Does Manny agree with Freddie Roach?

first_imgFreddie Roach, the famous American trainer who pushed Manny Paquiao all the way to full superstardom, says he wants the legendary Filipino warrior to do a rematch with WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn—then hang up his gloves.Nothing new there. It was not the first time Roach had voiced that wish for Pacquiao, the only eight-division world title winner in boxing.There was more urgency in what Roach told ESPN Deportes over the weekend: “I hope he (Pacquiao) goes forward with that fight, and after that, he retires.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Lady Realtors notch 1st win First things first: Does Pacquiao honestly want to fight on?Next: Would Pacquiao, who claimed he had been set up in that losing stand against Horn, still care to return to Australia?It would help if they could get Pacquiao’s side on the Roach proposal.So far, there has been no reported conversation or dialogue between Roach and Pacquiao after the fighting Filipino senator lost his WBO crown to Horn in Brisbane last July.Based on a postchampionship dugout report, Pacquiao and Roach failed to talk to each other. The beaten Filipino superhero stood before the mirror attending to his hairdo, while Roach stayed at a distance and cooled his heels inside the dressing room.Anyway, it was reported later that Pacquiao had agreed to do a rematch (last Sept. 12) in Brisbane.However, Top Rank big boss Bob Arum would next report that Pacquiao had suddenly pulled out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThere are two sides to the proposed rematch.One side says Horn urgently needs the fight in order to culminate his championship victory, which continued to be questioned by various sectors.Pardon this, but there are also experts who felt Roach needed the rematch in order to clear the landscape. These experts felt that the Pacquiao-Horn fight could’ve gone either way; unfortunately Roach, who insisted on a KO finish, was clearly outplotted and outclassed by Glenn Rushton, the millionaire trainer who molded obscure Horn, a former schoolteacher, into a world-class boxer.(AMAZED: US President Donald Trump stood and applauded the splendid presentation by select Filipino artists during the Asean Summit gala dinner at MOA in Pasay City on Sunday. Among the performers was the multiawarded Mandaluyong Children’s Choir of City Mayor Menchie Abalos. Mabuhay!) CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Michael Phelps searching for happy ending to career

first_imgAfter what appeared to be a tormented final chapter to a brilliant swimming career, Michael Phelps returns to the pool at the US Olympic Swim Trials next week looking to pen a new happy ending.Already with a staggering 22 Olympic medals, including 18 gold, Phelps arrives in Omaha for the June 26-July 3 meet not so concerned about adding a few more podium finishes to his record haul as he is about going out on his own terms.At the 2012 London Olympics, which he declared to be his last, Phelps won four gold and six medals but walked away filled with the regret that he simply went through the motions rather than embrace the opportunity.It is a mistake he does not plan to repeat on the road to Rio.”This is my last chance to do it (right) and I want to do it the way I should have done it in 2012,” said Phelps. “I think if I were to look back 20 years later at London, I would have been disappointed in myself, that I let myself down for how I prepared.”That is something I never want to live with.”The American said he lacked fire.”Going into 2012 was like pulling teeth, it was brutal. I could barely get to the pool.”It was really hard to keep motivated going into 2012 and it is the exact opposite now. I feel like a kid again, I am happy doing what I’m doing,” said Phelps.MOST DECORATED OLYMPIAN Phelps made his Olympic debut at the age of 15 in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, failing to win a medal, but in three Summer Games since has gone on to become the most decorated Olympian ever.advertisementNow 30, married with an infant son and bidding for a berth on his fifth US Olympic team, Phelps’s Rio programme is far less ambitious than in 2008 at the Beijing Games where he claimed eight golds from eight events.In Omaha, Phelps is scheduled to swim five events: the 100 metres and 200m butterfly, the 200m individual medley, and the 100m and 200m freestyle.Phelps is not expected to contend for a berth in either of the freestyle events but will likely attempt to post a top time in the preliminaries that will establish him as one of the four fastest in order to lock up a relay spot.Yet once again, Phelps will be the headliner at the week-long trials which have sold out every session at the Century Link Centre, where a portable pool has been installed inside the 13,000-seat arena.The meeting will also feature a glittering golden supporting cast that includes Phelps’ great rival Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky and Natalie Coughlin, bidding to become the most decorated US female Olympian.Five-time Olympic gold medallist Lochte will swim the 400m individual medley as reigning Olympic champion, plus the 100m and 200m freestyle, 200m backstroke, 100m butterfly and the 200m individual medley.Franklin, the Olympic champion in both the 100m and 200m backstroke, will try to secure a spot in those two events as well as 100m and 200m freestyle.Few will be busier than Ledecky, who could bid to become the first US woman to swim the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle at a single Olympics.The 33-year-old Coughlin, tied with Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres as top US Olympic medals winner among women with 12, will try to qualify in the 50m and 100m freestyle.last_img read more

