Nova Scotia Employment at Record High Unemployment at Record Low

first_imgEmployment in Nova Scotia reached an all-time high in January, while unemployment reached an all-time low. “We are pleased to see that Nova Scotia’s economic outlook continues to be positive,” said Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey. “Government is working to create the right conditions for economic growth so that the private sector can create jobs and opportunities for Nova Scotians.” The monthly Labour Force Survey recently released by Statistics Canada showed that Nova Scotia’s labour force increased by 5,400 in January. Nova Scotia’s employment was up by 6,100 to 465,100, the highest level of employment on record for the province, beating the previous record set in December 2011 at 461,700. The monthly gain included 3,600 full-time jobs and 2,400 part-time jobs. Compared with January 2018, Nova Scotia employment is up by 11,600, which included full-time employment increases of 10,100 and part-time gains of 1,400. Unemployment was also the lowest on record. The unemployment rate fell from 7.1 per cent in December to 6.9 per cent in January. Since January of last year, the unemployment rate has fallen from 8.2 per cent to 6.9 per cent. For more information visit https://novascotia.ca/finance/statistics/default.asp .last_img read more

Bianca Andreescu rallies past Bouchard in first round at Rogers Cup

first_imgTORONTO — Bianca Andreescu and Eugenie Bouchard started exchanging messages over Instagram when they found out they’d be playing each other in the first round of the Rogers Cup.Any nerves about the all-Canadian matchup were set aside when Bouchard told the 19-year-old Andreescu: “Let’s put on a show.”Under the lights at centre court, they did just that.Andreescu, who grew up in nearby Mississauga, Ont., defeated Bouchard 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 Tuesday night in two hours nine minutes in front of a packed Aviva Centre crowd that seemed to be rooting for both players.“We were actually saying how cool it is that Felix (Auger-Aliassime) and Vasek (Pospisil) were playing each other in the first round (in Montreal) and then me and her, and that’s good for Canadian tennis,” Bouchard said. “I was like ‘yeah, let’s just put on a show out there. And she was like ‘yeah, let’s go.”’Andreescu, in her first match since re-aggravating a shoulder injury at the French Open in May, started slow but finished strong to take the match.She won the deciding point when Bouchard sailed a return wide. Andreescu, who had been animated throughout the match, replied with a subdued fist pump before hugging her Fed Cup teammate at the net.She won 69 per cent of her first-service points, converted 6-of-12 break points and saved 4-of-8.READ MORE: Felix Auger-Aliassime defeats Pospisil in Rogers Cup first round But Andreescu looked to be in trouble early on.Bouchard, of Westmount, Que., broke Andreescu in the match’s opening game and set the tone for the first set. Then Andreescu responded impressively with three breaks in second.And she took her game to another level from there.“She started really smacking the ball in the second set and just shows what a good player she is,” Bouchard said. “She has a lot of good power on her balls when she hits it well.”Playing in front of a home crowd always special for Bianca AndreescuWhen Andreescu ran into trouble midway through the third, double-faulting twice to give Bouchard a break and tie it 3-all, she responded by breaking right back, firing a forehand winner past Bouchard and screaming into the crowd.Andreescu wasn’t sure exactly what triggered the turning point. Things just started to click.“In the first set, I was a bit nervous. I’m not going to lie,” Andreescu said. “But I shook those nerves and I tried to refocus for the second set.“And I stuck to the right tactics. I made sure to put pressure right from the start of the point, and I think that’s what I really did today.”The win was Andreescu’s second against Bouchard this year. She crushed her compatriot 6-2, 6-0 en route to a tournament title in Newport Beach, Calif., in their only other career meeting.She will face Daria Kasatkina in the second round Wednesday afternoon. Kasatkina advanced by upsetting No. 12 seed Angelique Kerber on Monday night.The 27th-ranked Andreescu had a rapid rise up the rankings earlier this year after a great start to the season, highlighted by her title at a big tournament in Indian Wells, Calif.But Andreescu had played just one match since March because of the shoulder injury, which she said wasn’t bothering her on Tuesday.“I haven’t felt this strong in a while,” she said.Bouchard, a former world No. 5, has slipped to No. 112 in the rankings after winning just two matches at the WTA Tour-level this year. She was given a wild card into the Rogers Cup, a tournament that she’s historically not done well in.The 25-year-old Bouchard has advanced past the second round just twice in nine main-draw appearances at the WTA Premier 5 event. Her best result was a third-round appearance in Montreal in 2016.But Bouchard said she gained a measure of confidence by taking Tuesday’s match to three sets.“She’s a great player, so to battle with her till 6-4 in the third gives me confidence and just motivates me to work even harder,” Bouchard said.Andreescu, who’s had the luxury of staying in her own house and eating home-cooked meals this week, said competing so close to where she grew up added to the victory.“One of the best feelings, really,” she said. “To be able to play in front of my home crowd is always a special feeling. I’ve had many memories here.“I played two years ago on that court, so I had a bit of experience of what to expect, but today was crazier than usual because I was playing a Canadian too.”Earlier Tuesday, Ashleigh Barty lost 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 to American Sofia Kenin in second-round play, putting the Australian’s No. 1-ranking in peril.Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams also made an early exit at the Rogers Cup. The 39-year-old American lost 6-4, 6-2 to Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro in the first match of the day on centre court.Donna Vekic, Alison Riske, Katerina Siniakova, Shuai Zhang, Iga Swiatek and Ekaterina Alexandrova also advanced to the second round with wins Tuesday.Meanwhile, American star Sloane Stephens, the seventh seed at the tournament and the 2017 U.S. Open champion, was upset by qualifier Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 7-5 in the late match Tuesday.Bouzkova advanced to the second round by beating 16-year-old Canadian wild card Leylah Annie Fernandez on Monday.Fernandez suffered her second straight loss of the tournament Tuesday when she and doubles partner Simona Halep fell 1-6, 6-3, 10-5 to Nicole Melichar and Kveta Peschke on one of the smaller courts in the afternoon.“For me, it was great to play with a very young player,” said Halep, the reigning Wimbledon champ. “She played really well today.”last_img read more

A long struggle against the pain

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn the final story on a week-long series on suicide, APTN National News travels to a community in Quebec.Here, culture is strong, but suicide rates are the highest in the province.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette has this story.last_img

Environment Canada Issues severe thunderstorm watch for Peace Region

first_imgThe thunderstorm is expected to start at around 2:00 p.m. and continue throughout the afternoon, clearing by late tonight.You are being reminded to take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.More information can be found on Environment Canada’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch today, June 17, for the Peace Region.According to Environment Canada, conditions are favourable this afternoon for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.Intense lightning is likely with any thunderstorm that develops. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.last_img

Amitabh Bachchan Emraan Hashmis thriller to start rolling on May 10

first_imgMumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi’s untitled mystery thriller will go on floors on May 10, here. The film, produced by Anand Pandit Motion Pictures and Saraswati Entertainment Private Limited, will be helmed by Rumi Jaffrey. This is the first time Bachchan and Emraan will work together in a film. “We are extremely excited to commence the shoot of the film from May 10. Looking forward to seeing Mr Bachchan and Emraan onscreen for the first time. Given the subject of the film, I do believe we have a winner in our hands,” Pandit said in a statement. The film is scheduled to release on February 21, 2020.last_img

QuickStats Facts and figures about employment in Canada for May

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 10, 2016 6:44 am MDT Last Updated Jun 10, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email QuickStats: Facts and figures about employment in Canada for May OTTAWA – A quick look at May unemployment (previous month in brackets):Unemployment rate: 6.9 per cent (7.1)Employment rate: 61.1 per cent (61.1)Labour force participation rate: 65.7 per cent (65.8)Number unemployed: 1,346,500 (1,383,200)Number working: 18,055,200 (18,041,400)Youth (15-24 years) unemployment rate: 13.3 per cent (13.1)Men (25 plus) unemployment rate: 6.4 per cent (6.6)Women (25 plus) unemployment rate: 5.4 per cent (5.5)

