MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: A general view of the exterior of Land Shark Stadium as the Iowa Hawkeyes get set to play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Commitments for the Class of 2020 are trickling in slowly, but the Iowa Hawkeyes have done a good job getting out to a very fast start. The latest class rankings indicate that the team is on pace for one of the best classes in the country.Per 247Sports, Iowa’s 2020 recruiting class is currently ranked No. 11 in the country. The team is also ranked No. 3 in the Big Ten behind Ohio State and Michigan.Iowa is certainly aided by a conference-leading eight commitments, which includes the top-four in-state prospects. Among the in-state prospects are four-star defensive tackle Logan Jones, and a trio of three star prospects.At the quarterback position, the Hawkeyes appear to have found their man early with four-star pro-style thrower Deuce Hogan giving his commitment last June.There’s still a lot of time for the big programs across the country to pick up the pace though. Without a swath of four-star prospects and even a five-star, Iowa’s ranking could drop quickly.Nonetheless, Kirk Ferentz clearly has a plan in place for getting Iowa to take that next step in the Big Ten title race.Last year the Hawkeyes went 8-4 in the regular season before upsetting Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl to finish 9-4.[247Sports] read more
The Jamaican Athletes’ Insurance Plan is the Government’s Group Health, Group Life and Personal Accident Plan for all eligible national athletes. The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange is urging the country’s sports bodies to register their athletes with the Jamaican Athletes’ Insurance Plan. Story Highlights Speaking at the Opening of the upgraded Administrative Building of the Aquatic Sports Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) at Independence Park Complex today (Wednesday), Minister Grange said:“It has been frequent that athletes with severe health problems turn to Government for help. And we have provided assistance in just about every case. But it is very troubling to realise that some of those very same athletes could have benefitted from coverage under the Jamaican Athletes’ Insurance Plan if only they were registered through their associations or federations, or had made direct contact with the Ministry to initiate the process.” The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange is urging the country’s sports bodies to register their athletes with the Jamaican Athletes’ Insurance Plan.The Jamaican Athletes’ Insurance Plan is the Government’s Group Health, Group Life and Personal Accident Plan for all eligible national athletes.Speaking at the Opening of the upgraded Administrative Building of the Aquatic Sports Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) at Independence Park Complex today (Wednesday), Minister Grange said:“It has been frequent that athletes with severe health problems turn to Government for help. And we have provided assistance in just about every case. But it is very troubling to realise that some of those very same athletes could have benefitted from coverage under the Jamaican Athletes’ Insurance Plan if only they were registered through their associations or federations, or had made direct contact with the Ministry to initiate the process.”The Minister referred to the case of the boxer, Sakima Mullings, who is severely ill but is not on the Insurance Plan. Sakima was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a hereditary condition affecting the retina in his left eye, which also causes sensitivity to light.“When I hear about cases such as Sakima’s, it pains my heart and I would like him to know that we are praying for his full recovery. More than that, already we have decided to provide Sakima with $1M to help him to meet his medical expenses. The Ministry is in close contact with the Jamaica Boxing Board of Control as we seek to find out what further assistance we could give,” Minister Grange said.Minister Grange said that getting athletes registered with the Plan was very important, so much so that there is a full-time administrator working on the Athletes’ Insurance Plan in the Ministry.“The Ministry has constantly called for sporting associations to join the plan to insure national athletes or those in development squads preparing to represent Jamaica. I make the appeal, persons in my Ministry make the appeal, but still there are many eligible athletes who have not been registered,” the Minister said.So far, only 1300 athletes are registered with the Insurance Plan and according to the Minister, “for a country like Jamaica with such outstanding athletes we should have more than 1300”.Sports people eligible to be covered under the Plan must be a member in good standing with the national association or federation. They must be enrolled in the national development programme for a specific sporting discipline. They must participate in at least two Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission training sessions per year. read more
Bangkok: Pope Francis will travel to Thailand and Japan in November for a visit expected to highlight his call for complete nuclear disarmament and honor the small Catholic communities in each country. The Vatican confirmed the Nov. 19-26 trip, and its diplomatic representative in Thailand, Archbishop Paul Tschang In-Nam, announced the Thai stop on Friday. Francis will be in Thailand on Nov. 20-23 before heading to Japan, where government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the pope would meet with the emperor and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIt will be Francis’ fourth trip to Asia, where he has already visited South Korea, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Myanmar and Bangladesh. The last pope to visit Japan was the late Saint Pope John Paul II in 1981. He was also the last pope to visit Thailand, in 1984. During his official visit to Thailand, Francis will preside at religious ceremonies and make pastoral visits to Catholic communities. “When I heard the news about the papal visit, as a Christian, I’m very delighted because it will be a once-in-a-lifetime moment,” said Sister Aranya Kitbunchu, a member of the congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. “We will get to meet him as a real person, not through TV. I believe that his visit will bring peace to the people.” read more
