December 9

IT Peer Network to Launch Verified Expert Program

first_imgTitle of “IT Expert” on profile picture and avatarAdded editorial support (formatting, editing, proxy publishing, etc.)Social amplification (promoted on Intel IT Center social channels) Posts featured on the “Community Spotlight”Nomination for a monthly spot on the “Meet the Experts” section Not to mention, the envy of your peers and professional contacts.Unique to the Verified Expert Program is that it is open to all members.  While specific qualifications must be met, any IT Peer Network enthusiast can become a Verified Expert.  A transparent document detailing what it takes to earn this title will be published and released later in 2015.  Sneak peaks to some of the requirements for Verified Expert considerations: Be a memberHave a profile pictureInclude relevant information on profileBe an active bloggerWrite regularly about hot topicsFollow blogging best practices You may have heard the common phrase: “Content is King”.  If that’s true, credibility is the crown.  The IT Peer Network is set to launch the Verified Expert Program, which is an initiative designed to highlight and showcase experts within the community.  Identifying members who are true thought-leaders and influencers will give added recognition to expert participants.  Think Twitter’s Verified Users or LinkedIn’s Influencers.There is certainly something about having an official title that boosts credibility.  Upon LinkedIn’s campaign to assign the title of “influencer” to leaders of several industries, the company has seen significant popularity with the program.  Since launching a little over a year ago, there are now over 300 influencers, who receive an average of 30k views.According to a recent article published on LinkedIn by fellow influencer, Dharmesh Shah, the founder and CTO of HubSpot, there are significant advantages to the program. Shah explains that posts on his personal blog usually average “5,000-10,000 views” – and if a specific article is popular and shared across social media, “that number can spike to 50,000+ views.”  While these viewing metrics are nothing to scoff at, he goes on to describe the major jump he has seen with LinkedIn.  Under the title of “Influencer”, Shah has posted “30 posts” with an “average number of views of… 123,000” per post.  Thank you credibility.  How’s that for tipping your crown? Some of the perks that IT Peer Network will offer to verified experts include: center_img While best practices alone can promote blogger credibility the IT Peer Network aims to put the icing on the cake with official acknowledgment through the Verified Expert Program.  After all, what’s a king or queen without a crown?To learn more about the IT Peer Network Verified Expert Program, connect with us on Twitter for updates.  You can also check out the IT Peer Network regularly and be on the lookout for the official release of the transparent document in late January 2015.last_img read more

November 28

Jennifer Lopez to perform at Sanjay Dutt’s fight club bash in Mumbai

first_imgLatina pop diva Jennifer Lopez will be the latest international celebrity to visit India. JLo is scheduled to be in Mumbai to perform on March 11 at the inaugural gala of the Mixed Martial Arts Super Fight League ( SFL), a venture launched by Sanjay Dutt in association with Shilpa Shetty’s entrepreneur husband Raj Kundra.Lopez, 42, joins an A- list of international pop icons that includes Metallica, Lady Gaga, Akon and Pitbull, who have performed in India in the recent past. She is also the latest western celebrity to hit Indian shores after Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey and Arnold Schwarzenegger.While Kundra confirmed JLo’s participation in the event, he said plans were being made to rope in a few more big- ticket international names for the gala.A few stars from Bollywood, besides top Indian singers, will also perform at the SFL opening do at Mumbai’s Andheri Sports Complex. ” Kundra and Dutt want to create an annual martial arts event that will rival similar events all over the world. They want to make SFL a brand name. Naturally, they want a big start,” a source said.SFL is being touted as a mix of sport and entertainment on the lines of WWE. The league promises to feature some of the best- known names from the world of wrestling, boxing and other forms of martial arts.The owners will soon reveal the list of fighters for the event. Apart from a grand opening, the SFL promises to have bigticket after- parties.Although this will be JLo’s first visit to India, she may not get much of a chance to visit any other place. She is expected to be in the country for less than a week, and most of the time will be spent in preparations.advertisementShe apparently plans to rehearse at the actual venue every day.The sultry singer- actress shot to fame in 1999 with her debut album, On The 6 , which featured the chart- topping song, If you had my love . By the time her second album, JLo , sold eight million copies worldwide in 2001, she had already become one of the hottest stars in the global pop scene.Twice nominated at the Grammy Awards, she is estimated to have sold close to 60 million records worldwide in her 12- year career as a singer. Earlier this year, she was chosen to have her own star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.last_img read more

