Job Creation Economic Development Main Goals Of USAID In Morocco Official

Marrakech – The USAID’s main objectives in Morocco are job-creation and economic development, said on Friday assistant administrator of the US agency for international development (USAID), Alina Romanowski.“Our priority is to contribute to developing the private sector and creating more jobs”, she told MAP on the sidelines of the 5th Global entrepreneurship summit (GES-2014) held in Marrakech this November 19-21.Romanowski went on that the USAID action in Morocco also seeks to support education and training projects and back the civil society, stressing that 60 years of presence in Morocco have helped the agency consolidate the friendship and cooperation bonds between Morocco and the USA. On the partnership concluded recently between the USAID and the “FrioPuerto Tanger SA” start-up which obtained a loan to set up a cold-storage warehouse in the Tanger-Med port, the USAID executive said this partnership will help promote economic development and job-creation in Morocco and open new export opportunities for Moroccan farming products.These funds will also contribute to the promotion of the Morocco-USA free trade agreement by helping Moroccan famers export their produce to the USA and worldwide, she went on.The USA considers that upgrading inter-regional trade in North Africa is a priority, she said, regretting the low level of intra-Maghreban trade.At least 3,000 entrepreneurs, high-ranking government officials, heads of state and young entrepreneurs from all over the world got together in Marrakech for this major global platform, held for the first time in an African country, “to empower entrepreneurs with the skills and resources necessary to compete and thrive in the 21st century”.Held under the high patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, under the theme of “harnessing the power of technology for innovation and entrepreneurship”, the GES 2014 was held in Marrakech in accordance with an agreement between HM the King and President Obama in November 2013 in the USA. read more

Southwest 4Q profit falls federal shutdown hurts revenue

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines says it has lost $10 million to $15 million so far from the partial government shutdown but overall travel demand remains strong, boosting the carrier’s outlook for first-quarter revenue.The airline disclosed the shutdown impact Thursday as it reported a smaller fourth-quarter profit than a year earlier, but still better than analysts had expected. Southwest shares rose in midday trading.The government shutdown is grounding some government and contractor travellers. It is also delaying approval of Southwest’s plan to begin flying from California to Hawaii, because Federal Aviation Administration regulators who must approve the service remain off the job.“We are anxious for the government to resolve this shutdown,” Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly said in a statement.Delta Air Lines said last week that the government shutdown that started Dec. 22 will cost it $25 million this month.At Southwest, Kelly said, demand for tickets remains strong, including among corporate travellers. Southwest predicted that revenue for each seat flown one mile — investors watch that number closely as an indicator of demand and pricing power — will rise by between 4 per cent and 5 per cent in the first quarter if there is no further damage from the government shutdown.That forecast is stronger than revenue guidance given last week by Delta and United Airlines.Southwest said it earned $654 million in the fourth quarter, down 63 per cent from $1.75 billion a year earlier.The profit of $1.17 per share beat the average forecast of $1.06 from 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research.Revenue rose 8.5 per cent to $5.7 billion, narrowly beating the analysts’ forecasts. Spending on jet fuel and labour costs both rose.In midday trading, shares of Southwest Airlines Co. rose $2.45, or 4.8 per cent, to $53.47.The shares have climbed almost 10 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen slightly more than 5 per cent. The stock has decreased 22 per cent in the last 12 months._____Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights ( ) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on LUV at Koenig, The Associated Press read more

SC instructs AG to draft rule document in Ranjans contempt case

The AG had been instructed by the Supreme Court to examine the statement made by Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake which was reportedly critical of the court. The Supreme Court (SC) has directed the Attorney General (AG) to draft a rule document to show cause on the contempt of court allegations against Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake.The Attorney General had informed the Supreme Court earlier this month that at a glance, there is a prima facie case of contempt in a statement made by Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake. The Deputy Minister had made the statement in Parliament. The Supreme Court had wanted the AG to see if the statement made by the Deputy Minister is one which can be charged for contempt of court and the Attorney General had informed the Supreme Court that at a glance, there is a prima facie case of contempt.The case has been postponed for July 30. (Colombo Gazette) read more

