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Former Alabama Star Wants To Make NFL Comeback

first_img He was suspended indefinitely in 2016 for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. Now, years later, McClain is seeking reinstatement, and wants to relaunch his career.Rolando McClain, who is just 29, says the way that his NFL career came to a halt has left him unsatisfied.Per AL.com‘s Matt Zenitz, he’s been in contact with the NFLPA about returning to football, and hopes to be with a team for training camp.He has taken some steps that could help his chances. In 2016, McClain had surgery to repair a hip issue that had bothered him since he was born, and he says that he now can play on “two legs” for the first time.While McClain hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2015, he is still only 29 years old and underwent a hip surgery in 2016 that fixed a hip impingement issue he had been born with and that had worsened throughout this football career.“Every time I got in my linebacker position, it was bone on bone grind,” said McClain, who was selected by the Oakland Raiders with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft. “Not only do I feel good, I’m recovered and I’m rested. I feel better now because I know I’ll be playing with two legs.”McClain returned to Alabama in 2017 to finish his degree, and has been working out with the Crimson Tide.Rolando McClain: “I’m nowhere near satisfied with how my professional career has gone. That’s for myself. That’s me looking in the mirror and talking to my boys. Nah, that’s not the taste I want to leave in my mouth.” https://t.co/LC7hsNGfNf— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) July 12, 2019In his last NFL season, he played 11 games, putting up 80 total tackles, two sacks, and an interception, which he returned for a touchdown.Hopefully he has things turned around and will get another shot to finish his career on his terms.[AL.com] Alabama players, including Rolando McClain, make a tackle on an Arkansas runner.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 26: Rolando McClain #25 and other defense players of the Alabama Crimson Tide tackle Michael Smith #21 of the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 26, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Crimson Tide defeated the Razorbacks 35-7. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)Rolando McClain was a bona fide star at Alabama about a decade ago. Back in 2009, he was a unanimous All-American and helped the Crimson Tide to the BCS National Championship.The Oakland Raiders took him with the No. 8 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.He went on to play in the NFL from 2010-2015, with solid on-field results overall. In his second year, McClain racked up career highs in tackles (100) and sacks (five).After three years in Oakland, he played two with the Dallas Cowboys, but his career went off the rails shortly thereafter.last_img read more

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History Books That Read Like Novels

