For Abhinav Bindra, training is not about studying the strategies of his rival shooters but about challenging himself to improve each time he is at the range. “If you can shoot perfectly when no one is around, if you can challenge yourself to the limit and succeed, there is nothing that can hold you back,” he explains.Bindra’s preparations for the 2008 Beijing Olympics startled most psychologists. He once bought yak’s milk from China, believing it could enhance concentration, which it did not.He spent 20 days experimenting with a single pair of shooting shoes before concluding that the sole on one needed to be 1mm thicker. He seeks perfection.To prepare himself mentally for the London Games, he went skydiving a couple of weeks ago from approximately 20,000 feet. He slept amidst red ants a year ago, just to see how long he could hold on. “He is getting mad again,” says his coach Heinz Reinkemeier. ‘Mad’ refers to Bindra’s obsessive nature.Reinkemeier was to join Bindra in London but could not as he is chief coach of the Dutch shooting team. “Abhi is getting into the groove again. After winning gold in Beijing, he perhaps lost his way a bit. But the focus is back now. He is back doing the weird things,” he says.It is not surprising when you consider the tiny margin for error. One bad shot and four years of preparation will amount to nothing.”When you are shooting, you are too focused on your job,” says Bindra. “At the end of the day, you have to see that your best is better than that of others.”advertisementIs he satisfied with his preparation for the Olympics? “Well, one is always striving to do better,” he says. “I was world champion and Olympic champion, but I always try to better my own performance.I don’t like to think about what’s going to happen. Maybe that’s how others prepare. When I go to sleep, I need to be happy with the effort I have put in. I am sleeping peacefully. I am happy.”
AdvertisementJose Mourinho, often labeled as the ‘Master of controversies’ is finding himself on the edge yet again. The Portuguese has led Manchester United to their worst start to a season in 29 years. Claims that he has lost the dressing room is taking flight in the media after spats with key players Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba. Jamie Carragher has revealed a conversation with Mourinho from 2015 after he was sacked by Chelsea that goes to show Mourinho has not learned from his own observation.Mourinho’s huge flaw that has come back to haunt himTracking back to his second spell at Chelsea, it was coincidentally in his third season with The Blues that he fell out of favor with the dressing room. Mourinho handed Chelsea 11 points in their first 12 games before leaving.According to the Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, the Portuguese admitted to Carragher that in modern football, managers are unable to slate one of his players in front of his teammates.“I had a conversation with Jose Mourinho after he left Chelsea when he was the manager of the Soccer Aid team,” Carragher said on Monday Night Football.“The big thing he said he learned from Chelsea was that they could not single out a player in front of everyone else because the other players don’t accept this now.“But it looks like he is still doing that, or has gone back to doing that now.”Whether or not Jose is given another chance at Old Trafford is up for speculations but it would certainly do the 2-time Champions League winner a world of good if he sought correctness from the mistakes he made in the past.Advertisement
MIAMI — The former clinic owner accused of selling performance-enhancing drugs to baseball star Alex Rodriguez has agreed to plead guilty in what prosecutors called a wide-ranging conspiracy to distribute steroids to both major league ballplayers and high school athletes.The charges filed Tuesday against former Biogenesis of America owner Anthony Bosch and six others marked one of the biggest salvos yet in a case that has dragged on for nearly two years. The case has sparked lawsuits, mudslinging and suspensions against numerous major leaguers, including Rodriguez.Also charged was Yuri Sucart, 52, a cousin of Rodriguez who the New York Yankees third baseman has said provided him with steroids from 2000 to 2003 when he played for the Texas Rangers.Sucart and the others are accused of acting as recruiters, setting up meetings between the athletes and Bosch, who introduced himself as “Dr. T,” authorities said. Professional athletes paid up to $12,000 a month for the drugs provided by Biogenesis, while high schoolers paid up to $600 a month. All the clients were promised that the substances would not be found through drug testing, prosecutors said.“He is not a doctor,” Mark R. Trouville, chief of the Miami Drug Enforcement Administration office, said of Bosch. “He is a drug dealer.”U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer said Bosch did not have a medical license, making what happened all the more dangerous.“As with many drug cases, these defendants were motivated by one thing — by money,” Ferrer said.Major League Baseball was not part of the criminal investigation and declined comment. No athletes were charged nor named in court documents, and it is unclear how many may have been involved. However, authorities said Bosch admitted to providing performance-enhancing drugs to 18 high schoolers.For now, Bosch has pleaded not guilty and his bond was set at $100,000. He faces up to 10 years in prison.