This MLB Offseason Has Been Eerily Quiet

The freeze on this year’s class of free agents is alarming. For one thing, it took much longer than usual for a team to break the free-agent ice. And, aside from a brief acceleration during the winter meetings in mid-December, the pace of signings has been markedly slower than normal — particularly early in the offseason, when the biggest flurry of signings usually takes place.Only the 2008-09 offseason, when just 53 percent of top-40 players were signed by this stage of the winter, came close to lagging as much as the current slowdown. And even then, most of the biggest available names had already been signed by this point in the offseason. Granted, three of those (Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett) were all picked up by spendthrift Yankees. By contrast, the current Yankees made their big splash in the trade market, where they acquired Giancarlo Stanton, and the team is now trying to squeak in under the luxury-tax threshold rather than adding free agents. Perhaps in the past, slow free-agent classes could always count on the Yankees to open the pocketbook and keep the money flowing — but not this year.Before we jump to any conclusions about the owners being in cahoots, it’s worth noting that many of the explanations for this year’s issues contain at least a kernel of truth. This class of free agents is indeed mediocre — in terms of wins above replacement2Using an average of the WAR metrics found at FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference. produced by top-40 players in their previous three seasons, this is the worst crop of available talent since at least 2006.3Looking only at the most recent previous season improves this group’s standing slightly, bringing it up to sixth out of the 12 free-agent classes I examined. At the top of ESPN’s free-agent rankings, ace starter Yu Darvish is as good as any prized free agent from yesteryear, but many of the names further down the list come with legitimate issues, including Jake Arrieta’s declining value, J.D. Martinez’s inconsistent defense and Alex Cobb’s durability.It’s also true that more teams are tanking now than in years past. And the proliferation of statheads in MLB front offices over the past decade could explain why teams are no longer scrambling to offer big free-agent contracts to players who are already past their primes.As Yahoo’s Jeff Passan wrote in an excellent column last week, that final point is part of a bigger issue with the fundamental way baseball’s economics works, particularly as younger players generate more and more of the game’s on-field value. But if teams are suddenly realizing the folly of free agency, it’s also worth asking why they’ve chosen to simultaneously make their stand this year. (Bad deals still got made last season, though perhaps not as many as in the past.) The alternative explanation — collusion — is notoriously difficult to prove, however, and seems like an unbelievable risk for a group of owners who are already making money hand over fist.But the simple truth is that we don’t really know why the market for free agents is so sluggish this year. We can only prove that it is indeed historically slow-moving — and that fact alone demands an explanation. Something strange is happening with the baseball hot stove this winter. Not only is it not hot, it almost seems like it’s off.Available stars who would ordinarily have been snapped up long ago are still sitting on the shelf, which has the MLB Players Association panicking — and looking for answers. Is this simply a weak class of free agents? Have all 30 teams finally figured out that spending boatloads on veterans is usually dumb? Is the gap between contending and tanking teams to blame? Or is it just — gasp! — collusion, like the kind owners engaged in three decades ago?It’s difficult to pin down exactly why this offseason has proceeded so slowly. But the sluggish pace it has taken is quantifiable — and eye-catching. I gathered data on ESPN’s top 40 free agents1For all players ranked 40th or better on ESPN’s yearly free-agent rankings. In some years, the rankings skipped numbers, presumably because some players were ranked but did not actually hit free agency. This means that the top 40 doesn’t always include a full 40 players. for each winter going back to the 2006-07 offseason and tracked how many days it took after the end of World Series before those top players were signed. (Players technically become free agents the morning after the World Series ends.) For instance, today is Day 82 since the Astros beat the Dodgers in Game 7 of the Fall Classic, and only 43 percent of the top 40 free agents — including only two of the top 10 — have put pen to paper. How abnormal is that? Between 2006 and 2016, the average offseason saw 76 percent of the top 40 free agents inking deals by Day 82 of the offseason.Here’s what this offseason looks like so far compared to how long it usually takes for top free agents to sign: read more

