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first_imgIndia’s Test captain Virat Kohli notched up yet another hundred on Thursday to put India in a commanding position in the ongoing second Test against England at Vizag. Kohli scored his 14th Test ton in his 50th match to go with the 12 half-centuries. (Vizag Test: Virat Kohli nears rare milestone, could become first Indian to score three double-hundreds in a year)Opting to bat first, India lost openers Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay very early and were reduced to 22/2 when Kohli came to the crease and joined forces with Cheteshwar Pujara to bail the hosts out of trouble. The duo then added 226 runs for the third-wicket with Pujara also scoring a ton along with his skipper. Both reached triple figures in the final session of play on Day 1. (Virat Kohli in his 50th Test: His key landmarks so far)Pujara went back to the pavillion for 119 but Kohli carried on and led the team to 317/4 at the close of play. He was eventually dismissed on 167 by Moeen Ali in the first session on day 2. Kohli’s seventh century in just his 19th match as captain saw him draw level with Sachin Tendulkar to be third on the list of most hundreds by Indian Test skippers. Mohammad Azharuddin (9) and Sunil Gavaskar (11) are ahead of Kohli at the moment. But rate at which Kohli keeps on breaking record after record, it won’t take him long to surpass these legends. (Virat Kohli an absolute street-fighter: Nasser Hussain to India Today)Most Test 100s by Indian captains11 S Gavaskar9 M Azharuddin7 S Tendulkar/Virat Kohli#IndvEngadvertisement Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 17, 2016In terms of conversion rates for batsmen who have scored more than 10 hundreds, Kohli is only behind the legendary Donald Bradman and West Indies great George Headley. (Vizag Test: Kohli, Pujara hundreds give India honours on Day 1)  100s 50s Conversion Percentage Don Bradman (AUS)  29 13 69.05 George Headley (WI) 10 5 66.67 Virat Kohli (IND) 14 12 53.85 Clyde Walcott (WI) 15 14 51.72 Younus Khan (PAK) 32 30 51.61 Mohammad Azharuddin (IND) 22 21 51.16 Michael Clarke (AUS) 28 27 50.91 Matthew Hayden (AUS) 30 29 50.85 Michael Vaughan (ENG) 18 18 50.00 Arthur Morris (AUS) 12 12 50.00 Ijaz Ahmed (PAK) 12 12 50.00Captaincy seems to have taken Kohli’s batting to an all new level. The responsibility of leading the country in the longest format has turned Kohli into the run-machine that he is today. He is currently averaging over 70 in the longest format in 2016 with three centuries. He became the only Indian captain to score two double hundreds with a highest score of 211 which came against New Zealand in the third Test at Indore last month. Kohli has a hundred per cent conversion rate this year and with three more matches to go, he is on track to amass 1000 runs in Test cricket for the first time in a calendar year. His captaincy record has also been terrific and has lead India to series victories against Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies and New Zealand.  Span Matches Inns Runs Hs Avg SR 100s 50s As Captain 2014-2016 19 30 1712 211 59.03 58.27 7 2 Not as Captain 2011-2014 31 55 2098 169 41.13 50.99 7 10Whenever Kohli gets to a hundred he makes it count. Out of the seven times he has scored a ton since becoming the captain, Kohli has scored over 140 on six occasions. He is also fourth on the list of batsmen with most hundreds after 50 Tests.Most Test 100s after 50 Tests28 Don Bradman20 Sunil Gavaskar18 Matt Hayden#IndvEngVirat Kohli 14 Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 17, 2016With India dictating terms on the first day at Vizag, Kohli will look to capitalise and put his team in a commanding position when he takes guard on Friday.last_img read more


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first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — Roy Hibbert and the Indiana Pacers rediscovered their winning formula.Hibbert scored eight of his 18 points during a game-changing run at the start of the second half, and Indiana’s struggling offense got back in sync with a 103-82 rout over the New York Knicks on Jan. 29.“I was just trying to execute and just play with a lot of energy,” Hibbert said.After losing eight of their previous nine, a stretch in which the Pacers (17-31) lacked offensive rhythm, they methodically fought back from an early double-digit deficit. And thanks largely to Hibbert, poured it on in the second half for their most lopsided home win of the season.Hibbert finished 9 of 11 from the field with 10 rebounds. Rodney Stuckey led Indiana with 22 points, and David West had 10 points, six rebounds and six assists. The Pacers also had a 50-26 scoring edge in the paint — numbers that resembled the ones they posted during two consecutive postseason runs to the Eastern Conference finals.But, of course, the dreadful Knicks (9-38) helped them out.Carmelo Anthony finished with 18 points after scoring 12 in the first nine minutes. Only two of his teammates reached double figures: Lou Amundson with 17 and Tim Hardaway Jr. with 11.On paper, it was an even uglier. New York made just 14 of 42 shots in the second half, was outscored 35-12 in the decisive third quarter, finished with 33 second-half points and fell behind Philadelphia for the worst record in the East.“Indiana, as the game went on, they started to play better and do the things that they do well,” coach Derek Fisher said. “We didn’t have enough to keep up with that.”It sure didn’t look like it would go this way when Anthony’s early scoring flurry gave the Knicks a 27-16 lead.But the Pacers rallied with Anthony went on the bench. They turned the game with a 10-2 run midway through the second quarter, capping it with Hibbert’s 10-foot hook shot for a 44-39 lead.Hibbert then opened the second half propelling the Pacers to a 10-2 spurt, giving the Pacers a 64-51 lead with 9:35 left. New York never recovered, and the Pacers never backed off, pushing the lead to as much as 34 before coasting at the end.“We wanted to establish David and Roy inside and those guys were able to get going,” coach Frank Vogel said. “We knocked down some 3-point shots, particularly in that third quarter, but a lot of them were set up from Roy and David getting going inside”(MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