first_imgIf there are two things a decent man loves, they are history and literature. (And his family, a cold glass of beer, chopping wood, mountains, a fine pair of shoes, and a cold glass of beer.)The study of history lets a gentleman better understand his own place and time by bringing clarity and context to past events. For indeed, when truly appreciated, past events most always prove relevant to the present. After all, every man who has ever lived — from Alexander the Great to Julius Caesar to Richard the Lionheart to Abraham Lincoln — was but one man; that which he did, so too can you do. Well, maybe not you. Or me, probably. But someone. Probably.And then we come to literature! I posit that there is no better way to pass the hours of the day then in the grasp of a great book. A fine novel deepens a reader’s sense of empathy, broadens his horizons to new concepts, and introduces him to people and places that might never otherwise have passed anywhere near his thinking. With Tolstoy, Miller, or Wallace in your hands, you are off on a wondrous journey with no need to ever rise from your armchair. Save for that whole bodily function whatnot.But there are only so many hours in the day, so many days in the year, and so many years in a man’s life; how then is he to choose whether to delve into a tome heavy history or a novel rich in prose? Why, simply choose a history book that reads like a novel. Like the title of this article hinted at, see? And surprise, surprise, surprise… I have some recommendations. THE COLD WAR: A NEW HISTORY by John Lewis GaddisGive John Lewis Gaddis 266 pages and he will give you the Cold War, more or less. This relatively slender volume can’t explain every cause of or repercussion of the Cold War era (that’s post WWII through the early 1990s, FYI), nor will it inform you in any meaningful way about the wars in Korea or Vietnam, and it’s not a biography of Kennedy, Khrushchev, Reagan, or anyone else. This book is, essentially, a survey. It is a primer, even, intended to place the Cold War in context and to highlight the major players and plot points, if you will. And it does so with aplomb thanks to Gaddis’ concise prose and sage selection of the events and people he covers. THE CRUSADES by Thomas AsbridgeTrying to cover the entire Crusading era in one volume is no easy feat. But Thomas Asbridge is no easy man. Or… wait, that makes no sense. Rather, Mr. Asbridge is the official “Reader in Medieval History at Queen Mary, University of London” and one of the most accomplished historians specializing in studies of the Middle Ages writing today. Reading this book will not make you an expert on Pope Urban II’s papacy nor will it render you a scholar of medieval Muslim culture. What it will do is offer you a measured view of each major military campaign of the Crusades (which spanned roughly 1095 to 1290) seen from both sides of the many conflicts. Asbridge does not takes sides here, he simply relates the events and colors the characters. Another thing the book will do is entertain, as the writing itself is often as rich as the events of which it speaks. SEVEN LEAGUE BOOTS by Richard HalliburtonRichard Halliburton had a pretty good and goddamned interesting life before being lost at sea during a Pacific typhoon in early 1939. And the content and style in which this unique book is written bears out the decidedly unusual life this man led. Seven League Boots is partially a travelogue, partially a memoir, partially a book of humor, and partially a book of history. Halliburton was commissioned to travel the globe and write about his experiences, whatever he chose those experiences to be. Pretty awesome, right? Some guys have all the luck… except for the dying young in a shipwreck thing. So he chose to set out for places like Haiti, Moscow, Jerusalem, and beyond. He shares with his reader not only his own experiences in each location, but also he takes us back into the rich history of each place he visits, showing that he was no mere humorist, but was capable of thorough research and deep understanding of people, place, and event. Editors’ Recommendations BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM by James McPhersonEverything you have read about the crisp, compelling narrative tone of Battle Cry of Freedom is accurate. This book manages not only to cover many of the major battles and events of the American Civil War, but also takes the reader through the two decades preceding the conflict, offering grounding context that helps explain how the charnel house of war came to be. Indeed the subtitle of the book is “The Civil War Era” and McPherson admirably paints a picture of those years. If you’re not sure whether or not you are actually all that interested in the Civil War, don’t start with a laser-focused book covering one battle or read a biography of one general; instead read this briskly-penned book that remains as fresh and relevant today as when it was first published in the late 1980s. 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now center_img 10 Best History Books You Will Ever Read Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn AN ARMY AT DAWN by Rick AtkinsonReally, I should just advise you to purchase the entire Liberation Trilogy at the same time. This is book one of said set, the latter two works being The Day of Battle and The Guns at Last Light. This first volume, which won a Pulitzer Prize, tells of the first years of American involvement in the European theater of World War II, focused almost exclusively on the campaign in Northern Africa. Atkinson is a close and careful historian who zeros in on illustrative details when merited (noting the type of wine Eisenhower and Churchill shared at a dinner, for example) and pulling back to show the larger picture of the conflict at other times. He quotes generals, captains, and sergeants alike, giving equal measure to men of all stripes, as it were, and letting his reader experience the war through many different lenses. Atkinson’s own prose is taught and well-paced, showing his journalistic background and deep understanding of the conflict. The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read last_img read more

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2010 Excellence Awards Announced

first_imgCancer Care Nova Scotia is inviting nominations for its 2010 Excellence Awards, which recognize leadership, innovative practice and excellence in patient care for Nova Scotia cancer patients and families. “So many dedicated people work tirelessly, on the front lines and behind the scenes, to ensure that Nova Scotians have access to high quality cancer care when and where they need it,” said Theresa Marie Underhill, chief operating officer, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “Often, there is no opportunity to formally recognize the contributions of many. Through the Excellence Awards, Cancer Care Nova Scotia hopes to change this. “We invite anyone who has experienced excellence within the cancer system to consider nominating the individual or group leading the charge. Everyone who is nominated will be recognized during our awards ceremony in June.” Awards will be presented in three categories: Leadership Excellence, Innovation Excellence, and Excellence in Patient Care. For the Leadership and Innovation awards, individual and group nominations from all sectors will be considered, including: volunteers, activists, health professionals, health administrators and researchers. Nominations for the Patient Care Award are limited to a health professional or team of health professionals who provide direct patient care. For nomination information and qualification details go to www.cancercare.ns.ca or call 1-866-599-2267. The nomination deadline is April 30. Cancer Care Nova Scotia, a program of the Department of Health, was created in 1998 to enable quality cancer prevention and care for all Nova Scotians. Through cancer patient navigation, health professional education, and standards and guideline development, Cancer Care Nova Scotia supports health professionals in providing patients with high quality care. Its work with other organizations raises awareness about the importance of healthy lifestyles in reducing cancer risk, and its screening programs educate Nova Scotians about healthy lifestyles and available testing like Pap tests for cervical cancer and the FIT kit for colon cancer. The goal is to find cancer earlier and treat it better.last_img read more

