What the Mars Landing Says About Goals

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Today NASA landed a dune buggy on Mars, a planet 300,000,000 miles way from earth so they could give it some sort of ultrasound. How difficult must it be to figure out how to launch something into space? How difficult must it be to guide something traveling that distance over the course of 6 months and successfully enter the atmosphere and successfully land it in good enough shape to collect and send back information?Forget about the technology and the science. Forget about the math, even though NASA certainly didn’t forget any of these things. Think instead about the level of thinking necessary outside of these domains.What kind of thinking is necessary to set such a goal? How limitless must your belief system be to imagine such a thing.What kind of curiosity does it take to decide that you absolutely must know what the planet is like? What kind of future do you believe is going to require that we understand what is possible on a planet this far from our own?What kind of resourcefulness does it take to solve the problems that comes along with a project like this, starting with getting the money for a project like this, one with a greater likelihood of failure than success.The human being, Homo sapiens, as bumbling, difficult, and short-sighed as we sometimes are, find a way to bring into existence anything they can see with their mind’s eye. Be it curing disease, building massive cities, or landing a dune buggy on Mars, given a long enough timeline, we find away to make it our reality.If you have ever doubted your goal, if you have worried that your goal was too big, that is unachievable, that it is somehow out of your reach, you can be certain it is not. There’s a greater likelihood that your timeline is wrong than the goal being to audacious.last_img read more

Father sings bhajans in temples

first_imgThe father of Feroze Khan, whose appointment at the Banaras Hindu University’s Sanskrit department has triggered a row, himself sings bhajans at temples and serves at a cow shelter.At a temple in the premises of Shree Ramdev Gaushala Chetanya Dham in Bagru, 35 km from here, Ramzan Khan on Wednesday participated in the aarti, sitting at a harmonium and singing a devotional song.He himself holds the shastri qualification in Sanskrit, composes religious songs and performs ‘gau sewa’ at the nearby cattle shed. At the same time, he visits the mosque and offers namaz.last_img read more

Beermen eye 3-1 Finals lead

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cabagnot and Ross finished in a dead heat in the statistical points race after the Final Four—something that hasn’t happened before—with votes from the media and the league as well as fellow players to determine the winner.No Best Player of the Conference race has been shared by two players before.To inspire TNT to a Game 4 fightback it badly needs, team owner Manny V. Pangilinan stopped by in the practice on Tuesday, joining the team for lunch and giving them a pep talk at Moro Lorenzo Gym inside the Ateneo campus.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games New names in nat’l pool? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READcenter_img And TNT will try to get back into the fight with Smith aboard, after coach Nash Racela decided against tapping standby import Mike Myers because he already has identified the reasons for the last two losses.“We have to limit our turnovers,” Racela said, knowing that falling into a 1-3 hole could just be too big of a mountain for his Texters to scale, especially against a powerhouse and cohesive team like San Miguel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTNT had 23 errors in Game 3, with franchise player Jason Castro highlighting the Texters’ struggles with 10 turnovers.Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot, just two of the pieces that are making the San Miguel machine hum on all cylinders, will be disputing the Best Player of the Conference award in what is possibly the closest race this league has seen. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer will face the same enemy it conquered in the last two games of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, with TNT KaTropa deciding to stick it out with Joshua Smith.With a 2-1 lead and authoritative winners of Games 2 and 3, the Beermen will come into this crucial 7 p.m. encounter at Smart Araneta Coliseum as the solid favorites to move closer to bagging the second jewel of a Grand Slam.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? View commentslast_img read more

Virat Kohli busy ‘changing diapers’ as Mahendra Singh Dhoni battles Zimbabwe

first_imgEven as Mahendra Singh Dhoni is sweating it out in Zimbabwe with a group of young players in a limited-overs series, star Virat Kohli, rested for the tour, has also found a way to keep himself occupied away from the crease. The dashing 27-year-old, who was on a record-breaking spree recently, is now busy changing diapers. Yes, you read that right.While Dhoni ended a long wait of almost two years, 20 months to be precise, to win an ODI series when India defeated Zimbabwe in the second ODI on Monday, Kohli has passed the time by being active on Social Media and attending reality television shows. Recently, Kohli also showed his love for football when he posted a picture in support of the ongoing European Championship in France.Kohli will soon be part of The Tara Sharma Show season 4, televised on a popular channel Star World, an episode of which has already been shot. The teaser of the show suggests that the Indian Test captain will talk about “children pursuing their passions.”Kohli will also be seen changing diapers and he seems to have liked it as well.Not only that. Kohli was also reportedly seen on the sets of Anushka Sharma-starrer Phillauri last week. Reports also suggest that the love birds have reunited after their alleged break-up.11 MILLION TWITTER FOLLOWERSThe poster boy also went past 11 million followers on micro-blogging site Twitter and needs a few more to supass most-followed Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who has 11.2 million followers.A big thank you to all 11 Million on Twitter. Your support and love means a lot. Grateful always ??? pic.twitter.com/g2mW6EgEyJadvertisement Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 9, 2016RECORD IPL SEASONKohli has been in smashing form this year. With 973 runs in 16 games at an average of 81.08 and a strike rate of 152.03, he finished as the highest scorer in the Indian Premier League this season.He had not scored a century in T20 cricket before the IPL this year now he has four tons to his credit, a record which no one else has been able to emulate in any other T20 tournament around the world.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Croatia’s Modric hopes for fairytale finish in Russia

