Pune builder D.S. Kulkarni gets a lifeline from HC

first_imgPune: The Bombay High Court on Monday granted builder Deepak S. Kulkarni a 72-hour extension of his interim relief to repay investors.Mr. Kulkarni, who is accused of fraud, has been granted several breathers since the first FIR filed against him and his wife in Pune in October last year. He was given a temporary lifeline after his lawyers submitted evidence that the builder had the requisite resources to repay ₹50 crore to the investors as mandated by the High Court.Extending the beleaguered developer’s relief, Justice Sadhana Jadhav directed Mr. Kulkarni to deposit the amount in the court registry by January 25.Arguing that the attachment of his properties had caused difficulties in procuring the money, Mr. Kulkarni’s lawyers submitted in court that the builder was due to receive amount to the tune of USD 80 lakh (approx Rs. 51 crore) from one of his concerns abroad.This sum, according to Mr. Kulkarni’s counsel, would suffice to repay investors. Evidence of this transaction was furnished before the court.On December 19 last year, the Bombay High Court, after providing an extended breather to him for a fortnight, had cancelled Mr. Kulkarni’s interim relief, following which the Pune police claimed that the builder was ‘absconding’.The developer and his wife, Hemanti, accused of duping thousands of investors across Pune, Mumbai and Kolhapur, had then filed an online SLP in the Supreme Court on December 20 seeking further extension of his interim relief in a bid to stave off arrest.The Apex court, while granting Mr. Kulkarni a four-week relief period ( till January 19 this year) made it clear that no further extension would be granted to him and accordingly disposed off the builder’s SLP.On January 19, Mr. Kulkarni was given yet another brief extension of his interim relief. A total five of FIRs across Pune, Mumbai and Kolhapur have been lodged against the developer and his family since October 28 last year, with more than 3000 investors filing cheating complaints against Mr. Kulkarni.More than 8,000 persons, a majority of them senior citizens, are said to have invested in the DSK group’s fixed deposit (FD) scheme. The developer is said to owe an excess of Rs. 600 crore to investors. On November 8 last year, a special court in Pune had quashed the interim bail application of Mr. Kulkarni and his wife.The Kulkarnis, facing prospect of arrest, had then moved the Bombay High Court against the Pune court’s order and were granted interim relief, which was extended periodically for nearly a month on promise of repayment to investors.last_img read more

MI vs DD: We have the skill and firepower to beat Mumbai, says Delhi all-rounder Angelo Mathews

first_imgSri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews today said that misfiring Delhi Daredevils have the ability to beat formidable Mumbai Indians in their Indian Premier League match here tomorrow.Mumbai chased down a stiff 199-run target against Kings XI Punjab with 27 balls to spare at Indore last night.”Mumbai have been playing extremely good cricket, as was the case last night (against KXIP). We certainly can beat them and we have the skill and firepower to do it,” said Mathews.Thursday night’s victory was Mumbai’s fifth on the trot in six games and that has placed them at the top of the table. On the other hand, Delhi are struggling with three loses from five outings.”If you look at the last 5-6 games Mumbai have played, they have been on a roll, home or away. It’s a tough ask but we have the firepower to do it. It’s just that we need to click,” Mathews insisted.Sri Lanka’s limited overs skipper pointed out how the Daredevils, who have lost three games including the last two, had come close to crossing the finish line.”All our games were very close, but could not pull it off. Next time we should be able to do it, if we come close,” he said optimistically.Even in the previous game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad, Daredevils made a brave effort to overhaul 192- run target but failed, and Mathews praised the rival bowlers.”If you watch the last game it’s really hard to explain what went wrong. Credit should go to Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and other bowlers. They bowled yorkers and did not give us anything to hit,” he said.advertisementMathews conceded that the team did not have sufficient big names in batting, but said Delhi were playing as a unit.”We have not got so many superstars in our team, but we have got a good set of players who can win games and that’s all matters. We have played as a team right though. We are on the verge of winning games and I am sure we can pull it off tomorrow.”He also said the that team had quite a few talented Indian youngsters.”When you play competitive cricket and when you score and take wickets against international players, it shows you have something in you. In our team we have Sanju Samson, who is 22 years old, Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer. Shahbaz (Nadeem) has been bowling well for so many seasons. The amount of talent is unbelievable,” Mathews said.Asked about Mumbai’s death bowling specialist Lasith Malinga giving away more than 50 runs in two successive games, the fellow-Lankan said, “…anyone can have a bad day, especially in T20 cricket and it’s very difficult to be consistent throughout the long season of 14 games. Lasith has proved himself as one of the best bowlers in shorter format.He will definitely come back.”Mathews wished that more Lankans would turn out in IPL in the future.”IPL is very competitive tournament. The cream of international players play here. Obviously playing competitive cricket is very good, but unfortunately not many of us are in IPL and hopefully more will be there in the coming years,” he concluded.last_img read more