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Firhad Hakim to inaugurate new office building of NDITA

first_imgKolkata: Firhad Hakim, state minister for Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department, will inaugurate the new office building of Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) in Sector V on Tuesday. Sujit Bose, Minister of State for Fire and Emergency Services department (Independent charge) will also be present at the function. Since the inception of NDITA 13 years ago, the agency used to function from Unnayan Bhavan, the headquarters of Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) in Salt Lake which does not come under the jurisdiction of the NDITA. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe new four-storeyed building will have a ground level coffee corner and a permanent exhibition centre where IT products made in Sector V will be showcased. The space will also be used to exhibit the steps of good practices taken by the NDITA including rainwater harvesting, zero waste segregation and the like to create public awareness. The ministers will also inaugurate a pocket park. Pocket parks have become very popular in Western countries and are especially for IT professionals who take a break from their busy work schedules and come for a visit to relax for a bit and enjoy the greenery. They often take light refreshments and interact with their colleagues to lessen the strain and stress they undergo every day. This will be the second pocket park. The first one is extremely popular. The state government has been planning a well-defined traffic management system for Sector V where thousands of people come for work everyday.last_img read more

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IMF sees Greek economy accelerating in 2019

ATHENS, Greece — The International Monetary Fund is optimistic on Greece’s growth and employment prospects for this year, but is urging the government to stick to reforms to maintain the momentum.In a report published Friday following five-day talks with officials in Athens, IMF officials say that the battered Greek economy is set to grow 2.4 per cent this year, up from 2.1 per cent in 2018.The report also argues that the heavily indebted country’s medium-term ability to repay its creditors — mostly its European partners and the IMF — remains “robust.”It adds, however, that the country remains vulnerable to a potential slowdown in the global economy and must press ahead with reforms, particularly to make the labour market more flexible.Greece exited its eight-year bailout program in August.The Associated Press read more

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World must tackle overconsumption of energy resources UN panel chair warns

6 May 2010The world is consuming too much energy and materials to sustain itself and the global community must summon the political will to tackle a whole raft of challenges, from mineral extraction to waste recycling to the more than 200 toxic chemicals entering the blood of foetuses, the head of a United Nations commission warned today. The central question is “how to achieve green and equitable growth and development for a growing population through better management of materials,” UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) Chairman Luis Alberto Ferraté Felice told a news conference in New York “More specifically, how can we de-couple development from resource use?”The Commission is currently holding its 18th session amid growing concerns that present consumer-oriented trends have potentially damaging effects on ecosystems, climate, food and water supplies and human health. It will review ways to assist countries come up with environmentally-friendly technologies and help corporations to develop greener business models, and consumers to adopt lifestyles that are more sustainable.Mr. Ferraté, who is Guatemala’s Environment and Natural Resources Minister, said the CSD had started a new two-year cycle reviewing five major themes – mining, chemicals, transport, a 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, and waste management.“These five themes come together to form what we call the ‘materials cycle’ that starts with the excavation of minerals and other natural resources to their transformation into goods and services to their final processing and recycling as wastes,” he added.“Quite simply, the world is consuming too much energy and materials,” he said, noting that while over-consumption occurs largely in the developed world and parts of the emerging and developing worlds, over 1 billion people suffer from under-consumption, including of basic necessities such as food, water, and shelter.“Here is an example of the inequality in consumption: the 20 per cent of the population in the highest-income countries accounted for 77 per cent of total private consumption in 2005, while the poorest 20 accounted for only 1.3 per cent,” he stressed. “This CSD cycle must address both over- and under-consumption around the world.”Among other concrete challenges he cited the volume of municipal solid waste that in 2006 was estimated to be 2 billion tons globally and is currently increasing by 8 per cent per year.“When it comes to chemical management, we now know that babies are coming into this world with over 200 toxic chemicals in their blood,” he said. “CSD’s first task is to assess where we are today, identify what has been done and where policy action is still needed.” On specific issues such as biofuels, the green economy, or payment for ecosystem services, CSD allows consensus outcomes to be woven out of the threads of diverse positions. “No other forum integrates economic, social and environmental dimensions of the materials cycle from such a range of countries and major groups as does CSD,” Mr. Ferraté said.“CSD will help mobilize the political will and forge partnerships needed to accelerate the implementation of decisions,” he added, noting that next week’s high-level segment is intended precisely to build such political will. read more

