Guangzhou all set for Asian Games

first_imgIt’s not for nothing the world is in awe of China for whatever new it does virtually every day. As this huge port city braces for the challenge of hosting the high profile Asian Games, the signs of progress and prosperity can be seen all around.Participants perform during a rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou on Friday.From the bustling Baiyun International Airport to the brand new Asian Games complex is almost an hour-long drive. It criss-crosses through heavy traffic which moves at a fast pace and reflects how the host city has prepared to handle the big event starting on November 12.The flowing highways leading to the Asian Games complex is one journey which actually captures how China has meticulously prepared for an event of this stature.It would seem as a smaller one in comparison to the Olympics held in Beijing in 2008 but in reality, the Asian Games has grown up to be a big event.If one were to compare Guangzhou with how New Delhi hosted the Commonwealth Games, every facet is different.The word corruption cannot be heard here nor do you hear of bickering between agencies involved in the various works, with close to 40 new venues made for a plethora of sporting events.It’s a task which has been completed so well that no where one finds post-construction debris piled up or last-minute coats of paint being applied.For a country where there is virtually no scope for organisational glitches, more than big personalities involved in the work, the faces of volunteers are so different.advertisementBack in 2008, much as volunteers in Beijing tried hard to speak in English, it was a struggle for the non-Chinese to deal with them. From something as simple as asking for a subway route or giving instructions to a cab driver, unless you had addresses written in Chinese, it was a struggle.Now, in a matter of two years, the change is huge and stark. Cheerful volunteers in Guangzhou are not the only ones who are conscious they have to speak English to be understood and be helpful.Even those who have been hardcore ‘Chinese’ realise that the importance of English, and are making an effort to converse in one of the most widely spoken languages around the globe.The signage around the Asian Games sub-city is mostly in English and for people who have been coming to this country repeatedly, this is a big change. Old timers recall how in 1990, when Beijing hosted the Asian Games, it reflected the old China.People then were actually hesitant to interact with people from outside the country. Today, there is no such hesitancy in Guangzhou as from the young college kid — who has taken it as a challenge to be a volunteer – to a waiter in a hotel, the desire to speak English is pronounced.For those who have watched sport for decades and seen China grow, they swear this country is dead serious about not just producing champions but also how it wants to be seen as a nation which can host any big event.Undoubtedly, after the success of the Olympics in 2008, holding an Asian Games is being seen as something simple.But the bigger picture is how China could again emerge as one of the strong contenders for hosting yet another edition of an Olympics in the future.At a time when India doesn’t know whether or not to bid for the 2019 Asian Games, China’s message to the world is loud and clear.If it comes to the 2024 Olympics or the ones in 2028, they may well again throw their hats in the ring.And this is why the world sees China with admiration and awe. It’s a big achievement for a nation to hold Olympics and Asian Games within a gap of two years. China sure is a superpower today.last_img read more

Warriors know this is something special, uncertainty ahead

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ The Los Angeles Lakers of 2000-02 — led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal — are the last team to capture three straight titles.Golden State advanced without Durant, the reigning two-time finals MVP, and Cousins. Both were sidelined with injuries for the entire Western Conference finals. The finished off Portland without Andre Iguodala, another finals MVP who sat out Game 4 with an injury.While the Bucks and Raptors are slugging it out in the East, the Warriors are rehabbing.“I hope it doesn’t go unnoticed or underrated. Five straight finals hasn’t been done since the 60s, since Bill Russell’s Celtics,” fifth-year Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Hasn’t been done for a reason: It’s really, really difficult. I just can’t say enough about the competitive desire about the group of players that we have here and the culture that they have built together, playing together regardless of injury.”Each Warriors run has been unique. When they won in 2015 it was the first title for the franchise in 40 years.LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers derailed them in 2016, but the Warriors bounced back in 2017 with a dominant 16-1 record during the postseason.Last year, Golden State joined Russell’s Celtics, Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls and trio of Lakers teams — including George Mikan and company in the 1950s, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the ’80s, and Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant nearly 20 years ago — as the only franchises in NBA history to capture three championships in four years.“When I was here the first time, they rebuilt and retooled,” said Andrew Bogut, a member of the 2015 title team before rejoining the Warriors in March.“They didn’t just sit on their hands thinking it was going to last forever. They freed up cap space, you have to give (general manager) Bob Myers, (owner) Joe Lacob and the coaching staff a lot of credit. There are a lot of teams that win a championship and kind of reward the whole roster, then they end up two-three years down the track and end up in a bit of a hole. Whereas this is a great run for a franchise that will end up as one of the all-time greats.”The Warriors enjoy playing together and with so many selfless stars and a deep bench they are rarely out of any game. That doesn’t mean it has been easy, especially with the constant free agency chatter this season.Durant is an impending free agent and the basketball world continues to speculate on his next move. Thompson’s future with the Warriors is unclear as well, while Green is signed through next season.“We know that these runs don’t last forever, and obviously there are so many questions and things that could possibly happen with this team this summer,” Green said. “So want to try to take advantage of this opportunity and make the most of it, and deal with the things that come after whenever those things arrive, but right now we’re focused on the task at hand and try to do something that hasn’t been done in a long time, or many times.”The Warriors are aware of the dynasty talk, but aren’t labeling themselves. They have consistently said their focus is the task of raising another banner in the final season at Oracle Arena before the franchise moves into Chase Center in San Francisco to begin 2019-20.“I don’t think in those terms. It’s just every opportunity we have to play, these are big moments, big games,” Curry said, “and the context of what this five-year run has been and all that stuff doesn’t really dominate my mind when we’re out there competing.” PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too The Golden State Warriors players pose with the Western Conference Championship trophy after Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers Monday, May 20, 2019, in Portland, Ore. The Warriors won 119-117 in overtime. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry hears the dynasty discussion about his Golden State Warriors during another postseason run.Draymond Green realizes special teams only stay together for so long before something breaks them apart.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuecenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess That’s why the Warriors decided from Day 1 of training camp to cherish this season.Golden State is a franchise in its prime — five straight trips to the NBA Finals and seeking a third consecutive title. But the clock is ticking and the Warriors are well aware of the possible ramifications of free agency and how things could change in a hurry this summer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Basketball careers aren’t that long. If you can get 10 out of it, you’re lucky,” Green explained. “To be to five straight finals, I don’t even know what to say about it. This is what you play for. This is our goal every year and to get here five straight times is special.”The Warriors started this run with three All-Stars in Curry, Green and Klay Thompson. They added two more in Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins. How many they’ll have after free agency is any and everyone’s guess. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Steph Curry shares admiration for PH, Pacquiao PLAY LIST 04:06Steph Curry shares admiration for PH, Pacquiao04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know03:13Steph Curry dances and dazzles in Manila return02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Raptors’ one-and-done gamble on verge of paying off View comments Curry — with nearly 11-month-old son Canon regularly in his arms for the ride — is certainly relishing this stretch of his decorated career, appreciating how far the Warriors have come during the 10 years he has been in the league.A third straight title is suddenly within reach, which would be Golden State’s fourth championship in five years.“We know what’s at stake and what we’re chasing this year, this series, this game, and that’s the only way that you can really put your best foot forward in terms of trying to get back to the mountaintop,” Curry said. “We’ll have plenty of time when we hang the sneakers up to really go back and think about all the different experiences and highs and lows, but right now, we’re two games away from another finals appearance. It’s pretty special.”The Warriors are the first team to reach five straight finals since the Celtics advanced to 10 in a row from 1957-1966.Another championship would cement this run of titles among the best ever.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

