Tesla fires several Calgary employees

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Automaker Tesla has fired several of its employees at its Calgary service centre.In a statement to 660 NEWS, Tesla confirms the employees were dismissed following an investigation into “repeated inappropriate exchanges between colleagues”, a violation of its workplace policies.Tesla would not say what the inappropriate exchanges were, only that it was another employee who brought forward a complaint.Tesla is assuring its Calgary car owners that the service centre remains open, and will be hiring new staff for the now vacant positions. read more

BCE Inc to hike dividend by 53 following big increase in profit

BCE Inc., Canada’s largest telecommunications company, posted a near 10% increase in fourth-quarter profit on Thursday as gains in wireless results were buttressed by unexpected strength in BCE’s Internet-TV service.The Montreal-based company, which operates under the Bell brand, had a “great quarter and solid guidance,” said Canaccord Genuity analyst Dvai Ghose.While BCE’s forecasts for 2015 were largely in line with expectations, analysts said surprisingly strong wireline subscriber and revenue gains show the company is taking market share from its cable-TV competitors.BCE gained 34,126 net broadband, or high-speed Internet, customers in the quarter, while rival Rogers Communications Inc read more

UNHCR pledges to continue to work with Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka said it recognizes refugee returns as vulnerable individuals who require government assistance for re-integration, and as such the Government provides assistance to returning refugees, especially in the sectors of livelihoods and housing in addition to the re-integration grant and non-food relief assistance provided by the UNHCR. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filipo Grandi, has said the UNHCR will continue to work on, the return of those Sri Lankans who want to return, solutions for internally displaced people and commendable work that the Government is doing for the statelessness.The High Commissioner made this observation, in response to the national statement of Sri Lanka delivered by Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha, at the 67th Session of the Executive Committee of the UNHCR, held in Geneva. Aryasinha said the Government is assisted in the resettlement process by the UN and other development partners, yet, Sri Lanka requires further assistance for the displaced and the Government hopes that the international community will be forthcoming in this regard.  (Colombo Gazette) A National Steering Committee on Refugee Returnees has also been established enabling those involved in the refugee returnee process to discuss challenges, find solutions and have regular follow- up. read more

UN mission in Haiti says murders have increased appeals for calm

The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said these acts violated human rights and were grave crimes under the law and Constitution of the Caribbean country. MINUSTAH was continuing to support the Transitional Government in its efforts to reform and strengthen the country’s institutions, actions that are fundamental for the establishment of a State based on the rule of law as the only guarantee of social and political stability. While acknowledging that the Haitian National Police and the judicial system still needed strengthening, “MINUSTAH calls on the population to increase its collaboration with the public security forces and to reject in all its forms the violence which constitutes an obstacle to the process of normalization and peace-building in the country,” it said. Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) Juan Gabriel Valdés told a crowd gathered in the historic southern seaport of Cayes yesterday to start a programme of decentralization from Port-au-Prince in the country emerging from civil conflict that the UN would support development projects, in general, and the decentralization programme, in particular. MINUSTAH, together with UNDP, the Office of the Prime Minister and local authorities, have been working on decentralization to ensure a smooth transition after the elections of 2005, a report to the Security Council from Secretary-General Kofi Annan said earlier this year. As an illustration of the work needed in a decentralized Port-au-Prince, Mr. Valdés said, “The South (Department) of the country is very well-organized, with the young people having good initiatives for their region.” Transitional Prime Minister Gerard Latortue told the gathering in Cayes that decentralization would reduce the ills affecting Port-au Prince, including criminality, unemployment, unsanitary conditions and the expansion of its shanty towns. The international community and the Transitional Government were allied in making the needed investment, he added. read more

Judge dismisses 50M suit filed by Ramapough tribe against makers of film

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted May 18, 2014 10:40 am MDT NEWARK, N.J. – A federal judge has dismissed a $50 million lawsuit brought by members of the Ramapough Native American tribe against the makers of a movie that they said depicted their people in a negative light.The lawsuit filed in New Jersey in December claimed the writers and producers of “Out of the Furnace” made false representations about the people who live in the Ramapo Mountains along the New York-New Jersey border.It claimed that unsavoury characters in the film had last names that are common among the Ramapough and that it perpetuated negative and unfounded stereotypes. The plaintiffs — who are mostly from New Jersey and New York, with one from Tennessee — claimed the film caused them humiliation. They were seeking punitive and compensatory damages.The 2013 movie stars Christian Bale as a man trying to find his missing brother, who has gotten involved with a bare-knuckle fighting ring in the mountains of New Jersey.The movie’s villain, played by Woody Harrelson, has the last name DeGroat, which is common among the Ramapough. Most of the 17 plaintiffs in the suit have the DeGroat last name.Harrelson’s character is the leader of a gang of “inbreds,” according to the suit, who are depicted as lawless, drug-addicted, poor and violent, and live in the “mountains of New Jersey.”The Record (http://bit.ly/1oEpWPt) reports the judge recently dismissed the suit. That decision came a few weeks after lawyers for Relativity Media, which released the movie, and the other defendants filed a motion to dismiss it.In legal papers filed in March, they said the plaintiffs had failed to state a claim for defamation or false light under both the common law and the First Amendment and argued that the dismissal of the false light or defamation claims negates the claim of infliction of emotional distress.Lydia Cotz, the attorney for the plaintiffs, told the newspaper that she and her clients haven’t yet decided whether they will appeal the decision.Cotz said she was “disappointed that the court did not view my clients’ perspective as meritorious, but we are pleased that this litigation let the makers of this film, as well as the region in general, know that there are contrary views about this community’s character and values.”The Ramapough do not have federal recognition but identify themselves as an American ethnic group recognized as a tribe by New York and New Jersey.___Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com Judge dismisses $50M suit filed by Ramapough tribe against makers of film ‘Out of the Furnace’ read more