Meet Garima Avtar, the one to lead expedition of 20 female drivers to inhospitable Spiti

first_imgNoida-based Garima Avtar, 40, is one of a handful of female rally drivers to have participated in almost all of India’s major motorsport competitions, including the Indian Rally Championship, the Raid De Himalaya, Desert Storm, the Mughal Rally and the Autocross and Speed Sprints. Now, she’s getting ready for a,Noida-based Garima Avtar, 40, is one of a handful of female rally drivers to have participated in almost all of India’s major motorsport competitions, including the Indian Rally Championship, the Raid De Himalaya, Desert Storm, the Mughal Rally and the Autocross and Speed Sprints. Now, she’s getting ready for a new adventure: leading a unique expedition of 20 female drivers to the inhospitable Spiti, in Himachal Pradesh, in September this year. “The expedition is not meant to be a joy ride,” she says.”It is aimed at boosting confidence among women,” adds Avtar, who says knowing how to deal with inhospitable road conditions will give participants the courage to explore the beautiful Indian countryside from behind the wheel and make the outdoors a part of their lives.She says that travel companies catering exclusively to female travellers have already demonstrated the market potential for such expeditions. Women will also feel more comfortable driving with an all-female team, says Avtar, a former member of the Professional Mahindra Rally team in the ‘Time Distance Speed’ category.With 40 per cent of the seats for the expedition already filled by women from across the country, including from cities like Ahmedabad and Chennai, Avtar is optimistic that this is just the beginning. “Let us see what happens on the ground. Next time, we can choose even tougher terrain and make the grind even more challenging,” she says.Avtar, who is also a trained classical singer, joined the rally circuit in 2011, with the Women’s Car Rally (a drive from Delhi to Jaipur). She traces her obsession with four wheels back to her childhood. “While other girls were playing with dolls, my room was full of small toy cars. This sport has taught me so much? it has taught me integrity and perseverance, things that matter more than craft, in the long run,” she says.advertisementPart of the Mercedes-Benz Luxe Drive in 2016 and an instructor at the Porsche Test Run hosted by the Porsche Centre, Gurugram, in 2017, Avtar stresses that she has always felt welcome in the traditionally male bastion of Indian motorsport. “Not only did I receive a positive reaction from my male counterparts from the very beginning, they have always been very supportive and encouraging,” she says. However, she says that sponsorships remain few and far between in the sport, despite the fact that Indian rallyists like Gaurav Gill have proven their mettle in major events like the Asia Pacific Rally Championship. Avtar, who trained under Gill in 2014, says that “the problem of funds cuts across sports. Cricket is the only game that attracts corporates. Let’s see when sponsors open their purse strings to this sport”.In the next five years, Avtar wants to hit the international circuit. “Everything is going as planned. In order to maximise my potential, I have created a tight bubble of total focus around me,” she says.last_img read more

Olympics Deja Vu in Rio – Good or Bad Version?

