Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Less time, fewer timeouts among adjustments for NBA coaches Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Read Next View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics looks on during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at TD Garden on October 2, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPCHARLOTTE, North Carolina—Boston star Kyrie Irving has added more spice to the Celtics-Cleveland season opener.Irving, who asked to be traded out of Cleveland and wound up with the Celtics this summer after three straight NBA Finals trips with LeBron James and the Cavaliers, says he sees “a vast difference” between the cities.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients “Boston, I’m driving in and (thinking), ‘I’m really playing in a real, live sports city?’” Irving told reporters Wednesday, in comments published by The Charlotte Observer.“A lot of different cultures, food and people. You get it all, especially in Boston,” Irving also said. “You would go to Cleveland, and it would be at nighttime, and things would be going on, but you just see a vast difference.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRemember, Irving and the Celtics open in Cleveland on Tuesday night. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight
At first glance, Somdev Devvarman seems to be an average guy. He loves his Tshirts, denim and flipflops. He also has his share of girl problems-finding one being the biggest. But the similarity ends there, as he has been found to be dangerous- calculative, dogged, blinkered and merciless. His weapon of choice: The Babolat Pure Drive. His latest victims: Australia’s Greg Jones at the CWG and Uzbek’s Denis Istomin at the 2010 Asian Games, feats that lead to his automatic entry to the Chennai and Australian Open. Hop on as we unravel this tennis steed like no one has ever done before.On successSomdev DevvarmanThere isn’t any specific formula for success. Take for example, my performance last year. People have been asking me if I did anything differently to win the CWG and Asian Games Gold. My answer is No. It’s not so much what I’ve done differently; it’s just that all the hard work I’ve put in over the years is finally coming together. This definitely feels good but there is still a long way to go. The idea is to continue training and pushing yourself to the limit to get better.On failureEveryone wants to be successful, but only a few realise that failure is as important. You have to be very lucky to hit the big time at the very beginning of your career. So an occasional rock bottom is necessary, because it is what makes success alluring, as we tend to strive even harder once we are down. Having said that, it’s best to take each day as it comes and keep working towards your goals.advertisementOn fame and moneyIt might sound clichd, but I have never been motivated by money and fame. My motivation to play tennis has been my love for the game and nothing else. Tennis is my profession and the money that comes in is definitely appreciated. But it’s not the driving factor. I also firmly believe that things like fame are very temporary.On balancingWith so much of travelling, my personal life can get quite tricky. But it’s a life I’ve chosen. Dating, and hanging out have taken a backseat for the moment and I’m OK with it. Right now, my career is more important than anything else. It’s all about setting your priorities right. One needs to do what is important and necessary at a particular time.On Indian TennisThe facilities in India are getting better, but there is still room for improvement. Moreover, I don’t think any talent can reach the top by staying in one place for a long time. You need exposure to other training techniques and styles. So it’s important to travel, to play tournaments and to interact with other players. It gives you perspective and it plays a very important role in your growth as a player as well as a person.On six-pack absThe six-pack phenomenon seems to be catching up in India. But for me, sporting a six-pack is not the ultimate sign of fitness. Fitness is more than just having a goodlooking physique. It means being free from illnesses, having the stamina to play longer under harsh conditions and being able to do that day in and day out, week after week for the whole year. But if sporting a six pack is your thing, go for it. Any kind of motivation that helps you lead a fit life is great.On technologyTechnology and development have made it easier for us to travel, keep in touch. Thanks to our growing economy, it is now easy for us to go abroad for studies or work, thereby making it possible for us to have friends across the globe and also observe other cultures. However, just because we are thinking global doesn’t mean we are in conflict with our value system. Respecting our elders, treating people right, making an honest living are an integral part of our value system and can be kept intact no matter where we are.On Indian foodI love Indian food and I eat it at every chance I get! Don’t believe anyone who says that Indian food is unhealthy. It’s a myth. There is obviously something right with it-just look at our wrestlers for proof. Every country has its share of healthy and not-so-healthy foods. The trick is to find the nutritious ones. On having a role modelI look up to tennis greats like Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Raphael Nadal and many more. The way they conduct themselves on and off the court are such great examples to follow. I’ve interacted with Andy Roddick very closely, and it’s a real eye-opener to train with a guy who’s been in the top 10 for so many years. It is important to have a role model, as it helps you to get a direction of what you want to make of yourself or where you want to be..advertisement
