American Dream Losing Its Charm Among Indian Youth

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New NRC order on descendants of D-voters

first_imgA person born in Assam before December 3, 2004 may be included in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) if a parent from whom “legacy is not drawn” is a doubtful or D-voter, declared foreigner or with a case pending in a Foreigners’ Tribunal.Public noticeThis was stated in a public notice issued by Prateek Hajela, the State Coordinator for NRC, on July 26, in pursuance of a Supreme Court order issued on July 23.A D-voter is one who is marked “doubtful or dubious” on the electoral rolls by the election department officials.The Foreigners’ Tribunal — Assam currently has 100 and 200 more are coming up — declare a person a foreigner after conducting hearings. An analysis of Foreigners’ Tribunal cases has revealed that 82% of people on trial were declared foreigners, mostly in ex parte or one-sided judgments.Eligibility criteria“For any NRC applications/claimants, if parent/legacy person through whom eligibility is sought to be established is a DV [doubtful voter] or DF [declared foreigner] or PFT [pending in Foreigners’ Tribunal], then such person will not be included in the NRC irrespective of the status of the other parent,” the notice said.“For those persons born before December 3, 2004, if the parent through whom legacy is drawn is not a DV or DF or PFT and is found eligible for inclusion in NRC, but the other parent from whom legacy is not drawn is a DV or DF or PFT, then such descendants may be included in NRC,” the order said.But it was made clear that a person born on or after December 3, 2004 will not be included in the NRC if any of the parent is a DV or DF or PFT “even if the parent from whom legacy is drawn is clear from all angles”.last_img read more

Hawks’ Trae Young suffers ‘painful’ ankle sprain in Miami win

first_imgView comments What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Suerte looks to make PBA jump after one-and-done season with UE Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?00:50Trending Articles02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Rice industry paralysis Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’center_img “They did X-rays. I don’t think they saw anything,” Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said.Young entered Tuesday averaging 34 points through Atlanta’s first three games.Young played in 81 of 82 games as a rookie, only sitting out the team’s next-to-last game at Milwaukee. His 11 minutes on Tuesday were a career low, and the five points tied the second-lowest scoring night of his young career. He had four in a loss to Golden State last season.“I definitely want to see that guy back out there,” Hawks forward John Collins said. “He’s had a hell of a start to the year. My guy off the court in general, so I just want to see him happy, healthy. You hate to see him go down like that, but you’re just hoping for a speedy recovery and back on the court when he’s ready and go from there.”ADVERTISEMENT Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) lies on the court after an injury during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Atlanta’s Trae Young didn’t want to see the video of the play where he sprained his right ankle.It hurt enough the first time.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Young left the Hawks’ game against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night after enduring a sprain — he said it was the first of his life — in the second quarter. The reigning Eastern Conference player of the week said he’s likely to have an MRI exam in Atlanta on Wednesday, but the initial diagnosis is only a sprain and no other serious issues.“It was painful,” Young said. “Knock on wood, I haven’t had too many injuries. I’ve been blessed not to have too many injuries throughout my whole entire life, so that was definitely a tough pain.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceYoung was hurt on a drive about 2 minutes into the second quarter. He went into the air and landed on the foot of Miami’s Justise Winslow, twisting his ankle awkwardly. Young was eventually helped to his feet, initially unable to put much weight on that leg, and went to the Hawks locker room for further evaluation.The Hawks quickly diagnosed the sprain and said Young would not return to the game. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

