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KOTC Orders Four Product Tankers from Hyundai Mipo

first_imgKuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) has returned to Korean shipbuilder Hyundai with an order for four product tankers. The company inked a contract with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard for the construction of four 48,000 dwt product carriers on April 24.As stipulated in the USD 167.6 million deal, the delivery of the quartet is planned for 2020, the final ship being scheduled to join KOTC’s fleet in May.The latest contract is part of KOTC’s ambitious fleet build-up plan, under which the company aims to more than double its fleet by 2040, bringing it to 60 ships.As disclosed, the company plans to add eleven product tankers, six VLCCs and one more LPG vessel to its ordering tally.KOTC already ordered three LPG tankers from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in January and one VLCC from Bohai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry in March, 2018.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: KOTClast_img read more

Funds to Improve Value of Eastern Nova Scotia Woodlots

first_imgThe province is following up on a commitment in the province’s new natural resources strategy to help Nova Scotia woodlot owners manage their properties ecologically and increase the wood supply to industry. The province is providing $350,000 to help independent woodlot owners in eastern Nova Scotia develop management plans and receive training that meets the Maritime Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard. The work will be carried out by the Nova Scotia Landowners and Forest Fibre Producers Association under an agreement signed this week with the Department of Natural Resources. “This agreement benefits the small private woodlot owner, the forest industry and the environment,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. “Small, private woodlot owners play a key role in supplying wood fibre for the forest industry, who in turn will be able to find new markets and verify the sustainability of their forestry practices.” The funds extend an agreement the province signed with the association in 2008 and increase the acreage of land that is FSC certified in eastern Nova Scotia. “This is a major incentive to any buyer of the NewPage mill because it provides access to more demanding markets and an acclaimed landowner-run program to the highest sustainability standard in the world,” said Wilma Stub, executive director of the Nova Scotia Landowners and Forest Fibre Producers Association. The funds are part of the $5-million investment announced in May to help the province achieve its target of reducing clearcutting to 50 per cent of the total harvest over the next five years. There are more than 30,000 private woodlot owners in Nova Scotia. The timber in small, private woodlots makes up two-thirds of the province’s wood supply.last_img read more

Cape Breton Regional Hospital Expansion Moving Forward

first_imgThe first tender for design services for a major expansion of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital was awarded today, June 20. This expansion is part of the CBRM Health Care Redevelopment project. Government awarded the contract to EXP, to design the new 190,000 square foot building that will be constructed at the back of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Work is happening now to get the site pad-ready for the expansion. As announced in March, the expansion will be connected to the existing hospital via pedway. “The expansion at Cape Breton Regional Hospital is a key part of the redevelopment project to upgrade Cape Breton’s health care system making it stronger, sustainable and reflecting the needs of Cape Bretoners,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “This is exciting progress in Cape Breton’s largest health-care infrastructure project. “When complete, the regional hospital will have a new emergency department, cancer centre and critical care department, which will transform health care services.” The new emergency department will be twice as large as the current one, with more exam and patient rooms, as well as teaching and education space for staff and students. The new cancer centre will more than double in size, with twice as many chemotherapy seats and new space for counselling and group sessions. The new critical care department will more than triple in size and have the intensive care, coronary care and intermediate care units all under one roof. There will also be more patient rooms and new family and support spaces. The CBRM Health Care Redevelopment Project also includes renovating and expanding the Glace Bay Hospital emergency department, inpatients beds and operating rooms, and building new, modern community health centres and long-term care facilities in North Sydney and New Waterford. This will replace the New Waterford Consolidated and Northside General hospitals. For more information about the project, visit https://healthredevelopment.novascotia.ca/cbrmhealth .last_img read more

