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ESPN Ranks Country’s Top 5 Recruiting Classes

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers with a score of 45 to 40. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)National Signing Day has come and gone, and with the help of a few significant commitment flips, there was some movement at the top of the Class of 2019 pecking order.On Wednesday afternoon, ESPN released its ranking of the top 5 recruiting classes of 2019.The SEC was very heavily represented as Alabama, Georgia, and Texas A&M took the top three spots, respectively.Jim Harbaugh had a good recruitment period as his Michigan team came in fourth, while Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal was the best in the west as the Ducks came in fifth.It’s early, but the SEC is already dominating the recruiting game. pic.twitter.com/8Vdxy9KlfM— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) December 19, 2018SEC dominance in the recruiting ranks is nothing new, but the fact that Alabama and Georgia – already two of the top-five teams in college football – were able to augment their ranks with the best collection of players in the nation indicates that they’ll probably be the teams to beat for a long, long while.The list only slightly differs from 247Sports‘ ranking, as the LSU Tigers were ranked No. 4 on that list while the Wolverines were ranked No. 7.last_img read more

SoHo’s Newest Hook: Miansai

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Shinola’s New Detrola Watch Collection Is As Modern As It Is Colorful 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know 1. Miansai 2. Miansai 3. Miansai 4. Miansai How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt center_img Dive In Feet First With the Best Rubber Boots for Men Five years ago Miansai founder Michael Saiger kickstarted something of a revolution in men’s accessories. Not only did his nautical rope bracelets become the wrist accessory of choice for the stylish set; the brand ushered in a new way of accessorizing: where one statement watch or bracelet sufficed in the past, today it’s stylish to wear both and pile it on. So when Miansai opened its first official flagship on Crosby Street in New York City last week, we couldn’t help but feel that the brand had come full circle and that men’s accessories had officially come into their own. Accordingly, about the most impressive, if not seductive, aspect of the store isn’t the Kombucha tea bar or sleek black walnut cabinetry throughout Miansai’s lofty interior, but the presentation of an entire universe of men’s accessories rugged enough to appeal to the less fashion-conscious. Among the highlights: passport holders, journals, wallets, rings, key chains, tie bars and timepieces with extra long straps to wrap around the wrist. The store even offers a browse-worthy selection of objects ranging from Shwood sunglasses to Opinel pocket knives. If time is of the essence, however, we suggest making a beeline for the made-to-measure station where you can create your very own engraved silver, brass, gold or rose-gold hook, anchor and “Brummel” rope or leather keepsake. 33 Crosby Street, New York City, NY 10013. Madewell Men’s Fall Collection Has All Your New Favorites last_img read more