first_imgCroatian captain Luka Modric has achieved a lot of success at the club level. From winning the La Liga to Champions League with Real Madrid, the playmaker has tasted many top honours.But when he steps into the Fisht Stadium by the Black Sea on Saturday against Russia to represent Croatia, he will have a chance to become part of Croatia’s folklore.Ever since a talented Croatian side reached the 1998 World Cup semi-finals in their second major tournament as an independent nation, subsequent generations have been under pressure from the country’s fans and media to emulate the feat.The ‘Class of 1998’ lost to hosts France in the semi-finals, then beat the Netherlands 2-1 in the third-place playoff, inspiring many in the Balkan nation including a then 12-year-old Modric.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGENow 32 and one of the biggest names left in Russia given the early exits of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Modric came to global prominence when he joined Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League in 2008.A visionary passer and fleet-footed dribbler, he has kept his form with Real Madrid’s multiple Champions League-winning sides since joining them in 2012.Modric was devastating in the group stages and scored one of the goals of the tournament, upstaging Messi and Argentina by leading his team to the top of their group.He was poised to hog most of the limelight in the knockouts with the departure of Ronaldo and Messi after Portugal and Argentina lost in the round of 16 but was mostly subdued during the match against Denmark.advertisementWorld Cup 2018: Russia aim to cause another upset as they face CroatiaModric, however, put the win in Croatia’s grasp minutes before the end of the second half of extra time with a sumptuous through ball that Ante Rebic ran on to before being felled by Mathias Jorgensen in the penalty area.The Croatia captain, widely respected by his fellow players for being a complete team man, took the penalty but his weak shot was blocked by Denmark keeper Kasper Schmeichel to send the match into a penalty shootout.DREAM ALIVEModric returned to the spot about 15 minutes later and got the better of Schmeichel with Croatia’s third attempt as his side won 3-2 to keep his dream alive of surpassing the Croatian ‘Class of 1998’.”Since 2008 we have never gone beyond this first knockout game and it was very important for us to get that monkey off our back,” Modric told the FIFA website.World Cup 2018: Russia to mint half-rouble coin if hosts reach semi-finals”I was calm and focused. I embraced the responsibility as a captain and I had to do it. As a result I was very emotional after the game.”I wanted this Croatia to confirm their talent, to take that step further. The game was not an enjoyable one, but our goal was achieved.”The hard-fought win over Denmark put Croatia one win away from their best-ever showing in 1998 and if they are able to reproduce their free-flowing football from the group stages on Saturday, the hosts would find it tough to stop them.Davor Suker came closest to winning the golden ball, awarded to the best player of the World Cup, in 1998 when he finished second behind Brazil’s Ronaldo.Modric will be a strong contender to surpass Suker but he is waiting for an even better “fairy tale”.”To be at this World Cup is a great privilege,” he said.”Playing for my team is a great honour and a pleasure, but to win the World Cup with Croatia is almost unthinkable, like the most beautiful fairy tale! It would be incredible to lift the trophy as captain.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more



Raymond Taylor Needs to Play More (and He’s Going To)

first_imgIs Raymond Taylor going to start at running back on Saturday against TCU? Not according to the depth chart. But you can be certain he’s going to play more. And he should. Scoring against UTSA is one thing, doing it against Kansas is another but doing it in a shootout on the road against Texas Tech? That was nice.And as good as Taylor has been on the field, it’s what he’s said that’s made fans fall in love with No. 30.“I know that once I get the ball, I better turn it on, because if something happens other than a touchdown, I’m going to be disappointed in myself,” Taylor told the Oklahoman. “At any point they put me in the game it’s like, ‘OK, touchdown.’ In my mind, I just keep telling myself, ‘Touchdown, touchdown,’ knowing that it doesn’t take too much and I should be there by the end of the play. I see the end zone. And at that point, that’s the only thing that matters. Full effort.”“I believe in no plays off,” he added. “At any part of the game, I can be a part of the play, whether it’s blocking or setting something up for other players.”David Glidden offered up this eye-opening quote about Taylor to the Oklahoman as well. “Even against our starting defense, he makes those guys look silly sometimes. He’s probably the least favorite guy for them to tackle.”Even though he’s not likely to start on Saturday, Gundy all but guaranteed the former walk-on would be in the thick of it when TCU comes to town.“Yeah, we need to use him more. He’s earned his stripes for lack of a better term. We need to work him in. When he’s carrying the ball, he’s been effective. He’s shown toughness, durability, and he’s a guy we need to work into our offense more. He’s a success story for us. I mean, he works hard and never says a word.”Gundy, always loving those dudes who never talk.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