Chennai football referees chosen for UEFA training in Geneva

first_imgChennai, Apr 23 (PTI) India has become the only country from Asia to be invited for a UEFA training programme for referees in Geneva with three officials from here chosen for the key course which can pave the way for them to become FIFA referees. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has selected city-based referee R Venkatesh and assistant referees R Manojkumar and P Vairamuthu for the programme being organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) from April 25 to May 4. The trio will be representing India which was the only country from Asia to be given a chance to participate in the programme, Venkatesh said. If they do well at the programme, they could get selected for the final development course, in Geneva again, in October, a big step forward in becoming officials of the sports world body FIFA. The three are upbeat about the course and said they hoped to learn by interacting with referees from various countries and also competing with seven other “teams (of three officials each)”. Venkatesh told PTI that it could be a big step in his dream of becoming a FIFA referee. “Me and the two assistant referees will have to be at our best as we will be competing against referees from Europe. They will assess our knowledge, fitness and game performance,” he said. He thanked Chennais K Shankar, the only Indian referee to have been part of the World Cup finals so far, for guiding young officials here and motivating them. Apart from the training and game performance, fitness would be assessed, the 26-year-old Venkatesh said and added that “the three of us would get an opportunity to referee in the Swedish league and lower divisions of the French league during the 10-day programme.” Stating that the standards of umpiring in India had improved in recent years, he said the standard of referees in Tamil Nadu had improved and there were 10-12 of them in the national panel. Vairamuthu said “It would be a learning experience as we will get to interact with European referees and trainers.” Also, Vairamuthu said the exposure the trio would receive would be valuable and help in the long run. “I feel proud that the AIFF has selected us for the Geneva programme. It will help us achieve the dream of becoming international referees,” he said. PTI SS VSadvertisementlast_img read more

Bigg Boss 11: Dear Hina Khan, stop humiliating housemates in the name of a task

first_imgBigg Boss might have done a lot of good to many of its contestants but it is proving to be detrimental for Hina Khan. The actress, who became a household name with her role of Akshara in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai is being highly criticised for her actions inside the house. Gone are the days when every mother-in-law wanted a bahu like her.Hina hasn’t just been manipulative in tasks, but has even humiliated her co-contestants on the show. The latest example is her behaviour with Luv and Puneesh in yesterday’s task. In last night’s episode, housemates celebrated a Women’s Day of a kind, where all male contestants were asked to work for the female participants. Puneesh and Luv were Hina’s  personal servers. The actress  took advantage of the task and got them to dress up as women, and made them wear saris and make-up. If this was not enough, she even made them do her leg massage. While Luv was massaging her leg, she kicked him in jest, which was not at all required and neither was it funny. Luv on the other hand took it sportingly and didn’t complain but nonetheless Hina’s actions were condemnable. Dressing them as girls was still okay but the way she kicked Luv, shows how much respect she has for people working below her.Hina applying chillie on Bandgi during the luxury budget task.This is of course not the first time, when Hina took it too far during a task. Last week, she was quite insensitive to apply red chilli on Bandgi’s face. She even snatched the bottle from Vikas, who wanted to offer water to Bandgi. Showing a little humanity was the need of the hour, but looks like our Miss Always Right gets so involved in the task that she forgets, there are people watching her and it’s not a fiction soap, where she can better herself in the next shot.Her equation with Shilpa has never been good in the house. During the phone booth task, Hina mocked Shilpa and made fun of her tears, when she got emotional after Vikas agreed to sacrifice his favourite jacket and apologised to her. During the same task, Hina was seen in tears when she had to dump her favourite soft toy to save Luv. advertisementHina Khan in a still from the showHina has always kept herself at a higher pedestal when compared to other housemates. She is often heard saying ‘Mere jaise pehle ban ke dikhao’. But, what we couldn’t understand was comparing her 8-year career, and that too in a single soap, with Shilpa Shinde who has worked in the industry for around 18 years in more than 15 shows. Hina has always spoken about girl power in her last show Khatron Ke Khiladi but here in Bigg Boss, it’s mostly Hina who’s seen insulting the women in the house, be it Shilpa, Arshi or Bandgi. During the courtroom task, Hina made  personal attack on Arshi’s character. The task could have been performed in a better way and she didn’t have to stoop so low to win the luxury budget. Arshi, who has displayed her stronger side in the show, couldn’t take the humiliation and broke into tears.We really hope Hina mends her ways in the house and respect her co-contestants. What she needs to learn is she can’t always be right and she can’t prove herself to be a better person by belittling others.last_img read more

MS Dhoni reveals CSK connection behind his 2011 World Cup final masterstroke

first_imgMS Dhoni’s decision to promote himself higher up the batting order in the final of World Cup 2011 remains one of the most celebrated moments of Indian cricket.India got off to a nightmarish start as the dismissals of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar early in chase of 275 silenced the Wankhede crowd. Left-handed opener Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli steadied the ship with an 83-run stand but the dismissal of the latter in the 22nd over gave Sri Lanka a bit of cushion.At the fall of Kohli’s wicket, Wankhede and the entire nation was waiting for in-form Yuvraj Singh to walk out. However, helping raise a lot of eyebrows, Dhoni strode his way into the middle.The then skipper was able to put behind what had been an ordinary tournament to play one of the most iconic knocks a 79-ball 91 in modern-day cricket. It’s been seven years but Dhoni’s winning six a huge one over long on is etched in the memories of millions.Also read: Relive India’s 2011 World Cup triumphAs it turns out, Dhoni has revealed that he came out to bat ahead of Yuvraj in the big final due to his familiarity with the Sri Lankan bowlers, especially his former Chennai Super Kings (CSK) teammates Muttiah Muralitharan and Nuwan Kulasekara.Dhoni was severe against Muralitharan and never let the Sri Lankan veteran settle down as he and Gambhir stitched a decisive 109-run stand to help India to glory.I knew most of the bowlers of Sri Lanka as they were part of the Chennai Super Kings earlier. I promoted myself because Muralitharan was bowling at that time. I have played him a lot in the CSK nets and I was confident that I will be able to score runs freely against him. That was one of the main reasons why I pushed myself up the order during the final, Dhoni said at a promotional event in Dongargaon, Chhattisgarh.advertisementGambhir missed out on World Cup final century by three runs but Dhoni made sure he remained unbeaten and sealed the deal for the hosts.Also read: Did you know that MS Dhoni’s 2011 World Cup final bat is the most expensive ever?Meanwhile, Dhoni also insisted his success as captain helped change the perception about wicket-keeper’s leadership skills.The 37-year-old handled the additional responsibility with ease and went on to become one of the most-successful limited-over captains from the country.Even after stepping down as captain in 2017, Dhoni has been instrumental in guiding Kohli with on field placements and spin bowling from behind the stumps.Despite not being in the best of forms with the bat, Dhoni continues to be a vital member of the Indian ODI squad, considering his experience and leadership skills that may come in handy during next year’s World Cup in England.Before me, selectors were quite reluctant to make stumper as captain saying he will be burdened too much. But I changed their view with my successful tenure as the captain, Dhoni added.Keeper is in the best position to help any captain analyse the match. He is very close to the action and can accordingly guide the team leader about many things. He is an asset for any captain. He can release the burden on the captain with his inputs.last_img read more