November 20

Alisson ahead of me, says Ederson

first_imgManchester City goalkeeper Ederson accepts Liverpool shot-stopper Alisson is “one step ahead” of him to be Brazil’s first choice.Alisson, 26, has been the South American giants’ number one, making 32 international appearances, while Ederson has played just once.However, the City man will get another chance in a friendly against Saudi Arabia on Friday before Alisson takes the spot in a meeting with Argentina. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Back in the endzThanks for the digs, @SpursOfficial   pic.twitter.com/lWXYb47oo5 — Brasil Global Tour (@BGT_ENG) October 8, 2018 Ederson, 25, described Alisson as a friend and said the Liverpool goalkeeper was slightly ahead of him with the national team.”I think there is a lot of similarity between the two of us. He is having a very positive season start at Liverpool,” he said.”Here, he is one step ahead of me, he played in a World Cup. Brazil is well served with goalkeepers. Those who enter will do a good job.”Representing the Selecao is a very great expectation, being able to play is even greater.”I’ve had lunch with Alisson when he arrived at Liverpool. We have a very good relationship. He’s a friend.”. @neymarjr doing it for the kids  pic.twitter.com/OolAOvw7XA — Brasil Global Tour (@BGT_ENG) October 9, 2018 Ahead of the Copa America in Brazil next year, Tite plans to test several players as the nation look to win the tournament for the first time since 2007.That means Ederson will get his chance in one of Brazil’s two friendlies this month.”Tite called me to talk to Alisson and [goalkeeping coach Claudio] Taffarel, and it happened that I would play the first game and Alisson the second,” he said.”I was very happy to have an opportunity to play a match with the Brazilian team. He passed on the idea, said it was a new cycle starting for the Copa America and would try to test as many players as possible.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

November 18

SRK’s counsel argued for 5 hours to prove ED’s FEMA case baseless

first_imgIn a marathon legal hearing for five hours, Shah Rukh Khan’s legal counsel Dilip Sheth argued before the adjudicating authority of Enforcement Directorate to prove that the FEMA case is baseless.Sheth, also the legal counsel of SRK’s IPL franchise Knight Riders Sports Ltd (KRSPL), argued before the authority with the submission that the allegations of forex violation against the actor and his wife Gauri Khan are baseless.Last month, the ED had issued a notice to SRK and Gauri to be present before the adjudicating authority for the final hearing on the FEMA violation case on Wednesday. But both remained absent and on their behalf, legal counsel Sheth appeared before the authority along with KRSPL’s chief financial officer (CFO) Saloni Ganesh and some documents.ALSO READ |  SRK’s lawyer gets ready to counter ED’s auditor in IPL FEMA caseOn other end, Chokshi & Chokshi’s partner Mithil Chokshi, a chartered accountant and auditor who had submitted the valuation report against KRSPL with the findings of FEMA violation of around Rs 80 crore was present with his counsel.Chokshi’s report had alleged that the Bollywood actor allotted 90 lakh shares of KRSPL to Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta’s Mauritius-based company Sea Island Investment Ltd (SIIL) by undervaluing the share prices ie from Rs 80-90 per share to Rs 10.For five hours, SRK’s counsel tried to put his case “very strongly” before the authority. Sheth cross-examined Chokshi’s valuation report, word by word.ALSO READ |  SRK, Gauri get extenstion from ED in IPL FEMA case advertisementSheth refused to speak to India Today and before the hearing, he had protested the presence of journalists with ED officials claiming “it could affect the case”.”Further clarification and hearing of both parties will be sought, if required. The order in this case would be passed soon,” Vineet Agrawal, special director and head of adjudicating authority at ED, Mumbai told India Today.last_img read more

November 16

Kane hits out at England support

first_imgHarry Kane Kane hits out at England supporters: It’s why they’re at home and we’re playing Last updated 2 years ago 06:25 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane England Malta Getty Harry Kane England Slovakia WC Qualification Europe The Three Lions striker was not pleased with the supporters who took shots at he and his team-mates for their perceived lack of dedication Harry Kane was not pleased with the amount of criticism he and his team-mates received after their lacklustre showing in a 4-0 win over Malta. The Three Lions looked uninspired and netted three goals in the dying minutes – including one from the Tottenham man while their opponents had a player laid on the ground – to a scoreline that was more impressive than the performance really deserved. England 9/2 to beat Slovakia 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Kane was the man to make the breakthrough in the match, netting in the 53rd minute to open the scoring, but even his goal was met with negative chants from the disgruntled England supporters.And while the striker did not take direct aim at the fans who made journey to Malta to watch the match, he was more than willing to take a shot at those who hurled vitriol at the side after the match. “It takes a lot of commitment to reach the top,” Kane is quoted as saying by the Daily Star. “Start from an early age, dedication and you have to be a top professional to play for your countryKane quote.“Anybody who says that I don’t understand what it takes…it’s probably why they’re sitting at home watching and we’re out there playing.“I’m extremely proud to represent my country and I know the other players are.”England will be back at it Monday with a much sterner test against Slovakia, and the Tottenham star wants to see a little bit of patience from those who back his national side. “Everyone just needs to stay patient,” he added. “We’re by no means the finished article, there’s still a lot for us to work on. It’s not going to happen overnight.”last_img read more

