Microsoft to Invest $5 Billion in IoT Globally, Including India

first_imgGlobal tech firm Microsoft will be investing $5 billion in the Internet of Things across the world, including India, in the next four years, it announced on April 4. Currently, their IoT platform includes cloud computing, operating systems and devices.“Microsoft in India is committed to helping everyone bring their digital transformation vision to life across every industry,” the company said in a blog post.“We’re now seeing the kind of increased adoption and exponential growth that analysts have been forecasting for years, and we’re just getting started. A.T. Kearney predicts IoT will lead to a $1.9 trillion productivity increase and $177 billion in reduced costs by 2020. This effect will be pervasive, from connected homes and cars to manufacturers to smart cities and utilities—and everything in between,” Julia White, CVP Microsoft Azure, said. Microsoft Azure is the platform that is powering many IoT devices.In India, IoT is gaining momentum and impacting everyday life with electricity savings, new resources, predictive healthcare and advanced automobile safety, among other areas.“Microsoft in India is committed to helping everyone bring their digital transformation vision to life across every industry,” the company said in a blog post.In India, TechSpan Engineering has used Azure IoT platform to implement a monitoring system using sensors provided by the Austrian firm s::can and its India Partner Aaxis Nano. Using the power of the Microsoft cloud, IoT and data, the solution taps into the robust s::can sensors to provide measurements across 17 parameters.“The solution is currently being used for monitoring drinking water quality online by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (125 stations) and Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board in Hubli, Dharwad and Bijapur (3 stations),” Microsoft said.“It is also being used for online surface water quality monitoring by Central Pollution Control Board, New Delhi (44 stations) and Central Water Commission, New Delhi (3 stations),” the company added.It is also being used for powering the first Smart Street Lighting Project for Jaipur and in India.“Microsoft’s partner Samudra LED has now deployed a customized Microsoft IoT-platform-based solution created by ISV Precimetrix to monitor, control and manage smart LED public street lights,” said the blog post. It will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 36,750 metric tonnes per year and $1 million per year in fiscal savings for the government. Related Itemsinternet of thingsMicrosoftlast_img read more

Sania Mirza beats Kristina Barrois to reach round 2 of French Open

first_imgDesperate to improve her Grand Slam record, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza began her French Open campaign with an impressive 6-3, 6-3 win over Kristina Barrois in the women’s singles, in Paris on Monday.World number 72 Sania, who has never moved beyond the second round at Roland Garros, put up a clinical performance against the German.Sania, whose left leg was strapped just below the knee, completed the win with a backhand winner after an hour and 15 minutes encounter on court number six. Sania has not been able to cross the second round hurdle in the Grand Slams since 2009 and the fourth round appearance in the US Open in 2005 remains her best performance.She will next take on Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, who defeated Austria’s Patricia Mayr- Achleitner 6- 1, 6- 2.The clay court surface is not of the liking of Sania but the Indian looked quite comfortable and played with a lot of confidence.Sania played aggressively and thus committed a lot of unforced errors and also struggled with first serve but the overall game was so dominating that Kristina had no clue how to stop the Indian.In all, Sania hit 28 winners to 10 of Kristina. A break of serve in the fourth game put Sania ahead 3- 1 and after saving two breakpoints in the next game, the Indian had no difficulty in pocketing the first set. Sania went for her shots and some of the forehand winners were outstanding. She hit 13 winners to three of Kristina in the 34- minute opening- set.advertisementAfter both the players saved a breakpoint each at the start of the second set, again it was Sania, who gained the lead by breaking her rival in the third game. They traded breaks in the sixth and seventh games. After saving two breakpoints in the eighth game, Sania broke Kristina for the final time in the next game to seal a place in the second round.LEE-HESH SEEDED THIRDAiming to win their third French Open title together, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi have been seeded third. They will play the German pair of Tommy Haas and Philipp Petzschner.The US Open finalists, Rohan Bopanna and Aisam- ul- haq Qureshi of Pakistan are seeded fifth and face the Italian combination of Andreas Seppi and Simone Vagnozzi.Another Indian featuring in the men’s doubles event is Somdev Devvarman, who has paired with Chinese Taipei’s Yen- Hsun Lu.They have been drawn against the Spanish duo Marcel Granollers and Feliciano Lopez.In women’s doubles, Sania Mirza and her Russian partner Elena Vesnina are seeded seventh and have been pitted against the Russians Vera Dushevina and Ekaterina Makarova.last_img read more