Seven Kingston and St. Andrew Constituencies to Receive Solar Lanterns

first_img “Effectively, this is what it (the pilot programme) amounts to, the Government giving a subsidy in solar technology for households that are deemed to be energy poor,” the Prime Minister said, at a ceremony to hand over the lanterns to Members of Parliament, at his Devon Road offices in St. Andrew on April 30. Seven constituencies in Kingston and St. Andrew are to benefit from a pilot programme that will result in solar lanterns being distributed to replace opens flames used as sources of light in vulnerable communities. Seven constituencies in Kingston and St. Andrew are to benefit from a pilot programme that will result in solar lanterns being distributed to replace opens flames used as sources of light in vulnerable communities.They are Eastern St. Andrew, East Rural St. Andrew, South St. Andrew, West Rural St. Andrew, East Central St. Andrew, East Kingston and Port Royal, and St. Andrew West Central.The pilot programme is the result of instructions given by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, to the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology and one of its agencies, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), following a series of tragic fires.The fires claimed the lives of children in a number of vulnerable communities, including the Walkers Place of Safety in Kingston and Cockburn Pen in West Central St. Andrew.“Effectively, this is what it (the pilot programme) amounts to, the Government giving a subsidy in solar technology for households that are deemed to be energy poor,” the Prime Minister said, at a ceremony to hand over the lanterns to Members of Parliament, at his Devon Road offices in St. Andrew on April 30.At least three bulbs per household will be distributed during the pilot phase of the project.Mr. Holness acknowledged that this short-term response by his Administration is only the beginning and does not constitute the “entirety of the Government’s response” to dealing with the issue of open flames being used in vulnerable households.He suggested that long-term consideration could be given to the use of energy grants, as is done in some countries.In Ireland, for instance, under the Better Energy Programme, grants are provided to low-income households vulnerable to energy poverty, to upgrade their energy efficiency.“The Government could consider that there should be a minimum right to electricity, but what would be the cost of that and could the Government afford it; can the Government put energy as a welfare grant, such as a cash coupon through the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH); but we’re not at that stage just yet,” he said.“Certainly, at some point in the future as we seek to refine our social safety net, we will have to restructure our public expenditure in such a way that we give some minimum safety net to our citizens,” he added.Mr. Holness informed that a study will be commissioned from the project to examine its usefulness for scale-up as an islandwide project.Meanwhile, Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, commended the PCJ for acting expeditiously on the initiative.Dr. Wheatley believes that the distribution of the solar lanterns will provide opportunities for employment as well as to raise the level of awareness of renewable energy efficiency and conservation.The Minister used the opportunity to provide an update on the country’s current renewable energy use, noting that approximately 18 per cent of the country’s electricity is from renewables.The 2009 National Energy Policy indicated that by 2030, the country should achieve 20 per cent of its energy from renewables.For his part, Member of Parliament for East Kingston and Port Royal and Opposition Spokesman on Energy and Mining, Phillip Paulwell, expressed gratitude to the Government for the solar lantern provisions.Mr. Paulwell, who was a recipient of the lanterns and who represented Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, said the renewable energy sector is one in which both the Government and Opposition have coalesced.Costing a total of US$44,380, the 5,040 lanterns have been procured from Nokero International Limited, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, in the United States.The lantern is equipped with three settings and when charged by sunlight offers a bright beam of light for approximately six hours. The low beam offers more than 20 hours of illumination.Known as the Nokero N233, it has been described as one of the most efficient off-grid lights. It is bright enough for reading, working or lighting up a small space and can withstand years of daily use in the world’s harshest conditions. Story Highlights The pilot programme is the result of instructions given by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, to the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology and one of its agencies, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), following a series of tragic fires.last_img read more

Carnival Corp Nearly Triples Its Profit

first_imgzoom Miami-headquartered cruise company Carnival Corporation & plc has reported a net income of USD 142 million in the first quarter of 2016, compared to a net income of USD 49 million seen in the same period a year earlier.Revenues for the first quarter of 2016 were USD 3.7 billion compared to USD 3.5 billion in the prior year.“Our teams delivered another strong quarter of operational improvement by creating increased demand for our brands and leveraging our scale which resulted in revenue yield improvement approaching 6 percent and the near doubling of first quarter adjusted earnings,” Carnival Corporation & plc President and Chief Executive Officer, Arnold Donald, said.“Since January, booking volumes for the remainder of the year are running ahead of last year’s historically high levels at higher prices,” Carnival added.On a constant currency basis, compared to the prior year, the company continues to expect full year 2016 net revenue yields to increase approximately 3 percent and net cruise costs excluding fuel per ALBD for full year 2016 to be up approximately 2 percent.Second quarter constant currency net revenue yields are expected to increase 1.5 to 2.5 percent compared to the prior year.Carnival Corporation last week became the first U.S. based cruise operator in more than 50 years to be granted approval from Cuba to sail there.The company will send its 700-passenger cruise ship MV Adonia on seven-day cruises to Cuba in early May, initially visiting Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.last_img read more

Afghan police Radio journalist killed in eastern province

first_imgKabul: Afghan police say a radio journalist has been killed in the eastern Paktia province. Nader Shah, a newsreader for Radio Gardez, was killed late Saturday. Police chief Mohammad Hosman Jahnbaz says it is not immediately clear if the killing was linked to his work or a personal dispute. Paktia is a stronghold of the Haqqani network, one of the main factions of the Taliban. The Taliban and the rival Islamic State group have both attacked reporters in the past over what the insurgents view as biased or negative coverage.last_img read more

Fort St John firefighters appreciative of help from residents in clearing snow

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — While Fort St. John residents aren’t responsible for clearing snow from around fire hydrants – that’s the job of City staff – firefighters say that after last week’s record snowfall they’re appreciative when residents with hydrants in their yards help out in any way.Fort St. John Fire Chief Fred Burrows confirmed that unlike clearing sidewalks in front of their houses, residents with fire hydrants in their yards are not responsible for clearing snow from around fire hydrants. He said that the fire department doesn’t want residents to hurting themselves trying to get the hydrants clear, especially those that have had large amounts of snow dumped on them.“The City does have staff and machines,” said Burrows. “Particularly the ones that are near a combination business/apartment in residential areas where maybe somebody’s piled snow from a lot on top of a hydrant, they’re going out with machines to move that and find those.”Burrows added however, that uncovering all the hydrants that may be buried by piles of snow will take some time, and that the fire department greatly appreciates any help they can get in keeping the hydrants clear in case they’re needed in an emergency.“There’s nothing that says residents have to go dig out hydrants. We just ask people, if its in your yard or close by and you have the capacity to move a bit of snow, it’s in their best interest to try and keep it clean.”last_img read more

