Indian Report, at Odds With Mainstream, Raises Mobile Phone Concerns

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgNEW DELHI—In a report that departs from the scientific mainstream, an Indian government panel is warning that radio emissions from cell phones may pose a hazard to public health. One member of the group has written that Indians may be more vulnerable to such radiation than Europeans because they live in a tropical climate and, on average, have a lower body fat content. These views contrast with an exhaustive review by the World Health Organization that concluded last year: “To date, no adverse health effects have been established for mobile phone use.” The 58-page Indian report was released this month by the Department of Telecommunications here. The authors, eight Indian experts ranging from health specialists to telecom engineers, reviewed the international literature on electromagnetic frequency emissions and described more than 20 case studies in which a health hazard from mobile phone usage has been documented. They did not carry out any studies. The report suggests that there is cause for concern about the low-energy signals that mobile phones use to communicate with broadcast towers–and one author says that Indians face greater risks than other populations. R. S. Sharma, a public health specialist on the panel from the Indian Council of Medical Research, writes in the report that, “the hot tropical climate of the country, the low body mass index; low fat content of an average Indian as compared to European countries and high environmental concentration of radio frequency radiation may place Indians under risk of radio frequency radiation adverse effect.” But Sharma admits that the evidence is not clinching. That’s one reason why the Indian health ministry has initiated a 5-year study to gather more scientific evidence on the potential effects of electromagnetic radiation. 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So it was decided—on a precautionary principle—that some steps can be taken to reduce exposure to radiation.” For this reason, the committee has recommended that the permissible level of radiation emitted from mobile phone towers be reduced by one-tenth the current value and that India adopt the U.S. standard for the permitted amount of radiation exposure from handsets. The Indian panel also recommended that manufacturers display on each handset the potential radiation exposure it may cause. Rajan Mathew, director general, Cellular Operators Association of India here says, “this report is a compilation and not conclusive,” but industry will adhere to any guidelines that emerge from the government’s review, provided they are based on proven evidence. The government will try to gather more evidence on whether Indians are really more vulnerable to mobile usage. In the interim, the report recommends simple precautions like using a hands-free device, keeping conversations short, and using land-line phones whenever possible.last_img read more

Sundaram Ravi becomes 2nd Indian to be inducted in ICC Elite Panel of Umpires

Posted On Nov 27 2019 by

first_imgIndia’s Sundaram Ravi was on Thursday inducted into the Elite Panel of International Cricket Council (ICC) Umpires for 2015-2016, commencing from July 1, 2015, following the annual review and selection process.New Zealand’s Chris Gaffaney and Ravi were promoted from the International Panel to the Elite Panel. They replaced Kiwi Billy Bowden and the retiring Steve Davis, the ICC said.”Chris Gaffaney and Sundaram Ravi have been promoted from the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires to the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires where they have replaced Billy Bowden and the retiring Steve Davis,” said the release.The Elite Panel of ICC Umpires for 2015-2016 would now feature Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney, Ian Gould, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Sundaram Ravi, Paul Reiffel, Rod Tucker and Bruce Oxenford.Ravi has umpired in six Tests, 24 ODIs and 12 T20Is, since making his international debut in Visakhapatnam in December 2011 in an ODI between India and the West Indies.”I feel honoured and privileged to be selected for the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and thank the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for its support and the ICC for providing this opportunity,” said Ravi.”I have always enjoyed the company of those umpires already on the elite panel and now I have the chance to work with them all on a more regular basis. I am really looking forward to the challenges ahead and aim to maintain a high standard of umpiring,” Ravi added.BCCI also congratulated Ravi on his promotion.advertisementGaffaney, who officiated in his first first-class match in 2005, made his international umpiring debut in Toronto in September 2010 in an One Day-International between Canada and Ireland, and has to date umpired in two Tests, 41 ODIs and 15 T20Is.Both the officials also umpired in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 earlier this year in Australia and New Zealand.Gaffaney, who also played 83 first-class matches as an Otago opener, was delighted with the news. “I am thrilled to be promoted to the elite panel as it has to be the aim of every umpire to be appointed to this select group.”I have a number of people to thank, especially those who have assisted from the very beginning of my umpire career, and will be doing this individually in due course,” the 39-year-old concluded.last_img read more