Mary Kom sets sight on Tokyo Olympics after record-breaking World Boxing gold

first_imgMary Kom created history on Saturday as she clinched the gold medal in the Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi.Fighting in front of a massive crowd, Mary Kom lived up to all the expectations and gave the fans exactly what they came to watch as she defeated Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the 48kg title fight.The 35-year-old broke into tears after she was adjudged the winner by unanimous decision and thanked the crowd for coming in large numbers to support her.World Boxing Championships Final, Live Updates”First of all, I would like to thank all my fans. Thank you guys, I don’t have anything to give you. What I can give you is a gold for the country. They came especially for me and the Indian contingent. Today, I was a little bit emotional because for the last few years, I was not able to fight in 48 kg category.”I had to jump to other categories. The effort was very challenging for me. Because of your love and support, I hope to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I wasn’t able to qualify for Rio Games. I am still suffering.Mary Kom creates history with 6th gold at Women’s World Boxing Championships”I can easily give a gold in the 48 kg category, but 51 kg, it’s difficult because other boxers may have a height advantage,” an emotional Mary Kom said after the bout.Mary is now the most successful female boxer in the tournament’s history after having clinched the gold medal in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2018.advertisementAnd ’s golden lady has done it; @MangteC is the current reigning light fly champion after she defeats Ukraine’s H.Okhota in an unanimous 5:0 decision at the #WWCHs2018 grand finale! Congratulations Mary! #PunchMeinHainDum #AIBA pic.twitter.com/EcILbkgCLOBoxing Federation (@BFI_official) November 24, 2018The 35-year-old pugilist had been in a dominant form throughout the World Championship in New Delhi and it was not much of a surprise when she entered the 48kg final with a unanimous 5:0 win over Hyang Mi Kim of North Korea.World Boxing Championship: Mary Kom eyes record 6th title, Sonia aims for firstThe last time Mary and Okhota met was in September this year in the semi-final of Silesian Open in Poland, where the Indian pugilist beat the Ukrainian with a 5:0 verdict in her favour.Heading into the final, Mary Kom asked for the prayer and support of the fans and said she will prepare well for the final.”Though I have beaten her [Hanna] in Poland this year, I will definitely prepare well for the final. But I would need the prayer of all my fans; they have been fantastic and supporting me all along. I would need their prayer on Saturday, too,” Mary said after her semi-final victory.Despite the passing years, Mary has only improved her reflexes and the vast experience helps her in analysing her opponents’ game quickly. Okhota faces a stern challenge as Magnificent Mary looks set to achieve a major landmark at home.last_img read more

Puyol on ‘crazy’ Van Dijk to Liverpool fee

first_imgVirgil van Dijk ‘Crazy fees won’t stop!’ – Puyol gives his Van Dijk to Liverpool verdict Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 16:12 12/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Carles Puyol Virgil van Dijk Getty/Goal Liverpool Premier League The Southampton defender will complete a £75 million move to Anfield in the coming days and the Barca legend doesn’t expect the big spending to stop Former Barcelona captain Carles Puyol believes the £75 million fee agreed between Liverpool and Southampton for centre-back Virgil van Dijk is the result of a “crazy” market.Liverpool announced on Wednesday they had secured the services of the 26-year-old Netherlands international, who they failed to land during the close season, and his January arrival at Anfield will make him the most expensive defender in football history.Puyol is widely regarded as one of the finest defenders of the modern era following a career-spanning stint with Barca that yielded a host of honours, including six La Liga crowns and three Champions League titles. 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 The 39-year-old has no qualms over players cashing in on the vast riches the game has to offer today but, speaking at the Dubai International Sports Conference, he conceded such spiralling fees were not credible in the recent past.”Yes, the players deserve this amount of money, this is how the market is, this is how demand is,” Puyol said.”The amounts are crazy, but this is the market. And I don’t think this will stop.”Yesterday, Virgil van Dijk was bought for £75m. Years ago, this was impossible.”Van Dijk will officially become a Liverpool player on January 1, when Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Burnley.last_img read more