October 12

Elderly woman’s body found in Jodhpur Park

first_imgKolkata: The body of an elderly woman with injury marks on her neck was found in a decomposed state from her residence in Jodhpur Park on Thursday morning.The victim has been identified as Shyamali Ghosh (74) who according to the police was a retired stenographer. On the basis of the preliminary investigation, the police suspect that Ghosh might have been strangulated to death. The motive behind the murder is yet to be confirmed by the investigating officers. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe local residents of Jodhpur Park on Thursday complained about a foul smell emanating from the second floor of the building where the elderly woman had been living alone for some time. They informed the police who reached the spot and found that the door of her room was locked. As they broke open into the room and found the woman lying on the floor with a pillow near her body. On the basis of circumstantial evidences, police suspect that the woman might have been strangulated as there were some injury marks on her neck. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayPolice also suspect that the accused might have hit her on the head with a heavy object to ensure her death. Senior officers of the homicide department and the forensic experts visited the spot and collected samples from the room. The Joint Commissioner of Police, crime, and Deputy Commissioner South East Division also visited to the spot following the incident. The officers came to know during the investigation that the victim woman was single and lived alone in the apartment. The police suspect the woman was murdered and ruled out all the possibilities of suicide. Someone who is well -acquainted with the elderly woman might have strangulated her to death. The police are probing if some valuables are missing from her house. The investigating officers have also ruled out the possibility of the accused locking the room while leaving her flat after committing the crime. “We have started a case of unnatural death. Circumstantial evidence however suggests that there may be some foul play behind her death. The body has been sent for an autopsy. All possible angles are being looked into,” a senior officer of Kolkata police said.last_img read more

October 8

UAE issues travel advisory for Emiratis visiting Sri Lanka

The UAE is among the latest countries which have issued travel advisories on Sri Lanka, following the declaration of state of emergency in the Asian state, the Gulf News reported.The country’s embassy in Colombo tweeted on Thursday that Emirati nationals should take precautions and vigilance when travelling to Sri Lanka, in view of the current situation in Sri Lanka. A top Sri Lankan official based in the UAE had earlier said that there’s no need to worry about the current security situation in the country. UAE citizens are also advised to avoid crowded places and contact the embassy in case of an emergency. According to Sulaiman J. Mohideen, the Sri Lankan Ambassador to the UAE, the emergency declaration is just a “preventive step” taken by authorities to ward off the spread of violence.“It is a measure to prevent the violence from spreading to other parts of the country, which is otherwise limited to some villages in Kandy district,” Mohideen said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

October 2

MPs to learn about Brock research at Monday visit

Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey and St. Catharines MP Chris Bittle will visit Brock on Monday, March 25 to celebrate the accomplishments and learn more about the work of the University’s researchers and scholars funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).All members of the Brock community are invited to the celebration, which starts at 9 a.m. in Room 207 of the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex. There will be remarks and presentations by two research teams.Also on campus that day will be SSHRC President Ted Hewitt, visiting Brock to discuss institutional priorities with senior administrators. SSHRC is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and research training in the humanities and social sciences.What: SSHRC research celebration with Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey and St. Catharines MP Chris BittleWhere: Room 207, Cairns ComplexWhen: Monday, March 25, 9 to 10:45 a.m. read more

September 28

NFL mourns death of NFL Films President Steve Sabol son of OSU

Steve Sabol, the former president of NFL Films and a man rooted to Ohio State, died from brain cancer Tuesday, according to multiple reports. He was 69. As president of New Jersey-based NFL Films, Sabol oversaw the application of various cinematic techniques to capturing professional football, such as slow-motion photography and microphones attached to players and coaches. Dramatic musical scores accompanied video of game action in many NFL Films productions. Sabol is survived by his wife, Penny, son, Casey, and sister, Blair, Both of his parents, Audrey and Ed, also survive NFL Film’s former leading man. Ed Sabol, an OSU graduate and former member of the Buckeyes men’s swimming program, was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 6, 2011. Steve Sabol presented his father during the Hall of Fame ceremony with an introductory speech. Steve Sabol played a direct hand in the creation of the Aug. 2, 2011, Wexner Center event entitled “A Tribute to Ed Sabol and NFL Films.” Shelly Poe, former sports information director for OSU football and now the associate athletic director for media relations at Auburn, told The Lantern that Steve Sabol planned to return to OSU for the Wexner Center event but eventually declined to attend. Poe told The Lantern that Steve Sabol and his personal staff were accommodating in helping put the event together despite the cancer diagnosis he was living with at the time. Steve Sabol received the diagnosis in March 2011, according to a Tuesday Wall Street Journal report. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called Steve Sabol the “creative genius behind NFL Films” in a Tuesday email to league personnel. “Steve’s passion for football was matched only by his talent and energy,” Goodell said in the email. “He was a major contributor to the success of the NFL, a man who changed the way we looked at football and sports, and a great friend. His legacy is assured. “Steve was an incredible visionary. He spent 50 years at the NFL and changed the way we see pro football. So when you’re watching the games this week, it’s worth remembering just how much Steve contributed to the way we think, see and love our game.” Ed Sabol was contracted to shoot the 1962 NFL Championship game, which was the first event filmed by the league’s in-house production company. Steve Sabol was a photographer during the game and continued work with NFL Films during the next 50 years, according to NFL.com. read more