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares BELEK, Turkey – Blame it on Rio. That might as well have been the official slogan of this week’s Olympic gathering here.This turned out to be the occasion when the long-simmering angst over Rio de Janeiro’s troubled preparations for the 2016 Olympics blew up into full crisis mode.On the sidelines of the SportAccord convention in the Mediterranean resort of Belek, the International Olympic Committee executive board and summer sports federations raised the stakes over the critical delays threatening the first games in South America.Here’s five things we learned about the turmoil in Rio:ALARM BELLS RINGINGEveryone has known for some time that Brazil was lagging behind schedule. Until now, however, the IOC had kept relatively restrained with its no-time-to-lose warnings. But Turkey marked a tipping point when the IOC and sports leaders made their complaints loud and clear and exposed just how deep the crisis is, even deeper than it was for the 2004 Athens Games, previously considered the benchmark for organizational disorder. Venue construction delays are not the only concern. Worries are also mounting over accommodations, transport and water pollution. Some officials openly wondered about “Plan B” contingencies. The IOC even refused to rule out moving the games — considered highly improbable at such a late stage. The message: With two years to go, the games need salvaging.FELLI TO THE RESCUEThe man with the task of whipping Rio into shape is Gilbert Felli, the veteran IOC executive director of the Olympic Games. Already having been assigned to work on Rio once he steps down from his IOC role in August, the Swiss administrator is being dispatched to Rio next week to kick-start the process. No one knows the ins and outs of the management operations and deadlines for an Olympics better than Felli. But he’ll have his hands full. Three task forces are also being created and a local construction manager hired. Another key figure working behind the scenes with Felli will be American Olympic operations expert Doug Arnot.PLEASE MR. MAYORThe IOC went out of its way to single out Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes as a crucial player in the efforts to get the games on track. There has been deep frustration over the lack of cooperation on the Olympic project among the three level of government in Brazil. Local Olympic organizing chief Carlos Nuzman, the man credited with winning the games for Brazil, lacks the skills and political leverage that Sebastian Coe had in London. IOC President Thomas Bach and Felli both talked about the importance of Paes in facilitating funding for some of the construction, particularly for Deodoro, a complex for eight sports venues where work has yet to begin. “The mayor is the one really acting to solve the problem,” Felli said. “Be careful not to shoot at him.”NO GRASS FOR GOLFPerhaps the single sport most at risk is golf, due to return to the Olympic program for the first time in more than a century. Trouble is, the course at Venue Reserva de Marapendi, designed by American architect Gil Hanse, doesn’t even have any grass yet. Organizers say the grass installation will begin later this month, but can a world-class golf course be fully tested and ready within two years? Golf needs conditions that will attract the game’s top players. Officials may begin looking for an existing course — inside or outside Brazil — if progress isn’t made in a hurry.BLAME GAMEBach and Felli said they wouldn’t point fingers or blame anyone for the mess in Brazil. Critics could also take aim at the IOC for two things — giving the games to Rio in the first place, and waiting until now to raise the emergency alarm. (Juan Antonio Samaranch issued his famous “yellow light” warning to Athens organizers four years before the games). Was it prudent to give Brazil the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics back-to-back? It’s hard enough for rich, developed nations to host both mega events. Five years ago, the IOC embraced the emotional and sentimental factors of taking the Olympics to a new continent. Today, the prevailing feelings are ones of dismay and anxiety.last_img read more

Only T20I: Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 3 wickets to clinch thriller

first_imgSri Lanka pulled off a close three-wicket win in the only Twenty20 match against South Africa on Tuesday after the Sri Lanka spinners dismissed the tourists for their lowest score in the format.Batting first after winning the toss, South Africa were bowled out for 98 runs in the 17th over. South Africa’s previous lowest score in Twenty20 internationals was 100 against Pakistan in 2013.Akila Dananjaya and Dhananjaya de Silva took two wickets each to compliment Lakshan Sandakan who returned best figures of 3/19.Quinton de Kock top scored for South Africa with 20 runs as the Sri Lankan spinners did not allow any significant partnership.Sri Lanka progressed well despite a poor start but soon looked precarious after losing three middle order wickets for six runs. However, Dinesh Chandimal remained unbeaten on 36 to see his team reach 99/7 in 16 overs.Congratulations to @OfficialSLC who win a low-scoring thriller of a T20 by 3 wickets after bowling @OfficialCSA out for 98!#SLvSA scorecard: https://t.co/jIxVGnvck1 pic.twitter.com/WvCHRNUjCdICC (@ICC) August 14, 2018Sri Lanka lost their first two wickets in the first over with the total on six. Fast bowler Kasigo Rabada had Kusal Perera caught at mid-off by Tabraiz Shamsi and also won a leg before decision on review to dismiss Kusal Mendis.Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva (31) added 53 runs for the third wicket and looked to be cruising toward an easy win.However, Junior Dala dismissed de Silva through a catch in the deep with the score on 59 and Heinrich Klassen held a sharp catch at forward-short-leg off Shamsi to dismiss captain Angelo Mathew for a duck.advertisementDasun Shanaka made 16 before mistiming Dala for a high catch to Reeza Hendricks to leave Sri Lanka 82/5.Sri Lanka looked vulnerable at 88/7 after Thisara Perera (0) and Akila Dananjaya (2) were dismissed cheaply. However, Isuru Udana stayed with Chandimal to score the runs needed to win the game.Dala, Rabada and Shamsi took two wickets each for South Africa.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Reveals What Needs To Change For Ohio State Moving Forward