Shibu Soren asks Jharkhand CM to recall officials from London

first_imgJMM supremo Shibu Soren has asked Chief Minister Arjun Munda to recall two senior Jharkhand bureaucrats, who are in London for the Olympics, in the face of drought-like situation in some parts of the state.Chief secretary S.K. Choudhary, principal secretary to chief minister D.K. Tiwary and sports secretary Ajay Kumar Singh took off to London on July 25 to catch Olympics live on a 10-day “exposure trip” with sports minister Sudesh Mahto and hockey player Asunta Lakra, leaving ruling alliance partner JMM frowning. Opposition JVM isn’t too thrilled either.The ailing JJM chief Shibu Soren was irked enough to send two of his emissaries – party core committee members Supriyo Bhattacharya and Vinod Pandey – to chief minister Arjun Munda on Sunday to ask why top bureaucrats would be away in London for 10 days. Wasn’t the state supposed to chalk out plans to face drought and resolve the Nagri land row, he asked.It isn’t certain if the mercurial Soren would have been upset had a certain Hemant been on the plane too. High moral ground apart, it is not too difficult to fathom why those left behind are turning a fine shade of emerald.”At one hand, the threat of drought is looming large because of poor monsoon, while on the other the agitation against acquisition of land for educational institution at Nagri is taking an ugly turn. Under these circumstances, such senior officials should not have gone to London. I, through the letter, requested the chief minister to ask the officials to immediately return and work to find the solution to such serious problems instead of staying in London and enjoying the game,” Soren said.advertisementThe Olympics will offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience to spectators. And wives and children of the minister and officials are accompanying them, something that is certainly the icing on the cake.Bhattacharya said Guruji (Soren) had told them to apprise Munda of the party’s concern over “unbridled functioning of officials”. He also wanted Munda to call back at least Choudhary and Tiwary from London as they were key men as far as decision-making went.”The visit of sports minister and departmental secretary can be justified to an extent so that they get an idea about holding a big-ticket event, but the trips of the chief secretary and Tiwary aren’t justified,” Pandey added.He further pointed out that the chief secretary was to retire after four months. “The state won’t be benefited by his exposure in any way,” he added, in what seemed to be the unkindest cut of all.Munda was sporting enough. He assured JMM leaders that the government was taking action to fight the drought-like situation in the state. On the trip of the bureaucrats, he said that the visit had been planned some two-three months ago when the problems had not cropped up.Bhattacharya said Munda gave them a patient hearing. “The chief minister agreed that the situation was very serious but he did not stop them because the programme was planned well in advance. The chief minister said he was keeping a close eye on developments and if needed the officials would be called back without any delay,”But there were more salvos in store. JVM supporters staged a demonstration against the trip at Albert Ekka Chowk. JVM boss Babulal Marandi castigated the state for sending top bureaucrats to London. “The Central government has restricted foreign travel of officials, reserving them for only the most necessary and unavoidable engagements. The Centre has also made it clear that the government should ensure that officials of appropriate levels who deal with the issue are sponsored. The size of the delegation and the duration of the visit has to be kept to the absolute minimum,” Marandi said, referring to the Centre’s guidelinesUnion Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay termed as ‘unfortunate’ the team going to London when Jharkhand faced a drought like situation while other states were busy in dealing with such a situation.last_img read more

MI vs RPS: MS Dhoni features in 150th Indian Premier League match

first_imgMS Dhoni, the most successful captain in the history of the Indian Premier League, featured in his 150th game in the glitzy T20 league.Out of the 150 IPL matches Dhoni has played in, 143 came as captain. No other player has captained in more IPL matches. Kolkata Knight Riders’ Gautam Gambhir is second with 114 matches as captain.Dhoni was captain of Chennai Super Kings for eight years from 2008 to 2015 and led them to two IPL titles. When CSK was banned for two years, Dhoni was signed up by Rising Pune Supegiant.However, it was a completely different experience for the former India captain as Pune failed to make the cut to the last four in 2016. Weeks before the 10th edition, he was removed as captain and replaced by Steve Smith.Dhoni had a poor start to IPL 10 and managed only 61 runs in five matches before doubling his tally with a brutal 34-ball 61 against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad.Dhoni had stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain earlier this year and has since been in good form in international cricket. He slammed his first ODI hundred since 2013 in the series against England before scoring his maiden T20 International fifty against the same opponents.last_img read more

