88% driving licences underscanner in Assam district

first_imgMore than 88% of the driving licences issued in Hailakandi district of Assam have come under the scanner.The southern Assam district has 45,300 driving licence holders. A scrutiny during an attempt to convert the laminated paper licences to smart cards revealed that some 40,000 of them could be “doubtful” or procured fraudulently.Last week, Hailakandi’s District Transport Officer Syed Rafiqul Mannan issued an order saying a majority of the licences were purportedly issued by his counterpart in Manipur’s Bishnupur district while the rest were issued by a “certain district” of Nagaland. These licences were flagged as doubtful.Agents to blame? There have been cases of people acquiring driving licences from neighbouring States after their applications were rejected in Assam.The DTO said that most of the people who applied for smart card revealed on being questioned that they did not go to Manipur or Nagaland to obtain their licences. This brought to the fore the issue of bogus driving licences being made with the help of agents.“Data was not available online as most of the licences were of the laminated type. The process of converting them into smart cards was accordingly put on hold. More than 40,000 such licences are lying in my office,” Mr. Mannan said.Smart cards The smart cards would be issued once his counterparts in Manipur and Nagaland confirm the authenticity of the driving licences purportedly issued from their offices, he said.Officials said the licences will be cancelled, as per the Motor Vehicles Act, if they are not found to be genuine. People can reapply online for fresh smart card licences.last_img read more


Lady Eagles don’t want any letup heading into Final Four

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting It’s official: Davao City is host of 2019 Palarong Pambansa Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—If other teams think that Ateneo would slack off after clinching a Final Four spot, the rest of the league should’ve thought otherwise.The Lady Eagles hold the best record in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at 10-1 after brushing off National University 25-14, 24-26, 25-17, 25-19, Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “I think it’s a good learning experience, we started a bit slow and losing the second set was just a reminder that we can’t take any team lightly and we have to challenge ourselves,” said Kat Tolentino, who finished with 13 points.“We have just have to always win convincingly and we’ll learn from this,” added Tolentino.Madayag, who had 12 points against the Lady Bulldogs, said that it’s imperative for the Lady Eagles to finish the tournament’s elimination round on a strong note so they could build momentum heading into the semifinals.“We have to finish strong in these final games and hopefully we can still improve on our game like minimize our errors,” said Madayag.ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo was also the first team in the tournament to clinch a spot to the big dance but co-captain Maddie Madayag said the Lady Eagles have no plans of letting up.“First and foremost we shouldn’t be complacent because it’s not part of our character and we don’t want to show that just because we’re part of the Final Four we’re going to go easy on them,” said Madayag in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNU stunned Ateneo in the second set and also had its moments in the third and fourth sets where it refused to fold.Ultimately, it was the rookie-laden Lady Bulldogs’ inexperience that decided the match when Ivy Lacsina’s final attempt sailed beyond the baseline. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


PSG, Bayern reach last 16; Barca draws

first_imgsport × Layvin Kurzawa scored an unlikely hat-trick as Paris Saint-Germain powered into the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday with a 5–0 rout of Anderlecht, while Bayern Munich joined them in the knockout stage.Marco Verratti curled in a terrific opening goal—his first in Europe since September 2014—on the half-hour at the Parc des Princes, with Brazilian superstar Neymar firing in a second before the break.The world’s most expensive player was involved in PSG’s third goal as well, as his free-kick was tipped onto the post with France international Kurzawa forcing in the rebound.The left-back then headed in another from a Dani Alves cross and completed an improbable treble with an angled drive as PSG increased their goals haul to 17 and none conceded in four Group B matches.“The hat-trick is thanks to my teammates. I am delighted and the goals will give me confidence,” Kurzawa told beIN Sports.The French giants top their section with a maximum 12 points, with Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich progressing alongside them following a 2–1 victory away to Celtic.Bayern defeats CelticKingsley Coman pounced on hesitant Celtic defending to latch onto a long clearance upfield from goalkeeper Sven Ulreich and round Craig Gordon to slot into an empty net on 22 minutes.Callum McGregor slotted in a second-half equaliser, but Javi Martinez’s brave towering header—which left the Spaniard bloodied—clinched qualification for the Germans in Glasgow.“I knew that today would be a very difficult, intensive game. We’ve had a busy schedule recently,” said Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes.“It’s important that we have qualified, but it’s going to be difficult to finish top of the group because of our head-to-head record.”Man U waitingJose Mourinho’s Manchester United were made to wait to seal their passage into the next round despite a 2–0 win over Benfica.Benfica’s Mile Svilar, who became the youngest goalkeeper in Champions League history a fortnight ago, suffered more misfortune at Old Trafford as his own goal handed United a 45th-minute lead.The 18 year-old, at fault for the 1–0 defeat in Lisbon, atoned for that error by saving an Anthony Martial penalty, but Svilar was helpless when Nemanja Matic’s low drive cannoned off the post before hitting him on the arm and squirming over the line.Daley Blind wrapped up victory from the penalty spot on 78 minutes after a foul on Marcus Rashford.“We must get that point from the two remaining matches,” United manager Mourinho told BT Sport. “I am more than happy.”Barca draws, CSKA Moscow winsCSKA Moscow reignited their campaign with a 2–1 victory at Basel in the other Group B fixture. Luca Zuffi’s brilliant lob put Basel in front, but CSKA levelled through Alan Dzagoev in the second half before Pontus Wernbloom steered in the winner to leave the Russians level on six points with their Swiss hosts.Lionel Messi and Barcelona were frustrated in a goalless stalemate with Olympiakos in Greece, while Juventus salvaged a 1–1 draw at Sporting Lisbon after Gonzalo Higuain levelled late on following Bruno Cesar’s opener.Barcelona remain top of Group D with 10 points, three ahead of last year’s runners-up Juve, with Sporting on four.Chelsea thumped, Atletico toilChelsea squandered a chance to secure a berth in the knockout stages as Stephan El Shaarawy inspired Roma to a 3–0 success over the Premier League champions in Italy.El Shaarawy drilled Roma ahead after just 40 seconds at the Stadio Olimpico as he ran onto an Edin Dzeko knockdown to slam home from the edge of the area.The Italy striker netted a second on 36 minutes with Diego Perotti rifling in a third from 25 yards as Roma replaced Chelsea at the top of Group C with two matches remaining. Roma are on eight points, one above Chelsea.Atletico Madrid—finalists twice in the past four seasons—are heading for elimination following a 1–1 draw at home to Qarabag.Journeyman Spaniard Michel headed the Azerbaijani champions in front from a corner, and while Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey hammered in an equaliser, Diego Simeone’s side must now beat both Chelsea and Roma and hope other results work in their favour. Manchester United wait to enter the last 16 SHARE football November 01, 2017 COMMENT Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more


