Indian wrestlers win Rustem-e-Indo-Pak title

first_imgIndian wrestlers on Sunday beat their Pakistani counterparts to clinch Mission Dosti Rustem-E-Indo-Pak Wrestling title at Katra in Jammu.Rehmat Ali of Punjab helped India retain the first Mission Dosti Rustem-E-Indo-Pak Wrestling title, Jammu and Kashmir Indian Style Wrestling Association President Shiv Kumar Sharma told reporters.Rehmat Ali defeated his Pakistani rival Yousaf Riaz in a 17-minute final bout, Sharma said.Rehmat Ali was awarded a silver Gadda, Patta and cash prize of Rs 11,000 and the runners-up got Rs 10,000.In other main contests, Abdul Gani of Punjab defeated Sumit of Delhi and Kulbir Singh of Jammu defeated Pakistani Safdar Ali of Lahore.Another Pakistani Muhammed Umair of Multan defeated Indian Wrestler Benia of Udhampur.In the six bouts, Indians won five while Pakistanis won one.Minister of Health and Family Welfare Sham Lal Sharma, who was the chief guest on the occasion, praised the organisers for promoting goodwill between the two countries.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Serie A, Inter Milan vs Verona LIVE Streaming: When and Where to Watch Online, TV Telecast, Team News

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. footballinter milanItalyserie A First Published: November 9, 2019, 5:47 PM IST The upcoming Serie A fixture will see a face-off between Inter Milan and Hellas Verona on November 9, Saturday. The Serie A 2019-20 Inter Milan vs Verona fixture will be played at the San Siro Stadium in Milan. Inter, who host Verona after their 3-2 Champions League defeat by Borussia Dortmund, will look to go on top of the league chart. Meanwhile, Verona, who have won three of their last five games, will be eyeing an upset against Inter. The Serie A 2019-20 Inter Milan vs Verona game is scheduled to start at 10:30PM.Apart from Alexis Sanchez and Danilo D’Amboise’s unavailability due to ankle and toe injuries, Inter head coach Antonio Conte has a fit squad for the upcoming match. Meanwhile, Verona will travel without Daniel Bessa, Emmanuel Badu, Salvatore Bocchetti and Lubomir Tupta. Serie A 2019-20 Inter Milan possible starting line-up vs Hellas Verona: Handanovic; Godin, De Vrij, Skriniar; Candreva, Barella, Brozovic, Sensi, Biraghi; Martinez, LukakuSerie A 2019-20 Hellas Verona possible starting line-up vs Inter Milan: Silvestri; Alan, Rrahmani, Dawidowicz; Lazovic, Amrabat, Pessina, Faraoni; Verre, Stepinski, ZaccagniWhat time is kick-off?Inter Milan vs Verona in Serie A 2019-20 will kick off at 10:30PM IST on Saturday and will be played at the San Siro Stadium in Milan.What TV channel is it on?Sony has the rights to broadcast Serie A in India. Inter Milan vs Verona will be LIVE on Sony Ten 2 SD and HD on Thursday.How can I stream it?The Serie A 2019-20 Torino vs Juventus live stream will be available on Sony LIV app in India for premium users. last_img read more