Snowfall warning issued for the Pine Pass

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – A snowfall warning has been issued for the Pine Pass.Environment Canada says a frontal system could bring with it 10 to 20 cm of snow.  Snow will begin this Sunday evening and continue through Monday. Snow is expected to ease Monday night.For updates on road conditions, visit www.drivebc.ca.  See the full weather warning below. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. https://shiftintowinter.ca/ reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca. Issued at 2019-03-10 11:28 UTC by Environment Canada:Snowfall warning issued for:Highway 97 – Pine Pass, B.C. (080030)Current details:Snowfall with total amounts of 10 to 20 cm is expected.A frontal system crossing BC will bring heavy snow to the McGregor and Williston regions, including Highway 97 – Pine Pass.Snow will begin this evening and continue through Monday. Snow is expected to ease Monday night.Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.last_img read more

Ban Kimoon selects two new experts for Taliban sanctions monitoring group

11 April 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the Security Council of his decision to appoint two new members of the monitoring group established in 2004 to help track the application of United Nations sanctions against the Taliban, Al-Qaida and their operatives. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the Security Council of his decision to appoint two new members of the monitoring group established in 2004 to help track the application of United Nations sanctions against the Taliban, Al-Qaida and their operatives. Saudi Arabia’s Mubarak Mashhoor al-Shahrani and Carlton Greene of the United States, whose appointments are detailed in a document released today at UN Headquarters in New York, are to serve as experts on the monitoring team until 30 June next year. The Analytical Supports and Sanctions Monitoring Team was set up to work at the direction of the existing UN committee dealing with sanctions against the Taliban and Al-Qaida, and reports periodically to the Security Council on its work. The new members replace Egypt’s Ashraf Mohsen and John Smith of the US, who resigned from the team in November last year and last month respectively. The sanctions were originally adopted, and later tightened, in response to the indictment of Usama bin Laden for the 1998 terrorist bombings of US embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam. States are required to freeze financial assets, including property as well as funds derived or generated by any undertaking owned or controlled by the Taliban, and to ensure that they are not used by the group. Countries are also obliged to freeze funds, property and other financial assets of Usama bin Laden and his associates in the Al-Qaida organization, and to prevent their entry or transit through the State’s territory. In addition, nations must prevent the supply, sale and transfer of all arms and materiel – along with any form of military training – to the named individuals and entities. The monitoring team will help countries increase their capacity to implement the sanctions against the Taliban and Al-Qaida, and is also mandated to collate, assess, verify wherever possible, report and make recommendations on information regarding violations of the sanctions. read more

Humanitarian workers must be protected in Côte dIvoire says UN relief coordinator

“The Government has assured me that it will not happen again and that actions will be taken to prevent it,” he said on the first day of his three-day visit to the West African country.Mr. Egeland will meet national and local authorities and humanitarian communities in Abidjan, the commercial centre, in Bouaké, the stronghold of the armed opposition, and in Guiglo, where facilities of 10 organizations were attacked by a youth group called the Young Patriots that supports President Laurent Gbagbo. The attackers were protesting a decision by the UN-authorized International Working Group that would effectively have dissolved the National Assembly, whose mandate had expired in December. Last week Secretary-General Kofi Annan sent a bill to Mr. Gbagbo for the damage to UN premises.Mr. Egeland, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said targeting the staff and assets of international humanitarian organizations was to be deeply regretted. “The United Nations humanitarian organizations in Côte d’Ivoire are doing impartial, neutral and apolitical work to assist people in a situation of great need,” he said.“We want to continue our work,” he added. “We will have regular meetings with the Government to discuss concrete measures to protect civilians and the neutrality of our work.”Mr. Egeland met with Foreign Minister Youssouf Bakayoko and the Inter-Agency Humanitarian Coordination Committee to discuss humanitarian concerns and priorities. Before leaving the country on Friday, Mr. Egeland will meet with beneficiaries of humanitarian action, Government officials, representatives of humanitarian organizations, and others, bringing relevant parties together to commit themselves to respecting freedom of movement, protecting civilians and providing security for humanitarian workers.The UN maintains a peacekeeping force in Cote d’Ivoire with a total of more than 7,500 uniformed personnel, while thousands of UN civilian staff provide humanitarian assistance to a large portion of the population of 17 million people in addition to refugees from neighbouring countries.A failed coup in September 2002 began a civil war that has left Cote d’Ivoire split between a rebel-held north and a government-controlled south. Both parties are now are now represented in a Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny.Meanwhile, Force Commander Lt.-Gen. Chikadibia Obiakor of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) announced that he is sending a Nigerian mechanized infantry company to the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) in response to a Security Council resolution that was approved earlier this month.The unit comprises 200 soldiers and officers, together with 14 armoured personnel carriers and support vehicles. The deployment started on Tuesday and is scheduled to end on Friday, he said. read more