“In terms of an agreement to cooperate and plead guilty, Bosch has agreed to do that,” Ferrer said.Michael McCann, director of the sports and entertainment law center at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, said it’s unlikely that the players involved in this scandal will face criminal charges, unless there’s any evidence that a player went beyond using drugs and into distributing them.“They could lose an endorsement contract because of a morals clause in their contract, but if that were to happen I think it would have already happened,” McCann said. “In terms of punishment from baseball, baseball has punished them.”The prosecution may have taken so long because investigators might have wanted to confirm the information they were getting from Bosch, even if he was cooperating, McCann said.“He’s not somebody with a great track record, there are reasons to doubt him in terms of his credibility,” he said.Joe Tacopina, a lawyer for Rodriguez, said the arrests Tuesday represent a degree of closure for Rodriguez and will enable him to focus on an eventual return to baseball.“It sort of reinforces the notion that Alex committed no crime, number one,” Tacopina said. “And number two, quite frankly, this really signified the beginning of the end of the whole Biogenesis saga and allows Alex to focus on the future going forward.”Rodriguez is currently serving a season-long suspension, the longest penalty in the sport’s history related to performance-enhancing drugs. He was the only one 14 players involved in the scandal to contest his penalty.However, since the investigation is ongoing, it remains possible that more players could eventually face sanctions as a result of the Biogenesis probe.Rodriguez denied taking steroids while playing for the Yankees, though his cousin was banned from the team’s clubhouse, charter flights and other activities after Rodriguez said Sucart obtained the steroids he used while playing for the Rangers.Bosch was charged with conspiracy to distribute testosterone, as was Sucart, Carlos Javier Acevedo, Jorge Augustine Velazquez, Christopher Benjamin Engroba, Juan Carlos Nunez and Lazaro Daniel Collazo — a well-known youth and college baseball coach who has worked at schools including Miami, Louisville, Florida State and South Florida.Acevedo pleaded not guilty and his bond was set at $100,000. Engroba pleaded not guilty and his bond was $50,000. No other pleas were entered Tuesday.Court documents say that from October 2008 through December 2012, Bosch willfully conspired to distribute the anabolic steroid testosterone.___TweetPinShare0 Shares
KIEV, Ukraine – Greek soccer power Olympiakos suffered an ignominious 2-0 loss to Dnipro, giving up a ricochet goal and a bouncer.Both goals from the home team came in the second half and gave the Ukrainian side a big leg up before it goes to Athens for a return match next week.The ricochet off Olympiakos defender Felipe Santana left goalie Roberto unable to get a hand on the shot by Georgian Jaba Kankava five minutes into the second half.Four minutes later Olympiakos gave up a long-distance free-kick from the right by Dnipro captain Ruslan Rotan that bounced twice in the Reds’ box and went in off Dimitris Siovas.The Ukrainians missed more chances in the second half with a by Yehven Konoplyanka just wide as the Greek defense sagged.In the last minute of injury time the Reds had a penalty appeal rejected and Costas Mitroglou had a goal disallowed for committing a foul before heading the ball.TweetPinShare0 Shares
MONTREAL (AP) — With a portrait of Jacques Plante hanging just a few feet away, Carey Price passed around the credit for his latest accomplishment.Price made 20 saves Tuesday night and became the winningest goaltender in the storied history of the Montreal Canadiens, who held off the Detroit Red Wings for a 3-1 victory.It was win No. 315 for Price, snapping a tie with Plante atop the team leaderboard. Plante spent parts of 11 seasons with Montreal during his Hall of Fame career, winning five consecutive Stanley Cups from 1956-60.Montreal Canadiens center Max Domi (13) celebrates with teammates Tomas Tatar (90) and Andrew Shaw (65) after scoring against the Detroit Red Wings during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)“I’m very proud obviously, first and foremost, to be standing here today with this puck in my hand,” said Price, who earned his 29th win of the season. “I’m definitely thankful for all the help I’ve gotten along the way. There’s been ups and downs throughout this whole process, and I’ve played with a lot of great guys and have played on some excellent teams.“I’ll definitely have some time to reflect on it but I don’t think that time is quite yet.”Price, who was selected fifth overall by Montreal in the 2005 entry draft, improved to 315-221-67 in 12 seasons with the Canadiens.