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Grande Prairie RCMP seek assistance in locating missing person

Grande Prairie RCMP seek assistance in locating missing person

first_imgUPDATE – Grande Prairie RCMP would like to advise that Brandon Harris has been located. He is safe and unharmed. RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance.GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 35-year-old Brandon Harris.According to RCMP, Harris was last seen in the Grande Prairie Area on May 6. Harris is described as:CaucasianDirty blonde hairBrown eyes6’0″/ 170 lbsTattoo on ArmThere is a concern for his well-being.Anyone with information regarding Harris’ whereabouts is being asked to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img

New Round of InterLibyan Political Talks Begins in Morocco

New Round of InterLibyan Political Talks Begins in Morocco

Rabat – Stakeholders in the Libyan crisis started, Thursday afternoon in Skhirat (suburbs of Rabat), a new round of talks under the supervision of the UN support mission in Libya (UNSMIL).UNSMIL announced on Tuesday that the next round of the political dialogue will be held next week in Morocco, after all invited parties agreed to participate.The UN mission said in a statement that parties formally informed it about their decision to participate in the dialogue following close consultations with the UN Secretary General Special Envoy, Bernardino Leone, during his visits to Tubruq and Tripoli on Sunday. The statement added that the parties underscored the importance of resuming the dialogue process urgently, as it is the only serious way to find a peaceful solution for the political crisis Libya is going through, and put an end to the military conflict, which has caused suffering for the Libyan people. read more

Encouraging signs in TimorLeste but core challenges persist Ban warns

Encouraging signs in TimorLeste but core challenges persist Ban warns

A dispute within the Timorese military in 2006 spread throughout the country, leaving dozens of people dead and driving some 155,000 people, or roughly 15 per cent of the population, from their homes.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his latest report on the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), says tensions among the political elite, difficulties within the security institutions, poverty, persistent unemployment, and the lack of an effective land and property regime were the underlying causes of that crisis.“Whatever weight is attributed to the various factors contributing to the 2006 crisis, it is unlikely that they will be fully resolved by 2012,” he writes. “A reasonable goal is to ensure that the democratic institutions and processes established are robust enough to continue addressing those issues without regression to violence.” In the report, Mr. Ban took note of the successful elections last October for village (suco) council members, which he called “a further democratic milestone and a tribute to the growing capacity of the country’s electoral management bodies.” The suco elections were particularly important as local leaders resolve disputes and problems within the community that are at the centre of life in Timor-Leste.On a wider scale, the Secretary-General noted the continued difficulties involved in establishing accountability for past crimes.“I remain concerned, as conveyed in my previous report, that the prolonged delay in delivering justice and providing repatriations to victims and their families may further adversely affect public confidence in the rule of law,” he said.He added that UNMIT will continue to play an active role in addressing these challenges. The Secretary-General noted the efforts of his Special Representative Ameerah Haq, who took office on 5 January, to continue tackling challenges through inclusive dialogue at the local, regional and national levels. “National and local leaders, as well as many civil society actors, continue to have faith in the resolve of the United Nations to serve as an impartial arbiter that also shares their goals of sustainable stability, rule of law, democratic governance and socio-economic development,” the Secretary-General wrote.He also recommended that the mandate of UNMIT be extended for 12 more months. The current mandate is due to expire at the end of this month. The Security-Council is scheduled to discuss the topic next week, including any possible changes to the mandate, which includes providing assistance to the security sector, strengthening support for protection of human rights and supporting the Government and relevant institutions to stabilize the country.In his report, the Secretary-General noted the “broad desire of the Timorese leadership and other national stakeholders for the United Nations to maintain the integrated support provided through UNMIT in all major areas of the mandate,” while also planning “the downsizing of UNMIT during the period through 2012 and the transition of functions, where appropriate, to the Government, the United Nations country team and bilateral partners.” 18 February 2010Many of the underlying causes that contributed to the 2006 political crisis in Timor-Leste remain, despite recent encouraging signs, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns, calling the country’s security and justice institutions fragile and possibly unable to withstand another major crisis. read more

Donors pledge billions to help UNbacked fund combat AIDS TB and malaria

Donors pledge billions to help UNbacked fund combat AIDS TB and malaria

“At a time when so many Governments are tightening their belts, these commitments send a powerful message. It shows that many world leaders want to do the right thing beyond their borders, too,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who chaired the two-day replenishment meeting for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.“However, the demand for funding will outstrip even the important commitments made today. That means we must continue to mobilize more resources, more will, more quickly,” he noted at a news conference at UN Headquarters after the meeting concluded.“This work is not just about replenishing the fund; it is about replenishing hope and dignity in people’s lives,” he added. Over the past eight years, programmes supported by the Global Fund have saved an estimated 5.7 million lives, provided AIDS treatment for 2.8 million people and TB treatment for 7 million people, and distributed 122 million bed nets to prevent malaria.“Thanks to your work, thanks to your committed engagement, we are saving millions of lives. And we will save millions more,” Mr. Ban told participants at the meeting earlier in the day. “Together, we are writing one of the major success stories of the 21st century,” he added. The Global Fund was created in 2002 to scale up resources to fight three of the world’s most devastating diseases, and to direct those resources to areas of greatest need. To date, it has committed $19.3 billion in 144 countries to support large-scale prevention, treatment and care programmes against the three diseases.The commitments announced today come two weeks after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) summit in New York in which UN Member States reaffirmed their commitment to ambitious targets to eradicate disease and poverty by 2015.While welcoming the pledges made, the Executive Director of the Fund, Michel Kazatchkine, noted that they are not enough to meet expected demand. They are also not enough to meet the MDG targets by their deadline, he told reporters, adding that he will continue a “relentless” effort to mobilize the resources necessary to reach the Goals.The head of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) echoed these comments, noting that while the pledges come at a critical time, they are “insufficient to meet aspirations.”Executive Director Michel Sidibé stressed that public and private donors must continue to mobilize resources in order to secure future progress in the AIDS response. 5 October 2010Donor countries, private foundations, corporations and individuals meeting at the United Nations have pledged over $11.5 billion in new funding over the next three years for the global partnership to fight three killer diseases – HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. read more