GST Bill amendments circulated, RS to take it up tomorrow

Posted On Nov 24 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 2 (PTI) The government has circulated official amendments to the GST bill to drop 1 per cent additional tax and include a definite provision in the statute for compensating states for revenue loss for 5 years as it gears up to discuss the long-pending bill in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow. Under the modified provisions of GST Constitutional Amendment Bill circulated among the members today, GST Council will be required to establish a mechanism for adjudication of disputes, which could arise between the Centre and states or among states themselves. The 2014 bill authorised GST Council to decide upon the modalities for resolution of disputes. With these official amendments, the government has partially met the demands of the Congress party which has been blocking the bill in the Rajya Sabha. One of the three demands of the Congress was to do away with the 1 per cent additional manufacturing tax. On the demand for a Supreme Court judge-headed panel for resolving GST disputes, the official amendments say that the GST Council will establish a mechanism for solving disputes. With regard to the demand for putting a GST rate cap in the Constitution, the government has not mentioned anything in the official amendments. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, at a meeting with his state counterparts last week, promised to keep the incidence of tax low while safeguarding the revenue of the states. Jaitley has been meeting leaders of Congress and other parties, including SP, BJD, TMC and RJD, to build a consensus on the passage of the long pending indirect tax reform bill in the Rajya Sabha. It was approved by the Lok Sabha in May 2015. MORE PTI NKD JD CS ANZ SAadvertisementlast_img read more

10 months ago​Man Utd legend Giggs: Big players turning up for Solskjaer

Posted On Oct 28 2019 by

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd legend Giggs: Big players turning up for Solskjaerby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Ryan Giggs believes the players are showing what they can do under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.United were in a tough situation when Solskjaer took over for the rest of the season.He has seen them through the past two games with two wins, 5-1 and 3-1 against Cardiff and Huddersfield respectively.And Giggs believes the club’s best players are helping them win games.The Wales boss told MUTV after witnessing a 3-1 victory over Huddersfield: “It was Ole’s first home game, and the positivity that came from Cardiff game, the performance and result and I think everyone was looking forward to the game.”The big players are turning up, Pogba with the goals, David with a great save and Marcus getting better and better each game.”There’s a real positivity around the place and we need that to carry on now going into the Bournemouth game [on Sunday].” last_img read more

Vinod Rai wants quick inquiry into Hardik, Rahul controversy, Diana Edulji fears cover up

Posted On Oct 25 2019 by

first_imgVinod Rai wants quick inquiry into Hardik, Rahul controversy, Diana Edulji fears cover upHardik Pandya and KL Rahul have been suspended pending inquiry for their controversial comments made on a popular television show, Koffee With Karan.advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiJanuary 12, 2019UPDATED: January 12, 2019 18:39 IST Hardik Pandya made “inappropriate” comments during the Koffee With Karan show (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya and KL Rahul have been suspended pending inquiry for their controversial comments made on Koffee With KaranCommittee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai has proposed a quick inquiryCOA member Diana Edulji fears it will be construed as a “cover up” jobCommittee of Administrators (COA) chief Vinod Rai has proposed a quick inquiry into much-criticised comments made by suspended cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul but Diana Edulji fears it will be construed as a “cover up” job.The two-member Committee of Administrators (COA) is yet again divided and this time on how the inquiry into the latest controversy should be conducted.Pandya and Rahul, who attracted widespread criticism for their misogynistic comments on TV Show ‘Koffee with Karan’, will be back in India by Saturday or early Sunday.In another round of unfriendly email exchange (in possession of PTI), CoA member Edulji has expressed her reservation at BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, who himself was embroiled in sexual harassment case, conducting preliminary inquiry and fears a “cover up”.Rai on his part wants the inquiry to be finished by second ODI as delay in completing the procedure would affect the team strength.”We should be in no hurry to conduct the inquiry as it would then look like a cover up job being done,” Edulji wrote in her email response after Rai wanted inquiry to be completed quickly as team strength has gone down from 15 to 13.”We must take a view by the time second ODI gets over as we cannot afford to debilitate team strength due to delinquent behaviour on the part of some player,” Rai had written.While legal team had advised appointment of ad-hoc ombudsman for which Rai wants the view of amicus.However Edulji wants CoA and office bearers to be part of the inquiry as CEO’s presence will be perceived as “bad optics” according to her.advertisementMeanwhile, Gillette has terminated its contract with Hardik Pandya after his controversial comments on the TV show.Also Read | Hardik Pandya’s father defends under-fire cricketer: Comments were made in light-hearted mannerAlso Read | Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul controversy won’t affect Indian dressing room: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Suspended Hardik, Rahul shouldn’t enjoy the perks of travelling with Team India: GavaskarFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Hardik PandyaFollow KL RahulFollow Vinod RaiFollow Diana Eduljilast_img read more