Klopp must start winning trophies – Souness

first_imgLiverpool ‘Klopp has to start winning trophies’ – Liverpool boss offered transfer advice by Souness Chris Burton 02:12 4/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool Getty Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Crystal Palace v Liverpool Crystal Palace Premier League The Reds boss has pieced together a competitive side at Anfield but has been told he needs silverware, as well as a new goalkeeper and two midfielders Jurgen Klopp must “start winning trophies” with Liverpool, says Graeme Souness, who suggests a quality goalkeeper and two more creative midfielders are required to aid him in that quest.The Reds have remained a competitive Premier League outfit since bringing their German coach to English football, but their wait for silverware goes on.Kenny Dalglish was the last man to win a trophy with the club in the shape of the League Cup in 2012, and the Champions League remains the only title up for grabs to the class of 2018. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Klopp will be hoping to go close in the challenge for European glory, but has been left in no doubt that tangible success must be achieved soon if he is to keep guiding the club forward.Reds legend Souness told Sky Sports, while offering transfer advice: “They have to start winning trophies as that is what you are judged on ultimately and that is the only thing that is missing.”You have to say that whoever is responsible for the players coming in there have done really well.”There are some fabulous players and Naby Keita is coming in the summer [from RB Leipzig] and he might just give them that extra bit of quality that I think they need in midfield.”I think they need someone in midfield who sees a different picture. The three that they have got in there today [Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum] – and I include Emre Can in that – are all very good players, all very workmanlike and do a great job for the cause.”But none of them have got that real magic and maybe he [Keita] will give them that.”And a goalkeeper and a Kevin De Bruyne and a David Silva.”Souness, who managed Liverpool to FA Cup glory in 1992 added: “I think they are certainly on the right road, they just need to win a trophy.”And if you win one, then it makes it so much easier going forward because you start to believe in yourself.”Liverpool are set to face Premier League rivals Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals, with the first leg of that contest set to be staged at Anfield on Wednesday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Andy Murray given wildcard for Queen’s Club Championships

first_imgAndy Murray given wildcard for Queen’s Club ChampionshipsAndy Murray will be making a comeback to competitive tennis since his first round exit at the Australian Open in January, after which underwent hip resurfacing surgery.advertisement Next Reuters LondonMay 7, 2019UPDATED: May 7, 2019 15:53 IST Andy Murray will be returning to tennis since his first round exit at the Australian Open (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAndy Murray will be retunring to competitive tennis from his hip resurfacing surgeryMurray had said last in April that he was pain-free but under no pressure to returnQueen’s Club Championships has traditionally been a warm-up tournament for WimbledonA wildcard has been reserved for former world number one Andy Murray to play at the Queen’s Club Championships in June but the Scot has been given time to confirm his participation, organisers said on Tuesday.Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, has not played competitively since his first round exit at the Australian Open in January. He has since undergone hip resurfacing surgery.The 31-year-old said last month he was pain-free but under no pressure to return and that he would attempt to make a comeback only if his body allowed it.”A wildcard is being held for five-time champion Andy Murray, who will confirm closer to the time if he’s fit enough to compete,” organisers said in a statement. The tournament’s main draw begins on June 17.The Queen’s Club Championships, where Murray last won the title in 2016, has traditionally been a warm-up tournament for Wimbledon.Organisers said in February that defending champion Marin Cilic would take part this year while Kevin Anderson, Juan Martin del Potro, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Stan Wawrinka have also confirmed their participation.Also Read | No pressure to return, will do it when body allows: Andy MurrayFor 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 Tags :Follow Andy MurrayFollow WimbledonFollow Queen’s Club Championshipslast_img read more

Court grants bail to CM Dy CM in criminal defamation case

first_imgNEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Tuesday granted bail to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia in a criminal defamation complaint filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijender Gupta. Gupta had accused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders of “maligning” his image by accusing him of attempting to kill the Delhi chief minister. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal granted relief on a personal bond of Rs 10,000 and one surety of like amount. Vijender Gupta has claimed in the complaint that due to widespread circulation of tweets and news reports on the statement of the two AAP leaders, his reputation was harmed.last_img

Infinix Mobile to launch HOT 8 in India on Sep 4

first_imgNew Delhi: Hong Kong-based Transsion Holdings is set to launch a disruptive affordable smartphone under its brand Infinix Mobile for less than Rs 8,000 in India on September 4. Industry sources told IANS on Wednesday that the new device, named “HOT 8”, may sport a triple rear camera system with 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM. The new smartphone is the third launch in the popular “HOT” series. Taking cue from the leaked images, HOT 8 appears promising in the affordable price segment with cutting-edge features. The brand has witnessed many successful devices like Smart 3 plus, S4, HOT7 and HOT7 PRO. Infinix Mobile is present in 36 countries, including emerging markets like Latin America, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, South and South-East Asia. It was recently listed among the top 30 most admired brands in Africa by the British magazine “African Business”.last_img read more

