Touch Football Australia brings you this rapid fire “Set of Six” news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s Media Scholarship Holder Henry Holland and TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks will bring you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s A Set of Six – volume 3. WESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play: # 1 WA teams’ first training day for 2007 Barbarians CupThe Western Australian (WA) Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open State teams came together on Sunday 20 May. The training session was the first step in preparation for the 2007 Barbarians Cup in Darwin. Players from various WA affiliates went through their paces at the Northern Districts Touch Club. A follow-up session is scheduled for Sunday 27 May from 9am at the same venue.WA players will compete against the Northern Territory at the Barbarians Cup on 13- 14 July 2007. Last year Perth hosted the inaugural Barbarians Cup, which was won by WA. The 2007 Cup is also the selection tournament for the Barbarians team to contest the 2008 National Touch League, to be played in Coffs Harbour.Other Events: North West Championships and North West Junior Development Camp in Broome next weekend, 2-3 June 2007.Touch West web-site: www.touchwest.comNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play: #2 Dennis Coffey conducts Level 1 Coaching Course in Darwin National Coaching Director and World Cup Coach Dennis Coffey conducted a Level One Coaching course in Darwin from 18- 20 May 2007. Participants attending the course explored aspects such as general principles of Touch, basic rules, and Grids and Drills. During the course Dennis also assessed some of the coaches’ presentation skills in order to allow the Northern Territory to become self-sufficient and conduct their own courses in the future. All participants enjoyed the course and are very keen to put their new skills into practice.Other Events: Level One Coaching Course to be conducted by Dennis Coffey in Alice Springs this weekend.The Touch Football Northern Territory Web-site: www.touchnt.com.auQUEENSLANDPlay: # 3Delfin Junior Tri-Series Tournament – Round OneThe first tournament in the 2007 Queensland Junior Tri-Series was held at Redlands Touch on Sunday 20 May 2007. The Arthur Davis Memorial Junior Carnival attracted 70 affiliated teams from South Queensland and Border Districts, the South West Queensland Region, and the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association (BMTA). Boys and girls competed in under-10s, 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s.SWQ and SQBD teams are competing for the Delfin Tri Series Trophy in all age divisions. The champion affiliate will be crowned at the completion of the third leg of the Series with the trophy being awarded to the affiliate who performs best across the three tournaments in all divisions.Overall Divisional winners will be awarded a set of Delfin Tri-Series Champion Team commemorative t-shirts to mark their victory.Winners in each division contested at Redlands were:10 Years Girls: Gold Coast10 Years Boys: BMTA12 Years Girls: Gold Coast12 Years Boys: Gold Coast14 Years Girls: BMTA14 Years Boys: Redlands16 Years Girls: Toowoomba16 Years Boys: Redlands18 Years Girls: First Contact18 Years Boys: BMTAThe second tournament in the tri-series will be held in Toowoomba on the 10 June 2007. The Toowoomba tournament will be open to teams from the same regions as the Redlands Tournament. The final event will be held on the Gold Coast on the 24 June 2007. The Gold Coast tournament shapes as the biggest in the series, with between 70-100 teams expected to compete. The Tri-series, in its second year in existence, will be used by teams as a warm up and selection process for the inaugural Queensland Junior State Championships on the Queen’s Birthday long-weekend, and the Queensland Junior State Cup from 5-8 July 2007. Other events: SQBD Junior Development Camp at Tallebudgera Recreation Camp this weekend.The Touch Football Queensland website: www.qldtouch.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT) Play: # 4ACT Touch Contingent heads for Dubbo this weekendACT Touch will send four teams away to the NSWTA Country Championships in Dubbo this weekend. Several ACT based referees will also attend the event under the capable coordination of newly elected ACT Referees Association President, Michael Camplin. This year’s tournament is the first time that non-NSW teams have the opportunity to win the championships. Last year interstate teams were invited but played off in an interstate challenge instead of progressing through the main draw. ACT players are excited about the opportunity to take on the best from NSW. ACT Touch would like to thank NWSTA for the opportunity to play and participate fully in the tournament.Other events:The Inaugural ACT Touch junior winter competition starts at Deakin this Monday night.The Boys High Schools Gala Day will be held on 25 May 2007. This event will take place a week before the Girls High Schools Gala Day on 1 June 2007. ACT Touch is pleased to announce that its strong relationship with ACT Health continues for 2007/08, with ACT Touch receiving continued funding under the Health Promotion Grants scheme. ACT Touch is running a two-part Level 1 Selectors course in June. ACT Head Selector Sandra Hughes will deliver the course. Further details can be obtained by contacting Chris Tarlinton on telephone 6212 2880 or e-mail email@example.com The ACT Touch Association web-site: www.acttouch.com.auVICTORIA:Play: # 5TFA-Victoria awarded $40,000 Grassroots Sports Grant from Victorian Sport and RecreationThe Victorian Government has awarded Touch Football Australia – Victoria a Grassroots Sport Grant, worth $40,000 over two years. The grant will assist TFA-Victoria development officers promoting grassroots