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first_imgVijay Shankar has said he has been able able to establish a very good rapport with India teammate Hardik Pandya despite the two fast-bowling all-rounders competing for the same spot in the senior national team.While Hardik Pandya is the more established and the first-choice all-rounder for India in the limited-overs format, Vijay Shankar has given captain Virat Kohli and the team management a good headache with some fine performances with the bat in the recently-concluded tours of New Zealand and Australia.India played both Hardik and Shankar in the playing XI throughout the T20I series and in the final ODI of the five-match series in New Zealand, albeit the latter batting higher-up the order with limited chances to bowl. Nonetheless, Shankar made some handy contributions in New Zealand and has put himself in contention for a spot in India’s 2019 World Cup squad.”When we were playing together in New Zealand, we had a lot of discussion. We were even sharing ideas on the field as to how to bowl during different situations. We often talk about the lines and lengths that can be effective to different batsmen,” Shankar told indiatoday.in in an exclusive chat.”I think from the outside, we’re being looked at as competitors, but from the team’s point of view, we share a very good rapport.”It was Shankar’s spot that Pandya sealed for an important A tour to Australia in 2016 after the Tamil Nadu all-rounder suffered a knee injury, which required immediate surgery. While Pandya went on to make his ODI debut at home later that year after some good performances in the tour, Shankar had to wait two more years to break into the senior national team.advertisement Vijay Shankar was impressive with the bat in New Zealand (AP Photo)Incidentally, Shankar was named as the replacement for Pandya, who was sent home from India’s tour of Australia earlier this year over the controversial comments the Boroda all-rounder made in a popular television show.Meanwhile, Shankar insisted he isn’t thinking about the World Cup spot as yet and is focused on giving his best in the upcoming limited-over series against Australia at home. Both Shankar and Pandya have been named in the 15-man ODI and T20I squads that will be led by Virat Kohli.”Personally, I have not given any thought about the World Cup. There’s still a long way to go for it. I have a lot of other matches to play. I think it’s very important to remain focused on what I have to do rather than thinking about the World Cup team and all that. Generally, I don’t think much about selection. I keep myself focused on doing my own work, giving 100 per cent in whatever I do,” Shankar said.He added: “My motivation is to learn something from every practice session and get better with every passing day.”With Shankar getting more opportunities to bat higher-up the order in New Zealand, the team management has hinted it is looking at the 28-year-old more as a batting all-rounder than a bowling all-rounder. However, Shankar says he is not focused on such tags and is working hard to make an impression in whatever opportunities he gets at the highest level.”I have never asked about all that [whether the team management is considering me as a batting all-rounder or a bowling all-rounder]. Whatever role I get, I should be committed to it and be at my best. For that, I am working hard. For instance, I didn’t get to bowl a lot in New Zealand. In fact, I didn’t bowl at all in the T20Is. However, when I am asked to bowl a four-over quota in T20Is or a long spell in ODIs, I should be ready for the challenge and give the best for the team,” Shankar added.”I don’t think about it [all-rounder tag] personally. I want to keep working on all aspects of my game. I will be ready for whatever role that I am getting. I am practicing hard to keep myself ready.”Also Read | Will try to be more expressive with the ball vs Australia: Vijay ShankarAlso Read | Vijay Shankar making a strong case for 2019 World Cup berth: L BalajiAlso Read | Great experience to share dressing room with Dhoni, Kohli and Rohit: Vijay ShankarAlso Read | Both Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya for World Cup? Sunil Gavaskar has this to saylast_img read more


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first_imgCALGARY – It’s more vital than ever that three other pipelines to oil export markets proceed as planned in the wake of TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) shelving its Energy East pipeline on Thursday, says AltaCorp Capital analyst Dirk Lever.Lever says Canadian producers will have to transport any incremental new oil production over the next year or so using railcars, and the pipeline transportation system out of Western Canada will remain tight for years.“We already know the next incremental barrel of production has got to go by rail because the pipelines are effectively full,” he said Friday.In a report in July, RBC Capital Markets predicted oilsands production would grow by 900,000 barrels per day in the next five years thanks to startup of Suncor Energy Inc.’s (TSX:SU) 194,000-bpd Fort Hills mine and several smaller projects, including an 80,000-bpd expansion at Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.’s (TSX:CNQ) Horizon mine and upgrader.It pointed out that about three-quarters of the new bitumen production is not going to be upgraded, which means it will have to be diluted to create a product composed of 30 to 40 per cent lighter petroleum in order to flow in a pipeline. That will increase the demand for pipeline volumes beyond what is required for the heavy oil alone, it said.Opponents of pipeline projects who look at the oil forecasts and conclude they aren’t needed sometimes overlook the diluent component of shipping bitumen, said Tim McMillan, CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.“We will exceed our current and projected pipeline capacity by 2030 with (Energy East) gone … not just on a strategic level but by volume,” he said.Lever said Energy East could come off the shelf and be proposed again for regulatory approval if any of the other pipelines don’t go ahead or if market conditions change to encourage higher production growth.“Energy East was more than what was needed,” he said of the proposal to ship 1.1 million bpd from Alberta to New Brunswick.“Producers weren’t going to pay for that much excess capacity so I’m not surprised it fell to the wayside. If one of those (other pipelines) falls away, then Energy East would be needed.”He said the next capacity increase is expected to come with Enbridge Inc.’s (TSX:ENB) Line 3 pipeline replacement project, which is under construction in Canada and awaiting its last U.S. regulatory approvals in Minnesota. It is expected to add 370,000 bpd of capacity by early 2019.But that additional room will only just accommodate new output from oilsands expansions and the situation will remain tight until the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline to the West Coast proposed by Kinder Morgan is in service, expected to add 590,000 bpd by late 2019, Lever said. That project is being actively opposed in court by the B.C. government and other intervenors.TransCanada hasn’t yet approved its Keystone XL pipeline into the U.S. but Lever said its 830,000-bpd capacity would likely provide enough room for Canadian oil production growth until about 2030, when the industry expects Canadian production to reach five million barrels per day.Lever pointed out that having excess pipeline capacity is important because it gives producers options to supply different markets and offers the pipeline operators flexibility to schedule maintenance downtime.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more


