Hindu outfit hounds Gujjar family

first_imgA Gujjar family, which helped in the burial of the eight-year-old rape victim of Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, has lodged a complaint alleging harassment from the Hindu Ekta Manch. Muhammad Rafi from Kathua’s Kootha village said in his complaint: “My way was blocked by a group of agitators and foul language was used around 2 p.m. on April 13. They even threatened me and my family of dire consequences.” Talib Hussian, a lawyer activist, seeking justice for the Kathua rape victim, said, “The Hindu Ekta Manch is leaving no stone unturned to make sure that the Muslim nomads are intimidated and forced to give up their land.”last_img read more


Yeddyurappa resignation: Truth can never be defeated, says Tejashwi Yadav

first_imgRashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav on May 19 said truth can never be defeated and it will always defeat “a lie or liar”, after B.S. Yeddyurappa quit as Karnataka Chief Minister without facing the floor test in the State Assembly. “Truth can never be defeated! Truth will always defeat a lie or liar! #KarnatakaFloorTest,” Mr. Tejashwi Yadav tweeted.Mr. Tejashwi Yadav, the younger son of RJD president Lalu Prasad, had led a delegation of the RJD, the Congress, the CPI(M-L) and HAM leaders to Bihar Governor Satya Pal Mallik on May 18 to stake claim to form government in the State on the lines of Karnataka, where the single-largest party, the BJP, was invited to form the government, even though it fell short of a majority in the recently-concluded Assembly polls. The RJD is the single-largest party in the 243-member Bihar Assembly with 80 MLAs. It is in alliance with the Congress in Bihar after the disintegration of the Grand Alliance ministry, headed by Nitish Kumar, in July last year. PTI SNS RC RC 05191753last_img read more


‘Time to prove yourself’

first_imgRobredo: 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 View comments The country finished seventh in its last AWCC stint and a win in their next game would give the Filipinos the same ranking.“Now this is time to prove yourself. We still have one more game. You should not lose to Vietnam. I don’t want to go home without a win,” Vicente told his players after dropping a close match to Iran’s Sarmayeh Bank on Tuesday, 25-23, 25-17, 29-27.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Philippine club, whose core will form the national team, is expected to play Vietin Bank of Vietnam on Wednesday. It has dropped all five games so far including one against the Vietnamese club (25-21, 17-25, 25-20, 25-14) in the group stage.Gametime is 11:30 a.m. Manila time. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast UST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan—Let’s not go home without a win.Rebisco-PSL Manila head coach Francis Vicente urged his players to win the team’s last game at all cost and at least match the Philippines’ best finish in the Asian Women’s Club Championship (AWCC).ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV The Philippines has been playing strongly the past two games here but has generally lacked the ability to finish off sets. That weakness was highlighted in the loss to the Iranian side, where the Filipinos could have notched two set wins.“Those two sets, those were ours to lose,” said Vicente. “But then again, these are experiences we have to gain playing in international level. There are plenty more things we need to work on.”Rebisco-PSL Manila’s all-heart brand of play earned it a share of fans at Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace, but it has done little in satisfying Vicente.“Yes you have the fighting heart, but we need more,” added Vicente.Jaja Santiago, a spectacularly agile 6-foot-5 spiker, accounted for 14 points for the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Ceres XI hopes to weave home magiclast_img read more