Nipah scare Centre rushes sixmember team to Kerala

Posted On Oct 20 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre Tuesday rushed a six-member team to Kerala after a college student was confirmed to be infected with the potentially deadly Nipah virus, which had claimed 17 lives in the state in May last year.Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan also spoke to state Health Minister K K Shailaja to discuss the current situation and assured all support from the Centre to the state. The Health Ministry said the six-member team comprising an epidemiologist has been sent to the state to conduct contact tracing for early detection of suspects and review of isolation facilities. A control room has also been set up and the Strategic Health Operations Centre (SHOC) of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has been activated, phone number for which is 011-23978046, a health ministry statement stated. According to state government figures, the Nipah virus had claimed 17 lives – 14 in Kozhikode and three in neighbouring Malappuram in May last year.See P6last_img read more

Missing 7yearold girl found murdered

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgCoimbatore: A seven-year-old girl, who was reported missing, was found dead near her house on Tuesday on the city outskirts with her limbs tied with a rope, police said.The girl, studying 2nd standard, had gone to play after returning home from school Monday evening and did not return to her house till nightfall. Her parents started searching but to no avail and they lodged a complaint was lodged, the police said. This morning, neighbours found the girl dead with her hands and legs tied and the body bore injuries, they said. Her parents took the body to the nearest private hospital, where the doctors declared that she had died some time ago. The body has been sent for a postmortem at the Government Hospital here. Investigations, including the circumstances leading to the girl’s murder, have begun, the police said.last_img read more

Three Members of Same Family killed After Wall Collapses

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

Marrakech – Three people from the same family were killed on Tuesday morning following the collapse of their house’s wall in the vicinity of Marrakech.According to the local authorities, the incident occurred at about 4 a.m when the wall collapsed, hitting a man in his fifties and his two daughters, aged 6 and 10 years respectively, while sleeping in their house’s living room.The same source added that the wife and the other children were unharmed.

Namal Rajapaksa takes FCID to court over probe

Posted On Oct 8 2019 by

Rajapaksa has sought compensation from the FCID. Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa has filed a case against the police Financial Crimes Investigations Department (FCID).The case was filed over the manner in which investigations were carried out by the FCID on Rajapaksa in connection to one case.

President says Sri Lanka will maintain middle path foreign policy

Posted On Oct 8 2019 by

President Maithripala Sirisena says Sri Lanka will maintain a middle path foreign policy.The President expressed the views after three new Ambassadors and two High Commissioners presented their credentials to President Sirisena at the President’s House in Colombo today. President Sirisena, referring to close bilateral relations with Sri Lanka and the countries represented by the new envoys expressed confidence that they would strive to further strengthen bilateral friendship and cooperation in many areas including trade, investment and tourism. He said the focus of Sri Lanka’s middle path foreign policy is to establish friendship with all the nations. The new envoys are David McKinnon, the High Commissioner of Canada, Yuri B Materiy, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, Mohamed Hussain Shareef, the Ambassador of Maldives, Gen. (Retd) Shahid Ahmed Hashmat, the High Commissioner for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Hussein El Saharty, the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt. Acting Foreign Minister Vasantha Senanayake said that the new envoys have come to Sri Lanka at an important and interesting time as the country, under the leadership of President Sirisena, has won the goodwill and support of the entire international community and is striving towards economic development and reconciliation.He said the countries represented by them could utilize the current conducive atmosphere for further expansion of economic ties, investments and bilateral trade. Secretary to the President Austin Fernando and Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam were also present at this occasion. (Colombo Gazette) read more

India to fund construction of 300 houses near Madhu Church

Posted On Oct 8 2019 by

Accordingly the proposal submitted by Minister John Amaratunge to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Government of India was approved by the cabinet of Ministers. (Colombo Gazette) The Government of India has agreed to provide Rs. 300 million in financial support to implement the project. India is to fund the construction of 300 houses near the Madhu Church in Mannar, the Government said today.John Amaratunge, Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs has put forward a proposal to build 300 houses around Madu Church at Mannar for the use of devotees and tourists.

