29 football fans hurt as French stadium barrier collapses

first_imgJordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges The incident happened when Lille’s Fode Ballo-Toure ran towards the section of visiting fans after scoring the opening goal, prompting a surge that caused the barrier to give way.Built in 1999, the Stade de la Licorne (“Stadium of the Unicorn”) is the smallest of the 20 French Ligue 1 clubs, with a capacity of only 12,000.Renovation work is taking place throughout the 2017-18 season, as newly-promoted Amiens brings the ground up to a higher standard.‘Hardcore fans’ The venue boasts an eye-catching, futuristic design with a transparent roof, which is being renovated. The seats are also being progressively replaced under the 7.5-million-euro ($8.9-million) scheme.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cavs owner gets ‘vile’ voicemails after LeBron’s ‘bum’ tweet No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Members of the stadium staff stand by the stadium barrier that collapsed during the French L1 football match between Amiens and Lille LOSC on September 30, 2017 at the Licorne stadium in Amiens. Several Lille supporters were hurt in Amiens when a stadium barrier collapsed in the away section as the visiting fans celebrated the opening goal of the match. The Ligue 1 fixture was interrupted in the 16th minute after LOSC French defender Fode Ballo-Toure’s goal sparked celebrations that caused a fence separating the fans from the pitch to crumble under their weight./ AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS LO PRESTITwenty-nine fans were hurt, five of them seriously, when a barrier collapsed Saturday at a stadium in the northern French city of Amiens as away supporters celebrated their opening goal.A fence separating Lille fans from the pitch gave way as they surged forward to celebrate the goal against Amiens, a regional rival that has just been promoted to the top flight in French football.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Amiens public prosecutor Alexandre de Bosschere said an investigation had been opened into “accidental injury”, focusing on why the barrier gave way.“We have put legal seals on the site (to bar access to it), and an assessment will be carried out in the next few days.”The club’s president Bernard Joannin dismissed any idea that there were problems with the barrier.“The police had warned us that there were 200 hardcore fans, really wound up, who were in the section set aside for Lille fans. They surged forward, chaotically, more than 500 people, against this barrier, which was in perfect condition.”Back in May, local politician Alain Gest had suggested that upkeep of the stadium had been neglected by previous local administrations but was now “perfectly in line with regulations” and “up to standards for playing in Ligue 1”.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Several tumbled about 1.5 meters (five feet) and were crushed by other fans who fell on top of them. Injuries included head, chest and abdominal trauma, medical authorities said.Referee Thomas Leonard suspended the match in the 16th minute as Red Cross and emergency workers rushed to help the injured. The fixture was later abandoned.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“It happened all of a sudden. I don’t even know who scored. It just suddenly fell on me. I couldn’t hear anything, I couldn’t see anything and then the emergency workers took me away,” said Georges Penel, a 21-year-old Lille fan who suffered injuries to his leg and back.The prefecture of the Somme department gave a provisional toll of 29 hurt, five of them seriously. Among the injured were three minors, all in their teens, medical authorities said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

I take no credit for creating Shah Rukh Khan: Barry John

first_imgMumbai, Sep 24 (PTI) Shah Rukh Khan may have learnt acting nuances from Barry John but the acting guru said he does not want to take any credit for creating the superstar.In an session at the Jagran Film Festival here, John said, “I didnt create Shah Rukh Khan and I take no credit for that.”When asked why does he feel that way, specially since Shah Rukh trained under him in the 80s before he attained stardom, Barry said in an interview, “Its a fact. We came together, we worked in theatre together for a while. It was mostly enjoyable and beneficial to both of us. But then he moved on, he is on another planet now. I dont have any communication with him.”Barry has been a teacher to several Bollywood stars including Manoj Bajpayee, Frieda Pinto, Richa Chadha, Arjun Kapoor, Varun Dhawan among others.Barry says the young actors today have different aspirations but there is nothing wrong in that.”We dislike change. We love the status quo. Change implies insecurity. But it is a fact that the world keeps on changing. If things change, the art, culture changes so do topics of films.”People get surprised oh the acting has changed or the nature of people has changed. It will obviously change and will keep on changing.”There is distinction in the film industry with regards to superstars and actors.When asked if the aspiration to attain stardom can corrupt good actors, Barry says, “its a necessary evil” but it should not overshadow other aspects of filmmaking.advertisement”Its there in the world of sports as well, with the Messis and the Ronaldos. They are good players but they dont make a team. They need good support of other players to win. Its the same in our work…”We learn in theatre, if youre in a play, everyone is as important as the main lead. We are a team. In cinema, that somehow has gotten lost.” PTI JUR ARS SHDlast_img read more

Favre leaves Nice as Dortmund post awaits

first_imgNice Favre leaves Nice as Borussia Dortmund post awaits Dom Farrell 07:27 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lucien Favre Nice Ligue 1 2017 AFP Contributor Nice Borussia Dortmund Olympique Lyonnais v Nice Ligue 1 Bundesliga The Ligue 1 side have allowed their manager to leave, with the 60-year-old widely expected to take charge of the Bundesliga side Lucien Favre has stepped down as Nice head coach amid mounting speculation he is set to be named Borussia Dortmund boss.Favre led Nice to a superb third-place finish in Ligue 1 last season, although a 3-2 loss at Lyon on Saturday  left them eighth this time around and outside the Europa League qualification places.The 60-year-old Swiss tactician told a post-match news conference he had just overseen his last game at the helm, while a statement from the club said they had accepted an approach for Favre. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “It is the end of an irregular season, where fortunately we took our hopes of European qualification to the end,” the former Borussia Monchengladbach coach said.”It was my last game in charge of Nice tonight. These were two fantastic years at Nice, at the human and sporting level.”Favre refused to confirm whether he was going to Dortmund to replace the outgoing Peter Stoger , despite Kicker reporting he has agreed a two-year contract.”I am leaving Nice, but I cannot say more. Quite simply, I cannot say more,” he added.Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere wished Favre luck in the “new challenge that awaits him”.”During his two seasons with us, Lucien has helped to keep Nice growing, with an exceptional track record last year,” he said.”We thank him for the quality of the work he has done at the helm of the team and for his constant investment. “He is a professional and a man of great quality. We wish him the success he deserves in the new challenge that awaits him.”Favre’s successor at Nice is likely to inherit a squad in transition, with forwards Mario Balotelli and Alassane Plea both expected to leave the club and further bids anticipated for midfielder Jean Michael Seri.last_img read more

Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos Unveils Exclusive “Royal Residence”

first_imgThe ultimate in opulent luxury accommodations are now available for booking to the public Miami, Fla (June 25, 2019)– Palace Resorts – the company that sets the standard in five-star, luxury all-inclusive resort accommodations – is pleased to announce the opening of Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos’ Royale Residence, the ultimate in luxury accommodations. Not previously available to the public, this exclusive residence is located within Le Blanc Spa Resort, giving guests a private residence feel, with the top-notch amenities Le Blanc Spa Resort is known for. With the comforts of a home and the amenities and service of a luxury resort, guests will enjoy personalized butler service, exquisite cuisine, an opulent state of the art spa & wellness center and elaborate amenities. Guests staying in the residences, truly have it all. The lavish beachfront two-level residence measures an impressive 18,428.42 square feet and can accommodate up to 12 adults comfortably, including four extravagant oceanfront bedrooms, two of the rooms feature king size beds and the two additional rooms include two double beds. All four bedrooms feature a private bathroom with a grandiose pedestal tub and rain shower, Ferragamo® bath amenities, plush bathrobes, and slippers. Designed by master architect, Roberto Elias and interiorly brought to life by Francois Frossard of Francois Frossard Design (FFD), the residence offers an elegant, yet modern chic feel, that rivals some of the most coveted hotels around the globe. Designers left no detailed unturned. The residence also features its own private fitness center, where guests can enjoy a private Yoga Instructor, a movie theater which fits up to 8 guests, a home office and a stunning living room, which has full access to the outdoor terrace through a glass sliding door, overlooking the breath-taking views of the Sea of Cortez at every turn. In the spacious living room area, there’s an individually controlled A/C, direct dial telephone, smart TV & Apple TV, iHome Dock with Bluetooth connection and wireless internet connection. The residences also have a fully equipped kitchen and a spacious dining room for up to 16 guests, so our Residence guests can invite their friends for a reunion, as day passes are included. The outdoor space has an incredible 1400 sq. ft. infinity pool, a sun deck with an incredible 360-degree view of the sea, a dining table where guests can enjoy a decadent meal prepared by a private chef while overlooking the beautiful backdrop and daybeds, making it the perfect outdoor living space for all. For those looking to unwind, the second floor has a pool table where guests can enjoy a friendly game or two of pool. For those wanting to truly disconnect, the residence features its own private spa treatment room, where guests can enjoy a complimentary massage and facial, truly making it the perfect place for a luxurious getaway. A private vehicle is also available for guests who want to get to know the destination of Los Cabos. Welcome bottles of tequila & a wine cellar with an incredible selection of wines will greet guests upon arrival, in addition to an upgraded liquor dispenser with a premium selection of rum, whiskey & vodka. There is also an amazing Mini Bar featuring sodas, bottled water, juices, domestic & imported beers, that is restocked daily and also a selection of in-room snacks, including, nightly Petit Fours. The Le Blanc Residences Los Cabos is the ultimate in vacation luxury and is the perfect spot for families looking to be pampered, a social celebration and even an intimate wedding location because no detail has been spared. This Residence is now available to book via our website https://www.leblancsparesorts.com/los-cabos/en/accommodations About Le Blanc Spa Resort: Le Blanc Spa Resort is an award-winning, adults-only, ultra-luxury hotel brand that has completely redefined the standard for luxury all-inclusive resorts. With locations in Cancun and Los Cabos, Mexico, Le Blanc Spa Resort offers a plethora of luxurious amenities including sophisticated and stylish accommodations. Part of the Palace Resorts family of brands, Le Blanc Spa Resort offers butler service, unique gourmet culinary offerings, a state-of-the-art spa and wellness facilities, world-class entertainment and unique experiences sure to impress even the most discerning luxury traveler. For more information, visit www.leblancsparesort.com.last_img read more

Quebec police say girls death followed attempted jump from ski chairlift

first_imgVAL-D’OR, Que. — A 15-year-old girl has died after falling from a ski chairlift Wednesday night in the Abitibi region of northwestern Quebec.Quebec provincial police say the girl and a friend were trying to perform a trick that involved jumping from the chairlift before it reached the summit at the Mont-Video ski centre in Barraute, Que.The friend was successful, but the victim fell onto a snow-covered boulder. Sgt. Marie-Josee Ouellet said the fall caused injuries requiring transportation to a hospital in nearby Amos. The Val-d’Or resident died shortly afterwards.It was not clear whether the friends were skiing or snowboarding. Provincial police are investigating to determine the exact cause of the accident, which happened at about 9:15 p.m.The Mont-Video ski centre was closed Thursday as a result of the incident. Management of the centre was not immediately available for comment.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Toronto rapper Partynextdoor arrested at US border charged with drug possession

first_imgPartynextdoor, a.k.a. Jahron Brathwaite, performs at the South by Southwest Music Festival in 2016, in Austin, Texas. (JACK PLUNKETT / JACK PLUNKETT/INVISION/AP) Toronto rapper/singer Partynextdoor was arrested at the Canada-U.S. border and charged narcotics possession on Thursday morning.The performer who is signed to Drake’s OVO label, is currently on tour supporting pop singer Halsey, which had a stop at the ACC on Wednesday night and one upcoming in Boston on Friday night.At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, the bus the 24-year-old rapper — born Jahron A. Brathwaite — was travelling in was crossing into the U.S. via the Lewiston-Queenston bridge, near Niagara Falls, when it was stopped for a secondary inspection by U.S. Customs and Border patrol. After a search, officials called New York State Troopers to charge him with possession of Xanax and Oxycodone. Advertisement Login/Register With: READ MORE Facebookcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