The 6 Colleges Dominating The NFL Combine This Year

first_imgformer ohio state running back mike weber at the combineINDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 01: Running back Mike Weber of Ohio State works out during day two of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 1, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana has entered its third day, with the defensive linemen currently on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium, running the 40-yard dash.This is a professional football event, of course, with players showcasing their talents for NFL teams ahead of this spring’s draft. It’s somewhat of a college football showcase too, though, as it puts the best programs on display.Which programs are dominating the combine this year?Here’s an updated “medal count” heading into the third day.Iowa is currently leading all schools with 11 medals, followed by Notre Dame and Kansas State.Penn State, Clemson and Ohio State round out the top five.#NFLCombine medals count through Day 2:1) @HawkeyeFootball, 112) @NDFootball, 93t) @KStateFB, 63t) @PennStateFball, 65t) @ClemsonFB, 55t) @OhioStateFB, 5 pic.twitter.com/QOBQM0UubD— NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) March 3, 2019The NFL Combine continues throughout the day in Indianapolis.It’s being televised on the NFL Network.last_img read more

ExPQ leader Boisclair arrested for suspected drunk driving reports

first_imgQUEBEC – Former Parti Quebecois leader Andre Boisclair was arrested Thursday for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol, a Montreal radio station reported.Cogeco-owned 98,5 FM said Quebec City police arrested Boisclair shortly after midnight.Police did not confirm Boisclair, 51, was the person arrested but TV footage showed the ex-politician leaving a Quebec City police station just before noon Thursday.Earlier in the day, a clerk at the local courthouse said a name matching Boisclair’s was on a list of people expected to appear but the individual was not arraigned later in the day.Police spokesman Etienne Doyon said authorities arrested a 51-year-old man for suspected drunk driving after a car struck a lamppost.Police allege the man also refused a breathalyzer, obstructed justice and intimidated someone associated with the judicial system. Doyon said the man was released on a promise to appear in court at a later date, which media reports said would be Feb. 15.Boisclair was a longtime provincial politician who served as PQ leader between November 2005 and May 2007.He quit after a disappointing showing in the 2007 election in which the PQ finished third.Boisclair was first elected in 1989 at the age of 23 — at the time he was the youngest-ever member of the legislature — and went on to hold several cabinet positions in governments headed by Lucien Bouchard and Bernard Landry.Post-politics, he was appointed to several advisory posts and served as Quebec’s delegate-general in New York City in 2012 and 2013.He is currently president and chief executive officer of the Institut de developpement urbain du Quebec, which speaks for the real estate industry and promotes urban development in the province.A spokesperson for the organization declined to comment and did not confirm an arrest.(Cogeco Nouvelles/The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Team Managers Announced For Soccer Aid

first_imgJose Mourinho will manage the England team alongside Sam Allardyce with Claudio Ranieri taking charge of the Rest of The World for this year’s 10th anniversary of Soccer Aid.The two star-studded squads will once again go head to head in what promises to be another electrifying match on Sunday 5th June, broadcast live on ITV from Manchester United’s legendary Old Trafford Stadium, all in aid of UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation.Jose Mourinho says: “I want to be the first one to win the Soccer Aid trophy for both teams, England and the Rest of the World. Sam and I will make a very good partnership and it will be a great feeling for Claudio to finally lose a match! I hope the organisers can help me now with an English passport!!”Claudio Ranieri adds: “Soccer Aid is a fantastic event, raising money for an amazing children’s charity in Unicef. For Soccer Aid’s 10th anniversary, it is a great honour that Robbie Williams has asked me to manage the Rest of the World XI and I’m looking forward to helping them defend their title!”Joining Jose Mourinho and Sam Allardyce will be assistant manager and Unicef UK Ambassador Robbie Williams, with Bradley Walsh, once again on hand as the morale boosting coach. England’s celebrities this year are One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, pop star Olly Murs, TV and Heart FM presenter Mark Wright, pop star and presenter Marvin Humes; comedian Paddy McGuinness, Jonathan Wilkes, GMB’s Ben Shephard, comedians Jack Whitehall and John Bishop with TV and Heart FM presenter Jamie Theakston in goal.Claudio Ranieri’s Rest of the World team includes; Unicef UK Ambassador and Captain Michael Sheen, Michelin-starred Chef Gordon Ramsay, pop star and presenter Nicky Byrne plus Kiss FM and ITV’s Bang on the Money presenter Rickie Haywood-Williams.The tenth anniversary match promises to be bigger, better and bolder than ever before, as the world’s biggest stars from sport, music, television and film play in a jaw-dropping game to raise money and vital support for Unicef’s work for children in danger.Soccer Aid is the brainchild of Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes and 100% of all public donations will go towards supporting the vital work of Unicef. The money raised through profits from ticket sales will add to the incredible £17 million that has already been raised for Unicef to help provide children life-saving food, vaccines and clean water, as well as protecting them from violence, exploitation and abuse.The biennial live event will be hosted by Soccer Aid veteran Dermot O’Leary with Sky Sports News presenter Kirsty Gallacher once again pitch side to report on all the action as it happens.This will be the sixth Soccer Aid event, with previous matches held at Wembley in 2008 and at Old Trafford in 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2014 raising over £17 million in total for Unicef.Soccer Aid’s Social Media campaign can be followed on Facebook at ‘Soccer Aid’ and @SoccerAid on Twitter and Instagram, also using the hashtag #SoccerAidTickets now on sale for Soccer Aid 2016, call 0845 456 2016 or visit manutd.com/socceraid.Booking fee applies. Calls charged at 0.75p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.Go to www.unicef.org.uk/socceraid to find out more.last_img read more