Middle East could be explosive Annan warns urging parties to avert escalation

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today warned that the situation in the Middle East has the potential to become explosive, and urged the parties to avert a further escalation.A spokesman for Mr. Annan, who is traveling in Accra, Ghana, issued a statement once again condemning the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel, such as the one which struck a school in the town of Ashkelon yesterday.“He also calls again on the Government of Israel to refrain from actions that amount to collective punishment of Palestinian civilians, and to ensure delivery of fuel, commodities and other essentials into Gaza,” the spokesman said. The Secretary-General repeated his reminder to both sides of their obligations under international humanitarian law regarding protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure. He also repeated his call for the immediate release of Corporal Gilad Shalit, who is being held by Palestinian militants in Gaza.“The situation is dangerous and could be explosive,” he warned, urging all concerned to “step back from the brink.” read more

Ontario wont agree to CPP reform that it deems too modest says

Ontario won’t agree to CPP reform that it deems too modest, says Wynne OTTAWA – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, whose province wields much of the power in upcoming talks about how best to improve the Canada Pension Plan, says she won’t sign on to a national proposal if she thinks it’s too modest.The start date of any CPP enhancement is also key, Wynne told The Canadian Press — she’s not eager to wait more than a couple of years.And what’s more, Wynne said in an interview Friday, she’s prepared to go ahead with an eventual deal on the pension plan even if there’s a handful of provinces that aren’t on board.Wynne outlined some of her expectations about boosting the CPP as federal-provincial finance ministers prepare to negotiate a potential deal during a meeting Monday in Vancouver.As the leader of Canada’s most populous province, her voice counts — Ontario essentially holds a veto over any decision at the table.“We’re looking for an adequate enhancement and that’s definitely the position that we’ll be putting forward,” Wynne said.“It’s not enough just to have an insignificant change. We’re really looking for an enhancement that’s going to solve challenges of people in a real way.”The CPP debate is significant for Ontario, which has been pushing hard for years to upgrade the plan out of concern that retirees decades from now may lack adequate retirement savings.Wynne repeated that she wants to see CPP benefits increase to be about two-thirds of what has been promised under her government’s proposed pension scheme, the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.“So, if it’s a very, very modest enhancement, that’s not something that we’ll be eager to agree to,” she said, adding that the province would abandon the ORPP plan if an agreement to adequately expand the CPP is reached.In recent days, however, finance ministers from other provinces, including Quebec and Alberta, have reservations about upgrading the pension plan. Saskatchewan says now isn’t the time.Finance ministers from all three provinces say they are worried about the potential impact of higher pension contributions could have on both workers and businesses, and thereby their provincial economies.However, in some cases, Canada-wide changes could still happen without their support.Any changes to the CPP would require the consent of the federal government and a minimum of seven provinces representing at least two-thirds of the country’s population.“There’s a formula for what the critical mass is for agreement and I think if the overwhelming majority of the provinces agree — in terms of the size of the population and so on — then I think we need to find a way to move ahead,” Wynne said.Asked about the fact Saskatchewan’s population gives it less bargaining power compared to several bigger provinces, Finance Minister Kevin Doherty said that’s just the way Canada’s federation works on many issues.“If that’s the will of the room, then we’ll work with whatever comes out of there.”Wynne said she would like a CPP phase-in period similar to the one for the proposed Ontario pension plan, which is due to begin collecting contributions from certain employers on Jan. 1, 2018.“We’re not willing to wait another five or 10 years to do this,” she said. “Then we miss a number of cohorts of workers going through, so we want to get started soon. So, that’s going to be one of the challenges that we bring to the table.”She suggested that could include a change to the CPP legislation.The law states that any agreed-upon CPP reforms can only be implemented three years after a federal-provincial agreement is reached, said Kevin Milligan, a University of British Columbia economist.That means if ministers agree on a deal this year, the earliest the changes could begin would be Jan. 1, 2019, Milligan said.“Some of those things are being talked about now in terms of the timing and that’s what I mean about a phase-in,” Wynne said.“So, I think we need to let the finance ministers talk with the federal finance minister and see what they can hammer out. But we’d like to move as quickly as we can.”Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau has said he wants to see a deal to expand CPP completed by the end of 2016, but talks are now in high gear in the hopes of a preliminary agreement much sooner.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 17, 2016 12:21 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 17, 2016 at 3:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN rights office urges Mauritanian authorities to protect threatened activist

