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Did Franco help Real thrash Barca 11-1?

first_imgReal Madrid v Barcelona ‘They were overcome by military pressure’ – did General Franco help Real Madrid thrash Barcelona 11-1? Ignasi Oliva Last updated 1 year ago 23:12 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) General Franco Spain Getty Images Real Madrid v Barcelona Real Madrid Barcelona Primera División Opinion There is still plenty of mystery surrounding the most one-sided Clasico clash in history, so Goal spoke to a football historian to find out more… The Clasico has a uniquely rich and varied history. From extraordinary exhibitions to controversial clashes, Real Madrid against Barcelona, football’s most famous fixture, has seen it all.In short, the Clasico never fails to generate talking points. However, there are some things that some people do not want to remember. The biggest ever scoreline between the two sides is a particularly touchy subject in both Catalunya and Madrid.On June 13, 1943, Real beat Barca 11-1 in the second leg of their Copa del Generalisimo (the Copa del Rey had been renamed in honour of Spain’s ruling fascist leader, Francisco Franco) semi-final tie. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Real Madrid never show off about that match,” Joan Barau, a historian specialising in Barcelona’s history, tells Goal. “Basically, because that wasn’t a football match.”Barca had won the first leg 3-0 and travelled to the Estadio Chamartin (Real’s home before the Santiago Bernabeu) hoping to progress to the final.However, Barau says, “That Real Madrid turned the tie around isn’t surprising. What is surprising is the result, which perfectly explains that it was, in reality, a humiliation; a spectacle more akin to what could be seen in a Roman circus than at a football match.”In the first game, Les Corts (Camp Nou’s predecessor) had received Real amid a tense atmosphere, with the end of the Civil War just four years earlier still fresh in the memory.”There was a Law of Political Responsibilities, by which anyone who was not loyal at the beginning of the regime was deemed suspicious,” Barau explains.But Barca’s fans “were wound up by Real Madrid’s rough-house tactics”, which the Catalan club’s players also took exception to during a second leg which was played out in a particularly toxic atmosphere in the Spanish capital. Indeed, Barau says that the pro-Madrid media had written a number of scurrilous stories in the lead-up to the second leg which generated “such hostility” at Chamartin that the visitors did not dare participate in the proceedings. As a result, by half-time, Real were already 8-0 up, and Barca a man down, following the contentious dismissal of Benito Garcia.According to the widow of Barca goalkeeper Lluis Miro (in conversation years later with the journalist Xavier G. Luque), the Madrid forwards had kept pushing as if the game were still level.Real v Barcelona PSSo, Miro gave them the ball and told them to score if they wanted, given they seemed so keen to publicly humiliate their opponents for their perceived insolence. The Real strikers refused that offer, but that still did not prevent the most one-sided result in the history of the Clasico: 11-1 to Madrid.”It is remembered as the match of shame,” Barau explains. “A result that Real Madrid have never boasted about because it hides ones of the worst ghosts from Spain’s darkest days.”Several members of the Barca squad and coaching staff have subsequently claimed that they were threatened by police before the kick-off and that they had been left so disgusted by what unfolded in the opening 45 minutes, that they did not want to go back out for the second half.Legend has it that the Spanish director of state security threatened them into doing so but Barau says, “That’s a story that nobody has ever been able to prove and there is not a single member of the Barcelona team left now.”But it’s obvious that in order to score 11 goals, you have to play against a rival that is absent, because it is not something normal at all.”There were, however, thinly veiled threats in the pro-Franco press in the build-up to the second leg in Madrid.”Those ‘warnings’ made some of the Barcelona players wonder if it was worth putting up any resistance at all,” Barau says, “and, in the end, they didn’t.”Because the game was to be much more than a sporting duel. It was all about teaching Barcelona a lesson and humiliating a club like no other that represented a way of thinking differently, much closer to the ideas of Catalanism.”It may seem strange for the Barca side to have buckled under such pressure. They were, after all, long used to all sorts of insults, with former player Mingo Balmanya recalling that they were labelled “Catalan dogs” at many other away grounds.However, Barau says, “In that tie, [at the Bernabeu], Barcelona were overcome by military pressure and people close to the Falange (the nation’s Fascist and National Syndicalist political party), which heated the atmosphere a great deal.”So, perhaps this was this match that made the Clasico such a politically charged fixture, which it will be again on Saturday, with Real and Barca set to meet at the Bernabeu against the backdrop of the Catalan elections and the contentious issue of the region’s independence. Happily, though, there is no chance of even the hint of political interference this time around and the hope will be that these two great footballing rivals will produce a game that fans on both sides will remember fondly for years to come.last_img read more

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Neves: Ronaldo is the best ever

first_imgPortugal midfielder Ruben Neves has hailed his international team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo as the greatest player of all time, after the Juventus man guided his country to Nations League success on Sunday night.The reigning European champions emerged victorious from the four-team tournament last week after beating the Netherlands 1-0 in the showpiece final, thanks to Goncalo Guedes’ second-half strike.While Ronaldo gave more of a selfless performance against the Dutch, he put in another individual masterclass in the semi-final, when his hat-trick helped Portugal beat Switzerland 3-1. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? It means that with Ronaldo at the helm Portugal have won two major international honours in three years – their only major honours to date.Often exonerated for his club performances, Ronaldo’s success for his country will undoubtedly help cement his status as one of the planet’s best ever players, perhaps even more so than Lionel Messi, who is yet to win any major silverware on the international stage.For that reason, Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves feels the former Manchester United and Real Madrid attacker is the world’s greatest ever player.“Cristiano is the best,” he said, as quoted by the Express and Star. “He showed that in the semi-finals and again. We are lucky to have him in our team.”Asked whether he thought Ronaldo was the best of all time, Neves responded: “Of course, yes. For me, he’s the best ever, and I’m a really lucky guy to play with him.”As well as Ronaldo’s international triumphs, his list of accolades include five Champions League winners’ medals and domestic titles in Spain, England and Italy.However, it is the Portuguese star’s individual success which set him apart from the world’s other premier players – namely the five Ballon d’Ors he has claimed.Along with Messi, no one was won the award more times than the Juve no.7 and after his success with Portugal there have been suggestions that Ronaldo could well win the trophy again for a record-breaking sixth time.However, the 34-year-old failed to be drawn on the subject when asked after Portugal’s triumph over the Netherlands.Next up for Ronaldo is a return to club action with Juventus. However, with the Italian season not set to start until the end of August, he can look forward to a few weeks off before returning to pre-season training.last_img read more