PetroChina likely to clinch Lanka oil deal

PetroChina likely to clinch Lanka oil deal

PetroChina placed the lowest offer for three of the tenders, the sources said. The results of a fourth tender seeking just gasoline was not immediately clear. PetroChina placed the lowest offer among two companies for a Ceypetco tender seeking 10ppm sulphur diesel, 500ppm sulphur gasoil and 92-octane gasoline, traders said. It also placed the lowest offer out of four in a second tender seeking 500ppm sulphur gasoil and 92-octane gasoline.In a third tender seeking 500ppm sulphur gasoil and jet fuel, which attracted eight offers, PetroChina placed the lowest offer.The tenders, which closed on July 7, are valid for about 4 to 6 weeks, depending on the tender. PetroChina, China’s biggest oil and gas producer, is likely to be awarded contracts worth millions of dollars to supply oil products to Sri Lanka after placing the lowest offers out of several companies, trade sources said on Wednesday, according to the Reuters news agency.Sri Lanka’s state-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corp (Ceypetco) had sought nearly 8.6 million barrels of oil products for delivery over September 2015 to April 2016 through four separate tenders. PetroChina first signed a term contract supplying oil products into Sri Lanka in early 2013 as it tries to find new outlets for its excess production, traders said. read more

Mark Cuban Under NBA Investigation for Sexual Assault Allegations

Mark Cuban Under NBA Investigation for Sexual Assault Allegations

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stands on stage before a news conference in Dallas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)DALLAS (AP) — The NBA is reviewing 2011 allegations of sexual assault against Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and the investigation that led to a decision by prosecutors not to pursue the case.League spokesman Mike Bass said Wednesday the NBA was looking into the matter, a day after a weekly alternative newspaper in Portland, Oregon, reported a woman’s claim that Cuban put his hands down her pants and touched her inappropriately while they were taking a photo at a Portland nightclub.“The NBA league office is reviewing the 2011 allegations against Mark Cuban and the subsequent findings from the Portland police investigation,” Bass said.The report Tuesday in the Willamette Week came about a week and half after a Sports Illustrated account that portrayed a hostile work environment for women in the front office of the Mavericks. While Cuban wasn’t implicated, the SI report raised questions about what he knew and when.Cuban flatly denied the woman’s allegations and provided a prosecutors’ report detailing the decision not to file charges.Prosecutors wrote that “there is no evidence to corroborate the complainant’s statement and there is evidence contradicting the claim.” The report also said the woman didn’t want to proceed with the allegation.The Portland weekly’s report included a transcript of Cuban’s phone conversation with a police detective, with the Dallas owner strongly denying the claim while expressing concern that he would have difficulty defending himself in court.In the SI report, former Mavericks CEO Terdema Ussery was accused of making sexually suggestive remarks to several women. Ussery was investigated by the team over similar claims in 1998, two years before Cuban bought the team. He worked for Cuban for 15 years.Cuban told SI that he fired human resources director Buddy Pittman after learning details of the magazine’s report, which included claims that superiors were seen as unresponsive to complaints.The SI report said team website reporter Earl Sneed was twice accused of domestic assault while working for the Mavericks, including a guilty plea in a case that was dismissed when he met the conditions of the agreement. Sneed also was fired. read more

Ohio State athletics selfreported nearly double violations compared to others in Big

Ohio State athletics selfreported nearly double violations compared to others in Big

