Transfers From Hazard to Neymar, who Real Madrid could spend €600m war chest on Chris Burton 16:00 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(21) Getty Transfers Real Madrid Manchester United Chelsea Tottenham Hotspur PSG Internazionale Bayern München Borussia Dortmund Liverpool Primera División Bundesliga Eden Hazard Mohamed Salah Robert Lewandowski Harry Kane Neymar David de Gea David Luiz Serie A Ligue 1 Premier League The Blancos, amid a testing 2017-18 campaign, are expected to overhaul their squad in the summer and will have a sizeable budget at their disposal
Paul Pogba Pogba: I’m the most criticised player in the world Chris Burton 05:17 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Paul Pogba France Manchester United World Cup Premier League The Manchester United and France midfielder believes he has gone from being the most expensive footballer on the planet to the most scrutinised Paul Pogba claims to be the “the most criticised player in the world”, with the Manchester United and France midfielder having once being the most expensive.An £89 million ($118m) deal returned the 25-year-old to Old Trafford in the summer of 2016 following a productive four-year stint at Juventus.With that transfer having taken spending to a new high, prior to Neymar making his record-breaking switch to Paris Saint-Germain, Pogba has seen his every move since scrutinised in minute detail. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move His performances have been questioned by United boss Jose Mourinho at times, along with players past and present and supporters of various clubs and international sides across the globe.Pogba feels he is being unfairly singled out, with is game generating more headlines and comment than any other player on the planet.He told Telefoot: “I am less entitled to make mistakes than others.“I went from the biggest transfer in the world to the most criticised player in the world.”Pogba has received support from a fellow flamboyant performer and former Red Devils team-mate in the wake of recent criticism, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic having been quick to leap to the Frenchman’s defence.The enigmatic Swede told beIN Sports: “Pogba is controversial, the media always talks about him and I think this is out of jealousy.“He has a big salary and always plays at the big matches and tournaments. He is the best midfielder in the world and because of that he has a lot of haters.”Pogba was able to quieten some of his detractors in his most recent outing, as he helped France to make a winning start to their World Cup 2018 campaign.He has been robbed of what proved to be the winning goal, with FIFA deciding on review that Australia defender Aziz Behich put through his own net, but his display has been hailed by Mourinho, Didier Deschamps and N’Golo Kante.There is, however, an acceptance from all of those representing Les Bleus in Russia that they will need to raise their game as a collective over the coming weeks if they are to challenge for the ultimate prize.Pogba added: “As the coach said, we have to do better.”Deschamps conceded after a narrow victory over Australia that he will be looking for more from a star-studded attacking unit when France face Peru on Thursday.
Day 3 of the X Blades National 18 Years and Under National Championships is shaping up to be a classic day of Touch Football. The final pool rounds will be fought out to decide who will make the cut and progress through to the quarterfinals and who will perish. There will also be an exhibition match at the conclusion of the pool rounds and the start of the finals today. A team of Referees will be fired up to show their skill with ball in hand against a team of Coaches. While not all teams are still able to make the Championship final there are still other prizes on offer. A Plate and a Shield are available for teams that do not make the top cut-off. At this stage Sydney Mets, NSWCHS, QSST, CQ, and Cobras look to be the favourites in the boys’ division. In the girls’ category QSST, NSWCHS, and Southern Suns are all playing with confidence that will be crucial come finals time. It looks set to be a cracking day of competition so sit back, relax and watch the best go head to head in the 2007 X-Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships.9.00amBoys’ Pool B R5 NSWCHS v Rebels Boys’ Pool B R5 Sunshine Coast v ScorpionsBoys’ Pool B R5 CQ v EaglesBoys’ Pool C R6 QSST v NT Boys’ Pool C R6 TouchWest v TasmaniaBoys’ Pool C R6 Suns v Hornets9.50amGirls’ Pool C R5 Sharks v ACT Girls’ Pool C R5 Suns v TasmaniaGirls’ Pool C R5 Hornets v Scorpions10.40amBoys’ Pool A R5 NSWCCC v NSWCISBoys’ Pool A R5 Mets v SABoys’ Pool A R5 Cobras v Sharks11.30amBoys’ Pool C R7 Suns v TouchWest Boys’ Pool C R7 Hornets v NTBoys’ Pool C R7 ACT v Tasmania12.20pmGirls’ Pool A R5 NSWCCC v EaglesGirls’ Pool B R5 NSWCHS v RebelsGirls’ Pool B R5 Cobras v NT1.10pmGirls’ Pool A R5 QSST v TouchWestGirls’ Pool A R5 Sunshine Coast v CQGirls’ Pool B R5 NSWCIS v Mets2.00pmFeature match – Australia’s Leading Referees v The best of our 2007 U18’s Team Coaches2.30pmBoys’ Champ QF1 Pos.1 v Pos. 8Boys’ Champ QF2 Pos. 3 v Pos. 6Boys’ Shield QF2 Pos. 12 v Pos. 133.30pmBoys’ Champ QF2 Pos. 2 v Pos. 7Boys’ Champ QF4 Pos. 4 v Pos. 5Boys’ Shield QF1 Pos. 11 v Pos. 144.30pmGirls’ Shield QF1 Pos. 11 v Pos. 14Boys’ Plate QF 1 Pos. 18 v Pos. 195.30pmGirls’ Champ QF1 Pos. 1 v Pos. 8 Girls’ Champ QF3 Pos. 3 v Pos. 6Girls’ Shield QF2 Pos. 12 v Pos. 13 6.30pmGirls’ Champ QF2 Pos. 2 v Pos. 7Girls’ Champ QF4 Pos. 4 v Pos. 5