Jose Mourinho helped me evolve as a player: Chelsea midfielder Oscar

first_imgChelsea Football Club midfielder Oscar heaped praise on manager Jose Mourinho, saying the latter developed his career in the club and helped him evolve as a player.”I played very briefly under Roberto di Matteo, who I liked. Under Rafa Benitez, I did not play too much, although I do think he was a good manager. But Jose has been the one who has really brought me on and developed my career,” Oscar was quoted as saying by adidas on Monday.”He has helped me evolve as a player and I think his real strength is in understanding how to get the very best out of his players. It is great working with him,” he said.Also read: Chelsea end slump with win over nine-man Arsenal The Brazil star credited the Portuguese for educating him particularly on the role of a No.10.”This is where Mourinho has been great for me. He says that I’ve evolved mentally and tactically and he’s right, I’ve learned from him what a no.10 needs to be,” the 24-year-old said.”It’s about coordinating things, analysing the game around you, creating that balance and making things happen,” Oscar said.last_img read more

India face Sri Lanka test, eye seventh straight ODI series win

first_imgIndia will be eyeing their first seventh straight ODI series victory when they take on Sri Lanka in the third and final ODI at the Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Vishakhapatnam on Sunday.Captaining the Indian cricket team for the first time, Rohit Sharma will aim to continue the momentum from the second match at Mohali in order to win his maiden series as captain.India lost the first ODI in Dharamsala by a massive seven wickets, where the Indian batting line-up went through a dramatic collapse. However, led by captain Rohit, who created history by becoming the first batsman to score a third double ton in ODIs, India roared back to form in Mohali and levelled the series with a 141-run victory.Ahead of South Africa tour, India will look to keep up their dominant form at home that has seen them win every series since the defeat to South Africa in October 2015.On the contrary, if Sri Lanka pull off a win on Sunday, it will be their first bilateral ODI series win in India.If India’s past record at this venue is anything to go by, they have an excellent chance to keep their winning run going.The hosts have lost only one of the seven matches they have played at this ground and a generally unimpressive Sri Lanka will have to be at the top their game to get past the Indians here.Placed second in the ODI rankings, India will want Rohit to lead from the front and give the side a flying start. Along side the skipper, all eyes will be on fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan, who scored a brilliant half-century in the previous match to dominate the innings from the beginning.advertisementOne-down batsman Shreyas Iyer who scored his maiden ODI half-century in the previous match will only add strength to the formidable Indian batting line-up along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey .The bowling will, however, depend on new ball bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah. Wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal who bagged a three-wicket haul in the last match will be the key in the middle overs to provide crucial breaks and stem the flow of runs.For Sri Lanka, captain Thisara Perera will look to re-work his team’s strategies to help the visitors return to winning ways.Perera will also be a vital player in the bowling department along side Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal and Akila Dananjaya who have failed to trick the Indian batsmen and pick up key wickets.For the eighth ranked ODI side, the batting will heavily rely on experienced campaigners Upul Tharanga and Angelo Mathews. Sri Lanka will also hope Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella and Asela Gunaratne to get amongst runs.Squad:India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Ajinkya Rahane, Siddarth Kaul, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel.Sri Lanka: Thisara Perera (captain), Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Nuwan Pradeep, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Sachith Pathirana, Akila Dananjaya, Asela Gunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera, Dushmantha Chameera, Chaturanga de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama.last_img read more