The Ohio State athletic department self-reported 24 minor violations in the latter half of 2013, about double the amount reported by any of five other Big Ten schools.The Lantern requested all self-reported NCAA violations occurring from June to December 2013 for every Big Ten school except Northwestern, March 16. As of Monday, records were received from Michigan State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Illinois and Minnesota.Northwestern is a private university and is not required to provide public records.Representatives from Michigan, Indiana and Iowa acknowledged and were still processing The Lantern’s request as of Monday. Penn State representatives did not respond to multiple emails requesting the records. Nebraska denied the release of records.“Such records are not subject to disclosure under the Nebraska public records statutes, and therefore, will not be provided to you,” John Wiltse, acting records director for the University of Nebraska said in an emailed statement.Of the records received, the vast majority — totaling 22 violations — were for impermissible contact to prospective student athletes and/or prospective athletes’ parents by an athletic department staff member. BenefitsAside from communicating with prospective student-athletes, there were eight reports of NCAA violations related to athletes receiving impermissible benefits. OSU did not report any violations involving impermissible benefits during the final six months of 2013.At Wisconsin, four incoming freshmen men’s and women’s golf student-athletes participated in a free round of golf before classes began, thus they were still considered potential student-athletes.Illinois, Purdue and Minnesota each reported two violations related to benefits.An Illinois women’s tennis coach provided a prospective athlete with a personalized cookie cake who then tweeted a picture of it resulting in a reported violation.Also at Illinois, a university employed tutor loaned a book to a non-scholarship football student-athlete.Purdue reported an incident in which a student-athlete shipped personal belongings using a university-expensed FedEx account and a second where the university paid for lodging for the parents of a prospective student-athlete before the athlete’s official visit.A Minnesota men’s golf coach bought a meal for a club coach and a women’s golf coach gave a prospective athlete’s father a shirt during a visit. However, the father sent payment for the shirt the following day.Michigan State reported one benefits violation where a high school coach received more than two complimentary admissions to a home athletics event.Though OSU did report any improper benefits in the second half of 2013, the university is familiar with this type of violation.OSU created an Office of Compliance in February 2012 following the “Tattoo-Gate” scandal, which led to the resignation of football coach Jim Tressel, the departure of former Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor and a list of NCAA sanctions which included a one-year bowl ban and vacated all wins from the 2010 season.On Dec. 23, 2010, the NCAA suspended Pryor, running back Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, offensive tackle Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas – all of whom played for the Buckeyes at the time – for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits from Eddie Rife, owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor. Linebacker Jordan Whiting also received a one-game ban. Text messagesIn addition to phone calls, 10 reported violations from the five other schools in the conference were for text messages, compared to one for OSU.A women’s volleyball coach reportedly replied to a text message from a prospective student-athlete, mistakenly thinking the message was an email.Wisconsin and Purdue each reported one impermissible text message, while Minnesota and Illinois each reported two, and Michigan State reported three. VisitsNine violations were reported in relation to prospective student-athletes’ official visits. Purdue reported one. Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan State and OSU each reported two violations.Illinois, Michigan State and OSU reported visits with prospective student-athletes that were made public through social media, in violation of NCAA policy.Don Gerard, the mayor of Champaign, Illinois, and a facilities manager at the university, tweeted about a men’s basketball recruit visit.Members of the OSU synchronized swimming team posted photos of a prospective student-athlete they were hosting on Facebook and Instagram that a coach also commented on.In addition, Purdue and OSU both hosted potential athletes on official visits before those students were registered either with the NCAA Eligibility Center or the university’s institutional request list. Email and social mediaIn the way of digital communication, OSU, Illinois and Wisconsin each reported one email correspondence in violation of NCAA policy.Minnesota also reported two incidents of coaches reaching out to prospective athletes on Facebook prior to the allowed date for communication to be made.Similarly, OSU reported a women’s golf coach accepting a Facebook friend request from a 2016 prospective student-athlete before the permissible date for such communication. MailOSU reported two impermissible mailings sent to prospective student-athletes while Minnesota reported one.An OSU men’s volleyball coach sent letters to two prospective athletes that promised them athletic-related financial aid before they were high school seniors and a field hockey coach “inadvertently” sent recruiting materials to a 2016 prospective student-athlete.Minnesota marketing sent impermissible recruiting material to a potential student-athlete. Phone callsThere were 11 total reported violations for impermissible phone calls, six of which were reported by OSU.The OSU Compliance Office determined there were multiple phone calls by football team staff members to prospective student-athletes and/or their parents. The report says they were the result of inadvertent “pocket dials.”OSU’s women’s soccer, wrestling, women’s lacrosse, field hockey and women’s volleyball teams all reported at least one occurrence of an impermissible phone call to a prospective student-athlete.Minnesota reported two events of impermissible phone calls to prospective student-athletes and Illinois reported one which was an accident.Michigan State reported two impermissible phone calls, one for an assistant women’s track and field coach who exceeded the number of permissible phone calls to a prospective student athlete.A Michigan State assistant coach also placed an impermissible call to a prospective student-athlete. Other ViolationsThe Minnesota Office of Student Finance did not have squad lists signed and on file prior to the first competition for women’s tennis, women’s golf and men’s golf.A Wisconsin assistant coach posted a link on an online wrestling forum to an article stating that a potential student-athlete made a verbal commitment to the university.A member of the OSU football coaching staff reportedly used smokeless tobacco product during a game, violating NCAA bylaws.Michigan State reported a violation after a news article involving a prospective student athlete were posted to Michigan State’s Pinterest page. EligibilityWisconsin reported two violations in relation to players’ eligibility while Illinois and OSU each reported one.Two incoming prospective OSU student-athletes, one in men’s soccer and the other in women’s volleyball, participated in voluntary workouts conducted by an OSU strength coach while not enrolled at the university.An Illinois football player competed in the first five games of the season while not eligible because he didn’t have the necessary percent of degree completed to meet requirements.A football player and a member of the men’s basketball team at Wisconsin each competed while enrolled in less than 12 credit hours. At Wisconsin, a member of the women’s swimming team practiced with the team more than 45 days after she did not have certification of amateur status. read more