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SIX SHOWS YOU SHOULD SEE AT THE TORONTO FRINGE FESTIVAL

first_img.. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Our brains choose the most opportune moments to dwell on our deepest insecurities and overwhelming concerns, don’t they? In Night Feed, Sarah Joy Bennett and her collaborators literally bring these late-night tormentors to life through the bloodshot eyes of a new mother (played by Corinne Murray). In the middle of the night, as she breastfeeds her infant daughter — a puppet created by Reiter, with a hinged mouth designed to latch or scream — objects in her apartment taunt her. Her bike tries to seduce her into a nighttime ride, a clock has an existential crisis, a breast pump coaches her on the cringeworthy transition back to work, dust bunnies copulate behind the couch. Bennett and Mohr are engaging puppeteers who create a dreamlike, sleep-deprived sensation with their physicality and vocals while giving each puppet a unique personality. Murray’s understated performance keeps the show grounded; with a believable mix of exhaustion, anxiety and patience, she cradles her puppet baby with such care that the emotional payoff of the conclusion hits right at home. There has never before been a combination as earnest and pure as the Toronto Fringe, musical theatre and a bunch of passionate teens. Drama 101 is a collaboration between composer Kevin Wong (The Preposterous Predicament of Polly Peel), writer Steven Gallagher (The Last Party) and the youth theatre training company Bravo Academy, which transforms its greatest strength — the enthusiasm of its 14-member cast, all aged between 13 and 19 — into the foundation of the musical’s concept and plot. The students of Drama 101 are throwing a retirement party for their beloved teacher Mrs. Chang and, as preparations continue, each character reveals through song how the class and their love of the performing arts have impacted their lives. Wong and Gallagher weave in musical theatre references including recent teenage obsessions (Dear Evan Hansen, Be More Chill, Hamilton, Wicked) and classics (Guys and Dolls, West Side Story) but have clearly tapped into the true perspectives of their cast: from social anxiety, to romance, to the eternal divide between the actors and the stage crew. Drama 101 is a heartfelt, unapologetic love letter to theatre that belongs to these kids and this festival.—Carly MagaNight FeedWritten by Sarah Joy Bennett. Created in collaboration with Ginette Mohr and Shawna Reiter. Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, 30 Bridgman Ave..In Night Feed, a new mother (Corinne Murray) is taunted by objects in her apartment as she breastfeeds her daughter in the middle of the night. DAHLIA KATZ / COURTESY TORONTO FRINGE Advertisementcenter_img So far, the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival has revealed an embarrassment of riches in unconventional packages. On top of the breakout solo shows and new musicals that populate the Fringe circuit, the Toronto Star’s theatre critics have ventured into more unexpected territory of audio plays, mime and puppetry, braving oppressive humidity and rainstorms along the way.Here are some of the Star’s favourite Fringe shows, which you can catch before the festival ends Sunday — or before they sell out. All performances are on until July 14.Drama 101: A New MusicalWritten by Kevin Wong and Steven Gallagher. Directed by Gallagher. Robert Gill Theatre, 214 College St. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: The young stars of Drama 101: A New Musical, in which the real-life theatre students of Bravo Academy play theatre students planning a party for a beloved teacher. BLAKE CRAWFORD / COURTESY TORONTO FRINGElast_img read more

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Data recorder recovered from Leicester owners helicopter

first_imgLEICESTER, England – The flight data recorder from the helicopter that crashed with the Leicester soccer team’s owner on board is being examined by investigators, authorities said, as his family and players paid tribute Monday at a makeshift shrine.Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others were killed when the aircraft spiraled out of control, crashed and burst in flames outside the King Power Stadium following a Premier League game Saturday.Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, son of the Thai retail entrepreneur, brought a wreath to add to a collection of flowers, jerseys and club memorabilia that was growing after the disaster. Fans who gathered to pay respects broke into applause when Aiyawatt returned to the memorial with the players.Investigators are expected to remain at the site until the end of the week, when the wreckage is to be taken to special facilities for examination, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said.“We recovered the digital flight data recorder (voice and data) on Sunday afternoon and one of our inspectors travelled back to Farnborough with the recorder the same evening,” the AAIB said in a statement. “Today, our inspectors in Farnborough will start working on the recorder, which was subject to intense heat as a result of the post-accident fire.”Police have not given an update on the investigation but wrote on Twitter its drone “was not in flight at the time the helicopter left the stadium.”Although only with Leicester for eight years, Vichai had a lasting impact on English soccer as the owner of the team that produced one of the greatest shocks in sports by winning the Premier League title at 5,000-1 odds in 2016.Through horse racing and polo, the owner of Thailand’s King Power duty-free chain became known to members of the British royal family, playing on occasion with Princes Charles and William. He spent millions establishing his polo team, the King Power Foxes, which began in 2014 and has enjoyed success at the top levels of competition in Britain.“I was lucky to have known Vichai for several years,” said Prince William, the second-in-line to the British throne. “He was a businessman of strong values who was dedicated to his family and who supported a number of important charitable causes. He made such a big contribution to football, not least through Leicester City’s magical 2016 season that captured the imagination of the world.”Vichai’s close bond with the community in Leicester was reflected in the tributes to the owner who bankrolled the team’s return to the Premier League in 2014 and the improbable title triumph.“The outpouring of grief is a testament to how many people’s lives were touched by those on board,” Prime Minister Theresa May said.Two members of Vichai’s staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, also died along with pilot Eric Swaffer and co-pilot Izabela Roza Lechowicz. In a regular scene after matches that had become a symbol of Vichai’s ownership, the helicopter took off from the centre circle on the field after Saturday’s game against West Ham. It cleared the stadium roof before it plummeted into an adjacent parking lot in flames.Leicester’s next game, which had been scheduled for Tuesday against Southampton in the League Cup, has been postponed.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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Moroccan Intellectuals Sign Petition Against French in Schools