Govt to privatise stadia under SAI to improve service quality

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 19 (PTI) Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today said that the government will privatise some of the stadia under the Sports Authority of India to improve their administration and quality of services.Rathore said the move was aimed at delivering better playing experience to the sportspersons.”We are keenly thinking of privatising some of our stadia to have better operations in terms of delivering sports to the sportspersons. There was a general study on how the stadia can be improved. The fact is that there is need to improve the way stadia are administered,” Rathore said at a programme here.”The stadia must have better quality of service and playing area. The sheer experience of playing needs to improve. The SAI was created before 1982 Asian Games to help in conducting the Games and looking after these stadia. The mandate has increased now from that time and I think its time in todays world we bring in as many stakeholder as possible.” He said privatisation will be done through Corporate Social Responsibility or PPP (Public Private Partnership) model.The Athens Olympics silver medallist was speaking at the launch of ELMS (Excellence in Learning and Mastering of Sports and Physical Literacy) Foundation, which aims at producing Physical Education experts, coaches, sports administrators to impart modern training to athletes across all levels.He also announced that centres of the Central Sports University in Manipur will be set up in other cities.”The brick and mortar of the sports university will be in Manipur but its training will be carried out in other cities also. Centres will be opened in other places where the same curriculum will be imparted,” he said. “We are tying up with Japan and Australia for physical education as well as for starting a bachelor programme on coaching in the Central Sports University in Manipur. We will have faculty from these countries stay in the country and we will have the technical knowhow from these countries.”advertisementHe said the ministry will start a programme as part of Khelo India to develop coaches in the country. “This will be at elite as well as basic/grassroot level. There will be coaches at grassroot level, developmental coaches, at community, college and elite level. We will tie up with international and Indian companies to build a basic standard based on which coaching education can be imparted to other coaches. We will start train the trainer programme,” said the minister.”If better knowledge is available a sportsperson can start at a higher level right at the beginning. I am all for bringing experts from various fields into sports and managing sports as well.”Rathore said the ministry was spending a total of Rs 60 crore for the Khelo India National School Games, which begins on January 31. “Khelo India project will create sports infrastructure. It will be for the first time that the National School Games of U-17 level will be broadcast live from January 31. We are spending nearly Rs 60 crore collectively on bringing the Games to a level that is aspirational and memorable. We are covering 16 sports, including team sports and indigenous sports and priority sports.”We will increase the number of sports every year. We will selecting 1000 athletes every year and that selection will be done by Arjuna and Dronacharya Awardees. We have put aside Rs 250 crore as the first sponsorship amount.”He said 2018 could be a turning point for India to become a better sporting nation.”It is going to be a big year beginning with the Khelo India School Games, Commonwealth Games where we will win a lot of medals, then the young talent hunt programme for 8-14 age group children for the talents which will have the potential to win medals in 2024 and 2028 and then the Asian Games and then perhaps the Rural and Indigenous Games in November or December.”The year 2018 will be full of sporting activities. The way the prime minister has focussed on the youth and sport of this country, I am quite confident this will be the turning point with every stakeholder coming together to make India a better sporting nation.”Asked about the recent elections of the Indian Olympic Association, he said, “The ministry of sports sends observers for all elections of NSFs and sports bodies. Our observer had gone there and probably must have submitted the report.”The ministry will have a look at the report. If there are violations, the ministry will take action. If not, we will go by the rules.”advertisementRathore said the government was committed towards providing financial support to academies and centres of excellence set up by former sportspersons. PTI PDS AH AHlast_img read more


Exclusive: WSW in discussions with Spanish-based winger

first_imgTransfers The Covert Agent: Wanderers in discussions with Spanish-based winger The Covert Agent Last updated 1 year ago 01:20 1/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lass Bangoura Transfers Western Sydney Wanderers A-League Western Sydney Wanderers v Adelaide United Wellington Phoenix v Western Sydney Wanderers EXCLUSIVE: The Covert Agent reveals the red and black are closing in on a foreign winger Western Sydney Wanderers have started talks with Rayo Vallecano winger Alhassane “Lass” Bangoura as a replacement for Japanese attacker Jumpei Kusukami.The Covert Agent can reveal that Wanderers are keen to bring the Guinean attacker to the club, but discussions are currently complicated by wage issues.Bangoura started his career at Vallecano as a 17-year-old in 2010 and has made 151 appearances across Spain’s top two divisions, with the bulk of those in La Liga. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 25-year-old scored nine goals and assisted 14 during his time at Vallecano and has also had loan spells at Granada and Reims.He is also capped 34 times for the Guinean national team – scoring four goals.In 2015, Bangoura was rumoured to be a target for Spanish giants Barcelona after impressing against the Catalans at the Nou Camp.Western Sydney have a vacant foreign spot after the recent departure of Jumpei and are looking to strengthen in wide areas.The club is in sixth place on the A-League table with four wins from 14 games after a 1-1 draw at home against Adelaide United on Wednesday night.last_img read more


Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Lawrencetown River Bridge Lawrencetown River Bridge on Highway 207 near Lawrencetown Beach will be closed for replacement until Thursday, May 31. A one-lane bridge will be installed with traffic lights until construction is complete. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Area: 902-542-6342 KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge The Old Baxters Mill Bridge near Baxters Harbour is open to one lane of traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms are restricted from using the bridge. CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 There will be periodic highway lane closings near the West Brooklyn underpass for road repairs until Saturday, March 31. Traffic control consists of signs and traffic control persons. Traffic may be stopped for short periods. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 will have alternating lane closures for highway sign replacement until Saturday, March 31. Traffic control consists of a flashing light unit, barrels and traffic cones. Detour route is available on Trunk 3 from Hubbards to Blockhouse. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 RICHMOND COUNTY: Black River Bridge Black River Bridge in Dundee will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, July 31, for repairs. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge located on Tannery Road in the town of Hantsport will be reduced to one lane for repairs and replacement of the bridge abutments until further notice. A detour route will be available on Avon Street.center_img Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-543-6342 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge, on Route 348 near Pictou Landing, is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and will be controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. KINGS COUNTY: West Brooklyn Road West Brooklyn Road over Highway 101 will be closed until Saturday, March 31, to replace the overpass. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 -30-last_img read more


Pluie abondante prévue

first_imgLes Néo-Écossais peuvent s’attendre à de la pluie abondante et des vents forts à compter de ce soir, 21 octobre, se poursuivant dans la journée de samedi. Environnement Canada a publié un avertissement météorologique indiquant que certaines régions de la province pourraient recevoir entre 50 et 80 millimètres de pluie, ce qui pourrait entraîner des inondations localisées. « Nous demandons aux Néo-Écossais de faire ce qu’ils peuvent pour se préparer en vue de cette tempête, affirme Zach Churchill, ministre responsable du Bureau de gestion des urgences. Nettoyez vos gouttières et dégagez les égouts pluvieux, attachez tout objet mobile dans votre cour et préparez votre trousse d’urgence. » Les équipes du ministère des Transports travaillent sans relâche pour réparer et renforcer les infrastructures au Cap-Breton après les inondations de la semaine dernière. Les équipes continueront de surveiller les routes, les ponts et les ponceaux au cours de la fin de semaine pour aborder rapidement tout problème possible qui pourrait être causé par la pluie. On rappelle aux gens de ne pas conduire sur les routes inondées, de respecter les affiches indiquant que les routes sont fermées, de s’éloigner des rives et d’écouter les directives des autorités locales. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences continue de surveiller les prévisions météorologiques et est prêt à réagir à toute situation. Pour obtenir des renseignements supplémentaires et des mises à jour, consultez le http://novascotia.ca/dma/emo.last_img read more


Man shot in head after altercation with constable at Maniwaki courthouse

first_imgMANIWAKI, Que. – An 18-year-old man was shot in the head on Wednesday at a Quebec courthouse, after he was involved in a fight with a constable that was purportedly caught on video.Quebec’s independent investigations bureau is examining the incident, which took place at the courthouse in Maniwaki, Que., about 135 kilometres north of Ottawa.The bureau released a statement saying the man managed to seize the constable’s baton and used it to strike the officer over the head.The constable then took out their gun and fired it, hitting the 18-year-old at least once in the head.Both the officer and the civilian were transported to hospital, and the investigations bureau said it didn’t know the condition of either person.A video uploaded to YouTube and purporting to show the incident begins with someone in uniform grappling with a man in a room lined with chairs. Other uniformed officers participate in trying to subdue the man, who is then pushed into an adjacent room off-camera.Moments later, the video shows an officer seemingly pointing a gun and shooting once towards a target that is off-camera, followed by people screaming and crying.Quebec provincial police Sgt. Marc Tessier said in an interview that the injuries sustained by the two were deemed serious, but he couldn’t say if their lives were in danger.———The YouTube video can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkmpmD3xG7clast_img read more


Video Top Biker Rides Wave With Motorcycle

DC presents Robbie “Maddo” Maddison’s “Pipe Dream,” giving the world a chance to witness history being made as Maddo rides his dirt bike on the powerful and iconic waves of Tahiti. From his helmet to motocross boots, Maddo was dressed for FMX when he took his dirt bike into the unchartered saltwater terrain of the Pacific Ocean in French Polynesia.For nearly two years Robbie has been focused on making surfing on his motorbike a reality. His efforts paid off in Tahiti, where he rode the world famous waves at Teahupoo and Papara. read more


Egyptian Police Interrupt New ISIS Plot Against Christians

Rabat – In the southern Egyptian city of Assiut, police shot and killed seven ISIS militants after a dramatic shootout on Monday.The Egyptian Ministry of the Interior issued a statement saying that the seven militants opened fire on Egyptian police when they were interrupted during preparations for another attack on Christians, according to Reuters.“A group of Daesh sympathizers were hiding in one of Assiut province’s mountainous areas,” the statement read. It added that the group was meeting “to prepare explosive devices in preparation for carrying out a series terrorist attacks.” According to ENCA.com, three of the men have been identified as Egyptian-born. The group is thought to have been gearing up for attacks not only in Assiut, but also in the province of Sohag. Future attacks on police and the courts were also being plotted.Egyptian law enforcement also confiscated ammunition and weapons, a motorcycle and plenty of ISIS-written books and propaganda.The incident comes just one day after Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, declared a three-month long state of emergency countrywide. This followed two suicide bombings of Coptic Christian churches on Sunday. The first blast occurred near the altar inside of St. George’s Church in Tanta, killing 27 people at worship. The second suicide bomber detonated his vest at a gate outside of St. Mark’s church in Alexandria, killing 17. Combined, more than 30 worshippers were reported injured in the blasts.According to the Reuters report, Coptic Christians have been in Egypt since the days of ancient Rome. They have recorded a long history of persecution and have accused the government of not doing enough to guarantee their safety and freedom to worship.Since Al-Sisi’s government ousted former President, Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi, in 2013, they have instituted severe crackdowns on Islamists in Egypt. read more