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RIM shares down for second day ahead of BlackBerry 10 launch

TORONTO — Shares in Research In Motion closed down Tuesday ahead of the unveiling of its BlackBerry 10 lineup.RIM stock ended the day down 56 cents, or 3.44%, to $15.71 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, following a 7.6% slide Monday.[np_storybar title=”Live coverage of RIM’s BB10 launch” link=””]Join FP Tech Desk’s live coverage of RIM’s BlackBerry 10 launch, which begins at 10 a.m. ET Wednesday, with Matt Hartley reporting from New York and Melissa Leong in Toronto. [/np_storybar]As of Friday, RIM stock had soared 50% during January.“The returns have been huge here, and for sure you’re probably seeing some profit taking, some buy on rumour, sell on news,” said Gareth Watson, vice-president of investment management and research at Richardson GMP Ltd.“But also, the reality that the device is about to be launched… we don’t know how successful it will be.”The smartphone pioneer once dominated the marketplace with its devices, which were affectionately dubbed “CrackBerrys” by devoted users.But RIM has seen its marketshare eroded significantly by Apple’s iPhone and Android-powered phones.The unveiling of the new BB10 phones and operating system on Wednesday will mark the start of an advertising blitz that will stretch to social media, the Super Bowl and beyond, as RIM tries to regain its footing.The smartphones are widely seen as a make-or-break product for the Waterloo, Ont., company.The Canadian Press read more

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Concerned at Somalia clashes UN relief official urges factions to act humanely

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Eric Laroche, voiced deep concern at the reports of violence against residents and said he was “shocked” at the targeting of hospitals, calling this a blatant violation of the basic rules of international humanitarian law in a statement released in Nairobi.He urged the warring parties to “spare the lives of those not involved in the hostilities and to take all the necessary measures to prevent unnecessary human suffering.”Since the beginning of the year some 1,500 conflict-related war-wounded have been admitted to Mogadishu’s two main hospitals, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Due to the intensity of the recent fighting, an increased number of civilian casualties have been unable to reach medical facilities.Mr. Laroche reminded the warring factions that “any deliberate attempt to prevent wounded or civilians receiving assistance and protection during fighting in the city may constitute elements of future war crimes.”He further warned that the fighting has the “potential to spread into other areas of southern Somalia leading to further aggravation of the humanitarian crisis at a time when stability is needed for the success of the humanitarian drought response in the region.”The Humanitarian Coordinator said it is “ethically unacceptable for fighting to be occurring in Mogadishu at a time when southern Somalia is experiencing a humanitarian emergency.”Echoing Mr. Laroche’s concern, the UN Special Adviser on Internal Displacement today said the recent conflict in Somalia could accelerate into a major humanitarian and political disaster unless the international community ceased ignoring developments unfolding in the country. Dennis McNamara at press conference in NairobiSpeaking in Nairobi after a week-long mission to Somalia, Dennis McNamara described the situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) as among the worst he had seen in Africa. “Their condition was sub-standard in every respect,” he said. The UN estimates that the country has between 370,000 and 400,000 IDPs. Mogadishu is the only capital in the world where the UN does not have access for international humanitarian staff due to insecurity – this despite an estimated 250,000 internally displaced living in the city. The current fighting in and around the area has displaced thousands of people, many of whom have fled to more stable regions of the country or crossed the border into Kenya. Mr. McNamara expressed disappointment in the neglect of Somalia and its IDPs by both the international community and the press. Describing the media as an essential tool in getting governments to act, he said, “If Mogadishu was Sarajevo, the world press would be clamoring to get there.”Earlier in the month, Somalia made the 2006 list of the “Ten Stories the World Should Hear More About” released by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI).Mr. McNamara also noted that only 40 per cent of the $330 million international appeal for Somalia had been met by donor countries. With the bulk of that going to food aid and the remainder to be targeted for protection of IDPs, agriculture and education, Mr. McNamara said the sum was “insufficient to address these problems effectively.”He also took Somali local authorities to task for not meeting their responsibilities with regard to the internally displaced in their regions. While acknowledging the need for the UN to be more actively involved with the internally displaced, he stressed that the Somali authorities had primary responsibility. “In some areas, the authorities were resisting agencies providing even sanitation in camps,” he said.The Special Adviser had visited settlements for the internally displaced in Bossaso, Hargeisa, Baidoa and Merka – only 90 kilometres from war-torn Mogadishu. It was the first time in seven years a UN plane had landed on the Merka airstrip.On Friday, Secretary-General Kofi Annan deplored the loss of life and suffering caused by the renewed violence and called on both sides to enter into an immediate and unconditional ceasefire. read more