DIGBY-ANNAPOLIS COUNTIES: Bear River Bridge, Highway 101 On Tuesday, Oct. 18, between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. there will be several brief closures of the Bear River Bridge on Highway 101 to accommodate the demolition of the adjacent railway bridge. Each closure will be for about five minutes. -30-
Southampton: India skipper Virat Kohli said the hard-fought win over Afghanistan in the Word Cup was much-needed as it helped the two-time champions to show their character and clinch a victory from the jaws of defeat. Mohammed Shami’s last-over hattrick Saturday saved India from a mighty scare after they managed to pip Afghanistan by 11 runs to inch closer towards World Cup semi-finals. Shami (9.5-1-40-4), playing his first match, not only successfully defended 16 runs off the last over but also dismissed the dangerous Mohammed Nabi (52 off 55 balls), Aftab Alam (0) and Mujeeb ur Rahman (0) off successive deliveries to complete the rare feat. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev Afghanistan were bowled out for 213 in pursuit of a manageable 225-run target which at one stage looked gettable after the Indian middle-order flopped in their first World Cup test. “This game was way more important for us, because things didn’t go as planned. That’s when you need to show character and bounce back,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony. Drafted into the playing eleven in place of injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shami Saturday became only the second Indian cricketer to register a hattrick in World Cup after Chetan Sharma, who achieved the feat in 1987. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships Kohli, thus, was effusive in his praise for the speedster. “Everyone’s waiting for an opportunity. Shami was really good today. He was making the ball move more than anybody. We knew these guys were hungry,” he said. Rating the win over Afghanistan as a special one, the India captain said the wicket was a difficult one for stroke-making because of its two-paced nature. “This is right up there (as a win). You win the toss, and you decide to bat and then you see the wicket slow down. You think 260 or 270 would be a good total,” he said. “At the halfway stage, we had our doubts in our minds, but we also had self-belief in the change rooms. As soon as I went in, I understood the pace of the pitch. Cross-batted shots aren’t on, and a lot of horizontal bat shots cost us on this pitch.” Kohli also praised man-of-the-match Jasprit Bumrah for his impressive bowling display that brought India back into the contest. “It’s simple – we want to use him (Bumrah) smartly. When he takes one or two wickets, he can go on, but otherwise we try to ensure the opposition knows that he has seven or so overs to go,” he said. Man-of-the-match Bumrah (2/39) said Kohli’s belief in his ability spurs him to do better every time he runs into bowl. “That gives you a lot of confidence when the captain has so much trust in you. Helps me keep a clearer head,” he said. Bumrah also elaborated on India’s strategy while defending the low total. “We saw the wicket getting slower and slower. You had to be accurate and it’s a big ground, so you had go for the yorkers and bowl wicket-to-wicket. “What we wanted to do was that when you run behind wickets, you don’t get wickets. Our plan was to get the run-rate high and create chances,” he said. Bumrah too praised his pace bowling colleague Shami for his impressive display on his maiden outing in the ongoing World Cup. “That’s very good, because it gives us healthy competition within the side. We discuss what the plans are, and it’s great when everybody is chipping in with wickets,” he said. Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib showered praise on his bowling unit but said Bumrah eventually made the difference. “We bowled really well, and everybody in the batting lineup was strong. We did well in the batting too, but credit goes to Bumrah for the way he bowled in the last three overs. He was superb,” he said. “The wicket was really good for batting during the first half. The spinners stuck to the plan, and they did really well. We had other options than Rashid (Khan) and Mujeeb (Ur Rahman), but in the backend, Aftab (Alam) and I also bowled well, but India is a good side, and a favourite side.” He, however, said such tough games against strong teams like India will do a world of good for Afghanistan. “The total was not that much (to chase) but in the middle, we needed some 80s and 100s, 20s and 30s aren’t enough against a team like this. When chasing 220s, you need some batsmen to take responsibility and go longer. “We have lost four games very badly, but last two games we have played really well. This is tough cricket against high-ranking teams, and you have to fight your best,” Naib said.