first_imgARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl against the USC Trojans in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Urban Meyer hasn’t lost many games like Ohio State lost tonight. The Buckeyes were outplayed in every facet of the game at Purdue, losing to the Boilermakers, 49-20, in West Lafayette, Ind.It’s the first loss of the season for Ohio State, which falls to 7-1 on the year. OSU is still right in the College Football Playoff mix – the computer models still give the Buckeyes a solid chance of making it, especially if they win out – but a lot is going to have to change.Meyer spoke honestly about just what is going to have to change for the Buckeyes following tonight’s loss to Purdue.The main thing: Ohio State has to run the ball better.The Buckeyes totaled just 76 yards on 25 carries against the Boilermakers’ defense. Ohio State possesses two seemingly elite tailbacks in J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber, but they combined for just 69 yards against this defense.“Down the stretch, we’re going to need a run game,” Meyer told reporters at his post-game press conference.This has been a common issue for Ohio State in losses during the Meyer era, too. The Buckeyes’ famously failed to get Ezekiel Elliott going in a home loss to Michigan State in 2015. Ohio State had more issues than just its running game tonight, of course, but it always seems to be a problem in defeat.Can that change moving forward?Ohio State will attempt to get things going again on Nov. 3 against Nebraska.last_img read more

Gov’t Looking to Roll Out More ZOSOs

first_img “We have reached a point where we believe that we have perfected the operations of the Zones of Special Operations, and we are now ready to declare in other communities,” Mr. Holness said. The Government plans to roll out additional Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs). Story Highlights The Government plans to roll out additional Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs).This was announced by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during Tuesday’s (April 16) sitting of the House of Representatives, where two resolutions were approved, extending the ZOSOs in Mount Salem, St James, and Denham Town, West Kingston, for another 60 days.“We have reached a point where we believe that we have perfected the operations of the Zones of Special Operations, and we are now ready to declare in other communities,” Mr. Holness said.He informed that the Government has engaged a strategy of training, incorporating the Jamaica National Service Corps (JNSC), to rapidly boost the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) personnel.“Some of those members will ultimately find their way through the recruitment process into the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). So we are using the JNSC as a mechanism to increase the manpower of the Force, so that we can [implement] more of these Zones of Special Operations,” Prime Minister Holness stated.Mr. Holness informed that budgetary allocations to undertake additional ZOSOs have been earmarked, adding that the logistics being worked out is how to deploy members of the security forces without depriving communities of their services.“We are working out the manpower allocation, so we in no way deprive any area of their presence. That is the only issue that has really prevented us from declaring [additional] Zones earlier,” the Prime Minister stated.For his part, Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, welcomed the Government’s decision to extend the ZOSOs into other communities.A ZOSO can be declared under the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act.The law seeks to contain crime while safeguarding the human rights of residents and promoting community development through social-intervention initiatives in areas where a Zone is declared. This was announced by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during Tuesday’s (April 16) sitting of the House of Representatives, where two resolutions were approved, extending the ZOSOs in Mount Salem, St James, and Denham Town, West Kingston, for another 60 days.last_img read more

Very good chance for USChina trade deal sometime Trump

first_imgTokyo: President Donald Trump said Monday there was a “very good” chance of clinching a trade deal with China as the world’s top two economies clash over their trade relationship. “I think sometime in the future, China and the US will have a great trade deal and we look forward to that,” Trump said after talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.last_img

International Criminal Court to start functioning early next year key negotiator says