My Name Is Sophie Ann Rooney … I Want To Tell You

first_imgAdvertisement I want to tell you something:I was a young actor, had just landed an agent in France and was auditioning and getting callbacks for roles from James Bond to Hannibal to Flyboys, I went in for an audition for a film by a famed French novelist, he was to direct. I aced the audition, got a callback and then got a call from my agent that he wanted to meet for a one-on-one interview to offer the lead role in the film. I called my parents, had champagne that night, this was big. He chose a very famous restaurant to hold the meeting, I was safe, I thought. So I went and he was standing in front of the restaurant and he says in French “oh so good to see you Sophie, it’s such a nice day let’s go for a walk instead” we walked through Pere Lachaise cemetery, him inching closer to me, this older, squirmy man, finding every excuse to touch me. Hold my hand. I would pull away. I knew what energy was coming my way. He then offered to have coffee at his place, I pointed to a little cafe and suggested we go there. He agreed reluctantly, mentioning that I would never make it in this industry if I had a boyfriend “lose him”.We sit, I order orange juice, him coffee he FINALLY starts talking about the film and “my” role. His leg pinned up against mine, this tall man, pressing himself on me. Face inches away from mine, I did not move. I froze. I looked down. Him brushing his hand along my body. Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: “Oh sorry” I pretended to get a phone call which took me outside, I panicked and made up a story that forced me to leave. He was mad, he said that he had the scripts up in his place and that the interview was not over. This was like 3 hours after first meeting him ! I apologized, called my agent, called my “friend” who was one of the assistants in casting and would later AD for him. Recounted the story. Both of them women, told me that I must have imagined it. And not to tell anyone. Later that day I got the call that he no longer wanted me for the role. My agent told me that I would have to pretend I had no boyfriend and that I was “available” in the eyes of producers. I cried for days, with guilt that I had not “gone upstairs” with him, that maybe I WAS delusional. Excuse me, his hands grazed my chest intentionally!!!! I knew exactly what was going on. But they all made me feel guilty and wrong. This is not just Weinstein there are many in the industry, will I say his name? No, why? I do not want to be sued for defamation. Nothing actually happened, right?When the film came out I wondered what the actresses did to get those roles. I often wonder what he does now and what he has done to women or should I say correctly GIRLS who did not run.Anyway, there is a problem everywhere not just in Hollywood. This is why no one came forward = fear, young, advised incorrectly, everything he did could be interpreted as accidents, shame, disbelief and defamation.I am very grateful this light being shone on the very dark side to the industry.Sophie Ann RooneySophie’s Social Media LinksFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/sophie.a.rooneyTwitter: https://twitter.com/sophieannrooneySophie is the Head Acting Coach & CEO of RAW (Rooney Actors Workshop)Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/actingwithsophieannrooney/Website: http://sophieannrooney.com/A NOTE FROM THE eBOSS TEAM:  We are saddened and upset that this happened to Sophie and we truly thank her for having the courage to share her story, for having the courage to stand-up for herself and for giving a voice to other girls out there.  This effects all of us.  Thank you Sophie. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

CANADAS RISING SCREEN STARS 9 TALENT CHANGING THE STORIES WE TELL

first_imgAdvertisement When first-time feature filmmaker Jasmin Mozaffari won a well-deserved directing trophy for Firecrackers at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards, she closed her acceptance speech with a prediction: “I think I’m one of the few women to win this award. I don’t think I’ll be the last. Just watch.”Just what we’re watching for is hard to peg. That Mozaffari stood out as a director while her film remained unrepresented in the best motion picture category was eyebrow-raising. Only French-Canadian productions were nominated in the latter.If this year’s awards are a litmus test for the Canadian screen industry, I would conclude that we’re a bit confused. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment KAWENNÁHERE DEVERY JACOBSQueer Indigenous actor/filmmaker fights for real representationKawennáhere Devery Jacobs plays a salty killer werewolf in the Netflix supernatural series The Order and recently made her debut as the cynical two-spirited hitchhiker Sam Black Crow on Prime Video’s American Gods.“For some reason, I play all these badass characters,” says Jacobs. “I blame Jeff Barnaby.”She’s referring to the filmmaker who made us take notice by giving Jacobs her first leading role as the tough, cannabis-dealing Aila in 2013’s Rhymes For Young Ghouls.Shot in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory – the Quebec reserve Jacobs grew up on – Barnaby’s period film grappled with residential school trauma through a magic realist crime drama, where tragic zombies haunt and monstrous settlers lurk. Aila was at its centre, rolling up blunts, cooking up heists and fielding the hard knocks before taking a bat to a white man’s head. Photos by Samuel Engelking/Makeup by Lisa Arsenault Login/Register With: Twitter The industry is in upheaval. There is less space for Canadian content on cinema screens (Firecrackers is currently occupying two in Toronto), but some bandwidth is opening up on Netflix and other streaming services. Deepa Mehta was given a lifetime achievement award at the CSAs, but her generation of filmmakers who made their names in the 90s and 00s seem to be receding into the background with fewer films released years apart. Meanwhile, new voices are emerging from unexpected places and the industry is scrambling to keep up.They’re coming from everywhere. Filmmakers are crowdfunding their way to festivals. Actors are writing their own projects. The first beneficiaries of Telefilm’s new Talent To Watch program – 50 projects by first-time directors – should start hitting festivals late this year or early next.As Canadian film shifts in a big way to expand the pool of voices that get to tell stories, we’ve rounded up actors, filmmakers and producers who are already forging ahead. We’re hoping to see their films and TV projects at big festivals like TIFF and on the CSAs nominees list next year – and on more screens in between.And we’ll be toasting these new voices on National Canadian Film Day on April 17. Join us for a free screening of Jeff Barnaby’s Rhymes For Young Ghouls at Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas at 7 pm followed by a Q&A with star Devery Jacobs. And for more National Canadian Film Day events, visit canadianfilmday.ca. RSlast_img read more