‘All-rounder’ Sunil Narine result of ideas from other T20 leagues: Simon Katich

first_imgBits and pieces from other franchise cricket leagues around the globe has helped Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) ideate in terms of team combination, assistant coach Simon Katich said on the eve of their Indian Premier League (IPL) game against Sunrisers Hyderabad.”We pay a fair bit of attention to all competitions and not only the BBL (Big Bash League, Australia),” Katich told reporters after being asked whether Narine’s surprise opening decision was borrowed from Melbourne Renegades where the West Indian has opened thrice this year. (Also read: Need to start trusting Sunil Narine with the bat now: Gautam Gambhir)”In the Caribbean Premier League, the wickets are very similar to that of India. There also the spinners play a big role. The wickets turn. The Pakistan Super League is also played in similar sort of conditions. There are a number of competitions we are looking at in terms of players that are performing and playing big tournaments,” the former Australia opener said.After that whirlwind 18-ball 37 which took the game away from Kings XI Punjab, Narine has been nicknamed the “all-rounder”, Katich said. (Also read: Gautam Gambhir wants tips from Sunil Narine to hit big sixes)”Narine repaid the faith and he thoroughly enjoyed it. I have never seen him as vocal in training when he found out he batting at the top of the order so…his nickname is “the all-rounder” now and hopefully that continues.””We know that he can bat. I think what we saw was someone playing a role and that’s why we brought him. To play in Powerplay. After Chris Lynn being injured, we felt we needed to try and win the Powerplay and he batted wonderfully with Gautam. To be 76 after six overs is a fantastic start and it killed the game,” Katich said.advertisementKatich said that against defending champions Sunrisers, it won’t be a surprise anymore and that they are a well-oiled machine, adding Narine’s big-hitting capabilities prompted the management to rethink his position in the batting order.”It (Chris Lynn’s injury) presented an opportunity for Narine and it was a surprise. But tomorrow it won’t be because Sunrisers are a very well drilled team. They are well coached and led by David Warner. They have got a very good bowling line up.””We try to win that phase of the game (Powerplay) and we did that yesterday.””Narine has taken Lynn’s spot at the top of the order but he was always in the team. With his ball striking capability, we felt he should bat higher up the order as he was being unutilised down at No 8. It allows us to play another overseas player in the middle order.”India’s Umesh Yadav (4/33) was the pick of the bowlers on Thursday for KKR returning from a brief injury layoff. The in-form pacer scalped three wickets in four deliveries in his third over and also got the back of Punjab captain Glenn Maxwell.”Most players who play at the international level for a certain period of time, they get a lot of confidence like Umesh got while playing for India,” Katich said of Umesh who played 13 of the 14 Tests at home taking 17 wickets in eight innings in the four-match India-Australia series.”He was always bowling at good pace but even in that process, that wicket (of Maxwell) he got yesterday, it was well executed as we spoke before the game how to get Maxwell out when he started to open up. The way he got him out caught behind, following him was exactly as was discussed pre-game so that sort of stuff doesn’t go unnoticed from the coaching group.””That level of experience he has gained playing consistently for India in all formats is helping him.”last_img read more

Vecow: workstation-grade edge computing solution with Intel Xeon/Core i7/i5/i3

first_img Continue Reading Previous Creating a better EV batteryNext Express Logic initiates FIPS 140-2 certification for X-Ware IoT Platform Crypto Library Vecow introduces the rugged embedded elite, RCX-1000 series workstation-grade robust computing system. Armed with 8th generation workstation-grade Intel Xeon/Core i7/i5/i3 processor and Intel C246 chipset, 4 SO-DIMM supports up to 128GB DDR4 memory, 6-port 10G USB 3.1 Gen 2, 4 front-access SSD trays support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 data protection, 2 compact M.2 connections, 4 PCI/PCIe expansion slots, fanless -40 to 75°C operating temperature, 6 to 36V wide range power input with 80V Surge Protection.Additional features include 4 SO-DIMM support dual channel DDR4 2666MHz up to 128GB ECC memory; advanced Intel UHD Graphics P630/630 supporting DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5 and OpenCL 2.0 API, multiple DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort display interfaces, up to Ultra HD 4K resolution; USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps), PCIe 3.0 (8GT/s), Multiple SATA III (6Gbps), USB 3.0 (5Gbps), PoE (1Gbps) LAN and multiple wireless connections.The RCX-1000 series supports triple independent displays, 2 GigE LAN ports support iAMT 12.0, 6 external USB 3.1 Gen 2 connections up to 10Gbps SuperSpeed data rate, 4 front-access 2.5” SSD/HDD trays with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 data protection, multiple WiFi/4G/3G/LTE/GPRS/UMTS for seamless wireless data transfer, 4 COM RS-232/422/485, 2 M.2 expansions, 32 Isolated DIO. The RCX-1000 is EN50155 and EN50121-3-2 compliant.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Kohli might break most batting records barring Tendulkar’s 200 Tests: Sehwag