BALTIMORE, MD — California Chrome won the Preakness Stakes in dramatic fashion on Saturday to keep alive his bid for U.S. horse racing’s first Triple Crown since 1978.As a follow-up to his victory in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Art Sherman’s horse justified his stature as the overwhelming favorite by outrunning Ride On Curlin to the finish.It was the first Preakness victory for the 77-year-old trainer. California Chrome has won six straight races.The chestnut colt covered the 1 3-16th mile (1,900-meter) course in 1:54.84.With Victor Espinoza in the saddle, California Chrome stayed off the pace in third place before kicking into another gear to storm in front.“It’s an awesome feeling,” Espinoza said. “It was just a crazy race. I got more tired mentally than physically. I see another horse go to the front. I was going to sit second. .. I sit back, as soon as the other horse got clear of me, it worked out perfect.”Although Ride On Curlin was strong at the finish, he didn’t have enough to catch the winner.California Chrome paid $3 and $2.40. Ride On Curlin returned $5.60 and $3.80. Social Inclusion, who went off as the second favorite at 5-1, returned $3.40.General a Rod was fourth and Ring Weekend took fifth.California Chrome is the first California-bred horse to win the Preakness since Snow Chief in 1986.With a victory in the Belmont on June 7, California Chrome will become the 12th Triple Crown winner and the first since Affirmed. Since 1978, 11 horses have won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, but failed to win Belmont.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous IBASE and Quividi partner to provide fully compatible digital signage playersNext Allegro: two-wire, zero speed differential wheel speed sensor IC in new package PICMG will have a booth at Embedded World to display seven embedded computer architecture types with product examples from 23 companies.The architectures featured in the PICMG booth include COM Express, CompactPCI Serial, CompactPCI Serial Space, MicroTCA/AMC, AdvancedTCA, CompactPCI, and SHB Express. PICMG will also have information on its new Industrial IoT initiative. A white paper on the organization’s vision for new IIoT specifications will be available in the booth. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
Everybody has been bitten by the cricket bug because of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. With India facing its arch-rival Pakistan on the field today, every cricket fan from both the countries is glued to their TV screens.Every fan irrespective of their age and their profession is clearing up their schedule to witness the much-awaited cricket battle. Our very own, stupendously talented actress, Neena Ji is also no different.The 60-year-old, who is currently shooting in Bhopal for her upcoming film, Panga also tried clearing her schedule for the match. The video that is captioned, “Good luck India,” shows the actress on the sets of her film.In the video, Neena Gupta can be heard saying, “Subha subha aa gai hun shooting main, Bhopal main aur maine apni director ko aate hi bola, please aaj thoda jaldi chodh dena.”She added, “Aaj Hindustan Pakistan ka match hai, aaj to matlab banta hai. Aur subha subha check karliya, hotel ke room main aata hai ki nai Star Sports. I hope vo chodh de. I am very scared and very excited. Wish India good luck.”We also wish India good luck.The actress recently celebrated her 60th birthday in London with daughter, Masaba Gupta and husband, Vivek Mehra.ALSO READ | Neena Gupta leaves London gasping for air in plunging neckline top and denims with long bootsALSO SEE | Masaba Gupta flaunts her curves in halterneck backless monokini on Mexican beaches. See picsadvertisementALSO WATCH | Mother-daughter duo Neena, Masaba Gupta get candid with Rajdeep Sardesai
WTF Matt Ritchie drinks first beer in two years so he can take drug test Robin Bairner 22:46 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images WTF Newcastle United Newcastle United v Stoke City Stoke City Premier League The Scotland man had a surprise visitor and was forced to break his self-imposed alcohol ban Newcastle star Matt Ritchie has admitted that he has his first beer in over two years this week… just so he could urinate for a drugs test.The Scotland international has been tee-total since he was a teenager but found himself in a predicament earlier this week as drug testers called round to his house to take an out-of-competition sample.“I had a knock on my door at 8.45pm – it was the drug testers,” he told The Sun. “And to try and make myself have a wee, I had my first beer since my wedding day two years ago!” Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 It was something of a special event for the 28-year-old midfielder, who restrained himself even after Newcastle claimed the Championship title in May. “Even when we won the league I didn’t have a glass of champagne. I had a lime and soda with my meal.“I will probably get labelled boring for that but I want to give myself the best opportunity to be the best I can be.”It was announced earlier this month that Ritchie sells more shirts with his name on their back than the likes of Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.“If someone had said to me five years ago that this would be the case, I would have laughed at them,” he admitted.“The fans have been fantastic to me since I’ve been here and the least I can do is give everything for them.“Sometimes I won’t be having the best of games, but one quality I have is that I’ll never hide.”Ritchie has played four Premier League matches so far this season and has two assists to his credit already.