Rabat – A group of Morocco MPs have contested the presence of former Israeli defense minister Amir Peretz in inside the Moroccan parliament.Peretz headed an Israeli parliamentary delegation to Rabat that took part on Sunday in a meeting by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean.A video published on YouTube shows a group of Moroccan MPs voicing their opposition to the presence of Peretz, who currently serves as a member of the Israeli parliament. “This man is a war criminal and he has to leave the building of the Moroccan parliament,” one MP shouts at Peretz, who stands silent while an Arab Israeli member of the delegation argues with the MP.“This man is a war criminal and he has to leave the building of the Moroccan parliament,” said the MP.MPs from three parliamentary groups at the House of Councilors (the Justice and Development Party (PJD), the Moroccan Union of Labor and the Democratic Confederation of Labor) issued a joint communiqué denouncing the presence of the Israeli delegation on Moroccan soil.While diplomatic relations between Morocco and Israel were officially cut following the Second Intifada in 2000, Israeli political or sports delegations are not denied entry to Morocco when they are participating in international or regional conferences and events hosted by the kingdom.Morocco used to be home to the largest Jewish community in the Arab world. More than a quarter of a million of Jews lived in Morocco in the first half of the 20th century, before they started immigrating to Europe or Israel.Peretz himself is a Moroccan-born Israeli. The Bejaad native visited the kingdom in 2006 and was received by King Mohammed VI, when Peretz was the leader of the Labor Party.Morocco, especially during the reign of King Hassan II, used to be a major regional peace broker in the dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians.Moroccans have largely been fervent supporters of the Palestinians. Pro-Palestinian groups in Morocco are active in opposing political and cultural normalization with Israel in the kingdom.In September, the participation of Moroccan Israeli singer Noam Vazana in the Tangier Jazz Festival was denounced by pro-Palestinian activists.Sion Assidon, a prominent Jewish Moroccan activist called Vazana’s presence as an indication that “the Zionist propaganda is sneaking in several places to present a ‘positive image’ of the occupation of Palestine.”The singer responded to the campaign against her saying she came to connect with her Moroccan roots and that never held a gun on a Palestinian. read more
Mr. Eliasson, in a letter to all United Nations Member States, encouraged delegations to give priority to the next round of negotiations on the Convention, which will take place in New York from 14-25 August. In the letter, Mr. Eliasson said that some 650 million people – or one in 10 of the world’s population – are believed to be living with some form of disability, and yet there is no international convention to uphold their rights.“We have the opportunity to agree on a landmark convention which would bring practical improvements to the lives of many people around the world,” he wrote. Mr. Eliasson further noted that although there are still some issues to be resolved, significant progress had been reached at the seven previous negotiating sessions so that “an agreement is now within reach.”At last year’s World Summit at UN Headquarters in New York, world leaders endorsed the need for a new convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, and last week, the UN Economic and Social Council called for the completion of the convention so that it could be adopted at the next General Assembly session.The negotiating session will include delegates from all Member States and representatives of more than 90 non-governmental organizations (NGO). The negotiations will be chaired by Don Mackay, New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva. Proponents of the convention, which would be the first new human rights treaty of the 21st century, say a new legally binding document is needed because persons with disabilities often lack legal recourse to protect their rights. As a result, they are barred from employment and education opportunities and their needs for access to health, transportation and justice are often overlooked or ignored.The convention would obligate countries, for instance, to gradually include disability-friendly features into the construction of new facilities, promote and improve access to education and information, and introduce measures that eliminate discriminatory practices. The convention recognizes countries will need some time to fully implement its provisions. read more
Eric Seger / Sports editorOhio State sophomore defensive end Noah Spence speaks with reporters following Ohio State’s scrimmage Saturday.Urban Meyer put any speculation about the statuses of redshirt junior defensive back Bradley Roby and senior running back Rod Smith to rest Saturday following Ohio State’s practice.Meyer has suspended the two players for OSU’s season opener against Buffalo on Aug. 31 for separate incidents. He said Smith will miss the first game for “a violation of team rules” and that Roby’spunishment comes from being involved in an incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar on July 21. Initially charged with misdemeanor battery, Roby’s charges were downgraded to disorderly conduct on Friday.“I don’t know anything yet,” Meyer said. “He’ll be suspended one game just because there is an issue.”Meyer said he planned to suspend Roby for more than one game, but that changed after seeing a video from that night and noting thatRoby did not appear to assault anyone as the initial report indicated.“He was there, and he shouldn’t be there,” Meyer said. “Will he play in the first game? No.”Meyer said Smith had a good chance to be the starting running back after fellow senior running back Carlos Hyde was suspended for three games. That all changed once he broke a team rule, though.“If it wasn’t for a mistake in February then he’d be maybe the starter,” Meyer said regarding Smith. “It’s his last call. It’s the 11th hour for Rod Smith. So he needs to perform.”According to Meyer, there are only two ways in which players will learn their lesson when it comes to breaking the rules. Those include taking away playing time and taking away scholarship money.“They’ve been told. So there’s two ways,” Meyer said. “You can take their money and take their playing time.”Meyer also confirmed the end of freshman tight end Blake Thomas’ career due to a neck injury. Junior defensive lineman J.T. Moore is changing positions and has been practicing at tight end.Following the team’s scrimmage Saturday morning, Meyer said his team is not yet ready to play a game, saying there were only “probably four or five units” ready out of the nine on the team. The linebackers are among his biggest concerns.“The linebacking position is one of the units that I’m talking about. We’re not there yet,” Meyer said. “We’ve got some work to do.”Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said he thinks his unit can do a much better job than what it’s doing right now. He said the biggest problem is a lack of confidence from the younger players at the position.