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Loujack cafe, a 29-year-old Hamilton man was found guilty last month in a St. Catharines court on four counts of attempted murder and one for assault. He was sentenced to life in prison Friday.Cafe appeared at John Sopinka courthouse in Hamilton in front of Justice James Ramsey. His lawyer, Christopher Hicks, asked for a 12 to 14 year sentence but instead Ramsey handed Cafe the maximum sentence in four of the attacks and five years for the aggravated assault charge.The sentence comes as a result of a series of random, unprovoked stabbings in 2011 where Cafe attacked his victims from behind. The first incident was in March 2011 followed by four more between November and December that same year.Cafe was already serving a life sentence after he was found guilty last year of killing his neighbour, George Bernett. read more


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Acting on the recommendations of the Secretary-General, the Council adopted a new resolution by a recorded vote of 11 in favour with four abstentions (Angola, China, Egypt and Venezuela), which authorized the deployment of a UN police component of up to 228 officersi.Further by the text, the UN police would be placed under the authority of a Senior Adviser to the United Nations and be deployed in the capital, Bujumbura and throughout Burundi. The Secretary-General was further requested “to ensure their progressive deployment.”The Security Council urged the Burundian Government and all Burundian parties to cooperate fully in the deployment and activities of the UN police component and to allow UN staff to travel freely and unhindered in places of detention and to prisoners.As for observers and experts from the African Union (AU), the Council urged the Burundian government to allow without delay the continuation of the full deployment of 100 AU human rights observers and 100 military experts. It also urged the Government and other stakeholders to extend full cooperation to those observers and experts and provide them with full access for the purpose of fulfilling their mission.By other terms of the resolution, the Security Council urged all parties in Burundi to reject all forms of violence and to refrain from any action that would jeopardize peace and stability in the country or undermine the inter-Burundian dialogue.It also urged the Government to “respect, protect and ensure respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all.” It welcomed the steps taken by the Government to lift some prohibitions on media and civil society, cancel some arrest warrants and release a number of detainees. The Security Council urged the Government to urgently meet other commitments it announced 23 February 2016, to allow all media to resume operations and release all political prisoners. It also urges him to continue to cooperate fully with the OHCHR.The Council went on to expresses its intention to take targeted measures against all stakeholders in Burundi and abroad, threatening the country’s peace and security.Regarding the inter-Burundian dialogue, the 15-member Council urged the Government and “all parties committed to a peaceful solution” to participate immediately,cactively and constructively in the political dialogue under the aegis of the Commonwealth of East Africa and endorsed by the AU.Finally, the Council called on States of the region to contribute to the search for a solution to the crisis in Burundi to refrain from any interference, including any support for the activities of the armed movements in any form whatsoever.Burundi was thrown into crisis more than a year ago when President Nkurunziza decided to run for a controversial third term that he went on to win. To date, it has been reported that hundreds of people have been killed, more than 240,000 have fled the nation, and thousands more have been arrested and possibly subjected to human rights violations. read more


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Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann coaches Kaleb Wesson (34) on the sideline in the second half of an exhibition win against Wooster on Nov. 5, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentThe whirlwind offseason for Ohio State men’s basketball comes to a close Friday. For the first time, head coach Chris Holtmann will lead the Ohio State men’s basketball team onto the court as the team opens its 2017-18 season at 7 p.m. Friday with a showdown against Robert Morris at the Schottenstein Center.The game will introduce a new coaching staff, led by Holtmann, and a roster featuring seven new players — two of whom are walk-ons. Sophomore center Micah Potter said the team is aware of naysayers who claim the inexperienced team is weak.“The biggest thing we want is to just prove people wrong,” Potter said. “Prove that we’re capable of playing and playing well, and capable of beating some very talented opponents.”Holtmann said he is not caught up in proving anybody wrong. Instead, he emphasizes continual improvement because he knows his team is a work in progress.Robert Morris’ 14-19 record last season might not jump off the page, especially considering the team competes in the lesser Northeast Conference, but Ohio State’s new coach respects the team’s first opponent. “They’re physically tough; they play tough; they’re incredibly scrappy,” Holtmann said. “They have attacking players and skilled players and they’ve got terrific athleticism.”He called the Colonials one of the toughest teams he has seen on tape in recent memory.Robert Morris must replace its top two scorers from last season after shooting guard Isaiah Still transferred to Iona and point guard Kavon Stewart graduated. However, the Colonials make their presence felt on the defensive end of the floor by pressuring opponents into turning the ball over. Robert Morris forced 16.6 turnovers per game last season, which ranked No. 9 in the country. Holtmann said he is aware of the defensive prowess of the Buckeyes’ first opponent and the challenges presented by the Colonials’ physicality and activity. “It’s going to test our decision-making, our ball handling, being sure with the ball and tough with the ball and making tough decisions,” Holtmann said. “It’s gonna test us both inside and certainly gonna test our guard play. So this is a great opportunity to kind of figure out … are we growing in that area?”Much like the Buckeyes, the Colonials face uncertainty with many new players. They return only two starters in defensive-minded sophomore guard Dachon Burke and versatile junior wing Matty McConnell. A season ago, Burke finished sixth in the Northeast Conference in steals per game, while McConnell finished third. McConnell looked strong in Robert Morris’s two exhibition games, recording 27 points and five steals, and 24 points and six steals, respectively. Robert Morris’ high-pressure defense should represent a challenging debut for the new-look Buckeyes, who also have a lot of questions to answer and, according to Potter, a lot to prove.For freshmen Kaleb Wesson, Musa Jallow and Kyle Young, transfers Andrew Dakich and Connor Fulton and walk-ons Danny Hummer and Matt Lehmann, the matchup with the Colonials will be their first game as Buckeyes. But for senior Jae’Sean Tate and redshirt senior Kam Williams, the game will be their final season-opener at the Schott.“It’s a little bittersweet,” Williams said. “You know you want to go out there and do so well. But for me, every game, I just want to go out there and just have as much fun as possible. Just let loose, just play with my teammates and just whatever happens, happens.” read more


