A rarity: Lillard, Russell both top 50-point mark in losses

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Lillard capped his 60-point effort, one more than his previous career best, with a 34-footer at the buzzer to cap a 119-115 loss. He was 19 for 33 from the field, 15 for 15 from the foul line, but merely slapped a few teammates’ hands and walked off the floor quietly after the record night.Russell was 19 for 37 from the field, but the Warriors fell to the Timberwolves 125-119.“D’Angelo hit some incredible shots. … Played a fantastic game,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.Russell said he never scored 50 in a game before Friday. His previous NBA high was 44.“It’s not easy to get 50 in this league,” Russell said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Another big effort that didn’t end in a win Friday — Luka Doncic, who had 38 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for Dallas in a loss to New York. Doncic’s 38 points were a career-best and he has four triple-doubles in eight games this season.“I don’t care about the season-high,” Doncic said. “I just wanted to win.”Gervin won the scoring title after that final-day flurry in 1978, finishing that season averaging 27.22 points. Thompson’s 73 pushed him to 27.15; another six points in the finale would have been enough to give him the scoring crown. Lillard’s 60-point game allowed him to jump one spot to No. 2 in the points-per-game standings, now behind only Houston’s James Harden.“Dame’s a special player,” Stotts said.Having a night in which multiple players score 50 in a loss is really rare, obviously — and having a night where it happens in wins isn’t exactly common, either.Friday was the first day that the NBA had multiple 50-point scorers, regardless of outcome, since Dec. 23, 2005. That night, Vince Carter scored 51 for New Jersey in a win at Miami, and Allen Iverson scored 53 for Philadelphia in a loss to Atlanta.Other days with multiple 50-point efforts: Feb. 21, 2003 (Jamal Mashburn and Tracy McGrady), Dec. 6, 2000 (Kobe Bryant and Antawn Jamison, both putting up 51 in the same Lakers-Warriors game), Jan. 16, 1993 (Michael Jordan and David Robinson), Dec. 1, 1990 (Patrick Ewing and Charles Smith), March 24, 1990 (Ewing and Tom Chambers), Feb. 13, 1963 (Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain), Dec. 14, 1962 (Baylor and Chamberlain), Feb. 25, 1962 (Chamberlain and Richie Guerin), Jan. 24, 1962 (Chamberlain and Jerry West), Jan. 17, 1962 (Chamberlain and West), Dec. 29, 1961 (Baylor and Chamberlain), Dec. 13, 1961 (Baylor and Chamberlain), and Dec. 8, 1961 (Baylor and Chamberlain).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jokic hits late jumper, Nuggets stun Sixers with big rally Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, dribbles around Brooklyn Nets guard Garrett Temple during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)A career-best for Damian Lillard. A career-best for D’Angelo Russell.And neither was enough, on a wacky Friday in the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?center_img Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Lillard scored a franchise-record 60 for Portland in its loss to Brooklyn, Russell had 52 in Golden State’s loss at Minnesota — and those efforts added up to an absolute NBA rarity. Friday became only the second night in league history in which multiple players scored at least 50 points in losses.The only other such day: April 9, 1978. David Thompson scored 73 points in Denver’s loss to Detroit, and George Gervin scored 63 in San Antonio’s loss to the New Orleans Jazz. That was the final day of the 1977-78 regular season, one where Thompson and Gervin were going for the league’s scoring title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceNo scoring title was at stake Friday. It was merely a wild night.“Obviously, Dame was exceptional tonight,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “Carried us, put us in a position to win the game.” Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Rice industry paralysis View commentslast_img read more

Fincantieri Hands Over Silver Muse

first_imgzoom Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has delivered Silver Muse, the new cruise ship built for Silversea Cruises, from its shipyard in Genoa Sestri Ponente.At 40,700 gross tons and the capacity to accommodate 596 passengers on board, Silver Muse represents an evolution of Silver Spirit, delivered in 2009 by Fincantieri in Ancona, the company said.A new call system (CRM, or Customer Relationship Management) was used on Silver Muse to perform all the inspections with the ship owner and the Classification Society. It defines all the necessary regulations to inspect the different ship components and uses tablets to take track of all the events, without getting off board.Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, pointed out that this was the company’s second delivery of a cruise ship in four days.”With the current record workload level, Fincantieri guarantees full employment of its sites dedicated to cruise ship building until 2025 with an annual average incidence of 1% – in the coming years – on the Italian GDP,” Bono said.Silver Muse expands Silversea’s fleet to 9 ships. The newbuild comes with the Green star 3 Design notation, assigned to units that are designed, built and equipped in order to prevent air and water pollution.“Since the laying of the keel in December 2015, Silversea and Fincantieri have been working closely together to produce one of the finest ships to leave this shipyard and we look forward to welcoming our first guests onboard. On behalf of everybody at Silversea, I would like to thank Ficantieri for their tireless commitment to deliver Silver Muse to us on schedule and to such a high standard of craftsmanship,” Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea Chairman, said.Silversea Cruises has chosen Florida’s Port Everglades as the new cruise ship’s winter homeport for the next two seasons.last_img read more