Tourists from seven countries including Syria to be screened

Sources also said that visitors from Ghana and Nigeria will be screened for illegal immigrants while Pakistanis will be screened for refugees.It was reported that there are moves to screen visitors from Afghanistan as well in the near future as well as Uganda. Visitors from Syria, Pakistan, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon will be screened before being approved a visa. Report by Indika Sri Aravinda Western countries have increased security following recent attacks by ISIS and IS rebels who infiltrated the countries, some as Syrian refugees.According to foreign media reports, internationally, close to 4.9 million Syrians had been registered as refugees as of early January; the vast majority are in first-asylum countries such as Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq; only a fraction are likely to ever be permanently resettled. Facing dim resettlement prospects and eager to establish new lives, nearly 900,000 Syrians have headed to Europe and filed asylum claims there since the war began.Beyond the United States, a small number of countries have accepted Syrian refugees through their resettlement programs, most notably Canada, which took in close to 40,000 Syrians between November 2015 and December 2016. Since 2013, Germany has admitted about 41,000 displaced Syrians who were living in Syria or a first-asylum country in the region via a humanitarian admissions program. (Colombo Gazette) Sources at the Immigration and Emigration Department said that tourists from Syria and Egypt will be screened as there is a fear ISIS rebels from those two countries may attempt to infiltrate Sri Lanka. The Government has decided to screen tourists from seven countries including Syria, Pakistan and Nigeria.Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs S. B. Navinna has said the screening will be carried out in light of national security concerns. read more


Insurers offer competing plan to rescue PGE from bankruptcy

SAN FRANCISCO — Insurance companies that say Pacific Gas & Electric owes them more than $20 billion from wildfire claims want to take over the California utility and pull it out of bankruptcy.The insurers filed court documents Tuesday to end PG&E’s exclusive right to file a reorganization plan.They want the right to submit their own plan to wildfire victims and other PG&E creditors.Their request came ahead of a Wednesday hearing when a bankruptcy judge is expected to consider a request by PG&E bondholders who want to submit a restructuring plan.PG&E filed for bankruptcy in January to deal with an estimated $30 billion in liabilities from wildfires its equipment may have ignited in 2017 and 2018, including the wildfire in the Northern California town of Paradise and killed 85 people.The Associated Press read more


Pacific police and UN antiAIDS programme join forces to tackle spread of

“This initiative is a major step towards scaling up HIV prevention measures among police from the Pacific region working overseas. This will also ensure more protection for their families and communities,” said Ulf Kristoffersson, Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) office on AIDS, Security and Humanitarian Response, during a signing ceremony in Fiji at the 34th Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Conference there.The initiative aims to provide training on HIV and AIDS for police from the Pacific region before they are deployed abroad, to prevent them from contacting the virus and spreading it when they return home.According to UNAIDS, the Pacific island region is one of the largest contributors of police personnel serving on UN peacekeeping operations. Police personnel there are also increasingly engaging in regional security-oriented initiatives, such as the Regional Assistance Mission in the Solomon Islands.Although the current HIV prevalence is low in many Pacific island countries, the epidemic is fast becoming a grave concern in Papua New Guinea, which has the highest rate in the region at 1.7 per cent. The uniformed services, and in particular young men and women serving on long deployments overseas, are highly vulnerable to HIV because of their work environment, mobility, and age, UNAIDS said.”We welcome the new partnership with UNAIDS as it will allow our police personnel to get all the facts about HIV and learn how to protect themselves and their partners from the virus,” said Andrew Hughes, Fiji Police Commissioner. “In today’s world, we can no longer pretend that the risk of HIV does not exist. Being informed can save your life.”The initiative signed today will kick off a two-year programme to be implemented by the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police (PICP), which represents 75,000 personnel in the 21 countries. Beside UNAIDS, the programme is supported by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and New Zealand’s International Aid and Development Agency (NZAID). read more


Bay of Bengal three times more deadly than Mediterranean for migrants and

Refugees and migrants abandoned at sea in South-East Asia in May 2015. Source: Governments, UNHCR/August 2015 Some 370 people are believed to have died in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea during the year, the report says; not from drowning but from mistreatment and disease brought about by smugglers who abused and in many cases killed passengers with impunity. The toll also includes those killed in a fight over diminishing supplies on a boat that had been prevented from landing on two occasions. Some of these deaths could have been prevented with prompt disembarkation.Root Causes Must Be Addressed UNHCR believes that unless the root causes of displacement are addressed, people will continue risking their lives on smugglers’ boats to seek safety and stability elsewhere. Mr. Needham said that there are a number of processes in motion to address this issue. There remains an urgent need for affected States to take concrete action to coordinate procedures for rescue at sea, predictable places to disembark passengers safely, as well as adequate reception and screening systems on arrival. People who fled their homes and cannot return due to an absence of protection should be granted temporary refuge and have access to basic rights and services while longer-term solutions are sought. To minimize deaths at sea, safe and legal channels including labour migration and family reunification programs must be opened up for people leaving difficult conditions at home. UNHCR hopes that labour migration arrangements could also be put in place for the Rohingya already in labour-importing countries, enabling them to contribute to the economies of their host and home countries. Next month’s Bali Process Ministerial Meeting will be a timely opportunity to make progress on these issues, Mr. Needham said. A lifting of existing restrictions on freedom of movement and access to services throughout Rakhine state in Myanmar would allow thousands of people to live more normal lives and be less likely to risk dangerous sea journeys, he said. UNHCR is also watching with interest the Bangladesh Government’s plans to list hundreds of thousands of undocumented Rohingya in southeastern Bangladesh, and the agency hopes that the exercise will result in improved documentation and access to services. Nearly 170,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshis are estimated to have made the dangerous journey from the Bay of Bengal since 2012. The report, Mixed Maritime Movements in South-East Asia, from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), states that those movements had been “three times more deadly” than in the Mediterranean last year, due largely to mistreatment by smugglers and disease on the boats. Refugees and migrants often employ the same routes, modes of transport, and networks, and their movements are commonly referred to as “mixed movements.” Across the region, an estimated 33,600 refugees and migrants of various nationalities had taken to smugglers’ boats, including 32,600 in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, where the bulk of the passengers had been Rohingya and Bangladeshi, according to the report, which was summarized for the press by UNHCR spokesperson Andreas Needham and the regular bi-weekly briefing in Geneva today. The first half of 2015 had seen the highest-ever estimated departures – 31,000 – while the number was 1,600 in the second half. The full-year departures were just over half of the record-setting previous year. This decrease can be attributed to a number of factors, including the discovery of mass graves along the Thailand-Malaysia land border with the remains of over 200 presumed earlier arrivals, government crackdowns on smuggling networks and scrutiny of traditional departure and arrival points. But the 2015 fatality rate had still been three times higher in those waters than in the Mediterranean Sea, the report highlights. Some of the tales recorded in the report described harrowing experiences: death by starvation, people thrown overboard alive, and suffering from various debilitating diseases. read more