Apple iPhone SE review: Old bottle, new wine

first_imgIf you’re someone who love the iPhone 5S, so much so that you can continue to cling on to your old phone, then it is time for you to rejoice. Apple’s latest iPhone — the SE — is basically the same iPhone 5S-style device in terms of looks. But it comes with almost all the modern and latest features that are inside the iPhone 6S.It is a classic case of an old bottle with a new wine. Although, the bigger question is about its appeal to a bigger set of consumers. Can a phone with 4-inch screen really have mass appeal in 2016? We find out.DesignThe iPhone SE looks identical to the iPhone 5S. That’s because Apple is using the same design and same chassis as the one on the iPhone 5S. Many consumers may not find it very appealing, considering it to be old and stale, but the fact is that this is a very premium design. In fact, the iPhone SE possibly sports that best iPhone design Apple has ever released. It looks great, feels fantastic in hands and in “rose gold” looks extremely dashing.Once you take a better look at the phone, you will see some differences compared to the iPhone 5S. Apple has actually refined the older design. For instance, the metal chamfers which embellish the outline of the phone, aren’t polished. Instead, they have a matte finish, which is likely to ensure that the phone ages in a more graceful way.The rear Apple logo is now made of metal and is also sure to last longer without scratches.advertisement The iPhone SE possibly sports that best iPhone design Apple has ever released. It looks great, feels fantastic in hands and in “rose gold” looks gorgeous With the iPhone SE, Apple has made an expensive smartphone which has impeccable fit and finish. It looks better and feels more polished than its peers, even the newer ones like the Xiaomi Mi 5. It also works well for people who want a smaller iPhone. Apple says that over 30 per cent of its iPhone users are still on 4-inch or smaller iPhones, which makes this a huge market. The iPhone SE very pocket friendly. While chunkier at 7.6mm than the iPhone 6S, it is considerably lighter than it at 113 grams. That’s just 1 gram heavier than the iPhone 5S and 30 grams lighter than the iPhone 6S.Also Read: Apple iPhone SE is like an old friend It is undeniable that Apple is using an older design, but by no means, it is a bad decision. The iPhone 5S design remains the best that Jony Ive’s team has come up with in the last 9 years and if Apple has decided to recycle it, that is understandable.DisplayThe iPhone SE sports a 4-inch screen that is similar to the one found in the iPhone 5S. The only difference is that now instead of JDI, LG is manufacturing the display. You get the same 1136 x 640 pixels with same 327 pixels per inch density.By modern standards, this isn’t an exceptional display. It is decent. It displays relatively accurate colours and is bright enough. But when compared to the iPhone 6S, the display is inferior. The iPhone 6S gets brighter and has better contrast levels. The bigger phone displays images in a more vivid way. It also comes without the 3D touch technology that Apple has added in the iPhone 6S.Now, what about the size? If you’re coming from a big screen, then typing on the smaller 4-inch screen will be problematic. The small screen feels too cramped and you will be relying too much on the virtual keyboard auto-correct.Also Read: 5 reasons to buy the iPhone SE That said, there are certain advantages to the smaller screen. On this phone you can reach any UI element with a single thumb, which makes using the phone easier, especially if you are travelling.Even iOS looks better on the smaller screen of the iPhone SE. It feels as if iOS was architected for a small screen from its inception and Apple really hasn’t done much to improve the experience for large screens.At the end of the day, if you’re the type of person who consumes a lot of content on the iPhone, then the small screen will get in the way. But if you don’t muck around much, and use the phone as a communication tool, then the iPhone SE will feel perfect.SoftwareThe iPhone SE runs iOS 9.3 out of the box. iOS has remained consistent for the last couple of years. It is best meant for people who are looking for a simple and consistent experience. People looking for more customisation may like Android more.advertisementThe iOS 9.3 adds a new feature that’s called Nightshift which warms up the colour temperature of the screen in the evening. Apple claims it will help your sleep cycle and will be easier on the eyes. During the usage, we found this to be mildly true.Also Read: How the iPhone SE compares with iPhone 6 and 5S But the story of iOS on the iPhone SE is more complex than a simple Apple vs Android. The iOS just works better on a smaller 4-inch screen. All the UI elements are placed in such a way that everything can be reached with one finger, which makes iOS just more efficient in use.PerformanceAccording to Apple, the iPhone SE is 50 per cent faster than its doppelganger the iPhone 5S. Reason? This performance boost comes from the A9 processor along with the M9 co-processor that power the phone. This is the same processor that you get in the iPhone 6S.This means, the iPhone SE is lighting quick – almost like Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari when he was dominating the Formula 1 circuit in the early 2000s. Everything is fast on the iPhone SE. Apps launch instantly, multitasking is seamless and the phone doesn’t get warm even while dealing with heavy-duty games like ShadowGun.The iPhone SE would be the best phone for gaming if it had a larger screen. It shows gorgeous graphics and provides smooth frame rates.Also Read: iPhone SE as your next phone? 5 reasons why you shouldn’t buy it Apple has increased the number of LTE bands the iPhone SE supports. It supports a total of 18 LTE bands, however, it does lack support for LTE-advanced but then again that’s not a deal breaker in India because the network operators don’t support that standard yet.It is also worth noting that the phone lacks Wi-Fi MiMO antennas which does affect the Wi-Fi performance of the device when the router is at a great distance from the phone. The iPhone 6S was able to open web pages and hold a stronger signal when the iPhone SE could not. The iPhone SE is lighting quick – almost like Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari when he was dominating the Formula 1 circuit in the early 2000s The single speaker in the iPhone SE is decent. The sound starts to crackle a bit with heavy duty music like dub-step or metal. It is clearly not in the league of HTC’s BoomSound equipped phones. But the output from the headphone is great, especially if you are playing songs in a loss-less format like ALAC although support for FLAC is missing in iOS.CameraWhile the rear camera on the iPhone SE is the same one as the iPhone 6S, it works better on the iPhone SE because of it is easier to frame images with the smaller phone. The 12-megapixel sensor on the back of the iPhone SE is considered one of the best ever put in a smartphone. It has technologies like deep trench isolation, focus pixels, and also a f/2.2 aperture along with a ‘truetone’ flash.advertisementBut the devil is in the details. The iPhone SE focuses at a blistering pace and take photos that look true to life. In day light, it takes fantastic photos which are balanced in terms of contrast, colours and white balance.While shooting close up photos, the iPhone does a good job at locking a tight focus on the subject and producing a defocused background. However, this is an area where the Samsung Galaxy S7 pulls ahead of the iPhone, thanks to its wider and brighter lens.Even in low-light conditions, the iPhone SE does a decent job. However, on many occasions, noise creeps into photos making them grainy. In low-light, again, the Galaxy S7 is considerably ahead of the iPhone SE, but that’s because it has bigger pixels, a wider aperture and optical image stabilisation.The iPhone SE excels at producing photos that look real. It has minimal post-processing on the images, unlike the Galaxy S7. Apple’s new phone also provides a simpler shooting experience.Also Read: Don’t buy Apple iPhone SE now, buy it after a month The iPhone SE is also the best iPhone to shoot panoramas from because of its compact size. In many cases, the SE is just better because it can be stabilised easily because of the compact nature of its size. The same converts well to 4K video or slo-mo video, but the iPhone 6S Plus which has optical stabilisation is better.Like the iPhone 6S, it supports live photos. By default, this feature is turned on and one has to pass and hold on a photo to enable motion.For selfies, however, the iPhone SE is a bit of a disappointment. It has an average 1.2-megapixel camera, which is okay for FaceTime or Skype calls but for selfies it is abhorrent for the price. However, the good news is that in low-light, it gets a retina flash like the iPhone 6S which is of great use in low-light. XPreviousNext Battery lifeThe iPhone SE has a 1,650mAh battery. Apple claims the battery life is 50 per cent better than the iPhone 5S, but that’s not a number worth considering since the battery life on the iPhone 5S was pathetic.The good news is that the battery life is slightly better than the iPhone 6S on 3G. The phone lasts around 10 hours with heavy usage. The iPhone 6S gives us around 8.5 hours through a work day when used only on 3G so this bodes well.Should you buy it?The iPhone SE is a new wine in an old, touched up bottle. It is a premium experience. However, if you’re using a larger phone, transitioning back to the smaller screen will be irksome. It is largely meant for people who have been using the iPhone 5S and don’t want a bigger phone.Overall, the iPhone SE is a great phone for people who want a small phone. For everyone, else there is the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6S. ####Apple iPhone SE####8/10########Good stuffImpeccable fit and finishGreat CameraGreat ergonomicsAs fast as iPhone 6S####Bad stuffAverage displayNo Wi-Fi MiMOUnderwhelming front cameralast_img read more

Woof: Serena Williams eats dog food, instantly regrets it

first_imgThe gourmet food Serena Williams ordered off the hotel room-service menu for dogs looked good enough for her to eat. So the top-ranked tennis player sampled it, and later got sick.Williams posted a video Wednesday on Snapchat showing the salmon and rice dish she ordered for her Yorkshire Terrier at their hotel during the Italian Open.Noting how good it looked, she tells the camera: “I ate a spoonful. Don’t judge me!”Williams says the bite tasted weird, “a little bit like a house-cleaner thing,” but she ate it anyway.She says within two hours, she had to run to the bathroom. She recovered in time to beat fellow American Christina McHale 7-6 (7), 6-1 in the third round Thursday.The dog, Chip, appeared fine watching Williams from her player’s box.Williams says of the doggy menu: “I don’t think it’s consumable for humans. They should have wrote that!”last_img read more