Did a Canadian shoot down the Red Baron A century later the

first_imgCapt. Roy Brown had ordered the young airman not to engage the enemy, but Lt. Wilfrid “Wop” May — a school chum from Edmonton — couldn’t help himself.It was April 21, 1918 — a century ago this Saturday — and the two Canadians in their canvas-covered Sopwith Camel biplanes were about to match wits with the deadliest ace of the First World War, Manfred von Richthofen, better known as the Red Baron.As the engines of primitive German and British warplanes snarled in the skies over the Somme River in northern France, May joined the fight, only to have his guns jam as Richthofen’s all-red Fokker triplane closed in from behind for what would have been his 81st kill.“Brown saw that his buddy was in trouble,” says Don Brodeur, Brown’s grandson and a retired Royal Canadian Air Force pilot with more than 6,000 hours of flight time in fighter jets.“Richthofen broke some of his own cardinal rules … He followed May for too long, which is why Brown got on top of him.”As May flew fast and low over the French countryside, skimming over the scars left by trenches and bomb craters, Brown pitched his plane into a dive and aimed his machine-guns at Richthofen, firing bursts at long range.“(Brown) wound that Camel up to 190 miles an hour, which was no mean feat,” says David Bashow, editor of the Canadian Military Journal and a retired lieutenant-colonel who served 36 years with the RCAF.“That aircraft was particularly unstable at high speeds.”What happened next has long been the subject of an intense debate, even as the world marks the 100th anniversary of the storied dogfight.May escaped as Richthofen broke off to the right to avoid Brown’s blasts and rising terrain, but that manoeuvre brought him within range of Australian Corps machine-guns on the ground.Soon after Brown fired on the scarlet fighter aircraft, Richthofen crashed in a sugar-beet field, where he died from a gunshot wound to the chest. He was 25.The Royal Air Force credited the 24-year-old Canadian, originally from Carleton Place, Ont., with the combat victory — his 10th.However, the results from autopsies performed on Richthofen’s body raised questions about who fired the fatal shot.Over the years, some historians and forensics experts have suggested the orientation of Richthofen’s wounds indicated the .303-calibre bullet must have been fired from the ground and not from Brown’s guns, which fired the same type of ammunition.“Over time, the Australians made a very compelling case for one of their troops on the ground,” says Bashow, an associate professor at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ont., and a former fighter pilot who logged 2,400 hours in the supersonic CF-104 Starfighter.“(Brown’s) flight-path geometry just does not work.”However, Brown’s grandson disagrees, saying the more plausible explanation is that Brown fired a lucky shot.“There is only one record,” Brodeur said in an interview from his home in Victoria. “Both Canada and the U.K. attribute the shooting down of the Red Baron to Capt. A. Roy Brown. That’s a fact to this day.”As well, Brodeur says his interpretation of what happened — as seen through the eyes of an experienced fighter pilot — has led him to conclude Richthofen’s aircraft would have been practically inverted for the Australian theory to make sense.“In movies, you see aircraft rolling in a dogfight, but it’s a waste of time,” says Brodeur, who flew several types of jet fighters and was a member of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds aerobatic squadron.“It looks good in Hollywood films, but it’s not something you do in an air-to-air fight.”Rob Probert, president of the Roy Brown Historical Society in Carleton Place, says there was nothing to be learned by examining Richthofen’s downed plane because it had been damaged by artillery shells and quickly stripped by souvenir hunters.“Brown was officially credited with the kill, and 100 years later that still stands,” Probert says.“The problem here in Canada is that there hasn’t been a group championing Roy Brown’s story, until our group came along. We’re just trying to make sure the story doesn’t get lost over time … It’s part of the Canadian psyche not to brag about our heroes.”Appropriately, the society will gather Saturday in Carleton Place, to fete the man they say brought down the Red Baron.Regardless of who fired the fatal shot, one thing is for certain: Were it not for Brown’s superior skills as a pilot and leader, one of the most celebrated aerial battles of the war would never have happened.“I think he was a hero for sure — he never lost a man under his command,” says Probert, who is part of a local effort to have a statue of Brown installed across from town hall in Carleton Place.“It can’t be refuted that Brown caused this battle to happen.”After the dogfight, Brown went to a nearby aircraft hangar to see Richthofen’s body.“His face, particularly peaceful, had an expression of gentleness and goodness, of refinement,” Brown later wrote.“Suddenly I felt miserable, desperately unhappy, as if I had committed an injustice. With a feeling of shame, a kind of anger against myself … I could no longer look him in the face. I went away. I did not feel like a victor … If he had been my dearest friend, I could not have felt greater sorrow.”Brown, who was in poor health and complained of being on the verge of a nervous breakdown, was later transferred to a flight training unit. He was badly injured in a crash on July 5, 1918, when his engine quit soon after takeoff.Unlike Richthofen, whose martyrdom continues to be commemorated in books, movies and, of course, the perennial Peanuts cartoon, Brown’s legacy is largely muted in Canada.“He didn’t really speak about his exploits,” says Tim Cook, First World War historian at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.“We don’t have a whole lot of military heroes from the past who still resonate today. It has something to do with our national character. It has something to do with how we view war and peace. And, perhaps, there’s the sense that Canadians are not always the best at backslapping and elevating their heroes.”Brown moved to Stouffville, Ont., after the war. He died of a heart attack in 1944 at the age of 50.He is buried in Toronto, but his grave remained unmarked until a few years ago.last_img read more