Grim conditions in Syria despite greater access UN aid chief warns Security

Addressing the Security Council in New York, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordination, Stephen O’Brien said that inter-agency convoys have reached 150,000 people in the 11 of the 18 besieged areas in Syria, and welcomed the commitment by the Government of Syria to simplify administrative procedures for cross-line convoys. He cautioned, however, that “we are a long way from the sustained, unconditional and unimpeded access that is required of the parties under international law and was and is demanded by this Council in its resolutions.” Access for humanitarian aidSome 13.5 million people remain in need of humanitarian aid, with some 4.6 million in besieged and hard-to-reach areas, according to UN figures. “The Syrian authorities continue not to give approval to certain locations,” he said, noting three besieged areas “mere minutes’ drive away from UN warehouses in Damascus,” comprised of Duma, East Harasta and Darayya. He recounted the “dreadful” situation in these areas, particularly Darayya, with severe shortages of food, clean water, medicines, electricity and basic commodities. “The daily misery in these areas shames us all,” Mr. O’Brien said, adding that some people are forced to eat grass to subsist. The top UN humanitarian official also noted many hard-to-reach areas, saying he was “deeply troubled” for the more than 210,000 civilians in northern Rural Homs and the 15,000 people in neighbouring Habarnafse and surrounding communities in rural Huma. “People in these areas have essentially no possibility to move in or out of the areas and have diminishing access to clean water, medical care, and food,” he said. Mr. O’Brien also highlighted the plight of the estimated nearly two million people living in areas held by The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levans (ISIL) to which the UN has little or no access, and from where reports continue on widespread human rights abuses. Removals from convoys Even where there is access, convoys do not reach destinations intact, with more than 80,000 medical supplies and treatments removed from convoys in 2016. The items range from treatment for child malnutrition to medicine to prevent bleeding after child birth. “I call on all parties, particularly the Syrian authorities, to allow for all necessary medical items and equipment, including surgical items, to be allowed onto the convoys,” Mr. O’Brien said. He added that without proper medical evacuations from besieged and hard-to-reach areas, “people continue to die unnecessarily.” ‘Humanitarian objectives are not political’ In his address to the Council, the senior UN official noted that all Syrians are suffering given the destruction of schools and hospitals, the rising costs and shortages of basic items and services, and the devaluation of the currency. “As humanitarians, our objective is not political and it is not military,” Mr. O’Brien said. “It is about providing emergency aid and protection to people in desperate need and precarious circumstances, wherever they are in Syria.”He reiterated the call on 15 March from 102 humanitarian agencies for immediate and sustained access in Syria, including for support for a nationwide immunization campaign for children. He noted also the resumption of political talks last week led by Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura and urged “all of us” to rally behind the efforts to bring an end to the conflict. read more

Get outside connect with the planet that sustains us urges UN on

VIDEO: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) calls on everyone this World Environment Day to show how they’re #WithNature. Featuring UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors Gisele Bündchen and Don Cheadle.’Connect with nature’ by visiting an iconic UNECSO-designated site In line with the theme of the Day, ‘Connecting People with Nature,’ Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, invited everyone to take time out from busy lives and to visit one of UNESCO’s sites – including Biosphere Reserves, many Global Geoparks and iconic World Heritage sites – often overlying key strategic surface or groundwater resources and which bring together more than 2,000 exceptional sites around the world. “All of them employ local people and have their doors wide open to the public, because we know now this is the surest path to more inclusive and sustainable development, respectful of the boundaries of the planet,” she said, calling women and men everywhere “to connect with the nature around them that gives beauty, meaning and harmony to the lives we lead.”World on track to protect over 10 per cent of planet’s marine areasFor her part, Cristiana Pa?ca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) announced that the total area covered by Marine Protected Areas has increased nearly 20-fold since 1993 and has more than doubled since 2010.“With recent commitments made by governments around the globe, the world is on track to protect over 10 per cent of the globe’s marine areas by 2020,” she said, recalling that this target was agreed by Parties to the Convention in 2010, and was also adopted by UN Member States as part of SDG 14. Focusing only on areas under national jurisdiction, 14.4 per cent are currently protected; this is projected to rise to over 23 per cent by 2020. But while tremendous progress is being made in reaching this target for protected areas in our oceans, and the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 has been a catalyzing force” Ms. Pa?ca Palmer stressed that increased efforts are still needed to ensure that the growing network of Marine Protected Areas is representative of the different ocean ecosystems. With the theme of this year’s World Environment Day – ‘Connecting People to Nature’ – aimed at highlighting the well-documented physical and mental health benefits of being in nature, the United Nations is today flagging the vast benefits of such engagement, from food security and improved health to reliable water supply and climatic stability. “This is our environment. It is the keystone of a sustainable future. Without a healthy environment we cannot end poverty or build prosperity,” said Secretary-General António Guterres in a video message on the Day, commemorated annually on 5 June. Pointing to land, water oceans, forests, and “the air that we breathe,” the UN chief reaffirmed that everyone has a role to play “in protecting our only home,” including using less plastics, driving less, wasting less food and “teaching each other to care.” “On World Environment Day – and every day – let us reconnect with nature. Let us cherish the planet that protects us,” concluded Mr. Guterres. World Environment Day is the largest global day for positive environmental action. This year, the main celebrations are hosted by Canada. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) says thousands of people across six continents are joining massive clean-ups of beaches and parks, countries are protecting 1,600 square kilometres of land, and over 30 iconic landmarks, including the Empire State Building, ‘Christ the Redeemer’ statue in Rio, and Niagara Falls, will light up in green.The Day’s theme encourages people to simply ‘get back outdoors’ The 2017 edition of the Day coincides with the opening at UN Headquarters in New York of The Ocean Conference, the first-ever high-level global meeting on conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. The Governments of Fiji and Sweden have the co-hosting responsibilities of the Conference. The 2030 Agenda resolves “to ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources,” in particular, the Agenda’s associated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 14 and 15 focus on respectively conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas and marine resources and on protecting, restoring and promoting sustainable use of land ecosystems. “Our entire modern life, with its skyscrapers and smartphones, stands on a delicate foundation of natural systems,” said UN Environment chief Erik Solheim in remarks on the Day. “Today, these foundations are shaking, undermined by man-made climate change, deforestation and extinctions. No amount of advanced technology will save us if we destroy and pollute our natural lifeblood.” Billions of rural people around the world spend every working day ‘connected to nature’ and appreciate their dependence on natural water supplies and how nature support their livelihoods in the form of fertile soil. They are among the first to suffer when ecosystems are threatened, whether by pollution, climate change or over-exploitation. read more