World believes India not Pakistan on Kashmir issue Pak minister

first_imgIslamabad: In a major embarrassment for the Imran Khan government, his Interior Minister Brigadier (Retd) Ijaz Ahmed Shah has admitted that Pakistan has failed to garner support from the international community on the Kashmir issue, saying despite Islamabad’s efforts the world “rather believes India”. In an interview with Hum News channel on Thursday, Shah said Pakistan’s ruling elite had destroyed the nation. “We say that they (India) has clamped curfew, that there is no medicine, but people (world) don’t believe us, and rather believe India,” he said in response to a question on the situation in Kashmir. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USShah’s remarks came after Prime Minister Khan claimed that 58 countries had supported Pakistan over its stand on the Kashmir issue. Khan in his August 26 address to the nation said he will raise the Kashmir issue at every international forum, including at the UN General Assembly. Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution and ended the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, evoking strong reactions from Pakistan. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIndia has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality. Shah also said Pakistan had spent millions on proscribed groups like Jamat ud Dawah (JuD) and should bring them into the mainstream. “We have spent millions of rupees on JuD. We need to demotivate the members of the proscribed organisation and bring them into the mainstream,” he said. Shah, who is considered as a powerful minister and is both close to Prime Minister Khan and the establishment, said the action has already started against such groups. Mumbai terror attack mastermind and chief of the banned JuD Hafiz Saeed is facing cases in the courts as part of the government’s decision to “control all jihadis” under the National Action Plan, he said.last_img read more

Huawei not only firm that could build Canadas eventual 5G networks Goodale

first_imgOTTAWA — Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says Chinese telecom giant Huawei isn’t the only company that can build Canadian next-generation wireless networks.Goodale’s remarks on Parliament Hill come after China’s ambassador to Canada warned last week of repercussions if the federal government bars the telecom company from supplying equipment for faster, more resilient communications systems than cellphone users have now.Chinese envoy Lu Shaye made the comments during his first media event since the RCMP arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States.Meng’s arrest has infuriated China, which has since detained two Canadians in moves that have pushed Canada-China diplomatic relations to a new low.Canadian security agencies are still reviewing the security and technical issues surrounding the potential involvement of Huawei and other companies in new 5G networks for smartphones and other wireless communication devices.When asked about the ongoing national-security review today, Goodale said there are other suppliers besides Huawei that can set up Canada’s 5G networks.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Chelsea Clinton And Jessica Simpson Honored As Outstanding Mothers

first_imgOver the weekend, The National Mother’s Day Committee honored Chelsea Clinton, Jessica Simpson, Jan Singer and Artemis Patrick.The four exceptional women were recognized for balancing successful careers with the demands of motherhood at the 40th Annual Outstanding Mother Awards, held at the Pierre Hotel. The event raised more than $500,000, with proceeds benefiting Save the Children’s U.S. Programs. The awards were presented by Mistress of Ceremonies and Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines, Joanna Coles.During the event, the 2018 honorees shared insights on mastering a healthy balance between work and family, and what helped them to achieve their success:Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation“I talk to [my children] as much as possible – about my day, what I did, why I did it and what’s happening in the world…Even though they’re still young, I think it’s important they grow up having that understanding, knowing how blessed and privileged they are, and sharing a sense of responsibility to do whatever we can to engage in the work of, as my grandmother would say, expanding the circle of blessings.”Jessica Simpson, Entertainer; Founder & CEO, Jessica Simpson Collection“One thing I have done (that I know is non-traditional) is always mix business and family! I’d rather have the people I love around me all the time – we share in our mutual successes, and we help each other through any bumps in the road with complete trust. And in the end, the relationships are what’s most important. I hope I can teach that to my children.”Jan Singer, Chief Executive Officer, Victoria’s Secret Lingerie“Accepting the fact that there is no perfect definition of balance is very freeing. As much as we all want the magic solution, I’m often reminded by those I admire that it’s much more about agility. The willingness to adapt to the situation, the moment and sometimes even the minute is what matters most. Having it all is possible. It just may not be that we have it all, all at the same time!”Artemis Patrick, Chief Merchandising Officer, Sephora“Always stick by your word. If I make a commitment to be there for an important event, I will not break that commitment to my daughter. And the same goes with work and my professional life. It’s important that my daughter sees that I may not always be able to be everywhere I want or am needed, but what’s most important is that I’m upfront about that and then I stick to commitments.”As part of its continued support of meaningful philanthropies dealing with issues affecting mothers, fathers and children, the National Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Inc. has donated more than $30 million to date to deserving family-related charities nationwide.Proceeds of the 2018 awards luncheon were allocated to benefit Save the Children’s U.S. Programs, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making lasting positive change in the lives of children living in poverty in the United States.last_img read more

Tough decisions coming for Nunavut government after tough holiday season

first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut RCMP reported a spike in alcohol related incidents this holiday season.And the high number of calls is making a political decision difficult for the government of Nunavut.APTN’s Kent Driscoll reports.kdriscoll@aptn.calast_img