HCA not following Lodha panel recommendations: Mohammad Azharuddin

first_imgFormer India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin alleged that the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) is not following the Lodha Committee recommendations and also indulged in other “irregularities and misuse”.Azharuddin, whose nomination was rejected for the post of HCA president in the elections held in January this year, said deserving players were “ignored” in the teams announced for the Moin-ud-Dowla cricket tournament to be held here.”It is very unfortunate that both the teams of HCA participating in Moin-ud-Dowla have been announced, those players who have scored more than three centuries in two day leagues and those who have taken more than five wickets have been totally ignored,” he alleged.The HCA did not follow Lodha panel recommendations in the appointment of its selectors, he further alleged.”According to the Lodha panel, selectors who played at least 25 first-class matches should be appointed as selectors,” Azharuddin told reporters here.”The purpose of my press conference is to bring in (to) the notice of the Supreme Court, the misconduct and blatant disregard of the judgements of the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee,” he said.”I urge all of you in the media, to bring to light the daring misconduct and the sorry state of affairs of Hyderabad Cricket Association and all sorts of misuse happening there,” he added.When contacted, HCA president G Vivekanand denied the allegations.”The Committee of Administrators are there. They are looking into the implementation of the Lodha Committee reforms. The issue is sub-judice. If anything is there, he (Azharuddin) can go to the Supreme Court,” Vivekanand told PTI.advertisementlast_img read more

Always feared England would produce their best on the biggest stage: Allan Border

first_imgFormer Australia skipper Allan Border said he always feared that England would produce their best on the biggest stage and they did exactly that against the Aussies in the World Cup semifinal.”I always had a fear in the back of my mind that England would produce their best on the biggest stage. They did just that and there wasn’t much Australia could do,” Border wrote in his column for the ICC.”You have got to give credit where credit is due, England’s performance was absolutely outstanding, and it was a performance that I have been anticipating for a while,” he added.The 63-year-old admitted that England put together a complete batting and bowling performance.”They were phenomenal in every aspect. The bowling in those first 10 overs is as good as we have seen from any team in this World Cup to put Australia under pressure. And from there they never really recovered.”But England have been the favourites right from the start. Sure they have had their wobbles, but when it really mattered they came up trumps.”Border, however, said Alex Carey got out playing an unnecessary shot.”The only criticism I might look at would be Alex Carey’s dismissal, an unnecessary shot when Australia were starting to recover. That might have made the difference between a 220 score and 260-270 score but the way it turned out that wouldn’t have been enough either.”Australia needed 350 that’s the bottom line really! England did everything right and thoroughly deserved that win,” said Border.advertisementHe felt that the Aussies were going in the right direction till the loss against South Africa in the final league game of the mega-event upset their rhythm.”I was in England for Australia’s two games at Lord’s and those were really solid performances. They were going in the right direction. But South Africa have been a bit of a bogey side, they had nothing to lose and a point to prove. They showed up a few flaws and Australia got a couple of injuries.”Those sorts of things can upset the biorhythms of a side, and that is exactly what happened.”Shaun Marsh breaks his arm in the nets, Usman Khawaja does his hamstring, if you are going to win tournaments, those sort of things don’t happen. But I don’t want to make excuses,” he said.Border though conceded that considering Australia’s form six months ago, it was a great effort by the team to reach the last four stage of the 50-over showpiece.”…if you asked me six months ago if Australia had any chance of making the semi-final I would have said absolutely zero. The way we were playing, we looked outdated and nothing was working for the side, the selectors were trying different combinations and it wasn’t happening.”That is very unusual for Australian sides over the years, we have always been there or thereabouts but we were a long way off the mark and the turnaround has been quite phenomenal.”Border said Australia’s performances through the World Cup were pleasing, very steady, good professional wins.”Nothing super exciting but they got the job done. We hoped they were saving their very best for when it really mattered but that wasn’t the case,” he said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Kane Williamson, Joe Root stand a chance to eclipse Rohit Sharma as highest run-getterAlso Read | South Africa didn’t have chance to win World Cup without you: Yuvraj Singh tells AB de VilliersAlso See:last_img read more

Goal A-League 20: No.1 – Milos Ninkovic

first_imgA-League Goal’s Top 20 A-League players: No.1 – Milos Ninkovic Cronan Yu @Cronan_Yu Last updated 2 years ago 15:28 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Milos Ninkovic Sydney FC A-League 09052017 Getty A-League Melbourne Victory v Sydney Sydney Goal counts down the top 20 players currently playing in the A-League, as voted by its Australian journalists 1. MILOS NINKOVIC | Sydney FCAge: 32Nationality: SerbianPosition: Attacking midfielderA-League apps: 53 (Sydney FC)A-League goals: 13 (Sydney FC)Other clubs: Cukaricki (Serbia), Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine), Red Star Belgrade (Serbia), Evian (France)Achievements:  A-League championship (2016-17), A-League premiership (2016-17), Johnny Warren Medal (Sydney FC 2016-17)WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOWMilos Ninkovic was battered and bruised, but he was far from finished. The 32-year-old had been the A-League’s best player by that point and Melbourne Victory knew the danger he posed. Give him space and he could split your defence in half. So when Kevin Muscat’s men lined up against Sydney FC in the last season’s showpiece, they had one aim in mind, to mark the Serbian playmaker out of the game.With the forced into a more reserved role, the Sky Blues looked uninspired and well below the pace. Their only goal of the game essentially epitomised the way their performance. It was scrappy, and probably a tad lucky too.But in the end, although he had been limited to just a few cameos on the ball, it was Ninkovic – the side’s final penalty scorer – who stepped up when his side needed him most. Even if he almost couldn’t. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “I feel sore like after every game, but maybe this morning more than usually,” Ninkovic said in the aftermath of the Championship victory.Milos Ninkovic Carl Valeri Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC A-League 26012017His career, indeed, had led up to that point.The midfielder made a name for himself as a youngster making his way through the ranks of FK Cukaricki’s youth academy, one of the more untraditional routes towards the top.After two seasons with the first team, he then left for Dynanmo Kyiv, where he, despite his early struggles as a 19-year-old, would go on to spend nine seasons, making a total of 161 appearances in all competitions for the club.During that time, the 32-year-old was considered one of Dynamo’s best, and was duly awarded with a spot in Radomir Antic’s World Cup squad, and played a central midfielder in their final group match against the Socceroos.Little did the Serbian know that five years on from the clash, he would move to Australia five years later.”If somebody told me after the World Cup that I would play in Australia I would never have believed them but this is life and this is football. You never know what is going to be tomorrow,” he said.The mercurial midfielder enjoyed a stellar output in his first season in the Harbour City, but it was his contributions last year, which he had six goals and seven assists after just 13 matches, and finished with 10 goals and 11 assists in 32 matches.2017-18 PROSPECTSThe signing of Ninkovic on a marquee deal is a statement of intent from champions Sydney FC, who are favourites to defend their crown.Following a season in which he led the club’s charts in terms of chances created (47), dribbles completed (43), and ball recoveries (208), Sydney’s no.10 will be crucial in orchestrating the side’s attack and his link-up play with Brosque and Bobo could lead to another successful season in front of goal.And with Graham Arnold’s men challenging for four trophies this season, Ninkovic tells Goal he’s focused on winning more silverware.”I will be focusing on this season and we expect to win all four trophies we are competing for this season.  Everything is possible if you work hard and have that belief so these are the achievements I am focusing on for this season.”Goal A-League 20: No.2 – Diego Costa (Perth Glory) No.3 – Besart Berisha (Melb Victory) No.4 – Mark Milligan (Melb Victory) No.5 – Alex Wilkinson (Sydney FC) No.6 – James Troisi (Melb Victory) No.7 – Bruno Fornaroli (Melb City) No.8 – Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC) No.9 – Eugene Galekovic (Melb City) No.10 – Andy Keogh (Perth Glory) No.11 – Alex Brosque (Sydney FC) No.12 – Bobo (Sydney FC) No.13 – Kosta Barbarouses (Melb Victory) No.14 – Isaias Sanchez (Adelaide United) No.15 – Luke DeVere (Brisbane Roar) No.16 – Michael Jakobsen (Melb City) No.17 – Brendon Santalab (WSW) No.18 – Michael Zullo (Sydney FC) No.19 – Brandon O’Neill (Sydney FC) No.20 – Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar)last_img read more