September 28

Etienne Sabino sidelined for at least 3 weeks with broken right fibula

Ohio State redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino will miss at least three weeks after breaking his right fibula during Saturday’s 63-38 win against Nebraska. Sabino is expected to miss four weeks, according to a Monday athletic department release. OSU’s depth chart, which is “Unofficial as of Oct. 8” lists freshman linebacker Joshua Perry in Sabino’s place. First-year coach Urban Meyer, though, said the timetable for the captain’s return is fluid. “He had surgery, had a plate put in … best case (for his return) is three weeks, worst-case is longer. We hope to get him back,” Meyer said Monday during his weekly press conference. Three weeks of recovery would slate Sabino for an Oct. 27 return against Penn State in State College, Pa. Meyer said the loss of Sabino is “a tremendous blow.” “Sabino talked to the team afterwards, and it was an emotional moment,” he said. “This team’s getting pretty close because of guys like him. So that’s first. We’re going to miss him.” Sabino totaled one tackle before leaving in the first half of the Buckeyes’ contest against the Cornhuskers, a 63-38 win. Meyer said he wasn’t sure what caused Sabino’s injury, adding he thought the senior only participated in about 14 plays Saturday. Just a week earlier, Meyer gushed about the linebacker’s eight-tackle, one-sack outing against Michigan State on Sept. 29 in East Lansing, Mich. OSU beat the Spartans, 17-16. “It’s hard for me to say he’s not my favorite player on this team,” Meyer said during a press conference on Oct. 1. Meyer said he and Sabino have a relationship unlike what might be typical between a coach and a player. “I have conversations with him like I would a coach. I listen to him. I usually don’t listen a lot, and then I listen to him,” he said, Meyer’s said he wasn’t aware that Sabino hadn’t played extensively since arriving to Columbus in 2008. “I didn’t realize that until I went back and did a study on it,” Meyer said. “He’s been a classic underachiever. Now he’s a leader. He’s a grown man.” Through the Buckeyes (6-0) first six games of the season, Sabino has recorded 38 tackles, two sacks and one interception. OSU is scheduled to play Indiana on Oct. 13 in Bloomington, Ind. read more

September 25

British Museum lures Game of Thrones fans to exhibition on littleknown Scythians

first_imgWarriors from the Scythians exhibition Daenerys Targaryen, who joined the Dothraki Where the Scythians roamed A ‘flat-pack’ table Game of Thrones' Khal Drogo Gold plaque of a mounted Scythian. Black Sea region, c. 400–350 BC Most artefacts were frozen in time in tombs, with no surviving written records. The exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia opens at the British Museum on September 14.The institution is not the first to see the potential in comparing real history with Game of Thrones. Daenerys Targaryen, who joined the Dothraki The skin of a tattooed warrior from the Scythian tribes Warriors from the Scythians exhibition Both real and fictional tribes fought on horseback and are “excellent archers”, the Museum blog points out, and both used curved bows to maximise the range of their arrows.“Part of their fearsome reputation comes from the perception among outsiders that the Dothraki and the Scythians are barbarians – [the character] Daenerys’ brother, who comes to a rather unpleasant end, regularly criticises Dothraki culture as being ‘savage’,” it states.“Similarly the ancient Greeks perceived the Scythians as both terrifying and barbarous, while at the same time holding some respect for their brutal ways.” Published on the Museum’s website, it is designed to lure a new generation of visitors into its galleries for the exhibition, making it accessible via the vision of George R R Martin and capitalising on the new series of the fantasy show beginning this week.“If you’re excited about another fantastical series of Game of Thrones, you’re not alone,” the blog says.“But George R R Martin’s vivid world has many real-life parallels. Here, take a closer look at the inspiration behind the bloodthirsty, horse-riding nomadic warriors, the Dothraki…” The Dothraki and Scythians each chose lightweight clothes instead of armour and wore trousers, unlike other civilisations and tribes BC.While Scythians grew their hair long and cut it only for the death of a king, Dothraki chop theirs on screen to signify defeat.Both were nomads, living in tents and owning only the things they could pack. One Museum curator has previously described a Scythian table as a “proto-Ikea flatpack”. A 'flat-pack' table Historians have previously make the link between the battle between the north and south on Game of Thrones with the Wars of the Roses, the show’s Wall with Hadrian’s Wall, and the gruesome Red Wedding, which has striking similarities to the massacres of Glencoe and the Black Dinner of Scottish history.Speaking last year, Dr Carolyne Larrington, who teaches Medieval English literature at the University of Oxford, said using a modern reimagining of medieval war would be “really valuable” in “awakening” an interest in the real thing. Gold plaque of a mounted Scythian. Black Sea region, c. 400–350 BCCredit:State Hermitage Museum 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. Where the Scythians roamed The skin of a tattooed warrior from the Scythian tribes Every schoolboy in the land knows the basic history of the Greek, Roman and Egyptian civilisations.Mention the Scythians, a fierce, tattooed, horse-riding, nomadic tribe stretching over hundreds of years of history from the Black Sea to the borders of China, and there may be blank looks all round.But the British Museum hopes to rectify that omission with a blockbuster new exhibition, and an online guide helpfully explaining it through the medium of Game of Thrones.The British Museum blog has published an explainer on the Scythians comparing them directly with the Dothraki, the fictional riders of the Game of Thrones novels and big-budget television series.The Dothraki, known to fans of the series for main characters including Khal Drogo and Daenerys, are “so far, so Scythian”, it says. Game of Thrones’ Khal Drogo “I think the idea of using popular fantasy, using medievalism as many scholars call this modern reimagining of the world, could be really valuable in awakening children’s interest in this kind of thing,” she said. The roots of the Dothraki, the Museum says, has been less well-explored, noting some parallels with the Mongols and the Huns.But, it claims, there are “several similarities” with the Scythians too.Describing them as “fearsome, nomadic warriors who loved their horses”, it said: “The terrifying Dothraki take their lead from the equally terrifying Scythians.” Offering the caveat that there is “no evidence of dragons and ice zombies” in the archaeological digs around the Scythian empire, it claimed that Martin and his HBO showrunners have drawn directly on real history for the Game of Thrones worlds. The British Museum exhibition will be the to explore the Scythians at a major UK  institutions in 40 years, relying on loans of up to 250 objects from overseas museums including the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg.last_img read more