Canadian political delegation pushes for release of nationals in China

first_imgSHANGHAI (NEWS 1130) – A group of Canadian politicians travelling in China has pressed Chinese officials to free two Canadians being detained in that country.The men have been in detention since early December, and are at the centre of an international dispute following the arrest of a Chinese telecom executive.The delegation has met with officials twice so far, and on both occasions, there were in-depth discussions about the arrests of ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor.Conservative MP Michael Cooper, who is one of six politicians on the trip, says their message was clear.“It was completely unacceptable, and is a serious impediment to the important bilateral relationship between Canada and China,” he says in a phone interview.Cooper describes the efforts so far as constructive.“The more that the message can be conveyed, the better,” he adds.The detentions are widely seen as retaliation over the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, at the request of American authorities.Cooper says the Chinese system is different and the delegation had to explain Canada’s extradition treaty and why there will be no political interference in the case.“It’s not up to us,” he says. “This is a process that is completely independent of us.”China’s top prosecutor said last week that he is certain the two men, who are being detained on suspicion of endangering national security, have broken the law.Global Affairs Canada confirmed on Friday that 13 Canadians have been taken into custody in China since early December — although, at least eight have since been released and returned to Canada.The delegation is in China until the weekend.last_img read more

BMO launches AIpowered chatbots on Facebook Twitter as mobile banking rises

first_imgTORONTO – The Bank of Montreal is taking a first step towards artificial-intelligence powered customer service by launching chatbots that can field questions via Facebook Messenger and Twitter.The deployment of such technology is the latest move by a Canadian bank to beef up its digital capabilities as customers increasingly conduct their banking on mobile phones and computers, rather than over the phone or in a brick-and-mortar branch.BMO developed the Facebook chatbot in partnership with Vancouver-based Finn.ai and the Twitter one with Toronto-based Massively.They will only answer customer questions such as how to view their account balances or transfer money, not perform transactions, such as paying a bill, themselves, even though chatbots have the capability and some financial institutions are adopting it already.BMO is exploring adding further functions to the virtual robots’ repertoire, but is treading slowly to ensure customers’ personal information discussed on platforms outside of their own digital properties is secure, said Brett Pitts, BMO’s chief digital officer.“We’re not starting in a place where people are entering personal information, or making payments or balances or any of those type of things… We have to be very thoughtful about those elements before we are comfortable rolling out the next generation of features,” Pitts said in an interview.The chatbots have been fed with the top customer questions received at BMO’s call centre and their websites. Both chatbots will learn over time, but customers will also have the option to talk to a live customer service representative on Facebook and Twitter during business hours, he added.Other Canadian banks have either been testing or rolling out chatbots on Facebook and Twitter as well. In October last year, Calgary-based ATB Financial launched a virtual banking assistant in conjunction with Finn.ai that allows users to do transactions such as paying bills via Facebook Messenger. Also in October, Toronto-Dominion Bank announced an agreement with Kasisto to integrate its AI-powered interactive chat interface into the lender’s mobile app.TD and BMO are also among the financial institutions that have developed a voice app, called a skill, that allow customers to ask questions via Amazon’s voice-activated assistant, Alexa.These technologies can help these financial institutions both save costs and address higher volumes of customer requests.The Big Five Canadian lenders have been in a technological arms race in recent years and have been ramping up investment and spending to stay ahead of the curve.Last year, BMO increased its technology spending by 13 per cent, and expects that expenditure to grow in the double digits moving forward, its chief executive Darryl White told an industry conference in January.Meanwhile, the physical footprint of Canada’s five largest lenders is shrinking, as they close or remove more branches than they are opening.In the 2017 fiscal year, these banks collectively opened or relocated 39 and 29 branches, respectively, but closed 170 brick-and-mortar locations, according to their public accountability statements. BMO closed 19 branches, but opened three and relocated nine in the 12 months ended Oct. 31, 2017.Its a reflection of changing banking patterns among Canadian consumers. A 2016 survey commissioned by the Canadian Bankers Association shows that 51 per cent say online or internet banking was their primary method, up from 47 per cent in 2012. Mobile banking was the route of choice for 17 per cent of those surveyed, up from five per cent four years earlier. ATMs and tellers were falling out of favour, at 16 per cent and 12 per cent respectively, compared to 26 per cent and 17 per cent in 2012.BMO will be investing in its traditional digital platforms, but will be looking at different ways to interact with customers, particularly in conversational interfaces, said Pitts.“Clearly, there are a number of indications that we are going to be thinking more flexibly about digital distribution.”last_img read more