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Microsoft will acquire Minecraft game maker for 25 billion

by The Associated Press Posted Sep 15, 2014 7:26 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Microsoft will acquire Minecraft game maker for $2.5 billion NEW YORK, N.Y. – Microsoft will acquire the maker of the popular game Minecraft for $2.5 billion.The technology company said it will buy Stockholm-based game maker Mojang. Minecraft, which lets users build in and explore a virtual world, has been downloaded 100 million times on PC alone since its launch in 2009. It is the most popular online game on Xbox, and the top paid app for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating system in the U.S.The deal is expected to close in late 2014. Microsoft expects the acquisition to be break-even in fiscal 2015.Microsoft is primarily known for business software like Word and Outlook. But this acquisition will help Microsoft expand its gaming division which also includes game franchises such as the “Halo” shooter game and “Forza” racing game. read more

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PM Stuart promises rounded cultural experience for CARIFESTA 2017

With the 2017 Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) set to be held later this year in Barbados, the nation’s Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart, has hinted at a rounded cultural experience for the hundreds of regional and international patrons expected for the Region’s premier festival.CARIFESTA XIII will be held from August 17 to 27 under the theme “Asserting Our Culture Celebrating Ourselves”.Speaking with reporters on the sidelines of the recently concluded Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of Caribbean Community (Caricom), the Barbadian leader outlined that his Culture, Sports and Youth Ministry which is leading the charge on the preparations for the festival, has been very active and timely in its planning.“We’re getting all of our infrastructure ready and significant numbers of countries have already indicated that they are coming to Barbados and that they are going to be participating in CARIFESTA. So we are, on present indications, on score to be ready for the day on which the festival is supposed to begin and we’re optimistic that we are going to have a very successful CARIFESTA.”Alluding to what visitors can expect from Barbados at this year’s festival, the Head of State explained that all CARIFESTAs have their own unique characters because they take place in different countries. He noted that since the first CARIFESTA held in Guyana, the festival has since changed its character to reflect the nation where it is being held.“Each host country tries to put its own cultural stamp on the festival and therefore, we expect that Barbados, while we’re having visiting artistes from other parts of the hemisphere, there will be a peculiar Barbadian stamp on CARIFESTA 2017.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCARIFESTA XIII concludes; Trinidad and Tobago next hostAugust 28, 2017In “latest news”CARIFESTA opportunities highlightedMarch 15, 2017In “latest news”Carifesta XIII kicks off with grand displayAugust 21, 2017In “Entertainment” read more

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Enough Talk Time to act and fully implement CSME says Jamaica

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness has urged his regional colleagues to make haste and fully implement the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).JAMAICA’S PRIME MINISTER ANDREW HOLNESSHe made the call yesterday as he contributed to discussions on the CSME during the first plenary session at the 38th meeting of Heads of Government of CARICOM in Grenada.“The true expression of the realization of the integration dream is to get the CSME going, and we have to have the resolve as leaders to do this,” he urged. “It is how our people will experience true development and prosperity. And so, Jamaica wants to urge members to seriously put our efforts and commitment behind the CSME.”Holness said regional leaders have been speaking about implementing a CSME for too long with little action.He said only three countries can truly claim to have compliance in adopting the CSME, while for many it is a dream not realized and even denied.“We should all make the commitment and redouble our efforts to have compliance toward creating the real CSME. Otherwise, the reality is that we will keep meeting and eventually it will wither away,” said Holness during the first working session with regional leaders.The leaders meet in caucus today and will discuss several matters of regional importance, including CARICOM’s response to Great Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, as well as the situation in Venezuela, among other matters. (Caribbean360.com) read more