September 24

Rio Tinto and Hancock Prospecting open new mine at Hope Downs

first_imgRio Tinto and Hancock Prospecting today opened a new mine at Hope Downs in the Pilbara, Western Australia. The joint venture partners also approved an investment in greater automation, driving productivity and improving safety.Development of the Baby Hope deposit will help sustain existing capacity at the Hope Downs 1 operation, supporting ongoing jobs at Hope Downs.By 2020, a total of 28 existing haul trucks at the Hope Downs 1 mine will be retrofitted with Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) technology. Three production drills at the Hope Downs 4 mine will also be retrofitted with Autonomous Drilling System (ADS) technology. This deployment will deliver safety benefits to both haulage and drilling operations as well as productivity gains to the business through a higher utilisation rate of the existing fleet.Speaking at today’s opening at the site, Rio Tinto Iron Ore Chief Executive Chris Salisbury said “This investment will ensure sustainable production levels at the Hope Downs 1 operation and is a clear demonstration of our continuing commitment to the people of Western Australia and the joint venture partnership. Together, we have played an instrumental role in developing the Pilbara and remain committed to pioneering new ways to innovate and improve our business for the future.“As we introduce autonomous technology across the business we continue to work closely with our employees to develop their career pathways. To date, we have successfully redeployed or upskilled employees impacted by automation and we would expect this trend to continue with the extension of this technology at Hope Downs.”Speaking to staff and all of those involved in the project at the mine opening, Hancock Prospecting Group Executive Chairman Gina Rinehart said: “Thank you very much again to Rio for investing in Baby Hope, and other Hope Downs mines too, as well as all of your earlier investments in the Pilbara and Australia. A truly giant contribution, offering employment and more indirect employment and opportunities to many Australians over decades.“As Hancock and some at Rio know, I have been pushing to see the development of Baby Hope, and I am excited that now the Baby Hope mine will be a welcome contributor to the future success of Hope Downs. Thank you to everyone who has worked on Hope Downs since its inception, and who have worked to enable that Baby Hope and other Hope Downs mines could be developed.“Hope Downs is very special to Hancock. It was named after a very special and beautiful lady, my mother Hope, a truly wonderful West Australian. My father, Lang Hancock, whose flights of discovery entailed him risking his life many times, was responsible for finding a significant number of major iron ore deposits in the Pilbara, indeed about 10 of which now form major mines for Rio Tinto, plus Hope Downs.”Tad Watroba, who has been involved in the Hope Downs project since 1991, noted that “the opening of any new mine is always the result of a significant amount of effort and hard work from a team of people. Gina Rinehart’s drive, hard work, determination and vision over decades has been essential in developing Hope Downs.”“It was not an easy path for Hancock, a then small company, to complete years of hard work to progress these major mines which make a huge contribution to Australia.”Hancock Prospecting and Rio Tinto are equal partners in the Hope Downs Joint Venture. Rio Tinto bought in to Hope Downs in 2005 after Hancock completed a bankable feasibility study and exploration of other Hope Downs areas.Rio Tinto and Hancock’s shared history extends back to the early 1960s when Sir Val Duncan was Chairman of Rio Tinto.Baby Hope is located about 4 km southwest of the Hope Downs 1 South deposit and immediately north of the Lang Hancock rail line. All necessary government and environmental approvals have been secured. Hope Downs 1 and 4 produced 46.9 Mt of iron ore in 2017.last_img read more