“I feel like a lot of those guys are just over thinking and stressing about a lot of things and they’re just not going 100 percent right now,” Shazier said following Saturday’s scrimmage. “Once we can get them to react I feel like we will do a way better job.”Shazier said the offense is playing considerably better than the defense at this point in camp, and also noted that the offensive skill players are better than they were last year.Sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry said the unit’s leadership skills need to improve.“We’ve got a ways to go from the leadership standpoint,” Perry said, referencing the linebackers. “We’ve got to be able to bring them (the younger players) along as well as get some of the older guys in the room to play their best, too.”Meyer spoke highly of sophomore defensive end Noah Spence, mentioning how he has “extremely high character” and plays hard all the time.Spence, who said he has put on about 25 pounds this offseason, said he is trying not to make as many mistakes as he did last year in preparation of becoming a full time starter.“I’m trying to become more of a leader on our defensive line,” Spence said. “Knowing more about the defense, all the schemes and everything like that are going to let me be able to play faster.”Junior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said “it’s been good” to see Spence start leading on the field. Bennett said his confidence in the defensive line is very high.“I think that the bond that we have as a D-line is really the biggest thing that’s going to push us forward this year,” Bennett said. “The talent we have on the D-line is really good and I’m not too worried about it at all.”When asked for his thoughts on the Buckeyes being ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press’s preseason poll, Bennett said it does not change the team’s mindset.“Preseason doesn’t matter at all,” Bennett said. “It doesn’t matter until the fourteenth game is played. Take it one game at a time. You can’t go 2-0 unless you’re 1-0.” read more
The prime suspect in the killing of WPc Yvonne Fletcher will not be prosecuted after police were blocked from using key evidence on “national security” grounds, it has emerged.Saleh Ibrahim Mabrouk, a former education minister under Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, was arrested in 2015 in connection with the murder of WPc Fletcher, shot dead while policing a demonstration outside the Libyan embassy in 1984.But Mr Mabrouk, who lives in the south of England, has been told by
police that the case against him will not proceed “at this time”, despite Scotland Yard’s belief it has enough evidence to bring a prosecution. Mr Murray said he had been told by Scotland Yard that “vital evidence has been withheld under the guise of
national security”.He told The Daily Telegraph: “That is absolutely horrendous. If that is not a perverse use of the law, I think there is something wrong.”He said he was planning to start a private prosecution against Mr
Mabrouk. Burdens of proof are lower in the civil courts.Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, said: “I cannot comment on the details of this case.”She added: “I would however like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment the Metropolitan Police have shown over a prolonged period of time to bring to justice those involved in the murder of WPc Yvonne Fletcher. “WPc Fletcher was one of their own. Her murder remains as shocking and senseless as the day it occurred and I understand that the decision will be deeply disappointing and frustrating for all her family, friends and colleagues.”Mr Mabrouk was deported from Britain after the shooting, with the government saying his presence in the country was ‘not conducive to the public good’.But he re-entered Britain 18 years ago to study as part of Foreign Office moves to improve relations between Libya and the UK. He claimed asylum in the UK in 2011.In October 2009, the Telegraph
revealed how the CPS was told by an independent prosecutor in April 2007 in a 140-page report that it had sufficient evidence to charge Matouk
Mohammed Matouk and Abdulgader Mohammed Baghdadi with conspiracy to cause the death of Wpc Fletcher. A statement said: “We understand that some available evidence could not be used in court but are satisfied that the Metropolitan Police has left no stone unturned in its pursuit of justice in Yvonne’s case.“The family would like to thank the Met for its continued hard work and diligence and also for always keeping us informed at every turn.“We are deeply disappointed and frustrated that a prosecution cannot proceed at this time. We had hoped that the latest turn of events would
finally lead to some closure for the
family.”Asst Commissioner Mark Rowley, of the Met Police, said: “I regret that we have not been able to deliver the justice that the victims and their families
deserve. Our thoughts today are with WPc Fletcher’s family and all those affected by the events of that day in 1984.” Police were initially hampered by diplomatic immunity laws, but during their investigations officers became convinced that the killing was carried out by members linked to the so-called “stray dogs” campaign, which was
orchestrated from Libya to attack overseas dissidents. The Telegraph also disclosed in
August 2011 that a Gaddafi-era diplomat Abdulmagid Salah Ameri had been identified by witnesses as the possible murder suspect in a report for the CPS. Of the three men, only Matouk is
believed to be still alive.Stephen Kamlish QC, lawyer for Mr Mabrouk, said: “At no stage have the police produced any evidence against my client. Not a shred.”Mr Mabrouk’s son Osama Saleh Ibrahim insisted in 2015 that his father was innocent. He said: “’You know when you didn’t do anything… we trust the law here in England.” The decision effectively kills off any hope of bringing individuals to court for the killing and means the only person arrested in connection with her death has been allowed to walk free.John Murray, a former Met officer who held WPc Fletcher as she lay
dying, described the decision as “absolutely horrendous” and “perverse”. Her family were “deeply disappointed”.Police sources blamed the Home Office for blocking the prosecution even though the exact nature of the inadmissible evidence is unclear. Saleh Ibrahim Mabrouk The only other suspects in the case have either left Britain or are believed to be dead. WPc Fletcher was killed as she policed a demonstration against former Libya leader Gaddafi outside the Libyan People’s Bureau in St James’s Square on April 17, 1984. It has been over 30 years since WPc Yvonne Fletcher’s deathCredit:Paul Grover Asst Commissioner Mark RowleyCredit:Neil Hall/Reuters The shooting gave rise to a 10-day siege of the building before 30 of the occupants were deported to Libya.Following the shooting, Britain severed all diplomatic links with Libya
until a Foreign Office initiative to
improve Anglo-Libyan relations, as part of a deal negotiated by former