Audi RS7 Performance first drive review

first_imgDrive Select reads Dynamic. Traction control is off, I’ve decided to take manual control of the gearbox too. I’ve got my left foot on the brake, my other on the throttle, with the engine holding revs at 2,000rpm. The tension is palpable. The last time I tried this in the base RS7, the non-Performance model, I couldn’t give the car gears as quick as it was giving me revs. I looked like an amateur, bouncing off the limiter.Performance:This time I’m playing it smart. Before I let go of the brakes, the fingers on my right hand are already tensed around the back of the paddles, ready to select second. I take my foot off the stop pedal. There’s an instant of hesitation. Then it all breaks loose. Nothing, I repeat, nothing can prepare you for how this car fights physics.These RS models remain the last few in the lineup that havent been brought into new-gen Audi territory, with the Virtual Cockpit. Performance variant adds a handy drive mode select on the wheel. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)I barely processed short shifting into second. Audi claims you’ll be at 100kmph before 3.7 seconds are over. The car felt way quicker than that, asking for third just as the needle swept past 100kmph and onwards to 140kmph like air resistance was mere theory in a textbook.Keep an eye on the rev needle in manual, it gets away from you. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)Engine:The base RS7 has 560bhp and 700Nm torque and launching it in manual had me hitting the limiter even in third. With this Performance variant, that brutality feels softened but it’s even quicker. That’s been achieved through modified exhaust valves and optimised internal turbo geometries to find an additional 45bhp and 50Nm of torque available on over boost for short bursts of acceleration. Like, overtaking a speeding bullet. It’s not a noticeable difference but the Performance variant is said to be 0.2 seconds quicker to 100kmph and 1 second quicker to 200kmph than the base car.advertisementFunny, the way the exhaust barks on start-up can make bystanders jump. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)The eight speed torque converter sourced from ZF does a great job hiding any signs of turbo lag. Stepping on the pedal in any gear drops the engine back into boost territory, with peak coming in from as low as 1,750rpm. Leaving it in manual is the only time you’ll recognise hints of lag, with the over boost kicking in at 2,500rpm seeming like the boost step. The only downside of the torque converter transmission is the lack of launch control but I guess this saves the gearbox to a substantial extent.Audi MMI seems simplistic compared to todays systems but works agreeably. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)Suspension:Cornering grip comes courtesy the Quattro all-wheel drive system and massive 275/30 Continental SportContacts on 21-inch wheels. Breaking traction requires real perseverance and even then the electronics kick in and right the scariest of situations. The steering actually plays a major role here, hiding a lot of what the tyres are actually up to. So while the car turns exactly when and where you want it to, judging the limit of adhesion becomes a dicey game.Motor takes to software manipulation really well, 750+ bhp is just a tune away. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)Surprising is the tight turning radius, which again points to how city-friendly this supercar is. Further accentuated by the absolutely magic air suspension, that can raise or lower the car by as much as 20mm depending on which drive mode you’re in. Nothing but the absolute worst stretches of tarmac filtered through the cabin, though sharp bumps will catch it out.Frameless doors never cease to fascinate. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)Interiors:Given the rate at which this car can literally consume roads, I really can’t think of a fault with it. The interiors feel quality and very, very special though the treatment is last-gen Audi. The notchback style boot also means packing for a cross-country trip is a cinch, then only limited by the fear of damaging those massive rims.With sunroof open, wind noise in cabin is bearable even past 100kmph. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)Verdict:Apart from the extra horses in the Performance variant, you also get options as standard, compared to the base car – the air suspension, sports exhaust and killer-looking if maybe fragile 21-inch wheels. The air suspension especially is well worth having.You’ll need every last drop of petrol in the 75 litre tank because this car just makes you want to drive on and on. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)In fact, it strengthens the whole appeal of the RS7 – a supercar that you can drive everywhere in comfort. You’ll need every last drop of petrol in the 75 litre tank because this car just makes you want to drive on and on.advertisementlast_img read more



Australian teams named for the 2014 Trans Tasman Series

first_imgTouch Football Australia is pleased to announce the Australian Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open teams that will play New Zealand in the 2014 Trans Tasman Series from Friday, 25 April until Sunday, 27 April at the Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex in Mudgee, New South Wales. Nine players will debut for Australia in the Series, with several players also returning to the teams after a few years away. The Australian teams will be looking to win back the prestigious Trans Tasman trophy following their loss to New Zealand in the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series, with the Women’s team the only side of the three to claim their division. Last time the teams played in Mudgee at the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, Australia were 3-0 series winners. The 2014 Trans Tasman Series is the last time the Australian and New Zealand teams will meet before the 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup in Coffs Harbour in April/May next year. TFA wishes to congratulate the following players who have been named in the Australian teams for the 2014 Trans Tasman Series. Australian Men’s Open TeamWillie BishopStuart BriertySam BrisbyScott BuckleyDrumayne Dayberg-MuirTerry DeeganNick GoodTim GoodDylan HennesseyBen MoylanRob NakhlaPete NormanJonathan PalauMatt ProwseSteve RobertsMatt TopeAustralian Women’s Open TeamNicole BeckKristin BossElizabeth CampbellDanielle DavisSamantha HopkinJessica McCallSarah PeattieLeah PercyKirsty QuinceAshleigh QuinlanPeta RogersonCatherine SargentSarah SpacieClaire TandekMarikki WategoLouise WinchesterAustralian Mixed Open TeamScott BundySimon LangMichael LawJustin MitchellCameron NichollsSebastian ReyMichael SinghDean SpringfieldDylan ThompsonTrent ToumaKristy BrennanKylie HilderPatricia MichaelopoulosElin MortimerLaura PeattieSamantha RodgersRelated Files2014_australian_teams_announcement-pdfRelated LinksAussie teams announcedlast_img read more