Short circuit Tokyo unveils chatty roboteers for 2020 Olympics

first_imgTokyo: Tokyo Olympic organisers on Friday rolled out a pair of chatty robots they will put to work to assist wheelchair users at the 2020 Games as they continue to plug Japan’s cutting-edge technology. Billed as distant relations to beeping Star Wars drone R2D2, Toyota unveiled its human support (HSR) and delivery support robots (DSR), which are set to act as seat ushers and will fetch food and drinks for disabled fans at next year’s Olympics. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open In an Olympic first, the waist-high, robotic “volunteers” will breezily introduce themselves to customers, who can then place orders on a tablet. “Hello, everyone. I’m a lifestyle support robot,” the fully rotating HSR said in a demonstration. “I’ll fetch things for you. I also have an extendable arm that can pick things up if you drop them,” it added. In reality, the DSR “deli-bot” — with its built-in drinks tray — rather more closely resembles a moving dustbin with blinking lights, but Toyota insisted the technology would ensure a more comfortable Games experience for wheelchair users. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery “It will be much easier and more convenient to interact with robots,” Minoru Yamauchi, general manager of the 2020 robot development department, told AFP. “In the run-up to the Olympics we will work on other useful functions that they can carry out.” Toyota are currently planning to deploy 16 units of each droid at the 2020 Olympics. Games organisers also unveiled a Panasonic-developed exoskeleton suit to help with a range of Olympic-related chores, such as delivering or loading heavy baggage brought to Japan by athletes and officials. – Science fiction – =================== “We want to go beyond the 1964 Tokyo Olympics in terms of legacy,” said Hideyo Hirata, deputy executive director of technology services for the 2020 Games. “Often robots have not been seen as our friends,” he added, invoking dystopian science fiction. “But in Japan, people actually want to know how robots can help with and be part of our daily lives.” Driverless cars, facial recognition and ultra high-definition TV are just a few of the other ways Japan Inc. hopes to use the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to show the world it has regained its touch for innovation and technology. The last time Japan hosted the Olympics, in 1964, it launched the iconic bullet train — a sleek symbol of the country’s recovery from World War II. This time around there is speculation a flying car will be used to light the Olympic flame, although 2020 organisers are keen to stress the practical use of technology. Panasonic’s powered body suit went on sale last year at a cost of a little over USD 6,000 each, with more than 200 units already ordered. They have attracted interest in the farming sector, but similar products have been used for years in hospitals, helping caregivers lift injured or elderly patients. “Japan has a shrinking population, and an ageing one,” said Panasonic’s Yoshifumi Uchida. “We want to contribute to a society where people are not concerned about age or gender difference. These products are designed to help create a better future.”last_img read more

Buckeyes fend off comeback attempts defeat Ohio 7969

Junior forward, Sam Thompson (12), dunks the ball for Ohio State. OSU won against Ohio, 79-69, Nov. 12 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editor Following a 19-year hiatus, the Ohio State men’s basketball team held on to beat in-state rival Ohio University Tuesday, 79-69.The Buckeyes (2-0, 0-0) started fast, scoring the first nine points of the game and making their first three shots. The Bobcats did not get on the board until junior guard Stevie Taylor connected on a jumper more than five minutes into the game.A total of 55 fouls were called over the course of the game, causing play to be disjointed at times. OSU finished 38 of 51 from the free throw line on the night, attempting seven more free throws than field goal attempts. The 38 made free throws tied a school record, set in 1968.The heavy amount of foul calls could be the result of a new rule implemented for the 2013-14 season by the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee, who voted to pass a new stipulation banning any hand or forearm contact by a defensive player. OSU coach Thad Matta said the change is something his team needs to continue to adjust to.“I (said) at the beginning of the season it was going to be a little bit different and I think we got to continue to adjust,” Matta said after the win.Senior guard Aaron Craft agreed, and said it was tough to get into a flow in the game.“We kind of came into this year having an understanding, that’s how games are going to be called … a lot of fouls, a lot of stoppage in play,” Craft said. “It really just makes you focus. You have to refocus every time the ball stops.”Four Buckeyes scored in double figures, led by Craft with 18. Junior center Amir Williams recorded his first double-double of his career, scoring 14 points and snatching 10 rebounds. Junior forward Sam Thompson scored 12 points, and junior forward LaQuinton Ross added 10.The Buckeyes led, 40-28, at halftime, partly because they shot 15 of 20 from the free throw line.While the Buckeyes’ lead swelled to 17 in the first half, the Bobcats cut it to five after junior forward Maurice Ndour put back a miss with just less than four minutes to go.Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. hit a 3-pointer from the corner, though, with 1:55 on the clock to extend OSU’s lead to 10. The Bobcats (1-1, 0-0) fired right back, as senior guard Nick Kellogg answered with a three of his own, keeping the Bobcat fans into the game. Kellogg and Taylor finished with 21 points each.“We’ve been in tight situations before. They had momentum, they had courage. They thought they were going to win the game,” Smith Jr. said. “For some teams, they might have panicked, but for us, I wouldn’t expect us to panic at all. We’ve been at every spectrum of the basketball game. We’ve been in tight situations.”Playing a team who would not back down like Ohio is an experience Smith Jr. said will help the team later in the season, including Saturday when the Buckeyes travel to Marquette to battle the No. 17 Golden Eagles.“It’s definitely going to keep us on our toes. Marquette is a very good basketball team,” Smith Jr. said. “(It’s) another humbling experience, no matter who you play, you gotta show up every game now, if you want to win games at this level.”Craft found the ball in his hands as the game clock wound down, making enough free throws to seal the victory for the Buckeyes.“Having them come back the way they did, making big play after big play down the stretch, and us having to come back and make a big play on our own, that’s something that’s really going to help us later on,” Craft said. “It’s games like this that really help us later on.”Matta agreed with Craft, adding that his players had “a little bit of a dazed look” in their eyes in the second half while facing the relentless Bobcats. The Buckeyes responded well though, which Matta said is a positive moving forward.“We weren’t as sharp as we needed to be, and maybe it was a little too easy early (on),” Matta said. “But I thought down the the stretch we made some big plays.”OSU travels to Milwaukee Saturday to take on the Golden Eagles. Tip off is scheduled for 1 p.m. read more