foreign secretary Robin Cook to bring the Libyan Lockerbie suspects to trial.Mr Mabrouk’s arrest on suspicion of conspiracy to murder had been
described as a “significant turning point” at the time.The decision by the Metropolitan Police and Crown Prosecution Service to release Mr Mabrouk from police bail has left the family of WPc Fletcher
“deeply disappointed and frustrated” and means nobody is likely to be brought to justice for her death. WPc Fletcher 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. Scotland Yard’s statement read: “We believe our investigation has identified enough material to identify those
responsible for WPc Fletcher’s murder if it could be presented to a court.“However, the key material has not been made available for use in court in evidential form for reasons of national security.“Although our investigation has always remained open, cases like this do become harder to solve over time.”Our judgment is that this concludes what was by far the best opportunity to solve this tragic case and provide a degree
of closure for the victims and their
families. This investigation will never be closed, but the likelihood of finding further evidence, in Libya or elsewhere, is low.” Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi Credit:Reuters read more
A prior mugshot of Cesar Sayoc, Jr.PLANTATION, Fl., (Reuters) – Federal authorities arrested a man in Florida today suspected of sending at least a dozen parcel bombs to high-profile critics of U.S. President Donald Trump days ahead of congressional elections, officials said.Two federal law enforcement officials named the suspect as Cesar Sayoc, born in 1962. He was taken into custody in the parking lot of an AutoZone store in Plantation, near Fort Lauderdale, where two witnesses told Reuters they heard a loud blast at the time of the arrest.Local television stations showed investigators using a large blue tarp to cover a white van that was plastered with decals and stickers, before removing it on a truck.A federal law enforcement official said more arrests could follow. Another law enforcement source said charges would likely be brought by federal prosecutors in Manhattan.The U.S. Justice Department was due to hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m. EDT. (1830 GMT), a spokeswoman said.No one had claimed responsibility for parcel bombs, which were denounced by authorities as terrorism, and came less than two weeks ahead of U.S. congressional elections that could alter the balance of power in Washington.Police found two of the suspicious packages on Friday addressed to U.S. Senator Cory Booker and James Clapper, the former U.S. director of national intelligence, officials said.The 11th package was addressed to Booker, a Democratic senator from New Jersey, and was discovered at a mail sorting facility in Florida, the FBI said. A 12th package was addressed to Clapper at cable network CNN and was intercepted at a New York City post office, a federal law enforcement official said.A thirteenth suspicious parcel was discovered addressed to Democratic U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California, CNN said.A federal law enforcement official said earlier on Friday that the focus had intensified on Florida as a key location for the investigation and possible point of origin of the packages.Police closed roads around the AutoZone parking lot where Sayoc was arrested, and helicopters flew overhead.A man named Dre, a manager at a used car dealership next door to the AutoZone, said he heard a loud noise that sounded like an explosion shortly after 11 a.m.“I heard like a bomb,” Dre, who declined to give his full name, said in a telephone interview. “I opened the door and saw the FBI there.”Dre said they were told by FBI agents to stay inside as the area was on lockdown.A woman who lives nearby and declined to give her name said she was in her yard weeding on Friday morning when she heard a loud bang, saw smoke and heard a lot of shouting.‘SWIFT JUSTICE’Florida Governor Rick Scott said he had been briefed on developments in the investigation.“ANY attempt to harm others is disgusting & has no place in Florida or our country,” Scott wrote on Twitter. “I appreciate the hard work of law enforcement to bring swift justice to whoever is responsible for these cowardly acts.”CNN reported that Sayoc has a criminal history and ties to New York. Reuters could not immediately confirm the report.All the people targeted by the suspicious packages have often been maligned by right-wing critics. They included former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and billionaire Democratic Party donor George Soros.The Federal Bureau of Investigation has said that at least five of the packages bore a return address from the Florida office of U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a former chair of the Democratic National Committee.There has been an outcry from Trump’s critics, who charged that his inflammatory rhetoric against Democrats and the press has created a climate for politically motivated violence.After first calling for unity and civil discourse on Wednesday, Trump lashed out on Thursday at the “hateful” media. His supporters accused Democrats of unfairly suggesting the president was to blame for the bomb scare.On Friday, Trump said the incidents were distracting from successful efforts by Republican candidates.“Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this “Bomb” stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows – news not talking politics,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Very unfortunate, what is going on. Republicans, go out and vote!”None of the devices detonated and no one has been hurt. They were believed to have been fashioned from bomb-making designs widely available on the internet, according to a federal law enforcement source. Still, investigators have treated the devices as “live” explosives, not a hoax, officials said.Investigators have declined to say whether they were built to be functional. Bomb experts and security analysts say that based on their rudimentary construction it appeared the devices were more likely designed to sow fear rather than to kill.But two federal officials involved in the investigation cautioned that it was too early to say whether the devices were incapable of firing or were deliberately designed to frighten rather than explode.Two packages were sent both to U.S. Representative Maxine Waters and to former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. Others targeted for parcel bombs included former Attorney General Eric Holder, former CIA director John Brennan and actor Robert De Niro.“I thank God no one’s been hurt, and I thank the brave and resourceful security and law enforcement people for protecting us,” De Niro said in a statement. “There’s something more powerful than bombs, and that’s your vote. People MUST vote!” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS mail bombs: Cesar Sayoc charged after campaign against Trump criticsOctober 27, 2018In “World”Hundreds of immigrants arrested in ‘routine’ U.S. enforcement surgeFebruary 11, 2017In “World”Trump demands death penalty for New York truck attack suspectNovember 2, 2017In “World” read more