Chesss New Best Player Is A Fearless Swashbuckling Algorithm

Chess is an antique, about 1,500 years old, according to most historians. As a result, its evolution seems essentially complete, a hoary game now largely trudging along. That’s not to say that there haven’t been milestones. In medieval Europe, for example, they made the squares on the board alternate black and white. In the 15th century, the queen got her modern powers.1Long ago, the queen could move only one square diagonally at a time.And in the 20th century came the computer. Chess was simple enough (not many rules, smallish board) and complicated enough (many possible games) to make a fruitful test bed for artificial intelligence programs. This attracted engineering brains and corporate money. In 1997, they broke through: IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer defeated the world champion, Garry Kasparov. Humans don’t hold a candle to supercomputers, or even smartphones, in competition anymore. Top human players do, however, lean on computers in training, relying on them for guidance, analysis and insight. Computer engines now mold the way the game is played at its highest human levels: calculating, stodgy, defensive, careful. Or at least that’s how it has been. But if you read headlines from the chess world last month, you’d think the game was jolted forward again by an unexpected quantum leap. But to where?The revolutionary is known as AlphaZero. It’s a new neural network, reinforcement learning algorithm developed by DeepMind, Google’s secretive artificial intelligence subsidiary. Unlike other top programs, which receive extensive input and fine-tuning from programmers and chess masters, drawing on the wealth of accumulated human chess knowledge, AlphaZero is exclusively self-taught. It learned to play solely by playing against itself, over and over and over — 44 million games. It kept track of what strategies led to a win, favoring those, and which didn’t, casting those aside. After just four hours of this tabula rasa training, it clobbered the top chess program, an engine called Stockfish, winning 28 games, drawing 72 and losing zero. These results were described last month in a paper posted on arXiv, a repository of scientific research.Within hours, the chess world descended, like the faithful to freshly chiseled tablets of stone, on the sample of 10 computer-versus-computer games published in the paper’s appendix. Two broad themes emerged: First, AlphaZero adopted an all-out attacking style, making many bold material sacrifices to set up positional advantages. Second, elite chess may therefore not be as prone to dull draws as we thought. It will still be calculating, yes, but not stodgy, defensive and careful. Chess may yet have some evolution to go. For a taste of AlphaZero’s prowess, consider the following play from one of the published games. It’s worth emphasizing here just how good Stockfish, which is open source and was developed by a small team of programmers, is. It won the 2016 Top Chess Engine Championship, the premier computer tournament, and no human player who has ever lived would stand a chance against it in a match.It was AlphaZero’s turn to move, armed with the white pieces, against Stockfish with the black, in the position below: In the middle of the AlphaZero paper is a diagram called Table 2. It shows the 12 most popular chess openings played by humans, along with how frequently AlphaZero “discovered” and played those openings during its intense tabula rasa training. These openings are the result of extensive human study and trial — blood, sweat and tears — spread across the centuries and around the globe. AlphaZero taught itself them one by one: the English opening, the French, the Sicilian, the Queen’s gambit, the Caro-Kann.The diagram is a haunting image, as if a superfast algorithm had taught itself English in an afternoon and then re-created, almost by accident, full stanzas of Keats. But it’s also reassuring. That we even have a theory of the opening moves in chess is an artifact of our status as imperfect beings. There is a single right and best way to begin a chess game. Mathematical theory tells us so. We just don’t know what it is. Neither does AlphaZero.Yet.DeepMind was also responsible for the program AlphaGo, which has bested the top humans in Go, that other, much more complex ancient board game, to much anguish and consternation. An early version of AlphaGo was trained, in part, by human experts’ games — tabula inscripta. Later versions, including AlphaZero, stripped out all traces of our history.“For a while, for like two months, we could say to ourselves, ‘Well, the Go AI contains thousands of years of accumulated human thinking, all the rolled up knowledge of heuristics and proverbs and famous games,’” Frank Lantz, the director of NYU’s Game Center, told me. “We can’t tell that story anymore. If you don’t find this terrifying, at least a little, you are made of stronger stuff than me. I find it terrifying, but I also find it beautiful. Everything surprising is beautiful in a way.” AlphaZero is already behind by two pawns, and its bishop is, in theory, less powerful than one of Stockfish’s rooks. It’s losing badly on paper. AlphaZero moved its pawn up a square, to g4 — innocuous enough. But now consider Stockfish’s black position. Any move it makes leaves it worse off than if it hadn’t moved at all! It can’t move its king, or its queen, without disaster. It can’t move its rooks because its f7 pawn would die and its king would be in mortal danger. It can’t move any of its other pawns without them being captured. It can’t do anything. But that’s the thing about chess: You have to move. This situation is known as zugzwang, German for “forced move.” AlphaZero watches while Stockfish walks off its own plank. Stockfish chose to move its pawn forward to d5; it was immediately captured by the white bishop as the attack closed further in.You could make an argument that that game, and the other games between the two computers, were some of the strongest contests of chess, over hundreds of years and billions of games, ever played.But were they fair? After the AlphaZero research paper was published, some wondered if the scales were tipped in AlphaZero’s favor. Chess.com received a lengthy comment from Tord Romstad, one of Stockfish’s creators. “The match results by themselves are not particularly meaningful,” Romstad said. He cited the fact that the games were played giving each program one minute per move — a rather odd decision, given that games get much more complicated as they go on and that Stockfish was programmed to be able to allocate its time wisely. Players are typically allowed to distribute their allotted time across their moves as they see fit, rather than being hemmed in to a specific amount of time per turn. Romstad also noted that an old version of Stockfish was used, with settings that hadn’t been properly tested and data structures insufficient for those settings.Romstad called the comparison of Stockfish to AlphaZero “apples to orangutans.” A computer analysis of the zugzwang game, for example, reveals that Stockfish, according to Stockfish, made four inaccuracies, four mistakes and three blunders. Not all iterations of Stockfishes are created equal.DeepMind declined to comment for this article, citing the fact that its AlphaZero research is under peer review.Strong human players want to see more, ideally with the playing field more level. “I saw some amazing chess, but I also know we did not get the best possible,” Robert Hess, an American grandmaster, told me. “This holds true for human competition as well: If you gave Magnus [Carlsen] and Fabiano [Caruana] 24 hours per move, would there be any wins? How few mistakes? In being practical, we sacrifice perfection for efficiency.”Chess.com surveyed a number of top grandmasters, who were assembled this month for a tournament in London (the home of DeepMind), about what AlphaZero means for their profession. Sergey Karjakin, the Russian world championship runner-up, said he’d pay “maybe $100,000” for access to the program. One chess commentator joked that Russian president Vladimir Putin might help Karjakin access the program to prepare for next year’s Candidates Tournament. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, the top French player, said it was “worth easily seven figures.” Wesley So, the U.S. national champion, joked that he’d call Rex Sinquefield, the wealthy financier and chess philanthropist, to see how much he’d pony up.“I don’t think this changes the landscape of human chess much at all for the time being,” the grandmaster Hess told me. “We don’t have the ability to memorize everything, and the games themselves were more or less perfect models of mostly known concepts.”In some aesthetic ways, though, AlphaZero represents a computer shift toward the human approach to chess. Stockfish evaluated 70 million positions per second, a brute-force number suitable to hardware, while AlphaZero evaluated only 80,000, relying on its “intuition,” like a human grandmaster would. Moreover, AlphaZero’s style of play — relentless aggression — was thought to be “refuted” by stodgy engines like Stockfish, leading to the careful and draw-prone style that currently dominates the top ranks of competitive chess.But maybe it’s more illustrative to say that AlphaZero played like neither a human nor a computer, but like an alien — some sort of chess intelligence which we can barely fathom. “I find it very positive!” David Chalmers, a philosopher at NYU who studies AI and the singularity, told me. “Just because it’s alien to us now doesn’t mean it’s something that humans could never have gotten to.” read more