Transat AT beats Q4 profit expectations moving ahead with hotel plans

first_imgThe Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:TRZ) MONTREAL — Transat A.T. Inc. says it earned $7.8 million in its latest quarter, down from a year ago when its results were boosted by the sale of its interest in Ocean Hotels.The Montreal-based travel company says its fourth-quarter profit amounted to 21 cents per share for the quarter ended Oct. 31, compared with a profit of $148.1 million or $$3.97 per share a year ago.On an adjusted basis, Transat says it earned 45 cents per share in its most recent quarter, compared with an adjusted profit of $1.24 per share in the same quarter last year.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 41 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Revenue totalled $668.3 million, down from $698.6 million.Transat says the results came as the company completed the acquisition of its first parcel of land in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, as part the development of its hotel division.last_img read more

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. Week of January 30, 2019:TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS1. Taylor Swift; $7,732,340; $123.46.2. U2; $4,753,471; $135.83.3. Ed Sheeran; $4,506,091; $92.55.4. Drake; $4,041,588; $116.88.5. Bruno Mars; $3,627,965; $145.63.6. Eagles; $3,394,372; $180.26.7. Roger Waters; $3,237,377; $72.42.8. Billy Joel; $2,752,443; $123.77.9. Elton John; $2,721,702; $130.66.10. Metallica; $2,224,842; $129.36.11. “Springsteen On Broadway”; $2,149,554; $509.02.12. Phil Collins; $2,092,876; $150.65.13. Justin Timberlake; $2,090,877; $129.16.14. Journey / Def Leppard; $1,870,896; $98.79.15. Fleetwood Mac; $1,850,333; $132.67.16. Luis Miguel; $1,826,884; $94.44.17. Sam Smith; $1,617,591; $110.08.18. Maroon 5; $1,577,446; $105.48.19. Luke Bryan; $1,458,104; $79.67.20. Jeff Lynne’s ELO; $1,443,766; $108.90.For free upcoming tour information, go to www.pollstar.com___The Associated Press read more

Woman identified in No Frills child assault case

UPDATE: Halton police have identified the woman responsible for the assault at the No Frills grocery store in Oakville.According to a news release, she is a 77-year-old woman with diminished capabilities. She has been cautioned for the incident that took place yesterday.A woman was shopping with her four children at the No Frills grocery store on Cross Ave. when the suspect slapped her eight-year-old daughter. The mother confronted the woman who promptly took off on foot.Police would like to thank the public and media with their assistance in identifying the woman.

Time to tweak Tresselball

Expectations run high at Ohio State. Just ask Jim Tressel. The Ohio State football coach, under unprecedented scrutiny after another big-game letdown, is feeling the heat for the first time during his nine-year tenure in Columbus.“You felt like it’s been a nine-year honeymoon?” Tressel asked a reporter. “You must not have liked your honeymoon.”The Buckeyes have lost their past six games against opponents ranked among the nation’s top five. If the Buckeyes are to match the lofty expectations set forth by years of tradition, then the days of being the big boys’ punching bag must end.A key to anything in life is adjusting to external forces, or, in football, one’s opponent. Coaches make changes in personnel and scheme at halftime. These modifications may or may not work. When they don’t pan out for a period of three years — Ohio State last knocked off a top-five adversary in 2006 — more grand-scale fine-tuning must take place.The unrest in Buckeye nation comes from the lack of adjustments from Tressel and his staff. Football is undergoing a temporary face lift, especially on the college level. All sports endure periods of varied gameplay, from the recent home run era in baseball to the early days of basketball when centers dominated the ball.Now, the name of the game in college football is speed and athleticism. Spread offenses, popping up around the nation like unwelcome groundhogs, are forcing defenses to get smaller and quicker. Athletic, versatile quarterbacks are the latest fad.OSU has its multi-faceted signal caller in Terrelle Pryor, the No. 1 high school recruit in 2008. But instead of making adjustments to accommodate the 6-foot-6, 235-pound quarterback, Tressel has squeezed the rare breed into his vanilla, run-based offense. The results haven’t pleased many; Pryor has seldom demonstrated the ability to excel in the Bucks’ offensive system, one Tressel refuses to alter. Rich Rodriguez instituted the spread offense last year at Michigan with players unsuited for the new scheme. A 3-9 record ensued. Now, with athletes at his disposal recruited specifically for the spread approach, the Wolverines are off to a 3-0 start.Recently, Tressel has targeted more players blessed with unparalleled speed to match the likes of Florida, USC or Texas. However, it’s the Buckeyes same old plan of attack that has prevented the program from reaching new heights.The Gators stymied the heavily-favored Buckeyes in ’07 with their athletic defense, limiting Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith to four completions for 35 yards. OSU couldn’t contain LSU’s plethora of speedy receivers the following year. The Trojan defense held OSU to fewer than 275 yards in each USC victory. And the Longhorns’ spread passing attack broke the hearts of Buckeye backers everywhere, as Colt McCoy threw for 414 yards.To catch up to the rest of the college football world, Tressel and Co. must implement changes on both sides of the ball. They must design an approach that suits the strengths of the athletes they have collected. Pryor is probably best equipped for a spread attack, which would give him space to operate with both his developing throwing arm and his nimble feet. He needs the instruction to focus on scoring touchdowns, not controlling field position.If Ohio State is to be recognized among the nation’s college football titans, the Buckeyes must prove they can beat bona fide competition. That signature victory has eluded the program for several years now. Tresselball needs a change to keep up with the rest of the best. read more