Toyota Robot Can’t Slam Dunk but Shoots a Mean 3-Pointer

first_imgTOKYO (AP) — It can’t dribble, let alone slam dunk, but Toyota’s basketball robot hardly ever misses a free throw or a 3-pointer.The 207-centimeter (six-foot, 10-inch)-tall machine made five of eight 3-point shots in a demonstration in a Tokyo suburb Monday, a ratio its engineers say is worse than usual.Toyota Motor Corp.’s robot, called Cue 3, computes as a three-dimensional image where the basket is, using sensors on its torso, and adjusts motors inside its arm and knees to give the shot the right angle and propulsion for a swish.Efforts in developing human-shaped robots underline a global shift in robotics use from pre-programmed mechanical arms in limited situations like factories to functioning in the real world with people.The 2017 version of the robot was designed to make free throws.Yudai Baba, a basketball player likely representing host Japan at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, took part in the demonstration and also missed a couple of shots. If the robot could learn a few more tricks, he was ready to accept the robot on the team, he said.“We human players are still better for now,” he said.Toyota’s basketball robot Cue 3 demonstrates Monday, April 1, 2019 at a gymnasium in Fuchu, Tokyo. The 207-centimeter (six-foot-10) -tall machine made five of eight three-pointer shots in a demonstration in a Tokyo suburb Monday, a ratio its engineers say is worse than usual. Toyota Motor Corp.’s robot, called Cue 3, computes as a three-dimensional image where the basket is, using sensors on its torso, and adjusts motors inside its arm and knees to give the shot the right angle and propulsion for a swish.(AP Photo/Yuri Kageyama)Right after missing, the robot slumped over. It wasn’t disappointment, but a temporary power failure.Cue 3’s name is supposed to reflect the idea the technology can serve as a cue, or signal of great things to come, according to Toyota.The company plays down how the technology might prove useful. It’s more about boosting morale among engineers, making them open to ideas and challenges.In making the robot’s outer covering something like that of an armadillo, the engineers said they were just trying to avoid the white metallic look often seen on robots.The maker of the Camry sedan, Prius hybrid and Lexus luxury models has shown off various robots, including one that played a violin. Another, resembling R2-D2 of Star Wars, slides around and picks up things. At Monday’s demonstration, it handed the basketball to Cue 3.Experts say robots that can mimic human movements, even doing them better, could prove useful in various ways, including picking crops, making deliveries, and working in factories and warehouses.Stanford University Professor Oussama Khatib, who directs the university’s robotics lab, said Cue 3 demonstrates complex activities such as using sensors and nimble computation in real-time in what he called “visual feedback.”To shoot hoops, the robot must have a good vision system, be able to compute the ball’s path then execute the shot, he said in a telephone interview.“What Toyota is doing here is really bringing the top capabilities in perception with the top capabilities in control to have robots perform something that is really challenging,” Khatib said.Japan has been aggressive in developing humanoids, including those that do little more than offer cute companionship.Toyota’s rival Honda Motor Co. has its Asimo, a culmination of research into creating a walking robot that started in the 1980s. It not only can run, but also recognize faces, avoid obstacles, shake hands, pour a drink and carry a tray.When will such robots be able to slam dunk, a feat that will require running, dribbling and jumping?“In 20 years, with technological advances,” said Tomohiro Nomi, a Toyota engineer who worked on Cue 3.By: Yuri Kageyama, AP Business WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Video: Tim Tebow Hung Out With Manny Pacquiao This Week Ahead Of Tonight’s Big Fight

first_imgTim Tebow and Manny Pacquiao pose for picture.IG/espnmicheleEven with the Kentucky Derby, NFL Draft, NBA and NHL playoffs, and plenty of early season baseball action, the marquee sporting event of the weekend is the long-awaited Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight, which will take place tonight around 11:30 p.m. One of college football’s recent superstars, Florida great Tim Tebow, is in Las Vegas for the bout, and spent time at Pacquiao camp during training this week.Pacquiao and Tebow first met in March, and caught up with the two stars, who have a lot in common, including their strong faith, and connections to the Phillipines. Pacquiao is a national hero in his home country, and Tebow was born in the city of Makati and spent five years living in the country.Much of the sports world appears to be split over tonight’s fight, but it seems like Tebow is all in on Pacquiao.last_img read more

Kirk Ferentz Gives Update On Upcoming Iowa Coaching Hire

first_imgA closeup of Kirk Ferentz on the sideline during a football game.TUCSON, AZ – SEPTEMBER 18: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes watches from the sidelines during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Hawkeyes 34-27. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Iowa football is working without a full coaching staff. Kirk Ferentz sees that changing soon.Defensive line coach Reese Morgan announced his retirement just ahead of spring practice. Morgan says he made the call to focus on his family, after 19 years on staff in Iowa City.Kevin Bell moved from recruiting coordinator to coach the defensive line. However, the new hire is expected to focus on the same position, and assist Bell there.Kirk Ferentz says that he plans to “get things rolling” on his new assistant coaching hire this week.From HawkCentral:“(The wait) has allowed us some time to think about what we’re looking for, in terms of naming another assistant,” Ferentz said. “I think we’re far enough down the road where we have a good idea of what it is we’re looking for, specifically. We’ll start the process sometime this week and get things rolling.”With Kelvin Bell going from recruiting coordinator to head defensive line coach, that leaves open some recruiting duties that the staff has decided will be spread evenly. Here’s how it’ll work: The new assistant will assist Bell on the defensive line and handle in-season recruiting evaluations on defense. Running backs coach Derrick Foster will handle in-season evaluations on offense.It sounds like that will probably come after the end of spring. The Hawkeyes have two weeks left of the practice period.last_img read more