Baseball Ohio State falls big to Lipscomb in 93 loss Saturday

Baseball Ohio State falls big to Lipscomb in 93 loss Saturday

Ohio State junior Noah West (8) runs towards third base as he scores the first run of the game against the Lipscomb Bison on March 15, 2019 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternThe Ohio State baseball team was plagued by sloppy play, as it dropped Game 2 at home to Lipscomb.Ohio State (8-10) fell to Lipscomb (10-7) 9-3. In a game that included 17 walks, Bisons sophomore pitcher Max Habegger provided consistent pitching to keep the Buckeyes at bay to record his second win of the year.  Habegger entered the game in the sixth inning, with Lipscomb leading 5-2. He would go on to strikeout six batters in three innings of work.“Their guys came in and executed and we got out pitched in the backend of the ballgame,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. After sophomore starting pitcher Noah Thompson walked five batters and provided the Buckeyes with multiple scoring opportunities, Habegger did not surrender a single walk.“We were offensively in a couple positions where we could’ve made a difference,” Beals said. The Ohio State pitching staff hit two batters and walked 12, the most this season.Beals noted that his team only surrendered four free bases in the win on Friday. Two walks and an error put Ohio State sophomore pitcher Griffan Smith in a one-out jam in the first inning. With the bases loaded, a hard ground ball hit to redshirt junior second baseman Matt Carpenter resulted in a double play to prevent any damage. Three consecutive walks loaded the bases for the Buckeyes with one out in the bottom of the second inning. Thompson struck out the next two batters in order to keep the game scoreless. A diving catch by Lipscomb sophomore center fielder Maddux Houghton kept the game hitless after three innings. After Thompson’s fifth walk of the game, the Buckeyes had the bases loaded for the second time in the game. A sacrifice fly ball by redshirt senior designated hitter Nate Romans broke the deadlock and allowed senior left fielder Brady Cherry to score the first run of the game. Thompson was able to prevent any further damage in the inning. He would finish the game with one run allowed and one hit in four innings pitched.A pair of walks brought Smith’s total up to six walks on the day and put runners on first and second with two outs. A double off the wall in left center field by redshirt senior left fielder Tevin Symonette brought in two runs to take the lead.Symonette scored off a double by senior third baseman Zeke Dodson to increase the score to 3-1 before Smith could record the third out by strikeout to stop the bleeding. Smith would finish the game with three earned runs and two hits in five innings pitched. Coming into the game with only five walks allowed on the season, he walked six against Lipscomb. Ohio State junior right fielder Dominic Canzone was able to bring in junior shortstop Noah West with a sacrifice fly ball to right field, cutting the deficit in half. After a wild pitch allowed another run to score, a blooper to center field by junior catcher Jarrett O’Leary resulted in a single and another run, increasing Lipscomb’s lead to three heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. A one-out double off the wall in right field by West put a runner in scoring position for the Buckeyes. Canzone produced a big two-out triple off the center field wall to make the score 5-3 through seven innings. A silver lining for the Buckeyes came in the eighth inning when senior second baseman Kobie Foppe pinch hit for Romans and recorded his third hit of the season on a two-out single. “I’ll take anything at this point right now. I just want to see something go through. Anything. A little bit of confidence will help out,” Foppe said.Foppe had come into the game hitting only .056 on the season. After a single and a pair of walks loaded the bases with no outs, Lipscomb senior first baseman Cade Sorrells crushed a grand slam down the right field line to balloon the score to 9-3 in the ninth inning. Ohio State and Lipscomb will play for the series at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. read more

Philip Hammond to launch public consultation on plastic waste tax

Philip Hammond to launch public consultation on plastic waste tax

first_imgA recent study estimated that nine in 10 of the world’s seabirds have pieces of plastic in their guts.The most durable plastic items, such as bottles, disposable nappies and beer holders, can take 450 years to biodegradeThe UK generates an estimated 35 million every year. Mr Hammond will also use his statement in the Commons to unveil a £20 million innovation fund for businesses and universities to develop the new technologies and approaches that will be needed to achieve their goal.”Single-use plastics waste is a scourge to our environment. From crisp packets to coffee cups, each year the UK produces millions of tonnes of waste which is neither recyclable nor biodegradable,” he said. Mr Hammond will also use his statement in the Commons to unveil a £20 million innovation fund for businesses and universities to develop the new technologies and approaches that will be needed to achieve their goal.  Credit:AFP Philip Hammond is to launch a public consultation on how the tax system can be used to tackle the nation’s plastic waste timebomb.It comes as Theresa May pledged to scrap all avoidable plastic waste by 2042 in the government’s 25 year Environmental Place.The Chancellor is set to use his first Spring Statement on Tuesday to call for evidence from green groups, industry and individuals as to how the Government can build on its plastic bag charge.In November he announced in the Budget that ministers would be looking at how the tax system could be used to help deliver the Government’s target.Each year more than 300 million tons of plastic are produced globally, and at least eight million tonnes ends up in the sea.  It is estimated that there is now a 1:2 ratio of plastic to plankton and, if left unchecked, plastic will outweigh fish by 2050. “We cannot, indeed must not, allow this situation to continue… I do fervently pray that you will all do your utmost to work together in the coming year to make real, substantial progress.”It could not be more critical that you succeed.”There are thought to be more than five trillion pieces of microplastic in the world’s oceans and the equivalent of one rubbish truck of plastic waste is being added to the sea every minute. By 2050 that will increase to four trucks every minute.  Philip Hammondcenter_img “We are determined to create an environment that is fit for future generations. By working with industry, innovators and the public I am confident we can bring about real change.”It is estimated that seafood eaters now ingest 11,000 pieces of plastic each year.Earlier this year the Prince of Wales spoke about the “nightmare” of plastic waste polluting the world’s oceans and said he feared it will get worse.In a speech at a meeting of environmentalists and business leaders at The British Academy in London, the prince spoke of his “deep frustration” at the world ignoring the problem and called on companies to make changes to cut their plastic waste. “The nightmare result of eight million tonnes of plastic entering the ocean every year is set to get worse rather than better,” he told delegates.  plastic 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. Plastic trash on Kuta beach near Denpasar, on Indonesia’s tourist island of Bali.Credit:AFPlast_img read more