“We are concerned that Ms. Mint El-Moctar is not being provided with adequate protection by the authorities, despite having requested it,” said Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The activist has been targeted after the leader of a movement known as “Friend of the Prophet” issued a fatwa against her because she publicly demanded a fair trial procedure, in compliance with Mauritania’s international human rights obligations, for Mohamed Ould M’Kaitir. He is a young Mauritanian man who has been awaiting trial on charges of apostasy since January. Due to the nature of the charges, no lawyer wants to defend him making a fair trial impossible.“The horrendous threats against Ms. Mint El-Moctar, simply for pointing this out, starkly underline the importance of her public call that a fair trial must be ensured, and illustrate how difficult that will be,” Mr. Colville said.The Office of the High Commissioner is calling on Mauritanian authorities to take all necessary steps to protect Ms. Mint El-Moctar “given the very clear public threats to kill or mutilate her”, and to investigate and possibly prosecute those inciting the violence. “We remind the Government of Mauritania of its obligation to protect its citizens from threats to their life and safety,” the spokesperson said.Mr. Colville said OHCHR also encourages the Government to finally adopt the draft law on civil association, which would strengthen the protection of members of civil society in circumstances such as these.Given the case involved, he also reminded authorities of their obligation to ensure an impartial and fair procedure “with full respect of the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.”With the run up to the presidential election scheduled for 21 June, the UN human rights office also reiterated that religion should not be used as a tool in the political debate. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball pulls upset of No 13 Kentucky in second

Freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer (5) scans the court during an NCAA Tournament match against Kentucky on Dec. 6 in Lexington, Ky. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Chris Slack / Lantern photographerLEXINGTON, Ky. — The No. 18 Ohio State Buckeyes found themselves playing the No. 13 Kentucky Wildcats in the second round of the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament Saturday, not only as the lower-ranked team, but playing on the Wildcats homecourt.But they ended up pulling off another upset win, with the help of a new face in the line-up as OSU upset the Wildcats in four sets (23-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-19).Around the start of the second set, coach Geoff Carlston inserted junior outside hitter Katie Mitchell, who didn’t appear in the first match against Lipscomb. Mitchell finished the match with nine kills as she sparked OSU off the bench.“Coming off the bench as a player, we need to give a different look and change our things and not do the same things that our team has been doing,” Mitchell said. “So coming in, making a change and making a difference throughout the whole match, I am pretty sure they never scouted my hitting so that was a little helpful. Being able to adapt and make a difference.”While dealing with injuries throughout the season, Carlston said he knew that he could rely on his depth.“She came off the bench and helped us win (the) match,” Carlston said. “And that’s really the kind of team we’ve been all year. We’ve won so many different ways, and I couldn’t be any prouder as a coach with the selflessness of this group.”Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger and junior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell each had a game-high of 16 kills. Campbell also had 13 digs. Senior setter Taylor Sherwin assisted on 50 attacks, which was a game-high, and had 12 digs. Sophomore libero Valeria León made a difference on the defensive side with a team-high 14 digs for OSU, along with seven assists.The Buckeyes were able to execute an altered game plan later in the match.“What we weren’t doing early on was, we were trying to blast through that huge block cross-court and bruising our toes,” Carlston said. “And so the game plan was to work the line and try to stay away from libero because she’s exceptional.  So what we started doing at the end was Katie Mitchell (doing) a great job of challenging the line and that was a big difference ‘cause we knew that they get energized by their blocking and we were doing a nice job energizing them the first set.”And while the Buckeyes move on, the Wildcats do not. Senior outside hitter Lauren O’Conner and senior libero Jackie Napper couldn’t hold back their emotions after the game.“I mean, that’s it for us,” O’Conner said. “We put our heart and soul into it for four years and for it to be gone like that, it’s just tough.”O’Conner, Napper and setter Alyssa Gergins were the lone seniors for the Wildcats.While the Buckeyes can enjoy the win, they’ll have to get back to planning against a team that’s beaten them twice this season in No. 2 Wisconsin. The Buckeyes and the Badgers are set to play Friday.“Our conference prepares us,” Carlston said. “We played eight of our last 10 matches against top-20, top-25 teams, and so if nothing else than playing in the Big Ten gets you ready for who you’re going to see, even Wisconsin now. Typically if you make it to the Sweet Sixteen, you’re gonna end up playing someone from our conference, or someone who’s really good. Day in, day out, in our conference, you just become more prepared, I think.“If you make it through and survive (the Big Ten), you are ready.”Despite OSU being 0-2 against Wisconsin on the season, and having been swept in both matches, Mitchell said she is confident that the Badgers will see a different team on Friday.“When you play in the Big Ten, you’re playing against some of the best teams in the country,” Mitchell said. “And (the coaches) have prepared us well against the Wisconsin, Penn State and Illinois, for the tournament.  But we’re definitely going to give them a different look.”The Buckeyes and Badgers will play at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville on Friday. The match’s start time has not yet been announced. read more