PHOTOS: Children Reading with State Minister Terrelonge

first_imgMinister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge (left), interacts with students of Half-Way Tree Primary School, today (May 7), to mark Read Across Jamaica Day. This forms part of activities slated for Education Week, observed from May 5 to 11, under the theme ‘Empowering Educators: Retooling, Innovating, Networking for Sustainable Development’.last_img

MARAD Invites Comments on Delfin LNG’s DEIS

first_imgzoom The Maritime Administration (MARAD), together with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), has issued a call for comments on the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the Delfin LNG deepwater port project.MARAD’s notice launched a 45-day comment period and requests for public participation in the environmental impact review process.On May 8, 2015, MARAD and USCG received a license application from Delfin LNG for all Federal authorizations required for a license to own, construct and operate the deepwater port for the export of U.S. natural gas.To be located some 40 nautical miles off the coast of Cameron Parish, Louisiana, the proposed Delfin LNG deepwater port would consists of onshore gas compression facilities and a deepwater port that uses existing pipeline infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico.The pipelines would transport natural gas offshore to four semi-permanently moored floating liquefaction vessels (FLNGs), which would have a total storage capacity of 210,000 cubic meters (m3) each.The LNG would be stored onboard the FLNGs and transferred to LNG tankers. An offloading mooring system, which would be provided on each FLNG, would be capable of accommodating standard LNG tankers with nominal cargo capacities up to 170,000 m3.Some 31 LNG tankers are estimated to visit each of the four FLNGs for a total of up to 124 cargo transfer operations per year.The port would be capable of exporting 443.3 Bscf/y of natural gas or 9.2 MMtpa of LNG, according to MARAD’s notice.last_img read more

No winning ticket for Saturday nights 12 million Lotto 649 jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – There was no winning ticket for the $12 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket sold in British Columbia.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Oct. 11 will be approximately $15 million.last_img

Ontario to ban scalper bots in proposed ticket sale reforms

first_imgThe changes are based on public feedback gathered through a survey conducted earlier this year, he said. Advertisement The Liberal government said Monday it will introduce new legislation this fall that will make automated ticket-buying “bots” illegal. It would also cap markups on resold tickets at 50 per cent of their face value. Under the proposed law, ticket resellers would have to disclose more information, including the face value of tickets and any surcharges. The so-called “scalper bots” — software programs designed to purchase online a large number of tickets for a concert, show, or other event, enabling the person running the software to sell those tickets at a profit — made headlines last year when many Tragically Hip fans were unable to buy tickets to the band’s farewell tour.“By the time any real fan is able to log on and search for tickets the best seats are gone,” said Yasir Naqvi, Ontario’s attorney general, as he made the announcement. Advertisement TORONTO — Ontario is promising to clamp down on online ticket scalping, a source of frustration and anger for fans who have often been unable to secure tickets to their favourite sport or music events. “Between bots, lack of transparency and unfair prices on resale sites, there is a pervasive sentiment that the system is rigged.”By: Jessica Cross Smith The Canadian Press Facebook Login/Register With: He has acknowledged, however, that enforcing a ban on scalper bots, which are not unique to Ontario, would be difficult.Naqvi said major ticket sellers, including Ticketmaster, have told the government that they already employ technology to combat bots, which has been “fairly successful,” but they lack sufficient resources. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Naqvi said the government would also make it illegal to sell tickets purchased with bots and to “facilitate” the resale of those tickets. Advertisement As a result, the government plans to give the industry and fans the right to sue those who use bots or facilitate the reselling of those tickets. Once it passed, the law would apply to tickets for events that take place in Ontario, regardless of where the ticket seller and buyer are based, Naqvi said. “Many events sell out completely in minutes, even seconds, and many of these tickets end up on resale sites for huge mark ups, of course.” Twitterlast_img read more

Running Backs Had A Good Thing Going — Until The Analytics Era

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code FiveThirtyEight This week marks the start of NFL training camps, but a few big names might not take the field. Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott may hold out in the hopes of negotiating a more favorable contract.Elliott would join a list of running backs who have recently held out from practice — or, in Le’Veon Bell’s case, a whole season — in search of more lucrative deals. What do the numbers say about his chances at a raise? On today’s show, we discuss how analytics might play a role in the depreciation of positions and whether these evolutions are for the better.Our Rabbit Hole this week discusses our recent research into the danger of foul balls and what might constitute a baseball VIP experience in Japan.What we’re looking at:Our colleague Josh Hermsmeyer weighs in on the Elliott debate.The Atlantic investigates the disappearance of centers from the NBA.The Washington Post examines the reaction time fans have should they find themselves in foul ball territory. read more