Indias video OTT market to be among global top 10 by 2020

first_imgNew Delhi: Video OTT market in India – which primarily comprises content streaming services – is likely to be ranked among the top 10 markets globally with a market size of $823 million (about Rs 5,363 crore) by 2022, a ASSOCHAM-PwC joint study said Thursday. “The Indian video OTT market is at a fairly nascent stage, the video OTT market globally has entered into the growth phase of the market life cycle. With a CAGR of 22.6 per cent during the period of 2017 2022, the Indian video OTT market is poised to outperform the global video OTT market, which is pegged to have a CAGR of 10.1 per cent during the same period,” it said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe study titled ‘Video on Demand: Entertainment reimagined’ further noted that by 2022, the Indian video OTT market will be amongst the top 10 markets globally with a market size of $823 million (Rs 5,363 crore). Video OTT (over the top) services in India include the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube etc. “The five fundamental drivers of this convergent business model are uninterrupted connectivity, mobile devices becoming the primary source of content consumption, the need to move away from traditional revenue streams, value shifting from content creators to platforms, and ability to provide a personalised offering to the consumer,” the report said. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysDuring the same time, the number of smartphone users in the country is expected to touch 859 million by 2022 from 468 million users in 2017, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 12.9 per cent. With lower-than-ever data tariffs and increasing smartphone penetration in the country, it is safe to assume that the video on demand (VoD) market will be a significant beneficiary of these developments, the study said. “Internet consumption is clearly on the rise in India. The important factor for the VoD industry is the availability of devices that are compatible with online video viewing. A large volume of consumption occurs on smartphones,” it added. Apart from smartphones, tablets are another promising device for the VoD industry. “However, India has just about 5.3 per cent penetration as of 2017, and this is expected to go up to just about 10 per cent in 2022. The low penetration is definitely a missed opportunity for players as tablets offer fairly larger screens which are better for consuming HD content as compared to smartphones,” the study said. The study further pointed out that television is the largest sub-segment within the entertainment and media industry, and will continue to remain so in the near future.last_img read more

UNSC calls on countries in Sahel including Maghreb to step up

first_imgNew York (United Nations) – The UN Security Council, concerned about the “alarming situation” in the Sahel region, on Wednesday urged the countries of the region, including the Maghreb to step up cooperation and interregional coordination to fight terrorism, weapons proliferation, and transnational organized crime.In a presidential statement prepared by Morocco, the Council called “once more on the countries of the Sahel, West Africa, and the Maghreb to promote regional cooperation and coordination to develop non-exclusive and effective strategies to fight terrorism, the proliferation of all weapons, and transnational organized crime in the Sahel region, including drug trafficking.”The Council welcomes, in this regard, the holding in Rabat on November 13-14, 2013, of the Second Regional Ministerial Conference on border security between the Sahel and Maghreb countries, and takes note of its recommendations, said the declaration adopted at the end of a UNSC debate on the situation in the Sahel.The debate organized by the French Presidency of the Council, took place with the participation of the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki -moon, and the Special Envoy of the World Bank resident Jim Yung Kim, and Special Envoy for the Sahel Romano Prodi, as well as representatives of the African Union and the European Union.While reaffirming strong commitment to the sovereignty, territorial integrity, political independence and unity of the countries of the Sahel region, the Security Council states once more that “it remains concerned about the alarming situation in the Sahel region and reaffirms commitment to finding a solution to the complex problems of security and political order in the region.”He strongly condemned the terrorist attacks that have been perpetrated recently and the human rights abuses against civilians, including women and children by terrorist groups or other extremist groups.”last_img read more

Shanghai gets NBA 2K League team 1st outside North America

SHANGHAI — The NBA 2K League is adding a team in Shanghai for the 2020 season, its first franchise outside of North America.The 2K League announced the addition Thursday. The Shanghai club will be operated by esports organization Gen.G and will join 22 existing teams, all of which are operated by NBA franchises.The 2K League, run by the NBA, partnered with internet giant Tencent to stream games in China for the first time in July.The Shanghai team does not yet have a name and will train at Gen.G’s Los Angeles headquarters in 2020. The majority of the 2K League’s matches take place at its studio in New York City, although the league also had tournaments in Las Vegas and Orlando, Florida, this year.Gen.G’s investors include Los Angeles Clippers alternate governor Dennis Wong, and the group has teams competing in seven other video game titles, including the Seoul Dynasty of the Overwatch League.The 2K League and Gen.G also announced a partnership to scout and develop esports talent in Asia.___More AP Esports: https://apnews.com/esports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Time to break up the old boys club Policy change aims to

TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post Ward 2 Coun. Bob Hawkins. TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post A policy change recently approved by Regina city council is a good first step toward achieving diversity and representation on city boards and committees says Jada Yee, an Indigenous-Asian member of the Board of Police Commissioners.“It comes back to what an Indigenous elder told me,” said Yee. “The more I learn about your world and the more you learn about my world, the world that we create for our children will be a better place.”Last week, city council approved the adoption of a new policy statement that emphasizes the need to enhance the inclusive nature of Regina by “celebrating the strength that comes from diversity” and “inviting participation from all” in decision-making.“Nominees will have been recruited through an inclusive, transparent and equitable process and appointments made by City Council will reflect these objectives,” continues the statement.All nominating bodies must follow the policy statement when advertising and recruiting for city council approved appointments to municipal boards, commissions, authorities and committees, and nominations that do not reflect the policy statement or were “deficient in recruitment efforts” to reach out to all parts of the community will be rejected.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The Board of Police Commissioners is mandated to include at least one Indigenous person. Yee was appointed in January. As someone who grew up in two worlds — First Nations and Asian — he said he’s been able to bring a much-needed diverse perspective to the board.“There’s been a couple times where I’ve had to talk with the chief of police or even with my fellow co-workers and just really inform them of the First Nations values and the way that we look at life in general,” said Yee.It’s important, said Yee, especially at the board of directors level, to have members that represent a variety of perspectives and life experiences. The policy change is a step in the right direction toward achieving that, he said.“For the last seven years on council one of the things that concerned me is that our committees and the appointments we make … haven’t reflected the face of Regina to the extent they should,” said Ward 2 Coun. Bob Hawkins. Busch is visually impaired and has cerebral palsy. She is one of three visually impaired people on the committee.“I think it’s a good step in the right direction because you’re thinking towards the future,” she said of the policy change. The more people on boards representing disabilities or other marginalized groups, the more inclusive the city will become, she added.“Ultimately, it’s not about the statements you make, it’s about the change that you created,” said Stevens. “I won’t lie, I think there’s a need to break up the old boys’ club.”The recommendation approved by council is a policy statement rather than a change to bylaws, he said — an important first step that must be followed up with concrete action and monitoring of how successful it is.Hawkins said measuring success shouldn’t be too difficult and can be done by simply looking through the lists of committee, board and commission members.“Are there any women? Are there any Aboriginal people? Are there any newcomers? Are there any young people? Is this committee or this agency, does it have the kind of representation that reflects Regina?” he said. “We have to monitor it.”Yee is optimistic that the policy statement will result in real change. He said working with fellow board members like Mayor Michael Fougere, Ward 1 Coun. Barbara Young and Ward 6 Coun. Joel Murray has shown him they mean it when they say diversity is important.“It’s not just words to them,” he said. “I find that .. when I’m there it’s not because I’m the token Indian, I’m there because my experience means more to them.”jackerman@postmedia.com There’s an advantage, he said, to having good representation and diversity on committees and boards, that goes beyond just being fair.“It’s also about making sure that we have the best and most capable boards and agencies that we can possibly have, and in order to do that we have to have diverse representation,” he said.A lack of diversity and representation is something that comes up every year around nomination time, said Ward 3 Coun. Andrew Stevens.In many instances, the nominees coming forward are mostly men, resulting in all-male boards. He said council has the authority to send individual nominations back to the drawing board if they aren’t meeting the city’s vision of diversity and representation, but that it shouldn’t be something that is addressed on an ad hoc basis.“We needed something a bit more systemic,” he said about the new policy statement, adding it is designed to empower administration to also turn back nominations if they don’t align with the policy, before appointments ever get to council for approval.The way it stands now, nominators are advised of council’s objectives and encouraged to use “best efforts” to ensure a diversity of representation.According to the clerk’s report, nominating agencies and the public may not be aware of council’s stated objectives, resulting in proposed candidates who under-represent the community, or fewer applicants from representative groups.Going down the list of advisories, boards and committees, Hawkins said there is a clear shortage of visible minorities, women, young people and other community members.While he acknowledges the policy change is long overdue, he said there’s been some progress over the years.The Accessibility Advisory Committee appears to be one of them.“I think it’s good to have that representation because I do have more than one disability,” said Michelle Busch, who is serving her second three-year term on the committee. “I feel it’s good to be able to represent not only the visually impaired and blind community, but also the community that has physical disabilities.” Michelle Busch. read more