AEL points to importance of apprenticeships for mining industry

AEL points to importance of apprenticeships for mining industry

first_imgThe average age of artisans in South Africa is 55, meaning that specialised industries such as mining and engineering may face a significant skills crisis in the next five to 10 years if more potential learners are not trained in these vital areas. This is according to Mdu Dlamini, Organisational Development Manager at AEL Mining Services, the largest supplier of explosives technology and initiating systems in Africa, who says this is concerning as there is already a dearth of skills available. “It is critical that companies conceptualise and implement viable apprenticeship and learnership programmes in order to ensure the next generation is effectively trained. Many of the people who currently work in AEL’s Engineering Department were trained through our old apprenticeship programme.”He says that the number of apprenticeships in South Africa has declined significantly since the advent of the Skills Development Act, which promotes Learnerships rather than Apprenticeships, though both are hugely important to the economy: “Learnerships have tax breaks built into them to incentivise companies to implement such initiatives, thankfully the government is also promoting apprenticeships now.”Dlamini says the number of South Africans who wish to pursue this form of training programme is astounding, given the high rate of youth unemployment. “AEL alone receives hundreds of applications each year but we are only able to take on a limited amount, so we would urge all companies in the engineering, manufacturing and research fields to consider implementing such schemes. It is hugely important that all South African companies commit to investing in developing our human resources. Eskom had a very successful training programme in the 1990’s, which trained hundreds of engineers and a similar concept could be rolled out in conjunction with CHIETA [Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority].” Dlamini says AEL has a range of programmes including manufacturing learnerships, internships and apprenticeships that it runs on an annual basis.last_img read more

Conti Inspect and Protect systems offer comprehensive belt monitoring

Conti Inspect and Protect systems offer comprehensive belt monitoring

first_imgConveyor belts are the heart of many transport systems. Their importance becomes particularly clear when damage occurs. If this results in an extended system downtime, the entire production chain frequently collapses. Innovative electronic conveyor belt monitoring systems make it possible to identify the exact state of the transport systems at any time. “With the Conti Inspect systems for servicing, and the Conti Protect systems for monitoring during operation, ContiTech provides the right solutions for these jobs,” says Andreas Bakenhus, Head of Mining Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia in the ContiTech Conveyor Belt Group.All the systems meet high quality standards and therefore guarantee a high level of safety. Damage to the conveyor belt surface is a typical defect. This often occurs in systems in which the impacting material subjects the surface to a particularly high load. To identify the number, the extent, and the position of such sites of damage, intensive servicing is necessary. Up to now, technicians have had to evaluate and document the state of the conveyor belts individually at a reduced operating speed. This process was very time-consuming and involved a large number of people.To help customers with servicing, ContiTech has developed the mobile inspection system Conti SurfaceInspect. Using ultra-modern line laser technology, this system scans the entire conveyor belt surface. On the basis of the height profile that is identified, it creates a digital belt map on which all cover plate damage is recorded and can therefore be examined more closely. In an automatically generated report, ContiTech provides all relevant information about the damage. “These analyses result in a detailed picture of the condition of the conveyor belt surface. It offers an ideal basis for systematically recording surface damage, preparing cover plate repairs, and making predictions about the conveyor belt’s service life,” declares Application Engineer Patrick Raffler.The mobile inspection systems, to which the surface scanner belongs, allow conveyor belts to be serviced while still in operation, and help to detect at an early stage damage caused by the material conveyed or by wear. The systems provide the relevant data for more effective planning of servicing jobs on conveyor belt systems. The Conti Inspect systems thus contribute to reducing the downtime of conveyor systems. The offering is rounded off by two further Conti Inspect systems. By means of triangulation sensors, Conti WearInspect measures the cover plate thickness over the entire belt length. It records the position of the belt surface on the pulley and carrying side, and calculates the conveyor belt’s actual thickness by means of a large number of measuring points. It even detects systematic wear. This means that the conveyor belt’s service life can be estimated, and a belt change recommended if necessary.If damage occurs inside the carcass of the steel cord conveyor belt, it can be detected with Conti CordInspect. By means of magnetic induction procedures, it detects the smallest of damage to the steel cable tension members. All pieces of damage are detected, classified, and documented in a report with information about size, severity, and position.Larger pieces of damage such as longitudinal slitting and splice faults on the conveyor belt can have serious consequences for system operation, and lead to total failures in a worst-case scenario. Conti Protect monitoring systems help to detect such damage at an early stage during operation, and automatically stop the system if necessary. Conti SpliceProtect monitors the length and stretch of the conveyor belt splices in systems that are exposed to heavy tensile forces due to long center distances or large height differences. The system uses magnetic strips vulcanised into the conveyor belt to make precise measurements during operation. As soon as a splice has reached a critical length, the danger of a splice failure becomes too great and the system stops the conveyor before the splice tears.Conti RipProtect provides protection against longitudinal slitting that causes long downtime and high costs. Thanks to conductor loops vulcanised into the conveyor belt, it detects the dangerous longitudinal slitting at an early stage. The metal loops carry a high-frequency signal between a transmitter and receiver. If a loop is damaged, the signal will break down on the receiver end. The system control then automatically stops the conveyor belt.Conti CordProtect allows customers to look inside the carcass of steel cord conveyor belts. The system magnetizes the tensile members and detects magnetic fields that arise at the ends of the cords or if defects occur. This means that even very minor cord damage in the intact belt area can be detected and monitored, as can the state of the splices. Conti MultiProtect expands the functions of Conti CordProtect. Rip inserts implanted into the conveyor belt are checked for longitudinal slitting by means of their characteristic magnetic fields. By means of a special sensor application, the rip insert function can also monitor the rotation of tube conveyors. Finally, Conti TotalProtect makes a detailed examination of steel cord conveyor belts possible by means of X-ray technology. The system detects and monitors all types of defects, from the tiniest pieces of surface damage and all manner of effects caused by foreign bodies, right up to cord and splice damage.last_img read more