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Barloworld sees rebound in mining sales driven by contract miners

first_imgIn its Russian business, revenue for the year of $385 million was $56 million (17.1%) up on the prior year driven by strong growth in mining unit sales particularly into opencast gold mining projects. “In addition we have experienced16% growth in after sales revenue.” In August, Equipment southern Africa celebrated its 90th anniversary as a Caterpillar dealer. This coincided with theofficial opening of the new Caterpillar/Barloworld parts facility at Kempton Park “which will further improve parts availability to our customers.” Barlowworld’s Equipment southern Africa business saw a rebound in mining unit sales in 2017 following the low level in 2016. “While mining unit sales have improved compared to last year, the growth has been driven by increased demand for smaller sized truck units by contract miners.” Operating profit of ZAR1.8 billion wasZAR200 million (13%) up on last year with the operating margin increasing from 8.5% to 9.8%. The company adds: “The outlook for mining in Equipment southern Africa remains positive with demand for commodities and related commodity pricing holding up. We are forecasting mining unit sales and mining after sales to show continued growth in 2018.”Income from associates, which mainly relates to the Bartrac joint venture in the Katanga province of the DRC, increased from ZAR14 million to ZAR94 million with the recommencement of mining activities at the Glencore Katanga copper mine during the current year and improved commodity prices. Glencore’s Katanga Mining has reported in its Q3 results:”Mining operations continued during 2016 and 2017 at KOV and Mashamba East Open Pits with a focus on waste mining.” In Q3 2017, Katanga commissioned six Cat 793 haul trucks at the KOV Open Pit copper mine plus a Cat 6015 hydraulic excavator.last_img read more

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Microsoft unveils new Xbox 360 Media Remote and Bluetooth headset

first_imgIf you use your Xbox 360 as a media center, and spend more time streaming video and music to your HDTV with it than you do playing video games, you may be interested in Microsoft’s new Xbox 360 Media Remote, which allows you to control the media functions on your Xbox 360 in a form factor that’s a bit more familiar to TV watchers than video gamers.The new media remote also allows you to navigate the dashboard, control DVDs and CDs, and control live TV if your area supports it and your Xbox 360 is set up for it. The new media remote replaces the old model, trims the form factor a bit and matches the new Xbox 360 “Slim” models, and reduces the number of buttons on it so it only includes the most-often used features.The new Xbox 360 Bluetooth headset is an in-ear model that pairs with your Bluetooth-equipped Xbox 360, and will eventually replace the current wireless headset model. It comes with a handful of ear adapters out of the box so you can find one that’s comfortable to wear.It’s not officially supported, but the new Bluetooth headset also pairs well with phones and computers for voice communication. Microsoft wants you to know this: they go out of their way to note it as a selling point, even though they likely won’t support pairing with other devices. Even though it’s branded and sold for use with the Xbox 360, early reviewers note that it’s a solid mobile headset for use with a phone, and the audio quality is quite good.The media remote will retail for $19.99, and the Bluetooth headset will retail for $59.99. Both will be available for purchase this holiday season, beginning early November 2011.Read more at Major Nelson, via Neowinlast_img read more

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Eriksson It would be easier for England to beat Brazil than

first_imgFormer England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is expecting a “very tight” game between his former side and his native Sweden in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-finalThe 70-year-old became the first foreigner to take charge of the Three Lions in 2001 and led them into quarter-final appearances in three major tournaments before stepping down in 2006.Under Gareth Southgate, England have reached the last-eight of the World Cup for the first time since they were under Eriksson at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.But the ex-Lazio boss is not expecting an easy ride for them against his native Sweden.“During my time with England we met Sweden four times,” he said, according to The Express.“We lost once, and the others were draws and, going back before that, they have beaten England in big games.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It would be easier for England to beat Brazil than to beat Sweden. Sweden today are a very hard team to break down.“Their strikers are defenders when it’s time to defend and they can defend in their own box as well. Their running, their commitment, their physical work is incredible.”Luck will be a big factor for England this weekend.“England have a great chance to make a World Cup semi-final,” Eriksson added.“I can see a draw and extra time. England have set-pieces, Sweden will make some chances, but the game will come down to luck – the team that makes the most of their luck will win.“It will be very tight. My brain says England, though my heart says Sweden. But, in the last 30 years, how many times have England beaten Sweden? Not often – twice.”last_img read more

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David Luiz on Willians future He told me he loved Chelsea