Touch Football in the target areas of outer metro Melbourne and regional Victoria. The grant is a clear sign of the increasing recognition of Touch Football by the Victorian Government as a great game for all ages, especially juniors.TFA-Victoria is confident that several more key project grants will be awarded over the coming weeks from the Victorian Sport and Recreation Department.TFA-Victoria State Manager David Brady, commended Game Development Officer Carly Goodrich for her initiative and work helping the sport to secure Grassroots Sport grants. “Carly’s work has been tremendous in this area, and we will look to use the grant to increase our affliated membership base,” Mr. Brady said.Other events:Touch Football Australia Acting CEO Colm Maguire visited the brand new Touch Football Australia – Victoria offices at Sport House in Melbourne. Colm was provided a tour of the facility, the current offices and the new offices that will become the home business base of Touch Football in Victoria.Touch Football Victoria website: www.victouch.com.auSOUTH AUSTRALIA: # 6Play:Mitchell Cup High Performance WeekendThe Mitchell Cup High Performance Weekend will take place this weekend from the 25 – 27 May at City Touch Clubrooms Park, 17 Greenhill Road, Eastwood, Adelaide. The weekend is the major selection event for the South Australian Open Men’s, Women’s and Mixed teams to compete at the Canberra Cup in November. 59 players have been accepted for the High Performance Camp. 2007 Australian World Cup Representative stars Tony Eltakchi, Jason Stanton, Gary Sonda and Amy Fong will attend to mentor players.Touch Football Australia’s High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant, and 2007 World Cup Australian Mixed Open Assistant Coach and current 20 Years Mixed National Coach Karley Banks will also be attending to run the rule over South Australia’s best players and coaches and help them develop key aspects of their High Performance Program.Other events:Touch SA’s Special General Meeting, a part of the dissolution process, will be held on the 22 May – 7.30pm at Office B, 20 Greenhill Road, Wayville SA.Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auThat’s it for the third edition of “A Set of Six”.Be sure to check the affiliated State web-sites for further information and all the latest news in Touch Football this week.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The third week of college football presents several marquee matchups, which includes the SEC showdown between Alabama and Mississippi. After the Crimson Tide dismantled their first two opponents, the Rebels could provide a tough challenge.Ole Miss currently holds one of the best offenses in football, averaging 61.5 points in their opening contests.Nonetheless, ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum made it clear that he believes Alabama will continue their dominance.From 247sports.com:“I think Alabama is going to win,” Finebaum said. “The question is whether it’s going to be more than 21 for anyone keeping score. I think this Alabama team is unstoppable.”“(Alabama has) the best offense I’ve seen in modern time, Joe,” Finebaum said. “The best quarterback (Tua Tagovailoa) in maybe a couple generations.”Although Ole Miss has the firepower to score in bunches, Finebaum made an outstanding point about their defense. Through two games, the Rebels have allowed an average of 34.0 points. Considering that Nick Saban’s offense is averaging 54.0 points per game, this could turn into another blowout.Fortunately for Mississippi, they’ll have the crowd on their side at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.Finebaum is rolling with the Tide, but who are you picking?Alabama and Ole Miss are set to kick off at 7:00 p.m. ET. The game will be available on ESPN.
World Cup 2019: Sachin Tendulkar urges MS Dhoni to show positive intent while battingSachin Tendulkar was not impressed with MS Dhoni’s slow knock against Afghanistan and urged him to bat with more positivity in future games for India in the World Cup.advertisement India Today Web Desk SouthamptonJune 23, 2019UPDATED: June 24, 2019 14:55 IST MS Dhoni has been criticised in the past for scoring too slowly in limited-overs cricket (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni scored 28 off 52 balls at a strike rate of 53.84Tendulkar was not impressed with Dhoni’s slow innings and his partnership with Kedar Jadhav”MS Dhoni needs to up his ante when it comes to strike rotation,” Tendulkar told India TodayMahendra Singh Dhoni’s strike rate was once again under the scanner on Saturday as India laboured to 224 for 8 against Afghanistan in their World Cup 2019 match in Southampton.Dhoni scored 28 off 52 balls in the middle overs, at a time when the Indian team needed him to up the ante and take the attack to the opposition but the former skipper just couldn’t get going against the disciplined Afghanistan spinners.Speaking to India Today after the match, former captain Sachin Tendulkar urged Dhoni to bat with more intent in the future games for India.”MS Dhoni is a senior player and should show positive intent. Afghanistan’s bowling is good but you can’t score only 119 runs in 34 overs. He did not show any positive intent against Afghanistan.”MS Dhoni has the ability to hit but yesterday his strike rotation was not good. He faced too many dot balls and this hampered a strong finish for India. The intent could have been much better by the middle order batsmen.”I believe MS Dhoni needs to up his ante when it comes to strike rotation in next matches,” Sachin Tendulkar said.Tendulkar also pointed out that the 57-run partnership for the fifth wicket between MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav was just too slow and it is one area (batting in the middle overs) where the team needs to improve.”I felt slightly disappointed, it could have been