Ohio State womens soccer goes winless on weekend roadtrip

OSU then-sophomore midfielder Michela Paradiso (9) approaches a defender during a game against Pittsburgh Aug. 28, 2013 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 2-0Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State women’s soccer team ended its weekend road trip with a double overtime draw against Minnesota and a loss to No. 13 Wisconsin.The Buckeyes traveled to Minneapolis on Sunday to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers for their second game in three days.Minnesota got on the scoreboard early in the 11th minute when senior forward Olivia Schultz scored off an assist from junior defender Haley Helverson.The Buckeyes tied the game up in the 33rd minute after sophomore midfielder Alexis Degler drilled a shot off of a Minnesota defender inside the right post after a corner kick by freshman midfielder Nikki Walts. Junior midfielder Michela Paradiso came close to giving OSU the lead late in the first half but her shot from 10 yards sailed over the crossbar.The game remained tied heading into the half with OSU holding an 8-5 lead in shots, 2-1 on goal.Senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber gave the Buckeyes a chance after gathering a loose ball but her shot from 12 yards was deflected by Minnesota sophomore goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs. Degler tried to give the team the lead in the 74th minute but missed a shot from 10 yards in the box.In the final minutes of regulation, Minnesota sophomore defender Ashley Pafko had a wide open shot from eight yards away but redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Megan Geldernick made a leaping save to send the game into overtime.The Buckeyes posted a 14-13 lead in shots during regulation while the Golden Gophers held a 6-4 advantage in shots on goal.The Buckeyes got a few chances early in overtime but were unable to find the back of the net in the first 10 minutes. The game went to a second overtime with neither team finding a way to score.OSU tallied a season-high 23 shots to Minnesota’s 17 with a 10-6 advantage in shots on goal to give the Buckeyes their first tie of the season.On Friday, the Buckeyes traveled to face No. 13 Wisconsin.The first half featured a lot of back-and-forth action between the teams. The game remained scoreless until the 44th minute when Wisconsin sophomore midfielder Rose Lavelle lofted a free kick past Geldernick to give the Badgers a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.Through the first half, the Badgers held an 8-3 lead in shots and a 3-1 lead in shots on goal.In the second half, the Badgers capped the scoring during the 65th minute when senior forward Cara Walls nailed a strike just under the crossbar.OSU didn’t respond for the rest of the game, taking the shutout loss.The Buckeyes fell to 5-7-1 overall and 2-4-1 in the Big Ten. The team’s next matchup is set for 7 p.m. Saturday against Maryland at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more