Annan invites Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to New York for

“The objective of the negotiations would be to put a completed text to referenda in April 2004, in time for a reunited Cyprus to accede to the European Union on 1 May,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement released Wednesday evening.The Secretary-General has also written to the Prime Ministers of Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom asking them to have representatives on hand in New York on that occasion, according to the statement. Mr. Annan “was moved to take this initiative by his recent, encouraging contacts on the Cyprus question during his trip to Europe and afterwards,” the statement said.In his letters, the Secretary-General “appealed to the leaders to summon the political will needed to bring about this result in the short time available,” the statement said. “He has also set out what needs to be done for this to happen.” read more

Cineplex says Scene loyalty card users will need more points for premium

by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 5, 2015 11:07 am MDT Last Updated Aug 5, 2015 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cineplex says Scene loyalty card users will need more points for premium tickets TORONTO – Cineplex is making changes to its Scene loyalty program this fall that will make it more costly to earn points for premium-priced movie tickets.The Toronto-based movie chain says it will raise the number of points customers need for free premium movie tickets starting on Nov. 4.The existing program lets viewers redeem 1,000 Scene points for any movie at a Cineplex theatre. Each general admission movie is worth 100 points.Under the changes, tickets for screenings in 3D or seats inside an UltraAVX or Imax theatre will cost 1,500 points and movies in the adults-only VIP cinemas will cost 2,000 points.Cineplex is also increasing the number of points customers receive for more expensive tickets, making it easier to rack up points if you’re paying more.Scene will now give moviegoers 150 points for a premium-priced movie ticket and 200 points for a VIP ticket.A free general admission ticket for a regular screening will still require 1,000 Scene points.Cineplex spokeswoman Pat Marshall said the decision to change the reward program comes seven years after it launched.Over the years, Cineplex has opened several different types of theatres ranging from bigger screens to D-Box motion seats, which replicate the action on the screen through moving chairs.“The costs associated with running this program now are significantly higher,” Marshall said Wednesday.“We’ve had to make changes and we’ve delayed this for as long as we could.”The decision, announced on the Cineplex website, comes after the company shrank the sizes of some of its soft drinks earlier this summer, which resulted in moviegoers paying the same price for a large drink but receiving a cup that is 12 ounces smaller.Scene has become one of the most popular loyalty programs in the country with 6.6 million members. Users earn points buying tickets to other Cineplex movies or participating in various promotional offers with its partners.Follow @dj_friend on Twitter. read more

Libya UN agencies scale up response as fighting displaces thousands in Sabratha

“Because of the conflict, many of the normal systems that people depend on to meet their daily needs have ceased to function,” said Richard Ragan, the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) country office in Libya, in a news release.“[Our] support gives hope to those most in need and offers life-saving food assistance during a period when help is most urgently needed.”With its partners on the ground, the UN emergency food relief agency has delivered enough food to feed some 1,500 people who have been most affected by the fighting. It is providing food assistance to almost 300 families, with each ration offering a family of five a month’s supply of rice, pasta, wheat flour, chickpeas, vegetable oil, sugar and tomato paste. In 2017, WFP aims to assist 175,000 Libyans suffering from food insecurity. It has prioritized the most vulnerable families, especially the internally displaced people, returnees and refugees, as well as households headed by unemployed women, but needs $9.2 million to continue its food assistance operations in the country for the next six months. Similarly, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has also displaced emergency assistance including sleeping bags, hygiene kits, food and blankets to respond to the immediate needs. It has also deployed staff to various locations to assess needs. “The most pressing needs include psychological first aid, emergency medical care, food, water, core relief items and shelter, as many refugees and migrants, including children and vulnerable individuals, are sleeping out in the open,” Andrej Mahecic, a spokesperson for the UN refugee agency, told reporters at a regular news briefing in Geneva. However, information from the ground points to a very grim picture – individuals are suffering from trauma, injuries and diseases, and many are without proper clothing or shoes. There are also unaccompanied and separated children, with some children reporting the recent loss of their parents. Located 80 kilometres (about 50 miles) west of the Libyan capital Tripoli, Sabratha city has been the location of three weeks of fierce fighting. The hostilities are reported to have damaged or destroyed over 500 houses and displaced more than 3,000 Libyan families and stranded over 10,000 refugees and migrants, who are need of urgent assistance. In 2017, WFP aims to assist 175,000 Libyans whose food insecurity means they do not know where their next meal is coming from. read more