Underground Mine Communications Monitoring

first_imgProximity awareness in action with Mine Site Technologies. Through the implementation of MST’s proximity detection, a customer focuses on improved safety of haul truck and loader operations near personnel, light vehicles, and other heavy vehicles.In general the goals for any underground mine’s communication system are improved local and global communications within a system that is simple to use, improving health and safety. One important direction in which this is all moving are comprehensive systems that embrace people, machines, service and monitoring. MineTrax is an example of such an embracing system. Its implementation at Fresnillo’s La Cienega mine in Mexico began in 2011.Fresnillo’s Chief Information Officer, Baldomero Gutierrez says “MineTrax is truly a breakthrough technology since, to my knowledge; it is the only underground system with wireless network infrastructure capable of lasting several years on a few small batteries.”Newtrax Technologies, a high-tech company based in Montreal, Canada, is in battery-powered wireless networks for tracking, texting and telemetry in environments where the installation of wires for power and communications is problematic. MineTrax is its networking platform, purpose-built for underground mines and in collaboration with several mining application specialists, a comprehensive portfolio of solutions to improve safety, productivity, condition-based maintenance and energy management is offered.Gutierrez cites “safety benefits that include early warnings of health and safety hazards, including poor air quality and ground instability; emergency two-way communications in production areas and after a cave-in or fire, even in the hard to reach last mile of tunnels; faster rescue operations via real-time location information on miners trapped underground. Productivity benefits include automated data collection and reporting, real-time operational intelligence (enables better mining process optimisation), and early warnings of maintenance problems (increases total uptime of production machinery). Environmental and social benefits include lower energy consumption by turning off ventilation in areas of the mine without active diesel machinery or personnel; continuous monitoring and logging of operating parameters enable verification of compliance with commitments; better competitiveness means better chances of maintaining jobs even at low commodity prices.”The simplicity and backward compatibility of the MineTrax system is valuable, with a network infrastructure consisting of wireless, battery-powered and self-organising nodes designed to last years on a few small D cell batteries. MineTrax can also internetwork with both narrowband (e.g. leaky feeder, through-the-earth) and broadband (e.g. fibre, coaxial) backhaul links to the surface, providing greater flexibility and adaptability to heterogeneous mine sites.Several cap lamp manufacturers, including Jannatec Technologies, have integrated MineTrax wireless modems in their cap lamps to enable miners without radios or in fringe areas without leaky feeder coverage to receive evacuation notifications, request help, receive free-form text messages, respond to multiple choice questions, initiate the transmission to surface of precanned text messages from a drop-down list (for example to periodically confirm everything is OK). When combined with the MineTrax postaccident network probe, the MineTrax cap lamp modem also enables miners underground to exchange text messages with the rescue teams on surface after a cave in, fire or other accident disabled the leaky feeder system.MineTrax architectureThrough-The-Earth (TTE) technology has merits as a post-accident backhaul and MineTrax networks can use it as an alternative to leaky feeder, fibre optic or twisted pair for backhaul links to surface. The simultaneous use of several different types of backhaul links is advisable to maximise the probability of at least one backhaul link surviving any accident. The MineTrax network is self-healing, and so will automatically re-organise itself to send/receive data from surface via any backhaul link available.The MineTrax Post-Accident Network Probe (PANP) is an alternative to TTE to achieve the same objective: post accident two-way backhaul communications from an isolated area underground to surface. Newtrax says “the difference is that the PANP is a lot simpler and cheaper than TTE, it supports a higher bandwidth and has no maximum depth limitation: via a ventilation shafts or a 51-mm bore hole, mine rescue teams can drop down the PANP via a cable and let the network underground re-configure itself is such a way as to use this ‘new’ backhaul link to surface.Several PANPs can also be installed preemptively (instead of reactively) close to active areas to create additional permanent backhaul links to surface, effectively increasing the probability that at least one backhaul link will survive. If at least one backhaul link survives in a post-accident isolated area, the system won’t experience any downtime. Some of the other advantages reported by Newtrax include: Everybody underground is able to add, move or completely relocate network nodes dynamically; 915/868 MHz frequency hopping RF enables wireless nodes to provide the best non-line-of-sight coverage; sensors are also battery-powered repeaters, effectively increasing the number of nodes in the mesh network and therefore its resiliency; should an area of a mine become isolated after a collapse, communications can be reestablished by dropping a network probe down a bore hole; open architecture to interface with third party applications.The battery-powered wireless networking technology provides a reliable and cost-effective solution for mobile data communications and RFID tracking in environments where the installation of wires for power and communications is problematic, including production areas close to the face.MineTrax can provide the operational intelligence required to optimise production processes like the location of all mobile equipment and personnel, the number of loadhaul-dump cycles, payload carried and time spent idle. The system, which leverages vehicle data loggers and sensors manufactured by ISAAC Instruments Inc., can also provide the maintenance team with real-time alarms as triggers for condition-based preventive maintenance: Excessive rpm, high engine coolant temperature/low engine coolant level, high engine oil temperature/low engine oil pressure, high transmission oil temperature/low transmission oil pressure, low hydraulic oil level, hour meter.For the dispatch of production equipment based on location, availability and status, onboard computers allow mine vehicle operators to manually input machine status information and receive instructions.In previous articles we have considered VOD (ventilation on demand) and how it can save energy wastage. MineTrax is the recommended tracking and telemetry platform for Simsmart VOD software, which needs an openarchitecture platform for real-time tracking of personnel and machinery, telemetry of diesel and electric/hydraulic engine status, telemetry of gas concentration and air flow, texting of warning messages to personnel entering areas with bad air quality, and remote control of auxiliary fans and air flow regulators. Similarly, pumps can be remotely monitored and controlled.It is often impractical to extend leaky feeder systems to the farthest working areas. Furthermore, extending the leaky feeder close to the face can result in frequent blast damage which then often leads to mine-wide system downtime/imbalance. MineTrax battery-powered wireless networks are a solution for use in these extremities of a mine. Everybody underground is able to add, move or completely relocate network nodes dynamically. Only one component is required to extend coverage, the battery-powered wireless infrastructure nodes – no wires, no connectors. Local damage does not cause mine-wide downtime. Remote diagnostics tools from surface quickly identify the location of any damaged node.After a cave-in or fire, backbone network cables may be cut, likewise power lines may be cut. The location of personnel just before the accident may be unknown and it is almost certain that the location and health of personnel after the accident is unknown. Air quality after the accident will also often be unknown. So, with conventional communications systems, there is no way to communicate between personnel trapped underground and rescue teams. Once underground, rescue teams will be unable to communicate with other first responders on surface. MineTrax battery-powered wireless networks can provide two-way texting, tracking and telemetry after an accident. Isolated sections of the MineTrax network will continue to operate. If at least one backhaul link was preemptively installed in the isolated area, the network will self-heal and connectivity to surface will be maintained without any downtime. If no backhaul links to surface were preemptively installed in the isolated area, postaccident network probes can be dropped down 50-mm boreholes to create new backhaul link options. The isolated networks will self-heal and connectivity to surface will be re-established.Ground stability monitoring is essential to avoid cave-ins but manual data collection from instruments is time consuming and cannot provide real-time alarms. Often power and communication are not available in production areas or wires are not reliable. Again, MineTrax has a solution. It enables a new generation of battery-powered wireless instruments for geotechnical applications, and/or air quality monitoring designed for permanently fixed installations with a battery life of several years. Each instrument is also a wireless repeater/router and therefore extends network coverage. Self-organising and self-healing multi-hop wireless networking capability enhances the overall network reliability. MineTrax gas detectors are supplied by Conspec, and the geotechnical instrumentation by Mine Design Technologies (MDT).Some mines build their own systems, like Chelopech in Bulgaria (IM, October 2011, p16), which used readily available equipment, mainly from CISCO and AeroScout. AeroScout’s active RFID tags and/or standard wireless devices send a tiny wireless signal at a regular interval. That signal is received by the Wi-Fi wireless network (or location receivers), and is sent to an AeroScout Visibility Engine. Microsense industrial controllers are also an integral part of the system. Having built this system, Chelopech Mining was one of three top finalists for the CISCO Innovation Awards 2011 in the category: Most Innovative Business Impacting Network of the Year.Don’t get too closeFollowing extensive evaluation and trials of various options for vehicle proximity detection systems to be installed on its underground mining equipment, a major mining customer in South Australia has selected the Mine Site Technologies (MST) proximity detection solution for its vehicle and personnel proximity technologies initiative. Included in the solution is the use of MST’s ICCL (Integrated Communications Cap Lamp) with integrated RFID tracking tag and text and emergency messaging technology – messaging is sent to mine personnel using Mine Site Technologies’ PED through-the-earth communications system.A primary focus for the customer is the safety of their personnel. In a statement issued by the customer they highlighted the fact that “the goal of this particular project is decreasing vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to pedestrian interaction”. Through the implementation of Mine Site Technologies’ proximity detection, which includes inner zone detection from Strata Proximity Systems, and ICCL communications options, the customer focus is on improved safety of haul truck and loader operations near personnel, light vehicles, and other heavy vehicles. They will also collect the interaction data for ongoing risk identification and minimisation. In addition, use of the ICCL provides several safety benefits including the use of PED paging which provides a second means of personnel notification in the event of an emergency.Installation and implementation of the Mine Site Technologies’ proximity detection system commenced in early 2012 and will be completed for full implementation mid-year. Replacement of existing cap lamps with the new ICCL’s will coincide with the installation and implementation of the proximity detection equipment. All cap lamps, checking stations, operator and support training will be completed and all systems are to be operational mid-2012.Lloyd Zenari, CEO of Mine Site Technologies, stated, “The customer’s selection of the Mine Site Technologies proximity solution is yet another acknowledgement of the effectiveness of our mining purposed communications and tracking solutions. We focus on providing solutions which enhance safety and productivity – the two top priorities of our customers worldwide.”Mine Radio Systems (MRS) has recently completed testing of its widely anticipated collision warning technology. The Solarian system has been implemented in two large mining facilities, one in Europe and the other in Brazil. The facility in Europe has multiple Solarian beacons, all equipped with flashing lights and buzzers. The facility in Brazil has a similar configuration. The system underwent testing for three weeks and positive results from the trials have set in motion negotiations for an order of 200 units over the next two years.