much better. I was also not happy with the partnership between Kedar and Dhoni, it was very slow. This was one area where we didn’t look comfortable at all. There was no positive intent.advertisement”There were more than 2-3 dot balls. After Virat got out in the 38th over and till the 45th over we hadn’t scored many runs. There were not enough outings for the middle order batsmen till now and that put pressure on them. But the intent could have been much better by the middle order batsmen,” Tendulkar said.India were in danger of suffering their first defeat of World Cup 2019 but the two-time champions held their nerves and defended the small total, winning the game by 11 runs after bowling out Afghanistan for 213 in 49.5 overs.Mohammed Shami picked up a hat-trick in the final over, including the wicket of the dangerous Mohammad Nabi for 52, who was threatening to take the game away from India.Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal and Hardik Pandya also contributed with two wickets each to help India clinch two points and move up to the third spot in the points table after five games.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Told Mohammed Shami his time would come, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah’s wickets turning point, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s captaincy was good vs Afghanistan, he didn’t panic at any point: Sachin TendulkarFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow India vs AfghanistanFollow World Cup 2019 Next
I was scared and happy when made captain at 23: Kapil DevI only thought one thing that on the field I was the captain but off the field, they all are my captain, said Kapil Dev.advertisement Asian News International New DelhiOctober 20, 2019UPDATED: October 21, 2019 00:10 IST Former India captain Kapil Dev (File Photo: IANS)HIGHLIGHTSKapil Dev said that on the field he was the captain but off the field, his ‘heroes’ were the captainI was scared as well as happy because I was thinking how will I handle these senior players, said DevDev said the movie ’83’ is not about him but on how his team lifted the 1983 World Cup trophyFormer cricketer Kapil Dev on Sunday recalled the time when captaincy was handed over to him, saying that he was ‘scared as well as happy’.”Sometimes you get some things before time and later you realise. I was 23 years old when they made me the captain. I was scared as well as happy because I was thinking how will I handle these senior players. But I was happy because the selector felt that I was capable enough to be a captain,” Dev said in his speech at an event here.Dev said that on the field he was the captain but off the field, his ‘heroes’ were the captain.”I was feeling a bit weird that I became the captain and my heroes were playing with me and under me. So, that was a very difficult time … I only thought one thing that on the field I was the captain but off the field, they all are my captain,” he said.Actor Ranveer Singh is going to play the role of Dev in the movie ’83’. When asked about the movie, Dev said the movie is not about him but on how his team lifted the 1983 World Cup trophy.”The movie is not about me. The movie is about how we won the 1983 World Cup. Yes, I am lucky that an actor like Ranveer Singh, who has so much ability, is playing my role,” said Dev.Also Read | India vs South Africa, 3rd Test stat wrap: Rohit Sharma and Team India rewrite record books in RanchiAlso see:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Kapil DevFollow 1983 World Cup Next
zoom The Maritime Union of Australia has passed a motion regarding the ‘Crisis in Coastal Shipping’ as Australian Council of Trade Unions Executive (ACTU) members that met today in Melbourne.The resolution reaffirmed ACTU’s support to MUA’s shipping campaign and maintenance and growth of an Australian domestic shipping industry.“Australian unions will strongly defend maritime cabotage, believing that reservation of a proportion of domestic cargo for Australian ships, supplemented by conditional access to residual and emergency cargoes by foreign ships, is in Australia’s national interest,” the resolution reads. “ACTU will strongly resist efforts to replace Australian seafarers with foreign labour, in conjunction with the maritime unions, and will not accept the use of foreign seafarer labour operating in the coastal shipping trades, a domestic industry, being employed under terms and conditions of the nation of supply of the foreign seafarer labour.”The resolution comes in the wake of the decision by Caltex to terminate Australian employment on the petroleum tanker the Alexander Spirit, a move condemned by ACTU.“Executive agrees that this latest loss of an Australian ship from the coastal trades represents a wider crisis in Australian shipping, and that the ACTU cannot stand by without taking steps to identify the opportunities to redress this crisis and lack of appropriate industry policy response from the government,” the resolution adds.As a result, the ACTU leadership, in conjunction with the maritime unions, political representatives and stakeholders representing shipowners/operators and shippers, decided to organise a shipping industry summit, aimed at: Finding solutions that stem the loss of Australian registered and Australian crewed ships from the Australian domestic seaborne freight trade;Identify longer term regulatory and fiscal arrangements that attract investment in ships and builds the industry through reformed shipping legislation, and a wide ranging shipping industrial policy package; Developing coastal shipping policy options to put to government as an alternative to the government’s Shipping Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 currently before the Parliament which if passed will wipe out the remaining domestic shipping industry.Fuel tanker Alexander Spirit was supposed to head for Singapore today, however; based on the latest vessel tracking data from Marine Traffic, the ship remains at anchor in Devonport, Tasmania.Image: MUA