Creative BC Supports International Growth of Local Film Television Creators

first_img Facebook “British Columbia has established itself as the destination of choice for incoming international film and TV production,” said Prem Gill, CEO, Creative BC. “Likewise, it is essential for us to provide our own BC-based producers,directors and creators the means to leverage their expertise internationally and develop our external networks.”The Project Development Fund provides non-recoupable advances for BC-based production companies to develop film, television or digital media content. While the current Fund typically covers approximately 50per cent of the broadcaster and third-party commitment, co-development funding for The Gulliver Curse will explore opportunities as a pilot with a funding cap of $30,000 (matched by the Irish Film Board).“Ambitious, international co-productions are a key part of Omnifilm’s export-driven development strategy,” confirms Omnifilm partner Brian Hamilton. “We are tremendously excited to be working with this talented team to develop The Gulliver Curse as a high-budget, character-driven action-adventure series which will resonate worldwide.”The Gulliver Curse is an action adventure series based on the novel by Jonathan Swift, and follows Gulliver Sympson who opens a passageway to an alternate universe, bringing strange and supernatural perils into the world. The series will be filmed in Ireland, while visual effects and post-production will be completed in B.C. Login/Register With: About the Project Development FundThe Project Development Fund provides non-recoupable advances to BC based production companies who meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the Program Guidelines. The funds advanced must be used to develop film, television or digital media content which a broadcaster, distributor orother eligible triggering agent has committed, in writing, to advance cash for the current phase of development.About Creative BCCreative BC is an independent agency created and supported by the Province of BC to sustain and help grow BC’s creative sector (film and television, digital and interactive media, music, and magazine and book publishing industries). The agency delivers a wide range of programs and services to expand BC’s creative economy. These include the administration of the provincial government’s tax credit programs for film and television; development funding and export marketing support; and motion picture production services to attract inward investment and market BC as a destination for domestic and international production. The agency acts as an industry catalyst and ambassador to help BC’s creative sector reach its economic and creative potential both at home and globally.Stay up to date with initiatives from Creative BC.Twitter: @creativebcsFacebook: /creativebcsInstagram: @creativebcsWebsite: www.creativebc.comAbout OmnifilmOmnifilm Entertainment is a leading independent Canadian content company. Since 1979 Omnifilm has produced and distributed hundreds of hours of award-winning programming including drama, comedy, factual and lifestyle series, documentaries, and children’s programming. Current productions include: Season 2 of live-action adventure series MECH-X4 for Disney XD, Wild Bear Rescue for Animal Planet, and Season 3 of Jade Fever for Discovery Canada. Omnifilm’s recent scripted series include: Arctic Air (CBC); Primeval: New World (CTV/Space, SyFy Channel, ProSieben, and UKTV); Defying Gravity (ABC, CTV-Space, ProSieben, and BBC); Dragon Boys (CBC); and Robson Arms (CTV). One of Omnifilm’s earliest dramas, the Emmy-nominated Odyssey, featured a young Ryan Reynolds in one of his first starring roles. On the non-scripted side, multiple award-winning documentary series Ice Pilots NWT is currently airing on History Canada, Discovery UK, and in 61 other countries worldwide. Based in Vancouver, Omnifilm Entertainment is a vertically-integrated content company handling development, production and post-production, delivery, and distribution of its brands on both traditional television and digital/VOD platforms.About SuboticaSubotica is one of Ireland’s leading film and TV production companies, with a proven track record of collaborating with industry best including Oscar and Bafta winners to create acclaimed international cinema. Subotica’s most recent productions include Unless (Alan Gilsenan, 2015) starring Catherine Keener and well received at TIFF this year, the beautiful Danish co-production Across the Waters (Nicolo Donato, 2015) All is by My Side (John Ridley, 2013) starring Andre Benjamin and Imogen Poots; Gold (Niall Heery, 2013) starring Maisie Williams; Young Ones (Jake Paltrow, 2013), starring Nicholas Hoult, and Elle Fanning and period feature Miss Julie (Liv Ullmann, 2014) which stars Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton. Operating since 1998, Subotica’s TV repertoire includes the eight-part TV Drama Random Passage (John Smith, 2001). They produced TV drama Proof (Ciaran Donnelly, 2004) which was recommissioned by RTE to produce a second series (Thaddeus O’Sullivan, 2005). Damage (Aisling Walsh, 2007) is a two hour TV drama for RTE starring Natalie Press and Olivia Williams, which also screened to excellent ratings and critical acclaim.About Veritas EntertainmentVeritas Entertainment is a production company founded by Alan Gasmer and Peter Jaysen. The company has a robust slate of projects in various stages of development and pre-production which include the upcoming television adaptation of Tana French’sbest selling novels about the “Dublin Murder Squad” written by Sarah Phelps and being co-produced in conjunction with Fremantle UK for both TNT and the BBC. Jaysen and Gasmer are also executive producing television adaptations of best-selling novels such as Ray Bradbury’s groundbreaking Fahrenheit 451 for HBO Films with Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes) attached to write and direct, Ray Bradbury’s classic The Martian Chronicles with Hart Hanson (Bones) attached to write/showrun for IMG, Kevin Roose’s gripping expose of the “post crash” Wall Street in Young Money with Amitabh Klemm attached to write for TNT, and Michael Hassan’s buzzed about debut novel Crash and Burn with Aaron Zelman attached to write for Sony Television and Hulu. Advertisement The script development will be partially funded through Creative BC’s Project Development Fund, with writing duties handled by Simon Barry based on an original script by Stephen de Souza, and co-developed by Omnifilm Entertainment (Vancouver) and Subotica Entertainment (Dublin) in association with Veritas Entertainment. Executive Producers on the project include writer/showrunner Simon Barry (Continuum), Alan Gasmer (Vikings), Peter Jaysen (You, Me, Her), Paulo de Oliveira (Outlander), Tristan Orpen Lynch (Miss Julie) and Brian Hamilton (Mech-X4).“Funding for this co-production was established because of a trade mission to Ireland in November 2015,” said Robert Wong, Vice President, Creative BC and acting BC Film Commissioner. “While Creative BC actively fosters international opportunities for BC companies, The Gulliver Curse will be one of the first co-development projects to receive program funding, acting as a pilot for other agency-to-agency agreements.”Through this pilot, Creative BC will evaluate co-development success during subsequent filming and post-production phases of the series. Based on results of this investment made through a broader funding program called the Project Development Fund, Creative BC may establish a tailored co-production program that focuses its funding on global collaborations. This would make the international fund the first of its kind in Western Canada.center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Sniper kills Egypt soldier in Sinai security