UN chief urges teamwork power of sports to help build peaceful prosperous

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

“The link between sport, peace and development grows stronger by the year,” Mr. Ban said at the third International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development. “I am happy to see more Governments using sport and physical activity as a tool for social and economic development.” “By working as a team we can use the power of sport to build the peaceful, prosperous future we want,” he addedMr. Ban highlighted various initiatives throughout the UN system, which have embraced sports as a way to reach their goals. For example, UN peacekeeping operations use sport as a tool for peacebuilding and reconciliation and the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have sports and education programmes that promote tolerance and understanding among displaced children and youth.In addition, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) uses sport for raising awareness about the importance of a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.Other UN entities such as the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) are working with sports personalities to raise awareness about the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which seek to slash poverty, promote education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction and a Global Partnership for Development – all by a deadline of 2015.Mr. Ban also drew attention to the close ties between the UN and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which work together during the Olympic Games in various capacities. For the previous Summer Games in London, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) worked in partnership with the IOC to make it an environmentally sustainable event, and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) held an advocacy event to raise awareness about AIDS and how to avoid HIV infection.The Secretary-General himself participated in the Olympic Torch relay and carried the Olympic flag into the stadium at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Games.“Peace, dignity, equality, justice, fairness […] a better world for all. This is what our two organizations stand for,” Mr. Ban said noting the shared values between the Olympic ideals and the UN Charter.Mr. Ban also praised the IOC for its work on its work on behalf of people with disabilities. “The London Paralympic Games inspired millions around the world. The International Paralympic Committee has done excellent work over years to break down negative stereotypes and build positive attitudes. It is important that we work to build societies where all people, no matter their disability, can enjoy the right to play sports – and live their lives – in safe, inclusive environments.”In a ceremony this morning, Mr. Ban accepted the Olympic Order Award on behalf of the UN, and reiterated his commitment to strengthen the partnership between the world body and the IOC. He also inaugurated an Olympic display at UN Headquarters, where the Olympic torch he carried will be on show. The display will be expanded into an exhibition on Sport for Development and Peace, to “showcase the power of sport for helping to create the world we want – a peaceful, sustainable world of equality and opportunity,” Mr. Ban said, adding: “A world where every girl and boy, every woman and man can be a winner.” read more

HPV vaccine for boys raises hope of eradicating cervical cancer

Posted On Sep 25 2019 by

Estimates from the University of Warwick suggest the vaccine will prevent 64,138 cervical cancers and 49,649 non-cervical cancers in the UK by 2058.  This will include 3,433 cases of penile cancer and 21,395 cases of head and neck cancer, such as throat cancer, in men. Across the UK, boys will receive their first dose aged 12 to 13 – year eight for those in England and Wales – with a follow-up dose six months to two years later, also given in school.In Scotland, the first dose could be given between the ages of 11 and 13.Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs, said: “The potential of this vaccine to save lives and prevent the complications of cancer is huge, and since it has been available on the NHS for girls, it has had excellent take-up, with impressive results – it’s important this success is replicated with boys.”We’d encourage all parents of eligible children to get their child vaccinated when it is offered, and if they miss the round for any reason, that they let their school nurse know so that they can be invited to a ‘catch-up’ clinic.”Peter Baker, campaign director for HPV Action, said: “We made the case for this for five long years because we know that universal vaccination will save men’s and women’s lives, reduce suffering and in the long run save money too.”More than 3,000 women in the UK are newly diagnosed with cervical cancer each year in the UK and the disease kills over 850 women annually. Professor Beate Kampmann, director of the vaccine centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “This decision is a triumph for gender equality in cancer prevention.”It’s pleasing to see the UK follow the example of other countries like Australia, where the vaccine has been implemented for girls since 2007 and for boys since 2013.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at Public Health England (PHE), said: “Offering the vaccine to boys will not only protect them but will also prevent more cases of HPV-related cancers in girls and reduce the overall burden of these cancers in both men and women in the future.”I encourage all parents of eligible boys and girls to make sure they take up the offer for this potentially life-saving vaccine.”It’s important not to delay vaccination, as the vaccine may be less effective as adolescents get older.”Public health minister Seema Kennedy said: “The success of the HPV vaccine programme for girls is clear and by extending it to boys we will go a step further to help us prevent more cases of HPV-related cancer every year.”Through our world-leading vaccination programme, we have already saved millions of lives and prevented countless cases of terrible diseases.”Experts predict that we could be on our way toward eliminating cervical cancer for good.” More than 100,000 cases of cancer will be prevented under plans to give boys the HPV jab as well as girls, health officials have said.Until now, only teenage girls have been given the free vaccine, with parental consent, which protects against cervical cancer.From September, boys aged 12 and 13 will also be given the jab at school.Giving boys the vaccine protects girls from the human papilloma virus (HPV), which is passed on through sexual contact. And it will also protect them from a range of other forms of the disease, including some cancers of the head and neck, and penile, anal and genital cancers.Scientists hope that cervical cancer could be eradicated within decades, because of the success of the jabs.Since the vaccine was introduced for teenage girls in 2008, cases of HPV have fallen by 86 per cent among the age groups vaccinated.  read more