zoom When MS Amsterdam departs Fort Lauderdale, Fla., January 5, 2015, the cruise will span 114 days and calls at 45 ports in 25 countries on six continents.MS Amsterdam in SydneyFollowing Amsterdam’s departure from Fort Lauderdale, the ship will take a westerly course from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean via a daylight transit of the Panama Canal.Once the ship reaches the South Pacific, the cruiser will make an overnight call at Papeete, French Polynesia.Amsterdam will explore six Polynesian islands before heading to New Zealand for an overnight call at Auckland.The cruiser then sails west along the southern coast of Australia after an overnight call at Sydney.Guests will also have extra time Down Under with overnights at Adelaide and Perth (Fremantle). The Australian port calls include Melbourne, Albany and Geraldton.The ship makes its way to Asia with an overnight call at Bali, Indonesia, before touching the island of Java.Singapore is the next overnight call, as well as the departure point for an overland tour to Cambodia and Angkor Wat.Amsterdam continues its northwesterly course with calls at Malaysia and Thailand before an overnight call at Thilawa (Rangoon), Myanmar.The ship visits Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Cochin, India, before overnight calls at Mumbai (Bombay), India, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.Following calls in Oman, Egypt and Jordan, Amsterdam transits the Suez Canal on its way to the Mediterranean.Guests explore 13 ports in Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal, including an overnight call at Piraeus (Athens), Greece, before an Atlantic crossing and return to Fort Lauderdale.June 24, 2014; Image: Holland America
Legislation introduced today, April 17, will ban the sale of flavoured tobacco in Nova Scotia, including menthol, with minor exceptions. “The health and safety of Nova Scotians, especially our youth, is our number one priority,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “We are banning the sale of flavoured tobacco to discourage a culture of tobacco use among Nova Scotians and protect their health.” The ban will include flavoured papers for rolling tobacco, and flavoured tobacco products that are not smoked, such as chewing tobacco and snuff. The regulations will exempt the following: “While we still have concerns about e-cigarettes and e-juice, we agree with stakeholders that further regulation of these products should be done nationally by the federal government,” said Mr. Glavine. “We strongly encourage our federal partners to take swift action.” The Department of Health and Wellness consulted with tobacco and e-cigarette vendors, health groups, youth and the public on flavoured tobacco and e-cigarettes from January to March. The information gathered helped determine government’s direction on the products. A report of the consultation results is available on the department’s website. “We applaud government for this courageous legislation, which positions Nova Scotia as nationwide leaders in tobacco control,” said Barbara Stead-Coyle, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society, Nova Scotia Division. “We look forward to supporting government as this important bill proceeds through the legislative process.” The legislation will come into effect May 31, at the same time as last fall’s legislation that prohibits the use of e-cigarettes and waterpipes in indoor public places, bans the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, and restricts display and promotion in stores where minors are allowed. More information about changes to the province’s tobacco legislation is available at http://novascotia.ca/dhw/healthy-communities/tobacco-act-amendments.asp . port, rum, wine and whiskey flavoured cigars that weigh five grams or more and cost $4 or more e-cigarettes and e-juice FOR BROADCAST ONLY: Legislation introduced today (April 17th) will ban the sale of flavoured tobacco in Nova Scotia, including menthol, with minor exceptions. E-cigarettes, e-juice and certain cigars will be exempted. Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine says banning the sale of flavoured tobacco will discourage a culture of tobacco use among Nova Scotians, especially young people, and protect their health. He says there are still concerns about e-cigarettes and e- juice and he encourages the federal government to take swift action to regulate these products nationally. The legislation will come into effect May 31st, the same time as legislation that prohibits using e-cigarettes and waterpipes in indoor public places and bans the sale of e- cigarettes to minors. -30-