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Massachusetts authorities are expected to execute an arrest warrant for New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez  for obstruction of justice in connection with a homicide investigation, sources tell ABC News.The warrant was prepared after police discovered that the security system at Hernandez’s home, along with his cellphone, were destroyed, sources told ABC News.Police were at Hernandez’s home again Thursday with another search warrant based on evidence that Hernandez “destroyed his home security system,” an investigator close to the case told ABC News.The investigator and other law enforcement sources confirmed the security system was smashed intentionally. Hernandez’s cellphone was handed over to investigators “in pieces” by his attorneys, sources added.Police also want to know why a team of house cleaners was hired on Monday to scrub Hernandez’s mansion, sources told ABC News.“There’s a federal statute in every state that you cannot knowingly destroy evidence. And what [authorities] believe has happened here is that the home surveillance system was destroyed, the cell phone was destroyed, the house was cleaned, and the police think there was evidence that was destroyed because of that,” ESPN legal analyst Roger Cossack said.“Now the problem of course is that nobody knows what was in that home surveillance so in some ways it’s difficult for the police to make their case,” Cossack said.Surveillance video from the North Attleborough, Mass., neighborhood of Hernandez shows him with Odin Lloyd and two other people hours before Lloyd was killed earlier this week, sources confirmed to ABC News late Thursday.In addition, the Boston Globe reported that video images appear to show Hernandez and Lloyd together on Fayston Street in Boston early Monday morning.Hernandez, 23, has been at the center of the investigation since the body of Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player, was found shot in the back of the head Monday in an industrial park near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough.Lloyd’s uncle, Ishmael Andrew, told The Associated Press on Friday that Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend. Family members have said Lloyd was never in trouble.Meanwhile, a lawsuit has been re-filed in Florida against Hernandez by a man the tight end allegedly shot in South Florida in February. The lawsuit contends Alexander S. Bradley was shot in the arm but the bullet traveled to his head, causing him to lose his right eye.Video footage by a WCVB-TV chopper showed Hernandez traveling by car to Gillette Stadium on Thursday morning. He left the stadium shortly after noon, then was swarmed by reporters after he stopped at a gas station.The Boston Herald reported that Hernandez was told to leave the stadium by staff, who were waiting for him when he showed up for a workout. Patriots spokesman Stacey James told the newspaper that he had no idea why Hernandez came to the stadium.“No coaches are here,” said James, who declined further comment to the Herald.Lloyd’s body was discovered in a clearing near John Dietsch Boulevard, not far from a vehicle that had been rented by Hernandez. Police have ruled Lloyd’s death a homicide.“It has been widely reported in the media that the state police have searched the home of our client, Aaron Hernandez, as part of an ongoing investigation. Out of respect for that process, neither we nor Aaron will have any comment about the substance of that investigation until it has come to a conclusion,” attorney Michael Fee said in a statement.Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a silver mirror cover believed to have been broken off a vehicle and might be visible along a route of travel between Dorchester, where Lloyd was from, and North Attleborough.The NFL is not commenting on the Hernandez situation at this point, a league official told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. But the NFL is monitoring developments, as it would in any matter of this nature.Bradley, the man who claims he was shot by Hernandez after the two argued upon leaving a Miami nightclub in February, is represented by New York attorney David Jaroslawicz.Asked whether he has a police report of the incident, Jaroslawicz declined to provide information. According to USA Today Sports, his client was in the hospital for weeks, and “I’m sure the police were there.”A spokesman for Miami-Dade police told USA Today that he was checking to see whether a report was filed.A police report from the Palm Beach County Sheriff describes a shooting incident involving a man named Bradley on Feb. 13. The sheriff’s office deemed the case inactive because Bradley refused to cooperate. Hernandez was not named in the report. read more


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first_imgKal Tire’s Mining Tire Group, a world leader in mining tyre services and a global independent tyre dealer, has expanded its presence in South Africa through the acquisition of the South Africa operations of Tyre Corporation.“Tyre Corporation is a recognised market leader in underground mining tire services and sales and we’re excited to bring their capabilities and strengths to Kal Tire,” said Dan Allan, Senior Vice President, Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group. “We’ve been building our business in parts of Africa since 2009, but this acquisition goes a long way for us to ensure a long-term sustainable business in South Africa.”Tyre Corporation has been operating in South Africa for 12 years with fully equipped branches throughout the country. In order to continue their growth, access to capital was essential. “Tyre Corporation is confident that Kal Tire is the right organisation to acquire its South African operations and continue to build on the strong reputation they have developed.”“We are very pleased to be joining forces with a company like Kal Tire who has such a strong reputation in the industry and understands the mining tyre business as well as they do,” says Patrick Brown, Sales Director, Tyre Corporation. Daan Badenhorst, Tyre Corporation’s OTR Operations Director, adds: “Knowing they believe in customer service with the same passion as we do, our customers can be assured of the high level of service they will continue to receive.”Kal Tire provides full-service customised mining tyre solutions across five continents. “With 45 years’ experience in every type of mining operation, and a strong balance sheet, the organisation is positioned to properly support and fund the working capital needs of a venture of this magnitude as well as continued growth.” More than 800 Tyre Corporation team members across 80 South Africa mine sites will be welcomed into Kal Tire. “We believe every team member in our organisation is the key to our success and we know our new team members joining us from Tyre Corporation bring invaluable experience with them,” says Robert Foord, President, Kal Tire. “We ensure all team members at Kal Tire have the proper training and learning opportunities available to them. In addition, our new team members will now be able to share experiences and collaborate with our current 5,600 team members in many countries around the world.”“To be able to bring the reputation Tyre Corporation has created with customers to Kal Tire, along with access to the experienced team members, is very exciting,” says Allan. “It certainly helps us in ensuring we have a sustainable business in South Africa – which remains one of the key mining markets in the world. For Tyre Corporation customers, we want to assure them it is business as usual. Our intent is they continue to receive the high level of service they are used to and deal with the same people and products as they have been, in hopes of gaining their trust and earning the privilege of continuing to serve them.”The additional advantages for existing Tyre Corporation customers is that they will now have access to other Kal Tire services such as Kal Tire’s exclusive Ultra Repair® process for ultra-class tyres and other tyre service innovations.Kal Tire’s focus in on delivering tire management services and products of measureable value for mining customers globally. That includes creating alternative commercial models that are focused on aligning the goals of both the customer and Kal Tire, as well as developing innovative and patented solutions and tools.“Through acquisitions like this one, there are many benefits,” concludes Allan. “Kal Tire is able to widen its experience base and we find new ways to do things and new opportunities to serve more customers. For Tyre Corporation team members, they gain access to a wealth of knowledge and capabilities in the Kal Tire network including more resources to get assistance in solving problems or coming up with new ideas. And for customers, we would like to think we are able to bring all of that experience together and provide the service they demand.“We are excited to make this investment in the South African mining industry – and the prospects created for Kal Tire through the Tyre Corporation acquisition.”last_img read more