Up to 1600 cars destroyed as fire engulfs multi storey car park

first_imgHorses which had been on the first level were moved to the arena, he added.Sue Wright, wife of former England footballer Mark, told the Mail Online that she witnessed the start of the blaze and said it was sparked by an engine fire in a Land Rover.”It was an old car that exploded as we were leaving the building. We were in our minibus and one of the kids shouted, ‘there’s a fire!”‘She added: “We’ve lost everything because our car was right next to the car that exploded. My handbag was in it, our cards, cash, everything. We just grabbed the keys and ran.”Mrs Wright said the cars were “just popping every couple of seconds”.Firefighters are still trying the contain the blaze, police said.Crews were first called at 4.42pm and were on scene eight minutes later.The area was evacuated along with some apartments nearby due to smoke billowing from the blaze. According to Liverpool’s mayor Joe Anderson the blaze started in a Land Rover on the third level of the car park. Cars are seen on fire during a serious blaze in a multi-storey car park in Liverpool Police advised members of the public to stay away from the area and traffic restrictions are currently in place.A spokeswoman for the Echo Arena said: “We regret to announce that the Liverpool International Horse Show has been cancelled tonight due to a serious fire in the multi-storey car park on site. Emergency services at a blaze at a multi-storey car park at the Echo Arena A fire has destroyed all cars in a 1,600 capacity multi-storey car park next to the Echo Arena in Liverpool.The Liverpool International Horse Show was cancelled as firefighters tackled the huge blaze next to the venue on Liverpool’s waterfront.Merseyside Police said: “Initial investigations indicate that an accidental fire within a vehicle caused other cars to ignite.”We believe that all vehicles parked in the car park have been destroyed and advise owners to contact their insurance companies.”No-one has been seriously injured, the force said. There was no information on the numbers of vehicles destroyed and fire crews were expected to remain on scene for a number of hours.The cause of the blaze is not yet known.Around 4,000 people were expected for Sunday evening’s horse show. Vehicles burn during the blazeCredit:Peter Byrne/PA Vehicles burn during the blazecenter_img Cars burn during a blaze near the Echo Arena Cars burn during a blaze near the Echo ArenaCredit:PAUL ELLIS/AFP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Emergency services at a blaze at a multi-storey car park at the Echo ArenaCredit:Peter Byrne/PA “All people and horses are safe and secure.”The four-day event was due to finish with Sunday evening’s show where around 4,000 people were expected.There were periodic explosions and flames shooting up the outside of the building as the cars burned.The arena car park where the blaze began can accommodate 1,600 vehicles.A reception centre has been set up nearby for people who are unable to get home. A spokeswoman for Mersey Fire and Rescue Service confirmed there were no reports of any casualties and said crews were still battling to get the blaze under control with 12 engines at the scene along with two aerial appliances.She said the blaze started on level three of the seven-storey car park, with multiple cars ablaze and it had affected that level and one above. Cars are seen on fire during a serious blaze in a multi-storey car park in Liverpoollast_img read more

SugarSync upgrades free cloud storage account to 5GB

first_imgBox.net jumped first a couple of weeks ago by increasing the amount of storage that comes with its free cloud storage and collaboration service. But that’s a service focused more towards business customers. What about consumer-oriented online storage and synchronization?SugarSync seems to be ahead of the pack and has decided to up its free account from 2GB to 5GB. Before now it matched the competition such as the popular Dropbox and newcomer Ubuntu One, now it more than doubles it.AdChoices广告Cloud storage services are coming of age and offer anyone and everyone a very simple way to backup files and keep folders on different machines in sync. They each have unique features that draw in users, but ultimately the amount of storage is the most important aspect. The fact they are free to use up to a certain data limit make using them a no-brainer.For the moment SugarSync seems to be on top in terms of storage at least, how long before others like Dropbox react and upgrade their free account limit?Read more at the SugarSync press releaselast_img read more

Cyber Monday Staples Deals

first_imgStaples joins in on the Cyber Monday fun with a slew of discounts on all manner of electronics products. The site is offering deals on laptops, GPS devices, monitors, software, accessories, and more.AdChoices广告Check out some of our favorite deals, after the jump. Samsung WEP450 Bluetooth Headset $4.99 (Down from $29.99)HP 20″ Widescreen LCD Monitor $99.98 (Down from $149.98)Garmin nuvi 1300 Portable GPS $99.99 (Down from $169.99)HP Pavilion 15.6″ $599.98 (Down from $899.98)Adobe Acrobat X $224.99 (Down from $299.99)SanDisk SDHC Memory Cards Up to 60 Percent OffLogitech LX 310 Cordless Laser Desktop $29.99 (Down from $59.99)last_img read more