In Pictures Riot Spoils the Coronation of Raja

Rabat – The last match of the 2015 North African Football Union (UNAF) tournament between Raja Casablanca and Libyan Hilal Benghazi started with a fierce riot among Raja fans in “Courva Nor” a place devoted to the fans of Raja.The riot took place immediately after the start of the second half of the match.The stadium seating reserved for the fans of Raja was turned into a bloody battlefield after a verbal offense turned into a physical dispute among a group of the green fans.The fierce riot left so several people injured before the authorities intervened to calm down the angry fans and evacuate the stadium of Mohamed V Complex.The injured fans received first aids and others were admitted to hospitals to receive medical care.Morocco’s Raja Casablanca has been crowned winner of the 2015 North African Football Union (UNAF), after a draw with Libyan Hilal Benghazi in the last match of the tournament on Wednesday. read more

Widow daughter of Korean Air chairman appear on trial

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — The widow and daughter of Korean Air Chairman Cho Yang-ho have appeared in court over charges they unlawfully hired housekeepers from the Philippines.Lee Myung-hee and her daughter, Cho Hyun-ah, refused to answer questions by reporters on Thursday following their appearance at a Seoul court.Cho Hyun-ah gained notoriety in 2014 after she ordered a Korean Air passenger plane to return to a terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York because she was angry that the crew served her macadamia nuts in a bag instead of on a plate. The incident, dubbed “nut rage,” generated international headlines and severely tarnished the Cho family’s image.Cho reportedly admitted to the charges but Lee did not.Lee is facing separate criminal charges for allegedly abusing her staff.The Associated Press read more

Canadians ability to keep up with housing costs has improved but that

OTTAWA — The Royal Bank of Canada says the ability of Canadians to keep up with housing costs has been improving of late, but warns that’s about to change. RBC’s latest housing affordability measure shows home servicing costs relative to incomes dipped slightly in the last three months of 2013, after having risen the previous two quarters.But the relief will be temporary, the bank says in a new report, because mortgage rates are due to start rising this year.“RBC anticipates that as longer-term interest rates begin to moderately rise, the costs of owning a home at market value will gradually outpace (growth) household incomes by late-2014, leading to strained affordability in several markets across Canada, much like the trend in Toronto,” RBC chief economist Craig Wright said in the report.The finding bucks the recent trend, which has seen mortgage rates remain stable or even moving lower, with some brokers offering five-year fixed rates below 3%.Still, the report predicts that with bond yields expected to drift upwards on the strength of an improving economy, mortgage rates will be pushed north as well.The RBC notes that bond yields influence long-term mortgage rates more directly than the Bank of Canada’s rate setting, which impacts short-term rates and is not expected to change until sometime in 2015.In the fourth quarter, the bank estimates maintaining a detached bungalow at current market prices would have taken up 43.1% of average household income, while the cost of a two-storey home would have taken 48.7%.Both measures are 0.2 points lower than was the case in the third quarter.The improvement was mostly attributed to growth in average household incomes outstripping moderately increased home ownership costs in the last three months of the year.But the change is in the margins, the report adds, noting that home affordability in Canada has remained largely stable in the past few years.Given the nature of the Canadian market, the measure varies widely by location. For instance, the affordability measure on a detached bungalow in Vancouver dropped 2.3 points in the fourth quarter but still stood at 81.6%, by far the highest in the country.Toronto was the second least affordable market tipping in at 55.6% on the RBC index, followed by Montreal at 38.8, Ottawa at 36.7, Calgary at 33.8 and Edmonton at 33.3%.As well, there is a major difference in affordability based on the nature of the home ownership, with owning a detached home at market value “more of a stretch” for homebuyers than owning a condominium, the report states.The RBC index represents the percentage of pre-tax household income that is needed to service the cost of owning a home at current market prices, including payments for a mortgage, utilities and property taxes.The affordability measure has more relevance to newer home buyers since the vast majority of Canadians will have bought their homes in the past, when prices were lower. read more