first_imgVirat Kohli’s run-scoring feats ever since he made his debut in 2008 have been second to none and along the way he has broken a plethora of records, some of which were set by the legendary Sachin Tendulkar himself.Tendulkar’s opening partner Virender Sehwag feels Kohli has the capability to break most of his records except the 200 Tests record.”Everybody has this feeling that Virat Kohli will break all batting records. I have also said this many times that he is meant to break all records. Just one record which I feel won’t be broken is playing 200 Test matches, which Sachin Tendulkar has set. For that you need to play cricket for at least 24 years.”Barring that Kohli might break all the records. Another thing which everybody keeps saying is the lack of good quality bowlers that Kohli is facing now. Other batsmen are playing against the same kind of bowlers but they aren’t scoring as many runs.READ – Don’t like our batsmen, leave! Is Kohli too impulsive as a captain?”There is something special about him which is why he is scoring runs consistently. I have played with players like Tendulkar, Ganguly, Laxman, Dravid. Even they had ups and downs in their careers. But Kohli hasn’t had that in his career till now,” Sehwag told AajTak.Sehwag’s former teammate Zaheer Khan concurs with his views but added that in terms of stats alone, Rohit Sharma is giving Kohli a run for his money and India is lucky to have two match-winners in limited-overs cricket.advertisementREAD – Virat Kohli turns 30: Another record-breaking year for India skipper”If you just look at the stats then Rohit’s record is quite similar to Kohli’s since he started opening in limited-overs cricket. India’s success is based on the top-three batsmen scoring runs. Kohli and Rohit have defined their own success with the bat by scoring runs consistently.”Then you have quality spinners and fast bowlers who get you the wickets regularly. All these factors have contributed in India’s success rate in the last few years. Indian team is fortunate to have two match-winners in Kohli and Rohit,” Zaheer added.The duo also spoke about the recent controversy surrounding Kohli and his leave India comment. But the matter has been blown out of proportion in media and social media, feels Sehwag.READ – Virat Kohli breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s record, becomes fastest to 10,000 ODI runs”Everybody has the right to speak. I have also been asked who my favourite player is and I have taken taken names like Roger Federer, Brian Lara and Adam Gilchrist. Fans have the right to choose their favourite players and so does Virat. Only the media blows up incidents like these and creates controversies,” Sehwag said.Zaheer meanwhile, said that Kohli was probably misunderstood the first time around which is why he had to clarify his point on Twitter after the controversy erupted.”Fans and Virat have equal freedom of speech. India is a democractic country and everybody has freedom of speech. Even the clarification Virat gave, it came because he wanted to clearly state his feelings on the matter,” Zak said.last_img read more

Thousands evacuated as Guatemala volcano erupts again

first_imgGuatemala city, Nov 19 (AFP) Authorities in Guatemala declared a red alert and evacuated around 4,000 people early Monday after the Central American country’s fiery Fuego volcano erupted for the fifth time this year, sending bursts of ash and lava down the mountain. Memories are still fresh of the volcano’s eruption in June which swept away villages and left nearly 200 people dead and 235 missing. The volcano last erupted in early November without causing damage but experts have become increasingly concerned about renewed activity inside the volcano since Sunday. A spokesman for Guatemala’s disaster management agency CONRED said it decided to evacuate the municipality of Escuintla and two other districts. Some 4,000 people were taken to temporary shelters as a precaution.Dozens of residents are being sheltered in tents at a sports stadium in Escuintla. The spokesman, David de Leon, said the eruption became increasingly violent after it began Sunday morning, leading to fears for the safety of the thousands of people who live on the slopes of the 3,763 metres high mountain. A column of ash rose about 1,000 metres above the crater and areas west of the volcano — 35 kilometres from Guatemala City — were under a barrage of gas ash and fiery rocks, the Conred said. The state’s institute of volcanology said it was concerned the ash particles from the volcano could reach the colonial tourist city of Antigua Guatemala. The institute’s director Pablo Oliva said the volcano was expected to remain “at a high to very high level” of activity, but was unable to say when it would subside.advertisement A previous eruption on October 12-13 was characterized by increasingly loud booms and lava flow. On that occasion, 62 people were evacuated from their homes as a precaution and a highway around the mountain was closed. Many of those evacuated on Monday said they had feared a repeat of the deadly June eruption. “We were scared and that’s why we evacuated,” said Miriam Garcia, from the village of El Rodeo which was largely spared the deadly eruption. “You have to get out as soon as possible because when that (volcanic material) comes close, you no longer have time to leave, even if you run, because it comes very fast,” said Oscar Juarez from El Rodeo. Activity inside Guatemala’s two other volcanoes, Pacaya and Santiaguito, has increased in recent months but they have not entered the eruptive phase. (AFP) SMJSMJlast_img read more