New Delhi: A Parliamentary panel has directed Delhi Police to pursue criminal cases filed in connection with a snooping case on then Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, while maintaining that accessing call data records (CDRs) of legislators would amount to breach of privilege only if it hindered their parliamentary functions. The Committee of Privileges chaired by Harivansh, also the deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, found no evidence in the matter of unauthorised access of CDRs of mobile phones of Arun Jaitley to suggest that the motive of the accused persons in the case was to get information about his Parliamentary functions or to create any impediments in this regard. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “Therefore, the Committee reiterates its opinion given in the Sixty-first report to the effect that in the given facts and circumstances of the case, there was no breach of privilege of either Arun Jaitley, the then Leader of Opposition or of the House in that matter,” the Committee said in its report. A notice of breach of privilege was given on February 27, 2013, by some members of the Rajya Sabha on the alleged monitoring and surveillance of mobile phones of Arun Jaitley by Delhi Police personnel and some other individuals. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed In action taken in the case, the Delhi Police had filed charge sheet in the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Patiala House here under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). It was later revealed in the probe that the main accused in the case was in touch with family members and businessmen belonging to big corporate entities. No link could, however, be found with any politician in the high profile snooping case. “The Committee, however, directs the Delhi Police through the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to pursue the criminal cases filed in the matter with all sincerity so that the guilty persons could be punished and inform its outcome of the judicial proceedings,” the House panel report said in its sixty-sixth report.
Srinagar/ Jammu/ New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry said on Saturday that there had been a few stray protests in the Kashmir Valley in the past few days against the scrapping of special status of Jammu and Kashmir. “There have been a few stray protests in Srinagar/ Baramulla and none of these involved a crowd of more than 20 people,” a ministry spokesperson said.The spokesperson also dismissed a media report about a protest by about 10,000 people in Kashmir as “fabricated and incorrect”. The government abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir and divided the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsPresident Ram Nath Kovind had on Saturday given assent to the legislation on J&K bifurcation and the new UTs will come into existence on October 31. Meanwhile, prohibitory orders under CrPC section 144 were lifted in five districts and curfew was relaxed in Doda and Kishtwar districts, paving the way for resumption of normal activities that were badly hit after special status of Jammu and Kashmir was abrogated, officials said on Saturday. All schools and colleges reopened in five districts of the Jammu region, besides increase in attendance in government offices, a senior official said. “All kind of restrictions in these five districts of Jammu, Kathua, Samba, Udhampur and Reasi have been withdrawn and all educational institutes have reopened.” He said that the situation is limping back to normalcy. All market places and shops reopened and traffic has resumed as normal in all these districts bringing much relief to the people. Friday prayers passed off peacefully.
Council members also encouraged the current chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and leaders of the subregion, as well as the friends of Guinea-Bissau, “to continue playing an active role and to redouble their initiatives of good offices for economic and financial assistance,” Ambassador Jagdish Koonjul of Mauritius, the current President of the 15-nation body, said in a press statement.They also voiced support for the demobilization of former combatants and their reintegration into civilian life, he added. Expressing their appreciation to the Bretton Woods institutions – the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – for their flexibility and understanding, Council members called on the Guinea-Bissau Government to pursue fruitful collaboration with these organizations. Council members welcomed the proposal for a roundtable conference to be organized as soon as the political situation allowed it and called on donor countries to contribute generously when it is held.The statement expressed support to the team of the UN Peace-building Support Office (UNOGBIS) “for their tireless efforts to help the peacebuilding process in Guinea-Bissau on course despite multiple challenges.”The President issued the statement after the Council had met in closed-door consultations for a briefing by UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahima Fall on Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s report on the situation in the country and the activities of UNOGBIS.Following Mr. Fall’s briefing, the Council also heard a progress report on the situation in Ethiopia and Eritrea by UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hédi Annabi. Ambassador Koonjul said later in separate remarks to journalists that Council members welcomed positive elements contained in the report and that they were considering for adoption later this week a presidential statement concerning the two countries.