Rabat – The Moroccan Coalition for the Arabic Language has launched a petition on Avaaz against draft framework Law 51. 17 which makes French the language of instruction for scientific and technological subjects in Moroccan schools.The petition, under the title “For Linguistic Justice,” has generated more than 1,470 signatures.The coalition said that political figures and Moroccan scholars also signed the petition. In a press statement, the coalition said that more than 150 popular political and academic figures launched the petition to amend the framework law.The petition addresses Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, the House of Representatives, the House of Councillors, the minister of education, and heads of parliamentary committees.The signatories of the petition said that they rejected the content of the draft law, saying it contradicts the principles of the Moroccan Constitution and the status of the Arabic language in Morocco.“The coalition plans to launch a popular petition open to individuals and institutions on social networks before resorting to other measure to mobilize all the energies and competencies of the community to demand the amendment of the law framework.”The draft law stresses the importance of having students master three languages in addition to Arabic.Read Also: Abdelilah Benkirane Slams PJD’s Stance on French Teaching Law, Calls on El Othmani to ResignThe draft law stipulates that students should be proficient in languages such as Tamazight (Berber), which is Morocco’s second official language, as well as in two other foreign languages.Sign another petitionIn addition to the coalition, the University of Education Employees affiliated with the Moroccan National Labor Union (UNTM) called on education employees and the public to sign a petition to condemn the draft law.“The university warned of the consequences” of not abiding by the principles of the Moroccan Constitution because it would be against the “national consensus.”The statement published by UNTM added that the university “emphasized its rejection of this prejudice against the purpose of the Arabic language and its fundamentalism as a basic language in teaching alongside Tamazight language.”The petition supported statements made by former Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane, who strongly criticized the law.On Sunday, Benkirane published a video on his Facebook to condemn the law.Benkirane criticized members of his political party, the Justice and Development Party (PJD), telling them that they “have no right to vote on this law.” The move, Benkirane argued, is a serious “betrayal of the principles of the party [PJD] and the Constitution and its vision.”In addition to Benkirane, the head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Ahmed Raissouni, defended Arabic. “I am for Arabic teaching, and with it Morocco has been a great country.”Raissouni also put forward English as preferable over French, emphasizing that it is the top language in the world.“If science must to be taught in a foreign language, it must be taught in English. English first, then Spanish, and then French, and Morocco must come out of this monopoly, because the French language monopolizes Morocco, Moroccan intellectuals, thinkers, and students.”The scholar went further, stating, “This bypassed monopoly to rape.”For Raissouni, “Arabic should come first, and then English, and then we can look for a place for French.”He added that students do not fully grasp lessons taught in French and English because their proficiency level is low. read more

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Port authority OKs controversial coalshipping facility in Metro Vancouver

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Steven Chua, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 21, 2014 12:27 pm MDT VANCOUVER – Port Metro Vancouver approved Thursday construction of a controversial coal-shipping facility on the Fraser River, over concerns from local medical health officers and area residents about air quality and the environment.Fraser Surrey Docks was granted a permit to build the facility to handle four-million metric tonnes of coal from the U.S. Midwest each year.Peter Xotta, vice-president of planning and operations at the port authority, said the decision was not made lightly.“We have required extensive analysis,” said Xotta.The permit decision brings to an end a process that has dragged on for almost two years.Concerns focus mainly on the effects of coal dust on air quality and the impact on the region. Global climate change also came into play in the drawn-out debate.Fraser Surrey Docks hired SNC Lavalin to review the proposal, and the resulting report concluded there would be no significant adverse effects to the environment or people’s health.But in a letter last November to the company, the chief medical health officers for the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal Health authorities dismissed the report’s findings.Dr. Paul Van Buynder and Dr. Patricia Daly said it “does not meet even the basic requirements of a health impact assessment.”Xotta said subsequent reviews were done, and a third-party assessment of all those reports has now been carried out by an environmental consultant.Van Buynder said Thursday that he only just received the latest assessment and will have to review the document.He said he was pleased Port Metro Vancouver understood additional information was needed to make an accurate health assessment.But he said he was “disappointed” that the port did not take public health officials up on an offer to be involved.“We were pleased early this year when they identified the fact that the information they received was inadequate to guarantee the protection of human health, but extremely disappointed that since that time they have engaged in a non-transparent process, excluding health experts,” Van Buynder said.Health officers cannot challenge the permit, but Van Buynder said that if activity from Fraser Surrey Docks is found to harm humans, medical officers can order operations shut down.The project will be built in Surrey, but the city is withholding its support until it reviews the latest report.Acting mayor Linda Hepner echoed complaints that the port did not seek input from health authorities for the latest review.“I cannot understand why Port Metro Vancouver, having heard from Fraser Health that this was a concern, why they wouldn’t have engaged at least Fraser Health,” she said.The project will also be watched closely by Metro Vancouver, which regulates air quality in the region. Fraser Surrey Docks will need an air permit from the district.Allan Neilson, the general manager of planning, policy and environment, said the district may ticket, fine or take the company to court if it is not complying with regulations.“We can’t shut down their operations, but we would look to enforce unauthorized discharges of items into the atmosphere,” he said.Members of Metro Vancouver’s board of directors have been critical of the coal terminal, he said, but the ultimate permit decision rests with the director of air quality, who is separate from the council.That means that politics probably won’t affect the chances of the company getting authorization, he said.The B.C. Chamber of Commerce welcomed the facility’s approval, saying the $15-million project will create 25 direct jobs and 25 indirect jobs.Every day, a coal train hauling 125 cars will arrive at the docks from the American Midwest to be transferred onto two barges bound for carriers waiting at Texada Island.From there it will be shipped to Asia. Port authority OKs controversial coal-shipping facility in Metro Vancouver read more