Jana Krause stays in Buxtehuder SV

Jana Krause stays in Buxtehuder SV

Injured goalkeeper (knee ligaments), Jana Krause (23) and last season Challenge Cup Winner, German Buxtehuder SV prolonged contract agreement until 2013.  23 years old girl from Munich has already a huge experience. He played for Nurnberg from 2006 to 2009, where he deserved a opportunity to play for German national team. She had 17 appearances until now. ← Previous Story Goražd Škof is the target of Wisla Plock? Next Story → Zoran Gobac: “Regional League will be close to Bundesliga” Buxtehuder SVJana Krause

Geek deals 300 for Dell Inspiron 11z laptop

Geek deals 300 for Dell Inspiron 11z laptop

first_imgEven budget laptops — in the $300 range — are still light years ahead of what a $600 netbook could get you few years ago. So, while it’s tempting to turn up your nose at something as pedestrian as Intel’s Core i3 processor, it’s probably still better than the CPU on your last laptop. And while the gap between a $300 laptop and a $600 laptop is pretty large, and you’d be well-advised to make the extra investment in hard drive size and specs in general, that’s not a luxury that everyone has the decision to make.If this is around your financial margin (like so, so many of us), this deal on a Dell Inspiron 11z laptop is up your alley. It has a tried-and-true, if not cutting-edge, dual-core Intel Core i3 CPU, 2GB RAM, and a 250GB hard drive. It’s not a beast of a laptop, but for $300 you can easily afford to add extra memory, purchase some cloud space, and still walk away savings several hundred bucks.A few perks are even included in this system, including WiMax, one year of free DataSafe Online Backup (2GB), and a 1.2 megapixel webcam. This deal won’t inspire jealousy amongst your friends — unless they’re the type that brags about finding a deal — but you will have enough money left over for some nice accessories you might not otherwise buy.Oh, and it’s not just about the money. Everyone one knows the old saying — the best [product] is the one you have with you. And at 3 pounds and 1-inch thick, there is no reason not to bring something like the 11z along for the ride.Visit this deal at LogicBuy.last_img read more

Oakleigh Grammar 2015 leadership induction hosts a community spirit

Oakleigh Grammar 2015 leadership induction hosts a community spirit

first_imgMessages of amicable and cooperative leadership were strong in this year’s leadership induction for Oakleigh Grammar held on Friday 6 February, which provided students with informative speeches from members of all levels of the leadership community. The induction involved a whole school assembly and was attended by students, teachers and parents, as well as Hon. Ms Kelly O’Dwyer MP, Mr Angelo Sardellis of the board of management, principal Mr Mark Robertson and head of school and school captains, Victoria Balderanos and Dimitrios Gotsis. Themes that were consistent throughout the induction’s leadership speeches included setting good example for co-peers regardless of leadership status, as well as the fair and equal treatment of others in the school community.Federal MP Kelly O’Dwyer spoke to the academic audience about taking advantage of the new facilities and education that Oakleigh has to offer, whilst urging students to use this access to serve the local community in turn.Amongst the leadership speeches, students were provided with an inspirational insight into the academic journey of 2014 VCE High Achiever Johnny Vogiatjis. The high achiever shared with students his story of academic perseverance which earned him results he didn’t think were possible just a few years earlier. The 2015 Oakleigh Grammar School leaders can now anticipate a productive school year, with many opportunities to act as leaders and vital team players. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Low prefers Messi over Ronaldo