10 days agoHarry Redknapp regrets missing out on Liverpool job

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Harry Redknapp regrets missing out on Liverpool jobby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Redknapp admits he regrets missing out on the Liverpool job.Former Tottenham manager Redknapp has revealed how he would have loved a chance to stand in the Anfield dugout as the Reds’ manager.”If I had one club I’d loved to have managed it would have been Liverpool. I loved them,” he told the Daily Mail. “I can see them winning the league this year. Give them the title and give it to them now. “I’ve had a big bet and I think the bookmakers should pay me out!” last_img

6 days agoJohnson impressed by Chelsea youngsters

first_imgJohnson impressed by Chelsea youngstersby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea fullback Glen Johnson is impressed by the club’s youngsters.Johnson singled out one of the Blues’ young players for acclaim, and thinks it would not be a surprise to see them playing Champions League football next season.”Tammy Abraham has impressed me the most because the Premier League is a totally different beast to the Championship,” he told Betdaq. “To score the amount of goals he has so far shows he’s handled the change very well.”I hope Chelsea can fight for a top four place.”If they can get anywhere near then it’s an absolutely fantastic season for them. With Manchester City and Tottenham not firing on all cylinders I think they have got a real chance.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Youth Minister Expresses Concern Over JFJ’s Actions

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, has expressed strong concern over recent actions taken by civil society group, Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ), including the posting of a video online, which criticized the treatment of juveniles in detention.Miss Hanna stated that the information is “factually incorrect, intellectually dishonest and over-sensationalised”.She pointed out that it does not take into account the actions taken by the Government over the past 18 months, and those currently being implemented, to address the multiplicity of issues facing children in the country, particularly those who come in contact with the justice system.The Minister who was speaking on July 17 at the weekly Jamaica House press briefing held at the Office of the Prime Minister, said the Government takes seriously, its responsibility for the care and protection of children, who come in contact with the law.As such, she said, the administration has been implementing a slew of programmes and policies to safeguard the interests of these and other children.“We have no problem with petitions and welcome them as part of the vibrant democracy the Government supports and encourages…we do not condone the public promotion of information that is incorrect, malicious, and designed to unfairly hurt Jamaica’s human rights record locally and internationally,” she stated.The Youth Minister noted that incidents, which are alleged to have happened to children in state care in 2009 and 2010, which were not subject to an international online petition at that time, had now, over the past few days, been presented as the current actions of the Government.She asserted that the positive actions taken to improve the care and protection of children had been ignored, with the Government characterised as abusing children.Speaking to the call for the removal of children from Fort Augusta and police lockups, she noted that all juveniles have already been removed from the Horizon Remand Centre, and that the Government is already implementing the removal of all juvenile girls remanded by the court, from Fort Augusta, by December, 2013.Additionally, Minister Hanna outlined, all children, who were being held at correctional centres on orders from the court, and who meet the classification as being in need of care and protection, have been removed by the Child Development Agency (CDA) to children’s homes.She pointed out that since January 2012 and May 2013, some 148 children have been taken from police lock ups, for care and protection.However, Minister Hanna explained that children remanded to juvenile correctional centres or other remand centres by a judge, can only be removed by orders of the court.She said that as children do break the law from time to time and must come in contact with the police, the Government is developing a child diversion programme to provide the justice system with options for rehabilitation other than incarceration.“The Government is working to ensure that in these unfortunate circumstances, the children are accommodated for processing for appearance before a judge within 48 hours as stipulated by Jamaican law and international protocols, in child friendly environment that protect their rights,” Ms. Hanna said.She emphasised also, that the Government had committed that by year-end, facilities and systems will be in place to ensure that children, who come in contact with the law do not spend more than 48 hours at police stations.“Jamaica is being brought, by this Government, into compliance with local law and international protocols after some 22 years of noncompliance,” she stated. All juveniles have already been removed from the Horizon Remand Centrecenter_img The JFJ vbideo disregards the actions taken by the Government over the past 18 monthslast_img read more