September 22

Malaysia under fire over chaotic search for missing jet

first_imgMALAYSIA DENIED THAT the hunt for a missing jet was in disarray after the search veered far from the plane’s planned route and China said that conflicting information about its course was “pretty chaotic”.CNN is now reporting that a Chinese satellite “observed a suspected crash area at sea”, according to a Chinese news agency.It says the images date back to 9 March, the day after the plane went missing, but weren’t released until today. They show three suspected floating images.Oil slicks that were previously thought to be related to a possible crash site have already been discounted in the past few days.Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said today that Malaysia would “never give up hope” of finding the plane’s 239 passengers and crew, dismissing allegations that efforts were mired in confusion after a series of false alarms, rumours and contradictory statements.Photographs showing one of the passengers of the missing Malaysian Airlines aircraft Chandrika Sharma, left, her husband Narendran and daughter Meghna. Pic: AP Photo/Arun Sankar K“I don’t think so. It’s far from it. It’s only confusion if you want it to be seen as confusion,” he said at a press conference where military and civilian officials faced a grilling from a combative crowd of journalists. I think it’s not a matter of chaos. There are a lot of speculations (sic) that we have answered in the last few days.The hunt for Malaysia Airlines flight 370 now encompasses nearly 27,000 nautical miles (over 90,000 square kilometres) — roughly the size of Portugal — and involves the navies and air forces of multiple nations.Sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik creates a sculpture depicting the missing Malaysian Airlines aircraft on the beach in Puri, India. Pic: AP PhotoThe search focus had been on an area off Vietnam’s South China Sea coast, where the Boeing 777 last made contact Saturday on a journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.But Malaysian authorities said they were expanding it to the Andaman Sea, north of Indonesia, hundreds of miles away.“So right now there is a lot of information, and it’s pretty chaotic, so up to this point we too have had difficulty confirming whether it is accurate or not,” China’s foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said of accounts of the jet’s course.Indonesian Air Force officers examine a map of the Malacca Strait. Pic: AP Photo/Binsar BakkaraThere were 153 Chinese nationals on the flight.India’s coastguard joined the aerial search off the remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands Wednesday and the Indian Air Force was put on standby.‘Alright, good night’ Malaysian air force chief General Rodzali Daud attempted to explain why the search zone had been expanded, telling the press conference that military radar detected an unidentified object early Saturday north of the Malacca Strait off Malaysia’s west coast.He said that the reading, taken less than an hour after the plane lost contact over the South China Sea, was still being investigated and they were not able to confirm it was MH370.The confusion has fuelled perceptions that Malaysian authorities are unable to handle a crisis on this scale, and infuriated relatives.Analysts said there were burning questions over what information — if any — Malaysia has gleaned from both military and civilian radar, and the plane’s transponders, and over discounted reports it was later detected near Indonesia.A member of Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency. Pic: AP Photo/Heri Juanda“There are so many information sources that do not appear to have been used effectively in this case. As a result, the families of the missing passengers and crew are being kept in the dark,” said David Learmount, operations and safety editor at industry magazine Flightglobal.One new detail did emerge: the words of MH370′s final radio transmission.Malaysia’s ambassador to China, Iskandar Sarudin, said one of the pilots said “alright, good night” as the flight switched from Malaysian to Vietnamese airspace, according to Singapore’s Straits Times newspaper. ‘Cracking and corrosion’ Months before the Malaysia Airlines jet vanished, US regulators had warned of a “cracking and corrosion” problem on Boeing 777s that could lead to a mid-air breakup and drastic drop in cabin pressure.Pic: AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin“We are issuing this AD (Airworthiness Directive) to detect and correct cracking and corrosion in the fuselage skin, which could lead to rapid decompression and loss of structural integrity of the airplane,” the Federal Aviation Administration said.It had circulated a draft of the warning in September, issuing a final directive on March 5, three days before MH370 disappeared.- © AFP, 2014Read: ‘Alright, good night’ – last known words of mystery Malaysia Airlines flight>last_img read more

September 21

Xbox One GPU clock speed increased RAM upgraded to 12GB

first_imgMicrosoft has shown that it is willing to react quickly to the feedback received about the Xbox One. When gamers started getting angry about the mandatory Internet connection and used games restrictions, Microsoft dumped them and promised a more open system. But there’s been another area where the Xbox One has lagged behind the PS4 on paper: hardware specs.While the AMD processor inside both machines is thought to be pretty evenly matched, the PS4 pulls ahead in terms of the performance of the GPU and use of GDDR5 RAM, Apparently, Microsoft has also decided to react to that and is improving the hardware inside the Xbox One in time for the launch.The rumors point to two possible changes to the hardware. The first is an increase in the clock speed of the GPU, the second is a shift to include 12GB of RAM instead of the currently advertised 8GB.The increase in GPU clock speed seems the more plausible and widely believed rumor of the two. And by doing that the overall performance of the Xbox One should get a nice bump. The increase in RAM seems more far fetched, though, and might be a mistake related to the dev kits.Xbox One dev kits ship with 12GB RAM on board, but games are being developed using 8GB as an upper limit and 5GB of that dedicated to games. Feedback from developers is that they would like more RAM to play with, but adding an extra 4GB to the system this close to launch would up costs and potentially slow down manufacturing. However, moving to 12GB would certainly help long term for games developed a few years from now, although launch games would likely use no more than 8GB because that’s the limit developers have been working to.There’s also every chance that if the 12GB rumor turns out to be true, Sony could upgrade the PS4, who’s to say they haven’t already? If the advertised PS4 will ship with a profit built into the $399 price point, taking a small hit for 4GB of extra RAM wouldn’t be a difficult decision if it meant matching its main competitor.last_img read more