“I feel like most people who have donned this jersey laid it all out there,” said Price, reflecting on the Canadiens greats of the past. “I’m proud to be part of this.”Montreal Canadiens centre Jordan Weal (43) jumps in front of Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier (45) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)Max Domi had two goals and Brett Kulak also scored as the Canadiens (37-26-7) stopped a two-game slide. Tomas Tatar, who played for the Red Wings from 2010 to 2018, had two assists against his former team.Andreas Athanasiou scored in the third period for Detroit (24-36-10), which has won just once in its past 12 games. Jonathan Bernier stopped 33 shots.The Red Wings have dropped their last nine games against the Canadiens.“We had our scoring chances but Carey made some big saves in the third,” Bernier said. “We had the chance to tie it up but we couldn’t find the back of the net. Everyone knows it’s hard right now. We can’t buy any wins. But we have to stick with it. At some point you have to get rewarded.”Carey avait une bonne excuse pour être un petit peu en retard lors de sa nomination à titre de première étoile du match.Carey’s got a pretty good excuse for being a tad late for his first-star selection.#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/1spmUeSGeK— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) March 13, 2019Price was on his game from the opening faceoff, making a nice pad save on Athanasiou on a breakaway in the game’s first minute.With the game still scoreless in the second period, Price made a spectacular pad save on Michael Rasmussen before Shea Weber knocked the rebound away out of midair.Domi put Montreal in front 12:27 into the second when he deflected Andrew Shaw’s hard pass from the half-wall past Bernier for his 23rd goal of the season.Kulak made it 2-0 five minutes later with a one-timer through traffic that knuckled on Bernier and trickled past him.? #GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/4KijPa6NTR— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) March 13, 2019Athanasiou got Detroit on the board when he beat Price between the pads 40 seconds into the third period.With 12 minutes to play, Price made his biggest saves of the night. The 31-year-old was fully outstretched to deny Tyler Bertuzzi on a breakaway before freezing the puck on Frans Nielsen’s dangerous rebound.“He’s the best in the world for a reason, he has been for a long time and he will be for an even longer time,” said Domi, who added an empty-netter with 49 seconds to play. “It’s honestly insane to put into words what he’s accomplished. It’s just another level.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
Hull FC Rugby league Read more Ryan Hampshire kicked 12 goals from 13 attempts as Hull endured their worst defeat in Super League, trailing 72-0 before scoring the last two tries of the match.After finishing fifth last season the hope around Wakefield was that Trinity, one of Super League’s perennial strugglers, could mount another unlikely play-off push this year. Their inconsistency in 2018 will probably scupper any such hope but this Trinity side remain one of the league’s lowest spenders and are one of only three sides that do not stretch to the limit of the competition’s £1.8m salary cap.So for this victory to guarantee a third successive top-eight finish for Wakefield underlines the progress being made. “The pressure has been ridiculous,” Chester said afterwards. “The Catalans and Huddersfield doing as well as they have and Leeds getting the result on Friday put a load of pressure on the boys but they handled it really well.“It’s been a tough couple of weeks but it’s like someone has stuck a pin in me and all the pressure has been relieved. It takes all the pressure off us going into the Super 8s.”Despite Leeds ending a nine-match winless run against Widnes, to keep their fading top-eight hopes alive, wins elsewhere for Huddersfield, Catalans and now Wakefield mean the reigning champions will battle it out against the Championship’s best this summer to secure their continued Super League status. Against remarkably poor opposition Wakefield led 20-0 five minutes before half-time, then marched into the break with tries from Pauli Pauli, Reece Lyne and James Batchelor making it 38-0 on a pivotal afternoon for Hull.With two of the top four clubs losing earlier in the weekend, this was a chance for Hull to resurrect their own Super League play‑off hopes – and with that in mind Lee Radford gambled on the fitness of a number of key players. It backfired spectacularly, a point not lost on their head coach afterwards.“What could have gone wrong went wrong,” Radford said afterwards. “We got the opposite of what we asked for and I take full responsibility for that defeat. I felt we had nothing to lose, our season was on the line.”He said of his side’s semi-final hopes: “I think eight points [Hull are seven behind Castleford with an inferior points difference] is too big a gap if I’m going to be a realist.”And, with the derby looming, Radford added: “We’ve not got much chance to fix it on the field. It’s a short turnaround against Hull KR but we’ve got to salvage some pride.”The best any Hull fan could hope for after half-time here was some semblance of fight – and while they eventually got that with two late tries in the final quarter, by then Wakefield had scored another 34 points – including two for the outstanding Ben Jones‑Bishop – to register their highest score in Super League history.With eight games now remaining Wakefield are eight points off the top four – but afternoons such as this suggest nothing is impossible in the final months of the season. 