Retired surgeon Michael Shine sentenced to four years in jail for sexual

first_imgRetired surgeon Michael Shine sentenced to four years in jail for sexual abuse of patients One victim called it a “good day for me and for all victims of abuse”. By Brion Hoban 18,606 Views He will self gratify in his abuse, but that’s as far as it goes. You are just a toy in his world.  https://jrnl.ie/4512165 Monday 25 Feb 2019, 2:58 PM Share67 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 25th 2019, 2:58 PM A RETIRED SURGEON who groped seven boys in his care over a period of three decades has been jailed for four years. Michael Shine (86) of Ballsbridge, Dublin, had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 12 charges of indecent assault and one charge of sexual assault committed during medical examinations at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth, and at two private clinics in Drogheda on dates between 1971 to 1992. On day 17 of the trial, a jury of two women and eight men returned guilty verdicts, having deliberated for after just over six hours. Judge Martin Nolan sentenced Shine to four years imprisonment for one count of indecent assault. He sentenced him to 18 months imprisonment for all other counts and ordered that each sentence run concurrently. Judge Nolan said that the appropriate headline sentence in the absence of mitigation was one of seven years imprisonment. He described the offending as a “serious pattern of misbehaviour”. At an earlier sentence hearing, Detective Garda Seamus Nolan told Cathleen Noctor SC, prosecuting, that Shine indecently assaulted six boys aged between 11 and 15 on dates ranging from 1971 to 1988. He said the sole count of sexual assault related to an incident in 1992 when the injured party was aged 16. Det Gda Nolan said that during the trial a medical expert gave evidence that there was no medical basis for the behaviour described by the seven men. Shine has three previous convictions for indecent assault relating to two complainants who were both aged 15 in 1975 and he was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment in late 2017. These convictions are currently under appeal. Judge Nolan said the aggravating factors in the case were the number of assaults and that as a doctor Shine was in a position of trust. Further aggravating factors were that the victims were at the time “vulnerable” boys, that there was no expression of remorse and that Shine has previous convictions for offences of this type. He said the mitigating factors were Shine’s age, his health challenges, his good work record, his being held in high regard by his family and that there was a possibility of him dying while imprisoned. Judge Nolan said it had been well decided by precedent that age is no barrier to prison sentences.ComplaintsAt the previous hearing, the court heard that the first complainant told the court that Shine groped his genitals during two appointments in 1988 following surgery on his finger when he was aged 15. He said that during the first examination Shine rested his head on his chest and that his breathing became more intense. Another man said that Shine prevented his father from being present for an examination following surgery on his testicles in 1985 when he was aged 13. He said that Shine placed his hand on his penis during the exam and began to move his foreskin up and down. A third witness attended hospital due to tearing his foreskin during sexual intercourse when he was aged 16 in 1992. The man said that during an examination on his injury, Shine began to masturbate his penis up and down for five to ten minutes, ending with him squeezing its top. The fourth complainant in the case said that he was hit by a car during the summer of 1972 when he was aged 14 and that he required surgery on his right knee. He said that Shine would come to his room in the evening to play chess with him during his stay in hospital. The man said that during a follow-up appointment Shine began “playing with” and “fondling” his genitals and stroking his penis, telling him that “you could tell a lot this way”. He said he did not think that Shine ever examined his knee. A fifth man said that Shine inserted a gloved finger into his anus and his other hand began “palpating” his genitals during an examination in 1974 when he was aged around 11. He said that afterwards Shine patted him on the head and told him he was a “good boy”. The man said that during a later stay in hospital Shine would examine his wound from surgery and that every time he did so he would go on to “palpate” his penis and scrotum. He said that Shine did this every day up until the day he was discharged from hospital. A sixth man said that Shine performed surgery on his appendix at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in 1971 when he was aged 13. He said that during a follow-up examination Shine began fondling his testicles and stroking his penis, saying that he needed to check that nothing was damaged. The final complainant in the case said that Shine placed a paper towel on his stomach before he took his penis in his hand and began to masturbate it during an examination in 1975 when he was aged 13. He said that this continued for around 10 to 15 minutes. Shine denied doing anything improper during examinations with any of the complainants and said he has “no memory whatsoever” of ever treating any of them. He also said that he never played chess. In a victim impact statement which was read out in court, Patrick Cusack said that Shine handed him “a life sentence of pain, hurt, anguish and shame”. Cusack said he had not had a proper night’s sleep in 45 years until the guilty verdict was announced two weeks ago. He said that having received the justice he has wanted since 1974 he can now truly say that what happened was not his fault. A second man who read from his victim impact statement said that Shine has no understanding of what he has done and says that he does not trust many people as a result of the abuse he suffered. “I am aware that under a facade, people can have evil motives. He (Shine) taught me that,” the man said. Hugh Hartnett SC, defending, said his client was attacked on the steps of the court house and liquid was thrown at him. He said that Shine’s “health is precarious” and that a prison sentence would have a profound impact on a man of his age. Hartnett said that Shine faces the prospect of dying in prison without the comfort of his friends and family. He asked the judge to consider not imposing a custodial sentence and asked that he take into account that the cases occurred a long time ago. Retired surgeon Michael Shine at the Central Criminal Courts. Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie VictimsSpeaking outside the court after Shine was sentenced, Patrick Cusack (56), one of the injured parties in the case who has waived his right to anonymity, said it was a “good day for me and for all victims of abuse, but particularly the victims of abuse of Michael Shine”. Cusack encouraged others who have been the victims of abuse to come forward and seek help. He said he was “delighted” with the sentence and that it was “most appropriate”, but said that the conviction had been more important. “He (Shine) will never say sorry. Paedophiles don’t say sorry, it’s their chemical make-up,” Cusack said. He went on to say he expects that Shine will never acknowledge himself or any of his victims.  Retired surgeon Michael Shine at the Central Criminal Courts. Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Short URL 28 Comments last_img read more