FBI director lashes China over economic espionage

first_imgWashington: China poses the most serious intelligence threat to the United States and is seeking to “steal its way up the economic ladder” at US expense, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Friday. Wray, speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, said China poses a “multi-layered” threat to US interests. “Economic espionage dominates our counter-intelligence program today,” the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”More than ever, adversaries target our nation’s assets, our information and ideas, our innovation, our research and development, our technology. “And no country poses a broader, more severe intelligence collection threat than China,” Wray said. “China has pioneered a societal approach to stealing innovation in any way it can from a wide array of businesses, universities and organizations,” he said. “They’re doing it through Chinese intelligence services, through state-owned enterprises, through ostensibly private companies, through graduate students and researchers, through a variety of actors all working on behalf of China.” Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsWray’s comments come as US and Chinese trade officials are due to resume talks in Beijing on April 30 and then return to Washington for another round on May 8. US President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized China for what he said was the rampant theft of US know-how and made that a central feature of the ongoing trade talks. Wray said that economic espionage investigations in nearly all of the 56 FBI field officers “almost invariably lead back to China.” “And they span just about every industry or sector,” he said. “It’s illegal. It’s a threat to our economic security and, by extension, it’s a threat to our national security,” Wray said. “This is behavior that violates the rule of law. It violates principles of fairness and integrity. “Put plainly, China seems determined to steal its way up the economic ladder at our expense,” he said. The FBI director said the United States “is by no means their only target.” “They’re strategic in their approach,” he said. “They actually have a formal plan set out in five-year increments to achieve dominance in critical areas. “And to get there they’re using an expanded set of non-traditional methods, both lawful and unlawful,” he said. “The Chinese government is taking the long view,” he said. “They’re calculating, they’re focused, they’re patient and persistent.” Wray said that for the past couple of decades the United States has “underestimated this threat” posed by China. “People are waking up and realizing that this is a threat that needs to be taken seriously,” he said.last_img read more

Man beaten to death for stealing phone six in net

first_imgKolkata: A man was beaten to death on Monday night at a construction site near Milan Mela ground. Six persons have been arrested in this connection.According to sources, on Monday, around 10:30 pm, sleuths of Pragati Maidan police station got information that an unidentified body was found at a construction site near Milan Mela ground. Upon receiving the information, the police reach the spot and found that a man was lying unconscious with multiple injury marks on his body. The man was immediately rushed to the NRS Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring preliminary investigation, sleuths came to know that the deceased person was dragged inside the construction site by a few staff members of construction site. However during questioning, they denied the allegation and said they knew nothing about it. But as there were several ambiguities in their statement, sleuths decided to check the CCTV camera footage. The CCTV camera footage outside of the construction site was examined and it was established that a few people had surrounded the deceased person and later they dragged him inside the construction site. Sleuths again went to the construction site and checked the CCTV footage installed on the premises where it could be seen that six persons were beating the deceased person. The suspects were detained immediately. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDuring the interrogation, detained persons said that the deceased had stolen a mobile phone from the construction site and they detained him to take it back from him. But, since he did not return the phone, they started beating him, said one of the accused. Following this statement sleuths arrested six persons. Though they are claiming that the deceased had stolen a mobile phone, sleuths did not find any clue to the allegation till now. The accused persons have been booked under Sections 302 (punishment for murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC. A few months ago, there were several instances of people being beaten to death as they were suspected to be child-lifters. In some places, many persons were beaten after they were suspected to be thieves. To stop such incidents, state government and police department had to organise campaigns to urge people not spread rumours as this could cost someone’s life. Also, multiple cases were lodged with the police across the state for beating up people on the basis of rumours. A few of such incidents took place in the city as well.last_img read more

Kerry arrives for first Egypt visit since Morsi ouster

first_imgby Jo BiddleCAIRO- US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived Sunday in Cairo to push Egypt’s military-installed rulers for democratic progress, on his first visit since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.On the eve of the opening of Morsi’s trial, Kerry landed in Cairo, an AFP correspondent said, seeking to shore up ties with a key regional ally and ensure Egypt moves ahead on plans to restore democracy just weeks after Washington suspended part of its $1.5 billion in annual aid. US officials said Kerry — the most senior figure of the US administration to visit since Morsi’s July ouster — would meet with Egyptian leaders including interim president Adly Mansour, foreign minister Nabil Fahmy and powerful military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.His talks would focus on how Washington wants to see a political transition which is “sustainable, inclusive and democratic,” a senior State Department official told reporters.Kerry would also carve out time during his brief six-hour visit to meet behind closed doors with members of Egyptian civil society, who are increasingly alarmed by a crackdown on protesters and the slowness of a return to democracy.Morsi, an Islamist leader of the Muslim Brotherhood who became Egypt’s first democratically elected president, was toppled by the military on July 3 after a turbulent year in power that deeply polarised Egyptians.According to the interim government’s timetable, parliamentary elections are to be held by mid-2014 followed by presidential polls.More than 1,000 people have died in a crackdown on protests by Morsi supporters since July, and Washington last month froze some of its military aid to Egypt in frustration at the lack of progress.To Cairo’s anger, Washington said it was “recalibrating” aid to Egypt, which includes about $1.3 billion for military assistance, and suspending delivery of items such as Apache helicopters, F-16s aircraft, M1A1 Abrams tank parts and Harpoon missiles.The United States had for three decades supported Morsi’s predecessor Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted by a popular uprising in 2011, relying on Egypt to help maintain stability in the volatile region.But Cairo now says it wants to reposition its foreign policy to “serve national interests”.“We have strong relations with the US and EU. We are opening with others to expand our options,” foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdelaty told reporters over the weekend.Awkward TimingKerry’s visit is the first stop on a packed 12-day trip which will also take in Saudi Arabia, Poland, Israel, Bethlehem, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria and Morocco.The aim of squeezing in a Cairo stop was to examine progress on “issues that are important to the United States” such as freedom of assembly and the press, protection of minorities, the participation of civil society and human rights.The US will be informed by “a constant review of progress to help us understand how well the Egyptians are moving along their roadmap (and) when it’s appropriate to lift some of the holds that we have on the equipment,” the senior State Department official said.Privately US officials say there are some specific requests the US administration has of the interim government, without going into detail.The timing of the visit is awkward however, coming on the eve of Morsi’s trial, with 14 others, on charges of inciting the murder of protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012.Washington has called for Morsi’s release and an end to politically motivated trials but has also stopped short of denouncing his ouster as a coup.“Mr Morsi proved unwilling or unable to govern inclusively, alienating many Egyptians,” Acting Assistant Secretary Beth Jones said last week.The military had responded to “the desires of millions of Egyptians who believed the revolution had taken a wrong turn,” she added.Kerry will also seek to soothe anger in Egypt at the US suspension of aid for a key ally, seen as a cornerstone of regional stability thanks to its 1979 peace treaty with Israel.The aid freeze has also met with a chilly reception in Riyadh — another vital US partner — and Kerry will fly there later Sunday for what could be tough talks with King Abdullah.It will be Kerry’s first talks with the Saudi king since he took up his post in February, and they come amid rare tensions with the Saudis also fuelled by the war in Syria and a nascent US outreach to arch-foe Iran.last_img read more