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Ohio State womens hockey wraps up Thanksgiving weekend series in Vermont with

Ohio State offensive junior Claudia Kepler (24) controls the puck during a game against Bemidji State University on Nov. 6 at St. John Arena. OSU lost 2-1. Credit: Eileen McClory | Senior Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s ice hockey team split its series at the Windjammer Classic in Vermont over the weekend to conclude out-of-conference play.OSU defeated Vermont 5-2 on Friday and fell to Boston University 5-3 on Saturday. After the split, the Buckeyes (6-10-0) have one series remaining in 2015 before they resume play on Jan. 2.“It was a good experience for our kids, it was a little bit out of excitement playing out of conference opponents in a new environment and new building,” assistant coach Carson Duggan said. “But it was a lot of fun to coach in today.”On Friday, OSU fell behind early with Vermont’s sophomore defender Taylor Willard‘s third goal of the season, but OSU junior forward Katie Matheny’s second and third goals of the season powered the Buckeyes past the Catamounts in the first game of the inaugural tournament.The next day, OSU again fell behind when Boston senior forward Kayla Tutino scored on the power play at 3:58 into the game. The Terriers would score again on a buzzer beater at the end of the first, which was reviewed to determine if the puck crossed the line before time expired. “That’s why you don’t stop playing,” Duggan said. “It’s a little frustrating when you think the video says something different, but that’s why you play.”Despite dropping the second game of the invitational, the team held its collective head high after an emotional weekend. “We went in there knowing we play in the best conference out of the three in the NCAA, and we wanted to show that,” senior forward Julia McKinnon said.McKinnon, who played with fellow forwards freshman Maddy Field and sophomore Lauren Spring this weekend after playing 12 games on the blue line for the first time in her life, feels this weekend was a positive step.“Just getting our lines together and making sure that we communicate better has been huge,” McKinnon said. McKinnon, who recorded one of the first shots on goal for OSU on Saturday, said she feels the team is cycling from defense to offense with greater efficiency than it was early in the season.“Everyone is buying into the system we’ve put in place here,” McKinnon said. “And getting back on back-checking is so important, so it’s good to have some success at it.”Losers of five of six entering the weekend, the team was in agreement that the weekend away from physical conference opponents was good to assess its performance thus far.“It’s a little different playing the teams out of conference,” senior forward Kendall Curtis said. “There are some different things you see and we were switching things up today.”Curtis, along with the coaching staff, was happier with the team’s effort despite trailing early both games.“They left it all out there,” Duggan said. “They knew they weren’t going to get to play again for another two weeks or so, so they played with reckless abandon. I think they’ve come along way.“I told them after the game today I thought they played with a lot of grittiness. It was a lot of fun to be a part of and watch.”Despite scoring eight goals and splitting its series, OSU did not find its unfamiliar opponents any easier than its conference ones.“I didn’t notice a difference,” Curtis said. “I think we still really try to focus on our game, and these teams this weekend showed us something different to work on, but it didn’t really challenge us any differently than a team in our league.”Stat sheetWith two goals on Saturday, Matheny has tied her career-high of three, set last year. She has also established a new career-high in points with six so far in 2015-16.With two goals this weekend, Curtis leads with team with nine. She has eclipsed her previous career-high of eight in 2013-14.The team will return to Columbus for practice on Monday and will have its second off-week of the season. The Buckeyes are then scheduled to return to the Ice Rink for their final series of 2015 against Minnesota-Duluth on Dec. 11 and 12.  Puck is scheduled to drop at 7:07 p.m. and 4:07 p.m., respectively. read more

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Mosaic Four Corners capitalises on phosphate production through Rajant kinetic mesh network