Girlfriend of high society fraudster turned blind eye to his infidelity so

first_imgFashion designer Alexandra Subris, 33Credit:Glen Minikin She used the cash to go on a £1,300 spending spree, a night at the Dorchester Hotel in London, a jaunt to the Monaco Grand Prix and buy her the chance to rub shoulders with the aristocracy at the Henley Regatta.Subris’ lawyer argued that she was taken in by the “Svengali-like” Brudenell, who is serving nine years in prison for a string of frauds which left his victims feeling “violated.”But she was jailed for two and a half years by a judge who told her she was prepared to turn a blind eye to her boyfriend having sex with other women so she could keep up her lavish lifestyle. I feel sexually violated by him. It frightens me there are such terribly dishonest people out thereVictim of Guy Brudenell North Yorkshire businessman Jonathan Guy Brudenell who was handed a jail term of five years and four months after conning three business associates Alexandra Subris, the girlfriend of Guy Brudenell, appearing at Teesside Crown CourtCredit: Glen Minikin Subris admitted money laundering and fraud totalling £113,000. She pleaded guilty to laundering the money he stole from his victims and to hiding cash from the Insolvency Service by pretending to renovate a property he owned in Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire.The court was told that Subris provided false invoices for work that she had supposedly had done on the sprawling house, Buttsville, when in fact it was a ruse to stop it being claimed as one of Brudenell’s assets.Prosecutor Craig Hassall said that after the £475,000 house was sold, Subris went on a spending spree in London with her share of the spoils. Fashion designer Alexandra Subris, 33 The girlfriend of a “high society fraudster” turned a blind eye to his infidelity and described it as “an occupational hazard” so she could live the high life on the proceeds of the women he fleeced, a court was told.Fashion designer Alexandra Subris, 33, ignored the fact that bankrupt millionaire Guy Brudenell was sleeping with the women he fleeced and was happy to spend the cash he earned from his cruel cons.Teesside Crown Court heard Subris was a girl from a humble background with an “insatiable craving for the finer things in life”. He told the court: “There were significant transactions at Selfridges, Louis Vuitton, Harrods and the Dorchester Hotel where £1,300 was spent.”Mr Hassall went on: “Her account was used heavily to receive monies from the benefits of Brudenell’s frauds.”She was described variously as his sister, his interior designer, his curtain maker, when in fact she was his girlfriend and they used these dishnoestly obtained funds to finance their lifestyle.”She would have come to know, or at the very least suspect the funds were coming from his criminality. “She chose not to open the Pandora’s Box of his infidelity, she appears to see that as an occupational hazard for women involved with men of wealth.”He had formed sexual relationships with some of the women he defrauded. One of them, who was defrauded of £1,250 believed this defendant was his website designer.” Alexandra Subris, the girlfriend of Guy Brudenell, appearing at Teesside Crown Court North Yorkshire businessman Jonathan Guy Brudenell who was handed a jail term of five years and four months after conning three business associatesCredit:Glen Minikin The court heard that one of the women tracked Brudenell dowen to the home he shared with Subris and confronted them both about him conning her after a sexual fling.Mr Hassall said: “By that time in early 2013 there could have been no doubt about the source of the funds into her account.”He added: “She had an insatiable craving for the finer things in life. She took visits to Dubai, Marbella, the Monaco Grand Prix, Ascot and the Henley Regatta. It was a jet set lifestyle paid for by the victims of Brudenell’s frauds.”In police interview she went on to say the she and Brudenell were the victims of bitter people.”However Ian McMeekin, mitigating, said Subris, who met Brudenell in August 2008, was in effect another of the charming rogue’s victims.He told the court: “She became seduced by his obvious charm and charisma. She came from a humble background and he introduced her to a life she could only imagine and she was taken in by his promise of the high life.”She was an impressionable young woman with no criminal background, from a  humble family who was introduced to this lifestyle, there is no doubt he corrupted her.”She trusted him and her head was turned by his apparent good character. He said he had doner work with the Church of England and had contacts with high society.”Subris, who has previously worked as a fashion designer creating flamboyant dresses popular at race meetings, wiped away tears throughout the hearing.Sentencing her to two and a half years, Judge Howard Crowson said: “You were to some extend led astray by a charming and persuasive man but you were an enthusiastic participant in the first offence and were happy to accept the trappings of the offending in the other.”Bankrupt millionaire Brudenell, 46, stole around £75,000 from the victims he met on the website.The former property mogul, of Nawton, near Helmsley, and Lammas Court, Scarcroft, Leeds, was a renowned businessman before the economic crash.He was declared bankrupt in 2009 and jailed in 2013 for fraud. He once took part in a charity sky-dive with the Archbishop of York and lived in a £1.3 million country mansion in Nawton near Helmsley, with its own cricket pitch, tennis court, greenhouses, summerhouse, cottage and terrace on its 7.62 acres.The woman Brudenell had an affair with and who tracked him down to his house and confronted him said in a victim impact statement: “I feel sexually violated by him,” and: “It frightens me there are such terribly dishonest people out there.”Another said: “Guy Brudenell has had a horrible detrimental effect on my life and still does to this day.”Detective Inspector Jon Hodgeon, of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Fraud and Economic Crime Unit, said: “Subris was a devious fraudster whose greed has now caught up with her.”The outcome of this case should send a clear message to those that seek to benefit from the proceeds of crime, that they will be punished and will face the consequences of their actions.”This investigation was long and complex and my thanks goes to the victims and witnesses who supported the case throughout the lengthy process and without whom today’s result would not have been possible.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Australians target US gold placers