Ohio State Unveils Major Upgrade To Ohio Stadium For 2019

first_imgA general view of Ohio State's stadium.COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 18: A general view of Ohio Stadium as more than 99,000 fans packed in to watch the annual Ohio State Spring Game on April 18, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Changes are coming for Ohio State this upcoming season, and no, we’re not just talking about the coaching staff. While the Buckeyes will be playing under a different regime for this fall, the university is making a few modifications to its football stadium.Ohio Stadium is undeniably one of the toughest places to play in college football. The crowd makes it a hostile environment for any program that has to visit them.There aren’t any issues with the overall structure of the stadium, but it’s getting a nice upgrade for this season.For this upcoming season, The Shoe will have WiFi installed around the stadium for fans to use. It’s a solid addition for those sitting in the stands on Saturdays. WiFi is being installed in 🏟 The Shoe! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/NaX49qy5Oa— gene smith (@OSU_AD) July 23, 2019As for the football team, the roster and coaching staff underwent a few key changes in the offseason.Urban Meyer’s days of coaching the program are over, as Ryan Day prepares for his first season as the head coach.The Buckeyes are also being led by a different quarterback. With Dwayne Haskins officially part of the Washington Redskins, the projected starter for this year is Justin Fields.Ohio State starts its season with a home contest against Florida Atlantic.last_img read more

Darshan Ravals romantic tryst with the rain is on

first_imgMumbai: Singer Darshan Raval is back with a monsoon special track, and says releasing a song during the rains has become a norm for him. Since 2015, Darshan has released a song pertaining to the rains every year. This year, he is back with “Hawa banke”. “Releasing a song during the rains has become a norm for me. My listeners love the tracks and I keep trying to better the previous song. Since 2015, this will be my fifth track that I released during the monsoon and it has been a wonderful journey,” Darshan said. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “I hope the listeners give ‘Hawa banke’ the same love as they have given my previous tracks, and I hope to create more memorable music in the times to follow,” added the singer, who garnered fandom and prominence despite losing the reality television show “India’s Raw Star”. Darshan has crooned songs such as “Jab tum chaho”, “Kheech meri photo”, “Chogada”, “Kamariya” and “Ek ladki ko dekha toh aisa laga” in Bollywood. On the independent music front, he is known for “Ishq chada hai”, “Tera zikr”, “Baarish lete aana”, “Do din” and “Bhula diya”. Indie Music Label released “Hawa banke” on their official YouTube channel.last_img read more

Employment rate is a better indicator The Fraser Institute

first_imgAn economic think tank says it’s time to update how employment is measured in Canada. The Fraser Institute believes the unemployment rate doesn’t truly reflect how the economy is producing jobs. It states that too many people are leaving the workforce due to retirement, or to go back to school, and such changes are throwing off the jobless numbers.The think tank suggests the employment rate is a better way to evaluate how the economy is producing jobs as it measures the over all percentage of people working, not just those actively participating in the workforce.last_img

Stelco and Bedrock deal leaves pensioners unsure about the future

A proposed deal to sell Stelco to Bedrock Industries is facing local opposition. The union representing Hamilton Steelworkers is saying the deal is too “lean”. The local 1005 says they’re not opposed to Bedrock buying Stelco, they just want more money going into the pension deficit than what’s being promised.Roughly 540 people currently work at Stelco which was once the largest steel maker in the country. Stelco, recently renamed by its current owner US Steel Canada, is looking to restructure after a deal with Bedrock Industries but the sale needs court approval.Experts say the proposed sale satisfies two major creditors: US Steel in the States, and the Provincial Government.While Bedrock has promised to keep retiree pensions and post retirement benefits, the president of the union representing steel workers doesn’t like the deal. There are currently 14,000 Stelco pensioners and 800 million is owed to the pension plan. Bedrock hasn’t agreed to cover that whole amount, or even pay it off over time. read more

UN envoy in Lebanon calls for end to Israeli violations of Blue

“Today, we heard two sonic booms over Beirut,” said Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Personal Representative for Southern Lebanon, following a meeting with Lebanese President Emile Lahoud. “These are clear — and loud — violations of the Blue Line, and of Security Council resolutions,” he noted, adding that the overflights were “particularly unhelpful at this time of tension in the region.””Such actions cause unfair concern among the population and should be stopped,” the envoy declared.According to Mr. de Mistura, today marked the 342nd violation of Lebanese airspace by the Israeli Air Force since 1 August 2000. He said the UN has complained informally about such violations, which are also recorded in reports to the Security Council. read more