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Pep Guardiola hailed Manchester City’s rampant performance in their 9-0 win over Burton Albion and welcomed the chance to rest his stars for the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.Defending champions City’s place in next month’s final is all but secured even before the return leg of the last-four clash after Gabriel Jesus scored four goals in Wednesday’s rout. Kevin De Bruyne, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Phil Foden, Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez also found the net on a miserable night for League One Burton. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Guardiola was proud to see his side continue to look for goals despite having the match wrapped up with four at half-time and is now looking forward to giving some members of his squad a break in their hectic schedule.”We are in the final,” the Spaniard told his post-match media conference. “Of course, we have to play the second game [and] we will take it seriously.”Big congratulations to Burton for the tournament they have done, they have beaten teams from the Premier League and Championship, they deserve to be here.”We scored the first goal quickly but the period between the first and second goal was not good, we didn’t control our right side, they had a clear chance at 1-0.”But the difference with Premier League teams is the quality of the players and the rhythm. When you have high intensity for 90 minutes they [drop] and that’s why after the third and fourth goals it was easier.“It was important to take advantage. We didn’t expect to score so many goals but it is good because we are in the final, that’s nice and to come back again means a lot for us.”Every game is important, that is why we are satisfied to get back to Wembley.”He added: “Of course we will play some of the second team and players who don’t play regularly [in the return leg], but in this incredible schedule we have a little bit of a break in that week to prepare for the other competitions.”Nigel Clough was proud of Burton’s performance against the Premier League champions and urged his players not to get too disheartened and instead focus on their incredible run to the last four.”I don’t think we could’ve done too much more with the quality that is out there,” he said. “They’re professional. They never ease off. They don’t just beat you, they annihilate you.”We could do better with one or two but the gulf [in class] of the two teams is far too much to comprehend.”We’re talking about [Manchester] United, Arsenal and Chelsea bridging the gap … we’ve got no chance.”We’ll celebrate, it’s not about tonight: it’s about Burton Albion getting to the semi-final. We’ll probably never be here again and that is how big this achievement is. A lot of clubs have never reached one.”
Salaam Cricket 2019: Sachin Tendulkar vs Wasim Akram, Michael Clarke vs Nasser Hussain on June 2 in LondonSalaam Cricket 2019: 11 legends will take the stage in London on June 2 to discuss the World Cup 2019. Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Wasim Akram, Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan will talk about the challenges of India-Pakistan cricket in World Cup history. Can there be a better way to start off the Cricket World Cup?advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonJune 1, 2019UPDATED: June 1, 2019 17:06 IST Salaam Cricket will be held in London on 2nd June from 3:00pm(IST) onwards (India Today Photo)11 legends. 1 stage. Salaam Cricket 2019 will bring together some of the greatest names in cricket on June 2 in London. With World Cup 2019 underway, all the talk revolves around who the next champion will be.Will Australia defend their crown? Will England finally win an ODI World Cup? Or will India win the World Cup for the 3rd time?There is a great mix of speakers from India, Pakistan, Australia, West Indies and England.Sunil Gavaskar and Shane Warne will start off with a session named Jab Legends Meet before Warne settles down for one on Warnie’s Dream XI. It gets only better when Harbhajan Singh and Misbah-ul-Haq get together to discuss the India vs Pakistan World Cup history over the years.India and Pakistan have met each other in World Cups in 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2011 and 2015. India have won on all 6 occasions.There is another big rivarly in world cricket. Australia, the defending champions and hosts England are two other challengers in possibly the most open Cricket World Cup ever. How about a delightful session with Michael Clarke and former England captain Nasser Hussain in a session titled Are England and Australia the Real Threat for India?After lunch, R Ashwin will take the stage agaian with Younis Khan to relive the memories of the 2011 World Cup. Remember that one? India had upstaged Pakistan in the semifinals before defeating Sri Lanka to become world champions. What a summer that was for Indian cricket!But the best is reserved towards the end. Sachi vs Wasim – The Gladiators. Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram, two legends of the game, will regale the audience with their tales of the India-Pakistan rivalry. Both men had taken on each other in the 2003 World Cup when Tendulkar deflated Pakistan with his sensational 98 in South Africa.advertisementAnd there’s more. 45 minutes of Open House with The King. Any guesses who that could be? Viv Richards!After tea, the audience will be treated to an absolute gem. In Ye Jung Nahin Assan India vs Pakistan, cricket fans will be treated to a session with Sunil Gavaskar, Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin, Wasim Akram, Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan.Here is a detailed list of speakers and their sessions:Session NamesISTSpeakersDesignationOpening Address15:15 to 15:30Jab Legends Meet15:30 to 16:15Sunil GavaskarFormer Captain, Indian Cricket TeamShane WarneMember, 1999, World Cup Winning Aus TeamWarnie’s Dream XI16:15 to 16:30Shane WarneMember, 1999, World Cup Winning Aus TeamBhajji vs Misbah Jab Jab Jeeta Hindustan16:30 to 17:15Harbhajan SinghMember, 2011 World Cup Winning Indian TeamMisbah Ul HaqMember, 2009 World T-20 Winning Pakistan TeamThe Challengers Are England and Australia the Real Threat for India17:15 to 18:00Michael ClarkeCaptain, 2015 WC Winning Aus Team, member 03/’07 winning teamNasser HussainCaptain, England World Cup Team 2003Lunch18:00 to 19:00Ashwin vs Younis World Cup 2011 Ka Vo Safar19:00 to 19:45Ravichandran AshwinMember, 2011 WC winning Indian TeamYounis KhanCaptain, 2009 World T-20 Winning Pakistan TeamSachin vs Wasim The Gladiators19:45 to 20:45Sachin TendulkarFormer Captain, India & Member, 2011 World CupWasim AkramMember, 1992, World Cup Winning Pakistan TeamOpen House with The King20:45 to 21:30Sir Viv RichardsMember, 1975, 1979 World Cup Winning West Indian TeamTEA21:30 to 22:00Ye Jung Nahin Assan India vs Pakistan22:00 to 23:00Sunil GavaskarFormer Captain, Indian Cricket TeamHarbhajan SinghMember, 2011 World Cup Winning Indian TeamRavichandran AshwinMember, 2011 WC winning Indian TeamWasim AkramMember, 1992, World Cup Winning Pakistan TeamMisbah Ul HaqMember, 2009 World T-20 Winning Pakistan TeamYounis KhanCaptain, 2009 World T-20 Winning Pakistan TeamThe League of Champions23:00 to 00:00(next day)Sunil GavaskarFormer Captain, Indian Cricket TeamWasim AkramMember, 1992, World Cup Winning Pakistan TeamMichael ClarkeCaptain, 2015 WC Winning Aus Team, member 03/’07 winning teamNasser HussainCaptain, England World Cup Team 2003Sir Viv RichardsMember, 1975, 1979 World Cup Winning West Indian TeamAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Archer must be licking his lips after watching Pakistan collapse, says WaqarAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Salaam CricketFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow Wasim AkramFollow Nasser HussainFollow Michael Clarke
AM GeneralThe Humvee has been a staple of the U.S. military for decades, but when a contract renewal came up three years ago, it was Oshkosh and its L-ATV model that swooped the $6.75 Billion deal. AM General, makers of the military-issue Humvee couldn’t match its competitor’s level of technology and refinement – the Humvee was just too old.Despite missing its chance at a huge payday, AM General hasn’t given up on its High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). Today, a new generation of the life-saving rig debuts at the Eurosatory security exhibition in Paris. The NXT360 is more capable, more durable, and better performing than its predecessor, with the tech to keep soldiers safe.The NXT360 is a new version of the M1100 series Humvee, which joins five other variants in production. AM General says it can also equip older M1100 models with the NXT360’s improvements.Moving approximately 6,000 pounds of metal requires a hearty powertrain. In the case of the NXT360, AM General uses a 6.5-liter turbodiesel V8 good for 250 horsepower and 460 pounds-feet of torque. This enhanced engine and a revised suspension bumps the NXT360’s payload rating to 15,500 pounds (up from just 2,500 pounds on the previous Humvee). Increased ground clearance and wheel travel accompany larger tires and a better tire inflation system for improved off-road performance.The NXT360’s defenses have been enhanced as well. Now on board are blast seats, blast mats, 360-degree exterior B7-level kinetic-energy threat protection, blast protection for the wheels and front undercarriage, and upgraded B7-level transparent armor (the highest level of ballistic protection today). With extra weight comes the need for improved braking, so the NXT360 features anti-lock brakes and automated emergency braking (just like your Toyota Corolla).How about offense? AM General’s Enhanced Tactical Indirect (ETI) system translates to a 105-mm canon with soft recoil and 360-degree operation. The company says the cannon “shoots eight rounds per minute for three minutes, with sustained fire of three rounds per minute.” That’s a lot of potential damage.Now AM General just needs a multi-billion-dollar contract. Who’s interested?If you still haven’t had your fill of Humvee talk, learn more about why they aren’t available in the US, but are in China. And speaking of China, check out this Range Rover driving up a 45-degree nearly endless stairway. Why You Should Give White Zinfandel a Chance (Again) This $500,000 Armored Bentley Protects Against Hand Grenade Attacks The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer A Guide to Bodywork: Massage, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and More Upgrade Your Gear with Innovative Camping Essentials that Go Beyond the Basics Editors’ Recommendations
Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, has welcomed the island’s first Virtual Reference Station Network (VRS), gFIX.net, as a useful tool in mapping natural hazards.The Ministry’s Spatial Management Division handed over the system to the National Land Agency (NLA) at a launch event held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston, on Thursday, February 7.Speaking at the launch, Minister Pickersgill said that as natural hazards become an increasingly regular feature of life for many people around the globe, “gFIX.net will be a useful addition to the tools we have available to map them.”“This service will support disaster management and mitigation activities. It will also help persons to identify and locate shelters within their communities and identify areas prone to hazards,” the Minister added.Mr. Pickersgill said this will enable the country to stop second-guessing about the areas that are most vulnerable to the effects of natural hazards and to plan accordingly.The Minister added that the technology will enable the development of a comprehensive profile of a particular area. “In addition to an in-depth look at the physical layout of the land for development purposes, it will also provide us with the ability to determine the proximity of water sources; and enable us to better manage our sewerage and electricity services,” he outlined.Mr. Pickersgill said that gFIX.net will promote the greater management of the island’s natural resources and provide an in-depth look at what green spaces can be allocated for recreational use. The system will also draw attention to developments that infringe on preserved natural habitats, such as forestry reserves and watersheds, wetlands and bird sanctuaries, as well as aquifers.The $33 million network, which was established by Spatial Innovation Limited, is a new technology that provides a more accurate means of collecting and processing geo-spatial data, which is helpful to surveyors, developers, planners and the Government.It is an integrated system of Global Positioning Systems (GPS), which uses data from a network of fixed reference stations to model errors near surveying locations. This data is then relayed to a roving receiver, and used to improve the accuracy of reading in a particular area.The gFIX.net comprises 13 high precision global navigation satellite systems, which are strategically placed across the island to facilitate the accurate collection of data.It is useful in a wide array of operations which require high precision positional accuracy, such as: surveying; urban and municipal mapping; land information management and maintenance of the titling cadastres; the preparation of development plans, and the facilitation of the development approval process; road maintenance; navigation, vehicle location tracking; environmental management and community development; and hazard mitigation management.In fact, the NLA is already using the system to advance the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP) for titling and registration, and cadastral surveying activities in the parishes of Clarendon, Manchester, and St. Elizabeth.
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Unsplash Fresh from spin-off from Grindrod Limited, Nasdaq-listed shipowner Grindrod Shipping Holdings is taking advantage of historically low asset prices to strengthen its fleet with quality vessels.Since the beginning of the year, the company has contracted to buy two 61,000 dwt Ultramax eco newbuilding resales in Japan for USD 26.4 million each and has agreed to charter-in three Ultramax eco vessels, with deliveries scheduled between Q3 2019 and Q3 2020.“Looking ahead, we intend to leverage further our access to Japanese shipbuilding and financial and trading relationships to continue to expand our drybulk fleet by focusing on Japanese built eco Ultramax and larger Handysize vessels, as we believe current asset prices continue to represent an attractive entry point to acquire quality vessels relative to historic averages,” Martyn Wade, the Chief Executive Officer of Grindrod Shipping, said in the company’s report on business results.The shipping company, operating in dry bulk and product tanker sector, booked a loss of USD 13.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018, almost doubling the loss from last year of USD 7 million.Revenues were also down for the period when compared year-on-year reaching USD 150.8 million against USD 194.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017.“Dry bulk fundamentals are positive given the reduced supply outlook combined with steady demand especially for minor bulks, which are typically carried by Grindrod vessels. On the tanker side, the company is focused on the medium range product tanker space and intends to continue to focus on its relationships with major trading partners such as Vitol and Maersk. We believe our strong balance sheet, coupled with our competitive positioning in the industry, underpin our growth strategy and prospects,” Wade commented.During the first half of the year, Grindrod completed a USD 100 million debt refinancing with a syndicate of banks. Net proceeds from the refinancing were used to retire USD 77.8 million of existing bank debt and added USD 20.5 million to the company’s liquidity.
INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross, West Big Intervale, and Hatchery roads. CONTINUING WORK VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30- INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15 tonne weight restriction. DIGBY COUNTY: Salmon River Bridge The Salmon River Bridge on Trunk 1 in Salmon River is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. The bridge has an 18 tonne weight restriction. Vehicles over 18 tonnes must use the detour route on Salmon River Road, Exit 32, Highway 101 to Exit 31.
Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday announced launch of a scheme to buy back non-recyclable polythene at a fixed price. He also launched environment-friendly bags made by the Department of Environmental Science and Technology. Congratulating people on World Environment Day, the Chief Minister appreciated the support given by them in ensuring effective ban on plastic in the state. He also launched the launched WaPIS (Water Purification Invigorative Scheme) under which 38 types of plant species have been identified to treat waste water in river streams. This project will be implemented in Sukhna rivulet in Parwanoo, Markanda river in Kala Amb and Sirsa river in Baddi, all located in state’s main industrial hub in Solan district.
Chennai: Members of the All India Bank Employees’ Association on Saturday staged a protest here against the Centre’s decision to merge 10 public sector banks into four entities. Employees of all public and private sector banks wore black badges to work as a mark of protest to the government’s decision. The Association’s General Secretary, C H Venkatachalam said the government’s move was “ill timed” and needs a review. A rally opposing it was also planned by the Association, Venkatachalam told PTI. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ He alleged the merger of public sector banks would mean closure of six banks. The BJP government at the Centre had on Friday unveiled a mega plan to merge 10 public sector banks into four, to create fewer and stronger global-sized bankers as it looks to revive economic growth. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday said 10 public sector banks — Punjab National Bank, Canara bank, Union Bank of India, Indian Bank, United Bank of India, Allahabad Bank, Syndicate Bank, Corporation Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce and Andhra Bank would be merged. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “Government may call it a merger.. six banks which have been built up over the years will disappear from banking scenario”, Venkatachalam said. He recalled that when the financial recession was experienced world over in 2008, the domestic banking system was safe because of public sector banks. On further course of action, he said the Union would meet in New Delhi on September 11 to decide on going on strike.
New Delhi: The arrest of the two Afghan nationals with 2 kgs of heroin concealed in their stomach has once again proved that the most common modus operandi in drug smuggling remains ‘Swallowing’.The drug mules (carriers) often swallow heroin and cocaine-filled in tiny balloons with small quality of the drugs. A carrier has to swallow many dozens of such capsules which are later recovered from the faeces after administering laxatives. The balloons may be made by multi-layered condoms, fingers of latex gloves and sometimes more sophisticated hollow pellets. An increasingly popular type of swallowing involves having the drug in the form of liquid-filled balloons or packages. These are impossible to detect unless the airport has high-sensitivity X-Ray equipment, as a liquid mixture of water and the drug will most likely not be detected using a standard X-Ray machine. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plastic”Though, swallowing the drugs could dodge the scanners at the airports sometimes as the packing is hard enough not to let the vapours out making it hard for the machines to detect it. We have to constantly rely on human intelligence for segregating the suspect from the normal passenger,” said a senior police officer. However, ruptured packets inside the stomach can be fatal and often require treatment as for a drug overdose and may require admission to an intensive care unit. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSeventy-five capsules of cocaine were found inside the abdomen of a Bolivian national who died in Delhi last year . Salomon Edgar Vaca Arambel, 49, was intercepted by the customs officials at the Delhi International Airport after his arrival from Addis Ababa on April 27. Also, in 2013, an Afgan national Niaz Mohammad also died allegedly due to cocaine capsule burst inside his stomach after he visited Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar to visit a friend. “Source-based intelligence still remains the most effective means to counter drug trafficking especially when the drug is hidden inside the stomach,” said the officer.
Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s lawyer would not disclose who is paying the quarterback’s legal bills, but he did tell The Lantern on Thursday that he does not anticipate any further sanctions for his client regarding the cars he has driven during his time at OSU. Larry James, a Columbus attorney who represents Pryor, explained the quarterback’s vehicle history and said his client did not commit any infractions. “In order to have infractions, he would have to receive something of a benefit that other students or the public would not normally receive,” James said. James said Pryor’s mother, Thomasina Pryor, purchased a Hyundai Sonata in 2008 for her son, then a high school senior in Jeanette, Pa. James said the car died sometime during the first year and a half, and was traded in for a Dodge Charger, for which Thomasina also paid. When the Charger began having problems, Pryor traded it in for about $7,800, and purchased a Nissan 350Z for about $11,000 after the trade-in. “The monthly payments are $289 a month,” James said. “That is about a nickel difference between the Charger and the 350Z.” Pryor drove three or four loaner cars during the times the Charger was being serviced, James said. “The idea of getting a loaner when your car is being serviced is pretty standard,” he said. James would not identify who is paying for his client’s legal bills. “I can’t tell you and wouldn’t tell you, and it’s inappropriate to tell you,” James said. “The public does not get to know that.” James said Pryor had his license reinstated since receiving a ticket for running a stop sign Feb. 17. “He has his license as we speak,” James said. “He went down today to show proof of insurance.” James said he doesn’t understand the current media scrutiny. “Particularly for a young student-athlete, I think it’s been awful,” James said. “If you look at allegations about the cars, they have been anything but factual. It has been punitive and I don’t get that.”
At the SME Annual Conference in Denver, Maestro Digital Mine has launched its latest digital solution, the EthernetI/O™. Maestro Digital Mine manufacturers Internet of Things (IoT) measurement and control instrumentation for the optimisation of underground mine ventilation and underground digital networks for last mile communication. Maestro’s EthernetI/O™ “provides both remote I/O functions as well as two full PID control loops over standard industrial Ethernet communication protocols. EthernetI/O™ helps to reduce or eliminate the use of complex and expensive PLCs in the underground mine environment, saving both time and money.”Michael Gribbons, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Maestro Digital Mine remarks: “Instead of purchasing an expensive programmable logic controller (PLC), rack, rugged enclosure, adding power supplies, loop isolation and wiring, the EthernetI/O™ is a comprehensive solution that can be rolled out and configured using a simple web interface. No additional power supply, enclosure or wiring. No more programming. No more expensive and complicated PLC solutions. No more software licencing models and renewals. Mine hardened and ready for deployment out of the box.”EthernetI/O™ is currently available in two versions. One for analogue and discrete devices (model AD4) and a second (model RTD12) with RTD inputs. Applications for the EthernetI/O™ range include: level entry monitoring of utilities such as water, compressed air, diesel fuel and paste/backfill; level entry control of compressed air shut-off valves for energy programs; level entry control of water pressure regulation; monitoring of fan/motor bearings and motor stator temperatures; monitoring of ore pass and bin levels; monitoring and control of automated doors; monitoring and control of level air regulators; gate control and monitoring; dewatering pump monitoring and control; remote fuel station level monitoring; and monitoring of shaft bottom level.EthernetI/O™ supports communication over Modbus TCP/IP or EtherNet/IP™ industrial protocols making integration into both current and legacy systems simple. “Maestro has successfully deployed this solution in some of the largest global mining companies which include Rio Tinto, BHP, Vale and several small to medium sized mining operations. Maestro products are made exclusively for the underground mine automation, IT and ventilation sectors, delivering energy savings and productivity improvements while meeting the highest health and safety standards.”
According to Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, if a good offer comes for the footballer the team will let him go.Italian footballer Manolo Gabbiadini joined Southampton in 2017.But he has yet to impress the club and new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl believes they might have to let him go.“I know that there a few interests,” Hasenhuttl told The Daily Echo.“Our squad at the moment is too big – we have to sell players and he’s one that other clubs are interested in.”Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“It could happen in next few days that he transfers,” he added.“What we want to give him is a chance to make the next step.”“If there is the possibility, then we will help him to do so,” he commented.“He has done a lot for this club and we will find a good solution which is a win-win for both sides.”
MIAMI (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene of a car engulfed in flames along Interstate 95, Monday morning.According to officials, the car caught fire in the southbound lanes of I-95, near the Golden Glades Interchange.The car was unoccupied when fire rescue arrived on the scene.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – WEST MIAMI (WSVN) — Former University of Miami football player Michael Wyche has been cleared of a domestic violence charge.Police arrested Wyche in October 2015 after he was accused of getting physical with his girlfriend in their home.Records with the clerk of courts show the charge has been dropped.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.