VISA profs larger than life exhibit on now

An image from Elision, a new exhibit from visual arts professor Jean Bridge, is on now at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre lobby.A visual arts professor’s latest exhibit offers new perspective on the everyday features of the streetscape that often go unnoticed.Jean Bridge’s Elision exhibit, on now in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre lobby, is three large digital prints showing distorted and manipulated 3-D images of lamp posts and telephone poles, making them look more like nature than engineered objects.The largest image is 24 feet by 60 inches, giving viewers a unique perspective, Bridge explained.“People standing in front of the images will hopefully feel off kilter,” Bridge said. “The point of view of the image is from an extreme low angle and people will feel as though they’re looking up.”Bridge has been working on the exhibit since May with project intern Leonardo Veras Costa Sousa, a student in the Canada-Brazil Science without Borders scholarship program, and Justin Grossman, an interactive arts and sciences student.To see the images move from computer screen where they were created with 3-D computer modelling software to “larger than life is really thrilling,” she said.“We tested the images in small scale prints but nothing really prepares you for what they look like at large scale and outside the computer screen.”Elision is on until Friday, Dec. 5 with a reception set for Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission to the exhibit is free. read more

Oh my God theres a photo How the Trudeau brownface bombshell hit

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau reacts as he makes a statement in regards to photo coming to light of himself from 2001 wearing brownface during a scrum on his campaign plane in Halifax, N.S., on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. HALIFAX — In the hours and minutes before everything changed, the mood on Justin Trudeau’s campaign media bus was jovial.The journalists covering the Liberal leader’s re-election bid were heading away from a rally at a candidate’s campaign office in Truro, N.S., where a crowd of supporters and fans had done what they’d been doing all week: waiting and waiting for the leader to arrive before swarming him for selfies, cellphones at the ready.If Trudeau knew about the storm that was about to hit, he didn’t show it. He was all smiles and boundless energy, even spending more time than usual after his speech taking photos and shaking hands.When he was done, the media bus — one of two large motor coaches covered in giant photos of Trudeau — rolled out for the Halifax airport, where a plane was waiting to take the caravan west to Winnipeg.All of a sudden, phones and laptops began to light up. Someone clicked on the story and read out the headline: “Justin Trudeau Wore Brownface at 2001 ‘Arabian Nights’ Party.” ‘I’m really sorry’: Justin Trudeau admits wearing brownface at 2001 costume party Christie Blatchford: Trudeau cuts himself the slack he has denied to others Andrew Coyne: How do you tell a Conservative from a Liberal? Ask an economist “Oh my God, there’s a photo,” someone else exclaimed.There he was, standing with four young women, in “brownface” makeup, a tall costume turban on his head. Younger, but it was him — no question. A consensus formed quickly: Trudeau would have to give a statement before leaving for Manitoba. Four hours of airborne radio silence was not going to be OK.Two former communications staffers in the Prime Minister’s Office, now Liberal party campaign spokespeople, were also on the bus. Their sudden silence spoke volumes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Cameron Ahmad, Trudeau’s chief spokesperson on the campaign tour, promised a statement shortly. His voice was sharp, his eyes glued to his phone. Meanwhile, the bus filled with the white newsroom noise of furious typing and phone calls to editors and producers, planning live hits from the airport tarmac.Once there, Ahmad gave the word: Trudeau would scrum on the plane.RCMP dogs sniffed all the bags, a routine protocol that was now a time sink. In the darkness, faces glowed in the blue light of cellphones. As soon as security gave the go-ahead, reporters made a break for the plane; RCMP and airport workers shouted not to run under the wing.You have to own up to it and you have to promise to do betterWhen he finally emerged, it was no longer the grinning, energetic campaign Trudeau, but a slow, sombre version. He spoke quietly and deliberately, interrupted periodically by the din of shouted questions.The only flash of frustration came when he was asked how he would explain things to his children.“I’m going to have a conversation with them tomorrow morning before they go to school about taking responsibility for mistakes we make, about living every day to try to be a better person and recognizing that when you make mistakes, you have to take responsibility for it,” Trudeau said.“You have to own up to it and you have to promise to do better. That’s what I expect of my kids, that’s how I’m raising them and that’s certainly the conversation I’ll have with them tomorrow.”Before long, he was gone again. We had 45 minutes to file. read more

Security Council backs Annans call to maintain UN IraqKuwait border mission

In a letter released today at UN Headquarters in New York, Security Council President Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation informs Mr. Annan that the 15-member body concurs with his proposal and will review the question again this October.Ambassador Lavrov’s letter came in response to a recent report by Mr. Annan, who said the Mission should remain in place because it contributes to calm and stability in the area.According to that report, UNIKOM continued to carry out its monitoring duties over the past six months, reporting 437 air violations of the demilitarized zone. The Secretary-General emphasizes, however, that UNIKOM lacks the technical or intelligence means to definitively identify the origins of the overflights “and cannot rely on inference or supposition in such a matter.” read more