The International Criminal Court (ICC), which formally came into existence earlier this year, should be able to start functioning in March of 2003, a key negotiator leading preparatory discussions at United Nations Headquarters in New York said today. “The ICC is no longer just a court on paper,” said Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, the Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations and President of the First Session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The only outstanding issue left unresolved was the procedure for the election of judges, he said, but a working group had produced a consensus text on the matter. “Many of the required details relating to the financial and administrative architecture of the Court already have been approved, so in essence we are now working on the vision of a permanent International Criminal Court into a tangible reality, and this is great cause for hope for a world aspiring to something better, for celebration,” he said. While acknowledging that not all countries were ready to join the ICC, he voiced confidence that eventually they would come to appreciate its importance. “The inescapable logic governing the need for such a Court, the justness of its cause is the surest guarantee that one day it will enjoy universal acceptance and the full support of the entire international community.” read more

Offensive struggles carry over and culminate in upset loss at Penn State

The Penn State defense tackles OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett late in the fourth quarter to solidify a 24-21 victory over the Buckeyes on Oct. 22. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. — When the Ohio State football team got back to Columbus around 5 in the morning following the Wisconsin game, the No. 2 Buckeyes changed up their routine. They took an off day on Sunday and watched film on Monday. Throughout the week the team tried to correct the woes in the passing game that carried over to Wisconsin from the Indiana game the week before.Once again, a sluggish offensive performance reared its ugly head on Saturday night against the Penn State Nittany Lions. However, this time it ended in the team’s first loss of 2016, 24-21 in regulation. It was coach Urban Meyer’s first loss in 21 true road games with the Scarlet and Gray.“Offensively we didn’t control the line of scrimmage,” Meyer said. “(J.T. Barrett) was under pressure all night when he threw it. We didn’t move them off the ball in the run game.”After three quarters, the Buckeyes looked to be in control. Samuel silenced the white-out crowd with an electrifying 74-yard touchdown run that put OSU up 19-7. Then, a Penn State snap went over the head of punter Blake Gillikin who recovered it in his own end zone for a safety. The Buckeyes led 21-7, then things went south.Penn State scored on a 90-yard drive in just five plays. Then, after an OSU three-and-out and a blocked punt, the Nittany Lions put three more on the board to trim the deficit to 21-17. After OSU accumulated 59 yards, Penn State junior cornerback Grant Haley blocked a field goal attempt from OSU senior kicker Tyler Durbin and returned it 60 yards for the game-winning score.Albeit, the outcome wasn’t entirely the offense’s fault, but the team’s inability to gain first downs early in the game came back to haunt them late.With 4:21 on the clock for a game-tying or go-ahead score, a typical Urban Meyer offense can manage that time and score without much of a problem. For whatever reason, this year that has not been the case and it showed on Saturday. The kickoff was muffed, giving redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett and the offense difficult field position. The entire drive, the Penn State defense — ranked 102nd in the country in rushing defense prior to the game— continued to disrupt the OSU offense. Barrett was flushed out of the backfield, had little time to throw and redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber had nowhere to run.Barrett was sacked twice on the drive in the team’s final two plays. In total, Penn State had six sacks on the night, the most allowed this season by OSU’s offensive line.“We didn’t get our job done,” redshirt senior center Pat Elflein said. “They were playing hard and we just didn’t do it. We didn’t get it done tonight.”For the third straight week, the passing game has not been met expectations. Barrett completed 28-of-43 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown, but over half of those completions were to Samuel and Weber — many on checkdowns.Barrett was forced out of the pocket on numerous occasions, but that wasn’t the problem in the past two games. Even when there was protection, Barrett often had to create more time to find an open receiver. He said after the game that the timing between the receivers wasn’t an issue.“I think it was just mental errors,” Barrett said. “It’s not looking for a hot (receiver) … not clearing out on some routes so somebody else can get open. I think that was part of it. I think we put our O-line in bad spots early on in drives, so we’re in 2nd-and-long and then we had to pass.”Moving forward, OSU has plenty of questions to answer on both sides of the ball, but the the presence of a passing game might avoid another loss that would effectively end OSU’s playoff hopes.“We’re not a great team right now,” Meyer said. “We got to regroup and get guys healthy and come back and keep swinging.” read more