BBE commissions innovative ice thermal storage scheme at Moab Khotsong gold mine

first_imgBBE – the first South African company to introduce the ice storage concept to the local mining industry – has commissioned an innovative facility at a refrigeration plant at AngloGold Ashanti’s Moab Khotsong Mine near Klerksdorp, which provides cooling for chilled service water and air cooling for the mine. The refrigeration machine for the ice maker operates outside of peak tariff periods, when the availability of electricity is more reliable and electricity is cheaper and particularly at night when the outside temperature is lower and the refrigeration machines operate more efficiently. Ice is formed on the outside of submerged coils in an existing surface water dam and stored until required. In peak tariff periods, all the refrigeration machines (providing some 40 MWR of cooling) can be turned off and cooling is then provided by melting ice in the dam. Overall, in a 24-hour cycle, the ice thermal storage system uses less power than a conventional water cooling system and the system operates outside of Eskom peak tariff periods.This turnkey project, awarded to BBE in 2008, included engineering design, procurement, construction, management and commissioning. It is the second installation of its kind for AngloGold Ashanti – the first being an 800 t ice mass thermal storage system at Mponeng Mine near Carletonville. The Moab Khotsong installation is a third generation design where the ice is formed directly on refrigerant carrying coils.Ice thermal storage schemes are an ideal response to the critical need for power and energy management in the arena of mine ventilation, refrigeration and cooling systems. These schemes have become an integral part of BBE’s expertise and competency. BBE is a registered ESCO (Energy Services Company) with the South African national power supply company, Eskom. This is a recognition of BBE’s technical competency and an acknowledgement of the company’s work in the field of energy saving and load-shift management for mine cooling and ventilation systems. Being an ESCO, BBE is able to initiate these projects in conjunction with an enthusiastic mine who provides a letter of intent with which BBE can then apply to Eskom for funding through the DSM (demand side management) programme. BBE guarantees the performance of the system, while the mine contracts to operate the system as required.BBE has carried out many other types of energy efficiency projects, making optimum use of energy recovery devices such as turbines, hydro-displacement devices, hydro-power, as well as designing control systems for the active ongoing control of ventilation and cooling equipment components. The company is very proud of its innovative ice thermal storage systems, which have resulted in significant capital operating cost savings in a variety of mines.last_img read more

ADG Global Supply spreads its mining services wings in Europe and Africa

first_imgMining services company ADG Global Supply (ASX: ADQ) has established a new London based office and distribution facilities in London and Antwerp as a part of an expansion into Europe. ADG says its “increased presence in Europe will allow the company to better service exploration and mining clients operating across Africa. ADG is a Western Australian companty which currently has clients operating in 13 countries throughout East, West and Central Africa.  In FY 2011, ADG doubled its revenue from its industrial products, global procurement, supply chain and project logistics services into Africa to A$21 million. ADG Managing Director, John Mancini said a Europe office with distribution and logistics capabilities was an important strategic expansion for the company. “Customer activity in the region is growing.  About half of ADG’s top 20 clients by revenue are involved in exploration or mining activities in Africa,” Mancini said. “And with around 13% of the total global exploration spend happening in Africa and approximately 1,400 mine and exploration projects – a quarter of which are owned by Australian companies –  we expect to see continued solid demand for ADG’s expertise.The Europe presence will allow ADG to offer consolidated supply of goods from a growing supplier base, with improved logistics into Africa.  It will also provide time zone benefits, with clients based in Africa able to deal directly with offices based in Perth or London depending on their requirements and deadlines.With this improved capability we are now well-positioned to meet the growing demand from existing and new clients operating in Africa and in turn grow our sales,” Mancini said.ADG works with clients in the exploration, mining and energy markets through its ‘single contact- global reach’ model.last_img read more