Poverty in Africa can become history with proper use of continents resources

“The report challenges the myth that Africa is poor,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner said of the study, the Africa Environment Outlook-2 (AE0-2).“Indeed, it points out that its vast natural wealth can, if sensitively, sustainably and creatively managed, be the basis for an African renaissance – a renaissance that meets and goes beyond the internationally agreed Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” he added of the targets to slash a host of ills, such as extreme hunger and poverty, high infant and maternal mortality and lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015.“But this is not inevitable and, as the AE0-2 points out, African nations face stark choices,” he warned. “If policies remain unchanged, political will found wanting and sufficient funding proves to be elusive, then Africa may take a far more unsustainable track that will see an erosion of its nature-based wealth and a slide into ever deeper poverty.” Beyond home-grown issues like deforestation and water wastage, the report notes the imported challenges, ranging from genetically modified organisms and the costs of alien invasive species to a switch of chemical manufacturing from the developed to the developing world.But it also cites a wide range of international environment treaties to which many African countries are now parties as well as new cooperative agreements covering shared river and ecosystems like the Limpopo and the Congo basin’s globally important forests. Initiatives like the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) also promise to propel the region onto a more prosperous path that balances economic, social and environmental concerns. Several African countries, like the Gambia and Zambia, are mainstreaming the environment in their Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers and other countries are starting to use tax and other market mechanisms to conserve ecosystems like forests. “I am convinced that we are fast reaching a watershed in Africa’s response and that the pieces of a sustainable jigsaw puzzle are being steadily put into place,” Mr. Steiner said. “Governments are signalling an increased willingness to cooperate and to engage over a wide range of pressing regional and global issues. The economic importance of the environment is increasingly recognized by Africa’s leaders as an instrument for development, for livelihoods, for peace and for stability. I sincerely believe we have a real opportunity to take this impetus a long way,” he concluded. Among the many sources of possible wealth the report cites the “huge but relatively untapped” potential for tourism based around nature and cultural sites; suitable land to feed its people; abundant but little used water resources for irrigation, drinking water and power generation; and its status as “a mining giant” producing nearly 80 per cent of the world’s platinum, more than 40 per cent of the globe’s diamonds and more than a fifth of its gold and cobalt. It calls for a transition from being a major exporter of primary resources to being one with a vibrant industrial and manufacturing base.And it warns against the pitfalls in development: pure market forces alone in food production could lead to greater land degradation, and industrial expansion could deprive the general public of water.It proposes solutions such as government-held lands being put into production rather than over-exploiting existing agricultural land, and proper pollution controls and greater efficiency in water management read more

EnbridgeUS taking longer than expected to weigh Alberta clipper expansion

Enbridge:U.S. taking longer than expected to weigh Alberta clipper expansion by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 14, 2014 5:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) says the U.S. State Department is taking longer than expected to review an expansion to an Alberta-to-Wisconsin pipeline.But executives with the Calgary-based energy shipper said Friday they’re confident of getting a green light in time to expand the Alberta Clipper line to 800,000 barrels per day by the middle of next year.Enbridge obtained a U.S. federal permit in 2009 before starting up the first 450,000-barrel-per-day phase of the line, but the State Department says it needs to amend its environmental review before allowing the expansions to go ahead.The company had initially expected a mid-2014 decision, but as public scrutiny over oil pipelines intensifies, the process is being drawn out.“Obviously, things take longer in this environment that we’re in,” CEO Al Monaco told reporters and analysts on a conference call to discuss the company’s fourth-quarter results, which included a net loss.“I don’t think we want to draw any conclusions about the political environment. It’s not something that we can control. What we control is the fullness of our application,” Monaco said.“I think there’s a lot more questioning or intervention by various groups. I think the regulatory authorities are doing their best to work through what they need to and that’s the process that we need to follow.”Enbridge envisaged expanding Alberta Clipper in two phases. The first expansion was to bring the line to 570,000 barrels a day by the middle of this year. A second would bring it to the full 800,000 barrels by mid-2015. The plan does not entail laying down any new pipe; rather, capacity is to be boosted by adding pumping horsepower.“In this case, this is a fairly routine matter. The pipeline’s already in the ground, so we’re hoping that we move this along as quickly as possible,” said Monaco.In the meantime, Enbridge says it has the means to lessen the impact of the delay on the first expansion phase, which is not expected to affect its earnings for this year. One of the measures it’s taking is adding a “drag reducing agent” to its pipelines to help flow more oil through them.Pipelines that cross the Canada-U.S. border require the blessing of the State Department.Another Canadian pipeline firm, TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP), has been seeking U.S. approval to build its Keystone XL pipeline since 2008, but the debate over that pipeline has become highly politicized and the company has faced a number of setbacks.The State Department released its final environmental report into Keystone XL two weeks ago and concluded that future oilsands output — and its accompanying contribution to higher greenhouse gas emissions — does not hinge on a single pipeline. U.S. President Barack Obama has the final say and it’s not clear when that decision will be announced.Jim Murphy, senior counsel at the National Wildlife Federation, said the Alberta Clipper delay shows that planned expansions in Alberta’s oilsands are “far from a sure thing.”“Enbridge has acknowledged that the permitting of its massive expansion plans to pump tarsands through the Great Lakes via the Alberta Clipper pipeline isn’t turning out to be the rubber stamp it hoped for.”Also Friday, Enbridge announced some executive changes. Steve Wuori, currently in charge of oil pipelines, will become a strategic adviser to Monaco. Guy Jarvis, currently chief commercial officer for liquids pipelines, will replace Wuori.Earlier in the day, Enbridge posted a $267-million net loss in the fourth quarter as it took a hedging loss in its energy services division. A year earlier, Enbridge posted a $146 million profit worth 18 cents per share.Stripped of one-time items, Enbridge’s adjusted earnings were $362 million, or 44 cents per share in the quarter, up from 42 cents per share in the comparable period of 2012 but short of analyst estimates of 46 cents per share.“Although profitability declined in most of Energy Services’ lines of business, the fourth-quarter loss primarily related to losses realized on financial contracts intended to hedge the value of committed physical transportation capacity, but which were not effective in doing so in the last three months of the year,” the company said.In addition to the financial report, Enbridge announced its quarterly dividend will rise by 11 per cent.The payout to Enbridge shareholders will rise to 35 cents per common share as of March 1.Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter read more