Storm warning Cyclone Vayu likely to return and hit Kutch next week

first_imgNew Delhi: Cyclone Vayu will change its path again and is likely to hit Kutch on June 17-18, an official of the ministry of earth sciences said on Friday. The very severe cyclonic storm will also reduce in intensity and turn into a severe cyclonic storm by Saturday morning, a senior India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said. “The system is moving nearly westwards affecting Porbandar, Devbhoomi Dwarka districts with wind speed of 50-60 kilometres per hour gusting to 70 kilometres per hour and Gir Somnath and Junagarh districts with wind speed of 30-40 kilometres per hour gusting to 50 kilometres per hour. The wind speed over these districts is very likely to decrease gradually,” the Cyclone Warning Division said in its bulletin at 5.30 pm. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France “The system is very likely to move nearly westwards during next 48 hours and recurve northeastwards thereafter,” it added. “Cyclone Vayu will again recurve. It is likely to hit the Kutch coast on June 17-18,” ministry of earth sciences secretary M Rajeevan told news agency PTI. By June 16, Vayu is likely to become a cyclonic storm with an expected wind speed of 80-90 kilometres per hour, he said. The intensity of the cyclone is likely to reduce and it may hit the coast as a cyclonic storm or a deep depression, Rajeevan added. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize He said the Gujarat government has been alerted about the possible recurvature of the cyclonic storm. Cyclone Vayu was to hit the Gujarat coast on Thursday, but it changed course on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday. It skirted the Gujarat coast, affecting Gir, Somnath, Diu, Junagarh and Porbandar. After it changed its course on Thursday, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani said that the teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), that were brought in to provide aide for possible damage, will remain stationed along the coastline for another 48 hours. As a precautionary measure, the state government has evacuated over two lakh people living along the coast. Meanwhile, there was no let up in heatwave in northern and eastern India due to deficient pre-monsoon showers and conditions look to remain the same till the weekend when rain is likely in some parts. The mercury crossed the 45-degree mark at some places in Delhi, which is the only 100% rain-deficient state in the country.(With inputs from Hindustan Times)last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Facebook .WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY? WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING EXPERIENCE?The most challenging thing has been all the waiting! There is a lot of waiting in this industry.The most rewarding experience I’ve had is having the opportunity to have a character in a movie and be able to bring him to life.WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TYPE OF CHARACTER TO PLAY?I like to play a nice, happy, energetic boy because that’s what I am! It makes getting into character easier. But I also like having characters that challenge me or teach me something new.WHAT MARKET DO YOU CURRENTLY WORK IN? ARE THERE OTHER AREAS YOU WOULD LIKE TO WORK?I’ve been lucky to be cast in a bunch of short films and commercials. I would love to be part of a TV series because I haven’t had that opportunity before!WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE NEW TRYING TO MAKE IT IN THE ACTING INDUSTRY?Always be positive and never doubt yourself. Just keep smiling and show them what you can do!WHAT FUELS YOUR PASSION?Having the opportunity to explore new characters and try out another person’s life.WHAT IS SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULD NEVER GUESS?That I love origami!IF YOU WERE TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN, WOULD YOU DO THINGS EXACTLY THE SAME? DO YOU HAVE ANY REGRETS? SUCCESSES THAT MAKE YOU PROUD?Sometimes I wish I could do some auditions from the past differently. But I’m proud of all my roles in films and commercials!WHO ARE YOU REPRESENTED BY?City Talent Management in Vancouver. My agent is amazing!WHERE HAVE YOU DONE TRAINING?I’ve been lucky to train with some amazing studios and coaches in Vancouver.SOCIAL MEDIA:INSTAGRAM: such a young age, Jaden is very talented and well grounded. We look forward to seeing what Jaden will do in the future.CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL INTERVIEWS IN OUR ASPIRING TALENT SERIESIf you are an aspiring talent and would like to be featured in our Aspiring Talent SeriesContact Darlene via email at morrisonmediasocial@gmail.comOpen to all (e.g. Actors, Models, Singers, Dancers, Producers, Directors, etc.) As part of our aspiring talent series, we had the opportunity to catch up with Jaden Oehr who is an 8-year-old actor in Vancouver, Canada. Jaden has done some National commercials as well as some film.WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER, DID YOU WANT TO BE AN ACTOR, OR DID IT FALL INTO PLACE THROUGH OTHER ACTIVITIES?When I was in preschool, I participated in a class play of “Snow White” where I played the Huntsman, but they made the character a Knight because I was really into knights at the time. I took the role really seriously and memorized the entire 10-page script. That actually helped when we performed the play because some of my friends forgot their lines and I was able to help them out. It was a really fun experience and from that point on, I asked my parents if I could do more acting.WHO INSPIRED YOU TO FOLLOW YOUR DREAM TO PURSUE ACTING?My cousin* who is a film and theatre actor. Ever since I saw him on TV, I wanted to be on TV too. I’ve been to all of his theatre performances and cheered him on. He recently played the title role in a school theatre production of Peter Pan and he did awesome. Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

JLEC to list on the Casablanca Stock Exchange

first_imgRabat – Jorf Lasfar Energy Company (JLEC), TAQA’s wholly owned Moroccan subsidiary, has received approval to list on the Casablanca Stock Exchange. JLEC, which operates Morocco’s largest power complex, is authorised by the Conseil Déontologique des Valeurs Mobilières (CDVM) to create a total of 2,234,638 new shares, offered at a price of MAD 447.5 with a nominal value of MAD 100. These shares represent 9.47% of JLEC and will be floated on the exchange. In addition to that, 4.74% were offered and fully subscribed through private placement to key Moroccan institutional investors prior to the initial public offering. TAQA will retain a 85.79% of JLEC.Abdelmajid Iraqui Houssaini, Chief Executive Officer of Jorf Lasfar Energy Company, said: “JLEC is the leading energy operator in Morocco and we feel that this new step will allow us to anchor our business in the Moroccan economy by opening up our capital to institutional investors.” Jorf Lasfar supplied 38 per cent of the Kingdom’s electricity in 2012, and the expansion is vital to enabling national economic growth and job creation. TAQA is also developing alternative energy projects for Morocco, including wind power.last_img read more