The UK-based environmental business of AMEC, the international project management and services company, has formed a joint venture with the Royal Holloway University of London to launch a new commercial mining laboratory which will provide specialist testing services to characterize mining wastes. The Royal Holloway is already one of the UK’s leading centres of excellence for research and teaching in geology, to which AMEC will add its support and expertise in geological exploration, resource estimation, feasibility assessment, design and operation through to environmental services and reclamation.To help secure new commercial business for the new London laboratory, AMEC will use its industry contacts and existing project portfolio. The first contracts involve investigations in the Balkans and Turkey. Miguel Diaz, Associate Director of AMEC Earth & Environmental’s UK mining business, says the laboratory will take samples for testing from any project, wherever it may be, and that its capacity would grow as its workload increases. It is likely that the bulk of the initial work will come from existing AMEC mining activity but this should change as the facility becomes more established and takes in work from third parties.Predicting the impacts that mining wastes can cause – potentially involving the release of acids and heavy metals – helps the industry understand the potential consequences for the environment and allows the development of mitigation measures. The laboratory will also characterize waste from existing mining operations to enhance performance and assist with clean-up operations. Diaz explains: “This is an excellent new facility that will provide high quality materials testing in London. It also means our mining services business can provide a fully integrated service to its clients and be fully confident in the quality of test data material. It removes the need to send samples to remote specialist facilities and our interpretive scientists will now have full control and understanding of the test-work and thereby greatly improve the quality of service we provide.” Both AMEC and the University are also keen to produce and publish new research in aspects of mining waste management and will focus on this specialist area to support geochemistry masters degree students with their final year theses. read more
RPMGlobal’s release of HAULSIM 3.0 builds on the core capabilities for which this simulation tool is renowned and features advanced upgrades to the simulation engine and the user interface. The software has hundreds of users all over the globe that are making decisions daily based on the output produced by HAULSIM. Some users will validate mine plans and ensure that each period is achievable, this can be seen by the number of users that are coupling HAULSIM with XPAC Solutions.Others will use HAULSIM as a machine comparison tool for equipment selection and modelling. And there is another user, the business improvement user that uses HAULSIM to help identify and quantify specific issues. HAULSIM has been used to quantify adding passing bays, building additional haul roads, looking at cable assist or in pit crusher scenarios and even whether hauling around a mountain is more efficient than digging through it. This is where the technical improvements in HAULSIM 3.0 really come to the fore.The greatest improvement is the integration between travel time calculations and the new Discrete Event Simulation (DES) engine. Previously, trucks travelled at an average speed across each road segment. In HAULSIM 3.0, the trucks can accelerate and decelerate within each segment, leading to a more precise modelling of interactionsExecutive General Manager of Strategy, Michael Baldwin said, “This feature is completely unique to HAULSIM and gives the ability to very accurately model haulage at a mine. With this enhancement, the animations and results from the simulation are even more realistic.”However, much of the benefit of the new simulation engine comes from the way the road network is modelled. In HAULSIM 3.0, the detailed network is available to the user, revealing the control points that are used to influence the way trucks behave. This gives users a deeper insight into the modelling process. For example the user now has more access to the detailed network with control points allowing them to redesign stopping points.“When creating stop signs, look ahead points are placed on roads that are adjacent to the intersection. This gives users control over how far oncoming traffic needs to be before it can proceed. This flexible approach allows users to configure intersections to better align with their site rules.”The latest version also features more comprehensive model validation, with the incorporation of individual road rules within the navigator.“Regardless of the model’s size, users can identify problems as they occur. They then have a clear visualisation of the problem within the 3D scene and these issues can be addressed quickly and easily, all through the navigator.”Users will also have increased functionality when viewing and interacting with the new equipment library interface, which has been completely re-written in HAULSIM 3.0.The latest version not only makes it easier for the user to view and manipulate data, but they can now compare various pieces of equipment within the same chart.“By adding these features to the latest version of HAULSIM we are making the interface even easier to navigate and are reducing the time the user needs to spend within the equipment library.”The combination of these time saving user interface enhancements alongside the powerful new simulation engine allows HAULSIM 3.0 to continue to provide the most complete simulation software for the mining industry that empowers users to optimise their fleet outcomes. read more
Two Alaskans are among dozens of federal inmates who will be freed decades early, the White House announced. President Obama today commuted the sentences of Alex Contreras of Anchorage and Raymond Allen Thomas of Fairbanks.Download AudioContreras was sentenced to 40 years in 2002 for multiple drug and gun-possession charges. He was 19 at the time. News accounts of his sentencing say his convictions relate to his role in an Anchorage drug ring that sold crack and powdered cocaine.Thomas was in his 50s when he was convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to sell in 2005. The Fairbanks Daily News Miner says the case against Thomas arose from a kilo of cocaine that was sent in the mail, disguised as a Christmas present. He was originally sentenced to 22 years.The sentences for both Alaskans are now to end on April 16.In all, Obama commuted sentences for 95 convicts. read more