Alphonso Davies’s Bayern shirt number revealed

first_imgBayern Munich have confirmed that Alphonso Davies will wear the No.19 shirt for the Bundesliga giants following his move from Vancouver Whitecaps.The 18-year-old is considered one of the brightest talents in football, with Bayern having agreed to sign him back in July 2018 for $13.5 million (€11.5m/£10m) – the highest fee ever paid for a Major League Soccer player.Davies was allowed to finish the MLS season with Vancouver – who ended the campaign in eighth in the Western Conference, with the Canadian teenager scoring twice in his final game against Portland Timbers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And having now officially joined up with Bayern, Davies has been included as part of the 29-man squad that will travel to Doha for the club’s annual winter training camp.Indeed, head coach Niko Kovac confirmed back in October that, despite Davies’s inexperience at the top level, he would be considered a first-team player.He told reporters: “If you spend so much money on a young player, you will not park him in the second team.”In announcing the squad that heads to Qatar on January 4, Bayern also revealed that Davies will wear the No.19 shirt for his new club.He follows the likes of Sebastian Rudy, Mario Gotze, Alexander Baumjohann, Jan Schlaudraff, Julio dos Santos and Carsten Jancker in inheriting the squad number.Our squad for the training camp in Doha 🔴⚪#FCBayern #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/sMrKvaBmoU— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) 3 January 2019Bayern will spend six days in Doha although will not play a friendly match, as has been the case in the past.Speaking about the trip, and what he aimed to get out of it, Kovac told the club’s official website: “We want to fine-tune a lot of things in Doha, including fitness and technical-tactical elements.”And we have to begin preparing for our first opponent so we can get off to a good start at Hoffenheim.”The lads got a little programme for the days after new year so they weren’t starting from scratch in Doha. It means they’ve already had some sort of workload.”Bayern face Hoffenheim on January 18 as they aim to claw their way back into the Bundesliga title race.Kovac’s side trail Dortmund by six points – the first time in eight years that they’ve not been leading the standings going into the winter break in Germany.last_img read more


Sevilla hold talks over Morata loan deal

first_imgSevilla have held preliminary talks with the agent of Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata as they look to sign the Spain international on loan until the end of the season.Goal  understands that Morata’s representative, Juanma Lopez, met with the Liga club recently in a bid to earn his client a move back to his homeland.Sevilla are willing to pay the entirety of Morata’s £140,000-a-week wages to bring him to Andalusia as they aim to continue their unlikely title bid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Pablo Machin’s side currently sit third in the Liga table, seven points behind leaders Barcelona, and remain in contention to win a fourth Europa League title in six seasons.Chelsea are unwilling to let him leave Stamford Bridge unless they can secure a replacement themselves during the January window.Morata signed for the Blues from Real Madrid in a deal worth an initial £58 million in the summer of 2017, but the 25-year-old has struggled for consistency in front of goal.In total he has scored 24 goals in 72 appearances for the west London outfit – nine of those goals coming this season – with his place in Maurizio Sarri’s side far from assured.Eden Hazard has been prefered to him in recent weeks as Sarri introduced a false nine into his formation while Olivier Giroud has also provided competition for Morata over the last 12 months.Morata Fabregas ChelseaAnd his lack of celebration after scoring two goals against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on Saturday has seen some suggest he would rather be anywhere else than Chelsea.”I don’t know [if he is happy],” Sarri said on Tuesday ahead of his side’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Tottenham. “I hope so but I don’t know.”It is more important to score than celebrate. He scored two goals in the last match, in the season he has nine.”In his best season at Madrid he scored 20 goals, so he will be able to have a very good second part of the season and he will try to reach his best.”Quite where Morata would fit into the pecking order at Sevilla is unknown, with Wissam Ben Yedder and Andre Silva having netted 24 goals between them in all competitions this season.The latter’s form, however, has dropped off in recent weeks after a fast start following his loan arrival from AC Milan, and with Luis Muriel having left for Fiorentina already in the winter window, Morata could yet earn a starting berth should he move to the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.Chelsea’s search for a replacement will not see them resurrect their interest in Milan’s Gonzalo Higuain, with the Blues deciding against pursuing the deal after it was deemed too complicated by the club’s hierarchy.Bournemouth’s top scorer Callum Wilson is an option , though the Cherries are understood to be standing firm in not selling the England international.And with more than three weeks of the window still left and a number of possibilities still to emerge, Morata could yet be made to wait before finding out his fate over the next month.Additional reporting by Paco Rico and Romeo Agresti.last_img read more