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first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on target A bobcat struck by a police car in Orange County, California earlier this year has recovered and was released back into the wild on Saturday.The bobcat was injured in February when it ran onto Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach and was struck by a police car. It was taken to the Serrano Animal and Bird Hospital, where it underwent rehabilitation for two months.Thank you to @LagunaBeachPD and vet Dr. Weldy who released a rehabilitated bobcat into the backcountry of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park today. The cat had been hit by an officer on Laguna Canyon Road in February, and he was on hand to see the release. pic.twitter.com/bBJOr7Wzfz— OC Parks (@OCParks) April 13, 2019Laguna Beach police Officer Thomas McGuire, who was driving the car, and veterinarian Dr. Scott Weldy, who treated the wild animal for head trauma, were both on hand to witness the rehabilitated bobcat’s release into the backcountry of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.Weldy told the Los Angeles Times he fed the bobcat a final meal of chicken parts before taking it to the wilderness park, near where it was injured, for its release.McGuire was responding to a call on Feb. 19 when it struck the year-old bobcat. “I felt horrible,” he told the Times.center_img He pulled over immediately and called animal control officers, who rushed the animal to Weldy’s facility.It was that immediate reaction, the vet told the Orange County Register, that saved the bobcat’s life.Weldy found the bobcat had significant head trauma, and its sternum had been fractured. Weldy also discovered from full body X-rays that the cat had been shot, the OC Register reported. Lead fragments in the cat’s hind legs near the ankles had healed over the bullets.According to Weldy, putting the bobcat back close to where he was found is critical for his surviva. The park is stocked with rabbits and squirrels, the favored diet of bobcats.“I’m happy for him,” McGuire told the OC Register. “Hopefully, it all goes well and it’s almost like it never happened for him. It’s nice to see him back where he belongs.”More on Geek.com:‘Badass’ Bobcat Kitten Named Mr. Murderbritches Released Into the WildAnimal Control Looking for Exotic Pet Cat On the Loose in VirginiaWatch: Firefighters Use Crane to Hoist Elephant Back to Her Feetlast_img read more


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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Oct 2015 – Private property owners and private residents are a big part of the problem of mosquito infestation – some deliberately and others inadvertently – these views are being expressed in social media strings and by some politicians. Vociferous residents have chimed in on the popular Speak Your Mind TCI to say that ‘nastiness’ is to blame for some of the inundation of mosquitoes; these residents say there are just too many people prepared to throw garbage along the roadways and that is a known haven for mosquito breeding. In a media statement, another challenge brought to light may not be so irresponsible according to former PDM leader and current PDA Leader, Oswald Skippings. Skippings called the PNP Administration insensitive. “…some of the owners are unemployed and are struggling to survive and therefore cannot afford to pump the water off their property. Government must also understand that while it may be a private property, the possible resulting problems may affect the entire community if not the entire island and country.” Skippings accuses the Government of refusing to pump water out of areas like Five Cays, which he says still has standing water from Hurricane Joaquin. During the recent House of Assembly debate, Minister responsible for public works, George Lightbourne said over $400,000 was approved at Cabinet for work and repairs in the aftermath of the hurricane. Environmental Health on Thursday shared the fogging schedule for Provo and explained to Magnetic Media that both North and Middle Caicos are being sprayed daily. Related Items:Mosquitoes, oswald skippings, pda, pnp, speak your mind TCI Recommended for you Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’last_img read more


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first_imgThe Italian Lega Serie A club was down 2-1 but ended up winning 5-2 against the Luxembourg side in the Champions LeagueFor 17 minutes Luxembourg’s Dudelange was up 2-1 against AC Milan in the UEFA Europa League.But the Rossoneri were able to turn their luck around and ended up winning 5-2.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We respect Dudelange and they played well today, especially in the first half. It wasn’t easy, because they came here to put in a great performance at San Siro,” Hakan Calhanoglu told Sky Sport Italia as quoted by Football Italia.“I think we had a decent second half and that kind of spirit is how we must win. Finally, my foot doesn’t hurt anymore and I’m in good shape.”“The most important thing isn’t who scores, but the team victory. A goal is just a bonus,” he added.last_img read more