Hundreds of villages lose their GP surgery as crisis grows across country

Experts said rural and coastal areas were being hit particularly hard by a national shortage of family doctors, forcing elderly and vulnerable patients to travel ever further for care. The figures reveal 1,946 villages which are at least three miles from the nearest GP practice – 162 more than was the case just two years ago. Hundreds of villages have lost their GP surgery amid a deepening crisis across the country, an investigation reveals. They include 206 areas where patients are forced to travel at least five miles – a 12 per cent increase on 2017 – with distances of up to 14 miles in some parts of the countryside. GPs said a shortage of more than 5,000 family doctors, with a sharp rise in… read more

Komatsu starts on major expansion in Pilbara to support customers

first_imgGreenfields development of a new Mackay Customer Support Branch (opened in January 2014), including mining spec service bays, a doubling of warehouse capacity and a new track shopExpansion of its Perth Mining assembly facility (opened in 2013), increasing mining assembly capacity by 30% and doubling paint shop capacity. This site has also been developed to support the rollout of the world’s largest Autonomous Haulage Fleet, being deployed in the PilbaraConstruction of a new world-class Parts Distribution Centre in Perth with an area of 16,000 m2 (opening scheduled for late 2014); this project includes the purchase 47,000 m2 of land adjoining the existing Perth site, and takes Komatsu’s total site area in Perth to 127,000 m2Construction of a new Fairfield National Head office (opening scheduled during 2014) at Komatsu Australia’s existing Fairfield Assembly & Warehouse site; this project includes over 6,400 m2 of office space and incorporates a new Brand Management Centre. Komatsu Australia is about to start work on a major new state-of-the-art service and rebuild centre in Port Hedland, servicing North Western Australia’s massive iron ore mining industry. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Komatsu service centre was on February 25, with the new facility scheduled to be opened in late 2014. Situated on 9,000 m2 of land, the 1,300 m2 facility will replace the current Port Hedland branch, and will become Komatsu’s West Pilbara rebuild centre and parts warehouse.The new centre has been designed to handle rebuilds of ultra-class mining equipment including up to 290 t capacity 930E electric drive trucks and WA1200 wheel loaders – of which there are sizeable Komatsu fleets in the region.Elements of the new service branch include:Two high bay mining spec workshopsA washbay25 t capacity overhead craneParts warehouse, including mezzanine storageCustomer support office.Komatsu’s Pilbara operations are a significant part of the company’s global operations, with more than 900 Komatsu machines operating in the Pilbara. The Pilbara is also the location of the first major fleet of Komatsu’s breakthrough Autonomous Haulage System of driverless trucks, that the company is deploying with Rio Tinto.Sean Taylor, Komatsu Australia’s Managing Director: the Pilbara is “home to our autonomous haulage fleet, and has one of the largest population of electric drive mining dump trucks anywhere in the world. It makes sense that we continue to invest in our capacity and capability in the Pilbara, to ensure we continue to provide the support our customers are asking for.“Our investment goes beyond just bricks and mortar – we are also investing heavily in technical training so that our customers are assured that they are dealing with the experts when it comes to maintaining their machines.”In addition to the new Port Hedland facility under construction, Komatsu also has a branch in Newman to service the East Pilbara. It has a team of 60 staff based in the Pilbara, plus an additional FIFO team of 50 staff.This latest ground-breaking ceremony is one element of Komatsu’s largest ever expansion in Australia, a program which started with the opening of its flagship facility in Wacol, Brisbane in 2012.The 61,000 m2 Wacol facility was a A$55 million investment incorporating Komatsu Australia’s Queensland head office, its national mining headquarters, East Coast Reman operation, oil analysis labs, plus mining, construction and utility assembly operations, as well as parts and service.Other Komatsu facilities that have recently opened, or are under construction include:Expansion of its Mackay Mining Assembly facilities (opened in mid-2013), which has increased mining assembly capacity by 75%, and now facilitates assembly of Komatsu’s largest truck, the 960E, which has a 330 t haulage capacitylast_img read more