TORONTO – Nearly half of drivers who are also marijuana users told a survey they drive better, drive about the same or don’t know if cannabis impacts their ability behind the wheel.The survey — a poll of 1,000 drivers commissioned by the Canadian Automobile Association South Central Ontario and conducted by Ipsos — found that 16 per cent of respondents had used marijuana within the last three months.Attitudes about driving and marijuana use in that group, dubbed current users by the pollster, present a serious public education issue when it comes to drug-impaired driving, CAA director of government relations Teresa Di Felice said.“One of the challenges is that there is a perception by people who use marijuana that they drive the same or better when they’re under the influence marijuana,” she said. “That is a concern and puts safety at risk … There are cognitive impacts. There are concerns. Those two don’t mix.”According to the survey, eight per cent of current marijuana users believe they drive better after using marijuana than when they are sober. Another 29 per cent of current cannabis users believe their ability to drive is the same after using marijuana as when sober. Twelve per cent of respondents who are current users said they didn’t know if there was any difference between their ability to drive after using marijuana or sober.The remaining 52 per cent of current marijuana users believe they drive worse after using pot than when sober.Di Felice calls those results “startling” but says they line up with the view of nearly three quarters of survey respondents that a public education campaign is necessary and those efforts should target young drivers who are more likely to be regular users of pot, she said.Nearly 75 per cent of respondents either strongly support or somewhat support stricter penalties for drug-impaired drivers.“Things like fines and suspensions (are) ways of influencing people to recognize not to drive while under the influence of marijuana,” she said.The poll found that 77 per cent of respondents are concerned about road safety when marijuana is legalized on July 1, 2018.Di Felice said the survey shows the majority of respondents also believe there will be an increase in the frequency of marijuana-impaired driving.“I think there is just a general perception, and when you also take a look at the fact that almost 50 per cent of people surveyed have at least tried (marijuana) at least once, people recognize that there is an impact on your cognitive ability and therefore it would impact your ability to drive safely,” she said.Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca has previously said proposed changes to Ontario’s road safety laws would align drug and alcohol impaired driving offences across the province.The new legislation would also increase penalties for drivers who fail or refuse to provide a sample for a roadside test.“I believe that the legislation is strong and decisive,” Del Duca said. “I will say, I have concerns. I have concerns about all forms of impairment and distraction on our roads and highways at all times.”Del Duca added that whether a person is using marijuana recreationally or medicinally, they should not get behind the wheel.“When a person is operating a vehicle they should be free of impairment at all times,” he said.
Growing up in Tisdale, Brent Butt always knew he wanted to make people laugh but odds are he didn’t realize how successful he would become in the world of comedy.After fashioning a successful standup career in Canada by the early 1990s, Butt took the next step in his career with the creation of the CTV sitcom Corner Gas. Set in the fictional Saskatchewan village of Dog River, Corner Gas followed the quirky life of gas station owner Brent Leroy, his family and friends.Debuting on Jan. 22, 2004, Corner Gas was an immediate hit and went on to become the most successful sitcom in Canadian television history. In its six-season run, Corner Gas attracted more than one million viewers for each of its 107 episodes. The series finale, which aired April 13, 2009, was watched by almost three million people. The series won six Gemini Awards, including being named Best Comedy Program or Series in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Corner Gas also developed a following internationally, airing in 26 countries across five continents, including Superstation WGN in Chicago.Butt brought the Corner Gas characters back to life for a full-length feature film in 2014. Corner Gas: The Movie premièred in Regina on Nov. 25, 2014 before opening on 101 screens across Canada on Dec. 1, 2014.In addition to maintaining a busy standup schedule, Butt has remained active in both television and movies. He created and starred in Hiccups, another sitcom which ran on CTV in 2010 and 2011. Butt also wrote and starred in No Clue, a feature film that also included Amy Smart and David Koechner.by Jeff DeDekker, Regina Leader-Post Login/Register With:
Kolkata: Sent into bat, Kolkata Knight Riders scored 161 for eight against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here Sunday. Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders: 161/8 in 20 overs (Chris Lynn 82; Imran Tahir 4/27).