Wartsila Unveils An Oceanic Awakening Initiative at SMM

first_imgFinnish marine technology company Wärtsilä Corporation wants to connect 20 of the most influential marine cities into an efficient, ecologically sound and digitally connected network by 2020.The network, to be launched under the company’s An Oceanic Awakening initiative, aims to radically transform the world’s marine and energy industry.Wärtsilä said that it has invited key ecosystem players from the world’s most strategically important marine cities to converge via the newly established SEA20 forum.First cities to support the idea of promoting sustainable marine through comprehensive co-operation are Rotterdam, Hamburg and Helsinki.Speaking at the SMM press conference, Marco Ryan, Chief Digital Officer & Executive Vice President, Wärtsilä, said the network will “support the adoption and deployment of best practices, embrace digitalisation and legislate new environmentally friendlier, sustainable and smarter ways of doing business across our oceans.”                                                                                      Images by WMNA creative session held last month in Hamburg, brought together 18 experts from New York, Singapore, Helsinki, Rotterdam and Hamburg. During two days of participatory design, the meeting produced a series of visions explaining how they felt cities of the future could better engage with the ocean.These included cutting-edge transport provision along urban coastline, the introduction of marine-centric innovation hubs and the positioning of off-shore smart ports to inspire politicians and the global marine sector to address problems caused by rapid urban growth.A selection of illustrations based on these ideas were on display at SMM, along with a film capturing the spirit of the movement.“We simply cannot afford to wait for the marine and energy industries to evolve at their own pace,” said Wärtsilä’s President & CEO Jaakko Eskola.“The calls for greater efficiency, sustainability, and connectivity are simply too strong to be ignored. Rapid acceleration to benefit the entire sector, as well as society at large, is urgently required, and ‘An Oceanic Awakening’ is our wake-up call to everyone, heralding the beginning of our journey to making the future of shipping and energy a reality.”last_img read more


Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index is up 3.64 points to 15,178.45.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 11.82 points to 21,649.56.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 2.19 points to 2,461.46.The Nasdaq composite index climbed 5.79 points to 6,318.25.The Canadian dollar was trading at 78.82 cents US, down from Friday’s average price of 78.91 cents US.


Former Navy spokesman DKP Dassanayake further remanded

Former Navy spokesman D K P Dassanayake was further remanded today over the disappearance of eleven youth.Dassanayake and five others were ordered to be remanded till January 2nd by the Fort Magistrate’s court. Dassanayake has been in remand after being arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) over the disappearance of 11 youth.The youth had been reported missing between 2008 and 2009. (Colombo Gazette)


Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Yes we cannabis?Analysts and investors are waiting to see if cannabis companies, including Tilray Inc., which reports its financial second-quarter results on Tuesday and Canopy Growth Corp., which reports Wednesday, will reward shareholders with a profit, or at least a path to profitability.Latest from MetroMetro Inc. will release its third-quarter financial results and hold a conference call to discuss the results with analysts on Wednesday. The grocer reported strong food sales in the second quarter amid higher prices for fresh fruit and vegetables, though the company expected produce costs to moderate close to summer.Freshii earningsFreshii Inc. will hold a conference call with analysts to discuss its second-quarter financial results on Wednesday. The chain, which opened its first store in 2005, said in June it plans to launch higher-quality protein ingredients as it attempts to win back customers amid continued negative sales performance.Acrimony at AimiaAimia Inc. executives will discuss second-quarter earnings on Wednesday. The former parent company of Aeroplan filed a lawsuit against its largest shareholder in July that accuses the dissident investor of violating a contracted truce, the latest move in a battle over control of the company’s board of directors.Still smokin’Statistics Canada will release its National Cannabis Survey for the second quarter of 2019 on Thursday. The agency reported in May that 5.3 million, or 18 per cent, of Canadians aged 15 years and older said they used pot within the last three months, up from 14 per cent who reported using cannabis a year earlier, before legalization in October 2018.The Canadian Press read more


Groundbreaking held for Brocks expanded Zone Fitness Centre

As shovels hit the ground Wednesday, the next chapter officially began for Brock University’s expanded fitness centre.The Brock community came together April 24 to mark the groundbreaking of the Zone Fitness Centre project that will see the popular campus facility triple in size.The fitness centre will shed the title as the smallest at any Ontario university when its footprint is increased to 15,500 square feet from 4,300 square feet.Gary Comerford, Chair of Brock’s Board of Trustees, Karen McAllister-Kenny, Brock’s Director of Recreation Services, Aidan Hibma, outgoing President of the Brock University Students’ Union, Brock student and current Zone user Paige Phillips and Brock President Gervan Fearon break ground at the Zone Fitness Centre expansion on Wednesday, April 24.Consistently busy from morning to night, the Zone is often at capacity, requiring students to wait for their chance to exercise, said Karen McAllister-Kenny, Brock’s Director of Recreation Services.She said the present facility opened in 2002, when the University had less than half of its current 19,000 enrolment.“With the growth in student numbers and increased awareness of the importance of physical activity for both physical and mental health, expanding the Zone has become a crucial project for the entire Brock community,” she said.Students voted last year to give the project, and its initial $6.8-million price tag, the green light. It will be funded through a $17-per-credit fee for all full- and part-time undergraduate students over a period of five years, starting in September 2020, when the expansion is completed.“It is amazing to see what students are capable of when they’re afforded an opportunity to leave their community in a better state than what they initially found it in,” said Aidan Hibma, outgoing President of the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU). “We are excited for what the future holds.”Brock President Gervan Fearon praised BUSU’s executive team from last year and the current term for committing to a visionary project that will benefit students and the University community for decades to come.“This is a direct investment in helping students achieve balance and success,” he said. “Fitness and personal health are directly linked to our mental well-being, self-esteem and confidence. Brock is working with our students today to build an even more successful student experience of tomorrow.”The new facility is expected to give Brock a competitive edge when it comes to recruitment, said Brian Hutchings, Vice-President, Administration. When prospective students and their families visit campus, “they want to see where they will study, live and engage in recreational activities,” he said.Hutchings credited BUSU for bringing the project to fruition.“This has been a great partnership. The project has been for students, by students but also in collaboration with senior administration and management. This has success written all over it.”The complex expansion, which takes place within the Walker Complex courtyard, will result in the temporary closure of the corridor between South Block and Scotiabank Hall. The courtyard offers no exterior access for construction vehicles and equipment, making the closure necessary to allow for work to be done in an efficient manner. Details on the closure will be announced in the coming weeks. read more


