly, it’s off to the red planet circa 1881 to investigate.Quickly separated, Bill meets a mustachioed British Army sergeant, the Doctor encounters an Ice Warrior named Friday (a reference to Robinson Crusoe), and Nardole unintentionally takes off with the TARDIS.The colonel, it turns out, found Friday’s crashed spaceship on Earth, and agreed to help the jolly green giant repair his vessel and return home—in exchange for riches mined from Mars.“He promised us gemstones, you see, silver, gold. Treasure beyond our wildest dreams,” the soldiers explain over a cuppa.Bill (Pearl Mackie) and the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) meet Friday (via BBC)But, there was nothing there, according to Captain Catchlove (Ferdinand Kingsley).“Mars is dead. Dead as a coffin nail,” Colonel Godsacre (Anthony Calf) adds, informing his guests that Friday is the “last of his kind”—an ancient reptilian race that built themselves biomechanical armor for protection.Or is he?Of course not. What kind of caper do you think this is?The tale takes a turn for the vert when the British soldiers uncover the tomb of an Ice Queen. Coated in gold and shimmering with bling, the coffin (as the Doctor warned) is more than a simple sarcophagus. It is part of a complex hibernation system—the entrance to an Ice Warrior hive.Awoken after 5,000 years by the greed of mankind, her majesty Iraxxa (Adele Lynch)—all dreadlocks, cape, and curves—takes on an army of “noisy males.”As both sides fight to survive, Bill finally understands that the Doctor isn’t always in it for the humans.Captain Catchlove (Ferdinand Kingsley) gets power hungry (via BBC)“In this scenario, the humans are the invaders. On the other hand, the Ice Warriors have vastly superior armaments which will wipe the humans out,” the Time Lord tells his friend. “So what am I supposed to to?”Introduced in 1967, the reptilian humanoid race appeared alongside the Second and Third Doctors in the classic serials “The Ice Warriors” (1967), “The Seeds of Death” (1969), “The Curse of Peladon” (1972), and “The Monster of Peladon” (1974).They returned in 2013’s “Cold War,” also penned by Gatiss: The Eleventh Doctor and Clara Oswald meet escaped Ice Warrior Grand Marshal Skaldak on a Russian submarine in 1983.To his credit, Gatiss has a remarkable way of fleshing out supporting characters—from the Colonel haunted by his treason to the fiercely nationalistic Captain whose selfishness endures until his last breath. And good on him writing one of the only empowered female villains this show has seen since David Tennant piloted the TARDIS.The one-off episode is resolved with a simple choice—”the oldest one in the book”: Live together or die together.The Doctor, Bill, and Colonel Godsacre are imprisoned (via BBC)Things aren’t so simple for Team TARDIS, though: Nardole returns to Mars just in time for the Doctor and Bill, exhausted after saving the world again, to hitch a ride home. But their troupe has turned from a trio to a qualifying bobsled squad—now that Missy’s boarded the flight.Whether the mischievous Master has really changed her ways or is playing the long con remains unclear. Much like Gatiss’s future with Doctor Who.“I’ve no idea if it’s my last one,” he told Den of Geek about this week’s episode. “But if it were I’d be very happy to have worked on the show which I’ve loved for so long and to have written for four Doctors over 12 years.”Showrunner Moffat and stars Peter Capaldi and Michelle Gomez have already announced their departure following the 2017 Christmas special. But Gatiss remains mum on his plans to continue writing for the show under new boss Chris Chibnall’s reign.“It’s been amazing. It’s still a privilege and still a pinch-me kind of thing,” he said. “It’s remarkable. I never thought it would come back, I tried to keep a torch alight, but I really didn’t think so. It’s still amazing to me that it’s come back the way it has and been so wonderfully successful, so if this is the end then I’ll be perfectly content.”Missed episode eight of Doctor Who? Check out our recap of “The Lie of the Land.”last_img read more

Alaska Ombudsman finds state at fault in prisoner cases

first_imgThe Alaska Ombudsman says the Department of Corrections mishandled cases involving prisoners in Palmer and Anchorage.KTUU-TV reports that Ombudsman Linda Lord-Jenkins found the department at fault in a report released Friday.The report substantiated complaints from seven inmates at the Palmer Correctional Center who say they were punished for plotting an escape based only on accusations from a confidential informant.Lord-Jenkins wrote that the informant had a questionable disciplinary record and that there’s no evidence that the accused inmates even knew each other. One was a 70-year-old man who now has trouble walking.The report also found that a federal inmate was held in solitary confinement at the Anchorage Correctional Center for two years without being told the reason.Lord-Jenkins called the incident “alarming.”last_img read more