“Our Solarian units have had excellent results at all of our test sites,” said Cindy Chesney, MRS General Manager, “While the system can stand alone, the key to our success has been the solution’s seamless integration into the existing communication backbone.”The MRS Solarian solution, in addition to warning of impending danger, can collect vital tracking information from personnel and vehicles within a predetermined danger area and place this information into the INsite® database. The Solarian solution uses two units for monitoring and tracking- a beacon for receiving the ID from vehicle and personnel transponders and the display unit that displays the ID received. When a transponder is in the danger area a visual and or audible alarm is raised to notify the operator or personnel of impending danger. The Solarian Solution also works seamlessly with MRS INsite® software allowing access to information for report generation and management. System summary:¦ Collision Warning¦ Integrated asset tracking¦ Transponder ID display¦ Basic and supervisory vehicle lockout¦ In vehicle LCD display unit¦ Driver bonding¦ Transponder count display.“When designing the Solarian system we took into account; typical collision scenarios, visual hazard identification, human error and fatigue, and the ability of the system to integrate with existing communications systems. Backed by MRS 25 years of in the field communications experience we feel that Solarian will quickly gain the industry’s confidence.” said Ken Morrell, President of Mine Radio Systems.MinLog has engineered a solution designed to overcome the challenges of communication and availability, at the same time reducing the amount of operator interaction required. This solution is a departure from traditional closed systems using LEDs and purpose-built displays to on-board tablets. The MineSuite FMS offering innovates by means of an integrated Proximity Awareness module running off the same Windows-based MineSuite FMS tablets, responding to tags that make use of either RFID or WiFi communication technology.Minlog’s proximity modelThe company explains that “RFID tags operate at the 433 Mhz frequency, delivering pulses every one to five seconds. These are cost effective and reliable with a battery life of up to ten years and typically associated with implementation requiring the minimum amount of infrastructure. Their limitations are in their detection range: which averages 50 m, and the impracticality of their use when personnel are a factor. Wireless (WiFi) tags operate at a frequency of 2.4 Ghz, pulsing every second. They are typically powered by the power source on the device or machinery to which they are mounted, such as the mining personnel’s caplamp. Detection ranges underground are up to 100 m. This technology will allow for future requirements such as humidity monitoring, automated muster check-off and zone management.“Though the WiFi based systems are generally associated with a greater requirement for infrastructure a further advantage of WiFi over RFID technology is that it allows for the establishment of an inner zone around the HV where personnel will be detected the moment they enter the inner zone.“Furthermore, with all personnel tagged, it is possible to obtain data around the use of refuge chambers in a particular zone of an underground environment. Once the number of people in that zone has been exceeded, an alert can be sent to the control room. This information can also assist with a ventilation plan, either enabling improved ventilation or identifying unutilised areas where it can be turned off to save costs.“The MineSuite FMS Proximity Awareness module requires the minimum amount of operator intervention, issuing alerts without any Operators’ interaction. The alerts are both audible and visible and can be changed to differentiate between the type of hazard (i.e. a different sound for HV (heavy vehicle), LV (light vehicle) and personnel). The operator can then associate the alert with the appropriate action required as quickly as possible.”MineSuite also integrates with a video camera mounted on the HV. Operators can tap the tablet screen to bring up the camera image, a useful feature when checking blind spots either as part of procedure or when a proximity alert is raised. MineSuite combines the cameras with the production information and proximity awareness system instead of providing a camera installed with a purpose-built display.The MineSuite FMS Proximity Awareness module also provides for extensive reporting and analysis abilities via the MineSuite MIS offering, for the identification of hotspots and the extent of movement of people around the mine.Minlog’s Karel Gilliland explains “we are currently in the process of implementation at BHP’s Olympic Dam operation and have installed at Evolution’s Cracow operation (two differing configurations effecting similar, though different, results for differing requirements).“We are excited as to our offering and have constructed it in a fashion to not only cater for safety but to ensure that operations are not hampered but supported, we have aligned it with our Production Monitoring and Management platform and it can be scaled and supplemented to form part of our Fleet Management and Production Management Information Solutions. “We have minimised reliance on infrastructure and this has made it as operator un-intrusive as possible.”Following implementation of the MineSuite FMS Proximity Awareness module, Cracow conducted a survey of equipment operators who indicated that collisions are most likely to occur when machines are backed over in a stockpile, when leaving a level and entering the decline or coming around a corner.The system was generally well accepted and is perceived by most operators as a worthwhile safety aid since 50% of the time vehicles detected were out of sight. The average detection distance was 40 m.Communicating seismic informationAdam Dulmage says MDT’s top two products are the SMART cable bolt and the MPBX. By measuring the stretch of a cable, the strain between the SMART anchor locations can be determined, and the corresponding load inferred. These field-proven instruments allow optimisation of ground support, enabling costeffective excavations at greater depth, while ensuring the safety of equipment and personnel.“Since its introduction in 1998, the SMART MPBX (MultiPoint Borehole eXtensometer) has revolutionised the extensometer market for geotechnical applications, making Mine Design Technologies a world leader in this field,” Dulmage says. It is a flexible borehole extensometer with up to six anchor points and an integrated electronic readout head. The sensor and head are small enough to be recessed into a 50 mm diameter borehole.ESG Solutions has released its next generation PaladinTM microseismic recorder. The Paladin IV 32-bit digital seismic recorder is the backbone of ESG’s microseismic data acquisition systems which monitor induced seismicity during underground and open-pit mining operations. Designed for versatile signal acquisition, this low noise device records microseismic signals from a range of seismic sensors and transmits time-synchronised data via Ethernet to a central location for processing and analysis. The Paladin IV introduces plug-and-play functionality for improved ease of use, and remote diagnostics capabilities keep tabs on sensor health, allowing for quick system maintenance. Coupled with web-enabled global data streaming, powerful new on-board processing enables stand-alone units to perform advanced triggering and analysis without a PC, supporting a diverse suite of new remote monitoring applications.A typical microseismic system is made up of a group of seismic sensors (geophones and/or accelerometers) distributed throughout a mine in a strategic array of underground and surface locations. The connected ESG Paladin digital seismic recorders receive and digitise seismic data relating to individual events before transmitting to surface stations for analysis.As mines extend deeper, increased stresses or major geological structures can lead to damaging seismicity in the form of rock bursts, rock falls or fault slips. Seismicity is common in mines and is often heard as a popping or cracking sound as the rock shifts and attempts to redistribute stress caused by excavation. It is essentially the sound of rock breaking and is measured on a micro-scale at levels equivalent to very small earthquakes measuring from -3 to zero in magnitude. Identifying the location and size of these microseismic ‘events’, and evaluating seismicity temporally and spatially as it relates to operations serves as an essential tool to quantify and understand stress-induced rock mass behaviour. Incorporating the results of microseismic analysis with existing geotechnical tools provides some of the best possible information to influence short term and long term processes. Using microseismic results, operators can assess abnormal seismicity and rock mass response and take action to deploy workers in less hazardous regions of a mine, adjust ground support requirements or modify extraction methods or sequences to better manage seismicity and improve overall mine safety.ESG’s continuous monitoring systems are set-up to essentially make a video recording of seismic activity throughout the mine. Unlike many other monitoring tools which take individual measurements at one location in a mine, microseismic monitoring is designed to cover a larger area of interest and function continuously so no seismic activity is missed. Often, the sensitivity of the system is such that seismicity is recorded from surrounding zones that were not intended to be monitored, but can reveal unknown conditions or seismic risk.Since this monitoring reveals information about what is happening behind walls and in areas not accessible to mine workers, it can operate as an early warning system for potential hazards caused by changing rock conditions. If a system is installed early in a mine’s life, there is an opportunity to collect backgroundlevel data on seismicity in the mine. Since every mine generates some seismicity, it is useful to understand what is normal and what may be cause for concern. Microseismic systems can provide far-field observations of mine seismicity, help develop re-entry protocol following large events or blasting, alert operators to abnormal seismicity, help optimise ground support design, and calibrate or confirm numerical models used for mine design and sequencing.Booyco Electronics has its Intelligent Whistler to boost safety underground – a signaling device that operates between an underground vehicle and a guard, incorporating an operator ‘whistle’ worn around the guard’s neck.Anton Lourens, Managing Director of Booyco Electronics, says the technology was developed at the request of a customer and, based on its beyond-expectation effectiveness, is now being introduced to the mining industry at large. “The system is compatible with all makes of controllers currently in use in South African mines,” Lourens says. “It’s programmable to each mine’s specific requirements, in terms of preferred language or pictoral commands, and can be applied in a variety of applications underground, well beyond that of a Loco Signalling Device (LSD) function. Because it builds on existing technology, the Intelligent Whistler is also cost effective, readily acceptable to users and requires little additional training.”The system is modular in design and harnesses radio frequency (RF) technology as a communication medium, allowing loco drivers and guards to communicate clearly and effectively with each other. These instructions are transferred in a radio data format that is displayed both at the fixed loco controller unit and at the portable ‘whistle’ unit. “When the driver needs to perform a specific task, such as moving forward, reversing, stopping and making an emergency stop, he informs the guard of his intention by simply pressing a button with pre-defined functions, customised to the particular requirements of that mine,” Lourens says. “Conversely, the guard communicates with the driver by blowing the whistle with a predetermined number of blasts.