first_imgCAIRO – A sniper shot dead an Egyptian soldier Wednesday in the lawless Sinai Peninsula where the army has been waging a relentless campaign to root out militants, a security official said.The 20-year-old conscript was killed while training at a military camp in Sheikh Zuwayed, the official said.“He was shot in the head,” the official said, adding the nature of the wound indicated the bullet had been fired from altitude. Egypt’s army has poured troops and armour into the Sinai to crush militant activity which has surged since the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3.A subsequent crackdown on Islamists has resulted in more than 1,000 people being killed and more than 2,000 arrested nationwide.Dozens of soldiers and policemen have also been killed in near daily attacks in the Sinai.last_img read more

Security Council praises progress towards peace and stability in West Africa

The Council, however, expressed concern that the progress remains fragile, especially in view of recurrent threats to peace and security in the sub-region, including terrorism and trans-national organized crime, illicit drug trafficking and as well as election-related violence.“The Security Council stressed the importance of strengthening trans-regional and international cooperation on the basis of a common and shared responsibility to counter the world drug problem and related criminal activities, and in support of relevant national, sub-regional and regional organizations and mechanisms, including with the view to strengthening the rule of law,” Ambassador Peter Wittig of Germany, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency this month, said in a statement read to the press.In the statement, issued after a briefing by Said Djinnit, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa, the Council welcomed efforts by the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to address unconstitutional changes of government and to consolidate democratic practices and institutions, particularly through security sector reform, the promotion of human rights and the involvement of women in conflict prevention and resolution.The Council encouraged the continued engagement of the international community to ensure that progress made in preventing conflict and consolidating democracy in West Africa is sustained.It encouraged the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) to continue to promote and strengthen a regional and integrated approach to issues in West Africa, including those which have a cross-border dimension, in particular the threat of terrorism in the Sahel, security sector reform, trans-national organized crime, including illicit drug trafficking, the promotion of good governance and human rights.In his briefing to the Council, Mr. Djinnit stressed the need to comprehensively address issues of development, governance and security in West African countries.“Despite the praiseworthy efforts they are undertaking within the framework of promoting development and stability they [countries] continue to be vulnerable and fragile, therefore deserving a determined and steadfast support from the international community,” he said.In his latest report to the Council on the activities of UNOWA, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also points out that with the end of the crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, the restoration of constitutional order and democracy in Guinea and Niger, as well as peaceful and fair elections in Benin and Nigeria, the sub-region is witnessing a new momentum towards peace and democracy.“While paving the way for stability, reconstruction and development, those encouraging achievements have regrettably not completely reversed the potential of new rounds of instability, which remain a reality in several countries, as illustrated by recent developments in Burkina Faso and the simmering tensions observed in other countries of the sub-region,” Mr. Ban notes in the report.He says that UNOWA will continue to support initiatives aimed at consolidating the gains that are consistent with its revised mandate. It will also concentrate on addressing cross-border and cross-cutting challenges to peace, security and stability, in particular election-related crisis and violence, challenges related to security sector reform and trans-national crime, notably drug trafficking and terrorism. 8 July 2011The Security Council today voiced satisfaction with the progress countries in West Africa are making towards greater peace and stability, welcoming the positive developments in post-conflict recovery and peacebuilding, particularly in Guinea and Niger, as well as the end of the violent post-election crisis in Côte d’Ivoire. read more

Organized crime spreading using modern technology UN panel told

Antonio Maria Costa, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) told the General Assembly’s Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee that his office had recently developed a composite index of organized crime, combining data on over 10 factors, and then ran the factors through the computers.”The results showed that sub-Saharan Africa appeared to be the region most affected by organized crime, followed by Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean,” he told the Third Committee yesterday.Among the factors UNODC studies, he said, were ” perceptions of organized crime and high-level corruption by business leaders, the extent of the grey economy, the degree of arms and tobacco smuggling, levels of human trafficking, car theft and money laundering.”Mr. Costa also told the Committee that criminals too, use advanced methods.”Modern technology enabled criminals to launder money, commit large-scale fraud, attack computer systems and disseminate paedophile material,” he said.Mr. Costa said Asia and the Andean countries had seen a “sizeable reduction” of opium and coca cultivation, with the exception of Colombia and Afghanistan. He also detected a “significant” reduction in cocaine and heroin abuse in North America and Western Europe but new markets had emerged in Eastern Europe, Russia and China. read more

Gatwick chaos Window fitter arrested for drone attack was at work says

The first reported sighting… A window fitter arrested on suspicion of carrying out the Gatwick drone attack was at work throughout “much of” the disruption, his boss insisted. Drone enthusiast, Paul Gait, 47, was detained along with his wife Elaine Kirk, 54, at their home in Crawley, West Sussex, just a five-minute drive from the airport’s perimeter. Friends of the couple said Ms Kirk  had “no interest” in drones or flying. The pair were being questioned on suspicion of causing three days of chaos at Britain’s second busiest airport by repeatedly flying a device into restricted air space. 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. His former partner also said that he was with her during another time that the drone was seen over the airport. read more