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first_img Email Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images More 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music Residente Wins Best Urban Song Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Mexican singer/songwriter takes home the folk album award at The Biggest Night in Latin MusicRenée FabianGRAMMYs Nov 16, 2017 – 2:18 pm No stranger to the Latin GRAMMY stage, Mexican singer/songwriter Natalia Lafourcade added another Latin GRAMMY to her collection, winning Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards. Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Natalia Lafourcade Wins Best Folk Album | 18th Latin GRAMMYs MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com News Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.comcenter_img Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Residente Wins Best Urban Song Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers Prev Next Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Twitter Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners Facebook Residente Wins Best Urban Song Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment “Wow. Hi everyone. We are very excited. I am very grateful. I have next to me, two great men, the Macorinos, I wanted to collaborate on this project to reconnect with myself and reconnect with music, folklore [and] the composers that I admire [and] with Mexico [and] with Latin America. I felt it was necessary to unveil the music and return it to that … intimate space of heart and soul and, fortunately, this spread to my team. This spread to our producers, Gustavo Guerrero [and] Cheche Alara. It spread to my management team, to Queta, Kevin [and] Carlos. It spread to my record company, my family [and] my record company that indulge [my] crazy whims. … Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 16, 2017 – 7:22 pm Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY natalia-lafourcade-wins-best-folk-album-18th-latin-grammys Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Read more Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech “There they are, and they tell me, “Let’s go forward.” [Thank you to] the team of people that have been behind this Musas [album] that we completed. And [to] my men, my Macorinos: What I most wanted was [for] the world [to] remember them always for how pleasant they are. …  Thank you very much.” — Natalia LafourcadeA GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winner, this win marked her first win in the Best Folk Album category. She also took home Best Long Form Video at the 18th Latin GRAMMYs for Musas, El Documental, marking her ninth career win. Past wins include the Latin GRAMMY for Record and Song Of The Year for “Hasta La Raíz” at the 16th Latin GRAMMY Awards.The other nominees for Best Folk Album were Yuvisney Aguilar & Afrocuban Jazz Quartet’s Piango, Piango, Magín Díaz’ El Orisha De La Rosa, Quinteto Leopoldo Federico’s Pa’ Qué Más (Música Andina Colombina), and Edward Ramírez & Rafa Pino’s El Tuyero Ilustrado. Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMYlast_img read more


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first_imgAnchorage School Board won’t renew superintendent’s contractAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageThe Anchorage School Board will not renew the district superintendent’s contract next year.Arctic coast guards team up, Russia includedLiz Ruskin, APRN – AnchorageThe head of the U.S. Coast Guard met today with his counterparts from seven other northern nations. They created the Arctic Coast Guard Forum, at a signing ceremony in New London, Conn.Who’s the boss of Alaska LNG? I am, Walker saysRachel Waldholz, APRN – AnchorageAs lawmakers close out the first week of their special session on the Alaska LNG gas line project, there’s one question in the air — why are we still here?Senators grounded while SecDef visits Alaska without themLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.Alaska’s two U.S. senators were supposed to be at Fort Wainwright today with a high-profile visitor on a stopover.2 jailhouse informants say Fairbanks 4 talked on crimeDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksMembers of the Fairbanks Four made incriminating statements in jail.  That according to men men who served time with them.Staffer honored for thwarting would-be school shooter in NewtokCharles Enoch, KYUK – BethelThe Lower Kuskokwim School District Board of Education, in their Friday morning meeting, recognized Harry Nevak for his role in stopping a possible school shooting earlier this fall in the Southwestern Alaska village of Newtok.Museum exhibits German photographer’s Arctic collectionZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageFew people are willing to camp out at thirty below for days at a time in order to get the perfect photograph of a polar bear feasting on whale bones. An exhibit at the Anchorage Museum is showcasing wild works made with exceptionally radical methods.AK: Stalking the ultimate Halloween movieDave Waldron, APRN – AnchorageHallow’s Eve is almost here, and it’s safe to say that most of us have our costumes and candy ready. But what about something to watch? A scary movie can complete a haunted house or be the perfect past time between trick-or-treaters. We tap the expertise of a film junkie in search of the ultimate Halloween flick.49 Voices: Halloween display king Eugene Enstice of AnchorageThis week we went hunting for one of the best Halloween displays in Anchorage. When we knocked on the door, Eugene Enstice answered. He says he’s been going all out with decorations since he bought the house in 1988. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audiolast_img read more


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first_imgRam Charan and Varun Tej in CaliforniaInstagramThe recent picture of Ram Charan which was posted by his cousin, Tollywood hero Varun Tej, has drawn huge attention from all over. It appears like Ram Charan is having a vacation before he starts shooting for RRR.Varun Tej, who got very famous with his movies Mukunda, Fidaa, Tholi Prema etc, posted a picture on his social media profile a while ago and captioned it “‪Randomly bumped into Mr.C in Cali!”. In the picture, Varun Tej is seen posing with Ram Charan, with his stunning new look, which is probably for his upcoming movie RRR.Ram Charan, who was praised for his natural looks in the blockbuster movie Rangasthalam, sported a ribbed body for his latest movie Vinaya Vidheya Rama. Now that he is all set to start shooting for the upcoming movie RRR, Ram Charan seems to have worked on his looks.It is a known fact that SS Rajamouli is all set to create another sensation with his upcoming movie RRR. Tollywood’s top heroes NTR and Ram Charan are slated to play the roles of two freedom fighters in this fictional movie. Ram Charan will play the role of Alluri Sitharama Raju, a freedom fighter.Ram Charan’s look with the moustache looks apt for the role he will portray in the movie RRR. The much-awaited information regarding star director SS Rajamouli’s directorial- RRRwas announced recently. SS Rajamouli and his team members had organized a press meet to reveal the details of RRR.It was revealed that RRR is a movie with a fictional representation of the life of Alluri Sitharama Raju and Komaram Bheem, the unsung heroes. It was also revealed that star heroes Ram Charan and NTR will be appearing as Alluri Sitharama Raju and Komaram Bheem respectively.last_img read more