first_imgMosaic’s Four Corners phosphate mine and facility span 60,000 acres at the crossroads of the Hillsborough, Manatee, Hardee and Polk counties in Florida. This location is its largest centre of operation for mining and processing phosphates as well as the most complex, with multiple-critical applications that must run simultaneously to maximise efficiency.Prior to installing a Rajant kinetic mesh network, Four Corners operated on a rudimentary mesh network. Running at about 900 MHz, its standard point-to-point radios had very low bandwidth and were spaced as far as a mile apart from one another, resulting in frequent network communication breaks, which slowed operations and delayed phosphate production. Additionally, Four Corners’ phosphate production is dependent upon draglines, which are constantly moving and come with a high capital cost. Actively monitoring dragline operations via ruggedised cameras can minimise costs and user error, but with its low-bandwidth network, Mosaic Four Corners could only support two cameras, making it difficult to pinpoint problems or failing procedures.Ivan Hartley, Mosaic Four Corners’ on-site electrical  and automation supervisor, had higher hopes for the mesh system and saw it as a major factor in the mine’s continued success due to the productivity gains it could yield. Believing that Mosaic could do more to leverage the capabilities of a mesh network, Hartley began to seek a way to modernise the network, improve automation and productivity within the mine.To improve the Four Corners communication network, Mosaic partnered with Rapid Systems, a full-service provider of wireless solutions. “Mosaic Four Corners is a  complex  environment  because of its large size and infrastructure. It was imperative that we install a resilient wireless network that could support multiple mobile applications without a break,” said Dustin Jurman, CEO of  Rapid Systems.To update Four Corners’ previous mesh network, Rapid Systems leveraged Rajant’s kinetic mesh network. With this type of wireless network, there is no static infrastructure; each radio, or node, serves as singular infrastructure, which enables all devices and the network itself to be mobile – a critical component in a mining facility, where vehicles and equipment are constantly on the move. It employs multiple radio frequencies and any-node-to-any-node capabilities to continuously and instantly transmit data in real time via the best available traffic path and frequency.Because there is no central control node – and thus no single point of failure – routes are built automatically, and are evaluated for quality and performance with every received and sent packet. If a certain path becomes unavailable for any reason – due to power loss to a piece of equipment, for example – nodes on the network use an alternate route to deliver data.This allows the network to adapt to node location, local interference and congestion dynamically, eliminating downtime even in the most rugged conditions.  All infrastructure components give and get real-time information, enabling an end-to-end view of mining operations and allowing timely analysis and decision-making. The network can be redeployed in multiple ways simply and easily by repositioning the nodes.Jurman and his team optimised operations by using Rajant’s network and its BreadCrumb nodes to prevent the mine’s former frequent breakdowns in  network communication. “A big challenge was integrating the kinetic mesh network without disrupting the existing radio network and applications we already had in place. We called on Rajant to help us optimise our processes and generate higher yields,” Hartley said. When Mosaic initially tested Rajant’s network for production control, Hartley quickly saw an increase in efficiency and phosphate production. “Rajant’s network functioned even better than we expected,” he said. “With an updated wireless network, we were able to add more functionality to our pumping systems, make remote program changes and create better processes.”As Rapid Systems continued to work in the mines, it discovered more ways to innovate and improve the communications infrastructure. Following the initial installation, Rapid Systems, Hartley and Four Corners mesh radio technician Steve Jones integrated and optimised additional radios, most at approximately 20 ft high and directly attached to automation devices, which allow mine technicians like Jones to access them quickly and service them more easily. Some 192 BreadCrumb (58 LX4, 120 LX5, and 14 JR2 models) now comprise Mosaic’s Four Corners network, giving operators the opportunity to constantly create new applications without compromising its existing network and applications.Once Mosaic Four Corners had a structured wireless network in place, it deployed – and now operates concurrently – a multitude of new applications, including a company intranet, VoIP phones and video monitoring systems for dragline excavators. “The use of video, in particular, has been extremely helpful in our operations,” Hartley said. “We have implemented highly functioning command centres with detailed dashboards that allow us to monitor even our mobile gear such as draglines and pit cars, ensuring that nothing ever sits idle to maximise productivity.”“Ivan and his team are continually innovating and improving their processes, which makes Mosaic Four Corners a unique mining site. The opportunities to add  value  are  endless,”  Jurman said. Hartley noted that the Rajant radios were easy to work with. “Even a technician with little experience can replace a radio quickly and easily, and, if it’s moved, reconfigure or repoint the radio antennas,” he said. Jones is the mine’s go-to mesh expert and assists with new layouts as needed. Perhaps most importantly for mining operations, Rajant’s network has allowed Mosaic to create and install new applications that aid in the company’s commitment to safety.Wireless information transmitted via the network enables continuous tracking and monitoring of key performance indicators. Static and mobile devices placed at strategic locations help operators track miners and maintain computerised attendance. This monitoring equipment not only improves productivity, but also reduces the risk of failures and warns miners of adverse conditions and equipment malfunctions. In the event of a failure, the equipment contributes to a speedy repair operation.Mosaic expects to have more than 200 Rajant wireless network radios by the end  of 2016. Its  mines have been running on kinetic mesh networks for five years now, and Wingate, another mine in the Mosaic network, is now beginning to fully utilise the mesh network by adopting the same network configurations as the Four Corners mine with the help of a technician trained by Hartley and  Jones.last_img read more

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Anonymous strikes back by taking down DoJ Universal Music Update RIAA and

first_imgThe notorious hacking group going by the moniker Anonymous has fired back at the US Department of Justice as well as Universal Records for the indictment and subsequent takedown of MegaUpload.com and its founder Kim Dotcom. Anonymous took down both entities websites as a direct retaliation for the events that took place earlier today.Barret Brown, a spokesperson for Anonymous has confirmed that the move was retaliatory, and warns that more actions are coming in the form of attacks on supports of SOPA. Both sites went down just hours after the move by the feds to shutdown MegaUpload’s servers located in Virginia. These actions will certainly fuel speculations about MegaUpload being impacted by the global demonstrations against SOPA held yesterday.Anonymous considers its members to be “hacktivists” using the internet to protest things the group believes are wrong. Past actions of the group have involved attacks on child-porn sites, as well as exposing high-profile people who maintained memberships with them. More on this story as it breaks.Update: It seems like the RIAA site, riaa.com, is down as well. Update 2: MPAA’s site, mpaa.org seems to be offline as well. via RT.comlast_img read more