Guyana Govt working on strong relief response to hurricane hit territories

As the region grapples with the devastation brought on by Hurricane Irma and impending threats of Hurricane Jose, the Government of Guyana has pledged an initial sum of US $50,000 to aid urgent relief effortsthrough the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) regional mechanism, which is coordinated by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in partnership with the Association of Caribbean States (ACS). Further assistance will be determined subsequent to the completion of a Needs Assessment. This was announced today, following a high-level meeting convened by President David Granger at State House. The Head of State has tasked the team with ensuring that Guyana’s response also comprehensively addresses the needs of Guyanese citizens, who are residing in the affected territories, according to the Ministry of the Presidency.President David Granger convened a high-level Ministerial Meeting to discuss Guyana’s response to hurricane-hit territories of the Caribbean region. The high-level team included: Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, Minister of Finance, Mr. Winston Jordan, Minister of Citizenship, Mr. Winston Felix, Minister of Public Infrastructure, Mr. David Patterson, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl Greenidge, Minister of Public Affairs, Ms. Dawn Hastings-Williams and Minister with Responsibility for the Public Service, Dr. Rupert Roopnarine. (MotP photo)Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, who has responsibility for disaster relief, announced the initial sum committed by Government noting that Needs Assessments are being conducted at the regional level and added that regular Situation Reports are being monitored as Guyana continues to work with the Region to ensure a coordinated response.  Additionally, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo will Head a Ministerial Task Force that will be responsible for oversight of the efforts of the Civil Defence Commission’s (CDC) National Risk Reduction Platform, which has since been activated.According to the MotP, Harmon also informed that over the next few days, strenuous efforts will be made to keep an open line of communication to ensure that relatives of those residing in hurricane-hit zones are provided with the necessary information regarding their loved ones. “We will work to render assistance to Guyanese nationals in Caribbean countries and generally to the affected states themselves. We want to be able to have an inventory of students, who are on scholarships in Cuba and in other parts of the Caribbean and to see to it that such information is provided to their families,” the Prime Minister said.Meanwhile, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl Greenidge said that Cuba has better infrastructure than many of the other Caribbean countries and noted that from current reports, the Ministry has no reason to believe that scholarship students are in any danger or have suffered in any alarming way. Nevertheless, the Ministry will be setting up a portal on its website to facilitate communication between those affected and their families as well as the authorities in Guyana, the MotP reported.Lack of communication is one of the major difficulties that the regional response effort faces. Minister Greenidge explained that while there is a basic framework of communication such as Honorary Consuls, Ambassadors and other diplomatic representatives, the storm has ravaged communications infrastructure, especially in places like St. Maarten, St. Barts and Barbuda. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHurricane Maria: Guyana stands in solidarity with Dominica, ready to offer support- PresidentSeptember 19, 2017In “latest news”CDC, Foreign Ministry open hotline for relatives of persons affected by Hurricane IrmaSeptember 14, 2017In “latest news”Int’l Donors Conference to be called for hurricane-devastated islandsSeptember 15, 2017In “latest news” read more

FLSmidth teams with Maplesoft in modelling Dual Truck Mobile Sizer design