Urban Meyer Buckeyes moving forward after win against Michigan State Dontre Wilson

Fresh off a win that moved Ohio State into solo first in the Big Ten East Division, coach Urban Meyer met with the media to discuss the win against Michigan State and an upcoming matchup with Minnesota.Meyer praised the offensive performance against Michigan state, but added the Buckeyes have room to improve defensively as they prepare for a Minnesota team that gives “relentless effort.” He also addressed the play of a few particular Buckeyes and said one OSU sophomore made a big play on a broken foot during Saturday’s 49-37 win in East Lansing, Mich.He said sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson has a broken foot. “He actually caught a touchdown pass with a broken foot.”Wilson is “out for a few weeks,” Meyer said. Added he might have to have a pin put in his foot.He said the Buckeyes are “fortunate” and “blessed” to have both Barrett and injured senior quarterback Braxton Miller set to return to OSU next season.Meyer said the Buckeyes “played their best game” against Michigan State, but added there’s still a lot of room for improvement.Meyer said the players to grade as champions on defense were sophomore safety Vonn Bell, senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett and senior cornerback Doran Grant. Grant was the defensive player of the game.He said the players who graded out as champions on offense were senior wide receiver Evan Spencer, sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall, redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas, senior tight end Jeff Heuerman, redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein and redshirt-freshman offensive lineman Billy Price.Meyer on Spencer: “He’s my MVP, as far as just all around what we ask him to do.”He said the offensive players of the game were junior offensive lineman Jacoby Boren, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, senior wide receiver Devin Smith and sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott.Meyer said Devin Smith played his best game against Michigan State.Meyer said Spencer and redshirt-junior wide receiver Corey Smith were the top special teams players. He said Corey Smith should be in the wide receiver rotation going forward.He praised Minnesota coach Jerry Kill and called him a friend. He added Minnesota gives “relentless effort” and is “very well coached.”Meyer on moving on from the win at Michigan State: “We’re done with the celebration part, now we’re learning from it. The players will receive their directive tomorrow, and now we’re moving forward.”Meyer on performance against Michigan State: “We didn’t play as well as we could on defense, and we expect to play much better.”He said Barrett has to be in the Heisman Trophy conversation statistically, but conceded he hadn’t watched many other players nationally.Meyer on the offensive performance against the Spartans: “It’s our best performance we’ve had since we’ve been here.”He said he’s “upset” that the Buckeyes haven’t found a strong rotation on the defensive line.Meyer said he’s very comfortable with redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall running the wildcat. Added the Buckeyes have “a couple passes ready for” Marshall.He said Barrett’s biggest improvement has come from his “understanding of the game.”Meyer: “Early in the season, we were not a great team.”“This is the most improved team I’ve been apart of,” he said.Meyer praised the play of OSU’s wide receivers, said he’s comfortable with that group for the first time in a long time.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Minnesota on Saturday in Minneapolis. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Royal wedding leaving baby Prince Louis

And the 36-year-old will know all about the nerves associated with walking down the aisle to royalty having done it herself seven years ago. She and the Duke of Cambridge were married on April 23, 2011, after Kensington Palace announced they were engaged in November the previous year. While most would have to save up for a lavish wedding, five months was all that was needed for her and Prince Williams to arrange their wedding at Westminster Abbey.  The newest Royal couple have followed a similar timescale with their engagement, also confirmed in November.  At less than a month old, he is likely to be cared for by a nanny close by, allowing the Duchess to visit him privately throughout the day.His second public appearance, after capturing the hearts of the nation on April 23 on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London, could be at Trooping the Colour in June, or at his christening. Perhaps with the pending arrival of Prince Louis, Meghan and Harry may have pushed their plans back a month to allow their sister-in-law and her newborn to recover. While Prince George and Princess Charlotte had a central role to play in the ceremony, their younger brother Prince Louis did not attend.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Duchess of Cambridge arrived at St George’s Chapel for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry and set about helping the young pageboys and bridesmaids prepare for their own entrance.Having opted not to bring the newest addition of the Royal family to the big day, the mother-of-three ensured her two older children were on their best behaviour as they prepared  to undertake pageboy and bridesmaid duties. The Duchess switched seamlessly to chaperone mode, as she clutched the hands of the little flower girls – which included her own daughter Princess Charlotte – guiding them up the steps and readying them for the ceremony.Princess Charlotte, three, seemed to take the attention in her stride while her four-year-old brother Prince George looked to be taking his role as pageboy very seriously.Kate watched Miss Markle become her sister-in-law and replace Prince Louis as the latest member of the Royal family. read more