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Plan to get more women on airwaves welcome but progress could take

first_img Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 6:27 PM THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY of Ireland (BAI) has put a particular focus on equality and plurality on Irish TV and radio in its new strategy.The strategy, which runs from 2017 – 2019, also looks at how the BAI can achieve excellence and accountability, empower audiences, and promote public debate.One expert told TheJournal.ie that the move to encourage more diversity on the airwaves is welcomed, but cautioned that cultural shifts within organisations take time.The focus on diversity comes amid a larger discussion of gender and plurality in the Irish media, with one 2015 study finding a much smaller percentage of female voices on air compared to male.In the new strategy, part of the BAI’s mission is described as “promot[ing] a plurality of voices, viewpoints, outlets and sources in Irish media”.The strategy sets out the following objectives: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Facilitating a mix of voices, opinions and sources of news and current affairs in audio-visual media which enhances democratic debate and active citizenship in IrelandIncreasing the production and availability of culturally relevant audio-visual content for Irish audiencesFostering a media landscape that is representative of, and accessible to, the diversity of Irish societyFostering and promoting quality programming in the Irish languageThe BAI has a number of outcomes pencilled in to have achieved by 2019:The mix of voices, opinions and sources of news and current affairs content available for audiences remains strong.The range and sources of quality culturally relevant audio-visual content, including in the Irish language, available to audiences has increased.Irish audio-visual media is more diverse in terms of its content and those involved in its production.While the strategy documents released today outline the above outcomes, details of more specific targets or actions are not included.However, BAI Chairman Professor Pauric Travers told the Irish Times that the authority has some specific plans, including asking broadcasters to report to the BAI on the gender balance and diversity of their presenters and contributors.He said that the BAI is also looking at how the funding which it awards under its Sound and Vision scheme can be “more equitably distributed” between males and females, the paper reports. A review of this scheme is planned for 2018.Cultural shiftIn 2015, a report into gender representation on Irish radio found that female voices only make up an average of 28% broadcasting time on current affairs shows.It also found that:Between 78% and 85% of on-air experts are maleWomen are also spoken about less frequently, making up an average of only 38% of news subjects on all shows.The report was carried out by Dr Jane Suiter, Dr Kathy Walsh and Orla O’Connor in conjunction with the National Women’s Council. They said in the report that gender quotas for guests/experts on Irish radio should be set at 30:70 over a three-year period.Speaking today to TheJournal.ie, Dr Suiter said that the focus on equality and plurality in the newly-launched BAI strategy is “really welcome”.“It looks like it’s in line with the recommendations from the report that we did with the National Women’s Council last year. It really is to be welcomed that having voluntary reporting will focus the minds of broadcasters and it’s also likely to make commercial sense for them,” she said.Suiter pointed out that it is positive for the BAI to also focus on broadcasters reflecting the balance of the population of Ireland today.She said that there is a large amount of work being done on the area of diversity and broadcasting, not just in Ireland but more broadly in Europe.However, she pointed out that balance of voices on air won’t change overnight, as it involves a cultural shift.You can have all the goodwill in the world, and [still] it’s very hard. Once it’s culturally ingrained in a system, it’s hard to change it. It is easier to go along with the status quo than change it, which is why you need a carrot from the BAI.She said that having to report to the BAI on diversity is a ‘carrot rather than stick’ approach, and “is putting moral pressure more than anything else” on broadcasters.“It will be interesting to monitor that and see how it works,” said Suiter, explaining that “you have to pay attention once you are measuring”.“Cultural change is always slow, but this should provide an incentive and a little kick-start,” she concluded.Launching the report, Professor Travers said:In developing our strategy for the next three years, we have taken account of changing patterns of media consumption, technological change, increased competition, particularly from abroad, and diminishing advertising revenue. We believe that such challenges offer opportunities which, if grasped, will ensure that the Irish audio-visual sector prospers over the coming years.Local radioMeanwhile, Communications Minister Denis Naughten announced new financial measures to support broadcasting in Ireland and quality journalism. The measures will support local radio, with a new funding scheme to offer bursaries to journalists working in local or community radio stations.He also said that he is proposing to amend the BAI levy provisions, in order to, for example, make all community radio stations exempt from paying it.“Given the likelihood that some UK-based broadcasters will look to establish a base in Ireland following Brexit, I am proposing to amend the scope for the application of the levy so that it is properly future-proofed in this regard,” added Naughten.“The purpose of these proposed changes is to allow the BAI to ensure that each service it regulates can make a fair and proportionate contribution to the levy and to ensure the levy is not imposing an undue burden on the sector.”Read: These are the Irish radio shows most dominated by men> By Aoife Barry Share127 Tweet Email1 Plan to get more women on airwaves ‘welcome’ – but progress could take years Broadcasters will have to report to the BAI on gender balance and diversity of their presenters and contributors. 32 Comments center_img Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Dmitri Ma https://jrnl.ie/3253353 Feb 22nd 2017, 6:27 PM 7,782 Views Image: Shutterstock/Dmitri Malast_img read more

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Prime Minister Hubert A Minnis Cabinet Minister Portfolios

first_img Related Items:#PMHubertMinnisCabinet Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 16, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister Hubert A. Minnis Cabinet Portfolios:K. Peter Turnquest –  DPM and Minister of FinanceCarl W. Bethel, Q.C. – Attorney General and Minister of Legal AffairsTheodore Brent Symonette – Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Industry and ImmigrationDesmond Thomas Bannister – Minister of WorksRenward Ricardo Wells – Minister of Agriculture and Marine ResourcesDr. Duane Ernest Sands – Minister of HealthMarvin Hanlon Dames – Minister of National SecurityLanisha Tamar Rolle – Minister of Social Services and Urban DevelopmentFrankie Alfred Campbell – Minister of Transport and Local GovernmentJeffrey Leonard Lloyd – Minister of EducationRomauld Sotario Ferreira – Minister of Environment and HousingDion Alexander Foulkes – Minister of LabourDarren Allen Henfield – Minister of Foreign AffairsMichael Cliston Pintard – Minister of Youth, Sports and CultureDionisio James D’Aguilar – Minister of Tourism, Aviation and BahamasairBrensil Dennis Rolle – Minister of State for Public Service and National Insurance, Office of the Prime MinisterJames Kwasi Malik Thompson – Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Office of the Prime MinisterEllsworth Nathaniel Johnson – Minister of State for Legal Affairs, Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs#PMHubertMinnisCabinetlast_img read more