Analysis How Saracens took away Tadhg Beirnes jackal threat

first_imgAnalysis: How Saracens took away Tadhg Beirne’s jackal threat The Munster lock was left frustrated in Coventry on Saturday. Apr 23rd 2019, 3:13 PM Subscribe Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveBeirne’s approach is from the side of the tackle in this instance and the presence of Williams on the ground just in front of him – having rolled tackler Tyler Bleyendaal away – means he can’t get into a stronger position.Mako Vunipola dips in low from Beirne’s left, wrapping onto his left arm and left leg, and shunts him clear of the ball.38:50Beirne has another sniff very soon after but, as we can see below, the arriving Kruis dips in underneath the Munster lock’s shoulders to deny him.Beirne can’t get a grip onto the ball as the tackled Billy Vunipola stretches it back to Saracens’ side and Beirne backs away.41:01Saracens scored with their very first possession of the second half, a huge blow to Munster’s hopes of winning this semi-final.It was an impressive 22-phase passage of attack that saw Mark McCall’s men dealing with Beirne’s two bids to slow or steal their ball.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveBeirne’s first effort is again stamped out before it takes flame.Nick Tompkins [yellow below] drives in on Beirne’s left side, wrapping up his arm, while Itoje comes from Beirne’s right, engaging onto his arm and leg [green].Again, Beirne has no stability and is driven away from the ball.It’s worth noting ball-carrier Billy Vunipola’s finishing position here.Vunipola has his body up over the ball, having squeezed it back between his legs.This serves to deny Beirne even the briefest glimpse of direct access to the ball before Tompkins and Itoje arrive.All Beirne needs is a split second to latch on, but Vunipola’s work on the ground ensures there is no opening.41:53Beirne gets into an extremely promising position on the 15th phase of Saracens’ attack, staying up on his feet as Kleyn tackles the hard-running Kruis.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveBeirne will have been frustrated not to get rewarded in this instance.He’s over the ball with a clear view of it in the moment below.Jackson Wray [yellow] is coming from the side of the breakdown and is key in denying Beirne the turnover or a penalty.Alex Lozowski is on the other side of the breakdown and makes an attempt to get to Beirne but trips over Kleyn as he rolls away.Beirne gets his hands onto the ball but Kruis firmly tucks his left arm over it, failing to release.Wray, having entered from the side, has one shot at removing Beirne and does so with a dynamic ‘croc roll’.Garces is content with the clearout and Saracens continue to attack, scoring seven phases later as Munster’s heavy fatigue shows.50:05Beirne is frustrated once again in the 51st minute as he questions Saracens’ entry to no avail.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveIt is debatable whether Itoje comes ‘through the gate’ in this example, although we should remember that referees tend to give the rucking players some leeway when a tackler is on the ground directly in front of the tackled player.That is the case here as Munster tighthead Ryan ends up in that position. Itoje’s clearout on Beirne – again hooking his leg to destabilise him – is extremely dynamic.We can see Beirne appealing to referee Garces but play continues.64:42With Munster finally enjoying some possession, Beirne’s next effort in this department comes with the game heading into the final 15 minutes.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveWe can see Saracens’ urgency and alertness once again in this example, as Itoje picks up Beirne’s presence and beats him into the breakdown.A split second of a delay from Itoje in engaging here and Beirne would likely have been onto the ball and locked into a strong position. 64:49Perhaps the most frustrating breakdown incident of Beirne’s day comes on the very next phase as he makes what he feels is a clean and legal turnover.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveReferee Garces, however, immediately whistles for a Saracens penalty.He indicates the offence and then follows up to say, “Entry, then hands.”Essentially, Garces feels Beirne has entered the breakdown from the side before handling the ball in a ruck.With Goode’s carry taking him over the gainline, Beirne [yellow] is retreating to get to the breakdown but he’s making an effort to finish in a position where his feet are behind the tackle.It’s a movement that all good jackals use – generally leaving them in a position that ‘paints a good picture’ to the referee. Saracens hooker George [white] is coming from a more front-on position towards the breakdown and it’s arguable that Beirne’s more side-on approach allows him to win the race to the ball and strip it clear of Goode.There is justification for Garces penalising Beirne for his entry here, certainly, but the frustration for Munster will have been that the referee did not penalise similar or worse entries from the attacking side.68:57Just after Saracens have earned a counter-ruck turnover, Beirne has a shot at the ball only to be blasted clear of it.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveItoje – who had a superb game – does well to win ‘the shoulder battle’ again by dipping in underneath Beirne and then using his impressive upper body strength to lift the Munster lock up away from the ball.Will Skelton then arrives in with aggression to combine with Itoje in driving Beirne to ground and allow their team to recycle.75:13With the closing minutes ticking away and the game already lost, Beirne continued in his bid to pilfer Saracens possession.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveAs is his habit when looking for a steal, Beirne allows his fellow tackler – Stephen Archer in this case – to complete the bulk of the work in the tackle as he assists in bringing ball-carrier Joe Gray to ground.As Beirne then looks to shift his focus onto the ball, Richard Barrington, Williams and Tompkins arrive to clear the ruck.Williams wraps his right arm around Beirne’s neck as he clears him out but play continues again.75:54It’s actually Beirne’s very last jackal effort of the afternoon that finally sees him got some reward, as foul play from Saracens sees Munster handed a penalty and Vincent Koch getting a yellow card.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveAn incredibly quick release and reload after Billy Vunipola carries leaves Beirne on the ball and he wins a clean turnover as Koch and Itoje pick him off the ground and turn him beyond the horizontal.Garces and his TMO Philippe Bonhoure review the incident, speaking in French, although Garces says in English that Beirne “lands on the top of the shoulder.” Beirne is left in a very dangerous position after being lifted by Itoje and Koch, with Garces initially feeling he should yellow-card Itoje. Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveBonhoure suggests another look and Garces can see Koch’s involvement.While Bonhoure doesn’t directly say that both Saracens players should be carded, he does press Garces to continue watching replays but the referee tells him, “C’est bon” and bins Koch.With the game already well over, the turnover and yellow card for Sarries are of little consolation to Beirne after a frustrating day at the office.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Short URL By Murray Kinsella 51 Comments Share Tweet Email4 CJ STANDER AND Rory Scannell earned turnover penalties for Munster in the opening 15 minutes but, all in all, it was a frustrating afternoon for the southern province at the breakdown in their Heineken Champions Cup semi-final defeat to Saracens.Tadhg Beirne, the most prolific jackaler in the competition with 12 breakdown turnovers this season, was unable to exert the kind of influence he so often does. Beirne did get one turnover late in the game. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOSaracens had promised that they had a plan to deal with Beirne’s threat at the breakdown and they showed major energy and accuracy in negating his ability.The Munster lock was also frustrated by some of the refereeing around the breakdown as he was denied the opportunity to make the kind of game-changing steals that are his calling card.Peter O’Mahony, another danger post-tackle, had a similar afternoon to Beirne as Saracens managed to retain possession and fatigue Munster’s defence.Here, we look at how each of Beirne’s jackal efforts – and those that didn’t even develop that far – unfolded at the Ricoh Arena.4:25Jackson Wray carries for Saracens and Beirne is involved in the tackle along with Dave Kilcoyne.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveBeirne is generally excellent at being involved as an assist tackler and then rapidly releasing from the tackle and reloading to pounce for a turnover.Saracens’ early focus on him is clear here, however, as the arriving Michael Rhodes engages with Beirne even before he can help complete the tackle, as indicated below.As Titi Lamositele engages with Kilcoyne, Rhodes drives Beirne beyond the tackle.As indicated above, Beirne appeals to referee Jerome Garces that he’s been driven too deep beyond the ball and taken out of the game.But Saracens are left with a beautifully clean recycle and launch a kick off this platform, winning the ball back in the air.10:17We see something similar several minutes later as Beirne is again involved in a tackle, this time going in high on Billy Vunipola as Stander tackles low.Again, the tackle hasn’t been even been completed and already Saracens are dealing with Beirne, hooker Jamie George the man to drive in on the Ireland international second row on this occasion.With George making an early intervention, Beirne has no scope to shift from tackle assist into the jackal position.11:40After the sides exchange kicks, we get Beirne’s first genuine jackal chance of the game.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveBeirne, as is so often the case, is sweeping across from the inside of the tackle – Conor Murray grounding Alex Goode in this case.Beirne is particularly effective in this movement, very often succeeding with turnover attempts by beating the opposition’s support players to the breakdown when the tackle isn’t dominant.That’s the case here, with Beirne swooping over the ball as he sets his legs wide apart in a bid for stability.George Kruis [yellow] and Brad Barritt [green] need to be impactful and aggressive to remove the turnover threat.Kruis [yellow below] is the first arrival and he hammers into Beirne’s right shoulder and arm, looking to remove Beirne’s ability to grasp onto the ball.We can see above that Beirne’s elbow is down on the ground, so he’s not technically on his feet competing here.But the hope is that the arriving Saracens players will drive him back up onto his feet as he grips onto the ball.Unfortunately for Beirne, the accuracy of Saracens’ clearout means he can’t actually cling onto the ball. Kruis takes out his right arm and then, as we see below, Barritt [green] removes his left.As scrum-half Ben Spencer arrives in to clear the ball away, Barritt continues to grasp Beirne’s left arm, while Kruis – having gone to ground – pulls at his right leg to further destabilise him.While Beirne doesn’t successfully win a turnover here, he does slow the Saracens possession and Munster are able to bring aggressive linespeed on the next phase.12:16Saracens kick to compete once again and Liam Williams bats the ball back on their side, where Kruis gathers it and is wrestled to the ground by John Ryan and Beirne.Beirne is left standing over Kruis on the ground, posing a clear threat to the ball.Clearly, Beirne is to the side of the tackle, however.He needs to sweep himself in behind Kruis [as indicated in white above] if he is to make a legal turnover.But before Beirne can even begin to shift himself into that position, Williams acts.Williams gets up off the ground and drives into Beirne from the side, clearing him away from Kruis and deep beyond the tackle.Again, Beirne appeals to Garces by calling, “Sir!” but play continues.Munster’s O’Mahony, completely off his feet, handles the ball on the ground [yellow below], as Saracens hooker George engages from the side of the ruck with a slightly swinging arm into O’Mahony’s torso [blue below].A beautiful image of the modern breakdown.20:15Beirne’s next sniff at the ball arrives in the 21st minute. Again, he is left frustrated and hurt.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveStander is the tackler on Itoje, dropping in low around his legs, with Beirne arriving late in the tackle to help the Saracens lock to ground.Just as Beirne looks to release and get his hands onto the ball, Mako Vunipola arrives in at pace, dipping low and colliding with Beirne’s head as he flops off his feet.Vunipola’s intervention proves effective, though, with Garces content to allow play to continue.Beirne is left on the ground holding his head. 31:39Having discarded his scrum cap, Beirne’s next poaching attempt is more than 10 minutes later but again Saracens nip it in the bud.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveKilcoyne and Jean Kleyn tackle Williams as he returns a kick, with Beirne sensing an opportunity.However, Kruis [yellow below] arrives in low to take out Beirne’s right arm – already impeded from getting at the ball by tackler Kleyn.Before George [green below] drives in to take away Beirne’s left arm and complete the job.Beirne pulls himself clear and rejoins the defensive line.32:10Several phases later in this same passage of Saracens possession, Beirne has another thought of jackaling.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveBilly Vunopola’s footwork has allowed him to step to the inside of Beirne before Kleyn tackles the Saracens number eight.Again, Beirne has some involvement in the later stages of the tackle but he intends to immediately bounce back up onto his feet and look for a turnover.However, as we can see below, Maro Itoje drops straight down onto Beirne to pin him into position on the ground.There’s no scope for Beirne to work back to his feet and Saracens continue to run at Munster.38:44Beirne has two final jackal attempts in the closing passage of the first half, first looking to get over the ball from Saracens’ lineout attack. 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FYROM name deal Mixed reactions from Greek diaspora stakeholders