Oerlikon outlines drive solutions for mining and construction at Bauma China

first_imgOerlikon Drive Systems segment is a leading global provider of drive solutions used in a wide range of machinery and equipment for mining. Thanks to the company’s worldwide expansion, today Oerlikon Drive Systems regards itself as a “global drive systems provider” and a preferred partner for the design and development, testing and manufacturing of drive solutions. Bauma China was seen by the company as a key opportunity to showcase the technology capability under two brands, Oerlikon Fairfield and Oerlikon Graziano.At the show this week, the product range on display includes planetary drives (Torque Hub®), Shifting Solutions™ (synchronisers units), motor grader axle systems, powershift transmissions for forklift trucks and ground support equipment (GSE), as well as examples of its gear sets.The Oerlikon Fairfield Torque Hub® range of planetary drives is one of the most recognised brand in the industry, delivering torque output and long-life performance required for industrial machinery and offhighway mobile equipment. Available with integrated Torque Lock™ parking brake, the different models can be assembled on different applications in the off-highway, construction and mining market, with the company highlighting the E01 Electric drive and 7000 series electric wheel drive.“A synchroniser of choice for the major OEMs is Oerlikon Graziano, brand very well known in the mobility market. The high-torque strut type, which offers reduced shift effort and faster shift time, giving drivers greater vehicle control and improved productivity. Modular by design and available in single cone 153 or single-double cone 168-162/170 designation; the synchroniser can be characterised with a range of friction material options for optimised performance, as determined by individual transmission requirements. The heavy-duty strut-type synchronizers can also provide an upgrade from traditional, less-efficient, pin-type units.”Motor grader rear axle systems cover entirely motor grader needs from 10 to 20.5 t machine operating weight. They allow quick adaptation to the ground conditions and excellent working performance in rough working conditions or in fine levelling. Wet disc brakes are fitted outboard on each wheel hub for greater braking capacity and performance in heavy conditions in mining. The PST 2-speeds F/R power-shift transmission, specifically designed for industrial applications suitable for FLT applications from 4 to 8 t lifting capacity, is also very reliable for Ground Support Equipment (GSE) applications up to 60,000 N drawbar pull or up to 40 km/h maximum speed.The Oerlikon Drive Systems segment is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of gears of all types and sizes: spur, helical, bevel, Zerol® and hypoid. The gear sizes range from 12 mm diameters used in high performance automotive transmissions up to two-metre diameter gears, which harness the power of wind turbines. “Our manufacturing centres worldwide provide the global reach to support production where our clients need us.”Finally, the Oerlikon Drive Systems segment has a worldwide reputation for the manufacture of crown wheel and pinion sets used in the most technical challenging or complex construction equipment, applying all the technologies available on the market today.last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Wednesday