Low prefers Messi over Ronaldo

first_imgIt seems to be a neverending discussion – Messi or Ronaldo? There are many players, coaches and pundits on each of these sides and only one thing is for sure – both of them have been amazing players.However, Joachim Low, the Germany national team coach, claimed that he would choose Messi over the Portuguese star as the Argentinian is a more complex player to him and he has more value for the team.The German coach spoke about these two great players as he said, according to fourfourtwo.com:Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I would stick with Messi. Cristiano Ronaldo is sensational, a very good professional, an incredible goalscoring machine for many years, but Messi is the most complete player I have seen.”“He is a great team player. He’s provided 30 to 40 assists for the last 10 years as well as scoring around 50 goals.”“He’s capable of leaving eight or nine players in his path and his goals always stay in your memory.”last_img read more

Vaughn Miller Announces Pentecostal Bishop Board Spring Meeting 2018 in The Bahamas

Vaughn Miller Announces Pentecostal Bishop Board Spring Meeting 2018 in The Bahamas

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 29, 2018 – Nassau – Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Social Services, Vaughn P. Miller extended greetings on behalf of the Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Thursday, as he addressed a press conference to officially announce the International Bishop Board of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Spring Meeting 2018, to take place in The Bahamas in March.Spring Meeting 2018 convenes during the group’s 69th Annual Council Convention, March 18-24, at Transformation Ministries International, #11 Dignity Gardens, and the Grand Hyatt, Baha Mar resort.The press conference was held at Melia Nassau Beach resort, and was attended by Diocesan Bishop Ellis J. Farrington, officers and members of The Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Council, the 39th Episcopal District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World.Release: BISPhoto caption:Pictured from left: Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for Urban Renewal in the Ministry of Social Services, Vaughn P. Miller, MP; Golden Isles Minister Marsha King; General Secretary, Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Council (PAW), Head of Programming, District Elder Anthony Farrington; National Treasurer (PAW) and Event Chair, Overall Planning & Finance, Mother Gloria Dawkins, wife of former Diocesan Bishop David Dawkins; Hon. Bishop Ellis Farrington, J.P., OBE, Diocesan Bishop of The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Council of the 39th Episcopal District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World; Director of Public Relations, Suffragan Bishop Ezekiel Munnings; Legal Advisor/Head of Protocol and Planning Committee Member, Evangelist Sharmie Farrington Austin; and Ministry of Tourism/Director of Religious Tourism, Min. Dwight P. Armbrister.(BIS Photo/Derek Smith) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Dortmunds coach says players shouldnt get complacent

Dortmunds coach says players shouldnt get complacent

first_imgAccording to manager Lucien Favre, the BVB footballers should take the match about second-from-bottom team Hannover very seriously.Borussia Dortmund is currently in first place of the German Bundesliga.And on Saturday they will be playing against second-from-bottom in the table, Hannover 96.Coach Lucien Favre has warned his players that this match has to be taken seriously.“I have to warn everyone that the three points are far from secure. We need the same level of concentration that we had in Leipzig!” he told the club’s official website.“While it’s true that Hannover lost their last match, I’ve seen a few games of theirs in which they’ve played really well.”“For example, they drew 1-1 in Freiburg and had far more goal-scoring opportunities than their opponents,” he explained.“This was against a Freiburg side that had just come off the back of 3-0 and 2-0 wins against Leipzig and Gladbach respectively. That tells you all you need to know.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.But Manuel Akanji and Dan-Axel Zagadou are still out injured, with the possibility of Omer Toprak to play.“He’s been training,” said Favre.“We’ll have to wait until tomorrow.”“It’s hard to give a precise answer. He’s been running during the week – the ball hasn’t been involved just yet, but he’s done a few sprints,” the manager said about Zagadou.“It’s a good situation which we’re really happy with. He’ll get there step by step, but Saturday will come too soon.”And the coach took the opportunity to update about injured Marco Reus.“He’s trained all week. He’s doing well. That alone is really positive,” he concluded.last_img read more

Tech like artificial intelligence may spell disaster if not used judiciously Mitra

Tech like artificial intelligence may spell disaster if not used judiciously Mitra

first_imgKolkata: State Finance, Industry and Information Technology (IT) minister Amit Mitra on Thursday expressed his concern about the detrimental effects of the next age of digital technology like artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics and cautioned that it should be put into use judiciously.”Artificial super intelligence is empowered to understand human thoughts and affect human behaviour, which may lead to a disaster. So we have to use the technology in a careful manner and in a way that will be beneficial for the common people,” Mitra said at the inaugural session of Infocom 2018. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the Bengal government has been holding knowledge workshops every month on emerging technologies, to ensure that digital technology is not adopted in an indiscriminate fashion. The two-day Blockchain Congress scheduled on December 18 and 19 at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre in New Town will see experts from different parts of the country disseminate knowledge about blockchain. Mitra highlighted the achievements of Bengal in e-taxation, complete e-treasury, e-districts in which 85 government-to-citizen services had been included in 21 districts and e-office for the government’s speedy clearances of files. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBangladesh IT minister Mustafa Jabbar also emphasised on the need to ‘regulate’ AI and robotics research that may invite ill omen for mankind. It may be achieved by check and balance, he said. He highlighted Bangladesh’s digital journey and said that the country has been able to deliver 300 services on a digital platform. Some other speakers also endorsed the views of Mitra and shared their apprehensions about rapid digitalisation deeply impacting B2C relationships. “Self-service, automation and robots would dominate the customer relations in the future and the time is fast approaching when computers will dominate our lives, making human interactions rare,” said a number of experts in IT who attended the event.last_img read more