10seed Ohio State set to play VCU in NCAA Tournament 2nd round

The Ohio State men’s basketball team is going dancing despite a quarterfinal loss in the Big Ten Tournament.The Buckeyes (23-10, 11-7) were given the 10 seed in the West Region for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night, drawing a matchup with seven-seed Virginia Commonwealth University set for Thursday in Portland, Ore.VCU holds a 26-9 record heading into the NCAA Tournament to go with a 12-6 mark in Atlantic 10 play. The Rams topped Dayton, 71-65, on Sunday to win their conference tournament championship.OSU dropped out of the conference tournament on Friday with a 76-67 loss to Michigan State in Chicago after topping Minnesota in the second round Thursday. But that loss didn’t deter the selection committee as the Buckeyes picked up their seventh straight NCAA bid.The Buckeyes lost in their first game of the 2014 tournament, against Dayton in Buffalo. They had made it to the Elite Eight in 2013 and the Final Four in 2012.Big Ten champion Wisconsin is the top seed in the West Region, while Arizona, Baylor and North Carolina round out the top four spots. If OSU tops VCU, it will take on the winner of the matchup between two-seed Arizona and 15-seed Texas Southern on Saturday. read more

£5 notes with tiny hidden Jane Austen engravings worth up to £50000

first_imgMicro-engraver Graham Short has given a surprise to people using the new plastic fiver. The 70-year-old artist has put into circulation four of the £5 notes, all of which have miniature, hidden engravings of Jane Austen on them.The notes, which could be worth as much as £50,000, feature the painstakingly engraved design next to the picture of Big Ben and Winston Churchill.He has also engraved quotes from ‘Emma’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, and ‘Mansfield Park’ onto the notes. “When I saw the new £5 note, I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be good if I could engrave something on it.'”I didn’t know what at first, but then I found out that next year is going to be the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and her image is also going to be on the new £10 note, which is coming out next year, so it ties in quite nicely with that.”He said he manages to engrave such tiny images  by working late at night, so he can’t hear the rumbling of traffic.The artist also wears a stethoscope so he can hear the beating of his own heart, working between beats so he remains perfectly still.  Mr Short also gets Botox injections between his eyes to stop the nerves around them from twitching, in order for him to create the perfect micro images.He revealed to Quartz that he swims six miles a day in order to keep his heart rate down, and never drinks coffee. Credit:AP AP 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. The Austen engraving is visible to the naked eye but viewers will need a microscope to see it properly.Mr Short is famous for engraving the Lord’s Prayer on the head of a pin.His latest work, a portrait of the Queen engraved on a speck of gold inside the eye of a needle, sold for £100,000. “I’m always looking to do something different,” the Birmingham-born engraver said.last_img read more

Vacon strengthens foothold in mining and minerals

first_imgTo respond to the boom in the mining and minerals segments, the Finland-based AC drives manufacturer Vacon is further expanding its offering in this field. Vacon will is presenting its products and services at Aimex, Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition, in Sydney, Australia, this week. Vacon says it is able to provide fast and professional service and support to these segments where downtime is very costly.   “Vacon has delivered thousands of AC drives to mining and minerals customers across the whole world. Due to its vast natural resources, Australia is experiencing a great mining boom, and with our newly recruited experts in the field and our robust drives, Vacon has excellent opportunities for future growth in these segments globally,” says Heikki Hiltunen, Executive Vice President, Vacon.   “The Aimex Exhibition, the major mining exhibition in Asia-Pacific held only every four years, is a great opportunity for us to present ourselves and our services to the mining and minerals segment,” says Mike Smits, Managing Director of Vacon Pacific, Vacon’s subsidiary in Australia that opened in March 2007.   Vacon AC drives endure well in hot, dirty and dusty ambient conditions. They bring considerable energy savings and meet the tight space requirements of underground applications. The Vacon AC drive product line ranges from 0.25 kW to 5 MW, and step-up medium voltage solutions are also available.   “In the mining and minerals segment, where downtime is extremely costly, reliability of equipment and fast customer support are of utmost importance. With our reliable and efficient products and highly skilled and helpful personnel both locally and globally, we are able to meet the high demands of the field,” Smits concludes.   Fuel economy and automation control of various processes support the use of variable speed AC drives in the highly competitive mining and minerals processing sector. Running AC motors with variable speed drives instead of constant or fixed speeds can save up to 50% in energy consumption, especially when operating pumps, fans, compressors and winches. Furthermore, AC drives provide substantially lower levels of noise than traditional hydraulic alternatives, and motors can be run up to three times faster than with hydraulic systems in applications such as slack rope handling.   Vacon Group was founded in 1993 for one purpose only: to create, develop and provide AC drives worldwide. The company’s ambition is to meet the most demanding needs of customers looking for the ultimate in performance, ease of use and reliability. In 2006, Group revenues totalled €186.4 million.last_img read more