first_imgChelsea defender David Luiz is confident that Willian will remain at the club he “loves” for next seasonThe Brazilian winger has been the subject of interest for both Barcelona and, more recently, Real Madrid for a move in the summer transfer window, while Jose Mourinho is thought to have held a long-term interest in reuniting with his former player at Manchester United.But Willian himself has now played down talk of an exit from Stamford Bridge and Luiz is certain that his compatriot will be with him after Thursday transfer deadline day.“We are friends for a long time. Since the beginning, he told me he loved Chelsea,” said Luiz, according to Goal.“To leave Chelsea, he would have to do something totally out of reality, or if he really wanted to leave, or if Chelsea really wanted to kick him out. This is not the reality. Chelsea loves Willian, Willian loves Chelsea, so that’s great.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“He’s a fantastic player and a fantastic friend. I’ve known Willian since I was eight, so a long time. Willian loves Chelsea. He already showed his quality, so I want him to stay.”Meanwhile, Belgian duo Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have been strongly linked with moves to Real Madrid this summer with the latter believed to be now on the verge of finally completing his long-awaited transfer.“Chelsea wants the best players to stay. They know Chelsea a lot, so they know what they’ve had here, the fun they’ve had here. Everybody loves them [Courtois and Hazard] and I hope they can stay,” continued Luiz.“Of course. I think Chelsea has a fantastic squad, with fantastic players. I want them to stay, because we have top players with confidence. [But] if they decide to leave, I think we will continue with fantastic players.”Chelsea will take on Lyon in their final pre-season game of the International Champions Cup at 21:05 (GMT +2).last_img read more

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Lippi Ronaldos impact at Juventus is unbelievable

first_imgFormer Juventus manager Marcello Lippi believes that Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival could not have been better timedThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner stunned the football world by leaving Real Madrid for a €112m switch to Juventus in the summer.Ronaldo recently revealed that the Real president, Florentino Pérez, no longer valued him and so he decided to leave.While his old employers struggle in his absence, Ronaldo has made an impressive start to life in Italy.The Portugal captain has managed seven goals and five assists in 10 Serie A games.And Lippi thinks that Ronaldo’s timely arrival has given Juventus a brilliant boost as they chase an eighth straight league crown and a first Champions League title since 1996.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The veteran Italian coach also suggests that a Ronaldo from three years ago wouldn’t have been as effective as he is now.“Juventus signed him at the right time,” Lippi told Courier Dello Sport, via Express.“His impact is unbelievable.“If the Bianconeri had signed him three years ago, he would’ve had a much less impact than now.”Ronaldo also recently spoke of his hopes of winning a record sixth Ballon d’Or this year.Juventus will host Cagliari on Saturday at Turin with kick-off to start at 20:30 (CEST).last_img read more

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Jupiter just got slammed by something so big we saw it from

first_img Another impact on Jupiter today (2019-08-07 at 04:07 UTC)! A bolide (meteor) and not likely to leave dark debris like SL9 did 25 years ago. Congrats to Ethan Chappel (@ChappelAstro) on this discovery and H/T to Damian Peach (@peachastro) for the report https://t.co/lj38ncBZuI— Dr Heidi B. Hammel (@hbhammel) August 7, 2019 Comments Space geeks tweak NASA images of Jupiter’s red spot Sci-Tech 43 SL9 is Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which famously impacted Jupiter in 1994. Hammel led the team that used the Hubble Space Telescope to study the impact and how the planet’s gassy atmosphere responded. Something remarkable to consider is that the apparent size of the flash is almost the size of Earth, which is tiny next to the giant gas planet. For reference, about three Earths could fit inside Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, which is also visible.Of course, this doesn’t mean that whatever hit Jupiter was the size of a planet, just that the collision looks to have released a lot of explosive energy. Sky and Telescope’s Bob King says, if confirmed, this would be the seventh recorded impact of Jupiter since Shoemaker-Levy and the first in over two years.Better to keep all that asteroid traffic directed in the outer solar system, we’ve had enough space rock scares here in the past month. The apparent moment of impact on the solar system’s largest world. Ethan Chappel An amateur astronomer caught something spectacular with a backyard telescope Wednesday when he recorded a bright flash on the surface of Jupiter. The biggest planet in the solar system routinely delivers stunning pictures, like those snapped by NASA’s Juno spacecraft, but the unexpected flash has astronomers excited at the possibility of a meteor impact.Ethan Chappel pointed his telescope at the gas giant planet at just the right time, capturing the white spot seen on the lower left side of the planet in the above images on Aug. 7.While it has yet to be confirmed by a second observer, it looks like a large asteroid crashing into the gas giant planet. The flash is brief and quickly fades away, boosting the idea that it was likely caused by an impact. “Another impact on Jupiter today!” astronomer Dr. Heidi B. Hammel wrote on Twitter. “A bolide (meteor) and not likely to leave dark debris like SL9 did 25 years ago.” Tags Share your voice 20 Photos Spacelast_img read more