Maptek and BBE collaborate around advanced mine ventilation solutions

first_imgMaptek and VUMA, a subsidiary of Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE), have executed a memorandum of understanding to facilitate collaboration and cooperation around mine ventilation solutions and mine design. The primary focus will be on enabling detailed data transfer between Maptek Vulcan mine planning software and VUMA ventilation simulation software.VUMA software is developed for analysis of underground mine ventilation, contaminant tracking, refrigeration and cooling networks. The heat engineering balance can be examined in detail, taking into account all factors contributing to heat load, including equipment, advance rates, heat from broken rock and mine design.Vulcan software provides advanced underground mine design, planning and scheduling tools. Enabling detailed design, survey and operational data to be transferred to VUMA software will deliver valuable gains in accuracy, efficiency and speed for analysis and planning around ventilation and refrigeration in underground mines. This also allows ventilation factors to be considered earlier in the mine planning process.‘VUMA is an impressive software suite. Integrating VUMA with Vulcan offers huge benefits to mine planning departments,’ commented Maptek Africa General Manager, Nick Venter.‘It will allow mine survey and design data to be used in ventilation and cooling analysis, without replication of data, and ensures accurate, current representations of the mine surface can be applied to ventilation planning.’‘Maptek is committed to delivering the best technical capabilities to our customers. Collaboration with leading practitioners in specialised fields helps improve operational value and productivity,’ Venter concluded.‘This unique interface enhances the holistic approach required for modern mine planning and design, particularly the intensifying demand for fast, accurate and reliable answers,’ commented VUMA software specialist, Frank von Glehn.VUMA has developed a ground breaking suite of products for the simulation of steady-state environmental conditions encountered in underground mines. VUMA is designed to simulate airflow, heat loads, gases, dust, blast clearance and fires. VUMA is used in the planning, design, troubleshooting and energy optimisation of mine ventilation networks. VUMA systems are based on current research and development, and use state-of-art procedures and technology. These can be customised to suit any combination of mining method and orebody. VUMA’s product range includes VUMA3D-network, VUMA3D-coal, VUMA3D-live and VUMA3D-coolflow.last_img read more

Three arrested in connection with discovery of explosive devices in Cork

first_imgTHREE PEOPLE HAVE been arrested today in connection with the discovery of two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Cork last year.The arrests relate to devices that were found on 26 July last year at a house in Kilnap Place, Farranree and in Mervue Lawn, Ballyvolane on 11 March 2012.On the night of 11 March,  gardaí were called to the scene in the Ballyvolane area of Cork, where a suspect device was found under a car. An army officer from the bomb disposal unit was injured during the examination of the car and a man in his 30s was arrested.Today a male and female, both in their 30s were arrested in Kells, Co Meath and a second male in his 20s was arrested in Mallow, all in connection with the two incidents.All three are currently being detained under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939 at The Bridewell in Cork, Mayfield and Gurranabraher Garda Stations.The man in his 30s who was arrested in March last year was later released without charge.Read: Unstable chemical made safe in Cork school>Read: Belfast bomb was an ‘attempted murder’ attack on PSNI officers’ lives>last_img read more