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first_imgBangladesh ParliamentThe 17th session of the 10th parliament will begin on 10 September, which is likely to witness a lively debate over the Supreme Court observation on the 16th amendment verdict.President Abdul Hamid called the session of the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) on Tuesday exercising the power bestowed upon him as per Article 72 (1) of the constitution, said a parliament secretariat handout.The session will begin at 5:00pm.On Monday, prime minister Sheikh Hasina while talking about the much-talked-about 16th amendment to the constitution said she has doubt whether other judges of the Appellate Division had the scope of freely giving their opinions.She also said the chief justice might have not given them that scope and many things can be understood after reading the verdict.Mentioning that there were many ‘contradictions’ in the judgment, Hasina said adding she was reading it and taking notes. “I’ll speak about those in parliament.”last_img read more


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first_imgResidents who escaped spoke of others trapped and screaming for help, with some holding children from windows and others jumping from upper floors. Some were reported to have attempted to use bin bags as makeshift parachutes.A witness, Samira Lamrani, told the British Press Association a baby was thrown from a 9th or 10th floor window and caught by a bystander.“The windows were slightly ajar — a woman was gesturing that she was about to throw her baby and if somebody could catch her baby,” Lamrani said, according to the BBC. “A gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby.”Lamrani said there were “endless numbers of people” trapped and “screaming for their lives.”One person, who did not want to be identified, told the British newspaper The Guardian, “I’m lucky to be alive — and lots of people have not got out of the building.”Police say it will take some time to confirm the cause of the fire, and authorities did not want to speculate on why it spread so rapidly, The Associated Press reports.As noon approached Wednesday, the building in the west London neighborhood of North Kensington was still smoldering and breaking out into flames. Volunteers were bringing sandwiches to people forced out of their homes; others donated supplies and money.The AP reports that the building had been viewed as a fire risk:“Local residents said they had warned local authorities about fire issues in the building, a public housing block built in 1974 and containing 120 homes, according to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.” ‘We’ve complained to council,’ said Edward Daffarn, 55, who said nothing had been done to improve safety. ‘I consider this mass murder.’ “On Twitter, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the fire was declared a major incident; he and other city officials are spreading information about how survivors and families can find one another or report someone missing.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Matt Dunham/APFire and rescue crews are fighting a blaze and searching for people who may have been trapped in a 24-story apartment building in London that was engulfed in fire overnight. At least six people have died from the fire, which was not yet fully under control nearly 12 hours after it started.“These are very early stages and we do expect that figure to rise,” London’s Metropolitan Police said of the death toll.The blaze at Grenfell Tower was reported around 1 a.m. (8 p.m. ET Tuesday). Soon after, people nearby reported seeing smoke and flames shooting from its windows. Since then, more than 64 people have been taken to hospitals, and 20 are in critical care units, the London Ambulance Service says.“This is an unprecedented situation, with a major fire that has affected all floors of this 24 story building, from the second floor up,” said London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton.Cotton told reporters she’d never seen anything like the fire in her nearly 30 years as a firefighter.#GrenfellTower fire: Crowdfunding page raises more than £20,000 in just hours https://t.co/XBuimKyMLK pic.twitter.com/GX9zv4IVsi— Telegraph News (@TelegraphNews) June 14, 2017Up to 600 people may have been inside the building’s 120 apartments at the time the blaze broke out.Alex Ritson, reporting from London for NPR, says the blaze appeared to start on a lower floor of the building and spread with astonishing speed. “At its height, pretty much the entire building appear to be ablaze, with huge flames of several hundred feet running up the side of the tower,” he says. “Forty fire engines and around 200 firefighters went to the scene — but their equipment didn’t reach much beyond the 11th floor.“There are already disturbing reports emerging of the pipework in the building for a fire emergency being out of action,” Ritson says. “Also, the fire escape plan for the building told residents to stay in their apartments behind supposedly fire safe doors. Those who escaped the blaze were the ones who both woke up and ignored that advice.”Mickey Paramasivan, who took his children out of the building after he woke up and smelled smoke, told Ritson they made it out with just a few minutes to spare.“I sure would have been dead if I weren’t awake,” he said. “Five more minutes and that was us. That’s how close it was.”He described a perilous situation: “Only one fire escape to get down, and apparently that caught on fire,” he said. “And the fire alarm that was going off, that wouldn’t have woken no one up. It was as silent as it could be. … Someone’s got to be held responsible for this. It’s ridiculous.”Eyewitness accounts describe horrifying scenes of people who could not escape from the building.The Telegraph reports:Strangers rally to support survivors of the #GrenfellTower fire by offering food, clothing and somewhere to rest https://t.co/4jzAtqpwoN pic.twitter.com/secTyahG6e— The Sun (@TheSun) June 14, 2017 Sharelast_img read more