A list of the top 20 primetime programs in the Nielsen ratings

A list of the top 20 prime-time programs in the Nielsen ratings for Oct. 6-12 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Oct. 6-12. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. NFL Football: N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia, NBC, 18.09 million.2. “NCIS,” CBS, 17.3 million.3. “The Walking Dead,” AMC, 17.29 million.4. “The Big Bang Theory,” (Monday, 8 p.m.), CBS, 15.94 million.5. NFL Football: Indianapolis at Houston, CBS, 15.85 million.6. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 15.41 million.7. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 14.82 million.8. “The OT,” Fox, 14.56 million.9. NFL Football: Seattle at Washington, ESPN, 17.29 million.10. “The Voice,” (Monday), NBC, 12.58 million.11. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 12.32 million.12. “Scorpion,” CBS, 12.05 million.13. “The Big Bang Theory,” (Monday, 8:30 p.m.), CBS, 11.84 million.14. “Madam Secretary,” CBS, 11.45 million.15. “Football Night in America, Part 3,” NBC, 11.42 million.16. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 11.09 million.17. “How to Get Away with Murder,” ABC, 10.81 million.18. “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 10.57 million.19. “The Good Wife,” CBS, 10.39 million.20. “Modern Family,” ABC, 10.3 million.___ABC and ESPN are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal. AMC is owned by AMC Networks. by The Associated Press Posted Oct 16, 2014 5:23 pm MDT read more

DR Congo UN welcomes progress in ending impunity for torture

The United Nations has welcomed the progress made in the fight against torture in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) following the enactment two years ago of a law criminalizing the practice.According to a news release issued by the UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) – comprised of the UN peacekeeping mission in DRC (MONUSCO) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the country – the first convictions of state agents who engaged in or encouraged torture have taken place. Since the law criminalizing torture was enacted on 9 July 2011, at least five soldiers of the Congolese armed forces (FARDC), five agents of the Congolese National Police, one agent of the national intelligence service and one administrative official have been convicted for practicing and/or encouraging the use of torture. Sentences, which ranged from six months to life imprisonment, were imposed by courts in Equateur, Bas Congo, Kasai Occidental, Katanga, Maniema and Orientale provinces.“The UNJHRO has spared no effort to support investigation missions conducted by judicial authorities, as well as the holding of mobile courts, some of which have resulted in the conviction of perpetrators of torture,” stated the news release. “The UNJHRO has also organized several outreach activities with concerned actors on the content of the law,” it added.The UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Mendez, has also welcomed the “considerable” progress which has been made by the Government to ensure conformity with national law and international standards and to put an end to the cycle of impunity which prevails for acts of torture. “International human rights law implies an absolute and non-derogable ban on the use of torture as well as cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” he stated. Mr. Mendez called on the Government “to make sure that every allegation of torture or of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment is investigated by law enforcement officers and that those responsible are held accountable for their acts.”The UNJHRO continues to register cases of torture in all provinces in the country through its monitoring and investigation activities. It adds that, despite progress since the enactment of the law, important challenges remain before torture can be eradicated. read more