“As a newly appointed Special Rapporteur, it is my priority to see with my own eyes the situation on the ground, to listen and to speak face-to-face with victims and witnesses, and to discuss issues of concern with officials on both sides,” Makarim Wibisono said in a news release.Mr. Wibisono is tasked by the Geneva-UN Human Rights Council with monitoring and reporting on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967. The last visit of a Special Rapporteur with this mandate to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory was in 2007. Access was then granted by Israel, but no meetings with Israeli officials were held. “The recent escalation of hostilities in the Gaza Strip and heightened tensions in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, have given me an even greater sense of urgency to see at first-hand the impact on the lives of civilians,” he stressed. The Rapporteur voiced dismay at the renewed escalation of hostilities, and urged leaders to take “bold and courageous steps to immediately bring this senseless violence to a halt, particularly in light of the exceedingly high loss of life.” Over the past six weeks of hostilities, the death toll has already exceeded 1,450 Palestinian civilians, including over 490 children, and four civilians in Israel. Hundreds of thousands of civilians remain in UN shelters or with host families across the Gaza Strip, the news release pointed out. It is estimated that around 17,200 housing units have been totally destroyed or rendered uninhabitable across the Gaza Strip, with life-sustaining infrastructure for entire neighbourhoods in need of urgent repair. Mr. Wibisono reiterated the joint appeal made with fellow UN experts before the Human Rights Council in July to both sides to abide by the fundamental principles of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and for much more to be done to protect civilians. “Lifting the seven-year old blockade on Gaza is an essential step towards ending this perpetual crisis and allowing the people of Gaza to rebuild their lives,” he added. “I call on all parties to return to the negotiating table. Only by putting international human rights and humanitarian law at the heart of the talks will the cycle of violence and destruction be brought to an end.” Mr. Wibisono, who works in an independent and unpaid capacity, plans to conduct his mission in September 2014, with a view to preparing his oral update to the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly in October 2014 and his first substantive report to the twenty-eighth session of the Human Rights Council in March 2015.
A swingers’ club in Nottingham has been granted permission to open seven days a week after members complained that they were struggling to get babysitters at the weekend.Purple Mamba, which describes itself as a “private club for liberated adults”, was previously only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.The club, which has more than 500 members, opened in West Bridgford in March and is run by Amanda Carroll with her business partner Christopher Mould.”People are asking us ‘can you open midweek because we can’t get babysitters for a Friday?’, or ‘we can’t get babysitters for a Saturday, but we can get such-and-such to look after our child on a Thursday’, so it’s a practical reason,” she told the BBC.The Purple Mamba organises themed fundraiser nights as well as workshops for couples that are new to swinging. The club’s premises includes a hot tub, a lounge area, and two “play rooms”. Rushcliffe Borough Council decided on 14 June that approval for seven day opening should be granted until June 2019 and said that the situation would be monitored until then.A spokesman for the council said conditions of its permission included no use of the club’s outdoor areas by customers after 11pm.The council also said doors and windows must be kept shut if amplified music is played. Purple Mamba describes itself as a ‘private club for liberated adults’Credit: WESSEX NEWS AGENCY Mr Mould said there there was “a vast demand for what we’re doing”.”In the world that we have today, it provides a very nice, open environment in which people can meet,” he said.”Surely everybody deserves to relax and feel happy.”Several residents opposed the move to extend opening hours, citing concerns about noise, lack of parking space, and complaining about vomit and urine in the streets next to the club. We are causing no problems… it is a social club and it is just for adultsAmanda Carroll Purple Mamba denied that problems on the streets nearby were connected to the club.“We are causing no problems. Problems in that alleyway are not coming from middle-aged couples,” Ms Carroll told the Nottingham Post.”I would say to them [those who are complaining] come down and have a coffee with us. It is a social club and it is just for adults.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
At a time when electricity demand is falling across much of Australia, the opposite has been true for many mining centres in remote areas, where energy usage has been increasing. These regions enjoy some of the bluest skies in the world, making them ideal for the use of solar thermal technology. The problem is that at the moment the cost is too high. CSIRO is working on solar-thermal tower technology that uses many mirrors (heliostats) that track the sun, concentrating its energy by reflecting light towards a receiver fixed on top of a tower.However, until now, conventional heliostats have been expensive to install in remote areas due to the large number of components that need to be assembled on site, leading to higher electricity costs.By changing the way heliostats are manufactured and controlled, our solar scientists are aiming to avoid the high cost of installation and maintenance in remote areas, providing an affordable renewable energy solution for the Aussie outback.The picture shows CSIRO’s solar thermal research hub in Newcastle, New South Wales.CSIRO is also working to improve the other components of the overall parts of the solar thermal system such as receivers, turbines and, perhaps most importantly, storage. Thermal energy can be stored relatively cheaply compared to some other technologies, so there is great potential for large scale power generation regardless of when the sun is shining.Solar electricity can be transported through the grid from a country’s sunniest areas into cities and suburbs, and by making use of storage this can happen at the times when demand (and prices) are highest. This can have a positive impact on electricity prices by reducing peak demand caused by the use of air-conditioners on hot days.