QMJHL Gawankes late thirdperiod goal kills Huskies win streak at 10

SYDNEY, N.S. — Leon Gawanke’s goal at 13:09 of the third period lifted the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles to a 3-2 upset of Rouyn-Noranda on Thursday, snapping the Huskies’ 10-game win streak.Gabriel Proulx and Ian Smallwood also scored for the Screaming Eagles (15-11-2), while Kevin Mandolese made 35 saves for the win.Peter Abbandonato and Tyler Hinam scored for Rouyn-Noranda (22-5-0). Samuel Harvey stopped 24 shots for the Huskies.Cape Breton was 0 for 4 on the power play and Rouyn-Noranda was 1 for 4 with the man advantage.—WILDCATS 7 CATARACTES 1SHAWINIGAN, Que. — Alexander Khovanov had a hat trick as Moncton cruised past the Cataractes.Adam Capannelli had a pair of goals for the Wildcats (20-6-2), while Jeremy McKenna and Mika Cyr also scored.Leon Denny scored for Shawinigan (7-17-2). Cataractes right-winger Vincent Senez earned a five-minute major and a game misconduct for checking to the head at 15:57 of the first period.—ARMADA 3 MOOSEHEADS 1BOISBRIAND, Que. — Alexander Katerinakis had back-to-back goals in the last five minutes of play to power the Armada past Halifax.Simon Pinard opened scoring in the second period for Blainville-Boisbriand (13-12-1).Jared McIsaac replied for the Mooseheads (17-7-1).—The Canadian Press read more


Partisan Motors turns attention to mining with Maulwurf series of electric offroaders