first_imgGreek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ announcement that a deal had been reached in a telephone conversation between Greece and FYROM regarding the ongoing name dispute has caused turmoil in both countries and their diaspora populations.Hellenes in and out of the country have taken to social media platforms to complain and accuse the Greek government of “treason”.Neos Kosmos contacted stakeholders and leading organisations in the Greek Community who have been actively involved in raising awareness and mobilising Greek Australian diasporans about the dispute.Panmacedonian Association of Melbourne and AIMS: A loss for Greece; Greek diplomacy defeatedEven though both the PanMacedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria (PMAMV), and the Australian Institute of Macedonian Studies (AIMS) were supportive of a compound name, they don’t see this decision as a positive development for Greece.“I can’t say that it offers a viable solution that supports harmony and stability in the region. While certain steps have been taken from Skopje’s side – who is the winner of this deal – nothing has been achieved other than maintaining their status quo.“The only difference is that [the deal] replaces ‘Former Yugoslav Republic’ with ‘Northern’. The proposed deal does not fundamentally stop irredentism and removing a few mentions from their constitution towards that direction is not enough,” Christos Mouzakitis, president of the PMAMV told Neos Kosmos‘  Eugenia Pavlopoulou.Stressing that the deal will further jeopardise Greece’s geographical integrity, he said that “the deal only removes one longtime thorny subject from the politicians’ agenda, appeasing NATO allies and the European Union. I find it destructive that the Tsipras government has agreed to that, further solidifying Greece’s wrongful decision to acknowledge the existence of a ‘Macedonian’ language back in 1977; an allegation completely false. The fact that the Tsipras government has recognised the existence of a ‘Macedonian’ ethnicity for Skopje people on top of the language [is wrongful].”AIMS chair Professor Anastasios Tamis dubbed this first stage of an agreement between Greece and FYROM “a defeat of diplomacy”, adding that “Zaev achieved what he wanted”.“The Greek negotiation ended up accepting the unfortunate and irredentist [Macedonian Slav] proposal of ‘Severna Makedonija’, not as a single-word compound name but as a simple compound name where the term ‘Macedonia’ defines the essence of their state. Greek diplomacy won certain points in terms of the naming dispute but lost the fight.”Professor Tamis insisted explaining that “the agreed name, in spite of the legal terms outlining and clarifying the Slavo-Albanian identity of the FYROM people, is just [clarified] on paper. They are never referred to as such unless there is a conflict. With the name ‘Northern Macedonia’ they essentially continue to cultivate the ideology that they are connected to the history of their ‘Southern brothers’, claims on the Aegean, as well as on the history and the civilisation of Macedonia from ancient years to this date”.As far as the language and ethnic identity of the FYROM nationals goes, Professor Tamis believes that “regardless of the fact that the deal refers to ‘citizenship’ and not to ‘ethnicity’ Greek diplomacy has suffered the ultimate blow, since the Slavo-Bulgarian idiom will get to officially be named ‘Macedonian’ language with the blessings of the Greek state. Accepting the fact that their idiom hails from the Slavic languages of the South is not something new, as they have never claimed their dialect derives from the Ancient Macedonian language.”According to Professor Tamis, the only positive is that “[Macedonian Slavs] have, for the first time, humbled themselves changing the name of their country, not being able to claim their country is ‘Macedonia’, that is if the two nations don’t overturn the deal. The problem is not solved, it is just moving into a new phase as irredentism continues with the auspices of Greek diplomacy.”Greek Communities of Melbourne and New South Wales: Would have preferred the term ‘Macedonia’ was not included in FYROM’s new nameThe president of the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria, Bill Papastergiadis, who supported the Melbourne rally in February demanding the Greek government did not allow the term ‘Macedonia’ to be included in the new FYROM name, avoided taking sides on the deal, telling Neos Kosmos “that the Community would have preferred the term ‘Macedonia’ was not included in new name.”As far as the language and ethnicity of the FYROM people goes, he refused to comment. He also did not respond when asked whether he considers the agreement a positive or negative outcome for Greece.“We would prefer an agreement without the reference to Macedonia as part of any name. We will follow closely the events in the respective parliaments of both countries, where this issue will be played out,” Mr Papastergiadis told Ms Pavlopoulou.Harry Danalis, the president of the Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales was more accepting of the FYROM – Greece deal, he did stress, however, that it is unacceptable that the citizenship of FYROM nationals would include ‘Macedonian’ on their travel documents.“I don’t have an issue with the name, although we would all prefer the term Macedonia is not included in their name. At this point this should be the least of our concerns. It’s all the rest that worries me. The fact that they will keep calling themselves ‘Macedonians’ and it will be on their passports.”“When we refer to ‘Macedonians’ it’s not them; they have nothing to do with ancient Macedonians. Giving that impression is unacceptable (…) the deal has its negatives but taking into consideration the positives, we consider it a positive development. It’s time to set our differences with our neighbouring country aside and focus on the real threats for Greece, it’s not the Skopje people that threaten it. The NSW Greek Community is divided, but at the same time I see a significant number of its members look at it positively,” Mr Danalis said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