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Bayked by the Bay

first_img Dan Plante Dan Plante, 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 SettingsThe Urbn Leaf dispensary marked April 20, a date associated with marijuana culture, by hosting a “Bayked by the Bay” festival.The event, which included food and a performance by Wyclef Jean, benefitted San Diego Chihuahua Rescue.KUSI’s Dan Plante was LIVE with the story. April 20, 2018 Posted: April 20, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter ‘Bayked by the Bay’last_img read more

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The Morning Press A review of the weeks news

first_img A look back at some of this week’s top stories:County shocker: Benton tapped for top environmental jobState Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, was tapped Wednesday to become Clark County’s director of environmental services in a surprise and controversial move by Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke.The two Republican commissioners’ action came about despite the angry objection of Democratic Commissioner Steve Stuart, who called the action “political cronyism.”Madore and Mielke directed County Administrator Bill Barron to begin the hiring process for Benton, saying it was unlikely a better candidate could be found, and the need to hire quickly required bypassing the county’s typical hiring practices.Barron said after the meeting he would call Benton to offer him the job.Messages left for Benton requesting comment went unreturned as of The Columbian’s press time.After chiding Madore and Mielke for circumventing the hiring process the county typically goes through, Stuart began to pack up his files and put on his suit coat.“I can’t even believe you guys are discussing that,” Stuart said. “This is disgusting. It really is. I’m done for the day. I am so sick. You gotta honor the organization, you gotta actually honor the integrity of the organization and the process to find the right people for the job. If after that process you find that he is the right person, God bless. Then you choose him. And you choose him with pride. But to choose him without even going through a process is diminishing and demeaning to him. It’s demeaning to Don Benton because it smacks of political cronyism that you would appoint him without a process. It is saying that he couldn’t make it through the process on his own accord with his own merits.”As Stuart left the room, Mielke told him, “you are way out of line.” Stuart snapped back: “You guys are out of line.”See continuing coverage here.Keeping track of crime in Clark CountyDo you feel safe on your home turf? The 2012 year-end crimes rates show where crime is concentrated in Clark County, and what kind of crimes these neighborhoods attract. But statistics and figures aren’t always what they appear to be. Click to enlargelast_img read more

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Study more to do as oil trains pose new risks

first_imgIn Vancouver, local officials have said emergency responders aren’t currently prepared to deal with a major disaster that may result from the nation’s largest proposed oil-by-rail operation.Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies want to build an oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver capable of handling an average of 360,000 barrels of crude per day. The so-called Vancouver Energy terminal would move more oil by train than any single facility in the United States.The city this year sought an independent assessment of the region’s readiness for possible oil spills, explosions or other accidents. The state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, now reviewing the Vancouver Energy proposal, ultimately decided to wrap that into an overall environmental assessment of the project.The consultant completing the preparedness review will be Cardno Entrix, an Australia-based company that has done work for Tesoro on other matters.Separately, marine responders have said the $210 million Vancouver Energy facility would require an update of the region’s emergency spill plans on the lower Columbia and Willamette rivers. Responders now plan for a worst-case scenario of 300,000 barrels of oil released into the water; vessels leaving the proposed Vancouver terminal would carry as much as 350,000 barrels of crude at a time.After its review of the proposal, the site evaluation council will make a recommendation to Gov. Jay Inslee, who has final say. The decision could, however, be appealed and wind up in front of the state Supreme Court.last_img read more

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Bill Aimed At Reducing Number Of Set Netters On East Side Of

first_imgThe bill will be introduced during the upcoming legislative session set to convene tomorrow, January 16, in Juneau. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen) has introduced a bill for the upcoming legislative session aimed at reducing the number of commercial set net fishers on the east side of the Cook Inlet. Senator Micciche emphasized that this is an introduction to a conversation, and is a ‘voluntary’ fleet reduction: “It’s at no cost to the state- we have discovered national and private funds that would help with it.” The bill also puts forward the question of a ‘commercial set net fishing permit buy-back program’. On March 1, 2019, the commission, and the Department of Natural Resources, will conduct an election among individuals qualified (certain set net fishers) on the question of whether to establish an entry permit buy-back program. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-set-net-bill-1.mp3VmJennifer-on-set-net-bill-1.mp300:00RPd The bill was introduced for the purpose of issuing entry permits and controlling entry into the commercial set net fishery on the east side of Cook Inlet, the commission would establish the area administered on December 31, 2018, as the Eastern Set Net Subdistrict of the Cook Inlet Central District as a distinct administrative area separate from the Cook Inlet Central District.center_img The bill reads- “An Act relating to the powers of the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission; requiring certain set net fishers to vote on the question of whether their entry permits shall be subject to a state buy-back program; establishing a buy-back program for certain set net entry permits; providing for the termination of set net site leases held by individuals who participate in the entry permit buy-back program; providing for a condition on future leases of certain state land; and providing for an effective date.” Senate Bill 135, according to Senator Micciche has a max 40% overall reduction. That would bring the ‘east set net fleet’ down to where it was prior to the eastern migration in the 80’s. Senator Micciche: “The numbers that came from back from the set netters polling themselves, were that 79.5% answered ‘yes’ that they would support the concept of a voluntary fleet reduction.” Senator Micciche: “This is a starting point in a conversation that began probably four years ago, when a group of set netters were looking for a solution. A gear reduction in the Cook Inlet, particularly in the east side set net fishery, if it were a win/win for all all would be a healthy outcome.”last_img read more