Rabat – Fresh reviews published by the U.S. News and World Report rank Mohammed V University as the 15th best academic institution in Africa this week based on measures of academic research and reputation.The university located in Rabat was the only Moroccan institution on the list of 1000 universities worldwide. On the international list, Mohammed V stood at 866th place, with an indexed score 38.2 compared to Harvard’s 100.The American magazine identified seven of the top ten African institutions in South Africa, with University of Cape Town, University of Witwatersrand, University of KwaZulu Natal and Stellenbosch University taking the top four places. Cairo University (5th) Ain Shams University (9th) represented Egypt on the continental top 10 list, while Tunisia’s University of Tunis – El Manar took 17th place.Institutions from Algeria, Mauritania and Libya did not make the continental or international list.The United States’ Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University stole the top three spots globally. American institutions took eight of the top ten positions overall.The United Kingdom’s University of Oxford and University of Cambridge took 6th and 7th place on the international rankings, respectfully.Earlier this year, in U.S. News’ Arab universities list, institutions based in Saudi Arabia and Egypt topped Mohammed V – Morocco’s premier academic engine.At 23rd place, University of Cadi Ayyad Marrakesh directly followed the Rabat University’s rank on the regional list. The University of Hassan II at Casablanca stood at 30th place.
The President said that tarnishing the good image of universities which produce scholars and intellectuals, through these kind of incidents is a dishonour to the free education and said that a number of black marks on ragging incidents have been added to our history of the university system during the past 40-50 years. (Colombo Gazette) He made these remarks participating in the 75th anniversary celebration of the Ananda Shastralaya in Matugama, today.President Sirisena stated that the recent ragging related incident at the Agricultural Faculty of University of Peradeniya is a tragedy of free education and further said that he made inquiries regarding this issue from the Senior Superintendent of Police of Kandy and expressed the deepest regret of the Government about this incident. He also instructed the IGP to implement an initiative jointly with the University Authorities in this regard. President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the Inspector General of Police to crackdown on ragging in universities.The President’s office said that the President has instructed the IGP to pay special attention to prevent inhuman ragging in universities carried out by a minority group of students in order to interrupt the education of the majority of students. The President further said that the Government has a responsibility regarding the future of the university students and the President also emphasized that the Government will fulfill that duty without any hesitation.
Opposition Parliamentarian Prasanna Ranaweera appeared before the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) today to make a statement.The Gampaha District Parliamentarian was summoned to make a statement over a complaint filed against him. (Colombo Gazette)
Hot Takedown More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to this week’s episode of “Hot Takedown,” our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (May 19, 2015), we look at the matchups in the NBA’s conference finals, whether the Houston Rockets are winning with analytics and why the Clippers collapsed. Nate Silver discusses why the New York Rangers continue to win so many close NHL games. And we ponder whether baseball needs even more statistical analysis as MLB embraces Statcast. Plus, our Significant Digit of the week on Chelsea’s oft-disciplined Cesc Fabregas.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss in this week’s show:The Clippers’ win probability during Game 6 against the Rockets peaked at 98 percent.Stephen Curry is unguardable.Lebron James is dominant in the conference finals.The future of MLB stats and video tracking.Analyst vs. Statcast, who should you trust?Nate Silver on postseason goaltending and the Rangers’ ability to win close game after close game.Significant Digit: 14 points. In a game in which Chelsea clinched the Premier League title, Cesc Fabregas also pulled into a tie for the most discipline points among all players. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Embed Code
In a press conference on Sunday, the New York Yankees announced that Alex Rodriguez would play his final major league game on Friday, against the Tampa Bay Rays, before taking on an advisory role with the club. With that game, one of the greatest — and most complicated — careers in baseball history will come to a close.Certainly, Rodriguez had reached the end of the productive phase of his career this season. One year after a surprising renaissance campaign, Rodriguez is on pace for the worst full-season OPS and fewest wins above replacement (WAR) of his career. Despite ranking among baseball’s highest-paid players, he’s struck out 4.6 times for every walk, is barely hitting over the Mendoza Line and can’t play any position other than designated hitter anymore. As a team, the Yankees are having their worst season since 1992. It was time for Rodriguez to go.But A-Rod in his heyday was a different story. In fact, A-Rod before his prime was better than almost anybody in baseball history. In 1996, at the ripe old age of 20, Rodriguez produced 9.4 WAR — which is still tied for the 87th-best season in MLB history and was, at the time, easily the most WAR produced in one season at that age.1It would be surpassed later by Mike Trout, who happens to be on track for G.O.A.T. status. From there, A-Rod would pile on seven more seasons of 8 or more WAR, and he’d make a strong case for having the best career of any player who ever spent the majority of his prime years at shortstop.Of course, the other prominent player on that — apparently shirt-optional — Mount