New UN report warns of devastating effects from ongoing destruction of mangrove

In a new report launched today at the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, held in Athens, Greece, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) warned that the deforestation of the planet’s mangroves was exceeding average global forest loss by a rate of three to five times, resulting in economic damages of up to $42 billion annually and exposing ecosystems and coastal habitats to an increased risk of devastation from climate change. “The escalating destruction and degradation of mangroves – driven by land conversion for aquaculture and agriculture, coastal development, and pollution – is occurring at an alarming rate, with over a quarter of the earth’s original mangrove cover now lost,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.“This has potentially devastating effects on biodiversity, food security and the livelihoods of some of the most marginalized coastal communities in developing countries, where more than 90 per cent of the world’s mangroves are found,” he added. The Executive Director noted that mangroves – which are found in 123 countries around the world – provide ecosystem services worth up to $57,000 per hectare per year, storing carbon that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere and providing the over 100 million people who live in their vicinity with a variety of goods and services such as fisheries and forest products, clean water and protection against erosion and extreme weather events. Mr. Steiner stressed that their continued destruction “makes neither ecological nor economic sense.”In addition to the economic problems posed by mangrove deforestation, the report, entitled The Importance of Mangroves: A Call to Action, also cautions that a continued reduction in the surface area of mangrove forests would inevitably expose coastal environments to the harmful effects of climate change. In the Caribbean, for instance, mangrove-lined “hurricane holes” have functioned for centuries as safe-havens for boaters needing to ride out storms. Meanwhile, the complex network of mangrove roots can help reduce wave energy, limit erosion and form a critical barrier to the dangers posed by the strengthening tropical storms, cyclones and tsunamis which have been assailing coastal communities in recent years due to climate change.In order to safeguard what UNEP calls “one of the most threatened ecosystems on the planet,” the report outlines a number of financial mechanisms and incentives designed to stimulate conservation, including the creation of a Global Mangrove Fund, encouraging mangrove conservation and restoration through carbon credit markets, and promoting economic incentives as a source of local income from mangrove protection, sustainable use, and restoration activities. Mr. Steiner admitted that it was important to present the survival of mangroves in real terms, underlining the economic impact their destruction would have on the local and global communities and pushing for greater international concern for their overall preservation. “By quantifying in economic terms the value of the ecosystem services provided by mangroves as well as the critical role they play in global climate regulation, the report aims to encourage policymakers to use the tools and guidelines outlined to better ensure the conservation and sustainable management of mangroves.” read more

CV Show gains international recognition for 2013

The 2013 Commercial Vehicle Show has received international recognition from the automotive industry’s global body, OICA (Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles). The international status reflects the global significance of the UK road transport industry and the success of the Show.OICA accredits a limited number of car and commercial vehicle exhibitions around the world, marking the event’s significance with regard to its role in the global automotive sector. The Birmingham show is now one of only eight specialist commercial vehicle exhibitions to be recognised by the industry body, alongside equivalent shows in Hanover and Amsterdam (RAI).The Commercial Vehicle Show is owned by the CV Show LLP, comprising the Road Haulage Association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and IRTE Services Ltd, the trading company of the SOE (Society of Operations Engineers).Commenting on the announcement, SMMT Chief Executive, Paul Everitt said, “The CV Show is already the UK’s largest road transport event but with OICA’s accreditation, it is now recognised as one of the most influential and important events on the global calendar. This year’s Show has proved to be a resounding success and our new international status will help to build recognition of the important role of the UK road transport industry.”Geoff Dunning, Chief Executive of the RHA commented, “This recognition is a real boost for the CV Show, reflecting the growing interest in the UK market around the world. We already attract exhibitors from such countries as China and Turkey, and this additional exposure should extend our reach to an even wider market.”SOE Chief Executive Nick Jones echoes the reaction to the OICA announcement, saying, “OICA accreditation is most welcome and acknowledges the increasing importance of the CVShow. The CV Show’s new status is confirmation the UK is making a significant impact in this global industry, and the event has proven to be one of the key international commercial vehicle trade shows.”To find out more about the CV Show, go to www.cvshow.comClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Brock grad student qualifies for London Olympics