From test mine to International Mining Technology Hall of Fame

Posted On Sep 24 2019 by

first_imgSandvik says it “is the leading global supplier of automated mobile equipment solutions for mining operations. This journey began in the city of Tampere in Finland, where Riku Pulli, Timo Soikkeli, Brett Cook and Janne Kallio and their teams have worked tirelessly in conjunction with customers since the 1990s to develop the innovations that form the company’s growing AutoMine offering. In recognition of their role as pioneers in mining automation, they were recently awarded a spot in the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame.”It is symbolic that the roots of the Sandvik AutoMine offering can be traced back to Tampere. In the 1990s Finland was considered one of the cradles of telecom and high-tech development, spearheaded by Nokia, which stimulated technology innovations and nurtured the growth of hundreds of small spin-offs.The Intelligent Mine Program had started in Finland in the 1980s, driven largely by Finnish mining and metallurgical company Outokumpu, which wanted to modernise mining. But it wasn’t until the 1990s that Sandvik research into automating mining operations, now called Sandvik AutoMine, really accelerated.Riku Pulli, vice president, mining automation, has worked with AutoMine for 15 years. He’s responsible for research and development (R&D), product management and systems delivery. He is now Vice President, Mining Automation, Sandvik Mining. “In 1998 and 1999 we realised that bits and pieces of technology had advanced enough to get an exciting product out to the market,” he recalls. “We pieced together the puzzle and started integrating systems. That was the birth of AutoMine.”But implementing it in mines would not have been possible without the cooperation of such customers as De Beers and Codelco, who were the first and most eager mining houses to automate their operations.“These companies wanted to be the best of the best and first with everything, so that’s where we started,” Pulli says. “We wouldn’t be here today without them. Going through the first delivery level with these customers meant that we could take automation to the next level.”Close customer cooperation has continued ever since. AutoMine has been developed further through recent collaboration with customers including China Molybdenum, Northparkes, Rio Tinto, Newcrest, Dundee Precious Metals, Glencore Xstrara, LKAB and Boliden.As the testing site for the Sandvik automation team, Tampere is an important part of AutoMine, but not the only part.“Without strong cooperation with the Sandvik loading and hauling product line, we wouldn’t have been able to test the technology and turn it into such a reliable system,” Pulli says. “Sandvik Mining sales areas have also played a vital role during rollout of new products and technologies. They are the crucial link between the factories and our customers.”Timo Soikkeli, Mining Applications Director for Sandvik Mining China, was General Manager for Mining Automation between 1999 and 2006. In that first year, the team reached a major milestone by commercialising AutoMine Loading and Hauling. “We’d worked on R&D for AutoMine right through the 1990s, but it wasn’t until 1999 that we saw the technology was mature enough for commercialisation,” Soikkeli says. “We assembled a mining automation business strategy, and the implementation breakthrough came with our first mass-mining customers.”Between 1999 and 2003, automated loading and hauling systems were developed with key customers in South Africa, Canada, Chile and Finland. The AutoMine offering development was finalised during that time in close collaboration with mines including De Beers Finsch, Codelco El Teniente and Inmet Mining Pyhäsalmi.“We developed a full-scale AutoMine system in the test mine based on requirements from these key customers,” Soikkeli says. “This was a golden opportunity for us to test the technology and to prove the system’s reliability before mine installations began.”Convincing the mining industry that it was a good idea to automate their operations was no easy task at that time.“The mining industry can be quite conservative, and when we started with our first customers we had no references in real production environments,” he says. “So to really get the breakthrough was quite a challenge. We had to prove not only the benefits in safety and performance, but also the system’s reliability. The test mine was our team’s most valuable asset for this purpose.