first_imgAs part of its ongoing development of the Dual Truck Mobile Sizer (DTMS), one of its key new innovations in In-Pit Crushing and Conveying, FLSmidth recently engaged the services of Maplesoft’s Engineering Solutions team whose design and analysis tools have helped in the development of the offering, which is truly mobile and can be relocated throughout a project’s life, as the haul distances increase. The DTMS increases in-pit crushing efficiency due to its dual-skip configuration. A truck backs into one skip until it reaches a restraining curb in the floor. After dumping its load on the skip floor, it then slowly pulls ahead, lowers its bed, and pulls away.Once the truck clears the end of the skip, the skip can be raised. As the skip is elevated, it pours material from the discharge of the skip and deposits the material into the apron feeder hopper. As material is introduced onto the apron feeder, it conveys the material to the sizer where it is crushed to the appropriate size. After being crushed, the material is deposited onto the discharge conveyor where it is taken to the bench conveyor. This process is performed while another haul truck is depositing material into the twin skip, thereby increasing the number of truck cycles.To create tools that would help FLSmidth to design this innovative piece of equipment, the Maplesoft team first had to develop a deep understanding of the dynamics of the skip system. They began by using MapleSim, the advanced modelling and simulation platform, to develop a fully parameterised model of the skip. Taking advantage of MapleSim’s multidomain modelling capabilities, they were able to create a high-fidelity model that incorporated all the key components of the skip – from its geometric structure and mechanical operation, to the hydraulic circuits and controllers. “The DTMS is a very large and complex machine,” says Willem Fourie, Global Product Line Manager – Mobile Sizer Stations, FLSmidth. “The ability to model all aspects of its operation during the design phase using MapleSim gave us confidence that the product we would ultimately build would function correctly the first time. We cannot even begin to put a value on what this means to us.”MapleSim’s modelling approach not only addresses the basic requirements of dynamic multidomain simulation, but through seamless access to the underlying symbolic equations, enables the user to rapidly create targeted design tools using Maple’s high-performance symbolic computation engine. The creation of the skip model was complemented with the development of multiple design tools to aid in adjusting the model to achieve the desired behaviour. One such design tool is the Geometric Design Evaluation tool, which provides the ability to evaluate changes in the dimensions of the skip design and their effect on the dynamics of the system. The tool uses Maple – Maplesoft’s symbolic computation tool – to perform a parameter sweep, by simultaneously running simulations using the different parameter values provided. Maple then presents the results overlaid on a single plot window for easy comparison and evaluation. Other tools developed include tools for sizing the hydraulics and components, designing the motion profile, investigating the dynamic loading on the bearings, and estimating the material flow load.As part of developing and testing the skip model, Maplesoft’s technical team also evaluated the design, to identify the sources of vibrations and their effects. They developed an approach to perform stability analysis, which was made possible by the fact that the skip model provided easy access to key geometric features and dynamic properties of the design. The stability analysis approach was demonstrated using a case study in which the location of the feedback sensor was varied. The analysis identified a potential issue very early in the design phase, enabling engineers at FLSmidth to develop a more robust design.“The stability analysis performed by the Maplesoft team was very insightful,” said Fourie. “Knowing about a potential issue early on enabled us to design with it in mind, rather than having to go back and rework our design at a later stage. This contributed to keeping our project on track, and saved us millions of dollars down the line.” The stability analysis design approach and all the other analysis tools developed by Maplesoft were delivered to FLSmidth, enabling them to apply them to future projects.Once the modelling and testing of the skip system was completed, during the following phases of the project, Maplesoft staff went on to develop the chassis model, and finally the full DTMS. Many more design tools were created, providing the ability to evaluate joint flexibility, center of mass variations as the skip was raised and lowered, and even soil modeling to investigate the vertical displacement of the system on different types of soil. “From start to finish, Maplesoft provided truly knowledgeable and professional service,” concludes Fourie. “Their team worked tirelessly to accommodate our schedule, and the power of the Maplesoft toolset is second to none. The level of design detail and the amount of insight we gained have enabled us to revolutionise onsite crushing through the development of the DTMS. We could not have achieved this without the services of Maplesoft’s Engineering Solutions team.”last_img read more