Comp Fund claims in wake of Sinorama closure could exceed 5 million

Comp Fund claims in wake of Sinorama closure could exceed 5 million

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Closures, Feature Story, Sinorama TORONTO — Sinorama Holidays has closed its doors after 13 years in business, with a voluntary termination of its Ontario Travel Industry Act, 2002 registration.TICO has issued the closure advisory along with a list of cancelled tours for the Markham, ON-based company.“At this stage, we estimate that the claims against the Compensation Fund due to the closure of Sinorama Holidays in Ontario may exceed the legislated maximum of $5 million,” says Dorian Werda, TICO’s VP Operations.She adds: “Consumers have six months to file a claim. Claims may be received at TICO fairly quickly and will be processed in the order of receipt during the six month filing time period. The claim filing deadline is Feb. 11, 2019. If we confirm that claims appear to be close to or exceed the legislated maximum payout of $5 million, we may hold the claims for 6-months and then pro-rate the payouts.”TICO says it is not aware of any Sinorama clients currently in transit at risk of not receiving their travel services but adds that in the event that consumers incur expenses in destination to complete their travel plans due to travel services not provided as the result of Sinorama’s closure, consumers may have an eligible claim against the Compensation Fund.Consumers affected by the closure and who will not be receiving all or a portion of their future travel services may also file a claim against the Fund, says TICO.TICO includes these tips in its closure advisory:Consumers who purchased their travel services directly from Sinorama Holidays Inc. in Ontario and/or its website or through a registered Ontario travel agency:Consumers may file a claim form against the Travel Compensation Fund (clients can read up on information at the TICO link regarding claim forms).Consumers who purchased travel services from an out-of-province travel agency (e.g. a travel agency located in Quebec, B.C. or the USA, etc.) who in turn booked with Sinorama Holidays Inc:More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThere is no provision under Ontario Regulation 26/05 pursuant to the Travel Industry Act, 2002 for a consumer to claim on the Compensation Fund when they have purchased travel services from an out-of-province travel agency. “TICO can only recommend that you contact your travel agency for further assistance.”TICO’s closure advisory also includes this important reminder: “Please be advised that the legislation requires claimants to exhaust all other possible remedies for reimbursement as part of the claims process.   Therefore, claimants who paid by credit card for the travel services not provided are required to contact their credit card company and dispute the charge and request a refund (credit / reversal of the charge on their account).“If, for some reason, your credit card company refuses to provide you with a credit refund, you will be required to obtain a letter from the credit card company stating that a credit refund will not be provided.  The letter from the credit card company will be required to be submitted with your claim against the Compensation Fund.“Should you not be able to obtain a chargeback (refund) from your credit card company or obtain all the documentation required in order to substantiate your claim in a timely manner, please submit your claim to ensure your claim is received at TICO prior to the deadline date. Any additional documentation that is required to complete the claim can be sent to TICO when it is obtained.“Should consumers or travel agents have any questions or are uncertain about their circumstances after reviewing this Closure Advisory, please feel free to contact TICO to review your circumstances and obtain some guidance as to whether you may have an eligible claim against the Travel Compensation Fund and/or information as to whether or not your travel services are still available to be received.”According to the closure advisory, except for two departures scheduled for Aug. 10 and Aug. 11, listed as TBA, all other North American tours for Sinorama are cancelled.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesTwo Europe trips scheduled to depart today (Aug. 9), the 15-day Charms of Europe and the 12-day Images of Europe, are still running.For tours to China, Thailand, Cambodia, Japan, India and Vietnam, the advisory notifies agents and clients that air and land arrangements in destination will not be provided. Clients with international airline tickets (from North America to overseas) “may have confirmed round trip air transportation.  Consumers who are in possession of their airline tickets are asked to contact the airline(s) or check the airline’s website to confirm their travel arrangements.”Sinorama got its start in 2005 with the founding of Vacances Sinorama in Quebec. The company set up shop in Toronto in 2009, at the same time as it launched online booking, which ramped up to travel arrangements for 10,000+ people booked online by 2011.Soon Sinorama took its expansion to Europe, adding Paris in 2012 and Germany in 2014. It also added a Vancouver office in 2013.By 2014 Sinorama was serving more than 80,000 travellers in North America.In 2015 Sinorama Holidays (Toronto) got its wholesaler license, which according to Sinorama’s website “pushed the Group business to the forefront in the North American English-speaking market and laid a solid foundation for Sinorama to enter the U.S. market.”In 2016 Sinorama said it was “committed to becoming the best Chinese tourism brand across the world” and with its bus tours looking to gradually augment its market share “and evolve into OTA mode.” More U.S. expansion followed in 2017.A notice just posted on the company’s website says: “Dear customers, we are making a voluntary termination and trying to refile an application for entering the industry again. TICO will ensure that customers who purchased travel services from Sinorama Holidays Inc. in Ontario will receive their travel services or refunds.” Comp Fund claims in wake of Sinorama closure could exceed $5 million, says TICO Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Thursday, August 9, 2018 last_img read more

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