“At the start of each shift, for example, a guard uses his whistle and ‘pair’ – a connection to the relevant LSD controller unit on the loco assigned to him – to create a closed loop system that eliminates external interference. The nature of the LCD system makes for a very user-friendly scenario and includes an LCD display and buzzer on both units. There is full data confirmation and acknowledgement of each instruction between the operator and the guard.”The controller unit has I/Os that can be used to support a Fail to Safe philosophy and as an additional indication in the event of emergency stop instructions. The system operates in the 2.4 GHz frequency, with typical communication pairing ranges of up to 60 metres. The whistle unit is operated by a rechargeable battery with up to 12 hours of power. “A significant benefit of this system is that it provides access to data recorded in the event of an accident,” says Lourens.More WiFiStrata MSHA approved VoIP phoneStrata Worldwide says its StrataWiFi “brings the same wireless communications and productivity tools to underground mining that previously were only available on the surface. These including Voice Over IP digital voice, access to company networks and access to the Internet. Strata offers three different access points that all work co-operatively: 1. Non-intrinsically safe access point with external power and fibre 2. Intrinsically safe access point with external power and fibre, plus optional battery backup 3. Intrinsically safe, fully wireless access point with battery power.“StrataWiFi only uses intrinsically safe hotspots in the working areas where they are required. Non-intrinsically safe hotspots are used wherever possible to help control costs.”StrataWiFi uses the standard 802.11 specifications for wireless networks. This allows compatibility with a wide selection of consumer communications equipment, as well as compatibility with future networks and devices. Mines can choose from a variety of device manufacturers, including Strata partners.StrataVoice, a Voice Over IP technology, allows private calling, calling to outside landlines, point-to-point calling, and broadcast voice messages. Workers underground can communicate with each other, colleagues on the surface, and the outside world. StrataData uses StrataWiFi to allow mines to bring data to wherever they need it. Workers can use almost any WiFi-enabled device such as notebook computers, tablets or smart phones to access data. is an underground network of fixed CommNodes that communicate with individual miner-worn communication devices to transmit two-way data between the surface and underground. The self-forming, self-healing routing system requires no hardwired backbone.CommTrac provides continuous tracking within 15 m mine-wide, showing breadcrumb tracking and direction of travel. Two-way text can be either individual communication or broadcast messaging with freeform or canned responses. These messages can be sent to surface, surface to miner or miner to miner.Just as CommTrac tracks the safety and whereabouts of miners, Strata Worldwide’s Asset Tracking provides tracking on critical assets, including vehicles and machinery. Asset Tracking is a simple CommTrac upgrade or quick one-day installation. Simply place a battery operated CommNode on a piece of machinery for immediate location and productivity data.Partnering with Ultra, Strata Worldwide is offering a TTE communications with the RockPhone. It uses electromagnetic waves to transmit text and voice messages between the surface and underground. Two-way voice messages reach up to 200 m through the earth, while text messages reach up to 300 m. The system can be portable or stationary; batterypowered or powered by cables. It is ideal for post-accident communications and day-to-day communications between mine layers and the surface.Vital Alert’s CanaryTMLink products provide a flexible wireless TTE link that can integrate with and complement other technologies covered in this article, as well as existing mine networks. Sandi Jones, VP Marketing & Technical Sales, Vital Alert Communication, says CanaryLink, “integrates nicely with the types of solutions covered in this article to extend their coverage and provide an always-on, ready to go connection post emergency.” CanaryLink TTE CommunicationT systems provide a flexible link that was designed to integrate easily with existing and innovative systems in the mine. Instead of creating a couple of end-to-end stand-alone solutions, Vital Alert created a flexible link that can work with both voice and data, integrate with tracking systems as well as with standard UHF and VHF radios, sensors, remote relays and many others.A miner with a Vital Alert CanaryLinkVital Alert offers three versions of the product, depending on the mine environment. CanaryLink can be mounted permanently but with a terminal weighing less than 6.8 kg it can also be relocated easily as work moves further into the mine. CanaryLink -IS (launching in late 2012 when MSHA certification is complete) is Intrinsically Safe, “but,” Jones says, “still more easily moved at 200 lb [91 kg] than other IS TTE alternatives. CanaryTMGo was designed for quick deployment in emergencies or temporary work areas. All three products deliver real-time twoway voice through up to 1,000′ [305 m] of solid rock, whether that is from the mine to the surface or between underground areas where there is no line-of-sight.“CanaryLink products can act as primary link for specific use cases but are more likely to be used as backup during an emergency or outage, or as a temporary link where permanent network hasn’t yet been deployed. [It] can deliver communication where there is no hole and put trapped miners instantly in touch with rescuers where it has been pre-deployed (e.g. at shelters).”While the range of is currently just over 300 m, it can equip deeper mines in three ways: 1. Repeater mode launching in 2012 allows for multiple CanaryLinks in sequence to cover a greater range. 2. CanaryLink installed between active work areas and networked areas higher up that are likely to be intact after an explosion or cave-in. 3. Providing horizontal links inside the mine (areas hard to reach or prone to damage).To date, Rajant has shipped over 1,000 BreadCrumb UX-2400s to MST for the underground coal mining industry in the US. It is suitable for hard rock mines alsoRajant offers a family of proven and dynamic wireless network nodes, known as BreadCrumbs®. Proven Rajant innovations have led to a successful partnership with MST, which provides a purpose designed network communications platform to ensure that an underground mine’s overall communication system not only meets safety requirements but enables optimum productivity from all of its mining assets.The company recently integrated Rajant’s rugged and dynamic BreadCrumb UX-2400 Portable Wireless Mesh Network Node to its platform. The BreadCrumb UX-2400 is ideal for use in underground coal mines, as it is a permissible AP and has received approval from the US MSHA for use in hazardous locations.Rajant says “numerous BreadCrumb UX- 2400s have been deployed in underground coal mines since the partnership began. The nodes are typically placed along active mining areas in order to eliminate the need to run composite cable across active operations. As a reliable wireless-to-wired bridge, UX-2400s have helped extend the existing communication network beyond the furthest wired access point.“BreadCrumb UX-2400s are completely portable and allow for communications and tracking capabilities to take place throughout a complex room-and-pillar environment. This includes areas where workers are actively cutting horizontally for coal. The combined solution has also benefitted longwall operations.”System securityCattron has released its high performance SIAMnet Diagnostic System (SDS) for its SIAMnet underground communication system. “Installed with virtually no interruptions in service, the SDS allows a problem to be rapidly diagnosed and downtime to be minimized,” Cattron says.The system monitors every SIAMnet amplifier and reports status information on a periodic basis. In the event that an amplifier is faulty or operates outside of the set parameters, the mine technician can see exactly which amplifier is causing the problem without travelling into the mine. By interrogating the system through the SIAMnet Diagnostic Manager software, issues such as a power outage, damaged coaxial cable, low supply voltage or weak signals can be identified. Should an amplifier report abnormal conditions, an alarm is generated locally and an email is sent to the contact list.While monitoring information is available to all users, the configuration screens are password protected and reserved to the administrator of the system. A web page, with current system status, may be made accessible from any location worldwide by the mine network administrator. The mine technician can get access via a secure Internet connection and troubleshoot the SIAMnet remotely. Should it be required, a service technician may be dispatched directly to where the fault is located.The SDS is also useful in calibrating a SIAMnet network. Once installed, the amplifiers can be configured remotely to match the exact mine configuration. “A perfectly configured SIAMnet optimises the data rates while the voice communication audio quality remains exceptional,” Cattron explains. The amplifier configuration and alarm files may be kept for reference and further analysis.The SDS includes a basic spectrum analysis feature and can display the signal strength over the entire 800 MHz band as well as the cable modem band. Although it does not replace an expensive spectrum analyser instrument, the SDM can identify RF noise issues and display signal strength in a graphical way. Should a thorough analysis of the SIAMnet be required, every amplifier has the possibility to generate test signals which can be used for troubleshooting. These features will help maintain a system without investing in expensive tools and expertise.Logistic communicationsIn the southwest part of the Upper Silesian coalfields, Polish mining company JSW operates six shafts that deliver about 13 Mt/y of bituminous coal a year, of which about 70% is high-quality coking coal. In co-operation with Becker Mining Systems, JSW’s Zofiówka mine has been extensively modernising its underground material transport system and the communications associated with that for the past few years. The objectives are: 1. Movement from the area near the shafts with subsequent, interruption-free transport to the operating points on site via material handling stations. 2. Introduction of floor-mounted duorail systems or monorail systems with increased drive output and hill-climbing ability, with special suitability for heavy-duty transport and constructive design under observance of the safety regulations of the new European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. 3. Optimisation of the logistic processes through the tracking of vehicle locations, possibility of switch remote control through an aboveground transport control room, and a bidirectional voice connection to the vehicle drivers via WLAN and fibre-optic VoIP technology.As part of this modernisation program, dieselpowered monorail locomotives from Polish subsidiary Becker Warkop were first introduced in 2007 already. Then came five units of the KPZS-148, with a motor output of 148 kW, a maximum tensile force of 100 kN per drive, and the ability to be used on inclines up to 30° from 2010 on. Along a current distance of 8.5 km, six EHB KPCZ 148 diesel-powered monorail locos operate in the mine.The mine’s material logistics are supported by the setup of a WLAN network in a main haulage drive of the mine, where Becker Mining Systems’ newly developed, intrinsically safe access points (WRAP 200), with connected transmission cables (leaky feeders), act as transmission/receiving antennae and establish the wireless connection between the dieselpowered monorail loco and the mine-wide fibreoptic network. Through the latter, voice, machine data, and respective vehicle locations are transmitted to the aboveground control room via Ethernet.For this purpose, the monorail locomotives are equipped with an intrinsically safe Mining Master Smart mini computer, which acts as a subscriber of the WLAN network and communicates with the access points through a machine-side gateway. Further, the diesel-powered monorail locomotive driver has the opportunity to set up connections to the telephone exchange using a mobile VoIP telephone so current information is exchanged with the control room and new driving instructions are transmitted. IMlast_img read more