Variant Covers to Grab This Week 71818

Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Marvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000Can Even Jonathan Hickman Save the X-Men? They say don’t judge a book by its cover, and honestly that’s a really good policy usually. But when comics have gorgeous covers it’s hard not to imagine the wonderful story that lies within a colorful and well-executed front. Variant covers are a long-standing and killer tradition of the industry. It’s a great way to feature new artists and give collectors something to clamor about, and let’s be real, fork over the dough for.Here are some of Geek’s favorite variant covers coming out on 7/18/18Tony Stark Iron Man #2 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Mark Brooks – @MarkBrooksArtPublisher: MarvelWriter/Artist: Dan Slott/Valerio SchitiStar Wars Darth Vader Annual #2 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Rahzzah – @RahzzahPublisher: MarvelWriter/Artist: Chuck Wendig/Leonard KirkLife of Captain Marvel #1 (of 5) (Cover D)Variant Artist: Fiona Staples – @FionaStaplesPublisher: MarvelWriter/Artist: Margaret Stohl/Carlos PachecoInjustice vs The Masters Of the Universe #1 (of 6) (Cover B)Variant Artist: Tim Seeley – @HackinTimSeeleyPublisher: DCWriter/Artist: Tim Seeley/Freddie Williams IIBatwoman #17 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Michael Cho – @Michael_ChoPublisher: DCWriter/Artist: Marguerite Bennett/Fernando BlancoMighty Morphin Power Rangers #29 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Jordan Gibson – @gibsoncomicsPublisher: BOOM! StudiosWriter/Artist: Kyle Higgins/Daniele NicuoloAdventure Time Comics #25 (Cover C)Variant Artist: Britney Liu – @britneyscribblesPublisher: BOOM! StudiosWriter/Artist: Sonny Liew/Morgan BeemJughead the Hunger #7 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Tyler Boss – @BoyCartoonistPublisher: ArchieWriter/Artist: Frank Tieri/Pat KennedyArchie Meets Batman 66 #1 (Cover C)Variant Artist: Francesco Francavilla – @f_francavillaPublisher: ArchieWriter/Artist: Jeff Parker, Michael Moreci/Dan Parent, J. BoneWeatherman #2 (Cover C)Variant Artist: Nathan Fox – @nathanfoxyPublisher: ImageWriter/Artist: Jody LeHeup/Nathan Fox Stay on target read more

Update Kevino Smith Investigation Females arrested

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 6, 2017 – As part of continued investigation into the disappearance and subsequent death of Kevino Smith, today (Monday 6th February 2017), three females aged 19, 28 and 53 residents of Grand Turk have been re-arrested on suspicion of attempting to Pervert the Course of Justice. They remain in custody while the investigations are on ongoing.On Friday 6th March 2015, Kevino Smith was reported missing by his parents. Following the report, a police investigation was launched. As a result of extensive searches by the police and members of the community, his body was later found in the Breezy Brae area on Thursday 16th April 2015.Anyone with information surrounding Kevino Smith’s murder, or any information relevant to this investigation is asked to call the Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force at 911 or 941-4448 extension 81843 or 81837 or use the untraceable, anonymous Crime Stoppers Miami number at 1-800(TIPS) or 1-800-8477. No names or numbers are requested, and only the information provided is passed on to the Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force.Press Release: RTCIPF#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Chinese Retaliation is No Longer a What If for Soybean Farmers

first_imgFollowing China’s announcement of a proposed 25 percent tariff on imported U.S. soybeans, the American Soybean Association (ASA) is again expressing its extreme frustration about the escalation of a trade war with the largest customer of U.S. soybeans, and calling on the White House to reconsider the tariffs that led to this retaliation. China purchases 61 percent of total U.S. soybean exports, and more than 30 percent of overall U.S. soybean production. ASA President and Iowa farmer John Heisdorffer issued the following statement:“It should surprise no one that China immediately retaliated against our most important exports, including soybeans. We have been warning the administration and members of Congress that this would happen since the prospect for tariffs was raised. That unfortunately doesn’t lend any comfort to the hundreds of thousands of soybean farmers who will be affected by these tariffs. This is no longer a hypothetical, and a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans into China will have a devastating effect on every soybean farmer in America.“Soybean futures are already down nearly 40 cents a bushel as of this morning. At a projected 2018 crop of 4.3 billion bushels, soybean farmers lost $1.72 billion in value for our crop this morning alone. That’s real money lost for farmers, and it is entirely preventable.“We regret that the administration has been unable to counter China’s policies on intellectual property and information technology in a way that does not require the use of tariffs. We still have not heard a response from the administration to our March 12 letter requesting to meet with President Trump and discuss how the administration can work with soybean farmers and others in agriculture to find ways to reduce our trade deficit by increasing competitiveness rather than erecting barriers to foreign markets.“But there is still time to reverse this damage, and the administration can still deliver for farmers by withdrawing the tariffs that caused this retaliation. China has said that its 25 percent tariff will only go into effect based on the course of action the administration takes. We call on President Trump to engage the Chinese in a constructive manner—not a punitive one—and achieve a positive result for soybean farmers.”last_img read more