Weipa bauxite mine wins award

first_imgComalco’s bauxite mine at Weipa in Queensland has won the Australian minerals industry’s highest accolade – the 2006 MINEX Award – the National Minerals Industry Safety and Health Excellence Award. At the Awards dinner on October 23, Minerals Council of Australia MCA Chief Executive Mitchell H Hooke said the Australian minerals industry was committed to continuous improvement in achieving its goal of an industry free of fatalities, injury and disease. “We will not rest until we have achieved our goal of zero harm in the workplace and communities in which we operate,” he said.The industry considers there is no greater stewardship responsibility than the safety and health of its people. “In the past decade the industry has improved out of sight, from having one of the worst industrial safety records in Australia to having one of the best. But there is no salvation for the individual or their loved ones in improved industrial safety statistics if that individual is harmed in the workplace. The MINEX awards are a recognition of the industry’s commitment to excellence in sharing health and safety results and testament to its number one priority of zero harm in the workplace and the communities in which we operate, Hooke said.”In 2006, the MINEX Awards were realigned to use Enduring Value – the Australian Minerals Industry Framework for Sustainable Development, as their guiding principles for assessment. “Weipa has integrated safety and health into all aspects of its operation,” Hooke said. “Its operations represent a step change in industry leading practice focused on a continuous improvement loop, that is integrated into a long term strategy for the site. Through its leadership, culture and stakeholder awareness, Weipa, across all levels of the operation and community, demonstrates its maturity and passion for safety and health. Its business integrated approach with active and ongoing continuous improvement represents industry leading practice.”A Highly Commended Award was presented to BMA’s Norwich Park Mine in Queensland. Norwich Park has been mining coal near Dysart in Queensland since 1979. It was recognized for strong leadership and commitment to achieving outstanding safety results and culture throughout its operation, and the consistent and disciplined application of a risk management process for all activities.The judges also commended Iluka’s Narngulu Processing Plant, near Geraldton in Western Australia for its leadership, which is actively and systematically seeking to achieve a strong safety culture, strengthened by a high level of commitment at all levels of its operation.last_img read more

Australian newspaper apologises after photoshopping image of Boston bombing victim

first_imgTHE EDITOR OF The Daily Telegraph in Australia has issued an apology after a photoshopped image was used to illustrate a story about the resignation of a Sydney Morning Herald columnist.The composite image of SMH columnist Mike Carlton was made using part of a photo of Boston bombing victim James Costello, along with Carlton’s face and an Arab headdress.Carlton is depicted staggering away from a war zone scene under the headlines ‘Imploding. Always’ and ‘Mad Mike Goes to War’.Carlton resigned from the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday night after he was told he was being suspended for using “inappropriate” and “offensive” language towards readers.The Twitter account @TheMurdochTimes was among the first to highlight the use of the Boston image in the Daily Telegraph. The Telegraph’s double page spread about Carlton’s resignation had already resulted in a strong reaction on social media, reports The Guardian.Daily Telegraph editor Paul Whittaker issued a statement from the paper’s Twitter account: James Costello pictured at a Boston rehabilitation hospital in May 2013 Source: AP/Press Association ImagesRead: The Telegraph hastily change unfortunate front page headline-photo combo> The photoshopped image was an amalgam of different images put together during the art production process. I was unaware that particular image had been partially used. It is an inadvertent but regrettable mistake for which The Daily Telegraph apologises unreservedly.last_img read more

Mars un robot sauteur pour explorer la planète rouge

first_imgMars : un robot sauteur pour explorer la planète rouge ?Imaginez un robot à pattes en train de bondir sur Mars. C’est ce qui semble avoir inspiré une équipe de techniciens britanniques qui développent actuellement un concept de robot “bondissant” capable de se déplacer rapidement à la surface de la planète rouge. Et si les robots envoyés sur Mars perdaient leurs roues ? Des chercheurs britanniques, membres de la Leicester University et de l’entreprise spatiale Astrium, tentent de mettre au point un robot sauteur, qui soit capable de se poser à n’importe quel endroit sur Mars. En effet, pour le moment, les véhicules se déplacent à l’aide de roues mais celles-ci sont souvent entravées par le sable, le terrain accidenté ou encore les rochers. C’est pourquoi les scientifiques ont tenté d’imaginer une autre forme d’engin qui pourrait survoler ces obstacles et atterrir sur une surface plate et sûre. Dans la revue Proceedings of the Royal Society, ils présentent ainsi un étonnant projet de robot-sauteur. Selon la description faite, l’engin qui pèserait tout de même plus d’une tonne, serait capable d’effectuer des bonds de 800 mètres ou plus à la surface de la planète rouge. Un robot propulsé par une fusée thermique Pour cela, le véhicule serait propulsé par une fusée thermique à radio-isotopes qui utiliserait des matériaux naturellement présents sur Mars pour fonctionner, comme le dioxyde de carbone. Comme l’ont expliqué les chercheurs, le gaz pourrait être extrait de l’air martien, puis comprimé et liquéfié. Introduit dans un chambre et exposé à une chaleur intense venant d’une source radioactive, le CO2 se dilaterait alors de façon explosive à travers un injecteur.”La source d’alimentation à radio-isotopes chauffe le condensateur thermique, situé au coeur du véhicule. À son tour, celui-ci active les propulseurs permettant au robot d’effectuer une forte poussée”, expliquent les chercheurs, repris par RedOrbit. L’équipe a attentivement étudié la thermodynamique, le transfert de chaleur et rigoureusement sélectionné certains matériaux pour le robot. Ils ont avant tout cherché à créer un design viable tout en évaluant soigneusement les risques liés à la mission. Ceci leur a permis de développer plusieurs modèles afin d’évaluer les limites des performances thermodynamiques ou encore de déterminer la distance idéale d’un bond. “Le propulseur thermique à radio-isotopes représente l’un des aspects les plus inédits du projet. Il sera donc bien sûr évalué comme un risque technique pour le développement. La conclusion importante reste que la conception de la technologie thermofluide semble assez robuste”, ont conclu les auteurs qui ont passé ces trois dernières années à peaufiner leur projet.Le problème des jambesLes supports du robot ont représenté un véritable défi pour les techniciens. Hautes de quatre mètres, elles ont nécessité une attention toute particulière. Actuellement, les véhicules utilisent des matériaux en forme d’alvéoles pour atténuer l’impact au moment de l’atterrissage. En revanche, ce robot aura besoin d’un matériau de réduction des impacts renouvelables et résistant pour supporter les nombreux atterrissages. Les chercheurs se sont ainsi tournés vers “un système magnétique enseigné dans la plupart des écoles”, selon Mike Williams d’Astrium. “Lorsque vous lâchez un aimant le long d’un tube de cuivre, il tombe très doucement car lors de la chute, l’aimant crée des courants de Foucault qui génèrent un champ magnétique inversé. Nous allons utiliser ce procédé, sans aucun fluides, ce qui signifie que l’appareil ne sera sensible ni à l’environnement, ni aux basses températures”, avance-t-il.Un robot autonome et constructibleÀ lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreL’idée de ce nouveau type de robot date en vérité de 2010, mais le projet apparait de plus en plus réalisable. “L’avantage de cette approche, c’est que le robot a la possibilité de traverser des terrains accidentés mais aussi d’augmenter sa mobilité. Il peut ainsi parcourir de plus grandes distances que les robots actuels, qui restent tout de même de véritables succès”, détaille Hugo Williams du Leicester’s Space Research Center cité par BBC. Le seul problème sur lequel les concepteurs travaillent encore reste la production de la substance permettant la propulsion du robot. Le système qui collecte et comprime le CO2 met plusieurs semaines à fournir une quantité utilisable de propulsif. Selon les scientifiques, ce temps devra ainsi être drastiquement réduit avant que le robot puisse être développé.”Il est difficile de dire où va mener l’étude du robot-sauteur. Mais il est important de se rappeler que la raison pour laquelle nous faisons ce genre de recherche n’est pas nécessairement de définir un concept pour une mission mais de développer des technologies qui peuvent servir à d’autres types de missions spatiales ou même faire l’objet d’application ici sur Terre”, a conclu Hugo Williams.  Le 26 septembre 2013 à 19:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Protest of In God We Trust display proposal planned