Rushmore of young shortstops was Derek Jeter, Rodriguez’s longtime frenemy, rival, comparison-point and, eventually, teammate. Jeter had the rings — four by age 26, to be exact — but A-Rod had the numbers. Through 2003, the season before he joined the Yankees, A-Rod had Jeter beat on career WAR (63.5 to 40.4), home runs (345 to 127), OPS (.963 to .851) and walks (559 to 513); A-Rod was also within striking distance of the more contact-oriented Jeter in batting average (.308 vs. Jeter’s .317 mark). And he was miles better than Jeter in one very important (yet misunderstood) department: defense.To the naked eye, Jeter looked like a great defensive shortstop (he’d eventually win five Gold Gloves at the position), but according to the numbers he was the worst. From his 1995 debut until 2003, Jeter cost the Yankees 11.4 runs (i.e., more than one full win) per year compared to an average-fielding shortstop; by contrast, Rodriguez saved his teams 2 runs a year. When Jeter and Rodriguez joined forces, A-Rod deferred and moved from shortstop to third base, but all evidence said it should have been the other way around. The Yankees’ subsequent defensive numbers — they had the majors’ worst shortstop defense from 2004 until Jeter’s retirement in 2014 — agreed.Together, though, Rodriguez and Jeter would win boatloads of games, plus a World Series in 2009. Numbers from his final week pending, A-Rod would end up compiling 696 home runs — fourth-most ever — and he’s currently 12th all-time in WAR. (He even ranks eighth among Yankees!) Judging from the statistics alone, Rodriguez should be concluding his career as one of the greatest handful of position players in baseball history.But things are never so easy with A-Rod.For instance, Rodriguez’s tremendous on-field value was mitigated by the fact that no player made more money over his career. He broke the all-time record for the largest contract in professional sports history twice, surpassed only when Giancarlo Stanton inked a 13-year, $325 million deal before the 2015 season. Like most star players, Rodriguez still earned every cent he was paid and then some; using the common dollars per WAR framework, the value of A-Rod’s career wins sums to about $109 million more than he was paid.2According to Baseball-Reference.com, A-Rod was paid roughly $399 million through 2016, and he recorded about 115 WAR (averaging together the Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs versions). At an average cost of about $4.3 million per WAR, tacking on the $6 million a minimum-salary player would have made in the same number of years and zeroing out seasons where he had negative value, A-Rod’s wins were worth approximately $508 million. But in the minds of many fans, A-Rod personified the ever-upward climb of MLB salaries at a time when the cost of attending a ballgame had never been higher.A-Rod’s massive compensation was a particular point of frustration for Yankee fans, given that the team’s frequency of championships during his tenure (one title in 13 seasons) pales in comparison to what it had been before he arrived (one title every 3.9 seasons). Rodriguez’s postseason numbers aren’t bad — he had an .822 career OPS, pretty good considering the elevated competition of playoff pitching — but unlike Jeter, who raised his lifetime OPS from .817 in the regular season to .838 in the playoffs, Rodriguez’s .930 regular-season OPS suggested the wasted potential for so many more postseason heroics.And then there are the performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez copped to using steroids during the height of the PED era, in the early 2000s, around when he signed his first record-breaking contract, then admitted to better hitting through chemistry again in conjunction with the Biogenesis scandal. Like with his disgraced peer Barry Bonds, A-Rod’s pre-juicing numbers suggest he had the talent to make the Hall of Fame without chemical assistance. But as a confessed two-time offender, Rodriguez’s numbers will always be tainted for countless baseball fans. That’s why his Hall of Fame chances, ironclad without the PED factor, are next to nonexistent in reality.So when Rodriguez leaves baseball on Friday, he’ll go down as one of the greatest talents in the game’s history, and one of its most impressive statistical performers. But by the same token, his more lasting legacy might be as one of its most discredited players. In the end, we’ll probably be left trying to grapple with A-Rod’s impact on the game for decades to come.
Sophomore defensive end Noah Spence (8) breaks up a pass during a game against Indiana Nov. 23. OSU won, 42-14. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorInitially reported to have been suspended for the use of a dietary supplement, Ohio State sophomore defensive end Noah Spence’s three-game ban is because he tested positive for ecstasy, according to a Tuesday report by abc27 in Harrisburg, Pa.The report states Spence’s father, Greg Spence, said his son tested positive for “a small amount of ecstasy” prior to the Big Ten Championship game Dec. 7 against Michigan State.Greg Spence also said that the conference originally suspended his son for a year, according to the report, because it considers the substance to be a performance enhancing drug. He also said Noah Spence consumed the drug accidentally after taking an open drink from someone he did not know at a party.The Spence family appealed the year-long ban, and it was ultimately reduced to three games, according to the report, which stated that the NCAA considers ecstasy to be a “street drug,” which carries a lesser penalty. A second appeal was unsuccessful.An OSU spokesman said “we will have no further comment” on the situation in an email to The Lantern Tuesday.Attempts to contact Spence and his family for comment were unsuccessful Tuesday afternoon.The abc27 report also said the Spence family plans to file a lawsuit against the Big Ten.Spence led the Buckeyes with eight sacks in 2013 and finished second on the team with 14.5 tackles for loss. He figures to be a large contributor on the defensive side of the ball next season after serving his suspension.