Fishing boats sit in Chignik Bay’s harbor as fishermen wait for a commercial opener. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KDLG)There is really only one thing to talk about in Chignik Bay these days: Where are the sockeye?Listen now“Shock is pretty much the guaranteed feeling of most people as kinda everybody walking around dazed,” said Ben Allen, a local fisherman.Like many communities around the Gulf of Alaska, villages near the Chignik River are struggling with weak sockeye runs. This summer’s Chignik return is its lowest recorded in 50 years.The Alaska Department of Fish and Game recently set a commercial salmon opener for later this week, but it will target pink and chum salmon. ADF&G officials say the amount of sockeye returning to the region is still far under its escapement goal for the Chignik River, so it is still uncertain whether the region will see a commercial sockeye harvest this summer.Many residents are even forgoing subsistence fishing voluntarily to try and get every salmon they can up the Chignik River.Luckily there are two sockeye runs annually, so people hope the later run will be a strong one, but Allen said it’s hard to stay optimistic.“The ebb and flow of fishing does happen and you know you just kinda hope the next run or the next year is going to be something worth going after. But there’s not a lot of hope involved,” said Allen.Chignik Bay is small, with fewer than 100 year-round residents. Commercial fishing for sockeye is the main source of income for individuals and revenue for the city through the raw fish tax.The commercial fishery in the Chignik region has been declining for years and the failure of this run is making people wonder what the future holds. Allen is unsure if being a fisherman in Chignik is sustainable.He said, “honestly, we don’t know if we’re going to be doing this in 5 years, 10 years.”Allen is not alone. Billy Anderson bought into the fishery with the idea that he would pass on the family business when he retired.“When I bought the boat and permit I didn’t think it was going to be this much of a struggle to get things going and try to hand it down to my son,” Anderson said. “He’s young, and I don’t want to hand him a big bill, that’s for sure. I wanted him to have heydays too like I had heydays when I was fishing.”Anderson is from Chignik Bay and has been a commercial fisherman for most of his life. He said he has never experienced a worse salmon season, a sentiment echoed throughout the community.Fishermen are not the only ones concerned about this year’s run. State biologists are, as well.“We’re worried we may not even meet the minimum escapement goals for the year,” said Dawn Wilson of ADF&G.Only 172,000 sockeye have reached the Chignik River. ADF&G’s minimum escapement goal for the month of June was about 300,000. It is too early to know what caused the region’s early sockeye run to fail, but there is a hypothesis.Wilson explained, “It’s very likely that it’s related to the warming waters in the Gulf of Alaska.”A body of unusually warm water settled in the gulf a few years ago, and is often called “the blob.” It has since moved out of the gulf, but it may have caused some of the area’s sockeye stocks to crash.Even if the run failure is due to environmental factors, many local fishermen are still frustrated with regional management of fisheries. Axel Kopun is among them.He said, “yeah, bad runs happen, but when you have a bunch of fish being intercepted just a few miles below you and you are sitting on the beach and you don’t even get to do subsistence, it’s hard to take.”Kopun’s the president of the Chignik Seiners Association. He said fisheries along the Alaska Peninsula catch salmon from mixed stocks that include Chignik sockeye and some sections have continued to fish even though Chignik’s first run failed. Local fishermen want that to change.“We’re not here just to get our escapement. Yeah, we want our escapement, but we need to catch fish and make money. We’re people here too and we actually need enough fish to make a living,” Kopun said.It is hard to say how many fish caught along the peninsula are destined for Chignik, according to ADF&G. But the department restricted the South Unimak and Shumagin Islands June Fisheries for the first time, in an effort ot boost Chignik’s escapement.Fishermen in Chignik do not think these restrictions are enough. They are petitioning the Alaska Board of Fisheries to change the way some sections along the peninsula are managed to protect Chignik’s sockeye resource.The Alaska Board of Fisheries will consider Chignik’s request at a July 17 emergency meeting.The five Alaska Native tribes from the Chignik region are also reaching out to Governor Bill Walker to see if there’s any aid the state can offer.Even with these efforts, fishermen like Dale Carson are losing hope that they can salvage this season.“As a fisherman, you’re always thinking ‘okay, well next week, next week, or…next tide.’ But we’re starting to run out of the next tides or the next weeks here pretty quick,” Carson said.All people can do now is wait and see how Chignik’s late sockeye run turns out. read more
Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries (RIL) is likely to see its market capitalisation rising to $100 billion in the next 3-4 years from the current $47.97 billion due to improved refining margins from its crude oil business, according to a global brokerage firm.RIL shares have gained nearly 25 percent since April 2015, compared to the over 13 percent decline of the benchmark BSE Sensex index. RIL shares Wednesday ended nearly 2 percent higher at Rs 1,001.”This is just the start. RIL is nearing the completion of its largest-ever capex programme of $46 billion over F14-17, paving the way for a multi-year cycle of strong FCF generation,” The Economic Times quoted a report by Morgan Stanley, as saying.The brokerage maintains an overweight stance on RIL with a price target of Rs 1,329 in the next 12 months.RIL posted a record profit Rs 7,290 crore for the December quarter, as its margins in the refining business reached a seven-year high due to a sharp decline in crude oil prices.”We estimate RIL current revenue (FY16e) of $3.2 billion or Rs 21,200 crore, which is 5 percent of the current retail modern trade, which we expect to grow to $8.1 billion or Rs 53,200 crore by FY20, which will be 5.5 percent of industry size then,” said the report.RIL is expected to gain even in case of a rebound in global crude oil prices to $60 a barrel due to its exposure to downstream expansion projects in the oil business.”At $60/bbl, we expect downstream projects to generate incremental EBITDA of $3.6 billion compared to the $2.5 billion we assume at $41/bbl oil price in our base case,” the brokerage said. read more
PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen (Phys.org)—Magnetism may be one of the most fundamental concepts in physics, but under the surface, magnetism holds complex secrets that scientists are still trying to unravel. One of these areas involves the dynamics of magnetic topological defects in thin films of ferromagnetic materials. In a new study, physicists have demonstrated that magnetic topological defects called skyrmions, which resemble swirling eddies or bubbles, behave differently than do other magnetic defects. The scientists show that skyrmions’ unusual behavior arises from the strange occurrence of waves on the bubbles’ edges that travel with different speeds in opposite directions. Play Model of a skyrmion bubble with propagating waves on its edges. The dashed line is the undisturbed bubble in its lowest-energy state. The scientists then created a deformation of a specific form, in this case a wave that fits three times on the circumference, and let it go. On a skrymion bubble, the waves traveling left and right have different speeds, unlike standing waves, which are made of waves that have equal speeds even when traveling in opposite directions. If the same deformation were created on a regular taut string instead of a skyrmion bubble, it would result in two running waves traveling in opposite directions with equal speeds. Their superposition would be a standing wave that is going nowhere and merely oscillates in place, keeping its shape. The behavior of the waves on the skyrmion bubble changes in time because the faster wave decays faster. As time goes on, its amplitude diminishes and by the end of the movie you are only seeing a single running wave traveling clockwise. Credit: Oleg Tchernyshyov Journal information: Physical Review Letters Model of a skyrmion bubble (dashed line) with propagating waves (red line) on its edges. See movie below for wave dynamics. Image credit: Oleg Tchernyshyov PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: Magnetic bubbles behave differently than other magnetic defects (w/ video) (2012, December 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-magnetic-differently-defects-video.html When skyrmion bubbles are modeled as objects with mass that contain propagating waves on their edges, the equations accurately describe the observed motion. This understanding of the dynamics of these odd magnetic entities is not only interesting from a basic physics perspective, but also for potential applications.”Magnetic bubbles and other topological defects can be used as memory or logic elements,” Tchernyshyov said. “Stuart Parkin at IBM has made some waves with his concept of racetrack memory, in which he uses domain walls in magnetic nanowires for computational purposes. Whether skyrmions will be eventually used in technological applications is anyone’s guess. Our work is directed more at understanding the basic physics of magnets.” Play Model of a fast counterclockwise traveling wave. The superposition of this wave and a slow clockwise traveling wave (see other movie) results in the wave that forms on a skyrmion bubble. Movie credit: Oleg Tchernyshyov Tchernyshyov added that this investigation of the dynamics of skyrmion bubbles is just one part of the researchers’ broader goals of better understanding magnetic defects in general.”This work was part of a larger scheme,” he said. “The motion of topological defects in magnets is a complex phenomenon. A few years ago we came up with a new approach to its theoretical description. We proposed a simple and economical theory to describe the most important aspects of their motion [Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 127204 (2008)]. The current paper is one of the applications of this new language. We are currently working on classifying magnetic textures by topology in three-dimensional magnets, as opposed to two-dimensional thin films.” The physicists, Imam Makhfudz and Oleg Tchernyshyov at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, US, and Benjamin Krüger at the University of Hamburg in Germany, have reported their discovery of some intriguing dynamics of skyrmion bubbles in a study recently published in Physical Review Letters.Scientists have previously known that skyrmions aren’t like other magnetic defects that exist in thin-film ferromagnets. The dynamics of a more typical defect, a vortex, has been described as resembling the motion of charged massless particles in a magnetic field. Scientists originally expected skyrmions to move in a similar way. However, recent simulations have shown that the behavior of skyrmion magnetic bubbles significantly deviates from this model. Whereas vortices displaced from an equilibrium position follow a circular trajectory, the trajectory of the center of a skyrmion bubble follows roughly a more complicated curve, namely a hypocycloid. To explain this puzzling trajectory, the physicists here have shown that skyrmion bubbles must possess inertial mass. The mass is generated not at the center of a bubble but rather at its edge. According to the physicists’ equations, waves on the boundary of a bubble travel left and right at different speeds. While the slow waves are insensitive to inertia, the fast waves involve magnetic oscillations, giving the bubbles mass. “The greatest significance of our work, in my view, is the existence of these funny waves that travel back and forth with different speeds,” Tchernyshyov told Phys.org. “This is very unusual, as normally waves travel with equal speeds in opposite directions. There are a few examples of physical systems where that happens, e.g., the edge of a Quantum Hall liquid, where electrons move in one direction only. Such systems know right from left, so they are called ‘chiral.’ Ours is another example of waves in chiral systems.” Play Model of a slow clockwise traveling wave. The superposition of this wave and a fast counterclockwise traveling wave (see other movie) results in the wave that forms on a skyrmion bubble. Movie credit: Oleg Tchernyshyov More information: Imam Makhfudz, et al. “Inertia and chiral edge modes of a skyrmion magnetic bubble.” Physical Review Letters, 109, 217201 (2012). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.217201 . Also available at arXiv:1208.3123 [cond-mat.mes-hall] http://arxiv.org/abs/1208.3123 Explore further Copyright 2012 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Phys.org. 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According to the researchers, individuals showed less tolerance toward people who were called to as “the mentally ill” when compared to those referred to as “people with mental illness”.For example, participants were more likely to agree with the statement “the mentally ill should be isolated from the community” than the almost identical statement “people with mental illnesses should be isolated from the community.”“The language we use has real effects on our levels of tolerance for people with mental illness,” said Darcy Haag Granello, professor at Ohio State University. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Everyone – including the media, policymakers and the general public – need to change how they refer to people with mental illness,” he added. The push to change how society refers to people with mental illness began in the 1990s when several professional publications proposed the use of what they called “person-first” language when talking about people with disabilities or chronic conditions.Person-first language is a way to honour the personhood of an individual by separating their identity from any disability or diagnosis he or she might have. “When you say ‘people with mental illness,’ you are emphasising that they aren’t defined solely by their disability. But when you talk about ‘the mentally ill’ the disability is the entire definition of the person,” added Todd Gibbs, graduate student at the Ohio State. The language choice should not be viewed just as an issue of “political correctness,” revealed the study published in the Journal of Counseling and Development. The research involved three groups of people: 221 undergraduate students, 211 non-student adults and 269 professional counsellors. read more
Yesterday, Kata Containers 1.5 was released with a host of updates like preliminary support for the Firecracker hypervisor, s390x architecture support, and significant integration improvements! Kata Containers is an open source project and community building a standard implementation of lightweight Virtual Machines (VMs) that perform like containers and provide the workload isolation and security advantages of Virtual machines. The project is managed by The OpenStack Foundation and combines the technology from Intel® Clear Containers and Hyper runV. Features of Kata Containers 1.5 #1 Firecracker support Eric Ernest, an architecture committee member for Kata Containers project, states that the Kata Containers project was designed “to support multiple hypervisor solutions.” The new Firecracker support introduced in this update aims to do just that. At the Amazon re:Invent conference 2018, the AWS team released ‘Firecracker’ that they explained to be a new Virtualization Technology and Open Source Project for Running Multi-Tenant Container Workloads. Firecracker enables service owners to operate secure multi-tenant container-based services while combining the speed, resource efficiency, and performance enabled by containers with the security and isolation offered by traditional VMs. Firecracker can be used in Kata Containers 1.5 for feature constrained workloads, while using the QEMU when working with more advanced workloads. The blog also mentions a small limitation of the Kubernetes functionality when using Kata+Firecracker. The inability to dynamically adjust memory and CPU definitions for a pod and Firecrackers support for only block-based storage drivers and volumes gives rise to the requirement of devicemapper. This is available in Kubernetes + CRI-O and Docker version 18.06. Users can expect more storage driver options soon. Check out this screencast for an example of Kata configured in CRIO+K8S, utilizing both QEMU and Firecracker. You can head over to GitHub to understand how to get started quickly with Kata + runtimeClass in Kubernetes. #2 s390x architecture support Kata Containers 1.5 adds IBM Z-Series support. According to CIO, IBM Z platform includes notable security features. It has a proprietary ASIC on-chip hardware dedicated specifically for cryptographic processes, enabling all-encompassing encryption. This keeps data always encrypted except when that data is being processed. Data is only decrypted during computations before it is encrypted again. #3 containerd integration The 1.5 release simplifies how Kata Containers integrate with containerd. Following the discussion last year to add a shim API to containerd, the 1.5 release includes an initial implementation meeting this shim API. Eric Ernest , an architecture committee member for Kata Containers project, says the API will result in a better interface to Kata Containers and provide the ability to directly access container level statistics from the Kata runtime. TheKata team plans to have several presentations on this topic at the Open Infrastructure Summit in Denver, April 29- May 1, 2019. You can head over to Eric’s blog for more insights on this announcement or head over to AWS blog to know more about the Firecracker support for Kata 1.5. Read Next CNCF releases 9 security best practices for Kubernetes, to protect a customer’s infrastructureTumblr open sources its Kubernetes tools for better workflow integrationImplementing Azure-Managed Kubernetes and Azure Container Service [Tutorial] read more
Tags: Club Med Share Posted by Club Med’s Travel Agent Day countdown kicks off today with prizes & incentives TORONTO — What’s better than Travel Agent Day? How about a whole month dedicated to travel agent appreciation, starting today with Club Med.Club Med says it’s celebrating Travel Agent Day (May 1) early this year by recognizing the dedication and professionalism of its valued travel partners with a month-long event running April 1 – 30.Throughout April agents can visit Club Med’s Travel Advisor Calendar, a dedicated website with daily targets to hit for a chance to win prizes, including a grand prize offering the winner a chance to attend the opening event of the new Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda in the D.R., opening December 2019.The Travel Advisor Calendar is a continuation of the same appreciation program offered last year but with a different name, says the company.Starting today, Club Med will also use the Travel Advisor Calendar name in its communications and Great Advisors reward program (formerly Great Agents).“We are very proud and grateful to be represented by talented, loyal and motivated travel professionals,” says Jacinda Lowry, National Director of Sales for Club Med. “The Travel Advisor Calendar is an extended celebration of these dedicated individuals and Club Med’s way of thanking our travel partners for their daily contributions to the brand’s success.”More news: Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyThe Travel Advisor Calendar has no time limits or deadlines to play, so advisors can go back through days they may have missed and play in past challenges.Each week the most active participants will have the chance to win 12,000 points for the Great Advisors rewards program, equivalent to two free nights at a Club Med resort in Florida, Mexico or the Caribbean.At the end of the month, the advisors that participated in the most challenges will be entered into a draw for the grand prize: a spot at the opening event for the new Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda. Travelweek Group Monday, April 1, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> read more
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