Japan Renews its Nonrecognition of SelfProclaimed SADR at Opening of TICADVII

Rabat – Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Taro Kono has reiterated his country’s official position of non-recognition of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).On August 28, at the opening of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on Development in Africa (TICAD VII),  Kono said, in front of an audience of African leaders, that the “the presence at the TICAD-VII of any entity that Japan does not recognize as a State does not in any way affect the position of the country regarding the status of this entity.”The statement reaffirms Japan’s position on the Western Sahara conflict and its support for Morocco’s territorial integrity. Japan’s position also shows its commitment to the UN-led political process as the the only  party to have the legitimate rights to find a mutually acceptable political solution to the conflict. Kono echoed his country’s repeated position in favor of Morocco’s cause. On August 27, on the eve of the official opening of the symposium, Kono said that the presence of the delegation from the separatist group does not affect his country’s position on the self-proclaimed entity.The Japanese government also reaffirmed that it has no  intention to change its stance regarding SADR.On August 25 chief of the MENA division of the Japanese foreign affairs ministry, Katsuhiko Takahashi said that  Japan will does not and will not recognize “Western Sahara as a state. This is Japan’s constant and immutable position and we have no intention of changing it.”Maghreb Arab press reported that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attended the opening session of the TICAD symposium.Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita is also attending the  three-day event along with minister delegate for African Cooperation, Mohcine Jazouli, and Morocco’s ambassador to Japan, Rachad Bouhlal. read more

Dairy giant Saputo says it will refuse to buy milk from farmers

MONTREAL — Canada’s largest diary processor, Montreal-based Saputo, is hoping to spur the adoption of global animal welfare standards by refusing to buy milk from farmers that don’t treat their animals humanely.The change is part of a new animal welfare policy the company released Monday, nearly a year after it became entangled in a controversy when an undercover video was made public showing cows being punched, kicked and beaten with pipes at one of its suppliers.“It raised a lot of comments and questions and concerns especially here at Saputo about what our policy is and if it is robust enough,” CEO Lino Saputo Jr. said in an interview.Chilliwack Cattle fired eight employees after animal rights group Mercy for Animals released a video that showed young men beating the cows.Saputo (TSX:SAP), one of the world’s largest dairy processors, says it wants all farmers and employees to sign yearly codes of conduct and third-party auditors to review the practices of farmers. The company said it is also working with universities to improve education on animal welfare.Although federal law only allows processors to refuse to accept milk over “quality issues” including health concerns, Saputo said it will not accept milk from sites where animals have been mistreated, as it did for two days last summer when a video surfaced depicting animal abuse at an operation in Chilliwack, B.C.“If we have any evidence of animal cruelty, whether it’s mistreatment or neglect that’s causing pain or injury or suffering to any of the cattle on the farms, we will stop taking milk from that farm,” Saputo Jr. said.Saputo refuses to buy milk from B.C. farm where video showed cattle being kicked, punched and beaten with pipesUndercover investigation reveals horrific cruelty at B.C. dairy farm, SPCA recommending chargesDelivery of milk could be permanently ended if farmers refuse to improve animal practices as verified by third-party inspectors, he added.Mercy for Animals praised Saputo for its new policy, which also commits to eliminating the practice of cutting or docking the cow’s tail, administering pain control when dehorning cattle and reducing stress on cows through low-energy animal handling methods.“Given that Saputo is the largest dairy processor in this country, I think it sends an incredibly strong message to all dairy farmers that any form of cruelty will not be tolerated,” executive director Krista Osborne said from Vancouver.She said she expects other large Canadian dairy producers to follow suit and join three of the world’s largest dairy companies — Nestle, Leprino Foods and Great Lakes Cheese — which have recently announced similar animal welfare requirements.But Osborne said there are some remaining questions, such as when the new policy will be implemented, whether the auditors will be independent, and whether the inspections will be random.“This is an excellent step forward. We are heartened by it but it by no means is complete at this point.”Saputo Jr. also said he’d like to see stiffer penalties against people who commit cruelty to farm animals.“We’d like the standards and the practices to have some bite to it and some consequences for those that are going to contravene those practices.” read more

Recommendations from report on prison riot to be implemented

The report of the three-member committee appointed to probe the Welikada Prison riot which occurred on November 09 in 2012 was handed over to the Prime Minister in 2015.The 2012 Welikada prison riot left 27 dead and many more injured. (Colombo Gazette) He said this in response to a question raised by Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake in Parliament today. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe informed Parliament today that the recomendations in the Welikada prison riot report will be implemented. The Prime Minister said that Prisons Reforms Minister D.M. Swaminathan has been instructed to implement the recommendations.

Security Council calls on Congolese parties to completely renounce violence

In a statement to the press, Security Council President Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation said the members of the 15-nation body had been briefed on the situation in the DRC and expressed their deep concern over the latest developments in the eastern part of the country, particularly in the Kivus.”They strongly condemned the recent escalation of fighting in the region, in particular the offensives by the RCD-Goma, which constitutes a serious violation of the ceasefire and poses a threat to the political process in the DRC,” Ambassador Lavrov said. He added that the Council urged all the Congolese parties to overcome their differences peacefully and establish a transitional national government without further delay.Calling on all the parties in the eastern DRC for an immediate and unconditional cessation of hostilities and complete withdrawal to the previously agreed positions, the Council members also urged the Congolese parties, including the DRC Government, to refrain from any new deployments or other provocative actions.Ambassador Lavrov said Council members called on all the parties to commit fully to the political process and to renounce completely and decisively the military path. With that in mind, they urged all parties concerned to comply fully with the Lusaka agreement, the Kampala and Harare disengagement plans, the Pretoria and Luanda accords and the Acte d’Engagement for the cessation of hostilities in the eastern and northeastern DRC signed in Bujumbura on 19 June.”Members of the Council urged all governments in the region to exercise a positive influence on the Congolese parties in support of the peace process,” he said.Also expressing their deep concern at the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the region, Council members strongly condemned human rights violations and reaffirmed that such acts would not remain unpunished. Ambassador Lavrov said they also reiterated their call on the parties to provide safe and unimpeded access for international humanitarian assistance.The Council also condemned the recent abduction of two UN military observers, welcomed their release and demanded that all the parties abide fully by their obligation to provide full and unhindered access to the UN peacekeeping mission to allow it to carry out its mandate.Meanwhile in the DRC, the official deadline for the withdrawal of Congolese Union of Patriots troops from war-torn Bunia ended yesterday at noon local time, with the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) reporting that the withdrawal was in progress.Bunia has now been declared an “arms-free town” and it has become illegal to carry weapons of any type. The international emergency force deployed in the town had earlier issued an ultimatum banning all “visible armed presence” in Bunia, and following the expiration of yesterday’s deadline for gunmen to leave, the force will confiscate weapons carried in the streets.In Kinshasa, the 68 representatives of the political opposition to the Inter-Congolese Dialogue are scheduled to meet under the auspices of the International Committee for Support to the Transition and in the presence of the Follow-Up Commission.The meeting will try to designate members from the committee who will form a part of the transition government. Their failure to take a decision on representatives has been one of the stumbling blocks for the formation of the transition government. read more