TLT-Turbo Africa has been awarded the contract for the supply and installation of a turnkey solution for underground ventilation and fumes extraction at the Ivanhoe Mines’ majority-owned Kamoa-Kakula copper project, some 25 km outside of Kolwezi in the Democratic Republic of Congo.The contract was awarded by Kamoa Copper SA, which forms part of the project, a joint venture between Ivanhoe, Zijin Mining Group and the Government of the DRC.TLT-Turbo Africa is designing, manufacturing and supplying a Bifurcated Axial Flow Fan Station for the extraction of mine fumes as well as auxiliary and booster fans for Kamoa’s underground operation, it said. The company will also oversee the installation of the fans and provide assistance with commissioning. The project is the first of many of strategic importance within the Sub Saharan Africa region that the company is involved in, TLT-Turbo said.The contract was secured in October, with commissioning due to begin in July. TLT-Turbo Africa was appointed by DRA Projects, which is handling engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) on the project, the company said.Kamoa Copper SA will develop the new copper mine, which is expected to yield an estimated 6 Mt/y in its first phase alone. The Kakula deposit has been independently ranked as the world’s largest, undeveloped, high-yield, high-grade copper discovery, according to DRA, with a resource measuring 174 Mt at an average grade of 5.62% Cu.According to TLT-Turbo’s Madeleine Pretorius, the project presents unique challenges from a logistical point of view. The site is remote, and it involves multiple border crossings and often poor road conditions. “This means complicated logistic solutions. TLT-Turbo has the benefit of a broad suite of options to minimise the need for abnormal or complex loads,” she said.The TLT-Turbo Africa offering and approach positions them as a preferred supplier for ventilation solutions in challenging locations, according to Pretorius. “We provide an energy-efficient solution where power costs are high, and availability can be erratic. Our product is designed for long-term reliability and durability, with simple maintenance requirements and minimal downtime, which is critical for our remote clients.”Mike van Oerle, Sales Manager at TLT-Turbo Africa, said the company’s approach will provide several benefits to Kamoa’s operations. This includes standardised equipment designed for simple installation and maintenance, which means TLT-Turbo’s fans can be maintained by the client on site, without the need for costly expert inspections. “TLT-Turbo is providing highly-efficient products to meet Kamoa’s interim ventilation and power requirements, with flexibility for future redeployment at an alternative ventilation position.”Both van Oerle and Pretorius assert TLT-Turbo Africa’s delivery of the scope of work on this specific project speaks to the company’s wider capabilities and expertise. The collaboration with DRA has paved the way for excellence in service delivery, according to them. Pretorius said: “Working with an experienced EPCM company, such as DRA, our project team is able to draw on their unparalleled knowledge of the Sub Saharan African mining environment. Both teams work together to provide solutions that address the challenges experienced by our customers.”Oerle concluded: “Our ability to understand our customers’ requirements led to a cost-effective solution, focusing on total cost of ownership. Combining this solution with an experienced projects execution team, means that we can ensure Kamoa receives high-quality products and on-time delivery.”
As well as producing gadgets pretty much everyone desires on looks along, Apple has a reputation for ensuring stocks of its products are always available, especially as a device matures. The only exceptions to this are after a new device has just launched and demand is very high, or before the launch of a new product when Apple is switching over production.Today, AT&T has run out of iPhone 4 smartphones in black. If you check their website you will only find the white model and refurbed units. With WWDC happening next week you can’t help but wonder if this is because Steve Jobs is set to announce a new iPhone.We doubt very much an iPhone 5 will be announced next week, but we could see the iPhone 4s appear.The iPhone 4s is meant more as an evolution rather than the revolution iPhone 5 promises if the rumors we’ve heard so far turn out to be true. The 4s is expected to contain an A5 processor, have an upgraded camera, and support for more networks out the box including T-Mobile, Sprint, and China Mobile.Is the iPhone 4s the surprise announcement Jobs will leave to the end of his time on stage? If dwindling iPhone 4 stocks aren’t replenished at AT&T over the weekend it certainly could be.via iPhone Download BlogMatthew’s OpinionApple is good at keeping new products under wraps, but they aren’t that good. Remember how all those iPad 2 cases appeared before launch allowing us to see many of the changes to the device? If the iPhone 5 with its tapered back was arriving next week we would have heard more rumors about it and seen some supporting accessories by now. The much safer bet is the iPhone 4s with exactly the same dimensions as the iPhone 4.