first_imgIt is unusual for Australian companies to explore in the USA but Southern Gold is spreading its gold exploration tentacles that way. Drilling will start next week in the first of a three-staged program to prove up and develop a palaeoplacer gold project in the main mineralised corridor of Wyoming. The move is among the first by an Australian explorer into palaeoplacer exploration – gold bearing shallow gravels which are readily mined and treated. Similar geological environments in California and Alaska are home to prominent palaeoplacer mines. The Wyoming drill start adds to Southern Gold’s initial overseas foray 12 months ago with its agreement with Cambodia’s Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy to develop local gold and base metals projects.Southern Gold is making its entry into the US resources sector through a new joint venture, Sweetwater Exploration, with private company, New Discovery Gold. The Adelaide explorer will have the right to earn up to a 90% interest under the Joint Venture agreement, to develop the South Pass palaeoplacer gold project in Freemont County, 400 km northwest of Denver. An internationally recognised placer expert from Micon International, Dr Richard Garnett, has been retained by the JV to advise and direct the project.Drilling of six holes will commence to evaluate the large volume of highly prospective gold-bearing placer material in a 12 km long by 500-m wide palaeodrainage channel identified through magnetic surveys and previous drilling. Southern Gold’s Managing Director, Stephen Biggins, said this initial work had defined gold-bearing gravels between 10 and 15 m thick under just 10 m of younger sedimentary cover. “The geology of the area hosts the Archaean South Pass granite-greenstone belt remarkably similar to Precambrian volcano-sedimentary terrains of the Pilbara and Yilgarn in Western Australia and Canada’s Superior Province,” Biggins said. “The South Pass region in particular has been Wyoming’s most important source of gold and iron ore, with historic production from there conservatively estimated at 350,000 oz of gold. “The joint venture provides Southern Gold with entry to a potentially very large, easily-mined and metallurgically simple, gold deposit.”last_img read more

Trident could revolutionise mining rail with AC drive

first_imgTrident SA (Pty) Ltd, the OEM of the Goodman brand of underground locomotives tells IM it is looking to cement its position in the global underground mining rail market by looking at AC-driven locomotives. Designed at the Trident SA Motor Division, a prototype 75AC motor is in testing and initial results are very favourable, as such the company anticipates the 75AC being available within the coming months.In terms of what this brings to the mining industry Trident SA had this to say: “Mining is a very competitive industry. Cost control is an important part of management operation. Another important aspect is safety.  Locomotives often operate in poorly lit environments and braking and speed control are vital aspects of their operation. Trident SA have developed a low voltage AC drive for mine locomotives to suit mines with existing drives, but who want to retain their present battery and charger sets. Trident SA have a simple conversion to AC drives for just this market.”The traditional motor in underground mining rail has been a DC motor, usually series wound. This motor is well known and has been in use for over a century in mining the world over. Problems associated with this type of motor are its tendency to overspeed, and electric braking has its complications in terms of control and life of the motor. Repair costs are also high with DC motors. AC motors are becoming more common in surface traction, and other applications such as electric automobiles. However, the usual control technology has been at relatively higher voltages than battery operated mine locomotives utilise. This has restricted the entry into this market.“This has now changed with the recent test work currently being finalised at Trident SA near Johannesburg. Trident have developed a specially designed low speed AC motor to enable the use of low voltage batteries, as are common in underground mine transport. This now means AC drives will be soon available for both new and conversions of existing locomotives. The benefit of this low speed high torque AC motor is that simple conversions of existing locomotives is now opening up possibilities for cost conscience mine operators.”“The benefits of AC are close control of speed, and braking now can return energy back into the battery thus extending the range  between battery changes, as well as saving wear on mechanical braking systems. Further, AC motors, as is well known, are low in maintenance and are very robust in tough conditions, and repair costs are much lower than DC motors. The modern electrical inverter has developed into a reliable low maintenance device with ease of operation by the driver. The electronic control allows many possibilities for remote control, automation and naturally has ease of operation by the driver.”In addition to the AC-drive project, Trident in conjunction with its Mendi-Trident joint venture partners has now opened a Commutator Division where they manufacture commutators for all types of electric motors including their own motors and also commutators for main-line surface locomotives. Surface rail is an area where Trident will be focusing much more effort in the future as it brings its rail and electrical motor experience out of the mines and into the infrastructure arena.Trident has in recent years also opened and is now successfully running a Hydraulic Braking Division that manufactures and re-manufactures hydraulic braking systems for its range of locomotives. These systems have long been the standard in South African mines as they deliver a safer and more efficient means of braking than traditional mechanical systems. These systems are designed to “fail to safe” and thus enhance the safety of the Trident locomotive product.last_img read more