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.An Taoiseach Enda Kenny pictured with members of the Palestrina Choir at Government Buildings today. (Pic: Laura Hutton / Photocall Ireland)IRISHA garda investigation has been launched after 1.5 million people are believed to have been affected by the large-scale data breach at the Ennis-based loyalty scheme company Loyaltybuild.Police in London have said that 11-year-old Kathleen Doherty who has gone missing could be anywhere in the UK or Ireland.A woman who was forced to travel to the UK to terminate her unviable pregnancy is filing a petition to the United Nations claiming that the Irish government has violated her human rights.The Government have backtracked on an amendment to the Freedom of Information Bill regarding multiple charges, withdrawing the proposed changes subject to new wording.A man injured in a baseball bat attack on Main Street in Swords last month has died in hospital.After 30 years of managing one of the most successful bands in the world, Paul McGuinness is to step down as manager of U2.Gardaí have arrested almost 7,000 people over the past 18 months under Operation Fiacla, which was set up to target burglars.Leap Card users will pay a maximum of €10 per day to use public transport as a result of a new fare cap.Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin today accused the Government of “making life unbearable” for middle-income families after a hike in health insurance levies.The Garda Commissioner has said reports that social workers were left out of the loop when gardaí removed a two-year-old Roma boy from his family were “not accurate”.Over 1,000 people in Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare have contracted gonorrhoea this year according to the HSE.A member of An Garda Síochána was injured in Dublin today when his official motorcycle was rammed by a car.Gardaí are seeking help in tracing the whereabouts of Ella Owusu who has been missing from her home in Balbriggan since Monday.WORLD#TYPHON HAIYAN: Irish Charity GOAL says the Government’s response to the disaster in the Philippines has not been “proportionate to the scale of the disaster”.#UK: A British spy whose naked body was found locked in a sports bag inside a bathtub three years ago most likely killed himself by accident according to UK police.#SOLD: A Francis Bacon painting sold for $142 million in New York last night, setting a world record for the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.INNOVATIONSnapchat recently turned down a $3 billion cash offer from Facebook to buy the photo messaging service. [Wall Street Journal]Netflix has given its TV app a major update as it aims to get more people using its service on their televisions.PARTING SHOTYes, this is exactly what you think it is, the entire Big Lebowski movie…in gif form. The Coen Brothers classic LA mystery is just one of a list of movies that have been compressed into gifs of up to 40-seconds in length on Reddit: r/fullmoviegifs. Oh, and eh, Spoiler Alert!…obviously.last_img read more

An Olympic hero will lead Dublins St Patricks Day parade

first_img Sunday 5 Mar 2017, 1:33 PM Short URL An Olympic hero will lead Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day parade Murphy said the appointment was an honour. Share274 Tweet Email1 18,197 Views 16 Comments By Paul Hosford Mar 5th 2017, 1:33 PM center_img OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST Annalise Murphy will lead this month’s St Patrick’s Day Parade.The sailor has been chosen to be the Grand Marshal at the capital’s parade on 17 March. Organisers say the star was chosen in recognition of “her outstanding achievement at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, her contribution to Irish sport and her courage and determination to succeed on the world stage in her sport”.She will join the ranks of previous Grand Marshals such as Joanne O’Riordan, Brendan O’Carroll, Katie Taylor, Packie Bonner and Johnny Giles to name but a few.Murphy said the appointment was an honour.“I am really honoured and thrilled to be this year’s Grand Marshal. I am always extremely proud to represent Ireland but that is normally out on the water, so this will be a completely different experience for me. The Parade is always a great day and I’m really looking forward to being a part of it.”Lord Mayor Brendan Carr said Murphy was a “fantastic ambassador for Irish sport”.Read: Blair denies report that he’s taking a job with Donald Trump Annalise Murphy Annalise Murphy Image: Robbie Reynolds Image: Robbie Reynolds http://jrnl.ie/3271820 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Le bilan de la tempête tropicale Nockten saggrave aux Philippines

first_imgLe bilan de la tempête tropicale Nock-ten s’aggrave aux PhilippinesLe bilan de la tempête tropicale Nok-ten s’alourdit encore aux Philippines. 70 personnes auraient trouvé la mort dans ces intempéries et 17 sont toujours portées disparues. La semaine dernière, l’île de Luzon et la capitale Manille, aux Philippines a été la cible d’une tempête tropicale baptisée Nock-ten, à l’origine d’inondations spectaculaires. Ces intempéries ont été suivies du typhon Muifa, causant de fortes précipitations dans une région déjà sinistrée. À lire aussiVague de froid : qu’est-ce que la température ressentie ?Mais plusieurs jours après ces catastrophes, le bilan de la tempête s’alourdit encore alors que la population et les autorités continuent de s’affairer autour des dégâts. Aujourd’hui, le gouvernement philippin a ainsi annoncé que 70 personnes étaient mortes suite au passage de Nock-ten et de Muifa. Un bilan provisoire qui pourrait s’alourdir à nouveau, car une nouvelle tempête menace le pays selon les météorologues. Sur les 70 victimes, 66 sont dues à Nock-ten qui a entre autres, causé plusieurs glissements de terrain. De plus, 17 personnes sont toujours portées disparus. A l’heure actuelle, la majorité des écoles de Manille sont encore fermées, en raison de l’annonce de la nouvelle tempête. Chaque année, l’archipel des Philippines est traversé par une vingtaine de typhons, dont le passage fait régulièrement des victimes. Le 3 août 2011 à 10:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more