Sneaky Stats That Could Decide The Super Bowl

Source: EdjFootball 2013SEA43.71DEN27.02+16.7 Philadelphia59.474.082.0 1992DAL40.61BUF10.69+30.0 Both teams are seldom in troubleThe average Game Winning Chance of each Super Bowl team at the end of the first through third quarters Game winning chance 2004NE32.83PHI20.47+12.5 1991WAS52.41BUF21.13+31.3 2011NYG6.014NE25.33-19.3 PostseasonNew England58.869.558.1 TotalNew England70.177.276.5 1987WAS5.311DEN17.54-12.2 2003NE31.23CAR1.216+30.0 SplitTeamQ1Q2Q3 Seemingly everyone has a Super Bowl take or prediction these days — the football media is afforded 14 days to scrutinize two teams and dissect every facet of their matchup. But that doesn’t mean every useful bit of information has been presented on the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. We dug into the databases of ESPN’s Stats & Information Group and Football Outsiders to find a few obscure statistical areas to highlight that could help predict Sunday’s showdown.Stat No. 1: Weighted DVOAThe key efficiency metric used at Football Outsiders is Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, or DVOA for short (explained here). For the season, the Eagles ranked fifth in DVOA (23.5 percent) and actually edged out the sixth-ranked Patriots (22.6 percent). However, when looking at weighted DVOA, which places less importance on early-season games — the ones when the Patriots couldn’t get off the field and Carson Wentz was launching his breakout campaign — things become much different. The Patriots finished No. 1 in weighted DVOA (33.6 percent) and were 10 percentage points higher than the No. 7 Eagles (23.6 percent).It makes sense for the Patriots to rank No. 1 in weighted DVOA. Four of their five lowest games by DVOA came in the first five weeks of the season. Their only loss in their last 14 outings was the Week 14 game in Miami. It also makes sense that the Eagles held steady between the two stats: Philadelphia had five games with negative DVOA in 2017, and four of them were the last four games of the regular season.It has taken some time to adjust from Wentz to Nick Foles at quarterback, but Foles and the Eagles were stellar in the NFC Championship Game against Minnesota. That game is not reflected in the 23.6 percent weighted DVOA for the Eagles, but as Neil Paine recently wrote, a dominant performance in the conference title round has not been predictive of success in the Super Bowl.Since 1986 (as far back as the data currently goes), teams with at least a 5 percentage point edge in weighted DVOA are 15-8 in the Super Bowl. That sounds good for New England, but consider that the two biggest upsets by weighted DVOA were the Patriots’ losses to the Giants in Super Bowls XLII (the Pats had a 39.9-point advantage) and XLVI (a 19.3-point edge). 2008PIT30.1%2ARI-11.5%22+41.7 2016NE33.01ATL19.94+13.1 1997DEN23.46GB36.61-13.2 Stat No. 2: Defensive DVOAFor the season, the Patriots rank 31st in defensive DVOA, and that could ultimately be their undoing this week. Our study of Super Bowl winners has shown that no team since at least 1986 has won a Super Bowl with a defense ranked lower than 25th in this metric. Atlanta came really close a year ago, but the 26th-ranked defense eventually wore down against the Patriots in the Falcons’ 28-3 collapse in Super Bowl LI. The 2011 Patriots also came close with the 30th-ranked defense, but Eli Manning led the Giants down the field for another game-winning drive in Super Bowl XLVI. Teams don’t require great balance to win a Super Bowl, but having the No. 1 offense and No. 31 defense like the 2017 Patriots makes them the most unbalanced Super Bowl team in more than 30 years. 2001NE15.49STL21.94-6.5 2000BAL23.35NYG14.110+9.2 1986NYG23.84DEN11.310+12.5 Philadelphia69.670.472.0 This year, New England has a weighted DVOA of 33.6 percent, and Philadelphia is at 23.6 percent.Source: Football Outsiders Regular seasonNew England71.5%78.2%78.8% The biggest mismatches heading into a Super BowlSuper Bowls with the biggest discrepancy in weighted DVOA since 1986 1996GB34.31NE13.49+20.9 1993DAL28.02BUF-2.919+30.9 1989SF42.91DEN18.84+24.1 DVOADVOA 2012BAL8.311SF23.85-15.5 2015DEN16.36CAR30.93-14.6 2007NYG2.617NE42.51-39.9 YearWinnerWEIRankLoserWEIRankDIFF. 1999STL28.21TEN19.45+8.8 Philadelphia68.470.873.1 1994SF39.51SD7.78+31.8 The main reason for the Patriots’ mediocre start to the season was the defense. New England actually allowed more than 400 yards of offense in each of the first six games but has done that just once in the past 12 games, including the playoffs, and has conceded more than 20 points just twice.The improvement in defensive coordinator Matt Patricia’s unit has been real, but the Patriots still rank only 22nd in weighted defensive DVOA because they continue to allow a lot of successful plays. The 2017 Patriots have one of the most statistically unique defenses that we have ever studied. They are 32nd in yards per drive allowed but still rank sixth in points per drive allowed. No other defense since the latest league expansion in 2002 has ranked in the top 10 in points per drive allowed while ranking 26th or lower in yards per drive allowed. The Patriots were able to accomplish this with an extreme bend-but-don’t-break style of play. While part of this reflects New England’s red-zone defense that ranks second in points allowed per red-zone appearance, it’s also a matter of real estate. The Patriots’ opponents have the worst starting field position in the league thanks to New England’s strong special teams and ball security on offense — so there are more yards for offenses to gain against this unit. Still, the defense has managed to keep scoring down and is even doing this with just one takeaway in the past six games.You also can say that the Patriots have had some good fortune on defense this year. Opposing kickers missed nine field goals against the Patriots for a success rate of 71.0 percent, the second lowest against any team in 2017. New England has also controversially benefited from a few touchdowns overturned by replay — against the Jets (Austin Seferian-Jenkins), Steelers (Jesse James) and Bills (Kelvin Benjamin).Lest we forget, the Eagles finished 2017 ranked fourth in offensive points per drive. Foles threw four touchdowns against the Giants and just shredded a superior Minnesota defense in the NFC Championship Game for 352 yards and three touchdowns. If head coach Doug Pederson can devise another good offensive game plan, the Eagles could be poised for another big night of scoring against a suspect defense.Stat No. 3: Under PressureThese were two of the best offenses at handling pass pressure all season long, though Wentz hid a lot of Philadelphia’s protection problems with his mobility. Foles is not nearly the same threat in that regard, and he’s also not playing as well as Brady has been under pressure, which we highlighted a few weeks back.Using a scatter plot from ESPN Stats & Info, we looked at how teams fared under pressure by comparing their Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) to their average air yards per pass attempt (how far the ball traveled relative to the line of scrimmage). Not only were the Patriots and Eagles among the top three offenses in QBR, but they were also among the five most vertical offenses when pressured, both averaging just shy of 10 air yards per attempt. Brady in particular has really taken to throwing deep with defenders bearing down on him. Since 2015, Brady leads all quarterbacks by averaging 10.28 air yards per pass attempt while pressured, according to ESPN Stats & Info. In 2017, Brady has clearly been leaning toward the left portion of the field on passes thrown more than 15 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. He has thrown for 723 yards on 52 deep passes outside the left numbers, as opposed to 407 yards on 25 deep passes outside the right numbers.New England wide receiver Brandin Cooks leads the NFL (including the playoffs) with 381 receiving yards on passes to the deep left this season. He could be in for a big night against a Philadelphia defense that fared better in DVOA on passes thrown to the deep right (-10.8 percent) than the deep left (6.5 percent).Stat No. 4: The Predictable Game Script?In their previous seven Super Bowls, the Patriots have never scored in the first quarter. Every game was decided by 1 to 6 points, and either Brady or Eli Manning led a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. This season, the Patriots and Eagles led the league in net points per drive, with 1.04 and 0.79 points respectively, and both are accustomed to playing with the lead, though the Patriots needed late game-winning touchdowns to topple the Steelers (in Week 15) and Jaguars in crucial matchups.We turned to EdjFootball, part of the EdjSports analytics site, for its Game Winning Chance probability data to see which team had the higher average win probability through each of the first three quarters of their 2017 games. 2010GB25.14PIT38.42-13.3 1995DAL30.83PIT24.75+6.1 Including the playoffs, the Patriots hold a slight edge over the Eagles in each quarter, boasting an average Game Winning Chance of 76.5 percent to start their fourth quarters compared with 73.1 percent for the Eagles. However, the Patriots have had a rougher go of things in the playoffs; they held just a 16.2 percent Game Winning Chance to start the fourth quarter against Jacksonville in the AFC Championship. Of course, it sure felt like the Patriots would come back from that deficit more than 16 times given 100 chances, but that’s just because we’ve seen this play out so often.No matter how well the Eagles start this game, we know the Patriots have the ability to come back. To make matters worse, Philadelphia’s worst defensive quarter this season was the fourth quarter, in which its DVOA fell to 14th after ranking in the top five in each of the first three quarters. While the Eagles have some experience at holding big leads, they weren’t doing so against an experienced New England team with Brady and Belichick. The Eagles have to be able to exploit the holes in New England’s defense to put a big number on the scoreboard and keep Brady off the field as much as possible. read more