Epic laser projector was two years in the making

first_imgRead more at Hackaday.com If Pink Floyd ever decides to stop the bickering and get back on the road, we have found the guy who they should hire to handle the laser portion of the light show during concerts. Pictured above is a laser projector that puts the light shows we saw with Dark Side of the Moon to shame. Created by a Polish student at the Gdansk University of Technology who goes by the handle C4r0, this laser projector is capable of some amazing imagery that is a result of a couple of years hard work.The build of the device is nothing short of genius, making use of parts out of everyday devices as well as modified components to suit the need. Lasers from Blu-Ray and DVD players, as well as from HP printers were used along with dichroic filters (very accurate color filters) to control which beams are visible at specific times. To interface with the projector, C4ro used some widely available laser show software as well as writing his own code to fill the gaps for desired functionality.The theory behind the projector is simple to state and complex to implement. Using a series of the aforementioned dichroic filters controlled by drivers that respond to commands from the software interface, the lasers are either reflected or allowed to pass through to create imagery. Of course this all happens at high speed, which allows a user to animate the objects created by the different colored lasers. To make this all happen, Cr40 handmade the drivers to fit his custom design, then tailored the software to interface with them.Along with the visuals, the power this unit puts out is impressive. If all the lasers installed in the unit are left on, they will cut a hole through cardboard and are capable of giving a human a nice burn as well. Not a toy obviously, but still drool-worthy for any geek that sees it in action.Cr40 has been kind of enough to talk about the build in depth via a forum post, laying out all the technical specs and intricacies that went into the project. Of course, there are a couple of videos of the laser projector in action for your viewing pleasure below.last_img read more

Mary Robinson will not be giving her papers to the controversial Presidential

first_img Victoria House in Ballina. Victoria House in Ballina. Image: Mary Robinson Cemtre http://jrnl.ie/3107986 MARY ROBINSON WILL not be donating her presidential papers to her proposed Presidential centre in Ballina, throwing the future of the controversial project into doubt.Instead the former President will donate the papers to NUI Galway, which already has archival storage facilities.Former presidents have traditionally donated their papers to a university or State institution but it was planned in this case that Ireland would get its first presidential library.The project proved problematic, however, and has been plagued by delays.The centre is to be located in Robinson’s family home which is currently owned by her brother Adrian Burke. It has not yet been purchased by Mayo County Council with the proposed purchase price set at €660,000.An RTÉ Prime Time report previously outlined that the library could cost Mayo County Council €1.5 million and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht €2 million.The Victoria House Foundation, of which Robinson is a director, has so far raised about €1 million to help fund the project.The decision not to locate the presidential papers in the centre will now, however, mean that expensive archival facilities will not need to be built.The decision was announced this evening by the Victoria House Foundation:Mary Robinson confirmed that her archive will be gifted to NUI Galway with Mayo County Council having full access to any part of the collection which is required to support the mission of the centre in Ballina. Storage of the archive in Galway will obviate the need to duplicate expensive archival facilities in Ballina. 21,223 Views 34 Comments Source: The Mary Robinson Centre/YouTubeA review of the overall project will also be carried out at the start of next year but a centre at Robinson’s family home “remains the preferred option”, according to the Victoria House Foundation.Robinson’s papers have been valued at €2.5 million and it was also speculated that she would be entitled to a tax break of up to €2 million upon donation of the papers to the State.The Board of the Victoria House Foundation met on Saturday and it has said in its statement this evening that former President Robinson reiterated at that meeting that she would not be availing of the tax break.Peter Hynes, chief executive of Mayo County Council, has also said that he expects a centre of some form to be established in Victoria House:This renewed commitment by the foundation and its partners will bring tremendous benefits to Ballina, to Mayo and to the West.  I look forward to Mayo County Council providing a leadership role in developing this extremely important project into the future.Read: Controversy over €8.5 million price tag for Mary Robinson’s Presidential library >Read: Oireachtas committee to investigate the funding of Mary Robinson Library > Monday 28 Nov 2016, 10:03 PM Short URL Nov 28th 2016, 10:03 PM Image: Mary Robinson Cemtre By Rónán Duffy Share73 Tweet Email3 Mary Robinson will not be giving her papers to the controversial Presidential library Instead, they’ll be housed in NUI Galway to save money. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Vince McMahon spotted on crutches The Undertakers return in slowmotion WrestleMania 34

first_imgFacebook WhatsApp January 11, 2017 at 12:23 pm He takes so long to get in the ring i usually think he’s on slow motion anyway. His Entrance Is Only 3:08 January 12, 2017 at 2:30 am You said it before I could! Honestly, it’s pretty annoying watching the Undertaker’s entrance after you’ve seen it 100 times. I think WWE just uses it now to take up a good 10 minutes of their 4 hour PPVs. lol “only” three minutes. Videos Articles I Can Watch The Undertaker’s Entrance & Promos Unlimited Times & It Will Never Get Boring Or Annoying Plus His Theme Music Only Works Best Walking Slow Videos Articles WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Videos Articles Twitter January 11, 2017 at 4:22 pm Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Glenn Wolf Vince Mcmahon Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis IKILLU Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte 6 COMMENTS Now Playing Up Next Vince McMahon spotted on crutchesBilly Nungesser, Lt. Governor of Louisiana, posted the following photos on his Twitter account from the WrestleMania 34 press conference in New Orleans on Tuesday. One of the photos features WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon on crutches. While not many details are known, PWInsider.com reports McMahon recently underwent surgery.Excited to announce and welcome Wrestlemania 34 back to New Orleans in 2018!#WrestlemaniaNOLA #onlylouisiana pic.twitter.com/QItSvPbTQs— Billy Nungesser (@BillyNungesser) January 10, 2017The Undertaker’s return in slow-motionWWE has uploaded a slow-motion video of The Undertaker’s return on RAW this week.WrestleMania 34 announcementWWE’s WrestleMania 34 announcement for New Orleans in April 2018. WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns IKILLU When Did Vince McMahon Find Out About Roman Reigns’ Diagnosis? January 11, 2017 at 12:30 pm Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraising January 11, 2017 at 4:23 pm Google+ Roman Reigns Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer DiagnosisVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:36/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Al79 Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Riz Ahmed Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Andre could have beaten Taker to the ring in 1990. January 11, 2017 at 12:26 pm Glenn Wolf Now Playing Up Next Al79 Comments are closed.last_img read more