VIST Robotics (a subsidiary of VIST Group), BELAZ and Region 42 have recently signed an agreement on cooperation and implementation of the Intelligent Mine system in the selected area of an open-pit mine with the use of BELAZ robotic dump trucks.The document was signed at the international industrial trade fair INNOPROM in Yekaterinburg. The agreement was signed by Alexander Galkin, Chief engineer of Region 42, Piotr Parkhomchik, General Director of BELAZ and Dmitry Vladimirov, General Director of VIST Group.Within the framework of the signed agreement, the infrastructure for the Intelligent Mine will be created at one of the open-pit sites in the Kemerovo region. There will be 5 dump trucks with load capacity of 130 t which will be provided by BELAZ company. It is planned that dump truck handling will be carried out both in a robotic mode without drivers on board, but with constant control of the machine from the remote control center, and in the autonomous mode, when vehicles are controlled by the operator from the remote control center only in emergency and special cases.“Our mining dump trucks are equipped with hundreds of sensors that generate a terabyte of information per year in real time, which allows us to track the quality of the machine anywhere in the world. The collected data, predictive analytics and machine learning technologies will enable us in the foreseeable future to provide our clients with completely new intelligent services to increase the efficiency of operation of mining dump trucks, predictive analytics and the transition to servicing, not by regulation, but on demand”, said the general director of BELAZ Piotr Parkhomchik.“The creation of sites with operating robotic equipment guarantees the increase in productivity and safety of open pit mining by removing personnel from the dangerous zones, eliminating downtime related to human factors, controlling equipment in optimal modes, as well as automatically optimising freight flows in the mine and other production processes”, commented VIST Robotics General Director Dmitry Vladimirov.
FRANCES FITZGERALD HAS reiterated her Department’s belief that there is no definitive link between burglaries and the cash-for-gold sector.Responding to a question from Kildare TD Catherine Murphy, the Minister for Justice said she was informed by gardaí that they have no evidence that would suggest a direct link between the ‘continued high rates of burglaries’ across the country and the relatively new phenomenon.Despite the lack of evidence, there have been consistent calls for stricter regulation of the second-hand precious metal industry.Fitzgerald conceded that it is “of course, possible that businesses such as these are among the routes utilised by persons seeking to dispose of stolen goods”.However, some cash-for-gold stores have been praised for co-operating with investigations into a number of thefts, with gardaí sending them photos of valuable items for identification.Fitzgerald told Murphy that her department is still considering what appropriate and proportionate response to the issue of cash-for-gold stores following the publication of a report in 2012.A committee which looked that that report advised that drafting legislation to regulate the “relatively new phenomenon” would be a “complex matter”.Others disagree. Practising barrister Stephen Fitzpatrick says the regulation would be relatively simple.According to the lawyer, important steps would include the requirement of a licence to work within the industry, reporting obligations for large transactions, a cooling-off period before items are destroys and a right of inspection for gardaí.“The current lack of oversight facilitates the conversion of stolen property into cash, hinders the retrieval of that property and leaves vulnerable communities at the mercy of the type of transaction against which this country has already legislated.”Related: Cash for Gold shops should ask for proof of identity, says TDColumn: Let’s stop dragging our feet – we need to regulate cash-for-goldRead: Shatter publishes probe into Cash for Gold shops
FOURTEEN PER CENT of callers to the National Crime Victims Helpline are experiencing harassment, it said today.The helpline said that the 14% are looking for help in dealing with harassment, whether it is in the workplace, community, or in a social setting.The harassment can be persistent in nature, can be physical, verbal, by text or letter, by isolation, or – as it is noticing more recently – through various social media, it said.A crimeMichele Puckhaber, co-ordinator of the National Crime Victims Helpline, said that people should be aware that harassment is a crime and should be reported to the gardaí.“It is the cumulative effect of harassment that can have the most serious impact on victims,” said Puckhaber. “They just can’t seem to find a way of stopping it – and this is coupled with the fact that there is often little evidence that the harassment has occurred.” Victims often feel they are not being taken seriously; that they have to leave their neighbourhood or employment and can even be afraid to answer the phone or read text messages. If people are experiencing harassment and wish to talk to someone in confidence about this; they should consider calling our helpline and we will be able to help. We can also advise on other agencies who may be able to assist.According to Puckhaber “the vast majority of people experience very little crime in their lives, but for those who do, it can be a difficult experience”.The National Helpline number is 116 006, its text number is 085 1337711, and email is firstname.lastname@example.orgRead: Young employee dubbed ‘Virgin Mary’ by supervisors wins sexual harassment case>
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A nationwide strike called by public and private sector unions in Greece over the austerity program introduced by the Papandreou Government saw police clash with demonstrators on the sidelines of the rally in Athens.The second general strike in two weeks saw some 25 000 people march in Athens and 10 000 march in Thessaloniki in support of the general strike.The country’s two largest trade union groups, the private sector GSEE and the public sector ADEDY, had predicted a substantial turnout among their two million members.“Today, from all locations in the country, a strong message of unity, struggle and protest is being sent,” the head of the GSEE, Yiannis Panagopoulos said.”Today, Europe’s eyes are turned on us. We ask the government not to give in to the desires of the markets, to set people’s needs as a priority and adopt a mix of economic and social policies that won’t lead to recession but to jobs,” he told the rally.Some protesters carried signs calling on the authorities to “tax the rich” instead and noted that the strike was also targeting “speculators” after a run against Greek bonds that has sharply pushed up the country’s borrowing costs.Others marched with banners criticising the “plutocracy”.