Dessau to pay 19 million in settlement over bidrigging on public contracts

OTTAWA — Canada’s competition watchdog says defunct engineering firm Dessau will pay $1.9 million in a settlement over bid-rigging on public contracts in Quebec.The settlement, filed today in the Superior Court of Quebec, marks the end of a Competition Bureau investigation into Dessau’s role in a bid-rigging conspiracy that set its sights on municipal infrastructure contracts in Quebec City, Laval, Gatineau and Montreal-area municipalities between 2003 and 2011.Interim Commissioner of Competition Matthew Boswell says the settlement ensures “that Dessau takes responsibility for its actions,” and that cracking down on bid-rigging remains a top priority.Dessau, once among the largest engineering and construction firms in Canada, sold its engineering assets to Alberta design firm Stantec in 2015 for an undisclosed price and is now in the process of dissolving, according to the Competition Bureau.The battered firm is not the only Montreal-based engineering company to see its reputation tainted by corruption.In 2013, a government-mandated commission looking into corruption in the Quebec construction industry heard that both SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. and WSP Global Inc. — then known as Genivar Inc. — were part of a bid-rigging scheme for awarding public contracts in Montreal in the 2000s.Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC, TSX:WSP)The Canadian Press read more

UN agency airdrops food for people walking home in southern Sudan

The refugees, avoiding landmines by taking a 700-kilometre route from Mabia camp in Equatoria province to Deim Zubeir in West Bahr-al-Ghazal province, received 24 tons of mixed commodities on Sunday to help them cover the last 70 kilometres by this weekend, WFP said. The amount of aid WFP has dropped during the trek adds up to more than 100 tons, it added.Food has been stockpiled at Deim Zubeir for the refugees’ arrival, it said.The number of returnees is expected to rise when the rainy season ends in September or October, but WFP said it still lacked $132 million, or 44 per cent, of the funds needed to feed an estimated 3.2 million people in the south, east and transitional areas of Sudan. read more

South Africans protest Zuma as country downgraded to junk

by Christopher Torchia, The Associated Press Posted Apr 7, 2017 6:57 am MDT Last Updated Apr 7, 2017 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email JOHANNESBURG – Tens of thousands of South Africans demonstrated peacefully Friday in a national outpouring of anger at their scandal-tainted president, and a second agency lowered the country’s credit rating to junk status a week after the firing of the respected finance minister.While concerns grew about the struggling economy and government corruption, the protests were unlikely to pose an immediate threat to President Jacob Zuma, who retains the backing of powerful factions within the ruling African National Congress party. But divisions over his conduct are growing within the party, whose moral authority — a legacy of its leading role in the fight against white minority rule— has eroded during his tenure.Nobel laureate and anti-apartheid leader Desmond Tutu, 85 and ailing, made a rare public appearance to support the protests. His foundation posted a scathing tweet in his name: “We will pray for the downfall of a government that misrepresents us.”In Johannesburg, police fired rubber bullets to disperse about 100 ruling party members who were making their way toward protesters, the African News Agency reported. Separately, ruling party members assaulted several protesters participating in a march organized by the Democratic Alliance, South Africa’s biggest opposition group. Other ANC members in military uniforms who had been posted outside their party headquarters helped to escort the protesters to safety.Police in Pietermaritzburg city also fired rubber bullets to keep Zuma supporters away from a rally against him.The Fitch agency cited political uncertainty as a factor in its decision to downgrade South Africa’s credit rating to below investment grade, days after Standard & Poor’s did the same.Zuma’s Cabinet reshuffle, in which Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was fired, will further discourage companies from investing in South Africa and could weaken “standards of governance and public finances,” Fitch said.The National Treasury described the downgrade as a setback but said the government is committed to fiscal discipline and structural reforms aimed at boosting economic growth.Zuma did not make any public statements Friday.The government appealed for calm and said it respected the right to protest peacefully. The country turned to democracy after white minority rule ended in 1994 with the country’s first all-race vote and the election of Nelson Mandela as president.In some cities, protesters with banners lined stretches of road or stood on overpasses; passing cars honked their horns. In the capital, Pretoria, they marched to the Union Buildings, which houses the offices of Zuma and other government officials. In Cape Town, motorcyclists with South African flags led a rally. “Fire Zuma,” read some placards.“We are sick and tired of the flouting of the constitution, flouting of the law” by the government, said Lawson Naidoo, a protest organizer in Cape Town.South African media outlets posted photos of Tutu and his wife, Leah, standing with residents at a bus shelter outside the retirement home where they are staying in Hermanus, near Cape Town. Tutu was shown smiling and raising a walking stick, apparently to acknowledge passing protesters.The retired Anglican archbishop, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his peaceful campaign against apartheid, has criticized the ANC for alleged mismanagement over the years. He has been hospitalized several times since 2015 because of infections linked to past treatment for prostate cancer.Gordhan, the former finance minister, was seen as a counter to the alleged influence of the Gupta family, Indian immigrant businessmen who have been accused of trying to influence some of Zuma’s Cabinet picks for their own financial gain. The Guptas deny any wrongdoing, and Zuma has said there was nothing improper in the way he chose ministers.Police set off stun grenades as tensions grew between rival groups of demonstrators outside the Gupta compound in Saxonwold, an affluent area in Johannesburg.Zuma and the ruling party, which suffered big losses in municipal elections last year, have been weakened by other scandals around the president. Zuma was forced to reimburse some state money after the constitutional Court ruled against him last year in a dispute over millions of dollars spent on his private home.___Follow Christopher Torchia on Twitter at www.twitter.com/torchiachris South Africans protest Zuma as country downgraded to junk read more