Colin RussellSharing his time between the pool and kinesiology labs at Brock, Colin Russell has qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics.In his first year as a grad student in Applied Health Sciences, Russell has turned his passion for nutrition into the engine that drives both his research and training“I like to learn how different foods impact my body and what nutrients really make a difference,” says Russell, whose research is supervised by Nota Klentrou and Wendy Ward, Kinesiology professors researching nutrition, bone health and muscle physiology.“Colin has been working on the interaction of nutrition and physical activity, in the development of bone in children and adolescents,” says Klentrou, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in Applied Health Sciences.“He continues his training in laboratory techniques related to his thesis and is preparing a research proposal to be defended prior to the Olympics, if possible.”Nutrition has always been a hobby for Russell, one that will now be the focus of his research and help him better understand its correlation with physical activity.“Don’t get me wrong, I like my cookies and Tim Bits, but nutrition does play a large role in my preparation as I taper my training schedule leading into events,” he says.Competing in the 100-metre freestyle event in Montreal at the beginning of the month, Russell finished third with a time of 49.69 seconds. His time ranked him among the top four swimmers, qualifying him for the 4×100-metre freestyle team.Russell has also been asked to compete in the 4×200-metre freestyle relay for the Olympics, a length he retired in 2011.“I wanted to retire the 200-metre freestyle event while I was on top,” says Russell. “I was undefeated among Canadian swimmers through three years of competition.”“The 100-metre event is a faster sprint that focuses more on the technical aspects. I really worked on my turns and finishes to get everything running smoothly for the qualifying weekend.”Colin will not be the only Russell representing Canada’s swim team at the Olympics. He will be accompanied by his sister, Sinead, who also qualified for the 100- and 200-metre backstroke events, with the possibility of also competing in the 4×100-metre medley relay.“She put a lot of pressure on me,” he said. “She qualified early in the week and made me promise that I would be there to support her at her first Olympics.”The Russells have both been part of the national team since 2009, but will finally be the first siblings to represent Canada as part of the Olympic swim team in 36 years.“She was fast,” says Russell. “Fast enough in her main event (200-metre backstroke) to break a national record.”“Being at the Olympics with her is going to be very special for the both of us. I know I had a lot of questions at my first Olympics in Beijing, so I will be there to answer any questions she might have.”The Russells’ Olympic journey begins on July 3 with a pre-composition camp in Olbia, Italy. This staging camp acclimatizes swimmers to the time change 10 days before the opening ceremonies.For Colin Russell, the high from the Olympics will not end with the closing ceremonies; it will just begin, as his wedding is just 10 days following the Olympics. read more

Redesigned centrifuge basket improves coal dewatering process

first_imgAury Africa was recently tasked with redesigning a Centrifugal & Mechanical Industries (CMI) 1400 generic basket, which is able to achieve very low moisture levels, for a mining company in Witbank. Water used in coal processes can be considered a contaminant, as it reduces the effective heating value of coal. Coal is adequately dewatered using conventional screens or basket centrifuges. Centrifuge baskets are used for common dewatering technique for raw fine coal, as they are generally simple, cheap and robust. The dewatered coal is sold commercially as a raw product.Aury Africa MD Mark Houchin explains that the centrifuge basket was custom-made for the mine. “We measured up an old basket and made a thrift basket in our workshop in Johannesburg, and it was put in seven weeks ago and is still running. The mine tried other suppliers to manufacture a new basket for the operation, but they wouldn’t last.”The actual manufacture of the basket started in March 2016, which was then tested to ensure product quality. Due to the success of the basket, Aury Africa has also been tasked with repairing the mine’s other baskets. Aury Africa produces wear-resistant baskets for a variety of applications and process consumables to fit a range of OEM products.“We provide a cost-conscious alternative to traditional suppliers. We have many years of experience in making baskets for various companies. We are quite used to dealing with different types of baskets and know what needs to be done to make a basket last. A high-quality basket is supposed to process at least 50,000 t of coal in its lifespan,” states Houchin.Houchin highlights that Aury Africa prides itself on being able to engineer winning solutions for existing plant maintenance issues and thereby increase uptime, while ensuring lower site costs and higher profits. “Coal prices are at a low and cost is becoming a big thing, with companies trying to cut costs in their operations. We have come up with cost-effective solutions without compromising quality,” Houchin concludes.last_img read more