“Our people and their needs are above markets and profits,” the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE), which represents around a million members, said in its demonstration call.The ADEDY civil servants union, whose 300,000 members are seen as the main target of the cost-cutting drive, were at the vanguard of the strike action which was also backed by the national journalists’ union.“There is an all-out war against public servants, those who earn the least,” said Spyros Papaspyros president of ADEDY, the national industrialk body for public-sector workers.“We will fight to keep the little we have. The government and the EU must understand the crisis must be paid by the rich.”There have been mixed reactions to the call for the general strike.Michalis Korileos, a 36-year-old civil servant, said he was striking “because others stole the money and we are the ones who are going to pay”.“They are cutting my allowances and I have two children to raise, it is difficult.”However some residents said they saw no reason to strike. “I don’t want to participate,” said Dimitris Makrivellios, 62, a petrol station owner. “Aren’t people also responsible for this situation? Our economy’s problems concern us all. Why should we strike?”While the march was peaceful scuffles broke out between some demonstrators and police as the rally came to an end.About 200 protesters threw rocks, bottles and petrol bombs while riot police retaliated by firing tear gas into the crowds.“A group of youths tried to storm the university building and riot police fired teargas to stop them,” a police official said.The first joint walkout by the two major labour federations was the biggest test to the government’s resolve since it won the election in October.The strike coincided with a visit by EU officials assessing whether Greece is on track to cut its spiraling public deficit, which the Papandreou government has pledged to significantly cut back this year.
NEW YORK — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s one-time fixer, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to conceal his boss’ alleged sexual affairs, telling a judge that he agreed time and again to cover up Trump’s “dirty deeds” out of “blind loyalty.”Separately, the legal and political peril surrounding Trump appeared to deepen when prosecutors announced that another major piece of the investigation had fallen into place: The parent company of the National Enquirer acknowledged dispensing some of the hush money in concert with the Trump campaign to fend off a scandal that could have damaged his bid for the White House.Cohen, 52, shook his head slightly and closed his eyes as a judge pronounced his sentence for evading $1.4 million in taxes, lying about Trump’s business dealings in Russia and violating campaign-finance laws in buying the silence of porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal, who claimed they had sex with the candidate. Cohen and federal prosecutors have said the payments were made at Trump’s direction to influence the election.“Time and time again, I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds rather than to listen to my own inner voice and my moral compass,” said a choked-up Cohen, a lawyer who once boasted he would “take a bullet” for Trump. “My weakness can be characterized as a blind loyalty to Donald Trump, and I was weak for not having the strength to question and to refuse his demands.”The twin developments represented a double dose of bad news for the president, who ignored reporters’ questions about Cohen during an appearance at the White House later in the day.
Visakhapatnam: Thousands of devotees took part in the ‘giri pradakshina’ ritual, marking the auspicious ‘Ashada Poornami’ at the Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha temple atop the Simhachalam hill near here Monday. The Giri Pradakshina (walking around the hill) ritual is considered very sacred, auspicious and believed to be equivalent to walking around the world (Prapancha pradikshina), according to temple sources. Some believe it is equal to ‘Kailash pradakshina” (circumambulation of the holy mountain of Kailash the abode of Lord Shiva). Devotees believe that by doing Giri Pradikshina all their wishes will come true and their family will be blessed. The total walking distance is 32 km. Police had made tight arrangements for the annual event.
There has been a lot of speculation lately about the future of the three big console manufacturers and the hardware refreshes they have planned. Sony is expected to launch a PlayStation 4K (NEO), Nintendo is preparing the NX reveal, and Microsoft is certain to react to both those machines with its own refresh of the Xbox One, especially now the Xbox 360 has ceased production freeing up capacity.Those are all just rumors, though, but they are now rumors AMD has added a lot of new fuel to. That’s because the chip company had its Q1 2016 earnings call this week, and one of the things they were keen to mention was “three semi-custom system-on-chip (SOC) wins.”AMD SOCs have been making their way into games consoles for a while, with both the PS4 and Xbox One containing AMD hardware. So three new SOCs most likely means a PS4 refresh, an Xbox One refresh, and what else? The smart money would be the third SOC making its way into the base unit of the Nintendo NX.What’s even more interesting is the fact one of the new SOCs is expected to start generating revenue for AMD in the second half of 2016. That is most likely going to be the PlayStation 4K refresh. The other two custom chips will be launched next year, meaning Microsoft isn’t refreshing the Xbox One until after the holidays and the NX isn’t launching until 2017, meaning March most likely.This is great news for AMD, which believes the new chips will account for a 15% increase in revenue and a total of $1.5 billion in new revenue. It’s sure to create a headache for the console manufacturers, though, and especially Microsoft if it really does intend to wait until next year to launch an Xbox One Slim. Microsoft’s console more than any other needs something for gamers to get excited about ASAP.Another interesting thing to note is there are only 3 SOCs, not 4. That means if one of them is going inside the Nintendo NX, the controller isn’t x86-based. The rumors we’ve heard suggest the NX controller can be used as a device on its own, so it could be Nintendo is sticking with ARM for the controller, but switching over to x86 for the console. Such a decision makes a lot of sense if Nintendo wants the controller to be backwards compatible with 3DS and DS games.If everything lines up as outlined above, this time next year we could be looking at a very different line-up of console hardware on sale.