NASA une nouvelle combinaison inspirée par Buzz lEclair

first_imgNASA : une nouvelle combinaison inspirée… par Buzz l’Eclair ?La NASA vient de dévoiler une toute nouvelle combinaison pour équiper ses astronautes, la première depuis 20 ans. Entièrement blanche avec des rayures vertes, elle rappelle étrangement celle de Buzz l’Eclair, le héros de la saga d’animation de Pixar, Toy Story !”Vers l’infini et au-delà” va t-il devenir le nouveau slogan des astronautes de la NASA ? Probablement pas, mais la question se pose quand on voit le nouveau prototype que l’agence spatiale américaine a conçu. En effet, celle-ci vient tout juste de dévoiler ce qui pourrait devenir la future combinaison des astronautes. Un dôme hémisphérique transparent pour la tête et un uniforme blanc à rayures vertes… ça ne vous rappelle rien ? Pourtant, la ressemblance est frappante !Dévoilée par des photos postées sur Flickr, la nouvelle combinaison semble tout droit inspirée de celle portée par le ranger de l’espace, Buzz l’Éclair, l’un des héros de la trilogie Toy Story. Pour autant, le prototype est tout sauf une plaisanterie puisque cela fait près de vingt ans que les astronautes de la NASA voyagent avec les mêmes combinaisons. Des équipements qui ne montrent pas que des avantages. De son nom complet “Z-1 Prototype Spacesuit and Portable Life Support System (PLSS) 2.0”, la combinaison a ainsi été pensée pour réduire le temps de préparation, augmenter la sécurité et améliorer les capacités des voyageurs de l’espace.Pour cela, la NASA a notamment placé dans le dos de la combinaison une ouverture qui permet de l’enfiler plus rapidement. Toujours dans le dos, figure également une structure en métal qui permettrait de se fixer dans les vaisseaux spatiaux ou sur un véhicule de type rover par exemple. Ajouté à cela, la combinaison permettrait de mieux contrôler la pression et de réduire les mesures à prendre dans ce but, qui peuvent prendre jusqu’à une heure actuellement. La technologie utilisée conduirait aussi à une meilleure gestion de la température et une expulsion plus facile du dioxyde de carbone émis. Un prototype pour une nouvelle combinaison en 2015 Mieux encore : le prototype Z-1 utilise de nouveaux matériaux afin que les bras, jambes, hanches et taille permettent aux astronautes de se déplacer plus naturellement et plus rapidement. Mais en vérité, cette combinaison n’est que la première d’une série développée pour un vaste projet visant à concevoir un nouvel équipement pour 2015 au plus tard. “Le Z-1 a été développé comme un banc d’essai pour voir et tester différentes technologies et jointures”, a expliqué Kate Mitchell qui travaille sur le prototype.Actuellement, celui-ci est donc soumis à des tests dont les résultats serviront à tirer des leçons pour une seconde version baptisée Z-2. “Les données que nous collectons aujourd’hui vont alimenter les outils qui nous aideront à concevoir de meilleures combinaisons pour le futur. Nous n’avons pas fabriqué de nouveau système de vol depuis le EMU (Extravehicular Mobility Unit). Le dernier prototype majeur a été développé en 1992”, a commenté Amy Ross, responsable de l’équipe Space Suit Assembly Technology Development. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Or, le besoin d’une nouvelle combinaison se fait d’autant plus ressentir avec les multiples projets que nourrit la NASA. Ce qui n’aide d’ailleurs pas les scientifiques puisqu’ils ignorent où cette future combinaison sera utilisée. “C’est comme si vous essayiez de partir en vacances, mais vous ne savez pas si vous allez en Antarctique, à Miami ou à Buckingham Palace”, a ajouté Amy Ross citée par le Daily Mail. Il reste donc encore beaucoup de travail, mais une chose est sûre avec une telle allure, les astronautes ne manqueront pas de se faire remarquer dans l’espace !(crédits photo : NASA) Le 20 décembre 2012 à 13:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Coug Nation waves flags on WSUs first day