Reduced energy consumption for mine conveyor systems

first_imgAhead of International Mining’s annual examination of latest conveyor technologies, a new development from ContiTech minimises rolling resistances and reduces energy consumption by 20%. It features a specially developed rubber compound. This makes it possible to significantly decrease conveyor energy costs and CO2 emissions. Rolling resistance accounts for more than two-thirds, and thus the biggest share, of a conveyor system’s total kinetic resistance. ContiTech is focused on reducing rolling resistances, because these have a major impact on the energy consumption of long, horizontal conveyor belt systems. The cause is the visco-elastic material characteristics of the rubber conveyor belts. The rolling resistance is created, in part, by the movement over the idlers. In the contact surface between the conveyor belt and each individual idler, a force arises acting in the opposite direction to the movement of the conveyor belt, resulting in additional energy consumption. In addition to a series of further factors, the rolling resistance depends on the technological properties of the conveyor belt and, more specifically, the material from which it is made.Using complex simulations, ContiTech scientists adjusted the deformation of conveyor belts over idlers and derived hypotheses from this on how to provide the ideal rubber compound. On this basis, different compounds were mixed, tested and optimised, and the most promising compounds were turned into conveyor belts in order to try them out and find the ideal solution. It worked; the latest measurements, taken with special measuring devices on a test rig at the University of Hanover’s Institute for Transport and Automation Technology, showed significant reduction in rolling resistance with the newest energy-optimised conveyor belts from ContiTech.A 5 km long conveyor belt system in an open-pit mine, for example, could save more than 3,000 kW of power. In an hour and a half, as much energy would be saved as the average four-person household in Germany consumes in a year. ContiClean® A-H, the anti-stick conveyor belt could become more versatile in future thanks to a new production method.At Bauma 2010, ContiTech displayed a more troughable version of the belt, the surface of which is specially designed to handle ultrasticky material like desulphurised gypsum, unfired clay, titanium dioxide or wet ash. The new belt can be troughed to a greater extent, particularly at cold temperatures, thus increasing its conveying capacity. Even narrower belt widths feature better troughing and running performance. These new benefits are attributable to an optimised rubber compound used in the production of the belt. The compound means that it is now possible to operate the belt at temperatures as low as –25°C. Thanks to its special surface properties, ContiClean A-H does not become soiled even when handling ultra-sticky materials like clay and gypsum. Any caked-on material is gently removed beyond the materials discharge point by a scraper tailored exactly to the product. This means that conventional hard-metal scrapers are no longer an absolute necessity. The belt suffers less wear and tear, and its service life is increased enormously. The belt surface is resistant to ageing and weathering, it is antistatic as well as oil and grease resistant, as required.last_img read more

AUMS boosts capabilities as Barminco looks to grow African mining action

first_imgBarminco’s acquisition and delivery of two new MT6020 trucks last month, from Atlas Copco’s manufacturing plant in Sweden, will bolster the capabilities of African Underground Mining Service’s (AUMS) at Kinross Gold’s Akwaaba Deeps mine in Ghana. Since establishment in 2007, AUMS (a 50/50 joint venture with Ausdrill) has grown rapidly, “driven by clients seeking Australian mining expertise and the highest safety standards for their West African mining projects,” AUMS says. The delivery of the new equipment follows the announcement last month of three new contracts in West Africa. Barminco CEO Neil Warburton said the company was working with Atlas Copco to grow its fleet and capacity in the African market with more equipment on order to be delivered to West African contract sites over the coming months.“In West Africa, AUMS has a 70% market share, so it is well positioned to take advantage of the long pipeline of African underground projects in various stages of planning and development,” Warburton said. “Mining companies need to be confident that their service providers can supply mining equipment when they need it. Sea freight can take up to six months, so although AUMS’ has five contracts and a fleet of over 30 major equipment units, urgent requirements can warrant extraordinary action.”The time between the initial request from Kinross and trucks clearing customs in Ghana was only 23 days.Warburton said Barminco has been using the MT6020 trucks in Australian mines since May 2008. Air-freighted from Sweden to Ghana by Antonov aircraft, the two 60-t capacity trucks are expected to increase haulage capacity by as much as 20% over the existing fleet.“We want to be considered a ‘can do’ company. The goal when entering the African market was to offer the same level of productivity and safety expected of us in Australia,” he said. “In conjunction with equipment suppliers such as Atlas Copco, we are now achieving this. In fact, AUMS’s safety track record is better than the Australian industry average.”Atlas Copco’s Global Strategic Customer Manager Alan Halse said the MT6020 was a proven product that has set a new standard. “The feedback from customers is that they are choosing the MT6020 because its productivity and reliability is better than anything else on the market,” he said. “The increased haulage capacity of the MT6020 is of most assistance in lowering the cost per tonne in the deeper mines because we have been able to maintain the speed-on-grade capability, an excellent power to weight ratio and braking and safety attributes despite increasing the size of the truck.“Atlas Copco and Barminco have been working together since 2006 and we have been developing a professional relationship where we have a good track record in supporting the equipment needs of the company and we are extremely pleased to be working with Barminco in the West African market as well as the Australian market.”last_img read more