Dean Bombac to French Aix

← Previous Story Wacker Thun extend deal with Chakalidis and Franic Next Story → Elena Gjorgievska sign for Baia Mare! aixDean BombacFrench handball After bankruptcy of Belarus champion HC Dinamo Minsk, all the players left the capital. Slovenian trio Miklavcic, Mackovsek and Bundalo have been transfered to RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko, where they will finish the season, but “the most wanted” was their compatriot – playmaker Dean Bombac (25) who was a target of RK Metalurg and Wisla Plock, but at the end, he decided to sign a short three months deal with French Aix!Legendary THW Kiel coach Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic leads ambitious French team since February… read more

Eirgrid CEO Id have no issue living next to a pylon I

first_imgTHE CEO OF Eirgrid, Fintan Slye, has told an Oireachtas committee that he would have “no issue” living next to a pylon, the day after the incoming chairman of the company admitted he would not want to live beside one.Yesterday John O’Connor told the committee on Transport and Communications that he “would not like to live close to a pylon”. However, when asked the same question by committee chair John O’Mahony, the company’s CEO said:In terms of my personal view, I would have no issue living next to a pylon. In the first instance, I know it’s completely safe – I have no issue with that.He said another reason he would have no problem with it is because of the necessity for servicing the grid and for the jobs and infrastructure of the community.Syle pointed to “a wealth of studies” that indicate pylons do not cause any health issues and the fact that we are 50 times below the limits set out in World Health Organisation guidelines.Representatives for the company are before the committee to discuss and address issues in relation to three projects that the company is working on across the country – the North/South Interconnector in Meath, Gridwest from Carrick-on-Shannon to Mayo and Gridlink which will stretch from Cork to Wexford and on to Kildare.Going undergroundOn the issue of the visual impact of the pylons, Slye said Eirgrid works with communities and individuals during and after the consultation process to come up with solutions but said that for significant distances, “it is not possible to underground”.He said this would require inserting large converter stations “larger than Croke Park” around the country and would involve considerably higher costs.With all three largescale projects under discussion, if they were to go underground instead of building pylons, Slye said it would “add about €2 billion to the cost of electricity” and this would in turn add to bills for consumers.The CEO told the committee that Eirgrid as “no vested interest in any particular technology solutions”.Get down and dirtyFianna Fáil’s Timmy Dooley was critical of Eirgrid, which he said was “less forthcoming” on some of the impacts that transmission lines will have on communities and individuals, like the potential effect on property values.Tipperary South TD Mattie McGrath urged the company’s CEO to “get down and dirty, as I say, with the people, and stand in the people’s kitchens.Take off the suits and get on the wellies and go into the farmyards and asked the people and talk to them instead of talking over them and at them.Michelle Mulherin, Fine Gael TD for the Mayo constituency, which is included in plans for one of the three projects, said “at the very least – and you don’t need to be an expert for this – they don’t look nice.”She said Eirgrid should lay out the pros and cons of all of the options to give people a full evaluation.“Let people see the upsides and the downsides for themselves,” she told representatives.Slye said that the need for more details on this, and in particular an assessment of undergrounding as an option, is becoming clear in the consultation process for the Gridlink process and that is something the company is looking at.He said he would be happy to address the committee again to update them after the consultation process is over in January next year.Read: Rabbitte: ‘There must be meaningful engagement with the public over Eirgrid plans’>Read: ‘I wouldn’t like to live close to a pylon, but who would?’ – Incoming Eirgrid chair>last_img read more