New Delhi: State-owned BHEL on Friday reported a consolidated net loss of Rs 218.93 crore for June quarter 2019-20 mainly due to lower revenues. The company had reported a profit of Rs 39.98 crore in the year-ago period, a BSE filing said. Total income of the company came down to Rs 4,673.38 crore in June quarter from Rs 6,116.21 crore a year earlier. Revenue from power segment declined to Rs 3,491.54 crore in the quarter under review from Rs 4,636.18 crore in the year-ago period. Industry segment revenue dipped to Rs 919.55 crore from Rs 1,160.52 crore a year ago.
United Nations Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner has spoken about the passing of Nelson Mandela.“We are all saddened by the passing of Nelson Mandela, a great friend and a man of remarkable courage, compassion, and principle,” said Turner. “On behalf of the United Nations Foundation, I send my deepest condolences to Graça Machel and to Madiba’s entire family.“Madiba dedicated his life to the causes of freedom, equality and opportunity, and our world is a better place because of him. He endured unimaginable hardship, yet never wavered in his pursuit of justice and his defense of human rights. He helped bring peace to his nation and hope to the world. While he will be missed, his legacy will live on in the people he has inspired and will continue to inspire.”Turner’s sentiments were echoed in UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks about Nelson Mandela’s death.“Nelson Mandela was a singular figure on the global stage — a man of quiet dignity and towering achievement, a giant for justice and a down-to-earth human inspiration,” said Ki-moon. “I am profoundly saddened by his passing. On behalf of the United Nations, I extend my deepest condolences to the people of South Africa and especially to Nelson Mandela’s family and loved ones.“Many around the world were greatly influenced by his selfless struggle for human dignity, equality and freedom. He touched our lives in deeply personal ways. At the same time, no one did more in our time to advance the values and aspirations of the United Nations.“Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of his people and humanity, and he did so at great personal sacrifice. His principled stance and the moral force that underpinned it were decisive in dismantling the system of apartheid.“Remarkably, he emerged from 27 years of detention without rancor, determined to build a new South Africa based on dialogue and understanding. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission established under his leadership remains a model for achieving justice in societies confronting a legacy of human rights abuses.“In the decades-long fight against apartheid, the United Nations stood side-by-side with Nelson Mandela and all those in South Africa who faced unrelenting racism and discrimination. His 1994 address to the General Assembly as the first democratically elected President of a free South Africa was a defining moment. The Assembly has declared 18 July, his birthday, “Nelson Mandela International Day”, an annual observance on which we recognize and seek to build on his contributions to promoting a culture of peace and freedom around the world.“I was privileged to meet Nelson Mandela in 2009. When I thanked him for his life’s work, he insisted the credit belonged to others. I was very moved by his selflessness and deep sense of shared purpose.“Nelson Mandela showed what is possible for our world and within each one of us — if we believe, dream and work together. Let us continue each day to be inspired by his lifelong example and his call to never cease working for a better and more just world.”