Inishowen residents take 24year wastewater plant dispute to Europe

first_imgRESIDENTS NEAR THE northern tip of Donegal have submitted a complaint to the European Commission in a dispute over a proposed wastewater treatment plant that has dragged on for 24 years.The Community for a Clean Estuary claim that they have been denied access to justice following a High Court ruling last year which backed the approval by An Bord Pleanála of the scheme as planned by Donegal County Council.The treatment plant on the Inishowen peninsula was first muted in 1989 when the scheme  envisaged a treatment plant that would discharge out into the estuary Lough Foyle in between Moyville and Greencastle.This was opposed by local residents and a plan to move the plant five miles north of Greencastle so that the pipe discharged into the Atlantic was backed by councillors.But in 1996 a decision was taken by the council to relocate the the plant back within the confines of the estuary and the dispute has continued ever since. An Bord Pleanála backed the council’s plan despite claims by community representative Enda Craig that an inspector from An Bord Pleanála had expressed concerns.The community, represented by Craig, applied for a judicial review of this decision which was heard last year with the High Court finding in favour of An Bord Pleanála.Craig told TheJournal.ie that the group were not able to afford an appeal to the Supreme Court.“We could not appeal to the Supreme Court because of the cost of the local community, we had to forgo that possibility and accept the judgement,” he said.But the community have now made a complaint to Europe which Craig says has been accepted by the EU Commission.“25 years we’re fighting with the council and finally we have gone to Europe. We have sent in a complaint alleging that relevant EU legislation has been ignored,” he saidRead: Confusion reigns over ‘ownership’ of Lough Foyle >last_img read more

1 million reward

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Victoria Police offers two $1 million reward for leads that might result to the arrest of the killer of Dimitrios Belias and George Germanos. Dimitrios Bellias was killed in an execution-style murder in a car park on St Kilda Road in 1999, while George Germanos was fatally shot in 2001 and his body was found in a park in Armadale. Victoria Police believes that the killers of Demitrios Beliaw and George Germanos might also be involved in the murder of 23 years old Maryanna Lanciana in 1984. Another $1 million dollar award has been offered by Victoria Police in an effort to track down the killers of the 23 years old woman as well. Photo Supplied.last_img

Cobra JoyRide le chargeur qui transforme votre smartphone

first_imgCobra JoyRide : le chargeur qui transforme votre smartphoneLa firme Cobra a conçu un chargeur un peu spécial qui permet à son smartphone de basculer en mode aide à la conduite, dès que l’on en a besoin.L’entreprise Cobra Electronics Corporation offre la possibilité à son smartphone équipé du système d’exploitation Android d’enclencher une application dédiée au trafic routier, dès que l’on entre dans sa voiture ou plus précisément : dès que l’on prend le volant.À lire aussiFaceApp : l’application qui vous vieillit garde probablement vos données personnellesEn effet, le chargeur JoyRide Cobra se connecte à une entrée micro-USB et permet à son smartphone de basculer en système d’aide à la conduite, dès que l’on en a besoin. L’utilisation du système est paramétrable, et en pressant une seule touche, le téléphone peut à nouveau réceptionner des appels téléphoniques.La navigation GPS et autres applications peuvent donc être lancées sans perdre de temps et en étant concentré sur sa tâche, en l’occurrence sur la route. Une interface permet de contrôler les options d’alimentation pour le Wi-Fi, GPS ou Bluetooth. Le chargeur sera vendu au second trimestre 2012 au tarif de 40 $, soit une trentaine d’euros. Il sera présenté au prochain CES 2012, dès le 10 janvier. Le 7 janvier 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Killing by Seattle police raises questions on use of force

first_imgSEATTLE — On a weekday afternoon in March, Seattle police officers fenced off a city block as they tried to persuade a suicidal man in the middle of a downtown street to drop a knife.Pedestrians were cleared, traffic was rerouted, and more than two hours later, the man surrendered — without injury to himself or anyone else.It was a textbook case in how police can calm volatile situations, and it reflected the extensive emphasis the department has placed on crisis intervention training under a 2012 settlement with the Justice Department.By contrast, Sunday’s fatal shooting of a pregnant mother, who police say was armed with two knives, after she called in a burglary at her apartment illustrates the potential limits of such training.It also threatens to undermine the strides Seattle police have made in regaining public trust since a series of troubling events, including the unnecessary killing of a Native American woodcarver by an officer in 2010, prompted the DOJ’s investigation.last_img read more

Solskjaer wont negotiate Manchester Uniteds philosophy

first_imgManager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, explained the reasons why he believes that Manchester United needs to remain an offensive force in England.After Manchester United’s impressive 5-1 victory at Cardiff City last weekend, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer only required a single match to remind the Mancunian fans that the Red Devils are all about offensive football.The time under Jose Mourinho is already being considered as the Dark Ages for United during the modern era despite having won some important trophies during his tenure, this is due to the purely defensive football that the Portuguese manager made the players produce in nearly three seasons.As soon as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was announced, everything made sense and people finally understood that this club requires a person from within the institution in order to keep the club’s values intact.Even the manager himself acknowledged that there needed to be a drastic change in order to maintain those principles, he said so during a press conference this Monday.“They [the players] have not said anything about any handbrake but we spoke in the team meeting about when we get one you want to get two, when you get two you want to get three,” said Solskjaer via Four Four Two.“That’s just the nature of this team, of this club – that you always go and attack. It’s not going to happen every game that you create chances like we did today, you’ve got to go and grind it out.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“But I don’t think any team would like to have [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial, [Jesse] Lingard and [Paul] Pobga running at them. So why should we stop them?”“The attacking philosophy is in the walls of Man United, that’s tradition and that’s history.T hat’s how we play, that’s how we want to play. [The Cardiff game] was a good reflection of what we want,” he concluded.Manchester United against Cardiff:🔴 Most possession in a PL game this season🔴 Highest passing accuracy in a PL game this season🔴 Most goals in a PL game this seasonNot a bad start to managerial life at United. 😏 pic.twitter.com/tAe6FkYEuw— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 22, 2018last_img read more