first_imgA group plans to rally outside the Clark County Public Service Center on Tuesday morning to protest a proposal to display the words “In God We Trust” in the county’s main public hearing room.Clark County councilors are scheduled to consider the proposal during their regular Tuesday meeting, which begins at 10 a.m. in the public service center. Opponents say they’ll begin gathering outside the building at 9 a.m.“We just felt that it was important to push back on that,” said Karen Hengerer, who opposes the idea and has helped organize the gathering. Hengerer said she and others consider the proposal an affront on religious freedom, and “freedom from religion.”The idea was floated by Councilor Tom Mielke, who has characterized the move as a way to honor a long-standing tradition in the United States. “In God We Trust” has officially been the national motto since 1956.Clark County would be only the second local jurisdiction in Washington to display the motto in its public chamber, according to In God We Trust-America, Inc., an organization that advocates for putting the phrase in public buildings. The other is Pierce County, where leaders voted to display the motto last year.last_img read more

PM leaves for Paris to attend One Planet Summit

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File photoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for Paris on Monday morning on a three-day official visit to attend ‘One Planet Summit’, reports news agency UNB.An Emirates flight carrying the prime minister and her entourage left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:20am.During her visit, the prime minister will hold a meeting with French president Emmanuel Macron.French president Macron, World Bank group president Jim Yong Kimand, UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres will address the ecological emergency for planet by calling together in Paris international leaders and committed citizens from around the world.A main focus of this event will be on determining how those working in public and private finance can innovate to support and accelerate common efforts to fight climate change.The prime minister is scheduled to reach Charles De Gaulle International Airport in Paris at 7:30 pm (local time) on Monday.Bangladesh ambassador to France Kazi Imtiaz Hossain will receive the Prime Minister at the airport.From the airport, Sheikh Hasina in a ceremonial motorcade will be taken to Intercontinental Paris Le Grand (Opera) where she will be staying during the visit.At the conference, the prime minister and other global leaders will discuss seven specific issues, including carbon neutral alliance, alliance on boycotting coal, climate funding, said the foreign minister.He hoped that the global leaders will make new commitments during the conference on climate issues.The prime minister will hold a bilateral meeting with French President on Tuesday morning which will help strengthen the relations and expand the areas of cooperation between the two countries. Hasina visited France in 1999 and 2011.She will also join lunch to be hosted by French President for the heads of state and government, co-organisers and VIPs of the Summit at Elysee Palace.On Tuesday evening, the prime minister will attend the High Level Segment of the One Planet Summit at La Seine Musicale. After returning from the Summit, the PM will join a community event at her place of residence.The prime minister is scheduled to return home on 14 December.last_img read more

CM launches blistering attack on BJP govt calls for its ouster

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday lashed out at the BJP government at the Centre, for its attempts to create divisions among people and gave the call for its ouster in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.”Do not support those who are trying to divide the country. You should vote for change. We want a new government at the Centre. Have faith in Trinamool Congress as we are always with the people,” Banerjee said, addressing a public distribution programme at Sripur, Jamuria, in West Burdwan. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee said that the saffron party is trying to create violence and disturbance at different places in the country. “I will not let them create rift among the people for votes. We do not do so. Bengal is a place where people of all religions live in peace and harmony. People here are of different caste and creed but we celebrate all festivals together. This is the culture of Bengal,” she reiterated. She alleged that BJP is trying to bring in people from the neighbouring Jharkhand in an effort to create divisions among people. “People sporting saffron clothes on their foreheads are entering Bengal and trying to create disturbance. We have a cordial relationship with Jharkhand. It is our neighbouring state. If Bengal lives well then Jharkhand should also do so,” she maintained. The Chief Minister’s statement assumes significance, with Jamuria sharing its boundary with Jharkhand. It may be mentioned that in her efforts to garner support against BJP, Banerjee has already given the call for a mammoth rally at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata on January 19, where around 20 parties opposing BJP will be joining. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee also touched upon the development work of her government and shared some of her future plans for further development. She launched a slew of new projects for the district and handed over government benefits to hundreds of beneficiaries. Following the public distribution programme, Banerjee held an administrative review meeting for East and West Burdwan districts with district and state officials and took stock of the development work.last_img read more