September 17

25th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival showcases local filmmakers

first_img25th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival showcases local filmmakers Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 10, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsFor the 25th year in a row, the Media Arts Center San Diego will showcase local filmmakers at the San Diego Latino Film Festival. The festival features a variety of filmmakers within the local Latino community, including women filmmakers, Jewish Latino filmmakers, LGBTQ+ artists and youth.As filmmaker Evan Apodaca and executive director Ethan van Thillo explain, there’s something at the festival for everyone. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, March 10, 2018last_img read more

September 16

Kerry heads to Cairo sharpens criticism of Hamas

first_imgWASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back to the Middle East as the Obama administration attempts to bolster regional efforts to reach a ceasefire and sharpens its criticism of Hamas in its conflict with Israel.The State Department said Kerry would leave early Monday for Egypt where he will join diplomatic efforts to resume a truce that had been agreed to in November 2012. In a statement Sunday evening, department spokeswoman Jen Psaki called the U.S. and international partners “deeply concerned about the risk of further escalation, and the loss of more innocent life.” The Obama administration has toned down its earlier rebuke of Israel for attacks on the Gaza Strip that have killed civilians, including children, although both President Barack Obama and Kerry expressed concern about the rising death toll. The U.S. will urge the militant Palestinian group to accept a cease-fire agreement that would halt nearly two weeks of fighting with Israel. More than 430 Palestinians and 20 Israelis have been killed in that time.Cairo has offered a cease-fire plan that is backed by the U.S. and Israel. But Hamas has rejected the Egyptian plan and is relying on governments in Qatar and Turkey for an alternative proposal. Qatar and Turkey have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is also linked to Hamas but banned in Egypt.last_img read more

September 5

Is US military hiding something sinister Triangular UFO spotted in Michigan triggers

first_imgYouTube: Secureteam10A stunning video apparently shot from Michigan that shows a black triangular UFO hovering in the night skies has now emerged as the hottest debating point among conspiracy theorists and alien enthusiasts. Hannah, the woman who captured the mindblowing video revealed that the UFO appeared in Ypsilanti on July 22, 2019.In the video, we can see a triangular spacecraft with lights all over its body. The shape of the UFO is clearly visible in the video, and it reminds the TR-3B spacecraft allegedly developed by the United States Air Force (USAF) during the time of cold war.”I was driving down my road and as I approached the stop sign I noticed the lights floating across the sky stealthily. I immediately got my phone out to take a video because it was unlike anything I had seen before. My initial instinct was that it was a drone. But it was much larger than any drone I have ever seen, around the size of a van,” said Hannah, Daily Star reports.After watching the video, many people suggested that the UFO Hannah saw could be most probably a plane flying in a very low altitude. However, Hannah is not convinced, and she claims that no planes will fly in such a low altitude, just above buildings and trees. Hannah, also added that the UFO could be an advanced drone developed by the US military.”Out of all the possibilities I think it was most likely a drone and if it was a drone it would have to have been the property of the US military. There is no way a citizen could purchase and fly an aircraft of that size in little Ypsilanti,” added Hannah.The eyewitness also suggested that the UFO could be sometimes an alien spaceship from deep space.”I think we would be fools to believe that intelligent life only exists on Earth,” Hannah made her stand clear.A few days back, Mavixxx, a popular conspiracy theory channel had released a video that featured a triangular flying object hovering in California. As the video of the sighting went viral, people argued that the USAF is hiding something for sinister motives.last_img read more