“It was a real journey,” he adds. “Now we feel like we’ve finally taken the lid off underground mining.”What started out as an automated solution for underground loading and hauling has developed, and is still developing, into a complete automation offering for both surface and underground mines, loading and hauling, drilling and a host of remote monitoring solutions to support productivity in mining operations.The test mine is located at the Tampere production unit, a unique asset for Sandvik R&D. It’s a glimpse into the future. In this 36-m deep test mine with a 3.5-km labyrinth of tunnels, every automation solution from Sandvik Mining is put to the test before it appears in a customer’s mine.Sales Support Manager Brett Cook, an Australian who has been with Sandvik for 17 years, recalls long nights spent in the control room with late-night pizza deliveries during the peak of the development process. “It’s unique, really,” Cook says. “I don’t think any other company can go 200 m from its office and test out new ideas. Without this test mine, we wouldn’t have our automation offering today.”Cook is the link between the salespeople handling customer enquiries and the automation product management and engineering teams. For him, automation and safety go hand in hand.“The primary benefit of our system is to move personnel from underground operations to the control room,” he says. “We want to improve the health of operators by giving them a safer and more comfortable work environment.”Having worked in the Australian mining industry for many years, Cook understands that miners often spend long stretches of time away from their families, underground, in remote locations.“In the future, I think it’s really about bringing operations back to hubs where you can operate mining equipment remotely from the site itself,” he says.Customers are increasingly looking for more automation to improve safety at their mines. They also want to have better control of their operations and to operate with lower costs and higher efficiency.Yet, Cook emphasises, automated operations won’t happen overnight. In a new mine, it’s easier to plan for automation in advance and incorporate it in the mine design properly from the beginning. This means optimizing the mine layout for automation and taking into account the complete mining cycle, interfaces to other systems and infrastructure requirements, which is harder in a brownfield operation.“As you already have your mine designed and personnel and equipment, you need to adapt your mining process to bring in automation,” he says. “You need to take a step back and see how you can do it. That’s where you’ll need experts who can help you move forward.”Experts such as the Sandvik Trans4Mine team, the company’s consultants who can advise customers how to improve their operations to achieve the best possible productivity rates and can also support the change to automation.Cook says that from his experience, the key to success boils down to knowing what needs to be achieved with the system and good communication flow among all the stakeholders.Originally a telecom engineer, Engineering Manager Janne Kallio is responsible for the safety side of automation in R&D. Like his colleagues, he has also spent years working with AutoMine. “We had to start nearly from scratch back then,” he says. “In the late 1990s we had some of the building blocks available, but it took a lot of time and effort to integrate all the pieces.”Even though the basis for the navigation system was developed more than 15 years ago, Kallio still counts the navigation in the loading system as one of the cutting-edge features.“It enables the machine to travel at full speed without any manual interference, even though the equipment was built for a manual operator,” he says. “That’s still impressive, even today.”Looking to the future, Kallio believes underground mines will become more connected. “There will be a communication network underground in nearly all mines in the future,” he says. “This opens up opportunities to make our equipment even more intelligent. We’ll be focusing on developing further flexibility and improved functionality in our systems.”In the years to come, equipment from Sandvik will be more integrated with mines’ management systems. The company recently announced the execution of a memorandum of understanding with Maptek in Australia that will see the two leading mining suppliers cooperate to develop integrated planning, execution solutions and robust automation systems for the mining industry.“My dream is to see all our equipment connected,” Kallio says. “Some will be operated from remote locations; others will be operated locally but monitored through the network.”last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Thursday