Two adults one child killed when SUV overturns near Kalama

first_imgThree people were killed and three others injured, one critically, when a vehicle went off the freeway in Kalama and overturned Saturday, according to the Washington State Patrol.WSP Trooper Will Finn said the crash occurred at 4:36 p.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 at Exit 27 in Kalama.Finn said a large SUV carrying six occupants — three adults and three children — went off the roadway and overturned, rolling at least one and a half times before coming to rest on its roof.Five of the six SUV occupants — two adults and three children — were ejected, according to Finn. He said it’s believed that none of those five had been wearing seat belts.The first trooper arriving on scene attempted CPR on one of children, a girl, but she was pronounced dead at the scene. Two adults, the girl’s grandparents, were also dead at the scene, according to Finn.Another child suffered critical injuries and was transported by LifeFlight to a hospital, Finn said.The mother of the three children and a third child were transported by ambulance to a hospital in Longview. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known, according to Finn.last_img read more

Expert tells how to spot prevent elder abuse

first_imgWhen an elderly woman who had lived frugally for years to save $500,000 suddenly couldn’t make her rent after giving her son power of attorney, Bellingham police called Vancouver forensics accountant Tiffany Couch to track down what happened to the money.Couch, owner of Vancouver’s Acuity Forensics, has built her company on solving fraud cases for law enforcement, businesses and individual clients. On Thursday, she gave advice about how to spot and prevent financial exploitation of vulnerable adults without her help.“The numbers always tell the story,” Couch said.Couch spoke as part of the Clark County Friends of the Elder Justice Center’s fourth annual elder abuse conference, Building Bridges: Serving and Protecting Vulnerable Adults. The event is intended to educate the public about how to recognize, prevent and stop elder abuse and is geared toward law enforcement, attorneys and others who work with vulnerable adults.Couch said she mostly works for clients who want to uncover fraud in their companies, but she has had an increasing number of clients related to personal financial exploitation, including of vulnerable adults and in divorce cases.A number of external pressures, including unemployment, debt and other economic tolls, may give people an incentive to commit fraud.“We can’t control the pressures,” Couch said. “The only thing we can do is limit an opportunity to commit fraud.”Fraudsters often rationalize their behavior, she said.The son of the elderly woman whose $500,000 vanished later admitted to spending the money to pay off credit card bills, buy a car, send his daughter to private school, make home improvements and purchase other items, Couch said.last_img read more

Compliance news at a glance January 2016

first_imgHigh Court rules peripatetic staff are eligible for auto-enrolmentThe High Court has ruled that peripatetic workers are eligible to be auto-enrolled into a workplace pension scheme, after Fleet Maritime Services (FMSB) challenged the Pension Regulator’s (TPR) approach and guidance on peripatetic workers. bit.ly/1OTzx1tUS court rules on back-pay case for unpaid breaksA US Court has ruled that publishing firm American Future Systems, which operates as Progressive Business Publications, is liable to pay staff back wages for unpaid rest breaks, as well as an equal amount in liquidated damages. bit.ly/1Pw2TPJGovernment confirms cap on early-exit pension chargesChancellor George Osborne has outlined a proposal to place a duty on the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to cap excessive early exit penalties. The FCA will be responsible for setting the level of the cap, which it will consult on in due course. bit.ly/1JZS3F4last_img read more

Community Members Speak Out On Invocation Policy Ruling

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Residents of the Kenai Peninsula testified at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting on Tuesday following a recent ruling by the Alaska Supreme Court that the current prayer policy violates the State Constitution. Keith: “On behalf of many faith based groups, churches, and individuals I believe the most recent policy in giving invocations is credible and meets the first amendment clause correctly.”  Ed Jr.: “I believe that this assembly, and many of us in this room need prayer. Now, there are some in this room that may not welcome it, and we as prayer givers should accept that fact that we must have come tolerance.” Borough Attorney Colette Thompson said it’s now up to the assembly on whether to appeal the most recent ruling.center_img Something some community members believe is a waste of borough resources. Bob: “I’m requesting those of you on the assembly, or the mayor, I’d like to know how much has been spent from inception to current. This is important especially as the borough keeps saying we need more money, we need more money.”  Despite the most recent ruling the borough assembly meeting on Tuesday started off with the pledge of allegiance followed by an invocation by Borough Assembly President Wayne Ogle.last_img read more