If you haven’t pre-ordered Resident Evil 6 for the Xbox 360 yet, Microsoft has a tempting offer that may give you a reason to do just that. When you buy RE6 directly from Microsoft, you’ll receive $30 worth of coupons, $20 of that is 1600 Microsoft points, while the other $10 is a gift card for Microsoft’s site.Capcom on the other hand announced their pre-order bonus a while ago: gamers get an Umbrella umbrella when they pre-order through Capcom’s official website. That $30 looking good now?Earlier this week Microsoft and Capcom announced Xbox 360 Best Price at Amazon gamers get to play three new multiplayer modes before they land on PC or PS3, giving you a further incentive to take Microsoft up on this offer. The new modes are Survivors, Predator, and Siege – Survivors has dead players turn into zombies who try and kill the humans in order to become human again, Predator has one player play as Ustanak and the other players must kill it or simply survive, and lastly Siege has one team protecting an NPC as the other team try to kill him or her.Microsoft’s coupon deal is pretty good, since the game is $60 on their site and you’re effectively getting half of that back. Even if it is in coupons, 1600 Microsoft points will come in handy when that timed exclusive DLC comes out after the games release, and the $10 voucher could go towards another game or an accessory for your console.Either way, Microsoft is really pushing Resident Evil 6’s release with their timed exclusives, the DLC, and the demo. Let’s hope all the money going into marketing it is rewarded with a solid gameplay experience.Get the deal at Microsoft, via Destructoid
The switch has been flipped, Windows 8 is now upon us. Manufacturers will soon fill the shelves of your local big box store with new computers of every shape, size, and orientation running Windows 8. The holiday season will no doubt be filled with incredible deals on machines to encourage you to make the upgrade to some new hardware. Of course, if you don’t need new hardware, Microsoft offers a Windows 8 upgrade tool on their website. With everything Microsoft is offering to encourage uptake, it’s pretty easy to see why you would want to embrace Windows 8 now. If you’re not convinced, here’s a few reasons why it’s worth considering.Inexpensive, for nowHistorically, Windows upgrades have been a little on the pricey side. If the next version didn’t offer some killer feature, chances are it wasn’t worth shelling out the cash for the update on the day it came out. Windows 8, however, is starting out at $39.99 for anyone running Windows 7. All you need to do is download the update tool from Microsoft, send them some money, and when your PC reboots it will be running Winodws 8 with all of your files still intact. The $39.99 price tag is something of an early adopter rate, in January the $70 price tag you see in stores will apply for the download version, too.Free Media Center PackOne of the increasingly common uses of Windows machines is to have a Home Theater PC setup. If you aren’t running something like XBMC, chances are you’re running Windows Media Center. If you want things like DVD and Blu-ray codecs, you need Media Center on your Windows 8 machine. In Windows 8, you’ll need to pay a little extra for the Media Center Pack, unless you go with the Pro version. If you don’t feel like the Pro version is necessary, but still would like to grab Media Center, the pack will be free until January. This offer is available to both digital and physical disk upgrade users.SkyDrive IntegrationWith smartphones, tablets, and PCs connected all the time, it feels natural to want access to all of your files from all of these devices. With the centralized user experience Microsoft has been pushing out to their products, the easiest way to complete that experience would be to allow your documents and photos to exist seamlessly across the platform. Microsoft’s SkyDrive has been deeply integrated into both Windows Phone and Windows 8 to offer exactly this. You can store all of your documents, photos, even game save data to your SkyDrive and access the information from anything that can connect to Microsoft’s cloud storage service.Centralized User ExperiencePrice and free things are always a good reason to upgrade if you are on the fence, but the truth is Microsoft is putting all of their eggs into this new basket. If you are a Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, or Xbox 360 user, you’re going to see the new user interface that Microsoft has implemented. Microsoft has made their user experience across all of their devices as seamless as possible. The tiled UI has been slowly making its way across Microsoft’s product line, finally ending with Windows 8. If you own multiple Microsoft products, the entire experience will look and feel the same.SurfaceWindows 8 is more than just a step forward for Microsoft software, it also marks the very first computer that has been built by the company. Surface was designed around Windows 8 to create a unique experience for the new OS. The $399 price point for a Surface RT is a steal for anyone looking for a new way to compute, and the soon to be released Surface Pro offers a no compromise solution for any user looking to get the best of both the PC and tablet worlds right now. The Surface hardware is incredibly high quality and a good first step into Windows 8, as well as the best way to enjoy the new OS the way Microsoft intended.PerformanceIn theory, each version of Windows is going to offer a performance boost of some kind over the previous version of the OS. This isn’t always the case, as Windows Vista users can attest, but with Windows 8 the difference is all too clear. Everything from boot time to complex multitasking operations are noticeably faster on Windows 8. The OS breathes life into older machines, and the startup time on more recent machines alone is often reason enough to make the switch. Everything that has been tested so