WiPay launches new service for cash payments online

WiPay Guyana, an online payment solution, has launched a new feature enables businesses to accept both credit card and now, ‘cash’ payments online.Sacha Thompson WiPay COO speaking at the launch.As such, Caribbean Airlines in partnership with WiPay, today announced a new way to pay for your Airline tickets in Guyana.“Imagine sitting in the comfort of your home in Hinterland, and you do not possess a credit card. Not a problem! Now you can purchase your Caribbean Airlines ticket over the phone with a WiPay Top Up Voucher at any time, day or night, without having to physically go into Caribbean Airline’s Office in Georgetown. This ladies and gentlemen is innovation in customer experience through technology,” explained Sacha Thompson, COO of WiPay.WiPay’s new online payment gateway offers a world-class payment solution for Guyanese businesses who would like to sell their products and services online. “The best part is getting started is free, quick, easy and secure!” a press release from the firms noted.With WiPay, businesses can make and receive payments online by simply downloading the WiPay plugin for free and integrating it onto their website or Mobile App.Alternatively, businesses without websites can use WiPay’s ‘Send an Invoice’ feature to send an electronic invoice directly to a customer’s email, who then has the option to pay via credit card or with ‘cash’ from within the email’s window.WiPay’s approach of allowing ‘cash’ payments online follows the already familiar mobile ‘Top Up’ culture that exists in the Caribbean.A customer can simply go to any authorized WiPay partner location (e.g. Bill Express), purchase a ‘WiPay Top Up’ for the required amount. The customer can then use the Top Up’s unique 12-digit code to make a ‘cash’ payment online to any business that uses WiPay’s payment gateway.Caribbean Airlines is the first in the market to offer this new convenient service to its customers in Guyana as it continues to innovate in customer experience. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCaribbean Airlines enters deal with Dubai-based airlineAugust 3, 2015In “Business”CAL ultimatum withdrawn as ‘dumping of duty-free items’ issue resolvedJune 21, 2016In “Business”Flag Carrier required for Category One statusSeptember 8, 2015In “Business” read more

NIS launches electronic data transfer option for employers

In observance of its 50th anniversary, the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) Friday hosted an Open Day where it also launched an electronic mode of data transfer for employers, which will reduce long waiting time and resources.Public Relations Officer, Dellon Davidson explained that employers will now have a hassle-free mode of transferring documents with regards to employee information.He added that the NIS plans to have payments become easier for employers in the near future, which will see contributions being paid through the banks.Davidson told Inews that the online service will be important for employers who have businesses in far-flung areas. The service, he noted, will ensure that necessary documents are submitted in a timely manner.“For employers who have problems coming into the (National Insurance) Scheme, joining the long lines for payments, we are making it more convenient and more feasible for persons to make their contributions online through the submission and on a later date, we will be offering payments online,” Davidson shared.Employers can make use of this service by logging onto the agency’s website at ‘’.Before this new initiative, workers were mandated to submit monthly documents with employees’ information, which were filled out manually. With the new system, paper will be conserved, as well as time and energy. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNIS will continue to grow from strength to strength – ChairmanOctober 1, 2013In “Local News”Finance Minister scolds delinquent NIS contributorsApril 2, 2015In “Politics”Security Firm accused of not paying employees NIS contributionsMay 13, 2019In “Crime” read more

ECD man to spend 13 years behind bars for killing friend

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCorentyne man who killed wife in 2016 jailed for 20 yearsFebruary 21, 2019In “Crime”Jealous uncle pleads guilty to killing 18-yr-old nephewMarch 8, 2016In “Crime”JAILED! Corentyne man to spend 11 years behind bars for 2008 murderJuly 16, 2016In “Court” Jailed: Hilton LillyA Corentyne, Berbice, fisherman was on Tuesday jailed for 13-years by Justice Joann Barlow after pleading guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter.Hilton Lilly of Golden Grove, East Coast Demerara had indicated his willingness to plea to the lesser count when the charge was read to him at the June session of the Berbice Criminal Assizes.The 49-year-old man pleaded not guilty to the capital offense of murder but guilty to manslaughter. According to the prosecution’s case, on October 26, 2014, at Number 66 Village Corentyne, Regions Six (East Berbice/Corentyne) Lilly killed Lakeram Singh also called “Dafat” and David of Lot 13 Fyrish Village, also on the Corentyne.It had been reported that the two fishermen were imbibing at a shop a short distance away from the Number 66 Fishermen’s Complex when an argument ensued resulting in both men being injured.Singh allegedly armed himself with a cutlass and chopped Lilly on his hand. Lilly, in turn, grabbed a knife and stabbed Singh. The man was stabbed to his face, head and back and collapsed. He was picked up and rushed to the Skeldon Hospital where he died while receiving medical attention. Lilly was subsequently arrested and charged. read more