10 tips for working effectively at home

first_img10 things in tech you need to know today A major whistleblower complaint at the US’s top spy agency involves a Trump phone call with a ‘promise’ to a foreign leader Since right after World War II, the president’s national security adviser has an unparalleled ability to influence events worldwide Contaminated tap water could lead to 100,000 cases of cancer in the US if people drink it their whole lives. Here’s how worried you should be. MORE THAN 10 per cent of US employees now regularly work from home, according to a survey by Stanford University. The figure in Ireland isn’t so clear as the Central Statistics Office explains that working outside of an office or teleworking doesn’t always mean the person is based in their own home (for example, a salesperson could be on the road most of the week). However, even in 2003, around 10 per cent of people in sectors other than agriculture worked to some extent from home.Although there are some who find they are more productive when working from home, “losing the structure provided by a regular office job can be detrimental to success,” warns Andrew Rosen, founder and editor of the career advice blog, in a conversation with Glassdoor.Many people working from from home, whether they are self-employed, working remotely, or out on leave, experience difficulties that those in an office setting don’t. But there are still a number of ways you can be just as productive at home as you are in the office.We’ve collected the ten best tips to increasing your productivity when working from home.1. Set your working hoursIf you commit yourself to specific hours like you do at the office, you’re more likely to get work done during those hours.One perk of working from home is that you don’t have to work 9-5. If you operate better at night, and the kind of work that you do permits it, start work at 7.00pm. But whatever your hours are, make yourself a routine, and be committed to it.This Wired article also suggests dressing for work during those times to stay more focused on the task at hand. You don’t have to put on a suit, but do get out of your pyjamas.2. Tell your family and friends to leave you aloneYour family probably doesn’t disturb you at the office with questions they can ask you when you get home. But if home is your office, they may not show the same restraint.“I was very stressed with the noise of my kids and the general stress that kids cause when you do concentration-based work,” writes Dave Tate on Lifehacker. “I felt like a bad Dad because I would have to tell them 8 times that I wasn’t ‘done yet’ [with work].”Tell your family and friends that even though you’re not working from an office doesn’t mean you’re available. Interruptions should be left for urgent matters only.3. Clearly define and optimise your workspace“You have to have a workplace, and it can’t be sitting in front of the TV,” Kathleen Downs, a recruiting manager at Robert Half International tells Glassdoor. “You have to go to your workplace and put in the time exactly as you would in the office.”To up your productivity, some people recommend keeping a green plant at your desk. Office plants improve concentration and reduce stress levels by detoxifying the air around them, according to a study by scientists at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Uppsala University of Sweden.4. Communicate well and often with your colleaguesMaintain good, clear contact with whomever it is you have professional working relationships. These could be co-workers, clients, or your employer. Let them know what to expect from you and whether your home office might be a source of any limitations.If you’re not your own boss, it’s especially important to communicate well with him or her.“You have to maintain regular communications with the person you report to and definitely plan to do business with your manager and colleagues in person when possible,” Downs tells Glassdoor. “You have to really understand what your manager expects and deliver on it.”5. Make a daily to-do listA list of tasks you need to take care of each day will help keep you on track and reduce your ability to procrastinate.If you tend to be a heavy procrastinator, you may even need to put ‘manage to-do list’ on your to-do list. “If you find yourself procrastinating anyway (despite the list), try scheduling out each hour of the day so you know what you need to do when,” writes Alison Green in an article on US News.6. Back away from the screenAccording to Science Daily, people spend more than five hours on average sitting at their desks each day.Take a time out. It will remind you that you have a life outside of work, it will clear your head, and give your eyes a break from staring at a screen. Just be sure to let the people you work with know when you won’t be reachable during these breaks.7. Get some human interactionDon’t make all of your work connections through email. It’s more valuable to your career—and your mental well-being—to have a real conversation with someone, even if it’s over the phone.You may want to go outside of your house to work for a while. Try heading to a coffee shop or to the library and working there, if it won’t be a distraction to you. Sometimes just having other people around can help you get more done, especially if they’re working too.8. Develop relationships with other telecommutersYou probably won’t be getting the benefits of bonding with your coworkers around the office water cooler the way you used to. Not only that, but if you’re someone who telecommutes, “you may be left out of unplanned brainstorming or crisis-management meetings, which can lower your profile at work,” according to CNN.Keep communication open between yourself and your colleagues in and out of the office. And if you can call in to a meeting through a conference phone, ask them to let you know.9. Keep your workspace clean and free of clutterIf you’ve worked in an office building before, you’ve probably noticed that it’s cleaner when you come in the next morning than how it was left the night before. If you haven’t noticed, then you probably would if it hadn’t been cleaned. Messes are distracting.If this isn’t motivation enough, studies show that over time, your desk can collect more than 400 times the bacteria on your toilet seat. Are you convinced yet?10. “Leave” work at the end of the daySusan Seaburg serves as Field Development Manager for the Americas for Hewlett-Packard, and offers her input on working from home. ”The good news is that now you can work anywhere, and the bad news is that now you can work anywhere,” she tells Santa Clara University.The majority of people go home to get away from work. You don’t have that option. Make sure you still maintain a careful work-life balance. Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you should be working all the time while you’re home.Extra note: Be careful everyone in your household knows when you are on a video conference call…via Sony/Youtube- Melissa Stangerlast_img read more

Amazing timelapse of the Chilean ALMA antennas at night

first_imgIn the Chile’s Atacama Desert, 5000 meters above sea level, there is an array of 66 antennas collectively known as ALMA. The Atacama Large Millimeter Array accounts for over a billion dollars worth of astronomical research, so you can bet it’s pretty interesting.This fantastic, though unfortunately silent, time-lapse shows some of the radio antennas working through the night. They move only occasionally but as the night progresses we can watch the stars move across the sky. It’s a striking scene.The stars are incredibly brillant thanks to the altitude, the lack of air/light pollution, and probably whatever camera/lens the time-lapse was shot with. The video nicely juxtaposes the vastness of space and our comparatively puny attempts to take in all the information around us (well, at least for me it does). A large array of gigantic satellites dishes might have someone feeling pretty advanced, by quick look up at that starry scene will remind them of just how much space they are dealing with.This might be a bit off topic, but I know some you are are thinking about the 1997 movie, Contact. The movie was shot a similar facility, but not at ALMA. That was actually at the VLA (Very Large Array), which is in Socorro, New Mexico. It has 27 radio antennas, each of which are 82 feet in diameter. And a little trivia for you: the VLA is not actually used for SETI research.via io9last_img read more