Cyprus finally sets up Tourism Ministry

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Up until recently Cyprus’ tourism sector was being managed by an agency also handling energy, commerce and industry after revenue from tourism within the first nine months of 2018 rose to 2.27 billion euros.As of yesterday, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has sworn in Savvas Perdios as the country’s first-ever dedicated Deputy Minister for Tourism.The new office will be called a Deputy Ministry but will also assume all the responsibilities of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation that will be shut down.Mr Perdios, a financier and the former Chief Operations Officer at Louis Hotels which manages 25 mainly resort properties in Cyprus and Greece, will be overseeing the sector and try to implement a new strategy in order to attract more visitors to the island and also increase holiday spending.“We’ve demanded the creation of a tourism ministry for decades given its importance for the economy,” Harris Loizides, President of the Cyprus Hotel Association, told Bloomberg.“The new ministry will have to tackle many issues including new legislation for the classification of hotels and implementing the country’s new tourism strategy.”The sector also accounted for 22.3 per cent of the island’s economic output in 2017.“The new deputy ministry will implement Cyprus’s national tourism strategy with the necessary horizontal policies, tourism development planning and wider political supervision of the sector,” Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said praising Perdios’ knowledge.This news comes as Hong Kong billionaire Lawrence Ho is building the City of Dreams Mediterranean casino on the island, a Melco International establishment due to open in 2021 and expected to attract over 300,000 tourists annually to Aphrodite’s island.last_img read more

UM Footballs First Black Head Coach

first_imgMike Locksley makes history at the University of Maryland. (Photo credit: umterps.com)Mike Locksley is a Maryland guy.Locksley, the interim head football coach at the University of Maryland, is from Washington, D.C., played his college football at Towson State, and has worked for the last three head coaches in College Park.  So when athletic director Kevin Anderson needed a strong leader to steward a sinking ship for the remainder of the season Locksley was the unquestionable choice. Randy Edsall, theformer head coach, was let go on Oct. 11 after starting the season 2-4.“There are very few things I don’t know about the University of Maryland athletics/football program,” Locksley said in an interview with the AFRO.  “I beat Ohio State at the horseshoe.  I beat Michigan at the big house, and I’ve won at Michigan State.For the past 12 years Locksley has made himself a fixture in Maryland football circles by heavily recruiting from the area for major college programs around the country.  He lured players such as Aurellious Benn (of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Vontae Davis (of the Indianapolis Colts) to the University of Illinois.  They were major components in the Illini’s Big 10 championship and Rose Bowl appearance in 2008. His previous success in the conference gives him the confidence to believe he can lead the Maryland Terrapins to wins in four of their final six games. Should he accomplish that then the team will be eligible for the post season.“We still have the ability to reach the goals that we set at the start of the season,” said Locksley.  “For what [the players] have been through we want to make the rest of the season as fun as possible. We want to play the game in its purest form.  There’s no pressure on us because when there is a coaching change everybody else’s expectations tend to drop. We can leave caution to the wind and do whatever it takes to win games.”As Locksley prepares the Terps for the Oct. 24 game against Penn State at M&T Bank Stadium the irony can’t be overlooked.  When he looks across the field and sees James Franklin he will see the man who was slated to precede him as Maryland’s first Black head coach.  Anderson didn’t follow the secession plan set forth by Randy Edsall’s predecessor, Ralph Friedgen, so the history associated with this opportunity falls to Locksley.  However, the whirlwind of the past two weeks hasn’t given him time to pause and embrace the historical significance.“Those are the things that aren’t important to the game itself.  That’s what the fans and media tend to look at,” said Locksley. “We can’t worry about the past record against Penn State or the rivalry we’re trying to create or the things that involved why James [Franklin] was to replace Ralph Friedgen or not.”“The only thing that we’ve got to worry about is the game we are going to play Saturday [in Baltimore].  That’s what I’m going to put all my energy into and that’s what I’ve asked the guys to do because where you get in trouble  in such a fragile time like now is if you get caught on things that don’t affect the game.  We have a one track mind on the game that’s coming up.”While Locksley doesn’t see it as a dress rehearsal for the full time job the stage is set for him to make a strong case for consideration.  Maryland has an imposing schedule to finish the season with games against nationally ranked conference opponents:  Penn St., Michigan St., and Iowa. Perennial Big 10 power Wisconsin is their homecoming guest with Indiana and Rutgers presenting great challenges down the stretch.  Four wins over the next six would make for a compelling argument though he doesn’t plan to lobby for the job.“Anyone who knows me knows the affinity I have for this area and the University of Maryland,” says Locksley.  “No matter where I’ve been I’ve always checked to see how [the Terps] are doing.  If it happens great but, if not, I will put on another uniform and continue to recruit players from the DMV.”last_img read more