The Canadian Press CALGARY — Cenovus Energy Inc. is planning total capital spending of between $1.2 billion and $1.4 billion for next year.The plan compares with its guidance for this year of between $1.3 billion and $1.4 billion.Cenovus says the reduction compared with its 2018 forecast is largely due to efficiency improvements and reduced development plans as a result of the current commodity price environment.The company says the majority of its budget for 2019 will be spent at its Foster Creek and Christina Lake oil sands operations.Cenovus also plans to complete construction of the Christina Lake phase G expansion.In addition to its oilsands operations in northern Alberta and established natural gas and oil production in Alberta and B.C., Cenovus also holds a stake in two U.S. refineries. Companies in this story: (TSX:CVE)
Rabat – Nezha Skalli, a Moroccan MP from the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS) and a former Minister of Solidarity and Women, said that criminalizing sexual relationships out of wedlock would cause the majority of young people to end up in prison.Speaking to news website Alyaoum24, Nezha Skalli criticized the new draft law of the proposed amendments to the Penal Code. She raised questions of philosophical vision and whether the bill is even constitutional.“Everyone has been waiting for this new project to bring a new philosophical vision that is in line with the new constitution and international conventions, but it came with the same provisions that prevailed during the seventies at a time when Morocco was away from the current human rights situation,” she told Alyaoum24. Skalli’s comments put her directly at odds with her leftist party, a member of the governmental coalition led by the conservative party of Justice and Development (PJD).She said that if the draft authors want to regulate these relationships and reduce them, they must provide young people with tax exemptions and jobs so they can get married.“How is it possible not to provide for a young man the necessary means to lead a normal life and at the same time prevent him from enjoying his natural rights,” she added.The Moroccan government has been getting an earful of criticism about the new draft of proposed amendments to the Penal Code.The introduced draft law, if adopted, would make rape, sexual harassment and sexual relations out of wedlock criminal offences.Article 490 of Morocco’s current penal code stipulates that sex outside marriage is punishable by up to one year in prison.In 2007, a study conducted by the health ministry found that 36 per cent of young Moroccan men had had sexual relationship out of wedlock, while the percentage of unmarried young women who had lost their virginity stood at 15 per cent.
Rabat – The number of tourist arrivals in Tetouan has increased by 16 percent during the first five months of 2017, revealed a report published by the city’s provincial Tourism Commissary on July 28.According to Maghreb News Agency, hotels in the provinces of Tetouan, Chefchaouen, Larache and at the prefecture of M’diq Fnideq registered 55,908 tourist arrivals between January and May 2017, compared to 48,234 during the same period in 2016. This represents an increase of 16 percent.The number of foreign tourists who visited the four provinces during the five-month period this year totaled 16,119 tourists, contributing to a 38 percent year-on-year increase.The number of national tourists reached 39,789 in the 2017 period, a 9 percent increase from the same period previous year. During the first five months of 2017, these regions’ hotels recorded a total of 104,112 overnight stays, compared to 86,493 between January and May 2016, representing a 20 percent increase.Spanish nationals comprised the largest nationality of tourists in the northern Moroccan region at 4,623. Americans followed (2,829), then French (2,127), Arabs (1,280), Germans (375), Portuguese (373), British (360), Italians (316) and Belgians.Four-star hotels were most popular, receiving 19,693 tourists, followed by 3-star hotels with 16,949 guests, 2-star hotels (7,379), 1-star hotels (6,310), 5-star hotels (4,874), guest houses (1,091), tourist residences (177).Regarding the number of overnight stays, 4-star hotels recorded 40,710 nights by the end of May this year, followed by 3-star hotels (30,704), 5-stars (11,516), 2-stars (10,664) and 1-star (1775) and tourist residences (279).
by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 15, 2016 6:01 am MDT Last Updated Nov 15, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TransCanada ends Mainline open season, open season bids fall short CALGARY – TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) says it’s not going ahead with a plan for new lower-priced long-term contracts for Alberta natural gas shippers that want to use its Canadian Mainline system.The company says the “open season” resulted in bids that fell well short of the volumes required to make the plan viable.The Canadian Mainline system extends from the Empress receipt point in Alberta to the Dawn hub, near Sarnia, Ont.The proposal for a new round of binding commitments did not affect current contracts already in place for the system.TransCanada says the Canadian Mainline system continues to be commercially supported and an important piece of energy infrastructure.