first_imgPartisan Motors recently presented the new Partisan Maulwurf family of off-road vehicles for use in mines and quarries. Partisan Motors, on the basis of the Partisan Platform modular vehicle system developed by its specialists, presented a whole series of Partisan Maulwurf vehicles, which it says are ideally suited for use as the main vehicle for transporting personnel and materials in the toughest mining conditions (opencast and underground).Cited features of the Partisan Maulwurf series include a robust chassis to provide exceptional mobility, flotation and durability with an optimum power-to-weight ratio; very spacious interior, having a flat floor without a central tunnel; power reserve of up to 1,000 km; universal design options covering all the needs of the mining industry; load capacity up to 3.5 t; all the bodies of the series being unified as much as possible; logistically simple delivery of standard components and units; and several drive optionsIn 2017, Partisan Motors, represented by its Founder Yuri Postnikov, presented a prototype of the Partisan One model. “The off-road vehicle aroused a flurry of interest around the world, and publications about it were published on the websites of all prominent automotive and business Internet resources.” After that, Postnikov was approached by specialists of one of the German mining companies with a proposal to study the possibility of creating a car for their needs on the basis of Partisan One. “This development was the prerequisite for the development of a range of electric vehicles for deep earth work in potash mines, which perfectly match their purpose and the most difficult operating conditions.”“The use of a vehicle to transport personnel in potash mines imposes very serious requirements on its design, passability, reliability, cleanliness of exhaust and maintainability. The vehicle must be very spacious and, at the same time, manoeuverable in narrow underground corridors, confidently overcome slopes and ascents up to 45%, have large wheels for smooth movement on the rocky surface,” while also having a strong spatial protection of passengers, be extremely reliable and repairable in underground conditions. “A special requirement is the cleanliness of the exhaust, and best of all, the total absence of such a requirement, in order to reduce the cost of ventilation of the mine and increase the number of vehicles for the transportation of personnel in the vast underground spaces, comparable, both in size and length of roads, with any large Western European city.”“It is this very serious task that Partisan Motors says it has been able to meet. On the basis of the Partisan Platform modular vehicle system we have developed, the entire Partisan Maulwurf family of vehicles can be fully prepared and put into production within a short period of time for use as passenger transport or material transport in the mining industry (open and underground).”For this purpose, Partisan Motors has developed a fully electric version of the Partisan Maulwurf with a quick-assembling body made of high-strength steel, stainless steel profiles with a closed rectangular cross section. The interior of the double floor is filled with electric batteries that supply the motors. Under the hood is a self-contained unit with a turbo-generator for charging the on-board batteries. Each wheel is driven by its own powerful electric motor, which eliminates many heavy and bulky mechanisms such as gearboxes, dispensers, cardan shafts, reduces weight and dramatically increases the reliability, durability and maintainability of the vehicle. Thus, the car even at the maximum load is capable to have acceleration dynamics of a sports supercar.In addition to the three-door version of the Kurz with a short wheelbase (5-7 seats) and 5-door version of the Lang with a long wheelbase (8-11 seats), there is a 7-door version of the Jumbo with an extra-long wheelbase (13-15 seats), as well as a series of Pick-Ups Cargo with a single and double cab and different wheelbase.The design features with a spatial load-bearing frame made of stainless steel profiles of a closed section allow for the realisation of an almost busy inner space of the SUV, the maximum possible protection of the crew, and an absolutely flat floor without a protruding tunnel in the middle provides easy access and movement of fully equipped miners inside the vehicle. “The impressive design of the independent air suspension on the transverse levers ensures high smooth running, speed and manoeuvrability, and allows for a wide range of ground clearance adjustment.”“The long service life and durability of the Partisan Maulwurf series is achieved by careful development and use of reliable, high output components for assembly. All Partisan Maulwurf series vehicles are maximally unified through the use of components and aggregates of large series, which greatly simplifies the supply of spare parts for the mine fleet. The Partisan Maulwurf series vehicles can be retrofitted over time and with new requirements and standards. Such a vehicle with planned upgrades can be operated for 50 years or more, saving resources and budget. The logistically simple delivery of serial components and units will limit not only repairs and scheduled maintenance, but also the modernisation of the vehicle underground in the mining environment. The Partisan Maulwurf series can be produced with any other drive – all-electric, hybrid – in addition to the version with a conventional combustion engine. The design concept used here allows the vehicle to be manufactured to fit virtually any size and application.”last_img read more


Image reveals the 2DS is just one giant display behind its casing

first_imgThe 2DS is Nintendo’s attempt to grab a new audience of young gamers by making a handheld device that’s very hard wearing, but also cheaper to purchase than the 3DS or 3DS XL. In order to do that a few features have been cut, with the most noticeable being the total lack of 3D or a hinge to allow the device to close.Savings have been made internally, too. And it may surprise you to find the 2DS does not contain two displays, even though looking at the device suggests there are two. Nope, as predicted what Nintendo has done is to use one giant screen, but use the casing to block most of it from view.We know this because Rose Colored Gaming, who is well known for modding all kinds of gaming hardware, decided to remove the casing from a 2DS. You can see what was revealed in the image below:That is one big display, but why would Nintendo waste so much screen space? Well, it’s likely because such a setup works out cheaper than placing two separate displays and double the wiring and supporting components required to make them work. And lets face it, unless you decide to dismantle your 2DS, you’d never know.Another bonus of such a setup is it’s going to be easier to repair. Nintendo doesn’t need to keep stock of two different sized displays to switch out, they just take this one big panel out and put a new one in. Much simpler.What I would like to see is someone booting up the 2DS with the front casing removed. Is the hidden part of the display in any way lit up or has graphics from the game overflowing on to it? It would be amusing to find that was the case and that you could actually make a casing for slightly larger screens on your 2DS.last_img read more