Football 3 Ohio State defensive players to watch in the Spring Game

Ohio State then-freshman linebacker Baron Browning (5) attempts to stop a Scarlet Knight in the fourth quarter against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State entered last spring with many starters on its veteran-laden defense set. Not to mention, multiple players, including defensive ends Tyquan Lewis, Nick Bosa and Sam Hubbard and linebacker Jerome Baker, had already established themselves as playmakers.But this season, beyond defensive end Nick Bosa and defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, not many potential game-changers are known. A lot of talent exists on the defense, but most remain unproven.A number of highly regarded freshmen — including four five-star prospects — were added to Ohio State’s defense last season, but the vast majority either played in reserve roles or did not play at all. The Spring Game will offer the first chance to watch many of them play extended minutes. Here are some players on the Buckeyes’ defense to watch in Saturday’s Spring Game.Chase YoungThe moment former five-star prospect and sophomore defensive end Chase Young stepped on campus, his chiseled 6-foot-5, 265-pound frame stuck out. The enormous 18-year-old almost became a punch line with many people comparing him physically to an NFL player, despite having recently graduated from high school.Ohio State then-freshman defensive end Chase Young (2) waits in between plays in the fourth quarter of the Ohio State- UNLV game on Sept. 23, 2017. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNow, with a year of experience, Young’s time has arrived.With Hubbard, Lewis and Jalyn Holmes off to the NFL, defensive end went from a position of enormous depth to a top-heavy unit manned by one stud, a duo of highly regarded, yet inexperienced players and a former defensive tackle. Therefore, it is pertinent for Young to make the leap from five-star prospect to impact player.Having spent a season backing up that trio and Bosa, the sophomore defensive end should now be ready to slide into a starting role opposite Bosa. Young picked up 3.5 sacks last season and should be in line to more than double that tally in 2018.Though quarterbacks sometimes wear a different color of jersey in the Spring Game that dictates they aren’t allowed to be hit, that likely will not be the case Saturday with no guaranteed starter. With signal-callers able to be hit, the Spring Game referees should be ready to blow their whistles quickly because Young is coming for the quarterback trio.Baron BrowningAnother former five-star prospect, sophomore linebacker Baron Browning earned special teams reps and mop-up duty on defense early in the season, but gained more playing time toward the end of the year. With Baker and Chris Worley gone and redshirt sophomore Tuf Borland sidelined with an Achilles injury, Browning has a chance to earn a starting position in his second collegiate season. However, he has to beat out a number of worthy, experienced linebackers in Malik Harrison, Keandre Jones, Dante Booker, Pete Werner and Justin Hilliard to make an impact.Browning stands out when he walks onto the field due to his uncommon combination of size and speed. His physical gifts have even impressed head coach Urban Meyer, who called him “as talented a linebacker as has ever walked through these doors.”“He’s got it all now. He’s got A to Z,” Meyer said. “An intelligent guy, a good person, and God has blessed him with an incredible skillset.”That skillset allows him to play all three linebacker positions. Though with Borland likely set as the starting middle linebacker, he will likely have his best shot at playing time on the outside.Every opportunity counts when a large group of players is interlocked in a position battle. And everyone will have their final shot to make an impression during spring practice on Saturday. The most physically gifted player at his position, Browning should stand out.Shaun WadeOne of Ohio State’s two five-star cornerbacks in the 2018 recruiting class, Shaun Wade did not get nearly the opportunity offered to fellow five-star cornerback Jeffrey Okudah. Wade’s body would not allow it. He underwent abdominal surgery during the season and never saw the field.Ohio State then-freshman cornerback Shaun Wade warms up prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorNow a redshirt freshman, Wade has the opportunity to make the impact many thought he would last season. Redshirt junior cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette, along with Okudah, stand in the way of Wade earning starter-level snaps to start the year. But considering his rank as the second-best cornerback in the 2017 class, the now-healthy Wade should push for snaps. And with Okudah sitting out spring practice and the Spring Game due to having surgery on a torn labrum that has bothered him since high school, Wade has a chance to shine.In the past, the Buckeyes relied on a three-cornerback rotation. With Kerry Coombs gone, new cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson said he intends to maintain the rotation, provided he has three starter-quality cornerbacks. With Okudah out for the spring, Wade has a chance to prove he can break into the trio of rotating starters.And with all eyes on the quarterback battle during the Spring Game, the opportunity exists for Wade to make a statement in front of a crowd. read more