“Please could Scott or anyone with any information on his whereabouts please contact Police Scotland .”He is described as white, 6ft tall with a stocky build, dark hair and a thick beard.He was last seen wearing a dark baseball cap, a navy hooded jacket, grey or khaki trousers and white trainers. I’m away now. Thanks.— Scott Hutchison (@owljohn) May 8, 2018 Be so good to everyone you love. It’s not a given. I’m so annoyed that it’s not. I didn’t live by that standard and it kills me. Please, hug your loved ones.— Scott Hutchison (@owljohn) May 8, 2018 Vocalist and guitarist Hutchison is the only ever-present member of Frightened Rabbit, who have released five studio albums. The latest, Painting of a Panic Attack released in 2016, reached number 16 in the UK album charts and the 2008 release The Midnight Organ Fights made NME’s top 100 albums of the decade. The lead singer of indie rock band Frightened Rabbit has been reported missing hours after telling his fans to hug their loved ones. Police Scotland issued an urgent appeal for information to help trace Scott Hutchison, 36, who was last seen at the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry at around 1am on Wednesday.He had been reported missing from Dennistoun, Glasgow, by his family and concern is growing for his welfare.Three hours before he was last seen, Hutchison tweeted: “Be so good to everyone you love. It’s not a given. I’m so annoyed that it’s not.”I didn’t live by that standard and it kills me. Please, hug your loved ones.”The frontman followed the tweet up minutes later at 11.09 with message simply reading: “I’m away now. Thanks.”His latest tweet prompted hundreds of supporters to come forward with messages of encouragement for the singer, including former Radio 1 DJ Edith Bowman, who replied with: “You OK, fella? Sending love and a shoulder if you need it.” Inspector Graeme Dignan said: “We are keen to locate Scott as soon as possible to ensure he is safe and well and would urge anyone who can assist with our ongoing inquiries to come forward.”If you believe you have seen him since the early hours of Wednesday morning or know where he currently is, then please contact police immediately.”I’d also urge Scott to get in touch with family, friends, or with police, to let us know he is alright.”Anyone who knows his current whereabouts is asked to come forward.The band, which was formed in Selkirk in Scotland in 2003, are due to perform in Glasgow on June 1. During the early years, Hutchison began performing under the name Frightened Rabbit – a name given to him by his mother to describe his shy nature as a child.He began recording and performing with his brother Grant the following year and has collaborated a number of indie acts. Scott Hutchison – lead singer of the band Frightened Rabbit A post from the Frightened Rabbit Twitter account said: “We are worried about Scott, who has been missing for a little while now.”He may be in a fragile state and may not be making the best decisions for himself right now. Scott Hutchison, 36, was last seen at the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry around 1am on Wednesday (pictured hours previously)Credit:Police Scotland 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.
Following several years of development and successful testing, GroundProbe has released what it says is “a game changing” broad area slope stability monitoring radar that will considerably enhance mining productivity and safety. GroundProbe CEO John Beevers said the launch of the SSR-FX was another significant milestone for GroundProbe “in developing revolutionary technology to assist mining productivity and safety and said GroundProbe could now offer customers a total slope stability detection solution.”GroundProbe has been a global leader in development and supply of slope stability radars to mining for almost a decade and its radars have helped to revolutionise in-pit safety, allowing mine planners to access areas previously not possible. Open pit mines have long been familiar with radar monitoring technologies for slope stability. Strategically positioned radars detect and pre warn of slope instabilities that could endanger operating personnel and equipment and impact operations.Beevers said: “The SSR-FX is the first product in our range of