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9 Killed in Flightseeing Crash Near Ketchikan

first_imgNine people died Thursday afternoon when the DeHavilland Otter floatplane they were traveling in went down near Ella Lake in Misty Fiords National Monument near Ketchikan.The Promech Air floatplane was reported overdue at about 2 p.m. While rescue crews were getting organized, a Temsco helicopter located the plane on the side of a cliff.Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says the plane was about 800 feet above the lake, against a rock face. She says rescue efforts were challenging.“It’s a very difficult location. Terrain is exceedingly steep, it’s essentially a granite rock face. So, there are definitely some challenges. Due to fears of triggering some kind of rock slide, we were attempting to have helicopters lower people down to look inside the wreckage to see what the situation was.”Peters says rescue crews were able to reach the crash site at about 6 p.m., and confirmed that everyone on board had been killed. As of Thursday night, crews were pulled from the scene. Weather conditions made recovery efforts unsafe.“So, we’re just going to be assessing the situation tomorrow, seeing what resources are available, and doing our best to body recoveries, to let these people go home.”Peters praised the efforts of the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad.“It really does come down to our local, trained volunteers that makes these things ultimately a success. And we will be relying on them to help us with the body recovery efforts. Their experience and their willingness to help us, is just above and beyond.”The identities of the pilot and eight passengers won’t be released until next of kin have all been notified.The passengers all were from the Holland America Cruise Lines ship Westerdam, which stopped in Ketchikan during a seven-day tour of the Inside Passage. A statement from the cruise line expresses condolences to the families and friends of those killed.Peters says Troopers will be investigating the crash, in partnership with the National Transportation Safety Board.Promech is a Ketchikan-based company that offers flightseeing tours and charters. An employee who answered the phone at Promech says the company is not commenting at this time.last_img read more

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15 hurt in AL factional clash

first_imgAt least 15 people were injured in clashes between two groups of Awami League at Devtola village in Shailkupa Upazila of Jhenaidah on Wednesday morning, reports UNB.Locals said supports of Shailkupa’s vice-chairman Monowar Hossain Malika and Awami League leader Shamsuzzaman Panna Khan got into a clash around 9:00am.Police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control, said Ahyubur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Shailkupa police station.Additional police personnel were deployed in the area, he said.The injured were taken to upazila health complex, Sadar Hospital and Jhenaidah Eye Hospital.last_img read more

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Hydrogel based water purification system 12 times better than current systems

first_img Play Fabrication process of the h-LAH. Credit: Xingyi Zhou and Fei Zhao, UT Austin 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. Explore further The world needs an inexpensive way to extract drinkable water from dirty water. Every day, millions of people are forced to drink water that is unfit for human consumption. In many cases, the places that need the water the most are not included in large purification efforts, thus, personal systems are needed. The most common way to purify water in small amounts is to make and use a solar-based water distillation system in which a bottle painted black on the bottom is exposed to the sun. As the water evaporates, it collects on the upper exposed surfaces of the bottle and trickles down into a container. While this method works quite well as a means of extracting clean water, it is very inefficient as evaporation starts only when the bottle and its entire contents are heated. In this new effort, the researchers developed a vastly more efficient systems.The new work by the team was based on work they did last year. In that effort, they created a sponge-like material made from two hydrogels—one was water-binding, the other light absorbing. When the sponge was placed atop the dirty water in a solar still, it forced the water inside to evaporate faster than normally. This was due to the layer of water that was touching the sponge forging weaker hydrogen bonds. That effort pushed the efficiency of the solar still to 3.2 L/h/m2 of water—which, the researchers claim, was more than twice the theoretical limit. In this new effort, the researchers improved that efficiency even more by adding chitosan (another polymer) to the mix. Doing so allowed the sponge to hold more water, leading to faster evaporation. This pushed the efficiency of the solar still to 3.6 L/h/m2, which, the researchers claim, is 12 times better than commercial units. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen A team of researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, collaborating with a group from the Lockheed Martin Corporation, has developed a new hydrogel-based water purification system—it is approximately 12 times better than existing commercial systems. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes their system and how well it tested. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: Hydrogel based water purification system 12 times better than current systems (2019, July 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-hydrogel-based-purification-current.html Solar-powered moisture harvester collects and cleans water from air Journal information: Science Advances © 2019 Science X Network Play Outdoor demo of the h-LAH based solar water purification. Credit: Xingyi Zhou and Fei Zhao, UT Austin More information: Xingyi Zhou et al. Architecting highly hydratable polymer networks to tune the water state for solar water purification, Science Advances (2019). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw5484last_img read more

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