Rio Tinto Alcan inaugurates 11 billion Arvida Aluminium Smelter Tahoes Escobal mine

first_imgThe latest issue of International Mining Project News, out today, has reports on 30 prefeasibility studies, four feasibility studies, and 17 projects in development, four new mines that have gone into production, five existing operations that are expanding and four merger and acquisition announcements, and many new appointments to new positions. The report covers 25 gold projects, 14 copper projects, eight silver projects, four coal, and diamond projects, three nickel, and zinc projects, two graphite and polymetallic projects and one tin, lead, hematite, rare earths, lithium, oil sand, tungsten, uranium, and graphene projects. This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads.Rio Tinto Alcan has inaugurated the $ 1.1 billion Arvida Aluminium Smelter, AP60 Technology Centre, in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, Quebec. The new plant has an installed capacity of 60,000 t of aluminium and is the most technologically advanced aluminium smelter in the world.Whilst Tahoe Resources has announced that its Escobal mine in Guatemala has reached commercial production. Operations commenced in late September 2013 and production has been ramping towards the 3500 t/d target level since that time.Flinders Resources has recently purchased key lead-order items for the Woxna processing facility in central Sweden, to facilitate its aim to re-establish the Woxna graphite project to its former position as a key supplier of graphite to Europe.Australia’s largest privately held mining and civil contracting firm, BGC Contracting, has been awarded a contract worth more than $100 million to restart iron ore mining operations at Arrium Mining’s historic Iron Knob mine near Whyalla in South Australia. The contract period is four years with the potential for an extension.Thiess has made a return to iron ore mining having secured a A$135 million three-year contract with Western Desert Resources at its Roper Bar project, a remote greenfield iron ore mine in Australia’s Northern Territory. Thiess has been working with Western Desert Resources for some time, providing on the ground mobilisation and project support since November 2013. The contract has just commenced, with Thiess leading the mining operations.last_img read more

Trelleborg RedFine offers new abrasion resistance level in rubber for mining

first_imgTrelleborg’s engineered products operation has launched RedFine+, an innovative compounded, abrasion resistant sheet rubber for mining equipment preservation and wear protection. Suitable for use in a range of mining applications including pipe and spools, cyclone launders, vibrating screen under pans, and hoppers, RedFine+ “delivers the world’s best European produced quality abrasion resistant rubber that can help minimise downtime and help lower total costs.”Colin Turnbull, General Manager of Mining within Trelleborg’s engineered products operation, says: “Across the mining industry, operational excellence and the ability to find new productivity gains and cost down initiatives are most important. Mine downtime as a result of unscheduled maintenance repairs due to material failure directly results in costly downtime and reduced output. At Trelleborg, we are constantly looking at ways we can improve abrasion resistance in our materials to ensure maximum throughput in processing plants is achieved.He adds: “The new RedFine+ sheet rubber features superior mechanical properties resulting in unrivalled performance in slurry transfer. RedFine+ is our most advanced abrasion resistant rubber ensuring the protection of critical plant equipment.” Made from a high performance rubber compound and manufactured with a bonding layer for optimum bonding strength, NR R397, RedFine+ is available in thicknesses from 3 to 25 mm.last_img read more

Poll Should yoga be taught in Irish schools

first_img Yes (8366) 114 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Rawpixel.com Feb 25th 2019, 9:32 AM https://jrnl.ie/4511485 I don’t know/No opinion (591) FINE GAEL SENATOR Jerry Buttimer has called for yoga to be taught in schools as a way of developing positive mental health among Irish pupils.The practice is renowned to be a good way of relieving stress, anxiety and improving mental health, as well as being good exercise.According to a report in today’s Irish Examiner, Buttimer believes that yoga could give students the tools to cope with the strains of technology and boost their self-esteem.So today we’re asking: Should yoga be taught in Irish schools? Poll Results: Poll: Should yoga be taught in Irish schools? The practice is renowned to be a good way to improve mental health. Image: Shutterstock/Rawpixel.comcenter_img No (3917) Share135 Tweet Email4 Monday 25 Feb 2019, 9:32 AM Short URL By Stephen McDermott YesNoI don’t know/No opinionVote 31,554 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Jackomos named on Victorian Indigenous Honours Roll