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Merrimack Valley Acappella Chorus To Collect Soft Goods For Savers Fundraiser This

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-based Merrimack Valley Acappella Chorus is collecting donations of soft items to this Saturday, September 29, 2018, from 9:30am to 11am, at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue).Soft items include clothes, shoes, hats, bags, and linens/towels. In conjunction with Savers of Wilmington, every bag dropped off at the Arts Center will help raise money for the chorus to help cover the costs of rehearsal space, costuming, coaching, music, transportation, and more.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Merrimack Valley Acappella Chorus.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For September 29, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”Merrimack Valley A Cappella To Perform At Wilmington Farmers Market On July 21In “Community”Merrimack Valley A Cappella To Run FREE Workshops For Middle School & High School Female Singers In WilmingtonIn “Community”last_img read more

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Pakistan court accepts review petition of jailed doctor who

first_imgPESHAWAR: A Pakistani court on Monday accepted the review petition of Dr Shakeel Afridi, a surgeon who helped America’s CIA track down then al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in 2011, against his over two decades long sentence. A two-member bench of the Peshawar High Court comprising Justice Abdul Shukur and Justice Ejaz Noor accepted Afridi’s review petition, BBC Urdu reported. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us Afridi, a 57-year-old former surgeon of Khyber Agency, had run a false vaccination campaign in the Pakistani garrison city of Abbottabad to help the CIA track down Osama, who was then killed in a covert US raid on May 2, 2011.Afridi was arrested from Peshawar later that year. Initially, he was accused of organising a fake immunization campaign for the CIA to confirm the presence of then al-Qaeda chief but later awarded 33 years sentence on multiple charges of anti-state activities, including extending support to militant outfits. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us His sentence was later reduced to 23 years. Afridi has been engaged in a legal battle since his conviction. His review petition is pending since June 2014. It was filed against the decision of the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) Commissioner, who reduced his conviction from 33 to 23 years. The state appeal against the decision of the FCR Commissioner to cut his 10 years conviction would also be heard by the High Court bench. Advertise With Us After the integration of FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Afridi approached the Peshawar High Court. He had been imprisoned at Peshawar jail but was shifted to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi in April 2018. He is currently lodged at the central jail in Sahiwal in Pakistan’s Punjab province under tight security. The US has been asking Pakistan to release Dr Afridi. The issue of Afridi’s release is reportedly one of the major obstacles to the improvement of ties between the US and Pakistan. Soon after the death of Osama, the US media reported that Afridi had contributed to the success of the CIA operation by collecting DNA samples of Osama’s family through the fake vaccination campaign in Abbottabad. The US State Department has previously said that Afridi has been unjustly imprisoned in Pakistan and Washington has clearly communicated its position to Islamabad in his case, both in public and in private.last_img read more

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Manju Warriers Jack N Jill directed by Santosh Sivan is a scifi

first_imgFacebookManju Warrier, the Lady Superstar in Mollywood, is currently enjoying the success of her latest movie ‘Lucifer’. The versatile actress is now busy with the works of her new movie Jack N Jill and sources revealed that this will be a sci-fi thriller.Jack N Jill is being directed by acclaimed cinematographer Santosh Sivan. It should be noted that this upcoming movie marks the comeback of the ace cinematographer as a director in Mollywood after 2011 period drama Urumi that featured Prithviraj Sukumaran and Genelia in lead roles.Kalidas Jayaram will be playing a crucial role in Jack N Jill. The supporting star cast in the movie includes Suraj Venjarammoodu, Nedumudi Venu, Ramesh Pisharody and Basil Joseph.As per the latest updates, the makers are planning to release Jack N Jill in Tamil and Malayalam. It was previously reported that Aditi Balan, who made a memorable debut in the acclaimed flick Aruvi, is also playing a crucial role. However, Aditi has clarified that she has not been approached yet.Apart from directing the movie, Santosh Sivan will be handling cinematography. In the meantime, he will be also cranking the camera for Rajinikanth-AR Murugadoss movie Darbar.Jack N Jill is bankrolled by Lensman Studios, a Dubai-based company. On the other hand, Manju Warrier will be also seen playing crucial roles in Marakkar: Arabikkadalinte Simham and Tamil movie Asuran. Mohanlal is playing the lead role in Marakkar: Arabikkadalinte Simham, while Asuran has none other than Dhanush playing the title role.Asuran also marks the Tamil debut of Manju Warrier and expectations surrounding the movie was recently spiked when the first look poster was released.last_img read more

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Missing traders bones found in Savar

first_imgSavarMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Thursday recovered three pieces bones of a missing trader from a guest house in Uttar Boalia area of Ashulia, on the outskirts of Dhaka.RAB-8 company commander major Abdul Hakim said brick trader Billal Hossain, 50, son of late Gaher Ali of Singair upazila in Manikganj, went missing from Bathuni in Dhamrai upazila on 13 April 13.His wife Rokeya Begum filed a general diary with Dhamrai police station, reports UNB.Later, RAB members arrested prime accused Nasir Uddin Dipu and Murshida Akhter, caretakers of the guest house from Laltek area of Savar.Following their information, the elite force recovered the bones of Billal who was sliced into three pieces after murder and buried in the guest house.last_img read more

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