Komatsu Mining strengthens underground drilling bolting with Timberock acquisition

first_imgKomatsu Mining has announced the acquisition of Timberock International Ltd to support the growth of its hard rock drilling and bolting solutions for mining customers worldwide.Based in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Timberock is a specialty business that Komatsu says has developed world-class drilling and bolting technologies by focusing on differentiation through innovation and customer-oriented service.“Timberock’s history of customer driven product innovation and focus on service makes them a great complement to our existing business,” said Josh Wagner, Vice President of Komatsu Mining hard rock solutions. “This acquisition expands our range of offerings for drilling and bolting products, and provides exciting product development and synergy opportunities.”With the addition of the Timberock portfolio, Komatsu Mining can now offer customers a complete range of hard rock drilling feed and bolting head products, and expanded capabilities in drifter repairs.Komatsu Mining’s suite of underground hard rock offerings includes: hydraulic jumbo drills, in-the-hole production drills, drifters, loaders, trucks, raiseboring tools and blasthole drilling tools.last_img read more

Innovators and disruptors heading to AIMEX 2019

first_imgTechnological advancements, workforce changes, community collaborations and environmental challenges are just some of the concepts that will be discussed at Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) 2019 edition, in August.Focused on the future of Australia’s mining industry, AIMEX is the country’s largest and longest running mining exhibition and conference, according to organisers.Speakers and key topics of the free-to-attend conference have been announced, with the line-up for the three-day event set to provide visitors with a “unique opportunity to hear from mining innovators and disruptors at the same venue where the technology is on show”, the organisers said.Sponsored by Davey Bickford Enaex, the AIMEX conference has been developed with direct input and consultation from key mining personnel, industry associations as well as key mining companies.On the opening day, a panel of speakers from across the mining spectrum will dissect the industry’s image and discuss ways that the mining sector and the community can work more collaboratively together in the future. Mach Energy’s Ngaire Baker, Mark Jacobs from Yancoal, Dr Kieren Moffat from the CSIRO and Anna Littleboy from the University of Queensland will lead the discussion.Ngaire Baker, External Relations Manager for MACH Energy, said it is crucial the mining sector demonstrates the value it can offer communities, especially in regional and rural areas.“I’ve worked and lived in some of Australia’s most remote mines and mining towns, combined with towns such as Orange, Parkes and Singleton, in New South Wales; I have experienced first-hand just how vital it is for the mining industry to look after these communities and to do our jobs to the best of our ability so that both parties reap the benefits,” Baker said.“The mining industry can bring so many benefits to regional areas and to have the opportunity to discuss these very important issues with experts from all sides of the spectrum at the AIMEX conference is invaluable.“I have been attending AIMEX since the mid ’90s and I make every effort to connect with suppliers and learn about new technologies that will benefit the operation I am working in. To be able to attend the conference as part of AIMEX is invaluable, we are all time poor and this conference is a key part of the three days of AIMEX, it provides me with a rare opportunity to hear from visionaries, engage with my peers and challenge the current mindset.”A highlight of day two, organisers say, will be the panel discussion on how the mining community can reinvent its approach to talent acquisition and retention for today’s agile, digital, mobile, analytical, and technologically-driven workforce.Mining Leaders Group Founder, Brett Cunningham, CEO of Weld Australia, Geoff Crittenden, and Jamie Frankcombe, Whitehaven Coal’s Chief Operating Officer, will lead the thought-provoking discussion that will exchange ideas and share current thinking to prepare for tomorrow’s demands in areas such as recruiting, educating schools, upskilling and diversity.The organisers said: “Other highlights of the conference include Dr John Cronin’s presentation on using telepresence technologies for the safe deployment of wireless mesh networks and underground inspection robots in mines, cross-industry learnings from the oil & gas industry that define and mitigate HMI risk with technology and analytics, and the final day panel which looks at adapting to climate change, emissions and what does this look like for the mining sector?”More than 6,000 mining industry professionals and over 500 exhibitors are expected to take over Sydney’s Showgrounds across three days from August 27-29 .Embedded within the exhibition and conference, five of Australia’s biggest mining companies, Centennial Coal, Glencore, Mach Energy, Whitehaven Coal and Yancoal will for the first time, come together to create the AIMEX Mining Pavilion.AIMEX Exhibition Director, Brandon Ward, said no other mining event gives you access to this volume of suppliers and this calibre of speakers for free.“AIMEX is about pushing boundaries and challenging operations and business to innovate not just through technology but through workforce practices, social engagement and policy reform,” Ward said.“This year’s AIMEX Conference is our most extensive yet which means mining professionals have a forum for open and transparent dialogue that will drive the sector forward.”Attendance to AIMEX is free for both the exhibition and conference with registrations now open. For a full overview on the AIMEX Conference including session topics and speakers, plus a complete list of exhibitors, visit the event website Mining is a media partner of AIMEX.last_img read more