UN Trusteeship Council Chamber reopens with new hopes for the future Ban

“This is an inclusive room where everyone can easily communicate. It fosters dialogue,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the re-opening ceremony on Thursday among high level dignitaries, including Princess Mary of Denmark and the Minister for Development Cooperation, Christian Friis.“Although we no longer meet here on trust territories, we will hold many important discussions in this Chamber. I am confident that they will further advance the values of the United Nations,” Mr. Ban added.The Trusteeship Council, one of the main organs of the UN, was established to supervise the administration of trust territories as they transitioned from colonies to sovereign nations. The Council suspended its activities in 1994, when Palau, the last of the original 11 trust territories, gained its independence. In his remarks, Mr. Ban noted the historical importance the Chamber once carried. “It may be difficult now to imagine how closely the world once watched what happened in this Chamber. For years, the Trusteeship Council was a symbol of hope for millions of people struggling against colonial domination. Its work was central to the early history of the United Nations. Discussions here led to liberation for scores of countries and territories.”While the name ‘Trusteeship’ may seem old-fashioned, Mr. Ban said this was a “high compliment” and wished that “the other UN bodies could finish their business with the same effectiveness of the Trusteeship Council.”The Chamber, originally designed by Danish architect Finn Juhl in 1952, has been revamped in a close collaboration between the UN and the Government of Denmark, with new furniture by Danish designers Kasper Salto and Thomas Sigsgaard. Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik of Denmark personally came two years ago to tour its renovation process.Among the iconic aspects of the room is a statue of a girl with arms upraised, reading towards a bird which hovers with outspread wings above her head. Carved out of teak wood by Henri Starcke, a Danish sculptor, it symbolizes Mankind and Hope.“Let us take inspiration from this statue and reach for the sky,” Mr. Ban said. “Let us carry on the tradition of this Chamber and complete our work with success. And let us take on new challenges for a better world.” read more

The NFLs Uneven History Of Punishing Domestic Violence

CORRECTION (Oct. 18, 2017, 1:18 p.m.): An earlier version of this story misstated how many indefinite suspensions were in the data set, and how many were for repeated substance abuse. There were five lifetime bans, excluding Ray Rice. And four of them were for substance abuse. The elevator doors open and he drops her. She falls to her knees, and then to the floor, but her feet prevent the doors from closing. The man is holding the woman’s purse as he tries to move her unconscious body out of the way using his feet, but she won’t budge. He tries picking her up again, but unconscious bodies can be heavy, even for a 5-foot-8, 208-pound running back in the National Football League. Then the video ends.That video, showing the aftermath of an altercation between Ray Rice and his then-girlfriend (now wife), Janay Palmer, made the rounds this NFL offseason as if it were a Zapruder film. Prompted by the video and an arrest, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice, a star running back for the Baltimore Ravens, for two games, citing personal interviews with Rice and Palmer and the league’s personal conduct policy.But the punishment felt incommensurate with the crime. “It’s a joke, and a bad one,” ESPNW columnist Jane McManus wrote. How was it possible that Rice was given two games, many exclaimed, when players had been suspended six games for cheating on a test for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) and entire seasons for repeatedly smoking marijuana?“We can’t just make up the discipline,” Goodell said at a press conference after issuing Rice’s suspension. “It has to be consistent with other cases and it was consistent with other cases.”On Thursday, Goodell announced a new discipline policy. In a letter to all 32 team owners obtained by ESPN, Goodell wrote that the league fell short in its treatment of the Rice case. “Effective immediately, violations of the Personal Conduct Policy regarding assault, battery, domestic violence or sexual assault that involve physical force will be subject to a suspension without pay of six games for a first offense, with consideration given to mitigating factors, as well as a longer suspension when circumstances warrant.” (This will not affect Rice’s current suspension.) A second offense will result in a ban from the league, with the opportunity to apply for reinstatement after one year.A six-game suspension, according to data collected by FiveThirtyEight, would be four times what the average suspension has been for domestic violence and an unprecedented consequence for a first offense of any kind. The ban from the league after a repeat offense would be the harshest punishment for all second-time offenders.Following the Rice incident, I went looking for every NFL suspension1My database only includes suspensions that came down from the commissioner’s office, not ones that were issued by teams. issued in the league’s 94-year history. I wanted to understand how violations like Rice’s, the ones unrelated to steroid or substance abuse, were determined. If domestic abuse warranted two games, what kinds of conduct violations warranted five games? Eight games? An entire season? I assumed that someone — if not the governing body itself — must keep track of every player suspended, why he was suspended, and the length of the suspension. I was wrong.When I contacted the NFL, a spokeswoman, Darlene Capiro, responded by email, “We do not have a comprehensive list.” Several of my colleagues at ESPN and Grantland who report on the NFL were unaware of any complete data set. The ESPN Stats & Information group also did not have this information in its entirety, only selected incidents. A spokesman for the NFL Players Association, George Atallah, said the union had at least some of the data but did not provide it after repeated requests.And so I cobbled it together myself, with the help of the San Diego Union-Tribune’s NFL arrests database, a Wikipedia list dating back to 1947, and the Spotrac suspension tracker.2I scraped the Tribune’s arrest database for all mentions of any variation of the words “suspension” or “suspend,” cross-referencing the players listed on Wikipedia and Spotrac and adding new ones to the data set. I found 263 incidents in that process, and verified suspensions using news reports,3Including news releases from the NFL and accounts published by ESPN (and regional news outlets in some cases). while making note of the reason for the suspension and the number of games the player ultimately missed.4In many cases, players successfully appealed their initial suspensions and the punishment was reduced or completely overturned. The data isn’t perfect, but it’s a good start.Once I’d categorized the offenses and the corresponding games missed, I had hard evidence of what many already suspected: The NFL’s punishment of personal conduct violations has been inconsistent and on average less harsh than its punishment of drug offenses.Note that the tallest peaks occur in the two charts on PEDs; more than 90 percent of first-time offenders receive a suspension of four games and 100 percent of repeat offenders receive a suspension of eight games. There’s little question about the number of games a player will be forced to miss for using steroids because the length of the suspension is specifically outlined in league policy.Substance abuse violations are not as consistently punished as PED violations, but 68 percent of first-time offenders receive four games and almost 75 percent of second-time offenders receive one year, per league policy.5Regardless of whether the player missed playoff games, I counted season-long suspensions as 16 games, or one regular season.Contrast that with the greater variation in the length of suspensions for personal conduct violations. This catchall category includes everything from murder to unsanctioned in–game violence to embarrassing the league on social media. Since 2002 (the first instance I could find), 38 percent of conduct violators received a one-game suspension. In this group are Larry Johnson, who spit his drink in a woman’s face, and Ricky Manning, Jr., who assaulted a man outside a Denny’s restaurant. Another 19 percent of players received two games, among them Jeremy Bridges, who pointed a gun at a stripper. Marshawn Lynch was among the 21 percent of players to receive a three-game suspension — after he was arrested for having a gun in his car. Even fewer players — 13 percent — received four games, and their cases ranged from sexual assault to multiple DUI arrests. The longest suspension went to Adam “Pacman” Jones, who was suspended 20 games (the entire 2007 season and the first four games of 2008) for numerous arrests and altercations with the police.The difference in the NFL’s treatment of drug and conduct violations is a result of the league’s collective bargaining agreement. The CBA does not mention the Personal Conduct Policy, but does explicitly refer to the Policy and Program For Substances of Abuse. The disparity is evident even when you compare the two documents. The one covering drugs is 32 pages. The other, three.The league’s new regulations are meant to bridge that gap. For years, there has been clear guidance on how to handle drug offenses but no prescription for violent, off-field offenses. Now there will be, and if a player commits a second act of violence, it “will result in banishment from the NFL.” An appeals process is available, but the player must wait a year.There were only five previous lifetime bans in my database — four were for repeated substance abuse, one was for gambling.6The gambling offense occurred in 1946. All suspensions from that era are included in the database, but not in the charts. For comparison, Donte Stallworth, who pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter in 2009, was out of the league for a year.The previous inconsistency in punishment of domestic violence became clear when I looked at the 53 personal conduct violations that the league has issued since 2002. The average number of games suspended for all personal conduct violations was 3.0. For the 15 cases of domestic violence that had been punished under the old, nonspecific guidelines, the average number of games suspended was 1.5.The baseline suspension is now six games, assuming Goodell doesn’t reduce it because of “mitigating factors.” That means any domestic violence suspension going forward will double the previous record for any domestic violence punishment. The NFL will now take it more seriously when a player beats a woman than when he’s caught smoking a joint.The full data set is in a searchable table below. Originally, there were errors in some of the entries, which we have corrected. The database is as complete as possible, but there may be suspensions I missed. If you know of one, please submit it.Last updated: Sept. 22, 1:10 p.m. read more