Schematic of the control volume considered when deriving the governing equation for a QG flow. Credit: Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Science (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2018.0119 Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society A © 2018 Phys.org Citation: Are Rossby waves to blame for Earth’s magnetic field drifting westward? (2018, May 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-rossby-blame-earth-magnetic-field.html A doctoral student at the University of Cambridge has come up with a possible explanation for the westward drift of the Earth’s magnetic field. In his paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society A, O.P. Bardsley suggests it may be due to Rossby waves generated in the Earth’s core. Waves similar to those controlling weather on Earth have now been found on the Sun Humans first became aware of the Earth’s magnetic field over 400 years ago, and since that time, have been taking measurements of it. As time passed, it became clear that the field was moving in a westerly direction—and nobody knew why. The actual reason is still not known—Bardsley is proposing a new idea: Somehow, Rossby waves in the Earth’s outer core cause the magnetic drift.Prior efforts to explain the westward drift have also involved the outer core—one theory suggests that it has a gyre, similar in some respects to the jet stream. If so, it could be dragging the magnetic field as it moves slowly westward. The problem with that theory, Bardsley notes, is that no one has ever found any other evidence of a gyre in the outer core. He suggests Rossby waves make more sense.Rossby waves are slow and arise when fluids rotate. Because they are generated by most planets, some scientists have taken to calling them planetary waves. Rossby waves on Earth are generated in several places—in the oceans, the atmosphere and the outer core. It is those generated by the fluid in the outer core that Bardsley suggests might be pushing the magnetic field. But there is one major problem: The outer core generates wave crests that move east, not west. Bardsley suggests that this may not be a problem after all—he notes that some ocean waves with crests moving in one direction expend energy in the opposite direction. If that is the case with outer core Rossby waves, he suggests, they could be pushing the magnetic field. He notes that current technology only allows for measuring the energy of the magnetic field in a general sense, not the small details. Much more research is required, he acknowledges, before his theory can be tested, much less proven right or wrong. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: O. P. Bardsley. Could hydrodynamic Rossby waves explain the westward drift?, Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Science (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2018.0119AbstractA novel theory for the origin of the westward drift of the Earth’s magnetic field is proposed, based upon the propagation of hydrodynamic Rossby waves in the liquid outer core. These waves have the obscure property that their crests always progress eastwards—but, for a certain subset, energy can nevertheless be transmitted westwards. In fact, this subset corresponds to sheet-like flow structures, extended in both the axial and radial directions, which are likely to be preferentially excited by convective upwellings in the Earth’s rapidly rotating outer core. To enable their analysis, the quasi-geostrophic (QG) approximation is employed, which assumes horizontal motions to be independent of distance along the rotation axis, yet accounts for variations in the container height (i.e. the slope of the core–mantle boundary). By projecting the momentum equation onto flows of a QG form, a general equation governing their evolution is derived, which is then adapted for the treatment of two initial value problems—in both Cartesian and spherical geometries—which demonstrate the preference for westward energy propagation by the waves in question. The merits of this mechanism as an explanation for westward drift are discussed.
Kolkata: Mystery intensifies in the unnatural death case of a final year engineering student, Darpan Raj Singh, as several injury marks were found on his body.On September 18, Darpan was found hanging from the ceiling of his flat at AD 171 in Keshtopur. His girlfriend and another friend removed Gagan to R G Kar Hospital where he was declared brought dead by the attending doctor. Sources informed that during autopsy concerned doctor found several injuries on Gagan’s body. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn the autopsy report, it was mentioned that there were total 19 injury marks on his body. Primarily, police and deceased’s family thought it was a case of suicide. But as the autopsy report came in, the scenario changed. On Tuesday Gagana’s father, Darpan Raj Singh filed a complaint against the girlfriend and two others for allegedly beating up his son. As soon as the complaint was filed, police initiated a case charging the accused persons for voluntarily causing hurt. None have been arrested till Tuesday night. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedLocal sources informed that Gagan took the flat on rent in August. Soon, after he moved in, his girlfriend used to visit him regularly. But none of them including Gagan made any communication with the neighbours. It is suspected that Gagan was forced to hang himself. For that purpose, he was beaten up. Though sleuths did not make any comment regarding this but sources informed that all possible angles will be nurtured. Police sources informed that Darpan stated his suspicion about his son’s girlfriend, who was present with the deceased in his room along with two others, who might have murdered Gagan.