The Ghost of the Green Lady Haunts this Spectacular French Chateau

first_imgThe famous Château de Brissac, an impressive example of Renaissance French architecture in France’s Loire Valley, attracts thousands of visitors every year. However, there is one frightening resident of the castle that few tourists wish to see. According to local rumor, the castle is haunted by the ghost of Charlotte de Brézé, a beautiful young woman who was brutally murdered by her husband in the 15th century.Today, many local residents believe that she still occupies the iconic chapel tower, tormenting the castle’s residents and visitors. Her mutilated corpse is reported to be a horrifying sight.Château de Brissac by Octave de Rochebrune (1888).According to Le Figaro, the Château de Brissac is one of the Loire region’s most impressive treasures. Originally built as a fortress in the 11th century by the dukes of Anjou, it was later pulled down and rebuilt in a decadent Renaissance style by the new royal favorite Charles II de Cossé, the first Duke of Brissac.The result was an enormous fairytale castle that dominated the region and added considerable prestige to the reputations of Charles and his descendants.East and north elevations. Photo by Wladyslaw Sojka CC BY-SA 3.0However, despite these expensive 17th century renovations, the castle still guards many secrets from its medieval past. Just 150 years before Charles took possession of the estate, it had been the site of a shocking and grisly double murder that left a permanent stain on the castle’s history.In 1462, the castle was in the possession of Jacques de Brézé, seneschal of Normandy and a favored noble in the court of King Charles VII. The king decided for his illegitimate daughter Charlotte, the product of his infamous union with the courtesan Agnes Sorel, to marry Jacques de Brézé, in recognition of his loyal service. According to royal historian Kathleen Wellman, despite the circumstances of Charlotte’s birth, she was a particular favorite of both the king and the queen, Marie of Anjou. The match was regarded as politically expedient for all concerned.East elevation. Photo by Manfred Heyde CC BY-SA 3.0Unfortunately, this arranged marriage was not successful. Charlotte had sophisticated tastes and was used to life at court. A drafty castle in the countryside didn’t suit her, and she immediately took a dislike to the boorish character of her husband. He spent long days in the countryside, hunting and tending to his estates, and had little time for the refined, courtly pleasures that Charlotte was accustomed to.Before long, according to local rumor, she had embarked upon an affair with a man named Pierre de Lavergne. Pierre was a huntsman in the retinue of her husband and is reported to have been handsome and cultivated. He lavished attention and affection on the unhappy Charlotte, and they soon became entangled in a passionate love affair.Château de Brissac.One night, after a long day of hunting and feasting, Jacques returned to the castle only to find his wife in bed with her lover. In a fit of rage, he killed them both. The precise circumstances of their deaths are the subject of some speculation. Some sources report that he dealt 100 blows to each of them with his hunting axe, while others suggest that he killed Pierre immediately and then strangled his unfortunate wife. Their bodies were never recovered.This was not the end, however, to Jacques’ misery. According to the story, he moved away from the castle soon after Charlotte’s death, apparently plagued by the incessant wailing of her ghost that haunted the castle.South elevation. Photo by Manfred Heyde CC BY-SA 3.0The ghost of Charlotte de Brézé has reportedly remained in the tower of the castle chapel ever since the fateful night of her murder. While the spirit of her lover appears to have moved on rather quickly, Charlotte herself has haunted the rooms of the castle for centuries, striking fear into the hearts of visitors.According to ghost-hunter Wesley McDermont, she is often seen floating through the castle wearing a green dress, earning her the nickname of the ‘Green Lady’. Her face is a shocking and ugly sight to behold, with large gaping holes in place of her eyes.Read another story from us: The World’s Most Famous Ghost has been Sighted in Some Amazing PlacesUnless her restless spirit is avenged, the unhappy ghost of Charlotte de Brézé appears destined to remain in the Château de Brissac, wailing in a high-pitched voice, lamenting the death of her lover and cursing her murderous husband.last_img read more