September 1

Planetary Annihilation Kickstarter aims to bring RTS back in a big way

first_imgSix months after Double Fine Adventure kick-started the Kickstarter game trend, new promising titles are still showing up on the crowdfunding site. One of the latest of these is Planetary Annihilation, a large-scale real time strategy game from Uber Entertainment, the company behind the stylish third-person shooter Monday Night Combat. With PA, Uber is looking to get away from zoomed-in, squad focused RTS tactics. Taking a note from the classic Total Annihilation, they want to create a game that’s all about big, impressive battles.At first, the concept video for Planetary Annihilation looks like a scene out of any Command and Conquer game, with foot soldiers, tanks, and aircraft doing battle while decked out in orange and red. But things get interesting when the orange player sends a rocket up to the moon, constructs a lunar base, and begins firing back down onto the battlefield.The gameplay possibilities of surface, air, and orbital units interacting are intriguing enough on their own, but Uber’s video takes things another step further. Not content to let his enemy be pummeled by moon cannons, the orange commander sends units deeper into space, where they convert an asteroid into a massive, devastating bombardment weapon.The developers have ideas for several slick features as well, beyond just the crazy weaponry. The controls will be designed to juggle units spread across an entire solar system using a split interface and multiple windows. And despite the emphasis on large-scale warfare, the game will be able to create randomized battlegrounds through a procedural planet generator.Uber Entertainment has until September 14 to raise the $900,000 they need to create Planetary Annihilation. If their Kickstarter succeeds, the team will develop the game for PC, Mac, and — by fan request — Linux.Read more at the Kickstarter project pagelast_img read more

August 30

Neil Simon Legendary American Playwright Passes Away at 91

first_imgNeil Simon, who wrote some of the most popular plays in the 20th century American theater, died at age 91 on August 26, 2018, at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. His comedies ranged from “The Odd Couple” and “Barefoot in the Park” to “The Sunshine Boys” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” At one point, in the late 1960s, he had four shows on Broadway at once.A statement from his reps said, “His wife, Elaine Joyce Simon, was at his bedside along with Mr. Simon’s daughters, Ellen Simon and Nancy Simon.”Neil Simon in 1974Variety reported, “In addition to his four Oscar nominations and 17 Tony nominations, Simon’s works brought an unsurpassed 50 Tony nominations for their actors. His competitive Tony wins came for  The Odd Couple (best playwright) and for best play for Lost in Yonkers and Biloxi Blues.”Simon spoke of his unhappy childhood having supplied him with a great deal of material.Simon in 1966Born on July 4, 1927, in the Bronx, Simon was the son of a garment industry salesman, Irving Simon, who abandoned the family more than once during his childhood, leaving Simon’s mother, May, to take care of Simon and his brother. When the family disintegrated further, he was sent to live with relatives.With Cy Coleman at piano rehearsing, 1982In his memoir Simon wrote, “When an audience laughed, I felt fulfilled. It was a sign of approval, of being accepted. Coming as I did from a childhood where laughter in the house meant security, but was seldom heard as often as a door slamming every time my father took another year’s absence from us, the laughter that came my way in the theater was nourishment.”He attended New York University as an enlistee in the Army Air Forces Air Reserve training program. He continued his studies at the University of Denver while assigned to a base nearby. His later military experience inspired the play  Biloxi Blues.Promotional photo of Imogene Coca and Sid Caesar from Your Show of Shows, 1952.Simon began his comedy career writing jokes for Jerry Lester, Phil Silvers, Jackie Gleason and Sid Caesar on “Your Show of Shows” and later “Caesar’s Hour.” He left behind the grind of joke writing when his play Come Blow Your Horn was a success.His next play, Barefoot in the Park, was an even greater hit, starring Robert Redford. It was based on Simon’s life, newly married to his first wife.His theatrical successes ran the gamut from Sweet Charity to Chapter Two.Photo of Walter Matthau as Oscar Madison and Art Carney as Felix Ungar from the original Broadway production of The Odd Couple. 1965Mr. Simon’s screenwriting career included many adaptations of his plays. In addition to Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple (with the original stage star, Walter Matthau, and Jack Lemmon replacing Art Carney), he wrote the screenplays for The Prisoner of Second Avenue,” with  Lemmon and Anne Bancroft, and The Sunshine Boys, with Matthau and George Burns, as well as Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, and Lost in Yonkers.Photo of Tony Randall (Felix), Marlyn Mason (Lisa), and Jack Klugman (Oscar) from the television program The Odd CoupleHe also wrote original movies, including The Out-of-Towners, the period spoof  Murder by Death, The Goodbye Girl, The Cheap Detective, Max Dugan Returns, The Slugger’s Wife, and The Heartbreak Kid, a black comedy, directed by Elaine May and starring Charles Grodin and Cybill Shepherd.Neil Simon at his Park Avenue residence Photo by Rtbarretto CC BY-SA 3.0“No playwright in Broadway’s long and raucous history has so dominated the boulevard as the softly astringent Simon,” wrote a New Yorker critic. “For almost half a century, his comedies have offered light at the end of whatever dark tunnel America has found itself in.”Plaque at the rear of The City Centre building, West 56th Street New York NY Photo by Spudgun67 CC BY-SA 4.0According to Variety, Simon said that he sat at a typewriter for eight hours every day “and constantly banging on the keys even if he was writing gibberish, because he needed the regularity of constantly writing.”Read another story from us: Olivia de Havilland turns 102! What is the ‘Gone With the Wind’ star doing now?In 2006 Neil Simon won the Mark Twain Prize for Humor, presented by the Kennedy Center. Simon married five times. He is survived by his wife, actress Elaine Joyce; three daughters; three grandchildren and one great-grandson.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at *Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone*, and *InStyle*, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com.last_img read more