The Spartans Shift Up Updated College Football Playoff Predictions Week 12

Michigan State kicked a field goal on the last play of its game on Saturday to topple the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes — and made the College Football Playoff picture more complicated. You may have some unanswered questions: What does the upset of the Buckeyes mean for the eventual Big Ten champ’s chances? Does it help or hurt Notre Dame’s playoff position? And what about the Big 12? Fear not! FiveThirtyEight’s college football model has some (probabilistic) answers. Here are our updated projections following Saturday’s games (these numbers will change again on Tuesday night after the new committee rankings are released): Oregon 8-3236240%<1% ▲ 21<1% Stanford 9-21111952%11% ▲ 212% LSU 7-31538120%<1% ▲ 21<1% Alabama 10-121359%66% ▲ 2122% Ohio State 10-133410%33% ▼ 299% Wisconsin 8-32531280%<1% ▲ 21<1% Navy 9-116163826%<1% ▲ 21<1% (But first, a reminder: Our predictions are probabilistic for a reason. There’s a lot we don’t know! With only one year of data to work off, it’s not clear how the playoff committee weighs winning a conference championship against not playing in one, or how it judges a one-loss team in a strong conference versus an undefeated squad from a weak one. We’ll learn a lot more on Dec. 6 when the committee makes its picks.)Clemson and Alabama cruised on Saturday and retain pole position to make the playoff at 69 percent and 66 percent, respectively. Oklahoma sweated out a thrilling TCU comeback and remains the best bet from the Big 12 to make the playoff: The Sooners’ odds have risen to 55 percent. If they can win at Oklahoma State next Saturday, the Sooners make the playoff in 85 percent of our simulations.After that, it’s a pair of Big Ten teams — and things get hairy. Our model now gives Michigan State the inside track to be the fourth team in the playoff (with a 44 percent likelihood). Right behind the Spartans are the Buckeyes, at 33 percent. Luckily for Michigan State, it has a clear path to the playoff: Beat Penn State next week (the Spartans are 80 percent favorites) to wrap up the Big Ten East and then win over Iowa in the conference title game. Should Michigan State win out, our model gives them a 92 percent shot to make the playoff.Ohio State is not out yet, however. The Buckeyes’ path is just much less clear. They first need to beat Michigan at The Big House next week — no easy task, as the Buckeyes are only 58 percent favorites. Then they need the Spartans to lose. In a scenario in which Michigan State does slip up and a one-loss Ohio State team wins out — including over Iowa — the Buckeyes make the playoff in 96 percent of those simulations.But that is not the Buckeyes’ only way to the playoff. Should they win out and be excluded from the Big Ten championship game, they still make the playoff 54 percent of the time. As I explained last week, Ohio State as a one-loss defending national champion presents an impressive résumé for the committee to consider, even if the Buckeyes are prevented from vying for their conference title. It’s possible that two Big Ten teams make the playoff.Other takeaways from our model: Notre Dame, even if it wins out, is not assured a playoff spot. Three teams ranked behind it by the committee — Iowa, Michigan State and Oklahoma — have a good chance to leapfrog the Irish if they win out. Still, if the Irish beat Stanford next week to finish their regular season, their chances jump noticeably, to 69 percent.Baylor notched an impressive win over undefeated Oklahoma State on Saturday, but it didn’t help its playoff chances much. Currently, the Bears’ chances are 19 percent. Florida, on the other hand, had an overtime scare against Florida Atlantic, but despite a Gator victory, the model revised Florida’s playoff odds down to 17 percent. College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Nov. 17. Playoff probability changes are since Nov. 18; only changes greater than 5 percentage points are shown. Baylor 9-1109216%19% ▲ 217% Memphis 8-32152490%<1% ▲ 21<1% Oklahoma St. 10-16141420%9% ▼ 162% Notre Dame 10-1478—a31% ▲ 216% USC 7-424261033%<1% ▲ 21<1% Clemson 11-014660%69% ▲ 2116% Utah 8-31337260%<1% ▲ 21<1% Houston 10-119284431%<1% ▲ 21<1% Mississippi 8-3221779%<1% ▲ 21<1% RankingProbability of … North Carolina 10-11781640%11% ▲ 212% Michigan 9-21213157%6% ▲ 21<1% Florida 10-18101932%17% ▼ 5a3% Iowa 11-05122937%29% ▲ 6a3% Northwestern 9-22021550%<1% ▲ 21<1% TCU 9-2181850%<1% ▼ 5a<1% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Florida State 9-21419130%<1% ▲ 21<1% Michigan St. 10-1921747%44% ▲ 336% Oklahoma 10-175163%55% ▲ 1022% read more