far has been much faster.Windows 8 ExclusivesAs is the case with any new OS, there will be Windows 8 software exclusives. Microsoft has accomplished this with the Windows Store, which serves as a destination for Windows 8 specific apps as well as interactive live tiles for the home screen. Especially if you have a touch enabled device, Windows 8 will grant you access to a significant number of apps that are exclusive to the platform.If the apps aren’t exclusive, they are highly stylized to take advantage of the Windows 8 UI. The Netflix app for Windows 8 is a perfect example, and the design for this app is significantly improved over the UI used on iOS or Android. There are many apps that flow nicely and just plain look better on Windows 8 as a result of the new UI.Backwards CompatibilityWindows 8 looks and feels very different from previous versions of Windows at first glance. Once you tap that Desktop tile, though, it’s like you never left Windows 7. The Desktop UI allows you to use all of your software from previous versions of Windows. On top of that, Microsoft has added compatibility modes to make sure the programs behave as close to their original design as intended.This is only available on Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, however. Windows RT, being an ARM based version of the OS, isn’t quite as backwards compatible. Windows RT is limited to apps from the Microsoft Store, and that is unlikely to change anytime soon.SecurityFor a number of reasons, Windows has a reputation for being the least secure of the PC operating systems. Many users run everything as Administrator, and the volume of users makes the platform a huge target for malicious software. Over the last few years, Microsoft has been developing tools like the User Account Control system to help prevent crippling OS damage. With Windows 8, security was clearly a priority.Aside from UAC, Microsoft has included services like Windows Defender by default. This is the first version of Windows to come pre-installed with antivirus software, and Microsoft has developed their own tools instead of relying on a third party to protect the OS. Windows 8 is far from impenetrable, and you can install other services if you feel they would be more effective, but the platform as a whole will hopefully be much more secure moving forward.Xbox Live and Smart GlassMicrosoft’s Xbox 360 console has grown significantly since its release. The gaming console almost doubles as a set top box now, offering streaming content and social interaction as well as access to massive digital content libraries. Windows 8 scoops up the best of these add-ons and makes them available on your PC with the same interface. Xbox Live social features, like chatting with friends or playing games against one another for achievements, are integrated into Windows 8 as well.Then there’s Smart Glass, which allows you to control your Xbox 360 from your Windows 8 computer. You can push videos, music, and websites to the service as long as you and the Xbox are on the same network. Smart Glass is available on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, so you can sync this content across the entire product line.Final ThoughtsWindows 8 is well worth the upgrade, and there are some pretty great incentives for pulling the trigger sooner rather than later. As Microsoft moves forward with this new user experience, there will only be more reasons to upgrade, with the eventual goal of everyone moving to the new platform.As we look back at the now 11 year old Windows XP, moving to the wildly different Windows 8 forces you to embrace a lot of changes all at one. Once you move in, however, you see that most of the changes are undeniably for the better.
Inde : les vautours se multiplient à PannaLa population de vautours vivant dans la réserve de protection des tigres de Panna, en Inde a nettement augmenté cette année et a même étendu son territoire. Ces vautours semblent s’épanouir d’autant plus avec l’environnement de la réserve.Les résultats du recensement de vautours dans la réserve de protection des tigres de Panna en Inde n’a pas déçu. Pour cet espace qui accueille 7 espèces de ces rapaces (à long bec, dos blanc, égyptiens, aux cheveux roux, fauves eurasienne, fauve et moine Himalaya), les chiffres attestent d’une augmentation de 39% par rapport aux chiffres de l’année passée. Les vautours semblent même étendre petit à petit leur territoire puisque le recensement a permis d’en trouver dans 38 des 39 sites prévus pour le comptage, contre 21 des 25 sites de l’année dernière. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Plus précisément, la population recensée de vautours est passée de 1.340, l’année dernière, à 1.797 cette année. Mais un peu moins d’une centaine de ces rapaces n’ont pu être identifiés. “En raison de la difficulté à distinguer le vautour à long bec et le vautour fauve Himalaya, 97 oiseaux ne pouvaient être identifiés comme ‘inconnu’ par les observateurs en raison du manque d’expertise technique”, a expliqué RS Murthy directeur des études de terrain sur la réserve cité par The Hindu.”L’utilisation du diclofénac, un anti-inflammatoire, interdit pour le bétail autour du village Patori et la coupe de l’arbre d’Arjun, qui représentent un bon site de nidification pour les vautours à dos blanc, sont deux domaines de préoccupations que nous avons identifiés comme des menaces pour les vautours. Des efforts restent à faire pour arrêter ces activités”, a ajouté le directeur.Ce genre de recensement se révèle nécessaire pour la bonne préservation de la biodiversité sur la planète. Il permet de se rendre compte de l’évolution d’une espèce et de l’impact climatique sur elle. De plus, les vautours sont des animaux nécrophages qui se nourrissent principalement de carcasses d’animaux. A ce titre, ils occupent une niche écologique essentielle à la bonne santé de tous les autres animaux, ainsi qu’à celle de l’homme.Le 29 janvier 2012 à 12:08 • Maxime Lambert