RNLI to scrap main lifeboat at Poole harbour worlds second biggest

first_imgThe volunteers and their families work so hard to keep the lifeboat in pristine condition and to have that hard work thrown in their faces now is dreadfulCarol Evans, former mayor of Poole The RNLI has sparked outrage with a decision to axe its main lifeboat from the world’s second biggest harbour.From next week, Poole in Dorset – home to one of the busiest lifeboat stations in the UK – will no longer have an all-weather boat for major rescues after the charity decided to scrap it from its fleet.The 47ft Tyne-class vessel is being replaced by a D-class lifeboat that will cover the 14 square miles of harbour – second only in size to Sydney – and surrounding bay along with the existing 28ft inshore lifeboat.A new faster all-weather boat based eight miles away in Swanage will deal with any major incidents the two smaller craft cannot attend. Locals have expressed fears the controversial decision will cost lives as seafarers in need of help could potentially have to wait longer to be rescued.The RNLI has also been accused of showing a lack of compassion to the volunteer crew of the Poole all-weather boat, the City of Sheffield, many of whom have the charity’s long service award.One of them is Johnathan Clark, whose 18-year voluntary role as coxswain has been axed.The only full-time job at the station, that of its mechanic, has also been scrapped – meaning the venue is now closed to the public as a result.Carol Evans, a former mayor of Poole and long-time supporter of the RNLI, described the decision as “dreadful”.Mrs Evans, 68, said: “The lifeboat will be such a great loss to Poole, which is the busiest coastal lifeboat station in the country. It has been there since the 1900s so there is obviously a need for it.”It is the wrong decision and it will cost lives. There are several islands in the harbour and if one of them had to be evacuated in an emergency it would fall on the all-weather lifeboat to help, but now it will have to come from further away.”The volunteers and their families work so hard to keep the lifeboat in pristine condition and to have that hard work thrown in their faces now is dreadful.”The coxswain, Mr Clark, is dedicated to the role. It is his life. I think he will be bereft. I will not donate to the RNLI again.” Poole Tyne class and Atlantic inflatable Mr Clark, who has spent 33 years as a lifeboatman following in the footsteps of his father before him, spoke of his regret at the decision.He said: “I am very proud to have been the coxswain and I will miss going out on the lifeboat, but that feeling of pride and honour of all that we have done will always remain with me – you can’t take that away.”The RNLI, whose headquarters are coincidentally in Poole, said most rescues in and around shallow Poole Harbour are to small crafts, which are dealt with by the inshore lifeboat.But speaking at a public meeting earlier this year, Brian Traves, a former RNLI fundraising chairman, said the loss of the City of Sheffield was “ill-judged”.He said at the time: “Poole lifeboat station is the busiest coastal station year after year and must have full services available.”As a very loyal supporter of our superb institution I shall be extremely concerned should any loss of life occur – and it will.”That responsibility lies on the very wide shoulders of our beloved RNLI whose purpose is to save lives at sea.”An RNLI spokesman insisted that scrapping the Poole all-weather lifeboat would not endanger lives.He said: “This decision follows a regular five-yearly coast review during which factors such as the changing demand for search and rescue and the improving capabilities of modern lifeboats are considered.”The review team concluded that having a Shannon class all-weather lifeboat at Swanage will ensure the RNLI’s strategic performance standards can be met without the need to station an all-weather lifeboat inside Poole harbour.”The team also concluded that, with Poole harbour’s history of high incident numbers and large areas of shallow water, a D class inshore lifeboat would be allocated to Poole lifeboat station.”We have been totally committed to saving lives at sea for 191 years and remain so today. That is why we respond to changing patterns of sea use and lifeboat need. The RNLI doesn’t take decisions like this lightly and would certainly not contemplate removing a lifeboat if lives would be put at risk.”The institution pays tribute to the selfless commitment of the team at Poole RNLI and thanks them for their continued support, dedication and commitment to saving lives at sea.”According to the latest figures for January to October 2015, there were 99 emergency launches from Poole; 74 by the inshore lifeboat and 25 with the all-weather lifeboat.In all 135 people were rescued; 30 by the all-weather lifeboat and 105 by the inshore lifeboat crews.Since it came into service in 2001, the City of Sheffield has launched 557 times and saved 650 people. Poole Tyne class and Atlantic inflatableCredit:RNLI/NathanWilliams/BNPS​ Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Duke of York appalled by Epstein sex allegations as footage emerges of

Prince Andrew appeared alongside the Queen in Balmoral last week The Duke previously conceded he had made an “error of judgment’ after pictures emerged from the same trip of the pair in Central Park.Buckingham Palace recently repeated their “emphatic denial” of allegations against the Duke made by Virginia Roberts, one of Epstein’s victims.A spokesman said: “This relates to proceedings in the United States, to which the Duke of York is not a party. Any suggestion of impropriety with under-age minors is categorically untrue.“It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. “Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.” The footage is from December 2010, when the Duke, then the UK’s Special Representative for Trade, stayed with Epstein in his New York home – two years after Epstein was convicted of sex with a child and placed on the sex offender register. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Duke of York has reacted for the first time to the Jeffrey Epstein sex scandal.Speaking after new footage emerged of the 59-year-old royal staying in the disgraced financier’s flat in 2010, the Duke said he was “appalled” by recent reports.In a statement released to The Daily Telegraph, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The Duke of York has been appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes. His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent.”Having appeared at church alongside his mother the Queen in Balmoral last weekend, the Duke was conspicuous by his absence at Crathie Kirk on Sunday. He is currently holidaying in the Spanish resort of Sotogrande with his ex-wife, Sarah, Duchess of York.The statement followed the release of a video showing the Duke peering out from behind the door of Epstein’s £63 million Manhattan mansion, waving goodbye to a brunette.Less than an hour earlier Epstein had been seen leaving the New York property with a young blonde woman. Prince Andrew appeared alongside the Queen in Balmoral last weekCredit:Jane Barlow/PA read more


Joy Global debuts highly versatile PH 77XD blasthole drill

first_imgResponding to customer requests for versatility in surface drilling, Joy Global last week introduced its P&H 77XD blasthole drill, which can be configured for rotary or hammer drilling, diesel or electric power, and single- or multi-pass drilling.This new machine, which debuted on the MINExpo show floor in Las Vegas, is designed to deliver an up to 10% maintenance and repair cost advantage, and an up to 5% availability advantage. The drill’s name reflects its 77,000 lb of maximum bit loading capacity.The first machine will be shipped to operate at Kinross Gold’s Bald Mountain gold mine in Nevada.With a focus on solving today’s toughest mining challenges, Joy Global equipped the first of its next generation of P&H drills with features to help extend equipment life, reduce costs and improve safety, including:Robust solid boxer style mast construction with a simple rack and pinion pulldown design to reduce maintenance effort while increasing drilling forcesInnovative automatic bit handling and pipe handling functions to improve safety and increase machine utilizationIntelligent compressor control, which manages power consumption and associated bailing velocity, to lower operating costs.Several other smart features are available for the drill to facilitate improved cycle times, including: enhanced auto drill and electronic load sense control. The 77XD is compatible with Joy Global’s new high-precision GPS tele-remote operation console and automation solution, which includes features such as geo fencing, auto navigation, obstacle detection and mitigation, Hawkeye 360 camera system, and more.last_img read more