Search underway for missing elderly man in Hollywood

first_img#Missing: Reginald Colley, 84, was last seen around 12:00 p.m. walking west in the 5600 block of Stirling Road. He may be wearing glasses and have a walker with him. He was last seen wearing a sweatshirt and sweatpants.If you have any information, please call 954-764-4357. pic.twitter.com/ZfOiiv2Cms— HollywoodFL Police (@HollywoodFLPD) April 30, 2018Colley may be wearing glasses and using a walker. He was last seen wearing a sweatshirt and sweatpants.If you have any information on his whereabouts, call the Hollywood Police Department at 954-764-4357. HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating an elderly man who went missing in Hollywood, Monday afternoon.Eighty-four-year-old Reginald Colley was last seen walking westbound along the 5600 block of Stirling Road, at around noon. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Womans body washes ashore on Miami Beach

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after a woman’s body washed ashore on Miami Beach.A vacationer discovered the body after it washed ashore near Collins Avenue and 39th Street early Friday morning.“I noticed that there was a lady waving in the water, going back and forth like in and out of the shore, and I thought maybe she was just relaxing. I didn’t think anything of it,” said David Siberon, who found the body, “so I noticed that she wasn’t moving, and then there was another guy that was with me. He was the one that ended up calling 911 and then they came, and she was dead.”The woman’s identity and cause of death have not been released.Detectives are now investigating.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Selectman Candidate Kevin MacDonald Offers Solutions To N

first_imgDear Editor,I am opposed to the elimination of any train stops. The tax payers of Wilmington pay the MBTA $518,000 per year to have the two train stations in Wilmington. I believe the people of Wilmington deserve full service at both stops. The train in North Wilmington does not have to block the road known as Rte. 62 / Middlesex Avenue. This was absolutely shown when I took the train from Lawrence to North Wilmington and asked to get off the first car so the train did not block the road. A further indication of this can easily be explained by simply understanding that the same train leaves North Station to come to North Wilmington and clears the road to let passengers off. We need to work to make the lives of Wilmington residents easier and more convenient. People who need to get toward and to Boston for work or an appointment to see a doctor deserve all stops to remain at North Wilmington.My advice and proposal to Wilmington officials is to position public safety vehicles on the other side of the tracks ahead of the scheduled stops. I also wanted to add that a garage bay at the D.P.W. and Brown’s Crossing locations could be designated for an emergency vehicle without the need for an expensive substation construction project.With regard to the proposed detox site at 362 Middlesex Avenue, I believe the State should take this property by eminent domain for the purpose of building a train station with senior housing above it and an eatery/cafe. Seniors and commuters can have a place to dine while waiting to take the train.The opioid problem is a State problem that needs a State solution. Many cities and towns are in the process of suing the opioid manufacturers. I believe it would be a beautiful thing to see a settlement with the opioid manufacturers that included giving us a state of the art treatment and recovery center on the grounds of the Tewksbury State Hospital. The State’s opioid addiction problem solution: funded by those who are alleged to have known that the opioids were addictive and sold them anyway.Unfortunately, our Selectmen have failed to negotiate with the owner’s of 362 Middlesex Avenue for an alternative development that eliminated the detox facility. We now have a law suit filed against the Town of Wilmington that could have been averted. It is time for the community to unite for truth and unite for change. It is also time to eliminate conflict of interest on the Board of Selectmen by electing new members who will fight on behalf of the community. Solutions are needed that improve people’s lives.Sincerely,Kevin MacDonaldCandidate for the Board of SelectmenLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Candidate Kevin MacDonald Says Town Should Hire A Grant WriterIn “Letter To The Editor”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Comes Up With Fix For North Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Grapples With Whether To Eliminate 5 Daily Stops At N. Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”last_img read more

Fascism is still resistible

first_imgThe hopes of defeating fascism through electoral manoeuvre have been dashed; the fascist juggernaut continues to roll on spilling ever more blood and rupturing the social fabric of the country. There is a sense of hopelessness and dismay among the left and progressive circles in the wake of the return of Narendra Modi led NDA government at the helm. The setback has sent such a fiery shock wave that many have started blaming the masses while some are putting the entire blame on the EVM scam. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Those who blame the masses for such a sorry state of affairs can only be asked to follow Brecht’s advice to dissolve the electorates and choose a new one. As regards the EVM scam, while it could have been responsible for the increase in the margin of victory, it alone cannot explain this second coming of Modi government. The question arises: is fascism still resistible? On the face of it, the fascist rise in India looks invincible. But if we keep our faith in science and history intact even in this testing time, we would know that in order to cure a disease, it is very important to diagnose it properly. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us The strategy of defeating fascism through electoral means was based on the understanding that fascism comes into existence when a fascist party like BJP comes to power and gets defeated if it goes out of power. This understanding was fundamentally flawed in the first place because it failed to take account the reactionary social movement behind the rise of fascism and no wonder the strategy has backfired. Advertise With Us If we really want to resist fascism at this dark hour in the history of our country, it is of utmost importance that we seek answer to the following questions: what lies at the root of fascism? What are the factors that are responsible for the rise of fascism in any society? What is the similarity and dissimilarity between the fascist rise of the decade of 1930s and the current fascist rise? What should be the correct strategy of resisting fascism and smashing it?The speaker Anand Singh will try to answer these questions and will also provide the contours of the new round of struggle that needs to be waged to smash fascism from both long term and short term perspectives. Where: Lamakaan When: June 27 Time: 7.30 pmlast_img read more

Android Q beta for Pixel phones is here New features download instructions

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/1:41Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:36?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Google has partially opened the gates for its unreleased Android version, which is going to be 2019’s biggest update, for developers and advanced users to get their hands on the newest features before anyone else. The first public Android Q beta is up for grabs in the form of OTA files and factory images.Android Q beta 1 is not available for everyone and limited to Pixel smartphones. So as long as you have Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, you’ll be able to flash the update manually or sign up as a beta tester to receive beta OTA updates regularly.Before you update your Pixel phone with the beta Android 10 Q version, remember that the new software could be very unstable. The half-baked OS is far from its final release and users will experience problems. The purpose of rolling out the beta update is to allow users to report bugs and give feedback on the new OS in its development stage so Google can rectify glitches before public release.It is advised not to install Android Q beta on your primary device as some functions might not work as they are supposed to. If at all you are still looking forward to getting Android Q, there are a few steps that need to be stringently followed.How to download Android Q beta?There are two ways to get Android Q beta 1 on your phone, and we’ll start with the easier one. Before any update, it is important to backup data on the device to avoid losing it in the process of updating software. You can backup data simply by going into Settings > System > Backup. Android Q Beta 1 is available for downloadGoogleMoving on, the simplest way to get Android Q beta on your Pixel smartphone is by enrolling as a beta user to receive OTA updates. Pixel users can enrol in beta by logging in with a Google account on the official Android beta website. Scroll down the page and select the compatible device you’d like the Android Q beta to be installed on.Once you’ve enrolled successfully, your selected Pixel phone will get an update notification to download and install Android Q beta. It usually takes a few hours before the beta update is available on your device, but the wait can be as long as 24 hours. All you have to do is wait and hit download and install when prompted. Make sure you’ve Wi-Fi and the phone is charged above 75 percent during the update.Most users are advised to go with the OTA method to install Android Q beta, but if you know your way around phones and software, flashing the Android Q beta on Pixel phones is also an option. Google has image downloads available for all Pixel phones alongside instructions to manually download Android Q beta. If you choose to flash system images, you’ll have to continue doing so for future updates, which is why we recommend enrolling as a beta tester and getting on with OTA method to save time and trouble.What’s new in Android Q beta?One of the biggest reasons to get beta software is to see what’s new in the latest software. In the case of Android Q beta, the list of new features is quite extensive. Google’s Android Q will boast better privacy setting for location access as well as new limits on the access apps will get to photos, videos and audio. Android Q – a boon for foldable phonesGoogleAndroid Q will also offer better support for foldable phones, pausing and resuming background apps, and improvements to resizing apps in split-screen mode. Users also get a new Settings Panel API for simplified access.Photographers will also have something to look forward to in Android Q as Google is standardizing how depth map images work with Android. Apps will be able to request a “dynamic Depth Image” to use specialised blurs and bokeh options and enjoy 3D images and support for AR photography. Android Q will improve bokehGoogleGoogle also shared a timeline for updates, according to which next beta update will arrive early in April, followed by beta 3 in May, beat 4 in June until finally rolling out final Android Q release in Q3 2019.center_img 10 Crazy Facts About Googlelast_img read more