RCT on the importance of autonomous technology training

first_imgAs an OEM-agnostic facilitator of autonomous solutions, RCT has vast experience in training up personnel and companies on how to best use this technology. Training Coordinator, Sunil Kumar, shares his thoughts on the subject.Across the global mining industry there is an ever increasing take-up of smart technology. Gone are the days where miners worked in isolation, digging up earth and hoping to strike pay dirt. Now every stage of the mining process is jam-packed with technology designed to improve the mining process and safeguard mining personnel.With the inevitable uptake of smart technology, advanced communication infrastructure and autonomous machinery, comes the need to ensure employees are suitably trained and confident in utilising this technology. At RCT, we categorise employee training needs into two streams; equipment operators and maintenance personnel.Our comprehensive operator training is focused on functionality and designed to impart all necessary knowledge to get the most out of mining equipment. Our maintenance training goes a little bit deeper into the underlying technology of RCT’s proprietary products. We offer a regular maintenance package which teaches mine site personnel to replace components and conduct other minor maintenance works.We also have an advanced maintenance package for select customers, which teaches suitably qualified mine employees to service individual components and carry out the type of activities that RCT’s specialised Field Service Technicians would carry out on a site visit.Personal safety has been one of the key drivers behind an uptake of training programs in the global mining industry. Most countries that RCT works in have stringent laws governing people working in hazardous environments. Further to this is a cultural shift inside mining companies, which want to protect their workers and safeguard their operations.Use of autonomous technology in this sort of hazardous environment is a no-brainer because a lot of the work involves people coming into contact with dust, smoke, extreme weather, chemical particles and long working hours often in confined working spaces such as underground operations.Therefore, in order to use autonomous technology properly, they need to be informed about the standard operating procedure otherwise it can result in serious incidents involving machines and people. Properly trained personnel contribute significantly to operational efficiency and productivity because technology is only as good as how it is used. Most people underutilise the technology that they possess.The most common example is the smart phone which can improve personal productivity multi-fold if used optimally, however most people only use about 10-15% of the features and capabilities. The same principle applies to autonomous technology in the mining industry, which, if properly used, will enable the mine site to increase productivity multi-fold, which in turn increases profits.Training is equally essential for both younger workers who are traditionally more technologically savvy and older workers who are adapting to new technologies in the mining industry.Autonomous technology is going into every mine so the technology is becoming part and parcel of new mine infrastructure. Therefore, it is important that the entire workforce be upskilled so they have some level of understanding of autonomous technology.Going forward, RCT will continue to offer face-to-face training packages delivered on mine sites or in our offices. This will be complemented by an online training portal which will enable us to reach very remote mine sites that are difficult to access physically and will focus more on repeat trainings and refresher modules.last_img read more