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first_imgIf you are a fan of Stephen King’s multi-novel epic tale The Dark Tower, you’ve probably been giving the film adaptation — currently in production with director Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) — a wary side-eye. The project was in development hell as far back as 2007, with Ron Howard pitching grand plans of a serialized, interwoven movie and television series and no one buying it. Then, suddenly, Sony had a “Dark Tower” film slated for February 2017, and Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey were cast and the movie was happening, even if fans were unclear just how much of the sprawling Dark Tower epic would make it into one film. We assumed it would be an adaptation of the first novel, The Gunslinger, but it turns out the truth is much more interesting.Stephen King and Nikolaj Arcel took some time from the Dark Tower production in Cape Town, South Africa to talk to Entertainment Weekly on a podcast. King revealed that the story will “start the same,” which implies Idris Elba’s Roland and newcomer Tom Taylor’s Jake will start like at the beginning of The Gunslinger, but King implies the story will jump ahead as well.Idris Elba on set as Roland.“I expect that the movie will start where the book starts,” King explained. “You know, ‘The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed,’ so I think that nails it right in place for people. I’ve been pretty insistent about that, and I think everybody’s pretty on board with it.” However, this might not an adaptation of The Gunslinger at all. King added: “It starts sort of the middle of the story rather than the beginning, which may upset some of the fans a little bit, but they’ll get behind it because it is the story.”We’re expecting a chase across the desert, but also to be dropped in the middle of a story? Skipping to a story in the middle would suggest something closer to an earlier draft of the movie by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner, where much of the film was spent in our world with Jake trying to get back to Mid-Land.Even more puzzling, after Elba and McConaughey were cast as Roland and the Man in Black, the other casting hasn’t revealed an Eddie or a Susannah, or really any other characters we’d expect from a Dark Tower movie. Actress Abbey Lee was cast as “Trina,” and a character with that name doesn’t show up until the seventh book.If all of those references didn’t ring any bells, you might want to avoid the rest of this post, because things are about to get nerdy and spoilery for both the book and the upcoming Dark Tower movie.The aforementioned draft of a The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner was reviewed online by Quint from Ain’t It Cool News earlier this year and outlined what that “old” draft might have in common with whatever final film is being made. That review had the screenplay starting with the Man in Black in the town of Devar-Toi, not fleeing through a desert, but other details have lined up with the casting. This screenplay has Jake know he has to help Roland find the Dark Tower while Roland is consumed with revenge. As the report puts it: “Goldsman and Pinkner decided to fold in Jake’s journey to Roland’s world from The Wastelands (complete with the fight with the Guardian in the old haunted house) with his entry into The Gunslinger.”A new tweet by Stephen King looks like it could be confirming another detail about the movie and why it’s different than the book, and this one means that the major changes in the film version might coexist with the novel’s narrative.The Dark Tower is close, now. The Crimson King awaits. Soon Roland will raise the Horn of Eld. And blow. pic.twitter.com/rqGSKM3dWL— Stephen King (@StephenKing) May 19, 2016Dark Tower fans will recognize the Horn of Eld, and object that Roland kept as he was sent from the Dark Tower at the end of the book back to the beginning of his journey. Roland doesn’t remember that he’s chased the Man in Black before, the only evidence he lived through the novels is that he has the Horn of Eld, which he doesn’t at the start of The Gunslinger.Stephen King saying Roland will blow the horn paired with the phrase “Last Time Around” is exciting. In short, it means the events of the novel happened, then the movie happened. Much like how JJ Abrams rebooted the Star Trek movie universe in 2009 by fracturing the timeline, this keeps the narrative of the book canonically separate from the movie (or movie series, if this does well).This time around, it sounds like Tull might be populated with Taheen, and Jake might be the one who knows what’s really going on. It had been a slight hope since the script report claimed Goldsman and Pinkner’s Roland also had the Horn of Eld.Whatever Dark Tower movie we get might not bear much similarity to the Dark Tower story that we read on the page, but we won’t be dealing with a direct adaptation. We can frame our expectations accordingly.last_img read more


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first_img Explore further Research questions the educational possibilities of some TV and computer games A position winning for white and one not winning. Image from “Learning Games from Videos Guided by Descriptive Complexity” by Łukasz Kaiser This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Computer turns into boardgame master of all it surveys (2012, July 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-boardgame-master-surveys.html More information: liafa.jussieu.fr/~kaiser/pub/l … ptive_complexity.pdf “The presented algorithm requires only a few demonstrations and minimal background knowledge, and, having learned the rules, automatically derives position evaluation functions and can play the learned games competitively,” according to the paper. “Our main technique is based on descriptive complexity, i.e., the logical means necessary to define a set of interest. We compute formulas defining allowed moves and final positions in a game in different logics and select the most adequate ones.”He used software that processed video clips to recognize the board, pieces, moves, and outcomes. The system could examine viable moves, draw data from all possible outcomes, and proceed with an optimal calculated move. The video recognition procedure was implemented in C++ and the game learning algorithm in OCaml. Both were integrated with Toss, a game playing program. Toss is an open source project hosted by SourceForge and distributed under the BSD license.He used relational structures that recognize rows, columns and diagonals of a boardgame, and made use of different logic systems —pure first-order, existential and guarded. Additionally, a General Game Playing program enhanced the system’s learning power to play tactically and know legal moves. (General Game Playing is the design of AI programs that can play more than one game successfully. The system is valued by researchers for use beyond gaming to an intelligence support for search and rescue missions.)Kaiser said he chose to use games as a primary learning tool because they are models of real-world interaction scenarios, making the results significant in a broader context. “Systems able to learn from visual observations are of central importance in many fields, especially in autonomous robotics and interactive computer vision,” he said.The tests for Kaiser’s experiment were run on a laptop with 4GB RAM and a2.13GHz Intel L9600 processor. The computer’s performance depends on the complexity of the game. Nonethtless, observers agree that the significance of Kaiser’s efforts is to demonstrate that software can learn the rules of a game with a modest amount of external input. © 2012 Phys.Org (Phys.org) — Igniting interest in computer logic and gaming, a paper titled “Learning Games from Videos Guided by Descriptive Complexity” shows how computer systems can successfully learn how to play boardgames, just by its watching two-minute videos of humans playing and can then proceed to try to beat them at their own game. Łukasz Kaiser, the author of the paper, studies logic and games at Paris Diderot University in France. His research effort was to introduce a system for learning board game rules from brief videos and demonstrate it on several well-known games—such as Connect4,Gomoku, Pawns, and Breakthrough.last_img read more


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first_imgIt will be his second working project tour of the state. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Another agenda topic is the Free Zone project where concerns remain since the National Development Plan only includes the North Zone. The visit is in part, for the economic detonation of the south of Quintana Roo where members of the business sector are interested in the construction of the section of train that will connect Tulum-Bacalar since it will allow local construction companies to participate in its tender. Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Mexico’s president Andrés Manuel López Obrador will be heading to the region in coming days to discuss state project plans. center_img President López Obrador will visit three regional municipalities during his short visit. They include Merida on June 22, Tulum at 11:00 a.m. and Playa del Carmen at 4:00 p.m. on June 23 and a morning press conference in Cancun June 24. López Obrador made the announcement of his planned visit to discuss projects that include Welfare Programs, the Maya Train, the decentralization of the Ministry of Tourism and the implementation of the Free Zone in Chetumal. last_img read more