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

first_imgEVERY MORNING, brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #COURT ORDER: A maternity hospital has secured a High Court order allowing it to withdraw life-support treatment to a severely brain damaged newborn baby, whose young mother died after giving birth, reports The Irish Independent,2. #CRC: The former boss of the Central Remedial Clinic Brian Conlan will appear in front of the Public Accounts Committee today to account for salary top-ups given to senior staff members while he was CEO.3. #JOBS: Tour operators Thomas Cook will close its Irish office and move completely online in the Irish market, leaving the future of its 44 employees uncertain.4. #MURDER: Italian Saverio Bellante who is accused of murdering Tom O’Gorman has been moved from Cloverhill Prison to the Central Mental Hospital, writes The Herald.5. #BAILOUT: Labour MEP Emer Costello has said the European Central Bank “held a gun” to the Government’s head over the bailout.6. #BANK LETTERS: Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty is to seek further information about the loss of documents related to the banking crisis by the Department of Finance as the Taoiseach yesterday expressed concern about the matter.7. #IRISH WATER: Parents of young children and teenagers could face a second tier of water charges if tariffs for households using larger volumes of water are applied, reports The Irish Independent.8. #STORM DAMAGE: The Irish Times reports that Ireland is not likely to get EU relief funding for damage caused by the recent storms.9 .#VATICAN: Officials at the Vatican are expected to face tough questions from the UN on the sexual abuse of thousands of children by Roman Catholic clergy, reports the BBC.last_img read more

Arthur kicks off US hurricane season dampens July 4th celebrations

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

first_imgNo ‘stupid hat’ McCrory urged residents and tourists to use common sense, to stay out of the water and out of harm’s way, with storm surges of up to 1.5m predicted.Up to 20cm  of rain were expected in coastal areas.“Don’t put your ‘stupid hat’ on,” McCrory said.“Let’s hope for the best, pray for the best, that Arthur clears out quickly so we can all get back to celebrating our country’s independence, with our families and friends on North Carolina’s beautiful beaches.”As many as half a million visitors had been expected in the coastal Carolinas for the national holiday, the region’s biggest tourist weekend.Authorities issued a mandatory evacuation order for Hatteras Island and a voluntary evacuation order for Ocracoke Island, both in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, CNN reported.But it was not just North Carolina, where tornado warnings were activated in some areas. that was bracing for Arthur’s impact.The storm threatened to scuttle traditional Independence Day weekend picnics, parades and fireworks displays for millions of Americans along the East Coast, as far north as New England.Dangerous storm swells were expected as far south as central Florida, weather officials said.The Atlantic hurricane season began 1 June and runs through 30 November.Read: Hurricane churning just off North Carolina, it’s expected to hit tonight >Read: Why Storm Christine wasn’t actually called Storm Christine > Hurricane Arthur makes landfall on the Florida and Carolina coasts. Source: Business Insider/NASAHURRICANE ARTHUR MADE landfall on the North Carolina shore, packing 100 mph winds and drenching rains in an onslaught dampening America’s 4 July celebrations.The US National Hurricane Center said the first hurricane of the Atlantic season carried potential for big and damaging waves and powerful tidal surges as it came ashore late last night.It hit the Outer Banks, a series of long and thin barrier islands that are a popular resort area. Tens of thousands of people had hoped to enjoy the US independence day holiday there.But some evacuations had been ordered even as the hurricane approached. It finally came ashore as a category two hurricane, on a scale in which five is the highest.Arthur was expected to keep moving up the East Coast but weaken into a cyclone Friday night on Saturday as it approaches Nova Scotia in Canada.North Carolina state Governor Pat McCrory said emergency preparation efforts had been made more complicated by the arrival of thousands of tourists who do not know the local roads well.Heavy rain and strong winds lashed the North Carolina coast. Children waves flags before a concert at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThousands of people were already without power in North Carolina, news reports said, and there was localized flooding in areas including the coastal city of Wilmington.“Our main issue is the health and safety of our citizens and those people who are visiting North Carolina,” McCrory said.Emergency declarations were issued by several counties in the southern state, which opened emergency shelters and ordered evacuations in low-lying areas.“As the hurricane moves north, more counties are likely to declare a state of emergency,” McCrory added.National Hurricane Center forecasters warned of “large and damaging waves” and cautioned: “Preparations to protect life and property should have already been completed.” #HurricaneArthur from space. Now Category 2 storm hitting #NorthCarolina.— WSBT (@WSBT) July 4, 2014center_img Source: WSBT/Twitterlast_img read more