first_img If you goWhat: WSU Vancouver 25th anniversary celebrationWhen: 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.Where: WSU Vancouver Quad, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave.Details: Live music, guided campus tours, Cougar Gold cheese tasting; research lab visits, hands-on activities, more.On the Web: www.vancouver.wsu.edu/25“Coug Nation” was out in full force at Washington State University Vancouver on Monday, the first day of fall semester. Hundreds of volunteers waved crimson flags to welcome students back to school. The flag waving was part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Vancouver campus. Some volunteers arrived at 5:30 a.m. to place small Cougar flags in the ground along the entrances.University mascot Butch T. Cougar waved the biggest flag of all, hoisting it in the air and waving toward the line of vehicles waiting to enter the campus at the bottom of the hill at Northeast Salmon Creek Avenue.Butch was joined by an exuberant Max Ault, a 2012 graduate from the Vancouver campus. The 24-year-old public affairs major sprang on top of the campus sign, waving a flag and waving vigorously toward the drivers. Ault is now the business development manager for the Columbia River Economic Development Council.Another Cougar alumnus, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, stood on the sidewalk near Ault.“This campus got started my first year of college,” Leavitt said, wearing a WSU T-shirt and waving a crimson flag.Leavitt had just graduated from Fort Vancouver High School and was pursuing an engineering degree. WSU Vancouver, which was housed at Clark College for its first few years, didn’t offer undergraduate engineering courses in its first days. So Leavitt started at Clark College, and then transferred to WSU in Pullman, where he earned his bachelor’s degree, followed by a master’s degree in environmental engineering.“How convenient it would have been for this Vancouver boy to attend college at this beautiful campus,” Leavitt said. “The growth of this campus has been phenomenal.” Washington State University Vancouver students drive past small planted flags on the first day of classes on Monday.last_img read more

1951 train caboose to be displayed at Deerfield Beach City Hall

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – An old train car is going on display at Deerfield City Hall.The 1951 Seaboard Air Line Caboose began its move to city hall, Friday, where it will become a permanent display next to the Old School Museum on Northeast Second Street.It was donated to the Deerfield Beach Historical Society back in 2002. The car has undergone repairs and restorations over the past year.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Chrysler recalls 48000 Pacifica minivans for suspension separation

first_img Chrysler Share your voice Enlarge ImageAffected owners will be notified by mail in April. Chrysler Occasionally, an automaker initiates a recall because it discovered a problem during routine inspections. Other times, a recall can come about because of reports from vehicles already in the field. Chrysler’s latest recall stems from the latter.Chrysler has issued a recall for approximately 48,000 examples of the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica minivan. The vehicles in question were all built at the Windsor Assembly Plant in Canada between Nov. 1, 2017 and Feb. 28, 2018, and that build range coincides with an increase in warranty claims for “buzz, squeak and rattle” related to the defect that spurred the recall.The problem stems from the suspension system. According to Chrysler’s recall documents, “a combination of loss of clamp load and inadequate joint engagement” might cause the right front lower control arm to come loose from the steering knuckle. If this happens, the driver might lose directional control of the vehicle, which can increase the risk of a crash.Chrysler discovered the problem after receiving a field report of this part separation, after which point it launched an investigation to determine what was happening. As of Feb. 18, the automaker says it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue. The automaker already has a remedy in place. After returning the recalled vehicles to dealerships, Chrysler technicians will inspect the right front steering knuckle and lower control arm, and the parts will be replaced as needed. Technicians will also install a larger pinch bolt. As with every recall fix, it will be performed free of charge, and the automaker will reimburse owners who paid for a repair prior to the recall announcement. Post a comment 74 Photos 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: Holy hell Car Industry Minivans Tagscenter_img 0 2019 Dodge Durango SRT review: Three-row muscle car Plug in to Roadshow’s new long-term Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Chrysler Recalls 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy More From Roadshowlast_img read more

Point Thomson gas development begins production on North Slope

first_imgThe Point Thomson gas development on the North Slope has started production. In a web release, ExxonMobil states it will initially produce 5000 barrels per day of gas condensate and 100 million cubic feet per day of recycled gas that will be re-injected for future recovery.Download AudioExxon estimates the facility will double the daily production of condensate within a few months. The company says Point Thomson holds 8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and condensate, equaling 25 percent of the known gas on the North Slope.Point Thomson is on state acreage along the Beaufort Sea, 60 miles east of Prudhoe Bay and 60 miles west of the village of Kaktovik.last_img read more

Mahindra takes it up a notch acquires Erkunt Traktor unveils driverless tractor

first_imgPawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd showcases the first ever Driverless Tractor in India, at Mahindra Research Valley ChennaiMahindraMahindra & Mahindra’s (M&M) international farm equipment subsidiary made headlines on Tuesday by unveiling its first ever driverless tractor. The company made another significant move in global farming equipment space on Wednesday by acquiring 100 percent stake in Erkunt Traktor Sanayii and 80 percent in Erkunt Sanayii for Rs 735 crore.Erkunt, established in 2003, is a Turkish tractor brand in Ankara. Erkunt Traktor is one of the leading tractor makers in Turkey. The country is Europe’s largest tractor market and globally commands a three percent market share in the agri-machinery industry. Erkunt TraktorErkunt TraktorM&M forayed to Turkish market in January by buying 75 percent stake in Hisarlar. So, this is M&M’s second tractor acquisition in Turkey in 2017. The move comes in line with M&M’s plan to double its global revenue to $5 billion by 2019.Meanwhile, back in India, M&M has revealed its first ever driverless tractor. Developed at the Mahindra Research Valley in Chennai, the driverless tractor technology will be integrated with a range of tractors from 20 HP to 100 HP over a period of time.Unique features of the Mahindra’s driverless tractor starts with Autosteer, a GPS-based technology that enables a tractor to travel along a straight line. Auto-head land turn function enables the tractor to orient itself along adjacent rows for continuous operation without any steering input from the farmer. The Auto-implement lift function automatically lifts the work tool from the ground at the end of a row and lowers the tool after the tractor has oriented itself for operation at the next row.In addition, the driverless tractor is also equipped with practical features such as Geofence lock that prevents the tractor from going outside the boundaries of the farm, control via tablet user interface and remote engine start-stop.last_img read more