Man whose wife was killed in NZ terror attack says he forgives

first_img Christians attend a special prayer service for the victims of Christchurch mosques shooting, at a church in Hyderabad, Pakistan. Image: Pervez Masih/AP/Press Association Images In the 74-page screed, he says he first began considering an attack in April and May 2017 while travelling in France and elsewhere in western Europe.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her office received a copy of the manifesto minutes before the attack.“I was one of more than 30 recipients of the manifesto that was mailed out nine minutes before the attack took place,” Ardern told reporters today. “It did not include a location, it did not include specific details,” she said, adding that it was sent to security services within two minutes of receipt.Ardern said she had read “elements” of the lengthy, conspiracy-filled far-right “manifesto”.“The fact that there was an ideological manifesto with extreme views attached to this attack, of course, that is deeply disturbing,” she said.Ardern said a small number of bodies would start being released to families today, and authorities hope to release all the bodies by Wednesday. Thirty-four people remain in hospital, including 12 in intensive care.- © AFP 2019, with reporting by Órla Ryan   Comments are closed due to ongoing legal proceedings.  This guy was shooting one person two, three times, probably that gave some time to us to move out … even the dead he was shooting them again. No Comments 12,431 Views A MAN WHOSE wife was killed in the Christchurch attack as she rushed back into a mosque to rescue him said he harbours no hatred toward the gunman, insisting forgiveness is the best path forward.“I would say to him ‘I love him as a person’,” Farid Ahmad told AFP. “I could not accept what he did. What he did was a wrong thing.”Asked if he forgave the 28-year-old white supremacist suspect, he said: “Of course. The best thing is forgiveness, generosity, loving and caring, positivity.”Husna Ahmed (44) is among 50 people, and at least four women, killed in the attack on two mosques where worshippers had gone for prayers on Friday.When the shooting started, she helped several people escape from the women’s and children’s hall.“She was screaming ‘come this way, hurry up’, and she took many children and ladies towards a safe garden,” Ahmad said.“Then she was coming back for checking about me, because I was in a wheelchair, and as she was approaching the gate she was shot. She was busy saving lives, forgetting about herself.”Ahmad (59) who has been confined to a wheelchair since being hit by a drunk driver in 1998, believes he escaped the hail of bullets because the gunman was focused on other targets. 16.03.19 Main suspect in New Zealand terror attack appears in court as victims’ families prepare for funerals Sunday 17 Mar 2019, 8:04 AM Ahmad did not see his wife when he left the mosque and only learned of her death after someone photographed her body.“Her picture was out in the social media, so somebody showed me the picture and I identified quite easily.” Abdifatah Ibrahim (centre), and his brother Abdi (right) walk with an unidentified friend in Christchurch today. Their three-year-old brother Mucaad is the youngest known victim of the mass shooting. Source: Mark Baker/AP/Press Association ImagesAhmad on Sunday faced the difficult task of formally identifying his wife’s body and claiming her belongings. If he were able to sit down with the suspected mass murderer, he said he would encourage him to rethink his outlook on life.“I will tell him that inside him he has great potential to be a generous person, to be a kind person, to be a person who would save people, save humanity rather than destroy them,” he said.“I want him to look for that positive attitude in him, and I hope and I pray for him he would be a great civilian one day. I don’t have any grudge.”ManifestoAustralian suspect Brenton Tarrant has yet to enter a plea in the single murder charge so far brought against him.The self-professed white supremacist made a white power symbol when in court. His meandering “manifesto” is filled with racist vitriol, detailing two years of planning for the massacre. Related Read By AFPcenter_img Man whose wife was killed in NZ terror attack says he forgives gunman, as death toll rises to 50 A three-year-old boy is the youngest known victim of the mass shooting. Mar 17th 2019, 8:04 AM Christians attend a special prayer service for the victims of Christchurch mosques shooting, at a church in Hyderabad, Pakistan. Image: Pervez Masih/AP/Press Association Images Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4547348 Share30 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Des espèces du Pacifique observées dans lAtlantique

first_imgDes espèces du Pacifique observées dans l’AtlantiqueLa fonte de l’océan glacial Arctique, plus importante qu’autrefois l’été, ouvre à des espèces du Pacifique la voie vers l’Atlantique. C’est notamment le cas pour de petites algues mais aussi pour une espèce de baleine, dont l’apparition dans l’Atlantique inquiète particulièrement les scientifiques.Voilà 800.000 ans que l’algue neodenticula seminae avait disparu de l’Atlantique Nord. Mais la fonte de la mer de glace Arctique, encouragée par le réchauffement climatique, a permis à cette algue microscopique du Pacifique d’envahir l’Atlantique. Une espèce de baleine grise a été également été observée en Méditerranée l’année dernière, alors qu’elle avait disparu depuis 300 ans de la région Atlantique. D’après les chercheurs, cette baleine est certainement passé par le Pacifique en profitant de la voie ouverte dans la banquise estivale. À lire aussiUn nautile extrêmement rare observé pour la première fois en 30 ans en Papouasie”C’est une boîte de Pandore”, alerte le professeur Chris Reid, de la Fondation Sir Alister Harvey d’océanographie. Cité par L’Express, le chercheur estime que “nous avons franchi un seuil, avec le dégel lié au réchauffement planétaire dû aux combustibles fossiles des usines et des voitures”. On peut alors “s’attendre à ce que d’autres espèces arrivent du Pacifique” dans les années à venir. Or un tel “afflux d’espèces pourrait être extrêmement dommageable (…) pour les ressources halieutiques de l’Atlantique Nord”, souligne-t-il. Les espèces venues du Pacifique risqueraient alors d’entrer en concurrence avec les espèces endémiques de l’Atlantique Nord, telles que la morue, le cabillaud ou le saumon.Des organismes du Pacifique ont déjà envahi l’Atlantique. C’était selon l’étude des fossiles, il y a deux millions d’années. Cette invasion avait alors “complètement modifié les écosystèmes de l’Atlantique Nord”, explique Chris Reid.Le 2 juillet 2011 à 14:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