broad area monitoring solutions. It uses new antenna technology not yet seen in the mining industry, to scan 180 degrees every two minutes with sub millimetre precision, over long periods. No other broad area radar can currently offer the same resolution as the SSR-FX, as it delivers clearer images in scanning by generating more pixels in each scan than any other radar system in the market. This means mine operators can detect smaller moving areas in their pit, allowing them to have full control and total confidence in decision making.”There are two existing monitoring strategies which GroundProbe practices – targeted and broad. Targeted monitoring focuses on a known, safety-critical risk for short periods with alarms that alert mine operators of slope movement, allowing mine personnel to instantly and confidently respond when a hazard changes. GroundProbe has sold and installed targeted monitoring systems at mines around the world since its establishment over ten years ago.Broad area monitoring is a different strategy which covers large mine areas for long periods to locate new risks and hazards. Used in conjunction with targeted radar, the broad area system finds ‘hot spots’ that can then be continuously monitored with the targeted radar. The SSR-FX is the first ever broad area monitoring system developed by GroundProbe.The company says that high demand for the SSR-FX has resulted in deployments in six countries “and industry acclaim for its ability to accurately and precisely detect broad area wall movement in open-pit mines.” Anglo American’s Chief Geotechnical Engineer at South Africa’s Sishen mine, Richard Carey, said the SSR-FX “delivered on expectations” when it was selected as part of a long-term broad area monitoring strategy. “The SSR-FX has proven very effective for this type of monitoring and has the ability to provide a rapid scan time, and to distinguish between real movement and mine induced movement in a very large and busy mine. Using the SSR-FX updated photo imaging system, you can access the radar from a remote location and zoom into the area, to analyse for real or mining induced movement. The ability to integrate mine plans, satellite images and structural features to the SSR-Viewer has added a powerful tool to the Geotechnical Engineer’s toolbox. Having the same software for both critical monitoring tools such as the SSR-XT and now the broad area monitoring SSR-FX, will reduce complications when setting up and analysing data, allowing for a more seamless user experience,” Carey said.GroundProbe Vice President of Marketing and Technology, Lachlan Campbell, said a special feature of the SSR-FX was the intuitive interface which provided the ability to see a view of the mine made up of radar-generated photographs combined with plan view images of a mine, such as aerial pictures, DTMs, mine plans or CAD illustrations. “The two images are linked, and so when one image moves, the other tracks. The radar data is then draped over the surface. This allows geotechnical engineers to immediately detect and locate any new hazards,” he said.The SSR-FX also shares hardware and software with GroundProbe’s targeted monitoring radars, such as the SSR-XT. Parts are interchangeable to ensure reliability and common training and because support services are the same, technicians can work with either system.CEO John Beevers says it makes economic sense for mines to install suitable monitoring systems. “If failure mechanisms are understood and slopes are properly monitored, risks can be significantly reduced, and of course, lives can be saved. Appropriate monitoring systems allow for more aggressive slope designs while maintaining safe working conditions for mine personnel. The extra revenue generated by the steep slopes and the savings gained from fewer damages and injuries will almost, in all cases, far outweigh the cost of the monitoring equipment. Our Geotechnical Engineers travel extensively, visiting client sites, training site personnel, and remotely monitor the output of working radars, to help interpret data and produce regular reports. Through their expertise, we design and provide tailored slope monitoring solutions on any scale. This interface with mines also helps us understand production demands and to build tailored solutions.”