PC Mag to Shutter Print Version Go AllDigital

first_imgSEE ALSO: Will the Print Axe Fall on Electronic Gaming, Too?Ziff Davis Media announced today that its flagship PC Magazine will no longer be published in print. The biweekly magazine carried a rate base of 700,000. Its January 2009 issue will be its last.As part of the shift, seven jobs were eliminated. The company will instead focus on its Web site, PCMag.com, and a newly-minted digital network. Ziff Davis employs about 140 employees on PC Mag, and 214 companywide. Ziff Davis Media CEO Jason Young said the move is “the final step in an evolutionary process that has been playing out over the last seven years.” In that time, Ziff Davis’ digital assets have had revenue growth 42 percent on average each year, he said. In 2008, its digital business will account for about 80 percent of profit and 70 percent of its revenue.”That’s how we’re different from a lot of noise that’s out there,” Young said. “We’re in a good position to make this move, when a lot of other publishers downsizing don’t have this kind of scale.”  The digital network—which includes the Web sites ExtremeTech, Good Clean Tech, Gearlog, DL.TV, Appscout and Cranky Geeks—averages about seven million unique monthly visitors—more than 10 times the circulation of the print publication, the company said.The magazine’s ad pages were down about 25 percent in 2008, Young said, although he claimed it was still profitable. Its total paid and verified circulation had slipped 8.8 percent during the first half of 2008, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations’ Fas-Fax.When asked if he could ever envision print coming back, Young said, flatly, no. “That horse has left the barn in the tech category.” Check FOLIOmag.com throughout the day for updates to this story.last_img read more

Sentencing begins in Anchorage hitandrun cyclist case

first_imgMelissa Holder testified during the sentencing hearing of Alexandra Ellis, who killed Holder’s husband in a hit-and-run last year. Hillman/KSKAThe first segment of Alexandra Ellis’ sentencing hearing took place Friday afternoon in the Boney Courthouse in Anchorage. Ellis pleaded guilty to hitting and killing cyclist Jeff Dusenbury last summer, when she was 17. She was intoxicated at the time and fled the scene.The state agreed to plea deal this spring that called for Ellis to serve one year in prison with two suspended. Community members and the victim’s family are asking the judge to reject the deal made with the state and give Ellis a longer sentence.Judge Michael Wolverton heard testimony from a scene reconstructionist, Jay Smith, who was hired by the defense. Smith told the court that evidence suggested that Ellis was reversing at 11 miles per hour while Dusenbury was cycling between 30 to 35 mph. However, Smith said most of the literature he used to develop those calculations did not look at situations where a cyclist was hit from the side as Dusenbury was.Defense attorney William Ingaldson also said that Dusenbury’s reaction time might have been slow because he was cycling with earbuds in and had traces of THC in his blood.“And if someone is under the influence whether it’s alcohol or say, marijuana, that person under the influence of marijuana’s perception time is going to slow down, isn’t it?” Ingaldson asked Smith.“Yes,” Smith replied.“That person who is 100 feet away from a truck might not stop in time. Might not take evasive action if the truck is turning, right?” Ingaldson asked.“That is correct.”Jay Smith stands before a photo of Jeff Dusenbury’s bike as it lay where he was hit and killed. Hillman/KSKAThe court also heard emotional testimony from Dusenbury’s friends and family as Ellis sobbed at her table. Melissa Holder is Dusenbury’s widow.“Alexandra Ellis killed my best friend of 32 years,” said Dusenbury’s widow Melissa Holder, through tears. “He was my soul mate, my husband, and the father of my only child. In 32 years I had never gone more than 12 hours without hearing his voice.”She also asked the judge to consider the implications of what she considers to be the plea deal’s light sentence.“What kind of message does this send to our community? Please do not let Jeff’s death be in vain. We fail the youth of our community if we do not take this opportunity to send a clear message that taking the life of a person while driving irresponsibly is not acceptable and cannot be tolerated.”The hearing will continue on Monday with a confidential session. Judge Wolverton said he will chose the next public hearing date at that point. He also said he will consider “the thoughtful input” from the community shared through social media when deciding on the sentence.last_img read more