QMASTOR wins inaugural IT solution award at Australian bulk handling awards

first_imgAn independent judging panel comprising several of Australia’s leading experts in the bulk handling industries made the selection, representing private enterprise, academia and government. The judges included: Professor Mark Jones, Director, Key Centre for Bulk Solids & Particulate Technologies, the University of Newcastle; Assoc Professor Peter Wypych, Chair, Australian Society for Bulk Solids Handling; John Planner, Director, Introspec Consulting; Neil Kinder, Managing Director, Kinder & Co; Mike Anderson, Managing Director, Nu-Con Australia; Ivan Price, Managing Director, Kockums Bulk Systems; and Charles Macdonald, Editor, Australian Bulk Handling Review acting as moderator. QMASTOR’s General Manager Steve Maxwell who received the award said: “It is truly an honour for QMASTOR to be selected as the overall category winner, in an Australian mining and bulk commodity software market that is renowned globally for its excellence in technology innovation. It is a credit to our dedicated team whom continue to develop and deliver world class solutions that add real value to our mining and bulk commodity clients. QMASTOR’s approach to collaborate with clients to deliver pragmatic solutions is a key factor in the company’s growing success. QMASTOR looks forward to further collaboration and innovative product development to add to our current portfolio of bulk commodity software solutions that includes: Pit to – export mining supply chain management, Pit to – domestic mining supply chain management, Port to – import supply chain management, – advanced 3D stockpile modelling and iFuse – mining system integration, that are rapidly moving towards industry standard status.” QMASTOR systems currently manage over 300 Mt/y of bulk commodity movements per annum in coal, iron ore, nickel, bauxite and copper/gold. QMASTOR, an Australian supplier of bulk materials management information systems, was recently announced as the recipient of The IT Solution Award for its Pit to system. These awards pay tribute to industry champions across a range of fields including: Innovative Technology; Environmentally Responsible Projects; Dust Control; OH&S; IT Solutions; Conveying and Transport Technology. The IT Solution Award, which was sponsored by Lloyds List DCN, represents excellence for a system, software, or information technology application with specific relevance to bulk handling, bulk materials scheduling or the supply chain.last_img read more

Cork judge agrees child rapist can be named

first_imgA JUDGE IN Cork agreed yesterday that a man who has been jailed for four years for raping a 12-year-old girl at a funfair in 1989 can be named publicly.51-year-old Gerard Williams from Churchfield in Cork was convicted of raping the girl in a caravan at the funfair which is owned by his family. He was sentenced to four years in the retrial after a previous jury could not reach a verdict.In her victim impact statement, the woman, now in her 30s, said she had been “very confused and scared” at the time.“It is only now that I am older and I have kids of my own that I realise I was just a little girl who was very innocent at the time. I hadn’t got a clue of what he was doing – I thought he was stabbing me at first and I was very afraid,” she said.At the sentencing earlier this month, the woman was not asked if she wanted the man to be named and so his details could not be made public. She returned to court with State barrister Tim O’Leary yesterday morning to tell a judge that she would be happy for him to be named publicly and the judge agreed.The woman said in her victim impact statement that she did not regret coming forward and thanked a local garda for her continued support. “I do not forgive Ger Williams for what he has done to me,” she also said. “I don’t know if I will in the future.”Read: Judge rules couple accused of sex slavery can be named>last_img read more