SICK UK launches first safetycertified outdoor laser scanner

first_imgSICK UK has launched its outdoorScan3, the first laser scanner in the world to, it says, be safety-certified for use outdoors.The outdoorScan3 Safety Laser Scanner safely and reliably monitors hazardous areas around machines and industrial vehicles outdoors with a high level of availability, according to the company. It answers the need for a high-performance safety scanner certified for outdoor use in industrial automation and intralogistics environments, as well as for integration into autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles used in sectors such as airports, agriculture, and mining, SICK UK says.The outdoorScan3 can be used in safety applications requiring certification to PLd (EN ISO 13849)/SIL2 (EN 62061) and is additionally a class D device, according to IEC TS 62998, the new technical specification governing outdoor use.“Equipped with SICK’s safeHDDM™ time-of flight infra-red scanning technology, already used in SICK’s microScan3 family, the SICK outdoorScan3 uses intelligent algorithms to filter out the influences of bright sunlight, rain, snow and fog,” the company said. “With the outdoorScan3 onboard, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) can be certified for travel between indoor and outdoor industrial environments and thereby enable the continuous workflow of materials between production halls or warehouses.”Dr Martin Kidman, SICK’s UK Product Manager for Machinery Safety, says: “The outdoorScan3 ably masters a delicate balance between performance and resilience to outdoor influences. It has the sensitivity needed to detect people or objects in its monitoring area reliably. At the same time, it is more resilient to the pitfalls of frequent error stops as a result of harsh weather, dirt or dusty environments.“Until, now there has been no opportunity for outdoor applications to be safety-certified. IEC TS 62998 provides a new technical specification for compliant devices, and the outdoorScan3 is the first to meet the requirements for a Class D device.”With a wide scanning angle of 275° and a protective field range of 4 m, the outdoorScan3 achieves a total safe scanning area of 38.4 m² with a minimum response time of 90 m, the company said. The outdoorScan3 can monitor up to 128 individual and freely-definable protective fields, and up to eight fields simultaneously, giving it ability to respond dynamically to the changing environment around it, SICK UK said.The scanner offers options for integration using SICK’s Flexi Soft safety controller and SICK Flexi Soft EFI-pro gateway. Up to six outdoorScan3 devices can be networked into a safety system, with the option to integrate safety encoders for safe motion control. “Configuration and field set up is easy using SICK’s intuitive SafetyDesigner™ software tool,” the company said.Resilient to ambient light with an intensity of up to 40,000 lux, the outdoorScan3’s intelligent software algorithms filter out the influences of snow (light to moderate) and rain to a precipitation intensity of 10 mm/h (moderate rain). Safety is ensured in foggy conditions by the fogSight function, which detects when meteorological visual range values eclipse 50 m and turns off the safe outputs. The outdoorScan3 can be used in temperatures from -25°C to +50°C.The new safe contour detection fields provide additional versatility for mobile vehicle applications, such as safe AGV docking and protecting workers at narrow access points, SICK UK says.“With a ‘non-safe’ warning field range of 40 m, the outdoorScan3 also can also output raw measurement data via Ethernet for navigation purposes, so safety and navigation duties can be achieved with a single device, without the need to use a separate scanner for navigation,” the company said.SICK UK concluded: “It is likely new applications for the outdoorScan3 will be developed as users explore the potential of a new technology to operate in outdoor environments To support its customers, SICK has opened an outdoor development and testing centre at its headquarters in Waldkirch, southern Germany, to explore and develop best practice in outdoor safety sensing and systems.”last_img read more

Nora Mork next two years at CSM Bucuresti

← Previous Story David Davis to stay on Veszprem bench in the next season Next Story → VOX POPULI: Five things which can make progress in handball? CSM BucurestiNora Mork Alongside Gyori AUDI Eto KC, the most ambitious team in European handball, CSM Bucuresti have caught a big fish for the upcoming season.One of the world’s best players, Nora Mork, will join Romanian project from the next summer according to the two years deal.“I’m excited to announce that I to have signed a two-year contract with CSM Bucuresti, a club that believes in me and my qualities,” Nora Mork wrote on Instagram.“I’m more motivated than ever to get back on the court, develop myself as a player and to continue my career with some of the best players in the world. I really have high hopes for this team and believe we can do great things together over the next seasons,” she added.Mork has problem with her knee which put her out of the court in the last year. The 28-years old will be a part of great team capable to play for the European title. read more

Israel Beer Sheba secured the playoffs last ticket

Beer Sheba Relegation Playoffs (league format): 1st matchday: Ironi Rehovot – Hapoel Kiryat Ono, H.C Holon – Hapoel Ramat Gan. 2nd matchday: Ironi Rehovot – H.C Holon, Hapoel Kiryat Ono – Hpaoel Ramat Gan. 3rd matchday: Hapoel Ramat Gan – Ironi Rehovot, H.C Holon – Hapoel Kiryat Ono. Written by Dean Shmuel ElmasLike the most European leagues, the most Israeli promoters relegated back in the next season. But H.C Beer Sheba showed thru the season that they have the right mentality. They started the season with 5 losses but from the 6th matchday they started to collect points.  Before the last regular season matchday, Beer Sheba knew that  2 points will secure the playoffs last ticket and they did it. Relegation Playoffs Table: 1. Ironi Rehovot – 17, 2. H.C Holon – 16, 3. Hapoel Kiryat Ono – 12, 4. Hapoel Ramat Gan – 9. The 1st place stay in the top level, 2nd and 3rd will play in knockout format playoffs matches with the 2nd and 3rd place in the second league, the 4th place will relegate directly.  In other matches: Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin – SGS Ramat Hasharon 29:33, Maccabi Rishon LeZion – H.C Ness Ziona 39:25, H.C Holon – Hapoel Ramat Gan 37:32. Championship Playoffs Quarter-Finals (Best of 3 matches): Maccabi Rishon LeZion – H.C Beer Sheba, Hapoel Rishon LeZion – Bnei Herzliya, Hapoel Ashdod – Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin, SGS Ramat Hasharon – H.C Ness Ziona. ← Previous Story “Lions” with +2 to Nantes Next Story → SEHA Gazprom Final4 2019 starts with Croatian clash They led thru all the match with Bnei Herzliya and won 29:22 and sent Ironi Rehovot (that beat Hapoel Kiryat Ono 34:26) to the relegation playoff. In the fight for the 2nd place Hapoel Ashdod host Hapoel Rishon LeZion after four consecutive losses. Surprisingly, Ashdod lost again, 26:30 and finished in the 3rd place. read more