Update, March 15, 2014: Sadly, the body of Mark Casey was found in the Rhebogue area this morning at around 11.30am.This is Mark Casey in a photograph taken on the night he disappeared. When last seen in the early hours of Friday morning, 7 March, he was wearing these clothes. Image: The Casey family.AN OFFALY FAMILY has appealed for any scrap of information which might help reveal what happened to student Mark Casey who went missing in Limerick a week ago.The 19-year-old attends NUI Galway but is from Ballyinasragh, Killeigh, Tullamore, Co Offaly. He went missing on a night out in Limerick city last week, where he had gone to celebrate a friend’s birthday.He was last seen in the early hours of last Friday morning, 7 March.His cousin Damien Casey told TheJournal.ie that Mark’s family and “hordes of volunteers” are travelling from Offaly and Galway to search Limerick every day and back home again every evening.Damien said:We have to hold out hope – we’re all trying to be as proactive as possible.It’s tough in the evenings when we are travelling back to Offaly and there have been no developments, no news. Mark Casey. Image: The Casey family.Last-known movementsDamien said: “He left the nightclub itself, went upwards through the Cornmarket area to the cathedral. There is a hospital across from the (St John’s) cathedral and there was CCTV from there.The last sighting we had was near Griffin’s funeral home – you come to a fork in the road and Lelia Street lies to the left there.St Lelia Street leads towards an intersection on Clare Street. If you head left on Clare Street, you end up at a tributary that feeds into the main River Shannon; if you turn right, it leads to the Dublin Road. The family believe that Mark may have intended to head towards the University of Limerick campus, which lies in the direction of the Dublin Road.Damien added:He was down for a friend’s birthday and unfamiliar with his surroundings when he came out onto the street. He had no phone on him at the time so we do think he was trying to make his way to the campus. He would possibly have gone out onto Clare Street that night.Mark’s parents, John and Catherine, brothers James and Derek, and sister Shirley are “so appreciative” of the time and effort local Limerick people and groups have given to the search as they try to retrace Mark’s steps every day.“We’ve been searching everywhere, bins and laneways… People mightn’t think that the slightest piece of information they might have would be important but it could be,” said Damien.“If they even think they have seen a single guy with no jacket on in that rain, it was raining until around 4am, that might be something. We are directing people to ring Henry Street Garda station or any Garda station.”Henry Street Garda station is on 061 212400.Mark Casey is 5ft 7in tall, with light brown to blonde-coloured hair, and was wearing a dark polo-style t-shirt and grey chinos when last seen. He’s of a slim but athletic build.The red triangles mark various locations in Limerick city where there were confirmed sightings, or where it is thought he may have passed:Can also view here.Gardai appeal for help in finding missing Mark Casey> Mark went out with friends in Limerick on Thursday, 6 March, ending up in Angel Lane nightclub on Robert Street. He left the club on his own at 1.30am, and was not wearing a jacket.It was raining at the time and rained until around 4am that Friday morning, so the family hope that this fact – that Mark was a young man on his own, without a jacket or coat in the downpour – might trigger someone’s memory.The family spent the days immediately after Mark went missing poring over CCTV footage from outside the nightclub and elsewhere in Limerick. By identifying him on footage at certain points across the city, they have started to piece together some of Mark’s route in those early hours of last Friday.
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India’s wheat planting has been delayed by at least a week due to high temperatures, threatening its output of the grain yet again after hailstorms during harvest earlier this year dragged down annual production levels for the first time since 2007.Lower wheat acreage, down around 26 percent so far this season, in the world’s No. 2 wheat producer could buoy global benchmark prices of the grain that have shed 5 percent this month amid crop-friendly rains across the United States.In India, poor wheat yields would exacerbate the pain for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government that is struggling to address discontent in the countryside, where dozens of farmers committed suicide earlier this year as erratic weather hit their only source of income.”Obviously it’s too early to talk about the size of the (Indian) crop but late sowing is definitely not a sign of robust production,” Indu Sharma, chief of state-run Directorate of Wheat Research, told Reuters from the northern city of Karnal.Sharma and a farm ministry official, who oversees crop planting progress, said planting of wheat and other winter-sown crops like rapeseed had been hit due to higher temperatures.According to government data, farmers have so far planted winter crops on 24.22 million hectares, down 12.6 percent from 27.69 million hectares in the previous year. Wheat acreage is lower by more than 26 percent.Indian farmers grow wheat on nearly 30 million hectares, with sowing from October and harvests in March-April. Unlike most other crops, India grows only one wheat crop in a year.A sharp rise in temperatures in 2006 had cut yields, turning India into a large importer of wheat. This year, untimely hail and rains during harvest cut output to 88.94 million tonnes from 91.50 million tonnes last year.While the country has plentiful stocks after several years of bumper output, another drop in annual production “could provide bullish momentum to global prices,” said a Singapore-based trader. “A big reduction in India’s wheat output has not been factored into the market.”Apart from the hail and rain in March, India this year has also suffered its first back-to-back drought in three decades after the emergence of an El Nino weather pattern led to below-average annual monsoon rains.”Dry weather conditions during the time of sowing or harvests, with a frosty winter in between, is a recipe for crop loss,” said Sharma from the Directorate of Wheat Research.