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Merle Jackomos OAM, was one of the 20 indigenous Victorians to be honoured in an Australian first through inductions to the nation’s Indigenous Honour Roll. Mr Jackomos was inducted into the roll for his efforts in establishing many important community-run services that benefit Aboriginal communities. The honour roll is to ensure that future generations continue to recognise and pay tribute to those who have made and continue to make significant contributions to society. The Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll is part of the Victorian Government’s broader commitment to closing the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Victorians. “The Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll will acknowledge the legacy and achievements of Indigenous Victorians, past and present, who have made, and who continue to make, important and lasting contributions to our society,” said Ted Baillieu, premier of Victoria.last_img read more

Heres What You Missed From PlayStations State of Play

first_img Geek Pick: Sony HT-S350 Is a Superb SoundbarTom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud You know how even if you don’t really care about Nintendo you can still get caught up in the excitement of a Nintendo Direct? A publisher randomly dropping a little press conference’s worth of news just can’t help but raise hype. So after years of Nintendo Directs becoming bonafide institutions, naturally other publishers are going to try the format for themselves. Microsoft has been experimenting with Inside Xbox shows, to mixed results. And now Sony has just released its first State of Play, a straight-up Nintendo Direct for PlayStation games.Check it out!I’m not a huge PlayStation guy, so I’m not really one to judge whether or not this video got fans excited. However, my immediate takeaway is that considering the huge number of PlayStation 4s Sony has already sold, they now seem more interested in converting more of those hardcore users into PlayStation VR owners. Arguably the most exciting reveals here were VR-related like Iron Man VR, Five Nights at Freddy’s VR, Everybody’s Golf VR, Trover Saves The Universe from Rick and Morty’s Justin Roiland, and VR support for the upcoming No Man’s Sky Beyond expansion. And of course Days Gone continues to be a game that exists. That was the big first-party trailer, not Last of Us Part 2 or Ghost of Tsushima.So while it may not have been fantastic, this first State of Play at least seems like a good start. Between this and the lack of a Sony E3 show, it feels like the company is just trying to ride out the proven success of PS4 until the next generation. But if they work out the kinks now, the future State of Plays for the PlayStation 5 could be where greatness truly awaits. We got trailers for big third-party games like Mortal Kombat 11 and Crash Team Racing. Considering Crash Bandicoot’s PlayStation lineage, it’s nice to see the PS4 version get exclusive retro skins, karts, and tracks. Stay on targetlast_img read more

The Boys Final Trailer Its War With the Worlds Worst Superheroes

first_imgStay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWhat to Stream on Amazon Prime This Weekend The Boys, Amazon Prime Video’s new show based on the comic book series by Garth Ennis, is almost here: Amazon Prime Video just shared a final trailer for the series and it teases an epic power struggle between good guys and two-faced superheroes who are motivated by fame and don’t care about “accidental deaths.”There aren’t many details on The Boys TV series’ plot, however, the final trailer reveals some key information: Hughie Campbell (Jack Quaid) has his first bad experience with the “supes” when his girlfriend is accidentally killed by A-Train (Jessie T. Usher Jr.), who was trying to fight another superhero at the time. From there, Hughie Campbell is driven by this experience to join Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) and the rest of the squad to fight “The Seven,” who are selfish and out to better themselves, not society.F*ck supes is a whole mood and so is this new NSFW trailer for @TheBoysTV. Coming July 26. https://t.co/6UkRKpgcYK— Amazon Prime Video US (@PrimeVideo) July 23, 2019Another twist hits the team as well, and it might involve a member of “The Seven” who doesn’t like the superhero group she’s with: Starlight (Erin Moriarty), another “supe,” meets Hughie Campbell in a park and he starts to strike up a friendship with her. Despite Starlight actually appearing friendly, Billy Butcher cautions Hughie Campbell that she might be up to something bad.When The Boys declare war on “The Seven,” it’s unknown how a group of men who don’t have any powers, can outsmart otherworldly figures who might be the end of humanity.The Boys will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on July 26.More on Geek.com:The Craziest Moments in Comic Series ‘The Boys’‘The Boys’ Amazon Series Trailer: CIA Agents Take on Evil SuperheroesAmazon Is Making a ‘Lord of the Rings’ MMORPGlast_img read more