SEHA Gazprom League change groups for 201920 start

seha gazprom league SEHA – Gazprom League Executive Committee has made a decision to make a new draw for the groups, in the upcoming 2019/20 season, since the new club has arrived. Considering that SEHA – Gazprom League is taking care about League’s competitive balance and other logistical issues, the new groups have been formed as follows:Group AVardar (MKD)Nexe (CRO)Tatran Presov (SVK)Vojvodina (SRB)Motor Zaporozhye (UKR)Beijing Sport University (CHN)Group BPPD Zagreb (CRO)Meshkov Brest (BLR)Eurofarm Rabotnik (MKD)Metaloplastika Sabac (SRB)Telekom Veszprem (HUN)Spartak (RUS)First SEHA – Gazprom League round will start on 3rd and 4th of September 2019 and the official schedule will be announced in the following days. ← Previous Story VIDEO: EURO Champions Sweden going home! Next Story → Iman Jamali and Jakov Vrankovic to join Dinamo Bucharest read more

Baby avoids death by seconds after pram gets blown on to London

first_imgThis was a frightening incident, not just for the scale of the danger the child was exposed to, but also  because the woman then put her own life on the line by going onto the tracks. POLICE IN LONDON are appealing to the public for help in identifying a man and a woman after a child was almost killed by a train after being blown on to the London underground.According to the British Transport Police, the “near fatal incident” occurred at Goodge Street station, when a buggy containing a child was left unattended and blown by the wind on to the tracks.A man who had been pushing the pram went up the stairs of the underground station to assist what are presumed to be other members of his family.The small child was then blown on to the tracks by a gust of wind, as shown in this CCTV collage released by British Transport Police. Source: British Transport PoliceA woman, presumed to be the child’s mother, then raced on to the tracks herself, retrieving the baby and pram just seconds before a train arrived at the platform.Chief Inspector Mark Lawrie today emphasised his concern over the incident, which occurred on 23 July, shortly before 7.30 pm:center_img We urgently need to identify the people involved to ensure the child wasn’t injured as a result of the fall onto the tracks.Read: Irish woman run over by three New York subway trains, walks away with a broken shoulder>last_img read more

Opinion Taking the first steps into education can be daunting – for

first_imgHelp familiarise your child with their new school before they startSet up play dates for your child with new classmates before school startsMake fun days of buying books and a new uniformEstablish a good sleeping and eating routine in the weeks beforehandEncourage your child to ask their teacher plenty of questionsDon’t…Ignore changes in their behaviourDismiss any fears or concerns that your child hasForget to talk to your child about every aspect of their dayBe too anxious yourselfShane Kelly is Professional Services Manager with the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. AS THE NEW school year approaches, parents and pupils are counting down the last days of summer before easing themselves into the usual routine of buying books and uniforms. However, for those children who will take their first steps into education come September, the new term can be a daunting experience.Venturing into the unknown and undergoing major changes in your everyday life – for example, starting a new job or moving house – is stressful for anyone, irrespective of their age, so it is hardly surprising that young children feel scared when they are suddenly introduced into new surroundings.Thankfully, there are a number of things that parents can do to make the transition to primary education as easy and painless as possible and to ensure that the first day at school is a memorable one.Schools are far more welcoming, inviting places than they used to be, and it is important that parents bring their children to visit their new school before the first day of term.This will allow children the opportunity to meet their teacher and the principal, who will do their most to welcome them to the school. It will also help children to familiarise themselves with their new surroundings, including the classroom and facilities like the toilets and the playground.Visiting the school before term begins will also help you to find parents and children who are in a similar situation. Organising play dates with other kids who are in the same boat will ensure that your child has some new friends on the first day and will help them to settle in. In some instances, schools can put you in touch with other parents to arrange a play date.Ahead of the start of term, parents should also discuss school as much as possible with their child and dispel any fears they have. While a pre-term visit will have helped to allay many of your child’s concerns, why not plan some school-related fun events? One of the most effective ways to do this is by organising a family day out to buy books, uniforms and schoolbags. This will help make the prospect of school seem exciting, positive and something that they will look forward to.Parents should also encourage their children to ask questions like ‘what do I do if I need to go to the toilet?’ or ‘what do I do if I need a drink?’ This will help ease any worries that they might have and it will also show that the teacher is there to help them. Consequently, it will make it easier for them to settle in and to feel comfortable in their new environment.It’s also important that you encourage your child to be friendly and helpful to their classmates and ask others to play with them. This will help them to build on the friendships that they made during the pre-school play dates and joining after school clubs will cement these new relationships.Once these first-timers start school, parents should talk to them every day about their experiences. Ask them what they did and what their favourite part of their day was. It’s important that you are excited and enthusiastic about their stories, which will validate their positive experiences.By the same token, don’t dismiss your child’s fears. You must address them and talk through them. The more they talk, the easier it will be for them and you will get a better sense of how they are coping.You should also keep an eye for changes in children’s behaviour such as not sleeping, not eating, being irritable, quiet or angry as it may indicate that they need more help to cope with the new environment. If there is a specific issue, have a quiet word with the teacher.Thankfully, most children adapt quickly to their new surroundings and have a great first year in school, so, as a parent, try not to be too anxious yourself. After all, being in school are the best days of your life.Dos and don’ts for starting schoolDo…last_img read more