How Apollo 11s 1024MHz guidance computer did a lot with very little

first_imgNearly 44 years ago computer hardware was in an entirely different place than it is now. The levels of performance don’t even fit on the same scale. The anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing is upon us, and those brave space pioneers got by without a 3GHz multi-core CPU. The guidance computer used on the Apollo 11 mission ran at only 1.024 MHz.The moon landing was the height of technological achievement at the time, and some of the rocket technology is still relevant today. That computer, though, has been left in the dust. In fact, it was well and truly obsolete a few years after the landing.The Intel 8086 came about roughly ten years after the Apollo landing, marking the beginning of x86. Apollo 11’s computer had 4 registers — essentially slots for holding numeric values. The 8086 boosted that to eight 16-bit registers.The IBM PC XT ran the next version of that chip, the famous 8088. This computer ran at 4.077MHz, which sounds incredibly slow by today’s standards, but is still four times faster than the Apollo 11 computer. The XT also packed in eight times the memory used on Apollo 11.The Apollo 11 guidance computer actually had some impressive software features for a system that didn’t even run a graphical interface. It could multitask up to 8 different operations, but it didn’t work the way we think of multitasking. Today’s operations use preemptive multitasking that allows the OS to distribute computing resources as needed. On Apollo 11, programs were in charge and had to give control back to the OS periodically. A kind of virtual machine was used to allow developers to mix hardware-level instructions with virtual machine commands within the same assembler code.Inputting commands required translating the English words into “verb noun pairs,” which could be input as numbers. There was a handy sign in the cabin as a reminder. To top it all off, none of the computer’s systems were software upgradeable. All the code was stored in read-only memory. Several years after Apollo 11, Apollo 14 was forced to manually input the code to patch a system malfunction — it took 90 minutes just to type it in.Maybe your computer is a little sluggish, and your smartphone is a couple years old, but you have it better than those astronauts.last_img read more

Potter Birthday Magic Heres to Harrys 38th

first_img Catholic School Bans ‘Harry Potter’ Books Because SpellsToy Tuesday: The Best Animal Toys Stay on target We’ve had 20 years with this guy. That’s right; twenty years. Two zero. Try not feeling old when you read that. Today is also a special day for Harry Potter fans. It’s Harry Potter’s birthday! So let’s all get out from under the stairs and celebrate.As if I need to tell you, Harry Potter is one of the biggest things to ever happen ever. Like, really. Biggest. The book series has sold hundreds of millions of copies. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s (or Philosopher’s) Stone alone has sold over one hundred and seven million copies, making it one of the highest selling fiction books of all time. That one book alone in the series has outsold Alice In Wonderland by several million copies. The movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is also one of the highest grossing films of all time raking in a staggering $1.3 billion dollars. That gives this birthday boy a lot of clout in the marketplace!Now in the past, there was a bit of birthday controversy over whether or not Harry was born in 1980 or 1979. This is in part because he was born on a Tuesday according to the first book which came out in 1997, but that contradicts the second book in which Harry was there for Nearly Headless Nick’s death day anniversary in 1992 where Harry is explicitly 12 by October 31st. July 31st falls on a Thursday as it’s a leap year. Many seem to accept that he was born July 31, 1980 at this point, but I’m sure some of you out there would debate that because internet. Either way, Harry Potter is still safely categorized as a millennial which most definitions put as people born between 1977 and 1994. With the kind of fortune he’s made in book and movie sales, Harry will probably help price you out of your neighborhood in Brooklyn too.It’s also J. K. Rowling’s birthday today. What a weird coincidence!View as: One Page Slides1. Marty Bruckner2. Anastasia3. Davis Rider4. Simple Rainbow5. #HP Everyday6. Koganei KR7. Jenna Paddey8. Thalia Maria Bitha9. Pesto Martha10. Katie Orcutt11. Rosielle NY12. Audrey Lynn13. Gogenevieve Art14. Fred Wong15. Shae16. Swans Meadow17. Alice Y18. Shae19. Coffee Fueled Artist20. June JenssenLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

HE Peter Beckingham bids farewell to territory

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 16, 2016 – A new Governor comes to the Turks and Caicos by October, as Peter Beckingham bids farewell to the territory.  Dr. John Freeman, CMG has been appointed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as the next Governor and comes to the TCI from Argentina where he has been serving since 2012.Governor Beckingham said he will be sad to leave the country, he and his wife, “We have had three very happy years here, the work has been stimulating and everyone most welcoming. Our two daughters and our new grandchildren have also loved visiting.” HE, who will also be retiring from diplomatic service added that the couple wants to hold one more of their charity events before departing the Turks and Caicos.  “I hope we can see many friends, colleagues and business contacts before we leave in October; Jill is planning another Footsteps4Good in September, so that will be a great opportunity to catch up with lots of people across the Family islands.”  Dr Freeman, the British Ambassador to Argentina, will take up his appointment during October 2016.last_img read more