Art world descends on Cuba for a month amid surging interest

first_img Comments   Share   Four benefits of having a wireless security system HAVANA (AP) — A surge in interest in all things Cuban is extending to paintings and sculpture, with U.S. art collectors and dealers descending on Havana for a monthlong exhibition amid expectations that art prices will rise because of the detente between the former Cold War rivals.The event known as the Biennial, or the Bienal in Spanish, was opening Friday with works by artists from 40 countries at museums, galleries and outdoor spaces around Cuba’s capital. But most of the attention is on the works of native-born artists, especially for the legions of foreign collectors and dealers who have been filling hotels and restaurants in recent days. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The vital role family plays in society Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 3 international destinations to visit in 2019center_img He sees that changing fast.“You’re getting a lot of collectors who are running to Cuba to buy art,” Farber said. “It’s the biggest opportunity for an art collector to start a collection.”Art critic Rafael Acosta de Arriva agreed.“It’s going to be a moment of major effervescence,” he said. “It’s good to note that the Bienal is not put together to promote the commerce of art but to explore artistic themes. But the collectors tend to take advantage of this great moment and a lot of buying and selling gets done.”More than 1,200 people have formally signed up to participate in Biennial events, which run through June 22, said Jorge Fernandez, one of the organizers. There are at least 1,000 more who will take part in workshops and other events without bothering to get accredited, he said.“Cuban art has had major recognition,” Cernuda said. “What’s different now is there will be U.S. tourists, nurtured during events like the Bienal.”___Associated Press writers Ben Fox and Beth Harpaz contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. It is taking place at a historic moment in U.S.-Cuba relations. In December, President Barack Obama and President Raul Castro announced that they would move toward restoring the diplomatic relations that were broken off in 1961.While the decades-long U.S. economic embargo remains in place and general tourism is still illegal, the Obama administration has eased restrictions on travel and commerce. Cuban officials say the number of U.S. visitors — both legal and otherwise — was up by more than 30 percent in the first four months of the year.That is carrying over into the Biennial, said Alberto Magnan, a Cuban-American gallery owner from New York who represents artists taking part in the exhibition.“The energy is better than I’ve seen in any of the Biennials,” said Magnan, who attended five of the previous exhibitions. “I’ve seen more U.S. collectors than I’ve ever seen and it hasn’t even begun yet. Times are changing and I believe that with the new Obama policy it’s changing faster than we think.”Even under the embargo, it’s legal for U.S. citizens to purchase Cuban art, though works cannot be directly commissioned by a U.S. buyer and cannot have been financed by the Cuban government. Some collectors have taken advantage of that loophole, though prices remain relatively low, according to Howard Farber, a resident of New York and Miami Beach whose foundation publishes the online Cuban Art News magazine. Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement People sit on deck chairs on an artificial beach as a bride and groom ride a classic American convertible car on the Malecon in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, May 21, 2015. The artificial beach is part of a collective artistic intervention named Sponsored Stories last_img read more

RCI Pacific Announces Go Green 2012 Award Winners

first_img RCI, the global leader in holiday exchange,announced the winners of its innovative “Go Green Awards” for its affiliated resorts in thePacific region at the recent Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council (ATHOC)conference. This award is a reflection of RCI’s ongoing commitment to environmental and socialstewardship.New Zealand’s Club Paihia took top honours, winning the grand prize two years running. Theresort significantly improved an already impressive array of green accomplishments, includingongoing refurbishments, cost-effective sustainable practices, continued care for an adjacentnative wildlife habitat and an evident enviro-friendly supply chain of management.Runners-up Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Torquay and The Pines Resort in Wanaka,New Zealand, shared similarities including a modified setting where both finalists arestrategically working toward becoming models of in-town sustainability within resortcommunities. To recognise their commitment to sustainable environmental practices, each of thefinalists received cash donations to further expand their environmental programs.Dr. David Weaver, professor of Tourism Research at Griffith University, acted as adjudicatoragain this year, assessing resorts on a combination of energy use, waste disposal and reduction,supply chain and water management, facility design, and community and guest engagement – a“best practice” self-assessment process, similar to the top green awards and certificationscurrently in circulation within the tourism industry.“The three impressive finalists selected this year all reflect the triple challenge of (a) managing‘inherited’ properties that were not originally built with sustainability in mind, (b) coping withtricky climate and topography conditions and (c) meeting customer and owner expectations ofcomfort and amenity,” explained Dr. Weaver.According to Dr. Weaver, practices such as recycling and linen re-use programs, bothinnovations two decades ago, are now the norm and taken for granted. He believes it’s the newinitiatives such as refurbishment strategies and educating stakeholders about the personal andglobal benefits of sustainable practices that are crucial. “Differentiating your property now isabout going the extra mile to help the community and the environment through outreach todifferent stakeholder groups,” added Dr. Weaver.With eco-holidaying and green-tourism steadily evolving into mainstream travel, RCI Pacificsaw an opportunity three years ago to pioneer the first timeshare ‘Go Green’ program in thePacific and for RCI worldwide. “Recognising a growing ‘green conscious’ member base allowed us to champion a green message in line with our corporate social responsibility,” said CharisseCox, managing director of RCI Pacific.“By actively engaging affiliated resorts within the exchange network to embrace sustainablepractices and to demonstrate a commitment to incorporating green measures into all facets ofdaily resort operations, we are seeing resorts capitalise on the social and economic benefit tobusiness and to their respective communities,” said Cox.As the coveted RCI ‘Go Green Award’ program continues to grow and gain support regionally, ithas also expanded on an RCI global level. North America and Europe have both modelled theirGreen Award programs after the successful Pacific initiative and recently announced their GreenAward winners. Charisse Cox (Managing Director RCI Pacific) & Martyn Rix (CEO of Monad Pacific Management), the management company for Club Paihia. Charisse Cox (Managing Director RCI Pacific) & Stephen Goy (Operations Manager Monad Pacific Management), the management company for The Pines Resort. Charisse Cox (Managing Director RCI Pacific) & Barry Robinson (Managing Director and CEO of Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific). Source = RCIlast_img read more

What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals offensive lineman Daryn Colledge announced onTwitter Tuesday that he is undergoing elbow surgery.Ladies and gentleman the day has arrived, elbow surgeryyeah!! I’ll be off my game for a few days. But I’ll seey’all on the other side.— Daryn Colledge(@DarynColledge71) January 17, 2012 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away We’re not sure which elbow is being operated on or whatexactly the problem is to begin with, but Colledge’soptimism would lead one to believe it’s nothing tooserious. Colledge signed with the Cardinals last offseason afterspending the first five seasons of his NFL career with theGreen Bay Packers.He started all 16 games for the Cardinals at left guard,and helped pave the way for Beanie Wells to become theteam’s first 1,000 yard rusher since Edgerrin Jameseclipsed the mark in 2007. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories last_img read more