New Caterpillar 6015B shovel builds on success of 5110B

first_imgBuilding on the success of the productive Cat 5110B, Caterpillar says that its new 6015B hydraulic shovel “delivers a productivity advantage over other 100 t shovels thanks to the most powerful engine in its class, a large standard bucket and payload capacity of 14.6 t. The design translates to fast cycles and a pass match advantage over leading standard-equipped shovels in its class when loading trucks of 55, 65 and 90 t capacities.”The 6015B is equipped with a single Cat C27 ACERT™ engine that provides 606 kW of rated power. As with all hydraulic shovels, the greater the engine power, the greater the digging power and the faster the digging cycles. The large, 8.1 cubic metre standard bucket, outfitted with Cat C70 hammerless GET, further boosts production capability. With the standard bucket, the 6015B is optimised to fill a Cat 773 truck in four passes, a 775 in five passes, and a 777 in seven passes. These truck models are commonly found in heavy construction, quarry/aggregate and small to mid-size mining operations across the globe.The 6015B is currently available only in a backhoe configuration. It is described as “both powerful and efficient. Caterpillar’s proprietary integrated engine control technologies, a boom float feature that regenerates boom oil for reduced engine demand, an oil cooling system that’s independent of engine cooling, and regeneration of swing energy via its closed-loop swing system, all increase fuel efficiency.” Cat automatic flow proportioning technology creates more efficient hydraulic pump utilisation, reduced energy losses and increased fuel savings. Exclusive Cat Proportional Priority Pressure Compensating technology ensures that hydraulic flow is proportional, according to demands, so individual functions -boom, stick, and bucket – are automatically prioritised during simultaneous operations. This aids smooth, efficient operation and controllability. “Pressure and flow compensation deliver only as much flow as needed. The result is reduced heat build-up and component wear.”The 6015B is built upon the robust 5110B platform, proven durable and reliable. And the entire machine benefits from extensive use of proven Cat components, such as the engine, undercarriage and cab. “The 6015B front is sturdy and strong, yet light enough to promote fast cycle times. The boom and stick utilise high strength steel and rugged castings that are joined and thermally stress relieved for optimum structural life and resistance to impact and wear in difficult digging conditions. Box section design provides superior rigidity and strength, and heavy duty castings are used in high load areas to add exceptional strength and durability.”Providing superior stability, extending component life, and ultimately improving machine uptime, the 6015B swing system includes a unique cross roller bearing with sealed internal gearing, connected to an automatic lubrication system. Adding further to reliability, the undercarriage is a Caterpillar design that leverages proven Cat components. A newly designed hydraulic filtration system has been incorporated into the 6015B design. A separate kidney loop provides continuous filtration and optimum oil cleanliness at all times, ensuring consistent oil cleanliness for dependable hydraulic system performance.Finally, the 6015B features well engineered access and egress with walkways for safe movement around the machine and an optional 45-degree powered access stairway. Wire and hose guarding facilitate safe maintenance. Numerous and optimally positioned lights, mirrors and E-stop buttons further improve safety. The operator cab offers large, wide windows, which provide excellent all-around visibility of the work environment, contributing to the operator’s situational awareness during digging, loading and travel. “Combined with multiple strategically positioned high-powered lights, and a heavy-duty wiper, good visibility is maintained in both dark and inclement weather conditions. The cab is pressurised to keep dust out, and the climate control system is fully automatic, allowing for consistent in-cab temperature and operator comfort in any weather conditions.” The controls are ergonomic with adjustable joystick console height, independent of the seat, to suit operator preference. And the electro-hydraulic controls provide sure, precise manoeuvering.The 6015B incorporates advanced Cat technology solutions, such as MineStar™, VIMS™ and Product Link™ for improved productivity, maintenance and equipment management. “Like all Cat equipment, the 6015B is backed by the Cat Dealer Network with well-trained service technicians, unparalleled repair facilities and parts stocked around the world for fast service.”last_img read more

NASAs 3D printed rocket engine did not blow up

first_imgNew technologies take a while to reach maturity. 3D printing has only been of real interest for a few years now, but the rate of advancement is scary-fast. True, the printers you can buy today are mostly good for printing plastic desk flair, but the future of this technology is hot — about 4,000 °F “hot.” NASA recently started experimenting with a type of 3D printing to produce a rocket engine injector, and it has worked in an early test.The procedure employed to produce this engine is known as selective laser melting manufacturing. Whereas normal 3D printers melt and extrude plastics (usually ABS), selective laser melting uses a high-powered laser to melt and fuse metallic powders into the desired 3D structure.The injector is a critical component of rocket engines where the fuel is introduced and burned to produce thrust. NASA believes that this process could speed the development and production of rocket engines dramatically. The type of engine made with selective laser melting would have taken over a year to fabricate the old fashioned way. With 3D printing, it only took four months and cost 70% less.There is still considerable additional testing to be done before a 3D printed rocket gets strapped to any expensive equipment, let alone any craft carrying humans. However, the initial results are encouraging. The injector assembly is subjected to intense pressure and heat, but this one held up. Maybe one day some form of selective laser melting will be part of consumer 3D printers. For the time being, you’ll have to settle for plastic models of rockets at home.last_img read more