Property money of drug dealers to be confiscated

first_img-Property and wealth of drug dealers will be confiscated as per draft of a revised narcotics control law.The government recently revised the Narcotics Control Act, 1990 that also said the drug dealing is a non-bailable offence.The revised law also said when a trial against any drug peddler is underway, the bank account of the accused can be frozen.Persons listed as drug addicts and those convicted for drug trafficking, will not be issue driving or firearms licenses, the draft law added.The use of narcotic substances in various industries and pharmaceutical production will require permission from the authorities. Physicians will be able to prescribe addictive drugs without written permission from the Narcotics Control Department’s director general.Officials at the home ministry said 75 per cent of the Narcotics Control Act, 1990 has been changed in the newly drafted Narcotics Control Act, 2017.A total of 7 sections and 28 definitions have been added to the new draft.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan told Prothom Alo that the old law did not include punishment for the use of various drugs such as yaba and shisha.Also, nothing had been mentioned in the old law about misuse of drugs in pharmaceutical and others industries. This new law has included death penalty and Tk 10 million as fine for financers, suppliers, addicts, carriers, and sponsors of such contraband drugs, he added.Punishment for othersIf any offenders under this law repeats the offence, they will be jailed for minimum 20 years and fined Tk 1 million.If anyone under the influence of alcohol creates disturbance for anyone, he or she will receive a minimum one-year prison sentence and and fined Tk 10,000.Anyone is possession of drug manufacturing equipment will be jailed for 2 years. Anyone proven in court to be addicted to drugs will be sentenced to jail for five years.The financier of the drug trafficking will be punished as per law and fined Tk 10 million.Those refusing to cooperate with narcotics control agencies will also be punished.Treatment for addictsCriticising parts of the draft law, psychologists said the law has skipped medical treatment for drug addicts and put non-physicians in charge of the addicts.This will hamper proper treatment of the addicted persons.*This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla print edition, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islam.last_img read more

Party Politics National Edition Ep 32 The 2017 Elections Have Happened Now

first_img X Michael Stravato for The Texas TribunePeople voting in Houston during the November election in 2016. Listen 00:00 /18:53 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus deconstruct what this week’s political news means for you, starting with: A new Federal Reserve chair being nominated by President Trump. His name is Jerome H. Powell and Jay and Brandon get into who he is and whether he’s up to the task.Both Bush Presidents spoke out against President TrumpFormer Democratic National Committee vice-chair Donna Brazil releases a book where she dishes the dirt in the DNC last year when Hillary Clinton was running for President.  And finally, Brandon and Jay walk us through what happened with the elections across the country this week. Remember we’ve also got a weekly Texas-centered episode, too that you can find on Apple Podcasts too!Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin and our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander.   This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more

Washingtons Trea Turner Latest Player Exposed for Racist Tweets

first_imgBy Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor, pgreen@afro.comYet another White Major League Baseball player was exposed for tweeting racist and homophobic comments in the near past.Washington Nationals star shortstop Trea Turner released a statement on June 29 via the team’s media relations department, apologizing for multiple offensive tweets he made back in 2011-‘12.Washington Nationals’ Trea Turner is embroiled in controversy after racist and homophobic tweets of his re-surfaced. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)“There are no excuses for my insensitive and offensive language on Twitter. I am sincerely sorry for those tweets and apologize wholeheartedly,” Turner said. “I believe people who know me understand those regrettable actions do not reflect my values or who I am. But I understand the hurtful nature of such language and am sorry to have brought any negative light to the Nationals organization, myself or the game I love.”Turner had used words such as “f*ggot,” and told someone “you’re gay” in another tweet as a means of insulting them; he also tweeted, “once you go Black, you’re going to need a wheelchair,” a line from the 2004 film “White Chicks.”The old tweets were retweeted by fans during a game against the Miami Marlins Sunday afternoon. The tweets were deleted but Yahoo Sports posted screen shots of each.Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo addressed the resurfaced tweets after the game.“I have spoken with Trea regarding the tweets that surfaced earlier tonight,” Rizzo said in a statement. “He understands that his comments — regardless of when they were posted — are inexcusable and is taking full responsibility for his actions. The Nationals organization does not condone discrimination in any form, and his comments in no way reflect the values of our club.”Turner is the third White baseball player in the past month to have racially offensive or homophobic tweets resurface. Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb was also exposed Sunday for offensive statements tweeted, such as “this gay Black kid won’t stop presenting about Black hair. #IWantToLeave.” Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader was busted a week ago for racist language used on Twitter. All three were 17-years-old at the time of their tweets.last_img read more

Clean and green Kolkata to be focus of KMC under Hakim

first_imgKolkata: Making the city clean and green will be the main thrust of Kolkata Municipal Corporation under the new Mayor Firhad Hakim.Clearing accumulated water in shorter times and supply of drinking water to some dry pockets that still exist in the city, will also be given priority. As the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, Hakim has taken several steps to implement Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s mission of “Clean and Green City.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeReplacing the old garbage vats in Kolkata and the districts, modern compactors have been installed. The Municipal Affairs department has given funds to all the civic bodies in the state to install them. Comprehensive plans have been undertaken to clean the religious places of Tarakeshwar and Tarapith and to do the same, development boards have been set up. Over a decade ago, vast areas surrounding Tarakeshwar and Tarapith temples were full of dirt and filth. The devotees used to throw flowers and the pond behind the Tarakeshwar Temple was not cleaned for several decades. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBecause of Hakim’s efforts, the surrounding areas of the temples have now been given a new look. Hakim’s biggest achievement as the Urban Development minister is New Town. When the Left Front government left Bengal in 2011, nobody thought that an Eco Park, now a star tourist attraction, could be built in the city. The entire New Town area used to look like a desert. Hakim, with the help of his finest officers, has been able to change the scenario and now New Town is one of the best planned townships in the country, with all modern facilities in place. Several steps have been taken to curb pollution in the area and battery-operated public buses and cycle-sharing schemes have been introduced for the same. There are pockets in Kolkata, particularly in Tollygunge and Jadavpur, where drinking water scarcity still persists. Hakim has decided to address the problem and it is hoped that the issue will be a matter of the past soon. Though waterlogging is no longer a major issue in Kolkata as the time taken by the accumulated water to recede has come down significantly. The old waterlogging pockets like Amherst Street, vast areas surrounding Rabindra Sadan and Akashbani Bhavan do not exist now. But there are pockets like Silpara, Sarsuna and Behala where the problem of waterlogging is still a major issue. Civic officials feel that Hakim, being a hard taskmaster, will expedite the work to complete the unfinished projects.last_img read more