Beyonce Created A Space To Celebrate Black Culture At Coachella More Things

first_imgWith her new Netflix doc, Queen Bey invites us to relive the moment she made history as the first African-American female headliner at Coachella 2018Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Apr 18, 2019 – 1:22 pm By now, Beyoncé’s historic performance at Coachella 2018 is engraved in our cultural music festival memory. If we weren’t there either weekend in person, we watched the live-stream or heard about it through our friends or social media. We saw images of the icon paying tribute to black royalty (Nefertiti) and give a shout-out to black fraternities and sororities through her costumes. We heard about the Destiny’s Child reunion. But now, the Queen Bey is giving the world the opportunity to witness the moment in which she made history as the first African-American female headliner at the two-weekend festival—and for those that were there, giving us the chance to re-live it and get goosebumps all over again. The performances that took place the weekends of April 13 and 22, 2018 were meaningful both professionally and personally for the GRAMMY-winning artist. The headlining set was the icon’s first performance since giving birth to her twins. (She was supposed to play Coachella in 2017, but doctor’s told her to “keep a less rigorous schedule” during what was left of her pregnancy.) News https://twitter.com/netflix/status/1118432559761768448 Facebook Email Beyonce Created A Space To Celebrate Black Culture At Coachella & More Things ‘Homecoming’ Taught Us So Coachella 2018 became the stage for her long-awaited come comeback and she made sure to bring her whole culture with her and go above her work ethic for the welcoming. The Netflix documentary titled Homecoming, released Wed. April 17, takes everyone behind the scenes of exactly what it took to execute such a huge performance (roughly over 200 people were on stage during the set.)  The documentary seamlessly switches between weekend one and weekend two performances (we can’t forget that she did it twice) and was released with a suprise album of the live show with the same name. Here are some things Beyoncé taught us during her epic Coachella performance. She Made A Space To Celebrate Black Culture At The Festival”When I decided to do Coachella, instead of me pulling out my flower crown, it was more important that I brought our culture to Coachella,” Beyoncé narrates during the roughly two-hour documentary.And she did. From Nefertiti, Black Panther and Historic Black Colleges And Universities (HBCU) sorority and fraternity inspired costumes to her performance of “Lift Every Voice And Sing, (known as the black national anthem) to dance moves inspired by black and African culture, the singer put out a show that highlighted many parts of what it means to be black in the U.S. Homecoming shows us how much she is personally inspired by her history. She reveals her dream of attending an HBCU and that she would go to the battle of the bands, where bands from HBCUs battle it out, when she was younger. Throughout the documentary, quotes and voices belonging to historic black figures, including W.E.B Du Bois, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Nina Simone and more. Her homecoming performance embodied her history and what she saw growing up and every part represented a piece of her experience. It Highlighted The 22 Years Of Her CareerBeyoncé’s homecoming desert performance also became a celebration of her 22-year career. Her performance with Destiny Child’s took her fans back to her roots with songs like “Lose My Breath”, while performances of “Diva,” “Crazy In Love,” “Drunk In Love” and “Formation” took them through all the stages of her career, giving them new life with the help of her marching band. Paired with choreography that was as emotionally captivating as historically meaningful—the stepping alone was so powerful—the 23-time GRAMMY winner’s documentary cemented the reason the 2018 festival was dubbed Beychella. She Is Inspired By The Next Generation Of Music Makers And Artists While we are constantly in awe of her, Beyoncé is in awe of the talent that helped bring her comeback to life: the band, steppers, marching bands, dancers. “I wanted a black orchestra, I wanted the steppers, I needed the vocalists, and the amount of swag was just limitless,” she says in the doc. “Like the things these young people can do with their bodies and the music they can play and the drumrolls and the haircuts and their bodies and the…it’s just not right. It’s just so much damn swag.”She Is A Perfectionist/Disciplined With A VisionThe documentary revealed the months of rehearsing and planning to put the festival together. There was a four-month period of rehearsals with the band, before four-month dance rehearsals began. There were several meetings with Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, who helped bring her vision to life, before he flew to Los Angeles to meet her. For the performance, Beyoncé oversaw everything and personally picked every dancer, the height of the pyramid on stage, “every tiny detail had an intention.” “I respect things that take work. I respect things that are built from the ground up,” she said.REALTED: Millennials Battle With Grabbing The “Instagram Moment” And Being Present At ConcertsShe wanted everyone to feel the moment and it had to be perfect.It’s Not Easy Being Beyoncé, But She Slays RegardlessThe documentary also took us into how she is juggling motherhood, reveals how complicated her pregnancy was and the sacrifices she had to make in order for the Coachella performance to happen.At the end of it all, her goal was to make people feel seen: “I wanted every person who has ever been dismissed because of the way they look to feel like they were on that stage. Killing ’em. Killing ’em.”Amanda Davis Is Getting More Women Of Color Behind The Mixing BoardRead more Twitter Beyonce Makes Space For Blackness In ‘Homecoming’ beyonce-created-space-celebrate-black-culture-coachella-more-things-homecoming-taughtlast_img read more