Nintendo 2DS reportedly uses single screen obstructed by outer casing

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_imgYesterday Nintendo shocked the gaming industry and announced the 2DS, a 3DS stripped of its ability to display in 3D, as well as its ability to fold into a compact, clamshell form. This means that the new handheld is more like a tablet in design, especially since it needs to be tall enough to accommodate two screens positioned on a vertical plane. Normally, you would naturally assume that the unit employs two separate screens to achieve this, but reports have stated that the 2DS actually employs one large screen that is simply obstructed by the device’s casing in order to make the unit appear to have two separate displays.The report somewhat glazes over this facet. The 2DS having one screen masquerading as two isn’t really a big deal. You might feel a little taken advantage of, in that there’s a secret treasure trove of screen real estate sitting directly underneath your fingertips. However, this tactic — along with the removal of 3D, and the unibody design — likely helps the 2DS achieve its cheap price tag of $129.99. The unit will also dispense with stereo speakers (a stereo headphone jack will still be present) in place of a mono speaker, so that likely also helped pass the savings on to you.We won’t know whether or not the 2DS will become a hit — much like the Nintendo DS before it — until it releases to market. Nintendo, though, is specifically targeting children under seven-years-old with this device, so either that will create an entirely new revenue stream, or will keep people away from it since it’s officially labeled as a kid’s device.The console will release on October 12 — the same day as Pokémon X and Y — in a blue or red color scheme.last_img read more

Suspect shoots kills self when police attempt search of apartment

Posted On Sep 19 2019 by

first_imgA woman shot and killed herself Tuesday afternoon when officers attempted to search an apartment near Vancouver Mall as part of an elder abuse investigation.According to the Vancouver Police Department, officers had a search warrant in connection with the investigation for an apartment in the 5100 block of Northeast 72nd Avenue.When officers arrived around 3 p.m., no one inside the second-floor apartment responded, so they entered.Officials said officers entered the apartment’s bathroom, and the woman suspected in the case brandished a handgun at them, according to department spokeswoman Kim Kapp.The officers pulled back outside of the apartment and attempted to talk her down, according to the police, and several minutes later they heard a single gunshot.On-duty SWAT officers who were staged around the apartment complex attempted a tactical rescue after hearing the shot and found the woman dead, Kapp said.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.last_img read more

Suspect wrote he aimed to kill everyone at Maryland newsroom

Posted On Sep 19 2019 by

first_imgBALTIMORE — A man charged with gunning down five people at a Maryland newspaper sent three letters on the day of the attack, police said, including one that said he was on his way to the Capital Gazette newsroom with the aim “of killing every person present.”Sgt. Jacklyn Davis, a spokeswoman for Anne Arundel County police, said the letters were received Monday. They were mailed to an attorney for The Capital newspaper, a retired judge of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and a Baltimore judge.The letter Jarrod Ramos sent to the Annapolis newspaper’s Baltimore-based lawyer was written to resemble a legal motion for reconsideration of his unsuccessful 2012 defamation lawsuit against the paper, a columnist and then-publisher Tom Marquardt.Marquardt shared a copy of the letter with The Associated Press.“If this is how the Maryland Judiciary operates, the law now means nothing,” Ramos wrote. He quoted a description of the purpose of a defamation suit, saying it was intended for a defamed person to “resort to the courts for relief instead of wreaking his own vengeance.”“‘That’ is how your judiciary operates, you were too cowardly to confront those lies, and this is your receipt,” Ramos wrote.He signed it under the chilling statement: “I told you so.” Below that, he wrote that he was going to the newspaper’s office “with the objective of killing every person present.”last_img read more

Barcelona ties Bayerns record of undefeated home games in UCL

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgThe Catalan squad equaled Bayern Munich’s record of 29 consecutive home games without losing in the Champions League.Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham extended their undefeated streak on home turf in European competition to 29 successive games, reports Goal. Their undefeated run at Camp Nou goes back to September 2013.They have accumulated 26 wins and three draws in total. German giants Bayern Munich set the record in a streak that went from 1998 to 2002 – it was at their former stadium, Olympiastadion.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.With a spot in the knockout stages already guaranteed, Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham also gave the Spurs a ticket to the elimination round. Ousmane Dembele opened the score with a stunner that was canceled out by Lucas Moura.The equalizer came five minutes before the final whistle and only minutes after Lucas came on from the bench. Harry Kane gave the Brazilian an excellent low pass to the middle of the box for the final 1-1.Barcelona recorded a lower possession than their opponent in a UCL group stage bout for the first time since 2006.last_img read more