The haters of ξ and the war to make it redundant

first_imgPeople petition about all sorts of matters, but who would have thought that the letter ‘xi’ would have so many enemies. Chad the math man from London, started a petition this year to make it redundant and no sooner did he post it on, that hundreds signed up to ban ‘xi’. The reasons are as follows:“No one likes xi. It is impossible to write, I mean which great mind thought it would be a good idea to turn a tornado into a letter, simply preposterous. With enough petitions, we can legally remove all “xi” found in the world. It will force all textbooks to utilise other variable or constant names and any manifestation of the letter after we achieve our goal will be made illegal, with punishments ranging up to the death penalty.“This is part of a bigger campaign, where one step at a time we will get rid of annoying letters to write, in order to build a world that isn’t governed by chicken-scratch looking equations.”Some of those who signed gave reasons for their disdain. “I’m an engineer and I already don’t know how to do math. Don’t make this any harder than it needs to be,” wrote Joshua Arment.READ MORE: New research into 3,700-year-old tablet reveals Babylonians developed trigonometry before the GreeksTyler Macintyre from Canada argued that nobody writes ξ the same way, and this causes confusion. Though quarter Greek, Zachary Taylor from the United States had an objection to the ‘three horizontal lines’ of the capital of ξ. Even those who were good at math, stated they had difficulty writing this letter.The goal is to gather 2,500 signatures and the petition is already more than half way there. “I can not believe we gained so many signatures in such a small time! This only shows the frustration that millions of mathematicians and physicists live with in their lives. Please share the petition with your friends, family and loved ones. The more signatures the better. Together we will eradicate xi,” Chad the math man stated.Those interested in joining the crusade against ξ, can sign here.  Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Pancretan youth prepare for pilgrimage to the homeland

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Pancretan Association of Melbourne is continuing to invest and develop its youth members with another trip to Greece and tour of the island of Crete.Over 20 members will be given the opportunity to experience the joys of their grandparent’s homeland from 1-10 August.The purpose of the tour is to promote and maintain the tight ties that Australia and Crete share for future generations. It is also an opportunity for the participants to tour Crete and Greece – some of them for the first time – and while there learn and immerse themselves in the culture, which for many has been a lifelong dream.The Pancretan Dance Group will represent and showcase the traditional dances of Crete at various well recognised festivals and events on the island, including Βαρδινογάννεια Festival in Iraklio; Music Concert with over 30 artists in Αρμένους Αποκορώνου; a tribute night dedicated to the Cretans of Australia and America in the village of Aγιά Hanion; a Kantada in Rethymno; a Dance Festival in Iraklio, the Χορευτικός Όμιλος Χανίων «Ο ΨΗΛΟΡΕΙΤΗΣ« in Chania; a tribute night in the village of Ασή Γωνιά; as well as a historic tour.The trip will also include visits to several ANZAC plaques funded by the Pancretan Association of Melbourne, situated at the villages of Koustogerako, Skines and Adele.The youth members will have the opportunity to take part in dance and music workshops, and visit historic parts of Crete such as the Knossos ruins, the Arkadi Monastery, the Australian Hellenic Memorial, the 42nd Street, the Naval Museum in Chania, the Battle of Crete Museum in Rethymno, as well as visit and pay their respects at the resting places of the great Eleftherios Venizelos and NikosKazantzakis.The Pancretan Dance Group will also take part in the 9th International Convention of the World Council of Cretans in Iraklio from 1-4 August, 2019 hosted by the Παγκόσμιο Συμβούλιο Κρητών.last_img read more