Conductive Play Dough Inspires Young Inventors

first_imgStay on target Play dough has been igniting imaginations for decades. Now, a London-based company is infusing it with technology to fire up a new generation of inventors.Technology Will Save Us this week launched a Kickstarter campaign for Dough Universe, “squishy tech toys” forged out of electricity-conducting dough.Sixty-five percent of kids today will have jobs that are yet to be invented, according to the firm. So how do parents and educators prepare for this future?“The answer is a new kind of toy that combines classic play activities with technology to provide fun and education for our children,” co-founders Bethany Koby and Daniel Hirschmann wrote on Kickstarter.Three $40 kits—aimed at kids ages four to seven—come with dough pots, a controller, access to the companion app, and a user guide.Each toy does something different: the Squishy Sounds Kit explores resistance and lets users form a band by molding playable instruments; the Bright Creatures Kit illuminates circuits and inspires animal lovers to invent new critters, and the Electro Machines Kit introduces mechanics with moving parts for controlling spinning, zooming machines.The mobile application, meanwhile, includes interactive games and stimulating activities.“We truly believe that sparking the creative imagination of kids with hands-on technology will lead to a better future,” the project page said. “Kids are introduced to science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) principles through one of the most fun, universal, and satisfying squishy materials.”Each kit is available to pre-order individually (20 percent off the expected retail price) or bundled together for $100. Educators and party-throwers may want to pick up the $300 Ultimate Dough Universe Party Pack, which contains 36 dough pots and a gift box for storage.High-rollers can snag one of 10 limited-edition lots, complete with an illustrated hardcover book, three posters, 36 extra pots of clay, a gift box, and early access to the Dough Universe app as a beta tester.Kits will ship anywhere in the world this November, scheduled to arrive in time to unwrap for the holidays.UK-based Technology Will Save Us last year delivered the Mover Kit to 1,822 early-bird backers in 75 countries. The firm recently collaborated with the BBC to help Doctor Who fans build their own sonic screwdriver.As of press time, Dough Universe has collected nearly $10,000 from 103 backers; the project has 29 more days to reach its $50,000 all-or-nothing goal. Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket last_img read more


Outsourced NHS catering workers win pay deal following twoday strike action

first_imgFollowing strike action that took place for two days starting on 1 May 2019, outsourced catering staff at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been offered a pay deal matching that agreed to in 2018 for health staff directly employed by the NHS.In January 2017, around 70 staff members were transferred from employment by the trust to private organisation Sodexo. Trade union Unison argued that this cost each individual around £1,000 per year as their pay did not progress at the same rate as it would have when working directly for the NHS.In 2004, Unison and other health unions negotiated the nationwide pay system and terms and conditions agreement with NHS employers; each year, this pay system undergoes an independent review carried out by the NHS Pay Review Body.Unison stated that Sodexo previously refused to match the pay rise given to NHS employees. Following two days of industrial action and negotiations with Unison and trade union GMB, on 3 May 2019 it agreed to do so.Stike action was undertaken by low-paid, predominantly female workers at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Bassetlaw Hospital. This is part of a series of similar recent actions taken by trade unions against Sodexo in disputes over pay among staff at NHS hospitals.Sue Cookman, regional organiser at Unison, said: “We need to agree some finer details with Sodexo, but I am delighted that an agreement has been reached. This is down to the sheer determination of these workers and shows what can be achieved when they stand together to fight for what they are owed.“The energy and enthusiasm on the picket lines has been amazing, and the support from the public has been heartwarming. These are NHS workers through and through, and their commitment to the NHS is unwavering, no matter who employs them.“The government needs to properly fund the NHS pay deal for all health service workers, including those who have been outsourced.”Stacey Booth, regional organiser at GMB, added: “Sodexo underestimated the strength of feeling amongst their workers. Members were adamant [that] until they received a promise the company would pay up the action would continue. Today, their persistence has paid off and we are pleased to announce that Sodexo have agreed in conjunction with the trust to pay the award in full and backdated.“This is a fantastic win for members, but one they should never have had to fight. We hope that the relationship with Sodexo will be much more constructive going forward.”A spokesperson for Sodexo said: “We are pleased that following further talks with the Trust we have reached an agreement which enables us to implement the 2018 Agenda for Change pay rates for our team at Doncaster & Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals.“The new pay rates are effective from 1 April 2018 and will be implemented by the end of June 2019 along with a one-off payment for the back dated pay difference since 1 April 2018. We would like to thank our team for their continued hard work in ensuring the standard of care for patients is maintained.”last_img read more